Minds chief executive has lied to serviceusers a

first_imgMind’s chief executive has lied to service-users and other disabled activists who were protesting about his charity’s close links with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).Disabled activists who gathered outside Mind’s headquarters on Monday declared “war” on the charity because of its support for DWP policies that they say have damaged people in mental distress.The protest, led by mental health service-users, was sparked by the decision of the charity’s policy and campaigns manager Tom Pollard to join DWP on secondment as a senior policy adviser.The noisy protest saw activists brand Mind an “absolute disgrace” and brandish a bag containing “30 pieces of silver”, which they said was “blood money” for Pollard.When Paul Farmer, Mind’s chief executive, left the building to speak to protesters (pictured), he told them the charity had “no contracts with DWP” and that he was “not interested in future contracts at this stage”.But after the protest, a disgruntled member of Mind staff leaked details that appeared to be from the charity’s internal website, which showed that it was applying to join a DWP framework that will allow it to bid for employment and health-related contracts, each of which could be worth between £2 million and £30 million a year.The posts appear to refer to a framework that will allow charities and other organisations to bid for contracts under DWP’s new Work and Health Programme.One post says: “Any such contracts undertaken by Mind for the direct delivery of appropriate employment and health related services would be through local Minds.”It also suggests that Mind has taken measures to avoid being named publicly, allowing it to dodge the potential “reputational risk” of bidding jointly for a contract with a controversial partner.Asked by Disability News Service (DNS) if he would apologise and resign for lying to service-users, Farmer issued a statement in which he failed to answer those questions, but appeared to accept that he had lied, stating that the charity would not bid for any DWP contracts that involved “any element of mandation or sanction”.He added: “We only bid for contracts that align with our values and that would allow us to offer our expertise in providing person-centred, supportive back-to-work and employment retention services.”The protesters had accused Mind of acting in its own interests, rather than those of service-users, of “putting profit before people”, and pushing the “nonsense” idea that work should be seen as a health outcome or even a cure for those in mental distress.And they said the charity had failed to speak out about the deaths of mental health service-users who have been driven to take their own lives by the government’s welfare reforms, its “fitness for work” assessment, and its sanctions system.Denise McKenna, a co-founder of the Mental Health Resistance Network (MHRN), and one of the protest’s organisers, told protesters: “We know that work is not a cure for mental health problems, yet national Mind is going along with this rubbish in order to get contracts with the government.“Today is the first day of what is going to be a long campaign against national Mind.“We don’t see national Mind as an ally for people in mental distress unless they [distance themselves] from DWP and say work is not a cure for mental health problems.“Until such time as that happens, quite frankly we are at war with national Mind.”Fellow organiser Paula Peters told the protest: “Government policy will put us into further coercion and that will cause deaths.“We all know someone who is not here [because they have died due to DWP policies].“Look out of the window; this is 30 pieces of silver. This is yours, you traitors.”She added: “We will make every charity who works with the government toxic – we will make every charity’s reputation so dirty that no-one will touch them.”The protest took place as work and pensions secretary Damian Green was launching his green paper on employment support for disabled people, with fears among protesters and fellow activists that it would lead to people in severe mental distress being “bullied and coerced” into work.They believe that mental health services are already being designed with the purpose of “harassing people into work”.The action was supported by other grassroots, user-led networks, including WinVisible, Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) and Black Triangle.They have called for the resignation of both Farmer and the charity’s president, Stephen Fry, and want local Mind associations to disaffiliate themselves from the national charity.They are also threatening a boycott of Mind’s services and fundraising activities, and have called on its staff to show their own disapproval by taking strike action.Farmer told the protesters: “We have campaigned very openly and clearly on issues around welfare reform for many years now.“It is a matter we take extremely seriously in terms of the way we have listened to a whole range of people talking about their experiences, the fundamental flaws of the work capability assessment (WCA).“We want a fundamental overhaul of the WCA.”He said that Mind “did comment publicly” about deaths linked to the WCA, which he said were “terrible, terrible acts” and that “of course, no-one wants then to take place”.Farmer said there was “good evidence that good work is good for our mental health” but Mind was “very clear that people should not be forced into work”.He encouraged people to take part in the “conversation” around the government’s new green paper.And he said that Pollard had “done an amazing job for us at Mind” and had challenged ministers and civil servants in meetings on welfare reform.Farmer refused to take the 30 pieces of silver with him when he returned to the Mind offices.But protesters warned that the action was only the beginning of a lengthy campaign that would make the charity as “toxic” as other DWP contractors such as Atos, Maximus and Capita.Protesters said they would be “at war with national Mind” until the charity distanced itself from DWP, and they warned other disability charities that “collude” with DWP that they would also be targeted.Linda Laurie, a former member of the Disabled People’s Direct Action Network, told the protest: “This guy is just like the head of all these big charities that have taken the money from organisations run by disabled people.“Hundreds [of disabled-led organisations] have been shut down and they are taking the money and they are claiming to speak on their behalf.“Rights not charity! And now we are just finding out what many of us have suspected for years – charities are only in it for themselves, they are not bothered about us.“That guy isn’t one of us. How the hell can he claim to speak on our behalf?”Another of the protesters, psychotherapist Paul Atkinson, has been working with MHRN and DPAC as a member of the Alliance for Counselling and Psychotherapy and the Free Psychotherapy Network to oppose the idea of a “work cure” for mental distress.He said Mind’s actions were “symbolic of what’s happening in the way that charities have been colluding with the workhouse policies of the Tories”, and the idea of psychological coercion through DWP policies such as its sanctions system.He said he believed there was “quite a lot of concern” building up among local Mind organisations about “this massive emphasis on work being a cure for mental health”.He said: “If someone wants to work, that is absolutely fine, that can be supported as much as possible, but as a goal for therapy it is completely unacceptable.”McKenna told DNS that she believed Farmer and Mind had been “taken by surprise” by the strength of the protests against its DWP links.She said Mind had become “complacent and frankly a bit arrogant”.She added: “I don’t know if [Farmer] believes there is such a thing as a work cure but that is what they have thrown their lot in with.“He clearly believes he is doing the right thing for national Mind and himself. I don’t think he gives a damn whether he is doing the right thing for mental health service-users.“People are beginning to see through the charities now. We have to treat them the same way as we treat Atos.“I don’t believe he doesn’t know what the government has planned for us. This is about getting people with severe mental health problems into work.”Mark Roberts, a co-founder of MHRN, said: “I think national Mind will encourage local associations to become mini-Atos’s.“It’s happening already, with local associations just doing the government’s bidding and the local authority’s bidding.”And he said he believed that support for the campaign was building around the country among local Mind associations, as well as in the wider disabled people’s movement.last_img read more

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first_imgA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… Ministers have failed to include the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in a new cross-government plan aimed at reducing suicides, despite years of evidence linking such deaths with the disability benefits system and social security reforms.The Department of Health and Social Care’s (DHSC) first Cross-Government Suicide Prevention Workplan details how it will work with a string of government departments and other organisations to cut the number of suicides.But there is not a single mention of DWP, the benefits system, employment and support allowance (ESA) or universal credit in the plan, which is led by suicide prevention minister Jackie Doyle-Price (pictured).This also means that ESA and universal credit claimants are not included among the high-risk groups mentioned in the work plan.This is despite years of research that have shown clear links between the government’s social security reforms and suicides and have demonstrated that ESA claimants are at particularly high risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviour.Three years ago, public health experts from the Universities of Liverpool and Oxford showed in a study that, across England as a whole, the process of reassessing people on incapacity benefit for the new ESA between 2010 and 2013 was “associated with” an extra 590 suicides.The following year, NHS Digital’s Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey showed that more than 43 per cent of ESA claimants had said (when asked in 2014) that they had attempted suicide at some point in their lives, compared with about seven per cent of non-ESA claimants.Only three months ago, Disability News Service (DNS) reported how a man with learning difficulties died a month after attempting to take his own life, following a move onto the government’s “chaotic” universal credit benefit system that left him hundreds of pounds in debt.That followed years of secret internal DWP investigations into the suicides of benefit claimants, and two reports by coroners that linked flaws in the work capability assessment (WCA) system with suicides.But despite these years of research and evidence, first person accounts of family tragedies, and the NHS data, the government has omitted DWP from the workplan.Doyle-Price has repeatedly refused to highlight that ESA claimants are a high-risk group in her cross-government suicide prevention strategy, or to alert local agencies to the NHS Digital figures.The aim of her workplan is to “drive implementation” of the national suicide prevention strategy, and it claims that it “commits every area of Government to taking action on suicide”.The omission of DWP from this new workplan contrasts with the many organisations DHSC is working with.These include the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport; the Ministry of Defence; the Ministry of Justice; the Department for Transport; the Government Equalities Office; the Department for Education; and the Home Office.It is also working with organisations including Public Health England (PHE), the Sport and Recreation Alliance, Universities UK, the Office for National Statistics, the prison and probation service, the Care Quality Commission, Health Education England, the Local Government Association, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, the British Transport Police, Network Rail, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, Transport for London, and Highways England.Public Health England has itself been implicated in the government’s continuing attempts to cover-up links between DWP policy and suicides.Two months ago, the government’s public health agency published the latest update of its Suicide Prevention Profile, which is designed to help public bodies draw up their own local suicide prevention plans.The profile includes 25 risk factors for suicide, but DNS reported how PHE had ignored the proportion of the population in local areas that claims ESA as one of those risk factors, even though it was aware of the NHS Digital figures.This week, a DHSC spokesperson refused to say why DWP was not included in the workplan and whether Doyle-Price would apologise for omitting DWP and correct that omission.And he declined to say why DHSC was refusing – including through the workplan – to warn agencies and departments that ESA claimants were at high risk of suicide.But he said in a statement that there was DWP “representation” on the cross-government suicide prevention strategy delivery group.He said: “The delivery group will ensure that the suicide prevention workplan published earlier this month is implemented and continues to evolve as new actions to prevent suicide are identified. “The Department of Health and Social Care liaises with colleagues across government departments, including DWP, on a range of matters.”He also pointed to a section on “people in receipt of employment benefits” in the fourth annual update on the government’s suicide prevention strategy, published last week.This section of the progress report includes a brief update on DWP’s work on mental health and employment, including its much-criticised programme to install job advisers within NHS talking therapy services; its guidance for WCA assessors on dealing with ESA claimants at risk of suicide; resources for its own staff on managing declarations of suicide and self-harm intent; and its use of secret internal process reviews when a claimant dies through suicide.The DHSC spokesperson added: “The government is committed to reducing suicide which is why the prime minister announced the first minister for suicide prevention in the UK. “The minister for suicide prevention is working across national and local government to implement the cross-government suicide prevention strategy and this includes collaboration with DWP.”Samaritans can be contacted free, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, by calling 116 123 or emailing jo@samaritans.orglast_img read more

SF Site Destroyed in Fire Could Sell for 20 Million

first_imgThe owner of a 108 year-old building destroyed in a fire earlier this year that left one man dead and displaced dozens of tenants and businesses is considering offers on the building of around $20 million, according to sources involved in the negotiations.The offers coming in on the building at 22nd and Mission – assessed in 2014 at just over $6 million – are based on tearing down the existing structure and putting up five floors of market rate housing on the Mission Street side and four floors of market rate housing on the back of the building. The ground floor would again be commercial.At least one offer for 100 percent affordable housing is in the works, though it would require some additional cooperation from the owner to complete. The Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) said that it first notified the owner, Hawk Lou, that it was interested in making an offer to build affordable housing at the site in the month after the fire. Lou, however, said rumors that MEDA had sent him a letter of intent to purchase the building were unfounded, as he had never received one.When MEDA heard recently that Lou was considering an off-market sale, it began piecing together an offer that remains incomplete because it must wait for the city to confirm its help in financing the package. Although the owner initially declined to comment directly on any negotiations, writing  “I am very, very sorry for this tragedy. This accident really ruined the life of many people,” he later offered some additional information.“I think it is a little late for MEDA,” Lou wrote, though he did explore the nonprofit’s website after hearing rumors of its intent to purchase the property. He wrote that he liked the organization’s profile and its purpose of “helping a lot of minorities in the Mission.”Nonetheless,  Lou said he was likely to go forward with an offer from a buyer who “knows what’s going on in the Mission” and who will rent the newly built units to the displaced tenants at their prevoius rent.“I am pretty sure that they can move forward faster than me,” he wrote. “I hope you can understand my situation.”He added that he could no longer leave the fire damaged building in its current state because he is getting citations from the Department of Building Inspectors. There are ongoing issues, he wrote, with rats, bad smells and graffiti.Lou also clarified the ownership of the building, writing that he shares his interest with several family members.  He declined to confirm the potential sale price of the building.If considered and completed, MEDA’s offer would involve the city’s help from a “transit oriented affordable housing” fund, according to Karoleen Feng, the director of community real estate for MEDA.Feng said the city was moving as quickly as possible to pull something together. Teresa Yanga, director of the housing development for the city, could not be reached for comment.Feng did not give a figure on MEDA’s proposal, but said it would also involve Lou giving MEDA a note or loan that would be repaid over five to ten years.One advantage of choosing an affordable housing project is that the deal would not be upended by the temporary controls on Mission market rate housing being considered by the Planning Commission this month and on the ballot in November.Plans for affordable housing would be unaffected by both proposals for a slowdown. However, the possibility of either proposal going into effect also puts pressure on Lou to accept an offer for market rate housing sooner rather than later.The fire on January 28th displaced 65 tenants and dozens of businesses. Tenants would still have the right to return to any new building replacing their old homes, but as Mission Local found, return is relatively rare as tenants have generally settled elsewhere by the time a building is complete.In the hours and days after the fire, tenants told Mission Local that they had no notice that the building was on fire. Instead, they were alerted to the danger by hearing the incoming sirens or opening their doors to a hallway full of smoke. At least seven had to be rescued from either the hallways or fire escapes that failed to work.Forty-eight of those tenants living in 15 units are cooperating in a lawsuit against Lou that could be filed as early as this week, according to Steven J. McDonald, the lawyer representing the tenants.Mission Local’s investigation in the month after the fire showed Lou and his wife Kitty Fong Lou as the owners of 19 properties with an assessed value of some $15.3 million. Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img 0%last_img read more

Police Shooting Protest Interrupts Sunday Streets

first_img“We are calling on our white neighbors. We are saying that white people have a role in this fight and that we are going to disrupt white complacency and white silence on this issue,” she said. “We need to do that immediately.”The group then marched down 18th Street and interrupted the Sunday Streets festivities, walking down Valencia Street towards 25th Street before dispersing shortly after noon.Photo by Lola M. Chavez.Photo by Lola M. Chavez.Photo by Lola M. Chavez.Photo by Lola M. Chavez.Photo by Lola M. Chavez.Photo by Lola M. Chavez.Photo by Lola M. Chavez.Photo by Lola M. Chavez. 0% Tags: protests • shootings Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Some 40 or so protesters gathered this morning at 11 a.m. at Dolores Park near 18th Street to protest the fatal police shooting last week of 45-year-old homeless man Luis Gongora.Gongora was shot and killed on Thursday after police say he lunged at them with a 13-inch knife. Several witnesses have disputed that account, however, saying Gongora’s knife was at his side when he was shot and that he did not understand officers’ commands because he mostly spoke Spanish.The shooting sparked a 100-strong march on Thursday night that linked Gongora’s death to those of Mario Woods, Alex Nieto, and Amilcar Perez-Lopez, all of whom were shot and killed by police in the last two years.On Sunday, Cassandra Belson explained the purpose of the march to the crowd, saying “justice has not been served countless times here in San Francisco” and calling on more solidarity between white people and their “black and brown brothers and sisters.”last_img read more

Zoot suit riot Siegels Clothing folds and a community is exposed

first_imgIn September, Michael Gardner, who operated the shop for more than 40 years, told Mission Local‘s Julian Mark that its building, listed for $6.5 million, would be taken off the market. It wasn’t for sale. And, even if it did sell, he pledged “Siegel’s is not going anywhere.” Last month, the building sold. And, now, the signs plastered on the walls and windows pledge a “Huge one million dollar inventory liquidation.” Everything must go: “LIQUIDATING TO THE BARE WALLS!!”“Everything must go” is a painfully familiar sentiment for the predominantly Latino Mission-dwellers (and ex-Mission-dwellers) who kept Siegel’s a viable business — until it wasn’t. Many of them went, too. At the end, Siegel’s business model was to sell clothes that people in the Mission used to wear to people who used to live in the Mission. The erasure of this neighborhood’s working-class Latinos and the local businesses they ran and supported is steady, ongoing, and, perhaps most painful of all, feels more and more inevitable. Nobody was surprised by the demise of yet another longstanding Mission institution; we’ve become inured to such news. The loss of Siegel’s, however, staggered people. And that’s because, more so than the many other much-lamented defunct Mission businesses, this place was, by design, irreplaceable. This isn’t a “they don’t make ’em like they used to” situation. They never made them like this. Like Kaplan’s Sporting Goods on Market, Siegel’s was a one-of-its-kind establishment that recalled a different, happier, more personable era — but was, also, unique in any era. It was also, like Kaplan’s, so old that it had seemingly always been old. And always been there.Siegel’s was the place where you could get everything. It was a place that, pun intended, had woven itself into the fabric of the Mission. Now, that community and culture are fraying. So is Siegel’s. Everything must go.Siegel’s storefront with closing signs. Dec. 10, 2018. Photo by Julian Mark.Roberto Hernandez is 62 years old and has lived in the Mission his entire life. The number of items he’s bought at Siegel’s is incalculable. As is the number of times he’s walked past. But, “to this day, I stare at the window and look at all the zoot suits every single time. I don’t care how much of a hurry I’m in,” he says. “I stop and stare at the clothes. Every single time.” Siegel’s looms behind nearly every element of Latino Mission life. John Nuño, Jr. and Samuel Reveles, now 50 and 53, and relocated to Los Angeles and Daly City, respectively, first went there with their families to buy uniforms for St. Peter’s School.Mission Local keeps you in the know – You can help keep us here. “My tux rental for my first wedding — I got it there,” 47-year-old bus driver Daniel Salazar tells me. Construction worker Leroy Bermudez grew up around the corner from “The Latino Men’s Wearhouse” and just bought a suit there last month; he wanted to look classy when he surprised his 10-year-old daughter by taking her to an Ozuna concert. Twenty-five years earlier, Siegel’s was the place he went when, like many Mission dwellers, he wanted to look classy by dressing just like Cypress Hill.  By being all things to all people, Siegel’s managed the impressive feat of changing while staying the same. After the Luis Valdez play and movie Zoot Suit came out in the late 1970s, Mission dwellers stampeded to Siegel’s to buy them. Even now, autographed glossy photos of Latin and swing musicians are plastered to the walls, lauding the “best zoot suits on the West coast.” At almost the same time that fans of Zoot Suit were buying zoot suits, shoppers swarmed Siegel’s to buy Pendleton shirts like the ones the actors wore in Boulevard Nights (1979). So, you could walk in and buy your Pendletons and Derby jackets made just over the hill at the factory on Potrero or you could buy your zoot suits; you could buy your Stacy Adams shoes in lollipop colors or you could buy your “wino shoes;” you could buy your pachuco-style clothing or clothes that wouldn’t look out of place in a lumberyard. You could do all of these things. But the common denominator is “walk in.” Gardner didn’t return messages left on the phone or in person for this story, but he had purportedly complained, loudly, that there were weekdays when nobody walked into his store. “My kids never had the experience of going to Siegel’s, because you can buy everything online now,” concurs Reveles. “And a lot of us moved away.” The merchandise is packed into Siegel’s Clothing Superstore like meat stacked into an overstuffed deli sandwich. This is a big store specializing in selling big suits, and it’s hard to overstate just how many of them there are in here.Every rack is tightly crammed with blazers and pants in colors befitting the Jell-O aisle. Hundreds of accompanying hats range from Lewis Carroll nightmare to Samuel L. Jackson casual wear. There’s an organizational system here, but the sheer mass of goods at hand is overwhelming. This is what a menswear shop would look like if it was operated by the Collyer brothers of hoarding fame. When you walk into a big place with individual character, a fantastic array of eclectic merchandise, and a small army of staffers damn-near immediately asking “You need help, Hombre?” one can’t help but think “I can’t believe this place is still around in the Mission.” Come January, it won’t be. After 91 years on-site, Siegel’s is abruptly closing down. Email Address Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Like many Mission merchants, Gardner reportedly despised the red transit lanes expediting bus routes. He apparently liked to recount a story in which he was forced to run out of the store and transact business with an out-of-town customer who could not find parking; the driver handed over the money and Gardner handed over the merchandise right there on the curbside.And yet, this anecdote reveals bigger problems than transit lanes and parking. When thousands of Latinos are economically banished from the city and your business relies upon these people, any problems brought about by red lanes seem to be akin to the straw that broke the camel’s back. One should be wary of focusing on the straw at the expense of all the weight that preceded it. Salazar, who drives the 14 and 49, rolls past Siegel’s daily in those red lanes. On the weekend, he does the same in his ’66 Buick Skylark lowrider. He has a closet full of clothes he bought here and even a few fancy suits in storage. But those, like memories of a bygone Mission, are fading with age. “I think we’re going to lose a lot more” establishments like Siegel’s, he says. “But I won’t be pushed out. I have my house. I will die here.”   last_img read more

England – Jonny Lomax Mark Percival James Roby

first_imgEngland – Jonny Lomax, Mark Percival, James Roby, Alex Walmsley Group A: Australia, France, LebanonFixtures: Friday Oct 27: England v Australia (10am)Saturday Nov 4: England v Lebanon (9am)Sunday Nov 12: England v France (10am)Scotland – Luke DouglasGroup B: New Zealand, Samoa, TongaFixtures: Sunday Oct 29: Scotland v Tonga (6:15am)Saturday Nov 4: Scotland v New Zealand (4am)Saturday Nov 11: Scotland v Samoa (8am)Wales – Regan Grace, Morgan Knowles, Ben Morris Group C: Papua New Guinea, IrelandFixtures: Saturday Oct 28: Wales v PNG (6am)Sunday Nov 5: Wales v Fiji (9:30am)Sunday Nov 12: Wales v Ireland (7:30am)Ireland – Kyle Amor, Louie McCarthy-ScarsbrookGroup C: Papua New Guinea, WalesFixtures:Sunday Oct 29: Ireland v Italy (4am)Sunday Nov 5: Ireland v PNG (6am)Sunday Nov 12: Ireland v Wales (7:30am)France – Theo Fages Group A: Australia, England, LebanonFixtures:Sunday Oct 29: Lebanon (5am)Friday Nov 3: Australia (9am)Sunday Nov 12: England (10am)Group D: Fiji, USA, ItalyThe top three teams from Groups A and B will qualify for the quarter-finals but only the top team in Groups C and D will progress.last_img read more

Matty Lees is recalled to the side after Kyle Amor

first_imgMatty Lees is recalled to the side after Kyle Amor picked up a one-match suspension following last Saturday’s win over Castleford.Justin Holbrook will therefore select his 17 from:1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Adam Swift, 6. Theo Fages, 7. Matty Smith, 9. James Roby, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Luke Douglas, 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Luke Thompson, 17. Dom Peyroux, 18. Danny Richardson, 19. Regan Grace, 20. Matty Lees, 23. Ben Barba.Denis Betts will choose his Widnes 17 from:1. Rhys Hanbury, 2. Stefan Marsh, 4. Charly Runciman, 5. Patrick Ah Van, 6. Joseph Mellor, 7. Thomas Gilmore, 10. Alex Gerrard, 12. Matt Whitley, 13. Hep Cahill, 15. Danny Craven, 16. Thomas Olbison, 17. Samuel Wilde, 19. Greg Burke, 20. Macgraff Leuluai, 21. Jordan Johnstone, 23. Danny Walker, 33. Aaron Heremaia, 36. Wellington Albert, 38. Jimmy Keinhorst.The game kicks off at 3pm and the referee will be Liam Moore.Tickets for the match are now available from the RFL only and on matchday.For further information click here.last_img read more

Alex Walmsley joins Jonny Lomax Tommy Makinson M

first_imgAlex Walmsley joins Jonny Lomax, Tommy Makinson, Mark Percival, James Roby and Luke Thompson in the EPS whilst Matty Lees lines up with Danny Richardson in the Knights’ squad.The EPS 25-man squad has been named as part of preparations for this Autumn’s three-match Test Series against the Kiwis.England Elite Men’s Squad will also play France in a warm-up game on Wednesday October 17 (KO 7.45pm) at Leigh Sports Village.The KPS will take on Papua New Guinea in two test matches later this year.England Rugby League Elite Performance SquadLuke Gale (Castleford Tigers), Mike McMeeken (Castleford Tigers), Adam Milner (Castleford Tigers), Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants), Jake Connor (Hull FC), Scott Taylor (Hull FC), Ryan Hall (Leeds Rhinos), Stevie Ward (Leeds Rhinos), Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos), Jonny Lomax (St Helens), Tommy Makinson (St Helens), Mark Percival (St Helens), James Roby (St Helens),  Luke Thompson (St Helens), Alex Walmsley (St Helens), Tom Johnstone (Wakefield Trinity), Daryl Clark (Warrington Wolves), Mike Cooper (Warrington Wolves), Ben Currie (Warrington Wolves), Chris Hill (Warrington Wolves), Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves), John Bateman (Wigan Warriors), Sean O’Loughlin (Wigan Warriors), Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors), George Williams (Wigan Warriors).England Rugby League Knights Performance SquadGreg Minikin (Castleford Tigers), Jake Trueman (Castleford Tigers), Oliver Holmes (Castleford Tigers), Kruise Leeming (Huddersfield Giants), Brad Fash (Hull FC), Dean Hadley (Hull FC), Masimbaashe Matongo (Hull FC), Jamie Shaul (Hull FC), Chris Atkin (Hull KR), Robbie Mulhern (Hull KR), Ash Handley (Leeds Rhinos), Mikolaj Oledzski (Leeds Rhinos), Liam Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos), Jack Walker (Leeds Rhinos), James Cunningham (London Broncos), Niall Evalds (Salford Red Devils), Tom Davies (Wigan Warriors), Oliver Gildart (Wigan Warriors), Joe Greenwood (Wigan Warriors), Sam Powell (Wigan Warriors), Ryan Sutton (Wigan Warriors), Matty Lees (St Helens), Danny Richardson (St Helens), James Batchelor (Wakefield Trinity), Max Jowitt (Wakefield Trinity), Reece Lyne (Wakefield Trinity), Jack Hughes (Warrington Wolves), Harvey Livett (Warrington Wolves), Tom Gilmore (Widnes Vikings), Danny Walker (Widnes Vikings), Matt Whitley (Widnes Vikings).last_img read more

CFCC group hosts screening of Wilmington 10 – Pardons of Innocence

first_img “With everything going on in terms of politically the conversations we are having as a country. I think it’s powerful because a lot of the things that I witness in the film it’s almost like nothing has changed, we know certain things have but it’s a conversation that needs to be had,” says Nixon Minority Male Leaders Center program director Travis Corpening.The screening was hosted by the Nixon Minority Male Leaders Center at CFCC.The film talks about the racial tensions in Wilmington that led to the fire bombing of a white owned grocery store near the Gregory Congregational Church, known for being the home base of a school system boycott by African American students.Related Article: Jaded with your job? CFCC offers options for high-demand careersThose with the Leaders Center say sharing it again now with the Wilmington community is timely.“You had active student who were protesting for a cause. You had local government that was punishing students for speaking out. And how this turned into a huge criminal case that not only is a part of North Carolina history, but a part of American history,” says the film’s producer Cash Michaels.The film was produced in 2013, The year after North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue pardoned the ten people who were convicted of the fire bombing and shooting.The film will also be screened in October at a Cincinnati Film festival. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – Five years ago they were acquitted for a crime that shook the Wilmington community in 1971.Students and community members viewed a screening of “Wilmington Ten Pardons of Innocence.”- Advertisement – last_img read more

In God We Trust stickers proposed for Brunswick County vehicles

first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Brunswick County could have a new addition for county vehicles. The proposal, to inscribe the phrase ‘In God We Trust’ on the cars underneath the county seal.“It basically is an aspect of patriotism in a lot of respects,” Brunswick County Commissioner, Marty Cooke said.- Advertisement – Commissioner Cooke brought up the idea of adding the phrase to all Brunswick County vehicles after a trip to Watauga County. It is a proposal many, but not all, agree with.“I’m in favor of it,” Arrell Holden, who supports proposal, said. “I think that everybody should put God first in their lives and if we don’t put him first then we’re in trouble.”“Government property should welcome and serve all members of community equally, regardless of their religious views,” American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina Spokesman Mike Meno said.The phrase, ‘In God We Trust,’ became the country’s motto in 1956.“I don’t think religion has anything to do with it,” Holden said.“Essentially it’s a national motto. And people would say well that’s only for a Christian perspective. Well, not necessarily because the thing about it is, it’s in the bible but it’s also in Jewish text as well as it’s found in two places in the Quran,” Cooke said.The phrase already hangs on the side of the David R. Sandifer building in the county government complex.“The more that the public has a vision of that the better I think it would be,” Holden said.ACLU spokesman Mike Meno said adding the phrase would be unfair to the residents.“The problem with displays like this is they can be very divisive because they send a message that the government favors people of certain beliefs over others,” Meno said. “So for county residents who practice a different religion, or no religion at all, they could be made to feel like outsiders and that shouldn’t be the case in their own community.”Cooke disagrees and said the phrase is already used on license plates in 19 of the 50 states.County staff plans to present commissioners with a model of the ‘In God We Trust’ stickers at an upcoming meeting. Staff adds the stickers would cost $1,250 which would come from the general fund.last_img read more

One person killed in Carolina Beach condo fire

first_img Carolina Beach Fire Chief Alan Griffin said when they arrived, they could see the fire coming from the balcony of a fourth floor residence. They had a struggle getting it knocked down because of void spaces.Griffin said the fire started in one condo and then spread to a condo on each side.  Firefighters managed to contain the fire to those three condos, but eight others have either smoke or water damage.Related Article: Carolina Beach businesses fight back from hurricane’s wrathGriffin said one person was trapped and could not get out. Firefighters found the person inside, but they are not releasing the name or whether the victim was a man or woman.“The last thing we want is to lose a citizen. More importantly, we don’t want to cause any more property damage, no more citizen loss than we have to. Unfortunately, in this case, the fatality was in the fire apartment, so once we arrived and was able to get lines in place, it was too late to save the victim,” Griffin said.The weather had an effect on firefighting efforts. Griffin said a northeast wind pushing through the building caused a little bit of a challenge, making the fire attack a little difficult for firefighters.There was a lot of ice around the marina area on the backside of the building, so some crews had trouble getting their footing. But Griffin said in the front of the building, where they were attacking the fire, they didn’t have any issues.Griffin said they do not suspect anything suspicious, but the Carolina Beach Police Department, fire marshal and the SBI will be investigating.People who live in the condos will not be allowed inside overnight. The community is also coming together to offer support.“We’ve had a lot of people to offer us places to go. People are already bringing clothes. Carolina Beach is a great community. And they take care of their own. And, so, it’s just… It could be worse. At least we’re safe,” said Inland Harbor resident Sheila Embler. “It’s hard and it’s hard too to know that people that you live with here are losing a lot as well.”Fire departments from Kure Beach, Carolina Beach, Wilmington Fire, New Hanover and Leland responded.James Jarvis with the American Red Cross said they are assisting 11 families, 19 people. The organization has helped the displaced families find lodging and gave victims money for food and clothing. CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — One person has died in the fire that tore through the top floor of Inland Harbor condominiums at Carolina Beach.(Photo: Amy Howland Moore)The call came in just before 9 a.m. Monday. The condos are located on St. Joseph Street.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Man wanted for breaking and entering theft

first_imgSergio Juan Ramirez (Photo: NHSO) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man accused of multiple crimes.According to a release, Sergio Juan Ramirez is wanted for his involvement in thefts from hardware stores. Police said he Ramirez is also accused of pawning the stolen items.- Advertisement – On May 10, deputies found his car in the 5100 block of Carolina Beach Road and attempted to stop it. The car drove away and ran off the road in the 200 block of Raleigh Street, where several passengers, including Ramirez, ran away.Detectives said evidence also linked the suspect to a stolen van. They determined that Ramirez, along with two other suspects, stole the van from Pender County, removed the tools from inside and set fire to the vehicle on Plantation Road in New Hanover County.Ramirez is described as a Hispanic man, around 5′ 9″ and 165 lbs with brown eyes and black hair. He has multiple tattoos, including one on his right forearm that says “Ramirez” and one on his left forearm that says “Southside”.Related Article: Meek Mill, Jay-Z, and other high-profile supporters launch initiative for criminal justice reformRamirez is wanted for the following charges:Felony Burning of Personal PropertyFelony Conspiracy4 counts of Obtaining Property by False PretenseFelony Flee to Elude2 counts of Misdemeanor LarcenyFelony Breaking and EnteringLarceny of a Motor VehicleIf you have any information on where he may be, call the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.last_img read more

WPD investigating downtown stabbing

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – One man is in custody and another in serious condition after a stabbing in a parking lot near 122 Market Street.Wilmington police say the incident happened around 5:00 P.M. Witnesses told police the fight was between two homeless men.Police arrested the suspect at the scene. The names of the two men are not available at this time.last_img

NCDOT Announces new routes to Wilmington

first_imgFrom the north, travel on Interstate 40 East to N.C. 24 East (exit 373), then onto U.S. 17 South (note: do not take the N.C. 24 Business route at exit 364)From Fayetteville, take N.C. 87 to U.S. 701 South to N.C. 211 East to U.S. 74 East- Advertisement – Portions of I-40 (NCDOT) RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) – The N.C. Department of Transportation announced Saturday that it has identified three safe alternate routes the public may use to access Wilmington, which was flooded by Hurricane Florence.These are the recommended routes:From the south, take U.S. 17 Additionally, drivers may use I-40 to N.C. 24 (exit 373) to reach Jacksonville.State transportation officials recommend people avoid any unnecessary travel in these hard-hit counties where the risk of flooding remains: Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin, Jones, Lenoir, Pender, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, and southeastern Wayne (south of U.S. 70 Business and east of U.S. 117).NCDOT is making progress on reducing the number of road closures, which statewide totaled 550 Saturday morning.Related Article: ‘North Carolina Strong’ t-shirts on sale, funds go to storm victimsHowever, rivers are cresting through this weekend in southeastern North Carolina, where many roads remain impassable, including sections of I-40 closer to Wilmington.NCDOT must wait for the water to recede, then inspect for damage and make any necessary repairs before reopening the roads.For the latest road conditions and closures, visit DriveNC.gov.last_img read more

Leland council talks about resolution for Cape Fear Crossing routes

first_img The Cape Fear crossing has been the talk of the town for years. It could run right through some major neighborhoods in Leland and possibly put people out of their homes.As the town of Leland continues to grow, the main concern is: Where will this crossing go?The NCDOT has narrowed it down to five possible routes.“The three corridors that I mentioned, which are b, q and t, are going to cause so much destruction, because they are going to come through Brunswick Forest,” said Leland Town Councilwoman Pat Batleman. “It’s a devastating proposition.”Related Article: Brunswick residents worry over impacts from proposed Cape Fear SkywayBatleman has led the charge to ask the NCDOT to remove routes b, q and t from the available options. Those routes have the most impact on the Mallory Creek and Brunswick Forest neighborhoods, but not everyone is on board.Councilman Michael Callahan worries about other areas like Stoney Creek and Snee Farm that could be at risk with the other two routes.“I want to at least give the folks in our neighborhoods to the south of us, in Snee Farms, the opportunity to be a part of that [and] to make their voices known,” said Callahan.Callahan was not ready to move forward with Batleman’s proposed resolution. He says he wants to make sure every neighborhood’s voice is heard before they do anything. Batleman says she wants to protect everyone, but says they need to take each issue one step at a time.“You want to help everybody,” said Batleman.  “You don’t want anyone to hurt from this. I think we’re doing the very best that we can.”Batleman says she thinks they need to go at things with the DOT one issue at a time.She motioned to create a draft of this resolution that motion did pass and they hope to have it done as soon as possible. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — It’s a nearly ten mile proposed road and bridge that crosses the Cape Fear River. It’s been discussed for years and we’re one step closer to knowing where it might be located.Monday, Leland City council took a step to oppose three of those proposed routes.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Town leaders in Fair Bluff holding open house for new town hall

first_img The open house will be from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the afternoon Saturday. The town hall project was made possible by a grant from the Golden Leaf Foundation following hurricane Matthew. New Fair Bluff Town Hall (Andrew James/WWAY) FAIR BLUFF, NC (WWAY) — Fair Bluff town leaders are hosting an open house of the new town hall.Town officials moved into the new town hall and police department around a month ago. It sits behind the old bank and now Lumber River Visitor Center along Main Street.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Banner spread across Dar Ċentrali calling for PN resignations

first_img SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Last night a cloth banner with the Words ‘Irridu futur Irriżenjaw’ – ‘We want a future, Resign,’ was draped between the two pillars in front of the Nationalist Party’s Headquarters, Dar Centrali.In a message sent to Newsbook.com.mt by a group calling itself, ‘Trapass’ explained that they put the banner up because the disastrous result of the European and Local Council elections is the result of the PN leader Adrian Delia and his ‘clique’, adding that ‘enough is enough.’They stressed that for the good of the party, there needs to be a resignation in order to have a new leader.Last night, the party Secretary Clyde Puli called all of the potential Nationalist Party candidates in the 13th District ahead of the Executive Committee meeting to be held on Saturday. This should include co-option as one of the key points of its agenda.Read more:Updated: Puli says he called up all PN candidates on 13 district ahead of executive meetingPN’s executive to meet on Saturday“I am the only remaining person interested in the Parliamentary seat” – CutajarOne of the PN candidates in the district Dr Joseph Ellis published a letter sent to him by Puli expressing his interest in Ellis declaring his interest. Dr Ellis in turn said that Kevin Cutajar would be the best choice as he had contested on the same district.Dr Ellis published his letter on his Facebook page.WhatsApplast_img read more

LIVE Archbishop Scicluna celebrating Pentecost mass in Valletta

first_img SharePrint WhatsApp Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna is celebrating mass on Pentecost Sunday at St John co-Cathedral in Valletta.During the celebration, Confirmation will be administered to young people from the Valletta and the Sliema Nazzarenu parishes.center_img <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

AG draft legislative amendment discussed in Parliament

first_imgL-Avukat Ġenerali se jara l-funzjonijiet tiegħu jinbiddlu.L-Avukat Ġenerali se jara l-funzjonijiet tiegħu jinbiddlu. Partit Nazzjonalista (PN) MP Simon Busuttil said that the government now wants not one but two puppets on a string when talking about the draft legal amendment related to the role of the Attorney General.The PN MP said this during the second reading of the draft legal amendment pertaining to the role of the Attorney General. He also added that the government wants to create yet another parameter to alienate the general population, which however will be rejected by the European Union (EU) as it is not acceptable within the framework f the same EU.Busutiil stressed that it is not acceptable for the Attorney General to be chosen by the Prime Minister following a public call as it is of his opinion that the current government left meritocracy on the billboards that were put up prior to the 2017 general elections. The PN MP added that when a public role was chosen by a two-thirds majority in Parliament as had happened with the Ombudsman and the Auditor General, the persons appointed carried out their duties in an impartial manner.From his end, Partit Laburista deputy leader Chris Cardona said that after Parliament has voted unanimously for the past three Presidents of the Republic, now the House of Representatives has to vote unanimously in favour of the draft legislation on the table.Cardona explained that through this draft amendment, the government will continue to strengthen democracy and the respect for the rule of law.WhatsApp <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> SharePrintlast_img read more

Know Yahoos Marissa Mayer in 11 facts

first_imgAdvertisement Here’s a quick guide to some of the most interesting and water-cooler-worthy facts about the 37-year-old. (We know what you’re thinking. And yes — an 11-point list can successfully illuminate decades of a person’s personal and professional life. Of course it can.)If we missed something fun, let us know in the comments.1. She’s responsible for the clean look of Google.com. The minimalist home page, with plenty of white space and a single search bar in the center, is said to be the brainchild of Mayer, who has overseen the launch and development of many of Google’s iconic products. – Advertisement – “Google has the functionality of a really complicated Swiss Army knife, but the home page is our way of approaching it closed. It’s simple, it’s elegant, you can slip it in your pocket, but it’s got the great doodad when you need it,” she told Fast Company in 2005. “A lot of our competitors are like a Swiss Army knife open — and that can be intimidating and occasionally harmful.”2. She specializes in artificial intelligence. Mayer holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stanford University. For both degrees, Mayer focused on artificial intelligence, which has become a core area of focus for Google, a company that has introduced autonomous cars and whose computers are trying to use equations to understand human speech. She told CNN she holds several patents in AI and interface design.3. She’s on the board at Wal-Mart. “She is also on the board of various nonprofits, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Ballet and the New York City Ballet,” according to a press release from Yahoo.4. She’s obsessed with fashion. According to the Los Angeles Times, Mayer once paid $60,000 at a charity auction to have lunch with fashion designer Oscar de la Renta. “Objects that make Mayer happy include her Oscar de la Renta cashmere cardigan with three-quarter sleeves and pointelle detailing and enamel buttons,” Vogue wrote in 2009.5. She has a fly penthouse. It’s atop the Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco, and it’s worth a cool $5 million, according to The New York Times.6. She’s good in an interview. In 1999, during her interview for a job at the company, Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin reportedly asked her: “How would you write a spell-check program when you have a vocabulary so big it won’t fit in a computer?” She became a product manager at the young start-up after turning down a teaching job at Carnegie Mellon University.7. She dated Larry Page. The Google co-founder and Mayer, who was a product manager at the time, dated in the early 2000s,according to the book “Googled” by Ken Auletta. A Gawker blogger wrote about how Silicon Valley considered this subject taboo.8. She can make working as a grocery clerk sound glamorous. She told the Los Angeles Times about her high school job working the cash register: “I learned a lot about work ethic from people who had been there for 20 years. They could do 40 items a minute over an eight-hour shift. I was pretty routinely in the 38-to-41 range. I was pretty happy about that. I have a good memory for numbers.“At the grocery store, you have to remember to charge $4.99 a pound for grapes and 99 cents a pound for cantaloupe by typing in a number code. The more numbers you could memorize, the better off you are. If you had to stop to look up a price in a book, it totally killed your average.”9. She held office hours at Google. “At 4 p.m., her three-times-a-week office hours begin. It’s a tradition Mayer brought over from her days at Stanford, where she taught computer science to undergrads,” wrote Businessweek in 2005. Some of Google’s big ideas came out of those meetings with staff, the magazine says.10. She likes cupcakes with a side of spreadsheets. “I refuse to be stereotyped,” she told The New York Times in 2009. “I think it’s very comforting for people to put me in a box. ‘Oh, she’s a fluffy girlie girl who likes clothes and cupcakes. Oh, but wait, she is spending her weekends doing hardware electronics.’ ” She once made spreadsheets to determine the perfect cupake recipe, she told San Francisco Magazine.“Who else in Silicon Valley could report, with absolute seriousness, that she’d recently bought an array of cookbooks to study the cupcake recipes in each, created a spreadsheet for the ingredients, and then tested the recipes before writing her own? (She made another spreadsheet for frosting.),” the magazine wrote.11. She knows how to rock a wedding. In 2009, she married Zachary Bogue, a venture capitalist and real-estate investor while wearing “a knockout hand-beaded white Naeem Khan gown,” as the San Francisco Chronicle described it. A rehearsal dinner featured a surprise performance from the Killers, according to a blog by the event’s photographer.How do you balance career and family? Let us know.Source: CNNlast_img read more

LG Introduces the Worlds First 55Inch Curved OLED TV

first_imgAdvertisement Well, that came sooner than expected. Two weeks after LG’s announcements it will launch a curved OLED TV “later this year,” the first such 55-inch device here, available for pre-order in South Korea.The 55EA9800, as it’s called, brings what LG calls an “IMAX-like” experience of the home, with the entire screen surface being equidistant from the viewer’s eyes. We haven’t thoroughly tested a curved OLED screen yet, so we can’t vouch that this entire curved screen business makes the viewing experience better, but it sure looks good, as you can see in the picture above.The TV is 4.3 millimeters (0.17 inches) thin, weighs 17 kilograms (37.48 pounds), and features LG’s WRGB and Color Refiner technologies, which should result in great color and vibrant, natural images. – Advertisement – The LG 55EA9800 is available in South Korea for pre-order in more than 1,400 LG retail stores, for the price of 15 million KRW ($13,500).The device’s availability and pricing in other markets will be announced “in the months ahead.”Credit: Mashable Image Credit: LGlast_img read more

Adobes Creative Cloud experiencing worldwide outage

first_imgAdvertisement Adobe has reported that its Creative Cloud online service is down.The service which powers access to some 16 creative applications including Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign and their helper resources, is not accessible online anywhere in the world.Adobe said in a tweet posted:We apologize that Adobe login is offline. We identified the cause & will restore as soon as possible. Stay tuned here @AdobeCare for updates— Adobe Customer Care (@AdobeCare) May 15, 2014 – Advertisement – The company has been tracking the outage on its Creative Cloud System Status page. The first issues cropped up as early as Wednesday afternoon.Source: TNWlast_img read more

Malware authors targeting Android phones

first_imgAdvertisement A new research has indicated that the number of malicious apps available on the Google Play store will continues to grow.The best defense at the moment is a security app, a cautious approach to downloads, and a close eye on your bank and credit card statements.Most of us do whatever we can to avoid coming into contact with malware. Andrew Brandt spends his workdays attracting the stuff. – Advertisement – Andrew Brandt, a Blue Coat Systems Director of Threat Research, uses a “honey pot” Internet server intended to catch malware purveyors in the act.Brandt described a recent encounter he had with a malicious app that found its way onto his Android phone. “I had downloaded an unrelated app a few hours earlier. [Out of nowhere], I get a text message on the phone thanking me for subscribing [to a $4-a-month service].” The malware had managed to sign Brandt up for the subscription from his phone without requiring any permissions.“If it hadn’t been for that message, I would have had no notice of the unauthorized charge until I saw it on my credit card bill,” Brandt explained. This highlights two of the things phone users need to do to protect themselves: keep a close watch on their bank and credit card statements, and respond right away to challenge illegitimate charges.Without a security app, your phone is exposed“BYOD [Bring Your Own Device] makes it nearly impossible for IT to prevent their networks from being exposed,” he explains.According to security firm RiskIQ’s recent study, the number of malicious apps on the Google Play store increased by 388 percent from 2011 to 2013. Meanwhile the percentage of malware apps removed by Google each year went from 60 percent in 2011, to just 23 percent in 2013. The percentage of malware apps on the Google Play store jumped from 3 percent in 2011 to 9 percent in 2012, and to almost 13 percent in 2013, according to RiskIQ’s research.The Norton Mobile Security support page lists the nefarious activities an Android malware app may attempt. It may collect your call and text logs, contacts, account info, and SIM card details. It could place ads in the notification bar and SMS inbox, or change your browser home page. Some malware apps play audio ads when you call a number in your contact list, according to Norton.Installing a security app on your phone is just the first step. Sometimes your own actions can override the protections of the device’s antimalware program.Blue Coat’s Brandt repeatedly circled back to the importance of phone users being cautious when downloading apps. Wired UK’s Dan Goodin explains how the Android-Trojan.Koler, A malware tricks visitors of a porn site into thinking they’re downloading a video player. In fact, they’re downloading a program that will lock the person out of their phone until they pay a ransom.A more pernicious piece of Windows-based ransomware called CryptoLocker now threatens Android phones. CryptoLocker uses social-engineering techniques similar to those relied on by Android-Trojan.Koler.A. Once the malware is installed, it encrypts all the files on the phone, as Dennis Fisher reports on ThreatPost.Source: CNETlast_img read more

Microsofts New Surface Laptop Launched With Windows 10 S Operating System

first_imgMicrosoft Surface Laptop | Courtesy Photo Advertisement Redmond-based software firm, Microsoft Corp. has launched the Surface Laptop at its New York Spring event that comes packed with an education-focused ‘Windows 10 S’ operating system. The laptop has been made available in four color variants – Burgundy, Graphite Gold, Platinum, and Cobalt Blue and have been lined up for pre-order with shipping scheduled to kick off on June 15.According to online reports, the Redmond firm claims the 13.5-inch PixelSense touchscreen display Laptop is durable, portable, and lightweight, and the design looks sleek with a premium finish, and the iconic Alcantra fabric keyboard seen on the Surface Pro 4, with backlighting. The biggest highlight is that the laptop is rated to offer up to 14.5 hours of battery life.The base model of the Surface Laptop is powered by the latest Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB SSD storage, while users can opt for an Intel Core i7 processor and different memory and storage configurations. Ports on board include a USB port, a mini DisplayPort, the Surface power connector, SD card slot, and the 3.5mm audio jack. – Advertisement – Microsoft has used vapor chambers as heat pipes at the back of the laptop to help keep components cool – important, as there are no holes on the laptop that would normally have facilitated air cooling.With no holes, you may wonder where the speakers are – Microsoft has placed them below the keyboard. While the stunningly designed device with Windows Ink and Windows Hello support could lure some users, the price may dampen the excitement.[related-posts]Microsoft also claims the Surface Laptop’s Intel Core i7 model is faster than the current Core i7-based MacBook Pro, and also added that it has better battery life than any MacBook Air laptop on the market today.With the laptop running on Windows 10 S, the device has serious limitations like it can only run apps from the Windows Store – though users can choose to upgrade if they wish.Microsoft is looking to compete with Chromebooks in the education sector, and the company even took the time to show off how apps like 3D4 Medical work on the new Surface Laptop, however, at this price range, direct competition will be impossible.Microsoft has priced the Surface Laptop with Core i5 processor at $999 (roughly 3.6 million UGX).source: Gadgets 360last_img read more


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STARTERS ORDERS Thurs Movers Specials

first_imgWelcome 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.Thursday 19 JulyHORSE RACING3.30 HamiltonAn Fear Ciuin 11/1 > 13/24.50 LeicesterShalamzar 16/1 > 10/1Life Knowledge 4/1 > 9/4FOOTBALLNO TV GAMESBET NOW starsports.bet or 08000 521 321last_img

STAR PREVIEW Republic Of Ireland v Wales

first_imgPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 160.50 points(not including Premier League ante-post) Less than a month ago Wales started their Europa League campaign with a wide margin victory against Ireland, but a month is a long time in football and this meeting tonight ought to be much more competitive.That’s not just thanks to the fact it’s being played in Dublin, either. In the reverse fixture Wales had the double benefit of Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey, but both are missing for the return fixture here (Bale with injury, and Ramsey as he’s awaiting the birth of twins). It is also a big blow that Ethan Ampadu, deeply impressive in the reverse fixture, won’t play either.Ireland didn’t pull up any trees in their match with Denmark but the visitors – who interestingly were shorn of Christian Eriksen – struggled to break down the hosts, who lined up in a 3-5-1-1 formation, and it’s not impossible to see something similar happening again especially against a Welsh side that is missing their most creative and quickest player.Republic of Ireland v WalesUEFA Nations League, 19:45Live On Sky Sports Football/Main Event HD/S4C (Welsh)HEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)SEP 2018 NATIONS LEAGUE Wales 4-1 IrelandOCT 2017 WORLD CUP 2018 QUALIFYING Wales 0-1 IrelandMAR 2017 WORLD CUP 2018 QUALIFYING Ireland 0-0 WalesAUG 2013 FRIENDLY Wales 0-0 IrelandFEB 2011 FRIENDLY Ireland 3-0 WalesNOV 2007 EURO 2008 QUALIFYING Wales 2-2 IrelandMAR 2007 EURO 2008 QUALIFYING Ireland 1-0 WalesThe draw is a 19/10 shot which looks to be fair value, and much more appealing than playing either the correct scores or Under 1.5 goals.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK DRAW 5pts at 19/10 with starsports.betlast_img read more


