first_img34 Labour MEP candidates, including 13 sitting MEPs, have signed up to a public vote pledge organised by the grassroots group Remain Labour.Almost half of those running in the European parliament elections for Labour next month have made commitments going further than party policy. They have pledged to:Campaign to give the people the final say, with a referendum that offers a choice between a Brexit deal and the option to Remain in the EU.Campaign to Remain in the referendum.They have signed the pledge before Labour’s crucial national executive committee (NEC) meeting being held tomorrow, which will determine the manifesto content for the European elections.A majority of MEP candidates are understood to be in favour of another referendum, but NEC members are divided between those who back a public vote without conditions, and those who (often reluctantly) support a referendum only to avoid a Tory Brexit deal or ‘no deal’.Every Labour candidate on the regional list for Wales has signed up to Remain Labour’s campaign pledge. All four told LabourList last week that they were in favour of another public vote.Jackie Jones, lead candidate for the Labour Party in Wales, said: “Now that we know more about what Brexit would mean for Wales, a confirmatory vote on any Brexit deal, with the option of staying as an EU member must be on the ballot paper.“Mary, Matthew, Mark and I are therefore signing the pledge to give Wales a clear chance to support Labour and Remain in these elections.”Below is the full list of signatories.Sitting MEPs:Alex Mayer (East of England)Seb Dance (London)Claude Moraes (London)Jude Kirton-Darling (North East)Paul Brannen (North East)Theresa Griffin (North West)Julie Ward (North West)Wajid Khan (North West)David Martin (Scotland)John Howarth (South East)Clare Moody (South West)Sion Simon (West Midlands)Richard Corbett (Yorkshire & the Humber)MEP candidates:Anna Smith (East of England)Alvin Shum (East of England)James Beckles (London)Clare Penny-Evans (North East)Erica Lewis (North West)Claire Cozler (North West)Amy Fowler (South East)Emma Turnball (South East)Rohit Dasgupta (South East)Duncan Enright (South East)Lubna Arshad (South East)Simon Burgess (South East)Rachael Ward (South East)Andrew Adonis (South West)Jackie Jones (Wales)Matthew Dorrance (Wales)Mary Wimbury (Wales)Mark Whitcutt (Wales)Eloise Todd (Yorkshire & the Humber)Martin Mayer (Yorkshire & the Humber)Alison Hume (Yorkshire & the Humber)Tags:Labour /Brexit /European elections 2019 /Jackie Jones /Labour MEP candidates /Remain Labour /last_img read more

first_imgAccusing the Tory government of having “shamefully abandoned” the most vulnerable  in society, Labour has revealed plans to increase social care provision for older people and adults with disabilities.In its latest policy announcement, Jeremy Corbyn’s party promises to reverse the impact of Conservative-imposed austerity on support for those with caring needs. Labour estimates that it could offer care to over 160,000 older people who currently do not receive help, including 50,000 dementia sufferers.Of the £8bn put aside for social care in the 2017 manifesto, Labour will spend £2.8bn overall on new home care packages for vulnerable people and people with dementia, plus £350m per year on moving those with autism and learning disabilities from “inappropriate inpatient units” to the community.The next Labour government also plans to spend a total of £350m on training to develop the social care workforce, and aims to increase the earnings threshold for carers allowance in line with the national living wage.Commenting on government failures and Labour’s new spending plans, shadow minister for mental health Barbara Keeley said: “There is still no sign of their social care green paper, which was promised over two years ago, and vulnerable older people have needlessly suffered as a result of the government’s failure.“People with dementia are unfairly punished when it comes to paying for their care needs so Labour will correct this injustice in government. We want care staff to be properly paid and trained, so that they can provide the kind of compassionate care that they want to give. We must offer dignity and security to all vulnerable people.”The party points out that, thanks to squeezed local government budgets, the number of people receiving social care – which is funded by councils rather than the NHS – has fallen by 104,000.Its new plans are designed to prevent avoidable emergencies, which have seen 1,000 elderly people a day needlessly admitted according to NHS figures, by providing reliable and consistent care. The moves could also help with so-called ‘bed-blocking’ often caused by lack of care at home.Tags:NHS /Social Care /Health /Labour /Barbara Keeley /last_img read more

first_imgJAMES Roby is fresh from a week off and is ready to continue his Challenge Cup legacy this evening.Mr Perpetual Motion was rested last week but is back in the side as Saints aim to return to Wembley for the first time since 2008.Roby scored the first try at the new Wembley in 2007 to bring his story full circle after he played at the ‘old’ venue as a schoolboy.The Final is naturally a real lure to the hooker – but he and his teammates will need to overcome Leeds first.“It will be a very tough game,” he said. “We know what we are facing and what we have to do.“We need to be ready and start well like we have done in recent weeks.“They are a quality team and are deservedly top. They have also beaten us twice. We can’t turn up with a poor attitude; we know we are more than capable of getting the result and finding ourselves at Wembley.“It is a huge game for us and we need to turn up and bring the best of what we can bring.”For someone who naturally makes more than 50 tackles and close to 150+ metres, per match, week in week out, it’s understandable that Keiron Cunningham opted to rest his most important asset.Roby found the decision to leave him out ‘surprising’ but admits it won’t do him any harm.“I’m coming in fresh,” he said. “It’s good not to have as many bumps and bruises as usual. I enjoyed the break.“It will be a big battle in the forwards this week and hopefully we will get on top of them.“We know we are 80 minutes away but first and foremost we want to perform well and win the game. The aura of the Challenge Cup is hard to ignore but we have to put it into the back of our minds.“We have a job to do first.”last_img read more

first_imgThe annual event, proudly sponsored by Club partner Totally Wicked, will be held on Tuesday 17 September (6:45pm Arrival for Dinner at 7:30pm.)You are invited to join us for this special occasion to celebrate our 2019 League and Cup campaign. The evening will be hosted by MC Pete Emmett will take place at the Totally Wicked Stadium and you can be part of it.Tickets for the event are strictly limited and priced at £40 for 2019 Members and £48 for non-members.Book your place now at – Hospitality & Events, or you can email us to book or enquire at: or call us on 01744 455053.Please note the dress code for this event it smart casual with no replica shirts.last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police are looking for a suspect they say robbed the Carolina Coin Laundry at 952 S. Kerr Avenue around 7:30 p.m. Thursday.The suspect described as a black male wearing a white ski mask, black hoodie, grey hat and partial pink gloves entered the business and took an undisclosed amount of cash.- Advertisement – Anyone with information is asked to call 910-343-3609 or call Crime Stoppers at (910) 763-3888 or​ 1-800-531-9845​.last_img

first_imgWater bottles (Photo: Quinn Dombrowski / CC BY-SA 2.0) BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — There will be food served for lunch from 12-1:30 P.M. and dinner served from 4:30-6 P.M. by Second Chance Church and The Love of Christ Ministries at the following location:81 North Elm Street, Clarkton, NC.The National Guard will be serving MREs (Meals Ready to Eat), and bottled water from 10 A.M. until 7 P.M. at these following locations:Centerville Baptist Church located at east, 18577 NC-53, Kelly, NC 28448Bladenboro Fire Department located at 519 W Seaboard Street, Bladenboro, NC 28320last_img read more

first_imgThe 25-year-old Swiss midfielder signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal having joined from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2016.Xhaka is currently on duty with Switzerland at the World Cup and should feature in their first match on Sunday evening against Brazil at the Rostov Arena. Unai Emery claimed that he was delighted with Xhaka’s decision to extend his stay at Arsenal since he is an important member within the Spanish coach’s team.The Swiss midfielder won the FA Cup in his first season and played in all of the London club’s Premier League games throughout 2017-18.Brought to you by Hublot WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement However, at around the time the new features began appearing (4:15 ET, 00:25 East African Time), the site went down for many users, including all of us here at PC Tech. As expected, hundreds of users have since turned to Twitter to complain about the outage.At that time, source close to Facebook said the outage was related to an issue with customized tabs on Facebook Pages, which disappeared an hour before the site went down. In addition, Page owners were unable to determine which tab visitors landed on. When the site reappeared temporarily, customized tabs and landing pages were restored.  – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Botnet is the generic name given to any collection of compromised PCs controlled by an attacker remotely. Botnets generally are created by a specific attacker or small group of attackers using one piece of malware to infect a large number of machines. The individual PCs that are part of a botnet often are called “bots” or “zombies” and there is no minimum size for a group of PCs to be called a botnet. Smaller botnets can be in the hundreds or low thousands of infected machines, while larger ones can run into the millions of PCs. Examples of well-known botnets that have emerged in recent years include Conficker, Zeus, Waledac, Mariposaand Kelihos. A botnet is often discussed as a single entity, however the creators of malware such as Zeus will sell their wares to anyone with the money to pay for them, so there can sometimes be dozens of separate botnets using the same piece of malware operating at one time.Method of Infection There are two main methods through which attackers infect PCs to make them part of a botnet: drive-by downloads and email. Drive-by download infections require a few different steps for the attacker, and they require the attacker to find a popular Web site with an exploitable vulnerability. The attacker then loads his own malicious code on the site and rigs it to exploit a vulnerability in a common browser such as Google Chrome or Internet Explorer. The code will typically then redirect the user’s browser to another site controlled by the attacker where the bot code will be downloaded and installed on the user’s machine. The email infection vector is much simpler. The attacker sends out a large batch of spam that includes either a file such as a Word document or PDF with malicious code in it, or a link to a site where the malicious code is hosted. In either case, once the attacker’s code is on the user’s machine, that PC is now part of the botnet. The attacker can issue remote commands to the PC, upload data from the machine, download new components and generally do what he wants with it.Uses The traditional and most common use for botnets is in DDoS attacks. These attacks rely on the computing power and bandwidth of hundreds or thousands of PCs to send huge amounts of traffic at a specific Web site in an effort to knock the site offline. There are many different flavors of DDoS attacks, but the goal is the same: preventing the target site from operating. Attackers used to employ this tactic as a way to knock their rivals’ sites offline, but they then began turning it on Web portals such as Yahoo and MSN, shopping and banking sites and government sites. Groups such as Anonymous, LulzSec and others recently have used DDoS attacks against defense companies, banks and other organizations. Meanwhile, cybercriminals have taken to using DDoS attacks against banking sites as a way to disguise deeper attacks on those banks. Botnets also are used in a number of other operations. Spammers employ botnets to send out millions of junk email messages from the infected PCs and cybercriminals use them in large-scale credit-card fraud operations. – Advertisement – Defenses There are a number of defenses against the DDoS attacks that botnets are used for, but nearly all of them are on the ISP or server level. For users, the defense against becoming part of a botnet is to keep all of the software on their machines patched and up-to-date and to resist clicking on suspicious links. Attackers rely on the gullibility of users to open malicious attachments or click on shady links in order to get their malware onto new PCs. Removing that from the equation makes it far more difficult for attackers to build and use botnets.Credit: kaspersky dailylast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement MTN Uganda has received three awards from Kampala City Traders Association (KACITA) including Best Telecom Company, Best Money Transfer Services and Best Internet Service Provider 2013.This comes just a few weeks after MTN Uganda was recognized as Uganda’s leading Super Brand where MTN was also recognized in the Telecommunications, Internet, Computers and Technology category. At this same award ceremony, MTN Mobile Money was also recognized under the financial category, ranking closely to some banks and other financial institutions.The KACITA Awards announcement was made at a function which took place on Friday 9th August 2013 at Hotel Africana. MTN Uganda was applauded for its continued adherence to quality products, standards and excellent service provisioning to its customers. The event was presided over by the Minister of Trade and Industry Hon. Amelia Kyambade who represented the Vice President of Uganda, Hon. Edward Ssekandi. – Advertisement – Commenting on the Awards, MTN Chief Executive Officer, Mazen Mroué attributed the accolades to the continued dedication from MTN staff and the support from its valued customers.“We are honored to win these awards in recognition of our continued efforts towards making the lives of our customers a whole lot brighter. We pledge to continue to work together with KACITA and the Government of Uganda as developmental partners to further support business communities in and around Kampala. The traders and Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are a key facet of our economy as they play a fundamental role in the development of the country,” Mroué said.Earlier in April, MTN Uganda was also voted as the Best Mobile Telecom provider of the year (2012) at the 2013 Uganda Responsible Investment (URI) awards ceremony held at the Imperial Royal Hotel in Kampala.According to Public Opinions the organizer of the Uganda Responsible Investment awards, MTN was voted for by the people of Uganda in appreciation and recognition of its contribution towards the promotion of international best practices and standards in their day-to-day operations.KACITA Spokesperson Issa Ssekito said the Awards which are held annually are intended to honour products that enforce standards and continue to be innovative in order to deliver customer satisfaction.All selected Brands that were entered for the awards were nominated by the public before verification by Uganda National Bureau of Standards for certification. The public were again asked in a random survey why they prefer/think of each of the brands against the others. This method comprised 60% of the selection while 40% was collected through SMS messages that were collected and tabulated by audit firm, Ernst & Young.This year, the KACITA Awards were sponsored by Coca Cola, Nile Breweries and UMEME.last_img read more

first_imgjeff-bezos-of-amazon.Image Credit: wallpaperbang Advertisement A 10% bump in Amazon’s stock price in after-hours trading following a positive earnings report Thursday made a lot of people a little richer — and CEO Jeff Bezos a whole lot richer.According to the Bloomberg Billionaire Index, the leap in Bezos’ Amazon stock increased his fortune by almost $5 billion Thursday evening, making him the third-wealthiest person in the United States and the fifth world wide.At the beginning of the year he was only the 13th wealthiest American, according to Bloomberg. – Advertisement – Bloomberg put Bezos’ current net worth at $55 billion. That leaves only Bill Gates, with $83.9 billion and Warren Buffett, with $64.5 billion, ahead of him.The stock move pushed the Koch brothers, Charles and David, to fourth and fifth place.[related-posts]Bezos, 51, founded Amazon in 1994.Amazon stock AMZN closed at $563.91 Thursday but was trading at as high as $621 Thursday evening in after hours trading.If the stock stays high when markets open on Friday, it could surpass its all-time high of $580.57 on July 24, 2015.[USA TODAY]last_img read more

first_imgWalmart announced its own plans to enter the quadcopter package-delivering fray. Image Credit: MarketWatch Advertisement Not content to let Amazon (the world’s No. 1 retailer) have the corner on the drone delivery market, today Walmart announced its own plans to enter the quadcopter package-delivering fray.Walmart applied for permission with U.S. regulatory agencies today for permission to test drones for package delivery. The moves comes almost a year after online retailer Amazon announced its own drone-based delivery program, Prime Air.In an application under Section 333 of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Modernization and Reform Act, first uncovered by Reuters this evening, Walmart applied for an exemption which will allow it to commercially operate Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) under certain circumstances.[related-posts] – Advertisement – The company’s application sought exemptions to conduct outdoor unmanned aircraft flights as part of a research and development effort centered on using unmanned aircraft for operations.The sphere of domestic drones has been a bit of a wild west in regards to applicable legislation, but regulatory bodies are quickly catching up. Last week, the FAA and DOT announced a program that will require all drone operators to register their unmanned vehicles with the federal government. Section 333 exemptions allow companies looking to explore the use of commercial drones (up to 55 pounds in weight) a means of doing so. After moving at a snail’s pace for months, the FAA has significantly sped up approval of the exemptions and as of October has approved over 2,020 of these applications. While competitors in this nascent space like Google and Amazon have largely focused on developing proprietary vehicle technologies, Walmart is working with well-known drone manufacturer DJI. In the test flights that Walmart is seeking permission for, the company detailed that it will be using the DJI Phantom 3 Professional and the DJI S900 systems. While neither of the two vehicles are available for sale on Walmart’s website, the Phantom 3 and S900 retail for $1,224 and $1,400 on Amazon.In addition to investigating the pick up and release of packages, Walmart’s application mentions other potential uses for drones. The submission included five different sample scenarios, which ranged from “aerial data acquisition in support of business analytics” to operations in small residential areas for package delivery. The application also listed grocery pickups, distribution center operations, and rural acreage tracts as other operations areas.While Walmart’s application does acknowledge the risk involved with UAS in the same space as equipment and human workers, it does not seem like they, or anyone, has a solution to the problem of accidents. Although researchers at ETH Zurich developed a system that allows quadcopters to fly in the event of a rotor failing, most quadcopter drones will fail catastrophically in the event of loss of thrust from one of their four rotors.Until complete and foolproof reliability is achieved, the danger of a quadcopter delivery vehicle falling on you from 300 feet in the air remains a real concern.[Tech Crunch]last_img read more

