Nine Labour MPs on the partys left called for a

first_imgNine Labour MPs on the party’s left called for a ‘final say’ on Brexit at a meeting in parliament today while proclaiming their loyalty to the Labour Party and Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.The meeting, titled ‘Love Socialism, Hate Brexit’, was chaired by Lloyd Russell-Moyle and featured speakers including Chi Onwurrah, Clive Lewis, Alex Sobel, Matt Rodda, Rosie Duffield, Rachel Maskell, Ged Killen and Paul Sweeney. It was organised by campaign group Another Europe is Possible.The speakers made the left-wing case for staying in the European Union – arguments that Russell-Moyle said should have been more prominent in the 2016 referendum. They argued that Europe needs to work together to combat climate change, tax big tech companies, defeat the far-right and put class interests over national interests.Clive Lewis said that if Labour enabled a Tory Brexit, it would be punished by the electorate as the Liberal Democrats were for working with the Tories in the coalition. “This is a Tory Brexit. This is their mess. It’s not the job of Labour to help the Tories,” he said.The MPs were keen to stress that they are loyal to Jeremy Corbyn and his socialist policies. The Financial Times reported today that six Labour MPs would form a breakaway party if Labour did not support a ‘people’s vote’.Canterbury MP Rosie Duffield said that she had been uncomfortable when she first came out in favour of a second referendum because the ‘people’s vote’ campaign was associated with the right of the party. Now though, she said that all sides of the party are coming round to the idea of a second referendum and she encouraged everyone present to put “gentle pressure” on their colleagues and MPs.Alex Sobel and Clive Lewis both said they preferred the term “final say” to “people’s vote”. Lewis said that ‘people’s vote’ has baggage associated with it and ‘final say’ is more easily understandable. “You measure twice and cut once,” he said. “A ‘final say’ is what a trade union would have on a pay deal.”When asked to confirm he was calling on Corbyn to support a second referendum, Russell-Moyle said he wanted to stay in the EU and didn’t really care whether that was through an election or a referendum.“The end result is not a peoples’ vote and that’s the problem that people think that’s the end result. Actually, that’s going to be a bloody hard campaign and we might not even win if we have the same idiots in charge as last time,” Russell-Moyle said.At the end of the meeting, the left-wing MP for Brighton Kemptown added that there will be Love Socialism, Hate Brexit events every week until Brexit day with similar line-ups of left-wing Labour MPs.Tags:Labour /Brexit /Corbyn /People’s Vote /Love Socialism Hate Brexit /Lloyd Russel Moyle /Rachel Maskell /Final Say /last_img read more

Trumps Mission District fundraising haul in the second quarter of 2019 0

first_imgHere in the Mission, he’s Alcalde Pedro.  Source: FECWhen the Mission puts its presidential money where its mouth is, the dollars flow to Mayor Pete Buttigieg.  President Trump comes up only $78K behind Mission fave Mayor Pete The 37-year-old two-term mayor of South Bend, Indiana, raised the most Mission money in the second quarter of 2019, according to recently released data from the Federal Election Commission. He amassed $77,380 from the Mission between April 1 and June 30 of this year, significantly more than second-place fundraiser Elizabeth Warren, who raised $42,597.The data is for the 94110 zip code, which covers Bernal Heights and the Mission south of 16th Street.California Senator and East Bay native Kamala Harris finished third, with $26,317, and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders finished fourth, with $12,121. For California as a whole, Harris has topped the pack in 2019, having raised $7.6 million in total here.On June 29, Kamala Harris held a fundraiser at Manny’s on 16th and Valencia (where no fewer than 15 Democratic presidential aspirants have appeared to date). She received $2,225 from people who live in the Mission and $19,006 from San Francisco zip codes overall that day.Former Vice President Joe Biden, who did not launch his campaign until late April, raised $7,145 from the Mission for the period.President Donald Trump received no donations from the Mission in the second quarter.Most of Buttigieg’s haul came in April and May, with a significant drop in June. Biden and Harris’s campaigns stayed steady from May to June while Sanders and Warren’s campaigns were trending upwards. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Email Addresslast_img read more

KEIRON Cunningham has spoken of his pride after Sa

first_imgKEIRON Cunningham has spoken of his pride after Saints battled through to beat Castleford 21-14 last night.His side overcame an emotional week with a performance full of vigour and valour to stay top of Super League.“I was really proud of what they did today,” he said. “It wasn’t the most entertaining of games but we won after an emotional week for us.“A lot of pride was hurt after the Souths game. It was tough to get them up and ready for it on a short turnaround – we did about 20 minutes training which was recovery more than anything else – so I am really proud of the effort.“We were done in certain areas but hung on in there. Castleford came to play and throw the ball about. We didn’t seem to get going at times.“When we lost Kyle we displayed the grit and determination I wanted to see. We got angry and nasty at what was vital period for us. It could have hurt us, but the boys lifted and I am proud of what they did.”He continued: “Yet again though we seem to be playing to another set of rules. I wasn’t sure whether it World Club Challenge or Super Leagues rules today but it was different from the other two rounds.“In round one and two the rucks were quick and there were 20 penalties a game. Then there were none in World Club Challenge and today everything was slow too. If that is how it is going to be then we can coach that. Cas did a great job of slowing us down but if that is the way it is going to be then I would like to be told.“If that is how it is we will be put more emphasis on wrestling.”Keiron said a number of players stood out as Saints preserved their unbeaten run but laid particular praise on James Roby.“We have won three games now and I am more than happy with that. Cas have had a couple of games taken off them this season and at times they looked refreshed and had more energy than we had so perhaps they should have done better. But we hung on in there.“The outside backs let us down last week. They’ve had a tough week video wise and I thought they were a lot better this week.“James Roby was immense tonight though; he did everything and was making cover tackles from all over the place.“He is probably brushing up in the stadium now.”last_img read more

Gary Hetheringtons recent description of the dem

first_img“Gary Hetherington’s recent description of the democratic election of a new CEO by Super League as “…an absurd power grab by a small group of men who think that they own the game…” could not be a greater distortion of the truth.The decision to appoint a dedicated and focused CEO of the highest professional calibre was made enthusiastically and overwhelmingly by a fully constituted board of directors of Super League who wish only to improve the quality, profile and commercial performance of their elite competition. This appointment has been very well received by supporters, commercial partners, media partners and by the RFL.Each Super League club appointed its own director to the board of Super League six months ago. This constitutional change was made to ensure transparency of information to all clubs and to provide equality of influence and equality of treatment by and between all clubs. This concept clearly does not seem to rest well with Gary.No director of Super League acts as though he owns the game. However, their clubs do actually own Super League and in equal shareholding proportions. They intend to run Super League democratically and professionally, as is our duty. I have never known Super League clubs to be so unified and to have such a strength of purpose as they do presently.Gary’s comments on the Super League competition structure vote were also as inaccurate in content as they were destructive in intention. The board of Super League, by a majority of 11 to 1, voted to end to the Super Eights structure and to replace it with a more orthodox and readily understood form of promotion and relegation. It strongly considers that the annual risk of up to one third of its clubs being relegated acts as a major disincentive to full, proper and long-term investment, which in turn will also have a consequent negative effect on the entire game.However, it was made abundantly clear in Super League’s press conference on Tuesday that the implementation of this unequivocal view was still subject to the agreement of the RFL. It was also made known that constructive, private and professional discussions had been taking place between Super League, the RFL and the Championship clubs in recent weeks and that it is now Robert’s priority task to continue these to an appropriate conclusion.That said, any theoretical continuation of the Super Eights beyond this season would effectively force a competition structure upon a very unwilling Super League by bodies which are significantly funded by Super League – that is not a practical or sustainable scenario for any party.Super League considers change to be essential in many areas in order to improve our profile, perception and commercial performance, and that competition structure change is fundamental to this.”last_img read more

Wilmington Holiday parade cancelled

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – The Wilmington Parks and Rec announced Sunday afternoon that the Holiday parade had to be cancelled due to forecasted weather.The event will not be rescheduled.- Advertisement – “Our parade participants were scheduled to arrive at 2:30 p.m. with many working on their float/entries during the time which heavy rainfall with potential thunderstorms was projected,” said Parks and Rec staff. “For the safety of our spectators and participants, we made the decision to cancel the event.”last_img read more

Could rentable electric scooters be coming to Wilmington

first_imgBird rideshare electric scooters (Photo: Grendelkhan / Wikipedia / CC BY-SA 4.0) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington City Council met Monday to discuss multiple topics. One item on the agenda was bringing scooters to the area, as other cities across the country have done.City staff explained that some of the current cities in the state are allowing rentable scooters and others are banning them.- Advertisement – The scooters can go up to 18 miles per hour and are usually used on sidewalks.The city says the General Assembly is expected to vote on allowing scooters statewide in the spring, which means the City of Wilmington would have to allow them no matter what.Council decided to wait to see what the legislature decides before doing anything.last_img read more

Results of EP election for early Sunday morning – sources

first_img SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Miguela XuerebMiguela Xuereb Sources close to the Partit Nazzjonalista told Newsbook.com.mt that the unofficial results of the elections of the European Parliament could be unofficially known by 2.00a.m. and 3.00a.m. Sunday morning though they would probably be announced a few hours later. This has become possible because the Partit Laburista, according to a report in timesofmalta.com, is expected to accept the counter-proposals of the PN to the plan of the Electoral Commission to have solely an electronic counting system.According to the system proposed by the PN ballot boxes that reach the counting hall will be immediately opened and the votes reconciled. Then the votes will be manually distributed to the different candidates in such a way that the party representatives can make an unofficial tally while the process is going on. This will enable the parties to extrapolate the election result from their counting.This also means that there will be a manual check before the electronic counting is done.eCount announcedLast November the Malta Electoral Commission has announced that the counting hall shall be benefiting from new eCount technology taking six and a half hours to scan all votes,allowing final results to be out by the end of the day. The Electoral Commission’s staff havebeen preparing for a mock count all summer filling in mock ballot sheets for a full scale testto iron out any problems on December 1st.Watch: New eCount system makes 3-day wait a thing of the pastThe initial reaction of the partiesLast December 3, the PN’s Secretary General Clyde Puli had raised concerns about apparent flaws in the new electronic vote counting system which could lead to electoral fraud. In a news conference, PN’s Secretary General Clyde Puli expressed his worries about the new system saying that changes to the machines had been made without the ElectoralCommission’s consent. He said that the second test of the machines which had been carried out on the previous Saturday revealed, ‘strange things’ which encouraged him to inquire with the makers.Read: ‘Strange things happening’; flaws in e-voting system – PNThe PL had responded critically to the comments from Puli, calling them hyperbolic. Theysaid that the PN’s comments also show a lack of viable alternatives and a reflection of the antagonistic view of the former PN leader Simon Busuttil towards people’s votes.According to timesofmalta.com the PL changed its position and is now expected to agree to the proposals made by the PN.WhatsApplast_img read more

Paceville argument leaves foreign man in hospital

first_img SharePrint 1 of 2 A 31 year old foreign man is in hospital after an argument in the early hours of Saturday morning, police have said.According to the police, units from St Julians responded to the argument at around 3.40AM outside the Havana Club.The persons involved are understood to be 31 year old Romanian and a 28 Belgian national.An ambulance was called to take the Belgian male to Mater Dei Hospital. His condition is still not yet known. <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> WhatsApplast_img read more

Men suspected of Caruana Galizia murder to stand trial

first_imgWhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>center_img Daphne Caruana GaliziaDaphne Caruana Galizia A bill of indictment was issued for three men suspected of carrying out the murder of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.Three men, Alfred Degiorgio, George Degiorgio and Vince Muscat were arrested in December 2017, and stand accused of Caruana Galizia’s murder. The journalist was killed in a car bomb few meters outside her house on Monday 16 October 2017.Over the past 19 months, the three have been kept in custody and in and out of court, as prosecutors have presented evidence against them.A bill of indictment is a formal legal document accusing specific people of a criminal act. Suspects must be served with a bill of indictment within 20 months of facing charges or else be eligible for bail.On Monday, lawyer Arthur Azzopardi now appearing for Vince Muscat argued in court on why his client should be granted bail. The request was turned down by Magistrate Claire Stafrace Zammit later during the day.last_img read more

Apple Investigating on an iPhone 8 Falling Apart Barely One Week After

first_img(Photo Courtesy) Advertisement It has been barely a week since the Cupertino-based smartphone firm, Apple Inc. released its newest flagship the iPhone 8 on sale to a few countries around the world and now the device has been hit with a controversy which could tarnish the company’s and also the phone’s reputation. We have seen this happen both on South Korean-based Electronics firm, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., when their handset, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was recalled because of battery explosion.According to Quartz, reports from across China and Taiwan are starting to trickle in that the iPhone 8’s battery is expanding during charging which in turn has seen the screen panel lifting out of its body and the phone subsequently falling apart at the seams.In some of the tweets that were shared, by @Magokoro0511 shows that the user claims his device was shipped in this condition while another user from Taiwan, identified as Ms Wu, experienced the issue just five days after purchasing the phone. – Advertisement – In the tweet translated, stated that “iPhone rut than it was yesterday. Apple would soon recover and come!”iPhoneが昨日より膨らんでる。 Apple、早く回収しにきて! pic.twitter.com/sRx6orgxi6— まごころ (@Magokoro0511) September 25, 2017According to the Next Web, Wu placed the phone on charge, using the supplied cable and adaptor. After three minutes, she reported seeing the front panel bulge, and eventually lift completely from the device. The same report revealed that the phone was later collected by courier and shipped to Apple for analysis.Reports claim that Apple’s spokesperson confirmed that they are aware and looking into the situation.[related-posts]last_img read more

BEN KEITHS BLOG Dont worry its ok

first_imgSo, Blog, it looks like gorgeous super-model Liz Hurley, and cricketing legend, Shane Warne (who is reputed to have bedded 1,000+ women), have decided to call it a day. Oh dear, Liz, did you really think you could change Warney? Really?? I think not, luv. My advice: Liz, stick to silly bouffon society-boys. Warney, you’ve got the whole kids thing out the way, get back on the job, and see if you can kick-on to 2,000!!In other relieving news:When I was at school I didn’t manage to have a girlfriend but I did get a friend who was a girl. There is a big difference, yes, Blog, but I convinced myself at the time that it was a near miss. Apart from confirming to me one day that my willy was officially ‘ok’ and listening to, and supporting me through, my endless adolescent woes, she grew to be one of my closest adult friends and confidantes. Her name is Rebecca. Over the last few months she has been through a terrible cancer scare. The fabulous news came through yesterday that all is clear, and this blog sends all of it’s congratulations and love to her! And by the way, Lofty STILL fancies you. What’s the problem? He’s here, and such a stud, you’re there, and such a babe… I dunno… Women…Over and out, Ben xlast_img read more

BP selects Rice University to lead consortium of renowned universities to support

first_imgShareLong DescriptionBP selects Rice University to lead consortium of renowned universities to support its global technical learning programBP and Rice University today announced a long-term agreement to create a consortium which will advance technical learning and development in BP’s global Exploration and Production (E&P) business. The consortium, led by Rice, has developed a five-year plan that will invest in research and develop training techniques, enhancing the transfer of knowledge and technical skills among BP employees worldwide.  In addition to Rice, the consortium will include Baylor College of Medicine’s Center for Collaborative and Interactive Technologies in Houston and Heriot-Watt University, Imperial College and the University of Manchester in the U.K. ”Our partnership with these leading academic institutions is further evidence of BP’s use of learning and technological innovation to underpin its E&P growth strategy,” explained Andy Inglis, chief executive officer of BP E&P. BP selected Rice to lead the consortium because of the university’s extensive track record in collaboration with other higher education institutions. Based in Houston, Rice has seven highly ranked academic schools, including natural sciences and engineering, and is also home to more than 40 specialized institutes, centers and consortia.The consortium will support a worldwide program to promote knowledge transfer in the petrotechnical areas of subsurface geology, engineering, project management and operations. “This venture provides Rice and the consortium with opportunities to advance our development of progressive teaching methods,” Rice Provost Eugene Levy said. “We’re excited about helping to expand learning and development for emerging and established energy industry professionals and to influence teaching in science, engineering and other technical subjects.”BP’s Exploration and Production segment employs 10,000 petrotechnical professionals worldwide.# # #BP is an international company involved in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas; refining, marketing, supply and transportation of hydrocarbons; and manufacturing and marketing of petrochemicals, and solar and gas-fired power generation.www.bp.comRice University in Houston, Texas, is consistently ranked one of America’s best teaching and research universities. Known for its “unconventional wisdom,” Rice is distinguished by its: size — 3,001 undergraduates and 2,144 graduate students; selectivity –12 applicants for each place in the freshman class; resources — an undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio of 5-to-1; sixth largest endowment per student among American private research universities; residential college system, which builds communities that are both close-knit and diverse; and collaborative culture, which crosses disciplines, integrates teaching and research, and intermingles undergraduate and graduate work.www.rice.eduBaylor College of Medicine is the only private medical school in the Greater Southwest, is recognized as a premiere academic health science center and is known for excellence in education, research and patient care. Located in Houston, the college has total research support of more than $300 million and more than 90 research and patient-care centers and units. BCM trains more than 3,000 medical, graduate, nurse anesthesia, and physician assistant students, as well as residents and postdoctoral fellows.www.bcm.eduImperial College London, rated the world’s fifth best university in the 2007 Times Higher Education Supplement University Rankings, is a science-based institution with a reputation for excellence in teaching and research that attracts 12,000 students and 6,000 staff of the highest international quality. Innovative research at the college explores the interface between science, medicine, engineering and business, delivering practical solutions that improve quality of life and the environment — underpinned by a dynamic enterprise culture. www.imperial.ac.ukHeriot-Watt is one of the U.K.’s leading universities for business and industry and has a reputation for innovative education, enterprise and leading-edge research in science, business, engineering and design. The eighth oldest higher education institution in the U.K., it is often referred to as Scotland’s international university, with campuses in Scotland and Dubai and over 50 international academic learning partners.  Heriot-Watt has approximately 7,000 on-campus students in Scotland and approximately 10,000 students from 150 countries worldwide currently studying on international programs. More than a quarter of the student population studying on-campus in Scotland is from outside of the U.K.www.hw.ac.ukThe University of Manchester was formed Oct. 1, 2004 from the merger of the Victoria University of Manchester and UMIST.  It is now the largest single campus university in the U.K., with 38,000 students, 12,000 staff and a total business income of AddThislast_img read more

Rice University students move to campus Aug 18

first_imgShareRice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsMEDIA ADVISORYAmy Hodges713-348-6777amy.hodges@rice.eduRice University students move to campus Aug. 18HOUSTON – (Aug. 15, 2013) – Rice University’s Class of 2017 can expect a Texas-sized welcome Sunday as they move to campus and participate in O-Week, the weeklong orientation program to familiarize incoming students with their new campus, residential colleges and classmates.Who: Rice freshmen and upperclassmen.What: O-Week 2013 Move-In Day.When: 7:30-11:30 a.m. Aug. 18.Where: Rice University campus, 6100 Main St.For a full schedule of O-Week events, visit http://oweek.rice.edu.Members of the media are invited to attend. For more information or to arrange coverage, contact Amy Hodges at 713-348-6777 or amy.hodges@rice.edu.For a map of Rice University’s campus, go to http://www.rice.edu/maps/maps.html.-30-This news release can be found online at http://news-network.rice.edu/news.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 2 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/AboutRiceU. If you do not wish to receive news releases from Rice University, reply to this email and write “unsubscribe” in the subject line. Office of News and Media Relations – MS 300, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005 AddThislast_img read more

Baker Institute expert available to comment on possible merger of Dubai and

first_imgAddThis ShareEXPERT ALERTJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduBaker Institute expert available to comment on possible merger of Dubai and Abu Dhabi stock exchangesKrane: Merger cuts away a layer of bureaucracy that stands between foreign investors and UAE sharesHOUSTON – (Oct. 3, 2013) – The possible merger of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) stock exchanges in Dubai and Abu Dhabi is positive news for American and other foreign investors, according to an expert on Persian Gulf economics and politics at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.JIM KRANE“The merger of these two markets would cut away a layer of bureaucracy that stands between foreign investors and UAE shares and capitalize on the UAE’s recently granted emerging market status,” said Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. He said a merger between the Dubai and Abu Dhabi stock exchanges has been in the cards for years, but it fell off the agenda after Dubai’s real estate crash in 2008 and subsequent debt meltdown.“This is another sign that Dubai is emerging from the devastation of its 2009 debt meltdown, when the world yanked out its cash and Dubai teetered on the brink of default,” Krane said. “One of the lessons learned was that Dubai and Abu Dhabi are stronger when they collaborate, rather than when they compete.”Krane is the author of the 2009 book “City of Gold: Dubai and the Dream of Capitalism” (published in the United Kingdom under the title “Dubai: The Story of the World’s Fastest City”).The Baker Institute has a radio and television studio available for media who want to schedule an interview with Krane. For more information, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Krane biography: http://bakerinstitute.org/experts/jim-krane.Founded in 1993, the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston ranks among the top 20 university-affiliated think tanks globally and top 30 think tanks in the United States. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows and Rice University scholars. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog. last_img read more

Rice political expert available to discuss crucial primaries in Northeast

first_imgAddThis Share1Rice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy McCaig713-348-6777amym@rice.eduRice political expert available to discuss crucial primaries in NortheastHOUSTON – (April 18, 2016) – With crucial Northeast primaries looming for presidential candidates in both parties, Rice University political scientist Mark Jones is available to comment on what the April 19 contest in New York and the April 26 contests in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island mean for the 2016 presidential candidates.Mark Jones“The April 19 and 26 primaries are crucial for Donald Trump,” Jones said. “They represent an opportunity for Trump to throttle back some of the positive momentum Ted Cruz achieved coming up off his victory in Wisconsin at the start of the month and subsequent procedural victories that netted him delegates in other states.”Jones said that if Trump is very successful in these contests taking place across the Northeast – favorable terrain for Trump – during the latter half of April, his hopes will be raised of arriving at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland with an absolute majority (at least 1,237) of delegates committed to vote for him.  In contrast, if Trump performs less well then expected, for instance failing to win more than 50 percent of the vote statewide in New York or across most of its 27 congressional districts, his hopes of reaching the 1,237 threshold will be severely diminished, if not dashed.Jones also noted that John Kasich’s presence on the ballot will in some instances help bring about a Trump victory by splitting a majority anti-Trump vote at the state and/or congressional district level.“Kasich’s continued candidacy will in these contests (but not those in May and in June) on average aid broader Republican efforts to keep Trump as far away from 1,237 delegates as possible, especially if in New York Trump fails to win an absolute majority of the vote statewide and in most congressional districts,” Jones said. This would mean that instead of Trump winning all of New York’s 95 delegates, he would likely end up winning closer to 60 to 65.”On the Democratic side, Jones said that Hillary Clinton is expected to widen her delegate lead over Bernie Sanders during the final half of April, and in doing so will further consolidate her position as the Democratic Party’s de facto presidential nominee.Jones is a leading expert on Texas politics. He has been quoted nationally about Cruz’s political career, which he has followed extensively since Cruz’s days as solicitor general of Texas to the launching of a long-shot U.S. Senate bid to today. To speak with Jones, contact him directly at 832-466-6535.-30-This news release can be found online at http://news.rice.edu.Follow Rice News and Media Relations on Twitter @RiceUNews.Jones in the news:Fox 26: Analysts say Cruz poised to capture nomination at convention after Wisconsin winBloomberg Politics: Surging Cruz is Big Oil’s new crush as donors cool to BushLa Voz: Comienza la votación anticipada y podría decidir las primarias en Texas antes del Súper MartesRelated materials:Mark Jones biography: http://bakerinstitute.org/experts/mark-p-jones/Mark Jones Twitter handle: @MarkPJonesTXMark Jones headshot: http://news.rice.edu/files/2014/09/mark-jones.jpgPhoto credit: Rice University.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,910 undergraduates and 2,809 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for best quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/AboutRiceUniversity.last_img read more

Stanford GSB Study Finds Attitudes Can Predict Results

first_imgStanford GSB Study Finds Attitudes Can Predict Results Last Updated Jul 27, 2017 by Jonathan PfefferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail RelatedStanford Study Finds Correlation Between Polarizing Products and ConsumersStanford Graduate School of Business recently revealed a new study that explores how online product ratings influence consumer behavior. Marketing professors S. Christian Wheeler and Baba Shiv, along with Ph.D. graduate Bella Rozenkrants, published findings in the Journal of Consumer Research that seeks to demonstrate how “the impact of ratings depends on what you…June 29, 2017In “Featured Region”New Stanford Study Looks the Effect of the Status Quo BiasThere’s a bias to keep things the way they are, even if things aren’t going well, according to the Stanford Graduate School of Business. But what is the efficacy of the so-called “status quo bias?” Nobel Prize-winning economist Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein’s 2008 book Nudge popularized the default effect, which explains…February 6, 2018In “Featured Region”Stanford Finds Clear Link Between Personalities & Musical PreferencesStanford’s Graduate School of Business published an article last week on the startling connection between musical preferences and personalities revealed in a new paper, entitled “The Song Is You: Preferences for Musical Attribute Dimensions Reflect Personality,” co-authored by Stanford assistant professor of organizational behavior Michal Kosinski, music psychologist and lead…August 4, 2016In “Featured Region” regions: San Franciscocenter_img About the AuthorJonathan PfefferJonathan Pfeffer joined the Clear Admit and MetroMBA teams in 2015 after spending several years as an arts/culture writer, editor, and radio producer. In addition to his role as contributing writer at MetroMBA and contributing editor at Clear Admit, he is co-founder and lead producer of the Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast. He holds a BA in Film/Video, Ethnomusicology, and Media Studies from Oberlin College.View more posts by Jonathan Pfeffer The Stanford Graduate School of Business recently revealed new research that explores the conflict between how you feel, how you want to feel and how your desire to close the gap between the two are more predictive of the outcome.Stanford marketing professor and consumer behavior researcher S. Christian Wheeler, along with co-authors Kenneth G. DeMarree of the University at Buffalo, Cory J. Clark of Florida State, Pablo Briñol of Spain’s Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, and Richard E. Petty of Ohio State, conducted four studies to “gauge how people’s actual attitudes and desired attitudes govern their actions.” Wheeler explains his motivations behind the study:“Previous work has shown that discrepancies between actual and desired attitudes cause discomfort. It’s a tension people are motivated to reduce. People don’t like having discrepancies in their attitudes. So we wanted to examine the effects of that. Do people act and think differently because of those discrepancies?”For instance, if one likes to eat at McDonald’s but desires to actually dislike it, “that negative desired attitude also predicts behavior.” The study also illuminated that “people [who] sometimes desire to have different attitudes than what they actually hold … are likely to seek out favorable information, even if [their] actual attitude is less favorable.”Wheeler further explains, “One way to think about the study is that people are deliberately constructing their information environments in order to reach their desired evaluations, which in some cases can mean undermining their actual attitudes.”Reality constraints can occasionally overpower constructions of reality when it comes to shifting attitudes, says Wheeler. “You may wish you liked your job more than you do, and you may find ways to make it more palatable, but maybe your job really is bad.”The practical applications of the research has enormous potential. The fourth of the four studies “suggests that marketers can adapt products to meet consumers’ desired attitudes, or consumers can change their tastes to achieve a desired attitude.”Wheeler elaborates, “You may want to like peaty scotches or hoppy IPAs, but maybe you haven’t yet developed a taste for them. Acquired tastes are examples of when people successfully shift their actual attitudes more in line with their desired attitudes.”last_img read more

Report VA Hospital Left Body in Shower Room for 9 Hours

first_img(baypines.va.gov) Share this article US  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Staff at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Florida left the body of a veteran in a shower for nine hours after the veteran died and proper pickup procedures to the morgue weren’t followed.The Tampa Bay Times on Sunday reported that an internal investigation concluded that staff at the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System failed to provide appropriate post-mortem care to the veteran’s body.The investigative report said that leaving the body unattended for so long increased the chance of decomposition.The unnamed veteran died in February after spending time in hospice care. The hospital’s Administrative Investigation Board ordered retraining for staff.Hospital spokesman Jason Dangel said hospital officials view what happened as unacceptable but have implemented changes to make sure it doesn’t happen again.“We feel that we have taken strong, appropriate and expeditious steps to strengthen and improve our existing systems and processes within the unit,” Dangel said. “It is our expectation that each veteran is transported to their final resting place in the timely, respectful and honorable manner. America’s heroes deserve nothing less.” The investigation found that once the veteran died, hospice staff members requested a staffer known as a “transporter” to get the body moved to the morgue.The transporter told them to follow proper procedures and notify dispatchers, but that request was never made, so nobody showed up to take the body away.Instead, it was moved to a hallway in the hospice and then to the shower room where it was unattended for more than nine hours.Some hospice staff “demonstrated a lack of concern, attention and respect” for the veteran, according to the investigative report.The investigation also found that staff failed to check a 24-hour nursing report that would indicate whether the death was reported properly, and staff failed to update a nursing organizational chart that hampered efforts to determine who was in charge. center_img Share Report: VA Hospital Left Body in Shower Room for 9 Hours By The Associated Press December 11, 2016 Updated: December 11, 2016 Show Discussionlast_img read more

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray Resigns After Hes Accused of Abuse

first_img Seattle Mayor Ed Murray will resign tomorrow, according to local media reports. It comes after allegations emerged that he sexually abused a younger cousin decades ago—the fifth person to do so.“While the allegations against me are not true, it is important that my personal issues do not affect the ability of our City government to conduct the public’s business,” Murray said in a statement, according to The Seattle Times.Murray, a Democrat, said the resignation is effective immediately 5 p.m. Wednesday.City Councilmember Bruce Harrell will be Seattle’s mayor in Murray’s absence.Five people have publicly accused Murray of sexual abuse. On Tuesday, the Times reported that his 54-year-old cousin, Joseph Dyer, said that the mayor abused him at Dyer’s mother’s home in Medford, New York, in the 1970s.“I have had enough. … Something has got to be done,” Dyer said, according to Fox News. Another one of Murray’s accusers, Lloyd Anderson, issued a statement: “I feel victory, but saddened that it required another victim to come forward for him to resign. I wonder how many other victims are out there.”Murray claimed that Dyer’s accusation stemmed from a family dispute.“To the people of this special city and to my dedicated staff, I am sorry for this painful situation,” Murray said, reported KIRO7.“In the interest of an orderly transition of power, Council President Bruce Harrell will become Mayor upon my resignation, and will decide within the following five days whether he will fill out the remainder of my term. During this time Director of Operations Fred Podesta has been tasked with leading the transition,” he said. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray Resigns After He’s Accused of Abuse By Epoch Newsroom September 12, 2017 Updated: September 12, 2017  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US Ed Murray (SounderBruce / Wikipedia) center_img Share this article Show Discussion Sharelast_img read more

Floyd Mayweathers Beverly Hills Mansion Burglarized

first_imgProfessional Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. arrives to the premiere of Open Road Films’ “A Haunted House 2” at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California on April 16, 2014. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images) Show Discussion Floyd Mayweather’s Beverly Hills Mansion Burglarized By Janita Kan November 29, 2017 Updated: November 29, 2017 US News  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share Burglars broke into Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s $26 million mansion in Southern California and stole at least $10,000 worth of valuables, on Wednesday, Nov. 28.According to TMZ, the former professional boxer was out of the country at the time of the robbery. This is the latest case in a string of celebrity and athlete home burglaries in the Los Angeles area.Dodgers star, Yasiel Puig, was the last celebrity to be robbed before Mayweather. According to TMZ, more than half a million dollars worth of jewelry was taken, including 3 high-end Rolex watches. Other celebrities who were recently hit by high-stakes burglaries include Mariah Carey, Alanis Morissette, Demi Lovato, Drake, and Nicki Minaj, reported TMZ. Police said in a statement that the burglary was reported on Wednesday at 3 p.m. The items allegedly stolen were “luggage, sunglasses, and accessories,” according to police. An investigation into the burglary is still ongoing with no suspect currently available, police said.“Because this is an active investigation, no additional details are available for release at this time,” Lieutenant Elisabeth Albanese said in the statement. Dear reader, we have a little favor to ask of you. We work hard to deliver important and interesting articles to you, but we can’t do it without ad revenue.Please help support independent journalism by sharing this article with your friends and family. It takes less than a minute. Thank you!From NTD.tv Follow Janita on Twitter: @janitakan Share this article This is not the first time Mayweather’s homes have been burglarized, according to Bleacher Report.In August 2008, an intruder broke into his Las Vegas home and stole $7 million worth of jewelry, the boxer claimed. His Las Vegas home was again burglarized in February this year when he was away in Los Angeles celebrating his 40th birthday, reported USA Today.last_img read more

Migrant Caravan Frustrates an Administration That Wants Stronger Border Controls

first_img  QualityAuto 720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Claiming AsylumReceiving hordes of asylum-seekers—especially from the Central American countries of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala—is not a new phenomenon for the United States. In March alone, almost 40,000 families and minors crossed the southwest border illegally, and most went on to seek asylum. The caravan, however, has gained the public’s attention, mostly because it has highlighted its trek north through its San Diego-based organization called Pueblo Sin Fronteras (which means “town without borders”). Usually, asylum-seekers pay smugglers and cartels to get them across the border, so it’s not broadcast.Pueblo Sin Fronteras says on its website that it aims to “build solidarity bridges among peoples and turndown border walls imposed by greed.”On April 26, the group issued a press release on Facebook, saying, “We demand the right to seek asylum.”The release cited Section 1225 of U.S. Code Title 8, which says noncitizens with credible fear of persecution in their home country can seek asylum in the United States. Members of a caravan of Central Americans wait to walk from Mexico into the United States and seek asylum in Tijuana, Mexico, on April 29, 2018. (David McNew/Getty Images)Anyone who is arrested by Border Patrol after entering illegally, or who is arrested at a port of entry for not having the required travel documentation, can claim credible fear. The person is then screened by an asylum officer to assess the credible fear claim. “Asylum officers grant anywhere between 75 and 90 percent of all those requests,” said Art Arthur, former immigration court judge and current resident fellow in law and policy at the Center for Immigration Studies. Those who pass the assessment are released into the United States with a court date to determine their asylum status many years down the road. This is also known as “catch and release,” which Trump has also been outspoken about. “Catch and release is ridiculous. If they touch our property, if they touch our country, essentially you catch them and you release them into our country,” he said. “That’s not acceptable to anybody. So we need a change in the law.”After six months of a pending case, the asylum-seeker is able to get work authorization. Many simply do not show up at their court appointment, and of the ones that do, about 13 percent are granted asylum, according to fiscal year 2016 numbers, when more than 65,000 asylum applications were received.However, 23,868 of those fell into the “Other” category, which most often means the cases were administratively closed or terminated, according to the Executive Office for Immigration Review, which oversees immigration courts.  The number of asylum claims from Honduran nationals has skyrocketed over the last several years. However, the number granted asylum has hovered around the 5 percent mark. In fiscal year 2012, around 1,550 Hondurans applied for asylum and 73 were granted—a 4.7 percent rate. Another 197 were classified as “other.” In fiscal year 2016, almost 11,000 Hondurans applied and 620 were granted—a 5.7 rate—while another 2,247 were classified as “other.”Detention Arthur said the detention system is currently the key to whether the caravan will open the floodgates to more and more claims. “So if they end up getting detained until the asylum determination is made, we probably won’t see as many [following],” he said. “If they end up releasing them [into the United States], we’re going to see more.”He said he has heard indications that the heads of CBP, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services would all prefer the Secretary of Homeland Security to detain the asylum-seekers pending a final decision.However, detention facilities are often full (hence catch and release) and there are restrictions placed on the length of time individuals can be detained. Family units are transferred from Border Patrol to ICE, which must release them after 20 days.“We cannot possibly get a removal order within three weeks, which means we have to release these family units,” a senior administration official said on April 2.Family detention space is limited, yet family units are the largest group of asylum-seekers crossing the southwest border illegally. Additionally, minors are required to be transferred to Health and Human Services within 72 hours of being picked up by Border Patrol—at which time the Department of Homeland Security loses track of them. Unaccompanied minors—those under 18 traveling without an adult—from anywhere but Mexico and Canada cannot be turned back, so the United States is forced to accept them, even if they cannot verify their age, identity, credible fear status, or criminal background. Most minors are released by Health and Human Services within about 45 days to a parent or family member already living in the United States, often illegally.Trump is calling for Congress to close the loopholes that force catch and release and the inability to return minors to countries in Central America or other noncontiguous countries. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen speaks during a press briefing at the White House in Washington on April 4, 2018. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)ArrestsSecretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen said on April 25 that her department is monitoring the caravan and “is doing everything within our authorities to secure our borders and enforce the law.”“Let me be clear: We will enforce the immigration laws as set forth by Congress. If you enter our country illegally, you have broken the law and will be referred for prosecution,” Nielsen said. She said asylum-seekers from the caravan should seek protections in the first safe country they enter, such as Mexico.“The smugglers, traffickers, and criminals understand our legal loopholes better than Congress and are effectively exploiting them to their advantage,” she said.  The Department of Justice announced on April 30 the prosecution of 11 suspected caravan members for illegally entering the United States. All were arrested two to four miles west of the San Ysidro crossing. In the statement, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California Adam Braverman said commitment to the rule of law is the foundation of the American Dream“These 11 defendants face charges now because they believed themselves to be above the law,” he said. “Those seeking entry into the United States must pledge fidelity to the law, not break them, or else face criminal prosecution.”Five of the defendants were apprehended in a group of 18 illegal immigrants, including 13 from Honduras, three from India, and one each from Guatemala and Mexico. Another three were part of a group of seven illegal immigrants—six from El Salvador and one from Honduras. Border Patrol agents in the San Diego Border Sector have apprehended nearly 11 percent (more than 4,000) of the total southwest illegal border crossers so far in fiscal year 2018. Trump said the several thousand National Guard members that have been deployed to the southwest border are having a “big impact.”“But we need a change in the law,” he said. “We have to have strong immigration laws to protect our country.” Show Discussion  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Recommended Video: The National Guard Has Started Deploying Troops to the U.S.–Mexico Border  Rewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Follow Charlotte on Twitter: @charlottecuthbo Migrant Caravan Frustrates an Administration That Wants Stronger Border Controls By Charlotte Cuthbertson May 2, 2018 Updated: May 6, 2018 Sharecenter_img Trump Presidency WASHINGTON—As the “caravan” of migrants enters the United States from Tijuana, Mexico, the administration is trying to send a message of stronger border enforcement policies, but it is hamstrung by loopholes in U.S. immigration law. Around 100 members of the caravan ended up in Tijuana, Mexico, on April 29, with the intention of crossing the border at the San Ysidro port of entry and claiming asylum based on a “credible fear” of returning to their home country. Most are from Honduras. They were met by an announcement from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that the San Ysidro port of entry had reached capacity for people entering the United States without proper documentation.“Depending upon port circumstances at the time of arrival, those individuals may need to wait in Mexico as CBP officers work to process those already within our facilities,” said CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan, in a statement on April 29. “As sufficient space and resources become available, CBP officers will be able to take additional individuals into the port for processing.”  The closure was short-lived, and processing resumed on April 30. Kevin McAleenan, commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, speaks at a congressional hearing in Washington on April 25, 2018. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times) San Ysidro is the country’s busiest port of entry, with more than 100,000 travelers passing through each day. A CBP spokesperson said port capacity is dependent on a number of factors, including holding space, overall port volume of traffic, officer resources, complexity of cases, medical needs, translation requirements, and enforcement actions.  “In recent days, San Ysidro has exceeded port capacity due to an increase in arrivals of undocumented persons making asylum claims or presenting complex cases,” the official said. Last weekend wasn’t the first time San Ysidro has limited its entry. It has happened as recently as within the past six months, and in 2016, entry was restricted when an influx of Haitians arrived at the California border, according to the CBP official.President Donald Trump said he has been closely watching the caravan’s progress. “Our immigration laws in this country are a total disaster,” Trump said during a press conference on April 30. “We are a nation of laws—we have to have borders. If we don’t have borders, we don’t have a country.”Trump said images of the San Ysidro area, with people sitting atop the border fence, show that “even though it’s not a particularly good wall,” it’s working. “If you didn’t have that, you’d have thousands of people just pouring into our country,” Trump said, again calling for the need for additional barriers along the border. 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first_img Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Child in Video Who Was Left Outside Home With No Adult Is Identified: Report By Jack Phillips October 18, 2018 Updated: October 18, 2018 Officials with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office in Texas confirmed the identity of the boy who was seen in a video being left at a woman’s doorstep.About 12 hours after the incident unfolded, deputies said they found his father.The boy’s father lives next door to the home in the surveillance video. He confirmed the child in the video is Prince Simmons, ABC7 reported.In the 23-second-long clip, a smiling woman could be seen leaving the child and knocking several times. ABC7 reported that a woman heard the knocking and saw the boy standing there with no adult.The resident showed the footage to deputies. She arrived at the home in a white passenger car and was seen running toward the front of the home while lifting the child by one arm.The incident took place in Spring, Texas, at around 8:20 p.m. on Oct. 17. woman leaves boy on doorstep The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office in Texas posted video footage that appears to show a woman abandoning a 2-year-old child on a stranger’s doorstep. (Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office)“When Deputies arrived they viewed video surveillance and observed a black female arrive at the residence in a white passenger car. The suspect is observed running toward the front door of the residence while lifting the child in the air by one arm,” said the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. “Once the suspect arrives at the front door she rings the doorbell, knocks on the door and then flees back to her vehicle.”Officials said in a statement that she also left several bags she was carrying. The woman appears to be in her mid-20s to early 30s with long hair. She also has several tattoos on her right arm.“Child Protective Services responded to the scene and took custody of the child and are assisting in identifying the child’s family,” according to the sheriff’s office.The child is in good health, the sheriff’s office said.Those who have information about the suspect in the case are asked to call Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office 936-760-5800 or contact Multi-County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-392-STOP. QualityAuto 720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video center_img US News Share Show Discussionlast_img read more

