More than half of disabled people who have tried t

first_imgMore than half of disabled people who have tried to buy tickets for live music events have had to call premium-rate phone numbers to arrange access, according to a new survey.Four-fifths of those surveyed said they had experienced problems with booking access alongside their ticket, while nearly three-quarters said such barriers had been discriminatory.The results of the national online survey were published by the user-led music charity Attitude is Everything (AiE) as part of its fourth State of Access Report on the live music industry.Of the 53 per cent who said they had been forced to use premium rate phone lines to book access, several reported that this had cost them more than £20 in phone charges.Although the survey results cannot be directly compared – because they were obtained through different methods – they do appear to show an improvement since a survey of AiE mystery shoppers in 2014 found 95 per cent of respondents had experienced problems when booking access and 88 per cent said they had felt discriminated against.This year’s State of Access Report focuses on problems associated with booking tickets for live music events.Publishing the report, the charity also launched a new taskforce, the Ticketing Without Barriers Coalition, which aims to address five key problems encountered by Deaf and disabled live music fans when booking tickets.The pan-industry group includes more than 35 trade bodies, ticketing agencies, event promoters and venues, including UK Music, PRS for Music, Ticketmaster, Festival Republic and Live Nation.The areas the coalition will address include: the need for a single proof-of-disability system that is uniformly recognised and accepted across the UK; all venues and events to provide quality online information about access; more choice and flexibility when booking tickets for fans with access requirements; and a more dependable system for managing access bookings.The coalition will also target the need for “equal access”, so that disabled fans can book access for pre-sales of tickets, VIP and artist meet-up tickets, and when using entertainment gift cards; can resell accessible seats; are not charged to use access booking lines; and can easily book tickets for a personal assistant if they need one.The report concludes that access across the live music industry “remains a mixed picture”.It adds: “Many venues and events have moved beyond basic reasonable adjustments to improve access for customers in impressively creative and collaborative ways.“On the other hand, there are venue and event organisers now being left behind as they continue to enact outdated and potentially discriminatory policies that impact the ability of Deaf and disabled people to access the paid-for services they provide.”Suzanne Bull (pictured), AiE’s chief executive and the government’s disability sector champion for music, said: “Although there has been much progress in making the ticketing process accessible and inclusive, and certain venues and companies are definitely getting this right for their Deaf and disabled customers, we felt that only a comprehensive and truly unified approach would be able to drive through the real and lasting changes that we need. “In 2018, every large-scale music event should be all-inclusive.“Disabled customers should be able to buy a ticket online, they should be encouraged to attend shows with their friends, and not have to jump through undignified hoops when things go wrong.”Sarah Newton, minister for disabled people, said: “Going to a gig or festival is an experience that everyone should be able to enjoy.“It’s therefore incredibly important that disabled people have the right access when booking tickets for live music events, which is why I’m really pleased to see leading businesses from across the music industry coming together to improve accessibility. “We know that disabled people and their households have a combined spending power of £249 billion a year, proving that being inclusive isn’t just the right thing to do, it also makes good business sense.”AiE also announced that it will convene a new cross-sector group that will “exchange ideas and unite around common principles when it comes to accessibility”, across music, cinema, theatre, heritage and sport, and will focus on issues such as the provision of access information, providing evidence of access requirements, and implementing access bookings.Organisations that have already pledged to join the group include Arts Council England, Shape Arts, Level Playing Field, UK Theatre and the Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers.Picture by Joanna Dudderidgelast_img read more

UNCW student needs votes to bring Camp Kesem to the Cape Fear

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Veronica Wernicke is one of millions of children who learned about cancer at an early age.“My mom was diagnosed when I was in second grade. So, that’s pretty much a majority of my life and you feel very alone. Yes, I had my sister and she had me, but the kids in our neighborhood didn’t know what it was like to have a parent with cancer,” Wernicke said.- Advertisement – Her mom tried to find things for the whole family to do. She eventually came across Camp Kesem, a camp for kids whose parents have cancer. Wernicke went to camp at a chapter in Illinois and said it changed her life.“They just created a really strong family for me and they just made lasting memories that I’ll never forget and they understood,” Wernicke said.Now, she wants to do her part for the Cape Fear and bring Camp Kesem to UNCW. Camp Kesem is adding new chapters and she needs votes to make a camp here a reality.Related Article: Weather postpones UNCW baseball game“You can vote once from your computer, once from your phone, and then you can share the vote on either Facebook or Twitter. And then that counts as three votes per day. So, I’m just asking you to vote, share the vote, tell your friends, pass it on, and just so we can get it out there,” Wernicke said.She wants the program to make a difference for kids in this area, just as it did for her.“As a child of a parent who had cancer, you don’t meet a lot of people who understand. Like friends will say like they’re sorry or they’re sympathetic but they don’t know what that feels like. At Camp Kesem, people know what it’s like but they don’t make you feel sad. They make you feel happy,” Wernicke said.Voting closes on Friday. If you want to show your support, vote here.last_img read more

New park plan on the way in Ocean Isle Beach

first_imgOCEAN ISLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Planning for a new park started after a meeting on Monday. Town administrator Daisy Ivey says the plan is estimated to cost $1.1 million.McGill associates is handling the plans. The open piece of land will include a permanent band stand, a playground, water features, a trail around the park, restroom facilities and more.- Advertisement – There is not set timeline yet for completion.last_img

UNCW business school offeres free tax prep services

first_imgTax forms and money (Photo: Pictures of Money / Flickr / CC BY 2.0) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Your deadline to file taxes is a little more than one month away.Do you need help? Good news! Some seahawks are ready to help.- Advertisement – UNCW’s Cameron School of Business is offering free tax preparation through the IRS’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program.The program is for anyone who earned less than $66,000 last year.If you qualify  bring your social security card, photo ID, tax documents and a copy of your prior year’s tax returns.Related Article: UNCW grants 28 high schoolers opportunity to learn about STEAM majorsUNCW’s free tax-prep service is Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship on South College Road.There are several other dates the service will be available. Click here for them.last_img read more

NCDOT Bridge inspections on I40 require lane closures

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Drivers who travel on Interstate 40 over the Northeast Cape Fear River in New Hanover County will encounter lane closures starting Wednesday.NCDOT says the closures are for crews to inspect the bridge.- Advertisement – The closures will be in place from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day through Friday, with one lane remaining open in each direction.Drivers are encouraged to slow down and pay extra attention when approaching the bridge during the lane closures for their own safety, as well as the workers conducting the inspection.last_img read more

Church holds annual Thanksgiving meal gives out donations for Florence victims

first_img Church members cooked the meal, and they even had free health screenings and flu shots.Free clothing and shoes were also available for families in need.Pastor Darwin Murrill says the event grows every year. He says it is their opportunity to give back.Related Article: Team Rubicon helps with hurricane relief in Wilmington“This is actually for everybody. So we’re just pleased to be able to do that. We have some great cooks and some delicious food. And people are leaving here smiling. This is just our moment to be able to induce some love in our community,” said Darwin Murrill.Pastor Murrill says this year is even more special, after Hurricane Florence left a lot of the Wilmington community with nothing. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Word Changing Hearts Ministries held their annual Thanksgiving meal for the Wilmington community Wednesday.The church has been putting on the event for almost 18 years. The event was held at Douglass Academy, free of charge to all families.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Wilmington bulldog to be featured in iconic Cadbury bunny commercial

first_imgThis English Bulldog could be featured in iconic Cadbury commerical. (Photo: Cadbury) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — We have some exciting news for one Wilmington furry friend. Henri the Bulldog is the winner of the first “Bunny Tryouts” for the Cadbury company.This Easter, Henri, who lives with his owners Kathie & Tim Santillo in Wilmington will star with the Cadbury bunny in the brand’s iconic “Clucking Bunny” commercial.More than 4,000 entries of pets wearing bunny ears were submitted to the first official Cadbury “Bunny Tryouts”.- Advertisement – Henri will make his debut with the Cadbury bunny himself in this year’s commercial, which will be released in April.The Santillo’s won $5,000 and Cadbury is also donating $10,000 to the ASPCA.last_img read more

Cinderellas Closet to host events for girls in need of prom dress

first_imgProm dress (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Any girl who needs a prom dress and accessories in New Hanover County is now able to get help.Cinderella’s Closet is having its first shopping event at Grace United Methodist Church, 401 Grace Street, in Wilmington from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.- Advertisement – Cinderella’s Closet helps girls who have financial issues afford clothing for their prom.More girls are still needed to sign up for Saturday. You can register right up until the event.There will be a second event on Saturday, April 13.Related Article: Local Rotary Club previews fundraisersIf you any questions, you can email Cinderella’s Closet.last_img read more

LinkedIn is now No 2 US social network

first_imgAdvertisement LinkedIn had 33.9 million unique visitors in June, an increase of about half a million from the month before, according to new data from comScore, the Internet analytics firm. By contrast, fewer than 33.5 million Americans visited Myspace last month, a drop of about 1.4 million U.S. visitors from May.The numbers don’t tell the whole story — Myspace still has an estimated 130 million active users, compared with roughly 115 million for LinkedIn — but it’s another symbolic blow to the once-dominant social network, which is struggling to reinvent itself.U.S. traffic to Myspace is half of what it was in June 2010, when the site had more than 66 million unique visitors, according to comScore. Myspace still leads third-place Twitter, which had 30.6 million visitors last month, although at their current rates, Twitter will eclipse Myspace in the next few months. – Advertisement – By comparison, Facebook, social networking’s ever-expanding behemoth, had 160.8 million unique visitors in June.LinkedIn was surging even before the company went public in a splashy and successful debut in May. The social network has been adding about a million members each week, CEO Jeff Weiner said in March.A new survey sheds some light on how are people using LinkedIn, which lets members post résumés, search for jobs and network with other professionals in their fields.According to a survey of 500 LinkedIn users by Lab42, a market-research firm, 35% of members visit the site daily, and 42% update their profiles regularly. Perhaps not surprisingly, the survey found that top-level executives and entry-level workers use LinkedIn differently: The younger members use the site mostly to find jobs, while the senior executives use it for networking and promoting their businesses.More than half of LinkedIn members are based outside the U.S.Source: CNN Newslast_img read more

Uganda Standards body to go digital

first_imgAdvertisement The platform includes an e-portal that will facilitate online filing of applications for goods inspection and integrated electronic databases for management of lab testing activities, standards inspection and payment channels.Currently, it takes more than three hours to deliver a certificate of analysis for product tests done at UNBS laboratories in Kampala to customs stations like Malaba.In addition, physical filing of applications for product tests has frequently generated queues, leading to frustration among importers. Under the e-portal, certificates of analysis will be accessed online, which will save on travel costs and time. – Advertisement – However, lack of decentralised testing facilities, owing to inadequate funding, importers will continue to deliver physical product samples to UNBS offices in Kampala.Funding is also blamed for inadequate staffing at the standards agency; a situation that has restricted its border operations to a 12 hour schedule unlike its partner agency, Uganda Revenue Authority that currently enjoys 24 hour, and seven-day-customs operations.“The new automated system will help integrate lab testing functions, standards inspection and payments channels on a single platform that will be supplemented by an intercom system to connecting our staff in real time. In addition, we are considering distribution of mobile data gadgets to our staff to facilitate upload of information while in the field,” explained Topista Agoa Mpora, the ICT Co-ordinator at UNBS.Though the automated platform promises more efficiency than the manual system, importers of chemical or biologically active products which require microbiology tests that sometimes take up to five days will still have to endure long waits.Local businesses are upbeat over the prospect of improved services at UNBS.“As part of the general economy, we feel UNBS is a bit challenged on technical systems. It lacks sophisticated testing tools, has suffered from underfunding and needs vigorous staff training to enable it deliver better services,” said Richard Wejuli Wabwire, corporate relations and regulatory affairs director at Uganda Breweries Limited.But some traders feel a one stop integrated standards control and customs system would deliver more efficiency and even lower rates of corruption that hurts local business people, according to Issa Sekitto, spokesperson for the Kampala City Traders Association. Source: The EastAfricanlast_img read more

Most Liked facebook pages in Uganda

first_imgAdvertisement Uganda has over 594,000 people on Facebook. Many Brands have realized the power of social media and hence adopting it as a way of reaching out to their fans and clients. MTN Uganda leads the revolution with 109,745 facebook fans followed by NTV Uganda with 81, 146 fans.Among celebrities, Bebe cool leads the race at position Number 3 with 76,650 fans, followed by Navio with 42,843 fans. Below is a list of the 10 facebook pages with most followers.NameTotal Likes1MTN UG109,7452NTV Uganda81,1463Bebe Cool76,6504Airtel Uganda72,2945Club58,5186The New Vision54,5027Orange Uganda52,8558NAVIO42,8439Radiocity 97FM35,70110Desire Luzinda35,55811Daily Monitor35,091last_img read more

Nigerias Globacom hits 30M subscribers

first_imgAdvertisement Nigerian mobile network operator Globacom has revealed that its mobile subscriber base is approaching the 30 million mark.The revelation was through local newspaper Vanguard which quoted the company’s national sales coordinator for North West operations, Samuel Edoho.Edoho was quoted saying that Globacom’s wireless customers have grown from 28.22 million at the end of December 2014 and 23.42 million at 31 March 2014, according to data from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). – Advertisement – He attributed the growth in subscriber numbers to the firm’s continued investment in its network infrastructure and the launch of innovative customer-orientated services.‘We are still very aggressive, we will keep the spirit high and assure Nigerians who have no confidence in the market of our determination to offer them best experience ever across all network,’ he added.Vialast_img read more

Hackers Targeted Trump Campaign and Republican Party groups

first_imgDonald Trump at one of his presidential campaigns. Image Credit: Independent Advertisement Hackers targeted the computer systems of presidential candidate Donald Trump and Republican Party organizations as well as Democratic Party networks, sources familiar with investigations into the attacks said.At least one Trump staff member’s email account was infected with malware in 2015 and sent malicious emails to colleagues, according to one insider for the Republican candidate’s campaign and an outside security expert. It was unclear whether or not the hackers actually gained access to campaign computers.In the past month, U.S. security officials have said that starting last year, hackers infiltrated computers of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton and her party’s congressional fundraising committee. – Advertisement – U.S. officials said they have concluded that Russia or its proxies were responsible, leading to calls by some Democrats and cyber security officials for the Obama administration to blame Russia publicly. Kremlin officials have dismissed the allegations as absurd, but there is anxiety in Washington over the possibility that a foreign power might be using hacked information to meddle in the Nov. 8 U.S. election.[related-posts]The Trump campaign has hired security firm CrowdStrike, which also is assisting the Democratic National Committee, according to one person briefed on the matter. The company declined to comment.A different outside security firm was hired to examine software the Trump and Clinton campaigns use to manage mailings, electronic outreach and other campaign efforts, another person who was briefed on the issue said.A spokeswoman for Trump’s campaign declined to comment. A spokesman for the Republican National Committee could not immediately be reached for comment.The tools and techniques used to hack Republican targets resemble those employed in attacks on Democratic Party organizations, including the DNC and Clinton’s campaign organization, two sources said. That has led U.S. officials to reach a preliminary assessment that Russia’s military and civilian intelligence agencies or their proxies have targeted both political parties.Attempts to hack into Republican political organizations over an extended period were reported in intelligence bulletins circulated by U.S. agencies, four sources said. They did not disclose the identities of the organizations.Two U.S. security officials said the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security have offered assistance to both political parties in identifying possible intrusions and upgrading their defenses against what one of the officials called “constantly evolving threats.”[Reuters]last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Tuesday

first_imgWelcome to Starters Orders. Our new daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Tuesday 2 July3.30 HamiltonGrandiloquent we ducked the early 16 – laid at 12 and now 5 (25p rule 4 on early bets)5.50 Gowran ParkHarpist 2/1 > 6/46.00 BathBrunhilde 9/4 > 6/4last_img

STARTERS ORDERS Friday 29 March

first_imgWelcome to Starters Orders. Star Sports update with our key market movers for the day and sign up specials.Friday 29 March2.20 WetherbyDenmead evens > 4/62.50 WetherbyPaddling 6/1 > 9/43.25 WetherbyViking Hoard 16/1 > 6/1LIVE FOOTBALLChampionship20:00 Sky Sports Football / Sky Sports Main Event17/20 West Brom10/3 Birmingham City13/5 DRAWSTAR PROMOTIONSlast_img

NYSE Euronext comes to Rice to discuss the future of capital markets

first_imgShareCONTACT: Jessica StarkPHONE: 713-348-6777                                                                                  E-MAIL : stark@rice.eduNYSE Euronext comes to Rice to discuss the future of capital marketsJones School students and faculty ring The Closing Bell AddThislast_img

Premier violin and piano professors join Rice

first_imgAddThis PAUL KANTORVIRGINIAWECKSTROM ShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327druth@rice.eduPremier violin and piano professors join Rice’s Shepherd School of MusicKantor and Weckstrom to join faculty in 2012Two of the country’s premier teaching musicians are joining Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. Paul Kantor, currently the Eleanor H. Biggs Memorial Distinguished Professor of Violin at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM), and Virginia (Ginny) Weckstrom, a member of the chamber music and collaborative piano faculty at CIM, will join Rice in July 2012. The two have been married for 30 years.“Paul Kantor is widely recognized as one of America’s leading violin pedagogues,” said Robert Yekovich, dean of the Shepherd School. “His appointment to the violin faculty at the Shepherd School adds a special luster. It also reaffirms the school’s commitment to sustaining the extremely high quality of its program and fine reputation as a top-ranked music institution.” Kantor, who will become the Sallie Shepherd Perkins Professor of Violin, joined the Cleveland Institute in 2002. His impressive musical career includes serving as chair of the String Department at the University of Michigan for 13 years. Prior to that he held concurrent appointments on the faculties of The Juilliard School, the New England Conservatory and Yale University. For the past 32 years he has been an artist and faculty member of the Aspen Music Festival and School, where he was concertmaster of both the Festival Orchestra and Chamber Symphony.“I am both professionally and personally thrilled to learn that Paul and Ginny will be joining the Shepherd School community and I know that my sentiments are shared by my colleagues, many of whom have already had the good fortune of collaborating with them in the past,” said Kathleen Winkler, professor of violin and The Dorothy Richard Starling Chair in Classical Violin. “They are two of the most esteemed pedagogues and performers in their respective areas, and their addition to our faculty will further solidify the Shepherd School’s standing as one of the finest music schools in the world.”Over the years, Kantor has visited and taught at Rice, but his and Weckstrom’s last visit to campus played an important role in their decision to join Rice.“We were made to feel so welcomed … from the dean’s assistant to our colleagues in every department we met with, and certainly with Dean Yekovich,” Kantor said. “The excellence of the Shepherd School is so well known, and I am struck by the appreciation and affection the graduates have for Rice and the education they received, as well as the internal respect which seems prevalent between all constituencies at the school.”Weckstrom will join the Shepherd School as an Artist Teacher of Piano Chamber Music and Accompanying. Prior to joining the Cleveland Institute in 2003, Weckstrom had taught piano since 1989 at the Residential College of the University of Michigan, where she directed the chamber music program for the last four years. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from the Western College for Women and a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music. Weckstrom also served as chair of the Piano Department at the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, Conn., and was a founder of the School for Performing Arts in Ann Arbor.“The graduate program in Piano Chamber Music and Accompanying, directed by Brian Connelly, is a small, highly selective program,” Yekovich said. “With the addition of Virginia Weckstrom and her vast amount of experience in this particular area, the program is now poised to make important strides forward. Her appointment will ideally complement the fine work already being done by Brian and Jeanne Kierman Fischer.” “I’m welcoming this new adventure,” Weckstrom said. ”Houston seems like a beautiful, cosmopolitan city. When I have students, I don’t just have a musical relationship with them, but I have a life-long friendship. I recently gave a concert with my teacher and mentor from my undergraduate years. She’s 90 years old and I still treasure that relationship. I would hope to have those types of friendships with the students I teach too.”Kantor and Weckstrom have two adult children, Gwendolyn and Timothy. The Shepherd School of Music is ranked one of the country’s best musical schools. Graduates can be found in orchestras around the globe, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the San Francisco and Chicago symphonies, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the Orchestre National de France, and opera graduates have sung in several of the world’s most prestigious opera houses and recital halls.To learn more about the Shepherd School of Music, visit www.music.rice.edu. Long DescriptionLong Description last_img read more

Hybrid ribbons a gift for powerful batteries

first_imgShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduHybrid ribbons a gift for powerful batteriesRice lab finds vanadium oxide/graphene material works well for lithium-ion storageHOUSTON — (March 25, 2013) — Hybrid ribbons of vanadium oxide (VO2) and graphene may accelerate the development of high-power lithium-ion batteries suitable for electric cars and other demanding applications.The Rice University lab of materials scientist Pulickel Ajayan determined that the well-studied material is a superior cathode for batteries that could supply both high energy density and significant power density. The research appears online this month in the American Chemical Society journal Nano Letters.The ribbons created at Rice are thousands of times thinner than a sheet of paper, yet have potential that far outweighs current materials for their ability to charge and discharge very quickly. Cathodes built into half-cells for testing at Rice fully charged and discharged in 20 seconds and retained more than 90 percent of their initial capacity after more than 1,000 cycles.“This is the direction battery research is going, not only for something with high energy density but also high power density,” Ajayan said. “It’s somewhere between a battery and a supercapacitor.”The ribbons also have the advantage of using relatively abundant and cheap materials. “This is done through a very simple hydrothermal process, and I think it would be easily scalable to large quantities,” he said.Ajayan said vanadium oxide has long been considered a material with great potential, and in fact vanadium pentoxide has been used in lithium-ion batteries for its special structure and high capacity. But oxides are slow to charge and discharge, due to their low electrical conductivity. The high-conductivity graphene lattice that is literally baked in solves that problem nicely, he said, by serving as a speedy conduit for electrons and channels for ions.The atom-thin graphene sheets bound to the crystals take up very little bulk. In the best samples made at Rice, fully 84 percent of the cathode’s weight was the lithium-slurping VO2, which held 204 milliamp hours of energy per gram. The researchers, led by Rice graduate student Yongji Gong and lead author Shubin Yang, said they believe that to be among the best overall performance ever seen for lithium-ion battery electrodes.“One challenge to production was controlling the conditions for the co-synthesis of VO2 ribbons with graphene,” Yang said. The process involved suspending graphene oxide nanosheets with powdered vanadium pentoxide (layered vanadium oxide, with two atoms of vanadium and five of oxygen) in water and heating it in an autoclave for hours. The vanadium pentoxide was completely reduced to VO2, which crystallized into ribbons, while the graphene oxide was reduced to graphene, Yang said. The ribbons, with a web-like coating of graphene, were only about 10 nanometers thick, up to 600 nanometers wide and tens of micrometers in length.“These ribbons were the building blocks of the three-dimensional architecture,” Yang said. “This unique structure was favorable for the ultrafast diffusion of both lithium ions and electrons during charge and discharge processes. It was the key to the achievement of excellent electrochemical performance.”In testing the new material, Yang and Gong found its capacity for lithium storage remained stable after 200 cycles even at high temperatures (167 degrees Fahrenheit) at which other cathodes commonly decay, even at low charge-discharge rates.“We think this is real progress in the development of cathode materials for high-power lithium-ion batteries,” Ajayan said, suggesting the ribbons’ ability to be dispersed in a solvent might make them suitable as a component in the paintable batteries developed in his lab.Co-authors of the new paper are Rice graduate students Daniel Hashim and Lulu Ma; research scientist Zheng Liu; former Rice visiting researcher Liang Zhan, now an associate professor at East China University of Science and Technology in Shanghai; and faculty fellow Robert Vajtai. Ajayan is the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering and a professor of mechanical engineering and materials science, chemistry, and chemical and biomolecular engineering.The work was funded by the U.S. Army Research Office and the Office of Naval Research through a Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative grant and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship grant.-30-Read the abstract at http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/nl400001uThis news release can be found online at http://news.rice.edu/2013/03/25/hybrid-ribbons-a-gift-for-powerful-batteries/Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated Materials:Ajayan Group: http://www.owlnet.rice.edu/~rv4/Ajayan/Images for download: Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 2 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/AboutRiceU.  http://news.rice.edu/files/2013/03/0325_BATTERY-2.jpgHydrothermal processing of vanadium pentoxide and graphene oxide creates graphene-coated ribbons of crystalline vanadium oxide, which show great potential as ultrafast charging and discharging electrodes for lithium-ion batteries. (Credit: Ajayan Group/Rice University) AddThis http://news.rice.edu/files/2013/03/0325_BATTERY-1.jpgGraphene-coated ribbons of vanadium oxide, seen in a scanning electron microscope image, might be the best electrode for lithium-ion batteries yet tested, according to researchers at Rice University. (Credit: Ajayan Group/Rice University)last_img read more

New patenting guidelines are needed for biotechnology

first_imgShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduNew patenting guidelines are needed for biotechnologyHOUSTON – (April 22, 2014) – Biotechnology scientists must be aware of the broad patent landscape and push for new patent and licensing guidelines, according to a new paper from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.Published in the current issue of the journal Regenerative Medicine, the paper is based on the June 2013 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the case Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP) v. Myriad Genetics that naturally occurring genes are unpatentable. The court case and rulings garnered discussion in the public about patenting biological materials.“The AMP v. Myriad Genetics case raises questions about the patent system,” said Kirstin Matthews, the Baker Institute fellow in science and technology policy and an expert on ethical and policy issues related to biomedical research and development. She co-authored the paper with Maude Rowland Cuchiara, the Baker Institute scholar for science and technology policy. The paper has timely significance in light of President Barack Obama’s recent announcements on reforming the nation’s patent process, including an initiative announced in February to “crowdsource” the review of patents.“There are not many opportunities to challenge patents once they have been granted, and the options that are available are costly and mostly limited to lawsuits,” Matthews said. Judges typically do not have the scientific knowledge to understand some of the technical arguments that are made in their courts, she said. “It may be better, as President Obama has proposed, to revise patenting guidelines at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office based on feedback from scientists, engineers, ethicists and policy scholars as opposed to leaving it up to the courts.”Until the Supreme Court’s decision, Myriad Genetics was the only company in the U.S. that could legally conduct diagnostic testing for BRCA 1 and 2, genes that are linked to familial breast and ovarian cancer. The company was granted the patents in 1998 and 2000, respectively. Myriad chose not to license the patents and harshly pursued anyone who infringed on them.“The patenting of the BRCA genes launched a raucous debate about the ability to patent life: How do we distinguish between what is simply discovered and what is truly ‘made by man’?” the authors asked.Biotechnological inventions have been patented for several decades, though the criteria for patent eligibility have been refined through numerous court decisions, according to the authors. One of the most influential was Diamond v. Chakrabarty, which determined that “anything under the sun made by man” could be patented, leading to the diverse biotechnology patent landscape seen today, the authors said. However, biotechnological patents must meet the same requirements as all other patents, and they cannot be laws of nature, physical phenomena or abstract ideas.The authors said the ruling could affect the patentability of other biotechnologies, like stem cells, depending on how the ruling is interpreted. Stem cells, like genes, are also isolated from the body although they do require some manipulation after isolation. But it is likely that if stem cell patents include detailed procedures for the manipulations beyond isolation, they will be upheld. “However these types of patents could also be challenged for failing to meet other patenting requirements like non-obviousness – meaning that they were not really unique or original after all,” the authors said.Overall, it remains to be seen what impact the ruling in the AMP v. Myriad Genetics case will have on the biotech industry or if any patenting requirements will be changed in response to this or other court rulings, the authors said. So far, the patentability of biotechnological inventions appears to remain unaffected. “However, as more and more biotechnological inventions are patented, the line between what is and is not a ‘product of nature’ becomes blurred and will most likely continue to be decided in a courtroom,” the authors said.The authors suggest initial steps to address the current situation, including an outside review of patents before they are granted, reforming the rules of patent licensing to minimize restrictive practices and requiring detailed patent descriptions to prevent expensive and disruptive lawsuits.“Moving forward, scientists must be aware of the broad patent landscape and push for new patent and licensing guidelines,” the authors said. “This could keep patents out of court, make the patenting process more seamless and help to spur innovation.”-30-To schedule an interview with Matthews or Rowland Cuchiara about their paper, “Gene Patents, Patenting Life and the Impact of Court Rulings on U.S. Stem Cell Patents and Research,” contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.Read the abstract at http://www.futuremedicine.com/doi/abs/10.2217/rme.13.93.Related materials:Matthews bio: http://bakerinstitute.org/experts/kirstin-rw-matthewsMatthews on Twitter: www.twitter.com/stpolicy @stpolicyRowland Cuchiara bio: http://bakerinstitute.org/experts/maude-rowland-cuchiaraFollow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top 15 university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog. AddThislast_img read more

Nanocoating makes coaxial cables lighter

first_imgShare1Editor’s note: Links to images for download appear at the end of this release.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduNano-coating makes coaxial cables lighterRice University scientists replace metal with carbon nanotubes for aerospace use HOUSTON – (Jan. 27, 2016) – Common coaxial cables could be made 50 percent lighter with a new nanotube-based outer conductor developed by Rice University scientists.The Rice lab of Professor Matteo Pasquali has developed a coating that could replace the tin-coated copper braid that transmits the signal and shields the cable from electromagnetic interference. The metal braid is the heaviest component in modern coaxial data cables.The research appears this month in the American Chemical Society journal ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces.Replacing the outer conductor with Rice’s flexible, high-performance coating would benefit airplanes and spacecraft, in which the weight and strength of data-carrying cables are significant factors in performance.Rice research scientist Francesca Mirri, lead author of the paper, made three versions of the new cable by varying the carbon-nanotube thickness of the coating. She found that the thickest, about 90 microns – approximately the width of the average human hair – met military-grade standards for shielding and was also the most robust; it handled 10,000 bending cycles with no detrimental effect on the cable performance.“Current coaxial cables have to use a thick metal braid to meet the mechanical requirements and appropriate conductance,” Mirri said. “Our cable meets military standards, but we’re able to supply the strength and flexibility without the bulk.”Coaxial cables consist of four elements: a conductive copper core, an electrically insulating polymer sheath, an outer conductor and a polymer jacket. The Rice lab replaced only the outer conductor by coating sheathed cores with a solution of carbon nanotubes in chlorosulfonic acid. Compared with earlier attempts to use carbon nanotubes in cables, this method yields a more uniform conductor and has higher throughput, Pasquali said. “This is one of the few cases where you can have your cake and eat it, too,” he said. “We obtained better processing and improved performance.”Replacing the braided metal conductor with the nanotube coating eliminated 97 percent of the component’s mass, Mirri said.She said the lab is working on a method to scale up production. The lab is drawing on its experience in producing high-performance nanotube-based fibers.“It’s a very similar process,” Mirri said. “We just need to substitute the exit of the fiber extrusion setup with a wire-coating die. These are high-throughput processes currently used in the polymer industry to make a lot of commercial products. The Air Force seems very interested in this technology, and we are currently working on a Small Business Innovation Research project with the Air Force Research Laboratory to see how far we can take it.”Co-authors are graduate students Robert Headrick and Amram Bengio and alumni April Choi and Yimin Luo, all of Rice; Nathan Orloff, Aaron Forster, Angela Hight Walker, Paul Butler and Kalman Migler of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); Rana Ashkar of NIST, the University of Maryland and Oak Ridge National Laboratory; and Christian Long of NIST and the University of Maryland.Pasquali is the A.J. Hartsook Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, chair of the Department of Chemistry and a professor of materials science and nanoengineering and of chemistry.The research was supported by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Air Force Research Laboratories, the Robert A. Welch Foundation, NIST, the National Science Foundation and a NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship.-30-Read the abstract at http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acsami.5b11600Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated Materials:Complex Flows of Complex Fluids (Pasquali Lab): https://pasquali.rice.edu/home/Wiess School of Natural Sciences: http://naturalsciences.rice.eduVideo: Spinning nanotube fibers at Rice University: https://youtu.be/4XDJC64tDR0Images for download: AddThis http://news.rice.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/0201_COAXIAL-1-WEB.jpgRice University research scientist Francesca Mirri holds a standard coaxial data cable (bottom) and a new cable with an outer conductor of carbon nanotubes. Replacing the braided metal outer conductor with a conductive nanotube coating makes the cable 50 percent lighter, Mirri said. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) http://news.rice.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/0201_COAXIAL-3-web.jpgReplacing the braided outer conductor in coaxial data cables with a coat of conductive carbon nanotubes saves significant weight, according to Rice University researchers. (Credit: Pasquali Lab/Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,910 undergraduates and 2,809 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for best quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/AboutRiceUniversity. http://news.rice.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/0201_COAXIAL-2-WEB.jpgA coating of carbon nanotubes, seen through a clear jacket, replaces a braided metal outer conductor in an otherwise standard coaxial data cable. Rice University scientists designed the cable to save weight for aerospace applications. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)last_img read more

Rices Glasscock School Texas Tribune to host The Federal Response to Harvey

first_imgAddThis Share2MEDIA ADVISORYJeff Falkjfalk@rice.edu713-348-6775Rice’s Glasscock School, Texas Tribune to host ‘The Federal Response to Harvey: One Year Later’ Aug. 30HOUSTON – (Aug. 13, 2018) – Rice University’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies will host a Texas Tribune conversation Aug. 30 about the federal response to Hurricane Harvey one year after the storm made landfall in Texas. Panelists from federal, state and local government will discuss the status of recovery and the long-term plans for getting neighborhoods and towns back on their feet.Courtesy of Texas TribuneThe event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.Who: Panelists George P. Bush, Texas land commissioner; Traci Brasher, recovery division director for FEMA Region 6; Marvin Odum, chief recovery officer for the city of Houston; and Beth Van Duyne, regional administrator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.Brandon Formby, urban affairs reporter for the Texas Tribune, will serve as moderator.David Leebron, president of Rice, and Robert Bruce, dean of the Glasscock School, will give welcoming remarks.What: A panel discussion titled “The Federal Response to Harvey: One Year Later.” An audience Q&A will follow.When: Thursday, Aug. 30, noon-1 p.m. Registration and a light lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m.Where: Rice University, Anderson-Clarke Center, Hudspeth Auditorium, 6100 Main St. Paid visitor parking is available in West Lots 4 and 5, located adjacent to the Anderson-Clarke Center. For a map of Rice’s campus with parking information, go to www.rice.edu/maps.The public must RSVP for the event at www.eventbrite.com/e/the-federal-response-to-harvey-one-year-later-registration-48847890355. A live webcast will be available at https://www.texastribune.org/events.Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.Related information:Hurricane Harvey Registry: The Hurricane Harvey Registry (HHR) is collecting information on Hurricane Harvey’s impact on the Greater Houston community in order to direct recovery efforts and plan for the future. The HHR is a joint venture of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), Fort Bend County, the Harris County Public Health Department, the Houston Health Department, Montgomery County and Rice University. It is is funded by the EDF, the Cullen Trust for Health Care and the National Institutes of Health. People can help the region recover by taking the HHR survey, whether Harvey impacted them severely, lightly or not at all.Course on Hurricane Harvey: The Glasscock School is offering a new course this fall, After the Flood: Lessons from Hurricane Harvey, which considers the Houston region’s vulnerability to extreme weather and the extraordinary efforts to rebuild lives and communities in the wake of Harvey. Scientists, engineers, architects, urban planners and others share innovative design, engineering, social, environmental, economic and policy strategies that may help Houston and other cities around the globe become more resilient to future storms. Information about the course agenda is available here.-30-Follow the Glasscock School via Twitter @GlasscockSchool.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,970 undergraduates and 2,934 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for happiest students by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview.last_img read more

Why McKinsey Company Loves Hiring MBAs

first_imgWhy McKinsey & Company Loves Hiring MBAs Last Updated Apr 4, 2018 by Max PulciniFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail McKinsey & Company is considered one of the most prestigious management consultancy firms in the world, with a clientele that includes 80 percent of the world’s largest corporations, along with an extensive list of governments and non-profit organisations. The firm is also a prestigious landing spot for MBAs following graduation.About McKinseyFounded in 1926 by James O. McKinsey, the firm developed an “up or out” policy, where consultants who are not promoted are asked to leave, developed by Marvin Bower. He served as managing director of McKinsey from 1950 to 1967, and remained a leadership figure at the firm as director and partner until 1992. McKinsey was the first management consultancy to hire recent college graduates, rather than experienced managers — a practice that holds true to this day.Who McKinsey HiresMcKinsey cites four main factors it looks for in the job candidate it hires: Personal impactEntrepreneurial driveProblem-solving skillsLeadership abilitiesIn an interview with CNN Money, Brian Rolfes, McKinsey partner and head of global recruiting, added, “Two qualities we look for as we recruit are problem solving and the ability to work well in teams. These are at the heart of what our consultants do every day.”In fact, McKinsey views business schools—and particularly the very top business schools—as the ideal training ground for its consultants. The frim believes that the business knowledge MBAs come in with can prove invaluable to solving client problems, and that’s why the firms sees so much value in hiring MBAs. According to McKinsey:“Your MBA program prepares you as a problem solver—developing hypotheses, collecting and analyzing data, drawing conclusions, and making recommendations. You’re intellectually curious, asking and answering questions others don’t, and testing solutions others haven’t thought of trying.”Salary Expectations for MBAs at McKinseyAs we reported in our March highlight on the “5 Highest Paying Consulting Firms in the World,” McKinsey came in second place overall.“According to Management Consulted data, McKinsey & Company is the second-highest paying consulting firm in the world for MBA grads, with offered base salaries coming in at $152,000. With an added potential performance bonus of $35,000, those figures can rise to $187,500 in just one year.”McKinsey Emerging Scholars ProgramAbout 50 percent of the McKinsey’s incoming consultant hires have earned MBAs. However, students at certain business schools can get an inside track at a job at McKinsey before they earn their MBA by taking advantage of a unique pre-MBA opportunity called the Emerging Scholars Program.McKinsey looks for pre-MBA students over the summer and offers monetary awards for the highest performing applicants. The program also offers one-on-one mentorship by McKinsey consultants and valuable networking opportunities to its scholars.The program is only available to students admitted to a full-time MBA program beginning in the fall at one of the 16 participating schools: UC Berkeley’s Haas School, Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, UCLA Anderson School, Michigan’s Ross School of Business, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, Columbia Business School, NYU Stern School of Business, Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management, University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Dartmouth’s Tuck School, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, UVA’s Darden School of Business, Harvard Business School and Yale School of Management.The Emerging Scholars program is limited to students entering full-time programs only. Dual-degree program students are eligible to apply, and McKinsey encourages that they do so the spring before they begin the first year of their MBA program (e.g. MD/MBA, JD/MBA). Those students currently living outside of the U.S. are also welcome to apply.Associate Internship OpportunitiesMBA graduates usually enter McKinsey as an associate, working either as a generalist or as a practice consultant if they have a particular area they want to focus on. Coming into McKinsey as an associate intern is the best path to securing a full-time position post-MBA.According to McKinsey, current MBAs can apply to work in one of McKinsey’s offices around the globe for eight to 10 weeks as an associate intern. Most associate internships take place in the summer between the first and second years of business school. Interns work in teams of three to five consultants to perform tasks such as information gathering and analysis, testing hypotheses, and developing and communicating recommendations to clients.Like Emerging Scholars, associate interns benefit from coaching and mentoring from colleagues on their teams as part of day-to-day project assignments, as well as one-on-one career guidance from a partner assigned to them.Interviewing & Applying to McKinseyMcKinsey wants applicants to succeed, and offers a variety of resources to those interesting in applying at the firm. Here are just a few places applicants can look for additional help and information directly from McKinsey:Student ResourcesInterview InformationApplication Tips regions: Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston / Chicago / Dallas / Denver / Houston / London / Los Angeles / Miami / New York City / Online / Philadelphia / Research Triangle / San Diego / San Francisco / Seattle / Toronto / Washington, DCcenter_img About the AuthorMax PulciniMax Pulcini is a Philadelphia-based writer and reporter. He has an affinity for Philly sports teams, Super Smash Bros. and cured meats and cheeses. Max has written for Philadelphia-based publications such as Spirit News, Philadelphia City Paper, and Billy Penn, as well as national news outlets like The Daily Beast.View more posts by Max Pulcini RelatedWhy McKinsey and Company Loves to Hire MBAsWhen it comes to careers MBAs are likely to land, working for a management consulting firm tops the list. McKinsey and Company is one such firm that conducts qualitative and quantitative analysis for companies around the world in order to evaluate management decisions across the public and private sectors. McKinsey is…June 6, 2016In “Featured Home”New Consulting Job Openings Are Flourishing at These FirmsTop MBA talent has made its way into prestigious consulting firms for decades, creating what we’ve previously called “a virtuous circle,” where the demand for this talent grows. With high starting salaries and the opportunity to work with a range of clients across many industries, new MBA jobs at consulting…December 10, 2018In “Advice”Where Should I Work? Boston Consulting Group vs. McKinseyWhether you’re still in school or you’ve already earned your MBA, it can be a tall order to shuffle through the sheer numbers of job options. Perhaps you’re even fortunate enough to have a number of offers that seem appealing but you’re wondering how to find the best fit. If…March 28, 2019In “Advice”last_img read more

