Month: July 2019

A former care minister has suggested that the Libe

first_imgA former care minister has suggested that the Liberal Democrats might be in favour of reopening the Independent Living Fund (ILF).Norman Lamb (pictured), who was care minister in the coalition for nearly three years, told Disability News Service (DNS) that it was “intolerable” that former ILF-users were now facing cuts to their support packages, after the fund’s closure on 30 June.And he called on the government to act, potentially by reopening the fund.He spoke out after hearing from DNS how disabled campaigners were warning that “dangerous” cuts to support were now exposing government promises that former ILF-users would not lose out from its closure.ILF was run by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and when it closed on 30 June was helping nearly 17,000 disabled people with the highest support needs to live independently.But the coalition government decided that it should be scrapped, promising instead that nine months’ worth of non-ring-fenced funding would be transferred through the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to councils in England, and to devolved governments in Wales and Scotland.The transition process has been hit by reports of delays in reassessments for former ILF-users and cuts to their care packages, and government pre-closure statements and pledges appear to be falling apart.Lamb was speaking to DNS two days after delivering a well-received speech to his party’s annual conference in Bournemouth, which highlighted the need to address a possible £5 billion funding shortfall in social care by 2020.He told DNS that the ILF principle was “one that I strongly support”, as it “enables people to determine their own priorities”.Lamb said he was concerned not only about former ILF-users, but also about many other disabled people who faced the “full, emerging, developing crisis in social care”.He said: “I think the government needs to recognise what is actually happening… look closely at the evidence and act on it.“What would be intolerable is if people with complex disabilities were not getting the care packages that they need to enable them to lead the best life possible in those circumstances.”He added: “The consequences of the funding squeeze that we now face are potentially disastrous.”He pointed out that ILF had been funded by DWP and that it was a DWP decision to close it, with the first steps taken by the Conservative minister for disabled people Maria Miller in December 2010.Lamb said: “They need to reflect on what’s happened. They need to recognise the evidence of what is actually happening and rethink this.“Because of the general squeeze on budgets, [it appears] they are not being protected… so they need to go back to the drawing board and recognise actually that this approach of giving money to people with highly complex disabilities to enable them to choose their priorities and dictate how the money is spent is a good one and they ought to be prepared to revisit in the light of the evidence.”Asked whether the cuts to support for former ILF-users should have been predicted by coalition ministers, he said: “I am prepared to accept that, but they should act on this now that the evidence is emerging of what is happening.”He said he had an “open mind” on whether ILF should be reopened, but he said it was “intolerable” if former ILF-users were losing out because they had been “subsumed” within a larger local authority system that itself was facing extreme funding pressures.He said: “It needs to be addressed by government, either by reopening the fund, or by coming up with some other solution to ensure that people with complex disabilities get the support that they need.”He added: “The bottom line in all of this is how much as a society we are prepared to pay to support people with complex needs that go beyond medical need. That’s the very thing I have been trying to highlight this week.”Lamb said that the idea of splitting responsibility for disability between three departments – DWP, the Department of Health and DCLG – was “not particularly rational”.He said: “I am open-minded about the mechanisms you use and I think there is lots of scope for rationalising it and simplifying who is responsible within government for supporting these people.“But the bottom line is in my view as a civilised society we need to be prepared to come up with enough money to support people with complex needs properly to enable them to live a decent life.”Lamb told delegates earlier in the week that he was “starting a national conversation” about the “emerging crisis” in funding of both health and social care.And he said he was interested in the idea of a clearly-identified contribution to NHS and social care to be included on people’s pay-slips, as well as a right for local areas to raise additional funds for the NHS and social care if they chose to do so.Lamb pointed in his speech to his party’s many achievements on mental health in the coalition, including halving the number of people in mental health crisis who end up in police cells; drawing up the first national standards for mental health crisis care; initiating a service to divert people with mental ill-health, learning difficulties or autism away from prison; setting a “zero suicide ambition” for the NHS; and trebling the number of people accessing psychological therapies.He told delegates: “Our mission must be very simple: equality. Nothing more, nothing less. We must end the historic injustice suffered by those with mental ill-health.”last_img read more

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Disabled and older people have compared a council

first_imgDisabled and older people have compared a council’s plans to cut £5 million from its adult social care budget to “social cleansing” and have accused it of “treating people no better than animals in Longleat”.The comments were included in The Voice of those Affected, a report by Healthwatch Merton into proposed cuts by Merton council in south-west London.The report was commissioned by the council after heavy lobbying by campaigners, and was based on comments by 72 service-users and carers during a series of focus groups.The report was released as more than 20 campaigners – many of them disabled people – protested outside the council’s offices before a committee meeting this week at which councillors discussed the proposed cuts.The protesters had heard that members of the council’s ruling Labour group had already voted in secret – although not unanimously – not to increase council tax for 2016-17, or to take advantage of new powers allowing councils to increase council tax by two per cent a year to boost adult social care spending.Six speakers, including Lyla Adwan-Kamara, chief executive of Merton Centre for Independent Living (MCIL), and two disabled people affected by the proposals, spoke to the council’s healthier communities and older people’s scrutiny panel about the report and the likely impact of the cuts.Adwan-Kamara said afterwards that those speeches “brought to life what was in that report, what had been happening to them and even worse what was going to happen to them”.Following those and other presentations and discussions, the panel rejected three proposed cuts – to care and support packages, to staffing, and to scrapping a respite service – and agreed to send them back to the council’s cabinet for “review and reconsideration”.People who took part in the Healthwatch Merton focus groups said the cuts would damage their health, sever social connections, and affect every aspect of their lives, leaving some believing that life was no longer worth living.Words and phrases used to describe the cuts included “disgusting”, “devastating”, “wickedness” and “survival of the fittest”.One told a focus group: “It is like social cleansing, they are trying to get rid of the people they don’t need.”One man in his 80s said – apparently quite seriously – that he would now have to “start practising to eat less from now on”, while another contributor said: “I will end up in my flat like a hermit, self-harming again.”Another said: “I was placed in a care home. It feels like a prison. I pay £600 per week to live somewhere I hate and I don’t use any of the services.”One focus group member said the council had become “less and less supportive”, and accused it of “withdrawing help and taking things back to Victorian times”, while another said: “I had to beg social services to take notice of me. What chance is there going to be for people that don’t have a voice like I did?”The report calls for the council to commission a more detailed, independent evaluation of the impact of the cuts on disabled and older people, and concludes: “One of the key feelings voiced was a sense of betrayal and abandonment by Merton Council.“People talked of being left behind, being left on the scrapheap, and not being treated equally.”The report says there were people crying in nearly every one of the focus groups, and it warns that if the cuts go ahead, people will “potentially be making heat or eat type decisions as they may need to pay for their own care, or pay more for services that they need”.After the scrutiny panel meeting, Adwan-Kamara told Disability News Service that it was the first time the council had “really listened to our members”, but that the £5 million in cuts was “still hanging over people’s heads”.She said of the Healthwatch Merton report: “I had a fairly clear view of what people would say, because we have been hearing this through our casework.“As a centre for independent living, we knew what the issues were, but to see those comments written down in black and white and made so explicit and clear was really emotional.”She said the Labour group’s decision not to increase council tax was “unconscionable”.She said: “They have that opportunity and they are refusing to take it. They have made a choice not to raise council tax, so they have made a choice not to support the most vulnerable people in Merton.”A spokeswoman for Merton’s Labour group confirmed the scrutiny panel had asked the cabinet to look again at the three proposed cuts to adult social care, and said the budget would now be considered by the cabinet on 15 February, with a final decision taken by the full council on 2 March.She said that the Labour group “intends to keep its promise to residents to freeze council tax” and would not take advantage of the two per cent increase option.Cllr Stephen Alambritis, leader of the council, said in a statement: “I promised residents a four year council tax freeze and if there’s one thing you can say about me I keep my promises.  “I’m a business-man and I believe in running a business-like council, making what we do more efficient so we can continue to deliver the services people need the most.”Cllr Mark Allison, the cabinet member for finance, added: “The government have cut council funding by more than 40 per cent but in Merton we have done our best to protect adult social care services by ensuring it gets a lower share of the cuts than other departments, and by adding a further £12 million to its budget.  “As a result we have managed to keep the amount we spend on adult social care virtually the same since 2010.”last_img read more

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Labours policy on universal credit has again beco

first_imgLabour’s policy on universal credit has again become mired in confusion after its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, promised to scrap the government’s “catastrophic” and “iniquitous” benefit system if his party wins the next general election.Such a move would be seen as a significant victory for disabled activists and allies who have pushed the party to promise to scrap universal credit, instead of pledging only to halt the rollout of the system and fix its many flaws.Interviewed after the party’s success in last week’s Peterborough by-election, Corbyn told Channel 4 News (pictured): “We are ready for a general election, and that general election will deliver a Labour government.”He added: “If you voted Remain in 2016, and you’re on universal credit, if you voted Leave in 2016 on universal credit, you actually want to get rid of universal credit. That’s what Labour offers.”Despite Corbyn’s comments, what seemed to be a significant change in policy appeared not to have been noticed by any mainstream media.And the party’s press office today (Thursday) issued a statement that conflicted with what Corbyn said, merely stating again that a Labour government would pause the rollout of UC and try to make it fit for purpose.A party spokesperson said: “Universal credit isn’t working and cannot continue in its current form.“Labour will stop the roll-out, and ensure our social security system genuinely protects people from poverty.”Disabled activists, particularly Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), have campaigned for the government – and any future Labour government – to “stop and scrap” universal credit (UC).Only last week, DPAC released new research which detailed media articles on UC published between January and May this year, which it said was “a damning record of UC systemic and catastrophic failures”.It said that UC had reached a point where it was “unable to adapt to claimants’ complex circumstances, and is forcing people with the least resources into further poverty, homelessness, and hunger”. DPAC said it was calling for UC to be scrapped because it had become a social security system “which not only does not offer security, but actively undermined people’s ability to cope with the hazards of life”.A DPAC spokesperson said last night (Wednesday), in response to Corbyn’s comments, but before the party had released its statement: “We welcome it as it’s the only credible position that Labour or any other party can take given UC’s well-evidenced fundamental failings, enormous waste and terrible harm but we remain unsure of Labour’s position until there is a firm public commitment.”It is not the first time that Labour has appeared to call for UC to be scrapped and then retreated from that position.Last October, the party had to back-track after deputy leader John McDonnell said in a television interview that UC was a “shambles” and “iniquitous” and added: “I think we are moving to a position now where it is just not sustainable. It will have to go.”But the party’s press office later stressed that Labour’s position was that “universal credit in its current form simply isn’t working”.Labour’s work and pensions secretary, Margaret Greenwood, was also heavily-criticised by disabled activists after telling the party’s annual conference in Liverpool last September that the government must “stop the rollout of universal credit and fix its many flaws”, rather than calling for it to be scrapped. A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

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With Theresa May in Northern Ireland David Liding

first_imgWith Theresa May in Northern Ireland, David Lidington and Emily Thornberry stood in for the main party leaders at PMQs today. The pair usually offer spikier, more humorous exchanges than those of the main party leaders, but this week presented us with a much less entertaining viewing experience. Brexit had raised tensions, and the Prime Minister’s de facto deputy appeared terrified of committing news.Andrew Bridgen made a contribution worth noting.The Tory backbencher and hardline Brexiteer was the first to ask a question, and took the opportunity to highlight a recently surfaced video of Jeremy Corbyn in 2009 calling the EU a “Frankenstein” and making the case against repeated referendums in Ireland. (“I’ve just got a feeling they’re going to keep on voting until they get the answer they want,” the Labour leader said, echoing the arguments of anti-‘people’s vote’ campaigners.)Bridgen used this footage as evidence that Corbyn agrees with him that there should be no second EU referendum, and asked Lidington to concur. This particular Tory backbencher can hardly be expected to follow any party line, but it shows the Conservatives as a whole have not yet decided whether to emphasise Corbyn’s long-held Euroscepticism, and in turn Labour’s splits over the EU, or ignore it and claim the opposition wants to “frustrate” Brexit.Thornberry kicked off with a gag.To the delight of members on the Labour benches, Thornberry started: “I’m so glad to renew my acquaintance with the minister for the Cabinet Office – or as the newspapers always call him, effectively the deputy Prime Minister. Surely the only occasion these days when the words Prime Minister and effective are used in the same sentence.” This is why people look forward to these ‘fake’ PMQs – though unfortunately this was the only witty comment of the session.Lidington was shifty.It was widely expected that Thornberry would press her sparring partner on customs union membership, as David Lidington is known to be one of those in government pushing for a softer Brexit. The Tories were fully expecting that approach; as Ken Clarke said later, the two were “trying to find detailed point on which they disagree” though could reach an agreement in five minutes if it were left to them.It looks as if Lidington was indeed afraid that the Shadow Foreign Secretary would succeed in forcing a slip-up. The Cabinet Office minister employed the Prime Minister’s usual tactic of not answering any questions, and no repartee was forthcoming. Once the head-to-head with Thornberry was over, he was much more relaxed, with a strong and lengthy attack on the SNP government in response to Ian Blackford and an emotional reply to a colleague’s question concerning the recent house fire in Stafford.Thornberry backed Article 50 extension.Although Labour did whip for the Cooper amendment (advocating Article 50 extension if the government could not pass a deal by the end of February), and Keir Starmer has described a Brexit delay as “inevitable”, which practically everyone in Westminster agrees with, the opposition party is not entirely comfortable supporting the move. The fear remains that it risks confirming perceptions of a metropolitan Labour Party blocking Brexit, so Corbyn and his spokesman are careful to frame this outcome as being the fault of the government.But Labour is getting more comfortable about explicitly endorsing it. Without caveats, Thornberry asked: “Does the minister not agree that the sensible, cautious thing to do at this late stage is to seek a temporary extension of Article 50, so that we have time to see whether negotiations succeed or if they do not to pursue a different plan?”.Thornberry summed up the reasons for backing customs union membership.“The technological solution is a non-starter. A permanent backstop will never be acceptable to the ERG or the DUP. The only solution that will actually work is a full customs union,” she argued. While a customs union will never be acceptable to the ERG/DUP either, it is key to getting Labour on board with the deal. Whether a Brexit deal passes is still a question of whether the non-binding political declaration on the UK’s future relationship with the EU is changed.The Tory frontbench was more male and pale than ever. No effort was made to make up for the gender diversity usually provided by the Prime Minister, and the two sitting either side of Lidington couldn’t look more like Tory caricatures. It seems Conservative chair Brandon Lewis was ignoring his own advice again. In the i today, Katy Balls reveals that Lewis recently “helped give a presentation declaring that the key to winning the next election was by appealing to female voters”. He then attacked a Labour parliamentary candidate for appearing to ‘like’ a ‘dick pic’ on Twitter. (Sally Keeble says she was hacked.) And today Lewis helped give the impression that his party has not addressed its racial and gender diversity issues.Tags:PMQs /Labour /Emily Thornberry /Brexit /David Lidington /last_img read more

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WPD arrests three in monthlong narcotics and gang investigation

first_imgHarris, Allen, Graham (Photo: WPD) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Members of the Wilmington Police Department’s Gang Unit concluded a month long narcotics and gang investigation Friday, resulting in the arrest of three Wilmington people.Wilmington Police executed warrants for Marcqueice Graham, 19, Rone’quia Harris, 26, and Roderick Allen, 17. Police seized two hand guns, one of which had an altered serial number, 7.7 grams of marijuana, heroin packaging material, a grinder and $275 cash.- Advertisement – Police say Graham, a validated member of Folk Nation: Gangster Disciples 720 gang, is charged with possession of firearm with altered serial number, possession of marijuana up to 1/2 ounce, possession of drug paraphernalia.Harris is charged with possession of marijuana up to 1/2 ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.Allen, a validated member of Folk Nation: Gangster Disciples 720 gang, is charged with trafficking Heroin, sell and deliver schedule I, sell and deliver within 1000 feet of a school. Allen was also charged in a 2016 drive-by shooting.last_img read more

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Meet Lily 2yearold Beagle

first_img Lily’s previous owner told New Hanover County Animal Services she is both crate trained and house trained and has lived with male and female dogs as well as male cats. However, she is not familiar with children.Lily is responsive to certain commands like “sit”, “stay”, “down” and “come”.If you think she could be the perfect addition to your home, head to New Hanover County Animal Services.Related Article: Is there a safe temperature to leave a dog in a car?County residents can adopt for $70.Adoption services are available between Noon and 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday or Saturday from 8 a.m. to Noon. This Saturday, though, there will not be adoption hours because of the Free Rabies Clinic.To see other animals available for adoption, click here. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — If you need a little extra love in your life, meet Lily.She is a 2-year-old Beagle who absolutely loves to cuddle and is looking for a place to call home.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Hoggard high students walk out on anniversary of Columbine shooting

first_img Their signs called for an end to gun violence and that’s something these students say they want to see happen soon.Today is the anniversary of the Columbine shooting and these students say they want to make their voices heard.“At this point, I’m past patiently waiting for congress to step up to the plate and do something about it,” student Vivian Hornstein said. “They’ve been talking about change for 20+ years. It’s time to talk about change and it’s time to make the change now and step up to the plate, and that’s what we’re out here to do.”Related Article: One arrested, one injured after shooting in Pender CountyAccording to a school spokesperson, the students who left campus will receive detention.A Columbine remembrance rally is also planned for tonight in front of the Federal courthouse in downtown Wilmington. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Even with the knowledge of being punished for skipping school, Hoggard High School students took part in a nationally planned school walk out.About a dozen students left school just before 10 a.m. to walk down to the intersection of South College Road and Shipyard Boulevard in front of Rite Aid to stand in protest.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Police rescue woman attacked bitten multiple times by dog

first_img00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police says they rescued a 31 year old woman from a pit bull attack Wednesday night.Officers responded to the 1200 block of Spofford Circle around 10 p.m. after receiving a 911 call from a neighbor, who had also been bitten.- Advertisement – 1 of 2 Officers responded to the 1200 block of Spofford Circle where a woman was attacked by a dog. (Photo: WWAY) Officers responded to the 1200 block of Spofford Circle where a woman was attacked by a dog. (Photo: WWAY)center_img Officers say when they got there they found the pit bull standing aggressively over Mary Hinson, of Wilmington. Hinson was unconscious and had multiple bite wounds. Officers tased the pit bull, causing it to retreat, giving them the chance to get to Hinson. EMS transported Hinson to New Hanover Regional Medical Center where she underwent surgery. Police say she is in stable condition.Related Article: Insta-gram: Teen accused of using platform to advertise weedDuring the investigation, officers learned Hinson did not have permission to be on the property from the owner, Sherry Spivey, who is currently in jail.Officers located multiple dogs inside the house, which is in very poor condition. New Hanover County Animal Control took the dogs into custody.WPD is continuing to investigate this incident.We will have the latest tonight on WWAY News.last_img read more

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Lifeguards go onduty for the summer

first_imgLifeguard CAPE FEAR REGION, NC (WWAY) — Memorial Day weekend may be the unofficial start to summer, but it’s the official start to lifeguards being on-duty in along our coast.According to Wrightsville Beach and Kure Beach Fire departments, lifeguards on those beaches will be on-duty for the season starting Friday.- Advertisement – Carolina Beach Fire Department says their lifeguards will be on the beach completing training Friday and will officially start Saturday.last_img

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European survey for lesbian gay bisexual trans intersex nonbinary and other gender

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> To support equal treatment legislation and policy making, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) has launched an EU-wide LGBTI survey, with a questionnaire that is available online for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people over the age of 15 living in the European Union, N. Macedonia, and Serbia.Based on the survey results, national and European policy makers as well as non-governmental or civil society organisations will be able to better target their advocacy strategies and activities to support the LGBTI community to live and express themselves freely without any discrimination.The European LGBTI Survey counts on the participation of a large and diverse group of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and Intersex people from each country. This is the second wave of an EU-wide effort to collect LGBTI experiences in the framework of the ever largest survey made in this field. Besides occasional news reports about discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people, there is very little comparable data collected across the EU about the everyday experiences of LGBTI people with respect to discrimination.The survey is being commissioned by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). The implementation is done by Agilis, a statistical consultancy firm and the communication by Homo Evolution, an organisation dedicated to communication for the LGBTI community. WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

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Local drag racing drivers for UK Doorslammer event

first_imgS. Debono PhotographyS. Debono Photography Drag racing driver Rosello Cassar, who this year is celebrating his 20 years of racing, is celebrating this anniversary with his MK1 Escort at Santa Pod in England.Ruth Galea PhotographyBetween the 17th and 19th of May, Cassar will be competing at Doorslammers – an event that was extremely popular in the seventies and eighties at the raceway, Santa Pod. A few years ago this event resumed with a much bigger, new format and is quickly becoming popular, attracting huge crowds and many drivers.Apart from Cassar, there will also be another Maltese drag racing driver Paul Fenech who will be racing another Escort MK1 belonging to Andy Harris.Both Cassar and Fenech are members of the Malta Drag Racing Association, as well as regular and successful drivers at the Ħal Far Raceway.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

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Vodacom App store reaches 100 000 downloads

first_imgAdvertisement The program will launch in Johannesburg on 7 October 2011 at the Protea Fire and Ice Hotel in Melrose Arch from 6-9pm and in Cape Town on 10 October 2011 at Vodacom’s main auditorium in Century City from 6-9pm. This is free for those wishing to attend.“We see the Apps store as the embryo of an ecosystem. We’re looking forward to building a network of successful local developers, so they can help develop apps that help South Africans,” said Prins Mhlanga, Vodacom Managing Executive of Digital Media.“With our apps initiative, we hope to complement and enhance this already vibrant community,”said Mhlanga. – Advertisement – The program promises to be a valuable knowledge sharing and learning exercise for the industry as a whole. Those attending will be provided with the opportunity to:–       engage with the most renowned industry specialists in the mobile apps marketplace;–       discuss tools to monetize apps–       identify training opportunities in the mobile apps environment; and–       gain insight into Vodacom’s innovation incentives and available technical and commercial support.The Vodacom Apps Store was launched on 1 September 2011, and features a catalogue of over 140 000 applications powered by Appia, one of the world’s largest open application marketplaces. All Vodacom customers who wish to access Vodacom apps can do so by visiting http://vodacom.mobi/apps on their cellphones or from the apps feature on Vodafone live!“The opportunities for further development in the Vodacom Apps Store are significant considering it also supports all major platforms including Android, Blackberry, Java, Symbian and Windows Mobile,” concluded Mhlanga.Developers and interested parties are invited to register for the Vodacom Developer Programme at www.vodacom.co.za/developerSource: itnewsafricalast_img read more

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Official PayPal app for the Samsung Gear 2 now available

first_imgAdvertisement PayPal’s dedicated app for the smartwatch  which was announced during the launch of the Samsung Gear 2 at Mobile World Congress earlier this year is now available.The app allows you to check-in at local stores to pay for purchases, redeem offers, receive payment notifications, view and manage recent transactions directly from your wrist.The version currently available is listed as 1.40. – Advertisement – If you’ve got a Gear 2 and a compatible device, head on over to Samsung’s app store or use the Gear manager to download the PayPal app.Credit: Android Centrallast_img read more

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How absence of real democracy could ruin your startup

first_imgUgandan internet users resorted to VPN solutions to access social media sites after the country’s operator blocked access. This Google Trends graph shows the interest in “VPN” as a search query over the last few days. Credit: Google Trends Advertisement I SPENT most of yesterday evening thinking about my O’Level History lessons. About the chapters we learnt about various African kingdoms, and a question that was common in most examinations: the factors that lead to the growth of Kingdom A, Kingdom B, e.t.c We used to joke about how any of such questions, regardless of the kingdom in question always had to have “strong and/or able leaders” among the responses. It was a bit of a template response.In those kingdoms, there was no democracy. The King’s word was law. It didn’t matter what their subjects felt. They didn’t have the power to think: they only needed to fight. Fight FOR their king. – Advertisement – “The Kingdom of Dahomey [for example] was an important regional power that had an organized domestic economy built on conquest and slave labor, significant international trade with European powers, a centralized administration, taxation systems, and an organized military,” reads this Wikipedia article. Dahomey was located in the area of present-day Benin.And such seems to be the situation in Uganda today. With the same president since I was three months old, you get a sense of a “more of the same” standard of life. And the inevitable expectation to discuss case studies of how neighbors – Rwanda especially – have made tremendous strides in the direction of development. And Kenya. Actively embracing technology to build for a future we, back in Uganda, only read and write about. A future where a guarantee of constant power supply would enable you to dream about services that require 99.9% uptime.Then came this week. The week that started with calls for Uganda’s social media users to ensure they participate in the election and to dispel the notion they only just talk without action. You could feel the excitement. The anticipation. The hope. The energy!Then came 18th. And all this was blown away in just one morning!Let me explain:At around 6am on polling day, I was going through my phone as I waited for the team we were meant to work with that day. A friend texted me about why MTN Mobile Money was down, and if I knew how long it could take before it was restored.I had no idea.Moments later, I learnt that actually, Mobile Money services, as well as Social Media, had been “disabled” by Uganda’s Communications regulator “due to a threat to Public Order and Safety”, a text message from one of the operators read.The UCC has directed MTN to disable all SocialMedia & MobileMoney services due to a threat to Public Order & Safety. pic.twitter.com/BqPcUyW0QF— MTN Uganda (@mtnug) February 18, 2016For Uganda, this was quite new, although it wasn’t surprising. Most of my colleagues who said they weren’t going to vote in this election said the reason was because their “votes don’t count” and that government was going to rig, one way or the other.But we didn’t immediately see the correlation between mobile money as a service and public order and safety. As we explored ways to bypass the blockade, MTN sent further text messages reminding customers that the call centers were going to be closed in just a few hours: 1400hrs local time, the country’s largest operator said.Ugandan internet users resorted to VPN solutions to access social media sites after the country’s operator blocked access. This Google Trends graph shows the interest in “VPN” as a search query over the last few days. Credit: Google TrendsIt felt like the country was shutting down. I got calls from friends as we drove out of town to our constituency, trying to enquire how MTN could actually shut down a 24/7 call-in service. The MTN employees in charge of communications I spoke to said they had no prior knowledge of this shutdown, suggesting this was an impromptu requirement.I’ve spent the 10 months in the Communications Sector, specifically the telecommunications industry. Part of my work has been understanding – and helping others understand – how revolutionary mobile money is, and why it is set to be the future of payments, especially in sub-saharan Africa.I have worked with youth developing solutions that rely entirely on Mobile Money for payments. In October 2015, MTN said over 70% of all utility bill payments in Uganda were going through its platform, and announced that it had hit a monthly transactions record of over 40 million. Airtel said a  month later that it was facilitating about 20million transactions. That’s a combined 60million transactions a month. Or two million every day.From the MTN Mobile Money perspective, over the last three days, over four million transactions have been blocked. From an revenue perspective, Uganda’s largest taxpayer has directly lost a minimum of UGX. 2,000,000,000; taking the minimum transaction charge of UGX 500/=. Of course the actual figures would be higher.While announcing their preliminary observations of this month’s general elections, one of the EU observers said; “… I’ve spoken with your president; he wants to develop the country, he says, but in most cases, development and democracy go hand in hand.” He makes an important point.With unemployment so rampant, the greater majority of the 60,000+ mobile money agents rely on daily performance to pay their employees – an estimated 160,000, according to MTN. Others – also about 50,000 Ugandans – rely on Mobile Money for lighting. A solution called ReadyPay, available on a pay-to-own basis using MTN Mobile Money, works like a phone top-up to enable the user to make affordable daily Mobile Money payments.Thousands of hardworking Ugandans being exposed to risk of inability to afford a meal by impunity!These are real problems, affecting real people. Imagine if the US government could arbitrarily shutdown PayPal! If we’re asking our developers to make mobile money as integral as, perhaps, PayPal is, then we have to guarantee that it will be available when users need it.Something we can’t!In the absence of guarantees that such arbitrary, politically motivated, blockades won’t occur, it becomes difficult to convince innovators to develop solutions that actualize a cashless economy. Because you WILL get stuck if you’re onboard a taxi hoping to pay using mobile money, and realize that, without notice, your government asked the operator to shut it down.But why?It’s unclear. But Opposition Party FDC claimed that the had been holding about UGX. 500 million that was meant to facilitate their field agents. We have over 500 million meant to facilitate our election observers blocked on our phones – FDC’s Yusuf N. #UgandaDecides— Masake Anthony (@masakeonline) February 19, 2016This is bad and should be condemned in the strongest terms.Sad day for #internet & #ict use for Uganda #ugandadecides https://t.co/dczexn4dwx— CIPESA (@cipesaug) February 18, 2016But unfortunately, representatives of government don’t think so: We did (shutting down social media) what a responsible govt should do and we have no regrets with that – Min. of ICT #UgandaDecides— Masake Anthony (@masakeonline) February 19, 2016#thecapitalgang@OfwonoOpondo: Social Media was not closed by the NRM. It was closed by the government of Uganda— 91.3 Capital FM (@913CapitalFM) February 20, 2016Impact on Online PublishersRelatedly, shutting down social media has direct consequence on online publishers, like PC Tech Magazine, who rely on the networks for traffic. In a case where social media accounts for, say, 40% of your traffic, a your local traffic would have fallen significantly since the ban came into effect – until, at least we had enough users browsing via VPNs.Issues affecting traffic directly affect revenue, especially when implementing visitor-based monetization solutions like Google AdSense.Yet, such effort isn’t necessarily worth it by any measure. Within 24 hours since social media sites were blocked, 1.4million VPN apps had been downloaded from the Android Play Store. And various other users were using VPN iOS apps.Beyond ICT, the good old tourism business would probably be most affected by negative stories published about a country that’s considered undemocratic. For the last 6 days, Uganda has been the focus of international media, with the vast majority of the coverage being negative. Unfortunately, this same international media will not be told of a more public-interest positive story to publish about Uganda soon.Good for development? “You can make your own conclusions,” as the European Union Election Observers said when asked if they considered this election free and fair. Or maybe, like in Dahomey, the strongest leaders aren’t always the most democratic. But that has its consequences.last_img read more

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Senior Facebook executive arrested in Brazil over data access

first_imgA senior Facebook executive Diego Dzodan was detained in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Tuesday, 1 March, 2015 after he refused to grant police access to data from WhatsApp. Image Credit: Facebook Advertisement A senior Facebook executive Diego Dzodan was detained in Sao Paulo, Brazil, yesterday after he refused to grant police access to data from WhatsApp, an instant messaging service that is owned by Facebook saying it was a decisive to a criminal investigation.AFP reports that the social media exec was arrested in his home and is being held awaiting questioning from the authorities.  Facebook said in a statement that its disappointed with the extreme and disproportionate measure of having a Facebook executive escorted to a police station in connection with a case involving WhatsApp, which operates separately from Facebook. Facebook has always been and will be available to address any questions Brazilian authorities may have.” – Advertisement – The company added saying: “Facebook has always been and will be available to address any questions Brazilian authorities may have.”Washington Post reports that Diego Dzodan, Facebook’s vice president for Latin America, was taken into custody on his way into work following a judicial order from a judge, said Matt Steinfeld, WhatsApp spokesman. According to WhatsApp Inc., they reported saying, they don’t keep messages that are delivered to the recipients. “No one, not even WhatsApp, can intercept people’s messages.” They added.The dispute can be traced back four months when the Brazilian police requested for a wiretap after officers investigating that a drug trafficking gang was using WhatsApp to discuss business. Brazilian media reported at the time.[related-posts]After Facebook refused to comply with the request for information, authorities imposed daily fines two months ago that started at about $12,500. A month ago, the fines rose to about $250,000 a day.The case reflects the growing conflict between technology firms, intelligence services, governments and so much more around the world over access to customer data.  The disagreement in Brazil somehow reflects to the disagreement between the tech giant Apple Inc. and the intelligence agency FBI in the United States.Where the company (Apple Inc.) is refusing to give the government access to data from an iPhone belonging to one of the terrorists that was involved in the San Bernardino, California, shootings which happened last year on December 12. A similar case happened to Whatsapp Inc. on December 17, 2015, where Brazil temporarily shut down access to WhatsApp for 48 hours for failure to comply with a July court order in a criminal case.Tonight, a Brazilian judge blocked WhatsApp for more than 100 million people who rely on it in her country.We are…Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday, December 17, 2015Both WhatsApp and Facebook are hugely popular in Brazil, where WhatsApp has got more than 100 million users.Earlier this week when WhatsApp Inc. was celebrating its seventh birthday, they planned on putting an even greater emphasis on security features in the coming months. Although U.S. law enforcement says it supports encryption, it has expressed frustration with its inability to gain access to user data in criminal and terrorism cases.last_img read more

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Sudan gets its first LTE Network

first_imgAdvertisement Kuwait-based Zain Group through its local unit known as Zain Sudan has announced the commercial launch of 4G LTE services in the country.Zain which was awarded its LTE licence in February  2016 by the National Telecommunication Corporation (NTC) will use a phased rollout, that will start with the capital Khartoum, Medani, Port Sudan and El Obeid.The first rollout will be facilitated by Swedish equipment vendor Ericsson and is aimed at reaching around 20% of the population. – Advertisement – Huawei will come in when it comes to expanding LTE services to other regions in Sudan.Sofar, almost 300 4G LTE sites have already been switched on.last_img read more

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Cheltenham News Movers

first_imgCHELTENHAM NEWS AND MOVERS: Latest daily Cheltenham news and our biggest ante-post mover each day.THIS COMPLETES OUR 2018 FESTIVAL COUNTDOWN. NOW FOR THE ACTION… MONDAY 12 MARCH (1 DAY to go)The going at Cheltenham on the eve of the Festival is now heavy, soft in places.Getabird is one of 20 runners in the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, the opening race of the 2018 Cheltenham Festival.Buveur D’Air will face 12 rivals when he defends his crown in the Unibet Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham on Tuesday.DAILY STAR MOVERCoo Star Sivola 13/2 > 5/1 (Ultima)Vintage Clouds 14/1 > 10/1 (Ultima)Continued and sustained support for the pair in tomorrow’s Ultima.SUNDAY 11 MARCH (2 DAYS to go)Nicky Henderson hopes the weather stays dry as the countdown begins for Might Bite’s big day in the Gold Cup.On The Blind Side will not run in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival on Wednesday.Noel Meade is “very hopeful” Road To Respect will stay the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup distance on Friday.DAILY STAR MOVERDouvan 4/1 > 9/4 (Ryanair)Owner Rich Ricci has confirmed Douvan could sidestep the Champion Chase at Cheltenham in favour of the Ryanair.SATURDAY 10 MARCH (3 DAYS to go)Yorkhill looks set to contest the Unibet Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival on Tuesday.Last year’s winner Un De Sceaux is one of 14 confirmations for the Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival on Thursday.Harry Fry believes Unowhatimeanharry can do himself justice when he has a second attempt at glory in the Sun Bet Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham on Thursday.DAILY STAR MOVERKing’s Socks 10/1 > 8/1 (Brown Advisory)Momentum starting to build on what looks a typical Pipe gamble.FRIDAY 9 MARCH (4 DAYS to go)Reigning Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Sizing John has been ruled out of the Festival by trainer Jessica Harrington.Amy Murphy admits it is “surreal” to be heading to the Cheltenham Festival with a leading fancy.Samcro is the headline act amongst 38 horses confirmed for the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham on Wednesday.DAILY STAR MOVERSnow Falcon 14/1 > 11/1 (Ultima)Very good hurdler who is running off 8lb lower mark over fences.THURSDAY 8 MARCH (5 DAYS to go)Trainer Kim Bailey has decided to miss the Cheltenham Festival with his rising star Vinndication.Nicky Henderson has ruled Top Notch out of the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham next week.Top-class mare Vroum Vroum Mag will miss next week’s Cheltenham Festival and has been retired from racing.DAILY STAR MOVERUn De Sceaux 2/1 > 13/8 (Ryanair Chase)Continued support and firmed up on news that Top Notch misses the race.WEDNESDAY 7 MARCH (6 DAYS to go)Derek O’Connor is set to continue his association with Edwulf in the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday week.Hunters Call has been ruled out of the Randox Health County Hurdle at Cheltenham on Friday week.Elgin has been supplemented for the Unibet Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham on Tuesday.DAILY STAR MOVERFirst Flow 20/1 > 16/1 (Supreme Novices’)We saw money for it this morning, since then Kim Bailey has confirmed that he’s an intended runner. In addition to the strong possibility that the ground could ride soft, his ideal conditions, we decided the price needed a trim.TUESDAY 6 MARCH (7 DAYS to go)Nicky Henderson reports all to be well with Altior as last year’s Arkle looks to win the Champion Chase on Wednesday week.Harry Cobden believes Old Guard can stay the trip in the Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.Friday Night Light could try to book a last-minute ticket to the Cheltenham Festival at Sandown on Saturday.DAILY STAR MOVERDounikos 20/1 > 10/1 (RSA Chase)Money for it, has to be respected as it’s Gigginstown, it’s favourite for the National Hunt Chase but this move could point to its intended target having changed.MONDAY 5 MARCH (8 DAYS to go)Alan Fleming has high hopes for his team of five heading to the Cheltenham Festival, headed by his 2017 hero Tully East.Peter Fahey is anxiously waiting for the weather to dry up so he can make plans for Cheltenham entry Peregrine Run.Connections of Terrefort are leaning towards giving him an outing in the JLT Novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival on Thursday week.DAILY STAR MOVERSaint Calvados 9/2 > 3/1 (Arkle)On back of Sceau Royal coming out.SUNDAY 4 MARCH (9 DAYS to go)Henry de Bromhead has confirmed the RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase as the preferred Cheltenham Festival target for Monalee.Cracking Smart has suffered a setback which will keep him on the sidelines for the rest of the season.Peter Fahey is leaning towards the Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle for Mine Now.DAILY STAR MOVERAct Of Valour 10/1 > 9/1 (Fred Winter)Seen money for this one in a race where trainer Paul Nicholls has a very good record.SATURDAY 3 MARCH (10 DAYS to go)Harry Fry is pleased Unowhatimeanharry is heading to the Cheltenham Festival under the radar this year.Brian Ellison is to send Definitly Red on the short journey to his neighbour Richard Fahey’s stables for a Gold Cup workout.Donald McCain believes the Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase is the “obvious” target for Testify at the Cheltenham Festival.DAILY STAR MOVERBurning Ambition 7/2 > 11/4 (Foxhunters)Very live money from punters we have the utmost respect for forced us to wave the white flag.FRIDAY 2 MARCH (11 DAYS to go)Liz Doyle is favouring the Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate at Cheltenham for Last Goodbye.Jedd O’Keeffe has hailed Joe Colliver’s influence on the rise to prominence of Sam Spinner ahead of the Stayers’ Hurdle.There will be no turf racing in Britain until Sunday at the earliest after Saturday’s meeting at Doncaster was abandoned.DAILY STAR MOVERWicklow Brave 20/1 > 12/1 (Champion Hurdle)We have laid it to decent money to what we’d describe as ‘live’ accounts. We feel that this is a good indication that it’s a definite runner so given that feel that the other Mullins entries could well go elsewhere. We’re happy to duck down to 12/1 for the time being after getting him in the book at 20/1.THURSDAY 1 MARCH (12 DAYS to go)Harry Whittington believes the prospect of quicker ground could jeopardise Saint Calvados’ Racing Post Arkle chance.Mala Beach would have to carry top weight in the Ultima Handicap Chase if Gordon Elliott decides to run him there.Cheltenham clerk of the course Simon Claisse expects much milder weather during Festival week.DAILY STAR MOVEROistrakh Le Noir 14/1 > 10/1 (Close Brothers)We’ve well laid it and have decided to be with it at present.WEDNESDAY 28 FEBRUARY (13 DAYS to go)Ben Pauling has admitted defeat in his attempt to get Willoughby Court to the Cheltenham Festival.The weather continues to wreak havoc with the pre-Cheltenham racing schedule with a resumption in turf racing possibly not until next week.Jessica Harrington is confident Sizing John will bounce back to his best when he bids to defend his crown in the Gold Cup.DAILY STAR MOVERDe Plotting Shed 9/1 > 6/1 (Close Brothers)After weights publication today stays on mark of 143 which many are taking the view is lenient.TUESDAY 27 FEBRUARY (14 DAYS to go)Paul Nicholls is planning to bypass the Weatherbys Champion Bumper at next month’s Cheltenham Festival with Danny Kirwan.Douvan’s chances of running in the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase are now “better than 50-50”.Willie Mullins is unsure when Ruby Walsh will make his competitive return ahead of the Cheltenham Festival.DAILY STAR MOVERUn De Sceaux 3/1 > 9/4 (Ryanair Chase)Fox Norton has come out and looking at the opposition or rather lack of it we’ve just realised it’s a certainty!MONDAY 26 FEBRUARY (15 DAYS to go)Apple’s Shakira is one of 13 Nicky Henderson-trained horses set to take part in a gallop at Kempton on Tuesday.Nico de Boinville feels that triple Grade One winner Might Bite is exactly where he needs to be ahead of the Gold Cup.Gordon Elliott insists Samcro will need to improve to extend his unbeaten record at the Cheltenham Festival.DAILY STAR MOVERRedicean 8/1 > 5/1 (County)Destroyed the field in the Adonis at the weekend and is now second favourite for the juvenile showpiece behind Apple’s Shakira.SUNDAY 25 FEBRUARY (16 DAYS to go)Cue Card will run in the Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, trained Colin Tizzard has announcedA Cheltenham Festival appearance from Master Dee is “very unlikely” according to Fergal O’Brien.Nicky Henderson described himself as “one happy trainer” after leading Cheltenham Festival candidates Buveur D’Air and Might Bite enjoyed a gallop after racing at Kempton.DAILY STAR MOVERGlobal Citizen 33/1 > 12/1 (County)Obliterated the Dovecote field at Kempton yesterday and looks potentially lined up for a tilt at the Imperial Cup and County Hurdle double.SATURDAY 24 FEBRUARY (17 DAYS to go)Carntop bids to keep his Cheltenham Festival dream alive in the Sky Bet Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle at Kempton today.Ruby Walsh will not make his long-awaited return to action this weekend.Mitchouka is odds on for the opening Grade 3 at Fairyhouse today and hold entries for the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, the Boodles Fred Winter Handicap Hurdle and the JCB Triumph Hurdle.DAILY STAR MOVERGetabird 15/8 > 6/4 (Surpreme)Getabird has strengthened up at the head of the market following the news that 6/1 chance, If The Cap Fits won’t be making the Festival.FRIDAY 23 FEBRUARY (18 DAYS to go)If The Cap Fits has been ruled out of the Cheltenham Festival after suffering a setback.Nigel Twiston-Davies plans to employ more patient tactics with The New One in the Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle.Gary Moore has decided against running Benatar this weekend and will head straight to the JLT at Cheltenham.DAILY STAR MOVERBarney Dwan 10/1 > 8/1 (Close Brothers Handicap Chase)Supported this morning by people that rarely leave it behind.THURSDAY 22 FEBRUARY (19 DAYS to go)Colin Tizzard has warned Cue Card is far from certain to contest the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup on March 16.Robbie Power will have the pick of the horses running in the colours of late owners Ann and Alan Potts at Cheltenham.Colin’s Sister will sidestep her weekend engagement at Fontwell and instead head straight to the Cheltenham Festival for the Sun Bet Stayers’ Hurdle.DAILY STAR MOVERYanworth 7/1 > 4/1 (Stayers’ Hurdle)Owner JP McManus’ racing manager Frank Berry has confirmed Yanworth for the 3m Stayers’ hurdle with Alan King’s stable star taken out of the novice chase events.WEDNESDAY 21 FEBRUARY (20 DAYS to go)Timico Gold Cup favourite Might Bite’s work at home has been “vastly superior” to anything he produced last year.Nicky Henderson is praying for some help from the weather to allow Buveur D’Air to work at Kempton on Saturday.Ruby Walsh is back riding work as his return from injury gathers pace.DAILY STAR MOVEROur Duke 12/1 > 7/1 (Gold Cup)Continued support after returning to winning form in the Red Mills Chase at Gowran Park on Saturday.TUESDAY 20 FEBRUARY (21 DAYS to go)Petticoat Tails will swerve an outing at the Cheltenham Festival in favour of a Newbury prize.Joseph O’Brien is in no rush to decide whether Edwulf will run in the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup next month.Yanworth will run in the Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival next month.DAILY STAR MOVERWilliam Henry 10/1 > 8/1 (Coral Cup)Early move on Tuesday for Nicky Henderson’s Lanzarote winner.MONDAY 19 FEBRUARY (22 DAYS to go)Espoir D’Allen will not run at the Cheltenham Festival after being taken out of both the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and the JCB Triumph Hurdle.Fergal O’Brien anticipates a bold show from Barney Dwan on his return to the Cheltenham Festival next month.Dan Skelton will switch back to hurdles with Long House Hall at the Cheltenham Festival before a Grand National tilt.DAILY STAR MOVERCue Card 50/1 > 25/1 (Gold Cup)Renewed interest after his big run in the Ascot Chase on Saturday.SUNDAY 18 FEBRUARY (23 DAYS to go)Waiting Patiently is by no means certain to line up for the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham despite maintaining his perfect record over fences in the Betfair Ascot Chase.Noel Fehily is set to partner Our Duke in the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup at next month’s Festival.Willie Mullins would have no qualms about Douvan and Min taking each other on in the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase.DAILY STAR MOVERElgin 20/1 > 14/1 (County Hurdle)Sprung something of a surprise by winning yesterday’s Kingwell Hurdle.SATURDAY 17 FEBRUARY (24 DAYS to go)Douvan is set to head straight to the Cheltenham Festival after Willie Mullins decided against running his long-absent stable star in Saturday’s Red Mills Chase at Gowran Park.David Pipe will make a decision closer to the time on which race 2015 Champion Bumper winner Moon Racer will contest at next month’s Cheltenham Festival.Peter Fahey has revealed that Peregrine Run could return to action at the Cheltenham Festival if conditions are suitable.DAILY STAR MOVERPresenting Percy 3/1 > 5/2 (RSA Chase)Been backed into strong favouritism (5/4 from 7/4) for today;s Red Mills Chase at Gowran with the shorter trip likely to be useful in sharpening up his jumping before the 3m test at Cheltenham.FRIDAY 16 FEBRUARY (25 DAYS to go)Willie Mullins has decided against running Douvan in Saturday’s Red Mills Chase at Gowran Park.Willie Mullins has confirmed Total Recall an intended runner in the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup.Poetic Rhythm will race over three miles for the first time under Rules in the Albert Bartlett Novices’.DAILY STAR MOVERWaiting Patiently 8/1 > 6/1 (Ryanair Chase)Well backed in anticipation of a big run in Saturday’s Ascot Chase.THURSDAY 15 FEBRUARY (26 DAYS to go)Ruby Walsh hopes to be riding out by the end of next week with a return to the track imminent.The Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup remains the priority for Grand National top weight Definitly Red.Nigel Twiston-Davies feels running The New One in the Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham will be an “interesting experiment”.DAILY STAR MOVERSaint Calvados 7/1 > 11/2 (Arkle)Each way money arrived for what looks the ew steal of the first day. WEDNESDAY 14 FEBRUARY (27 DAYS to go)Might Bite is one of 27 horses still in contention for the Timico Gold Cup following the latest scratchings stage.A total of 11 horses have been scratched from the Gold Cup including Bristol De Mai, Cloudy Dream and the 2015 Gold Cup hero Coneygree.Play The Game appears unlikely to take up his entry in the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.DAILY STAR MOVERDouvan 12/1 > 8/1 (Ryanair)Entered this weekend for 2m 4f Red Mills Chase race at Gowran Park.TUESDAY 13 FEBRUARY (28 DAYS to go)Paul Nicholls feels the JLT Novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival is the obvious target for Modus.Henry de Bromhead expects Petit Mouchoir to “improve plenty” for his recent comeback second to Footpad at Leopardstown.Our Duke could head for the Red Mills Chase at Gowran on Saturday ahead of the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup.DAILY STAR MOVERKalashnikov 10/1 > 7/1 (Supreme)Continued support after Saturday’s convincing win in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury.last_img read more