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first_imgThe Jacksonville Zoo in Florida announced the death of 21-year-old giraffe Duke, which sired 18 calves since 2003. (Jacksonville Zoo) Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussion Share this articlecenter_img The Jacksonville Zoo in Florida announced the death of 21-year-old giraffe Duke, which sired 18 calves since 2003.“Unlike a person with extremely acute arthritis, an immobile giraffe is unable to utilize braces, canes or other mechanized assistance. Once a giraffe goes down, their prospects are bleak at best,” said Deputy Zoo Director Dan Maloney.Zoo officials stated that the large ruminant was taking medication for severe arthritis. The animal was euthanized after zoo staff found it in its barn, unable to stand on Dec. 11. “Early Tuesday morning, giraffe keepers found Duke sitting in the barn and unable to easily get up. After encouraging him to stand, and seeing him unable, the difficult decision to humanely euthanize the treasured giraffe was made,” said the zoo in a statement to First Coast News.Three of Duke’s offspring, Figi, Dixon, and JoJo, live at the Jacksonville Zoo. giraffe in the zoo is now dead Zoo officials stated that the large ruminant was taking medication for severe arthritis. The animal was euthanized on Dec. 11 after zoo staff found it in its barn, unable to stand. (Jacksonville Zoo)“We were lucky to have had the opportunity to get to know and work with such a special giraffe,” said Mammal Supervisor Corey Neatrour. “If he had lived another 100 years, it would not have been enough time with him.” According to the zoo, Duke died “surrounded by his trusted keepers and with the rest of the herd near.”A full examination of the animal is scheduled to see if there are any other underlying reasons for the death.It comes a few days after a giraffe at Ohio’s Columbus Zoo died after giving birth via C-section.A giraffe in South Africa File photo: A giraffe in South Africa in 2013. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)“We want to thank everyone for their support and concern during this difficult time for our team,” it wrote on Facebook.Zoo officials said Cami had an emergency C-section to deliver the calf, which died during birth, the statement said.The animal was being monitored 24 hours per day by animal care experts, but the giraffe collapsed around 1 a.m. on Dec. 7, and was unable to get back up.The veterinary team immobilized her to assess her condition and provide fluids, but she passed a short time later. “Initial bloodwork suggested acute kidney failure, but a full necropsy will be conducted with pathology results expected in approximately six weeks,” said zoo staff in the statement.The International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Species Survival Commission, meanwhile, said that three giraffe subspecies are now listed as  “critically endangered.”“Whilst giraffe are commonly seen on safari, in the media, and in zoos, people—including conservationists—are unaware that these majestic animals are undergoing a silent extinction. While giraffe populations in southern Africa are doing just fine, the world’s tallest animal is under severe pressure,” said Dr. Julian Fennessy of the organization.“This is a conservation success story and highlights the value of making proactive giraffe conservation and management efforts in critical populations across the continent,” stated Arthur Muneza, East-Africa Coordinator of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, in the report. US News 21-Year-Old Giraffe Duke Euthanized by Jacksonville Zoo: Reports By Jack Phillips December 12, 2018 Updated: December 12, 2018last_img read more

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first_img US News Share Wyoming Cowboys fans display a poster after the championship game of the Mountain West Conference basketball tournament against the San Diego State Aztecs at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on March 14, 2015. (David Becker/Getty Images)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   UW’s Committee on Woman and People of Color reacted similarly, saying it “risks casting UW as a place where only people who identify with white, male, and able-bodied connotations of ‘cowboy’ belong.”Communications professor Tracey Owens Patton also claimed “what goes behind the term cowboy” is “erasure, racism, sexism, heterosexism, and genocide,” reported the Journal.UW President Nichols later defended the slogan in the university’s magazine. She noted that the video has been viewed close to 400,000 times on the unpaid web platforms where they placed it.“As the anthem video states, it’s not what you are that makes you a Cowboy or Cowgirl, but who you are,” she wrote. “We expect very positive results in the form of increased inquiries and enrollment of prospective students—in addition to sales of “The World Needs More Cowboys” merchandise.” University’s Decision to Keep ‘Controversial’ Cowboy Slogan Pays Off By Bowen Xiao March 18, 2019 Updated: March 19, 2019 UW Associate Vice President for Marketing and Communications Chad Baldwin said in a 2018 statement that the response from the people of Wyoming had been “overwhelmingly positive.”It comes as President Donald Trump vowed on March 2 to sign an executive order that will require universities and colleges to protect free speech on campuses or risk losing federal research funds.UW student Jessie Leach, also a correspondent to Campus Reform told Fox & Friends last week that “outrage culture” on campuses was to blame.“I was born and raised in Wyoming … and I’ve never once related the words cowboy with ‘genocide,’ ‘xenophobia,’ anything like that,” she said. “When they claim that this slogan is sexist and it’s xenophobic—cowboys exist all over the world. But beyond that … they’re completely missing the point. The point of the slogan is to say the world needs more people with the cowboy spirit, and that’s the spirit of hard work, determination, self-reliance, and integrity.” Follow Bowen on Twitter: @BowenXiao3 Share this article A decision from the University of Wyoming’s (UW) board of trustees to keep its school’s cowboy slogan featured in a promotional video in July 2018 has paid off—despite around two dozen professors who claimed the slogan was sexist and xenophobic, among other criticisms.The college’s new marketing tagline, “The World Needs More Cowboys” encouraged students to be courageous—regardless of their gender. The school’s mascot is also a cowboy.UW President Laurie Nichols described the slogan as defining the “inner spirit of curiosity and boldness that all who call themselves Cowboys and Cowgirls can identify with—no matter their race or gender, or whether they’re students, employees, alumni or other supporters.” Amid the criticisms and protests, the college’s board voted unanimously to move forward with the campaign, which has since reaped the benefits, including national awards.UW’s bookstore sold out of T-shirts with the cowboy tagline in the first week they hit the shelves. The college, responding to demand, put the slogan on a range of other products and sold roughly 5,000 items in the first six months. Between July and December 2018, royalties were up $38,000 over the same period in 2017 as the school licensed 143 different products with the tagline to third-party vendors, The Wall Street Journal reported.During the protest, associate professor of kinesiology and health Christine Porter complained that the word “cowboy” invokes a “white, macho, male, able-bodied, heterosexual, U.S.-born person” according to Campus Reform. Show Discussionlast_img read more

first_img A mother whose son was killed by an illegal immigrant demanded justice Wednesday, March 20, after the killer was given a light sentence.“My son, he was a very … he loved life. He lived life as if every day was the last day. And I didn’t intend for his last day to come so soon,” Cameo Robinson said Wednesday on “Fox & Friends.”Jamar Beach was riding his motorcycle in North Carolina on Sept. 1, 2018 when Cruz Carmona failed to yield and crashed into Beach’s bike. Beach was then decapitated, and Carmona kept driving.“At that point, yes, it was an accident,” Robinson said. “However, Mr. Cruz Carmona never stopped. He decapitated my son and kept going with his body lodged in the side of the van. And so for me, that’s not an accident. That was a choice at that point.”Carmona only received 20-33 months in prison after prosecutors said they couldn’t pursue further charges without evidence, according to WRAL. He could be released in as little as 14 months with credit for time served. WATCH: Share this article Show Discussion Stock photo of police tape. (Carl Ballou/Shutterstock)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   “For me it comes to mind that you had no type of caring or empathy for life itself,” Robinson said.(RELATED: Supremes To Decide If States Can Prosecute Illegal Immigrants For Identity Theft)“Because, for you to drive away with a body lodged in a van and you were not alone. You had friends in the van. So for a van-load full of people to have a body come across them, they had to move my son and then you parked the van in a parking space … because I did look at the crime scene pictures. You parked in a parking space and walked 20 feet home or wherever you went to. And at that point, you never called the paramedics, the ambulance, or anything at that point.”Robinson said Carmona should be deported along with any illegal immigrant who commits a major crime.“Him being in the country illegally, that is — there’s so much of that going on nowadays. Especially down in North Carolina, but his punishment should be deportation,” she said.“And although he will probably return, that still should be his punishment because he’s committed a crime, so therefore, he doesn’t deserve the opportunity to live in the land of the free. Because he should have been at home taking care of his family. He is married, with two young children himself. So, for him to be here, making money and sending it home to Mexico, either you stay in Mexico or you come here and get yourself legal and then start your life in the land of the free.”By Nick Givas US News Mother Whose Son Was Killed by an Illegal Immigrant Demands Justice After Judge’s Light Sentence By The Daily Caller News Foundation March 20, 2019 Updated: March 20, 2019 Sharelast_img read more

Facebook Prineville Oregon Data Center Offers Free Event to Help Boost Small

first_img Facebook Pinterest Facebook Prineville, Oregon Data Center Offers Free Event to Help Boost Small Businesses By CBN 0 Tumblr The Facebook for Small Business Event on November 24 will offer expert help on how to connect with customers through social media.Facebook Prineville Data Center is supporting small businesses through its Facebook for Small Business Event, which is being held at Crook County High School on Monday, November 24.Through a special partnership with local small business organizations, Facebook will present a panel of experts from its Small Business Team. During the hour-long presentation, they will share Facebook best practices and success stories with event attendees, plus strategies on how to grow, manage and understand their small business identity through this social media platform. Community non-profit organizations and public entities are also welcome to attend.Since Facebook launched its Small Business Boost program, tens of thousands of small business owners nationally have learned how to connect with some of Facebook’s 1.3 billion users. A similar event held in Bend, Oregon in Spring 2014 drew more than 250 small business owners.Facebook for Small Business is free and open to the public. Registration is available at fbprineville.eventbrite.com.WHENMonday, November 24, 2014• 9:30am – Check-in & Networking Expo• 10-11am – PresentationWHERECrook County High School – Commons Area1100 SE Lynn Street, Prineville, OR 97754CONTACTLee Weinstein+1 (503) 708-0402lee@weinsteinpr.comFounded in 2004, Facebook’s mission is to make the world more open and connected. People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what’s going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them. LinkedIncenter_img Twitter Email E-Headlines Share. on November 13, 2014 Google+last_img read more

Are Mom Dad Safe at Home

first_img Twitter 0 on December 11, 2014 By John and Susan Battle of Paul Battle Senior Care Advocates Share. Facebook LinkedIn Email Are Mom & Dad Safe at Home? Tumblr Google+ E-Headlines Whether aging adults are safe living at home is a question many adult children ask about their parents, especially if they live at a distance. The answer is complex, loaded with emotion and varies as Mom and Dad’s health changes. Most seniors want to remain in their home.Having to move to a “facility” is perceived as a sign of advancing age and failing health, something no one wants to admit. They often fear it will mean the loss of independence. How to afford the move can be an even bigger concern. And yet, living safely in your environment is of paramount importance. Here are some questions to ask when trying to decide if Mom and Dad are safe.Are they at risk of falling and can they get help quickly if they do fall or have another emergency? Falls are the most common cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries among seniors. Many factors increase a senior’s fall risk including medications, bowel and bladder issues, sensory and neurological decline, difficulty walking, tripping hazards in the home, poor lighting and even pets. Osteoporosis increases the risk of a fracture if they do fall and medications can increase the risk of bleeding. Some of these fall risks can be corrected with minimal expense. Others require more planning.Are they able to manage their own medications? Medication errors result in 28 percent of senior hospitalizations. On average, people over the age of 80 take 18 prescription medications per year. Seniors often have difficulty reading the small print on medication bottles. They frequently forget to take their medications, don’t understand the doctors’ instructions or don’t understand the purpose and side effects of the medications. Self adjusting medications can lead to serious health problems.Are they getting good nutrition and eating properly to manage other health conditions? Are they losing weight? Does food spoil in the refrigerator? As seniors’ memory begins to fail the risk of a fire from a forgotten pot on the stove increases. Seniors often eat more prepared food because of the convenience and smaller portions. These foods tend to be high in salt, fat and calories and low in fiber. Difficulty swallowing or tremors can make eating more difficult.Are they able to safely perform the activities of daily living? Personal hygiene sometimes becomes poor because they have difficulty bathing or getting to the bathroom in time. A dirty or cluttered house may be a sign they are no longer able to maintain their own home. An early sign of dementia can be utilities being turned off because they forgot to pay the bill. Lack of transportation may become apparent when they miss doctors’ appointments or stop refilling their medications. Minor traffic accidents, tickets or getting lost may be a sign they are no longer safe driving.Are they socially isolated or have they stopped participating in activities they used to enjoy? Depression is an often overlooked problem with seniors which can lead to increased pain, deconditioning, increased fall risk, self medication and general decline in health. Social isolation is associated with an increased rate of Alzheimer’s disease and mortality.Are they becoming more confused or forgetful? Decline in cognitive functioning can be related to a number of issues including medications and untreated medical problems and should not be dismissed as advancing age. Wandering can be very dangerous, especially with winter approaching. Changes in personality and mood with advancing dementia can become a danger to the patient and other family members if not controlled. Increased confusion makes seniors more vulnerable to fraud and abuse and they often need help managing their finances to prevent this abuse.Are Mom or Dad’s caregiver taking care of themselves? We too often see family caregivers who are exhausted, losing weight, depressed and in declining health because they are neglecting themselves to care for their loved one. I often ask them, “If you don’t take care of yourself and something happens to you, then who will care for your loved one?”Many changes affecting seniors’ safety at home occur gradually. Family members who see Mom and Dad regularly may not notice the changes. The seniors themselves often do not see the changes in themselves.Family members who come to visit for the holidays may be the first to recognize a decline. Seniors are often able to compensate and cover up the changes in familiar surroundings, but become more confused when away from home. Sudden changes can be a symptom of a new or worsening health problem or a medication change and should be investigated.If you are concerned about your loved one’s safety, it is time to discuss the situation with a professional. Make an appointment with their doctor if you are concerned about a new health issue or worsening confusion. Contact a Professional Geriatric Care Manager to get help in planning how to care for Mom and Dad as changes occur, to plan for future care and to give yourself the peace of mind that Mom and Dad are getting the best possible care.Paul Battle Senior Care Advocates is the first and only certified geriatric care management firm in Central Oregon. We can provide an in-home assessment to help determine if Mom and Dad are safe at home and develop a long-term care plan. Call Paul Battle Senior Care Advocates at 877-867-1437, send us an email at info@PaulBattle.com or visit our web page at www.PaulBattle.com. 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Forest Service Presents Climate Change Information

first_img on March 8, 2016 Presentation on March 14 to discuss projected climate change effects in South-Central Oregon.A nationally known forest researcher with the Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station and a researcher with the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at the University of Washington jointly will present their recent assessments of the impact of climate change on national forests in South-Central Oregon in Bend.Dr. Dave Peterson. senior research biologist with the Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station, and Dr. Jessica Halofsky, research ecologist with the University of Washington’s School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, will discuss their studies on the impacts of climate change in South-Central Oregon on Monday, March 14 from 6 to 7:30pm in Willie Hall at Central Oregon Community College’s Coats Campus Center, 2600 NW College Way. The presentation is free and open to the public.Dr. Petersonis a well-known researcher on climate change andshares the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his contributions to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Dr. Halofsky coordinated the climate change vulnerability studies on the national forests in Oregon. Following their presentation the public will be able to discuss the information with the researchers.For the past year, scientists and local resource managers worked together to assess how climate change may affect water resources, fisheries, vegetation, wildlife and recreation on public lands of the Deschutes, Ochoco and Fremont-Winema National Forests, the Crooked River National Grassland and Crater Lake National Park. In addition to this research, these same public agencies formed the South-Central Oregon Adaptation Partnership (SCOAP) to seek solutions for coping with the effects of a warmer climate on public lands.Preliminary findings of the assessment also are being shared during a Climate Change workshop with researchers and land managers in Redmond, Ore. on March 15-16, 2016. Workshop participants will develop adaptation strategies, which may be used to minimize negative impacts from climate change.Following the workshop, the final assessment will be peer reviewed and published by the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station. The results will be available to federal agencies, other landowners, and the general public. For more information about the SCOAP assessment, see http://adaptationpartners.org/scoap. Pinterest Email By CBN E-Headlines LinkedIn Twittercenter_img Share. Google+ Facebook 0 Forest Service Presents Climate Change Information Tumblrlast_img read more

Bendbased Ruffwear Donates 50000 to The Conservation Alliances Public Lands Defense Fund

first_img on August 15, 2017 Pinterest Share. By CBN (Photo above courtesy of Ruffwear)Demonstrating its commitment to protecting wild places for their habitat and recreation values, Ruffwear, a leader in performance dog gear, has donated $50,000 to The Conservation Alliance’s Public Lands Defense Fund.“We believe in serving our community and protecting wild places,” said Ruffwear President, Will Blount. “Many of the moments we cherish most with our dogs take place on our public lands. The Conservation Alliance is doing critical work to safeguard public lands and waterways, and this donation is our contribution to that effort to ensure that future generations of pups and people will be able to experience America’s natural treasures.The Conservation Alliance is an organization of businesses whose collective contributions support grassroots environmental organizations and their efforts to protect wild places where outdoor enthusiasts recreate. Since its inception in 1989, The Conservation Alliance has contributed more than $18 million to help protect more than 50 million acres of wildlands; 2,991 miles of rivers; stop or remove 29 dams; designate five marine reserves; and purchase 12 climbing areas.“We are grateful to Ruffwear for demonstrating such leadership in our shared effort to protect and defend public lands,” said John Sterling, executive director of The Conservation Alliance. “These lands are the backbone of outdoor recreation in America.”The Public Lands Defense Fund launched in January 2017 with donations from Patagonia, The North Face, KEEN, GU and Arc’teryx. To date, $150,000 from this fund has been distributed to grassroots organizations working to oppose giving public lands to the states or to private interests; defend America’s bedrock conservation laws; and defend previous presidents’ National Monument designations.Since 2007, Ruffwear has been an active member of The Conservation Alliance, paying annual dues based on revenue. Beyond its dues, the brand and its employees have supported The Conservation Alliance by performing land restoration work in local Backyard Collectives, raising funds through product sales at the Outdoor Retailer Show, sending staff to Washington, D.C. to voice the brands’ commitment to protecting wild places, and most recently, marching in the March for Public Lands in both Salt Lake City and Bend.RuffwearRuffwear’s mission is to build performance dog gear to enhance and inspire exploration for outdoor adventurers and their human companions. Ruffwear Performance Dog Gear™ combines technology, quality, fit, function, and safety to meet the needs of active and adventurous canines and their humans.Ruffwear is committed to enhancing the lives of all dogs and their human companions through relationships with Best Friends Animal Society and The Conservation Alliance. Through its Ruff Adventure Dog Adoption Program with Best Friends, Ruffwear covers the cost of adoption fees and travel expenses for newly adopted dogs from their Kanab, Utah sanctuary, as well as a new Ruffwear collar and leash to go home with. To date, 71 dogs have been placed in their forever homes through the program. By protecting wild places for their habitat and recreation values through membership in The Conservation Alliance, Ruffwear works to ensure there are plenty of wild, open spaces for dogs and their humans to enjoy together.Based in Bend, Oregon, USA, Ruffwear sells its products through specialty pet and outdoor retailers as well as at www.ruffwear.com. For Ruffwear media inquiries, please contact Kate Ketschek at kate@revolutionhousemedia.com. Tumblr 0 Twittercenter_img Google+ Facebook Bend-based Ruffwear Donates $50,000 to The Conservation Alliance’s Public Lands Defense Fund LinkedIn E-Headlines Emaillast_img read more

How Does Consumer Debt Impact on Interest Rates and Viceversa

first_img Pinterest E-Headlines 0 How Does Consumer Debt Impact on Interest Rates (and Vice-versa)? Tumblr By CBN Google+ Share.center_img If you’re unfamiliar with the macroeconomic climate, it’s quite fascinating to study precisely how this works. In simple terms, this refers to the branch of economics that analyses how the aggregate economy behaves, including the interaction between measures such as inflation, interest rates and gross domestic product (GDP) growth.In the current climate, it’s been particularly interesting to review the relationship between consumer debt and interest rates. While artificially low interest rates encouraged spending and fuelled the rise in consumer debt throughout 2017, for example, the subsequent Bank of England (BoE) hike at the end of last year increased the burden facing customers.In this post, we’ll review this relationship in further detail, while asking what this means for customers and the economy as a whole.Charting the Last 18 Months – The Precarious Balance between Consumer Debt and Interest RatesFor more than a decade following the Great Recession, the BoE refused to raise the base interest rate and kept this fixed at 0.25%. The objective of this was clear; as the BoE looked to encourage consumer spending and drive economic growth in a deceptively challenging climateThis approach began to share dividends in some respects last year, as consumers borrowed more and increased the amount that they spent across a wealth of industries and marketplaces. As the UK saw its cumulative consumer debt burden increase to £200 billion during this time, however, economists began to suggest that this may be unsustainable over any concerted period of time.Then, in November of last year, the BoE took the largely unexpected and controversial decision to increase the base rate to 0.5%, bringing it in line with North America’s Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank (ECB). As a result, the amount that customers were forced to repay on unsecured debts suddenly increased, causing an incremental hike to their burden and one that some may have struggled to cope with.When you also consider the impact of stagnant wage growth and a disproportionately high inflation rate of 2.4% (which is far above the BoE’s target of 2%), even this relatively small increase has put the squeeze on consumers while arguably trapping those who had been previously encouraged to spend in a recurring debt cycle.How will this Relationship Evolve in the Near-term?Some have pointed to an obvious contradiction in the BoE’s approach, while criticising the timing of the base rate hike. After all, spending and borrowing had been encouraged to the point where debt levels were causing considerable concerns, with the rate hike seeming to compound this issue and leaving households struggling to service their debt.It’s interesting to note that the BoE has refused to unveil any further hikes since last November, as disposable income levels in the UK have fallen to their lowest level since 2005. This created a scenario where customers and households could scarcely afford another base rate hike, particularly while attempting to service their debt across both unsecured loans and variable rate mortgage agreements.So, while a further hike to 0.75% has been mooted for August, for now customers have been allowed a period of consolidation as the BoE look to balance the needs of debtors with the stimulation of economic growth.The Last WordWhile households may ultimately choose to reduce the impact of interest rate hikes by consolidating their debts into a single, manageable payment, it’s also important that businesses pay heed to consumer debt levels and the strategy deployed by the BoE.After all, negative sentiment, rising debt and decreased borrowing will have a negative impact on spending, potentially forcing businesses to adapt their pricing strategies. Even though the base rate has remained unchanged since November, a further hike next month could create even greater uncertainty and have a detrimental impact on business growth.We must wait and see what August brings, of course, but there’s no doubt that the relationship between consumer debt and interest rates is creating a difficult challenge for the BoE in the current climate. Facebook Twitter LinkedIn on August 15, 2018 Emaillast_img read more

How to Publicize Your Community Event

first_img E-Headlines LinkedIn Twitter Facebook 0 Pinterest By CBN Tumblrcenter_img How to Publicize Your Community Event Google+ Email on November 6, 2018 Share. If you are active in your local community, there’s a good chance that you’ll be asked to help organize an event such as an art show, music festival, street party, or other local celebration. Staging events like these is one of the wonderful things about living in a vibrant community, and while it can be hard work getting involved, it’s also a lot of fun and highly rewarding.The best organizers recognize the talents of their volunteers and assign tasks that match their abilities, but you can’t always find an expert in every required field when you’re relying on volunteer services. One of the most important tasks associated with holding an event is the marketing and publicity, which can be quite daunting if you don’t have a lot of experience in the subject.Why are marketing and publicity so important?Getting your message out to all the people who might be interested in attending your event is crucial for a successful outcome. Unless people are aware of what’s going on and why they should be attending, your visitor numbers will be too low to make the exercise viable, and all the efforts everyone’s made to put an event together will be wasted. The problem with marketing is that it isn’t an exact science, and looking for solutions on the Internet can be confusing and even misleading if you don’t find the most reliable and relevant sources of information.Marketing can be a very broad term, and what would work in one industry might be wholly inappropriate in another. It’s also an easy way to lose money, if you choose the wrong marketing routes and fail to make back what you’ve invested. Therefore it’s vital that you liaise with anyone you know who has a sound understanding of marketing principles, and that you gather as much good quality information as you can.Marketing budgetsThere are plenty of ways you can publicize your event for minimal outlay, but it’s also easy to spend vast amounts on advertising. Low-cost options can be highly effective when used well, so you shouldn’t assume that marketing will only work when it costs you money. However, there will be some expenses incurred even for the most modest of marketing campaigns, so it’s important to get your marketing budget agreed at the outset. That way, you can source the publicity materials and activities that will give you the best return on your investment. When you analyze your budget, make sure you get realistic figures for all the possible actions to take, so that you can decide on which marketing methods will offer you the greatest value for money.Publicity materialsPrinted fliers, posters, and brochures are still one of the most effective ways of spreading the word about a local event. You should aim to produce printed materials that are eye-catching, send out a clear communication, include all the relevant details, and look professionally printed. Designing marketing materials takes skill and an understanding of how to appeal to people who may be interested in attending. If you and your volunteer colleagues lack graphic design skills, you can use a printer who offers a design service and work with them to produce an effective product. It’s usually not much more expensive to print multiple copies of fliers and posters, because the bulk of the cost is incurred in the design and set-up stages. That means you could order several thousand fliers for not a great deal more than the cost of five hundred. For most events, a blanket approach to printed publicity works best, as your target audience will be the local population rather than a specific type of consumer. Mail drops, putting posters up in as many display areas as possible, and distributing brochures to community groups will ensure the word gets around about your event.Spreading the wordUsing local radio, television, and news media is also a primary tool in local marketing campaigns. You won’t necessarily need to pay out large amounts to advertise via these channels, although if you have enough in your budget, it’s better to use local outlets rather than aim for exposure further afield. Interviews and articles about local interest news stories are always in demand for local publications, so contact the relevant editors or researchers to suggest your event could make a good story. Ideally, you want to create a buzz about your event, and turn it into the place to be on the designated date.Word of mouth marketingIf people in the community notice your marketing materials, and hear more about you and what the event is about, they will start discussing it with each other, making use of the power of word-of-mouth marketing. One good way to start conversations and get people talking about your event is to have custom buttons made. Everyone associated with the organization of the big day can wear a button, which other people will respond to and ask questions about. You can also give out buttons to community members or anyone who buys tickets for example, to keep up the momentum of interest. Have a look at a custom button website, which will contain more info on the types of buttons available and how to order them.Social mediaHaving a website is a good idea, because it will be a source of information for anyone wanting to find out about your event. However, your most effective online tool will be social media, which can be targeted at local readers and raise the profile of your event or organization. Make regular, interesting posts and tweets, and encourage people to join in. One method of attracting people that works in many spheres is offering a free gift or some sort of discount, for example buy one ticket get one free, or buy a family ticket and get a cuddly toy. Choose items that are appropriate to your event and your potential visitors, and make sure you calculate the costs involved in providing discounts or freebies.Being part of a community and helping with local events is a satisfying experience that will benefit your friends and neighbors and help you feel like you belong.last_img read more

Can This NYC Startup Transform Your Restaurant

first_img Filed Under: #NYCTech, AlleyTalk, FoodTech, Hospitality, Interviews, Launching in the Alley, Startups Can This NYC Startup Transform Your Restaurant?September 6, 2017 by AlleyWatch 313SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin PREVIOUS POSTNEXT POSTcenter_img Every second counts in the restaurant industry and efficiency is the difference between earning a new customer or losing one.  SALIDO, the operating system for restaurants, tracks everything from sales data to personnel. The software includes features for menu management, open checks, and much more. The company has raised 2 rounds of funding totaling $4 million since its founding in 2012 and has built a number of strong partnerships along the way.AlleyWatch chatted with CEO Shu Chowdhury about the company and how SALIDO is disrupting the restaurant industry.Tell us about the product or service.SALIDO is building a product that will allow restaurants to access, own, and control their data—our product gets the right information to a restaurant’s critical decision makers, at all levels, supporting their business operations. We call this the “Restaurant Operating System.” Essentially it’s a single source for generating an operating income.How is it different?Many companies have endeavored to build Point of Sale solutions. Unfortunately, many of these systems, while functional, fall short of supporting the workflows and information needs of today’s restaurant landscape. These existing point of sale companies support a server or manager, which was an advancement 25 years ago but have not successfully evolved over time. The industry has changed tremendously and in most of these budding and successful restaurant groups there are many more levels of staff that need access to different data points. At SALIDO, we are modeling our product and our workflows to deliver correct information accurately and in real time, across quick service, fast casual and full service operators.We’ve started by building a point of sale platform with a sleek, simple design, ease of use, and additional features that truly make us stand out from older disjointed systems. Next we are tackling our labor solution followed by inventory in 2018.What market are you attacking and how big is it?The restaurant industry is an $800 billion market, across quick service, fast casual, and full service (which includes fine dining). There are over 1 million locations and 14.5 million hospitality workers in the industry. We will democratize technology for these operators and their teams.What is the business model?Our approach is to work with the most influential hospitality operators in the industry who demand change from the current archaic, disjointed technology available. We’re working with industry titans, like Phil Suarez (ABC Kitchen, ABC Cocina—Suarez Restaurant Group), Stephen Starr (Starr Restaurants), Will Guidara and Daniel Humm (Make It Nice), David Chang (Momofuku), Jimmy Haber (ESquared Hospitality), and several others. As we grow SALIDO we’re able to incorporate real-time feedback from our operating partners to continuously deliver the best software available.What inspired the business?I met a young Stephen Starr at one of his restaurants as he was just starting in Philadelphia. We quickly became friends and over the years he would tell me about this antiquated technology stack. He would say, “Shu, you’re an engineer, build a solution to fix this mess.” I had that eureka moment. I’ve created enterprise systems in both the aerospace & defense and financial services industries. I quickly realized that if this same method of enterprise software delivery could be applied to the hospitality industry, it would deliver massive operational benefits, which in turn could revolutionize how operators own and control their data. That’s the moment when SALIDO was born.How are smaller restaurants owners embracing your technology? Are they reticent about using technology in their operations?Our focus has been on established operators that understand the need for technology to evolve. We love groups and individual operators who are committed to giving us the feedback to build the best product. Though, our future goal is to make the SALIDO platform accessible to all.What are the milestones that you plan to achieve within six months?Delivering our integrated labor modules across labor costing and scheduling will be great. Our customers who are currently in beta have given us awesome feedback enabling these great features to shortly become a reality.What is the one piece of startup advice that you never got?It’s not ideas, execution or even people. It’s motivating, developing, and caring about amazing people that make a truly great company.If you could be put in touch with anyone in the New York community who would it be and why?I want to go out of New York, but to someone with a NYC connection.  George Biel the founder of Hillstone Restaurant Group. Not only is it one of the most impressive restaurant groups I’ve ever seen in terms of it’s consistency and operation, but I LOVE to eat there. I would want to get the story from him directly on how they built such an amazing team and concept from scratch.Why did you launch in New York?New York is the restaurant capital of the world. We all know that if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.What’s your favorite restaurant in the city? It’s unfair to ask this question and not let me answer by category. But gun to my head, it’s definitely Sushi Zo. But 4 Charles Prime Rib is my favorite non-Asian inspired restaurant. The place is incredible.last_img read more

How to Deliberately Build a Scalable Company Culture

first_imgWhenever I look at our company, I am in awe of the amazing team we’ve built — a team dedicated to excellence and execution, and not afraid to try, fail, learn and try again. As we celebrate our 100th hire, I’d like to take the opportunity to answer a question we get from other founders: How did you scale your culture?The answer is simple. We’ve been incredibly deliberate about it.Creating and Evolving ValuesWhen is the right time to start thinking about company values? Have the values discussion early on so that founders are on the same page about what’s important when making decisions on behalf of the company — from time management to project prioritization. In our case, our partners are our first and most important value. And by partners, we mean customers.Another question new founders often ask is: When should we define our values? When should we talk about the actual norms and details about the culture and what’s encouraged versus what’s not?My advice is to start really early on, with just the founders in a room. As you start the hiring process, your early values will be a guiding light during the hardest trade-offs you will have to make. For example, if you are about to release a great feature that could potentially be improved and perfected, should you launch or wait until it’s perfect? If urgency and fast iteration are part of your values, you would most likely choose to launch the feature and get feedback instead of waiting for perfection. What’s also important, though, is that you are open to evolving your values, especially in the early days as your company grows from the founding team to a small group of people, to dozens and hundreds more.Our initial values were things we firmly believed in and stood for, and they helped guide key product and people decisions. But as we grew the team, we also went through multiple iterations of the values. It wasn’t a complicated exercise. We asked ourselves what we’d expect from others and what we think others should expect from us.Our values are simple: They are the behaviors we hope everyone at the company will strive to exhibit. They include “partners first,” “ownership over our work and the company,” and “humility and selflessness,” just to name a few. Live by your values and design programs and processes — from reviews and the space around you to recognition and incentives — to encourage these desired behaviors.Here are some examples of how we live our values in our day-to-day lives:Embrace Your Culture Through Detailed TouchpointsOur office art celebrates partners. The first art piece we ever bought was from Vango, the first partner that integrated with us in July 2014. Another piece is a photo mosaic of tree branches painted by our designer, Natali. The photos in the mosaic are all comprised of our partners’ logos.Acknowledge Achievements, No Matter How SmallEvents and awards are some of the best ways to engage and motivate teams. They also serve as great occasions to reward team members who exemplify core values. Don’t go overboard, but celebrate actual team accomplishments like growth or revenue versus funding or headcount. The little things can have the biggest impact, like coming in early to cook breakfast for your team, creating safe spaces for the team to show off their accomplishments, or encouraging them to use and learn your product.Here are some team events we’ve created:Breaking Bread (inspired by Twilio): Every Wednesday, we hold an hour-long company dinner where we eat together and a team member showcases something they’ve built, whether it’s a new tool, a sales strategy or a cool campaign. We also encourage individual team members to build an app implementing our company’s app features and showcase it in front of the whole company at the dinner to score a highly-coveted Patagonia Branch jacket — the only way they can get one.Build-an-App Day: As mentioned above, we encourage all team members to build their own apps as a way to understand the process our partners need to go through when integrating with us and using features to drive growth.The Importance of StoriesLast but not least, stories make a company’s soul. One of my Stanford professors, Jennifer Aaker, teaches a whole class about the importance of stories in company culture. The stories you tell (and those told about you and your team) build one of the most important parts of your company’s identity. Stories create a sort of company folklore that can be passed around and down. There are stories you tell at all-hands, to new employees and to your clients. But most important are stories that people tell about you and your team. As the founding team, one of the most important things you can do is to actually live by your values every day, influence the team around you in a positive way, and create stories together.BusinessCollective, launched in partnership with Citi, is a virtual mentorship program powered by North America’s most ambitious young thought leaders, entrepreneurs, executives and small business owners. PREVIOUS POSTNEXT POST What defines your company culture? How to Deliberately Build a Scalable Company CultureJanuary 11, 2018 by Mada Seghete 291SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin Filed Under: Advice, Management, Resources, Strategiclast_img read more

The Weekly Notable Startup Funding Report 11518

first_img Deliv is a crowdsourced same-day delivery service for large national multichannel retailers. Founded in 2012, Deliv has now raised a total of $80.35M in equity funding over five rounds. Molekule is a San Francisco-based science and clean air company that has developed a fundamentally new approach to cleaning air. Founded in 2014, Molekule has now raised a total of $38.35M in equity funding over four rounds. Each week we bring you some of the notable startup fundings from the previous week in a clear, concise, easy-to-read report to keep you on top of things. For the week ending 11/3/18, we feature the following startups:PREVIOUS POSTNEXT POST Mavrck enables national consumer brands to drive sales by identifying and activating their most influential customers at scale. Founded in 2012, Mavrck has now raised a total of $21.3M in equity funding over nine rounds. Molekule $25M – Series B The Weekly Notable Startup Funding Report: 11/5/18 by AlleyWatch The Athletic $40M – Series C Zume Pizza operates as a pizza delivery platform. Founded in 2015, Zume Pizza has now raised a total of $423M in equity funding over seven rounds. 221SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin Coinbase is a digital currency wallet service that allows traders to buy and sell bitcoin. Founded in 2012, Coinbase has now raised a total of $525.31M in equity funding over seven rounds. center_img The Athletic is a subscription-based sports media publisher with smart, in-depth sports coverage in 15+ US and Canadian markets. Founded in 2015, The Athletic has now raised a total of $67.7M in equity funding over five rounds. Deliv $40M – Series C Coinbase $300M – Series E Zume Pizza $375M – Series C RingDNA is an enterprise sales acceleration engine and AI-powered voice communications platform. Founded in 2012, RingDNA has now raised a total of $32.4M in equity funding over five rounds. Mavrck $5.8M – Series B RingDNA $30M – Venture Tagged With: Coinbase, Deliv, Mavrck, Molekule, RingDNA, The Athletic, Zume Pizzalast_img read more

When Startups Partner With Enterprises

first_imgTell me if you have seen this scenario. You are in a small, scrappy startup that is grinding each and every day to eke out growth. Then comes across the big enterprise company that likes what your startup is doing and suggests you should work together.You have hit the jackpot! Here is a real company with a big sales force, healthy marketing budget and eager to help you. They have the resources to fuel your growth and finally allow you to be seen as a credible company with massive upside potential.Then reality hits. The partner wants concessions. The margins on the pitch deck mysteriously shrink. The legal wrangling is long and complicated. Your champion changes jobs. When a deal is finally inked, the enthusiasm that started the discussions ebbs, as the rollout is slower than expected.There is an elaborate game that gets played. You go through all the same hoops to negotiate a deal as you would with a straight up sale. You navigate the organization to create visibility for your solution. You attend tons of meeting, do lots of internal selling, host plenty of dog-and-pony shows and create all sorts of presentations and documents and processes to convince folks of the value of your product.A year later, sales are anemic at best, while expenses are through the roof to support your “partner.” The heavy lifting promised by the partner gets shifted to you, and the deals your partner is working on are completely inappropriate for your solution, causing massive customer support issues. It slowly dawns you that the partnership could be the death of your company. The problem is that you were never their priority.Despite the risks, there are situations when partnering can be beneficial. Certain business models rely upon partnerships such as API and tools vendors. Startups targeting highly regulated industries are prime candidates for partners. Take the insurance or beverage industries where markets are built around independent distribution networks. Partnering can also be sensible when your startup has no inherent barriers to entry or can be easily copied, so quickly building a wide market presence is essential.How then should you evaluate entering into a partnership with entities that are much bigger than your startup? Here are 10 thoughts to consider that will help you understand the risks and benefits before getting in too deep:1. Values — You need to consider if your partner is an organization that you want your startup associated with long term. That is important because it is a reflection of the values you espouse as a company, which impacts everything from hiring to sales to leadership. Remember, you are guilty by association if you get hooked up with a company whose reputation is compromised.2. Synergy — Partnering should advance your vision and business objectives, and vice-versa. I have seen some bizarre linkups that I only assume were done on “seems like a good idea” terms. I am all for experimentation, but such arrangements never pan out to the degree that it compensates for the effort put in. Make sure all parties have the same objectives going in and clearly understand the “why” behind joining forces.3. Motivation — Is it obvious why a big company wants to partner up with you? Some corporate business development middle manager may be excited, but is that enthusiasm shared elsewhere? What strategic initiative or corporate incentives are driving their desire for dialogue? You have no idea what they may even mean by “partnership,” which could range from links to each other’s websites to a potential buyout.4. Ease of Business — If it is exceedingly difficult to get a partnership deal signed, imagine what it will be like closing deals together. You need to know how their bureaucracy works. Who has signing authority, where are the roadblocks, what deals are problematic, how many signatures are required for approval, do deals need credit, contracts and legal review, what terms are problematic, is executive sponsorship required, do they have fast track approvals? These are a lot of questions, but if you do not know the answers, you will certainly be taken for a ride. Therefore reach out to other partners to provide color on the challenges they faced in creating and executing a partnership.5. Transparency — Having 100 percent transparency is a stretch, but you should have a sense whether the people you are working with are trustworthy. You need a partner that is open with their motivations and helps to navigate the bureaucratic maze. You gauge trust by how open they are in discussions, how responsive they are to issues, how forthright or evasive they are in answering questions, how timely they are in meeting milestones and whether surprises arise on a regular basis. If you are seeing red flags, do not get lulled into thinking it will get better, because it never does.6. Fairness — You are in a vulnerable position when partnering with a larger company because they yield much of the power. However, there is no reason to unilaterally accept terms and conditions that are onerous or potentially destructive to your business. Push back on exclusivity arrangements and terms that impact to your business outside of the scope of the partnership such as the right to sell your startup or ownership of IP. Even if the deal involves an equity stake, make sure any rights that are provided are time-boxed so that it does not impact your freedom to determine the future of your company.7. Relationship — For the partnership to work, the relationship between people needs to work. Because employees are transient in big companies, you need to build those relationships by going deep and broad. The success of managing the partnership depends on building a coalition of people across partner company. Therefore, avoid gatekeepers that prevent you from establishing relationships with key contacts. Gatekeepers create a single point of failure in the partnership and obscure the political dynamics behind the scenes needed to keep the partnership alive.8. Scope — Sometimes a partner will want freebies, meaning they want something extra that is outside the scope of the partnership. You may think it worthwhile to maintain a good relationship because it is hard to account for every single issue that might come up when you first ink the deal. However, freebies add up. Make sure you have a defined process for managing these issues and do not be afraid to bring up the fact that each request has a cost. Good partners understand and allow for amendments to the contract over time as the partnership evolves.Success— You cannot measure success without first establishing goals and measuring towards those goals. And if you cannot measure success, you cannot incentivize further success. That is something that should be hammered out early on when discussing a partnership, as it also establishes the value that your startup brings to the company. Therefore, have firm tiers of success criteria and timeframe in place to ensure you are fairly compensated for the value of the partnership and have the option to dissolve the agreement if results are not achieved.10. Mitigation– Startups have few resources to push back against a much better capitalized corporation when problem arise. The best defense is to never put yourself in a situation where the life and death of your business is contingent on the relationship with a single partner. This is especially critical if you are building on someone else’s platform, which can change direction and terms on a whim. Make sure you have a plan B in place to give yourself a fighting chance should the partnership dissolve.If there is one point to take away from these points however, it is the need to ask the tough questions, even when it may be uncomfortable. Getting clarity and precision is exactly what is needed though as a single mistake or assumption can undercut your negotiating position, creating problems downstream.Partnerships can be an enormous opportunity to drive growth, but be wary when the balance of power is not in your favor. Partnering with companies similar in size may be a more fruitful strategy, as you are more integral to your partner’s success. However, if the opportunity presents itself to partner with a large, well-known corporation, take the opportunity to fully evaluate the partnership potential to your startup’s success using the above considerations to help frame your decision making process.If you are curious as to how to leverage partnerships the right way to drive revenue, come join us for our sales talk series in NYC on Tuesday, Nov. 15 and Boston on Wednesday, Nov. 16, where we will interview a panel of experts on the in’s and out’s of building a successful channel / partner sales strategy. Filed Under: Advice, Enterprise, Resources, Strategic Tagged With: Motivation, Partnership, Startup, success This article was originally published on Strong Opinions, a blog by Birch Ventures for the NYC tech startup community.Image credit: CC by Mindaugas DanysPREVIOUS POSTNEXT POSTcenter_img When Startups Partner With EnterprisesNovember 2, 2016 by Mark Birch 186SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedinlast_img read more