first_imgMTN Uganda at a press conference. Image Credit: MTN Uganda Twitter Page Advertisement MTN Group yesterday released the Group Performance Report that highlighted achievements of the MTN Group and MTN Uganda results for the year ended 2015.The results reflect headline revenue growth of 2.8 percent for telco Revenues despite a challenging operating environment driven by the depreciation of the Uganda Shilling, subscriber disconnection as well as the effect of the One Network Area. The ongoing investment in network and system infrastructure has positioned MTN Uganda as the leading network operator. This has enabled the company to report good growth in key strategic areas.MTN Uganda’s subscriber base decreased by a net 1.47 million year-on-year (YOY) subscribers notwithstanding the disconnection 3,7mil subscribers in the last quarter to meet the compliance requirements of the Regulation of Interception Communications Act (RICA). This resulted in a decrease in the subscriber base by 14.1% to 8.9mil at year end. There has already been a significant return of these customers with 1mil net new connections being achieved in the first two months of the year. This is an increase of 11.1% from the closing base at year end. – Advertisement – MTN reported a 17.4 percent increase in total data revenue, which contributed 28.3 percent to telco revenue.Mobile Data subscriber penetration reached an average of 40% of the total MTN Subscriber Base; which represents a base of 3.3m subscribers, and a growth of 26% in 3G subscribers YOY. Notably, the company reported 88% growth YOY in Mobile Data revenue, driven by a very high growth in data usage that was propelled by the rollout of MTN’s 4G LTE network.Leading Financial Services (MFS) Provider MTN Mobile Money recorded a 6.7 percent YOY increase in active subscribers to 3.45 million, and a 23% increase in revenue. The active Mobile Financial Services subscribers constitute 52.4 percent of our registered MFS base.Mobile Money contributed 17.2 percent of all 2015 revenues, representing an increase of 14.3 percent from 2014. This continued contribution reflects the strength of the financial services offering that has been provided The total registered mobile money based was 6.5million at year end.Mobile Money usage was stimulated by a wider mobile financial services product rangeLTE Network Investment “Our network rollout and investment plan during 2015 led to a steady growth in network sites, to a cumulative total of 1,567 sites on the network. This was attributed to 163 (2G)), 100 (3G) and 80 (4G LTE) sites,” the CEO revealed.While MTN’s 2G network covers 89 percent of Uganda total area geographically, 3G coverage is reported at 57 percent penetration of Uganda’s total addressable population.CAPEX in the year ended 31 Dec 2015 amounted to UGX 240bn and was spent largely on improving quality and capacity of the network. A total of 163 new 2G sites and 100 co-located 3G sites were rolled out.  As a result, MTN Uganda’s quality of service continued to improve further from the last report published by the UCC in July of 2014 which already indicated that MTN had the best quality network in Uganda. Financial Performance. Consolidated revenue grew by 4.9 percent YOY with Telco revenue growing by 2.8 percent year-on-year. EBITDA margin decreased by 4.7 percentage points to 34.5 percent. This decrease in EBITDA margin is a reflection of the challenging operating environment associated with the shilling depreciation and impact of One Network Area to name a fewCommenting on the performance, MTN CEO Brian Gouldie said; “Despite the challenging operating environment last year, our leadership position and revenue growth was secured by our continued investment in network and infrastructure, our wider product range on Mobile Money, increased Data penetration propelled by a push for 3G devices on the network, coupled with attractive Data products and serves. This has been a significant effort that is defined by the ongoing commitment that the MTN team has displayed on delivery on our strategic objectives”, he said.“MTN has now been in Uganda for 18 years continuously. We remain one of the biggest capital investors in the country. This is again reflected in our investment plan for 2016 where UGX 238bn has been committed. Our network footprint covers the whole of Uganda and has not only been limited to the urban areas. Our innovation and execution of Mobile Financial services remains our flagship and we are very proud of the very positive impact that is being made on the economy by driving financial inclusion. Our customers remain at the center of our focus and the delivery of more value adding products remains our priority. We are very proud of the legacy already created and are working very hard to bring the digital world to all Ugandan’s” he added.last_img read more

first_img[dropcap]P[/dropcap]erhaps if teams are so lethargic about the FA Cup then they should just not enter the competition ?It’s a sad state of affairs – perhaps the glory FA Cup days are gone forever?West Ham got what they deserved earlier today when their ‘junior’ side were brushed aside by Nottingham Forest – just as the Star Sports market indicated.Punters only wanted to be with Forest after the line-ups were made public and were rewarded with a 5-0 win.For Man U, the FA Cup is considered only their ‘third priority’ of the season behind the Premier and Champions League. So how can you possibly lump on at short odds with that news combined with the fact that they have some high profile absentees.Rooney (groin) and Van Persie (thigh) are both injured, as is winger Ashley Young (shoulder).United have not won the FA Cup since 2004, when they beat Millwall in the final and face Swansea today in a re-run of the match that gave David Moyes his first success as United manager in August.HEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Max last 10 only)Aug 2013 Premier Swansea 1-4 Man UtdMay 2013 Premier Man Utd 2-1 SwanseaDec 2012 Premier Swansea 1-1 Man UtdMay 2012 Premier Man Utd 2-0 SwanseaNov 2011 Premier Swansea 0-1 Man UtdMay 1983 Div 1 (old) Man Utd 2-1 SwanseaDec 1982 Div 1 (old) Swansea 0-0 Man UtdJan 1982 Div 1 (old) Swansea 2-0 Man UtdSep 1981 Div 1 (old) Man Utd 1-0 SwanseaApr 1938 Div 2 (old) Swansea 2-2 Man UtdThe problem you have if you are considering opposing Man U is that Swansea arrive here in a slump. They are 13th in the table and if their recent form continues then they will very much be in the relegation battle.Swansea have never won at Old Trafford and come into the tie on the back of seven games (in all competitions) without a victory.Hopefully though the FA Cup still means enough to them against a below strength Man U side and I’m taking a chance with the draw at around 7/2.RECOMMENDED BET (1-10 points)5 points DRAW at around 7/2 with Star SportsRUNNING RETURN (JANUARY): -15.00 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Saturday 25 JanuaryRACING2.35 LingfieldVeeraya 11/4 > 2/13.15 DoncasterUnioniste 7/2 > 5/24.10 CheltenhamLac Fontana 13/2 > 9/2What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Friday 25 MarchRACING2.40 LingfieldMoonrise Landing 2/1 > 6/42.55 WolverhamptonGang Warfare 4/1 > 3/13.30 WolverhamptonDavarde 10/1 > 6/15.00 WolverhamptonRainford Glory 14/1 > 7/1LIVE FOOTBALLNational League15:00 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 1 HD4/5 Tranmere Rovers 7/2 Lincoln City 5/2 DRAWLeague One17:30 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD13/5 Swindon Town 21/20 Wigan Athletic 5/2 DRAWLeague One19:45 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD11/8 Peterborough United 19/10 Coventry City 12/5 DRAW(All prices subject to fluctuation) What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img read more

first_imgShare Media Advisory CONTACT: Michael Cinelli PHONE: (713) 831-4794 E-MAIL mcinelli@rice.eduPOLICE CHIEFS, AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY LEADERSTO DISCUSS `BUILDING BRIDGES’ AT BAKER INSTITUTE SUMMITSeeking solutions for strained relations between thenation’s police departments and the African American community will be the focusof a one-day summit at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy atRice University on Sept. 26.The summit will be held in the Kyle Morrow Room of the Fondren Library atRice. The program, made possible by a grant from AT&T, will start at 9 a.m.and end at 5 p.m. Accepting invitations to attend the conference are: HughPrice, president and chief executive officer of the National Urban League;Kansas City Mayor Emanuel Clever II, president of the National Conference ofBlack Mayors; Jewell Jackson McCabe, chairperson of the National Coalition of100 Black Women; David Walchak, president of the International Association ofChiefs of Police; Paul F. Evans, commissioner of the Boston Police Department;and Sam Nuchia, Houston’s chief of police.“Throughout America there is a growing mistrust between the police and theAfrican American community,” said Lee P. Brown, senior scholar at the BakerInstitute and former “drug czar” in the Clinton Administration. Brown will serveas director of the summit.“This problem manifests itself in a variety of ways, the most critical beingthe relationship between the police and the African American youth. As a result,an increasingly large number of American cities are dangerously tense, describedby some observers as tinder boxes.”The growing polarization between police and African Americans has beenexacerbated by recent events. For example, the Rodney King incident still hasnegative consequences in the African American community. The O.J. Simpson trialserved not only to divide America along racial lines, it also cast furtherdoubts on the police in the eyes of the African American community throughoutthe nation.Space in the Kyle Morrow Room and the media work area in the adjacent loungewill be limited. Please contact Michael Cinelli, director of the Rice UniversityNews Office, at (713) 831-4794 or by E-mail at, as soon as possible ifyou plan on covering the summit.### AddThislast_img

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Jade Boyd PHONE: (713) 348-6778 E-MAIL: Immune system has evolved to prevent autoimmune diseaseStudy suggests chronic infections may create autoimmune response New research finds the human immune system has foregone evolutionary changes that would allow it to produce better antibodies in less time because the improved antibodies would be far more likely to attack the body’s own tissues. The Rice University study finds the immune system has evolved a near-perfect balance for producing antibodies that are both effective against pathogens and unlikely to cause autoimmune disease. The findings will be published in the journal Physical Review Letters. They are based on a new model of the immune system that is the first to simulate the hierarchical nature of the body’s immune response. The model predicts that chronic infections may lead to autoimmune diseases, a scenario that has been proposed as a cause of some rheumatic diseases like arthritis. “There are as many as a 100 million unique antibodies circulating through our bodies at any given time, but just three or four of these might be effective against any particular disease,” said Michael Deem, the John W. Cox Professor in Biochemical and Genetic Engineering and professor of physics and astronomy. “When we get sick, the immune system identifies the particular antibodies that are effective, as it rapidly creates and mass produces mutant white blood cells called B cells that make only these antibodies.” Deem said prior research has identified a number of alternate strategies the immune system could use to reduce the time needed to create an effective B cell. In addition, these methods also could produce antibodies that are more apt to bind with disease cells. The upshot would be an immune system that responds faster and more effectively against disease. “This should help us get well faster, so the question becomes, ‘Why didn’t we evolve that kind of adaptive response?’” Deem said. Deem’s analysis falls within a branch of physics called statistical mechanics, which uses a system’s physical behavior at the molecular or atomic scale to build up a picture of the behavior at a larger level. In this case, Deem and postdoctoral researchers Jun Sun and David J. Earl studied the physical properties of fragments of DNA to determine the origins, behavior, and generation of antibodies. Generating antibodies is one of the primary functions of the immune system. Antibodies are protein molecules that are made by B cells. Each antibody has a chemical signature that allows it to bind only with a particular sequence of amino acids. “In our study, we first sought to understand the evolutionary rules that govern the way the immune system responds to an infection,” Deem said. “With that framework in place, we identified a biologically-plausible strategy that would allow the immune system to react more quickly and with more effective antibodies. Our analysis revealed that such a system would be about 1,000 times more likely to produce antibodies that attack healthy tissues.” Antibodies that bind with something other than the antigen they evolved to attack are called cross-reactive, and some researchers believe cross-reactivity causes some autoimmune diseases. For example, some scientists have found a correlation between chronic infection and an increased probability of autoimmune disease, but the strength and significance of the correlation is controversial. Rice’s model suggests that a correlation does exist, but that the length of the infection prior to onset of autoimmune disease is highly variable. “People have been looking for a clear, significant correlation in time, but a long distribution of onset times would lead to weaker statistical correlations, particularly in those cases where the infection persisted the longest,” said Deem. “Searching for this distribution in health and medical statistics could shed light on this immunological puzzle and settle the scientific controversy.” The Rice analysis finds the human immune system evolved to minimize the risk of cross-reactivity. For example, each cell in our bodies contains about 100,000 proteins with an average of 500 amino acids apiece. Consequently, there are about one trillion potential docking sites, or epitopes, where antibodies could mistakenly attach themselves to proteins in a healthy cell. The mutation response method employed by our adaptive immune system seems keyed to this number, producing antibodies that are statistically likely to mistakenly bond with healthy proteins slightly less than one in a trillion times, meaning that on average, they recognize only invading pathogens. The research was funded by the NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease.last_img read more

first_imgShareBTB sends more Rice undergrads to Africa in year twoGlobal health program expands to Caribbean, Latin AmericaBY JADE BOYDRice News staffRice’s global health initiative Beyond Traditional Borders (BTB) is sending 17 students to Africa, the Caribbean and Central America this summer to combat health problems like HIV/AIDS.The BTB international summer internship program, which sent seven undergraduate interns to southern Africa in its inaugural year in 2007, is working with more local organizations this year and expanding its reach into Latin America. This year’s interns will work in schools, health clinics, hospitals and town councils to try to solve health problems using both education and technology. “We have expanded the number of countries and continents that Rice students are reaching, and we’re growing the number of partner organizations we’re working with as well,” said BTB Director Yvette Mirabal. “The goal is to grow the opportunities we offer students to develop into leaders advancing world health.”This effort fits in with Rice University’s Vision for the Second Century goal of providing a holistic undergraduate experience that equips students to make a distinctive impact on the world.As in 2007, the bulk of BTB’s 2008 interns will visit schools and clinics in southern Africa. Thirteen of the interns will work in Lesotho, two will travel to Botswana and two will split time between Haiti and Guatemala. All the interns will chronicle their experiences in a blog at of the interns completed global-health courses at Rice, and many took engineering design courses, working in teams to develop medical prototypes that they’ll test this summer. These include a Lab-in-a-Backpack, a portable medical diagnostic kit containing both basic supplies and a battery-powered microscope and solar-powered battery charger; a lightweight, portable system that measures AIDS drugs and helps doctors make sure patients stick to strict drug regimens; a battery-powered monitor to prevent children from overdosing on intravenous fluids; and a battery-powered neonatal pulse oximeter that uses a finger cuff to automatically measure the oxygen content in an infant’s blood.Funded with a $2.2 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Beyond Traditional Borders is designed to help students reach beyond traditional geographic and disciplinary boundaries to solve health-care problems in the developing world.BTB interns Meagan Barry and Tiffany Yeh were the first to depart this summer, leaving the day after commencement for a four-week stay in Haiti that will be followed by a six-week program in Guatemala. Barry, a biosciences major from Jones College, graduated last month. Yeh, a cognitive sciences major from Martel College, will be a senior in the fall.In northern Haiti, Barry and Yeh are implementing a health-education program for elementary students at the St. Barthelemy School in the town of Terrier Rouge. They are interacting with 450 children in classes ranging from kindergarten through fifth grade. Using in-class lessons and homework, Barry and Yeh are teaching basic hygiene and health, such as how diseases like dysentery are transmitted, as well as how common practices like hand-washing can prevent infection.In a May 30 blog entry, Barry described a classsroom experiment in which she and Yeh used a microscope connected to a laptop computer to show the children the many germs in water from a muddy puddle. The children had to compare the dirty water to a sample of purified water. Later that afternoon, the Rice students met a man who excitedly thanked them for their work. His children attend the school, and they had already told him about the morning’s lesson.“Tiffany and I were so happy that the children were sharing their experiences with their parents and that they understood the purpose of the experiments!” Barry wrote.Barry and Yeh will next travel to Guatemala, where they’ll work for six weeks with Faith in Practice, a Houston-based nonprofit that sends volunteer teams of surgical personnel to the developing world. One goal is to identify the obstacles surgeons face in the country, both in large hospitals and rural clinics. They’ll also work with Medical Bridges, a second Houston nonprofit that sends medical supplies to the developing world, to determine which medical inventory is most useful to volunteer surgical teams.“Ultimately, we hope to expand our understanding of our collaborators’ most pressing needs and to identify technical problems that Rice students can work on solving in BTB’s global health technologies design courses,” Mirabal said. TIFFANY YEHMEAGAN BARRY Long DescriptionLong Description FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more

first_imgShareFranz Brotzen713-348-6775franz.brotzen@rice.eduAuthor, “technopragmatist” and Duke University Professor Cathy Davidson will speak Feb. 28 at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy on her book about how attention affects the way modern society learns and thinks.Who: Cathy Davidson, the Ruth F. DeVarney Professor of English and former vice provost for interdisciplinary studies at Duke University.What: Lecture on “Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work and Learn.”When: Tuesday, Feb. 28, at noon.Where: Rice University, Baker Hall’s Kelly International Conference Facility, 6100 Main St.When Duke University gave free iPods to its freshman class in 2003, critics called it a waste of money. Yet when students found academic uses for the brand new music devices in virtually every discipline, the iPod experiment proved to be a classic example of the power of disruption — a way of refocusing attention to illuminate unseen possibilities.Davidson, who was Duke’s vice provost for interdisciplinary studies at the time of the iPod experiment, sees this kind of innovation as the heart of a new collaborative, interactive learning that is ideal for students facing a changing global future. Using cutting-edge research on the brain and learning, Davidson shows how the phenomenon of “attention blindness” — in which people fail to perceive objects they are not specifically paying attention to — shapes people’s lives, and how it has led to one of the greatest problems of the moment. According to Davidson, although people email, blog, tweet and text as if by instinct, too many toil in schools and workplaces designed for the last century, not the one in which they live. Davidson helps people to think in historical, theoretical, institutional and practical ways about how to thrive in the connected, global world they inhabit.Davidson is the author of numerous books, including “Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work and Learn” and “The Future of Thinking: Learning Institutions in a Digital Age.”The event is by invitation only but open to members of the news media. It will be webcast at of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Franz Brotzen at or 713-348-6775. AddThislast_img read more

