first_img Categories: Tedder News 28Sep Rep. Tedder recognizes Michigan State Fair scholarship winner State Rep. Jim Tedder today welcomed a recipient of the Michigan State Fair Urban and Rural Scholarship to the House of Representatives. Clarkston resident Kimberly Suran was among the 60 scholarship winners that were recognized on the House floor.“I’m honored to welcome such a talented group of students to the House today for this very special occasion,” Rep. Tedder said. “Meeting and talking with Kimberly has been a great experience. She definitely has a bright future ahead of her.”The Michigan State Fair Urban and Rural Scholarship recognizes young people across the state who make a difference in the cities, towns and villages by planting and harvesting garden space in their local neighborhoods. Scholarship recipients received a total of $40,000 divided between four areas of competition: Animal/Livestock, Home Arts, Agriculture, and Urban/Rural Farming.last_img read more

first_imgMs Canning, from Derry, detailed the exchange as plans for a major rally in support of a law change were announced for this weekend.She will address the event outside Belfast City Hall on Saturday, May 18. It is being organised by the Love Equality campaign – an umbrella group made up of organisations that support a law change.Ms McKee was shot dead by the dissident republican She will address the event outside Belfast City Hall on Saturday May 18. It is being organised by the Love Equality campaign – an umbrella group made up of organisations that support a law change. Ms McKee was shot dead by the dissident republican terror gang the New IRA in Creggan on Thursday, April 18.Efforts to find resolution to a range of disputes preventing the restoration of devolution, including same-sex marriage, have been injected with fresh urgency following her death. A new five-stranded talks process started at Stormont House in Belfast on Tuesday convened by the British and Irish governments in a bid to break the two year and four month deadlock.“Marriage equality is a cause to which Lyra and I were very committed,” said Ms Canning.“Lyra and I were supposed to be on a big trip to New York this week. We were going to get engaged.“We talked about getting married in Donegal, but really we wanted our love and our marriage to be recognised in Northern Ireland, just the same as the rest of our family members and friends.“But to date, politicians have stopped that happening here, despite the fact that most people support equal marriage.“If the politicians won’t legislate for equal marriage at Stormont, then the Prime Minister should do it at Westminster. Lyra McKee and partner Sara Canning. Lyra had plans to propose to Sara and marry her in Donegal“That’s what I told Theresa May at Lyra’s funeral.“I wanted her to know that Lyra and I had a right to be treated as equal citizens in our own country. Surely that’s not too much to ask?“Myself and lots of Lyra’s friends and family are going to be marching for marriage equality. We hope people will join us.”The ban on same-sex marriage is one of the disputes at the heart of the powersharing impasse in Belfast, with the DUP resisting Sinn Fein calls for a law change. Partner of murdered Lyra McKee challenges Theresa May on same-sex marriage law was last modified: May 9th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet Belfast rallyBRITISH PRIME MINISTERCRegganDerryLOVE EQUALITYLyra McKeePartner of murdered Lyra McKee challenges Theresa May on same-sex marriage lawSara CanningTHERESA MAY Lyra McKee’s partner Sara Canning paid an emotional tribute to the journalist at a vigil in Derry the day after she was shot dead . Pic By Joe Boland North West newspixTHE devastated partner of murdered journalist Lyra McKee has revealed she challenged the British Prime Minister to legislate for same-sex marriage in the North of Ireland.Sara Canning said she told Theresa May at Ms McKee’s funeral in Belfast to move to change the laws through Westminster if local politicians failed to act on the issue.last_img read more

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Sponsor Advertisement Whenever JPMorgan Chase, SLV and silver get mentioned together in the same sentence, I think it’s worth pointing out.The gold price traded pretty flat through all of Far East and London trading on Thursday.  But the moment London closed for the day…4:00 p.m. GMT…11:00 a.m. in New York…a smallish rally developed that came to an end at 3:00 p.m. Eastern in electronic trading…and from there, gold got sold down a few bucks into the 5:15 p.m. close.The high tick came shortly before 3:00 p.m…and that was recorded as $1,736.20 spot.Gold closed the Thursday trading session at $1,731.90 spot…up $14.60 on the day.  Net volume was a far more reasonable 135,000 contracts.Silver’s absolute low tick [about $31.60 spot] came around 11:00 a.m. GMT in London…and once the noon silver fix was out of the way, the price began to rally in fits and starts…as every New York rally attempt ran into a willing seller the moment that it showed any signs of becoming “irrationally exuberant”.The silver price topped out shortly after 3:00 p.m. in New York…and then gold sold off a hair into the 5:15 p.m. Eastern time close.  The high tick was $32.56 spot which, looking at the 24-hour silver chart below, I find hard to believe.Ordinarily I’d post the New York Spot Silver [Bid] chart to lay the matter to rest…but it’s M.I.A. on Kitco’s website.Silver closed at $32.31 spot…up 47 cents from Wednesday.  Volume, net of roll-overs, was only 29,500 contracts.The dollar index did zip…hovering just under the 81.00 mark all day long.  It opened at 80.81…and its feeble rally attempt to get above the 81.00 level crashed and burned…and the index closed at 80.81.  It was obvious that the price movements in the precious metals had to do with other factors.The shares didn’t do much…and I wouldn’t read a heck of a lot into yesterday’s HUI action.  It closed up 0.71%.With the odd exception, the silver shares turn in a real decent performance yesterday.  But two of the stocks that didn’t have a good day on Thursday…CDE and PAAS…make up a decent chunk of Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index.  And because of that, it only closed up 0.10%.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 10 gold and 4 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Monday within the Comex-approved depositories.Once again both GLD and SLV showed increased in their holdings.  In GLD an authorized participant added 77,517 troy ounces of gold…and in SLV it was 1,549,091 troy ounces.The U.S. Mint had a decent sales report as well.  They sold 13,000 ounces of gold eagles…3,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 148,000 silver eagles.The Comex-approved depositories showed that 309,750 troy ounces of silver were withdrawn on Wednesday…and nothing was received.  The link to that activity is here.I have three charts for you today.  The first was from a colleague of Australian reader Wesley Legrand.  It’s the Dollar Index vs. the Gold Price going back about thirteen years. Wesley’s colleague had this to say about the relationship between the two…“There are periods were there has been an obvious inverse correlation, but then there are also extended periods where both gold and the USD index have risen together including the last 1.5 years (this is a monthly chart).”“Of particular significance, over the last eight years when the price of gold starting rising more rapidly, the price of gold rose from $400 to $1,700 and the USD has been in a trading range, but has ended up exactly where it started eight years ago, at 80.”“So the USD index is unchanged after eight years during which the price of gold quadrupled.”“I think the relationship is more psychological than anything else.”[He would be right about that! – Ed](Click on image to enlarge)This next chart contains only three days of data…starting with the U.S. election day on Tuesday…and ending at the close of trading yesterday. It’s a “Gold vs. Everything Else” chart.  Note how the gold price stands out above all others.  The other traces are the dollar index, the U.S. 10-year treasury, the S&P…and the commodity index.I thank Washington state reader S.A. for sending it…and I just know he stole it from a Zero Hedge article.(Click on image to enlarge)The third graph is from Vancouver, Washington reader Duane Zelinka.  It’s a graph from an AP story posted in the ‘Critical Reads’ section below…but in case you pass on the story, I want to make sure you at least skim the graph…and it needs no further embellishment on my part.I have the usual number of stories for a weekday column and, as always, the final edit is up to you.Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable. – George OrwellI wouldn’t read a whole heck of a lot into yesterday’s price action.  I was happy to see prices rise…and volume return to more normal numbers.  We are well along in the roll-overs out of the December delivery month…and barring something out of left field somewhere…I’m not expecting huge price action between now and the end of the month, although I reserve the right to be wrong about this.Before I started writing this column early yesterday evening, I was browsing through a website that Ted Butler had mentioned a year or so back…and it was the contents of that Internet site that made me change my mind about SLV a while back.  The website is about.ag…and the proprietor keeps a close eye on what goes on within the fund.As you know, JPMorgan Chase is the big silver short in the Comex futures market…with the Bank of Nova Scotia/Scotia Mocatta believed to be in second place.  The comments on this website about JPMorgan Chase and its SLV silver inventories in London between October 3rd and November 7th of this year, are worth noting…and here they are…October 3…”For the first time in nearly a year, there was no movement of silver from JPM London A to Brinks London. About 95Moz in all has been transferred from JPM London A to Brinks London, with 5Moz left in JPM London A (which we expect will be transferred shortly).”  October 10…”Again, we see a small movement of silver (0.8Moz) from JPM London A to Brinks London.”  October 31…”Another 1.6Moz was transferred from JPM London A to Brinks London, as part of what appears to be a phase-out of that vault.”  November 7…”A final 3.1Moz was transferred from JPM London A to Brinks London, with just 3 bars left listed as being in that vault.”Beats me as to what it means, if anything…but whenever JPMorgan Chase, SLV and silver get mentioned together in the same sentence, I think it’s worth pointing out.  You can read all the weekly commentary on SLV silver inventories at the link here.But please don’t get the idea that because I’ve changed my thinking on SLV [or GLD for that matter] that I now think they’re great investment vehicles.  I still wouldn’t touch either one with a 10-foot cattle prod.Today we get both the latest Commitment of Traders Report…and the November Bank Participation Report…and I will have something to say about each in my Saturday column.Very little happened with gold or silver during the Friday trading session in the Far East…and the same can be said for the first twenty minutes of London trading.  Volumes are near normal…whatever that means nowadays…and the dollar index is down about 12 basis points.And as I hit the ‘send’ button at 5:00 a.m. Eastern time…two hours after the London open…gold is up about five bucks and silver’s up a bit more than a dime.  Volume’s are getting up there a bit…and the dollar index is basically unchanged.I hate to beat this to death every week, but I’d like to remind you one more time that there’s still an opportunity to either readjust your portfolio, or get fully invested in the continuing major up-leg of this bull market in both silver and gold…and I respectfully suggest that you take out a trial subscription to either Casey Research‘s International Speculator [junior gold and silver exploration companies], or BIG GOLD [large producers], with all our best [and current] recommendations…as well as the archives. Don’t forget that our 90-day guarantee of satisfaction is in effect for both publications.Enjoy your weekend…or what’s left of it…and I’ll see you here tomorrow.last_img read more