The AlleyWatch NYC Startup Daily Funding Report 10317

first_img Vestwell $8M – Series A Vestwell, the white label retirement investment platform for financial planners, has raised a $8M Series A round from Commerce Ventures, FinTech Collective, Primary Venture Partners, and F-Prime Capital Partners. Founded by Aaron Schumm in 2016, Vestwell has now raised a total of $12.5M over two rounds. HYPR $8M – Series A Grow Labs, the smart planting system that allows consumers to produce their own organic produce, has raised a $2.4M funding round from Tank Hill Ventures and Resolute Venture Partners. Founded by Andrew Wanliss-Orlebar, Idan Cohen in 2015, this is the company’s second round of funding. HYPR, the enterprise-focused security solution to decentralize authentication, has raised a $8M Series A round from Mesh Ventures, Boldstart Ventures, RTP Ventures, and RRE Ventures. Founded by George Avetisov, Roman Kadinsky, James V. Barcia, and Bojan Simic in 2014, HYPR Corp. has now raised a total of $11.8M over three rounds. 253SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin Here are the latest venture capital, seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 10/3/17.  This page will be updated throughout the day to reflect any new fundings.PREVIOUS POSTNEXT POSTcenter_img Grow Labs $2.4M – Venture Frame.io, the workflow management platform for teams that leverages video, has raised $20M in Series B funding from Shasta Ventures, SignalFire, and Accel Partners. Founded by Emery Wells and John Traver in 2014, the company has now raised a total of $32.2M in funding over three rounds. Frame.io $20M – Series B Tagged With: Aaron Schumm, Accel, Andrew Wanliss-Orlebar, Bojan Simic, BoldStart Ventures, Commerce Ventures, Emery Wells, F-Prime Capital Partners, FinTech Collective, Frame.io, HyPR, Idan Cohen, James V. Barcia, John Traver, Mesh Ventures, Primary Venture Partners, Resolute Venture Partners, Roman Kadinsky, RRE Ventures, RTP Ventures, Shasta Ventures, SignalFire, Tank Hill Ventures, Vestwell The AlleyWatch NYC Startup Daily Funding Report: 10/3/17 by AlleyWatch last_img read more

Time and Energy What Is Your Return on Investment

first_img Filed Under: Advice, Lifestyle, Management, Resources, Strategic BusinessCollective, launched in partnership with Citi, is a virtual mentorship program powered by North America’s most ambitious young thought leaders, entrepreneurs, executives and small business owners. Let’s be honest. The word “investment” does not strike many of us as an interesting topic. We think of investments and hear stocks, bonds, real estate and other ways to increase our net worth. I mean, the definition of the term ROI is “the measure of gain or loss generated on an investment relative to the amount of money.”But a return on investment really should be defined as the benefit to an investor resulting from an investment of some resource.Why Should It Have a Broad Definition?A resource could be looked at as simply money but there are other resources used from an investment perspective that can benefit an investor. There are two other forms of resources that are not included in the original definition that are important to entrepreneurs and business owners: time and energy. Without ROI, we have no clue on whether our efforts are even worth our time – or if our energy could be better utilized elsewhere.TimeThey say time is money, right? Calculating what your time is worth can be debatable, but everyone would agree that their time is worth something. Doing an ROI analysis on time-based subjects such as chores, tasks and other to-do items will dramatically change your life for the better.I sat down to figure out what my time is worth and came up with a value of $100/hour. That means that whatever I am doing better be worth $100/hour. If it’s not your strength and you don’t enjoy doing it, then you have to find a way to hire/outsource that task or to-do item to someone else.Not too long ago, I was mowing the lawn and fed up with the work. It was taking up a ton of my time – and at what cost? Hunched over, drenched in sweat and out of pure frustration I pulled out my phone and started to search for lawn care companies. Why was I wasting hours when I could be doing other things?I was seeing prices from $30-$50 a month to take care of my lawn. The ROI analysis was a no-brainer. I could spend $30-$50 a month on lawn care and save 4-5 hours a month in time at a value of $100/hr. That’s a significant amount!My lawn needs mowing twice a month and it takes an average of two hours each time. My ROI analysis was pretty simple. I could waste four hours a month or pay a lawn company $60 a month to take care of my lawn. I personally value my time at $100 an hour and so lawn care would cost me $400 per month. By paying $60, I save four hours to work on my business or to spend time with family.Your return on investment in regards to your time can also be calculated. As entrepreneurs, business owners, employees, students, etc. we all have some type of value for our time. But it’s not just time. Energy can be another factor for determining ROI.EnergyWhen eating, for example, there is a big correlation between the food that you choose to eat and the type of ROI it will return when measured as energy. If you choose to eat a large lunch at McDonald’s, you will most likely return a negative ROI on your energy level. You will feel lethargic, slow and not focused to accomplish the rest of the day. Typically large greasy meals that have more carbohydrates will return a negative ROI on your energy. If you choose to eat a kale salad, though, you will actually notice that your body is producing more energy. Let me give you some examples of real-life ROI scenarios that I use:Choosing What to Eat for BreakfastChoosing What to Wear in the Morning: I calculated that I could spend 15 minutes every morning picking out what to wear to work that day or I could lay out my options the night before.What Time to Leave for Work Every Day Based on the Commute: How long will I have to spend in traffic?Think about it. Investment is a great topic – especially if there is everything to gain in your everyday life.What is your ROI? PREVIOUS POSTNEXT POST Time and Energy: What Is Your Return on Investment?March 1, 2018 by Ken Brokaw 287SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedinlast_img read more

The Weekly Notable Startup Funding Report 92418

first_img Glendale-based SnapMD operates a cloud-based patient-to-provider telemedicine platform that connects individuals with pediatric physicians in the U.S. SnapMD has now raised a total of $16.25M in reported equity funding since being founded in 2013. UiPath $225M – Series C The Weekly Notable Startup Funding Report: 9/24/18 by AlleyWatch Tagged With: Bread, Convoy, Indigo, Postmates, SnapMD, WalkMe 222SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin Convoy $185M – Series C Seattle-based Convoy uses the latest technology to connect shippers with nearby carriers and book jobs instantly. Convoy has now raised a total of $265.5M in reported equity funding since being founded in 2015. New York-based Enigma links internal data with real world data to bring contextual intelligence to bear on critical decisions. Enigma has now raised a total of $129.64M in reported equity funding since being founded in 2011.Full coverage of Enigma’s Series C round. WalkMe $40M – Series F New York-based UiPath designs and develops robotic process automation software. UiPath has now raised a total of $408M in reported equity funding since being founded in 2005. Each week we bring you some of the notable startup fundings from the previous week in a clear, concise, easy-to-read report to keep you on top of things. For the week ending 9/22/18, we feature the following startups:PREVIOUS POSTNEXT POST SnapMD $7.1M – Series Bcenter_img San Francisco-based Postmates powers local, on-demand logistics focused on fast deliveries from any type of merchant at scale. Postmates has now raised a total of $578.01M in reported equity funding since being founded in 2011. Bread $60M – Series C San Francisco-based WalkMe is an AI-Powered Digital Adoption Platform (DAP) for the Enterprise. WalkMe has now raised a total of $207.5M in reported equity funding since being founded in 2011. Indigo $250M – Series E New York-based Ro is a mission-driven healthcare technology company working to reinvent the way the healthcare system works. Ro has now raised a total of $91.1M in reported equity funding since being founded in 2017.Full coverage of Ro’s Series A round. Enigma $95M – Series C Ro $88M – Series A Postmates $300M – Series E New York-based Bread partners with retailers to offer pay-over-time solutions that make financing easier and more transparent. Bread has now raised a total of $200.3M in reported equity funding since being founded in 2014. Cambridge-based Indigo harnesses nature to help farmers sustainably feed the planet. Indigo has now raised a total of $609M in reported equity funding since being founded in 2014. last_img read more

The AlleyWatch Startup Daily Funding Report 5302019

first_img Pillar $5.5M – Seed Tagged With:  Bernard Liautaud,  Guillaume Maron,  Jean Guillou,  Victoria Meakin, 0, Adam Nash, Alan Murray, Alexis Fogel, Ari Friedland, Block Renovation, CloudFrame, Dashlane, Day One Ventures, Gilad Kahala, Great Oaks Venture Capital, John Guerci, Joshua Abram, Kairos, Kleiner Perkins, Koda Wang, Luke Sherwin, Michael Bloch, Nat Turner, Ocrolus, Pillar, Rainfall Ventures, Sam Bobley, TMRW Life Sciences, Zach Weinberg Ocrolus, the AI-powewred financial documentation review platform, has raised $17.4M in funding according to a recent SEC filing. Founded by John Guerci, Sam Bobley, Victoria Meakin in 2014, Ocrolus had previously raised a total of $9.5M in reported equity funding. We covered Ocrolus’ Series A round last fall. Block Renovation $14.9M Ocrolus $17.4M CloudFrame, the software application that is modernizing legacy mainframes, has raised $1.5M in Seed funding led by New York Angels. CloudFrame was founded in 2015. Password management tool Dashlane has raised $110M in Series D funding led by Sequoia Capital. Founded by Alexis Fogel, Bernard Liautaud, Guillaume Maron, Jean Guillou in 2009, Dashlane has now raised a total of $210.9M in reported equity funding. CloudFrame $1.5M – Seed Dashlane $110M – Series D Indeed Prime Join for free today!center_img No more recruiter spam! Eliminate wasted time of managing communications with irrelevant job positions by only getting matched with relevant jobs based on his career goals. Indeed Prime matches you with top companies which align with your career goals, technical skill set, and location preferences. A mega day in funding! The latest venture capital, seed, pre-seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 5/30/2019 featuring funding details for Pillar, Dashlane, and much more. This page will be updated throughout the day to reflect any new fundings.PREVIOUS POSTNEXT POST The AlleyWatch Startup Daily Funding Report: 5/30/2019 by Reza Chowdhury 219SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin TMRW Life Sciences $12M – Series A Block Renovation, the home renovation specialists currently focusing on bathrooms, has raised $14.9M in funding according to a recent SEC filing. The filing indicates that there was $10M in new money and the remaining amount was a conversion of a previously raised note. Thirty-four investors participated in the round. Block Renovation was founded by Luke Sherwin and Koda Wang in 2018. We covered Block Renovation’s launch last year. TMRW Life Sciences, the automated and robotic cryomanagement platform for IVF, has raised $12M in Series A funding led by Special Situations Life Sciences Innovation Fund. TMRW Life Sciences was founded in 2018 by Alan Murray and Joshua Abram. Pillar, the student loan management app, has raised $5.5M in Seed funding from investors that include Kleiner Perkins, Great Oaks Venture Capital, Kairos, Nat Turner, Zach Weinberg, Adam Nash, Day One Ventures, Rainfall Ventures, and Ari Friedland. Pillar was founded by Gilad Kahala, Michael Bloch in 2018. last_img read more

And still about half the price of Verizon service

first_img Three Ways Leaders Can Embrace Conflict Visible, the prepaid wireless unit of Verizon, doesn’t have any stores. Courtesy of VisibleVisible, the low-cost wireless carrier owned by Verizon, is eliminating a cap on data download speeds for customers on its unlimited plan starting on Wednesday.The Denver-based startup founded last year has been offering unlimited mobile plans that run on Verizon’s network for just $40 monthly. Sold only online and not through stores, Visible is able to charge about half the rate of Verizon’s cheapest unlimited plan for one line.But Visible customers had been restricted to a top download speed of 5 Megabits per second, or roughly one-tenth the average speed on Verizon’s regular service in big cities. Downloading a popular mobile game like Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Rebellion would take 17 minutes under the old Visible data speed cap versus less than 2 minutes at Verizon’s full, average speed. by Qingdao Haier By Disney Institute The Future of Smart Homes Visible says the limit will be removed for all new and existing customers and that downloads will be as fast as Verizon’s regular network. That averaged 53 Mbps in big cities, though rates are typically slower at busy times and in less populated areas. But Visible left the door open to reimposing the cap on new customers in the future.CEO Miguel Quiroga, an almost 20-year Verizon veteran before joining Visible, tells Fortune that the speed cap was a problem for some potential customers. They feared that downloading a big file would be slow or difficult, a concern that the company need no longer worry about. “It revolves around perception,” Quiroga says.One remaining difference between Visible and its parent is the terms of billing. Visible customers must pay in advance each month for what the industry calls a prepaid plan. Verizon bills customers at the end of each month for what’s known as postpaid service.It’s been a common strategy in the wireless business to form a separate brand for lower-cost prepaid service, which often appeals to people with low credit ratings or limited means. Sprint sells prepaid under the Boost and Virgin brands, AT&T has Cricket, and T-Mobile owned the MetroPCS brand for several years before changing its name to Metro by T-Mobile last year.The usual big players trail in the prepaid market. Verizon had only 6% of the market last year, ranking fifth. The leader was TracPhone, a subsidiary of Mexican carrier América Móvil, with a 29% share, followed by T-Mobile, at 27%. AT&T captured 21% of the market and Sprint had a 16% share, according to a report by Anna-Maria Kovacs, a visiting scholar at the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy and a former industry analyst. One concern for regulators weighing the proposed T-Mobile-Sprint merger is whether the resulting consolidation in the prepaid market would reduce competition and lead to higher prices.More must-read stories from Fortune:—Slack went public without an IPO. Here’s how a direct offering works—4 reasons to be skeptical about Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency—Bank of America CEO: “We want a cashless society”—Fintech startup Tally has raised $50 million to automate people’s finances—Listen to our new audio briefing, Fortune 500 DailyFollow Fortune on Flipboard to stay up-to-date on the latest news and analysis.You May Like Sponsored Content Sponsored Content HealthFormer GE CEO Jeff Immelt: To Combat Costs, CEOs Should Run Health Care Like a BusinessHealthFor Edie Falco, an ‘Attitude of Gratitude’ After Surviving Breast CancerLeadershipGhosn Back, Tesla Drop, Boeing Report: CEO Daily for April 4, 2019AutosElon Musk’s Plan to Boost Tesla Sales Is Dealt a SetbackMPWJoe Biden, Netflix Pregnancy Lawsuit, Lesley McSpadden: Broadsheet April 4last_img read more

Is Your EULA Airtight

first_imgI find that most clients and probably most companies seeking business venture capital believe that if they have an airtight end user license agreement (EULA) then their liability is limited in any contractual dispute. Well, as a general matter they are right, but of course there are exceptions.Fraud Claims: While there are many different flavors of fraud, essentially all of them are based on some type of ‘misrepresentation.’ Under certain legal theories no fraud claim/damages should be allowed when there is a contract, but needless to say these claims are made to get around the contractual limitations on liability. SAP is learning a lot more about this issue, as they are facing a fraud claim for over $500 million arising from a $30 million software deal with Waste Management (the contractual price)…yes the claim is more than 10 times the contract value. So even though SAP negotiated their contract well and had it reviewed by their lawyers, they are facing a claim for more than 10 times the contract value. Read more here. Q: So what can a company seeking growth venture capital or looking for investors do to avoid these claims?  1) Get Involved Early in Customer Problems. What I mean by this, is have someone in senior management work closely with the people on the ground to ensure that this gets worked out.   2) Use your Best People. This is not the time to use junior employees or less experienced sales teams, as by their nature these type of disputes need custom solutions and out of the box thinking. I bet you that someone high enough at SAP did not get involved early enough in this dispute, as this case could have been avoided and the customer relationship rescued. So remember, your EULA can’t protect you from every claim, and take care of customer problems early on with your best people.     AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Objection

first_imgI tend to hear the following a significant amount of the time when speaking to entrepreneurs and their management teams in regards to growth capital:“If I were generating the kind of revenue you seek for investment I wouldn’t need your money”That may very well be true but I think the following 2 points have some merit as well:What sort of skills sets do you and your management team possess? Being successful at building a business to 2-10m in revenue a year is phenomenal, but getting to a 50-100m+ a year requires a different skill set. Can adding capital and value add resources help you rapidly scale through the expansion stage ahead of your competition?Often times there are existing shareholders/employees that would be happy to take some money off the table with the sale of a portion of their shares. Have you seriously considered this? Would it improve and motivate their work to gain some hard earned dollars?OpenView’s expansion capital can help put priorities in place for fast moving portfolio companies; from a go to market strategy, content marketing strategy, best practices around agile product development and lead generation services.If your business is growing fast, your foot should constantly be on the accelerator… our model can help you keep it there.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Labcast How to Build an Internal Recruiting Team

first_imgAn in-house recruiting team can help save you time and money, but is your company ready to develop its own “talent factory?”For growing tech companies, finding the best talent to join new or rapidly expanding teams is both a top priority and a significant challenge. After all, making the right hire at this point can mean the difference between launching the company forward or setting it two steps back. During the earliest stages, recruiting and hiring is something a founding team can (and probably should) handle on their own, but once the company begins to grow — and responsibilities begin to multiply — that no longer remains such a feasible option. Many companies turn to outsourcing at this point, but in certain circumstances creating an internal recruiting team may in fact be a significantly cheaper, faster, and more effective solution. In this week’s labcast, Senior Talent Specialist Lindsey Gurian shares her experiences as a member of OpenView’s talent team, and explains what it really means to build your own “talent factory”.Key Takeways What is a talent factory? A group of internal recruiters who are constantly scouting for the best additions to your company. [0:46]Evaluate your company before creating a talent factory. Internal recruiting can help save you time and money. However, it may not be the best idea for a company in its early stages. [1:55]Know what you want. Develop a strong, cohesive vision of how you want your company to be viewed by applicants. [2:55]Organization is key. Create a system to document your recruiting process. [3:17]Hire a Director of Talent. If it’s within your budget, a Director of Talent can be instrumental in building and managing your talent team [5:18]Stay tuned for an upcoming eBook in June. OpenView’s talent team is working on an ebook that explores the keys to building a successful talent team step by step. Look for this latest addition to the OpenView eBook library in June. [7:50]“When you have the recruiters in-house, they know your company better than anyone else would.”Listen Here:Labcast 108_ OpenView Talent Specialist Lindsey Gurian Explains How to Build an In-House Talent FactoryTranscriptKevin: Hello, and welcome to this edition of Labcast. I’m Kevin Cain and today I’m joined by my colleague, Lindsey Gurian, a Senior Talent Specialist here at OpenView Labs who’s here today to talk to us about what it means to build a talent factory for your company. Hey, Lindsey, thanks so much for joining me today on Labcast. How’s it going? Lindsey: Good, Kevin. Thank you for having me. Kevin: Yeah, so as I said in my introduction, today we’re talking about this whole idea of a talent factory and why expansion stage companies need to build one, and I thought it would be a really interesting thing, first of all to hear from you is what exactly is a talent factory, and what are some of the benefits of building one? Lindsey: Sure, so here at OpenView we actually have defined a talent factory as a group of recruiters, in-house recruiters of the company that are tasked with really building out your employee force at your company. So essentially what it is, is you’ll have a group of recruiters who will just hire for your company. So if your company needs engineers or sales team members, whatever the case may be, they are constantly sourcing and finding best talent and attracting them to your company. The benefit of having one is actually it saves you a lot of time and money in the long run. You’re not outsourcing positions to agencies, recruiting agencies. You’re not spending a lot of money on executive level searches. You have the recruiters in-house, and they know your company better than anyone else would. Kevin: All right. Well, that all makes sense, but does it always make sense to actually build a talent factory? At some point it’s going to cost some money to do this. So does it make sense to just hire or outsource your recruiting to agencies? At what point is it worthwhile to actually build a talent factory? Lindsey: Kevin, that’s actually a really good point. I’ll make the note here that, if you’re really early on in a company you have 50 employees, it probably does not make sense to actually hire a bunch of recruiters at that point. When it really makes sense is when you’re noticing that you’re overloaded with requisitions, that money’s kind of flying out the door either using, external sources or that also maybe your hiring managers are strapped for time, an outside agency isn’t getting it done, or they’re not able to fill the requisition on their own. At that point you make the determination that you can hire for a talent factory. Kevin: And so, let’s assume that you’re at that point, what are some of the factors that determine whether or not your content factory succeeds? Is it all about hiring the right people? Is it about having the right processes in place? Is there something else that’s going to make or break the success of an in-house talent factory? Lindsey: In order for your team to be successful, to have a successful talent factory, the most important thing you really need to think of is first how you want your company to be communicated to the outside world, to applicants, to people you’re trying to recruit. Make sure you have that down pat first. That would be your employee value proposition. Make sure that’s clear cut. Second, make sure that you’ll be able to have a repeatable process once you have a talent team in place. That means making sure that you have a way to document things. A lot of times, what companies have is what we call an ATS or an Applicant Tracking System in which case they can keep close records on anyone who has applied and when they’ve reached out to referrals, whatnot. Making sure that you’re able to have a buttoned up process, that you have the money to do so, and the resources, too, is very important to have in place prior to even thinking of having a talent team. Kevin: I can imagine that all these preparations, but often all these best laid plans run into hitches and problems. What are some of the most common pitfalls that you see talent factories in-house at different companies making? What are the sorts of stumbling blocks that they run into? Lindsey: I think the most common one that we see is either that they is no clear direction. Maybe, you have recruiters coming in and they are recruiting on requisitions, but they’re not necessarily clear as to what the end goal is–how many hires need to be made, what metrics it is they need to hit. It’s important you give every recruiter on that talent team within your talent factory clear, set goals that they need to attain. And they need to work closely with the hiring manager. A pitfall again, is if there’s a lack of communication between the hiring managers and your talent team. In that case, a talent factory won’t work. And lastly, I mentioned this in your previous question, but making sure you have a way to document everything; otherwise there’s no way to tell if your team is being successful. It’s the same way that you would with any kind of sales team or anything like that. You need to have some documentation in place to ensure that the process is repeatable. Kevin: So it sounds like a lot of these issues are things that you need someone to oversee and to manage. And I know here at OpenView that role is largely filled by a director of talent. Can you speak a little bit to what that type of role is versus a general recruiter? Lindsey: Absolutely. At OpenView that particular role is basically a management of the recruiting team of the recruiters; but also to be kind of the face of recruiting and put in place processes for the team. For our portfolio companies or for other expansion stage companies, the important thing if you are hiring a director is that you need to make sure you know what you need, first and foremost. If this person’s going to be just focusing on recruiting, then it’s important that they’ve had a very solid recruiting background. If they’ll be doing some of your HR, obviously you’ll need to hire someone with that experience. But most importantly, before you can even hire a talent factory, you do need to make sure that you have a clear understanding of who they’ll be reporting in to, who will deal with the impediments on the team, who will deal with senior management at the company, and will deal with the hiring as well. So that is a good point; I do think that you need to make sure that you have a clear understanding of who’s directing the team. Kevin: And so, is that really the best place for an expansion stage company to get started with building a talent factory? Is that hiring that director of talent, or is there another way that a company who is listening to this podcast could start implementing their own in-house talent factory? Lindsey: If the company obviously doesn’t have a director at this point and it’s within the budget to do so, I would say it was within reason. It’s definitely a good idea to have your recruiting team, your talent team reporting in to someone who knows recruiting cold. So not necessarily into operations or whatnot, but someone who very specifically understands how to build out a recruiting team and what the value of that is. If that’s not possible I’d say that a good way to do this is making sure that your applicant tracking system is able to monitor all of your recruiters’ work; that the expectations of every team member are crystal clear in terms of how they’ll interact with candidates, how they’ll get feedback from hiring managers, how they’ll extend offers. All of those things need to be thought of and need to be repeated, and you need to make sure that there’s consistency and continuity across the board on those things. Kevin: So you’ve kind of given us a really good high level overview today, and I know that you and your team, Lindsey, have put together a much more compressive document in our talent factory e-book. Would you mind just telling our listeners a little bit about that and when they can expect to see it come out? Lindsey: Yes, the OpenView Talent Team has actually been working very hard over the past quarter to put together the best practices that we’re going to have as building out your talent factory. So it’ll really appeal to expansion stage companies; it’s an e-book. And what you can expect from that is kind of an A to Z guide on where to start, what a talent factory should look like, what to do if you have a director in place, who to hire if you do not, and basically how to get everyone onboard for hiring a talent factory. It will be officially, I think up, on the website in June, and we’re really looking forward to sharing that with everyone. Kevin: Great, Lindsey. Well, I really appreciate your being here today and giving us a preview of what it means to build a talent factory and of your talent factory e-book. Thanks so much. Lindsey: Thanks, Kevin.Share your experiences with in-house recruiting teams. How have they helped your business grow?Photo by: Jed AdanAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

10 Most Popular Marketing Insights from 2013

first_imgWhen it comes to marketing, change is the name of the game. From content marketing to automation, learn more about the latest tactics and trends that had the biggest impact on the past year.As expected, 2013 was another eventful year for B2B marketers. Automation platforms continued to evolve, content marketing jumped to the top of many marketers’ priority lists, and a myriad of other landscape-shifting trends and events changed the way we view marketing’s role in growing software companies.Now, as we look forward to the New Year, the question is — what insight can you take away from the previous year and carry over to 2014? To help answer that question, here are the top 10 marketing-related posts from our site you read and shared most this year.Our Top Marketing Insights from 201310) There’s No Easy Answer to “How Much Content is Best?”mark10Producing content may be easier than ever, but does that mean every company should be turning on the hose? Not necessarily. In this post, online marketing expert Lee Odden revealed the key to determining the best publishing schedule for your content needs. Read more.9) Sometimes it Pays to Do Marketing that Doesn’t ScaleMarketing 9As a startup or expansion-stage company, you’re probably eager to scale your marketing. But before you push all of your chips in on automation, Startup Edition founder Ryan Hoover reveals why he thinks companies should stop obsessing over scalability and start getting real with their customers. Read more.8) Sorry, Social Media — Email Marketing Still Reigns Suprememarketing post 8For all the buzz around (and obsession over) social media, marketing strategist Ian Brodie says he still believes a company’s email list — not the number of followers or fans it has — is still its most valuable marketing asset. Read more.7) Is Your Company’s LinkedIn Page More Important than Your Website?Marketing 7LinkedIn isn’t just a helpful tool for people searching for jobs. It can also allow B2B marketers to improve your company’s reputation, clearly convey your goals and culture, engage prospective buyers, and keep existing customers up-to-date. This guide walks marketers through a step-by-step process that will help them create and optimize a visually stunning LinkedIn Company Page. Read more. 6) Without Context, Your KPIs Might Be WorthlessMarketing 6Tracking metrics like unique visitors, bounce rate, and conversion are critical to content marketing success. But choosing the right key performance indicators to measure can be a challenge, writes OpenView Director of Content Strategy Kevin Cain. So, before you start freaking out about which KPIs are most important to track, Cain suggests slowing down and focusing on these five to start. Read more.5) Why Your Customers — Not Sales or Marketing — Should Own Your FunnelMarketing 5Ah, the classic debate: Who really owns your funnel — sales or marketing? In this post, B2B sales and marketing strategist Bob Apollo provided his own surprising take on that issue and delivered 3 simple steps to building a more customer-centric sales funnel. Read more. 4) The Key to Infographics that Convert: Let Data Tell Your Storymark4Infographics are a red hot content marketing commodity, but that doesn’t mean that every infographic that’s created turns out to be a smashing success. Some, in fact, are little more than lame attempts to mask inferior data with fancy illustrations. This guide shows marketers — from start to finish — exactly what they need to do to create highly engaging data visualizations that capture their customers’ attention. Read more.  3) Leverage Stunning Visual Content to Blow Your Customers’ Mindsmark3When it comes to your content marketing strategy, creating striking visual content is no longer a “nice to have”. In this guide, OpenView Managing Editor Jonathan Crowe explores the visual content revolution and offers easy how-to examples and advice for capturing and engaging your audience. Read more.2) Storytellers are the New Marketersmark2While SEO is still an important component of online marketing, it’s time B2B marketers stopped trying to slug it out with their competitors for a trickle of long-tail traffic. In this post, Content Marketing Institute Chief Strategist Robert Rose explains how you can crawl out of the trenches and get noticed by shifting your focus from search engines to telling your company’s unique story in the most compelling way possible. Read more.  1) The Best B2B Videos of the YearIn the spirit of the Academy Awards last February, we asked our readers to pick the year’s top B2B video content in three categories. Find out who went home with the hardware, and learn all the how-to basics you need to start rolling out Oscar-winning (or at least customer-coverting) B2B video content of your own. Read more. Photo by WroteThank you for making these our 10 most popular sales posts of the year.What were the trends that impacted your marketing program this past year? Was there another article or idea that stood out? Let us know in the comments section below!AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Jonathan CroweSenior Content Manager Twitter Twitter LinkedIn LinkedInYou might also like …MarketingHow Community Content Is Driving Marketing in the SaaS EcosystemCommunity content isn’t just the content that your community contributes – it’s content produced by people who actually use your service, and ideally those who are quite invested in it. Learn how to invest in it here.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThisby Rodney LawsMarketingThe Limitations of Data Analytics: A Conversation with a Data-driven CMOIt’s an assumption that, in today’s world, everything can be measured in marketing. Shopify’s CMO, Jeff Weiser, explains that data analytics can only take you so far. Read here.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThisby Jeff WeiserMarketingGoing Beyond Sales and Marketing Alignment: The Key to True ABM SuccessWe hear about the importance of sales and marketing alignment constantly, but has it really improved? Here’s how ABM can help.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThisby Brandon RedlingerSubscribe & ScaleSign up for our newsletterSign up for our newsletterEmail* By submitting your information, you agree to receive periodic emails from OpenView. Please review our privacy policy here.PhoneThis field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis ;last_img read more

How to Develop an EnterpriseQuality HR Strategy for Your Startup

first_imgThey may seem like worlds apart, but the truth is startups can learn a lot from adopting a corporate approach to HR. In fact, by bringing enterprise best practices into smaller, more agile settings, HR strategist Laurie Ruettimann suggests startups can lay a better groundwork for growing much more quickly and effectively.“[When] there is one HR philosophy… I think that kind of strong guiding principle is often laughed at in a startup, when it could be your secret weapon.”— Laurie Ruettimann3 Keys to Develop a Impactful, Sustainable HR StrategyFrom her days at Pfizer to her current HR consultancy work, Ruettimann has seen a broad spectrum of HR strategies. The most successful are built on solid foundations with core guiding principles that help HR operate both independently and in concert with other departments within the company.1) Develop your core HR philosophy“One of the things I’ve learned is that human resources in a lot of these Fortune 500 companies starts at the core,” Ruettimann explains. “There are core alignments. There is a solid infrastructure. They are very thoughtful and strong planners and they know who they are from a branding standpoint.”“As a result, there is one HR philosophy, Ruettimann says. “I think that kind of strong guiding principle is often laughed at in a startup, when it could be your secret weapon.”2) Enable and empower HR to flourish on its ownAt a startup, leadership can’t afford to micromanage. As soon as possible, senior leadership needs to give HR what they need, then get out of the way.“The faster HR can say to their leaders, ‘Okay, we have this really strong base of HR, so now you go do you,’ the better,” says Ruettimann. “You want to get to the point where you can convey your HR philosophy to department heads, and let them know you are going to have a strong alignment around benefits, around compensation, around performance management, and this is what you need from them.”3) Get the basics right before you outsourceMany startups don’t start adding HR capabilities in earnest until they’re urgent needs they’re already behind on. The resulting scramble often results in an ad-hoc, dysfunctional mix —  what Ruettimann calls an “unfortunate melting pot of policy” — without the centralized planning and forethought necessary to keep them focused and aligned.“The biggest area where I get called in is around the basic HR elements,” Ruettimann says. “What I find is there’s no thoughtful HR strategy, no underpinning of how you do the business of HR at your company.”“Outsourcing works. You can work with really smart people and companies who have different fits for small, medium, and enterprise organizations, but you have to get the basics right first.”For more insights from Laurie, see her eBook, I Am HR: 5 Strategic Ways to Break Stereotypes and Reclaim HR.Photo by: Jonas Nilsson Lee via UnsplashAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

The Future of Marketing 3 Trends that Will Define 2016 and Beyond

first_imgWhen you envision the future of marketing, what do you see?While it’s fun to make big, bold predictions, any marketer who’s lived through the last decade knows that forecasting marketing’s future is risky business. After all, just over 10 years ago Mark Zuckerberg was still fine-tuning Facebook in his Harvard dorm room. In 2010, content marketing was a fringe idea. And one year ago, very few marketers were executing account-based marketing. Today, some are hailing ABM as the next great marketing shift.To summarize: None of us are perfect prognosticators. Truth is, a big part of our future will be defined by technologies and trends that aren’t even on our radar right now.That said, envisioning the future is still a worthwhile exercise because it forces us to reflect on the past and formulate reasonably credible hypotheses around what’s coming next. In the process, we develop a clearer focus on the trends worth monitoring and the steps we need to take to get ahead of the pack.So, without further ado, here are the three key marketing trends I think will define 2016 and re-shape how we approach the future.Trend 1: History Repeats ItselfIf you look at the slow bleed that led to disruption in the print industry, you’ll notice two fatal flaws: The print publishing economic model was too reliant on advertising dollars to survive; and publishers were too slow to adapt to the web. When Internet adoption and online journalism took root, print readership plummeted, advertising dollars followed, and many publishers were left for dead.With the growth of ad-blocking technology, brands that are too reliant on paid advertising to generate leads and drive revenue could face the same fate. According to Adobe and Pagefair’s 2015 Ad Blocking Report, 198 million people globally are now blocking ads. That number won’t go down next year (or anytime soon after that).How can marketers avoid making the same mistake?In an ad-blocking world, the brands that win will be the ones that invest heavily in developing a captive audience of loyal fans and customers who advertise on their behalf — typically through reviews, social comments, referrals, and content amplification. Those forms of “advertising” will never be touched by ad-blocking technology. And, best of all, they’re inherently authentic and infinitely scalable (if you have the right strategy, processes, and technology in place).Trend 2: A New Pillar of MarTech MaturesOf course, most marketing leaders understand the value of building better relationships with existing customers. Numerous studies have shown that happy customers buy more, stay longer, and happily refer friends and colleagues. In fact, a recent Gallup poll found that fully-engaged customers represent a 23% premium in terms of share of wallet, profitability, revenue, and relationship growth compared to average customers. Problem is, most companies approach the various aspects of engagement casually, manually, or through a patchwork of point solutions.In 2016 (and even more so in the next 3-5 years), I expect that to change.Just as Salesforce and HubSpot completely changed how sales reps and marketers approach their jobs, a relatively new pillar of marketing technology will transform how marketers approach post-conversion customer engagement. Instead of manually influencing and tracking post-conversion activities (NPS surveys, reviews, customer feedback, referrals, testimonials, content sharing, etc.), marketers will rely on a technology platform that sews everything together and allows them to influence, track, and measure the right behaviors at scale.This pillar of technology is being called a lot of different things right now (e.g. referral marketing, advocate marketing, customer relationship marketing, etc.), but its sophistication and adoption will increase in 2016. As that happens, the name, purpose, and stunning ROI of this post-conversion automation should crystalize, as well.Trend 3: Integrations Dictate SuccessIn a world where many marketing organizations rely on a multi-platform approach to marketing technology, it’s not surprising that one of the biggest challenges marketers face is effectively integrating those solutions. According to a report by Informatica and Dun & Bradstreet, 52% of marketing leaders cite the complexity of integrating technologies as the most challenging obstacle to marketing technology success.That’s a big problem. Particularly when spending on marketing technology is expected to grow tenfold (to the tune of $120 billion) over the next decade. For marketers to truly harness the power of those technologies (and, ultimately, generate ROI from them), their kaleidoscope of tools must play nicely together. For that to happen, however, integration must be prioritized, and it must be simple and seamless.Thankfully, I think 2016 will be the year marketers can start worrying less about this issue.Today, the best marketing technologies are built with integration in mind. If, for instance, you run a fashion brand, your CRM, eCommerce platform, marketing automation, referral marketing software, and payment systems should all be able to communicate and share data with each other in real-time. This not only negates concerns over siloed data, it leads to much richer analytics and greater ROI from each marketing technology you deploy.What’s Your Prediction for 2016?As I mentioned above, I’m not a flawless prognosticator. While I feel confident the three trends above will play a significant role in shaping B2B and B2C marketing organizations in 2016, I’m sure there are others I’m missing.So, what marketing trends — or tactics, channels, technologies, etc. — do you think will define the next year/five years/decade? Give me a shout on Twitter @jeff_epstein!AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Why Yeswares Matthew Bellows is on a Mission to Bring Mindfulness to

first_imgMatthew Bellows has been practicing mindfulness since 1990 — long before he founded Yesware, a provider of software for salespeople, and well before his passion for sales or startups really heated up. And Bellows brings his practice of mindfulness not only to his role as CEO, but to those he employs.For the uninitiated, mindfulness encourages practitioners to be fully aware and present. And for Bellows it’s a way of understanding how his own thoughts help or hold him back. More importantly, it has helped him introduce a gap between actions and reactions.“While I can’t control what those around me say or do, I can control how I react,” says Bellows. “Often times, we go through life without any real awareness of how we respond. Instead, we tend to react out of habitual patterns or based on the person or people we’re interacting with. And as the CEO of a company, someone might come to me and say ‘We lost this deal.’ I could react without thinking and say ‘Oh my gosh,’ but that’s a relatively inefficient and ineffective way of leading.”This ability to pause before speaking is a skill Bellows says we can all work to develop.“We can actually train ourselves to take feedback and input and pause to consider it for a second so we can respond more skillfully.”And as CEO of a 100-person company, Bellows has a lot to live up to.“When it comes to leading Yesware or any company for that matter, CEOs are under a tremendous amount of pressure. There are a lot of expectations, there are a lot of people looking to the CEO for leadership, for guidance, for exemplary behavior. The CEO should serve as the leader of a company’s culture — to show his or her employees how one behaves at that company. Beyond that, employees and potential employees have to decide whether or not this person is worth following. Do the person’s actions match their words?”As Yesware has grown, Bellows has had to come to terms with the fact that he simply can’t have a personal relationship with every person on the team. In fact, everyone at Yesware isn’t even working under the same roof. With offices in Boston and San Francisco, keeping Yesware’s culture intact has become more important than ever. So Bellows has realized that how he acts in the workplace is at least as important as what he does.“Am I available? Am I present? Do I live the values of the company? Do I exemplify the kind of place we want to build? Yes or no? And frankly, sometimes the answer is yes, and sometimes it’s not. There are plenty of times when I miss and fall off of the horse. In no way do I have it all figured out…but, I’m trying.”As amazing as running or working at a startup can be, living and breathing the culture can, at times, be exhausting. Bellows says, “There is a cult of speed in the startup world where you’re always encouraged to be faster and do more. This can be good. At some level you want to grow quickly, you want to push yourself, you want to achieve. But, the breakneck speed of startup life can also encourage a purely reactive approach.”“In the startup world, we have this amazingly destructive culture of speed.”Brad Feld, who sits on Yesware’s Board, has encouraged Bellows to take his practice of mindfulness and apply it to the way he runs his business. “In my very first Board meeting with Brad he said ‘Slow down to speed up.’ I thought that was brilliant. What he meant was pause every now and then to consider the next move. He wanted us to think about alternatives, really figure out the right way of accomplishing our goals. And then, having really thought about all the options, go fast.”Those few words of advice have stuck with Bellows throughout the growth of his company, advice that is very much in keeping with his general approach to mindfulness at work. But what about when it comes to applying his practice to real-world business decisions? What happens then?Recently a top 10 customer, generating meaningful revenue, came to Bellows with a request. Before they would renew their contract the customer asked Yesware to build an Android version of their product. No one likes receiving customer demands, especially not so late in the sales cycle. Bellows and his team were at a loss. With no plans for an Android app on the roadmap, Yesware was at a cross-roads. “The customer wanted us to commit to building the app in the next two to three months, a tight timeframe for something that wasn’t even on the horizon.”For Bellows, Yesware’s ingrained culture of mindfulness allowed him and his team to pause and consider how they would approach the request. Where some companies would have immediately responded with a resounding ‘Yes!’ to any ask from a large customer, Yesware took a more thoughtful approach.There were a few things they considered: How much work building the app would entail, what else it would prevent the team from accomplishing and lastly, how important the items they would have to sacrifice really were. “Ultimately,” says Bellows, “We wondered if other people would buy this product and at the end, we decided that we weren’t able to fulfill the request at that specific time.”Building out a customer’s last minute request is difficult, but even more difficult perhaps is turning down that customer. “In the end,” says Bellows, “we went back to the customer and said ‘Thank you for your support. You’ve been a wonderful customer. Here is our product roadmap for the next year. As you can see it does not include an Android version of the new mobile application that you requested, but here is what it does include. We want to keep you as a customer, but we’re just not able to do this right now.’”In the end, the customer appreciated Yesware’s thoughtful approach and transparent response (access to their detailed feature roadmap helped tremendously) and ultimately decided to re-sign their contract.While mindfulness is clearly ingrained in Yesware’s culture, it’s not something Bellows actively pushes his team members to follow. After all, “Everyone has their own path and their own particular personal journey,” he says. “It would be wrong for me or the company to mandate anything, but we try to provide an environment where mindfulness is supported — they can pursue various practices if they so choose.”For instance, Yesware’s Boston office has a dedicated room for the practice of yoga or pilates and even brings in a meditation teacher once a week to work with anyone who is interested. The company, like many startups these days, also has an open vacation policy, which Bellows says, “Is meant to allow people to take care of themselves outside of work.” And, oddly enough, employees have opted to use their so-called unlimited vacation to take yoga and meditation retreats so they can maintain and continue these mindfulness practices in and outside of work.For Bellows, practicing mindfulness at this point is a no-brainer. And he’s glad to see more and more of his team members openly embracing it. At the end of the day, the team is more cohesive, collaborative and better able to pause to think about the impact of their decisions before making a move. And for a startup, especially these days, taking a measured, thoughtful approach is worth its weight in gold. Perhaps we could all learn a little something from Bellows’ ability to think before he acts.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis1last_img read more