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Klineberg named a 2011 Piper Professor

first_imgSTEPHEN KLINEBERG Long Description AddThis ShareKlineberg named a 2011 Piper ProfessorBY JESSICA STARKRice News staffStephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, has been selected as a Piper Professor of 2011 for outstanding teaching by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation. The Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation was organized in 1950 and offers scholarships, student loans and grants, in addition to the annual Piper Professors Program. The foundation chooses 15 professors in Texas each year to receive the awards.“This is a particular honor for me,” Klineberg said, “because it explicitly recognized that the teaching I do reaches beyond the university and into the wider community.”In addition to teaching, Klineberg conducts the Kinder Houston Area Survey, which tracks the changes in the demographic patterns, life experiences, attitudes and beliefs of Harris County residents. This year’s 30th annual survey found that most Houstonians perceive an improving quality of life locally, but they’re worried about the American future and conflicted about Houston’s burgeoning diversity.The Piper award adds to Klineberg’s numerous teaching honors at Rice. In 2008, he received the George R. Brown Certificate of Highest Merit Award, which signifies a level of excellence so high over the years that recipients are retired from the competition for the annual George R. Brown teaching awards. Rice professors can receive the award only once in their careers.“The Piper award has a special significance,” said Klineberg, “because it places me among a really extraordinary group of colleagues at Rice who have also won this award.”Rice faculty members who have won a Piper award in previous years include John Zammito, Elizabeth Long, Mikki Hebl, Dennis Huston, Ronald Sass, John Hutchinson, Frank Jones, Richard Smith and Allen Matusow.last_img read more

Molybdenum disulfide holds promise for light absorption

first_imgShare3David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJade Boyd713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.eduMolybdenum disulfide holds promise for light absorptionRice researchers probe light-capturing properties of atomically thin MoS2HOUSTON — (May 4, 2016) — Mechanics know molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) as a useful lubricant in aircraft and motorcycle engines and in the CV and universal joints of trucks and automobiles. Rice University engineering researcher Isabell Thomann knows it as a remarkably light-absorbent substance that holds promise for the development of energy-efficient optoelectronic and photocatalytic devices.(Clockwise from top left) Hossein Robatjazi, Shah Mohammad Bahauddin and Isabell Thomann (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)“Basically, we want to understand how much light can be confined in an atomically thin semiconductor monolayer of MoS2,” said Thomann, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering and of chemistry. “By using simple strategies, we were able to absorb 35 to 37 percent of the incident light in the 400- to 700-nanometer wavelength range, in a layer that is only 0.7 nanometers thick.”Thomann and Rice graduate students Shah Mohammad Bahauddin and Hossein Robatjazi have recounted their findings in a paper titled “Broadband Absorption Engineering To Enhance Light Absorption in Monolayer MoS2,” which was recently published in the American Chemical Society journal ACS Photonics. The research has many applications, including development of efficient and inexpensive photovoltaic solar panels.Using a layer of molybdenum disulfide that was less than one nanometer thick, researchers in Rice University’s Thomann lab were able to design a system that absorbed more than 35 percent of incident light in the 400- to 700-nanometer wavelength range. (Image by Thomann Group/Rice University)“Squeezing light into these extremely thin layers and extracting the generated charge carriers is an important problem in the field of two-dimensional materials,” she said. “That’s because monolayers of 2-D materials have different electronic and catalytic properties from their bulk or multilayer counterparts.”Thomann and her team used a combination of numerical simulations, analytical models and experimental optical characterizations. Using three-dimensional electromagnetic simulations, they found that light absorption was enhanced 5.9 times compared with using MoS2 on a sapphire substrate.“If light absorption in these materials was perfect, we’d be able to create all sorts of energy-efficient optoelectronic and photocatalytic devices. That’s the problem we’re trying to solve,” Thomann said.She is pleased with her lab’s progress but concedes that much work remains to be done. “The goal, of course, is 100 percent absorption, and we’re not there yet.”The research was supported by the National Science Foundation and the Welch Foundation.-30-High-resolution IMAGES are available for download at:http://news.rice.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/0616_THOMANN-Isabell3-lg.jpgCAPTION: Isabell Thomann (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)http://news.rice.edu/files/2016/05/0503_THOMANN-tri-lg-2eaccrq.jpgCAPTION: (Clockwise from top left) Hossein Robatjazi, Shah Mohammad Bahauddin and Isabell Thomann (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)http://news.rice.edu/files/2016/05/0503_THOMANN-mos2-lg-24rpnfu.jpgCAPTION: Using a layer of molybdenum disulfide less than one nanometer thick, researchers in Rice University’s Thomann lab were able to design a system that absorbed more than 35 percent of incident light in the 400- to 700-nanometer wavelength range. (Image by Thomann Group/Rice University)The DOI of the ACS Photonics paper is:10.1021/acsphotonics.6b00081A copy of the paper is available at:http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acsphotonics.6b00081Thomann lab homepage:http://thomanni.rice.edu/Related photonic research from Rice:Rice researchers demo solar water-splitting technology — Sept. 4, 2015http://news.rice.edu/2015/09/04/rice-researchers-demo-solar-water-splitting-technology/Rice’s Thomann wins CAREER grant to study photocatalysis — June 19, 2014http://news.rice.edu/2014/06/19/rices-thomann-wins-career-grant-to-study-photocatalysis/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 3,910 undergraduates and 2,809 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for best quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview. AddThislast_img read more

Beethovens Symphony No 3 to be performed at annual Rice concert

first_imgShareRice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsMEDIA ADVISORYDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy McCaig713-348-6777amym@rice.eduBeethoven’s Symphony No. 3 to be performed at annual Rice concertHOUSTON – (Jan. 18, 2017) – The noble melodies and stately rhythms of Beethoven’s famed Symphony No. 3, “Eroica,” will be performed by the Rice University Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra at the 2017 Shepherd Society’s Family Concert. The event is free and open to the public.Who: Rice Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra.What: 2017 Shepherd Society’s Family Concert.When: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28.Where: Stude Concert Hall, inside Alice Pratt Brown Hall, Rice University, 6100 Main St.The orchestra will be under the direction of Larry Rachleff, the Walter Kris Hubert Professor of Orchestra Conducting, with Rachel Buchman, head of Young Children’s Division of the Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Program, serving as narrator and David Mamedov, a Shepherd School graduate student in piano chamber music and accompany, featured on the piano.The annual event, sponsored by the Shepherd Society, will provide an opportunity for attendees to meet members of the orchestra and see and hear orchestra instruments up close. In addition, attendees will be able to take a “guided tour” of a Beethoven piano sonata.Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The event is recommended for ages 6 and older. For more information, call 713-348-3492, email theshepherdsociety@rice.edu or visit www.theshepherdsociety.org. For a map showing options for parking, go to www.rice.edu/maps/maps.html.The Shepherd Society is the giving society for the Shepherd School of Music. Members provide important scholarship support for the talented young musicians at the Shepherd School of Music.For more information, contact Amy McCaig, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6777 or amym@rice.edu.-30-This news release can be found online at http://news.rice.edu.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Shepherd School of Music website: http://music.rice.edu/Photo link: http://news.rice.edu/files/2014/04/0421_ORCHESTRA-b.jpgPhoto credit: Rice University/Jeff Fitlow.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,910 undergraduates and 2,809 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for 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.If you do not wish to receive news releases from Rice University, reply to this email and write “unsubscribe” in the subject line. Office of News and Media Relations – MS 300, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005 AddThislast_img read more

NYU Stern Receives 8 Million Alumni Gift to Promote Technology Business and

first_img About the AuthorKelly Vo    Kelly Vo is a writer who specializes in covering MBA programs, digital marketing, and personal development.View more posts by Kelly Vo This week, NYU Stern School of Business announced the development of a new center to serve as a hub for cross-disciplinary collaboration and technology innovation. The new Fubon Center for Technology, Business, and Innovation was made possible thanks to an $8 million donation from alumnus Richard Ming-Hsing Tsai (MBA ’81). Tsai is chairman and CEO of Fubon Financial Holding Co., Ltd. and Fubon Life Insurance Co., Ltd. He is also vice chairman of Taiwan Mobile Co., Ltd.The Fubon Center will support and facilitate collaboration in areas such as fintech, business analytics, technology, and entrepreneurship. It will also serve as a new nexus for continuous innovation at NYU Stern by strengthening industry ties and promoting cutting-edge research. Additionally, the Fubon Center will help to shape future coursework and encourage academic collaboration between NYU Stern and National Taiwan University, Tsai’s undergraduate alma mater.“Technology demands that companies, regardless of industry, be nimble, adapt, and innovate at an unprecedented rate,” Stern Dean Peter Henry said in a press release.”Thanks to the generosity and inspiration of our alumnus Richard Tsai, we can help transform these challenges into exciting opportunities, staying as relevant to the new economy as we are to Wall Street.” The new Fubon Center isn’t the only initiative that has been established over the last 18 months at Stern. In 2014, the school delivered one of the first courses on blockchain, which eventually led to the creation of the MBA FinTech specialization in 2016. Then, this past May, Stern launched a new Tech MBA, a one-year specialized MBA program focused on business and technology. It offers experiential learning projects with companies through Stern Solutions Programming. These initiatives and others are all part of Stern’s latest mission to expand its offerings at the intersection of business and technology.To learn more about what NYU Stern is doing in the technology and business space, visit the school website.ICYMI–Stern’s advances in technology education and career placement were also featured in this recent Clear Admit story: “More Top Business Schools Training MBA Students for Careers in Tech.”This article has been edited, updated, and republished on our sister site, Clear Admit. regions: New York City Last Updated Dec 8, 2017 by Kelly VoFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail center_img RelatedStern to Establish New Center for Sustainable BusinessThe NYU Stern School of Business will establish a new Center for Sustainable Business in Jan. 2016. The new Center will be lead by Tensie Whelan, the current president of the Rainforest Alliance. Wheelman is also a leader in environmental activism and stewardship. The Center will help future and current…June 12, 2015In “Featured Home”The FinTech MBA at NYU SternThe finance industry has historically gone hand-in-hand with MBA degrees. Even as MBAs are becoming increasingly popular in other industries, finance is still the biggest MBA job sector and accounts for 22 percent of all MBA jobs, according to the 2014/15 QS TopMBA.com ‘Jobs and Salary Trends Report.’ While finance…January 16, 2017In “Featured Home”Stern Receives $5.75 Million for Scholarship FundingThe Stern School of Business at New York University has received $5.75 million from alumnus Leonard Stern. This gift will go towards the establishment of The Leonard N. Stern New York City Scholarship. The scholarship will provide support to exceptional New York City high-school seniors who aim to study business…February 18, 2015In “News” NYU Stern Receives $8 Million Alumni Gift to Promote Technology, Business, and Innovationlast_img read more

Bomb Scare Delays Spirit Airlines Flight in Fla

first_img Share A Spirit Airlines plane approaches Chicago O’Hare International Airport in June 2015. (Bill Montgomery/Houston Chronicle via AP) US Bomb Scare Delays Spirit Airlines Flight in Fla. By The Associated Press October 31, 2016 Updated: October 31, 2016 FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.—A Spirit Airlines flight that was delayed for hours after a report of a possible bomb threat has finally landed in Dallas.Local news outlets report that a passenger alerted flight attendants after noticing a message on another passenger’s cellphone before the flight took off Sunday night. It was scheduled to depart Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport at 8:15 p.m. Sunday but was delayed for hours while authorities investigated.Broward Sheriff deputies escorted a man off the plane, which was checked by investigators and cleared.Authorities say the plane eventually took off around 2:30 a.m. Monday and landed safely at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.No further details were immediately available. center_img Share this article Show Discussion  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   last_img read more

Obama Tours Ancient Greek Acropolis

first_imgATHENS, Greece—President Barack Obama toured Greece’s most famous ancient monument, the Acropolis citadel, and was due to deliver a speech to the Greek people later Wednesday as he winds up the first leg of his final foreign tour as president and heads from Greece to Germany.Obama entered the complex through the Propylaea, the monumental gateway that serves as an entrance to the site, and walked along the Parthenon temple, which was dedicated to the goddess Athena, considered the patron god of the city of Athens. The U.S. president lingered at the base of the Parthenon, gazing up at the columns and glancing around at the panoramic view of Athens as he chatted with his guide, Eleni Banou of the Culture Ministry’s antiquities division.The 5th Century B.C. Parthenon temple is surrounded these days by scaffolding as part of maintenance works. The entire site was closed to the public for the day for Obama’s visit, which has taken place amid draconian security measures that have also banned demonstrations in parts of Athens, and shut down roads and subway stations.Greece’s government has hailed Obama’s visit—the first official visit of a sitting U.S. president since a 1999 trip here by Bill Clinton—as being of massive importance. It has pinned its hopes on him persuading some of the financially stricken country’s more reluctant international creditors to grant debt relief, as well as pressuring other European countries to share more of the burden of the continent’s refugee crisis.Obama was receptive to Greece’s woes and repeated his belief that debt relief is necessary. He also stressed Greece must continue implementing painful reforms it signed up to in return for successive international bailouts. It is questionable how much of this stance will also be adopted by his successor, Donald Trump, following the latter’s election victory.Speaking during a joint news conference with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on the first day of his visit Tuesday, Obama explained Trump’s victory as a reaction against economic uncertainty, suspicion of elites and a desire to reign in the excesses of globalization, and said world leaders should pay attention to their citizens’ very real fears of inequality and economic dislocation.“The more aggressively and effectively we deal with those issues, the less those fears may channel themselves into counterproductive approaches that can pit people against each other,” Obama said.Obama’s words are being watched closely by world leaders who see parallels between Trump’s election and the rise of far-right and populist movements in their own countries amid continued economic anxiety.Tsipras himself won elections last year on what critics say was a populist platform, though one on the left of the political spectrum. He pushed his formerly small radical left party onto the forefront of Greece’s tumultuous political scene by telling Greeks weary from six years of financial crisis and falling living standards that he would reject austerity measures imposed in return for the country’s bailouts.But after the near collapse of negotiations with Greece’s creditors—other European countries using the euro currency, and the International Monetary Fund—Tsipras performed a political about-face, signing up to a new bailout and more austerity to prevent his country being forced out of the euro.After his cultural tour, Obama was to deliver a speech to the people of Greece that is expected to touch on both the country’s efforts to emerge from its financial crisis, and on its role in dealing with hundreds of thousands of refugees who have crossed Greece’s borders on their way to more prosperous European countries. A reluctance by many other EU countries to host refugees has left more than 60,000 people stranded in Greece, many living in poor conditions in massively overcrowded camps dotted across the country.On Tuesday, Obama acknowledged the impact of the financial crisis on Greece, which has wiped out a quarter of its economy and led to unemployment rates above 25 percent.“I know this has been a painful and difficult time, especially for Greek workers and families, pensioners and young people. This crisis is not an abstraction, but has had a very concrete and devastating impact on the lives and livelihoods of millions of people across this country,” Obama said.Security has been tight, with more than 5,000 police deployed, a ban on public gatherings and demonstrations in swathes of central Athens and near his seaside resort hotel, along with shutdowns of roads and subway stations when he has been on the move.Despite the restrictions, riot police used tear gas and stun grenades Tuesday evening to disperse about 3,000 left-wing demonstrators protesting the visit after they tried to enter an area off-limits to gatherings. Police made at least four arrests and said one woman was slightly injured in the clashes, which took place far from Obama’s meetings. Share Show Discussion US  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img U.S. President Barack Obama tours Acropolis with Dr. Eleni Banou (L) director of Ephorate of Antiquities for Athens, Ministry of Culture, in Athens, on Nov. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Share this article Obama Tours Ancient Greek Acropolis By The Associated Press November 16, 2016 Updated: November 16, 2016last_img read more

Trump Warns North Korea Will Be Met With Fire and Fury If

first_img Trump Warns North Korea Will Be Met With ‘Fire and Fury’ If Threatens US By Reuters August 8, 2017 Updated: August 8, 2017 BEDMINSTER, NJ – U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned North Korea it would be met with “fire and fury” if it threatens the United States.Earlier Pyongyang said it was ready to give Washington a “severe lesson” with its strategic nuclear force in response to any U.S. military action.Washington has warned it is ready to use force if need be to stop North Korea’s weapons ballistic missile and nuclear programs but has said it prefers global diplomatic action, including sanctions.The consequences of a U.S. strike would potentially be catastrophic for South Koreans, Japanese and U.S. military personnel within range of North Korean retaliatory strikes.“North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen,” Trump told reporters at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.Earlier on Tuesday, Japan’s Defence Ministry said “It is conceivable that North Korea’s nuclear weapons program has already considerably advanced and it is possible that North Korea has already achieved the miniaturization of nuclear weapons and has acquired nuclear warheads.” The U.N. Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Saturday over its continued missile tests that could slash the reclusive country’s $3 billion annual export revenue by a third.North Korea said the sanctions infringed its sovereignty and it was ready to give Washington a “severe lesson” with its strategic nuclear force in response to any U.S. military action.North Korea has made no secret of its plans to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the United States and has ignored international calls to halt its nuclear and missile programs. US President Donald Trump speaks about North Korea at a meeting with administration officials on the opioid addiction crisis at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, on August 8, 2017. (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images) Share Show Discussioncenter_img US  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this articlelast_img read more

Texas Resident Going Viral for His 7Word Reponse to the Floods

first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US Texas Resident Going Viral for His 7-Word Reponse to the Floods By NTD Television August 28, 2017 Updated: August 28, 2017 Amid record rainfall downpours and floods across Southeast Texas, anyone who is not a part of a professional rescue group has been told to stay outside of the flood zone. Just yesterday on Sunday, Aug. 27, the National Weather Service released a dire warning about flooding in Houston, Texas.“This event is unprecedented & all impacts are unknown & beyond anything experienced. Follow orders from officials to ensure safety. #Harvey,” the NWS tweeted Sunday.But one man is making headlines for breaking that rule. The man captured the hearts of many Americans and he shows true Texas spirit. He was seen loading up a boat under what seems to be a flooded freeway bridge. In video footage posted on Sunday on Twitter, a local reporter is seen asking the man where he was from and what he planned to do.  The reporter asks, “You guys just jumping in to help out?” “Yessir,” the man said, he is from Texas City. Then the reporter asks what the man he is going to do next. “I’m gonna try to save some lives” the man replied. The video can be seen here: The twitter post has gone viral, garnering over 9,075 retweets and over 21,224 likes. It was captioned with: “GOING TO SAVE SOME LIVES’ Heroes converging in #Houston.” Twitter comments call the man a true hero and what America is all about. There have been multiple reports of bravery and selflessness coming out of Houston. Video footage shows another man in Houston, out of goodness of his heart, helping a stranger trapped in the flooding waters. He is clearly not a part of any rescue group or operation, just simply helping a stranger in need. The video posted on Twitter is captioned with: “A rescue on live TV. This guy doesn’t appear to be a first responder…just a regular person, stepping in, and saving 3 people.” Video footage below shows selfless volunteers saving a horse from Cypress Creek in Houston. This video shows a Houston reporter helping to save a man’s life. From NTD.tv  Share Share this article Show Discussionlast_img read more

Florida Man Arrested for Leaving 2 Kids in Car While in Gentlemans

first_img Show Discussion A Florida man is accused of child neglect after allegedly leaving two young children in a car while he was inside a strip club.Fort Meyers Police said that Willie Jordan Jr. was arrested at Scarlett’s Cabaret after two young kids, a 3-year-old and a 3-month-old, were spotted in the backseat of his car in the parking lot, NBC2 reported.Jordan told cops that he was inside for only a few minutes.However, the general manager of Scarlett’s, Christopher Mays, said that he was in the club for at least a half hour.When a security guard and a good Samaritan found the kids, the infant was upside-down in the car seat and the toddler was not strapped in. They were able to get the toddler to open the vehicle from the inside so they could rescue the crying infant.“[There was] a 3-month-old boy who’s not strapped in the car seat, upside down, [his] head is where it’s butt should be, feet up in the air,” Mays told WINK News. “God only knows how much longer an upside down infant has in a car seat.” Someone called the police, which came to investigate and ended up arresting Jackson.“It’s devastating. it’s devastating that people can do that to children. It really opens your eyes to what goes on in this world, how nasty things can be,” Mays said.According to Florida state law, children under 6 years old can be left in the car unattended for up to 15 minutes, Fox reported.Lance Dunford, a criminal defense attorney in Fort Meyers, told Wink News said that Florida is one of only 19 states that he could find that has a law about leaving children unattended in a vehicle.Jackson faces two counts of child neglect. It’s unclear if Jordan has an attorney.Fort Myers Police Department officers arrested him Nov. 9, and released him the next day on a $10,000 bond, Local10 reported.Mays, who is a father, told NBC2 that it’s the first time at the club that someone left young children in a car.The Florida Department of Children and Families is conducting a follow-up investigation into Jordan and the children.We have a small favor to ask of you. More people are reading The Epoch Times than ever, but ad revenues are plummeting across the industry. If you can, please share this article on Facebook and help The Epoch Times. It takes less than a minute. Thank you very much! US News  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Sharecenter_img Willie Jordan Jr. (Fort Meyers Police) Share this article Florida Man Arrested for Leaving 2 Kids in Car While in ‘Gentleman’s Club’ By Epoch Newsroom November 17, 2017 Updated: November 17, 2017last_img read more

Follow Zachary on Twitter zackstieber

first_imgFollow Zachary on Twitter: @zackstieber  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video A video showing students singing “Eye of the Storm” ahead of Hurricane Florence hitting North Carolina has gone viral, garnering over one million views.The footage showed elementary students at the Wayne Christian School in Goldsboro singing the song.Ryan Stevenson, the musician behind the song, noticed the video and was among those circulating it online, sharing it on his Facebook page.“As I’m preparing to head to Virginia to begin my ‘Eye of the Storm Tour,’ I came across this post today…” he wrote.“I’m so moved to see this entire school preparing for the hurricane; praying for others! Beyond humbled to play any role in spreading hope & comfort to people experiencing hardship! My thoughts and prayers with everyone in the path of Florence!”Students sing song ahead of Hurricane Florence Fifth and sixth graders at Wayne Christian School in Goldsboro, North Carolina sing a rendition of “Eye of the Storm” ahead of Hurricane Florence’s landfall, on Sept. 11, 2018. (Chris N Paris Verme via Storyful) “In the eye of the storm/ You remain in control/ And in the middle of the war/ You guard my soul,” are some of the lyrics in the song.Paris Verme, a cook at the private Christian school, shot the video.“I simply posted the video so the Wayne Christian family that wasn’t there to witness it could see what the kids had done that morning because it was so moving,” she told Fox News.“I never thought in a million years it would have touched over 1.3 million people!!! It’s all God’s work, he just used me to help!”The video was posted on Sept. 11; by Sept. 14, it had over 1.8 million views.People walk along a flooded local street People walk on a local street as water from Neuse River starts flooding houses upon Hurricane Florence coming ashore in New Bern, North Carolina, Sept. 13, 2018. (Reuters/Eduardo Munoz)Florence Approaches CoastHurricane Florence weakened as it approached the East Coast and made landfall on Sept. 14, but will still have devastating effects on some areas.Rain began pelting coastal cities across the Carolinas on Sept. 13, and huge storm surges were feared. The combination will likely leave nearly the entire state of North Carolina in several feet of water, Governor Roy Cooper said.Read More500+ Airbnb Hosts Offer Free Shelter From Hurricane FlorenceThe hurricane landed on the morning of Sept. 14, and was projected to barrel through the Carolinas and into Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia, the National Hurricane Center said in an early update on Sept. 14.The forecast now has the storm hovering over those states before swerving early Monday and potentially dragging across a multitude of other states, including Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, although the forecasts continue being updated.The center warned of “life-threatening, catastrophic flash flooding” over portions of the Carolinas and the southern and central Appalachians.From NTD.tvDid you enjoy this article? Continue to read more stories  here. US News Show Discussion Share Share this article Students Sing ‘Eye of the Storm’ in Viral Video Ahead of Hurricane Florence By Zachary Stieber September 14, 2018 Updated: September 14, 2018last_img read more

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first_imgQualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Reports on the afternoon of Sept. 17 say that at least one tornado was wreaking havoc, damaging property near Richmond, Virginia.Richmond.com reported that the tornado damaged buildings and overturned a car.richmond tornado va Reports on the afternoon Sept. 17 say that at least one tornado did damage near Richmond, Virginia. (Lt. Jason Elmore.CFEMSPIO)“We can confirm one fatality at the building collapse. All other employees accounted for. We transported one other minor injury to hospital,” Jason Elmore, a public information officer for the Richmond Police Department, said.A line of storms connected to Tropical Depression Florence swept over the area.There were at least 10 reports of tornadoes across Virginia, according to NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center, according to the Weather Channel. A tornado warning was issued for Richmond, Virginia, according to the National Weather Service. The NWS said that at 4:43 p.m. ET, “a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located near Manakin, or near Bon Air, moving northeast at 35 mph.”“Watch out for dark, rotating clouds. If you see one, take shelter immediately!” it added.A warning was issued for the City of Richmond in central Virginia, north-central Chesterfield County in central Virginia, southeastern Goochland County in central Virginia, northwestern Henrico County in central Virginia, central Hanover County in central Virginia, and east-central Powhatan County in central Virginia.The tornado, it said, will be near Bon Air, University Of Richmond and Tuckahoe around 4:55 p.m. ET as well as Wyndham at around 5 p.m. Then it will be near Richmond, Laurel, and Lakeside at 5:05 p.m. It will near Ashland, Randolph Macon College, Hanover, and Studley at around 5:15 p.m.Previously, the National Hurricane Center said that Hurricane Florence, which hit the Carolinas last weeks, would be capable of spawning tornadoes.AccuWeather reported that several tornadoes touched down, doing damage around Richmond. It’s not clear if there were any fatalities or injuries related to the tornado.Photos published by AccuWeather showed several buildings that were destroyed.WTVR reported that a warehouse was totally destroyed by the twister. Video: Tornado Touches Down in Richmond, Virginia, 1 Dead By Jack Phillips September 17, 2018 Updated: September 17, 2018 Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Share this article US News Show Discussionlast_img read more

Crime and Incidents

first_img Crime and Incidents At least 13 states have announced they are investigating the clergy sexual-abuse allegations linked to the Roman Catholic Church in the United States.The attorney general’s office in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia were contacted by NBC News who found that nearly a third are currently either actively probing allegations of abuse by clergy or about to begin a statewide investigation.Attorney generals have the power to subpoena catholic dioceses for documents of sex-abuse allegations. The list of states so far includes Arkansas, Florida, Kansas, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, and Vermont.Steven Kelly, a lawyer with the national firm Sanford Heisler Sharp who represents child sexual-abuse victims by clergy among others in Baltimore, called the growing investigation a “step in the right direction” in an interview with The Epoch Times.“The idea that the attorney general is investigating is I think a very good thing for our state, it gives survivors hope that the church might actually be punished for covering this stuff up,” he said.Kelly, like other child abuse lawyers, said the biggest problem is that the statute of limitations blocks prosecutors from having the power to charge someone a certain number of years after a crime is committed. The statute of limitations is different in each state. He said he encounters “many [upon] many” victims of church abuse.“On average, at least three to five survivors per week have called me over the past 10 years and out of that number, 99 percent of the cases are barred by the statute of limitations. The most I can do is help the survivors report the crime and then guide them to counseling resources and so forth,” he said.In Maryland, victims have until age 24 to file a lawsuit based on the state’s statute of limitations. But Kelly, who has been fighting for victims since 1988 after his older sister was raped and murdered, said the law weighs in favors of the perpetrator.“Most [church abuse] survivors are just incapable, especially males, of taking the steps they needed to take until they were at least in their 30s,” he said. “So, the vast majority of survivors in Maryland … there is no mop, no financial remedy that they can even get.”The latest state to officially initiate such an investigation is Florida. Attorney General Pam Bondi said on Oct. 4 during a press conference that their office will “immediately” start issuing subpoenas to all seven Catholic dioceses in the state.As part of the inquiry, a new tip site was initiated; Florida law enforcement is also assisting with the investigation.“Any priest that would exploit a position of power and trust to abuse a child is a disgrace to the church and a threat to society,” Bondi said in a statement. She urged victims and anyone else with information to assist them with the ongoing statewide investigation.Some attorney generals, like Florida’s, attribute their decision to investigate to the bombshell Pennsylvania grand jury report from August that accused more than 300 “predator priests” across Pennsylvania of sexual abuse. It also found that Church officials were complicit in a decades-long cover-up of the alleged activity. At least 1,000 child victims were identified.Pope Blames DevilIn response to the growing outcry, Pope Francis said that Satan is to blame for the sexual abuse crisis dividing the church.He has since asked Catholics around the globe to recite a special prayer every day in October to beat Satan down.“(The Church must be) saved from the attacks of the malign one, the great accuser and at the same time be made ever more aware of its guilt, its mistakes, and abuses committed in the present and the past,” Francis said on Sept. 29.But the pope’s use of the term “the great accuser” in describing Satan sparked outrage from Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the Vatican’s former ambassador to Washington, who accused the pontiff in a scathing 11-page letter of knowing and doing nothing about allegations against then-U.S. Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick.In an updated statement, Viganò complained that Francis “compared me to the great accuser, Satan, who sows scandal and division in the Church, though without ever uttering my name.”Won’t ForsakeKelly, who is a practicing Catholic himself, said the church’s growing scandal hasn’t made him renounce his faith.“I am a practicing Catholic, I have not left the church. I believe that the church does not belong to the people who covered this stuff up,” he said.The lawyer instead called for the corrupt and complicit church officials to be removed from their posts.“I think those people need to be rooted out of the church and the church needs to be reformed,” Kelly said. “You may have to bring down and destroy a lot of the church as it is today to really fix this problem. It needs to be done.” Follow Bowen on Twitter: @BowenXiao3 Parishioners worship during a mass at St Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Aug. 15, 2018. (Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   13 US States Now Investigating Catholic Clergy Sex-Abuse Claims Lawyer: ’99 percent of the cases are barred by the statute of limitations’By Bowen Xiao October 8, 2018 Updated: October 8, 2018center_img Share Share this article Show Discussionlast_img read more

WASHINGTON—US academia is having difficulty givi

first_img WASHINGTON—U.S. academia is having difficulty giving students and the public at large an honest picture of today’s China, according to experts.Scholars are self-censoring, Chinese students attending U.S. colleges are kept on a tight ideological tether, and China-sponsored institutes for teaching Chinese culture are offering propaganda.Self-Censorship Perry Link, emeritus professor of East Asian Studies at Princeton University, says that for various reasons, especially to gain access to China for study, American scholars practice self-censorship about China and adopt the official narrative of the Chinese regime when talking about sensitive issues.“We don’t talk about ‘Taiwan independence.’ We talk about ‘the cross-Strait relations.’ We don’t talk about ‘the occupation of Tibet.’ We don’t call the June 4th Massacre ‘massacre.’ It is June 4th ‘incident,’ or something like that,” Link said, during remarks at the “Mark Palmer Forum: China’s Global Challenge to Democratic Freedom,” sponsored by Freedom House at the Hudson Institute on Oct. 24. Perry Link, emeritus professor of East Asian Studies at Princeton University, speaking at the “Mark Palmer Forum: China’s Global Challenge to Democratic Freedom” at the Hudson Institute in Washington on Oct. 24, 2018. (York Du/NTD)Because of the self-censorship, as well as the efforts of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s propaganda ministry, when people search for certain terms or phrases, they get CCP’s narratives, Link said. Link did some experiments and found that if he searched “Does China have democracy?”—a question suggested by Google under “people also search for” list—the following answer appeared: “Chinese have expressed skepticism towards Western-style democracy as incompatible with traditionalist Chinese culture. They hold that government is legitimate not when people influence it but when it represents their higher interests.”When he searched for “Do the people in China vote?”, the answer was, “Elections in China are based on a hierarchical electoral system, whereby local People’s Congresses are directly elected, and all higher levels of People’s Congresses up to the National People’s Congress, the national legislature, are indirectly elected by the People’s Congress of the level immediately below.”In fact, in the elections for the local People’s Congresses, individuals can only vote for those the CCP has chosen. In elections for higher offices, the Party controls who is selected. Although there has been talk for decades about instituting local democracy, the Party keeps local elections under strict control.When people search for “Why did the Great Chinese Famine happen?”, the answer is: “According to the government, and the Chinese Communist Party, the Great Famine was caused by a string of natural disasters. Communist historiography refers to it not as a ‘Great Famine,’ but as the “Three Years of Natural Disasters.’ There are seeds of truth in this claim.”Link said there were many other similar examples. “I don’t want to blame these idiotic answers on my fellow China scholars,” he said, “but I think the culture within which we don’t tell our students, we don’t write our books, we don’t talk to the news media in frank, honest terms, allows these spaces to develop and get filled with junk.”Link said: “Does self-censorship in the scholarly world exist? Not only does it exist, it is everywhere. And there are costs. Ultimately, the costs are to the American public and the world’s public.”Link said that the “Beijing lingo” adopted by American China scholars was quoted by Beijing back in China to show to the Chinese people that U.S. experts are supporting Beijing’s stance. In this way, young scholars and the public, in both the United States and China, are misled.Controlling Chinese Scholars and Students Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, a former security-affairs reporter at The Daily Beast, spoke at the forum about how the CCP controls the Chinese diaspora, including Chinese scholars and students in the United States, via its embassies and consulates.She said that each Chinese Embassy and consulate has an “education department” that takes care of a certain region. Each official in the “education department” takes care of several out of some 100 to 150 Chinese Student and Scholar Associations (CSSAs) in the United States. Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, a former national security reporter at The Daily Beast,  speaking at the “Mark Palmer Forum: China’s Global Challenge to Democratic Freedom” at the Hudson Institute in Washington on Oct. 24, 2018. (York Du/NTD)This includes setting up WeChat groups with presidents of the CSSAs to allow them to instantly send notifications to all the members in the groups.For example, when CCP leaders come to visit, the CCP can, by offering cash, free food, transportation, and accommodations, organize thousands of Chinese students to “welcome” them.Because of the CCP’s tight control, “for many Chinese students, actually the environment they are in, many times, when it comes to experiencing democracy, experiencing free speech, and experiencing freedom of assembly in the United States, particularly surrounding issues related to China, that doesn’t really exist for them very much, especially now,” Allen-Ebrahimian said.“So we have assumed that they are here, they are experiencing the fresh air of democracy, when in fact, the Chinese Communist Party’s entire goal has been to inoculate them against that.”Allen-Ebrahimian said these well-funded and paid activities of Chinese students are about controlling the narrative both in America and China.She said people in the United States may start to wonder, “I thought these Chinese students would come here to fall in love with democracy. Why do so many of them support the Party? Maybe we were wrong?“Maybe there is something about the CCP? Maybe there is something about this one-party rule, because it appeals to people? Maybe democracy isn’t just for them?”Allen-Ebrahimian said that’s what the CCP wants, and that is why they do this—“to control the narrative in which we exist.”Confucius Institutes and Classrooms Rachelle Peterson, policy director at the National Association of Scholars, spoke of her experience doing research about the Confucius Institutes and Classrooms, whose public justification is to teach Chinese language and culture at universities, as well as primary and secondary schools outside of China.High-ranking Chinese officials have described the Confucius Institutes as important parts of overseas propaganda and an extension of China’s soft power. The Institutes and Classrooms don’t cover sensitive topics, such as the Tiananmen Square massacre or the persecution of the spiritual discipline of Falun Gong, or they offer narratives friendly to the Chinese regime of, for instance, the status of Taiwan. Rachelle Peterson, policy director at the National Association of Scholars, speaking at the “Mark Palmer Forum: China’s Global Challenge to Democratic Freedom” at the Hudson Institute in Washington on Oct. 24, 2018. (York Du/NTD)Peterson said there are 107 Confucius Institutes and more than 500 Confucius Classrooms in the United States.Hanban, which governors the Confucius Institutes and Classrooms, offers some 3,000 textbooks per year to the Confucius Institutes, plus free teachers and about $100,000 per year on average to each university that hosts an Institute.Peterson said because of that, not only the Confucius Institutes and Classrooms are under the CCP’s censorship, but those who are outside of the Confucius Institutes and Classrooms also feel pressure. They watch what they say in order to not upset the CCP, and they dare not express their concerns.Peterson cited one case that when a person agreed to talk with her about the Confucius Institute, he dared not meet her in his office, or even in the building where he worked.They had to meet in the basement of another building on the outskirts of the campus, to be sure that no one saw him talking with Peterson about the Confucius Institute.A common concern was that the Confucius Institute directors and senior professors may vote against someone’s tenure promotion if the person expresses his concern about the Confucius Institute, Peterson said. How American Academia Misleads About China By Jennifer Zeng November 20, 2018 Updated: November 20, 2018 US News The Confucius Institute Building on the Troy University Campus in Alabama on March 16, 2018 (Kreeder13 via Wikimedia Commons) Share this articlecenter_img Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussionlast_img read more

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first_imgStock image of an alligator. (Akeeze/Pixabay) Tampa News Alligator Attacks Are on the Rise in Florida – U.S. News & World Report https://t.co/gBRq4b8oEi— Tampa NewsChannel (@Tampa_NC) September 2, 2018 Share It’s alligator mating season. This one looking for love in the parking lot of Buffalo Wings & Rings. FWC en route. pic.twitter.com/gsUzpAW8W0— North Port Police (@NorthPortPolice) April 13, 2019 MASSIVE FLORIDA GATOR!🐊 – Chelsea Brinson captured this huge gator talking a stroll in Fort Myers today! The video quickly went viral. The caption read: “Hey there buddy.” #OnlyInFlorida pic.twitter.com/jEV31yGetj— News4JAX (@wjxt4) April 12, 2019 A man on vacation in Florida was in for a big surprise when he came back to his rented home and found an alligator chilling in the pool on an alligator raft on May 19.David Jacobs of Georgia had rented a home in Southwest Miami-Dade and first found an alligator in a lake behind the home, reported ClickOrlando.com.He was in the town to attend a wedding and said the alligator was actually lured by the family’s small dog.  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Statistics from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission differ, but still, show an increase in the number of alligator bites suffered by humans since gators came off the endangered species list. Bites have increased from about six per year from 1971 through 1986 to about 10 per year from 1987 through 2017, according to FWC data.As population and development have increased in Florida, scientists said, so too have alligator attacks.University of North Florida researchers, studying the interaction between humans and alligators, presented their findings to the Ecological Society of America earlier this month. Of the many factors they studied, including temperature and rain, they found that humans were the only logical thing to blame for conflicts. When the family came back home on Sunday, they were amazed to find the alligator chilling in the pool on a green alligator raft.Jacobs reported it to the owner of the house who in turn called a wildlife management company.There has been an increase in reports of close encounters with alligators in Florida and experts said it’s because summers speed up their metabolism and make them hungry.“They have to find some food so that’s when we’ll find them on sidewalks and people’s pools,” Brian Norris of Florida Fish and Wildlife told Fox 4 in Fort Myers.“They’re really just out there browsing around,” he said.Alligators also move around when they are looking for mates during the mating season. North Port Police had to deal with one hiding under a man’s car in a parking lot on April 12.center_img “Using simple pairwise linear regression, we found that only human population size was a reliable predictor of alligator attack rates in Florida during the period 1988-2016,” Morgan Golden-Ebanks and Adam E. Rosenblatt wrote in the study. “As a result, management of human-alligator conflict should focus on limiting human-alligator interactions and preventing the further development of areas used by alligators.”The Associated Press contributed to this report. Follow Venus on Twitter: @venusupadhayaya US News Share this article Norris said that alligators are wary of humans but children and pets should be protected from them.“If you are near water, just mindful of that there could be some sunning themselves on the bank, if you have pets, be mindful especially near water,” Norris said.The American alligator, one of the Sunshine State’s most ubiquitous reptiles, wasn’t always so. At one point, they were hunted to near extinction and placed on the endangered species list and then removed in 1987.Since then, scientists said gator attacks have been on the rise in Florida.Humans may be to blame.According to Inside Science, a science news publication, gator bites in Florida “have been on the rise, increasing from an average of just one every three years between 1988 and 1999 to about seven per year between 2000 and 2016.” Man Finds Alligator Chilling on an Alligator Raft in a Rented Home Pool in Florida By Venus Upadhayaya, Epoch Times May 20, 2019 Updated: May 20, 2019 Chillin’ gator! #Alligator found relaxing on gator raft in #MiamiDade pool 🐊 #OnlyinFlorida @WPLGLocal10 https://t.co/vUQugzRIdK pic.twitter.com/wq5J4xhiwK— Only_in_Florida (@0nlyInFlorida) May 20, 2019 Show Discussionlast_img read more

New LowResidency MFA in Creative Writing to Attract Writers from Oregon and

first_img 0 E-Headlines T. Geronimo Johnson’s short fiction and poetry have appeared in Best New American Voices, the LA Review, and Illuminations, among others. He is the founding director of  the University of California, Berkeley‘s CWP Summer Creative Writing Program.The Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing is a partner program of the high residency MFA in Creative Writing at OSU’s campus in Corvallis.The two-year low-residency program includes four residency sessions and four mentorship quarters. The program is accepting applications for the 2013-2014 academic year through July 29, 2013.To learn more call 541-322-3100 or visit http://www.osucascades.edu/academics/mfa. Email LinkedIn Tumblr Share. on June 13, 2013 By CBN Facebook Google+ New Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing to Attract Writers from Oregon and Beyond Twitter Oregon State University–Cascades’ newest graduate degree gives writers the opportunity to deepen their craft without having to relocate or give up a job.Students of the Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing will embark on a long-distance and individualized course of study, each with faculty author mentors, and join fellow students for intensive 10-day residences of craft workshops, literature lectures, and professional seminars at OSU’s branch campus, located in the high desert region of Oregon.“What’s distinctive about OSU-Cascades’ low-residency MFA is its investment in the writing life; our students are educated in the many ways professional writers thrive in today’s economy,” said Emily Carr, program director “Our faculty mentors are accomplished teachers who can help students to grow their craft, find audiences for their work and develop the career management skills needed to sustain a creative livelihood.”Carr has been a finalist in seven national book contests, most notably The National Poetry Series 2011. Her second book of poetry, “13 Ways of Happily: Books 1 & 2” (Parlor Press 2011) was chosen by Cole Swensen as winner of the 2009 New Measures Poetry Prize. Carr has received fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Jack Kerouac House, Writers in the Heartland, and Camac Centre d’Art.In addition to fiction, nonfiction, poetry, magazine and science writing, courses and workshops will include topics such as blogging, grant writing and community outreach to further develop the writer’s career.Initial faculty for the program have been selected. Arielle Greenburg is a feminist poet whose work has appeared in Best American Poetry. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Purchase College and a Master of Fine Arts in advanced women’s studies from Syracuse University. Pinterestlast_img read more

Employment in Central Oregon Remains Steady in June

first_img Facebook 0 LinkedIn on July 25, 2017 E-Headlines By CBN Google+ Twittercenter_img Share. Pinterest Tumblr Deschutes County’s unemployment rate increased significantly in June likely the result of slower than expected seasonal hiring. Central Oregon’s rural counties saw little change to their employment situation following normal seasonal hiring patterns in June. Still Deschutes County added 750 jobs in June, Crook County added 140 jobs and Jefferson County added 70 jobs.Crook County: The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.5 percent in June. The rate was down significantly from last year when it was 7.2 percent in June 2016.Crook County added 140 jobs in June, fairly typical gains for this time of year.Total nonfarm employment is up 110 jobs from last June. Crook County’s rate of growth (+1.8%) was slower than the state, which saw total nonfarm employment rise nearly 3 percent in the past year.A majority of the job growth came from the construction industry (+70 jobs) with modest gains in health and private education (+30 jobs). The only private sector job losses were in wood product manufacturing and “other services”.Deschutes County (Bend-Redmond MSA): The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 3.9 percent in June from 3.5 percent in May. Although the unemployment rate remains very low, this is the first statistically significant monthly increase in Deschutes County’s unemployment rate in over 8 years. The rate remains down significantly from last year when it was 5.1 percent.Deschutes County added 750 jobs in June, which is less than typically expected this time of year. The seasonally adjusted job losses in June are not particularly concerning following larger than expected gains in both April and May. Monthly job gains continued to be concentrated in construction and leisure and hospitality as we approach the summer peak. There were also strong gains in the professional and business services sector (+190).There were more than 3,500 nonfarm jobs in Deschutes County in June compared to the same time last year, a growth of 4.4 percent. Deschutes County continues to add jobs at a faster pace than all other metro areas or counties across the state. Job growth was largely driven by the professional sector, construction, and leisure and hospitality. Job losses over the past year were largely limited to retail trade and accommodation and food services.Jefferson County: The unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.9 percent in June. The rate is down significantly from last June when it was 7.0 percent.Jefferson County added70 jobs in June, fairly typical gains for this time of year.Employment levels are only up by around 70 jobs from last year, a growth rate of only 1.1 percent. Slow growth is largely being effected by job losses in the public sector, in particular, Indian tribal government (-100 jobs). Private sectors gains were driven by the manufacturing sector, which added 100 jobs from last June. Email Employment in Central Oregon Remains Steady in June last_img read more

November Pubtalk Last One of 2018

first_img Pinterest Facebook Share. Tumblr E-Headlines Twitter Email LinkedIncenter_img Where did 2018 go? Next week will be the last Central Oregon PubTalk of the year. End the networking season on a high note with this stellar lineup:Keynote Speaker“How the State of Oregon is Fostering Entrepreneurship and Innovation” featuring Nate Wildfire, Director, Oregon Growth Board & Capital Strategist, Business OregonThere’s a reason why Oregon is home to so many startups and entrepreneurs. At next week’s PubTalk, Nate Wildfire will discuss how the State of Oregon is fostering entrepreneurship and innovation through different initiatives and how local companies can tap into that ecosystem. He currently manages a $180 million investment fund meant to grow access to capital for OR businesses and provide returns to the state. With experience in community and economic development, Nate is working to improve access to capital to help businesses grow.Company PitchesMark Shenfield, Founder, Pawket TreatsMcKenna Dempsey, Founder, Mandala MissionCompany UpdateMoriel Arango, Co-founder and CTO, BladeRunner EnergyAgenda5-6pm Networking – Drinks and appetizers6-6:45pm Company Presentations6:45-7:30pm Keynote Speaker PresentationCost and Registration$25 EDCO & OEN Members$35 Non-MembersAdmission includes appetizers and a free beverage (choice of beer, wine or soda)Questions?Contact Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO): ereilly@edcoinfo.com or 541-388-3236 x3.Cancellation PolicyCancellations received two weeks from the event will receive a full refund. November Pubtalk: Last One of 2018 0 By CBN on November 8, 2018 Google+last_img read more

The AlleyWatch NYC Startup Daily Funding Report 112117

first_imgHere are the latest venture capital, seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 11/21/17 with info on ONE round you will not see anywhere else.  This page will be updated throughout the day to reflect any new fundings.PREVIOUS POSTNEXT POST 253SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin Tagged With: Audrey Gelman, Casa Verde Capital, Lauren Kassan, LeafLink, Lerer Hippeau, New Enterprise Associates, Nosara Capital, Ryan Smith, The Wing, WeWork, Zach Silverman The Wing $32M – Series B LeafLink, the wholesale management platform for the cannabis industry, has raised $10M in Series A funding from investors that include Lerer Hippeau Ventures, Casa Verde Capital, and Nosara Capital. Founded by Ryan Smith and Zach Silverman in 2015, the startup has now raised a total of $14M in equity funding. center_img The AlleyWatch NYC Startup Daily Funding Report: 11/21/17 by AlleyWatch The Wing, the workspace for women, has raised $32M in funding in a Series B round led by WeWork with participation from existing investor New Enterprise Associates. This bring the total funding to $42.5M across three rounds for the startup founded by Audrey Gelman and Lauren Kassan in 2015. $10M – Series Alast_img read more

The Secret To Actually Putting Your Customer First

first_imgThe Secret To Actually Putting Your Customer FirstMarch 15, 2018 by Kuty Shalev 275SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin After 16 years of growing my business from a small operation to an employer of more than 150 people, I’ve learned what makes a company culture thrive. Sure, cool office perks are nice, but what really matters is a shared belief in the importance of customer satisfaction.Without satisfied customers, no business could keep running for very long. It’s not hard to understand why unhappy customers won’t do business with a company they feel wronged them somehow. The best way to keep your customers happy is to make sure your entire company culture makes customer satisfaction a top priority.Satisfaction is a tricky term, though: To small businesses, a satisfied customer simply means someone who is willing to transact with them again. Repeat customers and word-of-mouth recommendations can be tremendous boosts to any business, but for the people working inside of them, customer satisfaction must be tied to a purpose that is bigger than any single team member — a shared goal of excellence.That’s why, at my company, employees usually wake up and think about the dedicated clients they’re working with, not the company itself.Creating a customer-centric cultureAccording to a study by the Energy Project and The New York Times, employees who find meaning in their work stay at their jobs longer, work harder, and feel more satisfied with their jobs.Obviously, you want your employees to find meaning in their work and embody your company’s vision and mission in all they do. The key is to connect the meaning they’re finding in their work to customer satisfaction. When every team member keeps the client in mind — even those who aren’t client-facing — you’ll reap big rewards.But how can you instill the connection between their daily responsibilities and customer satisfaction on a personal level? Promoting good habits is all about developing feedback loops, which is a magical thing: The more employees can see how their efforts directly affect the happiness of the customer, the more they’ll want to do good work. The pride and sense of accomplishment that brings out in them creates a virtuous loop.Here are some steps you can take to make customer satisfaction the core tenet of your company culture:Realize the customer’s perspectiveSuccessful companies like Apple maintain great customer satisfaction rates by focusing on empathy and communication, so ask your team to put themselves in the customer’s shoes. You might be experts in your field, but your customers rely on you to communicate that knowledge and build trust in your expertise.To accomplish this, create onboarding processes and communication practices that take into account your customers’ varying levels of knowledge about what you do. Don’t go too fast or gloss over important details, assuming that they’re common knowledge — you build trust by listening and trying to understand their concerns, rather than by trying to deliver the outcomes as quickly as possible.In our company, we ask clients questions like “Who on your team should participate in these different types of calls?” We also invite them to join our internal Slack conversations. Letting them be part of the process reassures our customers that we put their needs first.Drill down on what actually creates valueAs a custom software development firm, we think a lot about choosing the right algorithms and optimizing processes for our clients. While those are important elements, if we don’t dive deeper to understand how the client will use them and where they see the real value, we risk missing the point of the client’s purchase.As opposed to asking too many “how” questions, we like to focus on the “why.” For example, why do they need a certain feature? Why will this appeal to their investors? If they want customers, software with 100 features that attracts no new business won’t satisfy them. I like to get as close as possible to what their end user will find valuable, as that’s who will be driving the economic benefit.Ask questions that get to the heart of what your client hopes to accomplish, and then work your way up from there. If you’re struggling to get the answers you need, try other creative questions. Ask why they chose you as a partner, how they would describe your services to someone else, or what triggered them to seek you out in the first place.Expand your offeringsIf new opportunities arise to help your customers achieve their goals, be prepared to explore those unexpected avenues. For example, one of our clients wanted to acquire a company that had its own proprietary software. They asked us if we could handle the technology, thrusting us into the role of a technology advisory company.While this wasn’t a service we normally performed, we recognized the opportunity to branch out and took it. Staying nimble and putting our customer’s needs first — rather than our own service offerings — allowed us to be a better partner and resulted in a more satisfied customer.Customer satisfaction affects everyone, from the CEO down. You can’t build a sustainable company on something that doesn’t produce real value for customers. Instead, create a culture focused on satisfaction to ensure that your employees and clients — current and future — will always love working with you.BusinessCollective, launched in partnership with Citi, is a virtual mentorship program powered by North America’s most ambitious thought leaders, entrepreneurs, executives and small business owners.)PREVIOUS POSTNEXT POST Filed Under: Advice, Management, Resources, Strategiclast_img read more