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BENS BLOG Nick Goff – A Way of Life

first_imgNICK GOFF (part 2 of 3)In part 2 Nick talks of his time with Centrebet, then working for John Thompson in Malta, his respect for Simon Clare of Corals then going it alone as a professional punter. He has advice for punters on how to handle winning as well as losing. NICK GOFF (part 3 of 3)In the third and final part Nick tells us why, after initially winning at it, he turned in playing on-line poker, strategies with sport and football betting. He also gives his opinion on the most important weapon in a punter’s armoury and tells of a massive 33/1 into 11/4 all-weather gamble.In other news:Ben’s Food Vlog 65: La Marinera, Plaza Alonso Ojeda, s/n, 35009 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. I like Las Palmas very much. Real energy. And a fantastic beach, for marching up and down on, thinking about world domination. This restaurant does the job. The mixed-salad accompanied by smoked-salmon & crab-sticks; a nice surprise. WORKABLE. 7<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Over and out, B x Nick Goff is a man who deals in common-sense. The Game is full of skint but genuine geniuses. Mr Goff is not one of them. He leaves out over the top theorising and prefers to talk straightforward working practises and finding value. In video interviews here, with Simon Nott, he speaks to us about his career, working for Big Bookies, and then breaking out and making the huge step to becoming a Pro-Punter.Right the way through, Nick gives us thorough advice on what is NECESSARY, for this way of life. Not getting carried away by small sample-sizes, keeping an eye on SP’s, continually evolving and moving forward and what plagues so many Pros; The Lonely Life.I really do mean it, when I say that this is essential viewing for anybody considering becoming a professional-gambler. He hides none of the mental strain and lifestyle advice that you need to hear. THANK YOU, NICK.NICK GOFF (part 1 of 3)Professional Punter Nick Goff talks of his early days going racing and a ‘Warning’ about understanding betting terminology before making statements! He also talks two lucky escapes as a wanna-be bookmaker before getting involved in the industry proper and an inspired ‘how did I do?’ email that kicked started his career.last_img read more

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£25 FREE BET Netherlands Women v Sweden Women

first_img£25 FREE BET IFTIE IS DECIDED BY PENALTY SHOOTOUTWe are giving all starsports.bet NEW CUSTOMERS a £25 FREE BET if TIE IS DECIDED ON PENALTY SHOOTOUT.You simply need to open an account and place a bet at evens or above, of at least £10, on any market at starsports.bet between 8pm on Tuesday 2 July and 8pm on Wednesday 3 July. TERMS AND CONDITIONS(1) This promotion is for new account holders only. To qualify, you must open a new account at starsports.bet anytime from 8pm (GMT) on Tuesday 2 July to 8pm (GMT) on Wednesday 3 July.(2) In addition, you must place at least one bet online with starsports.bet before 8pm (GMT) on Wednesday 3 July. The bet must be for a stake of £10 (or more), on a selection at evens or above, on any market as displayed on the starsports.bet web site, excluding specials or enhanced odds markets.(3) The bonus promotional offer of £25 will be paid as a Free Bet if TIE IS DECIDED ON PENALTY SHOOTOUT (Netherlands Women v Sweden Women 8pm). The Free Bet will be valid for a period of 7 days from the point of issue and must be used within this period otherwise will expire.(4) If, for any reason, the event(s) do not take place or are declared void for betting purposes this offer will also be voided.(5) The bonus Free Bet, if successful, will be credited within 48 hours, direct to your online account.(6) Free Bets may not be used in conjunction with any other current promotion.(7) Star Sports reserve the right to withdraw or refuse any Free Bet promotion at any point.(8) Free Bet stakes are not returned with winnings.(9) Free Bet awards cannot be exchanged for cash.(10) Free Bet awards can be used online, tablet or mobile only.(11) The Free Bet must be used within the timeframe specified on the promotion details and may not be either part used or carried forward.(12) This promotion can only be used once per person and per account. Only one bonus can be awarded per person, household, shared computer or shared IP address. In the event of a customer opening more that one account to claim multiple offers we reserve the right to suspend/close duplicate accounts and void any bets placed. Any bet placed can only qualify for one free bet promotion, in situations where a bet is applicable for more than one offer the bet will qualify for the first free bet triggered.(13) Usual Star Sports Betting Rules and Terms and Conditions apply, these can be viewed at starsports.bet.(14) If you have any further questions about this promotion you can contact our customer service team cs@starsportsbet.co.uklast_img read more

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Rice Experts Available for Comment on Persian Gulf

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis Share Contact: Michael Cinelli Phone: (713) 831-4794 Rice Experts Available for Comment on Persian Gulf The following Rice University representatives are available for comment and analysis on developments in the Persian Gulf: * Edward Djerejian, director of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University and former U.S. Ambassador to Israel. Djerejian served both President Clinton and President Bush as Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs (1991-1993) and President Reagan and President Bush as U.S. Ambassador to the Syrian Arab Republic (1988-1991). He also served as deputy assistant secretary of Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs (1986-1988) and deputy chief of the U.S. mission to the Kingdom of Jordan (1981-1984). In these capacities, Djerejian played a key role in the Arab-Israeli peace process, the U.S.-led coalition against Sadam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait and bilateral security arrangements in the Persian Gulf. * Ric Stoll, professor of political science. Stoll’s main area of research is international conflict and American national security policy. Stoll has conducted a number of studies on the escalation of conflict and the causes of war. He has published a book on national security matters entitled U.S. National Security Policy and the Soviet Union. He is currently finishing a second book entitled U.S. National Security Policy and the New World Order. Several chapters of the new book focus on national security problems with Iraq and lessons learned from the Persian Gulf War. During that war, Stoll served as a resource for print and electronic media journalists. To schedule an interview with either Director Djerejian or Professor Stoll, please contact Michael Cinelli in the Rice University News Office at (713) 831-4794. ###last_img read more

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Study revives Olympic prospects for amputee sprinter

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis Rice University ContactDavid Ruthdavid@rice.edu713-348-6327MIT Media Lab ContactAlexandra Kahnakahn@media.mit.edu617-253-0365 Share2Editor’s note: Peter Weyand, formerly of Rice University and now on the faculty at Southern Methodist University, writes in the November 2009 Journal of Applied Physiology that artificial limbs do make it possible to artificially enhance running speeds. The 2008 news release below pertains only to his research investigating the validity of the scientific claims used to justify banning Oscar Pistorius from Olympic competition. As noted by both the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in 2008 and Weyand later, the specific data presented at the CAS hearing were incomplete and did not support the ban. The release below does not address nor discount the broader possibility that other advantages might exist for a bilateral amputee track athlete like Pistorius.center_img Study revives Olympic prospects for amputee sprinterExperts find no scientific basis for Olympic banA world-renowned team of experts in biomechanics and physiology from six universities, led by Professor Hugh Herr of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab, refute scientific claims that the prostheses worn by Oscar Pistorius, a 21-year-old South African bilateral amputee track athlete, provide him with an unfair advantage in the 400-meter race. Their conclusions were based on data collected at the Rice University Locomotion Laboratory, under the direction of Professor Peter Weyand. Pistorius hopes to run in the 400-meter race at the Beijing Olympics this summer.Based on the team’s findings, the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland, has ruled that Pistorius is eligible to participate in International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) sanctioned competitions. If he qualifies for the 2008 Beijing games, Pistorius would be the first disabled athlete ever to run against able-bodied athletes in an Olympic event.The team’s findings were presented to the CAS April 29-30 by Herr and Professor Rodger Kram of the University of Colorado at Boulder, and provided the foundation for Pistorius’ appeal to overturn the IAAF decision that previously banned him from running against able-bodied athletes in races that are governed by IAAF rules. The team’s findings were presented at the CAS, where Pistorius was represented by the international law firm of Dewey & LeBoeuf on a pro-bono basis.In addition to Herr, Weyand and Kram, the panel of experts included Professor Matthew Bundle from the University of Wyoming, an expert in the energetics and mechanics of sprinting performance; Craig McGowan, from the University of Texas at Austin, a leading authority on muscle, tendon and joint mechanics; Alena Grabowski, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an expert in human locomotor energetics and biomechanics; and Jean-Benoît Morin from the University of Saint-Etienne, an expert in the mechanics of human running performance.None received compensation for their research or participation in the hearing. The authors plan to submit the study to a peer-reviewed journal now that the legal case has been settled.The scientific team was asked to evaluate the IAAF’s initial claim that the Cheetah Flex-Foot prostheses (J-shaped, high-performance prostheses used for running) worn by Pistorius give him an advantage over able-bodied runners. The team concluded that the scientific evidence put forth by the IAAF investigation to ban Pistorius was fundamentally flawed. “While an athlete’s performance in sprints of very short duration is determined almost entirely by mechanical factors, in races of longer duration, such as the 400m, performance depends on both mechanical and metabolic factors,” said Herr, a bilateral amputee who heads the MIT Media Lab’s Biomechatronics research group.Based on this performance link, the scientists refuted the IAAF findings on two major points: the speed-duration relationship and rates of metabolic energy expenditure.Specifically, the scientists concluded that:• Pistorius’ ability to maintain speed over the course of longer sprints–his speed-duration relationship–is essentially identical to that of able-bodied runners, indicating that he fatigues in the same manner as able-bodied sprinters. • Pistorius’ rates of metabolic energy expenditure do not differ from elite non-amputee runners. In particular, he has nearly the same running economy, or rate of oxygen consumption at submaximal speeds, and a similar maximal rate of oxygen consumption as elite non-amputee runners.“Based on the data collected at Rice, the blades do not confer an enhanced ability to hold speed over a 400m race,” Weyand said.  “Nor does our research support the IAAF’s claims of how the blades provide some sort of mechanical advantage for sprinting.”“The study commissioned by the IAAF claimed that Pistorius has a 25 percent energetic advantage at 400m race speeds. That claim is specious because anaerobic energy supply cannot be quantified,” Kram said.In summary, the team of experts unanimously concluded that the IAAF allegations were not scientifically valid.MEDIA NOTE: THE HIGH-RES VIDEO DOWNLOAD ABOVE IS AVAILABLE FOR NEWS PURPOSES. PLEASE CREDIT RICE UNIVERSITY.For more information or to interview Peter Weyand, contact David Ruth at 713-348-6327 or druth@rice.edu.last_img read more

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RiceTMC teams win two fracture putty grants

first_imgShare CONTACT: Jade BoydPHONE: 713-348-6778E-MAIL: jadeboyd@rice.edu  Rice-TMC teams win two ‘fracture putty’ grantsBioengineers, physicians work on bone-healing wonder materials Two teams of Rice University bioengineers and colleagues at the Texas Medical Center have been asked to create a putty-like wonder material that can be packed around broken bones on the battlefield to reduce complications from compound fractures. Rice’s bioengineers are partnering with doctors from Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) and University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHSC-H). “The Department of Defense’s call for ‘fracture putty’ research proposals attracted a great deal of attention,” said Jim Coleman, Rice’s vice provost for research. “It is a testament to Rice’s expertise in tissue engineering that our people were tapped to fill critical roles in two of the three programs that won initial funding.” Compound bone fractures — severe breaks in which the bone protrudes through the skin — are difficult to treat in the best of circumstances. Complications on the battlefield only add to the difficulty. Multiple surgeries are often required. Bone screws, rods, plates and other orthopedic devices are common, and it can take months, even years, for soldiers to heal and rehabilitate. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) hopes to address this problem by developing a nontoxic, putty-like material that can be applied on the battlefield to provide immediate support to the broken bone and promote the rapid growth of new bone. DARPA, the Department of Defense agency funding the project, sponsors revolutionary high-risk, high-payoff research that bridges the gap between fundamental discoveries and their military and civilian use. “This undertaking represents the ultimate convergence of materials science, mechanics and orthopedics,” said DARPA Program Manager Mitchell Zakin. “I look forward to the first results, which should present themselves in about a year or so.”Jennifer West, Rice’s Isabel C. Cameron Professor and chair of the Bioengineering Department, said, “By designing synthetic polymers to mimic natural tissue components, we are striving to design a fracture putty that can encourage the appropriate wound-healing responses, and ultimately degrade in response to bone formation so that only healthy tissue is left behind”. West is co-principal investigator on a multidisciplinary and multi-institutional team led by Michael Heggeness, chair of orthopedic surgery at BCM, and Elizabeth Davis from BCM’s Center for Cell and Gene Therapy. The team also includes researchers at the University of Georgia and UTHSC-H. It plans to combine cells that induce bone growth with an innovative gel to develop a treatment that will facilitate bone growth and provide structural support at the same time. A second Houston-based team is led by principal investigator Mauro Ferrari of UTHSC-H and includes two Rice co-principal investigators Antonios Mikos, Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and director of Rice’s Center for Excellence in Tissue Engineering, and Kurt Kasper, faculty fellow in the Bioengineering Department. Mikos said, “We are extremely excited to participate in this highly collaborative project, which seeks to develop a novel material to treat, stabilize, and heal highly complicated bone fractures, such as those commonly created through blast injuries to our troops. The technology to be explored through this research presents the potential to revolutionize the treatment of bone fractures both in civilian clinics and on the battlefield.” This team, which includes investigators from The Methodist Hospital, Texas A&M University, Northwestern University and Harvard University, plans to use synthetic biodegradable scaffolds together with specially engineered silicon particles with nanoscale features to enhance the strength and material properties of its fracture putty. AddThislast_img read more

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Houston Endowment grant helps Rice University train K12 school leaders

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Jessica StarkPHONE: 713-348-6777EMAIL: stark@rice.eduHouston Endowment grant helps Rice University train K-12 school leadersInnovative program combines business sense and educational entrepreneurshipThanks to a $3.475 million grant to Rice University from Houston Endowment, more than 100 Houston-area K-12 school leaders will have the opportunity to learn better management and other skills through the Rice Educational Entrepreneurship Program (REEP).REEP is an advanced degree and certificate program that prepares educational leaders to close achievement gaps and improve high school graduation rates. Offered through Rice’s Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, REEP equips its students with the business, innovation, organization and financial management tools they need to develop hands-on solutions to problems facing schools. The Houston Endowment grant, with support from Rice University, will help fund enrollment and tuition fees for more than 100 participants. The latest grant is in addition to a $7.2 million grant Houston Endowment awarded REEP in 2008, bringing the endowment’s funding of the program to nearly $10.7 million. “Rice University has a longstanding role in helping improve K-12 educational experiences and outcomes in Houston, and fundamental to that is the quality of the leadership of our schools,” said Rice President David Leebron. “We are proud to partner with Houston Endowment to build management skills that will translate into better schools and better educations for the community’s young people. For higher education to succeed in its mission, we need high performing K-12 schools, and this investment in school leadership is an investment in the future of our young people who are the future leaders of this city.”“This generous grant from Houston Endowment enables REEP to dramatically increase the pool of school leaders who are able to drive student academic performance,” said Andrea Hodge, executive director of REEP. “Our goal is to produce enough leadership talent to touch and improve every underperforming school in the Houston area.”REEP combines the faculty from the Jones Graduate School of Business with more than 30 leading educational researchers, practitioners and policymakers from around the country to provide a unique experience for its participants. Hodge said REEP is the country’s foremost development program for highly motivated educational leaders who are committed to affecting positive change. She said the program offers a unique, multidisciplinary approach that goes beyond the traditional educational framework. More than 50 school leaders have already participated in REEP and 35 more will begin the program this spring and summer. The grant will support another two cohorts. REEP offers three pathways: REEP’s MBA program is for aspiring principals who are interested in pursuing an MBA. It features tuition reimbursement for graduates who serve in leadership roles in public schools in the Greater Houston area.The REEP Business Certificate program is designed for aspiring or current school leaders who hold a master’s degree and want a stronger foundation in management and innovation.The REEP Summer Institute features a three-week session taught by nationally recognized education leaders and will be offered to a select group of principals and administrators, in addition to MBA and Business Certificate students. All three programs include a yearlong leadership series featuring national thought leaders in education who engage REEP participants in discussions ideas and issues in the field of education. Speakers have included Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, author Diane Ravitch and Teach for America founder Wendy Kopp. REEP is open to all Houston-area, K-12 aspiring and current public school leaders. Participants must apply for admission and will undergo a rigorous selection process. For more information on REEP, visit http://business.rice.edu/reep.aspx.last_img read more

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The Texas MBA Programs Guide Houston vs Dallas

first_img regions: Dallas / Houston If you’re looking to earn a Texas MBA, where should you go to school? Should you choose a top MBA program in Dallas or Houston? First, we need to take a look at the cities.Living in Dallas vs. HoustonFirst, let’s take a look at the cost of living in Dallas vs. Houston. According to Numbeo, the world’s most extensive database containing user contributed data about cities, the overall cost of living is relatively similar: $4,242 in Houston compared to $4,000 in Dallas. Houston barely edges out Dallas with a slightly higher cost of living, and here’s how that’s broken down.Consumer Prices: 35 percent higher in HoustonRent Prices: 7.30 percent higher in HoustonRestaurant Prices: 27 percent higher in HoustonGroceries Cost: 95 percent higher in HoustonLocal Purchasing Power: 26 percent lower in HoustonOther things to consider when choosing between Dallas and Houston include: IndustriesHouston is known for being the oil capital and is an ideal location for jobs in the energy industry.Dallas, on the other hand, is known for real estate (Tramelle Crow is headquartered here), as well as hedge funds and asset management firms. Texas MBA GMAT Averages RelatedPart-Time MBA Battle: Houston v. DallasAmong the bustling metros of the Lone Star State, Dallas and Houston are the biggest. Locals from the Houston and Dallas metros are die-hard about their towns, and their business schools take their MBA programs seriously. Both cities offer plenty of part-time options to prospective MBAs, so let’s take a…November 15, 2017In “Advice”Online MBA Programs in HoustonThere’s something to be said for living, working and going to school in Houston. According to the 2013 Annual Cost of Living Index, Houston has the third lowest overall cost of living among the nation’s most populous metros. As for housing prices, those are also 36.6 percent below average. And when…January 2, 2017In “Advice”Finding An MBA In Texas: Dallas Vs. HoustonCan a full-time MBA program differ per city? While you might assume that they’re all the same, the truth of the matter is that location can play a significant role in what’s available at any given program. Different cities focus on different industries or even job functions based on the…June 27, 2017In “Advice” Last Updated May 23, 2018 by Kelly VoFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail Texas MBA Post-Graduation Salaries About the AuthorKelly Vo    Kelly Vo is a writer who specializes in covering MBA programs, digital marketing, and personal development.View more posts by Kelly Vo Economic Development: According to Site Selection Magazine, Houston and Dallas are comparatively equal when it comes to economic development, ranking second and third respectively.Top Companies: Houston edges out Dallas for being home to more Fortune 500 companies. In fact, Houston is home to 27 top companies compared to 14 in Dallas. However, they rank second and third respectively.However, according to Forbes, “while Houston and Dallas have decent amenities (and having better ones surely wouldn’t hurt), they aren’t places that offer a unique lifestyle brand, such as charming architecture or a cutting-edge arts scene.”Texas MBA ProgramsThe next step is to compare the top three MBA programs in each city. In particular, we wanted to take a look at the tuition rates (two years), GMAT averages, and post-graduation salaries at each program in each city to get a well-rounded picture.Overall, there are a few things to note right away.The top full-time MBA programs in both cities are ranked well. However, Houston programs tend to rank higher on major ranking sites such as The Economist and Bloomberg Businessweek.Houston tends to be more expensive regarding tuition ($93,052 vs. $69,191), but it also pays a higher salary ($110,000 vs. $92,000). This balances out with around a $25,000 difference in tuition and a $20,00 difference in post-graduation salary.Finally, GMAT averages for class profiles tend to be higher in Houston as well (688 vs. 660).Here’s how it all breaks down per school.Top 3 Houston MBA ProgramsMcCombs School of Business – University of Texas at AustinThe McCombs School of Business offers a full-time MBA, an Evening MBA, a Weekend MBA, and an Executive MBA program. And it’s considered one of the top business schools in the country, consistently ranking highly on various lists, including ranking 28 according to The Economist.Tuition Rates (two years): $91,000GMAT Averages: 703Post-Grad Salaries (Mean): $117,068Rice University – Jones Graduate School of BusinessThe Jones Graduate School at Rice University offers a full-time MBA program, an MBA for Professionals (part-time), and an Executive MBA Program. The school’s full-time MBA program ranked 10th on the Bloomberg Businessweek list in 2017.Tuition Rates (two years): $116,000GMAT Averages: 711Post-Grad Salaries (Mean): $112,158Mays Business School – Texas A&M UniversityThe Mays Business School has both a full-time MBA program as well as a part-time Professional MBA program. In addition, the school offers an Executive MBA. In 2017, The full-time MBA program ranked 20th overall by Forbes, and 22nd overall by Bloomberg Businessweek. Tuition Rates (two years): $72,158GMAT Averages: 649Post-Grad Salaries (Mean): $103,299Top 3 Dallas MBA ProgramsNaveen Jindal School of Management – University of Texas at DallasThe Naveen Jindal School offers a full-time MBA, part-time Professional MBA, Executive MBA, and Global Leadership Executive MBA program. The full-time MBA is well ranked according to the U.S. News & World Report, ranking 16th among public university programs in the U.S.Tuition Rates (two years): $27,603GMAT Averages: 678Post-Grad Salaries (Mean): $86,644Cox School of Business – Southern Methodist UniversityThe Cox School of Business at SMU offers a full-time MBA, Fast Track MBA, Professional MBA (part-time), and an Executive MBA program. Most recently, SMU Cox achieved its first Financial Times ranking at 91st.Tuition Rates (two years): $91,952GMAT Averages: 661Post-Grad Salaries (Mean): $96,587Neeley School of Business – Texas Christian UniversityAt the Neeley School of Business at TCU, MBA applicants can apply to the full-time MBA, Accelerated MBA, Professional MBA (part-time), Accelerated Professional MBA, or MBA for Energy Professionals program. The Economist ranked the Neeley School MBA ranks 61st overall on its most-recent ranking.Tuition Rates (two years): $88,020GMAT Averages: 640Post-Grad Salaries (Mean): $93,010Dallas vs. Houston Breakdown in ChartsWhen breaking down the data between MBA programs in Dallas and Houston, here’s what it looks like:Texas MBA Tuition The Texas MBA Programs Guide: Houston vs. Dallaslast_img read more

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Company Battle EY or PwC – Which is Best for MBAs

first_img EarningsEYPwC Total Earnings$201,700$192,000 Performance BonusUp to $31,700Up to $27,000 About the AuthorKelly Vo    Kelly Vo is a writer who specializes in covering MBA programs, digital marketing, and personal development.View more posts by Kelly Vo VacationThree weeks of vacation and 13 paid holidays22 workdays per year Singing Bonus$25,000$25,000 Last Updated Apr 2, 2019 by Kelly VoFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail As for the additional benefits offered by both companies, here’s EY and PwC had to say.Internship Opportunities: EY or PwCThe EY MBA internship opportunity is two months in length and provides MBA students with real-world experience about what life is like at EY. Interns will work with actual clients to develop their skills and test the water for what it’s like to work at EY. The experience can conclude with a five-day intern leadership event held at Walt Disney World.The PwC Senior Associate internship experience is ideal for MBA students who want to acclimate to PwC and get a feel for the culture, business, and development opportunities available. It’s a chance to expand your consulting skills and can end with a full-time job offer.Recruiting at Top Business SchoolsPwC and EY recruit at many of the same top business schools. INSEAD and Northwestern Kellogg send MBA graduates to both companies. However, Michigan Ross and Columbia Business School send more graduates to PwC while Stanford GSB and LBS send more graduates to EY.PwC RecruitingAnyone can apply for a job a PwC after graduating with your MBA. However, there are a few MBA programs that send a large percentage of their graduates to work at PwC. Those programs include INSEAD, Michigan Ross School of Business, Columbia Business School, Northwestern Kellogg School of Management, Dartmouth Tuck School of Business, and Chicago Booth School of Business.EY RecruitingAny MBA can apply for a consultant role at EY, but the company does actively recruit from some top business schools around the world. Some of the top programs EY recruits from include Harvard Business School, Kellogg School of Management, and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. The company also heavily recruits at international schools like INSEAD and the London Business School.MBA SponsorshipBoth PwC and EY offer MBA sponsorship for top performing employees.At EY, sponsorship is approved and funded by individual business units. Options include certification sponsorship, tuition reimbursement for specific courses, and fully paid tuition. You’ll need to discuss your specific options.At PwC, you are eligible for their Advisory Scholars program after three years. This includes full MBA sponsorship for selected candidates. To be considered, you must be a top-performer and commit to two-years at PwC post-MBA. PwC also offers student loan payoff assistance to the tune of $1,200/year. Maternity Leave16 weeks paid for primary caregivers and two weeks paid for non-primary.15 weeks paid maternity, 24 weeks unpaid, six weeks paid paternity. 401K PlanInvestment and matching options.Matching on the first 6 percent of pay saved Base Salary$145,000$140,000 If you attend a top business school, getting a job post-MBA graduation is reasonably secure. Your program has probably hosted dozens of recruiting events, you’ve worked closely with your career center, and you completed your internship, not to mention all the experiential learning courses that put you into close contact with companies and managers.Finding a job after your MBA is a piece of cake—at least when it comes to opportunities. There are a million in front of you. The problem happens when you try to narrow it down and make your final choice. How do you know if you’re choosing the right company for you? This decision particularly tricky for consultants—one of the hot jobs for MBA graduates in 2019—because there are so many options.And while no job is permanent and you can leave after a year or two if you find you’ve made the wrong choice, that’s not an ideal situation. To help you out, we’re taking a look at two of the top companies for consulting MBAs: Ernst & Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers. About PricewaterhouseCoopersPricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) offices in London, photographed on 14 February 2018.PricewaterhouseCoopers, known as PwC is one of the largest professional services firms in the world, ranking just below Deloitte. It’s known as one of the Big Four auditors and is a top choice for MBAs interested in consulting after graduation. Located in 158 countries, PwC provides services to 420 of the Fortune 500 companies with a global revenue of $41.3 billion.MBAs at PwCPwC hires most MBAs as Senior Associates to start. Typically, candidates choose their particular industry such as finance, operations, people & organization, risk, technology, and corporate finance and then move forward from there. As an MBA, you’ll be on a fast track to a management position and earn a competitive job package including a substantial base salary, signing bonus, and additional benefits (more about this later).As a Senior Associate at PwC, your job duties will include:Using collected data to develop strategic analyses and client deliverables.Building a productive team environment and solid/collaborative relationships.Applying strategic and numerical analysis to key information and business/industry trends.About EYEY is another of the Big Four accounting firms as well as a multinational professional services firm. It’s one of the largest firms of its kind in the world with offers in around 150 countries and over 270,000 employees worldwide. It’s a top choice for MBA graduates to work, ranking 52nd on the 100 Best Companies to Work For list compiled by Fortune magazine in 2018. Their global annual revenue is $34.8 billion across their assurance, tax, consulting, and advisory services.Ernst & Young offices, Hoboken, New Jersey / Photo via Ernst & YoungMBAs at EYEY hires MBAs as part of their Consultant Career Track. This track typically starts with MBAs as Senior Associates focused on a particular industry. As a consultant at EY, you’ll play a critical leadership role and work with a variety of clients at various levels. You’ll be the primary client contact and take on an accelerated role that uses your analytics, communication, teamwork, and leadership skills.An EY consultant’s job duties include:Overseeing processes through completion and addressing challenges as they arise.Driving insight through structuring and planning the analytical process.Day-to-day liaison between the client and the case team.MBA Salaries and Benefits: EY or PwCAccording to 2018 salaries collected by Management Consulted, MBAs at EY can expect to earn slightly more per year than MBAs at PwC. Signing bonuses are the same at both companies—$25,000—but the base salary and performance bonus opportunities are both greater at EY. Health InsuranceUnited or Blue CrossUnitedHealthcare BenefitsEYPwC Company Battle: EY or PwC – Which is Best for MBAs? 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, DC RelatedThe Not-So-Secret Way To Land a Job at EY-ParthenonAfter the hard work and sweat of earning an MBA degree, you’ve probably thrown yourself into searching for the perfect job to match your new found expertise. Luckily, some of the world’s top companies are also looking for you. Companies like EY-Parthenon are always looking to recruit top MBA talent…December 27, 2017In “EY”What Are The 5 Highest Paying Consulting Firms in the World?”Is this going to be worth it?” If you are currently or have ever considered earning an MBA degree, it’s likely that you’ve asked yourself this question. Given the burgeoning cost of tuition—especially for top business programs—plus the loss in income and cost of living while pursuing your education, it’s…March 15, 2018In “Advice”New MBA Jobs: Apple, Fidelity, BlackRock, and MoreWhether you earned your MBA after your undergraduate studies and want a great entry level position, or you’re a seasoned vet who earned their MBA to make a big career jump, there’s plenty of jobs out there for MBAs. Stay on top of the latest and greatest job opportunities for…August 20, 2018In “A.T. Kearney”last_img read more

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Military Plane Black Helicopters Spotted Over Manhattan

first_img A large military airplane and two helicopters spooked some New Yorkers on Tuesday, who craned their necks upward to get a better glimpse of what was going on.The plane, seen circling over Manhattan, prompted a number of people to tweet speculation and questions about the aircraft. Two Black Hawk helicopters were spotted nearby.“This plane that’s been circling over (sic) manhattan is starting to freak me out,” one person wrote on the social media website.Reports on Tuesday evening indicated that the plane was indeed a C-130 Hercules propeller plane, which was conducting aerial mapping for the U.S. Secret Service. The operation was likely linked to security surrounding President-elect Donald Trump and his family.Went to an office window not expecting anything but just saw the plane that’s circling low over Manhattan, which I don’t love…..— LoreenaMcKennittVEVO (@robertbalkovich) December 13, 2016 #Military #plane C-130? Circling around #Manhattan. Anyone have answers? pic.twitter.com/U6Q7r9bvmZ— Sasha Moses (@sashamoses76) December 13, 2016 Military Plane, Black Helicopters Spotted Over Manhattan By Epoch Newsroom December 14, 2016 Updated: December 14, 2016  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US An unnamed Federal Aviation Administration official told Business Insider that the plane was “conducting authorized flights over New York City in coordination with FAA air traffic control.”Washington Post reporter Thomas Gibbons-Neff spoke with Air Force Colonel Nicholas Broccoli, who told him the flight was part of “standard military training.”An NYPD spokesperson told WCBS he would “have to call either the Secret Service or the military” for more details on the air exercises. Share this article Share Show Discussionlast_img read more

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Marine Aircraft MV22 Osprey Crashes Off Australian Coast 3 Marines Still Missing

first_img Share this article Show Discussion Marine Aircraft MV-22 Osprey Crashes Off Australian Coast, 3 Marines Still Missing By NTD Television August 5, 2017 Updated: August 5, 2017 A U.S. Marine aircraft crashed off the coast of Australia. Twenty-three of the 26 on board have been found alive but the search for three more continues.The crash occurred while Marines were flying an MV-22 Osprey. The incident occurred off Shoalwater Bay in Queensland, according to Fox News.After confirming that no Australian Defense Force members were on board the aircraft, Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne said she had spoken with U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis “to offer Australia’s support in any way that can be of assistance.”The aircraft crashed into the water after taking off from the USS Bonhomme Richard amphibious assault ship. The aircraft was conducting scheduled operations. Boats and aircraft on the ship sprang into action. The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group are actively looking for the missing service members, according to a statement by the Marines. Ships, small boats, and aircraft are all involved in the rescue operation. MV22 Osprey tilt-rotor transport aircraft (JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images) The aircraft that crashed is a unique one. The MV-22 Osprey has two propellers that face upward like a helicopter, but then can turn forward like an airplane, making it a versatile aircraft. Even though Marines died during testing of the MV-22 Osprey years ago, it is still popular due to its speed and maneuverability advantages over traditional helicopters, according to Reuters.The USS Bonhomme Richard was still in the area after joint training exercises involving 33,000 U.S. and Australian military personnel and 200 aircraft ended two weeks ago. The two countries’ militaries conduct the Talisman Sabre exercise every other year.Another, more deadly crash involving a U.S. Marine aircraft occurred in Mississippi just last month. Fifteen Marines and one Navy sailor died when a KC-130 crashed into a field, as an earlier Epoch Times article reports. The Marines have chosen to ground all similar aircraft until further notice, as CNN reported.As Fox News reports, total U.S. military aircraft crashes so far this year, not occurring in combat, is 12. About 70 percent of Marine Corps fighter jets can’t fly because of repair issues and reduced flight hours due to years of budget cuts.From NTD.tv  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share US last_img read more

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Vegas Hotel Says Gunman Opened Fire 40 Seconds After Shooting Security Guard

first_imgThe Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas in this file photo. (Ethan Miller/File Photo/Reuters) Vegas Hotel Says Gunman Opened Fire 40 Seconds After Shooting Security Guard By Jack Phillips October 13, 2017 Updated: October 13, 2017 US News Show Discussion The Las Vegas hotel from where gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire, killing 58 people in the deadliest U.S. mass shooting ever, said that he began shooting at the crowd 40 seconds after shooting at a security guard.MGM Resorts International said Thursday that the police account saying Paddock opened fire six minutes after shooting security guard Jesus Campos through his hotel room door was wrong, CNN reported. Police initially said Campos approached his room as the shooting was underway, which prompted him to fire at him through the door.MGM, which owns the Mandalay Bay hotel, said the time the guard was shot was wrong.“The 9:59 p.m. PDT time was derived from a Mandalay Bay report manually created after the fact without the benefit of information we now have. We are now confident that the time stated in this report is not accurate,” MGM said.“We know that shots were being fired at the festival lot at the same time as, or within 40 seconds after, the time Jesus Campos first reported that shots were fired over the radio,” MGM added. The suspected gunman in the Las Vegas mass shooting. Las Vegas Metro Police Department spokesperson Laura Meltzer said the department won’t comment on the hotel statement.Police have still not found a motive for the shooting, which also injured more than 400 people.Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, who oversees the Las Vegas police department, on Wednesday defended the speed of the police response in an interview with the Las Vegas CBS television affiliate, Reuters reported.“No matter what that timeline was, the response was as quick as possible. I don’t think the response could have been any faster,” Lombardo said in a video posted on the station’s LasVegasNow.com website. The Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, that Stephen Paddock fired from, is seen in the evening in thein Las Vegas, Nevada on October 4, 2017.(ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)Las Vegas police officers were with armed hotel security officers in the building when Campos, who was checking an open-door alarm also on the 32nd floor, first reported that shots were fired over the radio, MGM said. Both groups immediately responded to the 32nd floor.The police have said they assembled a SWAT team and burst into Paddock’s room to find him dead 81 minutes after the shooting began.“We will continue to work with law enforcement as we have from the first moments of this tragedy as they work toward developing an accurate timeline,” MGM said.Reuters contributed to this article.center_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this article Sharelast_img read more