Applicant Tracking System ATS Which One is Right for Your Business

first_imgScaling and hiring are the top concerns we hear from both our portfolio leaders and the broader tech community. Hiring can be daunting in a rapidly growing startup. Who do you need to hire now to continue to scale the business? Who fits the right background for the job? Each hire is crucial to get right in the early days of the organization.So how do you properly keep track of hiring without completely reinventing the wheel? It’s all about implementing an Applicant Tracking System (ATS). An ATS can be used as a centralized platform to keep track of applicants throughout the hiring process.To dive into best practices, I spoke with Jenny Shedd, a Recruiting and Talent Strategy Consultant, who guides startups on ATS buy-in from senior leadership and implementation. I first met Jenny when she was consulting with JumpCloud’s talent team on this exact topic.When to implement an ATSIt may seem simple, but when I asked Jenny when she thought a company should implement an ATS, she said they should do it as soon as possible. An ATS is just as important to a company as Salesforce.com is to sales and JIRA is to engineering. It becomes the centralized depository for active candidates and can capture the progress on a specific search and for future talent. To have something in place to manage the process is crucial as your business rapidly scales. “An ATS in one year can save you one agency fee,” says Jenny.Choosing the right ATS for your businessWhen choosing an ATS, Jenny said there are a few important questions to ask:How much reporting do you need?Does your process need to be automated?Do you want to create offers through the ATS?Do you need an integration with your calendar?She also said it’s important to understand the growth within the product and your overall budget. “You can’t go wrong with any ATS, but spend the money early to buy a good ATS.”Below is an outline of the three top Applicant Tracking Systems for basic, premium and top grade. Please note that OpenView does not promote any specific ATS.ATS’ for basic, premium and top grade subscriptionsBasic model: RecruiteeRecruitee offers a kanban-style ATS with features include job posting to multiple boards, a sourcing tool and careers page.Suitable for small businesses and it gives a free 18-day trial.Pricing starts at $19/month ($199/month for job postings).Premium model: Hire by GoogleHire integrates seamlessly with Gmail, Google Calendar and all G-suite appsUses AI to streamline administrative tasks, post jobs to various job sites all at once and will identify and attract strong candidates.Pricing starts at $100/month.Top Grade model: GreenhouseGreenhouse is a cloud-based recruiting platform that helps you find good candidates and conduct better interviews.The platform allows for structured interview plans, scorecards (where interviewers can record their impressions after an interview), reporting and analytics and pipeline management.Pricing starts at $6,600/year for 10-15 employees.ATS best practicesTrainingThe best way to lay the foundations for proper ATS use is training. “I always start with an ATS-specific training that includes executives and everyone that will have access to the ATS,” says Jenny. She keeps the training simple and covers the basics:Interviewing 101What to cover in a phone screenWhat the interview process will look likeWho will make the offer (Talent/HR vs. Hiring Manager)Who owns what during the interview processWhere the information will reside in the system, who has access and what are the right permissionsDefining a scorecard and how will it be usedCommunicationSchedule all interviews (phone and onsite) through your ATS. Send reminders to the interview team to complete scorecards (that have already been created) and record all correspondence between candidates and HR/interview teams in the ATS.ScorecardsScorecards/behavioral interviewing is one of the best tools in an ATS. A scorecard allows your interviewers to focus on the candidate and not the feedback form during the interview. This type of interviewing gets your interview team on the same page and to conduct high-impact conversations with candidates.Jenny urges users to look for attributes that are universal regardless of position. “Create three must-have skills sets (and build the metrics from there) and a ‘one size fits all’ standard bar across the entire organization. During interview training, make sure the interviewers know that they are not looking for personal qualities, but attributes that will be a value-add to the organization.”It’s not always easy to put the time and effort into implementing an ATS, but it is an instrumental database, not just an organizational tool,” says Jenny. Taking the time to find the right ATS and construct best practices will give you the proper tools to scale quickly and create a successful repeatable model.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Heres How Rita Morenos Sweatshop Seamstress Mother Inspired Her Decades of Career

first_imgSuccess Apply Now » The screen icon gave kudos to her mom while accepting the Peabody Career Achievement Award. Next Article Special Projects Director –shares Patrick Carone May 21, 2019 The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue.center_img Here’s How Rita Moreno’s ‘Sweatshop Seamstress’ Mother Inspired Her Decades of Career Success Entrepreneur Staff Add to Queue Achieving “EGOT” status — that is, winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony — is impressive enough. In fact, only 15 people in history have ever achieved the honor. This past weekend at the 78th Annual Peabody Awards, however, Rita Moreno did them one better.The screen legend was honored with the Peabody Career Achievement Award, making her, along with Barbra Streisand and film director Mike Nichols, one of only three PEGOTs ever. Best know for her Oscar-winning role as Anita in West Side Story, Moreno won Emmys for The Muppet Show and The Rockford Files, a Grammy for The Electric Company album and a Tony for her role in The Ritz. Never one to slow down, she also achieved critical acclaim with her recent appearance on Netflix’s One Day at a Time.Related: 9 Quotes on Success and Failure from J.K. RowlingAt the ceremony, which was presented by Mercedes-Benz and took place at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City, Moreno gave a heartfelt speech in which she revealed the true secret of her many decades of success: her mother. She spoke about the challenge of breaking down barriers in the entertainment industry after moving from Puerto Rico to New York City at the age of five with the “sweatshop seamstress” who “knew the prick of every pin.” “My fame is her fame,” she said. Here’s the text of Moreno’s full speech from New York Magazine, in which she explains how her mother not only inspired her to achieve, but laid the groundwork for that success by sacrificing so much herself.I have never missed my mother so much. I’m very honored to accept this career achievement from such an esteemed organization. I didn’t expect this. I am keenly aware of the high value that the Peabody places on storytelling, and I am so humbled that you consider the story of my life and career worthy. Like most, my story is predicated on another story. And that story was my mommy’s, who, when I was 5 years old, set out from Puerto Rico for New York to find a better life for us. Every single day of my childhood, my mommy, Rosa Maria, walked me to school then climbed the bus that carried her from 181st St.-Wadsworth Ave. to 42nd St. and Fifth Ave., the heart of the Garment District, where every day she pumped the treadle, wound the bobbins, chocked the hems.That was my mommy, the sweatshop seamstress. It was backbreaking work. She knew the prick of every pin. But it was a job. And it paid the rent. And we just barely got by. She made my clothes. She made my costumes. I was her little “coquí.” She put ribbons in my hair. This was her art. My mommy’s art. So that I could perform at every bar mitzvah or wedding reception that would book an 8-year-old artist. She even made me a headdress with fruit stitched on top that made me look just like a miniature Carmen Miranda. My mommy, the sweatshop seamstress. No, no. My mommy, the artist. It gave her joy. It made her proud. My mommy, costume designer to a star. The Rita Moreno. Before I ever was. My fame is her fame. Therefore, this beautiful, precious honor is also in her honor. Thank you.Related: 10 Star Wars Quotes That All Entrepreneurs Should Take to Heart 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Image credit: Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz 4 min readlast_img read more

Facebook Courts Small Businesses to Drive Mobile Ad Revenue

first_img 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List –shares Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. It is often said that small businesses are the backbone of a healthy economy. The same might soon be said of their importance to Facebook’s revenue.Facebook’s second-quarter earnings beat analyst expectations, registering a profit of $333 million on revenue of $1.8 billion, up 53 percent from one year ago. Much of that revenue growth came from a dramatic increase in sales of mobile advertisements, which accounted for 41 percent of the company’s $1.6 billion in ad revenue in the second quarter.Mobile traffic was up as well, with 819 million users accessing Facebook from a smartphone or tablet. That represented an increase of 51 percent from the second quarter of 2012.As mobile grows, small businesses are steadily buying a larger share of ads, Facebook said. In the second quarter, Facebook surpassed one million active advertisers on its platform, many of whom are local businesses. This is no coincidence; Facebook has reportedly been wooing small-business owners as of late as it seeks to compete with Foursquare and other companies whose apps help users interact with businesses in their area.Facebook’s stock shot up 17 percent in after-hours trading on Wednesday. It has continued to gain since the market opened Thursday, now trading near $33 a share. While still shy of the initial $38 share price at its IPO over one year ago, investors finally have reason to feel good about its prospects.Related: How to Use Targeted Advertising on Facebook and AdWords (Video) Image credit: Ben Margot, AP July 25, 2013 Brian Patrick Eha Apply Now »center_img 2 min read Technology The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Facebook Courts Small Businesses to Drive Mobile Ad Revenue Next Article Add to Queuelast_img read more

Amateur Investors are Bullish About Cannabis That Has the Pros a Little

first_img May 6, 2019 –shares Peter Page Image credit: 400tmax | Getty Images Next Article Amateur Investors are Bullish About Cannabis. That Has the Pros a Little Worried. 4 min read Retail stock investors are bullish — perhaps to a fault — about the prospects of publicly traded cannabis companies, according to a recent survey of 250 people who currently own marijuana related stocks.The survey, conducted in March by KCSA Strategic Communications, found that 90 percent of the investors reported their portfolios had appreciated, which might explain why 50 percent said they had sold non-cannabis stocks to buy cannabis stocks. “This is a fundamental shift taking place in society, right before our eyes, it’s exciting, it’s once in a lifetime, it’s lucrative and they want in on it,” said Lewis Goldberg, managing partner at KCSA and host of The Green Rush podcast.Related: Pay Attention to These 6 Cannabis Industry TrendsThe enthusiasm for cannabis has investors wisely spreading their money around — 52 percent said they own six or more cannabis stocks while 40 percent own 10 or more — but is also leading them to perhaps concentrate excessively on the sector, if not just one company in the sector. “Retail cannabis investors are significantly overweighting cannabis, which comprises more than a quarter of their overall portfolio, according to 40 percent of respondents,” KCSA noted in a report of the survey findings.Eighty percent of the investors surveyed said they plan to hold onto their cannabis investments for between one and ten years. “They understand the real value will be unlocked in years, not days or weeks,” Goldberg said.Related: How Risk Management Can Make Marijuana Businesses Bulletproof (or at Least Bullet Resistant)The survey found that individual investors show no concern that cannabis remains illegal under federal law. They believe the end of prohibition is inevitable and don’t believe the federal government will switch policy to crash the state-legal cannabis industry, which employs hundreds of thousands of people and has already attracted many billions in investments.“I think most Americans believe full federal legalization is a question of when, not if,” Goldberg said. “People are consuming (cannabis) and investing in it because they believe in it.’’Professional investors specializing in cannabis are less than thrilled by the enthusiasm of amateurs rushing to get in on what they think is the ground floor of the cannabis boom.Related: How the Green Rush Is Accelerating the Revolution In Smart Farming Technologies“Our biggest fear is people get sucked into the mania, they lose money and then think the industry is a joke when we know it’s real,” said Morgan Paxhia, who co-founded Poseidon Asset Management with his sister Emily Paxhia. “The general trend is this (industry) is very fast growing and there are very few other industries on the planet that have this sort of growth potential but it’s not a straight road. There are events that are impactful and you can’t just assume they will always keep going up.”Paxhia noted there are more than 300 publicly traded companies that can be broadly lumped into “cannabis.” They vary so much by sector — ancillary businesses like payment processors, manufacturers of needed equipment like grow lights, growers, medical marijuana and adult use, multi-state operators that might be retail dispensaries or vertically integrated companies, CBD and hemp, etc — and by the capabilities of their management team that stock selection is probably trickier in cannabis than in more established industries.Sean Stiefel, founder and managing partner of Navy Capital, warned that knowing a company is a “cannabis company” is not much to go on. The variables to consider are many. Publicly traded Canadian companies are “crazy” expensive, he said, while publicly traded US companies are more reasonably priced at around 20X EBITDA (“earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization,” a standard metric for evaluating company performance), though even the US stocks are relatively expensive because there are limited choices on US exchanges.Stiefel doesn’t think much of buy-and-hold as an investment strategy simply because the investor is hopeful they have bought shares in the cannabis equivalent of Apple or Google at the dawn of the tech boom. “I think holding anything for 10 years blindly is silly,” he said. “Have you owned anything for 10 years other than your house?” Download Our Free Android Appcenter_img Investing Entrepreneur Staff Senior Editor for Green Entrepreneur Add to Queue Free Green Entrepreneur App Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. The cannabis industry is certain to grow. That company you own shares in is not.last_img read more

Hydrive Energy Water adds new flavours to its caffeine drink line

first_imgHydrive Energy Water adds new flavours to its caffeine drink linePosted By: News Deskon: January 05, 2018In: Beverage, Industries, New products, Soft drinksPrintEmailHydrive Energy Water has expanded its product portfolio with the introduction of kiwi melon and grape fusion zero-calorie energy water.The brand said the drinks provide consumers with the hydration benefits of water and the added function of energy from B vitamins and caffeine.Last year, Hydrive relaunched its brand of enhanced water with zero calories and a fresh packaging design. Other flavours are black cherry, blue raspberry, triple berry, and citrus burst.In a statement, the brand said: “Kiwi melon brings a new fruit-inspired flavor to the product line. Naturally refreshing kiwi combined with the light, sweet taste of melon for a truly unique and delicious flavor profile.“Grape fusion was a fan favourite of Hydrive Energy Water’s prior full-calorie line. After much consumer demand, Hydrive has reformulated grape fusion to bring the taste of the cool, sweet burst of grapes while maintaining the zero-calorie, refreshing formula that consumers love.”Thomas Oh, senior vice president for brand owner Big Red, said: “Consumers love Hydrive because it gives them the energy they need and tastes great. We are excited to add two more great tasting, refreshing flavours to our line.”Hydrive beverages have zero calories, 160 mg of caffeine and retail for between $1.89 and $2.29 a bottle. They are now available across the US.Share with your network: Tags: HydriveUnited Stateslast_img read more

Cargill invests 20m in its Big Lake egg processing facility

first_imgCargill invests $20m in its Big Lake egg processing facilityPosted By: News Deskon: April 12, 2018In: Business, Dairy, Food, Industries, ManufacturingPrintEmailCargill will invest $20 million to increase the production capacity of its egg processing plant in Big Lake, Minnesota.Cargill says that this investment will fund the installation of new equipment which will allow pasteurisation, mixing and cooking of various egg products for clients in the foodservice and protein ingredient industries.Construction and installation of the new equipment will begin in May, and the upgrade is expected to be completed and operational by January 2019.The upgrade will add 12 new jobs at the facility, an increase of 16%.Jared Johnson, the Big Lake plant’s general manager said: “We continue to invest in the traditional protein space to provide our foodservice and food ingredient customers innovative, high-quality cooked egg products to meet growing consumer demand.“This investment underscores our ongoing commitment to the Big Lake community and our employees, egg suppliers and restaurant and foodservice customers throughout the upper Midwest.“Economies are improving. More people are moving into the middle class and the world population is expected to reach 9 billion by 2050. These factors are driving significantly increased demand for animal protein around the world.“Cargill’s protein team is prepared to play a critical role in meeting this demand and nourish the world with sustainable, high-quality protein.”Share with your network: Tags: CargilleggsmanufacturingprocessingUSlast_img read more

Jack Links to release three new highprotein snacks in 2019

first_imgJack Link’s to release three new high-protein snacks in 2019Posted By: Martin Whiteon: October 05, 2018In: Food, Industries, New products, Nutrition, SnacksPrintEmailJack Link’s has announced that it will release three new high-protein snack products in 2019.Jack Link’s Smokehouse Beef Sausages, Jack Link’s Steak Bites and Jack Link’s Cold Crafted Linkwich will be made available to US consumers from 2019 onwards in various flavours.Jack Link’s Smokehouse Beef Sausages is available in two varieties, Original and Hot & Spicy, and the snacks are the first products released under the new Jack Link’s Smokehouse product line.Meanwhile, Jack Link’s Steak Bites will be available in Original and Teriyaki flavours, and both flavours contain 17g of protein and 110 calories in a single pack serving.The Cold Crafted Linkwich is a breadless sandwich made with cured meats and real Wisconsin cheese, and three varieties will be available: Colby Jack & Hard Salami, Pepper Jack & Genoa Salami and Cheddar and Hard Salami.TD Dixon, chief marketing officer at Jack Link’s Protein Snacks said: “We are on a mission to make protein snacking accessible to everyone.“Consumers continue to seek more protein in their diet, so we’ve focused our innovation efforts, whether that be form, packaging or flavours, to provide consumers new opportunities to engage in the category.“These efforts are creating incredible growth for our customers and the entire category.”Share with your network:last_img read more

Facebook removed post by exmanager who said site failed black people

first_imgShare on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Email In interview, Mark S Luckie describes irony of letter’s removal for violating ‘community standards’ before it was reinstated Share on WhatsApp Ex-Facebook manager: black staffers face discrimination and exclusion Facebook Share on Messenger @SamTLevin Shares586586 This article is more than 7 months old Facebook removed post by ex-manager who said site ‘failed’ black people Last modified on Tue 4 Dec 2018 17.43 EST news Share on Facebook This article is more than 7 months old Read morecenter_img Tue 4 Dec 2018 16.19 EST Since you’re here… Social networking “It feels like Facebook can tackle a lot of issues … but when you talk about black people, all of a sudden there is silence,” he said by phone from Atlanta, where he moved after quitting Facebook last month. “There are a lot of black employees who express that they feel the same way. To put out a three-line response that doesn’t have any heft to it, it feels dismissive of an engaged community on Facebook. It’s just sad.”In his original post, Luckie wrote about black employees being “accosted by campus security”, facing discriminatory comments from managers, reaching a “dead end” when they go to HR, and being “dissuaded” from participating in black employee groups. He said there were more Black Lives Matter posters than black employees in some buildings.Facebook, which is battling a range of PR crises, responded with a generic statement last week about efforts to “increase the range of perspectives among those who build our products”. The company’s brief comment did not address Luckie’s specific concerns, including his arguments that the firm’s lack of diversity had contributed to failures on the platform, such as the frequent mislabeling of posts by black users as “hate speech”.Black employees make up 4% of the Facebook workforce and only 1% of technical roles and 2% of leadership positions.Luckie said he decided to go public with his letter after he circulated it internally and received no formal response from Facebook. “They work quickly to resolve issues when they are held publicly accountable for them,” he said.But it was frustrating, he said, that Facebook responded internally and externally with statements by the few black employees in leadership roles: “The image Facebook is projecting is that it’s up to black people to fix the issues that black people didn’t create.”He added: “The historic language to black employees has been ‘pull yourself up by your bootstraps’ and ‘be resilient’.”Luckie, 35, said the response to his post had been overwhelming and largely positive, though some within Facebook have been critical of him for going public.“I was disappointed in my colleagues who sort of dismissed that any of this was happening at Facebook, because it didn’t happen to them,” he said. “If you’re black at Facebook, you’ve had to deal with at least one of the issues that I’ve outlined.”Luckie said he recognized that his post could cost him future jobs or lead to retaliation, but he added: “I’m willing to make the sacrifice.”He said it was also validating to hear others share similar stories: “I don’t want to be alone out there in the world discussing this.”After Facebook notified him that it deleted his post, hours later it said it “took another look” and “restored” it, adding: “We’re sorry for the trouble.”He said it was yet another reminder of the harmful moderation systems at Facebook, which have repeatedly been exposed as biased against a range of marginalized groups.“The process that Facebook has is stifling conversation, especially amongst under-represented communities,” Luckie said, adding of his post’s censorship: “It encapsulates all the things that are wrong with this process.”A Facebook spokesperson, Anthony Harrison, said Luckie’s post did not violate standards, adding: “We are looking into what happened.”For now, Luckie said he was happy to be removed from Silicon Valley and to relocate to Atlanta.“My culture is here, my friends are here,” he said. “I’ve seen more black people in the airport that I’ve seen in a whole month at Facebook.” Share on Twitter Share via Email Facebook Mark S Luckie accused Facebook of ‘failing its black employees and its black users’.Photograph: Jake Krespo/Courtesy Mark Luckie Sam Levin in Oakland Topics Facebook removed a post from a former employee who accused the company of “failing its black employees and its black users”, saying the memo about racial discrimination violated its “community standards”.Mark S Luckie, who recently stepped down as strategic partner manager, published the piece on Facebook last week detailing his experiences as a black employee at a tech corporation that largely excludes African Americans, saying the company has also unfairly censored black people on the platform.Facebook appeared to prove Luckie’s point this week by removing the letter before eventually reinstating it.“My first reaction was shock that it happened,” Luckie told the Guardian after he saw that Facebook had flagged his post, saying it “goes against” the site’s standards. “Then I kind of wanted to laugh. I’ve been on so many phone calls and email threads with people having this issue … In an ironic twist, I am dealing with this.”In an interview on Tuesday, Luckie reflected on the intense debate his memo had sparked and the “disappointing” silence from Facebook, which he said was doing little to respond to concerns or address prejudice and exclusion at the company. Support The Guardian … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebook Share via Email Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Clothing line changes way children with autism get dressed

first_imgShare this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedRunway of DreamsMarch 30, 2016In “Mobility”Fashion Moves Forward with Adaptive ClothingMay 16, 2018In “Autism”It’s What’s On the Inside — AND the Outside — That CountsSeptember 24, 2014In “INDATA News” Zippers, buttons, and tags–oh my!  These features are found on a majority of clothing.  To many, seams and zippers are, well, seams and zippers; but for several children with autism, these are often insurmountable obstacles. Lauren Thierry, the mother of a boy with autism, created the “Independence Day Clothing” line to help children with autism or other special needs be able to dress themselves independently.Almost 9 years ago when her son, Liam, was 7, Thierry envisioned an easier morning routine. “A scratchy shirt tag, a twisted sock seam, an ordinary wristwatch–that stuff can send someone with autism into tantrums, can make them tear off a shirt while on a school bus or kick off a shoe in a shopping mall,” says Thierry.  She was a former journalist and used her background to research clothing options for individuals with autism.Years later, she met with New York City-based designer Dalila Anderson to see if her idea for a line of sensory-sensitive, fashionable clothing was plausible.  Anderson began sketching ideas of reversible clothing, seamless, etc.  Ergo, the Independence Day Clothing line was designed.  Thierry initially proposed the line to address safety and dressing issues for the special needs population, only to have focus groups tell her everyone wants stuff that’s easy to wear.Anderson commented, “Children want to be able to hang out with friends and feel like they are just one of the other kids, not have their clothing unzipped, unbuttoned, or backwards, in a way other people take for granted.”  The ID Clothing line features cargo pants, dresses, tunics, leggings, rugby shirts and hoodies–all of which are seamless, buttonless, tagless, zipperless and either two- or four-way reversible.There is an even more compelling innovation in this clothing line: GPS tracker.  As mentioned in my previous blog titled Autism Resources in Fiction, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention currently estimates that about 1 in 68 children in the U.S. has been diagnosed with autism.  And according to the National Autism Association, roughly “48 percent of those children will attempt to wander from a safe environment–a rate nearly four times higher than their unaffected siblings.”  So the Independence Day Clothing line features soft, sensory-sensitive, hidden compartments that house a small GPS device.  The device is placed in a way where it won’t bother the wearer and it wouldn’t be visible to someone else.  For more information on the GPS device, visit the Independence Day Clothing’s website on the Phoenix 5 Global Tracking GPS technology.Applied behavior analysis therapist, Lisa Keane Herrera, attended a focus group for the clothing line.  Herrera, who has worked with children on the autism spectrum, including Liam, for more than 10 years, summed up the benefits of the the clothes: “You could see that the kids [with autism] were happier overall.  It’s good for their self-confidence.  A task that may have taken thirty minutes may now take five.  I know parents that spend hours ripping out tags and seams.  This is cutting edge for someone who can’t advocate for themselves.”To learn more about Independence Day Clothing, be sure to visit their website here.last_img read more

Air Maltas Digital Transformation Journey Takes Off With MuleSoft

first_imgAnypoint Platform Enables Air Malta to Tap Into the API Economy to Extend its Digital Presence and Improve Operational EfficiencyMuleSoft, provider of the leading platform for building application networks, announced that Air Malta, which carries two million passengers annually, is using MuleSoft’s Anypoint Platform to broaden its reach in a highly competitive market and to improve operational efficiency through APIs. Anypoint Platform enables Air Malta to build an application network, so the airline can quickly connect new technologies with existing legacy systems – making it easier than ever to add new airline partners for growth and to create new opportunities to better serve customers. With MuleSoft, Air Malta is able to extend its digital presence and increase profitability by participating in the API economy, which enables business capabilities to be monetized using APIs.Air Malta operates a modern fleet of aircraft to more than 40 destinations in Europe, North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean. The airline also offers travel to an additional 170 destinations through code-share partnerships with other airlines. To thrive in a competitive industry and exceed customer expectations, Air Malta embarked on a digital transformation journey with MuleSoft. Air Malta engaged MuleSoft consulting partner Ricston to build an application network using Anypoint Platform, connecting third-party software-as-a-service (SaaS), e-commerce platforms, customer relationship management (CRM) and airline booking systems.“Air Malta recently reported profitability for the first time after two decades, growing operating revenue by €5.3 million to €197.5 million in the last fiscal year,” said Alan Talbot, CIO, Air Malta. “Technology investment has been a critical driver of this success, with MuleSoft at the center. With Anypoint Platform, we have created a sandbox for innovation across the organization without affecting core operations. MuleSoft provides a unified platform that enables even non-technical personnel to quickly create integrations. By democratizing access to data from legacy systems and across our enterprise, we are able to create new operational efficiencies and identify opportunities to better serve our customers.”Marketing Technology News: RCN Chooses TiVo’s Next-Gen Platform to Give Subscribers a Superior User ExperienceThe Airline Industry Is on a Turbulent Ride to DigitizeAccording to the recent Connectivity Benchmark Report, 59 percent of IT leaders say their legacy infrastructure makes it hard to introduce new technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), big data and the internet of things (IoT). Airlines are struggling to innovate, operate efficiently and offer personalized services. With valuable data trapped across siloed legacy systems, the industry is challenged to access the right information at the right time to move faster and deliver on customer demands. Its aging IT infrastructure is no longer fit to operate in the modern digital world, hampering growth and profitability.“We couldn’t afford to stand still and remain as we were. We needed to change our business and IT operating model to survive,” said Talbot. “Technology has become the ultimate enabler for the business, so we can drive and create change. MuleSoft’s hybrid integration platform with API capabilities allows us to connect to the latest cloud technologies and differentiate our services.”MuleSoft Provides Air Malta the Foundation for Speed and Innovation By developing an application network of reusable APIs, Air Malta is able to distribute its commercial relations and flight operations information more effectively and securely within the organization and with partners. For example, Anypoint Platform empowered Air Malta to improve customer service through a closer integration among the airline’s reservation system, e-commerce platforms and its Salesforce instance. This connectivity enables sales staff to easily roll out joint offers with other airlines, provide customers with the most relevant “just-in-time” information, and make modifications to flight arrangements faster.One of Air Malta’s significant projects was the introduction of best-of-breed flight planning solutions from Lufthansa to optimize route planning, improve flight operations management and handle reservations more quickly. Previously, it would have taken 18 months to deploy the solutions. Instead, it took one-third of the time with reusable APIs built on Anypoint Platform. Similarly, Air Malta used some of the existing APIs to integrate with Ryanair, one of the biggest airline brands in Europe. The integration allows Air Malta to sell its flights from the Ryanair website and meet customers where they are. The project took only 11 weeks, reducing the standard delivery timeline by almost two-thirds.Marketing Technology News: SalesLoft Scoops $70 Million Series D to Fuel Growth in Sales TechnologyAir Malta’s Application Network Opens Up New Opportunities in the API EconomyAccording to Talbot, “We want to launch a platform to help anyone who wants to do business with us. MuleSoft allows us to leverage the API economy to broaden our reach in a hugely competitive market. With an application network built on Anypoint Platform, we can securely share our data on inventory, services and products to any company that wants to work with us.”Over the next few years, Talbot aims to turn the IT department from a cost center into a profit center. The ability to leverage API monetization and add new digital channels will be crucial to Air Malta’s goal to create sustainable growth. Air Malta will use MuleSoft to develop a fully integrated, omnichannel platform, using the same approach for integrating into Ryanair’s website with pluggable APIs.Air Malta is also looking to continue to add new technologies and services to widen its competitive edge. Talbot expects emerging technologies, such as AI, machine learning and blockchain to support efforts in personalizing customer experiences, with Anypoint Platform at the center to make them all work together.Marketing Technology News: Blueshift Appoints LendingTree’s Former VP of Marketing, Josh Francia, as Chief Growth Officer Air Malta’s Digital Transformation Journey Takes Off With MuleSoft PRNewswireApril 30, 2019, 5:10 pmApril 30, 2019 Air MaltaAPIArtificial IntelligencecrmMarketing Technology NewsMulesoftNewspersonalizationSalesforce Previous ArticleOrganizations Demand More from Their Data, Despite Achieving 118% Return on Data Management InvestmentsNext ArticleInfor Helps Organizations Meet Demands of the Emerging Workforcelast_img read more

Baidus Mobile Reach Expanded to 11 Billion Monthly Active Devices in March

first_img13.69 18.68 2% Baidu’s Mobile Reach Expanded to 1.1 Billion Monthly Active Devices in March 2019 PRNewswireMay 20, 2019, 3:07 pmMay 20, 2019 Total revenues  60 RMB 6,694 (139) 2019 401 967 Non-GAAP net margin 24,123  Baidu, Inc.  (“Baidu” or the “Company”), the leading Chinese language Internet search provider, announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019.“Baidu’s mobile foundation continues to strengthen with search-powered AI, and our new AI businesses are making strong progress. In March, Baidu’s mobile reach expanded to 1.1 billion monthly active devices, while DuerOS voice assistant installed base reached 275 million devices and generated 2.37 billion monthly voice queries. We are leveraging Baidu AI to provide enterprise solutions to businesses and local governments, which significantly expands our total addressable market,” said Robin Li, Chairman and CEO of Baidu. “Looking ahead, we are quite excited about the opportunities to significantly improve content and service discovery through in-app search and increase customer ROI with our entrance into CRM, to deepen our offering to our marketing customers.”“Baidu Q1 results were solid, with revenues reaching RMB 24.1 billion, up 15% year over year, or 21% year over year, excluding revenue from divested business, and margins were dampened by our successful CCTV New Year Eve Gala marketing campaign, which accelerated the traffic of Baidu family of apps and highlighted better in-app search user experience.” said Herman Yu, CFO of Baidu. “Despite government policies to improve the market condition for SMEs, we anticipate online marketing in the near term to face a challenging environment. We will take this opportunity to improve our monetization capabilities and review our businesses for operational efficiency, while recognizing the importance to invest for sustainable long-term growth.”Marketing Technology News: “Bring Your Own Bot”: Sparkcentral’s AI Virtual Agent Framework for Chatbots Blends the Best of Both WorldsFirst Quarter 2019 Financial Highlights (936) 2018 Diluted earnings (loss) per ADS 3,594 (80%) 4,568 (1%) (80%) 32% Operating margin (93%) 21% (120%) (105%) (1%) 0.41 (4%) Non-GAAP operating income[3] 22% 26% 15% Net margin Net income (loss) attributable to Baidu 4% (in millions, except for per ADS information, unaudited) Non-GAAP diluted earnings per ADS AIBaiduin-app searchInternet search providerMarketing TechnologyNewsRobin Li Previous ArticleWhy Sellers.json is a Major Leap Forward in Transparent Programmatic AdvertisingNext ArticleJumpshot Releases State of eCommerce Data Report that Reveals New Retail Strategies for Sponsored Search, Affiliate Marketing and Influencers 2% RMB (4%) (105%) YOY[2] (327) (0.98) 20,907 Operating income (loss) 2019 23% Marketing Technology News: Small Business Customers Embrace AI-driven Insights and Advice Integrated Into Online and Mobile BankingManagement ChangeHailong Xiang, senior vice president of the search business, has tendered his resignation, and the Company has accepted Hailong’s resignation and thanks him for fourteen years of service at Baidu.The Company has promoted Dou Shen to senior vice president, overseeing Baidu’s mobile business, previously known as the search business. Previously, Dou served as vice president of Baidu’s mobile products, overseeing the development of Baidu App, Haokan short video app and Baidu smart mini program. Dou has served in various other roles at Baidu since joining in 2012, including web search, display advertising and the financial services group. Prior to Baidu, Dou worked in the adCenter group at Microsoft and sold Buzzlabs, a social media monitoring and analysis platform company that he co-founded, to IAC-owned CityGrid Media. Dou received a bachelor’s degree in engineering from North China Electric Power University, a master’s degree in engineering from Tsinghua University, and a Ph.D. in computer science from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.Marketing Technology News: Forging Ahead with Rapid Growth, JumpCrew Secures an Additional $7.2 Million in Series B Funding Round YOY 4,817 USD Non-GAAP net income attributable to Baidu For the three-month ended March 31, (0.15) 144 5,371 2.77 Non-GAAP operating margin 4% Consolidated (49)last_img read more

Youplus Wins the Webit Award 2019 for Best Use of AI

first_imgYouplus Is Leading Breakthrough Innovation in Video with the World’s First Video Opinion Search Engine; Bags Another Big Win in 2019Youplus, a cutting-edge technology innovation company providing AI-based video solutions, won the eminent Webit Award 2019 for ‘Best Use of AI’ at the Webit Festival, the leading Digital and Innovation event of the distinguished Webit Foundation.Founder & CEO, Shaukat Shamim, a serial entrepreneur and technologist driving Youplus’ strategic vision, accepted the award at the Grand Webit Award Ceremony in Sofia, Bulgaria. Shaukat Shamim was vetted and selected by the Program Committee of Webit Foundation for his proven impact and achievements in the industry to be among the nominees.This award is yet another example of the incredible innovation Youplus is driving in the AI Video Technology arena. In March 2019, Youplus won the ‘AI Excellence Award’ by Business Intelligence Group, the only crowdsourced Industry Awards Program for Businesses.Marketing Technology News: StarfishETL Partners with PeopleSense, Inc.Youplus is transforming research for brands using real opinions, real facts of real people expressed in video to reveal rich, meaningful insights. The next-gen technology enables the democratization of the use of video data while recognizing Youplus’ mission to understand billions of people through video.Speaking of the big win, Shaukat said, “We are humbled and honored to accept this award. This recognition is a testament to Youplus’ continued efforts in delivering top-notch video technology. Our AI platform VOISE (Video Opinion Search Engine), empowers brands to leverage the power of the largest single-topic short-form video catalog, enhancing decision-making and consumer experience that helps brands build better relationships with their consumers.”Marketing Technology News: Alorica Taps Business Transformation Veteran Colson Hillier to Be Chief Marketing OfficerYouplus is the world’s first Video Opinion Search Engine using AI to empower brands to leverage the power of single-topic short-form videos, enhancing decision-making and consumer experience that helps build stronger relationships with their consumers. More than 800 iconic brands and agencies in the US, UK, and India are already working with Youplus.Marketing Technology News: Spectrum Equity Announces Sale of Ethoca to Mastercard AI Video TechnologyDigital and InnovationMarketing TechnologyNewsWebit Award 2019Webit FoundationYouplus Previous ArticleEmirates NBD Building Artificial Intelligence-enabled Bank of the Future with AWSNext ArticleLiveU Announces Majority Investment from Francisco Partners to Accelerate Growth Youplus Wins the Webit Award 2019 for ‘Best Use of AI’ PRNewswireMay 29, 2019, 8:32 pmMay 29, 2019 last_img read more