first_imgFinancing Strategies For “Nice” People, and More – New York News About the AuthorJonathan PfefferJonathan Pfeffer joined the Clear Admit and MetroMBA teams in 2015 after spending several years as an arts/culture writer, editor, and radio producer. In addition to his role as contributing writer at MetroMBA and contributing editor at Clear Admit, he is co-founder and lead producer of the Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast. He holds a BA in Film/Video, Ethnomusicology, and Media Studies from Oberlin College.View more posts by Jonathan Pfeffer regions: New York City Last Updated Oct 30, 2018 by Jonathan PfefferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail center_img RelatedAre Companies Getting Big Data Wrong? – New York NewsLet’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from New York business schools this week. Columbia Business School Researchers Argue Future of Big Data Lies in Its Ability to Assess Consumers’ Mindset in Real Time – Columbia Business School News Columbia Business School professors Sandra Matz and Oded Netzer…August 8, 2018In “Featured Home”Crypto Regulation, Military Experience in Business School, and More – New York NewsLet’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from New York business schools this week. Crypto Market Raises $13 Billion Since 2014, Amid Zero Regulation – Columbia Business School News Columbia Business School’s Thomas Bourveau recently co-authored research, which analyzed 776 initial coin offerings (ICOs) shared between…August 14, 2018In “Featured Home”3D Printing Research, Success Without Passion, and More – New York NewsLet’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from New York business schools this week. Award-Winning Paper Explores How Designers Innovate in 3D Printing Communities – Stevens Institute of Technology SOB News In a new paper from Gaurav Sabnis, Stevens Institute of Technology School of Business Assistant…October 3, 2018In “Featured Home” Let’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from New York business schools this week.When It Comes To Their Finances, Nice Guys Fall Short – Columbia Business School NewsAccording to new research co-authored by Columbia Business School‘s Sandra Matz, “people who describe themselves as ‘agreeable’ are strongly connected to a bleak financial future—including lower savings, higher debt, and a higher likelihood of becoming financially insolvent.”Matz elaborates, “This research proves that being nice may win friends but it can cost a lot of money. This is especially true for those who start off with less money, as they have no financial safety net to compensate for their personal habits. Unfortunately, having a nice and warm personality—in the arena of business and finances—can often have real financial costs.”According to the article, “Agreeable individuals perceive money to be less important than their more disagreeable counterparts, and consequently have, on average, worse financial health—which is measured by savings, debt, and default behaviors.” “Nice Guys Finish Last: When and Why Agreeableness Is Associated With Economic Hardship” was published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.You can read more about Matz’s research here.Opportunities Abound in Distressed Debt Investing – Gabelli ConnectThe Fordham University Gabelli School of Business recently hosted a talk at its McNally Amphitheatre on the subject of “distressed debt investing,” a multi-trillion dollar industry in which “investors hunt for opportunities where they can purchase debt [with the hope] that the gambit will pay off eventually.”Attendees were privy to first-hand accounts of distressed debt investments and legal advice from a variety of experts. Baupost Group partner Fred Fogel highlights the “importance of both curiosity and perseverance.” Paul Weiss Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization Co-Chair Alan Kornberg “encouraged those just starting out to get a feel for the process by sitting in on bankruptcy hearings.”Former Wachtell Lipton Bankruptcy Department Head Chaim Fortgang emphasizes the creation and maintenance of “good working relationships.”You can read more about the talk here.Look to Entrepreneurs For What’s Next in Healthcare – Johnson Business FeedThe Johnson Business Feed interviewed visiting faculty member Elspeth Murray about the increasing demand for innovation in the healthcare industry, from the use of smartphones to the expansion of ambulatory care.“Consumer behavior has changed, and that will begin to push on the healthcare system. At a certain point, healthcare practitioners are either going to lose patients or be forced to adopt new ways of treating and accommodating patients.”She advises students returning to school to focus beyond their specialty and remain “open to taking risks and re-framing your view of the industry, and to be aware of what is happening outside of your bailiwick. Take a good look around at what’s happening and go for it.”Murray’s 2002 book, Fast Forward: Organizational Change in 100 Days, which she co-authored with Peter R. Richardson, explores how “entrepreneurial thinking gives you the creative ideas and the juice and design thinking helps you see the problems to be solved in the right way.”Check out the rest of the Murray interview here.last_img read more

first_imgCheck Out Some New MBA Jobs at These Global Finance Firms 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 One of the most lucrative careers an MBA can pursue is in financial services. Newer MBA jobs in this field include risk management specialists, financial analysts and asset managers, as well as roles in related emerging sub-sectors like FinTech. For MBAs looking to break into this field, check out our list of five exciting new MBA jobs at these top financial services firms:Product Manager – Capital OneCapital One Financial Corporation is a bank holding company specializing in credit cards, auto loans, banking, and savings accounts. The firm calls McLean, Virginia its home and is a recruiter of top MBA talent. Capital One is hiring a Product Manager to work in Enterprise Customer Intelligence at the company’s New York City office. The Enterprise Customer Intelligence team develop APIs, data platforms, and tools for Capital One to develop and apply continuous customer understanding for all consumer products and experiences.The new Product Manager will be expected to deliver data capabilities, platform services and tools that enable developers and analysts to utilize customer context when building customer centric products that solve business problems. The role requires at least three years of experience in digital product management, and is MBA preferred. Additional activities of the Product Manager include:Developing new data capabilities aimed at delivering customer understanding, context and eventsPrioritizing business roadmap against needs, long-term platform health and partnership needsOverseeing and coordinating delivery of API and platform toolsEvangelizing platform capabilities with the consumersCollaborating with partner teams to inform end customer experiencesYou can visit the company career site to see more Capital One finance jobs.Senior Risk Manager – FidelityFidelity Investments Inc. is a financial services corporation based in Boston, managing a reported $2.5 trillion worth of assets. The company is an active MBA recruiter, and has opportunities in technology, finance, investment, or business strategy for MBAs and MBA graduates. Fidelity is hiring a new Senior Risk Manager at its Boston office. The new hire will join the Corporate Risk team, and be responsible for managing Fidelity’s Model Governance and Counterparty Risk. New hires require a minimum of five years of experience in financial services and an MBA degree.Roles of the Senior Risk Manager include:Supporting and managing model risk reportingTraining on policy, standards and proceduresMeasuring and reporting risk and limits and enhance tools and reports related to credit and market risksEstablishing relationships with the lines of business, model validation teams, and risk management staffSupporting ad-hoc report requests for analysis and/or researchSee this job, and many more, at the Fidelity careers page.Senior Financial Analyst – VisaVisa Inc., headquartered in Foster City, CA, is one of the most recognizable companies in the world, facilitating electronic funds transfers through Visa-branded credit, gift, and debit cards. Visa is currently seeking out MBA graduates and current students, placing them in marketing, product, finance, and strategy roles.Visa is looking for MBAs to join its Senior Financial Analyst MBA program. This full-time program out of Visa’s Foster City, CA and San Francisco offices provides the opportunity to work in different areas in Visa for six months at a time. For consideration, candidates must have an MBA from a leading business school with an anticipated graduation date in early 2019. In addition, potential candidates should have three to five years of relevant financial analysis work experience.New hires will get to work in the following areas of Visa’s business:Financial Planning & Analytics: Partnering with businesses to develop budgets, forecasts and investment strategiesControllership: Assisting with accounting transactions, issuing financial filings and financial statements, and managing Visa’s compliance financial internal controls programClient Incentives: Collaborating with stakeholders to identify client opportunities that achieve strategic and financial goalsSourcing: Supporting cost-effective procurement of goods and services, while minimizing riskTreasury: Managing corporate cash and investment portfolios, foreign exchange exposure and rate setting, capital and debt strategy, liquidity management, settlement and insurance programsVisit the Visa careers page to see more job openings.Investment Bank Business Analyst – UBSUBS Group AG is a Swiss multinational investment bank and financial services company, operating globally. Stateside, UBS is hiring a new Investment Bank Business Analyst to join its Corporate Client Solutions (CCS) team in New York. This team is responsible for strategic business planning, maintaining the control environment, and driving business initiatives. UBS is looking for candidates with investment banking, accounting, or management consulting experience. An MBA degree is preferred.Major of the Investment Bank Business Analyst responsibilities include:Driving innovation and digitization through the CCS Innovation programSupport CCS Senior Management with cost management and strategic initiativesCoordinate regulatory inquiries and regulatory driven change programsAssist on ad hoc projectsSee more jobs like this at UBS’ careers page.Americas Treasury Coverage Analyst – Credit SuisseJust like UBS, Credit Suisse Group AG is another Swiss investment bank and financial services company looking for new MBA talent.YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: Top MBA Recruiters: Credit SuisseCredit Suisse is hiring an Americas Treasury Coverage Analyst to join the firm’s Raleigh, NC office. This is an especially exciting opportunity given Credit Suisse’s commitment to the area, significantly expanding its Raleigh employee base over the past two years, making it the primary corporate and business support location for the firm’s U.S. businesses. Candidates should have two or more years working experience in international banking or financial services, and an MBA is preferred.Job responsibilities of the Americas Treasury Coverage Analyst include:Participating in Treasury’s Global New Business processOrganize responses and workflows regarding Recovery and Resolution PlanningBuilding in-depth analysis and presentations for senior management discussionsLeading the process around internal governance meetingsProviding ad hoc analysts when requiredCredit Suisse posts this job, and many others, on its careers page. Relatedcenter_img Last Updated Jan 30, 2019 by Max PulciniFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail 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, DClast_img read more

first_imgOxycodone pain pills were among the opioids allegedly prescribed illicitly by a doctor in western Pennsylvania, who was indicted by the Department of Justice on Oct. 24, 2017. (John Moore/Getty Images) Doctor Charged With Peddling Opioids in $250 Office Visits By Charlotte Cuthbertson October 26, 2017 Updated: October 26, 2017 Show Discussion WASHINGTON—A doctor in Western Pennsylvania has been charged with 13 counts of prescribing narcotics—Oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine sulfate, and methadone—outside the usual course of professional practice and not for legitimate medical purposes.  Andrzej Kazimierz Zielke, 62, is a medical doctor who owned and operated Medical Frontiers, which advertised as a holistic pain management practice, located in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ).Zielke was allegedly writing a large number of oxycodone prescriptions for people residing in the McKeesport, Pennsylvania, area, and that some of these pills were being obtained by a narcotics dealer, according to the indictment. “According to accounts of former employees and patients, Dr. Zielke charged approximately $250 cash for office visits and many of his patients traveled long distances to see him,” the DOJ states. “Opioid-related health care fraud is a serious problem facing the Western Pennsylvania area today,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Robert Johnson in a statement. “Doctors who betray their trust and authority for their own financial gain by prescribing Schedule II narcotics for purposes other than medical reasons are contributing to our nation’s opioid crisis.  The 14-count indictment, issued by the DOJ on Oct. 24, is the first under the department’s new Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit. Attorney General Jeff Sessions traveled to Columbus, Ohio, on Aug. 2 to announce the creation of the unit. (Source: National Center for Health Statistics, CDC Wonder)The unit looks at data to find “which physicians are writing opioid prescriptions at a rate that far exceeds their peers; how many of a doctor’s patients died within 60 days of an opioid prescription; the average age of the patients receiving these prescriptions; pharmacies that are dispensing disproportionately large amounts of opioids; and regional hot spots for opioid issues,” Sessions said in a statement.Sessions also assigned 12 prosecutors to investigate and prosecute opioid-related health care fraud cases in a dozen locations around the country, including Western Pennsylvania. “Today we are facing the worst drug crisis in American history, with one American dying of a drug overdose every nine minutes,” said Sessions in a statement on Oct. 26. “These cases take on the supply of drugs and stop fraudsters from exploiting people suffering from addiction.”The Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine temporarily revoked Zielke’s medical license on Oct. 11. If found guilty, Zielke faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $1 million, or both, for each count of the indictment, according to the DOJ.The Department of Justice’s Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit has targeted individuals that are contributing to the prescription opioid epidemic, has netted the largest-ever health care fraud takedown, has secured the first-ever indictments against Chinese fentanyl manufacturers, and has seized AlphaBay, the largest criminal marketplace on the Internet and a major source of fentanyl and heroin. Follow Charlotte on Twitter: @charlottecuthbo Sharecenter_img US News  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this articlelast_img read more

first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share The unusual situation came about after the woman had been rushed to hospital earlier that day, only to be sent back home because the midwives thought the baby wasn’t ready yet. She was told to come back when the contractions were closer together. US News Working a late shift on Thanksgiving night might seem like the short straw—especially for those with family.But for Police Officer Michael Colotti, his Thanksgiving shift became the “most incredible experience” of his career after he got an unusual call for assistance in  Stoneham, Massachusetts.He didn’t miss out on the family vibes either, becoming involved in the most powerful moment of any family—the birth of a child—from the second he stepped into the house.According to Boston25 News, Stoneham police received a report of a woman in labor around 11 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 23.Colotti and his partner, officer Christopher Murphy were dispatched to the house.With no children themselves, and little experience to fall back on, they had to quickly assess the situation and help as best they could and rely on their training. They had time to help the woman onto her back and prop her up with pillows—and then helped her deliver a healthy baby boy.An ambulance arrived soon after, taking mother and child to a nearby hospital.“We see and deal with so much stuff, that was an uplifting thing to be a part of,” Colitti, told Boston 25. “I would say nothing is going to prepare for that situation but training did kick in for both of us and we did what we had to do.” At 7: grateful Stoneham dad thanks the police officers who helped deliver his baby boy in his home on Thanksgiving #WCVB— John Atwater (@AtwaterWCVB) November 24, 2017 The baby’s father told WMBC that there was “a sigh of relief” when the officers arrived to help, and was grateful for their help.Colotti took the chance to visit mother and baby at Winchester Hospital the next day. Mother and baby are both doing fine. Stoneham police officer delivers baby for family that couldn’t make it to the hospital on Thanksgiving Day. #wcvb— John Atwater (@AtwaterWCVB) November 24, 2017 “[She] came back home and was getting ready for bed and we all know what happened next,” said Colotti, according to Boston 25.Neither parent has been named. A map of Boston and surrounding area with Stoneham indicated with a red pin. (Screenshot GoogleMaps)Stoneham Police Chief James McIntyre said he was proud of the officers for their “calm and professional response.”“This isn’t something that happens every day, and I want to congratulate the new mother and father on the birth of their son,” he said in a statement according to the Boston Globe.Share this story! Follow Simon on Twitter: @SPVeazey Officer Michael Colotti is holding the baby he helped deliver on Thanksgiving. (Stoneham Police Department) Police Officers Help Deliver Baby on Thanksgiving By Simon Veazey November 25, 2017 Updated: November 25, 2017 Share this article Show Discussionlast_img read more

first_img US News Federal officials have received reports of 155 possible cases of a polio-like condition that can cause paralysis, known as acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM.The latest update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that 28 more suspected cases have been reported by state health departments since the previous update about a week ago, bringing the total number of possible cases to 155.So far, 62 cases have been confirmed across 22 states this year, a number that remains unchanged.The CDC said that it’s working with state and local health departments to investigate the possible cases.cdc afm cases reported graph (CDC)The 2018 outbreak isn’t as large as the number of confirmed cases in 2016, with 149 cases confirmed that year. In addition, 120 cases were confirmed in 2014 between August and December. That outbreak coincided with a national outbreak of severe respiratory illness. But officials aren’t sure why exactly the condition started showing up around the country in 2014 and why it’s continuing. Most of the cases have been children.The condition can be caused by polio, the West Nile virus, and other viruses, officials believe.“At this moment, we don’t know if it’s a virus that is coming and producing direct damage of the gray matter in the spinal cord, or if a virus is triggering immunological responses that produce a secondary damage in the spinal cord,” Carlos Pardo-Villamizar, a neurological disease expert at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine who recently authored a paper on AFM, told Kaiser Health News.While it’s a worrying condition, it affects less than one in a million people in the United States each year.“We understand that people, particularly parents, are concerned,” Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director for the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told reporters earlier this month. “There is a lot we don’t know about AFM, and I am frustrated that despite all of our efforts, we haven’t been able to identify the cause of this mystery illness.”“As a parent myself I understand what it’s like to be scared for your child,” she added. “Parents need to know that AFM is very rare, even with the increase in cases that we are seeing now. We recommend seeking medical care right away if you or your child develop sudden weakness of the arms and legs.”More cases of polio-like virus reported The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed 62 cases of a polio-like illness that causes weakness in the legs and arms. (CNN)What Is AFM?The rare but serious condition affects people’s nervous system, particularly the area of the spinal cord called gray matter.The condition causes people’s muscles and reflexes to weaken significantly, usually in one or more of their limbs. Symptoms most often include a sudden onset of arm or leg weakness and loss of muscle tone and reflexes.Some people also experience facial droop or weakness, difficulty moving the eyes, drooping eyelids, difficulty with swallowing, or slurred speech.The best prevention is getting the polio vaccination, which helps protect against the polio virus. That virus has been identified as one cause of AFM.People should also try to not get bitten by mosquitos—especially in countries where the mosquitos carry the West Nile virus—by using repellent, staying indoors at dusk and dawn, and removing standing or stagnant water near where they’re living.Unfortunately, there’s no specific treatment developed for AFM, but doctors who specialize in treating brain and spinal cord illnesses may be able to recommend certain treatments on a case-by-case basis.There is no long-term prognosis for people who get infected with AFM. Some patients experience long-term paralysis requiring long-term care while others may fully recover, according to Pardo-Villamizar.From Follow Zachary on Twitter: @zackstieber 155 More Possible Cases of Polio-Like Condition in 2018 Outbreak By Zachary Stieber October 23, 2018 Updated: October 23, 2018 Show Discussion Share this articlecenter_img Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video last_img read more