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DOJ Official Bruce Ohr Hid Wifes Fusion GPS Payments From Ethics Officials

first_img Bruce Ohr, the Department of Justice official who brought opposition research on President Donald Trump to the FBI, did not disclose that Fusion GPS, which performed that research at the Democratic National Committee’s behest, was paying his wife, and did not obtain a conflict of interest waiver from his superiors at the Justice Department, documents obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation show.The omission may explain why Ohr was demoted from his post as associate deputy attorney general after the relationship between Fusion GPS and his wife emerged and Fusion founder Glenn Simpson acknowledged meeting with Ohr. Willfully falsifying government ethics forms can carry a penalty of jail time, if convicted.The Democratic National Committee (DNC) hired Fusion GPS to gather and disseminate damning info about Trump, and they in turn paid Nellie Ohr, a former CIA employee with expertise in Russia, for an unknown role related to the “dossier.” Bruce Ohr then brought the information to the FBI, kicking off a probe and a media firestorm.The DOJ used it to obtain a warrant to wiretap a Trump adviser, but didn’t disclose to the judge that the DNC and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s campaign had funded the research and that Ohr had a financial relationship with the firm that performed it—which could be, it turns out, because Ohr doesn’t appear to have told his supervisors. Some have suggested that the financial payments motivated Bruce Ohr to actively push the case.For 2014 and 2015, Bruce Ohr disclosed on ethics forms that his wife was an “independent contractor” earning consulting fees. In 2016, she added a new employer who paid her a “salary,” but listed it vaguely as “cyberthreat analyst,” and did not say the name of the company.The instructions require officials to “Provide the name of your spouse’s employer. In addition, if your spouse’s employer is a privately held business, provide the employer’s line of business.” As examples, it gives “Xylophone Technologies Corporation” and “DSLK Financial Techniques, Inc. (financial services).” The dollar amount does not need to be disclosed. “Report each source, whether a natural person or an organization or entity, that provided your spouse more than $1,000 of earned income during the reporting period,” they say. The DOJ says, “Financial disclosure reports are used to identify potential or actual conflicts of interest. If the person charged with reviewing an employee’s report finds a conflict, he should impose a remedy immediately.” Its guidance says, “Employees should always seek the advice of an ethics official when contemplating any action that may be covered by the rules.”Paul Kamenar, a Washington, D.C., public policy lawyer experienced in executive branch ethics and disclosure laws, said, “Based on my reading of the regulations and disclosure guide accompanying the form, he failed to disclose the source of his wife’s income on line 4 by not including the ‘name of the employer.’”“The law provides that whoever ‘knowingly and willfully’ fails to file information required to be filed on this report faces civil penalties up to $50,000 and possible criminal penalties up to one year in prison under the disclosure law and possibly up to five years in prison under 18 USC 1001,” he said. “Since he lists her income type as ‘salary’ as opposed to line 1 where he describes her other income as ‘consulting fees’ as an ‘independent contractor’ it’s clear that she was employed by a company that should have been identified by name.”“And even with respect to her ‘independent contractor’ listing, it appears incomplete by not describing what kind of services were provided. Both these omissions do not give the reviewing official sufficient information to determine whether there is a conflict,” Kamenar added. Bruce Ohr spouse financial disclosure (DOJ)Ohr also did not get a conflict of interest waiver from his supervisors, suggesting that he may not have explained to anyone the true source of the income and how it intersected with his official involvement in the case, nor did he have approval.If a potential conflict is disclosed and explained to supervisors, a government agency can grant a conflict of interest waiver, known as a 208(b) waiver. In response to a records request, officials told TheDCNF, “There are no … waivers for this filer.”Scott Amey, general counsel of the Project on Government Oversight, said “he couldn’t get a waiver for that. That would have required outright refusal.” Making it potentially even worse than failing to recuse, Ohr’s pressing the Trump case appears to be something he decided to do on his own, rather than something assigned to him.Bruce Ohr was demoted from his DOJ position shortly after the company’s founder acknowledged in a Nov. 14, 2017, interview with the House Intelligence Committee that he had met with him. Fox News reported in December that Ohr had concealed his meetings with the firm from his supervisors.The form says, “[F]alsification of information required to be filed by section 102 of the [Ethics in Government Act of 1978] may also subject you to criminal prosecution” as well as “civil monetary penalty and to disciplinary action by your employing agency.”The lack of disclosure is the latest of several examples of people apparently trying to conceal the financial relationship that Fusion GPS, which was funded by the DNC, had with the family of the DOJ official.In Fusion GPS founder Simpson’s November House interview, he conspicuously omitted his relationship with Nellie Ohr, painting Bruce Ohr as someone who he was connected to independently. Investigators said, “You’ve never heard from anyone in the U.S. Government in relation to those matters, either the FBI or the Department of Justice?”“I was asked to provide some information … by a prosecutor named Bruce Ohr,” he said.Investigators said, “Did Mr. Ohr reach out to you?”“It was someone that Chris Steele knows … and I met Bruce too through organized crime conferences or something like that … Chris told me that he had been talking to Bruce … and that Bruce wanted more information, and suggested that I speak with Bruce,” Simpson said.Simpson also said his firm was not affiliated with any Russian speakers, even though Nellie Ohr appears to speak the language.In addition to meeting with Simpson, Ohr also met with Steele before the election.In an earlier Aug. 22, 2017, interview with the Senate Judiciary Committee, Simpson didn’t mention either of the Ohrs by name. He said he had not met with any FBI officials about the matter, without noting his contact with the DOJ official.Simpson suggested in court records on Dec. 12, 2017, that the only way government investigators could have found out about Nellie Ohr’s relationship with the company was through its bank records. “Bank records reflect that Fusion contracted with Nellie Ohr, a former government official expert in Russian matters, to help our company with its research and analysis of Mr. Trump. I am not aware of any other sources from which the committee or the media could have learned of this information,” he said.Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, a conservative legal group that has been critical of the department’s handling of the Trump investigation, said, “This document ought to trigger an immediate criminal investigation if one isn’t already ongoing.”Kathleen Clark, an ethics expert and law professor at Washington University in St. Louis, said beyond the disclosure issue, as far as the legal definition of conflict of interest requiring a recusal, it could depend on whether Ohr’s actions would have had a “direct and predictable” effect on his wife’s income from Fusion GPS.Kamenar said what is known as the frequently used “catch-all” provision clearly applies, saying “Circumstances… would cause a reasonable person with knowledge of the facts to question an employee’s impartiality” require recusal.Amey said, “As a lawyer and a top Justice official, Ohr should know that he can’t participate in anything related to his wife’s work … Ohr should have been upfront about his wife’s employment and not touched anything related to Steele, the dossier, and Fusion GPS.” The DOJ’s judgment is only as good as the information volunteered to them by Ohr, he said, and because he didn’t list the name of his wife’s employer, they likely had no reason to suspect it might have impacted his work.Walter Schaub, a former government ethics czar who is an expert on the forms and resigned after offering sharp criticisms of Trump, declined repeated requests to weigh in on Ohr.Bruce Ohr did not return a request for comment, nor did the DOJ.Follow Luke on Twitter. Send tips to luke@dailycallernewsfoundation.org. PGP key. Share this article US News DOJ Official Bruce Ohr Hid Wife’s Fusion GPS Payments From Ethics Officials By The Daily Caller News Foundation February 15, 2018 Updated: February 16, 2018  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img The Department of Justice seal. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times) Share Show Discussionlast_img read more

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Photo of Kind Teenagers Helping a Homeless Man Goes Viral

first_img Share Show Discussion Photo of Kind Teenagers Helping a Homeless Man Goes Viral By John Smithies, Epoch Times March 1, 2018 Updated: March 1, 2018 US News Share this article Recommended Video: Brothers Step in When They See Man Harassing Two Teen Girls on New York Subway  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   An Ohio woman has described how she was “sobbing her eyes out” after witnessing three teenage boys donating money to a homeless man.Jenna Steele was driving in Toledo on Feb. 25 when she saw students Isaac Reed, Zach Renaud, and Deshaun Wood get out of their car to talk to a local homeless man who was begging.She then saw the trio pull out their wallets and give the man some money.Amazed, Steele took a picture that she then posted to Facebook with her account of what she had witnessed.She wrote: “I just sat at the corner of Jackman & Alexis sobbing my eyes out. A car of three teenage boys pulled in to the gas station, parked their car, they all got out and one by one took their wallets out and handed this homeless man some cash. They then shook his hand and went on their way.“Let’s stop giving attention to the youth that do these horrible acts and start giving attention to THESE kind of kids. Maybe we will start a new kindness trend & make kids famous for these kind of things.” The post has since been shared nearly 70,000 times on the social network, with one person commenting, “I still believe there are a lot of good kids out there, they just aren’t publicized. Great job guys!”Isaac Reed, one of the boys in the picture, also commented, saying that what had happened was part of a video project the students were involved in.He wrote, “My friends and I decided we will make a YouTube channel talking to homeless people hearing their stories and giving them food and supplies.”Steele told International Business Times that the three boys had been in contact with her to thank her for posting the picture.She said, “They just wanted to thank me for spreading the positivity further. Wow! THAT is how I choose to look at our youth. Amazing young men! Thank you for being the light in this sometimes ugly world.” Follow John on Twitter: @jdsmithies last_img read more

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Monsanto Faces Man Dying of Cancer in Roundup Trial

first_imgActivists take part in a march against US agrochemical giant Monsanto and GMO food products, May 23, 2015, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images) Lee Johnson’s doctors didn’t think he’d live long enough to testify in court that exposure to Monsanto Co.’s Roundup weed killer caused his deadly cancer.But the 46-year-old is now first in line to go to trial against the agrochemical giant among thousands of people across the U.S. who blame its herbicide for their disease.As groundskeeper for the school district in Benicia, California, about 40 miles east of San Francisco, Johnson mixed and sprayed hundreds of gallons of Roundup. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2014, and in July, after chemotherapy and other treatment, his oncologist gave him six months to live.‘Canary in the Coal Mine’Glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup, was first approved for use in Monsanto’s weed killer in 1974. As it grew to become the world’s most popular and widely used herbicide, the question of whether it causes cancer has been hotly debated by environmentalists, regulators, researchers, and lawyers—even as Monsanto has insisted for decades that it’s perfectly safe. Now, a jury will decide in a case set to start this week in San Francisco state court.The outcome won’t be binding on any of the thousands of plaintiffs in St. Louis making similar claims, or for the approximately 300 cases before a federal judge in San Francisco, or even the dozens of lawsuits consolidated in nearby Oakland. But Johnson’s lawyers, who are involved in lawsuits in all those jurisdictions, see his trial as an indicator of how others will go.The trial is the “canary in the coal mine,” said Tim Litzenburg, a lawyer representing Johnson. “The world is watching, and it’s unofficially a bellwether case.” Superior Court Judge Suzanne Ramos Bolanos was assigned to oversee the trial, according to a statement from Johnson’s lawyers June 18. Jury selection and pretrial hearings will take five to seven days, they said, with opening statements possible as soon as June 25.Johnson’s trial was “barely on any investors’ radar screens,” Jonas Oxgaard, an analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., said in an email in early June. “It seems like there are always a few lawsuits claiming Monsanto is responsible for everything from cancer to the Black Plague.”Assuming RiskBayer AG’s $63 billion acquisition of Monsanto closed this month. Oxgaard said Bayer will probably assume Monsanto’s risk from the prolific litigation over glyphosate. As of August, Monsanto had a reserve fund for environmental and litigation liability of $277 million, according to a regulatory filing.Monsanto says glyphosate is the most tested herbicide in history.“Every major regulatory agency charged with answering the question has, with the benefit of all the available primary data, concluded that glyphosate is not likely to pose risks of carcinogenicity,” Monsanto argued in a court filing.A Long-Winded TrialCancers like Johnson’s, a type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, “take many years to form,” Monsanto said in the filing, previewing a possible argument at trial. The short period between Johnson’s first exposure in 2012 and his diagnosis in 2014 “precludes any possible causal connection here,” according to the company.A pretrial ruling allows Johnson’s lawyers to try to use internal Monsanto correspondence to show that the company has long been aware of the risk its herbicides are carcinogenic.“A civil jury is the last great equalizer in America,” Litzenburg said. “We’re excited to get twelve people off the street, telling our story to a bunch of regular folks, hearing the other side, and then letting them decide what’s right.” US News Monsanto Faces Man Dying of Cancer in Roundup Trial By Bloomberg June 19, 2018 Updated: June 19, 2018  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Share Share this article Show Discussionlast_img read more

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first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share Teen Awakens From Coma in Time for Christmas By Chris Jasurek December 13, 2018 Updated: December 13, 2018 US News Christina VanDerVelden is still in delicate health, but she has awakened from her coma and is no longer in imminent danger of dying. Her family feels that the prayers of all her supporters helped her pull through. (GoFundMe)  QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video center_img The doctors told William and Alaina to prepare for the worst, Fox News reported. Chrissy’s body was exhausted after two years of fighting the various health complications associated with cystic fibrosis, and it seemed to be ready to quit.The Van der Velden’s are a family of strong faith, and despite the grim prognosis, they kept praying for a Christmas miracle.On Dec. 5, their prayers were answered. Instead of slipping out of life, Chrissy van der Velden returned to consciousness.According to the family’s GoFundMe page, “We have remarkable news!! On 12/5/2018 when Chrissy’s parents went to see her, the nurses told them they have a surprise!! Chrissy was awake!“Her eyes were open, she grabs your hand and she is trying to communicate. She can answer questions by nodding her head yes or no!! She tires very easily and closes her eyes. Our Christmas Miracle is happening!”Chrissy is still stuck full of tubes Chrissy is still stuck full of tubes helping her heal. (GoFundMe.)A Long Road Still AheadChrissy and her family still have a long hard road to travel before she is finally healthy. Her parents realize that but they are counting their blessings.“We take every day minute-to-minute, and live off hope and prayers,” Alaina told Fox News.“[Chrissy] still needs to get better just to be put on the list to be eligible for a dual lung transplant.”Chrissy is still in precarious health. She has had drains installed in her liver and gall bladder to drain discharge there. Cystic fibrosis can affect the liver, kidneys, and gall bladder, changing the way the body digests fats. She has also had a long-term IV line installed.She is on antibiotics for her infected gall bladder but the long-term antibiotic regimen has killed all the beneficial flora in her stomach, which led to a clostridium infection, necessitating even more antibiotics.Chrissy and her mother Alaina Chrissy and her mother Alaina in the hospital but healthy enough to share some good feelings (GoFundMe)Financial Ruin, But Incessant HopeTo add to the numerous medical bills the family is facing, their cars have broken down. The family has been forced to rely on rented cars and Ubers, which is much more expensive—and eats up the money they might use to repair their own cars.The medical bills, of course, are overwhelming. With Chrissy and her mother spending so much time in the hospital, and then more time visiting doctors, plus paying for medication, the family is facing a grim holiday season financially.That is why they have created a GoFundMe page but Alaina van der Velden doesn’t just ask for money.“If you have it in your heart to give, we would be eternally grateful. If not, just a simple thought or prayer can work wonders,” Alaina posted on the page.“Our whole family is struggling right now while Chrissy is in the fight for her life!!”Alaina continues, “Please, if not a donation, a prayer (we need all we can get), and a share would be awesome!!”From NTD.comWatch Next:How a Traditional Spiritual Practice Changed the Lives of These PeopleThe practice has attracted tens of millions across the world and at its core are just three simple principles: truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance. The waning months of 2018 have not brought much cheer to the Van der Velden family of Jacksonville, Florida.William and Alaina, both retired navy veterans have two daughters; 18-year-old Alexis and 17-year-old Christina who they call “Chrissy.”Alexis is on the Autism spectrum and struggles each day to deal with the world. Other than family troubles, fall didn’t bring any particular pain to Alexis.Mom Alaina, on the other hand, suffered a good deal of trouble. Somehow, she contracted West Nile Virus, which led to encephalitis and spinal meningitis. Alaina survived her infections and is finally starting to mend.Alaina VanDerVelden spent a long time in the hospital Alaina VanDerVelden spent a long time in the hospital recovering from West Nile Virus, encephalitis, and spinal meningitis. (GoFundMe.)Chrissy has had the worst of it. The 17-year-old has cystic fibrosis; an incurable but treatable disease that primarily attacks the lungs, and causes frequent infections and difficulty breathing.Chrissy’s health took a sharp downturn as autumn arrived. The teen has spent the past three months trying to get well. She has mostly been confined to the hospital, and was only able to be at home for a week on two occasions out of all that time.Things got really bleak a few days after Thanksgiving. Chrissy was moved to the hospital’s intensive care unit as she was unable to breathe on her own, and soon dropped into a coma, kept alive only by machines. Share this article Show Discussionlast_img read more

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first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   FCC Chairman Opposes China Mobile Bid to Provide US Services By Reuters April 17, 2019 Updated: April 17, 2019 China-US News Share Share this articlecenter_img Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai said on April 17 he opposes China Mobile Ltd’s bid to provide U.S. telecommunications services and that the commission will vote on whether to deny the application in May.“It is clear that China Mobile’s application to provide telecommunications services in our country raises substantial and serious national security and law enforcement risks,” Pai said in a statement. China Mobile first applied for permission in 2011.FCC officials said approval could have boosted Chinese intelligence gathering efforts.The comments amid a broader U.S. campaign to limit the role of Chinese telecommunications firms in the build out of 5G networks comes as Western governments grapple with the national security implications of moving to 5G, which promises to be at least 100 times faster than the current 4G networks.The state-owned firm China Mobile had sought approval to provide services for phone calls between the United States and other countries. It did not seek approval to provide wireless services to U.S. consumers.The Trump administration said last year China Mobile wanted to be able to “interconnect and have greater access to telephone lines, fiber-optic cables, cellular networks, and communication satellites throughout the United States’ telecommunications network.” China Mobile USA, which filed the application, is a Delaware corporation that is indirectly and ultimately owned and controlled by the Chinese regime, the FCC said.In 2011, China Mobile sought FCC approval to provide international facilities-based and resale telecommunications services between the United States and foreign destinations.In July 2018, after a lengthy review of the application and consultation with the U.S. intelligence community, a group of executive branch agencies recommended the FCC deny China Mobile’s application citing “substantial national security and law enforcement risks that cannot be resolved through a voluntary mitigation agreement.”Pai has circulated a draft order that would deny the request and find that China Mobile “is vulnerable to exploitation, influence, and control by the Chinese government.”For more than a year, the White House has been considering an executive order to declare a national emergency that would bar U.S. companies from using telecommunications equipment made by Huawei and ZTE.The FCC has also been considering for more than a year whether to require carriers to remove and replace equipment from firms deemed a national security risk. Pai said on Friday that the proposal is still pending.By David Shepardson Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission Ajit Pai speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor in Maryland, U.S. on Feb. 23, 2018. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) Show Discussionlast_img read more

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first_imgA deceased child, believed to be a seven-year-old citizen of India, was discovered 17 miles west of Lukeville by U.S. Border Patrol yesterday morning. Bi-national search for anyone associated continues. @CBP #TucsonSector Details: https://t.co/tQAxifezk5 pic.twitter.com/XBJkDpJH02— CBP Arizona (@CBPArizona) June 13, 2019 A general view of the US border fence, covered in concertina wire, separating the US and Mexico, at the outskirts of Nogales, Arizona, on Feb. 9, 2019. (Ariana Drehsler/AFP/Getty Images) Share this article CBP Find Abandoned Body of 7-Year-Old Girl Who Died While Crossing Southern Border By Janita Kan June 14, 2019 Updated: July 19, 2019  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussioncenter_img Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents have found the body of a 7-year-old girl, who they say was abandoned after she died while illegally crossing a remote section of the U.S.-Mexico border.Officials believed the girl from India died after human smugglers forced her and a group of illegal immigrants to cross a section of the border in Arizona. Her body was found early June 12, about 17 miles west of Lukeville, according to a statement.“This is a senseless death driven by cartels who are profiting from putting lives at risk,” said Tucson Chief Patrol Agent Roy Villareal. “Our sympathies are with this little girl and her family.”Agents said they first became aware of the illegal crossing after they arrested two Indian women. They said three people from their group—a woman and two children—were separated from them while crossing. Border Patrol subsequently began looking for the missing people, where they deployed aircraft, helicopters, and additional agents to help with the search.“Within hours, they discovered the little girl’s remains, which were recovered by the Pima County Sheriff’s Department,” Border Patrol said in their statement.They added that they had located footprints of the remaining two members but were not able to locate them or any associated persons. Agents believe they had crossed back into Mexico.Officials described the area as being “dangerous and austere.” The temperature reached 108 degrees on the day, according to the statement. Point of where CBP agents found the body of the 7-year-old girl on June 12, 2019. (CBP)“One mile south of the where the girl’s body was found, Mexico’s Highway 2 runs parallel to the border, a few hundred yards south of the international boundary. On the U.S. side of the border, this remote area is a rugged desert wilderness with few backcountry roads and little to no resources,” the statement said.The agency has repeatedly warned about the dangers of making the trek through Mexico and crossing the southern border illegally into the United States.“Criminal organizations continue to exploit innocent human lives in order to enhance their illicit activities without due regard to the risks of human life,” the CBP said in a previous statement. “In most cases these smugglers never cross the border themselves in order to avoid apprehension.”CBP data has shown record highs in the apprehension of illegal aliens at the border. In May, border patrol agents detained more than 132,000 people crossing from Mexico—the highest level since 2006. Moreover, during the first seven months of the 2019 fiscal year, 531,711 illegal aliens crossed the border into the United States, according to CBP data.groups of illegal aliens U.S. Border Patrol agents detained two large groups of illegal immigrants consisting of over 400 people within five minutes in the El Paso area on March 19, 2019. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)These numbers have overwhelmed the U.S. immigration system, recently prompting President Donald Trump to take action against Mexico, saying he would impose a 5 percent tariff on all Mexican goods to stem the influx of illegal immigrants.The two countries subsequently reached a deal on June 7 to avoid the tariffs that would see an expanded implementation of the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), commonly known as the “Remain in Mexico” policy and an increase in security throughout the country.On June 10, Trump announced that the two countries had signed another key portion of an immigration deal, which is awaiting approval by Mexico’s legislative body, and added that if the deal is not ratified then the tariffs on Mexican products would be reinstated, with incremental increases to as much as 25 percent.“We have fully signed and documented another very important part of the Immigration and Security deal with Mexico, one that the U.S. has been asking about getting for many years,” Trump wrote. “It will be revealed in the not too distant future and will need a vote by Mexico’s Legislative body!”“We do not anticipate a problem with the vote but, if for any reason the approval is not forthcoming, Tariffs will be reinstated!” the president added.Mexican officials announced on June 12 that they began deploying National Guard Forces to its southern border it shares with Guatemala in an attempt to ebb the flow of illegal immigration. They added that Mexico has established a working group with a number of Central American countries such as Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador to coordinate their efforts. Follow Janita on Twitter: @janitakan US News Sharelast_img read more

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first_img Share The incident was reported at around 10:30 a.m. around the 1000 block of West Seventh Street. (Google Maps) #BREAKING LAPD bomb squad responds to reports of drone affixed with fireworks located on roof of DTLA buildinghttps://t.co/Kivbqd8gDr— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) July 17, 2019  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussion Update: LAPD Bomb Squad Responds to Report of Drone on Top of Downtown LA Building By Jack Phillips July 17, 2019 Updated: July 17, 2019 An LAPD bomb squad responded to downtown Los Angeles Wednesday afternoon after a drone apparently landed on a roof of a building there https://t.co/WleJUQP3L6— KTLA (@KTLA) July 17, 2019center_img UPDATE: ABC7 reported that the drone was strapped with fireworks, and police found it on the DTLA building. However, the station did not elaborate on the incident, but it said that traffic is being redirected around 7th Street.—The Los Angeles Police Department is responding to a reported drone near downtown on July 17.Local station KTLA reported that the bomb squad is on the scene. The drone apparently landed on the DTLA building.The incident was reported at around 10:30 a.m. around the 1000 block of West 7th Street. The LAPD was notified about two hours later, said officials. According to KCAL, police couldn’t confirm if the drone was carrying fireworks. Share this article US News It’s not clear if the building was evacuated.Other details about the incident are not clear.last_img read more

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Tamara Pimentel APTN News Lori Eagle Plume visits

first_imgTamara PimentelAPTN NewsLori Eagle Plume visits the Blood Tribe Department of Health regularly for her suboxone treatment after kicking her addiction four years ago.Her motivation? The thought of losing her children to the foster care system.“Them almost getting taken away from me, it was hard knowing that – either you get help today or if you don’t, we’re going to go take your kids,” she said.“I thought about my kids and I was like, No. OK, I’m going to get help, I’ll do it for them.”Eagle Plume got help in time, but Dr. Esther Tailfeathers says parents losing their kids because of drug use is an all too common story in the community south of Calgary.“There’s not a huge safety net for them. We’re so busy concentrating on saving the lives of people who are addicted that we’re not watching the fallout around them and the youth are absorbing a lot of the grief,” Tailfeathers said.“We’re seeing more youth becoming addicted. We had a 13-year-old that overdosed in front of our tribal office a week ago.”In November, the Blood Tribe was hit with 57 overdoses and four deaths. The worst month this year.“It feels like we’re living in the city with the sirens,” said Eagle Plume.“We never used to be like that. When you hear the sirens, you just know what it is.”Tailfeathers says the community has taken major steps to save people from overdoses. Emergency Health Services has increased its number of ambulances and team members and added more offices to the Blood Tribe Police Service.But while some lives are being saved, Tailfeathers said families have lost their housing to addictions, children are becoming homeless, they’re hungry because they aren’t getting the nutrition they need and many are not attending school.And, Tailfeathers said, 39 per cent of babies from the Blood Tribe are born into neonatal abstinence.“Usually those babies are not released to the mother, they’re released to either to a family member who becomes a temporary guardian or they’re released into the foster care system. That’s one part of our populations that we haven’t been paying attention to and we really do need to be concerned,” she said.Overdoses have impacted the economy of the Blood Tribe, as well.“It would be so nice if we could be spending all that money that we’re spending on saving lives, if we could spend that on the other end and make this a really nice place to be and actually dealing with the trauma issues that we need to deal with, but we’re not getting there,” Tailfeathers said.As Eagle Plume makes another visit to the department of health, she encouraged others struggling with addictions to seek help.“Coming off drugs was one of the best things because I got my family back. I got my home. It was one of the best things I’ve ever done,” she said.tpimentel@aptnnews.ca@tamara_APTNlast_img read more

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Central Oregon Students Win Inventerprise 2013 Contest

first_img You would think that not much could be done to improve the lowly coat hanger—but you would be wrong! Some 1,350 Central Oregon students proposed improvements to gadgets, systems, or processes—including the coat hanger—in Inventerprise 2013, the annual science problem-solving contest sponsored by Bend Research, with help from Bend-La Pine Schools and Central Oregon Community College.  Winners were announced this week from 1,090 entries in this year’s 22nd annual contest. Students from 34 Central Oregon schools and homeschoolers in grades K-12 competed for cash and other prizes in the contest. This year, students were challenged by the statement “I can do better than this” to reinvent everything from everyday gadgets to industrial projects. Their responses ranged from a device to suck the muck from Mirror Pond to a device that prevented drivers from texting while in a moving vehicle. Several students tackled problems with hangers. A first-grade student from St. Thomas Academy in Redmond submitted a working model of a pull-down hanger designed to easily remove clothing from her closet. A Black Butte School sixth-grader submitted a working prototype of a hinged, spring-loaded hanger that fits into shirts without stretching the neck and pops open once it’s in place. Three Summit High School students took the top prizes in the high school division. Bailey Delanty, a junior, won $500 for first place for a wetsuit with features designed to save divers during shark attacks. Freshman Rya Hickey took the $400 second prize for an exerciser that takes swimmers on exciting adventures using virtual-reality goggles. Third place and $300 was awarded to junior Annie Jarvis for a social website for bullied or otherwise distressed students to have an “interactive social connection.” Four other students received honorable mention awards for their entries, winning $150 each: Waldorf School of Bend freshman Madelyn Lippencott, Madras High sophomore Joshua Hocker, and Summit High senior Henry Mensing and junior Alli Dona.2013 Bend Research Inventerprise Winners In the middle-school division, three students will receive grand prizes. Anya Rozek, a sixth-grade student at Westside Village Magnet School, invented a “pump” the size of a quarter to help control blood insulin levels in athletes. Isaac Kocurek-Orr and Scotty Wallace, Cascades Academy eighth-graders, worked together on an improved ski boot, which features an adjustable inflatable bladder for a perfect fit. The inventers claim the boot would allow growing children to use the same boot for multiple years. All three middle-school winners can choose from among an iPod, a mountain bike, a GoPro camera, a tablet computer, and a season pass to Mount Bachelor for his or her prize.Hundreds of students in lower grades submitted entries, either individually or in teams of up to three. Several students at each grade level will receive prizes for their efforts, along with an invitation to a special Science Night program held in their honor at the Bend Research laboratories in Tumalo. Besides the simple coat hanger, many household chores inspired improvements to familiar designs. Several students proposed self-cleaning toilets. A middle school student developed a straw that is chilled and then placed in a too-hot beverage to cool the drink without diluting it. Other students designed an armband that vibrates to wake the wearer, a hairbrush that can dispense water or soap, gloves with improved grip, and a rug that lights up when it is stepped on. A first-grader suggested that rubber shoelaces would produce knots that are hard to untie and a kindergartener suggested a shoelace-tying robot. In this year’s contest, sport and recreation inspired many students. Students at several different grade levels redesigned bicycle and football helmets to better prevent concussions. The stylish “Frotector” designed by one third-grader had six inches of protective foam on the exterior of football and bike helmets. A fourth-grader submitted a working model of the “Rotissinator,” a rotary hand-powered campfire skewer. Traction horseshoes and seat belts for horse saddles were devised, as were snow skis with GPS and LED displays on the tips to provide the skier with updated speed, location, weather, and altitude data. Transportation got plenty of attention. A team of middle school students designed a new high-speed rail system powered by compressed gas. Their extensive calculations predict that the system will be efficient and capable of reaching speeds of 600 mph. Younger students designed a bus that automatically extends seat belts around children. One first-grader proposed a bicycle that has an umbrella and a chair for a seat, equipped with a safety belt. Another first-grader drew plans for a helicopter bike. A fourth-grader designed a smart-phone application for a security camera mounted on a house doorbell. Winners at each grade level, and the schools they attend, are listed below.Additional information can be found at www.inventerprise.bendresearch.comBend Research Inventerprise WinnersKindergarten Tatsuo Kippley, Miles Ogzwalla, Westside Village Magnet School. Alex Grimes, Gavin Taber, Kiya Young, Clara Kowalski, Ellie Norris, Alexa Sanchez, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School. Tavia Zepnewski, Paityn Ketner, Highland Elementary. Riley De Gruyter, Cascades Academy. Myka Markell, Mckai Roats, Morning Star Christian School. Grade 1 Austin Berg, Joaquin Rodriguez, Morning Star Christian School. Tayten Wigle, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School. Owen Eggert, Mackenzie Hames, Tegan Doherty, Niko Brannies, High Lakes Elementary. Lilli Shaffer, Lava Ridge Elementary. Jaquelin Meza, St. Thomas Academy. Jason Granger, Lucy Egertson, Brooklyn Kelly, Westside Village Magnet School. Grade 2 Lucy Stancliff, John Tuck Elementary. Stella Hurzeler, Jazmyn Sokol, Syrius Mansfield, Jesse McIver, Westside Village Magnet School. Marley Foster-Wexler, Juniper Elementary. Luke Bridges, Cian Nelson, Jordan Jensen, Tumalo Community School. Neve Gerard, Cascades Academy. Vincent Kephart, Nathan Kerr, Morning Star Christian School. Zaida Burk, Selysia Parazoo, Kate Hagerty, St. Thomas Academy. Grade 3 Tyler Herauf, Haydon Hossick, Eastmont Community School. Ana Rosa, Ryder Parazoo, Ryder Yozamp, St. Thomas Academy. Conner McDonald, Sage Elementary. Oliver Covlin, Dylan Dostal, Wyatt Lawson, Sophia Barreras, Abigail O’Shei, David Roe, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School. Weston Shaffer, Lava Ridge Elementary. Claire McDonald, Highland Elementary. Bailey Pettie, Chloe Welsh, Nathan Wachs, Tessa Skinner, Austin Evans, Cohen Thompson, Tom McCall Elementary. Grade 4 Ilya Goheen, Black Butte School. Alexandra Byrne, Emily Fisher, Buckingham Elementary. Joe Grover, Ben Woodward, Sophia Ermisch, Sean Quinn, Jessica Arnold, Kira Chapman, Reagon Ewen, High Lakes Elementary. Soren Stancliff, John Tuck Elementary. Emily Miccolis, Rohan Prull, Evelyne Anderson, Leo Li, Juniper Elementary. Piper Brannin, Morning Star Christian School. Lauren Glazier, Ashton Hiatt, Matthew Ebner, Corbin Lascurain, Cameron Miller, Megan Crawmer, Kaylee Hicks, Julia Stafford, Ponderosa Elementary. Brock Guthrie, Bryson Gile, Andrew Saucedo, Kelsie Calder, Austin Allen, Zeus Crawford, Alyssa Westendorf, Sage Young, Annie Perillo, Katrina Settles, Emilee Davis, Ashley Mooney, Isabelle Bendsneyder, Cruz Maddox, Yoshiro Saito, 2013 Bend Research Inventerprise Winners Easton Croft, Alex Crosswhite, Caleb Skinner, Logan Hill, Andrew Iverson, Tom McCall Elementary. Nathan Benz, Dre Solis, Vern Patrick Elementary. Zach Walker, Kellen Sternberger, Westside Village Magnet School. Grade 5 Skylar Wilkins, Black Butte School. Thayer Hicks, Nathaniel Rubinstein, Cascades Academy. Harrison Steinbaugh, Kyle Fairbanks, High Lakes Elementary. Michael Chase, Shilo Grayson, Grant Lulich, Xavier Paz, Zach Napier, Larsen Work, Owen Wheary, Gabe Gonzalez, Henry Ivie-Gardner, Logan Kling, Jack Fassett, Emilio Fassett, Juniper Elementary. Sahalie Schwerbel, Brady Scarborough, Carson Hackbart, Wyatt Jones, Ponderosa Elementary. Chloe Borden Altamirano, Alexa Rutledge, Vern Patrick Elementary. Jaidan Olstad, Isabella Boyd, Greyson Whinery, Caleb Hammond, Westside Village Magnet School. Middle School Evan Palmer, Black Butte School. Marie Gammond, Michael Wakeman, William Anderson, Julia McDonald, Stella Skovborg, Benn Brott, Klaus Menendez, Finn Jensen, Cascade Middle School. Will Andrews, Tommy Fish, Hunter King, Marleigh Dunning, Jessica Whitticar, Jane Whitticar, Naomi Ablao, Elizabeth Roti, Cascades Academy. Chelsea Buhmann, Rachel Dairy, Hannah Dennis, Kiley Hein, Ashley Zumbrunnen, High Desert Middle School. Korie Johnson, Kelsey Olivera, Jefferson County Middle School. Julia Fecteau, Jake Hoskins, Gabby Parks, Ian Ray, Joseph Ringo, Jake Rowley, Jakob Peters, Lauren Craven, Madeleine Meade, Casi Shaffer, Seven Peaks School. Grant Jordan, Brenden Rosenzweig, William Fleck, Alycen Reinhart, Haley Vezina, Maxwell Vu, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School. Paris Hurzeler, Westside Village Magnet School. Middle School Grand Prize (tie) Isaac Kocurek-Orr, Scotty Wallace, Cascades Academy. Anya Rozek, Westside Village Magnet School. High School First Place Bailey Delanty, Summit High School. Second Place Rya Hickey, Summit High School. Third Place Annie Jarvis, Summit High School. Honorable Mention Joshua Hocker, Madras High School. Alli Dona, Henry Mensing, Summit High School. Madelyn Lippencott, Waldorf School of Bend. Phoenix Barringer Bend Research Inc.Desk: 541.382.4100 ext.8326 phoenix.barringer@bendresearch.com By CBN Pinterest Share. 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The High Tech of the High Desert

first_img The High Tech of the High Desert By Pamela Hulse Andrews CBN Publisher/Founder, Bend, Oregon 0 You can tell by the list of high tech companies in the November 5 issue of Cascade Business News and the separate list of bio tech companies that innovation and creativity in a world largely unknown to the regular world is alive and well in Central Oregon.The granddad of them all of course is Bend Research established in 1975 when many of us only thought of Central Oregon as a place we wished we could live. The company is the cornerstone of Central Oregon’s technological community with advanced drug delivery technologies and formulation development. Numerous other companies have sprouted from their inventive environment.For their successful labors in the field of pharmaceutical science, Bend Research was acquired by global powerhouse Capsugel Dosage Form Solutions in September 2013. Capsuget is a world-class organization that helps Bend Research bring innovative new products to market faster providing a unique combination of scientific, technological and global market expertise. By joining the Capsugel family of companies, Bend Research has established a global presence with partnerships throughout Europe. More importantly to Central Oregon, they are currently in an intense growing phase in both their manufacturing facility and workforce of 250 employees. The company is currently hiring in all areas of their research and manufacturing divisions.Bend Research’s physical expansion can be seen east of the parkway as they add 6,000 square feet to their cGMP manufacturing facility. The $20 million construction project is slated to completed by April 2015.Another company profiled in this issue is Microsemi, established in 1984, a manufacturer of power semiconductors. It is hard to understand what exactly they do so we send our savvy young intern, Morgan Doyscher (a senior at Summit High) to uncover the real story. He thought it was a boring assignment, but came away with a pretty fascinating story.Morgan explains that in 1985, the founders of Advanced Power Technology had an idea: a new way to build a high powered transistor. According to Marc Vandenberg, vice president and general manager of the Bend division, they also had a problem: their new method “was so special,” that some other Silicon Valley company was liable to steal it. Thus, a discreet Central Oregon destination became the headquarters where the company would grow to have a staff of over 100 before a successful acquisition by Microsemi in 2006.Today Microsemi employs 130 people in a nondescript building in Bend. But there’s nothing nondescript about what they do. Morgan adds: You could venture hours down an internet rabbit hole trying to understand the product names, from mixed signal integrated circuits to high power transistors, and still not understand the difference between P-type and N-type silicon (hint: google it). However, this inherent verbosity is simply a barrier to entry into a world that is undeniably cool. You gotta read the whole story on page 19.Bend continues to be an incubator for innovation as Microsemi is constantly looking to innovate and develop new capabilities in an industry where being on the cutting edge is not a goal but a necessity.We thought it appropriate to add a component of high tech: the social media, ap world that’s circumventing the world, and yet sprouting right here in Central Oregon.JUJU, aptly named by its creator Julia Junkin of Bend, is a design messaging ap, which, like Facebook and Instagram, will invite customers to create profiles, share work and ideas —building brand identity and demand. Called art mashup, it is gaining worldwide attention and artistic credibility. Art mashups—the combining of images and, in some cases, text—are a rising art form. With sales on the rise and a national launch planned for later this fall, the Bend-based start-up company is pushing the next phase in their Kickstarter funding effort, which continues through December 6 of this year www.sharethejuju.com.To explain it a little more definitive: With JUJU even if you don’t think you’re creative, you can make a visual message through texting, email, designing unique wallpaper, greeting cards or digital and/or physical postcards. If you choose a postcard, JUJU will send it to the recipients of your choice for you.Perhaps a little more fun than Bend Research or Microsemi, but that’s only in the eyes of the inventor!We could not complete a just review of the tech world in the high desert without including a story on the Tech Alliance of Central Oregon, that is creating hubs for tech startups all over the region. The non-profit has been around since April 2010 and consistently grown since its inception.The quietly focused leader, James Gentes, says its mission is to connect tech professionals in Central Oregon and create a local, world-class start-up community. Under the Alliance, BendTECH has emerged to assist Bend-based entrepreneurs, while SistersTECH will begin this month and RedmondTECH looks to start sometime next year.These TECH centers offer co-working space for technology startup. In January, BendTECH will upgrade their co-working space to a new building on SW Emkay. The building, already 75 percent full, features over 3,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor cafe and event space with twenty offices, thirty-two desks, three conference rooms and four private phone rooms.The tenants run the gamut of professionals in the tech community from a patent attorney to a startup solar device company. Once entrepreneurial ideas are ready for development, the Tech Alliance of Central Oregon assists with matching the startups with local business incubators, such as Founders Pad, that help bring ideas to market.There is so much more going on in the tech world in the high desert and Cascade Business News will continue to cover these emerging companies.It’s an exciting place to be beginning with the founder, Bend Research, and culminating in an innovative world of research, invention and creativity.As Morgan offers, it’s undeniably cool. on November 4, 2014 Commercial Facility Expansion Construction at Bend Research Manufacturing Facility Twitter Pinterest Email Google+ Share. LinkedIn E-Headlines Tumblr Facebooklast_img read more