How Do SSDs Work

first_imgHow Do SSDs Work? Things Only Adults Notice in ‘ThunderCats’ J.K. Rowling Confirms a Hermione Theory We Suspected All Along Tagged In storageextremetech explainsSSDNANDSSDshard drivesNAND flashsolid state storage Post a Comment 0 Comments Here at ExtremeTech, we’ve often discussed the difference between different types of NAND structures — vertical NAND versus planar, or multi-level cell (MLC) versus triple-level cells (TLC) and quad-level cells (QLC). Now, let’s talk about the more basic relevant question: How do SSDs work in the first place, and how do they compare with newer technologies, like Intel’s non-volatile storage technology, Optane?To understand how and why SSDs are different from spinning discs, we need to talk a little bit about hard drives. A hard drive stores data on a series of spinning magnetic disks called platters. There’s an actuator arm with read/write heads attached to it. This arm positions the read-write heads over the correct area of the drive to read or write information.Because the drive heads must align over an area of the disk in order to read or write data (and the disk is constantly spinning), there’s a non-zero wait time before data can be accessed. The drive may need to read from multiple locations in order to launch a program or load a file, which means it may have to wait for the platters to spin into the proper position multiple times before it can complete the command. If a drive is asleep or in a low-power state, it can take several seconds more for the disk to spin up to full power and begin operating.From the very beginning, it was clear that hard drives couldn’t possibly match the speeds at which CPUs could operate. Latency in HDDs is measured in milliseconds, compared with nanoseconds for your typical CPU. One millisecond is 1,000,000 nanoseconds, and it typically takes a hard drive 10-15 milliseconds to find data on the drive and begin reading it. The hard drive industry introduced smaller platters, on-disk memory caches, and faster spindle speeds to counteract this trend, but there’s only so fast drives can spin. Western Digital’s 10,000 RPM VelociRaptor family is the fastest set of drives ever built for the consumer market, while some enterprise drives spun up to 15,000 RPM. The problem is, even the fastest spinning drive with the largest caches and smallest platters are still achingly slow as far as your CPU is concerned.How SSDs Are Different“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” — Henry FordSolid-state drives are called that specifically because they don’t rely on moving parts or spinning disks. Instead, data is saved to a pool of NAND flash. NAND itself is made up of what are called floating gate transistors. Unlike the transistor designs used in DRAM, which must be refreshed multiple times per second, NAND flash is designed to retain its charge state even when not powered up. This makes NAND a type of non-volatile memory.Image by Cyferz at Wikipedia, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0.The diagram above shows a simple flash cell design. Electrons are stored in the floating gate, which then reads as charged “0” or not-charged “1.” Yes, in NAND flash, a 0 means data is stored in a cell — it’s the opposite of how we typically think of a zero or one. NAND flash is organized in a grid. The entire grid layout is referred to as a block, while the individual rows that make up the grid are called a page. Common page sizes are 2K, 4K, 8K, or 16K, with 128 to 256 pages per block. Block size therefore typically varies between 256KB and 4MB.One advantage of this system should be immediately obvious. Because SSDs have no moving parts, they can operate at speeds far above those of a typical HDD. The following chart shows the access latency for typical storage mediums given in microseconds.Image by CodeCapsuleNAND is nowhere near as fast as main memory, but it’s multiple orders of magnitude faster than a hard drive. While write latencies are significantly slower for NAND flash than read latencies, they still outstrip traditional spinning media.There are two things to notice in the above chart. First, note how adding more bits per cell of NAND has a significant impact on the memory’s performance. It’s worse for writes as opposed to reads — typical triple-level-cell (TLC) latency is 4x worse compared with single-level cell (SLC) NAND for reads, but 6x worse for writes. Erase latencies are also significantly impacted. The impact isn’t proportional, either — TLC NAND is nearly twice as slow as MLC NAND, despite holding just 50% more data (three bits per cell, instead of two). This is also true for QLC drives, which store even more bits at varying voltage levels within the same cell.The reason TLC NAND is slower than MLC or SLC has to do with how data moves in and out of the NAND cell. With SLC NAND, the controller only needs to know if the bit is a 0 or a 1. With MLC NAND, the cell may have four values — 00, 01, 10, or 11. With TLC NAND, the cell can have eight values, and QLC has 16. Reading the proper value out of the cell requires the memory controller to use a precise voltage to ascertain whether any particular cell is charged.Reads, Writes, and ErasureOne of the functional limitations of SSDs is while they can read and write data very quickly to an empty drive, overwriting data is much slower. This is because while SSDs read data at the page level (meaning from individual rows within the NAND memory grid) and can write at the page level, assuming surrounding cells are empty, they can only erase data at the block level. This is because the act of erasing NAND flash requires a high amount of voltage. While you can theoretically erase NAND at the page level, the amount of voltage required stresses the individual cells around the cells that are being re-written. Erasing data at the block level helps mitigate this problem.The only way for an SSD to update an existing page is to copy the contents of the entire block into memory, erase the block, and then write the contents of the old block + the updated page. If the drive is full and there are no empty pages available, the SSD must first scan for blocks that are marked for deletion but that haven’t been deleted yet, erase them, and then write the data to the now-erased page. This is why SSDs can become slower as they age — a mostly-empty drive is full of blocks that can be written immediately, a mostly-full drive is more likely to be forced through the entire program/erase sequence.If you’ve used SSDs, you’ve likely heard of something called “garbage collection.” Garbage collection is a background process that allows a drive to mitigate the performance impact of the program/erase cycle by performing certain tasks in the background. The following image steps through the garbage collection process.Image courtesy of WikipediaNote in this example, the drive has taken advantage of the fact that it can write very quickly to empty pages by writing new values for the first four blocks (A’-D’). It’s also written two new blocks, E and H. Blocks A-D are now marked as stale, meaning they contain information the drive has marked as out-of-date. During an idle period, the SSD will move the fresh pages over to a new block, erase the old block, and mark it as free space. This means the next time the SSD needs to perform a write, it can write directly to the now-empty Block X, rather than performing the program/erase cycle.The next concept I want to discuss is TRIM. When you delete a file from Windows on a typical hard drive, the file isn’t deleted immediately. Instead, the operating system tells the hard drive it can overwrite the physical area of the disk where that data was stored the next time it needs to perform a write. This is why it’s possible to undelete files (and why deleting files in Windows doesn’t typically clear much physical disk space until you empty the recycling bin). With a traditional HDD, the OS doesn’t need to pay attention to where data is being written or what the relative state of the blocks or pages is. With an SSD, this matters.The TRIM command allows the operating system to tell the SSD it can skip rewriting certain data the next time it performs a block erase. This lowers the total amount of data the drive writes and increases SSD longevity. Both reads and writes damage NAND flash, but writes do far more damage than reads. Fortunately, block-level longevity has not proven to be an issue in modern NAND flash. More data on SSD longevity, courtesy of the Tech Report, can be found here.The last two concepts we want to talk about are wear leveling and write amplification. Because SSDs write data to pages but erase data in blocks, the amount of data being written to the drive is always larger than the actual update. If you make a change to a 4KB file, for example, the entire block that 4K file sits within must be updated and rewritten. Depending on the number of pages per block and the size of the pages, you might end up writing 4MB worth of data to update a 4KB file. Garbage collection reduces the impact of write amplification, as does the TRIM command. Keeping a significant chunk of the drive free and/or manufacturer over-provisioning can also reduce the impact of write amplification.Wear leveling refers to the practice of ensuring certain NAND blocks aren’t written and erased more often than others. While wear leveling increases a drive’s life expectancy and endurance by writing to the NAND equally, it can actually increase write amplification. In other to distribute writes evenly across the disk, it’s sometimes necessary to program and erase blocks even though their contents haven’t actually changed. A good wear leveling algorithm seeks to balance these impacts.The SSD ControllerIt should be obvious by now SSDs require much more sophisticated control mechanisms than hard drives do. That’s not to diss magnetic media — I actually think HDDs deserve more respect than they are given. The mechanical challenges involved in balancing multiple read-write heads nanometers above platters that spin at 5,400 to 10,000 RPM are nothing to sneeze at. The fact that HDDs perform this challenge while pioneering new methods of recording to magnetic media and eventually wind up selling drives at 3-5 cents per gigabyte is simply incredible.A typical SSD controllerSSD controllers, however, are in a class by themselves. They often have a DDR3 or DDR4 memory pool to help with managing the NAND itself. Many drives also incorporate single-level cell caches that act as buffers, increasing drive performance by dedicating fast NAND to read/write cycles. Because the NAND flash in an SSD is typically connected to the controller through a series of parallel memory channels, you can think of the drive controller as performing some of the same load-balancing work as a high-end storage array — SSDs don’t deploy RAID internally but wear leveling, garbage collection, and SLC cache management all have parallels in the big iron world.Some drives also use data compression algorithms to reduce the total number of writes and improve the drive’s lifespan. The SSD controller handles error correction, and the algorithms that control for single-bit errors have become increasingly complex as time has passed.Unfortunately, we can’t go into too much detail on SSD controllers because companies lock down their various secret sauces. Much of NAND flash’s performance is determined by the underlying controller, and companies aren’t willing to lift the lid too far on how they do what they do, lest they hand a competitor an advantage.InterfacesIn the beginning, SSDs used SATA ports, just like hard drives. In recent years, we’ve seen a shift to M.2 drives — very thin drives, several inches long, that slot directly into the motherboard (or, in a few cases, into a mounting bracket on a PCIe riser card. A Samsung 970 EVO Plus drive is shown below.NVMe drives offer higher performance than traditional SATA drivers because they support a faster interface. Conventional SSDs attached via SATA top out at ~550MB/s in terms of practical read/write speeds. M.2 drives are capable of substantially faster performance into the 3.2GB/s range.The Road AheadNAND flash offers an enormous improvement over hard drives, but it isn’t without its own drawbacks and challenges. Drive capacities and price-per-gigabyte are expected to continue to rise and fall respectively, but there’s little chance SSDs will catch hard drives in price-per-gigabyte. Shrinking process nodes are a significant challenge for NAND flash — while most hardware improves as the node shrinks, NAND becomes more fragile. Data retention times and write performance are intrinsically lower for 20nm NAND than 40nm NAND, even if data density and total capacity are vastly improved. Thus far, we’ve seen drives with up to 96 layers in-market, and 128 layers seems plausible at this point. Overall, the shift to 3D NAND has helped improve density without shrinking process nodes or relying on planar scaling.Thus far, SSD manufacturers have delivered better performance by offering faster data standards, more bandwidth, and more channels per controller — plus the use of SLC caches we mentioned earlier. Nonetheless, in the long run, it’s assumed NAND will be replaced by something else.What that something else will look like is still open for debate. Both magnetic RAM and phase change memory have presented themselves as candidates, though both technologies are still in early stages and must overcome significant challenges to actually compete as a replacement to NAND. Whether consumers would notice the difference is an open question. If you’ve upgraded from NAND to an SSD and then upgraded to a faster SSD, you’re likely aware the gap between HDDs and SSDs is much larger than the SSD-to-SSD gap, even when upgrading from a relatively modest drive. Improving access times from milliseconds to microseconds matters a great deal, but improving them from microseconds to nanoseconds might fall below what humans can really perceive in most cases.Intel’s 3D XPoint (marketed as Intel Optane) has emerged as one potential challenger to NAND flash, and the only current alternative technology in mainstream production. Optane SSDs don’t use NAND — they’re built using non-volatile memory believed to be implemented similarly to phase-change RAM — but they offer similar sequential performance to current NAND flash drives, but with vastly better performance at low drive queues. Drive latency is also roughly half of NAND flash (10 microseconds, versus 20) and vastly higher endurance (30 full drive-writes per day, compared with 10 full drive writes per day for a high-end Intel SSD).Intel Optane performance targetsThe first Optane SSDs have debuted as excellent add-ons for Kaby Lake and Coffee Lake. Optane is also available in standalone drives, and in a variety of server roles for enterprise computing. At the moment, Optane is still too expensive to match NAND flash, which benefits from substantial economies of scale, but this could change in the future. NAND will stay king of the hill for at least the next 3-4 years. But past that point, we could see Optane starting to replace it in volume, depending on how Intel and Micron scale the technology and how well 3D NAND flash continues to expand its cell layers (96-layer NAND is shipping from multiple players), with roadmaps for 128 layers on the horizon.Check out our ExtremeTech Explains series for more in-depth coverage of today’s hottest tech topics.Now read:The Worst CPUs Ever BuiltHappy 40th Anniversary to the Original Intel 8086The Myths of Moore’s Law<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> We Finally Understand Why ‘Criminal Minds’ Got Canceled Horror Movie Actors Who Went Way Too Far Maisie Williams’ Transformation is Turning Heads The Sad Situation That Hayden Panettiere Is Living In Today By Joel Hruska on July 18, 2019 at 8:29 am You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. 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The GoFast GoSafe Parts You Only Get on Police Cars

first_img Dani From ‘Girl Next Door’ is Absolutely Gorgeous Now at 36 Tagged In carsautomobilesautosfordhybridshybrid carsFord Police Interceptorcop carsF-150 Police ResponderLos Angeles County Sheriff’s DepartmentMichigan State Policepolice carsPolice Responder Hybrid Sedanpolice safety Post a Comment 7 Comments 7 Comments This Movie Will Have More Fight Scenes Than Any Other MCU Film Ford wants to own the police car business. Cops always want safe cars that go fast. But municipal and state governments also want police cars that don’t guzzle gasoline, so hybrids are a now big part of the picture. For every high-speed chase, there are dozens of hours sitting in parking lots watching traffic and writing reports, and for that, hybrids play an increasing role. Ford is focusing on police cars based on the 2020 Ford Explorer SUV, but it’s also selling Ford Fusion hybrids and F-150 pickups in police livery.Ford this spring has been running a coast-to-coast road show for public safety and government officials, as well as journalists looking for news, or free doughnuts. Here’s what Ford is up to.Take rear parking sonar and blind spot detection, or BLIS (blind spot information system) in Ford parlance. On civilian cars, it warns if you’re about to back into something or change lanes into the path of a car you didn’t see in your side mirror. (If you’d bothered to look.) Here, Ford’s Police Perimeter Alert provides 270 degrees of coverage and tracks the pitter-patter of feet moving around the patrol car when police are stopped and writing reports.The electronics also pick up people (on civilian cars as well) behind the car. Ford adds icons and motion paths on the center stack display and tracks if the people are moving around the car or if they’re approaching the car. It can sound an alert, or even roll up the windows and lock the car.Ford police vehicles also offer rear camera on demand. Flip a switch when you’re parked or moving and you can see what’s behind you. Regular cars only show what’s behind when you’re backing up.Traditional safety means making the car more crash resistant. Ford can add bracing to the underside of a highway-intended vehicle to allow for a survivable accident when a parked police car is stopped on the roadside and it’s hit by another car at up to 75 mph.Federal standards specify 50 mph protection. An impact at 75 mph results in an impact twice as severe.Two levels of ballistic armor can be added to the side door panels, providing Level III+ and Level IV+ protection against a specified list of ammunition being fired a the vehicle.Ford is building into its cars some of the special flashing lights abilities that used to call for aftermarket equipment. It’s also standardizing additional mounting points for specialty lights.The steering wheels get four buttons that can be designated for specific tasks, something that would be nice on civilian cars.The seats are typically fabric — very long life fabric — and the bolsters are designed with an eye toward the equipment cops wear and carry, specifically equipment belts and body armor. Ford said it has made the space between the front seats 11 inches apart, although it continues to make mounting points designed for industry-standard 9-inch equipment panels where radios go. To that end, the console shifter is now a column-mount shifter. Rear seats are vinyl and made for easy cleanup.The same telematics as on civilian Fords is on police cars. Ford includes two years of free service (free once you pay for the car) and, like on civilian cars, it’s AT&T-only, meaning rural departments where Verizon signal is better will have challenges.Police Fords get standard pre-collision assists, including emergency braking but with a disable switch in case a pursuit calls for a controlled tap on the back of the car ahead to spin it. That’s called a precision immobilization technique.Depending on police needs, Ford makes three engines available. Standard on the Police Interceptor Utility is a 3.3-liter hybrid. There’s also a 3.0-liter turbo (EcoBoost) V6 and a 3.3-liter V6. All get 10-speed automatics and full-time all-wheel drive.Ford designed the lithium-ion hybrid battery to power the car’s electronics, lights, and HVAC for extended periods when parked. Ford said it projects the Police Interceptor Utility delivering 24 mpg, a 41 percent improvement over Ford’s current vehicle with a 3.7-liter gasoline engine. Ford projects savings of $3,500-$5,700 in annual savings for the typical car driven two eight-hour shifts daily. It still hits 137 mph. Rural and highway patrol forces can opt for the V6 turbo and do 150 mph.All these are designed to make police departments forget the once-universal V8 Ford Crown Victoria, which went away in 2011. Ford says it currently has 65 percent of the US police vehicle business.Now read:Ford Drops $500M on Rivian, Gets Head Start on EV Pickups, SUVs2020 Ford Explorer: Performance, Cop Car Packages, Tesla-Like Display2019 Ford Edge Review: Self-Driving, Hot Rod Engine, Better Looks The Go-Fast, Go-Safe Parts You Only Get on Police Cars This ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Star is Breathtaking in Reality Proof Henry Cavill Isn’t a Very Good Dude at All The Most Inappropriate Comic Book Characters Ever Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. All You Need To Know About ‘Lord of the Rings’ TV Series By Bill Howard on June 18, 2019 at 2:01 pm You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Wesley Snipes Sounds Off On The Latest ‘Blade’ News 10 Scientifically Proven Side Effects of Growing a Beardlast_img read more

Boeing Completes CST100 Starliner Parachute Testing

first_img You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet By Ryan Whitwam on June 27, 2019 at 10:18 am 2 Comments Celebs Who Were Sadly Killed By Their Fans Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Boeing and SpaceX have traded the lead a few times in the race to send a crewed spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS). Initially, Boeing was the favorite due to its long history navigating the intricacies of government contracts, but SpaceX pulled ahead on the strength of the Falcon 9 and a fuel leak that delayed Boeing. Now, SpaceX is looking at a delay after the loss of a Dragon 2 capsule during engine tests. Meanwhile, Boeing is back on track after completing its final and most challenging parachute test. Boeing’s CST-100 “Starliner” is a reusable spacecraft that builds on the design heritage of the Apollo command module. It has room for a crew of seven and can launch atop four different rockets: the Atlas V, Delta IV, Falcon9, and Vulcan. Testing has been underway in some form since 2011, but the timeline has slipped repeatedly. Boeing finally seems to be in the home stretch after the latest test. Being attached the CST-100 to a balloon above the US Army’s White Sands Missile Range last week. After reaching an altitude of 40,000 ft (12,200 meters), the balloon dropped the CST-100. The capsule has six parachutes to gently lower it to the ground following atmospheric reentry. Unlike past crewed vehicles, the CST-100 isn’t limited to water landings. In this four-minute test, three of the six parachutes had been intentionally disabled — two drogue chutes and one main. Boeing reports that the Starliner still managed a safe landing at White Sands thanks to its remaining parachutes and airbag system. SpaceX reportedly failed a similar parachute test with its Dragon II capsule. This was separate from the testing that led to the test stand explosion. The CST-100 can carry up to seven passengers to and from the ISS.This success keeps Boeing on track to complete its first launch test later this summer. This mission will be uncrewed, with the CST-100 maneuvering autonomously to the ISS and then returning to Earth. SpaceX completed a similar mission several months ago before the now-infamous explosion. If Boeing nails the uncrewed test, it could be ready for a NASA-approved crew mission in November of this year. The first passengers will be Michael Fincke, Christopher Ferguson, and Nicole Aunapu Mann. SpaceX has not announced a new testing schedule yet, but the delay could be measured in months.Now read:SpaceX completes successful test of parachutes for manned Dragon capsuleBoeing Reportedly Delaying Crew Capsule Flight by MonthsNASA May Launch Orion Crew Module on Commercial Rocket Iconic Movie Scenes These Actors Totally Regret Filming Huge Scandals That Rocked The History Channel The Most Offensive Video Game Characters of All Time This ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Star is Breathtaking in Reality Boeing Completes CST-100 Starliner Parachute Testing The Real Meaning Behind These Movie Titles The Biggest Challenge To Animating ‘Alita’ Isn’t What You Think Little Lucy From ‘Narnia’ is Head-Turningly Gorgeous Now at 23 Tagged In sciencespacenasaspacexinternational space stationissBoeingcommercial crew programcst-100 Post a Comment 2 Commentslast_img read more

Fastman Releases Access Manager and Digital Signature Automation for DocuSign

first_img Access ManagerAutomationDigital SignatureDocuSignFastmaninformation securityMarketing Technology NewsNews Previous ArticleEmployBridge Moves Several Hundred Agents to Talkdesk for Unparalleled Cloud InnovationNext ArticleLonely Planet Partners with Acquia to develop the Most Consumer-Centric Platform in Travel Fastman announces latest digital signature and OpenText read-only license compliance solutionsFastman, the leading provider of information security and management services and solutions for OpenText Content Suite and Extended ECM, has recently released two highly anticipated updates. These include Fastman Digital Signatures, a digital signature solution for OpenText Content Suite and Extended ECM leveraging the DocuSign Agreement Cloud and on-premise Digital Signature Appliance, and Fastman Access Manager, the most effective way to ensure compliance with OpenText Content Suite read-only user licensing.Marketing Technology News: Nordic XR-company Bublar Group Acquires Finnish Augmented Reality Pioneer SayduckAs a new component of the Fastman Management Suite, Access Manager enables organizations to remain compliant with the terms of their read-only license agreements — preventing non-compliance penalties and fines. “With no technical limitations in the core Content Suite product, many OpenText customers have users that are performing actions that their read-only licenses do not permit. With regular audits, this can unwittingly cost them a significant amount of money in fines,” says Alister Grigg, Managing Director at Fastman. “Access Manager physically prevents the use of out-of-license functionality and enables admins to track what their read-only users are trying to achieve. It takes minutes to implement and saves our customers significant time, trouble and money.”Marketing Technology News: Leadspace Acquires ReachForce to Offer Customers Even More Robust B2B Customer Data PlatformIn addition, Fastman also announced an update to their Digital Signatures product. “Our customers have wanted to sign documents within the DocuSign Agreement Cloud alongside our existing Digital Signature Appliance connector for quite some time,” says Alister Grigg. “With this release we enable organizations to seamlessly send documents for signing in either — or both — solutions directly from their OpenText systems.”Marketing Technology News: Community Management Is the Main Course for Hospitality Sector Fastman Releases Access Manager and Digital Signature Automation for DocuSign PRNewswireJuly 10, 2019, 10:40 pmJuly 10, 2019 last_img read more

MarTech Series Exclusive PopIn with VidMob at Cannes Lions 2019

first_imgThe underlying theme of this year’s Cannes Lions 2019 festival was the future of creativity. It was examined from all angles over the course of five days, as leaders of the industry shared ideas about emerging storytelling formats, strategies to overcome attention scarcity, and ways to more accurately and positively reflect society. Advertising shapes culture, and it was inspiring to see brand leaders demonstrate a genuine passion for purpose.We invited six leaders across Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, and YouTube to chat with our CEO Alex Collmer about a range of topics, including how creativity can be used as a force for good, how creative effectiveness can be measured, and how new storytelling formats are changing the nature of advertising by putting the consumer in control.Doing Good, Doing WellRachel Elam from the Social Good Brand Partnership team at Facebook joined Alex in a discussion about the newly launched Instagram Stories donation sticker. Non-profit organizations and the 500M+ users of Instagram Stories can now raise funds to support important causes as easily as tagging a friend. VidMob and Facebook partnered on a Father’s Day campaign whereby we created Instagram Stories ads for St. Judes, Alzheimer’s Association ASPCA, American Cancer Society, and JDRF.The Terrible Choice of which Ad to ProduceCreative-agency-vets-turned-Facebook-execs, Hope Cowan and Eric Schnabel, share their perspective on why Stories is changing everything. It lets consumers be creators and lets advertisers be playful. Ephemeral by design, stories let brands be vulnerable and take the creative risk with minimal financial risk. Thanks to Stories, Eric said advertisers no longer face a terrible choice on what to produce. Every good idea can be tested.Pitch, Play, PlungeFacebook also developed a creative framework to combat shrinking attention spans. It can be used to develop higher performance ads on Facebook and elsewhere.Creative is the #1 Determinant of Success on SNAPCreating vertical video ads is now a frictionless experience which is bringing so many new advertisers to Snapchat. Head of Global Creative, Jeff Miller, explains why AR on Snap is so unique and how keeping the camera at the core of the user experience encourages a sense of play.The Secret to HappinessSnapchat is grounded in self-expression with no judgment. With no likes or comments, you can do you. Jeff Miller explains how Snap is looking to bring that magic into the world to make it a happier place.Connecting Content to ConversationVideo is Twitter’s fastest-growing ad format, driving over 50% of revenue. Stacy Minero, Head of Content Creation, takes us through the evolution of Twitter’s video business and offers examples of how Twitter both reflects and shapes culture.A Machine will Never Create an IdeaMatthew Williams is YouTube’s Head of Creative Product Solutions and weighed in on how technology can make us more creative. The secret sauce revealed in Cannes Lions 2019 is to know when to use tech and when not to. A machine won’t ideate—that’s an exclusively human pursuit. YouTube has advanced many new self-service tools to help advertisers measure creative effectiveness and improve performance. MarTech Series Exclusive: Pop-In with VidMob at Cannes Lions 2019 Stephanie BohnJuly 12, 2019, 6:00 pmJuly 12, 2019 AR/VRCannes Lions 2019FacebookSnapchatTwittervideo marketingVidMobYouTube Previous ArticleJackie Lee-Joe Named Netflix Chief Marketing OfficerNext ArticleGetAccept Closes $7 Million Series A Funding Round Led by DN Capitallast_img read more

LG Launches New WSeries Smartphones With AI Cameras Price Specifications Features and

first_img lglg w pricelg w serieslg w series amazon First Published: June 26, 2019, 4:42 PM IST The LG W10 has a dual rear camera setup with a 13-megapixel primary sensor with PDAF and a 5-megapixel sensor with a fixed focus lens. There is also an 8-megapixel selfie camera on the front. Other features include 4G VoLTE support, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, Micro-USB, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. It also supports a fingerprint sensor at the back. The phone is available in Tulip Purple and Smokey Grey colour options. LG has launched three new smartphones in India today, namely the LG W10, W30 and LG W30 Pro. The new handsets feature AI cameras along with features such as Night Mode, Portrait, Bokeh, and Wide-Angle modes and come with HD+ FullVision Display panels. Moreover, all three phones pack a 4,000mAh battery.While the W10 and W30 will go on sale in the country on Amazon starting July 3, the release date of LG W30 Pro hasn’t been announced yet. In addition, the launch offer will include a cashback worth Rs 4,950 specifically for Reliance Jio customers. LG W10 Featuring 3GB RAM and 32GB storage (expandable via microSD card), the LG W10 is priced at Rs 8,999 in India. The phone has a traditional wide notch and is a dual-SIM (Nano) phone. Running on Android 9.0 Pie, the LG W10 features a 6.19-inch HD+ FullVision Display with an 18.9:9 aspect ratio. The phone measures 156×76.2×8.5mm and weighs 164 grams.center_img LG W30 The LG W30 is priced at Rs 9,999 for the same 3GB RAM + 32GB storage configuration, which is expandable via microSD card. There is a waterdrop-style display notch above the display and dual-SIM (Nano) support, and the handset runs on Android 9.0 Pie. The phone has a 6.26-inch HD+ IPS Dot FullVision Display with a 19:9 aspect ratio.At the back, the LG W30 has a triple rear camera setup that includes a 13-megapixel sensor with an autofocus wide-angle lens, a 12-megapixel sensor and a 2-megapixel tertiary sensor for depth sensing with a fixed-focus lens. In addition, the phone has a 16-megapixel camera at the front for selfies.Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, Micro-USB, and a 3.5mm headphone jack and you get a fingerprint sensor. The phone is available in Thunder Blue, Platinum Grey, and Aurora Green colour options.LG W30 ProWhile the price of LG W30 Pro hasn’t been announced yet, the phone comes with 4GB RAM, coupled with 64GB onboard storage that is expandable via microSD card. With a 6.21-inch HD+ FullVision Display and a 19:9 aspect ratio, the phone runs Android 9 Pie and is powered by the octa-core Snapdragon 632 SoC.For capturing pictures, the LG W30 Pro has a triple rear camera setup with a 13-megapixel primary sensor, 5-megapixel secondary sensor, and an 8-megapixel tertiary sensor. There is also a 16-megapixel selfie camera at the front.Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS/ A-GPS, USB with OTG support, while the features include an accelerometer, ambient light, fingerprint, gyroscope, and a proximity sensor. The phone is available in colour variants of Pine Green, Denim Blue, and Black. last_img read more

From Tweens to Teens Stranger Things Stars Chart Their Growth Through Three

first_imgActress Millie Bobby Brown was all of 12 when she starred as Eleven, a young girl with psychokinetic abilities, and Noah Schnapp played Will Byers first when he was 11, in Stranger Things back in 2016. They have all grown up with the show – not just in age, but also in experience as actors.It’s been three years since the first season of The Duffer Brothers’ science-fiction horror drama show streamed on Netflix. Now as the third season is out, the teenage cast took a stroll down the memory lane, recalling how their acting has improved since the first scene they shot for the show. “I was very young when I started the show. I was new in this field. Now when I watch first season and compare it to the current season, it feels great to see that I have evolved as an actor and can perform well,” Schnapp told IANS. He credits the show’s senior actors for helping him along the way. He especially praised Winona Ryder, who plays his on-screen mother in the show, for boosting his morale and confidence before shooting any difficult scene.”Seniors helped me a lot. Winona has a major role in my growth as an actor. She taught me how to act. Whenever I got nervous for some scenes, she used to sit beside me and advise me on how I can do better. I have learnt so much from her,” he said.Winona also took proper care of the children’s health on sets. “She pampers us a lot. While shooting, she ensured that we were eating on time. She even used to carry huge water bottles for us on the sets. She takes care of everyone. It feels good when you work with such supportive and inspiring people,” Schnapp added.Popular senior actors from Stranger Things include David Harbour and Sean Astin. Schnapp said it was like a dream come true sharing screen space with them. “They have a lot of cinematic experience. People consider them icons. It was a privilege getting to work with them. Seeing how they act, how they deliver dialogues… I have learned so much from them. They are like my support system. Be it ideas or advice, they are always there to help.”Caleb McLaughlin, 17, best known for his role of Lucas Sinclair in Stranger Things, feels a huge change in his approach to acting over the past three years. “Now I look at things differently. Now I like to get into the depth of the character. With time, my acting has also changed. I figured out how to place correct emotions at the right time,” McLaughlin said.Created by Matt and Ross Duffer, the horror show is set in the fictional town of Hawkins. It follows the story of four friends Will (Noah Schnapp), Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) as they form an unlikely alliance with Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) to save their town from alien invasion.Follow @News18Movies for more Caleb McLaughlinmillie bobby brownNetflixNetflix Stranger Things First Published: July 4, 2019, 10:01 AM ISTlast_img read more

Hyderabad Youth Drowns in Pond While Making a Video He Wanted to

first_imgHyderabad: A 22-year-old man drowned in a pond on the outskirts of Hyderabad, while posing for a video that he wanted to upload on social media application TikTok. According to the police, two cousins, identified as Prashant and Narasimhulu, residents of Sangareddy district had come to Dhulapally pond in Petbasheerabad village last Tuesday to have a bath and shoot a TikTok video. They took selfies while dancing in the pond. After some time, Prashant got back to the shore to take more videos of Narasimha. The police said Narasimha did not know swimming and was not aware of the depth of the pond. “Narasimha tried to go a little deeper into the water, but apparently didn’t notice a deep trench beneath the water. He slipped into the trench and could not come out as he did not know swimming,” M Mahesh, Pet Basheerabad police inspector, was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.The police reached the spot and recovered the body, which was later sent for post mortem. A case has been registered for death under suspicious circumstances. HyderabadHyderabad policeTikTok First Published: July 12, 2019, 7:54 AM ISTlast_img read more

Even a true rock god cant smash this unbreakable 3Dprinted metal guitar

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Rock stars love to smash guitars apart. Geeky engineers (and we say that with the utmost respect) love to build things. What happens when both parties meet? Probably something like the 3D-printed guitar developed by global engineering firm Sandvik. Not only does this all-metal shredding beast look like one of the coolest guitars we’ve seen in ages, but its creators claim that it is entirely unbreakable as well.The innovative guitar’s body was produced using 3D printing, courtesy of a Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) 3D printer. The printing was done in microscopically thin layers of titanium powder, while 3D printing was also used to create the instrument’s volume knobs and strings-anchoring tailpiece. The neck and fretboard were machined from one solid block of recycled stainless steel.To test whether its engineers really had created an unbreakable guitar, Sandvik puts its money where its mouth is and called in the best possible expert to put it through its paces. In the case of the ancient art of guitar smashing, this meant drafting in legendary Swedish heavy metal guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen, one of the greatest electric guitar players to ever live.“The idea to make an unsmashable guitar started with us, as an engineering company not making consumer products, wanting to highlight to a broader audience what we are capable of doing with our cutting-edge techniques and expertise,” Martin Blomgren, press relations manager for the Sandvik Group, told Digital Trends. “Yngwie Malmsteen — being a notorious guitar smasher, and at the same time a demanding perfectionist, and one of the world’s most celebrated guitarists — was the perfect choice for us. We are very happy that he accepted this challenge.”As can be seen in the video up top, even infamous guitar-botherer Malmsteen was unable to smash the 3D-printed metal instrument. His attempt followed a live performance, during which he played the guitar in a Miami rock club.If you want to get your hands on the unique guitar, you may soon be able to — although you’ll probably need deep pockets to do so. “Our plan is to sell it at an auction and donate the money to charity,” Blomgren said. “The details are not set yet so stay tuned for more information in a few weeks’ time.”And for those of us not in a position to be winning one-of-a-kind guitars at auction? “The interest [in a consumer release] has been huge,” Blomgren continued. “But it is not in Sandvik’s plans to go into the music industry – the unsmashable guitar is a unique project for us.” The best romance movies on Netflix (June 2019) The best Nintendo Switch exclusives Dota Underlords and Teamfight Tactics are a mess, and gamers love it Dark side of the moon: Why lunar landing conspiracies flourish online The best new movie trailers: Gemini Man, Deadwood, Godzilla, and morelast_img read more

Surface Laptop now lets you go back to Windows 10 S from

first_imgWhen Microsoft fully revealed Windows 10 S, especially in its incarnation inside the Surface Laptop, it made it known that users can easily upgrade to Windows 10 Pro if they want to and if their device can actually support running a heavier version of Windows 10. In fact, at least until later this year, Surface Laptop owners can do exactly that free of charge.The one caveat, which Microsoft didn’t disclose until a bit later, was that it was a one-way street. Once you’ve unleashed the full power of Windows 10 Pro, you cannot go back again. It seems that Microsoft has softened it stance there a bit. You can now go back to Windows 10 S on the Surface Laptop bu it isn’t actually a smooth downgrade. It basically means resetting the device.Microsoft has just made available a recovery image for the Surface Laptop, allowing users to go back to pristine settings. It can, therefore, be used to effectively go back to Windows 10 S from Windows 10 Pro. The catch is that, like any recover process, it means wiping your files and programs.It’s not going to be a smooth and painless route, but it at least softens the image of Windows 10 S. That said, this is only for the Surface Laptop, and it might not be true for other Windows 10 S devices that have yet to come.VIA MSPoweruser While the Surface Laptop is a thing of beauty, there are a few things that make it somewhat less appealing. There’s the rather exorbitant price tag for a computer aimed at students. There’s also the rather disappointing repairability score iFixit recently discovered. And then there’s the one way ticket from the limited environs of Windows 10 S to the full power of Windows 10 Pro. Now at least one of those problems has been solved. And, no, it’s not the price.last_img read more

DJI adds an internet offswitch for drone privacy

first_imgStory TimelineDJI Spark drones will be bricked if firmware isn’t updated soonDJI Bug Bounty program offers rewards for finding security issuesDJI updates or refreshes drones: Mavic Pro, Phantom 4 Pro, Spark DJI has rolled out a new option for drone operators, offering privacy-minded pilots a way to take their aircraft completely offline. The update, dubbed the DJI Local Data Mode, was announced back in August. It’s targeted at enterprise users and government agencies, who might want the usefulness of a drone but at the same time demand the security guarantee that the data it’s collecting isn’t being uploaded to the internet. That’s topical, given DJI found its drones unexpectedly barred from service in the US Army and Navy in August 2017. A leaked military document apparently confirmed that, while DJI aircraft were the most commonly-used off-the-shelf drones for both military branches, operators were being told to discontinue use and remove the batteries. No reason was given beyond unspecified security concerns. At the time, DJI said that it had been working on Local Data Mode for several months, so it’s unclear whether the military advisory – which was apparently issued in May of this year – came first. It’ll be offered in an upcoming update for the DJI Pilot app on CrystalSky and select Android tablets, the company says. When activated, it’ll request a password; the same password will be needed to turn the system off again later. When in operation, Local Data Mode will ensure that all internet traffic ceases. Telemetry data on flight logs – that includes altitude, distance, and speed records – will be preserved on the drone itself. However, there’ll be no record of the drone’s location on a map, no geofencing support, and no temporary flight restriction or No Fly Zone information, which the company’s models would normally update themselves with periodically. As for content captured by onboard cameras, that’s saved solely on the drone’s SD card. DJI points out that it’s how all of its models work already. If owners want firmware updates, which DJI regularly pushes out for its controllers, drones, and smart batteries, Local Data Mode will need to be switched off first, before they can be installed. Even with the new system, each drone purchased will still have some digital footprint. DJI demands each is activated, by logging into a DJI account with an email and password. However, beyond that the pilots are on their own. last_img read more

Android Oreo Beta 2 update aims for Essential PH1

first_imgStory TimelineEssential phone price is at its lowest, without Family offerEssential Phone Oreo update released in betaEssential Phone gets a big discount in Amazon’s Cyber Monday saleEssential CEO Andy Rubin takes leave of absenceEssential camera update: Portrait Mode and image quality boostEssential Phone Camera update brings Facebook and YouTube 360 streaming into playHere’s what’s coming to the Essential phone in the future This update for the Essential Phone PH-1 brings software build OPM1.170911.213 to the mix. This update brings bug fixes, as all good software updates do. This update also brings powers like Picture-in-Picture mode and smarter text selection. Developers at Essential wrote in their update notes that this build has been known to increase battery drain on the PH-1 device when Bluetooth is enabled. They also took note that Android Auto doesn’t always work in every vehicle that’d normally work when this update is installed. As yet there’s no word of anything else major going wrong with this software build. Of course it’s only been a few minutes since the release of this software, so major oddities could still go down. Users of the Beta software build should report any mishaps to Beta Feedback at Essential. This update can be had by heading over to the Beta Builds at Essential to tap the download. After entering in your email to agree to the terms involved in the download, the download can be had. The download requires ADB and some basic developer knowledge – but you’ll be fine!Now that the Essential Phone is closer to a software build and camera quality that’s more in-line with the cost of the phone, we’re nearly ready to post our full review. You can have a peek at our first look at the phone – at launch time – to get a basic idea of what we judged it to be at the beginning. This afternoon the folks at Essential revealed they were sending an Android Oreo Beta 2 software build to their PH-1 phone. This device will get a collection of new features as a result, and all users will have access to said update. Just so long as an Essential Phone user is part of the Oreo Beta 1 club, they’re in for the next update.last_img read more

Amazon exposed customer emails but it would rather not talk about it

first_img“We’re contacting you to let you know that our website inadvertently disclosed your email address due to a technical error,” one version of Amazon’s terse email reads. “The issue has been fixed. This is not a result of anything you have done, and there is no need for you to change your password or take any other action.”Another version of the email received by some customers also suggests that their name was revealed, in addition to their email address.What Amazon’s message doesn’t include, however, is any more detail as to what happened. There’s no indication of how the disclosure happened, nor to whom the emails might have been visible. Amazon also fails to mention for how long it exposed email addresses, and whether it has any record of how often they might have been accessed. Similarly galling, there’s also no apology from the retailer. Indeed the email itself bears more resemblance to a lackluster phishing attempt than Amazon’s usual graphics-filled promotional messages. Amazon has been keen to downplay the impact of its security goof. “We have fixed the issue and informed customers who may have been impacted,” the company said in a statement, though did not say how many people might have been affected. It did, however, insist that neither its website nor systems were hacked. The suggestion that users need not change their password, however, runs at odds with the general security advice given following most inadvertent exposures of personally-identifiable data. After all, simply having confirmation of a real email address and name could be a solid starting point for someone to begin an actual phishing attempt. One possibility that some customers have raised is that Amazon had shared user contact information with third-party sellers. Indeed, some report having received emails from such sellers, asking them to modify negative product reviews they had left. Update: Amazon has been in touch to reiterate that the company’s website and servers were not breached, and that it is notifying customers out of caution more than anything else. There’s still no official word on how many customers were affected, what caused the email and name disclosure, what steps Amazon took to address it, whether or not the exposed data was accessed by anybody who should not have had access to it, and for how long it was exposed. We’ll update if we find out more. Amazon has been quietly notifying users of a data breach, with the shopping behemoth “inadvertently” revealing email addresses of shoppers. The confession came by way of a brief email sent to those affected, though Amazon is being cagey with the full details, much to the chagrin of people concerned about their data. last_img read more

Chrysler recalls 410k vehicles to replace wiring harness

first_imgThis particular issue could, in affected vehicles, cause the car or SUV to lose propulsion. The problem is described as a defect, but details are slight. Of the affected vehicles, the majority of them (323,000) are located in the United States, while another 35,500 are located in Canada and the rest — approximately 51,000 — are located throughout the rest of the world.In addition to the aforementioned models, Fiat Chrysler is also recalling some of its 2014 and 2015 Jeep Cherokees. It isn’t known at this time when the recall repairs will begin; as with other recalls, affected owners will be notified and, once parts are available, will be able to get the car serviced for free. If you have one of these models and do end up experiencing a loss of propulsion, Chrysler suggests turning the car off, then turning it back on (after stopping safely, of course). The car should be restored to normal functionality once restarted. Check out the timeline below for more Chrysler news!AdChoices广告SOURCE: Reuters Fiat Chrysler is recalling about 410,000 vehicles locations in the United States, Canada, and beyond due to potential issues with some wiring harnesses. The 2015 Chrysler 200, Jeep Renegade, Ram ProMaster City vans, and more could all potentially suffer from an electronic issue related to the wiring and some software, both of which will be updated/replaced as part of this newly announced recall. There haven’t been any reports of crashes or injuries resulting from these issues. Story TimelineGoogle, Fiat Chrysler team to build 100 self-driving minivansCan Fiat Chrysler ride Google’s self-driving cars to success?Fiat Chrysler puts bounty on car cybersecurity bugslast_img read more

