first_imgWIGAN’S first half performance was far too good for Saints as they went down 32-10 at the Stobart Stadium on Friday.Their closest rivals were better in attack and defence and took their chances with aplomb to lead 20-0 at the break.Errors from kicks led to two of Wigan’s three tries whilst Liam Mossop’s opener was far too simple.In attack, Royce Simmons’ men couldn’t find a way through a Warriors’ defence that were all over his side and quelled any chance of fast play the balls.In the second half, Brett Finch cruised over the line before Saints finally broke through with Tony Puletua.Tommy Makinson then capped off a good performance with a try from Lee Gaskell’s chip.But that’s about as good as it got for Saints – Jeff Lima adding another for the Warriors to leave Saints with a lot to think about.Saints welcomed back Shaun Magennis, Matty Ashurst and Francis Meli into the 17 with Josh Perry missing out with a hamstring injury.Warriors called on Sam Tomkins and George Carmont; who didn’t double up last week after their Origin Commitments.Andy Coley also returned from injury.Wigan were first on the attack with a high ball that was knocked on by both teams before Jon Wilkin chipped along the floor to gain territorial advantage.On eight minutes the Warriors came down Saints’ right and almost carved out a chance only for the ball to go dead.Saints nearly did the same seconds later – Jon Wilkin’s kick close to the line causing problems for Sam Tomkins.But on 16 minutes Wigan forged ahead – and it wasn’t surprising. Saints let the opposition run far too many lines and Liam Mossop plunged over from short range.Pat Richards making it 0-6 and then adding a penalty on 25 minutes to stretch the lead.Richards then caught a high ball to the corner on the last tackle to leave Saints with a mountain to climb.And it got much worse as Joel Tomkins grabbed an opportunistic try almost immediately after a high ball was again knocked to the floor.Ok, it took a rebound off two Saints players and there was a hint of a Wigan hand in there, but he raced away with no-one near him.With three minutes left in the half, Shaun Magennis just couldn’t pull in Francis Meli’s pass and Saints headed into the dressing rooms with a lot to improve on.Half Time: Saints 0 Wigan 20Francis Meli got on the outside of Josh Charnley twice early in the second half, but Saints couldn’t take advantage.So it was again no surprise when Brett Finch punished Saints and increased the lead.To be fair it didn’t get much better from there with the half-back partnership of Gaskell and Lomax finding it hard to create gaps.But Tony Puletua finally got Saints on the board with a charge on the angle – Makinson converting.Then Makinson crossed again – from Gaskell’s dab.But Saints continued to put the ball to ground and although Jamie Foster was hauled to the floor after he kicked the ball through, they could have little complaint.Jeff Lima scoring at the death with a try that looked offside and short to compound the misery.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Puletua, MakinsonGoals: Makinson (1 from 1), Foster (0 from 1)Wigan:Tries: Mossop, Richards, Tomkins, Finch, LimaGoals: Richards (6 from 6)Penalties:Saints: 5Wigan: 2HT: 0-20FT:10-32REF: Thierry AlibertATT: 11540Teams:Saints:1. Paul Wellens; 28. Thomas Makinson, 3. Michael Shenton, 5. Francis Meli, 22. Jamie Foster; 25. Lee Gaskell, 20. Jonny Lomax; 10. James Graham, 9. James Roby, 15. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 12. Jon Wilkin, 4. Sia Soliola, 11. Tony Puletua.Subs: 7. Kyle Eastmond, 13. Chris Flannery, 18. Matty Ashurst, 21. Shaun Magennis.Wigan:1. Sam Tomkins; 25. Josh Charnley, 12. Joel Tomkins, 4. George Carmont, 5. Pat Richards; 17. Brett Finch, 6. Paul Deacon; 15. Jeff Lima, 7. Thomas Leuluai, 21. Lee Mossop, 11. Harrison Hansen, 16. Ryan Hoffman, 13. Sean O’Loughlin.Subs: 9. Michael McIlorum, 10. Andy Coley, 14. Paul Prescott, 23. Chris Tuson.last_img read more

first_imgWANT to watch Saints for just a tenner a match? Then if you’re a ‘Young Adult’ you can take advantage of our great Early Bird Season Ticket deals.For just £133, you can take up your spot in the Hattons Solicitors West Stand and see your super Saints for the equivalent of just over a tenner a game – saving £62 over the course of the season.‘Gold’ bracketed North and Solarking South Stand season tickets can be secured for £194 – a saving of £79 on matchday prices in 2013.And with the East Stand priced at £12 per match and £123 for a season ticket, there’s a price point for everyone.Young Adults can also pay on Direct Debit.It’s simple to buy your ticket – either call into the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, telephone 01744 455 052 or log on to www.saintssuperstore.comA six month Direct Debit option is also available – forms are below.last_img read more

first_imgNATHAN Brown says Saints’ table-topping position is pleasing but there’s a fair way to go yet.His side took over at the summit of Super League following a 32-12 win over Salford.“Being where we are on the table is pleasing and we are quite comfortable with the fact we know where we are at,” he said. “To be blunt about it though, we know if we want to get to Old Trafford we need to continue to improve in a number of areas.“Internally, we have high hopes for ourselves and there is always a pressure to do well. Regardless of being in or out of the Cup it doesn’t add extra pressure. We have passionate fans, a passionate chairman and a passionate Board.“A couple of players here have come through the successful era and now it is up to the new and younger players to demand that of each other. There is a long way to go and the blokes are putting a lot in on the field and in training and are working hard.”Saints travel to Catalan this week and there has been some positive news on the injury front.Brown continued: “Ant Walker suffered a concussion so he should be ready this week whilst Tommy Makinson had a scan on his knee and it isn’t serious – he has an outside chance for Catalan.“We’re not sure yet on Jon Wilkin, we’re waiting for a specialist’s report.“Most of the players have had a few days off to freshen up, but the medical and rehab staff have been working overtime.“They didn’t get a break – and the rehab players have been working hard too.”last_img read more

first_imgOUR mercurial number 9 wants Saints to carry on where they left off when they travel to Castleford this week.James Roby says the second half performance against Wigan was right up there – and that needs to be emulated for 80 minutes if they want to be successful at the Tigers.“It was a great result for us and a fantastic night for all the supporters,” he said. “We put in a lot of effort and got the result. It was pleasing to get the win and the added bonus was Leeds losing so we could top the table.“Our second half was very good. We completed our sets the best we have done for a long time and that helped us build pressure.“In big games there isn’t a lot in it and luckily we put ourselves in a position to take advantage of mistakes.“Our kicking game was good and it put Wigan under pressure. If we kept doing that it was inevitable the cracks would show and they did. The attitude of the lads was there for all to see. They were the first to any loose balls and we took our opportunities.“We were pleased with our second half performance but to carry on we have to emulate that.”He continued: “Castleford beat Leeds last week so they will come in confident on Thursday. They are a fantastic team, especially at home and probably a few results haven’t gone their way.“Perhaps they are coming into form at the right time and we have to be ready for that.“We cannot afford to have any nights off; our attitude has to be spot on.”last_img read more

first_img It’s a shared frustration among business owners along water street.“We had plenty of parking on both sides of the street. Then they took a little more away, a little bit more away and now it’s down to – I think we’ve got maybe eight or nine spaces for I think we’ve got 10 businesses down here,” Imago Hair Studio owner Chad Bean said.The construction for the Riverplace project began in April. Business owners like Savis say the construction is overwhelming his restaurant and other businesses in the area.Related Article: Kohl’s wants more of your Amazon returns“We have our returning customers but no customer wants to park two blocks away to walk over here to get a bagel, as good as they are,” Savis said.Savis says it’s a rare sight to see anyone working on the project. But there’s one thing really frustrating him about this whole process.“The most frustrating part is the fact that our customers can’t get to our place of business to get a bagel. They can’t do it. And the tourists that are here don’t want to wait and try to get in here. They just turn around and go the other way,” Savis said.And other businesses say they feel the pain too.“We have no more walk in traffic. You know? We’re a dead end. So people see the construction, nobody wants to come down this far but yeah we’re hoping that the clients that have been with us for a while aren’t deterred to continue coming to us because they’re unable to park near the shop anymore,” Bean said.Savis and other business owners say they have no problem with development but so far they have not been able to turn a profit. A spokesperson for the city says they are going to continue to communicate with the local businesses, particularly to the ones in the Water Street Center, as to what can be expected in the coming days and weeks. Wilmington Downtown Incorporated also encourages people to go visit these shops and support them. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Downtown Wilmington and construction go hand in hand as development in the area continues. However, some businesses near the construction on Water Street say they’ve seen a negative impact to their businesses.“There are signs. There are construction signs and people when they look down Water Street, they turn around and go back the other way,” Tugboat Tony’s Bagel Cafe owner Tony Savis said.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_img “I like the trees. I think that it’s something that should be left alone,” said Shannon Thompson who came to the meeting to support Mr. Westbrook. “Or the ones that are dead need to be cut and replaced with something else, another tree.”The county went through a review of the trees with the local Agriculture Extension office.“The only thing I asked them to do today is for the rest of the courthouse square and really anywhere that they own, get a second opinion even if it’s from their own consultant,” said Westrbook, “And to make sure that these trees are really dying before they cut them down.”Related Article: Summer on the Square returns to BurgawCounty commissioners are keeping ten trees on the square. County staff saying the removal was needed for safety of those who work and visit the courthouse.Westbrook says if no action is taken by the commission, he will still continue his effort to preserve the trees. The open space after crews removed an Oak tree from the Courthouse square (Andrew James/WWAY) BURGAW, NC (WWAY) –  Work is underway to clear several old trees around the Pender County courthouse square in Burgaw. One local businessman wants commissioners to stall the work.John Westbrook spoke again before county commissioners asking them to save several of the nearly 20 trees slated to be cut down around the courthouse. The commission approved the work back in the spring,but made sure not to begin it until after the Blueberry Festival.John Westbrook speaking before the Pender County Commission (Andrew James/WWAY)- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_img According to the Wilmington Police Department, several calls came into 911 about multiple shots fired in the area. The victim drove himself to New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Police said the man’s injuries were non-life threatening.Police do not believe this incident is related to a recent rash of shootings reported earlier in the week.If you have any information about the South Kerr Avenue shooting, call 910-343-3609 or to remain anonymous, text TIP708 and send your message to CRIMES (274637). WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington police say a man managed to drive himself to the hospital after being shot early Friday morning.The shooting occurred around 4 a.m. in the 200 block of South Kerr Avenue. – Advertisement – last_img read more

first_img Many residents were relieved that they would finally have a new grocery store in town, but Harris Teeter vowed to fight it.Harris Teeter has talked about opening a grocery store in Carolina Beach since 2006. Now the developer of the Harris Teeter property wants another one-year extension, saying the proposed store will have to be redesigned.An attorney representing the developer says they need access to the Publix parking lot for delivery trucks.Related Article: North Carolina sued again over transgender rightsOne man, with no affiliation to Publix, handed out “I Love Publix” t-shirts to residents attending the meeting, saying people are fed up.“We’re tired of the crap,” said Timothy Chestnutt. “They’re not going to build here, they probably never will. They’re just trying to keep the competition off the island. The only thing we have is Food Lion, and you’ve got to go over the bridge to go to Harris Teeter to even shop somewhere else. And I think Publix will bring a nice change to that.”Council ultimately voted to approve the one time extension which will expire April 11, 2020.The developer of the Harris Teeter site will go to the North Carolina Court of Appeals April 10, to argue that the town should not have issued Publix a permit to build at that site.The next town council meeting will be held Monday, April 8 instead of Tuesday April 9, because the town attorney will be in court that day fighting Harris Teeter’s appeal. Harris Teeter gets another one-year extension in Carolina Beach.(Photo: Matt Bennett/WWAY) CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — After 13 years of promises to build a new Harris Teeter, Carolina Beach residents rallied at a town council meeting Tuesday to say they are tired of waiting.It was announced back in December that a Publix would be built next door to the still untouched Harris Teeter property.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Airplane engine parts are seen at the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash, near the town of Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia March 11, 2019. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File PhotoFILE PHOTO: Airplane engine parts are seen at the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash, near the town of Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia March 11, 2019. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File Photo Ethiopian Airlines pilots followed proper procedures when their Boeing MAX 8 airplane repeatedly nosedived before a March 10 crash that killed 157 people, Ethiopia’s minister of transport said on Thursday as she delivered the first official report on the disaster.“The crew performed all the procedures repeatedly provided by the manufacturer but was not able to control the aircraft,”  Dagmawit Moges told a news conference in the capital, Addis Ababa.In line with international rules on air accidents, the preliminary report did not attribute blame. Nor did it give a detailed analysis of the flight, which is expected to take several months before a final report due within a year.But in a clear indication of where Ethiopian investigators  are focusing most of their attention, the report cleared the pilots of using incorrect procedures and issued two recommendations directed at planemaker Boeing and regulators.It suggested that Boeing review the aircraft control system and aviation authorities confirm the problem had been solved before allowing that model of plane back into the air. It was grounded globally following the crash, which was the second deadly accident in six months involving the new model after a Lion Air crash in Indonesia in October that killed 189 people.“Since repetitive uncommanded aircraft nose down conditions are noticed … it is recommend that the aircraft control system shall be reviewed by the manufacturer,” Moges said.Ethiopian Airlines said its crew had followed all the correct guidance to handle a difficult emergency.However, the report could spark a debate with Boeing about how crew responded to problems triggered by faulty data from an airflow sensor, particularly over whether they steadied the plane before turning key software off.Boeing said it would study the report.Families of the victims, regulators and travellers around the world are waiting for clues to the accident after the new Boeing jet crashed six minutes after take-off.The preliminary report into the Lion Air disaster said the pilots lost control after grappling with the plane’s Manoeuvring Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) software, a new automated anti-stall feature that repeatedly lowered the nose of the aircraft based on faulty data from a sensor.Boeing said on Wednesday it had successfully tested an update of the MCAS software designed to reduce its authority and make it easer for pilots to handle.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

first_img SharePrint MGOZ / Terry CamilleriMGOZ / Terry Camilleri Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Ian Borg and Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government and Communities Silvio Parnis met with Gozo’s local councils in Għajnsielem where they launched a sustainable transport service which will be offered by the locality’s local council to the elderly and to persons with mobility difficulties residing in Għajnsielem.This is possible after the local council placed second in a competition for permanent measures which Transport Malta organised in 2016 as part of European Mobility Week.MGOZ / Terry CamilleriThanks to a grant of €30,000 given by the Authority, the council could buy an electric van which will be transporting these residents to the health centre throughout the summer months as well as to other activities organised by the council after summer.Minister Borg explained that, like last year, there will be two competitions – one for small activities and the other one for permanent measures, from which nine different local councils have already benefited. “I encourage all local councils to come forward with their proposals towards more sustainable communities in their transport choices. Let’s work together towards a cleaner culture in the transport sector,” he said.Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana said that this initiative complements the EcoGozo vision, that of introducing new and alternative means of transport with full respect towards the environment. The Minister said that the decarbonisation strategy which the Ministry is working on will incentivise the reduction of emission thus continuing to pave the way towards the achievement of these ambitious goals. She congratulated Għajnsielem Local Council and Transport Malta for this initiative and looked ahead to more collaboration between the local council and the government.Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government and Communities Silvio Parnis also congratulated Għajnsielem Local Council for offering free transportation service to the elderly and people with disability, thanks to funds earned through the European Mobility Week.He added that this service will serve as an environmental advantage and at the same time will continue to increase inclusion for the elderly and for people with disability. Parnis concluded that there need to be more local councils that offer such services in their localities and they can do so by taking part in campaigns such as the European Mobility Week.As part of the competition for small activities, five proposals by local councils and/or NGOs will be selected to organise activities towards sustainable transport during European Mobility Week between the 16th and 22nd of September 2019. These will be given between €1,500 and €2,500 as part of this competition.The ‘Permanent Measures’ competition will lead two local councils to win a grant of €50,000 and €30,000 respectively.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

first_imgThe Samsung Galaxy S7 carries the latest version of Android operating system. Advertisement After rolling out it’s “Galaxy Beta Program” last month allowing users of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge phablets to test Android 7.0 Nougat on their devices, looks like the South Korean smartphone manufacturer might directly update the two smartphones to Android 7.1.1 Nougat skipping the official Android 7.0 Nougat update rollout.In response to a user query, Samsung has confirmed that it will be updating Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge smartphones directly to Android 7.1.1 Nougat instead of first updating them to version Android 7.0 Nougat.New FeaturesThe Android 7.1.1 Nougat update brings along new emojis that reflect gender equality, support from GIF images right from the keyboard, and app shortcuts right from the home screen.[related-posts]last_img read more

first_imgImage Credit: CNET Advertisement Google who recently confirmed that it is working on the successors of the Pixel and Pixel XL devices code-naming them – Muskie and Walleye for Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 respectively, there’s a new separate report that has it that the firm is working on a third device; code-named Taimen – which is said to be much larger than the Pixel smartphones.Android Police cites its internal source to claim that Taimen could be a phone, but the surety of this is very little because the Taimen device could be a tablet as well, or could be large Pixel-branded phone. Alternatively, it wouldn’t sport Pixel branding at all be a completely different device with a unique branding of its own.Online reports claim that the device is to launch later this year. However, there is little else that is known about the device.[related-posts]last_img read more

first_imgear plugs. Image Credit: Deccan Chronicle Advertisement According to online reports, scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD in Rostock in Germany have developed EarFieldSensing (EarFS), that recognizes facial gestures via a special ear plug.The researchers evaluated various technologies with which the movements of a person’s head and face can be interpreted. In this process, great importance was placed on practical use in everyday life.For example, systems that read gestures using sensors directly on one’s face are very accurate and able to recognize a large number of gestures. – Advertisement –  The new EarFS ear plug measures the muscular currents and distortions of the ear canal which occur during facial movements.The sensor detects even the smallest movements in the face through the way the shape of the ear canal changes and measures muscle currents that arise during the movement of the face or head.“The challenge was that these currents and movements are sometimes very small and need to be intensified,” said Denys Matthies, scientist at the Fraunhofer IGD.“In addition, the sensors cannot be interfered with by other movements of the body, such as vibrations during walking or external interference, Matthies said.“To solve this problem, an additional reference electrode was applied to the earlobe which records the signals coming from outside,” he said.The signals detected inside the ear are matched with the signals coming from the outside – the remaining useful signal enables clear facial gesture identification, even if the person wearing the EarFS is in motion.EarFS not only allows microinteractions with a smartphone, such as accepting and rejecting phone calls or operating the music player.The evaluation of facial movements also allows conclusions about weariness, exertion and other emotional states of the user.[related-posts]As a result, smartphones could warn drivers when signs of weariness and fatigue are registered or could switch automatically to mute when drivers are concentrating attentively.The use of the technology is also imaginable in the medical field.For example, it could help people with locked-in syndrome to communicate more easily by allowing them to operate computers with facial movements.source: Press Trust of India (and inputs from TOI)last_img read more

first_imgWhat’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321 [dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Tuesday 27 OctoberRACING1.40 CatterickStraightothepoint 9/1 > 6/13.00 BangorNew Street 4/1 > 2/13.10 LingfieldCompton Mill 4/1 > 5/23.30 BangorGee Hi 9/4 > 13/83.40 LingfieldKing’s Concerto 9/2 > 11/43.55 PunchestownNotimetoserve 12/1 > 7/14.20 CatterickMinty Jones 14/1 > 6/15.10 WolverhamptonOil Strike 13/2 > 3/1FOOTBALLCapital One Cup 4th Round19:45 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD13/2 Sheffield Wednesday 4/9 Arsenal 7/2 DRAW(All prices subject to fluctuation)last_img read more

first_imgBrighton have scored two or more goals in seven of their last 10 home league games and should be relied on for more goals tonight but the pressure to get goals could easily leave the back door open too.The Star Special of both teams to score and a winner in 90 minutes looks a fair bet. I’ve just no idea which way so will have equal stakes on both outcomes.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE AND BRIGHTON WIN for 6 points at 5/1 with Star SportsBACK BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE AND SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY WIN for 6 points at 13/2 with Star SportsSunday: BET VOIDWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321 [dropcap]U[/dropcap]nfair. That, of course, is the damn problem with the play-off system.The fact that Brighton were within one win of automatic promotion to the Premier League when they went to the Riverside counts for nothing – as does the fact that they finished 15 points clear of Sheffield Wednesday in the ‘regular’ season.Not only does it count for nothing – it also counts AGAINST them in my opinion. Brighton have had to regroup after coming so close yet Sheffield Wednesday are like a free roller at a poker tournament – playing carefree hands at a party that (for most of the season) they never expected to be at – four consecutive wins in March doing the trick for Wednesday.It’s pointless whinging, as the rules are there for one and all but I’ve never been a great supporter of the play-off system which may well add end of season drama (and contribute to the new Wembley building costs) but remains a tad gimmicky for my liking.The pressure certainly showed on The Seagulls in the first leg at Hillsborough when Sheffield Wednesday raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Ross Wallace and Kieran Lee – the deadlock finally broken between the pair as both matches in regular season had finished 0-0.That leaves Brighton with plenty of work to do but in a funny way less pressure than if it had been, say, 0-0 in the first leg. Brighton may well relish the challenge of now being underdogs and can grab the match and the challenge by the b**** from the outset.That certainly seems to be the view of the Brigton players too. Sam Baldock told the club website: “We’ve got nothing to lose now and the pressure is completely on them. We’re positive and we’re going to go for it. We’ve got 90 minutes for them to come to the Amex with a full stadium, with screaming fans egging us on.”He added: ”Stranger things have happened. I came off the pitch thinking, ‘Come on, bring on Monday,’ because believe me, this tie is not over.”Certainly, an early goal would make life interesting and I wouldn’t be completely surprised to see this one go the distance into penalties.Brighton have fared worse in the injury stakes with doubts over Tomer Hemed, Connor Goldson, Anthony Knockaert and Steve Sidwell from the first leg.Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal may well name an unchanged side.Brighton & Hove Albion v Sheffield WednesdayChampionship Play-Off Semi-Final 2nd Leg19:45 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)May 2016 CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY-OFF Sheff Wed 2-0 BrightonMar 2016 CHAMPIONSHIP Brighton 0-0 Sheff WedNov 2015 CHAMPIONSHIP Sheff Wed 0-0 BrightonFeb 2015 CHAMPIONSHIP Sheff Wed 0-0 BrightonAug 2014 CHAMPIONSHIP Brighton 0-1 Sheff WedMar 2014 CHAMPIONSHIP Sheff Wed 1-0 BrightonOct 2013 CHAMPIONSHIP Brighton 1-1 Sheff WedFeb 2013 CHAMPIONSHIP Sheff Wed 3-1 BrightonSep 2012 CHAMPIONSHIP Brighton 3-0 Sheff WedApr 2011 LEAGUE ONE Brighton 2-0 Sheff WedSTAR SPECIALSlast_img read more

first_imgShareCONTACT: EllenChangPHONE: (713) 348-6777EMAIL: [email protected] LECTURER AT CREEKMORESYMPOSIUM TO ADDRESS MULTICULTURAL EDUCATIONSonia Nieto, a leadingeducator on the teaching of children, will speak about educating multiculturalchildren during the Hazel Creekmore Symposium sponsored by Rice University’sCenter for Education on March 27-28.The topic of this year’ssymposium is “Effectively Educating Latino Students: What Teachers Need ToKnow.” Nieto, a professor ofeducation at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, will meet with communityleaders, administrators, teachers and students during the symposium. Nietoresearches multicultural education, the education of Latinos, immigrants andother culturally and linguistically diverse students. The lecture will beginat 4:30 p.m. in the Grand Hall of the Rice Memorial Center. A reception and booksigning will follow the talk.In addition to thelecture, Nieto will serve on a panel at 10 a.m. on March 28 in FarnsworthPavilion at the Student Center. The topic will be “What Keeps Teachers Going,Despite Everything.” Both the lecture and the panel discussion are open to thepublic. FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis center_img About adminlast_img read more

first_img Share this article Video: Texans Form Human Chain to Rescue Elderly Man From Floodwaters By NTD Television September 2, 2017 Updated: September 2, 2017 Show Discussion Share Maritza Castillo and her husband went out to pick up her brother who was flooded in, but ended up saving a stranger.The couple could not get to Maritza’s brother because the roads were flooded, so they had to turn around.As they stood at a traffic light on their way back on Interstate 10 in Houston they witnessed a chilling scene. The surging floodwater picked up a large SUV with an elderly driver inside and began to sweep the vehicle away.“My heart started beating fast,” Castillo told CNN.Maritza and her husband rushed out of their car to help. So did about two dozen other drivers on the road. The water was shoulder-deep at some points, so someone suggested that they form a human chain to stay safe.People began to link their arms and eventually, the chain reached the man’s car. After some initial trouble with the door, the good Samaritans pulled the man out of the car. Castillo said that the man was taken to a hospital and reunited with his son.Trump Visits Harvey Victims in HoustonU.S. President Donald Trump flew to Houston on Saturday, Sept. 2, to meet with victims of Hurricane Harvey and see the effects of the record-setting storm while he presses for a multibillion-dollar aid package.Trump, facing the first natural disaster of his administration, was joined by his wife, Melania, as he passed out food and hugged, kissed, and played with children at Houston’s NRG Center, a 700,000-square-foot facility that is now the city’s largest emergency shelter.Trump, who is making his second trip to the stricken state this week, asked Congress late on Friday for an initial $7.85 billion for hurricane recovery efforts. The request comes as Washington faces tough budget negotiations.U.S. President Donald Trump visits with survivors of Hurricane Harvey at a relief center in Houston, Texas, U.S., September 2, 2017. (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque) U.S. President Donald Trump visits with survivors of Hurricane Harvey at a relief center in Houston, Texas, U.S., September 2, 2017. (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)Trump told reporters at the center that his administration was moving fast to provide the financing for aid to the devastated region.“We are signing a lot of documents to get money,” he said.Trump, alongside Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, appeared relaxed as he posed for photographs with volunteers and chatted with those relocated to the shelter.Melania, the sleeves of her blue denim shirt rolled up, hugged a woman and chatted with a child.“It has been a wonderful thing,” Trump said of his meetings with the children as he helped serve food to evacuees amid shouts of “Thank you, sir.”Reuters contributed to this report. From NTD.tvcenter_img US (Screenshot/YouTube)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   last_img read more

first_img Tourniquets, Once Out of Favor, Helped Save Lives in Vegas Shootings By Reuters October 13, 2017 Updated: October 13, 2017 Share this article Share Legacy of Lost LimbsThe tourniquet’s bad reputation has some basis in fact: When limbs go too long without blood-flow and function cannot be restored, amputation may be necessary. But while in earlier days, especially on the battlefield, medical attention was often delayed for hours, today most trauma victims get help before a tourniquet becomes dangerous.The thinking began to change when a retrospective analysis suggested that up to 10 percent of Vietnam War combat deaths could have been avoided had tourniquets been applied in the field. Beginning in the 1980s, the Israeli military demonstrated tourniquets could be effectively applied on the battlefield with little risk.The pendulum swung further when studies of early casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan found that tourniquets appeared to improve survival. One study done in a Baghdad hospital found that 87 percent of patients who came in with tourniquets survived. Among those who were good candidates for tourniquets but did not receive them, there were no survivors.By 2005, the military had completely embraced tourniquets and began issuing them to all American combat personnel.Ukrainian National Guardsmen practice using improvised tourniquets under the supervision of American soldiers during Operation Fearless Guardian on April 21, 2015 at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center near Yavoriv, Ukraine. (Pete Kiehart/Getty Images) Ukrainian National Guardsmen practice using improvised tourniquets under the supervision of American soldiers during Operation Fearless Guardian on April 21, 2015 at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center near Yavoriv, Ukraine. (Pete Kiehart/Getty Images)A “No Brainer”Civilian trauma care was slower to change. Until the Sandy Hook shooting, the conventional wisdom remained that bleeding could be controlled well enough with manual pressure for paramedics to get injured people to hospitals. But that approach proved useless in “hot zones”—mass casualty scenes strewn with victims at risk of bleeding to death in minutes with a shooter still active.In 2013, when makeshift bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon and wounded more than 200 people, the success of improvised tourniquets reinforced the growing recognition that they could save lives.Boston Marathon bombing survivors Patrick Downes and Jessica Kensky celebrate at the finish line with their dog Rescue after Downes completed the 120th Boston Marathon on April 18, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) Boston Marathon bombing survivors Patrick Downes and Jessica Kensky celebrate at the finish line with their dog Rescue after Downes completed the 120th Boston Marathon on April 18, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)“You can give someone an hour of training and an inexpensive bleed control kit and empower them to save their own life or the life of the person next to them,” said Dr. Alex Eastman, medical director of the Rees-Jones Trauma Center at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. “That is just a no-brainer for every community in this country.”The Bautista sisters are home again in Fontana, California. Paola, who had surgery hours after the shooting, faces at least one more operation. Daisy is looking after her.“She’s good,” Daisy said in an interview. “There’s pain. But she’s good.”By Lisa Girion When the sniper’s bullet shattered Paola Bautista’s arm, her sister and a stranger in the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest Festival got her to cover. Then they focused on the bleeding.Daisy Bautista stuffed a sock into the hole in her sister’s arm, and the man who was helping them pulled a belt tight above the wound. That improvisation may have saved Paola’s life, preventing the kind of massive blood loss that is the single greatest cause of trauma death.Bautista, a country music lover from California, is one of several Las Vegas shooting victims who benefited from the use of a controversial and centuries-old life-saving tool that is making a comeback—the tourniquet.Although it has been around since the Middle Ages, the tourniquet fell out of favor in recent decades because of concerns that it increased the risk of amputation. Now, that notion has given way to a new medical consensus that it is better to save a life than a limb – and to recent battlefield evidence that the risk of amputation today is quite low.After Las Vegas shooting, veteran medic pushes more public training on combat tourniquets:— Military Times (@MilitaryTimes) October 7, 2017The new view entered the medical mainstream after the 2012 mass slayings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. A group of doctors published the “Hartford Consensus,” a compendium of best practices and guidelines headlined by a call to revive the tourniquet. Since then, more than 200,000 police officers in major U.S. cities have been trained to use the low-tech lifesaver. The National Security Council, with trauma and emergency care groups, has launched a “Stop the Bleed” campaign to promote training among civilians. And shopping malls and airports have begun installing bleed control kits – including tourniquets – on public walls next to emergency defibrillators.“We want to turn it into the next CPR,” said Ian Weston, a paramedic and executive director of the American Trauma Society.Weston belongs to a small but growing corps of instructors who teach bleeding control. The free classes were designed to take less than an hour—“quick, down and dirty,” he said, “in the hopes that more people would take advantage of the training.”#LASVEGAS MASSACRE Chaos as barrage of bullets fly in worst mass shooting in US History. Prayers up for all! Video via @rtbleck @fox5ny— Lisa Evers (@LisaEvers) October 2, 2017 People run from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was heard in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017. (David Becker/Getty Images)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US News Show Discussionlast_img read more

first_imgRecommended Video: What is MS-13?  QualityAuto 720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video US News It had been a long time coming.The speed of Monday’s jaw-dropping sell-off on Wall Street had traders and investors bumped and bruised. But few seemed surprised that a pullback had actually happened. Some were looking for the right time and opportunity to wade back in—but wary of catching a falling knife.“We finally got the correction we were all kind of figuring would happen,” said Paul Nolte, portfolio manager at Kingsview Asset Management in Chicago. “It feels a lot more painful only because we haven’t seen it in 14-15 months or so, and it’s certainly, from the way we look at it, healthy.”Stocks have been on a bull run since 2009, accelerated in the last year by strong earnings and the Trump administration’s corporate tax cut. The S&P 500 rose 19 percent in 2017 alone.But with valuations sky high after the buying binge carried deep into January, something had to give. The down days started last week. The shakeout accelerated on Friday, with the S&P’s biggest drop since September 2016 after jobs data raised the specter of inflation and spooked investors.Monday started out in the red, but calm. The afternoon was anything but, as frantic selling set in. “The market panicked for whatever reason,” said Phil Orlando, chief equity strategist at Federated Investors in New York said in the afternoon. “The sharp reversals you saw in the last hour or so is recognition of the fact that things got overdone.”Catch a Falling Knife?The Dow briefly entered correction territory on Monday with a 10 percent dip from its Jan. 26 record. It ended down 4.6 percent on the day, while the S&P 500 fell 4 percent.Since the S&P’s Jan. 26 all-time high it has fallen 7.8 percent. Of its 11 sectors, energy led the decline with a 10.5 percent drop followed by a 9.4 percent drop in healthcare and an 8.8 percent drop in materials. The best performer was utilities with a decline of just under 4 percent (3.97) followed by real estate which fell 5.1 percent and telecom, which fell 5.5 percent.After the close of trading, equity futures traded sharply down, indicating another day of selling was ahead.“If I were running a hedge fund, I wouldn’t be rushing to buy; I’d be waiting,” said Michael Purves, chief global strategist at Weeden & Co in New York.No S&P sector looked like a safe bet in the current environment.“I have a strong feeling that this sell-off is going to intensify because bears are seeing blood on the Street and all they want is right in front of them,” Naeem Aslam, chief market analyst at ThinkMarkets, LondonEven so, some investors went shopping as they kept their focus on strong economic data and earnings growth.The utilities and real estate indexes performed better than the S&P on Monday, but with declines of 1.7 percent and 2.7 percent, the traditionally defensive sectors could hardly be called safe havens.These are considered bond proxies, and along with consumer staples and telecommunications, are seen as relatively safe in even the dourest markets due to their high dividend yields and predictable if slow growing earnings.But with interest rates rising, the dividend yields look less competitive compared with bond yields.That leaves some strategists talking up cyclical sectors such as financials, industrials, materials and technology as beneficiaries of a strong economy.Looking for the Safest Bet“Right now there’s no safe place to hide,” said Robert Pavlik, chief investment strategist and senior portfolio manager at SlateStone Wealth LLC in New York.However Pavlik said he bought stocks on Friday, and on Monday as he was banking on a continuation of strong economic growth and a rapid increase in U.S. earnings.“This is not going to be a protracted sell-off. This is going to happen relatively quick because the economic numbers are still so good,” he said.Since the S&P’s financial sector fell 5 percent on Monday, some investors said they saw the decline as a buying opportunity as bank profits are boosted by rising interest rates because they can charge customers more for borrowing money.“You have a great opportunity to buy financials here,” said Phil Blancato, CEO of Ladenburg Thalmann Asset Management in New York. “With a strengthening consumer that’s going to continue to borrow and spend your best opportunity is in financials and technology.”In particular Apple Inc, which fell 6.7 percent in the last two sessions, looked like a bargain to Blancato, who said he bought the stock Monday. “Apple is getting very inexpensive.”While the broader market is punished by inflation anxiety, Jim Paulsen, chief investment strategist at the Leuthold Group in Minneapolis says investors should buy stocks in energy and materials companies and in a diverse array of commodities to profit from rising commodity prices.“If commodities rise maybe stocks go down over all. Even energy and materials stocks might come down but they might outperform,” said Paulsen.By Sinéad Carew Share US Stocks Plummet, Triggering Global Sell-Off By Reuters February 6, 2018 Updated: February 6, 2018center_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   A trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York, U.S., Feb. 5, 2018. Many signs are pointing to an end of economic expansion. (Reuters/Brendan McDermid) Share this article Show Discussionlast_img read more

