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

first_img Your reaction to particularly awful days can make or break future success. The better action to take is to remain as calm as possible. Take quiet time to analyze how far you have come. Think about the twists and turns, and what currently has you stopped in your tracks.Numerous conversations revealed that many almost quit their current endeavors. But one common factor as to why they did not quit helped them to prevail: They enjoy what they do too much! Ironically, it has become their way of life.As uncertainty hits, follow these two suggestions:Take the time needed to uncover the better route.Convert a negative frame of mind into a positive.Reframe the situationOne sales technique referred to as “Reframing” applies very well to difficult situations. Whether personal or trying to work with a client, the first step is to figure out where the discontent originates. Upon recognizing the misstep, it becomes easier to work together to find the better solution. By asking a series of questions such as, “What if…” the improved path begins to reveal itself.On the personal side, moving from negative to positive thought is the beginning step for improvement. The change in attitude makes an enormous difference in providing increased opportunity to save the day.The day that you find you are doubting yourself, take private time to consider “the why” that is. Most likely, one of your peers will have had a similar experience. Have a conversation about how they dealt with it and ask for recommendations on how to handle. Their insights won’t necessarily apply or even matter. It’s more about the conversation itself. Just by unleashing the dilemma is all it takes to get back to full steam ahead.  As others see you meeting negativity and obstacles head on, they come to admire your steadfast personal brand.Tips:When negativity hits, stop to examine the origin.Decide whether changes need to be made.Should changes be in order, decide whether they are minor or major.Begin the process by eliminating the no longer needed.Create a list of what needs to be fixed.Prioritize the list in order of immediate need.Re-energize yourself and/or business by communicating. –shares Image credit: Shutterstock Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. The day that you find you are doubting yourself, take private time to consider why that is. Elinor Stutz Opportunity CEO of Smooth Sale, Author & Inspirational Speakercenter_img September 17, 2016 Next Article Add to Queue 2 min read This story originally appeared on Personal Branding Blog Transform Dark Days into Opportunity Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

first_img This story originally appeared on Engadget Jon Fingas 2 min read Facebook Drone Failure Prompts a U.S. Investigation Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now » –shares Facebook Image credit: Bloomberg via Engadget Add to Queue Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals On top of the imperfect drone flight, it lost a satellite to SpaceX’s Falcon 9 explosion on September 1st. Next Article Facebook may have been beaming with pride when it completed the first full test of its Aquila internet drone on June 28, but that “structural failure” near the end? U.S. officials aren’t so happy about that.The National Transportation Safety Board has revealed that it’s investigating the incident, which it considers “substantial” enough to be treated as an accident. The exact circumstances aren’t available, but there wasn’t any damage on the ground.In a statement to Bloomberg, Facebook reiterates that it was “happy” with the test flight, which checked everything from basic aerodynamics to controls. There were “no major unexpected results,” the social network says. It likely wasn’t catastrophic, then, but the NTSB’s involvement still raises eyebrows. Is it investigating just to be cautious, or is this more than a small snag?Whatever the situation, it’s only going to add to Facebook’s headaches as it tries to offer free, far-reaching internet access. On top of the imperfect drone flight, it lost a satellite to SpaceX’s Falcon 9 explosion on Sept. 1. Both ventures are inherently risky — Aquila is effectively a barebones solar-powered wing — but we suspect that Facebook wasn’t expecting to run into that much trouble in a relatively short time. November 22, 2016last_img read more

first_imgSonoco improves perimeter offer with $170m deal for Clear LamPosted By: News Deskon: June 27, 2017In: Business, Food, Industries, Mergers & Acquisitions, PackagingPrintEmailSonoco will extend its position in flexible packaging for fresh produce by acquiring Illinois-based Clear Lam Packaging for $170 million.Clear Lam, which makes flexible packaging and films for the food industry, holds strong positions in fresh-seal pouches for nuts, fruits and snacks – as well as flexible packaging for fresh produce like salads, ready meals, and meats and cheeses.In particular, the deal will complement Sonoco’s move for Peninsula Packaging in February and continue its pursuit of companies operating in the perimeter of US supermarkets, where the store’s fresh produce fixture is traditionally found.Strong growth in the perimeter of supermarkets – above that of other areas of the store – underlines the fact that consumers are more aware than ever of the salt and sugar content of the food they consume, and in some cases are turning their backs on frozen and processed foods.Sonoco president and chief executive officer Jack Sanders said: “The addition of Clear Lam will significantly expand our flexible packaging and thermoforming plastics operations as we will be able to develop, produce and convert high barrier flexible and forming film structures to package fresh and prepared food products purchased in the growing store perimeter. “Clear Lam complements our recent acquisition of Peninsula Packaging’s thermoforming operations by being able to produce barrier flexible film lidding that extends shelf-life, is resealable and provides a complete packaging solution to our fresh fruit and vegetable customers.”Its $230 million buyout of Peninsula Packaging was not enough to halt a downturn in first-quarter sales, but the company said it expects to improve its return for investors in the coming year.Sonoco chief operating officer Rob Tiede said the addition of Clear Lam provides significant technological advantages, as well as offering the ability to drive synergies for Sonoco‘s existing flexible and thermoforming customers.Tiede said: “What attracted us to Clear Lam was its reputation for driving high-barrier film packaging innovations to meet changing consumer needs. We’re especially interested in opportunities to leverage their expertise in modified atmosphere packaging, which comes from a strong base of material science knowledge when it comes to films, additives and adhesives.“Additionally, in recent years, Clear Lam has developed new portion control condiment packaging, peel-reseal films for fresh fruits and vegetables, forming films for healthy yogurts, lidding films for fresh guacamole, special drinking pouch films and several new packaging films that expand shelf life.”Clear Lam Packaging president James Sanfilippo said that the move was a neat fit.“We are excited to become part of the Sonoco family,” he said. “I see the two companies with similar cultures, focused on building strong relationships with employees, customers and suppliers. Innovation has always been a driving force within Clear Lam and Sonoco, and it will continue to be a foundation for further growth.”Share with your network: Tags: Clear Lam Packagingfilmsflexible packagingpackaging filmsPeninsula PackagingSonocoUSlast_img read more

first_imgKeurig Dr Pepper meets targets thanks to rise in net salesPosted By: Martin Whiteon: August 08, 2018In: Beverage, Business, Financial, Industries, Soft drinksPrintEmailKeurig Dr Pepper has reported that both of its Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) and Keurig Green Mountain (KGM) businesses have recorded net sales rises in the second quarter of the year, in the first earnings report released by the company since KGM acquired DPS earlier this year.The results of both businesses were reported separately, though Keurig Dr Pepper announced that it will start reporting the performances of both KGM and DPS as a combined result beginning in the third quarter of the year.DPS’s net sales rose 5% year-on-year to $1.89 billion thanks to the growth of its Canada Dry, Bai and Mott’s Juices brands, as well as the strong performance of its Allied Brands unit.Meanwhile, KGM’s net sales rose 0.1% to $949 million, which the company attributed to increased sales of coffee pods in the US, thanks to the increasing popularity of single-serve coffee machines such as the K-Elite and the K-Café.KGM’s operating income increased 10.8% to $288 million, thanks to “significant productivity savings” and the effective management of selling, general and administrative expenses.However, DPS’s operating income fell 3.5% to $362 million, with the company blaming commodity inflation in plastics, aluminium and apples, higher logistics costs, increased marketing investments and higher administrative expenses, primarily behind the Packaged Beverage DSD organisation.Commenting on the announcement, Keurig Dr Pepper CEO Bob Gamgort said: “With the merger of these two great companies now behind us, our focus is on integration, optimisation and ensuring delivery of the financial expectations we established.“We are very pleased with the progress to date. The integration, in particular, is well on track, as evidenced by the establishment of the new KDP leadership team, and we remain very confident in our promised synergies and the future of our new company.“On financials, the second quarter results reported today are fully consistent with our full-year outlook for 2018, and we are equally confident in the longer-term value creation framework we shared at our March 20, 2018 Investor Day.”Share with your network: Tags: beveragesfinancialKeurig Dr PepperUSlast_img read more

first_imgInstead of: He’s wheelchair bound. He has a cognitive disability. She receives special ed services. He has a disability. She has autism. He’s handicapped. People jumpingImagine that you have a disability.  You also think of yourself as an artist, a brother, a pizza lover, and a table tennis champion.  Your disability does not define who you are.  Unfortunately, labels are often placed on people with disabilities and they can carry negative connotations.  Saying that someone is “handicapped” immediately lumps them into a vague category that suggests huge limitations. At Easter Seals Crossroads, we encourage People First Language.  Here are some examples: He uses a wheelchair.center_img She has a brain injury. Acceptable Term: She’s autistic. She’s brain damaged. He’s mentally retarded. She’s a special ed kid. As you can see, People First Language puts emphasis on the person you are talking about, not their disability.  This promotes respectful language to use when addressing people who happen to have disabilities.For more information and examples, visit Disability is Natural.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedIt All Starts With a Dream: Spotlight on Laura MedcalfJuly 23, 2014In “Easter Seals Crossroads”Travel Series: Flying with Southwest AirlinesNovember 24, 2010In “Services”2015 marks key year for workers accommodationsOctober 28, 2015In “Communication”last_img read more

first_imgLooking for a fun timer for your child or student who doesn’t yet understand the length of time?  Mouse Timer from LITALICO expresses the length of time using a cute little mouse gnawing on apples.Finding the right timing tool for students can be challenging.  This is especially true for those with autism or others who cannot tolerate loud noises nor the ticking of traditional timers.  Because this app simply features a cute mouse gnawing on apples, it is able to benefit a myriad of individuals.Additionally, it’s an app that allows children to “see” the length of time.  This allows them to better understand the overall concept of time.  Mouse Timer can be used as an educational tool as well as an everyday timer!  It can help individuals completing the following tasks:HomeworkReadingEating (for those picky eaters who spend most of their time picking around their food)ExercisingChoresAnd more!Features of Mouse Timer:Easy-to-use: simply select a timeDeveloped by teachers and professors who specialize in children’s development and educationRuns in background so users can multitask;Once time is up, a notification will pop up App has no advertisements so there are no visual distractions for childrenCan be used for free (in-app purchase allows you to select white mouse instead of gray mouse)Ability to pause and resume the timerAvailable on both iTunes and Google PlayVisit the LITALICO Inc. website to learn more.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint Related5 Time Management Tools for Special NeedsJanuary 17, 2018In “Autism”AM264 – Time TimerDecember 8, 2017In “Accessibility Minute”Time Timer – Visual TimerDecember 5, 2017In “Products and Devices”last_img read more

first_imgStein Mart, a national specialty off-price retailer, has gained a holistic view of its inventory and a more streamlined approach to merchandise planning with Oracle Cloud. Merchandise Financial Planning Helps National Retailer Leverage Data to Optimize Inventory Management Stein Mart Boosts Omni-Channel Growth with Oracle Cloud Business WireJune 24, 2019, 9:02 pmJune 24, 2019 By consolidating the planning and forecasting process for its physical stores, online store and warehouses into one solution, Stein Mart will be better equipped to manage its inventory to support the needs of its customers, regardless of how they choose to shop. With Oracle Retail Cloud Services, Stein Mart has the tools to keep its merchandise assortments fresh and relevant for buyers. “We have been focused on simplifying our merchandising processes while expanding our omni-channel capabilities and new business initiatives. The enhanced functionality of Oracle’s Merchandise Financial Planning solution will help us analyze data faster to create better plans up front so we can buy smarter and manage inventory more effectively,” said Nick Swetonic, Stein Mart’s senior vice president of planning and allocation.Marketing Technology News: Global Software Leaders Xero and Stripe Join Forces to Bring Seamless Payments to Millions of Small Businesses“Today, retailers sell whatever they buy, often at the expense of the bottom line. Tomorrow, they will be able to more accurately predict placement, price, and sizes across every store and market. This is the promise of the Oracle Retail Cloud,” noted Mike Webster, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Retail. “We are helping companies like Stein Mart refine their approach to inventory and purchasing, so they can continually delight customers while improving results with merchandise that turns quickly.”Marketing Technology News: GoSpotCheck Gains Valuable Leadership Expertise with Five Additions to Management TeamStein Mart partnered with Cognira, experts in analytics, configuration and integration, and retail consulting firm The Parker Avery Group to re-engineer business processes and implement Oracle Retail Merchandise Financial Planning Cloud Service. Both Cognira and Parker Avery are members of the Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN). Previously, Stein Mart also implemented Oracle Retail Merchandising, Oracle Retail Store Inventory Management, Oracle GoldenGate, Oracle JD Edwards, and Oracle Retail Point of Sale.Marketing Technology News: Medallia Names Software Industry Veteran Rob Bernshteyn to its Board of Directors Stein Mart storefront CogniraMarketing Technology NewsNewsOracle CloudOracle Retail CloudParker AveryStein Mart Previous ArticleHow to Increase Your Productivity with Proper Time Management?Next ArticleCoSchedule Launches Marketing Suite to Transform the Way Marketers Worklast_img read more