2017 Lincoln Continental First Drive How to reboot an icon

first_imgFive minutes into driving the 2017 Lincoln Continental, a Mercedes-Benz C300 pulled up alongside me at the lights. “That’s a beautiful car!” the middle-aged driver called to me across the gap, to the barely-disguised pleasure of the Lincoln exec in the passenger seat. With less than 24 hours in Los Angeles to get to grips with the new Continental, I was attempting to multitask and squeeze in not only experiencing the car but figuring out what exactly had prompted the company to resurrect the such a storied nameplate now. 2017 Lincoln Continental Gallery Rather than parts-share, the designers and engineers created special switchgear of their own. Though the SYNC3-based infotainment system gets a sizable touchscreen to play on – as well as a new theme to match the interior – there are still dedicated buttons and knobs for multimedia and HVAC control. Just about everything your fingertips land upon is unrecognizable from any recent Lincoln; if there are rare misses, then Ford’s window switches are one, and the plastic buttons for gearshifts and such that flank the touchscreen another. The driver gets a fully digital instrument display, an Audi-style LCD replacing the traditional dials and piping in engine, navigation, multimedia, and other information. Rather than the data-packed view Audi’s Virtual Cockpit delivers, however, Lincoln is minimalistic almost to an extreme, with gages little more than sweeping curves that leave behind a wake of gold-glowing pixels. Unlike Audi’s panel, Lincoln fits it as standard on every Continental. That’s not to say there aren’t options to be ticked. The company is perhaps most proud of its seats, complete with 30-way adjustment. Not only is the back rest split, the top and bottom half individually maneuvering according to the cluster of buttons on the doors, but the seat bolster can be adjusted independently for your left and right legs. Luckily there are three position memory buttons, since it’s not impossible that you could spend twenty minutes or more finessing the chair to your liking. You pay $1,500 for the privilege. Meanwhile, the standard seats have 10-way adjustment and heating, and there are 24-way heated/ventilated seats in-between. No matter which you pick, frankly, they’re all cosseting and supportive.Lincoln tells me that it expects the new Continental to be driven by owners, not driven around for them, but there’s plenty of attention to the rear too. The $4,300 Rear-Seat Package throws in power recline, heating, and cooling, controlled variously with buttons on the doors and in the sizable arm rest. It’s the latter where you’ll also find HVAC and media controls, complete with a dedicated display so you can see what’s playing. Courtesy of the imperious roofline, headroom in the back is ample. I’ve no complaints with legroom either, and the doors – while lacking the rear-hinged swing of classic Continentals – open wide enough for limo duty. Neither front nor rear doors have a traditional handle; instead, there’s a button on the grip which you press to release the lock. Lincoln insists that Mercedes, BMW, and Audi aren’t the Continental’s primary targets. Normally that sort of thing can be discounted as PR lip-service, but there are signs the company isn’t afraid of striking out from where the Germans wouldn’t ordinarily go. The dramatic blue interior of the Continental concept has unexpectedly spawned a production version, for instance, dubbed “Rhapsody”. There’s less velour than the show car, true, but it’s still a finish that’s hard to imagine on an E-Class or 5 Series. I confess, I expected the Continental to ride like a boat. A land-yacht, if we’re being kind, but a big, wallowing, boulevard cruiser all the same. I thought Lincoln would’ve taken the supple, spoiling interior and extrapolated that to a similarly dreamy, wafting ride. Happily, I was wrong. There’ll be three engines for the US, kicking off with a 3.7-liter V6 good for 305 HP and 280 lb-ft of torque. A twin-turbo 2.7-liter V6 with 335 HP and 380 lb-ft of torque is the mid-tier option, and finally there’s a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 with a neatly-matching 400 HP and 400 lb-ft. A six-speed automatic is standard for each, with the 3.7- and 2.7-liter cars having front-wheel drive as standard and all-wheel drive as a $2,000 option. The range-topping 3.0-liter is all-wheel drive as standard. China, meanwhile, will have a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged EcoBoost as standard, but there are no current plans to offer that to American drivers. Despite what some rivals like Audi and Volvo say, Lincoln isn’t convinced that luxury buyers here are ready for anything with less than a V6. I spent my time in the 3.0-liter AWD, and it’s something of a star. Peak torque arrives at around 2,750 rpm, meaning low-speed pickup is swift, and it hides the not-inconsiderable 4,224 pound curb weight well. Around town it purrs discretely, but there’s a welcome rasp to the engine and exhaust when pushed. Its all-wheel drive system is special, too. Unlike the fairly standard setup on the less powerful engines, the 3.0-liter is paired with dynamic torque vectoring at the rear. Unlike braking-based vectoring, which slows the inside wheel in a turn for tighter cornering at the expense of power, the Continental’s system borrows from the Ford Focus RS and can actively direct more power to one side or the other. The result is a big luxury sedan that hustles with surprising ease through corners. Out in the twisting mountain roads above LA, switched to Sport mode, the Continental proved positively playful. MacPherson strut dampers and integral-link suspension on the front and rear, respectively, are joined by continuously controlled damping. It’s not the air suspension that some offer, but it’s more than enough to smooth out rough tarmac and potholes without bucking like a ship at sea. While there’s a Sport button among the transmission controls, you actually get three different modes: Normal, Comfort, and Sport. Unusually, Lincoln opted not to put a dedicated button anywhere to cycle through the three – there’s even a spare blank by the touchscreen, where the Chinese car’s engine start/stop override would be found – and instead you need to dip into the settings on the driver display and toggle in there. As for other geekery, the world is effectively your oyster. A $3,105 Technology Package adds a 360-degree camera, parking and lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, pre-collision assistance with pedestrian detection, collision warnings, rain-sensing wipers with de-icing, active braking and brake support, and a few other niceties, and you can also throw in blind-spot warnings and active park assist which does the steering for parallel and perpendicular maneuvers for you. A 19-speaker Revel Ultima audio system with beautifully machined metal grilles can be installed too, and it sounds as good as you’d expect. Lincoln’s tech guy tells me he’s pushing for a deal of some sort with a provider of high-res audio files, so that those who have eschewed CDs have something better than the usual low-bitrate streaming suspects. Pricing kicks off at $44,560 for the 3.7-liter FWD in Premiere 100A form, rising to $49,765 for the 2.7-liter FWD Select 200A. The cheapest 3.0-liter AWD is the $59,180 Reserve 300A. Then there are the Black Label cars, Lincoln’s top-spec models with special styling and more choice in colors and finishes. Figure on $68,180 for a 3.0-liter Black Label 800A.As for economy, the 3.0-liter AWD is rated for 16 mpg in the city, 24 mpg on the highway, and 19 mpg combined. Most efficient is the 2.7-liter midrange, though only by a point or two depending on FWD/AWD configuration. Lincoln has a new transmission on the horizon which should improve things, though it won’t arrive for a couple of years yet. I wouldn’t hold off because of that, though: you’d be missing out on a surprisingly refined, capable car. “Quiet luxury”, it turns out, means top-tier comfort and ample performance, with none of the mildly ascetic hard edges that the de-facto German trio involve. The 2017 Continental is relaxing and cohesive, sporting – in top-spec engine form, at least – when required, but more than anything it’s memorable inside and out. That seems like a more than fitting return for an iconic nameplate. First impressions are a big part of the new Continental’s story. Even by the time the last car to bear the badge was axed in 2003, it was a shadow of its former self: smaller, more fuel-efficient, and hardly the great rival to German luxury that once it had been. Now, absent for more than a decade, the Continental needs to woo the well-heeled with an instant perception that this is more than just a fancy Ford. It all started with the Continental Concept back in 2015. Suddenly, rather than a dressed-up Taurus, Lincoln was offering a vision of a truly distinctive flagship. Unapologetic styling, lashings of chrome, and a presence that skirted the line between brash and luxurious grabbed the attention first, but what lingered was how cohesive and thoughtful the package overall had been made. If, went the conclusion at the time, Lincoln can bring this to market, it actually could sell. Fast forward to today, and while the Continental Concept might be bubble-wrap clad in a warehouse somewhere, its astonishingly similar production cousin is filtering out to dealerships. The 10th generation car is the definition of what Lincoln describes as “quiet luxury”, and based on my first impressions – and my new friend at the traffic lights – they’re off to a great start. Some of the show car’s brightwork has been toned down, but it’s still a bold exterior. At the front, the company ID is everywhere: the LED headlights are segmented with Lincoln-logo shaped gems, while the shiny grille is perforated in Lincoln-logo holes. There’s some Jaguar XJ in the way the bulging hood sweeps down to that vast, chromed nostril, but move to the side and the Continental trades up again and borrows cues from Bentley’s imperious Mulsanne, particularly around the rear arches. From the rear, though, we’re back to Americana. The sweep of the LED lights across the trunk, punctuated by a bracket of chrome like the fashionable spectacles of a New York City ad exec, is a fitting underscore to the bold Lincoln logo. Sadly the quartet of contoured tailpipes has been lost from concept to production car, but the back is still arguably the 2017 Continental’s best angle. Lincoln’s detailing is often exquisite. Nowhere is that more so than the door handles, the company switching to electronic latches. Rather than breaking up the door panels with mechanical ugliness, they’re sleek chrome ripples in the metal that runs along the shoulder line. Squeeze the switch inside and the door pops open silently; push it closed, and the latch grabs at the last moment and draws the whole thing shut. That ribbon of metal encompasses the side mirrors too, almost sculptural in their poise. All the same, it’s the interior which truly wows. There’s a horrible tendency for the luxury arms of mainstream automakers to dip cost-saving hands into the parts bins of their cheaper cousins. Like trying to pass off Cava as Champagne, it’s rarely tasteful.Instead, the new Continental arrives with a cabin more than up to the task of giving Mercedes, BMW, and Audi some restless nights. Real wood, high quality leather, and authentic metal sit together in pleasing harmony. Again, a sizable portion of the charm is the attention to detail: the wood being laser-cut from a single piece, for instance, so that the grain matches across different panels. last_img read more

Ford SYNC 3 AppLink projects apps to dash touchscreen

first_imgAs mentioned, developers need to explicitly add support for SYNC AppLink in their apps. The first to have done so is Sygic, which will be making its Car Navigation app safely available on Ford cars. The SYNC AppLink feature itself, however, won’t be available until later and on 2018 models only. Despite what common sense says, people still use their smartphones while driving. It has become so bad that such activities have been made illegal in many jurisdictions. Users will argue, on the other hand, that they’re merely using the navigation apps on their phone. To no longer give such users and excuse, Ford is revealing the latest AppLink capability of its new SYNC 3 which practically transfers the display and control of such an app from your smartphone to the convenience and safety of you car’s dash screen. From smartphone to dash. That is the spiel that Ford is making with the new SYNC AppLink feature. The idea is that, though you will still inevitably glance at the car’s dash or operate it, it is still far safer than reaching out for your smartphone.It doesn’t happen magically and for all apps, however. AppLink compatible apps must be developed as such. Once connected to the dash via a USB cable, the app “disappears” from the phone and transfers to the car touch screen. This ensures that you won’t be able to use the phone that way at all.last_img read more

Maru OS 06 brings updated AndroidLinux convergence to more phones

first_imgThe dream of a smartphone also acting as your PC has mostly been hampered by the unavailability of the desktop software we’ve come to expect from our computers. There have been a couple of attempts to address this limitation, most of them revolving around Linux. Before Samsung came with its Samsung DeX, there was the open source Maru OS project and, after a long period of silence, it has returned to lay down the foundations for future expansion on more Android phones. Samsung may have taken a page from Maru when it developed DeX. Unlike other Linux on Android implementations, Maru OS required users to connect an external display to the phone before it would launch a Debian GNU/Linux environment. That, however, severely limited what devices were supported, practically only the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 7 (2013) tablet.Maru version 0.6 “Okinawa” might as well be version 1.0 given how it radically changes the whole setup to be more future-proof. For one, Maru is now based on LineageOS rather than just AOSP, which opens the door to more devices as long as they are supported by the popular Android ROM.Equally important is the fact that Maru now supports wireless desktop streaming via Chromecast and even Miracast as some users report. This means that the OS no longer requires an external HDMI connection which, again removes the hard limits of what devices Maru can run on.As proof of these changes, Maru OS welcomes the Nexus 5X as the first new device to be supported after the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013). It might take some time, and some effort from the community, to bring it to other phones. In addition to those changes, Maru OS 0.6 also updates the Debian distribution to the latest version 9 Stretch release, Android to the semi-recent Android 8.1 Oreo, and a whole bunch of performance fixes that should make this custom Android ROM usable and interesting again.last_img read more

2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe official 4 doors and M850i flagship

first_imgStory Timeline2019 BMW 8 Series official: M850i xDrive packs 523hp V82019 BMW 8 Series Convertible revealed: This is the M850i droptop 2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Gallery A 464 watt, 16-speaker Harman-Kardon surround sound audio system and wireless phone charging is standard, while a 1,400 watt, 16-speaker Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System is optional. You can also get glass controls, night vision, and an extended carbon fiber package. On the driver-assistance side, front collision warnings with city collision mitigation are standard, while features like blind spot detection, lane departure warnings, a surround view camera and parking assistant, and rear cross traffic alerts are optional. The Driving Assistance Professional package adds active cruise control, lane-keeping assistance, and the Extended Traffic Jam Assistant. 2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe pricing and availabilityBMW says the 2020 840i Gran Coupe will start at $84,900, while the 2020 840i xDrive Gran Coupe will start from $87,800. The 2020 M850i xDrive Gran Coupe, meanwhile, will start from $108,900. Destination on all three is $995, and BMW says they’ll begin production in July with the first cars arriving in the US come September 2019. BMW was always upfront about the fact that its 8 Series would be more than just a luxury two-door GT, and now there’s the four-door 2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe to whet your appetite. Three versions of the sleek “four door coupe” are being revealed today, topping out at the 2020 M850i xDrive Gran Coupe with a healthy 523 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque. All three share the same core body style. While the hood of the Gran Coupe is shared with the 8 Series Coupe, from the windshield back it’s all different for the four-door. That includes being 9-inches longer, 1.2-inches wider, and 2.2-inches taller, the majority of the length increase going into 7.9-inches more wheelbase. 2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe DesignPart coupe, part sedan, the 8 Series Gran Coupe follows in the tire marks of previous BMWs. The windshield is less raked than that of its Coupe sibling, to boost headroom in the front, while the rear glass gets increased rake for an easier to load trunk. Some of the detailing is particularly notable, like the flying buttress design that demands the metalworks’ finishing to be done by hand. A panoramic glass roof is standard, while from November 2019 production the M850i xDrive Gran Coupe will be offered with an optional carbon fiber roof. That will lower weight and the car’s center of gravity. AdChoices广告Icon Adaptive LED Headlights with Laserlight are standard, as are functional air breakers in the front fenders. BMW has used aluminum for the doors, hood, roof, front bulkhead, engine subframe, and rear bumper support, while the trunk lid is plastic and the cabin dashboard support is magnesium. At the rear, twin trapezoidal tailpipes are below slim LED lights. 2020 BMW 840i and 840i xDrive Gran CoupeThe entry-level 8 Series Gran Coupe use BMW’s TwinPower 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder turbo engine. It’s tuned for 335 hp between 5,000-6,500 rpm, and 386 lb-ft of torque between 1,600-4,500 rpm. In the 840i that means 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds; the 840i xDrive, with its all-wheel drive, trims that to 4.6 seconds. Top speed is 130 mph with all-season tires, rising to 155 mph with optional performance tires. BMW pairs it with an eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission, with swifter gearshifts and steering wheel paddles as standard. There’s also Launch Control for the best possible 0-60 time, and integration with the navigation system so that the planned route will help the gearbox figure out what the best gear is to shift to next. Double-wishbone suspension is used at the front, and five-link rear suspension. The steering is electromechanical, and there’s Dynamic Damper Control as standard. xDrive cars get Integral Active Steering as standard, with rear-wheel steering to tighten up the turning circle at low speeds and increase maneuver stability at high speeds. It’s optional on the rear-wheel drive 840i. 2020 BMW M850i xDrive Gran CoupeThe performance model of the three, the M850i xDrive Gran Coupe gets BMW’s TwinPower 4.4-liter eight-cylinder Turbo, with 523 hp between 5,500-6,000 rpm, and 553 lb-ft of torque between 1,800-4,600 rpm. 0-60 mph comes in 3.7 seconds, and top speed is up to 155 mph with performance tires.It gets the same 8-speed transmission, and a new flap-controlled sports exhaust that can switch up its audio profile according to the drive mode. That spans Comfort through to Sport and Sport+. The xDrive AWD uses an electronically-controlled multi-plate clutch, to push power front and rear as traction demands. Normally, though, the car is rear-biased. The M850i gets 20-inch V-spoke cerium grey wheels with 245/35R20 and 275/30R20 performance run-flat tires as standard. M Sport brakes are standard, too. 2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe cabin and technologyWith seating for five, the interior of the 8 Series Gran Coupe is far more people-friendly than its Coupe sibling. Headroom in the rear, in particular, has increased: there’s now 3.4-inches more, while legroom is up 7.1-inches. The wider body means rear shoulder room is up 7.7-inches, while the trunk holds 0.7 cu.ft. more. Nappa leather has been used on the dashboard and upper door panels, and there’s an extended center console which stretches into the rear and divides the rear seats. Admittedly that’s likely to make the center seat the last-picked option. Within the console there are dedicated rear climate controls along with air vents, storage, and USB-C ports. In the front, heated sport seats are standard. The rear seats fold with a 40/20/40 split. Ambient LED lighting is standard, as is the BMW Live Cockpit Professional system with a 12.3-inch digital cluster display and a 10.25-inch center console touchscreen. Haptic controls have been added to the iDrive controller, while a head-up display is optional. last_img read more

Digital Trends Live Alexaenabled robot Facebook plays poker and more

first_imgDigital Trends Live – 7.12.19 – Amazon Alexa Robot + Pablo Escobar’s Brother Wants $100M From Elon MuskOn today’s episode: Amazon is working on an Alexa home robot; Facebook builds an A.I. that bested 5 top poker pros; Minecraft Earth beta opens up this week; Pablo Escobar’s brother wants $100M from Elon Musk; BIOTIK Labs physical therapy bots…ShareVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayUnmuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:37:40Loaded: 0.17%0:00:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:37:40 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenDigital Trends Live: Alexa-enabled robot, Facebook plays poker, and moreCloseOn this episode of Digital Trends Live, host Greg Nibler and DT Producer Adrien Warner discuss the trending tech topics of the day, including Amazon’s Alexa-enabled robot, Facebook’s A.I. beats professional poker players, a bike lane delivery robot, Minecraft Earth, and more.Joining the show again for our Tech Briefs segment is Flipboard Technology Editor Ken Yeung, who breaks down this week’s top tech stories, from the Nintendo Switch Lite to Amazon Prime Day.Dr. Eric Dusseux, CEO of Bionik Laboratories, joins the show to discuss the evolution of robotics in physical therapy and how they can be more efficient than traditional human methods.Nibler then talks with Dan Stampf, vice president of personal capital cash at Personal Capital, about the difference between standard savings and high-yield savings accounts and how consumers can take advantage of better interest rates.Later we’re joined by Julie Singh, co-founder of Trip Outside, a vacation planning and gear rental destination for outdoor travel enthusiasts.Finally, Nibler sits down with DT’s Ryan Waniata for Between the Streams, for a roundup of everything you need to know this week in entertainment, including HBO Max, Stranger Things season 3, Bill & Ted, and Spiderman: Far From Home.last_img read more

Large Release Of Medicare Billing Data Details How Billions Of Health Care

first_img USA Today: Mental Health Spending Up, New Medicare Data Shows Medicare providers got more for mental health and specialty care including sports and sleep medicine in 2013, according to new payment data released Monday that shows which healthcare providers received the most money. A USA TODAY analysis also found Medicare payments in more traditional areas of medicine — including cardiology, general practice and geriatric medicine — were all down. (Hoyer, Ungar and O’Donnell, 6/1) The New York Times: Data Shows Large Rise In List Prices At Hospitals The Fiscal Times: A Conflict Of Interest In The Way Medicare Pays Docs? The Associated Press: Vast Trove Of Medicare Data Details How Billions Are Spent Joint replacement was the most common hospital procedure that Medicare paid for in 2013, accounting for nearly 450,000 inpatient admissions and $6.6 billion in payments. Among physicians, cancer specialists received the largest payments from Medicare, but much of their reimbursements went to cover the cost of the very expensive drugs to treat their patients. (Alonso-Zaldivar, 6/1) A small cadre of doctors and individual medical providers are consistently the biggest recipients of Medicare dollars, new government data show. The top 1% of billers of the federal program in 2013 reaped 17.5% of all payments to individual providers that year. That same cluster of doctors and other individual providers received 16.6% of the program’s payments in 2012. (Weaver, Barry and Stewart, 6/1) The federal government is spending about $10 billion too much each year on Medicare Advantage plans because of “upcoding” by insurers, a new study finds. The rates private Medicare plans get paid are dependent on scores indicating how sick, and therefore expensive, their customers are. That creates an incentive for insurers to boost those scores in order to reap higher rates. (Demko, 6/1) In other Medicare news, Politico Pro reports on a new study examining Medicare Advantage billing practices, while The Wall Street Journal notes that the Advantage program adds to Humana’s value – The Wall Street Journal: Small Group Of Doctors Are Biggest Medicare Billers The prices that hospitals ask customers to pay for a series of common procedures have increased by more than 10 percent between 2011 and 2013 — more than double the rate of inflation. But the amounts paid by Medicare, the government health care program for seniors and the disabled, has stayed flat, according to data released Monday by the federal government. The hospitals’ rising list prices mainly affect the uninsured and people who use hospitals outside their insurance network. (Sanger-Katz and Thomas, 6/1) center_img A small group of doctors accounted for a large chunk of Medicare payments once again, data released today by the U.S. government show. Medicare paid at least 3,900 individual health-care providers at least $1 million in 2013, according to a Bloomberg analysis of data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Overall, the agency said it released data on $90 billion in payments to 950,000 individual providers and organizations. On average, doctors were reimbursed about $74,000, though five received more than $10 million. (Tracer and Chen, 6/1) A small but powerful panel of physicians has long played a major role in determining how much the federal government pays its Medicare doctors. The problem, according to auditors from the Government Accountability Office, is that the panel’s recommendations rely “on the input of physicians who may have potential conflicts of interest with respect to the outcomes of CMS’s process.” (Ehley, 6/2) The Wall Street Journal: Humana’s Pricey Medicare Prize Politico Pro: Medicare Advantage Paying Billions Through Upcoding, NBER Study Finds Humana, the health insurer reportedly on the block, has a rare asset to sell, with a lofty valuation to match. The prize embedded within Humana, the fifth-largest U.S. managed-care company by market value, is its stronghold in Medicare Advantage, the privately run version of the government program. The aging American population makes a strong Medicare presence desirable. (Grant, 6/1) Bloomberg: At Least 3,900 Medicare Millionaires Revealed In U.S. Data Also, the Fiscal Times questions the role of a key panel in determing Medicare’s physician payments – Large Release Of Medicare Billing Data Details How Billions Of Health Care Dollars Are Spent News outlets analyzed this Medicare data for 2013, breaking down spending based on hospital procedures, physician specialties and other types of care. This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more

Pharmas AntiCompetitive Tactics That Stymie Generics Drugmakers Targeted By Officials Lawmakers

first_img The New York Times: Drug Company ‘Shenanigans’ To Block Generics Come Under Federal Scrutiny In a sensational lawsuit, a former Mallinckrodt (MNK) employee claims that she was fired for repeatedly warning the drug maker about a host of allegedly illegal activities designed to boost sales of a key drug. Those practices included running a “sham” patient assistance program and refusing to provide payers with clinical data that would be used for making coverage decisions. Moreover, executives were allegedly unaware of the ingredients in the best-selling Achtar drug, which is used to treat infantile spasms and often prescribed for more than a dozen other maladies. (Silverman, 4/13) Mylan N.V.’s emergency allergy antidote EpiPen is in short supply in Canada and Britain, but remains available in the United States, the treatment’s manufacturer said on Friday. EpiPens deliver potentially lifesaving doses of the generic drug epinephrine, via an automatic injector that a patient or caregiver can administer in the event of severe allergic reaction.”We are shipping product. Currently there is no shortage in the U.S.,” said Steve Danehy, a spokesman for Pfizer Inc, which produces the global supply of EpiPens for Mylan out of a single facility near St. Louis, Missouri. (Berkrot and Erman, 4/14) Stat: Former Mallinckrodt Employee Alleges The Ingredients In A Best-Selling Drug Are A Mystery This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Stat: Maryland Law That Punished Generic Price Gouging Is Ruled Unconstitutional  center_img Trump administration officials, seeking ways to lower drug costs, are targeting pharmaceutical companies that refuse to provide samples of their products to generic drug companies, making it impossible to create inexpensive generic copies of a brand-name medicine. Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, said recently that drug makers must “end the shenanigans” that prevent competing products from reaching the market. (Pear, 4/14) Pharma’s Anti-Competitive Tactics That Stymie Generics Drugmakers Targeted By Officials, Lawmakers Generic drug developers need samples of brand-name drugs to show that a generic copy is equivalent to the original, but the drug companies are refusing to provide samples of their products. In other pharmaceutical news: an appeals court hands the industry a victory in price gouging case; a former Mallinckrodt employee claims she was fired for warning company about illegal sales practices; and a shortage of EpiPens outside the U.S. In a victory for the pharmaceutical industry, a federal appeals court panel ruled that a Maryland state law that was enacted to punish generic drug makers for price gouging is unconstitutional. In explaining its decision, the panel sided with a trade group for generic drug makers that argued the state law violates interstate commerce by giving Maryland officials the right to govern business outside the state, effectively providing “unprecedented powers to regulate the national pharmaceutical market.” (Silverman, 4/13) Reuters: EpiPen Shortages Seen In Canada, UK But U.S. Supply Intact last_img read more

Tile Pro Deal Goodbye to losing your keys or wallet with 33

first_img Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links.Tell us what you think – email the Editor This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Never be without your valuables again with the help of the Tile Pro Bluetooth trackers. An ingenious way to ensure you can always locate your keys, wallet or even bag right when you need it, Amazon is now selling the Tile Pro four pack for £59.99. With a hefty £30 discount, it’s the four packs’ lowest price yet.Easy to attach to any given item, the Tile Pro ensures you’re able to keep track of your possessions — quite literally. With a replaceable battery and a bigger radius in which to locate your stuff, the Tile Pro steps it up a notch.The Tile Pro’s predecessors were all well and good, but the truth is in the name. With a range of 300 ft in comparison to the Tile Mate’s 150 ft and the Slim’s 100 ft, as well as being 3x the volume of the original, you’d be hard-pressed to lose anything at this point. Especially now the battery is replaceable with a CR2032, there’s no need to buy a whole new Tile when the one you’re using dies.The Tile Pro sits a little heavier than the Mate at 15.5g versus 7g. However it’s worth it in durability, especially as you can choose between a white or black finish. Personally, I’d opt for the black to avoid any ugly scuffmarks.With a loop fastening, you can easily attach to keys or your wallet or purse. Even attach to bag straps or slip safely into a pocket to monitor the whereabouts of your personal items.Still confused on how it works? Our review says, “Location is found via Bluetooth, so you pair your Tile with the companion Tile app for your smartphone. You can then walk around until you’re within range of your Tile and the icon will change to green. Once you’re within the range of your Tile, you can use your phone to make the Pro emit a chime to help you find your missing item.”If you’re in the habit of misplacing your items, we think the four-pack deal on Amazon where you can save a whopping 33% is definitely worth it. As a singular unit the Tile Pro costs £20.99. Buy the pack and you’re essentially getting 4 for the price of 3 with this fantastic discount.Got your keys? Check! With the assistance of the Tile Pro, you’ll never have the stress of trying to find those day-to-day essentials again.For more amazing offers, follow us @TrustedDealsUK We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy.center_img Deals Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time.last_img read more

Ford Mustang MachE Emblem Trademarks Hint At Electrified Future

first_imgCould the Mustang hybrid wear this moniker? Or maybe the Mustang-inspired crossover?The Ford Mustang Mach-E might be the branding for the Blue Oval’s upcoming hybrid powertrain. The info comes from the automaker’s recent trademark applications in the United States and Europe. Ford Confirms Mustang-Inspired Electric SUV Goes 370 Miles Per Charge Source: Electric Vehicle News Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on April 4, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News Ford Says Electric Mustang-Inspired SUV Will Challenge Tesla Model Ycenter_img Ford filed for the rights to “Mustang Mach-E” with the United States Patent and Trademark Office on March 29, 2019, and with the European Union Intellectual Property Office on April 1, 2019. Both of them protect the name for “motor vehicles, namely, electric vehicles, passenger automobiles, trucks, sport utility vehicles, off-road vehicles, and structural parts, fittings, and badges therefor; metal license plate frames.”At the same time in Europe, Ford filed for a trademark on a stylized Mustang emblem (above). The design takes the familiar look and adds a series of lines through the horse’s body. Filing for two Mustang-related trademarks at the same time makes it seem like the logo and Mustang Mach-E could be related.Ford Electric Crossover TeaserFord filed for a trademark on “Mach-E” on November 26, 2018, and the U.S patent office granted it on March 20, 2019. Upon publication, the speculation was that the Blue Oval intended to use the name on the upcoming Mustang-inspired crossover. However, the new application “Mustang Mach-E” might suggest otherwise. Instead, this moniker could be pony car’s hybrid variant.The hybrid Mustang reportedly doesn’t arrive until around 2021. Ford confirms that it offers “V8-like performance.” A patent suggests the model might use the combustion engine to drive the rear wheels, while an electric motor turns the front axle. Possible powertrain test mules are already showing up in spy shots (gallery above).Source: European Union Intellectual Property Office, 2, United States Patent and Trademark Office, 2 via All Ford Mustangs More Ford News 2020 Ford Explorer PHEV Revealed With 25 Miles Of Electric Rangelast_img read more

Amazon announces three new wind farms as report questions companys clean energy

first_imgAmazon announced three new wind farms on Monday as part of its long-term commitment to 100 percent renewable energy throughout its global infrastructure. But a separate report the same day questions that commitment, while probing the e-commerce giant’s connection to Big Oil. more…Subscribe to Electrek on YouTube for exclusive videos and the podcast.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVp0Cr2Pg4gThe post Amazon announces three new wind farms as report questions company’s clean energy commitment appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forwardlast_img read more

Tesla Autonomy Event news hub

first_imgSource: Charge Forward Tesla is holding an event today called ‘Tesla Autonomy Investor Day’ at its headquarters in Palo Alto. Follow along here to get all the details about what is being announced. more…Subscribe to Electrek on YouTube for exclusive videos and subscribe the podcast.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LVEtRE51hUThe post Tesla Autonomy Event news hub appeared first on Electrek.last_img

Review Gazelle CityZen T9 – I just found the perfect bike for

first_imgI’ve spent the last month with the Gazelle CityZen T9 Class 1 electric bike with Bosch Performance powertrain and in-tube battery but it only took my wife a few seconds to realize this bike was for her. Let me explain… more…Subscribe to Electrek on YouTube for exclusive videos and subscribe to the podcast.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1zk7Eb8r-s&list=PL_Qf0A10763mA7Byw9ncZqxjke6Gjz0MtThe post Review: Gazelle CityZen T9 – I just found the perfect bike for my wife appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forwardlast_img read more

Changes in the name of progress are kicking our game into touch

first_imgunthreaded Twitter Changes in the name of progress are kicking our game into touch | Pick Share Report Umm If anyone watched the world cup final last year they will no why a game that is “perfectly good” has to change!The EVLs were developed in South Africa. This is not an attempt by rugby league to highjack Rugby Union.The problem with England is that you don’t win often enough and as such hold sacred when you do. The chant of two world wars and one world cup, plus WRC in 2003 is old. OLD!Look at the test today against Australia. Who were the most exciting players for England? Cipriani and in the last 10 minutes Flutey (who each time he touched the ball beat the first man and draw in 2 more in the tackle). What about giving these two more room under the EVLs that give extra meters behind the scrum? (though your scrum has to not crumple as it did in this test.)Obama is in the White House, China and India are soon to be economic super powers, the Empire is finished, get over it!Rather than hang on to the old why not embrace the new? Get rid of the once formidable old front row and come up with some one that will give at least parity and give 10 and 12 some front-foot ball. Add to this the speed of the back 3 and England will actually play some exciting Rugby. I know that is a foreign concept to most of you, especially Steven Jones but trust me, when you win with exciting hard rugby its much better than a boring grind out win.Its time to adapt and renew. It may be a little scary but the results more than make up for it. Look at Australias talk of rebuilding the scrum, 2 years ago, Marseille wasnt fun, tonight was fantastic!Its time to shut up and stop living off past glories. Move on embrace the new the results make up for the hardships of the journey.As for James Haskil, you mean as full back you have to chase it when a ball is kicked your way? Shock horror! Wouldnt it be better if they just kicked the ball out and we could have a stoppage in play, wait for the lumbering forwards to get back, piss around with the throw in then get the ball back from the throw in and kick it out, then have some more of the same? In fact why not bring back the 3 nil score lines? Or am I watching soccer? Sign up to the Breakdown for the latest rugby union news 16 Nov 2008 13:24 Facebook Report Show 25 Share on Twitter 15 Nov 2008 19:13 Facebook Share 0 1 Australia sport Support The Guardian Topics | Pick 15 Nov 2008 16:28 | Pick Facebook Report | Pick Share on Facebook Comments 22 Share on Facebook Twitter Share 0 1 0 1 | Pick | Pick Reply Share Reply expanded Share on Facebook 15 Nov 2008 9:37 Facebook Share on Twitter James Haskell All Facebook collapsed Rugby is changing by the month, if not the week. I’m not sure what the England teams of the past would make of the professional game but I do know this: I’ve not spoken to one northern hemisphere player who thinks the current experimental law variations are a good idea. All I seem to have done for Wasps this season is chase after kicks. Progress? Not in my opinion.Hopefully commonsense will eventually prevail, although I don’t know many administrators who like losing credibility by performing rapid U-turns. What I do find concerning is that so few players were consulted in advance. In any other area of business or sport there would be a proper debate with all interested parties represented. Report Share Australia rugby union team comments (22)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. Twitter 0 1 15 Nov 2008 19:12 Facebook Twitter | Pick toniburtoni Report Reply Share on Twitter Twitter Email (optional) Share on Twitter Twitter Share on Twitter 100 That you do not understand is testament to all the nonsense being spoken in Britain about the ELV’s.1. It is not an Australian plot2. That Brits kick the leather off the ball instead of running and passing is further evidence of the lack of understanding of what the game is about.3. This is the first inkling of any intelligence in the Interminably Racist Brouhaha which runs the game. As long as the game is run by a British Gerrymander there is little hope that the game can advance effectively. Samoa, Fiji and Tonga get one third of a vote each!! China, with more players than the rest of the world combined, gets none. Rugby is the first choice team sport in the PLA because of its manly and leadership qualities. | Pick Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment Report Facebook | Pick 0 1 Report Facebook Share greensox Report Share Twitter Mmmm five pints and a kebab………..But spot on about the ELVs they were never anything to do with rugby but everything to do with rugby league in Australia. Share on Twitter Sportblog Reply 0 1 Reply If the Aussies can’t take the competition from League and Aussie Rules, then let them take their rules and go their own way – together with anyone who wants to go with them.We could meet them now and then for a money-spinning mixed-rules bash like those staged between Aussie Rules and Gaelic football sides.gg Five predictions in the wake of Aus’ victoryMany NH pundits will blame the ELV”sTaser will become even more unbearable.AK’s Uncle Freddy will be found by the men in the white coats and returned to the safety and sanctuary of his darkened chambers with the soothing music.The futility of living in the past will hopefully dawn on those who keep saying ‘ back in 2005’, or ‘back in Marseille’. Teams from Downunder tend to get over their defeats pretty quickly, would that some could do the same with their occasional victories.Al Baxter should be nominated for the IRB’s inaugural ‘ Suffer the Slings and Arrows of Outrageous Fortune and Stuff Them Back Down the Throats of the Naysayers’ award. Well done Stirling and the boys. Pressure makes diamonds. Looks as all those calling it an Aussie plot (the ELVs) are pretty much the same mob that were so sure that the Australian scrum were in for a real BEASTING on saturday.See!? You don’t know everything. Just because you say it a million times over and over ad nauseum > doesn’t make it so.Self deception always gets you in the end. Facebook 16 Nov 2008 5:09 Facebook | Pick Reply 16 Nov 2008 1:10 15 Nov 2008 12:09 Share Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp Twitter Share on Twitter Autumn internationals Facebook Twitter Share Share on Twitter Report SteveTaser TamaIti 0 1 I don’t understand why a game that was perfectly good and which people enjoyed has been amended so significantly. Take the experimental law variation which allows mauls to be pulled down. I’d like the people on the International Rugby Board who reckoned that was a good idea to experience what it’s like to have a 20-stone bloke run in head-first and pull them to the floor. They might not think it’s such a clever idea afterwards.All this matters for players of all abilities. If the IRB permanently adopts the law on free-kicks for those offences which currently attract a full penalty, for example, it will have a profound effect on body shapes. Clearly we want a game that’s exciting to play and watch but it’s also important that certain forward-based skills do not become redundant. It might not happen until after I’ve stopped playing but, at this rate, there will be a rapid evolution in terms of how rugby players look. Losing body fat but staying at a reasonable size is going to be the key.In other words, the attention given to power-weight ratios is only going to increase. I’m already noticing it further down the scale at club and school level. People are taking rugby more seriously. But as a former England player once told me, there’s no point being able to lift a cow if you can’t outrun one.Together with a desire to help kids from underprivileged areas, that has been among the motivations for the Young Guns academy I’m involved with. I want young players to get the right specialist advice. I don’t want them, say, lifting too many “beach weights” instead of laying proper foundations. There are a lot of Chinese whispers about what you should do in the gym, with kids imagining they have to be huge to stand any chance. If you look around the Premiership, that’s not necessarily the case. People want to be big but you don’t have to be obscene.As for the inevitable speculation that steroids or other illegal substances must be involved, I can only say that’s not something I’ve come across personally. I’ve never been aware of a drug culture in English rugby and the testing regime is extremely stringent. Only last Tuesday 16 of us were asked to provide blood samples for analysis and the testers visit us at Wasps all the time.So how do we get those six-packs? Even my non rugby-playing friends ask me for tips, assuming there must be some magic ingredient. The truth is more mundane. Supplements play a part but you can get everything you need from hard work and eating healthily, plus good hydration and rest. Good nutrition is vital and will provide the solid base you need to train. I’ll try and eat six times a day, starting with porridge, honey and seeds for breakfast, including carbohydrates after training sessions to keep my energy levels up. Chick peas, broccoli and cauliflower are also good and green tea with honey is another cheeky little trick. All this is admittedly easier when you’re with England because everything is laid on. The odd treat is allowed; after Wasps games my guilty secret is takeaway pizza. I’m not advocating five pints and a kebab but there is always a time and a place to relax. Anything that sends you skipping back to work on a Monday morning must be a good thing. | Pick Since you’re here… Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter 0 1 Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter 16 Nov 2008 15:23 SteveTaser Report TigerTJ | Pick Share on Facebook 50 Report Reply Share on Facebook 0 1 Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share Reason (optional) Reply 0 1 avsfan Order by oldest 25 Facebook | Pick Reply blogposts Another tremendous column from The Hask.Did anyone watch the Rugby Club this week? Greenwood couldn’t believe the extent to which The Hask filled out his XL shirt. I’ve never seen a more defined rugby player. We are talking prime rump steak here. He made Vickery look small.It’s interesting that James talks about the amount of kick-chasing that goes on now. Could this be the reason why Tom Croft is being preferred by Jonno? Croft can run fast and leap high – a nice combination for chasing kicks. But The Hask has the beef and the ball carrying ability. Croft gets knocked back in contact and, as Eddie Jones has pointed out, struggles at the tackle area. He’s not in Haskell’s league, quite frankly.Let’s get some real beef back in the England pack. Reply Report | Pick Share Share on Facebook Share on Facebook recommendations 17 Nov 2008 19:00 16 Nov 2008 15:16 newest 0 1 Share on Facebook 0 1 Twittercenter_img Report Share on Facebook Principe “I don’t understand why a game that was perfectly good “Ah, there is your problem. I do not see how it can be resolved. I predict a schism, possibly a war. Share on Facebook Twitter Report Reply | Pick Share on Facebook lovingu Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Facebook Damage9 Look at stars, James.Look at they shine for you. Haskell needs to start against South Africa next week!!Tom Croft has had two mediocre games in my opinion – I did not see him with the ball in hand, taking the aussies on, once today – for a man of his pace to not run with the ball more is not acceptable.Haskell, Rees, Easter need to be the back row for the next two tests.I’d also drop Noon who has done nothing but tackle and that is absolutely not enough for a no. 13.Could Toby Flood play at Outside centre? perhaps taking the kicking responsibility off Cips would be a good idea – Cips was good today but I feel that he is not getting the support from outsie him – Flutey really needs to step up to the plate against SA – not been too impressed by him so far!!DOWN WITH THE ELVS!!peace BEASTING………. ? Reply Share on Facebook 0 1 Reply greensox Share on Twitter Facebook Share via Email Threads collapsed Fri 14 Nov 2008 19.01 EST | Pick First published on Fri 14 Nov 2008 19.01 EST Report Share on Twitter 0 1 | Pick Share Share on Facebook Share Reply cheekymnky Share on Twitter 15 Nov 2008 13:41 | Pick Share on Facebook Report Reply 0 1 Facebook 0 1 In the original laws of rugby, the ONLY people allowed to suggest amendments were the players.99.995 per cent of all rugby matches are not televised, and I’d have thought at least 95% have more players in attendance than spectators, so changing the laws to improve the ‘spectator experience’ was always a disgrace. The fact that they’ve somehow managed to make that experience worse only adds to the shocker.The schism, I suspect, is that they’re going to start proposing law changes that only affect elite senior rugby – much as they already do with the age group rules. Carefully handled, it might work – a players’ game for all shapes and sizes to enjoy lower down, a constantly-buggered-around-with circus show at the top – but won’t help Haskell any, as he’ll still get the suits’ stupidest ideas foisted on him. | Pick Facebook Share Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Twitter AiDoc Geez. Rugby player, maybe – journalist, not on your life.What starts out as a critique on the new ELVs, ends up talking about his six pack & what he eats after a match? Crikey. Much like a political commentator starting a story on Gordon Brown’s approach to the credit crisis, and finishing with how how he chose which undies to wear for that day.And the comment about rugby being perfectly good, well, you have a short memory… 0 1 Shares00 | Pick Share on Twitter Share via Email oldest Twitter ‘How’.’How’, I mean.Smartarse gets OWNED!!!, as the yanks say. Share on Messenger Share on Facebook 15 Nov 2008 13:07 tangles England rugby union team Report FrederickChichester Lets skip the ELV bleats on this thread – there’s a couple of other threads with about 350 postings on this topic. Not much else to report. 15 Nov 2008 9:19 Sigh …I don’t know why the Guardian persists in printing player blogs. They are, in every way, the equivalent of a reluctant schoolboy writing tortured line after tortured line on the topic: “What I Did On My School Holidays.” Share Twitter Share Report Share Share on Twitter Report Sportblog Share on Twitter Amazing the different attitudes to the ELVs from the players, administrators, as well as the fans in the north and the south.Also, In any other area of business or sport there would be a proper debate with all interested parties represented.If only that were true. You have obviously only ever played sport and not worked in business. If only businesses did consult the truly interested parties instead of management consultants the world really would be a better place. Twitter 0 1 Facebook Twitter Read more | Pick Twitter 17 Nov 2008 6:20 0 1 Rugby is the first choice team sport in the PLA because of its manly and leadership qualities.There’s a feather in the cap for Lapasset of London and the other British Gerrymanders. Rugby the first sport of the Palestinian Liberation Army. Marvellous news.Presumably the PLO are leaguies. Splitters.What with all these new markets opening up, it makes sense for rugby to start looking for a slice of the notorious-rebel-group pie. We missed a trick with Che Guevara (imagine all the t-shirts), and if we’re not courting the Janjaweed, some hard questions need to be asked of Bernie and the boys. Reply Share on Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. windbag Share on Twitter Twitter 15 Nov 2008 8:51 Twitter 0 1 whinge, whinge, whinge…Isn’t England playing Australia tonight? Twitter Report Reply Share Reply 15 Nov 2008 11:41 Share on Twitter Loading comments… Trouble loading? The ELV’s mean I’ve spent most of the season chasing kicks, which is not progress in my opinion Report Reply camfay Facebook 16 Nov 2008 0:30 Reply Share Reply Facebook England rugby union team Share on Twitter Montebello avsfan Share on Twitter 17 Nov 2008 19:05 | Pick Report Facebook StevenJones Share on Facebook Did I watch the same game as those antipodeans posting on here? (and yes I was actually there)There was only one team running the ball on Saturday and it was wearing white, the Australians played as they did in 1999, kicking deep and relying on the other side to give away penalties allied with last ditch defense.If thats the future of rugby you can keep it. 17 Nov 2008 8:39 0 1 Rugby union 18 Nov 2008 0:41 HenryFitz Share Well said, D9.Yep, the usual suspects (JB/ShaneWebster/SoilageEtc) should really learn to think for themselves, rather than relying on the mindless tripe of their media.So let it be written… Facebook 16 Nov 2008 2:02 Reuse this content,View all comments > Share on Facebook Report Twitter “Oh dear”, we shouldn’t forget Mr Regurgitator Himself….hungrymanjosh. Close report comment form TamaIti Share Reply Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other Share on Facebook Share 0 1 Share on WhatsApp View more commentslast_img read more