first_img Feds Jailed and Fined Husband for Digging Ponds on Own Land; Widow Seeks Relief By Matthew Vadum May 30, 2019 Updated: May 31, 2019 Share Joseph D. Robertson. (Courtesy Pacific Legal Foundation)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Lawyers for a recently deceased Montana man’s estate say, despite his death, they may yet have a chance to challenge his federal convictions for digging ponds on his property without the government’s permission.“Congress hasn’t authorized the agencies to tramp around on people’s property just because there is a little water on it,” senior attorney Tony Francois of the Pacific Legal Foundation told The Epoch Times.Nor has it authorized the agencies to put people “in jail for acting to protect their property,” said Francois, who represents the estate.Property owners have long been angered by what they consider to be the federal government’s heavy-handed regulatory approach to making rules about bodies of water on private lands.The government claims the right to regulate even tiny bodies of water on private property under the “navigable waters rule” under the Clean Water Act (CWA), which gave the government authority to regulate interstate commerce by prohibiting discharges into the nation’s “navigable waters.” The thinking was that the CWA applied to a body of water if it could be used to transport goods from one state to another.But the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers have tried to augment their regulatory authority by defining “navigable waters” in a way critics say is overbroad. Critics say small pools of water that can’t be navigated at all have wrongly come under the regulatory purview of both agencies. U.S. Navy veteran Joseph D. Robertson languished in prison for a year and a half for digging fire protection ponds near his home outside Basin, Montana, without federal Clean Water Act permits. He used to operate a business that supplied water trucks to fire-fighting agencies. Robertson was also fined $130,000. In November 2018, he asked the Supreme Court to look at his conviction after it was upheld by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Anthony Francois, lawyer representing the estate of John Robertson and his wife Carrie. (Courtesy Pacific Legal Foundation)Robertson unexpectedly died on March 18 at age 78, but on April 15, the Supreme Court quietly granted Robertson’s petition without even proceeding to the oral argument phase. The high court vacated the judgment of the 9th Circuit, remanding the case to the circuit court to consider whether the case is moot at this point. Weeks before that, the Supreme Court agreed to substitute the petitioner’s wife and representative of his estate, Carri Robertson, as petitioner in place of Robertson.“While far from a done deal, the Supreme Court’s order to send the case back to the 9th Circuit is a big win for” the Robertson family, according to Francois.“The High Court’s decision came via summary disposition, which means it did not issue a written opinion. But, clearly, the justices felt the 9th Circuit’s decision was erroneous, or they wouldn’t have granted Joe’s petition, or vacated the 9th Circuit’s decision, after his untimely death,” Francois said.The legal issue is whether the estate has a continuing right to fight the $130,000 fine, which the lawyers describe as exorbitant, and which can now be enforced against Robertson’s heirs.But whether the issue gets a new hearing before the Supreme Court depends on what happens in the case before then.Francois said in coming days he will file a motion in the circuit court to have the convictions of his client vacated and the fine abated. When a person convicted of a crime dies without the appeal process having completely run its course, the conviction is normally vacated.But it is unclear what position the government will take. Even if the convictions are dismissed, the fine could remain, in which case the controversy may yet find its way back to the Supreme Court, Francois explained.The estate paid about $1,250 of the fine so far, he said. Francois said he will move that the fine be vacated and the funds paid be refunded to the estate.Francois said he would like the opportunity to argue about the facts of the case.The place where Robertson built his ponds were very close to his house and there is some ambiguity about whether the property belongs to the federal government, he said.Robertson built the ponds in a clearing, using earth-moving equipment to capture the trickle of water from a nearby rivulet, he said.The government claimed the trickle could be regulated as navigable waters, even though it is 40 miles upstream from the nearest navigable river, the Jefferson River, he said. center_img US News Share this article Show Discussionlast_img read more

first_imgFile photo showing a sales assistant portioning ground beef in a butcher’s shop in Berlin, Germany, on Aug. 1, 2007. (Barbara Sax/AFP/Getty Images) Grand jury indicts Busch’s Country Corner owner, brother, in food stamp fraud— WCPO (@WCPO) June 13, 2018 Crime and Incidents  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share Share this article The husband-and-wife team behind Busch’s Country Corner spent eight years stealing from the government.— WCPO (@WCPO) June 21, 2019center_img A typical fraudulent SNAP transaction might involve someone using an electronic benefits card to get cash instead of food, while the business takes a hefty cut of the transaction.“Millions of households rely on the $64 billion Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps, to buy food,” says the Government Accountability Office (GAO) in a 2019 report on food stamp fraud. “But some stores are defrauding the program by ‘selling’ cash instead of food. For example, a store might give a person $50 in exchange for $100 in benefits—then pocket the difference.”The GAO report found that criminals engaged in what it calls “retailer trafficking” were responsible for trafficking at least $1 billion per year in food stamp benefits between 2012 and 2014, with taxpayers bearing the brunt of the fraud. Ohio Butcher Shop Couple Found Guilty of $3.4 Million Food Stamp Fraud By Tom Ozimek June 23, 2019 Updated: June 24, 2019 The owners of an Ohio butcher shop have been found guilty of multiple counts of food stamp fraud in a scheme that prosecutors said cheated the government out of about $3.4 million.Jurors in a federal court in Dayton found Michael and Amanda Busch guilty on Friday, June 21, on 25 charges that include wire fraud and conspiracy to steal government funds, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.According to charging documents filed at the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio in June 2018, the couple owned and operated a meat and poultry retail food store in Cincinnati called Busch’s Country Corner. They were accused of running a racket between April 2010 and May 2018, where they allegedly traded cash for food stamp benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).Federal investigators cited in the report said that out of the 195,000 SNAP transactions made at the store over eight years, two-thirds of them were fraudulent. Show Discussion More alarming still, while GAO cites Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) reports in the $1 billion of annual trafficked benefits, the agency believes the figures are understated and could be as high as $4.7 billion each year.“The real rate of fraud … is undoubtedly much higher,” said Government Accountability Institute (GAI) President Peter Schweizer in a statement to The Epoch Times. “Pinning down a definitive total is difficult, but it’s safe to say that it’s well into the billions.”GAI, a conservative nonprofit think-tank, located in Tallahassee, Florida, is not related to GAO, which is a government agency headed by the Comptroller General, appointed by the President for a 15-year term.Read More5.8 Million People No Longer on Food Stamps Under TrumpUS Pilot Program Allows Online Grocery Shopping With Food StampsWhile food stamps overseers officially reported a mere 1.5 percent fraud rate in the SNAP program, Schweizer told the Epoch Times last year in interviews with GAI staff, SNAP fraud investigators believed the real fraud rate “ranged from 20-30 percent.”The think-tank said in a report headlined “EBTerrorism: How Fraud-Riddled Snap Funds Terrorism, Fails at Enforcement, Wastes Taxpayer Money” (pdf) that the FNS “has hidden systemic fraud and allowed large-scale waste and abuse to go unabated for years.”In 2017, 12 store owners were indicted in Florida for siphoning $20 million from the SNAP program—the biggest bust in its stamps A sign in a market window advertises the acceptance of food stamps in New York City on Oct. 7, 2010. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)“You can go into just about any one of these corner stores and sell your food stamps for 50 percent of the value,” a small store owner in Philadelphia, who stopped accepting SNAP, told WTXF in 2017. “If 10 people come in here with a SNAP card, eight of them want to sell me their food stamps the other two want to use them.”Father and Son Indicted for $2.7 Million Food Stamp FraudThe incident recalls the case of two Ohio men who were indicted on Jan. 22 for an alleged $2.7 million food stamp fraud scheme.According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio, the men were accused of operating a highly lucrative food stamp trafficking fraud ring for six years.In all, the duo are accused of processing $2.7 million in fraudulent benefits from 2010 to 2016 at Amin Salem’s seven Cleveland-area gas stations.Amin M. Salem, 59, and his son Mohamed Salem, 32, were both indicted on one count of conspiracy to launder money and one count of engaging in real estate transactions using laundered food stamp proceeds.Read MoreEx-Grocery Store Owner Sentenced for Food Stamp SchemeMoney from the illegal SNAP transactions and meat sales were deposited into gas station banks accounts and forwarded to separate accounts controlled directly by the Salems.An Illinois Link card, an electronic debit-like card used to draw on food stamp benefits in Skokie An Illinois Link card, an electronic debit-like card used to draw on food stamp benefits in Skokie, Ill., on June 24, 2004. (Tim Boyle/Getty Images)“This father and son duo engaged in various illegalities to include stealing from every taxpaying citizen by engaging in food stamp fraud, a program designed to help those in need,” said Robert E. Hughes, FBI acting special agent.U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman said Amin Salem will “be held accountable for years of disregarding our nation’s laws and flouting the rules to enrich himself.” Follow Tom on Twitter: @OZImekTOM last_img read more

first_imgZimbabwean authorities have seized a plane after millions of South African Rand and a dead body was found on board.Airport staff at Harare International saw blood dripping from the Germany to South Africa bound plane during a refueling stop. After further inspection, they discovered a dead body and millions of South African Rand on board. Zimbabwe’s Civil Aviation Authority said the matter had been handed over to the police for investigation.According to reports, the US-owned plane belongs to the South African Reserve Bank. A senior official at the bank said they are aware of an “aircraft carrying a South African Reserve Bank consignment that stopped in Harare and was detained following the discovery of an unidentified body that is presumed to be a stowaway on the aircraft.”Yesterday, the American corporate owner of the cargo jet (Western Global Airlines) said that the man was in fact a stowaway found in a compartment adjacent to the nose landing gear. February 17, 20161 Comment Blogcenter_img Dead Body & Millions Of South African Rand Found ON PLANElast_img read more

first_imgYear of the Quitter: Why Stopping These Twelve Habits Will Make 2013 Your Best Year Yet By CBN 0 LinkedIn As the saying goes, nobody likes a quitter. But if you really want to experience true happiness and fulfillment this year, that’s exactly what Todd Patkin says you should strive to be in a few key areas.verall, Americans are just plain exhausted—and it isn’t surprising. Society tells us (not very subtly, either) that we need to perform to a certain standard, look a certain way, weigh a certain number, make a certain amount of money, and much more. Too bad that “perfect” lifestyle is impossible to achieve. Nobody can do it all, all of the time. So when you inevitably take on too much and allow one of the plates you’re juggling to drop, you end up disappointed, tired, and miserable. Case in point: How are your New Year’s resolutions faring? Chances are, they’ve already fallen by the wayside, and you’re feeling like a failure.According to Todd Patkin, the problem is that you set yourself up for disappointment by having unrealistic and unsustainable expectations. Instead, he says, you’ll be best served by making 2013 the year you stop doing things that aren’t adding to your happiness.“Let’s face it—our lives are already packed full of responsibilities. Piling on even more just isn’t feasible—and it’s also a recipe for unhappiness,” points out Patkin, author of Finding Happiness: One Man’s Quest to Beat Depression and Anxiety and—Finally—Let the Sunshine In. “Instead, you should focus on prioritizing the things in your life that really matter, and on dropping dead weight that might be holding you back.”Patkin admits that “quitting” various success-oriented behaviors and habits seems counterintuitive. After all, doing less goes directly against society’s recipe for building our best and most fulfilling lives. But Patkin also knows from experience that more isn’t always better.“For much of my life I was addicted to the pursuit of perfection,” he shares. “I constantly pushed myself to be the best, first in school and later in my career. Sure, I led my family’s company to unprecedented heights, I had a wonderful wife and son, and I was involved in and respected by my community. But when I was only thirty-six, my do-it-all lifestyle imploded and I suffered a complete nervous breakdown.”Since then, Patkin has realized that he was pushing himself too hard, prioritizing the wrong things, and working toward success for the wrong reasons.“In the decade since my breakdown, most of my goals and priorities have shifted,” he confirms. “I’ve learned that you can be much happier if you clear extraneous and unhealthy responsibilities from your life and let yourself off the hook more often.”According to Patkin, here are twelve things that you should resolve to stop doing now if you want 2013 to be your greatest year yet:Give up on relationships. …The ones that aren’t working, that is. Face it: Whether it’s a coworker who hands out backhanded compliments like they’re candy or a “frenemy” who always tries to one-up your accomplishments, there are people in your life who drain your energy and make your attitude dip into murky territory. No matter how much you may want to make these relationships work, forcing yourself to spend time with negative people won’t do you any favors. Actually, Patkin says, studies show that in terms of your attitude and happiness levels, you will be the average of the five people you spend the most time with.“So clearly, you need to be around other people who share your commitment to happiness if you want to be happier and avoid unnecessary stress,” he points out. “It’s okay—and actually healthy—to distance yourself from so-called ‘toxic’ individuals. For instance, politely decline your frenemy’s invitation to grab a drink and call up a more uplifting person instead. And don’t ignore close relationships here, either. Of course I advocate doing everything you can to eliminate strain with family members. Realize, though, that maybe this is the year to finally admit that you and your partner have irreconcilable differences that are making both of you unhappy, or it is the year to finally tell your mother that her controlling behavior needs to stop.”Stop being so darn nice. …And start being real. Perhaps you’re one of those people who always blurts out what’s on your mind. If so, skip this piece of advice. However, it’s much more likely that you swallow barbed comments or constructive criticism in favor of a more diplomatic response. You might even allow yourself to be taken advantage of from time to time in order to please another person. Guess what: It’s time to stop! Dishonest politeness doesn’t develop authentic relationships.“No, it’s not appropriate to go on reality show-worthy rants whenever you feel upset, but at the same time, masking your real opinions and feelings isn’t helpful in the long term,” Patkin says. “Remember, having a smaller number of true friends is healthier than denying your own happiness in order to make everyone else like you. And usually, there is a polite way to say no or to let another person know he or she is out of line without permanently burning bridges.”Stop working so hard. No, Patkin isn’t advocating that you become a total slacker. What he does want you to do is think about the b-word: balance. The fact is, every year we try to reach new heights in our careers. We say we’ll work harder, get a promotion, and earn a raise. However, everyone has physical and mental limits. And more to the point—despite the fact that our society often confuses the two—achievement doesn’t equal happiness. No matter how good your intentions are, overloading on work will cause your relationships, mindset, and even health to suffer.“Striving for professional success isn’t inherently bad, but in this case you can definitely pile on too much of a good thing,” Patkin asserts. “For me, 70- and 80-hour weeks actually caused a breakdown, not happiness! Please, don’t follow in my footsteps. Even if you don’t drive yourself over the edge, living the life of a workaholic can still bury you in stress, anxiety, and depression. This year, really think about what a healthy balance looks like. And remember, no one looks back on their lives at age eighty and says, ‘Gee, I wish I’d spent less time with my family and friends and more time at the office.’”Lower the bar. This may come as a shock, but you probably expect too much from yourself. Whether the issue is your appearance, your house, your family, or your job, you want to achieve as much perfection as is humanly possible. And on top of that, you most likely focus on what you do wrong and rarely celebrate what you do right. This year, it’s time to really realize that you’re human, and thus fallible, and so it’s inevitable that you will mess up—or even just put in an “adequate” performance—every now and then.“Setting the bar impossibly high is a recipe for making yourself feel miserable,” Patkin confirms. “I used to expect nothing less than perfection out of myself, which was delusional! We’re all human, which means that we’re going to make mistakes from time to time. That doesn’t mean that we’re in any way unworthy or undeserving of love. In fact, learning to love myself and accept my flaws was at the core of my own happiness journey. This year, consciously lower your expectations to more realistic standards, celebrate your many successes, and stop beating yourself up so much.”Ignore the Joneses. Keeping up with the Joneses seems to be the American way of life. We’re constantly comparing ourselves to our friends, our neighbors, our coworkers, and even people whose lives we see displayed on reality TV. My sister’s kids are always perfectly behaved, you think. What am I doing wrong? Or even, I know that Bob’s salary is the same as mine. How come he’s driving a new SUV and I can’t even scrape together a down payment? No matter what the situation is, thoughts like these only leave you feeling jealous, less-than, and unhappy.“The most ironic part is, the friend whose life seems perfect on the outside probably doesn’t feel that way in the privacy of his own home,” Patkin points out. “For years, I was the guy whose career and bank account others would have killed to have, but the truth was, I was stressed out of my mind and unable to relax for even a second! Yes, it will be hard to change your habitual thought processes. But you need to understand the fundamental truth that ‘happy’ for you won’t look the same as it does for anyone else—and that’s okay! Focus primarily on your own feelings and fulfillment—don’t use another person’s life as a measuring stick to determine how good your own is.”Don’t focus on your spouse. …To the point where you forget to take responsibility for yourself, that is! Yes, conventional relationship wisdom tells you to focus on your spouse and to put his or her needs first. To a point, that advice is accurate: As a partner in life and in love, you should be your spouse’s biggest supporter and coach. Just don’t allow tunnel vision to blind you to your own needs and responsibilities.“While you should never take advantage of or ignore your partner, putting yourself second all of the time can breed frustration and resentment,” Patkin asserts. “This year, stop focusing so much on your spouse. Look inward instead, and figure out what will make you happy. Remember that when you do things that make you happy, it’s good for your husband or wife too. Also, of course, ask yourself what you can do to improve yourself—and thus your marriage—instead of always expecting your partner to take the lead.” Stop giving so much. If you don’t, you’ll eventually run dry! The fact is, there are a lot of people in our lives who depend on us and who want our help, our time, our advice, etc. Especially if you care for those individuals, of course you’ll want to be accommodating. (Or perhaps you just have a hard time saying no!) For whatever reason, it can be all too easy to keep giving and giving and giving to others to the point where there’s nothing left for you.“If you are that person—if spending all of your time and energy on others is the norm and doing something for yourself is extremely rare—watch it,” Patkin warns. “Figure out what is important to you and what fulfills you, and prioritize those things more. Stop putting others and their needs first all the time! In order to be happy, you have to know what your strengths are, and you have to play to them on a regular basis. You can’t live your life primarily to please other people.”Stop pushing your kids so hard! As parents, we really care about our kids, and we want them to have the best possible futures. But that doesn’t mean you need to turn into a so-called “Tiger Parent.” Too much pressure to perform can cause children of any age to burn out and make self-destructive decisions. In fact, some kids are experiencing symptoms ranging from stomachaches to severe depression due to the day-to-day stress they encounter at school and at home.“I have a teenage son, and I know how easy it is to get neurotic about pushing your children to succeed,” Patkin admits. “We all want the best for our kids, and even if you don’t want to admit it, it’s easy to get addicted to that swell of pride you feel when your son or daughter wins top honors. As I’ve said before, though, it’s crucial to remember that success and happiness aren’t the same thing. Your kids will be much happier, healthier, more creative, and more motivated throughout their lives if you prioritize balance and love them for who they are, not for how many As they get on their report cards.”Forget quality time with your kids. …And start focusing on quantity! According to Patkin, it’s easy to use the words “quality time with my kids” as a free pass to focus on other aspects of your life 95 percent of the time. In other words, we want to believe that we can make up for working 70-hour weeks by taking a trip to Disney World, or catch up on all of the week’s events while going out for ice cream. But the fact is, life is found in the everyday moments, not in the big blowout trips. And kids themselves are perceptive—they can tell if they always take second place in your life.“Doing ‘normal’ things with your kids on a regular basis will mean more to them—and to you—long-term than the occasional extraordinary event,” Patkin promises. “So build regular ‘parent time’ into your schedule, and try to be present for as many day-to-day activities as you can. But don’t throw so-called quality time out the window, either. For example, you might set up a special night one or two times a month with each of your children—just you and them. Most of all, remember that once your kids are grown the things you’ll miss the most are activities like throwing the ball and reading bedtime stories, so make some good memories now.”Cancel your gym membership. No, Patkin isn’t saying that you should give up on exercising, and of course, if you’re already a gym lover, continue going. But for newbies, he does recommend starting with something that’s sustainable. The truth is, many Americans purchase gym memberships, only to find that their grand plans to take classes, work out daily, and lose weight don’t pan out. Usually, sooner rather than later, real life gets in the way, and not going to the gym becomes just one more thing to beat yourself up about.“The key to instilling any habit in your life is to make it doable,” Patkin points out. “So if exercise isn’t already a regular part of your life, start small. Take a 20-minute walk every other day around your neighborhood—that’s it! You can work up from there if you want to. Also, try not to make physical activity all about weight—it has many other benefits. Exercise will make you feel more relaxed, stronger, and more capable of handling life’s challenges—also, it will improve your sleep, and it’s a natural anti-depressant that will help your attitude and outlook.”Stop obsessing over your health. Everywhere we look, there’s a new medical threat to worry about. Sure, you can spend a lot of your time worrying about BPA in your water bottles, drug-resistant bacteria, or the likelihood of whether swine flu will overrun your community. Likewise, you can make appointments with specialist after specialist whenever you feel sick, and try every new vitamin, supplement, and protein shake on the market. But it probably won’t help as much as you hope! At the end of the day, you’ll never have ultimate control over everything you touch, breathe, and eat.“If you allow yourself to fret over every health threat you hear on the news or see on the Internet, you’ll be afraid to leave your house without a hazmat suit on,” Patkin says. “Just eat right, go to the doctor, and fit in as much exercise and relaxation as you can. If you don’t, all the worry and stress will be what ends up killing you!”Trash your goals. …Except for this one: Be happier! Much like striving for perfection, being too goal-oriented can harm more than it helps. When you’re always focused on the “next big thing,” you’re perpetually anxious, you often forget to live in the present, and you’re never able to enjoy all of the blessings you already have. Plus, taking a step back from “the plan” can bring some much-needed clarity. You may find that the direction you’ve been headed isn’t what you want after all!“My breakdown—at the time—was horrible. But it really was the best thing that ever happened to me in the long run,” Patkin states, “for it forced me to literally drop all of the things I’d been working on and to reevaluate how I was living my life. For the first time, I consciously realized that my ‘successful’ life wasn’t making me happy. I promise you, when you prioritize your own happiness and well-being, you’ll be truly amazed by how smoothly everything else falls into place!”“Believe me, being a ‘quitter’ can be a very smart move, as long as you’re leaving behind activities, habits, people, and responsibilities that aren’t enriching your life,” Patkin concludes. “Above all else, as you move through this year, take it from me that a successful life without happiness really isn’t successful at all!” E-Headlines Twitter Tumblr Share. on December 13, 2012 About the Author: Todd Patkin grew up in Needham, Massachusetts. After graduating from Tufts University, he joined the family business and spent the next eighteen years helping to grow it to new heights. After it was purchased by Advance Auto Parts in 2005, he was free to focus on his main passions: philanthropy and giving back to the community, spending time with family and friends, and helping more people learn how to be happy. Todd lives with his wonderful wife, Yadira, their amazing son, Josh, and two great dogs, Tucker and Hunter.About the Book: Finding Happiness: One Man’s Quest to Beat Depression and Anxiety and—Finally—Let the Sunshine In (StepWise Press, 2011, ISBN: 978-0-9658261-9-8, $19.95) is available at bookstores nationwide, from major online booksellers, and at Pinterest Email Facebook Google+last_img read more