first_imgDisabled activists are hoping their latest protest in the heart of Westminster will empower other disabled people to follow their lead and fight the government’s social security cuts and reforms.The action by Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), which involved scores of disabled protesters, focused on calls for the government to scrap its new universal credit working-age benefit system, which is being rolled out across the country.DPAC believes universal credit has “too many flaws to be simply paused and fixed” – the solution proposed by the Labour party – and is “rotten to the core”, with foodbank use and rates of claimants being sanctioned “soaring” in areas where it has been introduced.The action saw one group of activists occupy parliament’s central lobby and attempt to interrupt prime minister’s questions in the House of Commons.After their path to the Commons chamber was blocked by five police officers, they repeatedly chanted “stop and scrap universal credit” and “benefits not bombs” as prime minister’s questions was taking place.They later joined a larger group of activists opposite the Houses of Parliament, before marching to a traffic crossing in front of the House of Commons, where they blocked the road for more than half an hour.One protester was dressed as a crime scene investigator (pictured), beside a banner which said: “#StopandScrap. Universal Credit is a Crime.”The outline of a “murder victim” placed on the road had earlier been laid on the floor of parliament’s central lobby.Andy Greene, a member of DPAC’s national steering group, said at the start of the protest that he hoped other disabled people and the public would pay attention to the action.He said: “This is about continuing to show that disabled people will not be passive recipients of these changes.“We will continue to resist them at every opportunity and represent the interests of people who cannot be here but would want to say something if they were.”But he added: “It is not enough to hear, you also have to respond, whether that is speaking to your local councillor, writing a letter to the media, calling up talk shows, taking direct action or joining a local group; whatever it is, we want people to respond.”Greene said councils were not being given the resources to cope with the results of austerity, while the voluntary sector “has had its teeth pulled in terms of capturing what is going on and being able to respond to that.“We are seeing that it is only through activism that we have been able to see any consistent, empowering response, which is why we are here today.”He said the introduction of universal credit had the potential to be the most harmful of all the government’s social security cuts and reforms, putting not only people’s income at risk but also “the roof over their head”.Disabled people are “right at the centre of that”, he said.He added: “We spoke five years ago about people’s worlds shrinking. We are now talking about people’s worlds collapsing.”At the end of the protest, Greene said he believed that years of high-profile protests by DPAC – which was formed in 2010 – had encouraged many other disabled people to take part in local and national demonstrations.He said: “That’s how I judge our success. People see themselves reflected in these demos. There is no myth, no secret. We turn up and we take part. That’s it.”Labour MP Laura Pidcock* supported the protesters as they blocked traffic outside the House of Commons, and said the action was “absolutely necessary”.She said: “Sometimes when people won’t listen, what else are people supposed to do?“I am very supportive of any demonstration when people feel a government will not listen.”She said the rollout of universal credit had begun in her North West Durham constituency in December and there had already been threats of eviction.Although she did not say she wanted to scrap universal credit, she said her party needed to “have a conversation” about how it was working.She said that people who were experiencing universal credit themselves knew the government’s claims that it would be a simpler system and would provide a faster route into work were “not true”.She said: “There has to be an overall assessment of, ‘is this the best that Britain has to offer in terms of social security?’”Marion Nisbet, of Glasgow DPAC, had travelled by train from Scotland to take part in the protest in London.She said she has been “part of the fightback” since she was asked in a work capability assessment (WCA) in 2011 why she had not killed herself, when discussing her suicidal feelings with an assessor working for the government’s contractor Atos.She said: “I walked out thinking that that was what I was going to do. I felt totally humiliated and worthless.”She said the WCA process – which is part of the universal credit system – was “nothing to do with empowering people back into employability” but was “state-sanctioned cruelty”.She said: “As an unemployed disabled worker, there is nowhere I would rather be than at my work, but we have an Equality Act that is not worth the paper it is printed on when it comes to the employability of disabled people.”She added: “I am sick and tired of watching sick and disabled people paying for the fact that the bankers ran away with the money.“This has been an ideological, financial attack on disabled people, labelling them scroungers and skivers so everybody is convinced we are all at it and [that attack] needs to happen.”Another disabled campaigner, Kay Nosae, said she had attended the demonstration because she wanted “to be doing something, to feel I have some power”, and to try to affect some of the many people walking past the protest in Westminster.She said: “It is also partly all the history of disability protest. I want to feel I am carrying on the tradition of trying to do something, not just being passive and letting other people fight for us.”Another reason she attended was because of her concerns about the removal of disability premiums in the move to universal credit.She said: “The government said that no disabled person would lose out but obviously they have.”She said she had spent days in bed before the protest and would probably spend days in bed recovering afterwards.She added: “I cannot plan for my future because I don’t know how the benefits system is going to change.”Gabriel Pepper, who took part in the lobby action, said universal credit was “a juggernaut”.He said he believed the government did not care about the impact of universal credit, and was intent on rolling it out and its harsh conditionality while closing scores of jobcentres.He said: “That combination is toxic. What do they think will happen?”Other protests as part of DPAC’s day of action against universal credit took place across the country, including actions in Manchester, York, Sheffield, Norwich and Brighton, with others planned in Truro, Birmingham, Leicester, Edinburgh and Cardigan, Wales.Among DPAC’s many concerns with universal credit are the “harsh” conditions imposed on claimants, without reasonable adjustments for disabled people; mandatory health and work conversations for disabled people; an online application process that is inaccessible to many disabled people; and the scrapping of severe and enhanced disability premiums, which are currently added to some means-tested disability benefits to help with the costs of disability.The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been insisting since 2012 that “transitional protection” would ensure that no-one moving onto universal credit would see their benefits cut in cash terms.But campaigners have remained sceptical, while also pointing out that the transitional protections will not apply if there are changes in the disabled person’s personal circumstances – for example if they move to a new home, or their relationship status changes – and will not apply to new claimants.Despite repeated requests from Disability News Service to clarify exactly how disabled people will be affected by the removal of the premiums under UC, DWP has so far been unable to do so.in less than two weeks, the high court is due to hear a judicial review of the financial impact of the introduction of universal credit on a terminally-ill man who has lost £178 per month in disability premiums after he moved back to London to receive treatment and had to claim UC for the first time.*Pidcock said she had accompanied members of DPAC to a “very frustrating” meeting on Tuesday with Sarah Newton, the minister for disabled people, about concerns about disability benefit assessments.She said Newton had been “very, very dismissive” and although the minister was considering some recommendations made by this year’s report by the Commons work and pensions committee into the assessment processes, had refused to remove the PIP assessment contracts from Atos and Capita.She said: “I know they have a certain vision of the welfare state but I thought if I could meet with them on a human level and explain how difficult it is for people… but it didn’t make a difference.”last_img read more