Talking Horses

first_imgLargely out of sorts last season, Mon Mome has come right back to his best in time for a second crack at the Coral Welsh National. Runner-up to Halcon Genelardais in 2006, Venetia Williams’ stayer looks handicapped to go one better in today’s Chepstow marathon. Mon Mome (2.05) picked up a 4lb penalty when holding off Star de Mohaison at Cheltenham last time, but that is largely nullified by the 3lb claim used by his promising rider, Aidan Coleman. The Cheltenham form was as good as anything Mon Mome has shown since joining the Williams stable. He went down by four lengths to Halcon Genelardais here two seasons ago, but is 9lb off with the winner, who returned last year to finish a close second behind Miko de Beauchene. The latter received 21lb that day and faces a much stiffer task. Halcon Genelardais gets no slack from the handicapper, and Alan King probably has stronger claims with Nenuphar Collonges, the mount of stable jockey Robert Thornton. This gelding’s jumping has let him down on occasions, but he did little wrong when winning at Bangor. Chepstow 12.55 Herecomesthetruth had his Taunton win advertised by the second, Pressgang, at Kempton yesterday but he is not one to trust entirely, as he showed when running out at the last fence at Cheltenham. Presenting Copper, winner of three of her four starts here, may prove a safer proposition. Chepstow 1.30 The move to Richard Lee’s stable seems to have worked wonders for Heathcliff, who got off the mark in good style at Huntingdon. A half-brother to the smart Kingsmark, he has further improvement in him. Loading comments… Trouble loading? expanded Share via Email blogposts oldest 50 Topics Report Horse racing tips Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Threads collapsed The best bets and latest news in our daily racing blog Read more All Sportblog Show 25 … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. newest Share via Email Share on Facebook First published on Fri 26 Dec 2008 19.01 EST Kempton 1.40 Deep Purple is going the right way in his chasing career but, after Taunton and Ascot wins, he is taking on a tougher opponent in the shape of the 152-rated OumeyadeWetherby 1.55 Penalised winners Art Exhibtion and Pemberton could have their work cut out to contain Sacrilege, who finished well clear of the third when touched off by Banquet on his hurdles debut. Kempton 2.15 Bible Lord is probably best suited by flat tracks like this, but the jury is out on his stamina for three miles. The trip is also an unknown with Royals Darling, but Seymar Lad stays well and, back on good ground, he can leave latest Sandown form well behind. Wetherby 2.30 Jumping errors proved costly for Striking Article when he took on Tatenen in a Listed race at Aintree. He is definitely worth the chance to show he is better than that. Chepstow 2.40 Pepite de Soleil had little to beat at Wincanton, but she was a Listed-race winner at Auteuil and looks very much a threat to Walkon. Time will probably show that Alan King’s recruit faced an impossible task trying to give Zaynar 7lb at Newbury. Kempton 2.45 A comfortable winner over fences at Exeter last week, Lamanver Homerun should not be inconvenienced by the switch back to hurdling. Wetherby 3.00 The Castleford will have been the aim for Calatagan, who has won this for the past two years and can run off the same mark as when successful 12 months ago. He seems to go particularly well for today’s rider, Tom Dreaper. Kempton 3.15 Although Petit Robin is undoubtedly an exciting prospect, conditions are ideal for Twist Magic, who looked set to finish a good second to the top-class Master Minded in the Tingle Creek when he fell two out.Horse senseBank on Robin to fly home for Henderson Petit Robin (3.15), rated a potential candidate for top two-mile chase honours, can take another step up the ladder by winning today’s Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton. He has not been the easiest to train, but the Nicky Henderson team have had a clear run with him since his easy Newbury win. Best when fresh, Royals Darling (2.15) should also go well, although Andy Turnell’s Bible Lord is said to be in excellent shape. The Paul Nicholls newcomer, Classic Swain (1.05), can make the most of the 10lb he receives from the previous winners in the Kempton opener. At Chepstow, Giorgio Quercus (2.40) should be back in business. He failed to run up to his best at Cheltenham, but that race came too soon after his Hereford win. Wind Instrument (12.20) has the makings of a good novice chaser, and Nenuphar Collonges (2.05) is well fancied by the Alan King stable for the Coral Welsh National. Art Exhibition (1.55) and Moon Over Miami (3.00) give Charlie Mann good prospects of completing a double at Wetherby, where Howard Johnson looks set to land both novice chases with Degas Art (1.20), who is best caught first time out, and Striking Article (2.30)Shenandoah Girl (2.05) and Fair Point (3.05) are worth noting at Leicester tomorrow, and at Newbury on Monday, Sir Jimmy Shand (12.30) can make a winning debut over fences. Second in the Challow Hurdle at this track, he has benefited from a wind operation. Ainama, bought out of Michael Wigham’s stable, will carry the JP McManus colours over hurdles. Now with Nicky Henderson, the gelding has been shaping well in schooling, and we also have favourable reports concerning Rutba, who will be a rare runner over jumps for Marcus Tregoning.Seen and heardThe giant Mad Max, unbeaten in two bumpers and a hurdle race, has been described by his trainer, Nicky Henderson, as “the biggest thoroughbred I’ve ever seen”. But the gelding may not be the biggest racehorse in Lambourn, never mind the rest of the country. Rumour has it that a recent arrival from France at Jean-Rene Auvray’s yard measures a massive 18.2 hands. We have yet to learn this one’s name but he shouldn’t be hard to spot when he appears on the racecourse. There is something about champion trainers and roses. Just as Henry Cecil takes pride in his garden at Warren Place, it seems Paul Nicholls is decidedly green-fingered in Ditcheat. “I oversee everything to do with the garden. Nothing is done without my decision,” he told the Sunday Times last week. Like Cecil, roses are Nicholls’ speciality. But of course “loads of well-rotted horse manure” gives the likes of Whisky Mac, Tequila Sunrise and Ingrid Bergman every chance to bloom.The round of Christmas parties laid on by various Newmarket trainers mostly went to plan last week – with one exception. At Sir Michael Stoute’s lunch at the Bedford Lodge hotel, guests were surprised by the total absence of potatoes. One table asked for some, but they never did appear.Ron Cox’s tip of the dayHarry Tricker 3.45 KemptonGary Moore’s record in handicap hurdles is impressive and the trainer looks set to strike with Harry Tricker. This ex-Flat racer has looked likely to benefit from some sort of headgear and he wears blinkers for the first time here. Harry Tricker looked to be running into form when finishing sixth behind Helens Vision at Newbury, only weakening on the run to the final flight.Click here for all the day’s racecards, form, stats and results.Click here for today’s latest odds.And post your tips or racing-related comments below. 100 Share on Twitter Reuse this content,View all comments > Shares00 25 The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Share on Messenger Horse racing Horse racing Order by oldest Sportblog collapsed Comments 0 Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment Support The Guardian commentsSign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. 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Poignant win for Spencer on Dishdasha

first_imgThis article is more than 10 years old news Jamie Spencer Horse racing Share via Email Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Shares00 Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Ron Cox Share on Twitter Topics This article is more than 10 years old Share on Facebook Since you’re here… A treble at Great Leighs yesterday took Jamie Spencer to the top of the jockeys’ all-weather leaderboard, but titles were the last thing on the former champion’s mind after he had initiated the three-timer on Dishdasha in the opening race.The winner was due to be led up by Jamie Yeates, who died from stab wounds at his home in Wales on Thursday. Yeates worked for Dishdasha’s trainer, Alison Thorpe, and the 15-year-old idolised yesterday’s winning rider so much that he was known as “Spencer” at Thorpe’s stable. Wearing a black armband, Spencer saluted the memory of Yeates with a wave of the whip as he passed the winning line. “It’s very, very sad,” he said. “What can you say? Life’s precious and he was a young lad, just starting out in life. I’m just pleased to have won. It’s very little, but at least it’s something.” Gwyn Williams, the owner of Dishdasha, added: “Jamie was the boy’s idol and he was going to lead the horse up today. This win brings a little happiness back.” Spencer said he would be taking things “day by day” with regard to an all-out bid for the winter title. With 27 winners, he is one ahead of George Baker.Ron Cox’s tip of the dayDon’t Be Bleu 3.50 FakenhamAlthough she has more to do than when winning a four-runner mares chase at Folkestone, Don’t Be Bleu looks likely to improve. Fairly handicapped, judged on her successful hurdles form, she jumped well at Folkestone before going clear from the second-last fence to score by nine lengths. She has a turn of foot and three miles round here should suit her. Horse racing Sun 11 Jan 2009 19.01 EST Poignant win for Spencer on Dishdasha Share on Pinterest First published on Sun 11 Jan 2009 19.01 EST Support The Guardian Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Dick and Jane Grow Up

first_imgTweet1Share4ShareEmail5 SharesSee Spot run. Run, Spot, run!If you were in elementary school in the 1930s through ’70s, these words probably evoke memories of sitting quietly at desks in neat rows and reading books such as Fun with Dick and Jane, whose main (white) characters reflected gender-constrained norms. My strongest memory of a Dick and Jane story involved Jane in the kitchen with Mother, wearing dresses and tidy aprons and making an apple pie, while Dick was in the backyard with Father building a doghouse for Spot.As a child, I was bothered by that story. Sure, I liked cooking and baking, but I also liked building things, and somehow this plot line, which didn’t include Dick and Jane participating together in both activities, seemed to tell me that I could choose only the one assigned to females. I’m sure I wasn’t alone in my frustration. There must have been lots of budding female architects and male chefs (of all colors) who felt the same way.So maybe it was more than coincidental that in the 1970s I became a writer of educational materials for children. In those burgeoning Women’s Liberation and Civil Rights days, elementary school textbooks deliberately began chipping away at traditionally monolithic gender and racial roles. We writers were creating multiethnic, multiracial stories about female airplane pilots and male nurses. The pedagogical theory driving our work was that educational materials should not only reflect the reality of the times but also help promote positive changes to that reality. Our approach was to mold young minds by offering them plots, characters, and attitudes we wanted to see incorporated into everyday life. Slowly, the barriers to what was possible for a girl or boy to be or do started to fall. New paradigms were created for working and living in community.Dick and Jane were growing up.Now Dick and Jane have reached elderhood. What scenarios are they living or want to live? In what ways are they being held back by the restrictive stories that society insists on telling about them? And how can we revise those stories in order to change social attitudes and expectations about aging?First, we have to deal with language, because the words we choose define the who, what, where, when, why, and how of any story.Look, Jane, look. You can look.Dick can play. See Dick play. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never heard young children express themselves using such stilted, oversimplified syntax. Perhaps the same is true of the stilted, outdated language used to describe older adults. We can’t even agree on terms that depict aging status. “Senior citizens”? “The elderly”? Most baby boomers reject these terms as ageist and patronizing. And what about describing active older adults as “spry”? Just like calling a young woman “perky” or a young man “bold,” applying such a term trivializes age by implying that a proactive, engaged person in his or her later years is an exception and not the more realistic rule.If we can’t agree on language that describes aging, can we at least agree on the kinds of activities older adults can and should be encouraged and expected to do? Just as I bristled at the implication that I shouldn’t be allowed to build a doghouse, I reject the premise that as an older adult I shouldn’t be allowed to work as long as I want at any job I am capable of doing, that my opinion shouldn’t be sought on matters of civic policy, that my time as a volunteer and my knowledge acquired from experience aren’t as valuable as those of persons decades younger.I bristle, too, that as an older adult, I am assumed to be needy (don’t we all need things from society?) but not also assumed to be a source for providing for the needs of others of all generations.Whether our culture accepts it or not, the reality is that older adults are here to stay –– for a lot longer than did previous elder generations –– and that we still have much to contribute to all aspects of our economic, political, and cultural experience.See Dick lead a county arts commission. See Jane create a small business. See Dick and Jane take part in all aspects of life.And thanks to them, see our society thrive.Related PostsMinka the AirBnBNestled into the shore of Lake Cayuga in Upstate New York sits the very first Minka. The Minka prototype was created for Haleigh Jane Thomas. Haleigh is now graciously sharing her Minka through Airbnb. Any Tribes of Eden fans out there? This is your chance to be hosted by the…The Over-Medication of Us, the ElderlyOver the past months,  several themes keep recurring on my blog. One repeated topic is the key way that diet and exercise affect our health and well-being. Another – and the focus of today’s post – is the potential harm that often results f…Adult Protection or Not?Helen arrived for her appointment with Jane, the service coordinator of her senior community. Jane commented on bruises on Helen’s face and arm. Helen explained that she argued with her sister a few of days ago and the sister had hit her several times. 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Focused ultrasound holds potential to be gamechanging technology for treating essential tremor

first_img Source:https://www.fusfoundation.org/ Jul 12 2018″Focused ultrasound has the potential to be a game-changing technology that could impact the lives of millions of people with serious medical disorders including essential tremor,” says Neal F. Kassell, MD, founder and chairman of the Focused Ultrasound Foundation and former Co-Chair of Neurosurgery at the University of Virginia.Dr. Kassell is available to media for comment on the recent NPR story, How Highly Focused Sound Waves Steadied A Farmer’s Trembling Hand.Focused ultrasound is an early-stage, noninvasive therapeutic technology with the potential to treat a variety of conditions. It may be used to target areas for treatment with a very high level of precision. In the case of essential tremor, specific areas of brain tissue may be destroyed in a much less invasive manner than traditional surgery.last_img read more

Inflection Biosciences dual mechanism inhibitor shows promise as treatment for CLL

first_img Source:http://www.inflectionbio.com/ Jul 17 2018Inflection Biosciences Ltd, a private company developing innovative therapeutics for cancer, today announced the publication of preclinical data showing the company’s dual mechanism PIM/PI3 kinase inhibitor IBL-202 has promise as a treatment for chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). This research has been published in the most recent issue of the peer-reviewed British Journal of Haematology.The preclinical research was conducted in collaboration with Dr. Oliver Giles Best of the Northern Blood Research Centre, Kolling Institute of Medical Research, University of Sydney, Australia, and a member of the CLL Australian Research Consortium (CLLARC), Sydney, Australia.Related StoriesHow cell-free DNA can be targeted to prevent spread of tumorsSugary drinks linked to cancer finds studyLiving with advanced breast cancerDespite significant advances in treatment, CLL remains an incurable disease. Given the growing body of evidence suggesting CLL cells may adapt to, survive and even proliferate under hypoxic conditions of the tumor microenvironment, new treatment options which are effective under these conditions are required.These published results show that IBL‐202 is cytotoxic against CLL cells under in vitro conditions that mimic the hypoxic tumor microenvironment. The publication also demonstrates the significant effects of IBL‐202 on CD49d and CXCR4 gene expression and on the migration, cycling and proliferation of CLL cells, suggesting the drug may significantly impair the migratory and proliferative capacity of the leukemic cells.Dr. Best, lead author on the publication, commented: “Collectively, this data demonstrates that dual inhibition of the PIM and PI3 kinases by IBL‐202 may be an effective strategy for targeting CLL cells, particularly within the environmental niches known to confer drug‐resistance.”last_img read more

New study aims to analyze potential health benefits of forests on humans

first_imgSource: http://www.uab.cat/web/newsroom/news-detail/pioneering-study-analyses-the-effects-of-forests-on-human-health–1345668003610.html?noticiaid=1345768349452 At the Hospital de Sant Celoni (4) The volunteers were invited to take a walk through the woods and saliva, blood and respiratory tract samples were taken at different moments of the day. (0) ICTA-UAB researcher Albert Bach gives some instructions to the volunteers (18) Jul 27 2018A group of volunteers participated in an experimental study which aimed to analyse the potential health benefits of forests on humans by determining their chemical influence. The research forms part of the project “Boscos sans per a una societat saludable” [Healthy Forests for a Healthy Society], conducted by the Institute for Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) and the Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications (CREAF) and funded by the “la Caixa” Foundation with the collaboration of the IrsiCaixa AIDS Research Institute, the Sant Celoni Hospital and Grup Duet.The project was born out of the growing social and scientific interest in the health benefits of being outdoors, both at physiological, psychological and emotional levels. Despite there being studies indicating possible physiological effects (stronger immune system, improvement in heart rate and blood pressure, reduction of cortisol levels, related with levels of stress, etc.), the evidence is not strong enough to provide a solid basis needed to demonstrate a direct and unique physiochemical effect on the body. This study aims to provide new scientific information which can solve the enigmas of this emerging discipline.The experimental study, created by ICTA-UAB researchers and funded by the “la Caixa” Foundation, highlights that the therapeutic effects of forests are not limited to the well-being felt when walking, but also include a possible interaction of the chemical components generated by a large part of the vegetation with our health. Among other aspects, these compounds are known to have bactericidal action. The study also investigates the potential effects of the forests’ microbiology on humans. IrsiCaixa collaborates in this aspect, by analysing the microbiota of the forests and of the volunteers participating.Related StoriesNew research links “broken heart syndrome” to cancerDon’t Miss the Blood-Brain Barrier Drug Delivery (B3DD) Summit this AugustHome-based support network helps stroke patients adjust after hospital dischargeThe objective was to contribute to the research by delving deeper into the role of forest chemistry and its possible effects on human health. The research will be based on an experimental line.The experimental part of the research will take place in the Mediterranean forests of holm oaks, cork oaks, pines and in beech tree forests, in areas of the Montseny Natural Park – Biosphere Reserve. Air samples are being taken in these areas and the chemical substances will be analysed and characterised, while the variations in concentrations depending on different variables such as species composition or forest management will also be studied.Experiment with volunteers in the MontsenyThe participatory phase began Friday 20 July in the holm oaks forests of Sant Bernat (Sant Celoni, Montseny), will determine how these substances enter and are metabolised by the human body after a walk through the woods and the effects these can have on the human organism. The trial phase with volunteers will include taking samples with which to analyse the chemistry and microbiology of the forest at that exact moment.The experiment was conducted with healthy volunteers aged 20 to 40. They were invited to take a walk through the woods and saliva, blood and respiratory tract samples were taken at different moments of the day. Attached fileslast_img read more

Large supercrystals may improve detection sensitivity for chemicals in explosives drugs

first_imgAug 2 2018Using an artful combination of nanotechnology and basic chemistry, Sandia National Laboratories researchers have encouraged gold nanoparticles to self-assemble into unusually large supercrystals that could significantly improve the detection sensitivity for chemicals in explosives or drugs.”Our supercrystals have more sensing capability than regular spectroscopy instruments currently in use, just like a dog’s nose has more sensing capabilities than a human’s,” said lead Sandia researcher Hongyou Fan.Other researchers previously reported forming gold supercrystals but only in the micron range, too small for commercial production, said Fan, whose submillimeter supercrystals are easily manipulated with industrial tools of the macroworld.Related StoriesOlympus Europe and Cytosurge join hands to accelerate drug development, single cell researchAn injection of nanoparticles for spinal cord injuriesHeat from nanoparticles zaps cancer cells from insideThe benchtop sensors, recently reported in Nature Communications, also are surprisingly inexpensive, Fan says. “The supercrystals are built of gold, but only a little of it.” It takes 0.012 grams of gold to form a sensor, for a total materials cost of roughly 50 cents.To form each of the Sandia supercrystals, millions of gold nanoparticles tightly self-assemble in orderly rows. The particles naturally develop facets — resembling those cut in diamonds by a jeweler — to exist at the lowest possible energy level needed to maintain the existence of the crystal.Crystal facets ‘bay’ like houndsThe facets are adept at recognizing and transmitting signals. They “bay” in groups like hounds — that is, emit a strong signal — when a predetermined external frequency is “sniffed.” That is because when a nanoparticle recognizes a band frequency and makes it resonate, that energy will pass to other nanoparticles, coupled by nearness and the local electromagnetic field. The alerted nanoparticles augment the response in a kind of echoing action, making noticeable what in less keen sensors may have passed unnoticed.The initial formation of the crystals involves dispersing gold particulates about 5 nanometers in diameter into a “good” solvent, toluene. They then are subjected to a bath in a “hostile” solvent, isopropanol, which the particles supersaturate and from which they are then ejected or precipitated.The ejected particles, refugees from the solution, then crystallize as small seeds. The growth of facets makes them available to respond to a wide variety of incoming chemical odors or light band frequencies.The proper concentrations of materials and particle immersion times are important factors in creating large crystals. The process may take as long as a week. Source:https://share-ng.sandia.gov/news/resources/news_releases/supercrystal_sensing/last_img read more

Take the weekly quiz on levitating objects mysterious fish migrations and more

first_img 0 Enter your email address to enter the sweepstakes: Your email has been submitted. An error occurred submitting the email. Please try again later. This email has already been entered. The email submitted is not a valid email. Submit Terms and Conditions Electric eel An error occurred loading the Quiz. Please try again later. Krieger waves Last week, what did scientists suggest we dump into the sky to cool the planet? Rice and raisins are too fiber-rich to trigger an immune reaction. American eel Korean barbecue Click to enter It’s full of FanDuel addicts. 50°C (122°F) Lynda Richardson/Corbis Time’s Up! 25 years Win a FREE Science t-shirt! Each week, we give one winner a free Science t-shirt! Just submit your email to enter. New winners are chosen each week, so if you’re not lucky this week, try again next week! Light waves 60°C (140°F). If growing carbon dioxide emissions continue unabated, some regions along the coast of the Persian Gulf may experience heat waves that are literally intolerable before the end of this century. Under such conditions, high temperatures in Kuwait City will top 60°C (140°F) during the summer sometime between 2071 and 2100. Moreover, temperatures exceeding 45°C (113°F) will be routine for many of the low-lying cities around the Persian Gulf. These sweltering conditions, when combined with the relatively high humidity found in coastal areas, can easily be fatal. In many cities of the region, it will be so muggy that even young, healthy people will have difficulty sweating to shed body heat. Another way to look at this region’s future climate: It’s about the perfect temperature for cooking all that cancer-causing bacon! November 2, 2015 Why are millions of people allergic to peanuts or pollen, but hardly anyone seems to have a reaction to rice or raisins? The Science Quiz Peanuts and pollen both contain the H2-allergase gene. Sound waves. Using a simple set of loudspeakers, scientists have figured out a way to levitate and rotate objects in midair. That feat isn’t surprising, as sound is a wave of pressure strong enough to move your eardrum. However, instead of audible sound, scientists used higher ultrasonic frequencies that are beyond the range of human hearing. When blared from loudspeakers in the right configuration, these sound waves combine to form a sonic scaffolding called an interference pattern—a sort of a force field that can hold a small object aloft. If perfected, this sonic tractor beam could be used for everything from treating kidney stones to creating artificial gravity on the International Space Station. Charon Simply enter your email here for the chance to win a free Science t-shirt! I understand that by entering this sweepstakes I am agreeing to receive occasional email or other contact from Science/AAAS about its respective programs and products. Science/AAAS agrees not to rent, sell, exchange, or give your information to any third party without permission. Approximately how many years has China’s one-child policy—effectively abolished last week—been in place? White bread The faster you answer, the higher your score! Results: You answered out of correctly – Click to revisit Bourbon Titon Jet fuel exhaust Diamond dust. Climate scientists just came up with the latest idea for reducing solar radiation, which heats our world for better and for worse. Similar to the way volcanic dust and contrails already cool the planet, diamond dust in the atmosphere could help scatter solar radiation and reflect it back into space, say some scientists. They add that this method—if ever used—would be better for the environment than other geoengineering proposals, which include spraying sulfates directly into the atmosphere. It would also be better for the arts—Lucy in the sky with sulfates just doesn’t have the right ring! Enceladus. Cassini has been buzzing by Saturn and its moons since it started its survey of the ringed planet in 2005. The sixth-largest of the moons, Enceladus is encased in ice that covers a global ocean about 10 kilometers thick. The ocean, which shoots to the surface through more than 100 geysers in the moon’s southern polar region, is thought to be one of the solar system’s likeliest candidates for alien life. Just last week, Cassini made its deepest dive yet into one of the geysers—only 49 kilometers above the moon’s surface—to sample its contents. As the data are sent back to Earth, they should give us a fuller picture of the plumes’ makeup. But scientists say you shouldn’t expect to see signs of life—yet. 45 years Top Ranker For the first time, scientists have tracked the mysterious migration route of this fish. What is it? 15 years You Peanuts and pollen carry molecules similar to those of parasitic worms. A new study shows that these common allergens share 2445 proteins with parasites like flatworms, hookworms, ticks, and even mites. Scientists have long thought that allergies—which involve an immune reaction to certain substances—evolved to defend humans and animals against parasites. In developed countries, where people’s immune systems are hardly ever confronted by such parasites, scientists hypothesized the immune system might begin targeting other molecules by mistake, causing allergic reactions. This is the first systematic evidence of such a link, and the finding may lead to tools that can help predict which foods might trigger allergic reactions. Triton 0 / 10 Kenya Speaking of moons, what is the name of the satellite that NASA spacecraft Cassini kissed with its instruments at the end of last week? Sulfuric acid Start Quiz Rice and raisins have been bred for nonallergenic traits. According to a new report, how hot might temperatures get in the Persian Gulf before the end of the century? Bad joke eel 45°C (113°F) 55°C (131°F) Where did researchers find a skeleton that might unseat the current “first ancestor” of living apes and humans? 60°C (140°F) How did you score on the quiz? Challenge your friends to a science news duel! Sound waves Spain. Scientists dug up the diminutive ape skeleton from a trash pit just outside Barcelona in 2011. The 11.6 million-year-old fossil has traits that link it to all apes and humans—yet it is much smaller than scientists expected for the “mother of all apes.” Until now, that honor has gone to Proconsul, a large-bodied, 18 million-year-old primate from Kenya. If the researchers are right, and our oldest ancestor was not the massive beast we thought, it might be worth remembering that sometimes size doesn’t matter. Seismic waves Score Enceladus Hydrochlorofluorocarbons Diamond dust LOADING It’s full of unwashed undergarments. Official rules for the News from Science weekly quiz sweepstakes What food are you unlikely to give up, despite its increased likelihood of giving you cancer? China Scientists have been able to levitate an object using what kind of energy? NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute Question November 2, 2015 The Science Quiz Take the quiz to enter for a chance to win a FREE Science t-shirt! Learn More Share your score Spain 35 years. That’s a long time to wait if you’re yearning for a second child! Last week, the Chinese Communist Party announced as part of its 13th 5-year plan that all Chinese couples will now be permitted to have two children. The previous policy, introduced nationally in 1979, is estimated to have prevented about 400 million births. But the switch doesn’t mean that couples are going to be churning out the babies just yet. When the government relaxed the policy 2 years ago, allowing only-child couples to have two children, very few took them up on the offer. Average Peanuts and pollen carry molecules similar to parasitic worms. Bacon 35 years South Africa What’s the little known, dirty story about the International Space Station? It’s full of fungi and bacteria. A new study has found compelling evidence that microorganisms from human skin are present throughout the station, and some of the bugs could cause serious harm to astronauts. After sequencing used air filters and vacuum cleaner bags from the space station, scientists found that nearly 100% of bacteria in the filters was from the Actinobacteria phylum, compared to just 25% in similar filters on Earth. On its face, that doesn’t mean the astronauts will be facing a microbial apocalypse any time soon. But it does mean that NASA will be working hard to analyze any threats that might emerge in the space station’s “built environment.” FanDuel is probably not on the list of those threats. Moray eel It’s full of fungi and bacteria. It’s full of Fabio posters. American eel. For more than a century, every sailor worth his salt knew that somewhere in the shallows of the Sargasso Sea, home to the infamous Bermuda Triangle, the eels spawned. But how did they get there? For the first time, scientists have tracked American eels all the way from their freshwater haunts in Nova Scotia, Canada, to their salty spawning grounds, nearly 1600 kilometers to the south. Using tracking devices that measured water temperature and depth, the scientists found that the eels migrate in two phases: First, they wriggle back and forth between the surface waters and the bottom along the continental shelf, possibly sampling the salinity and temperature of deeper waters to figure out their location. Then, after the eels pass the edge of the shelf, they make a beeline southward, swimming near the ocean’s surface at night and diving to depths of about 700 meters during the day, possibly to avoid predators. Bacon. According to a new report by the World Health Organization (WHO), eating processed meats like bacon, sausage, and hot dogs raises the risk of colon cancer. So much so, they are now listed as a Group 1 carcinogen, a group that includes alcohol, asbestos, and tobacco. As for unprocessed red meat? “Probably carcinogenic,” WHO says. But it’s worth remembering, says a notable comedian, that the generation that smoked, lived in asbestos houses, and drank more than they should have also managed to go to the moon.last_img read more

Deep Space Network glitches worry scientists

first_img Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) It’s worked so well for so many years that people do take it for granted. Are proper investments being made so we can continue to? The Cassini incident was one of several recent glitches in the Deep Space Network (DSN), NASA’s complex of large radio antennas in California, Spain, and Australia. For more than 50 years, the DSN has been the lifeline for nearly every spacecraft beyond Earth’s orbit, relaying commands from mission control and receiving data from distant probes. On 30 September, in a meeting at NASA headquarters, officials will brief planetary scientists on the network’s status. Many are worried, based on anecdotal reports, that budget cuts and age have taken a toll that could endanger the complex maneuvers that Cassini and Juno, a spacecraft now at Jupiter, will require over the next year.”Everyone is concerned that there is a problem,” says Larry Nittler, a planetary scientist at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C. NASA’s science advisory committee is also likely to take the issue up, adds its chair, Brad Peterson, an astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. As NASA launches increasingly complex and data-hungry missions, Peterson says, “the need for DSN is only going to increase.” Clive Neal, lunar scientist at the University of Notre Dame For most of its life, the network, run by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, has been metronomic in its reliability. Its three sites, spaced 120° apart around the globe, all have a 70-meter dish built in the 1960s or ’70s, and several newer, 34-meter dishes, which can be arrayed together to match the larger dishes’ downlink performance. The network allows continuous contact with spacecraft anywhere in the solar system—or beyond it, as in the case of Voyager 1, which officially entered interstellar space in 2013. Currently, 35 missions rely on the DSN.Ironically, the glitches this past December and January largely stemmed from problems with the network’s newest 34-meter antenna, DSS-35, in Canberra, which began operating in 2014, NASA says. Rain and dust compromised an instrument that helps aim it, several other pointing components overheated, and contaminants leaked into a cryogenic refrigerator used to cool an amplifier. NASA says these problems have mostly been fixed, and the Canberra station’s reliability will increase when its next 34-meter antenna, DSS-36, begins operating on 1 October.Staffing issues have also compounded the hardware problems. In January, the Magnetospheric Multiscale mission, which measures the boundary between Earth’s magnetic field and the solar wind, was, like Cassini, having trouble connecting to DSS-35. Communications could have shifted to another Canberra antenna. But on 22 January, a snowstorm shut down the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. No one was there to reconfigure the spacecraft, and so the retrieval of a day’s worth of data was delayed.Pete Vrotsos, a deputy program manager at NASA’s Space Communications and Navigation office in Washington, D.C., which oversees the network, says that in January, the network still delivered 95% of both outbound and incoming signals, its minimum goal. Since then, he says, it has nearly returned to its typical 99% reliability. Still, many scientists worry about the network’s future.It’s no secret that, like many parts of the federal government, it has been asked to do more with less. In 2009, network managers began a plan to find $227 million in efficiencies to help pay for upgrades, like the construction of the new 34-meter dishes. But in 2013, as these plans were underway, NASA asked the DSN to cut its budget by $100 million over 7 years. In late 2015, the DSN was asked to find further cuts. “If you look at NASA’s budget for the DSN it tends to go down in time, rather than up,” said Leslie Deutsch, deputy director of JPL’s interplanetary network directorate, in an August presentation to a NASA working group.These cuts do not hit day-to-day operations, Vrotsos says. “Our first, second, and third job is to return all the science data possible.” But they have delayed the start of new antennas and transmitters in Madrid and California, and they could complicate repairs to cracking, degraded concrete in the pedestals of two Madrid dishes. Last year, a report from NASA’s Office of Inspector General warned that these postponements could jeopardize the network’s reliability, especially for older missions, like Voyager 1 and 2, that depend on congested radio bands only supported by some of the network’s older dishes.If there’s hope for further investment in deep-space communication, it might be international: In 2013, the European Space Agency (ESA) finished its own 120° network of 35-meter antennas in Spain, Australia, and Argentina, which now communicates with ESA missions like Rosetta, Gaia, and Mars Express, and also backs up the NASA network. India and Japan have individual antennas to communicate with their missions, and NASA has been in talks with South Korea and the United Arab Emirates as potential DSN partners.Further on, JPL plans to save money by operating the antennas remotely rather than staffing each location continuously. It also plans to move to an internet-inspired scheme for transmitting data packets that is more tolerant of faults.Meanwhile, NASA has begun testing laser-based systems as possible successors to radio transmissions. Optical signals, with wavelengths 10,000 times shorter than radio waves, allow far higher rates of data transmission and aren’t subject to interference from Earth’s cacophonous radio bands. As a result, the transmitters can be small, light, and energy efficient. (However, clouds can easily block the signals, which means that low-Earth-orbit relay satellites may be needed for an “interplanetary internet.”)For now, scientists want to be certain the DSN has the support it needs to stay in the background, says Clive Neal, a lunar scientist at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. “It’s worked so well for so many years that people do take it for granted,” he says. “Are proper investments being made so we can continue to?”*Correction, 30 September 2016, 10:36 a.m.: A previous caption incorrectly suggested that a picture showing a 34-meter dish was a 70-meter dish at the same NASA complex. Email Deep Space Network glitches worry scientists Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! 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Cassini’s thrusters would burn for less than a minute to torque it into a new orbit, but fuel was scarce and every second mattered. When the moment came for an uplink, the radio signal connecting the spacecraft to Earth went haywire. By the time a fix came, Cassini had missed its mark.A day later, managers did get the spacecraft moving toward polar orbit. There had been no problem with Cassini. The problem was on Earth. By Paul VoosenSep. 29, 2016 , 9:00 AMlast_img read more

Darroux says government is working with MMCE to build Marigot Hospital

first_imgShareTweetSharePinHealth Minister Dr. Kenneth Darroux. File photoHealth Minister, Dr. Kenneth Darroux is applauding the government’s decision to begin construction of the Marigot Hospital and has said that the project will be pre-designed by Montreal Management Consultants Est (MMCE)   Prime Minister Skerrit said recently that the government was considering using local funds to build the hospital because of the delay in receiving the funds which were committed by Mexico for that purpose.“As you have heard, the Honourable Prime Minister uttered that we are seriously contemplating on using local funds to do at least the infrastructure and I really would like to clarify that we are not abandoning Mexico’s project,” Darroux said. He added, “The long drawn out period in construction and of course, we’re all aware of the real anxiety, political and otherwise, this would have caused the residents in that particular attachment area. I think the decision to begin the hospital on our own, I think was long coming.  I said that and people misinterpreted it but from where I stood, I think it was a very good decision.”The Health Minister said that the government was meeting with the project manager of MMCE,…..”to now come up with a design that the Ministry of Health can now pore over and assign a fund. We are not abandoning the funds from Mexico; we will now allocate it towards buying equipment.”The Mexican government has committed five million dollars toward the construction of the hospital.last_img read more

SC fixes plea challenging Maharashtra CMs election for final disposal on Jul

first_img Maharashtra Cabinet makes exception for CM’s ‘pet’ project, to extend Rs 4,000-cr govt guarantee for raising loan Related News Advertising A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose said that it will list the plea for final disposal on July 23.The bench was hearing a petition filed by one Satish Ukey seeking annulment of Fadnavis’s election to the Maharashtra Assembly on the ground of alleged non-disclosure of all pending criminal cases against him.Earlier, the apex court had issued a notice to the chief minister on an appeal by Ukey against a Bombay High Court order which had dismissed his plea challenging the election of Fadnavis. By PTI |New Delhi | Updated: July 3, 2019 4:42:07 pm supreme court, devendra fadnavis, maharashtra, maharashtra chief minister, criminal cases, maharashtra assembly, ranjan gogoi, election, indian express news The petitioner had alleged that Fadnavis, in his election affidavit filed in 2014, had failed to disclose the pendency of two criminal cases against him. (Source: File)The Supreme Court Wednesday fixed for final disposal a plea challenging the election of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to the state assembly for alleged non-disclosure of pending criminal cases against him in the nomination papers. Advertising E-way toll collection to continue, activists remind CM of promise 0 Comment(s) Fadnavis balances Maratha quota: Offers general category fee aid, more seats The petitioner had alleged that Fadnavis, in his election affidavit filed in 2014, had failed to disclose the pendency of two criminal cases against him.It was contended that the chief minister did not disclose the information as required of him under the election law and the non-disclosure of these two pending criminal cases was in violation of Section 125A of the Representation of People’s Act of 1951 and constituted an offence in itself.The two cases of alleged cheating and forgery were filed against Fadnavis in 1996 and 1998 but charges were not framed.last_img read more