Applications Down 45 Percent at HBS But Applicant Quality Remains High

first_img RelatedWhat MBA Class of 2019 Profiles from HBS, Kellogg Reveal about YOUR Admission ChancesNorthwestern’s Kellogg School of Management last week released a profile of its incoming Class of 2019, and Harvard Business School (HBS) earlier this summer released its own preliminary Class of 2019 profile. (The Boston school notes there could be subtle shifts come late August when the final class matriculates.) A look at both reveals…August 18, 2017In “Admissions Tips”School v. School: UNC Kenan-Flagler vs. Duke Fuqua School of BusinessThe MBA application process is not for the faint of heart. Elite programs have increasingly required applicants to follow paths unique to their schools, which makes the process of narrowing down the options to find the right fit even more essential. Our School v. School series saves you the headache…March 14, 2019In “Admissions Tips”Harvard Halts Round 3 MBA AdmissionsBeginning this application season, Harvard Business School (HBS) will no longer feature a Round 3 for applicants to its MBA program, the school’s admissions director announced in a post to his blog this morning. “After careful consideration, we have decided to focus our MBA application process on two rounds—with deadlines in September…May 15, 2018In “Boston” The release of the Harvard Business School (HBS) Class of 2020 profile statistics last week revealed that the Boston school—like many of its U.S. peers—saw a decrease in overall application volume, but median GMAT score and GPA remained unchanged from the prior year at 730 and 3.71 respectively. The admit rate, 11 percent, was also unchanged year over year. So though he was working from a smaller pool of 9,886 applicants (down from 10,351 last year), Managing Director of Admissions and Financial Aid Chad Losee did not sacrifice on quality.Harvard Business School Application Slips for Class of 2020HBS is one of many leading U.S. business schools to see application volume drop off in this most recent application cycle. A strong economy paired with concerns among international applicants about potential student and work visa challenges made for even more dramatic declines at schools like UNC Kenan-Flagler and Georgetown’s McDonough School, which reported double-digit drops of 18.3 and 16.2 percent respectively. Yield at HBS–which is to say the percentage of admitted students who chose to enroll–slipped from 91 to 90 percent. Still, HBS remains far and away the leader in this statistic.Applications are down 4.5 percent at HBS, but declines across other U.S. MBA programs was much more apparent.At HBS, the 4.5 percent application volume decline was spread between both international and domestic applicants. International students make up slightly more of the HBS class this year, 37 percent compared to 35 percent last year. They hail from 69 countries as compared to 70 for the Class of 2019. Another interesting development is the increase in GRE takers among admitted students. A record-setting 15 percent of the incoming class got there on the strength of their GRE scores, up from 12 percent last year. It’s only in the past couple of years that schools have begun to disclose the percentages of students who submit GRE scores in lieu of GMAT scores, which used to be the gold standard. But at HBS and elsewhere, a growing number of applicants seem to be taking schools at their word that they are indeed test agnostic.There were not a lot of major shifts elsewhere in the statistics for the newest HBS class. The percentage of women is down by one point, slipping from 42 to 41 percent. U.S. ethnic minorities remained constant year over year at 26 percent of the class. The average age also remains unchanged at 27.Applicants from Private Equity, Tech, IncreaseIn terms of prior work experience, there were again few shifts from the prior year. Slightly more students came in from private equity/venture capital (16 percent, compared to 15 percent last year), tech (also 16 percent, up from 15), and government/non-profit (7 to 8 percent). These upticks correlate with small declines in students from industrial/heavy manufacturing and other services. Military veterans make up 5 percent of the Class of 2020, on par with the Class of 2019.And in terms of what students in this year’s entering class studied as undergraduates, again HBS showed little fluctuation. Economics/business majors make up the largest portion—46 percent, up from 45 percent last year. STEM undergrads also increased one percentage point, from 36 to 37 percent. Humanities/social science undergraduates made up just 17 percent of the class, down from 19 percent last year.To view HBS’s complete Class of 2020 profile, click here.This article has been edited and republished with permissions from our sister site, Clear Admit. regions: Boston Last Updated Sep 12, 2018 by Matthew KormanFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail center_img About the AuthorMatthew KormanMatthew Korman is the Managing Editor of MetroMBA. Since graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism and political science, Matthew has worked as a music industry writer and promoter, a data analyst, and with numerous academic institutions. His works have appeared in publications such as NPR and Sports Illustrated.View more posts by Matthew Korman Applications Down 4.5 Percent at HBS, But Applicant Quality Remains Highlast_img read more

Bridgegate Christie Says He Never Knew Other Say Different

first_img TRENTON, N.J.—New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has maintained for three years that he didn’t know anything about the George Washington Bridge lane closures either before they happened or while they were going on.But that story has come under withering assault in a Newark courtroom in the criminal trial of two former Christie allies. Prosecutors say the lanes were closed in September 2013 to punish Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, a Democrat who refused to endorse the Republican governor.Four people, including one of his closest political advisers, have testified under oath that Christie knew more than he said he did.While Christie continues to deny any knowledge of the plot, here is a look at what each testified to:___BRIDGET KELLY’S TESTIMONY Kelly, Christie’s former deputy chief of staff and a defendant in the trial, believed the lane closures were part of a legitimate traffic study that would eventually improve traffic flow.She said she told Christie about the planned traffic study a month ahead of time. He told her to run the plan by his then-chief of staff. The governor also asked how their relationship was with Sokolich.Kelly talked to Christie about the lane closures twice while they were underway, including once in which she passed along that Sokolich had asked whether the lanes were closed for “government retribution.”___DAVID WILDSTEIN’S TESTIMONYWildstein, a former high-ranking official at the Port Authority who attended high school with Christie, testified that Christie was told about the traffic in Fort Lee on the third day of the gridlock during a Sept. 11 memorial event.Wildstein said Bill Baroni told Christie there was “a tremendous amount of traffic in Fort Lee” that morning and that Sokolich was “very frustrated” he wasn’t getting his phone calls returned. Baroni then told the governor that Wildstein was watching over the situation.Wildstein said that the governor responded sarcastically “well, I’m sure Mr. Edge would never be involved in anything political,” and then laughed. “Wally Edge” was a pseudonym Wildstein used while publishing a New Jersey politics website.___BILL BARONI’S TESTIMONYBaroni, Christie’s deputy executive director at the Port Authority, contradicted Wildstein’s version of that story.Baroni testified it was Wildstein who told Christie about the traffic and that no mention of Sokolich or political retaliation was made.___MIKE DUHAIME’S TESTIMONYDuHaime, one of Christie’s closest political advisers, said he told Christie in December 2013 that Kelly and campaign manager Bill Stepien knew about the lane closures. Christie then said at a news conference that he had no reason to believe that anyone on his senior staff had any knowledge.DuHaime gave similar information to investigators working on a taxpayer-funded report commissioned by Christie, which cleared the governor of any knowledge.___CHRIS CHRISTIE’S RESPONSEChristie has not testified in the case, but he has always maintained that he knew nothing of the lane closures before or during.“I worked the cones, actually. Unbeknownst to everybody, I was actually the guy out there, in overalls and a hat,” Christie said sarcastically when he was first asked about it on Dec. 2, 2013. “You really are not serious with that question.”Christie said 11 days later that no one in his senior staff had knowledge about the lane closures.And then on Jan. 9, 2014, after Kelly’s “time for some traffic problems” email to Wildstein was released publicly, Christie said that he was “embarrassed and humiliated by the conduct of some of the people on my team” in an expansive apology for the lane closures.“And I’ll say one last thing, just so we’re really clear. I had no knowledge or involvement in this issue, in its planning or its execution, and I am stunned by the abject stupidity that was shown here,” Christie said.Christie has spoken twice since the trial began, affirming on sports talk radio that he was tired of talking about it and addressing Wildstein’s statements on Sept. 27, saying that “no matter what is said” in the trial he didn’t know about the lane realignments or authorize them.After the first day of Kelly’s testimony last week, his spokesman sent out a statement maintaining that he had no knowledge of the lane closures before or during. US  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this article Bridgegate: Christie Says He Never Knew, Other Say Different By The Associated Press October 26, 2016 Updated: October 26, 2016center_img Share FILE- In this Oct. 19, 2016 file photo, Gov. Chris Christie’s former Deputy Chief of Staff, Bridget Kelly, center, arrives at Martin Luther King Jr. Courthouse in Newark, N.J., with her attorneys Michael Critchley Jr., right, and Michael Critchley, back second left. Kelly talked to Christie about the September 2013 Fort Lee lane closures twice while they were underway, including once in which she passed along that the city’s mayor, Mark Sokolich, had asked whether the lanes were closed for “government retribution.” (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File) Show Discussionlast_img read more

What Restaurants Are Open Thanksgiving Applebees Golden Corral Cracker Barrel Olive Garden

first_img What Restaurants Are Open Thanksgiving? Applebee’s, Golden Corral, Cracker Barrel, Olive Garden, More – Hours By Jack Phillips November 24, 2016 Updated: November 24, 2016 Share this article Thanksgiving is Nov. 24, and some restaurants are open and even offer meals.Applebee’s will be open in some locations. Check before going to your local restaurant.Black Angus Steakhouse encourages people to make reservations. Hours appear to be normal, but check first. It will be serving its Thanksgiving Day Feast, which includes deals.Cracker Barrel Old Country Store is open Thanksgiving, and it is serving a Thanksgiving meal.Golden Corral is offering a Thanksgiving Day Buffet at some locations.Marie Callender’s – Most restaurants will be open on Thanksgiving Day. Check hours before going. Olive Garden locations will be closed on Thanksgiving. Some locations might operate on holiday schedules, however.Denny’s is open with their normal hours on Thanksgiving. It will be serving Thanksgiving meal.Waffle House will be open on Thanksgiving. Check hours first.Most TGI Friday’s will be open on Thanksgiving. However, check before going. Most will be open until 4 p.m. local time.Chili’s will be open on Thanksgiving in some locations. Check first before going out.More listings for stores:TARGETThanksgiving: Opens 6 p.m. and stays open all night to Black Friday.KMARTThanksgiving: Opens 7 p.m. and stays open all night to Black Friday.WALMARTThanksgiving: Deals start at 6 p.m.JC PENNEYThanksgiving: Opens 3 p.m. and stays open all night into Black Friday.KOHL’SThanksgiving: Opens 6 p.m. and stays open all night into Black Friday.MACY’sThanksgiving: Opens 6 p.m. and stays open all night into Black Friday.SEARSThanksgiving: Opens 6 p.m. and closes 2 a.m. FridayBlack Friday: Opens 5 a.m.— Electronic StoresBEST BUYThanksgiving: Opens 5 p.m. and closes 1 a.m. FridayBlack Friday: Opens 8 a.m.GAMESTOPThanksgiving: ClosedBlack Friday: Opens 5:00 a.m.HHGREGGThanksgiving: Opens 4 p.m. and closes 12 a.m. FridayBlack Friday: Opens 7 a.m.RADIOSHACKThanksgiving: Opens 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.Black Friday: Opens 8 a.m.— Toy StoresTOYS R USThanksgiving: Opens 5 p.m. and stays open all night into Black Friday.— Warehouse StoresCOSTCOThanksgiving: ClosedBlack Friday: Opens 9 a.m.SAM’S CLUBThanksgiving: ClosedBlack Friday: Opens 7 a.m.— Sporting Goods StoresDICK’S SPORTING GOODSThanksgiving: Opens 6 p.m. and closes 2 a.m. FridayBlack Friday: Opens 5 a.m.MICHAELSThanksgiving: Opens 4 p.m. and closes 2 a.m. FridayBlack Friday: Opens 7 a.m. Share US center_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussion An Applebee’s in a stock photo (Tim Boyle/Getty Images) last_img read more

Report Puerto Rico Aid Supplies Trapped at San Juan Port

first_imgA sail boat lies over a pier as Hurricane Maria hits Puerto Rico in Fajardo on Sept. 20, 2017. (Ricardo Arduengo/AFP/Getty Images)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share Share this article Show Discussioncenter_img Aid supplies to Puerto Rico are trapped at a port in the capital, San Juan, according to reports on Thursday.They’re trapped because there’s a shortage of truckers, trucks, and devastated infrastructure after Hurricane Maria hit the island.Jose Ayala, the Crowley shipping company’s vice president in Puerto Rico, told CNN that there are at least 10,000 containers of supplies, including food, water, and medicine.Only 20 percent of truck drivers in the U.S. commonwealth have reported back to work, said a representative for Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rosselló. There’s also a diesel fuel shortage and a number of roads that have been blocked by floods and other hurricane-created damages. An historic shanty town overlooks the ocean at the San Juan National Historic Site in Old San Juan. Authorities in Puerto Rico are urging residents of poorly made houses to evacuate as Hurricane Maria sets a collision course with the U.S. island territory. (Eric Pancer/Wikimedia Commons)Contacting drivers is an issue due to downed cell towers. “When we say we that we don’t have truck drivers, we mean that we have not been able to contact them,” Rosselló told the network.On Thursday, the White House authorized 10-day waiver of the Jones Act, which is a federal law that limits shipping to U.S. ports by foreign vessels.Ayala said that only about 4 percent of containers that were sent to San Juan’s port have been dispatched from there People wait in line for aid items to be handed out in San Juan. (Reuters/Alvin Baez)“The problem has been with the logistics, the parts of the supply chain that move the cargo from our terminal to the shelves or to the tables of the people in Puerto Rico,” Ayala said on Wednesday. “This hurricane was catastrophic.”White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told Reuters that 10,000 federal government relief workers were now in Puerto Rico, including 7,200 troops, and that 44 of the island’s 69 hospitals were now fully operational.Overall, the island is likely to need far more than $30 billion in long-term aid from the U.S. government for disaster relief and rebuilding efforts following Maria, a senior Republican congressional aide said on Thursday.As CNBC reported, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, is now working to reduce the fuel distribution disruption. On Wednesday afternoon, at least a dozen fuel trucks departed the Crowley shipping terminal in San Juan.The Department of Defense said it will aid FEMA’s efforts to stabilize the situation on the island.“Gasoline is beginning to flow to gas stations, which, despite rationing, are unable to remain open for more than a few hours at a time,” according to the Pentagon.Reuters contributed to this report. Report: Puerto Rico Aid Supplies Trapped at San Juan Port By Jack Phillips September 28, 2017 Updated: September 28, 2017 US News last_img read more

NYC Terror Suspect Wanted to Fly ISIS Flag From Hospital Bed

first_img Share this article A police officer walks past the wreckage of a Home Depot pickup truck on November 1, 2017, a day after it was used in a terror attack in New York City. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share US News NYC Terror Suspect Wanted to Fly ISIS Flag From Hospital Bed By Colin Fredericson November 2, 2017 Updated: November 4, 2017 Show Discussion Saipov killed eight people in the attack. Two Americans, both men who were young professionals, died after Saipov hit them in the truck he rented from a Home Depot in Passaic, New Jersey. Five men from Argentina were killed while celebrating their high school reunion, and one Belgian woman, who was on vacation with relatives, was struck also struck and killed.After killing and injuring people along the bike path, Saipov crashed his car into a school bus.  After exiting the truck, he got out, brandishing a paintball gun and a pellet gun, before he was shot by a police officer. The terrorist who drove a truck down a popular Manhattan bike path on Oct. 31 killing eight and injuring at least 12 wanted to fly a flag of the ISIS terrorist group from his hospital bed, according to a criminal complaint.Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov lay in his hospital bed after being shot in the abdomen. A day later he felt no remorse, say prosecutors, who visited him in his hospital room.“Saipov requested to display ISIS’s flag in his hospital room and stated that he felt good about what he had done,” reads the complaint.Saipov also wanted to fly the ISIS flag from the truck he used to carry out the attack, but decided against it because it would draw too much attention, the complaint says.The document says that after his West Side Highway attack, Saipov was planning to head to the Brooklyn Bridge to attack more people. He had a bag of knives in the truck, which he couldn’t use because after he crashed the truck into a school bus, he couldn’t reach them. Saipov arrived in court handcuffed and shackled to a wheelchair. Investigators are still trying to figure out if Saipov acted alone or with others. Mukhammadzoir Kadirov, an acquaintance of  Saipov’s who is also from Uzbekistan, was questioned by the FBI, The Associated Press reported.Saipov was found with videos and photos from ISIS on his cell phone.“He seemed to have followed almost to a T the instructions ISIS had put out,” said NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Counterterrorism John Miller, according to NBC.last_img read more

Fox News Chief Rupert Murdochs LA Home Threatened by Fire

first_imgRupert Murdoch, Chairman and CEO of News Corporation, attends the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference on July 13, 2012 in Sun Valley, Idaho. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) The estate is trapped in the 150-acre Skirball fire, which is also threatening the homes of other celebrities in the area.Murdoch’s Moraga Bel Air issued a tweet on Wednesday, saying, “We are watching the situation unfold very carefully along with everyone else. Our main concern at the moment is for the safety of our neighbors and first responders.”  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share The early-morning #SkirballFire is shutting down parts of the 405 Freeway in Los Angeles.Hundreds of homes have been destroyed by multiple wildfires in southern California since Monday. pic.twitter.com/XkJaDLBM7r— AJ+ (@ajplus) December 6, 2017 Media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s Los Angeles-area home reportedly is caught in a California wildfire sweeping across the region.The home of Murdoch, the 86-year-old executive chairman of 21st Century Fox and Fox News, is located in Bel Air and is worth about $29 million.According to an NBC News report Wednesday, flames could be seen near the newsman’s home. The Los Angeles Times later reported that the fire had grown, but it hadn’t burned down the buildings or the vineyard on the estate. NBC Los Angeles reporting Fox News chief Rupert Murdoch’s $30-million vineyard estate is on fire. https://t.co/2P1Lw905Ql pic.twitter.com/QGWG9vIpzH— Andrew Kirell (@AndrewKirell) December 6, 2017 Homes Burning in Bel-Air; 405 Freeway Closed Near Skirball Center https://t.co/7tIiOcy4rH— NYI Entertainment (@nyientertain) December 6, 2017 And while you’re here …We have a small favor to ask of you. If you can, please share this article on Facebook so you can help The Epoch Times. It takes less than a minute. Thank you very much! “It was simply stunning,” Murdoch was quoted by the LA Times as saying of his purchase of the property. “The winery and vineyard, and the wine were a great bonus. I very quickly fell in love.”center_img Fox News Chief Rupert Murdoch’s LA Home Threatened by Fire By Epoch Newsroom December 6, 2017 Updated: December 7, 2017 It’s getting MUCH worse for us in Los Angeles and Ventura County! Check on your people if they live here. The air quality is HORRIBLE so even if you’re not near the fires, you’re affected! #SkirballFire #ThomasFire #RyeFire #CreekFire pic.twitter.com/cNQDX2TwYY— Justin Key (@JustinKey101) December 6, 2017 The Skirball fire has shut down Interstate 405 and prompted evacuations, CBS Los Angeles reported. .@MoragaBelAir Statement on Skirball Fire pic.twitter.com/mCcVDLtgUp— Moraga Bel Air (@MoragaBelAir) December 6, 2017 US News There are four fires in the L.A. area right now. The newest one, #SkirballFire in Bel-Air, shut down the 405 Freeway and forced mandatory evacuations. The Thomas fire in Ventura burned 50,500 acres on its way to the Pacific Ocean. https://t.co/J30cNxYQ6F pic.twitter.com/83R3cXFQfG— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) December 6, 2017 Share this article Show Discussionlast_img read more

Child on Tricycle Rides Into California RushHour Traffic

first_imgQualityAuto 720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Share Child on Tricycle Rides Into California Rush-Hour Traffic By Jack Phillips August 29, 2018 Updated: August 29, 2018 A child on a tricycle was seen riding into Southern California traffic in a dash camera video.The incident was captured on camera at around 5:30 p.m. in Santa Ana during rush hour on Aug. 27, a witness told Fox11.The vehicles missed the toddler, but it left one woman shaken.“I think he’s so lucky,” Sarah Tran told the Fox affiliate station. “He’s so lucky that nothing happened to him, especially on this busy day.”Tran captured the moment on her dash camera, and she said she stopped her vehicle, ran out, and grabbed the child before bringing him to safety.“He was determined to go into the middle of the road,” she added. “I was so afraid of cars just not seeing him because he’s so small and bolting into him.” Santa Ana PD Corporal Anthony Bertagna said the incident was not reported to local police. “Was the kid supervised? How did the kid get out into a busy street like that, that would be evaluated,” he told Fox11. “These incidents are on a case-by-case basis.”On Aug. 24, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office in Mississippi released video footage of a K-9 vehicle striking a 7-year-old girl on a bike to show that the incident was an accident. According to local reports, the girl’s injuries are not life-threatening. Sabrina Nixon, the mother of the girl, accused the deputy of speeding while hitting the girl, reports said.“It is my opinion that once the public sees the video, it will be agreed by most that this accident was not only unavoidable by my deputy, but the statements made about speeding, leaving skid marks and having to be flagged down are utterly false,” Adam said in a statement. He said the video was released “in light of multiple inaccurate statements” made about the Aug. 22 incident.hancock mississippi The Hancock County Sheriff’s office in Mississippi released video footage of a K-9 vehicle striking a 7-year-old girl on a bike to show that the incident was an accident. (Hancock County Sheriff’s Office)“There was nothing anybody could do about it,” Adam said. “It was completely unavoidable.”But he stressed the accident is a reminder to keep a close eye on their kids, especially when they’re near a road.“This same diligence should be had when our children are swimming, near flames at cookouts, or there are firearms in a home. Many children experience injuries, minor and major, from incidents that could have been avoided with proper parental supervision. We are all very blessed that this incident did not have a more disastrous outcome,” he said.Child SafetyAccording to the U.N. World Health Organization: “Children are at risk for road traffic injuries for a number of reasons. Younger children are limited by their physical, cognitive and social development, making them more vulnerable in road traffic than adults. Because of their small stature, it can be difficult for children to see surrounding traffic and for drivers and others to see them. In addition if they are involved in a road traffic crash, their softer heads make them more susceptible to serious head injury than adults.”It says that younger children can have difficulty interpreting sights and sounds, which might affect their judgment on the proximity of moving vehicles.“Globally, around 186,300 children under 18 years die from road traffic crashes annually, and road traffic injuries are the leading killer of children aged 15-17 years worldwide. Two times as many boys as girls die in road traffic crashes. In addition, rates of road traffic death among children are 3 times higher in low- and middle-income countries than in high-income countries,” WHO says on its website.  Rewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img US News Share this article Show Discussionlast_img read more

US Voters to Decide 76 Billion of Bonds Taxation

first_img US Voters to Decide $76 Billion of Bonds, Taxation Limits By Reuters November 1, 2018 Updated: November 1, 2018 Show Discussion CHICAGO—Election ballots around the United States on Nov. 5 will be packed with referendums for billions of dollars of state, local government, and school bonds, as well as measures seeking to curb taxation, expand health care for the poor and increase school funding.There are 673 bond issues on ballots in 38 states totaling nearly $76.3 billion, the biggest amount for a November general election since 2006, according to near-final data from Ipreo by IHS Markit.The biggest concentration of bonds, $34.9 billion split between 126 measures, will appear on ballots in California, by far the largest U.S. state in population. Voters in the Golden State will consider nearly $16.4 billion of bonds—in four state-wide referendums—to fund water projects, housing, and children’s hospitals.People cast their ballots People cast their ballots for the 2016 general elections at a crowded polling station as early voting begins in Carrboro, N.C., U.S., Oct. 20, 2016. (Reuters/Jonathan Drake)Tax Policy ChangesIn addition, Californians will vote on repealing a 2017 hike in gasoline taxes and vehicle fees aimed at raising $5.1 billion a year for transportation projects. The measure would also require voter approval to impose future transportation-related tax and fee increases.Ballots in other states also include questions aimed at reining in taxes. “Voters often like the idea of enacting limits on their government’s ability to raise revenues, but from our perspective those kinds of constraints reduce financial flexibility and can certainly create problems for state governments,” Ted Hampton, an analyst at Moody’s Investors Service, said in an interview on Nov. 1.Florida’s legislature put a proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot mandating a two-thirds vote by each legislative chamber to pass new or increased taxes or fees.“If approved, a higher legislative hurdle to approve increases to existing revenue and taxes would slightly weaken our view of revenue structure flexibility in the state’s fiscal policy framework,” S&P Global Ratings said in a July report.In Oregon, a constitutional amendment on the ballot would extend an existing three-fifths legislative vote for tax increases to include revenue raised by fees or through changes to or the elimination of tax breaks.In North Carolina, where the personal income tax rate is 5.499 percent, the legislature put a proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot that would lower the maximum tax rate to 7 percent from 10 percent. A proposed constitutional amendment in Indiana would mandate balanced state budgets unless a two-thirds majority vote by the legislature suspends the requirement.The taxation of groceries is the focus of ballot measures in two states. Oregon voters will vote on a constitutional amendment prohibiting the state and local governments from imposing a tax or fee on the sale or distribution of eatable or drinkable groceries.In Washington state, a campaign in support of a ballot initiative to ban new or increased local government taxation of food and beverages bought in stores has been largely funded by soft-drink makers, including Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo Inc. If approved, Seattle’s existing tax on sweetened beverages would remain in place.Health, Transportation, and EducationVoters in three states—Idaho, Nebraska, and Utah—will be asked to expand Medicaid, the state and federal healthcare program for low-income residents.Colorado voters will choose between two competing measures to fund transportation. One measure seeks to increase the state sales tax rate to 3.52 percent from 2.9 percent for 20 years to back $6 billion of bonds. Another authorizes $3.5 billion of bonds without specifying a revenue source.There are several state-wide measures to boost education funding. Colorado would hike its corporate income tax rate and individual rates for residents earning over $150,000 to generate $1.6 billion a year for primary and secondary schools under a proposed constitutional amendment.Maryland voters will decide whether to allocate an increasing amount of gambling revenue every year to public education starting in fiscal 2020. Michigan’s K-12 schools would receive a portion of revenue from a tax on marijuana sales if voters agree to legalize recreational use of the drug.A Hawaii measure would impose a surcharge on residential investment property for schools, while South Dakota voters will vote on increasing a tobacco products excise tax to raise money for the state’s four technical institutes.US election booths A man walks to use a voting booth March 1, 2016, at one of the Virginia primary election polling stations at Colin Powell Elementary School, in Centreville, Va.(Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)By Karen Pierog Share The US Capitol is seen in Washington, DC on Jan. 22, 2018. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) center_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US News Share this articlelast_img read more

The bodies of two teenagers were found buried in t

first_img The bodies of two teenagers were found buried in the backyard of a Georgia home, prompting law enforcement officers to arrest three individuals believed to be involved in the murders.Investigators were called to a house in Effingham County on Dec. 19 for a welfare check on a juvenile. Officers couldn’t find the girl but eventually shifted to a death investigation and found Mary Crocker, 14, buried in the backyard.Her brother Elwyn Crocker Jr., who was also 14 when he went missing in November 2016, was also found buried.The three adults living in the home lied to investigators and said Mary Crocker had gone to live with her mother, according to the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office.“Deputies realized this information was false and not accurate,” said Effingham County Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie, reported WTOC. “Information from Elwyn Crocker led investigators to search the grounds, and two bodies were discovered.” Crime and Incidents  QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video He said that the girl’s death could have been prevented if neighbors had called the police. “People hear things. People see things. Of course, all day today, people have been coming up to us, ‘Well, I saw this and I saw that,’ But for whatever reason, they didn’t feel comfortable enough to call and let us know that,” Sheriff McDuffie said. “I’ve been doing this for 41 years and a while ago, I almost broke down in tears.”“This day in time with social media, people are always staying in touch, and when people disappear off the grid, something is wrong,” added Effingham County Coroner David Exley.A third child, who was found alive in the house, was taken to a local hospital for treatment. He was identified as the biological son of Candice Crocker and as having special needs.effingham county arrested (L to R) Candice Crocker, 33, Elwyn Crocker, 49, and Kim Wright, 50, were arrested and charged with concealing the death of another and cruelty to children in the first degree after two children were found buried in the backyard of their Effingham County, Ga., home on Dec. 20, 2018. (Effingham County Sheriff’s Office)“I think he has, and I’m not sure exactly, but I think it’s cerebral palsy and, you know, we just needed to make sure he had his health issues taken care of,” said Sheriff McDuffie, reported Fox 28.Crocker, 33, the stepmother of the two deceased children, was arrested along with Elwyn Crocker, the biological father of the children.Kim Wright, 50, the children’s step-grandmother, was also arrested.All three were charged with concealing the death of another and cruelty to children in the first degree.Autopsies are planned for the children to determine the cause of death in each case.Neighbors SpeakNeighbors said that the two children who appeared to live in the house didn’t play with the other kids on the street, while the small girl who lived there was always outside doing yard work.“Other kids said at school, they could tell stuff was wrong with her hands. They were red. That was from being out in the yard out there most of the time working, doing stuff from the time she got off that bus until they would go in at night,” Gary Bennett, the family’s next-door neighbor, told WTOC.“Then she would go to school and kids would see her and ask what was wrong and she wouldn’t ever say anything. She wouldn’t open up to anybody,” Bennett said.“It’s devastating to know someone would do this to a child. I love my children. I have five kids and 10 grandkids, almost six great-grandson [sic] the way, and I can’t imagine someone doing this to one of them and it terrifies me to know that someone would do this to a child,” added neighbor Ruth Sikes.From NTD News Follow Zachary on Twitter: @zackstieber Share this article Three People Charged After Bodies of Two Teens Found in Georgia Backyard By Zachary Stieber December 21, 2018 Updated: December 21, 2018 Mary Crocker, 14 (L), was reported missing on Dec. 19, 2018. Her brother Elwyn Jr. Crocker was 14 when he vanished in November 2016. Their bodies were found in Effingham County, Ga., on Dec. 20, 2018. (Effingham County Sheriff’s Office) Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussionlast_img read more

Only on Staten Island This 83yearold woman is g

first_imgOnly on Staten Island: This 83-year-old woman is getting bills addressed to the wooden pole outside her Great Kills home. Yes, the pole.由 Staten Island Advance 发布于 2019年3月12日周二 Exasperated New York Woman Keeps Getting Power Bills For a Telephone Pole Near Her Home By Tom Ozimek March 14, 2019 Updated: March 14, 2019 Con Edison spokesman Allan Drury told the Staten Island Advance that it’s company policy to send the bills and notices to the telephone pole. He added Charter Communications, the company behind in payments, is also receiving bills and notices to a post office box.He said Sprizzo is not expected to pay the bills and there was never any risk of her service getting shut off.The octogenarian just wants the letters to stop.“That mail comes into my box every month,” Sprizzo told WABC. “What they’re doing is completely wrong.”Charity Buys and Erases Past-Due Medical DebtRIP Medical Debt, a New York-based nonprofit, uses money from donors to eliminate crushing medical debt that threatens the financial well-being of hundreds of thousands of American families.According to a recent report, the charity said it has erased $475 million in debt for more than 250,000 people since it was founded four years ago.“It’s a random act of kindness, a no-strings-attached gift,” said Craig Antico, RIP’s co-founder and CEO.Philip Sasser of Milton, Florida, was more than pleasantly surprised when instead of another past-due medical bill, the envelope he received in the mail contained a notice that his debt had been cleared.“I opened it, and it said these bills had been paid off,” said Sasser, according to The Associated Press. “I didn’t understand. It was out of the blue.”Antico and RIP co-founder Jerry Ashton spent decades as executives in the debt-resolution business. Now, they do the same thing debt collectors do—buy portfolios of past-due bills for pennies on the dollar. But instead of hounding people for payment, they send letters announcing the debt is now zero. Forgiven debts have ranged from $100 to more than $250,000, Antico said.A $10 donation can buy—and eliminate—$1,000 in long-delinquent debt.More than 43 million Americans have about $75 billion in past-due medical debt on their credit reports, according to “End Medical Debt,” a book co-authored by Antico, Ashton, and Robert Goff.They estimate a total of $1 trillion in reported and unreported, unpaid medical debt.The Associated Press contributed to this report. Follow Tom on Twitter: @OZImekTOM Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Stock photo of a telephone pole taken on Feb. 24, 2014. (Alexis Gravel/Flickr) Show Discussioncenter_img She said the bills feature the words “Charter Communications,” along with her exact street address followed by the word “pole.” These come in addition to her actual monthly bills, which are addressed to her, personally.“I did what I could, and I called and I tried and their answer was just throw them out if you don’t want them,” Sprizzo said. US News Share this article Socialists would say Ms. Sprizzo should pay the bill for the pole😉: New York woman receives hefty power bills addressed to the wooden telephone pole in front of her house: report https://t.co/mYRAYhrdMS #FoxNews— Shelly🇺🇸❤️🇺🇸😏 (@ShellyCov) March 13, 2019 An elderly New York woman said she keeps receiving huge power bills addressed to a telephone pole in front of her house.Maria Sprizzo, 83, of Staten Island, told the Staten Island Advance on Monday, March 11, that she began receiving Con Edison bills for thousands of dollars in early 2018—and they just keep on coming.“I opened this bill, over $5,000 in billing, and I said ‘Oh my God!” Sprizzo told WABC.Sprizzo told the Staten Island Advance she received the first bill about a year and a half ago.“I’m reading this thing, and it says that I owe them $2,000,” the elderly woman said. “I called (the utility company) to no avail. Then I read it carefully and I noticed that the letter was addressed to the pole—a wooden pole in front of my house. You don’t write to a pole, if you’re normal.”She said she continues to receive bills on a near-monthly basis as well as termination notices. “I kept protesting and calling up, and none of them helped,” she said. “I’m 83 years old. Why are they putting me through this? I’m a nice woman.”“One showed my name and my address. The other one just had the address,” Sprizzo told WABC.She said she sent the bill back to Con Edison, explaining the apparent absurdity of the situation.“You are writing to a wooden pole and I sent it back to them,” Sprizzo said.last_img read more

Real Estate Marketplace Survives Another Day

first_img on April 17, 2014 Email Tumblr Pinterest E-Headlines By Pamela Hulse Andrews, Cascade Business News LinkedIn Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “Real estate cannot be lost or stolen, nor can it be carried away. Purchased with common sense, paid for in full, and managed with reasonable care, it is about the safest investment in the world.”But the president could not have known what the recent mortgage and credit crisis would do to property owners who had huge mortgages with payments they couldn’t make when the economy crashed. Nor would the financier, railroad executive and Whig politician from New York in the 1800s, Russell Sage, understand the risks that the housing bubble would put us in when he claimed: “Real estate is an imperishable asset, ever increasing in value. It is the most solid security that human ingenuity has devised. It is the basis of all security and about the only indestructible security.”To our chagrin the 2008 mortgage and credit crisis, a set of events and conditions that were significant aspects of a financial crisis and subsequent recession exasperated by the inability of a large number of property owners to pay their mortgages, delivered a triple threat to both individuals and companies when the economy crashed, incomes were reduced and jobs lost. Home prices appeared overvalued and economists predicted that the correction could last years, with trillions of dollars of home value being lost. Former chair of the Federal Reserve Alan Greenspan warned of large double digit declines in home values “larger than most people expect.”  Many entities were blamed for the crisis (though no individuals actually paid a price for their role in it) with politicians, talking heads and economists assigning different levels of blame from financial institutions, regulators, credit agencies, congressional economic and housing policies and even consumers.Government bailouts were the answer of the day. In 2008 alone, the U.S. government allocated over $900 billion to special loans and rescues related to the housing bubble, with over half going to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as well as the Federal Housing Administration. As recently as 2012 it appeared that the housing market had hit new lows. Foreclosures were still rampant. Many people had lost their homes, jobs and basically had to start over. The housing bubble impacted everyone from home builders, the entire real estate industry, home supply retail outlets, newspaper that depended on real estate ads, Wall Street hedge funds held by large institutional investors…creating the recession.As of early 2013, the U.S. stock market had recovered to its pre-crisis peak but housing prices remained near their low point and unemployment remained elevated although improving.Circa 2014. Recovery. The housing recovery has pushed up home prices nearly everywhere. In the past year, home prices rose in 225 of the 276 cities tracked by Clear Capital, a provider of real estate data and analysis.Almost half of the cities tracked by Clear Capital experienced double-digit increases in home prices, led by Las Vegas, with a gain of 32 percent. Such spikes reflected a continuing ‘correction to the overcorrection,’ says Alex Villacorta, vice-president of research and analytics for Clear Capital.Economists are saying that home prices will continue to rise in 2014 but at a slower, more steady pace compared with historical trends. Is Central Oregon seeing a ‘correction to the overcorrection?’ Are home prices going to rise again to astonishing levels and then drop when we reach another housing correction?A recovery shouldn’t mean getting home prices back to pre-recession peaks. Those peaks were relics of an unsustainable boom. A housing recovery should mean when we ‘no longer have historically high rates of foreclosures and mortgage distress, and are experiencing a healthy and sustainable pace of home sales and construction.’Optimism is clearly the sentiment in the Central Oregon real estate marketplace — realtors see it as stabilized with few short sales and foreclosures. Bend home values have gone up over 20 percent over the past year.Bend was listed as one of the top ten markets in the future by both Bloomberg Business and MSN Real Estate last month. “Bend is a leading growth market where prices are expected to jump 33.6 percent by 2014.”People are beginning to sell their own homes in other markets for a normal price and then move here. In addition, low interest rates are helping first time buyers and homeowners looking to upgrade.For those investors looking for rental properties, the competition is fierce as demand is outpacing supply. The need for multi-family properties in Central Oregon is raising the rental rates and there is a shortage of land available for builders of multi-family residences. As the real estate market goes through many cycles, a true successful investor should understand many diverse conditions. Some people consider themselves a real estate investor but are under the false premise that putting money into investing automatically makes you an savvy investor. Let’s hope real estate investors learned a lot of lessons from the recent housing crisis.Things are definitely looking up but it’s still a market with challenges. Household incomes aren’t rising as fast as home prices and potential first-time buyers aren’t finding it easy to save money for down payments.If you are looking to break into the market, make sure you have a goal in mind for your investments, a desired rate of return, amount of leverage, tax avoidance or specific cash on cash return.center_img Facebook Real Estate Marketplace Survives Another Day Twitter Share. Google+ 0last_img read more

City of Redmond Forest Service Partner to Provide Support to Wildland Firefighting

first_imgCity of Redmond & Forest Service Partner to Provide Support to Wildland Firefighting Agencies LinkedIn By CBN on March 5, 2015 Share. 0 Email Twittercenter_img E-Headlines Pinterest The City of Redmond and the Forest Service have completed several important steps to continue partnering to provide wildland firefighting support services at the Redmond Air Center located at the Redmond Airport. Recently the City of Redmond and Forest Service completed a new 10-year land lease for the 51 acres that the Redmond Air Center sits on following the expiration of the Center’s original 50-year lease.“Extending this longstanding partnership with the USFS has been a high priority for the Mayor and Council – it’s good for the economy and good for the community,” states Keith Witcosky, Redmond city manager.In addition the City of Redmond and the Forest Service completed a new 10-year lease agreement for the Redmond Air Center Cache II. The Redmond Air Center Cache II is part of the Air Center that provides wildland firefighting supplies to all wildland firefighting government agencies throughout the Pacific Northwest as well as other parts of the nation.“We are very pleased to have these new leases in place and to work in partnership with the City of Redmond and the Redmond Airport to maintain this critical firefighting support to the nation, “said John Allen, forest supervisor, Deschutes National Forest.The Redmond Air Center, which celebrated its 50th Anniversary at the Redmond Airport last year, services Federal, State and local wildland fire management agencies. The Redmond Air Center also supports and manages national shared resources, including smokejumpers, air tankers, an Interagency Hotshot crew and a training center. The Redmond Air Center also acts as a Regional and National Incident Mobilization Center (crews, engines, and heavy equipment) and host the Regional Aviation Group (RAG). Tumblr Facebook Google+last_img read more