first_img Entrepreneur Staff June 1, 2017 Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business After President Donald Trump announced the U.S. will pull out of the accord on climate change, Musk followed through with what he tweeted yesterday. Add to Queue –shares Image credit: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images Elon Musk Entrepreneur Staffcenter_img Register Now » Elon Musk and Steve Bannon, chief strategist for President Donald Trump, attend a Strategic and Policy Forum meeting. Update June 1, 2017, 4:08 p.m.Elon Musk tweeted on Thursday that he’s quitting his position on President Donald Trump’s advisory councils following Trump’s announcement that he will pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement.Am departing presidential councils. Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 1, 2017Original story, published May 31, 2017, follows.Elon Musk has received a lot of flak for serving on President Donald Trump’s advisory councils, but he may soon forgo his role if the Trump administration pulls out of the Paris climate agreement, as is expected.Musk tweeted on Wednesday, “Don’t know which way Paris will go, but I’ve done all I can to advise directly to POTUS, through others in WH & via councils, that we remain.”Related: Watch Elon Musk’s Underground Sled Reach 125 mphWhen asked by a Twitter user what he’ll do if Trump pulls the U.S. out of the Paris accord, Musk responded:Will have no choice but to depart councils in that case— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 31, 2017The SpaceX and Tesla CEO currently serves on the White House’s councils on manufacturing jobs, strategy and policy and infrastructure.Up to this point, Musk has argued that his place on the councils has allowed him to advocate for many issues, including climate change. Next Article 2 min read Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Elon Musk: I’m Departing Trump’s Councilslast_img read more

first_img Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Image credit: via PC Mag Most Celebs Don’t Properly Label Their Instagram Ads –shares Next Article Add to Queue Do you follow a bunch of big name celebrities on Instagram? There’s a good chance you’ve been exposed to improperly labeled ads.Mediakix recently evaluated the accounts of the top 50 most followed celebrities on Instagram over a 30-day period and found that the vast majority of ads they posted were in violation of the Federal Trade Commission’s rules. According to the FTC’s guidelines, all sponsored posts on Instagram must include clear and conspicuous disclosure like #ad or #sponsored near the top of captions, so people viewing the post on a smartphone will see that it’s an ad without having to press the “more” button (see below). Social media stars sometimes use hashtags like #sp or #partner to call out Instagram ads; other times, they’ll just say “Thanks [Brand]” somewhere in the caption. Under the FTC’s rules, these disclosures aren’t sufficient.Mediakix didn’t name names but found that 30 of the top 50 Instagrammers posted sponsored content, which isn’t a problem if it’s done right. The problem is, just 7 percent of those posts were in compliance with the FTC’s guidelines. The other 93 percent of posts did not include the appropriate verbiage.”We found that celebrities who post sponsored content may, on average, post 3 FTC compliant posts a year vs. 58 posts that are non-compliant,” the marketing agency wrote. Mediakix went on to say that these violations “may have profound and far-reaching effects on consumers.” The low compliance rate means that “users are regularly coming across posts that could be interpreted as misleading where the material connection between a brand and a celebrity is ambiguous,” they added.The FTC last month sent out more than 90 letters reminding Instagram stars and marketers that they need to “clearly and conspicuously disclose their relationships to brands when promoting or endorsing products through social media.” That marked the first time the agency had reached out to social media influencers directly about their responsibility to be transparent when posting ads on Instagram. Angela Moscaritolo This story originally appeared on PCMagcenter_img Reporter Enroll Now for $5 3 min read Just 7 percent of sponsored posts from the top 50 most followed celebrities on Instagram are in compliance with the FTC’s guidelines, according to a new study. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Instagram June 13, 2017last_img read more

first_img Daniel Cooper Add to Queue Next Article –shares Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Image credit: Endgaget Google’s Larry Page Is Secretly Developing a Flying Car Remember all of those dystopian futures where our skies are filled with grimy flying cars spewing smog across the land? The co-founder of Google is hoping to make that future a reality, at least according to Bloomberg.It’s published a report claiming that Larry Page has been secretly bankrolling Zee.Aero and Kitty Hawk, two California startups working on developing a serious flying car. While the former is based on the edges of Google’s Mountain View campus, Page’s involvement has been considered a secret, until now.According to 10 (10!) sources familiar with the matter, Zee.Aero has developed a pair of prototype aircraft which it tests regularly. It has a facility close to a runway in Hollister in southern California, where locals claim to have seen weird craft hovering overhead. The report describes them as plane-like vehicles, with propellers in the rear — one small enough for a single person, the other seemingly more capacious. Last year, website LongTailPipe found a patent detailing the firm’s thinking, with rotor blades lining a plane-style cockpit. As top-secret as the project is, Zee.Aero engineers have been known to show off their skills, breaking the cruising record for unpowered flight at the 2013 Red Bull Flugtag.Kitty Hawk, meanwhile, was apparently spun out by Page as a competing project, led by Sebastian Thrun, founder of Google’s X Lab. Thrun is also famous for being one of the minds behind the search engine’s self-driving car project way back when. Page apparently believes that two companies, competing directly with each other, will help get the job done faster. The smaller firm is working on something closer to a quadcopter drone, reminding us of EHang’s 184 passenger drone.Unfortunately, Bloomberg believes that merely reporting on Page’s involvement with both firms might kill his dreams dead. It claims that the Google co-founder said that, if his connection was made public, he’d withdraw in an instant. Although maybe he’s better off directing his energies toward a mode of transportation that’ll help solve the problems more people face today, like mass transit.center_img Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. This story originally appeared on Engadget June 9, 2016 2 min read Larry Page Register Now »last_img read more

