34 Labour MEP candidates including 13 sitting MEP

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

Accusing the Tory government of having shamefully

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

JAMES Roby is fresh from a week off and is ready t

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

Club Ticket

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: [email protected] 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

Im happy and proud to sign a new contract with Arsenal –

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=’” alt=”last_img” /> read more

Taking the silver out of the silverware

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.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

Police Chiefs African American Community Leaders to Discuss Building Bridges at Baker

first_imgShare Media Advisory CONTACT: Michael Cinelli PHONE: (713) 831-4794 E-MAIL [email protected] 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 [email protected], as soon as possible ifyou plan on covering the summit.### AddThislast_img

Immune system has evolved to prevent autoimmune disease

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Jade Boyd PHONE: (713) 348-6778 E-MAIL: [email protected] 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

Scholar to discuss brain science of attention at Rices Baker Institute Feb

first_imgShareFranz [email protected], “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 [email protected] or 713-348-6775. AddThislast_img read more

Financing Strategies For Nice People and More – New York News

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

Check Out Some New MBA Jobs at These Global Finance Firms

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

Dead Body Millions Of South African Rand Found ON PLANE

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

Year of the Quitter Why Stopping These Twelve Habits Will Make 2013

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

Compass Commercial in Bend Oregon Releases Q3 2014 Market Survey

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

5 Scary Actions that Haunt Your Reputation

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

Technology and Covert Operations

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

7 Startup Scenarios That Rarely Attract Investors

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

Inclusive Language Putting the Person First

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

Mouse Timer – Visual Timer App

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

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GMs Global Transmission Electrification Head Discusses EV Future

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

Pain rehabilitation programs are effective alternative to opioids for managing chronic pain

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

Study findings highlight importance of early detection of SMA through newborn screening

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

Exposure to bright light may have big impact on sleeprelated behavior in

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

Study shows link between use of benzodiazepines and increased risk of Alzheimers

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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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