first_img Google+ Share. By CBN Facebook LinkedIn Email 0 E-Headlinescenter_img Twitter Tumblr Pinterest on November 18, 2014 Compass Commercial in Bend, Oregon Releases Q3 2014 Market Survey Compass Commercial Real Estate Services has released its third quarter 2014 survey results in the current issue of Compass Points. This quarter’s data shows positive absorption and decreased vacancy in all of the markets surveyed (office, retail and industrial). Some of the submarkets were negative, yet each market category remained positive as a whole. This speaks volumes about the economic picture in Central Oregon.Bend’s citywide office vacancy rate dropped slightly to 11.37 percent from Q2’s report of 11.44 percent marking the tenth consecutive drop and the lowest office vacancy rate since the first quarter of 2008, when Bend’s office vacancy stood at 11.18 percent. The survey results showed that 285,366 sq. ft. of space is now available for lease, compared to 287,002 sq. ft. at the end of Q2 2014.The citywide retail market dropped slightly from 8.58 percent in Q2 to 8.05 percent this quarter, with absorption of 23,508 sq. ft. of net-leased space. Market conditions continue to improve overall in the retail sector both in terms of absorption and in terms of increased lease rates.The citywide industrial vacancy fell this quarter to 7.96 percent, down from 8.23 percent in Q2 2014. Approximately 328,144 sq. ft. of space is now available for lease, down slightly from 339,068 sq. ft. at the end of Q2 2014. This is the lowest vacancy we have experienced in years and we are now in a range that we consider normal and healthy for our market.Compass Points offers comprehensive commercial real estate surveys of the Central Oregon market from the partners of Compass Commercial. In addition to providing a survey of Central Oregon’s Q3 commercial real estate market, this issue of Compass Points offers an overview of important tools used to help buyers analyze property investments, and shines its nonprofit spotlight on the Red Cross.To view an online version or to subscribe to the quarterly publication, visit and click on the Compass Points icon. Printed copies are available from the Compass Commercial office by calling 541-383-2444.last_img read more

first_img Hall of Dreamers Final Selection & Salon DiscussionTEDxBend is owned by the community. With historically high demand for TEDxBend tickets, we are evolving the way our Central Oregon community experiences this amazing event about Ideas Worth Spreading.The TEDxBend ticket lottery for the April 23 main event has sold out once again this year and there are only a few seats left for Youth Sponsored Tickets at TEDxBend.comAnd while there’s nothing quite like experiencing TEDxBend in person, organizers want everyone to be able to tune in, be inspired and dream forward from our collective conversations. What ideas do we in Central Oregon have for ourselves, our families, our planet, our economy and our future that could rock the world?Host or Join a Viewing Party and Experience TEDxBend live at TEDxBend.comThis year we are live streaming the event online at You are encouraged to either host or attend one of the many live viewing parties taking place across Central Oregon on April You can find a viewing party or list your own on the TEDxBend Facebook Event pageCarrie DouglassEvent Manager Co-Chaircarrie@cascaderelays.comHall of Dreamers Final SelectionFor this 5th annual festival of ideas worth spreading, TEDxBend is honoring Central Oregon’scollective ownership of this inspiring and visionary event through greater community involvement and celebration of local dreamers. What ideas do we in Central Oregon have for ourselves, our families, our planet, our economy, and our future that could rock the world?TEDxBend has selected 10 local people to share their dream with Central Oregon. TheseDreamers will be showcased in a special exhibit at TEDxBend on April 23 at Bend High School.Displays will include a portrait, by local photographer Carol Sternkopf, of the Dreamer with their ideas or dreams.A diverse team of local leaders selected the applicants using the following criteria:Their creativity and the inspiration their ideas stimulateTheir ability to clearly articulate what they dreamThe practical ways their dreams manifest2016 TEDxBend DreamersCate Havstad, Hatter, BendGerald Danzuka, Small business counselor, Warm SpringsDylan Waring, 8th grade student, BendIly Logeais, Filmmaker, student, dreamer, lover of aquariums, BendWilliam Valenti, Not retired; rebooting. Freelance Protagonist, BendLindsey Hardy, Project Director, The Bend Energy Challenge, BendCari Brown, Owner of The Workhouse, Labor and Delivery Doula, Returning Student, BendDarren Pleasance, Leader / Adventurer, BendKatie M. Smith, Marketer. Entrepreneur. Dreamer. Doer., BendMary Thomas, Teacher, BendSparked by the celebrated TED conferences worldwide, TEDxBend is our very own locally organized event featuring a dozen talks, demonstrations and performances under 18 minutes each. TED and TEDxBend are 501(c)(3) nonprofits devoted to Ideas Worth Tumblr LinkedIn Google+ Facebook TEDxBend 2016 Salon Discussion: Let’s Get This Party Started! Share. 0center_img on April 14, 2016 Twitter E-Headlines Email Pinterest By CBNlast_img read more

first_imgOver $3,755,000 in Funding Awarded at Bend Venture Conference 0 Google+ Twitter A record ten companies received funding and the conference’s big winner was Hubb, walking away with $2,515,000.“The goal of the Bend Venture Conference is to bring together investors and investable companies in the hopes that through the process some magic will occur and companies will get discovered and funded,” said Brian Vierra, Venture Catalyst for EDCO. “This year, due to a high level of collaboration between both angel and venture funds, institutions and the State itself, we succeeded to a level the conference hasn’t seen before. This has resulted in a new record of almost $4 million for investment deployed through an angel conference in the northwest.”The Bend Venture Conference (BVC), hosted by Economic Development for Central Oregon, is the largest angel conference in the Pacific Northwest. This year, the conference is divided into three competition categories that consist of Social Impact, Early Stage and Growth Stage companies vying for investment and cash prizes. In 2015, more than 465 attendees, 50 prominent investors and 65 companies joined us for a celebration of entrepreneurship and close to $1 million was awarded to multiple winners.www.bendvc.comCelebrating its 35th year, Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) is a non-profit corporation supported by private and public members and stakeholders, whose mission is to create middle-class jobs in Central Oregon by recruiting new employers to move to the region, helping entrepreneurs start new, scalable businesses, and working with businesses that are already here to grow their operations. Winner of a Business Oregon Award:Fat Chance Bicycles (Ashland, Oregon), an iconic heritage mountain bike brand, was awarded $100,000 by Business Oregon. Winners of Elevate Capital Investment Awards:Hubb was awarded $450,000.A second investment of $250,000 was awarded to RFPIO.A third investment of $125,000 was awarded to Scout Military Discount (Portland, Oregon), an app that allows the military community to receive discounts, offers and special savings. Winner of an Elevate Capital Investment Award:OpConnect was awarded $50,000.Early Stage CompetitionWinner of the BendBroadband Business Early Stage Competition:CushCore (Bend, Oregon) won the $15,000 BendBroadband Business Early Stage Cash Prize. For this competition, conference attendees voted on the company they believed could benefit the most from the money. CushCore manufactures an Inner-Tire Suspension System for mountain bikes. (BVC-Early Stage)– Tyson Gillard, left, accepts a secondary investment prize of $150,000 that his company Outdoor Project won in Early Stage competition. Making the presentation is Julie Harrelson, fund manager for the Harrelson Group. Photo by Steve Kadel/CBNTen companies across three competition categories take home investments and cash prizes.Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) hosted the 13th Annual Bend Venture Conference (BVC) to a sold-out crowd and just announced the winners of $3,755,000 in investments and cash prizes, setting a new record for Oregon angel conferences. Side investment deals are still being finalized.Growth Stage CompetitionThe Growth Stage Competition, which included companies that had a proven concept and initial revenues, had five different winners.Winners of BVC, LLC, Investment Awards*:Hubb (Vancouver, Wash.), a Software as a Service (SaaS) platform that automates the business process for collecting, managing and marketing the abstracts, speakers and sponsors for conferences and meetings, was awarded $140,000. www.hubb.meA secondary investment of $100,000 was awarded to RFPIO Inc. (Portland, Oregon), a SaaS solution that streamlines the RFP response process and increases the win rate through automation, collaboration and Salesforce integration. By CBN Tumblr Winner of the Oregon Angel Fund (OAF) Investment Award:Hubb was awarded $1,750,000.*The investment arm of the conference, BVC, LLC, awarded the Growth Stage investments following considerable due diligence of each of the five presenting finalists. The investment included $25,000 from Oregon Community Foundation and $50,000 from Oregon Growth Account.Social Impact CompetitionThe Social Impact Competition, which included for-profit companies with an integrated social or environmental mission, had three different winners.Winners of BVC, LLC, Investment Awards:Hemex Health (Portland, Ore.), a company that provides new diagnostics for malaria and sickle cell disease, was awarded $50,000. http://hemexhealth.comA second investment of $50,000 was awarded to OpConnect (Portland, Oregon), a company that sells and operates smart electric vehicle charging stations. http://www.opconnect.comcenter_img Email Winner of a Business Oregon Award:PubTalk semi-finalist Cascade Wellness Technologies (Sunriver, Oregon) was awarded $100,000. Cascade Wellness Technologies produces an Automated Thermal Contrast device to non-evasively increase blood flow to the body. LinkedIn Facebook Winner of a Craft3 Investment Award:Sudara (Bend, Oregon), a company that designs and manufactures beautiful products in India, creating jobs for survivors of sex-trafficking, was awarded $250,000. on October 18, 2016 Pinterest E-Headlines Winners of Cascade Angels Fund Investment Awards:Hubb was awarded $175,000.A secondary investment of $150,000 was awarded to Outdoor Project (Portland, Oregon), the fastest growing media platform in the U.S. for outdoor recreation and travel. Share.last_img read more

first_img4 Technologies That Will Transform Logistics It’s hard to overstate just how far the world of logistics has come in the past half century. The last two decades alone have taken us from an era when people were thrilled by the possibility of airmailing packages to a time when everyone expects to have an option for same-day shipping.With that said, the progression we’re used to seeing will soon look like child’s play. Over the next decade or two, the industry will again be flipped on its head, as a series of looming technological advancements that would have seemed like science fiction as recently as the 1980’s are about to revolutionize it all.The following are just four of the coming changes that will transform logistics.The Era of DronesAmazon made headlines the world over when the online retail giant said it was hoping to start making deliveries with drones. Though this announcement had consumers dreading a robot-crazed future in which the skies were full of pilot-less aircraft, the plans have yet to actually become a reality.But it is inevitable. Whether it’s Amazon or another company that leads the way, the days of drones are the future. And once companies begin guaranteeing hassle-free, on-time delivery at a fraction of the current cost, nobody will even remember how strange the concept once sounded.Digital Dealerships Take Center StageDigital dealerships are making the process of buying vehicles for a business easier and more reliable than ever. For companies in the transportation field, this means replacing a member of the fleet — or even multiple vans at once — takes no time at all. Gone are the days of showroom debates and long test drives that occupy half a day. Instead of wasting hours going over paperwork in person, the online marketplace is now so trustworthy and simple that the old way of purchasing a vehicle is being left behind.Even after companies buy the vehicles, the innovation doesn’t stop. Now, digital dealerships send follow-up emails and reminders to make sure their customers are enjoying and understanding the perks on their vehicles. They also can use cloud contact centers to provide on-demand support through self-service and agent-assisted channels, like SMS, live chat, social media and video.Driver-less Vehicles Dominate Nation’s RoadsAfter drone shipping, the biggest technological change that will transform logistics and shipping is the coming driver-less vehicle revolution. Though the skies have even less traffic, our nation’s roads and highways will also one day be full of cars that don’t require humans to get goods from point A to point B. And the congestion we experience will be a thing of the past.We are still likely a ways away from a world in which this is the norm; automated vehicles remain more of a pipe dream than a reality at this point. But the improvements that it will bring to safety, travel time and cost mean that this future is inevitable. Driverless cars are coming — and they will bring a sea chance for the world of logistics.Smart WarehousesSmart warehousing is another technology that will transform logistics. While they don’t have to be completely automated and run by robots, smart warehouses help manufacturers automate their manual labor processes, scale their business, make last-minute changes and adjustments, and operate in real time.Even though warehouses still require human management and oversight, they will become more and more automated as the technology becomes more reliable and consistent. They will be able to automatically bill buyers, communicate with and alert customers, keep track of inventory and more. Twitter Email on November 29, 2016 Facebook By CBN 0center_img LinkedIn E-Headlines Pinterest Google+ Share. Tumblrlast_img read more