first_img Add to Queue –shares Next Article Delta Air Lines to Cancel Nearly 300 Flights on Tuesday Delta Airlines 2 min read 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List August 9, 2016 This story originally appeared on Reuters The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Reuters Delta Air Lines Inc. said it was canceling some 300 flights on Tuesday morning, higher than an earlier estimate of 250, as the carrier worked to restore operations after a power outage hit its computer systems on Monday.The company, which has not yet given details about the financial impact of the outage, said it expected additional delays and cancellations.The airline canceled around 1,000 flights on Monday, stranding passengers at airports around the globe.”We were able to bring our systems back on line and resume flights within a few hours yesterday but we are still operating in recovery mode,” Delta, the No. 2 U.S. airline by passenger traffic, said on Tuesday.Customers traveling on Tuesday should check the status of their flight at delta.com or the Fly Delta App, the company said.Delta Chief Executive Ed Bastian apologized to customers on a video posted on the company’s website and said the company was working round the clock to restore its systems.The problems arose after a switchgear — which helps control and switch power flows like a circuit breaker in a home — malfunctioned for reasons that were not immediately clear, according to Georgia Power, a unit of Southern Co., which provides electricity to most counties in Georgia.Atlanta-based Delta said it would offer compensation to customers affected by significant delays or cancellations. The company said it would provide $200 in travel vouchers to all customers who experienced a delay of greater than three hours or a canceled flight.Delta shares were little changed at $37.75 in premarket trading on Tuesday.Rivals Southwest Airlines Co. and American Airlines Group Inc. have also suffered flight disruptions earlier due to data system malfunctions.(Reporting by Rachit Vats and Sayantani Ghosh in Bengaluru; Editing by Kirti Pandey) Apply Now »last_img read more

first_imgPartners with Upserve to Connect Dining Habits, Preferences and Reservations to Elevate Hospitality OpenTable Deepens Integrations with Point-of-Sale Systems PRNewswireJune 7, 2019, 2:33 pmJune 7, 2019 Booking HoldingsMarketing TechnologyNewsOpenTablerestaurant management platformUpserve Previous ArticlePing Identity Releases Capabilities Framework for Zero Trust DeploymentsNext ArticleIBM Infuses Db2 with AI to Bring Data Science and Database Management Under One Platform “Our partnership with Upserve is the latest example of how we combine guest, reservation and spend data to help restaurants take hospitality to the next level,” said Joseph Essas, Chief Technology Officer at OpenTable. “Real-time data lets restaurants improve every part of service, from the host stand to the kitchen, and create more memorable experiences for their guests.”Marketing Technology News: IBM Debuts Self-Service AI-Powered Ad Experience to Enable Conversations Between Brands and Consumerscenter_img Through the rich integration between OpenTable and Upserve, restaurants receive unique benefits, including:Easy-to-Access Diner Insights – Now servers can view diner insights, such as dining preferences and dietary restrictions, while on the floor to deliver enhanced in-service hospitalityImproved Shift Preparation – Guest and reservation details enhance daily shift prep reports from Upserve to help staff better anticipate guest needsAutomatic Check Creation – Checks can automatically be created in POS systems when a guest arrives to the host stand, streamlining the process and communication across restaurant staff.Real-time table status – Hosts using GuestCenter know the progress of every table in real-time without having to look in the POS or scan tables.“This combined data resource gives management and staff the ability to retrieve guest details at the POS, providing a VIP experience with every reservation,” said Sheryl Hoskins, Chief Executive Officer at Upserve. “OpenTable is the industry leader in the online and mobile reservation space, and we’re proud to bring more resources to our customers that help them elevate hospitality with every reservation.”Marketing Technology News: With 87% Surge in Customer Bookings, Episerver Promotes Internally for CMODeeper integrations with POS systems are the next step in OpenTable’s strategy to connect guest, reservation and check data to help restaurants create better guest experiences. To date, OpenTable has integrations with 10 point of sale systems and thousands of restaurants are already matching millions of individual checks to reservations monthly.“We immediately noticed an improved service flow from the front of the house to the back of house. Having valuable guest information right on the POS has helped servers deliver a personalized experience and create a better connection with guests,” said Upserve and OpenTable customer Blake Mellgren, Executive Chef at Craft House. “Being able to seamlessly loop in the kitchen has allowed us to provide that extra touch, which has been essential in delivering exceptional service.”Marketing Technology News: Instaclustr Anomaly Detection Application Successfully Processes 19 Billion Real-Time Events Per Day Using Apache Cassandra and Apache Kafka OpenTable, the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations and part of Booking Holdings, Inc., announced an industry-first partnership with Upserve, a full-service Restaurant Management Platform. The partnership allows data and guest insights to flow in real-time both ways between OpenTable’s GuestCenter operating system and Upserve’s restaurant point-of-sale system, enabling servers to have diner information and preferences at their fingertips to help them personalize service on the fly.last_img read more

