Month: July 2019

Two Traffic Collisions One Fatal in SF Mission

first_imgUpdate: The victim of the fatal car crash has been identified as San Francisco resident Stanley Tickens by the Medical Examiner’s Office.Police report a 63-year-old man was killed and a woman in her 40s suffered serious injuries in a car crash on 18th and Guerrero streets Sunday evening. At 4:39 p.m., the man was reportedly driving northbound on Guerrero Street when he crossed the median and collided with traffic coming in the other direction. The driver who had crossed the median was killed, while the woman in the oncoming vehicle was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries including a broken wrist and facial injuries.In a hit-and-run at 7:41 p.m. on Friday, a 21-year-old woman driving a Ford Expedition hit a 57-year-old woman at 23rd and Shotwell Streets, then drove away. The victim suffered a lacerated liver and spleen as well as a broken leg and was transported to the hospital, though police indicate her injuries were non-life-threatening. The vehicle was later located, and the driver was arrested.Crime is trauma and the county offers different services. Here is a link to a page of services. Victims of violent crime can also contact the Trauma Recovery Center at UCSF. 0%center_img Tags: guerrero street • traffic • Transportation Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

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Activists Fire Shot Across Bow of Titanic Mess on South Van Ness

first_img“When you get more luxury housing, you get people with a lot more money moving into the neighborhood, which creates a different demand for products,” he said. The project at 1515 South Van Ness Ave. would bring 138 market-rate units and 19 below-market-rate units — fulfilling the city requirement that 12 percent of units on the site be affordable — to the Mission District, as well as six ground-floor retail shops.The complex would raze and replace the McMillan Electrical building and abut a planned 96-unit fully affordable senior complex to be built by the Mission Economic Development Agency — a point of contention at a February community meeting where audience members wanted a merger of the two sites.On Thursday, some 25 people gathered at the project site and vowed to fight the project to its death. Roberto Hernandez, founder of Our Mission No Eviction, said the project was out of place in the Mission District.“It’s a titanic luxury development for the rich people,” he said through a bullhorn.The Lennar project sits in the Latino Cultural District, a rectangle stretching from Mission Street to Potrero Avenue and Cesar Chavez Street to 22nd Street that the city recognized in May 2014 as a “Latino cultural and commercial district” in San Francisco.The project “doesn’t fit the vision” of the Latino Cultural District, Arguello said. He said barring an outright donation by Lennar, the city should pony up for the land so it could develop fully affordable housing on-site. He pointed to the city’s purchase of 490 South Van Ness Ave. — a site slated for market-rate housing that will now become affordable housing — for $18.5 million as evidence that the city could negotiate for the land.“High-end developments like Lennar do not meet the needs of the Latino Cultural District,” he said. “Lennar does not belong.”Annabelle Bolanos, who lives near the project site, said a market-rate project on the block would displace those currently in the area, like day laborers who spend time on the corner and “houseless folks around here.”“If we allow the Titanic Mess on South Van Ness, the floodgates will have opened and it’ll be hard to stop it,” she said.For its part, Lennar responded to the gentrification charge. A spokesperson wrote in an email that “a full spectrum of housing options” is needed in the Mission District “to prevent rising rents and continued displacement.”“We believe that building a wall around the Mission is the wrong approach to preventing displacement and gentrification,” the spokesperson wrote.He also said the firm had no comment on whether it would sell the land to the city, but that it is planning on proceeding with a “well-thought-out development.” The “Titanic Mess on South Van Ness” is the latest of several monikers for market-rate housing in the neighborhood. The first project to be nicknamed by opponents — the 331-unit “Monster in the Mission” development at 16th and Mission streets — was delayed by a lawsuit last summer and has seen little movement since. The 328-unit “Beast on Bryant” has faced renewed opposition despite a change to the project by its developer that would result in more affordable housing on-site.Another planned development at 2750 19th St. — across from the Bryant Street development — has been dubbed the “Baby Beast” and would replace a furniture shop with a six-story, 60-unit market-rate housing complex. That joins the “Fright on Folsom” — a planned 117-unit project at Folsom and 23rd streets — on a slate of several dozen projects to be opposed by Mission District activists in upcoming months.Not all market-rate developments are on opponents’ chopping blocks, however. For the Bryant Street development, activists who have been opposed from the get-go are pushing for higher levels of affordability on-site but many say they would settle for less than 100 percent affordable.That is not the case for the project on 16th and Mission streets or the Lennar project on South Van Ness Avenue. Because the former sits next to a BART station and the latter is in the cultural district, Arguello and Hernandez are adamant that those two sites become fully affordable housing or no housing at all.“Just like the Monster, all the little actions [help] delay, delay, delay,” Hernandez said. “That’s why we’re here today, because we’re going to delay, delay, delay until we kill it.”Delayed it they have. The Lennar project is scheduled to go before the Planning Commission next Thursday, April 21, but will likely be delayed to June 16, according to a spokesperson for the Planning Department. Dozens of emails written in opposition to the project — as well as a phone call by Supervisor David Campos — were behind the delay, according to Arguello. 0% The next battle over market-rate housing in the Mission District took shape Thursday morning as activists met on the corner of South Van Ness Avenue and 26th Street to denounce a five-story housing project they have dubbed the “Titanic Mess on South Van Ness.”Opponents demanded that its developer — Lennar Multifamily Communities, a subsidiary of the development giant Lennar Corporation — gift the land to the city for fully affordable housing. They also called on the city to delay its consideration of the project.“Today we’re calling on Lennar to gift this site to the city for 100 percent affordable housing,” said Erick Arguello, a member of the merchants association Calle 24 and a principal opponent of the project. Arguello said the market-rate building would fuel gentrification and displacement in the neighborhood. He pointed specifically to higher rents for commercial Mission businesses, saying a new clientele would bring upscale shops to a historically lower-income, culturally Latino district.center_img Tags: development • housing • south van ness avenue Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

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Displaced by Fire 22nd St Tenants Housing Future Still Uncertain

first_imgGabriel Medina, policy manager for the Mission Economic Development Agency, another organization that has been helping tenants deal with the fallout of the fire, said Friday afternoon that the city had just that afternoon released the certificates so that tenants could begin using them in their housing applications. He said the agency plans to organize a workshop to help tenants hoping to apply for below-market-rate housing take advantage of that preference. Even among those on Treasure Island, who will be able to stay for another year, uncertainty remains. While their placement is not limited by the Good Samaritan law, it was originally planned to last two years before the city made a deal for its extension. But several tenants contacted by Mission Local were not up to date on the extension. “Next month will be two years, and I don’t know what the lease will be, if they’re going to give us another year,” said Tony Segovia, another displaced tenant. “We’re just waiting to see when the lease comes up in February.”Former 22nd Street tenant Jose Gonzalez, whose son Alessandro had to hop out of the second-story window with the family dog to escape the fire, said he had heard about the extension but hasn’t heard much else.“I was asking around, I am not sure if all other families know,” Gonzalez said. “Because we want to go back to 22nd and Mission, but the owner hasn’t even built yet. He is disappeared.” “I have a full time job and everything, and I don’t qualify for any help, so I’m like one of the worst ones,” said Marcela Cordoba, another displaced tenant living on Treasure Island. “They mentioned that there was going to be housing, that you would have priority. But I don’t qualify for any of that stuff.” On Treasure Island, another factor is the large development scheduled to transform the island which has already slowly begun, making it impossible for the tenants to stay indefinitely.Most pervasive among tenants, their advocates, and the city is a sense that the site of the fire remains completely inactive. “We know of no movement on that site at all, and we’ve gotten no update and no new information on the site,” MEDA’s Medina said. “We get asked all the time; it’s just it’s really discouraging…it’s a difficult time right now for everybody.”A spokesperson for the Planning Department said no permits have been issued for new construction on the site. Five civil suits against the landlord, Hawk Ling Lou, have been filed, but it’s unclear if or how those would affect construction on or a sale of the site. “I don’t know what will happen,” said displaced tenant Araceli Tolama. “The owner will decide, and he… Who knows. We don’t even know.”Mission Local was one of the businesses displaced by the fire. We have since relocated to the MEDA-owned building at 2301 Mission St., Suite 104. 0% Real reporting takes real reporters. Join Mission Local today and support fact-based reporting. We depend on you. Tags: 22nd Street fire • displacement • Fires • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img On the two-year anniversary of a fire at 22nd and Mission streets that killed one man and left more than 50 tenants homeless, few have received definitive word on what will happen to them. And for some, the deals that have kept them in temporary housing will expire in the next month or so. A city program that could help them — and has already been approved by the Board of Supervisors — only got under way on Friday.  “Everything here is a limbo, no one knows,” said Yanira Hernandez, one of the tenants who was displaced two years ago. “I do want to go back, but when? No construction has happened… On the contrary, they demolished, instead of building.”The fenced-off site, a pit filled with rainwater, looks like some kind of urban swimming hole. Despite the city’s ongoing efforts to protect tenants from future fires and make accommodations for those who have already been displaced, the path forward is not totally clear for the tenants. More than half of the displaced tenants are housed on Treasure Island, in public housing units that were refurbished with the help of funding through Supervisor David Campos’ office. These tenants have gotten a year’s extension. The remainder either received disaster relief rental subsidies from the city, were placed in housing with landlords renting under the Good Samaritan program, or found their own way to rooms in friends’ houses or apartments on the open market. The future of these tenants has yet to be determined. It’s unclear exactly how many tenants were placed in housing through the Good Samaritan program, which calls on private landlords to offer disaster victims short-term leases at reduced rents. But Good Samaritan placements have a time limit of two years – which, for most tenants housed through that program, will run out in February or March of this year. “It’s really alarming, this upcoming timeline we’re facing, considering that a lot of these are families,” said Peter Papadopoulos, who has been helping a group of nonprofits known collectively as United to Save the Mission develop a plan to help keep the displaced tenants housed.One lifeline was supposed to be a city program that gives residents displaced by disasters like fire a certificate of preference in the below-market-rate housing program. The Board of Supervisors approved those preferences in July 2016. But as of Friday afternoon, not a single tenant had made use of the preference – because the certificates had not been released yet by the city.“The most important block of permanent replacement housing is the affordable housing that comes online through the Mayor’s Office of Housing… That’s a huge way that we’re going to get all of those victims rehoused permanently through the preference,” said District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen. “I am deeply concerned that we help these families continue to remain housed in SF and I’m going to do what’s necessary to help every single one of them.”last_img read more

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ROYCE Simmons has praised the call up of Jamie Fos

first_imgROYCE Simmons has praised the call up of Jamie Foster into the England Knights squad.The 20-year-old has been rewarded for a good season with a place in the country’s development side.“It is fully deserved,” Simmons said. “Jamie has been working hard on the areas of his game we have pointed out and has done a lot.“He is known for his goal-kicking, scoring tries and finishing them off in difficult positions, but one thing he isn’t known for is his defence.“That is one thing that worried me at the beginning of the season, but he’s got his head down and it has improved a lot. The call up is just reward for the hard work he has put in.”With Foster coming into the Knights – Jonny Lomax has been omitted meaning a likely call up to the full England side.“People asked me earlier in the year whether Jonny should have been in the England set up for the Exiles game and I said no as I didn’t think rushing him through at that stage – and possibly even at this stage – was the right thing to do.“He is getting better and will continue to get better. I have no doubt he will play in test games and when he does could stay in that side for 10 years.“Steve [McNamara] is taking him up there to give him a taste and it is a reward for a person who is on the rise. He will talk to people in his position and will show him what it is all about.“He hasn’t played a lot at seven – he’s played at centre, wing, full back, all over the place – and is still learning. He is determined and is rigorous in his preparation to play each week.“I think he is a half – at 6 or 7 – but he could make a good job at rep level in a number of positions.”last_img read more

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SAINTS have announced an exclusive fouryear partn

first_imgSAINTS have announced an exclusive four-year partnership with Robinsons Brewery; one of the UK’s oldest family brewers.Robinsons will continue to be the club’s Official Drinks Partner – a position they have held since 2012.The significant deal will see the Stockport Brewer have exclusive ‘pouring rights’ within the 18,000-seater stadium whilst continuing to brew the rugby club’s popular own Saints Gold; a 4% ABV golden ale.Speaking about the partnership, Mike Rush, Saints Chief Executive, said: “We are really pleased to continue our excellent relationship with Robinsons Brewery.“They are a proactive and a much-valued partner whose values closely align to our own.“Since we moved into the stadium we have worked together to bring innovative products and value for money for our fans and customers. The extension of the contract signifies how pleased both parties are with the relationship.“We look forward to enhancing that over the next four years.”Ben Robinson, Director of Sales for Robinsons Brewery, added: “We’re very proud of our ongoing relationship with St. Helens R.F.C.; one of the biggest club sides in the world.“This partnership allows us to continue to grow the presence of our beers and the commitment and significant investment from both parties is a sign of our long-term ambition in the region. We look forward to growing an even greater relationship with the club and their fans over the coming years.”The new deal will also see Robinsons working closely with Halewood Wines & Spirits, the international drinks company behind Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer – St. Helens official away kit partner – for the first time.Ben added: “It’s great to see two North West companies coming together to support local sport in the region. Working with Halewood will not only help the club from a sponsorship point of view but it will also allow us to supply a whole new range of exciting products to the passionate fans of the club.”The picture shows Tom Hill (Robinsons Free Trade Area Manager), Tommy Martyn (St.Helens R.F.C. Bar & Cellar Manager), Ben Robinson (Robinsons Director of Sales), Mike Rush (St.Helens R.F.C. Chief Executive), Dave Hutchinson (St.Helens R.F.C. General Manager).last_img read more

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Sheriff Law enforcement investigates 50 school threat cases so far

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The district attorney held another news conference inside the battleship, to talk school safety and how New Hanover and Pender County Schools are dealing with threats.District Attorney Ben David said 10 children are currently being held in custody due to the threats. Sheriff McMahon said 50 cases have been investigated so far. Superintendents Tim Markley and Steven Hill encourage communication between parents and kids and say it’s a partnership between the school, the sheriff’s office and parents.- Advertisement – “We have photo reports because a lot of it- those reports came into us. We passed those on to the sheriff’s department. But that partnership is a three way partnership. Ben talks a lot about a starship- I mean a starfish. And one of the legs of that starfish is the family,” Markley said.“The schools are the center of the community. They’re a direct reflection of their communities. So parents need to get involved. You need to get involved through any of these methods that have been talked about earlier. All these positions worked towards them. We are definitely saying that the resources provided are appreciated. But we need more,” Hill said.New Hanover County schools says parents can be held financially responsible for the cost of first responders when a student communicated false threats against a school.last_img read more

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Bladenboro man charged with breaking into elderly womans home

first_img According to the incident report, a bathroom window was damaged and a cell phone was stolen.Bass is charged with kidnapping, burglary, larceny of a motor vehicle and larceny after breaking and entering. He is being held under a $70,000 bond. Adam Bass (Photo: Vinelink) BLADENBORO, NC (WWAY) — A Bladenboro man is accused of breaking into an 81-year-old woman’s home in the middle of the night and stealing her car.The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office says Adam Brent Bass, 40, broke into a home on Lumberton Road in Whiteville at around 2:15 a.m. on Wednesday.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Leland extends immediate water shortage declaration

first_img The voluntary conservation measures are making a positive impact.Brunswick County’s Stage 1 Water Conservation Alert was first issued on May 28. Leland adopted the alert to make sure there was enough water available for essential needs.County staff will reevaluate the alert in August and will then notify residents of any other conservation measures needed or if the measures are still required.Related Article: Caregiver charged with involuntary manslaughter after Leland man diesResidents with any questions should call their water provider or Brunswick County Public Utilities at (910) 253-2657.For more information residents can check out  www.brunswickcountync.gov. (Photo: MGN / Pixaby) LELAND, NC (WWAY) — The town of Leland is urging residents and visitors to continue to use water wisely due to hot weather.According to a press release, the town of Leland has extended its declaration of an immediate water shortage.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Two arrested after spate of thefts from vehicles in Delimara

first_imgPolice have said that they made two arrests early yesterday afternoon, in connection with thefts from several vehicles in the area of Delimara and Saint Peter’s Pool.After several days of the investigation, the District Police arrested the two persons during a vehicle search in which they discovered their vehicle contained several stolen items.The Police investigations into this incident are ongoing.Both are expected to be arraigned in court in the coming days.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

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Sony Drops Ericsson Brand for an Xperia P

first_imgAdvertisement The 4in screen will suit those who find today’s flagships too large. The resolution of 540 x 960 is the same as the HTC One S, and results in extremely sharp text and images – the 275ppi means pixels are only visible if you look very closely.The maximum brightness of 911cd/m2 is very high, virtually searing our retinas before we lowered it. The contrast ratio of 746:1 is good, although black levels could be lower.Sony has made some compromises to keep the Xperia P affordable. It has a slower 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 processor than the Xperia S, and instead of Nvidia’s Tegra 3 it boats the Mali 400MP, the same graphics hardware as the Samsung Galaxy S III.Benchmark performance was therefore a mix. – Advertisement – A Quadrant score of 1,716 is nowhere near the fastest we’ve tested, but it’s better than other mid-range phones. A SunSpider time of 3,008ms is also around half the speed of the best handsets. On the gaming side, while Grand Theft Auto III and Reckless Racing II played flawlessly, demanding FPS ShadowGun juddered during intensive scenes.Battery life was average, with 50% of the power pack left after our 24hr test.It comes with Android 2.3, rather than Ice Cream Sandwich, although Sony has promised to upgrade all of its Xperia phones by the end of July. Sony’s own software is capable, and much of the crapware has been removed, but it’s not as clean as HTC Sense or as innovative as Samsung’s TouchWiz. Many of the Sony widgets just point to its online stores.The Xperia P has an 8mp camera. Wide shots from it were sharp and colours accurate throughout, if a little lacking in warmth. Issues were minor: close-ups exhibited a little noise, especially in low light, and the lens struggled to retain clarity in bright settings. Still, these won’t stop most users taking perfectly good pictures.All told, the Xperia P is a fine mid-range handset, but its problem is the competition.HTC’s One S costs around the same but is much faster, and we prefer its software, camera and screen. If the current flagship phones are too expensive, the One S would still be our mid-range choice.source:PC PROlast_img read more

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Google announces SOS Alerts coming to Search and Maps to keep you

first_imgAdvertisement Google today announced that it is bringing SOS Alerts in Google Search and Google Maps to help one quickly get up to speed and decide what to do during a crisis.Google will automatically display an SOS Alert at the top of search results when one searches for any crisis or location. The search results will then display useful local information like phone numbers, emergency helplines, websites, and other relevant data. If you are close to an area where a crisis has occurred, you will also automatically receive a notification from Google.In Google Maps, an SOS Alert with an icon pointing the location on the map will be displayed. Tapping on the SOS card will display more information about the crisis and show other relevant information like emergency and helpline numbers. Maps will also provide users with real-time updates on road closures and traffic updates. – Advertisement –  Google says that it has worked closely with government agencies and organisations like the Red Cross, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and others.Google’s SOS Alerts will not start showing up for every crisis occurring across the world, but the company does plan on making it available “more broadly over time.”As Google rightfully says in its announcement, it is not a feature the company hopes you ever have to use but if you do, it hopes to do its job well of keeping you and your loved ones safe and informed.Credit: AndroidBeat, GoogleBloglast_img read more

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STARTERS ORDERS Friday

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.Friday 2 OctoberRACING2.10 FontwellOceane 13/8 > 4/53.25 AscotThe Tin Man 100/30 > 5/24.15 HexhamSerenity Now 2/1 > 13/84.25 FontwellSir Mangan 7/2 > 11/44.35 AscotFlying Hammer 13/8 > 11/85.10 AscotThe Cashel Man 6/4 > 11/10ARC NEWS: Treve remains solid following news of the draw this morning.LIVE FOOTBALLChampionship7:45 Sky Sports 5 / Sky Sports 5 HD11/5 Rotherham United 13/10 Burnley 23/10 DRAW(All prices subject to fluctuation)last_img read more

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STARTERS ORDERS Monday

first_imgHORSE RACING2.30 WorcesterWadswick Court 4/1 > 2/16.05 WindsorForever Yours 9/1 > 5/16.25 RoscommonInitially 11/2 > 7/2BET WITH STAR SPORTS 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.Monday 10 Julylast_img

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STARTERS ORDERS Tuesday 4 June

first_imgWelcome to Starters Orders. Star Sports update with our key market movers for the day and sign up specials.Tuesday 4 JuneHORSE RACING2.00 BangorGallahers Cross 8/1 > 4/13.00 BangorOutcrop 8/1 > 9/26.10 LingfieldQuiet Place 11/10 > 4/5LIVE FOOTBALLNO MATCHESSTAR PROMOTIONSlast_img

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Columbia University Names George Rupp as New President

first_imgShare Contact: Michael Berryhill Phone: (713) 527-4943 Columbia University Names George Rupp as New President Rice University president George Rupp was named president of Columbia University, Columbia officials announcedMonday in New York. Rupp, 50, will be Columbia’s 18th president, replacing Michael I. Sovern, who announced last summer he was stepping down from thepost for personal reasons. Rupp announced in November he would leave Rice at the end of the fiscal year, June 30. His decision to leave the university was designed “to allow an immediate search for my successor,” he said atthe time. In response to Columbia’s announcement, Charles Duncan, chairman of Rice’s board of governors, issued a statement saying:”President Rupp’s administration has left an indelible stamp onthe university. The number and the quality of faculty haveincreased. The students, who are applying in increasing numbers, arebetter than ever. Rice has added two major buildings, one for musicand one for bioscience and bioengineering, and both have beennationally recognized for their excellence. These improvements andmany others were achieved during the administration of PresidentRupp.”This momentum built is not going to be lost. The board will continue to work with all members of the university community during the next several months while Rice looks for a new president. The search to find a successor for George Rupp is proceeding smoothly under the direction of [board of governors member] Kent Anderson and the search committee comprised of members of the board of governors, alumni, students, faculty and staff.” Rice Provost Neal Lane praised Rupp’s tenure in office.”George Rupp has, by any measure, been a truly outstandingpresident,” Lane said. “By providing strong intellectual leadership,enhancing the quality of the faculty, staff, students and programs,strengthening interdisciplinary education and research, improvingteaching and research facilities and emphasizing outreach, he hasmade this excellent university even better.”The faculty, staff and students greatly appreciate what President Rupp has done for Rice, and, I know, wish him well in his new challenge.” Columbia’s 238-year-old campus is located in New York City. The school has 2,300 full-time faculty members and 19,900 students. ### FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more

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Protein pulling Learning how proteins fold by pulling them apart

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Jade BoydPHONE: 713-348-6778E-MAIL: jadeboyd@rice.eduProtein pulling: Learning how proteins fold by pulling them apartNew method for assaying folding energy can be applied to any proteinRice University physicists have unveiled an innovative way of finding out how proteins get their shape based on how they unfold when pulled apart. The experimental method could be of widespread use in the field of protein folding science, which has grown dramatically in the past decade, due in part to the discovery that misfolded proteins play a key role in diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.Rice’s new findings, which were three years in the making, are available online and slated to appear in an upcoming issue of Physical Review Letters. The article describes a new method scientists can use to map out exactly how much free energy is required throughout the folding process.“We believe the method can be applied to any protein,” said lead author Ching-Hwa Kiang, assistant professor of physics and astronomy. “Many people are working on this problem, and when we present our work at scientific conferences it often creates a good deal of excitement.”If DNA is the blueprint for life, then proteins are the machines built from those blueprints. All living cells produce proteins by stringing together strands of amino acids based on the sequences of their DNA. Proteins are created in linear chains, like strands of pearls, with each amino acid representing a bead on the strand. However, knowing the order of the amino acids in the strand gives no clue about how a protein functions. That’s because every protein folds into a three-dimensional shape within about one second of being made, and it is this shape that dictates the protein’s function.By studying how much free energy it takes for a protein to fold into its final shape, scientists hope to learn more about how amino acid sequences affect protein function and how folding goes awry, as with some diseases.At the halfway point between it’s folded and unfolded state, a protein is like a rollercoaster balanced at the crest of the highest hill on the track. Like the rollercoaster, the protein requires a certain amount of energy to make it over the hill and wind its course to a final resting place — its folded state. If it lacks the energy to clear the hill, it will slide back into a partially folded or misfolded state.Kiang and graduate student Nolan Harris’s new approach to probing these energy states yields something akin to a map of the rollercoaster’s path. For example, theirs is the only experimental method that can reveal the slope and height of the energy barrier that the protein must overcome.“Other experimental methods give researchers a pretty clear picture of the energy states at the beginning and the end — the two equilibrium states,” Kiang said. “Our approach helps fill in what happens in between, when the system is between folded and unfolded.”Kiang and Harris’s experiments were conducted on one piece of a protein named Titin. The Titin piece, dubbed I27, contains 89 amino acids. Harris suspended thousands of intact, folded I27s in a dilute saline solution and let the solution sit long enough for the proteins to become stuck to the bottom of the sample dish. The needle from an atomic force microscope (AFM) was repeatedly dipped into the solution. The tip of the AFM operates much like a phonograph needle. The AFM needle is on the end of a cantilever arm that bobs up and down over the sample. The tip of the AFM needle is just a few atoms wide. Bobbing down, it randomly grabbed I27s that were pulled into their string-like, unfolded shape as the needle rose.Harris measured the force exerted on the cantilever arm each time an I27 was unfolded. To get the energy maps, he wrote software incorporating a statistical mechanics equation called the “Jarzynski equality.” The equation related the non-equilibrium energy from the unfolding events to the equilibrium profiles along the trajectory from the folded to the unfolded state. Kiang said the software, and the use of the Jarzynski equality, makes the new method unique and useful.“Christopher Jarzynski only discovered this relationship 10 years ago,” Kiang said. “It’s a very powerful technique.”The research was sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, The Welch Foundation and the Hamill Foundation.last_img read more

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Zealandia should hold answers about tectonics past climate

first_imgShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduZealandia should hold answers about tectonics, past climateScientific expedition will explore Tasman Sea for clues about submerged continentHOUSTON — (July 18, 2017) — Thirty scientists will sail from Australia July 27 on a two-month ocean drilling expedition to the submerged continent of Zealandia in search of clues about its history, which relates to key questions about plate tectonic processes and Earth’s past greenhouse climate. Return to article. Long DescriptionIODP Expedition 371 map (Image courtesy IODP)Zealandia is a mass of continental crust about half the size of Australia that surrounds New Zealand. Increasingly detailed seafloor maps have brought Zealandia into focus in recent decades. Unlike other continents, though, more than 90 percent of Zealandia is submerged.“If you go way back, about 100 million years ago, Antarctica, Australia and Zealandia were all one continent,” Dickens said. “Around 85 million years ago, Zealandia split off on its own, and for a time, the seafloor between it and Australia was spreading on either side of an ocean ridge that separated the two.”The relative movements of Zealandia and Australia are due to plate tectonics, the constant movement of interlocking sections of Earth’s surface. There are some 25 tectonic plates that fit like puzzle pieces to form Earth’s crust. Plates are in constant motion. They can crash together to form mountain ranges and slide past one another in earthquake zones. Oceanic plates form on either side of ocean ridges and also can slide beneath lighter, more buoyant continental plates in a process known as subduction. Return to article. Long DescriptionJerry Dickens standing on a map of Zealandia in Rice’s Keith-Wiess Geological Laboratories (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)“We’re really looking at the best place in the world to understand how plate subduction initiates,” said expedition co-chief scientist Gerald Dickens, professor of Earth, environmental and planetary science at Rice University. “This expedition will answer a lot of lingering questions about Zealandia.”Expedition 371, a cruise sponsored by the National Science Foundation and its international partners in the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP), will sail from Townsville, Australia, aboard JOIDES Resolution, one of the world’s most sophisticated scientific drill ships. Expedition scientists will join more than 20 scientific crew members in drilling at six Tasman Sea sites at water depths ranging from 1,000 to 5,000 meters. At each site, the crew will drill from 300 to 800 meters into the seafloor to collect cores — complete samples of sediments deposited over millions of years. The cores hold fossil evidence the scientists can use to assemble a detailed record of Zealandia’s past.“Some 50 million years ago a massive shift in plate movement happened in the Pacific Ocean,” said Jamie Allan, program director in the National Science Foundation’s Division of Ocean Sciences, which supports IODP. “It resulted in the diving of the Pacific Plate under New Zealand, the uplift of New Zealand above the waterline and the development of a new arc of volcanoes. This IODP expedition will look at the timing and causes of these changes, as well as related changes in ocean circulation patterns and ultimately Earth’s climate.” FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis JOIDES ResolutionDrilling shipZealandia Jerry Dickens standing on a map of Zealandiacenter_img Return to article. Long DescriptionJOIDES Resolution (Photo courtesy IODP)Expedition 371 will examine a shift that occurred about 50 million years ago in the direction of movement of the enormous Pacific Plate northeast of Zealandia. In its scientific prospectus, the expedition refers to this shift as “the most profound subduction initiation event and global plate-motion change” in the past 80 million years. Prior to the shift, Australia and New Zealand were spreading apart, and after the shift, the area that separated them was under compression for millions of years. Then, in the final stage of the tectonic shift, the Pacific Plate dove beneath Zealandia, forming a new subduction zone. This relieved the compressive forces across the region.“What we want to understand is why and when the various stages from extension to relaxation occurred,” Dickens said. “The cores will help tell us that. They’ll be analyzed for sediment composition, microfossil components, mineral and water chemistry and physical properties.” Researcher Margaret Hastedt labels pieces of core collected during IODP Expedition 324. Return to article. Long DescriptionResearcher Margaret Hastedt labels pieces of core collected during IODP Expedition 324. (Photo courtesy IODP)He said the research also could answer many questions about the way Earth’s climate has evolved in the last 60 million years. For example, Zealandia is left out of many climate models, and Dickens said this could be one reason that this region has been among the most difficult parts of Earth to accurately model in greenhouse climates around 50 million years ago.“When the community does climate modeling for the Eocene (Epoch), this is the area that causes consternation, and we’re not sure why,” he said. “It may be because we had continents that were much shallower than we had thought. Or we could have the continents right but at the wrong latitude. Either way, the cores will help us figure that out.”IODP is an international research collaboration that coordinates seagoing expeditions to study the history of Earth recorded in sediments and rocks beneath the ocean floor. Scientists apply to participate in IODP expeditions, and participation is open to all scientists from IODP’s member countries. Opportunities exist for researchers, including graduate students, in all shipboard specialties, which include but are not limited to sedimentology, micropaleontology, paleomagnetism, inorganic/organic geochemistry, petrology, petrophysics, microbiology and borehole geophysics. For more information, visit http://iodp.tamu.edu/index.html.-30-VIDEO is available at:https://youtu.be/UnTg17cMuHAHigh-resolution IMAGES are available for download at:http://news.rice.edu/files/2017/07/0715_ZEALANDIA-JR-lg-1it30b5.jpgCAPTION: JOIDES Resolution (Photo courtesy of IODP JRSO)http://news.rice.edu/files/2017/07/0715_ZEALANDIA-map-lg-16e901e.jpgCAPTION: IODP Expedition 371 map (Image courtesy of IODP JRSO)http://news.rice.edu/files/2017/07/0715_ZEALANDIA-jerry-lg-1n2oris.jpgCAPTION: Gerald Dickens (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)http://news.rice.edu/files/2017/07/0715_ZEALANDIA-JRpit-lg-2bhk51b.jpgCAPTION: View from the deck of JOIDES Resolution (Photo courtesy of IODP JRSO)http://news.rice.edu/files/2017/07/0715_ZEALANDIA-exp324_0703-lg-296d5jh.jpgCAPTION: Researcher Margaret Hastedt labels pieces of core collected during IODP Expedition 324. (Photo courtesy of IODP JRSO)http://news.rice.edu/files/2017/07/0715_ZEALANDIA-exp368_192-sml-xn6qan.jpgCAPTION: Workers drill a core on IODP Expedition 368. (Photo courtesy of IODP JRSO)More information about JOIDES Resolution, IODP and Expedition 371:http://joidesresolution.org/https://www.iodp.org/http://iodp.tamu.edu/scienceops/expeditions/tasman_frontier_subduction_climate.htmlhttp://publications.iodp.org/scientific_prospectus/371/www.reddit.com/r/science/comments/5zq55o/science_ama_series_i_am_jerry_dickens_science/Related stories from Rice:Rice’s Jerry Dickens hosts Reddit AMA on Zealandia — March 17, 2017http://news.rice.edu/2017/03/17/rices-jerry-dickens-hosts-reddit-ama-on-zealandia/This release can be found online at news.rice.edu.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsLocated on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,879 undergraduates and 2,861 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for happiest students and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview. IODP Expedition 371 map of Zealandialast_img read more

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A dab of water aids carbon capture

first_img Adding water to asphalt-derived porous carbon improves its ability to sequester carbon dioxide at natural gas wellheads, according to Rice University researchers. The porous particles in the illustration are combined with water and then heated to remove excess water from the pores. The water that remains binds to the pore structures. Under pressures above 20 atmospheres, the filter material sequesters carbon dioxide and allows methane molecules to pass through. AddThis Return to article. Long DescriptionAdding water to asphalt-derived porous carbon improves its ability to sequester carbon dioxide at natural gas wellheads, according to Rice University researchers. The porous particles in the illustration are combined with water and then heated to remove excess water from the pores. The water that remains binds to the pore structures. Under pressures above 20 atmospheres, the filter material sequesters carbon dioxide and allows methane molecules to pass through. Illustration by Almaz JalilovNatural gas at the wellhead typically contains between 3 and 7 percent carbon dioxide, but at some locations may contain up to 70 percent. Oil and gas producers traditionally use one of two strategies to sequester carbon dioxide: physically through the use of membranes or solid sorbents like zeolites or porous carbons, or chemically through filtering with liquid amine, a derivative of ammonia.But both these methods have drawbacks. Physical filters have a hard time differentiating between carbon dioxide and methane molecules, which are nearly identical in size (3.3 to 3.8 angstroms) and polarizability (important to bonding characteristics). Chemical approaches have better selectivity but are more expensive and corrosive, and they require a large input of energy and large equipment. Despite their high selectivity, amines capture only 13 percent by weight in carbon dioxide and need superheated steam to recycle the filtration system, Tour said, while the Rice team’s system is capturing more than 200 percent by weight and no thermal source is needed.The new Rice material features the selectivity of amines, much higher uptake of carbon dioxide and no thermal requirements, he said. Coating the pore surfaces with water adds weak chemical absorption and high selectivity while retaining the material’s strong physical adsorption.“This is known as a pressure-swing adsorption system, which is easy to implement due to its small size, and there’s no need for heating since it works with the inherent pressure in the gas well,” Tour said.Water in Gilsonite forms a hydrate within pore microstructures that greatly increases the binding selectivity of carbon dioxide over methane, according to the researchers. While the grains’ micropores, at 23 angstroms, are far larger than the target molecules, the addition of water tightens the pores and decreases the pore volume through which the molecules must travel. The prepared Gilsonite has a surface area of 4,200 square meters per gram, so adding water still leaves plenty of room to capture carbon dioxide, Tour said.Over multiple testing cycles at various pressures and temperatures between freezing and 50 degrees Celsius, degradation of the material was reportedly negligible. The researchers found that about 1 percent weight of the water content was lost during cycling but determined the water content of natural gas itself would likely replace that.Almaz Jalilov, a former postdoctoral researcher at Rice and now an assistant professor at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia, is lead author of the study. Co-authors are Rice graduate student Yilun Li and research scientist Carter Kittrell. Tour is the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry as well as a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering at Rice.Apache Corp. supported the research.-30-Read the abstract at https://www.nature.com/articles/s41560-017-0030-yFollow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated materials:Asphalt-based carbon-capture material advances: http://news.rice.edu/2016/09/12/asphalt-based-carbon-capture-material-advances/Tour Group: http://www.jmtour.comWiess School of Natural Sciences: http://natsci.rice.eduImage for download: Adding water to asphalt-derived porous carbon improves its ability to sequester carbon dioxide at natural gas wellheads, according to Rice University researchers. The porous particles in the illustration are combined with water and then heated to remove excess water from the pores. The water that remains binds to the pore structures. Under pressures above 20 atmospheres, the filter material sequesters carbon dioxide and allows methane molecules to pass through. ShareNEWS RELEASEEditor’s note: A link to an image for download appears at the end of this release.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduA dab of water aids carbon captureRice University advances asphalt-based filter to sequester greenhouse gas at wellheadHOUSTON – (Dec. 11, 2017) – Rice University scientists have found a way to make their asphalt-based sorbents better at capturing carbon dioxide from gas wells: Just add water.The Rice lab of chemist James Tour discovered that treating grains of inexpensive Gilsonite asphalt with water allows the material to adsorb more than two times its weight in the greenhouse gas. The treated asphalt selects carbon dioxide over valuable methane at a ratio of more than 200-to-1.The material performs well at ambient temperatures and under the pressures typically found at wellheads. When the pressure abates, the material releases the carbon dioxide, which can then be stored, sold for other industrial uses or pumped back downhole.The research appears this month in Nature Energy. http://news.rice.edu/files/2017/10/1030_ASPHALT-1-WEB-2loex0w.jpgAdding water to asphalt-derived porous carbon improves its ability to sequester carbon dioxide at natural gas wellheads, according to Rice University researchers. The porous particles in the illustration are combined with water and then heated to remove excess water from the pores. The water that remains binds to the pore structures. Under pressures above 20 atmospheres, the filter material sequesters carbon dioxide and allows methane molecules to pass through. (Credit: Almaz Jalilov/Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,879 undergraduates and 2,861 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for happiest students by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview. Return to article. Long Descriptionlast_img read more