first_img5 Scary Actions that Haunt Your ReputationOctober 30, 2018 by Stacey Hanke 221SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin Have you ever been so frustrated by someone’s bad habits that the very thought of communicating with them scares you? Do you go into hiding when you see a rude coworker coming your way? What if YOU are the one everyone with whom everyone fears communicating?What you think others believe is not always the truth. While many professionals believe they are perceived as uber-professionals, they don’t realize how all of the mistakes they make that cost them influence. People don’t see us based on who we are, instead how they observe us in the day-to-day.Uncover the hidden mistakes you make that frighten off your ability to influence others:1. Meeting MonsterProfessionals are overwhelmed with meeting madness, so much so that they take for granted the common etiquette necessary to attend.Arrive on time. Running late is bound to happen occasionally. No matter how much we want to avoid it, situations arise that cause us to get behind. If this happens to you, enter the meeting in progress with grace. Quietly open the door and take your seat. Quickly review the materials and catch up on your own without interjecting or asking others to catch you up on what was missed.Don’t interrupt. When a presentation is in progress, acknowledge the rules established by the presenter. If there is a Q&A session at the end, make notes of what you’d like to ask and save it until then. If someone is sharing an idea, don’t interrupt with yours. Allow whoever is speaking to finish their thoughts before interjecting with yours.Stay on track. We’ve all attended a meeting with a coworker who has a penchant for derailing conversations. It’s irritating and confusing. Be the one who asks questions and suggests ideas that are in line with the topic of discussion. Anything off topic must be saved for after the meeting ends.2. Terrifying TextsText messaging is a way of life for all professionals. Whether you’re sending a quick message to coworkers, your boss or clients, there are guidelines for this digital dialogue.Keep it simple. Text messages need to remain short – no more than two sentences. If the need to text requires more than three back-and-forth exchanges, pick up the phone and call instead. This will reduce the risk of confusion and miscommunication.Pay Attention. No matter how effective you think you are at simultaneously texting and listening, you aren’t. Sending text messages during a meeting or personal conversation is rude and trying to hide it doesn’t fool anyone. Everyone knows if you’re trying to text under the table when you’re supposed to be paying attention. People get offended and feel unimportant if you’re texting as they’re talking.3. Aimlessly FloatingWe have become overly present with technology and absent-minded to others in our space. Stop aimlessly walking while paying more attention to your phone than where you are going.Don’t walk and talk.  No matter how efficient you wish to be, you’re going to make a mistake. We’ve all seen the hilarious videos of others walking into objects because they were paying more attention to their device than where they were going. Imagine how your coworkers feel in their attempts to avoid being your next hallway victim.Eyes dead ahead. Until we are born with eyes on the top of our head, put your phone down. Pay attention to where you’re going. If you must answer a call or respond to a text, simply step aside or wait until you return to your desk. Make it a point, instead, of acknowledging peers you pass in the hallway. It’s easier to build a positive influence by saying “good morning” rather than knocking someone to the floor.4. Eyes are EverywhereSomeone is always watching. Whether it is a camera overhead or a person sitting across from us in their car, we are always under observation.Know your surroundings. The car is not the place to do your makeup, dance or change clothes. Your office is not the place to pick your teeth or your nose. When walking into work, limit the number of bags you carry. You’re not moving; you’re only going to work.You’re never alone. Even when you think you’re alone, you’re not. If there are grooming matters to attend to, handle them before you arrive. If that’s not possible, head to the nearest restroom and get situated. Be aware of what you look like walking into the office. Maintain strong posture and stride.5. Afterhours FrightFew things generate dread like seeing the name or number of your boss on the phone after hours. Nothing can create animosity and frustration like an always-on leader.Avoid Afterhours. Nothing scares people more than an after-hours work-related text message. If there is something on your mind you wish to share, write it down and save it for the next day. Allow your employees time to decompress without fear or worry of unexpected messages.Terrifying timing. If there is something urgent to share, start by first apologizing. Ensure the recipient you would not have called or messaged under any other circumstance. Acknowledge you respect their time and will do your best to limit the interaction.Put fear aside in others by being mindful in your communication methods and manners. Increase your credibility by being respectful of others and avoiding scary bad habits that cost you influence.PREVIOUS POSTNEXT POST Filed Under: Advice, Management, Resources, Strategiclast_img read more

first_img Filed Under: Cool Tech, Privacy and Security, Tech Technology and Covert OperationsJanuary 23, 2019 by John Murray 127SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin Covert Operations has long relied on a mix of the most current technology available, and the need for an “old-school,” hands-on approach. No covert operative worth his salt would rely entirely on technology, as opening up an operation to an easy hack is almost the first danger one is warned against in training. I ran an organization within the world of covert operations for almost four decades, and in my time, from the early the 1970s until about 10 years ago, much changed, certainly. But many of the tried and true methods are not only still in use today, but they have become even more important to catching shadows and to remaining under the radar of both the shadow world and the high-profile, legitimate, policing forces, both of which are key for a covert operative to avoid.Due to the need to leave as little footprint, digital or literal, as possible at all times, in fact covert operations are now looking more to the past than to the future. Hiding in plain sight is still the most effective disguise in this business. Now that everyone and their mother has a camera in hand, just walking down the street has become a movie production, and constantly being on camera certainly makes flying under the radar harder. But, today, as in past decades, it still works pretty darn well to put on a fake beard and a hat. Facial recognition software still has a hard time with this low-brow defense. Also, given that hardly anyone is familiar any longer with old codes, writing in short-hand, or sending a message in Morse Code, these old tricks of the trade have become more useful recently. And, seduction is still the most common form of infiltration, into organizations on either side of the coin. That said, of course, there are some great advantages to the new technologies that have sprung up in the past couple of decades. Advancements in DNA testing, for instance, would make identifying both victims and perpetrators quicker, easier, and more certain, which is a huge advantage over our past methods. All in all, however, I’m not so sure I’d be as willing to sign on to that life anew given the difficulties facing my kind of work with today’s technologies.Most of the best technologies currently in use in my field, advancements in communication, transportation, and identification, were all existent in my day; they have only become faster, smarter, and more sensitive with new development. For instance, heat sensors have always been a great technology for the covert operative. Today we may be able to bounce the sensor technology through a satellite to determine how many live bodies are in a room halfway around the world, but frankly, in the 1970s we could still do the same thing, we just had to hop on a plane first. Drones are also an undeniable advantage of modern technology. To be able to fly a camera into a restricted zone and see the feedback in real time is something I sure would have liked to have been able to do on multiple occasions over my career. That said, we did have “fly-on-the-wall” cameras and recording equipment, we just had to gain access to the space we wanted to bug. It was harder and riskier, for certain, and my job would have been much easier with this technology, but we managed. However, we certainly never had an alternative to drone delivery, and that is a technology I would have enjoyed.Yet, for the most part, many of the greatest advancements in computing, identification software, and rapid communication either leave too obvious of a trace to be useful in the world of covert operations, or they are simply improvements on what we were already working with. People cannot use technology to entirely change their faces, they cannot transport themselves or anything else, save by drone, in any new manner, nor can they entirely avoid cameras. By and large, we had, in the 1970s and 1980s, much of the same technology to scramble computer signals, re-route calls, or bypass passport controls and ground clearance. Of course, its improved, but it isn’t fundamentally changed, and I would argue that it doesn’t much need to be. Most people are not looking for us, and those who are, are not any further along technologically, then we are. As long as a covert organization remains on the cutting edge of improvements in these technologies, as long as we aren’t “out-hacked” by the people we are tracking or escaping, covert operations still runs much the way it has since WWII.In our line of work, we mostly guarded against leaving evidence behind, such as shell casings, identifiable weapons or vehicles, or against being identified, visually or otherwise. For instance, we all learned to become odorless in the field —we used rubbing alcohol as deodorant, ladies never wore any makeup or skin products, and we never took a menstruating woman out on covert field missions. There is no technology that can keep smells from identifying a person who is somewhere they shouldn’t be. Covering your tracks in the field hasn’t changed much with new technology. Finally, one part of our field, the investigation crews, would surely have had an easier time with the technological advancements of the past few decades. Before any field crew was dispatched, before any meeting rooms were bugged, or bodies had to be gotten rid of, we had to investigate the claims of those hiring us. We never did our work without proving first that we were after the correct person, a person who deserved going after. We were not guns for hire and did not do the bidding of anyone, government or private, just to improve someone’s personal gain. Starting with the advancements in DNA testing, but including all manner of newer technologies that can combine data from vast reaches into one search, to those that can track phone calls, to voice and facial recognition, modern technology would certainly have made the investigation part of covert operations easier for my crew. Still, tracking is not done on a person by person basis, tracking is done on a macro-level, looking at economic and stock trends that fluctuate in an odd manner. This major component of our work is still best done by analysts with a solid education who know what to look for, not by sophisticated equipment.All that said, technology, in many ways, has only made this line of work harder over the years. Our prime concerns overall were more finely focused on not being detected, identified, or caught, on becoming invisible, on hiding in plain sight. Given these priorities, getting caught has become much more likely, but catching the shadows hasn’t changed much.PREVIOUS POSTNEXT POSTlast_img read more

first_imgReprinted by permission.Image credit: CC by Startup Weekend CompiegnePREVIOUS POSTNEXT POST Everyone is talking about the economic downturn and exuberant valuations in private markets. Bill Gurley predicted this back in early 2015, and I wrote about it last August.So, here it finally is – everyone said this and everyone knows where we are.We are here now, and I want argue that right now is a great time for YOUR startup, provided you are going after a real opportunity. Here is why:There will be a LOT LESS NOISE.It seems that seed capital will be more scarce. It seems that it will be harder to raise money from angels and VCs. But maybe not.Because the markets are cooler, there are will be LESS FOUNDERS starting companies. Anyone who is building off of Tinder or Uber will now think twice or maybe even three times before jumping in. Less noise will be great for the founders with domain expertise, and will build businesses with customers and revenue from day one.Less noise will also be great for the founders who are going after real opportunities.Angels and VCs are likely pay a lot more attention to you if you have something real, which they will find awesome.Capital efficiency is great for premature startupsOne of the traits of great founders is scrappiness. Great founders hack and bootstrap. They find a way to get their company off the ground and prove that it can exist without spending a ton of capital.Raising a lot of seed capital should not be a prerequisite for starting 90 percent of software startups.When you start with capital efficiency it becomes part of your core value,and part of your company DNA. This fiscal responsibility will be really helpful as your company gets bigger.Professional angels & VCs aren’t going anywhereAccidental or occasional angels are likely to stop investing. Venture funds that haven’t performed will likely disappear. But professional angel investors and VCs will continue to invest.In fact, here is a little secret: this is investors’ favorite time to invest, because they will be investing in YOU, the amazing founder, and the opportunity you are going after. MORE IMPORTANTLY, they will be able to get into the deal at a more attractive price.The keyword is “professional” investors. They do it for a living.Professional investors will not stop or back down when the market is attractive.Everyone learned value investing from Warren Buffett and investors in the downturn will go after great founders and great businesses. Great investors are looking to buy low and sell high.Lower valuations are better earlier than laterFounders obsess over valuations.However, raising on a lower valuation early in the company lifecycle is not necessarily a bad thing. It is a lot better to take a valuation hit early in the game than to do a down round.Two things are important to understand for the founders here:a) You have the option to raise less capital at a lower valuation and end up selling the same percentage of your company. Read this awesome post by Fred Wilson for more on this topic.b) You are betting that lower valuation now, and over time, it will turn into a higher valuation. It is actually a smart bet when the market is down.What starts at the bottom must go upMarkets are cyclical. They go up and down. This is a fundamental law of markets.Jim Robinson IV, General Partner at RRE Ventures, and also a friend/mentor 20 plus years of venture capital experience explained it best.He said that startups that rise with the tide make the most money. Healso  said that historically, when startups invested in the downturn, returns were significantly better for founders and investors.It makes perfect sense. If you start on the bottom, grind, and build the business, the tide will turn, and you will end up on the top.So, really, now IS the best time to start a company, IF you believe that YOUR company is needed, that the business will be profitable and will create wealth.That’s why we at Techstars NYC are very excited about our Summer 2016 class.We know that the founders in this class will be even more determined, and will be more focused on capital efficiency and building a real businesses.If you are one of these founders, we can’t wait for you to apply. We can’t wait to meet YOU. Filed Under: Advice, AlleyTalk, Management, Resources, Startups, Strategic, Tech Tagged With: economy, Startupcenter_img RIP Good Times, Welcome Back Great Times: 5 Reasons Why Now Is the Perfect Time for Your StartupSeptember 21, 2016 by Alex Iskold 588SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedinlast_img read more

first_img3 Traits All Sales Development Rockstars ShareDecember 28, 2016 by Ilya Semin 247SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin Any entrepreneur or leader who has ever been charged with building out a sales development team understands the immense challenges in finding, growing and empowering the right people for the job. It takes time and patience to get it right — and it is a job that is never done. Recruiting expert Jack Daly stresses that recruiting is an ongoing process. You should always be searching for talented, driven SDRs who can take your team to the next level — even if you do not have immediate vacancies.But finding those SDR rock stars is difficult. Sure, first impressions and gut feelings play a role in the hiring process, but how do you know that the person you are interviewing is going to be a top producer and a solid cultural fit? Here are 3 critical attributes to look for in potential SDR candidates, along with some interview tricks I have learned along the way.Concise: Because Nobody Has Time For Business JargonSDRs are notorious for overloading prospects with lengthy emails detailing product features and benefits, presenting far too much information at first pass. Or, when they are lucky enough to get a decision-maker live on the phone, they often get carried away and start spewing acronyms and ROI stats. Critical information that could actually help move the needle gets lost, along with any interest the prospect may have originally had.Just as the most effective journalists write in an “Inverted Pyramid” style, prioritizing and structuring text from most important information at the top to non-essential details at the bottom, the best SDRs have mastered the art of selectivity. This means carefully choosing their “headlines,” or what is most important within a given set of information and conveying them clearly and concisely. Additionally, shrewd SDRs know how to communicate the most complex of topics in plain English — no jargon or fluff needed.Interview Tip: When I interview candidates, I ask for a 90-second resume overview. Good candidates will focus not only on the “what” but the “how.” How they performed against a previous quota, how they were able to maintain a solid GPA while juggling outside activities, etc. It also forces them to be succinct and focus on the experiences they believe will be most relevant for the role. After that, I ask them to describe the company or product as they would to their grandparents. It is amazing how this simple, even silly, question can separate the great from the mediocre.If Your SDRs are Not Passionate About Your Product, How Will Anyone Else Be?Being an SDR is really, really tough. The job takes hours of preparation, constant hard work and a never-say-die attitude when things are not going as planned (and things rarely ever go as planned). Many SDRs get discouraged, burned out or, worst of all, complacent. As Thomas Edison so wisely said, “Restlessness is discontent — and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man — and I will show you a failure.”Truly passionate SDRs constantly strive to become better. This means they are up to speed on industry news and trends and can converse about them readily. They make time for networking events and participate in voluntary personal and professional development activities. They have mentors on whom they rely for guidance and inspiration. Peter Drucker, the “founder of modern management,” once said, “It is the willingness of people to give of themselves over and above the demands of the job that distinguishes the great from the merely adequate organization.”Interview Tip: I like to ask SDR candidates how they would improve my product. As a founder who is constantly thinking about the business, it is often difficult to see it from a different perspective. This also gives the candidate an opportunity to demonstrate creativity and quick thinking on his or her feet, while proving they did (or did not do) their homework beforehand. If you are lucky, this will spark an engaging conversation that brings out your candidate’s passion for not only the job, but the company as a whole. Oftentimes, product development comes from customers, prospects and even interview candidates. Give your SDRs a chance to make an impact even before joining the team.Sales is a Game of ConfidenceSDRs face failure time and time again, yet they have to pick themselves up immediately and jump back on the phone, only to possibly get shot down again. It is easy for them to get discouraged and start overthinking the sales process and second-guessing their abilities. The great ones are able to learn from rejection and quickly get back into the game, by maintaining confidence and optimism through it all. For some this comes naturally, but for most, confidence takes cultivation, determination and hard work. With practice, preparation, positive thinking and a “coachable” attitude, it can be done.Interview Tip: I like to put candidates on the spot for this one. I ask them exactly how they would create one sales opportunity before tomorrow — no guidance, no leading questions, nothing. The goal here is to get a feel for the candidate’s thought process and level of confidence. How well do they organize their thoughts? How well can they execute under pressure? The best candidates I have interviewed will discuss the tools and process they would use to find a qualified company to pursue, locate the decision-maker, get their contact information and reach out.By zeroing in on these three attributes as you talk to SDR candidates, you will be well on your way to building a killer sales team. The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched BusinessCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses.Image credit: CC by MIKI_YoshihitoPREVIOUS POSTNEXT POSTcenter_img Filed Under: Advice, Management, Resources, Strategiclast_img read more