first_imgLiveRamp to Acquire Data Plus Math to Enable Next-Generation TV Currency Business WireJune 25, 2019, 3:00 pmJune 25, 2019 Big Win for the Entire Ecosystem, Providing All Participants With a Better Way to Buy, Sell and Measure Data-Driven TV Extends Lead in Omnichannel Identity and Data ConnectivityLiveRamp, the trusted platform that makes data accessible and meaningful, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Data Plus Math, providing the ecosystem with a more effective way to buy, sell and measure data-driven television.“The combination of LiveRamp and Data Plus Math is a great thing for the industry and represents an important step toward building an open and flexible model for the next generation of TV advertising.”Data Plus Math is a media measurement company that works with brands, agencies, cable operators, streaming TV services, and networks to tie cross-screen ad exposure with real-world outcomes. The combination of LiveRamp and Data Plus Math brings together the world’s largest people-based identity graph with unparalleled cross-screen data and key sell-side relationships, resulting in a big win for the entire ecosystem.TV advertising is the most powerful way for marketers to reach a wide audience, but it has lacked the ability to deliver people-based addressability and measurement across channels. By combining the reach and scale of TV with the outcome-driven capabilities marketers require, brands and agencies can now better coordinate the customer journey, deliver more relevant messaging, and tie TV campaigns to measurable return on investment (ROI). This move strengthens LiveRamp’s network and expands its ability to power experiences across the entire customer journey, all in a privacy-conscious way.Marketing Technology News: Top of Mind Networks Adds BombBomb Integration to Surefire CRM“While TV continues to be the most engaging screen in the household, the landscape is shifting,” said Scott Howe, CEO of LiveRamp. “Data and technology have transformed the relationship a brand can have with its consumer on TV, creating tremendous opportunities to improve how TV inventory is bought, sold and measured. We are excited for Data Plus Math to join the LiveRamp family and look forward to working closely with its deeply experienced team of industry experts. Together, we will accelerate LiveRamp’s TV efforts and offerings and unlock the amazing power of data-driven TV for the entire ecosystem.”Brands and Agencies can implement outcome-driven TV buying and measurement to deliver more relevant messages to consumers and generate higher ROI.“LiveRamp’s identity resolution technology is an integral part of our ability to truly understand our guests and how they’re shopping at Target. As we continue investing in our reimagined media company, Roundel, this addressability plays a key role in our ability to create smart, personalized campaigns that connect our guests to the brands and offers that are most important to them,” said Kristi Argyilan, President, Roundel, Target. “LiveRamp is an important partner that shares our vision for addressable, measurable guest interactions, and the addition of Data Plus Math’s powerful, real-world insights is an exciting next step in our work together to create exceptional guest experiences on any channel or platform.”“This is an exciting acquisition for LiveRamp,” said Tim Castree, CEO, North America for GroupM. “Our clients are seeking more precise solutions for people-based, cross-platform activation and measurement. The combination of LiveRamp’s identity management capabilities and Data Plus Math’s TV attribution expertise will certainly help us accelerate that.”“For three decades, Horizon’s business has been built on an integrated business service model,” said Bill Koenigsberg, President, CEO & Founder of Horizon Media. “Data Plus Math is a partner of ours because we trust them as business solution experts. They have been able to integrate TV and digital ad exposure with data analytics, insights, and analysis. Now we’ll look to LiveRamp to elevate what we’ve done with Data Plus Math, incorporating people-based identity into video buys, all within a Safe Haven environment to protect and uphold consumer privacy.”Networks can better measure reach across multiple consumer screens and deliver outcome-based decisioning to brands and agencies – ultimately improving yields.“A+E Networks was the first to offer outcome-based guarantees, working to successfully shift the media industry mindset in partnership with Data Plus Math,” said Peter Olsen, EVP, Ad Sales, A+E Networks. “Data Plus Math has been instrumental in our efforts to provide marketers with measurement tools that accurately reflect TV’s unmatched power to drive business outcomes. This deal will continue to help elevate the groundbreaking, foundational work that Data Plus Math and LiveRamp have already done – as neutral constituents – to bolster cross-screen measurement and outcome attribution for advertisers, agencies and media companies.”“A requirement for growing the market for audience-based buying is campaign measurement that goes beyond reach. We are encouraged by the work Data Plus Math has been doing to go beyond reach and map exposure to business outcomes,” said David Levy, CEO of OpenAP. “Further cementing a relationship with LiveRamp is an important step that creates more opportunities for marketers to better measure and action outcome data across the consumer journey.”Distributors can more easily tie exposure data to business outcomes to prove ROI for their premium addressable inventory.“Our mission at NCC is to empower brands to connect with their audiences wherever and whenever they watch content, which is why we are so excited by this news,” said Nicolle Pangis, CEO of NCC Media. “The combination of LiveRamp and Data Plus Math is a great thing for the industry and represents an important step toward building an open and flexible model for the next generation of TV advertising.”All ecosystem participants will benefit from an independent source of cross-screen, people-based TV measurement and LiveRamp’s Data Safe Haven®.This acquisition deepens LiveRamp’s commitment to neutrality – a key component to driving adoption of these next-generation measurement capabilities. In addition, it furthers LiveRamp’s ongoing commitment to providing an open and scaled omnichannel identity solution, which includes efforts such as embedding IdentityLink into the bidstream; launching the Open Internet Measurement Initiative; providing LiveRamp’s identity graph to demand-side platforms free of charge via IdentityLink for Real-time Bidding; and expanding that to include cookieless inventory with its Authenticated Traffic Solution.“On the heels of our strategic partnership announced last year, we’re incredibly excited to now be joining LiveRamp,” said John Hoctor, CEO of Data Plus Math. “TV remains the most effective way for brands to quickly reach their audience, build their brand and drive product sales. Unfortunately as consumer’s viewing habits have evolved, TV measurement has struggled to keep up. With LiveRamp, we’re changing that.”Marketing Technology News: Yext Study: 58% Of Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Marketers Say Their Marketing Management Strategy Needs Major ImprovementsFinancial Impact and ClosingThe addition of Data Plus Math extends LiveRamp’s lead in omnichannel identity and accelerates its TV efforts, driving continued strong growth and value for LiveRamp shareholders.The deal is expected to close in LiveRamp’s fiscal second quarter.In fiscal 2020, Data Plus Math is expected to contribute approximately $5 million in revenue and increase non-GAAP operating loss by approximately $8 million. In addition, LiveRamp expects the transaction to increase GAAP operating loss by approximately $27 million due to higher non-cash compensation and estimated purchased intangible asset amortization.Fiscal 2020 Guidance UpdateLiveRamp’s non-GAAP guidance excludes the impact of non-cash stock compensation, purchased intangible asset amortization, and restructuring charges.For fiscal 2020, LiveRamp now expects to report:Revenue of $363 million to $377 million, an increase of between 27% and 32% year-over-year.GAAP operating loss from continuing operations of between $192.5 million and $172.5 million. This guidance is subject to final purchase accounting adjustments.Non-GAAP operating loss of between $78 million to $58 million.LiveRamp continues to expect to be profitable on a non-GAAP operating income basis for the full year of fiscal 2021.A reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP guidance is provided in the appendix to this press release.Marketing Technology News: PMG Launches Marketing Intelligence Platform — Meet Alli A+E NetworksData Plus MathLiveRampMarketing Technology NewsNewsScott Howestreaming TV services Previous ArticleTellius Partners with Google Cloud to Provide Enterprises with Multi-Cloud Augmented AnalyticsNext ArticleAT&T Invests Nearly $800 Million Over 3-Year Period to Boost Local Networks in Kentuckylast_img read more

first_img Source:https://today.oregonstate.edu/news/hazelnuts-improve-older-adults%E2%80%99-micronutrient-levels Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Dec 6 2018Older adults who added hazelnuts to their diet for a few months significantly improved their levels of two key micronutrients, new research at Oregon State University indicates.In the study, 32 people age 55 and older ate about 57 grams of hazelnuts – 2 ounces or about one-third cup – daily for 16 weeks.Results showed increased blood concentrations of magnesium and elevated urinary levels of a breakdown product of alpha tocopherol, commonly known as vitamin E.The findings, published in the Journal of Nutrition, are important because many Americans do not eat adequate amounts of either micronutrient. Older adults are at particular risk – lower concentrations of the micronutrients are associated with increased risk of age-related health problems including Alzheimer’s disease.”This is one of the first times a study of this type has focused only on older adults,” said co-author Alex Michels, a researcher at OSU’s Linus Pauling Institute. “We wanted to fill in a piece of the puzzle – can hazelnuts improve the nutritional status of older adults specifically?”Michels also noted few hazelnut studies have involved Oregon hazelnuts, which account for 99 percent of U.S. production of a nut also known as the filbert.”Not that we think Oregon hazelnuts are much different than other sources,” he said, “but now the booming crop that we have in this state finally has science behind it. Perhaps other benefits of Oregon hazelnuts are awaiting future study.”Maret Traber, the study’s corresponding author, notes that she and her collaborators used a novel biomarker – an alpha tocopherol metabolite – to determine hazelnuts had improved the research subjects’ vitamin E levels.Related StoriesLipid-lowering drugs are underutilized for preventing atherosclerotic cardiovascular diseaseStudy reveals link between inflammatory diet and colorectal cancer riskAMSBIO offers new, best-in-class CAR-T cell range for research and immunotherapy”It’s hard to determine changes in α-tocopherol levels in the blood of older adults because they tend toward elevated cholesterol levels which leads to more α-tocopherol being retained in the blood,” said Traber, a professor in the OSU College of Public Health and Human Sciences and the Ava Helen Pauling Professor at the Linus Pauling Institute. “So what we did instead was look at the urine to see how much of a vitamin E catabolite was in it. The catabolite should only increase if the body is getting enough vitamin E.”The catabolite is alpha carboxyethyl hydroxychromanol, abbreviated to α-CEHC.”It’s basically a vitamin E molecule where the tail has been chewed up into nothing, part of the natural breakdown process of vitamin E as the body uses it,” Michels said. “We saw urinary α-CEHC levels go up in almost every participant.”In addition, blood analysis showed decreases in glucose and low-density lipoproteins, also known as “bad” cholesterol, in addition to increases in magnesium.”All of which says that hazelnuts are good for you,” Traber said. “The findings demonstrate the power of adding hazelnuts to your diet, of just changing one thing. Vitamin E and magnesium are two of the most underconsumed micronutrients in the U.S. population, and there’s much more to hazelnuts than what we analyzed here. They’re also a great source of healthy fats, copper and B6. People don’t like taking multivitamins, but hazelnuts represent a multivitamin in a natural form.”last_img read more