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Georgetown McDonough Student Government Association Launches Research Bites Series

first_img regions: Washington, DC RelatedMcDonough Hosts Annual International FestivalMcDonough School of Business MBAs and faculty gathered in Fisher Colloquium for the school’s annual International Festival. Hosted by the MBA Student Government Association (SGA), the event showcases many of the international cultures represented at Georgetown McDonough. Sam Chen (M ’15), vice president of international students in the MBA SGA,…December 17, 2014In “Featured Home”Georgetown McDonough MBAs Head to Mexico to VolunteerWhile most MBA students enjoyed some rest and relaxation during their fall breaks, a group of six full-time and Evening MBAs from the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business traveled south of the border. The students visited the historic city of San Miguel de Allende to volunteer at Centro Infantil…November 14, 2017In “Featured Region”5 Questions with the MBA Admissions Team at UIC Liautaud Graduate School of BusinessIn our latest installment of the MetroMBA “5 Questions” series, we speak with Alanna O’Connor, Assistant Dean for Student Recruitment for the Full-Time MBA Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago Liautaud Graduate School of Business. O’Connor talks about the many new opportunities, programs, and events taking place at…April 22, 2019In “Admissions Tips” Georgetown McDonough Student Government Association Launches Research Bites Series According to McDonough, the MBA SGA serves the student body of Georgetown’s MBA program and is the primary interface between the student body and the faculty and administration. The SGA plans social events and boosts alumni relations, such as Thursday kegs, outings to local sporting events, and fall and spring formals. The SGA is also responsible for major student organization decisions, management of finances, and implementation of new and existing policies or initiatives. You can learn more about the McDonough MBA Student Government Association here. Last Updated Oct 17, 2017 by Max PulciniFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail For those wondering why speaking events don’t serve more food, you aren’t alone. At least, it seems the McDonough School of Business Student Government Association (SGA) picked up the idea, launching the Research Bites “lunch-and-learn” series late last month.The series, running until November 20, and highlights faculty research over five unique events. During each Research Bites session, a different faculty member will give a one-hour presentation about their life in academia and how their research impacts business. Gabe Nelson, MBA ’18, Vice President of curriculum for the SGA, wanted to recruit faculty members who were familiar to the student body. He reached out to professors who taught core classes and had interesting research experiences to drum up interest. Nelson says he hopes the series will “give students valuable insights that can help their careers in tangible ways” and “build faculty-student relationships.”The first Research Bite took place on September 18 and featured Associate Professor of Strategy Chris Rider. He expanded on the effectiveness of the NFL’s Rooney Rule, which is the league policy that requires all teams to interview minority candidates for head coaching positions. According to the press release, about 50 students attended the first event. Other faculty members set to participate in the series include:Debora Thompson, Associate Professor of MarketingPaul Almeida, Dean and William R. Berkley ChairJason Schloetzer, Associate Professor of AccountingAllison Koester, Assistant Professor of Accounting About the AuthorMax PulciniMax Pulcini is a Philadelphia-based writer and reporter. He has an affinity for Philly sports teams, Super Smash Bros. and cured meats and cheeses. Max has written for Philadelphia-based publications such as Spirit News, Philadelphia City Paper, and Billy Penn, as well as national news outlets like The Daily Beast.View more posts by Max Pulcini last_img read more

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Former VP Choice Tim Kaine Blames Gun Violence on OSU Knife Attack

first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US Former VP Choice Tim Kaine Blames ‘Gun Violence’ on OSU Knife Attack Virginia senator later clarifies remarkBy Epoch Newsroom November 30, 2016 Updated: November 30, 2016 Share Share this articlecenter_img Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) arrives at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on July 6, 2016. (Alex Wong/Getty Images) Former vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine, a U.S. Senator, was lambasted for comments he made following the Ohio State University attack that left 11 people injured.“Deeply saddened by the senseless act of gun violence at Ohio State this morning. Praying for the injured and the entire Buckeye community,” he wrote on Facebook.Initially, the campus sent out an alert saying there was an “active shooter” on the campus before details poured in about the attack.On Twitter, Kaine clarified his comment: “Updated reports say attacker used a vehicle & knife. Horrifying & senseless. Relieved the scene is secure & praying for victims’ recovery.”Police say the attacker, identified as Abdul Razak Ali Artan, used his car and a butcher knife to attack people on the OSU campus. He first rammed his vehicle into a crowd of people before getting out and attacking pedestrians until a campus police officer arrived at the scene and fatally shot him.University officials say the officer’s actions likely saved lives, NBC News reported. Related CoverageISIS Claims Responsibility for OSU AttackKaine, a Democrat, was accused of using the attack to push a political platform.“Yes, it was a real tragedy how the attacker drove his gun through a group of people and then got out and started stabbing people with his gun,” wrote one person in response to Kaine’s comment.“It’s scary to think, as misinformed as you are, you could’ve been our VP. Next time you wanna make the second amendment look bad, try doing research first on what actually happened. Now, will you call it ‘knife violence’?” added another. Show Discussionlast_img read more

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Whole Foods Recalls ChickenLess Chicken Salad That Actually Contains Tuna

first_img Show Discussion Whole Foods Recalls Chicken-Less ‘Chicken Salad’ That Actually Contains Tuna By Jack Phillips July 3, 2017 Updated: July 4, 2017 US Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Share Whole Foods is now recalling some of its “chicken salad” because it contains no chicken.One of their poultry suppliers mistakenly sent the retailer a shipment of “chicken salad” that contained tuna—not chicken. The Willow Tree Poultry Farm, of Attleboro, Mass., recalled 440 pounds of “buffalo-style chicken salad,” which actually contained tuna.Whole Foods employees found the problem while unpacking the product, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).Specifically, they’re 12.5 oz. individual plastic containers of “buffalo style chicken salad,” the USDA stated.“Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase,” the release stated.More details were not released. Customers leave the Whole Foods Market in Boulder, Colorado on May 10, 2017. (REUTERS/Rick Wilking) last_img read more

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Warning To North Korea South Korea Tests Missiles in Simulated Attack on

first_img Share Share this article Asia & Pacific South Korean troops fire Hyunmoo Missile into the waters of the East Sea at a military exercise in South Korea Sept. 4, 2017. (Defense Ministry/Yonhap/via REUTERS)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Warning To North Korea: South Korea Tests Missiles in Simulated Attack on Nuclear Site By Matthew Little September 4, 2017 Updated: September 4, 2017 Show Discussion South Korea launched missiles in a live-fire exercise against a simulated North Korean nuclear site. The show of force was meant to warn the rogue nation after its latest nuclear test.A South Korean surface-to-surface missile and a long-range air-to-ground missile took out targets in the Sea of Japan, according to Seoul military sources.The test site was a mock-up of the Punggye-ri nuclear site where North Korea carried out its bomb test.“The training demonstrates the South Korean military’s resolve to destroy not only the origin of provocation but also the enemy’s leadership and supporting forces if they threaten the security of our people,” Army Col. Roh Jae-cheon, the JCS spokesman said according to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency.South Korean President Moon Jae-in called North Korea’s weekend nuclear bomb test an “absurd strategic mistake” and called for new UN Security Council sanctions to “completely isolate” North Korea.North Korea claims the hydrogen bomb it tested is compact enough to fit on a long-range missile. It is the regime’s sixth nuclear test and the first since President Donald Trump came into office. North Korea’s state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said the bomb was small enough to be used in an ICBM, also reporting that leader Kim Jong Un watched another H-bomb be loaded into a new ICBM on Sunday.  The U.S. Geological Survey’s Earthquake Hazards Program captured a 6.3 explosion-generated earthquake on Sept. 3, 22 kilometers east-northeast of Sungjibaegam, North Korea.Secretary of Defense James Mattis (L) makes a statement outside the West Wing of the White House in response to North Korea's latest nuclear testing, as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford listens, in Washington, U.S., September 3, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Theiler Secretary of Defense James Mattis (L) makes a statement outside the West Wing of the White House in response to North Korea’s latest nuclear testing, as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford listens in on Sept. 3, 2017. (REUTERS/Mike Theiler)That same day, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters at the White House that the latest test was the largest carried out by North Korea, and that the United States has many military options for dealing with Kim Jong Un’s provocations.Mattis was joined by Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Dunford has been engaged in a series of high-level meetings in Asia to shore up U.S. alliances and ensure clear communication lines with China to avoid problems amidst the current showdown.Mattis told reporters the president had asked to be briefed on military options available to the United States.“We made it clear that we have the ability to defend ourselves and our allies, South Korea, and Japan from any attack and our commitments among the allies are ironclad,” said Mattis.“Any threat to the United States or its territories, including [the U.S. territory of] Guam or our allies, will be met with a massive military response, a response both effective and overwhelming.”A B-1B long range strategic bomber in a file photo. In July this year the U.S. flew two of the bombers over the North Korean penninsula in a training. Defense Secretary James Mattis has said that the US is capable of causing "total annihilation" in North Korea. (Courtesy USAF/Getty Images) A B-1B long range strategic bomber in a file photo. In July this year the U.S. flew two of the bombers over the North Korean penninsula in a training. Defense Secretary James Mattis has said that the US is capable of causing “total annihilation” in North Korea. (Courtesy USAF/Getty Images)Mattis said that the communist despot should take heed of the United Nations Security Council‘s call to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.“We are not looking to the total annihilation of a country, namely North Korea. But as I said, we have many options to do so,” Mattis added.Meanwhile, North Korea’s KCNA said that the United States “will only face the final miserable end” if it persists with a hostile policy towards the DPRK while denying the regimes strategic position.The agency claims the bomb’s explosive power can be adjusted from ten kilotons to hundreds of kilotons and is a multi-functional thermonuclear bomb “with great destructive power which can be detonated even at high altitudes for super-powerful EMP attack according to strategic goals.”The head of the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), called the nuclear test is “an extremely regrettable act.”“This new test…is in complete disregard of the repeated demands of the international community,” said Yukiya Amano, Director General of IAEA. last_img read more

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Patriots to Stand for National Anthem in Next Sunday Game

first_imgColts lock arms for the national anthem. Fans loudly boo them. pic.twitter.com/NNzmhIRApL— Tricia Whitaker (@TriciaWhitaker) September 24, 2017 Share Show Discussion US News  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   While many players from the New England Patriots kneeled during the national anthem just a week ago, causing widespread backlash from fans, a source has said they will stand together as a team for their next game.According to CSNNE’s Gary Tanguay, a host and screenwriter for the network, an unnamed source told him of the new development. “All Patriot players will stand this Sunday during the National Anthem, a league source told me,” Tanguay said in a Sept. 26 tweet. “If you think that it’s OK to take a knee during our national anthem and disrespect openly the national anthem, you are wrong,” Light told the Boston Herald. “I don’t care if you have a ‘But what about’ or a ‘It’s because of,’ that doesn’t matter.”Light was the longtime left tackle and blindside defender for Tom Brady. Knowing what a tight ship the Patriots run, he was shocked that a protest was allowed to take place during the anthem.“Nobody can force anybody to do anything in a situation like that. If he chooses to do it he’s going to do it,” Light said. “But I’m going to tell you this much, with the amount of preparation and attention to detail and all the things that happen in that organization, I’m really surprised that it wasn’t dealt with so it didn’t get to that point.”The move on Sunday was the first time any player on the New England Patriots team had taken part in the trend during the national anthem. The Patriots’ next match will be Sunday’s Week 4 contest against the Carolina Panthers at Gillette Stadium.At last week’s Sunday game on Sept. 24, over a dozen Patriots players chose to kneel during the anthem before their matchup with the Houston Texans. Those players included Devin McCourty, Brandin Cooks, and Duron Harmon, according to CBS-owned 247Sports.Their taking part in the highly politicized move during the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” drew scorn from many in the audience at the Gillette Stadium. Boos could be heard from the crowd and fans could be heard shouting at the players to stand up, 247Sports reported. Members of the New England Patriots kneel during the National Anthem before a game against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts, on Sept. 24, 2017. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)Players who did not kneel during the game—including Tom Brady, the face of the league—instead interlocked arms with one another while standing.If the Patriots follow through by standing as a group together next Sunday, it will undoubtedly send a message of unity, and possibly win back many incensed fans.Former Patriots offensive lineman Matt Light said he was ashamed of his team’s protest. Share this article Patriots to Stand for National Anthem in Next Sunday Game By NTD Television September 27, 2017 Updated: September 27, 2017 All Patriot players will stand this Sunday during the National Anthem, a league source told me.— Gary Tanguay (@Gary_Tanguay) September 26, 2017 From NTD.tv Members of the Houston Texans kneel before a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on September 24, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Billie Weiss/Getty Images) last_img read more

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Federal Response Getting Puerto Rico Back on Its Feet

first_imgU.S. Marines and Sailors exit a KC-130J Super Hercules aircraft at the Jose Aponte de la Torre Airport to provide aid and hurricane relief in Puerto Rico on Sept. 27, 2017. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Cody J. Ohira/Released) Share this article Two weeks after Hurricane Maria caused an unprecedented level of damage to Puerto Rico, a massive federal response including the deployment of more than 12,000 federal responders has helped stabilize the situation.And while things remain extremely challenging on the ground, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said there’s been a big improvement. Water and food supplies are being distributed to staging areas across Puerto Rico, and almost 60 hospitals are back in operation. The number of people in shelters has also decreased.Search and rescue operations are still ongoing for the center area of the island, which has been difficult to reach. As of Oct. 3, the total death toll from hurricanes Irma and Maria is 34. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump greet troops as they depart the USS Kearsarge off the coast of San Juan, Puerto Rico on Oct. 3, 2017. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long, who has been to Puerto Rico three times in person since the hurricanes hit the island, said making roads accessible and providing emergency power are among the top priorities.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is working with the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority and the Department of Energy to restore power, which was completely wiped out. The U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort arrives in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Oct. 3 to help support Hurricane Maria aid and relief operations. (Air Force photo by Capt. Christopher Merian)The Department of Defense has been providing help at hospitals and patient care, including the deployment of the USNS Comfort, which has 1,000 patient beds. And the National Guard has been distributing food, water, and other supplies throughout the island.According to FEMA, more than 65 percent of grocery and big box stores, as well as gas stations, are open again. Ten airports are now operating, allowing commercial air-traffic to resume last week.However, challenges remain, as Puerto Rico struggles with a lack of truck drivers to deliver the goods shipped to the island. Gas and diesel also remain in short supply.“Progress is underway for the residents of Puerto Rico,” said FEMA in a statement. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicholas Glass prepares an injured resident for evacuation from Dominica on Sept. 25, 2017. (Navy photo Seaman Taylor King)“While the catastrophic impact from Hurricanes Irma and Maria led to serious logistical challenges, we’re working closely with our federal partners and Commonwealth officials to continue to sustain lives and restore routine.”Praise From Puerto Rican OfficialsRosselló has praised the federal response to the disaster, saying the cooperation between local and federal authorities has been crucial.“I want to let the people of Puerto Rico and the people on the United States know that you have always responded to us,” Rosselló said during Trump’s visit to the island on Oct. 3.170927-M-CA957-0127 HUMACAO, Puerto Rico (Sept. 27, 2017) U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Charles V. McCole, an officer with the Air Traffic Control Mobile Team of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU), waves to local residents during departure from Humacao Hospital after conducting a medical and operational needs assessment as part of Hurricane Maria relief efforts in Humacao, Puerto Rico, Sept. 27, 2017. The Department of Defense is supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the lead federal agency, in helping those affected by Hurricane Maria to minimize suffering and is one component of the overall whole-of-government response effort. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tojyea G. Matally/Released) An officer with the U.S. Marine Corps waves to local residents during departure from Humacao Hospital after conducting a medical and operational needs assessment as part of Hurricane Maria relief efforts in Humacao, Puerto Rico, on Sept. 27, 2017. (U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Tojyea G. Matally)“I want to personally thank you, Mr. President, because over the course of the past week you have called essentially every day to make sure we have what we need, to make sure that the resources are over here,” Rosselló said.“We will be able to build Puerto Rico stronger than ever before. That is our commitment.”Read MorePuerto Rico Union Allegedly Refuses to Deliver US Aid, On Strike Because of Local LawIn response to the natural disaster, Trump signed a disaster declaration that will have the federal government provide 100 percent funding for debris removal and emergency protective measures for 180 days.During his one-day visit together with first lady Melania Trump on Oct. 3, Trump praised local and federal responders for their rescue efforts. Puerto Rico’s Governor Ricardo Rosselló speaks to the media during a press conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Sept. 24, 2017 following the passage of Hurricane Maria.(RICARDO ARDUENGO/AFP/Getty Images)“Everybody around this table and everybody watching can really be very proud of what’s taken place in Puerto Rico,” said Trump.Congresswoman Jenniffer González-Colón (R-P.R.) said that more than 4,000 personnel belonging to the different branches of the military had been deployed before and after the first hurricane, Irma, when it hit on Sept. 6.“They were here before, during, after the first hurricane, and they continued to stay on the island, boots on the ground. During Maria—same thing,” González-Colón said. President Donald Trump waves to local residents affected by Hurricane Maria as he helps hand out supplies at a disaster relief distribution center at Calgary Chapel in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Oct. 3, 2017. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)González-Colón said that while Puerto Rico is used to experiencing hurricanes, the scale of Maria, which was a category 5, had created an “amount of devastation that is unheard of.”“So this is not solved yet, but for me, it is important to hear the president himself telling me, you’re not alone,” she said during a press briefing in Puerto Rico on Oct. 3. Follow Jasper on Twitter: @JasperFakkert Share Federal Response Getting Puerto Rico Back on Its Feet By Jasper Fakkert October 4, 2017 Updated: October 4, 2017center_img US News Show Discussion  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   last_img read more

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first_imgIn a Jan. 25 statement announcing their representation of Sandmann, the attorneys noted that the student, who did nothing but stand still as the activist banged a drum in his face, “became the focus of false and defamatory accusations published and broadcast across the nation and the world.”“A mob comprised of activists, church and school officials, members of the mainstream print and broadcast media, and individuals on social media, including elected public officials and celebrities, rushed to condemn and vilify this young man by burying him in an avalanche of false accusations, false portrayals, and cyberbullying that have threatened his reputation and his physical safety,” they added.“Nick Sandmann is 16 years old. He is an eleventh-grade high school student. He is not the face of evil and he did absolutely nothing wrong or inappropriate in connection with the incident to deserve the heinous accusations made against him by uninformed or agenda-driven individuals and media entities.”The lawyers said they would be reviewing all false accusations and threats made against the high school student. Show Discussion  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Very productive day with Lin Wood @LLinWood and Taylor Wilson @g_taylor_wilson in Atlanta. We sent out our first round of document preservation letters to a number of national media outlets. We have put them on notice! #NickSandmann #CovingtonCatholic #CovingtonBoys pic.twitter.com/dXzvBOZ9qi— Todd V. McMurtry (@FitLwyr) January 30, 2019 STATEMENT OF ATTORNEYS L. LIN WOOD and TODD MCMURTRYON BEHALF OF NICK SANDMANN AND HIS FAMILYhttps://t.co/moj5DpZ9QU #CovingtonCatholic #CovingtonBoys pic.twitter.com/z9VpJQUYO3— Todd V. McMurtry (@FitLwyr) January 25, 2019 The legal team representing Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann, who was confronted by a Native American activist in Washington in mid-January, said they made an important move on Jan. 30.Todd McMurtry, an attorney who is helping represent Sandmann, said that he had a productive day with Lin Wood and Taylor Wilson, who are also part of the team.“We sent out our first round of document preservation letters to a number of national media outlets. We have put them on notice!” McMurty said via Twitter.The legal team met in Atlanta at Wood’s offices. US News Share this article Nick Sandmann from Covington Catholic High School stands in front of Native American activist Nathan Phillips while the latter bangs a drum in his face in Washington on Jan. 18, 2019. (Kaya Taitano via Reuters) Share  QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Then, while a member of his group shouted at the students that they “stole our lands” and should “go back to Europe,” Phillips chanted while banging the drum.The false portrayal of the situation prompted a number of activists, analysts, and reporters to apologize and admit they hadn’t done due diligence in processing the situation.Another lawyer, Robert Barnes, told The Epoch Times that he plans to sue some celebrities and media personalities for libel against the students, whom he represents.They include Reza Aslan, Iranian-American writer and CNN commentator; Matthew Dowd, ABC News political analyst and former chief strategist for the George W. Bush campaign; actor Michael Rapaport; and The New York Daily News. Aslan, for instance, posted a picture of Sandmann with the accompanying caption: “Have you ever seen a more punchable face than this kid’s?”From NTD News Follow Zachary on Twitter: @zackstieber Nick Sandmann’s Legal Team Gives Update in Pursuit of Fake Accusations by Media By Zachary Stieber January 31, 2019 Updated: January 31, 2019 “We fully expect that a multitude of civil lawsuits will be filed and aggressively pursued. We recognize that justice for Nick will not be achieved quickly, but we are dedicated to achieving it for this young man regardless of time or expense,” they said.Wood said later on Jan. 25, that he and McMurty delivered a preservation of evidence demand to Covington Bishop Roger Foys, who is in charge of the Catholic school. A day after the demand was sent, the bishop apologized to Sandmann for releasing a statement based on news stories about an edited video that lacked context.The video showed Nathan Phillips, the Native American activist, banging on a drum in the face of Sandmann. News stories relied heavily on interviews with Phillips, who lied about being a Vietnam veteran and lied about what happened in Washington.When the full video of the incident emerged it showed how the Covington students were subjected to a torrent of verbal abuse by a group of Black Hebrew Israelites and how Phillips chose to target the students as opposed to going to the Lincoln Memorial, which he originally claimed was his intent. Instead of the students surrounding him and not letting him pass, the video showed him purposefully making his way towards the students until he came face-to-face with Sandmann.last_img read more

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first_img Show Discussion The boys’ mother says her sons were taking lessons, but at least one still did not know how to swim. https://t.co/DGdrjwi2vA— ABC7 Sarasota (@mysuncoast) May 26, 2019  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   A judge ruled that they younger siblings of two North Lauderdale brothers, who drowned Wednesday in their apartment complex’s pool, will remain in the custody of DCF. https://t.co/xET14YON8E @CBS4Ted— CBS4 Miami (@CBSMiami) May 24, 2019 5-Year-Old and 6-Year-Old Brothers Drown in Florida Apartment Complex Pool, Sheriff Says By Jack Phillips May 28, 2019 Updated: May 28, 2019 US News Share Broward Sheriff’s Office Fire Rescue paramedics attempted to revive the two boys. They were pronounced dead after being rushed to a nearby hospital, police said.“The community’s pool area is secured behind a fence. Detectives believe the boys may have climbed over the fence to reach the pool,” the news release stated.According to Local10 News, mother Wildine Joseph said she was sleeping when the boys drowned. Children die after being pulled from North Lauderdale apartment complex pool at the Silver Palms community in the 1200 block of Southwest 50th Avenue: Branario Minto, 5, and Ja’Kye Joseph, 6. https://t.co/b1ueOHuyzS— Dorotea Bourne (@quetevayasbien) May 23, 2019 A stock photo of police tape. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images) A judge ruled that the siblings will stay in state custody after Joseph appeared in court last week, WSVN reported. The Florida Department of Children and Families said they have past dealings with Joseph and will be looking into previous reports.WSVN reported that Branario, the 5-year-old, was placed in foster care before he was given back to his mother.“The family is devastated. Our family is devastated,” said Eddie Perez, his foster parent. “We thought he had a bright future ahead of him.”Perez, who took care of the boy for a year, said he was a caring and loving boy. Two young Florida brothers were reportedly found dead after drowning in a Fort Lauderdale apartment complex pool, the Broward Sheriff’s Office stated.They were identified as Ja’Kye Joseph, 6, and Branario Minto, 5, and were discovered face down in the pool by neighbors, who hurried to pull them from the water, according to a police news release.“I ran over there and saw two children laying on the side of the pool, the kids were on the floor and they were giving them CPR,” a neighbor told CBS4 in Florida. Share this article “I’m so sorry. If I was there I could have saved them on time,” she said, adding: “I will always miss my babies. I’m sorry, Ja’Kye. I’m sorry, Branario. They’re only 5, and they’re only 6.”The two boys were also reportedly unable to swim.“He thought he could swim, but he could not swim,” Joseph said, reported ABC7.Meanwhile, the victims’ 4-month-old and 1-year-old siblings were taken away from Joseph by Child Protective Services amid an investigation, said officials in the ABC affiliate’s report. “He was easy to get along with. The kids in school loved him,” he said.According to a GoFundMe for the young boys started by the foster parents: “We were blessed to be in his life for a year and he was turned over to him Mom for reunification. Questions are still going through my mind as to why they were out so late. He was just a baby. We reached out to his mom and she is unable to bury them correctly.”Those with information about the drownings can call Detective Barbara Dyer at 954-321-4262. Anonymous information can be given by calling Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477. last_img read more

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Luke Smith APTN News A monument honouring survivor

first_imgLuke SmithAPTN NewsA monument honouring survivors of the Indian Mission school in Whitehorse was held Thursday on the banks of the Yukon river.It is the first monument for those school children who went to the Yukon school.lsmith@aptn.calast_img

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Holly Moore Laurie Hamelin Brittany Hobson APTN

first_imgHolly Moore, Laurie Hamelin, Brittany HobsonAPTN NewsBritish Columbia’s Representative for Children and Youth said her office will be closely following the province’s Ministry of Children and Family Development’s (MCFD) response to over-represented Indigenous youth in care in the wake of a disturbing RCMP video.“My first reaction was heartbreak and disgust but then I started having feelings of, ‘How could this happen, when did this happen and what’s the impact on the young person?’” Jennifer Charlesworth said in an interview with APTN News.“This child was in the care of the ministry so the ministry is fundamentally responsible for that.”APTN obtained a video of a 17-year-old Indigenous girl being interrogated for two and a half hours in 2012 after she reported a sexual assault to her foster parent.The woman, now 24, has filed a lawsuit against the MCFD and two individual social workers saying she was punished for reporting the alleged assault. The suit alleges no “meaningful” investigation was done and that her alleged attacker was not interviewed by police.Charlesworth said the fact that MCFD social workers were present during parts of the interview and did not intervene was disturbing.MCFD social worker Siobhan Stynes is accused in a March 11, 2019 civil suit of characterizing the youth in the video as a habitual liar which led police to disbelieve her.Read the first statement of claimFormer MCFD social worker Robert Riley Saunders is alleged to have siphoned off funds meant for vulnerable Indigenous clients.Read the second statement of claimNeither have responded to multiple requests for an interview.Forty-five youth are now involved with Charlesworth’s office in relation to the alleged fraud at MCFD.She said advocates are helping the youth on many levels to cope with the fallout from the alleged scheme. Some were left homeless, drug-addicted and even sexually exploited according to the statements of claim in multiple individual lawsuits and one class-action.Read more:‘Were you turned on by this at all?’: RCMP officer asks Indigenous youth during sexual assault reportMMIWG Inquiry head says RCMP interview video is ‘typical’ of what they heard from families and survivorsCharlesworth said she will be monitoring the ministry’s response to the video and it may become an impetus for providing compassionate early intervention for young Indigenous women.She said her office is focusing on the number of Indigenous young women between the ages of 15 and 18 with multiple issues and concerns similar to those of the 17-year-old in the video.“I’ve been very concerned about the well-being of a particular cohort of Indigenous young women,” she said. “So this is one child’s experience and it’s devastating but it’s actually not a unique experience.”“It really speaks to a broader systemic and the ugly underbelly of ongoing racism and the impact of colonization.”hmoore@aptn.calhamelin@aptn.calast_img read more

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We should have been using this bamboobased cutlery all along

first_imgAs someone who does his fair share of takeout, perhaps the one thing I hate with a vengeance is the flimsy, horribly designed plastic cutlery I get with my food. The spoons sometimes come with these plastic flares that get left behind from the cheap injection molding process, the knives are more flexible than the food I’m cutting, and the forks don’t possess enough structural integrity to pierce my food. All that’s aside from the fact that this cutlery eventually reaches either a landfill or the ocean by the tonne, not having served any purpose whatsoever. The sad reality is that we’re far from democratizing a solution that actually works… but with projects like the Knork Eco, we’re getting a few steps closer to conscientiously designing single-use (or even multiple-use) plastic cutlery that has little to no impact on the environment.The Knork Eco has a pretty transparent objective. To A. remove non-biodegradable single-use plastics from our life-cycle, and to B. replace them with cutlery that’s eco-friendly, biodegradable, and more importantly, much more robust and comfortable to use than those horrible disposable forks and spoons. The Knorks are made from a specialized material called Astrik, which combines sugarcane starch along with bamboo fibers. The result is a moldable polymer that’s sturdy, looks and feels like glossy plastic, is food-safe, dishwasher safe, and can biodegrade in 2 years. Most importantly, sugarcane and bamboo are two of the fastest growing plants in the world, allowing Astrik as a material to cater to the incredibly high demand of disposable cutlery without any hassle.The Knork Eco is a spoon+fork set made from Astrik. It looks and feels exactly like plastic, and can do everything plastic can. The Knork cutlery comes in its own chic case made from the bamboo-polymer too, allowing you to easily carry it around with you wherever you go, because the Knorks are much more reliable and robust than most plastic spoons and forks. They come with a larger cross-section, making them thicker and stiffer, and even integrate a broader handle with a finger-rest, allowing you to use them with the dexterity of metal cutlery.The Knorks can cleaned either manually or in a dishwasher, and can be infinitely reused until you dispose them. When introduced to the soil, the Astrik material biodegrades completely in just 2 years, turning into compost that can then be used to grow more plants, making it perhaps the best example of nature-conscious cradle-to-grave designing with zero negative impact. Yes I said it, we should have been using this bamboo-based cutlery all along!Designer: KNORK FlatwareClick Here to Buy Now: $15 $30 (50% off).The KNORK Eco is a plant-based bamboo utensils that are dishwasher safe, compost in 2 years, and sustainably made. Genius design meets epic functionality.KNORK Eco uses Astrik: Made from PLA (poly lactic acid – sugar cane starch 90%) and bamboo fiber (10%), this eco-friendly and responsibly sourced material provides a workable, multi-functional + sustainable alternative to harmful one-use plastic utensils.The designers have thinned and improved the tines, and added a platform right where your index finger typically rests when doing the aforementioned side-tipping action. These help the user to rock through and cut most foods without reaching for a knife, and the contoured handle fits comfortably in most hands and creates an ergonomic balance.Eco pieces will fit many specific niche market opportunities where the functionality encourages creative freedom for chefs in environments where use of a knife isn’t feasible.The combination of clever design and a dishwasher-safe, durable, and 2 year compost-able material was exactly what we had been looking for, and the Eco line was born.If you love food and eating as much as we do, you’ll totally get that the one constant of American style eating is the natural born habit of people to tip forks on their sides to cut through foods that it’s not necessarily normal to reach for a knife to eat. Think waffles, pancakes, chicken, burritos, coney dogs, etc.KNORK is perfect for multi-tasking, on the go eating-think desk lunches or cocktail parties where the ultimate challenge is to hold your drink in one hand while trying to eat with the other.The stainless steel fork and spoon that fit into the new carrying case will feature a limited edition “Eco” stamp, so you know just which pieces to reach for when packing your lunch!Click Here to Buy Now: $15 $30 (50% off). Hurry, less than 72 hours left!SharePinShareFlipSharePocket825 Shareslast_img read more

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Oregon House to Congress Exempt Oregon from Online Sales Tax

first_imgOregon House to Congress: Exempt Oregon from Online Sales Tax on June 13, 2013 By CBN 0 LinkedIn The Oregon House of Representatives sent a message to the U.S. Congress today: Don’t impose an online sales tax on Oregon’s businesses. The measure, House Joint Memorial 18, comes in reaction to passage by the U.S. Senate of the “Marketplace Fairness Act” which would require Oregon retailers with more than $1 million in out-of-state sales to collect and remit that state’s sales taxes.“This federal mandate would put a heavy burden on Oregon’s small businesses and eliminate their competitive advantage,” said Rep. Vicki Berger (R – Salem). “At a time when Oregon’s economy is still recovering, the federal government needs to stop throwing cold water on our local retailers.”The impact of the federal online sales tax would be significant on Oregon’s businesses. First, because Oregon does not have its own sales tax retailers located in the state, in particular small businesses, lack the infrastructure to collect and remit sales taxes. Second, a federal requirement to collect sales taxes from purchases outside Oregon would take away an economic advantage Oregon’s businesses currently enjoy.The measure passed the House on unanimous  bipartisan vote. E-Headlines Pinterestcenter_img Facebook Email Tumblr Google+ Share. Twitterlast_img read more

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Bend Day Spa Opens in Bend Oregons Old Mill District

first_img Facebook 0 The heart of Central Oregon will welcome a brand-new day spa next month, Bend Day Spa. The new spa will offer an oasis in the Old Mill District that owners Brad and Heather Welker have fashioned to encompass all the things they love about Bend. Starting with an easy-going, comfortable atmosphere, the spa will offer everything from massages and body treatments to manicures and pedicures.Heather said, “We thought of the idea for Bend Day Spa after spending a day shopping and dining in the Old Mill District. Our tired feet and backs made us both say ‘this place needs a day spa!’ So we decided to create one – a place where locals can stop in for a massage or pedicure after a long day of playing hard, and a place where those visiting Bend can get pampered with a facial, body treatment and manicure after spending a day exploring all Central Oregon has to see.”Bend Day Spa will feature local products, including Angelina Organic Skincare which offers a full artisan-crafted line of natural, organic, effective skin care and anti-aging products. In addition, guests to the spa will enjoy complimentary beverages from local beer, wine and kombucha companies. The spa will offer special “locals only” packages, as well as seasonal specials.Born and raised in Bend, Brad Welker is a chiropractor who founded Bend Spinal Care 15 years ago. Heather has worked as an occupational therapist for the last 17 years and has a true passion for helping people feel their best. The couple is looking forward to creating a relaxing place that has the true feel of the Bend lifestyle.Bend Day Spa will open mid-March and will be located in upper level at the Old Mill District above Victoria’s Secret (suite 627). Call 541-647-1329 for more information, or visit their website (coming soon!) www.benddayspa.com Tumblr Pinterest By CBN Bend Day Spa Opens in Bend, Oregon’s Old Mill District on March 3, 2015center_img Share. Email Google+ E-Headlines Twitter LinkedInlast_img read more

