A note from the editor For nine years Disability

first_imgA note from the editor:For nine years, Disability News Service has survived largely through the support of a small number of disability organisations – most of them user-led – that have subscribed to its weekly supply of news stories. That support has been incredibly valuable but is no longer enough to keep DNS financially viable. For this reason, please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support its work and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please remember 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… Two opposition parties are writing urgent letters to work and pensions secretary Esther McVey – while a third is demanding an investigation – about a possible cover-up over documents linking the “fitness for work” test with the deaths of benefit claimants.Senior figures from both Labour and the Liberal Democrats said this week that they were writing urgently to McVey to ask whether the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) had shown the documents to the independent expert the government commissioned to review the work capability assessment (WCA) in 2013 and 2014.The Green party’s co-leader, Jonathan Bartley, said the failure to be clear about what happened with the documents had “all the hallmarks of a deliberate cover-up”. He has called for an independent investigation.The SNP also said it would be seeking answers from DWP.Dr Paul Litchfield (pictured) was commissioned by DWP to carry out the fourth and fifth reviews of the WCA but has so far refused to say if he was shown letters written by two coroners and a number of secret DWP internal “peer reviews” into deaths linked to the WCA regime.Litchfield, who was recognised by the prime minister with a CBE in last month’s birthday honours, published the two reviews in December 2013 and November 2014, but neither of them mentioned the documents, all of which link the WCA with the deaths of claimants.A spokesman for Marsha de Cordova, Labour’s shadow minister for disabled people, said she would be writing to McVey “as a matter of urgency”.Stephen Lloyd, the Liberal Democrat shadow work and pensions spokesman, said: “I will be writing directly to the secretary of state, Esther McVey, to seek clarification whether or not her department, the DWP, ever showed [Litchfield] the documents linking the WCA to the deaths of benefit claimants.“The public has a right to know, particularly now he’s been awarded a gong.”Neil Gray, the SNP’s social justice spokesman at Westminster, added: “This issue has thrown up a number of questions for the DWP and we need a clear and definitive statement on what people knew and when. We will be seeking those answers.”Even though DWP possessed all the coroner’s letters and peer reviews, it has claimed in a freedom of information response that it holds no information in its records on whether they were shown to Litchfield while he was reviewing the WCA.Since Disability News Service (DNS) revealed the existence of the documents in the years after Litchfield’s final report was published, concerns have grown that DWP and its ministers deliberately covered-up evidence of the fatal impact of the assessment on sick and disabled people.The coroner’s letters followed the deaths of two men with mental health conditions in 2010 and 2013 and each warned of further such deaths if changes were not made to the WCA.The call for evidence for Litchfield’s second review was issued on 10 June 2014, five months after coroner Mary Hassell had written to DWP following an inquest into the death of Michael O’Sullivan, who had had significant, long-term mental health problems.Hassell had told DWP that the trigger for O’Sullivan’s suicide had been the conclusion by civil servants that he was fit for work, but she said that neither DWP nor the Atos doctor who had assessed him through the WCA process had asked his GP, psychologist or psychiatrist for information about his mental health.Hassell told DWP that it needed to take action “to prevent further deaths” like Michael O’Sullivan’s.But despite that urgent call, Litchfield’s second review failed to mention Hassell’s letter or a similar letter sent to DWP by another coroner in 2010 following the suicide of Stephen Carré.Litchfield’s two reviews also failed to mention the peer reviews.Peer reviews – now known as internal process reviews – must be carried out by civil servants into every death “where suicide is associated with DWP activity”.One of the aims of these reviews is to “determine whether local and national standards have been followed or need to be revised/improved”, so DWP would find it hard to explain why they would not have been shown to Litchfield, whose job it was to review how the WCA was working.DWP has admitted that at least seven peer reviews written in 2012 mentioned the WCA, and there are almost certainly more that were written by the time Litchfield wrote his final report in late 2014.Litchfield has so far refused to comment about the documents.But Professor Malcolm Harrington, the independent expert who carried out the first three reviews of the WCA in 2010, 2011 and 2012, has already told DNS that he believes he was shown neither the first coroner’s letter (the second letter had not yet been written by the time he completed his third review) nor any WCA-related peer reviews.Bartley said this week: “If the Department for Work and Pensions failed to show Dr Litchfield vital documents linking the work capability assessment with the deaths of benefit claimants, DWP are clearly implicated in a cover-up.“If he was shown them but didn’t mention them in his reports, then so was he.“This has all the hallmarks of a deliberate cover-up over the fatal impact of the assessment on sick and disabled people. “There is no justification for secrecy, it is clearly in the public interest for the truth to be told and there should be an independent investigation of what happened.”A DWP spokeswoman said: “As we’ve previously said, this was an independent review, and DWP provided information alongside other stakeholders – on request.“Any evidence used was referenced in the review.”last_img read more

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first_imgSenior Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) civil servants have failed to answer key questions about links between the government’s policies and the deaths of disabled benefit claimants, during a face-to-face meeting with grieving parents.Emma Haddad, DWP’s director general for service excellence, and Colin Stewart, its work and health director for the north of England, spent more than an hour in Monday’s meeting with Joy Dove and Eric Whiting, the parents of Jodey Whiting.The Independent Case Examiner (ICE) concluded earlier this year that DWP was guilty of “multiple” and “significant” failings in handling the case of the mother-of-nine, who had her out-of-work disability benefits stopped for missing a work capability assessment (WCA), and took her own life just 15 days later.During the meeting, Dove asked 13 key questions that had been drafted for her by Disability News Service (DNS), based on her daughter’s case and the wider scandal of deaths linked to the actions of DWP ministers and senior civil servants.But Haddad refused to answer many of the questions for legal reasons.Among the questions about her daughter’s case, Dove asked how DWP could have made so many serious safeguarding failings.Her ex-husband asked whether anyone had been disciplined or lost their job over their daughter’s death.Dove asked Haddad why she should believe that DWP had fixed the system when it had made similar promises after so many other deaths.And she asked why DWP kept making mistakes that led to the deaths of disabled people when it had carried out so many secret reviews into deaths linked to DWP actions.Crucially, she also asked about the alleged cover-up which saw DWP fail to show the independent expert ministers had appointed to review the WCA a series of secret reviews into benefit-related deaths and letters written by coroners linked to the assessment process. And Dove asked if she could see the secret review that would have been carried out by DWP after her daughter’s death.Haddad promised Dove that she would provide written answers to all the questions.The meeting took place in the offices of Labour’s Dr Paul Williams, Dove’s MP, in Thornaby-on-Tees.Dove said that Haddad insisted in the meeting that ministers had not ordered her and Stewart to apologise in person, but that they had instead “got together and decided we needed to come here and say sorry”.Dove told DNS she was glad the meeting had taken place, but she warned DWP that this would not be the end of her campaigning, although her legal team would now take the lead in seeking justice for her daughter.She said: “It hasn’t really changed things because she’s dead and she’s not coming back.“I told them that five minutes away from here, my daughter is in that cemetery.”Dove believes Haddad was on the verge of tears when she heard her speak about Jodey and showed her pictures of her daughter.She said: “I thought she had a tear in her eye when I got upset and showed her letters from Jodey saying she was in debt and which said, ‘Please, mam, look after my babies.’“I could see a tear in her eye but at the same time she had to hold it back.”But she said Haddad also told her: “I am a mother of two. I know how you would have felt.”Dove said Haddad and her colleague were left speechless when she told them that campaigners were calling DWP “murderers”.After the meeting, a DWP spokesperson said: “Senior officials have met with Mrs Dove today, to apologise again for the failings in handling her daughter’s case and discuss the lessons learnt.“We fully accepted the Independent Case Examiner’s findings earlier this year and have since reviewed and strengthened our procedures to ensure all vulnerable claimants are safeguarded.”The number of people signing a petition in Jodey Whiting’s name, calling for an independent inquiry into deaths linked to DWP failings, and for evidence of criminal misconduct by civil servants or government ministers to be passed to the police, has now passed 42,000.But that is less than halfway to the target of 100,000 needed to secure a House of Commons debate on the petition.To sign the Justice for Jodey Whiting petition, click on this link. If you sign the petition, please note that you will need to confirm your signature by clicking on an email you will be sent automatically by the House of Commons petitions committeePicture: Joy Dove being interviewed by ITV News after the meetingA 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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Developments in development Too many jobs

first_img 0% Can we even count on those droves of workers to keep on coming? Here’s another report (to be taken with another big grain of salt) from a real estate site indicating that people thinking about buying homes are at least toying with the idea of buying them elsewhere. Like, Sacramento or Seattle elsewhere.But wandering eyes do not a real estate cooldown make, and in a still-expensive city, the fight about inclusionary housing is heating up again. The Planning Commission, amid some controversy, made a sort of compromise on Thursday in its recommendation about the amount and kind of affordable housing developers should be required to build. The city is revising that standard after a ballot measure last year more than doubled the requirement and analysts deemed that level unfeasible for developers. The final decision will be up to the Board of Supervisors.Below-market-rate housing, of course, is in extremely high demand in part because those in rent-controlled housing so often fall prey to “no-fault” evictions. Evictions in general have been falling in recent years, but one particular kind of eviction is getting a lot of attention at the moment. It’s the most frequently occurring kind of “no fault” (meaning the tenant did not breach the lease somehow) evictions: An owner-move-in. Supervisors held a hearing on this practice last week after an NBC Bay Area investigation found as many as a quarter of them could be fraudulent. But with very little enforcement power available to the city, lawmakers are thinking about adding stricter regulations for documenting these evictions and extending the time in which tenants can sue a landlord for not actually moving in. More on that coming soon.A less common kind of eviction nevertheless also made waves this week when artists living in a warehouse in Bernal Heights known as Bernalhaus were evicted after months of tension. The building was found not to be a residential property and unsafe. What’s next for the property now that the artists are out? Likely the construction of 49 condos, SocketSite reports.Sometimes, however, plans for condos don’t quite pan out. See for example this site on Cesar Chavez Street, where condos were slated to rise and which was bought for what would have worked out to be an extraordinarily high per-unit cost. But even with paperwork for building underway, the site was put up for sale – and now, the price has dropped a few million.On the other side of the Mission, we see a different kind of building delay: The DR Remix. A second Discretionary Review request has been filed on 15th and Mission streets, just two doors down from a project that planners sent back to the drawing board because its design was too aggressively upscale. A community group is now appealing based on the commissioners’ earlier comments, hoping for a similar overhaul. Tags: Affordable Housing • development • Developments in Development Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, housing, planning, zoning and construction news.In what might be an annual tradition, Curbed brings us another potentially controversial statement on land use by a Silicon Valley official. Last year, it was Palo Alto’s mayor saying job growth is the most problematic contributor to affordability. This year, we’ve got Sunnyvale’s mayor saying very similar things about how to curb growth in order to stop housing prices from continuing to go up. He then does some impressively diplomatic legwork in the comments section – worth the read if you are a housing wonk.And where mayors are frustrated that big companies are bringing in tons of people who will need housing, urban development think tank SPUR voiced frustration this week that big companies are bringing in tons of people who will need transportation. In one notable example, Apple’s new spaceship-saucer hybrid campus apparently has its main entrance on the side facing away from transit. More on that at Curbed.last_img read more

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SEAN Long took time out of his busy schedule to ta

first_imgSEAN Long took time out of his busy schedule to take the Super League trophy and League Leaders’ Shield to Heald Farm Court in Newton-le-Willows.Saints Assistant Coach brought joy to the residents and staff with the spoils of the Club’s 2014 season.Karen Chicken, Manager of Heald Farm Court, said: “Heald Farm Court Residents and staff would like to thank Saints so much for bringing the Trophies in for us to see.“We all enjoyed seeing them and meeting Sean and having lots of photographs taken.“It was an enjoyable day and it lifted everyone’s spirits so thanks once again for taking the time out for us.”last_img read more

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ADAM Swift bagged four tries as Saints came from b

first_imgADAM Swift bagged four tries as Saints came from behind to thrash Hull KR 48-16.The winger crossed for two in the first and two in the second to eradicate a 12-0 deficit.They were part of a three tries in seven minutes blitz that also included Shannon McDonnell’s fourth of the season.The result keeping Keiron Cunningham’s side in touch with the top four.Ironically, for 30 minutes at least, no one in the ground would have expected such a scoreline.Shaun Lunt opened the visitor’s account when Hull KR pushed it on the last.Both Maurice Blair and Albert Kelly were involved, opening up the space with some fine offloading for the hooker to cross.Kieran Dixon tagged on the extras – and on the quarter hour mark the lead was increased through Chris Clarkson.The loose forward cruising through a gap moments after Saints had weathered a goal line stand.Dixon then tagged on a penalty after 21 minutes to make it 12-0 and the home side’s nerves were beginning to show.But the introduction of Kyle Amor lifted Saints and solid runs allowed the pressure to mount.And in the end it counted as Jonny Lomax put on a fine pass for Adam Swift to ghost over for his sixth of the season.The winger was unlucky not to add his second shortly afterwards – the referee ruling a knock on in the build up – but he made no mistake whenMark Percival put it on a plate.Swift rounding Kelly to pull Saints right back into it.Saints began the second half on the front foot, gaining a repeat set when Dixon fluffed his lines on a high ball.But Swift was just nudged into touch as he dove for his hat-trick following a great move.He didn’t have long to wait though as on 45 minutes, Dominique Peyroux won the ball back by gathering a loose play the ball from the Robins.In a blink of an eye the ball was moved left through Wilkin and Percival and Swift scorched home from 80 metres.His in and out move to round the full back extra special.Saints had their tails up and their next try was equally as good.After some solid drives, Peyroux showed his strength to take on the line and then offload under pressure to slip McDonnell in.And it got better as on 52 minutes Adam Swift went in for his FOURTH following great work from Walmsley and Lomax.Thomas Minns made it game on for Hull KR but Joe Greenwood’s excellent offload to Mark Percival killed off any hopes of a comeback.Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook powered over from close range to increase the advantage and then Jon Wilkin caught Peyroux on a great line for a deserved try.And Alex Walmsley capped a great second half display when he blasted over from close range at the death following a Jordan Turner 40:20.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Swift (4), McDonnell, Percival, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Peyroux, WalmsleyGoals: Percival (6 from 9)Hull KR:Tries: Lunt, Clarkson, MinnsGoals: Dixon (3 from 4)Penalties:Saints: 6Hull KR: 6HT: 8-12FT: 48-16REF: J SmithATT: 9488Teams:Saints:1. Jonny Lomax; 23. Shannon McDonnell, 24. Matty Fleming, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Adam Swift; 3. Jordan Turner, 12. Jon Wilkin; 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 14. Lama Tasi, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 18. Dominique Peyroux, 28. Morgan Knowles.Subs: 10. Kyle Amor, 15. Greg Richards, 17. Luke Thompson, 20. Joe Greenwood. Hull KR:21. Thomas Minns; 29. Joe Wardill, 12. Graeme Horne, 4. Iain Thornley, 5. Kieran Dixon; 11. Maurice Blair, 7. Albert Kelly; 17. Dane Tilse, 9. Shaun Lunt, 10. Mitch Allgood, 20. James Greenwood, 15. James Donaldson, 13. Chris Clarkson.Subs: 8. Adam Walker, 14. Kevin Larroyer, 16. James Green, 24. George Lawler.last_img read more

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Several awards will be presented throughout the ev

first_imgSeveral awards will be presented throughout the evening as we acknowledge the skills and hard work that our Women’s squad have shown throughout their 2018 campaign.A fantastic two-course meal with tea and coffee will also served before the main part of the evening gets underway.The event starts at 7pm and tickets are £17.50 for Adults and £6 for Juniors.Click here to buy now, or visit the stadium ticket office.One not to be missed…last_img

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With great support from the Saints Heritage Societ

first_imgWith great support from the Saints Heritage Society, we will have a different front cover for every home game this season which will take its’ inspiration from a retro-programme featuring Saints against the same opposition back in the day.We start tonight with a Saints vs. Wigan classic from Good Friday in 1966, which we hope bodes well for tonight! That day Saints recorded a 17-10 win that included a try from a certain Tom van Vollenhoven!We feature that team inside the programme and this regular feature will also highlight their individual Heritage numbers, produced for us as a result of the outstanding work from our friends at the Saints Heritage Society.Tom has a very appropriate number for a flying winger so pick up your copy to find out which one!If you have any ideas for covers you would like to see and you have the original programme in your collection, then please scan the front cover and email to us at sales@saintsrlfc.com.You never know, we might just choose yours to become part of our collection in 2019.The usual features are inside with columns from Chairman, Eamonn McManus, Justin Holbrook and James Roby plus loads of other content including an interview with Lachlan Coote, details of our successful 2021 World Cup bid to become a Host Venue, more information on how Heritage numbers were brought to life, plus a look back to the video years of the legendary Ron Hoofe, a quick Quiz page and something for Junior Saints to keep them entertained too.Buy yours from inside or outside the ground tonight for just £3 and many thanks to Warrington Audi for their season-long Programme Sponsorship.In addition, we have produced just 200 copies of a special limited-edition version for the same £3 price which will contain exactly the same great content as the main programme but with a special one-off cover design. This unique cover is in tribute to our flying winger Tommy Makinson as he makes his 200th Saints appearance tonight and this version is only on sale in the Club Shop, so when they’ve gone, they’ve gone!Please note, the Tommy Makinson version will NOT be on sale in any other area of the Stadium, so if you want one make sure you visit the Club Shop before you enter the turnstilesAll Hospitality guests will receive the Retro cover version as part of their package this evening.last_img read more

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Share the Table requesting unused food from Topsail Island vacationers

first_imgTOPSAIL ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — Do not throw away your unused food when you leave your rental house.Share the Table is accepting food donations for the local food pantry.- Advertisement – According to a Facebook post, you can drop off any of your unused food at the North Topsail Beach Police station parking lot on Saturdays from 9:00-11:00. A town spokeswoman said the town is not involved with the group, but they are allowing them to use the parking lot on Saturdays.It does not matter what you drop off, they will find a way to use it. Anything that cannot be used in the pantry will be donated to the animal shelter.The Facebook post said Labor Day weekend will be the last Saturday for food drop off until next spring. Organizers are hoping to make this a record weekend for donations.last_img read more

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5000 reward offered in Castle Hayne murder investigation

first_img The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office says Hicks-Bey was shot multiple times.If you know anything, contact Crime Stoppers at (910) 763-3888 or 1 (800) 531-9845. You can also submit a tip here. Melquan Hicks-Bey (Photo: GoFundMe) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Crime Stoppers is offering up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of those involved in the murder of Melquan Hicks-Bey,22.His body was found Sunday around 10:00 a.m. in a wooded area off Alvernia Drive in Castle Hayne.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Brunswick Center at Calabash opens

first_img The center, located at 10050 Beach Drive in Calabash, features a kitchen, an exercise room, an arts and crafts room and more. There are walking trails and room for gardening outside.The facility will also house Meals on Wheels.“But today, that plan has been achieved thanks to the vision of the County Commissioners. This is a testament to the vision and planning of local officials and County officials. This is not just a Calabash facility, this is a community facility,” Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc. president and CEO Jim Fish added. CALABASH, NC (WWAY) — The new Brunswick Center at Calabash is finally open.It is the county’s fifth senior center.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Police Two arrested 3000 bags of heroin found at Mayfaire apartment

first_img WPD says investigators executed a search warrant on a Mayfaire Drive apartment last week and conducted a traffic stop involving one of the men. Investigators found more than 3000 bags of heroin, cash and two stolen handguns.Shawn Scott Fonville is charged with two counts of Possession of firearm by convicted felon, Possession of a stolen firearm, Trafficking Heroin, Possession with intent to sell/deliver Heroin, Maintaining a dwelling.Zabar Aaron Irick is charged with Conspire to Traffic Heroin, Possession of Heroin, Resist/Obstruct/Delay.Related Article: Track when storm debris will be picked up in WilmingtonBoth are under a $5 million secured bond. Shawn Scott Fonville and Zabar Irick are facing a list of drug and possession charges including heroin trafficking. (Photo: NHSO) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Two men are behind bars after Wilmington police say they found thousands of bags of heroin at a Mayfaire apartment.Wilmington Police Narcotics Investigators ended a two month long investigation last Monday and arrested, 31-year-old Shawn Scott Fonville and 43-year-old, Zabar Irick, both of Wilmington.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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ONLY ON 3 Man loses home in Florence now forced out of

first_imgBOILING SPRING LAKES, NC (WWAY) —  An 80-year-old Boiling Spring Lakes man has spent the last few months living in his garage, after Hurricane Florence destroyed his home. Now he’s being told he isn’t allowed to live there anymore.Army veteran John Ganey says he’s lived in Boiling Spring Lakes for close to 30 years. He and his dog have spent the past four months living in his garage.- Advertisement – “I can take a bath in there, I can go to the bathroom in there, I can use my sewer tank out there to dump everything,” said Ganey.Last week, Boiling Spring Lakes Code Enforcement put a notice on Ganey’s garage door informing him that he could no longer live there.“I don’t see what’s unsafe about it. They’re saying it’s unsafe and unlivable. It’s not unlivable and it’s not unsafe,” said Ganey.Related Article: Company shut down after price-gouging accusationChief code enforcement officer Ruth Bek says Ganey is in violation of the state building code.“It was designed and built as a storage building. And anytime you alter the purpose of a building without coming and getting the permit and meeting the technical codes, you’re in violation,” said Bek.Bek says the garage does not have a permanent source of heat, properly spaced electrical outlets, sleeping facilities, or sanitation facilities.“He just simply cannot continue to stay in the garage, and, for lack of a better way to put it, do his business in a bucket and then take it out and pour it in a septic tank,” said Bek.Ganey says a few days ago, a friend dropped off a camper for him to use. But the town says he needs to file the proper paperwork before he is able to use it.Ganey says his nerves are shot and he’s just ready to sell the property.“It’s not worth my time living here with what we’ve got running the town to me. I just want to get going,” said Ganey.Ganey says he is saving up to have a modular home built on the property in September.He says he’s been sleeping in his truck since the notice was posted to avoid being harassed by police.last_img read more

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New Whiteville City Hall almost ready to open

first_img The chambers can double as an Emergency Operations Center with power and data outlets on the floor to handle electronics.An open house is scheduled Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and city staff will begin moving into the building on Thursday. Whiteville City Hall is set to hold an open house Wednesday, July 17 2019.(Photo: Matt Bennett/WWAY) WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — The City of Whiteville is getting ready to debut its brand new city hall, four years after being forced out of the old one due to mold.The $3.4 million building features a new technologically advanced city council chambers. The chambers are named after Horace Whitley, who served as Whiteville mayor for 34 years.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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US welcomes Sudan powersharing deal as important step forward

first_img SharePrint A Sudanese man waves the national flag as he celebrates, after Sudan’s ruling military council and a coalition of opposition and protest groups reached an agreement to share power during a transition period leading to elections, along the streets of Khartoum, Sudan, July 5, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin AbdallahA Sudanese man waves the national flag as he celebrates, after Sudan’s ruling military council and a coalition of opposition and protest groups reached an agreement to share power during a transition period leading to elections, along the streets of Khartoum, Sudan, July 5, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah The United States on Saturday welcomed a provisional agreement forged by Sudan’s ruling military council and a coalition of opposition and protest groups to share power for three years as an “important step forward.”The U.S. State Department said in statement that special envoy for Sudan Donald Booth will return to the region soon.The agreement brokered by the African Union and Ethiopia Union, announced on Friday, is due to be finalised on Monday.“The agreement between the Forces for Freedom and Change and the Transitional Military Council to establish a sovereign council is an important step forward,” the State Department said. “We look forward to immediate resumption of access to the internet, establishment of the new legislature, accountability for the violent suppression of peaceful protests, and progress towards free and fair elections.”The deal revived hopes for a peaceful transition of power in a country plagued by internal conflicts and years of economic crisis that helped to trigger the overthrow of Omar al-Bashir in April.Relations between the military council that took over from Bashir and the Forces for Freedom and Change alliance broke down when security forces killed dozens of people as they cleared a sit-in on June 3. But after huge protests against the military on Sunday, African mediators brokered a return to direct talks.WhatsApp <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>last_img read more

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The gaps in Apples updates

first_imgAdvertisement There was also no mention on Monday night of the long-anticipated high-definition television from Apple or an accompanying software development kit for the existing Apple TV set-top box, something many pundits expected.Just as the iTunes Store’s biggest challenge was getting content providers on board, this seems to be the largest obstacle in Apple’s path in television. The company doesn’t want to simply make a TV; it wants to tie it to an ecosystem as it did with the iPod. Though there is money to be made in hardware, there’s far more to be made in the long run from content.Two of the biggest highlights — unsurprising in light of it being an event aimed at developers — were the announcements concerning updates to Apple’s two operating systems, OS X Mountain Lion for laptops and desktops, and iOS 6, which powers iPhones and iPads. Early adopters of the iPad will be disappointed to learn that there will be no support for iOS 6 for the first generation iPad, even though it’s newer than the iPhone 3GS, which is supported. There’s also no mention of an overhaul of iTunes even though the App Store is to be updated in iOS 6. – Advertisement – Portable powerhousesAs anticipated, the MacBook Air range sees its processors and graphics cards overhauled and the size of its solid-state drives (SSDs) increased. The range also now offers USB 3 ports and the built-in camera has been upgraded to 720p. Pricing starts at US$999 and goes up to $1 499 for the top of the range 13-inch model. This is in keeping with the prices on the last generation of MacBook Airs.The star of Apple’s presentation, however, was the new 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display — 2 880×1 800 pixels — and SSD, dual Thunderbolt and USB 3 ports and HDMI rather than mini-DisplayPort.The new star in Apple’s portable universe also does away with an optical drive, though this is still included on entry-level MacBook Pro models across the range.Aside from the new, top-end 15-inch model, and the fact that the entire range of MacBook Pro’s is now thinner and lighter, the rest of the upgrades were largely incremental.Storage has been increased, with both the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro now available with hard drives up to 1TB in size, or SSDs up to 512GB.Maps for mobile What is noteworthy from Apple’s iOS 6 announcement is the move to its own mapping service and away from Google Maps. To date, Apple hasn’t offered its own turn-by-turn navigation, with users having to rely on third-party apps.Much like Nokia’s mapping offering, the new Maps app in iOS 6 will also include real-time traffic information and, thanks to Apple’s recent tie-in with Yelp, will offer local business information in supported regions.Apple hasn’t yet specified which countries are supported by its new map app, but has intimated that it will be available in a number of countries outside the US. This is in keeping with the expansion of its voice recognition service, Siri, to 15 countries.In iOS 5, Apple built in closer integration with micro-blogging service Twitter. In iOS 6, it takes the same approach to Facebook. The new OS will make it possible to synchronise Facebook contacts across Apple devices, and post content within Apple’s own apps, including Photos, Safari and newcomer Maps.Mountain Lion is set to include similarly thorough Facebook integration and will take a page from iOS’s book with the inclusion of a notifications centre.Storage has been increased, with both the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro now available with hard drives up to 1TB in size, or SSDs up to 512GB.No mention was made of updates to the iMac or Mac Mini ranges, but this isn’t surprising as both are only a year old.Maps for mobileWhat is noteworthy from Apple’s iOS 6 announcement is the move to its own mapping service and away from Google Maps. To date, Apple hasn’t offered its own turn-by-turn navigation, with users having to rely on third-party apps.Much like Nokia’s mapping offering, the new Maps app in iOS 6 will also include real-time traffic information and, thanks to Apple’s recent tie-in with Yelp, will offer local business information in supported regions.Apple hasn’t yet specified which countries are supported by its new map app, but has intimated that it will be available in a number of countries outside the US. This is in keeping with the expansion of its voice recognition service, Siri, to 15 countries.In iOS 5, Apple built in closer integration with micro-blogging service Twitter. In iOS 6, it takes the same approach to Facebook. The new OS will make it possible to synchronise Facebook contacts across Apple devices, and post content within Apple’s own apps, including Photos, Safari and newcomer Maps.Mountain Lion is set to include similarly thorough Facebook integration and will take a page from iOS’s book with the inclusion of a notifications centre.by Craig Wilson, TECHCENTRALlast_img read more

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CES Ubuntu is coming to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus next month

first_imgAdvertisement Ubuntu is coming to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus next monthBut it’s not quite finished yetLINUX VENDOR Canonical revealed that it will launch Ubuntu for Phones on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus in February.Speaking at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Canonical revealed that it will launch its Ubuntu Linux mobile operating system on Google’s last generation Nexus in a matter of weeks. Canonical said that it will be available as a download, and that the Galaxy Nexus will be the only phone that the software will be available on for now.The company unveiled Ubuntu for Phones earlier this month, offering users the full Linux experience on a smaller screen. The operating system has been designed to work with both low-end and high-end smartphones, and Canonic – Advertisement – al said that it supports existing HTML5 apps such as those designed by Google.Speaking at the operating system’s launch, Mark Shuttleworth, VP of Canonical and founder of Ubuntu said, “Your average Android developer is already using Ubuntu, as it is the typical developer platform,” adding that he expects these people to have no difficulty in supporting the new operating system.Unfortunately we weren’t able to get our hands on the Ubuntu for Phones operating system at Canonical’s booth at the Las Vegas technology show, with Canonical telling us that the software is not yet finished.However, the firm was able to give us a quick glimpse at Ubuntu running on the Galaxy Nexus smartphone ahead of its launch in a few weeks time, and we were pretty impressed with what was on show. Ubuntu for Phones will certainly appeal to Linux fans if its appearance if anything to go by, offering users a full-blown version of the operating system. It seems pretty slick on first impressions too, but be sure to check back soon for a more in depth look at Ubuntu for Phones.Credit: TheInquirerlast_img read more

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Smile Communications officially launches 4G LTE in Tanzania

first_imgAdvertisement Irene CharnleySmile Communications Tanzania , a subsidiary of Smile Telecoms Holdings Limited has launched the first commercial Fourth Generation Long Term Evolution (4G LTE) broadband network in Tanzania.Country Manager of Smile Tanzania, Fiona McGloin, sees the introduction of 4G LTE as another major milestone in the development of East Africa and the continent as a whole. “Our experience in providing services to our customers over the past six months in Dar es Salaam has demonstrated that access to the best, most flexible, fastest technology anywhere in the world results in increased usage and demand for broadband” she said during the launch in Dar es salaam.According to Smile Group CEO Irene Charnley, the true benefits of 4G LTE lie in the radically improved user experience, and the ability of this global technology standard to enhance access to the most advanced form of communications whilst substantially reducing the costs of operations.“4G LTE is making the internet come alive for our customers due to the quality of the user experience Surfing the internet, downloading music and movies without buffering, communicating via HD voice or uninterrupted HD video calling – the internet experience has become better, faster, easier, and more reliable.” says Charnley.  – Advertisement – The introduction and accessibility to this groundbreaking 4G LTE technology will give impetus to Tanzanians and Tanzania to reach their full potential whilst simultaneously accelerating mobile broadband penetration across the continent, thereby boosting major economic activity. We’ve been waiting and hoping for the future. With 4G LTE, the future is here!” she said.Smile Communications already has a presence in five countries across Africa, including Tanzania. The Smile 4G LTE broadband network, which already covers Dar es Salaam, will be rolled out in phases across Tanzania over the next two years “The company was founded on a simple vision – to provide affordable, high quality and easy-to-use broadband internet access and communication services to everyone across Africa, using low cost and innovative business models and the latest technologies,” says Charnley.“Today is a major milestone in making that vision a reality.” In 2012, Smile began revolutionising communication in East Africa when it chose Tanzania as the first country in Africa in which to deploy its 4G LTE broadband network. After more than a year of extensive testing and valuable feedback provided by technosavvy trial customers, Smile made its 4G LTE broadband network commercially available to its current customer base which ranges from SMEs and households, to hotspots and individuals in Dar es Salaam.Smile 4G LTE is now commercially available across the city. The Smile 4G LTE network uses the most advanced telecommunications technology and standards available anywhere in the world, and will provide unparalleled speed, reliability, quality and ease of use. 4G LTE enables ultrahigh- speed internet access, accelerating broadband penetration and vastly improving the online experience.The 4G LTE standard is at the cutting-edge of mobile telecommunications. The inherently flexible and constantly evolving nature of 4G LTE guarantees that it will remain the gold standard in mobile data and voice services for years to come.Source: Daily Newslast_img read more

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SanDisk Introduces HalfTerabyte SSD Optimized for Everyday Computing

first_imgAdvertisement SanDisk Corporation, a global leader in flash storage solutions, has today announced the SanDisk® Z410 SSD, a cost-competitive, half-terabyte solid state drive (SSD) that enables manufacturers to design for a broad range of desktop PCs and laptops.The 15-nanometer, three-bits-per-cell based Z410 SSD delivers the performance, capacities and form factor ideal for mainstream computing platforms.“SSDs are being rapidly adopted as the preferred storage option across the entire spectrum of the PC marketplace,” said Tarun Loomba, vice president and general manager of Client Platform Solutions, SanDisk. – Advertisement – “In addition to the performance and durability benefits that SSDs provide, the SanDisk Z410 SSD delivers storage that is ample for most consumers and the right size for typical corporate users. The Z410 is an important addition to our overall SSD portfolio, as our customers require a complete range of storage options, from home/office PCs to the latest high-performance, ultra-thin laptops.”SLC Cache Means a Better Computing ExperienceBuilt on the successful SanDisk Z400s SSD platform, the Z410 SSD features an SLC cache–a combination of SLC and TLC blocks to maximize read and write speeds.This means PC users can expect very short start-up and application loading, making the Z410 ideal for multi-tasking and typical PC workloads such as home/office productivity, web browsing, email, casual gaming and audio/video entertainment.“The price gap between SSDs and legacy HDD storage is narrowing,” said Jeff Janukowicz, research vice president for Solid State Drive and Enabling Technologies at IDC. “Coupled with the inherent performance and reliability benefits, it is helping to propel SSD adoption into the mainstream PC market.”Build Durable, Reliable Systems with Ample Storage CapacityWith up to 480GB of capacity, the Z410 is ideal for manufacturers looking to design durable, energy-efficient computing platforms. Validated for several top OEM platforms, the Z410 is designed to consistently deliver high endurance and reliability for typical corporate, educational and home applications. The Z410 SSD boasts up to 1.75M hours Mean Time To Failure (MTTF), making it an extremely reliable option for PC manufacturers and ultimately for consumers.1 Featuring one of the lowest power draws of any SSD in the industry, the Z410 consumes less power during active use, as well as during slumber and low-power modes.The SanDisk Z410 SSD is currently shipping in 2.5’’ (7mm) form factor at 120GB, 240GB and 480GB capacities, and includes a 3-year warranty.last_img read more

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STARTERS ORDERS Monday

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Monday 4 AugustRACING2.00 RiponHoneysuckle Lil 7/1 > 100/302.30 RiponGreenbury 13/2 > 11/43.00 RiponMuffin Mcleay 3/1 > 7/43.15 KemptonVerchild Lad 25/1 > 11/15.15 KemptonJohara 3/1 > 7/45.45 CarlisleHail Bold Chief 7/1 > 4/1What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