first_imgThe 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 POST Filed Under: #NYCTech, AlleyTalk, Interviews, Techs and the City, VR 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 hear from Mindie Kaplan, the founder and CEO of Rated VR, a full service VR agency. With 10+ years working in media and branding at Microsoft, Nissan, and Ford, Mindie has been at the forefront of cutting innovation which she brings to Rated VR. Mindie is considered an expert on mixed reality, augmented reality, and artificial intelligence and she routinely speaks on these subject areas.Mindie Kaplan of Rated VRWhat’s your background and how did you develop your career as a female entrepreneur in the NYC tech ecosystem?I came from a fairly corporate background and 2 other Startups that provided the foundation to finally take the leap. I had several influences to finally pull the trigger; I used to be in Automotive marketing for Ford & Nissan where I was surrounded by men and a handful of strong women. I’ve never let that hold me back, it actually inspired me even more to stand out. Coming from a family of entrepreneurs, I saw the grit, promise, excitement, instability and sheer unknown of the lifestyle. I knew that NYC would be the hardest and best place to finally launch my company. It has been a great ride so far and the ecosystem has been extremely supportive already. As for what I stand for in the ecosystem, I definitely have a connector mentality first and foremost. Community plays a huge role as we continue to grow whether it’s bringing on new vendors, clients or even collaborating with peers in the space.What are the advantages of being a woman in tech?There are many advantages of being a woman in tech. I’ve found that the community   is extremely supportive and ultimately wants to see one another succeed. Another clear advantage is more room to make your mark. When you can disprove the misconceptions of doing business like a woman or a man by being direct and holding your own, people gravitate to that. Being a woman surrounded by men in tech can be an advantage or disadvantage depending on how you look at it. I find it to be an advantage when we can make our mark not just from a gender prospective, but how we hold court in that environment. More and more, we’re getting a seat at those tables and it’s extremely encouraging to see that progress.What can be done to further promote female entrepreneurs and women in tech in New York?More female speakers, moderators and representation on advisory boards.What is diversity to you and do you see it evolving in tech?I definitely see diversity evolving in tech in many ways. When I first got into the space, diversity as a whole was much harder to come by. Now, I find myself surrounded by many types of creators, doers and visionaries with various backgrounds and abilities.Why do you think it’s important that women retain, grow, and develop into senior roles within their organizations?Having women in senior roles is crucial, not just for sake of a quota, but, for the differentiating skills that women possess. The best companies diversify talent with women included at the top to tap into their management styles, leadership abilities, business development skills and mentorship qualities.How do you see the future of teams and interactions in a diverse environment and what implications will this have?I see the future of teams as a more well oiled machine with diversified talent. When you have the same team dynamic at the top and on all sides, you tend to get the same results. Diverse teams bring a myriad of prospectives, skills and outcomes. This will bring forward the best ideas, hacks and ultimately…change.How can women rise in the ecosystem and what are the unseen barriers?Women can rise in the ecosystem by asking for what they want. This could be an intro, a percentage of a deal, etc. We are typically wired to tiptoe around what we want which doesn’t suit us well in business. It’s a choice to develop and cultivate the skills that will get us out of comfort zones to get the results we want. The biggest unseen barriers are people’s gender misconceptions or generalizations (& our own, actually). The best news is that can easily be proven otherwise.Please tell us about a few organizations that you are involved with or respect that are promoting women in tech.SheWorx & Dreamers // Doers. SheWorx: a global collective of ambitious female entrepreneurs redefining leadership. Dreamers // Doers: a high impact community of trailblazing, entrepreneurial women.What can men do to participate in this discussion?Men can be a huge asset in this discussion. The more they can surround themselves with women who are contributing to real change, the more collaboration can take place.center_img Women in NYC Tech: Mindie Kaplan of Rated VRApril 10, 2017 by AlleyWatch 1210SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedinlast_img read more

first_img7 Startup Scenarios That Rarely Attract InvestorsOctober 22, 2018 by Martin Zwilling 223SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin If you aren’t willing to take some risk as an entrepreneur, then don’t expect any gain. Yet everyone has limits, and every investor implicitly has similar limits on what makes a startup investable, or one to avoid at all costs. If you need investors, it’s important that you understand their filters, and even if you are funding your own efforts, you need to recognize the red flags.Of course, every risk level can be mitigated by a good plan that addresses the issue, offers a credible action plan, and will convince you, as well as investors and customers, that what looks like a risk to many is actually a sustainable competitive advantage for your startup.Nevertheless, we can all benefit by understanding a collective view from investors on the high-risk elements that every new business has faced historically based on the team, as well as in the marketplace. Here is my perspective on the highest risk elements, from my years of working with investors and watching startups come and go:All the cofounders are first-time entrepreneurs. A strong team has one or more executives who have run a startup before in the current business domain. Even top big-company executives are considered high-risk in a startup environment. The challenges are as different for them as a jewelry store owner now building medical devices.Your startup is in a high-failure-rate business sector. These historically have included work-at-home, restaurants, telemarketing, and social-service providers. On the Internet, I am wary of one more search engine provider, clones of existing social media sites, and yet another new dating site. You need a big differentiator in these areas.Products requiring changes to government regulations. Things such as driver-less cars and new medicines are far more than a technology challenge. They require exhaustive and money-consuming tests and trial periods, followed by bureaucratic approval cycles that can take forever. If you have deep pockets, these ultimately can be very lucrative.Huge ramp-up time and money required. For new car companies such as DeLorean and Tesla, designing and testing the product is only the beginning. Huge investments are also required to ramp up manufacturing, build a distribution network, and provide the support infrastructure. New drugs usually fall in this category, due to side-effect testing.Niche or low growth-rate businesses opportunities. Investors are looking for large opportunities (greater than a billion dollars) with double-digit growth rates. Others may indeed make good family businesses but are usually deemed worth investment. These are ones you need to bootstrap, crowdfund or pitch to friends and family.Marginal legality or public image. Don’t expect investors to line up for your new online gaming site, adult entertainment or quick sources of cash. Professional investors put great value in their integrity, so they won’t risk it by making investments that some people would view as in poor taste. These may traditionally have high returns but are still high risk.Off-shore or foreign-country based. Every country has their own unique business requirements and customer culture. Thus investors in one country do not assume that they know what works in another country, even if it sounds good locally. If you want U.S. investors, for example, it may be worthwhile to set up an office in New York City or Silicon Valley.No entrepreneur should consider any of these challenges as hard barriers, but they do need to be aware of higher risk perception and include their mitigation strategy in their business plan for all to see. I encourage you to be proactive on these issues, rather than saying nothing unless questioned. Responding to a challenge will always make you look defensive, and many people will walk away without asking.It’s also not smart to switch from a domain you know and love to a perceived lower-risk business that you know less about, or have no passion for, just because it may be more attractive to investors. Passion and commitment can overcome many risks, and these will also drive you to expand your scope of options for funding and implementation, leading to success.If you are a true entrepreneur, you will find that a reasonable level of risk is necessary to incent you to go beyond the status quo of an existing problem. But in all cases, it pays to keep your eyes wide open and do your homework on the pitfalls that others before you have faced. Only then can you enjoy the journey, as well as reach the destination.Reprinted by permission.PREVIOUS POSTNEXT POST Filed Under: Advice, Management, Resources, Strategiclast_img read more

first_imgMinecraft for PC/Mac [Online Game Code] A few months ago I wrote a story about ray tracing-style effects through the use of path tracing in Minecraft with incredible results, but I feel like the game has taken another gigantic leap in the graphics department with a new video below combining the Stratum 2048×2048 textures, ‘ray tracing’ at 4K, realistic graphics mods and oh-so-much more. Check it out:   Modder ‘Hodi’ has a Patreon page where he concentrates on making textures only, and to goo effect – I mean, that video above sells the entire thing easily, right?! Powered with an Intel Core i7-6700K, 16GB of RAM and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti we have the results above, a glorious-looking Minecraft that seems out-of-this-world good.  Hodi used the following mods, textures, and tweaks:  Minecraft 2019 – Stratum 2048x POM/PBR | Continuum Shader – Ultra Realistic Graphics – Ray Tracing – 4K tratum 2048x POM/PBR minecraft realistic graphics minecraft photorealistic textures minecraft raytracing minecraft ray tracing minecraft Continuum Shader minecraft 2019 minecraft ultra textures minecraft ultra graphics minecraft texture download minecraft resource pack    Another video I found on my hunt for the Stratum 2K Photorealism + Continuum 2.0.2 mods for Minecraft led me to the above video by ‘Ultimate Immersion’ and it looks f***ing wild. I mean, seriously – this is just Minecraft with mods and it looks absolutely mind blowing — especially when you consider how barebones basic Minecraft actually is in the graphics department. US$26.95 $26.95 $26.95 center_img $26.95 TodayYesterday7 days ago30 days ago Buylast_img read more

first_imgLuigi’s Mansion 3 Standard Edition – Nintendo Switch $59.99 The news is finally out and Nintendo Switch fans can rejoice as the release date for Luigi’s Mansion 3 has finally been officially revealed and solidified.  Check in to a haunted hotel getaway this Halloween when #LuigisMansion3 comes to #NintendoSwitch on 31/10/19!— Nintendo of Europe (@NintendoEurope) July 17, 2019  We have been waiting around for the release date of Luigi’s Mansion 3 for quite some time now, during that time we heard that the ghost cataching in the game is as satisfying as wet towel cracking. We then saw the released box art for the title that showcased both Luigi and Gooigi in glorious HD.  As the rumors suggested, Nintendo will be releasing Luigi’s Mansion 3 on this years Halloween, October 31st. Quite a fitting date wouldn’t you say? Luigi’s Mansion 3 will be exclusively available on the Nintendo Switch. If you haven’t seen gameplay of the title yet, check out this link here. TodayYesterday7 days ago30 days ago –center_img US$59.99 $59.99 Buylast_img read more

first_img– Buy US$12.99 Innodisk has just been granted the patent for its fire-proof external SSD by the USPTO, with the new Fire Shield SSD able to survive in direct flames at 800C for over 30 minutes.   The company ran comparison tests before and after the Fire Shield SSD was dunked in flames, with 100% data accuracy results. Inside, what Innodisk has done with the Fire Shield SSD is take inspiration from the black boxes used in planes and other vehicles, which are built to be secure to survive a major crash or explosion. Innodisk uses triple-layer protection between the outside of the Fire Shield SSD, and the SSD itself. The company is using layers of flame resistant copper alloy, drive-protecting connector design, and heat-isolating lining material. There are over 20 heat-resistant materials used in total. $12.99 center_img – TodayYesterday7 days ago30 days ago Fireproof Money & Document Bag, MoKo 15′ x 11′ Fire & Water Resistantlast_img read more

first_imgMore than 62 Pakistanis have migrated to UK spending millions of pounds and is number 4 in top 10 leaving India behind at number 5. According to the Home Office figures more than 1,126 Chinese, 706 Russians, 150 United States, Pakistan 62, India 60, Kazakhstan 59, Egypt 58, Canada 54, Australia 52, and Iran 59.Transparency International reported that till 2015 “The group says £3.15 billion had entered Britain through the visa scheme since its launch.Over 62 Pakistani millionaires (Billionaires) have migrated to United Kingdom using the $2.5 million ‘Golden Visa’ or Tier1 scheme and raised suspicions of money laundering. Around 1,000 applications were made for such visas in 2017.Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes said today: “I have been clear that we will not tolerate people who do not play by the rules and seek to abuse the system.”  Britain will suspend its top tier investor visas, which require 2 million pounds ($2.55 million) in investment, as part of a drive to crack down on organised crime and money laundering.The influx of super-rich has brought tens of billions of pounds in investment and helped London preserve its position as one of the world’s top two global financial capitals, though the government has been concerned by the provenance of some of the wealth.“That is why I am bringing forward these new measures which will make sure that only genuine investors, who intend to support UK businesses, can benefit from our immigration system,” Nokes said.The tier 1 investor visas, which offered non-European Union residents over three years entry in return for 2 million pounds in investment in United Kingdom bonds, share capital or loan capital in UK companies, will be suspended from midnight on December 7.After the changes, applicants seeking to invest in the United Kingdom will have to provide comprehensive audits of all their financial and business interests, the interior ministry said. The audits will have to be carried out by UK registered auditing firms.Those seeking such visas will have to prove they have control of the investment needed. Such investors will not be able to simply buy government bonds.Britain’s National Crime Agency, which tackles serious and organised crime, said in September it was stepping up efforts to tackle dirty money funnelled into or through the United Kingdom by “corrupt elites”.It said it planned to extend the use of Unexplained Wealth Orders (UWOs), one means by which the assets of corrupt “politically exposed persons” or those with links to serious crime can be seized.In October 2018, it was revealed that the first target of a UWO was the wife of a jailed Azeri banker from whom the authorities seized property worth about 22 million pounds ($28 million).”According to Hindustan Times: “As many as 60 Indian millionaires have migrated to Britain since 2008 spending millions of pounds, putting India among the top 10 countries whose citizens have used a “golden visa” scheme and sparking suspicion of money laundering.”Anti-corruption campaign group Transparency International cautioned against the danger of foreign graft money entering Britain through the investors category of the Tier I visa, which targets “high networth individuals” who bring major investments in lieu of fast-track permanent residency in the UK.“Our overall assessment is that this visa scheme, as it currently operates, presents a major money laundering risk for the proceeds of corruption entering the UK,” it said in a report released this week.Britain continues to be an attractive destination and a safe haven for global millionaires because of a stable and liquid economy, political stability and minimal government interference in private individual assets.The visa scheme has been mainly used by Chinese and Russian millionaires, but Home Office statistics reveal 60 Indians had been granted the visa till 2015.“There are strong prima facie grounds for concern that the … visa programme has been used as a tool to launder the proceeds of corruption, specifically large amount of wealth stolen from China and Russia,” the report says.The risk of money laundering remained in the absence of “effective, upfront and transparent checks on Tier 1 visa applicants by UK authorities”, says the report titled Gold Rush: Investment Visas and Corrupt Capital Flows into the UK.The minimum investment required under the category was £1 million until November 2014, but subsequently another million was added February 2015.In the current circumstances Pakistan need to document its economy as well as makes its case via UN SARs (Stolen Asset Recovery) Program as well as use existing legislations of the country. In financial fraud cases it is the responsibility of the individual and companies to prove their income is legitimate and that make case easier and faster.(Dr Shahid Qureshi is senior analyst with BBC and chief editor of The London Post. He writes on security, terrorism and foreign policy. He also appears as analyst on Al-Jazeera, Press TV, MBC, Kazak TV (Kazakhstan), LBC Radio London. He was also international election observer for Kazakhstan 2015 and 2016 and Pakistan 2002. He has written a famous book “War on Terror and Siege of Pakistan” published in 2009. He wrote his MA thesis on ‘Political Thought of Imam Khomeini’ and visited Tehran University. He is PhD in ‘Political Psychology’ also studied Law at a British University. He also speaks at Cambridge University and visiting professor in Hebe University in China)Views expressed are not of The London Post. By Dr Shahid Qureshi: – London best pest control last_img read more

first_img The EU sanctions will prevent named individuals from travelling within the EU, and freeze any known assets linked to them in the EU.The UK has consistently stood with Ukraine in opposing this attack and all instances of Russian aggression towards Ukraine, including Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea five years ago. We will continue to do so together with our international partners. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: “Today, the UK and our international partners in the EU, Australia, Canada and the US have sent an unequivocal message to Russia that their attack on Ukrainian vessels in the Kerch Strait and Black Sea last year was absolutely unacceptable. These sanctions are another example of the international community standing up to Russia as it persistently violates international law. We will continue to take necessary action together in response to Russia’s efforts to destabilise Ukraine.“Russia must immediately release the 24 detained servicemen and return the seized vessels. We remain deeply concerned for the safety and welfare of the servicemen who are unjustly held in Russian custody. Russia must allow free and unhindered passage of Ukrainian and international ships through the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov. “We, with our international partners, stand with Ukraine in opposing Russia’s ongoing efforts to undermine Ukrainian security, sovereignty and territorial integrity.” London best pest control (London – PR) : – The EU, together with Australia, Canada and the US, has imposed sanctions on individuals for their role in Russia’s use of military force against 3 Ukrainian vessels and their crew in the Kerch Strait and Black Sea in November 2018.last_img read more

first_imgAs founders build their growth agendas it’s important for them to understand that mergers and acquisitions are means to an end — they shouldn’t be mistaken for objectives, themselves.In that sense, M&A is a tactic, not a strategy, argue Karl Stark and Bill Stewart, managing directors and co-founders of strategic advisory firm Avondale. While “a strategy is essentially a plan built out of a set of choices designed to achieve a goal, which reinforces a business model,” they write, “a tactic, by comparison, is simply a specific means to achieving a strategy.”Why is it necessary for founders and senior management teams to recognize the distinction? “When companies view M&A as a strategy, they run the risk of losing sight of how to create value through their business models by emphasizing a tactic that has no clear goal,” write Stark and Stewart. “For many companies, M&A is a tool, and like any other tool, needs a purpose in order to be useful.”AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