first_img The Real Reason Emma Watson Refuses to Do a Nude Scene Prime Day is officially over, but it seems someone forgot to tell that to Amazon, Dell, and Walmart. There are still tons of excellent deals available with huge discounts, but for how much longer no one can say. If you missed out on buying anything during the shopping event, here’s a list of deals that you can still take advantage of.Samsung Galaxy S10 Factory Unlocked w/ 128GB Storage ($599.99) During Amazon’s Prime Day sale you can get one of Samsung’s Galaxy S10 smartphones with 128GB of storage marked down from $899.99 to $599.99. This phone is one of the fastest smartphones available on the market today with a high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC and 8GB of RAM. It also features a relatively high-quality camera and it comes fully unlocked.Apple AirPods w/Wireless Charging Case ($169.99)This set of Apple’s AirPods comes with a wireless charging case. 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first_imgLuokung Technology Corp. (LKCO) (“Luokung” or the “Company”), a leading global spatial-temporal big-data technology company and a leading interactive location-based services company in China, announced that it has signed a stock purchase agreement to acquire 67.36% of Beijing BotBrain AI Technology Ltd and BOTBRAIN AI LIMITED (collectively “BotBrain “).The Company will invest RMB 20 million to BotBrain and will issue 804,162 ordinary shares at USD $7 per share to the former institution investors of BotBrain to obtain 67.36% (the “Acquisition”). The 32.64% share equity of BotBrain will be remained by Mr. Xueyu Lu, the founder and CEO of BotBrain, along with BotBrain ‘s core team members. After the Acquisition, Mr. Lu will continue as CEO of BotBrain AI.BotBrain was established in January 2016, and it has been becoming an advanced provider for intelligent content solutions in China. It’s artificial intelligence algorithms and technology are applied in Chinese semantic analysis, intelligent voice interaction, knowledge graph learning, personalized contents recommendation and other related big data analysis.There are two independent business brands in BotBrain. “Max” content brain is an AI content management and operation platform, which provides AI solutions based on its content services. “BotBrain Zhiyu” is an AI knowledge learning assistant system.Marketing Technology News: Acquia Acquires Mautic to Deliver First-Ever Open Marketing CloudBotBrain has been serving many well-known enterprises based in China, including People’s Daily Overseas, ChinaNews, Kaishu Story, Baby Tree, Baofeng, Bank of China, State Grid, FAW, CreditEase, Facebank and Kingsoft Cloud etc., which involve various industries including media, mobile internet, banking, automobile, financial services, retails and energy.BotBrain has started the cooperation with the Company in technology supports prior the Acquisition, it provides intelligent geographic information algorithms service for us, and Its technology of semantic analysis, knowledge graph and personalized contents recommendation significantly supports the LBS service of Luokung. After the Acquisition, BotBrain will put more investment in the research of intelligent spatial temporal data algorithm and application. BotBrain will provide critical intelligent technologies and application experiences to support our LBS business, personalized full-vector map, and enable us to improve the services we provide to mobile Internet industry and users. Therefore, the Company’s LBS business platform is able to gain a greater competitive advantage.Marketing Technology News: Mareana Named a 2019 Gartner Cool Vendor in Artificial Intelligence Across the Supply ChainThe founder and CEO of BotBrain, Mr. Lu Xueyu processes more than 40 patents relating to the contents intelligence service algorithms. Mr. Lu has more than 13 years experiences in big data and AI industry, he has had an in-depth comprehension and long-term practice in big data, AI and personalized recommendation and Mr. Lu is one of the earliest practitioners in this field in China. Mr. Lu worked in Tencent, Alibaba Youku and Xiaomi and was responsible for the construction and management of big data and artificial intelligence teams, gained many successful implementation experiences for the establishment of big data and recommendation systems. In 2006 in Tencent, Mr. Lu took the lead in using artificial intelligence technology in virus discovery, effectively helped Tencent to protect nearly 1 billion QQ users’ account information security. In Youku, Mr. Lu served as technical director and set up the big data and personalized recommendation system for videos, the system was able to proceed more than 100 billion data daily, it was the system with the highest recommendation accuracy in the field of video websites at that time. During the time in Xiaomi, Mr. Lu was the technical director and was in charge of Xiaomi’s data workshop, he was also responsible for the Xiaomi ecological big data business.Marketing Technology News: RevJet Announces Results of Second Ad Experience Sentiment Report Revealing Change in Sentiment, Behavior of Online Consumers Luokung Technology Corp. Announces to Acquire Artificial Intelligence Company PRNewswireMay 14, 2019, 2:55 pmMay 14, 2019 AcquisitionAIBotBrain AI Technologycontent managementLuokung TechnologyMarketing Technology NewsNews Previous ArticleTechBytes with Adam Solomon, Chief Marketing Officer at LotameNext ArticleGoogle Selects Webpals Mobile to Join App Campaign Partner Programlast_img read more

first_imgUnstoppable Domains, a software company building domains on blockchains, today announced which 60 .zil domains it will auction on June 27. These domains represent the top 60 most watched Zilliqa domain names on the Unstoppable Domains website. The top domain, bitcoin.zil, has already attracted 505 potential buyers.“We are excited to see growing enthusiasm for blockchain domains,” said Matthew Gould, Unstoppable Domains CEO. “These domains provide two very critical benefits to users: they enable people to send crypto to a single human readable name, and they offer a platform to create uncensorable websites. The concepts of free speech and growing the crypto community are really resonating with our customer base.”Marketing Technology News: Triton Digital Integrates Centro’s Basis Platform with the a2x Programmatic Marketplace.Zil domains have seen high demand over the past 3 months, even though top domains have yet to be released. Users can, however, watchlist the domains they are most interested in bidding on during the coming public auction. Here are the top 60 most watchlisted domains:Which domains will be up for auction?1. bitcoin2. crypto3. porn4. blockchain5. money6. insurance7. gold8. cars9. hotels10. satoshi11. bra12. zil13. usa14. bank15. wallet16. beer17. ethereum18. carinsurance19. lasvegas20. pay21. trump22. weed23. travel24. toys25. pizza26. cannabis27. xxx28. litecoin29. privatejet30. music31. xrp32. fb33. z34. shop35. 36036. coffee37. coin38. cash39. vacationrentals40. porno41. hotel42. payme43. booking44. diamond45. insure46. game47. exchange48. 149. ripple50. donaldtrump51. abc52. cardano53. auction54. shoes55. ai56. car57. we58. domain59. elonmusk60. israelThe auction will be split into two phases. During phase I, the 60 most watchlisted domains will be available for a buy now price of $10,000 each. Domains can be purchased using bitcoin, ethereum, litecoin, and bitcoin cash.Marketing Technology News: Mindtree to Showcase Contextual, Real-Time Solutions for Personalized Traveler Experiences at HITEC MinneapolisDuring phase II, domains can only be purchased with Zilliqa.Bidding will start between $10 and $1,000 depending on the price of the domain in the pre-order phase. Each subsequent bid must be at least 5 percent greater than the previous bid. If a person is outbid, they will immediately get their funds returned. New bids will add additional time (~1 hour) to the auction to prevent auction sniping. Also, bidding will be capped at $10,000 per domain. Anyone in the world can participate and anyone in the world can watch the auctions as they happen.Marketing Technology News: CoreMedia Announces CoreMedia Content Cloud – Marketing Connector on Salesforce AppExchange, the World’s Leading Enterprise Cloud Marketplace Marketing TechnologyMatthew GouldNewsUnstoppable DomainsZilliqa Domain Previous ArticleMarTech Interview with Duncan Stockdill, Co-Founder and CEO at CapsuleNext ArticleFranklin Sports Selects CommerceIQ To Empower Their E-Commerce Team To Manage Amazon Holistically Unstoppable Domains Announces the Top 60 Zilliqa Domain Names Up for Auction Business WireJune 19, 2019, 1:45 pmJune 19, 2019 last_img read more

first_imgAnsweriQ’s Robo Assist Enables Freshly to Reduce Customer Service Response Times by 90% Utilizing Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotic Process Automation (RPA) AnsweriQ, a leading provider of intelligent automation for customer service, announced the availability of its product, Robo Assist, which enables single-click automation for agents – a new offering that uses AI and RPA to resolve cases. Single-click automation empowers the agent to automate mundane and repetitive scenarios like refund processing, account management, service upgrade, invoice reconciliation, inventory lookup, and many more.Freshly, a wellness company that delivers fully-prepared, healthier meals to customers weekly, has partnered with AnsweriQ to improve its customer service efficiency and experience. Freshly’s mission is to modernize healthy eating by providing freshly made, nutritious meals that don’t require cooking, cleaning, or a lot of time.Marketing Technology News: Top of Mind Networks Adds BombBomb Integration to Surefire CRMFreshly’s rapid growth after national expansion this year requires the team to continually focus on implementing solutions that give their customers immediacy, responsiveness, and consistent service across all channels. This is key to scaling Freshly’s customer service while maintaining a good user experience. Freshly has recently deployed AnsweriQ’s Robo Assist to scale their customer service and improve their customer experience while driving efficiencies.“We are seeing significant growth in Freshly’s direct-to-consumer business as we expand to different types of customers and expand our hours of operation and our contact channels. So for us, the challenge is maintaining the gold standards of customer service, tight response times, and high CSAT as we grow. AnsweriQ’s Robo Assist using AI & RPA fully automates our customer service order cancellation process. What used to take five to seven minutes of an agent’s time now takes us less than 30 seconds with single-click automation. It integrates seamlessly with Zendesk, our CRM platform, and works across all of our channels whether a customer emails, chats or calls us,” said Colin Crowley, VP of Customer Experience at Freshly.Marketing Technology News: Yext Study: 58% Of Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Marketers Say Their Marketing Management Strategy Needs Major ImprovementsSince implementing AnsweriQ’s Robo Assist, Freshly has seen a 90% reduction in handle time and an 11x improvement in agent productivity. Further, this allows Freshly’s customer service team to address and resolve time-sensitive requests from customers and also handle spikes.“Like Freshly, leading subscription services like Dollar Shave Club, BarkBox and StitchFix offer increased personalization, and ease of use via an automated experience. For these businesses, you cannot separate the customer experience from the product. AnsweriQ’s AI-based intelligent automation provides speed, increased solve rates for customer service, lower-cost, consistency and improved customer experience. The power of AnsweriQ’s AI along with RPA delivers single-click automation that takes a critical next step in enabling us to fully automate the handling of customer service,” said Pradeep Rathinam, Founder and CEO of AnsweriQ.Marketing Technology News: PMG Launches Marketing Intelligence Platform — Meet Alli AnsweriQ Unveils New Single-Click Automation for Customer Service Teams Business WireJune 26, 2019, 3:48 pmJune 26, 2019 AIAnsweriQNewsRobo AssistRPASingle-Click Automation Previous ArticleSDL Wins AI Breakthrough Award for Best Machine Translation SolutionNext ArticleNetLine Launches a No-Cost Tool to Access B2B Content Consumption Datalast_img read more

first_img crmdigital marketing solutionsiFOLIOMAX MarketingNewsSales and marketing Previous ArticleMobify Report Delivers First Ecommerce Benchmarks for Progressive Web AppsNext ArticleIt’s Ok to Message Your Customers – but They’re Not Your Friends iFOLIO Honored with Global Excellence Award, Best in Personalized Digital Marketing Solutions – 2019 by AI Global Media PRNewswire2 hours agoJuly 23, 2019 Deliver delightful Customer Experiences In today’s digital world, buyers are more informed and have high expectations when they interact with a company.  It’s critical for enterprises to maximize that customer touchpoint with an experience that feels custom and differentiated.iFOLIO is recognized with the Global Excellence Award “Best in Personalized Digital Marketing Solutions – 2019” by AI Global Media for innovation, growth, and delivering results through an enterprise digital portfolio platform. Digital portfolios are effective marketing because they are personalized, private, and delivered 1-to-1.  iFOLIOs have images, videos, and animated charts and are shared via SMS, email, and any way you share a link.  The private portfolios generate open rates up to 75% from mobile share, and engagement up to 2 min 40+ seconds in a market where attention spans average 7 seconds.Marketing Technology News: Gartner Survey Shows Inside Sales Organizations Risk Losing 24% of Employees This YearThrough iFOLIO, companies can engage their customers and prospects more authentically, optimizing the relationship, and delivering a remarkable experience. iFOLIO platform enables sales or account management to deliver a portfolio directly to a customer via SMS or email and then follow-up from the sales dashboard. The iFOLIO Analytics enable more thoughtful, data-driven follow-ups and Reverse CRM™ automates outreach notes into the CRM system reducing reporting workloads.Growth is in the iFOLIO DNA. Using its own incredibly effective platform for sales and marketing, iFOLIO grew paid customers 1100% last year.Marketing Technology News: Airbnb Introduces New Search Capabilities for Business TripsToday iFOLIO powers over 3500 clients in 58 countries including the Atlanta Falcons NFL, Equifax, iD Tech and was honored with a 2019 MAX Marketing Innovation Award by the Atlanta Business Chronicle for introducing a new standard of digital engagement for enterprise professionals with a platform for private portfolio sites for customer introductions, presentations, and proposals.“We are so honored to accept this award and to serve our incredible clients as they transform their customer experience with personalized portfolios and SMS.  We believe relationships are central to business and the future of incredible presentations, stories, and customer experiences are private digital portfolios,” says Jean Marie Richardson, Founder and CEO of iFOLIO.Marketing Technology News: Adobe Survey Says That Voice and Screen Combined Are the Futurelast_img read more