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Tour for The Heart Presented by Bend Memorial Clinic Cardiology

first_img Share. LinkedIn By CBN Email Pinterest 0 Join the fun on Sunday, January 24 for the 5th Annual Tour for the Heart presented by Bend Memorial Clinic Cardiology. The Tour for the Heart is a fun 5km XC ski or snowshoe event held to raise awareness for women’s heart health.“Heart disease is commonly thought of as a man’s disease, but it is actually the leading killer of women in this country,” said Dr. Rick Koch, BMC Cardiologist. “It is important for women to learn their heart disease risk factors and the warning signs of a heart attack in addition to making lifestyle choices, like physical activity, to stay heart healthy.”Tour for the Heart covers a beautiful, mostly flat route and is suitable for participants of all ages and abilities.Online advance registration is strongly preferred and will remain open until noon on Saturday, January 23. You can register online at www.tourfortheheart.org. Day of event registration will be from 9:30am-10:59am at the Tour event tent located outside Mt. Bachelor Nordic Center.The Tour begins promptly at 11:00am, however given this is a fun Tour, you actually can start whenever you like. $25 Registration includes a trail pass for the upper Mt. Bachelor Nordic trail system with special grooming for the Tour course. There will be treats, food and drinks along the way and at the finish; prizes for best costumes and a raffle for group entries.All net proceeds from the Tour go to the American Heart Association for women’s heart disease, education and research.For more information, visit the event website at www.tourfortheheart.org. Tour for The Heart Presented by Bend Memorial Clinic Cardiology center_img Twitter Google+ on January 21, 2016 Facebook E-Headlines Tumblrlast_img read more

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EDCO Announces Online Release Of 2016 Central Oregon Profile

first_img Pinterest LinkedIn E-Headlines Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) announce that the 2016 Central Oregon Profile is now available online. The comprehensive, 20-page Profile includes business information about the region’s top employers, income, population, demographics, housing prices, business costs, utility costs, transportation, climate and other frequently requested data.“The Central Oregon Profile is a compilation of data from many different sources as well as our own research. For business owners here and companies who are considering relocating to the area, it provides a statistical snapshot of our region,” said Natalie Dent, marketing and communications manager for EDCO. “We get feedback that the Profile is used by local businesses, real estate agents, non-profits and government entities in their planning and review processes each year.”The 2016 Central Oregon Profile, which includes extensive business informative and easy-to-read charts and graphs, is available as a free PDF download on EDCO’s website HERE.Celebrating its 35th year, 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. Learn more about EDCO at www.edcoinfo.com. Google+ EDCO Announces Online Release Of 2016 Central Oregon Profile Share. Tumblrcenter_img Email 0 By CBN on April 26, 2016 Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

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Historic Redmond Hotel Poised for Renovation Reactivation

first_img Share. 0 Tumblr Facebook E-Headlines on June 15, 2017 (Photo courtesy of the City of Redmond)City Urban Renewal Agency Approves $1 Million InvestmentOn June 13 the City of Redmond Urban Renewal Agency approved a funding recommendation for the rehabilitation of the Historic New Redmond Hotel. The recommendation commits $1,000,000 of Urban Renewal funds towards the renovation of the hotel.  The privately-owned landmark is currently under contract by Alpha Wave Investors LLC.   Alpha Wave, a California based hotel investment group, intends to purchase the property and revitalize it into a boutique hotel. The total project cost for the hotel is $5.25 million.“This is an important keystone project for downtown Redmond,” explains Community Development Director Kate Porsche. “The redevelopment of the hotel will bring broad benefit to downtown’s small businesses, while preserving an important part of the city’s heritage. We anticipate the reactivated hotel will once again become a magnet that attracts more people to Redmond, to our businesses and spurs more investment.”Alpha Wave presented the Redmond Urban Renewal Agency with a plan to position the property as a historically significant boutique hotel, supported by street-level restaurants and retail. The plan includes investing more than $2.5 million towards renovation and modernization aimed at transforming the hotel into an upscale mixed-use destination. The average room rental rate is anticipated to run $120 per night.“The City has done a great job redefining the downtown marketplace with the investments they have made to date,” states CEO & Co-Founder Ken Cruse, Alpha Wave Investors, LLC.  “We are confident the hotel will continue that momentum and look forward to being a part of it.”The Historic New Redmond Hotel last operated as a hotel in 2005.  The landmark building, located prominently on the corner of 6th Street and Evergreen Avenue, was built in 1928 and is one of three buildings in Redmond listed on the National Register of Historic Places. At a height of three stories tall and 43,500 square feet in size, it is one of the largest buildings in downtown.A development agreement detailing expectations for the funding will be negotiated to ensure protection of the public investment.  It is slated to return to the Urban Renewal Agency for approval July 25, 2017. For more information about Redmond’s Urban Renewal Agency and its programs, please visit www.ci.redmond.or.us. Historic Redmond Hotel Poised for Renovation & Reactivation center_img Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest By CBN Twitter Emaillast_img read more

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City of Bend Seeking Applicants for Charter Review Committee

first_img By CBN Tumblr Twitter 0 E-Headlines The City of Bend Charter establishes the governmental structure and procedures for the city. On June 21 the Council adopted a resolution to establish a committee to consider and recommend Charter amendments to the voters by May 2018.The Committee is established to complete the following:Develop a recommendation on charter language changes for placing a measure on the ballot for a directly elected mayor.Consider and make an initial recommendation on whether to place a ward system measure on the ballot, including what type of ward system (number of wards, number of councilors from each ward, and/or a combination of ward and at-large positions).Provide a recommendation on removing all Council pay from the charter to be set by Council ordinance.If time allows and Council further directs, consider whether to recommend an additional measure be placed on the ballot related to the 2015 Model Charter (League of Oregon Cities).The Charter Review Committee will consist of up to 11 members. The membership should include broad representation from the community, including representation from neighborhood associations and the Bend 2030 Charter Review Committee. The Committee will meet for the period, generally, from July 2017 for 3-6 months, at regular intervals. If needed, the Committee’s term may be extended.For additional information or to apply for the Charter Review Committee, visit http://www.bendoregon.gov/government/citizen-committees.  Applications will be accepted until 5pm on Monday, July 10, 2017. Share. Google+center_img Pinterest Facebook Email on June 27, 2017 City of Bend Seeking Applicants for Charter Review Committee LinkedInlast_img read more

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Shepherds House Ministries Coat Drive for the Homeless

first_img By CBN 0 Shepherd’s House Ministries Coat Drive for the Homeless on September 14, 2017 Tumblr Share. Email Twittercenter_img Facebook Google+ (Photo courtesy of Shepherd’s House)Help Shepherd’s House Ministries Help Those In Need Even though we are experiencing hot, smokey, days, winter is just around the corner. Soon, colder conditions will be upon us again. Giving Heart…Bring the Heat and Shepherd’s House Ministries will be holding a Golf Tournament Coat Drive & Fundraiser on Saturday, September 30, at Widgi Creek Golf Club. All proceeds go to provide winter coats for the hungry and hurting in Central Oregon. For more information, to donate, or to register a team, visit:https://shepherdshouseministries.org/about/#UpcomingEventsDonation Drop off:Day of Event (9 am to noon)Widgi Creek Golf Course18707 SW Century Dr, Bend, OR 97702OR Shepherds’ House Ministries1854 NE Division St, Bend, OR 97701(541) 388-2096https://www.facebook.com/weareshepherdshouseministries/Monetary donations are also helpful and can be made at our Division Street location or on our website at:https://shepherdshouseministries.org/donate/David Notari831.359.7253davidn@shepherdshouseministries.org LinkedIn E-Headlines Pinterestlast_img read more

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Laird Superfood Announces New Line of Organic Kombucha for Commercial Distribution

first_img Twitter Share. By CBN LinkedIn Tumblr 0 Laird Superfood Announces New Line of Organic Kombucha for Commercial Distribution Pinterestcenter_img Facebook on April 25, 2019 Business & Industry, E-Headlines (Organic Kombucha | Photo Courtesy of Laird Superfood)Laird Superfood, maker of assorted superfood products, announced its newest venture in the commercial beverage space with the launch of Laird Superfood Kombucha. The new kombucha beverage will be available in retail locations, grocery stores, restaurants and corporate office spaces, served on tap as a bright and refreshing all-natural drink option.Laird Superfood Kombuchas are a blend of all-natural, organic ingredients including green and black teas, coconut vinegar, fruit, and spices. The kombucha is non-GMO and contains no artificial flavors or colors and is available in three refreshing flavors:Pineapple-Ginger with Turmeric & Black Pepper: A spicy yet invigorating blend of ginger, turmeric and black pepper, rounded out with the sweetness of pineappleBerry-Ginger with Lemon & Honey: A subtly sweet balance of tart berry, ginger, lemon and organic raw honeyLemon-Honey: A light and refreshing blend of organic lemon with a touch of raw organic honey“As a company, we’re always looking for ways to combine superb taste with natural, real-food ingredients in our products,” said Paul Hodge, CEO and co-founder of Laird Superfood. “As a brand, we are excited to continue expanding our beverage line into the commercial space while also venturing into the booming kombucha market for the first time.”Eric Hermeling, founder and owner of Belmont Coffee Services says of the new expansion, “We’ve been incredibly impressed with the Laird Superfood platform. Their new organic kombucha line delivers a natural fruit taste profile combined with an elegant effervescence that is absolutely delicious. Given that Portland, Ore., is the kombucha capital of the world, we are confident Belmont’s corporate customers will embrace the Laird Superfood products as we have.”Laird Superfood is debuting two of the flavors at the NAMA show going on through April 26 in Las Vegas. All three kombucha flavors will be available for commercial orders beginning immediately after the show.lairdsuperfood.com Google+ Emaillast_img read more

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Fashion Tech 101 Overview of B2C Company Types

first_imgSubscription: companies that make you pay monthly to receive a box or a digital service, curated “just for you”. Top Examples: BirchBox, StitchFix, Fabletics, Trunk Club. MARKETPLACES + FASHION IMAGE RECOGNITION TOOLS: E-commerce or shopping aggregators that use artificial intelligence for visual search for similar or compatible fashion products. Top Examples: LikeToKnow It, ASAP 54, Donde, Amazon Echo Look. On-Demand Services: Any miscellaneous Uber-type companies that do something for you on demand. On demand tailor services, wardrobe cleaning, styling services, etc. Top Examples: Air Tailor, Fitz. Filed Under: Fashion, Startups Tagged With: Air Tailor, Amazon Echo Look, ASAP 54, Bellabeat, BirchBox, Bow&Drape, ClosetSpace, Cutecircuit, Donde, eBay ShopBot, Epytom, Fabletics, Farfetch, Fashion Bot by GoFind.ai, FitBit, Fitz, Frame&Partners, Gwynnie Bee, HangRr, Le Tote, Lyst, Mallzee, Misfit, Mode.ai, Mona, NadiX, Nimb, Nineteenth Amendment, Paom, Polyvore, Poshmark, RealReal, Rent the Runway, Ringly, Shapeways, Shoes of Prey, ShopStyle, Shoptiques, Siren, Spring, StitchFix, Stylebook, StyleLend, Stylicious, The Fashion Jungle, The Hunt, ThreadUp, Thursday’s Finest, Tradesy, True Gault, Trunk Club, Vinted, Where to Get It Marketplaces + Production: E-commerce or shopping aggregators that cover production services for brands’ orders. Top Examples: Nineteenth Amendment, Shapeways. Important final note on B2C companies: Everything is MOBILE in form of an app or a responsive web design — not even worth mentioning for each company, whether it’s an app or a website. EVERYTHING is (or should be) mobile today.In my next article, I’m going to write a similar overview of all fashion-tech related B2B company types.Reprinted by permission.PREVIOUS POSTNEXT POST Second Hand / Peer-to-Peer Platforms: E-commerce that let users resell their worn fashion products to fellow shoppers. Top Examples: RealReal, Poshmark, Tradesy, Vinted, ThreadUp MARKETPLACES: E-commerce or shopping aggregators, where multiple brands’ products are offered under one store, featuring a universal checkout or simply product aggregators. Top Examples: Spring, Farfetch, Lyst, Shoptiques, The Hunt, Where to Get It, ShopStyle, Mallzee. Sharing Economy: companies that provide renting of clothing and accessories. Top Examples: Rent The Runway, Le Tote, StyleLend, Gwynnie Bee.center_img WEARABLES: Devices (clothing or accessories) that can be worn on a human’s body, providing notifications, activity tracking, mindfulnes reminders, safety features. Top Examples: Ringly, Fitbit, Misfit, Bellabeat, Siren, Nimb, Cutecircuit, NadiX. Bots / AI: Messenger bots that give you fashion advice or assist you with shopping navigation. Top Examples: Epytom, eBay ShopBot, Fashion Bot by GoFind.ai, Mode.ai. Wardrobe Digitalization / Personal Stylist: technology that catalogs all photos of your clothing and creates and recommends looks from them. Think wardrobe from the movie Clueless. Top Examples: ClosetSpace, Stylicious, Stylebook, Polyvore. Fashion Tech 101: Overview of B2C Company TypesApril 4, 2018 by Nataliya Makulova 282SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin I’ve been writing about different topics on fashion tech for over a year now, but have never really created a general article, overviewing the fashion technology start up scene. During my first meetup last week, I presented a summary of this fascinating space, introduced the different types of fashion tech start ups out there and why they are important for the development of fashion industry in general. After my talk, the attendees had a lively discussion on several key themes, as well got to a consensus that sustainability and conscious consumption should be an essential part of any fashion tech company’s vision today.In this article, I created a no-frills overview of what types of companies are operating under what we understand as “fashion tech start ups” umbrella. I’ve starting with a list of B2C (business to consumer) companies, and in my next newsletter, I am going to complete this Fashion Tech 101 mini-series with B2B company types.Fashion tech companies are those that focus on developing an outstanding technology solutions to serve their consumers needs and/or address a certain problem that can be solved using certain technology. Personal Shopper / Offline Shopping Navigators: platforms that provide stylist services and shopping advice on demand. Top Examples: The Fashion Jungle, HangRr, PS Dept., Mona. CUSTOMIZATION: Vertically-integrated brands that provide some level of customization to the final consumer. Top Examples: Thursday’s Finest, Bow&Drape, Shoes of Prey, Paom, True Gault, Frame&Partners.last_img read more

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Solving Stress the Easy and Enjoyable Way

first_imgSolving Stress the Easy and Enjoyable WayOctober 21, 2016 by Martin Soorjoo 231SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin Reprinted by permission.Image credit: CC by Sander van der WelPREVIOUS POSTNEXT POST While research continues to highlight the benefits of stress (for more on this read Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D’s excellent ‘The Upside of Stress: Why Stress Is Good for You, and How to Get Good at It’), the position remains that some forms of stress e.g. long-term chronic stress can be destructive to our physical and emotional well-being.The Problem With Standard Solutions to StressAlthough there are 101 strategies and techniques for addressing stress issues, people often perceive the solutions as being ineffective, drawn out and just another list of tasks to add to their already stressful to-do list and busy day.An example of this was provided to me by a client who told me that her attempts last year to address her stress issues involved 2 CBT meetings a week, travelling 50 miles each trip. Her demanding role as CMO at a fast growing company meant that this “solution” left her feeling exhausted and more stressed.Feeling Good About Dealing with StressThe implications of the above means that those working in the field of stress management must provide solutions that are easy to integrate into busy lives and result in the recipients feeling better, not worse.The easier to implement and more enjoyable the solution the more likely it is to be adopted and result in a successful outcome. The following 3 “techniques” that I use and recommend to friends, family and clients fall into this category.Develop and Maintain Meaningful FriendshipsOur brains rightly perceive our social networks as being essential to survival. Extended periods of loneliness and isolation consequently trigger our stress response. An extensive Harvard study concluded that a lack of strong relationships increased the risk of premature death by a staggering 50 percent.Making and enjoying real and meaningful social connections — not a shallow social media interaction — reduces stress and anxiety as a result of the release of the powerful “feel good” hormone, oxytocin. It is important to note that what matters is the quality of the relationships not the quantity.Be GratefulIn order to ensure we survive, our brains are hardwired to notice and focus on the negative. This is one of the primary reasons that media coverage of the news focuses on the negative. It goes without saying that operating with a negative focus goes hand in hand with being negatively stressed.Research has proven that regularly acknowledging and feeling grateful for the people, experiences and things in our lives that we value, reduces stress and improves our overall well-being.There are a number of effective ways to practice gratitude including:-Writing in a journal several times a week, 3 things you are grateful for.-Sharing 3 things you are grateful for with a loved one or close friend.-Letting people know that you value and appreciate them.While the research is clear as to the benefits of a gratitude practice, there are differing conclusions as to the appropriate frequency. Experiment with which practice and frequency works best for you, making sure you are connecting with and fully expressing your feelings of gratitude and not simply ticking 3 things off as though they were items on your to-do list.Embrace Rather than Fear StressIn The Upside of Stress: Why Stress Is Good for You, and How to Get Good at It, Kelly McGonigal identifies the many proven benefits of stress. Stress can improve your ability to perform and make you happier, smarter and stronger. McGonigal lays out a compelling argument based on extensive research, that choosing to embrace stress can result in you feeling more empowered.Simply by changing our mindset and perception toward the stress we may experience, can have significant benefits for our health and happiness (e.g. having a positive outlook on ageing can add an average of eight years to our lives). In short, how we choose to perceive something can transform its effect on us from negative to positive.While there are specific mindset interventions for changing our perspective, it is important to recognize that we change our opinions, beliefs and perspectives on a frequent basis. An obvious example occurs when we feel angry or disappointed at someone who has kept us waiting for a long time. We might initially think they are inconsiderate or inefficient. If, however, we subsequently discover they have an extremely good reason for being late, that belief is instantly dispelled. We can and must do the same when it comes to our perception of stress.center_img Filed Under: Advice, Lifestyle, Resources Tagged With: Lifestyle, stress, stress tips, success, well-beinglast_img read more

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7 Keys to the Investor Challenge For Your New Venture

first_img7 Keys to the Investor Challenge For Your New VentureAugust 14, 2018 by Martin Zwilling 317SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin According to the entrepreneurs I advise, the biggest challenge they typically face in starting a new business is funding. It consistently takes a huge amount of time and effort to find an investor you can trust, and that constrains your efforts in developing the solution you envision. People always expect that it should be easy to find investors, given their passion and excitement for the solution.Yet according to recent data compiled by Fundable, 57 percent of successful entrepreneurs end up funding their startup, and that’s a good thing. If you want to run your own show, and not hand off a large chunk of future financial gains before you start, the only approach is to dip into your own resources, or even work for someone else a while and save until you are ready to break out on your own.According to the same sources, another 38 percent get support from family and friends, so that leaves only five percent who rely on crowdfunding, banks, angels, or VCs. The hard work begins then, in finding a match for your domain and solution readiness stage, as well as an investor that matches your vision, values, and needs. Here are the steps I recommend to optimize your efforts:Prepare a killer pitch and backup materials prior to investors. Many entrepreneurs I know approach investors before they have a pitch. You only get one chance to make a great first impression, so you need ready answers to key financial and business issues. Do your homework on opportunity, competitors, financial projections, funding required, and hook investors the first time you can with an executive summary and ten-slide pitch.Request warm investor meetings from peers and advisors. The old cold call or broadcast email to anyone who has “investor” in their bio just doesn’t work. In my experience, an introduction from a mutual friend or business associate will double or triple your odds of closing a deal. In fact, advisors and peers are the ideal investors.Ask for help from people who really believe in your solution. Your advocates feel a real stake in your success, and will often do much of the legwork for you, if not becoming an investor themselves. In any case, they can expand your community of believers, which is a key to success in crowdfunding or passing the due diligence of a professional.Participate in relevant industry events and thought-leader forums. You need all the visibility and credibility you can muster to attract investors, and working at this level will also give you valuable feedback on your strategy and solution. It’s also the place to meet future partners positively, and even competitors before they realize they should hate you.Schedule early high-profile customer calls for partnerships. As much as you need an investor, you need a few key customers to be your advocate and beta test site. These customers may also decide to fund you via royalty advances, or even a partnership. You benefit from their visibility, and they get personalized service and the features they need.Offer a realistic equity percentage to generate interest. Professional investors know that real help requires serious effort on their part. They will be turned off by single-digit equity offers and loan requests with low return potential. First-round funding requests should offer equity in the twenty to thirty percent range to justify serious ROI potential.Establish a positive and active relationship with investors. Investing in your venture isn’t a “fund it and forget it” scenario for any serious investor. In fact, investors will grow wary when there’s too much silence, or any effort to treat them as adversaries. Your reputation is dependent on sincere communications, inclusion, and common goals.The ideal professional investor also changes as your startup matures. Angel investors typically are best for initial early-stage rollout funding, while venture capital firms typically are most valuable in later rounds, when you have real traction, higher valuation, and need larger investments for scaling the business across the country or across the globe.Even if you decide to bootstrap or fund your own startup, the steps I recommend for preparation and execution are still valuable, since you are thus the key investor, and will benefit from the proper disciple on plan preparation, industry interaction, and customer involvement. Casual and random efforts can quickly turn your startup into an expensive hobby, rather than a business.Reprinted by permission.PREVIOUS POSTNEXT POST Filed Under: Advice, Management, Resources, Strategiclast_img read more

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The AlleyWatch NYC Startup Daily Funding Report 32619

first_img Applicaster, the cloud-based platform for developers focused on media, has raised an additional $20M in funding from investors that include Pitango Venture Capital, 83North, Viola Growth, Planven Investments, and Saban Ventures. Founded by Jonathan Laor and Neer Friedman in 2011, Applicaster has now raised a total of $30.5M in reported equity funding. The AlleyWatch NYC Startup Daily Funding Report: 3/26/19 by AlleyWatch Applicaster $20M Tagged With:  Neer Friedman, 83North, Applicaster, Jonathan Laor, Pitango Venture Capital, Planven Investments, Saban Ventures, Viola Growthcenter_img The latest venture capital, seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 3/26/19 featuring funding details for Applicaster. This page will be updated throughout the day to reflect any new fundings.PREVIOUS POSTNEXT POST 285SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedinlast_img read more

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NASA to seek proposals for human lunar landing system

first_imgUS$6.19 Fifth Sun NASA Logo Adult T-Shirt NASA plans on putting a man and a women on the Moon by 2014, to do that they are going to need integrated human lunar landing systems.   NASA are sticking to their guns with their goal of putting a man and the first women on the moon by 2024. To do this the Space exploration administration is seeking proposals from the industry in support of rapid development of an “integrated human lunar landing system” that will include “elements such as a descent element, ascent element, and transfer vehicle.” NASA will be going over proposals from U.S industry that fulfill their needs of integrating a crewed demonstration of the elements they require and accurately meet the challenge of getting a man and the first women on the moon by 2024. If you are interested in checking out anymore news regarding NASA, head on over to their website here. TodayYesterday7 days ago30 days ago $6.96 center_img $6.19 $6.78 Buylast_img read more

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Threadripper aint dead 64C128T monster coming Q4 2019

first_imgI had some interesting conversations with multiple industry sources in the last couple of weeks across my two weeks at various shows (Computex, AMD Next Horizon Gaming, E3 2019, and something secret) but there were a few interesting things said about Ryzen Threadripper.   In previous rumors it seemed the fate of the next-gen Threadripper was looking bad, but these sources – and now WCCFTech as well, have confirmed that a new HEDT part is indeed in the works. My sources didn’t talk about the chipset, but did confirm a next-gen Threadripper is indeed coming whereas WCCFTech has said the X599 chipset will launch with the third-gen Threadripper. AMD’s third-gen Ryzen Threadripper will roll out on the 7nm node powered by the new Zen 2 architecture, while rocking up to a huge 64 cores and 128 threads. This means we’re looking at EPYC ‘Rome’ territory, so expect the price to be pretty epic, too. WCCFTech is claiming somewhere between $2500 and $3000 which would make it an unbelievable processor for the price, and as they point out Intel is selling an 18-core processor for around $1800 which means a $2500-$3000 chip with 64C/128T would be an absolute game changer. We’ll report more as it happens, for now… we wait. $1560.80 AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX Processor US$1560.80 TodayYesterday7 days ago30 days agocenter_img $1617.11 $1499.00 Buylast_img read more

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More violence in Paris as yellow vests keep marching

first_imgLondon best pest control There was also an overnight arson attack on the Brittany residence of the National Assembly head – though no immediate link was made to the actions against President Emmanuel Macron.The “yellow vest” demonstrators, named for high-visibility car jackets, began in mid-November over fuel taxes then broadened into a more general revolt against a political class they view as out of touch with common people.Protester sustains hand injuryIn Paris, several thousand marched on Saturday beside symbols of power such as the National Assembly and Senate.Though mainly peaceful, some protesters threw objects at security forces, a scooter and a police van were set on fire, and some shop windows were smashed.One participant’s hand was severely injured when he tried to pick up a so-called “sting-ball grenade” used by police to disperse crowds with teargas, a police source told Reuters.An injured protester is given help during a demonstration by the “yellow vests” movement in Paris, France on February 9, 2019. (Reuters)Another man had blood streaming down his face in front of a line of riot police.The Interior Ministry put the total number of protesters around France at 12,000, including 4,000 in Paris. The police source, however, said numbers were higher, with 21,000 demonstrators taking part in rallies outside Paris.“We’re not children, we’re adults,” said Hugues Salone, a computer engineer from Paris, among the chanting and placard-waving protesters. “We really want to assert our choices, and not the choices of the politicians who do not live up to them.”(Reuters)Leaders of the “yellow vest” movement have denounced the police for injuring protesters, but have also struggled to contain violence from their own lines.On some previous weekends, Paris has been a battleground.Politicians from across the political spectrum condemned the arson attack on the home of Richard Ferrand, a close ally of Macron and president of parliament’s lower house.He published pictures on Twitter of a scorched living room, saying police found materials soaked in fuel. Ferrand said criminal intent was the likely cause, though the perpetrators’ identity was unclear.“Nothing justifies intimidations and violence towards an elected official of the Republic,” Macron tweeted in relation to the incident.Source: TRTWorld and agencies Police said about 10 demonstrators have been arrested so far as scuffles broke out between protesters and police near the Champs-Elysees avenue and the National Assembly.center_img Riot policemen are pictured during a demonstration by the “yellow vests” movement in Paris, France on February 9, 2019. (Reuters)Thousands of French “yellow vest” demonstrators marched on Saturday for their 13th weekend of action, with scuffles in Paris and a demonstrator’s hand mangled by a small explosive.last_img read more

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More Brexit humiliation for PM May as parliament defeats her again

first_imgBritain’s Prime Minister Theresa May speaks at a Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting business forum in London, on April 16, 2018. The Commonwealth took nine percent of British exports in 2015. (Reuters) LONDON (Reuters) – MPS defeated Prime Minister Theresa May in a symbolic vote over her Brexit strategy on Thursday, undermining her pledge to European Union leaders that she can get the unpopular divorce deal approved if they grant her concessions. A pro-Brexit demonstrator protests outside the Houses of Parliament, in Westminster, London, Britain, February 14, 2019. REUTERS/Henry NichollsMPs defeated the government 303-258 on the main motion asking them to reaffirm support for her plan to seek changes.While the vote does not force the government to change tack, the numbers will undermine EU leaders’ confidence that May can win parliament’s support for a revised agreement.The latest twist in the two-year negotiation to leave the EU underlines the deep divisions in parliament over how, or even whether, Britain should leave the bloc in its biggest political and trade policy shift in more than 40 years.It also increases the possibility of Britain leaving without a deal, a nightmare scenario for many businesses, but also of Brexit being delayed or potentially never happening at all.Up until the last minute before the votes, ministers and May’s chief whip, her enforcer in the House of Commons, tried to convince a group of Brexit supporters favouring a radical break with the EU that leaving without an agreement was still the legal default position.The group, several dozen strong, had said they would abstain in Thursday’s vote.Some Conservative and many opposition MPs accuse May of “running down the clock”, edging Britain closer to the exit date to try to force parliament into a choice between backing her deal or leaving without an agreement.To try to prevent a no-deal exit, several MPs put down alternative proposals.The real crunch date for the government looks set to come on Feb. 27, when May has promised the next round of votes. MPs seeking to force the government to delay Brexit say that will be moment they make their move.center_img London best pest control last_img read more

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Turkey slams NATO over inviting nonmember Greek Cypriots to ceremony

first_imgGen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti handed over the charge of the SACEUR to Gen. Tod D. Wolters at the ceremony held at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Mons, Belgium.On Thursday, Turkey informed NATO it will not attend the ceremony if an invitation to Greek Cyprus administration, which is not a NATO member, is not withdrawn, a diplomatic source told Anadolu Agency speaking on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media.Turkish authorities also informed NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg about the situation, the source added.A written statement issued by the Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hami Aksoy on Friday also condemned the decision, saying the invitation of Greek Cyprus to the ceremony is “a grave negligence that cannot be explained in good faith.”He added that the decision to invite Greek Cyprus was carried out by the SHAPE’s own initiative.Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey used its guarantor rights to intervene in the island after a far-right military coup sponsored by the military junta then in power in Athens seeking to unite the island with Greece, preceding decades of violence targeting Turkish Cypriots.Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), established in 1983, is only recognized by Turkey and faces a longstanding embargo in commerce, transportation and culture. Meanwhile, the Greek Cypriot Administration enjoys recognition by the international community as the Republic of Cyprus established in 1960, which is a member of the EU. Turkey lashed out at the decision by NATO to invite the Greek Cypriot Administration to the change of command ceremony of the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) despite not being a member of the organization. The SACEUR handover ceremony in Mons, Belgium, May 2, 2019. (AA Photo)center_img London best pest control last_img read more

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Social Games at Work Increase Productivity

first_imgWhile reading through different venture capital firms’ blog posts, I came across a blog about the engagement in social games and their Appointment Mechanics, or at what intervals the social games call for the players’ engagement. This blog grabbed my attention because it deviated from the typical VC posts that discuss securing venture funding or creating competitive advantage for you company. I was surprised to find that the social game developers designed the two hour engagement interval specifically for the social gamers that PLAY at WORK. This made me really curious, or should I say Googleous, to google for any research on how the social games affect work place productivity. Interestingly, I found several researches on this subject.Contrary to the common belief, studies found that spending about an hour of your daily work time engaging in social media, games, or social games actually increases the workforce productivity by 9%. The reason is that humans cannot maintain continuous focus and concentration on complicated tasks for a long period of time, and be effective doing it. Social games and social media play the role of the coffee break. It gives the brain the necessary time to rest and refocus on the tasks at hand. Also, the studies found that games at work increase employees’ moral and job satisfaction, and decreases absenteeism.Naturally, there are caveats to the benefits of social gaming at work. The increase in job productivity was observed only in the group of employees that used the social media in moderation, or less that 20% of their work hours. Also, in some cases the social networks could jeopardize the employees’ job security, as large percentage of employers monitor the employees’ use of the Internet in the office and follow their activities in the social media. For example, I am curious how your peers will perceive that your lost cow adoption post on Facebook coincides with your company’s board meeting, especially when you are one of the board members.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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Infusing Feeling into Social MediaAgain

first_imgMarketing has changed. It’s not about what you say anymore, as much as it about what people say about you. This isn’t more evident anywhere than in the social media realm, where people talk, talk and talk. To each other, to you and to whoever is willing to listen.The crux of this article by Brian Solis is that it’s important to put down the “marketing cape” and to just be yourself. This may seem obvious, but if you’re trying to reach people, you need approach them as a person. And as well-funded social media campaigns fail at the highest levels (a Wal-Mart venture comes to mind), it’s no wonder, because many suit-and-tie executives fail to grasp the faults of their impersonal attempts.If you’re thinking about social media, remember who you’re trying to reach.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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Positioning Your Company to Beat the Competition

first_imgIn order to oust competitors from a market, a company must be able to deliver a product or service that others can’t.Rich Chiarello, president and CEO of Above the Line, describes this as a Trump Suit. And when building a Trump Suit, says Chiarello in this short video, a company must identify a competitive advantage to be the basis of their Trump Suit and then move forward in cementing it.One of the benefits of doing this is that a company can essentially create a barrier to entry for future competitors by prescribing to the Trump Suit idea. Not only will you be protected from current market battles, but future ones, too. For more on positioning your company to best the competition, watch the video from OpenView Labs featuring Chiarello.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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How to Take Action on Your Territory Plan for a Successful Year

first_imgAhh, the New Year. January is the month we, as sales reps, start anew. Often times, we try to embrace new methods of thinking and better ways of doing things – all with the intention of bigger and brighter things ahead.But instead of setting lofty goals that might not make it to February, focus on refining your skills and setting a clear plan to get to your goal. The beginning of the year is typically a time where you either get a new territory or simply start from scratch with your current one. How do you best take action on your territory plan? What should you be doing in order to hit your numbers?Here are three actionable techniques to use when getting started with your territory plan and working toward crushing your goals in 2019.1. Make sure your territory plan has action items that are time sensitive.You need to organize your territory plan with specific and tangible time goals. For example, “I want to have an on-site marketing event with these top accounts on this date.” This is an action item that has a clear end-date and requires a specified amount of time until you hit this goal. Your next step is to prospect into your accounts and work to get as many RSVPs as you can for the event. Clear goal, clear expiration date to hit it.Territory plans without time commitments are just good intentions for the year. Without deadlines, there is no driving force or urgency, and could prove disastrous for your year.2. Close the loop on any action items.There needs to be a way to close the loop on any action items. For example, if one of your action item goals for this quarter was to have meetings with 20 of your top accounts, but you only manage to get meetings with 10 of those targeted accounts – what is the consequence? What do you do next?Make sure there is follow-up to your action items. You don’t want to make the mistake of letting those goals go, especially the ones you haven’t reached. By letting unmet goals go by the wayside, you’ll eventually get to a point where you won’t prioritize or even make those goals. Setting clear follow-up tasks for your goals will ensure commitment and focus on your action items and territory plan.3. Ask a colleague to poke holes in your plan.My final piece of advice is to collaborate with your colleagues. Ask your colleague to poke holes in your territory plan. Not a manager, but a fellow rep. Go to your co-worker, present your territory plan and ask them, “If you were my boss, how would you blow up my plan?”Working with your team will surface things you never expected, and allow you to see your territory from an outsider’s perspective. Working with a co-worker takes the pressure off and promotes peer collaboration and learning. If you were to go to your manager, or VP, you wouldn’t be able to get the same amount of unbiased feedback, as they’re concerned with quotas, numbers and bigger company goals.Don’t settle for a disorganized start to your sales year. Start 2019 off with these guiding principles to clearly define next steps with your territory plan. You’ll see your pipeline grow, your productivity skyrocket and guaranteed success for 2019.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis1last_img read more

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Volvos Shared Care Key Will Keep Your Teens From Speeding

first_img March 21, 2019 2 min read Volvo is continuing its bet on safety over speed. The company announced today that, beginning with model year 2021, all new cars will come with a “Care Key.” Owners will be able to set a speed limit attached to the key, and anyone using it will be capped at that speed. The feature might be especially helpful if you plan on lending your car to new or speed-hungry drivers, and Volvo is hoping insurance companies will offer incentives to those who use Care Key.Earlier this month, the company announced it would cap the speed in all of its new cars at 112 mph, starting with the 2021 model year. Care Key will let owners set their top speeds even lower, if they choose. The company also announced plans to use cameras and sensors inside its cars to detect drunk and distracted driving.Håkan Samuelsson, Volvo Cars’ chief executive, has asked if car makers have a right or an obligation to install technology that changes owners’ behavior. Both Care Key and the added cameras and sensors raise the question of how automakers can and should incorporate new technologies, especially as so many are developed by the self-driving car industry.Volvo Cars introduces Care Key as standard on all cars for safe car sharinghttps://t.co/nqqazPMCae pic.twitter.com/iWTWwzqdSR— Volvo Cars Newswire (@volvocarsnews) March 20, 2019 Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business –shares Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Image credit: Volvo via engadget This story originally appeared on Engadget Safety Starting with model year 2021, you’ll be able to set your own speed limits. Christine Fisher Next Article Volvo’s Shared ‘Care Key’ Will Keep Your Teens From Speeding Add to Queue Register Now »last_img read more

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Zuckerberg Some Tech Is Worrying but Not Facebook

first_img News reporter May 26, 2017 Zuckerberg: Some Tech Is Worrying, but Not Facebook Mark Zuckerberg The story of Facebook’s founding has entered American legend, but its founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg couldn’t resist briefly rehashing its conception in a Harvard dorm room during a commencement speech at his alma mater on Thursday.Zuckerberg, who founded Facebook before dropping out of Harvard, also used his speech to explain his view of technology in starkly clear terms: he believes that technological progress as a whole is threatening to many people’s way of life, but certain individual technologies, including Facebook, actually change people’s lives for the better. It all comes down to a sense of purpose, according to Zuckerberg. Millennials like him have it, while many older people have lost it thanks to technological change.”When our parents graduated, that sense of purpose reliably came from your job, your church, your community,” Zuckerberg said. “But today, technology and automation are eliminating jobs. Membership in a lot of communities has been declining, and a lot of people are feeling disconnected and depressed, and are trying to fill a void in their lives.”His remarks echo those of many government and business leaders who are grappling with the prospect of robots taking over people’s jobs. The European Union is even considering a form of social security tax on automated factories to make up for an anticipated decline in wages being paid to humans. Others, including U.S. Secretary of Labor Steve Mnuchin, aren’t as worried about a robot revolution.To Zuckerberg, though, not all technology is menacing, especially not the world’s largest social network. Echoing the company’s motto, he explained that Facebook is the way the world connects, and he suggested that the world is a better place because of it. “This idea was so clear to us, that all people want to connect, so we just kept working on it,” he said, recalling early coding sessions in his dorm room.What Zuckerberg didn’t get around to in his speech is that more than 10 years after those sessions, Facebook is now a multinational company that snapped up many smaller ones, including Instagram, which the Royal Society for Public Health recently determined to be the “most detrimental” social media platform for young people’s mental health and wellbeing. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Enroll Now for $5 This story originally appeared on PCMag Next Article center_img In his Harvard commencement address, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg reminisced about his intentions for starting the social network. Add to Queue Image credit: catwalker | Shutterstock 2 min read Tom Brant 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. –shareslast_img read more