first_img Source:https://www.henryford.com/news/2019/01/smart-trial Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 7 2019The Henry Ford Cancer Institute announced today it has enrolled the first patient in a new clinical trial to test the effectiveness of using precise, higher dose MRI-guided radiation therapy to treat pancreatic cancer.Prior analysis has shown that MRI-guided radiation therapy may be a promising therapy for treating locally advanced pancreatic cancer. This suggests the potential for improving the survival of patients who received lower radiation doses without increasing the side effects of serious gastrointestinal toxicity.Parag Parikh, M.D., the Cancer Institute’s director of GI Radiation Oncology and MRI-Guided Radiation Therapy, is co-principal investigator for the five-year Stereotactic MRI-guided On-table Adaptive Radiation Therapy Trial, or SMART. Researchers will enroll 133 patients with borderline resectable or inoperable locally advanced pancreatic cancer.Related StoriesUsing machine learning algorithm to accurately diagnose breast cancerTrends in colonoscopy rates not aligned with increase in early onset colorectal cancerAdding immunotherapy after initial treatment improves survival in metastatic NSCLC patients”High-definition MRI and daily treatment plan adaptation allow us to deliver ablative radiation doses safely to pancreatic cancer patients for the first time ever,” Dr. Parikh says.”Through the SMART trial, we will build upon the promising experience from other cancer institutions by further exploring MRI-guided therapy’s impact on associated toxicity, local control and patient outcomes in pancreatic cancer at multiple institutions around the world.”It’s estimated there were more than 55,000 new cases of pancreatic cancer in 2018, according to the National Cancer Institute. The five-year survival rate is 8.5 percent.In July 2017 the Cancer Institute was the first in the world to treat patients using the FDA-approved ViewRay MRIdian Linac® system, which allows doctors to see the treatment area with real-time magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and deliver precise radiation at the same time while more effectively protecting surrounding healthy tissue.As a high-volume treatment center for pancreatic cancer, the Cancer Institute in April 2018 announced a $20 million gift to launch the Henry Ford Pancreatic Cancer Center, which is establishing partnerships between Henry Ford and leading national and international organizations to identify means to detect pancreatic cancer at an earlier stage, with best-in-class collaborations and technological advancements.The SMART trial is the first prospective, multi-institutional study to evaluate delivering ablative doses of radiation to pancreatic cancer patients using ViewRay’s MRIdian system. In all patients, real-time MRI imaging will be used throughout treatment delivery to monitor the target location and control the radiation beam as necessary.last_img read more

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jun 25 2019A 10 per cent tax on sugary drinks has cut the purchase and consumption of sugary drinks by an average of 10 per cent in places it has been introduced, a just published major review has found.Researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington, New Zealand, combined evidence from settings where a sugary drinks’ tax had been applied and evaluated it into a meta-analysis. Studies included four cities in the US: Cleveland, Ohio; Portland, Maine; Berkeley, California; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A regional tax was studied in Catalonia, Spain, and the effects of country-wide taxes were studied in Chile, France and Mexico.The research is published in the international scientific journal, Obesity Reviews.Lead author Dr Andrea Teng says the research takes a new approach in combining multiple studies examining the real-world impact of sugary drink taxes on sales, purchases and dietary intake before and after taxes were imposed, or between taxed and untaxed settings.”This new review presents compelling evidence that sugary drink taxes result in decreased sales, purchasing or dietary intake of taxed beverages. For a 10 per cent tax, sugary drink volumes declined by an average of 10 per cent.”It shows taxes on sugary drinks are an effective tool to reduce consumption, and we know from other research that the high consumption of sugary drinks increases the risk of obesity, diabetes and dental caries.”Dr Teng says there is also evidence that sugary drink consumption may contribute to heart disease, cancer and premature death.Some of the studies looked at the alternative drinks people consumed instead of sugary drinks after the tax was applied. With a 10 per cent tax on sugary drinks, there was a 1.9 per cent increase on average in such alternative drinks, and for water specifically there was a 2.9 per cent increase. This healthier substitution pattern is not conclusive, but in three out of the four settings where substitution occurred, the increase in consumption of the other non-sugary drinks was statistically significant.Related StoriesNew anti-obesity drug trial set to launch at Alberta Diabetes InstituteTAU’s new Translational Medical Research Center acquires MILabs’ VECTor PET/SPECT/CTMetabolic enzyme tied to obesity and fatty liver diseaseA co-author of the review, Dr Amanda Jones, says all the individual studies in the review found a reduction in sugary drink consumption, but the impact in some settings was greater than others. Applying tax by thresholds of sugar content, rather than as a percentage of price, appeared to be important for determining a more favorable impact.Other reasons for differences between settings may be the combination with other obesity prevention policies, the public’s awareness of the tax, industry responses, consumer preferences, border permeability, availability of alternative beverages, and sensitivity to price. For example, Chile also decreased tax on low-sugar beverages at the same time as increasing the tax on high-sugar beverages; Mexico introduced a sugary drinks’ tax combined with a junk food tax; and France also taxed soft drinks with artificial sweeteners. Some of the differences found in these studies may also be due to non-price mechanisms. For example, a tax may signal to the public the seriousness of the health concern associated with consuming a product.A tax can also prompt manufacturers to reformulate sugar levels downward, as seen in the UK, even before their tax was introduced in April 2018.”Dr Amanda Jones Some studies looked at the impact of sugary drink taxes by socio-economic factors, but more research is needed in this area, the authors say. In Mexico, for instance, there were greater consumption declines in lower income households, while the opposite was true in Chile.The World Health Organization recommends governments impose a 20 per cent tax on sugary drinks, saying the evidence for reduced consumption and meaningful health effects is strongest for this food category. Source:University of OtagoJournal reference:Teng, A.M. et al. (2019) Impact of sugar-sweetened beverage taxes on purchases and dietary intake: systematic review and meta-analysis. Obesity Reviews. doi.org/10.1111/obr.12868.last_img read more

first_img Source:BfR Federal Institute for Risk Assessment Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jul 16 2019Carbofuran is a plant protection product which can be used against certain insects, mites, ticks and nematodes. On the basis of the amount of the carbofuran residues and estimated dietary intake of red chilies, an exceedance of the acute reference dose (ARfD) is not to be expected for children or adults. The ARfD describes the quantity of a substance per kilogram of body weight that consumers can ingest with their food in one meal or in several meals spread over one day without any recognisable effect on health. The ARfD is therefore a limit value for risk assessment in relation to short-term intake.Other plant protection products were also detected in the 10 samples from the manufacturer (2308 grams in total), but their contribution is negligible in relation to carbofuran so that no health risk is to be expected from them either. As the number of samples is small, the results cannot be generalised for red chili.last_img read more