Cloud9 Raises 14M to Unleash the Most Overlooked Form of Communication to

first_imgCloud9 Raises $14M to Unleash the Most Overlooked Form of Communication to TradersAugust 16, 2018 by AlleyWatch 414SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin The most valuable and significant trades are conducted via voice, and these trader voice communications are rich with insights about the financial ecosystem. That’s why Cloud9 Technologies uses machine learning to transcribe trader voice conversations into metadata with industry leading accuracy. This startup offers a compliant and secure way to extract the power of the oldest and most important form of communication: the voice.AlleyWatch sat down with Cloud 9 President German Soto Sanchez, to discuss the company’s exciting trajectory and latest round of funding. Founded in 2013, this NYC startup has now raised a total of $44M over three rounds.Who were your investors and how much did you raise? This investment was a Series B round for Cloud9 that was led by Barclays and included JP Morgan and NEX Group.Tell us about the product or service that Cloud9 Technologies offers.The company’s cloud-based platform is the leading purpose-built, end-to-end voice communications solution for institutional traders. Our technology handles millions of voice trader communications per day from a network of over 5K institutional users. By digitizing the entire institutional trader voice lifecycle and providing an innovative, secure, and compliant means of delivering the associated metadata, Cloud9 enables traders to uncover and seize the historically overlooked value present within their voice trading conversations.What inspired you to start Cloud9 Technologies?Today’s trading desks rely on 30-to-40-year-old expensive and antiquated hardware-based technology. This lack of innovation has resulted in legacy products that have not kept pace with evolving regulatory and business needs. The Cloud9 opportunity was created with the understanding that a new approach to trader voice communications was necessary to address modern-day challenges in a secure, compliant, and efficient manner. This message has resonated well across the industry as there is now broad agreement that the traditional, expensive trading ‘turret’ hardware will eventually be replaced across trading floors by fast, customized, cloud-based trader voice communications technology.How is Cloud9 Technologies different?Our business model and approach to technology are welcomed changes to the trader voice industry. Cloud9’s voice communications platform is a SaaS application (versus current CapEx heavy approach) which costs up to 40% less than existing legacy solutions while providing better features and unique, previously unavailable critical metadata that enables next-generation analytics in areas such as (a) surveillance/compliance, (b) business insight and (c) trader workflow enhancement.What market does Cloud9 Technologies target and how big is it?Cloud9 provides trader voice communications services for an array of financial institutions, from large global banks to interdealer brokers and even small trading shops; this includes buy-side firms such as hedge funds and other investment funds.Trader voice communications is the dominant method for traders to interact across several asset classes such as commodities, fixed income, and credit. You will also find voice trading in asset classes perceived to be heavily electronic such as equities – with the key factor being that the most valuable trades are often conducted via voice. The trader voice market is composed of hundreds of thousands of traders supported by two to three times that amount in middle and back office support functions and can also include other regulated users such as asset managers and private bankers.Since we last spoke, what changes have you seen in your industry that you have had to adapt to?Our business was purpose-built to address and adapt to a number of industry-wide changes which we felt were unaddressed by legacy providers. Two specific examples of such changes include: (a) Regulatory change – In Europe, firms have had to comply with all the guidelines under MiFID II, while also having to absorb changes in Basel III, AIFMD, and the current transition from LIBOR to SOFR and the upcoming implementation of SFTR. In the US, firms have had to adapt to changes in TRACE reporting, even though broader regulatory oversight has been wound back under the Trump administration. (b) Evolution of Data as an asset – with the numerous advances in data science, machine learning, etc. firms now place great emphasis on their ability to generate and analyze proprietary data. Historically, trader voice communications were often ignored for insight and analysis. This can no longer be afforded.What factors about your business led your investors to write the check?Cloud9 delivers long overdue innovation in the trader voice space. Banks realize that specialized providers like Cloud9 are more valuable than ever, especially when it comes to issues like data capture and analysis. Cloud9’s ability to generate and deliver metadata that was never before available is crucial for the generation of unique business insight and for better risk management (as regulatory bodies like ESMA, the FCA, FINRA and the SEC are putting greater emphasis and scrutiny on data reporting).What are the milestones you plan to achieve in the next six months? The proceeds from our funding will enable us to further develop the feature set of our communications platform while also expanding our data generation and delivery capabilities. This is our focus over the next six months.What advice can you offer companies in New York that do not have a fresh injection of capital in the bank?The key is to make sure that whatever your solution is and whatever part of the market you’re servicing, there is a meaningful market structure problem that you’re addressing head-on with your innovation. Such an assessment doesn’t need to happen in a bubble. The NYC area is fantastic for this as there are so many firms and people with the necessary expertise and willingness to provide feedback on a fintech company’s value proposition. We’re in a state where the level of fintech innovation and funding are very high, so the bar has to be raised and what you’re delivering has to stand out.Where do you see the company going now over the near term?In addition to the above milestones, we envision our company growing its network base of users and promoting interoperability that facilitates a tighter coupling of our solution with the broader trader ecosystem. Overall, there are many exciting opportunities for us to interact and potentially integrate with other services/applications in a manner that will create value for our customers. We are just scratching the surface and are truly excited by the possibilities.What’s your favorite rooftop bar in NYC to unwind?If I am at a rooftop bar, that is likely work-related or someone else dragged me there. My kind of place just needs a really good wine list.PREVIOUS POSTNEXT POST Filed Under: #NYCTech, AlleyTalk, Business, Finance, Funded in the Alley, Funded in the Alley, Funding, Funding News, Interviews, Startups, Tech, Venture Capital Tagged With: Barclays, JP Morgan, NEX Grouplast_img read more

The AlleyWatch Startup Daily Funding Report 7152019

first_img Bulletin, the providers of flexible retail space for digital brands, has raised $7M in Series A funding from investors that include Kleiner Perkins, Foundation Capital, Afore Capital, and Trail Mix Ventures. Founded by Alana Branston and Ali Kriegsman in 2015, Bulletin has now raised a total of $9.2M in reported equity funding. Bulletin $7M – Series A The AlleyWatch Startup Daily Funding Report: 7/15/2019 by AlleyWatch BigID $50M – Series C nTopology $20M – Series B 219SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedincenter_img nTopology, the company behind engineering software for manufacturing, has raised $20M in Series B funding from investors that include Canaan Partners, Avidan Ross, and James Hardiman. Founded by Bradley Rothenberg and Greg Schroy in 2015, nTopology has now raised a total of $27.6M in reported equity funding. Customer data security platform BigID has raised an additional $50M in Series C funding according to a recent SEC filing. The filing indicates that nine investors took part in the round. Founded by Dimitri Sirota and Nimrod Vax in 2016, BigID has now raised a total of $146.1M in reported equity funding. We covered BigID’s Series B round last year with an exclusive interview with Sirota – This NYC Startup Just Raised $30M to Be the Leader in Privacy Automation. Tagged With: Afore Capital, Alana Branston, Ali Kriegsman, Avidan Ross, BigID, Bradley Rothenberg, Bulletin, Canaan Partners, Dimitri Sirota, Foundation Capital, Greg Schroy, James Hardiman, Kleiner Perkins, Nimrod Vax, nTopology, Trail Mix Ventures The latest venture capital, seed, pre-seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 7/15/2019 featuring funding details for BigID, Bulletin, and much more. This page will be updated throughout the day to reflect any new fundings.PREVIOUS POSTNEXT POSTlast_img read more

In the Age of Social Media Heres How Your Brand Can Take

first_imgBusinessCollective, launched in partnership with Citi, is a virtual mentorship program powered by North America’s most ambitious young thought leaders, entrepreneurs, executives and small business owners. PREVIOUS POSTNEXT POST Filed Under: Advice, Resources, Strategic Social media is now an integral part of every consumer’s daily habits, so much so that when customers need help, they expect the businesses they work with to offer support on-demand via their social media channels. This is where hundreds of companies suffer.For too long, brands have approached social media as a one-way street. They’ve used it as another medium to push their own personal messages and sales pitches rather than allowing the customer to build a real relationship with their brand: the whole point of social media in the first place. A majority of the blame for this disconnect is due to the lack of a clear strategy and focus as brands structure their social campaigns.Best of all, the results can be huge for your brand. My company launched a Facebook page last May, and in the time since has built up a following of over 5,000 people. Our first video ad published last July, and reached over one million views in less than a month. The following million came less than a week later. Social media transformed my business from a small startup to a nationally-recognized brand — here’s how it can do the same for you.Identifying the Appropriate ChannelsOne of the biggest mistakes I see other brands making with their social media strategies is wearing themselves too thin. They create a profile on every social media network without considering whether their consumers are active on the network in the first place.I’ve found that it’s always better to start small and build out your network from there. Start by creating targeted personas and identifying what social networks they are using as a part of their daily routines. Focus on the few platforms that give you the most reach and engagement with your target audience. If you don’t know where to start, Facebook is always a safe bet. It attracts the highest conversion rate for all social media e-commerce traffic, according to this Shopify infographic.Once you have mastered one or two social channels, leverage the power of the communities you’ve built to help you expand into other social or marketing channels.Creating Compelling, Engaging ContentYour social channels are nothing if you’re not doing just that: being social. Don’t expect to just sit back and let the customers and sales roll in after you create your profiles. Instead, create content that attracts and engages your audience, compelling them to take action and convert from mere followers to brand evangelists.As a golden rule, your social media strategy should start with more listening and a lot less talking. Once you have a clear idea of what it is your audience is saying and what they are engaging in, you’ll know what kind of content will drive them towards your business.In every conversation you create on social media, you need to focus on providing a unique value to your followers. When you start focusing less on conversions and more on creating compelling content for your brand, you’ll see just how you can transform your audience into a group of loyal brand ambassadors.Being Real With Your AudienceA big difference between social media and more traditional marketing channels is that people don’t come to social media to see a sales pitch: they come to connect. Instead of pushing your brand’s products and services onto your audience, welcome consumers into your brand.Social media is emotional in nature. One of the best ways to connect with consumers and build a lasting relationship is to show them the human side of your business. You’d be surprised at just how engaging a behind-the-scenes photo or video into your brand’s operations can be.Rewarding Your CommunityOnce you’ve engaged your community, it’s time to show them how much their loyalty means to your brand. Offering incentives and discounts encourages continued engagement while keeping your brand on the top of followers’ minds.At my company, we keep our audience engaged by launching contests and promotional giveaways. Our social followers are the first to know when new products hit our store, and the payoff can be a huge asset in gaining traction, customer reviews and referrals for your newest products.We’re living in a social world. If your business isn’t taking advantage, you’re missing out on over 2 billion potential customers for your brand. Stop letting your ad spend and marketing efforts go to waste: instead, breathe new life into your brand by connecting with your customers on social media. In the Age of Social Media, Here’s How Your Brand Can Take AdvantageNovember 10, 2017 by Chad Keller 417SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedinlast_img read more

The AlleyWatch NYC Startup Daily Funding Report 1319

first_img 2019 NYC TECH INFLUENCERS NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN Arcus, the fintech platform for financial institutions to manage their customer’s liabilities and data, has raised $1.7M in additional funding according to a recent SEC filing. The total offering in the filing is for $2.68M and seven investors participated in this first close. Founded by Edrizio De La Cruz, Inigo Rumayor Belausteguigoitia, and Juan Jose Maldonadoin in 2013 as Regalii the company rebranded to Arcus last year. Founded in Y Combinator in 2013, the company has now raised a total of $15.6M in reported equity funding over six rounds. Investors in previous rounds include Y Combinator, FundersClub, Alumni Ventures Group, Kapor Capital, Alexis Ohanian, Total Access Fund, Fenox Venture Capital, Maverick Ventures, Kevin Moore, Winklevoss capital, Capricorn Venture Partners, Investo, Click Ventures, IGNIA, Chestnut Street Ventures, Bill Lee, Select Venture Partners, HOF Capital, Avalancha Ventures, Citizen.VC, GP Ventures, Enlaces, Chilango Ventures, Jared Slosberg, Banco Itau, Jed Cullen, and Tycoon Capital. The latest venture capital, seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 1/3/19 featuring funding details for Arcus and Carson. This page will be updated throughout the day to reflect any new fundings.PREVIOUS POSTNEXT POST It’s that time again. Nominations are now open for AlleyWatch’s 2019 NYC Tech Influencers feature. Know someone amazing who belongs on this list? Nominate them today here. Nominations open until 1/10. Looking to drive targeted response from the NYC Tech community at scale, learn more about partnering with AlleyWatch on this initiative here The AlleyWatch NYC Startup Daily Funding Report: 1/3/19 by AlleyWatch Pico $1.6M Arcus $1.7Mcenter_img 251SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin Pico, the platform for publishers to engage and monetize their readers through data collection and automation, has raised $1.6M in funding according to a recent SEC filing. The total offering amount is for $3.4M and thus far there were seventeen participants in this close. Pico was founded by Jason Bade and Nick Chen in 2016. Carson $3M Carson, the property management solution for unattended buildings and buildings without doorpeople, has raised $3M in funding led by BuildingLink. Founded by Guy Blachman in 2017, Carson has now raised a total of $4M in funding over two rounds. Tagged With: Alexis Ohanian, Alumni Ventures Group, Arcus, Avalancha Ventures, Banco Itau, Bill Lee, BuildingLink, Capricorn Venture Partners, Carson, Chestnut Street Ventures, Chilango Ventures, Citizen.VC, Click Ventures, Edrizio De La Cruz, Enlaces, Fenox Venture Capital, FundersClub, GP Ventures, Guy Blachman, IGNIA, Inigo Rumayor Belausteguigoitia, Investo, Jared Slosberg, Jed Cullen, Juan Jose Maldonado, Kapor Capital, Kevin Moore, Maverick Ventures, Select Venture Partners, Total Access Fund, Tycoon Capital, Winklevoss Capital, Y Combinatorlast_img read more

Revenue rose 12 to 337 billion a significant jump over the 328

first_imgMicrosoft Shows Off xCloud Hardware And Talks Streaming BusinessMicrosoft’s Phil Spencer and Kareem Choudhry discuss xCloud infrastructure and challenging business model.ShareVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 4:35Loaded: 3.60%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -4:35 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PauseMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:15Loaded: 0%0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:15 Playback Rate1xFullscreenMicrosoft’s quarterly sales and profit topped estimates on the strength of the company’s cloud-computing business, which racked up clients for Azure web services and Office productivity software.Profit before certain items in the fourth quarter, which ended June 30, rose to $1.37 a share, compared with the $1.22 average forecast of analysts polled by Bloomberg. Revenue rose 12% to $33.7 billion, the Redmond, Wash.-based company said Thursday in a statement, compared with the $32.8 billion projection. Azure cloud sales rose 64%, compared with 73% growth in the previous quarter and 76% in the one before that.Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella is working to keep up a steady flow of cloud deals, seeking to center Microsoft’s strategy on web services and narrow the gap with market leader Amazon. As more companies move to the cloud and upgrade aging software, they’re signing up for Azure and newer products like Microsoft 365—a package of Office 365 cloud software, Windows 10 and security programs.“Everything has been going well for them,” said Sid Parakh, a portfolio manager at Becker Capital Management, which counts Microsoft as its biggest holding. “It’s the structural winner right now—as more and more companies move to the cloud, it’s largely Amazon and Microsoft in the running for those deals.”Net income in the quarter was $13.2 billion, or $1.71 a share.The company’s shares rose 1.6% in extended trading following the report. Microsoft shares rose 15% in the quarter, compared with a 3.8% gain in the S&P 500 Index. The company’s stock has jumped on optimism about the company’s cloud business, and on some investors’ belief that Microsoft is a safe haven as U.S. and European regulators sharpen their scrutiny of other large technology firms.More must-read stories from Fortune:—The fall and rise of VR: The struggle to make virtual reality get real—The Internet as we know it needs ‘a complete replacement’—Nintendo has a bold plan for competing with streaming—Why an EU investigation into Amazon could change the way the e-tailer works—Listen to our new audio briefing, Fortune 500 DailyCatch up with Data Sheet, Fortune’s daily digest on the business of tech.You May Like by Qingdao Haier The Future of Smart Homes Sponsored Content HealthFormer GE CEO Jeff Immelt: To Combat Costs, CEOs Should Run Health Care Like a BusinessHealthFor Edie Falco, an ‘Attitude of Gratitude’ After Surviving Breast CancerLeadershipGhosn Back, Tesla Drop, Boeing Report: CEO Daily for April 4, 2019AutosElon Musk’s Plan to Boost Tesla Sales Is Dealt a SetbackMPWJoe Biden, Netflix Pregnancy Lawsuit, Lesley McSpadden: Broadsheet April 4last_img read more

Retaining Your Top Team Members PostRecession

first_imgWith the economic ailments largely behind you, you may believe that if you’ve emerged with your top employees by your side, you’ve been unscathed by the recession. Sadly and surprisingly, this is untrue. In a survey conducted by the Corporate Executive Board, 27 percent of employees that were labeled as “high potential” were planning on leaving the company they’re currently working for in the coming year. How does this translate to your company? If you’re unsure where your top employees’ loyalties are, you may be losing some of them in the future.Employee retention provides many variables to consider. You may have focused on executive development, business growth strategies and done your best to stave off cuts, but that isn’t always enough. People want to be challenged, appreciated and given opportunities to climb the ladder.Looking back, you should have a sense of where each of your top employees stands in terms of the future. If you’ve treated them fairly, you should have nothing to worry about. Read the full article by Jena McGregor for more information on this topic.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Employee Engagement Fad or Foundational

first_imgIs employee engagement nothing more than a shallow trend? Read why one consultant thinks it’s one of the least important elements to focus on.Steve Tobak, managing partner of Invisor Consulting, writes in Inc. that employee engagement “is the management fad of the millennium,” but it’s not clear that it actually pays off for companies.Tobak goes so far as to say that he believes employee engagement may be a racket, since “there’s no compelling evidence that employee engagement surveys and strategies improve business results.” He writes that “when it comes to management priority, I’d say that employees should be more or less at the bottom of the list.”Tobak defends that position by presenting employees alongside external customers, internal customers, and your boss. In that list, “regardless of the type of company,” the priorities should be external customers first, your boss second, internal customers third, and employees fourth.“Don’t get me wrong,” Tobak writes, “creating a culture where employees are empowered, challenged, and supported, where they can really make a difference.” But customers, bosses, and stakeholders are more important to the success of a company than its employees.Photo by: Nathan CookeAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Is InstalledSoftwareasaService ISAAS the Next Software Packaging

first_imgSaaS Solutions Coming to an Enterprise Cloud Near YouI have recently noticed a few cloud application companies that are starting to port their solutions to multiple clouds — with Amazon, Rackspace (and other OpenStack providers), Azure, IBM, HP, and Profit Bricks being some of the targets. The idea is for their application stacks to be closer to the other applications and data that their customers already have on the clouds (note that this is the opposite of the approach taken by companies that are helping loads and data be transferred from one cloud to another. In this case the entire software stack is set up in multiple clouds more “permanently”). I have also noticed that these companies are starting to pitch enterprise customers that have built their own private clouds (mostly on VMWare from what I can tell) on the idea of moving the vendor’s stack onto the enterprise private cloud with the software vendor tunneling in to perform maintenance on the stack. The pricing is still subscription pricing and the software vendor maintenance. It is not at all widespread at this point, but I am noticing it more and more as I talk to expansion-stage companies. I would characterize it as software-as-a-service that is installed on an enterprise cloud.Is this Installed-Software-as-a-Service (ISAAS) the next evolution in enterprise software packaging?I have asked a few enterprise data center heads this question and they seem to be open to the idea. What are your thoughts?AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

When Should You Follow Up with a Candidate

first_imgWhen it comes to pursuing top candidates you don’t want to come off too strong, but you also don’t want them to slip through the cracks. Here are a few tips for determining exactly when the time is right to send that perfect follow up.As a startup recruiter, most of my day is spent sourcing for candidates, holding phone screens, scheduling interviews, and sifting through applications. It is quite rare, unfortunately, that the ideal candidate has applied to my posting via inbound, so much of my energy is spent on outreach to prospective candidates. As I go about my day, I also set aside time to check in on previous candidates I’ve worked with or others I’d like to reach out to for a second time. It is always a delicate dance to determine when to follow up with a candidate as I want to maintain a genuine connection with the individual, but also want to really make sure this person is or is not interested in my position.First Off, Track the TimelineTo quickly determine your level of correspondence with the candidate, it is best to keep track of as much information as possible, whether in an applicant tracking system, Excel spreadsheet, or Google document. This will not only help you stay organized, it will also clearly show you each stage of communication with the candidate from first touch point to phone screen to interview to offer. With this information handy, you can clearly identify when you last emailed or spoke with the candidate. The tracking method also proves its worth when you hire for future positions of similarity. You’ll already have a target list ready to go and will be able to begin outreach painlessly!Use Your JudgmentIf it’s a candidate you’ve never spoken to before… Say you reached out to one candidate 3 weeks ago with no response. I’d recommend reaching out to them again with a quick follow up note regarding who you are, why you’re contacting them, and what position they might be interested in. This is the candidate’s opportunity to take a second look at what you have to say and respond accordingly. This second message will often spur a response, favorable or not. If it’s a candidate you spoke with but didn’t send to the hiring manager… You’ll find that this group is quite large. If the position you connected on has closed, send the candidate a note informing them but also letting them know that you wish to continue working together for future positions. This leaves the door open on both sides to continue correspondence. If you truly believe the candidate is strong, you’ll likely want to reach out to them once a month to check in on their search status. If the candidate interviewed with the hiring manager but was not selected… By this point, you will have spent a significant amount of time with this category of candidates. After the position closes and you inform your candidate of the hiring manager’s decision, it will be important to follow up 2-4 weeks later and perhaps once a month after that. Likely, they will still be engaged in a job search and will want to see if you have any additional positions that could be a fit for their skill set. Whether you are working on a new potential role or not is beside the point. Rather, this was a good candidate that other hiring managers would probably like to interview in the future.Perseverance, Perseverance, Perseverance!As the saying goes “nothing good in life comes easy” — the same mentality can be applied to startup recruitment. The most qualified, talented candidates are always employed, excelling at their work, and often not thinking about leaving their positions. Continued outreach and follow up athree, six, or even 12 months later will leave an impression on them. What do you think? Is there a firm cut off when it becomes useless to continue following up with a candidate? Photo by: Cam EvansAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

LogMeIns CEO on The Importance of Creating a Board with Diverse Experiences

first_imgBill Wagner started his tenure at LogMeIn in 2013 as their first-ever Chief Operating Officer. In 2015 he was promoted to President & CEO and joined the board shortly after where he’s played a key role in their rapid growth. Prior to LogMeIn, he was COO at Vocus, a cloud-marketing software company, and held multiple executive and operator roles prior to that. Bill discusses the largest drivers of growth when he joined LogMeIn, the philosophy behind their freemium model and his role on the board when he first started his tenure. Bill also explains how to get the most leverage out of the board, the importance of a diverse board that brings different experiences to the table, and how to search for key external board members.Prefer to listen on iTunes? Click here.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

7 Statistics Entrepreneurs Need to Know About Legal Cannabis and CBD

first_img 4 min read Listen Now Each week hear inspiring stories of business owners who have taken the cannabis challenge and are now navigating the exciting but unpredictable Green Rush. Next Article Public opinion and consumer preference for cannabis over Big Pharma are powerful forces shaping the cannabis market. Image credit: Hero Images | Getty Images Legal Marijuana –shares Add to Queue Head of Policy Research at Eaze How fast is the stigma of cannabis fading? Consider the numbers: Cannabis, whether for medical use or recreationally by adults, is legal in 33 states, Washington, D.C. and the U.S. territories of Guam and Puerto Rico. An estimated 73 million Americans live in the 10 states that have legalized for adult use. A record-high 62 percent of Americans agree cannabis should be legalized.2019 marks the start of the second year of legal adult cannabis in California, the world’s largest legal market, yet consumers and business owners still must overcome significant hurdles. Cannabis consumers want to support the legal market but high prices, whopping taxes and impeded access to legal cannabis drives them to thriving illicit market. California has done a good job of telling consumers that cannabis is legal but has a long way to go to make it  easy to get safe, legal and affordable cannabis.Several studies have shown that high taxes are the most common driver of illicit cannabis purchases. An Eaze Insights survey of cannabis consumers found that a 5 percent reduction in California taxes on cannabis could lure 23 percent of illicit market buyers into the legal market. States looking to legalize should learn from California’s experience.Below are some key stats to know about the legal use of cannabis and where we are as a nation right now:Age groups are diversifyingImage Credit: EazeAs more states allow cannabis for adults, new demographics of consumers are discovering the legal marketplace. Baby Boomers are one of the fastest growing segments, increasing by 25 percent over the past year.Related: A Plea to Our Elders: Consider Medical Marijuana Before OpioidsWomen are making their mark.Image Credit: EazeFemale cannabis consumers  nearly doubled over 2018, and CBD is driving a new demographic of consumers  who are turning to CBD for wellness needs. The growth of women entering the market outpaced men and continued the trend of increasing female participation, now making up 38 percent of cannabis consumers.Related: Move Aside, CBD: New Data Finds THC Is the Real Medicine in Medical MarijuanaCannabis is a wellness alternative.Image Credit: EazeCannabis products are used for a variety of wellness applications: overall, 71 percent of consumers reported they reduced (53 percent) or stopped (18 percent) their over-the-counter (OTC) pain treatment, and 60 percent have reduced or stopped their alcohol consumption.Related: Will Medical Cannabis Sales Eventually Surpass Recreational Sales?It has holidays throughout the year.Image Credit: EazeCurious what the most popular cannabis holidays are? Hint: It’s not what you think! The day before Thanksgiving, or “Green Wednesday,” was the most popular holiday for cannabis consumption in 2018 with 4/20 coming in second. Two Jewish holidays fall in the top 10 holidays list, including Sukkot and Hanukkah.Social justice and inclusion efforts are critical.Leaders in the cannabis industry are ensuring that social justice programs and diversity and inclusion efforts are a key part of the next phase of growth. We don’t want to leave behind those who have been affected by the “War on Drugs” prior to legal adult use in some states. As part of these efforts, Eaze is partnered with Code for America on 4/20 this year in a first-of-its kind partnership to clear 250,000 criminal records through the nonprofit’s Clear My Record program.Related: Cannabis Social Equity Programs Are Imperfect but Critically ImportantConsumers across the U.S. can now access it.Since the legalization of hemp-derived CBD via the Farm Bill earlier this year, we’re seeing the product sold in traditional brick and mortar stores like Sephora, CVS, and The Vitamin Shoppe and we only expect that to continue. According to research by NORML, , 15 states have specifically legalized CBD for therapeutic purposesWomen are the faces of CBD brands.Eaze Wellness is an online marketplace that ships hemp-derived CBD to 41 states across the U.S. More than 75 percent of the brands on the platform are female-led or have a female founder, including Mary’s Medicinals, Kush Queen, Kana and Hora Skin Care.Whether you’ve been enjoying cannabis and its benefits for years, or are newly canna-curious, it’s important to be educated about the history of the industry, where we are today and what to expect in the future. Guest Writer April 30, 2019 Peter Gigante Green Entrepreneur Podcast Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 7 Statistics Entrepreneurs Need to Know About Legal Cannabis and CBDlast_img read more

Newly Crowned Billionaire JayZ Just Invested in a Cookie Company

first_img Entrepreneur Staff –shares Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Stephen J. Bronner Image credit: Kevin Mazur | Getty Images Enroll Now for $5 The mogul’s Marcy Venture Partners led a seed round for allergen-free cookie maker Partake Foods. 2 min read News Directorcenter_img Next Article Jay Z June 3, 2019 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. Jay-Z isn’t just one of the biggest rappers on the planet; he also owns a record label and holds investments in art, real estate and tech companies such as Uber. In fact, over the past decade, the Brooklyn native amassed a fortune of at least $1 billion, according to Forbes.Sean Carter’s latest investment, through his firm Marcy Venture Partners, is in New Jersey-based Partake Foods, a maker of allergen-free cookies. The $1 million seed round was led by Marcy and included The FactoryBackstage Capital, SoFi Ventures, and Beyond Meat’s Chief Growth Officer, Chuck Muth.Image Credit: Courtesy of Partake Foods”Partake has the ingredients to build a mass market brand: compelling values, a great tasting product, and a tenacious and experienced operator,” said Larry Marcus, Marcy Venture Partners co-founder and managing director, in a press release. “We are honored to back [Partake Founder] Denise [Woodard] and the team and help grow their business.”Related: ‘If You Don’t Stand for Something, You Seem to Go Away Fairly Quickly,’ Says the Founder of The Gluten Free BarFormer Coca-Cola national sales director Woodard started Partake Foods in 2016 after her daughter was diagnosed with multiple food allergies. Woodard raised more than $30,000 on Kickstarter to initially fund the business.Image Credit: Courtesy of Partake Foods“When I left my career at Coca-Cola in 2017, I literally sold cookies out of my car for six months, demoing every day and meeting store managers and customers,” Woodard said in a release. “Our products can now be found in over 300 stores, and we expect to finish this year … in over 1,000 stores. We are so excited to collaborate with the MVP and Factory teams, as they both bring a wealth of knowledge in brand building and scaling consumer companies.”The press releases says Woodard will use the funds to build out a team, offer different sizes and grow the brand. Newly Crowned Billionaire Jay-Z Just Invested in a Cookie Company Add to Queuelast_img read more

Repel Into an Active Volcano Via Google Street View

first_img March 16, 2017 Repel Into an Active Volcano Via Google Street View Thanks to Google, anyone with a computer can explore the remote country of Vanuatu’s jungles, black sand beaches and even peer inside an active volcano. Next Article Enroll Now for $5 Unless you’re a world traveler, there’s a good chance you’ll never make it to Vanuatu, an archipelago of 80 tiny islands located more than a thousand miles off the coast of Australia. But now, thanks to Google, anyone with a computer can explore the remote country’s jungles, black sand beaches and even peer inside an active volcano.”Starting today in Google Maps, we invite you to join us on a journey to the edge of one of the largest boiling lava lakes in the world on the Vanuatuan island of Ambrym,” the web giant wrote in a Wednesday blog post.To get the incredible images, Google partnered with explorers Geoff Mackley and Chris Horsley, who repelled 400 meters into the Marum crater with a Street View Trekker strapped on their backs that collected 360-degree imagery of “the molten lava lake, which is roughly the size of two football fields,” Google said.In a statement, Mackley said standing at the edge of the volcano, feeling the heat on his skin, was a “phenomenal” experience. “You only realize how insignificant humans are when you’re standing next to a giant lake of fiery boiling rock,” he said.Google maps landmarks all over the world — from the Grand Canyon to Mt. Everest — but this is the first time the web giant has taken its Street View technology beneath the Earth’s surface. The tropical island of Ambrym is home to two active volcanic cones called Benbow and Marum as well as more than 7,000 people who have “learned to live in harmony with this beautiful yet deadly natural phenomena.”Google spoke with a local village leader, Chief Moses, who explained that his people “believe that the volcanoes Marum and Benbow are devils … We believe that Benbo is the husband and Marum is the wife. Sometimes when they don’t agree there’s an eruption which means the spirit is angry so we sacrifice a pig or fawel to the volcano.”Vanuatu in 2015 was hit by Cyclone Pam and natives have been rebuilding the country’s infrastructure ever since. Now, “Chief Moses and his village are ready to welcome travelers back,” Google wrote. “He believes making Vanuatu more accessible to the world is a key step in the island’s recovery and ability to establish a sustainable economy and preserve its culture.”To explore Vanuatu via Street View, head here. Angela Moscaritolo This story originally appeared on PCMag –sharescenter_img 3 min read Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Google Image credit: via PC Mag Add to Queue Reporter 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.last_img read more

Plans to Sell a Witch Kit Spelled Trouble for Sephora

first_img Joan Oleck Halloween Before your company makes light of witches for Halloween, consider this: They’re a real thing. And they don’t ride broomsticks. –shares Entrepreneur Staff Yes, yes, Halloween is still weeks away, but witches are already in the news. The reason is that perfume brand Pinrose announced it was rolling out a “Starter Witch Kit” for little girls; but witches weren’t, and aren’t, having any of it.The kit, which was to be sold at Sephora stores and online, was intended to retail for $42 and include nine items identified as witch-related, such as sage (to cleanse any bad karma), a rose quartz crystal, tarot cards and more.Related: This Halloween Season, Real-Life Witches Share Spells for Money, Confidence and SuccessSelf-identified witches caught wind of the sale and protested, saying they felt their religion had been slighted; as a result, the kit-maker has now backed down and cancelled the product.Perhaps Pinrose should know better because, in fact, witches are a real thing. And they don’t ride broomsticks, wear pointy black hats or cast spells on children. Their religion, known as Wicca or modern paganism, was formed in the early 20th century and is an actual religion. Wicca worships both a Goddess and a God, the male figure being the “Horned God” and the female the “Mother Goddess.”Some facets of Wicca reference beliefs from the pre-Christian era in Europe and those early paganists’ belief in a central female goddess. Magic may or may not be involved, as multiple, autonomous Wiccan groups, or covens, have multiple beliefs and practices.Those practices in the 16th and 17th centuries had a horrific end for thousands of women identified by the Catholic Inquisition as witches having a satanic mission: They were burned at the stake. The bestselling Da Vinci Code famously described how a doctrine of that era, Malleus Maleficarum — or The Witches’ Hammer, campaigned for people of the era to hunt down and torture or burn “free-thinking women” like midwives and women expert in the medicinal use of herbs.For these and other reasons, members of the witches community threatened a boycott of Sephora, with declarations from WyllowWynd the Thrifty Witch  and Conjure Queen.A commentor on a YouTube video summed up the objections, saying, “Would they ever sell Catholic spiritual kits, [a] Muslim spiritual kit, [a] Buddhist spiritual kit? I doubt it. People should be offended.”Additional sample comments included:From Chelsea: Desert Witch: “Witchcraft or Paganism (or however you refer to it) is a religion. One with actual practices and guidelines. It is not a basic bitch bandwagon. Spirituality is not a toy. Don’t buy the #witchkit @sephora is selling.”Related: Sephora Mistakenly Rolls Out Vulgar HashtagFrom Liz: “Being a witch isn’t trendy, it isn’t cool because Halloween is next month, it doesn’t make you quirky or creepy. Being a witch is a choice, and practicing is a form of religious worship. Do your research, and protect yourself when you practice.”The makers of the derailed witches’ kit have not yet commented. Plans to Sell a ‘Witch Kit’ Spelled Trouble for Sephora September 11, 2018 The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue.center_img Image credit: alexkich | Getty Images Add to Queue 3 min read 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Apply Now » Associate Editor Next Article last_img read more

Navitas Organics unveils range of functional shots featuring CBD

first_imgThe shots are sold in 2.5oz aluminium bottles in the US with a suggested retail price of $7.99. Navitas Organics unveils range of functional shots featuring CBDPosted By: Jules Scullyon: March 11, 2019In: Beverage, Functional, Industries, Innovation, New productsPrintEmailUS superfood company Navitas Organics has released a range of CBD functional beverages as it aims to offer the latest in plant-based nutrition.Called Superfood Wellness Shots, the drinks combine nutrient-dense superfoods with full-spectrum hemp oil extract, providing 20mg of CBD per bottle. Four variants are available: Calm, featuring acai and magnesium; Bliss, with goji berry; Focus, containing matcha and coffee fruit extract; and Restore, featuring turmeric and vitamin C.Navitas Organics founder and CEO Zach Adelman said: “For over a decade Navitas Organics has been offering consumers the incredible benefits of hemp in multiple formats. From seed to powder to our Power Snacks line, bars, boosts and blends – we’re big believers and advocates of hemp.“You can imagine our motivation and excitement when the 2018 Farm Bill passed, opening up the opportunity to further explore the powers of this incredible plant and allowing us to add hemp-derived CBD to our growing superfood portfolio. This truly is the latest in superfoods.”CBD (cannabidiol) – the non-psychoactive naturally occurring cannabinoid found in the hemp plant – is thought to be able to alleviate pain, reduce stress and decrease inflammation.Navitas Wellness Shots are sold in 2.5oz aluminium bottles in the US with a suggested retail price of $7.99.Alongside the shots, Navitas has released a range of Superfood Latte Mixes, made with a powdered coconut oil base. Supportive of keto, paleo and vegan diets, the mixes include 2g of organic MCT fats from coconut and are available in three variants: cacao, matcha and turmeric.Founded in 2003, Navitas Organics makes a range of foods used for baking, cooking, smoothie-making and snacking.Share with your network: Tags: CBDhempNavitas OrganicsUSlast_img read more

Diageo launches Villa Ascenti gin inaugurates new distillery in Italy

first_imgDiageo launches Villa Ascenti gin, inaugurates new distillery in ItalyPosted By: Jules Scullyon: May 21, 2019In: Alcohol, Beverage, Industries, Innovation, New productsPrintEmailDiageo is adding a “super-premium” Italian gin to its portfolio and has opened a €420,000 distillery in Santa Vittoria d’Alba, Italy.Called Villa Ascenti, the gin is initially going on sale in 14 European countries. Master distiller Lorenzo Rosso is working with farmers in Italy’s Piemonte region to source local ingredients for the beverage, including Moscato grapes, mint and thyme.During the final distillation, the grapes are infused with Tuscan juniper berries in the Santa Vittoria distillery’s newly refurbished Frilli copper pot still. The resulting liquid is said to deliver “a fresh and light taste”.Gin represents 4% of Diageo’s net sales and grew 28% during the first half of the company’s 2019 financial year, with Gordon’s and Tanqueray delivering double-digit growth and gaining share in Europe.Tanya Clarke, general manager of Diageo Reserve Europe, said: “Gin has been the runaway success story of the industry over the last decade and its growth trend shows no signs of slowing down. Villa Ascenti Gin is rooted in provenance and brings local, fresh ingredients from Piemonte to life. Its use of locally grown ingredients from the foothills of Piemonte, alongside some of the more classic botanicals associated with gin, has allowed us to create a high-quality liquid, which we hope existing and new gin drinkers will love.”“We are incredibly excited to launch Villa Ascenti Gin, which will join our luxury spirits portfolio, Diageo Reserve, and enable us to really strengthen our gin portfolio, which includes world-class gins Gordon’s, Tanqueray, Tanqueray No. Ten and Jinzu.”Lorenzo Rosso, master distiller for Villa Ascenti Gin at Distilleria Santa Vittoria, added: “It has been an absolute privilege to be involved in developing Villa Ascenti Gin and to have the chance to showcase the very best of Piemonte to the world.“It’s a beautiful gin with the region at its heart in its aroma and flavour, but also in how it’s best enjoyed – around the table with friends. I’m particularly proud of the use of the Moscato grape distillate, an idea that stemmed from my winemaking experience. To see this realised is incredible.”He continued: “On the nose, the mint and thyme are vibrant and refreshing alongside the spice of the Tuscan juniper berries, whilst on the palate, the Moscato grapes really come to life. Enhanced through copper distillation, the smooth, fruity flavour of this distillate rounds off zesty juniper notes to create a velvety, slightly sweet gin.”The gin is going on sale in 14 countries as of May, including the UK, Italy, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Switzerland and Poland.Bottled at 41% ABV, Villa Ascenti will have a recommended retail price of £35 per 70cl bottle.Share with your network: Tags: DiageoginItalylast_img read more

How Career Sushi Is Sprucing Up The Digital Job Hunt

first_img –shares Social Media Editor at Entrepreneur.com Say goodbye to old-fashioned cover letters and resumes and hello to videos, photos and samples of real work.Intern Sushi, a Los Angeles-based site that has been helping high schoolers and college students land internships since 2012, today announced Career Sushi, a job-finding site for workers seeking entry and mid-level opportunities.The new platform targets job seekers 16 to 26 years old, helping them go beyond the traditional resume to show the career paths, personalities and brands they have built online.Shara Senderoff, CEO and co-founder of Intern Sushi and Career Sushi, hopes to fill what she thinks is a void in the entry level demographic. “Hiring managers are not opening cover letters anymore,” she says. If a cover letter is required, do make it short and concise, she notes. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Wendy Frink May 20, 2014 How Career Sushi Is Sprucing Up The Digital Job Hunt 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Career Sushi offers its users a chance to put together an digital resume page, which can include photos and videos. It also lets job seekers track job hunting statistics and communicate directly with employers.Profiles for job candidates are free with an option to upgrade to $10 per month for additional services. Perks include access to exclusive job listings and the chance to “move to the top of the pile” by submitting a video for that specific listing.Related: 6 Ways to Land the Perfect Employee Who Isn’t Job HuntingAt present, there are 12,000 companies on Career Sushi with 75,000 jobs available. About 60,000 of these positions are internships, but Senderoff expects that number to increase with the official launch today.There’s a benefit for companies to work with Career Sushi, Senderoff said. Brands can browse job seeker profiles and see who is following and viewing them. In theory, a company can fill a position simply by seeing who has viewed or followed their company.Companies can purchase monthly subscription package of unlimited posting and messages for $499 a month. Other messaging packages and job posting allowances are available for $149 a month. Internship postings are free.Related: Why Millennials Are Immature, Entitled and the Best Hire Add to Queue Next Article Human Resources Register Now »last_img read more

Marriots Starwood Acquisition Creates Worlds Largest Hotel Company

first_img Reuters Image credit: Marriott | Starwood Next Article Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Add to Queue 1 min read Marriot’s Starwood Acquisition Creates World’s Largest Hotel Company –sharescenter_img Acquisitions This story originally appeared on Reuters April 8, 2016 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. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. and Marriott International Inc. said on Friday the stockholders of the companies voted to approve Marriott’s acquisition of Starwood to create the world’s largest hotel company.Holders of more than 97 percent of Marriott shares and over 95 percent of Starwood shares voted in favor of the cash-and-stock deal, which was valued at $12.41 billion as of Thursday.China’s Anbang Insurance Group Co. last week abandoned its $14 billion offer for Starwood Hotels, clearing the way for Marriott to buy the owner of Sheraton and Westin hotel brands. Marriott raised the cash portion of its offer to $21 per share on March 21 from $2 per share, valuing the total bid at $73.42 per share as of Thursday.Marriott said the deal was on track to close mid-2016.”Our teams continue to plan the integration of our two companies,” Marriott Chief Executive Arne Sorenson said.The deal has cleared the pre-merger antitrust review in the United States and Canada and awaits approvals in the European Union and China.(Reporting by Ankit Ajmera and Arunima Banerjee in Bengaluru; Editing by Don Sebastian) Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Clipper Teas develops worlds first plasticfree tea bags

first_imgClipper Teas develops ‘world’s first’ plastic-free tea bagsPosted By: Martin Whiteon: October 29, 2018In: Beverage, Industries, New products, Packaging, Tea & CoffeePrintEmailWessanen’s Clipper Teas brand claims that it has developed the world’s first plastic-free, unbleached, non-GMO tea bags.Every Clipper tea bag produced in Wessanen UK’s Dorset tea factory will now be made from a natural plant-based material; which contains a blend of abaca, plant cellulose fibres and biodegradable thermoplastic PLAThe new plastic-free tea bags will be used throughout Clipper’s extensive range of organic and Fairtrade teas, and an on-pack banner will be introduced to specific products from January 2019 to inform consumers about the plastic-free bags.Emma Vass, Wessanen UK CEO said: “We believe in making ethical and sustainable choices and want to provide the best products for both our consumers and the world we live in.“Having worked tirelessly to find a completely natural, non-GM solution, it is fantastic to see the new tea bags now in full production.“As a brand, Clipper is all about the joy that comes with each and every cup of tea – and we believe the purest joy comes with a clear conscience.”Rebecca Vercoe, Clipper Teas brand controller added: “We are incredibly proud to be the first tea brand to introduce a plastic-free tea bag that’s also non-GM and unbleached.“Guided by our founding principles of natural, fair and delicious, we have always strived to do the best we can for people and the planet.“Now we’ve created and implemented a plastic-free bag, we won’t be going back.”Share with your network: Tags: Clipper TeaspackagingUKWessanenlast_img read more