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Every Entrepreneur Should Listen to These 10 Podcasts

first_img Register Now » May 15, 2019 Image credit: Hoxton/Tom Merton | Getty Images Listening to these podcasts is the next best thing to having lunch with some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs. Next Article Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. –shares VIP Contributor Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Add to Queue Podcasts Deep Patel Whether we’re commuting to work, taking a lunch break or just looking to relax before bed, podcasts have become a best friend to many of us. It’s easy to see why. In recent years there has been an explosion of quality podcasts on nearly any topic you can think of.Podcasts fit well with our busy lives. They’re portable and easy to access at a moment’s notice; all it takes is a set of earbuds and a device with internet access. They also create a feeling of connection between the listener and the host. The intimacy of audio makes us feel like we’re part of a cozy conversation — we get to listen like we’re the only ones in the room.There are tons of great podcasts out there to explore. Below are 10 of my all-time favorites. Each offers incredible insights and amazing interviews with some of the biggest names of our time.1. The Tim Ferriss ShowTim Ferriss is a self-experimenter and bestselling author, known for his book The 4-Hour Workweek. The Tim Ferriss Show tackles topics Ferris is interested in, and is sure to teach you something new. Guests have included Arnold Schwarzenegger, LeBron James and Silicon Valley journalist Kara Swisher.During his show, Ferriss interviews world-class performers from eclectic areas, including investing, chess and pro sports, and then digs deep to find the tools, tactics and tricks that listeners can use.Related: How to Quit Slacking and Start Being More Productive With Tim Ferriss2. This Week in StartupsJason Calacanis and a rotating group of guest experts bring you this weekly take on the best, worst, most outrageous and most interesting stories from the world of web companies. Calacanis gives listeners amazing insights into how angel investing works and how he builds companies.This Week in Startups offers in-depth interviews with heavy-hitters in the tech industry who offer an insider’s look at what’s happening and what trends are emerging. Whether you’re looking to start your own company, need strategies for improving your business, need help motivating your team or just want to catch up on what’s happening in Silicon Valley and beyond, your journey should begin here.3. How I Built ThisHow I Built This showcases Guy Raz’s ability to dive into the stories behind some of the world’s best-known companies. In nearly every show, Raz uses his disarming sense of “wow” to get his guests to open up.Raz is able to tap into something deep with each person he interviews, pulling out insights and getting them to open up about nitty-gritty details they wouldn’t normally share. How I Built This weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists, uncovering their vulnerabilities and the inner turmoil they faced along the journey to success.4. The School of Greatness with Lewis HowesThe School of Greatness is one of the top podcasts by any standard of measurement. It has run for 500-plus episodes, has more than 40 million downloads and continually manages to snag celebrity names like Tony Robbins and Maria Sharapova.Host Lewis Howes is the best-selling author of The School of Greatness and The Mask of Masculinity. He played professional Arena League football until an injury cut his career short. His show delves into what makes the greatest people great and how to apply those lessons to your life. In The School of Greatness, he aims to share inspiring stories from the most brilliant business minds, world-class athletes and influential celebrities on the planet.Related: Listen to the Latest Episode of Entrepreneur’s How Success Happens Podcast5. How to Start a StartupThis collection of video lectures is designed to be a kind of one-stop business course for people who want to start startups. How to Start a Startup offers firsthand, hard-won knowledge from Sam Altman and others at Y Combinator. These were originally given as class lectures at Stanford University, and now they’re being offered to the world at large.The course includes lectures from Sam Altman, Dustin Moskovitz, Paul Graham, Peter Thiel, Marc Andreessen and Marissa Mayer. The show covers everything: how to come up with ideas and evaluate them, how to get users and grow your base, how to do sales and marketing, how to hire, how to raise money, company culture, operations and management, business strategy and more. If you’re serious about starting a startup, invest the time in listening to this podcast.6. a16zThe eclectic topics and insightful conversations of guests and interviewers draw you into a16z. If you’re looking for a window into the world of a top venture-capital firm, you need not look any further. Andreessen Horowitz (aka “a16z”) is a Silicon Valley–based venture-capital firm that produces this prolific podcast with multiple episodes per week. The show is typically made up of interviews with startup founders, and various partners and analysts at the firm.There are great insights here, not just into how to grow a business with venture capital, but also into tech trends in general. The host and guest experts offer advice and information that will be useful to those at any level of entrepreneurship. The show discusses tech and culture trends and news, and how they will all impact us in the near future. It features industry experts, business leaders and other interesting thinkers and voices from around the world.Related: Check Out All-New Episodes of Entrepreneur’s Problem Solvers Podcast Here7. Recode Decode with Kara SwisherOne of Silicon Valley’s most prominent journalists, Kara Swisher, hosts candid interviews with tech execs, politicians, celebrities and more, focusing on their big ideas and how they’re changing our world. In Recode Decode, she brings her ruthless, no-mercy journalism style to one-on-one interviews with some of the biggest names in tech.In a world of tech journalism that tends toward softball pitches, Swisher is playing hardball. She’s intense and intimidating, and is always ready with an incisive follow-up question. Her interviewees include Tesla CEO Elon Musk, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.8. The James Altucher ShowJames Altucher interviews the world’s peak performers in every area of life. But instead of giving you the typical success story, Altucher digs deeper to find the “Choose Yourself” story. These are the moments we can all relate to, when someone rises up from personal struggle to reinvent themselves.The James Altucher Show brings you into the lives of these ultra-successful performers, including billionaires, best-selling authors, rappers, astronauts, athletes, comedians, actors and the world champions in every field. He seeks out those who forged their own paths, found financial freedom and harnessed the power to create more meaningful and fulfilling lives. Altucher himself is a successful entrepreneur, chess master, investor and writer.9. MixergyIf you’re an ambitious entrepreneur crafting your next startup, there is no better way to get a “street smarts” education than Mixergy. The show offers listeners a chance to “learn from proven entrepreneurs.”In over 1,000 interviews, Andrew Warner doesn’t back down from asking uncomfortable questions to dig deeper into the successes and failures of the most prosperous business founders and thought leaders of our time. The ideas and stories he unearths on the show are powerful and inspiring.10. Smart Passive IncomePat Flynn is a passive-income whiz. He’s earned more than $3 million in the last six years by creating authoritative and helpful websites that cover a vast array of businesses. Smart Passive Income reveals all of his online business and blogging strategies, income sources and shrewd marketing tips and tricks so you can be ahead of the curve with your online business or blog. Flynn has been supporting his family with 100 percent passive income generated online, easily earning a 6-figure salary while working only a few hours a week.His show covers everything you need to set up successful passive income, including automation, outsourcing, crowdsourcing, search engine optimization, building authority and trust, niche sites, social media, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, podcasting, e-books, online courses and affiliate marketing. Listen in to learn about everything that works (and doesn’t work) about creating passive income to help you better understand how to crush it with your online business. Every Entrepreneur Should Listen to These 10 Podcasts Serial Entrepreneur 7 min readlast_img read more

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ADM set to combine its oilseeds and origination businesses

first_imgADM set to combine its oilseeds and origination businessesPosted By: Martin Whiteon: May 30, 2019In: Agriculture, Business, Food, Industries, IngredientsPrintEmailADM has announced that it will combine its origination and oilseeds business units, the second major reconsolidation undertaken by the company in just over a year.The new business unit will be called Ag Services & Oilseeds and will begin operating on 1 July 2019. The division will be led by Greg Morris, formerly president of ADM’s oilseeds unit.Major grain companies such as ADM and Cargill have made several organisational changes over the last year as they aim to address factors such as low crop prices and the prolonged US-China trade dispute, which has stifled global material flows.ADM was also gravely affected by severe weather in the US at the start of the year, as major spring floods led to a 40% dip in net earnings in its first-quarter results, while the company’s operating profit dropped by approximately $50 million in the quarter.ADM says that the move will create a simpler organisational structure, which will help to accelerate growth.Chairman and CEO Juan Luciano said: “ADM’s ability to provide value through the entire supply chain – from origination to processing to transportation to ingredients and solutions – is what sets us apart from others in the industry.“Bringing the unparalleled strength of our global origination, global trade and destination marketing businesses and our transportation network together with our leadership in oilseeds processing and value-added product mix is a natural evolution.“This helps us better integrate the supply and value chains to deliver significant simplification and efficiency to the day-to-day business.“I am personally committed to the strategic value that simplification can bring to our organization, and feel our ability to accelerate purposeful value creation within ADM has never been greater.”Share with your network: Tags: ADMUSlast_img read more

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Beware the Weed Apocalypse

first_img Entrepreneur Staff California pot entrepreneurs brace for the dreaded day, while consumers quite like it. News and Trends Next Article –shares Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. Beware the ‘Weed Apocalypse’ Editor in Chief of Green Entrepreneur Jonathan Small Add to Queue Image credit: Shutterstock July 1, 2018 2 min read Sunday. July 1st, 2018. A day that will live in infamy. This is the day California state regulations for cannabis compliance go into effect, just six months after Golden State made recreational marijuana use legal.Related: California Unleashes a Massive Market for Legal CannabisCalifornia’s strict quality standards have been a headache for many legal marijuana providers. The United Cannabis Business Association, which represents nearly 150 marijuana businesses, wrote a letter to Governor Jerry Brown last Friday, urging him to extend the deadline. “Forcing the industry into compliance … will further cripple the already struggling regulated market,” the letter said.The potential outcome could be so bad some in the industry are calling it “The Green Apocalypse.”But the Bureau of Cannabis Control seemed to offer no indication that it would change its plans. Spokesman Alex Traverso responded in an email, “We issued our emergency regulations back in November, and at that time we were pretty clear about the fact that there would be a six-month transition period for retailers to use up their existing supply. We felt that was a sufficient amount of time to deplete stock on hand and adapt to California’s new rules.”Related: California’s ‘Pot Desert’ ProblemGreen SaturdayWhat has been a nightmare for cannabis vendors, could be a windfall for cannabis shoppers. “There’s going to be a lot of massive sales, a lot of retails fire-selling a lot of products,” Nick Danias, manager of The Pottery cannabis dispensary in mid-city Los Angeles, told Reuters.“It’s about getting rid of a lot of older product that doesn’t meet city and state requirements and getting through that old inventory and moving on to the next steps after July 1,” he said.So big are the sales, the industry dubbed the night before the regulations “Green Saturday,” after the infamous pre-Christmas shopping spree “Black Friday.“People are buying stuff they don’t really need,” Scott Lambert, the chief executive of The OG Collective in Cathedral City, told The Desert Sun. “It’s just like Toys ‘R’ Us going out of business.” Free Green Entrepreneur App Downtown San Francisco Download Our iOS Applast_img read more

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Hemp Oil vs CBD Oil Whats the Difference

first_imgCannabis Each week hear inspiring stories of business owners who have taken the cannabis challenge and are now navigating the exciting but unpredictable Green Rush. Listen Now –shares Hemp Oil vs. CBD Oil: What’s the Difference? Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. Add to Queue This past December, the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill may have sparked a new oil boom. For the first time, hemp — the form of cannabis that doesn’t get you high — became federally legal. The news heated up the already hot CBD oil market because CBD, the medicinal, nonpsychoactive compound in marijuana, is also found in hemp. In other words, CBD oil, as long as you derive it from hemp, is legal everywhere. But is it? Does this mean an explosion of new CBD products? And what’s hemp oil? Here’s the breakdown. Related: The Most Experienced Guy In Cannabis Has a Warning for YouHemp Oil: It’s Straightforward By the Farm Bill’s definition, legal hemp products can contain up to 0.3 percent THC — not enough to produce a psychoactive effect. Hemp seed oil is extracted from the seeds and used as a cooking oil, and in lotions and soaps. It contains no CBD or other cannabinoids.  Related: Meet the Entrepreneur Selling Weed In Non-Cannabis Stores Across EuropeCBD Oil: It’s ComplicatedWhat’s known as cannabidiol (CBD) oil is commonly extracted from the flowers of the hemp plant. But it can also be derived from a marijuana plant. Either way, its uses are typically more medicinal. Solid research on cannabis has been sorely hampered — it’s a challenge to do big studies on a federally illegal substance. But a 2017 comprehensive review by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine found good evidence for cannabis reducing chronic pain. Athletes have known this, using CBD products to manage pain and to lessen inflammation. Others use CBD for depression and anxiety. Some people give it to their pets to lower stress. Perhaps most concretely, last June, the FDA approved the first-ever CBD-based drug, Epidiolex, to treat seizures associated with two severe forms of epilepsy.The FDA, however, has not been so approving when it comes to CBD oil in general, no matter where you extract it from. Even today, if you have legal hemp-derived CBD, you can’t sell it as a dietary supplement, you can’t put it in ingestibles for interstate commerce, and you definitely can’t claim therapeutic or medicinal benefits without FDA approval. Although CBD oil is legal in some states, federally, it’s still a gray area: The FDA promises that it will “continue to take steps to make the pathways for the lawful marketing of these products more efficient.” In the meantime, entrepreneurs should take the big excitement over CBD oil from hemp with a dose of caution. Follow dispensaries.com on Instagram to stay up to date on the latest cannabis news. Image credit: Victoria Bee Photography | Getty Images Next Article November 6, 2018 The marijuana plants has so many positive uses that people in the future will think we were insane for ever making it illegal. dispensaries.com This story appears in the May 2019 issue of Green Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Green Entrepreneur Podcast Magazine Contributor 3 min readlast_img read more

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Beam Suntory launches voiceactivated Jim Beam decanter

first_imgBeam Suntory launches voice-activated Jim Beam decanterPosted By: News Deskon: November 30, 2017In: Alcohol, Beverage, Industries, Innovation, New products, TechnologyPrintEmailBeam Suntory has unveiled an artificially intelligent Jim Beam decanter which allows bourbon lovers to serve up a beverage from the comfort of their couch.Called ‘Jim’, the machine is voiced by Jim Beam seventh generation master distiller Fred Noe and also responds to questions.Featuring a compartment for bourbon storage, Beam Suntory said the decanter ‘bridges the gap between Silicon Valley and Kentucky’.  “At Jim Beam, we’re in the business of evolving the way people drink delicious bourbon,” said Noe. “For decades, we produced unique limited-edition decanters that are now collectors’ items. And now, we’re introducing a smart decanter that lets fans enjoy their bourbon on demand with friends and family.”The decanter is now available in the US with a recommended retail price of $34.90.Earlier this month Beam Suntory launched an unfiltered 50% ABV Jim Beam whiskey it hopes will offer bourbon lovers a memorable taste for the holidays.Share with your network: Tags: Beam SuntoryJim Beamnew producttechnologylast_img read more

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Nestlé and Danone sign up to UK infant formula code of practice

first_img© Sander van der Wel/FlickrNestlé and Danone sign up to UK infant formula code of practicePosted By: Contributoron: November 07, 2018In: Dairy, Health, IndustriesPrintEmailUK manufacturers of infant formula have committed to a new code of practice which aims to bring a uniformity of standards across the sector.Developed by the British Specialist Nutrition Association – whose members include Danone, Nestlé and Cargill – the Infant Nutrition Industry (INI) code is designed to shed more light on how the UK infant nutrition industry operates and the high standards that can be expected from it.The code will be regulated by an independent authority, which will investigate any complaints made and have the power to require any company found to be in breach of the code to take appropriate steps to correct it.In a statement, the British Specialist Nutrition Association said the guidelines also cover areas such product quality, composition, safety, sales, marketing and clinical research.The code is said to demonstrate the infant nutrition industry’s commitment to responsible marketing and transparency as per the World Health Organization’s International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes 1981.Director general of the British Specialist Nutrition Association Declan O’Brien said: “The INI code has been introduced to bring a clarity and uniformity of standards across the infant nutrition businesses. It has been modelled on the industry codes of other highly regulated industries, such as the ABPI code of practice for the pharmaceutical industry.“This reflects the fact that the infant nutrition industry is one of the most tightly regulated food sectors in the world. Any complaint made against a company under the INI code will be regarded as a serious matter both by that company and by the industry as a whole.“The INI Code of Practice Authority will require appropriate corrective action to be taken by any company found to be in breach of the INI code. In addition, the outcome of complaints will also be published on the BSNA website.”Signatory companies will have three months to ensure that all their practices are in line with the new requirements. The complaints procedure will go live on 1 February 2019.Share with your network: Tags: Danoneinfant nutritionNestléUKlast_img read more

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Tesla whistleblower claims company is doing everything it can to silence me

first_imgThu 21 Jun 2018 16.11 EDT Share via Email Tesla whistleblower claims company is ‘doing everything it can to silence me’ Tesla Share on Facebook This article is more than 1 year old A Tesla at a charging point in Beijing, China. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters Tesla fatal crash: ‘autopilot’ mode sped up car before driver killed, report finds … 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. Since you’re here… This article is more than 1 year old Last modified on Fri 22 Jun 2018 18.00 EDT Share on LinkedIn news Email Share via Email Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO, has engaged in a heated email exchange with the former employee who is alleged to have hacked an operating system.Photograph: Kiichiro Sato/AP Julia Carrie Wong in San Francisco “I’m a scapegoat because I provided information that is absolutely true,” Tripp told the Guardian on Wednesday evening. “This is obscene … It feels like I have no rights as a whistleblower.”On Thursday, after the local sheriff’s office had announced that there was no credible threat to the Gigafactory, Tripp commented further: “They’re trying to do everything they can to silence me and trying to set an example so that no one else will talk to the press.”Tripp’s dispute with the electric car company erupted into a high-stakes round of he-said/Tesla-said when it filed a federal lawsuit against him on Wednesday. The suit alleged that Tripp had “unlawfully hacked” Tesla’s manufacturing operating system (MOS) – writing code that would export confidential information to third parties and planting the code on three different computer systems such that other employees would be “falsely implicated as guilty parties”. Facebook Twitter Elon Musk On Wednesday morning, Martin Tripp was an out-of-work Tesla technician trying to figure out what to do next.By the end of the day, he had been sued by his former employer for alleged hacking and theft, engaged in a hostile email exchange with Elon Musk, come out as a whistleblower, and was being patted down by sheriff’s deputies over allegations that he was threatening to go to his former workplace and “shoot the place up”. The complaint also accused Tripp of making “false claims to the media about the information he stole”, and specifically referenced claims about punctured battery cells, excess scrap material and manufacturing delays.But Tripp, a former process technician at Tesla’s Gigafactory in Nevada, told the Guardian that he leaked information to a reporter at Business Insider because no one at the company was listening to his concerns.“When it’s world impactful, when you’re lying to the world and investors about the cars you’re producing and how sustainable you are, when you’re saying one thing and doing another, the righteous thing is for the world to know,” Tripp said by phone.Tesla has rejected Tripp’s claim to be a whistleblower and challenged the accuracy of the information he provided to Business Insider. In an email to the Guardian about Tripp’s whistleblower claim on Wednesday afternoon, Musk wrote that Tripp “sent me a threatening email” and that “we received a call at the Gigafactory that he was going to come back and shoot people”. Tesla subsequently released a statement saying the company had “received a phone call from a friend of Mr Tripp” warning that Tripp was going to “shoot the place up”. The company alerted the police and increased security at the factory. Sheriff’s deputies met Tripp at his hotel and questioned him. Tesla has said it would not provide further information, while the Storey county sheriff’s office said it was investigating “the threat’s origin”. Automotive industry The lawsuit capped an already strange news cycle for Tesla and its chief executive, Elon Musk.In an email to Tesla employees sent on Sunday evening, Musk wrote that he had just learned that a Tesla employee had engaged in “quite extensive and damaging sabotage to our operations” which included “making direct code changes” to the MOS and transferring data to third parties. Musk went on to say that the alleged saboteur could be an agent of one of the “long list of organizations that want Tesla to die”, including short-sellers, the fossil fuel industry and rival car manufacturers. In a second email sent on Monday, Musk referenced a small fire at the company’s Fremont factory and again appeared to stoke suspicions of sabotage, writing: “Could just be a random event, but as Andy Grove said, ‘Only the paranoid survive.’” The emails were first reported by CNBC.Though Musk never named Tripp in his emails, the allegations of hacking the MOS are similar, and many news outlets identified Tripp as the “alleged saboteur” once the lawsuit was filed. Tripp says that any suggestions that he was a saboteur are “flat-out lies”. “I’ve never gone to any outside company, any oil industry people,” he added. “I care about the public and safety.” Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Silicon Valley Read more Read more The electric carmaker is suing a former technician for alleged hacking, but he says he’s being scapegoated for leaking concerns @juliacarriew When you’re saying one thing and doing another, the righteous thing is for the world to knowMartin Tripp Facebook Shares122122 Pinterest Support The Guardian Tesla A 40-year-old US navy veteran, Tripp started working for Tesla in October 2017. “I left a really god job and condo in Milwaukee … because I thought I was going to do something good for the world, accelerating the world’s sustainability,” he said, referencing Tesla’s corporate mission. Tripp conceded that he had difficulty adjusting to Tesla’s workplace culture, but he denied a claim by Musk that he had acted out of anger over not receiving a promotion. Instead, he said, he grew increasingly concerned about a range of issues that were eventually reported on by Business Insider, including high rates of “nonconforming material” that ended up being wasted and a batch of battery cells that were mistakenly punctured. “I kept bringing this up to management, supervisors, anyone who would listen,” Tripp said. “Everyone just said, ‘Yeah, whatever.’”Tripp acknowledged that he provided information from Tesla’s MOS to Business Insider, but said that there was no “hacking” involved; he claimed that he simply queried the database to provide verification of his claims to the reporter. “I’m not that smart,” Tripp said. “I don’t know how to code. I tried to teach myself to code and I don’t have the patience.”Tripp also said he did not understand a claim by Tesla that he tried to implicate other employees by planting code on different computers – allegations he said were made to him during Tesla’s investigation. The accusations came up again in the heated email exchange shared by both Musk and Tripp with the Guardian, after Tripp found out that he was being sued.Tripp: “Don’t worry, you have what’s coming to you for the lies you have told to the public and investors.”Musk: “Threatening me only makes it worse for you”Tripp: “I never made a threat. I simply told you that you have what’s coming. Thank you for this gift!!!!”Musk: “You should be ashamed of yourself for framing other people. You’re a horrible human being.”Tripp: “I NEVER ‘framed’ anyone else or even insinuated anyone else as being involved in my production of documents of your MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF WASTE, Safety concerns, lying to investors/the WORLD. Putting cars on the road with safety issues is being a horrible human being!”Musk: “There are literally injuries[sic] with Model 3. It is by far the safest car in the world for any midsize vehicle. And of course a company with billions of dollars in product is going to have millions of dollars in scrap. This is not news.“However, betraying your word of honor, breaking the deal you had when Tesla gave you a job and framing your colleagues are wrong and some come with legal penalties. So it goes. Be well.”Musk told the Guardian by email: “He initiated the email exchange this morning at 8.57am. I certainly would not have initiated contact, nor would I even know his personal email address, and it was probably unwise for me to have responded.”Tripp said that he did not intend his email as a threat. “All I meant by ‘you’re going to get what you have coming’ is that the truth is going to come out.” Nevada Electric, hybrid and low-emission cars Pinterest Twitter Share on Facebook Topics Tesla workers say they pay the price for Elon Musk’s big promises Martin Tripp was sued by Tesla for hacking and theft. He says he’s actually a whistleblower. Photograph: Courtesy of Martin Tripp Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Cynthia Nixon confident despite polls favoring Cuomo in New York primary

first_imgNew York First published on Thu 13 Sep 2018 14.25 EDT ‘Don’t believe the polls’: challenger sure she can pull off an upset as other insurgent leftwingers have done This article is more than 9 months old Share via Email US politics Cynthia Nixon confident despite polls favoring Cuomo in New York primary Democrats Share on Facebook news Share on Twitter Shares1010 Share on Pinterest Jamie Peck Share via Email Why did Hillary Clinton endorse Cuomo over Cynthia Nixon? Topics Thu 13 Sep 2018 18.51 EDT ‘Can you stop lying?’ Nixon and Cuomo swap insults in New York governor debate Cuomo also drew criticism for a mailer sent out by the state Democratic party linking Nixon to antisemitism and falsely accusing her of supporting a movement to boycott Israel. The party expressed regret, and Nixon slammed it as the “worst kind of dirty politics”.Cuomo, who four years ago won by an unexpectedly small margin over another challenger from the left, has moved to the left on several issues – backing the legalization of marijuana and signing an order to restore the voting rights of paroled felons.Once reluctant to attack President Trump by name, he has also made the case that he is the best person to fight back against the president.“Washington is trying to take us in one direction, and New York is going in the opposite direction,” he said this week at a Buffalo campaign stop. “This president has brought an attitude and philosophy to this country that is exclusionary, that is divisive, that is bigoted, that is sexist, that is racist.”At their sole debate, tensions between Cuomo and Nixon boiled over. At one point Cuomo barked: “Can you stop interrupting?” at Nixon, who snapped back: “Can you stop lying?”center_img Read more Read more Since you’re here… Erin Durkin in New York Share on Messenger Many observers believe the lopsided polls may not reflect the state of the race. “I don’t believe any of the polling. I just don’t believe it,” the city council speaker, Corey Johnson, said on Wednesday. “There’s no way to make a prediction.”The winner of the Democratic primary will face the Republican Marc Molinaro, the Dutchess county executive, in November.Down the ballot, the Brooklyn city councilman Jumaane Williams is challenging Cuomo’s lieutenant governor, Kathy Hochul. Williams has a base of support in Brooklyn’s black community and has won some endorsements that Nixon did not, raising the possibility that he could win and leave Cuomo with an antagonist as his number two.The attorney general’s seat is also up for grabs, after Eric Schneiderman was forced to resign over allegations of violence against several women. Public advocate Letitia James, law professor Zephyr Teachout, represenative Sean Patrick Maloney, and attorney Leecia Eve are competing for the spot.Also closely watched in New York will be the fate of New York senate candidate Julia Salazar, and a group of Democrats in the state senate who allied with Republicans and helped give them control of the chamber. The members of the now-defunct group, called the Independent Democratic Conference, all face strong primary challenges. Andrew Cuomo Share on Twitter New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, will face challenger Cynthia Nixon in New York’s primary elections on 13 September.Photograph: Craig Ruttle/AFP/Getty Images Share on WhatsApp New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, will face off in a primary against challenger Cynthia Nixon today, in the latest test of the wave of progressive challengers who have taken on establishment Democrats across the US.Nixon is an activist – and an actor, best known for her role on Sex and the City – who has hammered the two-term Democratic incumbent on political corruption, including the conviction of a former close aide, and the sorry state of New York’s mass transit system, which has deteriorated under Cuomo’s tenure.The latest polls show Cuomo with a big lead. A Siena poll this week found him leading by a 63% to 22% margin.But Nixon believes she can pull off an upset like other insurgent challengers have in Democratic primaries this year.“Don’t believe the polls, don’t believe the hype. We have a chance to strike a blow for real progressives,” she said on Tuesday on WNYC radio.Cuomo’s campaign suffered a series of missteps over the last weekend of the race. He hosted a marquee event, headlined by Hillary Clinton, to mark the opening of a new bridge named for his father, former governor Mario Cuomo. But the span did not open as planned, as engineers said the old bridge could collapse and endanger the new one. Share on Facebook Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn … 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. 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Brazil replaces farright education minister with conspiracy theorist

first_imgBrazil Outrage after Brazil ministry asks schools to read aloud Bolsonaro slogan Brazil replaces far-right education minister with conspiracy theorist Share via Email Share on Twitter This article is more than 3 months old Tue 9 Apr 2019 03.01 EDT Share on Facebook Topics Share on WhatsApp … 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. Brazil Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, hailed Abraham Weintraub’s ‘ample experience’.Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA Cara expressed concern over what concrete projects Weintraub might introduce to improve education in a country where a third of the population from ages 15 to 64 is functionally illiterate. “He argues for reducing spending and Bolsonaro’s cultural war,” he said.“It’s not clear he has the solid project for education on a national level that the position demands,” said Anna Conte, a junior school teacher in Rio.After his appointment was announced on Monday, Weintraub praised Bolsonaro’s intellectual guru Olavo de Carvalho – a former astrologer and philosopher who berates his enemies with obscenity-laden YouTube videos from his home in Richmond, Virginia, and has questioned whether the world revolves around the sun.“He has good ideas but I don’t follow literally what he says,” Weintraub told the Estado de S Paulo newspaper. Share on Pinterest Americas Dom Phillips in Rio de Janeiro President Jair Bolsonaro’s replacement for Ricardo Vélez has blamed communists for introducing crack Read morecenter_img When news broke that Brazil’s president had sacked his controversial far-right education minister, any hopes that Jair Bolsonaro might have moderated his views lasted about as long as it took Brazilians to research his replacement.The new minister, Abraham Weintraub, is an economist and university professor who spent most of his career in the financial sector and has voiced rightwing conspiracy theories – arguing last year that crack was deliberately introduced in Brazil as part of a communist plot.Before joining Bolsonaro’s transition team to work on an overhaul of the pensions system, Weintraub was a professor at the Federal University of São Paulo. He worked 18 years at the Votorantim bank, becoming chief economist.On Monday, Weintraub was brought in to replace Ricardo Vélez, whose brief stint in government was marked by a string of controversies. Share on Facebook Reuse this content Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Brazil education minister accused of whitewashing 1964 coup and dictatorship Jair Bolsonaro Read more news Shares5,9385938 Share on Messenger Share via Email Last modified on Tue 9 Apr 2019 09.42 EDT In February, Vélez wrote to schools instructing them to film students singing the national anthem and being read Bolsonaro’s campaign slogan.He later told the conservative magazine Veja that Brazilians behaved like cannibals when abroad and stole things from hotels, and last week he was accused of “historical revisionism” after saying schoolbooks would be rewritten to whitewash Brazil’s 1964 military coup and 21-year dictatorship.But education specialists expressed dismay at his replacement.“I don’t think anyone who works in education is happy with this appointment,” said Daniel Cara, of the National Campaign for the Right to Education, a not-for-profit group – and a former leftist parliamentary candidate. “[Weintraub] does not have good experience and does not show appreciation for the area.”Bolsonaro announced Weintraub on Monday on Twitter. “Abraham is a doctor, a university professor and has ample experience in management and the knowledge needed for the post,” he tweeted. He later corrected himself and said Weintraub had a master’s in administration and an MBA.Both Abraham Weintraub and his brother Adam are specialists in pensions. His brother is part of Bolsonaro’s economic team.“Today, South America and Brazil in particular are vital parts of a clear strategy by totalitarian socialist and communist groups to take power,” Weintraub told the Estado de S Paulo newspaper in a 2018 interview. In the same interview, he said that crack was deliberately introduced in Brazil and that the Colombian Farc rebel group had been “honoured guests” at the Saõ Paulo Forum, an annual gathering of leftist parties.“Look at the files, it’s on the internet!” he said. (Farc were barred on at least two occasions, the Folha de S Paulo newspaper reported in 2008, and have since become a legal political party.) Share on LinkedIn This article is more than 3 months old Since you’re here…last_img read more

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ET Deals Dell XPS New Core i5 Desktop 649 Apple AirPods wWireless

first_imgET Deals: Dell XPS New Core i5 Desktop $649, Apple AirPods w/Wireless Charging Case $179, Google Home Mini $25 Mahershala Ali Gives Respect To Wesley Snipes’ Role As Blade 2 Comments Huge Scandals That Rocked The History Channel 10 Scientifically Proven Side Effects of Growing a Beard Extremetech may earn affiliate commissions from the shopping links included on this page. To find out more, read our complete terms of use. You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Deleted ‘Endgame’ Scene Showed Us Tony Stark In The Afterlife With Independence Day just a few days away, online retailers are pushing out excellent deals are just about everything you can imagine. In addition to a well-built desktop and a Google Home mini speaker, you can also save today on a pair of Apple’s AirPods and a high-quality 4K TV.Dell XPS Tower Intel Core i5-9400 Gaming Desktop w/ 16GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB M.2 NVMe SSD and 1TB HDD ($649.99)This desktop comes loaded with an Intel Core i5-9400 hexa-core processor and 16GB of RAM. As is, it has plenty of power for everyday tasks and work projects. It can also be turned into a capable gaming desktop just by adding a graphics card. You can get it from Dell marked down from $899.99 to $649.99 with promo code 50OFF699.Apple AirPods w/Wireless Charging Case ($179.99)This set of Apple’s AirPods comes with a wireless charging case. Simply set the earbuds into the case whenever you are finished using them and they will automatically start charging. They also have support for Siri to quickly access your iPhone, and they can last for over 24 hours while listening to music. Amazon is offering these AirPods currently marked down from $199.00 to $179.99.Google Home Mini Smart Speaker ($25.00) Google’s Home Mini smart speakers come with several useful functions built in. As the name suggests, one of the key uses of this device is as a speaker for playing music, but it can also be used as an alarm clock and to make phone calls. It becomes more useful when used in conjunction with select other devices such as a Google Chromecast, as the Home Mini speaker can work as an interface to control these devices. Right now you can get one of these versatile speakers from Walmart marked down from $49.00 to $25.00.Alienware Aurora Intel Core i5-9400 Gaming Desktop w/Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 128GB M.2 SATA SSD and 2TB HDD ($971.99)With a hexa-core Intel Core i5-9400 clocked at up to 4.1GHz and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, this system’s ready to tackle the most graphically challenging games on the market today. Gamers will also appreciate the edgy Alienware case that features LED lights on the side panels. By using promo code LCS10OFF at checkout on Dell’s website, you can get this system marked down from $1,329.99 to just $971.99.TCL 65R617 65-Inch 4K HDR Roku Smart TV ($648.29)In addition to supporting both 4K and HDR content, this TV also has a localized dimming feature that helps to improve image quality by giving you deeper blacks with reduced light bleeding. You can get it from Amazon currently marked down from $1,299.99 to $648.29.Amazon Music Unlimited 4-Month Subscription ($0.99) For a limited time, you can get four months of Amazon’s Music Unlimited service for just $0.99. This service will allow you to listen to countless songs, and you can download and save them to your phone for easy listening when you don’t have access to the net. This deal is available exclusively to Prime members, however, and after this four-month period, the price raises to $7.99 per month. Note: Terms and conditions apply. See the relevant retail sites for more information. For more great deals, go to our partners at TechBargains.com. By Michael Sexton on July 2, 2019 at 3:19 pm We Now Understand Why Sean Connery Has Disappeared This ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Star is Breathtaking in Reality The Hate for ‘Captain Marvel’ May Never Stop Edward Furlong is Returning in ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ Tagged In et deals Post a Comment 2 Commentslast_img read more

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first_img 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. Simply set the earbuds into the case whenever you are finished using them and they will automatically start charging. 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How to Create Your Own StateoftheArt Text Generation System

first_img The Untold Truth of ‘Batman & Robin’ 4 Comments You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Tagged In googleartificial intelligenceextremetech explainsdevelopersHow-Toprogrammingtensorflowpythonopenaifake newsgoogle compute engineGoogle ColabGPT-2text generation Post a Comment 4 Comments Hardly a day goes by when there isn’t a story about fake news. It reminds me of a quote from the favorite radio newsman from my youth, “If you don’t like the news, go out and make some of your own.” OpenAI’s breakthrough language model, the 1.5 billion parameter version of GPT-2, got close enough that the group decided it was too dangerous to release publicly, at least for now. However, OpenAI has now released two smaller versions of the model, along with tools for fine-tuning them on your own text. So, without too much effort, and using dramatically less GPU time than it would take to train from scratch, you can create a tuned version of GPT-2 that will be able to generate text in the style you give it, or even start to answer questions similar to ones you train it with.What Makes GPT-2 SpecialGPT-2 (Generative Pre-Trained Transformer version 2) is based on a version of the very powerful Transformer Attention-based Neural Network. What got the researchers at OpenAI so excited about it was finding that it could address a number of language tasks without being directly trained on them. Once pre-trained with its massive corpus of Reddit data and given the proper prompts, it did a passable job of answering questions and translating languages. It certainly isn’t anything like Watson as far as semantic knowledge, but this type of unsupervised learning is particularly exciting because it removes much of the time and expense needed to label data for supervised learning.Overview of Working With GPT-2For such a powerful tool, the process of working with GPT-2 is thankfully fairly simple, as long as you are at least a little familiar with Tensorflow. Most of the tutorials I’ve found also rely on Python, so having at least a basic knowledge of programming in Python or a similar language is very helpful. Currently, OpenAI has released two pre-trained versions of GPT-2. One (117M) has 117 million parameters, while the other (345M) has 345 million. As you might expect the larger version requires more GPU memory and takes longer to train. You can train either on your CPU, but it is going to be really slow.The first step is downloading one or both of the models. Fortunately, most of the tutorials, including the ones we’ll walk you through below, have Python code to do that for you. Once downloaded, you can run the pre-trained model either to generate text automatically or in response to a prompt you provide. But there is also code that lets you build on the pre-trained model by fine-tuning it on a data source of your choice. Once you’ve tuned your model to your satisfaction, then it’s simply a matter of running it and providing suitable prompts.Working with GPT-2 On Your Local MachineThere are a number of tutorials on this, but my favorite is by Max Woolf. In fact, until the OpenAI release, I was working with his text-generating RNN, which he borrowed from for his GPT-2 work. He’s provided a full package on GitHub for downloading, tuning, and running a GPT-2 based model. You can even snag it directly as a package from PyPl. The readme walks you through the entire process, with some suggestions on how to tweak various parameters. If you happen to have a massive GPU handy, this is a great approach, but since the 345M model needs most of a 16GB GPU for training or tuning, you may need to turn to a cloud GPU.Working with GPT-2 for Free Using Google’s ColabFortunately, there is a way to use a powerful GPU in the cloud for free — Google’s Colab. It isn’t as flexible as an actual Google Compute Engine account, and you have to reload everything each session, but did I mention it’s free? In my testing, I got either a Tesla T4 or a K80 GPU when I initialized a notebook, either one of which is fast enough to train these models at a reasonable clip. The best part is that Woolf has already authored a Colab notebook that echoes the local Python code version of gpt2-simple. Much like the desktop version, you can simply follow along, or tweak parameters to experiment. There is some added complexity in getting the data in and out of Colab, but the notebook will walk you through that as well.Getting Data for Your ProjectNow that powerful language models have been released onto the web, and tutorials abound on how to use them, the hardest part of your project might be creating the dataset you want to use for tuning. If you want to replicate the experiments of others by having it generate Shakespeare or write Star Trek dialog, you can simply snag one that is online. In my case, I wanted to see how the models would do when asked to generate articles like those found on ExtremeTech. I had access to a back catalog of over 12,000 articles from the last 10 years. So I was able to put them together into a text file, and use it as the basis for fine-tuning.If you have other ambitions that include mimicking a website, scraping is certainly an alternative. There are some sophisticated services like ParseHub, but they are limited unless you pay for a commercial plan. I have found the Chrome Extension Webscraper.io to be flexible enough for many applications, and it’s fast and free. One big cautionary note is to pay attention to Terms of Service for whatever website you’re thinking of, as well as any copyright issues. From looking at the output of various language models, they certainly aren’t taught to not plagiarize.So, Can It Do Tech Journalism?Once I had my corpus of 12,000 ExtremeTech articles, I started by trying to train the simplified GPT-2 on my desktop’s Nvidia 1080 GPU. Unfortunately, the GPU’s 8GB of RAM wasn’t enough. So I switched to training the 117M model on my 4-core i7. It wasn’t insanely terrible, but it would have taken over a week to make a real dent even with the smaller of the two models. So I switched to Colab and the 345M model. The training was much, much, faster, but needing to deal with session resets and the unpredictability of which GPU I’d get for each session was annoying.Upgrading to Google’s Compute EngineAfter that, I bit the bullet, signed up for a Google Compute Engine account, and decided to take advantage of the $300 credit Google gives new customers. If you’re not familiar with setting up a VM in the cloud it can be a bit daunting, but there are lots of online guides. It’s simplest if you start with one of the pre-configured VMs that already has Tensorflow installed. I picked a Linux version with 4 vCPUs. Even though my desktop system is Windows, the same Python code ran perfectly on both. You then need to add a GPU, which in my case took a request to Google support for permission. I assume that is because GPU-equipped machines are more expensive and less flexible than CPU-only machines, so they have some type of vetting process. It only took a couple of hours, and I was able to launch a VM with a Tesla T4. When I first logged in (using the built-in SSH) it reminded me that I needed to install Nvidia drivers for the T4, and gave me the command I needed.Next, you need is to set up a file transfer client like WinSCP, and get started working with your model. Once you upload your code and data, create a Python virtual environment (optional), and load up the needed packages, you can proceed the same way you did on your desktop. I trained my model in increments of 15,000 steps and downloaded the model checkpoints each time, so I’d have them for reference. That can be particularly important if you have a small training dataset, as too much training can cause your model to over-fit and actually get worse. So having checkpoints you can return to is valuable.Speaking of checkpoints, like the models, they’re large. So you’ll probably want to add a disk to your VM. By having the disk separate, you can always use it for other projects. The process for automatically mounting it is a bit annoying (it seems like it could be a checkbox, but it’s not). Fortunately, you only have to do it once. After I had my VM up and running with the needed code, model, and training data, I let it loose. The T4 was able to run about one step every 1.5 seconds. The VM I’d configured cost about $25/day (remember that VMs don’t turn themselves off; you need to shut them down if you don’t want to be billed, and persistent disk keeps getting billed even then).To save some money, I transferred the model checkpoints (as a .zip file) back to my desktop. I could then shut down the VM (saving a buck or two an hour), and interact with the model locally. You get the same output either way because the model and checkpoint are identical. The traditional way to evaluate the success of your training is to hold out a portion of your training data as a validation set. If the loss continues to decrease but accuracy (which you get by computing the loss when you run your model on the data you’ve held out for validation) decreases, it is likely you’ve started to over-fit your data and your model is simply “memorizing” your input and feeding it back to you. That reduces its ability to deal with new information.Here’s the Beef: Some Sample Outputs After Days of TrainingAfter experimenting on various types of prompts, I settled on feeding the model (which I’ve nicknamed The Oracle) the first sentences of actual ExtremeTech articles and seeing what it came up with. After 48 hours (106,000 steps in this case) of training on a T4, here is an example:The output of our model after two days of training on a T4 when fed the first sentence of Ryan Whitwam’s Titan article. Obviously, it’s not going to fool anyone, but the model is starting to do a decent job of linking similar concepts together at this point.The more information the model has about a topic, the more it starts to generate plausible text. We write about Windows Update a lot, so I figured I’d let the model give it a try:The model’s response to a prompt about Windows Update after a couple of days of training.With something as subjective as text generation, it is hard to know how far to go with training a model. That’s particularly true because each time a prompt is submitted, you’ll get a different response. If you want to get some plausible or amusing answers, your best bet is to generate several samples for each prompt and look through them yourself. In the case of the Windows Update prompt, we fed the model the same prompt after another few hours of training, and it looked like the extra work might have been helpful:After another few hours of training, here is the best of the samples when given the same prompt about Microsoft Windows.Here’s Why Unsupervised Models are So CoolI was impressed, but not blown away, by the raw predictive performance of GPT-2 (at least the public version) compared with simpler solutions like textgenrnn. What I didn’t catch on to until later was the versatility. GPT-2 is general purpose enough that it can address a wide variety of use cases. For example, if you give it pairs of French and English sentences as a prompt, followed by only a French sentence, it does a plausible job of generating translations. Or if you give it question-and-answer pairs, followed by a question, it does a decent job of coming up with a plausible answer. If you generate some interesting text or articles, please consider sharing, as this is definitely a learning experience for all of us.Now Read:Google Fed a Language Algorithm Math Equations. It Learned How to Solve New OnesIBM’s resistive computing could massively accelerate AI — and get us closer to Asimov’s Positronic BrainNvidia’s vision for deep learning AI: Is there anything a computer can’t do? Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 1shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. 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Destiny 2 Doesnt Currently Run on Ryzen 3000 CPUs but a Fix

first_img Anna Kendrick’s Transformation is Turning Heads 4 Comments You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet The Real Reason Marvel Didn’t Bring Back Snipes For ‘Blade’ If you’re a Ryzen 3000 owner (or planning to be in the near future), be advised — Bungie’s popular Destiny 2 MMO doesn’t currently run on AMD’s latest CPU. It’s not clear why this is currently the case, but according to the developer, a fix is on the way. It will, however, require a motherboard update to resolve.AMD has identified the issue impacting the ability to run Destiny 2 on Ryzen 3000 processors and have implemented a BIOS fix that has been distributed to partners. In the coming days, players will be able to download the updated BIOS from their motherboard providers.— Bungie Help (@BungieHelp) July 12, 2019The problem cropped up a few days ago when Ryzen 3000 early upgraders found they couldn’t run the game. A week ago, Redditor Trinsikk posted:Destiny does not work on pc with the new Ryzen 3000 series Cpu’s. After clicking the play button on battlenet it says the game is running and the destiny 2 exe will show up in task manager but only shows that its using 5-10% cpu but it never will start. A couple threads have popped up on the bungie forums and it seems to be affecting all variants of motherboard /ryzen 3000 setups. Tried reinstalling windows 3 times over with full formats between and reinstalling drivers each time. Bungie halp.It’s not unusual for a new platform to have a few bugs that need to be shaken out, but this is a bit unusual — we don’t recall the last time a UEFI update was required to shake the bugs out of a specific game. In this case, there may be an issue with how Rdrand instructions are being issued on AMD processors. According to Michael Larabel, there’s some evidence of Linux hiccups on the new AMD CPUs as well, and the new CPUs are having some issue booting certain Linux distributions. It seems possible that the issues are related. If so, motherboard updates should resolve the issue.AGESA updates have been demonstrated to improve both the performance and compatibility of Ryzen CPUs in the past. When Ryzen first launched, AMD noted that gaming performance and overall compatibility would both improve over time. This was indeed the case — our initial Gigabyte board that we tested back in 2017 was unable to boot Linux until later updates solved the problem, and the overall performance of first-gen Ryzen indeed improved over time. When we revisited the CPU’s performance later in 2017, we found it had picked up speed in multiple benchmarks.The situation with X570 has been much better; AMD’s overall single-threaded performance is stronger now with the Ryzen 3000 family than it was when first-gen debuted, but there are obviously a few compatibility hiccups still to be addressed. If you’re a Destiny 2 player, watch your motherboard vendor support page for updates.Now Read:AMD’s Ryzen 7 3700X and Ryzen 9 3900X Reviewed: Red Storm RyzenNew Leak: Intel 10-Core Comet Lake CPUs Will Counterattack Ryzen 3000 FamilyIs Moore’s Law Alive, Dead, or Pining for the Fjords? Even Experts Disagree Don’t Watch These Movies With Your Parents Why Billy Hargrove from ‘Stranger Things’ Looks So Familiar Destiny 2 Doesn’t Currently Run on Ryzen 3000 CPUs, but a Fix Is Coming Tagged In amdintelgamingcpuslinuxRyzenasusgigabyteuefimsiRyzen 7 3700XbungiecompatibilityDestiny 2Ryzen 7 3900XRDRAND Post a Comment 4 Comments Willow Smith’s Transformation is Turning Heads How ‘Harry Potter’ Killed This Star’s Career Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 2shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. By Joel Hruska on July 15, 2019 at 4:18 pm This Is Where ‘The Man With the Golden Voice’ Ended Up Maisie Williams’ Transformation is Turning Headslast_img read more