How to Keep Your Employees Safe and Reduce Liability

first_img Tumblr How to Keep Your Employees Safe and Reduce Liability Google+ on July 20, 2017 A total of 4,836 men and women were killed while on the job in 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). Nearly 5,000 fatalities occurred, even though safety standards in America are federally regulated. With such great risk in the workplace, business owners and leaders can do more to ensure the well-being of their employees. Don’t wait until someone gets injured on your work site to take action. Use this guide to take proactive measures for ensuring that workers are safe and liabilities are reduced.Perform Thorough Hazard AssessmentsA workplace hazard assessment involves imagining that Murphy’s Law is the only law of the land in the work setting: imagine that anything that could go wrong, will go wrong. It is an exercise in hypothetical cause and effect with careful consideration of all the constants and variables within your specific work environment.To develop plausible hazard scenarios, OSHA recommends that employers contemplate their businesses and ask the following questions: What is it that could go wrong? What would the consequences be if it did go wrong? How could this hazard issue arise? What factors would contribute to it? How likely is this hazard issue to occur? Naturally, the answers to these questions depend upon the nature of the business. A machine shop will have vastly different hazards than a call center, so it is imperative that the individual or group compiling the hazard analysis have a deep understanding of daily business operations.After developing a rough idea of the general hazards of the trade, employers should then create as many specific likely hazard scenarios as possible by including the following five elements:• Environment: where within the facility, business or office that the hazard would occur• Exposure: who and/or what the hazard would happen to• Trigger: the catalyst of the hazard• Consequence: the outcomes that would occur if the hazard did happen• Contributing factors: any other aspects that might cause, expedite or intensify the potential hazardWith potential safety risks identified, those risks can then be linked to specific tasks, and hazard controls for those tasks can be developed. Once controls to prevent those hazards are in place, it is up to you to make sure your employees are informed and trained on the safety procedures.Minimize LiabilityTo be a business owner or leader is to be the epitome of “responsible.” You are responsible in that you meet deadlines, increase production, create schedules and use your time wisely. You are also responsible for the well-being of your staff while they are at work and you are responsible for the legal obligations that come with being responsible for your staff’s well-being, both physically and, to an extent, mentally.Physical Safety – Regarding your responsibility for employee physical safety, you can reduce liability by keeping current of the issues within your business industry and anticipating your legal needs. For example, if you work in an industry that handles asbestos, consult with a mesothelioma lawyer who can help you foresee what could go wrong and assist you in meeting regulatory requirements.Mental Safety – Harassment and discrimination are sadly the most common threats to employee mental and emotional safety in the workplace. To reduce risk and liability, regularly review harassment policy and procedures. Is the policy written? Does it list all forms of discrimination and harassment? Is that list comprehensive? A solid discrimination and harassment policy should, at a minimum, include:• a description of prohibited conduct• a statement declaring the illegality of harassment• a clear explanation of the complaint process• a clearly indicated process of communication which allows the plaintiff to bypass an alleged harassing supervisor• the availability of a quick and unbiased investigation• guarantees that employees will not experience retaliation for making accurate complaints or for cooperation in harassment investigationsEmployers should also annually remind employees of the discrimination and harassment policy and reporting procedure. A current policy is an invaluable defense in responding to discrimination and harassment lawsuits.TrainingAll of the policies, procedures and safety assessments in the world mean nothing if your employees are unaware of how to follow them, so safety and procedural training is probably the most important tool you have as an owner or operator in maintaining the safety of your staff and in limiting liability. According to the Insurance Information Institute, two areas of concern that apply to the majority of businesses are Employment Practices Liability and Slip and Fall Accidents.• Employment Practices Liability training has to do with civil rights compliance and is recommended specifically for managers though staff can benefit as well. Low-cost materials are available through the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for small businesses.• Slip and Fall Accidents can befall any business that has floors and both employees and customers can be involved in these incidents. Training employees on how to eliminate slip and fall risks, like maintaining adequate lighting, performing general housekeeping tasks and properly cleaning up spills, is important in preventing incidents. Additionally, have a clear procedure in place in the event that someone one does slip and fall, and incorporate these instructions into the new hire training.In trade businesses, to ensure your workers are in compliance with federal regulations specific to your industry, require each new hire to undergo a thorough training process. If you are unsure of where to begin, the OSHA website offers a host of training videos on topics ranging from carbon monoxide to work surface hazards. Refresher training sessions should be provided to continuing employees periodically or as federal regulations change.As a business owner, operator or leader, you shoulder many responsibilities on a day-to-day basis, but none are as important as the safety of your employees. By performing concise hazard assessments, preemptive consideration of liability and through extensive staff training, you ensure that you keep your employees safe and reduce the risk of liability claims within your business. Twitter Facebook 0center_img By CBN E-Headlines Pinterest Share. LinkedIn Emaillast_img read more

How To Utilize Digital Technology For Business Growth

first_img LinkedIn 0 Facebook on April 10, 2018 Pinterest There are a lot of great ways of accelerating business growth, but nothing compares to the efficiency of technology. Digital technology is widely spread and it is no longer just an option for the tech sector. The advantages that digital technologies present businesses vary for all age groups in a wide variety of industries. Digital transformation is available for all businesses and it means engaging talented employees, improving processes and last but not least, driving profitable business models.Small businesses have a great advantage when it comes to digital technologies. More and more companies are discovering that by integrating digital technologies in their business they can level the playing field and help their business reach new markets. Approximately 91% of employees consider that digital technologies can fundamentally revolutionize the way they work in a company. However, there are a lot of more advantages listed below.Marketing AutomationAll digital technologies are helping businesses to address daily challenges. Yet, when it comes to marketing automation technologies they provide a great deal of benefits. Some of the most important ones are the ability to automate, streamline and measure marketing activities. The latest software provides a centralized database where all marketing data can be created, managed and automated and obviously, measured. As a result, businesses are able to optimize their impact on revenue. Thus, digital technology improves customer retention, lead generation and even return on investment.Operating Costs Managing a business whether it is a small or a large one is no easy task, especially when it comes to the capital of that business. Therefore, one has to find ways of cutting costs. Operating online could be a good solution to this problem. The great advantage is that there is less pressure to invest in costly offices. At the same time, cloud technologies help companies reduce their software, hardware and storage solution costs. Digital technologies are everywhere these days, and in terms of costing, digital banking is also now available. Banking operations can take place online through many branches including from a Manasquan Bank in your area.DistributionProbably one of the most important benefits of utilizing digital technologies is the fact that you can sell your products and services all over the world. Back in the day this was only just a dream, but nowadays it is reality. The internet breaks all kinds of barriers by improving your business global reach. With physical presence and geographical proximity you can sell either from your online store or from distributors. Moreover, you get direct access to distributors. This often leads to reduced production costs, a factor that makes your business more competitive.Customer Service Lastly, a Customer Relationship Management system enables companies to improve customer relationships by focusing on retention. This aspect changes the way you attract and retain customers and manage sales leads. At the same time, mobile technologies are a great help for improved collaboration. Customer-related information is easily accessible online which helps your business assist customer retention and customer service improvements in a much more effective and quick manner.Besides that, you can schedule your marketing activity with the help of online scheduling platforms. This saves time, promotes your brand, offers regular content and allows you to take care of other responsibilities. Adopting digital technology into your business focuses on a clear strategy and strong leadership and can have long lasting beneficial results. Tumblr How To Utilize Digital Technology For Business Growth center_img Google+ Share. Email Twitter E-Headlines By CBNlast_img read more

KPOV Building Resources for Local Community Radio this Fall

first_img If you are looking for innovative and homegrown community radio in Central Oregon, turn your dial to KPOV at 88.9 FM or kpov.org.Among a wide variety of programming on this multi-format station, during this election season, KPOV will be featuring live interviews of local candidates for office and broadcasting election forums by the League of Women Voters of Deschutes County. All of this election coverage is also maintained on their website, kpov.org, under the Election Coverage page.KPOV is not funded by commercial advertising, but is supported by listeners and small local businesses and powered by over 100 local volunteers.To build resources to run the station, KPOV is holding their Fall Membership Drive October 12-20. The goal of the Drive is to raise $28,000 to help support KPOV’s programming, operations and work to provide locally based, locally focused radio to Central Oregon.“As the only nonprofit, community-based radio station located in Bend, KPOV is in a unique position to serve as a media hub for our community and build connections across the region. We know that people cannot always be everywhere the community gathers, but they can always feel connected to the community by tuning in to KPOV at 88.9 FM or kpov.org,” says Station Manager Jill Mahler.“KPOV is also a great place for nonprofit organizations, artists, local musicians, civic leaders, local businesses, and many others to reach out to Central Oregon,” Mahler added.More than 50 locally produced programs anchor KPOV’s schedule. They include 10 local affairs shows that air a variety of local voices and discuss important issues. The community station also broadcasts live local music and other music shows in which knowledgeable volunteer DJs hand-pick the songs they play. There is more information about KPOV at kpov.org.“To offer all of the community based programming KPOV produces, we depend on the support of listeners who take the step to become KPOV members,” adds Mahler.To show its appreciation for supporters who join or renew with KPOV by the Membership Drive’s first day, KPOV will be holding an Early Bird Prize Drawing. “Early donors get our membership drives off to a strong start and encourage others to jump on board,” Mahler explains.All membership pledges or donations received before 3pm on October 12 will be entered into a prize drawing for a $50 gift card to Moose Sisters Restaurant. Pledges and donations can be made at kpov.org or 501 NW Bond Street, Bend, OR 97703.The Membership Drive has two grand prize drawings: one is for a $100 gift certificate to Harry Richie’s Jewelry in Bend and the other is for $150 gift certificate to The Humble Beet on Newport. All who donate during the drive are entered into a drawing for that valuable prize.KPOV also offers thank you gifts at various member levels. Gifts include a KPOV logo beanie; one pound of coffee from Strictly Organic; local, hand-made ceramic mugs by Bend’s Mug Revolution; and more.KPOV is asking groups to volunteer during membership drive.KPOV is also asking local businesses and non-profit groups to volunteer to answer phones during the Fall Membership Drive. Organizations participating this year and in past years include: Saving Grace, Central Oregon Land Watch, Family Access Network, Oregon League of Conservation Voters, The Environmental Center, Human Dignity Coalition, Social Justice Center, Jobs with Justice and many others. Call 541-322-0863 for more information or online at www.kpov.org.KPOV, High Desert Community Radio, is a listener-supported, volunteer powered radio station and the only non-profit community station originating from Bend.KPOV broadcasts at 88.9 FM and streams live and hosts show archives on kpov.org. The station features locally-produced programs not heard on any other radio stations in the area, including civic affairs, election coverage and the most diverse music programming in Central Oregon.Underwriting is also available and affordable for nonprofit organizations and local businesses. For a program schedule, underwriting information, to donate or to volunteer, call 541-322-0863 or visit the website at kpov.org. Facebook Pinterest Email Share. 0 Google+ By CBNcenter_img on September 25, 2018 KPOV Building Resources for Local Community Radio this Fall LinkedIn E-Headlines Tumblr Twitterlast_img read more

How The Internet Can Give You A Creative Career

first_img Facebook Email 0 E-Headlines By CBN Tumblr How The Internet Can Give You A Creative Career on September 28, 2018center_img LinkedIn Google+ Share. Let’s face it; nobody really wants to sit in an office cubicle all day, every day. Given a choice, most people would much prefer to be having fun with their careers, and that’s actually much more feasible than you might think. No matter your hobbies, in the digital age there are plenty of options to make your creative outlets a viable career option, and often in ways that you might not have considered. If the daily commute is starting to grind you down, or you’re feeling trapped by the 9-5, then here are some ways to turn your creativity into a career, and you might be surprised by just how accessible they are.Becoming a writer in the modern ageThey say that everyone has at least one book in them. If you’ve been harboring dreams of being at the top of the bestseller lists for a while, then it might be time to start trying to make it happen. Horror writer Stephen King says that you only need to do two things to become a writer, and that’s to read and to write. The more that you do of both, the better a writer you’ll become. It used to be that becoming a paid writer meant jumping through a variety of gatekeeping obstacles, but with self-publishing now easier than ever through sites like Amazon and others, anyone can publish their words into the world and even generate a healthy income from it. Don’t assume that this is as easy as it sounds. You are going to need to work at marketing (and writing the books themselves), but the barriers towards becoming a full-time writer are now fewer than ever.Showcase your musical skills and profitWith sites like YouTube and Soundcloud being free to use, it’s never been easier for musicians to get themselves heard. Some musicians don’t even perform live events, content to make their revenue from Spotify payments and YouTube monetized videos. If you have a musical hankering, then it’s always worth looking for some quality musical instruments to practice on, and you can use Musicians Friend coupon code 2018 to source some real bargains. Get your instrument of choice and get practicing. Whether you’re working solo or as part of a band, being a musician is not an easy career, but it’s never been more viable.Unleash your inner artistIf you’re a dab hand with paint or pen, then the good news is that becoming an artist is easier than ever before. There are any number of website platforms for artists to showcase their work, and with everything from DeviantArt to eBay allowing you to sell prints and make money from your work, you could be a paid artist before you know it. One of the ways that modern artists spread their audience reach is through comics, with fanfic comic strips of recognizable characters being particularly popular. If you have an original idea, post it online and you may even attract the attention of a comic company who’ll buy your comic or hire you for something new. Either way, you’ll have taken the first steps towards a creative career as an artist.Become a filmmakerIf you’ve just watched the latest Hollywood blockbuster and decided that you can do much better, then it’s time to prove it. Long gone are the days of networking to get your filmmaking work noticed, and you even have all of the tools that you need in your pocket. If Hollywood director Steven Soderbergh can shoot a film using nothing more than an iPhone, then there’s nothing stopping you from doing the same. Of course, with platforms like Vimeo, Twitch, and Vevo allowing creatives to post their cinematic works directly online, you can reach huge numbers of viewers. Who says you need a cinema? Spend time working on your scripts and make sure that you learn from every film that you make. You don’t need expensive editing equipment when there are a range of online editing tools that you can use, and any manner of special effects can be sourced through sites like Fiverr. Start small and get more ambitious as you learn, and you could end up being the next Spielberg.If you want to escape the daily toil of unsatisfying, creativity-killing employment, then it’s time to get your ambition on. Consider what you love doing and follow it through. The internet is an incredible resource, and finding like-minded communities to work with could make the difference between handing in your resignation or wasting your life in an office cubicle. Pinterest Twitterlast_img read more

How you can create a visual workplace with huddle board

first_img LinkedIn 0 How you can create a visual workplace with huddle board E-Headlines Facebook Email Share. on July 22, 2019center_img Pinterest By CBN Google+ A huddle board is a very versatile platform which you can use to bring your vision into reality. It is known to be a reliable tool that you can use to create a visual workplace. It is perfect for working alone and also working in a team. Here is how one can create a visual workplace and make the most of it.Visual brainstorming Gone are the days when work was just supposed to be done in a cubicle surrounded by several other employees. This is no longer the case and these days people can work remotely from the comfort of their homes or a coffee shop. Moreover, tools like huddle board have made it possible for people to not only access the data but to also edit it even if they are not sitting right next to each other.If people wish to design a powerpoint presentation they can simply dump all their common ideas on the whiteboard so that their ideas are out there. Once this is done, they can then work together to bring out meaningful information out of it. A Huddleboard is perfect for this type of task. Members can simply jot down all their ideas in the form of text or even pictures and charts. Once these ideas are apparent they can then gauge the information to come up with an essay, deck or even a slideshow. This makes it very easy for people to remember what they wish to depict.Designing posters It is a known fact that information is interpreted better when it is depicted visually. Moreover, in the dynamic work culture, it becomes very important to convey the information in the fastest way possible. So you can do the same by designing posters. Make it a point to collaborate with other team members and then consolidate the information such that it can be presented in the form of a poster. Your employees will need lesser time to gauge the information and the work will be done quicker.Easy accessThe best part about huddle boards is that they are easily accessible. One can be working on a dedicated task and if they wish to simply jot down the ideas they can do so in the huddle board. Let’s accept it; our best ideas come to us when we are working on some projects. It is at this moment that you wish to jot it down before you forget this amazing idea. So all you need to do here is to simply keep the huddle board open so that you can anytime use it for brainstorming and writing your excellent ideas down.Improved Efficiency Because of the presence of huddle board, it has become easier for people to improve the overall efficiency of their work. Instead of scheduling meetings and waiting for everyone to gather, huddle board has made it easy to share information. When employees don’t waste their time in travelling they can utilize the same for doing other important tasks.Thus, you can create a visual workplace with the help of huddle board. All you need to do is to get started with task allocation. Begin by mentioning the goals and making them clear for everyone to watch. Once the KPIs are defined you can then make sections that define the stage that it is in. for instance, if the project has just started then you can mark it as ‘Started’ and explain the details underneath. Similarly, you can also depict the progress of the project throughout the process. This will help everyone in the team to actually quickly see the status.A visual workplace is necessary when people are working remotely. It makes all the employees feel connected and feel as if they belong. Moreover, a visual workplace compensates for the absence of an office. Brands can use the huddle board to their advantage as it helps in creating a good work culture amongst the employees. It becomes easy to manage work as well as several tasks with the help of huddle board. Most importantly, employees become more involved and the productivity increases. Tumblr Twitterlast_img read more

10 Reasons Zelvoka Ventures Likes SaaS Companies

first_img10 Reasons Zelvoka Ventures Likes SaaS CompaniesOctober 12, 2016 by Jay Levy 228SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin Over the past eight years we have invested directly in more than sixty-five companies. We have also indirectly seeded hundreds more through incubators and other venture funds. We’ve learned many valuable lessons during this period. One of the most important things we’ve learned is that while SaaS companies may not be as “sexy” as their consumer facing counterparts, ultimately they are a lot more attractive to us.Here’s what we love about SaaS companies:SaaS companies tend not to be zero-sum outcomes for investors and founders. While the returns tend to be lower the success rate is higher.At the early stage the business model tends to be clear and actionable whereas consumer companies can be a bit more depended on scale.You can be systematic about your approach to growing revenues by identifying a market and “dialing for dollars”. On the consumer side your success can be much more dependent on good press, word of mouth and large marketing budgets (bottling lightning).Businesses like SaaS as it can typically be deployed quick and cheaply.The products tend to be very sticky. This leads to high lifetime value and switching costs. On the consumer side individuals tend to be more fickle unless you build a true network effect like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have done.MRR leads to greater predictability in forecasting and cash flows.There tends to be less (no) seasonality in SaaS companies. Tomasz Tunguz post on this — it’s a must read.There are accepted industry metrics that create a known lexicon and reporting structure.They can be extremely capital efficient. According to CB insights 49% of all VC-backed SaaS exited raised less than $10m before exiting.They tend to be less of an emotional rollercoaster (not to say there aren’t up’s and downs).Our strategy is focused primarily capital efficient b2b SaaS investments. By no means do we think this is the only strategy that can be successful in venture. It’s the one we have determined we are best positioned to succeed around.Reprinted by permission.PREVIOUS POSTNEXT POST Filed Under: #NYCTech, Advice, AlleyTalk, Funding, Inside the Code, Management, Resources, Strategic, Venture Capitallast_img read more

Women in NYC Tech Madeline Fedorova of Anxiety Reliever

first_img Filed Under: #NYCTech, AlleyTalk, Interviews, Techs and the City Women in NYC Tech: Madeline Fedorova of Anxiety RelieverJune 14, 2018 by AlleyWatch 307SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin The team at AlleyWatch believes it’s important to have an inclusive discussion around the challenges facing women in tech along with highlighting the work of the female entrepreneurs that have made NYC one of the best places for women in tech according to some recent studies. That’s why we are running this series that showcases women in tech in New York.If you are a female founder in NYC working in tech and interested in participating in the series please visit this link or click on the image above.Please feel free to pass this on to any women in NYC that you feel should be considered for the series. Thank you.PREVIOUS POSTNEXT POSTcenter_img Are you a woman in NYC Tech and interested in participating in this series? Make sure to read the whole article…Much has been said and written about the lack of women in the tech sector, be it as investors (or associates), founders, or in management positions at major companies. Is the problem the old boys network – or that success in technology is seen as a young man’s game? In this series, we speak with some of the top women in tech in New York as they discuss the challenges they face, the perceptions that need to be changed and the work that’s being done – or not – to help to promote women in tech.Today we sit down with Madeline Fedorova, the CEO and Founder of the app Anxiety Reliever. At a crossroads in her life, Madeline made the bold decision to drop out of the California Institute of the Arts Film School to pursue her lifelong passion for technology. Since then, Anxiety Reliever has received acclaim from a number of notable publications. She recently moved to New York to expand her company and further her mission of combining wellness and technology to help improve peoples’ lives.AlleyWatch got the chance to speak to Madeline about what it is like being a young female entrepreneur and how she is navigating the New York tech ecosystem.Madeline Fedorova of Anxiety Reliever What’s your background and how did you develop your career as a female entrepreneur in the NYC tech ecosystem?In 2014, I got accepted to California Institute of the Arts to study filmmaking but during the same time the idea of creating an app to help people suffering from anxiety came to me, so I’ve decided to drop out of college to pursue my passion which has always been tech. That crucial decision led me to be where I’m today.When it comes to developing my career here, I always want to do more and actively contribute to the NYC tech ecosystem. Since I just moved here recently, it feels like I’m just getting started.What can be done to further promote female entrepreneurs and women in tech in New York?The stories of women and how they’ve built their businesses should be highlighted more often. That will help to inspire and encourage others to join the space. From the readers’ perspective, I think interviews like these help a ton. At the end of the day, each person needs to come to a decision on their own if they want to join the tech space. My advice would be to give yourself a chance to venture out and tackle complex problems. The fear of failure will never lead you anywhere exciting and thrilling.What is diversity to you and do you see it evolving in tech?For me, diversity is where everyone is included and accepted. Where everybody is welcomed and have the same pool of resources. I do see it happening in tech however the pace could be way quicker. The good news is that change is in our hands, by welcoming diversity within our companies or entering sectors where there is a lack of it that’s how we bring real change.Why do you think it’s important that women retain, grow, and develop into senior roles within their organizations? It doesn’t and shouldn’t matter what gender you’re if you’re a leader and great at your job then it’s all that matters. People should be valued based on what they are bringing to the company not based on any discriminating factors. There should be equal opportunity for both women and men to grow and develop into senior roles and it’s up to us as employers to be fair and promote or hire based on how good of an employee that person is and not gender!It’s statically proven that women-led companies are more successful than their male counterparts. Why do you think they still only get 2% of the funding available for new ideas?There is a gap between the number of male and female founders. The tech space is in need of more females. I think the more women entrepreneurs there will be, the harder it will be to ignore us. When it comes to venture capital, I see quite a few women becoming investors and holding positions of power which is exciting.I’m currently in the process of looking for funding as well, so we’ll see how it goes. It’s quite mind-boggling to me why this percentage is so small, but I hope it will drastically grow in the years to come.NYC has been named one of the best places for women in tech. You moved your company from Florida. What are your thoughts on the tech ecosystem here? Is it more inclusive?I absolutely love the tech ecosystem in NYC. Everyone that I’ve met was really helpful, supportive and excited about what each person is building. There are way more opportunities here in New York than in Florida. However, I do wish there would be more interesting events where the startup community would come together and learn from each other. Therefore, I’ve decided to start hosting tech events.Please tell us about a few organizations that you are involved with or respect that are promoting women in tech.I would love to join an organization that is truly making a difference in women’s lives, but I don’t know any. So, if you’re reading this and familiar with an organization that I should know about, please reach out to me, I would be very grateful. I’m interested in helping out by mentoring and supporting in ways that I can.On my own, I started to organize tech networking events to bring people together and I do my best to reach out to an equal number of women and men.How much do you think casual sexual harassment and misconduct affects a woman’s career? There are a lot of women out there who are just silent about it because they are afraid of what speaking out might mean for them. Some are afraid of being judged or losing a job, but if you look underneath the surface everything is based on fear. Once you face your fear, you’ll feel liberated. Women who are facing any type of misconduct should not put themselves down and allow that behavior to continue. Say something! Don’t keep living your life trying to ignore that because if you do, this will never change. You are never less than anyone else, you have as much power as any guy, you just need to stop giving it away.What can men do to support this movement and/or participate in this discussion?The best thing both men and women can do is to care, be very vocal and take action against sexual harassment, discrimination, and misconduct. Whether you see it happening at work, at the grocery store or on the street, say something, don’t ignore it. Women and men are together in this. It’s time we start to welcome unity, rather than separation.last_img read more

How to Supercharge Your Most Important Relationships

first_img Filed Under: Advice, Management, Resources, Strategic How to Supercharge Your Most Important RelationshipsOctober 22, 2018 by Mo Bunnell 225SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin Ten years from now, your future self is yelling, telling you to do something now, telling you to focus on the most important thing to your future self’s success—investing in your most important relationships.Your future self can see it clearly. Relationships are at the core of your future success. Some people let the universe determine who they know, who they will know, and how quickly the connections will be created. Others work a process, always moving incrementally ahead, one week at a time. Can you guess who has more success?Think about the people who have made the greatest impact on your business and career trajectory so far. Not just the great, happy clients—what about the investor who wrote the first check in the angel round? The well-placed influencer who routinely steers business your way? Some people out there are looking out for you and, if they’re in the right position, can have a truly supercharged effect. What do all these people have in common? Why do they like you so much that they’re willing to go out of their way to help you succeed? For most people these relationships form mysteriously—things either click or they don’t. In reality, we have far more agency over our relationships than we think. You can create these supercharged relationships. It just takes focus. The Protemoi List  So where do you focus your efforts? On your best clients? Your unhappiest ones? The people with the fanciest job titles? The people who actually say yes when you invite them to lunch?The correct answer is: the people on your Protemoi List.Protemoi (pro΄-tuh-moy) is Greek for “first among equals.” Your Protemoi List will help you invest in your most important relationships, whether you are actively working with them or not. Ultimately some people are more important to your success than others—your long-term success depends on this group. The Protemoi List captures those names and keeps them front of mind. Practicality Break: Pull out a pen and piece of paper (or open a new tab in your browser and bring up a Google Doc) and start writing down the names of the top seven to ten people who you think should be on your Protemoi List. Who could have the biggest impact on your business and career? Most high-level professionals will tell you that relationships are the most important contributor to success, yet they don’t systematically prioritize and invest in them. All too often they just try to juggle this stuff in their heads. Guilty of this yourself? You’re driving to work when you suddenly think, “I need to email Karim!” Then something comes up, and the email never gets sent. Five years go by, and Karim is named CEO. Now it looks pretty cheesy to email him. “Hey, remember me? The person who didn’t keep in touch? Uh, I just saw you’re now in a buying position at a client of mine. Want to go have lunch so I can tell you about what we do?”There’s a better way.Adding Value With Every InteractionNow that our most important relationships are lined up and ready to go, what’s next? The Protemoi List is half the equation, but we need more. We want to make it easy for you to sustainably and systematically create positive experiences for each of your Protemoi people. In other words, make it easy for you to add value with every interaction.Value can take many forms—a business book suggestion, an introduction to someone in your network, a link to the video of a relevant talk, an invitation to brainstorm on a problem they’re having over coffee. When you add value to an interaction through a tangible item like this, we call it an Asset.Waiting for inspiration to strike before you reach out to the people on your Protemoi List doesn’t work. You’ll waste your time researching for something to send—digging instead of doing. This part of the process needs to be as systematic at first, so you can build and sustain the habit. The most effective way to do this is to maintain an Asset List, a list of items you always have at hand to quickly send your Protemoi contacts to create easy positive experiences.Assets can be anything helpful or interesting to your Protemoi people. Although many people think of business items first, anything that adds value can work great, like information on hobbies, sports teams, and workout advice. Here, specificity is key. You can’t write down “workout advice” because it won’t spark a connection with who would enjoy what. Instead, you need the specific YouTube link to some great new drills improving your cuts for playing Ultimate Frisbee. That specific asset cries out for the specific people on your Protemoi List that would love it.Practicality Break: Take out that pen and paper again (or reopen that Google Doc) and start taking stock of all the interesting articles, books, videos, and people you love. Start creating your Asset List.When you diligently maintain your Asset List providing value to your Protemoi people will take only a moment’s browsing. Add ideas now to get things started, but after that, simply leave your list open during the day and get in the habit of adding to it as items pop up.  Your Asset List will contain links to anything interesting: videos, books, articles or even people via their LinkedIn profile. Sometimes a document or spreadsheet won’t suffice. Personally, I use the cross-platform application Pocket to store my Asset List, but many software tools have similar features, from Google Keep to Evernote, with more options appearing every day. Choose one that suits you, your platform, and your working style. The key is to keep capturing. Your ability to add value to the lives of those on your Protemoi List drastically improves when you start diligently capturing assets. If it’s cool, capture it!The people on your Protemoi List can have a supercharged impact on your business and success. It’s your responsibility to invest in them. Life will try to steer you away, but you can steer it back. You’ve got people you can be helpful to right now. You’ve got Assets ready to go. They’re waiting. Start with one outreach. Get going.Now you’ve turned the key and cranked up your supercharged, value-adding machine. It’s fun. You’ll enjoy the process, and so will each recipient.Oh, and your future-self enjoyed your new approach immensely and has calmed down. Basking in all your success to come, your future self is taking a well-deserved nap.PREVIOUS POSTNEXT POSTlast_img read more

Great Square Enix RPG Octopath Traveler coming to PC in June

first_imgSwitch exclusive no more: nearly a year after its release, Octopath Traveler is crossing over to PC.   Square Enix has confirmed one of its most popular RPGs, Octopath Traveler, is coming to PC this June. Octopath Traveler is one of the best RPGs in recent memory and stands as a shining example of old-school Square Enix mastery. The turn-based RPG was a classic right out of the gate, sporting amazing SNES-like “HD-2D” visuals infused with an innovative combat system. Armed with a distinct experience that feels both old and new, the game went on to ship over 1 million units worldwide at launch. Right now Square Enix could use more wins and Octopath Traveler could help a lot. Outside of Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy XIV, its games aren’t doing all that great. It reported lower-than-expected earnings last quarter, and drastically shrank its dev teams from 11 into 4 cohesive units.  Octopath Traveler’s impending Steam launch sees Square Enix wanting to maximize revenues and bring its games to a wide audience. Its success on the Switch prompted the publisher to order a sequel, alongside a premium mobile RPG. Octopath Traveler launches on Steam on June 7, 2019. Exact pricing has yet to be announced. We should also see the game release on other consoles at some point, too.last_img read more

NVIDIAs new GeForce RTX SUPER cards made on 11nm not 12nm

first_img$501.22 – $545.49 TodayYesterday7 days ago30 days ago US$549.00 center_img Buy Now that NVIDIA’s new GeForce RTX 20 SUPER series graphics cards are on the market, new details have emerged on the TU106 GPU inside of the GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER. TechPowerUp noticed that the TU106 GPU has markings on it for ‘Korea’, which is strange as NVIDIA gets its Turing GPUs fabbed at TSMC which does NOT have a facility in South Korea.   NVIDIA reportedly signed a contract manufacturing order with Samsung back in 2016, which I’m sure is still in play today and now being tested with the new SUPER-infused Turing GPUs. The most interesting part of this news is that Samsung doesn’t have a 12nm FinFET process, but instead offers both 14nm and 11LPP. 11LPP is an 11nm nodelet which Samsung uses to compete against the 12nm node from TSMC. TechPowerUp reached out to NVIDIA, which responded with: “The answer is really simple and these markings are not new. Other Turing GPUs have had these markings in the past. The chip is made at TSMC, but packaged in various locations. This one was done in Korea, hence why his says “Korea”. On an unrelated note: We already use both TSMC and Samsung, and qualify each of them for every process node. We can’t comment in any further detail on future plans, but both remain terrific partners”. With all of the stuff going on between the US and China right now it makes sense for companies to start looking at other manufacturing plants outside of China control, because if things start to get messy with China then relations with Taiwan will strain. Taiwan is part of the Republic of China, so we might see more companies making strategic moves out of Taiwan and into a safer haven in Korea, backed by Samsung manufacturing. Maybe the companies might start thinking in the way of Where We Go One, We Go All — out to Korea and possibly the US for manufacturing. EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 Black Gaminglast_img read more

Taliban car bomb kills at least 14 as group holds peace talks

first_imgA Taliban attack on a government security compound in central Afghanistan on Sunday killed at least eight security personnel, six civilians and wounded more than 180, officials said, as rival Afghan groups met in Qatar to discuss peace. Additonal reporting by Hamid Shalizi in Kabul, Jalil Rezaee in Herat, Writing by Rupam Jain,; Editing by Kenneth Maxwell, Paul Tait and Raissa Kasolowsky  KABUL (Reuters) Islamist Taliban fighters detonated a car bomb in Ghazni city near an office of Afghanistan’s main intelligence service, the National Directorate of Security (NDS), during Sunday morning’s rush hour, officials said.The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. “Dozens of NDS officers were killed or wounded,” spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid in a statement.Health officials in Ghazni said 13 adults, including eight NDS members, and a child were killed. At least 60 children who were attending classes in a private school situated near the blast site were among the 180 people wounded.Doors and windows of the school were destroyed in the powerful explosion, the children suffered multiple injuries caused by flying shards of glass and broken pieces of wood.“The casualty figures may rise as this is not the last report of those injured in the powerful blast,” said Zaher Shah Nekmal, a health director in Ghazni province.The blast in a crowded area of Ghazni city was the latest in a wave of near-daily attacks by the Taliban, who now hold sway over about half of Afghanistan and continue to intensify attacks on Afghan forces despite increased U.S. efforts towards a peace agreement to end the 18-year war.The attack came hours before Taliban officials were due to begin meeting a group of Afghan delegates in Qatar as part of diplomatic efforts to end years of violence and build trust between Afghan civilians and the militant group.INTRA-AFGHAN SUMMIT IN QATARThe Taliban, who have repeatedly refused to negotiate with the Western-backed government of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, agreed to join the intra-Afghan summit on the condition that those there would attend in a personal capacity.About 60 high-profile Afghan figures and activists were in Doha to meet the Taliban officials during the two-day conference, a meeting arranged by German and Qatari officials with the support of U.S. negotiators.Ghani condemned the Taliban bombing in Ghazni on Sunday, and questioned their real intent as they hold talks in Qatar.“They stain their hands with the blood of innocent people in Afghanistan every day. They should know that it is not possible to gain privileges in peace talks by targeting civilians, especially children,” he said in a statement.U.S. and Taliban officials will reconvene on Tuesday.The warring sides started a seventh round of peace talks last week, which U.S. special envoy for peace in Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, described on Twitter on Saturday as the most productive session to date.He said substantive progress had been made on all four parts of a peace deal: counter-terrorism assurances, troop withdrawal, participation in intra-Afghan negotiations, and a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire.Military conflict and attacks on civilians have intensified even as the diplomatic process gains momentum, triggering tremendous unease among some Afghans about the significance of holding peace talks with the Taliban.Government officials in the southern provinces of Logar and Helmand said the Afghan forces had conducted several air strikes on Taliban hideouts in the last 36 hours, killing over 30 insurgents.The Taliban took responsibility for detonating a car bomb at the start of a lengthy gun fight outside a defence ministry compound in the capital, Kabul, last week. Six people were killed and more than 100 civilians, including 60 children, were wounded in that attack.In western Ghor province, a landmine explosion killed seven children and wounded one on Saturday, officials said. The blast occurred when children stepped accidentally walked over a landmine. The insurgents often place landmines to target Afghan security forces, but the lethal weapons also inflict casualties on civilians.According to the United Nations, 3,804 civilians — including more than 900 children— were killed in Afghanistan in 2018, with another 7,000 wounded. It was the deadliest year to date for civilians in Afghanistan’s conflict.center_img London best pest control last_img read more

Shake up Your Hiring with Video Recruiting

first_imgvideo recruitingVideo recruiting allows your company to save time and money, while simultaneously providing a platform to brand your company as exciting and fun. What better way is there to attract innovative, dynamic people?Spark Hire CEO and video recruiting expert Josh Tolan knows that “the typical recruiting process is inefficient.” As proof, he points to the fact that “so many recruiters are turning to platforms like Facebook to Pinterest and beyond to source candidates.” And since a 2011 study lists the average cost per hire at $5,054, Tolan recommends that businesses save time and money with video recruiting. Not only will it help bring in the right candidate, Tolan says, but it provides an opportunity “to brand your company as a fun, innovative place to work,” and to “put a more personal touch on the job description.” Combine video recruiting with video interviewing, and you have a recipe for a shorter, more effective, and more engaging hiring process.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Scrum

first_imgScrum for Non-Developers: 5 BenefitsThere are few things I love more than a to-do list, which is a blessing and a curse.To-do lists increase organization and efficiency, but they can also bog you down with so many details that you forget the “do” part. When I started using Scrum for project management on OpenView’s content marketing team, I thought the latter phenomenon might prevail. Thankfully, I was wrong, and have since become a Scrum convert. A “scrumvert” if you will. (If you think that’s bad, you should see my complete list of Scrum portmanteaus.)The Deal with Scrum for Non-DevelopersScrum Board To be clear, Scrum is a lot more than a to-do list. It’s mainly an agile framework for developing complex products, most often those of the software variety. (Check out this Get Started with Scrum guide from Scrum Inc. for more info.) At OpenView, we expand Scrum beyond software and use it as a framework to break large projects (like developing an eBook) into manageable pieces (called “Sprints”). Methods of tracking this work range from agile software like VersionOne, to good old-fashioned Post-its. While I can’t claim to be any sort of Scrum expert, I’m grateful for how it’s helped our team manage projects and workload. As the content marketing team’s Certified Scrum Master (definitely one of the more colorful qualifications on my resume), I’ve lived and breathed Scrum every day at OpenView. I’ll take the lessons I’ve learned into any future opportunities — it’s made me a better project manager and a better employee. Kevin Cain, OpenView’s Director of Content Strategy, has also written about how Scrum can help non-software teams manage their work, so this is my attempt at adding my two cents.5 Ways Scrum Can Help Any Team (Not Just Developers)Among the many Scrum lessons that stand out in my mind, there are a few particular ones I’d like to highlight here that I think will appeal to the non-software focused professionals among us. They are presented in no particular order, and they are takeaways that will benefit any team looking to grow in efficiency and effectiveness.1) Understand How Tasks Fit into the Bigger PictureAs I mentioned above, Scrum allows you to break down complex projects into manageable tasks. It forces you to think about the specific actions needed to reach a goal, and it encourages reviewing and revising those actions with your team. The ultimate goal is always in mind, but the steps necessary to achieve it are the main focus.2) Know What Your Team is Working OnScrum encourages transparency, but not micromanagement. Your team needs to know what you’re doing and when they can expect it to be done, but it is up to you to complete your work how you want. There is no real “boss” on a Scrum team, although Product Owners are ultimately held accountable for a finished product. Scrum encourages autonomy within a team structure.3) Build in DeliverablesThis is another way of saying “hold yourself accountable to deadlines and specifics.” It’s not particularly helpful to say, “I will publish an eBook by August 15th.” That’s a good goal, but what specific tasks do you need to complete, and when do you need to complete them? During each Sprint, your items will read more like, “I will complete a draft of my eBook and review it with Kevin by August 1st.” Kevin knows when to expect it, and you know when it needs to be done.4) Stay OrganizedEffective project management requires organization, and that requires open communication and tracking. For me, this is really at the heart of Scrum (and effective project management in general). You are laying out a logical roadmap for getting things done. Whether you use Scrum or any other framework, staying on top of tasks is the key to success.5) Stay Flexible but FocusedScrum sometimes seems like it has a lot of “rules,” but remember: it is an agile framework. It is designed to deliver products not just better, but faster. This means you have to leave room in your Sprints for the unexpected, but you also have to be able to prioritize your work and say “no” to low-impact requests that come up. Having a Scrum Master (or equivalent team member) looking out for impediments and figuring out how best to handle them is important to reach team goals.  Do you have any additional insight about using Scrum in a non-software capacity at work? Do you have any awesome Scrum portmanteaus to share? Make my day and leave a comment. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis1last_img read more