©2018 Miami Herald Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Explore further Experts disagree about whether Magic Leap’s issues are red flags or whether they are simply growing pains.”These things happen … the bigger the company, the bigger the liabilities,” Joe Russo, head of Palm Beach Tech, a nonprofit tech trade organization, said in an email.The technology press has been more skeptical. “Many details (about Magic Leap’s product) remain unclear,” Romain Dillet of TechCrunch wrote in February. “For instance, the company hasn’t shared anything about pricing and software features. It’s hard to grasp the use case of the device without this information.”Magic Leap’s fate is more than simply a topic of tech gossip. Florida taxpayers plan to invest more than $8 million in Magic Leap through tax breaks and incentives from the state and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, an economic development agency.The Alliance does not see anything to be worried about.”Magic Leap’s presence is extremely valuable to our community,” Bob Swindell, president and CEO of the Alliance, said in an emailed statement to the Herald. He noted that they had just participated in a tech hiring event at Nova Southeastern University. He did not address Magic Leap’s legal issues.A spokesperson for the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity declined to comment on any of the recent developments, other than to say that Magic Leap had submitted required paperwork documenting progress toward meeting its goals for incentives. The documents, submitted on time, are still under review by an auditor.Magic Leap has created dozens of high-paying tech jobs in a state where the annual median family income is less than $59,000. Many employees have moved from across the country—and the world—to Plantation, once known mostly for its giant mall, just to be part of Magic Leap’s story. Patrick McKenna, a venture capitalist now based in Miami who recently touted the area as a tech destination in a New York Times article, said Magic Leap has shown “that an innovative technology company can raise large sums of money and attract world class talent to South Florida.”But the mixed signals it’s sending were recently on display at a pitch event hosted by Wynwood’s The LAB. A Magic Leap employee served as a judge on the pitch panel—on the condition that she not discuss the company, and that the LAB neither promote Magic Leap nor use its logo.Ironically, Magic Leap has been most forthcoming about what is happening inside the company in legal documents. In the Feb. 28 filing for judgment against its security director, Magic Leap maintains that the director, Todd Keil, had planned to submit a complaint alleging Magic Leap management rejected his recommendation that Microsoft HoloLens devices—direct competitors to Magic Leap’s reality-shaping headsets—delivered to Plantation be confiscated and returned. Keil also planned to allege he was told by a senior manager that Magic Leap would retain possession of a HoloLens device, Magic Leap says. And Keil planned to argue Magic Leap’s conduct violated the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act, the filing states.Magic Leap says each of these accusations is false, and that Keil was simply retaliating for his poor performance reviews.In a brief phone interview, Keil said he has an agreement in place with Magic Leap that stipulates he cannot discuss the dispute. He said he has been with the company for two and a half years, and had moved to Florida from Texas, where he has since returned. A representative for Magic Leap did not respond to an inquiry asking whether Keil is still employed.Mike Lingle, a managing partner at Miami’s 10xU startup advisory who has consulted for many South Florida tech companies, says there is reason to continue asking questions about what’s going on in Plantation.”They’ve raised way too much money for a company with no product and no revenue,” he said in an email. “This leads people to behave strangely. I’m actually surprised that more cash hasn’t walked out the door.”The secrecy around the company could cripple its chance for success, he said.”Look at how much trouble Google had launching Glass, and they did everything right,” he said, referring to a technology Google ultimately pulled from retail shelves. “Customers need to be involved in the development process, especially when you’re asking them to change their behavior. Secrecy kills startups.”As it happens, a video interview posted in which a new Magic Leap employee speaks highly of the company was pulled down within 24 hours of going live. According to a report by Next Reality, a website that covers the futuristic augmented reality technology Magic Leap works on, a Plantation-based employee named Necole Pynn discussed in the video how Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz’s 2013 Ted Talk ultimately led her to join the company.”I started doing research when I first applied for the job,” she said, according to Next Reality. “I started looking into some of the people who worked there, and I realized that so many of my creative heroes work in this company.”Next Reality Editor Adario Strange said it is ironic the video “disappeared” so quickly.”It was easily the most full throated and glowing review of the company’s culture I’ve seen, so it might have helped Magic Leap to allow her voice to be more widely heard,” he said in an email.The company that posted the video, Trench Media, could not be reached for comment. Magic Leap did not respond to a request for comment.Strange believes the excitement surrounding Magic Leap may have caused expectations to outpace reality.”If the Magic Leap One isn’t several orders of magnitude better than Microsoft’s HoloLens, there may be a good deal of disappointment after so many years of anticipation,” he said. “Personally, I’m hoping it lives up to the hype.”Strange believes many startups like Magic Leap inevitably go through “learning experiences” as they attempt to establish a healthy and productive culture.”In that respect, there’s a certain amount of margin of error to be expected,” he said.But its other issues cannot be ignored.”Some of the allegations that have been reported are troubling for such an incredibly well funded company,” he said. When it comes to tech, the most buzzed-about companies often raise big investments—and big questions. That’s been the case with Magic Leap, the Plantation-based augmented reality company whose wunderkind status has resulted in more than $2 billion in investment—and a slew of legal disputes.In the past six months, Magic Leap announced it had raised $502 million from Singapore’s wealth fund; an unstated amount from German publisher Axel Springer; and, earlier this month, $461 million from Saudi Arabia’s national investment fund and other unnamed investors.That brings their total reported investment to $2.3 billion, including incentives from the state and Broward County.For a company whose goal is to literally transform how everyone sees the world, the hype makes sense.The company also recently showed off its new partnership with the NBA, whose fans will be able to interact with live stats and commentary as they watch a game on a Magic Leap headset. A few weeks later, the Royal Shakespeare Company in London said it was partnering with Magic Leap on a project to “change the way audiences experience theatre,” according to the theater troupe’s website.And in December, Magic Leap finally unveiled its long-anticipated Magic Leap One “creator edition” headset for developers, allowing any company to create content that a user can experience as lifelike.Then there’s the less favorable news. Magic Leap now finds itself in yet another legal quagmire, this time with its senior director of global security. Recently, the company filed for a declaratory judgment against the director, claiming he planned to use a whistle-blower complaint to “extort” the company by accusing it of stealing technology from Microsoft.That dispute is the latest in a series of legal complexities. In October, the company filed a report with the Plantation Police Department alleging Magic Leap had been defrauded by a recruiting firm, according to a report in Business Insider. And in 2017, Magic Leap settled a harassment suit brought by a former employee who alleged a company culture rife with sexism.All the while, the company has displayed an aggressive penchant for secrecy and has pushed back release dates—raising further questions. Google-backed Magic Leap alleges workers stole its secrets This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: There are 8 million reasons why you should care if Magic Leap succeeds (2018, March 23) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-million-magic.html read more