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La Pine Seeks Branding Communication Initiative

first_img Google+ Twitter Facebook Tumblr Business & Industry, E-Headlines (Photo above | Courtesy of Central Oregon Visitors Association)The City of La Pine is currently undergoing a branding effort to create a distinct identity and attract businesses, tourists and new residents. In fall 2015, both the La Pine Economic Advisory Board and the Oregon Rural Development Council Forum identified the need for La Pine to develop a branding, marketing and communicative initiative.The Economic Vitality Road Map was developed and the City of La Pine received a grant from The Ford Family Foundation to fund an initiative to enhance La Pine’s economic vitality. The City identified top priorities and formed three Action Teams comprised of community volunteers.The Beautification Action Team has been working to clean La Pine’s landscape, the Small Business Action Team is developing a stronger small business base and the Image Development Action Team was founded to enhance community marketing and promote image development for the community.This year La Pine is celebrating ten years since being incorporated in 2006.“With the city celebrating its 10 year anniversary this year, and Deschutes County celebrating its 100 year anniversary, it was a perfect opportunity to bring the community together to create this branding identity,” said Janet Burton, economic development manager for La Pine and Sunriver.The City of La Pine was motivated by several new developments including the urban growth renewal plan and the fact that the city is poised for continued positive growth. In assessing La Pine it was clear that the city lacked a clear marketable identity and was frequently portrayed negatively in the press and media outside of La Pine.“We needed professional assistance to identify the community’s value proposition, attract new businesses, and enhance our attraction to tourists, and to those looking to locate in Central Oregon,” Burton said.The city recognized that a community branding initiative would create a strong community brand identity widely accepted by the La Pine community while resonating strongly with target audiences such as businesses, tourists and people relocating to Central Oregon. The intent is to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of how La Pine competes and presents itself as a community.After considering four branding agencies La Pine selected Mandala Agency from Bend because they believed Matthew Bowler of Mandala best understood the community’s needs and felt confident in his ability to develop a brand and strategy to represent La Pine’s culture.Thus far the project has been funded by a $10,000 grant from Travel Oregon,a $5,000 grant from City of La Pine and partner support from Central Oregon Visitors Association.Bowler has conducted over 50 one-on-one interviews with community members and has sent out a survey to the wider community audience in an effort to understand what the community values and considers its best features and most marketable branding identity.“We are drawing near the end of this listening phase. I met with a broad spectrum of community members includingcitizens, the mayor and business owners to gain an active insight into the way the people of La Pine perceive their city. The town hall meeting will bring a larger group of community members to open the discussion up. We want to understand and learn from the people who attend the meeting,” Bowler said.Some trends have already emerged from Bowler’s interviews with the community.“La Pine is an intentional community. People live in La Pine because they choose to and it is a very conscious decision to choose to live in La Pine. It is beautiful and has access to the outdoors but what sets La Pine apart is that every person will tell you it is a friendly and inclusive place where people look out for one another,” Bowler said.On Tuesday, May 3, from 5-7pm Mandala will hold a Town Hall meeting at the La Pine Senior Center to gather input from a wider audience. At that time Bowler will provide an overview of the community feedback he has received.Bowler will utilize community feedback to create a suggested brand identity for La Pine. Additionally, Mandala has committed to providing the city with a communication strategy to support economic development and growth of the residential community. The idea is to support residential growth to help make La Pine a place of retention where people grow up and stay.“This is an incredible opportunity for the La Pine Community. Mandala understands that La Pine is not Bend, or Redmond, and has a unique and proud identity. Working with Mandala will help produce an identity that we can all verbalize and visualize, and highlight the great opportunities and strengths of the community,” Burton said. Share. 1center_img La Pine Seeks Branding & Communication Initiative LinkedIn By David Clewett CBN Feature Writer on May 4, 2016 Pinterest Emaillast_img read more

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Havent Voted New Deschutes County Ballot Drop Site Opens Wednesday November 2

first_img Twitter E-Headlines Google+ Haven’t Voted? New Deschutes County Ballot Drop Site Opens Wednesday, November 2 Share. The Deschutes County Clerk’s office announces the addition of another new ballot drop site in Bend. The drop site is located at 1000 SW Bradbury Way across from the Bend Park and Recreation District’s Pavilion off of Simpson Avenue and Columbia Street. Voters can access the one-way drive from either end of SW Shevlin Hixon Dr.Another new drop site was opened earlier this year at 459 SW Bluff Drive in the parking lot south of the Hilton Garden Inn, on the knoll above the Old Mill District. Voters can access the drop box from either end of Bluff Drive from SW Bond Street.Both new ballot drop sites open on Wednesday, November 2 and are open until 8pm on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8. Watch for signs and banners directing you to the drop sites. (See attached maps).Details for all drop site locations, including days and hours of operation, are available in the Deschutes County Voters’ Pamphlet. on November 1, 2016 Pinterestcenter_img 0 Email Facebook LinkedIn Tumblr By CBNlast_img read more

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Hiring Your First Employee

first_img 0 E-Headlines By David Hamaker of Score Mentor in Central Oregon Setting the Tone for Employer/Employee Relations.I owned and operated my own company with 100 employees. Besides overseeing all aspects of the business, the most challenging task was dealing with the staff and issues that arise whether personal or business. Although personal issues are not business related, they do affect how the employee performs, and therefore becoming a business issue.Let’s start from the beginning. You’re running your own business, and you’re busier than ever. You don’t want to turn work away, but you’re already spread too thin. So you’ve started to wonder: Is it time to hire your first employee?Becoming an employer is a big decision. You don’t want to hire staff unless it’s absolutely necessary. But, if you’re too swamped to keep up, your work will suffer, and you’ll lose the solid customer base you’ve worked so hard to build.How do you know when it’s time to hire?Becoming a boss is a great idea if your business has grown enough to justify it. Make sure you are hiring someone for the right reason. I would begin by writing out a job description. It is important for you to be clear on the duties. This will help in the search for the right person to fill the job, and for the employee to understand the responsibilities of the position.The next task should be the financial impact on hiring a new employee. How much will you pay, including benefits, then plug it into your financial projections. If revenue stays the same, can you afford to pay the employee? The next step is to determine if this person assumes some of your daily tasks, could you then increase your revenue because you have extra time?What should you look for in a new employee? A lot depends on the position you want to fill. Let’s say you’re looking for a person that can fill in lots of different positions. You therefore want someone who can adapt to different tasks with an easy transition to each. Secondly, and not in any order, hire someone smarter than you. This is difficult for most people, but can provide rewards as you are growing. You want the new hire to understand your business and what you feel is important to the growth and longevity. You are going to be a team, each having the other’s back. So understanding the big picture will be important for you both. You both have to be good communicators if the new hire is going to be productive.The interview, background and criminal checks including prior employment are important to the process. Getting advice from a company specializing in employee matters will guide you through this process. Research companies in your state that can provide help with human resources. Cascade Employers in Salem, Oregon is a good resource.Assuming you have completed all the tasks around hiring, then write an ad and begin screening the applicants. Once you have trimmed down the list, bring them in for an interview. Review the job description again and find out more about how they may or may not be able to fill the job. Secondly, can you work beside them? At the start, the second becomes more important than the first since you will probably train them in their new responsibilities.Assuming you find a candidate that fits your job description, tell the applicant they will be on a two week probation and if they fit, you will hire them. If more time is needed after two weeks, extend the probation.Good luck. I always feel that you make your luck with all the due diligence you put into the hiring process.Since 1964, SCORE “Mentors to America’s Small Business” has helped more than 9 million aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners through mentoring and business workshops.For more information contact Central Oregon SCORE at www.SCORECentraloregon.org or 541- 316-0662. Google+ Facebook Pinterest on May 4, 2017center_img Hiring Your First Employee Share. Email LinkedIn Tumblr Twitterlast_img read more

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These are the 15 Largest Global Tech Startup Funding Rounds of Q2

first_img Filed Under: Funding, Startups Tagged With: Adam Bowen, Adjust, Affirm, Alibaba Group, Allianz, Amazon, Andreessen Horowitz, Andy Fang, Ant Financial, Ariel Cohen, Atomico, Baillie Gifford, Baring Private Equity Asia, Battery Ventures, Bernie Xiaokang Xiong, Bill Gates, Blossom Capital, Capnamic Ventures, Carbon, Carta, Cesar Carvalho, Checkout, Christian Henschel, CICC, Coatue Management, Concrete Hill, Country Garden, CPE, CreditEase, Daniel Dines, Daniel Schreiber, Deliveroo, Delivery Hero, DoorDash, Dr. Joseph M. DeSimone, DST Global, Earlybird Venture Capital, Elephant, Endeavor Catalyst, ENOVATE Motors, Eric Gnock Fah, Ethan Lin, Eurazeo, Evan Moore, Evolution VC Partners (formerly Evolution Corporate Advisors), Felipe Villamarin, Felix Capital, Fidelity Management and Research Company, Founders Fund, FundersClub, Gang Chen, Gang Lv, Gaw Capital Partners, GE Ventures, General Atlantic, General Catalyst, GetYourGuide, GIC, Global Founders Capital, Goldman Sachs, Greenoaks Capital, Greg Orlowski, Group 11, Guillaume Pousaz, GV, Gympass, Heartcore Capital, Henry Ward, Highland Europe, Hozon Automobile, Idinvest Partners, Ilan Twig, Impossible Foods, Insight Partners, James Monsees, Jason Gardner, JD Health, JD.com, Jeffrey Kaditz, Jeremy Yap, Joao Barbosa, Jochen Mattes, Johannes Reck, Kaszek Ventures, Khosla Ventures, KLOOK, KnowBe4, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, Lemonade, Lightspeed China Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Macquarie Group, Madrona Venture Group, Mafengwo, Manu Kumar, Manuel Kniep, Marius Tirca, Marqeta, Martin Sieber, Max Levchin, Meero, MEGVII, Microsoft, Monte Casino, Morgan Stanley, Nathan Gettings, Oren Dobronsky, OurCrowd, Pascal Mathis, Patrick Brown, Paul Müller, PAX Labs, Philip DeSimone, Qi Yin, Qiming Venture Partners, Rappi, Sand Hill Angels, Sebastian Mejia, Seedcamp, Sequoia Capital, Sequoia Capital China, Serena Williams, Shai Wininger, SharesPost Investment Management, Simon Borrero, SK Group, Sofina, SoftBank, SoftBank Investment Advisers, Stanley Tang, Stu Sjouwerman, Tao Capital Partners, Tao Tao, Target Partners, TCV, Temasek Holdings, Tencent Holdings, Tencent Trusted Doctors, TenEleven Ventures, Thomas Rebaud, Tiger Global Management, Tobias Rein, Tony Xu, TripActions, UiPath, Union Square Ventures, Valor Capital Group, Visa, Wellcome Trust, Wenbin Tang, White Star Capital, William Shu, Y Combinator, Yang Mu, Zeev Ventures Armed with some data from our friends at CrunchBase, I broke down the largest global startup funding rounds from the second quarter of 2019. I have included some additional information such as industry, company description, round type, founders, and total equity funding raised to further the analysis.CLICK HERE TO SEE THE TOP GLOBAL STARTUP FUNDINGS OF Q2 2019The TechWatch Media Group audience is driving progress and innovation on a global scale. With its regional media properties, TechWatch Media Group is the highway for technology and entrepreneurship. There are a number of options to reach this audience of the world’s most innovative organizations and startups at scale including sponsoring a piece like this, which will be read by the vast majority of key influencers in the entrepreneurial universe. Find out more here.PREVIOUS POST1 / 27NEXT PAGE These are the 15 Largest Global Tech Startup Funding Rounds of Q2 2019July 15, 2019 by Reza Chowdhury 407SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedinlast_img read more

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The AlleyWatch NYC Startup Daily Funding Report 22718

first_imgThe AlleyWatch NYC Startup Daily Funding Report: 2/27/18 by AlleyWatch Coworking operator Industrious has raised $80M in Series C funding from investors that include Riverwood Capital, Outlook Ventures, Alrai Capital, Fifth Wall, Wells Fargo Capital, Rabina Properties, and Schechter Private Capital. Founded by Jamie Hodari and Justin Stewart in 2013, Industrious has now raised a total of $142M in funding over three reported rounds. Here are the latest venture capital, seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 2/27/18. This page will be updated throughout the day to reflect any new fundings.PREVIOUS POSTNEXT POST 251SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin Nomad Health, the first online marketplace for healthcare jobs, has raised $12M in Series B funding led by Polaris Partners with participation from First Round Capital, RRE Ventures, and .406 Ventures. Founded by Alexi Nazem, Kevin Ryan, and Zander Pease in 2015, Nomad Health has now raised a total of $16M in funding over two funding rounds. center_img Industrious $80M – Series C Nomad Health $12M – Series B Tagged With: .406 Ventures, Alexi Nazem, Alrai Capital, Fifth Wall, First Round Capital, Industrious, Jamie Hodari, Justin Stewart, Kevin Ryan, Nomad Health, Outlook Ventures, Polaris Partners, Rabina Properties, Riverwood Capital, RRE Ventures, Schechter Private Capital, Wells Fargo Capital, Zander Peaselast_img read more

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Darksiders Genesis takes a topdown approach in new game

first_imgUS$29.97 $29.97 $29.97 THQ Nordic have come out swining early with a brand new announcement teaser for their next Darksiders game, Darksiders Genesis.   The teaser trailer has been released onto the Darksiders YouTube Channel and showcases a brand new Darksiders experience that players can look forward to. This time round, THQ Nordic and Airship Syndicate present the first top-down action adventure title in the Darksiders franchise. The upcoming game is titled Darksiders Genesis and will follow the story of Strife.  Strife is the fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse and has been called upon to prevent the destruction of humankind at the hands of Lucifer. Fans seem to quite happy with the decision of Genesis being played from the top-down perspective, as it could open the door for the other horseman to be unlocked and playable in 2-4 local co-op, or better yet online. THQ Nordic will release more information about the title during their press conference at E3 next week. Darksiders: Warmastered Edition – Nintendo Switchcenter_img $25.28 Buy TodayYesterday7 days ago30 days agolast_img read more

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Nodeal Brexit or short delay May offers MPs a choice

first_imgLONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday offered members of parliament the chance to vote in just over two weeks time on whether to delay Brexit or go for a potentially disorderly no-deal exit from the European Union if her attempt to ratify a divorce deal fails. Opening up the possibility of taking a no-deal off the table marks one of the biggest turning points in the United Kingdom’s labyrinthine Brexit crisis since the shock 2016 referendum vote to leave the EU.After the British parliament voted 432-202 against her divorce deal in January, the worst defeat for a government in modern British history, May has repeatedly tried to use the threat of a potentially disorderly no-deal Brexit to get concessions out of the EU.But British lawmakers worried that May risks thrusting the world’s fifth largest economy into an economic crisis have threatened to usurp control of Brexit from the government in a series of votes on Wednesday.Speaking to parliament on Tuesday, May said that if she had failed to get approval of her deal by March 12 then MPs would be given a vote on March 13 on leaving without a deal.If they rejected that option, then MPs would have a vote on March 14 on a motion requesting a “short, limited extension” Brexit delay.“The United Kingdom will only leave without a deal on March 29 if there is explicit consent in the House for that outcome,” May said. “An extension cannot take no deal off the table.”“I believe that if we have to, we will ultimately make a success of a no deal,” May said. “Let me be clear – I do not want to see Article 50 extended. Our absolute focus should be on working to get a deal and leaving on the 29th of March.”May said any extension, not beyond the end of June, would almost certainly have to be a one off and that her government must honour the decision to leave the EU because the credibility of British democracy was at stake.Earlier, The Sun and Daily Mail newspapers reported that May would formally rule out a no-deal Brexit, opening the door to a delay of weeks or months to the March 29 exit date. Reuters reported on Monday that May’s government was looking at different options, including a possible delay.Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May is seen outside of Downing Street in London, Britain, February 26, 2019. REUTERS/Peter NichollsSterling, which has lost about 20 cents against the dollar since the 2016 Brexit referendum, rallied on reports May would rule out a no-deal Brexit but fell back to $1.3191 after May’s statement.“She seems to be giving us a date for a new cliff edge,” said veteran pro-European Conservative lawmaker Kenneth Clarke.NEW CLIFF EDGE?A delay would increase the chances of a reversal of Brexit, especially as the opposition Labour Party is tilting towards supporting another referendum, though much would depend on the extent of the delay.While businesses have increasingly warned of the risk of a chaotic EU exit and its impact on trade and investment, any delay would be anathema to pro-Brexit members of May’s Conservative Party.Both of Britain’s main parties are under intense pressure to change course on Brexit, though both are officially committed to implementing the result of the referendum.Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Tuesday that even if May got her Brexit deal approved by parliament then it should be put to a “confirmatory” public vote.“The prime minister’s botched deal provides no certainty or guarantees for the future and was comprehensively rejected by this House,” Corbyn told parliament.Corbyn said May was running down the clock in a “grotesquely reckless” way. “This is not dithering, it’s a deliberate strategy to run down the clock.”But the tilt towards another referendum raises problems for Labour, many of whose traditional voters supported leaving the EU.The 2016 referendum, in which 17.4 million voters backed leaving and 16.1 million backed staying, showed a country divided about much more than the EU, and has fuelled soul-searching about everything from secession and immigration to capitalism and modern Britishness.The crisis has left allies and investors puzzled by a country that was for decades touted as a confident pillar of Western economic and political stability.With just a month to go until Brexit, the ultimate outcome is unclear with scenarios ranging from a last-minute deal to another referendum that May has warned would reopen the divisions of the referendum or even scupper Brexit.May is trying to negotiate changes to the exit deal she agreed with the EU last year and had promised to bring it back for approval in parliament by March 12 at the latest. London best pest control last_img read more

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Turkish Airlines conducts worlds largest move to Istanbul Airport

first_imgAt around 3 a.m. this morning, national flag carrier Turkish Airlines (THY) initiated the biggest logistical operation in aviation history, moving from its old base Atatürk Airport to its new home, the enormous Istanbul Airport. London best pest control Many highways between the two airports are closed to traffic so the shifting process, which will take a continuous 45 hours, can be completed safely just before midnight tomorrow.The civil aviation adventure undertaken at Atatürk Airport, which has served for more than 80 years, says goodbye with the pride of having accomplished its mission successfully.Besides having made a big contribution to the country’s tourism and cargo transportation, the airport was also home to Turkish Airlines’ rise in global aviation.“We’re happy, we’re proud, but we’re also a little bit sad. We are about to launch an aviation emigration from Turkey’s biggest airport that has been a home to us, millions of our passengers and hundreds of thousands of our employees and has shared with them their memories, happiness, joy, everything, to the world’s largest airport,” THY Chairman İlker Aycı told reporters at a conference yesterday, elaborating on the latest developments and plans prior to the move.He said that they had completed all the preparations for strategically important works with international consultants, local authorities and all institutions and organizations with professionally prepared relocation plans. Aycı noted yesterday that 25 percent of the whole transfer, which had been in the process partially for some time, was completed, and that they were left with the large part.On the other hand, it was said yesterday that transportation planning was to consist of 686 trucks that night, while 1,386 other vehicles, accompanied by 700 THY vehicles, were also scheduled to participate.According previous statements, during the shift, equipment weighing around 47,300 tons will be carried to Istanbul Airport from Atatürk Airport. The load, consisting of over 10,000 pieces of equipment, from an aircraft-towing apparatus weighing 44,000 tons to extremely sensitive materials, is equivalent to a 5,000-truck volume.The trucks will carry this load a distance of 400,000 kilometers in 45 hours. Thus, the trucks will travel the equivalent of 10 times around the world. Over 1,800 personnel will work during the operation.“The last flight from Atatürk Airport will be made to Singapore. We will have completed our flights here with the Singapore flight,” Aycı said.The last plane to carry passengers from Atatürk Airport will fly to Singapore tomorrow at 2 a.m. Flights at Istanbul Airport will increase gradually as of tomorrow at 2 p.m. The first flight after the big move will be to Ankara’s Esenboğa Airport, Aycı noted.Now, Istanbul Airport will have a big mission to contribute to Turkey’s tourism and its rise in global aviation, according to the THY chairman.“Istanbul will be the most important route for transit passengers. With our fleet that will grow even more with our new wide body aircraft, we will fly to new destinations from the new airport,” said Aycı. He also said that they would provide new cities flights to Istanbul though Turkish Airlines with renewed agreements with countries and airline companies that do not fly to Turkey.“There are airline companies from China among those who will fly to Istanbul. We are also waiting for Japanese airline companies,” Aycı added.Once all stages are completed, Istanbul Airport will be the world’s biggest international airport, covering 76.5 million square meters. The “world’s new hub” officially opened on Oct. 29, 2018, the 95th anniversary of the founding of the Turkish Republic. The grand opening ceremony was attended by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkish ministers, officials and heads of state from around the world.The airport has the potential to welcome 90 million passengers annually, and following the second phase of construction, expected to be completed in 2023, this number will reach about 200 million. The airport will operate flights to about 350 destinations worldwide, thus becoming one of the main aviation centers in the world.last_img read more

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The Comp Plan and its Influence on the Sales Process

first_imgUnderstanding the direct impact of your compensation plan on your salespeople is imperative.There are those that, when introduced to a new compensation plan, will immediately figure out the best way to optimize their profit-earning abilities. They will do what it takes to make the most money possible, in other words.As Rich Chiarello explains, it’s the supervisor’s duty to maximize the correlation between their profiteering spirit and the benefit to the sales process. In other words, when the salespeople make money, the company should be making money too.For more information about how the compensation plan should underpin the sales process, watch the whole video with Chiarello, President and CEO of Above the Line LLC.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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OpenViews Operational Support Lead Generation Strategies

first_imgToday I got my hands on a great report that was recently released by The Bridge Group, Inc., a Boston-based consulting firm that works with B2B (business to business) technology companies to help build and strengthen their inside sales teams. The report, titled “2009 Inside Sales Lead Generation Metrics and Compensation for Technology Companies,” is exceptionally relevant to my work at OpenView Partners, a Boston Venture Capital firm, as I focus on developing Lead Generation programs and business development strategies for our expansion stage portfolio companies.So how does The Bridge Group gather their data? They have surveyed over 125 North American technology companies (Hardware, Software, Hardware & Software, SaaS/Hosted) on how they have execute their inside sales implementations. Pretty impressive if you ask me!Some interesting takeaways from The Bridge Group’s survey results:• 60% of all companies surveyed use Saleforce.com as the CRM of choice • The average size of a Lead Generation team is 6 reps • The average ration of Lead Generation Rep to Field Rep is 1 : 3.5 • The average years of experience that a hiring manager seeks for the Lead Generation role is 2.4 • The average tenure of a Lead Generation rep is 2.4 years • The average base salary on the Lead Generation team is $47.5k base, with a total compensation of $75.3k • The average quota for leads passed along the Field Reps is 16 “opportunities created” • Average time on the phone a day is 4 hours, and the average number of calls made is 46/day • 45% of calls are made into leads that were derived from marketing • 17% of leads convert to qualified opportunities • The average contribution of the pipeline that can be attributed to the Lead Generation teams efforts is 48%The OpenView Labs team has implemented Lead Generation programs within five of our portfolio companies, and remarkably, most of these statistics/averages are very simliar, if not identical, to the standards that we hold our new Lead Generation hires to when they are brought on board to support their respective sales teams.There are a couple of differences. First of all, we typically advise our portfolio companies to push their Lead Generation reps to generate 10 qualified leads a week, rather than 16 a month. Ambitious, yes, but it has worked so far! Also, none of the Lead Generation programs that we have built have been around for 2.4 years (the average tenure of a rep according to the survey), however, we have something different in mind to keep motivation high.The goal is to promote these bright individuals internally once they have proved themselves as a Lead Generator/Qualifier. I am proud to say that recently two of the Lead Generation reps that we hired, trained, and coached for one of our portfolio companies were promoted to Sales reps within 5 months.To download The Bridge Group’s Lead Generation Report, go to http://www.bridgegroupinc.com/lead_generation_metrics.html. Also if your role falls within the realm of inside sales/lead generation in the tech-space, whether you are a manager or a rep, I suggest following Bridge Group’s blog (in addition to mine!) http://blog.bridgegroupinc.com, as they offer a great flow of suggestions and industry information that will help you stay on top of your game. Get more lead generation ideas here.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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Lessons Learned from an Apple Launch Event

first_imgApple’s launches have a lot of valuable insights to impart onto observant companies. But you must be willing to take a deeper look at their rollouts and get to the heart of their motivations. There’s nothing cryptic about how Apple operates – their marketing strategy is plainly visible. It’s just a matter of understanding the why versus the what. When they adapt parts and ideas from other product lines, why do they do it? As with the iPhone and iPad, the Mac will receive some similar touches from the other product lines. Other companies can stand to realize that there should be a pipeline traveling throughout the operation, allowing you to tap into whichever spout you choose.For product launches, there is usually a stone that’s best left unturned. You will invariably need to hold your position on a certain issue. With Apple, it was the Mac Book Air’s keyboard. Nobody – not the customer nor Apple – wanted to see a shrunken down keyboard. And luckily, Apple didn’t cross that line.A product launch is really only as good as the products being presented. And that is precisely where a company’s focus should be. Read the full article by E. B. Boyd for more information on this topic.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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Factors to Consider When Determining Brand Health

first_imgIn today’s world of numerous data and changing consumer sentiment, it’s become increasingly difficult to manage brand health and devise an effective marketing strategy and a content marketing strategy to go along with that. Be it a large multinational company or a small startup, you’re constantly interacting with your consumers through traditional sales and marketing, and more so nowadays through social media. Your brand health is being continuously strengthened or weakened by your interactions with and exposure to your consumers. This is why it is important to monitor some key brand metrics over time to get a better sense of where your product stands and how people feel about it:Volume: Yes, you can do quarterly, or annual studies to measure consumer perceptions about your product on a given sample. With 81% of US adults using social media today, you can now open this up to a lot more people and generate more brand impressions. Velocity: As mentioned above, brand-tracking studies are done too infrequently. This makes it hard to determine the impact of real-time consumer opinion. A good example of this is Kenneth Cole, which had a 64% decline in brand equity in just 3 days. This shows that there needs to be a better system that can track consumer opinions more closely and frequently. Visibility: Given the internet and social media, consumers can now present their unfiltered views about your product that can be seen by other consumers. Make sure to track this factor when considering your brand’s health – how visible your brand is, who’s talking about it, and about what. Volatility: Good examples of the volatility in brand sentiment are Gap and Starbucks, and how differently they approached consumer sentiment after having changed their long established logos. Gap, after receiving negative response about its new logo online, panicked and retracted to its old logo within a week! Starbucks, on the other hand, was better equipped with years of consumer sentiment knowledge built from fostering intimate relationships with consumers through communities like My Starbucks Idea. As a result, Starbucks handled the situation better and asked its consumer to trust it about the decision. So, it’s important to track your brand sentiment volatility not only when examining your brand health, but also to better manage your customer relationships over time. Follow me at @fariarahAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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Tips for Finding the Business Stars of the Future TODAY

first_imgFor young companies, finding an established superstar can be difficult without a dream job as bait. After all, superstars in the workplace earned their reputation over time, and as a result, have the right to be choosy. What does this mean for you, the hiring organization that needs superstar-level talent on a tight budget? It means that you should start early.As blogger and entrepreneur Penelope Trunk explains in a recent post for OpenForum.com, you must reach out to superstars before they reach their apexes. And that’s all about identifying talent top talent early. For example, Trunk suggests that it’s important for young companies to focus on capability and potential, not accomplishments. In others words, look beyond scholastic accolades and professional positions — the hires you’re targeting have yet to fully blossom.For more on identifying rising stars for early and expansion stage companies, read the full article by Trunk.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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Getting to Know Jessica Ray

first_imgThis week, OpenView Labs welcomes its newest member, Jessica Ray, to the team!  Jessica joins OpenView as a Recruiting Analyst on our People team, and will be supporting recruitment initiatives at our portfolio companies across the country.Jessica was most recently working as a recruiter for Pegasystems in Cambridge.  Before joining Pegasystems, Jessica worked for two executive search firms– Cook Associates and J. Robert Scott– as a Researcher.  Jessica graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Marketing, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Human Resources at Suffolk University.10 Questions with Jessica Ray – OpenView Labs, Recruiting Analyst 1. Tell us about yourself—Twitter style (in 140 characters or less).  J:Mass-native, and a true foodie, with a heart for dessert and a passion for recruiting, practicing yoga and running, and an avid movie goer.[Editor’s note: Follow Jessica on Twitter: @RayJessicaG]2. What are you most looking forward to about working at OpenView?J: I’m really looking forward to working with our portfolio companies to build outstanding teams to support them at a critical and exciting stage in their development.  I’m also excited to be working with a great group of people who are all truly passionate about what they do while adding value to our portfolio companies.3. What do you think will be your biggest challenge? J: Most recently, I have been focused on identifying and recruiting hands-on technical talent for a 25 year-old software company.  I’m looking forward to the challenge of shifting gears outside of this realm, focusing on a variety of roles, including sales, marketing and product management, while accurately assessing candidates that are not only the most qualified but who also have the right attitude and mindset for successfully adding value within an expansion stage company.4. What do you enjoy the most about recruiting?For me, the most satisfying part of my role as a recruiter is to make the match between an exciting opportunity and a great candidate.  Finding out what motivates the candidate and assessing if this is a great fit from both sides  is something that I truly love about my job, while also knowing that this person is going to be able to really add great value to the hiring manager’s team and the organization.  I also truly enjoy developing and refining recruitment strategies in order to make that great match, whether it be defining a target company list, working the job specification and profile, or creating new messaging tactics.5. What is the last book you read?J: I just finished Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell.  I also jumped on the bandwagon to read The Help by Kathryn Stockett (before seeing the movie), and I was so happy that I did – great read!6. If you had to eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be?J: It would have to be French Fries and if I can pick an entire meal, it would be cheeseburgers, fries and a milkshake.  I’m also hoping that if this were to ever happen, calories would not need to be considered.7. What is your favorite neighborhood in Boston? J: My favorite neighborhoods are in Brookline – Coolidge Corner, Brookline Village and Washington Square (which now makes the top of the list since it’s now also “home”).8. What are your hobbies outside of work?J: Baking, practicing yoga (power, heated, vinyasa), running, and trying new restaurants.9. If Hollywood made a movie about your life, which actor would play you in the lead role? J: Anne Hathaway – she’s a little nerdy, awkward and goofy, but I think in a cute, loveable sort of way.10. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?J: When I was really young, I wanted to be an artist and, later on, I wanted to be a TV news anchor or a music video producer.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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Theres Now a Fish Restaurant in Iraq Named After Donald Trump

first_img Register Now » Donald Trump 33shares There’s Now a Fish Restaurant in Iraq Named After Donald Trump The 31-year-old restaurant owner insists the branding is more about turning a profit than endorsing politics. Image credit: Reuters | Ari Jalal December 14, 2016 Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. This story originally appeared on Reuterscenter_img 4 min read Reuters Next Article Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Add to Queue The newest enterprise bearing Donald Trump’s name is not a five-star hotel or an exclusive golf club. It is a restaurant in northern Iraq serving fire-roasted carp for $10 a kilo which the U.S. president-elect probably doesn’t even know exists.Trump Fish, whose logo features the businessman-turned-politician’s distinctive yellow mane, opened about 10 days ago in the Kurdish city of Duhok, an hour’s drive from the latest battle against Islamic State militants in Mosul.Owner Nedyar Zawity says he registered the Trump name months ago with Kurdish authorities. The 31-year-old entrepreneur insists the branding is more about turning a profit than endorsing politics, but he likes Trump’s strong personality and reputation as a successful businessman.Above all, he appreciates the president-elect’s promise to ramp up support to the Kurds and their peshmerga fighters, a sensitive proposition in a country where competing pro-government forces vie for Western backing.”I personally love Trump for this,” Zawity told Reuters. “The name Trump is beloved in Kurdistan.”The Kurds, oppressed under successive Arab governments in Iraq, are perhaps the biggest victors of the new order born out of the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003.While Iraqi Arabs further south have been gripped by sectarian conflict for more than a decade, Kurdistan remained relatively safe, enjoyed an economic boom and steadily developed its autonomy.More recently, Kurdish peshmerga fighters — whose name literally means “those who face death” — have proven vital U.S. allies in the war against Islamic State, which seized a third of the country in 2014 when Iraqi forces collapsed.The Kurds have pushed for years to receive direct support instead of aid funneled through Baghdad — something Washington has resisted in pursuit of a strategy to prevent Iraq fragmenting.Trump gave the Kurds hope that this might change when, during the campaign, he praised their fighters’ skill and loyalty and called for them to be armed. “I’m a big fan of the Kurdish forces,” he said in July.Trump’s position on full Kurdish independence is unclear and his office did not respond to a request for comment.But many Kurds will be hoping that his endorsement of their military prowess will translate into political support for the long-held ambition of statehood for their autonomous region, which relies heavily for income on foreign aid and oil sales.Courting controversy Trump Fish, located between an appliance shop and a laundromat, has not yet turned a profit, according to Zawity, who runs the eatery with his three brothers.The dining room was empty when Reuters visited at lunchtime, save a few customers who had ordered takeaway.The restaurant offers just one dish: masgouf, a grilled fish farmed in local rivers and seasoned with olive oil, pepper, lemon and spices. It is considered Iraq’s national dish.The Trump name has helped attract customers, according to Zawity, including Westerners who say they don’t necessarily support the Republican figure but dine here for novelty’s sake.”He is an American, maybe he is not my favorite, but he is still American. So I’m happy to try a restaurant with an American name with Kurdish-Iraqi food,” said David Hirsch, a librarian at the University of California, Los Angeles.Yet it has also garnered enmity from some quarters, including online critics who accuse Zawity of being an American or Israeli agent and have sent him threats.Some customers upset with Trump’s campaign pledge to impose a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States have boycotted the restaurant, he said.Echoing an opinion held by many Trump supporters in the region, Zawity attributes the proposed ban to the demands of campaigning and does not believe it will be implemented.He even hopes to take his Trump caricature logo to the United States and open another restaurant there. “Give me a visa and I will go tomorrow,” he said with a chuckle.Zawity could face resistance to such expansion from Trump’s own operation, which relies heavily for revenues on branding and merchandising its name.The incoming leader of the world’s superpower is less likely to challenge another show of Kurdish support: Local media reported last weekend that a peshmerga fighter on the front lines against Islamic State had named his newborn son “Trump”.(By Stephen Kalin; Editing by Dominic Evans and Jeremy Gaunt) A restaurant named Trump Fish is seen in the Kurdish city of Duhok, Iraq.last_img read more

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Microsoft Adds Read Aloud Feature to Word

first_img Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Microsoft Adds Read Aloud Feature to Word August 1, 2017 Image credit: Drew Angerer | Getty Images Matthew Humphries Add to Queue 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. –shares This story originally appeared on PCMagcenter_img This week Microsoft rolled out a number of new features heading to Office 365. The stand out addition is a feature called Read Aloud in Word, which you’ll eventually find available under the Review tab on the Word menu.Microsoft offers a range of tools that come under the heading of Learning Tools in Word. They exist to “help you improve your reading skills by boosting your ability to pronounce words correctly, to read quickly and accurately and to understand what you read.” Read Aloud falls squarely into the “read quickly and accurately” category.When enabled, Read Aloud allows you to hear any given Word document being read out loud while each word is highlighted simultaneously. By going through this process, Microsoft believes it is easier to recognize and correct errors. And because Read Aloud happens within the existing work flow, it’s easy to rectify each error as soon as it becomes apparent.Microsoft also views Read Aloud as beneficial for users with learning disabilities such as dyslexia. It should allow for improved reading and accuracy, and ultimately more error-free documents.Other new features of note include the ability to turn text into timelines in PowerPoint and support for 3D objects in Office apps. PowerPoint Designer tracks any times, dates and associated topics placed in slides and can intelligently create professional-looking timelines using that information. As for 3D support, Word, Excel and PowerPoint will all accept 3D objects from the Remix 3D catalog. In PowerPoint, you can even create cinematic animations using Morph on those objects.For now, these new features are being made available to Office Insiders, but Microsoft says they will “reach general availability later this year” for all Office 365 users. Senior Editor 2 min read Microsoft Have documents read back to you with simultaneous word highlighting to help find errors and better support users with learning disabilities. Next Article Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