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Its Not What You Know… betting shop memories

first_img[dropcap]I[/dropcap] was on honeymoon in Palma, Majorca, it was October 1961 when I received a phone call, the call was to tell me we had got a licence for our first betting shop at 148 Finchley Road in NW London.The shop was around 80 yards away from Finchley Road underground station, we opened the shop in early 1962.At that time the Finchley Road consisted of one lane going south into London and one lane going north, away from London. Today it is a six lane highway with three lanes going each way.Our shop was a large shop, it also had a large forecourt where there was enough space to park six cars. Today it is a Holiday Inn Hotel, how times change !We opened the shop with four staff. Issy (tits) as the settler, Marky as the boardman (no televisions in those days), Judy (my wife ) as a cashier and me doing a bit of everything.Between us, we had not got a clue.It took around three months to get the feel of things, like how many bets we would take in a day, the amount of money we would take, the big punters, the regulars and so on.Not sure of opening hours, I know you could not open before a certain time and you had to close by a certain time, we opened 10am and closed 6pm.No sooner had we opened in the morning then the regulars would come in. We had a large table in the middle of the shop and they would all sit round it with their papers open studying form. We supplied tea and coffee, I think it was against the law to do that but it was more like a club than a betting shop.Among our regulars were people from all walks of life, there was actor named Peter Bowes an absolute gentlemen, also one of the best judges I ever came across, it was hard to beat him. Another punter was a Mr Raven who liked backing hot favourites. If the first one got beat he would chase and chase till he got his money back or go broke…. a bookies dream.Then there was John Bloom (Rolls Razor) have a look on Google, you will see how much money he made and lost.John would arrive around ten, park his Rolls Royce on our forecourt, have a cup of coffee, make a number of small bets, he never lost a fortune to us and then leave. In all the time he came in, he never laid out more than £20.Another one was known as Maverick, his real name was Ivin Desai, he was the son of a well known wealthy Indian business man. He, like one or two other people I have come across lived to gamble. As I have said before I think it is a disease. He gambled day and night, I know there was a time his parents sent him to Switzerland where he was placed into a induced sleep for two weeks as he had got to a stage that he could not sleep more than a few minutes at a time…. it helped him for a time.Peter Rothenberg (two other chapters about Peter), if he was not there by 10.15am, there had to be a reason. Also, one of the regulars was Themis the Greek, Cypriot boy. No idea where he got his money from and the last but in my opinion, the cleverest, was Ibrahim Hussan, a young Jewish guy from Iraq.Why do I think he was the cleverest?Well his day went something like this. He would get out of bed around 10 at night, yes 10 at night, have a shower, have something to eat, then go out and find somewhere to play cards games. There were at least six clubs where you could play cards around Finchley Road.Why so late?He had worked it out that the people he was playing cards with had been up most of the day, working and when it came to midnight they were getting tired and their brain was slowing down. His day had only just started, he realised that he had the edge. When he finished playing cards, normally between 5 and 7am, he would get the morning papers, have breakfast, come in to our shop for a few hours, have a few bets but by 2pm in the afternoon he was gone.Home to bed.One day a policeman and another man walk in, the other man turned out to be a policeman too. They walked up to the counter and asked if they could speak to a Mr Thompson.I am sorry we have no Mr Thompson I said.“Do you not have a Mr Thompson who goes round collecting bets on your behalf”.“No, certainly not”.The policeman explained that a man had been going around saying he was taking bets on our behalf and that he had taken quite a lot of money from punters.How much is quite a lot of money? I enquired.Well he got £2,000 off the actress Shirley Eaton (today approximately £65,000).Shirley Eaton,wow, I had her picture on my bedroom wall till I was 16. She was to me, the English Briggitte Bardot.It transpired that this person had conned people out of just over £6,000 (today approximately £200,000) using our name.We never heard a word for about a year when the policeman comes in and tells us that they caught the man a couple of months later. He was well known to the police and was sentenced to six years.One morning, not long after we opened, two men walk in asking if they could see the boss.How can I help ?We work for someone who wants to see that you have no trouble in you shop, ‘you know what I mean’, he added.Yes, I understand, I said but we have Morry Bloom and Maxie Pinkus looking out for us.They both turned and walked straight out of the shop. The peoples names I gave were people I knew. They were both heavies in their time for one or two well known gangsters, we never had any trouble in our shop.Eventually lost contact with all the punters. Don’t know what happened to most of them, except that Peter had committed suicide (separate story) and Ibrahim had got a green card and opened an ice cream shop in Queens, New York.I would like to add we had the cleanest betting shop in the UK.One day after racing had finished I was sweeping up when the phone rang. I left the broom propped up against the counter and went to answer. When I came back there was this little guy sweeping the floor, he got the job. Every day he was waiting for us to open…. he would dust, clean, make the tea, get the shopping and do anything you wanted him for…. he was in the shop all day.The punters loved Robert. He would get cigarette papers and do errands for them. They in turn would give him something for going and a bit extra if they won, he became the shop mascot.After every race he would sweep up and give a clean around like in the barbers shop. He was around for about three years, then one day vanished. Still wonder what became of him.We opened three more shops, one in Covent Garden, one in Holborn and one in Kentish Town. They were ok but nothing special.As I was doing 5 or 6 nights a week at the dogs and the betting shop 6 days a week, it was not a hard decision when a company named Williams came along with a very good offer that we sold the shops.That was the end of my betting shop days.last_img read more

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Waste not grow more food

first_imghttp://news.rice.edu/files/2016/03/0228_COMPOST-2-web-1xnbxsy.jpgRice University mechanical engineering student Andrew Miller makes an adjustment to a prototype of The BioBlend, a device to separate compostable materials from food waste processed by a garbage disposal. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,910 undergraduates and 2,809 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for best quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/AboutRiceUniversity. http://news.rice.edu/files/2016/03/0228_COMPOST-1-web-1vtzg9h.jpgRice University engineering students have invented a device to separate compostable materials from food waste processed by a garbage disposal. From left, Ryan Yeh, Christina Petlowany, Edgar Silva, Andrew Miller, Mitch Torczon and Kavana Gowda. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis https://youtu.be/QKQ8aV9Vfz8Related Materials:(com)post-haste team site: http://oedk.rice.edu/Sys/PublicProfile/29805602/1063096Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen: http://oedk.rice.eduGeorge R. Brown School of Engineering: http://engr.rice.eduImages for download: Share6Editor’s note: Links to a video and images for download appear at the end of this release.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduWaste not, grow more foodRice University engineering students’ device makes composting easier  HOUSTON – (March 28, 2016) – It’s good for crops, it’s good for water and, in the end, it’s good for people and the planet. Why would anyone not turn food waste into compost?Rice University engineering students asked that question at the start of the school year and have spent the months since refining their answer.The team known as (com)post-haste invented a device that sits under one’s sink and takes macerated food waste produced by a standard garbage disposal and sends it in one direction while liquid waste (including water) goes in another. Effectively, it simplifies the process of recycling garbage into a useful product while helping to protect water supplies.The students make up one of more than 80 capstone design teams at Rice. Most senior engineering students are required to complete a project to graduate and are presented with a host of possibilities when they begin their classes in August.For all the members of (com)post-haste, developing the device they call The BioBlend was a natural.“I think for all of us this was the top choice,” said Kavana Gowda, who like all of her teammates is a senior mechanical engineering student. Other members are Christina Petlowany, Andrew Miller, Edgar Silva, Mitch Torczon and Ryan Yeh.The students have spent much of the last eight months working in the basement of Rice’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen, where they have installed an actual research kitchen – or at least the sink part.The project is a partnership with NASA, which has an interest in such devices for outposts on the moon, Mars and beyond, and Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, which pitched Rice on the project and intends to install The BioBlend at its Living Lab, where it will be tested alongside other emerging household technologies. Rice lecturer Matthew Elliott is the team’s faculty adviser.“I think one of the major barriers to being eco-friendly in a variety of ways in the United States is people aren’t willing to put in any effort,” said Torczon of the device. “This doesn’t require users to change their behaviors. They can continue putting food down the garbage disposal, and once every couple of days take it out, just like taking out their trash.”The difference is The BioBlend produces a moist, finely chopped form of waste that takes less time to turn to compost than regular garbage. Alternately, it can be used to generate biogas.“One of the things our sponsors want to see is if they can make the device large enough to put in the basement of an apartment complex or a grocery store or restaurant, places with a ton of food waste,” Torczon said. “They could create a lot of biogas they could then turn around and sell or, if they’re in a restaurant, use themselves.”“I think a family of four, using a biogas generator with their waste, would be able to make enough for them to cook with,” Gowda added.Whether it’s used for compost or biogas production, the key to The BioBlend’s success will be its ability to keep garbage out of wastewater treatment plants, where it’s not only useless but also costly and complicated to remove.The team’s research into separation techniques spanned sewage plants to hand-cranked tabletop devices for making jellies and tomato sauce. What they had in common was a circular strainer with a large screw in the middle that pushes solid waste along while allowing liquid to escape. Their own motor-driven, spring-loaded version has a failsafe to keep unwanted solids like ice from jamming the system.A weight sensor tracks how full the bin is, a cutoff switch automatically trips before it overflows and a carbon filter helps quash odors and keep flies away from the compost.The team has not ruled out giving The BioBlend Wi-Fi powers to alert users to its status via the Internet, Torczon said. They could just make it beep when full, but the students are wary that annoyed users would simply disconnect it rather than keep with the program.The teammates had no problem finding a way to feed their creation. “One of the cool things about the project was digging once a week through the trash in the Rice serveries,” Yeh said.“It’s caused me to reevaluate how much food I’m throwing away,” Torczon added. “Our sponsors said at the beginning they hoped it influenced our behavior.”-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsVideo:last_img read more

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How Temple Universitys Fox School Remains King of the Online MBA UPDATED

first_img UPDATE: Since the release of this article, U.S. News & World Report has removed the Fox School of Business from its 2018 Best Online MBA ranking for reporting falsified application information. This article does not reflect the changes in the ranking.The Temple University Fox School of Business Online MBA program has been named the best in the United States for the fourth consecutive year by U.S. News & World Report. We recently spoke with Darin Kapanjie—Fox Temple associate professor, Academic Director of the Online BBA, Online MBA, and part-time MBA programs, and the Managing Director of Online and Digital Learning—about the school’s miraculous online supremacy and what the future holds.Staying at the top of any MBA ranking, not just in one region, but across the entire U.S. for four years, is unprecedented. For Kapanjie, it’s been long enough for him and the rest of the Temple Fox team to start guessing when, if ever, another school will take over.“We keep waiting for someone else to claim the top spot,” he says. “To be honest, the end of the day we built a program that we believe to be the best in land. We don’t tailor our program to the rankings, it just so happens that the program we built does well in the rankings.” Unlike many new online MBA programs, which are designed for applicants with less experience, the Fox School of Business Online MBA caters to a more “mature” demographic, he notes.“The design of our program speaks to a more mature business professional. [Students] average over 12 years of work experience, which is unusual for an online program. That mature population helps with some of the ranking criteria. We’ve also invested heavily in the product we are delivering, we have a team of instructional designers, instructional technologist, technical support specialists, and web developers. We have built our program, marketing, recruiting, and instructional design teams from within, nothing is outsourced. As a result, this team is dedicated to the success of this program. There is a sense of pride and community around the Fox Online MBA.Despite the Online MBA’s miraculous rise to prominent among business schools, Kapanjie acknowledges that Fox and other schools like it are still competing against traditional MBA programs. However, there are plenty of reasons to prefer the digital format.Fox School of Business Academic Director Darin Kapanjie“This is more of a personal preference or pressure from a busy travel schedule from work, than a more attractive alternative,” he explains. “We at Fox understand the market is changing and that online/hybrid learning is the now and will continue into the future. Personally, I believe that in a few years the hybrid and online MBA’s will dominate the market. Online education is being accepted more and more, it’s no longer viewed as a cheaper and easier solution. It’s schools like us and Carnegie Melon, UNC, Indiana, University of Florida, etc. that are dedicated to delivering quality online opportunities that are helping change that perception. Personally, I believe our online program stacks up well against most of the top ranked traditional MBA’s.”Even with a rich tradition of forward-thinking business school programs located in and around Philadelphia, Fox manages to stand out—particularly among schools offering an online degree.“We have made a significant investment in online education here at Fox,” he says. “Our entire operation is run in-house and is built for the future. We put a great deal of effort around the entire student experience, from inquiry to alumni. I can’t speak for other schools in the region, I can only say that we believe there is a vast market in need of a high-quality online MBA program and we are listening to that market.”But to keep Fox’s top spot, Kapanjie acknowledges that the program cannot remain stagnant.We are building more and more concentrations (mini-major within our MBA) and integrating several dual degree opportunities to widen our net,” he explains. “I personally believe that the dual degrees, MBA/MS, will become more popular in the next few years.”For more information on the Online MBA at the Temple University Fox School of Business and other MBA offerings, check out our profile on the business school and head over to the official Fox Temple site. About the AuthorMatthew KormanMatthew Korman is the Managing Editor of MetroMBA. Since graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism and political science, Matthew has worked as a music industry writer and promoter, a data analyst, and with numerous academic institutions. His works have appeared in publications such as NPR and Sports Illustrated.View more posts by Matthew Korman How Temple University’s Fox School Remains King of the Online MBA (UPDATED) regions: Philadelphiacenter_img Last Updated Jan 23, 2018 by Matthew KormanFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail RelatedTemple Fox Axes Online MBA Director After Rankings FalloutWeeks after the Temple University Fox School of Business announced the forced resignation of its long-time Dean Moshe Porat, reformed to its approach to its ranking system, and the hiring of Interim Dean Ronald C. Anderson, the Philadelphia metro business school has announced the departure of its Online MBA Academic…August 23, 2018In “Featured Home”Fox Temple Maintains Top Spot As Country’s Best Online MBAFor the third straight year, the Fox School of Business at Temple University earned top honors as the country’s premiere Online MBA program, according to U.S. News & World Report. The publication’s 2017 ‘Best Online MBA & Graduate Business Programs’ list was formally revealed Jan. 10, with Fox leading the way…January 11, 2017In “Featured Home”Temple, Carnegie Mellon Top U.S. News 2018 Online MBA RankingsThe annual U.S. News & World Report 2018 Online MBA rankings are officially in, with the Fox School of Business at Temple University, once again, taking the top honors. The Fox School of Business has owned the top honor for multiple years in a row, further cementing its case as not…January 9, 2018In “Featured Home”last_img read more

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MIT Sloan MBA Deadlines Have Been Announced

first_imgMIT Sloan MBA Deadlines Have Been Announced The newest batch of MIT MBA deadline dates have been announced for the Sloan School of Management, going in to the 2018-19 academic season.Round OneDeadlines: September 25, 2018Notifications: December 19, 2018Round TwoDeadlines: January 22, 2019Notifications: April 2, 2019 Round ThreeDeadlines: April 8, 2019Notifications: May 8, 2019Head over to the official MIT Sloan website for more application information. About the AuthorMatthew KormanMatthew Korman is the Managing Editor of MetroMBA. Since graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism and political science, Matthew has worked as a music industry writer and promoter, a data analyst, and with numerous academic institutions. His works have appeared in publications such as NPR and Sports Illustrated.View more posts by Matthew Korman Last Updated Jun 25, 2018 by Matthew KormanFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail center_img regions: Boston RelatedMcCombs School of Business Announces Upcoming MBA DeadlinesThe newest batch of University of Texas MBA deadline dates have been announced for the McCombs School of Business, going in to the 2018-19 academic season. Round One Deadlines: October 9, 2018 Notifications: December 19, 2018 Round Two Deadlines: January 8, 2019 Notifications: March 28, 2019 Round Three Deadlines: April 2,…June 18, 2018In “Dallas”Emory Goizueta Announces New MBA DeadlinesDeadlines for the One and Two-Year MBA programs at the Emory University Goizueta Business School have been officially announced for the 2018-19 academic year, which are as follows: Round 1 Application Deadline: October 5, 2018 Notification Date: November 30, 2018 Deposit Due: December 21, 2018 Round 2 Application Deadline: November…May 30, 2018In “Advice”Boston College Announces MBA Deadlines for 2018-19The newest batch of Boston College MBA deadlines dates have been announced for the Carroll School of Management, going in to the 2018-19 academic season. Round One Deadlines: September 17, 2018 Notifications: December 5, 2018 Round Two Deadlines: January 7, 2019 Notifications: March 15, 2019 Round Three Deadlines: March 15, 2019…August 22, 2018In “Advice”last_img read more

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A Security Robot Dives Into a Fountain

first_img Show Discussion It’s ok security robot. It’s a stressful job, we’ve all been there. pic.twitter.com/LQbnntbCRm—Sparkle Ops(@SparkleOps) July 17, 2017Knightscope, a Silicon Valley startup, said in a statement that the incident was under investigation and it was an “isolated event,” reported The Washington Post. The company also pointed out that no one was hurt and promised to deliver a new robot.According to the Knightscope website, the robot is designed to “provide a commanding but friendly physical security presence,” and to “alert proper authorities when a concern is detected.” If it detects anomalies, it makes a sound intended to dissuade criminals and others from causing further trouble. Knightscope later tweeted the robot “just wanted to enjoy summer.”  BREAKING NEWS: “I heard humans can take a dip in the water in this heat, but robots cannot. I am sorry,” said K5 in an official statement. pic.twitter.com/nWC4tubv9w— Knightscope (@iKnightscope) July 18, 2017 US  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share A security robot in Washington, D.C., “drowned” Monday afternoon after falling into a fountain. Our D.C. office building got a security robot. It drowned itself.We were promised flying cars, instead we got suicidal robots. pic.twitter.com/rGLTAWZMjn— Bilal Farooqui (@bilalfarooqui) July 17, 2017 A Security Robot Dives Into a Fountain By Steven Mei July 18, 2017 Updated: July 18, 2017 Share this article The robot’s watery demise was not the first time the robot had run into trouble. Last year the robot collided with and injured a toddler in Palo Alto, California.16 mo old has injuries to leg, foot after @StanfordShop security robot knocks him down and runs him over. #paloalto pic.twitter.com/tJdDNeFJq1— Lilian Kim (@liliankim7) July 12, 2016The robot also was “assaulted” in April by a drunk man in Mountain View, California. “The ‘assault’ was detected and immediately reported,” vice president of marketing and sales, Stacy Dean Stephens, told CNET, “The robot did exactly as it was supposed to do.”From NTD Television last_img read more

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US Gas Prices Still Rising as Energy Industry Starts to Recover After

first_img US US Gas Prices Still Rising as Energy Industry Starts to Recover After Harvey By Reuters September 3, 2017 Updated: September 3, 2017 Cains Lawrence (L), and Derrick Washington fill up gasoline cans and their vehicles at the Fuel City service station in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, in Dallas, Texas, U.S., September 1, 2017. (Reuters/Brandon Wade) Share NEW YORK—U.S. gasoline prices continued to rise on Sunday amid fears of shortages, despite the restart of several key refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast that had been crippled by Hurricane Harvey.The storm took down a quarter of U.S. oil refining capacity and lifted average gasoline prices by more than 20 cents since Aug. 23.Related CoverageRetail US Gasoline Prices Surge as Harvey Keeps Refiners ShutOn Sunday, average retail prices rose again, to $2.621 a gallon, with weekly increases hitting 18 percent in Georgia and 19 percent in South Carolina, according to motorists advocacy group AAA.The increases came despite the resumption of operations at several refineries and pipelines. Over the weekend, ExxonMobil Corp began restarting the country’s second-largest oil refinery, the 560,500 barrels per day (bpd) Baytown, Texas, unit, while Phillips 66 said it was working to resume operations at its 247,000 bpd Sweeny refinery and at its Beaumont oil and fuels terminal. The restarts followed an announcement from Valero Energy Corp on Friday that it was increasing production at its Corpus Christi, Texas-area refineries.The hurricane battered Texas before weakening to a tropical storm and inundated the region with torrential rains and flooding.Some pipelines also restarted over the weekend, assuaging worries over the ability of refineries to get the crude oil they need to operate. Magellan Midstream Partners said it had resumed operations on Friday on its BridgeTex and Longhorn crude oil pipelines, which transport around 675,000 bpd of West Texas crude to East Houston.Still, the majority of Texas ports remained closed to large vessels, limiting discharge of imported crude, and the Colonial Pipeline, which hauls more than 3 million bpd of refined products including gasoline, diesel and jet fuel from the Gulf Coast to the populous U.S. Northeast was also partially closed. center_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussion Share this articlelast_img read more

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Mandalay Bay Owners Countersue Over 1000 Victims of Vegas Mass Shooting

first_img Share this article US News Police near the the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, on Oct. 4, 2017, before the windows Stephen Paddock broke for his shooting spree were repaired. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images) Owners of MGM Resorts International have filed federal lawsuits against the victims of last year’s Las Vegas mass shooting, in a bid to protect against liability for the injuries and deaths that occurred during the attack.In the face of over 2,500 claims made against MGM, the corporate leaders countersued more than 1,000 victims of the shooting.MGM, the owners of both Mandalay Bay and the Route 91 Harvest festival venue, where the shooting took place, argued that the victims’ claims against them “must be dismissed,” according to the lawsuit (pdf) filed on July 13 in Nevada and California.The suit argues that security for the concert, provided by Contemporary Services Corp., was certified by the secretary of Homeland Security. It stated that the security had taken all actions needed “for protecting against and responding to acts of mass injury and destruction.”“Plaintiffs have no liability of any kind to Defendants,” the complaint stated.According to authorities, lone gunman Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and wounded hundreds more on the night of Oct. 1, 2018, firing on a crowd of concertgoers from the window of his Mandalay Bay hotel suite. He later shot and killed himself as police approached his room. The company also made reference to legislation known as the SAFETY Act, which provides liability protection to any company that uses antiterrorist technology, which the suit states it used as part of security provided by Contemporary Services Corp.“Paddock’s mass attack meets the requirements of the SAFETY Act as set forth in the statute and the Regulations promulgated by the Department of Homeland Security,” the suit states.Debra DeShong, a spokeswoman for MGM Resorts, said in a statement on July 16: “The Federal Court is an appropriate venue for these cases and provides those affected with the opportunity for a timely resolution. Years of drawn-out litigation and hearings are not in the best interest of victims, the community, and those still healing.”Robert Eglet, a Las Vegas attorney who represents some of the victims of the shooting, said the grounds of the lawsuit are “obscure.” He called MGM’s decision to file the claim in federal court a “blatant display of judge shopping.”“I’ve never seen a more outrageous thing, where they sue the victims in an effort to find a judge they like,” he told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “It’s just really sad that they would stoop to this level,” he said. Follow Bowen on Twitter: @BowenXiao3 Show Discussioncenter_img Mandalay Bay Owners Countersue Over 1,000 Victims of Vegas Mass Shooting By Bowen Xiao July 17, 2018 Updated: July 18, 2018 Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   last_img read more

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Singer Demi Lovato Awake After Suspected Overdose Media Reports

first_img Singer Demi Lovato Awake After Suspected Overdose: Media Reports By Reuters July 25, 2018 Updated: July 25, 2018 Demi Lovato at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada, May 20, 2018. (Reuters/Steve Marcus) Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this article LOS ANGELES—U.S. pop singer Demi Lovato, who has spoken openly about her history of drug and alcohol abuse, is awake after she was taken to a Los Angeles hospital on Tuesday suffering from a suspected overdose, according to media reports.Lovato, 25, a Grammy-nominated recording artist, was “okay and stable, reported People magazine, quoting an unidentified source.“Demi is awake and with her family who want to express thanks to everyone for the love, prayers, and support,” Lovato’s representative told entertainment magazine Variety in a statement.Entertainment news website TMZ, quoting law enforcement sources, reported that Lovato was found unconscious at her home and was treated with Narcan, an emergency antidote for suspected opioid and drug overdoses. Show Discussion  QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Los Angeles police said they had responded to a medical emergency on Tuesday involving a woman on the Hollywood Hills street where Lovato reportedly has a home but declined to identify the person. City fire department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said a 25-year-old woman was transported to a local hospital from that location.Lovato released a song last month called “Sober” in which she sang: “Momma, I’m so sorry, I’m not sober anymore, And daddy, please forgive me for the drinks spilled on the floor, To the ones who never left me, We’ve been down this road before, I’m so sorry, I’m not sober anymore.”The New Mexico-born performer rose to fame on Disney Channel shows “Camp Rock” and “Sonny with a Chance” 10 years ago and forged a pop career with hits like “Skyscraper” and “Sorry Not Sorry.”In a 2017 YouTube documentary, “Simply Complicated,” Lovato spoke about years of substance abuse, eating disorders, and drinking, saying she first started using cocaine when she was 17.She entered rehab at the age of 18, where she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.Lovato, who has some 69 million followers on Instagram, was in the midst of a U.S. tour and was due to perform in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on Thursday.Her hospitalization became the top trending item on Twitter on Tuesday, with fans and celebrities expressing concern and support.Country singer Brad Paisley tweeted: “Addiction is a terrible disease. There is no one more honest or brave than this woman.”By Jill Serjeant, Steve Gorman and Brendan O’Brien Entertainment News last_img read more

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Border Patrol Finds World War IIEra Unexploded Ordnance

first_imgA Border Patrol agent discovered an unexploded MK2 37mm ordnance round from World War II near the Arizona border on Friday. (CBP) A Border Patrol agent discovered an unexploded MK2 37mm ordnance round from World War II near the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona last Friday.The agent found what appeared to be an unexploded round of ammunition. Cochise County Sheriff’s deputies sent agents with assistance in setting up a safety perimeter, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported on Tuesday.  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share  QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video An official assigned to the Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit from Davis Monthan Air Force Base responded to the scene of the unexploded round on Tuesday and confirmed it was live.The official then detonated the round. It’s not clear how the round got there.“Anyone finding any type of explosive is advised to not touch it and alert authorities right away,” the Border Patrol said.The MK2 37mm was an anti-tank weapon that was used by the United States during World War II. US News Share this article Border Patrol Finds World War II-Era Unexploded Ordnance By Jack Phillips July 26, 2018 Updated: July 26, 2018 Show Discussionlast_img read more

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Cruise Ship Carrying 350 People Experiences Engine Failure Off Massachusetts Coast

first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Cruise Ship Carrying 350 People Experiences Engine Failure Off Massachusetts Coast By Eldon Eng September 8, 2018 Updated: September 8, 2018 A cruise ship with over 350 people on board lost power off the coast of Massachusetts on Sept. 7, stranding its passengers who were just 180 miles from their final destination. Within hours the luxury liner was back in operation.The 376-foot ship, known as Star Pride, was bound for New York from Reykjavik, Iceland on a 17-day cruise when it became stranded at Buzzards Bay, about 48 miles from Boston. The incident happened at approximately 3 p.m.The ship became stranded because multiple engines automatically shut down after the engine systems started losing cooling water, according to an emailed statement from Windstar Cruises, the ship owner.The captain of Star Pride contacted the U.S. Coast Guard for assistance at 3:20 p.m., according to a news release. The U.S. Coast Guard tweeted about the situation at the time. Share US News U.S. Coast Guard tugboats surround an engine disabled cruise ship, on Sept. 7, 2018. (Fox News) center_img After being stranded for two hours, the ship regained its ability to move. Tugboats then escorted the cruiseliner towards Newport, Rhode Island for a U.S. Coast Guard inspection.“At no time were the 191 passengers and 160 crew and ship at risk,” said the statement.The Star Pride subsequently passed the inspection and resumed its voyage towards New York, the U.S. Coast Guard tweeted early the next morning.This is not the first time Star Pride has encountered problems during a voyage. On Dec. 22, 2015, the ship experienced a grounding in the reefs of Panama, according to Cruise Industry News. The guests and crew members on board were safe, but the ship was unable to sail. Six months later, Windstar Cruises announced they were spending $4.5 million to remodel the ship, according to a company statement. Share this article #BreakingNews Disabled cruise ship in Buzzards Bay, @USCG launched Buzzards Bay Task Force and local #USCG units. No injuries reported. Stay tuned for updates. Media inquiries should be directed to 617-717-9609. #SAR— USCGNortheast (@USCGNortheast) September 7, 2018 Show Discussionlast_img read more

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first_imgWJHG-TV Live CoverageABC33/40 Live CoverageThe storm is slated to make landfall on Wednesday afternoon along the Florida Panhandle, the Weather Channel reported. Conditions will begin to deteriorate in the area starting in the morning.“Reports from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 145 mph with higher gusts. Michael is an extremely dangerous category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some additional strengthening is still possible before landfall. After landfall, Michael should weaken as it crosses the southeastern United States,” the NHC wrote. The storm has an estimated minimum central pressure of 928 millibars. The storm is about 80 miles south-southwest of Panama City and around 85 miles west-southwest of Apalachicola.The storm has 145 mph winds, enough to make it a Category 4 storm.hurricane michael will pass over florida Hurricane Michael will hit Florida Oct. 10. (NHC)In a previous advisory at 8 a.m., the agency said there is a storm surge warning for Okaloosa/Walton County Line in Florida to Anclote River in Florida. A storm surge watch is in effect for Anclote River in Florida to Anna Maria Island in Florida, including Tampa Bay.A hurricane warning is in effect for Alabama/Florida border to Suwannee River in Florida.A tropical storm warning is in effect for Alabama/Florida border to the Mississippi/Alabama border, Suwanee River in Florida to Chassahowitzka in Florida, and North of Fernandina Beach in Florida to Surf City in North Carolina.An estimated storm surge of 9 to 14 feet can be expected in some places, including Tyndall Air Force Base to the Aucilla River, which are both in Florida.Weather forecasters noted that on Oct. 9, Michael appeared to strengthen rapidly, going from a Category 2 storm to a Category 4 storm. Some have predicted that the storm could reach Category 5 strength before landfall.“Additional strengthening is expected before landfall as Michael remains over warm water and in an environment of light to moderate vertical shear. After landfall, Michael is expected to steadily weaken as it crosses the southeastern United States. Extratropical transition is expected to begin while Michael is over land, and this should be complete just after the 48 h point. The cyclone should re-intensify due to baroclinic forcing as it moves rapidly northeastward over the north Atlantic,” reads a discussion from the NHC. US News Share Four Webcams Show Discussion Hurricane Michael: Live TV Feeds, Webcams, Streams, Videos of Florida Panhandle Landfall Top video shows a cruise ship stuck in Michael’s outer bands – scroll down for feedsBy Jack Phillips October 10, 2018 Updated: October 10, 2018 Webcam at Destin Beach Panama City Beach WebcamHurricane Storm Chaser in Panama City Tallahassee Webcam Gloomtube Composite Stream Panama City Beach Stream Webcam Near Port St. Joe, Panama  City Beach QualityAuto 360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Hurricane Michael is slated to hammer the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday, Oct. 10, and there are about 10 live streams available when it hits Florida in the afternoon.The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said at 9 a.m. ET that water levels are quickly rising along the Florida Panhandle. A National Ocean Service station at Apalachicola, Florida, recently reported a sustained wind speed of 40 mph and a wind gust of 53 mph, the NHC noted in its advisory.Destin – Panama City Storm Chaser  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this article Hurricane Michael Webcam from The Sunlast_img read more

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first_img Show Discussion Investigators remain on scene of horrific quadruple murder on S Barlow Rd. Deputies saved the life of a young girl by using deadly force on the murder suspect as he was attempting to kill her. All deputies were uninjured, suspect is deceased. pic.twitter.com/dzVXp5ADzm— Clackamas Sheriff (@ClackCoSheriff) January 20, 2019 Share this article Deputies Shoot Man After He Kills 4, Including Baby Daughter By The Associated Press January 21, 2019 Updated: January 21, 2019 The home is about 20 miles south of Portland and northeast of the city of Woodburn.The sheriff’s office took an emergency call from a resident of a home at about 10:15 p.m. Saturday. The caller described a violent and hectic scene, Jensen said. Arriving deputies found a “horrific” situation, Jensen said.“I’ve talked to investigators, 20-year veterans, and they’re saying this is a shocking scene,” Jensen said. US News The suspect of the quadruple murder has been identified as:Mark Leo Gregory Gago – 42 years old – Woodburn pic.twitter.com/hQlyO60fzt— Clackamas Sheriff (@ClackCoSheriff) January 20, 2019 “We’re not sure what was used at this time,” Jensen told reporters near the scene Sunday. “I’ve been told that there were numerous weapons, swords, things of that nature in the residence. The investigators are trying to determine what exactly was used to kill each person.”The sheriff’s office identified the victims as Olivia Gago, 9 months, Shaina Sweitzer, 31, Jerry Bremer, 66, and Pamela Bremer, 64.center_img PORTLAND—A rural Oregon man killed four members of his family at the home they shared and was shot by sheriff’s deputies as he tried to kill a girl, authorities said.Mark Leo Gregory Gago, 42, killed his parents, his girlfriend and their infant daughter on the night of Jan. 19 before deputies shot him, the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said.The victims were not shot, The Oregonian reported . Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Brian Jensen said the causes of death will be investigated. NEWS RELEASE: Sheriff’s Office responds to quadruple homicide on S. Barlow Road; suspect killed, child saved in officer-involved shooting — https://t.co/TwDAU5qHQC pic.twitter.com/07j96jYX0c— Clackamas Sheriff (@ClackCoSheriff) January 20, 2019 They found a woman dead outside the home and Gago attacking the child. The 8-year-old child was Sweitzer’s daughter from a previous relationship.A roommate also survived. She suffered what deputies described as injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening. She was being treated at a hospital.Gago had been arrested in August on a weapons charge. Jensen said by email that Gago was booked on a charge of unlawful possession of a weapon. He did not have details on the circumstances of the arrest or disposition of the case. Share Mark Leo Gregory Gago, 42, was provided by the Clackamas, Ore., County Sheriff’s Department. Gago, killed four members of his family on the night of Jan. 19, 2019. (Clackamas County Sheriff’s Department/AP)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   last_img read more

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first_img US News Share General Mills announced a recall of its 5-pound bags of Gold Medal unbleached all-purpose flour. (Food and Drug Administration) Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   The potential contamination of salmonella has triggered a nationwide recall of “Gold Medal” flour, produced by General Mills.The company said in a press release that the recall only affects one type of flour.“This recall only affects this one date code of Gold Medal Unbleached Flour five-pound bags,” the notice stated. “All other types of Gold Medal Flour are not affected by this recall.”The recall affects bags with a better-if-used by date of April 20, 2020.The recall was voluntary and came after the “potential presence” of salmonella was detected during sampling of the packaged product. Show Discussion Possible Salmonella Contamination Triggers Recall of General Mills Flour By Zachary Stieber January 24, 2019 Updated: January 24, 2019  QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video The company said no direct consumer reports of confirmed illnesses have arisen as of yet. “Food safety is our top priority, and though we have not had any confirmed illnesses, we are voluntarily recalling this specific lot of Gold Medal Unbleached Flour to prevent potential illnesses,” Jim Murphy, president of General Mills Meals and Baking Division, said in a statement.“This recall does not involve any other flour products, and we are continuing to educate consumers that flour is not a ‘ready to eat’ ingredient. Anything you make with flour must be cooked or baked before eating.”Anyone who has the five-pound bags of flour in question should throw out the product. People who have the product can call General Mills Consumer Relations at 1-800-230-8103 or visit GeneralMills.com/Flour for more information.The recall has not been circulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, which typically circulates information about recalls. The agency is affected by the partial government shutdown but has been keeping its recall portal updated.The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns consumers against consuming raw products made with flour.According to the agency, “consumers should refrain from consuming any raw products made with flour. Salmonella is killed by heat through baking, frying, sautéing or boiling products made with flour. All surfaces, hands, and utensils should be properly cleaned after contact with flour or dough.”salmonella bacteria Illustration of Salmonella bacteria. (CDC)SalmonellaSalmonella can cause salmonellosis, a common bacterial foodborne illness, noted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).“CDC estimates Salmonella causes about 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations, and 450 deaths in the United States every year. Food is the source for about 1 million of these illnesses,” the agency stated.Symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after consuming a contaminated product.Most people recover without treatment; most of those hospitalized suffer from severe diarrhea.The illness typically lasts four to seven days.Salmonella outbreaks regularly occur in the United States, leaving dozens sick across multiple states in some instances.In December 2018, for instance, millions of pounds of ground beef were recalled and some 250 people fell ill from the tainted meat.Other recent outbreaks have been linked to raw turkey products, raw chicken products, and tahini. The latter case was announced in November and stemmed from tahini products produced in Israel. The General Mills logo is displayed on a box of Raisin Nut Bran cereal at Scotty’s Market in San Rafael, California on September 20, 2017. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)Previous General Mills Flour RecallIn 2016, 45 tons of flour was recalled by General Mills over the detection of E. coli.The FDA said results of a traceback investigation found that the flour was the source of a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli infections.The outbreak left 63  people infected across 24 states. The infections started on dates ranging from Dec. 21, 2015 to Sept. 5, 2016. Some of the people who got sick ate or handled raw dough.“FDA’s traceback investigation determined that the raw dough eaten or handled by ill people or used in restaurant locations were made using General Mills flour that was produced in November 2015 and select production dates through February 10, 2016 at the General Mills facility in Kansas City, Missouri,” the FDA stated.“Epidemiology, laboratory and traceback evidence available at that time indicated that General Mills flour manufactured at this facility is the likely source of the outbreak.”From NTD News Follow Zachary on Twitter: @zackstieber last_img read more