first_img Content SyndicationMarketing Technology NewsNewsPaul SalaySyndigoWiseBase Previous ArticleBlueJeans Gateway for Microsoft Teams: Promotion for Free Cloud Interop LicensesNext ArticleYandex.Taxi Expands into the Regions Syndigo Acquires European Content Provider WiseBase PRNewswireJuly 15, 2019, 7:00 pmJuly 15, 2019 Leading Database and Technology Company Provides Product Content Management Solutions in EuropeSyndigo, a Chicago-based leading provider of verified product content syndication services, and a portfolio company of The Jordan Company (“TJC”), announced the acquisition of WiseBase, an innovative product content and technology company with clients across Europe. The move strengthens Syndigo’s global footprint, providing clients with broader access to retailer networks, in-country client service expertise, and a further expanded library of digital product content.Marketing Technology News: JumpCrew Announces Inaugural Conference “JumpCon: The Digital Sales Transformation Summit”“Many of our clients are global enterprises with aspirations for further geographic reach,” said Syndigo CEO Paul Salay. “With this strategic acquisition, we are strengthening our coverage in Europe to provide added value to our clients, delivering accurate and verified product information across the consumer, retail and eCommerce industries in a single, integrated platform.”“There is a need for localized solutions specific to each market, and we want to provide the best coverage and service for our clients in Europe,” said Aleksander Krzyżowski, General Manager, Syndigo Europe. “The acquisition of WiseBase provides Syndigo with the opportunity to extend its industry-leading reach and footprint and to deliver more consistent and engaging experiences for shoppers across Europe. We are excited to welcome WiseBase to the Syndigo family.”Marketing Technology News: Inpixon to Acquire Indoor Mapping Leader JibestreamWiseBase provides retailers with a complete ecosystem to facilitate the exchange of verified and enhanced product information. Currently, WiseBase works with leading retailers in Poland, Romania, and Germany with the technical capabilities to expand into other European geographies. WiseBase has invested significantly in developing technology that provides brands with the ability to manage and syndicate product information to their retail partners, while also serving as the brand’s central product database.As a global provider of core and enhanced product content, Syndigo delivers innovative solutions to retailer and brand clients through its integrated Content Experience Hub (CXH) platform. The acquisition and integration of WiseBase’s technology and network of retailers and brands will provide incremental value to all market participants.“It has been our mission to minimize the time spent preparing and sending product descriptions between brands and retailers,” said Piotr Morkowski, Managing Partner at WiseBase. “We are excited to join our new global partners at Syndigo, who share our commitment to supporting brands both locally and globally.”Marketing Technology News: Study Finds Enterprises Rapidly Shifting to Hybrid, Multi-Cloud Business Modellast_img read more

first_imgIt seems we may soon get a new Fantastic Four movie! According to reports by Greek WorldWide, with the rights to Fantastic Four back in Marvel’s hands, they may have already started planning how to introduce the first Marvel comic creation.According to rumours, Marvel Studios is aiming for 2022 release for the ‘Fantastic Four’ reboot and GWW cites sources that say that ‘Ant-Man’ director Peyton Reed could be directing the new film. GWW further says that Reed has already pitched his vision of Fantastic Four multiple times and his pitch includes a 1960s setting that involves the Quantum Realm, and possibly The Black Knight.According to GWW, Reed has said, “Visually, one of the things we always talked about – and this was 2003 – was The Fantastic Four as daytime superheroes. They don’t have secret identities. They’re very much a part of the fabric of Manhattan. In that universe, if you go to New York to the Empire State Building or the Statue of Liberty or the Baxter Building, it was all a part of that. We talked about it being a ’60s period movie, but Fox at the time was not into it.”For the unversed in Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Fantastic Four were first created by Stan Lee and followed the adventures of Mr Fantastic who had the ability to stretch his body in any way he desired, Invisible Woman who disappear when desired and generate force fields, Human Torch who could turn into flames and The Thing, a man who is entirely made of rock and has superhuman strength.Most fans think of the 2005 Tim Story directorial, starring Chris Evans, Jessica Alba, Ioan Gruffudd and Michale Chiklis as the first outing of the Fantastic Four, however, it is the unreleased 1984 film by Oley Sassone, that first showed the four with superhuman abilities. Chris EvansFantastic Fourfantastic four peyton reedMarvel Comics First Published: June 7, 2019, 1:08 PM ISTlast_img read more

first_img In another tweet, Slott also suggested that provided Reeves is worthy of playing Moon Knight as per him, he could also pull off the roles of Mercenary, Marc Spector; Cabbie, Jake Lockley and Millionaire, Steven Grant with ease. Always Be My MaybecabbieDan SlottJake Lockley First Published: June 21, 2019, 5:46 PM IST Whoever plays Moon Knight has to also be able to pull off:Mercenary, Marc Spector.Cabbie, Jake Lockley.And Millionaire, Steven Grant.That’s your man for the job.— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) June 20, 2019It is also being speculated that Reeves has been approached to play a part alongside Angelina Jolie in Marvel’s The Eternals. Created by Jack Kirby in 1976, the story of The Eternals is set millions of years ago when the cosmic beings — known as the Celestials — genetically experimented on humans to create super-powered individuals — known as the Eternals — along with the villainous Deviants. However, nothings stands confirmed at this point in time.Reeves is currently working on the sequel to his 1989 film Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, which is titled Bill & Ted Face the Music. The announcement of the sequel was made in June this year, while the official release date is not yet announced.Follow @News18Movies for morecenter_img If Keanu Reeves’ popularity on social media and film business was lagging behind in any respect post the release of John Wick: Parabellum and his much loved cameo in Netflix film Always Be My Maybe, it sure received a major boost when Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios, admitted that Reeves was indeed eyed for the superhero franchise almost every time a film was made. Soon after Feige’s statement started circulating, fans of The Matrix star could not help but wonder which part would suit his humble personality the best.In the matter, Dan Slott, Amazing Spider-Man writer and current Fantastic Four scribe, recently offered his suggestion as to which comic book character would Reeves look best in. Slott wrote on Twitter, “I’m seeing lots of people saying Reed Richards, Adam Warlock, and Silver Surfer. My vote? Marc Spector: Moon Knight. For those who are wondering who Spector is, reported that Moon Knight is a schizophrenic follower of the Egyptian moon god, Khonshu, who captivated fans with his multifaceted personalities, violent methods and unpredictability. See Slott’s tweet here: I’m seeing lots of people saying Reed Richards, Adam Warlock, and Silver Surfer.My vote?Marc Spector: Moon Knight— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) June 20, 2019last_img read more

first_imgShahid Kapoor and his wife Mira recently celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary on July 7. The adorable duo has already welcomed two munchkins in their life, Misha and Zain, and has been setting up family goals ever since. While both the love birds keep sharing pictures with their little family every now and then, Mira is taking the mother-daughter combo to another level by posting a twinning picture with daughter Misha.On July 8, Mira took to Instagram to share a throwback picture with her baby girl, where both the lovely girls were donning the matching-colour outfit. With a green kurta and a pink dupatta, the lovelies looked adorable as they smiled for a selfie. Mira shared the picture on Instagram with the caption, “Match #tb.” Recently, Shahid and Mira celebrated their fourth anniversary and poured in some love for each other through Instagram posts. While Shahid posted a picture of Mira, writing, “Her first picture I saved on my phone. And now almost every second picture has her in it. She is #life. I love you @mira.kapoor thank you for being you,” Mira shared a picture from their wedding, with a caption, “You make my world and me go round #happy4.” On the professional front, Shahid has been recently been in news for his latest movie Kabir Singh. The film, despite being attracted by controversies, managed to earn around Rs 225 crore, and has become one of the highest grosser of the year. The movie also starred Kiara Advani and is the Hindi remake of the Telugu movie Arjun Reddy.Follow @News18Movies for more center_img arjun reddyKAbir Singhkiara advaniMira Kapoor First Published: July 9, 2019, 11:21 AM ISTlast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Sunday responded to tweets by several Indians abroad seeking help, signalling continuation of his predecessor Sushma Swaraj’s social media outreach in assisting people in distress.Swaraj leaves a legacy of an easily accessible External Affairs Minister who helped the diaspora in distress through Twitter. In a series of tweets, Jaishankar responded to calls for help by several Indians abroad, assuring them that Indian missions in respective countries were trying to address their issues.When one Mahalakshmi tweeted seeking help to her family members whose passports were lost in Italy during a trip, Jaishankar said, “Our Embassy in Rome/ Consul General in Munich will extend all assistance. Please be in touch with them @IndiainItaly @cgmunich.”Our Embassy in Rome/ Consul General in Munich will extend all assistance. Please be in touch with them @IndiainItaly @cgmunich— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) 2 June 2019The new external affairs minister also responded to a Twitter user’s request for help in finding her husband in Kuwait and bringing him to India. She said her husband was not responding to court summons and living peacefully in Kuwait.To this, Jaishankar tweeted: “Our Embassy in Kuwait is already working on it. Please be in touch with them @indembkwt.”Our Embassy in Kuwait is already working on it. Please be in touch with them @indembkwt— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) 2 June 2019Our Embassy in Oman is trying to resolve this. Please continue to stay in touch with them @IndEmb_Muscat— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) 2 June 2019Responding to another on national education policy, he said it was a only a draft report and that no language will be imposed. “The National Education Policy as submitted to the Minister HRD is only a draft report. Feedback shall be obtained from general public. State Governments will be consulted. Only after this the draft report will be finalised. GoI respects all languages. No language will be imposed,” he said.As the draft education policy recommends introduction of Hindi from pre-school, there have been voices of opposition, especially from Tamil Nadu, to the recommendation.In his first official Twitter post, Jaishankar on Saturday said he was “proud to follow on the footsteps” of Swaraj.”My first tweet. Thank you all for the best wishes! Honoured to be given this responsibility. Proud to follow on the footsteps of @SushmaSwaraj ji,” he said.In a surprise move, Prime Minister Narendra Modi picked the seasoned diplomat to helm the key ministry, nearly 16 months after he retired as foreign secretary.Jaishankar served as foreign secretary from January 2015 to January 2018 and both he and Swaraj, the external affairs minister in the previous government, were credited for bringing vibrancy in India’s foreign policy.Jaishankar’s appointment is seen as Modi’s attempt to add further strategic heft to India’s external engagement.”We at Team @MEAIndia continue to be at your service 24×7. Happy to be leading the effort with my colleague MoS Muraleedharan ji @VMBJP,” Jaishankar said in another tweet on Saturday.As external affairs minister in the previous government, Swaraj was known for prompt response on Twitter in addressing grievances of overseas Indians.Her interaction with the diaspora through social media, established her as someone who can be reached in distress with just the click of a mouse. embassyExternal Affairs ministerNarendra ModiNational Education Policy First Published: June 2, 2019, 8:21 PM ISTlast_img read more

first_imgStory TimelineHow to install iOS 13, iPadOS & macOS Catalina – and why you should waitiOS 13 beta 3 now available: Here’s what’s newEpic tells Fortnite players to hold off on iOS 13 beta for now This update will come with a new icon for voice messages in the Messages app. So make sure when you download and load the software, you head into Messages to make certain you’re recognizing the new icon – and not just assuming that Voice Messages are gone completely. This update will bring a few more updates in the visual space just like that – so keep your wits about you!There’s a new Rearrange Apps button that’ll appear when you activate the function. The way you’ll do this is the same as it ever was: Rearrange Apps by long-pressing any one app on your home screen. You’ll find a new button that’ll ask if you wish to actually rearrange apps or not.If you’re using the iPad version of this software, you’ll find a blinking line showing which side of your split-screen is receiving attention – specifically with text. You’ll also find a new pill-shaped indicator of which side of the split-screen you’re inputting on currently.If you’re in the beta and head into Settings, Health, Headphone Audio Levels, you’ll see a new set of explanations for what’s going on in the latest Beta in this specific area. Perhaps strangest of all, you’ll find the FaceTime Attention Correction feature in play. This is the not-at-all-creepy feature that’ll change the direction of your eyes when you’re speaking in FaceTime, so it looks like you’re looking right at the person to whom you are speaking. When’s the last time you had your eyes redirected automatically? To attain this update, you’ll need to head into the iOS Public Beta page at Apple and tap forth! If you’ve already done this, simply head into your Settings and get yourself the latest Software Update. It SHOULD be the iOS 13 Beta 3 to which we’ve been referring – if not, just wait a bit longer! Today the folks at Apple made final the iOS 13 BETA release for the public, allowing pretty much anyone to take a peek on their own iPhone. This means users of the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, XR, 8, 8 Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 6s, and 6s Plus will be able to download the software immediately, if they do so dare. There’s also a new iPadOS 13 (iOS 13 for the iPad, that is to say) out and available right now, too – in Beta form. last_img read more