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DEA Chiefs Congressional Testimony About Legal Marijuana Angered Some Baffled Many

first_img –shares DEA Chief’s Congressional Testimony About Legal Marijuana Angered Some, Baffled Many 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Green Entrepreneur App Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. Cannabis Guest Writer dispensaries.com Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. May 18, 2018 Download Our iOS App Image credit: Aaron P. Bernstein | Getty Images It’s hard to know what to make of the testimony on legalized marijuana from Robert Patterson, chief of the Drug Enforcement Agency, before the House Judiciary Committee earlier this month.He attributed deaths to marijuana use but offered no information to back that up. He said he didn’t see “mass incarcerations” of marijuana users, even though FBI numbers show they increased in 2016 (the last year numbers are available). He said he was unaware of the many studies showing that opioid use has dropped in places where marijuana is legal.For example, in Canada, where medical marijuana is legal at the federal level, a recent study showed a “significant reduction” in opioid use in just six months.The House Judiciary Committee held the meeting to discuss the opioid crisis. Both prescription opioids and street drugs account for about 115 overdose deaths each day in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of those deaths, about 40 percent involve prescription drugs.While opioids were the topic, marijuana repeatedly came up during Patterson’s testimony (available here online in its entirety). Here are some of the highlights on marijuana that many have taken issue with or at least found very curious.Related: Racial Injustice and the Legal Marijuana IndustryUnaware of StudiesThe DEA currently lists marijuana as a Schedule I drug, meaning it has a high potential for abuse and no medicinal value. In his testimony, Patterson said that marijuana remains a Schedule I drug “because of the science.”However, when asked by Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Florida, Patterson said he was unaware of the often-referenced 2017 study by the National Academy of Sciences that found “conclusive or substantive evidence” that marijuana effectively deals with chronic pain issues.Patterson also did not know about state studies from Minnesota and New Mexico about decreased use of opioids where marijuana is legal, or the similar findings of a study from the Journal of the American Medical Association. Gaetz appeared baffled that the head of the DEA would be unaware of such studies. However, Patterson did eventually say he is in favor of more study, although he also said he believes legalized marijuana is contributing to the country’s substance abuse problem.Related: To Touch the Plant or Not: What Type of Cannabis Business Should You Start?Not Seeing Arrest IssuePatterson also noted that he hears repeated references to arrests of marijuana users. “I don’t see a huge enforcement presence but I hear this statistic all the time about this mass incarceration of users…and I don’t see it,” he said.Those numbers come from the federal government itself. The FBI released data last year showing that the number of people arrested for marijuana increased in 2016, and accounted for more arrests than murder, rape, aggravated battery and robbery combined.Overall, the number of arrests for marijuana increased 12 percent to about 653,000 arrests nationwide. While the FBI numbers did not break out possession vs. other charges, historically possession of small amounts  makes up the majority of marijuana arrests. A detailed study of marijuana arrests between 2001 and 2010 by the American Civil Liberties Union found that 88 percent of all arrests were for simple possession of marijuana.Patterson also said he knew of marijuana-related deaths, but when pressed on the issue he had no information on-hand to back that up.Related: New Study Will Explore Medical Marijuana as a Treatment for Autism“Dangerous Environment”Patterson did say he supports more research into marijuana. However, research is stymied because the federal government currently only allows marijuana grown at one location at the University of Mississippi for use in study.However, Patterson said personally he thinks the country is in a “dangerous environment” when it comes to legalizing marijuana given what he now knows about what fuels addiction issues in the United States. He did not elaborate.He also said, under questioning from Gaetz, that he believes legalized marijuana adds to the substance abuse problem in the country. When asked what studies show that medical marijuana would increase the use of opioids, Patterson said, “I don’t know.”In an opinion piece for The Hill, Paul Armentano, deputy director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, wrote that when thousands of Americans are dying from opioid overdose “it is almost inconceivable that the DEA would willfully and publicly maintain such a Flat Earth position with regard to the use of medical cannabis as a potential alternative.”To stay up to date on the latest marijuana related news make sure to like dispensaries.com on Facebook The nation’s top drug enforcement officer was unflinching in his opposition to legalizing marijuana and apparently not embarrassed by his complete ignorance of the relevant science. Add to Queue Next Article last_img read more

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Whats Push EMail

first_img Add to Queue Technology Push e-mail is coming to a mobile device near you. Next Article Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Amanda C. Kooser –shares December 1, 2006 Magazine Contributor What’s Push E-Mail? Everybody’s doing it: messaging on their phones and PDAs. Push e-mail, which automatically synchronizes your messages with your wireless handheld as soon as they land on your mail server, is taking off like IM. The heavy lifting is done by a server that syncs your office and away inboxes so you don’t have to do it manually, or continuously check for new messages. It’s a small service that was quite difficult and expensive to execute when Research in Motion introduced it on its BlackBerry devices several years ago.Now, push e-mail is getting cheaper and reaching a wider audience via BlackBerry web services. And solutions like Good Technology’s Good Mobile Messaging and Visto bring push e-mail to smartphones and devices other than the BlackBerry. Seven Networks also has several affordable push solutions for internet-based e-mail.And Windows Mobile 5.0 smartphones will benefit from Microsoft’s new Direct Push Technology. A great example is Hewlett-Packard’s Windows Mobile 5.0 iPAQ hw6900 that sports cellular, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth links and built-in GPS navigation. Microsoft’s Mobile 5.0 Messaging and Security Feature Pack not only handles e-mail, but also updates tasks, contacts and calendar items.More push is good news for mobile entrepreneurs. Just be sure to check with your cellular service provider to see which devices and services it supports.Safety FirstGet extra security at lower prices with new Wi-Fi gear.Lots of growing businesses buy their Wi-Fi gear at the same stores consumers do. Small-office networking equipment is low-cost, easy to set up and easy to get your hands on. But a little more security, flexibility and bandwidth couldn’t hurt. In fact, several manufacturers have come out with Wi-Fi gear with the features businesses need at only slightly higher prices than consumer hardware.High-end security features are especially important if you’re transmitting sensitive financial data or accommodating telecommuters and other mobile employees. The inexpensive Linksys WRV200 Wireless-G VPN Router with Rangebooster supports VPN encryption for communications with remote workers. This $80 (all prices street) router can also deliver quality voice and video to multiple SSIDs and VLANs. For $230, Linksys’ newest small-business router will add intrusion prevention to VPN.The WRVS440N Wireless-N Gigabit Security Router also supports faster and farther draft-n transmissions and comes with four gigabit Ethernet ports. Business buyers can even pick up wireless access points equipped with Power Over Ethernet to power their devices through the cable rather than an outside power cord. Entrepreneurs don’t necessarily have to spend a lot to upgrade to Wi-Fi gear with extra business features and more advanced security. 3 min read This story appears in the December 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Register Now »last_img read more

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Just Add Water Powdered Alcohol Approved by the US Government

first_img –shares Just Add Water: Powdered Alcohol Approved by the U.S. Government 2 min read Alcohol April 21, 2014 Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Register Now » Kate Taylor Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Next Article Is alcohol in its liquid form is too limiting? Be on the lookout for “Palcohol” – a powdered alcohol that could hit stores by fall.The U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau recently approved seven versions of Palcohol, created by wine entrepreneur Mark Phillips. The product comes in rum and vodka form, as well as in powdered mixed-drink flavors like “Powderita” and Cosmopolitan.Once the products hit liquor store shelves, one pouch will be equal to one shot of alcohol. The company’s website – which once included edgier references to sneaking Palcohol into venues where alcohol is famously expensive or snorting powdered alcohol – attempts to showcase Palcohol as a convenient take on familiar liquors.Related: Like It or Not, ‘Pizza Cake’ Could Soon Be a Thing”Think of Palcohol as liquor….just in powder form,” reads the site. “It will be sold anywhere where liquor can be sold and a buyer must be of legal drinking age to buy it.”While the patent is still pending for Palcohol, if and when the product is released it will be a game changer not just for college students trying to get drunk cheap, but also for retailers and lawmakers. Just as Four Loko, nicknamed “blackout in a can,” raised concerns regarding caffeine in alcoholic beverages that resulted in the drinks ban in several states in 2010, Palcohol promises to open discussion on the issues and dangerous of powdered alcohol.Amazingly, some state governments saw this coming – almost 40 years ago. In 1978, California passed a law stating that alcoholic tax laws will “apply with respect to powdered distilled spirits in the same manner and to the same extent as with respect to other distilled spirits.”  Related: 8 Totally Weird Fast-Food Items That Everyone Is Talking About Reporter Add to Queuelast_img read more

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The Best Amazon Prime Day Deals for Entrepreneurs

first_img July 16, 2018 Add to Queue Editorial Intern Madison Semarjian 2 min read Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Amazon Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business It’s Christmas in July, and Amazon is ready to celebrate. Online shoppers have marked their calendars for what may be considered a new national holiday, Amazon Prime Day. From Monday, July 16, at 3 p.m. ET,  to midnight July 17, Amazon will offer more than 1 million deals on products for its beloved Prime members.If you’re thinking of saving your holiday shopping for Black Friday, you may want to think again. According to reports, 76 percent of Prime Day prices were better than Black Friday prices last year, with that number only predicted to rise.Based on predictions by bestblackfriday.com, now’s the time to buy your electronics, even if you’re anti-Amazon. Retailers including Microsoft, Google and GameStop are offering competitive rates to make the most of the predicted surge of online shopping.(Quick tip: If you’re not already a Prime member, you can sign up for a 30-day free trial to get in on the Prime Day action, then cancel whenever you choose).Products are expected to go quick, so we’ve compiled a list of the best Prime Day deals for entrepreneurs, so you don’t miss out while searching through the site.  For your business trips: Travelpro Platinum Magna 2 Carry-On Suitcase, $130 ($60 off)If you need an at-home assistant: Echo Dot (2nd Generation), $35 ($15 off)To keep you entertained on your commute: Amazon Prime Music, four months unlimited for $1When you don’t have time to go grocery shopping: Prime Now, $10 off Whole Foods delivery ordersTo keep an eye on things: Cloud Cam Security Camera, $79.99 ($40 off)For business on-the-go: Fire HD 10 Tablet with Alexa Hands-Free, $89.99 ($60 off)For your time off: 40-inch HDTV, $120 (over $200 off)To catch up on reading: Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, $100 ($20 off)For your morning workout: Jabra Elite 45e sport earphones, $70 ($30 off)For your team meetings: PX747-4K projector, $1,000 ($300 off)center_img Next Article The Best Amazon Prime Day Deals for Entrepreneurs Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. –shares Image credit: Bloomberg | Getty Images Register Now » ‘Tis the season for online shopping.last_img read more

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Girl Scouts of the USA Which Teaches Girls to Be Entrepreneurs Is

first_img Add to Queue Enroll Now for $5 –shares Entrepreneur Staff Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand November 7, 2018 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. Entrepreneur Staff The Girl Scouts of the United States of America has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America, in protest of the latter group’s decision to drop “Boy” from its name and to welcome older girls.The suit, filed Tuesday in Manhattan’s U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, argues that the Boy Scouts’ move could erode the Girl Scouts brand and membership numbers.Related: The CEO of the Girl Scouts Wants to Turn Today’s Cookie Sellers Into Tomorrow’s Powerful Female EntrepreneursThe lawsuit is important not only to the girls involved in Girl Scouts but to families nationwide who welcome that organization’s mission to encourage and train their daughters to be entrepreneurs and leaders through such efforts as:Camp CEO, offered by 14 Girl Scout councils nationwide as a summer camp or other program, typically utilizing a Shark Tank format in which 14- to 17-year-olds create and pitch new businesses to veteran adult businesswomen.A system of 29 Girl Scout badges ranging from “Money Counts” and “Business Owner” for girls in elementary school, to “Entrepreneur,” “Financing My Dreams,” “Business Etiquette” and “Social Innovator” for middle and high school girls. The Girl Scout cookie program, the largest entrepreneurial effort for girls worldwide which, according to its website, promotes such skills as goal-setting, decision-making and money management.The suit is in reaction to the May announcement of the Boy Scouts, which accepts children 11 to 17 years old, that it would change its name to Scouts BSA next February (2019), and make girls eligible to earn its highest rank, Eagle Scout.Girl Scouts USA said it would not comment on pending litigation. The Boy Scouts said in a statement it was reviewing the lawsuit, noting that, “We applaud every organization that builds character and leadership in children, including the Girl Scouts of the USA, and believe that there is an opportunity for both organizations to serve girls and boys in our communities.”Girl Scouts said in its complaint that the name change threatens to “marginalize” Girl Scouts activities and has already created confusion. Families, schools and communities nationwide have been told that the organization no longer exists, or has merged with the Boy Scouts, the complaint states. Girl Scouts USA has about 2 million members; Boy Scouts has about 1.8 million, a steep drop from its peak years in the 1970s. Related: 8 Lessons This Record-Breaking Girl Scout Can Teach Entrepreneurs”Only GSUSA has the right to use the Girl Scouts and Scouts trademarks with leadership development services for girls,” and the Boy Scouts infringements are “new and uniquely damaging to GSUSA,” the complaint said. Girl Scouts of the USA, Which Teaches Girls to Be Entrepreneurs, Is Taking on the Boys in a Federal Lawsuit 3 min read Next Article Girl Scouts Image credit: Rick Kern | Getty Images The lawsuit argues that the Boy Scouts’ decision to drop ‘boy’ from its name and recruit girls erodes the Girl Scouts brand.last_img read more

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FrieslandCampina ingredient receives EU and US approval

first_img© Sander van der Wel/FlickrFrieslandCampina ingredient receives EU and US approvalPosted By: News Deskon: May 09, 2018In: Beverage, Business, Dairy, Health, Industries, Ingredients, NutritionPrintEmailFrieslandCampina DOMO’s new Human Milk Oligosaccharide (HMO) ingredient for use in infant formulas has been approved for use by the EU and received GRAS (generally recognised as safe) status from the US Food and Drug Administration.2’-fucosyllactose (2’-FL) can now be used for infant formulas in both markets, and the company says this is an important step towards launching its first HMO product by the end of the year.HMOs such as 2’-FL are naturally occurring ingredients found in breastmilk which help the development of infants, and recent clinical trials suggest that 2’-FL in particular plays a key role in protecting the health of newborn babies.FrieslandCampina DOMO’s 2’-FL ingredient will be made commercially available through its Aequival brand, and will be the first product in a range of HMOs that will be available to consumers in the near future.The ingredient was developed in partnership with US-based Glycosyn as part of a product development agreement signed by the two companies in 2016.Additionally, a dedicated 2’-FL plant will be constructed in Italy later this year, allowing the company to begin large-scale production of the ingredient.Aafke Keizer, managing director FrieslandCampina DOMO said: “Our 75 years of expertise in infant nutrition were essential in setting up a safe, smooth production process that ensures a continuously high-quality product such as 2’-FL.“DOMO is the market leader in oligosaccharides and has an extensive portfolio of infant nutrition ingredients, to which 2’-FL is the perfect addition, helping our customers to develop the next generation of infant formula.”Godert Zijlstra, business development director HMOs at FrieslandCampina added: “By the end of 2018, our first HMO, Aequival 2’-FL, will be commercially available.“From our state-of-the-art new facilities, we will be formulating and launching a broad range of HMOs over the next years, in line with our mission to give infants a great start in life.“After decades of experience in infant nutrition and oligosaccharides, we have embarked on a new and exciting time in the development of breakthrough innovations for our industry.”Share with your network: Tags: FrieslandCampinaGlycosynHMOinfant formulainfant nutritionlast_img read more

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Ball set to close its San Martino beverage packaging plant

first_imgBall set to close its San Martino beverage packaging plantPosted By: Martin Whiteon: October 12, 2018In: Beverage, Industries, Manufacturing, PackagingPrintEmailBall Corporation has announced that it will cease production at its beverage packaging plant in San Martino, Italy at the end of December 2018.Ball has assured customers that are supplied by the San Martino facility that they will be supplied by Ball’s other European production facilities.The company has also stated that it will now convert one production line at its Nogara, Italy plant to sleek cans as a result of the closure, and the conversion will occur approximately one year after the San Martino plant is closed.The San Martino site opened in 1981 and employs approximately 70 people.Colin Gillis, President, Ball Beverage Packaging Europe said: “Given the market environment in Italy, we need to ensure that we remain cost competitive for the long-term.“While closing a plant is always a difficult decision, our goal is ensuring the long-term success of the business for all of our stakeholders, including our 3,600 employees in Europe.”The news comes just a week after Ball opened a new €100 million production facility in Guadalajara, Spain, which will produce speciality aluminium cans.Share with your network: Tags: BallItalypackaginglast_img read more

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Honestbee to expand its Habitat supermarket concept across Asia

first_imgHonestbee to expand its Habitat supermarket concept across AsiaPosted By: Contributoron: November 06, 2018In: Beverage, Food, Industries, Retail, TechnologyPrintEmailHonestbee, the Singapore-headquartered online grocery delivery service, has revealed plans to bring its new brick-and-mortar outlet to eight markets in Asia.Last month, the company opened its first Habitat outlet in Singapore, which it describes as “the world’s first tech-integrated multi-sensory grocery and dining destination of its kind”.Founded in 2015, Honestbee has previously focused on delivering food and drinks from supermarkets and restaurants.Spanning 60,000 square feet, Habitat is said to be a supermarket, speciality fresh grocer, online fulfilment centre, retail innovation hub and experiential dining destination.It features cashless checkout and a robotic collection point. Honestbee said that over 20,000 Asian and global ingredients and daily essentials can be purchased online and offline through its app at the supermarket.To enter the store, customers have to download the Honestbee app, which is linked to a credit card or BeePay, the firm’s mobile payments wallet.For purchases of ten items or less, shoppers can use a scan-and-go function to skip the checkout line and get their items on the spot. For more items, consumers can drop off their personal trolleys at an auto-checkout point.Honestbee said the concept makes it convenient for food and beverage companies to establish and expand their presence online and offline.Joel Sng, Honestbee CEO, said: “We are excited to bring this ‘NewGen Retail’ concept from Singapore to our other eight markets and beyond soon. Guided by our passion for food and technology, we will continue to innovate in O2O solutions to enhance the quality and value of our products and retail experiences. We invite progressive partners and customers to come along with us on this journey.”Pauline Png, managing director of Habitat by Honestbee, said: “Habitat by Honestbee is a beautiful, physical extension of the Honestbee brand we all love. With its launch, we now provide tech-enabled convenience, value and quality through food, online and offline. It is a unique combination of a full supermarket, speciality grocer, dining and interactive lifestyle destination.“In this thoughtful space, one can expect a multi-sensorial food experience that nourishes, educates and inspires. We designed it so that customers can get their groceries and meals efficiently but also linger and enjoy the experience.”Honestbee is now present in 16 cities across eight markets: Singapore, Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and Hong Kong.Share with your network: Tags: HonestbeeSingaporelast_img read more

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Robert de Niros Fuck Trump speech at Tony awards video

first_imgRobert De Niro Source: CBS/Tony Award Productions 0:44 Tony awards Share via Email Donald Trump Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Last modified on Mon 11 Jun 2018 11.02 EDT Topics The actor and long-time critic of Donald Trump receives a standing ovation at Sunday night’s Tony awards in New York after attacking the US president on stage at Radio City Music Hall• De Niro receives ovation for speech at Tony awards Robert De Niro Shares2,8652865 Mon 11 Jun 2018 05.23 EDT Robert de Niro’s ‘Fuck Trump’ speech at Tony awards – video,Play Videolast_img read more

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Wall Street sets record for longest bull run in history

first_imgEconomics This article is more than 10 months old US stock markets passed another landmark on Wednesday as the S&P 500 recorded its longest rally ever, capping a near decade-long Wall Street boom that has gathered pace over the course of this year.The S&P 500 share index, tracking the 500 biggest public companies in America, closed trading on Wednesday having gone 3,453 days – nearly nine and a half years – without a fall of 20% or more, which is the measure used by some analysts for handing it the status as the longest bull market in US history.The record was set with more of a whimper than a roar. The S&P 500 dipped 1 point to 2,861 for the day while the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 88 points, or 0.3%, to 25,733, and the Nasdaq composite rose 29 points, or 0.4%, to 7,889. But records were set nonetheless. Share on WhatsApp Key S&P 500 index passes landmark as it goes 3,453 days without major correction Richard Partington Economics correspondent Stock markets Read more Share on Twitter Share on Facebook US markets Share on LinkedIn Trump administration Wed 22 Aug 2018 17.45 EDT Sign up to the daily Business Today email or follow Guardian Business on Twitter at @BusinessDesk Shares130130 Share on Twitter Share on Messenger … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Wall Street sets record for longest bull run in history Topics Share on Facebook @RJPartington Having started in March 2009, following the financial crisis, the longest market rally comes as the global economy continues its recovery from the depths of the last recession. Although there have been numerous wobbles in the past 10 years, including a sharp correction earlier this year, when S&P fell 10% over two weeks after its January high, the milestone comes with help from corporate tax cuts and the rise of internet companies such as Apple, Amazon and Google’s owner, Alphabet.A loose definition is that a stock market switches from a bear to a bull phase when share prices have risen 20% from the previous low. The bull market continues until there is a 20% decline from the peak, when stocks go back into bear mode.One theory explaining the stock market terminology comes from the way both animals attack their opponents. A bull thrusts its horns up into the air, while a bear swipes downward. The bull market run has, however, included sharp corrections – when shares fall by at least 10% – although it maintained its status because the declines did not exceed 20%.Little more than a month after the US president’s tweet, the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged by more than 1,000 points amid fears over rising inflation that could have prompted the Fed to raise interest rates faster than expected. Concerns over a global trade war instigated by Washington have also rocked markets in recent months and could still pose a threat.Analysts said US stocks could continue rising over the course of this year, although warned against placing faith in arbitrary definitions of strength, such as markets having risen for a period or reaching certain levels. US stocks closed trading on Wednesday having gone almost nine and a half years without a 20% fall.Photograph: Richard Drew/AP Reuse this content Business Today: sign up for a morning shot of financial news First published on Wed 22 Aug 2018 09.03 EDT Share via Email Share via Email Share on Pinterest This article is more than 10 months old news Support The Guardian Since you’re here… Stock markets The previous record bull run started in October 1990, lasting almost a decade until the dotcom bubble burst around the turn of the millennium. There are, however, disputes over the starting point, which could render celebrations over the latest milestone premature.The US Financial Industry Regulatory Authority reckons the tech rally began in 1987, rather than 1990, meaning the current bull market would need to continue until at least the summer of 2021 to break the record.Some analysts argue that bull and bear market status is unclear, not set in stone, and that identifying the positions reflects an unhealthy obsession with arbitrary turning points in financial markets.The S&P 500’s close at 2,861 points was within touching distance of the record high reached in January. Among the best performers so far this year are Netflix, Twitter, and the watchmaker Fossil.The latest milestone comes as the US economy goes through its second longest-ever unbroken expansion, helped by low interest rates set by the Federal Reserve and sluggish inflation. Stock markets have also benefited since the crisis from the world’s biggest central banks pumping billions into their economies through quantitative easing.The rise of the tech firms has boosted the overall value of the US stock market. The five so-called Faangs – Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google – are together worth more than $3tn (£2.3tn), a sum that makes them more valuable than the entire FTSE 100.Donald Trump’s corporate tax cuts have boosted US corporate profits, helping to drive the stock market higher. The president celebrated stocks reaching record levels earlier this year, tweeting: “Dow just crashes through 25,000. Congrats! Big cuts in unnecessary regulations continuing.” Financial sectorlast_img read more

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A Bloomberg 2020 run would help the left – by failing spectacularly

first_imgFirst published on Sun 2 Dec 2018 09.00 EST Share on LinkedIn As one of the richest men in America, Bloomberg has a colossal war chest, an ego to match it, and substantial name recognition. But he’s also woefully out of touch with the political moment: the Democratic party – and progressive politics more broadly – have changed a great deal since he left politics five years ago.Bloomberg is bound to face a big #MeToo reckoning on the campaign trail. Dozens of women have accused Bloomberg and his company of creating a hostile work environment for female employees. One lawsuit from the 90s claimed that Bloomberg responded to a female employee reporting that she was pregnant by declaring, “Kill it!” (Bloomberg has denied this.) More recently, Bloomberg has expressed doubt about the veracity of #MeToo accusations, saying that he doesn’t “know how true” all of them are.Bloomberg’s past treatment of women is just one of many new vulnerabilities he has with a Democratic base that has raised the bar for treatment of marginalized communities. He would also take heat for his administration’s use of stop-and-frisk police tactics, which involved stopping people on the street to search them for guns, a policy that resulted in systematic racial profiling of black and Latino New Yorkers. Recently he defended the practice as necessary for bringing down crime, even though New York’s crime rate has fallen since the practice was ended and the Black Lives Matter movement has stigmatized such practices among progressives. Share on Twitter This ultimately should help deal a serious blow to the old guard of the Democratic party. That may sound counterintuitive: Bloomberg has previously registered as a Democrat, a Republican, and an independent, and he’s supported politicians from both parties. But in reality, he almost perfectly typifies the Democratic worldview that became dominant in the 1990s, when the party’s leaders believed that they could only win power by operating as centrists and presenting themselves as independent-minded technocrats. That paradigm prevailed among the party establishment until 2016, when Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders became the most popular politician in America, tearing a hole in the party’s conventional wisdom about what the base wants.Bloomberg’s policy record and his pride in masking overt expressions of ideology represents that old worldview – as Al Sharpton recently said, a Bloomberg run would be “a billionaire version of Bill Clinton”. Indeed, the parallels between the two are striking: a history of treating women inappropriately, a dangerous deference to banks, and a disturbing record on fighting crime. All signs suggest that the Democratic base knows it’s time to say goodbye to all that. Since you’re here… Zeeshan Aleem Michael Bloomberg Share on Twitter Share via Email Shares2828 Bloomberg eyes 2020 presidential run as a Democrat, but can a centrist unite the party? Support The Guardian Sun 2 Dec 2018 11.56 EST Opinion ‘Bloomberg seems to be a man of yesterday.’Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebook Michael Bloomberg Progressives should hope the centrist billionaire runs: he would showcase exactly what Democrats shouldn’t do US politics And on the economy, too, Bloomberg seems to be a man of yesterday. At the 2016 Democratic national convention, he chided Democrats for inattention to deficit reduction and a tendency to “wrongly blame the private sector for our problems”. He also continues to defend Wall Street from stringent regulation. But polling data shows that among Democrats there’s huge appetite for government interventions in the economy in the form of Medicare-for-all and a federal jobs guarantee; in fact, a recent Gallup poll found that Democrats are now more fond of the idea of socialism than capitalism. It seems doubtful the base will be inspired by a banker-friendly billionaire who thinks that the key to success is taking fewer bathroom breaks instead of building a fairer economy.Should Bloomberg undertake a sustained campaign for the Democratic nomination, he will in all likelihood became a lightning rod for the progressive wing of the party. Just the way that in 2016 Black Lives Matter relentlessly – and successfully – pushed Democratic candidates to adopt radically more progressive criminal and racial justice platforms, this time around, activists and advocates will probably target Bloomberg on his past treatment of women, his criminal justice policies, and his ties to Wall Street. Whether or not Bloomberg repents, the left will have crystallized new benchmarks for winning over the base. A Bloomberg 2020 run would help the left – by failing spectacularly Topics The former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg is seriously considering running for president as a Democrat – a prospect that has horrified many progressives. At a time when the Democratic party appears to be moving swiftly to the left, the candidacy of a white, centrist Wall Street billionaire feels like a big step backwards.But a Bloomberg run should ultimately benefit the left more than hurt it. Between his stale politics, his stiffness as a campaigner, and his identity as a restrained elite in an era of raucous populism, Bloomberg’s bid to secure the Democratic nomination seems destined to fail spectacularly. More importantly, the pushback he’d experience on the campaign trail would help the left form clearer standards for more viable candidates – and indict the Democratic establishment that helped get us into the mess we’re in today. 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Police investigate after reports Phoenix woman in coma for decade gave birth

first_imgPhoenix news Share on Facebook Topics Share on Pinterest Police investigate after reports Phoenix woman in coma for decade gave birth Arizona Share on Twitter Share on Facebook A woman said to have been in a vegetative state for at least a decade at a private healthcare facility in Phoenix reportedly gave birth, triggering a police investigation and reviews by state agencies in a situation that the state governor’s office called “deeply troubling”.Azfamily.com, a news website for television stations KPHO and KTVK, first reported late on Thursday that according to sources not identified, a woman gave birth on 29 December, while living at a Hacienda HealthCare facility, where the staff was unaware that she was pregnant. Two other Phoenix television stations aired similar reports. According to some reports, the woman was a victim of a near-drowning more than 10 years ago. Her identity was not reported, and was not immediately known if she has family or a guardian.Healthcare staff were initially unsure why the woman was moaning, the reports said. Sources quoted said the baby’s head was starting to emerge when a nurse came in. “None of the staff were aware that she was pregnant until she was pretty much giving birth,” azfamily.com quoted a source familiar with the situation as saying. That person said the baby was said to be alive and healthy. Following the azfamily.com report, Hacienda HealthCare and state officials issued brief statements, expressing concern and describing reviews being conducted and steps being taken. They did not specifically confirm the reported pregnancy and birth. A Phoenix police spokesman, Sgt Tommy Thompson, said the “the matter is under investigation”. He declined to confirm whether the investigation involved a possible sex crime or elaborate on the circumstances that prompted the investigation. Hacienda said it was cooperating with law enforcement and reviewing its security protocols after becoming aware of a “deeply disturbing incident and “an unprecedented matter”. “While federal and state privacy laws prohibit us from publicly discussing a patient’s health or case, Hacienda has and will continue to cooperate fully with law enforcement and all the relevant regulatory agencies regarding this matter,” the company said in its statement. Hacienda spokesman David Leibowitz told Reuters the facility had recently become aware of a “deeply disturbing incident” involving a resident. He declined to say whether staff were being asked to undergo DNA testing, or whether the facility was taking any preventative measures to protect patients against a similar situation.Victim advocate Tasha Menaker, chief strategy officer of the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, said it would be appropriate for police to run DNA tests on male employees at the facility.Hacienda’s website said it serves infants, children and young adults who are “medically fragile” or have developmental disabilities. Governor Doug Ducey’s office said the Republican was briefed on the “deeply troubling” reports as soon as the office learned of them and that state agencies “immediately began taking every measure to protect patient safety”.According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, an agency that regulates healthcare facilities, the 60-bed Hacienda facility was required to tighten security procedures to protect patients in wake of the report.“We are aware of this situation and are actively working with local law enforcement in their criminal investigation,” the department said in a statement. The state Department of Economic Security, a social-service agency whose functions include serving disabled people, said it performed health and safety checks on all of the residents at the Hacienda facility after the birth was reported and was working with police on their investigation. This article is more than 6 months old Share on Twitter The woman, who was incapacitated in a drowning incident, was a patient at Hacienda Healthcare.Photograph: Public domain US crime Sat 5 Jan 2019 17.08 EST Shares667667 Agencies in Phoenix Share on WhatsApp First published on Sat 5 Jan 2019 16.39 EST Staff initially unsure why patient was moaning, reports sayVictim advocates want DNA testing to determine father of boy Share via Email Share via Email Share on LinkedIn This article is more than 6 months old Phoenix Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Rudy Giuliani I never said there was no collusion by Trump campaign

first_imgDonald Trump Share via Email “I said the president of the United States,” he added.Later in the interview, Giuliani said: “If the collusion happened, it happened a long time ago.”But he once again defended the president.“There is not a single bit of evidence the president of the United States committed the only crime you can commit here, conspiring with the Russians to hack the DNC,” he said, referring to the hacking of the Democratic National Committee and leaking the emails of senior Democrats during the 2016 presidential election campaign.Thousands of emails taken from the accounts of staff at the DNC and John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, were published by outlets including WikiLeaks.On Tuesday, Trump had been obliged to state that he “never worked for Russia” following two reports that he may have been used as an asset by Moscow.“It’s a disgrace that you even ask that question,” he told reporters on the White House lawn. “It’s all a big fat hoax.” Since you’re here… Share on WhatsApp Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, has insisted that he “never said there was no collusion” between Trump’s 2016 presidential election campaign and Russia – only that Trump himself was not involved.The former New York mayor said he did not know if others involved in the campaign had worked with Russia.“I never said there was no collusion between the campaign, or between people in the campaign,” Giuliani said on CNN on Wednesday night. Thu 17 Jan 2019 11.04 EST news ‘Truth isn’t truth’: Giuliani trumps ‘alternative facts’ with new Orwellian outburst Share on Twitter Rudy Giuliani Share on Messenger Shares1,1261126 Both men’s comments come as special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into allegations of links between the Trump campaign and Russia, and obstruction of justice, looms large, punctuated by guilty pleas, convictions and indictments of former Trump associates.These include his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort and Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen.Manafort has admitted to sharing polling data with a Russian during the 2016 presidential race, according to a court filing inadvertently made public by his lawyers. But on Wednesday, Giuliani suggested that was “not collusion”, a change of stance from multiple previous statements such as one given to Axios in November about the Mueller investigation that: “I don’t think they have any evidence of collusion of any kind.”“Polling data is given to everybody,” he told CNN on Wednesday.Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday that Michael Cohen tried to rig online opinion polls in Trump’s favor before the 2016 election, when he was still acting as the candidate’s personal attorney and fixer.In response, Cohen tweeted on Thursday morning: “As for the @WSJ article on poll rigging, what I did was at the direction of and for the sole benefit of @realDonaldTrump @POTUS. I truly regret my blind loyalty to a man who doesn’t deserve it.”The Journal reported that Cohen is accused of paying a polling company to rig online results to Trump’s advantage, although the attempts were unsuccessful.Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison in December for crimes including lying to Congress and facilitating illegal payments to silence two women, Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, who alleged affairs with Trump. He has been cooperating with prosecutors and has agreed to testify to Congress in February. Rudy Giuliani: ‘I never said there was no collusion’ by Trump campaign Trump-Russia investigation This article is more than 5 months old Share on LinkedIn Rudy Giuliani: ‘There is not a single bit of evidence the president of the United States committed the only crime you can commit here, conspiring with the Russians to hack the DNC.’Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters This article is more than 5 months old … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more Support The Guardian Trump-Russia investigation Topics Guardian staff and agencies Share on Facebook First published on Thu 17 Jan 2019 08.15 EST Trump’s lawyer denies president himself conspired with RussiaCohen reported to have tried to rig polls in Trump’s favour Share via Email Sign up for the US morning briefing Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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JD Salingers unseen writings to be published family confirms

first_imgJD Salinger This article is more than 5 months old Read more Topics Shares3,2273227 Share via Email Fri 1 Feb 2019 15.00 EST JD Salinger’s son has confirmed for the first time that the late author of The Catcher in the Rye wrote a significant amount of work that has never been seen, and that he and his father’s widow are “going as fast as we freaking can” to get it ready for publication.Salinger died in 2010, leaving behind a small but perfectly formed body of published work that has not been added to since 1965’s New Yorker story, Hapworth 16, 1924. Rumours have circulated for years that the creator of one of the 20th century’s most enduring characters, Holden Caulfield, continued to write over the ensuing decades he spent in the New Hampshire village of Cornish, far from public view.In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, his son Matt Salinger has finally revealed, definitively, that his father never stopped writing and that almost “all of what he wrote will at some point be shared”.Matt Salinger said his father “teemed with ideas and thoughts … he’d be driving the car and he’d pull over to write something and laugh to himself – sometimes he’d read it to me, sometimes he wouldn’t – and next to every chair he had a notebook.“He just decided that the best thing for his writing was not to have a lot of interactions with people, literary types in particular,” he said. “He didn’t want to be playing in those poker games, he wanted to, as he would encourage every would-be writer to do, you know, stew in your own juices.”Matt Salinger, an actor and producer, squashed reports that emerged in 2013 of five new books by his father, including one short story featuring Holden Caulfield and one based on Salinger’s brief marriage to Sylvia, a Nazi collaborator. The reports stemmed from a documentary about the author, to which his closest family did not formally contribute; Matt described the rumours as “total trash” that “have little to no bearing on reality … anyone that understood my father at all would find the idea hysterically funny that he would write a book about his first brief marriage. It’s so far beyond the realm of plausibility.” Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Short stories JD Salinger’s unseen writings to be published, family confirms JD Salinger ‘Teeming with ideas’ … JD Salinger in 1952.Photograph: San Diego Historical Society/Getty Images Sign up for Bookmarks: discover new books in our weekly email Share via Email He did not reveal specifics about the stories, although it appears likely there will be more about the Glass family, who frequently appear in Salinger’s published short fiction. He described his father’s later work as having “no linear evolution”, saying that “it becomes clear that he was after different game”.He and Salinger’s widow, Colleen O’Neill, with whom he has joint charge of the literary estate, have been working with the material since 2011. He said it was not ready for publication yet.“He wanted me to pull it together, and because of the scope of the job, he knew it would take a long time. This was somebody who was writing for 50 years without publishing, so that’s a lot of material. So there’s not a reluctance or a protectiveness: when it’s ready, we’re going to share it,” he said. This will take years, he admitted, though he hopes less than a decade: “I don’t owe an apology, I don’t think, but your readers should know that we’re going as fast as we freaking can … I feel the pressure to get this done, more than he did.”The unseen writing, Matt Salinger said, “will definitely disappoint people that he wouldn’t care about, but for real readers … I think it will be tremendously well received by those people and they will be affected in the way every reader hopes to be affected when they open a book. Not changed, necessarily, but something rubs off that can lead to change.”“When my father said that everything he has to say is in his fiction, believe it – it’s there. I think when more of his writing is made accessible, he covers everything that the discerning reader would care about. My job is to help that happen as soon as it can, and stay out of the way,” he said.He has also worked against the republication of several early stories by his father – stories that Salinger himself had said it would be “unfair” to publish. “Suppose you had a coat you liked and somebody went into your closet and stole it. That’s how I feel,” the author told the New York Times in 1974, following the publication of two volumes of his uncollected works. Matt Salinger described them as “youthful exercises, part of his process, his development as an artist”.“I don’t do it lightly, it’s no fun,” he said of blocking publication. “I do it because my father would have done it and out of love for him, and out of love and protectiveness for his work and his books.” Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content Support The Guardian Alison Flood Last modified on Mon 4 Feb 2019 05.21 EST Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp news Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Exclusive: The Catcher in the Rye author’s son tells the Guardian estate will publish almost ‘all of what he wrote’ over next decadeMatt Salinger: ‘My father was writing for 50 years without publishing. That’s a lot of material’ Since you’re here… This article is more than 5 months old … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Fictionlast_img read more