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first_imgThe view from the North Ridge Trail on Mount Diablo looks southwest, in Mount Diablo State Park, California, in this Dec. 18, 2018, file photo. Authorities say a body was found in the wreckage of a plane they believed crashed Friday night, Feb. 8, 2019. (Tom Stienstra/San Francisco Chronicle via AP) Share US News  QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video KGO-TV in San Francisco reports that authorities say the pilot was believed to be the only one on the plane. The pilot’s name was not released.Gregor says the pilot was flying from Hayward to Lincoln. He says that on Saturday, a family member of the pilot reported the aircraft was overdue after it had not landed as scheduled.The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate. Body Found at Plane Wreckage Near California Mountain Peak By The Associated Press February 10, 2019 Updated: February 10, 2019  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussion Share this article CLAYTON, California—Authorities say a body has been found in the wreckage of a plane they believed crashed Friday night, Feb. 8, two miles southwest of the peak of Mount Diablo in Northern California.Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the single-engine Mooney M20 crashed into the hillside in Contra Costa County. Gregor says the exact time of the crash hasn’t been determined yet.He says the aircraft burned after crashing.California State Parks spokeswoman Gloria Sandoval says the body was found at the crash site and that the Contra Costa County coroner’s office is at the scene.last_img read more

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1 Dead 130 Injured as Tornadoes Rip Through Ohio

first_img 1 Dead, 130 Injured as Tornadoes Rip Through Ohio and Indiana By The Associated Press May 28, 2019 Updated: May 28, 2019 Severe storms, capable of producing large hail, damaging wind, and tornadoes are likely this afternoon into tonight from the central Plains to the Midwest and across the Upper Ohio Valley into the Northeast this afternoon and evening. The full forecast: https://t.co/TgJgC5UHLo pic.twitter.com/RA6LeyWECu— NWS SPC (@NWSSPC) May 28, 2019 At least half a dozen communities from eastern Indiana through central Ohio suffered damage, according to the National Weather Service. The storms damaged homes, blew out windows, toppled trees and left debris so thick that at one point, highway crews had to use snowplows to clear an interstate.The National Weather Service tweeted Monday night that a “large and dangerous tornado” hit near Trotwood, Ohio, eight miles northwest of Dayton. Several apartment buildings were damaged or destroyed, including the Westbrooke Village Apartment complex, where an aerial photo shows the roof blown off entirely. By Angie Wang, John Minchillo, and Kantele Franko BROOKVILLE, Ohio—A swarm of tornadoes so tightly packed that one may have crossed the path carved by another tore across Indiana and Ohio overnight, smashing homes, blowing out windows and ending the school year early for some students because of damage to buildings. One person was killed and at least 130 were injured.The storms were among 53 twisters that forecasters said may have touched down on May 27 across eight states stretching eastward from Idaho and Colorado.The winds peeled away roofs—leaving homes looking like giant dollhouses—knocked houses off their foundations, toppled trees, brought down power lines and churned up so much debris that it could be seen on radar. Highway crews had to use snowplows to clear an Ohio interstate.Some of the heaviest damage was reported just outside Dayton, Ohio.“I just got down on all fours and covered my head with my hands,” said Francis Dutmers, who with his wife headed for the basement of their home in Vandalia, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) outside Dayton, when the storm hit with a “very loud roar” Monday night. The winds blew out windows around his house, filled rooms with debris and took down most of his trees. Share this article Carl Shackleford Jr. carries his father’s memorial flag out of a tornado damaged apartment at the Westbrooke Village Apartment complex in Trotwood, Ohio, on May 28, 2019. (Doral Chenoweth III/The Columbus Dispatch via AP) Show Discussioncenter_img Spoke with @GovStitt of Oklahoma last night from Japan because of the devastating tornadoes. Told him that @FEMA and the federal government are fully behind him and the great people of Oklahoma.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 28, 2019 Just before midnight, not 40 minutes after that tornado cut through, the weather service tweeted that another one was traversing its path, churning up debris densely enough to be seen on radar.In Trotwood, Mayor Mary McDonald reported “catastrophic damage” in the community of some 24,500 people. Hara Arena, idled in recent years after decades as a popular sports and entertainment venue, sustained “a huge amount of damage.”The mayor said five busloads of displaced residents have been taken to a church offering temporary shelter while the American Red Cross assesses needs.vandalia ohio tornado Storm damage liters a residential neighborhood in Vandalia, Ohio, on May 28, 2019. (John Minchillo/AP Photo)Some of the heaviest hits were recorded in towns just outside Dayton. In Vandalia, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) directly north of the city, Francis Dutmers and his wife were headed for the basement and safety Monday night when the storm hit with “a very loud roar.”“I just got down on all fours and covered my head with my hands,” said Dutmers, who said the winds blew out windows around his house, filled rooms with storm debris, and took down most of his trees. But he and his wife were not injured and the house is still livable, he said.roof remains brookville tornado A section of roof remains torn from Brookville High School after a tornado hit the area the previous evening in Brookville, Ohio, on May 28, 2019. (John Minchillo/AP Photo)In Brookville, west of Dayton, the storm tore roofs off schools, destroyed a barn and heavily damaged houses.Crews were also clearing debris in two other counties northwest of Dayton.In Dayton, the storm caused a few minor injuries but no reported fatalities. Dayton Fire Chief Jeffrey Payne called that “pretty miraculous” during a Tuesday morning briefing. Payne attributed the good news to people heeding early warnings about the storm.westbrook dayton ohio tornado Residents walk toward their Westbrooke Village Apartment building that was heavily damaged by a tornado, in Dayton, Ohio, on May 28, 2019. (Doral Chenoweth III/Columbus Dispatch via AP)Residents say sirens started going off around 10:30 p.m. Monday ahead of the storm.Mayor Nan Whaley urged residents to check on neighbors, especially those who are housebound. Multiple schools in the area were closed or had delayed starts Tuesday.City Manager Shelley Dickstein said a boil advisory has been issued for residents after the storms cut power to Dayton’s pump stations, and that generators are being rushed in.The response will require a “multi-day restoration effort,” utility Dayton Power & Light said in an early morning tweet. The company said 64,000 of its customers alone were without power.In Montgomery County, which includes Dayton, Sheriff Rob Streck said many roads were impassable. The Montgomery County sheriff’s office initially said the Northridge High School gymnasium would serve as an emergency shelter in Dayton but later said it wasn’t useable.ohio tornado damage This aerial photo shows tornado damage at the Westbrooke Village Apartment complex in Trotwood, Ohio, on May 28, 2019. (Doral Chenoweth III/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)In Indiana, at least 75 homes were damaged in Pendleton and the nearby community of Huntsville, said Madison County Emergency Management spokesman Todd Harmeson. No serious injuries were reported in the area or other parts of the state.Residents in Pendleton, about 35 miles (56 kilometers) northeast of Indianapolis, were being urged to remain in their homes Tuesday morning because of dangers posed by fallen trees, downed power lines and utility poles that were also blocking roads.“People are getting antsy. I know they want to get outdoors and I know they want to see what’s going on in the neighborhood, but we still have power lines down, we still have hazards out there,” Harmeson said.Pendleton High School was opened as a shelter for the community, where more than 3,500 homes and businesses were without power and utility crews were at work repairing downed power lines.Harmeson said only one injury was reported in Madison County, that of a person who suffered a small cut to their forehead and was treated and released from a local hospital.“We’re very fortunate,” he said.national weather service map tornado A rapid-fire line of apparent tornadoes tore across Indiana and Ohio overnight, packed so closely together that one crossed the path carved by another on May 28, 2019. (Map4News/Here; National Weather Service via AP)The National Weather Service said a survey team will investigate damage in Madison County and possibly in Henry County. Another team may survey damage in Tippecanoe County.The latest apparent tornadoes came two nights after a twister struck a motel and mobile home park in El Reno, Oklahoma, killing two people and injuring 29. President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday morning that that he spoke from Japan with Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt and told him that the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the “federal government are fully behind him and the great people of Oklahoma.” US News  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share In Celina, Ohio, 81-year-old Melvin Dale Hannah was killed when a parked car was blown into his house, authorities said. “There’s areas that truly look like a war zone,” Mayor Jeffrey Hazel said Tuesday.Storm reports posted online by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Storm Prediction Center showed that 14 suspected tornadoes touched down in Indiana, 11 in Colorado and nine in Ohio. Six were reported in Iowa, five in Nebraska, four in Illinois and three in Minnesota, with one in Idaho.last_img read more

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Justin Brake APTN News Canada wont be introducing

first_imgJustin BrakeAPTN NewsCanada won’t be introducing new comprehensive land claims and inherent rights policies just yet, Crown-Indigenous Relations Carolyn Bennett told the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Thursday.The announcement comes a day after hundreds of grassroots people, chiefs and Elders marched on an AFN policy forum to demand their involvement in any changes to federal policies impacting their rights.Demonstrators condemned a June deadline by which government previously indicated to some First Nations it wanted to have the two key policies replaced.The comprehensive claims policy applies to cases where Indigenous rights and title haven’t been addressed by treaties, while the inherent rights policy addresses the right of Indigenous peoples to govern themselves in their own communities and nations.For weeks Bennett’s office has tried to appease concerns about the deadline, saying the government “will take the time to get it right.”On Thursday Bennett reiterated that talking point, saying new policies by June are “not happening”.Instead, she announced, the Liberals will issue a cabinet directive to federal officials by the end of June, “in which we would ensure that cede and surrender and extinguishment are no longer part of the conversation as we work on the path of self-determination.”She said the directive will respect the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and that government will support a process “that is led by First Nations rights and treaty holders [to] co-develop rights-based policies that can replace the comprehensive land claims policy and inherent right policies.”Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett announced Thursday that the Liberals will issue a cabinet directive on Comprehensive Land Claims and Inherent Right Policies. Justin Brake/APTN.Bennett also said government will work with First Nations to improve the specific claims and the additions to reserve policies.More than half of the 634 First Nations are currently in dialogue or negotiations with the government, Bennett said, explaining that in ‘getting it right’ government will “uphold and affirm First Nations’ rights, title and jurisdiction.”For its review of the four key First Nations policies, the feds are engaging the AFN and First Nations Canada are currently engaged with.Others, such as member nations of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) and the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians (AIAI), say the government’s efforts to overhaul rights-based legislation and policies have fallen short of the minimum international Indigenous rights standards.Some chiefs criticized the 10 principles developed by former justice minister and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould, saying the government should have asked First Nations to develop the guidelines for negotiations around legislation, policy and Indigenous rights, title and jurisdiction.Some, including many who demonstrated in Edmonton Wednesday, condemned the AFN’s role in negotiating the policy changes while the majority of those who will be impacted have little to no input.Others, still, questioned the need to engage with Canada at all, and suggested First Nations simply begin, or continue, to assert their own rights, title and jurisdiction within their communities and territories.Chief Dean Sayers of Batchewana First Nation addressed Bennett Thursday, asking rhetorically why First Nations are “asking Canada to return something that they’ve stolen?”He encouraged First Nations to “reclaim and take back what is yours — put the onus on Canada to make a specific claim to us for lands.”Bennett said that by the end of June, when the cabinet directive is issued, the existing comprehensive claims and inherent rights policies will be removed from the government’s website.jbrake@aptn.ca@justinbrakenewslast_img read more

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VIDEO Qantas CEO hit with pie in the face during speech

first_imgMay 10, 20170 Comments Blog Qantas chief executive, Alan Joyce, was hit with a pie in the face during a business breakfast event in Perth.Alan Joyce, CEO of Qantas, was attacked with a lemon meringue pie at a business breakfast event in Perth, Australia.Tony Overheu, who carried out the stunt on Tuesday, said he did it to make a statement about Joyce’s support for same-sex marriage. The 67-year-old has since apologised to the Qantas chief executive.Mr Joyce was one of twenty Australian executives who signed a petition in March 2017 urging Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull to legalise same-sex marriage.“No attempt at bullying us into suppressing our voice will work,” Mr Joyce told reporters. He has said that he will press charges.center_img VIDEO: Qantas CEO hit with pie in the face during speechlast_img read more

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Emergency landing as smelly passenger causes others to vomit and faint

first_imgJune 1, 20180 Comments Blog Emergency landing as smelly passenger causes others to ‘vomit and faint’center_img A Transavia plane was forced to make an emergency landing after a passenger’s body odour allegedly caused others to vomit and faint.A Transavia flight from Gran Canaria to Amsterdam had to make an emergency landing in Faro, Portugal after a passenger’s body odour caused others to ‘vomit and faint.’Passengers were reported to have been overwhelmed by the ‘unbearable’ smell of the man.A Belgian passenger on board the flight said: “It was like he hadn’t washed himself for several weeks. Several passengers got sick and had to puke.”Flight attendants tried to quarantine the unwashed man in the toilet, before the pilots decided to divert the flight.A Transavia spokesman said: “The airplane diverted because of medical reasons, but it is indeed right that he smelled quite a bit.”This is not the first smelly incident on a Transavia flight.Earlier this year, a fight broke out on a flight from Dubai to Amsterdam over an elderly passenger’s excessive farting, resulting in the pilot making an emergency landing in Vienna.last_img read more

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Electric Vehicle Coalition Announces Adds Major Automakers Secures 40000

first_img Tumblr Oregon has a strong new coalition working to expand electric vehicle sales and use in the state. The Energize Oregon Coalition, a voluntary partnership working to ensure a strong market for plug-in electric vehicles in Oregon, was created earlier this year through a MOU between Governor Kitzhaber’s office, the Oregon Department of Transportation and Drive Oregon.Coalition Co-Chairs Ashley Horvat of the Oregon Department of Transportation and Jeff Allen of Drive Oregon announced today that the effort has landed key stakeholders and funding and will hold its initial kickoff meeting on November 7 from 8am to 1pm at the PGE World Trade Center in downtown Portland. “Nissan, Honda, Ford, and General Motors have all signed up to join the Energize Oregon Coalition, signaling a significant milestone for an industry that prides itself on its ability to unite the public and private sectors to build a successful market,” stated Ashley Horvat, the state’s Chief Electric Vehicle Officer. “We welcome their support, along with that of over seventy other businesses and organizations, all working together to ensure Oregon provides national leadership and sustained investment in the EV industry. Accelerating EV adoption will foster innovation, strengthening our economy while moving us closer to a zero-emission and oil-free transportation future.” Robert Langford of American Honda Motor Co. stated “We are pleased to join Drive Oregon and support this Coalition, which is pulling together the key stakeholders and decision makers in Oregon to promote adoption of electric vehicles.” “Oregon has been at the forefront of the energizing the EV market. Leadership at the state and local levels has made Oregon one of the best markets for Nissan LEAF sales, and we look forward to being an active supporter of the Energize Oregon Coalition to build on that success,” said Erik Gottfried, director of Electric Vehicle Sales and Marketing for Nissan. Jana Gastellum of the Oregon Environmental Council, which has also joined the Coalition, noted that “Electric vehicles dramatically reduce air pollution and carbon dioxide emissions, and we look forward to working together to get more of them on Oregon’s roads.” Separately, Drive Oregon also announced that it has secured a $40,000 grant from the Meyer Memorial Trust to support the Coalition and other work to increase electric vehicle use in Oregon. “Oregon is a leader in the electric vehicle space largely because of the great collaboration we have between carmakers, communities, interest groups, government agencies, and philanthropies like the Meyer Memorial Trust,” noted Drive Oregon Executive Director Jeff Allen. “Oregon’s ability to mobilize diverse interests in pursuit of shared goals is a tremendous competitive advantage.” The Coalition’s November 7 launch event is free, but advance registration is required at www.energizeoregonlaunch-es2.eventbrite.com.  Drive Oregon is the epicenter for innovation in electric mobility, connecting leaders and entrepreneurs to advance the electric vehicle industry and strengthen our economy. A nonprofit public-private partnership, Drive Oregon is funded in part with Oregon State Lottery Funds administered by Business Oregon. More information: www.driveoregon.org The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) values safety, customer service, efficiency, accountability, problem-solving, diversity and sustainability. With sustainability as one of ODOT’s core values, it is in the best interest of the state to support a growing EV industry. ODOT is providing leadership for the state by continuing to “electrify” the transportation system with the deployment of the West Coast Electric Highway, implementing the EV Tourism Initiative with Travel Oregon, the EV Ambassadors Initiative with Citizens’ Utility Board, leading the Energize Oregon Coalition and the ZEV MOU Implementation Task Force.  Learn more at www.oregonelectrichighway.com.  The Energizing Oregon Coalition is a voluntary partnership working to ensure a strong market for plug-in electric vehicles in Oregon. The Coalition grew from Oregon’s statewide “Energizing Oregon” action plan and will serve as the implementation arm to carry out the recommendations laid forth in this living document. The Coalition will provide a medium for members to remain proactive by creating new and innovative projects together and leveraging resources, be it people, goods, and/or funding. The Coalition will not only remain proactive and utilize the “Energizing Oregon” Plan as its guide, but will also be nimble in its ability to recalibrate in response to industry evolution and market fluctuations. Email Electric Vehicle Coalition Announces Adds Major Automakers, Secures $40,000 By CBN 0 Share. Twittercenter_img E-Headlines LinkedIn Google+ Facebook on October 31, 2013 Pinterestlast_img read more

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City of Bend Seeks Applicants for the Bend Economic Development Advisory Board

first_imgCity of Bend Seeks Applicants for the Bend Economic Development Advisory Board (BEDAB) LinkedIn E-Headlines Google+ 0 By CBN Share. Twittercenter_img on May 15, 2014 Facebook Pinterest Tumblr Email  There are openings on the BEDAB board and the City of Bend has extended the deadline for applying to May 30. BEDAB members are appointed by the city council and advise the council on economic development matters. Their goal is to promote a supportive business environment to foster economic growth. There are three positions available, and to balance out the board, the City is looking for representatives from the health care, retail, banking and high tech industries. Here’s a link to the application: Here and to the City’s weblink about BEDAB: www.bendoregon.gov/BEDABTop 10 BEDAB SuccessesFive years ago, the City of Bend launched a new committee that has since become the hub of a strategic and well-coordinated effort to bring business to Bend and keep it here. It’s called the Bend Economic Development Advisory Board (BEDAB)—a 13-member team made up of business owners and the city’s key economic development partners. The board is doing great things to propel our business community forward. These are the highlights of its work.1. Business support community galvanized. Most importantly, BEDAB has brought a great team together. In the past, groups such as Economic Development for Central Oregon, Bend Chamber of Commerce, the Small Business Development Center, Visit Bend and the City of Bend each had its own game plan. Now, through BEDAB, these groups work in tandem, each understanding its role in the economic development eco-system and larger effort to build Bend’s business scene.   2. City agenda revamped with a business focus. Through BEDAB and the hiring of Carolyn Eagan as the Bend Business Advocate in 2012, the City of Bend is now tapped into the needs of the business community like never before. As new plans for capital projects around the city are made, BEDAB and Eagan now bring home victories for the business community in the process such as encouraging prioritization of development in employment lands and sewer improvements that benefit business. Through this process, Bend has become a city that links long-range planning goals with economic goals. 3. Communication from businesses to the City streamlined. Now that BEDAB is up and running, business owners know where to go to reach the city about critical issues such as zoning, fees or ordinance concerns. BEDAB then has the authority to bring these issues directly before the Bend City Council or to the right department, clearing the way for a rapid response to issues. 4. Target industries identified. Through the collective knowledge of all the business organizations at the BEDAB table, the group has been able to identify five core industries that Bend is ready to serve. These groups include the outdoor industry, aviation and aerospace, technology and software, bioscience and advanced manufacturing. As our coordinated economic development efforts become more sophisticated each group is pulling in its own way to direct these business types to town. 5. Business support directory created. This desktop directory allows businesses to quickly look up who can best help them with their problem. If you want to create a tech meet-up, the number for Tech Alliance is right there. A question about the enterprise zone? EDCO’s contact info is at your fingertips. 6. Bendforbusiness.com up and running. Through a partnership with Visit Bend, BEDAB has launched this very website bendforbusiness.com. Serving as a business recruitment tool and place to share successes and news, bendforbusiness.com is the place to learn why Bend is great for business. 7. Cohesive marketing plan in effect. The economic development organizations involved in BEDAB now speak with one voice through a coordinated marketing effort. Bend has a lot to offer and through the synergy of a coordinated media campaign that message has been amplified to the world. 8. Relocation packet done. For businesses considering moving to Bend, BEDAB has created a relocation packet available through the Visit Bend website filled with information about this community and why we’re great for business. Not only that, but when a relocation packet is requested, Bend Business Advocate Carolyn Eagan is able to follow up with a personal email to the business, increasing the likelihood that businesses give Bend the consideration we’re hoping for. 9. Welcome packet ready for action. For businesses that have moved to Bend, BEDAB is ready to help and tells them so with a packet of critical information such as the business support directory and information about how to plug into the business community right away. 10. Future goals envisioned. Now that many of the first steps have been taken including a strategic vision, a marketing plan and a website, BEDAB is looking to take Bend’s economic development efforts to the next level by identifying legislative opportunities that could be a boost for businesses in Bend, by lobbying local and regional government for more economic development tools and by finding the resources to spread the good word about this community farther and wider.  last_img read more

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Employment Sees Little Change in Central Oregon Beginning 2017

first_img Google+ LinkedIn By CBN on March 9, 2017 E-Headlines Employment Sees Little Change in Central Oregon Beginning 2017 Email According to Damon Runberg, Economist for the State of Oregon Employment Department, record snow across the region in January had little effect on Central Oregon’s employment situation. Monthly jobs losses were consistent with seasonal norms and unemployment levels were little changed on a seasonally adjusted basis.Crook County: The unemployment rate remained little changed at 6.6 percent in January from the revised rate of 6.5 percent in December.The rate was 7.7 percent last January.The county shed 130 jobs from December,slightly more than the expected loss of 100 jobs this time of year.A high concentration of the monthly job losses were in federal and local government agencies. The only other notable industry changes in January were a loss of 20 jobs in retail trade, as well as, professional and business services.After annual revisions, Crook County’s employment situation is essentially unchanged from this time last year (-10 jobs). The private sector is up a modest 30 jobs, while public sector employment dipped by 40 jobs from last January. Industry employment losses over the past year continue to be concentrated in manufacturing, in particular, wood products (-50 jobs). These losses were more than made up for by gains in education and health services (+60 jobs), information (+20 jobs), and leisure and hospitality (+20 jobs).Deschutes County (Bend-Redmond MSA): The unemployment rate remains very low at 4.6 percent, but the rate ticked up slightly from 4.4 percent in December. The rate is down slightly from this time last year (5.1%). Neither the monthly nor annual change was statistically significant.Deschutes County lost 1,400 jobs from December, which was actually fewer than expected for this time of year. Following the end of the holiday shopping and tourism push we saw large declines in retail trade (-580 jobs) and leisure and hospitality (-340 jobs). Most industries posted job losses in January, including 80 jobs lost in both manufacturing and construction. Record snow on the ground had little effect on Deschutes County’s total non-farm employment levels.There were 3,100 additional jobs in Deschutes County businesses in January compared to the same time last year, a growth of 4.2 percent. Job growth over the past year continues to be diverse with strong gains in construction, retail, transportation, professional and business services, and health care. Recent revisions revealed that financial activities saw significant growth over the past year due in part to growth from the real estate sector. The only industry to post job losses over the past year was leisure and hospitality (-80 jobs), a relatively small decline, but perhaps a sign that the tourism industry may be leveling off.Jefferson County: The unemployment rate remained little changed at 6 percent in January. The rate was 6.1 percent in December and 7 percent in January 2016.Jefferson County shed 70 jobs in January, fewer losses than typically expected this time of year. The majority of these losses were concentrated in Indian tribal government (-80). Manufacturing posted an impressive gain of 50 jobs from December.Jefferson County saw a moderate bump in employment levels after recent revisions. The county added around 100 jobs from this time last year (+1.7 percent). Nearly all the growth over the past year was concentrated in private businesses with particularly strong growth in construction, financial activates, manufacturing, and wholesale trade.center_img Share. 0 Pinterest Facebook Twitter Tumblrlast_img read more

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Shopping Local — FiresSmokeEclipse Create Economic Challenges

first_img We have been challenged by the smoke over the past few weeks. Not wanting to go outside and frequent our regular shopping and eating establishments. On top of the fires seemingly coming from every direction, the eclipse ‘incident’ was a disappointment: expectations in Bend and Sisters were high that hundreds of visitors would converse on our towns and retailers and restaurants would be packed.Yet, nothing happened. For the bulk of eclipse watching most went to Prineville and Madras, but even in those towns the expectations were higher than the result. Except for a couple days in Prineville, even the traffic was lower than anticipated.The result, especially the sad cancellation of the renowned Sisters Folk Festival that generates $1.2 million for the Sisters economy each year, is that local retail and eating establishment are hurting.TIME TO SHOP LOCAL LIKE YOU NEVER DID BEFOREThe impact it can have on our economy is enormous. When you shop at local establishments (rather than sitting at home and ordering from a catalog or online) all of the money you spend stays right here in this community. It means strengthening our economic vitality, which benefits every single person around you.However, we challenge you to go even a step further and begin by reading the labels when you shop for everyday things and see what you can find that is made in the USA — the job you save may be your own or your neighbors.An appealing aspect of buying from a local merchant is the ability to receive personal service and direct contact with a company that backs up its products.Don’t forget to think food. Most produce in the U.S. is picked four to seven days before being placed on supermarket shelves and is shipped for an average of 1,500 miles before being sold. And this is when you consider only U.S. grown products. Those distances are substantially longer when we factor produce imported from Mexico, Asia, Canada, South America and other places.We purchase imported fresh food to the detriment of small farmers by subsidizing large scale, agribusiness-oriented agriculture with government handouts and artificially cheap energy. If you’re not dining out, buy farm to table products, locally grown food whenever possible. See www.AgriculturalConnections.com. Check out the market for Central Oregon Locavore. The permanent indoor Farmers Market in Bend at 1216 NE First Street houses products from over 250 local farmers and food producers or use the online marketplace at orders@centraloregonlocavore.org.By choosing local and independent businesses for your services, shopping, dining and other needs, you not only get real value and personal service, you’re helping to grow and sustain our regional economy.THINK LOCAL – BUY LOCAL – BE LOCAL1. Support yourself: Several studies have shown that when you buy from an independent, locally owned business, rather than a nationally owned businesses, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers and farms — continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community. Studies show that locally-owned businesses generate a premium in enhanced economic impact to the community and our tax base.2. Support local community groups: The impact that local non-profits have on creating a healthy environment for at-risk youth and families is beyond measure. Local businesses can help to assure their success.3. Keep our community unique: Where we shop, where we eat and have fun — all of it makes our community home. One-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of Central Oregon. Tourism businesses benefit when people go on vacation they seek out destinations that offer them the sense of being someplace unique.4. Reduce environmental impact: Locally owned businesses can make more local purchases requiring less transportation and generally set up shop in town or city centers as opposed to developing on the fringe. This means contributing less to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss and pollution.5. Create more jobs: Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally and in our community, providing the most jobs to residents.6. Get better service: Local businesses hire and train people with a better understanding of the products they are selling and take more time to get to know customers.7. Invest in community: Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community, are less likely to leave and are more invested in the region’s future.8. Put your taxes to good use: Local businesses require comparatively little infrastructure investment and make more efficient use of public services as compared to nationally owned stores entering the community.9. Buy what you want, not what someone wants you to buy: A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term.10. Encourage local prosperity: A growing body of economic research shows that in an increasingly homogenized world, entrepreneurs and skilled workers are more likely to invest and settle in communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character.Share. By Pamela Hulse Andrews CBN Publisher/Founder, Bend, Oregon LinkedIn Google+ Shopping Local — Fires/Smoke/Eclipse Create Economic Challenges Share. E-Headlines 1center_img on September 20, 2017 Facebook Pinterest Twitter Tumblr Emaillast_img read more

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Need a Business Boost Make Visual Content Your Social Media Weapon

first_img Share. 0 E-Headlines Pinterest LinkedIn Google+ Need a Business Boost? Make Visual Content Your Social Media Weapon By CBNcenter_img Tumblr Email Facebook on July 25, 2018 Twitter The average brain is wired to process visual content nearly 60,000 times faster than a single text. In fact, people are able to remember 65% of visual information, even after three days, according to a study by Brain Rules. Without some sort of image, your audience will only remember 10% of that data compared to information.With over 2 million blog posts published every day, it takes more than just a simple message to attract the market. You need to start creating unique content that stands out from the competition and is also useful for the audience. One of the most successful ways of doing this is to make visual content a social media weapon for your business.Make Social Media a Digital AdvertisementContent like images, infographics, and videos are visually appealing and easy to digest. These are the things that will make people want to stop and read your post rather than the same old marketing taglines. In fact, 41.5% of marketers believe that original visuals will perform best and help your marketing efforts. This means you should put your most vital information and takeaways in a visual.Boost Business Facebook with Engaging ImagesMost businesses are active on Facebook, however many of them struggle to make an impact. Sharing related images like gifs, videos, visual quotes, memes, and other visual content are easy to use as they encourage engagement on Facebook. However, you cannot use just any image as most have strict terms of using them.The good news is that there is plenty of visual content out there. So how do you make compelling visuals of your own? Just as you would with any content – it requires time and skill. Use visual content that resonates with your audience.Optimize Traffic with PinterestNext to Facebook, Pinterest is the 2nd largest driver of traffic from social media. With over 70 million users, now is the time to consider building a business presence on Pinterest. There are two ways to can do this:Strategize your content on the web – encouraging others to pin and shareBuild a Pinterest business account and start pinningDon’t give everything away on your image. Instead, add useful information to provide context. Ultimately, you will want users to visit your website for more information, whether it is an article, review, more tips, or to purchase a product.Using Instagram for MarketingToday, Instagram has over 150 million users – making it be the most-used platform for sharing photos. It allows savvy marketers to share videos and photos with their followers as well as build an impressive audience online. Yet, only 5% of start-ups and businesses have embraced Instagram – not knowing how to use it for their competitive advantage. If your business targets today’s millennials and generation x, then Instagram is the platform to market your business. Creating branded content allows you to gain more reach on social media by altering and recycling visual content used on Instagram for other social platforms.What Does Visual Content Mean For Your Business?As visuals are a vital part of a marketing campaign, they have the power to lure and retain your target market. In fact, 38% of marketers say that posting social media is the most important part of strategy content for their business, according to the Social Media Examiner. Another study claims that people pay attention to image-carried information and tend to ignore decorative images.To catch the viewer’s attention, you need to choose images that provide a form of valuable content such as charts and graphs. Not only will they help the audience understand your stats but also memorize the information provided.last_img read more

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Back to the Future for GL3 Architects

first_img Pinterest 0 By Simon Mather CBN Feature Writer Email Business & Industry, E-Headlines on June 25, 2019 LinkedIn (Jim Landin and Mike Gorman | Photo by Cascade Business News)A pair of well-known local architects with over 70 years’ experience and past involvement in some 400 varied Central Oregon projects have reunited with a “hands-on” approach to optimize customer service.Mike Gorman and Jim Landin originally launched a partnership in Bend in 2004 before later affiliating with other prominent architectural firms, leaving their hallmark on a range of projects now blanketing Central Oregon, and have now come full circle with their new venture: GL3 Architects, located in the Old Mill District.Gorman explained, “Jim and I make a good team and have always worked well together; we play off each other’s strengths, and we really wanted to get back to a more hands-on approach, prioritizing customer service as a nimble, responsive boutique firm.“The first time round we pretty much started from scratch, but now after 18 years we have a strong following reflecting a successful track record, and many of our long-term clients are excited about the switch. We have hit the ground running and are already currently working on nine projects in five states, with more in the pipeline.“One thing we excel at is airing out different ideas with developers in creative ways so they can examine feasible options and decide which one pencils out best.“We’ve done everything from a goat farm in Tumalo to the Oxford Hotel in downtown Bend.” said Landin.“Versatility is key in what we do. We have a vast range of experience and are now working on projects in five different states where we are licensed.“Another area in which we have expertise is mixed-use projects, which we will see ever more of as Bend in particular becomes more urbanized, as well as in the affordable housing arena where we have been involved with a number of initiatives, including the new 50-unit Canal Commons in North East Bend being developed by Pacific Crest, who we have successfully teamed with over many years.“We also have strong relationships with county and city jurisdictions, which helps in the process.”Landin said that GL3 already has a staff of five, including taking on graduates and an intern from the prestigious University of Oregon Architectural program.He added, “In our profession you are learning all the time. Our joint expertise covers 70 years and the learning curve we have been through in that time is invaluable.“We enjoy being architects and embracing the challenge of interpreting rules differently in creative ways, while meeting the same regulatory requirements and displaying a variety of styles.Gorman said, “Relationships are key in our profession and we are well-known and trusted in the community. We listen to client needs and enjoy working with people who appreciate what we do.”“The client’s success is our key,” says Landin of the firm which specializes in architecture, master planning and sustainable design. “We won’t be driven by awards or profit. Satisfied clients who return is our goal and reward.”Both former University of Oregon architecture graduates, Gorman and Landin have strong roots in Bend and after stints in more urban areas plus experience working together in other firms, but originally decided to take the plunge and strike out on their own in early 2004.Landin’s resume also includes expertise in residential and mixed-use. Local projects include St. Clair Place (Building a Better Central Oregon Award) in Bend and RiverWest I & II.“Architecture is about what the client has originally envisioned,” he said. “It requires the architect to put in use imagination, expertise and ethics to produce a successful project.”GL3’s blueprint for success includes a commitment to continue building on the foundations of a customer-centered philosophy.Flagship assignments have included the seven-story, 50-unit Oxford Hotel in downtown Bend, the 53-unit Discovery Park Lodge affordable senior living development in North West Crossing, Bend Memorial Clinic’s Westside primary care facility — the first LEED-certified building in Bend — and Vision Plaza, an urban-style two-story, 30,000 sq. ft. office condo complex with basement garage.Landin said, “We really listen to what the client’s goals are, whether it be the contemporary thrust of a Vision Plaza; the needs of government and educational institutions, or, for instance, the 1880’s storefront feel of the Black Butte Crossing mixed-use concept in Sisters.“We design projects in accordance with our client’s needs and wishes, and don’t necessarily have a ‘signature look’.“It really is a collaborative effort with our team and the client fully involved in the process.“Every client has an idea regarding the image or budget. We help them determine if that can realize that particular vision within that budget and it is a joint exercise to balance image, budget and value.“We try to ask the right questions to ascertain what they want out of a project and our goal is to have them say ‘look what I designed’.”Gorman added, “We are proud that we started from scratch and have built our business up to its current level.“We have great clients, who have become great friends, and we appreciate their loyalty as evidenced by the amount of repeat business we enjoy.“The fundamental is relationships. We have something of a low-key approach, but really attempt to absorb the client’s vision. Money is obviously important but doing a good job and having a happy client is more important.”“Jim and I are fortunate as partners in that we get on well and each’s strengths complement the others.“We started this company with an idea of how we wanted to interact with clients and staff.“We have both worked with other companies and realized there were elements that were a good fit for us and others that weren’t.“We strive to execute a business model that features the best way we believe to operate and over the years I believe we have remained true to that mission. Hopefully, that is reflected in the satisfaction and loyalty of our clients.“Customer service and delivering on promises is as important as ever. We are always pursuing new business but are equally selective in who we work with and want to associate with clients who appreciate what we do.Landin added, “One of the ways we believe we stand out is that we stay fully involved with the partners in our projects throughout the process.“Also, in the early stages we lay out the scenarios for our clients, including the pros and cons of the ideas. Everyone has a different perspective or level of experience.“Successful clients are our biggest advocates, and some of our best marketing sources come from referrals and recommendations.“Successful projects are the best advertisement and it is gratifying to see the amount we have been able to achieve.”Concluded Gorman, “What gives us as much pride as anything is having a positive impact on the community through architecture.gl3-arch.comcenter_img Twitter Google+ Facebook Share. Back to the Future for GL3 Architects Tumblrlast_img read more