Heres Why the DEA ReScheduling Just One CannabisBased Drug Is a Very

first_img Here’s Why the DEA Re-Scheduling Just One Cannabis-Based Drug Is a Very Big Deal Advocates for Cannabis Legalization Each week hear inspiring stories of business owners who have taken the cannabis challenge and are now navigating the exciting but unpredictable Green Rush. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. October 12, 2018 Medical Marijuana –shares Guest Writer Image credit: rgbspace | Getty Images Next Article For decades DEA has insisted marijuana has no legitimate use, even as it made research into medical marijuana nearly impossible. That contradiction is coming to an end. 4 min read Last week, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency made a historic move, re-scheduling “FDA-approved approved drugs that contain CBD derived from cannabis and no more than 0.1 percent tetrahydrocannabinols [THC].” This meant that FDA-approved drugs containing CBD were moved out of the Schedule I category, which they previously shared with highly-addictive drugs like heroin, to the Schedule V category, which implies signifies medical uses and low potential for abuse.For the time being, this change is quite limited to just one cannabis-derived drug approved by the FDA: GW Pharmaceuticals’ cannabis-derived Epidiolex, a drug for treating patients with treatment-resistant Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, or LGS, a rare form of childhood-onset epilepsy. However, the significance of the DEA’s decision cannot be overstated. It sets an invaluable precedent as it is the first time the federal government has acknowledged the medical potential of CBD and, by association, of the cannabis plant that is its source.This decision opens a new road for other CBD-containing drugs to pursue FDA approval and a subsequent DEA re-classification. It is the first crack in the previously impregnable Federal stance against anything cannabis-related.Related: This Is Non-Negotiable: Cannabis Legalization Must Include Restorative JusticeInformation is power.As of 2018, research on cannabis’ therapeutic potential in the US was virtually barred by the DEA’s Schedule I classification of the plant. The lack of scientific information on cannabis created a veil of ignorance that made it impossible to combat prevailing misconceptions. In this sense, Epidiolex represents a paradigm shift, as researchers (under a federal charter in the United Kingdom) were able to perform a scientific study on CBD and found measurable medical benefits.Of course parents, physicians, and other advocates have known about these benefits for years. However, they now have the scientific study to back it up. Presented with verifiable data on the health benefits of Epidiolex, the FDA chose (or maybe was compelled) to approve its use.With this approval and consequent re-scheduling of a cannabis-derived drug, marijuana can no longer be disregarded as an escapist drug for “stoners.” Instead, cannabis has to be seen as what it is: a medicine with scientifically verifiable benefits.Related: The Next Big Thing in Cannabis? TerpenesWhat’s Next?The cannabis industry may have only gained an inch of ground with the latest DEA decision. But that inch was fought over and won with passion and empathy; and there is no going back now. Time only marches forward.But the battle is far from over. Next up is the re-scheduling of THC-based cannabis products. This is going to be an arduous, uphill fight against decades of propaganda and entrenched business interests related to the War on Drugs. Nowadays, most health benefits related to THC are overshadowed by irrational fear of the intoxicating effects, which evoke concerns about substance abuse and related public safety concerns (i.e. driving while intoxicated) and the archetype of the “lazy stoner.”The battle to re-schedule all CBD-containing products might be easier. CBD, a chemical compound almost unknown to popular culture until recently, doesn’t carry the same stigma as THC. In fact, CBD has emerged in recent years as a “wonder drug” with a long list of potential benefits and no dangerous downsides. The difference between CBD and other buzzy “wonder drugs” is that recent scientific study has proven the health benefits through exacting clinical trials.But the struggle goes on and is far from over. We, the people in the cannabis movement, need to continue to erode the facade of control that the Federal government wants to exert over a non-toxic, non-addictive substance like CBD and other cannabis-derived compounds, substances with the potential to bring profound benefits to our society. Add to Queue Green Entrepreneur Podcast Evan Eneman and Javier Hasse Listen Nowlast_img read more

Campbell to offload Kelsen Group to Ferrero affiliate for 300m

first_imgCampbell to offload Kelsen Group to Ferrero affiliate for $300mPosted By: Martin Whiteon: July 12, 2019In: Business, Food, Industries, Mergers & Acquisitions, SnacksPrintEmailCampbell Soup Company has agreed to offload Denmark-based Kelsen Group to Ferrero affiliate CTH Invest for approximately $300 million, as the company continues its debt reduction strategy.Based in Nørre Snede, Denmark, Kelsen is a producer of baked snacks, and its primary brands include Kjeldsens and Royal Dansk. Kelsen had net sales of approximately $157 million in the last 12 months.Belgian-based CTH Invest has said it will assume control over Kelsen’s two production facilities in Denmark and add new biscuits assortments to its portfolio in future.Kelsen is part of the Campbell International division, which also includes Arnott’s biscuits, Campbell’s simple meals businesses in Australia, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Japan, and manufacturing operations in Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia.Last year, Campbell outlined its plan to divest both its Campbell Fresh and Campbell International businesses and launched a portfolio review in August 2018, as the company aims to significantly reduce debt and boost its balance sheet.As part of the portfolio review, Campbell completed the full divestiture of its Bolthouse Farms arm to private equity firm Butterfly in April for approximately $510 million, in a deal which completed the full divestiture of the company’s Campbell Fresh division.The company claimed that the sale of the Campbell Fresh businesses allowed the company to reduce its debt by approximately $570 million.According to a statement from Campbell’s, the process to divest the remainder of Campbell International, including Arnott’s, is still ongoing.Mark Clouse, Campbell’s president and CEO, said: “The sale of Kelsen Group supports our strategy to focus on North America where we have iconic brands and strong market positions, while reducing debt.“Throughout the divestiture process, we have considered many options for our valuable international assets.“Selling Kelsen separately from the rest of our international business generates the greatest possible value for Campbell. We are committed to the divestiture of the remainder of our international operations and will remain disciplined as we move forward.”Share with your network: Tags: Campbell SoupFerreroKelsen Grouplast_img read more

How One Couple Saved 1 Million in 4 Years to Retire by

first_img This story originally appeared on CNBC Kathleen Elkins Next Article How One Couple Saved $1 Million in 4 Years to Retire by Age 43 Add to Queue August 16, 2016 Register Now » –shares Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business 6 min read In 2013, “Mr. and Mrs. 1500″ — the pseudonym of soon-to-be early retirees Carl and Mindy — decided to get serious about their savings goals.”I was having this horrific day at work,” 42-year-old computer programmer Carl told Farnoosh Torabi on an episode of her podcast. “I was 38 at the time, and I’m like, ‘There’s no way I can do this until I’m 62 or 65 or whatever age people normally retire at.”Inspired by the idea of retiring early, the husband-wife duo with two kids vowed to build a portfolio of $1 million and no debt by February 2017. This would allow them to retire in 1,500 days at the ripe age of 43.They achieved the $1 million mark ahead of schedule — in April 2016 — and now aim to reach $1.12 million by February, at which point they’ll officially retire.The good news is, anyone can do the same — and you don’t have to be an investment banker raking in millions. All it takes is “smart decisions along with intelligent saving and investing,” they write on their blog.Here’s a look at exactly how Carl and Mindy are making early retirement a reality:They figured out exactly how much money they needed to retire comfortably.The couple started by analyzing their spending habits. “My wife and I wrote all of our expenses in a book,” Carl explains on their blog. “Every time we returned from shopping or paid a bill, we logged it.”Based on their logs, they determined they could live on $24,000 a year. To be safe, they added a $6,000 cushion and bumped that estimate up to $30,000 a year.Using the “4 percent rule” — the slightly controversial rule of thumb used to help you determine the amount you can withdraw from your retirement savings each year without running out — they came up with their magic number.”Based on the 4% rule, I need about $800,000 to retire with no debt,” Carl wrote on the blog in 2013. “However, I’d like very much to be able to help my children through college, so I’m going to bump the number up to $1,000,000.”They committed to putting $2,000 a month toward their investments, which stood at $570,000 when they started, in order to build their portfolio up to $1 million in 1,500 days.To be sure, they had a big head start. They’d spent years building their up their portfolio by maxing out his 401(k) account, flipping houses and saving a good amount of their income. Carl noted that his programming job paid well, but did not share specifics.You can read more about their initial financial standing and calculations on their blog.They tracked their expenses and cut their spending.Once they settled on contributing at least $2,000 a month, the couple immediately looked for ways to cut their costs. It’s a good starting point for anyone, they told Torabi. It’s “something you can do immediately.”They also recommend recording each and every expense, which will allow you to see exactly how much money you’re spending and where there’s room to save.”You’ll be surprised,” they say. “We started doing this and were like, ‘Wow, we spent that much on groceries? What were we thinking?’ After you do that, evaluate every one of those line items and see how you can cut those down.”They downsized.Shortly after making the decision to retire early, the couple sold their 5,000-square-foot lake house in Wisconsin and bought a 1,400-square-foot fixer upper in Colorado. It meant a significantly smaller mortgage. Plus, “those extra 3,500-square-feet added absolutely nothing to my happiness,” Carl adds.They also note that their location in Colorado is a big part of the reason they’re able to retire in their 40s with a million-dollar portfolio: “If you lived in San Francisco or Manhattan, I don’t think you’d be able to do it, but we live in a very low-cost area in Colorado. … Life is pretty cheap here, and we can get by on about $2,000 a month.”They focused on increasing their income.Next, the couple focused on earning more. Carl’s main side gig is blogging, but he also fixes up homes and writes smart phone apps. Mindy, who was previously a stay-at-home mom, landed her current job as a writer for a real estate investing website through their blog. They both plan to continue working on the side in retirement.They also made smart investments, including buying the $176,000 fixer upper home that they estimate is now worth over $400,000. Another major investment vehicle for Carl and Mindy is the stock market. Although they don’t recommend picking individual stocks — which is much riskier than investing in low-cost index funds — they did have success buying shares of Facebook.”I don’t endorse it and it’s not my new methodology, but I bought 2,000 shares at Facebook at about $30 a share and now it’s like $120 a share,” Carl told Torabi. “I’m an index-fund guy now.”Whether you choose to invest in real estate or the stock market, or neither, the point is that focusing on increasing earnings is just as important as saving. Increasing income isn’t always as easy as cutting costs, but most people don’t work more than 40 hours a week, they said on Torabi’s podcast. They said you can drive for Uber or Lyft and rent out a spare room through Airbnb to increase your income.They changed their mindset about money.”I learned that you don’t need a lot of money,” Mindy told Torabi. “My quality of life has not changed since we became laser-focused on cutting out our expenses. I don’t need the cable TV. … I don’t need a super-expensive phone plan.””I don’t miss all this stuff because it didn’t really add to my life,” she said. Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Money Managementlast_img read more

More States Have Made Marijuana Legal So Why Are More People Getting

first_img More States Have Made Marijuana Legal, So Why Are More People Getting Arrested? Each week hear inspiring stories of business owners who have taken the cannabis challenge and are now navigating the exciting but unpredictable Green Rush. The latest crime statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigations show a strange trend has continued. The more states that legalize cannabis, the more people across the country get arrested for marijuana-related crimes.According to the FBI’s annual Crime in the United States report, released in September, there were 659,700 marijuana arrests in 2017. In 2016, that number was 653,249. Overall, marijuana arrests made up more than 40% of the 1.6 million drug-related arrests in 2017 across the country.So, why is that happening?Based on the FBI numbers, arrests for sales and manufacturing are actually down slightly from 2016. However, what’s gone up are arrests for possession. About 91% of all the arrests were on possession charges.Related: ‘Microdosing Moms’ and ‘Divorced Dads’ Emerge Among Cannabis ConsumersCounter to Public OpinionTo put the number of marijuana arrests in perspective, there were 518,617 arrests in 2017 for violent crime, far less than those arrested on marijuana-related charges.“Actions by law enforcement run counter to both public support and basic morality,” Justin Strekal, the political director for NORML, said in a statement. He pointed out that these arrests are going up “in a day and age where 20 percent of the population lives in states which have legalized and nearly every state has some legal protections for medical cannabis or its extract.”Race and economics also play a role in the reaction to drug arrests. Reports have shown that minorities and those in disadvantaged communities are far more likely to get arrested than those who are white and living in middle to upper class neighborhoods.For example, a recent report by the Southern Poverty Law Center found that black people are three times more likely to get arrested for pot possession in Louisiana.Related: 7 Interesting Things to Know About Canada’s Legalization of MarijuanaStrange TrendArrests for marijuana possession and marijuana sales had actually fallen for a decade until 2016. In both 2016 and 2017, arrests went up.This change comes at a time when nine states have legalized marijuana for recreational use and 30 have legalized medical marijuana. Two more states are considering legalizing adult-use marijuana on the November 2018 ballot (Michigan and North Dakota).Voters in Utah and Missouri are considering legalizing medical marijuana.However, the federal government still lists marijuana as a Schedule I illegal drug that has no medical benefit. Many states still completely prohibit the possession or use of marijuana.The region with the biggest percentage of drug arrests involving marijuana is the Midwest where more than 53 percent of all drug arrests in 2017 involved marijuana. In the Northeast, the number was 49.6 percent, while in the South it was 48.7 percent.The only region with significantly low marijuana arrests was the West, where many states have legalized both adult-use and medical marijuana. Only 15 percent of all drug-related arrests involved marijuana.Follow dispensaries.com on Instagram to stay up to date on the latest cannabis news. Guest Writer Next Article Add to Queue Image credit: Daniel Truta | EyeEm | Getty Images –shares Listen Now Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. dispensaries.com Legal Marijuana Hundreds of thousands of people, particularly those who are poor and nonwhite, are still arrested annually for simple possession of marijuana. Green Entrepreneur Podcast 3 min read October 18, 2018last_img read more

Down and out in Disneyland study finds most LA workers cant cover

first_imgOutside in America Homelessness In southern California, where soaring rents are worsening a severe homelessness crisis, this may not go very far, even with the help of food banks and shelters that Disneyland often supports. Report co-author Peter Dreier said he was surprised by “the magnitude of the suffering that people are going through”. Dreier, a professor of public policy at Occidental College, mentioned what he called “ironies” at Disney, like the fact that Disneyland requires its employees to smile yet 43% say they need but can’t afford dental care.The study, which follows protests over conditions at the resort, notes that in three consecutive years, Disney’s CEO, Robert Iger, earned more than 2,000 times the income of an average Disneyland worker. It also compared the low wages of employees with the resort’s enormous financial success. The study found that from 2007 to 2016, attendance grew 21%, ticket prices went up 59%, and revenue 98%. But since 2000, the average hourly wage for Disneyland Resort workers in real dollars dropped 15%, from $15.80 to $13.36.“The higher-ups are just so out of touch with what the cast members go through,” Taylor said. “They’re in a whole different world than we are.”Her own situation unraveled when her decade-old SUV broke down and she could not afford the $250 repair. She took a payday loan, which ultimately cost her $1,000, and fell behind on rent. By Christmas, she was sleeping in the car she just had fixed. “I don’t want to be a victim,” Taylor said. “I’ve had offers to move out of state, but I’m 59 years old. I’m established there, at Disney. That’s my job, that’s my career. It may not be much, but it’s something that I do very well, and I’m proud of what I do.” “For the last couple of weeks, I bought a packet of little individual cheese packets and crackers. And that’s what I’ll have for dinner when I get home.”Despite their hardships, three-quarters of the survey respondents say they are proud to work at Disneyland. Shevlin says she fell in love with Disney’s stories when she was a child in Oklahoma, and that moving to California and working at Disneyland was a dream come true. “They write great stories, they make money off those stories, but I don’t feel sometimes they walk the walk or talk the talk when it comes to me.”Disney’s largest unions are launching a ballot initiative for Anaheim that would require large hospitality business such as Disney, who are benefiting from the city’s subsidies, to pay their employees at least $15 an hour beginning in 2019, $18 an hour by 2022, and subsequently continue to adjust wages for inflation. Inequality Facebook Los Angeles Topics This article is more than 1 year old Pinterest Last modified on Mon 17 Sep 2018 08.02 EDT Veronica Chavez, a housekeeper at a Disneyland Resort hotel, and her three sons. Photograph: Courtesy of Veronica Chavez Social exclusion Share via Email Poverty New survey finds three-quarters of employees don’t earn enough for basic expenses, while one in 10 have experienced homelessnessCinderella is homeless, Ariel ‘can’t afford to live on land’: Disney under fire for paySign up to our monthly Outside in America newsletter Housing She’s not as sunny when she talks about her life outside of work.Earning $11.50 an hour, Taylor cannot afford anywhere to live in Orange County, where Disneyland is located, and is sleeping on friends’ couches. For a long time, Taylor thought she was the only person who struggled with homelessness and poverty on Disney wages, but a new study indicates otherwise.Almost three-quarters of the 5,000 respondents to the survey, which was commissioned by 11 union organizations, said they do not earn enough money to cover basic expenses every month. And more than one in 10 reported having experienced homelessness in the past two years.Those in need include a food worker who can only afford to eat one meal a day and a hotel cleaner who had to choose between Christmas gifts for her children and rent.The findings are contested by Suzi Brown, a Disney spokeswoman, who called the report “inaccurate and unscientific” and said it was “paid for by politically motivated labor unions and its results are deliberately distorted” because only a self-selecting portion of the 17,000 unionized employees participated. She said the full-time, hourly wage of Disney staffers was around $37,000 in 2017. At Disneyland California, some workers report skipping meals, or choosing between rent and Christmas gifts for their children.Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters Down and out in Disneyland: study finds most LA workers can’t cover basic needs Facebook Share on Facebook Paulina Velasco in Los Angeles Glynndana Shevlin, a food and beverage concierge, at work. Photograph: Courtesy of Glynndana Shevlin The Silicon Valley paradox: one in four people are at risk of hunger Her full-time, hourly wages have gone up only $1.60, to $15.70 since 2008, and she struggles to pay for healthcare and cholesterol medication, a storage unit, the phone bill, and car insurance. She doesn’t have enough money to pay rent for March. Walt Disney Companycenter_img Share on Twitter Pinterest Walt Disney Company Reuse this content Billie Taylor is in her fifth year working at Disneyland in California as a front-of-house employee at a restaurant called the Smokejumpers Grill. Warm and vivacious, she says she loves interacting with guests from around the world. “This is one of the best things that happened to me,” she said. “I was born to do this.” Twitter Read more Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Shares511511 Supported by This article is more than 1 year old news Share on Twitter Billie Taylor in her role at the Smokejumpers Grill. Photograph: Courtesy of Billie Taylor Employees who are parents are the worst-affected by low wages, according to the study, with 80% reporting they cannot make ends meet at the end of the month.Veronica Chavez is a 35-year-old single mother of three young boys. She’s worked for seven years as a housekeeper at a Disneyland Resort hotel. On $13.11 an hour and a full-time schedule, she spends most of her paycheck on rent, and could not afford gifts for her children for Christmas. Her youngest son’s birthday was days before the holiday.“You try to give them everything,” Chavez said, “but you can’t even give them a birthday party.”Do you have an experience of homelessness to share with the Guardian? Get in touch Sign up to Chronicling Homelessness, our monthly Outside in America newsletter The report suggested that two-thirds of Disneyland Resort workers are food insecure, meaning they lack a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. They include Glynndana Shevlin, a food and beverage concierge at one of the resort hotels, meaning she serves wine and appetizers to suite guests. She has worked for Disney for 30 years.“Food-wise I try to spend under $60 a week, but that only gives me about one meal a day,” she said. She can’t touch the fancy appetizers she takes up to the suites – mushroom ratatouille, teriyaki beef kabobs – and she can’t afford the employee cafeteria. 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Steve Bell on Trump and Kim Jonguns second summit – cartoon

first_img 4 Share on Twitter Steve Bell on Trump and Kim Jong-un’s second summit – cartoon,Illustration: Steve Bell Share The_Watcher_Watches Report Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Facebook 28 Feb 2019 3:32 Show 9 more replies Share Donald Trump Report Kim Jong-un Report 52 53 Report 28 Feb 2019 3:29 Reason (optional) View more comments | Unpick Share on Twitter Facebook Share on Facebook oldest 7 8 Show 25 Share | Pick 100 All Twitter GrumpusMelanchtonicu Reply Share 3 Share on Facebook 28 Feb 2019 3:28 28 Feb 2019 3:53 … 28 Feb 2019 3:46 Loading comments… Trouble loading? Facebook 28 Feb 2019 3:18 Thanks Facebook Still nearly two years to go.. It’s possible that it could be the longest two years in history. Goodness knows what he’ll do with a real crisis on the world stage… 2 28 Feb 2019 4:37 28 Feb 2019 3:34 Report Share on Facebook Facebook 4 32 33 Share on Twitter | Pick 28 Feb 2019 4:15 next Facebook good2go 6 7 Share Facebook | Pick Shares131131 0 1 28 Feb 2019 3:41 No….this was just a wee birdie. The noise coming from Mr. Cohen is not so melodic!More akin to yet more cow floppy hitting the fan in the life of the current Prez. Facebook When is he going to be impeached? Reply My button is bigger than yours !! 1 2 1 2 Reply Report marshwren Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Gelion Twitter Report He might ask Kim for political refugee status for him and his family. Twitter 3 Report Share 28 Feb 2019 3:26 sejong Share Tony Stopyra Share on Facebook Share on Facebook next | Pick GrumpusMelanchtonicu Waterllili Share 11 12 Reply Facebook A distinction all previous and sane US Presidents refused to grant to him and his predecessors. Trump is only there to boost his ego and excite his rabid base back home. 211 212 5nufk1n4prez Gelion zelablue what does Kim want in order to ditch NK’s nuclear capability. my guess is Kim (or rather China) wants the US out of the region altogether. & Japan ain’t gonna want that… Twitter “America voted this man in.” No. America voted for Clinton by 3m more votes. Trump was put into office by the corrupt Electoral College. Reply Share SterlingPound Facebook Reply 28 Feb 2019 3:56 Share on Twitter FlamParadiddle 30 31 Twitter Washington? Report The US is adjusting and realised what they did by electing Trump.He will try to stay in power if just to save his own life but will fail.most people who voted for him will not next time round. But, as for this side of the pond, people would still vote the demagogues in In fact, I reckon his election cleared the way for more social politicians on the democrats side to be elected. Not done yet, but odds on. Share ghotiface Share on Facebook Share on Twitter kristinezkochanski 0 1 q321gg8cla Share on Twitter Twitter | Pick 28 Feb 2019 4:02 Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Threads collapsed eileanmor Share on Facebook 1 2 28 Feb 2019 3:26 Facebook Reply Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other | Pick Share on Twitter Share Guardian Pick Facebook Has the Orange Lunatic actually read the United Nations’ report on the North Korean regime? His warm words sit pretty uneasily next to “extermination, murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortions and other sexual violence, persecution on political, religious, racial and gender grounds, the forcible transfer of populations, the enforced disappearance of persons and the inhumane act of knowingly causing prolonged starvation”.But hey, we love this little roly-poly guy! he has weird hair, but he’s a great leader. I wish Americans would love me the way his people love him!Just occasionally, Trump makes me want to vomit. Like every time I see him. Reply Report Twitter No – if you look at the original Pitt the Younger & Bonaparte are sitting at a table carving the world up. These two are sitting on the table & Trump is about to roll the poor globe over the edge. A very effective update. Reply 0 1 SterlingPound Report Share on Facebook itz4kixAKA Reply Reply Is that a downgrade? We were America’s poodle, now we’re just the poodle’s gas. Share on Facebook Share Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Report 29 30 Trump’s head is turned by his new love while his arse deals with pressing world issues. ID1892516 Report Shouldn’t that be : – ”Steve Bell on Trump and Kim Jong-un’s second moob fest.” Share on Twitter itz4kixAKA Share on Twitter Twitter 28 Feb 2019 13:11 Facebook Report Share Twitter Share on Facebook Rudy Giuliani? SterlingPound Show 3 more replies 28 Feb 2019 3:32 the donald must be wishing ri chun-hee was currently the cnn news anchor reporting his glorious & beautiful ‘achievements’ in hanoi rather than the usual ‘fake news’ back home during this difficult time. x Share Report 23 24 Share on Facebook Reply Share on Twitter Twitter Facebook Reply Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 28 Feb 2019 3:23 Share TroyChapelII 6 7 Facebook Share on Facebook 20 21 Share getuzachoppa 5nufk1n4prez 10 11 | Pick Email (optional) Reply | Pick No. Just Great Britain. Close report comment form 1 2 Share on Facebook Facebook Twitter Show 8 more replies Facebook Reply Share on Twitter 0 1 Twitter quaysideB 13 14 26 27 Reply FBPEFBPE This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. comments (631)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. Reply Twitter Report | Pick Share on Facebook Reply Twitter Reply Not sure there is one (that’s more a Rowson thing), but seeing shapes in clouds is a bit like a rorschach test… Report 6 7 eileanmor Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Report Facebook Share on Facebook Facebook 0 1 Share on Twitter ID1892516 5 6 North Korea,View all comments > Share on Twitter Share Share good2go Facebook Share on Facebook | Pick It’s hilarious but scary so you’ve got the mark again. Truth is stranger than the satire. Weird upside down world we live in. Reply I’d trust Kim over Trump any day. Facebook Twitter The scary bit is that his supporters won’t be fazed to be told he’s a conman, racist and criminal. That’s why they voted for him. Either they are that way inclined themselves or they rather admire Godfather figures as they get things done, by whatever means and over however many bodies that takes. They’re all great human beings who proudly love their country and their Lord. A shame they’re destroying one and by so doing I don’t think the Lord will be impressed either. sgtdixie Share Share Report Report Share on Facebook 1 Trump is actually managing to make Kim look like a Stateman! Facebook 28 Feb 2019 3:23 Twitter As this cartoon cleverly illustrates, the economic help offered to Kim Jong-un if he disarms, will go up in a cloud of fart if Michael Cohen keeps testifying. Mr Trump will be leaving the white House before Theresa May gets her Brexit deal approved by Parliament, or Chris Grayling’s hired ferry makes it to Dover with a pack of aspirins. Share ID1892516 Share Share on Facebook 28 Feb 2019 3:48 Sorry to be pedantic, but he only dodged the draft once. The other times were deferments as a student. I believe Bill Clinton used the same excuse. sgtdixie Share 211 212 Share on Facebook 28 Feb 2019 3:20 Report Reply Share | Pick Facebook Facebook Share Show 5 more replies Reply 28 Feb 2019 3:24 Facebook Waterllili Reply | Pick If you read the US press, even the anti Trump press, Cohen has been caught lying in his testimony. The trouble is his lies devalue his entire testimony so even the true stuff loses its value. | Pick Aw, I’m going to vomit, Mr Bell. Also, HAH! Also, also, this is the only Gillray Plum Pudding I could find, does anyone have a reference or am I barking up the wrong tree? WOOF! 5 6 28 Feb 2019 3:24 3 4 eileanmor 40 41 Report Hi Eilean, glad you are bearing up with the help of beautiful nature (I’ve been out on my garden doing what I can and talking to a robin) but the news these days does tend to drive one between a frenzy of cheerful hope and weepy despair so I agree and sympathise. bigbobcolorado … Share on Twitter Reply Facebook 28 Feb 2019 3:45 eileanmor 28 Feb 2019 3:42 hermionegingold Facebook Share on Facebook | Pick Report 28 Feb 2019 5:27 | Pick Donald’s really let himself go. Sad. Order by oldest Report 28 Feb 2019 3:41 28 Feb 2019 3:53 Share on Twitter Facebook | Pick Report Share on Twitter Facebook Grotesquely brilliant. Share on Twitter | Pick America voted this man in. They have to accept the consequences of his behaviour. Of course, backed up by power at any cost Republicans! Share on Facebook A confused mess of a shit show with a rebirth of McCarthyism for added flavour. Share Twitter I know and I’m sorry but we can’t trust the pm especially since she threw herself at him two years ago, possibly a harbinger for the speshull relationship to come after brexshit. One I hope never happens because if it does, he’s going to squeeze us dry. 28 Feb 2019 3:35 28 Feb 2019 3:48 28 Feb 2019 Report Fat Man & Little Boy…names of those two nuclear bombs. | Pick | Pick | Pick Share on Facebook 22 23 greendreamer Twitter Share Report ClubberLang | Pick Twitter 28 Feb 2019 16:12 Report 28 Feb 2019 3:25 Share Share UnrepentantPunk Twitter FlamParadiddle Twitter Reply Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Gelion Get the nukes out and it really will. Reply Share on Facebook PaulJB Facebook Facebook Twitter 28 Feb 2019 4:12 | Pick Report Report eileanmor Share on Facebook hermionegingold Share Reply Share on Twitter | Pick 28 Feb 2019 3:21 Share on Twitter Share Reply Share on Facebook Twitter | Pick Twitter Share on Facebook 30 31 Twitter | Pick Twitter Reply Share on Twitter Reply | Pick 28 Feb 2019 15:31 Share on Facebook Share on Facebook 2 Mar 2019 1:04 Twitter | Pick Reply Share quaysideB ClubberLang Perfect! Share on Twitter After today (and I’m sure further revelations to come) you have to think he and his flock are living on borrowed time, while prison time seems a distinct possibility. Twitter Report Report 28 Feb 2019 3:43 28 Feb 2019 3:42 Share on Twitter Reply Reply 28 Feb 2019 3:33 Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Facebook | Pick ZzDuskyzZ Show 6 more replies itz4kixAKA timbartlett 4 5 28 Feb 2019 3:24 Report Share 34 35 | Pick | Pick Twitter 28 Feb 2019 3:39 collapsed FlamParadiddle recommendations SterlingPound 2 3 Comments 631 Facebook SlowRoastedBantz Deptfordwife kingcreosote Twitter Twitter | Pick Share on Twitter Has the Orange Lunatic actually read the United Nations’ report on the North Korean regime? His warm words sit pretty uneasily next to “extermination, murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortions and other sexual violence, persecution on political, religious, racial and gender grounds, the forcible transfer of populations, the enforced disappearance of persons and the inhumane act of knowingly causing prolonged starvation”.B… itz4kixAKA Share on Twitter Twitter UnrepentantPunk Twitter timbartlett Share Share on Twitter 50 beadmaker 4 5 Show 11 more replies Facebook sejong Share on Twitter Report | Pick Report Share Share 28 Feb 2019 3:36 Share 28 Feb 2019 11:19 Share | Pick timbartlett Waterllili Report Is the Orange one’s fart in the shape of the UK? | Pick Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Reply newest Twitter Show 35 more replies Report Report Report Twitter 9 10 expanded StephenChips Reply Share on Facebook 14 15 56 57 Twitter Twitter SOUTHERNBIAS Twitter Reply Twitter Share on Twitter The emetic president? SlowRoastedBantz Facebook zelablue | Pick Share on Twitter Twitter Reply Guardian Pick 2 3 Guardian Opinion cartoon Steve Bell Oh for a moment there i imagined your Song Thrush reference was to Michael Cohen’s testimony to Congress…i’ve rarely heard sweeter sounds than that… Now that you said it, I can’t unsee it. Is that thatcher’s head on top? And the Russians | Pick Share via Email Report 28 Feb 2019 3:49 Twitter | Pick No. It wouldn’t be serendipitous if “it takes one to know one” has anything to do with it. 28 Feb 2019 3:27 28 Feb 2019 3:49 Twitter Facebook No accident, I’m sure, that the parts of the globe that Steve has left visible include very prominently India, Pakistan, Iran and Saudi Arabia. Got to love Potty-Head’s golf-club-shaped nappy- (I suppose I should say diaper-)pins, too! Share on Twitter Reply Twitter Share on Twitter Facebook Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Twitter Share Yes. Looking at it, he is besieged on all sides now & may well be impeached AND go to prison one his presidency ends in 2020 for many years. | Pick | Pick | Pick Facebook Facebook Facebook 61 62 | Pick Topics Floppyears itz4kixAKA Share 3 4 Strummered Share on Twitter Share Share on Facebook Twitter mikedow Share mikedow Share on Facebook 0 1 Just as Kim planned. Twitter Report Facebook Reply Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share It won’t be popular on here but I have wondered if in a “Takes one to know one” way Trump’s “bull in a china shop” tenure might have some serendipitous outcomes? Reply Reply 28 Feb 2019 3:36 Report 28 Feb 2019 3:34 https://www.bl.uk/collection-items/the-plumb-pudding-in-danger—or—state-epicures-taking-un-petit-souper-by-gillray Reply Reply Share on Facebook Twitter Report Share It’s denuclearisation of the *peninsular*. Trump hasn’t worked that one out yet… | Pick Share on Facebook Reply Twitter Report Share on Facebook HuBrisJohnson Share SterlingPound Steve Bell on Trump and Kim Jong-un’s second summit – cartoon Share on Twitter Reply | Pick Share Report Reply 13 14 Reply Reply i was gonna post something ‘original’ like how: Trump is an orange twat & i don’t like him… but someone beat me to it;-) Share on Facebook Waterllili | Pick Share on Twitter 28 Feb 2019 3:29 Report Share on Facebook NotSoLittleMouse 1 Mar 2019 3:44 28 Feb 2019 3:40 The irony is He spent his life dodging Vietnam and when he finally gets there he gets crushed at home. Seth Myers 28 Feb 2019 3:30 Share Share on Facebook Facebook Facebook Donald Trump 7 8 Share on Twitter We should perhaps learn something from American, I very much hope one day Mrs May and her Brexit allies are call to testify in a public hearing all the controversial and perhaps illegal issues done during the negotiations with medicines and more. Joe Dert hermionegingold Reply Twitter Share on Facebook This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. NotSoLittleMouse Twitter | Pick beadmaker 28 Feb 2019 3:38 Report 2 Mar 2019 0:56 Share 28 Feb 2019 3:22 Half an eye on the Commons, where another amendment to the Brexit negotiations is about to be defeated. I think they are all saying ‘ Rhubarb, Rhubarb, Rhubarb ‘…awful racket. More shabby revelations on the Trumpster’s apparent character and nature today. And pictures of him glad handing his newest best buddy, the Kimster. Steve Bell has the right of it. Spot on. Spent 10 minutes listening to a Song Thrush pouring his heart out from the top of an Oak tree,against the background of a golden sunset sky this evening. Sheer beauty. I felt quite weepy! Then I put the news on…..And felt EXTREMELY weepy. Oh well. San Fairy Ann, as Auntie Nellie used to say. | Pick | Pick marshwren O, that this too too solid flesh would melt… Facebook Twitter | Pick 2 Guardian Opinion cartoon Report | Pick 13 14 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share Don’t hold your breath… 26 27 Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment | Pick Strummered | Pick Share on Twitter 28 Feb 2019 3:32 Twitter Show 7 more replies Share on Twitter Reply Share 21 22 Twitter Facebook Genuinely angry about what’s happening in British politics at the moment… and It’s Trump. I can’t be arsed with America. Night. x Probably for the best. Twitter Share on Twitter 28 Feb 2019 3:24 4 5 FlamParadiddle I can’t be arsed with America. San Fairy Ann Share on Twitter Report Share ClubberLang Facebook Show 2 more replies 3 4 Twitter 28 Feb 2019 3:21 28 Feb 2019 3:31 UnrepentantPunk ClubberLang 28 Feb 2019 3:46 Share bookworm48 | Pick Reply Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Reply 6 7 Reply My mum used to say that too and I’ve always wondered whether it was the anglicised version of ‘ca ne fait rien’ or ‘sans fair rien’ (or perhaps nothing to do with the French at all). Perhaps you (or Auntie Nelly) could enlighten me Facebook Report Share on Facebook globalgypsy Share on Facebook hmm… what does Kim want in order to ditch NK’s nuclear capability. my guess is Kim (or rather China) wants the US out of the region altogether. & Japan ain’t gonna want that… the question is: will Trump do such a thing in order to deflect from his increasing troubles at home? 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Share on Twitter Report Share Floppyears Share 49 50 Share on Facebook | Pick Share Share on Twitter BritinNormandy Twitter Facebook Report Twitter Reply Who is the face on the fart? Can’t quite make it out … Reply Is that the lady in pink? I’m her number one fan. Especially when she does the ‘Vengeance Shall Be Ours’ bit. Report Facebook Reply Share Reply Share on Facebook Report Astute post. Thanks. Facebook Twitter Share on Facebook Facebook Jump to comment ghotiface Reply Report 1 2last_img read more

Duracell Powerpack

first_imgBrian Norton, Manager of Clinical Assistive Technology at Easter Seals Crossroads shows you how to use a Duracell Powerpack to power Assistive Technology devices if there is not a power source.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedMonday Tech Tip: Duracell Powerpack and Assistive TechnologyDecember 16, 2013In “Videos”Missouri Assistive Technology ConferenceFebruary 26, 2010In “Conferences and Events”Glow In The Dark GripperOctober 22, 2013In “Products and Devices”last_img read more

Top 10 Tips for Buying Toys for Kids with Special Needs and

first_img5.Current Popularity –Is it a toy that will help the child with special needs feel like “any other kid”? Does it tie in with other activities, like books and art sets that promote other forms of play? An example of a toy that meets these criteria is the Kurio 7s Android Family Tablet. This wi-fi enabled tablet has an HD video player, music player, e-book reader, camera and more. It has over 60 education games and apps preloaded and parental controls. This toy is great for kids who want to have a tablet but need more parental control. Lekotek partnered with Toys R Us to make this guide and prepared theirTop Ten Tips for Buying Toys 1.Multi-Sensory Appeal– Does the toy respond with lights, sounds or movement to engage the child? Are there contrasting colors? Does it have a scent? Is there texture? An example of a toy that meets these criteria would be the Orbeez Luxury Spa. This is pedicure spa that has warm and vibrating Orbeez balls with LED lights to massage a child’s feet. This toy will stimulate kids with the lights and the texture of the massage balls. 8.Child’s Individual Abilities– Does the toy provide activities that reflect both developmental and chronological ages? Does it reflect the child’s interests? An example of a toy that meets these criteria is the Leap Frog Kindergarten Learning Kit, which provides essential activities to prepare a child for kindergarten such as beginning math and reading skills. The creative activities reinforce early education objectives and offers a fun learning experience. 3.Places the Toy Will Be Used- Will the toy be easy to store? Is there space in the home? Can the toy be used in a variety of positions such as side-lying or on a wheelchair tray? An example of a toy that meets these criteria is the Design and Drill Activity Center, which allows kids to create their own designs on activity cards using power drill and screwdrivers. This toy encourages hand-eye coordination and pattern recognition. Toys R Us publishes a wonderful toy guide, Toys R Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids, that helps parents pick out gifts for kids with special needs. Their goal is to help people find the right gift based on a child’s ability and identify toys that will stimulate them and promote development. The guide lists the toys with a symbol next to them that identifies the skill-building categories. These categories are: auditory, creativity, fine motor, gross motor, language, self-esteem, social skills, tactile, thinking, and visual. These toys have at least two or more symbols that help people identify toys that will build or reinforce a particular skill. There is also a helpful toy finder index that is divided into the above skill-building categories, with a list of all the toys that are recommended for that skill. This is their 20th year providing this toy guide.This resource guide was put together to help people determine toys based on a child’s individual needs and these toy recommendations were selected by the National Lekotek Center. The National Lekotek Center is a not-for-profit organization that offers many services to kids with special needs using toys and play to learn, develop and interact with others. As part of their services they offer AblePlay Product Evaluation and Rating System to evaluate toys and provide product information about the products ability to help kids with special needs. They research toys with the goal of making play accessible for children of any ability. They identify toys that assist in development in kids that have physical, cognitive or developmental disabilities. 10.Potential for Interaction– Will the child be an active participant during use? Will the toy encourage social engagement with others? An example of a toy that meets these criteria is the Hedbanz Act Up! Game. This is a game where players wear a headband and place cards with words on it. The other player then acts out the clue to get you to guess your card. This is a great game to get kids to interact with others. The game is for 2-6 players. 6.Self-Expression-Does the toy allow for creativity, uniqueness and making choices? Will it give the child experience with a variety of media? An example of a toy that meets these criteria is the Melissa & Doug Musical Instrument Set. This set includes a tambourine, cymbals, maracas, kazoo, tone block and stick and a triangle. This toy is great for letting kids express their individuality through music. 9.Safety and Durability– Does the toy fit with the child’s size and strength? Does it have moisture resistance? Is the toy and it’s parts sized appropriately? Can it be washed and cleaned? An example of a toy that meets these criteria is the Oball. The Oball is a 4 inch bendable ball. This ball has a smooth design with large finger holes that make it safe and easy to catch. 7.Adjustability– Does the toy have adjustable height, sound volume, speed and level of difficulty? An example of a toy that meets these criteria is the Fisher-Price Grow 2 Pro Junior Basketball Set. This basketball goal grows with your child. It has a large basket, which makes it easy for them to score a goal and then you can eventually adjust the height and rim to be smaller to provide additional challenges as they grow. 2.Method of Activation- Will the toy provide a challenge without frustration? What is the force required to activate? What are the number and complexity of steps required to activate? An example of a toy that meets these criteria would be Hot Dots Jr. This toy has lesson cards that have early learning skills such as colors, patterns, numbers and more. It is a self-checking electronic quiz that has a hot dots power pen. A child touches the pen to the dot to answer and it responds instantly with four positive rewards sound and will give a “boing” for an incorrect answer. This toy helps kids get ready for school. 4.Opportunities for Success– Can play be open-ended with no definite right or wrong way? Is it adaptable to the child’s individual style, ability and pace? An example of a toy that meets these criteria is the Imaginarium Connect and Create Tub. This tub has 70 colorful building pieces with rotating parts that kids can stack and link to create things. This toy is great for creative play. Toys R Us Toy Guide is a great resource for anyone buying gifts for a child with special needs. This guide will help you find toys that will encourage kids to grow, achieve and interact with others. This booklet is also available online at: www.ToysRUs.com/DifferentlyAbled.The INDATA Project hosts 5 FREE full day trainings per year and this past year we were fortunate to have Lekotek provide a training on Making Play Accessible. Those trainings are archived and you can click here to view that full day training.  Click here if you are interested in joining our mailing list where we send out invitations to our FREE full day trainings.  They were also part of our Annual Holiday Shopping Episode where we discuss all kinds of great assistive technology gift ideas. Click here to listen to that podcast and be sure to catch part 2 on Friday December 5, 2014.Finding the right gift for a loved one is a great feeling. We hope this guide or our holiday podcasts help you find that perfect gift for those on your list.Happy Holidays.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedAM162 – Toys’R’Us Toy GuideDecember 18, 2015In “Accessibility Minute”Differently-Abled Toy Guide from Toys R UsDecember 23, 2009In “Products and Devices”ATU181 – Lekotek’s Toys and Games for kids with disabilities, Microsoft’s 3D soundscape, Virtual Conference for People with DyslexiaNovember 14, 2014In “Assistive Technology Update”last_img read more