AAP MLA Prakash Jarwal claims he was shot at during an event

first_img AAP delhi, Prakash Jarwal, Aam Aadmi Party, aap mlas delhi, aap delhi mla, prakash jarwal shot, Shani Bazaar AAP MLA Prakash Jarwal (Source: Twitter/ANI news)AAP MLA Prakash Jarwal has alleged that three shots were fired at him on Wednesday during an event in south Delhi’s Shani Bazaar area, a claim denied by the police. Jarwal claimed that he was shot at on Sunday as well in south Delhi’s Sangam Vihar. After Masood Azhar blacklisting, more isolation for Pakistan Karnataka trust vote today: Speaker’s call on resignations, says SC, but gives rebel MLAs a shield By PTI |New Delhi | Published: July 10, 2019 5:07:58 pm The police, however, said they had not received any written complaint about the incident from the AAP MLA. Prakash Jarwal claimed that he was shot at on Wednesday by an illegal alcohol distributor, who had been chasing him for the past three days.He alleged that despite asking the police for security, no action was taken in this regard.  “My life is in danger. I was previously attacked on Sunday and informed police about it but nothing was done,” he said. Jarwal stated he would formally lodge a complaint with the police.Deputy Commissioner of Police (South), Vijay Kumar said they have not received any written compliant.The CCTV footage collected from the spot does not show any incident of firing, the officer said, adding further investigation is underway. Virat Kohli won’t have a say in choosing new coach Top News Advertising Post Comment(s)last_img read more

Raj Thackeray Sonia Gandhis surprise meet sparks political buzz

first_img Advertising Advertising Advertising Congress leader Sushil Kumar Shinde refused to comment on the issue.Deshpande said, “I got to learn from MNS leaders the two issues were discussed during the meeting. Firstly, Raj had sought the help of Sonia Gandhi as UPA chairperson to lead the opposition’s charge against EVMs. Besides this, the assembly election tie-up was also discussed. Thackeray apparently tried to send out a message to the Congress state leaders that he had a direct hotline to the top Congress leader.” Raj Thackeray meets sonia gandhi, Raj Thackeray sonia gandhi meeting, Raj Thackeray, sonia gandhi, shiv sena, congress ncp alliance, mns MNS chief Raj Thackeray met Congress UPA chief Sonia Gandhi. (ANI)MNS chief Raj Thackeray’s meeting with UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi on Monday has taken political circles by surprise. Not only Congress leaders in the state but even MNS leaders apparently had no clue about  Thackeray’s meeting with Gandhi during the former’s first visit to the national capital in 14 years. NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik denied NCP’s participation in the meeting. “No, we do not anything about the meeting,” he said.The meeting between the two leaders also sparked speculations whether the Congress-NCP alliance would now be willing to accommodate MNS on board for the ensuing assembly elections. During the Lok Sabha elections, NCP was in favour of aligning with MNS.However, Congress leader Ashok Chavan expressed concerns over ideological differences with MNS. Thackeray had even held a series of rallies where he launched a diatribe against Modi-Shah duo.Malik, however, said if MNS was ready to join Congress-NCP alliance, his party will welcome the development. “We have always been in favour of Congress-NCP joining hands with MNS,” he said. Facing leadership crisis, Sonia Gandhi calls meeting of Congress MPs tomorrow NCP too said it had no idea about the meeting.“No, we had no clue about his proposed meeting with Sonia Gandhi,” said MNS spokesperson Sandeep Deshpande.Asked whether Thackeray had taken any prior appointment or sought the help of any prominent Congress leader, Deshpande said, “We don’t have any clue but yes, he must have taken a prior appointment. His meeting has surprised all the MNS leaders.” Written by Manoj Dattatrye More | Pune | Updated: July 10, 2019 5:08:01 pm Virat Kohli won’t have a say in choosing new coach Sonia Gandhi opposes Railways proposal to corporatise production units Taking stock of monsoon rain Related News Piyush Goyal slams Congess over corporatisation of Rae Bareli coach factory Best Of Express Karnataka trust vote today: Speaker’s call on resignations, says SC, but gives rebel MLAs a shield More Explained 10 Comment(s) Thackeray was in Delhi to meet Election Commission officials to press for the use of ballot papers, instead of EVMs, during the forthcoming state assembly elections. While he briefed reporters on his meeting with the poll panel, he did not provide details of his talks with the Congress leader.“So far, Thackeray has not revealed whether he discussed the issue of assembly elections with Sonia Gandhi. He has not spoken about the issue at all,” an MNS leader said.Speaking on similar lines, Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant said, “We too learnt it from the media.” The party said no leader was involved in setting up the meeting between the two leaders.Rumours of NCP chief Sharad Pawar and senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel helping to arrange the meeting are also doing the rounds. Political analyst Abhay Deshpande said, “I believe if not Sharad Pawar, then Ahmed Patel must have brought the two leaders together. This is because Ahmed Patel was present during Thackeray’s son Amit’s wedding in Mumbai in January.” Meanwhile, Shiv Sena taunted Thackeray over his meeting with Gandhi. “If CM Devendra Fadnavis and Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray visit Pandharpur for Vithal’s darshan, what is wrong in that same…we don’t keep a diary of who met whom in New Delhi,” it said. After Masood Azhar blacklisting, more isolation for Pakistan last_img read more

Maharashtra Woman starved for 50 days for treasure husband among two held

first_imgThe ordeal unfolded last year at Shegaon village in Chimur tehsil, police said.“The woman had got married in August 2018. A self-proclaimed godman had advised the woman’s husband and her in-laws that they would get ‘hidden treasure’ if she is starved and made to perform certain rituals. From the first day of her marital life, they started harassing the woman by forcing her to perform vedic rituals on a tortoise, among other things,” an official of Shegaon police station said.“She was physically and mentally tortured and forced to survive on very small quantity of food for 50 days. During that time, they also made her perform ‘puja’ daily from 2.45 am till dawn. Her in-laws would thrash her if she committed any mistake during the rituals,” he added. By PTI |Chandrapur | Published: July 11, 2019 9:57:52 am Karnataka trust vote today: Speaker’s call on resignations, says SC, but gives rebel MLAs a shield After Masood Azhar blacklisting, more isolation for Pakistan Post Comment(s) Advertising Advertising Karnataka trust vote today: Speaker’s call on resignations, says SC, but gives rebel MLAs a shield Mumbai, Mumbai news, Woman starved for treasure, Chandrapur, Chandrapur Woman starved, Indian Express, latest news The ordeal unfolded last year at Shegaon village in Chimur tehsil, police said. (Representational Image)A woman was allegedly forced to survive on minimal food for around 50 days by her husband for finding a ‘hidden treasure’ on the advice of a self-proclaimed godman in Chandrapur district of Maharashtra, police said Wednesday.center_img Best Of Express Virat Kohli won’t have a say in choosing new coach According to the official, her mobile phone was also snatched by them to snap her communication with parents.“However, her father suspected that something was amiss and visited her house. He was shocked to find his daughter in dire condition. Thereafter, he took her along to his house, where she narrated her ordeal,” the official added.After coming to know about the incident, the Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (Maharashtra Blind faith Eradication Committee) approached the police and sought action against the woman’s husband, in-laws and others.A complaint was lodged Tuesday and the woman’s husband and the self-proclaimed godman were arrested on Wednesday, S P Borkute, assistant police inspector (API) of Shegaon police station, said. Virat Kohli won’t have a say in choosing new coach After Masood Azhar blacklisting, more isolation for Pakistan “The duo was booked under section 498 (A) (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty) and under various sections of the Maharashtra Prevention and Eradication of Human Sacrifice and other Inhuman, Evil and Aghori Practices and Black Magic Act, 2013,” the API said.They will be produced before a local court Thursday, Borkute said, adding that further investigation into the case is on. Top News last_img read more

Learn to listen Owaisi sahab Amit Shah to Hyderabad MP over NIA

first_img Advertising By PTI |New Delhi | Published: July 15, 2019 9:05:31 pm What’s changing in NIA: Wider jurisdiction, more offences, faster trial Lok Sabha nod to NIA Bill, Amit Shah says won’t misuse Lok Sabha passes bill to strengthen NIA, Amit Shah says Modi govt wants to uproot terrorism The verbal duel between the two leaders started during a discussion on the National Investigation Agency (Amendment) Bill when opposition members including Owaisi started interrupting BJP’s Satyapal Singh.Singh alleged that the then Hyderabad Police commissioner was asked by a political leader of the state to change the course of investigation in a particular case else he could be transferred out, adding that he is aware of the development as at that time he was Mumbai police commissioner.Objecting to his claim, Owaisi, an MP from Hyderabad, demanded that Singh should place on the table of the House all records related to his claim. Related News On this, Shah got up from his seat and said treasury members did not disturb opposition members during their speeches so they should also do the same.Pointing out at Owaisi, Shah said opposition members should have the patience to listen to others point of view. Owaisi got agitated and asked Shah to not point a finger at him and said he cannot be frightened.In response, Shah said he is not trying to frighten him and just saying that opposition members should have the patience to listen to the counter view. “When you have fear in your mind, then what can I do,” he hit back. amit shah, home minister amit shah, asaduddin owaisi, aimim, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen, amit shah owaisi, owaisi amit shah, parliament monsoon session, parliament session, nia bill, nia amendment bill, india news, Indian Express Pointing out at Owaisi, Shah said opposition members should have the patience to listen to others point of view. (PTI))Lok Sabha Monday witnessed a spat between Home Minister Amit Shah and AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi, after the BJP chief pointed out to the Hyderabad MP, asking him to “learn to listen” and asserting that he is not frightening anyone but cannot help when someone has fear in their minds. Advertising 19 Comment(s)last_img read more

Fetal tissue is gold standard for key studies NIH workshop concludes

first_img By Meredith WadmanDec. 19, 2018 , 7:30 PM Major scientific advances have been made in understanding infectious disease pathogenesis and development of therapeutics using HIS mouse models made with human fetal tissue. No single humanized immune system model is universally appropriate or optimal for all applications. Various models can recapitulate key aspects of human T cell immunity; existing models are less able to recapitulate human innate immunity and antibody responses regardless of tissue source. Improvements in modeling antibody responses should be a focus of future work and may be particularly important for advances in vaccinology and in modeling infectious, autoimmune, and allergic diseases. Few direct comparisons have been conducted of HIS mice derived using fetal vs. non-fetal human tissue sources. Meeting participants included investigators working on fetal tissue-derived and non-fetal tissue-derived HIS models. Considering published data and other information shared at this meeting, participants expressed the opinion that fetal tissue-derived HIS models remain the “gold standard” to which other model systems should be compared. This preference is based on the preponderance of data indicating superior engraftment, differentiation, survival and function of the adaptive immune cells (particularly T cells) in fetal tissue-derived models. Following the breakout sessions, there was strong opinion that work should proceed on a variety of models derived with fetal tissues or from alternative sources. Biological scientists currently have no better alternatives to using fetal tissue to give mice humanlike immune systems, concluded scientists who convened yesterday at a National Institutes of Health (NIH) workshop to discuss the issue. Such humanized mice “remain the ‘gold standard’” for many kinds of studies, the scientists said, and any alternative animal model should be tested against such mice before being widely adopted, according to a report on the closed-door workshop issued tonight by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), NIH’s parent department.The workshop came amidst a growing storm surrounding humanized mice, which are often created using human fetal tissue from elective abortions that would otherwise be discarded. Antiabortion groups are pushing President Donald Trump’s administration to stop funding research involving human fetal tissue. And they are calling on Trump to fire NIH Director Francis Collins, who last week spoke out on the need for such research.In response to pressure from abortion opponents, in September, HHS announced it was launching a review of federally funded fetal tissue research. It canceled one contract that the Food and Drug Administration relied on to generate humanized mice for drug testing. It has also taken steps to stop some NIH laboratories from acquiring new fetal tissue. And earlier this month, NIH announced it would be spending $20 million over the next 2 years to study alternatives to humanized mice and other uses of fetal tissue in research. The following is a summary of the workshop, Recent Advances and Opportunities in the Development and Use of Humanized Immune System Mouse Models. This summary reflects the opinions of the meeting participants. It does not represent the official position of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services nor the National Institutes of Health. On December 18, 2018, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), in coordination with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of the Director and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), conducted a workshop to assess recent advances and opportunities in the development and use of humanized immune system (HIS) mouse models, in which the immune system of the mouse is partially replaced with human immune cells and tissues. Participants included leading scientists in the fields of immune system development and function, transplant immunology, autoimmunity, and infectious disease research. Adm. Brett Giroir, Assistant Secretary of Health at HHS, welcomed the participants and described HHS interest in this area, including a clearer understanding of the limitations and adequacy of existing HIS models, and the possibility of developing scientifically validated alternatives to the use of human fetal tissue. Dr. Daniel Rotrosen, Director of NIAID’s Division of Allergy, Immunology and Transplantation, provided an overview of the workshop goals and expected topics of discussion, including: evaluation of the features, strengths and limitations of current HIS mouse models; procedures to compare HIS models made from fetal and non-fetal tissue sources; and studies that would be required to fully characterize and standardize these models.  Dr. Lawrence Tabak, NIH Principal Deputy Director, provided brief introductory comments on behalf of NIH.Dr. Leonard Shultz of the Jackson Laboratory provided a comprehensive summary of HIS mouse model development and usage from 1988 to the present. In the breakout sessions that followed, participants discussed the strengths and limitations of various HIS mouse models and provided opinions on ways to optimize HIS models for the development of vaccines and therapeutics for infectious and immune-mediated diseases and cancer. The meeting participants reconvened for reports from the two breakout groups and a final discussion that resulted in the following summary points: Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country Email Correction, 20 December 2018, 1:17 p.m.: Our original story misattributed the quote beginning “NIAID will not pause or ban funding of fetal tissue research..” It was said by HHS’s Brett Giroir, not NIAID’s Daniel Rotrosen. Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Here is the HHS summary of the workshop: Fetal tissue is ‘gold standard’ for key studies, NIH workshop concludes Country * Afghanistan Aland Islands Albania Algeria Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia, Plurinational State of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Bouvet Island Brazil British Indian Ocean Territory Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Christmas Island Cocos (Keeling) Islands Colombia Comoros Congo Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Cook Islands Costa Rica Cote d’Ivoire Croatia Cuba Curaçao Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Faroe Islands Fiji Finland France French Guiana French Polynesia French Southern Territories Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Gibraltar Greece Greenland Grenada Guadeloupe Guatemala Guernsey Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Heard Island and McDonald Islands Holy See (Vatican City State) Honduras Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran, Islamic Republic of Iraq Ireland Isle of Man Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jersey Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Lao People’s Democratic Republic Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macao Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Martinique Mauritania Mauritius Mayotte Mexico Moldova, Republic of Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Montserrat Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands New Caledonia New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Niue Norfolk Island Norway Oman Pakistan Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Pitcairn Poland Portugal Qatar Reunion Romania Russian Federation Rwanda Saint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Martin (French part) Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Sint Maarten (Dutch part) Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands South Sudan Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Svalbard and Jan Mayen Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syrian Arab Republic Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania, United Republic of Thailand Timor-Leste Togo Tokelau Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Turks and Caicos Islands Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of Vietnam Virgin Islands, British Wallis and Futuna Western Sahara Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe This summary is not intended to prejudge the outcome of the HHS audit. Those potential mouse alternatives were the subject of yesterday’s workshop in Rockville, Maryland, which was sponsored by NIH’s National Institute on Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and attended by several dozen scientists. According to HHS’s workshop report (see below), the researchers said a “preponderance of data” supports a preference for using humanized mice to test certain kinds of drugs and explore diseases including HIV/AIDS. Those data, it states, indicate the mice are superior to other mice that don’t rely on engrafted fetal tissue, because the transplanted tissue takes root better, differentiates better, and survives and functions better.But this conclusion, HHS emphasized in its statement, “is not intended to pre-judge the outcome” of the department’s ongoing review of fetal tissue research.In an additional statement tonight to ScienceInsider, an HHS spokesperson also contradicted a report published yesterday by The Washington Post that the department has reversed a decision to limit one relevant federal contract. Earlier this month, HHS told researchers who execute a key NIH contract to develop humanized mice at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), that their funding would be renewed for just 90 days, not the usual 1 year. The Post reported that restriction was being lifted. But HHS said today that the UCSF “contract remains on the 90-day extension to ensure continuity of service until the audit is completed and a final decision can be made about the contract.”In response to a question from ScienceInsider, an HHS spokesperson again declined to address whether the HHS review, being led by Assistant Secretary for Health Brett Giroir, will next examine the scores of NIH grants to university researchers that involve fetal tissue. These extramural grants represent about $80 million of the roughly $100 million that NIH estimates it spends on research projects that use fetal tissue.The HHS spokesperson confirmed that Giroir, in addressing the scientists at yesterday’s workshop, told them the administration had not decided to halt any NIH funding. Rather, he said, the question is under review.But according to one workshop participant, immunologist Irving Weissman of Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, who joined the meeting by phone, Giroir assured the scientists at the meeting that their research is not in danger. In an email, Weissman said he told participants that “NIAID will not pause or ban funding of fetal tissue research so long as there is no profit motive, so long as there is proper informed consent for the disposition of the fetal remains for research, and so long as the consent laws are consistent within each individual state’s laws on the issue.” (The NIAID funds many, but not nearly all, of the scores of NIH research projects that rely in some measure on fetal tissue.)Those statements, first reported by the Post, provoked outrage today among abortion opponents. They said it was the second time senior federal officials “have jumped ahead of the Administration’s ongoing audit process—both times reaching conclusions that are out of step with the President’s pro-life agenda,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List in Washington, D.C., in a statement. “If these statements are allowed to stand, and policy continues unchanged, it would be the first time the Trump Administration has broken with the pro-life movement. Pro-life voters do not want to foot the bill for any research that involves harvesting the body parts of unborn children from induced abortion.”Yesterday, other antiabortion groups also called for the ouster of Collins, who last week made comments defending fetal tissue research. “Director Collins must be replaced with someone who recognizes that children who are killed by abortion should be mourned, not experimented on,” Lila Rose, the director of the abortion-opposing group Live Action said in a statement yesterday. “Collins’ actions are inconsistent with the pro-life policies of this administration and with the consensus of Americans who oppose entangling taxpayer dollars with abortion. It is time for his departure,” said Jeanne Mancini, president of March for Life in Washington, D.C., in a statement.So far, those calls have not elicited any public response from HHS or the White House.last_img read more

CEO Ousters Is Elon Musk Next

first_imgFor pretty much my entire career, CEOs have been almost invulnerable. Even when Steve Jobs, Apple’s founder and lead spokesperson, tried to get then-CEO John Scully fired from Apple, he lost and got fired himself.I’ve watched CEOs at companies with zero-tolerance employee dating policies have affairs with subordinates and get a pass. (At Intel this was so bad it seemed like an unofficial CEO perk.) Even though Jobs went behind his board’s back to issue himself stock options, he survived that during his term as CEO.Holy crap — have things changed. Almost every week, another CEO bites the dust for misbehavior. Last week it was brand new Texas Instruments CEO Brian Crutcher. The week before it was Papa John’s CEO John Shnatter (which I think was an obvious coup).Other than the U.S.president, the CEO who is acting out the most right now and still has his job is Elon Musk. (Without any proof, he accused one of the heroic divers who carried out the Thai cave rescue of being a pedophile.) That leads me to wonder whether Musk is next.I’ll share some thoughts on that possibility and close with my product of the week: the Fitbit Versa, which appears to be the best fitness smartwatch in market. It’s closer to Steve Jobs’ Apple ideal than the Apple Watch is. Fitbit Versa When Brian Krzanich got fired, I pointed out that the likely reason he had been put into the role — one that he obviously would not succeed in — was that Intel’s board was badly formed. I clearly was not the first to come to that relatively easy conclusion.The recent list of CEO firings indicates that boards have not been husbanding their companies well. They have been selecting CEOs who shouldn’t have the job, or they’ve been scapegoating CEOs for problems that encompass the entire board.One of the problems with a hot market is that the people running the firms seem to get the impression they can do no wrong, and the increase in personal wealth causes them to take their eyes off the ball.In addition, many start to think they are above the law, and they drift to bad management practices and horrid governance. If this doesn’t get fixed, I expect not only that the next market correction might be unusually painful, but also that a scary number of industries effectively will move out of the U.S.So, while I increasingly expect that Elon Musk will lose his CEO jobs — much like Uber’s CEO and founder lost his leadership role at Uber — I also think the heart of the problem may be with Musk’s boards — and just getting Musk to move on won’t save his firms. Given how big a footprint Musk has on the future of the U.S., you might argue he is too big to fail. Yet if something isn’t done to refocus him on his businesses, his failure is unavoidable. The CEO Termination Feeding Frenzy I’ve long expected the market to turn on CEOs and put them on the endangered list for employees, largely because their compensation has become unreasonably large. It really looks irresponsible, if not negligent, for boards to pay some of these folks — particularly those running companies that can’t seem to spell profit — massive amounts of money.Instead of being humble about it, many of these folks seem to want to rub their employees’ noses in this fact. I was particularly taken aback by Brian Krzanich, Intel’s now ex-CEO. While announcing a layoff, he argued that he needed to be paid millions more because he was underpaid. It was the modern equivalent of the Marie Antoinette “let them eat cake” event. Given that she was beheaded, I expected his term to end badly — and it did.Lately CEOs have been dropping like flies even though it’s often not known why the guys — and yes, they are mostly men — have been fired. The implication is that most of them were behaving badly in connection with some female employee. However, as with any feeding frenzy, you are likely to see some CEOs who likely shouldn’t have been fired get caught in the melee.John Schnatter may have been someone who just got picked up in passing and he’s pissed. Yes, he used the “n-word,” but in context it wasn’t a racist statement. It was just one he should have avoided.Yes, he shouldn’t have said it, but given that he was on record as having avoided using a celebrity because that celebrity used the word, Schnatter shouldn’t have lost his job. This one looks like his board just wanted him out. They may find that messing with rich people who own a huge chunk of the company whose board they serve on could end badly. Wrapping Up: We Have a Board Problem The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ECT News Network.center_img I was one of the first users of the old Fitbit, and a year or so ago I swapped my Fitbit for a Huawei smartwatch that sort of sucked as it aged. It was a good watch, but its connectivity left a lot to be desired.I recently switched back to Fitbit with its latest Versa product, which my wife gave me for an anniversary present. In my opinion, it is closer to the old iPod standard that Steve Jobs set than the Apple watch — something I think even Apple has forgotten. Musk Behaving Badly What made the iPod so successful wasn’t how much it did, but how well it did the few things it did. The Apple Watch has a ton of functionality, and it has matured well, but it is a complex little beast.The Fitbit, in contrast, is very focused on exercise, has one of the most accurate step counters in market, and doesn’t require a PhD in Apple products to use. It also works with both iOS and Android phones, much like the iPod eventually worked with both Apple and Windows PCs.Unlike most smartwatches, which struggle to have enough battery for a full day, the Versa can last the better part of a week and can recharge fully in a relatively short period of time (like while you are getting ready in the morning).It is relatively small and light, compared to other products, and it looks a bit like the Apple Watch (I’d actually prefer it looked more like a watch than an iPod mini on your wrist, but Apple was clearly the design target for this thing). At around US$200, this is also one of the more reasonably priced full-featured products, and given that it got me back on the Fitbit platform, it is my product of the week. I’m a fan of Elon Musk because he does some incredibly cool things. However, half the time I think he just likes to run with scissors because his life must not be interesting enough. The author of Brotopia identified him as having gone to one of the now infamous Silicon Valley sex parties — in costume, no less — and his excuse was that he didn’t see the blatant sex at the sex party.Then there was the flame thrower thing. His company (Tesla) is in the most flammable state in the union but he apparently decided it would be a fun idea to sell flame throwers.Then there was the Tesla autopilot fiasco. Even Consumer Reports argued that when people that see the term “autopilot,” they think they can turn the feature on and then do whatever they want, without having to drive the car.There is an old story about a guy who rented a motorhome and asked about cruise control, and the rental rep told him it was like autopilot. He later drove off, set cruise control, and went to the back of the motorhome to make coffee. It didn’t end well for him or the motorhome. That incident alone suggests that the one thing you never should call even advanced cruise control (which is what the Tesla currently has) is “autopilot.” In my opinion, Musk should be held accountable for every death and injury to folks who treated Tesla Autopilot like it was autopilot.Then there was Musk’s now famous conversation with financial analysts on a conference call. They asked legitimate questions, and he went off the rails on them, causing a sharp drop in Tesla valuation. That’s just stupid.Most recently, he flew a small submersible to the location where 12 Thai soccer players were trapped in a cave. It did look like a poorly-thought-through PR stunt, and the lead diver, who clearly was focused on getting the kids out, didn’t want to mess with an untested piece of tech. Not that it was a bad idea, but you’d consider the device a proof of concept — not something you’d risk a child’s life on unless you had no other choice. That wasn’t the case.Apparently, Musk didn’t like being told no. When he pushed, the diver apparently told Musk he could put the sub in an uncomfortable place in Musk’s body. Musk’s response was to go on social media and accuse the diver of being a pedophile. That is not a term that is interchangeable with “jerk.” It has consequences, and social media is an international platform. Were I Unsworth, the diver Musk attacked, I would sue Musk in France, where they are really aggressive when it comes to penalizing false claims like this.Musk manages on the ragged edge, which means that from a financial standpoint, his companies are mostly one mistake away from going under. Tesla, in particular, doesn’t look like it will survive the decade. That suggests that rather than creating all of this drama, maybe focusing on the basics of running the firms would be in Musk’s and his companies’ best interests. Rob Enderle has been an ECT News Network columnist since 2003. His areas of interest include AI, autonomous driving, drones, personal technology, emerging technology, regulation, litigation, M&E, and technology in politics. He has an MBA in human resources, marketing and computer science. He is also a certified management accountant. Enderle currently is president and principal analyst of the Enderle Group, a consultancy that serves the technology industry. He formerly served as a senior research fellow at Giga Information Group and Forrester. Email Rob.last_img read more

Nokia 3310 Pushes Nostalgia Buttons

first_imgHMD Global, owner of the Nokia phone brand, on Sunday reintroduced the classic 3310 feature phone at the Mobile World Congress, along with a line of brand new Nokia smartphones that run on the Android platform.The relaunch of the 3310 is the reimagination of one of the world’s best-selling feature phones as a sleek, lightweight device that features 22 hours of talk time and an entire month of standby time. Its average retail price will be just 49 euros (about US$52).The phone will come in four colors: warm red and yellow with a glossy finish, and dark blue and gray in matte. The reintroduction was part of a larger rollout that included new smartphones — the Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6 and Nokia 6 Arte Black Limited Edition — that will operate on the Android Nougat platform and include Google Assistant.The launch is the first major Nokia phone product introduction since Microsoft agreed last year to sell the feature phone business it had acquired from Nokia to HMD and FIH Mobile for $350 million.last_img read more

Neuropsychiatric symptoms related to earliest stages of Alzheimers brain pathology

first_img Source:https://www.ucsf.edu/ Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Oct 15 2018UC San Francisco researchers, in collaboration with the unique Brazilian Biobank for Aging Studies (BBAS) at the University of São Paulo, have shown that the earliest stages of the brain degeneration associated with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) are linked to neuropsychiatric symptoms including anxiety, depression, loss of appetite, and sleep disturbances.The findings — published in their final version October 15, 2018 in the print edition of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease following preliminary online publication in September — could lead to earlier diagnosis of AD and prove a valuable biomarker in the development of therapies to slow the course of the disease, the authors say, but may also have broader implications for understanding the biological basis of psychiatric symptoms in older adults.Though commonly associated with memory loss and dementia, Alzheimer’s disease is actually a progressive neurodegenerative condition that can be detected in a brain autopsy decades before these classic cognitive symptoms occur. A “Holy Grail” of Alzheimer’s research is to develop treatments that could be given in the disease’s earliest stages to protect brain tissue from further loss and to slow or prevent the eventual development of dementia. However, the development of such drugs will require a better understanding of the biology that drives the first stages of the disease and the ability to diagnose patients early enough to prevent extensive loss of neural tissue.Many studies have identified correlations between neuropsychiatric symptoms such as depression, anxiety, and sleep disturbances and an eventual Alzheimer’s diagnosis, and some have even proposed that these symptoms could be used as biomarkers for the disease in its earliest stages. But the relationship between the two has remained murky. In fact, some researchers have proposed that depression and other psychiatric conditions, or even the drugs used to treat these conditions, could themselves be triggers that lead to the onset of dementia decades later, much like occasional seizures can contribute to the development of chronic epilepsy.Now members of the lab of Lea Grinberg, MD, PhD in the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences’ Memory and Aging Center, working with their Brazilian colleagues, have shown that psychiatric symptoms are tightly linked to the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s brain pathology. These results strongly suggest that neuropsychiatric conditions or treatments do not cause Alzheimer’s, but could be the earliest warning signs of the disease.”The discovery that the biological basis for these symptoms is the early Alzheimer’s pathology itself was quite surprising,” Grinberg said. “It suggests these people with neuropsychiatric symptoms are not at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease — they already have it.”The research took advantage of São Paulo’s unique century-old autopsy service, which is mandated in all deaths and conducts approximately 15,000 autopsies per year. In 2003, as part of her doctoral research, Grinberg co-founded the BBAS to collect brain tissue samples from these autopsies, and BBAS has since grown to become the largest such resource in the world.Most postmortem brain studies of AD use relatively small “convenience samples” from older individuals who already show signs of memory loss or dementia. Because multiple brain pathologies can accumulate with age, it can be difficult to tightly link specific AD-related symptoms to brain abnormalities detected in these samples. Thanks to the BBAS collaboration, however, Grinberg’s team was able to avoid these potential pitfalls by drawing from a much larger population, selecting brains from younger and healthier individuals, and excluding tissue samples with multiple competing pathologies.In the new study, lead author Alex Ehrenberg, a neuropathology research associate in the Grinberg lab, worked closely with Claudia Suemoto MD, PhD, and other colleagues from the University of São Paulo to study the brains of 1092 seemingly healthy adults over the age of 50 who closely represented the general population of São Paulo. The researchers excluded 637 brains that showed neurological signs of brain abnormalities not related to AD, leaving 455 brains with either no signs of degeneration or a range of AD-related pathology.Related StoriesResearch team to create new technology for tackling concussionAn active brain and body associated with reduced risk of dementiaStudy provides new insight into longitudinal decline in brain network integrity associated with agingAD pathology is characterized by buildup of telltale neurofibrillary (NF) tangles and amyloid-beta (Aβ) plaques, paralleled by the atrophy of brain tissue in associated regions. The disease nearly always progresses in the same fashion, with NF tangles first appearing in brainstem regions associated with sleep, appetite, and emotional processing, while Aβ plaques first appear in cortical regions and then spread to deeper parts of the brain.Ehrenberg and colleagues classified each of the 455 brains using standard scales of AD progression based on NF tangle and Aβ plaque accumulation. They then used statistical algorithms to test for a relationship between AD stage and reported changes in the brain donor’s cognitive and emotional status prior to their death, based on interviews with informants — typically relatives and caretakers — who had been in at least weekly contact with the deceased in the six months before their deaths, a gold-standard approach for neuropathological studies of degenerative brain diseases such as AD.Ehrenberg’s computational analysis of the results found that in individuals whose brainstems showed the very earliest stages of NF tangles but lacked memory changes, family members and caretakers reported increased rates of one or more neuropsychiatric symptoms including agitation, anxiety, appetite changes, depression, and sleep disturbances, but lacked any noticeable memory problems. The next stage of the disease, as NF buildup increased in the brainstem and began to spread to other brain regions, was associated with increased odds of agitation, while only in later stages, as NF buildup began to reach the brain’s outer cortex, did the individuals begin showing signs of the dementia-like delusions and the cognitive and memory decline typically associated with AD.Tellingly, the researchers found no link between buildup of Aβ plaques and these neuropsychiatric symptoms. Alzheimer’s researchers have long debated whether Aβ plaques or NF tangles — made up of clumps of a protein called “tau” — play an earlier or more central role in driving neurodegeneration in AD, and the authors believe the new findings add additional support for focusing on developing tau-targeted treatments, particularly given disappointing results from many recent trials of A?-targeted AD therapies.”These results could have major implications for Alzheimer’s drug trials focused on early degenerative changes, where people have been seeking tractable clinical outcomes to target in addition to early cognitive decline,” Ehrenberg said. He added that the findings will also be valuable as new technologies become available for detecting early stages of AD pathology in living patients – such as blood biopsies or PET brain imaging of tau — to aid the implementation of such novel biomarkers into clinical practice.To Grinberg, the discovery that psychiatric symptoms such as depression or sleep disturbance in older adults may be linked to a specific biological phenomenon — namely accumulation of tau protein into NF tangles in the brainstem — is as exciting as the implications for Alzheimer’s disease itself.”Because we generally don’t know the biological basis for most psychiatric conditions, we can’t do what we do for other diseases like diabetes or cancer — we can’t say, ‘You are having depression or sleep problems because of this disease in your brain, so let’s see if we can treat that disease,'” Grinberg said. “If we could use this new knowledge to find a way to reduce the burden of these conditions in aging adults it would be absolutely huge.”last_img read more

Social media reduces risk of depression among seniors with pain

first_img Source:https://umich.edu/ Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Oct 17 2018With a few finger strokes or swipes on a computer or cell phone, seniors with pain reduce the risk of depression when visiting social media sites.In a newly published University of Michigan study, researchers reported that using social media can reduce the negative health effects of curtailed social contact that comes as a consequence of pain.The findings are significant among an aging society where social isolation and loneliness are key determinants of well-being, said Shannon Ang, the study’s lead author and doctoral candidate at the U-M Department of Sociology and Institute for Social Research.Related StoriesSleep quality and fatigue among women with premature ovarian insufficiencyPesticide exposure may increase risk of depression in adolescentsCaregiver depression linked to increased emergency department visits for patients with dementia”Our results may be possibly extended to other forms of conditions (e.g., chronic illnesses, functional limitations) that, like pain, also restrict physical activity outside of the home,” Ang said.Ang, along with Tuo-Yu Chen of Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, used data from a nationally representative survey involving more than 3,400 Medicare beneficiaries aged 65 and older in 2011. The respondents were asked about depression, pain and their social participation.The data, however, does not distinguish between the types of social media that older adults use–although 17 percent of them had used a social networking site in the last month. To capture if purported benefits were from social media and not just from general internet use, the analysis was adjusted for various online uses such as paying bills or shopping for groceries, Ang said.The findings showed older adults who experienced pain were less likely to participate in social activities that require face-to-face interactions, which offers mental benefits.Still, social media may preserve cognitive function and psychological well-being in this population, the researchers said.”This is critical because the onset of pain can often lead to a downward spiral of social isolation and depression, resulting in adverse outcomes for the health of older adults,” Ang said.last_img read more

Smart lifecollar could save lives of young children

first_img Source:https://en.ktu.edu/news/smart-life-collar-created-by-lithuanian-scientists-will-save-lives/ Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Dec 10 2018The startup company Smartmedic and a team of researchers of Kaunas University of Technology (KTU), Lithuania developed a smart life-collar prototype which inflates once in contact with water thus keeping the head of its wearer above the surface. Buddy, the Life-Collar can be vital for parents of young children, who are still not confident in water.Drowning is one of the most often causes of accidental death among small children (1-4 years). Around 5 thousand children drown in Europe every year. This mostly happens in lakes and rivers, and parents’ supervision is not always sufficient means of protection.Related StoriesNanoparticles used to deliver CRISPR gene editing tools into the cellNANOLIVE‘s novel CX-A defines a new standard for live cell imaging in 96 well plates for continuous organelle monitoring in cell populationsNew study reveals ‘clutch’ proteins responsible for putting T cell activation ‘into gear'”Our smart life-collar is working similarly like an airbag in a car. Once the sensor installed into the collar touches the water, it activates the release mechanism, which fully inflates the airbags in 3-4 secons, and they lift the wearer into the surface of the water. The head of the swimmer is kept over the water and he or she cannot drown”, says Tadas Juknius, the author of the idea.The first functioning prototype of Buddy, the Life-Collar was created by Tadas Juknius in Smartmedic company, then PhD student at KTU. Later, working together with researchers of KTU Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Design – Valdas Grigaliūnas and Algis Karpavičius – Juknius developed and improved the prototype.Buddy, the Life-Collar weighs approximately 120 grams, the weight of a cell phone. It is worn around the neck, and the accessory doesn’t restrict movements of a child. It is made from high-tech materials meant for long term usage. Once in water the collar inflates itself in 3 seconds, which is an optimal speed for protecting the child from injuries and being efficient in saving life.”We have introduced our prototype in international fairs, and received very positive reviews. The next stage is designing a prototype for mass production”, says Kristina Judinė, head of the company Smartmedic, which is a commercialization partner of Buddy, the Life-Collar.last_img read more

New insights into brain cell types of people with MS could help

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jan 24 2019Fresh insights into the types of cells found in the brains of people with multiple sclerosis could help develop improved therapies, research has found.The study focused on cells in the brain that help to repair damage to nerve cells caused by the disease.Researchers identified various types of these cells – called oligodendrocytes. People with MS have different types of oligodendrocytes than healthy people, the study found.The findings could shed new light on how the disease progresses and could also help scientists develop treatments.Experts from the University of Edinburgh and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden analysed post-mortem brain samples from five people without neurological disease and four people with the most advanced form of multiple sclerosis, called progressive MS.Working with researchers from the healthcare company Hoffmann-La Roche, the team used an advanced genetic analysis technique called single nuclear RNA-Seq.This technique provides a snapshot of all the genes that have been switched on in a single brain cell, providing insights into how each individual cell functions.By doing this on thousands of brain cells, the approach can build a detailed picture of all the cell types that are present in the brain from that person.The researchers found there are several types of oligodendrocytes, and that the ratio of these cells in people with MS differs from healthy people.These differences suggest the oligodendrocytes are functioning differently in the brains of people with MS, which might be key to understanding how disease progresses, the researchers say.MS occurs when the protective sheath that surrounds nerve cells – called myelin – becomes damaged. This means that nerve cells cannot transmit signals around the body as effectively. It also leaves nerve cells vulnerable to damage, and eventually the nerves can die.Oligodendrocytes are found in the brain and spinal cord where they repair damaged myelin. In people with MS, this process does not work as well as in healthy people.Many treatments under development for MS are designed to target oligodendrocytes in the hope of boosting myelin repair.Studies with mice had previously identified several types of oligodendrocytes in the mouse brain, suggesting each have slightly different functions. This is the first study to show that people also have several types of oligodendrocytes in the brain.Related StoriesRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaWearing a hearing aid may mitigate dementia riskNanoparticles used to deliver CRISPR gene editing tools into the cellResearchers say the differences in types of oligodendrocytes they found in people with MS might explain why their myelin repair process does not work as well.The study also found people have and different types of oligodendrocytes than mice. The findings suggest the cells may work differently in each species. This could have important implications for how findings from mouse studies of MS are interpreted.Multiple sclerosis is a lifelong condition that causes balance problems, fatigue and progressive disability. Around 2.5 million people are living with the condition worldwide. There are currently no treatments for the progressive form of the disease.The study, published in Nature, was funded by the UK MS Society, the European Union and the European Research Council. The European Committee for Treatment and Research of Multiple Sclerosis and the Wellcome Trust also funded the research, among others.Professor Charles ffrench-Constant, of the Medical Research Council Centre for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Edinburgh, said: “We found that oligodendrocytes are a diverse population of cells and that different types are likely to have different functions in the brain.”Professor Anna Williams, of the Medical Research Council Centre for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Edinburgh, said: “Understanding which types of oligodendrocytes are most beneficial in repairing myelin will be crucial for maximising the chances of developing much-needed treatments for MS.”Associate Professor Gonçalo Castelo-Branco, of the Karolinska Institute, said: “Our findings highlight the power of this technology to study the mechanisms of human diseases such as MS. We predict that the widespread use of this technology with larger numbers of samples will further enhance our understanding of MS.”Dr Susan Kohlhaas, Director of Research at the MS Society, said: “More than 100,000 people in the UK have MS, and many of them are still without effective treatments. Those living with progressive forms of MS desperately need new options that repair myelin damage and halt progression.”We believe that one day we can stop MS and projects like this are going to make that happen more quickly.” Source:https://www.ed.ac.uk/news/2019/brain-cell-changes-in-people-with-ms-revealedlast_img read more