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These 15 NYC Startups Raised the Most Capital in Q2 2019

first_imgThese 15 NYC Startups Raised the Most Capital in Q2 2019July 2, 2019 by Reza Chowdhury 344SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin Over $3.3B was invested in Q2 of 2019. Find out where it went…Today, we take a look at the companies that have raised the largest startup funding rounds in New York City in Q2 of 2019 using some data from our friends at Crunchbase.  In addition to the dollar amount, we have included a brief description, industry, round type, total equity funding raised, and funding round details. Lastly, in order to maintain a focus on conventional tech-enabled startups, pharmaceutical, financing, real estate, and biotech companies were removed from the data.CLICK HERE TO SEE THE 15 NYC STARTUPS THAT RAISED THE LARGEST ROUNDS IN Q2 2019The TechWatch Media Group audience is driving progress and innovation on a global scale. With its regional media properties, TechWatch Media Group is the highway for technology and entrepreneurship. There are a number of options to reach this audience of the world’s most innovative organizations and startups at scale including sponsoring a piece like this, which will be read by the vast majority of key influencers in the entrepreneurial universe. Find out more here.PREVIOUS POST1 / 23NEXT PAGE Filed Under: #NYCTech, AlleyTalk, Funded in the Alley, Funded in the Alley, Funding, Funding News, Startups, Venture Capital Tagged With:  Amos Stern,  Bernard Liautaud,  Garry Fatakhov,  Guillaume Maron,  Iyah Romm,  Jean Guillou,  Jeremy Suriel,  Mat Balez,  Toyin Ajayi, 500 Startups, 83North, 8VC, Aaron Schumm, Accel, Aglaé Ventures, Aleksandr Yampolskiy, Alexis Fogel, Allianz, Alon Cohen, Andreessen Horowitz, Arab Angel Fund, Artem Petakov, Arun Gupta, Atlas Venture, Avalon Ventures, Away, Baillie Gifford, Battery Ventures, Bay Gross, Bessemer Venture Partners, BlueVoyant, BoxGroup, Brad Birnbaum, Brandon Weber, Brookfield Asset Management, Button, Canaan Partners, Centene, Centricus, Chris Maddern, Cityblock Health, Coatue Management, Comcast Ventures, Commerce Ventures, Daniel Dines, Daniel Schreiber, Dashlane, Dave Morgan, Dennis Crowley, Donald DeSantis, Earlybird Venture Capital, Eight Roads Ventures, Elkstone Capital Partners, F-Prime Capital, Fiserv, Fortress Investment Group, Founders Fund, Foursquare, Franklin Templeton Investments, G20 Ventures, General Catalyst, George Soros, Georgian Partners, Giorgos Tsetis C.E., Global Founders Capital, Greycroft, Greylock Partners, GV, Hercules Capital, Hillhouse Capital Group, Icon Ventures, Inc., Insight Partners, Jen Rubio, Jill Layfield, Jump Capital, Karl Baum, Kustomer, L Catterton, Leerink Transformation Partners, Lemonade, LetsGetChecked, Litify, Madrona Venture Group, Marius Tirca, Maverick Ventures, Michael Jaconi, Microsoft, Mike Dudas, Morgan Stanley, Naveen Selvadurai, Naver Corporation, New Enterprise Associates, NGP Capital, Niall Smart, Nicholas Romito, Noom, norwest venture partners, Nutrafol, Oak HC/FT, Optum Ventures, Oren Frank, OurCrowd, Peter Foley, peter thiel, Plug and Play, Point72 Ventures, Polaris Partners, Primary Venture Partners, Qiming Venture Partners, Quadrille Capital, Qualcomm Ventures, Quartet, R&R Ventures, Redpoint, Reuven Moskowitz, Revolution, Riverwood Capital, Roland Peralta, Roni Frank, Ronnie Mateo, Ryan Hallman, Ryan Masiello, Saeju Jeong, Sam Kassoumeh, Samsung Ventures, SecurityScorecard, Seedcamp, Sequoia Capital, Shai Wininger, Siddhartha Dabral, Sidewalk Labs, Siemplify, Silicon Valley Bank, SimulMedia, Singapore Exchange Limited, SoftBank, Spark Capital, StartUp Health, Steph Korey, Stephen Milbank, Steve Shulman, Talkspace, Tamara Mellon, Tanner Hackett, TheTime, Thomas Glocer, Tiger Global Management, TransLink Capital, TransUnion, Trinity Ventures, Trumid Financial, Two Sigma Ventures, UiPath, Unilever Ventures, Union Square Ventures, Valiant Capital Partners, Vestwell, VTS, WarnerMedia, Winton Ventureslast_img read more

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Inside the Mind of a New York VC Joshua Siegel of Rubicon

first_imgInside the Mind of a New York VC: Joshua Siegel of Rubicon Venture CapitalMarch 21, 2017 by Bart Clareman 704SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin Welcome back to Inside the Mind of an NYC VC, a new series at AlleyWatch in which we speak with New York City-based Venture Capitalists. In this hot seat this time is Joshua Siegel, General Partner at Rubicon Venture Capital, a NYC and SF-based venture firm with over 20 portfolio companies, now investing out of its second fund. Joshua sat down with AlleyWatch to talk about his journey from operator to investor, Rubicon’s evolution from an angel group to venture firm, its future plans, how it manages it relationships with LPs, its innovative “sidecar” investment offering, the differences between the west coast and NYC, and everything in between. If you are a NYC-based VC interested in participating in this series, please send us an email. We’d love to chat. If you are interested in sponsoring this series that showcases the leading minds in venture in NYC, we’d also love to chat. Send us a note.Inside the Mind of a New York VC: Joshua Siegel of Rubicon Venture CapitalBart Clareman, AlleyWatch: Tell us about your journey into the Venture business and how you came to found Rubicon? Joshua Siegel, Rubicon Venture Capital: My journey into the venture capital business was very atypical. It originally started back in ’07 when I had to shut down my real estate development company due to a death in the family and an illness with another family member. I was unable to hold down a full time job because of my responsibilities, and thus I became a professional angel investor in New York City.In early 2012, I had a very extended conversation with my now-partner, Andrew Romans, whom I had met originally at business school in 1998 at Georgetown. We had done some deals together over the years – we’d made money, we’d lost money.We ultimately decided that it would be in our best interest to start an angel group before starting a venture capital firm, and that was the birth of Georgetown Angels, and our plan was to transform it into Rubicon Venture Capital subsequently. We prepared for this right at the start as Georgetown Angels was set up to be a true VC with all the proper paperwork.It took 15 months, almost to the day, from when we decided to start Georgetown Angels to when we fully transformed it into Rubicon Venture Capital, which is very short for an angel group.Having run both an angel group and a VC, how do you compare the two? Angel groups and VCs do need each other, it’s a very symbiotic relationship.Angel groups typically do deals very early, pre-Seed or Seed stage deals, and occasionally they might be allowed into a Series A or beyond, but generally speaking they’re involved very early. So it’s a lot of risk; there could be a lot of reward but the risk far outweighs the reward.As an angel group, you also don’t have a real pool of capital that would enable you to invest in a deal very quickly. When you get a deal you have to pass the hat so to speak. And then when you do pass the hat, the individual angels in the group may not be really sure what to make of an opportunity, and you tend not to have someone professionally managing the process, in general.We did approach the process from a professional standpoint, because Andrew and I are professional investors. So we knew how to do that but it was still a challenge of corralling capital for every deal.As an angel group we did five deals. One of them, OnePage, did spectacularly well; we made a 24x return in 27 months. One failed after almost 3 years, and the other three are still alive and kicking, although one went through a restart.But we realized for us to be able to do this full time we needed a full fund to draw down management fees and get carry. You can’t live running an angel group, it just doesn’t work.Rubicon offers a Sidecar investment strategy – tell us the genesis of that and why does that make sense for Rubicon?Rubicon has a dedicated fund that Andrew and I manage directly. When we want to make an investment into a startup, the two of us decide on that and we’ll wire funds into the company. We’ll then go back to our LPs and say, “Rubicon is making an investment in this company, who would like to add additional capital alongside us through our SPV?”The reason we allow that is we have quite a large number of LPs and a lot of them are very influential in their respective industry verticals. By allowing them to invest alongside us, they feel they have more skin in the game and are willing to help the company above and beyond what we might just ask them for on a normal day for fund investments. It makes them feel more attached to the company and that’s really important for us.It’s also a way for the companies to get additional capital without having to sell it to everybody else. Andrew and I communicate to our LPs: we give them a memo telling them exactly what we’re doing, so they already know the company and for them to add additional capital is a very quick decision. And they can do it in increments as small as $10k, or as high as they like, as long as the company will accept it.The other thing is it allows the LPs to continue to invest into a startup beyond a point where Rubicon will no longer invest. Rubicon will do late Seed, A, and B, and we typically won’t go beyond that because it doesn’t fit with our portfolio construction. But if a company’s raising a C round or a D round all the way through to an IPO, our LPs can participate because we have the pro rata.That’s important because as a company grows it get de-risked – you might as well invest to get the return. But as a fund it doesn’t make sense from a returns standpoint, because our investors expect a certain level of return from us. If we invest later it’ll throw off our IRR.Does that suggest your LPs participate more actively in later stage Sidecar opportunities, rather than in a company’s earlier, riskier days? No – actually, historically a lot of our LPs have participated with us at the late Seed and A. It’s when we’re getting in to later stages that only certain LPs will participate with larger checks.It’s often ironically noted that for a business at the forefront of innovation, there’s been very little innovation in the nature of venture capital. How do you assess the evolution of the industry and what do you perceive to be the most critical areas for innovation?There is a lot of innovation in VC from the standpoint of data. Correlation Ventures invests based solely on data points and CB Insights has become quite influential in tracking startups as well as providing metrics that many firms use in their analysis.Everyone brings up Correlation. Well, they’re very good at it. They’re very unique in how they approach it.The problem is, unless you’re a VC you generally speaking don’t understand the motivations of VCs. A lot of this goes to portfolio construction theory, and also where you are in your cycle as a fund. The reality is that 70% of venture capital goes to zero. 20% is even money, and 10% is outlier.We don’t want that. We want to reinvent that model. We want 70% outlier, 20% even money, 10% failure. We have a thesis approach to make sure that we get that right.What you have to understand about venture – let’s say you have a $100m fund. You’re in year 5 of your investment cycle and you still have $20m left. You might throw that $20m into a later stage deal that you otherwise might now have done and it might only be a 1x exit, because you have to spend the $20m during the investment period – or you have to give it back, and nobody wants to give it back.Our typical investment horizon is typically 3.5 years. We’re very efficient at what we do. We just happen (wink wink) to get into some great stuff, which we work very hard to do.70% outlier performance is tantalizing. Is it possible? How do you get there?Tomorrow we’ll be investing into our 21st investment for Rubicon. We will then have 20 portfolio companies, with one exit.Of those 20 portfolio companies, I would say seven already are achieving way outside returns – in terms of markups and follow-on rounds and revenue execution.I would say three are in a challenging environment. And the other 10 are still too early to tell what’s happening; they’re generating revenue and they’re doing fine, but it’s unknown what’s going to happen with them.So we’re already beating the model, but it’s still too early to tell. We’ve only been investing for three years out of the main fund. We did a first closing for Fund 2, which has a $20m target – Fund 1 was under $10m.How are you beating the model? What’s the secret sauce?The secret sauce is how we approach investing in a deal.We want to make sure there’s a full team. We want to make sure there’s a real minimum viable product that has demonstrated traction with real customers, which for us means that the company’s generating about $100k in monthly recurring revenue.We want to make sure the company’s in a large enough market. We want to make sure we have expertise or have connections in that market so we can help them. Even before we make an investment we’ll call people in that market to say, “hey, can you meet with this company, we’re thinking of investing,” and then we’ll watch the company go through a live sales cycle to see how they do. If we know we can help them, and if we know we can increase their revenues by getting them to decision makers, which we’ve done for a lot of our companies, that makes a big difference.We want to make sure it’s an 8-10x return over a 3-5 year investment cycle. If we invest in a company with a pre-money of $10m and they’re raising $4m, and we can see them being an $80-140m company – we’ll invest. If we can’t see that, and it’s probably going to be a $30m company, we won’t invest. We need to get the risk-reward right.A lot of this has to do with the founders – are they realistic, do they know what they’re doing, can we work with them, does the team like them, do their customers like them? We’ve had situations where a potential portfolio company will pitch us, and then we’ll call their customers and we’ve gotten negative feedback.Some early stage companies don’t think you’re going to go through that diligence. We do. And we have contacts all over, we can always get to the right people.Depending on the stage, some companies will assume you’ll just accept what they tell you. That’s a danger. It’s challenging because we believe that the founders believe in what they’re doing – that’s important. But it doesn’t necessarily make it correct – so we check.And look, we’ve passed on deals that have gone on to get funding. We’ve also funded deals that other people have passed on and then they kicked themselves for it. Not every fund is appropriate for every deal.You talked a bit about founders – what would the founder of one of your 20 portfolio companies or the one that exited say about Rubicon?Without tooting our own horn, I would say that the founders, for the majority part, think of us as extremely value add and one of the best investors in their cap tables.Some companies we’ve been able to help for years, because we can continually help them by making introductions. Some companies have outgrown our ability to help them, simply because they’re on their path, doing larger kinds of deals and they don’t need our help.We try to maintain a great relationship with all of them. We try to be super supportive, super helpful, we introduce them to other VCs, to talent, customers, law firms, accounting firms – whatever we can do to help. And they know we’re there to help – I get calls at 1am sometimes.Your partner Andrew is based in Palo Alto, so Rubicon has direct exposure to the entrepreneurial ecosystems in New York and Silicon Valley. Compare the two markets – what differences do you see between entrepreneurs, companies, and LPs on the East Coast vs. West?There’s a ton of difference. In New York we’ve found that most of the entrepreneurs come from industry expertise areas. They’re typically a little older – late 20s and 30s as opposed to early 20s.The New York entrepreneurs tend to try to achieve a bit more in terms of real revenue prior to raising real VC capital. They tend to get more money from friends and family first. They tend to be siloed into certain industries that are bigger here, like fintech, adtech, marketing tech, consumer stuff, things like that.On the West Coast you’re seeing a lot of innovation in AI, computer science, machine learning, big data, IoT, enterprise SaaS, things of that nature which get a lot of support from the ecosystem – so it’s just different industry verticals.You also see a lot of multi-time entrepreneurs – they’ve done something and they’ve either failed fast and started something else or they’ve done well and exited and on to their next thing.There’s a lot more early stage ventures on the West Coast because there’s a lot more early stage capital available so you see a lot more deals there. The ecosystem itself has more entrepreneurs because you have Stanford, Cal-Berkeley, things like this that support computer engineering and computer science degrees. In New York you don’t really have that as much as the collegiate and advanced degrees available aren’t established for those areas.The challenge I’ve found though is that what works in San Francisco doesn’t necessary work anywhere else. There are lots of companies that do things that work in the confined space of San Francisco but they can never grow out of San Francisco. That’s a problem.Can you identify the ones that can only thrive in San Francisco, or will they only reveal themselves over time?Things like “the Uber for something,” the on-demand economy stuff, “Pinterest for something,” things of that nature are the things that never make it off the ground. The originals have done well but the copycats won’t. There’s a lot of food company stuff that happens in San Francisco that will just never work anywhere else. Also a lot of service-based companies – a lot of people are doing on demand this or that which just doesn’t work. Those are the things I’m wary of.True or False – New York can become a bigger venture capital and entrepreneurial hub than SF in the next 10 years? Definitely false, although I hate to say it, San Francisco is as big as it is for a lot of reasons. It has a lot of money, it has a lot of success, it has a lot of entrepreneurs, it has a lot of support in the ecosystem from the ground up all the way to the exits.New York has a lot of this, too, but the venture capital asset class isn’t as widely accepted or known here. You do have a lot more firms now, which is great. You still need more LPs and we need some bigger success stories, bigger exits in New York.Ten years’ time is not enough time. This is a generational effect. So 30 years? Maybe, but it doesn’t need to be. There’s room for everybody. New York doesn’t need to overtake San Francisco, nor should it, probably.Part of it is the culture as well; New York is a no-bullshit town, a lot of startup stuff is fake it ‘til you make it. We don’t have tolerance for that. If you’re faking it, we’re going to find out. So, there’s less room to maneuver in New York. We call bullshit. You typically begin investing at the late Seed stage, after a firm has raised $1m. What do you require companies to have achieved in the early Seed stage? Typically we want our companies to have at least $100k in monthly reoccurring revenue, that’s real revenue, plus we’re looking at 80% margins, we’re not looking at ad-tech type stuff where you only have like 20% margins. We want real margins on the product, or real volume on the product.Our thesis stipulates that if we see this happening over a good period of time, and the company is growing, it’s accepted in the market, it’s been de-risked to a certain extent, so it makes sense for us to get involved at that stage because we know it’s a real business. It’s already proven itself to a certain extent.If you look at a risk curve and investment horizon cycle, this represents a great opportunity. Because at the late Seed, they’ve already raised a Seed, they didn’t get as far as they wanted to but they still got pretty far. Nevertheless, they’re not quite ready for an A, but they’re still going to raise for 18 months of operational runway which will give them enough time to achieve the milestones that they really need to get an A and break out. That’s where we feel we’re getting the best bang for our risk versus reward type system.At the late Seed stage, the company’s also usually tested stuff. They’ve spent money on stuff that has worked and other stuff that hasn’t. Because of that, they know what they need to do, so our dollars are being spent in a better way, it’s not experimental stuff.When you invest too early, when you invest prior to that late Seed stage, you’re investing in possibilities, in ideas, in what-ifs. We feel that the pricing is usually too high and the companies haven’t learned fully how to spend their money yet, so they’re spending they’re money inefficiently, and we don’t like that. We want a certain level of learning and discipline.What one thing should someone reading this article know about Rubicon? What makes you guys unique? So many things. We have a tremendous amount of access to industry verticals throughout the world. We can get in to the decision makers at almost every Fortune 500 Company there is, but we also have access internationally.Our LPs are spread throughout the world, they’re all high net worth individuals or family offices.Either becoming a portfolio company of Rubicon or becoming an LP of Rubicon gives you tremendous access. We’re highly respected in our field, we respect our peers, we work well with them. We can leverage our network to help these portfolio companies from day one, which is what we do.What can an entrepreneur do to make themselves interesting to Rubicon? Hit real KPIs. Don’t use metrics of things that aren’t necessarily valid or representative of success in a company. Somebody might tell us they have a lot of GMV – gross market value – moving through their platform but they haven’t monetized it yet. That’s bad.If you’re a business, businesses make money. We want to see that. We have opportunistically invested in earlier stage companies, but only when we really know the CEO already.What we also like to do is, we like companies that have been referred to us by our portfolio CEOs. That helps.It’s still (sort of) the New Year period – what trends are you watching closely in 2017? With particular emphasis on what you’re seeing here in New York? The thing about us is we hear about the trends that are happening but we try to stay way ahead of the trends, because trend investing is very dangerous. VCs typically are doing stuff 2-3 years before anyone’s seen it. If the public knows about it, it’s too late.Certainly artificial intelligence and machine learning is big, we’re looking at a lot of stuff in fintech but not in the payment space, really on the enterprise software side. Subscription services in different markets are interesting – different products, different services.Drone management is an interesting thing; everyone wants to create a drone but how do you manage fleets of drones? Logistical companies are very interesting. Insurance tech companies are very interesting, not from the standpoint of customer acquisition, but from the standpoint of upending traditional insurance models.Alternative viewing for the sports industry, eSports, things like that. Giving different perspectives when you’re viewing an eSports game. eSports is fascinating to me. I simultaneously believe it will be really big but can’t possibly imagine sitting down and ever watching it myself. All eSports is, is you’re watching someone play a computer game versus watching someone play football. There is a difference, but you’re essentially being entertained by watching someone play a game.The data is there. People are watching eSports. It’s just a matter of finding the right, entertaining game. Maybe it’s team player sports versus solo player.As an order of magnitude, what do you think is the right comp for eSports? Is it NASCAR? The NBA? NHL? Something else?I think it can be larger than football, because football really is an American tradition. It does have international appeal, but you have so many young people who are on the computer all the time who play games that maybe they want to watch it.How many young people actually play football? I don’t mean two-hand touch, but real football? But everyone somewhere has played Pacman and Defender and World of Warcraft or whatever, so it very well could appeal to more people. It just needs to enter more into the mainstream, and then you have it. The challenge is, parents don’t necessarily want their kids on a device all day – and as a parent, I understand that. My kids get access to devices sparingly.What are the unique challenges and opportunities of entrepreneurship and investing in NYC?  The great thing about New York is you can always find people to do stuff with, although we do have a challenging environment for technical talent. But, it’s cheaper to live here than it is in San Francisco. It’s easier to get around because we have a functioning mass transit system. Good lifestyle, good food, full social possibilities – there is plenty of money around you just have to find it.I think we need larger funds in New York. The challenge right now is, the larger funds in New York – Union Square Ventures, Bessemer, Susquehanna, Insight, FirstMark, Bain Capital, Tribeca Venture Partners – other than that most of the funds are under $100m dollars. And there’s probably only about 25-30 of us, General Partners that is, that are really active. Otherwise you have a lot of fringe stuff.Do you have a number in mind as to how many >$100M funds the ecosystem needs? If you had another 6-8 $100m funds that could lead real Series A rounds it would change the landscape dramatically. Because generally speaking, VCs like to invest within their local ecosystem. We at Rubicon don’t adhere to that model, we invest anywhere we find a great deal.Will Rubicon ever be a $100M fund?Oh yes. Fund 3 we’d like to get to $100M, Fund 4 we’d like to be $250M and up. Right now we’re still taking in capital for Fund 2.For Rubicon, a number of our companies are really starting to break out – TodayTix, Navdy, Kanler, Agent IQ, Superhuman, and LISNR are all starting to really break out.You hold a degree in gastronomy from the Institute of Culinary Education in New York and yet you do not invest in restaurants – what’s up with that?Restaurants are not venture capital deals. Restaurants are operating companies where you’re getting a certain level of cash flow. Restaurants also close a lot, and they’re very finicky to consumer tastes.Generally speaking food businesses can be dangerous. We tend to stay away from them. But Rule 10 of our thesis is “don’t be afraid to throw out Rules 1-9.”Rule 1-9, is our thesis approach. We invest in teams, product, market size and opportunity, returns, areas we know we can help in, software technology, probable exit paths, and the like. We adhere to that generally but if we see something interesting, we’ll do it. The problem is, if you’re just a restaurant serving food, you’re not scalable. Scale requires lots of additional capital time and time again.As to your culinary education, is there one dish that’s your specialty? I’m known for three things: my duck, ribs, and my chocolate soufflé.PREVIOUS POSTNEXT POST Filed Under: #NYCTech, AlleyTalk, Funding, Funding News, Inside the Mind of NYC VC, Interviews, New York VC Spotlight, Venture Capital Tagged With: Georgetown Angels, Joshua Siegel, rubicon venture capitallast_img read more

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The National Misery Index How miserable are you…

first_imgThe economist Arthur Okun tried to answer this question back in the 1960’s by creating the National Misery Index. The value of the Misery index is calculated by adding the Unemployment rate to the Inflation rate. Okun chose these two variables because they are both economic phenomena that affect people negatively and the efforts to reduce one of them can result in the increase of the other. The current economic conditions make a lot of people curious on where we stand compared to the historical values of the National Misery Index. To find how miserable the Americans are today you can take a look at the chart below, generously provided by onlineschools.org. Due to the low inflation rate, economists are trying to modify the Misery Index by replacing the inflation with the nation’s debt level. The rationale is that unmanageable debt and unemployment arguably leads to economic misery. Below, you can find alternative Misery Index graph that New York Times published a few months ago. People argue about the validity of this ranking as it puts the US between Jamaica and Island, but everyone should draw their own conclusions. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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Is email the next snail mail Not if Microsoft and Google can

first_imgIn my previous blog post, I discussed a new social networking site called Jibe, which combines Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter as a means for professional networking while job searching. As more social networking sites are created, email has become less central to many people’s daily lives, and according to Computer World, Microsoft and Google are trying to come up with ways to combat this potential problem.Social networking sites are important for any business’ content marketing strategy, as they can help build buzz and your brand, to attract both new customers and potential venture funding. Networking sites can also be valuable collaboration tools, allowing employees to share their work both internally with one another, as well as with those outside of the company. It is becoming increasingly important for companies to utilize social networking sties for business purposes, particularly early stage and expansion stage startups who are still building on their customer base. Microsoft and Google understand its importance as well, and are trying to make email the hub for all electronic communications, by merging their email services with social networking sites so that users do not have to leave their service to have access to sites such as LinkedIn and Facebook. Microsoft recently released the beta of Outlook Social Connector, which will link Outlook 2010 to social networking sites. Google has released Google Buzz, which is integrated with Gmail, and has similar features to Facebook’s Wall and to Twitter. There are certain to be additional advances to both Microsoft and Google’s social networking integration platforms, as well, as these sites are becoming increasingly important to stay competitive.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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UX Lies Revealed

first_imgUser experience (UX) is all about how users perceive your product, website or application. Myths surrounding UX are plentiful. So how can a weary designer decipher fact from fiction? ThinkVitamin blogger Keith Lang has debunked ten of the most common UX myths. Below are a few highlights of his thought-provoking list: Myth: Experienced designers never need to test the user interface. Debunk: Testing is never optional. Testing independent experience of your design is cheap and necessary.Myth: If you have an incredible information architecture, you can slack on search – and visa versa. Debunk: Always offer both a well-fitting structured information space and great search. Otherwise you are short changing the user and your product.Myth: Users are certain of what they want and like. Debunk: People’s preferences can be swayed by external situations. So ask what people want, then research to discover their real needs.Myth: Users read. Debunk: Many site users will only read link text.  This means that whatever you write needs to be concise and easy to understand.UX assumptions can kill the quality of your site or application. Take a few minutes to check out Lang’s full list to be sure you are not buying into any UX busting myths.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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Bad Customer Service 1 Product Killer

first_imgProduct development is important, but customer service is the true measure of a company. During the product development stage, a lot of attention is paid to “customer input, market needs, translating them into requirements, and features that the engineering team can act upon.” However, all the product development prowess in the world, is unimportant if a company fails to offer world class customer service.Geoff Anderson, Senior Product Manager and Marketing War Vet, presents two real-life customer service experiences in a recent blog.These experiences shaped Anderson’s opinion of the products and companies:Dell: Anderson’s company pays a premium for next day, on-site service. When he had technical issues with his laptop, he called Dell expecting a fix the next day. Instead, “10 days later, 4 visits, replacement of: Logic board, Memory, CPU, display panel, and finally, just swapping the laptop for a new unit altogether,” he was back up and running.Apple: When Anderson’s Mac had issues, he called Apple tech support. They decided he required service. DHL arrived the next morning with a prepaid shipping box to send the Apple in for repair. Three days later, he had it back.Consumers are more loyal to companies that offer great customer service.  Anderson warns that even in B2B, great products can flounder due to poor customer service.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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10 Tips for Planning Your Product Release

first_imgEven if you’ve already fleshed out your product launch with Scrum, there may be some fine details you’re missing.Make sure your strategy is thorough by checking out the 10 Tips provided by Bor!sgloger.Two of the best:Frequent involvement of the customer and management in this process.Scrum is based on teamwork, and without the entire team playing the same game, you’re apt to encounter confusion and mixed messaging.Clarifying that a Scrum project must also deliver on time and within the budget.Again, ensuring that every team member knows what’s happening and clearly understands the project’s goals is vital. You wouldn’t want to end up late and over budget!Bor!sgloger’s post is light on details and analysis — the content is useful to get some thoughts brewing, but won’t provide any specific direction or advice.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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Business Exit Strategy Dont Let This Happen to You

first_imgLearn from the mistakes of the Match.com startup team and adopt a smarter business exit strategy.business exit strategyJessica Stillman of Inc. offers a few lessons on business exit strategy in a post that focuses on the missteps of the startup team at Match.com.Stillman interviewed Fran Maier, “one of the first half dozen employees to join” Match.com, who recounts that prospective buyers and investors were “looking for enterprise-level solutions with the newspaper industry.” As such, the potential of Match.com appeared limited, and the company sold for just seven million dollars a few years after its founding. Cendant, the company that acquired Match.com, then sold it again 18 months later for a cool $50 million.In retrospect, Maier laments that the business exit strategy was limited by not taking on other investors due to her limited support network and contacts. Maier also warns against letting exhaustion get the better of you and lead you down the path to an easy out.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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Hiring Remote Employees Pros and Cons

first_imgIt seems like the topic of remote employees is coming up more recently in the startup world. We can all recall Marissa Mayer’s decision to eliminate the remote employee workforce at Yahoo, and the waves that caused. Meanwhile, many tech startups are continuing to see remote employees as an opportunity rather than a liability. It gives them the chance to hire the best talent for their teams without location restrictions. Before you decide whether hiring remote employees is right for you, let’s consider the potential benefits and difficulties of having them in the mix.3 Benefits of Hiring Remote EmployeesYou don’t need to pay for relocation, office, or transportation costs! At the top of the list is the benefit of having a talented candidate join your team for a portion of the price. On the plus side for them, not only will you be offering them the chance to advance their career, but you’ll also be presenting them the opportunity to work from home and to manage a healthy work-life balance.You will attract and — even more importantly — retain your staff. The employees who like working remotely will be able to thrive in this team structure. The ability to structure and prioritize their day will be a huge draw to your team. They will also benefit from the trust you put in them knowing that being a remote employee means expectations are just as high as anyone in the office.Productivity levels will be consistent, if not improved. Without the usual office distractions and the “water cooler chit-chat” remote employees can check off everything on their to-do lists even more effectively. They will be able to hop on conference calls and conduct daily stand-ups easily and then get right to work.3 Challenges Remote Employees PoseThe life of a remote employee can be isolating. You might be familiar with the term “FOMO,” also known as “fear of missing out.” While it might sound trivial, remote employees are cut off from all of the spur-of-the-moment office happy hours and other events. Making sure to engage with them socially on a consistent basis can be difficult.Mayer may have had a point: collaboration wanes when there are remote employees. For those times when random brainstorming sessions occur, the remote employee usually misses out on the conversation. Sharing ideas and projects throughout the course of the day will naturally slow when incorporating remote employees.Remote employees in different time zones can present scheduling issues. Logistically speaking, trying to coordinate meetings and calls while factoring in different time zones is certainly a challenge. Again, this further limits the ability to have a constant flow of communication amongst the team.Remote employees can absolutely be valuable assets to any growing startup. It is important to map out the structure of each team and how remote employees fit into the mold before the hiring begins, a topic I’ll discuss in Part 2 of this series. [polldaddy poll=8440097]Looking for More Tips?Working Remotely? 4 Tips for Staying Motivated and Productive Despite several recent high-profile policy changes against it, working remotely is becoming more and more widely accepted. That’s not to say it still doesn’t present its challenges. uSamp‘s Lauren Sozio shares her experiences transitioning from company headquarters across the country and offers four tips for staying motivated and in-the-loop. Pros and Cons of Managing Remote Sales Teams Is running a remote sales team really a good idea? For startups, there a several benefits and drawbacks to consider. Free eBook Download Are you a remote employee? What challenges or benefits do you find in your position?Photo by: platronicsgermany AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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A New Era of the Channel Why and How the Rules for

first_imgThere is a morphing going on with partner types today. It seems like just yesterday we could put a clear definition of a VAR, SI, MSP, etc, on a PowerPoint slide and it all worked. Then came cloud and the Chicken Little cry of “disintermediation” and impending channel doom. And yet here we are years later with no doom. Although the lines have blurred, and what it means to be a VAR has changed, I believe that now – more than ever – the channel is needed to pull all the different SaaS, mobile, cloud, and IoT strings together in a package that is consumable by the end user. There is plenty of room – if not more – value to be added to a single instance of a technology sale. Enter the need for some professional services that didn’t exist before. Enter the need for the “Technical Channel Account Manager”. Enter a new era of the channel.The new era will have fewer partner choices, with a younger generation at the helm. CompTIA figures there has been a 36% decrease in the number of new partners entering the market since 2008, and that of the existing space 40% are approaching retirement age. That makes room for M&A, more consolidation and Millennials to enter at a rapid pace.When you combine the market force, with the changing demographics of the partner space, there is no way we can put hard and fast definitions of partner types on a page now and call it done. The “V” in VAR just got a whole lot more interesting and there are new rules for both sides of the equation.New Rules for VARSInvest in Pro Serve – If you want to bring value, you need to help your clients sort through all the SaaS, cloud, mobile, IoT interoperability and availability issues. This is no laughing matter, and the success of your ability to add value to your customer depends on this expertise. SaaS products come and go with ease. If you can help your customers add/move/change products and make it all work together, then you have some VALUE to add to the RESALE.Own Your New Identity – With all this new-found value, you may just cross over into MSP land. But that’s ok. As you morph into a trusted advisor, your clients will, no doubt, look to you to bring more value to their business. Here’s your chance to either build it out – or acquire it. Remember, market demands are creating M&A opportunities. This could be a good time to go for it.Don’t Race to the Bottom – There is value in what you bring to a client, and believing in and investing in your breadth and depth of value will set you apart. Not to mention drive your profit margins up! Even though components of your total solution are racing to the bottom (like cloud compute and storage)and thus driving out margin and competition, don’t undervalue what you can provide. If you can hold your own, your reputation will grow, and so will your lead list!New Rules for VendorsInvest in a TechCAM – With your VAR partners adding all this technical depth, they are going to need a trusted contact back in vendor-land to help them navigate this. If you can identify these break-put VARs, and give them the support they need, you will have the opportunity to ride this wave with them. While a Technical Channel Account Manage (TechCAM) won’t carry a quota, they will influence a TON of choices and be the technical sounding board to your VARs. Having a resource like this is a huge plus to your program, and your partners will be more apt to spec your product, knowing you have their back.Place Value on Education – If you haven’t already put some type of training certification or accreditation in place, or if your enablement materials are not up to par, you should invest in the training and enablement of your partners. If they are trained correctly, then they can support your product correctly. Don’t forget to include training on integrations with other products because, most likely, your product will be used in conjunction with another. A highly trained partner base equals a highly loyal partner base.Be a Matchmaker – If you have an internal M&A expert, you need to get them to lend some expertise to your partners. Now is the time – with all the changes happening, the switched-on partners will recognize M&A as an opportunity to grow. You should be having these strategic conversations with partners and act as matchmaker where you see synergy. This again will only strengthen your position of value with a partner and keep your solution the top of mind with them.So, no disintermediation, no doom. The opportunities are even more plentiful now for those that are willing to change, adapt and act. Don’t be left behind in this new channel marketplace. Find your VALUE and capitalize on it.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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Time for Enablement or Training Three Metrics Your Company Should be Tracking

first_imgBringing in outside training and/or building a sales enablement function is an expensive investment, yet it’s critical to the success of your sales organization.But when do you do it?Well as in life, timing is everything. Too early and your team won’t have the proper baseline or pipeline to measure the results of these efforts. Too late and they are locked into bad habits and poor practices that impact your scalability.Regardless of your go-to-market strategy, arming your sales team with the tools, tactics and processes is paramount in their ability to execute. Here are three metrics that will indicate it’s time to pull the trigger.1. The amount of deals that are ‘Closed Lost – No Decision’ has increasedLook at your ‘closed-lost’ deals. If you have more deals that have been lost to “no decision” rather than “competitor,” there is a high probability something isn’t working.This specific metric indicates that your reps are either struggling with their closing techniques or with establishing value in the discovery phases of their pipeline. If you look at the pipeline across the organization, you’ll see a large bump in the middle of the funnel. This is because most of their deals will be stuck in that qualification or discovery stage. They won’t have many on the bookends of their pipeline, because they’re struggling with articulating your product’s value to their prospects.So how do you fix this?You’re not going to address this with a change of activity. You fix this with behavior training around the discovery and qualification stages. For example, a busy sales rep hears from a prospect –“Thanks Kelly, this looks great, I just need to review the notes from the demo, share with my team, and I’ll get back to you.”And now, because they’re so busy, your rep, Kelly, doesn’t get around to following up, and then pretty soon the deal, which was in Stage 2, is sitting there, collecting cobwebs. And this is not only happening to Kelly, but to all your other reps on the floor.When your reps make discovery calls, they MUST CLOSE them. Most reps don’t do this because they are unsure what to close for. Build a playbook or arm them with training so that they know how to end a call with a close and a definitive next step. For example, that same prospect says to your rep, Kelly –Prospect: “Thanks Kelly, this looks great, I just need to review the notes from the demo, share with my team, and I’ll get back to you.”Kelly: “Well, what’s the easiest way for me to schedule 30 minutes with you so we can review yours and your colleague’s reactions to the notes from the demo?”Now Kelly has set up another meeting with the prospect and can further qualify the opportunity. When your reps are closing discovery calls, you’ll see a decrease in ‘closed lost- no decision’ deals, and that bump in the middle of the pipeline will be evenly distributed throughout.2. Your ‘Median Days in Sales Cycle’ is going upAs a sales organization matures, you should never see the median sales cycle go up – it should only go down. You have more market exposure and your reps should have a solid understanding of how to move their deals down the pipe.We focus on the “mean” rather than the average so that we can best assess the time and days between each stage of the funnel.So what does it mean when the mean goes up?The most common culprits are that your reps are sending out proposals too early, and/or underqualifing their prospects. When you see that number go up, it indicates that there is a race to the proposal, without too much weight behind it.These stages can be the fluffiest and murkiest in the sales process. Giving your sales team more structure, definition, and training will help them decrease the time in each stage.3. Your Reps’ talk time decreasesTalk time – what does that mean?High levels of talk time indicate reps building pipeline. Low levels of talk time indicate reps managing deals in the middle. Being aware of reps’ talk time is a good way to see if enablement is a reasonable investment for your organization.A solid benchmark for talk time per rep is between 90 – 120 minutes per day. I’ve never seen any indication that a successful organization would have anything below 90 mins of talk time with their sales reps.If you see this number start to dip below, that means that you have a lot of reps working on later deals, and are stuck in the middle of their pipeline.ConclusionThe middle of the pipeline is a sticking point for many organizations, especially those who have a product-first strategy. Staying on top of these metrics will help you determine if/when it’s time to layer in training and enablement for your reps. It’s okay to rely on your product to drive your company’s success, but investing in your sales team can push your sales to the next level. Keep these key metrics in mind, and you’ll be able to judge when your reps need training, and where exactly in the pipeline could use improvement. You’ll see your reps crush their quota like never before.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis11last_img read more