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Tesla Reports Record Sales Last Quarter

first_img The Most Inappropriate Comic Book Characters Ever The Real Reason Captain Marvel Was Barely in ‘Endgame’ 21 Comments You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Tagged In carsteslaelectric vehiclesmodel 3 Post a Comment 21 Comments This ‘Fire Emblem Heroes’ April Fools’ Day Joke Broke Hearts By Ryan Whitwam on July 5, 2019 at 7:36 am Dani From ‘Girl Next Door’ is Absolutely Gorgeous Now at 36 We Now Understand Why Sean Connery Has Disappeared Tesla Reports Record Sales Last Quarter Scarlett Could Have Left ‘Black Widow’ Behind Movies You Should Watch By Yourself Why The Hound May Have Been ‘GOT’s’ Most Important Character Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Tesla has had its share of ups and downs over the years with exploding cars, autopilot mishaps, and CEO Elon Musk saying and doing foolish things on the internet. But this week was a big “up” for the electric car maker. Tesla’s latest quarterly report includes a record number of vehicle deliveries at 95,200. Tesla’s stock rose as expected following the news, gaining 7 percent after falling 35 percent since early 2019 when it reported slower than expected sales. Tesla has benefited from a full quarter selling the Model 3, its most affordable vehicle, in Europe and China. The Model 3 previously launched for US buyers in 2018, after taking reservations for years. The Model 3 makes up the vast majority of Tesla’s record-breaking sales at 77,550. That’s a 50 percent increase over the first quarter of the year. Sales of the more profitable Model S and Model X increased as well from 12,100 to 17,650. However, that number is lower than the 27,550 S and X vehicles delivered in the last quarter of 2018. That suggests the Model 3 is pulling some buyers away from the more profitable cars. Still, the increased sales are making up for it. Tesla also says that its production capacity has increased by 13 percent in the second quarter of 2019. Only 7,400 cars were still listed as in transit to buyers, down from 10,600 at the end of the first quarter. The Tesla Model 3 has proven very successful, making up most of the company’s 95,200 Q2 sales.The increased sales may be harder to sustain going forward. Tesla has cut prices several times in pursuit of its goal of selling 400,000 cars this year. The automaker is also facing the end of government tax breaks for selling electric vehicles. The $7,500 tax credit fell to $3,750 early this year, and now it’s down to $1,875. It will go away completely at the end of this year.  The company is also still operating at a loss. One bright spot on the horizon may be Tesla’s upcoming launch of the Model Y. This vehicle splits the difference between the Model 3 and the high-end Model X. It’s a smaller crossover/hatchback offering more space than a Model 3 and a lower price than the Model X. The Model Y will launch in late 2020 for US customers.Now read:Elon Musk: Tesla Broke in 10 Months Without ‘Hardcore’ Cost ReductionTesla Model 3 in Fatal Accident Had Autopilot EngagedSurprise: The $35,000 Tesla Model 3 That’s Finally Shipping? Not Any More last_img read more

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IDG Communications Names Gene Bishop Global CIO

first_img CMS systemsGene BishopIDG CommunicationsIT infrastructureMarketing TechnologyNewsTechnology Previous ArticleInstagram Stories and Video Ads Become Branding Staples in SocialNext ArticleAdColony Selects Pixalate as Fraud Prevention Partner IDG Communications, Inc. – the world’s leading tech media, data, and marketing services company – announces the appointment of Gene Bishop as Global CIO, focusing on overall strategy, architecture, delivery, and use of technology and IT infrastructure to drive business forward.In this role, Bishop will partner with global divisions of IDG Communications to ensure business objectives align with a world-class technology infrastructure. Based in New York, Bishop will be an internal resource for the executive leadership team on overall business technology strategy, including architecture, security and risk management. IDG’s continued investment in technology is devised to provide a quality user experience for both internal and external customers.“We pride ourselves on using technology to build bridges between the buyers and sellers of technology and create quality experiences for our readers, advertisers and employees,” said Kumaran Ramanathan, President, IDG Communications, Inc. “We are thrilled to have Gene join our team and contribute to our unified global technology strategy. His focus on process and people and his innovative spirit align with our goals at IDG Communications.”Marketing Technology News: Amazon Dominates E-Commerce Share, Ebay and Walmart Less of a Focus, Feedvisor Study FindsBishop brings more than 30 years of technology and media experience to this role, including expertise in CMS systems, data platforms and other operating technologies to provide an impressive experience for IDG’s engaged technology decision-maker reader audience and the technology marketers looking to reach them. Throughout his career, Bishop has held several senior technology leadership positions, including more than 20 years at Dow Jones/The Wall Street Journal in various roles focusing on quality assurance, editorial, advertising and finance support. Most recently, he was VP of Technology for ALM.Marketing Technology News: Elliot’s Mobile-First Commerce Platform Enables Direct-to-Consumer Distribution at Global Scale“Technology is often the catapult that elevates businesses and provides a positive user experience that encourages users to return. IDG Communications is known as an organization that embraces innovation, and I am delighted to bring my technology expertise and collaborate with this stellar team. I firmly believe that when you combine great technologies, with great teams of people and leadership the possibilities are endless,” said Bishop.Marketing Technology News: Vyond Announces End of Beta for Vyond Studio, Enhanced Security Features IDG Communications Names Gene Bishop Global CIO PRNewswireMay 22, 2019, 7:33 pmMay 22, 2019 last_img read more

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New Study Digital Natives Value Brick and Mortar Stores More Than Their

first_imgNew Study: “Digital Natives” Value Brick and Mortar Stores More Than Their Parents or Grandparents PRNewswireJuly 2, 2019, 3:35 pmJuly 2, 2019 Global Study Highlights the Varying Shopping Expectations of Different Generations and the Role of Technology in Personalizing RetailDespite clear differences in expectations among shoppers of different generations, almost half of retailers (44 percent) have made no progress in tailoring the in-store shopping experience according to a recent study conducted by Oracle NetSuite, Wakefield Research and The Retail Doctor. The global study of 1,200 consumers and 400 retail executives across the US, UK and Australia dispelled stereotypes around generations and found big differences in generational expectations across baby boomers, Gen X, millennials and Gen Z. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder: Retailers struggle to keep stride with generational shoppersThe in-store shopping experience remains an important part of the retail environment for all generations, but the progress retailers are making to improve the in-store experience is being viewed differently by different generations.Despite the stereotypes of “digital natives”, Gen Z and millennials (43 percent) are most likely to do more in-store shopping this year followed by Gen X (29 percent) and baby boomers (13 percent).Gen Z and millennials (57 percent) had the most positive view of the current retail environment feeling it was more inviting, followed by Gen X (40 percent). Baby boomers (27 percent) were more likely to find the current retail environment less inviting than consumers overall.Gen Z valued in-store interaction the least with 42 percent feeling more annoyed from increased interaction with retail associates. In contrast, millennials (56 percent), Gen X (44 percent) and baby boomer (43 percent) generations all noted they would feel more welcomed by more in-store interactions.Marketing Technology News: Cognitiv Launches First Deep Learning Incrementality Solution To Help Marketers Find New CustomersRetailers view emerging technologies through rose-colored glassesWhile more than three quarters of retail executives (79 percent) believe having AI and VR in stores will increase sales, the study found that these technologies are not yet widely accepted by any generation.Overall, only 14 percent of consumers believe that emerging technologies like AI and VR will have a significant impact on their purchase decisions.Emerging tech in retail stores is most attractive to millennials (50 percent) followed by Gen Z (38 percent), Gen X (35 percent) and baby boomers (20 percent).Perceptions of VR varied widely across different generations. Fifty-eight percent of Gen Z said VR would have some influence on their purchase decisions, while 59 percent of baby boomers said VR would have no influence on their purchase decision.Marketing Technology News: Connected TV is Transforming the Digital Advertising Ecosystem: ExtremLatest Video Benchmarks Report Shows 49% of Video Ad Impressions Going to CTVInsta-famous brands reach Gen Z and millennial consumers, but not as much as retailers thinkWhile almost all retail executives (98 percent) think that engaging customers on social media is important to building stronger relationships with them, the study found a big disconnect with consumers across all generations.Overall, only 12 percent of consumers think their engagement with brands on social media has a significant impact on the way they think or feel about a brand.Among those who engage with brands on social media, Gen Z (38 percent) consumers are much more likely than other generations to engage with retailers on social to get to know the brand compared to millennials (25 percent) and baby boomers (21 percent).Gen Z (65 percent) consumers and millennials (63 percent) believe their engagement with brands on social media platforms have an impact on their relationship with brands.More than half of baby boomers (53 percent) and 29 percent of Gen X consumers do not engage with brands on social media.“After all the talk about brick and mortar stores being dead, it’s interesting to see that ‘digital natives’ are more likely to increase their shopping in physical stores this year than any other generation,” said Greg Zakowicz, senior commerce marketing analyst, Oracle NetSuite. “Stepping back, these findings fit with broader trends we have been seeing around the importance of immediacy and underlines why retailers cannot afford to make assumptions about the needs and expectations of different generations. It really is a complex puzzle and as this study clearly shows, retailers need to think carefully about how they meet the needs of different generations.”Marketing Technology News: Broadvoice Welcomes Kim McLachlan as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing “We have seen decades of diminishing experiences in brick and mortar stores, and the differences identified in these results point to its impact on consumers over the years,” said Bob Phibbs, CEO, The Retail Doctor. “Retailers have fallen behind in offering in-store experiences that balance personalization and customer service but there’s an opportunity to take the reins back. The expectation from consumers is clear and it’s up to retailers to offer engaging and custom experiences that will cater to shoppers across a diverse group of generations.” AI and VRBob PhibbsGen ZMarketing TechnologyNewsOracle NetSuiteThe Retail Doctor Previous ArticleOracle Insights Help Retailers Right-Size Inventory for Every StoreNext Article“Jump Start” for 5G Era is not Limited to Fast Speed, And China Mobile MIGU Aspires to Emerge as 5G+ UHD Ecosystem Boosterlast_img read more

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ClickDimensions Announces 2019 TopPerforming Partner Awards

first_imgMarketing technology leader recognizes three Microsoft Dynamics 365 partner companies for outstanding partner year performance in new awards programClickDimensions, the leading marketing technology and services provider for Microsoft Dynamics 365, announced the winners of the company’s 2019 top-performing partner awards. The new annual awards will align with ClickDimensions’ partner year and will honor Dynamics 365 partner companies from around the globe in three categories.Marketing Technology News: Brave Expands Advertising Platform to Mobile Devices and Launches Brave Ads Certified Vendor ProgramThe categories and winners for 2019 are:Top-Performing Partner of the Year: Protech Associates, Inc., United StatesTop Revenue Growth Partner of the Year: Beringer Technology Group, United StatesTop-Performing New Partner of the Year: Columbus Global, United KingdomMarketing Technology News: M-Commerce Not Living up to Consumer Expectations, New Research Finds“Since our founding, our partners have been an integral part of the phenomenal continued growth of ClickDimensions. And just as they have been committed to our success, we are committed to theirs through a robust and rewarding partner program,” said ClickDimensions’ CEO, Mike Dickerson. “Today, we salute our top-performing partners for their incredible achievements throughout the partner year and extend a heartfelt thanks to all our partners around the world who have joined with us to ensure that our mutual customers get the most out of their investment in Dynamics 365. We look forward to accelerating our growth together in the year ahead.”In addition to the new top-performing partners award, ClickDimensions is revamping several other areas of its partner program. The changes include a new Platinum partnership level and more opportunities to earn even more revenue with increased residuals.Marketing Technology News: Zeta Global and PlaceIQ Announce Strategic Partnership to Enhance the Zeta Data Cloud ClickDimensions Announces 2019 Top-Performing Partner Awards MTS Staff WriterJuly 15, 2019, 8:45 pmJuly 15, 2019 ClickDimensionsMarketing Technology NewsMike DickersonNews Previous ArticleDentsu Aegis Network Takes Majority Stake in Ugam, a Global Leader in Data and AnalyticsNext ArticleArndt Groth Named New CEO of Smaatolast_img read more

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Flipkart Big Shopping Days Honor Announces Special Offers on Honor 20 and

first_imgHuawei’s sub-brand Honor has announced some deals on the newly launched Honor 20 and the Honor 20i smartphones during the upcoming Flipkart Big Shopping Days. The sale is scheduled from July 15 till July 18 and Honor is allowing customers to avail an instant discount of Rs 1,000 on every prepaid transaction for the Honor 20i. Additionally, consumers can avail a 10 percent discount on the purchase of Honor 20i and Honor 20 through SBI Credit Cards. There is also an additional exchange discount of Rs 3,000 on the purchase of Honor 20 when customers give in there old smartphone. Flipkart Plus customers will have an early advantage as the sale will begin on 15 July at 8AM, and 12PM for rest of the customers. The Honor 20 is powered by an HiSilicon Kirin 980 SoC paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. On the front, it features a 6.26-inch Full HD+ display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio, and a claimed 91.7 percent screen to body ratio. It also features a quad-rear camera, with a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 unit paired with f/1.4 aperture lens and four-axis optical image stabilisation. This is complemented by a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera with f/2.2 lens, a 2-megapixel depth-sensing camera, and a 2-megapixel sensor to add macro details to photos, paired with an f/2.4 lens. At the front there is a 32-megapixel selfie camera. Other features include a 3,750mAh battery with 22.5W charging support, dual SIM, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0. The Honor 20i is powered by the Kirin 710 SoC, coupled with up to 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. It features a similar display measuring at 6.26-inches, but with a waterdrop notch design. The rear imaging setup includes a triple camera unit, featuring a 24-megapixel primary sensor, an 8-megapixel secondary sensor and a 2-megapixel depth-assisting sensor. The Honor 20 Lite features a 3,400mAh battery, with 10W fast charge support. dealsdiscountsFlipkartFlipkart Big Shopping Days Sale First Published: July 12, 2019, 5:32 PM ISTlast_img read more

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2019 Mandate Liberated India from Ailments of Dynasty Casteism and Appeasement Amit

first_img Amit ShahBJPLok Sabha elections 2019Narendra Modi First Published: May 25, 2019, 8:09 PM IST New Delhi: Describing BJP’s massive victory in 2019 elections as a “blessing for democracy”, party chief Amit Shah said Saturday India was plagued with dynasty, casteism and politics of appeasement since 1960s but this mandate has liberated the country from these diseases and is a stamp on the “politics of performance”. Addressing the NDA parliamentary party meeting where Narendra Modi was formally elected as the leader of the alliance, Shah said Modi has been elected for a second term because he governed the country by rising above vote-bank politics. In his first term, Modi took tough decisions and ensured that crores of poor people benefitted from the government’s welfare schemes, Shah said, adding that as many as 22 crore people have now shown faith in him.Asserting that there was a “Modi tsunami”, he said people reposed their faith in him as they wanted the country to become a super power and ‘Bharat Mata’ be accorded her proper place on the global world order.”I wish that Modiji is able to take forward the strong foundation of a ‘New Bharat’ that he has placed and is able to fulfil the dreams of a successful democracy that the whole world will admire,” Shah said.Emphasising that there is a new political meaning to BJP’s massive victory, Shah said in a way, this mandate is like a “blessing for democracy”.The country was suffering from three diseases “dynasty, casteism and appeasement” and since 1960s almost every mandate was plagued with these three maladies, Shah said, but the the 2019 mandate has “liberated the country from these ailments and it is a stamp on the politics of performance.”Talking about the decisive steps taken by the Modi government on the national security front, Shah said, since 1990s it was niggling the minds of common people that governments were not taking serious action against terrorists.”But now after the surgical strike and the air strike in Balakot, people have confidence that there is a leader who can hit terrorists in their den,” he said.Modi was formally elected the leader of the National Democratic Alliance at the meeting.The BJP won 303 seats and its alliance partners in the NDA 50 more in the just-concluded general elections. last_img read more

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Motorola confirms that only the Verizon Moto Z2 Force will get Android

first_img The best bezel-less phones cut all the right corners without losing space Android Q beta: How to download and install Google’s next-gen OS Oppo RX17 Pro review 5G smartphones are on the way: Here’s every phone that will support 5G The best cheap phones for 2019 Xiaomi phones expected to receive Android 9.0 Pie:Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 (expected Q2 2019)Xiaomi Mi 6 (expected Q2 2019)Xiaomi Mi Note 3 (expected Q2 2019)Xiaomi Mi 9 Explorer (in development)Xiaomi Mi 6X (in development)Xiaomi Mi Note 6 Pro (in development)Xiaomi Mi Max 2Pocophone F1 by XiaomiBlack SharkXiaomi Redmi Note 5Xiaomi phones not receiving Android 9.0 Pie:Xiaomi Redmi 6A (canceled)Xiaomi Redmi 6 (canceled)ZTEJulian Chokkattu/Digital TrendsZTE has yet to respond to our email. It’s unclear what the future of the company will be considering ZTE’s U.S. issues, so we doubt you’ll see Android 9.0 Pie on recently launched ZTE phones any time soon.Updated on June 28, 2019: Motorola has given us a statement regarding the Moto Z2 Force update. Editors’ Recommendationscenter_img Dan Baker/Digital TrendsAndroid Q may be the new hotness on the horizon, but some phones are still waiting for their tasty slice of Android 9.0 Pie. Our handy guide highlights everything that makes Pie worth waiting for, but when can your phone expect to receive the update, if at all? We’ve reached out to almost all of the manufacturers we expect to support Android 9.0 Pie, and here’s what they had to say. We’ll be updating this story as we continue to hear back.AlcatelJulian Chokkattu/Digital TrendsAlcatel told Digital Trends it had nothing to share regarding Android 9.0 Pie at the moment. We don’t expect all of its phones to get Android 9.0 Pie — after all, some of them still ship with Android Nougat. Not only that, but Alcatel’s track record with Android updates is pretty bad, so it’s hard to say whether or not any of its phones will be updated to Android 9.0 Pie.AsusSimon Hill/Digital TrendsAsus has finally revealed which Asus phones will be receiving the Android Pie update, though the schedule isn’t exactly precise.It confirmed the Zenfone Max Pro M1, Max Pro M2, and Max M2 would receive the update by April 15. Those updates arrived right on time.GSMArena spotted a Geekbench listing for an Asus Zenfone 5Z running Pie, which would receive the update in January — and it has. An Asus representative also confirmed on Asus’ Zentalk forum that the Zenfone 4 would receive an update.In welcome news, the Zenfone 5 is able to be updated to Android 9.0 Pie. Previously only available if manually installed, the update is now available over the air as well. The Asus ROG Phone is also due to receive the update soon.Asus phones that have received Android 9.0 Pie:Asus Zenfone 5Asus Zenfone 5ZAsus ZenFone Max Pro (M1)Asus ZenFone Max (M2)Asus Zenfone Max Pro (M2)Asus phones that will receive Android 9.0 Pie:Asus ROG Phone (will receive “soon”)Asus Zenfone 4 MaxAsus Zenfone 4 SelfieAsus Zenfone Selfie LiveAsus Zenfone Max Plus (M1)Asus Zenfone 5 LiteAsus Zenfone LiveAsus ZenFone Live (L1)Asus ZenFone Max (M1)Asus phones expected to receive Android 9.0 Pie:Asus Zenfone 4BlackBerryJulian Chokkattu/Digital TrendsBlackBerry told Digital Trends it could not share any information about an upgrade to Android 9.0 Pie for BlackBerry phones.BlackBerry phones expected to receive Android 9.0 Pie:BlackBerry KeyTwoBlackBerry KeyTwo LEBlackBerry MotionEssentialJulian Chokkattu/Digital TrendsThe Essential Phone was one of the phones that could access the current Android 9.0 Pie open beta, and it’s also one of the first to get the consumer version of Android 9.0 Pie. The update for the Essential Phone is now available, even if the phone no longer is.Essential phones that have received the Android 9.0 Pie update:Essential Phone (PH-1)GoogleJulian Chokkattu/Digital TrendsGoogle’s Pixel phones, of course, got Android 9.0 Pie as soon as it was available. Unfortunately, no Nexus phones will get the update to Android 9.0 Pie.Google phones that have received the Android 9.0 Pie update:Google Pixel 2Google Pixel 2 XLGoogle PixelGoogle Pixel XLHMD Global (Nokia)Julian Chokkattu/Digital TrendsSince all HMD phones run Android One, which is a stock version of Android, we expect most, if not all, of the company’s 2018 and 2017 lineup to receive the Android 9.0 Pie update. That suspicion has been mostly confirmed, as HMD Global’s chief operating officer took to Twitter to confirm which Nokia phones would be receiving a slice of Pie, along with an expected date of arrival. Shockingly, the list includes the Nokia 5 — a budget phone that’s almost two years old. It’s backing that up too, as an Android 9.0 Pie update is rolling out to the Nokia 5.Not done with updating old phones, February 2019 also saw the release of Android Pie for the Nokia 6 and the Nokia 3.1 Plus. March has seen updates for the Nokia 5.1 and the Nokia 3.1, while June saw the release of Pie for the Nokia 3. The Nokia 2.1 and Nokia 1 received updates to Android Pie in June 2019, completing Nokia’s update schedule and providing an Android Pie-powered phone for every budget.HMD Global phones that have received Android 9.0 Pie:Nokia 8 SiroccoNokia 8Nokia 7.1Nokia 7 PlusNokia 6.1 PlusNokia 6.1Nokia 6Nokia 5.1 PlusNokia 5.1Nokia 5Nokia 3.1 PlusNokia 3.1Nokia 3Nokia 2.1 (Go Edition)Nokia 1HonorAndy Boxall/Digital TrendsAfter the Honor 10 and View 10 were confirmed to be receiving some delicious Pie, European Honor View 10 owners began receiving the update in October, followed by U.S. users in January. It was also confirmed that the newly released Honor Play would also be receiving the eventual update for Android 9.0 Pie. The Honor 8X has finally received a full international release of Pie, while Indian Honor 8 Pro units have also received the update, so you can expect international versions to receive the update soon.While many had previously assumed the Honor 7X might not get the Pie update, a customer service message from Honor suggests otherwise.While these are the only phones confirmed so far, the company would be remiss not to include some of its other phones in that update, so keep your peepers peeled for more update news.Honor phones that have received Android 9.0 Pie:Honor View 10Honor 8XHonor 8 Pro (updated in India)Honor phones confirmed to be receiving Android 9.0 Pie:Honor PlayHonor 10Honor phones expected to receive Android 9.0 Pie:Honor 9 LiteHonor 7XHonor 7AHonor 7CHTCJulian Chokkattu/Digital TrendsShortly after Android 9.0 Pie was released in August, HTC notified users of phones that will receive the update via a tweet. Don’t expect that to be the end though; it’s highly likely that the newly released HTC U12 Life will also be receiving a slice of Pie. The HTC U11 Life is the first HTC phone to be graced with the update — the software has been spotted rolling out in European markets, and will likely come to other markets soon.But HTC has been quiet on the subject on Pie updates for some time now. An earlier tweet from the official HTC account confirmed the HTC U11, U11 Plus, and HTC U12 Plus would be receiving the Pie update by the end of June 2019. Another tweet has since narrowed that down to specific months for each phone. In May, the U11 started receiving the Pie update in HTC’s home market of Taiwan, but that rollout has paused after claims it bricked devices.However, considering we’re busy getting excited about Android Q now, HTC seems more than a little late to the party.HTC phones that have received Android 9.0 Pie:HTC U11 Life (in European markets)HTC U11 (update paused)HTC phones confirmed to be receiving Android 9.0 Pie:HTC U11 Plus (Late June 2019)HTC U12 Plus (June 2019)HTC phones expected to receive Android 9.0 Pie:HTC U12 LifeHuaweiHuawei was a major holdout in announcing Android 9.0 Pie updates, but the company has finally confirmed that it is working on delivering Pie to some of its biggest phones. The company previously announced that the P20 and Mate 10 Pro would be updated, and followed up with an updated list that also included the Mate 10, Mate 10 Porsche Design, and P20 Pro. Some Mate 10 Pro phones are now receiving the update, though it seems to be restricted to certain models in Europe only. Models of the Huawei P Smart have also been spotted running Pie, so it’s likely that phone will receive an update too. The P10 has also begun receiving Pie, which came as a surprise as the phone has been excluded from most update plans.Two thousand lucky users of those phones will also be getting access to the closed beta of Huawei’s EMUI 9, with the caveat that it’s still a fairly unstable build. Since then, a European rollout of a Pie update for the Mate 10 Pro, P20, and P20 Pro has begun. Annoyingly for Mate 10 users, the Mate 9 range has begun receiving the Pie update in China, leapfrogging the line with the P Smart+ and the Nova 2s.Huawei phones that have received Android 9.0 Pie:Huawei P20 Pro (European rollout started)Huawei P20 (European rollout started)Huawei Mate 10 Pro (European rollout started)Huawei P10Huawei phones confirmed to be receiving Android 9.0 Pie:Huawei Mate 10Huawei Mate 10 Porsche DesignHuawei Mate 9 (update begun in China)Huawei Mate 9 Pro (update begun in China)Huawei Mate 9 Porsche Design (update begun in China)Huawei Nova 2s (update begun in China)Huawei P Smart+ (update begun in China)Huawei P SmartLGJulian Chokkattu/Digital TrendsWe expect LG’s flagships from the past few years to get the update, including the LG G7 ThinQ, LG G6, and LG V30. Pie for the G7 ThinQ has launched in South Korea, confirming LG’s earlier statement that a stable Pie update for the G7 would arrive in early January — even if it was just for one region. The update has since landed in Europe, so hopefully it’ll arrive in the U.S. soon.LG has confirmed more phones that will receive the Pie update by June 2019 — the LG V30, V30S ThinQ, V35 ThinQ, and V40 ThinQ. We’d assumed this timetable was for LG’s home market of South Korea, but LG has surprised us by releasing the LG V40 ThinQ update on time for Verizon customers. The update has since come to the V40 ThinQ on AT&T, U.S. Cellular, unlocked, and T-Mobile. It’s also come to Europe. LG V35 ThinQ phones on AT&T have also received the update.Canadian G7 One units have received an update to the new software, which is unsurprising since it’s part of Google’s Android One initiative.LG phones that have received Android 9.0 Pie:LG G7 One (in Canada)LG V40 ThinQLG V35 ThinQ (AT&T)LG phones confirmed to receive Android 9.0 Pie:LG G7 ThinQ (update rolled out to South Korea & Europe)LG V30S ThinQ (June 2019 — Korea)LG V30 (June 2019 — Korea)LG phones expected to receive Android 9.0 Pie:LG G6Motorola/LenovoMotorola unveiled an official list of phones to get Android 9.0 Pie, with the update set to begin rolling out at some point this year. Motorola’s Android One-powered phones, the Moto One and One Power, have already started receiving Pie. The Moto G6 Plus has kicked off 2019 in the right way with an update. The rollout to Pie on Moto G6 and G6 Play devices began in Brazil first, and the U.S. wasn’t far behind — the G6 has begun receiving Pie as of February 6. As of April, the Moto Z3 on Verizon has also received the Pie update, which also brings 5G support to access Verizon’s 5G network with the 5G Moto Mod.Motorola has gone back on its word where updating the Moto Z2 Force is concerned. Despite a previous confirmation that the 2017 flagship would receive Pie, a forum post from a Motorola Admin on Lenovo’s community forum clarified that only Moto Z2 Force units from Verizon will be getting the Android Pie update. Motorola has blamed a “variety of reasons” for cancellation, but has highlighted the 5G Moto Mod as the reason that only Verizon models will get the update. So if you have an AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, or unlocked Moto Z2 Force, it’s time to abandon your Android Pie dreams.A Motorola spokesperson gave us the following statement:“Delivering any Android upgrade is a complex process. For a variety of reasons, some U.S. Moto Z2 Force models will not receive the Android 9 Pie update. The Moto Z2 Force model sold by Verizon will receive Pie as it is necessary to enable the 5G Moto Mod. We are committed to providing two years of Android security updates on all Moto Z2 Force devices. While we always caution that our update plans may change, Motorola regrets any inconvenience or disappointment this may cause our loyal consumers.”This news only applies to the U.S., and it’s currently unclear whether models in the rest of the world are affected.Motorola phones that have received Android 9.0 Pie:Moto Z3Moto Z3 PlayMoto G6 PlusMoto G6Moto G6 PlayMoto One PowerMoto OneMotorola phones confirmed to be receiving Android 9.0 Pie:Moto Z2 Force (only Verizon models)Moto Z2 PlayMoto X4Motorola phones not receiving Android 9.0 Pie:Moto Z2 Force (T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T, and unlocked)OnePlusAndy Boxall/Digital TrendsFollowing an open beta for Android 9.0 Pie on the OnePlus, OnePlus confirmed that the consumer version of the operating system is now rolling out. In July, OnePlus also announced the OnePlus 3 and 3T would also receive an update to Android 9.0 Pie. But don’t think it’ll be done quickly — OnePlus plans to update its handsets to Android 9.0 Pie in reverse-sequential order: The OnePlus 6 will be the first to be updated, while the OnePlus 3 will be last.OnePlus has released the following statement:“OnePlus is driven by the idea of giving people the best possible hardware and software experience and that’s why we’ve been excited about Android P for some time now, having worked closely with the Android Beta Program. We’re looking forward to bringing Android P to OnePlus 6, as well as updating OnePlus 5/5T, and OnePlus 3/3T, ensuring OnePlus users all over the world can continue to enjoy new features.”The OnePlus 6 has received the Android 9.0 Pie update, as have the OnePlus 5/5T. It’s been slower going for the OnePlus 3 and 3T, but both phones have finally received the final Android Pie build as of May 2019.OnePlus phones that have received Android 9.0 Pie:OnePlus 6OnePlus 5TOnePlus 5OnePlus 3TOne Plus 3OppoAndy Boxall/Digital TrendsThe Android 9.0 Pie beta was available to the Oppo R15, so we’d assumed it would be amongst the first phones to get the consumer release of Android 9.0 Pie once available. That, er, hasn’t worked out, as we’re still waiting. Still, we have a better idea of the update schedule now, which is nice.Oppo phones confirmed to be receiving Android 9.0 Pie:Oppo R15 (April, overdue)Oppo R15 Dream Edition/R15 Pro (April, overdue)Oppo Find X (end of August)Oppo R17 (end of August)Oppo R17 Pro (end of August)Oppo R11s (from late September)Oppo R11s Plus (from late September)Oppo R11 (from late September)Oppo R11 Plus (from late September)Oppo A7x (from late September)Oppo A3 (from late September)Oppo phones expected to receive Android 9.0 Pie:Oppo A83Oppo F7Oppo F5 YouthOppo F5RazerJulian Chokkattu/Digital TrendsRazer confirmed that the Razer Phone 2 will be getting Android 9.0 Pie, with the update set to roll out starting at the end of February. According to Razer, the update will roll out to customers of unlocked phones on February 27, while carrier Razer Phone 2 devices will get the update on March 14. The Pie update for AT&T units has been confirmed for April 4. That should mean that all Razer 2 phones should be able to update now.There’s still no word on when or if the original Razer Phone will get Android 9.0 Pie.Razer phones that have received Android 9.0 Pie:Razer Phone 2Razer phones expected to receive Android 9.0 Pie:Razer PhoneSamsungJulian Chokkattu/Digital TrendsSamsung has clarified which devices will definitely be receiving Android 9.0 Pie.According to 9to5Google, Samsung announced at its developer conference that the Galaxy S9, S9 Plus, and Note 9 would all be getting the Android Pie update in January. The Note 9 was confirmed to have a January 15 rollout, but Samsung started that off early, with German Note 9 owners reporting the Pie update had arrived ahead of that date. German S9 owners got an early Christmas present from Samsung, as the Android 9.0 Pie update came through for them in late 2018. As of February 2019, Galaxy S9 owners on Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T, and those with unlocked phones had received the update. Note 9 owners on Sprint and AT&T began receiving the update in February, with T-Mobile and unlocked units following in March.The S8 range was due to receive the update in February, but Samsung pushed that date to March. That update began rolling out in the U.K. first and has now come to Sprint owners. The Note 8 has started receiving the Pie update in Eastern Europe and India, though, which implies it will roll out in other regions fairly soon. Interestingly, certification points to the Galaxy Note FE getting an Android Pie update, too.Samsung’s midrange options have begun to get the Pie update, too, but mostly in areas outside the U.S. The Galaxy A6 Plus and Galaxy A9 began receiving the update in Poland, while the Galaxy A8 Plus has begun receiving it in Russia and India. This likely points to the release of Pie in the U.S. too, so keep your eyes open.Samsung’s lack of speed is down to the fact that its user interface, One UI (formerly the Samsung Experience), is heavily customized. As such it takes a lot more work on Samsung’s part to create the update.Samsung phones that have received Android 9.0 Pie:Samsung Galaxy S9Samsung Galaxy S9 PlusSamsung Galaxy Note 9Samsung Galaxy S8Samsung Galaxy S8 PlusSamsung Galaxy Note 8Samsung Galaxy J8Samsung Galaxy J6 PlusSamsung Galaxy J6Samsung Galaxy J4 PlusSamsung Galaxy A8sSamsung Galaxy A6 PlusSamsung Galaxy A8 PlusSamsung Galaxy A8 StarSamsung Galaxy A7 2018Samsung Galaxy A6Samsung Galaxy A9 2018Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime2Samsung Galaxy On7 PrimeSamsung Galaxy A8 2018Samsung Galaxy J6 PlusSamsung Galaxy J4 PlusSamsung Galaxy M30Samsung Galaxy M20Samsung Galaxy M10Samsung Galaxy J7 ProSamsung Galaxy J7 NxtSamsung phones confirmed to receive Android 9.0 Pie:Samsung Galaxy J7 Neo (June)Samsung Galaxy J7 Duo (July)Samsung Galaxy J7 (July)Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4 (August)Samsung Galaxy J3 2017 (September)Samsung Galaxy J2 CoreSamsung Galaxy J4Samsung phones expected to receive Android 9.0 Pie:Samsung Galaxy S8 ActiveSamsung phones rumored to receive Android 9.0 Pie:Samsung Galaxy Note FESonyJulian Chokkattu/Digital TrendsAndroid 9.0 Pie is available for the Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact, and updates have now arrived for the XZ1, XZ1 Compact, XZ Premium, and XZ2 Premium. The company also detailed that the Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra, and XA2 Premium will get the update at some point in early 2019. The XA2 and XA2 Ultra have apparently begun receiving the update in Myanmar.Expect all the high-end models to get Android 9.0 Pie, but don’t hold your breath if you have a midrange or budget Sony phone.Sony phones that have received Android 9.0 Pie:Sony Xperia XZ2Sony Xperia XZ2 CompactSony Xperia XZ2 PremiumSony Xperia XZ1Sony Xperia XZ1 CompactSony Xperia XZ PremiumSony Xperia XA2Sony Xperia XA2 UltraSony phones confirmed to be receiving Android 9.0 Pie:Sony Xperia XA2 Premium (expected 2019)Sony phones expected to receive Android 9.0 Pie:Sony Xperia XZSony Xperia XZ CompactVivoAndy Boxall/Digital TrendsThe Android 9.0 Pie beta is available to two Vivo phones — the Vivo X21UD, and the Vivo X21. Vivo has confirmed that the Pie update would be coming to some Vivo phones in the last part of 2018. Unfortunately, Vivo seems to have missed its window — but it did release a beta for the Nex S, and Nex A in China too. That beta has finally been followed by an update for the Nex A and the Nex S in certain markets.Vivo phones that have received Android 9.0 Pie:Vivo Nex SVivo Nex AVivo phones confirmed to be receiving Android 9.0 Pie:Vivo X21Vivo X21UDVivo phones expected to receive Android 9.0 Pie:Vivo V9XiaomiSimon Hill/Digital TrendsAfter an Android 9.0 Pie beta, a rollout of the final update is underway to the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S. Being on Android One, the Mi A1 was always going to get Android 9.0 Pie — the question was when. Turns out it’s here soon for Mi A1 owners, as a user in Bangladesh has reported receiving an update to Pie. The Xiaomi Mi A2 has also received the Android Pie update, as of mid-November.Xiaomi has released a list of the phones it will be updating, along with some schedules. Keep in mind those lists are subject to sudden change. Updates for the Redmi 6 and 6A have been canceled.Xiaomi phones that have received Android 9.0 Pie:Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 (available as a sideloaded update)Xiaomi Mi Mix 2SXiaomi Mi A2Xiaomi Mi A2 LiteXiaomi Mi A1Xiaomi Redmi 6 ProXiaomi Redmi Note 5 ProXiaomi Redmi S2/Y2last_img read more

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Gold on Earth could be result of neutron star collision 46 billion

first_img Physicists may have detected first-ever collision of black hole and neutron star Astronomers have spotted a moon forming around a proto-Jupiter Water on Earth could have an interstellar origin, according to comet data Listen in on a stellar symphony to understand the inner workings of stars Scientists find organic matter from outer space in 3.3-billion-year-old rocks Editors’ Recommendations Artist’s illustration of two colliding neutron stars. NASA/Swift/Dana BerryIf you enjoy a bit of bling in your life, you could have a billion year old cosmic event to thank for it. Scientists believe that the collision of two neutron stars 4.6 billion years ago could have been the source of some of Earth’s heaviest elements, including gold and platinum.Neutron stars are incredibly dense and heavy, and when two collide the event is violent and epic. One such collision is believed to have occurred close to our solar system, at a distance of about 1000 light-years away, about 100 million years before the Earth was formed. “If a comparable event happened today at a similar distance from the solar system, the ensuing radiation could outshine the entire night sky,” Astrophysicist Szabolcs Márka from Columbia University said in a statement.The collision would have sent heavy elements spiraling out into the dust cloud of our early solar system. The scientists have calculated that 0.3% of Earth’s heavy elements came from this single event. “This means that in each of us we would find an eyelash worth of these elements, mostly in the form of iodine, which is essential to life,” fellow scientist Imre Bartos of the University of Florida said in the same statement.The duo tracked the effects of the neutron star collision by looking at the composition of meteorites and how this compared to simulations of the Milky Way. As they were formed in the early solar system, meteorites have traces of radioactive isotopes which act as markers that show their age and give clues about their origin. By measuring the decay of these radioactive isotopes, scientists can work out how old they are.These results not only give an insight into the history of our planet, but also raise existential implications about our place in the universe.“Our results address a fundamental quest of humanity: Where did we come from and where are we going?” Márka said. “It is very difficult to describe the tremendous emotions we felt when we realized what we had found and what it means for the future as we search for an explanation of our place in the universe.”The findings are published in Nature.last_img read more