first_imgCheryl Connor kicks off a three-part series highlighting some of the most innovative and successful examples of content strategy online by diving into inventory management solution Fishbowl and its focus on authentic thought leadership.Content Strategy Example: Fishbowl Inventory's Thought LeadershipAs the head of a PR and digital communications agency (and as a columnist who produces a fair amount of content as well, in my role as a contributing writer for Forbes), I have been beating the drum for great and authentic content for a very long time. Here’s my most recent article with ideas for how to make your content . . . well, if not mesmerizing, at least highly authentic and interesting: The Kingdom of Content: What Makes It Authentic? (And Why Does It Matter So Much?) Jonathan Crowe has been spreading the anthem of authentic content in the OpenView Labs and Blog community as well: Are You Pushing Phony Content? 3 Keys to Authentic Content Marketing To keep the dialogue moving, over the next few weeks I’d like to share a series of case studies, highlighting three companies who do content exceptionally well:Inventory software provider Fishbowl Sales strategy and technology company (see the full post here)SEO and inbound marketing innovator Moz (formerly SEOMoz)These three companies have programs and strategies that are highly different from one another. But all three have found unique ways to innovate programs around their strengths in content that have helped their companies grow. Perhaps you will find some inspiration for your own strategies in these three stories as well. This week I’m kicking things off with a look inside inventory management solution Fishbowl. Be sure to come back next Monday when the series continues with a look inside sales automation platform’s innovative and successful content strategy. fishbowlFishbowl InventoryProvider of Fishbowl Inventory software, available as integrated inventory management for QuickBooks or asset tracking for enterprise use. Headed by David K. Williams, CEO, and Mary Michelle Scott, President. Williams and Scott are co-authors of monthly columns for David is a highly popular columnist for and author of The 7 Non-Negotiables of Winning, from Wiley & Sons, premiering July 29. Two years ago, Fishbowl was a company that excelled in software sales and growth — the company has now been an Inc 500/5,000 and Deloitte Fast 500 winner for six years running — but the company knew that it would need out-of-the-box thinking to continue such a high rate of growth. The company had always innovated in its business processes, using Pay Per Click (PPC), content marketing, SEO and social media programs to provide inside sales teams with 100 percent of their leads. The firm had also survived several jugular issues in its now 11 year history, emerging from near closure in 2004 to thrive even through the recession. In 2010, when the majority investor needed to divest himself quickly, the business made history again with a successful company buyback during a dire economy and is now 100% employee owned. In the aftermath of that miraculous incident the company began to formulate the content and communications strategies that have made this small (100 employee) company renowned round the globe.3 Elements that Make Fishbowl’s Content Strategy TickAt its core, the company’s content strategy revolves around three focus areas:1) YouTube VideosWhile traditional firms were just discovering visual social media or struggling to come up with the next “viral hit”, Fishbowl created piece after piece of content such as “Kirk’s Tackle Box” (with CMO Kirk Tanner) showing straightforward information about business and inventory management strategy in an interesting and visual way. 2) Open Partner SupportThe company created a Facebook page for customer ideas, complaints, and feedback that is wide open. Customers have become friends and partners. When they complain, they complain openly — no problems are hidden, and the customers and company (and the user community) can work together toward getting their ideas implemented and their issues resolved.3) Active BlogsFishbowl actually maintains a total of five company blogs based on various needs and interests, which helps to drive contacts to leads and leads into sales far more efficiently than the company’s PPC efforts alone. Blog articles have become increasingly meaningful and informational as opposed to what social media icon Chris Brogan labels “selly”. Customers are sometimes invited to guest post. And since websites are generally able to optimize for either closing sales or nurturing customers, the Fishbowl blog (as well as the company’s more recently created VIP newsstand) has increasingly fulfilled the role of nurturing customer relationships as the website itself is optimized to facilitate sales.Taking the Company’s Content Strategy to the Next LevelOut of these efforts, the company had achieved the position of #17 in web searches on the terms of “QuickBooks inventory management” or even the generic terms such as “inventory control”. Not bad. David Williams, CEO of Fishbowl But here’s where the content strategy got really interesting. (Disclosure: Fishbowl is an agency client, which allowed me to be present and even participate directly in the shaping of the company’s current content strategy and some of its goals.) As the company contemplated the miracle of its successful buyback at the 11th hour, I jokingly remarked to Williams and Scott, “This one is a case study for Harvard Business Review.” Then, as the thought took hold, we remarked to each other, “Why not?” On the company’s next product press tour, there we went, tenaciously pitching our story to online editor Dan McGinn at Harvard Business Review. He was intrigued. Williams and Scott became contributing columnists. Realizing there was little to be gained by shining a floodlight on the company’s most vulnerable hours, however, they wrote openly and candidly for the benefit of other small and growing companies about their unique business strategies, instead:Why they dispensed with “hot shot” salespeople and created an “all for one” selling team. Why everyone in the company is paid a base plus commission. Why, when it comes to management positions, they believe two people are better than one.The articles went viral. Wiley & Sons contacted Williams and asked if he’d consider writing a book. The HBR blogs also led to a permanent role for Williams as one of the most popular contributors to Entrepreneurs with his column, “A View from the Bowl”. After Williams’s first mega viral hit for Entrepreneurs, Fishbowl noticed something extraordinary — 200,000 new visitors hit the company’s site in the space of a day. The SEO results moved from position #17 to #6. We laughed, knowing the position would surely retreat to its former rank after the remarkable events of the day. It did not. As Williams’ readership continued to soar, the SEO rank continued to climb to the #1 position, where the company has remained to this day. 7 Non-Negotiables of Winning The business concepts Williams writes about have become synonymous with Fishbowl. In the final month prior to the official release of The 7 Non-Negotiables of Winning it has already been named to the Amazon Top 10 List for Business and Leadership. With every software purchase, new and renewing customers will receive a copy of the book. And through regional and national presentations, audiences will not only become familiar with the 7 Non Negotiables principles, they will learn about Fishbowl, as well. The concepts will also provide a new revenue opportunity for certification and training. As these businesses learn to improve their strategies and their operations through the 7 Non Negotiables, guess where they’ll obtain their business and inventory software? In most cases, from Fishbowl.How Fishbowl’s Content Strategy Has Made a Big SplashIn a nutshell, the company’s content strategy has achieved the following:A front running position as a provider of visual social media (particularly through YouTube).Long-term standing as the #1 non-paid search result for the basic terms of inventory software, inventory management, and inventory control (in a field that spans the entire spectrum from shareware to advanced MRP/ERP).A global following for the 7 Non Negotiables strategy for principles-based leadership.An energized and permanent readership for Williams’s ongoing Forbes column, “A View From the Bowl”.Permanent association around the theme phrases and principles of “Failing Up,” “Everyone Leads,” and “Building a 100-year company”.A growing following around the hashtag search term #7NNs.Successful emergence from the niche sector of inventory management into the broad and universal sector of emerging business.Not bad at all. Come back next Monday for Cheryl’s look inside the content strategy at are you engaging in thought leadership? What are other examples of companies taking their content strategies to the next level? AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

first_img Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. This article is included in Entrepreneur Voices on Company Culture, a new book containing insights from more than 20 contributors, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders.During a Tuesday meeting to discuss an overhaul of Uber’s company culture, former board member David Bonderman proved exactly why the conversations needed to happen in the first place.At the start of the all-hands meeting, Arianna Huffington, who was the first woman to join the company’s board last year, announced the addition of Nestlé executive Wan Ling Martello to the board, increasing the representation of women on the board from 14 to 25 percent.“There’s a lot of data that shows when there’s one woman on the board, it’s much more likely that there will be a second woman on the board,” Huffington noted.That’s when Bonderman interrupted.“Actually what it shows is it’s much likely to be more talking.”In the recording obtained by Yahoo Finance, you can hear Huffington respond at first with awkward laughter. And then her reply: “Oh. Come on, David. Don’t worry, David will have a lot more talking to do as well.”That is not to be the case, as Bonderman resigned shortly after the meeting, which, it bears repeating, was convened to talk about recommendations to change Uber’s culture after allegations of systemic discrimination and sexual harassment.Related: 3 Lessons Every CEO Can Learn From Travis Kalanick’s Emotional Meeting With Uber’s Female EngineersBonderman, the 74-year-old founding partner of investment firm TPG Capital, apologized for the “disrespectful” comment via an internal memo to Uber employees and issued this statement about his departure:”I do not want my comments to create distraction as Uber works to build a culture of which we can be proud. I need to hold myself to the same standards that we’re asking Uber to adopt. Therefore, I have decided to resign from Uber’s board of directors, effective tomorrow morning.”Earlier on Tuesday, CEO Travis Kalanick also announced that he would be taking a leave of absence in order to, as he shared in an email to the company, “take some time off of the day-to-day to grieve my mother, whom I buried on Friday, to reflect, to work on myself, and to focus on building out a world-class leadership team. The ultimate responsibility, for where we’ve gotten and how we’ve gotten here rests on my shoulders,” Kalanick wrote. “There is of course much to be proud of but there is much to improve. For Uber 2.0 to succeed there is nothing more important than dedicating my time to building out the leadership team. But if we are going to work on Uber 2.0, I also need to work on Travis 2.0 to become the leader that this company needs and that you deserve.”Related: Travis Kalanick to Take a Leave of Absence. Here Are 9 CEOs Who Were Fired or Decided to Step Down.So what exactly is Uber 2.0 going to look like?Over the past few months, former attorney general Eric Holder and Tammy Albarrán, partners at law firm Covington & Burling, were tasked with investigating the allegations made by former engineer Susan Fowler and others.They interviewed more than 200 Uber employees and provided a set of recommendations pertaining to how the company should address discrimination, harassment and retaliation and how it could “ensure that its commitment to a diverse and inclusive workplace was reflected not only in the company’s policies but made real in the experiences of each of Uber’s employees.”The recommendations include:Providing more support for the human resources department and establishing clear protocols to track complaints.Mandatory training for senior executives, HR staffers, managers and people in the position to interview prospective employees, particularly around the topics of promoting inclusion and combatting unconscious bias.In terms of recruiting and developing talent, implementing a blind resume review, and increased transparency when it comes to performance reviews and promotions.The prohibition of romantic or intimate relationships between supervisor/subordinates and the consumption of alcohol during work hours, at after work events and at company-sponsored events.An update of discrimination and harassment policies including instituting a zero-tolerance policy for violators of those rules — no matter what position they hold in the company — and explicit protection against harassment from not only other employees, but third-parties the company deals with such as clients to vendors.Related: A 2013 Letter From Uber’s Travis Kalanick Lays Out Sex Rules for Employees at Company PartyA lot of these seem quite standard. But when you look at former engineer Susan Fowler’s blog post and Kalanick’s 2013 Miami letter side by side, the necessity for Holder and Albarrán to explicitly state things such as the importance of “de-emphasizing alcohol as a component of work events,” or that policies should be applied consistently across the company with no special treatment afforded to any one employee is pretty glaring.One passage in particular about Uber’s 14 cultural values speaks volumes about where Uber ran aground. Holder and Albarrán recommended that the company communicate with its employees to reassess and develop a core list of values that are accessible and easy to understand.  “Eliminate those values which have been identified as redundant or as having been used to justify poor behavior, including Let Builders Build, Always Be Hustlin’, Meritocracy and Toe-Stepping, and Principled Confrontation; and encourage senior leaders to exhibit the values on a daily basis and to model a more collaborative and inclusive Uber culture,” the recommendation reads. “Leaders who embody these values should be part of the process of redefining Uber’s values and should be role models for other leaders within the company.”Related: Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Says He Needs to ‘Grow Up’ After Video of Argument With a Driver ReleasedUber has long had a reputation for aggressive tactics in its dealings with regulators and competitors. It was seen, for better or worse, as one of the key drivers of its rapid growth. But clearly, as Uber’s experience shows us, growth and success are not one in the same.In an interview with Vanity Fair in 2014, Kara Swisher asked Kalanick about the nature of the interactions with the leaders of the cities (some of whom he described as “really awesome, but most are uninspired”) his business was disrupting.“If you don’t agree with the core principles, which are the premise of that compromise, then you have to have what I call principled confrontation. And so that is the thing that we do that I think can rub some people the wrong way.”If you’re beginning with the premise that compromise doesn’t work for you, and every interaction is a war of attrition, you can let people build all they want, but what exactly are you working toward?If you’re always hustlin’ — though if they do keep that one, I would urge them to restore the “g” to its rightful place — you don’t stop to think about where the pitfalls may be or whether you might be in the wrong. Uber’s experience shows us that is kind of approach is a recipe for collapsing under the weight of your own hubris.Related: If Elon Musk Can Admit His Mistakes, Then So Can YouIn Uber’s San Francisco headquarters, up until this week, the office’s main conference room was called aptly, the War Room. Bloomberg reported that along with the multitude of changes recommended by Covington & Burling, the room is now going to be called the Peace Room. It’s a bit on nose, but you can appreciate the thought, as long as it’s not just lip service.Uber’s culture is not going to change overnight, but now the company seems to have the self-awareness and tools in place to build an environment where values aren’t used, as per Holder and Albarrán’s description, to “justify poor behavior.”So what can we learn from Uber’s newfound emphasis on internal, rather than external growth? Company culture isn’t about perks or empty aphorisms that look good on a T-shirt. Simply, people want to be heard, they want their work to be valued and they want to be treated with respect. When you build your company culture, start there. Entrepreneur Staff 82shares Nina Zipkin Image credit: Spencer Platt | Getty Images 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Apply Now »center_img Uber June 15, 2017 Uber Needs to Recreate its Company Culture. Here’s What You Can Learn From Its Mistakes. Add to Queue Start by treating people with respect. It’s as simple as that. 8 min read Next Article last_img read more

first_imgCelsius secures distribution deals with AB InBev wholesale partnersPosted By: Contributoron: February 08, 2019In: Beverage, Distribution, Functional, IndustriesPrintEmailFunctional beverage producer Celsius Holdings has secured distribution deals in the US with partners in the AB InBev, Keurig Dr Pepper and MillerCoors networks.Through these new partnerships, Celsius has expanded within the independent AB InBev wholesaler network with new agreements with Pepin Distributing, Hensley Beverage Company and Tri-City Beverage, bringing the company’s distribution agreements within this wholesaler network to six.The company’s expansion into the Keurig Dr Pepper network includes four independent wholesalers: Carolina Beverage, Piedmont Beverage, Quality Beverage, and Choice Beverage USA.Finally, the firm added LDF Sales & Distribution and DET, both independent wholesalers in the MillerCoors network.Celsius makes a range of beverages which are said to accelerate metabolism while providing “healthy energy”. Available in both sparkling and non-carbonated variants, the beverages are suitable pre-workout and serve as an alternative to coffee and other caffeinated drinks.“Growing demand for our proven fitness drinks and well-coordinated efforts by our sales team is laying the groundwork for a best-in-class DSD (direct store distribution) network for Celsius,” said John Fieldly, Celsius CEO.“We have made tremendous progress in building out our DSD network which now includes members from three of the largest strategic distribution partners that cover several of the largest markets in the country.“We continue to garner significant interest from the best distributors in the country, further supporting our momentum and broadening our retail availability into 2019. We see great opportunity to leverage our partners’ networks and drive further availability of our products.”Jon McKillop, Celsius EVP of North America sales, added: “As Celsius continues to rapidly scale, the addition of these strategic distribution partners will allow us to service new geographies and provide best-in-class service levels to key retail accounts as we continue to build out our national distribution network. We are pleased to welcome these new distribution partners to the Celsius family.”Share with your network: Tags: AB InBevCelsiusKeurig Dr PepperMillerCoorsUSlast_img read more

first_img Next Article February 12, 2009 Technology The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Ustream.TVFounders/ages: Gyula Feher, 30; John Ham, 30; Brad Hunstable, 30Launched: 2007App: A destination platform for streaming live video over the internet; includes co-hosting, chat and hyperlink overlay functionsWhy it works: While YouTube hosts previously recorded videos, Ustream hosts live content, allowing real-time viewing and interaction.Just UptimeFounder/age: Chris Phillips, 25Launched: June 2008App: A website- and server-monitoring application that provides instant e-mail notifications, SMS text alerts and detailed reporting when your website or server is downWhy it works: Sure, a few people out there spend every waking moment online. But for those who don’t, this intuitive app gives them a heads up when issues arise.OoVooCEO/age: Philippe Schwartz, 44Launched: 2007App: An innovative video service for creating video messages, real-time video chats for up to six people and live video callsWhy it works: Communication, whether between friends and family or employees and business partners, has moved online. OoVoo allows face-to-face conversations when being in the same room isn’t possible. Lindsay Holloway Apply Now » This story appears in the March 2009 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » If you’re thinking about creating a web app–whether as a business or to use in your existing business–its construction costs and time can run the gamut. It depends on many factors: how complicated the technology is, what tools you use to build it and so on. But details aside, here are a few web app entrepreneurs who show us it can be done.Iotum CalliflowerFounders/ages: Alec Saunders, 45; Howard Thaw, 52Launched: June 2008App: A meeting tool that bridges businesses and social networks to allow the planning of and participation in interactive conference callsWhy it works: The solution is all-encompassing: It combines high-quality audio conferencing, scheduling, file sharing and collaboration in an easy-to-use interface.MedAppsFounder/age: Kent E. Dicks, 48Launched: 2005App: A two-part application that provides a remote health-monitoring solution; the mobile app collects patient data and readings that a health-care professional monitors via the web appWhy it works: MedApps makes remote health monitoring accessible and inexpensive to the more than 133 million people in the U.S. with at least one chronic condition. Magazine Contributor Yes, You Can Build Your Own Web App 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Get started nowInspired to build your own web app? These sites can help you take that first step. –shares 2 min read Add to Queue Caspio Coghead Intuit QuickBase Zoho Creatorlast_img read more