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This Is How Successful Entrepreneurs Recognize When to Move on

first_img The game of entrepreneurship can feel like a never-ending round of Chutes and Ladders. Just when you think you’ve reached a new level, everything you worked for suddenly takes a turn, and you are faced with the daunting task of toughing it out or letting it all go.And sometimes, even when things seem fine, those in charge walk away willingly. Here’s a big example. Instagram cofounders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger recently decided to separate from their cyber baby and move on to their next innovation. Though this news came as a shock to many, including those within the Instagram camp, it’s not uncommon for business people to shift gears to create something new. (Some are considering the move Systrom and Krieger’s way of separating from Facebook while the tide is still high.)Related: Instagram’s Founders Say They’re Resigning Because They Want New Challenges, But They May Also Want to Get Away From ZuckerbergEvery now and again, even for those who are considered the most successful in their industries, entrepreneurs must take heed to the shifts and changes around them and make the tough decision to start from scratch and build from the unknown.Although many new and seasoned entrepreneurs may have not yet experienced the success Systrom and Krieger have — starting with social powerhouse Facebook buying the company for $1 billion back in 2012 — there are many lessons one can draw from their story, as it pertains to building a company to new heights and passing the company off into new hands.Lesson 1: Look at your industry as a game of chess, not checkers.If you’ve been paying attention to the news this year, you’ve seen how Facebook has been scrutinized in the media and by members of the government due to privacy and security scares. Tech companies, including those who host social platforms, should take heed to the warning set forth by the cracking down of social giants and assess what measures they may be missing to avoid the same ill-mannered fate.As an entrepreneur, a large part of your duties should include research. You need to be in tune with current news and happenings in your industry as well as complementary industries. Studying trends will help you create a plan to avoid a social catastrophe that may damage your company’s image and reputation. Perform your due diligence, and dig deep to find out what the driving forces of your particular industry have been for the past ten years. Google may be your best friend now, but consider networking with others in your business community to get their insight on current information.Related: Why Leaving Your Job Could Be the Smartest Career Move You’ll Ever MakeBased on Facebook’s trend of purchasing any social-based application that gains overnight notoriety, consider looking at your business from the lens of a potential buyer. Even if you have no desire to sell, you cannot deny the characteristics that make companies attractive to those who have the capital to spend. Use this history to prepare your business for favorable and unfavorable industry trends.Lesson 2: Focus on the opportunity but don’t ignore the opposition.Opposition is not always a negative when it comes to business. When you observe competitors in your industry, you may be able to pinpoint where you rise to the occasion and outperform them. On the other hand, you may discover where you fall short. Your capacity to see areas of improvement in your own operation, based on the shortcomings of others, is critical to your growth and sustainability.Many entrepreneurs see competition as a negative, but this is not the case. Having competition shows you where you excel and where you need work. It tells you what your market desires for you to give them. You cannot gain an advantage over your competition playing it safe and sticking to a routine plan. You must be inclined to venture into new territories that may present the opportunity for you to leverage your current offerings to create something better.Pay attention to the plight of your competitor. What you see as their issue today may become your issue tomorrow. Furthermore, your next best success may be the tipping block that makes your current competition irrelevant.Related: 6 Ways Healthy Office Competition Builds Teams and Improves ProductivityLesson 3: Frequently review your Plan B.The only thing that is certain in business is that change can and will happen. As an entrepreneur, there are ways you can prepare for it.Maybe it seemed like a surprise to us that Systrom and Kreiger are jumping ship but because of their sudden business success. They probably already had their plan of exit in place from the day their company was purchased. Being in business is like riding a rollercoaster ride that turns your life upside down. You may feel like it’s a never-ending cycle of wins and losses, but at some point or another, all things must come to an end. Determine what possible “ends” may present themselves to you, and be ready to act based on what outcome is in your favor.Don’t let success fool you. You need to have a ready-to-use backup plan in place “just in case.” Success leaves clues. Whether you choose to stay in your current industry or not, planning for down seasons in business can be a fool-proof strategy. If your business is doing well, build your Plan B strategy using those attributes. Also, take into account those things that created issues or prohibited exponential growth in your company. Use what you know and prepare to pivot when the times comes. Founder & CEO of The Official Maleeka Group, LLC. November 9, 2018 Guest Writer –shares Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Be in tune with current news and happenings in your industry and complementary industries. This Is How Successful Entrepreneurs Recognize When to Move on Maleeka T. 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Taco Bell Unveiled Its Holiday Gift Collection and It Is Delightfully Weird

first_img 1 min read Taco Bell Unveiled Its Holiday Gift Collection and It Is Delightfully Weird November 29, 2018 ‘Tis the season for a Taco Bell onesie?The restaurant chain has come out with a holiday collection of merch that you can don while snacking on your favorite Taco Bell offerings.Sadly, the $78 hot sauce packet themed onesies have, naturally, been the first to sell out, but there are still plenty of sartorial options for you to choose from to augment your wardrobe with some “live más” flair.Related: This 9-Year-Old Wrote to Taco Bell Asking Why They Don’t Deliver. Now She is Going to Speak at Its Annual Convention.Might we suggest the ugly Christmas sweaters emblazoned with trees trimmed with tacos? Or perhaps the sauce packet pajama pants paired with a “joy full of tacos” t-shirt?Or maybe some accessories like a “the answer is always tacos” mug, a hot sauce packet pillow, or, for $40, you can really lean into the Taco Bell experience and order the ultra plush burrito wrap blanket.Well played, Taco Bell. Nina Zipkin Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Image credit: Taco Bell Taco Bell Apply Now »center_img Entrepreneur Staff Next Article Add to Queue –shares The answer is always tacos. The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. 2019 Entrepreneur 360 Listlast_img read more

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Revealed The Online Holiday Shipping Deadlines for This Year

first_img This story originally appeared on PCMag The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. When is the last day you can order something online and get it before December 25? Here are the dates to know. Writer Eric Griffith Add to Queue Revealed: The Online Holiday Shipping Deadlines for This Year Image credit: Shutterstock Next Article center_img December 15, 2016 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Black Monday, Cyber Friday, Green Wednesday Evening — whatever, they’re all done and gone and now it’s time to panic. How long do you have to order things before it’s too late for Christmas morning? Is it still possible to get free shipping? Are you totally screwed?Well, Free Shipping Day (FSD) is Friday, December 16, and that’s certainly your last day to order from over 1,000 online merchants if you have any expectation of getting items without paying an arm and a leg. Last year, FSD brought in $1.48 billion alone. FatWallet says free shipping is the most important factor in six out of 10 online gift purchases. Plus, plenty of retailers will offer free shipping well past Dec. 16, including big names like Target, Best Buy, Toys R Us, the Microsoft Store, Verizon, HP, Office Depot/Office Max, JBL, Overstock, Crutchfield, Buydig and others.Plus, at many other stores, you simply need to spend a minimum to get “free” shipping, even after Dec. 16. For example, at Walmart, spend $50 bucks and the only extra you pay are sales tax where applicable. You can also ship to the store for local pickup in some cases.Having FSD on Dec. 16 — a full 9 days ahead of Christmas — was necessitated by having the holiday and Christmas Eve Day on a weekend (thanks a lot, stupid Leap Year. As if 2016 wasn’t bad enough.) If you want your packages by Christmas Eve, you’re quickly running out of time. But here are the days to keep in mind when ordering, for all the major players in online commerce, courtesy of BestBlackFriday.com, DealNews, DealHack and others. Not every site agrees on the deadline dates, so be sure to check carefully when you shop. And scroll down for the days you need to send packages via the major delivery companies.AmazonAmazon always has free shipping if you spend more than $49 bucks, but if you’re a Prime member you get stuff in two days most of the time.December 16 — Free Shipping ($49 minimum)December 19 — Standard ShippingDecember 22 — Two-Day Shipping (Free with Prime)December 23 — One-Day Shipping (In select cities)December 24, 9:30 a.m. local time or earlier — Same-Day Delivery (In select cities)December 24, 9:45 p.m. local time or earlier — Two-Hour Delivery (In select cities)December 25 — Gift code purchasesTargetTarget offers free standard shipping (3-5 days) and returns on every order made through January 1, 2017, anywhere in the 50 states, even APO mailboxes.December 17 — Standard Shipping December 22 — Premium ShippingDecember 23 — Express Shipping (1 Business Day)Best BuyBest Buy is offering free standard shipping all holiday season on items purchased through Dec. 24, 2016. You’ll only pay more if you need it by Dec. 24.December 21 before 10:30 a.m. CT  — Free Standard ShippingDecember 22 — Expedited ShippingDecember 23 — Express ShippingDecember 24 — In-Store Pickup (or actual “shopping”)December 25 — E-gift Cards purchased at BestBuy.comDellThese dates are for Dell PCs designated as “Ships Same Day”December 16 by 2 p.m. CST — StandardDecember 21 by 2 p.m. CST  — ExpeditedDecember 22 by 2 p.m. CST — ExpressNeweggNewegg displays its deadlines in a nice calendar, including call-center hours for after the holidays. Dates below require orders by noon local time.December 16 — Large itemsDecember 21 — Business 3-Day ShippingDecember 22 — Business 2-Day ShippingDecember 23 — Business 1-Day ShippingDecember 24 — Will Call Hours if you order by 8 a.m. local time.AppleSame as last year: If you buy direct from Apple.com, two-day shipping is always free on in-stock items Ordering a customized Mac computer (or customized anything) isn’t included — it won’t arrive on time for Dec. 24. There is two-hour delivery in some select locations, but probably not where you live.For “effortless returns,” you have until Jan. 8, 2017 to return any devices purchased between Nov. 10 and Dec. 25, 2016.December 22 by 5 p.m. local time — In-stock Apple products shipped 2-Day FreeDecember 23 — On iPhones or Next Day Shipping on other productsDecember 24 — In-Store PickupToys R UsToys R Us lists all its shipping dates online. Expedited Delivery is an extra $9.99, Express is $19.99.December 19 by 11:59 p.m. ET — Free Shipping (with $19 minimum purchase)December 21 by 3 p.m ET — Expedited ShippingDecember 21 by 11:59 p.m. ET — Express ShippingDecember 24 — In-Store PickupWalmartWalmart has free standard shipping on orders over $50. Or pick up for free in the store anytime. Sign up for Shipping Pass for $49 and you get free two-day shipping anytime on any order with free returns online or in-store. Some items have limited return windows of time, but those have been extended for the holidays; most items get 90 days. There’s free two-day shipping on about 1,500 select toys until Dec. 21.December 16 — ValueDecember 20 — StandardDecember 21 — ExpeditedDecember 22 — Rush December 23 — 2-Day Shipping or order by 6 p.m. to pick up in stores on Dec. 24 by 6 p.m.December 24 — Free In-Store Pickup until 6 p.m. (stores closing two hours earlier than previous years)GameStopGameStop does not do free shipping. Value Shipping (5-10 days) is $4.99 and Standard (3-4 business days) is $6.99. Rates are higher for Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico. As a place that sells used games as well, it has a complicated return policy, so open boxes accordingly.December 15 at 12 p.m. — Value Saver December 19 at 12 p.m. — Ground ShippingDecember 20 at 12 p.m. — 2-Day ($9.99) December 21 at 12 p.m. — 1-Day ($12.99) Delivery companiesFedExDecember 16 — Home Delivery and GroundDecember 20 — Express SaverDecember 21 — 2-Day and 2-Day a.m.December 22 — Standard Overnight, Priority Overnight and First OvernightDecember 23 — SameDay City (Standard)December 25 — SameDay and sameDay City (Priority)UPSDecember 19 — UPS 3-Day SelectDecember 21 — UPS 2nd Day AirDecember 22 — UPS Next Day Air and UPS 2nd Day Air (Saturday option)December 23 — UPS Next Day Air (Saturday option)USPSDecember 15—USPS Retail GroundDecember 19 — DNDC Drop ShipDecember 20 — First-Class Mail ServiceDecember 21 — Priority Mail ServiceDecember 22 — DDU Drop ShipDecember 23 — Priority Mail Express Service Take It From The Pros 6 min read Apply Now » –shareslast_img read more

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Huaweis Global Smartphone Shipments Jump in First Half

first_img Apply Now » Huawei’s Global Smartphone Shipments Jump in First Half Add to Queue The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. China’s Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., the world’s third-largest smartphone vendor, said first-half global smartphone shipments jumped 25 percent, helped by rapid growth in traditionally high-end markets such as Europe.Shenzhen-based Huawei, which competes with Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. and Apple Inc., shipped 60.5 million smartphones globally in the first half.Huawei’s consumer business group, which includes its smartphone division, booked global revenue of 77.4 billion yuan ($11.6 billion) for the first six months, up 41 percent from last year.Huawei aims to surpass market leaders Samsung and Apple within five years to become the world’s top smartphone vendor.Industry watchers, however, are less optimistic. They said Huawei is facing stiffer competition from domestic rivals such as Xiaomi Inc. and Lenovo Group Ltd. as cost-conscious consumers are looking for alternatives with similar features in an increasingly saturated global market.Huawei’s head of consumer business Richard Yu was, however, bullish about the firm’s long-term prospects.”There are only three major smartphone vendors in the world — Apple, Samsung and Huawei. It’s consolidating … other vendors will die in the next three to five years,” he told a news conference.Research firm TrendForce last week cut its estimate for Huawei’s annual smartphone shipments by 8.5 percent to 119 million units, citing worse-than-expected sales of Huawei’s flagship phone.”The sales of Huawei’s flagship P9, which features a dual camera, may fall short of expectations as other Chinese brands release competitive products,” said TrendForce analyst Avril Wu.Huawei held 9 percent of the global smartphone market in the second quarter of this year, a distant third behind Samsung’s 24.5 percent and Apple’s 15 percent, according to TrendForce.(Reporting by Yimou Lee; Editing by Edwina Gibbs) This story originally appeared on Reuters –shares July 26, 2016center_img Image credit: Reuters | Philippe Wojazer Reuters Huawei 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Next Article 2 min readlast_img read more

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Colorados Marijuana Industry Is an Economic Powerhouse

first_img Green Entrepreneur Podcast November 25, 2016 More than 18,000 people in Colorado now have full-time jobs because of the legalized marijuana industry, which has generated a $2.39 billion impact on the Rocky Mountain State’s economy.Those are two of the findings in a new report that attempts to quantify the impact of the marijuana industry in Colorado, one of the first states to legalize cannabis for both medical and recreational use.The “Economic Impact of Marijuana Legalization in Colorado” report, created by the Marijuana Policy Group in Denver, uses a new model for measuring the economic importance of marijuana called the “marijuana impact model.”The group claims it is the first to fairly calculate how legalized marijuana has impacted Colorado’s economy. Among areas considered for the first time are secondary marijuana industries such as warehousing, cash-management, security, testing, legal services and the engineering needed to cultivate marijuana indoors.A new economic engine.The study found that the marijuana industry, which is still growing, already outstrips the economic output of most industries in Colorado. Among the report’s findings from all of 2015:All marijuana industry-related activities generated $2.39 billion in state economic output.The marijuana industry created 18,005 new full-time jobs in Colorado.Because it is confined within the state, the Colorado marijuana industry already creates more economic output and employment per dollar spent than 90 percent of all Rocky Mountain State industries.The marijuana industry generated $121 million in combined sales and excise tax revenues, which is three times more than those generated by alcohol sales and 14 percent more than casino revenue.The future of marijuana industry in Colorado.As the one of the first states to legalize marijuana for recreational use (along with Alaska, Colorado has led the way in regulating legalized marijuana sales. It also has provided an example of the impact legalized marijuana can have on an economy. The report estimates that the marijuana industry will grow by 11.3 percent each year through 2020.“This growth is driven by a demand shift away from the black market and by cannabis-specific visitor demand,” the report states.Total sales are expected to peak at about $1.52 billion annually in Colorado. So many “cannabis tourists” are visiting Colorado that the total amount of marijuana needed for them is projected to increase from 14 metric tons to 55 metric tons by 2020.The huge growth has been driven through Colorado’s early movement into legalized marijuana, making it a magnet for businesses working in marijuana sales, manufacturing and testing and earning it the nickname “Silicon Valley of Cannabis.” Next Article –shares Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. Cannabis Colorado’s Marijuana Industry Is an Economic Powerhouse dispensaries.com Add to Queue Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 3 min read Image credit: chapin31 | Getty Images Guest Writer Each week hear inspiring stories of business owners who have taken the cannabis challenge and are now navigating the exciting but unpredictable Green Rush. The first state to legalize marijuana for both medical and recreational use is enjoying a boom in tax revenues and employment. Listen Nowlast_img read more

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More Than 200 Members of the Tech Community Sign Open Letter Opposing

first_img More than 200 investors and startups today added their names to an open letter opposing President Donald Trump’s recent executive order that restricted travel to the U.S. by citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries and suspended refugee admissions.The list of signatures includes big name venture firms like Accel and Bessemer Venture Partners, accelerators such as 500 Startups and General Assembly and startups such as Casper and Flywheel. The letter was spearheaded by Evan Engstrom, executive director of Engine — which describes itself as a “policy, advocacy, and research organization supporting startups as an engine for economic growth — and Bobby Franklin, the CEO and president of the Washington, D.C.-based National Venture Capital Association (NVCA).Related: 97 Tech Companies Including Apple and Google File Brief Against Trump Travel BanIn the open letter, Engstrom and Franklin write, “Limits on the movement immigrants — including lawful visa holders — into the U.S. based on their nationality or religion not only seed fear and uncertainty for our friends, families, and co-workers, but are also antithetical to American values and sends the message that the U.S. is no longer open for innovation. Every individual turned away or dissuaded from making America his or her home represents a potential employee or entrepreneur who will no longer be able to contribute to the success of companies in America.”The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco at 6:00 p.m. ET today will hear from lawyers from Washington state and Minnesota, who are arguing to halt the order, and the Justice Department, who are arguing to reinstate it. However, while that legal fight is brewing, it seems that there are more executive orders related to immigration in the ether.Related: 40 Reactions (and Counting) to Trump’s Travel Ban From Richard Branson to Sheryl SandbergDrafts of two orders, “Executive Order on Protecting Taxpayer Resources by Ensuring Our Immigration Laws Promote Accountability and Responsibility” and “Executive Order on Protecting American Jobs and Workers by Strengthening the Integrity of Foreign Worker Visa Programs,” were acquired by The Washington Post at the end of January.The first would seek to deny any immigrant from entering the country that would receive public assistance. The second would seek to withdraw parole programs and work visas.Read the full text of the letter below. Trump & Business Nina Zipkin Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Image credit: Bloomberg | Getty Images Add to Queue 41shares U.S. President Donald Trump. The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Next Article More and more people are speaking out. February 7, 2017 Apply Now » Entrepreneur Staff 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List More Than 200 Members of the Tech Community Sign Open Letter Opposing Trump Travel Ban 2 min readlast_img read more

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Freefrom brand Prewetts launch new chocolate caramel biscuit

first_imgFree-from brand Prewett’s launch new chocolate caramel biscuitPosted By: News Deskon: November 23, 2017In: Food, Industries, New productsPrintEmailFree-from biscuit brand Prewett’s has launched a new product called ‘Chocoful Caramel’ to expand its portfolio in the UK.The gluten free caramel filled biscuit bar contains caramel chunks and is coated in milk chocolate.The introduction of this new product follows on from Prewett’s April launch of white chocolate and cranberry cookies, which included spicy dark chocolate & ginger, triple chocolate and chewy oat & raisin flavours.David Wood, business improvement director of Northumbrian Fine Foods, who own the Prewett’s brand, said: “Chocoful Caramel is an exciting and great tasting new gluten free biscuit bar. It is ideal as a lunchtime time treat or as a quick on-the-go snack, providing gluten free consumers with a great new alternative in the market place.”The chocolate and caramel biscuits are available in a 100g box pack containing five individually wrapped biscuit bars.Share with your network: Tags: gluten freePrewett’slast_img read more

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Ryan Zinke to look into unpopular Montana land exchange proposal

first_imgThis article is more than 1 year old Itai Vardi, Steve Horn Share on Twitter Fri 16 Mar 2018 07.00 EDT Share on Facebook Last modified on Mon 4 Jun 2018 13.19 EDT Shares116116 Share on LinkedIn As the crisis escalates… Zinke met Dan and Farris Wilks last September regarding the 5,000-acre proposal, which was twice rejected under the Obama administration Montana Share on Facebook The US interior secretary, Ryan Zinke, has promised to look into a Montana land exchange proposal from Texas oil and gas billionaires Dan and Farris Wilks that was twice rejected under the Obama administration, the Guardian can reveal.The Wilkses and their lobbyist met Zinke, a Montana native, last September. “Zinke said he’ll look into the Wilkses’ proposal but was noncommittal,” said the brothers’ representative, Darryl James, a Montana-based lobbyist who attended the meeting.Local conservationists and hunters are opposed to the deal, wary of a takeover of protected lands by wealthy out-of-state landowners.Since 2014, the Wilkses have set their sights on an approximately 5,000-acre enclave of federal land within their N Bar Ranch in eastern-central Montana. In exchange they offered the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) territory in and around the Upper Missouri River Breaks national monument. The BLM, under pressure from local opposition, twice rejected the proposal during the Obama era – most recently in January 2016, when the agency cited lack of resources to fully evaluate the deal. Hunters favour the enclave, known as Durfee Hills, for its large elk herds.But now the Wilkses, who donated heavily to Republican Senators Ted Cruz (Texas) and Steven Daines (Montana), are trying again.Last September, Farris Wilks, his wife JoAnn, and their consultant James met Zinke. A note on Zinke’s calendar for the 14 September meeting reads “Z request”, possibly indicating that it was the interior secretary who had scheduled the meeting. The calendar does not list any interior staff, which is unusual compared with Zinke’s other meetings. James, who said he has known Zinke from the latter’s previous stint as a state lawmaker, told the Guardian he has since met BLM staff in Billings, Montana, and has been in contact with its field office in Lewiston, which is closest to the Wilks ranch.“We think this proposal will benefit both the Wilkses and the public, which will enjoy greater access in the Upper Missouri River Breaks,” James said. “We hope the BLM will finally recognise this.”Zinke’s office did not provide comment. According to Al Nash, a spokesman for the BLM Montana office, the bureau is open to considering future proposals from the Wilkses but has not formally received a new one. In 2011, the brothers sold their hydraulic fracturing services business Frac Tech for $3.5bn. Since then they have continued investing in fracking and have reportedly conducted exploratory drilling in the Bakken oil patch in eastern Montana.They also have major ranching interests, purchasing in recent years large swaths of land in Idaho, Oregon and Montana.Though the N Bar Ranch area sits atop the Heath shale, the Wilkses deny their proposal is about drilling. “The locked-in federal land within their property is small in comparison to the land around it they own, which has no drilling,” said James. “The proposal is about stopping hunters trespassing on the Wilkses’ property as they make their way to the BLM land.”Mark Schwomeyer of the hunting and recreation group Central Montana Outdoors, which opposed the previous proposals, was surprised to hear of the Wilkses’ recent meetings with interior and BLM officials. He said the BLM had promised to include the group in any future communications about the deal. “We are greatly bothered by possibilities of a backdoor deal and shady, political shenanigans,” Schwomeyer said.Another group opposing the proposal, Montana Wildlife Federation (MWF), is also sounding the alarm. “It is not in the interest of the public to trade away some of the best wildlife habitat in Montana,” said John Bradley, a MWF field representative. “Land trades with private landowners have offered some solid benefits to the public over the years, but this one would not. The BLM should reject this offer and keep the Durfee Hills in public ownership for the public to enjoy.”• Itai Vardi is a Boston-based investigative journalist writing about energy, climate change, and money in politics. He can be reached at itaiv40@protonmail.com and @itai_vardi. Steve Horn is a San Diego-based investigative reporter. 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Trumps team snooped on Obama officials Thats gutter politics