Nearby Explorer App

first_imgYesterday I discussed a handful of apps that are fully accessible using VoiceOver.  One I didn’t discuss is Nearby Explorer, which is a GPS app for people who are blind.Nearby Explorer is yet another app from the American Printing House for the Blind (APH).  (If you’re unfamiliar with APH, it is a nonprofit that offers thousands of products and services for individuals of all ages with visual impairments.)This app was first available on the market back in 2013 for Android phones.  It is now available for iOS devices.  Instead of simply providing directions, it describes the environment in ways comparable to reading signs or observing road characteristics.It uses the phone’s GPS and compass to provide real-time information about the user’s surroundings.  It also displays maps on the screen that provide audio feedback with touch. Results are enhanced with “onboard data with Google Places business listings and Foursquare (iOS only).”Because the app uses a GPS receiver to read signals sent from an array of satellites, some of the following may impact accuracy:Low cloud coverLarge buildings or physical landmarks that prevent a clear view of the skyInside buildings or underground where there’s no clear view of skyUnusual atmospheric conditions, such as solar flares or magnetic stormsFeatures of Nearby Explorer:Provides surrounding and approaching streets, businesses, institutions, and public facilitiesContinually updates distance and directional information to nearest or selected destinationUsers are able to control the amount of detail they desireThe app provides a sense of the surrounding streets and their relationship to the user’s current locationIt allows users to monitor or aid a driver with navigational informationIt allows users to virtually explore the mapRequires the following:iPhone, iPad, or iPod running iOS 9.0 or laterGPS receiver either on the device or via BluetoothAt least 4.2 GB of free space on which to store complete North America downloaded maps May consume a lot of the battery; click here to learn more about battery consumptionClick here to learn more about the Nearby Explorer app!Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedLazarillo GPS on Google PlayDecember 19, 2017In “Apps”BlindSquare: Using Assistive Tech to Get AroundFebruary 27, 2014In “Tech Tips”The Future of BrailleMarch 22, 2017In “Apps”last_img read more

How Sleep and Fitness Trackers Work and Whether Theyre Worth It

first_img Little Jenny From ‘Forrest Gump’ Is 34 Now and Gorgeous Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Tagged In extremetech explainshealthfuture healthsleepquantified selfdigital healthecgekgfitnesselectrocardiogramfitness trackersBeddrSleepTrackersleep trackingFitness trackingHuawei Band 3 ProFitBit VersaZeTime Post a Comment 10 Comments Popular Memes That Completely Destroyed Innocent Lives If you’ve read articles about fitness trackers, they were probably written by compulsive workout junkies who compare them for how well they can track those zillion mile bike rides or marathon training runs. Well, I’m not one of them. But the tech in sleep and fitness trackers is pretty amazing and well worth writing about. And yes, they can also provide health benefits for the rest of us who get exercise as time permits.Trackers, as with much of the digital health movement, have come a long way in the last few years. From the simple and not-very-accurate step counters of a few years ago, they have evolved into devices that can monitor your heart rate, sleep, and other vital signs. However, they’re far from perfect, so they can also provide an undeserved impression of accuracy.How Step-and-Stair Tracking WorksThe simplest form of counting steps is to use the data from the device’s accelerometer and Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) to detect rhythmic motions that are consistent with the back-and-forth movement that typically goes along with walking or running. By using the data from both sensors, the device tries to filter out false positives.Once the device has a step count, then it multiplies that by an estimate of your stride to calculate how far you’ve walked or run. Worst case it uses a generic guess at your stride, but typically you’re able to enter your height to give it a more accurate starting point, or even enter your stride length directly. Some devices go a bit further and will calibrate your stride by comparing GPS results with its estimates. Because consumer GPS has limited accuracy, this process usually requires several minutes of traveling at a consistent speed. Some also calculate separate stride lengths for walking and running. Until recently, that meant remembering to tell the tracker when you started a hike or run. But many newer devices do a good job of auto-detecting when you start some type of exercise and classifying it appropriately.From having owned various fitness trackers over the years, it’s clear that counting steps and stairs is as much of an art as a science at this point. Even when using several current state-of-the-art trackers at the same time, their step counts can differ by as much as 15 percent. Typical wrist trackers and watches don’t have the processing power to run a lot of sophisticated AI-based analytics to help clean up the data, either.Devices with altimeters often also let you count how many flights of stairs (or equivalent) you’ve climbed. Here, too, sensor fusion is required, so that altitude gained while driving or flying doesn’t get credited to your fitness (a shame for tech journalists who spend a lot of time on airplanes).Tracking climbing can be even more of a crapshoot. For example, my Fitbit Versa regularly reports dozens of floors climbed while I’m playing tennis — even though each floor is supposed to represent 10 feet of altitude gained while walking or running. In contrast, my Huawei Band 3 Pro isn’t fooled. However, the Versa does a better job keeping up with my running up and down stairs during the day.Fitness Tracking: Another Field Turned on Its Head by AIAs with so many areas of technology, digital health has been vastly improved through the use of AI. For example, instead of writing long sequences of complicated code based on physical models to count steps, modern trackers rely on neural networks that use machine learning to determine strides. Similarly, instead of relying on human analysis of sleep data for each patient, trackers have systems that are trained on huge amounts of human-labeled sample data. As a result, they can categorize the sensor information from users into not just sleeping or awake, but even the specific type of sleep.How Heart Rate Monitoring WorksIf you’ve ever had a heart issue, you may have been hooked up to a machine with a variety of electrodes to monitor your heart (an ECG or EKG). Those electrodes measure the small electrical currents emitted by the “pacemaker cells” in your heart. The best consumer-grade heart monitors use a simplified version of the same technique. A chest strap with electrodes on the inside is used. With that approach, it is possible to get both a very accurate measurement of heart rate, and also calculate Heart Rate Variability (HRV), an increasingly popular metric of fitness.As you can imagine, that’s something of a hassle, so most trackers rely on a less accurate but lower-hassle optical system. Optical heart rate monitors use a process called photoplethysmography (PPG) to calculate your heart rate by shining light into your skin and measuring the reflectance. The light is emitted from LEDs (usually at least two) on the inside of the tracking device. Multiple LEDs at different frequencies help provide better results across the wide range of possible skin colors and thickness.Unfortunately, the readings from an optical tracker placed on your wrist, or in a ring, are susceptible to fluctuations as you move. In particular, if you are running or jogging at a similar pace to your heart rate, then it is possible for a tracker to pick up on that cadence and think it is your heartbeat. This is often referred to as the “crossover problem.” Since only about .1 percent of the light reflected from your skin is related to the heart rate signal, there are plenty of opportunities for error to creep in.To help with this, many trackers also incorporate an accelerometer to help them disregard incorrect data. The amount of light reflected also varies with ambient light level, as unless you are in a dark room or have your hand and wrist completely covered, some pollution of the light from the LEDs will occur. Higher-end devices include ambient light monitoring to minimize this problem.Because of these issues, the most accurate of the optical heart rate devices appear to be armbands and clips that go on your finger. Of course, neither is quite as easy to use as a wrist-based tracker or even a ring, so a lot of work has gone into making more accurate heart rate tracking for popular devices that can be worn all day (and night). Manufacturers of brand-name models from Garmin, Fitbit, and others claim accuracy within 5 percent of a medical-grade device for their wrist-worn trackers. That’s pretty reasonable if you just want a general measure of your health, and an estimate of how much “cardio” time you’re getting from exercise each day, but certainly not good enough for training elite athletes.As an experiment, I outfitted myself with five different heart-rate-capable tracking devices. For starters, we have a Sleeptracker from FullPower under our mattress (which uses pressure and vibration to measure heart rate while asleep). Then I tried a ZeTime watch, a Fitbit Versa, a Huawei Band 3 Pro, and an inexpensive fingertip pulse-oximeter. While the data from the ZeTime nearly gave me a coronary (it showed some massive spikes while sleeping that certainly didn’t look healthy), the other four trackers were generally consistent in pattern, and fairly close in actual values. I’m sure some of the differences were caused by having to wear several at once, so none of them were really in an ideal location. None of these devices are accurate enough to calculate HRV, though. Leading HRV app maker EliteHRV only fully supports chest strap devices for that purpose.Using an ECG to Detect A-fibWhile the Apple Watch 4 isn’t the first wearable to be able to provide users with an electrocardiogram (ECG), it is by far the most popular. Specifically, on demand, the latest Apple Watch can provide an ECG trace and detect whether the user may be suffering from an irregular heartbeat — in this case atrial fibrillation or a-fib. It does that by measuring the electric pulses sent out by the heart as they reach the watch. To get a reading, the user lays their finger alongside the watch for 30 seconds to close the circuit. By itself, diagnosing an irregular heartbeat may not mean much, but it is enough reason to consider further evaluation by a medical professional. Apple helps the process along by providing a PDF of the ECG that the user can forward to their physician.To validate the effectiveness of this capability, Apple has funded an extensive study showing that wearers of its Watch 4 using this feature receive similar benefits to those wearing a medical device in a more typical week-long evaluation. There are clearly benefits to early detection of symptoms of possible heart disease. However, the medical community is divided over the value of diagnosing a-fib in otherwise healthy people with no specific propensity for heart disease. In any case, this capability is certainly a taste of what are likely to be further developments in tracking heart health through popular wearables.Sleep Tracking Compared With Sleep StudiesIf you have a sleep disorder or have ever suspected that you have an issue with sleep apnea, you were probably referred to a clinic that could load you up with electrodes and charge you a ton to let you know how, and how well, you sleep. But if you simply wanted an idea of how well you’re sleeping, and what you might be able to do to improve it, wearing a dozen electrodes every night certainly isn’t practical. Enter sleep trackers. Using one or more sensors, they rely on science and machine learning to estimate when you are sleeping, what phase of sleep you’re in, and suggest various health tips and tidbits.My experience with five different trackers that report on sleep indicates that consumer products can do a reasonable job of creating a rough outline of your sleep and waking states, and perhaps of roughly the total time spent in each of the labeled sleep states. These are commonly called Light, Deep, and REM, although a sleep researcher I spoke with said that medically REM is important enough that they start by classifying sleep into REM and non-REM. In any case, no two of the trackers matched on a consistent basis.Sleeptracker’s AI-powered cloud and proprietary sensor results in the sleep data I feel most confident about.The sleep tracker I’ve been using the longest is the Sleeptracker. The sensor pod goes under your mattress so it is totally hassle-free. Fullpower has also done an excellent job of building health statistics based on your demographic profile compared with its community of users. That lets them provide some interesting and potentially useful coaching tips. Placement of the sensor also helps them measure breathing rate — something the typical fitness trackers I’ve used couldn’t estimate. From speaking with Fullpower, the company credits its in-house design sensors that detect motion from under your mattress coupled with an AI model based on 250 million nights of sleep with giving the device 90%+ accuracy and putting it ahead of the competition. I also asked about the large variety of mattresses and learned that the device auto-calibrates, again based on the company’s cloud-based AI models. By using dual sensors, Sleeptracker can also monitor two sleepers in the same bed, which is pretty impressive.Fitbit Versa sleep data from the same night. The overall pattern and total time are similar, but the specific stages varied by quite a bit.Most other sleep trackers in use are simply fitness trackers that can do continuous heart-rate monitoring. They analyze data including how much you are moving and your heart rate to estimate whether you are asleep or awake, and which stage of sleep you’re in. Currently, none of the standard fitness trackers are certified as medical grade devices or for use in diagnosing sleep apnea. However, startup Beddr has a device you can attach to your forehead that also includes a pulse-oximeter and can be used to detect apnea events. Fitbit markets that its Charge 3 and Versa have SpO2 (pulse-ox) sensors, but they don’t actually do anything currently.Huawei’s sleep data from the same night (worn next to the Versa) shows a lot more time in deep sleep than any of the other trackers, which is consistent with its 20-60 percent reference data, which also seems high compared with the benchmarks used by the other companies. Caveat: Wearing two trackers on the same wrist or even one on each wrist (I tried it both ways) is certainly not a perfect way to compare them.The Quantified Self Is on the WayWhile consumer fitness and sleep trackers clearly have a long way to go before they are on a par with medical-grade procedures, progress has been and is likely to continue to be rapid. Sensors are getting smaller, less expensive, and more accurate at the same time that increased processing power and improved analysis tools are becoming available. What took a large watch a couple of years ago can now be done with a ring. As a next step, look for increased integration of personal tracking devices with the professional health care system. It is already starting to happen on a limited basis but is likely to become commonplace.[Image Credit: PPG]Now read from PCMag:The Best Fitness TrackersThe Best Fitness AppsThe Best Heart-Rate Monitors<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>  You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Cartoon Episodes So Controversial They Were Banned 10 Comments 10 Scientifically Proven Side Effects of Growing a Beard Celebs Who Died Tragically in 2018 The Hilarious ‘Aquaman’ Reference You Missed in ‘Endgame’ By David Cardinal on March 26, 2019 at 7:27 am Jon Favreau Has a Funny Idea for ‘Iron Man 4’ Movies That Are Practically Flawless How Sleep and Fitness Trackers Work, and Whether They’re Worth Itlast_img read more

Hubble Spots a Black Hole That Shouldnt Exist

first_imgHubble 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. The Biggest Challenge To Animating ‘Alita’ Isn’t What You Think 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 Maisie Williams’ Transformation is Turning Heads You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet The Tragedy of Marie Osmond Just Keeps Getting Sadder and Sadder Tagged In sciencespaceastronomyphysicsblack holeshubblegalaxiessupermassive black holes Post a Comment 13 Comments Things Only Adults Notice in ‘ThunderCats’ 13 Comments Proof Henry Cavill Isn’t a Very Good Dude at All Ginny From ‘Harry Potter’ Is 28 Now and Absolutely Gorgeous By Ryan Whitwam on July 13, 2019 at 8:20 am The Emotional Way ‘Riverdale’ Paid Tribute to Luke Perry at SDCC Actors Who Could Barely Stomach Kissing Each Other on Screenlast_img read more

Aiven Closes €8 Million Series A Round on Back of Strong Performance

first_imgAiven Closes €8 Million Series A Round on Back of Strong Performance PRNewswireMay 9, 2019, 1:01 pmMay 9, 2019 Aiven has completed an €8 million Series A funding round to enhance its leading cloud data platform with more integrated solutions and to accelerate international growth.“We see a tremendous number of companies around the world now implementing their new real-time data platforms in the cloud. The new funding will allow us to better cater to their requirements,” states Oskari Saarenmaa, co-founder and CEO at Aiven.The round was led by Earlybird Venture Capital with participation from Lifeline Ventures and Nokia chairman Risto Siilasmaa. Hendrik Brandis, partner and co-founder of Earlybird, joins the Aiven board of directors as part of the transaction.Marketing Technology News: Vaimo Accelerates Global Growth with USA Expansion“Aiven’s ability to outcompete established market players and build a highly capital efficient international business is impressive. We’re eager to become a part of the story and continue growing the company,” discusses Brandis.Aiven launched its data cloud in 2016 with a suite of the best open source data infrastructure services that now include the Apache Kafka event streaming engine and databases such as PostgreSQL and Apache Cassandra. Aiven services cover all the needs of complex internet applications and have earned the trust of a growing number of customers, such as Atlassian, Comcast and OVO Energy.Marketing Technology News: Lattice Engines Announces Spring 2019 Release of Its Atlas Customer Data Platform to Lead Industry into ABM 2.0 EraCommitted to open source, Aiven recognizes the importance of the communities behind these projects and will step up its participation in them. This will mean creating new open source tools such as Kafka connectors as well as participating in feature development and quality assurance of the core projects.Aiven’s mission is to enable developers to focus on their core business and build great applications without worrying about software infrastructure. The next step in this journey is offering more integrated solutions on top of the individual building blocks that are currently available on Aiven’s data cloud, which will allow teams to build what they couldn’t imagine before.Marketing Technology News: Amazon Tops Q1 2019 Industry Report Ranking Digital Media Partner Performance Aivencloud data platformMarketing TechnologyNewsOskari SaarenmaaPostgreSQL Previous ArticleCall Journey and Avtex Harness the Power of Voice Data to Enhance Customer Experience Across North America By STS News Desk On May 8, 2019 58Next ArticleTATA Elxsi States Why Experience Technologies Hold Key to Media & Entertainment Industrylast_img read more

Outsmarting Deep Fakes Researchers Devise an AIDriven Imaging System That Protects Authenticity

first_imgTo thwart sophisticated deep fake methods of altering photos and video, researchers at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering devised a technique to authenticate images throughout the entire pipeline, from acquisition to delivery, using artificial intelligence (AI). In tests, a prototype pipeline increased the ability to detect manipulation from approximately 45 percent to over 90 percent without sacrificing image quality. To thwart sophisticated methods of altering photos and video, researchers at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering have demonstrated an experimental technique to authenticate images throughout the entire pipeline, from acquisition to delivery, using artificial intelligence (AI).In tests, this prototype imaging pipeline increased the chances of detecting manipulation from approximately 45 percent to over 90 percent without sacrificing image quality. altering photos and videoArtificial Intelligenceimage authenticityMarketing TechnologyNewsNYU Tandon Previous ArticleSeal Software Announces Version 7 of Award-Winning AI-based Contract Analytics PlatformNext ArticleSessionM Deploys Capabilities to Help Marketers Maximize the Benefits of Their Data Management Platform Outsmarting Deep Fakes: Researchers Devise an AI-Driven Imaging System That Protects Authenticity PRNewswireMay 30, 2019, 8:32 pmMay 30, 2019 center_img NYU Tandon Researchers Implant “Digital Watermarks” Using a Neural Network to Easily Spot Manipulated Photos and Video Determining whether a photo or video is authentic is becoming increasingly problematic. Sophisticated techniques for altering photos and videos have become so accessible that so-called “deep fakes” — manipulated photos or videos that are remarkably convincing and often include celebrities or political figures — have become commonplace.Paweł Korus, a research assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at NYU Tandon, pioneered this approach. It replaces the typical photo development pipeline with a neural network – one form of AI – that introduces carefully crafted artifacts directly into the image at the moment of image acquisition. These artifacts, akin to “digital watermarks,” are extremely sensitive to manipulation.Marketing Technology News: How Digital Can Save Brick-And-Mortar Retail with Customer Experience Objectives“Unlike previously used watermarking techniques, these AI-learned artifacts can reveal not only the existence of photo manipulations, but also their character,” Korus said.The process is optimized for in-camera embedding and can survive image distortion applied by online photo sharing services.The advantages of integrating such systems into cameras are clear.“If the camera itself produces an image that is more sensitive to tampering, any adjustments will be detected with high probability,” said Nasir Memon, a professor of computer science and engineering at NYU Tandon and co-author, with Korus, of a paper detailing the technique. “These watermarks can survive post-processing; however, they’re quite fragile when it comes to modification: If you alter the image, the watermark breaks,” Memon said.Most other attempts to determine image authenticity examine only the end product – a notoriously difficult undertaking.Marketing Technology News: StarfishETL Partners with PeopleSense, Inc.Korus and Memon, by contrast, reasoned that modern digital imaging already relies on machine learning. Every photo taken on a smartphone undergoes near-instantaneous processing to adjust for low light and to stabilize images, both of which take place courtesy of onboard AI. In the coming years, AI-driven processes are likely to fully replace the traditional digital imaging pipelines. As this transition takes place, Memon said that “we have the opportunity to dramatically change the capabilities of next-generation devices when it comes to image integrity and authentication. Imaging pipelines that are optimized for forensics could help restore an element of trust in areas where the line between real and fake can be difficult to draw with confidence.”Marketing Technology News: Sauce Labs Named Gold Stevie Award Winner for Best Software Development Solution in 2019 American Business Awardslast_img read more

Top 10 Apps Like Instagram

first_img InstagramSocial MediaTop 10 Apps Previous ArticleDun & Bradstreet Survey Reveals One in Five Businesses Loses Revenue and Customers Due to Incomplete DataNext ArticleTellius Partners with Google Cloud to Provide Enterprises with Multi-Cloud Augmented Analytics Top 10 Apps Like Instagram Maria (Kuz) RedkaJune 25, 2019, 3:00 pmJune 24, 2019 Instagram is the current ruler in the kingdom of Social Media. If you have any doubts about it, check out the numbers behind this social giant: this network currently has 1 billion monthly active users, 60% of which log into their profiles every day. With 20 million businesses present on Instagram, it is hard to estimate even roughly how much revenue the platform gets. No wonder there are many Instagram lookalike and clone apps. Each of them is trying to get into the spotlight of user attention.Read More: Navigating GDPR: Preparing for What’s to ComeIn this post, we will take a look at 10 Instagram alternatives you can use for your personal and marketing needs. Let’s go!SnapchatWait, but it’s completely different! You are right, the Snapchat interface is nothing like Instagram. However, it is an insanely famous visual social media network that has features, similar to Instagram. You can share posts, stories, and videos on this platform. Currently, Snapchat has over 300 million daily active users. Most of them are millennials and generation Z.PinterestWhile Pinterest is not what one would traditionally call a social network, it’s hard to argue that it’s one of the most influential visual apps in the world. Pinterest is a social photo-sharing service that has over 750 million ideas for anything from arts and crafts to family and career life. Sophisticated Pinterest feed algorithms make it very business-friendly.FacebookSocial media app development service providers all over the world still look up to Facebook when working on their apps. Regardless of being called clumsy by many, this giant remains a leading social media network. What’s more, it either buys or imitates other social apps that have cool features that users like. Facebook is similar to Instagram in many ways now – it has stories, lives, image and video sharing pretty similar to those of Instagram and Snapchat.TwitterTwitter is the town crier of the modern world. Millions of people click on the bird icon on their smartphones to get the latest news from this social media. Twitter has gotten a lot more visual over recent years. Now, users can view images, gifs and videos on this platform. Just like Instagram, Twitter uses hashtags.TumblrIf you consider Instagram to be loud, too perfect and too pretentious, it might be a good idea to give Tumblr a try. This visual social network and blogging service uses hashtags as well. Unlike Instagram, Tumblr lets you customize practically anything about your profile page and feed. You might miss the lives and stories though.Read More: Key Social Media Monetization Tactics for Mobile-First Gaming BrandsFlickrThis is a visual platform for posting, sharing, discussing and archiving photos and video materials. On Flicks, users can search for anything they need easily and upload their content in next to no time. Even though this platform is not as vibrant as Instagram, it remains a popular original hybrid service for image storage and sharing.YummiAs you open the app for the first time, you might think that it’s simply Instagram for food. However, as you browse through you notice it’s bigger than that. It’s a social media app for foodies that lets them share their favorite dishes, geotag and discuss them. A user’s food log is a reflection of their nutrition lifestyle and food adventures.DribbbleDribbble is a social network for designers and everyone who wants to get inspired by their work. This platform lets you discover and follow the best designers from all over the world. Currently, most of the platform subscribers use their profile as a portfolio. They can also search for ideas and interact with other designers from anywhere around the globe.TikTokTikTok is a social media app that is pretty much the next Vine. The platform is popular among the younger audience. This service lets you share lives and short videos with everyone or your contacts. TikTok has a massive following of 500 million monthly global active users. It was also the most downloaded social media app in 2018.UnsplashIf you use Instagram to browse through inspiring images and search for ideas, you might like Unsplash as well. The app lets you use the massive photo library for free. You can find images for your next project, smartphone wallpaper, or simply for inspiration. All of the Unsplash images are allowed for personal and commercial use.Final ThoughtsIf there is anything successful in the world, someone will likely try to copy it. What’s more, similar needs and ideas lead to the creation of similar products and services with no copycat intentions.No matter what Instagram alternative you choose for your business or personal needs, we recommend you to still keep an eye on Instagram. This social media giant isn’t going anywhere in the nearest future.Read More: How Can AI Boost Your Email Personalization Performance?last_img read more

UK Businesses Spend £2 Million Redesigning Products to Meet EcoDemands

first_imgUK Businesses Spend £2 Million Redesigning Products to Meet Eco-Demands MTS Staff WriterJuly 10, 2019, 4:02 amJuly 9, 2019 BazaarvoiceEco-DemandsJoe RohrlichMarketing Technology NewsNewsSupplY chain Previous ArticleHow Businesses Can Decipher Customer Data Using VoC Analytics Programs | A Free Resource by QuantzigNext ArticlePutting Paid Social to Work for Amazon Prime Day and Beyond Consumer Demands for More Environmental Goods and Services Tops the List of Business Challenges Across UK, France and Germany According to New Research From BazaarvoiceAccording to new research launched today from Bazaarvoice, UK-based retail marketers and supply chain managers are investing just over £2million per year on remanufacturing products.Conducted across Europe, the study found that meeting consumer demands around environmentalism tops the challenges faced by British (55%) and French (49%) respondents – where remanufacturing expenditure hikes to nearly €3.5m.Interestingly, this figure drops to €1.6m in Germany, where businesses list the quality of products as their greatest challenge (46%), followed by environmentalism (40%).Joe Rohrlich, Chief Revenue Officer, Bazaarvoice comments, “The figures highlight the expense associated with driving the green agenda higher up the supply chain. It’s clear that the process of remanufacturing products is not to be taken on lightly and where businesses are prioritising consumer demands for greener products, we’re seeing the highest cost figures.”A drop in the ocean With climate change and sustainability currently at the very top of the business agenda nationally, almost half of UK respondents express that greener materials within products (49%) would be a feasible solution to making businesses greener as a whole.Certainly, remanufacturing products appears to be largely geared towards increasing the product lifecycle, at least three quarters (75%) of European retailers are investing in higher quality materials to this end.Elsewhere however, less progress has been made. While 88% of British respondents state their business has looked into recyclable packaging, only 36% currently report they have successfully made the change. Sadly, this is almost double the uptake seen in Germany (20%), and nearly 3 times higher than in France (13%).Marketing Technology News: Leadspace Acquires ReachForce to Offer Customers Even More Robust B2B Customer Data PlatformBalance of powerExploring where challenges to driving change occur, the study finds less than half (45%) of European professionals with oversight of the supply chain report that they feel they hold power over transformational change. In retail, one third of UK businesses admit the balance of power is split equally with manufacturers. This is even lower in Germany (29%) and France (22%).In a bid to close the business-supply chain gap, around a quarter of UK (25%) and French (27%) businesses feel new legislation would help to drive businesses towards greener production and packaging materials, rising to one third (31%) in Germany.Marketing Technology News: Community Management Is the Main Course for Hospitality SectorTipping the scalesWhile regulation might take years to arrive, businesses are driving change in the supply chain by proving the issues they face with real customer feedback.In fact, 9 in 10 respondents have used ratings and reviews to inform the conversations they have with manufacturers, with 44% stating that this authentic customer content helps them obtain wider business insights on a day to day basis.“These findings attest to the power of ratings and reviews in helping businesses to drive transformation through the supply chain. Brands and retailers that harness this rich customer content will be best placed to meet the environmental demands placed on them by consumers”, Joe Rohrlich explains. “Only by listening to customers can businesses deliver what they want, leading to reduced costs and increased loyalty.”Marketing Technology News: SeQuel Response Hires New Director of Marketing to Propel Brand Awarenesslast_img read more

Embarrassed BJP Says Pragya Thakurs Cursed Comment on Hemant Karkare Her Personal

first_imgNew Delhi: The BJP failed to denounce its Bhopal candidate Sadhvi Pragya Thakur for her controversial comment that IPS officer Hemant Karkare died in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks as she had cursed him, and instead sought to offer a justification for it after a major controversy erupted on Friday. A statement released by the BJP stated that what Thakur said was her “personal view”, which she might have made “due to years of physical and mental torture”. “The BJP believes that Karkare died while bravely fighting terrorists. The BJP has always considered him a martyr,” the party said in a damage-control exercise. The party, which has fielded Malegaon blast accused Thakur from Bhopal in the Lok Sabha election, claimed she had suffered “physical and mental torture” for years in police custody that might have caused her to make such a statement.Hemant Karkare, who headed the Mumbai anti-terror squad, had died in the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008. Addressing BJP workers in Bhopal, Thakur claimed Karkare died as she “cursed” him for “torturing” her in custody. Karkare, an Ashoka Chakra awardee, had arrested Pragya Thakur and others in the case, alleging they were part of a Hindu extremist group which carried out the blast. She is the prime accused for the blast, in which six persons had died and over 100 were injured.She said she cursed Karkare for the alleged threats, torture and miserable treatment in custody. “Maine kaha that tera sarvanash hoga (I cursed him that he would be finished),” she said.Referring to sutak, an auspicious period of one month and a half according to Hindu tradition which starts after death or birth of anyone in family, she said that the holy period started on the day she landed in jail and ended the day Karkare was slain by terrorists.“Inauspicious period started for Hemant Karkare when I was arrested. Exactly 45 days later he was killed and that was the end of the inauspicious period,” she said.The statement invited a sharp reaction from the Congress, which said that it was proof of the BJP’s “anti-national face”. The Election Commission has also ordered a probe. The IPS officers association has also slammed the BJP candidate for the remark. It said in a twee, “Ashok Chakra awardee late Sri Hemant Karkare, IPS made the supreme sacrifice fighting terrorists. Those of us in uniform condemn the insulting statement made by a candidate and demand that sacrifices of all our martyrs be respected.” bhopalBJPcongressHemant Karkare First Published: April 19, 2019, 6:24 PM IST | Edited by: Aakarshuk Sarnalast_img read more

TamilRockers Does It Again Leaks Will Smith Starrer Aladdin Online

first_img AladdinAladdin CastAladdin full movie HDAladdin HD quality First Published: May 24, 2019, 5:23 PM IST TamilRockers is making it difficult for many production houses to earn their fair share of profit in the Indian market. After big ticket releases like Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame, the movie piracy website has now spoiled the fun for Aladdin fans by releasing the full movie online. Starring Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad and Billy Magnussen in pivotal roles, Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin was released today. This is not the first time TamilRockers has leaked a film prior to its release. Just about a month ago, they angered Marvel fans when they leaked a bad print of Avengers: Endgame and received a lot of flak for their act. The website has been banned, but it continues to upload poor quality videos and URLs of various movies on a regular basis. To avoid getting caught by cybercrime cells, TamilRockers keeps coming up with new domain extension every time.Directed by Guy Ritchie, Aladdin was one of the most awaited films from Disney. It is an official adaptation of Disney’s 1992 animated film of the same name. While early reviews of the movie praised Will Smith’s performance in the film, TamilRockers killed it for the director by uploading the movie on their pirated website.According to reports, Aladdin has been uploaded in HD quality. While we don’t know if this online leak will affect Aladdin’s business in India, it sure is a setback of sorts. Read: TamilRockers Leaks Mahesh Babu’s Film Maharshi Within Hours of ReleaseFollow @News18Movies for more last_img read more

Third Clean Chit to Modi EC Says Nuclear Button for Diwali Remark

first_img BJPelection commissionLok Sabha elections 2019Narendra Modi First Published: May 2, 2019, 9:41 PM IST New Delhi: The Election Commission (EC) Thursday gave a clean chit to Prime minister Narendra Modi, saying he did not violate the model code of conduct during his election speech in Rajasthan’s border town of Barmer where he invoked the armed forces and said that India’s nuclear button was not kept to be used for Diwali.This is the third clean chit by the EC to the prime minister in connection with poll-related speeches. Officials said the commission examined the matter in detail and it was of the “considered view that in this matter no such violation of the extant advisories/provisions is attracted.”The EC, they said, examined the complete certified transcript of the speech of 10 pages sent by the returning officer of the Barmer parliamentary constituency.The Congress had moved the EC alleging that the prime minister “brazenly” violated the poll code by repeatedly invoking the armed forces in his speeches and demanded that a campaign ban be imposed on him for some time.During a poll rally in Barmer on April 21, Modi had said India is no more afraid of Pakistan’s nuclear threats.”India has stopped getting scared of Pakistan’s threats, I have done right, no? Else every other day they (Pakistan) used to say ‘we have nuclear button’….What do we have then? Have we kept it (nuclear button) for Diwali?” he had said. last_img read more

Want to Do An Action Film with Priyanka Chopra Says Parineeti

first_imgActress Parineeti Chopra has said that she would love to do an action with her cousin sister Priyanka Chopra Jonas in future.”We would love to do an action film together. We talk a lot with each other about working together in the same film but the subject of the film has to be correct,” said Parineeti, when asked if she would like to do a film with Priyanka. Parineeti was interacting with the media in Mumbai, at the launch of the song, “UP hile zilla hilela”, from her upcoming film, Jabariya Jodi. Her co-star Sidharth Malhotra and film’s director Prashant Singh were also present.In her new film, Parineeti dons a desi avatar. When the media pointed out that her cousin Priyanka was known as the original Desi Girl, she couldn’t agree more. “I think in this industry and in this world, there could be only one Desi Girl. I will not try to compete with her (Priyanka Chopra) but Sidharth and I are really desi in this film. I think there is one and only desi girl and nobody can take her place,” she said.Parineeti Chopra and Sidharth Malhotra earlier worked together in Hasee Toh Phasee and the big-city audience loved their chemistry in that film. Jabariya Jodi is set against an entirely different backdrop than the urban landscape of Hasee Toh Phasee, and Parineeti admitted she was apprehensive if the audience would accept their new film. “Honestly, before the trailer of this film (was launched), I was bit worried. It’s totally a new world and we didn’t know if Hasee Toh Phasee lovers would accept us or not. However, we are actually excited and motivated after the response to the trailer, because the kind of feedback we are getting is really positive. So, now our fingers, legs and arms are crossed. I hope that on August 2, there will be the same madness in the theatres.”The plot of Jabariya Jodi revolves around Abhay Singh (Sidharth Malhotra), who is famous for gets forced weddings done. He is a badass until he meets and falls in love with Babli Yadav (Parineeti Chopra), who has political ambitions.Apart from Sidharth and Parineeti, the film also features Aparshakti Khurana, Sanjay Mishra, Neeraj Sood, Gopal Dutt, Javed Jaffrey, and Chandan Roy Sanyal in pivotal roles, and is slated to release on August 2.Follow @News18Movies for more hasee toh phaseeJabariya JodiParineeti Choprapriyanka chopra First Published: July 12, 2019, 5:42 PM ISTlast_img read more

Delhi HC Dismisses Plea Against Cut Offs by St Stephens for Christian

first_img Christian studentsdelhi high courtdelhi universityDelhi University cut off First Published: July 17, 2019, 8:32 PM IST New Delhi: The Delhi High Court Wednesday dismissed a plea alleging large scale discrepancies in the cut-off marks notified by St-Stephen’s College for Christian students of reserved categories who applied for various undergraduate courses.A bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar said the petition filed by one of the professors of the college was “devoid of merit”. “No case, therefore, exists, in our view, for issuance of any writ, quashing the notification/circulars dated June 26, 2019 read with the corrigendum dated July 2, 2019. Neither is any case made out for issuance of a mandamus, to the College, to call candidates, against any quota or course, for participation in the written test and interview, in excess of the number of candidates already called by it,” the bench said in its 21-page order.It said the college has kept in mind various considerations while deciding on the number of candidates to be called for written test and interview, against the various courses and the various ‘reserved quotas’ provided therein.”We are not satisfied that any case, warranting interference by us, can be said to have been made out,” the court said.The petition by professor Nandita Narain has alleged discrepancies in the cut-offs for non-Christian SC/ST and physically handicapped (PH) applicants.The plea has contended that the college on June 26 notified “artificially high and illegal cut off marks for various courses” for Christian students belonging to ST, others and PH categories.The college issued a corrigendum on July 2 reducing the cut-offs in some courses but it was not announced publicly, she has contended.The petition had sought directions to the college to ensure that the discrepancies are rectified and correct number of Christian and non-christian students, belonging to the various reserved categories, are called for the interviews and written exams relating to admission to the undergraduate courses.It has also urged the court to quash the June 26 notification and issue directions to the college to “rework and renotify” the cut-offs.The college had earlier told the court that this petition was similar to the one filed by the petitioner and two other professors of the college before a single judge during the vacations. The court has recently dismissed that petition.An objection was raised by the college’s counsel regarding the locus of Narain to file this petition as public interest litigation. The counsel had alleged that the petitioner, as a faculty member of the college, could conceivably have had some hidden agenda in moving this petition.To this, the bench said, “We are hesitant to attribute any such motives to the petitioner, as she is a senior faculty member of the College. Perhaps, she has the best interests of the institution in mind.”In the petition before the single judge, the three professors had challenged the inclusion of a member of the institution’s Supreme Council in the interview panel for the selection of Christian students for admission to the college.They had challenged a decision taken by the Supreme Council at its meeting on March 12.The Supreme Council is higher in authority than the Governing Body of the college, comprising members from the Church of North India and also those nominated by it. last_img read more

Was Deputy CM Vijai Sardesai the Reason Behind 10 Goa Congress MLAs

first_imgMumbai: “This was their strategy all along. (Late Chief Minister Manohar) Parrikar did not pay heed,” counter-alleges Goa Deputy Chief Minister Vijai Sardesai, of the Goa Forward Party (GFP).Now that 10 of the 15 Congress MLAs from Goa have already joined the BJP and are awaiting a Cabinet reshuffle, the fate of the allies hangs in the balance. In the 40-member Goa Assembly, the BJP’s strength until Wednesday was 17. Along with three GFP MLAs and three Independents, the saffron party had formed a stable government in the state. But now, the BJP alone has 27. Along with Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Chandrakant Kavlekar, the MLAs who joined the BJP are Atanasio Monserratte, Jeniffer Monserratte, Francis Silveira, Philip Nery Rodrigues, Cleaofacio Dias, Wilfred D’Sa, Nilkant Halarnkar, Isidor Fernandes and Antonio Fernandes.The state is already abuzz with speculation about the ouster of GFP and Independents, and cabinet berths for Michael Lobo and Babu Kavalekar. What is being discussed in hush-hush tone is whether the BJP’s efforts were prompted by the adamant stand of the GFP’s Vijai Sardesai and his refusal to forgo a Cabinet berth to accommodate Lobo.Countering this speculation, Sardesai claimed that this has been the strategy of Congress leaders all along. “A few years ago too, they had asked me to join the Congress government. When I had refused, they had told me they will themselves merge with the BJP and will oust me,” he told CNN News18. “Parrikar had not paid any heed to them then. I don’t know why the BJP has taken them now. There was no instability. There was no need to do this.”When asked how he viewed the current political developments, Sardesai said, “The Congress has split. There is a political upheaval in the state. But I haven’t contributed to it. The impact of this step is unknown to me. There was no provocation for this step. So I don’t know what prompted the BJP to do this. What I am saying is this has been endorsed by Parrikar’s own son.”Earlier on Thursday, Manohar Parrikar’s son Utpal panned the move to induct the 10 Congress MLAs into the BJP’s fold and said that what happened is “definitely a different path” from the one his father had taken.Babu Kavalekar, the former Leader of Opposition of the Congress, is speculated to be in line to becoming the deputy chief minister. Goa already has two deputy chief ministers — Sardesai and the BJP’s Manohar Ajgaonkar. Will the GFP be asked to step out of the alliance?“I am a part of the NDA. There was an understanding during the formation of the government that I will be conveyed a message by the national leadership of the BJP. I have spoken to Amit Shah in the past as well. I have not yet been conveyed anything by the national leadership. Right now, my role is to wait and watch,” said Sardesai.When asked if his party had been recently requested to forgo a Cabinet berth in order to accommodate Lobo, Sardesai said the state leadership had no business telling him anything. “And the national leadership did not convey anything to me. All those from the BJP who are in the government now were not a part of the government-forming process after the demise of Manohar Parrikar,” he said. “Now, if I have to resign, it should have been conveyed to me.”“What justifies getting the filth that you have got from the Congress to your own party?” questioned Sardesai.On the other hand, the MLAs who joined the BJP have cited several reasons for their defection, one of them being that development work in their constituencies was suffering. Sources said a lack of leadership and guidance from the central Congress leaders was another reason for the disintegration of the party in the state.The undercurrent is also about the BJP wooing Catholic Christians in the state. Five of the 10 former Congress MLAs who joined the BJP are Catholics; the community is socio-politically and economically dominant in Goa. The move to bring the 10 ex-Congress MLAs into the BJP fold is being credited to the party’s Catholic leader Michael Lobo.The move is not just a body-blow to the Congress, which has been reduced to five MLAs in the state, but is a huge fillip to the BJP that now has 27 of the 40 seats in the Goa assembly. BJPGFPGoaGoa Congress First Published: July 11, 2019, 10:26 PM ISTlast_img read more