first_imgReviews are pretty mixed, and so are the phone’s specs. Even by late 2016’s standards, the Kodak Ektra is a bit dated as far as smartphones go. The MediaTek Helio X20 running inside is hardly the latest and is matched with only 3 GB of RAM. The 5-inch display, though handy, reaches only 1920×1080 pixels. While good enough for most, that does mean that you won’t be seeing the photos and videos you just captured in all their glory. Kodak is a name you would immediately associate with cameras but with this generation’s obsession with smartphone, it couldn’t but help dip its toes into that market as well. That product is the Kodak Ektra which is finally making its way to the US. But with nearly half a year’s time since it was first announced, the Ektra faces a very tough battle against the market’s top contenders for the best smartphone camera. The camera sounds great, at least on paper. It has a 21 megapixel fast focus sensor, an F/2.0 lens, phase detect autofocus, optical image stabilization, and dual LED flash. That said, early reviews of that camera seem to hint that the hardware is hampered by a mediocre camera app, despite offering the bells and whistles of an “advanced” manual mode.One thing going for the Kodak Ektra is its design. At least if you go for that look. It definitely looks like a digital camera first and a smartphone second, including a protruding grip that photographers are comfortable with. Kodak is even making available leather cases that are designed for cameras rather than phones, including a pink one from fashion designers Pop & Suki.center_img The Kodak Ektra smartphone will at least be priced accordingly, selling for only $399, unlocked and SIM free. That’s quite a drop from its initial $549 price tag. It is, however, going up against the likes of the HTC U11, the Google Pixel, and the Samsung Galaxy S8, all of whom occupy top spots in DxOMark’s famous list.last_img read more

first_imgThe device goes by the name Samsun Gear Sport, and it would seem to be a fairly decent bet that it’s coming with rugged intentions. The backside image we’ve got below comes from the FCC VIA TL, showing where regulatory labels will be located. In this image we can see a device that’s nearly identical to the Samsung Gear S3 – save some small differences.One rather noticeable difference is the appearance of the name SAMSUNG GEAR SPORT. This should be a FAIR indicator of the name of the device as it heads to the production floor. Also present in the report is a note about Bluetooth Low Energy certification issuance. This certification was issued all the way back on August 7th (that’s just this week.)The original Samsung Gear S3 was revealed back in August of 2016. That MIGHT mean that Samsung is now on a two-year-refresh cycle for their most major wearable device. Instead of releasing some sort of “slightly better” version every other year, the Sport watch may come into play. Story TimelineiPhone 8 and Galaxy Note 8 aren’t playing the same gameGalaxy Note 8 launch date has been tippedGalaxy Note 8 may come with a welcome surpriseGalaxy Note 8 release day 3D-touch tippedGalaxy Note 8 stock wallpapers leak: see and download them here The next Samsung event is all but guaranteed to be home to the Galaxy Note 8 – but that’s not all. Today we’ve got word that the next Samsung wearable device – a perfect companion for the Galaxy Note 8, as it were – just passed through the FCC. This comes not long after the same device passed Bluetooth certification, meaning – or at least indicating – that it’s right on the verge of being revealed by Samsung in full.center_img Above you’ll see our original Samsung Gear S3 hands-on video as recorded a bit less than a year ago. The event in which this device was first revealed took place during IFA 2016. This year IFA 2017 is scheduled for a similar span of days, and Samsung’s event for the Galaxy Note 8 – and likely this Sport watch – is set for August 23rd. We’ll be there LIVE in effect!last_img read more

first_imgHMD Global has a pretty gosh-darned good track record of bringing updates to Android devices – especially lately. HDM Global phones of all sorts have been getting Security Updates lately, at least. Security Updates are the most essential updates to Android devices – followed closely by full OS updates for new and tweaked features.The KEY here will be timing. If HMD Global can stick to updates – and make that a big priority once their first wave of Nokia phones proliferate the earth – they’ll make a Motorola-like impact. Back when the first Moto X and Moto G were first released, the then-Google-owned Motorola had updates REAL quick.Android Oreo will quite likely come to Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6, and Nokia 8. Cross your fingers HMD Global keeps Sarvikas’ promise! According to Nokia dot com, Nokia and/or HMD Global promises “You get an experience that’s focused and clutter-free, and we’ll make sure you keep getting regular updates, so you’ll always stay on top of features and security.” In an interview with NDTV, Sarvikas promised each of these phones would get two years of Android updates. The article includes this promise twice, but does not write the exact words used by Sarvikas for the two-year update promise.I’d believe in the two-year promise only if the smartphone included that promise in writing at the point of purchase. If updates are important to you – beyond security updates, that is – be sure to get that promise when you buy.Those users that are already on the update list and want to update to Android 8.0, head over to our How to download the Android 8.0 Oreo update now guide. It’s quite simple, really – mostly just heading to Settings – System – System updates. Otherwise head to Google Developers to see if the device list miraculously contains a Nokia phone – likely it still just contains Nexus and Pixel devices as such. Android Oreo was announced to be coming to all current-age Nokia smartphones over the weekend. The timing of these updates is not yet known, but Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer for HMD Global seems to believe that the company is ready and capable of bringing the newest version of Oreo to all new Nokia phones. HMD Global is the company that currently licenses the Nokia brand name to create smartphones with what remains of the original Nokia company. Story TimelineAs Nokia 8 nears, HMD’s veteran CEO suddenly departsNew Nokia 3310 torture test: see how it faresNokia 8 prototype says hello in leaked imagesNokia 8 Copper Gold model leakedNokia 2 entry level Android phone is apparently realNokia 8 release specs just droppedNokia 8 Bothies aren’t the camera gimmick we wantedNokia 8 might not launch in US or Chinalast_img read more

first_imgWhat’s this third device I speak of today? It’s a magician – a sort of device that existed in earlier tests of the latest version of Android, then disappeared for a while. It’s re-appeared in the same testing bin that the other two Pixel 2 devices first appeared – AOSP. There, we see the re-appearance of Muskie.SEE TOO: Pixel 2 XL LG-made screen saga keeps getting worseThis third Pixel device is not confirmed by Google, nor HTC, or anything like that. Instead, we’re looking at codes dug up by XDA which show the device as HTC-made, “manufacturer” Google, with a massive battery inside. This device would be the beast of the group, carrying with it a battery that’s 3830 mAh large. That’s bigger than the Google Pixel 2 XL, a device with a 3520 mAh battery inside.What’s more, this device has the same dots per inch as the larger Pixel released this year. That would seem to indicate that it’s a device with a very, very similar build – if not the same display with a different body. That’s very interesting – very interesting indeed.As this device is lumped in with codes for Walleye and Taimen – both previously released Pixel devices. Over at Droid Life today, they’ve got a tip on the next generation of Pixel devices, too – Albacore and Blueline. If that’s true, why would Google still be working on Muskie?Is it a half-step device with a larger battery made to be released halfway between this year’s Pixels and the Pixels of 2018? Or is this some sort of magical third category? Maybe a beast of a phone running Android One?Have a peek at the timeline below to see what other recent Google-made oddities have popped up. And stay tuned as we continue to unravel this fishy mystery! Story TimelinePixel 2 XL, iPhone 8 Plus drop tests push glass to the limitsPixel 2 XL screen saga keeps getting worsePixel 2, 2 XL has some audio issues, here’s a temporary fixPixel 2 teardown shows unusual waterproofing methodPixel 2 unit fails quality control, still shipped to buyerGoogle Lens app download out for Pixel and rooted Android It would seem fitting that this week another HTC-made Pixel 2 XL device would be found. This, a week in which the LG-made Google Pixel 2 XL (already out in the wild – see link below) is the subject of display-based controversy. This, a week in which the HTC-made Pixel 2 has had few to no negative reports – just the opposite – the smaller device has everything the larger one does, with a smaller display whose colors and viewing angles are all on-point.last_img read more

first_imgSamsung’s test involved a 5G router and a 5G Radio, plus a virtualized core and virtualized RAN. The test happened on a train running between two stations that were about 1 mile apart from each other. The on-board 5G router was used to download an 8K video and to upload a 4K video sourced from a camera mounted on the train. KDDI is eyeing 5G tech as a way to revolutionize trains.Talking about this, KDDI’s Senior Managing Executive Officer Yoshiaki Uchida said, “With 5G expected to bring railway services to a whole new dimension, the success of today’s demonstration in everyday locations such as a train and train station is an important milestone indicating 5G commercialization is near.” KDDI plans to launch 5G by 2020; it opens the doors to many potential benefits, such as better on-board WiFi and a better infotainment experience on the trains. For its part, Samsung has been putting ample effort into developing and testing 5G technologies. A recent report claimed that Samsung has been working with the U.S. military to develop and test a 5G network prototype. The technology is reportedly of interest to the military as a way to supply units with high-speed and relatively portable Internet connectivity while out in the field. SOURCE: Samsung News Samsung recently tested 5G on a train traveling at about 62MPH and was able to hit a peak speed of 1.7Gbps. The company called its test, which was performed with Japan’s KDDI, a success, saying it achieved successful downlink and uplink handover in addition to the crazy peak speed. The test took place in Saitama, Japan, on October 17 through October 19.last_img read more

first_imgThe FCC has granted SpaceX’s application to use satellites for providing Internet service to regions around the world. According to the FCC, this is the first approval for a “US-licensed satellite constellation” that will use low-Earth orbit satellites to offer “broadband services.” The system may contain more than 4,000 satellites, and was confirmed by SpaceX back in May 2017. READ: This is SpaceX’s plan to beam internet to the whole worldThe FCC wants to provide all regions of the US with broadband Internet service, which means hitting speeds of at least 25Mbps. SpaceX may help hit that goal with its satellite-based plan, which would use satellites to beam high-speed Internet to the United States and other countries all over the world. According to the approval letter published by the FCC today, the system was proposed to contain 4,425 satellites.The Internet service won’t be free, so don’t get your hopes up. However, such a system could provide an unprecedented level of Internet access to places that historically have had poor service options. Many rural regions in the US only have access to dial-up or DSL, and some people are forced to depend on aging cellular networks or low-quality satellite services to get Internet access.AdChoices广告Of course, the system would also cover other places around the world that have a lack — or complete absence — of adequate Internet service. Before offering its network, though, SpaceX had to get approval to send the satellites up, and that’s where the FCC’s authorization comes in. The Commission has previously approved similar requests from Telesat, OneWeb, and Space Norway.The FCC hints that it has outstanding requests from other companies with similar plans, too. “These approvals are the first of their kind for a new generation of large, nongeostationary satellite orbit, fixed-satellite service systems,” the agency says, “and the Commission continues to process other, similar requests.”SOURCE: FCClast_img read more

first_imgMicrosoft suggests they’ve brought the original Surface Hub to more than 5000 customers across 25 markets. “Over half of Fortune 100 companies have purchased Surface Hubs to improve team’s efficiency and how they collaborate,” said Chief Product Officer at Microsoft, Panos Panay, “breaking down barriers and creating real business value.”This device has the same 2:3 aspect ratio as other Surface products. So it’ll look and act like one massive Surface tablet. Even if you’re an individual with no real use for such a massive tablet – you might just find yourself wanting one. Good luck to you in finding one to buy.Businesses and other “select commercial customers” will be able to purchase this device in the year 2019. This monster will be tested by select commercial customers starting this year. Release pricing is not yet available – but if it costs anything like the first Surface Hub, everyday individuals will probably want to go ahead and pass. This machine is made to make the most of software like Microsoft Whiteboard, Microsoft Teams, and Office 365. In addition to working on its own, this big computer can be tiled together with up to 4 screens at once, relatively seamlessly. Microsoft’s releasing this device with its own Steelcase-made accessories like a rolling stand and mounts for walls.Under the hood is a 4K camera that’s able to rotate with the device. Integrated speakers make this as all-in-one a device as you could ask for at this size. Far field mic arrays make it so everyone in the room can be heard when there’s a video call. Businesses in need of wall-based Windows 10 devices rejoice, there’s a new Surface Hub 2 in town. This device brings out the best bits of the Surface Hub 1 and advances all the parts that needed advancing. This beast features a 4K+ 50.5” multi-touch display and it’s made to get business done.last_img read more

first_imgThe cars are based on GM’s regular Bolt EV. That’s an all-electric hatchback, with 238 miles of EPA-certified range. For autonomous purposes, the car is customized with LIDAR laser rangefinders, extra cameras and other sensors, and new processing power to crunch all the data in real-time. Cars have been in testing – in association with Cruise Automation, the self-driving startup GM acquired – in San Francisco, CA; Scottsdale, AZ; and Detroit, MI. Trials on public roads began in June 2016. GM has also cut a deal with ride-sharing firm Lyft to work on the technology together, with the eventual goal of deploying autonomous cabs out into public service. What’s really important, though, is not just what the autonomous Bolt EV are being built with, but how they’re being built. GM was the first automaker to assemble its self-driving prototypes at a mass-production facility, rather than in a more boutique operation as might commonly be the case for small-run vehicles. That takes place at the Orion Township plant, which started the next-generation production run in January 2017. While the numbers involved may still be small today, it’s part of GM’s vision for shifting autonomous vehicles into the mainstream down the road. “To achieve what we want from self-driving cars, we must deploy them at scale,” Kyle Vogt, CEO of Cruise Automation, said of the milestone. “By developing the next-generation self-driving platform in San Francisco and manufacturing these cars in Michigan, we are creating the safest and most consistent conditions to bring our cars to the most challenging urban roads that we can find.”That’s still some way off, of course. However GM has also opted to accelerate availability of its regular Bolt EV. Though the car was always planned for a roll-out across all fifty states in the US, that was a staggered affair. Now, Steve Majors, marketing director for cars and crossovers at Chevrolet, told Automotive News, the timescales are being shortened. NOW READ: 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV ReviewIn fact, nationwide orders for the Bolt EV began on June 1, he confirmed. Delivery across the US will be rolling out by August. Among the factors which enabled that was faster than expected installation of training and maintenance upgrades at dealerships, as well as the mandatory installation of DC fast-charging stations that Chevrolet required. 130 new autonomous Bolt EV test cars have rolled off GM’s production line, the automaker has announced today, each fitted with the new version of its self-driving hardware. The expanded Chevrolet fleet will join the 50+ current-gen autonomous Bolt EV cars which GM has already been using to refine its self-driving platform. They’re currently navigating the streets in three US states. Story TimelineChevrolet plans “thousands” of autonomous Bolt EV from 2018 say insidersGM begins expanding its autonomous Chevy Bolt fleet5 Things we learned on our Chevrolet Bolt winter road triplast_img read more