first_imgThreads collapsed Reply | Pick SignificantOther Twitter Facebook @JillAbramson Report 16 17 Share stevetomato Share Facebook Loading comments… Trouble loading? 9 May 2018 1:41 Share on Messenger Share Facebook newest Share 9 10 Share on Twitter There seems to be a media blackout on this story in the US. That might be a story in itself. Share Donald Trump suddenoakdeath Trump administration Reply uuuuuuu Reply comment Share on Facebook Reply me_again Share on LinkedIn Facebook William Garabrant Twitter Report 1:17 Order by oldest Email (optional) Report Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp Share on Twitter | Pick Reply Share on Twitter Show 27 more replies Report | Pick 8 May 2018 23:06 Khem Kharan Ah, those principled people who were quite happy to let Nixon and co support Allende, Mobutu, the genocide and mass-rapes of Hindus in East Pakistan, Vietnam, the Shah of Iran, etc etc. Trump might appear a saint in comparison, but he won an election against your chosen one despite his opponent having far more resources, media support, supposed political experience (and more of a warmonger and dirty tricks candidate as well, incidentally) so he is satan incarnate. kmacafee Facebook 2 … next Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment Share on Twitter oldest Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other Share on Facebook Opinion Twitter Share on Facebook Reply Share Share on Twitter Share Report Elites is really their special word for laws, the constitution, science, teachers, people with knowledge, etc. and ‘pc’ is their special word for not being able to hate people because of their race, religion and culture in a pc world. Racist’s logic is so convoluted and backwards. Amanzim 8 May 2018 21:12 Twitter Share on Facebook Twitter 3 Share on Facebook 8 May 2018 20:57 All Twitter Twitter Report Facebook 9 May 2018 0:00 Wasn’t this exactly what Watergate was all about? Share “Gutter politics” is one way of describing it. Is treason not a more accurate term to describe conspiring with a foreign power in seeking information to discredit the government? Report Report America’s reputation around the world isn’t as great as we in Britain like to imagine.Trump’s just more of the same as far as most of the rest of the world are concerned. Facebook Share on Twitter Twitter Facebook “unlike Trump are hypocrites to boot.” Seriously??? you don’t realize what a hypocrite Trump is? You are incredibly stupid Twitter ButtonIt Reply Reply | Pick Facebook 6 7 Share on Twitter Facebook Reply Share Support The Guardian Abigailgem Facebook | Pick 8 May 2018 20:45 Share via Email Report asouthcott Share 39 40 8 May 2018 23:10 MeandYou Winstons1 Opinion 8 May 2018 21:03 Share 8 May 2018 21:02 Share 62 63 Twitter Share on Facebook 35 36 Share Facebook me_again Report Report | Pick Share on Facebook Facebook Share William Garabrant William Garabrant “Will do” is doing. Facebook 28 29 Social36 Twitter suddenoakdeath Share on Twitter Facebook … | Pick stevetomato 8 May 2018 21:06 Share on Twitter Facebook Share on Twitter 8 May 2018 21:17 2 3 Well Trump is a man of the gutter Report Share Share Facebook Facebook Neovercingetorix 8 May 2018 21:04 Report hutched Facebook Share on Twitter comments (460)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. Close report comment form Report Facebook me_again “…Think Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon. These two former presidents, who unleashed the FBI and others to dig up dirt on the Kennedys, fulminated to the end about their perceived enemies….”. And they found a form of common ground with each other when Johnson had Nixon by the nuts over Nixon’s actual treason and collusion with another country against the United States but chose to wave him on through. Some argue that it was for the good of the country, who wouldn’t have stood for their newly elected president to be thrown in jail. Others say that it was because Johnson was more sympathetic to Nixon’s view on Vietnam policy than his own vice-president’s. “…Nixon had his famous Enemies List…”. Paul Newman was once asked of what was he most proud in his career and Newman replied: “Making Nixon’s enemies list”. Carol Channing and Tony Randall were both thrilled to make it too. Hunter Thompson was annoyed that he never made it on there. Bill Cosby did make it… Share on Facebook Twitter Share on Facebook Report Iran nuclear deal Share Share on Twitter nosecolouredglasses Reply Reply Actually, no, treason is not a more accurate term. I suggest anyone who trots out the term read the Constitutional definition (it is the only crime defined in the document), as well as federal statutes defining legal terms such as hostilities and enemy. The framers were careful in how they defined and approached treason precisely because of the tendency to use it in an unprincipled manner. Share on Facebook bpollutin Share on Twitter 3 4 John Favre 28 29 bpollutin Share on Twitter unthreaded Facebook Share on Twitter The history of presidents who obsess and dig up dirt on the administrations that preceded them isn’t pretty. Think Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon. These two former presidents, who unleashed the FBI and others to dig up dirt on the Kennedys, fulminated to the end about their perceived enemies. Trump has actually exceeded them in paranoia and low political tactics. The Observer’s scoop about Trump aides practicing the black art of opposition research against the Obama administration officials who led the negotiations on the Iran deal reveals an outrage of immense scope. The Trump team hired a notorious Israeli spy outfit, Black Cube, to snoop into the personal lives of two former Obama officials, Ben Rhodes and Colin Kahl, hoping to dig up evidence that they had revealed classified information to reporters, among other things.When contacted, Rhodes properly observed that this was a “chillingly authoritarian thing to do”. Indeed, it recalls the worst of Nixonian tactics, including treating principled political adversaries as dangerous enemies to be destroyed. Nixon had his famous Enemies List, filled with the names of some of the most revered journalists Washington ever produced, including the late columnist and Pulitzer prize winner Mary McGrory. Nixon was also behind the attempt to steal the psychiatric files of Daniel Ellsberg, who served in Johnson’s Pentagon and leaked the Pentagon Papers. Black Cube is the worthy inheritor of these kinds of heinous reputational hit jobs. 8 May 2018 22:10 Share on Facebook He says he is innocent , of everything basically so why would he lie ? Share on Twitter Twitter 34 35 2 DeltaFoxWhiskyMike | Pick Facebook Report basalte Share on Facebook I guess most people have no principles anymore. 100% on the mark. Now, please do a follow-up that would specify the various laws that Trump & Co. broken. There must be scores of them! Facebook Share on Twitter True. Thanks. Report Reply What’s news is trump collaborating with Netanyahu to start a war with Iran. That is their objective and who knows where such a war would end. Facebook 3 4 9 10 8 May 2018 21:05 JimPaterson Report | Pick 8 May 2018 23:20 Share on Twitter 8 May 2018 21:32 Twitter Report Reply | Pick Reply Trump is a gutter politician and his supporters love him for it. That is the worrisome part, that a third of the electorate approves of gutter politics, gutter business, colluding with foreign powers etc. | Pick Reply Scryboy Twitter 4 5 Share on Facebook Share | Pick Report The wealthy Wall Street elites that howled with laughter at the fund raiser where Hillary launched her Deplorables spiel are the same people who disdain those in flyover country. They’re the “She says what’s on our minds” crowd. Calling people racist goes a long, long way, too. People love it when you say they deserve it. Share on Twitter Jill Abramson Share on Facebook Facebook Twitter Donald Trump I wonder if that’s because Trump and his people are about as corrupt as it’s possible to be. Share Khem Kharan 4 | Pick Twitter Share on Facebook Share Share on Facebook WishesandHorses 8 May 2018 20:52 Khem Kharan 8 May 2018 21:09 | Pick Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Reply Twitter | Pick This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. Share 4 5 Report UnrepentantPunk Facebook Reply EdwardFatherby Twitter | Pick Share Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comments 460 8 May 2018 21:11 Reply Reply Reply Share Facebook kmacafee Twitter 19 20 Share on Facebook Twitter This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. Report Show 3 more replies “Trump might appear a saint in comparison”Don’t worry, he doesn’t. And won’t. Twitter 8 May 2018 20:51 Share on Twitter Report Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Twitter This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. Share on Twitter Report 8 May 2018 20:54 1 Share Reply Twitter | Pick Reply | Pick Plikaan Reason (optional) Twitter 16 17 Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp | Pick 62 63 Share on Twitter Twitter | Pick Share bigchinjimmy 50 Share He’s way past the gutter IMHO, even past the drain hole. My guess is that he’s in the cesspool. No, correct that, he is the cesspool. Twitter Report Report Share on Facebook 8 May 2018 21:05 Sign up to receive the latest US opinion pieces every weekday Report Or, they correctly perceive that his opponents are as bad or worse, and unlike Trump are hypocrites to boot. And how ironic that someone resident in the country that is America’s pet poodle should complain about allegations about “collusion” that also happened to have zero correlation with Democrats losing an election by choosing the one candidate who is way more dislikeable than Trump. DesertStorm17 Share on Facebook Reply Twitter | Pick Report | Pick Facebook Twitter Bill Young Considering Trump got into a frenzy about the false allegations regarding Obama’s Administration wiretapping his offices, we should expect full and frank apology. 7 8 8 May 2018 21:55 11 12 8 May 2018 21:40 Report Share on Facebook | Pick Share on Twitter Share 8 May 2018 21:43 Show 2 more replies KalamityJane Report 9 May 2018 1:29 The one thing I learnt from the election was a little racism goes a long, long way. Those who weren’t rich but voted for him are the same people who’ve disdained coastal ‘elites’ and ‘liberal NY-ers’ for the last half century. They’re the ‘He says what’s on our minds!’ crowd. 8 May 2018 21:09 Share on Twitter 8 9 Reply Since you’re here… 8 May 2018 20:43 Share on Twitter Slo27 UnrepentantPunk KalamityJane Twitter View more comments Twitter Share EdwardFatherby Facebook Share on Twitter Facebook Share on Twitter nosecolouredglasses | Pick Tue 8 May 2018 08.36 EDT Replycenter_img CyKosis73 Report Show 3 more replies ButtonIt Share on Facebook MeandYou Twitter Oh no! Somebody in politics is engaged in opposition research! That has never happened before! 8 May 2018 21:04 emessbe Share 8 May 2018 21:16 Facebook Last modified on Thu 5 Jul 2018 16.45 EDT I am not surprised he has done this. I am surprised that people let him get away with it, and that so many even justify and support it. I guess most people have no principles anymore. Just partisan cynicism. 3 4 Share on Facebook 194 195 bigchinjimmy Share on Facebook | Pick 2 3 Twitter … 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. 55 56 Share on Twitter Andyofkingston Share on Facebook this article is like asking why a pig rolls in sh!t {because its a pig}. the bigger question and the Hreal focus should be on why he wants to scrap the deal. he wants to scrap the deal to start a war so that he gains popularity in time for the mid-terms. Its what all conservatives do from, in my adult life, Thatcher the milk snatcher through to Dubya “soft-shoe” Bush. Iran 8 May 2018 21:15 DeltaFoxWhiskyMike 8 May 2018 20:56 Share on Twitter Reply | Pick Carrie Pexton UnrepentantPunk 9 May 2018 1:16 8 May 2018 21:44 Report Trump = political dirt-digger? Really, this is news? Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Facebook 8 May 2018 20:58 Share on Facebook They don’t perceive anything correctly; they are blinded by their hate of the “other”….whoever the latest target is. They can’t seem to figure anything out logically. Why is that? 8 May 2018 21:12 Twitter Facebook 8 May 2018 20:46 Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Twitter | Pick Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Report Reply | Pick Facebook Reply 4 5 Reuse this content,View all comments > Share on Twitter Share WishesandHorses Share Reply 3 4 Share on Twitter 9 May 2018 1:19 Share Facebook ButtonIt Bill Young Share Shares536536 54321C 23 24 Twitter | Pick recommendations This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. Reply Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Facebook This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. Share on Facebook | Pick Twitter Much as I detest trump and Netanyahu, I wouldn’t want a war to get rid of them. Of course, such cowards will always have a bolt hole. They would be safe while the rest of the middle East and then the world, perhaps, burned. Share on Twitter 8 May 2018 22:15 Twitter Twitter Share on Facebook he is doing a great job, despite what most people thought. Bringing peace to North Korea is the prime example. Sometimes you have to be firm to get results, and Trump has successfully done this. cptspaulding64 8 May 2018 21:40 | Pick Facebook Facebook Reply Twitter 10 11 Facebook 2 3 8 May 2018 22:01 And so are a majority of his voters. The only reason this cancer on our society is still in the white house because of the house and senate being controlled by Republicons. William Anthony The Mobs from New York is in power in the U.S. The U.S law either bring down the mob quickly or the mob will do the U.S untold harm, starting today with Iran nuclear international agreement. Reply Oceanus57 Reply | Pick 8 May 2018 22:48 And because their ways of discrediting the Iran deal are not related to the truth about what the deal achieves and its value, but emotional manipulation. Really, it is proof that the deal is in the interests of the US and the world- or they would use better arguments. Report 2 3 Ralph Crown yes but the senate and house has many many principle people that didn’t stand for it. Today they have a bunch of right winger nutters that have no issues with Trump and co using these tactics, just as long they destroy health care for the plebs and get their and their backers some nice juicy tax cuts. asouthcott Share on Twitter Share on Facebook | Pick Reply Share 8 May 2018 23:01 Facebook Plikaan Reply | Pick Report CyKosis73 55 56 Share on Facebook | Pick Khem Kharan Share I concur. Stay tuned. Trump has hidden shallows. Facebook Share | Pick Reply Share Share on Twitter 6 7 Trump came out of the 1970’s New York Gutters | Pick Bill Young Share on Facebook Share on Facebook | Pick 2 3 Share on Facebook Share on Facebook | Pick I agree w/the rest of your comment, but please. 😉 As a native NY-er, I can honestly say he tagged along w/the bridge and tunnel crowd (but he sucked up to the Manhattan elite and failed every time, as we read in gossip columns the day after). 🙂 Reply Plikaan Gutter politics befitting of a gutter would be politician. At least he is consistent in his habits. Low life and most decidedly a deplorable human. Report Facebook SignificantOther Twitter 39 40 Facebook I thought Donny was going to do that ? Strange how he ended up being the turd that causes the blockage. RobRoy1975 19 20 5 6 Knowles2 61 62 Seeking information to discredit the government is treason? Every reporter on the planet wants information to discredit the government, and it is a First Amendment right of every US citizen to share whatever information they discover. Somebody is trying to redefine treason to suit their politics. MI-6 shared information from surveillance of the Trump campaign. Are they somehow exempt from the same standard as those pesky Russians? Who is the declared enemy here? 6 7 8 May 2018 21:09 Twitter | Pick | Pick This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. Reply | Pick Twitter | Pick me_again Report Twitter Share on Twitter Facebook 0 1 collapsed Share on Facebook Trump’s team snooped on Obama officials. That’s gutter politics Share Show 25 Share on Twitter Report Fishgirl23 Twitter Report Twitter SignificantOther Reply Twitter America, for how much longer will you put up with this man as president?He is manifestly unfit for office.He has made your country a laughing stock around the world.How long? That’s fake news. Trump inherited his fathers wealth and despite his many attempts to lose it and end up in the gutter he’s ended up President. | Pick 8 May 2018 21:51 expanded 8 May 2018 21:01 Share on Pinterest Reply Share 8 May 2018 21:12 Share on Twitter 8 May 2018 21:47 Slo27 Share Twitter Share on Facebook 8 May 2018 21:18 Twitter Social36 88 89 bobbymac1956 Contact author CyKosis73 Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Reply Report Reply Share 8 May 2018 20:47 Twitter Share Show 1 more reply Reply Report 28 29 Report 1 Facebook 17 18 Oceanus57 Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter Trump is still the real estate crook with Mafia connections he was forty years ago. Nothing has changed, just the house he lives in. Share ButtonIt 38 39 Trump? Gutter politics? Surely not. Actually – isn’t all politics gutter politics? From the dawn of politics, everyone has sought to gain the upper hand through digging dirt. It goes with the territoy. MeandYou Reply CNN talked about it last night. You conspiracy theorists need to find a new hobby. 25 This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. | Pick Share on Facebook Share Knowles2 Report Reply Facebook Reply Facebook 128 129 Share | Pick Share on Facebook 11 12 Report 13 14 Share on Twitter Randall Moore Reply hubbahubba Share nosecolouredglasses 8 May 2018 20:58 Share Report Report 100 8 May 2018 21:16 Report 8 May 2018 21:12 Dismantling Obama policies are the only “successes” Trump has achieved to date (other than tax breaks for the super-rich). 49 50 8 May 2018 23:36 Share Share via Email 8 May 2018 20:57 9 May 2018 0:54 Report Report Share 8 May 2018 22:07 8 May 2018 21:08 Show 3 more replies Haigin88 Share Report 2 3 Share on Twitter Twitter Hopefully, the war includes vaporization of Trump. Champagne standing by for that event. This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. DeltaFoxWhiskyMike Policies are made based opt self interest. Trump hs made it worse because he does not hide his self interest and says how it is. Bad for Israel and bad that a country calling disappearance of Israel has to be checked and not trusted. Iran has to say that it accepts Israel and that may change the quality of the deal and even Israel will support it. On the other hand undoing the Iran deal will make things worse and Iran might start nuclear bomb research. Then israel has to bomb the sites and that will create more trouble in middle east. 9 May 2018 1:38 Share Toilet politics is the new norm sadly. At least until we decide to flush. Middle East and North Africa 3 Share Trump likely to scrap Iran deal, says former White House negotiator – video Report Twitter He has made your country a laughing stock around the world. 8 May 2018 21:17 | Pick Reply This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. WishesandHorses | Pick Share on Twitter Twitter Facebook The problem is not one gutter man The problem is that supporters of gutter people hold the electoral majority Be afraid, be very afraid Share Winstons1 Reply Reply 35 36 Report The president resorting to the dark arts to dig dirt on his predecessor over the Iran deal recalls the worst excesses of Johnson and NixonIran nuclear deal – live updates Twitter William Garabrant 8 May 2018 21:57 Play Video 9 10 | Pick Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Biggest difference between Trump and Nixon/Johnson that the latter were actually public servants and experienced in politics and policy making. Trump lacks besides style and integrity any kind of public service record. Trump came out of the 1970’s New York Gutters and has since developed a track record of poor business practices, dubious business partners, defaults and never paying much attention to any contractual agreement. Share on Facebook 8 May 2018 22:54 | Pick 11 12 31 32 Share on Twitter William Anthony Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Facebook UnrepentantPunk VinceDaFox Topics Share on Twitter Oceanus57 Not strange.Unfortunately entirely predictable. | Pick Reply Coming off the Observer story, the New Yorker revealed that Black Cube may have sent emails to the wives of Rhodes and Kahl via the same shell companies it used on behalf of disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein in an effort to discredit his accusers. You can tell a lot about a president by the company he keeps, although Black Cube has denied any connection to Trump.Trump has labeled the Iran deal the “worst deal ever”. If it’s really so bad, why do the president’s aides have to sink this low to torpedo it? That’s the key question.The only leader who has tried harder than Trump to kill the Iran deal is Benjamin Netanyahu, which is why, no doubt, the Israeli firm was hired shortly after Trump visited Tel Aviv and met with the Israeli prime minister to discuss it.This kind of gutter politics is also signature Netanyahu, who, like Trump, is facing an epic corruption investigation that could cost him his job.No one wants to see Iran dropping nuclear weapons on its neighbors or the rest of the world. The whole point of the nuclear deal negotiated by Barack Obama’s team was to prevent this from ever happening. The deal may not be perfect. But its intent was to make the world safer. Scrapping the deal in the face of a 12 May deadline will only return the world to its very dangerous nuclear status quo.No one should be surprised that Trump’s allies would stoop to dirt-digging. During the campaign, after all, his son, Donald Jr, responded with glee when he learned that a Russian lawyer might have a nice pile of dirt on Hillary Clinton. “Love it,” he exclaimed after learning of the potential trove. The subsequent Trump Tower meeting that took place with the lawyer, also involving Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort, is of keen interest to Robert Mueller.More broadly, Trump’s mad desire to denigrate Obama shows his fundamental insecurity. It calls to mind his ridiculous, early lie that his inaugural crowd was bigger than his predecessor.Insecurity is also partly what drove Johnson and Nixon crazy about the Kennedys and their need to tarnish the halo of the assassinated JFK. They couldn’t stand the country’s love affair with its slain leader, just as Trump can’t stand attention being focused on the legacy of Obama, which looks better and better every day that Trump is in office.It’s impossible to write about Trump and the political dark arts without conjuring the name Roger Stone. Interestingly, Stone wrote a wild book in 2013 resurfacing the long-discredited conspiracy theory that LBJ killed JFK.Presidents and presidential aides who obsess on the past are dangerous and beg for history’s punishment.Jill Abramson is a columnist for the Guardian he wants to scrap the deal to start a war so that he gains popularity in time for the mid-terms I believe his motivations are far more childish than that. If there’s one thing the Dumpster has tried to do consistently, it’s to dismantle anything and everything that has been achieved by Obama… Toilet politics is the new norm sadly.At least until we decide to flush. | Pick Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Khem Kharan Report 4 Twitter next | Pick bpollutin Fascists will be fascist… Reply Reply Report Plikaan Share on Facebooklast_img read more

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Nearly 40000 giraffe parts have been imported to the US in last

first_img“Our investigation indicates that trophy hunting outfitters in Africa are capitalizing on every last bit of these beautiful animals,” he said. “They are selling them to taxidermists, animal product manufacturers and dealers, who in turn market them to sellers in the US. As this is completely unregulated, it is an easy alternative for products from other, more protected species like elephants and lions, but may still have the similar macabre allure. The prices of these products vary widely, but it is clear that outfitters and dealers try to squeeze every last dollar out of the carcasses of these animals, evidenced especially by the grotesque pillow our investigator found that was furnished from a giraffe’s face, eyelashes and all.”In March, giraffes were moved to a list of vulnerable species by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), one level below endangered. In the US, giraffes are also not listed as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act, which means all the sales of giraffe parts are legal. The Humane Society is currently campaigning to have giraffes listed as an endangered species under the act. Share on WhatsApp When researchers interviewed those selling giraffe products they found that many admitted they had purchased the products from trophy hunters.Two sellers, BS Trading in Texas and Whitten Cases in Florida, made claims to investigators that aggressive herds of giraffes must be killed in order to save African villages. The Humane Society says this is false, and that recent expert evaluation of giraffe species has found no evidence of either aggressive giraffe behaviour or retaliatory killings of giraffes. Neither store responded immediately to the Guardian for comment. Share on Facebook Giraffe feet for sale at Atlantic Coral Enterprises in Florida in March 2018. Photograph: Humanist Society of United States Support The Guardian The giraffe population has fallen by around 40% since 1990. There are now fewer than 100,000 giraffes alive in the world, and there are now fewer giraffes than elephants in Africa.Yet in America, trade in giraffe parts is booming. A report by the Humane Society of the United States, released on Thursday, found that nearly 40,000 giraffe parts have been imported to the US over the past decade, the equivalent, they estimate, of nearly 4,000 individual giraffes. Free at last: Animals Crackers change design after pressure from Peta Share via Email This article is more than 10 months old This article is more than 10 months old Giraffe hide-covered pillows for sale at the African Market Trophy Room Collection in Florida in March 2018.Photograph: Humane Society of the United States Share on Messenger Wildlife Researchers found giraffe products on sale in nearly 52 US locations. The most common products were giraffe hide boots and speciality knives made from giraffe bone, but they also found giraffe rugs, furniture and giraffe skin Bible covers. Share on Twitter Nearly 40,000 giraffe parts have been imported to the US in last 10 years Share via Email Animals Shares1,3691369 Facebook Researchers from the Humane Society found 52 US locations in which giraffe products continue to be sold Facebook Twitter center_img Share on Twitter Read more Pinterest news Outrage after American woman hunts and kills rare giraffe in South Africa Share on Facebook As the crisis escalates… Some trophy hunters, including the American woman who made headlines after she hunted a wild giraffe in South Africa last year, claim that their hunts are part of conservation efforts, and the money raised from them goes into protecting other species. But Adam Peyman, the programs and operations manager at the Humane Society, told the Guardian that trophy hunters are able to make considerable profits from participating in the giraffe trade. Topics Wildlife Sam Wolfson Animal welfare Read more Giraffe hide western boots for sale at Foster’s Western Wear in Texas in January 2018. Photograph: N/A/Humanist Society of United States Last modified on Thu 23 Aug 2018 12.06 EDT … in our natural world, we refuse to turn away from the climate catastrophe and species extinction. For The Guardian, reporting on the environment is a priority. We give reporting on climate, nature and pollution the prominence it deserves, stories which often go unreported by others in the media. At this pivotal time for our species and our planet, we are determined to inform readers about threats, consequences and solutions based on scientific facts, not political prejudice or business interests.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.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.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. Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Thu 23 Aug 2018 11.36 EDT Twitter Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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A tale of two wildfires devastation highlights Californias stark divide

first_img … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebook Some escaped Malibu by yacht while people fled Paradise on foot. But both cities face a brutal new normal, writes the scholar and urban theorist Mike Davis Read more Mike Davis Firefighters push a car from a garage as a home burns in Malibu.Photograph: Ringo HW Chiu/AP Twitter A tale of two wildfires: devastation highlights California’s stark divide Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Facebook The Woolsey fire, which broke out on 8 November, is the 10th major conflagration in the hills above Malibu since an inferno in 1956 that was so intense it became a model for studying the likely effects of nuclear firestorms.The recent fire started, mysteriously, in brush around the Santa Susana field laboratory, close to the city of Simi Valley, where white jurors sparked the 1992 LA riots by exonerating the police who beat Rodney King. The lab site was used by the federal government from 1953 to 1980 to test rockets and nuclear reactors. The disastrous core meltdown of a sodium reactor in 1959, the LA area’s own Chernobyl, was kept secret for years and now gives nightmares to residents who fear that the fire has spread carcinogenic soil contaminates in the atmosphere.The Santa Anas, gusting to 70 miles per hour, pushed the fire westward, burning scores of homes, although the Calabasas mansion of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West was saved by a team of private firefighters – inaugurating what will inevitably become a new trend and status symbol for hill-dwelling celebrities. Then, easily vaulting over the eight lanes of the 101 freeway, the blaze reached the western Santa Monica Mountains, where it exploded in the dry chaparral and coastal sage.The A-list of burned-out Malibu home owners includes Neil Young, Kim Basinger, Miley Cyrus, and Gerard Butler. In all, 1,500 homes were destroyed over a two-week period, testimony not only to the persistence of the conflagration but also to the amount of new construction since the last firestorm, in 1993.Paradise, an old Gold Rush-era town (it was originally known as Poverty Gulch), sprawls along a partly forested and often wind-blasted ridge overlooking the Central Valley city of Chico. Over the last decade, it became an attractive refuge for retirees and disabled people on fixed incomes as well as building workers who couldn’t afford to live in the homes they constructed in the burgeoning suburbs on the valley floor.Like Malibu, it has a fire history that reads like the arrest record of a master felon. Nine major fires have scourged the Paradise area in the last century, including two back-to-back blazes that reached the edge of town in the summer of 2008. The pyro-flora here includes Ponderosa and ghost pines, many of which are casualties of a drought-induced bark beetle infestation that has killed 128m California trees. Unlike residents of Malibu, where movie stars usually have a direct line to the governor, Paradise citizens possessed little political clout and subsisted on meager aid from a underfunded county government. Share on Pinterest A tale of two wildfires: devastation highlights California’s stark divide Share via Email features Shares235235 Last modified on Fri 14 Dec 2018 15.56 EST Brett Bizzle comforts his wife, Vanthy, who became emotional after returning to the remains of their home for the first time since the Camp fire forced them to evacuate Paradise. Photograph: Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters Read more Share on Facebook California’s catastrophic wildfires – 25,000 homes destroyed over the last 18 months – have exposed and in some cases reinforced the socioeconomic inequalities that rend this state-nation of 40 million people.If Malibu, where some residents were rescued by yacht, defines one side of the class fault line, Paradise, where many tried unsuccessfully to flee on foot, clearly represented the other. The median value of the homes destroyed in Malibu was $3,470,000; in Paradise, $200,000. One location is universally enviable; the other was affordable. Although both communities were relatively geriatric, with double the California average of over-65s, the Sierra Nevada foothill city of 27,000 also housed an extraordinary number of people with officially recognized disabilities, almost one-fifth of the under-65 population.If their social worlds, Côte d’Azur v Appalachia, were leagues apart, they did share comparable environmental histories. Twitter A firefighter battles the Woolsey fire burning a home in Malibu. Photograph: Ringo HW Chiu/AP Share on WhatsApp This is unlikely, if not impossible, without major federal assistance. But a vengeful presidential administration that blames the fires on “radical environmentalists” and threatens to cut aid because Californians don’t “rake their forests” like good Finns is unlikely to accommodate a rescue mission by House Democrats. On the other hand, the mega-developer-in-chief does robustly endorse environmental deregulation to sustain the residential land-rush into the fiery exurbs.In San Diego county, where I live, 15,000 new homes, packaged as seven planned and mainly gated communities, are in the pipeline to be built in rural, high-fire-hazard areas. Although advertised as part of the solution to the housing crisis, these are almost entirely upper-end projects – 4,000-sq-ft homes and the like – well beyond the reach of average households. I confess, however, that I like to indulge my dark side by reading the fire plans and environmental impact reports that their developers, as required by law, are forced to make public.One of my favorites – the plan for Otay Ranch Village 14, in a rugged site near the Mexican border – cooly observes: “The total of 68 fires in this area over the last 105 years within 5 miles of the Proposed Project is not considered a high number for southern California.” A fire every two years? Live with it.center_img Although news reports leave the impression that both communities were blindsided by the incendiary outbreaks, they had in fact spent years preparing to face future firestorms.In the case of Malibu, the 1993 fire that killed three residents and injured 565 firefighters led to new ordinances requiring brush clearance around homes and the use of fire-resistant building materials. Instead of a long-overdue debate about the wisdom of rebuilding in areas of extreme fire danger, residents and developers chased the mirage of “defensible space”. This slogan was echoed across California in the aftermath of other great fires, such as those that swept San Diego county in 2003 and 2007, burning 4,500 homes and killing 30 people. Even if fires were inevitable, the built environment could be made less vulnerable to combustion.Paradise’s officials, for their part, could hardly order the cutting down of the forests that made the town attractive, so they focused on reducing the dangerous traffic jams and ensuing chaos that had made it impossible to safely empty the city during the encroaching June and July 2008 fires. With considerable grassroots participation, they devised a scheme for staggered evacuation that alerted neighborhoods to leave in order of their proximity to the fire front. They calculated from past experience that they would have four hours to move out people in an orderly fashion, including the many elderly and disabled residents.In the event, Malibu proved no more fireproof than in 1993, even if a few homes constructed like concrete bunkers did survive, while Paradise, engulfed by flames moving twice as fast as predicted, became the first California city to be burned to its foundations since the great San Francisco inferno in 1906. Pinterest Wildfires Rescue workers search for human remains at a trailer park burned out from the Camp fire in Paradise. Photograph: John Locher/AP Pinterest Facebook Surely this is a “teachable moment”, and one venerable California institution, the Los Angeles Times, under new ownership, broke taboos by suggesting that the state’s continuing fire emergency requires rational limitations on real estate construction in tinder-dry rural landscapes. Boldly it proposed that Paradise not be rebuilt.Malibu, however, was a bridge too far for the LA Times and escaped mention. Although the upper quintile of the population may face temporary dislocation and more expensive insurance as a result of these disasters, it is working-class Californians in their desperate quest for affordable housing who will bear the greater cost of adjustment to the new fire regime associated with climate change. Indeed, wildfire often generates gentrification, as homes are rebuilt larger than before while trailer parks, rental units and under-insured housing are never restored. If the future is to be any different, then the Democratic super-majority that now rules in Sacramento needs to act decisively to rehouse “fire bowl” refugees from Paradise and other recent fires. Twitter Since you’re here… Natural disasters and extreme weather Facebook Topics California California: 32,000 kids return to class on Monday after wildfires hit schools Support The Guardian Pinterest Wed 5 Dec 2018 02.00 EST Trump officials accused of using deadly wildfires to boost logging Share via Email California Share on Twitter Malibu is the capital of the southern California “fire coast” that exists where communities have been built at the canyon mouths of densely vegetated coastal mountains. The steep-sided canyons, perfectly aligned with the direction of the annual dry hurricanes known in southern California as the Santa Anas and in the north as Diablos, act as bellows, accelerating the rush of fire to the beaches. Several wealthy beach towns around Los Angeles share this vulnerable situation with Malibu. Last December the city of Montecito, a sanctum of old wealth in Santa Barbara county, was overrun by the huge Thomas fire, punctually followed in January by mudslides that killed 23 people. Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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UK to attend US summit on Iran on condition of Yemen talks

first_imgThis article is more than 5 months old Share on Facebook UK to attend US summit on Iran on condition of Yemen talks Support The Guardian Jeremy Hunt Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content Share via Email A boy walks past a damaged armoured vehicle in Yemen.Photograph: Anees Mahyoub/Reuters news Share via Email Iran Share on Twitter Read more UK gives £2.5m to help salvage Yemen ceasefire This article is more than 5 months old Shares2525 US foreign policy … 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.center_img Share on Facebook Jeremy Hunt is first senior European minister to agree to attend controversial meeting Since you’re here… Fri 25 Jan 2019 10.01 EST The foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has agreed to attend a summit organised by the US in Warsaw originally billed as an alliance to confront Iranian aggression, but only on the condition that the US secretary of state hosts a meeting on Yemen on the summit’s margins.Hunt is the first senior European minister to declare that he will attend the summit, which starts on 13 February. European diplomats have been reluctant to attend, suspecting that the event is part of a US drive to undermine Europe’s support for the Iran nuclear deal signed in 2015.The EU shares Washington’s concerns about many aspects of Iranian behaviour but has been at loggerheads with the Trump administration over the US pullout from the nuclear deal and the subsequent imposition of US secondary sanctions on any firms that seek to trade with Iran or purchase its oil exports. The EU is due to publish long-delayed and technically fraught plans to circumvent US sanctions.Washington had called on ministers from 70 countries to attend the summit. Faced by the European reluctance to join a two-day event exclusively attacking Iran, US diplomats were forced to broaden the agenda to include wider issues in the Middle East.Hunt, after talks with the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, in Washington this week, has agreed to attend, but only on the condition that the UK, US, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia hold a meeting on the margins about Yemen. The UAE and Saudi are key backers of the government of Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who is fighting a Houthi rebellion. Middle East and North Africa Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Foreign policy Foreign policy Last modified on Fri 25 Jan 2019 11.20 EST The meeting helps avoid a rare UK-US standoff and gives Hunt a chance to hear about the chances of salvaging a UN-sponsored ceasefire agreed in Stockholm last month.There are ever louder claims by Saudi Arabia that Houthis are ignoring the ceasefire terms. The ceasefire prevented a Saudi-sponsored assault on the port city of Hodeidah. The port is critical to the supply of aid into Yemen.The Hadi government claims to have documented more than 400 breaches of the ceasefire and wants the UN special envoy Martin Griffiths to declare that Houthis are not abiding by it.Griffiths was in Sana’a, the Houthi-held capital of Yemen, for talks this week and has been trying to agree clearer arrangements for the control of Hodeidah port and for a civilian security force to run the city. The Houthis and the Saudis have different interpretations of how the civilian force should be composed. Patrick Wintour Diplomatic editor Topics Yemenlast_img read more

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Democrats file resolution to block Trumps unconstitutional power grab

first_img ‘Even Nixon wasn’t like him’: Trump’s bid to upend Russia inquiry unprecedented, experts say Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Lauren Gambino in Washington House of Representatives House Democrats will vote next week on a resolution to block the national emergency declaration issued by Donald Trump in order to access billions of dollars Congress refused to give him to build a wall along the border with Mexico. Share on Twitter This article is more than 4 months old House effort is unlikely to succeed, but sets up a confrontation between legislative and executive branches Share on LinkedIn With more than half of the members of the House signed on, the resolution will all but certainly pass. But the effort is likely to fall short in the Senate, where only a few Republicans have expressed interest, or to a Trump veto. It is unlikely either chamber could gather enough support to override a presidential veto.Even so, the resolution is likely to put pressure on Republicans running for re-election next year in districts and states where Trump is unpopular.Several Republican lawmakers have expressed concern that Trump’s action could set a precedent for a future Democratic president to declare a national emergency related to climate change or gun violence.Susan Collins, a moderate Republican senator from Maine who is up for re-election in 2020, was the first in her party to publicly state support for a resolution blocking the emergency declaration.With Republicans in the majority in the Senate, at least three more GOP senators would have to join her, if all of the Democrats voted for the resolution, for it to succeed. Read more Shares5252 @laurenegambino Share via Email US politics news This article is more than 4 months old … 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. US Congress Share on Facebookcenter_img Since you’re here… Texas congressman Joaquín Castro, the chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, is leading the effort.Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images “The president’s act is lawless and does violence to our constitution and therefore to our democracy,” House speaker Nancy Pelosi said on a conference call, announcing that the chamber would vote on Tuesday. “Not only is he disrespecting the legislative branch and the constitution of the United States, he is dishonoring the office in which he serves.”Though the effort is unlikely to succeed, it sets up a highly charged confrontation between the legislative and executive branches of government over the separation of powers outlined in the constitution. The move will also put pressure on Republicans who are uncomfortable about the precedent such a declaration might set – and the long-term consequences for Congress.The one-page resolution was authored by Texas congressman Joaquín Castro, a Democrat and the chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus who called Trump’s action an “unconstitutional power grab”.“This is an historic power grab,” Castro said. “It will require historic unity by members of Congress, Republican and Democrat, liberal and conservative, to counteract the president’s parasitic movement.”He added: “The president is declaring a national emergency to fulfill a campaign promise, not because there is an actual emergency on the United States border.”The resolution, which states that Trump’s emergency declaration “is hereby terminated”, has at least 226 co-sponsors, Castro said. Despite an effort to attract bipartisan support, so far only one Republican has signed on: Justin Amash, a libertarian from Michigan. Democrats will work to add more ahead of the vote, which is expected on Tuesday.Trump declared a national emergency on the border with Mexico last week, after signing legislation to avert a second government shutdown which provided far less than he demanded to build his wall along the border.In his run for the White House, the president promised to build the wall and have Mexico pay for it. Neither part of the promise has been fulfilled.Congress has approved nearly $1.4bn to build 55 miles of new fencing and barriers along the border in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley. Trump previously triggered a 35-day shutdown – the longest in history – after Congress rebuffed his demand for $5.7bn to begin construction on more than 200 miles of barriers.The national emergency declaration allows the administration to transfer money from the defense department and other federal agencies. Trump has said that will give him access to an additional $6.6bn.The action is being challenged in federal courts, including one case brought by a coalition of 16 states with Democratic attorneys general. Pelosi said the relevant House committees were studying alternative legal options but said Democrats’ focus at the moment was on passing the resolution. Fri 22 Feb 2019 13.40 EST Michael Cohen ‘told prosecutors of possible irregularities at Trump Organization’ – as it happened Read more Support The Guardian Mexico Topics Reuse this content Share on Facebook US politics Donald Trump Share via Email Americas Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Democrats file resolution to block Trump’s ‘unconstitutional power grab’ First published on Fri 22 Feb 2019 12.07 ESTlast_img read more

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AM115 – CAST – Center for Applied Special Technology

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | DownloadShow NotesHi folks. Welcome to “Accessibility Minute”, your weekly look at Assisitive Technology—those clever tools and devices designed to help people who have difficulties with vision, mobility, hearing or other special needs.CAST or the Center for Applied Special Technology was founded in 1984 when a small group of special educators became involved in using computers for the benefit of their students.  In the more than 25 years from it’s inception, CAST has become the premier resource in the area of Universal Design for Learning.  As educators work to meet the needs of students with disabilities, the resources available from CAST are very valuable.  At CAST.org you will find online tools like BookBuilder, iSolveIt Math puzzles, and the UDL Curriculum Toolkit to help educators create materials that are more accessible to students WITH or WITHOUT disabilities.For more information, to read our blog or to drop us a line, visit EasterSealsTech.com. That was your accessibility minute for this week. I’m Wade Wingler with the INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads, in Indiana.CAST: Center for Applied Special Technology http://bit.ly/1esWe6EShare this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedAM118 – DOITAugust 30, 2013In “Accessibility Minute”AM113 – PACER CenterJuly 26, 2013In “Accessibility Minute”AM084 – National Center on Health Physical Activity and DisabilityJanuary 4, 2013In “Accessibility Minute”last_img read more

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Tech Tip Defender Otterbox for iPad

first_imgSteve Carter shows us the assembly of the Defender Otterbox for the iPad.  Check it out!Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedMonday Tech Tip: iPad Keyboards (that charge from an iPad)December 28, 2015In “Tech Tips”Monday Tech Tip: Stump iPad holderMarch 3, 2014In “Tech Tips”Monday Tech Tip: Hand Gestures on iPadJuly 14, 2014In “Tech Tips”last_img

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AM161 – Sensory World

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | Download161-12-11-15 Sensory WorldHey there! Welcome to Accessibility Minute, your weekly look at Assistive Technology, those clever tools and devices designed to help people who have difficulties with vision, mobility, hearing or other special needs!Looking for a fun tool for an individual with learning disabilities? If you frequent our blog, you’ve probably noticed I spend a lot of time researching and writing about a multitude of apps for individuals with special needs. Unfortunately, several of these apps require purchase to download, some costing over $100!UK-based company FitzRoy offers a fun, educational tool developed specifically for individuals with learning disabilities called Sensory World. The best part? It’s COMPLETELY FREE! It features a virtual house where you can visit different rooms and find multiple activities. To check it out, simply go to SensoryWorld.org.For more information, to read our blog, or to drop us a line, visit EasterSealsTech.com. That was your Accessibility Minute for this week! I¹m Laura Medcalf with the INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads, in Indiana.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedAM182 – Autism Discovery Tool: Sensory From Within AppMay 6, 2016In “Accessibility Minute”Top 5 Posts from 2016December 28, 2016In “Accessibility Reviews”AM186 – Fun and FunctionJune 3, 2016In “Accessibility Minute”last_img read more

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Consumer Highlight Stephanie Weatherford

first_imgI went to the small town of Attica, IN to meet with Stephanie Weatherford to learn about the assistive technology services she received from the assistive technology department at Easterseals Crossroads.Stephanie and I spent time talking a little about her history and I learned that she was born in Lafayette, Indiana and moved to Attica in the 1980’s. Stephanie was born with Cerebral Palsy (CP). Cerebral Palsy is a disorder of movement, muscle tone or posture that is caused by damage to the brain most often before or during birth. People with CP can have physical, developmental, and speech disorders. For Stephanie, it affects her physical and speech abilities. Stephanie uses a wheelchair and has since she was a very young girl. She also has some visual problems and needs very large print to read. Stephanie is legally blind and told me that she has cataracts that are progressively getting worse. She is near-sighted in one eye and legally blind in the other.Stephanie was in special education classes throughout elementary school, but was mainstreamed into the Attica school system in 8th grade. Stephanie graduated from high school in 1990.After finishing high school, Stephanie worked with a Vocational Rehabilitation counselor to work on her goal of furthering her education. Vocational Rehabilitation is a state agency that assists individuals with disabilities in obtaining or maintain employment. They assisted her in going to the Hadley School for the Blind. Hadley School for the Blind has personalized learning programs for people who have low vision or are blind.Stephanie then began an internship with The Arc of Tippecanoe County. The Arc of Tippecanoe County is agency that provides services to individuals who have developmental delays. These services include: adult recreation, advocacy, mentoring programs, and social clubs.For this internship, she needed to be able to use a computer to perform the job duties so she connected with Vocational Rehabilitation again and was referred by them to Easterseals Crossroads for an assistive technology evaluation. An assistive technology evaluation is a one-on-one evaluation to determine what type of technology can maintain or increase the independence of an individual at work, home, or in the community. Stephanie was assigned to work with Belva Smith, Assistive Technology Specialist at Easterseals Crossroads to determine her needs.Belva met with Stephanie at her home and learned that she had many difficulties using a computer. She learned that with Stephanie’s physical limitations she was unable to use a mouse or keyboard for computer inputand due to her visual impairments she was unable to read what was displayed on the screen. Stephanie also has difficulty with speech so using voice input to control the computer was also very challenging, but was her best option. Belva determined that for Stephanie to use verbal commands to control her computer her best option was to use a computer with Dragon Naturally Speaking software, which is dictation software along with JAWS, which is a screen reader. She also set up JSay, which is software that allows both the voice input and the screen reader to work at the same time.With Dragon allowing Stephanie to speak to her computer and the software inputting the information she speaks and JAWS reading the information that is on the computer screen aloud to her, she is able to perform her internship duties.Belva told me, “Using JAWS and Dragon is a very advanced technology. With all of Stephanie’s challenges most people might have said there was no way she could ever use a computer. Stephanie has an amazing attitude and is very determined. She has great family support and with her determination, technology, and family support she is now using a computer which allows her to work at the ARC and continue to seek future employment opportunities.”As part of her internship duties for the Arc Executive Director, Stephanie writes thank you letters for donations or volunteers work hours someone has given to the agency. She keeps track of the attendance for social events and assists in organizing these events. Some of the events she coordinates are exercise classes, dance classes, bowling outings, the Valentines dance and a prom they host every year. She serves on both the Adult Direct Services committee and the Prom Committee. Stephanie is also an ARC board member as a consumer representative. She serves as a consumer representative to assure “a member’s voice can be heard.”Stephanie said when she started working with Belva, “I wanted this internship. That was my main goal. Belva helped me get the technology that allowed me to do the internship and she also helped me find ways to do stuff on my own. She helped me learn easier, better ways to use the computer.”Stephanie is using a Dell laptop with the input and output software mentioned above and a headset to verbally dictate. She spent one month training with Belva and now can use her computer to write emails, use Facebook, and surf the Internet. She works her internship from home 20 hours per week and also goes to The ARC for meetings. She has an aide who assists her with daily activities and her parents are able to drive her anywhere she needs to go in their van that is equipped with a wheelchair lift. Stephanie tells me she also uses Siri to text on her iPhone and really likes her amazon Echo to be able to ask what time it is and what the weather is like outside.Stephanie is interested in obtaining a paid position now that she is able to use technology so efficiently. She has also been working on a book for a few years. She loves reading and journalism and hopes to complete her book now that she can use a computer more easily. Her book is about her life story. She said, “ I want to hopefully write a story so people don’t make the same mistakes that my team and I have made. I also want to be an inspiration. I would love for people to look at my story and say, “If she can do it, so can I”. I hope that people can learn from the problems I have faced and apply the solutions I have found along the way and help them with their own struggles. I see it as a self-help guide. “Stephanie said, “I like technology. I like it a lot. It allows me to do things I could never do otherwise on my own. Belva helped me so much. She knew what I needed to know. She understood the whole situation and she knew how to show me what I needed.”I asked Stephanie if she had an advice for anyone who struggles with technology and she said, “ I would tell people to get out there and research your options. If you can’t figure out how to do something there are people to help. If you can’t do the research ask family, friends, or staff to help you find the resources. Ask for help when you need it. “We wish Stephanie all the best with future employment goals and the completion of her book! We look forward to reading it!Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedConsumer Highlight: Cadira GreerMarch 28, 2016In “Consumer Highlight”Cerebral Palsy in the SpotlightMarch 10, 2011In “cerebral palsy”Consumer Highlight: Sarah JonesOctober 15, 2017In “Consumer Highlight”last_img read more