first_img Grocery company Kroger is warning customers about an unauthorized coupon that’s circulating widely across social media websites.The post that allegedly gives people a coupon states that people must first take part in a short survey and will then receive a coupon.Kroger, however, stated that it does not have any such giveaway and is not supporting one.“Attention Kroger Customers: There is currently an unauthorized ‘$250 Kroger Shopping Coupon’ circulating across social media. This giveaway is not affiliated with or supported by the Kroger Company. We recommend not engaging with the site or providing any personal information. Our team is actively working to address this issue,” Kroger stated in a post on Facebook.The survey asks people for personal information, which Kroger warned people should not give.Some users said the survey was easy to spot as a scam. “I saw this and immediately knew it was a scam,” said one.“I’m confused about how people think Kroger would stay in business if they gave away $250 ‘coupons’ away,” said another. “It’s common sense, people.”“Just AMAZING how many of these fake ‘coupons’ people fall for … they whine about their privacy, but will give some random website their contact info every time, if they think they’re going to get something free,” added another. “smh [shaking my head].”From NTD.tvWatch Next:Trump Moves to Protect American Intellectual PropertyTrump imposed the tariffs in response to years of unfair trade practices and intellectual property theft by the communist regime. Follow Zachary on Twitter: @zackstieber The Kroger Co. corporate headquarters on July 15, 2008, in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. (Scott Olson/Getty Images) Show Discussion Kroger Issues Warning About ‘Unauthorized’ Coupon on Social Media By Zachary Stieber July 10, 2018 Updated: July 10, 2018  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Share this article US News Sharelast_img read more

first_img US News A display shows foreign exchange rates against Turkish liras in Istanbul on Aug. 2, 2018. OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images ISTANBUL—Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he stands by his opposition to high interest rates, amid sharp declines in the value of the lira, saying the currency’s weakness doesn’t reflect the country’s economic realities.Speaking to supporters in Trabzon on the Black Sea coast on Aug. 12, Erdogan dismissed suggestions that Turkey was in a financial crisis similar to those seen in Asia two decades ago—damping expectations of a boost in rates to support the currency.The Turkish lira has lost about 40 percent of its value this year, largely over worries about Erdogan’s influence over the economy, his repeated calls for lower interest rates in the face of high inflation, and worsening ties with the United States.“Interest rates are an exploitation tool that makes the rich richer and the poor poorer,” Erdogan said. “Nobody should try to make us fall into this trap, we won’t be fooled by this plot. Nobody should get excited.”Erdogan, who has called himself the “enemy of interest rates,” wants cheap credit from banks to fuel growth. However, investors fear that the economy is overheating and could be set for a hard landing.His comments on interest rates—and his recent appointment of his son-in-law as finance minister—have heightened perceptions that the central bank isn’t independent. Erdogan’s remarks also knocked back investors’ expectations of a rate increase from the central bank. The central bank raised interest rates to support the lira in an emergency move in May, but didn’t tighten monetary policy at its most recent meeting.On Aug. 10, the lira sank to a fresh record low, falling as much as 17 percent at one point, prompting calls from investors for central bank action to shore up the currency.On Aug. 12, Erdogan dismissed the plunge in lira as the result of a plot against the country, and said it doesn’t reflect economic reality.“What is the reason for all this storm in a tea cup? There is no economic reason for this. … This is called carrying out an operation against Turkey,” he said.DeadlineTurkey’s spat with the United States has weighed further on the lira. The two NATO allies have been at odds over a wide range of issues: diverging interests in Syria, Ankara’s ambition to buy Russian defense systems, and more recently, the case of Andrew Brunson, an evangelical pastor on trial in Turkey.After Brunson had been in jail for almost 20 months, a court in July ordered him to be moved to house arrest. Since then, President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have called for his release, while Ankara says the decision is up to the courts.Washington, in response, sanctioned two Turkish ministers, and Trump on Aug. 10 announced the United States would double tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Turkey, saying relations with Ankara were “not good at this time.”“Our response to those who wage a trade war against the whole world, and include our country in that, would be heading towards new markets and new alliances,” Erdogan said.Earlier this month, a Turkish delegation went to Washington and met with American counterparts, but there was no breakthrough.On Aug. 12, Erdogan revealed details of talks between the two countries over the pastor, saying the United States had given Turkey until Aug. 8 to release the pastor.“If we did not release him, they said they would sanction us. … What happened? Immediately, we have imposed the same sanctions on their ministers,” Erdogan said.By Humeyra Pamuk Turkey’s Erdogan Stands by Opposition to High Interest Rates By Reuters August 12, 2018 Updated: August 12, 2018  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Share this article Share Show Discussionlast_img read more

first_img Share A group of 22 state attorneys general and the District of Columbia late Monday asked a U.S. appeals court to reinstate the Obama administration’s 2015 landmark net neutrality rules and reject the Trump administration’s efforts to pre-empt states from imposing their own rules guaranteeing an open internet.The states, led by New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood, filed a lawsuit in January after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted in December along party lines to reverse rules that barred internet service providers from blocking or throttling traffic or offering paid fast lanes, also known as paid prioritization.Several internet companies filed a separate legal challenge on Monday to overturn the FCC ruling, including Mozilla Corp., Vimeo Inc., Etsy Inc., and numerous media and technology advocacy groups.The FCC handed sweeping new powers to internet providers to recast how Americans use the internet—as long as they disclose any changes. The new rules took effect in early June but major providers have made no changes to internet access.The states argue the FCC reversal will harm consumers.The states also suggested the FCC failed to identify any “valid authority” for pre-empting state and local laws that would protect net neutrality. Governors in six states have signed executive orders on net neutrality, while three states have enacted net neutrality legislation.FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has repeatedly said he believes the rules will be upheld and will encourage additional investment by providers. A spokesman for Pai did not immediately comment late Monday.The revised rules were a win for internet service providers, like Comcast Corp., AT&T Inc., and Verizon Communications Inc., whose practices faced significant government oversight and FCC investigations under the 2015 order, but the rules were opposed by internet firms like Facebook Inc., Inc. and Alphabet Inc.The FCC failed to offer a “meaningful defense of its decision to uncritically accept industry promises that are untethered to any enforcement mechanism,” the states said in a statement.The U.S. Senate voted in May to keep the Obama-era internet rules, but the measure is unlikely to be approved by the House of Representatives or the White House.The state attorneys general suing represent states with 165 million people—more than half the United States population—and include California, Illinois, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.The states argue the FCC action could harm public safety, citing electrical grids as an example. They argue, “The absence of open internet rules jeopardizes the ability to reduce load in times of extreme energy grid stress. Consequently, the order threatens the reliability of the electric grid.” Twenty-two States Ask U.S. Appeals Court to Reinstate Net Neutrality Rules By Reuters August 21, 2018 Updated: August 21, 2018 The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) logo is seen before the FCC Net Neutrality hearing in Washington Feb. 26, 2015. (Yuri Gripas/File Photo)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US News Share this article Show Discussion By David Shepardson last_img read more

first_img Two LSU football players were trying to sell an electronic item when one of them fatally shot an 18-year-old man trying to rob them, police said Sunday.A statement released by Baton Rouge police does not identify the players, but a person familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press that the players are running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire and linebacker Jared Small. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because LSU and police have not released the players’ names.The man killed was identified by police as Kobe Johnson. He was not an LSU student and died at the scene Saturday.LSU players called the police, waited at the scene, were questioned and were released while the investigation continues.After Johnson displayed a weapon, one of the players pulled out a handgun and fired multiple times, police said. Authorities have not said whether the player was licensed to carry the firearm he used.Edwards-Helaire, a Baton Rouge native, has rushed for 626 yards and seven touchdowns in 12 games this season. Small, a freshman who also is from Baton Rouge, has played sparingly. It remains to be seen how LSU will handle their playing status when the Tigers finish the season against UCF in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1.The only comment so far from LSU has come from athletic director Joe Alleva, who said in a statement that the university was “in constant contact with law enforcement regarding this terrible situation.”“Right now, our concern is for the safety and well-being of our student-athletes,” the statement said. “They have been involved in a traumatic incident and we have made our counselors available to assist immediately.”Alleva deferred all other questions to law enforcement.The shooting was the second involving an LSU athlete in the past three months. In late September, Tigers basketball player Wayde Sims, also a Baton Rouge native, was killed by gunfire on a street near Southern University’s campus while trying to defend a friend who’d been involved in a fight.By Brett Martel Police: LSU Player Kills Man Trying to Rob Him, Teammate By The Associated Press December 23, 2018 Updated: December 23, 2018 Crime and Incidents Clyde Edwards-Helaire #22 of the LSU Tigers reacts after rushing for a touchdown against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama on Sept. 15, 2018. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Share Share this article Show Discussionlast_img read more

first_imgIn this Feb. 22, 2017, file photo, Nathan Phillips, center with glasses, and other Dakota Access Pipeline protesters march in North Dakota. (Mike McCleary/The Bismarck Tribune via AP, File) Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Native American Who Confronted High School Students Has Violent Criminal Record, Escaped From Jail By Zachary Stieber January 24, 2019 Updated: January 24, 2019 Share The Native American activist who approached a group of teenagers in Washington on Jan. 18, with video of the incident going viral, has a violent criminal record that includes a prison escape.Nathan Phillips, whose given name is Nathaniel R. Stanard, was charged on May 8, 1974, with assault and escape from prison, according to the Lincoln Journal Star.An edition of The Lincoln Star the next day provided more details: Stanard, then 19, was “charged with escaping from the Nebraska Penal Complex where he was confined May 3,” it stated.Stanard initially pleaded innocent to assault but changed to a guilty plea on June 19 of that year and was fined $200, according to The Lincoln Star.  QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video A year earlier, Phillips had also gotten in trouble with the law.Then 18, he was charged with two counts, one for intoxication and one for the destruction of property. The latter was dismissed and he was sentenced to one year of probation for the former on Oct. 30, 1973, according to the Journal Star. On Nov. 22, 1975, he was sentenced to 12 days in jail for two counts, a minor possessing alcohol and intoxication, according to the Journal Star.Stanard was also charged multiple times for driving-related issues. On Aug. 28, 1973, for instance, he was fined $40 for driving in a negligent manner. Nathan Phillips (C), with other protesters near the main opposition camp against the Dakota Access oil pipeline near Cannon Ball, N.D., on Feb. 22, 2017. (Teray Sylvester/Reuters)Phillips’s life has come under examination after he sparked the incident on Jan. 18, sparking a slew of news stories that relied heavily on an edited video clip that, devoid of context, appeared to show a group of high school students jeering him as banged a drum in the face of one.Phillips made several allegations that were later proven false, such as saying the students blocked his passage to the Lincoln Memorial when, in fact, there was ample space on either side of them to pass by.Full video footage showed that the students, facing obscenities hurled by the Black Hebrew Israelites, a fringe religious group that often accosts people in New York City and Washington, responded by launching a series of school spirit chants. Into the fray waded Phillips, beating his drum and invading the personal space of one of the students while another Native American activist shouted at the group to “go back to Europe.”Phillips, who also lied about being a Vietnam veteran, has suggested that the student he confronted, Nick Sandmann, be expelled for standing and smiling.“At first I wanted the teachers and chaperones to be reprimanded, some fired, for letting this happen,” Phillips told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “For the students, I was against any expulsions, but now I have to revisit that.”He also slammed Sandmann after the student said he believed he was being peaceful by standing still and not reacting to the activist drumming in his face.Nick Sandmann in crowd Nick Sandmann, wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat, looks at Nathan Phillips, a Native American anti-President Donald Trump activist, after Philipps approached the Covington Catholic High School student in Washington on Jan. 18, 2019. (Survival Media Agency via AP)“I believed that by remaining motionless and calm, I was helping to diffuse the situation,” Sandmann said in a statement.“I realized everyone had cameras and that perhaps a group of adults was trying to provoke a group of teenagers into a larger conflict. I said a silent prayer that the situation would not get out of hand,” Sandmann continued.“He stole my narrative,” Phillips said. “From the time I hit that first beat of the drum until I hit the last beat, I was in prayer. Now all of a sudden, he’s the prayer guy and the passive one.”In a speech in front of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington the day after the incident, Phillips again berated the students and said that they should be punished by colleges that had accepted them, reported the Daily Caller.“We demand that the students of Covington Catholic High School be reprimanded—not just by the school officials as seniors, but by their upcoming universities,” he said.From NTD News Follow Zachary on Twitter: @zackstieber US News Show Discussionlast_img read more

first_imgA sign reading “Looters will be shot!!” sits in front of a flooded home on Turtle Bay in Fort Smith, Ark., on May 29, 2019. (Ben Goff/The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US News Share this article Show Discussioncenter_img Levees Strained as Arkansas River Stays at Record Levels By The Associated Press May 31, 2019 Updated: May 31, 2019 Share The Arkansas River held steady at record levels on May 30, putting enormous pressure on aging levees and offering little relief to areas enduring historic flooding.Officials expected hundreds of homes to flood in Fort Smith, Arkansas’ second-largest city. In nearby Van Buren, officials warned that a levee protecting a mostly rural area was “showing signs of significant leakage and deterioration.”Just across the border in Oklahoma’s Muskogee County, the conditions have already prompted the evacuations of more than 2,400 people and flooded nearly 1,100 homes, according to the local emergency management department.Arkansas officials kept a watchful eye on a weakened levee in rural Crawford County on the western edge of the state. Sheriff Ron Brown said an 80-foot-wide section of the levee slid down on May 28, but workers were able to reinforce it to prevent the levee from being breached.Brown said the levee was still at risk of failing. If that happens, about 250 people and 150 structures would be at risk.All other levees in Arkansas were in good shape as the river level remained at a historic crest on May 30, according to Col. Bob Dixon of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. But he said local levee boards should have a plan in place in case a levee fails, because the flooding is expected to persist for days if not weeks. “My concern is, they are designed for a temporary load and they are holding a lot more water than they have been tested on before,” Dixon said.Meanwhile, portions of the raging river showed signs of receding upstream in northeastern Oklahoma as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers scaled back releases from a hydroelectric dam near Tulsa, about 104 miles (167 kilometers) northeast of Fort Smith.Powerful storms that dropped more than 20 inches of rain on parts of the region over the past month have overwhelmed the Keystone Lake reservoir, which drains a watershed of about 22,000 square miles in Oklahoma and Kansas.Lt. Col. Adam Weece said releases from the dam into the swollen river have fallen from a high of 275,000 cubic feet per second on May 29 to 240,000 cubic feet per second.“We’ve been stepping down the release overnight. It’s a gradual process,” Weece said, noting that the Corps plans to reduce flow to 100,000 cubic feet per second by June 4.The river’s level in Tulsa crested on May 29 and had fallen by almost 2 feet by May 30, according to the National Weather Service.Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said on May 30 that more than 400 homes have been voluntarily evacuated because of the flooding. The Republican said he directed another $250,000 in state funds toward the flood response and requested federal assistance from the Trump administration.At least one death in Arkansas has been blamed on the flooding. In Illinois, Gov. J.B. Pritzker activated the National Guard to respond to recent severe flooding there.“Just spoke to Governor @AsaHutchinson of the Great State of Arkansas to inform him that FEMA and the Federal Government will do whatever is necessary to help out with what has turned out to be Record Flooding. Asa and local officials are doing a great job!” President Donald Trump said in a May 28 post on Twitter. last_img read more

first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussion Supreme Court Allows Bladensburg Cross to Stay on Public Land By Matthew Vadum June 20, 2019 Updated: June 20, 2019 US News Sharecenter_img Visitors walk around the 40-foot Maryland Peace Cross dedicated to World War I soldiers in Bladensburg, Md., on Feb.13 ,2019. (Kevin Wolf/AP Photo) Share this article WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court rejected arguments that a large Latin cross must be relocated from public land in a Maryland suburb of Washington because its prominence supposedly implies government endorsement of Christianity.The ruling about the Bladensburg Peace Cross in American Legion v. American Humanist Association was handed down June 20. By a vote of 7 to 2, justices held that Maryland isn’t violating the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment by allowing the cross on public land and spending taxpayer dollars for its upkeep. The Trump administration backed the American Legion in the litigation.“For nearly a century, the Bladensburg Cross has expressed the community’s grief at the loss of the young men who perished, its thanks for their sacrifice, and its dedication to the ideals for which they fought,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the majority opinion.“It has become a prominent community landmark, and its removal or radical alteration at this date would be seen by many not as a neutral act but as the manifestation of ‘a hostility toward religion that has no place in our Establishment Clause traditions.’”There should be a “strong presumption of constitutionality” in favor of “retaining established, religiously expressive monuments, symbols, and practices,” he wrote. It may be “especially difficult” to ascertain the “original purpose or purposes” of practices, symbols, or monuments that “were first established long ago.”American Legion National Commander Brett P. Reistad hailed the ruling, calling it “an overall victory for freedom.” “This was not just about a single cross,” Reistad said in a press release. “This was about the right of a community to honor its fallen heroes.”The American Legion was founded in 1919 and reports having two million members.The American Humanist Association tried unsuccessfully to prove that the concrete and granite cross that honors 49 local soldiers who died in World War I was purely sectarian. The American Legion helped pay for construction, which was completed in 1925. The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, which owns the small traffic circle in the center of a busy three-way junction in Veterans Memorial Park in Bladensburg, Maryland, took over the memorial in 1961, and it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2015.Previously, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the Humanist Association, finding the cross is the “preeminent symbol of Christianity” and even in the context of a memorial, it “serves not simply as a generic symbol of death, but rather a Christian symbol of the death of Jesus Christ.”An exchange between Monica J. Miller, counsel for the American Humanist Association, and justices during oral arguments Feb. 27 summed up the case for removing the cross.“I’m not aware of any case or reason to say that a large Latin cross can be stripped of its religious meaning. … Its meaning as a war memorial is distinctly for Christians,” Miller said.Justice Neil Gorsuch asked Miller if the Ten Commandments, which he pointed out are depicted in a frieze in the courtroom, were “too loud.”“This is the only area I can think of … where we allow people to sue over an offense because, for them, it is too loud,” Gorsuch said. “Why shouldn’t we apply our normal standing rules and require more than mere offense to make a federal case out of these?”Miller answered it was more than a case of “mere offense.”“We’re talking about the government being the speaker and essentially giving you the message as the non-Christian in your community that you are a lesser citizen,” he said.In response to a question from Justice Stephen Breyer, Miller added that the cross isn’t “just some sort of passive display that people don’t take note of.” It is more “like a billboard,” ingraining “in your mind … [an] association between … being Christian and having valor, having courage.”In the new opinion, Justice Alito acknowledged that the cross “came into widespread use as a symbol of Christianity by the fourth century,” but today, “there are many contexts in which the symbol has also taken on a secular meaning.”The use of the cross in registered trademarks such as those belonging to Blue Cross Blue Shield, the Bayer Group, and some Johnson & Johnson products today is “indisputably secular,” he added.The U.S. military stopped using rectangular slabs to mark graves during World War I, replacing them with crosses, Alito wrote. “[W]hen Americans saw photographs of these cemeteries, what struck them were rows and rows of plain white crosses. As a result, the image of a simple white cross “developed into a ‘central symbol’” of the conflict and lost any exclusively religious associations it had.In a dissenting opinion, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, joined by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, sided with the Humanist Association’s position on the cross.Today, the court “erodes” its commitment to religious neutrality, “diminishing precedent designed to preserve individual liberty and civic harmony in favor of a ‘presumption of constitutionality for longstanding monuments, symbols, and practices,’” Ginsburg wrote.The presence of the Peace Cross on a public highway “elevates Christianity over other faiths, and religion over nonreligion.”The left-wing group People for the American Way blasted the ruling. PFAW Senior Fellow Elliot Mincberg said Ginsburg was justified in commenting that the decision “erodes” government neutrality toward religion. last_img read more

first_imgWillow FiddlerAPTN NewsThe year began with an end — an end to “challenging times” for former Thunder Bay Police Chief J.P. Levesque.In January a judge acquitted Levesque on criminal charges for his involvement with a police investigation of former city mayor Keith Hobbs.The Thunder Bay Police Services Board saw the decision as a win.“We’re all feeling really good going forward for the reputation of the city and the reputation of the police.” said former board chair Jackie Dojack.But with 11 months left in the year, the police force’s troubles were far from over.Jan. 28 marked the one year anniversary of an incident that rattled many, when 34-year-old Barbara Kentner was hit in the stomach by a trailer hitch thrown from a passing vehicle.The young mother succumbed to the injury months later.Community members came together to remember her.“I don’t want anyone to forget what happened to her,” said Nichole Langdon, who helped organize a vigil for Kentner.Brayden Bushby faces second-degree murder charges for Kentners’s death.In March the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD) found two Thunder Bay police investigators guilty of disorderly conduct and neglect of duty for their work in the death investigation of Stacy Debungee.It was Debungee’s case that prompted the OIPRD to review 37 more police investigations, most of them involving Indigenous people.It was a good indication of what was yet to come.“Because of all these facts I’m here to call for the resignation of Chief Levesque,” Chief Robin McGinnis of Rainy River First Nation said at the time. “And if he refuses to resign, I’m calling for the board to fire him.”The police board did not fire the chief, but Levesque quietly announced his retirement shortly thereafter.Two years ago Angelique Eaglewoman made history when she was appointed the first Indigenous dean of law in Canada.She then made headlines again in 2018 after resigning over alleged systemic discrimination at the hands of her employer, Lakehead University.Eaglewoman filed a $2.6 million lawsuit against the institution, which is still before the courts.In the midst of a heavy year, jingle dress dancers united to share cultural teachings with students.But it was much more than a lesson.“There’s been a lot of, like a negative atmosphere around the rivers and the seven students inquest and I was beginning to see it was all negative stuff, so I wanted to bring some positivity and some culture and just some pride and identity,” said Cheryl Suggashie, one of the dancers and an organizer of the event.Then, in December, the OIPRD’s report “Broken Trust” was released.The two-year investigation into the TBPS confirmed what many Indigenous people had been saying all along.“Overall I found that systemic racism exists in Thunder Bay Police Service at an institutional level,” OIPRD Director Gerry McNeilly announced.Two days later the Thunder Bay police were further disgraced with the release of Senator Murray Sinclair’s report for the Ontario Civilian Police Commission.That report echoed its predecessor’s findings of overt and systemic racism.It also recommended a solution — to dissolve the board and replace it with a single administrator.“We acknowledge unequivocally that systemic racism exists both in the service and the board,” said Tom Lockwood, the police board’s new administrator.Among the chaos in Thunder Bay, some milestones were reached.Sylvie Hauth was named the city’s first female police chief, and Celina Reitberger was appointed the first Indigenous chair of the police board.In January APTN will continue bringing you coverage from Ontario’s far north.On Jan. 15 we are slated to find out if Brayden Bushby will stand trial for the death of [email protected]@WillowBlasizzolast_img read more

first_imgLaurie HamelinAPTN NewsFrustrated with the estimated 100,000 seals swimming off the coast of British Columbia, commercial fishers are now calling for a yearly harvest.“An annual commercial harvest will bring back balance,” says Thomas Sewid of the Pacific Balance Pinniped Society.Media from across the world have been focusing on what some are calling a war on seals and sea lions in the waters off the B.C. coast.One Facebook video shows a local fisherman tossing a small explosive, known as a bear banger, into a group of sea lions in the Straight of Georgia.People were horrified by the video – and reaction on social media was harsh.No seals appear to be harmed in the video.Sewid says he understands the reason behind the bear banger.Sewid is a Kwakwaka’wakw commercial fisherman originally from Alert Bay, B.C.He’s watched the numbers of pinnipeds grow all his life.(Photo courtesy: Pacific Balance Pinniped Society)Pinnipeds are marine mammals that have front and rear flippers.“The pinniped population in B.C. waters has exploded in the last 25 years,” he says. “And they’re hungry.”“As commercial fisherman the frustration is we are seeing closures and restrictions constantly.  We know that the population of salmon and other fin fish are dropping considerably and then we have to try to catch herring and we have hundreds of sea lions in our nets.”Sewid says a controlled commercial harvest run by First Nations will enhance critically low fish stocks.“Give us First Nations the right under food, social, ceremonial to not only continue our harvest, but expand it so that we have these markets established to sell every part of the seals and sea lions we harvest,” he says.“Thus bringing back the balance within our waters once again.”(Fisherman Thomas Sewid says, “An annual commercial harvest will bring back balance.” Photo: Laurie Hamelin/APTN)Sewid’s group proposes to bring the seal population down by half – harvesting a few thousand each year.Carl Walters, a fish biologist and a professor emeritus with the University of British Columbia, supports the harvest.“First Nations people have been harvesting seals along the coast for thousands of years and the current population size out there is about double what it was in the late 1800’s when the last small pox outbreak really devastated the First Nations populations along the coast,” Walters says.“This situation today out here is way out of line with anything from the last several millennia.”Pinnipeds eat millions of tonnes of commercially valuable fish.“The biggest change we see in the Georgia Straight is that Chinook and Coho salmon have dropped about 90 per cent since 1970, as the seal abundance has gone up,” says Walters.“So what used to be the most valuable fishery in B.C. is now a tenth of what it was back then.”(This sea lion was shot in the eye and is recovering at the Vancouver aquarium. Photo courtesy: Vancouver aquarium) The hunting of seals has been banned along the west coast since the 1970s – but the Pacific Balance Pinniped Society’s formal proposal to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) could change things.“Together with DFO we are going to be analyzing the pinniped meat and blubber so that it meets Canada food standards certification for human consumption and pet food consumption,” says Sewid.But a west coast seal harvest won’t win the government any public relations points –  and there will be stiff opposition to any sort of cull.In a statement to APTN News, DFO says there are no plans to authorize a large scale fishery or cull of seals or sea lions at this time.But over 100 different First Nations are in favour of the harvest – and an annual hunt would mean much needed jobs.“We’re looking at over 4,000 jobs created in B.C. alone for people to go out harvesting pinnipeds and spin off industry supporting that,” Sewid says.“That is a lot of money going into our coastal communities.”[email protected]@lauriehamelinlast_img read more

first_imgCombining Honda’s expertise in robotics and in motorbikes, Tom Hylton envisions a solution that helps disabled ride bikes, perhaps even in a professional capacity.The Honda Prosthetic Arm exists in the capacity of a concept, and allows people without an arm to operate a Honda motorcycle. The arm attached at the shoulder and plugs right into the handlebar, giving you a great grip over the bike. The robotic arm is also built to send commands to the bike, allowing you to accelerate, decelerate, or even brake without the need of a palm or a hand.“The bike and the prosthetic communicate with each other and the rider to calculate appropriate lean angles and aid body positioning, it will also eject with the rider in the event of an accident. It Is modular to suit trans-humeral and trans-radial amputees and I’m currently designing a leg to go with.” says designer Tom Hylton.Designer: Tom HyltonSharePinShareFlipSharePocket896 Shareslast_img read more

first_img Google+ St. Charles Cancer Center Grand Opening Celebration LinkedIn Pinterest Twitter E-Headlines Tumblr Facebook 0 Patients, family members, friends, donors, caregivers, physicians and all those interested in attending are invited to the grand opening celebration for the new St. Charles Cancer Center. The event will begin at 5:30pm, August 14 with a short program, ribbon-cutting ceremony, tours of the facility and refreshments in the healing garden. Dr. Dhara MacDermed will play the cello during the event accompanied by an 89-year-old cancer survivor.“We started this journey many years ago to build a comprehensive cancer center where all services are available in one location,” said Dr. Linyee Chang, medical director of the St. Charles Cancer Center. “It is time to celebrate the incredible amount of time, effort and resources that have gone into making this healing facility a reality.”The $13 million cancer center was designed and developed with input from caregivers and patients. Floor-to-ceiling windows along one wall of the medical oncology room will give chemotherapy and other infusion patients a healing, peaceful view during their treatment. Exam rooms have separate entrances for patients and staff, so that patients have a direct route with little congestion in the hallways. Work areas for physicians, nurses and other patient care support staff are located in an open, central area where the entire team can communicate easily and better coordinate care.The new Les Schwab Medical Oncology Wing opened to patients July 1, while the John D. Picchetti Radiation Oncology Wing renovation will be complete this month.Thanks to community donations, St. Charles Foundation has raised 97 percent of its $5.7 million capital campaign toward the project.“This event is one way we hope to show our gratitude to the Central Oregon community for coming together and supporting cancer services in our region,” said Lisa Dobey, executive director of St. Charles Foundation. “Please join us as we celebrate the care and service this new center will provide our community for decades to come.” By CBN St. Charles Cancer Center Email Share. on August 12, 2014last_img read more

first_imgParalyzed Sisters Man Wins National Award for Wheelchair Design LinkedIn Pinterest on November 15, 2016 E-Headlines Google+ Twitter Emailcenter_img Tumblr (Photo above: Erik Himbert, who hopes to market his specialty wheelchair, built the prototype and has remodeled two cars in his home’s garage shop. Photo by Steve Kadel) A Central Oregon man has won a nationwide contest by designing and building a wheelchair that allows users increased mobility as well as health benefits. Erik Himbert of Sisters hopes his award will be a springboard to producing and marketing the product.The 38-year-old man was named grand prize winner this month by Eastwood Co., which makes vehicle restoration and customizing tools. The company’s DIY Challenge required contestants to build a transportation device entirely by themselves. A panel of judges made the final decision among five finalists, rating each entry on originality, creativity and online votes from the public.“Erik’s build shows creativity in both design and execution,” judge Mike Joy wrote on the DIY Challenge website. “His build required as much or more special design and fabrication than the others. This is where a do-it-yourselfer stands out and achieves ‘legendary’ status.”Himbert and friend Paul Rollins were guests of Eastwood for three days in Las Vegas this month, during which Himbert was announced as national winner. Himbert attended the Specialty Equipment Market Association’s (SEMA) trade show with his winning project on display and was a focus of attention from attendees. Being there also fulfilled a longtime goal.“The SEMA show has always been on my bucket list,” he said. “It’s not open to the public. It’s really cool to see that stuff.”When not appearing at the show, Himbert said, he and Rollins were treated like royalty by Eastwood officials.“It was awesome,” he said. “They chauffeured us around.”The choice to build a stand-up wheelchair was easy for Himbert, whose legs were paralyzed in a 2009 snowboarding accident. He was an active person before the injury, playing hockey three times a week in addition to pursuing mountain sports. Being confined to a wheelchair was a difficult change.Instead of feeling sorry for himself, Himbert started brainstorming a way to regain as much movement as possible. First he designed and built a standing metal frame with which he could hoist himself from the chair for periods of time.“The problem with that was I’m just standing, not going anywhere,” he said.So Himbert went back to the drawing board and came up with the stand-up wheelchair, once again building it in the garage of his home. The new device allowed Himbert to retain some muscle tone rather than sitting all the time.“Bone density is a big problem, too,” he said. “So is blood flow. Being confined to a chair, I see how bad it is on our bodies to be sitting for so long. When I got out of the hospital, it was all about how could I recover and do things I did before. You have no idea how frustrating it is to be 6-foot-3 and not be able to do simple things like change a lightbulb or reach things on the top shelf at the grocery store.”Now Himbert hopes to give other wheelchair-users the same expanded freedom he enjoys. His goal is to partner with someone for financial backing of the venture. Those who are interested in a potential partnership may contact him at [email protected], Himbert’s vision doesn’t necessarily lead to monetary wealth.“I’m not in it for the money,” he said. “I want to help other people.”Some companies already make standing wheelchairs, but Himbert considers those too heavy and expensive. Also, they don’t break down easily to put into a car as does his model, he said.Himbert is a man of strong faith who teaches music at Sisters Christian Academy in addition to offering private music lessons. His range of abilities has always included aptitude for mechanics. Before building the stand-up wheelchair, he renovated a 1958 Chevrolet pickup truck and a 1954 Bel Air car in his garage, designing the hand controls for both vehicles.“I think I’ve been an engineer since I was born,” he said. “I’ve always been interested in how things work. Not having the use of my legs has required me to build things to be able to do what I want in life.”Himbert had been toying with the idea of building a standing wheelchair for quite a while before hearing about the Eastwood contest.During the summer, when Himbert was named one of the five finalists, Eastwood flew him and Rollins to Philadelphia for announcement festivities.The company also gave each finalist $500 and equipment valued at up to $2,000 to help them complete their project.Despite the contest having ended, Himbert continues to fine-tune his stand-up chair.“It’s kind of a prototype and I’m still working out the bugs,” he said recently. “I did it over a six-week period, but I think most of it was scratching my head.”The former Southern California resident acknowledged that his faith helped him handle effects of the snowboarding accident. The moment he was hurt remains vivid in his mind.Himbert slammed into an ice block at high speed, thinking it was powder snow that would simply lift him off the ground a bit. Instead, he shot into the air and shattered a vertebra on the crash-landing. He spent more than two months in a hospital.“It was bad,” he said. “It was like falling from a two-story building.”Now, Himbert’s mountain sports life has ended but he has new motivation with the possible manufacture and distribution of stand-up wheelchairs.“The contest kick-started this idea I had in my head,” he said. “The contest is good exposure, if nothing else. It’s not about myself. I’ve always thought, ‘How can I make this help other people?’” Facebook 0 By Steve Kadel CBN Feature Writer Share.last_img read more

first_img Twitter By CBN Tumblr on January 25, 2018 Email LinkedIn Google+ Employment in Central Oregon December 2017 center_img E-Headlines There were significantly fewer seasonal job losses across the High Desert than typically expected in December. There will likely be significant changes to these estimates as our next release of monthly employment data will be revised using payroll tax records.Crook County: The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was little changed in December at 6.2 percent from 6.3 percent in November. The unemployment rate is essentially unchanged from this time last year when it was 6.4 percent.Crook County shed 70 jobs in December, fewer losses than typically expected this time of year.Employment levels are up 1.2 percent (+70 jobs) from this time last year. Growth is being slowed by job losses in government agencies, in particular, state (-30) and federal government (-20). The private sector posted relatively strong gains, adding 150 jobs (+3.3%). Much of this growth was in leisure and hospitality and professional and business services.Deschutes County (Bend-Redmond MSA): The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.1 percent in December. The rate is little changed from this time last year when it was 4.4 percent.Deschutes County shed 220 jobs in December, significantly fewer jobs losses than typically expected this time of year. This represented a seasonally adjusted gain of 430 jobs in December.The county added around 2,600 jobs in the past 12 months. Our growth rate of 3.3 percent over the past year is relatively slow for Deschutes County during this current expansion. Growth remains concentrated in professional and business services; construction; health care, and manufacturing. Losses were largely concentrated in leisure and hospitality, however a subgroup of this sector, accommodation and food services, posted strong job growth from last December. In other words, restaurants and hotels are doing well, but other tourism-related businesses are down from last year.Jefferson County: The unemployment rate was little changed at 5.3 percent in December. The rate is down from last year when it was 6.0 percent, not a statistically significant decline.Jefferson County shed 50 jobs in December, fewer losses than typically expected this time of year. Typically Jefferson County would expect to lose over 100 jobs in December.Employment levels are up 4.7 percent (+290 jobs) compared to this time last year. The rate of job growth was amongst the fastest in the state and the fastest in the tri-county area. Employment levels are now only about 60 jobs shy of the previous peak in 2005. This rapid growth is being driven by hiring in manufacturing (+180 jobs), but also strong gains in retail and leisure and hospitality.The Oregon Employment Department and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) work cooperatively to develop and publish monthly payroll employment and labor force data for Oregon’s metropolitan areas and counties. The estimates of monthly job gains and losses are based on a survey of businesses. The estimates of unemployment are based on a survey of households and other sources.The Oregon Employment Department payroll employment estimates are revised quarterly using information from unemployment insurance tax records. All department publications use data from this official Oregon series unless noted.  0 Pinterest Share. Facebooklast_img read more