first_imgHere’s the new Galaxy Fit E render, extracted from the APK. Also, here are renders of the Galaxy Watch Active and Galaxy Buds, but you’ve already seen those before.— Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) February 15, 2019 It is, however, the first time we’re seeing the Galaxy Fit, billed to be the Fitbit Charge 3’s new rival. Just like with the Galaxy Watch Active, Samsung has made a rather drastic design change, throwing away the curved screen for a flat one. We’ll have to see what else the wearable has in store and whether the new aesthetic will make it more appealing to buyers. AdChoices广告 It seems that Samsung is truly retiring the Gear brand, putting all its mobile products under a single “Galaxy” name, regardless of form or operating system. That has started with the Gear Watch, now Galaxy Watch, and the rumored Galaxy Buds that will succeed the Gear IconX. Now it seems that Samsung itself has accidentally confirmed that the Gear Fit trackers will also experience a change, but the new Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e will bring more than just a new name.center_img Rumors of Samsung’s next fitness wearable started floating around last month when the name was spotted together with the Galaxy Buds. Given that thee latter is all but confirmed, it goes to reason that the Galaxy Fit is also real. Thanks to Samsung pushing some things to its Galaxy Wearable (formerly Samsung Gear) app, now we know how close all of those were to reality.The app shows the selection of new wearables you can add, including three that haven’t even been released yet. We’ve seen the Galaxy Watch Active, of course, and this image of the smartwatch confirms the lack of a bezel ring. There’s also the Galaxy Buds, coming in black and white colors. The app makes mention of a Galaxy Fit e model, which could be a more wallet-friendly version of the fitness tracker. If so, then there’s also a chance that Samsung has indeed adopted that naming convention and will call the Galaxy S10 Lite as the Galaxy S10e instead.last_img read more

first_imgQualcomm has won a legal case against Apple in the Southern District of California, the company announced. The case involved a lawsuit Qualcomm filed against Apple in July 2017 alleging the company had infringed upon some of its smartphone tech patents. A jury awarded Qualcomm $31 million in damages for three patents involving ‘popular smartphone features.’ The three patents at the heart of the legal battle include US Patent No. 8,838,949, 9,535,490, and 8,633,936. The patented technologies cover flashless booting, which enables a phone to connect to WiFi rapidly after being turned on, tech that enables phone apps to quickly get data to/from the Internet, and a method to get high mobile game performance and visuals while increasing battery life.The jury found that Apple infringed upon two of these patents with its iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, and the iPhone X. The latter three models were also found to infringe upon the third patent covered by the lawsuit, No. 8,633,936. Qualcomm’s executive VP and general counsel Don Rosenberg praised the ruling, saying:The technologies invented by Qualcomm and others are what made it possible for Apple to enter the market and become so successful so quickly. The three patents found to be infringed in this case represent just a small fraction of Qualcomm’s valuable portfolio of tens of thousands of patents. We are gratified that courts all over the world are rejecting Apple’s strategy of refusing to pay for the use of our IP.The $31 million in damages works out to $1.41 per iPhone found to infringe one or more of the three patents. That’s not a terribly burdensome figure for Apple, which tipped over the $1 trillion valuation milestone in 2018. However, this marks a solid score for Qualcomm, which is no stranger to legal tussles. Story TimelineQualcomm Quick Charge wireless power now works with Qi standardQualcomm just revealed the 5G chip to supercharge 2020Apple hits back at Spotify after antitrust complaintlast_img read more

first_imgToyota has announced the 2019 TRD Pro series trucks and SUVs. For 2019 the series will include the Tundra, 4Runner, and Tacoma. All the Pro models will feature Fox 2.5-inch Internal Bypass Shocks. The 2019 model trucks will be available this fall and each of the Pro vehicles will be offered in three colors including Super White, Midnight Black Metallic, and Voodoo Blue. SOURCE: Toyota That blue hue is a TRD Pro exclusive color found on no other Toyota trucks. Each of the vehicles gets Fox shocks tuned exactly for it at TRD. Toyota says that the design of the shocks allows for a plush ride on the roads but stiffens to prevent bottoming during hard use. The Tacoma TRD Pro uses shocks with 46mm piston and 8 bypass zones combined with springs that lift the front of the truck by an inch.That vehicle has Entune Premium JBL audio with a subwoofer and integrated NAV. Rigid Industries fog lights are included and the truck rides on 16-inch TRD Pro black wheels. A TRD Desert Air Intake is optional and helps reduce dust the truck might slurp up by moving the intake up by the windshield from the fender well. The Tundra TRD Pro uses Fox shocks and TRD springs for 2-inches of front lift. This truck has Rigid Industries fog lights, LED headlights, and LED accent lights. It rides on 18-inch BBS forged wheels and has special TRD touches on the interior. The 4Runner TRD Pro gets the same Fox shocks with a 1-inch lift out front. It can be fitted with the Premium JBL Audio system and gets several TRD touches on the inside.AdChoices广告The three vehicles all have the Toyota 36-month/36,000-mile warranty. All the models also have the Star Safety System with Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA) and Smart Stop Technology (SST). Tundra and Tacoma also get, “Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P), which features Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Lane Departure Alert (LDA) with Sway Warning System (SWS), Automatic High Beams (AHB) and high-speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC).last_img read more

first_imgBicycle rides recorded in Strava will not, from this point forward, be reported to Relive. Not through the group’s official API, anyway. If Relive wants to gain access to Strava data from now on, they’ll need to get extra creative. Before now, users would be able to quite easily create an automatically-compiled piece of media based in Relive using their Strava data, GPS, and photos taken during said trip. The final product was both interesting and highly share-friendly. We live in a socially networked in a highly addicted fashion sort of world, after all.Work was done between the two to fix whatever problems Strava had with how Relive handled user data. Strava said in a statement that “The current version of Relive violates several of the terms that we ask of API partners,” and that “We’ve worked hard with Relive to try to fix this, but they have ultimately chosen not to make the changes needed to honor their agreement.”AdChoices广告The statement from Relive posted a very detailed bit of documentation this week, making the case that it feels like they’re taking crazy pills because this relationship is just bananas. “After launching our first social features, we received a very unexpected message threatening to pull the plug. Given our long-term partnership, we immediately rolled back the changes like they requested,” said a Relive representative. After working with the company for over three years, Relive suggested that Strava seems to have had a major change of heart about a great many things. Maybe some lawyers jump into the party? “We then tried to call, email, and talk this out with Strava,” said Relive. “No response, except for new ultimatums and threats about our existing features they’ve applauded for years.”Bummer, for all those involved on the biking end. Users of Relive can still use the service, even without Strava – if they head to the upload page on their desktop or just record their activities straight through the Relive app. They can also continue to use devices from brands like Garmin, Suunto, Polar, or any other partnered group. UPDATE: Relive works with the following tracker apps: Runtastic, MapMyRun, MapMyWalk, MapMyRide, MapMyHike, Endomondo, Garmin Connect, Suunto, Apple Health (Watch) and Polar Flow account. Both Strava and Relive have made statements on their recent breakup, suggesting that the other was the one that was at fault. According to Relive, they worked with Strava and followed Strava’s recent takedown request – but were blocked from the API nonetheless. Strava said Relive was simply abusing its API. Story TimelineStrava fitness app arrives for Apple Watch Series 2Strava fitness tracking app reveals location of military basesFitness tracker Strava reveals names, locations, heart rateslast_img read more

first_imgMechanical endpoint range for pan axis control is 360° continuous rotation. Mechanical endpoint range for tilt axis control is between -95° and +220°, and roll axis control is -202.5° to +112.5°. Controlled rotation range for pan axis control is the same as mechanical endpoint range, while tilt axis is down to -90° to 145°. Controlled rotation range for roll axis control is plus or minus 30°.The battery inside this gimbal has a capacity of 2450mAh. That COULD be a very good thing – depending on how good this machine manages power. We’ll only know for sure once we get one in for review! DJI says the battery can last for up to 11 hours, which seems pretty incredible! This machine can be attained from DJI online for approximately $440 USD on its own. There’s also a “pro combo” that adds an rss splitter, screw, focus gear strip, focus wheel, focus motor rod mount, and a focus motor for $540. Both versions are available starting today. Today DJI introduced a new $440 gimbal that allows mirrorless camera users to take command of stabilization in videos of all sorts. This machine is simple-to-use, relatively small, and right on the high end of all the pro points. DJI suggests on their site that “due to limited new product availability,” they’ll only sell two units to each prospective customer.center_img This machine is able to work with a wide variety of cameras and accessories – pretty much anything that’ll fit with its holes and/or ports. Accessory connections include a 1/4” Mounting Hole, 3/8” Mounting Hole, Camera Control Port, Accessory Port, USB-C Port, and an RSA Port. Users will be able to connect wirelessly with the machine using Bluetooth 5.0, with an app for iOS or Android. The iOS app requires iOS 9 or above, and Android requires Android version 5 or above. Tested payload for this gimbal is under 2kg – that’s under 4.4 pounds. So don’t go attaching a big sack full of mercury or anything strange – that won’t work. Angular vibration range is ±0.02°, and maximum controlled rotation speed is 180°/s for pan, tilt, and roll axis control.last_img read more

first_imgConnected home appliances and smart devices are getting more and more common these days but not everyone may be confident in setting those up. Their added complexity means that you can no longer just plug an appliance or screw a bulb and just expect it to work. Sometimes, on-site, or in-home rather, installation and training are even needed to take full advantage of these new technologies and DISH’s new OnTech Smart Services is more than ready to provide exactly that. Connected appliances are pretty smart but not smart enough to set themselves up. At the very least, users have to connect them to the home network using the app designed for that product or brand. The number of competing brands means there’s quite a confusing mix of apps and platforms, some of which don’t even speak a single language.That’s where the OnTech Smart Services by DISH comes in. The new service’s technicians go to homes to do the installations for customers. That’s especially helpful for more complicated products like video doorbells and thermostats. They can even make finishing touches like TV mounting or power relocation.Going beyond the initial setup, OnTech personnel can also do one-on-one education to teach owners how to use the products. Many new smart home owners might not be aware of the full range of capabilities their new toys have and some don’t have the time to dig through all the menus and options available.OnTech Smart Services support products Google Nest, Ring, Linksys, Wemo, Roku®, Yale, Polk Audio, and Klipsch Audio. At the moment, it’s a limited rollout in a few markets in the US, including Atlanta, New York, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Sacramento, Denver, Salt Lake City, Houston, San Francisco, Kansas City, St. Louis, and Los Angeles.last_img read more

first_img More than 1,100 Georgia pediatricians have joined a new physician-led network that aims to improve quality of care and eventually contract for payments from insurers. The sign-ups represent roughly one-third of the pediatricians practicing in the state. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the major pediatric hospital system in the metro area, helped create the nonprofit entity, called the Children’s Care Network. (MIller, 9/1) Health News Florida: State In Legal Battle Over Prescription Drug Benefits The San Jose Mercury News: Santa Clara County To Sever $300 Million Contract Over Valley Med Hospital Upgrade The governors of all six New England states have sent a letter urging the head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to tighten warnings on opioids.The governors said the FDA should require changes on labels for immediate release opioids to make sure patients and doctors understand the risk of addiction, overdose, neonatal abstinence syndrome and death associated with the drugs. (8/31) The Associated Press: New England Governors Urge FDA To Set Tougher Opioid Labels Pharmacy-benefit managers for the state-employee health insurance program are challenging an attempt to require them to repay $39.2 million to the Florida Department of Management Services. Medco Health Solutions, Inc. and Express Scripts, Inc., which are subsidiaries of the same holding company, have filed a series of legal petitions that were sent this month to the state Division of Administrative Hearings. (8/31) The service at issue, known as extended, or complex, nursing care, involves a nurse providing services in a person’s home for more than two hours at a time. Clients must have their services reauthorized periodically to continue receiving them. Data from the state Department of Social Services shows the denial rate for requests for extended nursing services has risen sharply since the beginning of the year. (Levin Becker, 9/1) This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.center_img Santa Clara County’s $300 million expansion and seismic upgrade at Valley Medical Center is already two years behind schedule — with no hope of opening next month in time for its latest deadline. Now, in an increasingly bitter dispute that played out Monday at the construction site, the county declared it intends to fire Turner Construction, the company overseeing the project and one of the country’s biggest builders, whom county officials blame for falling woefully behind on the job. (De Sa, 8/31) Kaiser Health News: A Third Of Ga. Pediatricians Join Together To Form Network To Improve Care Dr. David Burkons graduated from medical school and began practicing obstetrics and gynecology in 1973 – the same year of the Supreme Court’s landmark abortion decision in Roe v. Wade. Burkons liked delivering babies but he is also committed to serving his patients, including those who choose abortions. (Tribble, 8/31) State Highlights: Fla. Embroiled In Legal Fracas Over Prescription Drug Benefits; New England Governors Urge FDA To Toughen Opioid Warnings Health care stories are reported from Florida, Connecticut, California, Ohio and Georgia. Kaiser Health News: In Ohio, New Abortion Clinic Opens, Bucking National Trend The Connecticut Mirror: Uptick In Denials For Home Nursing Care Worries Families, Advocates last_img read more