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Streamlabs Unveils Creator Sites Integrated WebsiteBuilder and Commerce Platform for Live Streamers

first_imgStreamlabs Unveils Creator Sites; Integrated Website-Builder and Commerce Platform for Live Streamers PRNewswireMay 31, 2019, 11:38 pmMay 31, 2019 Streamlabs, the leading provider of live streaming tools, is announcing the general availability of Creator Sites, a new content creator-focused website builder to help live streamers consolidate their online brand, monetize their stream, and grow their online business. This is “Shopify for Creators”, enabling live streamers to showcase their brand while monetizing via donations, and selling apparel and accessories from their own website.@Streamlabs is announcing Creator Sites, a new content creator-focused website builder to help live streamers grow their online businessBuilt by streamers for streamers, Creator Sites is integrated with leading content platforms like Twitter, YouTube, Twitch, Mixer, Facebook, and Instagram. Cross-platform content aggregation allows the live stream, stream chat and an activity feed from all linked platforms to be displayed on the creator’s website. Creators receive a unique web address and professional email. The platforms intuitive drag and drop user interface requires no background in web editing or knowledge about domains, cybersecurity, email server setup or SEO. Creator Sites act as a landing page to give viewers, potential sponsors, and business partners one central location to see the latest activity from the streamer.Ali ‘Myth’ Kabbani, a popular live streamer with over five million followers on Twitch said, “Creator Sites give me the tools to build a website that serves as a community hub for my fans, and allows me to continue to grow my community in a unique way like never before.”Marketing Technology News: Phillips Edison Reveals Top Retail Shopping Center Trends of 2019Basic features for Creator Sites are free, and the bespoke user experience has been tailored for content creators. For $149 per year, creators can subscribe to “Streamlabs Prime,” a new service in which members unlock advanced features for Creator Sites and additional features for a variety of Streamlabs products.Features:Domain with information protection and enterprise-grade security1-click custom email setup on personal domainIntegrated commerce and monetizationWebsite builder for beginner to advanced usersContent Creator specific, drag-and-drop building blocksWebsite theme gallery with content from top industry designersSEO friendly websites with 100% user control and ability to add custom headersContent aggregation across all major platformsCross-platform stats aggregationUnique website layouts optimized for both desktop and mobile“Live streamers are unique in that their online persona is their brand. Showcasing that becomes complicated when your online presence is spread throughout a dozen different platforms,” said Ali Moiz, CEO of Streamlabs. “Creator Sites provides an opportunity for live streamers to unite their online presence and reflect a consistent brand.”Marketing Technology News: Batterii Unveils New Co-Creation App to Eliminate All Traditional Focus GroupsThis new product is enabling content creators to position themselves effectively and professionally on their journey as a brand without spending hundreds of dollars on design and web development. Darryle ‘Hamlinz’ Hamlin, professional live streamer and member of esports group TSM, says, “This idea is game-changing, it makes watching and following your favorite creator easy.”The creator economy is rapidly growing. Streamlabs has processed over $400M in donations to live streamers since 2015. Hours watched on Twitch increased 35% year over year, reaching 2.7 billion hours in Q1 of 2019. Live streamers are garnering mainstream media attention, changing digital media, and influencing consumer spending habits. As the creator economy continues to develop, Streamlabs remains committed to powering the content creator workforce by providing tools that help streamers turn their passion into a business.Marketing Technology News: Information Builders’ WebFOCUS Named a FrontRunner in Business Intelligence in Fourth Consecutive Report Ali Moizlive streaming toolsMarketing Technology NewsNewsShopify for CreatorsStreamlabs Previous ArticleMarTech Interview with Chris Roebuck, CEO and Founder, ClicktivatedNext ArticleLionbridge Launches Lionbridge AI, Extends Leadership Position in AI Data Training Serviceslast_img read more

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Kyndi Secures 20 Million in Funding Led by Intel Capital to Advance

first_imgKyndi Secures $20 Million in Funding Led by Intel Capital to Advance Industry’s First Explainable AI Platform PRNewswireJuly 15, 2019, 4:00 pmJuly 15, 2019 Kyndi’s fully auditable AI solutions create actionable intelligence, enabling government, life sciences and financial institutions to succeed by making faster, better decisionsKyndi, the artificial intelligence company building the first Explainable AI platform, announced that it raised $20 million in Series B funding led by Intel Capital, with participation from UL Ventures, PivotNorth Capital, and existing investors. The new funding will be used to expand the company’s engineering and sales teams to meet growing customer demand in government, financial services and life sciences.“As AI becomes an increasingly integral part of how organizations operate and make decisions, there is a growing realization that they can no longer rely on ‘black box’ solutions that lack the rationale behind how recommendations were determined,” said Ryan Welsh, Founder and CEO of Kyndi. “Some of the leading organizations in government and the private sector are adopting Kyndi’s Explainable AI platform because we provide actionable intelligence that’s auditable and provides the reasoning behind every decision.”Marketing Technology News: Brave Expands Advertising Platform to Mobile Devices and Launches Brave Ads Certified Vendor Program“Enterprises are turning to AI to take advantage of new opportunities and to solve pressing business problems, and we expect AI’s use in business will continue to grow as the technology matures,” said Nick Washburn, Senior Managing Director of Intel Capital. “Solutions like Kyndi’s, which remove some of the mystery of AI technology, will continue to gain importance, and we look forward to helping them accelerate AI adoption and address the need for explainability.” Investment Director Sunil M. Sanghavi led the investment for Intel Capital and will join Kyndi’s board of directors.Unlike traditional “black box” AI solutions, the Kyndi platform scores the provenance and origin of each document it processes, while helping organizations quickly find difficult-to-locate information within collections of documents – without requiring large, labeled data sets to train the system. In addition, Kyndi’s Explainable AI software can be used in conjunction with robotic process automation (RPA) tools to analyze text and automate inefficient workflows.Marketing Technology News: M-Commerce Not Living up to Consumer Expectations, New Research Finds“Kyndi was named an IDC Innovator because of their focus and innovation on ‘Explainable AI’ and the automatic creation of knowledge graphs to answer challenging questions from reams of unstructured data, and also because of the success their customers in government agencies and Fortune 500 pharmaceutical companies are having to quickly identify and locate hidden information,” said David Schubmehl, Research Director, AI Software Platforms, IDC.“We are thrilled to have been able to work closely with these founders to build a market-defining company,” said Tim Connors, Founder and General Partner at PivotNorth Capital. “Kyndi’s team is now solving customer problems that until recently were unsolvable. It’s great to see good people working on important problems.”Marketing Technology News: Zeta Global and PlaceIQ Announce Strategic Partnership to Enhance the Zeta Data Cloud AIIntelKyndiNewsNick WashburnRPARyan Welsh Previous ArticleUS E-Commerce Trends Linked to Nielsen’s Prime Day AnalyticsNext Article20 Million Strong – Fuel Rewards Program Doubles Membership in Just Two Yearslast_img read more

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Hayabusa2 Probe Collects Second Sample From Asteroid Ryugu

first_img Tagged In sciencespaceasteroidsjaxaHayabusa 2Hayabusa2 Post a Comment 2 Comments Hayabusa2 Probe Collects Second Sample From Asteroid Ryugu The Sad Situation That Hayden Panettiere Is Living In Today Japan’s Hayabusa2 probe has just made history — again. The spacecraft gathered samples from the surface of the asteroid Ryugu earlier this year, and it bombed the asteroid a few months later. Now, the probe has taken another trip to the surface to scoop up pristine material that used to be buried below the surface. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched Hayabusa2 in 2014, taking four years just to meet up with Ryugu in its orbit some 185 million miles (300 million kilometers) from Earth. It started by dropping off some barrel-shaped robots to get the lay of the land, and then it descended to pick up its first sample in February 2019. Hayabusa2 carried several tantalum slugs, which it fired at the surface after each landing. The impact launched particles upward and into the probe’s collection compartment — that first landing collected material from the top layer of the asteroid. The most recent collection is crucial because it may have included material from deeper inside Ryugu. In April, Hayabusa2 launched the 5.5-pound (2.5kilogramsm) Small Carry-on Impactor (SCI). The SCI used a shaped HMX explosive charge to launch the impactor at Ryugu at more than 2 kilometers per second. The result was a small, artificial crater. Regolith on the surface of Ryugu has been bombarded by solar radiation for eons, but just below the surface is pristine material that is virtually unchanged since the birth of the solar system. That’s what Hayabusa2 was after this time. [PPTD] These images were taken before and after touchdown by the small monitor camera (CAM-H). The first is 4 seconds before touchdown, the second is at touchdown itself and the third is 4 seconds after touchdown. In the third image, you can see the amount of rocks that rise. pic.twitter.com/ssZU5TV3x9— HAYABUSA2@JAXA (@haya2e_jaxa) July 11, 2019This landing required careful preparations — any problems could risk the loss of the first sample which is still inside Hayabusa2. The probe landed about 20 meters from the center of the crater, using its second tantalum slug to scoop up ejecta. Visual examination of the area showed varying color compared with other parts of the asteroid, so the team believes it does indeed have material from inside Ryugu. Hayabusa2 will remain in orbit of Ryugu for several more months, departing in November or December. The spacecraft will arrive back at Earth in late 2020, at which point scientists will be able to examine the Ryugu samples up close. JAXA doesn’t know exactly how much of Ryugu is coming back to Earth, but it hopes to get up to 100mg of material from the asteroid. That doesn’t sound like a lot, but it will be the only perfectly preserved sample of the solar system from an object more distant than the moon.Now read:Hayabusa2 Probe Deploys Third Robot on Asteroid RyuguHayabusa Sends Back Photos and Video From Surface of Asteroid RyuguJapan’s Hayabusa 2 Spacecraft Reaches Asteroid, Prepares to Collect Sample Why Billy Hargrove from ‘Stranger Things’ Looks So Familiar Why The Hound May Have Been ‘GOT’s’ Most Important Character Jim Carrey’s Tragic Life Just Gets Sadder and Sadder 2 Comments ‘Dark Phoenix’ Director Reveals Who Is to Blame for Massive Flop Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 5 Is Already Planned Bran’s Deleted ‘GoT’ Scene Would Have Changed Everything New TV Shows That Will Absolutely Get Canceled in 2019 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. By Ryan Whitwam on July 11, 2019 at 1:04 pm You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNetlast_img read more

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Scientists Capture Photographic Proof of Quantum Entanglement

first_img The Real Reason Emma Watson Refuses to Do a Nude Scene By Ryan Whitwam on July 15, 2019 at 1:09 pm Cartoon Episodes So Controversial They Were Banned Scientists Capture Photographic Proof of Quantum Entanglement Humans tend to think they have a pretty good handle on how the physical world operates, but things get unspeakably weird at the small scale. Particles aren’t always particles, and sometimes those particles (or waves) behave in bizarre, counterintuitive ways. One of the strangest features of physics is quantum entanglement, and scientists from the University of Glasgow have just captured the first photo demonstrating the effect. When two particles or molecules become entangled on a quantum level, they share one or more properties such as spin, polarization, or momentum. This effect persists even if you move one of the entangled objects far away from the other. Einstein famously called entanglement “spooky action at a distance.” Einstein felt the existence of entanglement meant there were gaping holes in quantum mechanical theory. Scientists have successfully demonstrated quantum entanglement with photos, electrons, molecules of various sizes, and even very small diamonds. The University of Glasgow study is the first ever to capture visual evidence of entanglement, though. The experiment used photons in entangled pairs and measured the phase of the particles — this is known as a Bell entanglement. The team produced photons with an ultraviolet laser, passing them through a crystal that causes some of the photos to become entangled. A beam splitter turned the beam into two equal “arms” with some of the entangled photos going down different paths. Since they were entangled, they continued to share the same phase even after being separated. The experimental setup. The beam starts in the lower left, splits in the middle, and the left “arm” goes through phase filters.One of those photons passes through a liquid crystal material that runs it through four phase transitions (0, 45, 90, and 135-degrees). The team used a highly sensitive camera to capture images of the entangled photon that hadn’t gone through the filter. However, it showed the same phase transitions as its partner. The image above shows the entangled pair at a 45-degree phase. Scientists believe that quantum entanglement could have applications in quantum computing, data transmission, and even teleportation. For any of that to work, we need to study entanglement in much greater detail. The University of Glasgow experiment may open the door to new types of imaging that help us come to grips with that spooky action at a distance.Now read:Photon Teleported Between Earth and Space for the First TimeLarger, Hybrid Optical CPUs Could Eclipse Silicon DesignsHow Does Quantum Computing Work? Here’s How To Catch And Purify Shadow Pokemon In ‘Pokemon Go’ Artist Reimagines Iconic Disney Scenes with a Hilarious Twist 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. You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Huge Scandals That Rocked The History Channel The Sad Situation That Hayden Panettiere Is Living In Today Celebs Who Were Sadly Killed By Their Fans 8 Comments The Inside Scoop On How ‘The Batman’ Is Coming Along Tagged In sciencephysicsquantum computingquantum entanglementquantum mechanicsentanglement Post a Comment 8 Commentslast_img read more

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Nintendo Unveils New Switch With Significantly Longer Battery Life

first_imgNintendo Unveils New Switch With Significantly Longer Battery Life Willow Smith’s Transformation is Turning Heads You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet By Joel Hruska on July 17, 2019 at 3:14 pm Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 5 Is Already Planned Once Huge Stars Who Are Total Recluses Now This Is Where ‘The Man With the Golden Voice’ Ended Up Sun Baby From ‘Teletubbies’ Is 22 Now & Unrecognizably Gorgeous The Surprising Reason Why Brandon Routh Is Returning to Superman Helen From ‘Waterworld’ Is 56 Now and Incredibly Gorgeous Lilly From ‘Princess Diaries’ Is 36 Now and Gorgeous Tagged In microsoftnvidiasonynintendoconsolesconsole gaming10nmSwitchtegraNintendo Switchpc gamesX1X2switch liteMarikoSwitch Pro Post a Comment 1 Comment 1 Comment Earlier this year, we heard rumors of two new Switches that Nintendo would supposedly launch. The Switch Lite was recently announced, which confirmed both its own existence. Now, Nintendo has unveiled a second Switch update. The new model has drastically improved battery life and no other differences and will sell for the same $299 base price.Note: The fact that Nintendo isn’t claiming other differences doesn’t mean there couldn’t be a few. It does, however, mean that they’ll likely be small and incidental.The old Switch had an estimated battery life of 2.5 – 6.5 hours. The new Switch has an estimated battery life of 4.5 – 9 hours. Do the math, and that works out to a 1.8x increase at the low end and a 1.4x increase at the top. Even if the exact figures are wrong, the new Switch should live much longer than the old one on the same charge.We already know, thanks to FCC filings, that Nintendo applied to put a new SoC and storage in the Switch, but it’d be obvious they had, even if we didn’t have that information. There are only three ways to improve battery life by 1.4x – 1.8x:Dramatically increase battery size and weight.Fix whatever broken software is wrecking overall power consumptionBuild a more power-efficient SoC, most likely on a lower process node.The original Switch still uses Nvidia’s Tegra X1, a 2015-era processor built on TSMC’s 20nm node. Data suggest that both the Switch Lite and the upgraded Switch use a T214 chip from Nvidia, codenamed Mariko. Mariko may be a die-shrunk version of Tegra X1 with backported security updates and support for LPDDR4x as opposed to LPDDR4. We don’t know the process node Mariko is built on, but there’s some evidence it may be capable of a higher clock speed than its predecessor. This also points to a node shrink, though we don’t know which process node Nvidia might have used (and there are plenty to choose from). A node shrink and the DRAM change would account for the improved power consumption.– Original T210 hardware has 4GB (retail) or 6GB (dev) LPDDR4 DRAM;– New T214 hardware has 4GB or 8GB LPDDR4x DRAM with planned support for 10nm chips;— Mike Heskin (@hexkyz) July 11, 2019If you want to pick up one of the new units, look for Switches with serial numbers starting with XKW; the model number is HAC-001(-01). We don’t have an exact date when the devices will launch in the US, but Nintendo has said to expect mid-August availability.Will We See A Switch Pro?The fact that Nintendo is putting a new SoC in a non-refreshed Switch makes it seem a lot less likely that we’ll see an upgraded Switch Pro in the near future. The simplest explanation for this is that Nintendo decided to spend the benefits of a new node entirely on extending battery life because that was the feature Switch gamers wanted most. Just improving battery life, however, may not have been enough of an upgrade for the company to feel like an entirely new higher-end product was warranted.The rumors around an upgraded Switch have always been vague. One possibility in all this is that Nintendo keeps the Switch as-is for now, but rolls out its own upgrade in 9-12 months, to better compete against the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Next. The goal, in this case, wouldn’t be direct competition — Nintendo is playing its own game on that front — but to make sure Switch stayed relevant in the overall hardware conversation, and that Nintendo demonstrated its own ability to deliver better hardware on a cadence. The degree of interest the company has in this step likely hinges on the degree to which it sees itself in competition with Sony and Microsoft in the first place.There are rumors that the new Switch’s GPU might be clocked at a higher default frequency, which would improve performance in games that aren’t memory bandwidth-limited, but we won’t know if the console delivers many performance improvements until it’s actually available.Now Read: PC Gamers Who Didn’t Play Classic Console Games Missed Out on Great ExperiencesNintendo Switch Controllers Are Beginning to Fail in Large NumbersNintendo Unveils Switch Lite, Coming Sept. 20 for $199 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.last_img read more

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Nvidia vs AMD Do GPUs Degrade in Performance Over Time

first_img One of the areas where reviews sometimes fall short is in providing perspective on how component performance evolves over time. While the yearly new hardware launch cadence provides periodic opportunities to revisit how older components stack up to newer ones, the focus in any given launch is going to be on the CPU or GPU that’s being launched, not previous cards. Title-specific coverage, meanwhile, is typically measured and written in the days immediately following a launch, often as part of a game or product review. Stack these two trends together, and it can be more difficult than it ought to be for gamers to figure out how performance has changed over time and to tease out which GPUs are holding their value better than others.With this in mind, we’ve completed an analysis of the data sets we gathered in our recent review of AMD’s Radeon RX 5700 and Radeon RX 5700 XT, as well as the Gigabyte Aorus RTX 2080 Xtreme 8GB. We updated all of our GPU data sets in late June / early July of 2019, which makes this a good time to look back at how Pascal, Turing, and GCN performance have each evolved over the past nine months.We’re specifically watching for two trends. First, there have been a number of general concerns from gamers about the ongoing impact of Meltdown and Spectre patches on game performance. Second, there is a perception in certain circles that Nvidia GPUs lose performance more quickly than their AMD counterparts, either because of intrinsic characteristics of Nvidia GPU design or because the company deliberately handicaps older cards to make newer GPUs look better by comparison.If I’m being honest, I’ve never believed the more sinister version of this argument. Nvidia and AMD pursued somewhat different optimization strategies in the pre-DX12 era, and Nvidia can reasonably be assumed to focus its optimization efforts on newer GPUs rather than older cards. This is not unique to Nvidia, however. Now that AMD has RDNA in-market, it may have to make decisions about how to prioritize its time when working to optimize for its various architectures as well. There is a difference between saying that Nvidia may focus more on optimizing for newer cards and saying that Nvidia deliberately handicaps older GPUs. In any event, the goal here is to measure how performance has evolved over time in the same suite of titles. We’ll see where the results take us.Test SetupAll of our tests were run on an Asus Prime Z370-A motherboard, with 32GB of DDR4-3200 using an Intel Core i7-8086K. The September 2018 Nvidia GPUs were tested using the 411.63 Turing launch driver, while the June retest used the 430.86 Nvidia driver. The AMD Radeon 64 and Radeon VII used the Adrenaline 19.5.2 driver. A Samsung 1TB 970 EVO was used for storage. The September 2018 tests were run using Windows 10 1803, while the June 2019 tests were run under Windows 10 1903. All Meltdown, Spectre, and related patches were left in default states.While the dates for the comparison are set to September 2018 and June 2019, this is obviously a bit of a fudge in the Radeon VII’s case (the Radeon VII didn’t launch until February). The Radeon VII’s June performance is being compared with its launch performance in this case.Two games showed performance declines across both Radeon and GeForce hardware: Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation and Warhammer II. Both games showed declines in all APIs, though AotS: Escalation lost more performance. This is theorized to be the result of Spectre et al protections. No other games showed performance declines, and the declines in these specific titles were not large enough to change the overall trend across our suite of games.We measured performance in Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Hitman, Metro Last Light Redux, Middle Earth: Shadow of War, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Warhammer II, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Assassin’s Creed: Origins, and Far Cry 5. The performance figures given for each GPU in each resolution reflect the geometric mean of our results. We used a geometric mean instead of an arithmetic mean to calculate averages to account for the fact that minimum frame rates can vary widely by game — Hitman, for example, regularly returns minimum frame rates for all GPUs between 4 – 12fps.Our September coverage used a standard GeForce RTX 2080, while the June 2019 data is based on the Gigabyte Aorus RTX 2080 Xtreme, which has slightly higher clock rates. This may have had a slight impact on performance (1-2 percent), but the difference is not large enough to be an issue for our purposes.ResultsThe slideshow below contains our results, graphed by resolution and by minimum versus average frame rates. Willow Smith’s Transformation is Turning Heads 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. Nvidia vs. AMD: Do GPUs Degrade in Performance Over Time? Marvel Fans Are Hoping Valkyrie Finds Her Queen The Radeon Vega 64 is the big winner here, climbing 1.14x, while Turing and Pascal both pick up about 1.11x. The GeForce GTX 1080 still gains 1.07x. The Radeon VII is the only GPU to show flat minimum performance.<><>123456 Bran’s Deleted ‘GoT’ Scene Would Have Changed Everything Lilly From ‘Princess Diaries’ Is 36 Now and Gorgeous Don’t Watch These Movies With Your Parents Things Only Adults Notice in ‘ThunderCats’ Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 5 Is Already Planned 98 Comments You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Maisie Williams’ Transformation is Turning Heads By Joel Hruska on July 15, 2019 at 7:39 am Conclusion:The minimum frame rate improvements at 1080p and 1440p are quite solid for Vega 64, the RTX 2080, and the GTX 1080 Ti. The average level of improvement is smaller across the board for all cards, but this isn’t necessarily surprising. Vega 64 and Radeon VII are both based on GCN, and GCN has been AMD’s lead architecture for a number of years — long enough to be well-optimized, at this point. Nvidia’s RTX 2080 picks up the most consistent gains across all resolutions, probably thanks to the minor clock tap or the fact that Turing is the newest architecture and had the most performance still on the table. Even the GTX 1080 picks up a few frames at 1080p.There is no evidence that Nvidia has taken any action to harm Pascal performance or to make its older, 2016 GPUs look less attractive than more recent cards. There are no Pascal performance regressions or frame rate issues in any game that do not affect every GPU (that’s why we think the performance decline in Ashes and Warhammer II is CPU-related, not GPU-related). Vega 64’s performance may have come up the most, but Vega 64 has been on the market for less time than the Pascal family. Despite these improvements, it also only matches or slightly underperforms the GTX 1080 at every resolution and in both minimum and average frame rates. The relative performance of these AMD and NV cards relative to each other has shifted only modestly.The implication of these findings is only to the good, no matter which GPU you own. AMD or Nvidia, Vega and Pascal cards both show continued expected performance, while Turing’s slightly larger improvements are what we’d expect for a relatively newer architecture. Obviously the particulars of how a GPU architecture ages are going to be specific to each architecture, and since this review didn’t focus on older cards from the Maxwell or Kepler era, we can’t speak to the situations with those GPUs. But as far as Pascal is concerned, Nvidia’s last-generation architecture appears to be aging quite well, while AMD has also improved on Vega’s performance.Now Read:AMD’s RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT Reviewed: RDNA Puts Radeon Back in the GameNvidia RTX 2060, 2070 Super: Better GPU Performance, Same PriceMeet RDNA: AMD’s Long-Awaited New GPU Architecture Tagged In amdgamingnvidiagpusPascalVegaturingGTX 1080RTX 2080Vega 64GTX 1080 Tirise of the tomb raiderCore i7-8086KRX 5700assassin’s creed originsshadow of the tomb raiderRX 5700 XTWindows 10 1903hitmanGigabyte Aorus RTX 2080 Xtremefar cry 5Deus Ex: Mankind DividedWarhammer IIWindows 10 1803Ashes of the Singularity EscalationMetro Last Light ReduxMiddle Earth: Shadow of War Post a Comment 98 Commentslast_img read more

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Samsung Galaxy A80 With Rotating Camera Snapdragon 730G Processor Launched for Rs

first_img a80galaxy a80galaxy a80 featuresgalaxy a80 launch First Published: July 18, 2019, 6:12 PM IST Samsung has introduced its top of the line handset under the Galaxy A-series. The new Galaxy A80 comes with a unique sliding camera mechanism which can rotate and be used as a selfie camera. It is also the first handset to sport the new Snapdragon 730G chipset. The handset features a 6.7-inch full-HD+ (2400×1080 pixels) Super AMOLED New Infinity Display with a 20:9 aspect ratio and also houses an in-display fingerprint sensor. On the inside there an octa-core Snapdragon 730G processor paired with 8GB of RAM and 128GB storage. The rotating camera setup includes a 48-megapixel primary sensor with an f/2.0 lens and an 8-megapixel secondary sensor with an ultra-wide-angle f/2.2 lens along with a 3D depth camera along and an infrared sensor. The camera mechanism on the Galaxy A80 slides up and when you want to take a selfie, it rotates to the front. Backing up the camera is a Super Steady mode and a Scene Optimiser that can recognise and enhance up to 30 scenes. There is also a Flaw Detection feature that can identify glitches before clicking a photo.Other features include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, a USB Type-C and there is also a 3,700mAh battery that supports 25W fast charging. The Galaxy A80 will be offered on Angel Gold, Ghost White, and Phantom Black colour options. The handset will be available for pre-booking from July 22 to July 31 and Samsung is offering a one-time screen replacement for customers pre-booking the handset. There is also a five percent cashback if you purchase the handset using a Citibank credit card. The handset will go on sale starting August 1. last_img read more

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If I am Scared I Will Sit at Home Says Priyanka on

first_imgSalon (Uttar Pradesh): Dismissing suggestions that the Congress will cut into votes of the SP-BSP-RLD alliance, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Wednesday said her party has fielded candidates either with prospects of victory or having potential to damage the BJP’s chances.Asked whether she was afraid of contesting against Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Varanasi, the Congress general secretary said she was not scared at all and that she joined politics “for good”. “If Priyanka Gandhi gets scared, she will sit at home and not do politics. I am in politics for good and will be there,” she said.The Congress general secretary in-charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh also hit out at the BJP for what she called its “obsession” with the Gandhi family when the focus should be on solving people’s problems.On the political landscape in Uttar Pradesh, Priyanka said, “We have carefully chosen candidates so that either Congress wins or they cut into BJP’s votes. Congress is not at all cutting into votes of the ‘UP gathbandhan’.”Priyanka was talking to the media during her campaign trail in Amethi where her brother Rahul Gandhi is seeking re-election.The Samajwadi Party (SP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) forged an alliance months before the Lok Sabha polls, but kept out the Congress as there was no agreement on seat-sharing.According to political observers, the anti-BJP vote could get split between the Congress and the UP alliance, benefitting BJP.”This is not a preparation for (assembly polls) in UP in 2022. This is about defeating BJP in 2019,” she said, adding, “Congress party is weak in UP we need to strengthen it here. I am working towards it.”Sharply reacting on her comments, BJP’s national spokesperson Sambit Patra said, “The Congress party is not contesting elections to win but to cut into votes of BJP. Today the grand old party has become a vote katua party.”‘Vote katua’ is a term used for those candidates who may not come out victorious but may tilt the electoral balance in the favour of one of the two main contestants.Asked whether Rahul Gandhi will become the prime minister, Priyanka said, “My brother will prove to be a good prime minister. Whether he will become the prime minister or not, the public has to decide.”On the row surrounding Rahul Gandhi’s citizenship, she said, “This is a baseless issue which is being raked up, and the need is to focus on problems of the people.”Priyanka said there was no leader like her brother Rahul Gandhi as he listens to people and tries to resolve their problems.”BJP is obsessed with Gandhi family. When we come here we do not talk about our family. We talk about problems of people, but they target our family in half of their speeches,” said Priyanka.On the decision of her not being fielded from Varanasi, she said if she had contested from the temple town, she would have been confined to only one constituency.”I am not dejected that I am not contesting from Varanasi. I wanted to campaign and strengthen Congress in eastern Uttar Pradesh. Had I contested from Varanasi I would have got confined to Varanasi alone and would not have been able to work for strengthening the party,” she said.”There is a lot of work to do in eastern Uttar Pradesh and we have to defeat the BJP in Uttar Pradesh and strengthen the Congress,” she said.The Congress fielded Ajay Rai from Varanasi, ending weeks of speculations that the constituency may witness a blockbuster contest between Modi and Priyanka.”I am not fighting elections or campaigning for myself…I have a lot of work to do here and every Congress candidate wants me to campaign for them,” she said.”I had said in the beginning that if the party wants me to contest (from Varanasi), then I am ready and would go by the party’s decision,” she added.Training her guns on the BJP, Priyanka alleged that the government at the Centre has not given “nyay” (justice) to people.”People are harassed. This government has lost the trust of the people who voted them on hopes which have been dashed,” she added.”You have to understand their niyat (intention) and neeti (policy). They have done nothing to solve the menace of stray cattle. Gaushalas are yet to be set up,” she said.Priyanka also took a swipe at government over the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana, under which a farmer will get Rs 6,000 annually, saying it’s “a kisan apman (insult) yojana”.The Congress general secretary attacked Union minister and BJP candidate from Amethi constituency Smriti Irani. “By distributing shoes, she has insulted people of Amethi…They say that there is parivarwaad (dynastic politics), but this is the love of the people of Amethi, which our family is getting…When I was 12-year-old, I had seen barren land, and I remember my father seeking your support, and today there is greenery,” she said and referred to various works done by her father and former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and by her brother Rahul Gandhi.The Salon assembly segment in Rae Bareli district falls under the Amethi parliamentary constituency. Amethi and Rae Bareli will vote on May 6 in the fifth phase.The BJP had won a whopping 71 seats out of 80 in Uttar Pradesh in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. BJPcongressLok Sabha elections 2019Narendra Modi First Published: May 2, 2019, 8:01 AM ISTlast_img read more

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Sayani Gupta Compares Shah Rukh Khan to Dalai Lama Says SRK Makes

first_imgActress Sayani Gupta, who had worked with Shah Rukh Khan in Fan, says the superstar makes her the happiest girl in the world.Shah Rukh on Wednesday attended a screening of Sayani and Ayushmann Khurrana-starrer Article 15 in Mumbai. The actor even posed with the cast of the film for photographs. And like other fans, Sayani could not resist expressing her love for SRK after meeting him. She took to Instagram and penned a heartfelt post for Shah Rukh.”Only one man can make women so happy. It is only Shah Rukh Khan. Just the best energy one has experienced after his holiness Dalai Lama. Just effervescent abundant love to offer. I told him today that I was the only one from the cast and crew of ‘Fan’ that did not have a photo with him because I always thought I was too cool to go up to someone for a photo. “Only to have regretted later, every time. So we made it happen this time after so many years…And here’s the mind numbing dizzy love that is coming through every muscle of my face! Even my eyebrows are going bonkers! Just saying. You make me the happiest girl in the world and so many people in the world. I will always love you,” Sayani captioned an image in which the “Zero” actor is seen hugging her. Ayushmann also shared a photograph of himself with SRK on Twitter, thanking him for his “love”.”Being an SRKian, this was a very special moment. Thanks for the love Shah sir,” Ayushmann captioned the image.Being an SRKian, this was a very special moment. Thanks for the love Shah sir. #Article15 pic.twitter.com/WyYs6BeTer— Ayushmann Khurrana (@ayushmannk) June 27, 2019Follow @News18Movies for more Article 15Article 15 premiereArticle 15reviewAyushmann Khurrana First Published: June 28, 2019, 11:39 AM ISTlast_img read more

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LK Advani Congratulates PM Modi For BJPs Unprecedented Poll Victory Praises Amit

first_imgNew Delhi: Veteran BJP leader LK Advani congratulated Prime Narendra Modi on Thursday for steering the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) towards an “unprecedented victory” in the Lok Sabha polls.He also praised BJP chief Amit Shah for his efforts to ensure that the message of the party reached every voter. “Heartiest congratulations to Shri Narendrabhai Modi for steering the BJP towards this unprecedented victory in the elections. Shri Amitbhai Shah as the BJP President and all the dedicated workers of the party have put in enormous effort in making sure that the message of BJP reaches every voter of the country,” Advani said in a statement.He further said it was a wonderful feeling that in a country as large and diverse as India, the poll process was successfully completed and complimented the voters and all the agencies involved in it.”May our great nation be blessed with a bright future ahead,” the former deputy prime minister added. Amit ShahBJPLK AdvaniNarendra Modi First Published: May 23, 2019, 4:51 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Netflixs 7 billion 2018 content budget towers over Apple

first_imgNetflix is reshaping the television and movie industries and there’s no signs of that changing. The company has expanded its movie library with a roster of original programming that has earned it high praise and faithful subscribers alike. Word has it that Apple is preparing to make its own bold entrance into the original programming industry, but its $1 billion budget looks puny compared to Netflix’s $7 billion ambitions. If everything goes the way Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos expects, the company will spend a massive $7 billion on shows, a notable increase over 2016’s $5 billion and 2017’s more than $6 billion. Sarandos himself said as much during an interview with Variety. Of that $7 billion, most of it will go toward licensing content, though Netflix has big plans to expand its original programming.Though Netflix is arguably chief when it comes to online video streaming — and producing its own original content — it is facing an increasing number of competitors in a crowded market. Amazon has made great gains on the company with both its streaming content library and its growing number of original shows. Hulu is also seeing success with original programming like Harlots, and Apple is rumored to be planning a big investment in its own original content.According to a report coming out of The Wall Street Journal recently, Apple is earmarking $1 billion to put toward as many as 10 original shows to be produced next year. The company has supposedly already selected a few people to lead the project and they are said to have been in talks with both actors’ agents and with prospective show creators.Apple’s original programming plans, much like its car project and autonomous tech ambitious, are still a big mystery. Presumably the shows will be made available through iTunes but whether they will be exclusive to the platform isn’t known. Possible shows in the pipeline, genres, and other plans aren’t known, either. Apple hasn’t confirmed the $1 billion original programming rumor.The big question, of course, is what kind of pressure Apple may put on big players like Netflix and Amazon and how much of the original programming pie the company will consume. While Netflix is working quickly to expand its original programming across many genres, it is still far shy of its 50-50 licensed-to-original content ratio goal, and there’s still a lot of room for a formidable player like Apple to gain ground.last_img read more