first_img This past January, Las Vegas hosted the Consumer Electronics Show where Speech Technology was the bright shining star and a definite win in the consumer market. With examples like Alexa, Siri, Cortana and Google Assistant, speech technology is sure to be a major player in the Audio Visual industry soon.What is Speech Technology?According to Wikipedia, speech technology relates to the technologies designed to duplicate and respond to the human voice. They have many uses. These include aid to the voice-disabled, the hearing-disabled, and the blind, along with communication with computers without a keyboard. They enhance game software and aid in marketing goods or services by telephone. The subject includes several subfields such as Speech synthesis, Speech recognition, Speaker recognition, Speaker verification, Speech encoding, and Multimodal interaction.Audio Visual Uses for Speech TechnologyAlong with other AV experts, I anticipate speech technology will also have many AV uses. For example, rather than typing instructions into a keyboard, we will soon merely speak our orders into a microphone. Soon, all our devices will evolve to offer voice-enabled services.Additionally, imagine you are in a crowded and bustling room full of people. You attempt to give voice commands to your smartphone but to no avail. The microphone reception is just too garbled, and Siri calls your sister instead. However, upcoming generations of users may no longer have this problem. New features will be available that will integrate audio and visual cues, interpreting both your voice commands in conjunction with the movement of your mouth. Essentially, your new device will “read” your lips while also “listening” to your words. And of course, this will greatly improve recognition accuracy, especially in the presence of noisy areas.The Winter 2018 edition of Speech Technology magazine had an interesting article (p. 15) also reporting on the use of voice-powered application for the Internet of Things (IoT) realm. Simply put, IoT is the interconnection via the Internet of computing devices embedded in everyday objects, enabling them to send and receive data. Quoting from a Strategy Analytics report titled, “From Alexa to Industry: Opportunities for a Voice-Powered Internet of Things,” the article states, “Voice can be used to communicate and to control and with proper consideration of fitness for purpose, it can result in a more natural experience for the user. In some cases, voice presents a vital hands-free experience for users, an extra layer of security, and even lower build costs than expensive touchscreen panels.” From my perspective, this is a very interesting prospect for implementation and application.Challenges for ImplementationImplementing speech technology is not without its challenges. Of course, like any new technology, cost is a major factor for most consumers. The previously mentioned virtual assistants (Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant and Cortana) are offered on a wide range of speakers ranging in cost from $50 – $300. This range has at least allowed these voice assistants to be main stream for consumers. However, these devices are limited for personal and entertainment uses only. While speech technology is much more accurate than a few years ago, accuracy is currently around 90 percent. This still leaves too much wiggle room for errors, especially within business settings. And finally, the goal is to ultimately sound and feel like human interaction. Regretfully, the responding voices are still a bit robot-like. Again, for businesses hoping to mirror human interaction, a robot-like customer service encounter is not preferable.Scratching the SurfaceThe Consumer Electronics Show is the world’s gathering place for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. The CES website states it has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50 years — the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. Given that speech technology seemed to be a part of every exhibitor display, I am certain we have only scratched the surface of this technology’s everyday • 541-388-1732 • [email protected] Twitter Google+ E-Headlines LinkedIn Share. AV & Speech Technology on April 18, 2018center_img 0 Email Pinterest By Tony the AV Guy Tumblr Facebooklast_img read more

first_img Tumblr Redmond Police Department Announces New Online Crime Reporting Tool Pinterest on December 6, 2018 Twitter Google+ By CBN Facebookcenter_img Share. The Redmond Police Department has launched a new online reporting system that allows residents to file non-emergency police reports over the internet. Reports submitted online receive the same time and attention as more conventional reporting. Residents can access the system through the City of Redmond’s website at“Online reporting allows the public the convenience of reporting non-emergencies quickly and efficiently” states Lieutenant Jesse Petersen.The reporting system is designed to take reports for property crimes, theft and criminal mischief with damages valued under $10,000; as well as minor auto collisions and vehicle break-ins. When the reporting process is complete, residents receive a case tracking number and a temporary report that can be printed for their records or for filing insurance claims.An official report is emailed within five business days at no cost.For residents who do not have access to the internet, a self-reporting kiosk will be available in the Police Department’s lobby at 777 SW Deschutes Ave, Redmond, OR. If the crime you would like to report is not listed on the online reporting system, please call the Redmond Police Department directly at 541-693-6911. For all crimes in progress, emergency situations, or any violent crimes, call 9-1-1. 0 E-Headlines LinkedIn Emaillast_img read more

first_img LinkedIn Twitter 0 on January 21, 2019 How Oregon Hailstorms Affect Your Car Insurance By CBN Tumblr Share.center_img Facebook Google+ Every year, the National Weather Service estimates there are 3,000 hailstorms in the United States, and the state of Oregon receives a fair amount of them. Although the size of the hail can vary from tiny pebbles to golf balls, even the smallest pieces can cause damage. One of the many things that these storms can destroy is your vehicle. If you live in Oregon, you want to prepare for the impact of hailstorms on your car insurance.Hail can cause damage to cars, homes, lawns and other property. The destruction can range from minor scratches or dents to broken items. The estimated cost is about $1 billion in the United States, according to In some cases, people have reported physical injuries during hailstorms. In May 2018, hailstorms hit Central Oregon. Students at a Culver middle school track meet reported seeing golf ball size hail that appeared suddenly. Many of the students suffered welts and other injuries from the hail before they could hide from it. They had bruises on their arms, legs, heads and necks, but no one was severely hurt.When a car gets trapped in a hailstorm, it gets bruised in a different way. The damage can range from dents to broken windshields. It can also lead to smashed windows, mirrors and windshield wipers. In severe cases where the storms are very strong, cars may end up with holes in the roof or hood and damaged engines. Minor scratches and dings can be buffed and painted. However, damage that is more serious can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars to fix.In general, your car insurance policy should cover hail damage as long as you have comprehensive coverage. In the state of Oregon, comprehensive auto insurance typically costs $1,253 per year. Although a basic policy with minimum coverage is cheaper in Oregon and costs $745 per year, you will not be covered for hailstorms with it.The Insurance Services Office (ISO) reports that hail claims for auto policies reached 965,000 filings in 2016. However, many people face a dilemma when they see their cars after a hailstorm: Should they file a claim? For minor hail damage, it may not be worth filing because the deductible may be higher than the cost of repairs. For severe hail damage, filing may be worth it, but it could also lead to the car being considered totaled.One of the biggest concerns for car owners after a hailstorm is the impact of filing a claim on their car insurance rates. Oregon already has some of the highest rates in the country for comprehensive coverage, so it is easy to understand why residents worry about their insurance bill increasing even more. Fortunately, most insurance companies will not raise a person’s rate after a hail damage claim. In general, claims for natural events or disasters do not lead to a rate increase. However, it is important to note that the total number of claims on your insurance record can affect the overall rate.What can you do the next time you see a hailstorm coming? First, get inside a safe building and stay away from the windows. Keep your car in a garage or carport to avoid damage. If this is not possible, consider covering the vehicle with a special cover or blankets. When you are on the road and cannot find cover, pull over to the side if possible to avoid driving in this type of storm. Keep as much distance as possible between you and the other vehicles and use your low-beam headlights.Hailstorms are an annoyance for Oregon drivers. Fortunately, they have learned different ways to adapt to them and stay safe. Most experts recommend always carrying a first-aid kit, food, water and blankets in your car. During a hailstorm, a blanket can protect you from flying glass if the windshield or windows break. Consider getting a thicker blanket, instead of a foil one, for these purposes.If you cannot escape the hail and end up with damage to your vehicle, start by taking photos. Try to file a claim as soon as possible because insurance companies frequently get overwhelmed after major storms as many auto owners file at the same time. Then, try to prevent further damage by using tarps to cover any holes or broken car windows. You will not be able to fix anything until the claim goes through, but using temporary tarps can prevent other problems from appearing. Make sure you to ask your insurance company if you can make other changes while waiting for processing of the damage claim.In Oregon, hailstorms have destroyed everything from crops to cars. Fortunately, comprehensive car insurance covers most hail damage, so there is one less thing to worry about for stressed drivers. E-Headlines Pinterest Emaillast_img read more

first_imgThis NYC Startup Just Raised $2M to Bring an Entirely New Purpose to The Phone BoothAugust 22, 2018 by AlleyWatch 519SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin Even if you don’t have a massive office budget, there’s no reason to sacrifice an uplifting and comfortable working environment thanks to ROOM’s flagship product Room One.  It’s a soundproof and affordable in-office booth that resembles a modern, sleek telephone booth.  It’s the perfect size to create a customizable, soundproof, creative space that offers privacy for your team when they need to get away from the open office environment. ROOM delivers directly to the consumer in a flat box and it is easy to install and set up.AlleyWatch spoke with CEO and cofounder Brian Chen about the possibilities for ROOM’s expansion after its recent Seed round.Who were your investors and how much did you raise? We closed a $2M seed round that was led by Slow Ventures.Tell us about the product or service that ROOM offers.Our flagship product is the ROOM One. Using sustainably sourced materials, we created a soundproof and affordable in-office booth that gives people the space they need to think, create, and get work done.What inspired you to start ROOM?Both Morten and I were inspired to start ROOM from our own personal struggles working in open offices. We were tired of the constant noise and distractions endemic to startup offices, but existing privacy solutions were either too expensive or inconvenient. We actually tried to build our own booth before ROOM came to life, but it quickly became clear that we hadn’t thought through all the details – like air ventilation or acoustics. The makeshift booth got pretty warm, and it was coined “the sweatbox”. Since then, we’ve worked with acoustics experts and significantly improved our design to create a comfortable space that reintroduces privacy into the workplace.How is ROOM different?We’ve created a product that businesses need and coupled it with an innovative direct-to-business model. This keeps costs low for our customers without compromising quality. We wanted to create a solution that is first and foremost accessible—our booth is significantly less expensive than our competitors’, it ships flat, and it’s easy to self-install. We’ve thought about the customer experience from beginning to end and kept this principle of accessibility in mind throughout.What market does ROOM target and how big is it? Our product caters to everyone from Fortune 500 companies to emerging startups. Any company that has recently migrated to an open floor plan or has struggled with the distraction of noise in the office, can benefit from our booth.What’s your business model?We’re taking a direct-to-consumer approach to a B2B industry. Unlike a lot of other office furniture, customers are able to purchase our product online, get free shipping with transparent pricing, and have our product shipped directly to their office. We aim to make the ROOM journey as hassle-free as buying any other consumer product.Are there plans to expand the offering beyond the booth?Definitely. It is our mission to make room for better work environments. A soundproof privacy room addresses an urgent need in today’s offices, so it’s a great first step, but our belief is that you shouldn’t need the budget of a Google or Facebook to have an inspiring and healthy workplace. So we see several areas and product categories within the office that are desperately in need of innovation and accessible solutions.What was the funding process like?The fundraising process was surprisingly fast. Going into it, we were wary of how much fundraising can be a distraction to building a business, and how the process can drag for several months. We were fortunate to meet Slow Ventures early on in our process. They quickly developed conviction around our vision, and we enjoyed working with them right off the bat.What are the biggest challenges that you faced while raising capital?We started our fundraising process at the end of June. We thought VCs took August off, but it turns out that holiday schedules pretty much start by the Fourth of July! Kidding aside, we approached investors from both coasts, and it actually did prove difficult to coordinate with everyone’s travel schedules.What factors about your business led your investors to write the check?Our traction to date – reaching a $10M sales run rate in a matter of months – made it clear that we’ve stumbled pretty quickly upon product-market fit. That certainly helped. Another factor that resonated with our investors is that we are truly a mission-driven company. We are passionate about creating better and more inspiring workplace experiences. We are in this for the long haul, and this is truly just the beginning of our journey.What are the milestones you plan to achieve in the next six months? With this round of funding, we will be focused on further scaling our operations to meet customer demand, and generally supporting the expansion of the business.What advice can you offer companies in New York that do not have a fresh injection of capital in the bank?Start by building a product that solves an urgent problem—whatever the industry may be. If you build something that people need, investors will take note, and the funding will follow.Where do you see the company going now over the near term?In the near term, we are motivated by the idea that there should be a whole lot more spaces for privacy than exist today. Nearly every office we visit, no matter the size of the company, deals with the problem of noise and lack of privacy, so we are laser-focused on growing this new category and creating awareness around the need for privacy in healthy and productive work environments.What’s your favorite restaurant in the city?This is almost impossible to answer since we live in one of the world’s greatest cities for food, but an old favorite of mine is Village Taverna. It’s an unassuming neighborhood spot that features traditional Greek food. They always use fresh, high-quality ingredients, and the place somehow always has just the right amount of buzz. PREVIOUS POSTNEXT POSTcenter_img Filed Under: #NYCTech, AlleyTalk, Angel/Seed, Funded in the Alley, Funded in the Alley, Funding, Funding News, Interviews, Real Estate, Startups Tagged With: Slow Ventureslast_img read more

first_imgIn business and romantic relationships, similar rules apply.Business ventures are a give-and-take experience. Having a healthy relationship with your clients is necessary for your business to succeed. There’s the key word: “healthy.” Both you and your client have to establish a healthy relationship on both sides.Obviously you and your client have separate goals, but the end result you want is to benefit both parties. Yet we’ve all been taught that the client is always right. But if the relationship becomes toxic and the customer becomes highly unprofitable, it is wise to walk away from the relationship and let them choose a new vendor.Let’s take a look at some examples of red-flag behaviors that could signal a potentially toxic client:Psycho Dialer (or Emailer)An overly communicative client is someone who contacts you way too much. Communication is key for a healthy relationship. However, just like a romantic relationship, you need your own space and time.If they are calling late at night and sending too many emails, texts or voicemails that could be handled during business hours — these are all bad signs. If it’s a red flag in a relationship, it’s a red flag in business.Clients should recognize that you have other clients who you need to be spending time on. Prioritizing one client sets you up to let them down later when you can’t afford to pay as much attention to them. This can happen for many reasons, from an increase in business to the realization that you’ve given too much to this client and are now stuck.Unrealistic Time ExpectationsThey say time is money. Not everyone wants to pay for all that time consistently, though. If this comes up with a client you recently started working with, it can be a cause for concern. In this day and age of free music and free news, people often have unfair expectations of free (or very cheap) services.However, they wouldn’t want this turned back upon them if they owned a business. You need to be firm and clearly express how much time you can spend on a specific project and what that will cost. This leads directly into the next point.Expectations of FreebiesClients reach out to you for services you can provide that they can’t do on their own. Because of this, they should respect that fact and not constantly try to get lower prices or “deals” for your services. Naturally, you can and should help them out slightly if there are reasonable circumstances, but if you give in too much, you risk damaging your brand. If this issue keeps coming up, it might be better to part ways with the client.We recently had a legal transcription client who asked for a lower rate than what we had quoted, and when we hesitated slightly, he spotted an opening. He refused to commit until he had received a free trial. We acquiesced, even though his needs were low volume and the free trial we use is typically for high-volume, long-term clients.Within three months, he was back on the phone, trying to get another discount. At this point, we suggested he move to another firm with lower prices. It had become clear that price and not quality was a priority to him, so it was not worth our time. At his rates and volume, our profit margin was too narrow and our business interests did not match up.That’s not to say, however, that you shouldn’t make small concessions or be lenient with your time or pricing when it comes to clients with which you have an established relationship. After all, you never want to do anything that could jeopardize your important relationships.Overly Aggressive DemandsWhether it’s a client with which you recently started working, or one with which you have collaborated for some time, never let business matters be conducted in an aggressive tone.A (former) medical transcription client called so much that our office personnel began to noticeably lose productivity. Not only that, they were also so rude that our office staff started to avoid answering their calls. The situation became so bad that after internal discussions, we set up a spreadsheet to track the calls.Three months and many nasty calls later, the client was sent the spreadsheet documenting their calls and issues, our response and a request for them to find a new transcription company. We were finally free of their toxicity when they found a new company with which to work.It’s key to remember that not every client is valuable. There are some that you can not only live without, but would be better off doing so. If you find yourself frequently thinking negatively about a client, it might be time to reconsider your relationship with them.Candice Galek said it well in her recent article on Inc: “Every customer isn’t valuable — there are some that we can certainly live without. Like the customers who are headaches for your company, for example. The ones who won’t lead to any more referrals or sales, and who give your staff trouble time and again.”Remember that you can always find new clients. You can’t, however, recover wasted time or image trying to satisfy a client who will never be satisfied. You deserve the respect and the satisfaction of fair compensation for all your hard work, and you should be confident your prices are already very fair. Business Collective, launched in partnership with Citi, is a virtual mentorship program powered by North America’s most ambitious young though leaders, entrepreneurs, executives, and small business owners.PREVIOUS POSTNEXT POST 4 Legitimate Reasons to Fire a Toxic ClientMay 22, 2017 by Ben Walker 335SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedincenter_img Filed Under: Advice, Resources, Strategic Tagged With: Ben Walker, Can-dice Galeklast_img read more

first_imgLondon best pest control Microsoft (MSFT.O) will open its first European retail store in London on Thursday, showcasing technology ranging from Xbox games and Surface tablets to augmented reality and LinkedIn masterclasses. Reporting by Paul Sandle and Freddie Hayward. Editing by Jane Merriman  LONDON (Reuters)center_img Chief Marketing Officer Chris Capossela said the U.S. software group had secured a prime position in Oxford Circus, central London, where its three-floor flagship could be seen by about 86 million shoppers and tourists every year.He said the shop, which is located minutes away from Apple’s (AAPL.O) original London store, had been designed for everybody from young gaming fans and students who wanted to polish their LinkedIn profile to small business users of Office and cloud services.“We really think of our stores as the physical manifestation of our brand,” he said in an interview.The store will include a gaming lounge, an augmented reality experience and an area for business technology.Gaming fans will be able to sit in a real McLaren Senna racing car and play Forza Motorsport 7 using the steering wheel and pedals as a Xbox controller. They will also be able to play upcoming titles like Gears 5 at the site.Microsoft will offer 200,000 hours of free workshops to schools, community groups and people who want to gain digital skills in the next 12 months across its stores worldwide, it said.Microsoft UK Chief Executive Cindy Rose said the store reinforced the company’s commitment to digital skills.“We do feel that there’s a digital skills shortage in the UK and we’ve made public commitments around AI apprenticeships and technology apprenticeships exposing children to coding,” she said in an interview. “We’d like to expose around 3 million kids to coding by next year.”Staff in the store will collectively speak 45 different languages, including three associates who are fluent in British Sign Language.“They speak Arabic to Urdu,” Capossela said. “So no matter who you are, no matter what walk of life you come from, this is a welcome place for you.”(Clarifies in paragraph 7 that workshops will be run across Microsoft stores worldwide)last_img read more

first_imgWhen it comes to creating your content marketing strategy, think for a moment about what this means. Say for instance that you want to create a case study. To get the wheels in motion, you:Select a topicCreate a descriptionDefine key takeawaysIdentify interview sourcesChoose a vendorOnce the project has been submitted you sit back, relax, and wait for the agreed upon deliverable. Wrong.It is important to note that several content creators provide only the copy associated with a project. The design component may not always be included. Content marketing has been defined as:   “the art of understanding exactly what your customers need to know, and delivering it to them in a relevant and compelling way to grow your business.” (Joe Pulizzi)   In order to take your relevant content and make it compelling you need to think about who will be creating a design for each of your content initiatives. A solid design concept can improve your competitive positioning and really drive your inbound marketing strategy. Next time you contract out a content creator, make sure to ask if the element of design is included and if so, how it will affect the price.For those of you who may be searching for a firm that specializes in creative content design, I suggest the following resources:Ciano DesignWriting Matters, Inc.Grow DesignKnocking your content marketing strategy out of the park can be especially beneficial to expansion stage technology companies who are potentially interested in venture funding. Top venture capital firms who specialize in providing business development consulting services, like OpenView Venture Partners, take notice of aggressive – yet thought out content marketing approaches.  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

first_imgMuch debate has centered on where product management should reside within a company.  Who should be held responsible and what exactly are their responsibilities? The author of this post contends that product management divisions should respond to senior staff. This way, the potential for miscommunication is minimized. Furthermore, the vision for products can be disseminated directly from the top.But companies tend to differ in scale, layout and organization management. Not every business is going to be structured the same, and as a result, be able to employ such a pipeline. Pragmatism also has to play a part at some point, too. Does it make sense to put buffers between product management and the higher ups?In the end, the greatest asset a business looking to manage products can have is an astute understanding of product management. Read the full article by Elaine Chen for more information on this topic.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

first_imgbusiness processLearn seven steps to successful business processes that save you the most precious commodity of all: your time.Nick Reese, founding partner at Microbrand Media and member of the Young Entrepreneur Council, writes in this guest post at VentureBeat that defining effective business processeses is essential, unless you want to end up “working for the business instead of the business working for you.” Reese recommends  business processes that set “verifiable checkpoints with expected outcomes for each task.” Rather than being a simple document, however, Reese wants you to shape your business processes to form a fluid “collaboration of ideas and validations, constantly updated by every member of the team to find the minimal number of steps necessary to maximize return on investment.” To help you get on track, Reese presents seven steps “to create bulletproof business systems that boost profits while freeing up time and expenses.”AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

first_imgWhether you like it or not, your market’s key social media influencers — not your website or marketing materials — are sometimes the medium through which your most important customers and prospects first hear your brand’s media influencersIn a post for CMSWire, Dan Berthiaume suggests that B2B customers are increasingly relying on other people — namely, the key social media influencers in your space — to learn more about your company and its products or services. As a result, Berthiaume says B2B marketers must ask themselves a critical question. Is the story that those influencers are telling a positive one?If it’s not, you better do something to change that. In his post, Berthiaume says marketers must identify and connect with their market’s most powerful social media influencers to “ensure that they are saying the right things.” No, that doesn’t mean you need to go Tony Soprano on those people. Instead, Berthiaume quotes marketing expert Alan Belniak, who says that B2B companies simply need to connect their own subject matter experts to social media influencers with the largest networks and reach, and nurture those relationships by taking those influencers “along for the ride.”AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

first_imgLearn 12 tips to increase sales next year in a clear, concise infographic.increase salesSean McPheat, Managing Director at MTD Sales Training, offers 12 ways to increase sales in the new year in an infographic posted at the MTD Sales Blog.First, McPheat says, review the past year to look at leads, opportunities, closing ratios, and other metrics to get a handle on “what really went on.” After that, set targets for next year based on your 2012 numbers. Look at your lead sources and focus on new ones.Make sure your value proposition looks as good heading into 2013 as it did last year, think about up-selling your current client base, and take a look at your competition to see if their strengths are looking shakier with time.Read the complete list of all 12 ways to increase sales and finalize your plan for next year.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

first_imgContinuing our year-end roundup, here are the top 10 leadership insights and must-read posts for entrepreneurs you loved most from the past year.Leadership insights for entrepreneursWe’ve shared Our 10 Most Popular Sales Insights of 2012 and the Top 10 Recruiting and Hiring Lessons We Learned in 2012, now we’re bringing out the big guns. From recognizing the difference between managing and leading to discovering what it takes to turn your vision into reality, here are the most popular leadership insights for entrepreneurs — from OpenView and around the Web — featured on the Labs site in 2012.10) Building an All-Star Expansion-Stage TeamNo matter how brilliant or innovative, no leader goes it alone. Building a successful company takes building a great team, and in this post OpenView’s senior managing director and founder Scott Maxwell breaks down the keys to filling seven essential roles with the best people possible. You need to be confident your team can go toe-to-toe with the roster of any other company in your industry. If you’re not, you’ve got some recruiting to do ASAP.9) 20/20 Startup Vision: The 9 Most Important Things Founders Need to Focus OnNo list of entrepreneur leadership insights would be complete without tips from startup guru Steve Blank. In this excerpt from The Startup Owner’s Manual (published on, Blank and co-author Bob Dorf describe the nine most important elements of a successful startup business, and provide insights that will allow founders to avoid painful trips back to the drawing board.8) Great Leadership: 10 Ways to Be Great and Be Preparedgreat leadershipWhat defines great leadership? In this post for Inc., Brian Evje, management consultant at Slalom Consulting, identifies 10 characteristics that set effective leaders apart, from the confidence required to make mistakes and accept help, to the willingness to let go of yesterday’s tools and tactics. Read on to discover how you can be better prepared to meet new challenges head on.7) A First-Time CEO Weekly ChecklistTo-do list book.There’s certainly no lack of responsibilities to keep new CEOs busy, but what are the very first things they should address on day one? In this post for GigaOm, Andreessen Horowitz general partner Scott Weiss offers his suggestions for helping first-time CEOs make sure they’re focusing on the things that matter most. Created with insights from other CEOs and mentors, Weiss’s checklist is a must-read for anyone diving into a senior management position — or revisiting their priorities — in 2013.6) Totally Boss: 8 Core Beliefs of Extraordinary Managers and CEOsWorld's Best BossWhat does it take to be a truly great boss? In this post for Inc., Geoffrey James draws on his interviews with some of the world’s most successful CEOs and identifies eight core beliefs responsible for setting them apart. Whether it’s their approach to empowering their employees or their ability to identify and adapt to new approaches, exceptional managers go out of their way to see and do things differently. Discover which beliefs and tactics you can add to your own leadership repertoire next year.5) Do You Practice Leadership or Do You Just Manage?Follow Me! - Iron Mike, Fort Benning GeorgiaEvery experienced entrepreneur knows there are big differences between managing a company and building one. In this post that originally appeared in Fast Company, Todd McKinnon describes how he made this discovery first-hand when he made the transition from a management position at to founding his own company, Okta. McKinnon reflects on the difference between executing against an established plan and generating and building momentum for one from scratch, and explains why “while management responsibilities can be delegated, leadership cannot.”4) If I’d Known Then: 25 Founders Offer the Advice They Wish They’d HadGiving adviceWhat can possibly be better than first-hand entrepreneurial advice from a founder? How about advice from 25? David Hauser (a founder, himself) invited 25 founders to share “the number one thing they wish they’d known before founding their first startup,” and shared the remarkable responses on his blog. The result is a priceless collection of hard-earned lessons from entrepreneurs who have been there and made mistakes that now — thanks to their advice — you don’t have to.3) Taking the Leap: Founder Jonah Lupton on the Secrets to Becoming a Successful EntrepreneurTaking the leapOne of the most difficult challenges for entrepreneurs is often taking that first step. After all, making the decision to go all in on chasing your dream when you know the odds are against you isn’t exactly a play most people would make. But for a select few, it’s a no-brainer. Jonah Lupton is one of them, and in this post he describes the reasoning behind his own decision to put it all on the line, and offers his advice for other first-time or aspiring entrepreneurs.2) 5 Infographics Every Entrepreneur Needs to SeeFew things are more complicated and complex than starting a business and getting it off the ground. With so many elements and processes to worry about, so many roles to occupy/fill, and so much data to analyze, it’s no wonder that the notion of making sense of it all in a clear, compelling visual format is appealing. That’s exactly what these five infographics deliver — from a concise breakdown of the startup lifecycle to a revealing look at an average day in the life of a tech CEO.And coming in at #1 in our list of the most popular leadership insights of 2012…1) Visionary Leadership: Why Introverts Can Be Great Leaders, TooSunset Fields 2Not every leader has to be boisterous and outgoing. As leadership strategist and entrepreneur Lisa Petrilli explains in this post, introverts can be just as effective. The common core requirement for all great leaders is vision, and introverts just happen to draw the inspiration and energy to communicate that vision from a different source. Petrilli’s argument obviously struck a chord — and you certainly weren’t shy in making it our most popular leadership post of the year. We want to hear from you!What leadership lessons did you learn in 2012? What were your favorite posts (from our site and others) from the past year?  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

first_img A Petition Is Coming ? for a ‘Game of Thrones’ Final Season Do-Over Memorial Day Weekend Heat Wave Could Smash May Records Privacy Policy   |   Terms of Use Sunlight Shines on Grand Canyon Figure Out Your Family Tree Just in Time For Father’s Day Enroll Now for $5 Whole Foods Summer is here and there are some great looks this season for women of all shapes and sizes. Check out the hottest styles for hourglass, rectangle and pear shaped women. 2020 Ballots May Have a New Box to Check ? Vice President Memorial Day Weekend Heat Wave Could Smash May Records 2020 Toyota Camry Heat Snapshot A LifeMinute with John Lithgow: The Actor Discusses His Latest Projects Figure Out Your Family Tree Just in Time For Father’s Day Figure Out Your Family Tree Just in Time For Father’s Day Father’s Day is such a special moment for the whole family to come together and spend quality time with one another – and those are moments dad will cherish. What better way for dad to connect with his loved ones than learning about his family’s stor Lifeminute tv Congress Is Back as President Trump Heads to the UK 2 Musts for Tackling Allergy Season A Petition Is Coming ? for a ‘Game of Thrones’ Final Season Do-Over Summer Beauty Survival Must-Haves DiCaprio, Pitt want to team up again after Tarantino hit Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Albany Steps Closer to Releasing Trump’s State Tax Returns After Assembly Vote Sophie Turner Talks Dark Phoenix, Co-Star Jessica Chastain and GoT As if Whole Foods Market wasn’t getting hammered enough by investors following its fiscal third-quarter earnings release on Wednesday, the company is now taking a hit from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.The grocery chain, which currently claims it’s “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store,” attempted to update its advertising slogan to “World’s Healthiest Grocery Store” but was rejected by the agency, according to The Washington Post.The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office rejected the trademark on the basis that the claim was an exaggeration and can’t be proven or has not been proven to be true, the report said.The attempted slogan change comes as Whole Foods looks to expand its brand globally. Currently, the company has chains in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.However, it has its share of troubles at home. Weak sales, a competitive environment and declining food prices could be major headwinds for it moving forward. Shares in the company were down more than 8 percent midmorning Thursday.”We are seeing some encouraging signs in terms of our sales and believe our nine-point plan will produce strong returns for our shareholders over the long term,” Walter Robb, co-chief executive officer of Whole Foods, said in a statement.Almost a dozen analysts lowered their September 2016 estimates for the company on Thursday, according to FactSet.”We are encouraged by 365 and other behind-the scenes initiatives, but believe it’s prudent to wait for signs WFM is reaccelerating legacy business trends in FY17 before warranting a premium multiple needed to justify owning shares,” Phil Terpolilli, an analyst at Wedbush, wrote in a research note Thursday.So far, the grocer has opened two 365 by Whole Foods Market stores, which are smaller stores that hope to create a more budget-friendly image. The plan is to build the format to more than 1,200 stores eventually.Whole Foods’ trademark attempt suggests the company may be eyeing further international expansion at some point. However, in Wednesday’s earnings release, the retailer focused on its expansion in the U.S. calling out leases it signed in Los Angeles, New York City, Pittsburgh and Atlanta.The company didn’t reply to interview requests, according to the Post article.Read the full report from The Washington Post. Autoplay: On | Off –shares Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Guitarist Don ‘Fingers’ Felder Releases New Album Airbnb Wants to Take You on an All-Inclusive Adventure Saint Laurent dazzles with men’s collection on Malibu beach Embed Summer Beauty Survival Must-Haves Sophie Turner Talks Dark Phoenix, Co-Star Jessica Chastain and GoT Economy adds 75K jobs in May Figure Out Your Family Tree Just in Time For Father’s Day Photo of solider placing flag at Tomb of Unknown Solider goes viral Turning Up the Heat in the Southeast for Holiday Weekend Figure Out Your Family Tree Just in Time For Father’s Day How Human Behavior is Hurting Animals and What We Can Do to Protect Them Up Next: Former world paragliding champion Rémy soars over Pyrenees IndyCar Beefing Up Business as Indy 500 Approaches BACK US Navy: Russian destroyer almost collided with cruiser in the Philippine Sea HBO’s ‘Chernobyl’ Phenomenon 2 min read Beyond Meat Earnings Are Beyond Analyst Expectations 2 Delicious Summer Entertaining Ideas A Safe Way to Get Rid Of Bugs in Your Home 2 Musts for Tackling Allergy Season This story originally appeared on CNBC Add to Queue Cannes: ticketless festival-goers seek seats for films North Carolina superintendent says new app can help reduce violence in schools Southern Charm’ Star Talks New Season A LifeMinute with Ryan Seacrest Economy adds 75K jobs in May Delicious Summer Entertaining Ideas Next Article July 28, 2016 IHOP Sees Explosive Growth in To-Go Sales News associate Justin Bieber Launches Plant-Based Deodorant The requested video is no longer available Swimwear Styles for All Shapes and Sizes Whole Foods Just Got Slammed for Its ‘World’s Healthiest’ Claim A Safe Way to Get Rid Of Bugs in Your Home Cannes: ticketless festival-goers seek seats for films Airbnb Wants to Take You on an All-Inclusive Adventure New York takes aim at skyscrapers’ sky-high energy usage Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. 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first_img Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Enroll Now for $5 Next Article –shares Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand This story originally appeared on Reuters It remains more promise than product, but the electric vehicle (EV) sector is drawing more talent from mainstream automakers that are reluctant to go full tilt at the new technology.Making the jump can mean better pay and pioneering opportunities. One Chinese-backed startup with around 900 employees, for example, has a $15 million monthly payroll, according to a person close to the company.One such “defector” is Freeman Shen, who quit Chinese carmaker Geely two years ago to launch WM Motor, an EV startup that aims to compete with Tesla Motors in China, the world’s biggest autos market and one that encourages the new technology through policy and subsidies.While other Chinese EV startups including LeSee, NextEV, Future Mobility and Qiantu Motor are mostly backed by big internet groups such as Alibaba and Tencent, Shanghai-based WM Motor’s funding, in the “billions of yuan,” is from Chinese investors, but not technology tycoons or venture capital funds, says Shen. He declined to say who the money has come from.Shen, 46, has two decades of experience in the United States and China, with BorgWarner, Fiat and Geely, which in 2010 bought Swedish car brand Volvo. He aims to make smart, connected electric battery cars, betting on ordinary drivers in China’s big cities wanting more affordable EVs.He plans to go straight for this mass market rather than follow Tesla in first building a high profile super all-electric battery sports car.”Building a fancy car to impress people is actually fairly easy as long as you’re willing to spend the money,” Shen says. “The most challenging part is mass production — coming up with a car everybody can buy, with high quality but at a significantly lower cost.””Nuts”Shen reckons he has around a 5-year window of opportunity to establish WM Motor in China, while Beijing offers incentives and policy support for EVs.”I don’t think traditional car companies are doing well selling cars, especially with their customer experience. With smart, connected cars, I believe I can change that,” says Shen, who has an engineering Masters from University of California at Los Angeles.”We’re not a traditional car company. We see ourselves as a service company,” he says, while acknowledging that friends, family and former colleagues “all think I’m nuts” for starting a new auto brand from scratch.Advocates, including Shen, see smart, connected EVs revolutionizing the car industry, with today’s often-idle cars replaced by smart cars that can be leased out when not needed or shared as part of a city fleet, and which tell the owner when the oil needs changing or a service is due.”What’s important for these emerging EV companies… is the potential change in customer experience, if they can transform the way the car fits into our lives,” says James Chao, Asia-Pacific managing director at consultant IHS.”Creation of an entire ecosystem enabled by fast mobile internet connectivity, location-based intelligence… will be critical.”Online salesThe emergence of China’s EV startups does not yet signal any major related technology breakthroughs. Shen is actually turning to a German firm’s tech team he acquired for battery, motor control and other technologies.The innovation of WM Motor and others is more in creating new business models for personal transportation.Shen was tight-lipped, but three individuals close to WM Motor said he wants to sell cars primarily online, with a limited number of showrooms. Customer test drives would likely be contracted out to a third party, and various car dealers with excess service capacity would carry out maintenance and repairs.There’s already competition.While Coda, an electric car startup run by ex-GM China chief Phil Murtaugh, failed three years ago, a Beijing startup called Zhiche Auto aims to launch smart, connected electric cars by as early as the end of next year.Shen Haiyin, the company’s 42-year-old founder and CEO, says he, too, is targeting big-city drivers with more affordable EVs, with third-party engineering and a Japanese electric propulsion system, to be sold under the Jidian brand name.Also, Tesla could start manufacturing sooner than expected in China, making its cars more competitive as they wouldn’t face the import duties now levied on foreign-produced vehicles. Spokeswoman Khobi Brooklyn said Tesla doesn’t comment on speculation.China firstWM Motor plans to build an assembly plant, most likely in Zhejiang province, and launch three models, starting in 2018. It plans to nearly double its workforce to around 600 this year in China and Germany, where it is working on around two dozen prototype cars.The first of those models is aimed at competing with the $35,000 Tesla Model 3, billed as a mass market EV. Shen says WM Motor aims to sell more than 100,000 cars a year within 3-4 years of the planned 2018 launch, at around that price, or cheaper. China is the priority market for now, but Shen says he is also looking to enter the U.S. market further down the line.He reckons WM Motor has an edge over rivals by mating high-spec German technology with what he calls low-cost, high-quality parts from Chinese suppliers.”We’re not making a luxury car,” he says. “We’re bringing luxury-like quality to a mainstream car.”(Reporting by Norihiko Shirouzu; Editing by Ian Geoghegan) Reuters Chinese Companies Charging to Take on Tesla Electric Cars Image credit: Reuters | Aly Song 5 min read Add to Queue Freeman Shen, founder and CEO of WM Motor Technology Co., Ltd. August 12, 2016last_img read more