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R Kelly denies sexual abuse in first interview since criminal charges –

first_imgR Kelly Share on Twitter Topics R Kelly tearfully denies allegations that he has sexually, emotionally and physically abused women and girls for decades in an exclusive interview with CBS News’ Gayle King. The singer was released on bail after being charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse against four victims’It’s not fair’: R Kelly tearfully denies abuse allegations in tense interview Shares104104 2:28 Share via Email Share on Facebookcenter_img Wed 6 Mar 2019 04.59 EST Last modified on Wed 6 Mar 2019 05.23 EST R Kelly R Kelly denies sexual abuse in first interview since criminal charges – video,Play Video Source: CBS This Morning Rape and sexual assaultlast_img read more

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Flip Then Say Articulation Books

first_imgImage Source: EnableMart.comTreating articulation errors has never been easier or more fun, than with the Flip Then Say Articulation Flip Books. This assistive technology device is useful for kids who could benefit form extra practice with word pronunciation. Common articulation error sounds (S, Z, SH, CH, J, ZH, K, G, TH, F and V) are all found in four colorful change-a-story flipbooks. Students will love practicing their sounds as they make endless sentence story combinations over 200,000 in all!. These are convenient, easy of use, and versatile for receptive and expressive language practice. Convenient carry-bag included. This assistive technology is for kids ages 4+.It includes:The Entire World of S & Z Change-a-Story Flip Book (41 pages)The Entire World of SH & CH Change-a-Story Flip Book (43 pages)The Entire World of K & G Change-a-Story Flip Book (28 pages)The Entire World of TH, F & V Change-a-Story Flip Book (36 pages)Carry-BagShare this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedBoo Articulation HelperDecember 26, 2017In “Apps”Apps and Activities for Speech and Language DevelopmentJune 15, 2016In “Apps”Sparkup Magical Book ReaderAugust 31, 2016In “Products and Devices”last_img read more

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The Mercury Handheld Magnifier StandScan

first_imgMercury’s Specs:Dimensions: 5.16 x 2.64 x 0.39 inchesWeight: 4.97 oz (141 g)Display: 5.5 inchesResolution: 720 x 1280 pixelsTouchscreen: Multi-touchCamera: 13 megapixelsProcessor: Quad Core, 1200 MHzBuilt-in Storage: 8 GBBattery Life: 10 hours, continuous useWarranty: 1 yearCharger: Mini USBClick here for pricing information and to learn more! StandScanTo make using the Mercury Handheld even more convenient, it’s recommended to also purchase the StandScan.  The StandScan is a portable document scanner you can use with your Mercury Magnifier, as well as any smartphone!The StandScan provides an “elevated platform support for high-quality scanning of documents and photos using your smartphone.  It is a cost-effective, portable and lightweight phone accessory that also helps you scan live 3D objects.”  The ScanStand is simple to use, sets up in seconds, and folds flat to fit in a computer bag.StandScan Features:Compatible with any smartphoneSuper lightweight and durableInstant sharing with friends and familyScan high-quality copies of receipts/documents in under 10 secondsNo drivers, cables, or software requiredSaves time and spaceAssistance for visually impairedClick here to learn more on the Mercury Magnifier and StandScan!Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedMerlin Elite Pro CCTV and OCRJune 18, 2019In “Visual”DaVinci Pro Desktop Video MagnifierDecember 1, 2015In “Products and Devices”Prodigi: Personal Vision AssistantFebruary 6, 2014In “Tech Tips” If you or a loved one are in the market for a portable magnifier and OCR, perhaps you should consider the Mercury Handheld Magnifier and OCR.  The Mercury Handheld Magnifier and OCR is a touch-based live magnification device that can perform accurate full page OCR.  The magnifier features a wide 5.5 inch display screen with a built-in LED light and more!Mercury Handheld Magnifier Features:Magnification up to 10X in live mode and 30X in OCR modeTalk back menuFalse color optionsIntuitive touch navigationAbility to save and load photos and documentsAccurate full-page OCRVarious reading optionsFree Grip Case and chargerlast_img read more

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ATFAQ066 – Q1 Voiceover compatible video editing Q2 Differences between External HDDs

first_img ATFAQ logoShare this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint Return to article. Long DescriptionPanel – Brian Norton, Belva Smith, Josh Anderson, Wade Wingler | Q1 Voiceover compatible video editing Q2 Differences between External HDDs Q3 Jaws with Mac Touch Bar Q4 Low cost no cost transcription Q5 Is special software required for transcription Q6 creating screenreader friendly math worksheets. Q7 Sources for AT news and trainingShare this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedATFAQ103 – Q1- inside navigation for visually impaired , Q2 – amplified phones, Q3 – zero-force keyboards, Q4 – converting math worksheets for screenreader access, Q5 – assistance getting into house, Q6 – Switching from Jaws to NVDA, Q7 – Wildcard question: balancing medical and developmental concerns when using assistive techJuly 8, 2019In “Assistive Technology FAQ (ATFAQ) Podcast”ATFAQ095 – Q1- Fall Detection and Alerts for bathroom , Q2 – Discrete notification system for classroom , Q3 – Interactive Math and Graphing software, Q4 – Aegir Smartpen, Q5 – Text-to-speech for state assessment tests , Q6 – App Showdown – TalkBack and VoiceOver , Q7 *Wildcard question: Are passwords a thing of the past?March 11, 2019In “Assistive Technology FAQ (ATFAQ) Podcast”ATFAQ074 – Q1 Mac accessibility keystrokes Q2 USBc adapters Q3 Picture-based timers Q4 Listen to Pocket articles on Amazon Echo Q5 Talking multi-meter Q6 High tech vs mid tech vs low tech Q7 Do we even need a mouse anymoreApril 23, 2018In “Assistive Technology FAQ (ATFAQ) Podcast” Podcast: Play in new window | Downloadlast_img read more

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AM276 – SmartVision2 Premium Android Smartphone

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | Download276-3-2-18 SmartVision2 Premium Android Smartphone Hey there! Welcome to Accessibility Minute, your weekly look at Assistive Technology, those clever tools and devices designed to help people who have difficulties with vision, mobility, hearing or other special needs!If you’re looking for a smartphone designed for individuals who are visually impaired, check out the SmartVision2 Premium.  According to their website, the SmartVision2 Premium is the “only Android 6.0 smartphone with a full panel of applications dedicated to those with visual impairments.”The device was carefully crafted from the ground up to maximize the ease-of-use for individuals who are blind or visually impaired.  With this phone, you can use popular applications like:PhoneTextsEmailCalculatorGoogle Play StoreGoogle ChromeOther features of the Premium phone include:Large viewing screen with high-contrast displayMenus and selected text are spoken back to youVoice-assisted GPS navigationE-book creator and readerAnd much moreVisit irie-at.com to learn more.For more information, to read our blog, or to drop us a line, visit EasterSealsTech.com.  That was your Accessibility Minute for this week! I’m Laura Medcalf with the INDATA Project at Easterseals Crossroads, in Indiana.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedSmartVision2 Premium Android SmartphoneFebruary 22, 2018In “Visual”KAPSYS SmartVision2: The First Smartphone for the Visually ImpairedApril 24, 2018In “Apps”Synapptic Smartphone – Smartphone for Individuals with Visual ImpairmentsApril 11, 2019Similar postlast_img read more

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MarTech Interview with Yash Madhusudhan CEO and CoFounder Fyle

first_img Tell us about your role and journey into Technology. What inspired you to start at Fyle?I am an engineer who became a sales professional right out of college. I have primarily worked in technology companies and have spent over a decade selling SaaS.Fyle was born out of trying to solve a personal frustration of many years. As a sales professional, I was behind submitting my expenses and in the process, I have lost a lot of money by either displacing receipts or by choosing not to spend hours to submit an expense report.It started with a very simple problem. I was on the road most of the time and had no clue about my personal and professional expenses. There were many times when I chose not to claim just because of the sheer pain involved in submitting my claims to the company. Sure, there were tons of apps on the market (which I did try) but they all had one thing in common: the burden was put on me to be disciplined. If I was disciplined enough, I felt there was no need for a tool. My own expectation, however, was to use something that took not more than a second to use, similar to liking a Facebook post of a friend or pinning an image onto my Pinterest board. My reality was, setting aside a Sunday afternoon going through a mountain of invoices to get my money back. This was frustrating and felt like I was transported back in time.From  conversations with professionals ranging from sales professionals, lawyers, accountants and consultants, it became clear that this was a universal problem. Our goal, then, was to develop an expense management solution that put the employee experience first, something that’s not very common in the world of enterprise software. But the thinking was that if we could design something that improved the overall employee experience, workers would be much more likely to adopt the solution and submit expense reports on time, which in turn would improve an organization’s cash flow, as well as promote corporate compliance enforcement. With a number of integrations including G Suite and Microsoft Office 365 email platforms, as well as a host of mobile features, we feel, as do our hundreds of customers, that we have developed the most robust and user-friendly expense management solution on the market.What is Fyle and how does it fit into a modern Marketing Technology stack?Founded in 2016, Fyle is on a mission to create the most user-friendly cloud-based expense management platform on the market. Fyle’s industry-first AI-powered solution provides a mobile and desktop user experience that seamlessly integrates with Google G Suite and Microsoft Office 365 to automate previously manual tasks associated with expense reporting. As a result, companies can optimize productivity and harness analytics insights related to employee spend and corporate expenses. Serving more than 200 customers across more than 20 countries, Fyle is backed by Tiger Global Management, Pravega Ventures, Beenext, and Freshworks.Which businesses are fastest to adoption of Expense Management platforms? How does it impact Branding and Marketing operations?While expense management automation is applicable to practically every business in the world, the penetration of usage is still quite low. Businesses that value employee and finance productivity, and care about user experience, have been on the curve of early adopters. While this doesn’t traditionally fit into the branding and marketing operations stack, it plays a big role in assessing an organization’s commitment to providing a great experience for employees. Reimbursements impact the organization’s core revenue generating section of employees and ensuring a simple, effective process goes a long way in how employees perceive the company’s commitment to their needs.Tell us more about your recent announcement about AI technology for Email Management?Employee reimbursement is the second largest expense for companies, yet little to no innovation has taken place in the past two decades when it comes to expense management technology. Today, a significant portion of business spend happens online. Whether it’s transportation receipts or a software subscription invoice, email has become the default repository for receipts.To relieve the pain and hassles of expense management, Fyle launched the industry’s first AI-powered expense management solution integrated with email, empowering users to automatically report expenses directly from receipts in emails with one click directly from Google G Suite and Microsoft Office 365. The Google Chrome extension, G Suite add-on and mobile plugin enables automatic tracking to identify expenses and create reports directly from the Gmail inbox from mobile or desktop devices.Fyle’s Gmail add-on sits securely inside the email inbox and helps create expense entries without ever leaving the inbox. Fyle extracts relevant data from the attached receipt in the message and auto-fills information for reporting the expense. Details of the expense such as currency, amount and merchant, category and other important fields are automatically populated from the receipt, which is attached to the expense as soon as it’s submitted.Why should marketers leverage your AI tool? How does it compete with other email delivery platforms? Marketers — and anyone, really — can benefit from the Fyle platform because it makes expense management, typically a tedious task, streamlined and simple. Anyone who travels for business and receives receipts via email, specifically Microsoft Office 356 and Google G Suite, can automatically extract receipts from their inbox, complete with policy checks to ensure they always report compliant expenses. In essence, the platform improves the overall employee experience and gives them one less thing to worry about.How can businesses maximize their ROI from investing in your platform? Tracking expenses is an unproductive part of work for any working professional. A significant amount of time gets consumed in manually tracking expenses. A recent survey by HRS, estimates that it costs about $54 per report to process expenses manually. This process also consumes a disproportionate amount of time from the finance and accounting process.Business that use Fyle, are able to realize ROI by:Reducing the amount of manual work involved for employees and admins alike. If a manual process to submit an expense report with about 20 expenses takes 2.5 hours, with Fyle, it takes less than 10 minutes.Ensuring that accurate and real-time enforcement of company policies and employee expenses are not in violation, and in detecting and preventing duplication of bills before submission. This avoids over-spending on invalid expenses, whether accidental or fraudulent.In addition, since the platform uses intelligent automation, expense management is transformed from a tedious process to one that is handled in just a few simple clicks. This frees up employees’ time to be productive in other more strategic ways.Tell us about your technology integrations with other Marketing Technology platforms such as Contacts, Contracts, Email and Customer Service.As a product, Fyle has a fairly unique proposition where we have opened up and published our APIs. This is a first step towards enabling seamless integrations with cross-functional systems. Examples of such systems include ERPs, CRMs, Project Management systems, Hiring and Applicant tracking systems.As a product we are deeply embedded in the G Suite ecosystem with multiple integration points and we also have a very unique Office 365 integration – this covers 95% of the world’s email subscription-based systems.Which Marketing and Sales Automation tools and technologies do you currently use?We use HubSpot, Freshsales, Reply.io, LinkedIn Sales Navigator and Intercom.What are your predictions on the most impactful disruptions in AI and Digital Asset Management technology for 2019-2020?People will be more aware of what is true AI and what is not; there will be a lot of contextual AI, which solves real-world problems that people experience on a day-to-day basis. In addition, I feel that voice-based AI is becoming more prevalent in use cases including answering basic questions, or in customer support to diagnose problems.What startups in the technology industry are you watching keenly right now? In addition to the expense management industry, I am keenly watching companies in the payments industry and the travel industry.How do you prepare for an AI-centric world as a Business Leader?Organizations large and small can start by first being data oriented before anything. How the company consumes the data it generates is a good indicator of how AI-ready it can be. We are seeing cloud platforms and tools making it easier than ever to build machine learning based systems. An application of machine learning in the real world or a business context constitutes AI.How do you inspire your people to work with technology? With my team, I try to ensure that they are on top of their game and skills by encouraging them to read, learn and look at how a certain problem is solved elsewhere and if something has worked, we should not try to reinvent the wheel or try to solve a problem that has been solved.One word that best describes how you work.Disciplined.What apps/software/tools can’t you live without?Slack, Gmail, Google Maps.What’s your smartest work related shortcut or productivity hack?Adding to-dos on as meeting invites on my calendar.What are you currently reading? (What do you read, and how do you consume information?)Currently reading “Cashvertising” by Eric Whitman. I mostly consume information via podcasts. I am a huge Audible fan and have finished more books on audible than by reading.What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?Just start, life will fill in the details from there.Something you do better than others – the secret of your success?Not sure about being better than others but I like to think that I am reasonably successful at getting people to believe by being passionate, honest and at times vulnerable.Tag the one person (or more) in the industry whose answers to these questions you would love to read:Would love to read Mike Volpe’s (CEO, Lola.com) answers to these questions.Would you like us to recommend you as a Speaker to conferences relevant to your technology?Yes, I would be interested.Thank you, Yash! That was fun and hope to see you back on MarTech Series soon. About YashAbout FyleAbout Yash MarTech Interview with Yash Madhusudhan, CEO and Co-Founder, Fyle Sudipto GhoshMay 10, 2019, 3:49 pmMay 10, 2019 The MTS Martech Interview Series is a fun Q&A style chat which we really enjoy doing with martech leaders. With inspiration from Lifehacker’s How I work interviews, the MarTech Series Interviews follows a two part format On Marketing Technology, and This Is How I Work. The format was chosen because when we decided to start an interview series with the biggest and brightest minds in martech – we wanted to get insight into two areas … one – their ideas on marketing tech and two – insights into the philosophy and methods that make these leaders tick. MarTech Interview Series About Fylecenter_img Yash loves building & connecting things that don’t seem so to everyone. He is passionate about developing Products / Markets and fortunate to have been doing what I love for over 12 years.Yash has crazy about Customer / user experience and particularly interested in working on 3 areas – Analytics, SaaS & Big data. He have excelled in Enterprise sales & Solution sales working for Global MNCs & early stage to mid stage venture backed Start-ups. Experience is building high performance direct sales teams , channel partner program, partner compensation . Experience in working with partners & customers across APAC & EU “Organizations large and small can start by first being data oriented before anything. How the company consumes the data it generates is a good indicator of how AI-ready it can be.” Fyle is the next-generation spend management platform for businesses that employees actually love using. Fyle comes with plugins that makes the entire process of fyling an expense similar to liking a post on facebook. Its that easy. Fyle links email, consumer apps and other platforms to simplify recording, sharing and processing of expenses and invoices within an organization. With Fyle, users can capture their spend data the moment they complete the transaction with a single click.Fyle has created the world’s first automated data extraction engine for emails that works across G-Suite and Outlook clients that captures information like Amount, Merchant Name, Category along with the attached invoice automatically. So, if you’ve spent on your company’s behalf and hate filling up forms and spreadsheets, there is a better way, Just Fyle It.We use Machine Learning algorithms to make the invoices readable, searchable and processable and to flag suspicious ones. Fyle incorporates enterprise workflows to ensure that the expenses are approved by the right people in the organization and pushed to payment and accounting automatically. 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Hubble Spots a Black Hole That Shouldnt Exist

first_imgHubble Spots a Black Hole That Shouldn’t Exist Actors Who Could Barely Stomach Kissing Each Other on Screen Lilly From ‘Princess Diaries’ Is 36 Now and Gorgeous The Outrage Over Robert Pattinson As Batman Continues Winnie From ‘Wonder Years’ Is 44 Now and Unrecognizably Gorgeous Henry Cavill ‘Tried on’ a New Superman Suit and It’s Awesome The Real Reason Emma Watson Refuses to Do a Nude Scene 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. ‘Doctor Strange 2’ May Have A Different Version Of Nick Fury This Is Where ‘The Man With the Golden Voice’ Ended Up 13 Comments By Ryan Whitwam on July 13, 2019 at 8:20 am Conventional wisdom holds that most large galaxies harbor supermassive black holes at their centers. Scientists also believe that only so-called “active” galaxies should have visible accretion disc of matter, but the Hubble Space Telescope has found one around a black hole with unusually low luminosity. This galaxy might bend the rules a bit, but it offers an opportunity to study how the theory of relativity applies in the real world. NGC 3147 is a large spiral galaxy just a bit smaller than our own Milky Way. It sits about 120 million light-years away — you’ve probably seen pictures of it because it’s quite stunning. Active galaxies like quasars are easy to spot. The matter falling into them produces emissions across the electromagnetic spectrum, and the accretion discs are quite visible. Everyone thought NGC 3147 was far too dim to have a disc of its own, but a new analysis from an international team suggests otherwise. Hubble collected data from the central black hole in NGC 3147, which has a mass about 250 million times greater than our sun. The object turns out to have a thin disc of material similar to what you’d find around an active galactic nucleus. Observations from Hubble show the disc spins at about 10 percent the speed of light. Researcher Stefano Bianchi from the Università degli Studi Roma Tre in Italy says this discovery indicates the current models for low luminosity galaxies have “clearly failed.”This discovery could have far-reaching effects on the way we model galaxies and black holes, but it also could lead to a better understanding of the physics underlying supermassive objects. The fast-moving disc combined with the low apparent brightness of NGC 3147 could make it possible to test both general and special relativity. General relativity deals with the mechanisms of gravity in the universe, and special relativity describes the relationship between space and time. Since NGC 3147 is dimmer than a typical active galaxy, we can make out the accretion disc around it much better. The disc is inside the black hole’s powerful gravity field where scientists can study the way it affects light. Based on findings in NGC 3147, astronomers may now go on the hunt for other weakly active galaxies. Some may even be closer to Earth where we can make even more precise measurements to test Einstein’s theories.Now read:Cold Quasars Could Change Our Understandings of Galactic DeathAstronomers Capture Historic First Photo of Black HoleResearchers Use Supersonic Fluid to Test Hawking’s Black Hole Theories Tagged In sciencespaceastronomyphysicsblack holeshubblegalaxiessupermassive black holes Post a Comment 13 Commentslast_img read more

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New Solar Panels Use Waste Heat to Purify Water

first_img Solar panels can bring electricity to remote areas, and photovoltaic technology has improved in recent years. However, many of these regions also have limited access to clean water. A new type of solar power setup developed at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia could address both of those issues. These panels leverage waste heat from solar panels to distill and purify water. The researchers used salt water to test the technology, but it should work equally well on fresh water that simply isn’t fit for human consumption. The solar panels sit on top of a multi-layer box where they can absorb sunlight and generate power. Below that is a three-stage distillation unit. There’s nothing particularly special about the solar panels used in the system. About 10 percent of the sunlight hitting the photovoltaic cells goes toward generating power. While much higher efficiencies have been demonstrated in the lab, most commercial cells are only a little more efficient. However, those panels aren’t also generating water. As the panels pull in solar radiation to make power, some of the energy radiates out as waste heat. The King Abdullah University of Science and Technology design directs that heat down into the first layer of water purification. It heats seawater, causing it to evaporate and re-condense as clean, fresh water. The heat generated by the first layer passes through a membrane into the second distillation layer where it purifies more water, and it’s the same for the third (bottom) layer. It’s essentially a very fancy stacked solar still — the researchers note the solar panel design purified three times as much water as a solar still, and you get electricity, too. According to the team, water passed through the device comes out safe for drinking by all measurable standards. The levels of lead, copper, sodium, calcium, and magnesium after filtration are all below the thresholds set by the World Health Organization. You might be able to deploy a more efficient solar power farm and water purification rig as separate systems, but the system developed by these researchers could be a major breakthrough because it can do both at the same time. The team sees this as an ideal solution for remote areas where people have limited power and ample access to undrinkable water. With more efficient solar panels, they say, this system could eventually generate 10 percent of the world’s fresh water.Now read:RoboFly Is the First Wireless Insectoid Robot to Take FlightMIT’s ‘Sun in a Box’ Could Solve Our Energy Storage WoesSaudi Arabia, SoftBank Plan the World’s Largest Solar Project The Sad Situation That Hayden Panettiere Is Living In Today 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 Real Reason Emma Watson Refuses to Do a Nude Scene New Solar Panels Use Waste Heat to Purify Water You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Cartoon Episodes So Controversial They Were Banned Artist Reimagines Iconic Disney Scenes with a Hilarious Twist Celebs Who Were Sadly Killed By Their Fans By Ryan Whitwam on July 11, 2019 at 8:40 am 14 Comments Huge Scandals That Rocked The History Channel The First ‘Scary MCU Film’ Will Come Out During Phase 4 Easter Eggs In ‘E.T.’ You Only Notice As An Adult Tagged In scienceengineeringsolar powerwaterwater purification Post a Comment 14 Commentslast_img read more

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Hands On at the Track With the 2020 Mini Cooper SE Electric

first_img By Bill Howard on July 17, 2019 at 7:30 am Things Only Adults Notice in ‘ThunderCats’ The Transformation of Daisy Ridley Is Turning Heads J.K. Rowling Confirms a Hermione Theory We Suspected All Along Hands On at the Track With the 2020 Mini Cooper SE Electric The Real Reason Marvel Didn’t Bring Back Snipes For ‘Blade’ Tagged In carsautomobilesautosteslaEVsBEVsFormula EMiniMini Cooper SEMini Electric Post a Comment 6 Comments 6 Comments What We Know About the Upcoming ‘Control Game’ So Far Mini is targeting urban performance over exurban range with the 2020 Mini Cooper SE. And its performance is exceptional, even if battery life will be better suited for urban/suburban driving than vacation treks. Mini says the Cooper SE travels 235-270 km (146-168 miles) on a full charge, at least based on European testing. Some reports say EPA range will be as little as 114 miles per charge, while US pricing is likely to start around $35,000-$38,000. Those estimates are based on European pricing, although euro-to-dollar conversions can be too simplistic.Some of the Cooper SE’s tradeoffs stem from the car’s provenance: The three-door hatchback body is based on a Mini design that dates to 2014. The drivetrain is sourced from the first-generation BMW i3 that goes back to 2013. Both are likely to be upgraded in the next two years, and the electric Mini should follow.The Mini Cooper SE (Mini Electric outside the US) is cat-quick on Brooklyn’s tight 1.5-mile Formula E racetrack.Crisp Handling, One-Pedal Driving at the TrackMini used the occasion of the Formula E race in Brooklyn to invite a dozen auto writers and editors to sample the new car on the 1.5-mile track. (After the professionals were done racing for the day.) Flat-out driving wasn’t possible on the tight track. What was clear was how quick the car accelerated at the kinds of speeds you’d experience building up steam entering a highway on-ramp or getting through a stoplight that just turned yellow. There was very little lean even at the track’s 180-degree hairpin turn.Most significantly, when you flip a button on the console for max regeneration, the resistance provided by the generator charging the battery effectively takes over the braking chores. Driving in a tightly bunched wave of five similar Minis, lifting off the throttle immediately slowed my car significantly for the next turn. I only needed to feather the brakes a couple of times on a 15-turn track, typically when the pre-collision alert indicator flashed in the head-up display. (The PCS warning provides ample advance notice.)If you’ve ever been karting, this is the same one-pedal sensation: The moment you lift off the throttle, you’re effectively braking. If you haven’t karted, it’s like being aboard a riding mower when you lift. (If you haven’t been aboard a riding mower, well, it’s exciting for 15 minutes.) For drivers who find max regen unsettling, at least at first, you can flip the switch for more minimal brake regeneration.Crossing NYC bridges in the Cooper SE.Night Rider, TooTo round out the sporty urban-car experience, Mini offered night drives during the race weekend. In this case, the cars were driven by company pros, because it was hard enough making it to the 6 PM lapping experience without a drink (the FIA race sponsoring body has a 0.0 percent BAC rule for anyone going on the track) and impossible to get to 10 PM without a cocktail or two.In crowded Brooklyn and Manhattan, this was a perfect car for moving about at night, plenty quick, with zero tailpipe emissions. It’s a good car for two, although this two-door has seatbelts for five. At 152 inches long (12-plus feet), it’s easy to find openings in traffic and then at the curb.The instrument panel and center stack.Mini Cooper SE SpecsThe Mini Cooper SE (US name)/Mini Electric (Europe name) is a front-motor, front-drive car. The 32.6-kWh lithium-ion battery forms a T that runs between the front seats and under the back seats. The electric motor is rated at 135 kW or 181 US hp, and 270 Nm (199 pound-feet) torque. It’s a transplant from the carbon-fiber BMW i3 city vehicle, or as Mini puts it, “[The] drive technology comes from the BMW Group competence centers for electro mobility in Dingolfing and Landshut [Germany].” Production is in Oxford, England.The battery/motor combination is good for 7.3 second 0-100 kph runs (0-62 mph). In testing, it felt especially strong getting to 30 mph. The low position of the battery packs lowers the car’s center of gravity by 30 mm (1.2 inches). You’ll have to work to roll this Mini. It weighs in at 3,010 pounds (1,365 kg), 320 pounds (145 kg) more than the gas-engine Cooper S with an automatic gearbox. Top speed is 93 mph. Charging is possible from a 12-volt socket, a wall-mounted home charger, or public charging stations, including DC fast charging at 50 kW. At 50 kW, you get an 80 percent charge in 35 minutes.Electronics include Apple CarPlay, a 5.5-inch multi-information display in the instrument panel, and a 6.5-inch LCD in a big circle at the top of the center stack.Mini Cooper SE (electric), gas-engine Mini Cooper S, and BMW i3. (Far left: BMW C Evolution electric scooter.)How Successful Will a $35K Short-Ranger Be?The car is half a year from shipping in the US. But judgments are being formed. Some of the early press/analyst reports say it’s a lot of money for a car that gets as little as 114 miles in the US. (AutoPacific analyst Ed Kim says it’s a good price/performance point for a 2015 EV.) US pricing is likely to be in the mid-thirties for a Mini. It’s a little better price/performance ratio at 140-150 miles (the European WLPT estimate). BMW execs said they didn’t want to burden the Mini Cooper SE with a higher price tag. Our $35,000-$39,000 USA starting-price estimate is a simple conversion of UK pricing, £27,900, or Europe pricing, €34,400. There will be three trim lines: Signature, Signature Plus, and Iconic.At a weekend press conference at the Formula E race in Brooklyn, Pieter Nota, BMW board member for customer-brands-sales, got roughed up by the media who noted that a short-range EV is more of an urban than a suburban car, yet most urban areas, especially New York City, have precious few charging stations. (BMW and Mini have a relationship with the ChargePoint network.) And, said writers and editors who live in the Big Apple, when you go to a parking garage that claims to offer EV charging, it may be the wrong kind, it’s not working, or there are no free charging spaces. This is not a BMW-Mini problem, though.The real BMW-Mini-specific problem is where Mini’s future lies: It’s primarily a sedan/coupe brand at a time when SUVs dominate. Electrification may boost Mini’s sales, which peaked at 66,502 in the US in 2013 and had led Mini to say they’d sell 100,000 vehicles a year in 2020. Instead, they fell to just 43,684 last year and may be as low as 36,000 this year, based on June year-to-date sales of less than 18,000. Mini’s woes may be one reason chairman Harald Krueger opted not to seek an extension of his contract that expires next year.Our take is that the range — say it’s 140 miles — is a little disappointing relative to the price. But Mini needed to get an EV into the market. It had a prototype out in 2008 that was made available to 400 enthusiasts, and Mini had plenty of time to digest their comments. (One was that they didn’t like batteries replacing the back seat, which shows how far technology has come. Now the back seat is back.) It should have been out already. We’re assuming the Mini Cooper SE will live for 2-3 years and then we’ll see a much-improved version using newer BMW-Mini technology. BMW will ship the iX3 — a battery-electric X3 — in a year or so, reportedly with a 300-hp motor and battery good for 250 miles on a charge. The next electric Mini likely will use a scaled-down version of that motor.Meantime, for the price of what the Mini Cooper SE likely costs, you can get a Tesla Model 3, Kira Niro EV, Chevrolet Bolt, or Nissan Leaf Plus with 226 to 258 miles or range. Only the Tesla matches Mini as a perceived premium brand, which may justify some of the pricing. Or for $30,000 you could get a 150-mile Nissan Leaf. Mini must be counting on the fun factor to woo buyers. That it is: fun, and fast.Now read:2019 Mini Countryman S E All4 Review: Bouncy, Fun-to-Drive Plug-In HybridBrooklyn Electric Car Races Add Showroom Stock CarsThe Go-Fast, Go-Safe Parts You Only Get on Police Cars 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. You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Linda Hamilton Refused To Say Certain Lines In ‘Dark Fate’ Cartoon Episodes So Controversial They Were Bannedlast_img read more

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Scientists Simulate Marsquakes With Data From InSight Lander

first_imgScientists Simulate Marsquakes With Data From InSight Lander Dani From ‘Girl Next Door’ is Absolutely Gorgeous Now at 36 ‘Black Widow’ Set Photos Reveal The Main Villain 0 Comments 10 Scientifically Proven Side Effects of Growing a Beard We Finally Understand Why ‘Criminal Minds’ Got Canceled By Ryan Whitwam on July 23, 2019 at 1:54 pm You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet If you’ve ever wondered how different marsquakes are from earthquakes, we now have the answer thanks to NASA and Swiss research university ETH Zurich. NASA delivered the first-ever seismometer to the red planet aboard the InSight lander last year, and it’s now deployed and sending back data. Researchers from ETH Zurich have used that data to reconstruct a marsquake here on Earth, and it’s not what anyone expected. InSight touched down on Mars back in November of 2018. The robotic lander’s goal is to study the interior of Mars, which has not been possible with past missions like Curiosity. Among InSight’s instruments is the Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure (SEIS). NASA successfully deployed the sensor in December of 2018 (see above) after building a model of InSight’s landing zone on Earth to rehearse the delicate process. InSight placed the instrument about 5.3 feet (1.6 meters) away, close to the maximum reach of its robotic arm. If SEIS didn’t make good contact with the ground, its data wouldn’t be useful. Luckily, the sensor works perfectly and detected its first marsquake in April 2019. In a new video, ETH Zurich scientists demonstrate the differences between seismic events on Earth, the moon, and Mars. They have a quake simulator that can reproduce a seismic event from data as you’d get from an instrument like SEIS or the seismometer deployed on the moon by Apollo 11 50 years ago. Seismic waves are affected by the composition of a planet or moon, so you’d expect different worlds to have different quakes. Indeed, quakes on Earth feature strong initial P-wave arrival followed by a stronger S-wave. To experience moonquakes, the team had to scale the signal up by one million times. Seismic waves on the moon have much smaller attenuation with strong scattering. So a moonquake could last an hour or more. For the marsquake simulation, the team had to increase the InSight signal by 10 million times. The lander has so far detected two “families” of marsquakes. There’s a high-frequency version and the low-frequency version demonstrated in the video. The lower-frequency quakes may originate farther from InSight. The waves aren’t the same as on Earth, but they’re not like the moon either. ETH Zurich researchers believe Mars will end up having seismic properties in between the two. In time, the seismic data from Mars could help us better understand its composition without cracking it open to take a peek.Now read:InSight Lander Records the Sound of Martian WindInSight Takes Its First Mars SelfieInSight Beams Back Daily Weather Reports From Mars Exclusive Interview with Legendary ‘Hellboy’ Creator 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. Tagged In sciencespacenasamarseth zurichseismologyseis Post a Comment 0 Comments Huge Scandals That Rocked The History Channel This ‘Iron Man’ Scene Created the Whole ‘Far From Home’ Plot This ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Star is Breathtaking in Realitylast_img read more