first_img This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. The Associated Press: High Court Skeptical Of State Power To Gather Health Data The Wall Street Journal: Vermont’s Effort To Gather Data On Health-Care Costs Faces Supreme Court Test Vermont’s Green Mountain Care Board requires insurers to provide information on payments made to medical providers, hoping that by knowing what is paid for health care it can find ways to keep costs in check and improve efficiency and quality of care. At least 18 other states already have or are setting up similar databases, but Vermont has the boldest experiment in mind: eventually building a single-payer plan that would aim for universal coverage akin to programs in Canada and some European countries. … Vermont’s solicitor general, Bridget Asay, told the Supreme Court on Wednesday that Congress intended to encourage states to collect data that could provide insight into improving care or reducing expenses. She said the 2010 Affordable Care Act, which amended the 1974 law, “contemplated a robust federal-state partnership in health experimentation.” (Bravin and Radnofsky, 12/2) Some legislators and policymakers consider the databases important tools to improve care and reduce costs. (Gorn, 12/2) Reuters: U.S. Justices Cast Doubt On Scope Of Vermont Healthcare Data Law center_img California Healthline: Supreme Court To Hear Case Deciding Fate of All-Payers Claims Databases Members of the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday indicated that Vermont and 17 other states could be prevented from collecting healthcare information from certain employee health plan administrators. The nine justices heard a one-hour oral argument over whether a 2005 Vermont data collection law aimed at improving the quality of healthcare applies to self-funded insurance plans, which are most commonly used by large companies. (12/2) High Court Hears Oral Arguments On Vermont Health Care Data Law Some of the state insurers argued that federal law bars states from requiring insurers to supply data on the costs and outcomes of their services. But some policymakers counter that these databases are important in the effort to improve quality of care and control costs. The Supreme Court on Wednesday appeared skeptical that state officials have the power to require health insurers to turn over reams of data revealing how much they pay for medical claims. Most of the justices seemed to agree during a one-hour argument that efforts by Vermont and other states to collect and publicize the data conflict with federal law governing certain health plans. (Hananel, 12/2) last_img read more

first_img Stat: The Hospital Exec On New Generic Maker: Trying To Bring ‘Sanity’ Stat: Fact-Checking An Ad War Over Drug Prices, Celgene, And Bob Hugin Stat: SEC Charges Biotech Billionaire Philip Frost With Pump-And-Dump Fraud The Wall Street Journal: General Atlantic Takes Majority Stake In OneOncology, A Startup For Running Cancer-Doctor Practices Kaiser Health News: Unwitting Patients, Copycat Comments Play Hidden Role In Federal Rule-Making The rising cost of prescription drugs is an issue in midterm races across the country, but nowhere more so than in New Jersey, where one candidate is the recently retired CEO of an actual drug company. So we decided to take a look at the rhetoric in that race, pitting incumbent Sen. Bob Menendez against former Celgene boss Bob Hugin. In TV ads blanketing New Jersey (and Philadelphia and New York City), Menendez paints his opponent as a craven profiteer, raising prices on patients with no other options. But Hugin argues that Celgene has saved thousands of lives by giving away doses of its banner cancer drug for free to patients who can’t afford it. (Garde, 9/11) Stat: Pfizer Taps Two Neuroscience Startups For Incubator Prize Just months after Pfizer slashed hundreds of jobs in  its own neuroscience R&D program, the pharmaceutical giant is making notable investments in two Boston-based neuroscience startups. The company announced Wednesday that Tevard Biosciences and QurAlis will each receive one of Pfizer’s coveted “Golden Tickets”— a valuable voucher for the fees associated with renting a spot for one scientist for one year at LabCentral, a biotech incubator in Cambridge, Mass. For companies based elsewhere, the ticket also allows a start-up to set up shop at the noted space in Kendall Square. (Sheridan, 9/12) How PBMs Can End Up Pocketing Nearly $200 For A Bottle Of Pills Costing Less Than $6 News outlets report on stories related to pharmaceutical pricing. The New York Times: A Battle Plan For A War On Rare Diseases Boston Globe: In The Go-Go Biotech World, A Cautionary Tale Stat: Amid Anger Over Drug Prices, Former Pharma CEO Bob Hugin Runs For The Senate Bloomberg: The Secret Drug Pricing System Middlemen Use To Rake In Millions Private-equity firm General Atlantic has agreed to invest $200 million in a startup that aims to manage independent cancer-treatment clinics, the latest sign investors see opportunity in the health-services sector. The investment makes General Atlantic the majority owner of OneOncology, a startup that launched this month. Its founders, three cancer-treatment practices in Tennessee and New York, are the other owners and its first customers. (Evans, 9/12) File this under “If at first you don’t succeed, …” AmerisourceBergen (ABC), which is one of the nation’s largest pharmaceutical wholesalers, has conceded that its compounding business needs to be fixed, so the company has hired manufacturing experts to review procedures at a key facility in Memphis and postponed plans to resume shipments. (Silverman, 9/7) center_img Not everybody reads the legal notices inside the Ottumwa Courier. But in January, Iowa pharmacist Mark Frahm noticed something unusual in the paper. For years, Frahm’s South Side Drug bought pills from distributors, and dispensed prescriptions to the Wapello County jail. In turn, the pharmacy got reimbursed for the drugs by CVS Health Corp., which managed the county’s drug benefits plan. As he compared the newspaper notice with his own records, and then with the county’s, Frahm saw that for a bottle of generic antipsychotic pills, CVS had billed Wapello County $198.22. But South Side Drug was reimbursed just $5.73. So why was CVS charging almost $200 for a bottle of pills that it told the pharmacy was worth less than $6? And what was the company doing with the other $192.49? (Langreth, Ingold and Gu, 9/11) The Wall Street Journal: Big Pharma Catches Up With Biotech For the CEO of a biotech startup, there may be no bigger asset than a compelling sales pitch. Frank Reynolds had a great one. He hadn’t planned a career in biotechnology, the head of Cambridge-based InVivo Therapeutics would tell investors. His calling found him. (Saltzman, 9/8) The Wall Street Journal: Drug Distributor AmerisourceBergen Names New Finance Chief Angered by rising prices and persistent shortages of generic drugs, seven of the nation’s largest hospital systems have launched a new, not-for-profit manufacturer. The company, which was first discussed publicly earlier this year, starts with a $100 million in capital and loans, some of which will come from three philanthropic organizations, including the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. Civica Rx will contract with other companies to make more than a dozen generics and some sales will start in mid-2019. We spoke with Dan Liljenquist, a vice president at Intermountain Healthcare who initiated the project, about the possibilities and challenges. This is an edited version of our conversation. (Silverman, 9/6) Stat: AmerisourceBergen Scrambles Again To Fix A Troubled Compounding Facility Among the 30,000 attendees of the Rutherford Street Fair, sweating it out on the street between the zeppoles and deep-fried Oreos, was the pharmaceutical millionaire who wants to be their next senator. Bob Hugin, the former CEO of Celgene, spent Labor Day walking through the crowd with a phalanx of staff and volunteers, each with a sign and a T-shirt bearing his name. They chanted, cheered, and sloganeered as Hugin’s would-be constituents looked on, varyingly bemused or befuddled at the merry little militia demonstrating in their town. Hugin shook hands, posed for photos, and remembered to say “good to see you” but never “nice to meet you.” (Garde, 9/6) A proposal to sharply cut a drug discount program that many hospitals rely on drew some 1,400 comments when the Trump administration announced its plan last year. Hundreds appeared to come from patients across the country — pleas from average Americans whose treatments for diseases such as cancer depend on costly medicines. But a review of the responses found that some individuals were not aware they apparently had become part of an organized campaign to oppose what’s known as the “340B” program. (Tribble, 9/11) It was a great summer for big pharma stocks. Investors shouldn’t expect that trend to reverse this fall. As has become routine, biotechnology stocks had a strong summer. A broad index of those stocks is up about 15% this year and is near a record. This time, however, major pharmaceutical companies are joining in the rally. (Grant, 9/5) A decade ago, when their son Bertrand was still an infant, Matthew Might and his wife, Cristina, realized that there was something terribly wrong. When he cried, his eyes stayed dry; the lack of tears damaged his corneas and threatened blindness. Eventually, he suffered seizures, a movement disorder and a severe developmental delay. It took four years to discover the problem: Bertrand had inherited two mutations of the NGLY1 gene, which plays a key role in recycling cellular waste. That meant the child’s cells were choking on their own trash. (Weintraub, 9/10) This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Philip Frost, a longtime biotech billionaire, was accused Friday of taking part in a pump-and-dump stock scheme that bilked investors out of $27 million. The Securities and Exchange Commission charged Frost and nine others in connection with what it described as a scheme to buy up shares in penny-stock biotechs, illegally promote the companies online, and then sell their shares before the bottom fell out. (Garde, 9/7) Drug distributor AmerisourceBergen Corp. ABC -0.35% said its finance chief Tim Guttman will retire in November and will be succeeded by Executive Vice President James Cleary. Mr. Guttman has served as the company’s chief financial officer since May 2012, and was previously vice president and corporate controller since joining the company in 2002. He will continue to serve as an adviser further into fiscal 2019 to ensure a smooth transition, the company said. (Shumsky, 9/10) last_img read more

first_img This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy. Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time. After being arrested over cocaine allegations, Japanese actor Pierre Taki was removed from SEGA’s Judgment, but now a replacement has been found. The actor himself has been completely scrubbed from the game as a response to his arrest, with SEGA seemingly cutting all ties with him. Kyohei Hamura, the intimidating captain of the Matsugane Family., will now be portrayed by a new face, although the lip-syncing and dialogue will remain the same. When Taki’s arrest emerged, there were fears amongst fans that the western release of Judgment might be delayed or cancelled entirely. Luckily, the planned June 25, 2019 release date remains untouched, meaning it’s only a couple of months until we get our hands on the crime caper. Known as Judge Eyes in Japan, physical and digital copies of the game were pulled following Taki’s arrest, and a patch will presumably be released with the new actor. We had a chance to play a few hours of Judgment (prior to its changes) a few months ago, and came away incredibly impressed by the evolution it makes to Yakuza: ‘Judgment doesn’t rewrite the rulebook Yakuza has strictly abided by for over a decade now, but it does tear out a few pages and make its own mark with some brave yet innovative changes to the formula.’Are you happy with the changes SEGA has made to Judgment? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter @trustedreviews. Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links.Tell us what you think – email the Editorlast_img read more

first_imgApple has announced a voluntary recall for AC wall plug adapters designed for use in the United Kingdom, following limited reports of broken three-pronged plugs causing electric shocks.The company says it is aware of six incidences worldwide where the charging accessories caused an electric shock when touched, and has issued the voluntary recall as a precautionary measure.These specific adapters were designed for the UK, Hong Kong and Singapore markets and were shipped with iOS and Mac devices between 2003 and 2010. They were also part of the World Travel Adapter Kit sold by the company.Related: Best iPhone 2019The standard USB power adapters are not affected by the limited issues, but if you’re using one of the specific adapters you can seek an exchange via Apple’s support website.In the Newsroom post, Apple wrote: “Because customer safety is a top priority, Apple is asking customers to stop using affected plug adapters. Customers should visit for details about how to exchange them for new adapters.“An affected three-prong plug adapter is white, with no letters on the inside slot where it attaches to the main Apple power adapter. See website for more details and images to identify an affected adapter.”Previously, in 2016, Apple had issued a recall for adapters designed for use in continental Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Argentina, and Brazil. That too came after reports of electric shock risks.Do you have one of the plugs in question? Let us know @TrustedReviews on Twitter.  This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy. Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time. Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links.Tell us what you think – email the Editorlast_img read more