first_imgVenture Capital –shares 4 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Hey Juicero, Erlich Bachman Just Called and Wants to Invest After raising $120 million, the $400 internet-connected juicer is as farcical as an entire season of ‘Silicon Valley.’ Next Article Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Add to Queue President of The Marks Group Image credit: HBO If you’re a fan of HBO’s Silicon Valley then I’m sure you’re looking forward to the season four premiere on Sunday night. I know I am.The show centers around a fictional tech company called Pied Piper located in — you guessed where — and its protagonists include Erlich Bachman, Richard Hendricks, Gordon Felson and a bunch of other narcissistic, self-centered, arrogant tech “geniuses.” They keep promising to “make the world a better place” with their incredible technology, yet are routinely unable to talk to women, boil a cup of tea or handle most normal social situations.Related: This Man Just Raised $120 Million for a Fancy Home JuicerIt’s a hilarious show. But if you can’t wait until Sunday, don’t you worry. There’s a bunch of other Silicon Valley people who are just as funny to watch as our friends on the TV show. Their story is true and you can watch it right now. Have you heard?These are the people behind the “Juicero” machine, developed by Doug Evans, a real life Erlich Bachman. “Juicero” will remind Silicon Valley fans of Aviato, Bachman’s failed airline booking aggregator startup. We’re never quite sure if Aviato does anything useful, and we can’t be sure about the Juicero either.According to Bloomberg, the gadget is an “internet-connected device that transforms single-serving packets of chopped fruits and vegetables into a refreshing and healthy beverage.” It’s the “Keurig for Juice”! It all sounds so cool and techie that Evan’s company has raised more than $120 million from a bunch of Silicon Valley investors including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Google’s Alphabet Inc. Having bought into the idea, they have proved themselves to be as dopey and comical as the investors from Raviga Capital, the fictional VC firm from the TV show.Related: What Elon Musk Really Thinks of ‘Silicon Valley’Why? Because this week it was demonstrated that anyone can just as easily and in less time — with bare hands, mind you — wring about as much juice from the pre-packaged fruit bags as the Juicero does. Not only that, but the “internet capabilities” of the Juicero — which are surely what romanced the community of tech investors —  is reporting on the same nutritional information that is on the label already attached to each bag of fruit. What’s even funnier is Evans’ description of the product: “There are 400 custom parts in here,” he once said. “There’s a scanner; there’s a microprocessor; there’s a wireless chip, wireless antenna.” Wow, is there a data compression algorithm just like Pied Piper’s?Juicero CEO Jeff Dunn insisted the machine, which costs a whopping $400 (reduced from its original $700 price but don’t forget the weekly cost of its “Produce Packs”) is still an “incredible value” and a “great experience” that will not only save us time but, through its state-of-the-art wireless technology, be able to “remotely disable Produce Packs if there is, for example, a spinach recall.” Phew!And here I was waiting for Silicon Valley to start on Sunday. C’mon HBO, just admit that the Juicero story is a funny marketing stunt to promote the TV show. Ha ha. Please? Erlich Bachman, it’s you, right?Related: 7 Ways ‘Silicon Valley’ Is an Epic HR FailureOh. This is not a TV show. These people exist and they really did raise $120 million. It seems like those brilliant, Stanford-educated, latte-drinking, BMW-driving, tech savants who think of themselves as geniuses changing the world aren’t nearly as smart as they believe they are. If you’re ever in negotiation with one of these people, just remember Erlich Bachman and the Juicero story to put things into perspective. It will remind you that you may very well be the only one in the room with some common sense — particularly if that room is somewhere in Silicon Valley. Gene Marks April 21, 2017 Contributor Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more

first_img Enroll Now for $5 Jay Leno and Kevin Czinger pose with Divergent’s Blade while filming a segment for ‘Jay Leno’s Garage.’ Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Cars 12 min read Entrepreneur Staff Kevin Czinger says he wants to completely change how cars are built, but his motivation isn’t money or fame. It’s to help humanity avoid the “suicidal direction that people are heading,” he declares.By shaking up how cars are made, Czinger believes, the world will be saved from an impending climate disaster. And that’s where 3D printing comes in. Yes, that’s right: Some day, most cars will be manufactured using 3D printing technology, if Czinger gets his way.But first, an aside, because you’re probably thinking, Well, how about ‘saving the world’ with something we’ve already got: electric cars?The correct response there is, Not so fast. Yes, drivers switching wholesale to electric vehicles would certainly make a sizable dent in the CO2 damage that tailpipe exhaust creates. Yet those cars are just a Band-Aid solution, since the electricity they require comes largely from nonrenewable sources. So picture a Band-Aid trying to cover a gaping environmental wound.Alternately, the most effective way to reduce the environmental damage cars have long fomented is something people don’t usually think about: automobile manufacturing. According to a United Nations report, manufacturing is the single largest source of the damage automobiles unleash on the environment.An electric vehicle’s batteries account for about a third of its weight, while the carbon composites and aluminum in its body also require a lot of energy as part of its production and processing.Related: Stephen Hawking Says We Have 100 Years to Inhabit Another PlanetAnd while low-emission vehicles can be good for the overall environment in places in the United States where green energy providers already abound — think California — electric cars simply add to the problem in places where coal still rules — think China.Because coal, as we well know, is a global-warming bomb.The part of the Blade that’s 3D printed is the chassis, not the entire vehicle. The company says a chassis such as this can be assembled in a matter of minutes.Image credit: Divergent 3D”The [reduction of] tailpipe exhaust,” Czinger says, “is fooling you into thinking that you’re not creating a super-destructive system, that any potential environmental benefits are offset.” That’s a mistake, he says.“You’re vastly accelerating the destruction of the environment.”So, how does this Los Angeles-based entrepreneur, who walked away from his first startup, plan to shake the pollution out of how the automobile industry builds cars? His answer brings us right back to 3D printing.How it worksCzinger’s company, Divergent 3D, created and holds the patents for 3D-printing equipment and software that specifically allows carmakers to print individual pieces of a vehicle, each of which is then assembled by hand or machine. The process requires less energy and fewer materials than current manufacturing methods, Czinger explains, by replacing the hard-metal tooling, stamping, welding and painting currently required to create today’s vehicles.In a case study, Divergent found that its process eliminates 80 percent of factory costs and decreases the number of chassis structure parts by about 75 percent compared to typical vehicle-manufacturing practices.”The machine doesn’t care if you’re doing the most complicated layer cake in the world or you’re doing a simple nail,” Czinger says. “We’re looking at it as a system we’re going to continuously innovate around, and then we’re going to license that, so that people can create structures that are much more functional and much more profitable and use vastly less material and energy.”Czinger says he sees Qualcomm, which licenses the use of the chips found in devices such as smartphones, as a model for Divergent. His own company, which emerged from stealth three years after its 2011 founding, employs about 55 people, most of them engineers. And so far, it’s raised a total of about $28 million. Last year, Divergent also announced a partnership with PSA, the French automobile giant.PSA weighed in on the deal: “We are very impressed by the promising new opportunities in Divergent 3D’s technology. We’re convinced that these spectacular advances in 3D printing will help position PSA Group as a leader in automobile manufacturing,” said Carlos Tavares, chairman of the managing board of PSA Group, in a press release in March.Divergent 3D creates car parts using metal 3D printing that bypasses some of the most energy-intensive factory operations such as fixturing, stamping, welding and e-coating.Image credit: Divergent 3D”This has the potential to dramatically scale down the size and scope of our manufacturing footprint, reduce overall vehicle weight and build complexity, while also giving us almost limitless flexibility in design output,” Tavares said. “We are talking about a radical change for our industry.”Czinger plans for Divergent to partner with major automakers and commercialize the technology, which he believes could eventually lead to what he calls a democratization of cars. In that scenario, individual designers and small firms would create car models, and customers would special-order them. The larger automakers could act as the manufacturer, certifier and distributor, combined, for smaller brands.”Design, engineer, send data, manufacture, assemble the standard parts and customized Lego block connectors and then you have an object,” Czinger says, ticking off the steps of Divergent’s process. “That will be for a whole range of complex structures: vehicles, maybe in the future architecture, aerospace vehicles, etc.“You’ve democratized even the larger-scale industries because there’s no big capital barrier to them anymore, and you’ve relocalized the manufacturing. That’s what I think the future will be.”Related: Our Rosy Outlook on Driverless Cars Needs a Reality CheckTwin passions early onCzinger’s past goes back to Cleveland, where he grew up, and where he had a love of cars ingrained into him from a young age.”I grew up in a relatively large family where probably from the time I could physically help my brothers, they enslaved me working on cars,” Czinger says. “And then of course I built and raced cars. I always had this love of cars.”In high school, when this son of a housewife and door-to-door salesman was captain of the football and wrestling teams, Czinger also developed his other passion: a love of nature and a sense — instilled by his Jesuit teachers — that we are all responsible for the planet. “They were totally focused on stewardship,” he remembers. “That you had 100 percent responsibility for creating a human society and for caring for nature.”Following graduation, Czinger attended Yale, where he played football under Carm Cozza, who coached the team from 1965 to 1996. Cozza gushed over Czinger in his 1999 book, True Blue, writing, “Kevin Czinger was the toughest kid to play football at Yale in my 32 years as head coach.Divergent 3D partners with SLM Solutions Group to develop specific metal 3D printing hardware and software.Image credit: Divergent 3D“No question about it,” Cozza’s memoir continued. “He was also the most unusual personality, probably the outstanding overachiever, maybe the brightest student, and definitely the scariest individual.”Scary? “When I say Kevin was tough,” Cozza wrote, “ I mean he was competitive to the point of obsession, and loyal almost to a fault.”Czinger earned his BA from Yale, followed by a law degree from Yale Law School in 1987.A rebellious streak”I was always rebellious against authority,” Czinger says. But then came his stint in the Marines Corp. Reserves — inspired by his parents and brother who served in the armed forces — from 1983 to 1992. There, the rebelliousness stopped. “What they did for me is [make me] say, ‘This is the context I’m in. The last thing I want to be is disruptive. I have to fit in here and support what the Marine Corps is doing.’“You have to understand context and be willing to discipline yourself for a greater aim.”That greater aim included interning with Goldman Sachs during law school, clerking for Judge Gerhard Gersell — who famously presided over the Watergate and Iran-Contra cases — then moving to a job as an assistant attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s office, Southern District of New York, under Rudy Giuliani, who of course would later become the city’s mayor.Relatively early in his tenure, the then-young attorney Czinger even led a case. He then made a return to Goldman Sachs, where he became the executive director of media, telecom and technology group, from 1991 to 1995.”Those things transformed me from someone who had zero public speaking skills — I was shy and nervous — into someone who could stand up, think on their feet in a logical way and address a broad range of people,” he says of those early years.Electric carsIn 2008, Czinger finally acted on his love of automobiles by moving away from both law and Wall Street to become co-founder of CODA Automotive, a company which produced electric vehicles.His experience at CODA ultimately led to the founding of Divergent 3D, but first, Czinger had to fail.CODA aimed to create electric vehicles for the Chinese market by converting an existing Chinese sedan to electric power, but Czinger found that the associated economic details were not in the company’s favor. “If you look at electric cars, autonomous vehicles — all of these programs people are talking about — these are all lower-volume vehicle programs,” he points out.He says he wanted the company to change course, but because he had raised so much funding and given away equity, his share of the company had become minimal. So, in 2011, Czinger left CODA to start researching the concepts that would eventually become Divergent 3D.A divergent pathWhile researching his next move, Czinger found studies, primarily the aforementioned UN report, that detailed the environmental impact of automobile manufacturing. He also found inspiration in Stephen Emmott’s book, Ten Billion, which predicts a global calamity once the world population reaches 10 billion.”By 2025 we’ll have 8 billion people in an industrialized world that’s scaling up,” Czinger says, ominously. “We’re going to look [back] at that 120-year period where we built 2 billion vehicles, and in the next 30 to 35 years we’re going to build 4 billion-plus vehicles, which on average are 50 percent heavier.“So, we’re going to, in a fraction of the time, triple the number of vehicles ever manufactured in the history of the planet.”He continues: “From a materials and energy standpoint, you’re looking at a magnitude difference in environmental destruction. That means that the way we design and manufacture vehicles is critical to our survival.”This fact reflects the sobering reality that electric vehicles can be as detrimental to the environment as gas-powered ones — and Czinger isn’t the only one saying that: Ozzie Zehner, author of Green Illusions, declared that, “Moving from petroleum-fueled vehicles to electric cars begins to look more and more like shifting from one brand of cigarettes to another.”Related: Meet the Entrepreneurs Driving the Edible Insect MovementCzinger says that once he started looking into the problem, he knew that an incremental solution wouldn’t be good enough. There needed to be a way to eliminate the specific machine tooling and long assembly lines currently used to manufacture vehicles, he reasoned. That solution? 3D printing.Divergent showed off its 3D-printed car, the Blade, at CES 2017.Image credit: Divergent 3D”The dream of car engineering is to look end to end at a vehicle and only pick the materials that are perfectly optimized for each segment,” he says. “That’s what [3D printing] allows you to do.”Divergent got PSA on board after it shaved about 150 kilograms off a Peugeot 308 and reduced its number of structural parts by more than 75 percent. Not only that, Czinger says, but the updated version of the car won a better crash rating.Lifelong learnerDuring our interview, Czinger tends to give lengthy answers involving technical descriptions. He even expresses gratitude to the Carnegie Library System in Cleveland, where he spent weekends as a kid reading for entire afternoons — his favorite pastime growing up.Clearly, he’s a lifelong learner. And, today, he says, when tasked to learn something new, he takes a similar approach to those library days of his youth: reading and more reading.”The reality is you can teach yourself anything,” Czinger says. “First, I do a general survey of what the literature is, to understand what people are thinking; and then if I find particular people that I want to talk to, I’ll talk to them.”Still, while all that idealistic stuff about fighting climate change is Divergent’s mission, Czinger has his feet planted firmly on planet Earth. He knows Divergent is a business first.”The most internal discipline you can possibly have, because you are wanting to change the world, you have to look out and say, ‘I’m not going to change anything if I run out of money,'” Czinger says. “I’m not going to change anything if I don’t survive. I have to make sure that we maintain our survival.”Meanwhile, he says he doesn’t see Divergent as an extension of himself. “My ego doesn’t depend on this company,” he says.“Whether my life is successful or not doesn’t depend on this company. I’m going to give it, like, an enormous, crazy, crazy, crazy effort because I’m a competitive person and I think this is the right thing to do. But, as a human being, this is not about ‘me.’ The most important thing is to be a good person and have those relationships.”He adds, “If I thought this was about making more money or being cool, I would not do it for a second, believe me.” Next Article News Director Stephen J. Bronner Image credit: Divergent 3D Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand How This $28 Million Startup Hopes to Save the World With 3D Printing Add to Queue June 15, 2017 Divergent 3D, founded by a one-time investor and two-time entrepreneur, holds patents on technologies that allow carmakers to print vehicles. –shareslast_img read more

first_imgApps Reporter Meanwhile, Facebook-owned WhatsApp raked up more downloads, overall, than any other app, excluding games, in 2017, according to Sensor Tower. Next Article Add to Queue 2 min read Angela Moscaritolo Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand This story originally appeared on PCMagcenter_img Not including games, Netflix was the world’s No. 1 grossing app of 2017, a spot held by Spotify in 2016 and communication app Line in 2015, according to new data from mobile app analytics firm Sensor Tower.”The streaming video giant saw gross subscriber revenue of approximately $510 million last year according to our estimates, representing a huge year-over-year increase of 138 percent, or about 2.4 times the $215 million users spent in the app during 2016,” Randy Nelson, Sensor Tower’s Head of Mobile Insights, wrote in a Friday blog post.Dating app Tinder also had a good 2017, ranking as the world’s No. 2 grossing non-game app. Line came in third, while Pandora and China’s Tencent Video rounded out the top five, respectively. Overall, mobile users spent about $60 billion in apps on Apple’s App Store and Google Play last year.Meanwhile, Facebook-owned WhatsApp raked up more downloads, overall, than any other app, excluding games, in 2017, according to Sensor Tower. Facebook’s main app came in second in terms of downloads, followed by Facebook Messenger, then another Facebook-owned app: Instagram. Snapchat ranked No. 5.As for games, the Japanese hit Monster Strike ranked as the world’s top grossing mobile game of 2017. It was also the highest-earning mobile app overall, for a third consecutive year. China’s Honor of Kings came in second, followed by Fate/Grand Order, Clash Royale and Candy Crush Saga.”Last year’s global sensation Pokémon Go didn’t crack the overall or App Store revenue top 10, despite sustained efforts by publisher Niantic to reignite the frenzy of 2016 with new Pokémon and other content,” Nelson wrote. Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. These Are the Most Popular Apps of 2017 Image credit: via PC Mag –shares January 15, 2018 Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

first_imgFerrero opens Asian innovation centre to develop new productsPosted By: News Deskon: June 14, 2017In: Confectionery, Food, Industries, ManufacturingPrintEmailItalian chocolate manufacturer Ferrero has opened a new innovation hub in Singapore, the company’s first such facility in Asia, in a bid to develop new products.The centre will house innovation functions in the areas of health and nutrition, new raw materials and product research and development, consumer insight, and foresight activities.The Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), a government agency for planning strategies to shape the future of the county’s economy, will support the centre with its experts in food science, biotechnology, nutrition, consumer insights, material science and design.Ferrero CEO Giovanni Ferrero said: “Innovation has always been a core value for Ferrero; our products are the result of a strong passion for quality and research.“The Singapore innovation centre will support Ferrero in its continuous pursuit of cutting-edge technological solutions to offer our consumers the best quality products that provide always new taste dimensions.”Ferrero said its decision to place the site in Singapore was motivated by its strategic location in Asia and its prominent role within the global scientific research community.The company claimed the innovative environment and diverse Asian consumer demographics will offer the ideal platform for experimenting with new technologies and raw materials to develop new products ‘in a market of strategic importance’.EDB chairman Dr Beh Swan Gin said: “Ferrero’s decision to establish its first global innovation centre in Asia in Singapore reflects the significance of the rapidly expanding consumer markets in Asia, and underscores Singapore’s position as the region’s leading food and nutrition hub. We look forward to having Ferrero work with partners in Singapore to develop unique product offerings.”Ferrero has 22 production plants around the world and some of its brands include Ferrero Rocher, the Kiner line and Nutella.Share with your network: Tags: chocolateconfectioneryFerreroinnovationSingaporelast_img read more

first_imgBarry Callebaut partnership produces high-flavanol chocolatePosted By: News Deskon: February 15, 2018In: Confectionery, Food, Industries, Ingredients, Innovation, New productsPrintEmailBarry Callebaut has revealed a partnership with FlavaNaturals to produce chocolate containing high levels of cocoa flavanol in the US.The announcement follows three years of collaboration on the development of FlavaBars, a line of chocolate containing five times the cocoa flavanol content of a typical dark chocolate bar.FlavaBars are said to leverage over a decade of development by Barry Callebaut on high-flavanol chocolate. The company said that although flavanols are naturally occurring in cocoa beans, they are significantly reduced during the traditional chocolate production process. Requiring no additives or fortification, this chocolate retains flavanols through “optimised cocoa sourcing and processing”.Peter Boone, CEO of Barry Callebaut Americas, said: “Consumers today are constantly trying to achieve balance in their diet. Our proprietary sourcing and processing methods allow us to better preserve the naturally existing flavanols in cocoa. Working with FlavaNaturals, we are able to provide a new chocolate experience for US consumers.”FlavaNaturals CEO Alan Frost added: “FlavaNaturals is proud to partner with Barry Callebaut, a world leader in cocoa innovation and sustainability. Our ultimate vision is to change the way people think about consuming chocolate. Chocolate may have been your weakness, but with FlavaBar, it becomes your strength.”The bars which are available in six flavours – roasted almond, Himalayan pink salt, blueberry and green tea matcha, pure cocoa nibs, espresso ground coffee, and crystallised ginger – are now sold online, with expansion to retail planned in spring 2018.Share with your network: Tags: Barry CallebautchocolateFlavaNaturalsFlavanolUnited Stateslast_img read more

first_imgIn a statement, the White House said the tariffs would apply to goods that “contain industrially significant technologies”. The administration warned it would pursue further levies if China retaliates.Trump said the US’s trade relationship with China was “no longer sustainable”.“My great friendship with President Xi [Jinping] of China and our country’s relationship with China are both very important to me,” said Trump. “Trade between our nations, however, has been very unfair, for a very long time.“The United States can no longer tolerate losing our technology and intellectual property through unfair economic practices.”China hit back with 25% tariffs on $50bn-worth of US goods, including agricultural produce, autos and seafood.In a statement on its website, the Chinese commerce ministry said: “China is unwilling to have a trade war, but the Chinese side has no choice but to strongly oppose this, due to the United States’ myopic behaviour that will harm both parties.”The measures harm the interests of both countries and disrupt world trade, the statement said, adding: “We will immediately introduce tariff measures of the same scale and strength. All the results from the negotiations previously reached by the two parties will be invalid.”It also called on other countries to “take collective action” against this “outdated and backwards behaviour”. “It is deeply regrettable that in disregard of the consensus between the two sides, the US has demonstrated flip-flops and ignited a trade war,” the ministry said. … 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. 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China retaliates against Trump’s $50bn in tariffs, escalating possibility of trade war China unveils own set of levies of similar size and intensityTrump calls US’s trade relationship with China ‘no longer sustainable’ Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn @dominicru Since you’re here… Dominic Rushe in New York Share on Facebook A list of targeted products issued on Friday by the US Trade Representative’s Office (USTR) focuses on products that contribute to China’s “Made in China 2025” initiative – Beijing’s ambitious plan to upgrade its manufacturing and technology base and grow its own pharmaceutical sector.The plan, which relies heavily on state subsidies, has called “an existential threat to US technological leadership”, by the Council of Foreign Relations thinktank. Critics charge it relies on the theft of intellectual property and unfair trade practices by the Chinese, and the White House trade adviser, Peter Navarro, a persistent critic of China, has called it a plan to “dominate every single emerging industry of the future”.Made in China 2025 was mentioned 100 times in the USTR’s March report on China’s trade practices, which formed the basis for Friday’s announcement and was highly critical of China.USTR said $34bn worth of imports from China in aerospace, automobiles, communications tech, new materials and robotics would be subject to tariffs from 6 July. Another $16bn of imports are undergoing further review.Trump met his top trade advisers on Thursday to decide when to activate the tariffs, which come as relations with other major trading partners, Canada, the EU and Mexico, have worsened following a fractious meeting of the G7 leaders.Earlier this week, Trump told Fox News he was “very strongly clamping down on trade” with China. Speaking to Fox & Friends on Friday, he said: “We’re getting on great with China, probably until this morning because we just did a big tariff on China, but that’s OK because I have a wonderful relationship with President Xi. We’ll all work it out. He understands it’s unfair. “They can’t believe they got away with it for so long. They can’t believe it. They got away with it for 25 years. I’m not just blaming Obama – I’m blaming many presidents and leaders. It should’ve never happened.”The move is aimed at cutting the US trade deficit with China. China attempted to lessen the levies earlier this month by offering to purchase about $70bn worth of commodities and manufactured goods.The advisory firm Oxford Economics said the tariffs came “at a bad time for the world economy”.Oxford Economics calculates that the short-term economic impact of the dispute is likely to be modest, lowering growth by a fraction of a percent in both countries.“However, such numbers still matter, and the increased uncertainty and risks will weigh on business confidence and investment, especially cross-border investment. Thus, there will be an impact on growth, in China, the US and elsewhere, at a sensitive time for the global economy,” they wrote.The escalating trade spat comes as farmers and others are increasingly concerned about the impact of a trade dispute both with China and the the US’s other major trading partners.It comes after a contentious meeting of the G7 world leaders in Canada last week that ended with Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, calling the US’s recently imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum “insulting” to the countries’ longstanding alliance. In retaliation the US refused to sign a joint communique following the meeting and Navarro said there was a “special place in hell” for any leader who engaged in “bad faith diplomacy” with Trump. He later apologised. First published on Fri 15 Jun 2018 08.20 EDT Trump administration Reuse this content China has accused the United States of igniting a trade war, firing back against Donald Trump’s move to slap tariffs on tens of billions of dollars in Chinese imports.Trump announced a 25% tariff on $50bn of Chinese goods on Friday, prompting China to retaliate with a similar-sized set of levies, and calling on other countries to take “collective action” against the US. The moves, after a long war of words, increase the possibility of a full trade war between the world’s two leading economies. Asia Pacific news Donald Trump The latest major Trump resignations and firings Trump administration Shares370370 Share via Email This article is more than 1 year old Topics This article is more than 1 year old Share on Twitter Support The Guardian Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Economics Read more China Share on Twitter Share via Email Read more Share on Pinterest A crane loads shipping containers on to a vessel at the Port of Savannah in Georgia.Photograph: Stephen B Morton/AP US-China trade tensions escalate as Trump approves $50bn of tariffs – as it happened Fri 15 Jun 2018 11.05 EDTlast_img read more

first_imgWade Wingler, Director of Assistive Technology, at Easter Seals Crossroads, shows us shows us an app called Type. This is a “minimal writing app” that helps students with learning disabilities and dyslexia take better notes.Check it out here:Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedMonday Tech Tip: Weather Pro appDecember 7, 2015In “Tech Tips”Monday Tech Tip: WAZE app (community-based navigation app)July 6, 2015In “Tech Tips”Monday Tech Tip: Inclusive AndroidAnna Leung, Assistive Technology Specialist, at Easterseals Crossroads shows us an Android app called Inclusive Android which is a portal which a lot of accessibility information for people with disabilities.November 28, 2016In “Tech Tips”last_img read more

first_img You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet ‘Playmobil’ Trailer Debuts Danielle Radcliffe’s Toy Secret Agent The Most Inappropriate Comic Book Characters Ever Tagged In applesmartphonesandroidsamsungiphoneAT&Tverizont-mobile5gSprintphabletsGartner5G Ephone salessmartphone market Post a Comment 93 Comments Dani From ‘Girl Next Door’ is Absolutely Gorgeous Now at 36 iPhone Loyalty Is Reportedly Dropping Like a Rock This ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Star is Breathtaking in Reality By Joel Hruska on July 18, 2019 at 3:44 pm According to a new report, iPhone loyalty is dropping rapidly as consumers trade in their Apple products and move to other devices. The news is a further potential blow to Apple as the smartphone market slumps and its devices continue to underperform.A new report from BankMyCell claims that after tracking about 38,000 users since October 2018, iPhone retention has fallen by 15.2 percent compared with March 2018. 26 percent of BankMyCell users reported planning to move to another brand, while just 7.7 percent of Samsung Galaxy S9 buyers planning to move to an iPhone.According to Kantar Research, iPhone devices accounted for 36 percent of US phone sales in Q2 2019, down 2.4 percent from the same quarter last year. Globally, Gartner has stated that smartphone sales are expected to decline by 68 million this year, down 3.8 percent.A few things are made collectively clear by this data, and not all of them concern just Apple. First, you can expect an absolute blizzard of advertising around 5G in upcoming years, and it’s probably not going to be honest. AT&T set the tone early, with its lies about 5G E, but it probably won’t be the last company to fudge its marketing one way or another. Expect manufacturers to fight and fight hard to get you in the door, even though first-generation 5G cell phones are so bad, high outside temperatures can literally make them stop working in that mode. And by “high,” I mean “85F,” which isn’t really all that high in the downtowns and city centers where 5G service is rolling out.5G’s Mortal Enemy: The SunNo, it’s not an actual subhead for this article. It’s just how I feel like that point needs to be made.Anyway, the mystery here isn’t why Apple customers are abandoning Apple, so much as why they’d be running to Samsung instead. Both companies have enthusiastically leaped on to the bandwagon of selling customers smaller upgrades with fewer features at higher prices in recent years. The only Apple devices I’d recommend to anyone would be the small iPhone 7 or iPhone 8, but the reason I’d recommend them personally is because of their size, not any other feature. I have absolutely no interest in large devices, which means I have no interest in Apple products any longer. Unfortunately, since Android is responsible for the current trend in giant devices, it means I also have no viable Android alternatives.I genuinely expect that the iPhone SE I currently own will be my last smartphone. I will not carry a giant, smash-prone device. Given that I have broken the screen on every iPhone I’ve owned save one, I have no intention of upgrading to a larger piece of hardware with more expensive components that I am statistically even more likely to damage.But even if you aren’t like me — even if you love large devices — it’s hard to see what the current crop of products offers that’s new, useful, or even desirable when prices continue to skyrocket. Top-end smartphones are now more expensive than some very well-made laptops. For some people, it may even make sense to invest more in a top-end smartphone and skip the laptop altogether, but we’ve gone from the era in which you could treat these devices as existing side-by-side to one in which buying one type of product might be so expensive as to preclude you buying the other.Companies won’t be able to fix this problem because companies aren’t very good at being creative. What Samsung and Apple did during the original smartphone revolution was realize that new interface paradigms were possible, then push those interfaces and capabilities during a narrow window when hardware was improving rapidly, allowing for quick evolution. But the entire reason that new categories of devices like wearables haven’t taken off the same way is because manufacturers haven’t been able to capture lightning in a bottle twice.Thus far, the smartphone manufacturers in the United States have decided to double down by raising prices sharply and hoping people are still willing to pay them. Whether this has made the short-term pain worse is unclear. At the very least, it’s drawn a clear line between what these companies think they are entitled to — even more money, despite offering fewer meaningful improvements — and what consumers seem inclined to do (namely, refusing to award weaker products with more cash).I have no particular idea why anyone would move to Samsung over Apple, because honestly, most of these trends apply to Samsung just as much, but it’s possible that the talk about how Apple is failing to live up to its own product heritage or the negative rumors about this years’ iPhone are pushing people away. Either way, if the long-term PC decline is anything to judge by, this situation is going to get worse before it gets better.Now Read:Police Can Unlock Any iPhone With Cellebrite’s New ToolVerizon’s Galaxy S10 5G Price Blows Straight Through the $1K BarrierApple Cuts MacBook Air Prices, Updates MBP, and Kills off the MacBook 93 Comments Little Lucy From ‘Narnia’ is Head-Turningly Gorgeous Now at 23 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. The ‘Jojo Rabbit’ Trailer Is Here Proof Henry Cavill Isn’t a Very Good Dude at All 10 Scientifically Proven Side Effects of Growing a Beardlast_img read more