The Raccoons of the Resistance watch the State of the Uniom

first_img Share on Facebook LewisWinders 31 Jan 2018 15:16 Share Share on Twitter Report Last modified on Fri 9 Feb 2018 13.34 EST Report Share on Twitter Share via Email Twitter Reply Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp … 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. Support The Guardian surely osculate the ocelot Best American president since Obama. Share on Twitter 31 Jan 2018 | Pick | Pick 25 Twitter I wonder how long before American raccoons seek asylum in Mexico… Share on Facebook Donald Trump Brerfoxx 31 Jan 2018 15:29 I thought it was State of the Onion, a critique on the Big Macs he consumes. 2 3 Janeee Report 25 26 celsius233 Twitter Share 31 Jan 2018 16:01 Twitter Facebook Share Share Jump to comment | Pick Share Er, is the ocelot being rubbed with butter in a Last Tango in Paris sense? If so, does Cory know about it? 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And he loves power more than he loves golf. Just wait until he does hear. He’ll be on about bestiality again! Groooaaann. Reply Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment | Pick Facebook Report Twitter Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other Share on Twitter New prospective series to be titled: ‘The Waste Wing’? 15 16 7 8 Report LewisWinders Share on Twitter Laurence Bury 31 Jan 2018 15:12 There is, alas, no other sort…. Henri More good air and clean water is all we ask, Mr President. 14 15 Facebook Twitter No joke, sadly. Having served out his two terms, isn’t Barack allowed to stand again when the “Mishmasher of Words” loses the next election? Share | Pick | Pick 31 Jan 2018 16:04 FeetAcross Share on Facebook Twitter Damn I could go an Ocelot steak rubbed in the best American butter. Reason (optional) Facebook Twitter 4 5 Share on Twitter Report DogonautZut Mmmm butter. unthreaded Rub the Ocelot with butter and rub the American people with clean coal (that’s why Americans smell so nice). Butter coated ocelots and coal scrubbed Americans are signs that god does, indeed, bless America. All Butter … that … ocelot!Butter … That … Ocelot!BUTTER … THAT … OCELOT!BUTTER … THAT … OCELOT!!!!!BUTTER … THAT … OCELOT!!!!! #maga | Pick 4 5 Share FeetAcross Twitter Share on Twitter All Hail the Raccoons!! Join us or else! Power to the Procyonids! Share on Twitter So no word from the squirrels then… they’ve been awfully quiet. 31 Jan 2018 14:58 OhNoNotYouAgain 31 Jan 2018 18:38 Report 31 Jan 2018 22:24 Reply Share Share on Twitter I am wonderful. You are shite. Bow down to me while I applaud myself. CountryMember Facebook Show 2 more replies Report Report 9 10 Share on Facebook | Pick Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Reply Facebook Share on Twitter | Pick waldoh 10 11 Share on Facebook Share on Facebook expanded Guardian Pick Share on Facebook That poor ocelot looks stressed. No wonder. I bet you uses “i can’t believe it’s not butter” not actual butter. Honestly, I didn’t follow the speech, and the reports that I heard about it were basically “A politician doing pollie speak. Fancy” newest Report Share ID9766495 | Pick Reply 31 Jan 2018 18:21 Report 31 Jan 2018 16:11 JamesRHarding DogonautZut Remember when the US actor, Samuel L Jackson, related a story about playing golf with the cheating Trump? Trump denied they’d ever played golf or that they’d ever met. Then a fellow actor, Anthony Anderson, corroborated the golf story as he’d been present, including at lunch after the game. Jackson later produced a photo of him chatting with Trump. Mueller should have little problem exposing his inconsistencies. | Pick DaveTheBuddie Reply Facebook 31 Jan 2018 16:50 Facebook Reply The Raccoons of the Resistance watch the State of the Uniom Share Aussiealltheway piper909 31 Jan 2018 15:12 1 Feb 2018 5:16 JamesRHarding 31 Jan 2018 15:47 Report Share on Twitter Share Dianne van Dulken 31 Jan 2018 15:16 Share Reply Share on Facebook Aussiealltheway Reply Share on Twitter Twitter 16 17 justanotherflyboy Share on Facebook Twitter Report 17 18 Rub the Ocelot with butter and rub the American people with clean coal (that’s why Americans smell so nice). Butter coated ocelots and coal scrubbed Americans are signs that god does, indeed, bless America. | Pick Reply Reply Share | Pick Reply Reply 11 12 Share Share on Facebook Report Share on Twitter Share | Pick Share LewisWinders Steve Laing Report Order by oldest Reply 1 2 Steve Laing Share on Facebook 16 17 noelbird Share on Facebook 24 25 Free the Ocelot! Guardian Pick Share Share on Twitter 8 9 Offenhauser Report 4 Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Facebook LewisWinders Twitter Share on Facebook Janeee Share 4 5 aci20G Reply Report 31 Jan 2018 15:34 Share on Facebook comment,View all comments > Twitter Brianavrobbo | Pick Twitter 31 Jan 2018 15:19 | Pick Reply Share on Facebook DogonautZut daWOID Share on Twitter Twitter 10 11 Reply Facebook LewisWinders I see that one of the nightly shows also picked up that the Republicans had sent out invitations to ‘The State of the Uniom’ address.When their error was pointed out to them the Republicans recalled all these tickets.There was an unfortunate response by the Republicans, perhaps rehearsing their imminent appearances into the Russia meddling, when ‘No Republican could recall getting one of these invitations.’ 26 27 50 Reply 31 Jan 2018 15:18 31 Jan 2018 15:44 | Pick Share on Twitter he urged them to give him a standing ovation a couple of times as well 31 Jan 2018 16:02 Damn you FD. I’ll never be able to look at my ocelot in quite the same way again. waldoh Share Report 5 6 ocelot….rubbed with butter in a Last Tango in Paris sense?heh…I’d laugh harder but you know…. Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Opinion Share on Facebook Share on Facebook | Pick Share on Twitter Share on Facebook | Pick Report 3 4 Aussiealltheway Reply Share JamesRHarding Share He may love golf, because he has a lot of golf courses, but he doesn’t play golf. He plays something similar, but with entirely different rules. Mulligans and airshots are not counted, driving your cart on greens is allowed, especially if destroy your opponent’s lie and line, and disrupting your fellow players is also allowed. in fact encouraged. The USGA and the Royal and Ancient Gold Club would not approve his playing conditions. In other words, he is a CHEAT. William Anthony | Pick 1 2 Report Janeee 31 Jan 2018 17:13 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Facebook Share on Twitter Aussiealltheway And he cheats outrageously at golf, as I’ve long suspected he did. 1 Feb 2018 9:39 Report Share on Facebook ‘& God Bless Stormy Daniels’… Facebook Mygasheater | Pick 31 Jan 2018 21:54 3 4 Share on Twitter Twitter 31 Jan 2018 15:19 | Pick 31 Jan 2018 16:03 Reply Well done, Doggie, you have captured the SOTU address beautifully. Full of meaningless crap wrapped up in jingoism, the flag, self-applause, and, shades of Muhammid Ali “ah am the greatest”. Ocelots of the world, unite, and say we are not gunna take this anymore. Loading comments… Trouble loading? Share LewisWinders 0ut4t1m3 Share on Twitter Facebook Facebook Facebook Guardian Pick Share Reply Twitter Except that Ali actually was the greatest, in his own field. Twitter Report 11 12 Gawd bless Murcia! Report Woosh. daWOID 4 5 Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter Facebook A trump is, I believe, a northern British dialectal term for the breaking of wind. So here’s to President Donald J Fart, who is not the breath of fresh air that he or his deluded followers/worshippers think he is. Amazingly, his personal failings are easily surpassed by his wretched political skills. Unless, of course, we count narcissism, megalomania, lying and psychopathic behaviour as positives. Report View more comments Worst American president since Bush.Fixed it for ya Twitter 1 Feb 2018 6:43 9 10 JamesRHarding: Yes, I like it. The Waste Wing or, maybe the The Ding Wing or even The Dark House or maybe The Creatures of the Marshy Swamp or Don Bananas and His Bunch or Donny Fruitcake’s Greatest Hits. How’s this for an intro to a new reality television show……”Well folks, here it is…our new reality show called…FAKE NEWS FROM WASHINGTON…and here he is…..the star and presenter of our new show…..show your love now…foooorrrrr…..DOOOONNNNEEEE ….FRUITLLOOOOOPPPPP…… Reply | Pick Twitter LewisWinders 23 24 LewisWinders Reply Share 31 Jan 2018 15:38 Share on Twitter 1 Feb 2018 8:51 6 7 3 4 Guardian Pick Share on Facebook Share on Facebook 6 7 comments (222)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. Report Oh come on, she’s denied the whole affair and she seems like an extremely trustworthy porn star. Twitter Share on Facebook Share Share Report | Pick 16 17 aspqrz Share on Twitter Share on Twitter 1 Reply Report Share on Facebook Twitter 6 7 Report Share on Facebook State of the Union address Tygrrr Report Share on Facebook Guardian Pick | Pick Share Report Facebook Reply Reply Parsimony55 | Pick Share Mygasheater Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Twitter Share on Twitter 31 Jan 2018 16:07 Share on Facebook Report paddybts Share 2 Imagine if this was BernieSign up here to get an email whenever First Dog cartoons are publishedGet all your needs met at the First Dog shop if what you need is First Dog merchandise and prints Share 2 Share on Twitter Report Reply 3 4 | Pick oldest GuidoFox The question is – was the ocelot a willing participant or is this yet another case of covert ocelot fondling – or maybe Don mistook it for a pussy? As for Cory, he’s more concerned with the abuse of bandicoots and emu oil leading to misogynation. Share Reply Email (optional) Share on Twitter 9 10 Share on Twitter justanotherflyboy Report Share on Facebook | Pick Reply Themadquokka And god bless Benito Mussol… Donald Chrump. There. Both of you go to your rooms. | Pick Jump to comment Twitter iconoclastica Share on Twitter 7 8 Facebook Share on Facebook I will never be able to think of this as anything other than the “State of the Uniom” address… Share on Twitter Twitter | Pick You say you didn’t follow the speech. Well, no one else could follow it either. Reply Share Report Reply Twitter Small c conservatives are still worried about the state of the unicorn | Pick Share on Facebook Share on Facebook That poor ocelot looks stressed. No wonder. I bet you uses “i can’t believe it’s not butter” not actual butter. Honestly, I didn’t follow the speech, and the reports that I heard about it were basically “A politician doing pollie speak. Fancy” 31 Jan 2018 15:55 31 Jan 2018 15:30 10 11 Twitter EssexTone Close report comment form Facebook Share on Facebook Report Reply Wed 31 Jan 2018 01.51 EST Show 3 more replies Shares469469 Share on Facebook | Pick Maybe it should be The State of The Union Undress as it would seem the Emperor has no clothes. Reply Report Share on Facebook Reply 31 32 | Pick Facebook Share on Facebook Share 31 Jan 2018 15:47 2 3 | Pick OhNoNotYouAgain Share on Facebook Are the Racoons of the Resistance opening an Australian chapter soon? Share on Facebook 31 Jan 2018 17:47 | Pick | Pick Share on Twitter Mygasheater | Pick Facebook 13 14 Reply Twitter Share on Twitter 31 Jan 2018 16:08 Guardian Pick Share on Twitter waldoh Facebook ID9766495 Facebook Twitter Share Richard Jones 31 Jan 2018 | Pick Share on Twitter Report Dianne van Dulken 31 Jan 2018 16:32 | Pick 18 19 10 11 Show 6 more replies Report | Pick Facebook | Pick Share on Facebook In order to titillate an ocelot, one should oscillate it’s titalot… Report Share on Twitter Reply Share on Twitter Opinion Reply 31 Jan 2018 16:17 Reply Facebook Share on Twitter Reply Comrade Shorten 3 Facebook plood35 Twitter Report Report Twitter 31 Jan 2018 15:39 The ocelot puts the butter on, or it gets the hose again…. Twitter Reply | Pick Share on Facebook Facebook Report Twitter Steve Laing Share on Twitter Share Twitter Share Facebook collapsed Twitter Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter 1 Feb 2018 9:31 Parsimony55 First Dog on the Moon Share Facebook 31 Jan 2018 15:38 Reply Facebook Facebook Jump to comment Gawd bless Murcia! Cos nobody else will. ocifrey 31 Jan 2018 17:55 Share Twitter Twitter Comrade Shorten morgey 31 Jan 2018 16:14 Facebook Report Report Share on Facebook Share on Twitter PlasticChicken Facebook ocifrey Comments 222 I thought it was State of the Unicorn. Damn this dyslexiojaslidfijrsia! Report Share on Facebook 26 27 We trumped Trump with Abbott and his ” state of the onion” performance Share on Twitter Share Reply saugoof Twitter | Pick Reply 31 Jan 2018 14:53 Facebook Share on Facebook gawd, ain’t it the truth!! the self-applause is just weird. plainbobminimus And Trump has yet to ‘shirtfront’ Putin. 1 Share on Twitter | Unpick Offenhauser Share Show 1 more reply | Pick justanotherflyboy Share on Facebook 31 Jan 2018 16:02 13 14 First Dog. What can I say? What can anyone say when you’ve said it all – much better than we could.It really has given me a great end-of-day laugh. If this and so much of today’s black-comedy-so-bad-you-have-to-laugh new cycle – e.g. guess-what-I-found-in-the-drawers-of-the-federal-government-filing-cabinet-at-their-second-hand-sale, were presented to the producers of some political drama/comedy, the producers would say – no, much too bizarre. Lacks credibility. No one would believe it. But, here we all are, watching it happen, in real time.Definitely MUCH too bizarre……. Share on Facebook Share Twitter 31 Jan 2018 16:28 Since you’re here… Share on Twitter Twitter Share on Twitter Twitter Facebook DogonautZut Jump to comment | Pick 7 8 | Pick …albeit briefly, before his brain damage drove him to ridiculous faked publicity stunts. Facebook Share 5 6 Facebook Report Reply optus1 Twitter Twitter 31 Jan 2018 15:45 He wasn’t applauding himself, he just saw everyone else doing it and thought that meant he was supposed to as well. Share on Twitter Reply Threads collapsed 3 | Pick Share Report 31 Jan 2018 16:52 Spot on First Dog, you’ve certainly captured the essence of the POTUS. I’m just sorry that our Australian government is so enthralled with the US Republicans and the right-wing plutocracy that has now taken control over the United States, that we are likely to end up in a similar state. One more four-year term for POTUS Trump should be enough to administer the coupe de grace to the USA. Plus one more three-year term for the LNP Coalition government following the 2018 snap election due soon, should ensure that what is left of the Aussie fair go and egalitarian society for the average punter will also get the final blow. Share Report Share 31 Jan 2018 16:02 Themadquokka Muchas gracias. | Pick Share Facebook 7 8 Facebook burrasteve Yes, after apparently she was paid by the Trump campaign too keep quiet during his campaign ‘run’. 25 26 Share mhenri Share on Twitter Share Twitter 31 Jan 2018 20:21 Facebook optus1 31 Jan 2018 17:03 Share Reply Twitter Share on Twitter 56 57 Report Share on Facebook It was actually rather easy to interpret. Here’s a synopsis: | Pick Facebook Reply They’ll never make it … Border Farce will have them In The Van and on the way to Guantanamo quick bloody smart … LewisWinders Facebook saugoof Show 25 Topics 2 3 Facebook Reply Report I had some covfefe while watching The State of the Uniom. | Pick Report Share on Twitter Report Share on Facebook Report Twitter Brerfoxx Report Share on Twitter Facebook Twitter Twitter “Pollie speak”. I wondered what language it was. I thought he was speaking in tongues. morgey Reply Report Twitter | Pick Share 17 18 Facebook | Pick Share Share on Facebook | Unpick Facebooklast_img read more

Unprecedented Trumps revoking of Brennan security clearance denounced

first_imgShare on LinkedIn John Brennan has become an outspoken critic of Donald Trump: ‘I think he is dishonest, he lacks integrity, he has very questionable ethics and morality.’Photograph: Gary Cameron/Reuters Since you’re here… @SabrinaSiddiqui First published on Wed 15 Aug 2018 17.53 EDT Sign up to receive the top US stories every morning Share on Facebook Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Share on WhatsApp John Brennan Read more John Brennan Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Shares231231 Share via Email The president’s decision to strip the former CIA director of his access to intelligence has drawn widespread criticism Sabrina Siddiqui in Washington Support The Guardian Share via Email Donald Trump’s decision to revoke the security clearance of the former CIA director John Brennan was deemed an “unprecedented” use of executive power by a president intent on using his office to settle personal scores.While the White House sought to paint Brennan as a partisan figure, the president has ignited an avalanche of criticism from national security officials across both sides of the aisle.In announcing the move, the White House said Brennan, a vocal critic of Trump, “has a history that calls into question his objectivity and credibility”.“At this point in my administration, any benefits that senior officials might glean from consultations with Mr Brennan are now outweighed by the risk posed by his erratic conduct and behavior,” the president said in a statement. Topics Donald Trump This week, Brennan sharply rebuked Trump for referring to Omarosa Manigault Newman, the president’s former aide, as “that dog”.He tweeted: “It’s astounding how often you fail to live up to minimum standards of decency, civility, & probity. Seems like you will never understand what it means to be president, nor what it takes to be a good, decent, & honest person. So disheartening, so dangerous for our Nation.”Brennan has not only denounced Trump’s tone and temperament but also his policy decisions, such as the president’s decisions to withdraw from the Paris climate accord and Iran nuclear deal. He also expressed skepticism of Trump’s handling of negotiations with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un.“I think he is dishonest, he lacks integrity, he has very questionable ethics and morality, and he views the world through a prism of ‘how it’s going to help Donald Trump?’” Brennan said in an interview with NPR’s All Things Considered in April.“I just think that he has not fulfilled the responsibilities of the president of the United States.” John Brennan: White House revokes security clearance of ex-CIA chief and Trump critic Share on Pinterest analysis ‘Unprecedented’: Trump’s revoking of Brennan security clearance denounced The moment marked the culmination of an escalating feud between Trump, who has demonstrated a penchant for lashing out at criticism, and Brennan, a career intelligence official who has served four presidents over a career spanning 30 years.“We’re in unprecedented territory,” said Ned Price, a former CIA analyst from 2006 to 2017 who served as a special assistant to Barack Obama. “The president of the United States for the first time has decided to revoke a security clearance on the basis of a critic exercising his first amendment rights to free speech.”“This has been an area that in previous administrations were untouched by political forces,” he added. “There has been a clear dividing of the political and national security realms within our country.“When you start to blur those lines, you run the risk of political actors, including the president of the United States, using the awesome powers of our national security community to do his bidding.”Former intelligence officials typically retain their security clearances so they can continue to be consulted by subsequent administrations on matters of national security.In its announcement, the White House did not point to any specific evidence that Brennan had divulged classified information – furthering the notion that the president was simply engaging in retaliation.The former director of national intelligence James Clapper also told CNN he believed the move was “unprecedented”.Clapper, who is among nine other national security figures whose security clearances were also announced to be under review by the White House on Wednesday, called the move against Brennan “an infringement of first amendment rights”.“Infringement of our right to speak, and apparently the appropriateness of being critical of this president,” Clapper said.“It is an enemies list to get at people that have been critical or who have taken actions that, you know, he didn’t like. That to me is a pretty chilling message,” he added later.Brennan, Clapper and Michael Hayden, a former director of the National Security Agency who is also on the list, all said Trump’s move would not stop them, from speaking out against the administration.Brennan, who served as the director of the CIA under Obama, has intensified his criticism of Trump in recent months, drawing backlash from the president and his supporters. Last month, Brennan described Trump’s summit with the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, in Helsinki as “nothing short of treasonous” after Trump sided with the Kremlin over US intelligence officials when asked if Moscow had interfered in the 2016 presidential election. Share on Facebook Thu 16 Aug 2018 12.41 EDT Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Hes like Al Capone turkey on the loose ruffles feathers in Rhode

first_img Support The Guardian Trump pardons Thanksgiving turkeys in somewhat joyless event Share on WhatsApp Until the turkeys began meddling in the town’s administrative affairs.“They were starting to interfere with the people coming in to pay their taxes and do their business,” said Joseph Polisena, Johnston’s mayor. “They were scaring people away.”Polisena summoned animal control officers and two of the birds were captured. But the third escaped, and six months later is still wreaking havoc on Johnston. Officials captured two of three birds that took up residence in Johnston – but one is wreaking havoc on the once-quiet town Share via Email Share on Messenger Share on Facebook This article is more than 7 months old Shares1,4331433 At the beginning, the turkey was a mere curiosity.It had arrived in the town of Johnston, Rhode Island, in May, along with two other birds, and taken up residence outside town hall.Wild turkeys aren’t uncommon in this part of the world, but people thought it unusual when the birds were still hanging around days later. Locals quickly warmed to the new neighbors. People took photos, and someone even set up a Facebook page. It was all good fun. @adamgabbatt This article is more than 7 months old Share on Twitter Rhode Island Share on LinkedIn news Last modified on Thu 22 Nov 2018 10.30 EST Share on Facebook Rhode Island Since you’re here… … 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. Topics Share on Pinterest Turkey (popular Christmas and Thanksgiving dish) Wildlife Through summer and now approaching winter, the turkey has brought traffic to a standstill with its brazen jaunts across the local highway. It has pinned people inside their vehicles with bouts of vicious pecking and repeatedly outwitted local officials.A look through the local newspapers shows the impact the turkey has had on life in this once quiet town.“Johnston’s troublesome turkey traps town worker in her car, makes another getaway,” read a Providence Journal headline in August. Later that month the newspaper recorded the bird chasing a fireman. In October the Johnston Sun Rise reported the bird had “made a clean getaway” from an “early morning sting” conducted by town officials.The turkey’s exploits have won it a cult following in Rhode Island. Locals post updates on Instagram and videos on YouTube. In the November elections 69 people wrote in the turkey for mayor. Polisena, who managed to hold off the turkey’s challenge, admits a grudging respect for the bird.“This guy, he’s like Al Capone and John Dillinger. He keeps getting away,” Polisena said. “He’s smarter than the other two.”The turkey has learned to recognise animal control officers’ vehicle and runs away when it approaches. It has led to officers using an “undercover vehicle”, the mayor said.In a desperate effort to capture the bird, Polisena approved the purchase of a device which fires a net. Officials crept up on the turkey in their unmarked vehicle, only for the device to malfunction. Once again, the turkey got away.As well as possessing quick wits, the bird has a surprising turn of speed. “He’s unbelievably fast,” Polisena said.The turkey can also fly, which animal control officers are unable to do, and has taken to sleeping on a telephone pole or in a tree, further complicating attempts at capture.Polisena believes the turkey has stuck around, in part, because people keep feeding it muffins from Starbucks and french fries from Smashburger. The bird has definitely drawn media attention to Johnston, but the mayor points out it is causing real problems. For one thing, it has a temper.If it sees its reflection in a car door or window, it will essentially attack the car. For another, it keeps stopping traffic and Polisena is concerned there could be an accident.“Quite frankly I don’t want to see the thing splattered all over the road,” Polisena said, “then have some child see it.”But even if the bird is captured, it will live long in the memory in Johnston. And its remarkable bid for freedom may even have saved the life of at least one of its brethren.“I’ll be having lasagna for Thanksgiving,” Polisena said. “I already told my wife don’t make turkey because I’ll have flashbacks and nightmares of trying to capture this guy.” Thu 22 Nov 2018 06.00 EST Adam Gabbatt Sign up for the new US morning briefing Share on Twitter Share via Email Animals Read more ‘This guy, he’s like Al Capone and John Dillinger. He keeps getting away,’ Joseph Polisena, Johnston’s mayor, said of the turkey (not pictured above).Photograph: Brian Snyder/REUTERS ‘He’s like Al Capone’: turkey on the loose ruffles feathers in Rhode Island town Reuse this contentlast_img read more

R Kelly released on bail after being charged with 10 counts of

first_imgR Kelly released on bail after being charged with 10 counts of sexual abuse Support The Guardian R Kelly Associated Press in Chicago Kelly was charged in a grand jury indictment unsealed on Friday with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse involving four victims, three of whom were minors.Photograph: AP This article is more than 4 months old Share on Twitter R Kelly R Kelly was released on bail on Monday, after having spent the weekend in custody as confidants tried to raise $100,000 bail to get him released.Earlier on Monday, Kelly appeared in a Chicago courtroom wearing an orange jail jumpsuit for a hearing in his sexual abuse case. Kelly was arrested late on Friday on 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse involving four victims, three of whom were minors. A judge on Saturday set bond at $1m, requiring the Grammy-winning singer to pay 10%.At Monday’s hearing, Kelly’s case was assigned to the judge who will preside over the trial, the Cook county associate judge Lawrence Flood. Kelly’s attorney entered a not-guilty plea on behalf of his client.The attorney, Steve Greenberg, said confidants were making arrangements to pay the $100,000 bail needed to free Kelly as he awaits trial. Among the conditions of release is that Kelly have no contact with females younger than 18.The attorney Michael Avenatti said his legal team would give prosecutors a second video on Monday that he alleges shows Kelly sexually assaulting a minor. Avenatti has said he recently gave prosecutors video evidence of the singer having sex with an underage girl.Meanwhile, one woman who says Kelly sexually abused her, beginning when she was 17 years old, blasted statements by the singer’s attorney that Kelly’s accusers are lying.Lizette Martinez, who was featured in the documentary Surviving R Kelly, said at a news conference on Monday in Los Angeles that Kelly was a “predator” who “must be held accountable for the lives he’s ruined”.Martinez said it was “irresponsible” for Greenberg to call Kelly’s accusers liars. She said the only person lying was Kelly and that he had done so “for more than 20 years”.Records on the Cook county sheriff’s website said Kelly was being held in division eight of the 7,000-inmate county jail, where the medical unit is located but also where inmates considered at risk from the general inmate population are held.In arguing for bail within the singer’s ability to pay, Greenberg told the judge Kelly was not wealthy despite decades of success creating hit songs. Kelly was charged in a grand jury indictment unsealed on Friday with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse involving four victims, three of whom were minors. Greenberg said a judge will assign a trial judge to the case at a brief Monday morning court session which Kelly is expected to attend.Details of the allegations against Kelly emerged Saturday when the prosecution released four detailed documents – one for each accuser – outlining the basis for the charges. The allegations date back as far as 1998 and span more than a decade.At the bond hearing, Greenberg said his client was not a flight risk. He told the judge: “Contrary to the song, Mr Kelly doesn’t like to fly.” One of Kelly’s best-known hits is I Believe I Can Fly.After the hearing, Greenberg told reporters Kelly did not force anyone to have sex. “He’s a rock star. He doesn’t have to have nonconsensual sex,” Greenberg said.The judge ordered Kelly to surrender his passport. Kelly scheduled concerts in Germany and the Netherlands in April despite the legal issues looming over him but Greenberg denied any tour was planned.The singer, whose legal name is Robert Kelly, has been trailed for decades by allegations that he violated underage girls and women and held some as virtual slaves. Kelly has consistently denied any sexual misconduct.In 2008, a jury acquitted Kelly of charges over child abuse images that centered on a video prosecutors said showed him having sex with a girl as young as 13.He and the young woman allegedly seen with him denied they were in the 27-minute video, even though the picture quality was good and witnesses testified it was them. She did not take the stand. Kelly could have been sentenced to 15 years in prison.Charging Kelly now for actions that occurred in the same time frame as the allegations from the 2008 trial suggests accusers are willing to testify.Each count of the new charges carries up to seven years in prison and the sentences could be served consecutively, making it possible for Kelly to receive up to 70 years. Probation is also an option. Topics Share via Email Share via Email Lawyer Michael Avenatti says his team has a second video of Kelly sexually assaulting a minor Share on Pinterest Read more Share on Twittercenter_img 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. Share on Facebook Share on Facebook First published on Mon 25 Feb 2019 08.40 EST Share on WhatsApp R Kelly: judge sets $1m bail for singer on sexual abuse charges news Shares153153 Mon 25 Feb 2019 15.59 EST Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here… Chicago Reuse this content This article is more than 4 months oldlast_img read more

29 parents separated from children cross back into US hoping to reunite

first_imgLast modified on Mon 4 Mar 2019 10.04 EST This article is more than 4 months old Parents who were deported at the height of the family separation crisis in 2018 were allowed to present themselves for asylum This article is more than 4 months old The latest major Trump resignations and firings Topics @edpilkington … 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. Thousands of children were separated from their parents in 2018 as a result of a ‘zero-tolerance’ policy imposed by Donald Trump.Photograph: Guillermo Arias/AFP/Getty Images Last month a report from the Texas Civil Rights Project based on interviews with migrant families being prosecuted by US agents at the McAllen border crossing found that families were still being separated long after the policy officially ended. It suggested 272 adults had been split from their children, 25 under the age of 10.CBP said the report was flawed. The Trump administration admits to ongoing family separations but only, it says, in specific cases such as violent criminal behavior by the parent or parents.Immigration advocates are also alarmed by the news coming out of detention facilities where families are being held together, having crossed into the US without documentation. Many babies under the age of one, some as young as five months old, are being detained at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas.A joint letter of complaint has been sent by the American Immigration Council and other groups to the US Department of Homeland Security, raising “grave concerns” about the detention of babies at Dilley. Though the infants are with their mothers, the groups warn they are vulnerable to “serious illnesses, pain, disability, and even death from preventable infections and disease”.In a letter to the homeland security secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, Physicians for Human Rights highlighted the case of an infant who was just 27 days old, having been born during the mother’s journey north. The baby was not examined by a doctor until he had a brain seizure, the group said.The physicians said detention at such a young age could have devastating impacts.“A large body of research,” they wrote, “demonstrates that early childhood adversity and stress, such as conditions infants are exposed to in detention, can have significant detrimental impacts on the developing infant brain, with long-lasting and negative consequences on children’s learning and behavior.” Share via Email Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton).@fams2gether, @ACLU and others are in Mexicali today working to reunify families the administration has separated. Help by calling @CBP now at 1-855-681-1349 and demand that CBP allow parents to apply for asylum—their legal right—so they can be reunited with their children.March 2, 2019 Share on WhatsApp Though hundreds of families were reunited after Trump was forced to back down in the face of national and international outrage, hundreds more stayed divided. Sign up for the US morning briefing Share on Facebook Read more US immigration US immigration Share on Facebook 29 parents separated from children cross back into US hoping to reunite The parents, who travelled across Central America to the Mexicali border crossing, were made to wait 10 hours on Saturday, before they were allowed to present themselves for asylum. During tense negotiations, prominent public figures including Hillary Clinton agitated on their behalf. Ed Pilkington in New York Read more Share on Messenger Since you’re here… Religious leaders and a coalition of immigration advocacy groups including Al Otro Lado, Families Belong Together and Together Rising helped the parents make their way back to the border entry port. They said the struggle to reunite the 29 with their 27 children in the US, one of whom was as young as five, had only just begun.“This is a huge victory for these families,” said Erika Pinheiro of Al Otro Lado. “But this fight isn’t over until they’re reunited with their kids. They are now going into the black hole of CBP [Customs and Border Protection] custody, and some could be separated again.”The plight of the parents and their missing children is an indication that the family separation crisis that erupted last summer is continuing to have ramifications for hundreds of people. Thousands of children were separated from their parents in 2018 as a result of a “zero-tolerance” policy imposed by Donald Trump. US-Mexico border Donald Trump Trump administration Trump’s family separations: watchdog review paints damning picture of policy news Shares8282 US politics Support The Guardian A group of 29 parents who were wrested from their children and deported at the height of the family separation crisis last year have been allowed to cross back into the US and seek asylum, in an attempt to reunite with their loved ones. Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Sun 3 Mar 2019 14.37 EST Share on Twitter Share on Twitterlast_img read more

Trump the property baron feels right at home in speech to realtors

first_img Since you’re here… … 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 WhatsApp Share via Email Facebook Share on LinkedIn Read more Mary Aileen Matheis, a lawyer and realtor from Irvine, California, said: “Real estate has helped him understand the business world. He talks about making deals and that sort of thing. He understand what moves people more than others do.“I don’t think people here would necessarily call him one of their own, but the markets are doing well and the job rate is going up. When you’re doing well, why make a change?”Nick D’Ambrosia, 66, a broker from La Plata, Maryland, said: “I like the way the economy’s going well. I’m been in real estate for 46 years and the housing market is doing fine. The fact he was a businessman drives it; I don’t think it matters he happens to be in real estate.”Earlier this month a New York Times investigation revealed that Trump reported more than $1bn in business losses between 1985 and 1994 – more than any other taxpayer in America. His companies have declared bankruptcy six times.But D’Ambrosia, a Trump voter, said: “There are always stories told about everybody, including myself and probably you. If you look at successful entrepreneurs through history, many of them have lost money at one time or another.”But like so much of the nation, opinions in the industry divided. Heather Swanson, president of the Gainesville-Alachua County Association of Realtors in Florida, said: “There’s a lot of support here but you always have the other side. We’re a large trade organisation and are going to have a variety of views. There’s an even split: there are a lot of people not in favour as well as those who are.”Karena Strugis, 48, a realtor from Charleston, South Carolina, said the economy was booming in her home city but added: “He needs to stop tweeting. We need to get back to a time in the world when everyone respects everyone. They used to say, ‘If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all.’” Twitter Topics Share on Pinterest This article is more than 2 months old Shares2929 David Smith in Washington When Donald Trump addresses coalminers, farmers or Christian evangelicals, even ardent supporters would find it hard to claim he is truly one of them. On Friday, however, he was among his own people, transforming a staid hotel ballroom full of middle-class professionals into a rollicking and sometimes nasty campaign rally.“I feel like home – realtors, realtors!” the billionaire property developer exclaimed at a convention of estate agents in Washington. “I love that business … I’ll never get it out of my blood. It’s in our blood, right?”The National Association of Realtors lapped it up with cheers, whistles, standing ovations and chants of “USA! USA!”For some, perhaps, there was pride in seeing one of their own take “a little sabbatical”, as he put it, for what could be eight years at the world’s most exclusive residence on Pennsylvania Avenue. But more importantly, there was exultation in the perception of a booming economy and money, money, money. While that sentiment holds, it seemed, Trump can do no wrong. Everything is permitted. Well, almost everything. Diving into nostalgia about his business career, Trump boasted that he paid brokers only 1% instead of 6%. “I was famous for that,” he said, prompting some boos from the audience. Like a standup comedian who realizes he has gone too far, he was forced to back-pedal: “No, no. Don’t worry, nobody accepted it. But I tried like hell, I’ll tell you.”Soon, however, he was back in gear, playing to what felt like a home audience and therefore his performance was even Trumpier than usual, going off teleprompter because, he said, his speechwriters couldn’t possibly know real estate like he does.“Even as president, I ride down those streets and I say ‘Wow! Is that place nice?’, ‘Wow! What could you do with that? Look at the site.’ And then I say, ‘Wait a minute, I have to deal with China, forget about this stuff.’”There was a roar of laughter. These events, full of rambling digressions, are often a mix of comedy, grievance and menace. When addressing a packed room full of realtors, perhaps doubly so.Trump again demonstrated his uncanny ability to tap into resentments that might be better left buried. The president flattered the crowd, defended his trade tariffs (“The European Union, I would say, treats us worse than China”), as well as attacking Democrats (“stone cold crazy”), environmentalists and the “fake news” media. The trappings at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park hotel were less partisan and in-your-face than other Washington gatherings where the president speaks, such as the Conservative Political Action Conference or the Values Voter Summit. The agenda included “Planning for Opportunity Zone Investments” and “Who Realtors R: Learn to Tell Your Story”.And yet the Trumpification of such events, and the nation, continues. Nearly an hour before he spoke, loudspeakers played the Rolling Stones, Elton John, Frank Sinatra and others hits familiar from his rallies. Several attendees were sporting “Trump” caps and “Make America great again” sweaters. And in a warning to Democrats about the challenge they face in seeking to dislodge him in 2020, conversations quickly turned to the strength of the economy and the president’s business acumen. Support The Guardian Share on Facebook This article is more than 2 months old Last modified on Fri 17 May 2019 20.42 EDT Pinterest Share on Messenger Share on Twitter news Real estate agents embraced the president as one of their own, with cheers and whistles – but also boos when he admitted not paying brokers their full percentage Donald Trump Trump the property baron feels right at home in speech to realtors Reuse this content Donald Trump listens to realtor Teresa McKee. Photograph: Erik S Lesser/EPA Trump tax printouts show more than $1bn in business losses over a decade – report Share on Twitter Share via Email @smithinamerica Share on Facebook Donald Trump Donald Trump reacts after speaking to the National Association of Realtors Legislative Meeting and Trade Expo at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park.Photograph: Erik S Lesser/EPA Fri 17 May 2019 17.58 EDTlast_img read more

Building Pathways to Empowerment Self Advocates of Indiana Statewide Trainings

first_img In addition, Self-Advocates of Indiana is hosting trainings focused on self-advocacy throughout the state. Self-Advocates who attend these trainings are more than welcome to also attend the Pathways trainings, which will be held on the same day and at the same location. The following lists provides locations, date, and times for the trainings: Tuesday, August 3Bristol/ElkhartADEC19670 S.R. 120SAI Training 2 – 4 pmPathways Training 5 – 7:30 pm Wednesday, August 4RensselaerCDC Resources1320 E. AngelicaSAI Training 1-3Pathways Training 4-6:30 Thursday, July 29BatesvilleBatesville Memorial Library131 North Walnut StreetSAI Training 1 – 3 pmPathways Training 6 – 8:30 pm Wednesday, July 28Columbia CityPassages, Board Room107 N. Walnut StreetSAI Training 1:00 – 3:00 pmPathways Training 3:30 – 5:00 pm Wednesday, August 18EvansvilleEykamp Scout Center3501 E. Lloyd ExpresswaySAI Training 3:30 – 5:30Pathways Training 6 – 8:30 pm Monday, August 2New AlbanyRauch Fairmont Neighborhood Center2525 Charlestown RoadSAI Training 3 – 5 pmPathways Training 5:30 – 8 pm Smile Hand An important component of The Arc of Indiana’s Building Pathways to Empowerment Campaign is involving families and self-advocates throughout the state in the effort to change and improve programs and services for people with developmental disabilities. Become a part of this important effort and attend a local training in your area. Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedEVENT: The Arc of Indiana 2010 Conference and Appreciation LuncheonNovember 5, 2010In “Conferences and Events”EVENT: INSOURCE Special Education Workshops for Parents & ProfessionalsDecember 9, 2010In “Conferences and Events”Indiana Department of Education “Season Opener 2010″August 9, 2010In “Conferences and Events”last_img read more

Website Accessibility

first_imgThough web design has indubitably improved throughout the years, web accessibility remains a challenge for many.  As a result, individuals with disabilities may be excluded from major parts of the internet.  Fortunately, there is a resource online called Fix the Web which offers a solution to these issues.  On this website, persons with disabilities are able to fill out a report in under a minute stating the website address, the accessibility issue and email address (useful if further information is required.)  Once the form is filled out, volunteers check the reports and then send them to the website owners with information on web accessibility. The resources posted above are few, but may serve as guidelines to web accessibility!  Further website resources will be discussed in future blogs.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedExpress Your Voice by Casting Your VoteFebruary 24, 2016In “Communication”ATU336 – Gonzaga University and Web AccessibilityNovember 3, 2017In “Assistive Technology Update”ATU326 – Accessibility at the Smithsonian with Beth Ziebarth Director of The Smithsonian Institution’s Accessibility ProgramAugust 25, 2017In “Assistive Technology Update” DeafTechNews is a channel available on YouTube featuring product reviews, technology news and editorial content for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.  In order to cater to individuals in the deaf and hard-of-hearing community, DeafTechNews primarily uses American Sign Language-based videos in mass communication.  Though the channel’s primary target audience includes the deaf and hard-of-hearing, it is also accessible to more viewers with the supplementation of captioning in the videos.center_img By Laura MedcalfThere are many services readily available at your fingertips to make your online experience with websites and social media more accessible.  For this post, I will provide an overview of multiple resources:NoSquint is available as an add-on for the Mozilla Firefox browser and allows users to adjust the text-only and/or full-page (text and images) zoom levels.  It also allows users to alter the foreground and background colors, making each page more accessible for all users.last_img read more

AM205 – Endless Reader App

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | Download205-10-14-16 Endless Reader AppHey 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!Looking for a fun app to help your child learn all about sight words?! The Endless Reader App is from Originator, a team of passionate artists and engineers dedicated to creating the “best educational apps for kids.” When using this app, children will have fun learning sight words and their context and usage with the adorable Endless monsters.Features of Endless Reader include:– 6 free words to try with additional word packs sold separately.– Colorful, fun animations that reinforce sight recognition in an interactive way.– Stress-free play so children are able to interact and play with the app at their own pace.To learn more, check it out on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/endless-reader/id722910739?mt=8 or go to OriginatorKids.com. http://www.originatorkids.com/For more information, to read our blog, or to drop us a line, visit EasterSealsTech.com. That was your Accessibility Minute for this week! I¹m Laura Medcalf with the INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads, in Indiana.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterest1LinkedInEmailPrint Related5 Fun Educational Apps by Originator!October 5, 2016In “Apps”AM154 – Toca Boo AppOctober 23, 2015In “Accessibility Minute”AM156 – PocketPhonicsNovember 6, 2015In “Accessibility Minute”last_img read more

Monday Tech Tip TimerCaps from Walgreens

first_imgBelva Smith, Assistive Technology Specialist, at Easterseals Crossroads shows us Time Caps a medication management bottle.Check it out here:Click here for more information about TimerCapsShare this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedOttLite Wellness Glow LED Desk LampNovember 1, 2018In “Products and Devices”Eyestrain Reducing LED Floor LampJune 13, 2017In “Products and Devices”Monday Tech Tip: Verilux Happy LightMarch 7, 2016In “Tech Tips”last_img read more

ZVibe Motor Tool Aids in Speech and Sensory Difficulties

first_imgZ-Vibe features include: For more information about this product, visithttps://www.arktherapeutic.com/arks-z-vibe-vibrating-oral-motor-tool/.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedZ-Brush Sensory ToothbrushNovember 24, 2016In “Autism”Smarty Ears Apps for Kids with Special NeedsAugust 29, 2012In “Easter Seals Crossroads”Apps for Apraxia and DysphagiaJuly 22, 2014In “Communication” As small children learn to talk, speech errors are quite common. Learning how to say all the different sounds in words takes years to develop. The Z-Vibe improves a variety of speech and feeding skills. Further, it is also highly recommended for people with low oral tone and/or texture dislikes who need sensory oral motor stimulation. ARK’s Z-Vibe® is an innovative vibratory tool that can help those children — or adults — with an articulation disorder. It can also be used for a feeding disorder, sensory issues or oral motor difficulty. These issues may be seen in people with, but not limited to, Down syndrome, Autism, Cerebral Palsy and SPD. Most people are either visual or auditory learners. But you may need additional help in the mouth for certain speech and feeding skills. The Z-Vibe is an ideal tool to help! And if touching the lips, tongue and cheeks isn’t enough, just turn the Z-Vibe on for gentle vibration. Benefits of the Z-Vibe: However, by the age of eight, kids should be able to say all sounds in English with no major errors. Otherwise, it can be a sign of an articulation disorder.center_img Calming Tactile Awareness A lightweight, plastic handpiece with gentle bumps for a non-slip gripA blue Probe Tip for oral motor assessment and developmentNo lead, phthalates, PVC, BPA or latexBattery included (special Vibe battery not sold in stores)Available in plastic or metalMore than 35 tips in various sizes and textures, including spoons, toothbrushes and pencilsRecommended for use with a therapist or trained caregiver Innovation with Vibration Increases oral awarenessDecreases oral sensitivitiesCalms and soothesTeaches biting and chewing skillsDevelops oral motor skillsImproves oral hygieneWorks on writing skills and sensory motor needs The Z-Vibe’s gentle vibration draws more attention to the lips, tongue, cheeks and jaw. In addition, vibration can also be very calming and soothing. Check out this video to see the Z-Vibe in action! last_img read more

Hubble Spots a Black Hole That Shouldnt Exist

first_img Actors Who Could Barely Stomach Kissing Each Other on Screen Jim Carrey’s Tragic Life Just Gets Sadder and Sadder Hubble Spots a Black Hole That Shouldn’t Exist 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. Linda Hamilton Refused To Say Certain Lines In ‘Dark Fate’ The Surprising Reason Why Brandon Routh Is Returning to Superman You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet 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 Aggravating Things That Always Happen in ‘Apex Legends’ Jason Momoa’s Marriage Just Keeps Getting Weirder and Weirder 13 Comments Lilly From ‘Princess Diaries’ Is 36 Now and Gorgeous The Most Offensive Video Game Characters of All Time Tagged In sciencespaceastronomyphysicsblack holeshubblegalaxiessupermassive black holes Post a Comment 13 Commentslast_img read more

Google Stadia Isnt Netflix for Games

first_img Things Only Adults Notice in ‘ThunderCats’ You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet 11 Comments Maisie Williams’ Transformation is Turning Heads By Joel Hruska on July 19, 2019 at 4:32 pm Canceled Marvel Movies We’ll Never Get to See Don’t Watch These Movies With Your Parents Tagged In microsoftgooglegamingsonyconsole gamingcloud gamingStadiagoogle hangoutsgoogle readerGoogle CemeteryGoogle ChatGtalk Post a Comment 11 Comments ‘Criminal Minds’ Stars Talk J.J. And Reid In Final Season Directors Just Hinted At a Major Return From ‘Endgame’ Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Willow Smith’s Transformation is Turning Heads Google: Stadia Isn’t ‘Netflix for Games’ (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)Google held an AMA yesterday on its upcoming cloud gaming service, Stadia. Stadia is a unique project in gaming — there’s no other service quite like it available — but that particular facet is going to cut both ways. Users have had a lot of questions, and the Stadia team has now provided some answers to how various facets of the service will work.One thing they made clear upfront: Stadia isn’t “Netflix for games.” Stadia director of product, Andrey Doronichev, writes:Stadia Pro is not “Netflix for Games” like some people have mentioned, a closer comparison would be like Xbox Live Gold or Playstation Plus. The Pro subscribers get 4K/HDR streaming, 5.1 sound, exclusive discounts and access to some free games. Roughly one free game per month give or take. Starting with Destiny 2 (yay!).This comparison isn’t very good either. Whether you like the idea of Stadia or not, what it offers — games that exist only in the cloud that you purchase at full price — is not the model that Microsoft, Sony, or any other company uses. The major companies that offer cloud streaming services also offer physical downloads for local play or they offer a Netflix-style streaming service with a large back catalog of titles.Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus are thematically similar to Stadia Pro in that yes, all three of these services are “value adds” on top of the base platform experience. Stadia, however, is a very different service than what Sony and Microsoft offer. This changes the value proposition of Stadia Pro relative to Xbox Live or PlayStation Plus.When Will Google Kill It?Another question gamers raised is whether Google is invested in the product in the way it needs to be to encourage players to invest in it. This is not an unfair question. Every large company launches and retires products. But few, if any, do so at the rate Google has.As this article discusses, from just January to April 2019, Google retired the Chromecast Audio, removed YouTube annotations, abandoned Louisville KY’s fiber installation, dropped IoT support from Android Things, gutted its laptop and tablet division, shut down Google Allo, closed its Spotlight Stories VR studio, stopped accepting new users for the Goo.gl URL shortener, shut down IFTT support, and ended both Google+ and Google Inbox.The Google Cemetery lists 155 projects that Google has killed, as well as some statistics on its long-term behavior:2019 is shaping up to be a very good year for shutdowns, though 2011 is the easy leader.When asked whether there were any EoL guarantees associated with Stadia, Doronichev implied that gaming moving to the cloud is no different than the way music, movies, photos, and documents have already done. He emphasized Google’s investment to date in Stadia before declaring:[W]e’re committed to making Stadia a success. The games you buy on Stadia are yours to play. From day one we’ll support Takeout, so that you can download your game metadata, including saves if you want to.Of course, it’s ok to doubt my words. Theres nothing I can say now to make you believe if you don’t. But what we can do is to launch the service and continue investing in it for years to come. Exactly how we’ve been doing with gMail, Docs, Music, Movies and Photos. That’s exactly what we’re committed to.The actual question, however, was: “If the Stadia service is discontinued, do we know what (if anything) will happen with game purchases? Alternately, are they any minimum EoL guarantees, etc.”Donichev never actually answers the question, leaving the de facto answer: “No.” He begins by drawing parallels to how movies, documents, and photos have moved to the cloud, but he ignores that this content has either generally been made available on streaming sites with Netflix-style content systems or that the cloud services in question are used for storing one’s own personal data. Stadia isn’t the same as these services. The fact that Google continues to try and elide that difference is troubling.You can quit subscribing to Stadia Pro and still access the games you’ve purchased (though not the titles you got for free for being a subscriber). If Google shuts Stadia down, however, you’ll lose access to the titles you bought. This point is being confused in some spaces, with reports that you can “quit” the service and still keep the titles you previously got for being a subscriber. This does not appear to be the case. You regain these titles if you resubscribe, but that’s not the same as having a version of a game you can download and keep if the company decides to shut its servers down.No company ramping up for a major launch is going to declare that they only intend to operate a service for the short term or imply no one at Google is committed to making the launch a success. The fact that Google didn’t have anything to share about an EOL guarantee could mean that the company simply hasn’t finalized that aspect of its service, but given the company’s history, Google is one of the last companies I would bet on when it comes to the long-term question of whether it will keep a product in-market.Google Docs is a major component of Google’s efforts to take on Microsoft Office as a business productivity suite. Some of Google’s other cloud services are directly tied to Android. Google Stadia, in contrast, is an attempt to take on Microsoft and Sony in an entirely new market with an unproven business model. If Stadia takes off, Google will keep it. If it doesn’t — and keep in mind, we have no idea what metrics the company has set internally for what “takes off” means — then Google is one of the companies least likely to commit to iterative improvement or a marketing pivot. Google may rehabilitate some of its products, but its long-term tendency has always been to throw them away and launch something new. (This is how the company ended up with seven messaging platforms simultaneously at one point).If you’re the type of person to buy a game, beat it, and never play it again, this risk may not matter to you. But evaluated in terms of its commitment to offering users long-term platform support, no Silicon Valley company I can think of has done a worse job than Google. Some companies dig in and make products better; some companies throw them out and start over. Google has always tended far more towards the latter than the former.Other PointsOther tidbits from the AMA include:Stadia game prices will be competitive with other platforms. Playing on a TV will require a Stadia Controller ($69) and Chromecast Ultra ($69), though there’s also Founders Edition for preorder that includes these components, three months of Stadia Pro, and a coupon to give Stadia Pro to someone else for the same time period for $130.If you unsubscribe from Stadia and resubscribe later, you will regain access to games that you claimed while you were a Pro subscriber. You will not receive games that were given away while you were unsubscribed.Bluetooth audio support will not be present at launch but may be added at a later date. Support for audio through the Stadia Controller is via headphone jack only.Google is committed to adding support for cross-play. The company is starting with adding support to Chromecast Ultra but might enable the service on other devices. Andrey wants to add support for iOS and Android as well.Achievement support will be added post-launch but not available on day one.The free game per month offer is for Pro users only. The game is yours to keep for as long as you remain a subscriber. Stadia Base does not include a game, only the option to buy games.Google thinks ISPs will raise data caps to allow services like Stadia to function without eating all your bandwidth. There will be some unspecified tools and services for bandwidth management. Doronichev writes, “There’s a lot of great ISPs offering plans with 100s of mbps or even gigabits and no caps,” which is really cute, considering roughly 40 percent of the country, including myself, has access to exactly one ISP.Family sharing is coming “early next year.”On the whole, it’s a solid AMA, but I’d wait a year or three before investing any money into the platform. Google has been far too willing in the past to kill products that were passionately loved by its user base for me to put any faith in the company not to kill Stadia at the drop of a hat. It has never cared about the fact that users depended on products like Hangouts or Reader when it made the decision to kill them, and it doesn’t deserve to be trusted to have started now — unless, of course, the company is willing to explicitly guarantee it in writing. Thus far, Google has not done so.I will not be recommending that anyone buy products on Stadia unless Google is willing to provide a written guarantee that it will provide the service for a minimum length of time. “Trust us,” is a flatly unacceptable answer at this point.Now Read: How Google’s Stadia Game Streaming Service Can SucceedGoogle Reveals Stadia Pricing, Launch Date, and GamesGoogle Stadia Will Eat 1TB Bandwidth Caps for Breakfast Celebs Who Died Tragically in 2018last_img read more

Tesla Reports Record Sales Last Quarter

first_img Canceled Marvel Movies We’ll Never Get to See Winnie From ‘Wonder Years’ Is 44 Now and Unrecognizably Gorgeous By Ryan Whitwam on July 5, 2019 at 7:36 am ‘Endgame’ Suggests The MCU Has a Big Problem With Captain Marvel Willow Smith’s Transformation is Turning Heads Tesla Reports Record Sales Last Quarter What the End of ‘Big Little Lies’ Meant This ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Star is Breathtaking in Reality Tagged In carsteslaelectric vehiclesmodel 3 Post a Comment 21 Comments 21 Comments This Is Where ‘The Man With the Golden Voice’ Ended Up 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. Tesla has had its share of ups and downs over the years with exploding cars, autopilot mishaps, and CEO Elon Musk saying and doing foolish things on the internet. But this week was a big “up” for the electric car maker. Tesla’s latest quarterly report includes a record number of vehicle deliveries at 95,200. Tesla’s stock rose as expected following the news, gaining 7 percent after falling 35 percent since early 2019 when it reported slower than expected sales. Tesla has benefited from a full quarter selling the Model 3, its most affordable vehicle, in Europe and China. The Model 3 previously launched for US buyers in 2018, after taking reservations for years. The Model 3 makes up the vast majority of Tesla’s record-breaking sales at 77,550. That’s a 50 percent increase over the first quarter of the year. Sales of the more profitable Model S and Model X increased as well from 12,100 to 17,650. However, that number is lower than the 27,550 S and X vehicles delivered in the last quarter of 2018. That suggests the Model 3 is pulling some buyers away from the more profitable cars. Still, the increased sales are making up for it. Tesla also says that its production capacity has increased by 13 percent in the second quarter of 2019. Only 7,400 cars were still listed as in transit to buyers, down from 10,600 at the end of the first quarter. The Tesla Model 3 has proven very successful, making up most of the company’s 95,200 Q2 sales.The increased sales may be harder to sustain going forward. Tesla has cut prices several times in pursuit of its goal of selling 400,000 cars this year. The automaker is also facing the end of government tax breaks for selling electric vehicles. The $7,500 tax credit fell to $3,750 early this year, and now it’s down to $1,875. It will go away completely at the end of this year.  The company is also still operating at a loss. One bright spot on the horizon may be Tesla’s upcoming launch of the Model Y. This vehicle splits the difference between the Model 3 and the high-end Model X. It’s a smaller crossover/hatchback offering more space than a Model 3 and a lower price than the Model X. The Model Y will launch in late 2020 for US customers.Now read:Elon Musk: Tesla Broke in 10 Months Without ‘Hardcore’ Cost ReductionTesla Model 3 in Fatal Accident Had Autopilot EngagedSurprise: The $35,000 Tesla Model 3 That’s Finally Shipping? Not Any More Iconic Movie Scenes These Actors Totally Regret Filming You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNetlast_img read more

Google Might Try to Buy Your Face for 5

first_img 11 Comments We Now Understand Why Sean Connery Has Disappeared Google Might Try to Buy Your Face for $5 Tagged In googleprivacypixel 4face unlock Post a Comment 11 Comments Unless you’re a digital hermit, Google probably already has a lot of data about you. Even when you don’t tell Google specific bits of data, it can make educated guesses based on your searches and how you use its services. One thing it doesn’t have is your face, and that’s what Google is after. No, this isn’t some Game of Thrones-style Faceless Men situation — Google reps are offering $5 gift cards to scan people’s faces. Google representatives are approaching people in real life and asking them to contribute data to developing “the next generation of facial recognition phone unlocking,” according to a report from ZDNet. As compensation for helping out, Googlers are offering people a $5 gift card to Amazon or Starbucks. Are people willing to sell their faces to Google for five bucks? It appears they are, yes. After agreeing to help out, participants are handed a phone inside a large case that obscured the shape. It’s common for engineers to use cases like this to hide pre-release phones during testing, which strongly suggests these devices are Google Pixel 4s. It reportedly takes a few minutes for the phone to acquire face data as people move their heads around, and then they’re free to paint the town red with their gift cards. The data is most likely feeding into a machine learning algorithm that will help the Pixel 4 recognize faces with some assortment of sensors and cameras on the phone. While Android has supported face unlock for years, it has always been 2D camera-based recognition. The iPhone, by comparison, uses a 3D sensor to unlock the device securely. Some Android phones like the LG G8 have imitated that, but Google is adding official support for 3D face unlock in the upcoming Android Q release. Leaks of the Pixel 4 also show plenty of sensors on the front of the phone that could contribute to secure face unlock. This is all speculation for now — Google isn’t talking, and it probably won’t say anything until the Pixel 4 is official. The teaser and leaked images don’t show a fingerprint sensor in the traditional place, so Google has either gone to an in-display sensor or it’s ditching that all together in favor of face unlock. That would make the accuracy of its algorithm extremely important. In that eventuality, I hope a lot of people sell their faces to Google.Now read:3D-Printed Head Shows Face Unlock on Most Phones Isn’t SecureAndroid Q May Support Apple-Like 3D Face UnlockFBI Forces Suspect to Unlock Phone Using Face ID J.K. Rowling Confirms a Hermione Theory We Suspected All Along Maisie Williams’ Transformation is Turning Heads Anna Kendrick’s Transformation is Turning Heads ‘Doctor Strange 2’ May Have A Different Version Of Nick Fury Why Billy Hargrove from ‘Stranger Things’ Looks So Familiar Lilly From ‘Princess Diaries’ Is 36 Now and Gorgeous By Ryan Whitwam on July 22, 2019 at 4:07 pm The Biggest ‘Arrow’ Plot Holes No One Ever Talks About 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.last_img read more