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Intel Acknowledges It Was Too Aggressive With Its 10nm Plans

first_img Ginny From ‘Harry Potter’ Is 28 and Unrecognizably Gorgeous The Most Inappropriate Comic Book Characters Ever Even in 2017, it seemed like a risky bet. Intel’s 2017 argument, essentially, was that it had taken the extra delay on 10nm and turned it into a win by delivering a more aggressive node shrink. But there was always a risk of biting off more than one could chew — and that kind of mistake can harm companies for a very long time.At Architecture Day last December, Intel shared details of how the last four years have logjammed development processes. Intel’s entire design and development strategy hooked architectural improvements to new nodes. Once the company realized it wasn’t going to hit its initial 10nm projections back in 2015, it would have had to make a decision: Did it try to de-couple process node and architecture to pull 10nm design changes back into 14nm, or did it keep going and bet on 10nm being available in the near-term future?What we’ve heard from various sources is that Intel has pulled certain features originally intended for 10nm CPUs into 14nm parts, but that this linkage between new nodes and planned architectural improvements hit the firm hard. It’s possible that Intel made a decision to stay the course in 2015, believing that 10nm would be available by 2017. This obviously didn’t happen, but it’s possible that by the time Intel knew it wouldn’t, it didn’t make sense to try and pull 10nm chips into 14nm process nodes. The company might well have finished the work right around the time 10nm finally becomes available.Putting the Miss in ContextThere’s no arguing the fact that Intel missed, and missed badly, on 10nm. It’s unquestionably going to impact the company’s finances and competitive position against AMD, which is enjoying a resurgence of its own. But when you step back and take a look at the entire semiconductor market across multiple companies, these kinds of things happen. It isn’t always driven by foundry issues, but when you toss in the possibility for designs to under-deliver, the metaphorical board lights up with examples.Samsung’s first implementations of big.Little were broken and the resulting SoC’s had high power consumption. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 was viewed as a disappointment, though the company argued that some of this was the result of its own partners failing to implement power management properly. AMD’s Bulldozer architecture nearly killed the company. Jump back in time a little farther, and you’ve got the poorly received ATI Radeon HD 2000 family (developed mostly before the AMD acquisition). Nvidia, of course, had the infamous GeForce FX. Intel had Prescott. The point is, most major semiconductor companies have weathered significant silicon misses. This is something that happens to even the best-run companies.We’ve known for years that each new node brought greater challenges and tougher problems than the previous; that’s why fewer and fewer foundries bother operating on the leading edge at all. Intel might not have been the company anyone expected to slip, but the chances that somebody would have been rising every node.Intel is going to face a more competitive AMD and a tougher environment for its own products than it would have had it kept to its original plans. That’s a given. If it can’t bring 7nm to market in 2021 as is currently planned, the situation will get harder. We don’t even know when or if desktop CPUs will make the jump to 10nm, and they might avoid that node entirely until 10nm+ or 7nm are available. But Intel’s fundamental position across its markets is strong. It may lose a few points of market share to AMD — it probably will — but it isn’t going anywhere.Now Read: Intel’s Neuromorphic Loihi Processor Scales to 8M Neurons, 64 CoresNew Leak: Intel 10-Core Comet Lake CPUs Will Counterattack Ryzen 3000 FamilyIs Moore’s Law Alive, Dead, or Pining for the Fjords? Even Experts Disagree When Intel finally ships 10nm for laptops later this year, it’ll hopefully close the book on a uniquely difficult period in its own history. Originally, 10nm was intended to ship by 2016, following delays to the company’s 14nm process. Intel has since been forced to push the date back multiple times, though the company has repeatedly stated that it will not miss its own promise to have Ice Lake on store shelves by the holiday season of 2019.According to Intel CEO Bob Swan, that delay was caused by the company’s overly aggressive strategy for moving to its next node. The delay, Swan said at Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech conference, was “somewhat a function of what we’ve been able to do in the past, which in essence was defying the odds. At a time when it was getting harder and harder, we set a more and more aggressive goal. From that, it just took us longer.”According to Swan, Intel is prepared to put its problems behind it. “The short story is we learned from it,” Swan said. Intel has reportedly reorganized itself for greater transparency and better information exchange between business units to avoid these problems in the future.This explanation fits with what is publicly known about the situation. Back in 2017, Intel unveiled its 10nm node with promises of aggressive scaling, higher performance, and leading-edge density improvements. Features like contact over active gate were declared to be core components of how Intel would take a leadership position in the semiconductor industry. Intel’s 2017 slideshows on the topic are shown below: You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Proof Henry Cavill Isn’t a Very Good Dude at All By Joel Hruska on July 18, 2019 at 7:30 am 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 Revealing Story of Legendary Actor Albert Finney This slide summarizes why Intel wants a different metric for process nodes. Even compared to the “other” 14nm, its transistor density is still 1.23x higher. Note: We do not know which specific process nodes at Samsung or TSMC were compared against Intel’s products. <><><>1234567center_img The Best Superhero Movie You Haven’t Watched on Netflix Intel is claiming significant improvements on fin pitch, minimum metal pitch, cell height, and gate pitch, with two new technologies tossed in for good measure. <><><>1234 Intel Acknowledges It Was ‘Too Aggressive’ With Its 10nm Plans ‘Doctor Strange 2’ Release Date, Villain and Cast Actors Who Could Barely Stomach Kissing Each Other on Screen Tagged In amdintelgamingcpuscpusemiconductors7nm10nmarchitecturemicroarchitecture Post a Comment 125 Comments The Untold Truth of Brandon Lee 125 Commentslast_img read more

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YAO Network Makes BaaS 30 a Reality

first_imgYAO Network Connects Businesses, Community and Developers YAO Network aims to be an entry point into the blockchain world, through which developers can access to mainstream blockchain networks and view relevant and updated information for their blockchain projects. YAO Network aims to provide supportive access tools and a great technological interface to facilitate the development of commercial applications, such as the building of an on-demand blockchain network for consortium and private blockchains.Marketing Technology News: Softeon Expands Retail and eCommerce Logistics Solution Footprint and SuccessHere is a simple illustration to demonstrate what YAO Network embodies in the larger framework.To make BaaS 3.0 possible and form a robust ecosystem that integrates commercial application, the tech community and application developers, the YAO Network has designed its platform to serve the following functionalities:1. Entry PointYAO Network aims to be an entry point into the blockchain world, through which developers can access to mainstream blockchain networks and view relevant and updated information for their blockchain projects. The YAO Network aims to provide supportive access tools and a great technological interface to facilitate the development of commercial applications, such as the building of an on-demand blockchain network for consortium and private blockchains.2. HubAs an entry builder, YAO Network aims to become a blockchain hub that connects developers with existing blockchains or new blockchain networks on-demand to facilitate the blockchain community. To do so, the YAO Network has included many features in its system including distributed identity, off-chain orales, incident feedback mechanism etc. to improve the interoperability and scalability of the blockchain network.3. MarketYAO Network provides an open Cloud Service Market for service providers to create their cloud services and sell them to terminal users under a visualized operation interface. Such services can be basic services such as access to a blockchain’s underlying framework or advanced services such as function modules and application service components etc.4. EcosystemYAO Network differs from traditional BaaS platforms in that it, unlike the rest, is a self-driven ecosystem. YAO, the value-carrier of the YAO Network ecosystem, encourages users to constantly generate technological services and content on the hub, thereby ensuring healthy growth and development of the whole ecosystem. Ideally, it is expected that the community will take over the reins from the YAO Network team and become the main contributor to the development of the YAO Network platform.Like time, technology waits for no man. Blockchain technology has already been gaining rapid traction around the globe and it is only a matter of time before the fourth industrial revolution hits, and with it, the mainstreaming of BaaS platforms like the YAO Network. It’s time to join the BaaS 3.0 revolution!Marketing Technology News: NextStage to Support YSEOP, a World Leader in AI Dedicated to Natural Language Generation, in View to Accelerating Growth, Particularly in the United States BaaS 3.0blockchainMarketing Technology NewsNewsYAO Network Previous ArticleTechBytes with Andy Hunn, COO at ResonateNext ArticleNTT DATA Presents the Future of Digital Acceleration YAO Network Makes BaaS 3.0 a Reality PRNewswireJuly 15, 2019, 1:22 pmJuly 15, 2019 center_img The concept of a Blockchain-as-a-Service (BaaS) 3.0 platform suggests the best of both worlds – a centralised system of decentralised technology – and that is exactly what YAO Network strives to provide. Launched on 7 May 2019, the innovative platform garnered attention from the media as one of the few to launch a new generation of public infrastructure platform that will function as an ecosystem entry, a computation hub and a service market for blockchain communities. Despite recent developments in the BaaS sector, BaaS remains far from maturity. Having cycled through two “versions”, many are hoping the increase in demand would spur BaaS to scale up as a sector in order to meet the growing need for a network of blockchain communities. The future platform, BaaS 3.0, should rightfully introduce new technical frameworks with outstanding features for both enterprises and individuals, providing a thriving ecosystem with diversified content for online and offline technology communities. While many platforms are still in the midst of grappling with the transition, YAO Network has been quick to respond to the call and has developed its own blockchain platform to make BaaS 3.0 a reality.Marketing Technology News: Study Finds Enterprises Rapidly Shifting to Hybrid, Multi-Cloud Business Modellast_img read more

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Priceless Experiences Are Coming to a Smart Speaker Near You

first_imgMastercard unveils plans to launch Priceless Experiences voice assistantMastercard announces it’s first-ever voice skill for smart speakers: the Priceless Experiences skill. With 75 percent of US households expected to own at least one smart speaker by 20201, and with 74 percent of Americans prioritizing experiences over products2, Mastercard has developed the skill as a go-to resource for unique experiences in your home city or while traveling.Available exclusively to Mastercard cardholders, Priceless Experiences offers access to unforgettable activities in the cities where you live and travel. Whether you’re looking for memorable experiences while vacationing or you want a special encounter closer to home, as a cardholder, you can now access experiences through your Alexa-enabled or Google smart speaker, as well as through Priceless.com.Marketing Technology News: Mongolia’s Mongolsat Networks Optimizes Multi-Screen Video Delivery with Verimatrix and moTV.eu The skill, which will be available this summer, will allow users to hear about a wide variety of experiences available in cities including New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Boston and Chicago, simply by asking their speaker to “Open Priceless Experiences.” Smart speaker owners will know the skill has activated thanks to the immediate chime of the Mastercard sonic melody. Content for cities outside the U.S. is expected in 2020.“Voice is the next frontier of search and retail. Sound—and in this case the Priceless Experiences skill marked by the Mastercard sonic brand—is a powerful way for us to create a culturally-relevant and emotional connection with consumers,” said Raja Rajamannar, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Mastercard.The digital age continues to transform the way we live, shop and pay—hundreds of millions of people are already using smart speakers, and voice shopping alone is set to hit $40 billion by 2022.Marketing Technology News: Study: Consumers Reject Brands That Advertise on ‘Fake News’ and Objectionable Content OnlinePriceless experiences include touring a private art collection in Miami’s Design District, dining at the chef’s table at a famous LA restaurant and visiting the world’s first urban rooftop vineyard. As Mastercard builds out the skill for global use, it will continue to add experiences such as going behind the scenes at the Forbidden City palace complex in Beijing or getting VIP tickets to The BRIT Awards.“Mobile, desktop and voice are now the core digital interfaces. As usage grows, consumers will expect anything that is available digitally can be accessed with their smart speakers,” said Wilson Standish, Director of Voice, Gimlet. “We are thrilled to work with Mastercard in finding a way to make Priceless Experiences accessible in this audio-first medium.”So, if you’re not sure what to do on the weekend or looking for help planning an adventure on your next vacation, simply ask Amazon Alexa or the Google Assistant to “Open Priceless Experiences” and start something priceless.Marketing Technology News: Triton Digital Integrates Centro’s Basis Platform with the a2x Programmatic Marketplace Priceless Experiences Are Coming to a Smart Speaker Near You Business WireJune 18, 2019, 1:49 pmJune 18, 2019 center_img MastercardNewsPriceless ExperiencesRaja RajamannarSmart SpeakerWilson Standish Previous ArticleMediaMath and White Ops Build Transparency and Trust into the Programmatic Supply ChainNext ArticleMoz Expands Partner Ecosystem, Delivers Best-of-Breed Local Presence Management & SEOlast_img read more

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Will BJP Get New Chief Amit Shahled Party Meet to Decide Today

first_imgNew Delhi: BJP chief Amit Shah has called a party meeting on Thursday to decide whether the BJP will have a new president before the next round of assembly polls in the coming months or the change of guard will happen in January 2020 when Shah’s three-year term comes to an end.All office bearers, state in-charges and co-incharges, general secretaries, secretary (organisation) and state presidents will be present at the meeting where the election schedule will also be finalised. After Shah was nominated to the Union cabinet, it is widely expected that the BJP will have a new president. Similar procedure was followed in 2014 when Rajnath Singh demitted office as BJP chief after being made home minister in the Modi government.Shah replaced Rajnath as organisational head, and completed his predecessor’s remaining term.The two options before the BJP at present are to either appoint a new party chief through a motion in the central parliamentary board, which is the 11-member higher decision making body of the party. The decision has to be later ratified by the nation council. The interim president chosen through this process remains in charge till the party chief is formally elected through the normal process due in January 2020.The other option is to continue with the current team till January next year so that the established mechanism may oversee assembly polls in Haryana, Jharkhand and Maharashtra.The organisational election process in the BJP starts later this year and culminates with the election of National President in January 2020. The amended BJP constitution stipulates for two full three-year term for the post of the party president. Amit ShahBJPNarendra Modirajnath singh First Published: June 13, 2019, 10:00 AM ISTlast_img read more

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Amazon Echo Looks mobile apps are now available

first_imgIt’s almost too easy to label the Echo Look as an “Echo with a camera”, and that would mostly be correct. However, it does have just a bit more than that. It has, for example, four LED flash and a depth-sensing camera. All of these, however, are included to be at the service of fashion.While it’s definitely possible to use the Echo Look using only your voice, just like you would any Echo device, its real purpose shines through the Echo Look app. This is where your full-body photos and video clips are sent, though the files themselves are stored on the cloud. But in case you need a real-time glance as your get up, especially in places you can’t see or reach, the app also lets you view a live feed of the camera as you do a 360-degree spin.The app also lets you compile your photos and videos into a Look Book. Think of it as a daily fashion journal that makes sure you don’t make the embarrassing mistake of wearing the same thing in a row. The app also lets you get fashion advice from computers, with a little help from humans, using the Style Check feature. The Echo Look is primarily a fashion assistant that has Alexa tacked on. Amazon, however, promises that it will improve as time goes by. Whether that means it will gain features unrelated to fashion, like a security camera, remains to be seen. For now, it remains to be a $199.99 version of the Echo that not many might find all that appealing. Amazon’s launch of the screen-toting Echo Show may have made people forget the fact that it launched a different Echo model just two weeks prior. And for good reason too. The camera-enabled Echo Look, after all, seemed to cater to a very niche market. Some might even look at it, pun totally intended, like a month-late April Fools or an SNL skit. But to show it really means business, it has just released the Android and iOS apps to help users fend off the fashion police.center_img Download: Echo Look (Google Play Store), (iTunes App Store)last_img read more

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Next Moto Mods batch includes 360degree camera DirectTV DTV

first_imgThe first set of Moto Mods included, unsurprisingly, a battery pack and JBL speakers. The short throw projector was, admittedly, a curious one. Hasselblad True Zoom didn’t come until much later and the gamepad only went public this year. Fortunately, it doesn’t seem like Moto has any intention to stop. Not that it can, considering how much it already invested in this path. A lot more than LG definitely.At an exclusive press event in West Africa, Motorola showed off some of the Moto Mods concepts it had in store. Taking center stage is none other than a 360-degree camera. While there is no shortage of such accessories, this Mod physically attaches to the back of a compatible Moto Z phone. And unlike something almost similar in the Essential Phone’s camera, this one uses the physical connection for both power and data transfer, making the latter faster and more robust.But wait, there’s more! Motorola showed off two Marshall-branded Mods, one that’s just a speaker and another one with a mic on top. Unexpectedly, it also showed a DirecTV mod that would presumably let users watch satellite broadcast TV from anywhere right on their Moto Z. There’s also a DSLR Mod which might actually reuse the phone’s camera, unlike the Hasselblad True Zoom. And then there’s an Action Cam mod that you can rotate to face any direction you wish. At the moment, save perhaps for the 360-degree camera, these mods are but concepts that have yet to become real products. That said, they do prove that Motorola at least believes in its own modular vision. Fortunately, it also has the capacity to turn that vision into reality. The only real questions are when and for how much.VIA: TechDroider (1), (2) In 2016, two big smartphone makers took a stab at the modular phone idea. Only one of them, however, seems to have really believed in it. Met with lukewarm reception, LG went back to the basics, albeit with less bezels. Lenovo-owned Motorola, however, soldiered on And while its first set of Moto Mods were on the tame and traditional side, the upcoming concepts shown off at a press event in Ghana seems to at least show a bit of teeth.last_img read more

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Alphabet tipped in talks with Lyft over possible 1b investment

first_imgThe information comes from Bloomberg, which says sources caution the rumored deal may fall through. However, should Alphabet proceed, it could result in Google investing somewhere around $1 billion in Lyft, something that itself was recently tipped as eyeing a possible expansion of its services into Canada.Neither Alphabet/Google or Lyft have commented on the rumor. Sources don’t go into many details beyond the tipped investment, though it is known that Lyft had informal discussions with Alphabet in 2016. Whether this newer tipped business plan is related to last year’s talks isn’t clear. Such an investment would prove excellent for Lyft, however.While Uber continues to stare down the barrel of public criticism and legal troubles, Lyft has been doubling down on its own expansion, advertisements, and spending (in a manner of speaking). All signs point toward the company eyeing a wider presence on the market, and indeed we recently saw it roll out into a greater number of cities in the US. According to the company’s most recent expansion announcement, Lyft now offers service across 94% of the US.SOURCE: Bloomberg Look out Uber. Sources claim Alphabet is currently in talks about making a major investment in ridesharing company Lyft, something that will be done through either Google or CapitalG. The news comes amidst Waymo’s legal spat with Uber, something that resulted in a deal between Waymo and Lyft earlier this year. Sources claim Alphabet and Lyft haven’t finalized a deal at this time.last_img read more

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Bang Olufsen DIY device gives new life to old speakers

first_imgIt’s time to head to the ol’ swap meet to find a few vintage speakers – they’re about to get wicked sweet again. Bang & Olufsen teamed up with HiFiBerry this week to reveal the Beocreate 4 Channel Amplifier. This piece of equipment can be installed in any old B&O speaker to enable wireless features. As such, your father can finally say “I told you so” for keeping his ancient box speakers sitting in your parents’ basement for the last several decades. This is what’s called “upcycling”, and it’s great for the environment. Great because that’ll be one fewer set of speakers in a landfill, and great because that’s one fewer big fat monster set of speakers that needs to be produced in the near future. The product the user will buy is relatively tiny and fits into a wide variety of products.“Beocreate 4 channel amplifier” is this product’s name, and high-quality music playback is its game. This product is is a DSP/DAC/amplifier combination board, and it requires your dad’s old loudspeaker to work. Specs for this board are as follows.• Up to 180W output power (2x30W, 2x60W)• Capable of driving up to four 4-8 Ohm speakers (the two 60Wchannels can drive 2 Ohm speakers)• Sample rates up to 192kHz• 4 channel digital-analog conversion included• Speakers can be connected via screw terminals• Weight: 200g• Dimensions: 18 x 14 x 3cmThis board can be used as-is as a digital amplifier with all the specs included above. In addition, this board can be combined with a Raspberry Pi miniature computer to expand its abilities beyond the basics. • Fully controllable from the Raspberry Pi• Plug-and-play with Raspberry Pi board• Fully programmable from the Raspberry PiThis collaboration gives HiFiBerry to reach a larger audience, too. They make more products than this one – and they’re more than ready to hit the whole world with upcycling audio energy. “Our company has always been dedicated to high quality DIY audio,” said HiFiBerry founder Daniel Matuscheck. “Working in cooperation with Bang & Olufsen is not only a huge pleasure, it also gives us the possibility to implement our hardware to design classics we love. Seeing a company opening up for the idea of DIY audio and upcycling is more than exciting and we are very proud to be part of this process.”If your dad is ADAMANT about keeping his old speakers but wants to move on into the future at the same time, the Beocreate 4 Channel Amplifier is available starting this week through HiFiBerry online. This board costs a cool $189 USD. *I say dad several times in this article because my own father has a set of box speakers in his basement, but anyone could, really. Actually, come to think of it, I probably have a set in the garage right now. Your aunt Peggy probably has a set of body-blasting box speakers in her basement too – just ask! Story TimelineBang & Olufsen BeoVision 14 gives Android TV some classBang & Olufsen BeoSound Shape is a hexagonal wall speaker systemAudi A8 Bang & Olufsen advanced sound system brings 3D audio to rear seatslast_img read more

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Samsung confirms Galaxy Note 9 feature upgrade

first_imgThe Galaxy Note 9 received a bona-fide real-deal feature confirmation this week straight from Samsung. This came amid leaks on top of leaks for the past several weeks, the lot constructing an image of a phone that’s been surprisingly consistent. In light of rumors of a game-changing Galaxy S10 in 2019, a unique feature for the Galaxy Note 9 is welcome news indeed. Story TimelineHuawei HiAssistant to square off with Alexa, Google Assistant, BixbyGoogle Assistant, Alexa, Siri, Bixby, Cortana feature showdownBixby 2.0 coming to Galaxy Note 9, smart appliances Confirmation of a unique honor for the Galaxy Note 9 came from Samsung’s head of Samsung Research AI Center Head Gray G Lee. “Samsung’s AI vision has five directions: user centric, always learning, always there, always helpful and always safe,” said Lee, according to the Korea Herald. Lee confirmed that the next generation in AI for Samsung would come with Bixby 2.0, and that this next-level update to the platform would be released with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 later this year.SEE MORE: Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Details closer to the truthThe same source added clout to the idea the Galaxy Note 9 would be released in August of 2018. That’s in contrast to the rumor that the device could be revealed as early as July. Last year’s Galaxy Note 8 was revealed on August 23rd, 2017, and the Galaxy Note 7 was revealed on August 2nd, 2016.AdChoices广告Samsung’s number of announcements surrounding Bixby as a service and a platform pale in comparison to their competitors. Unless you compare Bixby to Siri, of course. Up against the Google Assistant or Alexa, neither Bixby nor Siri can compare – with sheer number of features if nothing else.What I’m hoping, for Samsung’s sake, is that the company stops the version numbering nonsense and starts in with the all-the-time updates. If people are going to trust any piece of software, they’re going to have to see it as an entity that’s not just a version in a long line of versions. What version of Alexa are we on? Oh that’s right, there is no version, because it’s a platform, not just an app.last_img read more

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GoPro HERO7 revealed Three models all simple social

first_imgThe HERO7 Black will be put on pre-order starting on September 20th, 2018. It’ll be on GoPro dot com for pre-order, then it’ll be up for sale in physical stores around the world starting on September 27th. ODDLY, it’ll be put on sale in stores inside the United States on the 30th of September. The HERO7 Black will cost an approximate $400 USD.GoPro HERO7 White and SilverGoPro HERO7 Silver and HERO7 White are very similar to their Black brethren, but they’ve got fewer features. Missing from the Silver are the “HyperSmooth” tech and Live Streaming abilities. Also both Silver and White have 10MP image sensors instead of 12, and the White has up to 1080p 60fps video, while the Silver has up to 4K 30fps. Both the White and the Silver have “2X slo-mo” instead of the Black’s 8X slo-mo.Silver has WDR instead of HDR – that’s Wide Dynamic Range instead of High Dynamic Range. White has neither HDR or WDR. Silver has GPS inside, and White does not. The HERO7 Silver will cost right around $300, and the White will cost approximately $200. Have a peek at the timeline below to learn more about what’s come before and what’s up ahead! Story TimelineHot Wheels Zoom In GoPro mount is the action cam’s best $1 accessoryGoPro promises three new products amid Q2 2018 resultsGoPro Hero 7 revealed with early in-store display GoPro decided they needed to make their proposition simple. They’ve released three cameras, each with the features of the camera before it, from White to Silver to Black. The Black model has all the “bells and whistles” according to GoPro, while the lesser models have fewer abilities but cost significant fewer dollars to purchase and own.GoPro HERO7 BlackThe most amazing of the three, the HERO7 Black, has a 12-megapixel camera sensor with the ability to capture 4K video at 60-frames per second. This camera can capture 8x slow-motion video (1080p 240fps), HDR media, and it’s able to function using voice control. This camera is waterproof up to 33ft (10m), has built-in GPS, and it has touch screen controls.The HERO7 Black has “HyperSmooth” technology under the hood, and it’s able to live stream content to the web. You’ll need to be connected to your phone to gain internet access, and you’ll do so using the GoPro app. This app allows you to stream to Facebook or RTMP (Real-Time Messaging Protocol) which, in turn, can be pushed to YouTube (also live). This camera has SuperPhoto tech, described by GoPro as “Intelligent scene analyzation for professional-looking photos via automatically applied HDR, Local Tone Mapping and Multi-Frame Noise Reduction.” It also has Portrait Mode, which captures “native vertical-capture” which is, essentially, custom-built for for Snapchat and Instagram Stories.This camera can record speed, distance, elevation, and GPS location. It has a simple “GPS Performance Stickers” feature that can be stuck to any moment in a video for final processing. Basically this is a social media machine, to be entirely blunt about it.center_img Three GoPro HERO7 cameras were revealed this morning by the go-anywhere action camera brand. There’s the GoPro HERO7 Black, Silver, and White to choose from, each of these coming with their own set of specifications, features, and price levels. GoPro upgraded the lot, but their emphasis this round or releases is on simplicity. They’re trying to do what works and make what works simple to understand – and subsequently buy.last_img read more

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Fitbit Versa Lite is a smartwatch on a budget

first_imgThough the Versa Lite trims the fat in some areas, it still comes with what Fitbit calls a “core” set of features. Like the other watches in the line, the Versa Lite tracks sleep, activity like steps and calories burned, and heart rate, providing information on your resting heart rate trends and your heart rate zones. Like most smartwatches these days, the Versa Lite can connect to your phone to display notifications and enable GPS tracking during workouts.While we’re on the topic of workouts, the Versa Lite still offers the same exercise modes of its more expensive brothers, so you can track your workouts across a number of different activities. One key aspect of the original Versa was its support for female health tracking, and that’s back in the Versa Lite as well, allowing users to log menstrual cycles and estimate ovulation dates. It also includes an Sp02 meter to approximate blood oxygen levels and potentially find signs of problems like sleep apnea.So, where does the Versa Lite differ from the Versa and the Versa Special Edition? Though the Versa Lite is a “swimproof” watch – meaning you can wear it in the pool and the shower without much fear of damage – it doesn’t come with swim tracking capabilities, so those looking to log their laps will want to stick with the standard Versa. There also isn’t any onboard storage for storing songs, and there’s no altimeter to track the number of floors you climb each day. The Versa Lite doesn’t offer Fitbit Pay, but that isn’t very surprising as the standard Versa doesn’t support Fitbit Pay either.AdChoices广告The Versa Lite doesn’t support WiFi, but Fitbit told us that it’ll still be able to receive software updates. When a new update becomes available, the Versa Lite will download a small portion of it every time it syncs to the Fitbit app. It’ll then alert users when that update has been completely downloaded and is ready to be installed, so Fitbit says this watch is a good choices for people who want “a simple experience with technology.” Finally, Fitbit says that the Versa Lite will boast a four-day battery life, but obviously your mileage will vary depending on usage. The Versa Lite is up for pre-order today with a price tag of $159.99 – $40 less expensive than the standard Versa and $60 cheaper than the Versa Special Edition. It’ll launch in six colors: marina blue, mulberry, scarlet, sunshine, lilac, and charcoal, with the promise of hybrid woven bands coming soon. All of the existing Versa accessories will work with the Versa Lite as well, so it’ll have a fairly packed roster of supported accessories on launch day. Story TimelineFitbit Versa is a $199 smartwatch with a Pebble soulFitbit OS 3.0 give Ionic, Versa new fitness-centric apps Fitbit has unveiled its spring device line up for 2019, and arguably the wearable leading the charge is the Versa Lite. As the name suggests, the Versa Lite is a new model in the Versa line that pares back some features to cut down on overall cost. As a result, the Versa Lite is aimed at people who are new to the world of smartwatches or don’t need everything offered by the standard Versa or the even more expensive Versa Special Edition.last_img read more

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The 2019 MercedesAMG CLS53 is one meanlooking hybrid

first_imgThe result is 429 horsepower and 384 lb-ft. of torque, together with the promise of more refinement and no turbo lag. According to Mercedes-AMG, the CLS 53 will go from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds. However, you’ll also save fuel, the automaker says, since the EQ Boost system works with the car’s 48V on-board electrical system. Indeed, the hybrid functions of the EQ Boost alone are good for 21 horsepower but 184 lb-ft. of torque. It also throws in energy recuperation, and allows for the CLS 53’s gliding mode where the engine deactivates when the car is driving at a consistent speed, such as on the freeway. Finally, it’s responsible for the stop-start system, which Mercedes says should be more refined now. AdChoices广告The 48V system is also responsible for the 12V network, using a DC/DC convertor. That’s used for the infotainment systems, lights, and other electrical components. Of course, one of the main reasons the AMG CLS 53 is exciting is the design. AMG has given it a new twin-blade radiator grille in silver chrome, borrowed from the V8 AMG models, filled with a black lattice pattern. The front bumper has a silver chrome front splitter, while the outer air intakes get matching horizontal fins. AMG-specific side sill panels are thrown in too, along with high-gloss chrome tailpipe trim at the rear, surrounded by a redesigned bumper. The lip spoiler can be had in body color or carbon fiber. 19-inch light-alloy wheels are standard, though 20-inch wheels are an option. Inside, there are twin 12.3-inch displays for the Mercedes widescreen cockpit, controlled by touch control buttons on the steering wheel. There’s also voice control – which can now control vehicle functions – and a touchpad in the center console. AMG RIDE CONTROL+ air suspension is standard, height adjustable, with independent damping control at each corner. In short, it’s a four door with the power of a far larger engine, and the styling to keep up. Pricing will be confirmed closer to the 2019 AMG CLS 53’s release, later in 2018. Lift that and you’ll find a 3.0-liter in-line six-cylinder engine, linked to an AMG Speedshift TCT 9G transmission. What sets the drivetrain apart is Mercedes’ EQ Boost starter-alternator: that’s both a starter motor and an alternator in one, located between the engine and transmission. It’s not a traditional type of hybridization, but it is a potent one. Combined with an electric auxiliary compressor, it means charge pressure for the engine kicks off from the get-go. That fills in the torque gap before the larger exhaust gas turbocharger starts working its magic. There’s no denying that Mercedes-AMG makes a good looking sports sedan, and the 2019 AMG CLS 53 is an excellent example of the breed. Announced at the Detroit Auto Show 2018 today, the (arguably most striking) member of the new 53-series promises no shortage of speed from its 429 horsepower. However, there’s also an electrified surprise under the hood. last_img read more

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China forces malware on tourist phones at border Heres what they want

first_imgA set of publications took the time to travel to China to investigate a claim that China installed malware on tourist phones at their borders. As it turned out, this practice didn’t occur at every single station, but it was certainly happening – and it was government sanctioned. Today we’re taking a look at the app that border agents installed on tourist phones as they entered the country. This app was extremely blatant in its techniques and searches. Story TimelinePUBG replaced in China by gov-approved ‘Game for Peace’Huawei’s decline will affect more than just China study warnsMac Pro production returns to China as Trump-Apple showdown tipped The app, and what it doesAt the border to China, agents collected smartphones from tourists entering the country from Kyrgyzstan, installed malware, and returned said phones to their owners. The malware went by the name BXAQ or Fengcai, and it is apparently still being installed on phones today. The malware takes the form of an app called CellHunter or MobileHunter, and is relatively easy to remove – or so it would seem. Publications VICE, the Guardian, and the New York Times crossed the border to see if the tipped reports of malware insertion in phones at the border was accurate. Indeed that was the situation, and the information China aimed to collect was straight up bonkers. We’ve taken a look at the app ourselves. This was possible thanks to the combined efforts of the above publications. They’ve posted the app over on the epitomes of software hosting sites, Github, making it available there for download and analysis all over the internet.What can the app do?The app is like an octopus, spreading its many arms out, seeking data of many sorts. One ID write file (removable by the agent after the initial scan) turned up a simple list of usernames, passwords, and more.File Content Scan Results by China’s border malware:• Mobile Wallet login, info• Mobile carrier info, records with login• Renren talk log (text cache for Facebook-like social network)• File content in text message logs• Alibaba login info, history cache• Phone number• Android-based Sogou Maps (like Google Maps) location history• Android-based file content cache• Weibo login, file content cache• And a whole lot more, like phone’s manufacturer, model, Android version, WiFi address, Bluetooth MAC info, IMEI, IMSIThese items are only the bits collected by default, if present in the phone. Analyzation also includes the flagging of items of interest for the border officers doing the scanning. A list of approximately 73,315 items was turned up by DWUID’s analysis in part of this investigation. If any of these items is found on a device, the owner will be questioned further by officers at least – and likely not just questioned.While the app analyzed here was Android-based, iPhone scanning was also done via USB connection. The device that connected to each iPhone was not available for analysis.Xinjiang one root of manyThe methods described above pale in comparison to the concentration camps (or re-education camps) China runs in Xinjiang. In the Xinjiang area, the Chinese government has facial recognition-equipped surveillance cameras in the streets. They have cameras in every populated area. They’ve got police checkpoints in and out of the region. This region’s full name is the the “Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region,” and it’s got a square footage around four times the size of the US state of California. According to the Spiegel, China has stationed approximately 500 police officers for every 100,000 inhabitants of the region. According to the FBI in a 2011 (most recent available) census of Full-time Law Enforcement Employees, the state with the most police officers still has only 3/5ths the amount (police per person) of China’s Xinjiang. This region also uses iris scanners and wi-fi sniffing gadgets to keep any suspicious activity under control. The Spiegel’s source Adrian Zenz estimates China’s stolen away hundreds of thousands of residents of the area to bring them to “re-education camps.” Whether they’re brought to these camps or not, every single citizen in the area is subject to surveillance to a degree we’ve not yet imagined.Citizens banking activity and consumer habits are under surveillance. Citizen’s health statuses are tracked. The Chinese government has on file the DNA of every single person living in Xinjiang. All of this information is collected and organized by an “integrated join operations platform”. With this computing software, China is able to analyze the personal lives of every person in Xinjiang. The governing body acts upon any bit of data on a person they find undesirable. Any person can be apprehended for any reason and shipped to a re-education camp.When citizens are, as locals call it, “sent to school,” or “qu xuexi,” they are rarely heard of for several months. After months of no contact with family whatsoever, some of those residents taken away for “re-education” are allowed to speak with former friends or family, via a “video stream from the prison visitor area,” according to the Spiegel (linked above). But why?In the year 1949, Xinjiang was enveloped by the People’s Republic of China. At that time, the region was largely comprised of a people called the Uighurs. Over the past several decades, China’s pushed Han Chinese into the area, and Uighurs began to protest. The Chinese government did not approve, and began to tighten its grip on the people and the region. In recent years, the area became a police state that may be unequaled in our modern world today. The exact reasoning for this complete disregard for privacy and human decency isn’t totally known outside the Chinese government. At this time, it would appear that situations like these are only getting worse inside the borders of the country called the “People’s Republic.” last_img read more