first_img These Heroes Got Incredibly Fit for Their Superhero Roles Tagged In storageextremetech explainsHow-TonassynologybackupsQNAPprivate cloudcentrally-managed backupsEaseus Todo Backup Post a Comment 9 Comments Stuff Niantic Should Add to ‘Pokemon GO’ Wesley Snipes Fans Have Something to Say About ‘Blade’ Reboot If you’re part of a family with changing computing needs, or if you run a small business where employees and computers come and go, it’s quite likely that your backup strategy is a bit of a hodge-podge. You probably also rely on your users to pay attention to whether their data is actually being safely backed up. A recent experience of mine, where we realized that one of our business laptops hadn’t run a successful backup for a month, motivated me to dig in and implement a centrally managed backup system so that we could easily manage and monitor our computer backups. I actually did it two different ways, using one NAS-centric approach, and another more traditional backup suite, so we can compare them in this article.How Centrally Managed Backups WorkA typical, centrally managed backup solution consists of at least three pieces. First, there is a backup server, which keeps the database of clients, tasks, and storage locations. Along with it are one or more console applications. Some systems offer one management console for administrators and a separate one for users to allow them to do some self-service operations like file recovery. Finally, there needs to be some type of client software (often called an agent) that can respond to requests from the server and initiate backups. With Windows clients, this is often a custom application installed on each client. But existing system utilities like rsync may also work as an agent, depending on the product.In all cases, either a new account with administrator privileges needs to be created on each client, or the credentials for an existing account need to be supplied. Once a server and client(s) are in place, then the console (which might be an application or simply a web interface to the server) can be used to create backup tasks and deploy them to clients as appropriate. Most packages include some pre-defined templates that can be used as a starting point. For example, if you have a number of laptops that have a simple configuration, you can have a template that just does a System backup of the OS and boot drive.Backing Up PCs With EaseUS Todo BackupThere are many backup products for Windows PCs, but for this project, we wanted ones where we could upgrade from the typical entry-level standalone offering to a centrally managed, business-class solution inexpensively. So for our first solution, we chose EaseUS Todo Backup Workstation, since the desktop software and management console are quite inexpensive, and we were already using it standalone on several machines. However, currently, EaseUS can only centrally manage Windows client machines. Acronis offers a much broader range of solutions, but at a much higher price point for its business products.Todo Backup is powerful but not always obvious.You can start with the management console, which EaseUS calls Backup Center, and install and deploy from there, or take a more incremental approach and install Backup Workstation on your client computers and make sure they work to your satisfaction first. When you install the clients, you can create a backup user that’s separate from other users of the system. That’s handy for creating a single credential to use for backup tasks. When you install Backup Center, you’ll want to make sure you also select the option to install the server on a machine of your choice. Unfortunately, EaseUS Backup doesn’t support a NAS package for its server, which would be a nice option.Once the clients and the Backup Center console are installed, you can use the console to create, customize, and deploy template backup tasks to some or all of your clients. You can even put them in groups. In our case, we created a simple template for most of our laptops, which only have a System (“C”) drive, and then a couple of other templates for more complex desktops that also have data drives. It was simple to create a schedule for each template and deploy them. I wish the software offered an easier way to combine Full and Incremental backup schedules, but you can choose the type of backup(s) you want, the schedules, and the retention policies.You can add a Network Server as a backup destination for EaseUS Todo Backup using a mount point, a UNC path, or via the NAS Device option.Backing Up Your Network With Synology’s Active Backup for BusinessIf you own a NAS, you may already have access to all the software you need to back up your network. Most NAS vendors bundle at least one backup solution with their hardware and may offer add-on options. Synology did something pretty sweet last year, by including its Active Backup for Business (ABB) software with many of its units. It includes the server package, an active client for Windows, a user portal for self-service recovery, and the ability to back up other types of specialized hardware and virtual machines. I’ve been using ABB with both the Windows client and with my Jetson Nano Linux box with rsync as the agent.Synology’s Active Backup for Business provides a large number of options managed through a central console.One area where ABB goes beyond many of the other backup solutions bundled with network servers is the capability to do a bare metal restore — as you’d expect with a separate cost backup package. You simply create and boot to a recovery drive and then restore your full system image. Alternatively, you can do the expected set of drive, partition, and file backups to take more complete control of your system. There are even additional packages for specifically backing up G Suite and Office 365, although I haven’t used them.Consider a Belt and SuspendersNext to not noticing that backups are failing to run properly, not realizing that they’re corrupt is the next biggest problem with backups. While major corporations have policies in place for regularly testing the integrity and utility of their backups, most small business and families don’t. So in our case, we back all our machines up two different ways, to two different servers.Active Backup for Business offers a nice and easy to understand set of Retention options.Five-bay NAS units are very convenient for this, as shared data can be stored on a three drive RAID array, and backups can go on a separate, mirrored, two-drive array. We use a Synology DS1517+ as our primary data store — since it supports 10Gbps — and destination for system backups generated by Active Backup for Business. Then we also have a DS1019+ where we can keep a clone of our most important shared data on the first three drives, and our EaseUS backups on the other two. Or if you have room to keep your data and backups on the first three drives, the other two are ideal for mirrored security footage archives. Of course, just having two systems locally isn’t a perfect solution either, so you’ll want to have some type of off-site backup as well.Now Read:How to Set Up Subscription-Free Offsite BackupHow to Create Your Own Private Photo Sharing CloudIt’s World Backup Day: Here’s How the ExtremeTech Staff Stays Backed Up Lilly From ‘Princess Diaries’ Is 36 Now and Gorgeous How to Set Up Centrally Managed Backups for Your Home or Small Business 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. The Hate for ‘Captain Marvel’ May Never Stop 9 Comments New TV Shows That Will Absolutely Get Canceled in 2019 The Possibility Of An ‘Iron Man 4’ Finally Addressed You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet This Is Where ‘The Man With the Golden Voice’ Ended Up By David Cardinal on June 22, 2019 at 9:00 amlast_img read more

first_img Maisie Williams’ Transformation is Turning Heads Google Might Try to Buy Your Face for $5 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. Terms of use. Willow Smith’s Transformation is Turning Heads The Most Inappropriate Comic Book Characters Ever ‘Apex Legends’ Changed Gaming and We Barely Noticed Unless you’re a digital hermit, Google probably already has a lot of data about you. Even when you don’t tell Google specific bits of data, it can make educated guesses based on your searches and how you use its services. One thing it doesn’t have is your face, and that’s what Google is after. No, this isn’t some Game of Thrones-style Faceless Men situation — Google reps are offering $5 gift cards to scan people’s faces. Google representatives are approaching people in real life and asking them to contribute data to developing “the next generation of facial recognition phone unlocking,” according to a report from ZDNet. As compensation for helping out, Googlers are offering people a $5 gift card to Amazon or Starbucks. Are people willing to sell their faces to Google for five bucks? It appears they are, yes. After agreeing to help out, participants are handed a phone inside a large case that obscured the shape. It’s common for engineers to use cases like this to hide pre-release phones during testing, which strongly suggests these devices are Google Pixel 4s. It reportedly takes a few minutes for the phone to acquire face data as people move their heads around, and then they’re free to paint the town red with their gift cards. The data is most likely feeding into a machine learning algorithm that will help the Pixel 4 recognize faces with some assortment of sensors and cameras on the phone. While Android has supported face unlock for years, it has always been 2D camera-based recognition. The iPhone, by comparison, uses a 3D sensor to unlock the device securely. Some Android phones like the LG G8 have imitated that, but Google is adding official support for 3D face unlock in the upcoming Android Q release. Leaks of the Pixel 4 also show plenty of sensors on the front of the phone that could contribute to secure face unlock. This is all speculation for now — Google isn’t talking, and it probably won’t say anything until the Pixel 4 is official. The teaser and leaked images don’t show a fingerprint sensor in the traditional place, so Google has either gone to an in-display sensor or it’s ditching that all together in favor of face unlock. That would make the accuracy of its algorithm extremely important. In that eventuality, I hope a lot of people sell their faces to Google.Now read:3D-Printed Head Shows Face Unlock on Most Phones Isn’t SecureAndroid Q May Support Apple-Like 3D Face UnlockFBI Forces Suspect to Unlock Phone Using Face ID Actors Who Could Barely Stomach Kissing Each Other on Screen Winona Ryder Is Not Letting Anyone Forget She’s Married to Keanu By Ryan Whitwam on July 22, 2019 at 4:07 pm 12 Comments Here’s What the Cast of the Matrix Trilogy Looks Like Today The Tragedy of Marie Osmond Just Keeps Getting Sadder and Sadder Tagged In googleprivacypixel 4face unlock Post a Comment 12 Commentslast_img read more

first_img Google has shown off some wildly futuristic technologies at its annual I/O gathering, but most of them have faded into obscurity without ever appearing in a consumer product. The Project Soli gesture control system has been pie-in-the-sky since its debut in 2015, but a report several months back confirmed Google was still working on the tech. Now, a new leak suggests it might become an integral part of the next Pixel phone, PCMag reports.Soli originated with the Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group, which Google kept when it sold off the rest of Motorola to Lenovo a couple of years back. ATAP is responsible for interesting but ultimately useless technologies like Jacquard touch fabric, Ara modular phones, and Tango 3D computer vision. Google tried to launch all three products, but they failed either in development or shortly after launch. Soli uses a small radar chip to detect hand movements with much greater accuracy than existing systems based on cameras and motion sensors. In the original I/O demos, Google showed how Soli could enable buttons taps, scrolling, and volume controls without touching the phone. For example, imagine turning a virtual knob to change the volume on your phone or tapping your thumb and forefinger to tap the screen. In late 2018, the FCC permitted Google to operate the Soli in testing at higher than usual frequencies, even on aircraft. That told us Google was still working on Soli, and now there are some hints that the Pixel 4 will include a Soli chip. A leak of Pixel 4 screen protectors includes a large pill-shaped sensor window on the top right side (in that oversized bezel). Several sources suggest that’s for Soli. If the Pixel 4 does include Soli, that could justify the larger bezel at a time when most device makers are striving to shrink the bezel. That could also explain why Google only showed us the back of the Pixel 4 in its unexpected teaser on Twitter a few weeks back — it’s saving Soli for the big reveal. Google’s hardware announcements have happened in October for the last three years. So, that’s probably when we’ll find out if the Pixel 4 will indeed feature the consumer debut of Soli. Even if Soli does come to the Pixel 4, no one knows how well it will work. It would hardly be the first ATAP technology that didn’t live up to expectations.Now read:Pixel 4 XL Leak Confirms Big Bezel, No NotchGoogle Settles Pixel Class Action Lawsuit, Will Pay Owners Up to $500Google Says Pixel 3 Sales Are Worse Than Pixel 2 By Ryan Whitwam on July 22, 2019 at 1:38 pm Pixel 4 Might Support ‘Soli’ Touchless Gestures Little Lucy From ‘Narnia’ is Head-Turningly Gorgeous Now at 23 2 Comments You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Why Billy Hargrove from ‘Stranger Things’ Looks So Familiar 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. The Transformation of Daisy Ridley Is Turning Heads Here’s How To Catch And Purify Shadow Pokemon In ‘Pokemon Go’ This is Where ‘Thor 4’ Will Take Place in the Marvel Timeline What Natalie Portman Could Look Like as the Mighty Lady Thor The Sad Situation That Hayden Panettiere Is Living In Today Reality TV Scandals We Never Saw Coming Tagged In googleleaksatappixel 4project solisoli Post a Comment 2 Commentslast_img read more

first_img Bundle SelectMarketing TechnologyNewsReal Estate Radio LIVESalesforceVisa Previous ArticleDun & Bradstreet Completes Acquisition of Lattice EnginesNext ArticleCloud for Good is Awarded 2019 AMER Partner of the Year – Nonprofit Salesforce and Visa Join Bundle Select Employee Real Estate Platform PRNewswireJuly 2, 2019, 1:39 pmJuly 2, 2019 Company Employees Will Save 25%* on Real Estate Transaction FeesAs housing continues to be a major concern for employees in some of the country’s most expensive cities, two major brands — Visa and Salesforce — are taking action by partnering with Bundle Select. Bundle Select™ brings together real estate, lending, and title services so buyers and sellers can save thousands of dollars. In addition, every transaction is streamlined with a dedicated concierge, at no cost to employees or the company.Bundle Select was founded by Joe Cucchiara of Real Estate Radio LIVE! and is based in San Francisco. Cucchiara has spent nearly a decade educating and informing consumers on real estate matters, and developed Bundle Select as a way to save consumers time and money. Users of Bundle Select™ are paired with a concierge who handpicks expert partners and serves as a guide through every step of the process. Streamlined relocation services are also offered, including bundled discounts on moving costs. By flipping the traditional, fragmented real estate model upside down, Bundle Select™ allows the consumer to benefit from bundling services.Marketing Technology News: Anexinet Continues Growth Under New Ownership“Bundling has become a popular way to save money in other verticals,” added Cucchiara. “It was time to bring this concept to real estate. We are excited to work with Salesforce and Visa employees to help them move with ease and save money at the same time.”Bundle Select™ debuted last year and has worked with Guardant Health and Adobe, among other companies. “We’ve been seeing a lot of interest from our employees. That’s not surprising because it makes sense giving employee discounts at no cost to the company or employee. It’s a win-win!” Said Tiffany Starkey, Customer & Employee Experience at Adobe.Marketing Technology News: Button Raises $30 Million in Series C Funding to Build the Future of Mobile CommerceTogether Salesforce and Visa have thousands of employees who are eligible for the program.Marketing Technology News: New Competitive Report by BIA Advisory Services Shows Similarities and Differences Among Leading Call Tracking Platformslast_img read more

first_imgUniserve Communications Corporation (“Uniserve”) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Owen Morley as its Chief Technology Officer.  Mr. Morley is a former Director of Infrastructure with a passion for technology, starting his career in 1998 with his own web hosting venture.  Owen later joined PEER1 Network as a Network Analyst and honed his skills and technique to quickly manage its Vancouver and Seattle data centres.  He then moved to PlentyOfFish Media, one of the world’s largest online dating sites where he was quickly promoted to Executive.  Since the start of his career, Owen has continually exemplified a strong work ethic, leadership abilities and diligence.  Owen is known for perpetually pushing the limits of technology and finding new ways to move forward.  Owen will bring two additional team members with him to expand the Company’s IT department.Uniserve’s President, Darren Nicholls, stated: “Owen fills the last spot in a revamped and revitalized management team.  We are very excited to have him join us and I think we can expect to see great things from Uniserve moving forward.”Marketing Technology News: AT&T Adding Interactive Public Service Locast App to DIRECTV and U-verse Video PlatformsUniserve Communications Corporation is a 2018 TSX Venture top 50 performance company.Uniserve is a unified communications company which has been in business for 30 years, combining voice, data and media services all into one seamless solution, one bill and one point of contact.Uniserve prides itself on world class customer service based in Canada.  When all else is equal, clients can trust Uniserve to have a great price, a great experience and to be a company that customers enjoy working with – we call it “ONE click, call, connect”.Marketing Technology News: Internet Grows to 351.8 Million Domain Name Registrations in the First Quarter of 2019This news release was prepared on behalf of the Board of Directors, which accepts full responsibility for its contents.Marketing Technology News: Mobiquity’s AdCop Finds Ad Fraud Lurking Below the Floor Marketing TechnologyNewsOwen MorleyPlentyOfFish MediaSeattle data centresTechnologyUniserve Communications Corporation Previous ArticleMagna Imperio Systems Selects Vertebrae for 3D & AR Sales EnablementNext ArticleSurveyMonkey Hires Autodesk Executive Debbie Clifford as Its New Chief Financial Officer Uniserve Announces the Appointment of Owen Morley as Chief Technology Officer PRNewswireJune 4, 2019, 4:42 pmJune 4, 2019 last_img read more

first_imgInpixon, a leading indoor positioning and data analytics company, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Jibestream Inc., a premier provider of indoor mapping and location technology.Jibestream offers a full-featured geospatial platform that integrates business data with high-fidelity indoor maps to create smart indoor spaces. Jibestream states their solution is deployed in hundreds of buildings globally including numerous marque venues such as Mall of America, The Pentagon, Westfield World Trade Center, San Francisco International Airport, several Veteran Affairs hospitals and Mall of the Emirates. Jibestream was selected as a “Cool Vendor” by global research firm Gartner in the 2018 Cool Vendors in Location Services for Wayfinding report, and was named as a Top Geospatial Company in 2019 by Geoawesomeness.Marketing Technology News: 8×8 Deepens Channel Commitment With New Elev8 Partner Program“The addition of Jibestream’s mapping capabilities and technologies is a pivotal and transformative step in our mission to be the global leader for indoor data,” said Nadir Ali, Inpixon CEO. “Our ability to provide a single indoor location platform that now provides mapping with what we believe is the most accurate positioning the market has to offer, comprehensive analytics that provide deep, meaningful insights for our customers, and the SDKs and APIs to fuel a thriving partner ecosystem sets us apart from competitors. Gradually, Inpixon’s indoor location data platform will ingest data from various third party IoT sensors and databases in addition to its own proprietary sensors to deliver information critical to a multitude of industries and disciplines including marketing, customer experience, operations and security. Inpixon’s depiction of indoor data will give each user a unique view of their indoor data, from wayfinding, visitor analytics and marketing campaigns to video camera integration and cybersecurity threat detection. Inpixon’s analytics engine and artificial intelligence will continue to anonymize devices, ensuring privacy and security, as we deliver on our mission to do good with indoor data.”Marketing Technology News: Druva Gives Channel Partners the Keys to Cloud with Druva Compass“Over the last few months Inpixon has been focused on executing its strategic acquisition strategy allowing it to be able to significantly enhance its capabilities and strengthen its global partner network,” continued Mr. Ali. “We have established new technology integration partnerships with marquee players, such as IBM and VMware, we’ve expanded our product line to offer entry-level solutions with IPA Wi-Fi and IPA Pod, and we’ve enhanced our technology portfolio with the addition of video management system integration and GPS technology allowing us to expand our solution offerings by seamlessly merging the indoors and outdoors.”“Bringing Jibestream and Inpixon together is a winning combination that will be unprecedented in the market,” commented Chris Wiegand, Jibestream CEO. “This acquisition will grant both companies access to a more comprehensive suite of products bringing even greater benefits to our customers and partners. Combined, we will have a unique and powerful portfolio with the potential to further our commitment to making the indoor world digitally addressable changing the way people live, work and play indoors.”Marketing Technology News: Kochava Expands In APAC Region Inpixon to Acquire Indoor Mapping Leader Jibestream Globe NewswireJuly 11, 2019, 6:15 pmJuly 11, 2019 AIChris WiegandGartnerInpixonJibestreamNadir AliNews Previous ArticleTech Data Announces Solution Catalog and Accelerated Enablement for Analytics and IoTNext ArticleJumpCrew Announces Inaugural Conference “JumpCon: The Digital Sales Transformation Summit”last_img read more

first_img BJPcongressemploymentLok Sabha elections 2019 First Published: May 17, 2019, 10:17 PM IST New Delhi: Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Friday said her party did not allow the BJP to divert the focus in elections from issues of employment and farming as she asserted that the victory of ‘Nyay’ was certain on May 23.Campaigning in the bitterly fought marathon Lok Sabha elections, spread over 38 days, drew to a close Friday evening as top leaders made a final push in the seventh and concluding phase for the remaining 59 seats. “Dear friends, 60 days of spirited election campaign for ‘one person one vote’ or political equality was made possible because of your love,” Priyanka said.”Despite BJP’s efforts, we did not allow the elections to be diverted from issues of employment, farming, and income. On the 23rd (May), the victory of ‘Nyay’ (justice) and people’s voice is certain,” said the AICC general secretary, in-charge Uttar Pradesh (East).The Congress’ proposed Nyuntam Aay Yojana (Nyay) promises up to Rs 72,000 a year to 20 per cent of India’s poorest families if the party is voted to power.Polling will be held on Sunday in the seventh phase in all 13 seats in Punjab and an equal number of seats in Uttar Pradesh, nine in West Bengal, eight seats each in Bihar and Madhya Pradesh, four in Himachal Pradesh, three in Jharkhand and the lone seat Chandigarh.Counting of votes in the world’s largest exercise in democracy will be taken up on May 23. last_img read more

first_img KidnappingMainpuriUP crimeUP Police First Published: July 8, 2019, 9:38 AM IST Mainpuri: A 41-year-old Dalit man was allegedly subjected to third-degree torture when he went to file a complaint about kidnapping of his 38-year-old wife from the Aligarh-Kanpur highway in Mainpuri area in Uttar Pradesh on Friday. After the woman alleged gangrape, police Saturday registered a case against three unidentified youths. The incident took place in the district of Mainpuri, which is the parliamentary constituency of Samajwadi patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav. The man and his wife, natives of Bulandshahr district, were going to his relatives’ house on a motorcycle on Friday night when the wife was abducted by three men in a car. They allegedly took turns to gang rape her and beat up the husband till he lost consciousness.The husband approached police for help, but the officials instead accused him of foul play. “Policemen assaulted the man during questioning. A medical examination shows injuries on his back and legs,” Superintendent of Police, Mainpuri, Ajai Shankar Rai, was quoted as saying by Indian Express. The policemen also broke two of his fingers. They accused the victim of even “murdering his wife” and calling them to lodge a false complaint.A few fours later, the woman reached the police station and accused the abductors of raping her and robbing her off her jewellery before dumping her in a secluded spot.An FIR was finally lodged on Saturday against the three unidentified men on charges of rape, kidnapping and robbery at Kurawali Police Station in Mainpuri. On Sunday, Bichhwan Police Station SO Rajneesh Pal Singh and two constables were suspended for allegedly harassing the man.However, the police said that the medical examination of the woman did not support the rape allegation and no injuries were found on her body. last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Newly-appointed Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani met her predecessor Maneka Gandhi on Saturday to discuss important issues in the ministry and the way forward in tackling them.Sharing a picture with Gandhi on Twitter, Irani said she is “grateful” to the former Women and Child Development minister for “sparing her valuable time and blessing her”. “It was extremely kind of her to highlight important issues in the WCD Ministry and guide me on the way forward,” Irani tweeted.She is yet to formally take charge of the WCD Ministry. Preparation has already begun at the Women and Child Development Ministry to welcome Irani, who is likely to assume office on Monday, sources said.From tackling malnutrition and stunted growth among children to drafting the regulations for sexual harassment at workplace, a host of challenges await Irani, who was appointed as the WCD Minister on Friday.Among several issues that await the Union minister are completing the registration of child care institutions and ensuring that the anti-trafficking bill passes the Rajya Sabha hurdle.She emerged as a ‘giant slayer’ after defeating Congress president Rahul Gandhi in Uttar Pradesh’s Amethi. Irani has retained the charge of Textiles Ministry, a portfolio she held during the first term of the Narendra Modi government. BJPmaneka gandhiModi Govt 2.0NDA First Published: June 1, 2019, 7:38 PM ISTlast_img read more

first_img BJPlok sabha speakerMahrashtraNarendra Modi First Published: June 6, 2019, 6:19 PM IST Mumbai: The Shiv Sena, which has a minister in the Narendra Modi cabinet, Thursday said it has sought the post of Deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha. Sena leader and Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Raut said the demand has been conveyed to the BJP. “The party has demanded deputy Speaker’s post. We have conveyed our demand to the BJP,” Raut told PTI.Raut said Sena president Uddhav Thackeray and all the 18 Lok Sabha MPs of the party will visit Ayodhya next week, before the start of the Parliament’s session.The purpose of the visit is to reaffirm the party’s commitment to construction of Ram temple at the disputed site, Raut said.Thackeray had visited Ayodhya in November 2018 too, in an apparent bid to mount pressure on the Modi-led government on the Ram temple issue.The ties between the Sena and the BJP were under considerable strain before the Lok Sabha 2019 elections.The two parties, however, stitched up an alliance for Lok Sabha and Assembly polls later.Arvind Sawant, MP from Mumbai South Lok Sabha seat, the lone Sena minister in the Modi government, handling the heavy industries and public enterprises portfolio. last_img read more

first_imgStory TimelineT-Mobile refreshes prepaid plans with $45, $55 and $75/month optionsT-Mobile calls out Verizon with its latest switcher promotionT-Mobile DIGITS brings multi-number, multi-device joy on May 31T-Mobile LTE-U arrives for customers in a handful of US cities Back when the big four carriers first announced their new unlimited plans, T-Mobile initially put itself in a good position to compete on price with the likes of Verizon and AT&T. Today, however, T-Mobile’s unlimited plan is looking quite similar to what Verizon offers, not only from a features standpoint, but also from a pricing one. That’s thanks to a small price hike T-Mobile has made to its One Plus add-on. For those of you who need a bit of a refresher, T-Mobile currently offers its One unlimited plan for $70 per month for a single line. A couple of big problems with that plan include the fact that it limits your video streams to 480p automatically and, though it allows you to use your phone as a mobile hotspot, you’re limited to 3G speeds.Those who don’t like those restrictions can add One Plus to their line. This add-on allows for HD video streaming and gives you 4G LTE mobile hotspot speeds for the first 10GB. You also get extra, smaller perks like double speed for international data and unlimited WiFi on Gogo-enabled flights.Up until today, the One Plus add on only cost an extra $5 per month, bringing the total cost of your unlimited plan with One Plus to $75 per month. Now, however, T-Mobile has increased that price to $10 a month, notably bringing its One Plus plan in line with Verizon’s pricing for a single unlimited line. Though you don’t get stuff like free in-flight WiFi with Verizon, the major features of both plans are similar.When asked about the price hike, a T-Mobile representative told Business Insider that the $5/month price was merely promotional pricing that was only going to last for a limited time. Those who signed up for One Plus while it was $5 per month will be grandfathered in at that price, so you don’t have to worry about it increasing to $10 unless you remove it from your account and reapply it later.Update: It’s worth noting that while T-Mobile rolls taxes and fees into the price of its One plan, Verizon doesn’t do the same with its own unlimited plan. With that in mind, Verizon customers will end up paying more for a single line, despite the fact that Verizon’s plan is the same price as T-Mobile’s One Plus plan on paper.last_img read more

first_imgSOURCE: Kickstarter Why do people prefer paper books even when ebooks exist? It mostly has to do with the tactile feel of paper as well as the simplicity of their use. You don’t have to charge it, you don’t have to worry about visibility under bright light, and you definitely don’t need to learn how to use it.But ebooks also have distinct advantages. You can compile numerous books into one device, allowing you to carry as many books as you want in the space of one. You don’t have to wearing about wearing and tearing the paper down over use. And you can easily switch between books or even between versions of the book.The “Fist of North Star” eOneBook merges all those qualities into one easy to use ebook reader in the form of a two-screen book. It’s so easy to use you only need to open it to turn it on and close it to turn it off. It’s so simple to use that you can’t even load any other ebook. At least not without some heavy duty hacking. It tries so hard to offer the same tactile feel of paper books that its case is actually made out of paper that you can scrub with your thumb (and maybe doodle some flip book animations on). Which explains why it’s thicker than two ebook readers on top of each other.It still has some of the advantages of regular ebook readers, though. Aside from being able to contain all 18 volumes of the hit manga, it actually holds both English and Japanese versions of it. You can quickly switch between the two languages by hitting a single button. Unlike most ebook readers, however, the eOneBook is powered by AAA batteries, because charging makes it feel more like an electronic device than a book.The Fist of the North Star eOneBook is an idea that is both amusing yet also sensible, as it tries to address pain points from both sides of the fence. And, judging by how much it has already raised on Kickstarter, it’s an idea that has resonated with many people. Who knows? Maybe the idea will catch on and we’ll soon be seeing volumes of paper books replaced by one ebook reader disguised as a paper book on a bookstore shelf. Ebooks have been around for around a decade now and although they have become a force to be reckoned with, they never really made paper books go extinct. Especially in Japan, where, unlike their Western counterparts, comics, more popularly known around the world as “manga”, continue to be enjoyed in their original paper format. One Japanese company is trying to change that by combining the best of both worlds into an ebook reader that can be used to read one and only one content: 18 volumes of “Hokuto no Ken”, or “Fist of the North Star”.last_img read more

first_imgSmart speakers are one of the fastest growing segments in the consumer market. That was until Amazon made a blunder that have thrown the AI-powered devices into hot water. But even before the privacy fiasco, two of the largest smart speaker companies were already planning to dish it out in a new arena: smart speakers with screens. Google already made its Smart Display spiel, both at CES 2018 and, more recently, at I/O last month. Now the first of those, the 8 and 10-inch Lenovo Smart Display are available for pre-order, signaling the next wave of smart home devices. Credit (or blame) should again be given to Amazon, whose bullishness in the first Amazon Echo canister single-handedly gave birth to this market segment. Launched last year, Amazon Echo Show delivered what fans were dying to have: visual feedback for their questions and requests. Amazon being Amazon, the company threw in more features, like making video calls or suddenly dropping in on contact’s Echo Shows.Unsurprisingly, Google followed suit not long after with a new product line. Powered by its Android Things IoT platform, the Smart Displays practically merged Android and Google Home products, glued together by Google Assistant. It didn’t announce its new product category guns a blazing but instead conspired with a few partners, including Lenovo.The Lenovo Smart Displays look pretty much like those video phone devices, minus the handset. It had a large touch screen panel, 8 or 10 inches depending on the model, with a speaker off to one side. The backs are eccentrically folded so that the displays can be propped up horizontally or vertically as desired.Both speakers are now available for pre-order on B&H Photo with price tags lower than what the company let on back in January. The 8-inch model will cost $149.99 instead of $199.99 while the larger model is $228.88, down from $249.99. Given the reputation smart speakers suddenly face now as well as Lenovo’s Z5 red herring, those figures could help make the Smart Displays a bit sweeter. Story TimelineLenovo Smart Display gives Google Assistant a touchscreen and cameraGoogle Smart Displays release dates and detailslast_img read more

first_imgThe goal, in fact, is to deliver strong image quality but in a form-factor that might actually encourage you to take the XF10 on your travels. In short, you could think of the new Fujifilm as the company’s attempt to bypass your smartphone as the everyday camera you reach for. To hammer that preference home, there are a few useful features. Fujifilm has announced an unusual new premium compact camera, the Fujifilm XF10, packing a sizable sensor and a fixed f/2.8 prime lens. The pocket-sized little compact may not have lens flexibility like many of its X Series siblings, but it does pack 24.2-megapixels from an APS-C sensor. Since there’s not really room in the roughly 279g body for a viewfinder, control and framing is courtesy of a 3-inch touchscreen and a few physical buttons and dials. Swiping the touchscreen switches to a Square Mode, which takes a 1:1 aspect photo more suited to sites like Instagram. There’s Bluetooth 4.2 for wirelessly transferring shots from the XF10 to your smartphone. Meanwhile, the 18.5mm Fujinon lens – equivalent to 28mm on 35mm format – promises no aberrations or loss of sharpness at the edges of the frame. There’s a Digital Teleconverter function allows the XF10 to mimic a 35mm or 50mm focal length on a 35mm format, too. Minimum focus distance is 10cm from the tip of the lens.If you really want to go old-school, there are various film simulation modes. In fact, the XF10 offers 11 modes to choose between. That ranges from PROVIA, through Velvia with greater saturation and darker blacks, Sepia for retro shots, and PRO Neg. Std, which prioritizes accurate skin tones and softer saturation for portraits. Advanced Filters for HDR, monochrome (NIR), and more add other styles to choose between, without having to spend time digging through Instagram filters later on. At the same time, there are some odd decisions. The XF10 can shoot 4K video, but only at 15 frames per second; basically, Fujifilm is stitching together multiple shots to make up a video, though the result could be a little jerky. If you want something more usable, you’re looking at 1080p instead. The Fujifilm XF10 will go on sale in August, available in both champagne gold and black. It’ll be priced at $499.95.last_img read more

first_img Porsche Mission E gallery The 2020 Taycan is going to be fastPorsche has been playing final performance figures close to its chest while showing off the Mission E, but with the official debut of the Taycan it’s being a little more forthright as to what we can expect. The electric sedan will have more than 600 horsepower from its two “permanently excited” synchronous electric motors. We suspect that’ll be enough to “permanently excite” most drivers, too. The 2020 Porsche Taycan will be the automaker’s first all-electric car, and it’s more than just a Tesla rival. Stage one of what will eventually be more than $7bn in investment into electrification and e-mobility by Porsche, the Taycan – like the Mission E concept it’s based on – isn’t just quick on the road, but will usher in a new age of fast charging and more. Read on for six things we found out about the 2020 Taycan today. The result will be 0-62 mph in “well under 3.5 seconds,” Porsche promises, while 0-124 mph will be done in under 12 seconds. Arguably more important, the automaker points out, is that the Taycan will be able to do that over and over again. “Multiple jump starts are possible in succession without loss of performance,” Porsche says. That, if you haven’t been paying attention to EVs, is some direct snark at Tesla. Elon Musk is well known for talking up the speed of cars like the Model S, but Porsche has voiced some skepticism about just how long the potent Tesla can keep that up on the track. Overheating regenerative braking systems are a big area of concern for any performance EV, and if Porsche has nailed that it could give the Taycan a serious edge. Range shouldn’t be a problemPower is only one part of the EV equation: range is the other. Porsche is saying the 2020 Taycan should do more than 310 miles on a single charge, albeit according to NEDC (New European Driving Cycle) tests. They’re generally accepted as being more optimistic than the US’s EPA tests, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see the Taycan fall somewhere in the high-200s when those results are available. Even with that, adding range back in should be more rapid than with most electric vehicles. Thanks to 800 volt, 320 kW chargers, Porsche suggests you’ll be able to add about 60 miles of driving to the Taycan in just four minutes. Porsche US plans to install 500 such chargers across the US by the end of 2019.It’ll have regular mirrors and a glowing rumpPorsche is yet to show the final production design of the 2020 Taycan, which means all we’ve had to go on so far is the Mission E concept. The automaker has said several times that it plans to stick as closely as possible to that concept car for the road-going version. Still, some of the more striking features aren’t going to translate from auto show stage to Porsche dealership.Porsche’s teaser reel today confirms one big loss: the fancy rear view cameras. They’ll be swapped out for regular side mirrors on the Taycan. It’s no huge surprise, given in the US at least cars are still legally required to have two side mirrors using reflective glass. Still, as we’ve seen from Porsche stablemate Audi and its upcoming e-tron, outside of the US the rules aren’t so backward and camera side mirrors will be offered as an option on the electric SUV. Porsche may well decide to follow suit in countries where that’s permitted. The other likely change is that the door hinges on the Taycan are going to change dramatically from those of the Mission E. The concept car had rear-hinged back doors, effectively opening up the whole passenger cabin. Expect more traditional hinges on the production version. Finally, Porsche’s fancy new butt design language is a lock-in. The Taycan has a light strip that runs the width of the rear, following in the tread marks of the latest Panamera and other models. It should give it a distinctive look when you’re following the EV sedan at night. The Taycan name beds the EV down in Porsche’s rangeMission E was a good name, but Porsche’s all-electric car has shed its concept title and embraced something more in-keeping with the rest of the automaker’s line-up. Taycan, so the company says, “means the equivalent of ‘spirited young horse’,” a reference to the leaping horse that has been a part of the Porsche badge since 1952. “The name has its linguistic roots in the East,” it claims. “At Porsche, the vehicle names generally have a concrete connection with the corresponding model and its characteristics,” the automaker points out. In the case of the Taycan, then, we’re supposed to think about how horse travel made a new age of exploration possible. “Our new electric sports car is strong and dependable,” Oliver Blume, chairman of the executive board of Porsche AG, explained today, “it’s a vehicle that can consistently cover long distances and that epitomizes freedom.”Expect the Taycan in Porsche US dealerships next yearInterest in the Taycan has already been huge, Porsche says, though sales aren’t expected to kick off in the US for some time yet. Series production of the car won’t actually begin until early 2019. Exactly when that’ll translate to cars arriving on American roads hasn’t been shared, though we’d expect a late 2019 debut for that. As for how much you’ll have to spend to have one on your drive, that’s another fact which Porsche is playing close to its corporate chest. Still, previous suggestions have indicated a starting price in the region of $80-90k. The Taycan is just the start for Porsche’s e-ambitionsPorsche’s original goal had been to spend three billion euro ($3.53bn) on electromobility by 2022. Today, it has announced that it’s doubling that investment. Around 500 million euro is going to go on Taycan variants and derivatives, it says, while around a billion euro will got on electrification and hybridization of the existing Porsche line-up. Charging infrastructure and other “smart mobility” expenses will soak up around 700 million euro, Porsche expects. There’ll also be an outlay on ramping up production. A new paint shop, dedicated Taycan assembly area, and a conveyor bridge that will move painted bodies and drive units to the final assembly area are already under construction. Porsche plans to use its existing engine plant to make the twin-motor drive units, which is being expanded accordingly. Story TimelinePorsche Mission E charger plan has Tesla in its sightsPorsche Mission E Cross Turismo teases EV crossover to rival TeslaPorsche Mission E family could include a 2-door and a convertiblelast_img read more

first_img This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Medicare Beneficiaries Who Were Overcharged For Drugs Because Of CVS’ Incorrect Prices Will Receive Refunds The Associated Press/Washington Post: FTC Is Mailing Refunds To Medicare Customers Who Relied On Incorrect CVS Drug PricesThe Federal Trade Commission said that it is mailing refund checks to 13,000 Medicare Part D beneficiaries who were overcharged for drugs because a CVS Caremark Corp. business understated the price of the medications (9/4).last_img read more