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Ex astris scientia Star Trek logo spotted on the surface of Mars

first_imgChevron shapes spotted by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in southeast Hellas Planitia. NASA/JPL/University of ArizonaThe Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has been boldly going to Mars, and now it has spotted something where no man has gone before: a structure on the planet’s surface which looks suspiciously like the Star Trek logo.Apparently the shape was not a sign from the Federation of the future, however, but was created by rather more down-to-Mars forces. It was caused by an interaction of dust dunes, erupting lava, and strong winds.“Long ago, there were large crescent-shaped (barchan) dunes that moved across this area, and at some point, there was an eruption,” planetary scientist Dr. Ross Beyer explained in a statement. “The lava flowed out over the plain and around the dunes, but not over them. The lava solidified, but these dunes still stuck up like islands. However, they were still just dunes, and the wind continued to blow. Eventually, the sand piles that were the dunes migrated away, leaving these ‘footprints’ in the lava plain. These are also called ‘dune casts’ and record the presence of dunes that were surrounded by lava.”The High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera which captured the image is part of the suite of instruments aboard the MRO, NASA’s orbiting data-gathering satellite which launched in 2005. The MRO first studied whether there was water on Mars in the past by taking high-resolution photographs of the planet’s surface and analyzing minerals for clues as to where there could have been lakes or seas thousands of years ago.Recently the MRO has also been helping out with the Mars rover missions, assisting in confirming InSight’s successful landing on the planet and mapping out the route that Curiosity will travel over the next several years.The HiRISE instrument had some problems last year when it started capturing blurry images. In addition, the MRO was experiencing battery issues which meant that HiRISE could only capture low-quality images. Fortunately the NASA team was able to fix both issues. The blurring was fixed by adjusting the thermal control system (TCS), which is designed to keep the telescope cool, so that it was on all the time. This keeps temperatures more constant and removed the blurring caused by different temperature gradients.In future, to address the battery issue further, the orbiter may need to be moved so that it is in sunlight for more of the day. This would allow it to operate using solar power during the day and only use its batteries for a shorter time at night. But for now the orbiter can continue to gather more data about Mars — as the ancient Starfleet motto goes, Ad Astra Per Aspera. Editors’ Recommendations See a gargantuan dust storm covering the north pole of Mars Orbiter spots Curiosity from space, shows our rover friend on surface of Mars Methane mystery: Curiosity detects highest-ever levels of methane on Mars See the sun rise and set on another planet in these InSight images NASA’s Mars 2020 rover will pave the way for manned missions to Marslast_img read more

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Vivo might be the first to have onscreen fingerprint scanner

first_imgOne of the advantages that Chinese smartphone makers have is that they are able to take bigger risks and jump on fads faster than more mainstream giants. And when it comes to jumping on fads, there is probably no OEM quicker or bolder than Vivo. The company was one of the first to reach the thinnest mark and was one of the first to come out with 6 GB of RAM. Now it might also be the first to have a fingerprint sensor embedded in the screen, beating Samsung and Apple to the punch. That idea came via a leak last week and has seemingly been confirmed by the company’s own official teaser. With a slogan “Unlock the Future”, the market material shows what looks like a fingerprint passing trough what is possibly the screen of a smartphone or the phone itself. This gives off the idea that Vivo’s next smartphone might have that much talked about feature.The real question is whether a smaller company with relatively less resources than two of the biggest smartphone makers was the capability to overcome the hurdles that have stumped both Samsung and Apple. Reason would probably tell us no, leading us to suspect some form of gimmick or marketing ploy.Both Samsung and Apple have reportedly went back to the drawing board a few times. Samsung even had to make a last minute call to exclude the feature from the Galaxy S8. Those technical hurdles included everything from accuracy to security to, more recently, a ghosting effect on the screen.Given that, it is almost too difficult to think how Vivo would have managed to pull it off. It’s definitely a whole different level of complexity compared to using larger memory modules that were already available in the market anyway. Vivo will be revealing what it really has behind closed doors at MWC Shanghai next week but now that its boast as been made, expect it to be the subject of more leaks and investigation in the coming days.VIA: GSMArenalast_img read more

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Comcast Xfinity TV app will support Sony Android TVs in 2018

first_imgTraditionally speaking, you need to lease cable equipment, like a cable box, from a service provider over the course of your television subscription. The cable box contains the service provider’s software and receives the content from the company, display it onto the user’s television. The cable box, being that it is a physical device, takes up space in the entertainment system that could otherwise be used for a game console or something similar. As people gravitate away from traditional television, whether for on-demand streaming or OTT TV services, the cable box has become increasingly archaic and unwanted. In its place is Comcast’s relatively new Xfinity TV app for select smart TVs. By offering this app, subscribers with a supported smart TV can install the app on the television and then access their Xfinity content directly without using a cable box.That’s the case with this newly announced support for Sony Android TVs, though Comcast says the support won’t be in place until 2018. At that time, these TV owners who download the app will get access to their DVR content, live TV channels, on-demand content, and more directly through the app and over the Internet. Comcast’s Xfinity TV customers with certain Sony Android TVs will soon be able to access the content directly through the television using the Xfinity TV Partner app. The new support will be arriving early next year to Sony Android TVs, marking the latest expansion of the Xfinity TV Partner Program. Through it, the service provider is bringing its Xfinity TV service to various smart televisions.last_img read more

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Nokia 9 front 5 MP camera might not be too bad after

first_imgStory TimelineNokia 9 renders hint at curved edge screenNokia 9 might turn out to have rather powerful dual camerasNokia 9 pops up at FCC with discouraging specs The Nokia 9, at least based on the specs gathered to date, seemed more like a mid-2017 flagship than one fit for 2018. The biggest disappointments are probably the Snapdragon 835 and the 5 megapixel front camera, the latter a sharp dive from the Nokia 8’s 8 megapixels, which is already rather mediocre compared to many high-end smartphones.According to a source, however, that 5 megapixel camera will actually be two five megapixel cameras. In short, dual cameras. The source names component maker Chicony as the supplier and its CKACE16 as the module. That module has two lenses, one f/2.4 and one f/2.0.Although that does offer a bit of a reprieve, it isn’t exactly a sure deal either. even with two cameras, a 5 megapixel sensor is hardly going to be ideal. Especially with such small apertures. Suffice it to say, the Nokia 9 remains an interesting phone to watch, but not for the good reasons.AdChoices广告VIA: Nokiapoweruser The Nokia 9 started out “OK”, at least while it was still expected to arrive in late 2017. When the days turned into weeks and weeks into months, Nokia’s and HMD’s next “flagship” started looking less and less appealing. When the specs dropped from FCC, there was much disappointment, especially with the measly 5 megapixel front shooter. It turns out, however, that there might be more to that story than meets the eye and the Nokia 9’s selfie shooter might not turn out to be that bad after all.last_img read more

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TAG Heuer Connected Modular 41 puts Android Wear in a smaller form

first_imgThe “41” in the name refers to its 41 nm diameter. It’s not exactly a huge step down from 45, but that’s the way TAG Heuer is selling this new smartwatch. At least it’s also selling it with an appropriately smaller price tag, though, like its size, the difference isn’t exactly earth-shattering.The specs, however, do change a bit, fortunately for the better. Thanks to the smaller real estate, the screen, which has a resolution of 390×390, enjoys a higher pixel density of 326 ppi than the Connected Modular 45’s 287 ppi. It’s also claimed to be brighter at a maximum of 350 nits. After all, outdoor visibility is even more important for a smartwatch than it is for a phone. It might seem like a distant memory but, once upon a time, smartwatches were made by smartphone makers. Having lost interest in what was deemed a business failure, the wearable market was salvaged by fashion and luxury brands instead. One of the first such saviors is TAG Heuer who just last year launched the Connected Modular 45 Android Wear smartwatch. This time, it’s announcing the Connected Modular 41, designed for smaller wrists. Its petite size, however, can be deceiving. The memory configuration has been upgraded as well. Now it’s 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage, double that of what most Android Wear smartwatches have today. The processor remains an Intel Atom, one of the very few to find their way into a commercial wearable device.AdChoices广告center_img As for that price tag, the TAG Heuer Connected Modular 41 costs $1,200, versus the nearly $1,600 of the larger, older model. There are new strap colors to choose from as well, including pink, blue, and white leather. Not to leave lovers of bigger timepieces empty-handed, TAG Heuer also announced a new Connected Modular 45 Full Diamond edition with 589 VVS baguette size diamonds that you probably won’t be able to buy.SOURCE: TAG Heuerlast_img read more

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The LG G7 ThinQ has a problem

first_imgOn paper, certainly, it’s competitive. A sizable 6.1-inch screen, a pair of capable cameras on the back, and Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon silicon inside. There are buzzwords and ambitious branding attempts galore, too, just like its key Android and iOS rivals. You could easily imagine LG’s board asking itself, “if it works for them, why isn’t it working for us?”This isn’t exactly a new situation for LG to find itself in. The company has struggled to find its niche, arguably since the G5 in early 2016. That marked the phone-maker’s push into modularity, an effort that was not only aborted soon after, but which one LG hardly seemed committed to even as it was launching the phone on day one. The G6 followed, only to have its flagship status questioned when LG also announced the V30 in the same year. At the heart of it is a sense that LG is just as confused by its direction as we all are about it. Trailing the Galaxy S9, Xperia XZ2 and, at a greater remove, the iPhone X should’ve given LG time to refine its message about the G7 ThinQ. Instead, it felt like a collection of well-trod messages – “artificial intelligence” and notches and lots of ways to produce “content” – that came across as half-hearted and rote.Ironically, this should be the moment where LG is shining. Smartphone makers expected to have a steep upward trajectory, particularly Huawei and to a lesser extent ZTE, have been unexpectedly cut off at the knees in the US market, after the government has waded in with concerns about their Chinese origins. From that perspective, it should be a good time to be a non-Chinese phone-maker with a recognizable brand name. The G7 ThinQ, though, probably isn’t the device to capitalize on that opportunity. Neither cheap enough to be the must-have disruptor to rivals’ flagships, nor interesting enough to distract from them, instead it runs every risk of falling into some middling space between the two extremes. I still don’t really understand LG’s relative positioning of the V Series and G Series, and I don’t understand why the company is squandering its footprint in TVs and connected devices. It pays lip-service to the G7 ThinQ being the centerpiece of a connected home, but then fails to explain what that actually means. For every tickling sign of potential greatness, like the Quad-DAC audio system, there’s a missed opportunity, like the pedestrian way the phone feels in your hand. LG may be flattering your hearing, but it has forgotten what’s undoubtedly the more important sense: leaving you feeling like you’ve just spent your money, and signed away two years of your cellular life, on something which feels special. It’s something the Galaxy S9 nails, and the iPhone X, but it’s also not something especially new. These are today’s table-stakes.LG is excited about the G7 ThinQ, that much is clear. Certainly, there are aspects of the smartphone which show promise. Yet without the bravery to go beyond buzzwords, or the boldness to jump off the bandwagon and package up something legitimately different from what rivals are offering, LG is wasting what opportunities – and what brand loyalty – it has left. Twenty-four hours after its new flagship was revealed, that’s really not the memory we should be left with. LG G7 ThinQ Gallery Twenty-four hours after a new flagship smartphone debuts, we’re meant to be excited, and that means the LG G7 ThinQ has a problem. Yes, the name is silly – it’s pronounced “Think-Cue” not “Think,” incidentally – and sure, the notch is controversial, but LG’s biggest issue is apathy. A new smartphone is meant to be exciting. The G7 ThinQ is not. last_img read more

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Uber Spotlight helps drivers find riders using a bright color

first_imgUber has introduced new tools in North America that will improve the rider and driver experiences by helping the two find each other, meet at the best time possible, and more. Chief among the new features is something Uber calls “Spotlight,” a simple in-app tool that transforms the rider’s phone into a colorful torch to help their driver find them in the crowd. READ: Uber real-time driver monitoring test looks for criminal chargesUber is a generally smooth experience for riders, but crowds, confusing cities, and more can present bumps in the road. A driver may, for example, have trouble finding their passenger at the curb, an issue Uber hopes to solve with Spotlight. Using this in-app tool, the rider can choose a certain color that will fill their handset’s display. The driver receives an alert about which color was chosen and can look for the person holding up a phone with the same shade.In addition, Uber has added an on-time guarantee to its scheduled rides, promising that pre-arranged vehicles will show up when they’re supposed to for important meetings, trips to the airport, and more. If the driver is late for whatever reason, Uber says it will give the rider credit for their next ride.Finally, this update also adds messaging to the pickup process, enabling the rider to send a text message to the driver within the Uber app. The app offers pre-populated options that can be tapped and immediately sent, but this feature can also be used to let your driver know something important, such as where you’re standing or what you’re wearing.SOURCE: Uber Bloglast_img read more

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Galaxy S10 and new form factor teased by Samsung

first_imgStory TimelineGalaxy Note 9 price might not be so bad after allGalaxy Note 9 and the coolest detailHuawei Mate 20 leak looks like Galaxy S10 earlyGalaxy Note 9 release level dummy in-hand size analysis “Looking to the future, the Company will continue to reinforce product competitiveness based on hardware leadership, by adopting cutting-edge technology and new form factors and gaining leadership in 5G.” So said a Samsung representative in the most public part of the earnings report – the press release. At the same time, thanks to some less-than-great Samsung Galaxy S9 sales numbers, Samsung suggested two things were true. One – that they were indeed set to release this year’s Samsung Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note 9, earlier than normal. They suggested this will allow them to “seek to expand sales” in general.The other part of the comments with regard to less-than-stellar Galaxy S9 sales pointed toward new devices headed for announcement in 2019. If all goes according to rumor, we’ll hear tell from Samsung of two separate devices at least: Samsung Galaxy S10, Galaxy X, and Galaxy F. One of these devices is apparently a folding phone, while another is said to role with gaming focus.SEE: Galaxy Note 9 and S10 may replace your PC with a USB cordIt might also be that the folding phone and the gaming-focused phone are one in the same. It certainly would make for an awesome piece of hardware for Nintendo developers. And for Fortnite for Android, of course. Samsung’s targeting of “cutting edge technologies” likely refers to augmented reality features, 3D facial mapping, and some in-display fingerprint scanning. They also likely imply here that they’ve got quite an awesome Galaxy S10 – packed full of these next-gen features. The “New Form Factors” bit points quite plainly toward their upcoming folding display-toting device. It’s name might be Galaxy X, it might be Galaxy F, and it might be something we’ve not yet heard. We shall see! An earnings call with Samsung suggested that a new set of phones were coming soon. As it is with all earnings calls, we’ve got to take all positive comments about the future with a grain of salt – but still. Samsung’s comment about “looking to the future” was pretty clear. SAMSUNG CSC last_img read more

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Peak Design Travel Tripod could be a photographers musthave

first_imgPeak Design has already built up a huge following in bags – now it wants to do the same with a new Travel Tripod. The photographers-favorite has seen no shortage of crowdfunding success with previous launches like the Everyday Pack and camera clips, and has now turned that attention to another must-have accessory. That’s the humble tripod, though the Peak Design Travel Tripod promises not to be all that humble. It attempts to straddle both the worlds of ultra-portable and prosumer photographer models.So, rather than a trio of circular legs clustered around a circular central core, Peak Design has opted for a triangular core and three oval cross-section legs. That cuts down on wasted space. Indeed the company says that, when folded up, the Travel Tripod occupies half the volume that other travel tripods demand. Small enough, in fact, to fit into a water bottle pocket on your bag. The five-section legs extend and lock into place with five cam levers, which can be opened simultaneously. As for the head, that has a single adjustment ring that controls all of the articulation. Peak Design has used an aluminum ball and three portrait mode cutouts, together with a quick-release button. A lock dial clamps the whole thing down with one flick. While it may be a small tripod, Peak Design says it can handle up to 20 pounds of weight. That means a full-frame DSLR with a 70-200 lens, should you have one in your bag. It’ll extend up to 60-inches tall, and there’s a counterweight hook underneath.It’s not the only surprise the company built in. A universal mobile phone mount is hidden in the center column: pull that out, and you can put your smartphone on top instead of your camera. An Inverted Mode flips the tripod for macro and product shots, while a Low Mode splays the legs out flat for a ground perspective. Peak Design says it created the Travel Tripod with third-party tripod plates and L-brackets in mind, and you’ll be unsurprised to hear that it works with other Peak Design products like the Capture Camera Clip. A case is included, but it’s weatherproof and impact-resistant, and comes with a lifetime guarantee. As standard it’s made of aluminum, but there’s a carbon fiber version that trims the weight from 3.44 pounds to 2.81 pounds. As before, Peak Design has turned to Kickstarter to get the project off the ground. $289 gets an aluminum model; $479 gets a carbon fiber; after launch, their regular prices will be $349.95 and $599.95 respectively. The campaign runs until July 18, but as of writing is already more than three times past its original $500k goal. Assuming no hiccups, Peak Design says it expects to begin shipping the Travel Tripod in December of this year.center_img Story TimelinePeak Design Everyday Backpack 20L ReviewPeak Design redesigns revamp original Kickstarter accessoriesPeak Design Travel Backpack 45L promises more flexible luggagelast_img read more

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The 2020 GMC Sierra HD is a towing tech powerhouse

first_imgHill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and Trailer Sway Control hit all the tech basics, but they’re joined by some more unusual features too. Digital Variable Steering Assist, for example, adjusts the power steering according to different driving scenarios. How it’ll feel when you’re towing will be different to when the 2020 Sierra HD is unladen, for instance. Larger, door-mounted trailering mirrors can now power-extend and retract on both the driver and passenger sides, depending on what you’re towing. Getting a trailer attached should be easier, too, with an Auto Electric Park Brake and new Park Grade Hold Assist, the latter using braking effort at each wheel for an extended period of time. However they’re not the only special features worth calling out.The ProGrade Trailering System gives the 2020 Sierra HD 15 viewsWith 910 lb-ft of torque on tap from the Duramax 6.6-liter turbo-diesel engine, the 2020 Sierra Heavy Duty is unsurprisingly built with towing in mind. Indeed, GMC is expecting the truck to handle more than 30,000 pounds hitched to the back. When you’re dealing with that sort of load, you need as much help with trailering as you can get. AdChoices广告Enter, then, the ProGrade Trailering System. Courtesy of cameras around the truck and some clever software processing, it offers up to fifteen different views. Most impressive of those is probably the transparent trailer. That combines video from the tailgate-mounted camera and an accessory camera mounted to the rear of the trailer itself. Live video from the two are merged, so that the driver can virtually see “through” the trailer itself. It’ll work with conventionally hitched box or camping trailers, up to 32 feet in length. The 2020 Sierra HD has an app made for towingThere’s more to towing cargo than just hitching it to the back of your truck and hoping for the best. Part of the ProGrade Trailering System is integrating the functionality of what’s hanging off the back of your pickup with the infotainment system and the companion myGMC mobile app. With the right trailer, for instance, you can control the air conditioning or water heater, check water and holding tank levels, and monitor fuel levels on trailers outfitted with generators, all from the 2020 Sierra HD’s iN Command infotainment touchscreen. It also includes features like Trailer Light Test, Trailer Electrical Diagnostics, Trailer Tire Pressure and Temperature Monitoring, Pre- Maintenance Reminders, and Departure Checklist. Many of those features are also available remotely, in the myGMC app. The 2020 Sierra Heavy Duty’s MultiPro TailgateA simple tailgate that drops down and folds back up again isn’t enough to stand out in the modern pickup world. Instead, the 2020 Sierra Heavy Duty gets one of GMC’s most ingenious features in modern trucks. That’s the MultiPro tailgate. As we saw on the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500, the MultiPro system has six different functions. Of course, you can open it manually or remotely from the key fob, and there’s an integrated step that can be used to make climbing into the bed easier. A flip-up load stop helps prevent items longer than the bed from sliding out of the back while you’re on the move. The modern pickup is as much a technical marvel as it is a workhorse, and so the 2020 GMC Sierra Heavy Duty wastes no time in loading up on gadgetry. Revealed today, the brand new heavy-duty truck promises not only power and greater efficiency than before, but more intuitive ways to apply that power too. center_img A flip-down gate section drops out off the way so that you can stand in closer to the box, too. It also gets a load stop of its own, for a second tier of cargo. Finally, the whole tailgate can hinge up and be used as an impromptu work surface. GMC will include the MultiPro tailgate as standard on the 2020 Sierra Heavy Duty SLT, AT4, and Denali trims. It’ll be an option on all of the other trims, however. The 2020 Sierra HD will go on sale later this year. GMC will offer 2500HD and 3500HD dual rear wheel and single rear wheel configurations, with pricing to be confirmed closer to release. It will be manufactured at Flint Assembly in Flint, Michigan.last_img read more

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Google Pixel 4 leak looks shockingly like iPhone 11

first_imgImages of the Goole Pixel 4 appeared today in a series that should remind you of another notably leaked phone this Summer season. The angle of the round corners, the shape of the hardware, the extreme similarities in placement, size, and possibly internal structure of camera modules… all of this says iPhone. But this is no iPhone, said this tipster, this is a new Pixel 4. The tipster that showed the Google Pixel 4 today generally has leaks that are to be trusted. The images come from OnLeaks, a notoriously accurate early-info leaker presented these images with Pricebaba, and OnLeaks usually works with CAD files that otherwise go to case-makers (and the like). But this time things are a little different.This time the information comes with an additional disclaimer on the part of the leakster. This time it would seem that there’s a little bit more hesitancy than normal when it comes to these images being the final-final versions of the phone. Per OnLeaks, these aren’t necessarily the same CAD drawings normally used, these are “based upon early prototyping schematics.”The hesitant nature of the leak may be because the imagery popped up so early. These phones don’t normally hit the racks until October each year. Or at least they’ve not been revealed until around October in the first three years they’ve been shown by Google.There’s also the fact that OnLeaks doesn’t work with photos of the original device, only schematics of the exteriors. This means that he’s seeing the features that are relevant to an accessory-maker, so some items of interest are hidden. The sensors, for example, aren’t necessarily shown in the CAD drawings, so they’re not pictured in the renderings made by OnLeaks.The same is true of the camera lenses. Because the backside camera array uses one big piece of glass to protect multiple lenses, the original creator of the phone schematics does not need to show the case-maker what’s inside. They don’t need to show what’s under the glass, because the case-maker shouldn’t need to decide what to cover up and what to reveal – the whole array is protected without need for a case.The frontside MIGHT have a notch, it might not. It could just be that the case-maker should assume that the whole frontside should remain unprotected, much like it was with the Pixel 3 XL, which also had a notch. One big pane of glass there, too. We’ll keep investigating here – this is a strange sort of situation, and not one we’ll be easing up on any time soon. The Google Pixel’s been the most major single-camera phone player in the game for the last couple years – more than one camera now seems strange.We’ll still be expecting the Google Pixel 4 and Google Pixel 4 XL to come in October, for reveal at least. Release dates for the Google Pixel 4 and Google Pixel 4 XL will likely happen in late October 2019 or early November – we’ll see!center_img Story TimelinePixel 4 could finally have true dual SIM supportPixel 4 renders surface and the reactions are amusingPixel 4 gets Google mention: Here we go againIf this is Pixel 4, thank goodness for OnePlus 7 Prolast_img read more

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Hasselblad X1D II delivers cheaper faster 50MP medium format camera

first_imgHasselblad cameras have long been coveted by photographers, even if they were priced out of reach for most, but a new medium format model promises to be a little more attainable. The Hasselblad X1D II was revealed today, building on 2016’s X1D-50c – the first of its mirrorless medium format digital cameras – for a faster and easier-to-use experience. Hasselblad Phocus Mobile 2 and XCD 3,5-4,5/35-75 Zoom LensPhocos Mobile 2 is Hasselblad’s new app for iPad Pro and iPad Air (2019). Connecting over either USB-C or WiFi, it allows the tablets to import, edit, and rate both RAW images and full quality JPEG files too. The app also supports tethered shooting, along with direct camera control and full quality image export. It’s a free download, and will be released in July.Also launching today is the XCD 3,5-4,5/35-75 zoom. Hasselblad says its newest compact, mid-range zoom should deliver the same sort of image quality photographers have come to expect from the company’s prime lenses, but also need to get in close. It has an integral central lens shutter, supporting exposure times from as little as 1/2,000 second through to a whopping 68 minutes, with full flash synchronization along the way. It’s priced at $5,175 and will ship in October. Hasselblad CFV II 50C digital back and 907X camera body in the pipelineHasselblad’s last announcements of the day aren’t hitting shelves quite as soon, but they’re likely to be no less interesting to photography pros. The company has confirmed it’s developing both a modernized CFV II 50C digital back and a brand new 907X camera body. Full details – including price and release date – won’t be shared until later in 2019, but we do have a few details today. Part of the motivation, Hasselblad says, was hearing from the would-be X System buyers who wanted one of the company’s cameras but couldn’t afford the original X1D-50c. At the same time, the company wanted to make the camera quicker and more intuitive, as people got up to speed with medium format photography. 50-megapixels and bigger displaysThe heart of the X1D II is a 50-megapixel CMOS sensor, 1.7 times bigger than a 35mm full format sensor. Not only is the CMOS large, its pixels are too. Hasselblad says they’re 5.3 um square, and help the camera offer a 14 stop dynamic range. Hasselblad Natural Color Solution is included, just like the company’s more expensive models, and the 16-bit RAW support has been joined by full-resolution JPEGs. AdChoices广告On the back there’s a 3.6-inch 2.36-million-dot touchscreen – running at 1024 x 768 – and an OLED viewfinder boasting 3.69-million dots and a magnification of 0.87x. More importantly, live view has been updated for a faster refresh rate and reduced shutter lag, as well as cutting the black-out time between frames. Camera startup takes almost half the time of the first-gen camera, and the continuous capture rate is improved too. Hasselblad’s UI has been updated, and you can now access the menus from the EVF. At the same time, there’s now a new mobile app, Phocus Mobile 2. That connects to the X1D II via USB-C and WiFi. The Hasselblad X1D II 560C is priced at $5,750, and is available to order now. The company says it should ship in July. The Hasselblad CFV II 50C digital back will have a medium format 50-megapixel CMOS, and work with most V System cameras made from 1957 onwards. It’ll also work with third-party technical or view cameras, the company says. It’ll be fitted with a tilting touchscreen and a new user interface, while the X System’s fully-integrated battery is used. That can be charged via USB-C, and helps keep the bulk and weight down. As for the Hasselblad 907X, that promises to be the company’s smallest medium format camera body ever. It’ll have a tilt screen and support for X System lenses, along with H System, V System, and XPan lens support via adapters. Third-party lens support is also promised, and Hasselblad will have accessories like a 907X Control Grip and a 907X External Optical Viewfinder.last_img read more

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VAIO SX12 ultrabook packs every port youll ever need

first_imgVAIO has introduced an incredibly slim, lightweight 12.5-inch laptop that, despite its ultrabook design, features just about every port you’re likely to need in various usage scenarios. The VAIO SX12 has a full-size keyboard, weighs less than 2lbs, and comes with the promise of ‘full performance’ despite the slim notebook design. The VAIO SX12 is designed for portability — the company specifically shows it being slipped into a large purse, for example — boasting a footprint smaller than standard A4 paper. The weight tops out at 1.9lbs depending on which configuration the buyer chooses.Whereas the majority of modern ultrabooks have eliminated the majority of ports and replaced them with USB-C ports, requiring the user to carry dongles, VAIO has packed in a huge array of ports. In addition to the commonly used connectors like USB-C and HDMI, this ultrabook also has an old school VGA port and built-in Ethernet. The laptop also features three USB-A ports, an audio jack, and an SD card slot.The 12.5-inch Full HD 1920 x 1080 display is packed into a tiny body resulting in bezels that are around 16-percent smaller than the ones featured on the VAIO S11. The display has an anti-glare coating for use in bright office settings without reflection issues.VAIO attempts to side-step one of the big issues associated with these tiny ultrabooks: cramped keyboards. The centers of each key are spaced 19mm apart, more than 2mm greater than the keyboard found on the VAIO S11 model. In addition to being full-size, the keyboard is backlit and the key noise is kept to a minimum.VAIO plans to launch the SX12 for sale in Japan for the equivalent of $1,100 USD through $2,000 USD. Based on past model launches, it’s likely the SX12 will eventually arrive in the US, but when remains unknown. Story TimelineVAIO, Fujitsu, Toshiba PC triumvirate might happen in MarchVAIO C15 laptop combines bold colors and high price tagsVAIO S TruePerformance laptops fend off thermal throttlinglast_img read more

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Gang Of 8 Working Toward Resolution Of Debate Surrounding The Fiscal Cliff

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. ‘Gang Of 8’ Working Toward Resolution Of Debate Surrounding The Fiscal Cliff Politico: Gang Of 8 Plots Secret RetreatThe group came together in the summer of 2011 to try to hammer out a deal to solve the debt ceiling crisis but failed to reach an agreement in the end. Yet it’s jumped into the latest debate over the fiscal cliff — the expiration of the Bush tax cuts and a dramatic cut to federal spending, including for the Pentagon — to see try to see if the bipartisan fever catches widely (Bresnahan and Sherman, 10/2).last_img read more

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Viewpoints Drugging Soldiers GOP Opposition To Medicaid Expansion Strays From Party Legacy

first_imgThe New York Times: Wars On DrugsLast year, more active-duty soldiers committed suicide than died in battle. … Worse, according to data not reported on until now, the military evidently responded to stress that afflicts soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan primarily by drugging soldiers on the front lines. … The prescribing trends suggest that the military often uses medications in ways that are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration and do not comport with the usual psychiatric standards of practice (Richard A. Friedman, 4/6). The New York Times: Insurance And Freedom No, the real policy action at this point is in the states, where the question is, How many Americans will be denied essential health care in the name of freedom? I’m referring, of course, to the question of how many Republican governors will reject the Medicaid expansion that is a key part of Obamacare. What does that have to do with freedom? In reality, nothing. But when it comes to politics, it’s a different story (Paul Krugman, 4/7). Des Moines Register: GOP Goes Against Party’s Medicaid Heritage Republicans should be aware that their opposition to Medicaid expansion is at odds with their party’s proud heritage. So is the tendency to blindly follow the instructions of a party leader and cast votes in “blocks” rather than as individuals representing their constituencies. Washington lawmakers crossed party lines and worked together to create Medicaid in 1965. … President Ronald Reagan signed legislation in 1986 allowing states to extend Medicaid coverage to pregnant women and young children in households having incomes up to 100 percent of the federal poverty level. That was only the beginning. Three more times he signed bills to expand coverage to more pregnant women and older children (4/7). Bloomberg: How Obamacare Will Distort The Health-Care MarketPresident Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats sold many Americans on the Affordable Care Act largely by emphasizing two arguments: The law would help to reduce overall health-care costs, and it would provide health insurance to those who, for financial or health reasons, cannot get it now. Unfortunately, both of these arguments are flawed. The law creates market distortions that will significantly raise premiums and costs for many Americans — including some middle-income families. And there are less costly, less distortionary and less intrusive ways to address the problem of the uninsured (Lanhee Chen, 4/7).The Wall Street Journal: Reflections Of A Medical Ex-Practitioner A fundamental principle in medicine is that if you get the diagnosis wrong, you’ll probably apply the wrong therapy. A corollary is that if the therapy isn’t working, increasing the dose may make things worse. That’s where we are with ObamaCare. There are shortcomings aplenty in the health-care field, and changes and improvements are required. But never have I seen so many good intentions leading irreversibly to hell (Ed Marsh, 4/7). Roll Call: Affordable Care Act Offers Opportunity To Combat Pain And Drug AbuseThere is a growing national debate about two important life and death issues: the abuse of powerful pain medications and the treatment of chronic pain. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has classified prescription drug abuse as a deadly epidemic and the White House Office on National Drug Policy has declared the crisis to be a top public health priority. … To address these twin crises, it is critical that Congress fund programs within the Affordable Care Act that provide powerful opportunities to improve care of persons with pain and with substance abuse disorders (Seddon R. Savage, 4/5).Boston Globe: Seeing Patients As More Than Their ConditionsMr. S lay patiently in his hospital bed while several medical students took turns pressing their stethoscopes to his chest, hoping to hear his sometimes elusive heart murmur. The elderly gentleman had a long cardiac history; he had been admitted to the hospital with worsening shortness of breath several days earlier. His hospital stay had been complicated and he was quite sick. However, when I gently approached him about participating in a teaching exercise designed to help medical students improve their physical exam skills, he responded with a smile, “Anything to help the next generation” (Kiran Gupta, 4/8).The Hill: A Way Out Of The Medicare MazeMedicare and how we pay for it has been the most vexing issue to confront President Obama and Congress as they struggle (or in some cases saunter) toward trying to put our financial house in order. Social Security has only a few moving parts that need to be fixed to give it long-term effectiveness and affordability. But fixing Medicare so it is sustainable and does not bankrupt the country, yet still gives quality healthcare to our seniors, involves addressing a complex and constantly changing matrix (Judd Gregg, 4/8).Bloomberg: Obama Should End Political Fight Over Morning-After Pill If anything, age restrictions on the morning-after pill are a bigger problem than they would be for pain relievers. Many doctors have explained why. The pill is most effective if taken within 24 hours of unprotected sex; there often isn’t time for users to see a doctor before going to the pharmacy. Last November, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that its members work around the age restriction by prescribing the drug to teens in advance. (The American Medical Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists also support making the morning-after pill available with no restrictions.) (4/5). The Washington Post: Johns Hopkins’s And Planned Parenthood’s Troubling Extremism We know Johns Hopkins University is devoted to diversity, because it says so. Its “Diversity and Inclusion Statement.” … Unless you are a member of Voice for Life (VFL), an antiabortion group. Hopkins’s Student Government Association has denied VFL status as a recognized student group. … Hopkins’s institutional intolerance would be boring were it simply redundant evidence of academia’s commitment to diversity in everything but thought. It is, however, indicative of the increasingly extreme ambitions and tactics of those operating under the anodyne rubric of “choice” (George F. Will, 4/5). Kansas City Star: Strong Hospitals Are Crucial To Healthy CommunitiesHospitals are where people welcome new life and say final goodbyes. They are major employers, givers and receivers of charity and mainstays of communities. It’s no wonder that emotions run high when change is in the works. In recent weeks, people have packed into hearings regarding three hospitals. In the case of two — Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., and St. John Hospital in Leavenworth — a formal process for sale appears to have led to a workable resolution (4/6). Los Angeles Times: Judge Poised To Toss Ridiculous Prime Healthcare Lawsuit U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel of San Diego has signaled that he’s prepared to dismiss a bizarre lawsuit filed by Prime Healthcare Services against the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and the Service Employees International Union. In a tentative ruling handed down Thursday, Curiel said he found no merit in Prime’s claim that Kaiser and the SEIU had conspired against the Ontario hospital company (Michael Hiltzik, 4/5). Health Policy Solutions (a Colo. news service): Sending Health Care Leaders Back To SchoolEvery single balancing act described above that lies at the heart of every discussion we have about paying for value in health care echoes the challenges of measuring school performance. What can we learn from the struggle to make Colorado’s schools more accountable that can inform our efforts to measure and reward quality in health care? (Edie Sonn, 4/5).HealthyCal: Federal Health Reform Involves A Series Of Trade-OffsCalifornia has led the nation in implementing President Obama’s health reform law, and Californians are among its biggest supporters. Will that support be sustained as voters learn more about how the law will work? That’s a tough question. But the answer may help determine the ultimate fate of the law as its still-vague promises become reality. If Californians turn against the Affordable Care Act, the rest of the nation, which is already more skeptical, will likely be in full revolt (Weintraub, 4/7). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Viewpoints: Drugging Soldiers; GOP Opposition To Medicaid Expansion Strays From Party Legacy; Health Law Distorts Marketlast_img read more

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WellCares Profits Up Consumer Complaints Resolved With Social Media

first_imgWellCare’s Profits Up; Consumer Complaints Resolved With Social Media This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. WellCare’s earnings increase topped Wall Street’s expectations. Many health insurers are using Twitter to hear about customer problems.The Associated Press: WellCare 2Q Profit Edged Up, Boosts 2013 ForecastWellCare Health Plans’ second-quarter earnings inched up 1 percent, as a jump in medical benefits and other expenses countered a revenue spike for the Medicaid and Medicare coverage provider. The Tampa, Fla., company topped Wall Street expectations for the quarter … WellCare mostly administers the state and federally funded Medicaid program, which provides coverage for poor and disabled people. It also sells Medicare prescription drug coverage and Medicare Advantage plans (8/7).Kaiser Health News: Health Insurers Tune In To Twitter For Customer ServiceThe @aetnahelp Twitter feed is an example of how insurance companies are increasing their social media presence in an effort to amp up their customer service and capitalize on a platform that can serve to mediate, inform and advertise. … While insurance companies are hoping to connect with their customers through social networks, they have not yet made enough headway to replace the telephone systems that can be a common source of frustration for patients looking to understand their health plans (Rao, 8/8).last_img read more