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Brush up on your makeup skills with YouTubes new augmented reality feature

first_imgYouTube will soon let users try on makeup while watching popular makeup tutorials through augmented reality. Known as AR Beauty Try-On, viewers will be able to actually “try on” the makeup products the online tutorials are showcasing and promoting. MAC Cosmetics is the first to partner with FameBit for this new feature that will offer realistic product samples that will work on a variety of skin tones. After seeing what different samples and shades would look like on their face, viewers can then purchase the sample they want by clicking through to the makeup brand’s website. Google announced the new feature on Tuesday, and said it would roll out to brands, advertisers and viewers this summer.This is a big deal for the beauty vloggers of YouTube as brands continue to team up with top influencers known for makeup tutorials and reviews. Last year, beauty-related videos on YouTube had over 169 million views. The more successful beauty vloggers have millions of subscribers, like Yuya who has more than 23 million followers and Jeffree Star who has more than 15 million.  Editors’ Recommendations Google Creative Lab’s new AR experiment helps you learn how to draw Lightroom adds first new slider in 4 years and will teach you how to use it Getting weird ads? Here’s how to find out what Instagram thinks you like Sponsored posts will soon infiltrate your Instagram, even if you’re not a fan The best dating sites for 2019center_img While beauty tech isn’t anything new, bringing augmented reality to the beauty industry could change the game for online shoppers. Brands that partner with the AR Beauty Try-On will be able to tap into these successful beauty vloggers’ campaigns quicker and track their results in real time.For viewers, the new feature essentially lets you try before you buy — if you see a particular makeup being used in a video, just turn on AR Beauty Try-On and you can see if it works on your face. The feature will work in the existing YouTube app, so it looks like it will be fairly easy to use.Sponsored content not only helps the brands make money, but the YouTubers also cash in from partnerships with brands. Jeffree Star reportedly made an estimated $18 million from brand partnerships last year. Brands are also tapping into the success of influencers on other social platforms like Instagram for sponsored content. Just earlier this month, Instagram announced that influencers will be able to post branded content ads that go beyond their own follower count in order to reach a broader range of users.Similar to the YouTube’s upcoming Beauty Try-On strategy, Instagram allows users to click through posts to purchase the products you see in the photos on your feed or in Instagram stories.While content like this is in fact a form of advertising, it can be less obvious to users of social media if it engages user experience and blends into the platform while doing so. There’s also lots of other applications for AR on YouTube, especially as it gets more advanced. The next logical step?  “Trying on” clothes from the comfort of your home.last_img read more

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Amazon Echo vs Google Home Which Prime Day deal is better

first_imgPrime Day 2019 is going strong on its second day, with early reports of vastly higher sales volumes than past years, for Amazon and the roughly 250 additional merchants who joined in. Shoppers are buying smart home devices in record numbers. The increase in sales is likely due in part to Walmart and Google’s aggressive partnership for the summer sales event. By cutting prices more than two weeks before Prime Day began on Google Nest smart home products, the joint Walmart and Google effort may have given Amazon extra incentive for its Amazon Echo smart home deals.Finding great deals isn’t only about looking at the lowest price — although that’s a huge part of the hunt. We also want to compare deals on the most popular products across platforms, and in this post, we’re looking at the Amazon Echo and the Google Home smart speakers. Earlier today, we compared the best Prime Day deals on the Google Home Mini versus the Amazon Echo Dot. We also evaluated the Google Nest Hub and Echo Show 5 smart display deals.The Amazon Echo and Google Home smart speakers were the original products in their respective Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant smart home platforms. The Echo on sale today is the second-generation product that launched in 2017 with much-improved sound, appearance, and overall functionality than the original 2015 version. The Google Home is still the first generation in its line, having made its debut in 2016.A year after the original Amazon Echo’s debut, the Echo Dot appeared on the market in the fall of 2016 with a smaller size and lower cost. The same thing happened with the Google lineup when the Google Mini showed up in October 2017. In both cases the smaller form, rounded hockey puckish, entry-level smart speakers took over from their larger brand mates. Neither Amazon nor Google is free with sharing  actual unit sales numbers, but the volumes of the Dot and Mini dwarf the stats for the Amazon Echo and Google Home.So why do people keep buying the larger and still more costly “full-size” Echo and Home smart devices? Music. Neither device brings tears to audiophile eyes, and both lines have audio-enhanced models in the Echo Plus and the Home Max, respectively. The Dot and Mini are fine for background-listening when you’re sitting at your desk, but neither small speaker can fill a room with sound or rock even a small party.So that’s the niche for the Amazon Echo and the Google Home. They’re not high-end music machines but for many people the Echo and the Home play music with all the volume, bass, and vocal quality necessary to keep shoppers buying. So what about the deals?Amazon Echo (2nd Gen)— $50 off Previous Next The Google Home has a secret weapon; it comes ready to work with Chromecast so you can stream content directly to your TV. Inside the Google Home’s high excursion speaker has a 2-inch driver and dual 2-inch passive radiators. You can use Google home with Google Play Music, YouTube Music, Spotify, iHeartRadio, and Pandora and link one of those accounts as your default player. When our admittedly demanding Senior Editor Caleb Denison evaluated the Home’s music production quality in comparison to the Echo, he said the Google Home over-emphasizes the bass and distorts sooner when the volume is turned up. Denison also said the most people would be happy with the sound, however.Usually $129, the Google Home is just $69 during Prime Day and Walmart’s extended Google Week. Because we’re comparing the deals for the Google Home and the Amazon Echo solely on music quality and price, the Echo gets the nod because it sounds better and costs $19 less. If you’re building a Google Assistant smart home configuration, however, the Echo’s edge won’t matter, and both the Google Home music and price are close enough to the Echo that neither should be a deterrent.Buy NowWe strive to help our readers find the best deals on quality products and services, and we choose what we cover carefully and independently. The prices, details, and availability of the products and deals in this post may be subject to change at anytime. Be sure to check that they are still in effect before making a purchase.Digital Trends may earn commission on products purchased through our links, which supports the work we do for our readers. Editors’ Recommendations The second-generation Amazon Echo has Dolby processing to dish out deep bass without buzzing and to serve clear vocals. The Echo has a 2.5-inch downward-firing subwoofer and a 0.6-inch upward-firing tweeter. You can configure the Echo to play music from Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, SiriusXM, and more. You can awaken to music alarms and ask Alexa to play what you want to hear. Like other Alexa-compatible smart speakers, you can use voice commands with the Echo to set times, ask questions, check your schedule, play the news, make Skype calls, and monitor and manage smart devices throughout your home. When Digital Trends reviewers evaluated the updated second-generation Amazon Echo and the Google Home, they unanimously agreed the Echo has better overall music quality.Normally priced at $100, the Amazon Echo is $50 during Prime Day. If price and music quality are the only factors in choosing a full-size smart speaker, the Echo wins on both counts.Buy NowGoogle Home— $60 off 1 of 2center_img Next Previous Amazon Echo Dot vs. Google Home Mini: Which Prime Day deal is better? Amazon fights back, drops the pre-Prime Day Echo Dot price to $25 with bundles Check out these hacks on BOGO deals for Echo Dot, Google Home Mini Amazon Show 5 vs. Google Nest Hub: Which Prime Day deal is better? Amazon drops early Prime Day 2019 deal on Ring Video Doorbell Pro with Echo Dot 1 of 3last_img read more

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Study Finds One In Five People Who Visited Health Website Enrolled In

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. A Commonwealth Fund survey also finds that 17 percent of those eligible for a marketplace plan have reached out online, on the phone or in person to get information, PoliticoPro reports. Other outlets look at news about state marketplaces.Politico Pro: Survey: 17 Percent Of Those Eligible For Exchanges Have Accessed ThemSeventeen percent of Americans who are potentially eligible for coverage have accessed the new health insurance marketplaces in their state either online, over the phone or in person, according to the survey from The Commonwealth Fund. One in five people who visited the marketplaces said they enrolled in a health plan. Those who did not enroll reported that they were unsure whether they could afford the plans, were still deciding on a plan or encountered difficulties with the federal exchange website. More than half — 58 percent — said they were planning to enroll before March 31, when the open enrollment period ends (Villacorta, 11/4). Los Angeles Times: Health Insurer Alameda Alliance Dropped From Covered CaliforniaCalifornia’s health insurance exchange lost one of its 12 insurers because a nonprofit health plan failed to get a necessary state license, reducing the number of choices for some consumers (Terhune, 11/1).California Healthline: Insurance Broker Wants To Be In ExchangeA number of legislators this week signed letters urging Covered California officials to include web-based insurance brokers in the state’s new health benefit exchange. It’s a push by e-Health, an online insurance company based in Mountain View, to be directly included in the exchange’s enrollment effort. … Gary Lauer, CEO of eHealth, said he doesn’t understand the reluctance of the exchange to include his company and other web-based brokers (Gorn, 11/1).The Baltimore Sun: About 1,500 Enroll In Health Care Through State Website This WeekThe number of consumers buying health insurance on Maryland’s online marketplace for the uninsured climbed by about 1,500 to 4,651 as of Friday, according to weekly statistics released by the Maryland Health Connection. Officials say the prime contractor, Noridian Healthcare Solutions, has dedicated more resources to the website, which has been experiencing technical difficulties since its launch Oct. 1 (Cohn, 11/1). The Oregonian: Cover Oregon: Kitzhaber Says Forget About Problem-Wracked Online Exchange, Get Applications In NowWith federal deadlines looming to get health coverage, Oregonians need to stop waiting for the state’s new insurance exchange website to be fixed and submit their applications now, Gov. John Kitzhaber said Friday. His comments marked a departure from past expressions of hope that the high-tech website, Cover Oregon, might be able to enroll people in insurance and hand out tax credits soon (Budnick, 10/1). The CT Mirror: CT Exchange’s First Month: 7,615 People Enrolled, 53 Percent In Private Coverage In its first month, Access Health CT, the state’s health insurance exchange, enrolled 7,615 people in health care coverage, according to figures released Friday. Of those, 53 percent — 4,065 — have signed up for private insurance plans. The other 47 percent are signed up for Medicaid (Becker, 11/1). And on the Medicaid expansion front –  Caspar Star-Tribune: Medicaid Expansion Debate Returns To WyomingThe debate over whether to expand Wyoming Medicaid will resume Tuesday when a legislative committee considers new alternatives for growing the government health program. One approach would follow the Wyoming Department of Health’s recommendation to develop an alternative version of Medicaid that shares some similarities to private insurance. Another option would use Medicaid funding to help the poor buy private insurance through the federal health insurance marketplace (Wolfson, 11/3). Study Finds One In Five People Who Visited Health Website Enrolled In A Planlast_img read more

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State Highlights Calif Insurer Satisfaction Md Mental Health Legislation

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. State Highlights: Calif. Insurer Satisfaction; Md. Mental Health Legislation A selection of health policy stories from California, West Virginia, Maryland, Connecticut and Minnesota.Los Angeles Times: Survey: Kaiser Leads In Customer Satisfaction, Blue Shield Ranks LastFor the seventh consecutive year, Kaiser Permanente ranked highest in customer satisfaction for health insurance among California policyholders, according to ratings firm J.D. Power & Associates. But two other major rivals — Blue Shield of California and Anthem Blue Cross — scored the lowest on member satisfaction among seven California health plans (Terhune, 3/10).Politico: Joe Manchin Backs West Virginia Abortion Bill West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin is “supportive” of a West Virginia bill banning abortions after 20 weeks and is considering backing a similar federal ban in the Senate. “I am pro-life and supportive of the principles in the bill that was just passed in the West Virginia Legislature,” Manchin said in a statement (Everett, 3/10).The Baltimore Sun: Legislation Pushes Involuntary Mental Health TreatmentMaryland lawmakers are moving to make it easier to medicate mental hospital patients against their will, while examining the idea of court-ordered therapy for mentally ill people who aren’t hospitalized. The legislation is based partly on recommendations from a panel convened by Gov. Martin O’Malley after the 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. (Walker, 3/10).The CT Mirror: Proposal To Let Nurse Practitioners Practice Independently AdvancesA controversial proposal that would allow nurse practitioners to practice independent of doctors cleared the legislature’s Public Health Committee Monday. Legislators voted 22 to 4 to advance the bill to the Senate floor. Some members of the committee indicated that they believed the bill should move forward, but that it would need fine-tuning before becoming law. In particular, committee members raised concerns about malpractice insurance requirements for nurse practitioners and “truth in advertising” that would make clear to patients whether they’re seeing a doctor or a nurse practitioner (Becker, 3/10).The San Francisco Chronicle: Campos Wants Stricter Rules On S.F. Health Care AccountsIt looks like it’s loophole closure time all over again. Supervisor David Campos is once again proposing legislation to stop employers from pocketing millions of dollars that were supposed to pay for employee health care as part of the city’s universal health care law. The centerpiece of Campos’ proposal is a requirement that money employers deposit in savings accounts to reimburse their workers for their health care expenses actually gets used for that. Now, employers may take back the unused portion of the money after two years, and some do (Cote, Knight and Lagos, 3/10).The Star Tribune: Minnesota’s ‘Unsession’ Should Undo Health Care Access BarriersIn rural Minnesota, a highly educated nurse who has spent years developing therapeutic relationships with dozens of people with mental illness, monitoring and adjusting their psychiatric medications, must tell them she can no longer help them. Insurance isn’t the problem, and it has nothing to do with either the patients or the specialized nurse. It’s because someone else is retiring. The nurse specialist paid that person, a physician, several thousand dollars for permission to practice. When he retires, that agreement and the nursing care it permitted ends. He has never seen the nurse’s patients and has not collaborated in their care, yet he controls their access to the health care they appreciate and need (Weber, 3/10).last_img read more

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First Edition July 16 2014

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. First Edition: July 16, 2014 Today’s headlines include reports about the Congressional Budget Office’s latest estimate on federal health care spending. Kaiser Health News: Senate Democrats Launch Fight To Reverse Supreme Court, State Abortion RestrictionsKaiser Health News staff writer Julie Rovner reports: “Most of the momentum in fights over birth control and abortion has been in the direction of opponents of late. But you wouldn’t know that by watching the U.S. Senate. Democrats who control the chamber have scheduled a vote for Wednesday on a bill that would effectively reverse the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling regarding contraceptive requirements in the Affordable Care Act. And on Tuesday the Judiciary Committee heard testimony on a separate, sweeping measure that would invalidate many state abortion restrictions” (Rovner, 7/15). Read the story. Kaiser Health News: California Releases Proposal For Clearing Medicaid BacklogReporting for Kaiser Health News, Helen Shen writes: “Responding to inquiries from federal officials, the California health department has released a plan it says will dramatically slash its backlog of Medi-Cal applications within six weeks. For months, the state has labored under the largest such pile-up in the country, with 900,000 pending cases reported in May—the combined result of unexpectedly high application numbers and bug-ridden computer systems” (Shen, 7/16). Read thestory. Kaiser Health News: A Small Business Owner Enters The Insurance MarketplaceKaiser Health News staff writer Heidi de Marco reports: “Alongside one of this city’s canals, blocks from the beach, Sandra Lopez is finally living her idea of the American dream. In 1996, six years after crossing the border from Mexico without papers, she began working at Las Fajitas, a popular Mexican restaurant as a cashier and cook. With the help of her boss, she received a work visa in 2001. Eleven years after that, she bought the business – a bustling establishment where Lopez knows most customers by name. Mexican lanterns hang from the ceiling, and cheers from a soccer match on TV fill the room (de Marco, 7/15). Read the story and watch the accompanying video.The New York Times: Budget Office Lowers Its Estimate on Federal Spending For Health CareThe growth of federal spending on health care will continue to decline as a proportion of the overall economy in the coming decades, in part because of cost controls mandated by President Obama’s health care law, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said on Tuesday. The budget office said in its annual 25-year forecast that federal spending on major health care programs would amount to 8 percent of gross domestic product by 2039, one-tenth of a percentage point lower than its previous projection (Joachim, 7/15).The Washington Post: CBO: Slowing Health-Care Costs Yield Big Savings, But Not Enough To Bring Down Our Big DebtThe fastest-growing part of the federal budget — spending on health-care programs — has slowed sharply in recent years. And while no one knows quite why that’s happening, the Congressional Budget Office is predicting substantial savings. For the 10-year period beginning in 2010, the estimated cost of Medicare and Medicaid — the government health programs for the elderly and the poor — has dropped by $1.23 trillion, according to revised CBO projections. In its latest look at the nation’s long-term finances, released Tuesday, CBO predicts that the savings will grow by 2039 to 1.5 percent of the economy — or, in today’s dollars, roughly $250 billion a year (Montgomery, 7/15).The Wall Street Journal: CBO Sees Medicare’s Financial Picture ImprovingThe biggest Medicare program is expected to remain financially solvent through 2030, five years longer than previously expected, according to a government estimate released Tuesday that predicts the program’s health-care costs will grow more slowly than they did before the recession. The report by the Congressional Budget Office said Medicare’s financial picture had improved sharply since its February forecast, when the nonpartisan budget scorekeeper projected that the portion of the government-run health program that provides hospital coverage for seniors and the disabled would exhaust its reserves in 2025 (Paletta, 7/15).Los Angeles Times: Obamacare: California Details Plan To Cut Medi-Cal Backlog To 350,000California will reduce the number of Medi-Cal applications it has pending under Obamacare by nearly half within six weeks, state officials pledged Monday. In a letter to the federal government’s Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the director of California’s Department of Health Care Services, Toby Douglas, noted that the number of pending applications for the healthcare program for the poor had declined from 900,000 in March to 600,000 by the end of June — and said that the state’s continued efforts to push through the backlog would reduce the number to “approximately 350,000 within six weeks” (Brown, 7/15).The Associated Press: Md. Officials Provide Update On Health ExchangeA computer glitch with Connecticut’s health exchange will be corrected in the version Maryland will be using as the state revamps its own troubled website with Connecticut’s technology, Maryland’s information technology secretary assured lawmakers Tuesday. As Maryland faces a tight timeline before the next enrollment period begins in four months, Isabel FitzGerald told a legislative oversight panel that the state is on schedule to have its own flawed website fixed with the new technology in time for the next open enrollment period in November (7/15).Politico: Behind The GOP Focus On ObamacareThere is no shortage of actions that House Republicans see as illegal overreach by President Barack Obama. They were furious when he bypassed Congress to swap Guantánamo Bay detainees for an American prisoner of war. They were angry when he tweaked immigration law without congressional approval. They considered taking him to court for both (Sherman and French, 7/15).Politico: 5 Questions About John Boehner’s Lawsuit Against Barack ObamaThe GOP-led House is set to take its first big step Wednesday toward launching a high-profile lawsuit charging President Barack Obama with failing to carry out his constitutional duty to enforce the law. Republicans have complained about Obama’s actions on issues ranging from immigration to welfare to the minimum wage, but the suit is expected to focus narrowly on the Affordable Care Act and the decision to defer for one to two years a requirement that employers provide health insurance starting in 2014 (Gerstein, 7/15).Los Angeles Times: Senate Democrats Move To Prevent State Restrictions On AbortionDemocrats say the bill would prevent states from singling out abortions and protect women’s reproductive rights. The Women’s Health Protection Act comes in response to the recent push in some states to impose new limits on the practice. These restrictions include requiring that doctors who perform abortions have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, curtailing training for abortion services and limiting the remote prescription of drugs to end a pregnancy without a doctor’s visit (Levine, 7/15).The Washington Post’s Wonkblog: How do You Pay For A Drug That Costs $84,000? There’s a new $84,000 treatment for hepatitis C that’s giving new hope to patients. But it’s also giving a health-care system strained by limited resources a strong reality check. Since Gilead Sciences unveiled Sovaldi more than six months ago, its $84,000 price tag has ignited a conversation in the health policy world about how to make life-saving medicines more affordable without hurting drugmakers’ incentives to develop the treatments in the first place (Millman, 7/15).The Associated Press: Nemours Settles 2 United Health LawsuitsThe foundation that owns the Alfred I. du Pont Hospital for Children in Delaware and various pediatric practices in the region has settled lawsuits against two United Healthcare entities for unpaid bills. Federal court documents filed this week indicate that the Nemours Foundation has settled lawsuits against United Healthcare of the Mid-Atlantic and United Healthcare Community Plan of New Jersey. A third lawsuit against United Healthcare of Pennsylvania remains pending (7/15).The New York Times: Medicaid Home Care Cuts Are Unjust, Lawsuit SaysA federal class action lawsuit filed late Tuesday accuses New York State health officials of denying or slashing Medicaid home care services to chronically ill and disabled people without proper notice, the chance to appeal or even an explanation, protections required by law (Bernstein, 7/15).The New York Times: At NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Its Ex-C.E.O. Finds Lucrative WorkWhen Dr. Herbert Pardes retired as president and chief executive of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in 2011, the institution honored him at its annual “Cabaret” fund-raiser. More than 1,000 guests dined on wild mushroom soup catered by the restaurateur Danny Meyer and listened to Kelli O’Hara, a star of “South Pacific,” serenade them with Rodgers and Hammerstein, Sondheim and Berlin (Hartocollis, 7/15).The Wall Street Journal: Walgreen Weighs Riding Tax-Inversion WaveWalgreen Co.’s first pharmacy opened 113 years ago inside a hotel on Chicago’s South Side and this year, the chain will derive nearly all its sales and most of its profits from its 8,700 U.S. locations. But Walgreen is currently thinking about leaving American shores, as part a plan to buy the rest of Alliance Boots GmbH, which operates a U.K. drugstore chain and is based in Switzerland. The move could help Walgreen lower its U.S. tax bill saving the company hundreds of millions of dollars a year—money that wouldn’t flow into the U.S. Treasury (Ziobro, 7/15).Los Angeles Times: L.A. County To Expand Laura’s Law Mental-Illness Treatment ProgramLos Angeles County leaders voted Tuesday to fully implement Laura’s Law, a state statute that gives counties the option to pursue court-ordered outpatient treatment for people with serious mental illness. Praised by advocates who say it offers a new tool to family members of adults with severe untreated mental illness, the law was recently adopted by San Francisco and Orange counties (Sewell, 7/15).The Wall Street Journal: Los Angeles County Approves Involuntary Mental-Health CareThe county’s Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to adopt a law allowing court-ordered involuntary mental health treatment for people with serious mental illness and a history of evading treatment. Such laws, though divisive, have become more popular nationwide in the aftermath of recent mass shootings, when some have argued that mandated mental health treatment might have prevented them (Phillips, 7/15).Los Angeles Times: D.A. Jackie Lacey Calls Jailing Of Mentally Ill A ‘Moral Question’Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey told county supervisors Tuesday that gaps in services and communication breakdowns between agencies have resulted in more mentally ill people being sent to jail. Lacey, who is heading up a group of leaders from different agencies focused on expanding diversion programs, called the issue a “moral question” (Sewell, 7/15). Check out all of Kaiser Health News’ e-mail options including First Edition and Breaking News alerts on our Subscriptions page.last_img read more

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Pay Less for a Fitbit Inspire HR and Get a Free Google

first_imgLooking to find your groove with more active life choices? The Fitbit Inspire HR is an ideal starting point for fitness newbies looking for a basic tracker that still manages to tick all of those essential boxes. Cased in a smart and simple design, it goes without saying it looks great, too.Utilising its touchscreen, greyscale OLED screen, you can monitor the usual suspects, from calories burned to the classic 10,000 steps a day. As the Inspire HR model, there are also a number of other features unique to this slightly higher spec fitness tracker. Keep an eye on your heart rate and benefit from further insight into resting heart rate and heart rate zones for optimal fat burning.Related: Amazon Prime Day Wearables DealsSimilarly, the HR gives you further information on your sleeping patterns and the different stages, all-accessible for further review via the Fitbit smartphone app. The HR also allows you to track pace and distance by connecting to your phone when you go out for a jog, as well as giving the option to capture data for over 15 different types of exercise, including swimming with its 50m of water resistance. Black Tag Event Deal: Fitbit Inspire HR with Free Home MiniInspire HR Black & Home Mini Charcoal BundleWith a great £34.99 saving on the Fitbit Inspire HR’s RRP, get this fantastic beginners fitness tracker complete with extra features on this slightly superior model and pick up a Google Home Mini smart speaker, too.Currys PC World|Free Google Home Mini|Now £79.00View DealNow £79.00|Free Google Home Mini|Currys PC World The perfect gadget to get you motivated to move, receive a free Google Home Mini with your Fitbit Inspire HR order and you’ll find yourself more efficient at home, too. A doting smart speaker, the Google Assistant is there to answer all your questions, as well as set reminders, tell you the weather and put on that motivational playlist, all with a voice command.Buy today for just £79 and save a gigantic total of £83.99 in this fantastic Currys PC World Black Tag bundle.Want to stay up to date with Amazon Prime Day 2019? We’ve got you covered. For more amazing offers, follow us @TrustedDealsUKWe may earn a commission if you click a deal and buy an item. That’s why we want to make sure you’re well-informed and happy with your purchase, so that you’ll continue to rely on us for your buying advice needs. 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. We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy.center_img Deals This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. You can now snap up a Fitbit Inspire HR with a £34.99 discount and pocket a free Google Home Mini with your purchase, too.There are plenty of amazing deals flying about now that Currys PC World’s Black Tag sales event has launched, and you can be sure we’re here to provide you with the best of the bunch. First up is the Fitbit Inspire HR fitness tracker in black, now down to just £79 from £113.99.Already a fantastically reduced rate, it gets better because you can also snag a Google Home Mini smart speaker (worth £49) free of charge with your order. Black Tag Event Deal: Fitbit Inspire HR with Free Home MiniInspire HR Black & Home Mini Charcoal BundleWith a great £34.99 saving on the Fitbit Inspire HR’s RRP, get this fantastic beginners fitness tracker complete with extra features on this slightly superior model and pick up a Google Home Mini smart speaker, too.Currys PC World|Free Google Home Mini|Now £79.00View DealNow £79.00|Free Google Home Mini|Currys PC Worldlast_img read more

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In 2018 Nissan Sold In Europe 40699 LEAFs

first_imgNissan probably would be able to sell more LEAFs in Europe and wasn’t able to fulfill all the outstanding orders.The new Nissan LEAF e+ version with 62 kWh battery will be available in summer, months later than in Japan (January) and U.S. (Spring).“To ensure LEAF remains the most competitive EV offering on the market, Nissan recently confirmed two new versions of the LEAF for Europe. The addition of the new Nissan LEAF e+ 3.ZERO Limited Edition, which is fitted with an uprated 62kWh battery, which brings enhanced performance and a range of up to 239 Miles*** from a single charge.The new Nissan LEAF 3.ZERO equipped with a 40kWh battery brings to Europe’s best-selling electric vehicle an 8-inch infotainment screen enabling additional connectivity services such as door-to-door navigation. An all-new and improved NissanConnect EV app will also be available when the new LEAF 3.ZERO goes on sale in Europe.  In addition to new connected services, it also benefits from new colour options, including a contrasting roof, enabling more scope for personalisation, enhancing the appeal of Nissan EV ownership even further.”“Both the Nissan LEAF e+ 3.ZERO Limited Edition and the Nissan LEAF 3.ZERO are available to order now, with first deliveries expected in summer 2019.”Ken Ramirez, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Nissan Europe said:“This latest announcement marks the start of a very optimistic 2019 for our EV range. The fact that the Nissan LEAF is still the default choice for EV buyers in Europe is a testament to its all-round capability as the icon of Nissan Intelligent Mobility – especially with the ever-growing range of competitors.”“We can celebrate standout sales success with Norway as an example, as it highlights how the Nissan electric ecosystem has established itself as a sustainable lifestyle choice in a relatively short space of time. With the range now stronger than ever, we look forward to welcoming more customers to EV ownership in the coming months.” The LEAF is first and only electric car to crack the 40,000 mark in EuropeNissan just released the final numbers of Nissan LEAF sales in Europe for the past 2018 year – 40,699 were sold. LEAF never was selling better in Europe and is above any other BEV or PHEV.The big part of LEAF’s success in Europe is Norway, where the Japanese flagship is the top selling car of any kind! With 12,303 sales, Norway takes 30.2% of total LEAF sales in Europe, which is hilarious compared to the tiny population of Norway (about 5 million) and rest of the continent (two orders of magnitude higher).“Sales of the award-winning, all-electric Nissan LEAF are surging throughout Europe as consumer appetite for electric vehicles (EVs) continues to grow. Norway has emerged as a standout market for the LEAF, with more car buyers opting for the EV over any other car on sale.” Nissan LEAF sales Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on January 23, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News Source: Electric Vehicle Newscenter_img Nissan LEAF Sales Rise Up In December 2018 In U.S. Nissan LEAF Sales In Japan Increased 52% In 2018 In December 2018 Nissan Sold 3,604 LEAFs In Europelast_img read more

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Audi etron Sales In March Kicked Off At Four Digit Volume

first_img Exclusive: Audi VP Says Brand’s Electric Car Plan Is All Encompassing Audi E-Tron Disappoints On Energy Consumption: Places Last Among EVs Audi received more than 20,000 reservations for the e-tron globally and around one third comes from Norway!Sales in the U.S. will begin in May, while in China sales start in the second half of 2019.“In March, the brand with the four rings delivered the Audi e-tron to the first customers in Europe. Most went to Germany (490) and Norway (621). The Scandinavian country is the electric mobility trailblazer in Europe, with electric vehicles set to account for almost 50 percent of the overall Norwegian market in 2019. The demand for the Audi e-tron is correspondingly high: Around a third of the more than 20,000 advance reservations worldwide come from Norway. Deliveries in the United States will begin in May. The model will be available in dealerships in China in the second half of the year.” 28 photos Audi e-tron Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on April 10, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News Now it’s time for the remaining 20,000March was under the siege of the Tesla Model 3, but it wasn’t the only important BEV model introduced in Europe, as Audi finally started customer deliveries of the e-tron.According to Audi’s press release, we assume that sales exceeded 1,000 as the new registrations in the two biggest markets were:Norway – 621Germany – 490 Audi E-Tron Gets Lower Than Expected 204-Mile EPA Range Rating Source: Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

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Volkswagen Reveals ID3 Charging Power Battery Warranty

first_imgID.3 battery pack will be covered by a 70% of usable capacity warranty for 8 years or 160,000 km (≈100,000 miles).Source: Electric Vehicle Newslast_img

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It takes mental strength to win a world title

first_img Facebook homme10 Order by oldest Sportblog Damon Hill 3 Nov 2008 14:38 recommendations Lewis Hamilton Share on Twitter Donuts – You can. It’s called the A1 series.I take your point re. horse racing, but certain trainers are more successful than others, just as certain jockeys are better than others. It’s still a team game in horse racing. It’s not just down to the horse. First published on Sun 2 Nov 2008 19.01 EST BobBarnes The whole raison d’être of Lewis Hamilton’s existence is to go motor racing. In winning the world championship he has not only done a remarkable job in only his second full season of formula one, but has also effectively gone through a remarkable process of selection and survived the ordeal.Arriving in formula one is a bit like a climber reaching base camp and preparing himself for the ascent of Everest. He’s done well to get so far, but now begins the real test: you either make it to the top or fall by the wayside. I think Hamilton has now got to the point where he has demonstrated that he can deal with every step along the way and crossed every significant bridge. Winning a world championship is difficult and along the way there are setbacks to be negotiated and pressure to be handled. I’ve heard various people hazard the view that Hamilton made his fair share of mistakes along the way. I don’t agree and in any case, his wins this season at Melbourne, Monaco, Silverstone, Hockenheim and Shanghai more than balance out any low points he may have encountered. Additionally, when making observations like that you have to take account of the fact that he became the youngest ever world champion at 23 years, nine months and 26 days, and also just how much pressure you are having to handle. In your first season you are given the benefit of the doubt but, as Hamilton has discovered, in your second the pressure steps up and you have to deliver on that initial promise. Becoming world champion involves a huge deal of emotional stress and I really don’t think that fact has been widely appreciated, and I think Hamilton went through quite a lot of soul searching. It’s a rite of passage, in a sense, dealing with the inevitable pressure from the media.It’s a bit like a cat with a mouse, isn’t it? I’m not saying that the cat wants to kill the mouse but it’s a test they put you through. It starts with the fulsome praise but just a few wrong steps and before you know it you’ve suddenly changed into a national embarrassment. I was talking to a tabloid journalist about this and he said: “But Damon, you never went through what Lewis has suffered” and I replied: “I was the one who was referred to as prat right round the front of The Sun”. It was a quote from my team boss Frank Williams and, I can tell you, that sort of thing hurts.The real competitor motivates himself. All I wanted to do was to achieve the results and you just need to ride out what the media is saying about you. That’s what Lewis has to do. You just have to keep a sense of humour about it, although I must admit that I had a sense of humour failure on many occasions.I always felt, as Lewis clearly does, that it is important to surround yourself with people you trust. I was lucky enough to have a posse of friends who supported me and also believed that I had the talent to get the job done. From what I can see Hamilton is pretty much the same, but when you’ve made a mistake, ultimately the only person that you have to square your conscience with is yourself. And in that way Hamilton is very strong, very strong indeed. Ultimately, of course, what Hamilton has proved this year more than anything else is that he has huge mental strength. He has suffered his setbacks, sure enough, but he has addressed them in a logical fashion and never allowed them to get on top of him. Winning a world championship is a huge achievement, we all know that, but Hamilton’s rise to prominence has been truly impressive over his first couple of years in formula one. I am sure he has plenty more winning to do. BobBarnes Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook 0 1 Formula One 2008 Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Reuse this content,View all comments > Reply 3 Nov 2008 8:27 Threads collapsed Share on Twitter Motor sport Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share | Pick 50 Twitter Report | Pick Share via Email Report Report Twitter Show 25 newest All Share oldest It takes mental strength to choke on the penultimate lap? Vettel took the championship from Hamilton with one lap to go … Reply Twitter If the Toyotas had gone in for wet tyres Glock wouldn’t have been in front of Lewis on the last lap and he would have just sailed in behind Vettel for 5th job done.It was the gamble by Toyota to stick with the dry tyres that very nearly paid off that cost Glock 4th place. Share on Messenger Twitter 0 1 Reply Share on Facebook 3 Nov 2008 17:51 Share on Twitter 0 1 0 1 Sun 2 Nov 2008 19.01 EST | Pick Support The Guardian 3 Nov 2008 13:51 Report 25 Report Reply Comments 9 first!,completely agree.who said there isnt a God? LH should ve been off and away (previous races) but for those dang stewards.Today however, i say Massa in a completely new light. He is a true gentleman and I believe a good heart. Being gracious in defeat is difficult and i have to say hats off to him.well done lewis.H1ps please no more pussy cats in the paddock for next season eh. Share on Twitter RoyalTurkey blogposts Loading comments… Trouble loading? Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Twitter 0 1 RoyalTurkey It takes mental strength to choke on the penultimate lap? Vettel took the championship from Hamilton with one lap to go …Obviously, that’s why we’re celebrating Massa’s world championship… Share Twitter collapsed Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other comments (9)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. Share on Facebook Donutscenter_img MrLumpy Share on Facebook Share Close report comment form Reply Report Report | Pick Share on Twitter Formula One Topics 0 1 UKBlaza Facebook 3 Nov 2008 17:19 Facebook 0 1 Email (optional) Facebook Share | Pick 0 1 It takes mental strength to choke on the penultimate lap? Vettel took the championship from Hamilton with one lap to go …You clearly haven’t been paying attention this season. Vettel had this year already proven himself to be one of the best, if not *the* best, drivers in wet conditions. Hamilton didn’t choke in giving up the place to Vettel. Vettel was catching him and would have passed him even if Hamilton hadn’t slid wide after letting Kubica through.What horrible nonsense the Hamilton haters spout, when all I’ve seen from Hamilton fans is congratulations towards Massa for the way he conducted himself after yesterday’s race, which was impeccable.Spot on Damon, coming from somebody who was genuinely cheated out of a world championship. I wonder what it must have taken to pick yourself up from that moment. Reply Twitter 3 Nov 2008 18:17 Since you’re here… Share on Facebook Share Zerotolerance matraV12 Share Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment RoyalTurkeyYour claptrap is of the kind that Hamilton has had to deal with every time he makes a mistake and this article sums it up particularly well. There have been thousands of people, so-called fans, sectors of the press (and even the FIA, it appears) who have made themselves quite clear that they desire Hamilton to fail to the point of abusively dsplaying their wish to have anyone else win but him. That he has successfully dealt with such adversity has proved idiots like you wrong – and that he has mental strength in bucket-loads. McLaren knew the score with Glock and they told Hamilton simply to stay out of trouble, which is exactly what he did.Lewis is a genuine, deserving champion… I wonder how long it will take to for that reality to sink in? 100 Facebook I wish no disrespect to Mr Hamilton, who has played his part, but I would love to see all the drivers in the same specification car, tyres, same amounts of juice, etc, for a year just so we could see who is the best driver.As it stands, as it has pretty much always stood, it is very difficult to work out what has won the championship; the driver, the car, the organisation, the pitstops, the tyres? I mean, why isn’t it like horse racing. We don’t say that Lester Piggott has won the Derby, do we? It’s the horse… It takes mental strength to win a world title 0 1 Facebook Report Share on Twitter Twitter Shares00 Twitter Facebook Share on Twitter 3 Nov 2008 22:17 Formula One 2008 Exactly Mr Lumpy! Talk of Glock handing the Championship to LH is crazy. If they wanted to throw the race, they would have called Glock into the pits instead of risking a collision etc out on the track! Reply | Pick 3 Nov 2008 19:45 Do not underestimate the immense emotional stress the new world champion Lewis Hamilton would have been under Report Facebook Share | Pick | Pick Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp View more comments Share on WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Reply Share | Pick Sportblog Share on Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. 3 Nov 2008 22:15 Report expanded Share on Facebook unthreaded Reason (optional) Reply Share on Facebook Share via Email Share on Facebooklast_img read more