first_imgAmazon Prime Day Deals This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time. ——————————————————————————————————–Grab these great Prime Day savingsSave £40 on the Kindle Paperwhite£160 off the Dell Inspiron 14 Chromebook We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy. Want to stay up to date with Amazon Prime Day 2019? We’ve got you covered. For more amazing offers, follow us @TrustedDealsUK.We may earn a commission if you click a deal and buy an item. That’s why we want to make sure you’re well-informed and happy with your purchase, so that you’ll continue to rely on us for your buying advice needs. Update: We hate to say it, but Amazon’s Huawei MateBook Prime Day deal is long gone. If you don’t want to miss out on great offers like this in the future then give us a follow @TrustedDeals.Still rooting around for a reet good laptop bargain on Prime Day? Then this Huawei MateBook 13 deal from Amazon is for you.Buy now: Huawei MateBook 13 for just £679.99.Boasting a 13-inch 2K (2160×1440) display with skinny 4.4mm bezels, maximum brightness of 300 nits and full coverage of the sRGB colour gamut, and measuring just 286 x 211 x 14.9mm the Huawei MateBook 13 is a slender Windows 10 laptop that’s ideally suited for work on the go indoors or in direct sunlight. Huawei MateBook 13 Amazon Prime Day DealHuawei MateBook 13 – Intel Core i5, 256GB SSDPick up this 13-inch Huawei laptop with a 13-inch 2K display, Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB RAM, and a 256GB SSD for less this Prime Day.Amazon|Save £69.01|Now £679.99View DealNow £679.99|Save £69.01|AmazonHuawei MateBook 13 – Intel Core i7, 512GB SSDGet the Core i7 version of the Huawei MateBook 13 with 512GB of storage for less than the standard RRP from Amazon.Amazon|RRP £1099.99|New price £899.00View DealNew price £899.00|RRP £1099.99|Amazon Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend. We use industry standard tests to evaluate products in order to assess them properly. We’ll always tell you what we find. Trusted Reviews may get a commission if you buy through our links. Tell us what you think. Under the hood you get an Intel Core i5-8265U processor from the Whiskey Lake range, promising excellent performance per Watt, meaning that you’ll be free to work off of the mains, should you need to, and not have to worry about the battery levels dropping through the floor. The particular model on offer comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD storage. However, you can also pick up a Huawei MateBook 13 from Amazon now with a faster Intel Core i7-8565U processor, 8GB of RAM and a larger 512GB SSD for £899 – which is less than the usual price of £1099.99. Note that this isn’t a Prime Day deal per se, Amazon just says that £899 is its standard price for this laptop, which is a saving of £200.99. Stock is limited though, so if your on the fence, cash in now. You should also note that Huawei has been in the headlines for not the best reasons recently – it’s one of the more prominent victims of the ongoing U.S. vs China trade dispute. However, both Microsoft and Intel have both recently confirmed that they will continue to support Huawei devices. After a brief spell, Microsoft pulled Huawei laptops from its official store – now they’re back again. While the future of its phones is looking a lot less sure at the time of writing, picking up a Huawei laptop now seems like a much safer bet.  Huawei MateBook 13 Amazon Prime Day DealHuawei MateBook 13 – Intel Core i5, 256GB SSDPick up this 13-inch Huawei laptop with a 13-inch 2K display, Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB RAM, and a 256GB SSD for less this Prime Day.Amazon|Save £69.01|Now £679.99View DealNow £679.99|Save £69.01|AmazonHuawei MateBook 13 – Intel Core i7, 512GB SSDGet the Core i7 version of the Huawei MateBook 13 with 512GB of storage for less than the standard RRP from Amazon.Amazon|RRP £1099.99|New price £899.00View DealNew price £899.00|RRP £1099.99|Amazonlast_img read more

first_img Recommended For YouOman urges Iran to release seized tankerDavid Rosenberg: Deflation is still the No. 1 threat to global economic stability — and central banks know itTrans Mountain construction work can go ahead as National Energy Board re-validates permitsBank of Canada drops mortgage stress test rate for first time since 2016The storm is coming and investors need a financial ark to see them through The Canadian Press Metro hikes dividend, reports sales up from year ago Adjusted profit up More Join the conversation → Featured Stories Sponsored By: Reddit Email MONTREAL — Metro Inc. raised its dividend as it reported a first-quarter profit of $203.1 million.The grocery and drug store company says it will pay a quarterly dividend of 20 cents per share, up from 18 cents per share.Metro reported its profit amounted to 79 cents per diluted share for the 12 weeks ended Dec. 22, compared with a profit of nearly $1.3 billion or $5.67 per diluted share for the same period a year earlier.At that time, it benefited from the sale of its stake in Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. to help fund its deal to buy the Jean Coutu Group Inc.On an adjusted basis, Metro says it earned $172.2 million or 67 cents per diluted share for its latest quarter, up from an adjusted profit of $126.7 million or 55 cents per diluted share a year earlier.Analysts on average had expected a profit of 68 cents per share for the quarter, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Sales for what was the company’s first quarter totalled $3.98 billion, up from $3.11 billion a year earlier.  What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generationcenter_img ← Previous Next → Metro Inc. raised its dividend as it reported a first-quarter profit of $203.1 million.Canadian Press/Paul Chiasson / THE CANADIAN PRESS 0 Comments advertisement Facebook Twitter Share this storyMetro hikes dividend, reports sales up from year ago Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn January 29, 20199:32 AM EST Filed under News Retail & Marketing Commentlast_img read more

Chevy Bolt, Baojun E100 Push GM Global Plug-In Sales Ahead Of U.S. Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on September 12, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Electrified transmissions? Let’s have a look at what this General Motors executive is talking about.So much uncertainty in the future of OEMs’ electrification plans is forever present. Thus, Autoline’s John McElroy interviews General Motors’ top dog for global transmission electrification, to get a better idea of what’s in store.Check Out These Stories: Executive Director of Global Transmission Electrification at GM, Mike Anderson titled his recent share “Navigating the Uncertainty.” While this may come across as pro- or anti-electric vehicles, one can certainly understand the dilemma. As electrification slowly unfolds and eventually becomes the norm, how can OEMs bank on the tried-and-true practices, all while preparing for the imminent future? From an EV aficionado perspective, legacy automakers aren’t doing enough. But in reality, people like Anderson seem to be aware of and on top of it.Anderson realizes that flexibility is paramount and having the team ready is key. Now, it’s all a matter of the “if” and “when.” While we’d love to say that legacy automakers aren’t planning or doing enough, it all comes with the territory.He reveals that even with an ICE or hybrid car today, electrified transmissions are already key. When it comes to transmissions for electric cars, next-gen transmission development is already on par and ready to go. Anderson admits that GM is already in “Lane 2” in terms of the development of this tech. He assures that for some EVs that are performance capable, a two-speed transmission makes sense.GM is taking notes and has been for years in regards to its Chevrolet Volt and Bolt EV. Anderson admits that while some of the data was expected, the automaker has learned quite a bit along the way. Check out the video above for more information.Video Description via Autoline Network on YouTube:GM: Navigating the Uncertainty – CAR MBS 2018Automakers have been adding more and more gears to transmissions over the years. But that trend won’t last, according to Mike Anderson, the Executive Director of Global Transmission Electrification at GM. With the move to EVs, he says were about to see more electrified transmissions in our vehicles. GM: “At least” 20 New EVs To Debut In Next 5 Years, Two in Next 18 Months GM CEO Barra Acknowledges Tesla’s “Very Capable” Cars Source: Electric Vehicle News read more

first_imgSource: Amada Miyachi Europe Manufacturing batteries for EVs requires specialized equipment, and battery makers require different systems depending on battery type, tab material and thickness, and production volume. Amada Miyachi Europe is a company that provides a range of resistance and laser welding equipment for just this purpose.Most recently, the company provided resistance welding equipment to German battery system manufacturer LION Smart for the development of a proprietary new battery. LION Smart’s LIGHT Battery provides 100 kWh of energy, and keeps the cells cool by immersing them in 3M Novec cooling fluid.The LIGHT Battery was designed for fully automated production. It uses infrared communication instead of wires, which frees up the cylindrical cells for a high packing density.Amada Miyachi Europe provides six laser welding technologies and four resistance welding technologies, as well as micro-arc (or pulse-arc) welding. Source: Electric Vehicles Magazinelast_img read more

first_imgShare on Twitter Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Topics Shares00 Horse racing Share on Twitter Share via Email First published on Tue 19 Aug 2008 19.01 EDT Following a series of near-misses at the highest level, Raven’s Pass is 5-4 favourite with bookmakers Blue Square to gain a deserved victory in the Group Two Celebration Mile at Goodwood on Saturday. John Gosden’s colt, beaten just a head by Henrythenavigator in the Sussex Stakes last month, could be opposed by last weekend’s impressive Hungerford Stakes winner, Paco Boy. Richard Hannon’s three-year-old is 3-1, with Bankable on offer at 9-2.The Prix Morny is the next feature race in Deauville’s run of Group One events on Sunday and the prestigious two-year-old prize will again be a target for British and Irish trainers, who between them have won the last three renewals. Since you’re here… Raven’s gets another chance at Goodwood Peter Chapple-Hyam, successful with Dutch Art two years ago, plans to run Sayif, who is reported in “good order”. Sayif has yet to win a race but has twice been placed in Group Two company. Prolific, winner of the Richmond Stakes last time, holds an entry in the Morny but is unlikely to figure after today’s first forfeit stage. “It will almost certainly be too soft for him in France,” said Harry Herbert, who manages the Highclere Thoroughbred syndicate, owners of Prolific. Prolific had already been scratched from York’s Gimcrack Stakes before the weather intervened. “He is a top-of-the-ground horse and we will wait for the Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury with him,” said Herbert. “His principal target is the Middle Park. He’s progressing physically and is a gutsy trier.” Irish trainer David Wachman is also considering the Morny for his Bushranger following the colt’s fine effort in defeat at The Curragh last month. York is not the only racetrack to be hit by the recent wet weather. Today’s meeting at Carlisle has also been lost, while there is a 7am inspection to determine if racing can go ahead at Hamilton. Share on Facebookcenter_img Read more Ron Cox Support The Guardian Share via Email Tue 19 Aug 2008 19.01 EDT Share on Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on LinkedIn The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Horse racing Share on WhatsApp Reuse this contentlast_img read more

first_imgThis previous post highlighted facts and figures from SEC enforcement of the FCPA in 2015.This post highlights facts and figures from corporate DOJ FCPA enforcement in 2015. (See here for a similar post from 2014, here for a similar post from 2013, here for a similar post from 2012, here for a similar post from 2011, and here from 2010).When reviewing the statistics below, keep in mind that there were only 2 corporate FCPA enforcement actions in 2015. Thus, certain of the below statistics are largely meaningless, yet nevertheless highlighted for comparative purposes.Settlement Amounts and SpecificsIn 2015, the DOJ brought 2 corporate FCPA enforcement actions (the lowest number of corporate DOJ FCPA enforcement actions since 2006).By comparison, in 2014, the DOJ brought 7 corporate FCPA enforcement actions; in 2013 the DOJ brought 7 corporate enforcement action; in 2012 the DOJ brought 9 corporate FCPA enforcement actions; in 2011 the DOJ brought 11 corporate enforcement actions; and in 2010 the DOJ brought 17 corporate enforcement actions.  (Note:  these figures  use the “core” approach to FCPA statistics – see here for the prior post – an approach also endorsed by the DOJ – see here).In the 2 corporate FCPA enforcement actions from 2014, the DOJ collected approximately $24.2 million in criminal fines.By comparison, in the 7 corporate FCPA enforcement actions from 2014, the DOJ collected approximately $1.25 billion in criminal fines (an all-time record in terms of yearly FCPA settlement amounts);  in the 7 corporate FCPA enforcement actions from 2013, the DOJ collected approximately $420 million in criminal fines; in 2012, the DOJ collected approximately $142 million in criminal fines; in 2011, the DOJ collected approximately $355 million in criminal fines ($504 million including the $149 million forfeiture in the Jeffrey Tesler individual enforcement action); and in 2010, the DOJ collected approximately $870 million in criminal fines.Corporate DOJ FCPA enforcement in 2015 ranged from $17.1 million (Louis Berger) to $7.1 million (IAP Worldwide). Both enforcement actions were DOJ only and involved privately-held companies.In the 1 corporate FCPA enforcement actions where an analysis was possible, the DOJ agreed to a criminal fine at the minimum range suggested by the sentencing guidelines.[Note – the IAP Worldwide enforcement action was resolved via an NPA and the DOJ does not set forth a guidelines range in NPAs]Corporate vs. Individual ProsecutionsOf the 2 corporate DOJ enforcement actions in 2015, 2 (100%) resulted in related DOJ prosecutions of company employees. Notwithstanding this 2015 statistic, as highlighted in this prior post, approximately 75% of DOJ corporate enforcement actions since 2008 have not (at least yet) resulted in any DOJ charges against company employees.The DOJ announced 8 individual FCPA enforcement actions in 2015 (Harder, Rama, Hirsch/McClung, Garcia, Condrey and Rincon / Shiera) in 6 core actions.Stay tuned for future posts specifically about DOJ and SEC individual FCPA enforcement actions in 2015.NPAs / DPAsIn 2015, 2 of the 2 (100%) DOJ corporate enforcement actions were resolved via an NPA (IAP Worldwide) or a DPA (Louis Berger).By way of comparison, in 2014, 5 of the 7 (71%) DOJ corporate enforcement actions included an NPA or DPA; in 2013, 100% of corporate DOJ enforcement actions involved either an NPA or DPA; in 2012 100% of corporate DOJ enforcement actions involved either an NPA or a DPA;  in 2011 82% of corporate DOJ enforcement actions involved either an NPA or DPA; and in 2010 94% of corporate DOJ enforcement actions involved either an NPA or DPA.Since 2010, approximately 85% of corporate DOJ enforcement actions have involved either an NPA or DPA.Voluntary DisclosuresOf the 2 DOJ corporate enforcement actions in 2015, 1 enforcement action (50%) was the result of a corporate voluntary disclosure.[Note – the Louis Berger DPA states as follows:  “after the government had made [the company] … aware of a False Claim Act investigation, [the company] conducted an internal investigation, discovered potential FCPA violations, and voluntarily self-reported to the [DOJ] the misconduct.” The origin of the IAP Worldwide action is unclear as the NPA makes no mention of voluntary disclosure or other potential origins of the action.]By way of comparison, of the 7 corporate DOJ FCPA enforcement actions in 2014, 2 enforcement actions (29%) were the result of corporate voluntary disclosures; in 2013 57% of corporate FCPA enforcement actions were the result of corporate voluntary disclosures or the direct result of a related voluntary disclosure; in 2012, 78% of corporate FCPA enforcement actions were the result of corporate voluntary disclosures or casually related to previous corporate voluntary disclosures; in 2011, 73% of corporate FCPA enforcement actions were the result of corporate voluntary disclosures.MonitorsOf the 2 corporate DOJ FCPA enforcement actions in 2015, 1 (50%) enforcement action (Louis Berger) resulted in a corporate monitor.By way of comparison, of the 7 corporate DOJ FCPA enforcement actions in 2014, 1 (14%) resulted in a corporate monitor; of the 7 corporate DOJ FCPA enforcement actions in 2013, 4 enforcement actions (57%) involved a monitor; of the 9 corporate DOJ FCPA enforcement actions in 2012, 3 enforcement actions (33%) involved a monitor; of the 11 corporate DOJ FCPA enforcement actions in 2011, 1 enforcement action (9%) involved a corporate monitor; of the 17 corporate DOJ enforcement actions in 2010, 7 enforcement actions (41%) involved a corporate monitor.This remainder of this post provides an overview of corporate DOJ FCPA enforcement in 2015.*****Louis Berger Int’l.  (July 17th)See here for the prior postCharges:  Conspiracy to violate the FCPA’s anti-bribery provisionsResolution Vehicle:  DPAGuidelines Range:  $17.1 million – $34.2 millionPenalty:  $17.1 million.Disclosure:  The DPA states: “after the government had made [the company] … aware of a False Claim Act investigation, [the company] conducted an internal investigation, discovered potential FCPA violations, and voluntarily self-reported to the [DOJ] the misconduct”Monitor:  YesIndividuals Charged:  YesIAP Worldwide Services Inc.  (June 16th)See here for the prior postCharges:  Not applicable.Resolution Vehicle:  NPAGuidelines Range:  None set forth in the NPA.Penalty:  $7.1 million.Disclosure:  Unclear, the NPA makes no mention of voluntary disclosure or other potential origins of the action.Monitor:  NoIndividuals Charged:  Yeslast_img read more