Humanization of Technology Drives 339 Billion Brand Value Growth in Second BrandZ

first_img47.2 Amazon Maintains the Title of World’s Most Valuable Global Retail Brand Increasing Its Brand Value +91% to $315.5 BillionInnovative use of technology such as artificial intelligence and data analytics has helped e-commerce deliver numerous human benefits, fuelling a 33% growth in brand value for the most powerful players in retail WPP and Kantar unveiled today.The second annual BrandZ Top 75 Most Valuable Global Retail Brands ranking and report – looking at luxury, apparel, retail and fast-food outlets – revealed the world’s most valuable retail brands are worth $339 billion more this year than last, a total of US$1.4 trillion.BrandZ is the only brand valuation ranking that combines analysis of retailers’ financial performance with the opinions of millions of consumers surveyed in more than 50 markets around the world.The world’s most valuable retail brand, Amazon ($315.5 billion), accounts for nearly a quarter (23%) of the total brand value of the Top 75. Amazon is a major international influence on shopping and continually finds ways to improve the shopping experience for new and existing customers.However, Amazon is not the only game in town. Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, the world’s largest online and mobile commerce business, arguably has more innovations than Amazon such as partnering with Starbucks (no.7) to have Starbucks in all Alibaba properties, and disrupting its logistics model to better facilitate super-fast delivery. Its brand value increased by +48% to $131.2 billion putting it ahead of McDonald’s (no.3).Marketing Technology News: Only 30% of Midsized Call Centers Are Confident in Ability to Meet Customer NeedsDavid Roth, CEO of The Store WPP EMEA and Asia and Chairman of BrandZ, said: “We are entering the third era of digital retail as human rhythms meet algorithms enabling retailing to be much more digital but appear more human. This year’s rankings also signal the increasing importance of Chinese retailers in online and mobile commerce indicated by Alibaba’s rise to the number two position. It is at the cutting edge of where ecommerce, mobile and physical retail intersect with the consumer.”Some online providers such as German fashion platform Zalando (no.62), a new entrant to the ranking, also made amazing growth strides as a result of an intent focus on service.While ecommerce is a key success driver, providing a great customer experience in store is also an important part of the complex retail puzzle. Nike (no.5), and Nordstrom (no.63) are among a host of retail brands launching experiential stores designed to provide closeness to their brands and a more personalized interaction with expert staff. Discount supermarket ALDI (no.19), is shifting its highly standardized store formats towards models, including catering to the ‘commuter on the go’, that offer greater flexibility for the customer and better fulfil their shopping trip mission.Graham Staplehurst, Global Strategy Director for BrandZ at Kantar, said: “What the e-commerce players have capitalized on so successfully is the importance of the human touch to online retail.  Access to unprecedented computing power and near limitless data as well as artificial intelligence and visual and voice technology interfaces gives retailers and brands the ability to absorb and process vast amounts of information but in a way that puts the shopping experience firmly back in the human domain.”The BrandZ Top 10 Most Valuable Retail Brands 2019 Rank 2019 31.0 Retail 130.4 Alibaba N/A Amazon Apparel Brand value 2019 ($bn) 3 2 9 131.2 Retail 4 6 Nike 9 Retail Starbucks 4 Walmart 37.0 Fast Food 5 Brand Fast Food 8 Retail Humanization of Technology Drives $339 Billion Brand Value Growth in Second BrandZ Top 75 Most Valuable Global Retail Brands Ranking PRNewswireMay 14, 2019, 2:16 pmMay 15, 2019 Luxury 3 8 Rank 2018 Marketing Technology News: Edison Partners Growth Index Reveals 7 Traits of Fast-Growth Tech CompaniesKey trends highlighted in this year’s BrandZ Retail ranking include:McDonald’s continues to dominate fast-food – Despite slipping into third place in the retail ranking this year, having been overtaken by Alibaba, this global foodservice retailer is still the most valuable fast food brand in the world. It has successfully tapped into the growing demand for healthier food and packaging that’s better for the planet. Improving its delivery business, which includes a partnership Uber Eats, also helped the latter grow by +18% with a brand value of $130.4 billion.Athleisure trend gives Lululemon fastest riser boost while Nike retains top spot in Apparel – Innovative new fabrics and designs that double as sports and leisurewear has boosted Lululemon by +94%. It is now no.35 in the ranking with a brand value of $6.9 billion. Nike is the most valuable apparel brand (no.5 in the retail ranking) worth $47.4 billion while Adidas (no.20) also grew +13% to $13.4 billion.Levi’s enters the ranking – The legendary denim brand enters the retail ranking ahead of its IPO this year. After years of women choosing yoga pants over denim, Levi’s refocused positioning with women in the last few years which has led to strong growth in new markets including Italy and China. Levi’s brand value is $2.4 billion and enters at no.74.Democratisation of luxury fashion results in the second fastest growth category – Luxury brands are becoming more relatable and responsible. Over the past five years, the 10 most valuable have improved their perceived social and environmental responsibility and idealism while strengthening their online experience.  New business models for resale or rental of luxury items are adding an interesting touch of competition to the sector for the traditional heritage luxury brands.  However, some of the main players have achieved substantial growth.  Gucci (no. 11) for example has undergone a radical creative makeover, driven by a new Creative Director, boosting creativity and desire for the brand, particularly amongst Chinese millennials.Brand equity is still important to retailers focusing on price – Amazon, IKEA (no.15) and ALDI (no.19) all continue to grow their brand values in 2019 with their low-price propositions through building a strong brand and offering a great experience. Other retail brands – such as Adidas, Hermès and Lowe’s justify their price premium with strong equity and continue to grow their brand value.Consumer consciousness about the environmental cost of fast fashion impacts retailers – Zara (-10% to $22.6 billion) and H&M (-39% to $6.4 billion) were impacted by rising concern about the cost of producing, transporting and selling disposable products.Specialist retail brands join the ranking – Among the nine new entrants to this year’s ranking were some remarkably highly differentiated and purposeful brands including outdoor sports brand The North Face (no.66) and Indian jeweller Tanishq (no.72).Ian McGarrigle, Chairman of the World Retail Congress, said: “In today’s era of high velocity retail, shoppers don’t care about channels, they care about connections, choice, convenience and speed of delivery. In a world where ‘good’ is no longer enough and being ‘average’ is punished hard, retailers are recognising that change it needed. The shopping experience is a key differentiator for brands and retailers whether they have a premium or low price-based offer. The BrandZ Retail ranking and report shine a light on the retailers that are excelling, offering consumers products that truly matter, and those that are at risk.”Marketing Technology News: The Measurement Advantage: Marketing Leaders Are Four Times As Likely As Laggards To Exceed Business Goals, Grow Revenue, And Gain Market Share 1 10 7 53.5 Chanel[1] Luxury The Home Depot McDonald’s Luxury Louis Vuitton 5 1 36.8 2 6 45.9 Hermès Category 315.5 7 47.4 Artificial IntelligenceBrandZDavid RothKantarMarketing TechnologyNewsRetail BrandsWPP Previous ArticleAware Ads Announces Strategic Acquisition of AdMoboNext ArticleTechBytes with Adam Solomon, Chief Marketing Officer at Lotamelast_img read more

OroCommerce Recognized as FutureProof B2B ECommerce Platform

first_imgOroCommerce Recognized as “Future-Proof” B2B ECommerce Platform MTS Staff Writer5 days agoJuly 18, 2019 B2B ecommercecrmFuture-ProofMarketing Technology NewsNewsOroCommerce Previous ArticleMarTech Interview with Agustin Esperon, Co-Founder at WideoNext ArticleDeluxe Corporation Joins Forces With Twin Cities Creative Agencies to Lead Company’s Branding & Web Initiatives for Growth Forecasts show that the B2B digital commerce platform market will witness compound annual growth of 23.6 percent for the next three years, nearly quadrupling the growth predictions of the B2C eCommerce market. A recently published IDC White Paper sponsored by Oro Inc., creator of the leading B2B eCommerce platform, recognized OroCommerce as a “future-proof” solution that uniquely addresses B2B companies’ complex needs.OroCommerce, which was purpose-built with complex B2B digital commerce use cases in mind, provides a comprehensive set of out-of-the-box features that are essential to B2B eCommerce success. These include the capability to customize multiple price lists based on customer segments and batch purchase volumes, as well as the ability for human sales reps to push “suggested shopping carts” to business buyers and check out on their behalf.Marketing Technology News: WebCEO, the Agency Oriented Marketing Platform, Launches a New Local SEO ModuleOroCommerce’s out-of-the-box functionality greatly reduces the time and money required to customize and manage add-on features, thereby dramatically lowering the total cost of eCommerce platform ownership.While many digital commerce vendors in the marketplace have long touted the importance of unifying CRM and commerce, few have a truly seamless integration capability. One of the most important differentiators of OroCommerce is the platform’s native integration with OroCRM — a unique combination that allows B2B organizations to capture orders digitally, engage their customers throughout the purchase journey, and maintain agility in the dynamically changing world of B2B buying and selling.Marketing Technology News: Progress Named a Leader in the New 2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Multiexperience Development PlatformsJordan Jewell, research manager of IDC’s digital commerce research practice, wrote the white paper, titled Overcoming B2B Digital Commerce Complexity with a Future-proof Platform. As she commented, “IDC has witnessed an increasing number of organizations make the mistake of implementing a digital commerce platform built for B2C, only to realize that it does not satisfy their complex needs of B2B and cannot support the buying requirements of their customers.”One customer seeing success on OroCommerce is Animal Supply Company (ASC), a U.S.-based animal food distributor with nearly 7,000 business customers and more than 1,100 employees. OroCommerce processes $400,000 in daily sales orders for ASC, which anticipates that 80 percent of its customer orders will go through Oro by end of 2019.Marketing Technology News: Introducing Shutterstock Elements, Thousands of Cinema-Grade Video Effects for Filmmakerslast_img read more

Hoodoo Digital Provides Search for Marketers in Adobe Experience Manager Using the

first_img Adobe ExperienceCludo ConnectorHoodoo DigitalMarketing Technology NewsNews Previous ArticleIt’s Ok to Message Your Customers – but They’re Not Your FriendsNext ArticleMerkle Releases Its Q2 2019 Digital Marketing Report Hoodoo Digital, a premier provider of Adobe Experience Manager (AEM) products and solutions, has done it again, bringing more third-party marketing technology to Adobe Experience Manager. They have announced the release of the Cludo connector for AEM and its listing on the Adobe Exchange, a collection of third party marketing technology certified by Adobe to work with their various products. Hoodoo teamed up with Cludo, one of the world’s leading site search and insights providers, to create this connector. Tyler Maynard, Multi Solution Consultant at Hoodoo Digital, said of the relationship with Cludo, “Search is a prominent way that people are finding content on every website. It’s nice to know that there is a search partner out there that thinks of marketing as well.”Marketing Technology News: With Infobip, Daraz Enhances Customer Experience Through Mobile Messaging SolutionsThe Cludo connector for AEM will give website users the ability to seamlessly search and find any and all content in their AEM site. AEM Admins will have cloud configurations for easy administration, with client libraries to support on-page JavaScript snippets or to hold Cludo-specific JavaScript and CSS. Website content authors will have drag-n-drop search and search results components for embedding within a template or use in general page authoring through the drop area, tools that can trigger Cludo to reindex site content after a page “Publish” event, and reporting dashboards for quick and insightful decision making, all without leaving AEM’s interface. Of the partnership, Jennifer Nesbit, Manager of Customer Experience at Cludo said, “Cludo is dedicated to making site search as easy to implement as possible, which is why teaming up with Hoodoo Digital to create a seamless integration specifically for Adobe Experience Manager was no question.”Marketing Technology News: Thomson Reuters Closes Acquisition of ConfirmationHoodoo wanted to partner with a search product that was easily customizable. Additionally, Cludo uses machine learning-driven intelligence to enhance the relevance and precision of search results while giving users full control of their searches. They liked knowing that marketers would be able to control their site search solution without intervention from their IT team, with simple-to-use tools and an easy, customizable setup. Dusan Novakovic, Chief Product Owner at Cludo explained, “With features like Quicklinks, Page Rankings, and Smart Banners, marketers have the ability to transform the way visitors use their website. Marketers can work directly from their analytics dashboard in real-time, making data-driven decisions that improve user experiences and enhance conversion rates.”Marketing Technology News: Televerde Joins United Nations Global Compact Hoodoo Digital Provides Search for Marketers in Adobe Experience Manager Using the Cludo Connector for AEM PRNewswire2 hours agoJuly 23, 2019 last_img read more

Will Thrash Them Like Dogs BJP Candidate Bharati Ghosh Threatens TMC Workers

first_img Bharati GhoshBJPghatalghatal-s25p32 First Published: May 4, 2019, 11:12 PM IST Kolkata: BJP Lok Sabha candidate Bharati Ghosh on Saturday courted controversy by threatening TMC workers to bring musclemen from Uttar Pradesh and kill them like a dog if they dared to act smart.Ghosh, a former IPS officer who was once close to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, said this while campaigning at Ghatal constituency shortly after the Trinamool Congress supremo warned her not to cross the limit of decency. “Get inside your houses and do not try to show your smartness here. There will be no place to hide. I will drag you out of your house and kill you like a dog…. I will bring over 1,000 men from UP, put them inside your residence and teach you a lesson,” the BJP nominee said while campaigning in Ghatal constituency.Senior TMC leader Partha Chatterjee said in Kolkata that the party will move the EC to complaint against Ghosh, who was once the superintendent of police in West Midnapore district in which Ghatal falls, for this comment.The Election Commission sought a report from the district administration after taking suo motu cognizance of the incident, officials said in Kolkata.Shortly before this incident, the chief minister warned Ghosh, without naming her, not to cross the limit of decency, otherwise she will be arrested.Ghosh was accused of abusing police personnel and rival party workers earlier also. “The BJP has nominated two candidates here – one man and a woman. The woman is accused of money laundering. Both of them are abusing our candidates. I will tell her not to force me to open my mouth. If I share the texts you (Bharati) had sent me while you were in the police service, I will not have to tell people anything more,” Banerjee said during a road show in Ghatal in West Midnapore district.”We could have lodged cases against you (Bharati) If we wanted to get you arrested. There is a Supreme Court order in one case that you cannot be arrested. But There are several other cases against you. Despite that we have not done anything and let you contest the poll because we have not forgotten deceny. Do not talk anything which crosses the limit of decency,” she said.When contacted, TMC’s Ghatal candidate Dev said, “I do not understand what to say. I think people should not forget decency. I had huge respect for Bharati-di, but after this incident I think that will be affected. I think the people of Ghatal will give a befitting reply to this.”Earlier, Banerjee conducted a road show in West Midnapore urging people not to cast their votes for BJP candidates and save the country.Ghosh joined the BJP in February 4 and was nominated for Ghatal seat which will go to polls on May 12.She was the West Midnapore SP for more than six years. The officer was transferred as commandant of the third battalion of the state armed police, considered a lessimportant post, on December 26, 2017 and she resigned from service two days later.Winner of a service medal on August 15, 2014, Ghosh was transferred by the Election Commission before the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. She was, however, reinstated as West Midnapore SP as soon as the elections got over.An arrest warrant was issued against Ghosh in February, 2018 in connection with an extortion case registered at Daspur police station in West Midnapore district, following her resignation. last_img read more

Huawei Mate 10 Pro might be coming to ATT

first_imgHuawei has two late 2017 flagships and it’s perfectly understandable if you confuse the two. The Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro do share many things in common, but the way they differ is unlike anything we have been accustomed to.They have the same Kirin 970 processor, which Huawei boasts to have its very one Neural Processing Unit, and 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage, though the Mate 10 Pro has a 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage configuration as well. They have the same camera setup, a 12 megapixel RGB and 20 megapixel monochrome duo on the back and an 8 megapixel shooter on the front.The Huawei Mate 10 Pro, however, has a 6.0-inch display with an FHD+ 18:9 screen, which means a resolution of 2160×1080. The Huawei Mate 10, in contrast, has a regular 5.9-inch QHD 2560×1440 screen, which translates to more pixels. The Huawei Mate 10 Pro also eschews the headphone jack and the microSD card slot, both of which are present on the Mate 10, but gets IP67 rating, which is only IP53 on the other flagship.For whatever reason, Huawei chose the Mate 10 Pro to be its debut flagship in the carrier-centric US market. A leaked firmware for the smartphone revealed telltale signs that the Mate 10 Pro is being prepped for available on AT&T, with a BLA-A09-att-us firmware name and some AT&T specific software pre-installed. When Huawei and AT&T will make the big announcement, however, is still pretty much a mystery. Some believe it will be in early 2018, which would miss the holiday shopping spree.VIA: XDA Huawei might not be a small company like OnePlus, but its rise in the smartphone market is nothing short of a miracle. While its global numbers are enough to rival Apple and Samsung, it has been able to accomplish that without a strong presence in the US. It has, of course, tried to sell its smartphones in the country via retailers like Amazon, but missing out on carrier partnerships is a recipe for failure. And so it is no small news that the Chinese OEM is now reported to be on the verge of launching its Huawei Mate 10 Pro flagship in the US, this time via AT&T.last_img read more

Leaked Instagram feature shows how much time you waste

first_imgThe feature was discovered in the Instagram for Android app by TechCrunch, which reports that Usage Insights includes a “time spent” element. That feature may show the user the total amount of time they spent on the service, though it could also be used for something else.Following its leak, Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom confirmed the Usage Insights feature in a tweet, saying it will help users “know more about the time they spend on Instagram.” He also said that “it’s the responsibility of all companies to be honest about this.”That statement makes it sound like Usage Insights will put front and center just how many hours users spend on the app, though it’s possible it may also break it down into smaller chunks, such as time spent per-day or per-month. Though it could potentially result in a decrease in usage, the feature would help users manage their time better, and perhaps help draw attention to any smartphone addiction issues going on. Companies have focused on wellbeing-related features in recent months, that likely due in part to a string of studies highlighting potential health issues associated with too much screen time.SOURCE: TechCrunch A leaked Instagram feature shows users how much time they spend on the service. Whether the feature, which is called Usage Insights, will be launched as a regular offering for all users isn’t clear at this point. The new tool was discovered during an APK teardown, and shows the user the time spent on the app, though there aren’t enough details to know the scope of the data provided.last_img read more

Galaxy Note 9 buy or skip what you need to know

first_imgSamsung has finally unveiled the Galaxy Note 9, making official everything that we’ve (accurately) heard for unofficial sources. Now that everything, including the price tag, is known, the big question is whether it will be able to salvage 2018 for the manufacturer. Actually, the bigger question is whether you should buy one or not. Of course, there’s no straight and easy answer and depends on what kind of user you are, your needs, and your budget. If you’re a bit unsure at this very early stage, here are some points you may want to consider in making your decision. For DeX believersThis may actually be the biggest reason you’ll pine for a Galaxy Note 9. Sure, DeX has been around for a few years and some have found it more than usable, despite its quirks. It has, however, always been held down by the DeX Hub/Station requirement. That and the lack of a good mobile accessory/dumb laptop. The Galaxy Note 9 fixes at least one of those and the other can be solved if you know where to look.Verdict: YesFor pen loversThe Galaxy Note line has mostly been defined by its S Pen. With the Galaxy Note 9, that mighty pen has gained a new talent. But is that enough to warrant a purchase? Sadly, no. It might be convenient to be able to use the S Pen as a remote control, but we’ve survived for so long without such a convenience. It’s definitely not a killer feature. And without that, the Galaxy Note 9 S Pen is pretty identical to the one on the Galaxy Note 8 and even the Galaxy Note 5 (with half the pressure sensitivity you won’t even notice).AdChoices广告Verdict: NoFor shutterbugsIs the Galaxy Note 9 camera good? You only need to look at the Galaxy S9+ to find out, which DxOMark puts in fourth place on its list. It’s practically the exact same dual cameras, just with smarter AI-powered software that could eventually make its way to the older phablet. Ironically, that actually makes the Galaxy Note 9 a less interesting option for mobile photographers. Unless you’re actually looking for a smartphone with a good camera and an S Pen (and maybe a better cooling system for video editing), you might be better served by a more affordable Galaxy S9+.Verdict: NoFor twitchy thumbsAre you a huge gaming fan? Are you an even bigger Fortnite fan? Are you worried that your smartphone will get too hot to handle? Are you unimpressed by 120 Hz or even 90 Hz refresh rates? If you answered yes to all of those, then the Galaxy Note 9 might just be the one for you. Its cooling system will keep your phone from throttling and the bezels actually help you hold the phone better in landscape. Plus Fortnite exclusives! OK, so it may be losing out on that uber refresh rate but it does win on everything else.Verdict: Yes For fruit refugeesThe Galaxy Note 9, like any Samsung flagship, will naturally be compared with the iPhone. Especially the iPhone X and especially because of its $1,000 price tag. This is also the most difficult decision to make because, truth be told, the two couldn’t be farther apart in features and objectives. And screen size is no longer alien to iPhone users anyway. If, however, you want a stylus you can use on your phone, expandable memory, a headphone jack, a fingerprint scanner, and no notches, look no further. For ex-iPhone X users, price probably isn’t an issue either.Verdict: YesFor time travelersIf you wake up and suddenly realize that 2017 passed you by, you might be looking at your Galaxy S7 and are wondering what happened. Worse, you might be looking at your Galaxy Note 5 and thinking where all your data storage went. Given the life expectancy, not to mention support period, for smartphones is two years, it’s almost time for an upgrade anyway. The choice, however, boils down to whether you want to get a Galaxy Note 9 or a Galaxy S9+. Unsure? See the points above.Verdict: MaybeFor tech loversThere are a class of consumers who feel the need to have the latest and greatest, sometimes with little regard for the costs. When it comes to features, the Galaxy Note 9 definitely takes the cake. Unfortunately, the year is far from over. We’re still waiting for the new iPhones as well as Google’s rather puzzling Pixel 3. And then there’s the ASUS ROG Phone, which will probably cost just as much as this. So if you’re looking for the fanciest and most hi-tech phone of 2018, you’ll have to wait at least two more months.Verdict: Not yetFor smart shoppersNot everything is about features, though. Many make their purchases based on their purchasing capacity. The Galaxy Note 9’s price tag will make any budget-conscious buyer faint in disbelief. If price is the biggest consideration, there is on shortage of premium smartphones that cost half as much without sacrificing too much (Essential even has a promo going on). That said, carriers, retailers, and Samsung itself often has deals and freebies to soften the blow. $1,000, however, is still $1,000.Verdict: NoWrap-upThe Galaxy Note 9 is in a rather tough position. It definitely checks all the right boxes and offers some rather interesting new features like a dock-less DeX and a Bluetooth-enabled S Pen. It has very few flaws except perhaps the biggest one of all: its price. At the outset, it definitely looks like a formidable competitor for this year’s race but consumers might be scared off by its price tag. It won’t be surprising if Samsung itself will actually position the Galaxy S9+ as a more affordable option to the Galaxy Note 9. Because whichever of the two people will buy, Samsung still wins.center_img Story TimelineSamsung Galaxy Note 9 hands-on: Pro Android comes at a priceNote 9 S Pen: What you should know about the big stylus upgradeGalaxy Note 9 vs Note 8: Six big changes you should know aboutlast_img read more

Netflix may add cheaper plans but you probably wont get them

first_imgNetflix currently offers three price tiers, the cheapest for US customers being $7.99/month. Subscribers get different benefits and access depending on their tier, namely in the video resolution available and the number of simultaneous streams supported by the different plans. Some markets may soon have entirely different options, though. Bloomberg reports that Netflix may experiment with different plans in select markets, specifically naming China and other Asian countries. It’s pointed out that local competitors undercut Netflix’s existing prices and make it something like a premium option for customers in those regions.Netflix’s prices vary in different markets where it is offered, such as in India where the lowest tier plan starts at 500 rupees, or about $6.85/month, which is more than double what a local premium video service charges. In the interview, company CEO Reed Hastings indicated that Netflix isn’t terribly concerned about local competitors that undercut that cost, explaining that in India, at least, the company targets a certain number of people who speak English and have the income level to afford Netflix.Despite that, Netflix still struggles to grow in Asia, where it reportedly has less than 2 million subscribers in each country. Experiments with lowered prices may help the company determine whether new tiers will draw in customers. On the flip side, the report claims that Netflix is also considering price increase experiments in other markets, but specific regions weren’t stated. Netflix is thinking about launching cheaper price tiers, according to a recent interview with company executives, but most Netflix customers reading this probably won’t get them. The company hasn’t said for sure whether it will offer these new tiers, describing them as an experiment, and it indicates that the lower prices would come with different features than what current subscribers can access.last_img read more

Microsoft Surface Studio 2 you can buy one now if you can

first_imgStory TimelineMicrosoft Surface Studio 2 (2018) official: Release Date, Price, FeaturesMicrosoft Surface Studio 2 (2018) first impressions and hands-on Just like the Surface Pro 6, the Surface Studio 2 is what some would consider to be an incremental upgrade. All that has changed is inside. From the outside, it looks almost identical to the first Surface Studio, which isn’t exactly a bad thing. There’s still a sense of novelty and freshness to that multi-angle hinge and minimalist design.Microsoft dubbed the Surface Studio 2 as the most powerful Surface ever, and that’s not really unexpected. Even the Surface Book 2 can’t compare to the specs. You have a seventh-gen Intel Core i7, for starters, probably the only disappointing spec to this 2018 computer. That’s paired with either 16 or 32 GB of RAM and 1 or 2 TB of storage, depending on your budget and needs. The graphics has also been boosted to an NVIDIA GTX 1060 or 1070, making the Surface Studio 2 more VR and AR friendly.Of course, it isn’t just a powerful PC. Gaming desktops would outperform it quite easily. Its raison d’être is its massive 28-inch PixelSense screen, now 32% brighter, Microsoft ways, with 22% better contrast. That, in turn, is paired with the new Surface Pen with 4,096 levels of pressure. Without those, the Surface Studio 2 would be a pretty overpriced AIO. Some would, of course, consider it already overpriced, even if its price tag includes essential accessories (the Surface Dial isn’t one). Its base price of $3,499 gives you 16 GB of RAM and 1 TB SSD storage. If you aim for the sky, however, 32 GB RAM and 2 TB SSD storage will set you back $4,799. But not only that, it seems that shipping for mid and top configurations have also been pushed back to early December. Next to the original Surface 2-in-1 tablets, Microsoft’s next most innovative product is probably the Surface Studio all-in-one computer. From its sheer size and design, this PC is clearly meant to make you look good while you create good content. And you better be making good content to make up for its cost. Because while the Surface Studio 2 is now available for purchase, at least in some markets, you might want or even need to save up for one first. Discover a world of passion and creativity at your fingertips with the new total touch #SurfaceStudio2. Buy yours today: https://t.co/wlpTkbZz2B pic.twitter.com/QdVF1S8PmZ— Microsoft Surface (@surface) November 15, 2018last_img read more

There wont be a Tesla Model 3 100 kWh

first_img@jovanik21 @Veidit No, will be lower. Wheelbase can’t fit 100.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 7, 2017 Tesla won’t offer a Model 3 100 kWh version, Elon Musk has confirmed, dashing hopes for a big-battery version of the upcoming electric car. Production of the Tesla Model 3 is set to kick off toward the end of the year, but final specifications for the vehicle are yet to be announced. However, Musk has been dripping out details on Twitter. Asked about battery plans for the Model S, Model X, and upcoming Model 3, Musk confirmed that Tesla has no current intention of going bigger than 100 kWh. That was added to the Model S – and Model X – line-up last year, first as the Model S P100D in August. Then, Tesla billed the car as having the longest range of any production EV, up to 315 miles on the EPA cycle, or 613 km on the EU cycle.Pushed as to whether that meant there’d be a 100 kWh Model 3, however, Musk said that it simply wasn’t feasible. The wheelbase of the new car, which is smaller than the Model S as well as being cheaper, simply “can’t fit 100” Musk confirmed. Exactly what battery size will be included hasn’t been announced yet. Currently, the Model S starts out at 60 kWh in its cheapest form, which is good for 218 miles of EPA range. Of course, even with a smaller battery, the Model 3’s more compact dimensions and, presumably, lighter curb weight will mean it’s able to squeeze out more miles than its bigger brothers. Total range depends on more factors than just battery size, too, with aerodynamics also coming into play, and how the car is driven. If the Model 3 proves more popular as a daily commuter vehicle, as some experts have predicted, that journey type will potentially have more of an impact on range than just battery size would.Meanwhile Musk also mentioned batteries for two other upcoming Tesla vehicles, further out beyond the Model 3’s release. “Semi necessarily and pickup maybe will go above [100 kWh]” he confirmed. Battery chemistry is, Musk has previously warned, the big limiting factor in modern electric vehicles. Back when Tesla announced its P100D models, the CEO pointed out that increasing cell capacity isn’t a linear thing. “The difficulty of increasing the energy in the pack is truly non-linear with increasing the energy,” Musk said. “Although it may be a 11- or 12-percent increase in capacity, it’s really been a 50-percent increase in difficulty.”Still, he was confident that improvements in battery chemistry technology would arrive eventually, reminding early-adopters of cars like the Model S P100D that they were in effect bankrolling that research. Tesla has already taken more than 400,000 reservations for the Model 3, though is yet to open the proper order-books and begin allowing would-be drivers to customize their cars. center_img Story TimelineTesla’s entire 2018 Model 3 production is almost all takenGood news: Tesla finished designing the Model 3Tesla misses Q2 goal but insists Model 3 is on tracklast_img read more

Galaxy S10 units appear in realworld photos testing

first_imgThe first image you see (above) shows the Galaxy S10 Plus with a case – the case just disguising its corners. The Samsung Galaxy S10’s frontside camera array can be seen cut into the display in the upper right-hand corner, and the display can be seen cascading off to the left and the right. The extra-tiny bezel around the entire display is apparent as well. This image comes from Weibo user HYK科技 (now deleted).Notes from case-makers this week is that standard screen protectors (at least those that are of general thickness, not extra-thin) will not allow the in-display fingerprint scanner to function on the Galaxy S10 or Galaxy S10 Plus. This comes as somewhat of a surprise, since at least the thinnest of display protectors works on the behind-display fingerprint scanners of devices like the OnePlus 6T. Also of note – some tempered glass protectors used on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro stop the fingerprint reader from working as well. So – no worries?Below you’ll see some specifications for the Samsung Galaxy S10 family. Here you’ll find the three models that’ll be revealed first. Samsung Galaxy S10E (Lite):• Display: 5.8-inches (flat)• Back Cameras: 2x lens• Front Camera: 1x punch-hole lens• Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855/Exynos 9820• Fingerprint Sensor: Side-mounted• Connectivity: 4G LTE• Back: Glass• Battery: 3000mAhSamsung Galaxy S10:• Display: 6.1-inches (curved)• Back Cameras: 2x lens• Front Camera: 1x punch-hole lens• Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855/Exynos 9820• Fingerprint Sensor: Ultrasonic in-display• Connectivity: 4G LTE• Back: Glass• Battery: 3500mAhSamsung Galaxy S10 Plus:• Display: 6.44-inches (curved)• Back Cameras: 3x lens• Front Cameras: 2x punch-hole lens (pill shaped)• Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855/Exynos 9820• Fingerprint Sensor: Ultrasonic in-display• Connectivity: 4G LTE• Back: Glass• Battery: 4000mAhAll of the specifications above come from rumors, insider tips, and educated guesswork done based on precedent. Until Samsung itself holds its big event, we won’t know for certain what each of these devices will bring to the party.The big event will take place on February 20th, 2019. At that event, its expected that the Samsung Galaxy S10 family will be revealed in (nearly) full force. The Samsung Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, and S10 E (Lite) will be shown, at least, seems to be the consensus. It’s possible that the Galaxy S10 X (5G) and Galaxy F (Foldable Display) smartphone will be in the mix as well. We’re expecting that the Galaxy S10 release date will be March 8th or thereabouts for the first three models, and that pre-orders will start on February 20th. Story TimelineGalaxy S10 leaks turn into a floodGalaxy S10 X 5G phone might be quite a beastGalaxy S10 release date bluesGalaxy S10’s secret weapon just leaked: Life Pattern Samsung’s sent out test units of the Samsung Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus this week (and in recent weeks), as tipped by multiple leaks. The possibility that these units are out in the wild seems to have been proven by not only photos of the devices out in the wild, but of tests (of multiple sorts) done and reported on by multiple sources. This information comes approximately a month before the big event at which Samsung will reveal the Samsung Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 Plus, and Galaxy S10E.last_img read more

Burger King plans to expand Impossible Burger sales nationwide

first_imgStory TimelineImpossible Burger ‘bleeding’ veggie meat found safe to eat by FDA Earlier this month, fast food company Burger King announced that it would test selling the meat-free Impossible Burger patty at some of its fast food stores. Less than a month later, the company is back with an update on its pilot launch, revealing that it will expand the Impossible Whopper sales to stores across the United States. READ: Meatless Impossible Burger is coming to fast food joint Burger KingThe Impossible Whopper is Burger King’s traditional hamburger, but without the actual beef patty. In its place is the Impossible Burger patty, which is made form plant protein — it’s the vegetarian patty that caught public attention by ‘bleeding’ like real meat. Unlike other meat-free burger options, a number of critics have praised the Impossible Burger for its fairly realistic texture, appearance, and taste. According to Burger King, its Impossible Whopper sandwiches are flame-grilled like their meat counterparts.Burger King initially launched the Impossible Whopper at 59 stores located in and near St. Louis. Only a month later, Burger King has called the pilot sales a success and revealed that it will start offering the vegetarian option at stores located across the nation later this year. The product targets customers who can’t or won’t eat beef, but who may crave a burger — it gives them a reason to visit their nearest Burger King. The sales expansion will start “in the very near future,” according to a company statement provided to CNN. The full rollout will happen by the end of 2019.last_img read more

The 2019 Audi Q8 cares not for your labels

first_imgSpend a little more time with it, though, and the Q8’s thoughtful detailing makes itself known. Audi’s so-called Singleframe grille is bolder and more three-dimensional, intermingling with the bumpers and headlamps in intriguing clashings of angles. Look at it from the front three-quarter perspective, and you can see glints of those LED headlamps through the grille mesh, twinkling like starlight. Design hasn’t overtaken practicality, mind. That raked rear windshield still allows for more than 60 cubic feet of cargo space with the seats flat, or over 30 with them up; the rear seats still split in three, and have adjustable slide and recline. Since Audi envisages the Q8 being high-end transportation for four, though, rather than a family SUV like the Q7, the outboard rear seats are wider than the center. Quattro all-wheel drive is standard, and proved perfectly stable even as I threw snow, ice, and mud at it. Terrain you wouldn’t want to point your A8 at is easy pickings for the Q8.Under the heavily-sculpted hood there’s just one engine in the US, regardless of trim. The 3.0T TFSI wields 335 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, for 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds. It’s astonishingly quiet inside, courtesy of thick, laminated glass on both the windshield and side windows front and rear. Possibly too quiet, if you’ve a heavy foot on the gas. License-losing speeds are all too easy to achieve without your pace registering. Audi does its best to make the Q8’s speed clear. The Virtual Cockpit with its digital instrumentation is standard, while a head-up display is optional. You’d be forgiven for spending more time looking at the MMI touch response infotainment system, though, with its twin touchscreens and freshly-redesigned UI. The natural voice recognition is a particular boon: the Q8 may not be quite sure what sort of car it is, but it can certainly figure out where you want to go without you spelling it out like a taxi dispatcher. That flexibility extends to controlling the car’s other features: say “I’m cold,” for instance, and the Q8 knows you’ll want to turn up the HVAC. I’m used to car voice control systems struggling with my British accent, but Audi’s did better than most. The rest of the cabin feels much like an A8 only with more light. Comfortable seats, premium-feeling materials on the dashboard, and crisp metal switchgear. If you’re going to raid the family parts bin, the one usually dedicated to Audi’s flagship luxury sedan isn’t a bad place to start. My only complaint would be that the standard panoramic sunroof falls unexpectedly short: it ends midway across the rear seats. The upside, though, is that allowed Audi to scallop the headlining and make sure that even those six foot or more shouldn’t have an issue with headroom. It’s hard not to like the Q8, I found, though there’s still room for improvement. The SUV is clearly crying out for an SQ8 performance version: right now the Q8 is a capable grand tourer, but with its agile four-corner air suspension (a $2,750 option) it could easily handle more power. Alternatively, give me proper electrification: despite the 48-volt mild hybrid system, the 17 mpg city and 22 mph highway numbers aren’t great. As for the tech, Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay are standard, as is navigation, a power tailgate, and Audi pre sense basic and front for things like low-speed collision assistance. A $4,000 Premium Plus package adds things like a Bang & Olufsen audio system, 4-zone climate control, wireless phone charging, and more active safety tech; the $2,750 Driver Assistance package bakes in adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assistance, active lane assistance, and more. Music fans might want the $5,000 Bang & Olufsen 3D Advanced audio system with its eye-catching motorized tweeters. Sadly the cleverest semi-autonomous features still haven’t made it to North American shores. In Europe, Audi’s fanciest cars can drive themselves – without your hands on the wheel – in low-speed traffic jams, as well as pull in and out of parking spaces while you watch from afar, orchestrating the whole thing with your smartphone. Like the HD Matrix headlamps, which use 64 individually controlled segments to selectively illuminate the road without dazzling oncoming traffic, the US regulatory environment just isn’t ready for the cutting-edge of Audi’s gadgetry. Those HD Matrix lights, at least, can be ordered on the Q8. Audi says that, assuming an eventual legislation change that’s slowing working its way through the cogs of government, it should be able to switch them on with software later on. At that point, the Q8 will start to feel as high-tech as it looks. It also feels like something of a bargain, in the grand scheme of things. The $67,400 starting price (plus $995 destination) may be almost $14k more than the cheapest Q7, but you get more kit as standard and a far more luxurious vehicle overall. However it’s still considerably more affordable than the $83,300+ A8. Labels can be useful, in as much as they can help manage expectations. At the same time, though, that need to pin something down can force an identity onto a car that doesn’t quite fit. The map is not the territory; the Audi Q8 is not just an SUV, or a luxury car, but some intermingling of both. Just how successful that category straddling can be depends, frankly, on just how well a car checks the boxes it’s straddling. By that measure, it’s hard to argue against the idea that the 2019 Q8 offers the best of both worlds. At times over the past few years, it has seemed like automakers have declared war on so-called “white space” in their ranges. Those gaps between models traditionally represented differentiation, but now they’re viewed as opportunity instead. After all, there may be a driver who really does want a car that falls somewhere between your compact sedan and your midsize sedan. If providing that vehicle saves them visiting another dealership, that’s surely a good thing in the long run, right? In the grand Venn diagram of luxury motoring, then, the 2019 Q8 straddles a few different lines. It’s built on the same platform as the Audi Q7, but it’s shorter and has seating for five, rather than seven, inside. The cabin will be familiar to anybody lucky enough to have spent time in the latest Audi A8, but feels more spacious and rides higher since the Q8 is also an SUV. The design gets more interesting the longer you look at it. At first glance, the Q8 could be mistaken for just another lantern-jawed truck, picking up on Audi’s crisp design language where the Q7 left off. There are hints of Audi e-tron in there, too, while the steeply raked rear glass is an early giveaway that functionality has been compromised in the name of styling. Story Timeline2019 Audi Q8 official: Luxury SUV with plenty of tech2019 Audi Q8 first drive review: Luxury goes everywhere2019 Audi Q8: Eight facts about the new luxury leader Four door coupe. SUV coupe. Luxury sports… truck? If naming a thing is the first step to understanding it, then the 2019 Audi Q8 doesn’t seem especially keen on being pinned down. Settling into new territory for the German automaker, it’s either a perfect example of giving consumers what they apparently want, or a fairly extreme act of niche-filling. 2019 Audi Q8 Gallerylast_img read more

LG G6 and LG V30 Android 9 Pie builds leak to provide

first_imgBoth launched in 2017, these two phones share many things in common. The core difference, in fact, is really the mobile processor inside. The LG G6 ran on the older Snapdragon 821 while the LG V30 had the shiny new Snapdragon 835 of that year.Both are also due an Android 9 Pie, especially the LG V30 which launched only in September of 2017. Despite the G6 passing its second birthday last March, it only received one update from Android 7.0 Nougat to Android 8.0 Oreo. For the record, Android 9 Pie was launched in August of 2018.That long wait might finally be over. Two builds leaked one after the other in close succession, first for the G6 and then for the V30. Both are reportedly usable but neither are for general availability yet. They are also compatible only with certain international models.The builds are available for anyone who wants to dare try them out ahead of the official release. Of course, those come with the usual disclaimers and warnings though both phones might no longer be under warranty at this point. That said, the beta builds hint that LG might be close to rolling it out in final form and hopefully won’t take half a year to do so. Samsung has long been regarded as one of the worst phone makers when it comes rolling out updates to its phones. It’s still no Essential but has gotten better, which means others are now forced to take its place of shame. That spot may now be occupied by LG, ironically a close Google partner, whose 2017 flagships have yet to receive their slice of Pie. Fortunately, based on two leaks, Android 9 may just be around the corner for the LG G6 and LG V30.last_img read more

Aston Martin AMRB 003 takes Valkyrie hybrid hypercar tech to the road

first_imgAston Martin has a new hypercar to tease us with, with the AM-RB 003 following in the mid-engined tire tracks of the Valkyrie and Valkyrie AMR Pro. Revealed at the Geneva Motor Show 2019, the third in the series borrows Valkyrie tech – which itself leaned heavily on the automaker’s F1 experience – though makes it more practical and more road-suited than its predecessors. Aston Martin Valhalla AM-RB 003 Gallery More practical, maybe, but hardly less striking to look at. Aston Martin argues that it’s a “distillation” of the Valkyrie’s show-stopping style, rather than that car diluted, and certainly the family resemblance comes through loud and clear. A design for the track, brought to the roadA sizable front keel is balanced by the equally large rear diffuser, and though the silhouette may be similar to the Valkyrie – a matter of aerodynamic needs defining form, the automaker points out – the detailing is different. That car’s super-lightweight lamps make a reappearance, all four of AM-RB 003’s lights, together, tipping the scales at less than a single DB11 headlamp. However AM-RB 003 gives them a different lamp graphic. Most dramatic, though, is the variable airfoil that spans the rear wing. Dubbed FlexFoil, it’s the handiwork of FlexSys: downforce can be adjusted without the whole wing’s angle being changed, improving on efficiency in the process and cutting down on wind noise. AdChoices广告What we see on the AM-RB 003 show-car, Aston Martin says, is only the start of it, too. The final production design should have larger leading and trailing edge deflections, improving the system’s efficacy. It will also make its changes much faster, so that the FlexFoil wing can adjust in real-time to changes in the hypercar’s dynamic state. A return to homegrown Aston Martin enginesAston Martin is playing details of the engine AM-RB 003 will use close to its chest. However, we know it will be the first in the automaker’s range to use an all-new turbocharged V6 hybrid. That drivetrain will also mark the return to in-house designed engines. It’ll be paired with the Nexcel sealed oil system that was first used in the Aston Matin Vulcan. Indeed, it’ll be the first time the system – which allows oil changes to be performed in less than 90 seconds – will be implemented in a road car. Then there’s the suspension and chassis. They, too, will borrow Valkyrie tech, with an active suspension system that promises to hit the right notes on both the track and the road. AM-RB 003 will use a carbon fiber structure, and the bodywork will be carbon fiber too. A more usable hypercarWith the Valkyrie promising ridiculous levels of performance, you might be wondering why anybody would want an Aston Martin AM-RB 003. The reality, though, is that while the Valkyrie may be road-legal, the experience probably won’t be the most comfortable. That’s something Aston Martin has taken into account for this new mid-engined car. So, the cockpit is larger, and easier to access. The doors borrow from LMP-1, opening onwards and taking a cut-out from the roof with them. Once inside, the center console is broader and there’s a “terrace” behind the seats for luggage. Aston Martin is even providing nooks for smaller items, like your phone or sunglasses. They’re not allowed to impede on driver positioning, mind. Aston Martin is calling that “Apex Ergonomics,” and it’s basically the alignment of the driver’s back, the steering wheel, and the pedals. The rest of the cabin is pared back so as to be less distracting: there’s just a small display mounted on the steering column – with a cut-out in the wheel so that it doesn’t block the screen – for the essentials. The infotainment system relies on the driver’s smartphone, meanwhile, with a cradle to support it. 3D printing is used for the center console – reducing 50-percent of the mass in the process – with integrated switchgear. A wraparound band between the upper and lower halves of the cabin is punctuated with the controls for the audio, HVAC, and lighting, with recessed vertical gills for vents. A car to look forward toAston Martin is arguably getting a little ahead of itself. The automaker has only just publicly finalized the Valkyrie’s powertrain, and the first prototypes of the car are only now in the build phase. Track testing happens after that, before customer cars – all of which have already been sold – start to be made. As for the Aston Martin AM-RB 003 – until now known by its Project 003 codename – production is further out on the calendar: the company says it plans to begin making the new hypercars at the end of 2021. Pricing and performance are yet to be announced, and we don’t know just how many of the cars will be on offer. last_img read more