first_imgViewpoints: George Will: Dems’ ‘Reservoir Of Condescension’ Focused On Women; One Disabled Voter Questions Assisted Suicide Referendum The Washington Post: Obama’s Campaign Goes Empty And Strident Much of the Democratic Party’s vast reservoir of condescension is currently focused on women, who are urged not to trouble their pretty little heads about actual problems but instead to worry that, 52 years after birth control pills went on the market and 47 years after access to contraception became a constitutional right, reproductive freedom is at risk. This insult may explain the shift of women toward Romney. … [Also,] Nothing in the president’s campaign has betrayed an inkling that anything pertinent to Social Security or Medicare has changed since they were enacted 77 years and 47 years ago, respectively (George Will, 10/31). The New York Times: Suicide By Choice? Not So Fast Next week, voters in Massachusetts will decide whether to adopt an assisted-suicide law. … I can’t help wondering why we’re in such a hurry to ensure the right to die before we’ve done all we can to ensure that those of us with severe, untreatable, life-threatening conditions are given the same open-hearted welcome, the same open-minded respect and the same open-ended opportunities due everyone else (Ben Mattlin, 10/31).McClatchy: Rallying The R’s As Electoral StrategyLong before Mitt Romney, and not just for the sake of alliteration, the Republican Party could have been described as the party of the “r’s.” That’s because its base, the core constituencies it has to energize to win elections, all begin with “r.” … First, there are the rich. … Then there are the rural. … One other area where Republicans see a strong role for government is in making health care decisions for women and determining who can marry. That generally gets them the support of the third “r”, the religious. They buy the idea that government should dictate their brand of morality (Dennis Jett, 11/1). Journal of the American Medical Association: The Massachusetts Health Care Reform Experiment: A SuccessTo some extent, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is based on the “Massachusetts experiment,” the health care legislation passed by the state in 2006, leading politicians on both sides of the political aisle to claim it as a success or failure. Supporters assert that the legislation resulted in nearly universal health insurance coverage in Massachusetts. Detractors point out that the quality of coverage may be suboptimal and its costs are exorbitant. Both sides have overstated their cases (Drs. Michael J. Zinner and Edward H. Livingston, 10/31).New England Journal of Medicine: The Insurance Value of Medicare Medicare should give beneficiaries not just access to medical care, but also protection from the risk of catastrophic spending. At the same time, Medicare — like any good insurance — should not cover so much care so generously that beneficiaries end up consuming too much care of questionable value and driving up costs for everyone. Thus, setting cost sharing for Medicare beneficiaries is a balancing act: too little cost sharing means patients have no incentive to spend Medicare dollars wisely; too much means Medicare fails to perform its insurance function. How well does Medicare do at this balancing act? Not very (Katherine Baicker and Helen Levy, 10/31). New England Journal of Medicine: Medicare’s Enduring Struggle to Define “Reasonable and Necessary” Care The Medicare program, among its many functions, serves as the country’s preeminent organization for the assessment of health technology. Its decisions to cover and pay for medical technology can have profound consequences for patients’ access to therapies, physicians’ treatment options, and the fiscal well-being of the program. … It is unfortunate, if not unexpected, that Medicare’s attempts to implement evidence-based decisions have been influenced by politics. It’s ironic that as CMS launches value-based purchasing programs for providers, it is unable to apply value-based purchasing for technology (Peter J. Neumann and James D. Chambers, 10/31).New England Journal of Medicine: Cancer Screening Campaigns — Getting Past Uninformative Persuasion For nearly a century, public health organizations, professional associations, patient advocacy groups, academics, and clinicians largely viewed cancer screening as a simple, safe way to save lives. … Persuasive messages stripped of useful facts might be justified if cancer screening didn’t carry harms. But research has increasingly shown that it does. … In order to get past persuasion to informed decision making, we need to make it easy for doctors and patients to see the key data about screening tests’ benefits and harms in an appropriate context (Drs. Steven Woloshin, Lisa M. Schwartz, William C. Black, and Barnett S. Kramer, 11/1).  Health Policy Solutions (a Colo. news service): Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado Picks Top 4 Races For Women’s HealthIn every race, voters will choose either to continue moving forward towards equality or to wind the clock back on women’s health. … Women’s access to affordable health care is an economic issue as well as one of equality. Because of reliable and affordable sources of contraception, women are able to pursue educational and professional goals, making it possible to continue their education and financially support their households (Cathy Alderman, 10/31).The Miami Herald: ‘Visionary Act’ Benefits MDC’s Nursing ProgramHealthcare and jobs have been two constants in the political season. … But there can be no debate or confusion about the critical jobs that need to be filled in our South Florida healthcare community … Forty percent of Florida’s nurses will be lost to retirement in the near future. Factor in demand from retiring baby boomers and we’re staring at a deficit of 11,000 nurses in the next two years and 50,000 in ten years. … South Florida will be vulnerable as few communities in the nation (Eduardo J. Padron, 10/31). 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

first_imgHow Much Will The Health Law Cost? Depends On Whom You Ask This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Some restaurant chains now say the health law may not cost them so much after all — mostly because many employees either won’t qualify for coverage or may decline it. Meanwhile, analysis continues of a Society of Actuaries projection of big increases in medical claims costs for insurers in the individual market. And the Associated Press examines President Barack Obama’s promises regarding health care. The Wall Street Journal: Restaurant Chains Cut Estimates For Health-Law CostsRestaurant owners have been fierce critics of the health-care overhaul law, fearing that its mandate for employers to offer insurance more broadly will drive up costs and deter hiring. Now, some operators say the law may not be that costly after all. They say many employees won’t qualify for coverage, and many of those who do qualify will decline company-offered insurance (Thurm, 3/27).Kaiser Health News: FAQ On The Latest Study: Obamacare’s Impact On Insurance Claim CostsIt’s too early to know how much individual health insurance policies will cost once the online marketplaces created under the Affordable Care Act launch Jan. 1. But that hasn’t stopped experts and interest groups from making predictions. The latest analysis comes from the Society of Actuaries. It’s attracting attention because of the group’s expertise and nonpartisanship. What actuaries do for a living — predicting future expense based on multiple squishy factors — is at the core of figuring out what will happen under Obamacare (Hancock, 3/28).The Associated Press: Promises, Promises: Obama On Health CareThe issue: Health care was the defining political battle of President Barack Obama’s first term, and — after the economy— it remains his most complicated policy challenge at home, central to his place in history. Fixing the system is a tall order as “Obamacare’s” major coverage expansion takes effect this year and next (Alonso-Zaldivar, 3/28). National Journal: The Secret Republican Plan To Repeal ‘Obamacare’A few minutes after the Supreme Court issued its landmark decision upholding President Obama’s health care law last summer, a senior adviser to Mitch McConnell walked into the Senate Republican leader’s office to gauge his reaction. McConnell was clearly disappointed, and for good reason. For many conservatives, the decision was the death knell in a three-year fight to defeat reforms that epitomized everything they thought was wrong with Obama’s governing philosophy (Frates, 3/27).In California – Los Angeles Times: Low-Income California Seniors To Move Into New Managed Care PlanIn a major shift triggered by the national healthcare law, nearly half a million low-income California seniors and disabled patients will begin moving into a new managed care program this fall. The patients, who receive both Medi-Cal and Medicare, are among the most costly in the state. Officials believe that the program, Cal MediConnect, will reduce spending and improve care by shifting the patients out of a fragmented system and into one that is more coordinated (Gorman, 3/27).last_img read more

first_imgFirst Edition: May 3, 2013 Today’s headlines include a variety of stories about the health law’s implementation, including reports about the Medicaid expansion’s red state prospects.  Kaiser Health News: Advocates Head To Court To Overturn Medicare Rules For Observation CareReporting for Kaiser Health News, in partnership with USA Today, Susan Jaffe writes: “Advocates for seniors say the distinction is not fair to patients. They are taking their argument to federal court in Hartford, Conn., Friday for the first hearing on a lawsuit seeking to have Medicare eliminate the observation label. Government lawyers argue in court filings that Medicare considers observation care an outpatient service and if elderly patients think they should have been admitted to the hospital, they should file an appeal” (Jaffe, 5/3). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: Medicare Seeks To Limit Number Of Seniors Placed In Hospital Observation CareReporting for Kaiser Health News, in collaboration with The Washington Post, Susan Jaffe writes: “Medicare officials have proposed changes in hospital admission rules that they say will curb the rising number of beneficiaries who are placed in observation care but are not admitted, making them ineligible for nursing home coverage. ‘This trend concerns us because of the potential financial impact on Medicare beneficiaries,’ officials wrote in an announcement April 26. Patients must spend three consecutive inpatient days in the hospital before Medicare will cover nursing home care ordered by a doctor” (Jaffe, 5/3). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: Colorado Weighs Reopening A Psychiatric Hospital To Serve The HomelessColorado Public Radio’s Eric Whitney, working in partnership with Kaiser Health News and NPR, reports: “Last summer’s mass shooting at the movie theatre in Aurora, Colo., led Gov. John Hickenlooper to call for stricter gun control and big new investments in mental health care. Several significant gun bills passed, and a package of mental health reforms are moving forward, but there may not be enough support to win funding for 300 new in-patient psychiatric beds” (Whitney, 5/2). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: Letters To The Editor: Better Wages For Home Health Aides; Nurse-Staffing Laws; Physician-Owned Hospitals; Actuaries And ‘Rate Shock’This periodic Kaiser Health News feature offers a variety of reader comments on recent stories (5/2). Read the letters.The Washington Post: In Several States, Medicaid Expansion Remains In Limbo As Time Runs ShortIn the closing days of their legislative sessions, lawmakers in more than a dozen states are struggling with whether to expand Medicaid under the federal health-care law, with many of them leaning against participating in a program that is key to President Obama’s aim of extending coverage to 30 million uninsured Americans. Twenty states and the District of Columbia have signed on to the expansion, and 14 are planning to decline. But 16 remain in limbo as lawmakers clash in the final days and weeks of the legislative calendar, when many must come to a decision in time for the provision to kick in next year (Somashekhar, 5/2).The Wall Street Journal: GOP Clashes Stymie Medicaid ExpansionSeveral Republican governors who defied their conservative bases to support Medicaid expansion under the federal health-care law are running into a brick wall: their states’ GOP-led legislatures. The latest clash is unfolding in Florida, where Republican Gov. Rick Scott, an ardent opponent of the 2010 health-care law, shocked many observers by announcing his support for Medicaid expansion in February (Campo-Flores, 5/2).Politico: Medicaid Expansion Stalls In Red StatesConservative state legislators have thwarted Republican governors who broke with their base in favor of Obamacare’s massive expansion of Medicaid. Governors such as John Kasich in Ohio, Rick Scott in Florida and Jan Brewer in Arizona spent political capital but saw their Medicaid expansion plans stall, the latest glitch in implementing the sweeping 2010 health law (Cheney and Millman, 5/2).NPR: Political Battle Over Health Law Starts Next ChapterIn the three years since the Affordable Care Act became law, public opinion has remained deeply divided, with as many Americans opposing the law as supporting it. When Americans begin signing up for health insurance under the act, opinion may finally begin to shake loose. Some people without access to insurance gain it and others encounter new bureaucracies (Liasson, 5/3).The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire: Obamacare Gets New Court ChallengeOpponents of the health-care overhaul have filed a new lawsuit Thursday against the federal government on behalf of four individuals and three employers in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The complaint focuses on the law’s distribution of federal subsidies for Americans to purchase insurance, and whether people can get them if they live in one of the 33 states that have refused to set up their own insurance exchanges and have left that task up to the federal government (Radnofsky, 5/2).NPR: Congress, Staffers Caught Up In Health Act’s Sticky Political SituationMembers of Congress have found themselves in another awkward situation when it comes to the federal health law. They wrote the law to require that members and staffs participate in the new health exchanges starting in 2014. But a glitch could stick them with huge out-of-pocket costs. And, as NPR’s Julie Rovner tells David Greene, attempts to fix it could be seen as providing special treatment (Greene and Rovner, 5/3).Los Angeles Times: Part-Timers To Lose Pay Amid Health Act’s New MathMany part-timers are facing a double whammy from President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. The law requires large employers offering health insurance to include part-time employees working 30 hours a week or more. But rather than provide healthcare to more workers, a growing number of employers are cutting back employee hours instead. The result: Not only will these workers earn less money, but they’ll also miss out on health insurance at work (Terhune, 5/2).The Washington Post’s Post Politics: Harry Reid Concerned About Obamacare ImplementationSenate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) expressed fresh concerns Wednesday about the implementation of the federal health care reform law, while a second congressional Democrat also chimed in with some worry. Reid said he agrees with Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), one of the law’s chief architects, who has expressed concerns about potential problems with implementing some of the law’s key components. Baucus recently said he sees a  “huge train wreck coming down” the road in the implementation process (Sullivan, 5/2).The Associated Press/Washington Post: W. Va. Governor Decides To Expand Medicaid; Analysis Says Additional 92K Likely To Be CoveredWest Virginia will expand Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul through a plan announced Thursday by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, which would extend coverage to an estimated 91,500 uninsured low-income residents (5/2).Los Angeles Times: Obama ‘Very Comfortable’ With Age Restriction On ‘Morning After’ PillPresident Obama says he’s “very comfortable” with a Food and Drug Administration ruling that maintains age restrictions on females who can buy the so-called morning after pill without a prescription. The rule announced this week prohibits girls younger than 15 from buying the drug, known as Plan B, over the counter. The decision was made by the FDA and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, Obama said, pushing back against women’s groups that have suggested the White House has interjected its political concern about a touchy subject into the rule process (Hennessey, 5/2).Politico: President Obama Defends Plan B AppealPresident Barack Obama on Thursday defended his administration’s decision to appeal a judge’s ruling that the Plan B morning-after pill should be available to women and girls of all ages, saying he was “very comfortable” with the Food and Drug Administration’s current rule. Obama said the agency was likely to conduct an additional review, but would go forward with the appeal nonetheless (Epstein, 5/3).Los Angeles Times: Plan B One-Step Debate ContinuesConfused by the wrangling in federal court over the Plan B One-Step emergency contraceptive? You’re not the only one. As U.S. attorneys work hastily to halt a federal judge’s order regarding the sale of the so-called morning-after pill, medical and reproductive rights groups weighed in on the hot-button controversy, which mixes issues of drug safety, social mores and politics (Morin, 5/2).The Wall Street Journal: Probe Into Medicare Tips GrowsSen. Charles Grassley is expanding his investigation into how investors got advance word of a market-moving Medicare policy decision, a development that could shine a spotlight on the office of one of the senator’s own colleagues (Mullins and McGinty, 5/2).The Washington Post: Intel For Investors: What’s Going On Behind Closed Doors In Washington The Washington-based firm Height Securities is a small player in a burgeoning financial field where companies seek to acquire valuable information about even the most minor of federal actions and provide it to investors. Yet a stock brokerage with only $7 million in reported annual revenue, a pittance by Wall Street standards, was apparently able to provoke a major surge in market trading. After Height Securities alerted clients to a pending government decision favoring health-care insurers, trading spiked in the shares of major health-care firms. With a federal investigation underway into these events, the activities have gained public attention (Markon and Yang, 5/2).The Washington Post: Three New Md. Health Laws Offer More Patient ProtectionMaryland Gov. Martin O’Malley signed three laws Thursday that will give more protection for patients. The measures provide more state oversight of cosmetic surgery centers, pharmacies that make sterile medications and staffing agencies that find temporary jobs for health-care professionals (Sun, 5/2).The New York Times: Park Slope Food Co-op Takes Up New Cause: Saving A HospitalIn a letter written “on behalf of the 16,000 members” of the co-op, its general manager, Joseph Holtz, and a member, Dr. Saul Melman, call on Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to “take a leadership role” in developing a plan to save the money-losing hospital, known as LICH, which serves a large swath of food co-op territory from its perch in Cobble Hill in northern Brooklyn (Hartocollis, 5/2).The Associated Press/Washington Post: NJ Gov. Signs Good Samaritan Bill to Help Overdose Victims; Bon Jovi Says It Will Be LifesaverThe New Jersey law seeks to assure timely medical treatment for overdose victims by encouraging people to seek help without fear of being arrested for drug possession (5/2). Check out all of Kaiser Health News’ e-mail options including First Edition and Breaking News alerts on our Subscriptions page. 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

first_imgA selection of health policy stories from Texas, Kansas, Georgia, Wisconsin and California.CQ HealthBeat: OIG Final Rule Allows Medicaid Investigators To Use Data MiningState Medicaid fraud investigators will be able to get federal matching funds to electronically search for potential fraud, under a final rule to be published on Friday. The rule, which will be published by the Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, is expected to save the federal government about $34.3 million from fiscal 2014 through fiscal 2023 in fraudulent claims that would have been paid (Adams, 5/16).The Texas Tribune: End-Of-Life Bill Sparks Anger, AccusationsPolitical powerhouse Texas Right to Life is working overtime to try to defeat a compromise measure aimed at improving state laws governing “end of life” medical decisions. But with time running out to get Senate Bill 303 passed, the fight over the legislation has shifted from political to personal. Sen. Bob Deuell, R-Greenville, a family physician who has worked for years to craft legislation acceptable to faith-based groups, the disability community and medical professionals, said Texas Right to Life is acting like “the woman that went to Solomon and wanted the baby to be cut in two” (Aaronson, 5/17).The Texas Tribune: House Backs Bill To Protect Medicaid Providers’ RightsMedicaid providers would have clearer due process rights during fraud investigations under a measure the House gave tentative approval to on Wednesday. The bill would also codify the state’s rules for withholding payments to providers during such investigations (Smith and Aaronson, 5/16).Kansas Health Institute: Governor’s Mental Health Initiative Panned At Manhattan MeetingKaren McCulloh spent much of Wednesday afternoon listening to state officials explain how Gov. Sam Brownback’s mental health initiative might work. She said she didn’t hear much that she hadn’t heard before. … Brownback has said his initiative, much of which remains undefined, is meant to “strengthen” the state’s mental health system and better serve those most at-risk of hospitalization or incarceration (Ranney, 5/16).Georgia Health News: Albany Hospital Merger Slowed By Latest RulingU.S. District Court Judge Louis Sands has issued a temporary restraining order against further moves by Phoebe Putney Health System to consolidate with the former Palmyra Medical Center in Albany. The ruling had been sought by the Federal Trade Commission. Phoebe Putney officials said in a statement that the judge’s action won’t alter day-to-day operations at the former Palmyra, which was purchased from HCA and has been renamed Phoebe North (Miller, 5/16).Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Uninsured, Low-Income Visits To Hospital More than 1 million visits to Wisconsin’s hospitals were by patients who were uninsured and low-income in 2011 — an increase of more than 30 percent since 2006, according to the Wisconsin Hospital Association Information Center’s annual Guide to Wisconsin Hospitals. The Wisconsin Hospital Association Information Center also reported that 70 percent of surgeries and procedures now done at the state’s 148 hospitals don’t require an overnight hospital stay and are done in outpatient departments. The figure shows that the traditional measure of inpatient stays no longer is a valid way to gauge a hospital’s patient volume and size (Boulton, 5/16).California Healthline: Increasing Medical Residencies Could Help Inland EmpireAs the Inland Empire grapples with a shortage of primary care physicians, experts say the solution hinges on creating more medical residencies. New state legislation could help. AB 1176 proposes to increase the number of primary care medical residencies in underserved regions, such as the Inland Empire. The new slots would be funded by levying a fee on insurers (McSherry, 5/16). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. State Highlights: State Medicaid Investigators Get More Money To Investigate Fraudlast_img read more

first_imgLooking To Compare Prices For Health Care? The Internet Is Not Your Friend New research shows that patients who are trying to be savvy consumers are not going to have much luck if they turn to the internet. The internet is great place to shop for plane tickets, laundry detergent, artisan jewelry and pretty much anything else you might ever want to buy. But a new report says there’s one big exception — healthcare. If you expect the World Wide Web to help you figure out how much you’ll need to pay to get your hip replaced, a painful joint isn’t your only problem. And if you think Google can tell you the cheapest place to go for a cholesterol test, just type “reality check” into that rectangular search bar. (Kaplan, 12/8) Los Angeles Times: Shopping For Healthcare Online? The Odds Are Stacked Against You center_img 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

first_img 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. 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. 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. Google has released Android Q beta 4, which you can download right now in order to get an early look at the next version of the Android operating system that’s due to launch later this year, and get to grips with its biggest new features. Better still, you don’t need to own a Pixel phone to get involved.This short guide has you all you need to know to download the Android Q beta, including smartphone compatibility and sign-up instructions. While there’s no news yet on what Google plans to call Android Q, here are our best (and worst) guesses.Related: Android Q featuresAndroid Q phones − How to download the Android Q betaAll versions of the Android Q beta have been open to users of the following phones:Google PixelGoogle Pixel XLGoogle Pixel 2Google Pixel 2 XLGoogle Pixel 3Google Pixel 3 XLHowever, the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL are now eligible for Android Q too.The easiest way to get the Android Q beta on your Pixel is by visiting this page − you’ll see the option to opt in and accept the Android Beta Program Terms of Service. Once you’ve completed the enrolment process, you’ll start receiving regular over-the-air updates to the latest Android Q beta builds.You can also download the Android Q beta on the following non-Google devices:Asus ZenFone 5Z − instructions hereEssential Phone − instructions hereHuawei Mate 20 Pro** − instructions hereLG G8 − instructions hereNokia 8.1 − instructions hereOnePlus 6 − instructions hereOnePlus 6T − instructions hereOnePlus 7 − instructions hereOnePlus 7 Pro − instructions hereOppo Reno − instructions hererealme 3 Pro − instructions hereSony Xperia XZ3 − instructions hereTecno Spark 3 Pro − instructions hereVivo X27 − instructions hereVivo Nex S − instructions hereVivo Nex A − instructions hereXiaomi Mi 9 − instructions hereXiaomi Mi MIX 3 5G − instructions here(**On May 19 it emerged that Google’s parent company Alphabet has suspended any business that “requires the transfer of hardware, software and technical services except those publicly available via open source licensing”. Existing Huawei devices will continue to receive Android updates, but it appears that future Huawei devices will either use a completely different operating system, or a limited version of Android. Huawei Mate 20 Pro users can still install the Android Q beta, but we’d recommend waiting for more updates on the situation before signing up.)As the process goes on, more and more devices from third-party manufacturers will likely get in on the action too.This process certainly helped phone makers like Sony, Nokia, OnePlus, Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo and Essential get their devices ready for Android Pie faster than in previous years.However, before you sign up, we recommend backing up the data on the device you plan to update to Android Q. We’d also think twice about running the Android Q beta on your primary smartphone. You can find Google’s list of known issues here.As Google explains: “The updates that you’ll receive as a part of this program are pre-release versions, and may contain errors and defects that can affect normal functioning of your device.“The current release contains significant behavior changes that affect apps in particular. The latest updates around isolated storage may cause issues with apps that access photos, videos, media, or other files stored on your device, such as when browsing or sharing in social media apps.You will not be able to unenroll and revert back to a lower public release version of Android without first wiping all locally saved data on your device. You may also encounter issues restoring a backup.”How to set up an Android Q beta emulatorYou can also try the Android Q beta out using the official Android Emulator. To try it out this way, Google says you should do the following:In Android Studio, select Tools > SDK ManagerIn the SDK Platforms tab, select Show Package DetailsBelow Android Q Beta, select a system image such as Google APIs Intel x86 Atom System ImageIn the SDK Tools tab, select the latest version of Android Emulator, and select OKSelect Tools > AVD Manager and follow the instructions to create a new Android Virtual DeviceBe sure to select a device definition that does not include Play Store, and select Q for the system imageWhen you return to the AVD Manager’s list of virtual devices, double-click your new virtual device to launch itRead more: Best smartphoneHow to opt out of the Android Q betaIf you sign up to the Android Q beta but come to regret your decision, you can leave − but this comes at a price.“If you opt out when your device is running a beta version of Android, all user data on the device will be wiped,” says Google. “If you choose to stay enrolled until the end of the program, you will graduate from the program and receive an update to the stable public release of Q. Your device will not be wiped.”When does Android Q launch?Google says there will be six beta versions in total, with the main Android Q release planned for Q3 2019 (between July and September).Beta 1 (initial release, beta)Beta 2 (incremental update, beta)Beta 3 (incremental update, beta)Beta 4 (final APIs and official SDK, Play publishing, beta)Beta 5 (release candidate for testing)Beta 6 (release candidate for final testing)Final release to AOSP and ecosystemHave you signed up to the Android Q beta? What are your early impressions? Let us know on Twitter @TrustedReviews.last_img read more

first_img 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. Auto-delete controls for Location History start rolling out today on Android and iOS, making it even easier for you to manage your data →— Google (@Google) June 26, 2019In the blog post published on May 1, the company explained: “Whether you’re looking for the latest news or the quickest driving route, we aim to make our products helpful for everyone. And when you turn on settings like Location History or Web & App Activity, the data can make Google products more useful for you—like recommending a restaurant that you might enjoy, or helping you pick up where you left off on a previous search. We work to keep your data private and secure, and we’ve heard your feedback that we need to provide simpler ways for you to manage or delete it.”“You should always be able to manage your data in a way that works best for you–and we’re committed to giving you the best controls to make that happen.” 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. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.center_img Google is finally giving iOS and Android users more power to halt the company’s location data-guzzling ways. The firm is finally rolling out a feature, announced before Google I/O in May, which enables users to automatically delete all location data every three- or 18-months.The release comes after Google received a torrent of criticism following an Associated Press report earlier this year, which revealed services like Google Maps were still noting the user’s every move even if they turned off the Location History setting. The only difference turning off that setting made was users locations didn’t appear on the public Timeline setting, but the data itself was still being swept and stored by Google.Related: Best Android phonesNow users can visit their Google Account’s My Activity page, when using the mobile web browser ,and then select Location History to find a new “choose to delete automatically” section. This will present the option to manually delete the data, or set a timeframe so you don’t have to think about it any more. Here’s a GIF from Google (via TechCrunch) showing how its done: 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 Editorlast_img read more

first_imgDoes Jody Wilson-Raybould owe Canadians the truth? What does attorney-client interest actually mean when it involves the Attorney General of Canada? Criminal lawyer Edward Prutschi explains Related Stories Comment Howard Levitt: Trudeau’s ‘sunny ways’ brand can’t survive allegations of full-scale criminality Share this storyDoes Jody Wilson-Raybould owe Canadians the truth? Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn More Reddit Twitter February 14, 201910:50 AM EST Filed under News FP Street Email 7 Comments Join the conversation → Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s attorney-client privilege with former AG Jody Wilson-Raybould has been floated around, but what does that actually mean? Criminal lawyer Edward Prutschi speaks with host Larysa Harapyn. Facebook Larysa Harapyn last_img read more

first_img Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on December 12, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News The former team principal of the marque’s ultra-successful World Endurance Championship LMP1 squad was due to become head of Porsche Motorsport with responsibility for both its Formula E and GT racing programmes.Seidl, who led the FE project through this year, resigned from Porsche last month and will take up a senior F1 position with a team, widely predicted to be McLaren.He had begun a re-organisation of Porsche Motorsport that will combine the department that formerly ran the P1 programme and will now mastermind its FE entry for the 2019/20 season with its GT racing division.Frank-Steffen Walliser, the vice-president in charge of GT racing, is moving into a new road-car role and will take over responsibility for Porsche’s 911 and 718 product lines.Former LMP1 vice-president Fritz Enzinger has stepped up to take overall charge of Porsche Motorsport on a temporary basis. He is also vice-president of group motorsport, a co-ordinating role across the Volkswagen brands.He took over this job from former Bentley boss Wolfgang Durheimer in February after the end of the P1 programme in 2017.Enzinger stressed that his appointment was an interim measure and that his duties would include recruiting a new overall head of motorsport. He said he expected to back in his group role full-time by mid-2019.Malte Huneke, head of performance on the LMP1 programme, is now the Formula E technical project leader. Formula 1-bound Andreas Seidl would have taken a new role with overall control of motorsport at Porsche had he remained with the German manufacturer.center_img Source: Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

first_imgSource: Charge Forward Today in EGEB, California considers clean energy microgrids as wildfire backup. Renewable energy isn’t enough to make Bitcoin more sustainable, an expert argues. Europe considers six energy scenarios for a carbon-free future. Alberta awards $100 million to green energy projects. And Germany creates a “climate cabinet.” more…The post EGEB: California microgrids, renewables and Bitcoin, net-zero scenarios, and more appeared first on Electrek.last_img

first_img Summoning Tesla Model X Out of Water Puddle – Video Forget about finding your car, the car will find you.Tesla recently upgraded its Summon feature, which originally enabled one to move the cars forward or backward using the smartphone app, to a new kind of “remote control mode” (a big RC car).The new Advanced Summon makes it possible to turn left or right and literally come to the driver, as demonstrated in the video provided by DapperTech, who wrote “Tesla owner calls his car over to him in parking lot with enhanced summon.”. We expect more video reviews soon, so we will find out more on how it works in the near future.Tesla Summon Mode UPDATE: Advanced Tesla Summon Mode Coming OTA In Just 6 Weeks Tesla Advanced Summon Gets Regulator Approval Source: Electric Vehicle News According to Tesla, the Advanced Summon is now part of the Full Self-Driving capability package, which includes:Navigate on AutopilotAdvanced Summon – “your parked car will come find you anywhere in a parking lot. Really.”Auto Lane ChangeAutoparklater this year, will recognize and respond to traffic lights and stop signs (automatic driving on city streets also expected this year)In the case of the Model 3, the Full Self-Driving cost $5,000 (in the U.S.), which is on top of $3,000 for Autopilot for the base package of features. Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on March 22, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

first_imgResearchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have modeled the wafer cost of gallium oxide (Ga2O3) semiconductors, and determined the cost could be three times lower than that of silicon carbide (SiC). The finding could lead to lower costs for power electronics such as those used in EVs.The researchers created a bottom-up cost model around a manufacturing process flow for Ga2O3 wafers, including crucible charging, crystal growth, ingot machining, wafer processing, and epitaxial growth. They estimated that the lower manufacturing cost of Ga2O3 wafers compared to SiC could lead to a 2x reduction in the cost of power electronic devices.“An emerging alternative WBG [wide bandgap] power electronic technology based on gallium oxide has the potential to [provide] lower cost and higher performance compared to established WBG semiconductors,” stated the team’s paper, “How Much Will Gallium Oxide Power Electronics Cost?” which was published in the journal Joule. Source: NREL via Green Car Congress Source: Electric Vehicles Magazinelast_img read more

first_imgBegin 2016 by elevating your Foreign Corrupt Practices Act knowledge and practical skills in Miami, Florida at the FCPA Institute on January 14th – 15th.  The FCPA Institute – Miami also provides participants the opportunity to earn CLE credit as well as a value-added professional credential.The FCPA Institute is different from other FCPA conferences as information is presented in an integrated and cohesive manner by an expert instructor with FCPA practice and teaching experience.  Moreover, the FCPA Institute promotes active learning by participants through issue-spotting video exercises, skills exercises, small-group discussions, and the sharing of real-world practices and experiences.To best facilitate the unique learning experience that the FCPA Institute represents, attendance at each FCPA Institute is capped at 30 participants and registrants for the FCPA Institute – Miami already include compliance professionals from leading companies and leading firms from around the world.Click here to learn more about the FCPA Institute and to register for the Miami event.At the end of the FCPA Institute, participants can elect to have their knowledge assessed and can earn a certificate of completion upon passing a written assessment tool.  In this way, successful completion of the FCPA Institute represents a value-added credential for professional development. In addition, attorneys who complete the FCPA Institute may be eligible to receive Continuing Legal Education (“CLE”) credits. The FCPA Institute – Miami will be applying for CLE credit and approval is pending in New York and California.  FCPA Institute participants seeking CLE in other states will receive a Uniform Certificate of Attendance that can be used for attorney self-submission in other states. Moreover, previous FCPA Institute participants have successfully obtained continuing education units from the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics for attending the FCPA Institute.Leading law firms and companies across a variety of industry sectors have chosen the FCPA Institute to elevate the FCPA knowledge and practical skills of their employees.Representatives from the organizations at left have attended the FCPA Institute and set forth below is a sampling of what FCPA Institute “graduates” have said about their experience.*****“Unlike other FCPA conferences where one leaves with a spinning head and unanswered questions, I left the FCPA Institute with a firm understanding of the nuts and bolts of the FCPA, the ability to spot issues, and knowledge of where resources can be found that offer guidance in resolving an issue.  The limited class size of the FCPA Institute ensured that all questions were answered and the interactive discussion among other compliance professionals was fantastic.” (Rob Foster, In-House Counsel, Oil and Gas Company)“The FCPA Institute was one of the best professional development investments of time and money that I have made since law school. The combination of black letter law and practical insight was invaluable. I would highly recommend the FCPA Institute to any professional who has compliance, ethics, legal or international business responsibilities.” (Norm Keith, Partner, Fasken Martineau, Toronto).“The FCPA Institute is very different than other FCPA conferences I have attended.  It was interactive, engaging, thought-provoking and at the completion of the Institute I left feeling like I had really learned something new and useful for my job.  The FCPA Institute is a must-attend for all compliance folks (in-house or external).” (Robert Wieck, CPA, CIA, CFE, Forensic Audit Senior Manager, Oracle Corporation)The FCPA Institute is a top-flight conference that offers an insightful, comprehensive review of the FCPA enforcement landscape.  Professor Koehler’s focus on developing practical skills in an intimate setting really sets it apart from other FCPA conferences.  One of the best features of the FCPA Institute is its diversity of participants and the ability to learn alongside in-house counsel, company executives and finance professionals. (Blair Albom, Associate, Debevoise & Plimpton)“The FCPA Institute was a professionally enriching experience and substantially increased my understanding of the FCPA and its enforcement. Professor Koehler’s extensive insight and practical experience lends a unique view to analyzing enforcement actions and learning compliance best practices. I highly recommend the FCPA Institute to practitioners from all career stages.” (Sherbir Panag, MZM Legal, Mumbia, India)“The FCPA Institute provided an in-depth look into the various forces that have shaped, and that are shaping, FCPA enforcement.  The diverse group of participants provided unique insight into how, at a practical level, various professionals evaluate risk and deal with FCPA issues on a day-to-day basis.  The small group setting, the interactive nature of the event, and the skills assessment test all set the FCPA Institute apart from other FCPA conferences or panel-based events.” (John Turlais, Senior Counsel, Foley & Lardner)last_img read more

first_imgFCPA Professor has been described as “the Wall Street Journal concerning all things FCPA-related,” and “the most authoritative source for those seeking to understand and apply the FCPA.”Set forth below are the topics discussed this week on FCPA Professor.This post gets you up to speed with FCPA enforcement action and related developments from Q1 of 2018.This post highlights additional issues to consider from the recent Kinross Gold enforcement action.This post highlights a new article “Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Continuity in a Transition Year.”In this FCPA Flash podcast episode, Camilla de Silva (Joint Head of Bribery and Corruption at the U.K. Serious Fraud Office) discusses various topics relevant to the U.K. Bribery Act.Is it a good thing when a company executive says that the FCPA “limits the universe” of business opportunities? This post explores the issue.This post rounds up other FCPA and related developments.How much do you know about the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act? Let’s find out in this week’s FCPA challenge.Stay informed. Read FCPA Professor.To receive posts from the award-winning FCPA Professor website direct to your inbox, click here and go to the bottom left hand of the page to subscribe.Elevate your FCPA knowledge and practical skills at the FCPA Institute – Nashville on May 3-4. To learn more and to register, click here.last_img read more