first_img Source: Jun 27 2018American Pain Society Study Reports Significant Quality of Life Improvements New research, published this month by the American Pain Society (APS), adds to burgeoning scientific evidence showing that interdisciplinary pain rehabilitation programs are an effective alternative to opioids for chronic pain management. Despite several studies documenting favorable outcomes, access to multi-modal pain management programs remains out of reach for most patients due to inadequate insurance coverage. This discourages providers from opening new interdisciplinary pain clinics.”Doctors refer patients to specialty pain clinics, usually filled to capacity, so desperation sets in and the next stop could be a dealer on the street,” said William Maixner, DDS, PhD, president of the American Pain Society. “We need more specialty pain clinics, but paltry reimbursements offer no incentives for opening more programs.”Related StoriesAre Chronic Pain Relief Drugs for Children Effective?Family members’ drugs may be risk factor for overdose in individuals without prescriptionsBirth, child outcomes linked with maternal opioid use during pregnancyThe new study appears in the June issue of The Journal of Pain, the APS peer-review publication. Researchers from Mayo Clinic hypothesized that patients with chronic pain not using opioids and those tapered off opioids during treatment would experience significant improvements in self-report and performance-based functional outcomes from treatments in interdisciplinary pain rehabilitation programs (IPRPs).Results showed that patients who were tapered off opioids showed improvement comparable to patients not taking opioids and experienced sustained improvements in functioning six months after treatment. The authors concluded their findings suggest that regardless of previous opioid use status, IPRP treatment leads to sustained functional restoration for chronic pain for an enhanced degree of daily functioning.”The ultimate aim of IPRP is not to alleviate pain or produce short-term functional gains, but rather to foster sustained benefits that patients can continue for the remainder of their lives,” the authors wrote.”Biopsychosocial approaches to pain assessment can enhance treatment outcomes by better matching patients to appropriate therapies. More and more studies are showing that psychosocial pain treatments work and are making a difference,” Maixner said. “Medicare, Medicaid and private insurers, therefore, must offer better coverage for biopsychosocial pain management as part of a comprehensive national effort to bring relief to people with chronic pain without resorting to opioids.”​​​​last_img read more

first_img Source: Jul 17 2018Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a genetic disease that affects motor neurons in the spinal cord, resulting in muscle atrophy and widespread weakness that eventually impair swallowing and breathing. A new study in the Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases finds that children with SMA type 1 can achieve improvements in motor function after six months of treatment with the drug nusinersen, particularly when treatment began before seven months of age. These findings highlight the importance of early detection of SMA through newborn screening.”Our findings add to the increasing body of evidence that early diagnosis and initiation of treatment is fundamental for patients with infantile-onset spinal muscular atropy,” explained lead investigator Janbernd Kirschner, MD, of the Department of Neuropediatrics and Muscle Disorders, Medical Center, Faculty of Medicine, University of Freiburg, and Coordinator of the TREAT-NMD Clinical Trial Coordination Centre (CTCC), Freiburg (Germany).SMA type 1 is the most common and also most severe subtype of SMA. After diagnosis infants with SMA type 1 rarely achieve improvements of motor function or attain motor developmental milestones. Within the last few years, there has been a promising approach for the development of novel drugs intervening the pathophysiology of SMA. Among these, nusinersen is the first drug specifically approved to treat SMA. Prior to approval in Europe, nusinersen was provided to patients with SMA type 1 within an Expanded Access Program (EAP). In contrast to the previous clinical trials, children of different age groups and different stages of the disease were treated with nusinersen within the EAP.The current prospective, open-label study conducted in Germany reports outcomes from 61 children with SMA type 1 treated with nusinersen between November 2016 and June 2017 who met EAP guidelines. Patients ranged in age from a few months to almost 8 years. Symptoms generally appeared within the first three months of life and most babies were diagnosed before six months of age. Prior to treatment, more than jhalf of the children required ventilation support, 20% had already undergone a tracheostomy, and more than half required a feeding tube.Related StoriesChaos in the house and asthma in children – the connectionGenetic contribution to distractibility helps explain procrastinationWhy Mattresses Could be a Health Threat to Sleeping ChildrenAlthough improvements in motor function are not expected within the natural course of the disease, the researchers observed improvements in motor function after six months of nusineresen therapy in many patients, and 34% of the patients achieved new motor developmental milestones. The response to treatment strongly correlated with age at onset of treatment. Overall, greater improvements were seen in children who began treatment at seven months or younger compared to those who started treatment after seven months. Improvements could still be seen in patients who started therapy between two and four years of age, although the magnitude of the changes was less than those for infants. Despite six months of treatment, none of the children were able to stand or walk independently, and many still required ventilator support and tube feeding.The findings of this study add to the increasing body of evidence that early diagnosis and initiation of treatment are fundamental for patients with infantile onset spinal muscular atrophy highlighting the importance of the implementation of a newborn screening. “We have evidence that there is a critical therapeutic time window for delivery of SMN-targeted therapies,” noted Dr. Kirschner. “The implementation of newborn screening for SMA is crucial to allow pre-symptomatic diagnosis.Based on the results of this study, the SMArtCARE project aims to collect further data of all SMA patients to evaluate outcomes in a broader spectrum of SMA, the effect of treatment after prolonged treatment periods, and also to what extent changes in motor function affect patients’ and caregivers’ quality of life.SMA is caused by mutations in the survival motor neuron (SMN) 1 gene, which codes for survival motor neuron protein. This leads to loss of function. The SMN 1 gene is located on chromosome 5q13. Nusinersen, the first drug to be approved for SMA, is an antisense oligonucloetide which leads to increased expression of more full-length and functional SMN protein by functionally converting the SMN2 gene into the SMN1 gene. Nusinersen is injected into the spinal canal to allow it to distribute to the central nervous system.last_img read more

first_imgJul 18 2018Settling youngsters down to sleep at night isn’t always easy. Recent research suggests that the amount of exposure children have to bright light in the hour leading up to bedtime -; whether emanating from light bulbs or electronic devices -; can have a big impact on sleep-related behavior.There’s chemistry behind it. Our circadian rhythm -; a kind of 24-hour internal brain clock that cycles regularly between sleepiness and alertness -; employs melatonin, the body’s natural sleep-inducing hormone. Melatonin is highly sensitive to light. As daylight dims toward the end of the day, our bodies are programmed to react to the reduction of light by increasing the production of melatonin. It’s nature’s way of ushering us toward sleep. Artificial light, however, can disrupt the circadian cycle by inhibiting the production of melatonin.Related StoriesDynamic Light Scattering measurements in concentrated solutionsMore than 936 million people have sleep apnea, ResMed-led analysis revealsSleep makes synapses ready for new learningResearch into the effects of light on preschool-age children found that youngsters are particularly sensitive to light exposure in the hour prior to bedtime. (Children’s clear crystalline eye lens and large pupil size render them generally more sensitive to light than adults.) According to some researchers, evening light exposure, with its melatonin-suppressing effect, may increase the likelihood of sleep disturbances in preschool-age children. When little ones shuffle out of a dark or dimly lit bedroom to tell parents “I’m thirsty” or “I heard a strange noise,” the bright light they encounter has been found to reduce their melatonin production, making it all that much harder for them to fall asleep when back in bed. Even reading bedtime stories in a brightly lit room can make it harder to fall asleep at story’s end. Dimming the ambient light, in both the child’s room and whatever spaces they might walk into, maybe a wise approach whenever possible.Mobile electronic devices, with their bright white screens, pose a similar risk. As many as 90% of preschool-age youngsters use devices, often during the hour before bedtime. But it’s not only preschoolers; youngsters of all ages find themselves glued to screens as the very last activity of their day. Studies found that following light exposure, melatonin remains suppressed for nearly an hour after the lights go off -; time for tossing and turning and missing out on essential shut-eye. Parents might declare the last hour prior to bedtime a device-free period, or insist that youngsters slide the brightness setting way down on their handheld electronics.Source: read more

first_imgAug 13 2018The use of benzodiazepines and related drugs (Z drugs) is associated with a modestly increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a recent study from the University of Eastern Finland. The risk increase was similar with both benzodiazepines and Z drugs regardless of their half-life. The results were published in Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica.Related StoriesResearchers identify brain somatic mutations linked to Alzheimer’s diseaseArtificial DNA can help release active ingredients from drugs in sequence$4.23 million NIH grant to support development of Cleveland Alzheimer’s Disease Research CenterEven though the increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease was small in this study, the threshold for prescribing benzodiazepines and related drugs should be high enough due to their several adverse effects and events, such as falls. These medications are commonly used for sleep problems, but their effectiveness for this indication diminishes over weeks or months. However, the risk of adverse events remains in longer-term use.The study was conducted in the nationwide MEDALZ cohort which included all Finnish community dwellers with newly diagnosed Alzheimer’s disease in 2005-2011 (70,719 persons), and their age, sex and region of residence matched controls (282,862 persons). Medicine use since 1995 was extracted from the Finnish Prescription Register. Many chronic disorders, substance abuse, socioeconomical position and use of antidepressants and antipsychotics were taken into account. To account for reverse causality, drug use within 5 years before Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis was not taken into account. Source: read more

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Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) A Longer Lifespan—No Dieting RequiredWe’ve known for decades that when animals eat dramatically less, they live longer and stay healthier. But surviving on far fewer calories is no picnic. Now, using a specific molecule produced every day by our own cells, researchers might have found another way to prolong our lifespan—no extreme dieting required.Lectures Aren’t Just Boring, They’re Ineffective, Too Are your lectures droning on? Change it up every 10 minutes with more active teaching techniques and more students will succeed, researchers say. A new study finds that undergraduate students in classes with traditional stand-and-deliver lectures are 1.5 times more likely to fail than students in classes that use more stimulating, so-called active learning methods.Blockbuster Big Bang Result May Fizzle  The biggest discovery in cosmology in a decade could end up fizzling out. Eight weeks ago, researchers reported finding evidence of the massive inflation of our universe immediately following the big bang. Many scientists hailed the result as the big bang’s “smoking gun.” But now, some scientists are saying that there’s a problem with the results.West Antarctic Ice Sheet Is CollapsingA disaster may be unfolding—in slow motion. Scientists have reported that a key glacier holding the massive West Antarctic Ice Sheet together is starting to collapse. In the long run, they say, the entire ice sheet is doomed, which would release enough meltwater to raise sea levels by more than 3 meters.Drug Could Protect Against Radiation ExposureIt may not work against Godzilla, but a new drug could protect people from deadly doses of radiation. The compound, already in clinical trials to treat a blood disorder, may also make radiation therapy for cancer safer.MERS Situation Not an Emergency Yet, WHO Panel SaysDespite a recent dramatic rise in cases, a World Health Organization panel stopped short of declaring the deadly new virus Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) a public health emergency of international concern. However, it did call on countries on the Arabian Peninsula to improve their hospital hygiene and help in carrying out much-needed studies on how MERS spreads. read more