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Office 365 Personal users get businesstier security tools

first_imgRansomware has become an increasing problem for users who, unfortunately, often don’t have all of their data backed up. The software holds the user’s information for ransom, forcing them to abandon it or pay a ransom to get it back. Microsoft’s offers protection from this on OneDrive for Business via the Files Restore feature, and now it’s bringing that same feature to OneDrive personal accounts.With Files Restore, OneDrive users can restore their entire account back to a different point within the last 30 days. The protection doesn’t just cover potential ransomware issues, but also enables the user to recover a file they may have deleted by mistake, get their files back in the event their computer hard drive dies, and similar things.Joining Files Restore for personal users is the addition of ransomware detection, which detects when a ransomware attack takes place and helps the user restore their OneDrive back to a point before it. Alerts about ransomware attacks are delivered through email, or mobile/desktop notifications, and include a guide on the recovery process.Ransomware aside, Microsoft is also adding password-protected link sharing as a new security option within OneDrive. With this, personal users can require recipients to enter a password to access any shared folder or file. Should someone else get the URL itself, they won’t be able to access the data without the password. Similarly, users will also be able to restrict email copying and forwarding in Outlook.com.Any emails that are sent with the forwarding option disabled are encrypted. Overall, Microsoft is increasing encryption protection for Outlook.com users. End-to-end encryption is provided when both sender and recipient use Outlook.com and the mobile products, but may not be if the recipient uses something else. To deal with that, the recipient will be prompted to enter a one-time passcode to access the encrypted email if they’re not an authenticated, trusted provider.Later on this year, Microsoft will bring advanced link checking to PowerPoint, Word, and Excel, adding real-time checking when a link is clicked to ensure it doesn’t download malware. The ransomware detection and recovery feature, as well as Files Restore for personal users, are rolling out today. Everything else, minus link checking, will arrive “in coming weeks,” while link checking won’t arrive until later this year.SOURCE: Microsoft Microsoft is enhancing security for non-business Office 365 users, adding advanced Outlook.com email encryption tools and ransomware detection for Office 365 Home and Personal subscriptions, among other things. With these changes, user data is better protected while keeping intruders from accessing the information. A couple features are rolling out today with the rest arriving in the next few weeks.last_img read more

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TMobile LG V30V30 Android Oreo update has a small catch

first_imgIt’s not unheard of but it’s pretty rare and even frowned upon. Updates, especially big jumps from one Android version to another, are often delivered over the air (OTA) not just for convenience but also for security. Downloading a large file and manually sideloading it increases the risk of your phone getting compromised somewhere along the way.Of course, you have to use LG’s official tools to install this T-Mobile update anyway, but that still comes with some risks. You have to use either the LG Bridge to download and install the update, which, in turn, requires a Windows PC or a Mac. If that route isn’t available, you can also download the KDZ update file and sideload it manually using the LG UP software.So far there have been no reports of any problems using either method. Of course, if you prefer to play it safe, you could still just wait for the OTA to become available some time later on, hopefully really soon now.AdChoices广告VIA: XDA With the launch of the LG G7 ThinQ, some might despair that LG will start to have selective amnesia over its previous phones. Luckily, LG is trying to turn over a new leaf and even established a new center dedicated solely to speeding up software updates. Last year’s LG V30 and V30+ just recently got its Android 8.0 Oreo update from carriers like Verizon and AT&T, and now T-Mobile is doing the same with one catch: you have to manually install the update.last_img read more

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Windows 10 October 2018 Update gives Redstone 5 a name and release

first_imgStory TimelineWindows 10 Preview: what’s coming later this yearWindows 10 Sticky Notes coming to Android, iOSWindows 10 Universal File Explorer update hints at interesting future That was spotted as part of the Windows 10 Redstone 5 build this October 2018 Update is based on back in early May 2018. The company had previewed it late last year, though while it was initially intended to launch in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, it didn’t make the release. Effectively it’s an expansion of the traditional, on-device clipboard to encompass any other device you’re signed into with the same Microsoft account. So, if you’ve copied a block of text on your laptop, you’ll be able to paste it into a document on your tablet. It’s not just text and images, mind. Documents and other files will support the Cloud Clipboard, too. You’ll get a new UI showing everything that’s saved in the Cloud Clipboard and when it was added there; that’s expected to be accessed with a Windows + V shortcut, rather than the usual Ctrl + V paste shortcut. If files need to be downloaded first, there’ll be a small cloud icon, and there’ll be the option to automatically synchronize with the Cloud Keyboard or do so only when manually selected. There’ll also be the option to clear the Cloud Clipboard data completely, which will wipe it not only on the device you’re using but in Microsoft’s cloud cache, too. That won’t affect pinned items, however. While that might be the headline feature of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, it won’t be the only one. Microsoft is also expected to add a dark mode for File Explorer, for example, while Microsoft Edge, its browser, will also get some tweaks and enhancements. The snipping tool is going to be updated as well. What won’t be there, though, is Windows Sets. That effectively combines different apps, documents, and more together into task-connected groups, integrated with the Windows 10 Timeline. For instance, if you were working on a document, you could combine a Word file, your various notes, webpages that you’ve been using for research, and audio files you’ve been transcribing, all into a single Set. That could then be opened up in one fell swoop or, just as usefully, opened on a different device, with Microsoft’s cloud making sure that all of the necessary files are in place. Unfortunately, while Microsoft has been trialing Sets with its Windows 10 testers for some months now, it’s not likely to launch for everybody until the next big update, expected in 2019. Microsoft has confirmed that the next Windows 10 feature update will launch as the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, and if the name didn’t give it away it will be landing on your PC in just a couple of months time. Latest of Microsoft’s feature packs for its OS, it’ll include a number of new additions, including the cross-platform Cloud Clipboard. last_img read more

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Intel RealSense D435i Stereo Depth Camera revealed 6DoF now a reality

first_imgThe hardware looks quite similar to its predecessors – this isn’t the sort of camera you buy to look like you’ve bought something new. Instead, the new tech comes sort of low-key. But don’t let that fool you – this new version of the camera has the ability to bring the unit into the world of 6DoF fully. With this newest version, the device not only keeps its vision – it’ll remember its position in 3D space. “Intel RealSense technology is used to build products that enrich people’s lives through devices and machines that perceive the world in 3D,” said Sagi Ben Moshe, vice president and general manager, Intel RealSense Group. “With the addition of the IMU, the RealSense D435i enables developers to tackle a new set of challenges related to tracking movement and depth.”According to Intel, this newest camera makes the following specific use-cases a reality:• Navigation and stabilization for drones and other unmanned systems and robotics• Orientation for tracking in fitness and robotics• Motion detectors and gesture recognition for gaming and robotics• Rotational tracking for augmented reality and virtual reality head-mounted devicesThis newest unit comes in the same 90 mm x 25 mm x 25 mm hardware as the original Intel RealSense D435 Depth Camera. This allows end users to integrate this hardware into whatever final product they’re working with without any major hardware adjustments. Users will be able to find the Intel RealSense D435i camera available through Intel right this minute on pre-order. The final product begins shipping on November 26th, 2018.UPDATE: This camera can be found at the Intel dot com store over at Intel’s latest updated page where it’ll be available for approximately $200 USD. This week the folks at Intel revealed their latest RealSense camera tech, a model by the name of RealSense Depth Camera D435i. This is the sort of camera you use to add depth sensing and tracking capabilities to all manner of devices. This latest version of the camera from Intel adds the all-important inertial measurement unit (IMU) that brings a whole new dimension to the data provided to the end user. Story TimelineIntel acquires Ascending Technologies for RealSense drone tech boostTyphoon H drone packing RealSense R200 camera hits pre-orderIntel Euclid packs RealSense into candybar-sized PCIntel RealSense D415, D435 depth cameras launch with D4 vision processorlast_img read more

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TITAN RTX announced for AI and deep learning with a steep price

first_imgIt’s time for the RTX 2080 Ti to move over, because there’s a new card climbing to the top of the RTX heap today. NVIDIA has officially unveiled the TITAN RTX, which is something we probably all assumed was on the way. NVIDIA, as you might imagine, is touting this as “the world’s most powerful desktop GPU,” and it’s definitely got a price tag to match that designation. The TITAN RTX’s 576 Turing Tensor cores grant it 130 teraflops of performance, and they’re joined by 72 Turning RT cores to assist with real-time ray tracing. The TITAN RTX also comes packed with 24GB of GDDR6 RAM, which is an impressive amount. The GPU is built using the 12nm FFN process, features 4,608 CUDA cores, and has a total memory bandwidth of 672 GB/s.If that seems like overkill for your gaming rig, that because it largely is. Not only will the high price tag prevent a lot of gamers from adding it to their set up, but NVIDIA is aiming the graphics card primarily at different markets anyway. While the RTX 2080 (or any of the graphics cards in the GeForce RTX line) will probably be good enough for a lot of gamers, the TITAN RTX is meant more for AI research and folks working on deep learning projects.NVIDIA also says this GPU will be a good choice for data scientists and content creators who want to be on the cutting edge of video production. In fact, NVIDIA claims that the TITAN RTX will provide enough power and memory bandwidth for real-time 8K video editing. Of course, if you just want this card so you can enable ray tracing in your games while taking less of a hit to frame rate, it’ll be good for that too.AdChoices广告NVIDIA will be launching the TITAN RTX – which company CEO Jensen Huang refers to as “T-Rex” in today’s announcement – later this month in both the US and Europe. A listing for the GPU is already live on NVIDIA’s website, but get ready to shell out some serious cash to take one home, because the TITAN RTX costs a whopping $2,499. Story TimelineNVIDIA RTX 2080 vs GTX 1080: The early head-to-headNVIDIA Scanner: RTX GPU Overclock in one clickBattlefield 5 update adds RTX ray tracing just in time for launchlast_img read more

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Huaweis foldable phone is heading for MWC 2019

first_imgStory TimelineTrouble at TSMC: Huawei, NVIDIA, Apple chipmaker sees chemical issueDOJ hits Huawei with charges of fraud, sanctions violations, and moreUS Huawei phone spying: Here’s the incentive Huawei’s press event is scheduled to take place on February 24, 2019 in Barcelona. That, of course, is one day before MWC 2019 officially kicks off, so Huawei is looking to get its new phone out in front of consumers a little early this year.The teaser that Huawei published to Twitter shows what appears to be a folding device of some kind, and actually seems to match up rather nicely with a new set of renders that appeared last night. Huawei’s foldable phone is hardly a secret at this point, as the company’s CEO has been talking about it openly for a couple of years. Though it’s been a long wait, it looks like that’s all about to come to an end.By the time February 24 rolls around, Huawei will probably be competing for attention as far as foldable smartphones are concerned. Samsung is holding its next Unpacked event just a few days before, on February 20, and though the Galaxy S10 is almost certainly going to be revealed during that event, we’re also expecting the company to finally debut its foldable smartphone. The phone was previously teased during Samsung’s annual Developer Conference, but that really only left us with more questions.So, by the time we’re into March, we could very well have Huawei and Samsung going head-to-head for foldable phone dominance. Huawei’s MWC press conference kicks off at 8 AM Eastern on Sunday, February 24, and as always, we’ll be covering the event as it happens here at SlashGear. Stay tuned for more. It looks like February 2019 will be the month of the foldable phone. Not only is Samsung widely expected to fully reveal its foldable smartphone at its next Unpacked event, but now Huawei has published a new teaser that doesn’t leave a whole lot to imagination. Huawei has announced a reveal event that will be held at the end of February, and the teaser that accompanied that announcement certainly seems to suggest that Huawei’s foldable phone will be the topic of the day.last_img read more

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Waymo selfdriving cars are learning to better handle emergency vehicles

first_imgAutonomous vehicles have to be equipped to deal with many, many different situations, and some of them involve emergency vehicles. Whether it is a police cruiser trying to pull over the self-driving car or an ambulance needing to drive past, autonomous cars must be able to respond appropriately and safely, a category of knowledge that Waymo has revisited lately. According to a long post recently published by the Waymo Team, June brought new efforts to improve the company’s autonomous cars’ abilities to detect these emergency vehicles. According to Waymo, it recently held its first ’emergency vehicle testing day,’ something that was conducted with both self-driving minivans and the Chandler Police and Fire department. A variety of emergency vehicles, including cruisers and firetrucks, were operated around and near the self-driving cars while sensors collected data on the various driving scenarios.Typical tasks like following the cars, passing them, and leading them were performed, all of them being scenarios that a self-driving car may find itself in at some point. Waymo concentrated on gathering info like the sounds and imagery that are produced by these scenarios and emergency vehicles operating at various speeds and positions.The company explains that it is building a library of this data so that the cars are better able to understand situations they find themselves in and to appropriately respond. Thanks to the effort — and the time and vehicles offered by the police and fire crews — Waymo says its autonomous minivans are able to hear twice the distance they could with the old sensors. The vehicles are learning to detect where a siren is coming from — that is, to determine the direction the vehicle is likely coming from, an important part of deciding how to react to it. Various bits of hardware also enable the cars to spot the emergency vehicles once they’re within a visible range, further refining how they’ll respond.SOURCE: Medium Story TimelineAvis partners with Waymo to support self-driving car fleetUber’s new autonomous trucks get total upgrade amid Waymo lawsuitWaymo is down to one patent in its self-driving Uber lawsuitlast_img read more

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2018 Nissan Leaf to be shown in Detroit as Nissan talks Intelligent

first_imgNissan has been teasing EV fans a lot of late with little tidbits about the all-new 2018 Leaf EV. one of the big things that we know is that the Leaf will be cheaper than the Tesla Model 3 and the Chevy Bolt EVs. A leak also showed a car that will have rather mild styling, this is no surprise since Nissan wants to lure people to buy the car rather than offering something with polarizing style along the lines of the Toyota Prius. Nissan has announced that the 2018 Leaf will be on display at the first ever Technology in Motion exhibit in Detroit. The car will be on display for three days at the event and will be one of the first chances for the public to see the new Leaf after its global unveiling. Nissan will also be showing off its Nissan Intelligent mobility tech, this technology is Nissan’s “blueprint” for changing how cars are driven.Nissan says that it is packing the new Leaf with “our most available advanced technologies.” Nissan Intelligent Mobile tech allows the driver to be more confident and to better see what’s around the car. This is done with tech such as ProPILOT Assist that is able to handle control of acceleration, braking, and steering during single lane driving on the highway. Increasing levels of autonomy will be offered in the coming years. Nissan is also integrating its e-Pedal system that allows drivers to completely stop and go using nothing but the accelerator pedal, eliminating the need to hit the brake pedal in stop and go driving. Nissan also announced recently that it would be showing of the new Leaf during 2017 National Drive Electric Week starting on September 9 in Seattle, San Diego, and Alpharetta, Georgia.“The timing couldn’t be better. Bringing LEAF to some of the most enthusiastic EV advocates just days after its global debut is the perfect way to kick things off for this technology-packed car,” said Brian Maragno, director, Nissan EV Marketing and Sales Strategy. “We can’t wait to show off the all-new LEAF to electric vehicle owners and enthusiasts during National Drive Electric Week.”last_img read more

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GM tipped to drop axe on Volt in 2022

first_imgGM has already killed off the mechanically similar Cadillac ELR. The reason cited in the report of the Volt ending production is that the Detroit-Hamtramck plant where the Volt is made needs to be used for all-electric cars and crossovers.Last summer word surfaced that the Volt name might not go away, but be used on a new crossover to replace the current sedan. Crossover sales are booming right now as sales of cars are on the decline. GM is also said to be looking at the future of several other cars.Word is that the Impala and Buick LaCrosse are also on the chopping block. GM plans to have 20 new electric cars on the market by 2023. The problem with that plan is that the market still has very soft demand for EVs.AdChoices广告Tesla is doing well with EVs that are popular, but many automotive shoppers are still looking for normal gas-powered cars. Chances are that any Volt replacement would be a fully electric car. GM needs the full EV to meet the coming fuel economy standards even if buyers don’t really want an EV.SOURCE: GM Authority The days of the Volt as we know it right now are numbered according to a new report. The report claims that Chevrolet is looking to end Volt production in 2022. The Volt is Chevy’s extended range electric vehicle. The car has a gas-powered generator that charges the battery pack when they are dead for a longer driving range.last_img read more

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Researchers patent device to prevent autonomous auto motion sickness

first_imgThe main cause of motion sickness in cars is a conflict between the vestibular and visual inputs when not watching the road in a moving vehicle. The device that the researchers have patented is able to provide light stimuli in the visual periphery of the passenger to mimic what the rider might see outside. The system promises to eliminate the conflict between vestibular and visual inputs.The patent that the researchers received covers both wearable and vehicle-based systems. One of the researchers, called Michael Sivak, says that people have big goals for what they will do while riding in an autonomous vehicle. He says that without addressing the issue of motion sickness, these goals won’t be met by some.The team doesn’t offer up much in the way of detail about exactly how the system they developed works. Presumably, the wearable version will be glasses that give the visual stimuli. It’s not clear at all how the vehicle-based system would work.It’s also interesting to consider how exactly the system would be implemented into the vehicle, presumably it would be an option. The University of Michigan team notes that it is working with suppliers and automakers to commercialize the U-M Technology covered in the patent.SOURCE: University of Michigan There are many people out there looking forward to the advent of the autonomous auto. These folks look forward to being driven, but those with motion sickness might worry about giving up the wheel. Researchers from the University of Michigan have patented a device that may be able to prevent motion sickness in an autonomous car.last_img read more

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The 2018 Range Rover Supercharged LWB is SUV royalty

first_img 2018 Range Rover Supercharged LWB Gallery It’s imposing, but not in that shiny, chromed way so many large SUVs are bedazzled. Tesla’s Model X may be the one with the biohazard-grade air filtering, but with its side gills and smooth, hewn-granite body it’s the Range Rover you’d assume was safest come chemical war. The slight purplish tint to the rear windows brings to mind Kevlar sandwiches and bodywork unconcerned with armor-piercing rounds. Range Rover’s current design dates back to 2012, though the Long Wheelbase version followed on two years later. At 204.7 inches, it’s almost eight inches longer than the standard SUV, with that stretch dedicated to elongating the cabin. Just as the length has increased, so has the price. The Range Rover LWB starts out at just shy of $109k before destination, but with extras it tickled up to more than $126k on my drive. I’ve no complaints about the lavish application of leather and real metal trim, either. Range Rover’s sizable thrones are plush and supportive, even if you don’t opt for the Executive Class Comfort-Plus seats with their extending calf-rests in the rear. A whole second climate unit can be installed to ensure things get suitably chilly both front and back; the already-tinted rear windows have power blinds to really make sure those on the pavement can’t make eye-contact. As you’d expect, rear legroom is expansive, as is headroom. Compared to the tech-filled cabins of some luxury cars, though, there’s a notable restraint when it comes to the gadgetry. Given how rapidly in-car systems tend to date, I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing, though I’d not argue with some iPad holders for those wanting to mount their tablets behind the headrests. The options list is full of the usual add-on displays and massage seats, but a little purism suits the SUV’s character nicely. The real fun, though, is actually saved for the driver. In Supercharged form, the Range Rover LWB is outfitted with the automaker’s 5.0-liter V8 supercharged engine, delivering a healthy 518 horsepower and 461 lb-ft of torque. With its eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive, it’s good for a top speed of 130 mph and 0-60 mph in 5.1 seconds. That might not sound outlandish, but when you consider the SUV’s curb weight is 5,254 pounds it’s basically like equipping an apartment block with a jet engine and launching it in the vague direction of the horizon. The Range Rover hurtles forward with a soundtrack somewhere between a whine and a bellow, and all the richer for its mixture. Think “bull elephant treads on the mother of all LEGOs” and you’re getting somewhere close. Air suspension is installed as standard, lowering itself automatically to help you clamber in or out (or just when you need to put luggage in the deep trunk with its clamshell hatch), raising itself for an imperious everyday sightline, and then dipping once more at speeds above 65 mph for maximum efficiency. It’s also sumptuously comfortable. If the true definition of luxury involves the most ample cosseting of the buttocks, then it’s tough to overcome the Range Rover’s combination of smoothness delivered without wallow or lurch. Indeed, driving it back to back with the latest Lincoln Navigator – a more in-your-face expression of comfort, certainly – the British SUV’s poise was immediately evident. Even in its softest drive mode, the Range Rover dealt with corners with stiff upper lip levels of grace. Dynamic mode, meanwhile, coaxed out unexpected levels of eagerness, and probably helped contribute to the 15 mpg average economy my mixed driving achieved. This is no sports car, of course, but if you’ve always wanted to know what it might feel like racing away from the G8 summit, this is the truck to do it in. Because it’s a Range Rover, though, it has to handle the mud just as well. It’ll wade through depths over 35 inches, while the Terrain Response system includes settings for grass/gravel/snow, mud and ruts, sand, and rock crawling. You can choose yourself, or leave the car’s Terrain Response 2 system to pick the best settings – and funnel power to the most appropriate wheels – as it sees fit. There’s a two-speed transfer box and electronic center differential as standard, with a hill mode that eases the big SUV down steep inclines. I suspect few will ever use it, but it wouldn’t be a Range Rover without it. That’s because, in this segment, perception is just as important as ability. No slight to the Range Rover intended: building and maintaining cachet is, frankly, more difficult than piecing together a technically “good” car. The 2018 Range Rover Supercharged LWB may not be bulletproof, but its reputation certainly is, and deservedly so. Just as once nobody got fired for buying IBM, though, no one in the market for a vast luxury SUV ever went especially wrong with picking a Range Rover. It may not shout as loudly as its German rivals, but there’s a quiet confidence that speaks of breeding among a sea of try-hards. It is, to use a hideously class-obsessed British phrase, “Very Old Money.” Heritage may sell, but there are places you don’t want hand-me-downs. A good example: things inside are much more pleasant since the daddy Range picked up the dual touchscreen infotainment system from the upstart buck Velar. Navigation and multimedia up top; HVAC and drive modes below. The lower screen crashed twice in so many days, and the upper screen flashed brief glimpses of the camera debug menu a couple of times, but I’d still take it all over the clunky system the old car had. AdChoices广告 The 2018 Range Rover LWB isn’t bulletproof, but you certainly feel that way from behind the wheel. LWB here stands for Long Wheelbase, and means more length added to what’s already the largest model in Range Rover’s line-up. Despite that, it’s an unexpected note of restraint in a sea of vast luxury trucks. last_img read more

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Fujifilm GFX100 is a 102MP photographers mirrorless dream

first_imgOverall, it’s 6.15 x 6.44 x 4.05 inches, though slims to 1.93-inches at the thinnest part. There’s an integrated vertical grip, and when loaded up with two batteries, a memory card, and the EVF, you’re looking at approximately three pounds in weight. Phase detection autofocus has been used across the sensor, with 3.76 million pixels for approximately 100-percent coverage. With a fast prime lens, Fujifilm says, AF could be up to 210-percent faster than the contrast AF used in the GFX 50R. Native ISO is ISO 100. On the video side, there’s 4K, 30p recording support at 4:2:2 10-bit. Fujifilm’s Film Simulations – including the ETERNA cinema film simulation mode – are included, and there’s support for recording in F-Log Rec 2020 and capturing 4:2:2 10-bit uncompressed video through the HDMI port. Other ports include USB Type-C, microphone and headphone jacks, and a remote release connector. On the back there’s a 3.2-inch 4:3 aspect touchscreen, with 2.36m dots and three direction tilt. Unsurprisingly, the Fujifilm GFX100 won’t be cheap. It’ll be priced at $9,999.95 for the body alone when it goes up for sale on June 27, 2019. The GFX100 also includes 5-axis in-body image stabilization. That, Fujifilm says, should offer up to 5.5 stops of image stabilization – assuming you’re using a GF64mm F2.8 R WR lens – with the entire shutter unit suspended from four springs to dampen any shutter shock. It means, Fujifilm says, that you can take handheld shots at maximum resolution more of the time, whereas you might expect blur. AdChoices广告That’s because the GFX100 isn’t exactly a small camera. The sensor itself is a huge 43.9 x 32.9 mm; around that, Fujifilm wraps a magnesium alloy body that’s dust and weather resistant. Weather sealing in 95 locations, along with a detachable electronic viewfinder, help it stay usable in messy conditions. Fujifilm is combining the image potential of a large format camera with the flexibility of mirrorless, with the new Fujifilm GFX100 packing a whopping 102-megapixels. Slotting in as the flagship of the camera company’s line-up, the GFX100 boasts a sensor that’s larger than you’d find on a full-frame, 35mm format camera. Indeed, Fujifilm worked on a whole new sensor to power its high-end camera. Back-illuminated, the new 102MP CMOS is combined with the company’s X-Processor 4 processing engine, to make sure there’s enough grunt to handle all those pixels. There’s even enough power left over for a new “Smooth Skin Effect” function, which smooths out skin tone in a way that, the company says, photographers would typically be taking time to do in post-processing. last_img read more

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BMW Unveils M Performance parts for X3 M and X4 M

first_imgBMW has pulled the wraps off performance parts for the X3 M and X4 M SUVs. The vehicles are already high-performance rides, and the new parts make them look better and promise improved style. The performance parts include exterior and aero parts made of carbon fiber. BMW also offers an M Performance key case in Alcantara with carbon fiber. It protects the key from scratches and damage. M Performance wheel bags protect the vehicle from soil when transporting wheels and keep the wheels from being scratched. Pricing on the M Performance parts is unclear at this time as is the availability of the parts. None of the parts will improve performance; they are all for styling. These parts are made by hand before being sealed in a clear, high-gloss finish. The parts include a carbon fiber radiator grille, carbon fiber air breathers, and premium door sill finishers with carbon fiber inserts. A colored M Performance overprint is also available. The X3 M can be enhanced with a high-gloss black roof edge spoiler. The X4 M can be enhanced with the rear fins in high-gloss black. LED door projectors with M Performance motifs are offered. They can throw the BMW M logo or other sports-style graphics on the ground next to the vehicle.Inside the vehicle, carbon fiber accents are offered, including an M Performance Pro steering wheel that has carbon fiber Alcantara steering wheel trim and carbon fiber shift paddles. Parts of that steering wheel are covered in leather, and it has a center marking in blue leather. M Performance shift paddles are offered in carbon fiber fabric with a high-gloss finish.AdChoices广告last_img read more

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Congress already wants to block rollout of Facebooks cryptocurrency

first_imgThat didn’t take long.Just a few hours after Facebook announced the details of its Libra cryptocurrency on Tuesday morning, lawmakers in Congress told the social media giant to pump the brakes.Politicians on both sides of the aisle expressed their skepticism about Facebook’s new cryptocurrency. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-California), chair of the House Financial Services Committee, told Facebook to stop development of the cryptocurrency until Congress could weigh in.“With the announcement that it plans to create a cryptocurrency, Facebook is continuing its unchecked expansion and extending its reach into the lives of its users,” Waters said in a statement. “Given the company’s troubled past, I am requesting that Facebook agree to a moratorium on any movement forward on developing a cryptocurrency until Congress and regulators have the opportunity to examine these issues and take action.”Facebook, along with major partners like Visa, Mastercard, and Paypal, hopes Libra can bring banking to the billions of people who currently don’t have access to financial services. For Facebook, it has the side benefit of giving users a way to buy and sell items without having to leave the Facebook ecosystem. Along with the Calibra wallet app, you’ll be able to send and receive Libra on Facebook Messenger and Whatsapp.“We look forward to responding to lawmakers’ questions as this process moves forward,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement.But with Facebook under scrutiny after being accused of having a cavalier attitude toward personal information, lawmakers seem skeptical of Facebook’s ability to run its own currency.“Facebook is already too big and too powerful, and it has used that power to exploit users’ data without protecting their privacy,” said Sherrod Brown, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Banking Committee, in a statement. “We cannot allow Facebook to run a risky new cryptocurrency out of a Swiss bank account without oversight.”Republicans were also not fans of Facebook’s crypto plans. Rep. Patrick McHenry, the senior Republican on the House Financial Services Committee, wrote to Waters asking her to hold a hearing into the cryptocurrency.“We know there are many open questions as to the scope and scale of the project and how it will conform to our global financial regulatory framework,” he wrote in the letter. “It is incumbent on us as policymakers to understand Project Libra.”Libra is envisioned as a worldwide currency that seems aimed as much at rural India as it is at Americans. It’s not clear what, if any, authority the U.S. government would have over Libra. What’s certain is that Congress is going to want to have its say over a new financial system coming from some of America’s most influential companies. Editors’ Recommendations Congressional Democrats demand Facebook halt its Libra cryptocurrency rollout Facebook says it won’t launch Libra until regulators are happy President Trump attacks Facebook Libra, says it’s not dependable like the dollar The U.S. Senate really doesn’t like Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency plans What is Libra? Here’s what you need to know about Facebook’s new cryptocurrencylast_img read more

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Jeb Bush Defends Campaign Trail Comments On Medicare

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 Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire: Jeb Bush Learns Perils Of Medicare Overhaul Proposal CNN: Jeb Bush Defends Medicare Comments Jeb Bush defended comments he made Wednesday night in which he seemed to advocate the “phasing out” of Medicare, after he was confronted during a town hall here Thursday afternoon by an elderly woman who said she was worried about losing benefits. (Stokols, 7/23) USA Today: Bush, After ‘Phase Out’ Comment, Says Medicare Needs Reform Bush said the attacks underscore the real problem. “It took less than a day for me to be attacked for the very thing that I predicted would happen and that’s just ridiculous. We need to have a grown-up conversation about these issues,” Bush said to reporters after the town hall. Bush promised he would not seek to change benefits for people who already have them, and that pushing for reforms is the only way to save the system from crumbling under mountains of debt for future generations. (Spodak, 7/24) center_img Politico: Jeb Bush Hits Back At Criticism Over Medicare Comment Jeb Bush Defends Campaign Trail Comments On Medicare At a Wednesday forum, the GOP presidential hopeful made statements about phasing out Medicare. On Thursday, he defended his comments, saying they were taken out of context and that a “grown-up” conversation is needed regarding Medicare and budget issues. Jeb Bush learned Thursday that it’s still politically treacherous to talk about entitlement reform, even though an overhaul of Social Security and Medicare has become widely accepted in Republican circles. At a forum Wednesday in Manchester, N.H., organized by Americans for Prosperity, a leading conservative group, Mr. Bush said he wanted to “phase out” Medicare in its current form for the entitlement program’s future beneficiaries, while protecting it for people receiving benefits now. (Reinhard, 7/23) Jeb Bush, under fire from Democrats for saying he would “phase out” Medicare, said Thursday the program has to be reformed because of unsustainable costs in the long run. “It’s an actuarially unsound health care system,” Bush told the crowd at a town hall in New Hampshire, adding that “$50 trillion dollars of debt has been accrued and if we do nothing, that’s the burden that we’re going to place on your children and grandchildren.” (Jackson, 7/23) last_img read more

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Democrats New Bill To Allow Medicare To Negotiate Drug Prices Would Give

first_img CMS is considering using its innovation center to test a competitive acquisition program to pay for Medicare Part B drugs. Medicare is seeking public comment on the idea before moving forward with a formal proposal. (Karlin-Smith, 7/25) The Hill: Senate Panel Approves Bill Banning ‘Gag Clauses’ In Pharmacy Contracts Democrats’ New Bill To Allow Medicare To Negotiate Drug Prices Would Give Government Leverage If Talks Fail Part of the problem with letting Medicare negotiate drug prices has always been that the government has no power in the talks. But the bill would let HHS give a competitive license to another company to make a generic version of the drug. Few see the measure gaining traction at the moment, though. Lawmakers also advanced legislation that would eliminate pharmacist “gag clauses.” Stat: Did AbbVie Unfairly Thwart Competition By Creating A ‘Patent Thicket’?  Stat: Democrats Introduce A Bill To Allow Medicare Negotiations And Sidestep Patents If Talks Fail  The Trump administration wants to expand its cuts to a controversial drug discount program that benefits hospitals. Its latest proposal, out Wednesday, centers on the so-called 340B program, which forces drugmakers to give some safety net and not-for-profit hospitals discounts on nearly all their drugs. Federal programs reimburse them for the same medicines at a higher rate, and hospitals say they use the spread to pay for charity care and other services. (Mershon, 7/25) Lawmakers on a key Senate health committee advanced legislation to make it easier for pharmacists to tell consumers if they could pay less for a drug if they don’t use their insurance. It’s a first step for a relatively small bill, but the legislation is one of only a handful of drug pricing bills that has cleared any Senate committees this year, even as policymakers across Capitol Hill say they want to prioritize efforts to bring down the cost of prescription drugs. (Mershon, 7/25) As the Trump administration labors to execute its blueprint for tackling high drug costs, a group of Democratic lawmakers introduced a bill on Wednesday that would allow the federal government to negotiate on behalf of Medicare — and authorize licenses for lower-cost generics when talks fail. Unlike other bills that would permit negotiations over Part D drugs, the legislation would allow the Department of Health and Human Services to pursue a generic alternative by issuing a competitive license when a company refuses to offer a reasonable price. In effect, the bill would create a new mechanism for the U.S. government to sidestep patents when it would be in the public interest to do so. (Silverman, 7/25) Sarepta Therapeutics’ clinical trial for a gene therapy to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy has been paused by the Food and Drug Administration because some of the materials used in the treatment weren’t as they should be, the company announced Wednesday. A stray DNA fragment was found “in connection with routine quality assurance testing” of the plasmids used in the company’s gene therapy, said Douglas Ingram, Sarepta’s president and CEO. Plasmids carry the genetic material used in gene therapy into a cell. The FDA notified Nationwide Children’s Research Institute, where the trial is being conducted, of the clinical hold on Tuesday. (Sheridan, 7/25) Politico Pro: CMS Weighs Competitive Drug Purchasing For Medicare Part B The clauses prevent a pharmacist from telling a customer if, for example, their $20 co-pay is higher than the pharmacy’s cash price for a drug. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), would ban these clauses. “Many Americans struggle to afford their prescriptions,” Health Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said. “Senator Collins’ bill ends ‘gag rules’ that prevent a pharmacist from telling a patient that a prescription is cheaper if the patient pays cash instead of using his or her insurance.” (Hellmann, 7/25) The Hill: House Dems Introduce Bill To Allow Medicare To Negotiate Drug Prices A federal appeals court has denied a request from Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh (D) to rehear a lawsuit challenging the state’s drug price-gouging statute. Frosh asked the U.S. Court of Appeals in April to reconsider the case after a three-judge panel of the court ruled that the law violates the commerce clause of the Constitution. The court rejected the request on Tuesday. (Wiggins, 7/25) Stat: Sarepta Halts Early-Stage Gene Therapy Trial For DMD  Stat: New Jersey Looks To Loosen Restrictions On Dinners For Docs, A Victory For Pharma In other pharmaceutical news — Stat: Trump Administration Proposes More Cuts To Drug Discounts That Aid Hospitals  In a victory for the pharmaceutical industry, New Jersey plans to loosen a new rule that restricts what drug makers can pay for meals for doctors, dentists, nurses, and other prescribers. The rule, which went into effect last January, caps what prescribers can earn from drug makers at $10,000 a year, and limits “modest” meals given to prescribers at just $15. The move was the first state effort to take a comprehensive approach to limiting industry sway and came in response to concerns that some drug makers may use various forms of payments to influence prescribing of opioids. (Silverman, 7/25) In a little noticed order, a federal judge recently raised the intriguing possibility that a so-called patent thicket — a large number of patents that a drug maker obtains to thwart rivals — might stifle competition if the patents were established as the result of some misbehavior. The order was issued last month in a lawsuit filed by AbbVie (ABBV), which is seeking to prevent Boehringer Ingelheim from marketing a biosimilar version of its Humira rheumatoid arthritis treatment. The medicine generated nearly $12.4 billion in sales last year in the U.S. alone for AbbVie and is protected by dozens of patents, many of which do not expire until 2022. (Silverman, 7/26) Democrats have attacked Trump for not going far enough to reduce soaring medication costs. “This bill calls the President’s bluff on his drug pricing promises,” said Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas), who is a lead sponsor of the bill along with Reps. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and Elijah Cummings (D-Md.). Doggett said in an interview that lawmakers are introducing the bill now so that it can be fine-tuned and ready for a push next year if Democrats win back the House in November. (Sullivan, 7/25) The Washington Post: Federal Appeals Court Won’t Reconsider Rejection Of Md. Drug Price-Gouging Law Stat: Bill To Eliminate ‘Gag Clauses’ On Drug Prices Advances In Senate 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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