first_imgMay 14 2018In a new study based on mouse cells internationally leading protein researchers have identified several new potential targets using state-of-the-art technology, many of which could be employed for future treatment of different types of cancers and diseases.Protein researchers from the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research at the University of Copenhagen have used mass spectrometry based proteomics to uncover a number of proteins which could play a critical role propagating signals within cells that can lead to uncontrolled cell growth – one of the hallmarks of cancer.The study, which has been published in the internationally acclaimed scientific journal Cell Reports, was conducted using mouse fibroblast cells.The researchers behind the study believe the results may prove important to the development of new so-called tyrosine phosphatase-inhibiting drugs for patients suffering from different types cancer – for example Leukemia – as well as other types of diseases such as Noonan syndrome.Globally, cancer is one of the leading causes of death according to the World Health Organization. In Denmark one in every three Danes develops cancer at some point in their lives, according to statistics from the Danish Cancer Society.Advanced Cell Communication Can Inhibit Cancer DevelopmentThe researchers focused on the protein communication and signaling that takes place inside the cells. Misregulation of protein signaling often leads to an increase in the production of tumors. By understanding the mechanisms and regulation of these signals, the researchers can specifically target the proteins responsible with drugs.Using mass spectrometry proteomics to analyze the proteins of cells treated with various growth hormones in combination with advanced data analysis, the researchers discovered proteins that manipulate the communication processes inside the cells initiated by cell receptors and thus inhibit the development of cancer.When inhibited the prominent protein tyrosine phosphatase called Shp-2 caught the researchers’ attention.’This in fact leads to the deactivation of a very prominent cell growth pathway, which is the main pathway that people often try to target in cancer cells’, Professor Jesper Velgaard Olsen from the research group explains.Related StoriesResearchers identify potential drug target for multiple cancer typesNew research links “broken heart syndrome” to cancerEmbrace your natural skin tone to prevent skin cancer, say experts100 potential targetsAt the beginning of the study, the researchers knew of a handful of proteins which were regulated by Shp-2. However, using the mass spectrometry analyses the researchers discovered around 100 potential new targets, revealing a far more complexity than previously considered.Now the researchers need to do further studies to determine the role and mechanisms of these proteins. They are already following up on their first results with human cells.’Now we are doing follow-up projects, looking specifically at leukemia, where the cancer cells have mutations in these different receptors which can be regulated by Shp-2′, says Postdoc Tanveer Singh Batth.Cancer patients are often treated with tyrosine kinase inhibitors, which block pathways inside the cells to inhibit tumor growth. However, many develop resistance to current clinical inhibitors thus there is a substantial need for finding new proteins that can be used as drug targets.Personalized MedicineThe researchers’ new discoveries can be used in the development of personalized medicine, where preventive treatments can be targeted at the patients’ personal DNA or protein expression profiles.’It will be a drug that can be used only in a world with personalised medicine, where it will not be given to for example all leukaemia patients, but only to those with mutations in one of the receptor tyrosine kinases where we now know this Shp-2 protein operates’, says Professor Jesper Velgaard Olsen.Personalised medicine is gaining ground in Denmark. In 2016 the Government and the Danish Regions launched a strategy for efforts involving personalised medicine. A main part of the strategy is the establishment of a National Genome Center.Fact Box: The study described in this article was conducted using mouse cells. The researchers use animal models to accumulate more knowledge on the subject, before the test is potentially performed on humans. This means that the same test does not necessarily produce the same results when conducted on humans. The test meets existing laws on animal testing. Far from all studies result in concrete treatment methods, and the process can take several years. Source: read more

first_imgJul 19 2018A clinical trial of the use of adrenaline in cardiac arrests has found that its use results in less than 1% more people leaving hospital alive – but almost doubles the risk of severe brain damage for survivors of cardiac arrest. The research raises important questions about the future use of adrenaline in such cases and will necessitate debate amongst healthcare professionals, patients and the public.Each year 30,000 people sustain a cardiac arrest in the UK and less than one in ten survive. The best chance of survival comes if the cardiac arrest is recognized quickly, someone starts cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation (electric shock treatment) is applied without delay.The application of adrenaline is one of the last things tried in attempts to treat cardiac arrest. It increases blood flow to the heart and increases the chance of restoring a heartbeat. However it also reduces blood flow in very small blood vessels in the brain, which may worsen brain damage. Observational studies, involving over 500,000 patients, have reported worse long-term survival and more brain damage among survivors who were treated with adrenaline.Despite these issues, until now, there have been no definitive studies of the effectiveness of adrenaline as a treatment for cardiac arrest. This led the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation to call for a placebo-controlled trial to establish if adrenaline was beneficial or harmful in the treatment of cardiac arrest. This “Pre-hospital Assessment of the Role of Adrenaline: Measuring the Effectiveness of Drug administration In Cardiac arrest (PARAMEDIC2)” trial was undertaken to determine if adrenaline is beneficial or harmful as a treatment for out of hospital cardiac arrest.The trial was funded by the National Institute for Health Research, sponsored by the University of Warwick and led by researchers in the University’s Clinical Trials Units – part of Warwick Medical School. The trial ran from December 2014 through October 2017. It was conducted in 5 National Health Service Ambulance Trusts in the United Kingdom, and included 8000 patients who were in cardiac arrest. Patients were allocated randomly to be given either adrenaline or a salt-water placebo and all those involved in the trial including the ambulance crews and paramedics were unaware which of these two treatments the patient received.The results of the trial have now been published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) on Thursday 19th July 2018 in an article entitled “A Randomized Trial of Epinephrine in Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest”.Related Stories’Traffic light’ food labels associated with reduction in calories purchased by hospital employeesHome-based support network helps stroke patients adjust after hospital dischargeStudy analyzes high capacity of A. baumannii to persist on various surfacesOf 4012 patients given adrenaline, 130 (3.2%) were alive at 30 days compared with 94 (2.4%) of the 3995 patients who were given placebo. However, of the 128 patients who had been given adrenaline and who survived to hospital discharge 39 (30.1%) had severe brain damage, compared with 16 (18.7%) among the 91 survivors who had been given a placebo. In this study a poor neurological outcome (severe brain damage) was defined as someone who was in a vegetative state requiring constant nursing care and attention, or unable to walk and look after their own bodily needs without assistance.The reasons why more patients survived with adrenaline and yet had an increased chance of severe brain damage are not completely understood. One explanation is that although adrenaline increases blood flow in large blood vessels, it paradoxically impairs blood flow in very small blood vessels, and may worsen brain injury after the heart has been restarted. An alternative explanation is that the brain is more sensitive than the heart to periods without blood and oxygen and although the heart can recover from such an insult, the brain is irreversibly damaged.Professor Gavin Perkins Professor of Critical Care Medicine in Warwick Medical School at the University of Warwick (and the lead author on the paper) said:”We have found that the benefits of adrenaline are small – one extra survivor for every 125 patients treated – but the use of adrenaline almost doubles the risk of a severe brain damage amongst survivors.””Patients may be less willing to accept burdensome treatments if the chances of recovery are small or the risk of survival with severe brain damage is high. Our own work with patients and the public before starting the trial identified survival without brain damage is more important to patients than survival alone. The findings of this trial will require careful consideration by the wider community and those responsible for clinical practice guidelines for cardiac arrest.”Professor Jerry Nolan, from the Royal United Hospital Bath (and a co-author on the paper) said:”This trial has answered one of the longest standing questions in resuscitation medicine. Taking the results in context of other studies, it highlights the critical importance of the community response to cardiac arrest. Unlike adrenaline, members of the public can make a much bigger difference to survival through learning how to recognize cardiac arrest, perform CPR and deliver an electric shock with a defibrillator. “Source: read more

first_imgJul 20 2018The governing board of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) unanimously approved this week two grants worth more than $2.2 million to University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers investigating stem cell-based therapies for a rare genetic disorder that affects the heart and a chronic, progressive affliction of the lungs.The first grant for almost $1.4 million was awarded to cardiologist Eric Adler, MD, professor of medicine, director of cardiac transplant and mechanical circulatory support at UC San Diego Health and member of the UC San Diego CIRM Alpha Stem Cell Clinic, to pursue the use of genetically modified hematopoietic stem cells to treat Danon disease, a progressive condition characterized by weakening of the heart muscle, weakening of muscles used for movement and cognitive disability.Related StoriesStudy: Megakaryocytes play an important role in cell migrationNanoparticles used to deliver CRISPR gene editing tools into the cellSingle-cell encapsulation technology can protect transplanted MSCs from immune attackIn many cases, Danon disease is inherited from a parent, and is often misdiagnosed and treated as heart failure. The condition involved dysfunction in lyposomes -; organelles found in nearly all animal cells that contain enzymes used to break down many kinds of biomolecules. There is no cure and, in the case of the heart, the condition is fatal unless a heart transplant is performed.Adler is one of the few researchers in the United States studying the condition. His CIRM grant will support further research into using genetically modified hematopoietic stem cells, which give rise to other blood cells, to treat the condition.The second CIRM grant for $865,282 (with a recommendation of an additional $527,918 to be awarded at the October board meeting) went to James Hagood, MD, pediatric pulmonologist and chief of pediatric respiratory medicine at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego and chief of the Division of Respiratory Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics at UC San Diego School of Medicine, to investigate the use of mesenchymal stem cell extracellular vesicles (MSC-EV) as a therapy for pulmonary fibrosis. The latter is a lung disease that occurs when lung tissue becomes damaged and scarred, making it more difficult for the organ to work properly. Current therapies can ease symptoms, such as shortness of breath, dry cough and fatigue, but the damage cannot be repaired.Mesenchymal stem cells can differentiate into a variety of cell types, from bone and cartilage to muscle and fat. Extracellular vesicles are cell-derived membranous structures that carry information between cells. They play a key role in the development and progression of many pulmonary diseases, including fibrosis. MSC-EV are already entering clinical trials for a number of diseases. In this case, the researchers want to better understand how MSC-EV function and how they can be modified to maximize their anti-fibrotic potential. Source: read more

first_imgThere, postdoc Thomas Crowther and remote sensing expert Henry Glick and colleagues compiled not just satellite data, but also tree density information from researchers measuring and counting trees in forest plots around the world. Using 400,000 ground-based data points, they converted other satellite images into tree density estimates to get more accurate tree counts in areas not surveyed by hand. In addition, they incorporated data from a 2013 report on changes in forest cover to get a sense of whether forests were expanding or shrinking.The densest areas of tree coverage are the boreal forests of the Arctic, whereas deserts support the fewest trees per hectare. Even so, cold places have just 24% of the trees, whereas the tropics and subtropics support almost 43%. The rest are distributed throughout other places, including temperate zones.In all areas, human impact was the dominant influence on tree density, the researchers found. By combining tree density measures with forest cover estimates for the past 12 years, Crowther, Glick, and colleagues concluded that humans are responsible for the loss of 15 billion trees a year. They think that about 5 billion new trees are planted or sprout annually, yielding a net loss of 10 billion. Since the beginning of human civilization, the number of trees has dropped by 46%, they estimate.Although these numbers are impressive, not even Crowther thinks they tell the whole story. “Tree size, species identity, and tree qualities matter hugely in accounting for the importance of forests and trees outside of forests,” says Robin Chazdon, a forest ecologist on leave from the University of Connecticut, Storrs. “This study does not take those attributes into account.”Crowther and his colleagues plan to start looking into how to quantify those aspects, particularly the sizes of trees, because that determines how much biomass—and consequently carbon storage—in each one. But one thing is clear: Even the 14.2 billion trees planted in the Billion Tree program is just a drop in the bucket. Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country It’s a good news, bad news report. Earth today supports more than 3 trillion trees—eight times as many as we thought a decade ago. But that number is rapidly shrinking, according to a global tree survey released today. We are losing 15 billion trees a year to toilet paper, timber, farmland expansion, and other human needs. So even though the total count is large, the decline is “a cause for concern,” says Tom Spies, a forest ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service in Corvallis, Oregon, who was not involved with the work.Forests are important to humans, not just for their products, but also for their ability to foster biodiversity, store carbon, preserve water quality, and perform other ecosystem services. Up to 45% of the carbon stored on land may be tied up in forests. But figuring out how many trees grace our planet has been a difficult task. To date, most forest assessments have estimated tree cover based on satellite images. In 2005, one group converted that coverage into a measurement known as tree density and concluded the planet was home to 400 billion trees, or 61 trees per person alive at the time.The newest count, published online today in Nature, had a more down-to-earth component. Almost 3 years ago, Plant-for-the-Planet, which took over the United Nations’s Billion Tree Campaign, wanted to know whether it was making an impact. In its first 5 years, the campaign had planted 12 billion trees in 193 countries to promote the removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The group asked Yale University foresters for help. Emailcenter_img Click to view the privacy policy. 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first_img 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 In early 2014, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s administration was in the middle of intense negotiations with the United States and other nations to limit Iran’s nuclear aspirations. Rouhani, considered a moderate reformer, was under attack by his country’s hardline conservatives, who opposed a potential deal. Rouhani challenged Iranian intellectuals to come out and publicly support his policies.“Why is the university silent? Why are the professors silent?” Rouhani said. “What are you afraid of?”One answer may be that they were afraid of being jailed, suggests Anna Maryam Rafiee, a cultural heritage specialist in Toronto, Canada. Her father, chemist Mohammad Hossein Rafiee, has been stuck in a cell in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison since June 2015, after speaking out in favor of the nuclear deal that was announced a month after he was imprisoned. Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country Emailcenter_img Now, more than 300 scholars and scientists, including seven Nobel laureates, have signed an open letter calling on Iran to release Rafiee. “Restricting Dr. Rafiee’s rights to freedom of expression through arrest and detention, the conditions of his prosecution, and his inhumane conditions in Evin Prison represent violations of both the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to which the Islamic Republic of Iran adheres,” the 27 January letter says. Numerous organizations, including Amnesty International and the American Chemical Society, are also calling for the release of the chemist, and the U.S. government has said he is a political prisoner.  More than a year before the nuclear deal was finished, Rafiee, a retired professor from the University of Tehran, had written an analysis that supported the negotiations. He sent his 120-page paper to the Iranian government. Then, in June 2014, he spoke out publicly, publishing his analysis on his website.That’s when the harassment began, his daughter tells ScienceInsider. “On June 30, 2014, the [Iranian] intelligence ministry raided our house,” she says. “They tried to find something in our house to use against my father in the court.” Rafiee was ultimately arrested—“kidnapped in the street by intelligence agents,” Anna Maryam Rafiee says. After a secret trial, she says her father was sentenced to 6 years in prison for “spreading propaganda against the regime,” as well as “membership in an illegal group,” known as the Melli Mazhabi, a part of the Freedom Movement of Iran.Her dad has described the prison as a “torture chamber,” Anna Maryam Rafiee wrote last year in The Guardian. He was sleeping on the floor, she wrote, because his cell didn’t have enough beds for the 28 prisoners in it.Prison officials did not allow Rafiee to attend his most recent court hearing, says his daughter. “According to the judge, my father could be released on bail” during his appeal, she says, but that hasn’t happened. This was not Rafiee’s first brush with Iranian authorities. He was arrested in 2000 for being a member of the Melli Mazhabi, and sentenced to 4 years in prison, which he never served. Rafiee’s imprisonment reflects Iran’s perilous internal politics, says one of the letter’s signers, chemical engineer Muhammad Sahimi of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Rouhani’s request for academics to speak up in favor of the nuclear negotiations was “sincere,” Sahimi tells ScienceInsider. But “Rouhani does not control the judiciary and the intelligence unit of the IRGC [Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps],” a more hardline group in Iranian politics.Rafiee “and his comrades have always been under tremendous pressure by the hardliners in Iran, because they know that the [Melli Mazhabi] is appealing to university students and other strata of the Iranian society,” Sahimi adds. The group, he asserts, is “squeaky clean.”Representatives of the Iranian government in the United States declined to comment on the case. (Iran hasn’t had its own embassy in the United States since 1980.) “I don’t know. I’m not familiar with it. I can’t say anything about it,” says Fariborz Jahansoozan, who works in the legal affairs department of the Iranian interests section of the Pakistani Embassy in Washington, D.C. (He did say that science is “important for the country.”)“We would consider [Rafiee] to be a political prisoner under these circumstances and would call for his release, as we do for other political prisoners in Iran,” said an official with the U.S. State Department, in a statement provided to ScienceInsider.Anna Maryam Rafiee, meanwhile, says her father’s case could have long-lasting implications. “I wonder who will trust President Rouhani,” she wrote in The Guardian, the “next time he puts out a call for Iranian intellectuals and academics to rally behind him.” Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*)last_img read more

first_img Research stays frozen in Canadian budget Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Department of Finance Canada NSERC, though, will receive $8.1 million over 5 years to administer a PromoScience Program that introduces youth, particularly unrepresented groups like Aboriginal people and women, to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through measures like “space camps and conservation projects.” CIHR, meanwhile, could receive modest amounts from separate plans to identify climate change health risks and to reduce drug and substance abuse, the officials added.Overall, the Liberals demonstrated a propensity for rejigging or modifying existing programs and labeling them with grandiose titles, typically in the form of “strategic plans” or “national funds.” Foremost among those, Canada’s Innovation and Skills Plan, would funnel $600 million over 5 years allocated in 2016, and $112.5 million slated for public transit and green infrastructure, to create Silicon Valley–like “super clusters,” which the budget defined as “dense areas of business activity that contain large and small companies, post-secondary institutions and specialized talent and infrastructure.” A primary aim of the plan will be to “increase investment in innovation by business in six key areas – advanced manufacturing, agri-food, clean technology, digital industries, health/bio-sciences and clean resources.”The details of most of the new strategic plans and national funds are sketchy, and Morneau indicated they won’t be released for months. But all appear broadly aimed at promoting more commercialization.A new Strategic Innovation Fund, for example, will shuffle $75 million in new monies and $870 million from existing programs to support aerospace, defense, and automotive innovation into one pie that can also be accessed by “dynamic and emerging sectors, such as clean technology and agri-food.” A new Impact Canada Fund saw roughly $285 million over 11 years in largely reprofiled monies to resolve “the big challenges that face Canadians,” starting with the reduction of diesel fuel use in rural communities and the promotion of “machine-to-machine communication helps to ease traffic congestion and protect water systems” in Canadian cities. The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research will receive $93.7 million to “launch a Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy … (to) position Canada as a world-leading destination for companies seeking to invest in artificial intelligence and innovation.”For the first time, the government will also aim to promote economic growth through its purchases, by allocating $37.5 million to a new program called Innovative Solutions Canada, modeled on the U.S. Small Business Innovation Research Program. It will provide funding for things like late-stage prototypes and will aim in particular to support companies led by women and other underrepresented groups.Among more specific measures are vows to: Use $87.7 million in previous allocations to the Canada Research Chairs program to create 25 “Canada 150 Research Chairs” honoring the nation’s 150th year of existence, provide $1.5 million per year to support the operations of the office of the as-yet-unappointed national science adviser; provide $165.7 million over 5 years for the nonprofit organization Mitacs to create roughly 6300 more co-op positions for university students and grads, and provide $60.7 million over five years for new Canadian Space Agency projects, particularly for Canadian participation in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s next Mars Orbiter Mission.Perhaps anticipating the findings of Naylor’s review (which may already be in the government’s hands), the budget also vowed to this year assess operations at the National Research Council and to review “existing investments in federal science infrastructure, including federal laboratories and testing facilities.” OTTAWA—Wind chills here approached -30°C as Finance Minister Bill Morneau unveiled the Liberal government’s second budget on Wednesday. Spring may eventually arrive in Canada’s capital, but the deep freeze for Canada’s research community will continue into fiscal 2017–18 as the granting councils received no significant boosts in funding.Overall, Morneau’s budget proposes an $11.3 billion spending increase, to $247.7 billion. But at best, academic researchers can hope to tap modest monies either allocated or reprofiled for a bevy of national programs generally aimed at promoting “innovation,” particularly through partnerships between industry and universities, or from several smaller, boutique initiatives, such as one to develop a national action plan to respond to health risks posed by climate change.Finance officials, who speak on condition of anonymity during the budget lock-up, indicated the budgets of the granting councils, the main source of operational grants for university researchers, will be “static” until the government can assess recommendations that emerge from an expert panel formed in 2015 and headed by former University of Toronto President David Naylor to review basic science in Canada. Until then, the officials said, funding for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) will remain at roughly $848 million, whereas that for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) will remain at $773 million, and for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council at $547 million.center_img Email 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 Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau tries on his new shoes—a budget day tradition—while meeting with children at Nelson Mandela Public Park School in Toronto. 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first_img World’s tiniest 3D glasses reveal how praying mantises see the world Praying mantises are the only invertebrates known to see in 3D. The predatory insects excel at detecting prey that comes within striking distance, but—unlike us—their depth perception only works when the prey is moving. How do we know this? In a new study, scientists glued the world’s tiniest 3D glasses on 20 praying mantises (Sphodromantis lineola) and showed them a series of movies depicting patches of moving dots—potential “prey items”—camouflaged against a matching background. The insects tried to catch “prey” that appeared to be within 2.5 centimeters of their perch. And they could still do it even when the “prey” item—or dot configuration—looked completely different to the two eyes, something that people found challenging when they were asked to perform the same task, the team reports today in Current Biology. Humans see in 3D by stitching together the actual image coming in from one eye versus the other, but this work shows that praying mantises only bother stitching together the motion—the actual image doesn’t matter to them. It’s the first time this kind of 3D vision has been found in nature, and it’s yet another example of evolution coming up with different solutions to the same problem—in this case, when to strike at a passing fly. By Katie LanginFeb. 8, 2018 , 12:00 PMcenter_img Mike Urwin/Newcastle University last_img read more

first_img By Meredith WadmanFeb. 12, 2019 , 4:05 PM Measles cases have tripled in Europe, fueled by Ukrainian outbreak Measles is spread by respiratory droplets. Most people recover, but the disease can cause sometimes-fatal complications including pneumonia and inflammation of the brain. Typically, children are vaccinated around their first birthday and again before starting school. According to WHO, 95% of children need to be fully vaccinated to stop the disease from spreading.Elsewhere in Europe, vaccine skepticism has given the virus an opening. Cases in Greece doubled from 2017 to 2018; cases in France grew nearly sixfold. Meanwhile, the United States logged 372 cases last year. An outbreak in Washington this year has resulted in 53 confirmed cases as of 11 February, nearly all in unvaccinated children, pushing the U.S. year-to-date tally above 100.In the past decade, vaccine refusal has also played a big role in Ukraine. In 2008, a day after receiving the measles vaccine, a 17-year-old died—from an unrelated cause, according to WHO and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). His death led to a huge loss of confidence among parents: Vaccination rates plunged from 97% of 1-year-olds in 2007 to 56% in 2010. Coverage then slowly improved, reaching 79% in 2012 and 2013.But in 2014, then-President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted after violent protests, Russia annexed Crimea, and armed conflict broke out in eastern Ukraine. Paralyzed, the government failed to order measles vaccine until late 2015. Because of shortages, in 2016, Ukraine vaccinated only 42% of its infants. And that year, just 31% of 6-year-olds received the recommended second measles shot—one of the lowest rates in the world.“If you have a high rate of unvaccinated children, you will face this kind of outbreak,” says Vusala Allahverdiyeva, a physician who is a technical officer in WHO’s Kyiv office.There are other problems, too. Authorities have grappled with basic challenges. Investigating an outbreak of 90 cases in children in a mountainous region in western Ukraine in 2018, MOH found the children had been vaccinated at a clinic that experienced frequent power outages and had no generator. (The vaccine must be stored at less than 8°C to be effective.)A faulty vaccine may also have played a role. According to MOH, more than 20,000 of those infected in 2018 were adults who would have been vaccinated decades ago with a Russian vaccine that was dropped in 2001. The ministry is trying to identify whether that vaccine was less effective in some years, with an eye to revaccinating those who received it.MOH has been striving to catch up. It is now procuring vaccine more cheaply through UNICEF, sending mobile vaccination brigades from school to school in Lviv, a hard-hit area, and preparing to provide cash incentives to Ukraine’s underpaid physicians to vaccinate all children in their practices. In 2017, the country’s coverage rebounded to 93% of infants and 91% of 6-year-olds.But because of Ukraine’s large pool of unvaccinated or undervaccinated people, the epidemic roars on. “We need to start thinking outside the box,” Suprun says. For instance, UNICEF is working with the government on a campaign urging grandparents, who often care for young children in Ukraine, to get their charges vaccinated.The Ukrainian outbreak caps a year in which measles cases surged around the globe. As of mid-January, WHO had received reports of more than 229,000 measles cases in 2018. The global number is expected to rise by the time it is finalized in June, but it’s already a 32% increase from 2017.“The root cause of the measles outbreaks … is a failure to adequately vaccinate,” says Katrina Kretsinger, the lead measles expert at WHO headquarters. “Many people in many countries remain susceptible, and large pockets of susceptible persons can lead to large outbreaks.” Julia Phil/Odessa city children’s hospital Measles cases more than tripled across Europe in 2018, and one country drove much of the surge: Ukraine. Nearly 83,000 cases of measles were reported in the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) European Region in 2018, compared with some 25,500 in 2017, WHO, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, announced last week. Ukraine had more than 54,000 cases in 2018, its government says. Last year, 16 Ukrainians died of the extremely contagious viral disease, which is easily prevented with a vaccine.“The current epidemic is the most massive in the entire postvaccine period,” says Nataliya Vynnyk, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Children’s Clinical Hospital in Kyiv. With more than 15,000 cases and seven deaths between 28 December 2018 and 1 February, according to the country’s Ministry of Health (MOH), the epidemic continues to worsen.Ukraine’s government is taking action. “It’s egregious to have people have measles in the 21st century in a European country,” says Ulana Suprun, a physician who has been Ukraine’s acting minister of health since August 2016. She blames a decade of corruption, war, a lack of political commitment to vaccination, and antivaccine sentiment. Click to view the privacy policy. 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first_imgThere might be justice for activist Mumia Abu-Jamal. He will receive a new hearing.See Also: Mumia Abu-Jamal Slams Philadelphia Prison With Lawsuit After Being Denied Hepatitis C TreatmentIn December, Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Leon Tucker, who ruled that the “slightest appearance of bias or lack of impartiality undermines the entire judiciary.”The Associated Press reports, “District Attorney Larry Krasner initially fought Tucker’s order, fearing it could affect a large number of convictions. On Wednesday, he dropped his challenge, citing a revised ruling from Tucker that narrows the scope of his order.” Back in July, Abu-Jamal told The Guardian via emails, “I think we posed an existential challenge to the very legitimacy of the System – and it unleashed unprecedented fury from the State. That’s why they used any means, even illegal, to extinguish what they saw as a threat.”SEE ALSO:Outrageous! Figurines Of White Cherub Crushing Head Of Black Angel Removed From Dollar StoreMeet Jogger Joe, The Man Who Took Racist Cue From BBQ Becky In Tossing Homeless Man’s ClothesCop Who Killed Laquan McDonald Crying Fake Tears As Trial Nears, Black Teen’s Family Says More By NewsOne Staff Jamar’s lawyers claimed that the former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Ronald Castille was biased in upholding the murder conviction of a policeman against Abu-Jamal, who is serving a life sentence.The outlet reports in 1982, Castille had improperly heard an appeal in a murder case he had overseen as district attorney “Krasner agreed that Castille should not have worn ‘two hats’ in the case, a fact made more egregious, he suggested, by the discovery of a 1990 note Castille sent Gov. Robert Casey about ‘police killers,’ urging him to issue death warrants to “send a clear and dramatic message to all police killers that the death penalty actually means something.”Krasner explained, “Although the issue is technical, it is also an important cautionary tale on the systemic problems that flow from a judge’s failing to recuse where there is an appearance of bias.”The widow of the Philadelphia police officer, Daniel Faulkner, is now angry at Krasner, “I was just crying my eyes out, once again,” said the 62-year-old. “What about the survivors? What about victims in Philadelphia, and how they’re notified?”Krasner office says they notified her about the new hearing on April 16.won him another appeal due to new evidence. Now the widow of the officer he was accused of killing spoke out to Fox News and she is “absolutely outraged.”Abu-Jamal, like numerous other convicted Black men, has had many failed appeals in fighting for freedom. The former member of the Black Panther party, journalist and author has been incarcerated for 36 years following his conviction in the 1981 murder of the officer. The 64-year-old has maintained his innocence and become a symbol for criminal justice reform. Thurgood Marshall Meghan McCain Whines That She Can’t Attack llhan Omar Because Trump Is Too Racist 10 Life-Changing Quotes From Thurgood Marshall AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisMoreShare to EmailEmailEmail Appeal , Mumia Abu-Jamal A$AP Rocky Being In A Swedish Prison Will Not Stop Her From Going To The Country That Showed Her ‘So Much Love’ Gov. Cuomo Slams Mayor Bill De Blasio For The Eric Garner Case But He Also Failed The Familylast_img read more

first_img 6.— David Fucillo (@davidfucillo) April 26, 2019 7. Hoping we won’t be shouting this at nick bosa— kelbo (@the_kelbo) April 26, 2019 Here is the New York Time’s summary of Nick Bosa’s horribly offensive and racist social media activity. Not sure I see the offensive or racist part.— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) April 25, 2019Sound familiar?It was apparently only after he realized that the 49ers could draft him that Bosa scrambled to scrub his Twitter account.“Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa says he deleted his tweets about President Donald Trump, Colin Kaepernick, Beyonce, Black Panther and other topics because he might get drafted by the San Francisco 49ers,” SF Gate wrote earlier this month.USA Today reminded readers on Thursday that “in recent days, Bosa’s Instagram history has been placed under the microscope, and the Twitter account, @RzstProgramming, uncovered that Bosa liked multiple Instagram posts that featured the N-word and a homophobic slur.” NFL DraftSource: Joe Robbins / GettyThe same pro football team that had a problem with Colin Kaepernick for kneeling in silence to protest the lack of social justice for Black people in America eagerly selected a player with a history of racist social media activity during the NFL Draft Tuesday night. The San Francisco 49ers were coming under heavy fire for making Nick Bosa the second overall pick despite his apparent open embrace of all-things MAGA. 4. Instead going after a woman for wear black panther gear come for me you coward— Steven (@biggdogg78) April 26, 2019 With the 2nd pick in the 2019 NFL Draft…@nbsmallerbear #GoBucks #NFLDraft #DevelopedHere— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) April 26, 2019The development was a very bad look for the 49ers and the NFL, which have both denied blacklisting Kaepernick despite the one-time Super Bowl quarterback’s undeniable ability on the gridiron. Adding insult to injury, aside from his since-deleted racist tweets, Bosa, who is white, once called Kaepernick a “clown.”READ MORE: Twitter Reacts To Racist Tweets From Black NFL Player’s White FianceeAs if that wasn’t enough, Bosa has said he’s a “big fan” of Donald Trump and he follows white nationalists on Instagram and has been liking their posts recently. He also posted that he didn’t like Beyonce’s “trash” music in part because she dressed as Black Panther and protested against police brutality during her Super Bowl halftime show. 8. 3. How Nick Bosa is hiding off while the media deals with Tyreek Hill and the dumb ass Giants.— H-TIIIIINE!! (@AceHeisenberg) April 26, 2019center_img 2. Nick Bosa upon meeting the population in San Francisco— Tyler Conway (@jtylerconway) April 26, 2019 Nick Bosa’s friend: I’m going to post using the the N-word. Nick Bosa: “like” #NFLDraft2019 #STARaiders #NickBosa #ThoseHashtags— Resist Programming (@RzstProgramming) April 22, 2019Bosa also reportedly follows Tomi Lahren, the apparent white supremacist who once falsely declared that “my ancestors did discover America.” Glad to see @49ers will have a true America-loving star in @nbsmallerbear who can not only play extremely well, but will also STAND for his country and all those who have fought to protect and defend it! #NFLDraftDay— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) April 26, 2019Despite all of that, ESPN insisted on referring to Bosa as “the NFL’s best draft prospect” and downplaying his racist social media activity. It also didn’t give the 49ers any pause in the least from selecting him with the coveted overall second pick that will result in Bosa signing a contract worth more than $33 million, according to estimated by Forbes.If social media users were any indication of what Bosa can expect in the locker room from his new teammates in a league that is about 70 percent Black, he’s in for a long rookie season. Scroll down to see reactions on Twitter to Bosa being drafted by the 49ers. 5. 1. So my 49ers took Nick Bosa …— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) April 26, 2019 9.last_img read more

first_imgA new Shaft movie is bringing audiences three iconic detectives for the price of one. The trailer for latest installment Shaft (formerly Son of Shaft) has premiered on Jimmy Kimmel Live, starring Samuel L. Jackson, Jessie Usher and original “bad mother…” Richard Roundtree.Samuel L. Jackson and Richard Roundtree. Photo by Tony Shek CC by 2.0Usher picks up the baton as John “JJ” Shaft III, an MIT-trained FBI agent and computer expert who turns to his father (Jackson) to help solve the case of his deceased best friend.Things haven’t been right between the pair for a while, and what better way for the family to reunite than over a few fights and explosions?Samuel L. Jackson. Photo by pinguino k CC BY 2.0According to Deadline, “while JJ’s own FBI analyst’s badge may clash with his dad’s trademark leather duster, there’s no denying family. Besides, Shaft’s got an agenda of his own, and a score to settle that’s professional and personal.”The trailer showcases a raft of quips, punches and clashes between the generations. “I’m an equal opportunity ass whooper!” Jackson exclaims, in response to his son’s horror over him fighting a woman.Directed by Tim Story (Barbershop) and written by Kenya Barris (Black-ish), the movie is produced by John Davis and based on characters created by Ernest Tidyman.Kenya Barris. Photo by Peabody Awards CC BY 2.0His novel inspired Gordon Parks’ 1971 blaxploitation classic, starring future grandfather Roundtree. The author wrote five Shaft books. His last was 1975’s The Last Shaft.Tidyman was white, but wanted to create a better black character than the ones on offer. Speaking to the LA Times in 1972 he revealed “The blacks I knew were smart and sophisticated, and I thought, what about a black hero who thinks of himself as a human being, but who uses his black rage as one of his resources, along with intelligence and courage.” wrote, “The original John Shaft was the ‘black’ answer to James Bond. He made love and killed in the same afternoon and had a cool theme song. With his militant attitude and black leather trench coat, he flawlessly delivered unprintable one-liners and smooth Bogart comebacks.”Irish actor Pierce Brosnan as James Bond, in a publicity still for the film ‘GoldenEye’, c. 1995. He is holding his iconic Walther PPK with a silencer. Photo by Terry O’Neill/Iconic Images/Getty ImagesRoundtree wasn’t a fan of the term “blaxploitation”. He was quoted as saying, “I find that word offensive with anything that Gordon Parks has done. Exploitation, and then put black in front of it! That is a very ugly term from where I sit. And the ugliest part about it was the black press started it.”Nevertheless, Shaft became an icon. Two sequels were made, Shaft’s Big Score! (1972) and Shaft In Africa (1973). Isaac Hayes’ famous theme song has always accompanied the “cat who won’t cop out when there’s danger all about,” and is heard during the new trailer.Gordon ParksA short-lived TV version (1973-4) toned down the character and was criticized before director John Singleton got things back on track with Jackson in 2000. That same year Shaft was selected for preservation by the Library of Congress.While Jackson’s version of Shaft was lean and mean, he’s dialed it down almost 20 years on. “He’s mellowed a bit,” the actor told Entertainment Weekly in 2018. “He’s not quite as crazy and cynical. Maybe a bit more devil-may-care the last time we saw him. But still an extremely dangerous and funny character.”As with Roundtree, it’s hoped playing Shaft will turn Jessie Usher into a superstar. He’s best known for his role in Survivor’s Remorse and appeared in 2016’s Independence Day: Resurgence.He also took part in Creed II, another franchise (Rocky) that’s been brought back with a family twist. Shaft 2019 co-stars Regina Hall, Alexandra Shipp and Method Man.Read another story from us: You are Again in the Twilight Zone – New Reboot Setting its Sights Pretty HighThe New Line film opens the American Black Film Festival on June 12th before going on general release two days later. It will then hit Netflix later in the month.last_img read more

first_imgShareTweetSharePinThe Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force (CDPF) is seeking assistance into an ongoing investigation into an alleged shooting incident which occurred on Wednesday 15th May 2019 at 3:15 am at Picard Portsmouth.The police have indicated that one man is nursing injuries at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH).Any one with information about this incident is asked to contact the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at 2665165/ 2665164, Police Headquarters at 4482222, Crime Stoppers at 18008477 or the nearest police station.last_img read more

first_imgShareTweetSharePinJohn died in Antigua on Tuesday May 21. 2019“A proud patriot and servant of the public good, sister, wife, lawyer, friend and quintessential woman of faith.”This is how political leader of the United Workers Party (UWP), Lennox Linton has described attorney, Noreen John who died on Tuesday in Antigua on her way to London to seek medical attention.John was the declared United Workers Party (UWP) candidate for the Grand Bay constituency in the next general election.John’s death came as a shock to many especially those in the legal fraternity in Dominica.Attorney-at-Law, Joshua Francis who spoke to Dominica News Online (DNO) during an interview, described John as a, “remarkable lady, meek, kind, loving selfless, someone who made her mark within the legal fraternity.” “She was always willing to listen and always willing to assist,” he said. “She was a helpful person, a good listener.”Francis said John will be missed by the legal fraternity, the Grandbay community, and Dominica by extension.Francis also mentioned that John was always willing to help young people, people in distress and that she made a contribution to society outside of the legal service.“May her soul rest in peace and may God bless her family, give them the strength and the courage,” he said.John, who was recently announced as the United Workers Party candidate for Grand Bay in the upcoming general election, was absent when the UWP presented its full slate of candidates at a public meeting on the Dame Eugenia Charles Boulevard on Sunday May 19, 2019.UWP leader, Lennox Linton explained her absence by disclosing that she had some matters to attend to overseas and she was dealing with them.“We support her, we stand with her,” Linton said. “Remember in all that we promise you we are still not perfect human beings.”“We are going to get sick at some point in time,” he stated. “We are going to need healthcare.”He added, “Noreen John just felt out of an abundance of caution and given the state of health in Dominica, to get an opinion outside to what’s going on and to seek her treatment from outside.”After receiving the news of John’s death, Linton wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday, “We extend our deepest condolences to her husband, her sisters, her brothers, other family members and all those who feel her passing in a special way. May she find fulfillment in the completion of her earthly journey of service and great rejoicing in the embrace of her father in Heaven.”Meanwhile, UWP President, Isaac Baptiste announced today, that the party was suspending all public engagements until after the burial “of patriot and sister, Noreen John.”Baptiste said John was a proud, dedicated, community organizer, youth advocate and attorney at law.“Team Dominica, UWP, joins the John family, friends, and community residents from Grand Bay, Soufriere and the wider Dominican community in mourning,” Baptiste stated.last_img read more