2019 Bentley Continental GT Convertible First Drive Review Droptop Drama

first_imgThe crowning glory of the interior, though, is the unique rotating center display. Clearly inspired by James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5, the center console Rolodex can display a 12.3-inch touchscreen for audio and navigation, a trio of analog dials with chrome bezels (of course!), or a clean veneer panel. It’s the first time such a feature has made its way into a modern car, and from the look of it, this is more than just a novelty. Perhaps all new cars should be fitted with a rotating center display: it’s not only luxurious and high-tech, but it enhances functionality without eating up too much space. Where the old GT Convertible had a ton of exterior embellishments, this new car is simpler and yet somehow grander with it. Bentley’s designers resisted the temptation to over-adorn the exterior with too many small details; indeed, perhaps the only semblance of bling is the crystal cut headlights, which were patterned after expensive glassware. The droptop wears them well, the beguiling glint of a Patek Phillipe paired with a bespoke suit.The number 12 insignia behind the front wheels are finished in polished metal and are a reference to the number of cylinders lurking under that long hood. Other than that, though, the exterior of the new Continental GT Convertible is clean cut. Even the rear is tidier compared to the old model. It’s all intentional, of course, done so that the new car exudes a more youthful and exuberant vibe as it passes by at 180 mph. Bentley made it abundantly clear that it wants the new Continental GT Convertible and Coupe to catch the attention of younger affluent buyers. By redefining the athletic characteristics of the new Continental GT, in my humble opinion, the automaker is doing just that. The 2019 Bentley Continental GT Convertible sits on the same Volkswagen Group MSB architecture as the coupe. This same platform is also responsible for the sharper and more agile driving dynamics of the new Porsche Panamera. Chopping the roof off the Bentley didn’t yield any weight savings for the GT Convertible, mind; in fact, the new convertible is 375 pounds heavier than the coupe. Still, the new GT Convertible is lighter than the previous-gen model, although a curb weight of 5,322 pounds is still a lot for a 2+2 convertible grand tourer. To be quite honest, however, Bentley has achieved the seemingly impossible with the new GT Convertible. The new car is 20-percent lighter and 5-percent stiffer than the car it replaces, and this is despite being equipped with a monstrous 6.0-liter W12 motor. You might think a smaller and lighter turbocharged V8 motor would be the order of the day, Bentley facing the weight and frugality pressures of the auto industry like just about everybody else, but then what would you do if a Rolls Royce Dawn pulls up beside you at a stop light? The W12 is the same mill that you’ll find in the Bentayga SUV, good for 626 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. Those hefty figures are enough to catapult the GT Convertible from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, courtesy of an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic with a dual-mass flywheel. Keep pushing on the gas pedal, and the car will deliver a strong and consistent wave of power and torque on to a top speed of 207 mph. The 6.0-liter W12 engine is not new. It debuted in the Volkswagen Phaeton back in 2002, but over the years Bentley has modernized it, updating the internals and tuning the motor. Now it packs cylinder deactivation, spinning only six cylinders to save fuel when driving permits that. Even though fuel savings may not be your top priority when purchasing a new Bentley GT Convertible, it does help in reducing carbon emissions, too.The 2019 Continental GT Convertible also comes with a new, electronically-controlled all-wheel-drive system with variable torque distribution. Where the old car had a fixed 40/60 split between the front and rear, this new system can distribute torque in greater variation between the front and rear axles for better handling. Even the suspension in the GT Convertible is not spared from high-tech updates. As in the coupe, it comes with air springs and adaptive dampers to deliver the distinctive Bentley ride. The suspension also benefits from a 48-volt active anti-roll system, which utilizes actuators in the stabilizer bars to combat body lean during hard cornering. Don’t get me wrong. The Continental GT is not an agile sports car that flings effortlessly into corners; that’s really not the idea. However, all this stabilizing cleverness does an excellent job of removing any of the nervous feelings in the old car when you’re pushing harder.What’s particularly impressive is the sense of solidity. The new convertible may carry a lot of weight between its axles, but no other drop-top can achieve such silly speeds while still remaining pleasantly comfortable. Very few cars can make the driver and passengers feel so planted and secure as the speed piles up, indeed, never mind when you’ve cut the roof off first. The Continental GT feels as solid as a rock even as you stomp the throttle. Inevitably you will run out of straight roads before you satiate the Conti’s appetite for speed. There’s no denying this car feels happiest when going fast, and it can do so all day with the roof up or down. No surprise, we happily kept it down for the entire portion of Bentley’s drive route in Southern Spain, where the automaker had brought us to test out the new car.Of course, you don’t drive the Bentley Continental GT Convertible as if your life depends on it. The interior alone encourages you to relax and enjoy the finer things in life, regardless of whether you’re a passenger or the lucky one behind the wheel. As expected from such an exquisite motor car, the interior is elegantly festooned in the finest wood, metal, and cowhide. It not only looks expensive, every single touch point feels like it as well. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but I’ll happily argue with you all day long that the new 2019 Bentley Continental GT Convertible is more of a looker than its coupe sibling. The grandest drop-top version of the Continental GT is still one of the most luxurious places to spend your time in. It also happens to be one of the best ways to spend $236,000 and change. Our test model was lathered with genuine wood veneer throughout the cabin, and Bentley’s options for customization are vast. Honestly, it didn’t feel like I was inside a car, but more like a million-dollar yacht. Not only do you have a choice of walnut, eucalyptus, American red gum, or genuine Hawaiian Koa wood, but there’s also a dual veneer design with luxurious chrome stripping. It’s even more jaw-dropping when you consider that human hands, not machines, are responsible. Bentley says the new car has approximately 310,000 individual stitches in the leather interior, along with 10 square meters of the finest wood. The craftsmanship is expected, maybe, but the attention to detail is bewildering. The front seats come with integrated neck warmers so you can waft with the top down in chilly weather; they’re both faster to heat up and more effective in creating a cosy virtual scarf around your shoulders. Thankfully, Bentley resisted the urge to give the Continental GT Convertible a folding hardtop roof, which would have added more weight and complexity. Instead, there’s a fabric soft top with a new sealing system that reduces wind noise by three decibels, while still maintaining the classic profile of the coupe. The roof can raise or lower itself in only 19 seconds and will allow you to do so up to speeds of 30 mph. The fabric top can also be configured in traditional British tweed, befitting for a vehicle with such an illustrious history.Behind the wheel, the Bentley Continental GT Convertible is clearly a world apart from your usual, everyday car. What stands out is just how clear in its focus the automaker has been, as it crafts a vision of the perfect grand tourer. It’s may not be designed to run with exotic sports cars and supercars, but no other car this side of a Rolls Royce can make you feel as special.center_img There’s no mistaking what you’re looking at. Indeed at first glance, it might seem like little has changed with the new Continental GT Convertible. Much as was the case with the coupe, though, you’d be entirely wrong for thinking that way. Like the hard-top, the Continental GT Convertible is entirely new inside and out. The familiar Bentley silhouette remains, but everything has been sharpened and dialed-up, to produce a more aggressive stance. The gorgeous rear haunches are meatier and more pronounced, exuding a sense of forwarding motion. Shorter front and slightly longer rear overhangs emphasize that. The hood is now longer, while the cabin is pushed further back. No, the extent of the changes may not be instantly evident to the untrained eye, but – like the bigger front grille that squeezes in lower in the fascia – the sporting DNA of the new Continental GT Convertible is bursting at the seams. 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Private Exchange Benefiting From Health Law Some StateRun Marketplaces Still Struggling

first_imgeHealthInsurance reports that interest in health coverage ginned up by the new federal law has helped new memberships rise 50 percent. Meanwhile, NPR examines the mixed record of the 14 states running their own marketplaces.USA Today: Private Exchange Sees Surge In Health Care EnrollmentThe number of customers on the nation’s largest private health insurance exchange increased by 50 percent in the final three months of 2013, a direct result of demand created by the Affordable Care Act, the company’s CEO said Thursday. Gary Lauer, CEO of eHealth Insurance, said individual memberships rose 50 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013 compared with the same period in 2012, from 113,600 applications in the last three months of 2012 to 169,800 in 2013 (Kennedy, 2/20).NPR: As Deadline Nears, State Insurance Exchanges Still A Mixed BagWith a bit more than a month left for people to sign up for health insurance plans set up under the Affordable Care Act, the federal website known as healthcare.gov finally seems to be working smoothly — in 36 states. But what’s happening in the 14 states that are running their own exchanges? (Rovner, 2/21).Some health law supporters are concerned about mental health benefits –Politico Pro: Mental Health Parity Supporters Worry About Exchange PlansThe long fight to ensure mental health parity is now focusing on Obamacare plans, with advocates fearing that some are already in violation of federal law and regulations. All plans sold on the Affordable Care Act’s new exchanges, plus most other private-market policies, must begin complying in July with final rules to a 2008 law that requires insurers to cover mental health care the same way they cover care for physical ailments. … But ensuring that plans fully follow the law and its final rules will be tricky. In particular, problems are anticipated with the new state-based marketplaces since many have modeled benefits after small-group plans, which are exempt from the law if they were created before March 23, 2010 (Cunningham, 2/20). And in other news from the states –Los Angeles Times: Anthem Blue Cross Widens Enrollment Lead On California’s ExchangeInsurance giant Anthem Blue Cross stretched its lead over rival Blue Shield of California in the state’s health care-coverage exchange, new data show. Anthem signed up 223,630 people through Jan. 31, or 31 percent of California’s exchange market as part of the health care law. Anthem is a unit of Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc., the nation’s second-largest health insurer (Terhune, 2/20).The Washington Post: More Than 12,000 Congressional Staffers Have Enrolled In Health Plans Through ObamacareThousands of people have purchased health coverage through the District of Columbia’s new small-business insurance marketplace, but only a tiny fraction of them actually own or work for a small business. The rest are members of or work for a single large organization — Congress (Harrison, 2/20).The CT Mirror: Access Health CT Claims An ‘Olympic Bump’Are the Olympics boosting enrollment in Connecticut’s health insurance exchange? Access Health CT, as the exchange is known, has been advertising heavily during broadcasts of the winter games, and Chief Marketing Officer Jason Madrak says it’s experienced something of an “Olympic bump.” In the week after the opening ceremony, Access Health’s website traffic rose 31 percent over the prior week, the number of accounts created rose by 24 percent, and the number of daily enrollments rose by 67 percent (Becker, 2/20).The CT Mirror: Access Health CT Marketing Obamacare ‘Exchange In A Box’Connecticut’s health insurance exchange has run more smoothly than many of its counterparts across the country, and now officials at the state’s insurance marketplace are in discussions about franchising the system to other states. The concept is to market a “turnkey”-type exchange program that other states could use, rather than building their own insurance marketplaces from scratch, said Kevin Counihan, CEO of Access Health CT, the state’s exchange. He refers to it as an “exchange in a box.” Counihan said Access Health officials have met with officials from five states about the idea (Becker, 2/20). The CT Mirror: Access Health CT Spanish-Language Website To Launch FridayAfter months of delays, the Spanish-language website for Connecticut’s health insurance exchange is slated to be available Friday. James Wadleigh, chief information officer of Access Health CT, the state’s exchange, said the Access Health website will undergo maintenance Thursday night. On Friday morning, the Spanish-language site will be up. In addition, there will be some changes to the existing website, he said, including one aimed at making it easier for people to enroll in catastrophic plans (Becker, 2/20). The Wall Street Journal: Nevada’s Health Exchange Director To ResignNevada’s insurance exchange director, Jon Hager, announced his resignation Thursday, days after he had described “a difficult month” for the online insurance portal set up under the federal health care law. The 39-year-old former Navy pilot told the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange board that he would be leaving March 14, the board confirmed (Radnofsky, 2/20). Private Exchange Benefiting From Health Law; Some State-Run Marketplaces Still Struggling This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more

Medicare Costs Rise On Long Hospice Stays

first_img Pharmaceutical costs are also in the news — Medicare beneficiaries who live in urban areas may save money on their prescription drugs this year because they have better access to pharmacies in drug plan networks that charge lower copayments or coinsurance, according to the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Such “preferred cost-sharing pharmacies” have been on the rise, adding another layer of calculation — and sometimes confusion — for Medicare beneficiaries who are trying to find the best price for their drugs. (Andrews, 2/19) The Wall Street Journal: Lengthy Hospice Care Boosts Medicare Bills Medicare reimbursement for cardiac imaging isn’t just dramatically higher in a hospital outpatient department, compared to a physician’s office: It’s an entire episode-of-care cost level higher. (Dickson, 2/18) Kaiser Health News: Urban Medicare Beneficiaries May See More Drug Savings This Year  For more than a year, top officials from Medicare, the nation’s largest health plans, medical societies and major employer and consumer groups hammered away at a dreadful task: Get everyone to agree to use identical quality measures for the treatment of heart disease, cancer and other common conditions. (Evans, 2/18) Medicare pays hospice agencies to care for patients who are close to death. For some beneficiaries of the taxpayer-funded program, hospice has become a way of life. Between 2005 and 2013, about 107,000 patients received hospice care for an average of nearly 1,000 days spread out over four or more calendar years, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of Medicare billing records. Medicare’s hospice program, which has been around for 33 years, is supposed to be only for patients who doctors certify are likely to die within six months, or about 180 days. (Weaver, Wilde Mathews and McGinty, 2/18) Modern Healthcare: The Hard Work Ahead On Adopting Uniform Quality Measures Modern Healthcare: Doctors Say Medicare Pays Three Times More For Care In Hospital Outpatient Departments Medicare Costs Rise On Long Hospice Stays Medicare’s hospice program was started for patients likely to die within 180 days, but thousands with dementia and other conditions have spent far more time. In related news, doctors say outpatient care is also boosting Medicare’s bills and the health industry faces challenges meeting quality requirements. This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more

Huawei HongMeng OS will likely be faster than Android – but itll

first_img Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend. We use industry standard tests to evaluate products in order to assess them properly. We’ll always tell you what we find. Trusted Reviews may get a commission if you buy through our 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. 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. ——————————————————————————————————–Grab these great Prime Day savingsSave £40 on the Kindle Paperwhite£160 off the Dell Inspiron 14 Chromebookcenter_img This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Huawei’s HongMeng OS, will ‘likely’ be faster than Google Android, according to the company’s founder and CEO, Ren Zhengfei.The Chinese tech mogul made the claim during an interview with French publication Le Point on Friday. He didn’t get into specifics about how much faster the Huawei made operating system is, but a previous report in the Global Times reported the OS could be as much as 60% speedier.HongMeng OS is a new operating system Huawei is developing as a potential replacement for Android. The company has reportedly been working on it for quite some time, but was forced to speedline its development after a US executive order forced numerous tech companies to cut ties with it in May.Related: Best Android phone 2019The executive order forced Google to diminish its ties with Huawei, making it unclear if future Huawei phones, such as the Huawei Mate 30, will be able to get an official Android license. Without it the phones will not get official software support from Google and will be cut off from key things, including the Play Store.Outside of this details about HongMeng OS are fairly thin on the ground, though it will apparently work on numerous different technologies outside of smartphones and tablets. These include desktops, cars and even data centres according to Le Point’s report.Zhengfei also reportedly indicated the company may choose to move to use HongMeng even if the US ban was lifted. Trusted Reviews contacted Huawei for comment on Le Point’s report but at the time of publishing hadn’t heard back.Related: Amazon Prime Day Smartphone DealsEven if the company’s OS is as optimised as Zhengfei indicates, it will have one key problem to get round: it needs an app store. In China, where Google has a very small footprint, there are multiple different mobile app stores. But in the West most Android users predominantly use the official Play Store.Unless Huawei can miraculously find an equally well stocked marketplace, or somehow make its own – something Microsoft and BlackBerry  tried and failed to do – HongMeng OS could struggle to get any traction outside of its home territory.last_img read more

Philips Hue Sale Get the Starter Kit Discounted with a Free Google

first_img 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. Perhaps the bundle deal to end all bundle deals, upgrade your smart home ecosystem and pick up a Philips Hue Ambiance Mini Bulb B22 kit and Google Home Mini for a ridiculously low price of just £69.99.With a combined value of £159.99, why not hit two birds with one stone and make the most of this fantastic Currys PC World Black Tag sale deal? Able to control your sparkly new Philips Hue bulbs with the Google Home Mini, it goes without saying these two gadgets go hand in hand.At an amazing value for money, you can purchase them for a reduced rate of just £69.99, saving you well over half the original individual cost. Philips Hue and Google Home Mini BundleHue White and Colour Ambiance Mini Smart Bulb B22 Starter Kit & Google Home Mini Chalk BundleA brilliant kickstart to your smart home ecosystem, bag the Philips Hue B22 starter kit and Google Home Mini smart speaker together in a great value for money bundle deal.Currys PC World|Save £90|Now £69.99View DealNow £69.99|Save £90|Currys PC World 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. Deals This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.center_img Complete with its very own Hue Bridge, the Philips Hue Ambiance Mini B22 Smart Bulb Starter Kit also comes with two of its signature bulbs. Both white and colour ready, the variety these bulbs can offer is astronomical, boasting over 16 million colours and a mind-bending 50,000 variations of white light alone.Related: Amazon Prime Day Smart Home DealsAble to control via the Philips Hue smartphone app, the Hue Bridge still remains to be the heart of your smart lighting network. That said, you can also link up your smart bulbs to a smart speaker, too. Enter, the Google Home Mini.The Google Assistant is here to answer your every beck and call. Set reminders and alarms, request it to play music and, of course, control your smart home devices all with one easy voice command. Philips Hue and Google Home Mini BundleHue White and Colour Ambiance Mini Smart Bulb B22 Starter Kit & Google Home Mini Chalk BundleA brilliant kickstart to your smart home ecosystem, bag the Philips Hue B22 starter kit and Google Home Mini smart speaker together in a great value for money bundle deal.Currys PC World|Save £90|Now £69.99View DealNow £69.99|Save £90|Currys PC World The ideal complimentary bundle, this is a fantastic purchase to kick start your smart home ecosystem. Save £90 and bag yourself a Google Home Mini smart speaker to partner up with the Philips Hue B22 starter kit in this not to be missed Currys PC World 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. Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links.Tell us what you think – email the Editorlast_img read more

Green Deals Anker Roav Electric Pressure Washer 119 shipped Reg 160 more

Source: Charge Forward AnkerDirect via Amazon offers its Roav HydroClean Electric Pressure Washer for $118.99 shipped when promo code ROAVWW22 is applied during checkout. Regularly $160, today’s offer is a match of our previous mention and the best available. This electric pressure washer is powered by an 1,800W motor that provides 2100psi of pressure. It includes a 35-foot cable and 26-foot hose. Ships with three spray nozzles as well. Rated 4.2/5 stars. more…The post Green Deals: Anker Roav Electric Pressure Washer $119 shipped (Reg. $160), more appeared first on Electrek. read more

Indian Road tested Maruti Suzuki Wagon R EV launching at pollutionfighting 10k

first_imgThe Maruti Suzuki Wagon R EV is expected to launch next year in India, and the car has been spotted road testing. It could be one of the most important vehicle/platforms in the ongoing battle against climate change and pollution in the world’s most air-polluted country. more…The post Indian Road tested Maruti Suzuki Wagon R EV, launching at pollution-fighting $10k appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forwardlast_img

Sport in brief

first_img Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest Sun 10 Feb 2008 21.59 EST Sport Sport Share on Facebook Support The Guardian Shares00 … 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 Twitter Reuse this content Share on Facebookcenter_img Topics Share via Email Share via Email Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Eagles soar to open four point lead at topThe Newcastle Eagles went four points clear at the top of the BBL Championship last night with a comfortable 112-82 win at Cheshire Jets. As they had in the BBL Trophy semi-final eight days previously, the Eagles settled the game in the first quarter, leading 34-13 after 10 minutes. The Eagles’ main challengers in the title race may yet turn out to be the Scottish Rocks, who won for the eighth time in their last nine outings when they crushed Sheffield 82-56, with 17 points from Rob Yanders. Elsewhere, Plymouth kept themselves in third place by scoring the last seven points of a 73-70 win over Leicester, with Andrew Lasker scoring 25 points. Rob DugdaleFour-wicket Ishant leaves Australia flounderingA stunning spell of fast bowling from Ishant Sharma set up a five-wicket victory for India against Australia in the Commonwealth Bank Series in Melbourne. Ishant, right, was in destructive form, claiming four wickets as the hosts were dismissed for 159 inside 44 overs. India stuttered in reply but 44 from Sachin Tendulkar and an unbeaten 39 from Rohit Sharma were enough to see them home. Australia’s captain, Ricky Ponting, said: “India bowled well and fielded well but we have some work to do on our batting. We played a few loose shots at the top of the order. When you have a low total to defend you have to find a way of getting wickets. We were not good enough.” ReutersHall takes Masters as home advantage fails WebbEngland’s Lisa Hall claimed the biggest title of her career with a final round of 66 in the ANZ Ladies’ Masters, which was cut to 54 holes because of bad weather at the Royal Pines Resort in Queensland. Hall finished 13 under par on 203 to win by a shot from South Korea’s Shin Hyun-ju, who three-putted the last from 25 feet for a 68. Australia’s Karrie Webb, who won the Australian Open last week and was aiming to extend her record to seven victories in the Masters, finished in fifth place on 10 under after a 70. For Hall, 40, it was a fourth European Tour title and she said: “This really is special. To beat Karrie Webb in her own back yard makes this a great win.” Elspeth BurnsideMurphy punishes Doherty errors to retain Malta CupShaun Murphy retained the Malta Cup in a field featuring all the world top 16 except Ronnie O’Sullivan and Steve Davis by beating Ken Doherty 9-3 in the final at the Hilton Conference Centre, Portomaso. The world No3’s ranking will not be improved by the success, however, because the tournament lost its world ranking status this year. In the final the balls did not run kindly for large breaks, but solid potting and tight safety, with Doherty’s mistakes, saw Murphy home. A day earlier Murphy had seemed to be heading for a semi-final defeat when he trailed China’s Ding Junhui 3-0 but he responded with a 137 clearance – the highest break of the week – before winning 6-5. Clive Everton First published on Sun 10 Feb 2008 21.59 EST Sport in brief Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedInlast_img read more

Lescott sinks City as Everton climb back into fourth

first_imgmatch reports Everton First published on Mon 25 Feb 2008 22.27 EST @DTguardian Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Daniel Taylor at the City of Manchester Stadium Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on Facebook Shares11 Share on WhatsApp Topicscenter_img Bill Shankly used to rely on an old saying at Anfield that “first is first and second is nowhere”. These days, finishing fourth is the best Liverpool can hope for and there are even signs that they may have to suffer the indignity of being barged out of the Champions League places by the team from across Stanley Park – a side, lest it be forgotten, whom Rafael Benítez has infamously described as a “small club”.Everton resented that suggestion and they seem to be doing everything in their power to make Benítez rue his words. This victory, courtesy of first-half goals from Yakubu Ayegbeni and Joleon Lescott, propelled David Moyes’s impressive team back above Liverpool into fourth, three points clear of their neighbours, albeit having played a game more.The question of whether they can dig in their heels promises to be almost as intriguing as the title race itself but one certainty is that Manchester City can be discounted with immediate effect. Sven-Goran Eriksson’s team turned down a cul-de-sac last night and, having been thoroughly outplayed, they lie eighth, their lowest position of the Swede’s reign. On this evidence it looks about right.City, it must be said, were poor and occasionally wretched, their frustrations encapsulated in the third minute of stoppage time when Martin Petrov flicked his boot at Leon Osman and was shown a red card for his petulance. Everton were significantly better in all departments. They might conceivably have had three penalties, all for handball, and the score would have been embarrassing had it not been for Joe Hart’s goalkeeping and the referee Rob Styles’s bewildering leniency.Fabio Capello was here and will have been impressed by Hart even if it is bemusing that a 20-year-old who began the season as Eriksson’s third-choice goalkeeper is now being spoken of as a serious contender for the England team. The name of Lescott may also have featured prominently in Capello’s notebook – presumably with a tick rather than a cross – but Micah Richards had a dismal evening in front of the new England manager. All that can be said in his mitigation is that he was not the only one.Moyes’s team were quicker to the ball, stronger in the tackle and played with an urgency that was strangely missing from the home side. All of which spares Styles another inquest into his officiating, given that there were two occasions when Richards inexplicably jabbed out his right arm to handle the ball inside the penalty area and a less obvious one when Nedum Onuoha did the same.The sense of injustice seemed to spur on the visiting players. Their passing was crisp, they played with width and penetration and looked particularly incisive when attacking down the left. City, in stark contrast, looked unrecognisable from the side who had beaten Manchester United in their last game – which was strange and, for Eriksson, deeply irritating given that he had chosen the same team.Perhaps, in hindsight, Eriksson will regret not starting with Elano and Vedran Corluka, both of whom had been suspended at Old Trafford. His team did not manage a noteworthy attempt on goal in the opening half and, once the first goal went in, Everton were so utterly in command they could conceivably have put the result beyond doubt by half-time.As it was, their superiority was rewarded with only one more goal, Lee Carsley’s deep cross picking out Lescott in a congested penalty area and the defender jumping highest to loop a well directed header beyond Hart. It summed up City’s performance that Richard Dunne, their usually imperious captain, was outjumped in the process, but it was totally in keeping with the way the game had gone since the first few minutes when Hart had to rush from his goal-line to save adroitly at Yakubu’s feet. After 29 minutes Steven Pienaar’s curling effort flicked off the crossbar and, within 60 seconds, Everton took the lead when Yakubu touched the ball to Tim Cahill, set off for the six-yard area and arrived just in time to turn in the return pass.Equally disappointing for Eriksson must have been the lukewarm response from his team after the interval. True, there was an improvement but this owed much to Everton sitting back on their lead and the away side rarely looking troubled. Eriksson introduced Elano and his new striker, Felipe Caicedo, but their increased possession seldom amounted to anything and at the other end they continued to look vulnerable.Everton might, indeed, have scored a third when Yakubu surged down the left and cut the ball back for Cahill, who was denied by Michael Ball’s saving tackle and Dunne’s clearance. Hart’s one-handed save thwarted Carsley late on and, soon afterwards, the City supporters began to drift away, a few of them wondering perhaps how early next season’s Intertoto Cup will interrupt summer. Share on LinkedIn Soccer Reuse this content Manchester City Share on Twitter Soccer Lescott sinks City as Everton climb back into fourth Mon 25 Feb 2008 22.27 EST Share on Facebook Share via Emaillast_img read more

Vantage Drilling Announces Closure Of DOJ Investigation Just Dont Call It A

first_imgI hope the usual suspects don’t muddy up the conversation again by calling this one a “declination.” (See here for the recent post).As highlighted in this August 2015 post, Houston-based Vantage Drilling disclosed:“In July 2015, we became aware of media reports that our agent utilized in the contracting of the Titanium Explorer drillship has entered into a plea arrangement with the Brazilian authorities in connection with the agent’s role in obtaining bribes on behalf of former Petrobras executives.  We have since confirmed that our agent, who has represented multiple international companies in their contracts with Petrobras, has entered into such discussions and provided evidence to the Brazilian authorities of an alleged bribery scheme between the former Petrobras executives and a former director of Vantage.The former director, Mr. Su, was the sole owner of the company that owned the Titanium Explorer at the time the alleged bribe was paid.  We have not been contacted by any governmental authority in connection with these allegations.  However, we voluntarily contacted the SEC and the Department of Justice (the “DOJ”) to advise them of these recent developments.  We continue to investigate the matter, but as of now, our internal and independent investigations have found no evidence of wrongdoing by our employees or participation in any manner with the inappropriate acts alleged to have been conducted by the agent.We cannot predict whether any governmental authority will seek to investigate this matter, or if a proceeding were opened, the scope or ultimate outcome of any such investigation. If the SEC or DOJ determines that we have violated the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 (the “FCPA”), or if any governmental authority determines that we have violated applicable anti-bribery laws, they could seek civil and criminal sanctions, including monetary penalties, against us, as well as changes to our business practices and compliance programs, any of which could have a material adverse effect on our business and financial condition.On August 21, 2012, we filed a lawsuit against Mr.  Su, a former member of our Board of Directors and the owner of F3 Capital, our largest shareholder, asserting breach of fiduciary duties, fraud, fraudulent inducement and negligent misrepresentation, and unjust enrichment based on Mr. Su’s conduct in his dealings with the Company both immediately prior to, and during his tenure as one of our directors. On June 20, 2014, we received notice that Mr. Su had filed a countersuit against the Company and certain of the Company’s current and former officers and directors. The countersuit alleges fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, negligent misrepresentation, tortious interference with contract, and unjust enrichment and seeks indemnification from us with respect to the matters that are the basis of our lawsuit.”As highlighted in this May 2016 post, the company disclosed in pertinent part:“In connection with our cooperation with the DOJ and SEC, we recently advised both agencies that in early 2010, we engaged outside counsel to investigate a report of allegations of improper payments to customs and immigration officials in Asia. That investigation was concluded in 2011, and we determined at that time that no disclosure was warranted; however, in an abundance of caution, we are reviewing the matter again in light of the allegations in the Petrobras matter.”Yesterday, the company issued this release which states:“[The company] has received a letter from the United States Department of Justice (the “DOJ”) acknowledging Vantage’s full cooperation in the DOJ’s investigation concerning possible violations by Vantage of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (the “FCPA”), and indicating that the DOJ has closed its investigation without any action.The investigation arose in 2015 from allegations of improper payments to former officials of Petróleo Brasileiro S.A (“Petrobras”) in connection with the contracting of the Titanium Explorer drillship to Petrobras. From the outset of the investigation, the Company has provided its full cooperation to the DOJ and the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”).Mr. Ihab Toma, Vantage’s Chief Executive Officer, stated, “We are very pleased with the closure of the DOJ’s investigation. Vantage has been, and remains, firmly committed to conducting its operations in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, including the FCPA.”It is the Company’s understanding that the parallel investigation by the SEC remains open at this time, and Vantage continues to cooperate with the SEC with regard to that investigation.” Learn More & Register FCPA Institute – Boston (Oct. 3-4) A unique two-day learning experience ideal for a diverse group of professionals seeking to elevate their FCPA knowledge and practical skills through active learning. Learn more, spend less. CLE credit is available.last_img read more

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first_img Strategies For Minimizing Risk Under The FCPA A compliance guide with issue-spotting scenarios, skills exercises and model answers. “This book is a prime example of why corporate compliance professionals and practitioners alike continue to listen to Professor Koehler.” Order Your Copy Interested in elevating your Foreign Corrupt Practices Act knowledge and practical skills?For professionals in the FCPA space – or wishing to join the FCPA space – this is what the FCPA Institute is all about and the next FCPA Institute will be in Phoenix on January 17-18, 2019.The FCPA Institute is different than a typical FCPA conference.At the FCPA Institute, information is presented in an integrated and cohesive manner by an expert instructor with FCPA practice and teaching experience. Moreover, the FCPA Institute promotes active learning by participants through issue-spotting videos, skills exercises, small-group discussions and the sharing of real-world practices and experiences.To best facilitate the unique learning experience that the FCPA Institute represents, attendance at each FCPA Institute is capped at 25 participants.In short, the FCPA Institute elevates the FCPA learning experience for a diverse group of professionals and is offered as a refreshing and cost-effective alternative to a typical FCPA conference. The goal of the FCPA Institute is simple: to develop and enhance fundamental skills relevant to the FCPA, FCPA enforcement, and FCPA compliance best practices in a stimulating and professional environment with a focus on learning.The FCPA Institute presents the FCPA not merely as a legal issue, but also as a business and accounting issue.  The FCPA Institute is thus ideal for a diverse group of professionals such as in-house and outside counsel; business executives; finance, accounting and auditing professionals; and other compliance professionals seeking sophisticated FCPA knowledge and practical skills.Set forth below is a sampling of what FCPA Institute “graduates” have said about their experience.“Unlike other FCPA conferences where one leaves with a spinning head and unanswered questions, I left the FCPA Institute with a firm understanding of the nuts and bolts of the FCPA, the ability to spot issues, and knowledge of where resources can be found that offer guidance in resolving an issue.  The limited class size of the FCPA Institute ensured that all questions were answered and the interactive discussion among other compliance professionals was fantastic.” (Rob Foster, In-House Counsel, Oil and Gas Company)“The FCPA Institute was one of the best professional development investments of time and money that I have made since law school. The combination of black letter law and practical insight was invaluable. I would highly recommend the FCPA Institute to any professional who has compliance, ethics, legal or international business responsibilities.” (Norm Keith, Partner, Fasken Martineau, Toronto).“The FCPA Institute is very different than other FCPA conferences I have attended.  It was interactive, engaging, thought-provoking and at the completion of the Institute I left feeling like I had really learned something new and useful for my job.  The FCPA Institute is a must-attend for all compliance folks (in-house or external).” (Robert Wieck, CPA, CIA, CFE, Forensic Audit Senior Manager, Oracle Corporation)The FCPA Institute is a top-flight conference that offers an insightful, comprehensive review of the FCPA enforcement landscape.  Professor Koehler’s focus on developing practical skills in an intimate setting really sets it apart from other FCPA conferences.  One of the best features of the FCPA Institute is its diversity of participants and the ability to learn alongside in-house counsel, company executives and finance professionals. (Blair Albom, Associate, Debevoise & Plimpton)“The FCPA Institute was a professionally enriching experience and substantially increased my understanding of the FCPA and its enforcement. Professor Koehler’s extensive insight and practical experience lends a unique view to analyzing enforcement actions and learning compliance best practices. I highly recommend the FCPA Institute to practitioners from all career stages.” (Sherbir Panag, MZM Legal, Mumbia, India)“The FCPA Institute provided an in-depth look into the various forces that have shaped, and that are shaping, FCPA enforcement.  The diverse group of participants provided unique insight into how, at a practical level, various professionals evaluate risk and deal with FCPA issues on a day-to-day basis.  The small group setting, the interactive nature of the event, and the skills assessment test all set the FCPA Institute apart from other FCPA conferences or panel-based events.” (John Turlais, Senior Counsel, Foley & Lardner)FCPA Institute participants not only gain knowledge, practical skills and peer insight, but can also elect to have their knowledge assessed and earn a certificate of completion upon passing a written assessment tool. In this way, successful completion of the FCPA Institute represents a value-added credential for professional development. Attorneys who complete the FCPA Institute may also be eligible to receive Continuing Legal Education (“CLE”) credits. In addition, previous FCPA Institute participants have successfully obtained continuing education units from the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics for attending the FCPA Institute.To learn more about the FCPA Institute and to register, click here.last_img read more

Trump v Federal Reserve – Why

first_imgQUESTION: Good afternoon Martin,Do you gander that President Trump is aware that a higher dollar will cream the economy and is doing all he can to fight that trend?Maybe he is reading AE but like other politicians still thinks he can manipulate the economy?Trump is battling the Fed over interest rates. What does it mean for your money?MDCANSWER: Trump does realize that there has been a flight to the dollar. I believe his bashing the Fed to lower rates is inspired by the hope of keeping a lower dollar for trade. I do not believe higher rates are on his radar with respect to the markets. He is probably seeing briefings of the rise in rates and what is taking place with the national debt.As far as what does it mean for your money: the trend from public debt to private will be accelerated by this trend. I believe that the Fed will try pegging rates with caps rather than engaging in QE as Europe has done. Categories: Interest Rates Tags: Federal Reserve, Interest Rates « When Will Interest Rates Rise? center_img Public v Private Interest Rates & Sovereign Debt Crisis »last_img read more

Knowing Whats Best Isnt Everything

first_imgby, Margit Novack, GuestBloggerTweetShareShareEmail0 Shareselder-home-sliderMrs Jones, this chicken is the freezer is from 2002. Do you want us to throw it away?” I asked. “Oh no,” said Mrs. Jones. “ I just sautee it with some butter and seasoning and it tastes fine.” “But it’s ten years old, It can’t possibly be good for you. “I’m 92, it can’t be that bad.”And that’s when I began to think about surplus safety.Culture changing expert Dr. Bill Thomas argues that when dealing with elders, we focus almost exclusively on the down side of risk, and in doing so, inadvertently remove the possibility of upside of risk — the opportunity for growth and new experiences. As a result we create environments with a “surplus of safety.”This concept has caused me to rethink my job as a Senior Move Manager — someone who specializes in creating safe physical environments for elders.Part of my job is advising against throw rugs and for chairs with arms, for placing things needed every day on shelves where they can be reached without a stool, and more. Ever mindful of the devastating impact of a fall, I urge clients to downsize sufficiently so their belongings will fit in their new surroundings, and ask them not to be present while we unpack so they can avoid the stress of move day. I want to protect them, because they haven’t moved in 40 years and I help people move every day, so I know what is best for them.But do I?Relocation Stress Syndrome (RSS) is the name given to the physiologic and psychosocial disturbances that result from transferring from one environment to another. At first, psychologists believed that this occurred primarily in involuntary transfers to long term care settings, but today scientists agree that RSS can occur in moves to many settings and even when moves are voluntary and planned.The symptoms of RSS are loneliness, depression, anger, apprehension, dependency, confusion, anxiety and withdrawal and can affect anybody who moves to a new home. Minor characteristics include changes in sleeping and eating habits, insecurity, lack of trust and need for excessive reassurance.When experiencing relocation stress, the process depends on a number of variables, such as age and stage of life, personality, number of losses, amount of preparation and the degree and type of support before, during and after the move. RSS is experienced until a sense of control is regained.Given the support we provide before, during and after the move, involvement by Senior Move Managers and family members must decrease the likelihood of RSS, right?But here’s the rub. When we take excessive control of the move to maximize the outcome, are we taking control away from our clients and parents?Another culture change advocate, Kort Nygard, tells the story of a man in a long term care setting who asked for something meaningful to do. How did he define “meaningful?”“Where if I screw up, something bad happens.”Are we so focused on helping clients and parents achieve “good moves” that we reduce their opportunity for risk and control? If control over one’s move is so important in minimizing RSS, are we inadvertently contributing to the very thing we want to avoid?I agree that being in an over cluttered home, with potential physical hazards, can decrease one’s sense of control. But you and I have that choice — the opportunity to make bad decisions. Shouldn’t our clients and our parents have it too? Are we patronizing them by urging them to do what we want because we know best, even when it conflicts with what they want? The fact that things don’t fit in a new home does not mean that clients didn’t part with a great deal. Instead of helping them feel good about what they did accomplish, are we making them feel bad about what they didn’t?The desire to help clients and parents have a good move while maximizing their sense of acheivement and control is a conflict that seems inherent in what Senior Move Managers do. Let’s remind ourselves to not “over-protect” our clients.As expressed succinctly by Kort’s friend, part of what makes life meaningful is knowing that what you do matters and has consequences. Retaining the right to make decisions, even bad decisions, is a key ingredient of being in control.Related PostsSurplus Safety….More Than Meets the EyeI had the privilege recently of attending a symposium about “surplus safety,” put together by the Erickson School at the University of Maryland at Baltimore and funded by the Maurice Rothschild Foundation. Many thanks to these organizations for convening a group of more than 30 of the best and brightest…Myrtle Beach-The Joys of Upside Risk!A few months ago, I had the opportunity to hear Dr. Bill Thomas discuss “Surplus Safety” at the Eden Alternative Conference. I sat there at the time in complete agreement with him but not really taking to heart all that … Continue reading →Surplus Safety SymposiumOn Wednesday and Thursday this week I will be taking part in a groundbreaking symposium sponsored by The Erickson School at UMBC focused on the concept of Surplus Safety I’ve been developing with Dean Judah Ronch. The goals of this two-day symposium are huge. GIGANTIC. We have brought together a…TweetShareShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

Scientists successfully transfer memory of one animal to another

first_img Source:http://www.eneuro.org/content/early/2018/05/14/ENEURO.0038-18.2018 By Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDMay 16 2018UCLA neuroscience researchers have successfully transferred the memory of one animal to another via injections of RNA. This futuristic study has made possible hopes for similar transfers among higher animals too including humans. The study also provides understanding about the ways in which the brain stores memories and could be the next big thing in memory loss, dementia and related diseases. The study was published in the online journal eNeuro that is the online publication of Society for Neurosciences.The study led by scientist David Glanzman works with RNA transfers and provides understanding of these genetic materials in memory and learning. Experts are sceptical about the research though because the brains of the slugs are much simpler in comparison to higher animals and humans and it could be a distant possibility to imagine same could be done for humans. This new study was funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.For the experiment the team gave mild electric shocks to marine snail Aplysia californica. These snails quickly learned to withdraw their siphons and gills when they were shocked. This lasted for up to a minute and was clearly a defence manoeuvre. The manoeuvre was repeated when the snail was mildly touched as well. Snails that were not shocked earlier withdrew their siphons and gills briefly when touched. This indicated that the shocked snails had memories of the shocks.Related StoriesWearing a hearing aid may mitigate dementia riskLiving a healthy lifestyle may help offset genetic risk of dementiaWhy women who work are less likely to develop dementiaNext the researchers extracted RNA from the nervous systems of these snails that had been shocked. They injected this RNA into snails that had not been shocked. They also injected some unshocked snails with RNA from other unshocked snails. The results showed that the unshocked snails that received RNA from the shocked snails were ones that withdrew for longer durations when confronted with a soft touch compared to those that were unshocked and received RNA from unshocked snails. This meant that the memory of the electric shocks were transmitted from the shocked snails to the unshocked and un-exposed snails.RNA works as messenger and a template for protein formation. Till date synapses and connection between neurons have been the basis for memory and learning. This is a new concept in memory and learning that is being explored say researchers. Glanzman said about the results, “It’s as if we transferred a memory”.As a next step the team took the sensory neurons of the snails in petri dishes. They found that neurons of the snails that have been shocked are more excitable compared to the neurons of the snails that have not been shocked. Glanzman said that the memories seem to be stored within the nucleus of these neurons where these RNA can stimulate or block the actions of the genes by turning them off or on. He explained that the changes within the neurons is mediated by the RNA as seen by this experiment. He said that although several researchers would disagree, he is convinced that memories may remain even if the synapses come and go. This has to mean that the memories are stored in some form within the nucleus.center_img Image Credit: Lisa S. / Shutterstocklast_img read more

Researchers develop system to monitor elderly people in their own homes

first_img Source:https://www.uji.es/com/investigacio/arxiu/noticies/2018/6/monitoratge/ Jun 12 2018Research staff from the Universitat Jaume I in the fields of information technology, psychology and business have developed a monitoring system based on indoor location using mobile devices. The purpose of this system is to improve the observation of the positioning of elderly people, in their own homes and in a non-intrusive way, from Wi-Fi signals.This new system detects, in the quickest possible way, changes in the behavior of elderly people, which allows the intervention of caregivers or their relatives with all the available information. The procedure does not need any additional infrastructure; it is able to issue warnings before an unusual behavior of the people monitored and allows the caregivers to check this behavior through a web interface.The study was directed by the lecturer Óscar Belmonte from the GIANT Research Group (Machine Learning for Smart Environments) with the participation of Raúl Montoliu, from the same group; Antonio Caballer, from the Intervention and Evaluation in Socio-educational Contexts Research Group, and Merche Segarra from the Department of Business Administration and Marketing.According to data from the Spanish Institute of Statistics, referring to the year 2016, 41.7% of people who live alone in Spain are over 65 and 70.7% of them are women. Most of them prefer to live in their own home and not in residences. There are even studies that indicate that, in economic terms, it is better to live in your own home, but this implies that care and attention, in terms of time and economic organization, fall mostly on the family.”We start from the concept of health and active aging established by the WHO”, explains the researcher Antonio Caballer. “In this sense, we talk about the use of new technologies to improve the feeling of loneliness, participation, the level of safety and to keep older people in their homes the maximum possible time, without having to go to senior centers”.Teleassistance has allowed providing care and assistance services to the elderly remotely, in a minimally intrusive way, and in their own homes. This service has been used to detect anomalies that pose an imminent risk to the person’s health, such as a fall. With the new system proposed by the UJI team, it will be possible to detect possible risky situations, such as if a person stays in bed more than usual or has not gone to the kitchen to cook.Related StoriesTAU’s new Translational Medical Research Center acquires MILabs’ VECTor PET/SPECT/CTTrump administration cracks down on fetal tissue researchAMSBIO offers new, best-in-class CAR-T cell range for research and immunotherapy”Our purpose is to study the evolution in a person’s long-term health. If there is a continuous deterioration in their cognitive or physical functions, we should realize as soon as possible and try to determine the moment in which this deterioration began”, explains Óscar Belmonte, main researcher of the study.The system uses objective parameters to determine the usual behavior of the elderly people within their own home, so that it establishes behavior patterns and warns when a deviation occurs. From the signal emitted by Wi-Fi access points, it is possible to build algorithms that, once trained, estimate the user’s position according to the intensities measured by a device carried by the user (a mobile phone, laptop, smart watch or any other device with a wireless connection chip). “Once the model of a person’s data is constructed, we have to check each day if their behavior coincides with the learned behavior or if there are behavioral changes”, says Belmonte.The behavior pattern is extracted from the data provided by indoor location algorithms. Thus, once the behavior of the person is known, it can be monitored to detect possible deviations from the known pattern. In this way, it will be possible to evaluate if either the deviations are occasional, or they indicate a progressive change in the behavior or a possible risky situation.The Universitat Jaume I has granted an aid to validate this new system with people over 55 within the StartUJI program for the Valorization of Research Results of the Research Promotion Plan 2017. The project will last 15 months.last_img read more

Study opens new potential avenue for treating ovarian cancer

first_imgJun 14 2018Researchers at Houston Methodist Research Institute and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have found a prescription drug, Calcitriol, approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of calcium deficiency and kidney diseases, may increase the likelihood of surviving ovarian cancer.Their preclinical research, reported in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, integrated computational modeling and biology experiments in cell lines and mouse models to pinpoint a molecular pathway between malignant cells and supportive cells, called fibroblasts, associated with poor prognosis for patients with high-grade serous ovarian cancer, the most common and difficult form of the disease.A review of potential drugs by Houston Methodist researchers indicated that a synthetic and active form of a vitamin D analog called Calcitriol might break up molecular communication between cancer cells and fibroblasts, a finding confirmed in mouse models by MD Anderson researchers.This study opens a new potential avenue for treating ovarian cancer. Since Calcitriol is an FDA-approved drug, no additional research is needed before the drug can advance to human clinical trials for ovarian cancer. The researchers are working to address regulatory procedures, planning and funding required to open a clinical trial.”Targeting cancer cells might not be the only solution to treating cancer. Other cells in the tumor and surrounding microenvironment, such as fibroblasts, immune cells, fat cells and other supportive cells make up the very complex ecosystem of tumors that we need to understand,” said Samuel Mok, Ph.D., professor of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine and co-senior author of the study.Using a computer modeling technique pioneered by co-senior author Stephen Wong, Ph.D., the Houston Methodist team processed and analyzed genomic big data to identify crosstalk targets and screen FDA-approved drugs. Their approach allowed them to look at the complexity of the interactions among tumor cells and different types of supporting cells to see a full map of their intricacies.”In this era of big data, we can systematically identify pathways and therapies, as we’re using an unbiased approach to look at all possibilities,” said Wong, chair of systems medicine and bioengineering and John S. Dunn Sr. Presidential Distinguished Chair in Biomedical Engineering at Houston Methodist. “Our computational modeling can tell you which pathway is important for a particular disease. It allows for the heterogeneous tumor data to be fed in to the model to precisely identify these pathways, giving us a comprehensive view and allowing us to see specifically which malfunctioning cells to target.”Fibroblasts make and maintain connective tissue that provides a scaffolding for organs. To better understand their role, Mok, co-lead author Tsz-Lun Yeung, Ph.D., and colleagues carved out fibroblasts from tumor samples to study separately, using a precise process called laser microdissection.They studied gene expression by these cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) and found the fibroblasts had two distinct expression, or signatures that they named CAF-C and CAF-N.Related StoriesUsing machine learning algorithm to accurately diagnose breast cancerStudy: Nearly a quarter of low-risk thyroid cancer patients receive more treatment than necessarySugary drinks linked to cancer finds study”A survival analysis of these two CAF types in 46 ovarian cancer patients showed that patients with CAF-C fibroblasts had a poor prognosis, with median overall survival of 16 months compared to 33 months for the other type,” Mok said.Smad signaling between cancer cell, fibroblastsThe next step was to sort out what, specifically, makes the CAF-C group promote aggressive disease. Using a multi-cellular crosstalk modeling tool developed by Wong, called CCCExplorer (Cell-Cell Communication Explorer), co-lead author Jianting Sheng, Ph.D., and colleagues of the Houston Methodist team input gene-expression profiles from micro-dissected fibroblasts and neighboring ovarian cancer cells provided by Mok to compute, predict and prioritize crosstalk pathways and cell-to-cell interactions in the tumor microenvironment.”We identified a signaling pathway, called Smad, as the culprit of poor ovarian cancer outcomes,” Wong said. “Reprogramming these cells by targeting their communication networks presents an opportunity for the development of new cancer treatment strategies. If we focus on targeting these supportive cells in the tumor microenvironment instead of the tumor, itself, it could lead to less toxic, more effective treatments.”Experiments by Mok and colleagues confirmed the primacy of Smad signaling. Gene expression analysis again clustered patients into two groups; those with high expression of Smad-regulated genes had median overall survival of 15 months compared to 26 months for those with low expression.Wong and colleagues at Houston Methodist applied another computational module in their CCCExplorer tool to predict known drugs that have passed phase I safety trials that might target Smad signaling. Calcitriol was selected for further studies in part because previous research shows it can inhibit the binding of Smad proteins to their target genes.MD Anderson cell line experiments showed Calcitriol blocks Smad signaling. Treating ovarian-tumor bearing mice with Calcitriol reduced cancer cell proliferation and tumor volume while lengthening median overall survival from 36 to 48 weeks.”We know that cells in the tumor microenvironment actually support the cancer and may contribute to its aggressiveness. This study opens up a new potential avenue for developing ovarian cancer treatments,” said co-author Karen Lu, M.D., chair of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine at MD Anderson and J. Taylor Wharton, M.D., Distinguished Chair in Gynecologic Oncology.”These researchers have developed a unique and powerful concept to decode crosstalk and interactions among different cell components in the complex tumor microenvironment,” said Jenny C. Chang, M.D., director of Houston Methodist Cancer Center and Emily Herrmann Chair in Cancer Research. “Instead of testing one hypothesis at a time, the modeling tool now allows the cancer researchers and drug designers to comprehensively evaluate major intercellular crosstalk pathways simultaneously to find novel targets for ovarian and other cancers.” Source:https://www.mdanderson.org/newsroom/2018/06/md-anderson-houston-methodist-scientists-detect-new-ovarian-cancer-target.htmllast_img read more

Study Rare lymphoid cells play key role in development of inflammatory arthritis

first_imgAug 10 2018Immunologists at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg have demonstrated that ILC2, a group of rare lymphoid cells, play a key role in the development of inflammatory arthritis. ILCs have several functional similarities to T-cells and are important agents of our congenital immune system. The FAU researchers’ findings could form the basis for new approaches for treating rheumatoid arthritis. The findings have now been published in the renowned journal Cell Reports.Rheumatoid arthritis is the most common form of inflammatory joint conditions. In contrast to osteoarthritis, where patients’ joints degenerate, the symptoms of arthritis such as overheating, swelling and redness, occur in flare-ups and are frequently caused by disturbances in the immune system. The disease mainly affects the fingers and toes, but also knees, shoulders and hip joints. Around one percent of the population suffer from the condition and women are three times more likely to suffer from it than men. Treatment usually focuses on easing pain and slowing down the progression of the disease as there is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis.Rare immune cell regulates arthritisImmunologists at FAU have now proven that ILC2, a rare form of lymphocyte, plays a key role in the development of rheumatoid arthritis. Although ILCs, so-called ‘innate lymphoid cells’, do not have the T cell and B cell receptors nor cell type markers that are otherwise typical for lymphocytes, they are pivotal in defending the human body from pathogens. They are often the ‘first aiders’ who alarm the immune system before the actual immunisation begins. ‘From earlier research, we know that ILC2 can initiate the suppression of chronic inflammation by producing the cell signal molecule IL-9’, says project manager Dr. Mario Zaiss from the Department of Medicine 3 – Rheumatology and Immunology at Universitätsklinikum Erlangen. ‘In our current study, we specifically examined the role of ILC2s in the early stage of rheumatoid arthritis’.Related StoriesStill-to-be-approved drug proves to be new option for treating active rheumatoid arthritisResearchers identify new clues on tissue damage in rheumatoid arthritis and lupusMultiple breaches of injection safety practices identified in New Jersey septic arthritis outbreakILC2 only helps before the onset of the diseaseFirstly, Zaiss and his colleagues were able to demonstrate that the number of ILC2 in the peripheral blood and in the joints of patients with rheumatoid arthritis is significantly higher than in healthy people. Laboratory tests confirmed the regulatory function of ILC2. When the researchers reduced the number of these immune cells genetically, this exacerbated the progression of the disease later on, while increasing the number of ILC2 during therapy significantly reduced the arthritis. The researchers, however, cannot hold out any hope that they will be able to cure patients who already have inflammatory arthritis through targeted enrichment of ILC2. ‘There is no doubt that ILC2 has a regulatory effect during the early stage of arthritis,’ explains Mario Zaiss. ‘However, any treatment must start before the onset of the disease – transferring ILC2 later on does not improve symptoms.’Further research is set to find safe methods of increasing the number of ILC2 in the body in a targeted manner. Researchers must also find new and reliable methods of detecting signs of arthritis before the onset of the disease as this is the only time when these rare lymphocytes can be used as a treatment. Source:https://www.fau.eu/2018/08/06/news/research/can-rare-lymphocytes-combat-rheumatoid-arthritis/last_img read more

UKs leading sight loss charity invites applications from brightest minds in ophthalmic

first_imgMy application was ambitious because Fight for Sight are not afraid to fund ideas that break new ground. I feel very fortunate to receive this early career researcher funding to grow my existing research skills, develop new ones, and gain experience as a Chief Investigator managing and developing my own research project.I am working hard to make sure I deliver a successful project that will, in the future, benefit people living with dementia and those who are caring for them. If you’re an early career researcher and thinking of applying, do – the benefits are huge!” We’re delighted to open the call for our latest funding round. Both funding streams will provide an opportunity for clinicians, scientists and allied health professionals to deliver impactful research. We encourage researchers to apply and take this opportunity to carry out their pioneering research.” Related StoriesTrump administration cracks down on fetal tissue researchAXT enhances cellular research product portfolio with solutions from StemBioSysResearch on cannabis use in women limited, finds new studyAdditionally, the charity is also calling for applications for their annual Project Grants Award which offers up to £170,000 for three years for clinical and non-clinical research scientists to undertake research in all fields of ophthalmic and vision research.Fight for Sight is partnering with Alzheimer’s Research UK to co-fund research addressing dementia and visual impairment. The Fight for Sight / Birdshot Uveitis Society Project Grant particularly encourages projects investigating disease activity and biomarkers.Dr Neil Ebenezer, Director of Research, Policy and Innovation at Fight for Sight, said: Aug 17 2018Fight for Sight, the UK’s leading sight loss charity, has announced that the Project Grants Awards and the recently established Primer Fellowship call is now open for applications.The charity will provide funding of up to £60,000 for two individuals to undertake vision related research for one year. One of the Fellowships is funded in collaboration with The Royal College of Ophthalmologists.The Fellowships were established in order to fund trainee ophthalmologists at an early stage in their career. The charity is calling upon the brightest minds among eye health professionals to undertake ophthalmic and vision research. The aim of the Fellowship is to help equip those who wish to embark on research fellowships in the future, leading to better and more impactful research.Dr Marianne Coleman, a previous Primer Fellowship recipient from The University of Surrey who is using the funding to determine whether binocular vision and pupil response testing should be included in dementia-friendly eye-testing guidelines said: Source:http://www.fightforsight.org.uk/news-and-views/articles/news/charity-invites-applications-from-brightest-minds-in-vision-research/last_img read more