Microsofts Seeing AI app for the blind arrives on iPhone

first_imgStory TimelineNokia “Mercury” was the Surface Mini Microsoft should have doneThousands of Microsoft jobs cut in cloud-first pivotMicrosoft wants broadband Internet through rural America by 2022 Back in March 2016, Microsoft introduced an app called Seeing AI designed to help the blind using a combination of artificial intelligence and computer vision. It has been many months since, but the app is officially now available for anyone with an iOS device. With this, anyone who has trouble seeing can utilize Microsoft’s artificial intelligence technology to transform their smartphone into a personal audio guidance system. The app is simple to use, just requiring the user to hold their phone up so that their camera is pointed at the object of interest. The app will respond in various ways depending on what the camera is seeing, such as identifying the faces of people you’re out with, telling you about how old someone is, what their emotion appears to be, and more. The app also works with text documents and images.center_img If you get a document but can’t read the print, using Seeing AI provides audio guidance for capturing the document and then spoken words reading the text to the app user. The app also has what is described as an experimental feature that describes a scene, and it will soon be able to identify which bills you place in front of it.Current features available on the iPhone include all the above, plus the option of scanning barcodes to identify what a product is; the app gives audio beeps to help the user find the barcode on the device, aiding in being independent. If you’d like to give it a try yourself, you can download the iOS app here; there’s no word on when an Android app may be available.SOURCE: Microsoftlast_img read more

Amazon free Echo Dot promo goes live for just a few minutes

first_imgAmazon Echo Dot is FREE at checkout right now… https://t.co/8fEyShiWrr pic.twitter.com/B2YHRJA8as— Chris Maddern (@chrismaddern) August 18, 2017 The promotion, which has not been referred to on Amazon’s site, nor by Audible, was spotted by Twitter user Chris Maddern, co-founder of Button. He shared the news with his followers, some of whom reported success. Indeed, there were claims that multiple orders were permitted using the same code, which auto-populated as part of the checkout process. A clandestine Audible promotion made Amazon’s Echo Dot free for a short window, though the deal was only stumbled upon accidentally on Friday afternoon. The promotion, only disclosed when Echo Dot buyers had the smart speaker in their cart and had reached the checkout stage, was listed only as an “Audible Promo” credit. However, it reduced the normally $49.99 device to free. Story TimelineNinety7 Vaux Review: Echo Dot speaker-battery cuts Alexa’s cordiHome iAVS1 Bedside Stereo Speaker for Echo Dot ReviewAnker Eufy Genie undercuts Echo Dot for low-cost Alexa Only a few minutes later, though, Amazon’s site began showing an error message suggesting the Echo Dot was now out of stock. “The following items are no longer available from the seller you selected,” the warning confirmed. At time of publication, Amazon is not listed as a seller for the Echo Dot in either black or white, though various third-party vendors have supplies. All signs point to this being a mistake on Amazon’s part. It’s unclear whether the retailer will honor any orders successfully placed in the few minutes the deal was available. We’ve got a request in for more information with Amazon PR, and will update when we know more. Amazon hasn’t been shy about running promotions to get the Echo Dot into more homes. The smart speaker is usually $49.99, but has seen discounts of around $10 on events like Black Friday and Amazon’s own Prime Day. Cheapest of the current Echo line-up, the speaker drops the more powerful integrated drivers of the original Echo, though otherwise packs the same multi-microphone array for cross-room pickup. As for Audible, that’s the audiobook specialist which Amazon acquired back in 2008. It’s not unfathomable that today’s short-lived deal was part of a promotion with that site that went awry technically. We’ll be keeping an eye out for cancellation emails to see if those Echo Dots actually are headed out to buyers with fast fingers.last_img read more

Google Fiber wont offer traditional TV in San Antonio and Louisville

first_imgGoogle is about to shake things up with its Internet service: Google Fiber won’t offer cable TV services when it arrives in San Antonio and Louisville. The company will instead focus on providing its ultra-fast Internet service, a decision that changes the way it has operated thus far (the TV part, that is). This news comes at a time when people are ditching cable in large numbers. Google announced the change on Wednesday, saying that it has decided to focus on offering “super fast Internet” at its two upcoming locations without the TV add-on option. Why the change? Google points toward cable-cutting as a reason, saying that an increasing number of people are deciding not to get traditional cable in favor of streaming options.Those streaming options come in two varieties: on-demand content and OTT (live television) services. Netflix is the king among such offerings, at least for now, but have been joined over the years by popular offerings like Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Sling TV, YouTube TV, DirecTV NOW, and PlayStation Vue, among others. Google Fiber is arguably the best option in the US for streaming these services; many service providers in the US still offer ‘high speed’ Internet as slow as 6Mbps, and these packages are usually joined by 500GB or 1TB data caps. These data caps, while decently high, are increasingly inadequate for those who stream all of their music and video content. Google’s fiber offering is a notable exception.If you’re an existing Google Fiber customer and you have a traditional TV add-on through the company, you don’t have to worry about it being taken away. Google says it will still offer the service in existing markets; whether things will change in the future wasn’t stated. Google Fiber will be arriving in both San Antonio and Louisville soon.SOURCE: Google Fiberlast_img read more

Android 81 new Product Sans fonts available for you to try

first_imgWe’ll leave it out to typography experts to weigh in on the matter, but if you’re curious to try it out yourself, you can already do so without having to install the Android 8.1 Oreo preview on your phone. You don’t even need to change ROMs to do so.You do need, however, to be using a custom recovery like TWRP. The procedure to do that varies from device to device, but, normally, it doesn’t require rooting. It does require unlocking the bootloader, which could still be considered voiding your warranty, again depending on the device.The fonts have been tested to work fine on Android devices version 5.x Lollipop and higher, Xiaomi MIUI 8 and 9, stock ROMs from OnePlus, Lenovo, and Motorola, and custom ROMs based on Lineage OS and, of course, AOSP. Do note that unless you’re rooted or using a special Magisk or Xposed module, installing this font will change it for the whole system indiscriminately.VIA: Reddit Google just recently made available its first public preview for Android 8.1 and it’s already proving to be quite the treasure trove of new features, or removed ones, and not all of them are being welcomed with open arms. One of those features is a new “Product Sans” font that has now been extracted and made available for anyone willing to install it on their phone. But like any theme or part of it, it’s reception is a subjective thing. Google has been making its own fonts ever since the days of Roboto, and some of those have had better luck than others. This still unnamed Google font might not be immediately noticeable to most users, but those with an eye for detail are already pointing out clear differences, like how the ends of the fonts terminated in curved edges rather than straight ones.last_img read more

Motorola phones coming next month amidst company reshuffle

first_imgThe announcement explains that de Lencquesaing has decided to spend less time on a plane and more time with his family, which no one will fault him for. In his stead, Buniac, who is credited for the brand’s growth in Latin America, will try to steer the slowly sinking ship to safe harbor. Buniac will hold the position of Motorola President and Chairman.It’s definitely going to be a challenge, considering Motorola’s current standing in the market. Although it was completely on a downhill trajectory, the company’s brand and phones have slowly started to lose its luster, appeal, and sales. And it could be in part due to Motorola’s lack of focus.Once limited to at least three models per year in the X, G, and E tiers, Motorola adopted a multi-device strategy under Lenovo’s ownership, adding the high-end Z brand (probably named after Lenovo’s own Vibe Z line) and putting out multiple variants per line. Now it would seem that Motorola is doing some cost-cutting, both in products and personnel, but we’ll have to wait until April to find out which products survived the purge. Changes are afoot at Motorola and it might not be the good kind of change. Just recently, the company reportedly laid off not a small number of its workforce and also scrapped the next Moto X phone. While those were never made official, this official news coming from the company does hint at the changes happening inside Motorola. President Aymar de Lencquesaing has stepped down and 20-year company veteran Sergio Buniac will take his place. But no worries, Motorola’s first new products are still coming soon. AdChoices广告last_img read more

Ring update Timeline Alerts Previews

Smart Alerts are coming to all Ring users with the Ring Protect Plan in 2019, while Timeline and Camera Previews are coming sooner.Timeline will begin rolling out in November. Timeline allows the user to scroll through their event history, complete with a color-coded system with which to distinguish different sorts of events. Users can zoom in and out and view at will.Camera Previews are apparently out now – you’ll just have to head to the “New Feature” menu in the Ring app. Camera Previews allow the user to view all their devices in one view. These are preview images, so they’re not all updating with the same frame rate as the Live View, but should anything interesting seem to appear, one tap brings up Live View for any camera. Ring suggested today that they’re bringing 24/7 Recording “for an additional fee” for Ring Protect Plan subscribers. Also coming is a Bulk Download system for Ring Protect Plan subscribers, as well as timestamps for shared Ring recordings. Audible Announcements and Live Camera Previews will be released in the Ring app in 2019 – as well as the rest of the upcoming updates in this paragraph. The new Ring Smart Alerts system works with “cloud-based video analysis” to send alerts to Ring Protect Plan members. But not just any alerts – and certainly not every alert. This system sifts through all the potential alerts that COULD be sent to the end user and decides which are relevant and worth sending. With the new Smart Alerts system, Ring suggests that battery-powered Ring devices “will have a longer battery life by up to three times and more advanced motion detection features to reduce the number of false alerts.” These new Smart Alerts features are as follows.• Motion Verification• Motion Stop• Person Detection• Motion ZonesAdChoices广告Motion Verification works to rule out false alerts, while Motion Stop stops recording if the motion is “deemed unimportant.” Person Detection allows the system to identify the type of object that’s moving, and can ignore certain objects – like tree branches and squirrels. Motion Zones allow small sections of the full viewing area to be part of their motion detection alert system. The Ring smart doorbell and security system group revealed a number of updates to software this morning. They’re pushing new Smart Alerts, updates to their app experience, and a new Timeline. There’s a new way to work with Camera Previews straight from the Ring app, too. Story TimelineAmazon buys Ring as smart home security range growsThis great Ring Video Doorbell deal is thanks to Amazon’s acquisitionRing’s Neighbors app makes camera security sharing standaloneRing Alarm preorders open for DIY smart security with a twist read more

Viewpoints States May Not Be Up To The Challenge Of Setting Up

first_imgThe Wall Street Journal: ‘Exchange’ For The Worst On the ever-lengthening fiasco list, the “exchange” problem is one of the worst. Congress told states to build these bureaucracies that will dispense health insurance subsidies and regulate coverage, but by and large the states aren’t doing so. … The exchanges do not merely subsidize but must verify who is eligible by income and residency, police compliance with the individual mandate and report scofflaws to the Internal Revenue Service; regulate insurers and enforce price controls; and penalize businesses that don’t insure their employees. All this is a vast, complex, extremely technical and expensive undertaking that the states can barely handle, even if they wanted to (7/30).The New York Times: It’s D-Day For The Post Office Welcome to the week the United States Postal Service defaults on a major obligation. D-Day is Wednesday, Aug. 1, when the Postal Service is obligated, by statute, to make a $5.5 billion payment, money that is supposed to be put aside to “prefund” health benefits for future retirees. But, with less than $1 billion in the bank, the Postal Service announced on Monday that it would not be making the payment. It has a second payment, for $5.6 billion, due in September. Unless lightning strikes, it won’t be making that one either (Joe Nocera, 7/30). The Washington Post: Social Security Disability Insurance’s Incentive Not To Work Social Security Disability Insurance, however, pays people who can show that they are too mentally or physically impaired to remain in the labor force. In short, for many workers, SSDI creates a quasi-right not to work. This paradox is getting expensive. SSDI spending has doubled as a percentage of gross domestic product in the last 25 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office (Charles Lane, 7/30). Fox News: Obama Administration Chooses Planned Parenthood Over Women’s HealthThe Obama administration’s decision this month to award $3.1 million in federal funds to Planned Parenthood affiliates and other family planning groups in New Jersey comes as no surprise. Despite the $15 trillion national debt, the administration seems willing to keep borrowing to support the nation’s largest abortion provider. And this isn’t the first time the Obama administration has stepped in to ensure that taxpayer dollars continue to flow to its favorite abortion provider even at the expense of women’s health care (Kellie Fiedorek, 7/30).The Washington Post: House Late-Term Abortion Bill Exploits The District Legislation that would ban late-term abortions in the District is set for a vote this week on the House floor under a procedure that is normally used for non-controversial things like naming post offices or honoring folks back home. That the Republican leadership is suspending its rules for this bill suggests it’s more interested in putting on a show to placate special interests than actually passing the measure. Or it thinks infringing on the authority of a local government to limit women’s constitutional rights is no big deal. Either way, it’s a misuse of Congress’s time and another cynical exploitation of the District to advance others’ political agendas (7/30). Minneapolis Star Tribune: Worst Possible Time To Cut ResearchMinnesota’s congressional delegation must more prominently wield its clout to prevent harmful cuts to medical research funding — an economic engine vital to the state and the nation. Major federal budget decisions aren’t likely until after this fall’s election. But disturbing recent moves in Washington, D.C., suggest that policymakers are willing to potentially delay medical advances and risk the country’s leadership position in global research by inadequately funding the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other critical initiatives (7/30).The New York Times: A Battle For Florida’s Courts Under Florida’s system of choosing Supreme Court justices, the governor makes the initial appointments, then voters get to decide every six years whether to keep them. This system of “retention elections” was intended to avoid the politicization of the courts associated with regular, multicandidate judicial elections. It is not working out that way this time. Some conservatives are trying to purge three moderate justices facing a retention vote in November: R. Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente and Peggy Quince. The only Democratic appointees on the state’s seven-member court, they are being singled out for various rulings, including a decision in 2010 that blocked from the ballot a misleadingly worded constitutional amendment designed to permit the state to opt out of national health care reform (7/30).  This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Viewpoints: States May Not Be Up To The Challenge Of Setting Up Exchanges; Post Office’s ‘Default Day’last_img read more

Bill Would Give FDA Clearer Authority Over Drug Compounders

first_imgThe bill, introduced in Congress, would also direct the Food and Drug Administration to train state regulators — who may have contributed to the meningitis outbreak that sickened more than 500 and killed at least 36.Modern Healthcare: Bill Would Make Drug Compounders Register With FDAA bill that would require compounding pharmacies to register with the Food and Drug Administration was introduced in the House, according to a news release from the two sponsors of the bill, Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.). The bill, called the Supporting Access to Formulated and Effective Compounded Drugs Act, or SAFE Compounded Drugs Act, would establish an FDA database on the pharmacies for use by the FDA and states in oversight of drug compounders, according to the news release. In addition, it would require the FDA to set minimum production standards and direct the FDA to offer training to state regulators. A compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts is blamed for a meningitis outbreak that sickened more than 500 people and caused at least 36 deaths (Barr, 12/5). CQ HealthBeat: DeLauro, Lowey Bill Would Give FDA Authority Over Compounding PharmaciesTwo House Democrats introduced a bill to give the Food and Drug Administration clearer authority over compounding pharmacies, although any action on the issue probably will have to wait until the next Congress. The bill, from Democrats Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut and Nita M. Lowey of New York, would give the FDA more authority and also try to build more collaboration between state and federal regulators (Ethridge, 12/5).In other Capitol Hill news –Medscape: Proposal Nixes Medicaid Raise To Fund Doc FixOrganized medicine is protesting a nascent Congressional proposal to eliminate a Medicaid raise for primary care physicians that would either fund a 1-year postponement of a 26.5 percent Medicare pay cut set for January 1 or reduce the federal deficit in general. The American Medical Association and 260 other national and state medical societies registered their “strong opposition” to the idea in a letter today to Republican and Democratic leaders in both the House and Senate. … In 2013 and 2014, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) raises Medicaid rates to Medicare levels for evaluation and management (E/M) services and vaccine administration. Family physicians, general internists, pediatricians, and subspecialists related to these fields (eg, pediatric cardiologists) are eligible for the increase. Congress wrote the raise into the ACA to entice more physicians to accept Medicaid patients, who will grow dramatically in number as a result of the law (Lowes, 12/5). The Associated Press/Washington Post: Proponents For Abortion Coverage For Military Women Press To End RestrictionsProponents of ending the ban on women in the military using their health insurance to pay for abortions in cases of rape and incest stepped up the political pressure on Wednesday, insisting that this year’s defense bill be used to finally lift the prohibition (12/5). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Bill Would Give FDA Clearer Authority Over Drug Compounderslast_img read more

Governors Mull Medicaid Expansion As White House Signals States May Reduce Payments

first_img This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Governors Mull Medicaid Expansion As White House Signals States May Reduce Payments With federal budget cuts looming, the nation’s governors met in Washington and discussed whether or not to expand Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act.NPR: Governors’ DC Summit Dominated By Medicaid And The SequesterWhen the nation’s governors gathered in Washington, D.C., over the weekend for their annual winter meeting, the gathering’s official theme was about efforts to hire people with disabilities. But out of the public eye, at the sessions for “governors only,” the discussion reportedly was dominated by two more pressing issues of the day: whether or not to expand the Medicaid program as part of the Affordable Care Act; and the potential upcoming budget cuts set for the end of the week, known as the sequester (Rovner, 2/25).The New York Times: States Can Cut Back On Medicaid Payments, Administration SaysThe Obama administration said Monday that states could cut Medicaid payments to many doctors and other health care providers to hold down costs in the program, which insures 60 million low-income people and will soon cover many more under the new health care law (Pear, 2/25).Meanwhile, states continue to take action regarding Medicaid and other aspects of health law implementation — The Associated Press: Mo. House GOP Lawmakers Defeat Medicaid ExpansionMissouri House Republicans gave a resounding “no” Monday to Democratic plans to expand Medicaid coverage in a strategic preview to the unveiling of an alternative plan touted to transform the state’s health care program for the poor into “the most free-market-based Medicaid system in the entire country.” Two separate House committees simultaneously heard arguments for — and then rejected — proposals to adopt a central component of President Barack Obama’s health care law that could have eventually extended government-funded Medicaid coverage to an additional 300,000 lower-income adults in Missouri (Lieb, 2/25).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Health Care Exchange Hires Va. Company With Troubled History In Conn. To Help ConsumersThe state’s health care exchange announced Monday it has selected a Virginia company with a troubled history in Connecticut to run a new center to help consumers enroll in a health insurance plan beginning later this year (2/25).In other news, CQ HealthBeat examines a health law regulation released last week and Politico details a study tracking health care tweets — CQ Healthbeat: Remaining Health Care Law Regs Won’t Solve Affordability Problem, Insurers SayInsurers are still waiting for some federal regulations before they file applications to sell coverage under the health care law next year. But two big final rules Health and Human Services officials released last week have left companies with little doubt that a significant number of people will find it difficult to find affordable coverage next year (Reichard, 2/25).Politico: Health Care Twitter Depends On Who’s TweetingThe study will be made public Tuesday, and an advance copy was given to POLITICO. Kaiser Permanente said it was interested in tracking patterns and also looking at how some topics it was particularly interested in — like low-cost interventions to prevent disease including sunscreen or hand washing — were showing up on Twitter. The bottom line: Overall, physicians prioritized health education, the media paid a lot of attention to the business end of health care and lawmakers had their thumbs on the politics (Kenen, 2/26).last_img read more

Viewpoints Protect The FDAs Regulatory Efforts Generic Drug Shenanigans Does Ryan Not

first_imgViewpoints: Protect The FDA’s Regulatory Efforts; Generic Drug ‘Shenanigans;’ Does Ryan Not Understand The 2012 Election? This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. The Wall Street Journal: The Best Prescription For Pre-Emption On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in Mutual Pharmaceutical v. Bartlett, a case about the ability of consumers to bring lawsuits against the makers of generic drugs. A central issue is the Food and Drug Administration’s doctrine of federal “pre-emption,” meaning that state tort law cannot trump FDA regulation. In Bartlett, the manufacturer is being sued for selling an allegedly flawed drug that was nevertheless approved by the FDA, which also regulated the manufacturer’s exact formula. The pre-emption doctrine … was established to protect the agency’s ability and authority to regulate the safety and effectiveness of drugs nationwide. The left detested pre-emption, since it impeded the ability of trial lawyers to bring big dollar lawsuits in state courts challenging FDA regulatory decisions (Tevi Troy, 3/18).Los Angeles Times: Prescription Needed To Remedy Generic Drug Pricing Shenanigans Wanda Ferrin fills her husband’s prescription for the generic antibiotic doxycycline at a Target in Simi Valley. For years, the medication has cost her $6 a month. In February, however, the price tripled to $18 for 30 pills. And this month, it skyrocketed to $133. This is noteworthy enough. But what happened next makes the entire business of drug pricing a study in lunacy (David Lazarus, 3/18). Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: A New Ryan Budget That Looks A Lot Like The Others We’re tempted to ask U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan: What part about losing the 2012 presidential election didn’t you understand? … The new spending plan, like the others Ryan has written, would make big changes to Medicare and Medicaid, cut tax rates on individuals and corporations, and reduce the size of domestic spending programs over time. The plan would restructure Medicare by paying subsidies to the insured rather than paying directly for medical services. Medicaid would become a block grant program. It repeals Obamacare while leaving in place Obamacare’s taxes. … continuing to call for a repeal of the Affordable Care Act is the height of folly (3/17). Bloomberg: Paul Ryan’s Budget Won’t Help Republicans Win Now that (Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget plan is) advancing a version of Medicare reform with fewer risks for seniors, that slow phase-in makes less sense. And the plan should raise co-pays, especially for the affluent, which would also lighten the burden on younger people. A budget that reduced spending on those older than 55 would make it possible to bring the government’s long-term debt to a manageable level while allowing for a higher (and more realistic) level of Medicaid spending than the Ryan budget includes. The House Republicans should have been bolder on health care, too. Their new budget envisions the repeal of President Barack Obama’s health-care law but outlines no replacement for it, which is rather odd for a document that purports to provide a Republican vision for the future of the welfare state (Ramesh Ponnuru, 3/18). The New York Times: Paul Ryan’s Ax Isn’t Sharp Enough As a family doctor for more than 30 years, I understand that we must look for savings in our health care system too. I recently co-sponsored legislation that would convert Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program into state-managed programs through a single federal block grant. This would save approximately $2 trillion over 10 years by capping federal funding at 2012 levels for the next 10 years and giving states an incentive to seek out and eliminate waste, fraud and abuse. … We must repeal Obamacare — including the associated taxes, which the Ryan budget leaves intact by assuming the enactment of tax reform later on. We’ll replace it with a market-based health care system devoid of government involvement and managed by patients and their doctors. … If we get government out of the way and put Medicare in patients’ hands by increasing contribution limits to health savings accounts, it will transform Medicare into a more flexible premium assistance program (Rep. Paul C. Broun Jr., R-Ga., 3/18). The Washington Post: Progressives’ Budget Merits A Closer Look Ryan’s budget is cruel, deceptive and incomplete. Even as the Affordable Care Act and Medicare expansion are being embraced by reality-based Republican governors (or those, such as Florida’s Rick Scott, who are experiencing a momentary bout of poll-induced realism), Ryan stubbornly ignores Congressional Budget Office evidence that the ACA decreases the deficit. Even at a moment when we need the safety net more than ever, Ryan wants to shred and slash programs including Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps and domestic violence prevention. And even as Ryan coasts on his unearned reputation as a serious wonk, his budget math is full of holes (Katrina vanden Heuvel, 3/18). Houston Chronicle: The Case For A Texas Solution The Texas Medicaid program as it presently exists has reached an unsustainable capacity. The current network of hospitals and physicians who care for our state’s Medicaid population has reached a true breaking point. They can no longer welcome new patients under the existing model of coverage. … It is true that Texas stands to gain coverage for a significant number of now-uninsured residents through any healthcare expansion, but an expansion of Medicaid also results in an expansion of patient need. As it stands, only about 30 percent of Texas physicians are willing to accept new Medicaid patients. Without reforms, those new patients will still find the Texas health care system inaccessible for preventive and primary care, leaving them seeking care in emergency rooms at a continued high cost to Texas taxpayers. The state’s existing system is broken, and placing more pressure on an already broken system sets us up for a crisis (State Rep. John Zerwas, 3/17). Seattle Times: Expand Medicaid Under The Affordable Care Act To Improve Mental-Health Care Our mental-health system has gaping holes and we cannot continue to ignore them. In our work at Downtown Emergency Service Center we see these holes reflected every day in the people who fall through them. Our mission is to provide the kind of care that helps people get back on their feet and find stability. Expanding Medicaid access to 250,000 people in our state under the Affordable Care Act will (Bill Hobson and Paul Tipps, 3/18). The New York Times: A Cure, In Essence, For HIV In Some Adults Two weeks ago, American doctors reported that they had “functionally” cured a baby infected with H.I.V., the virus that causes AIDS, with an aggressive treatment of drugs starting some 30 hours after the baby was born. Experts hailed the feat but cautioned that the findings might have little relevance to adults. Now French researchers have identified 14 adults whose treatments with antiviral drugs began within a couple of months of infection, continued for one to seven and a half years, and then stopped (3/18).The Washington Post: Why Should Food Stamps Pay For Junk Food? What really caught my attention, though, were the photographs that showed what some SNAP recipients bought with their government-funded debit cards: Cheetos Puffs, a one-ounce handful of which contains 10 grams of fat; a box containing two dozen 12-ounce cans of Fanta Orange soda, each of which contains 44 grams of sugar; a carton of six-ounce Capri Sun drink pouches, each of which contains 16 grams of sugar. In short, this immense nutrition program pays for a lot of stuff that is the opposite of nutritious (Charles Lane, 3/18). WBUR: Cognoscenti: Medical School Debt And The Potential Impact On Patient CareAs we waited for an operating room before my recent knee surgery, I lay on a gurney making small talk with the five doctors and nurses who surrounded me. My anesthesia had just started to kick in when one of the doctors mentioned his eye-popping student debt. His admission prompted his colleagues to chime in with what they owed. They were all resigned to the fact that borrowing insane amounts of money was required to pursue a medical profession. As I fell into a deep sleep, I tallied their collective student loans in my head; about a half-million dollars in unpaid debt went into the operating room with me that day. Tuition and fees at public medical schools increased by an average of 133 percent  between 1984 and 2004. At private schools, costs went up by 50 percent in the same period (Bob Hildreth, 3/19). Journal of the American Medical Association: Ushering In A New Era Of Open Science Through Data Sharing A wall surrounds much of these clinical research data, sequestering knowledge, impeding the free flow of information, and obscuring a clear view of the totality of evidence relevant to many research questions and clinical decisions. Nearly half of clinical research trials are never published. Moreover, publications are often incomplete, selectively reporting favorable outcomes and infrequently reporting relevant safety findings. Motivations and explanations for this phenomenon vary, but whether intended or not, selective publication distorts the medical evidence and inhibits the flow of information that is vital to decision making by patients and their clinicians (Dr. Joseph S. Ross and Dr. Harlan M. Krumholz, 3/18). last_img read more

State Highlights Battle Over Brooklyn Hospitals Fate Widens In Court

first_imgA selection of health policy stories from New York, Georgia, Iowa, Texas, Minnesota and California.The New York Times: Judge Raises Prospect Of Criminal Charges In Hospital CaseJustice Johnny L. Baynes in Brooklyn, who has issued three temporary restraining orders in the case since March, all forbidding SUNY to take steps to close [Long Island College Hospital], asked a lawyer representing Bill de Blasio, the public advocate and a Democratic candidate for mayor, whether he had reported allegations of criminal interference with emergency room services to the Brooklyn district attorney. Murmurs of approval rose from the room, packed with longtime patients, doctors, nurses and residents of northern Brooklyn where the fate of the 150-year-old hospital has become a rallying cry (Bernstein, 8/7).Atlanta Journal-Constitution: State Health Care Shift Is On: Notes From A Convention Of Expensive PeopleAt 10:17 a.m. Wednesday, a black-robed, bow-tied Judge Jerry Baxter sat down in Room 4D of the Fulton County courthouse and opened a three-day convention featuring some of the most expensive people in Atlanta. … At stake was a five-year contract to manage the health insurance coverage of 650,000 state employees — including most public school teachers — and the $3 billion in claims they make each year (Galloway, 8/7).Des Moines Register: Proposed Telemedicine Ban Proceeds After Vote DeadlockLegislators have declined for the moment to step into a dispute over whether state regulators should shut down a video-conferencing system used to dispense abortion pills statewide. The Iowa Board of Medicine ruled in 2010 that the Planned Parenthood system, the first of its kind in the nation, could continue (Leys, 8/7). Texas Tribune: Dental Board’s Review Process Gets MakeoverAhead of the 83rd legislative session, the Texas House Public Health Committee heard pointed criticism of the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners, with some critics accusing the board of ineptitude and not acting swiftly to address Medicaid fraud cases. Lawmakers have responded by approving new regulations, and they are optimistic that the board will have the tools to add staffing and become more efficient in handling complaints (Floyd and Lai, 8/7).MPR: Simple Solutions Can Help Fill Gaps In Health Care Martha Hitzeman is legally blind, and at 87, needs medication for pain and to prevent strokes. … MedSmart was created in response to a state Minnesota Department of Human Services request for ideas that could help elderly patients stay at home. It is funded in part by a $117,000 DHS matching grant (Gunderson, 8/8).California Healthline: Scope-Of-Practice Bills Proceed, PauseThe Assembly Committee on Business, Professions and Consumer Protection yesterday passed SB 493 by Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina), which would expand scope-of-practice rights for pharmacists. The committee failed to pass a companion bill (also authored by Hernandez) that would have expanded scope of practice for nurse practitioners. The failed bill, SB 491, can be reconsidered, setting up a final vote next week. The bill fell two votes short of approval with five committee members abstaining. … At issue is the dearth in primary care physicians in California, particularly in rural and urban underserved areas (Gorn, 8/7). State Highlights: Battle Over Brooklyn Hospital’s Fate Widens In Court 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

Audi Unveils Charging Station Fit For Electric Era

28 photos Audi e-tron GT To Debut AT LA Auto Show: 12 New EVs By 2025 Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on September 18, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News First Look Inside & Out At The Audi e-tron By Autogefühl The charging station is kind of a fancy vision of how the electric era will look like. In reality, we will be happy if there is a network of chargers with high reliability. Looks don’t matter much.Audi e-tron will be one of the few models that can charge really quickly – at 150 kW it will need just a half hour to replenish 80% ofthe capacity of its 95 kWh battery. We need to add here that Audi deserves applause for the European on-board charging options – three-phase 11 kW (standard) and 22 kW (option), which is something the Jaguar I-PACE and Mercedes-Benz EQC lack.Here are details of the demonstration: Now, Bay Area residents can be among the first to check out the all-new e-tron at a four-day experience called ‘Charging Station Unleashed,’ located near the Embarcadero at 90 Broadway, San Francisco. ‘Charging Station Unleashed’Audi envisions a charging station for the electric era, celebrating the new all-electric Audi e-tron SUV in San FranciscoIn celebration of the global launch of the e-tron, Audi has reinvented the charging station for the electric era. Visitors to this interactive pop-up experience will have a glimpse into the future of electric mobility and be the first in America to see the 2019 e-tron in person and place their reservations. Other electric Audi vehicles on display include the championship winning Formula E racecar and the 764-horsepower, PB18 concept car, which debuted at Monterey Car Week in August (on display until Sept. 20).“The heart of the experience is a modern take on what a charging station could look like in the near future – a place where drivers of electric vehicles can refuel themselves while their vehicle recharges,” said Loren Angelo, vice president of Marketing, Audi of America.The experience will also offer complimentary charging from Audi for current electric car owners with chargers supplied by Electrify America.  Electrify America is investing $2 billion to create a nationwide network of highway, and community ultra-fast DC fast chargers, as well as Level 2 stations at workplace and multi-unit dwellings. These efforts are designed to take electric further than it’s ever gone before, and enable millions of American to discover the benefits of electric driving.Interactive exhibits:Interactive experiences will be on-site for consumers to see, touch and taste what the future of design and innovation can be in a future where ‘Electric has gone Audi,’ including:A kinetic energy capture installation that showcases how electric power could come from anywhere in the future, even human movement. The activation will showcase the power humans generate walking, hopping, or dancing across the energy capture floors. The positive energy will then animate a wall installation in real time.LED swings, nodding to the role the e-tron has in ushering in an era where technology, design and mobility are designed to combine to create a more thrilling experience.An innovative menu of reimagined “electric provisions” curated by James Beard award-winning Chef Stuart Brioza and Chef Nicole Krasinski from State Bird Provisions.The entire experience will run on social currency. Visitors won’t pay for anything in cash. Rather, they’ll receive special LED bracelets that let them access the station’s amenities when they share posts about the experience on social media.On-site reservations for the Audi e-tron SUV. This is the first time the e-tron will be available for consumers to see and experience the new vehicle, review product specifications, stats and options, and place a reservation right on-site with a fully refundable $1,000 reservation fee ahead of delivery in mid-2019. Source: Electric Vehicle News Newly Revealed Audi e-tron: Wallpaper Tuesday Audi envisions a charging station of the futureRight after the unveiling of the e-tron, Audi took a while to rest… accelerated the marketing campaign by presenting more stuff. The latest news from Audi is Charging Station Unleashed – a four-day experience near San Francisco’s Embarcadero (at 90 Broadway) that will display the all-new Audi e-tron, the championship Formula E racecar and the PB 18 all-electric concept car.The German brand will present the vehicles, its technology, accept reservations (the special Edition One is already sold out) and make people familiar with its charging station from Electrify America that will play a key role in Audi’s BEV rollout by placing hundreds of DC fast charging stations with multiple chargers at each location.Audi e-tron debut read more

2019 Chevrolet Volt Gets New Blackout Package

Source: Electric Vehicle News 2019 Chevy Volt, Bolt EV Pass Automobile Mag #noboringcars Test The 2019 Chevrolet Volt undergoes few changes, but a new blackout package is a thing.In fact, the Volt Blackout Package came along as a limited addition dealer-upgrade-only offering during the 2018 model year. But now, you can order a factory 2019 Chevrolet Volt with the package. For the 2018 model year, this option was only a limited edition and limited production upgrade, which was subject to dealers being able to outfit the car in such a way.Additional 2019 Chevrolet Volt News: 2019 Chevrolet Volt Slight Price Increase: Premier Gets 7.2 kW Charger According to GM Authority, the new Chevrolet Volt Blackout Package includes the following:Front and rear Black bowtie emblems17-inch split 5-spoke aluminum wheels with ultra-bright machined finish with painted gloss black pocketsSport pedal kitIt will cost you an extra $1,995 and can be had on either current Volt trim level: LT and Premier. Let’s hope the 2019 Chevrolet Volt continues the recent sales momentum that the outgoing model has enjoyed. Perhaps with the upgrades and added packages it will fare well.Source: GM Authority Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on October 17, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News 2019 Chevy Volt Finally Gets 7.2 kW Charger, -13 Degrees F Engine Activation read more

Audi etron GT Concept Test Drives In LA Videos

first_img Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on December 17, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Source: Electric Vehicle News Audi e-tron GT on the streets of LAThe Audi e-tron GT concept unveiled at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show turns out to be much closer to production-ready than one might think, considering the launch date of late 2020.The German manufacturer recently allowed several media outlets to get behind of the wheel of a concept, as its 95% ready and to drive it in LA with a police escort.Audi e-tron GT concept Audi e-tron GT Stuns At LA Motor Show: Images + Videos Cutaway Of Audi e-tron GT + Comparison With Porsche Taycan Audi e-Tron GT Makes Global Debut In LA: Packs Mighty Punch [UPDATE] The Audi e-tron GT concept looks stunning on the streets and according to ThomasGeigerCar, it attracts a lot of attention. The interior is also pretty slick.The car needs to now be adjusted to reality – get some proper door handles, suspension or infotainment, but overall you will here it many times – it looks amazing, it’s athletic, sporty and many drivers might be tempted by the e-tron GT, especially if it is more affordable than its Porsche Taycan sibling. Audi e-tron GT concept:more than 90 kWh batteryover 400 km (248.5 miles) of range (WLTP)dual motor (PMSM) all-wheel drive with torque vectoringsystem output: 434 kW (590 hp)0-100 km/h (62 mph) in about 3.5 seconds0-200 km/h (124 mph) in over 12 secondstop speed of 240 km/h (149 mph)800 V battery system voltagefast charging: 0-80% in 20-minuteswireless charging at 11 kW (on-board charger is at least 11 kW)450 liters of luggage capacity plus extra 100 liters under the hood4.96-meter length, 1.96-meter width and 1.38-meter height.embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }.embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }.embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }last_img read more

Tesla is finally starting to expand rollout of new Supercharger V3 stations

first_imgTesla is finally starting to expand the rollout of its new more powerful Supercharger V3 stations a few months after unveiling the latest generation of its fast-charging stations. more…Subscribe to Electrek on YouTube for exclusive videos and subscribe to the podcast.https://youtu.be/WdPfw3XWyJQThe post Tesla is finally starting to expand rollout of new Supercharger V3 stations appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forwardlast_img

First look inside Teslas Gigafactory 3 with leaked pictures

first_imgSource: Charge Forward We’re getting our first look inside Tesla’s Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai as the building is progressing rapidly ahead of production. more…Subscribe to Electrek on YouTube for exclusive videos and subscribe to the podcast.https://youtu.be/WdPfw3XWyJQThe post First look inside Tesla’s Gigafactory 3 with leaked pictures appeared first on Electrek.last_img

Millers treble makes light work of Rovers courageous challenge

first_imgShare via Email Soccer Topics Share via Email Sun 9 Mar 2008 20.15 EDT It was not for lack of effort that Bristol Rovers last night failed to complete a clean sweep of FA Cup quarter-final upsets but, for all the League One side’s energy and commitment, class eventually told as West Bromwich Albion overcame difficult conditions to reach the last four. The scoreline flattered the Championship side, who were under sustained pressure for periods, but their ruthless touch in the final third proved the decisive factor.No one epitomised that killer instinct more than Ishmael Miller, and the forward completed his hat-trick with five minutes remaining to maintain Albion’s hopes of winning the FA Cup and promotion in the same season, something they achieved in 1931 and which no club has repeated since. Miller’s coup de grace provided a sobering end to an exhilarating match in which Paul Trollope’s side played with an ambition that merited more than Danny Coles’ solitary goal.The central defender’s strike, coming moments after Miller had grabbed Albion’s second, asked further questions of the Championship side and, for a spell after the interval, an equaliser beckoned. Rovers were on top, pegging back their opponents but hopes of parity disappeared when Miller, pouncing on Coles’ poor defensive header, seized his second and Albion’s third. With the tie now beyond the home team, Kevin Phillips and Miller embellished the scoreline.”My first thought goes to them [Bristol Rovers]. It was not a 5-1 result but credit to our strikers,” said Tony Mowbray, the Albion manager, who, not surprisingly, singled out Miller’s contribution. “My one thing with Ishmael is trying to get his work-rate up,” he added. “He’s got undoubted power and goalscoring ability. I was a centre-half and I wouldn’t like to play against that power, pace, strength and technical ability. He showed that in abundance today.”And never more so than in the lead-up to Albion’s second goal. Jonathan Greening’s pass had encouraged the forward to gambol forward on the right but there was still much to do as he confronted Joe Jacobson. Having dropped his shoulder, Miller cut inside the Rovers full-back and then used his physique to nudge him aside before drilling a wonderful left-footed shot from around 20 yards beyond Steve Phillips and into the roof of the net.Rovers might easily have imploded at that point but, much to their credit, the home team responded with belligerence. Having already threatened through Craig Hinton and Rickie Lambert, and also seen strong appeals for a penalty turned down when the latter appeared to be impeded by Chris Brunt, Rovers finally gleaned reward for their bright opening when Coles converted from six yards after Craig Disley flicked on Stuart Campbell’s corner.The goal was no more than Rovers deserved after they had fallen behind to James Morrison’s 16th-minute opener when the former Middlesbrough midfielder took advantage of Phillips’ failure to hold Roman Bednar’s low shot. Much had been made of the poor conditions beforehand but there was little to suggest that the threadbare pitch was assisting Trollope’s team as they sought to move the ball around with purpose rather than punt forward and scrap.Unfortunately for those hoping for another giantkilling, the finishing in the final third did not match that of their opponents, who showed why they are the highest-scoring team in the country. Indeed 14 goals have now arrived during their FA Cup adventure this season, including an impressive 10 in the past two games. “Their finishing was clinical,” admitted Trollope, the first-team coach. “If we had scored at 2-1 it might have been a different story but they deserved to go through.”That view was reinforced when Phillips, taking advantage of a fortunate ricochet, swept home Albion’s fourth before Miller added his 16th of the season, suggesting that Sven-Goran Eriksson might have been a little rash in letting the 21-year-old leave the City of Manchester Stadium in January.He could well be up against his former club next season, something that Mowbray believes will act as a greater incentive than the chance to appear at Wembley. “If the club win the FA Cup it would be an amazing achievement,” added Albion’s manager. “But it would be tinged with sadness if we don’t win promotion.”Man of the match Ishmael MillerA hat-trick to cap an impressive individual performance that suggests Manchester City may have been a little rash in allowing the powerful forward to leave. Appears to have all the attributes to be a success at a higher levelBest moment The powerful swerving drive that flew high into the Rovers net after he had brushed Joe Jacobson aside Share on WhatsApp Miller’s treble makes light work of Rovers’ courageous challenge FA Cup 2007-08 FA Cup Shares00 Share on Messenger West Bromwich Albion Soccercenter_img Share on Twitter Stuart James at the Memorial Stadium First published on Sun 9 Mar 2008 20.15 EDT match reports Share on Pinterest Bristol Rovers Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share on Twitter @StuartJamesGNM Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Akin Gump Scores Appellate Win in Discrimination Lawsuit