first_img Explore further Unlike conventional robot arms with hinged and swivel joints, new flexible arms being developed by Professor Stefan Seelecke and his research group at Saarland University are constructed using muscles made from shape-memory wires that have the ability to bend in almost any direction and to wind themselves around corners. The flexible arms are powered electrically and so can do without the usual pneumatic equipment or other bulky accessories. As the shape-memory alloy itself has sensor properties, the arms can be controlled without the need for additional sensors. The new technology can be used to build large robotic arms with the flexibility of an elephant’s trunk or ultrafine tentacles for use in endoscopic operations.From the April 1 to 5, the research team will be at Hannover Messe, where they will be using prototypes to demonstrate the capabilities of the shape memory arms at the Saarland Research and Innovation Stand. Seelecke’s team is looking for partners interested in developing the technology for practical applications.There are functional limits to the flexibility of both human and robotic arms. The joints are often bulky and connect rigid bones or mechanical assemblies. Motion is typically restricted to certain spatial directions. In contrast, an elephant trunks and octopus tentacles offer far greater agility. The presence of tens of thousands of muscles enables these creatures to move the trunk or tentacle in all directions, to bend it to just the right degree and to grip things with great power. The engineers at Saarland University have drawn inspiration from these natural models and are developing robotic arms that eliminate the need for joints or rigid skeletons or frameworks, creating structures that are both lightweight and extremely supple.Professor Stefan Seelecke and his team are collaborating with researchers from Darmstadt Technical University to develop thin, precisely controlled artificial tentacles. In future, the system could find use as a guide wire in cardiac surgery or as an endoscope in gastroscopic and colonoscopic procedures. The researchers are therefore equipping the artificial tentacles with additional functions such as a gripper or a tip with adjustable stiffness that delivers an improved pushing force. But the technology can also be scaled up to produce large robotic arms not dissimilar to an elephant’s trunk.The flexibility of these new robotic arms comes from the artificial muscles used by the Saarbrücken research team. These muscles are composed of ultrafine nickel-titanium (nitinol) wires that contract and lengthen in a controlled manner. The ultrafine nitinol wires contract like real muscles, depending on whether an electric current is flowing or not. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Dominik Scholtes (l.), Rouven Britz and Yannik Goergen (r.), doctoral research students in Professor Seelecke´s team, with prototypes of the flexible robot arms. Credit: Oliver Dietze Robot-mounted vacuum grippers flex their artificial muscles Citation: Robot arms with the flexibility of an elephant’s trunk (2019, March 19) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-robot-arms-flexibility-elephant-trunk.html Provided by Saarland University “Nickel-titanium is what is known as a shape memory alloy, which means that it is able to return to its original shape after being deformed. If an electric current flows through a nitinol wire, the material heats up, causing it to adopt a different crystal structure with the result that the wire becomes shorter. If the current is switched off, the wire cools down and lengthens again,” explains Professor Seelecke.His team at the Intelligent Material Systems Lab at Saarland University has created bundles of these wires that act as artificial muscle fibres. “Multiple ultrathin wires provide a large surface area through which they can transfer heat, which means they contract more rapidly. The wires have the highest energy density of all known drive mechanisms. And they can exert a very high tensile force over a short distance,” explains Seelecke, who also conducts research at ZeMA—the Center for Mechatronics and Automation Technology in Saarbrücken. The research team at ZeMA is developing a range of applications for these wires, from novel cooling systems to new types of valves and pumps.For the robot arms, the researchers link the wire bundles so that they act as flexor or extensor muscles, which, working in concert, produce a flowing motion. “The tentacles that could be used in the future as medical catheters or in endoscopic procedures have diameters of only around 300 to 400 micrometres. No other drive system is of comparable size. Previous systems used for catheter procedures were significantly larger and this tended to limit their capabilities,” explains Paul Motzki, who wrote his doctoral thesis on the shape memory wires and is a research assistant in Professor Seelecke’s group.The new tentacles can be very precisely controlled and can be used to create multifunctional tools. For example, the distal tip of the tentacle can be made to perform a pushing movement. The exact pattern of movement required is modeled by the researchers and then programmed on a semiconductor chip. And the system has no need for other sensors. The wires themselves provide all the necessary data. “The material from which the wires are made has sensory properties. The controller unit is able to interpret the electrical resistance data so that it knows the exact position and orientation of the wires at any one time,” says Paul Motzki.Unlike conventional robotic arms that require power from an electric motor or from a pneumatic or hydraulic system, the arms have no need for any such heavy equipment, only electric current. “This makes the system light, highly adaptable and quiet to operate, and it means that production costs are relatively low,” says Professor Seelecke. The research team will be exhibiting their system prototypes at Hannover Messe and will be demonstrating the potential of these novel continuum robotic arms.last_img read more

first_imgMarch 28, 2019 Published on Life without laughter is unimaginable, insufferable. Poll campaign in Andhra Pradesh for the Assembly and General elections to be held on April 11 has been very acrimonious so far, with the major political parties — the Telugu Desam Party, YSR Congress and Janasena — hurling charges against each other. But in this grim political drama a tinge of comic element has been brought in by a Christian evangelist — KA Paul, who claims among his followers President’s of countries, celebrities and the rich and famous. The evangelist is in the poll fray with his Praja Santi Party (PSP) and he is contesting from all 175 Assembly and 25 LS seats. He set up the party in 2009 and has been contesting elections since then, but he has drawn much attention this time round for various reasons.For starters, PSP has been allotted the helicopter symbol, and controversy is raging over it, as the rotating blades of the helicopter are, according to the YSR Congress, distressingly similar to the rotating blades of a fan, which is its symbol. The party fears, not without reason, that many voters may mistake the symbol of one party with the other. To make matters worse, Paul has put up candidates in 35 Assembly seats and five LS seats whose names are conspicuously, similar to those of YSR Congress candidates. For instance, from Parchuru Assembly constituency in Prakasam district, Daggubati Venkateswara Rao, the son-in-law of the late NTR, is contesting on a YSR Congress ticket. PSP has put up Venkateswarlu. Though the names do not exactly match, they are pretty close. YSR Congress has complained to the Election Commission to change PSP’s symbol.YSR Congress believes that Paul is a front man of Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, like Pawan Kalyan of Janasena, and he is in the poll fray only to divide the opposition vote.Paul on his part is unfazed and he is absolutely convinced that the gods and odds are in his favour. “I shall convert Andhra into a America,” he proclaims.He filed nominations from two constituencies — from Bhimavaram Assembly constituency and Narsapur LS seat in West Godavari district. The first was accepted and the second rejected, as he could not file nomination in time. He is convinced he can defeat Pawan Kalyan, the Janasena president, in Bhimavaram. Lok Sabha elections SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTS SHARE COMMENTlast_img read more

first_img World 10 Jul 2019 In hotbed of Sudan’s uprising, activists torn over transition deal Related News World 11 Jul 2019 Beaten and abused, Sudan’s women bear scars of fight for freedom PALERMO, Italy (Reuters) – An Italian court ruled on Friday that an Eritrean man extradited from Sudan in 2016 was the victim of mistaken identity and dismissed allegations that he was a ruthless, human-trafficking kingpin.However, the judges said Medhanie Tesfamariam Berhe was nonetheless guilty of abetting people smuggling and handed him a five-year prison term and a fine of 100,000 euros (£89,628). Because he has already spent three years behind bars, the court said he could go free. But rather than release him, police took Berhe to a facility in the centre of Sicily where migrants are placed ahead of their eventual expulsion.His lawyer Michele Calantropo said Berhe had a right under Italian law to appeal his conviction, adding that he thought it would be illegal to expel him at this point in time. “He cried like a child when he was told that the judges had recognised it was mistaken identity and ordered his immediate release,” Calantropo had said earlier outside the courtroom, expecting his client to be immediately be let out of prison.”Today we have applied for asylum for him,” he said. Friday’s verdict represented a setback to both Italian and British investigators who worked together to secure the arrest of the man who was identified in court as Medhanie Yehdego Mered – a notorious Eritrean smuggler nicknamed “the General”.The defendant, arrested by police in a coffee shop in Sudan’s capital Khartoum, maintained that he was called Berhe and was an impoverished refugee with no criminal background. “The court has accepted our position. He is not the General,” Calantropo said. DNA TESTSSome of Mered’s alleged victims had testified that they did not recognise the arrested man, while relatives of the alleged smuggling mastermind said it was a case of mistaken identity. DNA tests also suggested it was the wrong person.However, Italian prosecutors Calogero Ferrara and Claudio Camilleri insisted during proceedings, which were spaced out over three years, that the right man had been caught, thanks partly to the help of Britain’s National Crime Agency.They had demanded a 14-year prison sentence.”The court has recognised that this man was a human trafficker,” chief prosecutor Francesco Lo Voi told reporters, adding that his office would read the court’s full report on the case before deciding whether to appeal the reduced verdict.The court found five other men – three Eritreans and nationals from Ivory Coast and Ghana – guilty of various human smuggling offences, handing them terms of up to five years, three months in prison plus fines of up to 60,000 euros.At the time of Berhe’s arrest some 360,000 migrants had crossed the Mediterranean Sea to Italy in just two years, with many hundreds drowning while trying to reach Europe. The number of migrant crossings has since risen above 600,000, but the flows have slowed dramatically over the past two years as successive governments in Rome have cracked down on people smuggling.Italy and Britain worked together for more than an year trying to track the General, using telephone intercepts to follow his movements before deciding to request his arrest by Sudanese authorities in June 2016.During his trial, Berhe acknowledged phoning contacts in Libya, but said he was merely looking to talk to relatives hoping to escape to Europe, like many Eritrean nationals. (Reporting by Wladimiro Pantaleone; Writing by Crispian Balmer; Editing by Philip Pullella and Frances Kerry) Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more