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Viewpoints Target Has The Right Idea For PartTimers Health Law Beyond Rescue

first_imgLos Angeles Times: Is Target Right To Send Its Part-Timers To Obamacare? Probably. The big noise on the health insurance front today was sounded by Target, which announced via a corporate blog that it’s ending health insurance for its part-time workers. Instead of signing up for a company plan, they’re encouraged to use the health care exchanges set up through the Affordable Care Act. … Target is suggesting that most of the affected workers will do better under the exchange system than they were with company-sponsored insurance. Target is probably right (Michael Hiltzik, 1/22). The Washington Post: Obamacare’s Contingency Plan Isn’t A Bailout It was unrealistic to expect the system to work flawlessly immediately upon implementation. In fact, the law’s authors anticipated that and put safeguards in place. One spreads risk among insurance companies by transferring money from those that see relatively low claims costs to those that see relatively high costs. Another helps pay very high medical bills from individual patients. … Critics, though, are describing the possibility that these stabilizers will have to kick in as a bailout. Some have even called to repeal them. … Spreading risk is insurance, not a bailout. Smart contingency planning is not a bailout (1/22). Bloomberg: Do Conservatives Want To Bail Out Obamacare?In my Bloomberg View column this week, I argued that Republicans should work to pass a law to prevent the abuse of Obamacare’s “risk corridors.” Designed properly, risk corridors can be a useful way to spread risk among the insurers who participate in an exchange: The ones who have relatively healthy customers, and thus profits, can subsidize the ones with relatively sick customers, and losses. If almost all the participants are losing money, though, the exchange as a whole isn’t working, and taxpayers generally shouldn’t have to cover the insurers’ losses (Ramesh Ponnuru, 1/22).The Wall Street Journal: Obamacare’s Missing Uninsured The Affordable Care Act would right a great social wrong. Or so we were told. But reality is again intruding on the Obama administration’s narrative. This newspaper reported Saturday that between 65 percent and 80 percent of those who have signed up for health insurance through the federal or state Obamacare exchanges previously had coverage, according to insurers. A survey by McKinsey & Co. suggested that only 11 percent of those who purchased plans through the exchanges were previously uninsured (Karl Rove, 1/22). Bloomberg: Resolved: Obamacare Is Now Beyond Rescue In a nutshell, Obamacare has so far fallen dramatically short of what was expected — technically, and in almost every other way. Enrollment is below expectations: According to the data we have so far, more than half of the much-touted Medicaid expansion came from people who were already eligible before the health-care law passed, and this weekend, the Wall Street Journal reported that the overwhelming majority of people buying insurance through the exchanges seem to be folks who already had insurance. Coverage is less generous than many people expected, with narrower provider networks and higher deductibles. The promised $2,500 that the average family was told they could save on premiums has predictably failed to materialize. And of course, we now know that if you like your doctor and plan, there is no reason to think you can keep them. Which is one reason the law has not gotten any more popular since it passed (Megan McArdle, 1/21). The New York Times: The Luck Of The Pontiff The president’s visit, which is scheduled for March, comes at an interesting intersection in the two men’s careers. Pope Francis can currently do no wrong, and Barack Obama can do no right. Recently, his administration decided to move its Vatican Embassy into a more secure building, and the outcry was so intense that you’d think Obama had ordered a re-creation of the Sack of Rome. “A slap in the face to the 78 million Catholics in the United States,” one congressman screeched. “Why would our president close our Embassy to the Vatican?” twittered Jeb Bush. “Hopefully, it is not retribution for Catholic organizations opposing Obamacare.” As political tweets go, this is a keeper on two counts. First, we can once again marvel at Republican politicians’ ability to insert the Affordable Care Act into everything (Gail Collins, 1/22).The New York Times: The First Amendment Protects Abortion Providers, Too On Friday a district court judge in North Carolina issued a ruling that blocked the state’s ultrasound law from going into effect — a move worth celebrating on the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, and at a time when Republican-led states are rushing to enact aggressive new abortion restrictions. Enacted in 2011 over the veto of then-Gov. Beverly Perdue, a Democrat, and similar to other restrictions lately enacted around the country, this atrocious provision sought to force women seeking an abortion to undergo a “narrated” ultrasound. Judge Catherine Eagles said that the law, which requires abortion-providers to display the ultrasound while describing the images in detail, violates the physician’s free speech rights (Dorothy J. Samuels, 1/22). Politico: 2014: The Year The Pro-Choice Crowd Fights Back Sure, 2013 was not a great year for reproductive freedom — 53 anti-choice measures were adopted at the state level, and we narrowly averted a federal government shutdown when House Republicans demanded that bosses have control over their employees’ birth control coverage (though we later had a shutdown, anyway). But 2013 also showed record-high public support for the rights enshrined in Roe v. Wade: Twice as many pro-choice measures as the prior year were enacted at the state level, and voters turned out to vote into office a pro-choice governor in Virginia and soundly defeat the first municipal ballot measure to ban abortion after 20 weeks. In 2013, we saw a movement starting to embody the old adage that the best defense is a good offense (Ilyse Hogue, 1/21). The Washington Post: Antiabortion Movement Faces A Cold Reality James Dobson’s Focus on the Family asked Christians to pray for rain to fall on Barack Obama in 2008 when he accepted the presidential nomination. Various religious conservatives have said that hurricanes, earthquakes and other meteorological phenomena were divine punishment of wayward humans. So what are we to make of Wednesday’s March for Life on the Mall in Washington? The temperature was 12 degrees at the start of the annual antiabortion event, the wind chill below zero, and participants were trudging about in snow and ice from the previous day’s storm (Dana Milbank, 1/22). JAMA: The Public Health Challenge Of Drug OverdoseThe surge in prescription opioid overdoses is a leading national public health crisis, says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one with a toll of more than 15 000 deaths in the United States each year. Since 1999, deaths from overdose of prescription opioids have increased 4-fold among US women and by 265 percent among US men. As in the fable of the blind men and an elephant, there are many different ways to look at this epidemic — and just as many ideas on how to address it (Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, 1/22).The New England Journal of Medicine: Choosing Wisely — The Politics and Economics Of Labeling Low-Value Services With its Choosing Wisely campaign, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation boldly invited professional societies to own their role as “stewards of finite health care resources.” … On the surface, the creation of low-value–service lists suggests that physicians are willing to make recommendations to improve health care value even against their own financial interests. The services included on the lists, however, vary widely in terms of their potential impact on care and spending. … Strikingly, no major procedures — the source of orthopedic surgeons’ revenue — appear on the list, though documented wide variation in elective knee replacement and arthroscopy among Medicare beneficiaries suggests that some surgeries might have been appropriate for inclusion. Other societies’ lists similarly include low-impact items (Dr. Nancy E. Morden, Carrie H. Colla, Dr. Thomas D. Sequist and Meredith B. Rosenthal, 1/22). Viewpoints: Target Has The Right Idea For Part-Timers; Health Law ‘Beyond Rescue;’ Fighting Back To Secure The Right To Abortion This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more

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First Edition February 18 2014

first_imgFirst Edition: February 18, 2014 This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Today’s early morning highlights from the major news organizations.Kaiser Health News: Tips For New Obamacare Coverage: Stay In Network, Avoid Out-Of-Pocket CostsKaiser Health News staff writer Jay Hancock, working in collaboration with USA Today, reports: “Congratulations. You bought insurance through one of the online Affordable Care Act exchanges, possibly after days or weeks of trying to get the site to work. Don’t relax. Joining the plan is only the first challenge. Now you have to understand it. Policies sold through the online portals — to more than 3 million people so far — cover essential benefits and put a cap on your out-of-pocket medical costs. But you need to follow the rules” (Hancock, 2/17). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: Some Plans Refuse To Cover Medical Costs Related To Suicide Despite Federal RulesKaiser Health News’ consumer columnist Michelle Andrews writes: “Dealing with the aftermath of a suicide or attempted suicide is stressful enough. But some health plans make a harrowing experience worse by refusing to cover medical costs for injuries that are related to suicide—even though experts say that in many cases such exclusions aren’t permitted under federal law. Yet patients or their loved ones often don’t realize that” (Andrews, 2/18). Read the column.Kaiser Health News: Capsules: California Bill Would Extend Health Coverage To All ResidentsNow on Kaiser Health News’ blog, Anna Gorman writes: “In a push to cover immigrants excluded from the nation’s health reform law, a California state senator has proposed legislation that would offer health insurance for all Californians, including those living here illegally. The bill would extend state-funded Medi-Cal to low-income immigrants who, because they are in the country without permission, are now eligible only for emergency and pregnancy coverage. It would also create a marketplace similar to Covered California to offer insurance policies to higher income immigrants who lack legal status” (Gorman, 2/18). Check out what else is on the blog.Kaiser Health News also tracked weekend health policy headlines, including reports about Democrat’s health law strategies and Repubicans’ attacks (2/17).Politico: Dems’ New 2014 Plan: Neutralize Obamacare Democrats know their biggest problem in this year’s midterm election is Obamacare. So top party operatives have settled on a strategy to try blunting the GOP’s advantage: Tell voters Republicans would make the problem worse — raising prescription drug prices, empowering insurance companies and even endangering domestic violence victims. The battle plan, details of which were in a memo obtained by POLITICO, recognizes the unpopularity of the Affordable Care Act. But it also banks on voter fatigue with the GOP’s relentless demands for repeal and counts on poll-backed data that show many Americans would rather fix Obamacare’s problems than scrap it altogether (Hohmann, 2/16).The New York Times: On Health Act, Democrats Run To Mend What G.O.P. Aims To EndAs Democrats approach the 2014 midterm elections, they are grappling with an awkward reality: Their president’s health care law — passed almost entirely by Democrats — remains a political liability in many states, threatening their ability to hold on to seats in the Senate and the House. As a result, party leaders have decided on an aggressive new strategy to address the widespread unease with the health care law, urging Democratic candidates to talk openly about the law’s problems while also offering their own prescriptions to fix them (Parker, 2/16).The New York Times: In The Debate Over Health Care, ‘Real People’ Become Human VolleyballsThe “real people” political prop is a durable ingredient in politics, first popularized at the State of the Union address when Ronald Reagan invited Lenny Skutnik, who had dived into the icy Potomac River to rescue victims of a plane crash, to serve as an example of Everyman heroism. It is a trope that every president since has used. But with the continuing fight over the Affordable Care Act, it has become a blood sport for both parties. Every real face is fact-checked, every perceived distortion attacked. And real people have been caught in the crossfire (Weisman, 2/15).Politico: Barack Obama: You Can Call It ‘Obamacare’It may not be polling well, but President Barack Obama isn’t too worried about the Affordable Care Act’s nickname, Obamacare, or the health care law’s impact on his legacy. “I like it. I don’t mind,” the president told former NBA star Charles Barkley in an interview that aired Sunday about the term Obamacare (Delreal, 2/17). Los Angeles Times: California Health Exchange Faulted For Not Reaching Out More To Latinos Some California politicians are turning up the heat on the state’s health insurance exchange to boost Latino enrollment in Obamacare before a March deadline. U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Santa Ana) held a sign-up event Thursday in Orange County and prodded the Covered California exchange to do more to reach the area’s large population of uninsured. Statewide, about 1.2 million, or 46%, of the 2.6 million Californians eligible for federal premium subsidies under the healthcare law are Latino. But Covered California said only 20% of enrollees through December described themselves as Latino on their application (Karlamangla and Terhune, 2/14).The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire: Some Healthcare.gov Signups Face Weekend DelaySupporters of the health law have made a Valentine’s Day-themed push to get people signed up on HealthCare.gov for coverage taking effect at the start of next month. But the drive could hit a hard stop on Saturday afternoon, when the website won’t be able to process applications for three days (Radnofsky, 2/15). The Washington Post: Va. Senate Panel Proposes Alternative To Medicaid ExpansionSenate budget leaders said Sunday that they were rejecting Medicaid expansion as they approved a state spending plan that would nevertheless tap $2 billion a year in federal Medicaid funding to extend health insurance to low-income and disabled Virginians. Instead of expanding Medicaid as it has traditionally operated, the Senate Finance Committee proposed helping up to 400,000 Virginians buy private insurance through a program that would be known as “Marketplace Virginia” (Vozzella, 2/16).NPR: More U.S. Companies Switch To High Deductible Health PlansOver-all health care cost increases have slowed dramatically, but consumers may not notice it. Many face higher deductibles, co-pays and out-of-pocket maximums as employers’ insurance plans try to encourage them to pay more attention to health care costs. One big problem is health care price information is often not available (Ydstie, 2/18).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Older Americans Are Early Winners Under Health LawFor many older Americans who lost jobs during the recession, the quest for health care has been one obstacle after another. They’re unwanted by employers, rejected by insurers, struggling to cover rising medical costs and praying to reach Medicare age before a health crisis. These luckless people, most in their 50s and 60s, have emerged this month as early winners under the nation’s new health insurance system. Along with their peers who are self-employed or whose jobs do not offer insurance, they have been signing up for coverage in large numbers, submitting new-patient forms at doctor’s offices and filling prescriptions at pharmacies 92/17).NPR: Finessing Health Coverage: When To Buy Insurance For A New BabyWe’re heading into the home stretch to sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act this year. The open enrollment period ends March 31 for most people. But there are exceptions. And they are the subject of many of our questions this month. For example, Diane Jennings of Hickory, N.C., has a question about her young adult daughter, who’s currently covered on her father’s health insurance. “When she ages out of the program this year at 26, in October,” Jennings asks, “she’ll have to get her own insurance through the exchange. But as she [will have] missed the deadline of March 2014, will she have to pay a penalty?” (Rovner, 2/17).The Washington Post: Congressional Republicans Are Focused On Calming Their Divided RanksAfter a tumultuous week of party infighting and leadership stumbles, congressional Republicans are focused on calming their divided ranks in the months ahead, mostly by touting proposals that have wide backing within the GOP and shelving any big-ticket legislation for the rest of the year. Comprehensive immigration reform, tax reform, tweaks to the federal health-care law — bipartisan deals on each are probably dead in the water for the rest of this Congress (Costa, 2/17). The Associated Press/Washington Post: Issa Rails Against Obama’s ‘Imperial Presidency’As chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Issa is probing some of the Obama administration’s most provocative controversies: the troubled rollout of the health care website, the Internal Revenue Service’s scrutiny of politically active groups, the National Security Agency’s mass collection of Americans’ phone records and the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, that killed three Americans (2/18).The Associated Press/Los Angeles Times: Starr Leads Purchase Of Healthcare Services Firm MultiPlanA group led by Starr Investment Holdings said Monday that it is buying MultiPlan Inc., which helps manage claims for large health insurers. The price was $4.4 billion, according to a person close to the deal, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the companies did not disclose terms (2/17).The New York Times’ DealBook: C.V. Starr And Partner Buy Health Care Concern In A $4.4 Billion DealMultiPlan was purchased by the private equity firms BC Partners and Silver Lake Partners in 2010 for about $3 billion, with the private equity firms each investing about $600 million. Founded in 1980, MultiPlan manages the claims process for insurers, corporate self-funded health plans and health maintenance organizations. The company processes about 40 million insurance claims annually (Bray and De La Merced, 2/17).Los Angeles Times: Generic Drug Makers Fight Rule On Health Risk Warnings Companies that make generic drugs, the medications most Americans buy, are fighting to kill a proposed federal regulation that would require them for the first time to warn patients of all the known health risks of each drug they sell. The proposed rule change by the Food and Drug Administration “would be nothing short of catastrophic,” said Ralph G. Neas, president of the Generic Pharmaceutical Assn., an industry trade group. It could raise healthcare costs and “create dangerous confusion” for doctors and patients, he said (Savage, 2/16).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Style, Stances Of Ohio’s GOP Governor EvolvingKasich stirred up opponents of tax increases by pushing hikes on oil and gas drillers whose companies are fueling an economic boom in eastern Ohio’s shale country. He has riled Republicans opposed to President Barack Obama’s federal health care overhaul by first advocating a Medicaid expansion allowed under the law, then forcing the program change through a legislative panel against GOP lawmakers’ wishes (2/16).Politico: Push Continues For 20-Week Abortion BansNew attempts to ban abortion after 20 weeks are gaining traction in the South, where Republican-led Legislatures have repeatedly adopted restrictions in recent years. Such bans, which supporters often call “fetal pain” laws, are already advancing in South Carolina and Mississippi. And a bill to prohibit abortion at a pregnancy’s midpoint is about to be introduced in Florida. It’s a repeat effort from a 2011 package of regulations in Tallahassee, and proponents say the measure has an improved chance of passage (Cunningham, 2/14).The New York Times: Writers Guild Plans Forum On Affordable Care ActOn Tuesday night, an expected crowd of 100 or so screenwriters and others will gather in Lower Manhattan at the headquarters of the Writers Guild of America East to hear thoughts about the Affordable Care Act and its place in comedy and drama. But whether any movie and television scripts that happen to be affected will have audiences laughing or crying about Obamacare still is not clear (Cieply, 2/16).Check out all of Kaiser Health News’ e-mail options including First Edition and Breaking News alerts on our Subscriptions page.last_img read more

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Kentuckys Health Exchange Plays Big In Senate Race

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 state’s online insurance marketplace has proven popular, creating difficulties for the Republican incumbent, Sen. Mitch McConnell, who has vowed to repeal Obamacare , and giving a boost to Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes. The Washington Post: Why The Debate Over Kentucky’s ‘Healthcare.Gov’ Site MattersKentucky’s Republican senior senator, Mitch McConnell, is taking a bit of heat over a Web site. As part of his closely-watched race against Democrat Alison Grimes for that Senate seat, the Senate minority leader said Monday night that while he’d like to see Obamacare scrubbed from the face of the Earth, he’s fine with the continued existence of Kynect, Kentucky’s unfortunately named but nonetheless popular health insurance exchange site (Scola,10/15).The Associated Press: Hillary Clinton Talks Health Care At Grimes EventHillary Rodham Clinton urged Kentucky voters to send Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes to the Senate to protect the state’s 521,000 Kentuckians who have health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Incumbent Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell has vowed to repeal the law, which expanded the Medicaid program and provides discounted insurance plans for people with lower incomes. Clinton never mentioned McConnell by name, but said Grimes would work to “build it (the law), make it better and fix what’s wrong with it” (Beam, 10/15).  The Washington Post’s Fact Checker: Mitch McConnell’s Puzzling Claims On Insurance In Kentucky, Post-ObamacareMany readers requested a fact check of McConnell’s Obamacare statements in his debate with the Democratic challenger, Alison Lundergan Grimes. It’s a very interesting set of statements, and we have puzzled over them till our puzzler was sore. McConnell has some difficulty with the Obamacare issue because the Kentucky version, known as Kynect, has been a huge success. About half a million Kentuckians signed up for health insurance, many receiving it for the first time. Fewer than 100,000 joined private insurance plans; that means the bulk of the population joined Medicaid, which was greatly expanded under the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare (Kessler, 10/16). Kentucky’s Health Exchange Plays Big In Senate Racelast_img read more

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Dems Offer Only Vague Praise For Clintons Drug Costs Proposal While Republicans

first_img A Senate investigative subcommittee headed by U.S. Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio announced Wednesday that it will probe the steep rise in the prices of EpiPens, an emergency treatment drug used to counteract severe allergic reactions. Portman and the top Democrat on the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations – Missouri’s Claire McCaskill – notified reporters they’ve “opened a preliminary inquiry concerning Mylan Pharmaceuticals’ pricing and competition practices with respect to the EpiPen.” (Eaton, 9/7) The Cleveland Plain Dealer: Sen. Rob Portman Launches Investigation Into EpiPen Pricing Rising concerns about spending on prescription drugs that treat rare diseases are not justified, according to a new analysis in the journal Health Affairs. “We wanted to focus on the true impact of orphan drugs,” said Victoria Divino, a senior consultant at IMS Health and an author of the study. Researchers at IMS Health and drug maker Celgene analyzed U.S. pharmaceutical spending from 2007 to 2013 on more than 300 drugs that had orphan approval under the 1983 Orphan Drug Act. (Tribble, 9/7) Morning Consult: Hatch: Drug Prices A ‘Major Issue’ For Next Congress Morning Consult: Clinton’s EpiPen Plan Gets ‘Meh’ Reviews In Congress Dems Offer Only Vague Praise For Clinton’s Drug Costs Proposal, While Republicans Dismiss It Outright “That’s her answer to most things – bigger government, more subsidies, more government involvement, and that’s not the answer,” said Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), the No. 4 GOP member of the Senate. Meanwhile, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, opens an inquiry into Mylan’s pricing tactics. This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Lawmakers came back to Capitol Hill promising action against controversial EpiPen price hikes, but they can’t quite agree how to translate their dissatisfaction into policy. While Hillary Clinton has issued a set of proposals, Republicans dismiss them and Democrats spoke vaguely about their candidate’s ideas. (Owens, 9/7) Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee and a longtime ally of the pharmaceutical industry, said Wednesday that drug prices will be a “major issue” in 2017. While this has long been an expectation among other lawmakers and lobbyists in the health care industry, Hatch is one of the most important players in the drug price fight. Even if the Senate flips to Democratic control, the Finance Committee has jurisdiction over a large portion of the issue, and Republicans are likely to look to Hatch, possibly as ranking member, for cues on how to respond to the loud demands for action. (Owens, 9/7) Kaiser Health News: Study Says Concerns About Orphan Drug Spending Are Unjustified And in other drug pricing news —last_img read more

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Harms Of Thyroid Cancer Screenings Outweigh Benefits Task Force Says

first_img Cleveland Plain Dealer: Social Smokers Have Same Heart-Disease Risks As Those With Daily Habit, Study Shows NPR: Don’t Screen For Thyroid Cancer, Task Force Recommends The New York Times: Are Statin Side Effects ‘All In Our Heads’? Harvard researchers posing as the parent of a depressed 12-year-old called hundreds of child psychiatrists and pediatricians looking for appointments, and discovered what many actual parents know through bitter experience: Most of the time the calls were fruitless. The group phoned 913 doctors listed as network providers by Blue Cross Blue Shield organizations in Boston, Chapel Hill, N.C., Houston, Minneapolis, and Seattle. (Kowalczyk, 5/9) The New York Times: Pain Relievers Tied To Immediate Heart Risks Harms Of Thyroid Cancer Screenings Outweigh Benefits, Task Force Says Despite an industry-backed push for more people to be screened for thyroid cancer, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has added the option to its don’t-do-it category. In other public health news: pain relievers and heart risks, statins, syphilis, mental health care for children, and smoking. Boston Globe: Study: Many Parents In Need Can’t Find Mental Health Care For Their Children The pain relievers known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or Nsaids, are known to carry heart risks. A new analysis found that those risks can arise within a week of starting the drugs. Researchers did a systematic review of studies involving more than 446,000 people ages 40 to 79, of whom more than 61,000 had heart attacks. (Bakalar, 5/9) center_img The Associated Press: Descendants Of Syphilis Study Subjects Emerging From Shadows Decades later, it’s still hard to grasp what the federal government did to hundreds of black men in rural Alabama — even if you’re among their descendants, lighting candles in their memory. For 40 years starting in 1932, medical workers in the segregated South withheld treatment for unsuspecting men infected with a sexually transmitted disease simply so doctors could track the ravages of the horrid illness and dissect their bodies afterward. (Reeves, 5/10) Statins, the widely used cholesterol-lowering drugs, have well-known side effects, but some of the most common may be caused more by psychological factors than by the drugs themselves. Researchers looked at more than 10,000 patients who had been randomly assigned to take either atorvastatin (Lipitor) or a placebo. They tracked their reports of more than two dozen different side effects over an average of more than three years. (Bakalar, 5/9) If you hear rock star Rod Stewart’s husky voice in a radio spot imploring you to get your thyroid checked for cancer, don’t be seduced. An industry-backed foundation has been putting out that message, with Stewart as a celebrity spokesman, but it’s not based on sound science. No major medical organization recommends mass screening for thyroid cancer. (Harris, 5/9) This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Social smokers  smoke occasionally and almost always in groups. They don’t consider themselves addicted to nicotine and don’t have a daily habit, researchers said. But their risk for high blood pressure and high cholesterol is identical to those who light up every day, new research has found. (Farkas, 5/9) last_img read more

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A Therapy Is Useless If No One Can Afford It 2M Drug

first_img Meanwhile, President Donald Trump pushes importation strategy as solution to cut costs — A new treatment for an infant muscle-wasting disease is about to go on sale at a potential cost of $2 million, a record price tag likely to fuel the continuing scrutiny of how companies price their drugs and how insurers pay for them. Novartis AG has yet to set a price for the gene therapy called Zolgensma, but executives say the drug’s potential to cure spinal muscular atrophy, an inherited disease that typically kills babies before they turn two, justifies a seven-figure price. Gene therapies target diseases that result from a faulty gene by introducing a working version into the body. (Roland, 5/7) Politico: Trump Directs Azar To Work On Florida Drug Import Plan Stat: FDA Approval May Dampen Controversy Over A High-Priced Drug The Food and Drug Administration just added an unexpected twist to a simmering controversy over a rare disease drug that earlier this year briefly became a poster child for high-priced medicines. In a surprise move, the agency approved a medicine from Jacobus Pharmaceuticals, a small, family-run company, for treating a neuromuscular disorder called Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome, or LEMS, for children ages 6 to 17. However, the approval potentially adds unforeseen competition for Catalyst Pharmaceuticals (CPRX), which only last December won an FDA endorsement to market its own treatment for adults. (Silverman, 5/6) This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. The Wall Street Journal: A $2 Million Drug Is About To Hit The Market President Donald Trump on Monday directed Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to work with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on the state’s drug import plan, according to Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.). Trump and Azar spoke at an Oval Office meeting — attended by DeSantis — that lasted for about 45 minutes Monday afternoon, said Gaetz, who also was at the gathering. (Glorioso, 5/6) ‘A Therapy Is Useless If No One Can Afford It’: $2M Drug Poised To Hit Market Stirs Up Debate Over Cost Of ‘Miracle’ Cures The new treatment that has a potential $2 million price tag can cure spinal muscular atrophy, an inherited disease that typically kills babies before they turn two. But as more gene therapies hit the marketplace, insurers balk at the expense. Meanwhile, the FDA takes an unexpected step to introduce competition into the marketplace for an extremely pricey drug that treats a rare disease. last_img read more

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MacOS Catalina RIP iTunes iPad apps Podcasts and TV on desktop

first_img Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend. We use industry standard tests to evaluate products in order to assess them properly. We’ll always tell you what we find. Trusted Reviews may get a commission if you buy through our links. Tell us what you think. Apple has finally lifted the lid on its new MacOS Catalina desktop operating system and boy does it look swish.The new OS is rammed with a wealth of new awesome features. But with Apple having announced them at a near fevered pace at its WWDC 2019 keynote on Monday, you may have missed a few of them.Here to help we’ve created a definitive guide detailing everything you need to know about MacOS Catalina.MacOS Catalina: Goodbye iTunes (finally)With MacOS Catalina Apple has finally retired its much-hated iTunes service. The service has been divided into three new Apple Music, Podcasts and TV services. Each of the three apps will bring some nifty new functionality to the OS.Music will offer quick access to Apple Music and the main store. Sync has also changed and is now handled automatically when you plug your phone into a MacOS Catalina. Sync settings have been moved from iTunes into a sidebar in Finder.Podcasts will be a basic storefront, but will have a clever search function that uses machine learning to index the specific content in podcasts. This will let you find them based off a much more diverse set of keywords based on the actual content, not just the title.Apple TV will have all the same content but comes with new 4K playback plus HDR 10, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos MacBook playback support. This’ll make watching content way more immersive on MacOS laptops.MacOS Catalina: SidecarSidecar is a cool new multi-screen service that’ll let you use your iPad as the second screen.For artists, it’ll also let you set any iPad with an Apple Pencil to work like a graphics tablet, which will be great for creatives regularly on the move.Related: Best iPadMacOS Catalina: AccessibilityMac OS Catalina also has a few new features designed to help people with reduced mobility use Apple computers. The biggest of these is Voice Control.This does what it says on the tin and lets users control MacOS Catalina devices using just voice commands. It works on Mac OS and iOS.MacOS Catalina: Find My MacBookThis is a cool new feature designed to help you find a lost or misplaced MacBook, even if it’s offline or in sleep mode.It works by instructing MacOS Catalina devices to sporadically send a secure, encrypted, low power Bluetooth beacon out. Nearby Apple devices will pick up the signal and anonymously share its location with the owner.Related: iOS 13MacOS Catalina: Activation LockIf you’re unlucky enough to have your MacBook stolen, Activation Lock is a cool protective feature that ensures the thieves won’t actually be able to use it.It lets you lock any MacBook with a T2 security chip, blocking all access.MacOS Catalina: Project CatalystThis won’t have any immediate impact on regular consumers. But in the future it should increase the number of MacOS apps.It’s a new technology designed to help developers turn iPad apps into desktop MacOS apps. It uses the same back-end tech seen on Apple’s existing News and Stocks and will let developers use Apple’s xCode service to auto build a number of MacOS features into their iOS apps with a single click, removing a lot of the heavy lifting. It’s already been used to port Asphalt 9 Legends.Related: Best laptopMacOS Catalina: AppsOutside of this Apple’s added a new gallery view for photos apps a redesigned Finder app and confirmed iOS’ Screentime video calling app is coming to MacOS Catalin.MacOS Catalina release dateThe final version of MacOS Catalina doesn’t have a release date, but the beta is available to developers now. 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. 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. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.last_img read more

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Price Crash Last Chance to Save £475 off a 55inch Samsung QLED

first_imgDeals 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 Editor 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. 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. Settle down for a true cinematic experience. The best part? With Samsung’s triumphant QLED technology, you can bring an unrivalled visual sensation right into the comfort of your own home.Boasting a number of aptly named ‘Q’ features, first up is its Q Colour, presenting over a billion varieties in colour. Q HDR 1500 also means you won’t miss a detail, from the inkiest blacks to blindingly bright, light hues.Even better, no matter your viewing conditions, with Q Contrast the Samsung 55-inch QLED TV will adapt to surroundings, whether the sun is shining through the window or it’s pitch black outside. There’s no need to sacrifice how you watch your favourite TV shows or films ever again. Watch them exactly as they were intended.Related: Amazon Prime Day TV DealsThe features don’t stop there, either. Blending perfectly into your surroundings, through Ambient Mode choose from a number of options, including décor. With a slim bezel, the TV screen can adapt to the wall it’s against. You can also choose to showcase your favourite photos, pull up useful information like the weather, or skip through music, too.Coming in a sleek, minimalist casing, the Samsung QE55Q8FNA TV is truly a work of art down to every aspect of its design, from function to leaving no rock unturned in how the Smart TV sits in your home. Samsug QLED TV DealSamsung QE55Q8FNA 55 inch QLED UHD 4K Smart TV – Use code PURE20Samsung’s gorgeous 55-inch TV is no longer a pipe dream thanks to this huge £475 saving, just be sure to use the code PURE20 and you’ll be enjoying a whole new viewing experience in no time.Crampton and Moore (via eBay)|Save £400|Now £1,199View DealNow £1,199|Save £400|Crampton and Moore (via eBay)center_img Yes, admittedly it comes at a price, but it’s not exactly difficult to see why. Now with a chance to save a total of £475 and buy for just £1124, jump on the eBay PURE20 code before it ends tonight and execute your right to treat yo’self with a gift that keeps on giving.Want to stay up to date with Amazon Prime Day 2019? We’ve got you covered. For more amazing offers, follow us @TrustedDealsUKWe may earn a commission if you click a deal and buy an item. That’s why we want to make sure you’re well-informed and happy with your purchase, so that you’ll continue to rely on us for your buying advice needs. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Update: eBay’s 20% off code has now expired, but if you don’t want to miss out on more fantastic offers in the future, give us a follow @TrustedDeals.Buy 55-inches of brilliant viewing magic with a total of £475 off the Samsung QE55QFNA Smart TV when you use eBay’s PURE20 code — expiring tonight.Live out all your bingeing dreams with Samsung’s 2018 Q8F QLED TV. About as high end as your home viewing experience can get, with a substantial saving of £400 on its retail price of £1599 in the Crampton and Moore eBay store, you can take a further £75 off by using PURE20 at the checkout and pay just £1124 for a TV masterpiece. Samsug QLED TV DealSamsung QE55Q8FNA 55 inch QLED UHD 4K Smart TV – Use code PURE20Samsung’s gorgeous 55-inch TV is no longer a pipe dream thanks to this huge £475 saving, just be sure to use the code PURE20 and you’ll be enjoying a whole new viewing experience in no time.Crampton and Moore (via eBay)|Save £400|Now £1,199View DealNow £1,199|Save £400|Crampton and Moore (via eBay)last_img read more

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Maple Leafs fans pay big for slim chance of Stanley Cup glory

first_img advertisement Toronto Maple Leafs fan Chris Gauthier waits for the game to start outside of the Air Canada Canada at Maple Leaf Square in Toronto, Ont.Ernest Doroszuk/Postmedia Network Reddit Recommended For YouMexican president to meet US congressional delegation, promote USMCA trade dealMarkets updateXPEL Announces Listing on Nasdaq; Registration Statement on Form 10 Declared Effective by SECBoeing to spend half of $100 mln fund to support 737 MAX crash victim familiesTSX opens higher on gains in materials shares April 15, 20199:04 AM EDTLast UpdatedApril 15, 20199:09 AM EDT Filed under News Retail & Marketing 1 Comments Bloomberg News Join the conversation → Comment Toronto Maple Leafs followers have a reputation for being hopeless fanatics. Now there’s data to prove it.Comparing ticket prices for various teams in the National Hockey League playoffs, which began this week, with the odds of those teams winning the Stanley Cup shows fans in Canada’s biggest city are paying the highest prices for a relative long shot.According to Chicago-based online ticket seller Vivid Seats, long-suffering Leafs fans are forking out a median price of US$475 per ticket for a chance to see their team hoist the Cup for the first time since 1967.Before Thursday’s Game 1, bookmaker DraftKings put the odds of the “The Laughs” winning ice hockey’s ultimate prize at 18:1, meaning a wager of $1 would win $18 plus the original bet. Those odds narrowed to 13:1 after the Leafs began their playoff run with a 4-1 win in Boston against the Bruins.“The passion that Canadian fans have for hockey certainly manifests in demand for playoff tickets,” said Stephen Spiewak at Vivid Seats.A victory by the 102-year-old team would end the longest championship drought in professional hockey.At the other end of the spectrum, fans in Tampa Bay can pick up tickets for $200 to watch the Lightning play the Columbus Blue Jackets.A $1 wager on current favorites Tampa Bay would win you $2.60. But where’s the glory in that?Bloomberg News More Share this storyMaple Leafs fans pay big for slim chance of Stanley Cup glory Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn David Scanlan, Cedric Sam and Erik Hertzberg What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation Facebook Featured Stories Sponsored By: Maple Leafs fans pay big for slim chance of Stanley Cup glory A victory by the 102-year-old team would end the longest championship drought in professional hockey Twitter Email ← Previous Next →last_img read more

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WatchThe IMF cut Canadas growth outlook — but Deloitte says its forecast

first_imgThe IMF cut Canada’s growth outlook — but Deloitte says its forecast is still too optimistic Despite the short-term slowdown, Canada is poised to benefit from the trade dispute between the world’s two most powerful economies Emily Jackson Stephen Poloz’s dashboard: The latest charts that matter most to the Bank of Canada 45 Comments Join the conversation → April 9, 20194:25 PM EDT Filed under News Economy Twitter Facebook More Email Curse of the skyscraper: Microcosm of Alberta’s downturn, Calgary becomes election’s battleground Comment Canada loses 7,200 jobs, its first employment drop in seven months Share this storyThe IMF cut Canada’s growth outlook — but Deloitte says its forecast is still too optimistic Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Reddit Canada’s growth prospects are bleaker than they were at the start of 2019, according to the International Monetary Fund’s latest outlook, which lands amid speculation over whether a global recession is coming.The IMF cut its growth estimate for Canada to 1.5 per cent in 2019, down from its previous estimate of 1.9 per cent growth in January, according to the World Economic Outlook report published Tuesday.Canada is not alone in the expected slowdown. In fact, the IMF cut its overall global growth forecast to 3.3 per cent for 2019, down from its prediction of 3.5 per cent in January and a dip from global growth of 3.6 per cent in 2018. Growth peaked at about 4 per cent in 2017. Trade tensions flare as Trump threatens new EU tariffs on jetliners, helicopters, motorcycles, cheese, wine The new NAFTA deal is ‘in trouble’ amid looming elections, fights over tariffs Canada loses 7,200 jobs, its first employment drop in seven months The organization blamed the rockier outlook on U.S.-China trade tensions, problems in Germany’s auto sector, tighter credit policies in China, uncertainty around Brexit and financial vulnerabilities in advanced economies. In Canada, it found trade conflicts and the oil price rollercoaster have had a particular impact.While there’s increasing hope that trade issues could be resolved, the IMF said the “risks are tilted to the downside.”“A further escalation of trade tensions and the associated increases in policy uncertainty could further weaken growth,” the report stated. “The potential remains for sharp deterioration in market sentiment.”However, Canada is poised to benefit from the trade dispute between the world’s two most powerful economies.“Trade diversion leads to substitution of China’s exports to the United States: Mexico and Canada benefit most, reflecting their close proximity to, and strong trade relations with, the United States,” the IMF said.The IMF expects global growth will return to 3.6 per cent in 2020. It predicts growth in Canada will pick up to 1.9 per cent by then.But Deloitte Canada chief economist Craig Alexander painted a more pessimistic picture in his April economic outlook, also released Tuesday.“They’re too optimistic,” Alexander said on the IMF report in an interview.Alexander expects Canadian growth to top out 1.3 per cent in 2019 and improve only slightly to 1.5 per cent in 2020, lower than both IMF estimates and the 1.8 per cent five-year average growth rate estimated in the 2019 federal budget.“The reality is that many people’s expectations of what represents good growth is actually too high,” Alexander said.The biggest challenges facing the Canadian economy are the impact of lower commodity prices on the energy sector and the fact that debt-laden consumers are no long fuelling growth with big retail and real estate purchases, Alexander said.“If you think over the last 10 years since the economic recovery began, really consumers have done a lot of the heavy lifting,” he said.That changed last year with the introduction of the mortgage stress tests. But exports and foreign direct investment haven’t boomed to make up for it despite the low Canadian dollar.Even if some Canadian industries benefit from U.S. tensions with China, Deloitte believes businesses are being very conservative in their investment plans given uncertainty over when (or whether) the USMCA will be ratified. Volatility in financial markets has also inspired cautious behaviour, Alexander said.On top of this, it has been 10 years since the last recession. Most business cycles last about eight to 10 years. In late March, analysts noted a brief yield curve inversion – a typical harbinger of recession.While a “dreaded R word (recession)” isn’t believed to be the most likely outcome, Deloitte isn’t ruling out a contraction. Canada needs to work on its competitiveness in the long run, including in its tax and regulatory regimes, to encourage investment, Alexander said.Other economists are calling for a more nuanced look at indicators that seem negative. TD Economics chief economist Beata Caranci doesn’t think investors should fret as much over net outflows in foreign direct investment.While the energy sector is often used as a poster child of “foreign investor skittishness,” areas such as manufacturing have seen inflows of foreign direct investment, Caranci wrote in a Tuesday report.International investments by Canadian financial and insurance institutions “occurred from a position of strength and ultimately reflects the large growth opportunities outside Canadian borders.”• Email: ejackson@nationalpost.com | Twitter: Related Storieslast_img read more

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Nio unveils its 2019 Formula E racer as Tesla investor Baillie Gifford

Source: Charge Forward Nio was nice enough to invite us to London on the tail end of our 2018 Paris Motor show journey to witness the unveiling of its 2019 Formula E racing series car. As a background, the Chinese company has competed in the FIA Formula E championship since its inception in 2014, sponsoring the inaugural Drivers’ Championship winning team with Nelson Piquet Jr.The company has some compelling consumer vehicles as well and we’ll take a look at them below but since they are in a quiet period after their recent US $1B IPO, we couldn’t talk much about them beyond what is already known.Nio also got a huge vote of confidence this week from Tesla’s largest private stakeholder Balllie Gifford which reportedly bought over 11% of the automaker. more…The post Nio unveils its 2019 Formula E racer as Tesla investor Baillie Gifford takes huge 11% stake appeared first on Electrek. read more

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Tesla reaches milestone of 100000 Model 3 vehicles

It took them years to achieve the same volume with the Model S and Model X, but Tesla has now already reached the milestone of 100,000 Model 3 vehicles produced today. more…The post Tesla reaches milestone of 100,000 Model 3 vehicles appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forward

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Can You Tow Charge A Tesla Model 3 Watch To Find Out

first_imgSource: Electric Vehicle News Can World’s Tallest Mountain Recharge A Tesla Model S Via Regenerative Braking – Video Using Regenerative Braking To…Cook Breakfast? – Video Investigating Regenerative Braking Abilities Of Formula E Racers – Video Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on November 9, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Miles in, more miles out!Most electric vehicles have a special superpower. Pull them down the road using another vehicle — rolling down a steep incline has a similar effect — and the regenerative braking function can actually put power back into the battery. Turns out, the Tesla Model 3 is no exception here and can also pull off this party trick if needed. How do we know? The Tech Forum YouTube channel, hosted by Matt Shumaker, has posted a couple of videos of the car doing just that and they’re a lot more interesting than one might suspect. The first video (above) shows their initial attempts at the range-extension technique, while the second (below) sees them try it again and attempt to acquire some useful data.More regenerative braking fun. Now, between the two towing attempts, Shumaker updated his car’s software to version 9. That may have had a slight effect on his results, as he says regen is a bit stronger with the updated software. Also, while the distance covered in the first video was less than a mile, the second test, performed on a flat loop in a residential neighborhood at low speeds, was a full mile..embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }As they pull, the screen in the Model 3 screen energy consumption screen displays the effect of the electricity being generated, which, for the most part, measures out at a little more than 1 kWh per mile. Though, as we said, the experiment was conducted at low speed, going faster wouldn’t necessarily put even more energy back in, as that rate is limited by the car.After they cover a mile, our host completes a number of circuits around the test loop using the energy loaned to it by the tow vehicle. Keeping the speed about the same — around 15 to 20 miles per hour — he finds that he can travel more than 10 additional miles just using that energy absorbed from the mile while under tow.Though the circumstances where this knowledge could be employed are rare, we have heard of this being done before when a vehicle has run out of charge on the road. Before doing it yourself, though, we recommend first checking to make sure any warranties aren’t being voided.Source: YouTubelast_img read more

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Elon Musk Stars In Interstellar Parody Mashup Video

first_img.embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } The clip’s creator has placed the image of Musk’s head discussing various things and placed it over that of the original actor’s (Matthew McConaughey) in the scene. Some of the more comedic moments come from footage gleaned from the billionaire’s infamous appearance on the Joe Rogan podcast. Interspersed are snippets of a Falcon 9 first stage as it plummets back to earth.If you watched the recent SpaceX Commercial Resupply Services mission (CRS-16) webcast, you may have already been witness to the drama that gets mashed up with Interstellar clip. After it had successfully gotten the upper stages headed toward orbit, the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket headed toward a drone ship landing pad.Alas, after many similar successful landings, this one turned out to be less so. As it descended toward Earth, the ship started to rotate off-kilter, and it appeared to be headed for complete destruction. Apparently, a hydraulic pump operating one of three grid fins had stalled. Luckily, control was regained before splashdown, but the rocket eased itself into the Atlantic Ocean, rather than the waiting craft.That moment, mixed with the successful landing on Miler’s planet and another infamous quote from Musk, all come together for an uproarious ending.You can watch the original Interstellar clip, along with two perspectives of the first stage of the Falcon 9 losing control and making a water landing below. Enjoy!.embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } Mind-Blowing Size Comparison – Tesla Model 3 Next To SpaceX BFR We laughed, we cried, it is better than Cats.If you ever watched the movie Interstellar starring, among others, Anne Hathaway, then some of the footage in the video above may ring a bell. What might not seem familiar, however, is the presence of Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, SpaceX and The Boring Company on the flight deck during a particularly dramatic moment in the film. Thanks to the magic of modern digital image manipulation and inventive editing, the entrepreneur and acclaimed actress work together to save themselves (and, possibly, humanity) in a new, short video. It’s pretty hilarious.More about SpaceX Watch SpaceX’s New Falcon Heavy, Tesla Roadster, Starman Video .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } Tesla, SpaceX, Elon Musk Inspire New Starman Comic Book Series Source: Electric Vehicle News Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on December 19, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

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