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first_img Advertising Related News Maharashtra: Thrust on double farm production, higher income for farmers as state Cabinet clears MMSKY In fresh bureaucratic reshuffle, Mumbai Suburb gets new Collector The Maharashtra government reshuffled the bureaucrats on Tuesday.The Maharashtra government on Tuesday appointed Milind Borikar, Chief Executive Officer of Palghar Zilla Parishad, as the new Mumbai suburban collector. Outgoing suburban collector, Sachin Kurve, has been appointed a secretary in Chief Minister’s Office (CMO), officials said. Post Comment(s) By Express News Service |Mumbai | Published: July 17, 2019 3:21:00 am Maharashtra hospital shocker: Patient alive but “body” handed to kin In the bureaucratic reshuffle, Palghar collector Prashant Narnavre has been posted as the joint managing director of CIDCO, while A B Misal has been appointed as municipal commissioner of Navi Mumbai. Outgoing Navi Mumbai municipal commissioner Dr Ramaswami N has been posted as Commissioner (Labour) in Mumbai.Chief officer of MHADA Board, D S Kushwah, has been posted as Chief Executive Officer of Maharashtra Maritime Board replacing Radhakrishna B, who has been posted as CEO of MHADA.Dr N B Gitte, CEO of Nashik Zilla Parishad has been posted as Collector Bhandara; Ajit Patil has been posted Managing Director of Maharashtra Information Technology Corporation; Balaji Manjule, Collector of Nandurbar, has been posted as Commissioner of Tribal Research and Training Institute (Pune); Dhule Collector Rahul Rekhawar has been posted as Joint Managing Director of MAHADISCOM; Labour Commissioner R R Jadhav has been appointed Commissioner Fisheries; S R Daund, the Secretary and Special Enquiry Officer of GAD, has been posted as Divisional Commissioner of Konkan division; and Additional Tribal Commissioner of Amravati M J Pradip Chandren, has been posted as Additional Divisional Commissioner of Nashik. Night Patrol, Eye On Group Admins: Maharashtra Village Shows How To Tackle WhatsApp Rumours last_img read more

first_img USA, Iran, renews nuclear pact ultimatum, nuclear deal, world news, indian express a demonstrator holds an anti-U.S. placard during the annual Quds, or Jerusalem Day rally in Tehran, Iran.Iran will continue scaling back compliance with a nuclear deal unless other signatories to the pact show “positive signals”, the Iranian president said on Saturday as tensions with the United States escalated over tanker attacks in the Gulf region. Advertising Post Comment(s) Iran stopped complying in May with some commitments in the 2015 nuclear deal that was agreed with global powers after the United States unilaterally withdrew from the accord in 2018 and ratcheted up sanctions on Tehran.“Obviously, Iran cannot stick to this agreement unilaterally,” President Hassan Rouhani told Russian, Chinese and other Asian leaders at a conference in Tajikistan. His comments follow rising tensions with Washington, which has accused Tehran of carrying out Thursday’s attacks on two oil tankers in a vital oil shipping route at the mouth of the Gulf. Tehran has denied having any role.Rouhani did not refer to this week’s tanker incident in his speech to the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia, behind held in the Tajik capital Dushanbe.”It is necessary that all the sides of this agreement contribute to restoring it,” he said, adding that Iran needed to see “positive signals” from other signatories to the pact, which include Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany. Hassan Rouhani says Iran ready to talk to US if sanctions lifted By Reuters |Dushanbe | Published: June 15, 2019 4:02:44 pm Advertising UK says seized Iranian oil tanker could be released He did not give details on what actions Iran would take or say what positive signals Tehran wanted to see. Russian President Vladimir Putin said Moscow would adhere to the agreement and urged other signatories to follow suit.“We believe that the only sensible decision is for all deal participants to honour commitments,” Putin told the conference. Tehran said in May that Iran would start enriching uranium at a higher level unless world powers protected its economy from U.S. sanctions within 60 days.Washington has ratcheted up pressure on Iran, saying it wants to prevent Tehran from developing a nuclear bomb, rein in its ballistic missile programme and end what it calls Iranian meddling in the Middle East.Tehran has said its nuclear programme is peaceful and will not be stopped, says its missile work is for defence and accuses the United States of destabilising France and other European signatories to the nuclear deal that aimed to curb Iran’s nuclear work, have said they wanted to save the accord, but many of their companies have cancelled deals with Tehran, under pressure from the United States. Related News With Iran deal teetering on brink, Europeans assess next steps last_img read more

first_img Related News Advertising Presenting the budget, Sitharaman had said, “The government is developing 17 iconic tourism sites into world-class destinations which will serve as a model for other tourism sites. The iconic tourism sites would enhance the visitor experience, which would lead to increase visits of both domestic and international tourists at these destinations”.As per a written reply given by then Tourism Minister K J Alphons, the 17 sites identified were Taj Mahal and Fatehpur Sikri in Uttar Pradesh; Ajanta and Ellora (Maharashtra); Humayun’s Tomb, Red Fort and Qutub Minar (Delhi); Colva Beach (Goa); Amer Fort (Rajasthan); Somnath and Dholavira (Gujarat); Khajuraho (Madhya Pradesh); Hampi (Karnataka); Mahabalipuram (Tamil Nadu); Assam- Kaziranga (Assam); Kumarakom (Kerala) and Mahabodhi (Bihar).“The ministry shall be developing the above sites in a holistic manner with a focus on issues concerning connectivity to the destination, better facilities/experience for the tourists at the site, skill development, the involvement of local community, promotion and branding and by bringing in private investment”, Alphons had said. Who is Biswa Bhushan Harichandran? Advertising How Odisha took bite out of malaria: strategy and ASHA soldiers on ground Written by Sampad Patnaik | Bhubaneshwar | Updated: July 10, 2019 12:33:38 pm Odisha gets highest ever railway allotment of Rs 5993 crore He further added, “The monuments taken up for development under the above-mentioned project fall under the jurisdiction of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and State Archaeology Departments. The ministry will carry out interventions at these monuments in collaboration with the ASI and State Government”.Calling the finance minister’s announcement “sad and astounding”, BJD Lok Sabha leader Pinaki Misra said, “How could the centre not select even one of the many (tourism) sites in Odisha? And why have they not acknowledged it as an old announcement instead of making it out to be an ‘iconic’ announcement?“They had promised in the manifesto to make Puri the spiritual capital of the country. What is the roadmap? The first step could have been to give it an Iconic status. There is definite justification for (inclusion of) Konark Temple”, Misra, the Puri MP said. He added that Khandagiri, Udaygiri Caves and the nesting beaches for Olive Ridley Turtles are not anywhere else in the world. “Of course, we will take it up with the (Central) Government”, Misra said.Speaking for BJP Odisha unit, Prithviraj Harichandan said, “The party will also draw the centre’s attention to this issue. Let the state government also do the same. There is no need for politicization of the matter”. It’s Odisha govt vs ASI over restoring Konark Sun Temple Konark Temple in Odisha  (File Photo)The reference to the development of 17 iconic tourism sites of India in Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s budget speech has garnered strong criticism from the BJD, as no monument from Odisha has made it to the list. Post Comment(s)last_img read more

first_img After Masood Azhar blacklisting, more isolation for Pakistan Advertising In an apparent sign of how quickly the United States has mobilised diplomatic efforts as the confrontation escalates, Pompeo thanked King Salman for meeting on “such short notice”.Pompeo and Prince Mohammed reiterated that the “two countries stand side by side in confronting the hostile Iranian activities and in combating terrorism”, the Saudi media ministry said.The United States has protected the strait for decades with its naval Fifth Fleet based in Bahrain. U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that other countries, including China and Japan, should protect their own ships there.“There will be military ships from foreign countries, from a broad coalition of countries who participate in this. I don’t think they’re escorting. I think they’re observing,” the U.S. official said.It was not clear what role Saudi Arabia and the UAE would play in the coalition. Relations between longtime foes Iran and the United States have deteriorated since Trump withdrew Washington a year ago from a 2015 accord that curbed Tehran’s nuclear programme in exchange for easing sanctions.Tensions have flared following the tankers attacks, Iran’s downing of the drone last week, and repeated attacks on Saudi airports and oil installations by Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthis.KHASHOGGI MURDERPompeo did not discuss last year’s murder of U.S.-based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi with Saudi Arabia’s king on Monday and it was unclear whether the issue was raised in a separate meeting with the crown prince.“It did not” come up, the official said of Pompeo’s meeting with the king. He could not confirm if the case was raised with the crown prince, whom Pompeo met later.A U.N. report last week called for the crown prince and other senior officials to be investigated, given credible evidence against them. The Trump administration is pressing the Saudis to show progress toward holding to account those behind the killing of Khashoggi in the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate. Virat Kohli won’t have a say in choosing new coach Taking stock of monsoon rain Best Of Express Advertising A senior U.S. State Department official said the United States is building a coalition with its allies to protect Gulf shipping lanes by having “eyes on all shipping” following recent attacks on oil tankers that Washington blamed on Iran.Pompeo arrived in the United Arab Emirates after meeting with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Saudi Arabia where talks covered protection for ships in the Gulf.Read More | In Mideast, Mike Pompeo seeks a global coalition against Iran Karnataka trust vote today: Speaker’s call on resignations, says SC, but gives rebel MLAs a shield By Reuters |Dubai, Riyadh | Published: June 25, 2019 8:09:25 am The murder tarnished the crown prince’s international standing. The CIA and some Western countries believe he ordered the killing, which Saudi officials deny. Advertising India, US should embrace age of ambition, says Mike Pompeo “Freedom of navigation is paramount,” Pompeo tweeted from the Saudi city of Jeddah. The senior U.S. official told reporters en route to Abu Dhabi that the U.S. Navy was building a “Sentinel” programme for “proactive deterrence”. He said a coalition of nations would provide both material and financial contributions, but did not name the countries.“What the Iranians are doing by shooting down American drones, shooting at other drones in the region not even necessarily over the Gulf, anywhere, is to prevent us from having eyes on them,” the official said.A second U.S. official, also speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters that the plan aimed to see U.S. partners providing the majority of ships that would be positioned in intervals in the Gulf of Oman or the Strait of Hormuz, keeping watch.Also Read | Trump imposes new economic sanctions on Iran“It’s not in operation (yet) but it’s something we’re looking at with our partners,” the official said, describing the concept. In his meeting with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, Pompeo pressed him on increased maritime security in the Strait of Hormuz. Related News Mike Pompeo, Mike Pompeo in Saudi Arabia, US-Gulf Arab allies, US-Iran relation, US-Iran, US Iran ties, Military strike, gulf arab allies, uae, Donald Trump, Saudi Arabia, Oil tankers attacks, World news, Indian Express Pompeo and Prince Mohammed reiterated that the “two countries stand side by side in confronting the hostile Iranian activities and in combating terrorism”, the Saudi media ministry said. (File)U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed Iran and maritime security with rich Gulf Arab allies during a trip to the region on Monday after President Donald Trump called off a military strike to retaliate for Tehran’s downing of a U.S. drone. Let’s speak out in favour of religious freedom: Pompeo on his India visit “We’ll need you all to participate, your military folks,” Pompeo said. “The President is keen on sharing that the United States doesn’t bear the cost of this,” he added, noting that the UAE, Saudi Arabia and “another 20 countries” would “need to help advance” the exercise.Tehran has denied any involvement in the explosive blasts that have hit six vessels, including two Saudi oil tankers, near the Strait of Hormuz, through which almost a fifth of the world’s oil passes.The U.S. official said the deterrents include cameras, binoculars and ships, including from the United States.Mike Pompeo, Mike Pompeo in Saudi Arabia, US-Gulf Arab allies, US-Iran relation, US-Iran, US Iran ties, Military strike, gulf arab allies, uae, Donald Trump, Saudi Arabia, Oil tankers attacks, World news, Indian Express Pompeo and Prince Mohammed reiterated that the “two countries stand side by side in confronting the hostile Iranian activities and in combating terrorism”, the Saudi media ministry said. 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first_imgBy PTI |New Delhi | Published: July 14, 2019 4:25:04 pm Scrap Triple Talaq Bill, send for review: Muslim women’s rights body in charter of demands ahead of Lok Sabha polls The three-year term of the 21st Law Commission ended on August 31 last year. On at least one occasion, the Law Ministry had moved the proposal to reconstitute the panel.But the proposal could not move further and the government later went into election mode. Sources in the government said the proposal to reconstitute the panel would be before the Union Cabinet in the next few days.The 21st commission, under Justice B S Chauhan (retd), had submitted reports and working papers on key issues such as simultaneous polls to the Lok Sabha and state assemblies and a uniform civil code. Advertising Related News On the Loose: God’s Plan Frivolous cases should not reach apex court: AG to additional solicitors general It is usually headed by a retired Supreme Court judge or a former chief justice of a high court. (File)With the country without a Law Commission since September last year, the Law Ministry has initiated the process of setting up the body which gives advice to the government on complex legal issues. Government sought legal opinion on changes to sedition law, told necessary, go by Supreme Court Post Comment(s) Advertising While the Law Commission had supported simultaneous polls, it had said time is not ripe for a common code. The cabinet approves reconstitution of the law panel for a period of three years.It is usually headed by a retired Supreme Court judge or a former chief justice of a high court.In 2015, a proposal was mooted to make the law panel into a permanent body either through an Act of Parliament or an executive order (resolution of the Union Cabinet).The move was shelved after the Prime Minister’s Office felt that the present system should continue.In 2010 also, the then UPA government had prepared a draft cabinet note to give statutory status to the Law Commission and the Law Ministry had mooted to bring the Law Commission of India Bill, 2010. But the idea was shelved.last_img read more

first_img Best Of Express Nicolas Maduro, venezuela, venezuela president, venezuela crisis, Juan Guaido, venezuela socialist party, world news Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro (Source: Carlos Becerra/Bloomberg)Venezuela’s opposition will meet with representatives of President Nicolas Maduro’s government in Barbados for talks mediated by Norway, the parties involved said Sunday, as part of efforts to resolve an ongoing political crisis. Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez on Twitter posted the statement by Norway’s government. His office did not reply to a request for comment.Guaido in January invoked the constitution to assume a rival presidency after dismissing Maduro’s 2018 re-election as a fraud. He does not control state institutions, largely because the country’s military continues to back Maduro.As a stalemate was setting in by May, Guaido’s allies reluctantly agreed to hold talks in Oslo.Many in the opposition mistrust dialogue proceedings given that previous efforts ended without agreement and Maduro’s critics broadly saw them as a stalling tactic. Norway says Venezuela opposition and government talks to continue Opposition leader Juan Guaido, who has been recognized as Venezuela’s rightful leader by more than 50 governments, has said any talks must lead to a sustained solution to the crisis and cannot be used by the Socialist Party to buy time.“The Venezuelan people, our allies and the world’s democracies recognize the need for a truly free and transparent electoral process that will allow us to surpass the crisis and built a productive future,” Guaido’s office said in a statement.Norway’s government in a statement said the talks would take place this week. Advertising By Reuters |Caracas | Published: July 8, 2019 7:37:21 am Related News NRC deadline approaching, families stranded in Assam floods stay home center_img Sources in June had told Reuters that opposition representatives were preparing another round of talks.Maduro on Friday defended the Norway-backed dialogue process, while Guaido the same day said there would never be a good moment to mediate “with kidnappers, human rights violators, and a dictatorship.” Advertising In undecided Congress, first open call for Priyanka: She should be party chief Karnataka: SC to rule today, says Speaker’s powers need relook Post Comment(s) Disappointed Venezuelans lose patience with Guaido as Maduro hangs on Third round of Venezuela talks to start as soon as next week last_img read more

first_imgIn Amazon’s Footsteps Depending on their performance, the Apple and Amazon programs’ ripple effect could be felt especially in the tech industry, noted Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT.”They could spark similar programs, but it mostly depends on the size of the vendor,” he told TechNewsWorld.”That’s because driving the kind of value Apple, Amazon and Berkshire are talking abut requires considerable scale in order to justify initial investments and negotiate beneficial deals with third parties, including hospitals and pharmaceutical players,” King explained.”All three of the companies have tens of thousands of employees, as do other large scale IT vendors, like HP, IBM and Intel, so this could spark a trend among big tech companies,” he said.There’s also the possibility that Apple and Amazon could develop superior models that could be used as the basis of new healthcare entities that would offer their services to other companies, King suggested. Ripple Effect Apple’s plans to open a number of healthcare centers for its employees surfaced this week.Called the “AC Wellness Network,” the centers will offer “a unique concierge-like healthcare experience for employees and their dependents,” according to a website Apple set up for the initiative.Apple revealed more details about its healthcare venture at the Glassdoor job website.”AC Wellness is an independent medical practice exclusively dedicated to delivering Passionate, Compassionate, and Effective Healthcare to Apple employees and their families … in multiple stunning, state of the art Wellness Centers,” reads the post.”We believe in Trusting, Accessible Relationships with our patients, enabled by beautiful and seamless technological experiences,” it continues. “We foster an environment of continuous learning and teamwork, which ultimately enables exceptional health outcomes.”Apple did not respond to our request to comment for this story. Another benefit both Apple and Amazon may reap from providing healthcare is the opportunity to collect data.”That data could eventually make its way into some of their products,” Gold said.It could help the companies design better ways to deliver healthcare and keep people healthy.”If they prove they can do the job better than conventional healthcare experts, it could introduce real change and competition into employer-provided healthcare markets,” King noted.”That won’t fix every problem, but it could shake things up considerably,” he remarked.”At the moment, there are no answers anywhere in the world in terms of controlling healthcare costs while increasing access,” Cato’s Cannon added.”What we need to do is find ways to provide more services for lower cost,” he said. “We don’t have the answer to that yet, so why not let experiments like this bloom?” News of Apple’s healthcare plans follows last month’s joint announcement from Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan of a plan to provide healthcare services for their employees.”The ballooning costs of healthcare act as a hungry tapeworm on the American economy,” Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett said when announcing the venture.”Our group does not come to this problem with answers,” he continued, “but we also do not accept it as inevitable. Rather, we share the belief that putting our collective resources behind the country’s best talent can, in time, check the rise in health costs while concurrently enhancing patient satisfaction and outcomes.”Although both the Apple and Amazon announcements have a high-tech flavor, the companies’ goals likely aren’t limited to a single industry.”It’s part of a larger trend in terms of companies trying to find ways to bring down healthcare costs,” said Michael Cannon, director of health policy studies at the Cato Institute.Healthcare “is now one of the largest line items for most companies,” he told TechNewsWorld.center_img Let Experiments Bloom Healthcare Perk If Apple were to expand AC Wellness beyond its employees, it would be competing in markets that already have a number of effective commercial providers, King pointed out.”Apple will either need to deliver demonstrably better care and service than what’s already available, or make it available at a steep discount compared to other alternatives,” he said. “Neither of those scenarios seems likely, at least in Silicon Valley.”However, Apple may not have such grand designs for AC Wellness.”Tech companies have always spent lavishly on their employees for perks,” observed Jack E. Gold, principal analyst at J.Gold Associates, “so this healthcare thing is a way to add to those perks.”There are also potential benefits to Apple from AC Wellness.”If employees are healthier, they’ll get sick less and stay home less,” Gold pointed out, “and if they’re healthier, Apple’s health insurance costs will go down.” John P. Mello Jr. has been an ECT News Network reportersince 2003. His areas of focus include cybersecurity, IT issues, privacy, e-commerce, social media, artificial intelligence, big data and consumer electronics. He has written and edited for numerous publications, including the Boston Business Journal, theBoston Phoenix, Megapixel.Net and GovernmentSecurity News. Email John.last_img read more

first_imgDavid Jones is a freelance writer based in Essex County, New Jersey. He has written for Reuters, Bloomberg, Crain’s New York Business and The New York Times. Apple has been tentative about original content development because it so far has not managed to transfer the success of the its streaming music business to original video, observed Michael Jude, a research manager at Stratecast/Frost & Sullivan.”I think they have finally concluded that to play in video, you have to create it,” he told TechNewsWorld.Apple has made a few moves in recent months to add original content to its entertainment lineup.Apple Music earlier this month launched Carpool Karaoke: The Series, featuring a steady lineup of superstar entertainers, sports figures and others singing their greatest hits or favorite karaoke along with James Corden, host of The Late Late Show. Creative Minds Apple recently took a major step toward launching its new content strategy by hiring two leading Sony executives, Jamie Erlicht and Zach Van Amburg, to lead the company’s global video programming.The two executives, who had served as presidents of Sony Pictures Television since 2005, were instrumental in developing some of the biggest film and television shows of the past 10 years: Breaking Bad, starring Bryan Cranston; its spinoff show Better Call Saul; the Netflix original series The Crown, which chronicles the life of Queen Elizabeth II; and the FX series Rescue Me, starring Denis Leary.Erlicht and Van Amburg now report to Eddy Cue, senior vice president of Internet software and services.Apple hired Matt Cherniss, the former president and general manager of WGN America and Tribune Studios, to oversee development at its new worldwide video unit, Variety reported Tuesday.Cherniss, who held that post since 2013, stepped down from WGN America following Sinclair Broadcasting’s $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media this spring.Apple has a proven track record of lying in wait for the market to develop, while still being able to achieve its financial objectives, noted Tim Mulligan, senior analyst at Midia Research.”Apple has scale, brand equity and proven billing relationship with the largest and most valuable global digital consumer base,” he told TechNewsWorld. “Crucially, they also have the experience of integrating hardware, software and billing to create a frictionless user experience.”center_img Music Crossover Apple has decided to put more than US$1 billion toward the acquisition and development of original programming, part of a long-awaited rollout of a new television and film experience, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.The investment will leverage Apple’s thus far underwhelming Apple TV business, bolstering its core video and music library to fulfill the promise of disrupting traditional television and film studios, as well as traditional cable and satellite providers.The move is consistent with Apple’s historic pattern of waiting for a market to develop before entering it with its own brand and making it part of its ecosystem. It was that approach that revolutionized the music industry and set the bar for mobile devices. It appears Apple now is poised to challenge the incumbent leaders in developing original video programming.”Strong original content is critical to the success of any television or video service,” said Brent Magid, CEO of Magid.”Streaming video will continue to put pressure on traditional cable primarily because of its ability to align with behavioral patterns better than cable does,” he told TechNewsWorld.last_img read more

first_imgYou Can Speak Softly Richard Adhikari has been an ECT News Network reporter since 2008. His areas of focus include cybersecurity, mobile technologies, CRM, databases, software development, mainframe and mid-range computing, and application development. He has written and edited for numerous publications, including Information Week and Computerworld. He is the author of two books on client/server technology. Email Richard. “One of the critical elements for success in this market is ecosystem,” Constellation’s Lepofsky pointed out. The more devices these displays can control and integrate with, the more integrated they will become in our lives, both at home and at work.”Smart displays “can be used as a hub in the smart home,” said Jim McGregor, principal analyst at Tirias Research.”The smart home has a kluge of standards and products that don’t work together — I’m finding that out as I build my house,” he told TechNewsWorld.However, “it seems you’re giving up so much to use smart displays,” McGregor continued. “They don’t seem to have the same functionality as tablets or even smartphones. You have to get a bunch of applications to get them to work, and they’re only supported for three years.”Still, “like any new technology, it will take three to five generations before it’s really ready for mass consumption,” McGregor said. “It’s probably a good first attempt.” Smart Display at Work The Lenovo Smart Display lets users play music, make video calls, conduct Web searches, view their calendars, and access YouTube videos. It has native integration with Google Duo video calling and Google Photos.However, Android Things reportedly can run only one app at a time.Both versions of the Lenovo Smart Display have a 10W speaker with tweeters, and both offer multiroom audio support. They have two microphones that are sensitive enough to pick up commands spoken softly.Voice commands are the main interface, but the device also has a touchscreen for follow-up actions such as zooming in on a map, for example.The 10-inch version can be stood horizontally in landscape mode, or vertically in portrait mode. It comes with a privacy shutter to block the camera, and a microphone mute toggle setting. Lenovo’s Smart Display with Google Assistant hit the market on Friday.There are two versions of the device, one with an 8-inch full HD screen and the other with a 10-inch full HD screen, priced at US$200 and $250 respectively.”The cost is significantly below an iPad mini and it offers far more functionality than just a digital picture frame or a Bluetooth speaker,” said Alan Lepofsky, principal analyst at Constellation Research.Buyers will get three months’ free access to YouTube Premium.The Lenovo Smart Display runs on Google’s Android Things, an operating system developed for the notoriously insecure Internet of Things.Google has addressed the IoT security problem by providing three years of OS updates for free for every Android Things-based product.Automatic updates are enabled by default. After three years, there will be options for extended support.center_img Future Prospects for Smart Displays Syncing with work applications, such as the work calendar, is a pain, several reviewers found.The Smart Display does not yet work with GSuite, Engadget’s Lee noted.Still, “the tight integration with the Google portfolio and Lenovo’s heritage with ThinkPads provides an excellent opportunity for adoption at work,” Constellation’s Lepofsky told TechNewsWorld.Smart displays with ambient assistants “will complement the placement of voice or speaker-only devices across your home or office,” he said.Users can make video calls through Google Duo or regular phone calls, but the device tends to try making a Google Duo call first, Bohn found.Google Duo call quality is “just OK,” according to Palladino, who noticed a lag and crackly sound quality.Search results are wide ranging, and they include YouTube videos as well as websites and, in some cases, user-generated information.Users can set the default music player to Spotify or one of Google’s music services. The Smart Display also supports some video services such as HBO Now, CNN, and Fox News. However, not all video services can Chromecast to the Lenovo Smart Display.Netflix is one of the major services not supported, Android Central’s Bader said.The Lenovo Smart Display supports the same suite of Google Actions as the Google Home smart speaker.However, Smart Display users must ensure they have Google Home, Google Assistant, and Google Duo apps installed, Ars’ Palladino noted, which “isn’t convenient to say the least.”The Google Assistant supports a variety of smart home devices, and Palladino found pairing the Smart Display with Philips Hue lightbulbs quick and easy. Further, users can set up routines for the device to launch a variety of tasks.However, the Smart Display doesn’t offer a lexicon of acceptable commands and functions, and it doesn’t offer users a way to see their YouTube subscription feed, she wrote.Setup for the Smart Display was faster on Android than on iOS, wrote Engadget’s Lee. She found it more difficult to verify her Duo phone number for video calls through iOS, but noted that Google and Lenovo later said they had fixed that problem. Sound quality is “mediocre — about on par with the Google Home or entry-level Amazon Echo — but nowhere near as good as a Sonos One or HomePod,” noted Dieter Bohn in his review for The Verge.The device’s speaker lacks bass impact, said Daniel Bader in his review for Android Central.Also, Android Things isn’t fully baked yet, he pointed out. It lacks Netflix and other big-name Chromecast support, and it’s better optimized for voice than touch.However, the sound quality is “great,” according to Nicole Lee, who reviewed the Smart Display for Engadget.”While I have portable speakers that produce better sound overall, I was impressed with the audio quality of the Smart Display, as it was better than that of the [Amazon] Echo Show,” wrote Valentina Palladino for Ars Technica.”Lenovo is trying to thread the needle between tablets and smart speakers, but it seems like the best parts of both devices are lost in this product,” observed Eric Smith, director of tablet and touchscreen strategies at Strategy Analytics.”The sound quality isn’t as good as other smart speakers, and the functionality isn’t as strong as most tablets,” he told TechNewsWorld. “The second generation needs a full Android or Chrome OS to be as useful as possible.”Amazon offers a docking station that enables voice input “to transform the UI and functionality of its Fire tablets at the low end of the price spectrum,” Smith said, suggesting that Lenovo should follow suit.The Smart Display’s mikes are sensitive, noted Ars’ Palladino. “I never had to yell or raise my voice for the Google Assistant to hear me.”Although the 10-inch device can be set up in portrait mode, it’s useful only for Duo video calls, The Verge’s Bohn noted, as the software otherwise isn’t designed to work in that mode.The device can be set up to recognize different voices attached to different Google accounts, but the display will default to showing information from the primary account, Bohn found. 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first_imgRelated StoriesImplanted device uses microcurrent to exercise heart muscle in cardiomyopathy patientsResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairBridging the Gaps to Advance Research in the Cannabis Industry”Muscle mass should be looked at as a new vital sign,” said Carla Prado, Ph.D., R.D., associate professor at the University of Alberta and principal author of the paper. “If healthcare professionals identify and treat low muscle mass, they can significantly improve their patients’ health outcomes. Fortunately, advances in technology are making it easier for practitioners to measure muscle mass.”MUSCLE UP FOR BETTER HEALTHFor decades, healthcare professionals have relied on body mass index (BMI) to assess a person’s health, mainly because it requires a simple calculation. But, this measurement can be misleading since it doesn’t distinguish between muscle mass and fat mass. Low muscle mass can occur at any body weight, so someone who is normal weight may appear healthy, when they can in fact lack muscle. While there’s potential for body composition tools — which measure muscle mass — to become more routinely used and available in healthcare settings, health professionals can use screening questionnaires and other simple methods to identify people at risk.”Muscle may be skin deep, but it should be top of mind based on the growing body of science,” said Suzette Pereira, Ph.D., research scientist at Abbott and one of the paper authors. “Something as simple as the firmness of a person’s handshake can give a lot of insight into their overall health, and it’s never too late to rebuild muscle with good nutrition, including protein, and proper exercise.” Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 19 2018Adults go to the doctor roughly three times a year. During their visit, vitals are taken such as blood pressure, pulse, and weight, but are these measurements really showing the full picture of a person’s overall health? Extensive research shows health care professionals should be considering something often overlooked — muscle mass. A new review paper published in Annals of Medicine, and supported by Abbott, confirms the critical role muscle mass plays in health with studies demonstrating that people with less muscle had more surgical and post-operative complications, longer hospital stays, lower physical function, poorer quality of life and overall lower survival.The review examined the latest research over the course of a year (January 2016 – January 2017) including more than 140 studies in inpatient, outpatient and long-term care settings, and had one resounding conclusion — muscle mass matters. The data show muscle mass can say a lot about a person’s overall health status, especially if living with a chronic disease. For example: A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) showed women with breast cancer who had more muscle had a nearly 60 percent better chance of survival. Patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) with more muscle spend less time on the ventilator — as well as less time in the ICU — and have a better chance of survival. People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who have more muscle experience better respiratory outcomes and lower occurrence of osteopenia or osteoporosis. In the long-term care setting, a study found individuals with lower muscle mass had more severe Alzheimer’s.center_img Source: read more

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jan 16 2019New collaborative international project, headed by Bar-Ilan University, aims to promote human immunological data storage, integration and controlled sharing to enable personalized medicineThe European Union (EU) and the Canadian government have awarded the international iReceptor Plus consortium, which is composed of more than 20 partners, €8.65 million to promote human immunological data storage, integration and controlled sharing for a wide range of clinical and scientific purposes.The four-year project aims to develop an innovative platform to integrate distributed repositories of Adaptive Immune Receptor Repertoire sequencing (AIRR-seq) data for enabling improved personalized medicine and immunotherapy in cancer, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, allergies and infectious diseases.Related StoriesAMSBIO offers new, best-in-class CAR-T cell range for research and immunotherapyResearch on cannabis use in women limited, finds new studyOlympus Europe and Cytosurge join hands to accelerate drug development, single cell researchiReceptor Plus will enable researchers around the world to share and analyze huge immunological datasets taken from healthy and ill patients that have been sequenced and stored in databanks in multiple countries.The project has received €7.85 million from the EU through the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme and an additional €800,000 from the Canadian government.”Most AIRR-seq data is currently stored and curated by individual labs, using a variety of tools and technologies,” said Bar-Ilan University Associate Professor Gur Yaari, of the Alexander Kofkin Faculty of Engineering, who is the initiator and coordinator of the iReceptor Plus Project. “The platform will lower the barrier to access and analyze large AIRR-seq datasets and will ease the availability of this important data to academia, industry and clinical partners.”Yaari added that iReceptor Plus will advance the understanding of immune responses, and thus provide new targets for therapies and new methods for monitoring therapeutic efficacy.”We will offer a totally new class of biomarkers to support novel treatments,” Yaari concluded. “The ability to share and compare AIRR-seq data will also promote the discovery of biomedical interventions that manipulate the adaptive immune system such as vaccines and other immunotherapies.”Although data will remain strictly private under the program, the platform’s software is free and open source, making it possible for the research community to extend and adapt the tools and technologies used in the project. Database nodes of the iReceptor Plus network will be distributed at several sites to show its effectiveness in the context of both clinical and biopharma use-cases.The iReceptor Plus project is holding its opening conference this week in Eilat, Israel. Source: read more