Brain region for stress control is enlarged in people with depression finds

first_img Source:http://www.cbs.mpg.de/presse/depression-hypothalamus Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Sep 20 2018According to the World Health Organization (WHO) 322 million people worldwide were affected by depression in 2015–4.4 percent of the world’s population. In the search for the underlying causes of this widespread disorder, researchers have concluded that it could arise from predisposition combined with an individual’s environmental stress factors.So far, it is known that people more predisposed to depression show a dysregulation of the endogenous stress response system, otherwise known as the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA axis), which is normally triggered when we are faced with a stressful situation. This response increases the amount of cortisol, providing the body with more energy when faced with a potential threat or challenge. Once the challenging situation has passed, several control mechanisms in the HPA axis normally ensure the system returns to a balanced state.Related StoriesStudy reveals long-term benefits of stress urinary incontinence surgeryTransobturator sling surgery shows promise for stress urinary incontinenceDon’t Miss the Blood-Brain Barrier Drug Delivery (B3DD) Summit this AugustIn people who suffer with depressive disorder or who are more predisposed, this is not the case. Instead, a malfunction of the feedback mechanism results in a stress response operating at full throttle, even when there is no apparent stressful situation. Until now, the underlying reason for this hyperactive stress response system and the role of the hypothalamus as its overall control unit has remained unclear.In a recent study with 84 participants, scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (MPI CBS) in Leipzig and the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy of the University Clinic in Leipzig have revealed that in people with an affective disorder, the left hypothalamus was on average five per cent larger than that of their healthy counterparts. ‘We observed that this brain region is enlarged in people with depression as well as in those with bipolar disorder, two types of affective disorders’, says Stephanie Schindler, a PhD student at both research institutes involved in the study and first author of the underlying publication just published in the scientific journal Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica. Furthermore, in one of the groups of participants with depression it was also revealed that the more severe the depression, the larger the hypothalamus was. Medication did not have any effect on the size of the hypothalamus.These relations were found out using a high-resolution 7-Tesla MRI scanner. The severity of disorders was measured using standardized questionnaires and interviews.Although studies have shown this brain structure to be more active in people with depression or bipolar disorder, it is not yet known what role a larger hypothalamus plays. ‘Higher activity could lead to structural changes and thus to a larger volume of the hypothalamus normally the size of a one cent coin’, says Stefan Geyer, one of the study’s principal investigators and head of the research group Anatomical Analysis of the Organization of the Human and Non-Human Primate Brain at MPI CBS.last_img read more

Pregnancy resculpts womens brains for at least 2 years

first_imgA first-of-its-kind study has revealed that the architecture of women’s brains changes strikingly during their first pregnancies, in ways that last for at least 2 years. In particular, gray matter shrinks in areas involved in processing and responding to social signals. This may mean that new mothers’ brains are more efficiently wired in areas that allow them, for instance, to respond to their infant’s needs or to detect threatening people in their environments. The changes correlated with standard tests of a mother’s attachment to her infant—and they occurred whether a woman conceived naturally or using in vitro fertilization.“We certainly don’t want to put a message out there along the lines of ‘pregnancy makes you lose your brain,’” says the study’s lead author Elseline Hoekzema, a neuroscientist at Leiden University the Netherlands who is also the pregnant mother of a 2-year-old. “Gray matter volume loss can also represent a beneficial process of maturation or specialization.”Pregnancy is a time of dramatic, hormone-driven physiological and physical changes. Blood volume, hormone levels, absorption of nutrients, and other physiological capabilities grow dramatically. Other changes, according to anecdotal reports from pregnant women, are not so salubrious, like forgetfulness and difficulty concentrating. Whereas animal studies have shown that pregnancy is associated with apparently long-lasting anatomical brain changes—accompanied by adaptive changes, such as rodent mothers becoming better at foraging for food—virtually no studies have drilled down on anatomical changes in the human brain during pregnancy. 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Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Emailcenter_img Hoekzema and her colleagues set out to change that. Working in Spain, in affiliation with the Autonomous University of Barcelona, they used MRI scanning to examine the brains of 25 women who had never had children, both before they became pregnant and again from 3 weeks to a few months after they gave birth. The team also scanned 19 first-time fathers at the same intervals, 17 men without children, and 20 women without children who did not become pregnant during the study. Then, they used computer-based analyses to measure changes in gray matter volume.The findings showed highly consistent gray matter volume losses in the mothers and not in the other groups, the team reports today in Nature Neuroscience. The changes occurred primarily in areas of the brain involved in social tasks like reading the desires and intentions of others from their faces and actions. The hippocampus, a region associated with memory, also lost volume. What’s more, the team found that the mothers’ scores on a standard test that gauges the degree of a mom’s attachment to her infant could be predicted to a significant degree based on the changes in their gray matter volume during pregnancy.The scientists also used MRI scans to watch the women’s brains work in real time, as they looked at photos of their own infants and of other babies. Several of the brain areas that had lost gray matter during pregnancy responded with the strongest neural activity to their own babies as opposed to the photos of other infants.(Comparisons between the brain’s response to photos of a mother’s own infant and to photos of other infants is a common measure researchers use to gauge neural responses to babies.)Two years later, 11 of the 25 mothers—those who had not become pregnant again—returned for MRI scans. The scans showed that gray matter loss remained—except in the hippocampus, where most volume had been restored. The changes were so consistent that a computer algorithm could predict with 100% accuracy whether a woman had been pregnant from her MRI scan.The researchers could not explain with certainty what the findings mean–they do not have the kind of access to the women’s brains that scientists have to rodents’, for instance—but they speculate that the gray matter losses might confer an adaptive advantage, Hoekzema says. She notes that a similar decline in gray matter volume occurs during adolescence, when neural networks are fine-tuned for more efficiency and more specialized functions. Scientists not involved in the study noted that not only is it the first to demonstrate widespread anatomical changes in the pregnant human brain, but that it goes further by showing that the changes last for at least 2 years. “It opens the door to the possibility that it might cause changes in parenting that might have implications in decision-making and behavior later in life,” says Mel Rutherford, an evolutionary psychologist at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada.He adds that he would like to see similar studies in adoptive parents and in mothers who give up their children for adoption. That might strengthen the evidence from the current study that the changes arise solely from the physical fact of pregnancy and not, for instance, from the stress and sleep deprivation that all parents experience early in an infant’s life. (In the current study, the brains of the new fathers did not change despite these stresses.)Abbe Macbeth, a neuroscientist with Noldus Information Technology, a behavioral research consultancy in Leesburg, Virginia, and herself the mother of 6- and 9-year-olds, says that less can be more when the brain restructures itself to respond to life changes. “There is all this anecdotal talk about pregnant women forgetting things, but that can occur in areas that don’t necessarily have anything to do with caring for our offspring,” she says. “That’s what nature wants us to focus on. This paper shows that.” Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Countrylast_img read more

Underground labs in China are devising potent new opiates faster than authorities

first_img By adding chemical groups, illicit chemists in China have created new analogs of fentanyl, some of them even more potent than the original. Many are sold openly to U.S. buyers as “research chemicals.” Weaker variations Email Canadian police seized these printer ink bottles from China full of carfentanil, which is 10,000 times more potent than morphine. By Kathleen McLaughlinMar. 29, 2017 , 9:00 AM CINCINNATI, OHIO—Miller Atkinson was an addict from the very first time he shot up with heroin. “I fell in love with it. Everything else fell to the wayside,” says the 24-year-old. “There was nothing that could have stopped me from getting high.”And that’s what he did every day, for 9 months, in his family’s upper middle class neighborhood in this Midwestern city. He dropped out of the University of Cincinnati. Like other users, he built up a tolerance to heroin and needed larger doses to find euphoria. Then, about 4 years ago, a powerful new combination hit the streets here: heroin cut with fentanyl, a synthetic opiate about 100 times more potent than morphine that’s used to alleviate pain during and after surgery and in late-stage cancers. “It started trickling in, and we were like, ‘Wow, that was good, we need to get more of that,’” he says. “It was more intense.” So much so that friends who shot up with fentanyl-laced heroin started dying.Atkinson was one of the lucky ones. After several misdemeanors and a felony heroin possession charge, he got his life back on track, and he is now studying for the law school entrance exam. Two milligrams of fentanyl—just a few grains clinging to a sample vial—is a lethal dose. 3-methylfentanyl C23H30N2O Carfentanil C24H30N23 Furanylfentanyl C23H30N2O2 ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE Stronger variations V. Altounian/Science Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! 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The United States consumes 85% of all the world’s natural and synthetic opiates, which in 2015 factored in 33,091 U.S. deaths, up more than 4000 from the previous year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Opioid overdoses have quadrupled since 1999. When average U.S. life expectancies for men and women edged downward last year, for the first time in decades, many health professionals blamed opiate abuse.The opium poppy is no longer the starting point for many of the opiates on the street. The new compounds, often sold mixed with heroin, originate in illicit labs in China. “For the cartels, why wait for a field of poppies to grow and harvest if you can get your hands on the precursor chemicals and cook a batch of fentanyl in a lab?” says Tim Reagan, resident agent in charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) Cincinnati office. But enforcement is tough. Chinese labs producing the synthetic opiates play hide-and-seek with authorities. On their websites, they list fake addresses in derelict shopping centers or shuttered factories, and use third-party sales agents to conduct transactions that are hard to trace. The drugs themselves are easy to find with a Google search and to buy with a few mouse clicks. A recent check found more than a dozen Chinese sites advertising fentanyl, carfentanil, and other derivatives, often labeled as “research chemicals,” for sale through direct mail shipments to the United States. On one website, carfentanil goes for $361 for 50 grams: tens of thousands of lethal doses.The cat-and-mouse game extends to chemistry, as the makers tinker with fentanyl itself. Minor modifications like adding an oxygen atom or shifting a methyl group can be enough to create whole new entities that are no longer on the list of sanctioned compounds. Carfentanil itself was, until recently, unregulated in China.The coroner’s office in Cincinnati overflows with work. Lab analysts have set up shop in makeshift office spaces in the hallway. They are coping with a months-long case backlog created by the waves of new opiates washing into the region. In Hamilton County, as in many other jurisdictions, drug dealers can be charged with manslaughter when a customer overdoses and dies, but prosecutors can’t charge a dealer without verifying what he sold. To confirm that victims have overdosed on illegal opiates and to support prosecution of drug dealers, Sammarco’s team must parse the chemical composition of seized samples.Other users can’t help, as they generally “don’t know what they’re taking,” says Tom Fallon, a lead investigator with the Hamilton County Heroin Task Force. A computer readout of one sample in the crime lab here illustrates why. The batch includes heroin, of course, but also caffeine, an antihistamine, an unidentified fentanyl compound, carfentanil, and another nasty analog, furanylfentanyl. Some recently seized batches have also been laced with ketamine, an anesthetic that has gained popularity in China as a recreational drug.When the carfentanil wave struck, the county lab scrambled to prepare its analytical tools. One challenge was simply finding samples to compare to seized material. Veterinarians no longer use the substance, and commercial labs don’t stock it. Eventually the coroner’s office procured an expired batch from a nearby zoo. By October 2016, the county toxicology lab had fine-tuned its testing of blood and urine samples using a gas chromatograph mass spectrometer, which can find carfentanil at its smallest detectable dose. The machine shears mystery molecules into fragments, weighs them, and compares the pattern of masses to those from a known molecule. Like splitting Lego creations, breaking up the molecules produces the same pattern each time. Acetyfentanyl C21H26N2O Butyl-fentanyl C23H30N2O Furanylfentanyl C24H26N2O2 Former addict Miller Atkinson remembers when fentanyl-laced heroin hit the streets in Cincinnati: “It started trickling in, and we were like ‘Wow, that was good, we need to get more of that.’” DEA classified fentanyl as a schedule II drug decades ago, which makes it a felony to sell or use the opiate without a prescription. But in China, until recently, fentanyl was largely unregulated. In late 2015, the drug agency persuaded its Chinese counterpart to add 116 synthetic drugs to its list of controlled substances; fentanyl and several analogs were included. In response, underground Chinese labs began tweaking the fentanyl molecule, which is easy to alter for anyone with basic knowledge of chemistry and lab tools. By adding chemical groups, unscrupulous chemists have created new, unregulated variants, some of them even more potent than the original.Public awareness of the crisis spiked last spring, after music icon Prince’s death from an overdose of fentanyl. But in the months since then, the chemical one-upmanship has deepened the opiate crisis, as new and nastier substances appear on the streets in places like Cincinnati. The fentanyl derivatives not only allow makers and dealers to elude law enforcement; they blindside public health authorities and make addiction even riskier. “It’s just going to get worse,” Reagan says.Last July, police and scientists here were bracing for a new villain—perhaps the deadliest fentanyl cousin yet. “We were hearing about something so dastardly we had to be prepared,” recalls Lakshmi Sammarco, the coroner for Hamilton County, which includes Cincinnati. Carfentanil, an elephant tranquilizer that apparently had never been studied in humans, was showing up mixed into heroin in nearby cities and felling addicts. That month, a Canadian man was arrested in Calgary after authorities intercepted a 1-kilogram package of carfentanil labeled as “printer accessories,” which he had ordered from China. Other synthetic opiates had found their way into Ohio via Canada, so it was only a matter of time before carfentanil would make the journey as well. “We all looked at each other and said, ‘Alright, buckle your seat belts, this is going to get very bumpy,’” Sammarco says.Fentanyl crosses the blood-brain barrier with ease. It binds to opioid receptors and floods the brain with dopamine, which creates intense euphoria but also slows the heart and depresses breathing. For most individuals, a lethal fentanyl dose is about 2 milligrams—an amount so minuscule that in a test tube it looks like a few grains of salt clinging to the glass. Carfentanil is 100 times stronger, making it about 10,000 times more potent than morphine. Crime labs keep autoinjectors of naloxone, the lifesaving opioid receptor antagonist, within reach in case their personnel are accidentally exposed to synthetic opiates.Realizing what they were facing, Sammarco and her colleagues shifted into crisis mode, warning first responders that carfentanil overdoses could require double or triple doses of naloxone. They cautioned users not to dose up alone, and banned cops and emergency crews from testing drugs at crime scenes. (Last September, 11 police in Connecticut fell ill after accidentally inhaling fentanyl that was kicked up into the air during a drug bust.)Then, the bomb went off. Over 6 days in late August 2016, Hamilton County saw 176 drug overdoses, primarily from carfentanil, the coroner’s office says. After the initial shock wave, use of the drug ebbed—it was simply too powerful and dangerous for addicts and dealers looking to make a quick profit. “We get a little bit of breathing room,” Sammarco says. “But we’re always waiting for the other shoe to drop.”Hoping to stem the tide of synthetic opiates, DEA has taken the fight to China, as prolific a maker of illicit drugs as it is of legitimate chemicals. According to a U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission report last month, “China is a global source of illicit fentanyl and other [new psychoactive substances] because the country’s vast chemical and pharmaceutical industries are weakly regulated and poorly monitored.” In response to U.S. pressure, China has scheduled fentanyl and several other derivatives. © MADDIE MCGARVEY Underground labs in China are devising potent new opiates faster than authorities can respond Another challenge with carfentanil is the dearth of literature on how much would cause a human to overdose or die, explains Bob Topmiller, Hamilton County’s toxicologist. First responders and crime lab chemists are now building a body of research on its effects. “We’re not a research lab,” he says, “but there’s a lot of information we’ve been able to obtain over the last several months that we’ve been able to share with other labs,” such as molecular structures and toxicology reports.Like other regions around the United States coping with a tide of mystery opiates, Hamilton County gets help identifying the compounds from DEA’s own facilities, including the Special Testing and Research Laboratory, a plain building in an industrial development in Sterling, Virginia. In contrast to the Hamilton County coroner’s office, the Sterling lab is brightly lit and uncluttered. Director Jeffrey Comparin and his team have at their disposal an arsenal of detection and chemical dissection tools for identifying unknown drugs. “It’s not uncommon for us to build up a molecular model from scratch as we go,” he says. A DEA chemist demonstrates by snapping a methyl group onto a plastic model of fentanyl.China eventually banned methylfentanyl, driving down its production and pushing it deeper underground. Its crackdown on fentanyl and several analogs in 2015 led to a marked decline in those synthetic opiates in the United States, DEA says. And last month, after extensive negotiations with DEA, China added carfentanil and three more fentanyl analogs to its list of controlled substances.Even before China scheduled carfentanil, the scourge had begun to fade in Ohio. Sammarco expects the final toll from that analog in Hamilton County last year, after all analyses are completed, will top 70 deaths. But a new threat has appeared. Traces of an unidentified fentanyl analog have cropped up in several batches from crime scenes. Hamilton County’s scientists will search for a molecular match, add it to the list—and hope the new wave is less deadly than the last.last_img read more

Mapping Mexicos hidden graves

first_img Email The team unveiled its findings at a press conference last Thursday. In addition to 43 municipalities with hidden graves publicly reported in 2016—mostly in the states of Veracruz and Guerrero—the model identified 45 other municipalities as having a 70% or higher chance of containing unreported graves. Topping that list is Coyuca de Benítez in Guerrero, with an 86% chance. Five of the 10 with the highest probabilities—including Nogales, Sonora, and Juarez, Chihuahua—are in states along the U.S. border. Places least likely to contain hidden graves include the southern states of Quintana Roo and Yucatán. Mapping Mexico’s hidden graves Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! 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Here, forensic technicians overlook the likely site of a hidden grave near Monterrey. Credits: (Graphic) J. You/Science; (Data) Data Cívica/Universidad Iberoamericana Where the bodies may be buried Researchers predicted which municipalities in Mexico were most likely to contain hidden graves in 2016, using a new statistical model. Municipalities in Guerrero, Michoacán, and along the northern border were most likely to contain undiscovered hidden graves. Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) MEXICO CITY—More than 30,000 people have disappeared without a trace in Mexico, most since violence skyrocketed after the government began battling drug cartels in 2006. Police investigations rarely solve such crimes, so many families are left to search on their own for the hidden graves that may hold their relatives. Last week, a team of data scientists and human rights researchers released a new tool for the searchers: a map predicting which municipalities in Mexico are most likely to house hidden graves.“Without a doubt these hidden graves are one of the most critical signs of the human rights crisis we’re experiencing in Mexico,” says Denise González, coordinator of the Human Rights program at the Ibero-American University (Ibero) here, and a participant in the project. The Mexican government has reported 200 or so—a considerable undercount, activists say. After 2 years of scouring local and national press reports, González’s team documented 390 hidden graves discovered from 2009 to 2014, containing at least 1418 bodies. “I’m convinced we have more information about clandestine graves than the government itself,” González says. Mexico’s Attorney General’s office did not respond to request for comment. When Patrick Ball was introduced to Ibero’s database, the director of research at the Human Rights Data Analysis Group in San Francisco, California, saw an opportunity to turn the data into a predictive model. Ball, who has used similar models to document human rights violations from Syria to Guatemala, soon invited Data Cívica, a Mexico City–based nonprofit that creates tools for analyzing data, to join the project.The team built its model using data from municipalities where hidden graves were reported in the media from 2013 to 2016. They classified each according to 35 geographic and socioeconomic variables, including murder rate, average level of education, and distance to the U.S. border. Their model then found municipalities with similar characteristics and determined the likelihood that they, too, would contain hidden graves. “It’s very innovative,” says Jan Jarab, representative for the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights here. “And it’s not just academic—it could be of very practical use in the searches.”But Teresa Vera Alvarado, a Mexico City resident who joined search brigades after her sister disappeared, thinks that because the model is based on press reports, it probably still leaves out the majority of hidden graves. The Mexican press faces censorship and threats from both organized crime and the government; according to The New York Times, more than 100 Mexican journalists have been murdered since 2000, and 25 others have disappeared. The families of the disappeared—who are carrying out most of the searches—are the best source of information, she says. To take their knowledge into account, González and her team will begin to meet with searchers in September.Mónica Meltis, the executive director of Data Cívica here, agrees that many graves may remain invisible to the model, because they could follow different patterns than those reported in the press. Nevertheless, each discovery feeds the model new information and makes it more powerful, she says. “We can use scientific tools to shed light on what we haven’t yet been able to observe.”Jorge Ruíz, a human rights researcher at Ibero, hopes the model’s stark results will push the government to finally act. The state—not the families—should be searching for hidden graves, he says. “We want to obligate the government to assume more responsibility for disappearances in Mexico.” Meltis agrees: “If the government really wants to search, like it says it does—well, search! Here’s a guide of where to look.”last_img read more

A lobsters underbelly is so tough you could use it instead of

first_img Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) A lobster’s underbelly is so tough, you could use it instead of car tires By Sid PerkinsFeb. 19, 2019 , 4:40 PM Email Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country ClassicStock/Alamy Stock Photo A lobster’s shell is pretty tough. But the transparent material on the underside of its tail may be even more amazing: Lab tests show the thin, stretchy substance is as sturdy as the rubber used to make tires.Like the shell surrounding a lobster’s body, the flexible material on the underside of the crustacean’s tail contains chitin, a fibrous material found in the exoskeletons of many insects and crustaceans. But the team’s tests revealed the substance is about 90% water, which lends the material elasticity. It also has a plywoodlike arrangement of microscopic layers, each with chitin fibers running largely in one direction, but with those in the neighboring layers running in somewhat different orientations. This same sort of arrangement helps give plywood consistent strength in several directions that a single layer of wood doesn’t have, the researchers note.The layered membrane is somewhat floppy and stretches to almost twice its normal length before it begins to stiffen, the team reports in a forthcoming issue of Acta Biomaterialia. Stretching the material further makes it get even stiffer, they note. Overall, the material is as tough as those used to make garden hoses, tires, and conveyor belts. Another advantage of the layered arrangement of the membrane: Cuts or gouges that penetrate only a few outer layers typically don’t propagate into the intact layers, which renders the material “fault tolerant.” 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 Similar materials could be used to make flexible joints, such as elbows and knees, in armor or hard suits, the researchers suggest.last_img read more

A homespun Canadian telescope could explain mysterious radio signals from the distant

first_img Country * Afghanistan Aland Islands Albania Algeria Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia, Plurinational State of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Bouvet Island Brazil British Indian Ocean Territory Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Christmas Island Cocos (Keeling) Islands Colombia Comoros Congo Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Cook Islands Costa Rica Cote d’Ivoire Croatia Cuba Curaçao Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Faroe Islands Fiji Finland France French Guiana French Polynesia French Southern Territories Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Gibraltar Greece Greenland Grenada Guadeloupe Guatemala Guernsey Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Heard Island and McDonald Islands Holy See (Vatican City State) Honduras Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran, Islamic Republic of Iraq Ireland Isle of Man Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jersey Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Lao People’s Democratic Republic Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macao Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Martinique Mauritania Mauritius Mayotte Mexico Moldova, Republic of Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Montserrat Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands New Caledonia New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Niue Norfolk Island Norway Oman Pakistan Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Pitcairn Poland Portugal Qatar Reunion Romania Russian Federation Rwanda Saint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Martin (French part) Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Sint Maarten (Dutch part) Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands South Sudan Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Svalbard and Jan Mayen Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syrian Arab Republic Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania, United Republic of Thailand Timor-Leste Togo Tokelau Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Turks and Caicos Islands Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of Vietnam Virgin Islands, British Wallis and Futuna Western Sahara Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe By Daniel CleryMar. 14, 2019 , 9:30 AM Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country Edo Berger, Harvard University Deflected windparticles The CHIME telescope was designed to chart the structure of the universe by mapping hydrogen gas. But it may discover dozens of FRBs in its daily scans of the sky. Burst catcher So much is unknown about FRBs, including whether repeaters and single FRBs comefrom the same sources, that many possible explanations are still in play. Engine room A white dwarf, neutron star, or black hole merging with another one of these massive objects could lead to a burst. But it could not repeat. Merger A neutron star collapsing into a black hole or a star made of quarks could emit a single radio pulse. It, too, would not repeat. Collapse Giant black holes at galactic centers emit jets. Bursts could occur when a jet hits a nearby black hole or gas cloud. Galactic jets Cosmic strings, defects in the fabric of spaceleftover from the big bang, could kink and emit a radio blast. Fault in our stars Electrons in intergalactic space delay low frequencies more than high. High-frequency pulse Low-frequency pulse Milliseconds Magnetar FRBs Shots in the dark Fast radio bursts (FRBs) have puzzled theorists since their discovery in 2007. Their short duration and dispersed frequencies imply compact, distant sources. One possibility is a magnetar, a highly magnetized neutron star, the city-size cinder of an exploded star. Young magnetars blast out flares of electrons and ions. When a flare hits slower moving clouds of ions, it creates a shock wave. Electrons in the shock wave gyrate around magnetic field lines and emit alaserlike pulse of radio waves. Flare Earth Antenna array Magneticfield line Gyrating electron Radio signal Slower movingionized gas Incomingburst Mesh surface Radiation-shieldedshipping containershouse computers. 82 m 100 meters (m) Victoria Kaspi, an astronomer at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, realized CHIME would be an ideal net to catch radio bursts. Just days before I visit, CHIME—still in its shakedown phase—had made global headlines for bagging 13 new FRBs, bringing the total known to more than 60. Nearly that many theories exist for explaining them. One of the few things researchers know for sure, from the nature of the pulses, is that they come from far beyond our Milky Way. But in an instant, each event is over, leaving no afterglow for astronomers to study and frustrating efforts to get a fix on their origin.Whatever generates FRBs must be compact to produce such short pulses, astronomers believe, and extremely powerful to be seen at such great distances. Think neutron stars or black holes or something even more exotic. FRBs can repeat—although strangely, only two of the dozens known appear to do so. The repetition could rule out explosions, mergers, or other one-time cataclysmic events. Or repeating and solitary FRBs could be different animals with different sources—theorists just don’t know. What they need are numbers: more events and, most important, more repeaters, which can be traced to a particular environment in a home galaxy. CHIME will deliver that by surveying the sky at high sensitivity. Its troughs don’t move, but they observe a swath of sky half a degree wide, stretching from one horizon to the other. As Earth turns, CHIME sweeps across the entire northern sky. Sarah Burke-Spolaor, an astrophysicist at West Virginia University in Morgantown, says its sensitivity and wide field of view will enable it to survey a volume of the universe 500 times bigger than the one surveyed by the Parkes radio telescope in Australia, which discovered the first FRB and 21 others. “CHIME just has access to that all day, every day,” she says.Once CHIME’s commissioning phase is over later this year, scientists think it could find as many as two dozen FRBs per day. “Within a year, it will be the dominant discoverer of FRBs,” says Harvard University astrophysicist Edo Berger.The strange-looking telescope has been a labor of love for the small team behind it—labor being the operative word. A contractor assembled the dishes, lining the troughs with a radio-reflective steel wire mesh. But everything else was painstakingly assembled by researchers from UBC, the University of Toronto, and McGill University in Montreal. That includes 1000 antennas fixed beneath the gantry at each trough’s focus, 100 kilometers of cabling, and more than 1000 computer processors that sit inside radiation-shielded shipping containers next to the dishes.”Everyone has put their hands on the telescope,” says Milutinovic, who puts in shifts monitoring it and its computer systems. It’s not just a desk job. Although he left alone two baby ospreys that nested on a tall pole near the telescope, he has called in conservationists to remove other birds that set up house in the telescope’s structure, along with the occasional rattlesnake. When a humidity sensor in one of the computer containers goes off at night, Milutinovic makes the 25-minute drive to the deserted observatory to check it out. He worries about other nocturnal visitors. “I’ve seen the tracks of coyote, and there’s a bear that hangs around here.”In a field in which front-rank telescopes cost billions, the CA$20 million CHIME looks set to have an impact out of all proportion to its price tag. “CHIME shows you can build a telescope that makes the world news pretty cheaply,” Milutinovic says.Hydrogen huntNone of that was part of CHIME’s original job description. Back in 2007, a group of cosmologists in Canada had the idea of building a cheap telescope to measure the 3D distribution across the universe of hydrogen gas clouds, which glow faintly at radio frequencies. The aim, says Keith Vanderlinde of the University of Toronto, was to map ripples in the density of matter created soon after the big bang and chart their expansion over cosmic history. A change in the expansion rate would tell researchers something about dark energy, the mysterious force thought to be accelerating the universe’s growth. “Any handle we can get on it would be a huge boon to physics,” Vanderlinde says.CHIME would also be an excellent machine for studying pulsars. Pulsars are neutron stars, dense cinders of collapsed giant stars, that shoot electromagnetic beams out of their poles while rotating like a celestial lighthouse, sometimes thousands of times per second. Astronomers on Earth detect the beams as metronomic pulses of radio waves. CHIME will monitor 10 pulsars at a time, 24 hours a day, for hiccups in their perfect timekeeping that could result when passing gravitational waves stretch intervening space.When CHIME was conceived, few people were thinking about FRBs because the first, found in 2007 in archival Parkes telescope data, was such an enigma. It had a high dispersion measure, meaning the pulse was smeared across frequencies because free electrons in intergalactic space had slowed the burst’s low-frequency radio waves disproportionately. The high dispersion measure suggested the burst came from billions of light-years away, far beyond our local group of galaxies.The pulse was still bright, implying the source’s energy was a billion times that of a pulsar pulse. Yet its short duration meant the source could be no bigger than 3000 kilometers across because signals could not cross a larger object fast enough for it to act in unison and produce a single, short pulse. A citysize pulsar could fit in that space. But how could a pulsar detonate so powerfully?Astronomers were tempted to dismiss that first burst as a mirage. But it was no anomaly: Another pulse was uncovered in Parkes archival data in 2012. Then, after an upgrade with new digital instruments, Parkes detected four more in 2013, all with high dispersion measures, suggesting cosmically distant origins. That paper “made me a believer,” says McGill astronomer Victoria Kaspi, who was working to integrate pulsar monitoring into CHIME.The paper also sparked a realization: CHIME could be adapted to look for FRBs, too. “Vicky called me up and said, ‘You know, this would also make a good FRB machine,’” recalls Ingrid Stairs, a collaborator of Kaspi’s at UBC.Unlikely partnersThe upgrade was not easy. Catching FRBs requires finer time and frequency resolution than mapping hydrogen. CHIME’s data would have to be logged every millisecond across 16,000 frequency channels, Kaspi says. To do that meant tinkering with the correlator, the fearsomely parallel computer that chomps through the 13 terabits of data streaming every second from CHIME’s 1024 antennas—comparable to global cellphone traffic.The time-critical astrophysicists needed a different output from the sensitivity-is-everything cosmologists. The cosmologists, eager to map the cosmic clouds, could get by without the extra resolution. At the end of each day, they could download data onto a hard disk and ship it to UBC for leisurely processing. But that wasn’t an option for the FRB hunters, who needed high-resolution data that would quickly overwhelm a hard drive. Kaspi and her colleagues devised algorithms to scan in real time just a few minutes of high-resolution data stored in a buffer. If an event is detected, the key 20 seconds of data around it are saved. If there’s nothing, they’re dumped. Searching for FRBs is “smash and grab science,” says team member Paul Scholz of the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory in Okanagan Falls. A homespun Canadian telescope could explain mysterious radio signals from the distant universe Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) PENTICTON, CANADA—Reporting from the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory here requires old-school techniques: pad and pen. Upon arrival, I must turn off my digital recorder and cellphone and stash them in a shielded room with a Faraday cage—a metal mesh that prevents stray electromagnetic signals from escaping. The point is to keep any interference away from the observatory’s newest radio telescope, the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME).On a clear, cold day in January, Nikola Milutinovic stands on the vertiginous gantry that runs along the focus of one of CHIME’s four 100-meter-long, trough-shaped dishes. Milutinovic, a scientific engineer at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, scans their reflective surfaces for snow, which generally sifts through the metallic mesh but sometimes sticks and freezes. Snow-covered hills surround him, shielding CHIME from the cellphone towers, TV transmitters, and even microwave ovens of nearby towns. “If you switched on a cellphone on Mars, CHIME could detect it,” he says.CHIME’s quarry is neither so faint nor so close. The telescope is smaller and cheaper than other leading radio observatories. But by luck as much as design, its capabilities are just right for probing what may be the most compelling new mystery in astronomy: signals from the distant universe called fast radio bursts (FRBs). Discovered in 2007, FRBs are so bright that they stick out in the data like a peak in the nearby Canadian Rockies—so long as a telescope is watching and its electronics are fast enough to pick out the pulses, which last only a few thousandths of a second. Email C. BICKEL/SCIENCE As test observations began in 2017, the team got twitchy about how many FRBs CHIME would see. CHIME was observing at frequencies of 400 to 800 megahertz (MHz), lower than the 1.4-gigahertz frequency used to detect most FRBs. A 300-MHz survey at a different telescope had found nothing, and another survey at 700 to 800 MHz saw just a single burst. “It was worrying, especially in the lower part of the band,” Stairs says.Those worries evaporated in July and August 2018, when the team struck gold with the 13 new FRBs, even though sections of the telescope were sporadically taken offline for adjustments. The haul, published in Nature in January, included one repeater—only the second yet discovered. Kaspi declined to provide an update on the number of FRB discoveries since last summer, citing two unpublished papers in the works. But she says CHIME is “fulfilling expectations.” “It’s a bit like drinking from a firehose, but in a good way,” she says.Theories aboundTheorists want all that CHIME will deliver, and then some. A poverty of information is allowing ideas to run riot. “Almost every aspect of FRBs is in play for theorists,” Berger says. An online catalog of FRB origin theories had 48 entries at the time of writing. Many theorists initially put forward models based on the violent collapse or merger of compact objects, including white dwarfs, neutron stars, pulsars, and black holes. But the discovery of repeaters shifted speculation to sources that would not be destroyed in the act of generating a burst.Active galactic nuclei, the supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies, spew winds and radiation that might trigger a burst by striking nearby objects—a gas cloud, a small black hole, or a hypothetical quark star. Or the bursts might come from more speculative phenomena, such as lightning strikes in the atmospheres of neutron stars or the interaction of hypothetical dark matter particles called axions with black holes or neutron stars. Amanda Weltman, a theorist at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, does not discount even more fanciful ideas such as cosmic strings, hypothetical threadlike defects in the vacuum of space leftover from the moments after the big bang. They “could be releasing fast radio bursts in a number of ways,” she says.But as the number of detected FRBs moved from single digits into dozens, astronomers realized the bursts could be downright common, detectable by the thousands every day if the right telescopes were watching. “That’s a serious problem for a lot of models,” Berger says.FRB 121102, the first repeating event detected, may be the most revealing FRB so far. The Arecibo telescope in Puerto Rico saw its first burst in 2012, but since then dozens more have been seen coming from that spot on the sky. In 2017, the 27-dish Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array in New Mexico revealed the FRB resides in the outskirts of a distant dwarf galaxy and that the location coincides with a weak but persistent radio source. That dim radio glow may emanate from a supernova remnant—an expanding ball of gas from a stellar explosion, which could have formed a black hole or neutron star that powers the FRB. In another clue, the polarization of the FRB’s radio waves rotates rapidly, suggesting they emanate from a strong magnetic environment. Almost every aspect of [fast radio bursts] is in play for theorists. CHRISTINNE MUSCHI Brian Metzger, a theorist at Columbia University, believes a young magnetar—a highly magnetized neutron star—resides at the center of the cloud and powers the bursts. In a scenario developed with his colleagues, its magnetic field serves as a fizzy store of energy that occasionally flares, blasting out a shell of electrons and ions at nearly the speed of light—an outburst resembling a coronal mass ejection from our sun, but on steroids. When the flare hits ion clouds leftover from previous flares, the resulting shock wave boosts the strength of the clouds’ magnetic field lines and causes electrons to spiral around them in concert. Just as synchrotrons on Earth whip electrons around racetracks to emit useful x-rays, those gyrations spawn a coherent pulse of radio waves.Magnetars are often invoked to explain such energetic events, Metzger says. “They’re a catch-all for anything we don’t understand. But here it’s kind of warranted.” CHIME team member Shriharsh Tendulkar of McGill wonders whether objects such as magnetars could explain both repeaters and single-burst FRBs. Single-burst FRBs might “start out regular as repeaters, then slow as [the source’s] magnetic field weakens,” he says.But according to Weltman, it’s too early to declare the mystery solved. “There are so many clues here, but they do not yet point to a single conclusive theoretical explanation,” she says.Knowledge in numbersAs observers amass new FRBs, different classes of events may emerge, perhaps offering clues about what triggers them. FRBs may also turn out to come from specific types of galaxies—or regions within galaxies—which could allow theorists to distinguish between active galactic nuclei and other compact objects as the sources. “We need statistics and we need context,” Metzger says.In the coming years, other FRB spotters will come online, including the Hydrogen Intensity and Realtime Analysis eXperiment in South Africa and the Deep Synoptic Array in California. With their widely spaced arrays of dishes, both facilities will precisely locate FRBs on the sky—something CHIME can’t do for now. “They’re all going for localization because they know CHIME will clean up on statistics,” Scholz says.The CHIME team, not to be outdone, is drawing up a proposal to add outriggers, smaller troughs at distances of hundreds of kilometers, which will record the same events from a different angle and so help researchers pinpoint them. “With all these new efforts, there’ll be substantial progress in the next few years,” Metzger says.For now, as CHIME’s commissioning phase winds down, Milutinovic’s job is to ensure that it keeps doing its job. “You want it to be boring,” he says. “It’s the weather that gives us most issues”—snow on the troughs, summer heat waves that tax the cooling system for the electronics. Then there’s the grass, a wildfire risk. Every summer, the observatory invites ranchers to graze their cattle on-site—not only to be neighborly, but also because cows emit less radio frequency interference than a lawn mower. But they can’t graze right around CHIME because they might chew on cables. So Milutinovic relies on diesel-powered mowers, which, lacking spark plugs, pose less of an interference problem.But he longs for an even better high-resolution grass-cutting tool. “We thought of having a CHIME goat.”*Correction, 15 March, 11:15 a.m.: An earlier version of this story misstated Paul Scholz’s affiliation.last_img read more

Jungle Bay Resort Spa reopens

first_imgShareTweetSharePinSam Raphael speaking at the reopening of Jungle Bay five-star resortJungle Bay Resort and Spa has reopened its doors as a 5-star hotel at Morne Acouma in Soufriere.The resort was destroyed by landslides caused by Tropical Storm Erika on August 27th 2015, leaving 65 persons jobless as a result. Forty farmers farmers also relied on purchases from Jungle Bay for their livelihood. There was  no loss of life or injuries at the time of disaster as guests were relocated to the Delices Primary School.Developer of Jungle Bay Resort, Sam Raphael encourages Dominicans here and abroad to see this reopening as an opportunity to open more businesses on island.He spoke at the opening ceremony and official vine cutting on Sunday, June 30th 2019 in Soufriere.“I encourage Dominicans at home and abroad to see this as an improvement in an enabling environment for business and to seize the opportunity like I encourage the people from Soufriere and the surrounding environment,” Raphael said“We are going to need additional hotel rooms…there will be spin off businesses for accommodation of guest houses and so on,” Raphael stated. “Certainly, we need a lot of activity because we don’t want our people to be bored. We don’t want them to say we’re tired of eating that hotel food; we want them to get that local food. We want activities, things for them to do, specialty niche activities that they can enjoy.”He said hotels that are being built all over Dominica can also be used as business opportunities for Dominicans.  Jungle Bay will have 85 rooms, two restaurants, swimming pools, fourteen studio spas, two yoga studios and many other amenities on completion. The first 30 rooms were opened on Sunday (phase one) and the remaining rooms should be completed by next year.Close to 60 permanent staff members are currently employed at the resort along with a little over 100 construction workers. Overtime the hotel staffing is expected to increase to 160 workers.last_img read more

Dalai Lama says sorry for his successor should be attractive remark

first_img Dalai Lama’s remark that a female successor ‘should be more attractive’ irks many Advertising Dalai Lama, dalai lama women remark, dalai lama remark on women, Dalai lama says sorry, dalai lama sorry for women, remark, Dalai lama news, indian express Responding to a question on whether his reincarnation could be a woman, the Nobel Peace Prize winner had joked that she should be attractive. (AP)The Dalai Lama Tuesday apologised for his comment on women in a recent BBC interview, with his office here saying that the Tibetan spiritual leader has always opposed their objectification. Ayodhya dispute: Mediation to continue till July 31, SC hearing likely from August 2 The Tibetan leader in exile had said that Europe should let only a limited number of refugees to stay, and aim at returning them to their own land.“But whole Europe eventually become Muslim country? Impossible. Or African country. Also impossible… Keep Europe for Europeans,” he said.The statement said it sometimes happens that off-the-cuff remarks, which might be amusing in one cultural context, lose their humour in translation when brought into another.It said the Dalai Lama has throughout his life opposed the objectification of women, supported their rights and celebrated the growing international consensus on gender equality. Related News Advertising Next Dalai Lama must be chosen within China; India should not intervene: Chinese authorities Chandrayaan-2 to launch on July 22 at 2.43 pm: ISRO center_img By PTI |Dharamshala | Updated: July 3, 2019 10:49:33 am Responding to a question on whether his reincarnation could be a woman, the Nobel Peace Prize winner had joked that she should be attractive.“His Holiness genuinely meant no offence. He is deeply sorry that people have been hurt by what he said and offers his sincere apologies,” a statement issued by the Dalai Lama’s office here said.In the same interview the Dalai Lama’s views on the refugee crisis in Europe “may have been misinterpreted”, his office said. Nepal govt says no to Dalai Lama birthday LiveKarnataka floor test: MLAs have made false allegations in SC, says CM Best Of Express “Under his leadership, Tibetan nuns in exile have earned Geshe-ma degrees, indicating a high level of scholarship previously reserved only for male monks,” it said.On the refugee crisis in Europe, the statement said many who leave their countries may not wish or be able to return.However, the Dalai Lama also understands the uncertainties and difficulties of those in countries where the migrants make their new homes, it added.It quoted the spiritual leader’s earlier remarks on refugees.“As a refugee myself, I feel a strong empathy for their situation, and when we see their anguish, we should do all we can to help them. I can also understand the fears of people in host countries, who may feel overwhelmed,” he wrote in an op-ed piece in Washington Times in 2016. Post Comment(s)last_img read more

Nebraska murder trial Defendant who slashed neck in courtroom doesnt return

first_img Movie Review: Nebraska Related News By AP |Wilber | Updated: June 26, 2019 10:14:12 am Memorable Trip Trail’s attorney, Joe Murray, says Trail needed stitches but was released from a hospital.A Nebraska murder trial has resumed without the presence of the defendant who slashed his neck in the courtroom. Judge Vicky Johnson noted 52-year-old Aubrey Trail’s absence to jurors Tuesday, saying Trail chose not to attend. Advertising Post Comment(s) Trail yelled “Bailey is innocent, and I curse you all” Monday before swiping something across his neck in the courtroom in Wilber, 35 miles (56 kilometers) southwest of Lincoln. Deputies rushed to help as Trail lay bleeding.Trail’s attorney, Joe Murray, says Trail needed stitches but was released from a hospital. Murray also says a potential mistrial was discussed but that Nebraska law says a defendant’s actions cannot cause a mistrial.Trail and 25-year-old Bailey Boswell are charged with first-degree murder in the killing and dismemberment of 24-year-old Sydney Loofe.Boswell awaits trial. US farms need recharged soil moisture last_img read more

So you think you can dance your PhD Show us your best

first_img Country * Afghanistan Aland Islands Albania Algeria Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia, Plurinational State of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Bouvet Island Brazil British Indian Ocean Territory Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Christmas Island Cocos (Keeling) Islands Colombia Comoros Congo Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Cook Islands Costa Rica Cote d’Ivoire Croatia Cuba Curaçao Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Faroe Islands Fiji Finland France French Guiana French Polynesia French Southern Territories Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Gibraltar Greece Greenland Grenada Guadeloupe Guatemala Guernsey Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Heard Island and McDonald Islands Holy See (Vatican City State) Honduras Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran, Islamic Republic of Iraq Ireland Isle of Man Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jersey Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Lao People’s Democratic Republic Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macao Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Martinique Mauritania Mauritius Mayotte Mexico Moldova, Republic of Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Montserrat Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands New Caledonia New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Niue Norfolk Island Norway Oman Pakistan Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Pitcairn Poland Portugal Qatar Reunion Romania Russian Federation Rwanda Saint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Martin (French part) Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Sint Maarten (Dutch part) Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands South Sudan Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Svalbard and Jan Mayen Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syrian Arab Republic Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania, United Republic of Thailand Timor-Leste Togo Tokelau Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Turks and Caicos Islands Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of Vietnam Virgin Islands, British Wallis and Futuna Western Sahara Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe 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 (*) The party is just getting started when the dreaded question comes: “So, what’s your Ph.D. research about?” You launch into the explanation, trying to judge the level of interest as you go deeper. It takes about a minute before someone changes the subject.At times like this, don’t you wish you lived in a world where you could just ask people to pull out their phones to watch an online video you’d already made explaining your Ph.D. research through interpretive dance?You do live in that world! Not only can you create such a video, you can win $1000, achieve geek fame on the internet, and be recognized by Science for your effort. PeopleImages/iStockphoto So, you think you can dance (your Ph.D.)? Show us your best moves This is the 11th year of the “Dance Your Ph.D.” contest sponsored by AAAS and Science, challenging scientists to explain their research without PowerPoint slides or jargon—in fact with no talking at all. It doesn’t matter whether you’re just starting your Ph.D. or you completed it decades ago. All science should be explained with dance.The deadline for submissions is 14 January 2019.To enter the contest, follow the instructions here.The winner will be announced at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., in February 2019.Good luck! By Science News StaffSep. 25, 2018 , 8:00 AM Emaillast_img read more

Watch a peacock get a females attention—by making her head vibrate

first_img By Michael AllenNov. 28, 2018 , 2:10 PM Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) When peacocks are ready to mate, they fan out their iridescent tail feathers (known as trains), before rushing at females, shaking those feathers to catch their attention.But when researchers discovered low-frequency sounds—which are inaudible to humans—coming from this “train rattle” several years back, no one knew how they worked. All they knew was that peahens perked up and paid attention to recordings of these “infrasounds,” even though they couldn’t see the males.To find out what was going on, Suzanne Kane, a biological physicist at Haverford College in Pennsylvania, and her colleagues decided to look at the feathered crest on top of the peafowls’ heads. During her previous research, she was struck by the resemblance between the short crest feathers—which form a sort of minifan—and the large peacock tail feathers.Kane and her colleagues gathered the intact head crests of 15 Indian peafowls (Pavo cristatus) and played recordings of the low-frequency sounds produced by the train rattle displays, along with white noise. Using high-speed cameras, they found that the train rattling infrasounds caused the head crests of both males and females to vibrate at their resonance frequency—the point at which they vibrate the strongest—whereas other sounds resulted in little to no movement.Peacocks also perform a wing-shaking display that Kane says isn’t particularly visually impressive—at least to humans—as it doesn’t involve the beautiful tail feathers. However, when the researchers used a mechanical arm to flap a peacock wing in a similar way near three head crests from female peafowl, they found that it caused measurable movements.“Every time there was a flap the crest vibrated,” Kane explains. This suggests the air flow generated by wing shaking could vibrate the feathers of nearby females, perhaps attracting their attention, the researchers report today in PLOS ONE.The team cautions that even with the new results, it still hasn’t looked at how female birds respond to these vibrations. Angela Freeman, a biologist at Cornell University who first discovered the low-frequency sounds, says her experiments showed recordings of these infrasounds cause both males and females to become alert and start walking and running, “presumably to locate the signal.”What scientists need to do next, she says, is figure out how the vibrations are coordinated with other parts of the mating display—and whether the sounds from the shaking tail feathers really do attract the females. Watch a peacock get a female’s attention—by making her head vibrate When a peacock catches the attention of a female, he doesn’t just turn her head—he makes it vibrate. That’s the surprising conclusion of a new study, which finds that a male peafowl’s tail feathers create low-frequency sounds that cause feathers on the females’ heads to quiver.The finding is “fascinating,” says Richard Prum, an evolutionary ornithologist at Yale University who was not involved with the work. As far as he knows, it’s the first demonstration that feathers respond to acoustic communication signals from other birds.Scientists have long known that a bird’s feathers can sense vibrations. Much like a rodent’s whiskers, they are coupled to vibration-sensitive nerve cells, allowing them to sense their surroundings. Feathers can, for example, detect changes in airflow during flight, and some seabirds even use feathers on their heads to feel their way through dark, underground crevices.center_img Country * Afghanistan Aland Islands Albania Algeria Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia, Plurinational State of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Bouvet Island Brazil British Indian Ocean Territory Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Christmas Island Cocos (Keeling) Islands Colombia Comoros Congo Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Cook Islands Costa Rica Cote d’Ivoire Croatia Cuba Curaçao Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Faroe Islands Fiji Finland France French Guiana French Polynesia French Southern Territories Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Gibraltar Greece Greenland Grenada Guadeloupe Guatemala Guernsey Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Heard Island and McDonald Islands Holy See (Vatican City State) Honduras Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran, Islamic Republic of Iraq Ireland Isle of Man Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jersey Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Lao People’s Democratic Republic Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macao Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Martinique Mauritania Mauritius Mayotte Mexico Moldova, Republic of Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Montserrat Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands New Caledonia New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Niue Norfolk Island Norway Oman Pakistan Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Pitcairn Poland Portugal Qatar Reunion Romania Russian Federation Rwanda Saint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Martin (French part) Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Sint Maarten (Dutch part) Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands South Sudan Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Svalbard and Jan Mayen Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syrian Arab Republic Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania, United Republic of Thailand Timor-Leste Togo Tokelau Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Turks and Caicos Islands Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of Vietnam Virgin Islands, British Wallis and Futuna Western Sahara Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe Email Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! 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Planned Parenthood seeking more political tack removes its president Leana Wen

first_img Salve hails verdict, says ICJ protected Jadhav from being executed Advertising Top News By New York Times | Published: July 17, 2019 7:23:52 am Post Comment(s) And in Washington this week, Planned Parenthood is confronting a new Trump administration rule stating that taxpayer-funded family planning clinics must stop referring women for abortions.With health centers nationwide, Planned Parenthood receives close to $60 million each year through the federal family planning program, and the new edict is widely seen as being aimed at the organization. The Trump administration won a key victory last week as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit declined to block it from enforcing the rule.Anti-abortion groups were quick to respond to Wen’s ouster Tuesday. Americans United for Life, a leading anti-abortion legal firm, said in a statement that Wen “has consistently traded on her training as a physician to perpetuate Planned Parenthood’s falsehood that ‘abortion is health care.’ ” It promised to pursue court victories “until we reach a post-Roe v. Wade era.”The conservative anti-abortion push gained momentum after Brett Kavanaugh replaced Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, giving conservatives a possible fifth vote to uphold new limits on abortion. Advertising Planned Parenthood on Tuesday removed its president after less than a year in the job, seeking new leadership at a time when abortion rights have come under increasing attack from statehouses and Republicans in Washington.The sudden ouster reflected a widening disagreement between the president, Leana Wen, and the board of directors over her management style and which direction to steer one of the nation’s leading women’s reproductive rights groups.Her departure followed a series of negotiations that appeared to end acrimoniously Tuesday. In a Twitter post, Wen said her fate had been decided at a “secret meeting,” which the organization disputed. She later issued a statement saying she was “leaving because the new board chairs and I have philosophical differences over the direction and future of Planned Parenthood.” Salve hails verdict, says ICJ protected Jadhav from being executed Advertising Best Of Express The urgency of the abortion issue appeared to be at the heart of the disagreement. Wen, the first physician to lead the organization in decades, said that she believed “the best way to protect abortion care is to be clear that it is not a political issue but a health care one, and that we can expand support for reproductive rights.”But four people familiar with the matter said the group’s board of directors felt it needed a more aggressive political leader to combat the current efforts to roll back access to abortions.Wen’s brief tenure — she took over in November — coincided with a particularly fraught moment for abortion-rights advocates. In recent months, Republican-controlled statehouses in Ohio, Alabama, Indiana, Louisiana and Missouri have moved decisively to restrict abortion access as they take aim at the protections enshrined in Roe v. Wade.That has put abortion rights groups, including Planned Parenthood, on the defensive as they battle conservative messaging, much of it ominous, and some of it false, such as claims about infanticide. ‘Truth, justice have prevailed’: PM Modi on Kulbhushan Jadhav verdict ‘Truth, justice have prevailed’: PM Modi on Kulbhushan Jadhav verdict Planned Parenthood, seeking more political tack, removes its president Leana Wen Dr. Leanna Wen, president of Planned Parenthood, in New York, March 18, 2019. (The New York Times: Erik Tanner)Written by Shane Goldmacher Jharkhand court drops ‘donate Quran’ condition for bail to Ranchi woman over offensive post Jharkhand court drops ‘donate Quran’ condition for bail to Ranchi woman over offensive post “I am proud to step in to serve as acting president and facilitate a smooth leadership transition in this critical moment for Planned Parenthood and the patients and communities we serve,” McGill Johnson said in a statement. “I thank Dr. Wen for her service and her commitment to patients.” Explained: Kulbhushan Jadhav case file More Explained Penny Nance, president of Concerned Women for America, a conservative Christian advocacy group, said: “The problem for Planned Parenthood is not its leadership. The problem is that science and technology have exposed the savagery of the abortion industry. Women know we deserve better.”Amanda Skinner, president and chief executive of Planned Parenthood Southern New England, said the attacks from Republicans represented an “alarming” moment for abortion-rights supporters.“This is a crisis time in terms of the impact on the patients we serve and the communities we serve,” she said, adding: “I think that Dr. Wen is obviously a very thoughtful leader in health care. I think what is critical for Planned Parenthood is how much we all have to really lean hard to all of the elements of our mission.” (Those elements are health care, education and advocacy.)Planned Parenthood, a more than 100-year-old organization with 600 affiliated health centers nationwide, has simultaneously served as both a health care provider for millions — it provides cancer screenings, contraception, disease testing and abortion services — as well as one of the leading advocacy organizations for women’s reproductive rights.The group’s board voted unanimously Tuesday to appoint Alexis McGill Johnson, co-founder of the Perception Institute, an anti-bias research group, to temporarily replace Wen. McGill Johnson will serve as acting president and chief executive of both Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the nonprofit that provide health care services, and Planned Parenthood Action Fund, its political arm.In a joint statement, Aimee Cunningham and Jennie Rosenthal, the chairwomen of the two Planned Parenthood boards, said, “We thank Dr. Leana Wen for her service to Planned Parenthood in such a pivotal time and extend our best wishes for her continued success.”A 36-year-old former health commissioner in Baltimore, Wen was among Time magazine’s 100 most influential people earlier this year. She replaced the group’s longtime leader, Cecile Richards, a former Democratic political aide and the daughter of former Texas Gov. Ann Richards, who had been a forceful voice on the national stage for women in general and abortion rights in particular.But inside Planned Parenthood, there had been significant turnover at the top of the organization since Wen’s arrival and disagreements over the group’s direction.Multiple senior officials at Planned Parenthood have departed since Wen’s appointment, including Dawn Laguens, the former executive vice president; Deirdre Schifeling, the former executive director of the group’s political arm; and Wendi Wallace, the group’s former director of political outreach. A top official, Dana Singiser, was announced as the senior vice president for policy, advocacy and campaigns in January but instead departed the organization months later. Another Planned Parenthood vice president announced taking a new job this week.Wen arrived last fall at Planned Parenthood with a compelling life story, having grown up poor and on Medicaid in California after her family moved there from China.“When I was 16 and I wanted information about birth control, Planned Parenthood was the first and only place that I could think of going for my health care and education,” she told The New York Times in May.She would rise to serve as health commissioner in Baltimore, working to close racial disparities in health care outcomes there as she sued the Trump administration for cutting teen pregnancy funds.But former Planned Parenthood officials said she was quickly seen as a poor fit as top talent departed. The board and Wen had been discussing her future at the organization for several weeks, according to two people familiar with the matter.Earlier this month, Wen wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post disclosing her own recent miscarriage and how she was recovering over the Fourth of July weekend.“I decided to write about my experience because I want to break the silence and shame that often come with pregnancy loss,” she wrote. “I also write because my miscarriage has made my commitment to women’s health even stronger.”Wen’s replacement, McGill Johnson, has served on Planned Parenthood’s board for nearly a decade, including previously as its chairwoman.last_img read more