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Arrival

first_imgby, David Goff, ChangingAging ContributorTweetShare2ShareEmail2 SharesThere is something happening, particularly with older people, which I don’t think has been commented upon.I think that this phenomenon needs to be reported and considered, for the sake of those getting older, and for the sake of everyone who is pursuing genuine happiness. There is an actualization of self that can take place, in the later years, that brings happiness, fulfillment, and most importantly, the kind of unique perspective that can make hope a real thing.I call this phenomenon “arrival”, and if you keep reading you’ll see why.What I have to report is paradoxical. It isn’t straightforward, or simple; that is probably why this change, this particular form of the initiatory attainment is not well-known. If you think about what I’m describing here, you will probably know someone who has achieved this state; it isn’t new, just not widely commented upon. In some strange way, there is a taboo here. Happiness, and even freedom, are achievable — just not the way that the mainstream is invested in. There is no wrinkle cream, other than life, that can convey this particular elixir. Some of us have come to life in a way that is both an arrival, and a real departure from the norms of our society.What am I referring to? Lately, I’ve observed, and gotten to know, people who are genuinely happy, full of life, who feel well situated and are already making a difference. These are people, which in my way of seeing things, have ripened. They have become themselves. These folks are, by and large, the elders amongst us. They don’t make a lot of noise, don’t call attention to themselves, don’t think they’ve done anything special, but they have achieved something, I think we all need to know about. They have arrived.By arrival I mean that they occupy the very rare space of becoming themselves while being on their journey. They have a sense of becoming whole, uniquely themselves, free to be what they need to be, and they have a destiny before them. They have arrived — and as part of their arrival — they know they are departing. They occupy a truly paradoxical, and special space.Arrival means they have become themselves, achieved true uniqueness, and are happily reconciled to this development being only half of the story. Death may come. They don’t fear it. Certainly adventure awaits them. Because they are themselves, they are ready. Their achievement, their existence, is important for us to notice. They reveal to us one prospective way to live, the possibility of actualizing ourselves, the miraculous perception that who we are, just might be what is needed.I’m not talking about your average old person here. Though I could be, it is never too late to become yourself. I’m addressing the fact that some people never stopped learning, and going through the hopper of hardship. These folks, it appears, found a way to use hardship, pain, and loss creatively. They have made of their lives works of art, they have found ways to become themselves, to achieve wholeness.They have a lot to teach us, but not in the school sort of way. Their knowledge isn’t something that can be transmitted in lectures, it takes the stuff of life. A part of the reason we need to know that such a thing as arrival is possible, is because to learn the art of being whole takes time, and is best communicated by absorption in the dilemmas of life. The elder best teaches by example. The learner learns best by honoring the teacher, and in this case, by noticing the arrival of those who know something important.I keep saying there is a paradox here. I don’t say that to show off, or to make this attainment seem more difficult than it is. I say it because I’m impressed by the unlikelihood of this development, by the life-giving, character building nature of what they have been through. Life, evidently cared about them enough, to have really roughed them up. They, in turn, seemed to have cared enough on their own, to have turned that hardship into something original.I remember once hearing a story, a part of which, went like this, “a Zen Master said to a group of his students, “You are perfect as you are, and you could use a little improvement.” I think that the paradox of our being explains what he means, and explains how elders could be arriving just as they are departing. I think we are always connected to the larger reality. For that reason, we are perfect as we are. We are after all a part of a larger whole that is also perfect as it is. Elders, as they become themselves, are little wholes who shine with the light of the larger whole, a joined part of that great magnificence.We human beings are part of that larger whole and we are a separate piece, responsible for our own wholeness. The journey includes becoming a part of the whole and becoming whole unto our selves. That is how the Zen students can be perfect as they are (they are manifestations of the whole, whole themselves) and need a little improvement (and they are evolving, semi-complete parts of the whole). Elders too are arriving, manifesting their wholeness, and departing, manifesting their evolving partness.Arrival is a real thing, a possibility that we cannot afford to ignore, just because it doesn’t look like completeness. Arrival is also essential to our kind. The old look like they are over the hill. The truth is that they have lived long enough to realize there is no hill, but there is the possibility of coming home, to them selves, and to the Universe. The rest of us, if we don’t notice elder actualization, live with no knowledge of the possibility of a homecoming. What is a journey that contains no arrival? Elders do arrive, and because they do, we know we can too.Related PostsA Confluence of Elder WisdomThe wisdom of elders is a hard-earned wisdom, a wisdom that could be meaningful now, that could be timely, that could help us find a way to ripen through this time of hardship.Happiness — A Report From the Slow LaneGrowing older has meant, for some of us, that we have arrived, despite still having further to go, at a time and place in our lives, where there are no roles, rules, or expectations, other than our own.Dilemma Story — Part 1I want to explore a kind of story that was designed by indigenous people to look collectively at difficult moral and social issues. The story–form is called the dilemma story.TweetShare2ShareEmail2 SharesTags: Elderhoodlast_img read more

New family support program improves patientcentered care and lowers hospitalization costs

first_imgMay 23 2018Families of critically ill hospital patients report higher satisfaction with clinician communication and a better perception of patient-centered care when the care team uses a low-cost strategy involving intensive emotional support and frequent meetings, according to the results of a University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine randomized trial being presented today at the ATS 2018 International Conference in San Diego and scheduled for publication in the June 21 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.The program – known as PARTNER (PAiring Re-engineered ICU Teams with Nurse-driven Emotional Support and Relationship-building) – also reduced patients’ lengths of stay in intensive care units (ICUs) and lowered hospitalization costs. During the trial, the program cost an average of $170 per patient, but it reduced hospitalization costs by 28 percent.”One in five Americans die in or shortly after discharge from an ICU – typically when a loved one decides to forego life-prolonging therapies. That difficult decision can be made unnecessarily stressful when there are problems with communication between a patient’s family and their care team,” said Douglas B. White, M.D., M.A.S., director of the Clinical Research Investigation and Systems Modeling of Acute Illness (CRISMA) Center’s Program on Ethics and Decision Making in Pitt’s Department of Critical Care Medicine. “PARTNER helps the clinical team establish relationships and provide support to the family well before decisions have to be made about goals of care.”PARTNER is delivered by the interprofessional team in the ICU, consisting of nurses, physicians, spiritual care providers, social workers and others who play a part in patient care. The program is overseen by nurse-leaders in each ICU who receive 12 hours of advanced communication skills training to support families. The nurses meet with the families daily and arrange interdisciplinary clinician-family meetings within 48 hours of a patient coming to the ICU. A quality improvement specialist helps to incorporate the family support intervention into the clinicians’ workflow.Related StoriesHome-based support network helps stroke patients adjust after hospital dischargeOlympus Europe and Cytosurge join hands to accelerate drug development, single cell research’Traffic light’ food labels associated with reduction in calories purchased by hospital employeesTo test its effectiveness, PARTNER was rolled out at five UPMC ICUs with different patient populations and staffing. It was implemented in a staggered fashion so that every participating ICU would eventually get PARTNER. Before receiving PARTNER, the ICUs continued their usual methods of supporting families of hospitalized patients. None of the ICUs had a set approach to family communication or required family meetings at regular intervals before receiving PARTNER.A total of 1,420 adult patients were enrolled in the trial, and 1,106 of these patients’ family members agreed to be a part of the study and its six-month follow-up surveys. The patients were very sick, with about 60 percent dying within six months of hospitalization and less than 1 percent living independently at home at that point.Families who participated in the intervention were more likely to report that their loved one received patient-centered care – where the patient’s comfort, emotional well-being, beliefs and cultural needs were respected and guided clinical actions. Of those receiving PARTNER, 79.2 percent scored their loved one’s care in the highest patient-centeredness category on an assessment, compared to 63.2 percent of those who received usual care.The intervention cut the average hospital length-of-stay by more than three days, from 13.5 to 10.4 days, and shortened the average time patients spent in the ICU from 7.4 to 6.7 days.”We also observed a slightly higher rate of in-hospital mortality, which came with families reporting more patient-centered care and better communication,” said White, who also holds the UPMC Chair for Ethics in Critical Care Medicine. “This was likely because the intervention supported families in determining what goals of care were most respectful to the patient as a person in the setting of very advanced illness.” ​​​​ Source:http://www.ccm.pitt.edu/news/team-approach-support-families-improves-icu-patient-centered-care-and-lowers-costslast_img read more

Analysis of Anglo Saxon teeth gives more reliable indicator of effects of

first_img Source:https://www.bradford.ac.uk/news/2018/anglo-saxon-teeththur-6-sept-2018.php Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Sep 7 2018Evidence from the teeth of Anglo Saxon children could help identify modern children most at risk from conditions such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease.Researchers from the University of Bradford found that analysis of milk teeth of children’s skeletons from a 10th Century site in Northamptonshire, England, gave a more reliable indicator of the effects of diet and health than bone.The study, published today, 6 September 2018, in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, shows that by analyzing dentine from the milk teeth of the Anglo Saxon children, a picture emerges of the development of these children from the third trimester of pregnancy onwards, and is a proxy indicator of the health of the mothers. This is the first time that secure in utero data has been measured.Related StoriesHow black pharmacists are closing the cultural gap in health careWear protective clothing to reduce the risk of skin damage from sun’s UV raysIsraeli scientists invent new tooth fillings to fight recurrent decayThe skeletons analyzed at the University of Bradford come from a settlement at Raunds Furnells and are from a group known to have been under nourished. The effect of this under nourishment, or stress, is to limit the growth of bones. This can limit the evidence available from analysis of bones alone, such as age.Researchers were also able to look at children of different ages to see whether those who survived the first 1,000 days from conception, during which factors such as height are set, had different biomarkers for stress than those who died during this high-risk period.Teeth, unlike bone, continue to grow under such stress and, unlike bone, record high nitrogen values. This evidence gives a clearer picture of what is happening to the child from before birth. The teeth are, in effect, acting as an archive of diet and health of both the child and mother.Dr Julia Beaumont, of the University of Bradford’s School of Archeological and Forensic Sciences, said: “This is the first time that we have been able to measure with confidence the in utero nitrogen values of dentine. We find that when bone and teeth form at the same time, bone doesn’t record high nitrogen values that occur during stress. Our hypothesis is that bone isn’t growing but teeth are. So archeology can’t rely on the evidence from bones alone because bone is not forming and recording during high stress and we can’t be sure, for example, of the age of a skeleton. Teeth are more reliable as they continue to grow even when a child is starving.”As well as the archeological significance of this method of analysis, Dr Beaumont believes it has a direct application to modern medicine.She said: “There is a growing consensus that factors such as low birthweight have a significant impact on our likelihood of developing conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and obesity and that the first 1,000 days from conception onwards set our ‘template’. By analyzing the milk teeth of modern children in the same way as the Anglo Saxon skeletons, we can measure the same values and see the risk factors they are likely to face in later life, enabling measures to be taken to mitigate such risks.”last_img read more

MIT grad brings new refrigeration system to rural India

Every year in India, millions of gallons of milk gathered by rural farmers from their small herds spoil on their way to market. Last week, the co-founder of a U.S. startup company that is trying to solve that supply chain problem was named one of seven “invention ambassadors” in a new program that highlights the value of technology-driven solutions to global problems.When Sorin Grama graduated with a master’s degree in engineering and management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2007 and started Promethean Power Systems with entrepreneur Sam White, their goal was to sell solar power concentrators to generate electricity in clinics and schools in villages without a dependable source of electricity. But the villages couldn’t find a use for the expensive technology, so Grama and White turned their attention to the country’s dairy industry, which is dominated by farmers with a few cows and who depend on rickshas, bikes, or their own feet to transport the warm milk on the first leg of its long journey from farm to local village collection center to the dairy plant. “[Milk] really is like liquid cash to them, because milk is something you harvest and sell daily,” says Grama, an electrical engineer who invented a refrigeration system to help these villagers keep their milk fresh longer. Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country Click to view the privacy policy. 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The event, co-sponsored by AAAS (which publishes ScienceInsider), marks the start of a 3-year effort to engage inventors with the public through talks with everyone from high school students to policymakers.Grama’s invention is called the rapid milk chiller, a dome-shaped machine that couples to a thermal energy battery to cool milk from 35°C to 4°C. The rapid milk chiller cools the milk by means of a heat exchange with cold fluid inside the dome. When electrical power is not available, the rapid milk chiller can cool up to 500 liters of milk using only the thermal energy stored in the battery.Dairy plants install the chiller-battery pairs in village collection centers. Now, villagers can keep their milk fresh for up to 2 days. Dairy trucks don’t have to make daily rounds and no longer have to transport milk from a village collection center to a separate chilling center. The dairy plants can also extend their reach to more isolated villages with rapid milk chillers.Promethean Power has sold 60 chiller-battery pairs to dairy processing facilities since the first one was installed 3 years ago. The company plans to produce more chiller-battery pairs as demand rises, and Grama and White hope to apply their technology to cool vegetables and other perishable food items. read more

A step closer to explaining hightemperature superconductivity

first_img Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country Just how the copper-and-oxygen, or cuprate, superconductors work remains unclear. The materials contain planes of copper and oxygen ions with the coppers arranged in a square pattern. Repelling one another, the electrons get stuck in a one-to-a-copper traffic jam called a Mott insulator state. They also spin like tops, and at low temperatures neighboring electrons spin in opposite directions, creating an up-down-up-down pattern of magnetism called antiferromagnetism. Superconductivity sets in when impurities soak up a few electrons and ease the traffic jam. The remaining electrons then pair to glide freely along the planes.Theorists do not yet agree how that pairing occurs. Some think that wavelike ripples in the antiferromagnetic pattern act as a glue to attract one electron to the other. Others argue that the pairing arises, paradoxically, from the repulsion among the electrons alone. Theorists can write down a mathematical model of electrons on a checkerboard plane, known as the Fermi-Hubbard model, but it is so hard to “solve” that nobody has been able to show whether it produces superconductivity.Experimentalists hope to reproduce the Fermi-Hubbard model in laser light and cold atoms to see if it yields superconductivity. In 2002, Immanuel Bloch, a physicist at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics (MPQ) in Garching, Germany, and colleagues realized a Mott insulator state in an optical lattice. Six years later, Esslinger and colleagues achieved the Mott state with atoms with the right amount of spin to mimic electrons. Now, Randall Hulet, a physicist at Rice University in Houston, Texas, and colleagues have nearly achieved the next-to-last step along the way: antiferromagnetism.Hulet and colleagues trapped between 100,000 and 250,000 lithium-6 atoms in laser light. They then ramped up the optical lattice and ramped it back down to put them in order. Shining laser light of a specific wavelength on the atoms, they observed evidence of an emerging up-down-up-down spin pattern. The laser light was redirected, or diffracted, at a particular angle by the rows of atoms—just as x-rays diffract off the ions in a real crystal. Crucially, the light probed the spin of the atoms: The light wave flipped if it bounced off an atom spinning one way but not the other. Without that flipping, the diffraction wouldn’t have occurred, so observation confirms the emergence of the up-down-up-down pattern, Hulet says.Hulet’s team solved a problem that has plagued other efforts. Usually, turning the optical lattice on heats the atoms. To avoid that, the researchers added another laser that slightly repelled the atoms, so that the most energetic ones were just barely held by the trap. Then, as the atoms heated, the most energetic ones “evaporated” like steam from hot soup to keep the other ones cool, the researchers report online this week in Nature. They didn’t quite reach a full stable antiferromagnetic pattern: The temperature was 40% too high. But the technique might get there and further, Hulet says. “We don’t have a good sense of what the limit of this method is,” he says. “We could get a factor of two lower, we could get a factor of 10 lower.””It is indeed very promising,” says Tin-Lun “Jason” Ho, a theorist at Ohio State University, Columbus. Reducing the temperature by a factor of two or three might be enough to reach the superconducting state, he says. However, MPQ’s Bloch cautions that it may take still other techniques to get that cold. “There are several cooling techniques that people are developing and interesting experiments coming up,” he says.Physicists are also exploring other systems and problems with optical lattices. The approach is still gaining steam, Hulet says: “It’s an exciting time.” 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 Emailcenter_img For years some physicists have been hoping to crack the mystery of high-temperature superconductivity—the ability of some complex materials to carry electricity without resistance at temperatures high above absolute zero—by simulating crystals with patterns of laser light and individual atoms. Now, a team has taken—almost—the next-to-last step in such “optical lattice” simulation by reproducing the pattern of magnetism seen in high-temperature superconductors from which the resistance-free flow of electricity emerges.”It’s a very big improvement over previous results,” says Tilman Esslinger, an experimentalist at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, who was not involved in the work. “It’s very exciting to see steady progress.”An optical lattice simulation is essentially a crystal made of light. A real crystal contains a repeating 3D pattern of ions, and electrons flow from ion to ion. In the simulation, spots of laser light replace the ions, and ultracold atoms moving among spots replace the electrons. Physicists can adjust the pattern of spots, how strongly the spots attract the atoms, and how strongly the atoms repel one another. That makes the experiments ideal for probing physics such as high-temperature superconductivity, in which materials such as mercury barium calcium copper oxide carry electricity without resistance at temperatures up to 138 K, far higher above absolute zero than ordinary superconductors such as niobium can. Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*)last_img read more

Your future smartwatch might be printed with an inkjet printer

first_img Email Imagine getting the latest smartwatch or a high-tech heart attack warning detector from your inkjet printer. Researchers have taken a step in this direction by printing cheap, reliable arrays of transistors—the key components of modern electronics—and using them to carry out elementary computing tasks. The work might someday help usher in a new era of organic, flexible consumer electronics.Instead of the usual silicon, the new circuits were fashioned out of organic—or carbon-based—compounds. And whereas others have printed and stacked organic electronic components using a mix of inkjet printing and other deposition methods, the new work uses just an inkjet printer for the entire process. “I cannot think of another [device with at least two layers] where everything was done with inkjet printing,” says Ananth Dodabalapur, an electrical engineer at the University of Texas in Austin who was not involved in the work. “This is a good demonstration.”New commercial electronic devices must be compact, durable, and amenable to mass production. Nearly all mass market devices rely on microchips of the chemical element silicon, on which manufacturers etch ever smaller transistors—essentially electrical switches that can be used to fashion logic circuits for computers. 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Countrycenter_img Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) But silicon chips have some disadvantages. Silicon wafers are stiff, so it’s difficult to make silicon-based circuitry flexible. Many think that flexible, wearable electronics built from organic materials could open up new applications for electronics. For example, flexible electronics could gather vital medical data such as the stiffness of arteries, which can help predict heart attacks, and brain electrical activity, which can signal oncoming epileptic seizures.To help realize that potential, Sungjune Jung, an electrical engineer at Pohang University of Science and Technology in South Korea, and colleagues set out to see whether they could simply print working networks of organic transistors. To cram in as many transistors as possible, they designed transistors that could be stacked on top of each other, rather than placed side by side on a chip, effectively packing two transistors into the space usually occupied by one.They printed the 3-micrometer-tall circuits one layer at a time with an inkjet printer: On the bottom, they laid down the carbon-based compound that would form the parts from which electrical current would flow into and out of one transistor, then the metal electrodes that would control the current in both transistors, and, finally, the compound that would form the current-carrying parts of the other transistor. Between the layers of transistors they deposited thin films of a protective material called parylene. The device included more than 100 transistors, enough to form logical circuits that completed several basic computations, including adding two numbers.Jung’s device hit a number of key benchmarks. All the transistors worked, even 8 months after production—an impressive feat for organic electronics, which often degrade quickly. Moreover, the process required temperatures no higher than 120°C, compared with many hundreds of degrees on a typical silicon wafer fabrication line, the team reports in ACS Nano.Still, the printed devices are far from competing with silicon. The team was able to pack about five transistors into a square millimeter, whereas integrated circuit chips in today’s computers cram millions into the same space. “Our technology, in terms of transistor density, is at the stage of silicon technology in the late 1960s or early 1970s, when the first microprocessors came out,” Jung says.Because the researchers were aiming to demonstrate a concept rather than prototype a product, Jung’s team printed its circuit on stiff glass. But he says they have already printed similar components on flexible plastic, and plan to publish that result soon. Dodabalapur also notes that by some metrics, the new device lags behind what others have already achieved with organic circuits. For example, the type of computing logic the team used requires more transistors than other approaches, largely wiping out gains from more closely packing the components. And the transistors operated relatively slowly and inconsistently, he says. Moreover, although it’s possible to use inkjet printing for every step in the manufacturing process, he says, “I don’t see any advantage … to restrict oneself to one printing or patterning technique.”But such imperfections might be ironed out as a product moves to commercialization, says Janos Veres, a flexible electronics expert at PARC, a research institution in Palo Alto, California. He applauds the study for showing a novel way to print and protect organic circuit components, and imagines future labels or sensors containing stacks of not just two, but many transistors, perhaps working in concert with silicon chips or other technologies. “Ultimately we do see the opportunity to print microchips,” he says.last_img read more

Updated USDA responds to outcry over removal of animal welfare documents lawsuit

first_imgThe U.S. Department of Agriculture inspects research facilities that use animals, such as this rabbit. Updated: USDA responds to outcry over removal of animal welfare documents, lawsuit threats In this letter to the U.S. Department of Justice, the animal welfare organization reminded the government that under the terms of a 2009 legal settlement with HSUS, USDA had agreed to make public some of the records it has now scrubbed from its public database. HSUS, its lawyers write, “is exercising its rights under [the 2009 settlement] and intends to take further action unless USDA agrees to reconsider this bizarre reversal of the agency’s longstanding policy” of making inspection records and others publicly available.The animal organization’s letter notes that under the terms of the 2009 settlement, the two parties, HSUS and USDA, now have 30 days to settle their differences. After that, HSUS can ask the court to reopen the lawsuit.A spokesperson for USDA did not in the course of 3 hours return an email and a call requesting comment.The HSUS letter also argues that USDA’s actions violate laws governing the electronic release of data under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). One of the laws requires agencies to “make available for public inspection … [By] electronic means” all FOIA requests that it releases to anyone and that it determines are likely to be asked for again, by others. When they were public, many of USDA’s inspection reports, especially those of troubled facilities, were accessed repeatedly by a number of different users.The lawsuit that was settled in 2009 was brought by HSUS in 2005, after USDA refused to release under FOIA annual reports about animals in biomedical research labs. The 2009 settlement stipulated that the agency must promptly and publicly post those reports from 2009 to 2013. It does not address the years after 2013, nor does it address the many other kinds of documents that were scrubbed from USDA’s public database on Friday. For instance, inspection reports of animal facilities were not covered in the settlement.Kathleen Conlee, the vice president for animal research at HSUS in Washington, D.C., concedes that the settlement was limited to records through 2013, but adds: “The arguments still apply: Taxpayers have a right to know what animals are being used, how many, and whether they experience pain and distress.” She also noted that personal identifying information is already redacted from what until Friday were the publicly posted reports.The scrubbed documents detail inspections, animal censuses, enforcement actions, and annual reports on about 7800 facilities, including some 1100 research labs, where animals that are protected under the Animal Welfare Act are kept. Other facilities covered in the reports include zoos, circuses, and animal transporters.The removal of the documents on Friday prompted an outcry from animal welfare advocates. “With this announcement, transparency has not just been limited—it is has been eliminated,” said Eric Kleiman, a research consultant to the Animal Welfare Institute in Washington, D.C.USDA said that the blacking out of the documents was a result of its “commitment to being transparent, remaining responsive to our stakeholders’ informational needs, and maintaining the privacy rights of individuals.” It also stated that the decision to remove the records from public view resulted from a yearlong “comprehensive review,” and noted that individuals will continue to be able to access records through FOIA requests. Those can take months or years to receive responses.“I would certainly agree that protection of personal information is of utmost importance, especially given the rich history of targeting the individuals involved in animal research,” said Matthew Bailey, the president of the Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR) in Washington, D.C., which defends the use of animals in research, in a statement. “However, this change also makes it more time consuming, although not impossible, for organizations like FBR to analyze trends in animal use in research.”Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of HSUS, stated in this blog today that Brian Klippenstein, executive director of a group called Protect the Harvest, is leading the transition team at USDA. The group on its website lists among its objectives informing “America’s consumers, businesses and decision-makers about the threats posed by animal rights groups and anti-farming extremists.”Protect the Harvest did not immediately return an emailed request for comment.*Update, 6 February, 8:06 p.m.: This story has been updated to clarify the details of the 2009 settlement. By Meredith WadmanFeb. 7, 2017 , 12:15 PM Email *Update, 7 February, 12:15 p.m.: The U.S. Department of Agriculture released a statement this morning regarding the removal of animal welfare reports from its Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) website: “The review of APHIS’ website has been ongoing, and the agency is striving to balance the need for transparency with rules protecting individual privacy. In 2016, well before the change of Administration, APHIS decided to make adjustments to the posting of regulatory records. In addition, APHIS is currently involved in litigation concerning, among other issues, information posted on the agency’s website. While the agency is vigorously defending against this litigation, in an abundance of caution, the agency is taking additional measures to protect individual privacy. These decisions are not final. Adjustments may be made regarding information appropriate for release and posting.”This morning, Speaking of Research, an international organization that supports the use of animals in scientific labs, also weighed in on the issue. In a blog post, the organization says it has “considerable concerns about the wealth of information that has been removed from the USDA website in the last week.” The post continues, “When information is hidden … the public wonders what is being hidden and why, and researchers must devote even more resources to combatting the public perception that they are not transparent.” The group has uploaded some of USDA’s past reports on its website.  NiDerLander/iStockphoto 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 The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) today put USDA on notice that it intends to use legal tools to force the agency to restore tens of thousands of documents on animal welfare that it removed from its website on Friday. 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Monkeys master a key sign of selfawareness recognizing their reflections

first_imgRhesus monkeys can learn to recognize themselves in a mirror. dbimages/Alamy Stock Photo By Virginia MorellFeb. 13, 2017 , 4:30 PM Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Monkeys master a key sign of self-awareness: recognizing their reflections Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country Email Country * Afghanistan Aland Islands Albania Algeria Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia, Plurinational State of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Bouvet Island Brazil British Indian Ocean Territory Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Christmas Island Cocos (Keeling) Islands Colombia Comoros Congo Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Cook Islands Costa Rica Cote d’Ivoire Croatia Cuba Curaçao Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Faroe Islands Fiji Finland France French Guiana French Polynesia French Southern Territories Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Gibraltar Greece Greenland Grenada Guadeloupe Guatemala Guernsey Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Heard Island and McDonald Islands Holy See (Vatican City State) Honduras Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran, Islamic Republic of Iraq Ireland Isle of Man Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jersey Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Lao People’s Democratic Republic Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macao Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Martinique Mauritania Mauritius Mayotte Mexico Moldova, Republic of Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Montserrat Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands New Caledonia New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Niue Norfolk Island Norway Oman Pakistan Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Pitcairn Poland Portugal Qatar Reunion Romania Russian Federation Rwanda Saint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Martin (French part) Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Sint Maarten (Dutch part) Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands South Sudan Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Svalbard and Jan Mayen Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syrian Arab Republic Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania, United Republic of Thailand Timor-Leste Togo Tokelau Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Turks and Caicos Islands Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of Vietnam Virgin Islands, British Wallis and Futuna Western Sahara Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe But some researchers wonder whether failure is simply a sign that the exam itself is inadequate, perhaps because some animals can’t understand how mirrors work. Some animals—like rhesus monkeys, dogs, and pigs—don’t recognize themselves in mirrors, but can use them to find food. That discrepancy puzzled Mu-ming Poo, a neurobiologist at the Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences in China, and one of the study’s authors. “There must be some transition between that simple mirror use and recognizing yourself,” he says.So Poo and his colleagues put three young male rhesus monkeys through an intensive training program. Each monkey was secured in a chair facing a mirror, and researchers flashed a red laser pointer at random positions nearby. When the monkeys touched the dot, they received a treat. Sometimes, they could see the dot only by using the mirror. “The monkey has to learn that the hand in the mirror is his own hand. And he has to learn how to control it precisely by watching it in the mirror,” Poo says. “That’s the key.” Three other monkeys, who served as controls, weren’t trained to respond.  After several weeks of training, the scientists gave each monkey a classic MSR test, applying an odorless red, black, or green splotch to the animal’s cheek or eyebrow and putting it in a cage with a full-length mirror. The trained monkeys didn’t hesitate; they looked in their mirrors, pawed at the marks, and smelled their fingers, the scientists report today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. When left alone and unmarked, they did just what you’d expect from someone who’s just discovered how mirrors work: They bent over and inspected their genitals, opened their mouths to examine their teeth, and carefully combed their hair. “That showed that they recognize themselves and know they are looking at their own bodies,” Poo says. The control monkeys did none of these things. Strange as it might seem, not all animals can immediately recognize themselves in a mirror. Great apes, dolphins, Asian elephants, and Eurasian magpies can do this—as can human kids around age 2. Now, some scientists are welcoming another creature to this exclusive club: carefully trained rhesus monkeys. The findings suggest that with time and teaching, other animals can learn how mirrors work, and thus learn to recognize themselves—a key test of cognition.“It’s a really interesting paper because it shows not only what the monkeys can’t do, but what it takes for them to succeed,” says Diana Reiss, a cognitive psychologist at Hunter College in New York City, who has given the test to dolphins and Asian elephants in other experiments.The mirror self-recognition test (MSR) is revered as a means of testing self-awareness. A scientist places a colored, odorless mark on an animal where it can’t see it, usually the head or shoulder. If the animal looks in the mirror and spontaneously rubs the mark, it passes the exam. Successful species are said to understand the concept of “self” versus “other.” “The training seems to switch on a light bulb in the monkeys,” says Reiss, adding that even animals in the self-awareness club have to learn about mirrors. “[The spontaneous users] learned on their own what the monkeys learned from their training.”The study suggests that the mental processes underlying the mirror test are shared across primates, but that monkeys need more information to pass it, says primatologist Frans de Waal of Emory University in Atlanta, who was not involved with the study. Still, he and others point out that untrained monkeys continue to fail the test.“These are not spontaneous, self-directed behaviors, which is the point of the MSR test,” says Lori Marino, a biopsychologist and executive director of The Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy in Kanab, Utah, who was not involved in the study. She thinks the study has “in no way challenged [the test’s] validity.”Next, Poo and his colleagues plan to scan the brains of monkeys during their mirror training to see which brain circuits might be changing in the process. Meanwhile, Poo urges other scientists to come up with new tests for self-recognition in other species–a skill he suspects may be more common than we think.last_img read more

Podcast Raccoon latrines and microbial medicine

first_imgcuatrok77/Flickr David Grimm—online news editor for Science—talks with Sarah Crespi about a long-term project monitoring raccoon latrines in California. What influence do these wild bathrooms have on the ecosystem?Sarah also interviews Christian Jobin of the University of Florida in Gainesville about his Perspective on three papers linking the success of cancer immunotherapy with microbes in the gut—it turns out which bacteria live in a cancer patient’s intestines can predict their response to this cutting-edge cancer treatment.Read the related papers:Routy et al., Gut microbiome influences efficacy of PD-1–based immunotherapy against epithelial tumors, Science 2018Gopalakrishnan et al., Gut microbiome modulates response to anti–PD-1 immunotherapy in melanoma patients, Science 2018Matson et al., The commensal microbiome is associated with anti–PD-1 efficacy in metastatic melanoma patients, Science 2018 aan4236Listen to previous podcasts.[Image: cuatrok77/Flickr; Music: Jeffrey Cook]last_img read more

China unveils design for 5 billion particle smasher

first_img By Dennis NormileNov. 16, 2018 , 3:30 PM Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country China unveils design for $5 billion particle smasher Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) China’s Circular Electron Positron Collider would be built underground in a 100-kilometer-circumference tunnel at an as-yet-undetermined site. 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 Zimbabwecenter_img BEIJING—The center of gravity in high energy physics could move to Asia if either of two grand plans is realized. At a workshop here last week, Chinese scientists unveiled the full conceptual design for the proposed Circular Electron Positron Collider (CEPC), a $5 billion machine to tackle the next big challenge in particle physics: studying the Higgs boson. (Part of the design was published in the summer.) Now, they’re ready to develop detailed plans, start construction in 2022, and launch operations around 2030—if the Chinese government agrees to fund it.Meanwhile, Japan’s government is due to decide by the end of December whether to host an equally costly machine to study the Higgs, the International Linear Collider (ILC). How Japan’s decision might affect China’s, which is a few years away, is unclear. But it seems increasingly likely that most of the future action around the Higgs will be in Asia. Proposed “Higgs factories” in Europe are decades away and the United States has no serious plans.The Higgs boson, key to explaining how other particles gain mass, was discovered at CERN, the European particle physics laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland, in 2012—more than 40 years after being theoretically predicted. Now, scientists want to confirm the particle’s properties, how it interacts with other particles, and whether it contributes to dark matter. Having only mass but no spin and no charge, the Higgs is really a “new kind of elementary particle” that is both “a special part of the standard model” and a “harbinger of some profound new principles,” says Nima Arkani-Hamed, a theorist at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. Answering the most important questions in particle physics today “involves studying the Higgs to death,” he says. Email IHEP “Physicists want at least one machine,” says Joao Guimaraes da Costa, a physicist at the Chinese Academy of Sciences’s Institute of High Energy Physics (IHEP) here, which put together the Chinese proposal. “Ideally, both should be built,” because each has its scientific merits, adds Hitoshi Murayama, a theoretical physicist at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Tokyo’s Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe in Kashiwa, Japan.The CERN discovery relied on the Large Hadron Collider, a 27-kilometer ring in which high-energy protons traveling in opposite directions are steered into head-on collisions. This produces showers of many types of particles, forcing physicists to sift through billions of events to spot the telltale signal of a Higgs. It’s a bit like smashing together cherry pies, Murayama says: “A lot of goo flies out when what you are really looking for is the little clinks between pits.”Smashing electrons into their antimatter counterparts, positrons, results in cleaner collisions that typically produce one Z particle and one Higgs boson at a time, says Bill Murray of The University of Warwick in Coventry, U.K. How Z particles decay is well understood, so other signals can be attributed to the Higgs “and we can watch what it does,” Murray says.Japan’s plan to build an electron-positron collider grew from international investigations in the 1990s. Physicists favored a linear arrangement, in which the particles are sent down two straight opposing raceways, colliding like bullets in rifles put muzzle to muzzle. That design promises higher energies, because it avoids the losses that result when charged particles are sent in a circle, causing them to shed energy in the form of x-rays. Its disadvantage is that particles that don’t collide are lost; in a circular design they continue around the ring for another chance at colliding.Along the way, Japan signaled it might host the machine and shoulder the lion’s share of the cost, with other countries contributing detectors, other components, and expertise. A 2013 basic design envisioned a 500-giga-electronvolt (GeV) linear collider in a 31-kilometer tunnel costing almost $8 billion, not counting labor. But by then, the CERN team had already pegged the Higgs mass at 125 GeV, making the ILC design “overkill,” Murayama says. The group has since revised the plan, aiming for a 250-GeV accelerator housed in a 20-kilometer-long tunnel and costing $5 billion, says Murayama, who is also deputy director of the Linear Collider Collaboration, which coordinates global R&D work on several future colliders.IHEP scientists made their own proposal just 2 months after the Higgs was announced. They recognized the energy required for a Higgs factory “is still in a range where circular is better,” Murray says. With its beamlines buried in a 100-kilometer-circumference tunnel at a site yet to be chosen, the CEPC would collide electrons and positrons at up to 240 GeV.Both approaches have their advantages. The CEPC will produce Higgs at roughly five times the rate of ILC, allowing research to move faster. But Murayama notes that the ILC could easily be upgraded to higher energies by extending the tunnel by another couple of kilometers. Most physicists don’t want to choose. The two colliders “are quite complementary,” Murray says.Whether politicians and funding agencies agree remains to be seen. Construction of the CEPC hinges on funding under China’s next 5-year plan, which starts in 2021, says IHEP Director Wang Yifang. IHEP would then also seek international contributors. Murayama says Japan needs to say yes to the ILC in time to negotiate support from the European Union under a particle physics strategy to be hammered out in 2019. Missing that opportunity could mean delaying the collider by 20 years, he says—and perhaps ceding the field to China.last_img read more

This diseased spine may hold clues to early doghuman relationship

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Dogs evolved from gray wolves earlier than 15,000 years ago—before humans settled down in permanent villages—and they likely helped us hunt small game like deer and rabbits and pulled sleds or other transport equipment across vast plains. To buttress the idea that early dogs helped us carry supplies, archaeologists have often pointed to an aberration in the spines of many ancient canines: an overgrowth of bone known as spondylosis deformans, which researchers thought was caused by hauling heavy loads.But a new paper debunks that idea. Reporting in PLOS ONE, Katherine Latham, a graduate student at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, finds that heavy lifting cannot be definitively linked to spondylosis deformans in dogs. The condition, however, may tell us something equally fascinating about our ancestors’ bond with canines. Latham discussed her new work with Science.This interview has been edited for clarity and length. Q: What does this spine condition look like?A: If you look at the spine of a dog with spondylosis deformans, you can see these bony growths on the vertebrae, from small spurs to large scoop-shaped growths. In some cases, they grow over the joints that separate vertebrae. Spondylosis deformans is very common in mammals; if you’re over 30, you probably have it. But most people—and dogs—don’t have symptoms unless the growths are very large, in which case they can sometimes lead to back stiffness.Q: Why would load pulling lead to this condition in ancient dogs?A: The idea is that the stress of pulling or carrying loads might contribute to the disease in dogs, as it seems to in other draft animals like cattle. Since at least the 1970s, many archaeologists have assumed the condition is a telltale sign that early dogs pulled heavy loads. But there was no empirical evidence. It’s an idea that has become perpetuated in literature without anyone going back and testing it. The spine of a dog with spondylosis deformans, seen most prominently in the scoop-shaped structure jutting out from the middle vertebra. Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Q: How did you test it?A: I spent about 4 or 5 months traveling to museums and universities in the U.S. and Europe that housed wolf and dog remains. I looked at the bones of 136 dogs, the vast majority of which were pets and had not been used as working dogs. I also looked at 19 sled dogs and 241 modern wolves; most were wild, but a few had lived in zoos.Spondylosis deformans was very common in dogs, regardless of whether or not they pulled sleds. It was also common in wolves. The biggest correlation had to do with age: By 3 to 5 years of age, half of the dogs had some sort of spondylosis deformans, and the older they got, the more of them had it. By 9 years old, almost everyone had it. There’s no evidence that spondylosis deformans should be used as an indicator of dogs pulling loads. It’s just a product of the normal wear and tear of aging, as it is in people.Q: So what can the presence of the condition in ancient dogs tell us?A: Ancient dogs with a lot of spondylosis deformans are probably older dogs. And in order for them to have reached that age, someone must have been taking care of them. Humans were likely giving them food and sharing the warmth of their fires and the protection of their shelters. Also, if these dogs got injured when helping humans hunt, people probably tended to their wounds. Wild wolves usually don’t live past age 5, often because they’re injured while hunting. And indeed we found that wolves living in captivity were far more likely to suffer from spondylosis deformans than wild wolves, probably because they were living a lot longer. All of this suggests that humans viewed early dogs differently than other animals. It could be that they valued them as important hunting assistants, or it could have gone deeper to something like companionship.I have two dogs—we spend thousands of dollars on their food and care. We spoil them rotten. I don’t think it was too much different in the past.last_img read more