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Fire Weather Watch on FridaySummer Learning Day Stresses Importance of Time Away

first_img* Winds: Northwest 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. * Relative Humidities: 15 to 25 percent. * Impacts:Gusty winds and low relative on dry fuels will promote rapid fire spread. .A dry cold front arriving Friday afternoon will result in breezy gusty winds and low relative humidity for the Kittitas valley from early afternoon through the evening hours. …FIRE WEATHER WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING FOR WIND AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY FOR THE KITTITAS AND YAKIMA VALLEYS… Multiple counties will be under a fire weather watch tomorrow from 2:00 p.m. through 11:00 p.m. Winds will begin increasing in the early afternoon and could be 10-20 MPH with gusts of up to 30 MPH through the afternoon and evening hours. Grant County Sheriff’s Office is asking everyone to be careful noting that any fires that develop could spread quickly. Humidity is expected to be around 8-15 percent.National Weather Service also has this alert for Kittitas and Yakima Valleys….Breezy gusty winds and low relative humidity Friday afternoon and evening… * Affected Area: Fire Weather Zone 676 East Washington South Central Cascade Valleys (Zone 676). last_img read more

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Free access for children to GP services increases utilization of care

first_imgMay 14 2018In July 2015, all children under six years of age gained free access to daytime and out-of-hours general practice services in the Republic of Ireland, resulting in a 25 percent increase in utilization.Comparing the year prior to the introduction of free GP care with the following year, daytime general practitioner visits by children under six years increased from 9,789 to 12,600, while out-of-hours visits increased from 15,087 to 18,958. In the post-period, nine percent more children were seen at least once in daytime services and 20 percent more children were seen at least once out-of-hours. While visits by patients of all ages increased in the post-period, children under age six were responsible for a disproportionate increase in service utilization, accounting for 45 percent of additional daytime visits and 73 percent of additional out-of-hours visits. Given the inevitable increase in service utilization that accompanies the availability of free care, and with indications that Ireland’s GP workforce may soon struggle to meet demand, the authors call for careful workforce planning if state-funded general practice care is extended to other groups. Source:http://www.annfammed.org/last_img read more

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Scientists elucidate how Ecoli bacteria attach to host intestinal epithelium

first_imgJul 11 2018Osaka University scientists clarify how E.coli bacteria attach to human intestinesOsaka University-led researchers clarified how pathogenic E. coli bacteria attached to the host intestinal epithelium. They revealed that type IV pili on the surface of the bacteria were not sufficient for adherence to intestinal epithelial cells and that proteins secreted by E.coli were also necessary. It was found that this attachment mechanism might be a common feature in many enteropathogens such as Vibrio cholera and constitutes a novel therapeutic target against such bacterial pathogens.Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) is known as a major cause of diarrhea in travelers and people living in developing countries. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), ETEC is responsible for 300,000 ~ 500,000 deaths a year, constituting a serious problem.Effective vaccines for ETEC have not been developed, so patients infected with ETEC are treated with antibiotics and supporting measures. However, the emergence of multidrug-resistant bacteria has become a social issue, so the development of new treatment methods is sought after.Adherence to the host intestinal epithelium is an essential step for ETEC infection in humans. It was thought that a filamentous structure on the surface of bacteria called ‘type IV pilus’ was important for bacterial attachment, but its detailed adhesion mechanism was not known.Osaka University-led researchers clarified how pathogenic E.coli attached to the host intestinal epithelium using type IV pili and secreted proteins. Their research results were published in PNAS.Related StoriesStructure of bacteria responsible for traveler’s diarrhea decipheredMother calls for protein shake regulation after daughter diesNew protein target for deadly ovarian cancerOne of the corresponding authors, Shota Nakamura, says, “We demonstrated that type IV pili on the surface of the bacteria were not sufficient for ETEC adherence to intestinal epithelial cells and that proteins secreted by E.coli were also necessary. The administration of antibodies against the secreted proteins inhibited attachment of the E.coli.”Using X-ray crystallography, the researchers studied how a protein located only at the pilus-tip interacts with a protein secreted by E.coli in the intestines (Figure 2), clarifying the attachment mechanism of ETEC; that is, secreted proteins serve as molecular bridges that bind both type IV pili on the surface of the bacteria and intestinal epithelial cells in humans.Nakamura also says, “It’s possible that this attachment is a common feature in many type IV pili expressing enteropathogens such as Vibrio cholerae and constitutes a new therapeutic target against such bacterial pathogens.”Their research results will lead to the development of not only new vaccines for ETEC, but also anti-adhesion agents for preventing the binding of proteins implicated in bacterial attachment. Anti-adhesion agents can rinse pathogenic bacteria out from the body without destroying them, so there is no danger of producing drug-resistant bacteria. These agents, once developed, will act as a novel treatment approach that may serve as an alternative to antibiotics. Source:http://resou.osaka-u.ac.jp/en/research/2018/20180629_3last_img read more

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Italys Mount Etna could be collapsing into the sea

first_imgFelix Gross By Sid PerkinsOct. 10, 2018 , 2:00 PM Italy’s Mount Etna could be collapsing into the seacenter_img For decades, scientists have known that the southeastern slopes of Mount Etna, an active volcano on the eastern shore of Sicily in Italy, are shifting toward the sea about 2 or 3 centimeters each year. Now, they have a better idea of why this is happening, and it’s making them worried.In a new study, scientists gathered data from seafloor instruments that allowed them to track the movement of the volcano’s submarine slopes over time. For most of the 15-month period they studied, nothing happened. But during an 8-day period in May 2017, Mount Etna’s southeastern flank moved 4 centimeters to the east, the researchers report online today in Science Advances.That’s a much larger movement than has been recorded on land, suggesting the southeastern flank of the volcano is collapsing under its own weight. There’s no telling whether, or when, this slow-motion landslide will really let loose, but the researchers note that sudden slumps of undersea material have created locally devastating tsunamis in other parts of the world.last_img read more

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Plants and animals sometimes take genes from bacteria study of algae suggests

first_img Plants and animals sometimes take genes from bacteria, study of algae suggests Debashish Bhattacharya Email By Elizabeth PennisiJan. 29, 2019 , 4:45 PM 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 2015, after analyses of millions of protein sequences across many species, William Martin, a biologist at the University of Dusseldorf (UD) in Germany, and colleagues concluded in Nature that there is no significant ongoing transfer of prokaryotic genes into eukaryotes. Martin believes any such transfers only occurred episodically early in the evolution of eukaryotes, as they internalized the bacteria that eventually became organelles such mitochondria or chloroplasts. If bacterial genes were continually moving into eukaryotes and being put to use, Martin says, a pattern of such gene accumulation should be discernible within the eukaryotic family tree, but there is none.Debashish Bhattacharya, an evolutionary genomicist at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and UD plant biochemist Andreas Weber took a closer look at a possible case of bacteria-to-eukaryote gene transfer that Martin has challenged. The initial sequencing of genomes from two species of red algae called Cyanidiophyceae had indicated that up to 6% of their DNA had a prokaryotic origin. These so-called extremophiles, which live in acidic hot springs and even inside rock, can’t afford to maintain superfluous DNA. They appear to contain only genes needed for survival. “When we find a bacterial gene, we know it has an important function or it wouldn’t last” in the genome, Bhattacharya says.He and Weber turned to a newer technology that deciphers long pieces of DNA. The 13 red algal genomes they studied contain 96 foreign genes, nearly all of them sandwiched between typical algal genes in the DNA sequenced, which makes it unlikely they were accidentally introduced in the lab. “At the very least, this argument that [putative transferred genes are] all contamination should finally be obsolete,” says Gerald Schoenknecht, a plant physiologist at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.The transferred genes seem to transport or detoxify heavy metals, or they help the algae extract nourishment from the environment or cope with high temperature and other stressful conditions. “By acquiring genes from extremophile prokaryotes, these red algae have adapted to more and more extreme environments,” Schoenknecht says. Martin says the new evidence doesn’t persuade him. “They go to great lengths to find exactly what I say they should find if [horizontal gene transfer to eukaryotes] is real, but they do not find it,” he asserts. Others argue that gene transfer to eukaryotes is so rare, and the pressure to get rid of any but the most important borrowed genes is so strong, that transferred genes might not accumulate over time as Martin expects.Of course, Roger says, “What’s happening in red algae might not be happening in animals like us.” Humans and all other multicellular eukaryotes, including plants, have specialized reproductive cells, such as sperm or eggs or their stem cells, and only bacterial genes picked up by those cells could be passed on.Despite this obstacle, several insect researchers say they see evidence of such gene transfer. John McCutcheon, a biologist at Montana State University in Missoula who studies mealy bugs, is one. “I’ve moved beyond asking ‘if [the bacterial genes] are there,’ to how they work,” he says. The red algae, he adds, “is a very clear case.”center_img Algae found in thermal springs and other extreme environments have heated up a long-standing debate: Do eukaryotes—organisms with a cell nucleus—sometimes get an evolutionary boost in the form of genes transferred from bacteria? The genomes of some red algae, single-celled eukaryotes, suggest the answer is yes. About 1% of their genes have foreign origins, and the borrowed genes may help the algae adapt to their hostile environment.The new research, posted last week as a preprint on bioRxiv, has not persuaded the most vocal critic of the idea that eukaryotes regularly receive beneficial bacterial DNA. But other scientists have been won over. The group provides a “fairly nice, rock-solid case for horizontal gene transfer” into eukaryotes, says Andrew Roger, a protist genomicist at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada.Many genome studies have shown that prokaryotes—bacteria and archaea—liberally swap genes among species, which influences their evolution. The initial sequencing of the human genome suggested our species, too, has picked up microbial genes. But further work demonstrated that such genes found in vertebrate genomes were often contaminants introduced during sequencing. Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country To thrive in extreme environments like thermal springs, unicellular red algae (green) have taken in bacteria genes. Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*)last_img read more

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University research center will search for extraterrestrial intelligence

first_img Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country The search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) is getting a home base. On 1 March, Pennsylvania State University in State College will announce the first contributions to a campaign that hopes to raise $110 million for the new Penn State Extraterrestrial Intelligence (PSETI) Center with endowed professorships and a degree-granting graduate program. It would be one of just a few academic SETI research centers and, if plans are realized, it could be the first to offer courses from the undergraduate to Ph.D. level. Some astronomers say it would provide a badly needed boost to a subdiscipline that has long suffered from neglect.“There really isn’t an academic ecosystem for the field as a whole,” says Penn State astronomer Jason Wright, who will serve as the PSETI Center head. “You can’t work on it if you can’t hire students and postdocs.”Financial backing for SETI research has been scarce ever since 1993, when the U.S. Congress banned NASA from funding it. “We became the four-letter word at NASA,” recalls astronomer Jill Tarter, a co-founder of the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California, one of the few other centers to support SETI research with nongovernmental funds. The cutoff in federal funding has had a long-term, chilling effect, Wright says. He has identified just five people with Ph.D.s in research related to SETI. “It takes a special kind of person to go into a field that’s unfunded and holds few job prospects,” says Wright, who has, until now, had to pursue SETI as a hobby and sideline to his main job as an exoplanet investigator.The new Penn State center would hire faculty and postdocs and introduce undergraduate and graduate courses. It could eventually offer grants to researchers outside the university.So far, Penn State has received two private gift pledges totaling $3.5 million, which will create a new professorship within the astronomy department and subsidize other SETI research. Although that leaves a considerable sum to be raised, Wright considers it a good start, showing that “this idea is something that resonates.” He believes, moreover, that Penn State is an ideal base for SETI research because it has the pieces needed for such a far-reaching, interdisciplinary enterprise: a strong astronomy department, a NASA-funded Astrobiology Research Center, and the Center for Astrostatistics. The university also serves as the hub for the worldwide Astrophysical Multimessenger Observatory Network.Andrew Siemion, director of the SETI Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley, applauds the Penn State effort. “Having SETI in the school’s curriculum gives a stamp of approval to the field that is very important,” says Siemion, one of the five aforementioned Ph.D.s who never thought he could carve out a career in SETI.Tarter is similarly enthused. She sees the plans unveiled by Penn State as part of a “resurgence” of the field. She is excited by the steady stream of newly discovered worlds and is anxious to find out whether potentially habitable planets are, in fact, inhabited by intelligent life. “I don’t think you can ask the question of life beyond Earth and stop at microbes,” Tarter says. Email University research center will search for extraterrestrial intelligence The massive Arecibo dish in Puerto Rico was used in a NASA search for alien radio signals before Congress canceled it in 1993.center_img By Steve NadisFeb. 28, 2019 , 8:00 AM 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 David Parker/Science Source Click to view the privacy policy. 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Viking Comb Discovered Provides Insights into their Alphabet

first_imgA 1,200-year-old comb, discovered in 2018 in Denmark, is shedding light on the birth and development of the Viking alphabet. When a team of archaeologists first discovered the fragments of a comb, they didn’t think it was necessarily a breakthrough.Combs are among the most common archaeological remains of the Viking Age.The archaeologists scooped it up in a pile of soil and sent it to the conservation lab, following procedure.Photo by The Museum of Southern Western JutlandAfter they got a call, they gave the comb another look. It had several lines etched into it, spelling out a word in runes, the ancient Viking alphabet.The word “comb”  was inscribed on one side while what is a version of “to comb” is on the other.It was the late 8th century, a critical time for the Vikings. Their age began just before 800 AD and language in the region had undergone hundreds of years of evolution.The world’s oldest runic inscription (160 AD) on the Vimose comb, Denmark.Photo by Nationalmuseet CC BY SA 3.0The comb provided evidence of the birth of the new runic alphabet that emerged around 800 AD. Previously, the Vikings used a more complicated alphabet known as the 24-character futhark.The alphabet was reformed in the 8th century to include just 16 runes. The simplified script spread rapidly across the Viking world, and continued to be used for centuries.Photo by The Museum of Southern Western JutlandThe comb was discovered during excavations of Ribe — an 8th century settlement that claims to be Denmark’s oldest town. It was found alongside a small plate made from bone or antler, with another short runic inscription.“We are seeing the birth of something major in Scandinavian history,” archaeologist and excavation leader Søren Sindbæk, from Aarhus University, Denmark, said in an interview with CNN. “It’s a very rare discovery… We were a bit embarrassed that we hadn’t even thought about cleaning it a little.”Photo by The Museum of Southern Western JutlandWhat matters most for Sindbæk is that these artifacts show a variety in the usage of runes, according to MSN. There are only four examples of early runic inscriptions from Ribe — including the two recent discoveries — and all suggest a different purpose.“While the comb shows some scribbling,” says Sindbæk in an interview, “the other inscription has very formal runes, that were clearly part of the decoration of the object.”Photo by The Museum of Southern Western JutlandSindbæk believes the labelled comb could have been used for teaching, sharing, or experimenting with the skill of writing. Gareth Williams, a Viking specialist from the British Museum, agrees that this is possible, according to CNN.“A lot of runic inscriptions on objects look like practice pieces,” he says. “It may just be that someone was practising and chose to use words inspired by the object itself. “The finds demonstrate the spread of literacy.“As more finds like this are discovered,” continues Williams, “it becomes more likely that a significant proportion of the population in the Viking Age could read and write.”Read another story from us: The Function of this 3,500-yr-old Bronze Hand is Mystifying Archaeologists“In terms of popular perceptions of the Vikings today, that is quite surprising,” he adds, “but perhaps no more than the fact that Viking combs are extremely common, indicating that the Vikings liked to keep their hair neat and tidy.”last_img read more

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NPC to offer training in cybersecurity

first_imgJune 28, 2018 NPC to offer training in cybersecurity Northland Pioneer College (NPC) is taking the lead among Arizona’s community colleges in addressing the serious problem of cyber crime as the first to launch a program that trains students for careers in cybersecurity. ThisSubscribe or log in to read the rest of this content. Bottom Adlast_img

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Conspiracy to derail NRC process AASU on govt plea seeking sample reverification

first_img NRC deadline approaching, families stranded in Assam floods stay home, don’t want to be rescued ExplainedWhat does re-verification entail?In the first draft of the NRC, 1.90 crore of the 3.29 crore applicants were included. In the final draft, 1.5 lakh included in first draft were excluded and a total of 2.89 crore applicants were included. The NRC authorities last month further dropped 1,02,462 names from the final draft. The names were removed because the updation process consists of continuous quality checks and verifications. Sample re-verification, if approved by the Supreme Court and carried out, would mean that in all probability more names from the final draft would be dropped.AASU’s general secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi said, “The demand at this point of time appears to be a conspiracy to derail and delay the NRC updation process. The governments have demanded it when only a few weeks are left for the final NRC. They could have demanded it much earlier. Why demand it just when the final NRC is about to come out?” Advertising The final NRC is expected to be published on July 31. The AASU is one of the stakeholders in the case in the SC on the updation of the NRC.An official of the Home and Political Department of the Assam government told The Indian Express, “We submitted it (application) on July 9. Both Centre and State moved it.” The application has sought a sample re-verification of 20 per cent of the names in districts close to Bangladesh or where the average population growth rate is higher than the normal and 10 per cent in the remaining districts, the official said. He said it was not a new appeal by the state since they had sought the same after the draft NRC was released last year. The government has maintained that a re-verification was needed since the draft came out. nrc, assam nrc, assam nrc updation, assam nrc supreme court, aasu nrc, All Assam Students Union, nrc bjp application, india news. indian express People check their names in the NRC list during a hearing at a Seva Kendra in Guwahati on Tuesday. (PTI)The All Assam Students Union (AASU) on Saturday criticised the Centre’s and state government’s application to the Supreme Court demanding a sample re-verification of 10-20 per cent of the names which appeared in the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) published last year. Centre, Assam move SC, seek NRC deadline extension, sample reverification Related News center_img Supreme Court notice to Centre, Assam on pleas against NRC appeal order Written by Abhishek Saha | Guwahati | Updated: July 14, 2019 8:19:00 am Advertising The All Assam Minority Students’ Union (AAMSU), another stakeholder in the case, said that they are planning to file a counter-affidavit in the SC. “It appears to be an attempt to delay the NRC. Who will carry out the re-verification? It will be the same government officials who have been involved in the NRC process all this while,” AAMSU advisor Azizur Rahman said.However, the government official said that according to their appeal the re-verification was to be done by another official and not the one who had checked documents.After the final draft was published, the SC had last year said in an order on August 28, “At this stage, we may also indicate that pursuant to our previous order dated 16th August, 2018, (NRC State Coordinator in Assam Prateek) Hajela has placed before us a district-wise data of the percentage of the population who have been excluded from the final draft NRC. Having perused the same we are of the view that the Court should consider the necessity of carrying out the sample re-verification of at least 10 per cent of the names included in the final draft NRC, if required, by a team of NSK Personnel from a neighbouring district… Hajela is also requested to submit a report in this regard and the possible timeframe when such an exercise can begin if ordered by the Court and the timeframe within which the same can be completed.” Post Comment(s)last_img read more

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Despite growing budget US cancer institute slashes operating budget by 5

first_img 20132014201520162017-1001020304050%% change compared with 2013NCI applicationsTotal NIH applications-10010203040​A surge in cancer grant requests ​The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has seen a 46% increase in applications since 2013.​Requests to the entire National Institutes of Health (NIH) rose 10.5% over the same period.Data: abcdefg hijkl mnop qrstu vwxyz 1234 56789 By Jocelyn KaiserDec. 7, 2018 , 2:20 PM Daniel Sone/National Cancer Institute A good year for biomedical research funding has turned sour at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Bethesda, Maryland, where the director is cutting operating budgets by 5% across the agency. Despite a rising overall budget, NCI’s funds are being stretched thin by various priorities and a ballooning number of funding applications, explains NCI Director Norman “Ned” Sharpless.Just 2 months ago, biomedical researchers celebrated a 5% budget boost in 2019 for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the fourth large annual increase after more than a decade of stagnant growth. NCI’s share was a $179 million increase (or 3%) for a total of $5.74 billion. But only $79 million went to NCI’s base operating budget and $100 million is tagged for the cancer moonshot funded through the 21st Century Cures Act. And NCI’s funds are being whittled away by rising federal salaries, transfers to other parts of NIH and its parent department, larger grants, and a mandate to raise training stipends, Sharpless says. Email Graphic: D. Malakoff/Science; Data: National Institutes of Health 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 (*)center_img NCI hasn’t experienced cuts this large since 2011, a year when a 1% cut in NIH’s budget from Congress forced then–NCI Director Harold Varmus to slash grants and intramural lab budgets. 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Proposals have gone up 46% in 6 years, from 4175 in 2013 to 6113 in the 2018 fiscal year (see graph, below). At NIH overall, proposal numbers rose only 11% to 30,874. Sharpless attributes the rising interest in NCI funding in part to “a very exciting time” in cancer research and growth in NCI-funded cancer centers, which support junior investigators seeking grants. But the downside is sagging success rates, or the odds that a submitted application will be funded. At 12% in 2017, NCI’s success rates were already much lower than the NIH-wide rate of 19%. To meet its obligations and prop up success rates, NCI is imposing a 5% cut to 2018 spending levels across all divisions, offices, and centers, Sharpless told his board and the NCI community in a 6 December email. That includes both NCI’s in-house or intramural labs as well as extramural grant programs. The cuts, which should free up $56 million, will not include staff salaries, however. Peer review–approved budgets for new grants and renewals, which were already subject to a 17% cut, will take another 2% nick (details here). Continuing grants will be trimmed 3%, except for the cancer centers, moonshot grants, and training awards. NCI will also continue a policy of funding early-stage investigators at a higher rate than established researchers.last_img read more

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Congressional App Challenge Director Rachel Décoste Get on Board the Tech Train

first_imgRachel Décoste is the director of the Congressional App Challenge (CAC).In this exclusive interview, Décoste discusses with TechNewsWorld the importance of opening the world of coding to all students. CAC Director RachelDécosteTechNewsWorld: What is the Congressional App Challenge, and why is it a good thing for young people and for the country?Rachel Décoste: The Congressional App Challenge is a national contest for K-12 students to learn to code, create an app, and submit it in their district challenge. That means we are across the whole country. The goal is to connect members of Congress with the budding tech community, and to encourage the youth in America to learn skills that will make them competitive for the jobs of the 21st century.TNW: Why is important for young people to learn coding?Décoste: Coding is one of the most in-demand skills. There’s a myth out there that you need to have this skill only if you work with computers, but as society develops, you’re going to see coding in every field. This is a skill that’s needed in all job sectors. The jobs of tomorrow will require, if not coding, at least an understanding of how it works. If our children are going to be competitive on the global scale, it’s going to be a skill they have to develop, and the earlier the better.There are many app challenges across America, but a lot of them are designed to select the best coders from people who already have experience. The Congressional App Challenge, though, has a low barrier to entry. It’s a way to get started. It’s planting the seed, and it’s important to foster those early stages of coding.The CAC goes a long way to planting those seeds that will grow towards a competitive American work force of tomorrow. Coding is a basic knowledge tool that children need in order to be competitive for the jobs of the future. The train is going there, and you want to get on board.TNW: What stands in the way of young people — including both girls and kids in underserved communities — from entering STEM fields? How can these challenges be overcome?Décoste: At a certain age in high school, girls perceive math and technology as a man’s or boy’s field, and that is a psychological barrier for some girls.For minorities, there’s a notion that you can’t become what you can’t see. We don’t see minorities included in many of the flashier tech companies, and so there is less of an aspiration to become something that you don’t think is for you.What the CAC does very well is to have exceeded the diversity in the tech sector. It’s 30 percent girls participating, and we have large numbers of Latinos and African Americans and even Native Americans. We’re changing people’s minds — people who thought that wasn’t a part of their trajectory. We’ve convinced them that this is something within their grasp.TNW: Describe your career.Décoste: I came into this organically. When I was a kid, my immigrant parents saw that computers would be beneficial in school. They bought our first computer in 1987. I remember we would write our essays on that, and this is before Windows. It had a black screen with a prompt — that’s what you saw.With the computer came a little book that was called GW-BASIC, a basic programming language. I stumbled upon this and started playing with the computer. I didn’t know it was called programming. With the computer, I created an app for my little sister for math. The computer would ask questions, like what is 3×4, and it would continue asking questions. That was the first app that I did, and I was 13 or 14 at the time. I took it as far as I could, there on that computer in my parents’ basement.A couple of years later, I went to engineering school. In the first year, there’s a mandatory coding class, and when I got there, I thought, this looks familiar. That’s when I realized that I’d been coding. I enjoyed it and made it my major.I created a Whitney Houston fan website in 1996, before the Web was a big thing. The growth was unbelievable, and that got me in the news in a magazine in 1998. It had an article about this new thing called “Web fan pages.” It goes through a whole bunch of people who had made fan sites. The final paragraph said something like Web surfers tend to be white and male, and this is why Rachel Décoste stands out. She’s black and a pioneer.Lo and behold, 20 years later, I’m spreading that same kind of gospel.After that, I worked in air traffic control systems and other fields. I moved up to management, but I was always involved in tech. When I graduated, I was the only woman of color in my graduating class. The needle has not moved all that much. What I hope to do now is move that needle in a more tangible way.TNW: What advice would you give young people, especially girls and women, who want to get into tech fields?Décoste: The world is your oyster. The first computer programmer was Ada Lovelace. She was a girl. This is our field. We created it, and we can still make our place in it.center_img Vivian Wagner has been an ECT News Network reporter since 2008. Her main areas of focus are technology, business, CRM, e-commerce, privacy, security, arts, culture and diversity. She has extensive experience reporting on business and technology for a varietyof outlets, including The Atlantic, The Establishment and O, The Oprah Magazine. She holds a PhD in English with a specialty in modern American literature and culture. She received a first-place feature reporting award from the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists.Email Vivian.last_img read more

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Voice Control for Connected Entertainment Challenges and Opportunities

first_imgInteroperability Demands Voice vs. Remote Consumer adoption of voice-controlled CE devices places new interoperability demands on product manufacturers. Ideally, all consumer-purchased products would work perfectly with each other. However, the reality of this level of interoperability remains elusive, with about 10 percent of consumers returning a CE device citing interoperability as the reason for the return.Issues ranging from high-end stereo speakers not being recognized by smart assistants to smart TVs failing to accurately understand voice commands from a shared smart speaker are all too common.Voice-AI systems remain weak in the contextual awareness required to properly respond based on which device the consumer is using, where the user is, what time it is, etc. These variables may require different responses from the virtual assistant; however, typical existing systems fail to account for them.Increasing the number of variables also increases ambiguity levels, which AI systems struggle to address. Device vendors must build greater awareness levels into their systems in order for them to deliver more accurate responses to user questions, or risk losing their customers to a more capable voice-AI system. Smart speakers are becoming a more common platform for controlling connected entertainment due to a rapid increase in popularity and ease of use. Household penetration of smart speakers is expected to reach 47 percent among U.S. broadband households by 2022, based on Parks Associates estimates.New entrants in the connected consumer electronics market, including Samsung, Roku and Facebook, are likely to make announcements about new voice-controlled speakers at CES 2019 in order to claim a share of this new voice-first CE market.The average U.S. broadband household in 2018 had 8.8 connected computing, entertainment, or mobile devices, all with unique user controls or interfaces. Voice technology is emerging as a solution to this complexity, offering a single interface for all connected devices.Consumers have expressed a strong interest in this approach, with more than one-third of U.S. broadband households finding it very appealing to use voice to control their entertainment devices. Use of voice-controlled search is held back due to limited product availability, inexperience or lack of familiarity with the technology, or simply old consumer habits. Consumers increasingly are becoming familiar with using voice commands to operate their smartphones, though. Last year, nearly 40 percent of U.S. broadband households with a smartphone used some form of voice recognition software. It therefore is likely that consumers will become more interested in using voice commands to control other common consumer devices, including connected entertainment systems.The consumer electronics industry is weathering a rough spot as cellphones, tablets and flat-panel TVs hit saturation levels. Newer product categories, such as wireless speakers, are eliminating the need for more conventional electronic devices. Furthermore, the growing popularity of streaming digital media and the pervasiveness of smartphones are driving entire product categories — such as camcorders, MP3 players and GPS navigators — into obsolescence.Faced with stagnating sales growth, the industry has been turning to categories such as wireless speakers and smart TVs as drivers of future growth. Rapid advancements in voice technology enable wireless speakers to become smart speakers, and smart TVs to assume a wider role in the CE ecosystem.Manufacturers of other CE products, such as streaming media players, have expanded their product portfolios with new voice-enabled models to claim their share of a quickly growing voice-controlled entertainment market.center_img However, despite voice-controlled entertainment’s advantages for searching and streaming content, consumer adoption remains low, with only 3 percent of U.S. broadband households using voice commands when watching video. Craig Leslie is a senior research analyst at Parks Associates. As the number of connected entertainment devices per household increases, so do the number of remotes. Despite the desire for a standardized user interface for all their CE devices, consumer familiarity with handheld remotes make them the de facto standard for controlling a CE device.Just as the TV remote liberated the viewer from the laborious process of physically moving to the television set every time they wanted to make an adjustment, voice control is freeing consumers from the cumbersome process of manually thumbing a remote to search through a channel guide or key in a title on an alphabetic keypad on screen to locate content.Voice interfaces simplify the experience by utilizing the user’s verbal commands to make adjustments, change the volume, etc. A person wishing to view the news need only say “CNN” to be directed to that channel. Voice command also presents a simple means of deeply searching a library. Commands such as “find all free Tom Hanks adventure movies” would be difficult and slow to enter on a manual remote, but effortless via voice.That being said, device makers will continue to make manual remotes available in order to please customers who want manual control, and in the event that voice-based functionality is unavailable or ineffective. Incorporating voice into the remote may incentivize consumers to try voice, but until users see a benefit to using voice, many will simply default to manual control.The consumer movement to voice-controlled entertainment is still in its early stages; however, interest in these applications is quickly growing and impacting purchasing decisions. Companies wishing to capitalize on this growing market need to carefully develop their market strategies and plan for both short- and long-term success.Success will be dependent not only on a product’s design and quality, but also on its ability to provide a more satisfying user experience than a consumer already can enjoy using traditional control methods.last_img read more

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Scientists pinpoint TIM3 protein as next potential target for immunotherapy treatments

first_imgOct 31 2018Following the 2018 Nobel Prize for Medicine, global attention is now more than ever turned toward the promise of immunotherapy in oncology. An international team’s work has shed new light on a molecule called TIM-3 that might play a key role in the regulation of the immune response. Scientists and physicians from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC), the Montreal Children’s Hospital of the MUHC (MCH-MUHC), and McGill University in collaboration with French teams from AP-HP, Inserm, Université Paris-Descartes and the Imagine Institute at the Necker-Enfants Malades Hospital, have singled out this protein as the next potential target for immunotherapy treatments in patients with cancer and other diseases.These results are being published in the journal Nature Genetics on Monday, October 29.Researchers found that when the TIM-3 protein is suppressed or inactive, the immune system becomes completely “unleashed” and T cells are uncontrollably over-activated, resulting in a rare form of lymphoma (a form of cancer that starts in the lymphocytes) called subcutaneous panniculitis T lymphoma (LTSCP).The team of researchers has identified two founder mutations at the origin of this syndrome, which act directly on the TIM-3 protein, preventing it from expressing itself on the surface of the lymphocytes and attacking the cancer cells. They also found that this form of lymphoma associated with over-activation of the immune response was more widespread than they first thought. Both mutations have been found in individuals of East Asian, Australian, and Polynesian origin as well as in patients of European origin.This work was based on findings from the teams at the RI-MUHC and the MCH-MUHC, showing the same rare form of lymphoma in brother and sister. After sequencing their genomes, the researchers discovered that both patients carried the same mutation on a gene called HAVCR2 that codes for TIM-3 and that it was transmitted by their parents.In discussions with colleagues in Australia and France, the team realized they too had similar cases of patients with the same mutation (Tyr82Cys) who seemed to be mostly of East Asian or Polynesian descent. Another mutation (Ile97Met), on the same gene, was identified in patients of European origin. A functional study of these mutations, conducted in Paris, confirms their responsibility in this new genetic disease. In all, 17 pediatric and adult cases were the subject of this scientific publication.”The discovery of this mutation has shed light on a previously undescribed mechanism that allowed us to explain both the clinical presentation and the very particular evolution of these lymphomas under treatment,” explains Dr. David Michonneau from the hematology-transplant service in the Saint-Louis AP-HP hospital.Related StoriesLiving a healthy lifestyle may help offset genetic risk of dementiaGene modulation goes wireless hacking the “boss gene”Fungal infection study identifies specific genetic vulnerability among Hmong peopleAccording to Dr. Geneviève de Saint Basile from the laboratory “Molecular basis of immune homeostasis abnormalities” Inserm at the Imagine Institute and the center for the study of immunodeficiencies at Necker-Children’s Hospital AP-HP, “The results of this collaboration demonstrate the regulatory role of the TIM-3 molecule in humans and they also provide strong arguments for reconsidering this entity as an inflammatory rather than a malignant pathology, and for promoting the use of immunosuppressive drugs in its treatment.””For these patients with this rare form of lymphoma, our results reinforce the use of immunosuppressive therapies that will provide much better results and fewer side effects than cytotoxic chemotherapy,” says Dr. Nada Jabado, who is a clinician-scientist from the Child Health and Human Development Program at the RI-MUHC and a professor of Pediatrics and Human Genetics at McGill University in Montreal.Researchers are now trying to see if patients with autoimmune diseases such as lupus – a disease where the immune system turns against the body itself – may have some TIM-3 dysfunction. There would also be promising avenues for the treatment and understanding of cancers, infectious diseases such as HIV or even malaria as well as multiple sclerosis. Source:https://muhc.ca/newsroom/news/scientific-breakthrough-promising-new-target-immunotherapylast_img read more

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