Facebooks Latest Moon Shot I Think Therefore I Type

first_imgAbout 60 employees currently are working on the Building8 projects — among them machine learning and neural prosthetic experts. Facebook likely will expand this team, adding experts with experience in brain-computer interfaces and neural imaging.The plan is to develop noninvasive sensors that can measure brain activity and decode the signals that are associated with language in real time.The technology would have advance considerably before individuals would be able to share pure thoughts or feelings, but the current effort can be viewed as the first step toward that goal, said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. What Facebook envisions is a technology that would resemble a neural network, allowing users to share thoughts the way they share photos today.This technology also could function as a speech prosthetic for people with communication disorders or as a new way to engage in an augmented reality environment, suggested Regina Dugan, vice president of engineering at Facebook’s Building8.The other project announced at F8 would change the way users experience communication input — that is, it would allow them to “hear” through the skin. The human body has, on average, about two square meters of skin that is packed with sensors. New technologies could use them to enable individuals to receive information via a “haptic vocabulary,” Facebook said. Hearing Through Touch Just as Braille has allowed the blind to read, Facebook’s technology to hear through the skin could be a game changer for those who are deaf.”Sound through the skin sounds more like a tool for the profoundly deaf than for everyday use,” observed Rogers — and it might not be the best solution for those with such hearing problems.”I’m still a big believer in the potential for bone conduction temples on smart glasses as a really good audio solution that doesn’t require earbuds,” he added.Delivering information through this technology may be less challenging than processing it.”It is technically easy to translate the data to a speech pattern, but the hard part is training the human to understand it,” said Paul Teich, principal analyst at Tirias Research.”Facebook can simplify the words to codes, but you are still stuck with the training to understand the code,” he told TechNewsWorld.”There is no way to immediately understand what is being sent, and this isn’t very intuitive as I see it,” added Teich. “With the right training, however, a coded message could be understood in real time.” Facebook is not the only company working on technology that could allow a direct brain-computer connection. Elon Musk last month launched Neuralink, a startup dedicated to developing a “neural lace” technology that could allow the implanting of small electrodes into the brain.One difference between Facebook’s “type with your brain” concept and Musk’s neural mesh project is that “Facebook wants it to be noninvasive,” said futurist Michael Rogers.”That’s a tough one, because the electrical impulses in the brain are very small and the skull is not a great conductor,” he told TechNewsWorld.The nerve signals outside the skull that trigger muscles are much stronger, so reading brain waves noninvasively means filtering a lot of much-stronger noise.”The existing ‘neural cap’ technologies that allegedly let wearers, say, learn to control computer games with their brains, are actually probably training them to — unconsciously — use their eyebrow and forehead muscles,” suggested Rogers. “Interesting, but not the same as typing with your brain.” Peter Suciu has been an ECT News Network reporter since 2012. His areas of focus include cybersecurity, mobile phones, displays, streaming media, pay TV and autonomous vehicles. He has written and edited for numerous publications and websites, including Newsweek, Wired and FoxNews.com.Email Peter. *ECT News Network editor’s note – April 25, 2017: Our original published version of this column identified Pascal Kaufmann as CEO of Starmind. Kaufmann’s current title is “founder,” according to spokesperson Joshua Kail. The title change has no impact on his role in the company, which is working internally to give him a new title, Kail told TechNewsWorld. center_img Type With Your Brain Facebook on Wednesday told its F8 conference audience about two new cutting-edge projects that could change the way humans engage with devices.Over the next two years, the company will work on a new technology that will allow anyone to type around 100 words per minute — not with fingers, but using a process that would decode neural activity devoted to speech. Putting the Best Interface Forward Facebook’s Timeline Zuckerberg emphasized that Facebook is taking the first steps toward development of these technologies, and it could be a lot time before they have practical applications.”Having bold visions and making ambitious predictions characterizes some of today’s most regarded tech entrepreneurs,” said Pascal Kaufmann, founder of Starmind. [*Correction – April 25, 2017]”There seem to be no limits, and one can easily fall prey to the belief that everything is possible,” he said.”However, climbing a high tree is not the first step to the moon — actually, it is the end of the journey,” Kaufman told TechNewsWorld.”Despite some gradual improvements in speech recognition these days, understanding of context and meaning is still far beyond our technological capabilities. Taking a shortcut through directly interfacing human brains, and circumventing the highly complex translation from nerve signals into speech and back from speech recognition into nerve signals, I consider one of the more creative contributions in the last few months,” he said.”It is certainly an alternative to the brute force approaches and the unjustified AI hype that seems like climbing a tree rather than building a space rocket. Zuckerberg’s announcement describes a space rocket; it is up to us now to develop the technology to aim for the moon,” said Kaufman.”Both of these technologies are well within reach. This kind of brain imaging has been used in academic settings for years, and scientists developed versions of ‘skin hearing’ devices over 30 years ago, ” said Michael Merzenich, designer of BrainHQ, professor emeritus in the UCSF School of Medicine, and winner of the 2016 Kavli Prize.”The real challenge is making this science practical. How can a brain be trained to learn to control these new devices?” he asked.”Every new form of communication — from writing to the telephone to the Web — changes human culture and human brains,” Merzenich told TechNewsWorld. “What impact will using these new devices have on our brains — and our culture?”last_img read more

Network of doctors identify the cause of 31 new conditions

first_imgWe hope that the results of this analysis will provide a compelling case for adopting some of the network’s diagnostic approaches more broadly in an attempt to clarify diagnoses and refine treatment for patients with rare conditions”.Kimberly Splinter, Associate Director of Research at the UDN The network has received 2,780 applications for help, accepted 1,179 and reviewed 907. To date, the UDN has unravelled about 35% of the 382 mystery ailments under investigation.In 80% of the diagnoses made, the UDN were able to provide actionable information, such as changes to patient therapy, additions to the symptomatic checklist for evaluating particular diseases, adjustments to future diagnostic testing and recommendations for family screening. By Kate Bass, B.Sc.Oct 11 2018Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)A network of hundreds of doctors has uncovered the biological characteristics of 31 previously unknown diseases, as well as providing diagnoses for other unsolved medical cases, and it continues to investigate many more.Image Credit: Natali_ Mis / ShutterstockNumerous patients afflicted by mysterious illnesses remain without a diagnosis despite extensive medical evaluation.The Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN) was established in 2014 in a mission to identify the underlying causes of such conditions.The multidisciplinary network of doctors from across the United States has been studying the symptoms, biochemistry and genomic sequences of patients with unexplained symptoms.Their detective-like investigations use a combination of traditional medicine and cutting-edge diagnostic tests. It is funded by the National Institutes of Health Common Fund so there is no cost to patients. In the latest study of 100 previously unsolved cases, 31 newly identified conditions have been uncovered.  Many of the other diagnoses were rare versions of known diseases.Ashley commented “Some of these patients had been waiting decades to put a name to their illness. They tell us how much of a relief it is simply to know what they were up against”.The UDN followed one patient for many years trying to elucidate the cause of mysterious and life-threatening episodes of lactic acidosis, a dangerous build-up of lactic acid.Finally, they determined that they arose from a single mutation in a gene involved in mitochondria function.The UDN continues to strive to determine more diagnoses and hopes that ultimately their work will have a global impact, helping diagnose potentially hundreds of patients with the same rare conditions identified through their research.The paper, entitled “Effect of Genetic Diagnosis on Patients with Previously Undiagnosed Disease” was published today in the New England Journal of Medicine.Source:This news story is based on a Stanford University press release and the research paper itself. Our goal is to take on the hardest cases in medicine — to find patients and families with conditions that no one has been able to solve… We wanted to provide a place that these people could come, so the Undiagnosed Disease Network came together to try to answer that need.”Professor Euan Ashley, Stanford Universitylast_img read more

Researchers develop mouse model to study consequences of fungal infection in the

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jan 4 2019Fungal infections are emerging as a major medical challenge, and a team led by researchers at Baylor College of Medicine has developed a mouse model to study the short-term consequences of fungal infection in the brain.The researchers report in the journal Nature Communications the unexpected finding that the common yeast Candida albicans, a type of fungus, can cross the blood-brain barrier and trigger an inflammatory response that results in the formation of granuloma-type structures and temporary mild memory impairments in mice. Interestingly, the granulomas share features with plaques found in Alzheimer’s disease, supporting future studies on the long-term neurological consequences of sustained C. albicans infection.”An increasing number of clinical observations by us and other groups indicates that fungi are becoming a more common cause of upper airway allergic diseases such as asthma, as well as other conditions such as sepsis, a potentially life-threatening disease caused by the body’s response to an infection,” said corresponding author Dr. David B. Corry, professor of medicine-immunology, allergy and rheumatology and Fulbright Endowed Chair in Pathology at Baylor College of Medicine.Importantly, explains Corry, fungal infections causing airway allergic diseases and sepsis have been associated with increased risk for dementia later.”These observations led us to investigate the possibility that fungus might produce a brain infection and, if so, the consequences of having that kind of infection,” said Corry, who also is a member of the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center.The researchers began their investigation by developing a mouse model of a low-grade fungus infection with the common yeast C. albicans that would not cause severe disease, but might carry implications for brain function. They tested several doses and finally settled on one dose of 25,000 yeasts.They injected C. albicans into the blood stream of mice and were surprised to discover that the yeast can cross the blood-brain barrier, a robust protective mechanism the brain employs to exclude all kinds of large and small molecules, as well as a number of microorganisms that can potentially damage the brain.Related StoriesWearing a hearing aid may mitigate dementia riskRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaResearchers measure EEG-based brain responses for non-speech and speech sounds in children”We thought that yeast would not enter the brain, but it does,” Corry said. “In the brain, the yeast triggered the activity of microglia, a resident type of immune cell. The cells became very active ‘eating and digesting’ the yeast. They also produced a number of molecules that mediated an inflammatory response leading to the capture of the yeasts inside a granule-type structure inside the brain. We called it fungus-induced glial granuloma, or FIGG.”Corry and his colleagues also tested the animals’ memory in both yeast-infected and non-infected mice. They found that infected mice had impaired spatial memory, which reversed when the infection cleared.The mice cleared the yeast infection in about 10 days; however, the microglia remained active and the FIGGs persisted well past this point, out to at least day 21. Intriguingly, as the FIGGs formed, amyloid precursor proteins accumulated within the periphery and amyloid beta molecules built up around yeast cells captured at the center of FIGGs. These amyloid molecules are typically found in plaques that are the trademark of Alzheimer’s disease.”These findings suggest that the role fungi play in human illness potentially goes well beyond allergic airway disease or sepsis,” Corry said. “The results prompted us to consider the possibility that in some cases, fungi also could be involved in the development of chronic neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis. We are currently exploring this possibility.””For these reasons, if we better understand how our immune system deals with this kind of constant threat and what are the weaknesses in our immunological armor that occur with aging that allow fungal disease to take root, then we would likely increases the possibility of finding ways to fight back, ” Corry said. Source:https://www.bcm.edu/last_img read more

Dermatology residents improve the accuracy efficiency of an evaluation that identifies skin

first_img Source:Penn State Health Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 11 2019Dr. Jeffrey Miller, chair of the Department of Dermatology at Penn State College of Medicine, can pinpoint the moment he realized a routine procedure he performs daily is prone to error.”I missed a melanoma,” Miller said. And that got him thinking about what he could do to try and prevent that from happening again.In a new research study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, Miller and dermatology residents at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center used engineering principles to improve the accuracy and efficiency of an evaluation that dermatologists frequently use to check patients for skin cancers.The evaluation, called a total body skin exam, is a full visual assessment of the entirety of a patient’s skin surfaces for cancers.The standard practice at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is to perform the evaluation at almost every dermatology visit, whether the patient has a history of skin cancer or not. We have found cancers on people who are not coming in with a concern.”Dermatology resident Dr. Matthew Helmcenter_img According to the researchers, there is no standardized method for performing a total body skin exam. Dermatologists may develop their own approach, which can potentially result in missed areas and lost time. The research team knew that bioengineering principles had helped Olympic athletes make the most of each motion, and started to wonder whether the same principles could be applied in medicine.”Efficiency and accuracy are important because we do a lot of total body skin exams every day,” Helm said. “If it takes us 20 minutes each time, we will never get through our day. However, we do not want to sacrifice accuracy for efficiency.”To find the sweet spot between efficiency and accuracy, the research team sought assistance from Penn State engineering students.”Part of our students’ capstone program is to work on a real-world problem and deliver results to their sponsor,” said Charles Purdum, assistant teaching professor and director of industry relations in the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering. “This project was attractive to me because it was a unique application of engineering principles in the health care field.”Related StoriesCannabis ingredient shows promise as potential antibiotic for superbugsHair loss could soon be a thing of the past, say researchersTopical cream found to be effective in reversing the effects of vitiligoA mix of biomedical and industrial engineering students formed the team that consulted with Miller on the project. They met on a weekly basis and gave proposals, timelines, updates and a final report.”We treat it like an engineer’s first project out of college,” Purdum said. “It’s a great model to show students what industry is like.”The engineering students watched video recordings of five dermatology faculty and five residents conducting total body skin exams on both a male and female patient. They assessed the exam time, physician and subject movements, sequence of body parts evaluated and whether any body parts were missed.Using statistics, the students calculated the variability between the evaluations performed by each provider. The engineering students observed that the underside of the neck and armpits were frequently missed areas, and considered that when designing the optimal order of the procedure.After watching the videos a second time, the students proposed a more efficient and accurate technique to Miller and the dermatology residents.”The proposed method was different from how I had been doing the exam,” said Helm. “Now I use the optimized way, and I feel like it has helped me to be a better clinician.”Miller hopes to help prevent errors by teaching faculty, residents and medical students the new technique. The next phase of the research will measure if that educational objective is successful.”If we can save one life from skin cancer because we are doing the exam consistently well, then we’ve succeeded,” said Miller.Dr. Katherine Hallock, dermatology resident, Hershey Medical Center, and Dr. Elizabeth Bisbee, University of Florida Department of Dermatology, were also involved with this research.last_img read more

New chief medical officer appointed for Cancer Research UKs Centre for Drug

first_imgJun 19 2019Professor Peter Johnson will be the new chief medical officer for Cancer Research UK’s Centre for Drug Development, it was announced today (Tuesday).Professor Johnson, who previously served as Cancer Research UK’s chief clinician for 10 years, will take up his new part-time post in July.Cancer Research UK’s Centre for Drug Development is the world’s only charity-funded drug development facility, and aims to bring much needed new treatments to people with cancer by turning promising research ideas into novel therapies.Dr Nigel Blackburn, Cancer Research UK’s director of drug development, said: We’re delighted to have Peter Johnson working with us. With an impressive clinical career spanning over 30 years, his insights and experience will be invaluable to the team.” One of Professor Johnson’s key responsibilities will be to chair the scientific advisory board and help to shape the center’s strategy, which aims to accelerate the delivery of next generation medicines to the patients who need them.Dr Blackburn added: I’m excited to be joining the Centre for Drug Development and look forward to helping expand their innovative portfolio. I’ve seen first-hand how their work has benefited patients. The Centre has been instrumental in bringing some widely used chemotherapy drugs, such as abiraterone and temozolomide, to people with cancer. Advances like these are only possible through strong collaboration with leaders in industry, academia and medicine. In my new role, I will be looking for opportunities to promote more partnerships to accelerate the development of new treatments for patients.” Professor Johnson has a long history with Cancer Research UK; he is currently Director of the Francis Crick Institute Cancer Research Network and the Cancer Research UK Southampton Centre, roles that he will maintain alongside his new position. He has been the chief investigator for several of the charity’s clinical trials, ranging from first in human novel antibody therapeutics to large international randomized studies.Professor Johnson has been the chair of medical oncology in Southampton since 1988. His research interests lie in applied immunology and immunotherapy, and he is a leading expert in lymphoma, a cancer that affects the body’s white blood cells.Professor Johnson said: As our portfolio of drugs in development continues to grow, Peter’s immense knowledge and expertise in cancer research will ensure we continue to keep patients at the heart of what we do and address unmet clinical needs.” Cancer Research UK’s Centre for Drug Development has successfully registered six agents as medicines to treat cancer so far, with a further 23 under active development. These include antibodies, imaging agents, cell therapies, cancer vaccines and targeted small molecules. With a particular strength in first in human clinical trials, the Centre continues to work towards bringing new treatments to patients sooner. Source:Cancer Research UKlast_img read more

MiLiQuant research project to develop new applications for quantum technology

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jul 2 2019Quantum technology is about to make the leap from scientific research to concrete applications. Contributing to this is the new MiLiQuant research project in which businesses and universities are cooperating to develop new applications for quantum technology. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) will be supporting the project to the tune of approximately EUR 9.4 million over the next three years to early 2022. Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) and Robert Bosch GmbH in Gerlingen are partners in the MiLiQuant project. Further partners are Q.ant GmbH in Stuttgart, Carl Zeiss AG in Jena, Nanoscribe GmbH in Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, and Paderborn University.Related StoriesAMSBIO offers new, best-in-class CAR-T cell range for research and immunotherapyComplement system shown to remove dead cells in retinitis pigmentosa, contradicting previous researchOlympus Europe and Cytosurge join hands to accelerate drug development, single cell researchIn the collaborative project MiLiQuant, short for “Miniaturized light sources for use in industrial quantum sensors and quantum imaging devices”, the researchers enhance diode laser beam sources so that they can be employed in industrial quantum technology applications. The goal is to develop miniaturized, frequency- and power-stable beam sources that can also be used outside laboratories. These core technologies are being customized to meet the requirements of specific applications in quantum sensor technology and quantum imaging.Mainz University and Robert Bosch GmbH are collaborating in the production of gyroscopesMiniaturized light sources are required in industrial sensors and imaging systems. The participants in the collaborative project are focusing on the research and development of compact industrial light sources with output powers of up to one watt. Such light sources either directly employ quantum mechanical phenomena themselves or enable quantum mechanical effects to be harnessed. To demonstrate the feasibility of quantum sensors, scientists of the Quantum, Atomic, and Neutron Physics (QUANTUM) group at the Institute of Physics at JGU and Robert Bosch GmbH are developing two gyroscopes or angular rate sensors, one use of which may be to ensure driverless vehicles remain in the same lane. Other possible applications to be developed through the collaborative project include the utilization of diamond-based sensors in medical diagnostics to detect, for instance, brain and nerve activity during surgery, quantum sensors for non-invasive monitoring of neural activity and heart rate in unborn babies, and reduced-radiation microscopy in the mid-infrared range. Source:Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet Mainz We are developing one sensor based on nuclear spin comagnetometry with alkali gas cells, while another is based on color centers in diamonds. The latter, in particular, offers great potential for miniaturization.”Dr Arne Wickenbrock, Researcher, QUANTUM, Helmholtz Institute Mainz (HIM)last_img read more

Sobering up In an alcoholsoaked nation more seek boozefree social spaces

first_imgDeclining A Drink: Recovering Alcoholics, The ‘Sober Curious’ And The Health-ConsciousAmerica’s pervasive alcohol culture has pushed people to find creative ways to socialize soberly.In South Carolina, the Keystone treatment center hosts events for local college students at Winthrop University featuring nonalcoholic beverages.In Washington, D.C., members of a growing sober LGBTQ community organize dry reading groups and rafting trips and alcohol-free nights out instead of hitting gay bars. Tom Hill, a vice president at the National Council for Behavioral Health, who is gay and in recovery, said those activities create a “sense of socialization and camaraderie to replace what they had.”Nationally, sober raves such as Daybreaker morning dance parties have caught on, fueled only by dancing.Still, Devra Gordon, a behavioral health therapist in nearby Fairfax County, Va., said she advises people who are grappling with substance abuse to attend concerts and raves with just their sober friends — and they should attend recovery meetings before and after. The meetings help avoid falling into a “euphoric recall” and romanticizing past substance use, she said.“Having fun and drinking alcohol is an illusion,” said Cortez McDaniel, who is recovering from alcohol and drug abuse disorders and heads services at the Father McKenna Center. “We have to stop believing the lie, and then we have to start practicing something different.”At Pop’s Blue Moon, Jaclynn Rowell, who reads tarot cards for customers, said the health benefits of no-booze nights are a big draw. And many are happy to avoid awkward questions about religion, pregnancy and sobriety that can arise at regular bars when someone asks why they’re not drinking.Stephanie Keil, 39, spent two hours with friends there on a recent Saturday night and said she’d love to see more boozeless bars.Though she drinks now and then, places like these help her responsibly navigate nightlife in the city where Budweiser was born.O’Donnell reported from Washington, D.C.; Ungar reported from St. Louis. This article was reprinted from khn.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente. Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jul 8 2019Not far from the Anheuser-Busch brewery, Joshua Grigaitis fills a cooler with bottles and cans in one of the city’s oldest bars.It’s Saturday night, and the lights are low. Frank Sinatra’s crooning voice fills the air, along with the aroma of incense. The place has all the makings of a swank boozy hangout.Except for the booze.Pop’s Blue Moon bar, a fixture of this beer-loving city since 1908, has joined an emerging national trend: alcohol-free spaces offering social connections without peer pressure to drink, hangovers or DUIs. From boozeless bars to substance-free zones at concerts marked by yellow balloons, sober spots are popping up across the nation in reaction to America’s alcohol-soaked culture, promising a healthy alternative for people in recovery and those who simply want to drink less.”We evolved as social creatures. This is a good trend if you want the experience of companionship and social culture but don’t want the negatives,” said William Stoops, a University of Kentucky professor who studies drug and alcohol addiction. “It can help people make better choices.”A federal survey shows nearly 67 million Americans binge drink at least monthly, meaning women down four drinks during a single occasion, men five. Midwestern states have some of the highest binge-drinking rates in terms of both prevalence and intensity, putting millions of people at risk.Research links excessive alcohol use to fatty liver, cirrhosis and cancers of the breast, liver, colon, mouth and throat as well as heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, dementia, anxiety and depression. Nearly half of murders involve alcohol, according to studies. Drinking kills about 88,000 people annually, according to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. Such diseases and social ills cost the nation an estimated $249 billion a year.Even one drink a day is unhealthy, said Dr. Sarah Hartz, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis. “If you’re going to drink, know it’s not good for you.”For Grigaitis, 41, who also goes by Joshua Loyal and is co-owner of the bar, tying all his fortunes to alcohol was “weighing on my soul” after 20 years in the business. He cut way back on his own drinking and began holding boozeless Saturday nights in January, offering hop water, nonalcoholic beers and drinks infused with cannabis-derived CBD.”I love everything about the bar business — except the alcohol,” he said. “The nonalcoholic beverage movement is a growing group. I’m making a decision to choose this and I’m proud of it.”Chris Marshall, who founded Sans Bar in Austin, Texas, in 2015, got sober in 2007 and was working as a counselor when a client shared how difficult it was to navigate the social world without alcohol. The client’s relapse and subsequent death was his call to action.Sans Bar held a national tour this year with pop-up events in St. Louis, Portland, Ore., and Anchorage, Alaska, and opened a permanent location in Austin. It draws a largely female crowd all along the sobriety spectrum, from those in recovery to the “sober curious.” People gather for hours to sip handmade mocktails, talk, dance and listen to speakers and sober musicians.”If you closed your eyes on a Friday night, you’d think you were in a regular bar,” he said. “This is not about being sober forever. This is about being sober for the night.”Alcohol’s Pervasiveness: ‘The Wallpaper Of People’s Lives’Alcohol has become so ubiquitous that it’s perfectly acceptable to wear T-shirts announcing “Mama needs some wine” or “Daddy needs a beer.””It’s normalized,” said Boston University School of Public Health professor David Jernigan. “It’s like the wallpaper of people’s lives.”Elsewhere, in Rock Hill, S.C., the high-end secondhand store Clothes Mentor served margaritas at its annual clearance sale. Nearby, Liberty Tax served the tequila drink when customers went in to finish their taxes last April. And a dentist’s office that treats adults and children hosts after-hours drop-in events that include wine. None of those businesses responded to requests for comment.”Culturally, we know it’s not OK to hand out opioids when you’re getting your hair or nails done, yet alcohol kills more people than opioids, and businesses will hand it out,” said Alexandra Greenawalt, director of prevention at the nonprofit addiction treatment center Keystone Substance Abuse Services in Rock Hill.Washington, D.C., has 2,055 outlets that sell alcohol — one for every 315 people, which Jernigan said is high. Some low-income, primarily African-American neighborhoods have few retail outlets other than liquor stores and convenience stores selling beer and wine.Related StoriesRecreational marijuana users tend to drink more alcohol, medicinal users drink lessExcess grey matter in the brain can predict escalating drinking behavior in teensAlcohol reduction associated with improved viral suppression in women living with HIVLothorio Ross, 38, started drinking at about 17 while on fishing trips with his father. Now homeless in D.C. and coping with alcoholism, he said, he can get alcohol on credit from some liquor stores. But he said he’s trying to quit with the help of the nonprofit Father McKenna Center and reminding himself what life used to be like.“Up until I started drinking in my teens, I was having fun,” said Ross. “So, you can have fun without drinking; it is possible.”Outside major cities, entertainment often revolves around alcohol. Social worker Stephanie Logan-Rice said she grew up in Aberdeen, S.D., where her mother drank herself to death, succumbing to liver cirrhosis three years ago at 56.Logan-Rice was in sixth grade when she realized her mother was drinking wine or vodka out of Tupperware glasses or plastic water bottles.”I just thought it was normal,” she said.When Logan-Rice, 39, got to high school, she drank from beer bongs in cars during lunch with friends and went to cornfields for keg parties. The drinking continued when she moved to Minnesota for college. In her 20s, she drank every day.She finally quit five years ago. She now has two children her mother didn’t live long enough to meet.Since giving up booze, Logan-Rice said, she has seen alcohol in unexpected places — even an assisted living facility that offered bottles of wine as door prizes when she attended an early-afternoon presentation about hospice care.”I get it if I go into a restaurant,” she said. “But not an assisted living place.”last_img read more

With Kamprad gone will Ikea lose its compass

“Ikea has no leader,” industrial economics researcher Magnus Henrekson warned in an interview with Sweden’s paper of reference Dagens Nyheter, suggesting the company could lose its compass without its guiding light following Kamprad’s death on Saturday at the age of 91.After founding his flat-pack furniture company at the age of just 17, Kamprad devoted his entire life to developing it into a worldwide behemoth, remaining involved in the running of the group until the end.Known simply as “Ingvar” to his employees, from the stores’ sales staff to senior executives, Kamprad was regarded as a demi-god who kept a paternalistic eye on his “Ikea family”, whom he rewarded with generous bonuses despite his well-known reputation for frugality.A method the British newspaper The Guardian in 2004 described as “some kind of cult, albeit a cult that worships untreated pine and Allen keys.””He has always been here as a guide to inspire us,” Andreas Hovare, an Ikea employee of 17 years, told AFP after a minute of silence held on Monday in Ikea’s stores in Sweden.So who will take on that role now?His three sons Peter, 49, Jonas, 47, and Mathias, 44, who all work for Ikea, will try to fill their father’s shoes.But they have lived their lives out of the spotlight.Most Ikea employees “have no relationship to the three sons,” Ulf Johansson, the head of Lund University’s Centre for Retail Research, told AFP.In a joint statement after Kamprad’s death, the brothers vowed to “honour his legacy.”None of them preside over the three main divisions of the Ikea empire, though they do hold key positions: Mathias at Inter Ikea Holding (which owns the Ikea concept and brand) and the Interogo Foundation, Jonas at Ingka Holding (which operates the stores) and Peter at Ikano (the banking and real estate company owned by the family).Complex fortressBertil Torekull, a friend and confidant of Kamprad’s, says doomsayers who predict post-Ingvar woes at Ikea have nothing to fear. Explore further Citation: With Kamprad gone, will Ikea lose its compass? (2018, February 2) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-kamprad-ikea-compass.html © 2018 AFP “You can never rule out a war between the three brothers … but they’re smart enough to understand they’ve inherited a goose with golden eggs and to keep Ikea on course,” Torekull, the author of the 1998 book “The Story of Ikea”, told Dagens Nyheter. Will Ikea be able to assemble a comfortable future by itself without founder Ingvar Kamprad’s manual? Ikea employees marked a minute of silence in honour of the company’s founder, Ingvar Kamprad While the three brothers are “pale copies” of their father, they yield “immense” influence over the group, according to Johan Stenebo, a former Ikea executive who served as Kamprad’s assistant for three years.As did their father, who only stepped down from the board of Inter Ikea at age 87 but remained a senior advisor until his death.Despite that, “the rules are very clear, the Kamprad family cannot hold a majority on the board of directors,” recalled Lars-Johan Jarnheimer, Ikea heavyweight and chairman of the supervisory board of Ikea’s Dutch holding company Ingka Holding B.V. and chairman of the board of Ikea Group, in daily Svenska Dagbladet.Ingvar Kamprad began preparing for his death after his 50th birthday in 1976, to ensure that the company had enough money to grow on its own—he was fiercely opposed to going public.It was then he decided to divide the company into a web of hermetic foundations and subsidiaries, building a complex fortress that would be impenetrable after his death.All Ikea profits have to go to charity, or back into the business.Except for Ikano, the family-owned nest egg which posted a net profit of 130 million euros in 2016.Ultimately, for Ikea’s 190,000 employees, it’s “business as usual”, Jarnheimer said.If there are any darks clouds on Ikea’s horizon, it is how it will adapt to a rapidly changing market—in particular whether it will be able to make up for its slow foray into e-commerce.In 2017, online sales totalled 1.7 billion euros, accounting for just 4.4 percent of global sales of 38.3 billion.”Ingvar dug his heels in, he didn’t want online shopping,” revealed Johan Stenebo.One thing is certain: thanks to its complex structure and success, Ikea will not be going public anytime soon, said Ulf Johansson. “Ikea has nothing to gain from it.”The group has “enormous” capital reserves, he noted. Which may come in handy if a European Commission investigation finds Ikea’s Dutch parent company guilty of tax fraud. Ikea on Amazon? Furniture giant to use online retailers Will Ikea lose its way after the death of its almighty founder Ingvar Kamprad? Observers reject the notion, or at least downplay the risks facing the orphaned group. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more

500yearold Leaning Tower of Pisa mystery unveiled by engineers

Quake test helps set a new standard for building on soft soil Professor George Mylonakis, from Bristol’s Department of Civil Engineering, was invited to join a 16-member research team, led by Professor Camillo Nuti at Roma Tre University, to explore this Leaning Tower of Pisa mystery that has puzzled engineers for many years.Despite leaning precariously at a five-degree angle, leading to an offset at the top of over five metres, the 58-metre tall Tower has managed to survive, undamaged, at least four strong earthquakes that have hit the region since 1280.Given the vulnerability of the structure, which barely manages to stand vertically, it was expected to sustain serious damage or even collapse because of moderate seismic activity. Surprisingly this hasn’t happened, and this has mystified engineers for a long time. After studying available seismological, geotechnical and structural information, the research team concluded that the survival of the Tower can be attributed to a phenomenon known as dynamic soil-structure interaction (DSSI).The considerable height and stiffness of the Tower combined with the softness of the foundation soil, causes the vibrational characteristics of the structure to be modified substantially, in such a way that the Tower does not resonate with earthquake ground motion. This has been the key to its survival. The unique combination of these characteristics gives the Tower of Pisa the world record in DSSI effects.Professor Mylonakis, Chair in Geotechnics and Soil-Structure Interaction, and Head of Earthquake and Geotechnical Engineering Research Group in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Bristol, said: “Ironically, the very same soil that caused the leaning instability and brought the Tower to the verge of collapse, can be credited for helping it survive these seismic events.”Results from the study have been presented to international workshops and will be formally announced at the 16th European Conference in Earthquake Engineering taking place in Thessaloniki, Greece next month [18 to 21 June 2018]. Why has the Leaning Tower of Pisa survived the strong earthquakes that have hit the region since the middle ages? This is a long-standing question a research group of 16 engineers has investigated, including a leading expert in earthquake engineering and soil-structure interaction from the University of Bristol. Provided by University of Bristol Citation: 500-year-old Leaning Tower of Pisa mystery unveiled by engineers (2018, May 9) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-year-old-tower-pisa-mystery-unveiled.html Leaning Tower of Pisa. Credit: University of Bristol Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more

Fiat Chrysler to pay 515 mn in US dieselgate settlements

first_imgFiat Chrysler has agreed to a $515 million US settlement on charges it installed “defeat devices” on cars to evade emissions tests, the US Justice Department announced Thursday. The auto giant will recall and repair more than 100,000 diesel vehicles sold in the United States at a cost of about $185 million. The remaining funds will go to civil fines and mitigation payments to the United States and the state of California.US officials said FCA’s EcoDiesel Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee for model years 2014-2016 were built with software designed to operate differently during emissions tests compared with real-world conditions.As a result the cars spewed nitrogen oxide and other pollutants at “much higher” levels than allowed in the United States or California, the Justice Department said.”Fiat Chrysler broke those laws and this case demonstrates that steep penalties await corporations that engage in such egregious violations,” Principal US Deputy Associate Attorney General Jesse Panuccio said in a statement.California will receive $78.4 million as part of the settlement for violations of the state’s clear emissions standards.California Attorney Xavier Becerra said the automaker “tried to evade these standards by installing software to cheat emissions testing.” “The company not only violated the law and our trust but did so at the expense of our environment. With this settlement, we are holding Fiat Chrysler accountable and securing important funds for environmental protection efforts.” EPA OKs pollution controls on new diesel Jeeps, Ram pickups This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Fiat Chrysler to pay $515 mn in US ‘dieselgate’ settlements (2019, January 10) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-fiat-chrysler-mn-dieselgate-settlements.html © 2019 AFPcenter_img Explore further Fiat Chrysler says the violations of emissions standards by 100,000 vehicles was unintentional No admissionThe settlements follow the Volkswagen scandal over defeat devices that has spawned billions of dollars in fines, civil settlements and criminal prosecutions of former executives with the German giant.But unlike the VW case, the Justice Department said FCA did not initially admit that there was anything wrong with their vehicles.”It took us a while to figure out how they were doing it,” one US official told reporters, noting that staff had to delve “into the computer codes to figure out what exactly they had done.”FCA continues to maintain that the violations were not intentional.”The settlements do not change the company’s position that it did not engage in any deliberate scheme to install defeat devices to cheat emissions tests,” FCA said in a statement.The required fix to the vehicles will involve a free software fix with no need to modify any hardware, the statement said.”We acknowledge that this has created uncertainty for our customers and we believe this resolution will maintain their trust in us,” said Mark Chernoby, the company’s Head of North American Safety and Regulatory Compliance.The Justice Department said the FCA agreement “does not resolve any potential criminal liability” or consumer claims. The Jeep Grand Cherokee and EcoDiesel Ram 1500 for 2014-2016 were designed to defeat emissions tests, resulting in much higher levels of pollution spewed into the air than allowed by US lawlast_img read more

We cannot spend £300m every year like Man City PSG Klopp predicts

first_img“Do we have exactly the solution that everybody from outside would be 100 per cent happy? I don’t think so because people want to have world-class here, world-class here and the guy on the bench has to be world-class as well. That’s not so easy. But we are of course working on it,” he added.”On the outgoing side, we are relaxed. The young boys are here and enjoyed working with us a lot. Not to forget Naby and Shaq are injured still and are not here with us. Players will come back.”I’m really looking forward to the season, it will be really exciting again.” Jurgen Klopp has warned Liverpool fans not to expect any blockbuster signings in the current transfer window, contrasting his team’s investments with the spendthrift duo of Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain. The Reds have spent heavily in recent windows to build up a squad capable of fighting both at home and in Europe. And their approach paid dividends as big-money arrivals like Alisson, Virgil van Dijk and Fabinho proved key in a season that saw Liverpool lift the Champions League title and finish just a point behind City in the Premier League. Watch Premier League in August 2019 | Soccer Live Streaming | DAZN CAThis summer, however, they have cut a more cautious stance in the market. To date Zwolle teenager Sepp Van den Berg is the only new arrival, while Fulham youngster Harvey Elliott is also expected to sign imminently. But Klopp is happy to go into 2019-20 with a relatively unchanged squad and pointed out that his club do not boast the kind of riches found elsewhere in world football.”We are pretty relaxed in that, we will see what’s coming up,” he told Liverpool’s official website when quizzed on the club’s transfer plans.”How I said, it will not be the biggest transfer window of LFC; we invested a lot in the team in the last two years, I would say. We cannot spend every year in the same manner.”People talk about it like, ‘Now another £300m or £200m’. There are maybe only two clubs in the world – it looks in the moment like Barcelona and [Real] Madrid can do the same – City and PSG that can do it every year.”But we are fine. I’m happy with the team, we are really happy. We have to see if we find maybe one position, if we find something for it, but there’s no real pressure because it’s not about signing a player. We have solutions for all the situations.Klopp admitted that some fans would be unhappy with the lack of movement, but asked them to keep the faith – while highlighting the likes of Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri, absent through injury, as proof the squad will get better as the summer goes on.last_img read more

Ready to join hands with anybody committed to Odisha Jay Panda

first_imgCOMMENTS SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE Published on bl29_ndprj_bjd_+G1R1GI0U8.3.jpg.jpgcenter_img January 06, 2019 COMMENT Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda, who has been keeping the cards close to his chest on his future plans after quitting the BJD last year, said he is willing to join hands with anybody “committed to tackling the severe problems that Odisha now faces”.He said that some commentators, who attributed motives to his resignation from the BJD, are disappointed that he did not immediately join a party and get some position as they had predicted.“Rather I have spent the last seven months extensively travelling around Odisha meeting people and seeking their opinions. I am not in politics with any particular position in mind, in fact, I have spent two decades not holding any government position but rather helping build a movement and political organisation. Indeed since elections are nearing, the people of Odisha have a right to know about my plans and I am in the final stages of deciding on them,” Panda told PTI.Asked about which side he would prefer, the BJP or a ‘mahagathbandhan’ (grand alliance) of opposition parties, he said, “My future course will keep in mind which direction the country needs to move, but also of course and especially the need for tackling the severe problems that Odisha now faces. I’m willing to join hands with anybody who is committed to not just speaking about the sharp rise of crime and corruption in Odisha but is willing to act on it.” Having quit the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and Parliament as a “matter of principle”, Panda said he has been touched at the outpouring of affection and support he received from the people of Odisha.‘BJP is not invincible’ Panda has come out with a book ‘Lutyens’ Maverick: Ground Realities, Hard Choices and Tomorrow’s India’, which is a collection of his published articles. The book is published by Rupa. In one of his articles, he said that for the BJP to return to power, it must ensure that its opponents do not gang up against it. Asked if he thinks the opposition has an upper hand, he said from 2014 onwards, the BJP has come into pole position in Indian politics as by far the largest party, governing the largest number of states. “Nevertheless, recent state elections have shown that the BJP is not invincible and this has opened up the election to more of a contest that was supposed a year ago. Also keep in mind that the voters may have different attitudes in a general election as compared to state elections. All in all it is still open to either Prime Minister Narendra Modi or his principal opponents to make significant gains between now and the elections,” he saidAdvantage PatnaikPanda also feels that though Odisha Chief Minister and BJD boss Naveen Patnaik still enjoys goodwill in the state, it is a matter of fact that his popularity is “much lower than before as evidenced by recent opinion polls by several national media organisations”. What should be of even more concern to him is the far worse public perception of the BJD and its many criminal members and office-bearers, he claims.“While the party has always been far less popular than Naveen himself, today its public acceptability is at an all-time low, especially because of the sharp rise of criminality among its members. While in earlier years Naveen’s own popularity and tireless campaigning used to bail out the party that will be far harder this time,” he argues.However, Panda feels Naveen’s major advantage of having successfully played the Congress and the BJP against each other to prevent either from truly taking the fight to the BJD continues till today and may once again be the BJD’s lifeline to survival.“The Congress has reduced itself to third position because of its unwillingness to seriously oppose the BJD for fear that the BJP would grow in the state. Now, after growing strongly into the number two position, there are reports that the BJP is making the same mistake,” he saidlast_img read more

Puducherry all set for a threecornered fight

first_imgThe lone Lok Sabha constituency in Puducherry looks set for a three-cornered contest. The main draw for this seat currently features V Vaithilingam (Congress), K Narayanaswamy (All India NR Congress [AINRC]) and MAS Subramanian (representing actor Kamal Haasan’s Makkal Needhi Maiam). While Vaithilingam resigned as the Speaker of the Puducherry Assembly to throw his hat into the ring — he had also been the Chief Minister of the Union Territory twice and the Leader of the Opposition once — Subramanian is a three-time legislator who switched over from the DMK recently. Narayanasamy, a doctor by profession, is a relative newcomer whose family runs the Manakula Vinayagar group of educational institutions.Tamilmaran, the AMMK’s candidate, is also expected to reap the benefit of TTV Dhinakaran’s campaign in TN. The Congress, which has extended its alliance with the DMK in TN to Puducherry, seems to have had a head start by going in with Vaithilingam, a veteran from the small but politically influential Reddiar community. On the other hand, the Opposition AINRC’s choice of candidate has caused disquiet, even within party circles. Said a leader who does not want to be named: “RR (R Radhakrishnan, the party’s winning candidate in 2014) was a good candidate. Even if the leadership is unhappy with him (reports of a running feud between him and NR Congress chief and former CM N Rangasamy have been doing the rounds for quite some time now), it could have picked another senior leader. But by choosing Narayanasamy, a message has been sent out that only money and family ties (Narayanasamy’s uncle is currently an MLA representing AINRC) count.”Vanniyars as vote bankBy going with Narayanasamy, the AINRC, which has been allotted the seat by the AIADMK-led alliance that includes the BJP, seems to be banking on the powerful Vanniyar community that accounts for nearly 43 per cent of the UT’s population. But this won’t work, said RKR Anantharaman, a Congress MLA belonging to the Vanniyar community: “For one, Vanniyars are spread across parties. Plus, people like me and Namassivayam (PCC chief and PWD Minister hailing from the community) are this side. Also, by leaning back on the ‘Vanniyar factor’, they have opened the door for consolidation of other communities. And keep in mind that even with the ‘Modi wave’ last time, they just got around 60,000 votes more. This time, there is a negative wave. And anyway, Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam voters will not vote for an ally of the BJP.”Vaithilingam said his experience and understanding of issues are his strengths. “The UT is suffering because of excessive interference from the Centre. While our financial burden has increased over the years because of the various decisions of the Centre, including the pay hike as part of the Pay Commission recommendations, our financial resources and powers have been taken away gradually. I will fight for administrative reforms with a human touch.” In fact, supporters of the former CM openly say that he will make it to the Union Cabinet if the Congress comes back to power given his experience and acumen.Subramanian, however, blames both the Congress and the AINRC for Puducherry’s woes. “What the Congress did to Rangasamy when he was the CM through Kataria (the Governor), the BJP is doing to Narayanasamy (the present CM) now through Kiran Bedi. These people… Narayanasamy and Rangasamy… have pushed the UT, once the favourite child of the Centre, into a debt trap. If elected, I will see to that Puducherry’s debt is waived and it is given statehood.” March 28, 2019 COMMENT SHARE Pondicherry SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTS Published on AINRC candidate K Narayanasamy being greeted by Union Railway Minister Piyush Goya at the meeting of BJP workers in Puducherry. In 2014, the AINRC became the first regional party in Puducherry to win a Lok Sabha seat   –  The Hindulast_img read more

Treat for Taiwan food fans

first_img AUTHENTIC speciality Taiwanese food and produce landed in Kuala Lumpur, much to the delight of Taiwanese cuisine lovers and gastro-fans, when the fifth edition of the annual Tasty Taiwan Food Fair took up space at Isetan KLCC.Organised in conjunction with the Taiwanese government’s efforts to reach out to trade reps in emerging markets, the Tasty Taiwan food expo in Malaysia gave shoppers the chance to sample a tempting spread of Taiwanese dishes, including street food prepared using high-quality local ingredients and those sourced from Taiwan.Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Malaysia representative, Anne Hung, said the city-state was making great strides in agricultural technology and is thus improving its variety and volume of quality produce.Understanding that food is a universal language that connects people across borders and cultures, the organisers of Tasty Taiwan food fair introduced more than 300 food varieties at the event, including premium teas, noodles, confectionery and fresh produce.Visitors to the gastro-event were treated to not only a range of activities such as beverage tastings but also to gifts with purchases. Foodies were treated to samplings of traditional steamed dumplings, authentic oyster rice noodles and salted fried chicken. AdChoices广告Taiwan has recognised the value of agricultural and business ties with Muslim-majority markets as a key aspect of its New Southbound Policy (a trade focus under its national development strategy). Metro News 11 Jul 2019 Taiwan making a big splash in halal market Metro News 10 Jul 2019 Window into the best of Taiwan technology Central Region Related News Metro News 22h ago New look for same refreshing brewcenter_img (From left) Isetan of Japan Sdn Bhd sale and merchandising director/general manager Yeow Kah Chong, Commerce Development Research Institute vice-president Chang Hwang-Jen, Hung, Isetan of Japan Sdn Bhd managing director Koji Oyama and Council of Agriculture International Affairs Department senior specialist and international marketing section chief Tracy SH Tarng at the Tasty Taiwan Food Fair. Tags / Keywords: Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

India Russia hold talks to boost space cooperation

first_imgIndia, Russia hold talks to boost space cooperationRussia has promised all assistance for India’s Human Space Flight Mission and details regarding cooperation for the Gaganyaan Mission were discussed, the statement said, adding it also offered support to India in participating in the International Space Station.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 00:12 IST Dmitry Rogozin, Director General of Russia’s space agency ROSCOSMOS, and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval led the two sides in the meeting. (Photos: ANI)India and Russia held high-level talks here to elevate bilateral cooperation to the next level in the field of space, including assistance in India’s maiden human space flight mission ‘Gaganyaan’, according to Ministry of External Affairs.National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Dmitry Rogozin, Director-General of Russia’s space agency ROSCOSMOS, led the two sides in the meeting held on Thursday.”There have been frequent contacts between the two space agencies to finalise the details of the Gaganyaan Mission, which will carry Indian astronaut to space in 2022, to coincide with India’s 75th anniversary of Independence,” an MEA statement said Friday.Russia has promised all assistance for India’s Human Space Flight Mission and details regarding cooperation for the Gaganyaan Mission were discussed, the statement said, adding it also offered support to India in participating in the International Space Station.Both sides agreed to take a strategic approach to elevate bilateral cooperation to the next level keeping in mind the special and privileged partnership and India’s priorities such as Make in India programme, the MEA said.Senior representatives of ROSCOSMOS, GLAVCOSMOS, Energia and Energomash were present from the Russian side. From the Indian side, ISRO Chairman and Department of Space Secretary K Sivan and the Director of the Human Space Flight Programme also attended the meeting.Cooperation in futuristic technologies including new space systems, rocket engines, propellants and propulsion systems, spacecraft and launch vehicle technology were also discussed.”The Russian side stated that they would like to see India participate in the International Space Station, and offered its full support for this purpose,” the statement said.Space has emerged as a key area of cooperation between India and Russia in the high technology sector. India shares robust cooperation with Russia in strategic areas of defence, nuclear and space.Also Read | Pakistan not invited by Russia for Eastern Economic ForumAlso Watch | India signs $5.43 Billion deal with Russia on S-400 missileFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byChanchal Chauhan Nextlast_img read more