Facebook fact checker has ties to news outlet that promotes climate doubt

first_img Originally published by E&E NewsFacebook’s newest fact checking partner is connected to an enterprise that was founded by a conservative Fox News host and that routinely promotes climate doubt.The social media giant is partnering with CheckYourFact.com to provide third-party oversight of news on its platform, Facebook announced last week. Check Your Fact is an affiliate of The Daily Caller, the right-leaning news outlet co-founded by Fox News host Tucker Carlson. CJG-Technology/Alamy Stock Photo Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Climate scientists and advocates are worried that the new partnership means climate articles will be downplayed on Facebook.The climate stories published by The Daily Caller create a false impression of the level of certainty about human-caused global warming within the climate science field, said Susan Joy Hassol, director of the science outreach nonprofit group Climate Communication, which operates as a project of the Aspen Global Change Institute in Basalt, Colorado. In particular, The Daily Caller has mastered a form of partial truth telling that isn’t technically wrong but doesn’t give the full picture, either, she said.“You can really mislead people without outright lying, and in a way that’s more dangerous,” she said. “You can’t prove it false; you can’t say what they’ve said is inaccurate, that it’s a lie; you can’t say any of that. Then somebody would have to say it’s true — well, it’s not true because it’s not the whole truth.”Carlson co-founded The Daily Caller with Neil Patel, former chief policy adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney. Many of its stories are produced by the staff of the Daily Caller News Foundation, which receives funding from the Charles Koch Foundation, as well as a number of other conservative foundations that fund groups that attack climate science.Check Your Fact is wholly owned by The Daily Caller, and its work is routinely promoted by the news organization. While it is editorially independent and has its own staff, Check Your Fact receives funding from both The Daily Caller, as well as the Daily Caller News Foundation, according to the company.Joel Kaplan, a vice president at Facebook and a former White House aide to President George W. Bush, pushed for the company to partner with The Daily Caller for about a year, The Wall Street Journal reported last year. Kaplan, who is an ally of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, has sought changes at Facebook amid complaints by some conservatives that the company is biased against them.Check Your Fact is one of just six organizations that Facebook currently lists as fact checkers in the United States. The others include Pulitzer Prize winners such as the Associated Press and PolitiFact. All of the fact checkers have passed an assessment test implemented by the Poynter Institute’s International Fact-Checking Network.Facebook set up its fact checking operation as a response to extensive criticism that the platform is often used to spread misinformation. Russia exploited Facebook in the 2016 election to spread divisions and false information to the public. The platform is still home to a number of climate denial groups that use it to spread falsehoods about climate science.The social media company gives its fact checkers tremendous power to reduce the number of viewers who can see news in their feeds.“If a fact-checker rates content as false, it will appear lower in News Feed,” the Facebook fact checking page states. “This significantly reduces the number of people who see it.”Facebook did not respond to requests for comment on how exactly the new partnership with Check Your Fact will work.“We’re fair”David Sivak, editor at Check Your Fact, said the organization does not have an editorial position on global warming.“We don’t have an editorial stance on climate change, or any other topic for that matter,” he wrote in response to questions. “We’re fact checkers, and we take our credibility seriously. Look through any of the articles Check Your Fact has published over the last two years, and you’ll quickly see that. We’re fair and always give the reader a complete picture.”Check Your Fact recently fact checked President Trump’s incorrect statement that wind turbines cause cancer.While the website labeled the claim as false—and quoted cancer experts saying as much—it also quoted National Wind Watch, an antiwind group that organizes and fights against wind turbines throughout the country. A spokesman for that group claimed the president was correct; he said turbines cause a lack of sleep and stress, which can lead to cancer.In March, Check Your Fact gave credence to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s claims that the Green New Deal would cost more than every dollar the federal government has spent in its history. The Kentucky Republican and Check Your Fact relied on a single study, produced by a conservative think tank, the American Action Forum.But the author of that study has acknowledged that its calculation of a $93 trillion price tag is essentially a guess, since the Green New Deal is currently a vague resolution. E&E News has reported on how the American Action Forum is connected to a web of conservative groups that fund political attacks through undisclosed donors and that have been funded by fossil fuel lobbying interests opposed to environmental regulations (Climatewire, April 1).Highlighting skepticsThe Daily Caller, for its part, has a long history of giving its readers the impression that climate science is largely a political fight, rather than a rigorous scientific inquiry. It regularly attacks mainstream news outlets for their reporting on climate science, instead amplifying conservative think tanks and skeptical Republicans and the small number of climate scientists with legitimate academic credentials. Its climate reporting focuses on doubt and highlights data that suggests climate concerns from the world’s leading science agencies and organizations are incorrect.Just this week, the news organization published a piece that called into doubt the accuracy of climate models. The piece claimed that “many climate scientists are skeptical of the extreme warming predicted by next-generation climate models.” The article cited a few skeptical researchers but did not sample the far greater range of researchers who have shown that climate predictions from years past have held up to actual observations. Scientists are largely confident in climate models, even as they seek to improve their forecasting of future conditions.In fact, the American Meteorology Society released a statement on climate change that included praise for the accuracy of climate models.“Climate models successfully replicate the global warming of the twentieth century, and they agree that further warming and other global and regional changes can be expected this century,” the statement read.Last fall, when the Trump administration released the National Climate Assessment, The Daily Caller trumpeted a series of headlines that framed the report as a controversial, political document—rather than one crafted over years through the Obama and Trump administrations and that was reliant on dozens of peer-reviewed studies. The National Climate Assessment was produced by 300 scientists across 13 federal agencies and was reviewed by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine.The Daily Caller’s reporting on the national assessment focused on climate skeptics who have been critical of the larger field of climate science for years.In one of its first stories on the report, the news organization relied on University of Colorado scientist Roger Pielke Jr., who believes humans are contributing to climate change but questions links between warming and extreme weather events.“‘EMBARRASSING’: CLIMATE EXPERT EXPLAINS WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE WHITE HOUSE’S NEW CLIMATE REPORT,” The Daily Caller stated.After the report was released, President Trump told reporters from Axios, while making an ocean wave motion with his hand, that climate goes up and down.“Is there climate change? Yeah. Will it go back like this, I mean, will it change back? Probably,” Trump said.News outlets around the world corrected Trump’s misstatement. The Daily Caller found a different angle: “REPORTERS PRESS TRUMP ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING, HE ANSWERS WITH FACTS.”“Kernel of doubt”One frequent target of The Daily Caller’s reporting is climate scientist Michael Mann of Pennsylvania State University in State College. He said he was disturbed to hear that Facebook is giving the outlet a much broader platform on which to attack climate science.“It is truly disturbing to hear that Facebook, already known to be a dubious organization with an ethically challenged CEO, is partnering with Daily Caller, which is essentially a climate change-denying Koch Brothers front group masquerading as a media outlet,” he said. “If they fail to cease and desist in outsourcing their ‘fact checking’ to this bad faith, agenda-driven outlet, they will face serious repercussions.”Hassol, the climate communications expert, said allowing The Daily Caller network and Check Your Fact to have oversight of news on a platform notorious for spreading false information is “a nightmare.”She worried that the platform could play a major role in highlighting climate uncertainty.“All they have to do is introduce a kernel of doubt. That’s been the playbook,” she said. “They don’t have to prove anything. All they have to do is create doubt and leave people questioning.”Reprinted from Climatewire with permission from E&E News. Copyright 2019. 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Mutant genes could supercharge efforts to decipher protein structures

first_img Mapping the atomic structure of proteins is crucial to understanding how they behave, but it’s painstaking work that typically requires dedicated, expensive facilities with supercooled, powerful magnets or stadium-size synchrotrons. Now, two research teams independently report this week that they’ve hit on a way to use genetic and biochemical techniques to do the job, potentially opening structural biology to many more labs. And unlike traditional methods, which visualize proteins in crystals or solution, the approach can also reveal proteins’ natural shape inside cells as they do their work, which could uncover how mutations that disrupt protein function lead to disease.“It’s fantastic,” says Douglas Fowler, a genome scientist at the University of Washington in Seattle. Fowler notes the new approach doesn’t offer the full atomic map that standard approaches do, but the general shape it provides for a protein nonetheless offers “extremely valuable” clues to its function. Plus, he says, “It could have a really big impact” on efforts to determine structures of proteins that are membrane-bound or part of large complexes, both of which are difficult to study with standard methods.Today’s most common approach for determining a protein’s structure requires coaxing millions of copies of a protein into an ordered crystal, blasting it with x-rays, and tracking their ricochets to reveal the identity and position of each atom. Alternative approaches, including nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and cryoelectron microscopy, also require large amounts of a protein and can take months. Researchers have unraveled the structures of only about 150,000 of the millions of proteins thought to exist—and the process has taken decades. IMAGES: M. Stiffler et al./bioRxiv, https://doi.org/10.1101/667790 Some have tried to speed things up by predicting the most likely shape of a protein simply from its sequence of amino acids and probable interactions between atoms. The accuracy of such computational efforts typically lags behind experimental methods. One recent trick to improve matters has been to compare the same protein in multiple species to find pairs of amino acids that have evolved together even though they are far apart on the protein’s linear sequence. That’s a strong indication the two are close together and interact within the folded 3D molecule. But this approach works only if researchers can identify proteins that are shared by many organisms but different enough across them to identify multiple pairs of amino acids evolving in tandem, says Debora Marks, a systems biologist at Harvard Medical School in Boston.Now, separate teams led by Marks and Ben Lehner, a geneticist at the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology in Spain, have bypassed the need for evolution’s help. They independently hit on the idea of finding interacting amino acids within a protein by systematically mutating each amino acid and tracking how the changes alter the protein’s function, such as an ability to bind to another molecule. Both groups built on work on a bacterial protein fragment called GB1 by a team led by Ren Sun, a systems biologist at the University of California, Los Angeles. In 2014, Sun’s team reported creating more than half a million copies of the GB1 gene, each with one or two of its 56 amino acids changed. For the so-called single mutants, the researchers systematically swapped every amino acid for one of the 19 other options. In the double mutants, they changed pairs of amino acids, working through nearly all possible combinations. After growing bacteria with these mutant genes and isolating the proteins, Sun’s team determined the importance of GB1’s amino acids by seeing which mutants bound most tightly to its natural target, human immunoglobulin G antibodies.Marks’s and Lehner’s groups realized they could combine the binding data of the single and double mutants to determine which amino acids interact most strongly and are therefore likely sit next to each other in the protein’s 3D structure. “Sometimes we see mutations that combine to have a much more dramatic effect,” Fowler says. By tracking dozens of such occurrences and feeding the results into a structure prediction program, the teams computed the shape of GB1’s main backbone to within a few angstroms of the resolution of the already known experimental x-ray structure.The teams, who reported their success yesterday in Nature Genetics, also showed that their technique worked with other small proteins and an RNA with analogous available data. Fowler notes the same approach may be more difficult for proteins with hundreds or thousands of amino acids, because the number of mutant proteins that must be made increases exponentially as the proteins grow. But Marks is optimistic: Early indications suggest the technique can solve structures with only a fraction of all possible mutants. The approach could even work using measures of stability for proteins that lack known binding partners, Lehner’s team says.The method has other strengths. In March, Lehner and his team posted a preprint on the bioRxiv server describing its use to learn how an RNA-binding protein called TDP-43 may cause the neurodegenerative disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Insoluble aggregates of TDP-43 have been seen in neurons in the autopsied brains of many ALS patients, but the deposits may not cause the disease. So Lehner and his colleagues made 50,000 mutants of TDP-43 and tracked their toxicity in yeast cells. They found that mutant forms that aggregated were less toxic than other versions of the protein. “This is the exact opposite of what we expected,” Lehner says, cautioning that they need to confirm this result in mammalian cells. Either way, he says, it shows that scanning mutations by the thousands may offer new insights into both proteins themselves and how their structures affect health in living cells. Click to view the privacy policy. 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Toll plaza brawl BJP MP Ram Shankar Katheria claims his security men

first_img Related News Advertising SC panel chief Ram Shankar Katheria ‘threatens’ cop in audio clip gone viral: Are you challenging Yogi? The constables were identified as Vipin Kumar and Pinku Upadhyay. Vipin was attached from Aligarh while Pinku was attached from Agra. In a video of the incident that went viral, Vipin was allegedly seen firing in the air.Watch video: BJP MP’s security men thrash toll plaza employees in Agra“During scrutiny of the video, we identified police constables Vipin Kumar and Pinku Upadhyay. Pinku has been suspended by Agra SSP and a letter has been sent to Aligarh SSP seeking suspension of Vipin,” said Assistant SP, West, Ravi Kumar. agra mp toll assault case, agra mp toll plaza assault, ram Shankar Katheria, ram Shankar Katheria toll plaza assault, toll plaza work assaulted Ram Shankar Katheria is Etawah MP.TWO POLICE constables part of the security detail of BJP MP Ram Shankar Katheria, who along with an unidentified person was booked for allegedly assaulting a toll plaza employee during an argument over paying toll in Agra on Saturday, have been suspended. Meanwhile, Katheria filed a complaint with Agra police on Sunday, seeking an FIR against employees of the toll plaza for allegedly abusing and assaulting his security guards. He also alleged that Vipin fired in the air when toll plaza employees ran towards him in a bid to attack. The MP claimed Vipin and Pinku were injured in the attack.“We have received the MP’s complaint in connection with Saturday’s incident. Charges made in the complaint will be looked into during the investigation. Action would be taken if any evidence is found,” said Assistant SP Kumar. By Express News Service |Lucknow | Updated: July 8, 2019 7:24:22 am Advertising We have no right to hurt feelings… Hindus, Muslims belong to India: MoS Ram Shankar Katheria SP govt gave clean chit to Ram Shankar Katheria in 5 criminal cases 7 Comment(s)last_img read more

Five months later Tamil Nadu activist Mugilan surfaces arrested for rape

first_imgWritten by Arun Janardhanan | Chennai | Updated: July 8, 2019 9:22:46 am Best Of Express LiveChennai, Tamil Nadu News Live Updates: HC tells PWD to submit report on waterbodies; CM announces medicine kiosks On Sunday evening, the CB-CID, which is probing cases against Mugilan, registered his arrest in a case of rape. According to a senior police officer, the arrest was made in a case registered in March on a complaint by a woman from Namakkal who has taken part in many agitations with Mugilan.On February 15, the day he disappeared, Mugilan had addressed a press meet where he alleged that the Thoothukudi firing in May 2018 was a police conspiracy. Thereafter, he was to take a train from Chennai Egmore station to his home near Madurai. Investigation into a missing complaint filed by his family revealed that Mugilan did not board the Nagercoil Express on February 15 and his mobile phone was untraceable — his phone was last traced to Guduvanchery near Chennai.Activist groups feared that Mugilan was harmed or killed in a fake encounter because in the press meet before he went missing, he had named senior police officers and accused them of being behind the firing.The Madras High Court had pulled up the police for failing to trace him. T Mugilan arrest, environmental activist Mugilan arrest, Tamil Nadu activist, Sterlite activist, T Mugilan found, who is T Mugilan, T Mugilan dead, T Mugilan missing, Tamil Nadu news, Indian Express Mugilan was found at Tirupati station on SaturdayFive months after he mysteriously disappeared from a railway station in Chennai, prominent environment activist Mugilan was found on Saturday evening at Tirupati railway station in Andhra Pradesh. While the activist’s disappearance had led to state police facing charges of kidnapping him for his anti-government position and agitations, his sudden reappearance with a few Andhra police personnel has triggered speculation that he was in illegal custody of Andhra police. Chennai, Tamil Nadu News July 17 Highlights: Suriya thanks Kamal Hassan for his support; Man falls to death at Chennai airport Virat Kohli won’t have a say in choosing new coach 2 Comment(s) Advertisingcenter_img Advertising After Masood Azhar blacklisting, more isolation for Pakistan LiveKarnataka floor test: Will Kumaraswamy’s 14-month-old govt survive? Activist and lawyer Henry Tiphange, who moved a petition in the high court after Mugilan’s disappearance, informed the state police that Mugilan had been spotted at Tirupati.Tiphange said Shanmugam, a classmate of Mugilan, spotted him at Tirupati station with Andhra police personnel. “He immediately alerted his family. Hearing the news, I spoke to Tamil Nadu DGP J K Tripathy and senior officers and sought immediate intervention,” he said.While Tiphange is clueless about the reasons behind Mugilan’s disappearance, he said he was happy that Mugilan is alive.DGP Tripathy told The Indian Express that they have ruled out reports that Mugilan was in the custody of Andhra police during the period when he was missing. “He was picked up from the station yesterday. We are probing the reason for his disappearance.” DMK, BJP spar over alleged imposition of Hindi in Tamil Nadu However, sources close to Mugilan and in the police said Mugilan was not in the custody of Andhra police. “He was taken into custody after he was found on the platform in a disoriented condition. He was raising slogans. He was picked up by railway police. A CB-CID team from Chennai rushed to Tirupathi after receiving the information and took him into custody. He was provided medical care at a government hospital in Vellore en route to Chennai. He is now being questioned by a team of officers in Chennai,” said a police officer.The officer added that Mugilan was unwell and showed signs of disoriented behaviour. He had also reportedly claimed that he was bitten by a dog a week ago.The fact that the 55-year-old activist faces over 200 cases and has played a key role in several agitations in Tamil Nadu had triggered suspicions over his disappearance. Related News last_img read more

US Officer accuses general of sexual misconduct

first_img united states, us, donald trump, air force, air force general us, john hyten, general john hyten, sexual misconduct, military officer, congress, investigation, evidence, world news, indian express news The officer told The Associated Press that Gen. John Hyten subjected her to a series of unwanted sexual advances by kissing, hugging and rubbing up against her in 2017 while she was one of his aides. (Source: AP)A senior military officer has accused the Air Force general tapped to be the next vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of sexual misconduct, potentially jeopardizing his nomination. Advertising Advertising Cabinet asks finance panel to consider securing funds for defence Post Comment(s) Related News US mulls increasing merit-based immigration to 57% Enormous potential for growth in ties with India: US Facebook should not be trusted with ‘crazy’ cryptocurrency plan – US senators “My life was ruined by this,” she told the AP.The woman asked to not be identified by name. The AP generally does not identify those who say they have been sexually assaulted.The accusations against Hyten come at a time when the Pentagon has had an unusual amount of turmoil in its senior ranks, with only an acting defense secretary for the past six months.One of President Donald Trump’s nominees for that position recently withdrew after details of his contentious divorce surfaced. Karnataka trust vote today: Speaker’s call on resignations, says SC, but gives rebel MLAs a shield By AP |Washington | Updated: July 11, 2019 1:25:09 pm Advertising On Sunday, an admiral selected to be the top Navy officer withdrew due to what officials said was an inappropriate professional relationship.It’s unclear when, or if, Hyten’s confirmation hearing will move forward. It has not been scheduled, despite the fact that the current vice chairman, Gen. Paul Selva, is scheduled to retire at the end of the month.Air Force Col. DeDe Halfhill, a Pentagon spokeswoman, said Wednesday that Hyten’s nomination remains on course.“With more than 38 years of service to our nation, Gen. Hyten has proven himself to be a principled and dedicated patriot,” she said. After Masood Azhar blacklisting, more isolation for Pakistan Taking stock of monsoon rain Best Of Express A senior Air Force official said investigators went through 10,000 pages of documents, conducted interviews with as many as 50 people and pursued every lead, but did not uncover evidence to support the allegations.The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss personnel matters, added that they also found no evidence that the woman was lying. The official said Last month, Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Tammy Duckworth sent a letter to acting Defense Secretary Mark Esper asking why Hyten was not removed from his post amid the investigation. The letter, obtained by the AP, raised questions about whether he received special treatment.The woman making the allegations said she, too, wonders if Hyten received special treatment because of his rank, and she fears her honesty and motives will be questioned because of the circumstances and timing of her allegations.The woman began working for Hyten in November 2016. Though he is an Air Force general, she is in another military branch, which she asked the AP not to disclose.The officer said the unwanted sexual contact, kissing and hugging began in early 2017 and recurred several times throughout that year when she was working closely with Hyten. She said she repeatedly pushed him away and told him to stop.In December 2017, when they were in southern California for the annual Reagan National Defense Forum, Hyten came into her room wearing workout clothes and hugged her tightly and rubbed up against her, according to the woman. She said she told him to leave.Hyten then asked the woman if she was going to report him. She said she told him no.The woman said she didn’t report the incidents at the time in order to avoid embarrassment, and out of fear of retaliation. She was also thinking about retiring, and believed Hyten was as well, so she concluded that he would not pose a risk to any other service members.She later learned that she was under investigation by Strategic Command for what officials said was “toxic” leadership behavior.That allegation surprised her, she says, because Hyten was familiar with her leadership style and “encouraged” it. He had given her glowing performance reviews, some of which were reviewed by the AP.“I was not the most popular officer in the command. In fact, one could say I was not popular at all,” she said.“But I was very successful in turning around an organization.” In her interview with the AP, she showed copies of performance reviews from Hyten in which she was ranked as the top officer out of 71 on his staff. Hyten wrote that she had “unlimited potential to lead and serve with distinction as a multi-star” general.“Exceptionally competent and committed leader with the highest level of character,” Hyten wrote, adding that “her ethics are above reproach.”The investigators issued her a letter of reprimand for her leadership and she was removed from her job at Strategic Command. She submitted her retirement.But military officials in her branch of service determined her retirement was coerced and they rejected it. They then moved her to another senior job in the Washington area. More Explained Members of Congress have raised questions about the allegations and the military investigation that found insufficient evidence to charge him.The officer told The Associated Press that Gen. John Hyten subjected her to a series of unwanted sexual advances by kissing, hugging and rubbing up against her in 2017 while she was one of his aides. She said that he tried to derail her military career after she rebuffed him.The Air Force investigated the woman’s allegations, which she reported days after Hyten’s nomination was announced in April, and found there was insufficient evidence to charge the general or recommend any administrative punishment. The alleged victim remains in the military but has moved to a different job. As she moved into her position, the officer received another negative evaluation by Hyten, which she appealed. During the appeals process, Hyten was nominated for the vice chairman position.last_img read more

Upper India Express derails in Bihar no one injured

first_imgBy PTI |Buxar | Updated: July 14, 2019 10:28:02 pm Man mowed down by train, police point to earphones Post Comment(s) Related News 13 coaches of train derail in Bihar, four passengers injured bihar news, bihar train derailment, Upper India Express, Upper India Express accident, Upper India Express derailment, bihar train accident, indian express The incident occurred at 11:49 am near the eastern cabin of the station. (Representational)Two bogies of Patna-bound Upper India Express derailed near Chausa station in Bihar’s Buxar district on Sunday, but no one was injured. There have been no reports of any casualty as the speed of the train was very slow, Chausa station master Mansoon Alam said.The incident occurred at 11:49 am near the eastern cabin of the station.The loco pilot applied the brakes after he heard a high pitch noise of the wheels coming off the rails and screams of passengers, the station master said. Advertising Howrah to New Delhi Poorva Express derails near Kanpur, 8 injured “Probably some track maintenance work was going on, which might have caused the derailment,” Alam said.Traffic on the down line was affected for three hours and normal traffic was restored around 3 pm, he said. Advertisinglast_img read more

If Sidhu doesnt want to do his job theres nothing I can

first_imgBy Express News Service |New Delhi | Updated: July 15, 2019 3:44:18 pm Amarinder Singh, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Sidhu Amarinder Singh, Sidhu resigns, Punjab cabinet, Punjab congress, Indian Express, latest news Capt Amarinder said that Sidhu was the only member who had problems. (Express Photos)A day after Navjot Singh Sidhu made his decision to resign from the Punjab Cabinet public, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh Monday said that if he does not want to do his job, there is nothing Singh could do about it. The minister should have accepted his new portfolio instead of shunning the work in the middle of the crucial Paddy season, said the chief minister. Sidhu was given the crucial Power portfolio, which was particularly important at this time in view of the Paddy season, from June to October. With many parts of Punjab not receiving adequate rainfall, the power situation is critical, requiring day to day monitoring, said the Chief Minister.navjot singh sidhu, navjot singh sidhu quits cabinet, navjot singh sidhu quits punjab cabinet, navjot singh sidhu resigns from punjab cabinet, congress, amarinder singh, punjab news Navjot Singh Sidhu quit the Punjab Cabinet on Sunday.Asked if Sidhu had made any attempt at reconciliation, the Chief Minister said there was no need for it. “I do not have any issues with him. If Sidhu has any issues with me, you’ll have to ask him about them,” he said. He, however, clarified that he did not see any harm in the minister sending his papers to the Congress president directly as the state Cabinet was decided in consultation with the party high command. However, he added that he had been informed that the resignation was sent to his residence in Chandigarh but he was yet to see it.Read | Navjot Singh Sidhu’s cabinet colleagues calls resignation a ‘drama’ from ‘king of theatrics’The chief minister was in New Delhi and paid a courtesy call to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Singh took the opportunity to discuss the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak. “The prime minister confirmed his participation in the mega event and assured of all possible help to make the programme a grand success, befitting the historic occasion,” said the Chief Minister. The legacy issue of the Rs 31,000 crore food debt also came up for discussion and the prime minister said that he was briefed on the issue. “If Sidhu doesn’t want to do the job, there is nothing I can do about it,” said Captain Amarinder.Questioning how a soldier could refuse a job assigned by the General, Amarinder added that there has to be some discipline in the government if it is to function effectively.Pointing out that he had reshuffled portfolios of 13 of the 17 ministers in his cabinet after the Lok Sabha elections, Amarinder said that Sidhu was the only member who had problems. He further added that the reshuffle was decided on the basis of the performance of the ministers, and Sidhu should have accepted his new department.Explained |  Why Navjot Singh Sidhu resigned as Punjab minister Explained: Why Navjot Singh Sidhu resigned as Punjab minister 7 Comment(s) Related News Sidhu’s quit letter raises hopes of MLAs eyeing Punjab cabinet berth Advertising Advertising Successor Mohindra backs CM’s ‘non-performer’ tag for Sidhu last_img read more

IBMs Quantum Leap Could Redefine Magic

first_imgRob Enderle has been an ECT News Network columnist since 2003. His areas of interest include AI, autonomous driving, drones, personal technology, emerging technology, regulation, litigation, M&E, and technology in politics. He has undergrad degrees in merchandising and manpower management, and an MBA in human resources, marketing and computer science. He is also a certified management accountant. Enderle currently is president and principal analyst of the Enderle Group. He formerly served as a senior research fellow at Giga Information Group and Forrester. Email Rob. IBM’s Announcement Wrapping Up: Quantum Computing Is Magic The big one from my perspective is security, in that the only thing that likely can protect against a quantum hack would be some kind of quantum encryption system. Another thing unique to quantum computers is that you instantly can tell when data is observed, which means that if your information were compromised, you’d know immediately and could protect against the related incursion.This is just the tip of the iceberg, though. With this kind of computing, artificial intelligence becomes a given. You could predict the future accurately, even with limited data sets. Curing cancer likely would be trivial –and only slightly easier than solving the riddle of immortality.Defense, science, biology, physics, and psychology largely would become obsolete — and far more quickly than many folks now can imagine. Netgear Arlo ProI’m now up to five cameras, and it comes with a free service that captures and saves the videos for a week. If you want more cameras or more time, you do have to pay an extra fee.Setup is surprisingly easy, and the cameras run on batteries if you can’t plug them into power.Battery life is the only limitation, and around every other week you’ll likely have to unsnap the cameras that aren’t physically plugged into power and recharge them. In use, when anyone walks in front of a camera it fires up and captures a clip, emailing you a link to watch.It organizes the clips by day and gives you an image summary you can get to on the Web. This means when you are at work, traveling, or out for the night, you are still aware of what is going on at your house.Also, if you hear a strange noise at night, rather than walking into a surprise, you can see what that noise is on your phone, avoiding a John Wick moment. I really don’t want a John Wick moment, so the Netgear Arlo Pro is my product of the week. Positive Applications To explain quantum computing, you either can try to go into more detail than I just did, like this professor does, or you can do what they should have done in the first place and just say “it runs on magic,” and it will solve problems that we literally aren’t able to imagine.The reality is that we are coming very close to a massive change in computing power, and we really haven’t touched he edge of what we’ll be able to accomplish. What IBM announced is the creation of critical building blocks to get there.Think of this as PCs in the early 80s, parallel processing in the early 90s, or virtual reality last decade. We are on the edge of glory. center_img No, I’m not talking about that Quantum Leap. IBM just made a really interesting announcement in that it is enhancing its online quantum computer systems with a new API and improving its simulator so it can handle 20 qubits.While listening to the prebriefing was a bit like pretending I was Penny trying to understand Sheldon Cooper on Big Bang Theory, I think this move does showcase yet another huge approaching computing wave that could eclipse the one we currently are trying desperately, but largely failing, to ride.I’ll share some thoughts on quantum computing and close with my product of the week: the Arlo Security Camera system from Netgear, which has to be the best comprehensive home security system in the market. Redefining Technology Revolution Addressing these problems is what IBM’s announcement is about. To develop people who know how to program a quantum computer, you have to provide resources they can use to learn, because it isn’t like they can call up Best Buy and purchase one of these things.You also have to come up with a way for traditional computers to interface with this new class of computers. Otherwise, you won’t be able to make use of the things until every computer is a quantum computer. So, IBM has given developers access to its quantum computer in the cloud and provided an API so that folks can connect the results of their work to traditional computers, along with an SDK (software development kit) so that developers can build something in the first place.By the way, it strikes me that a working quantum computer could do some rather painful things. The bitcoin mining potential would be near unlimited if anyone were to breach the process to create massive artificial wealth. Anyone want to be a bitcoin billionaire? Let’s just say we really don’t want a hostile nation or criminal group to acquire one of these things and leave it at that. It is easy to get lost in the terminology surrounding quantum computing and glaze over. Basically, quantum computing is a revolutionary, not evolutionary, system that is pretty much indistinguishable from magic.Let me give you an example. With a regular computing system at a machine language level you have 1s and 0s — an element is one or the other. With quantum computing, an element is both at the same time. This is like someone asking if your new car is black or white, and you can answer “yes” and be completely accurate.In the world we think we live in, two opposites aren’t the same thing. In the quantum world, they sort of are. The most sick — or fun — explanation for this is Schrodinger’s cat (here’s a TED video about it), which is about how a cat who died in a closed box exists as both living and dead until the box is opened. Schrodinger supposedly was so disturbed about his analysis that he decided to abandon quantum physics and take up biology. I’m guessing talking smack about cats forced a career change.When we currently talk about parallel computing, we talk about taking a single program, breaking it up into parts, and then executing it to get around the limitations of Moore’s law and avoiding the need to have a processor in our computer running hotter than the core of the sun. That gives you speed without heat.With quantum computing, things happen pretty much at the same time. Because elements can be both things at once, things basically can happen instantly — not sequentially –so the potential speed of solving a problem approaches instant.The example of a practical application I was given years ago was decrypting the most secure data file. Traditional computing might take years, but true quantum computing only seconds (which would be required to interpret the results, not get them in the first place). Effectively, it should blow away any concept we have of speed.The damn things even look weird, more like a cross between a traditional computer and something from the steampunk dimension.It’s not just that it would be hard to understand a quantum computer — think what a nightmare it would be to program one or interface with the result. I’ve been looking for a good video conferencing system ever since the ADT Pulse folks told me the solution they put on my house sucked (and they couldn’t update or replace it.)You see, you typically have to run wires to the cameras and the lack of a power plug where you want to place a camera can be an issue. Or, if wireless, put up with reliability problems. Add to this the fact that actually capturing a video that you need can be iffy, and getting access to it can be a nightmare.I picked up a Netgear Arlo Pro in the hope that it was as good as its hype — and you know what? It was.last_img read more

Tesla vs Jaguar The First Real Electric Car Track Shootout

first_imgNow the issue with tracking any electric is where the hell do you charge the thing up? You use a ton of fuel when you track a car. I went through about a tank and a half of gas in my fast hatch in that one day on the track, and fortunately there was a place to fill up at the track.There was a charger as well, but it looked to be a low-powered charger (not high-powered or Tesla supercharger), which means a full charge is measured in days not hours. That makes tracking any electric really risky. You could end up getting stranded at the track if you don’t allow enough reserve power to get to a high-powered charger (there aren’t many out there) or a supercharger (there are more, but they’re still not exactly as common as a gas station). I-Pace vs. Tesla vs. Gas The Mystery of the Jaguar Grill Tesla Model 3 As noted, the I-Pace (pictured above) is the first real challenger to Tesla’s dominance. You’d think I’d be disappointed that it didn’t do better on the track, given it was designed for the track. However, the I-Pace is a crossover, not a sedan, and when was the last time you saw an SUV run against a hot sedan and win on the track? An SUV is designed to go on and off road. It sits higher, and thus it won’t corner as well. Plus, it has far more wind resistance.Until recently, Tesla cars, when tracked, would go into limp-home mode after a lap or two. You couldn’t track them at all until Tesla did a software tweak and introduced Track Mode in the Model 3, and now it’s a decent track car. On my last track day (I track a Mercedes GLA45 AMG) there was a Model 3 on the track, and it did impressively well. It was surprisingly competitive. Why the I-Pace Didn’t Do Better Now what has been driving a number of us nuts is that the I-Pace has a far bigger battery than the Model 3 typically ships with, and yet it has less range. The cause appears to be threefold: The car is an SUV and thus not as aerodynamic as the Tesla; the front motor Jaguar uses (which may be better off-road, but this hasn’t been confirmed) can’t be turned off to save energy; and the battery appears to have far higher protection against premature aging than the Tesla’s.The battery’s life span is largely speculation, but it appears that Jaguar uses less of the battery than the Tesla does. I used to be the lead battery analyst for North America years ago, and I recall a Toyota test that concluded if you kept a battery above 10 percent charge and below 90 percent charge it would last indefinitely. It was charging to the limits that caused the battery to degrade.Both Tesla and Jaguar have settings that are designed to reduce battery loading, but the Tesla’s settings can be overridden while the Jaguar’s appear hard-coded, which is why many of us are speculating on why the Jaguar doesn’t have a greater range. It has a twin sensor camera and a decent flash, making it competitive with other smartphones in that regard. I’ve experienced no unique problems with Android apps, including Dell Mobile connect (which puts your phone screen on your PC monitor and allows you to drag and drop from, and remote control your phone from your PC).Oh, and when I must type a long note, I am a ton faster on the BlackBerry Key2 than I am on a regular smartphone or a tablet. Thus, the BlackBerry Key2 is my product of the week.The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ECT News Network. I’m a longtime Jaguar fan. I’ve owned a ton of them over the years, and I’ve had both good and bad experiences with the cars. Currently I own two — a 1970 XKE and a 2014 F-Type — and they are about to get a sibling. I’ve ordered a new Jaguar I-Pace, which is the first legitimate challenger to Tesla, which surprised the automotive industry much like Apple surprised the mobile phone industry.Tesla was first to build a decent electric car for this century. Not only that — its Model S set records in terms of safety and reliability. Most of the problems the firm has had have been due to a lack of competency in manufacturing and a borderline insane CEO. However, the design of the cars, with the exception of the Tesla X, generally has been better than first rate.I recently read about Motor Trend’s head to head challenge between the Tesla Model 3, the I-Pace, and the Alpha Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio (don’t get me started on naming). Even though the I-Pace was designed to run on the track, it trailed both the other cars and the Alpha won — but not by much, and the Alpha is a decent track car.I’ll share some observations about cars and close with my product of the week: the BlackBerry Key2, which I’ve been using for several months now and still love. BlackBerry Key2 In many ways, the Tesla Model 3 is the more practical car. It uses Tesla’s increasingly convenient charging network; it is a sedan, which is likely closer to the way most of us drive — few SUV drivers ever go off road; and, as the third Tesla line, its design showcases lessons Tesla learned over the last two cars.However, the Jaguar arguably is better looking. It is rarer (though all electrics are rare) and should convey more status. It reflects higher quality (given that it isn’t cheap, it likely should). Since my wife and I use our SUV mostly as a pet carrier, the SUV design is far more practical for us, and the huge ugly thing that the Tesla X became just isn’t an attractive alternative.The Jaguar is just closer in design to what we need, and since we rarely drive more than 50 miles a day, the charging and range limitations aren’t issues. Still, had Tesla made a small, attractive, SUV with fold-down back seats and without those cool (but very unreliable) gull wing doors, our selection process might have ended very differently.What many are just getting around to understanding is that these new electric cars can change a lot with software updates. The Track Mode thing with the Model 3 is relatively new and expected to migrate to other Tesla vehicles (meaning you eventually might be able to make it around the track in a Tesla Model S, and the I-Pace’s track performance is likely to improve as well). Unlike most gas cars, your electric likely will improve over time.The car I’ve ordered is supposed to be in before the end of the month. I’ll provide a more in-depth review at that time, but for now, I’m still glad I ordered an I-Pace. That said, with other electrics from Mercedes, Audi, and particularly Porsche entering the segment, in a few years I may find another that catches my fancy more. The competition between Google and Apple is fierce. Android phones generally provide greater value (bang for the buck), but Apple phones provide greater status. They’d better, because you are paying Apple a huge premium for them.The issue with Android phones is that they are known to be relatively unsecure. I have no desire to see the stuff on my smartphone show up on the Dark Web, along with an impressive number of my old and obsolete passwords and IDs.In addition, I still think the move from phones that had keyboards, like the Palm and BlackBerry, to phones that don’t, like most Androids and iPhones, was stupid. You can blind type on a keyboard phone, while you largely can’t on a screen phone. I believe this one thing is what has caused the massive uptick in distracted driving and funny YouTube videos of folks walking into things like open manholes and fountains.The BlackBerry Key2 is more secure, although it is an Android phone. It runs BlackBerry DTEK, which tells you how secure your phone is, and it loads Android on top of a BlackBerry platform, making the phone very difficult (if not impossible) to rootkit (that is, to put a piece of malicious software below the OS, fully compromising the phone). Rob Enderle has been an ECT News Network columnist since 2003. His areas of interest include AI, autonomous driving, drones, personal technology, emerging technology, regulation, litigation, M&E, and technology in politics. He has an MBA in human resources, marketing and computer science. He is also a certified management accountant. Enderle currently is president and principal analyst of the Enderle Group, a consultancy that serves the technology industry. He formerly served as a senior research fellow at Giga Information Group and Forrester. Email Rob. One of the funny things that keeps coming up on the Jaguar I-Pace is the fact it has a grill and none of the Tesla cars have one. Folks talk about this as being a styling thing, but the reason that Tesla cars historically have gone into limp-home mode on the track is that their batteries overheat.I once read that to get the car around the track, one car magazine would buy a ton of ice and park its car on top of it, in order to bring down the battery temperature enough to track the car.The I-Pace uses what appears to be far more effective battery cooling, thanks to that front grill. It also conceals an impressive front spoiler, which provides additional downforce for cornering. Granted, that front spoiler also may increase drag, but it should improve track behavior. Wrapping Uplast_img read more

NVIDIA and Kings College London partner to build AI infrastructure for improving

first_img Source:https://www.kcl.ac.uk/lsm/research/divisions/imaging/newsevents/newsrecords/2018/king’s-college-london-nvidia-build-gold-standard-for-ai-infrastructure-in-the-clinic.aspx Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 11 2018King’s College London was today announced as the first partner to adopt the NVIDIA DGX-2 and NVIDIA Clara platform. The news was delivered by NVIDIA CEO and Founder Jensen Huang during his keynote speech at the GPU Technology Conference (GTC) – the European edition of the largest global series of events focused on artificial intelligence and its many applications.The partnership will provide researchers at King’s with the advanced computational power required to tackle the large and complex datasets needed to train artificial intelligence algorithms to deliver breakthroughs in radiology.”This is a huge opportunity to transform patient outcomes by applying the extraordinary capabilities of AI to ultimately make diagnoses earlier and more accurately than in the past,” said Professor Sebastien Ourselin, head of the School of Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Sciences. “This partnership will combine our expertise in medical imaging and health records with NVIDIA’s technology to improve patient care across the U.K.”last_img read more