first_imgLow-cost South African pay TV service TopTV will change its name to StarSat, possibly in November, and will rebrand its channels, according to local reports.The change reflects the involvement of China-based StarTimes as a major shareholder in TopTV, which has struggled to gain traction in the South African market, dominated by MultiChoice.According to reports, StarSat will carry a new line-up of about 90 channels and an updated StarSat bouquet. The service will also include an adult package.The change in the company’s shareholding structure is subject to approval by South Africa’s regulatory authorities.last_img read more

first_imgThe occupational health expert chosen by the government to review its much-criticised “fitness for work” test appears to have suggested that the assessment should be scrapped and replaced with a radically different process.Dr Paul Litchfield, who led the fourth and fifth reviews of the work capability assessment (WCA), said the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) had been “forced into rushing the design of the WCA”, before it was introduced by the New Labour government in 2008.Litchfield, BT’s chief medical officer, was giving evidence to the Commons work and pensions committee for its inquiry into the assessment processes for personal independence payment and employment and support allowance (ESA).He was speaking just days after new figures, published by Disability News Service, showed that the proportion of people claiming out-of-work disability benefits who had attempted suicide at some point in their lives doubled between 2007 – the year before the WCA was introduced – and 2014.Litchfield (pictured, giving evidence), who was not asked about the figures by the committee, said there had been attempts to improve the WCA, but he warned: “There have been efforts to adjust it and improve it over time, but when it starts from a position which is designed as imperfect, you’re lucky if it gets more perfect, it is just as likely to get more imperfect as you adapt it.”Litchfield told the committee: “The philosophical basis of what we do as a society does need to be revisited.”He claimed that “the thinking that went into creating the current assessment” dated back at least to the early 1980s in the United States, and the WCA was simply an “evolution” of the previous assessment, the personal capability assessment.He said the WCA was designed “very quickly to meet the legislative timescales… so it wasn’t a radical redesign of a system, it was an adaptation of what was there already”.Litchfield said that the nature of work had “changed dramatically over that period” and it was now necessary to “think about as a society… how we want to distribute benefits to those who can’t work for whatever reason, and whether we want something which is specifically based on their health condition and their disability.“If we do want that we need to think about how we would design that in the context of the modern workplace and the shifting demographics and the shifting disease profile that we are seeing in the population, so I think there does need to be that fundamental thinking that goes on but that inevitably is a 10, 15-year process and you can’t rush it.”Despite those comments, disabled campaigners who have been calling for years for the WCA to be scrapped and replaced – because of its links to relapses, anxiety and distress among those with long-term health conditions, and the loss of many lives – are likely to be bemused by other remarks made by Litchfield to the committee.He suggested that much of the reason for the failure of the WCA was that it was based on a “medical model” understanding of disability, which he said was now “largely discredited”.He said that many experts were now more in favour of a “biopsychosocial model” approach.But campaigners and researchers have previously pointed out that the biopsychosocial (BPS) model crucially underpins ESA and the WCA and also played a significant role in the tightening of eligibility criteria for ESA and other disability benefits by the coalition and Tory governments.Research published last year by Professor Tom Shakespeare and Professor Nicholas Watson, and fellow academic Ola Abu Alghaib, argued that the BPS model was riddled with inconsistencies, misleading statements and “unevidenced” claims.The BPS model was developed by Dr Gordon Waddell, an orthopaedic surgeon, and Professor Sir Mansel Aylward, who was DWP’s chief medical officer from 1995 to 2005.Key to the BPS model, the three authors said last year, is the idea that “it is the negative attitudes of many ESA recipients that prevent them from working, rather than their impairment or health condition”, essentially branding many benefit claimants “scroungers”.This allows supporters of BPS – including a string of New Labour and Tory government ministers – to draw a distinction “between ‘real’ incapacity benefit claimants, with long-term and incurable health conditions, and ‘fake’ benefit claimants, with short-term illness”, with the model responsible for a “barely concealed” element of “victim-blaming”, they said.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_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://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 James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 8 2019The field of genetic sequencing has undergone a dramatic revolution over the past 20 years. In 2001 the first copy of the three billion base pairs that assemble the human genome was published. Since then, the price of genetic sequencing has dramatically declined, and sequencing of DNA fragments has become routine in biology and medical laboratories. Many studies focus on identification of genetic patterns and genes related to normal functions and disease. However, certain genomic regions are still poorly characterized.In a study published today in the journal Nature Communications, a team of researchers, led by Prof. Gur Yaari, of the Alexander Kofkin Faculty of Engineering at Bar-Ilan University, reveals a novel computational tool it has developed to study variations in genes that determine the immune system’s dynamics and used to analyze genetic variation among 100 individuals.Current knowledge of the regions which determine the immune system’s function is very limited. The reason for this is the repetitive structure of those regions, which hinders mapping of short DNA reads to their exact location within these regions. “Despite limited knowledge about those regions, they are critically important for a deeper understanding of the immune system, as well as for prediction of diseases and development of novel tools for personalized medicine in cancer, inflammation, autoimmune diseases, allergies and infectious diseases,” says Prof. Yaari.Our immune system can adapt itself to countless threats (pathogens), even ones that continuously evolve. “Among other mechanisms, this is done through a huge repertoire of receptors expressed by B and T white blood cells,” explains Moriah Gidoni, a doctoral student who participated in the study. “The human body contains tens of billions of B cells, each of which expresses a different antibody receptor that can bind a different pathogen. How can such a huge diversity of antibodies be achieved, when the genomic regions encoding for antibodies are relatively short? Diversity is achieved by each B cell expressing only a small number of DNA fragments that are randomly chosen from the entire region, which together encode for a complete antibody.”Related StoriesResearchers completely eliminate all traces of HIV from infected miceScientists discover rare autoimmune disease triggered by testicular cancerMathematical model helps identify determinants of persistent MRSA bacteremiaSimilar to other human characteristics, the genomic region encoding the immune receptors changes between people, and each person has two such regions that are inherited from the mother and the father. The fragments encoding each antibody are selected in each B cell from only one chromosome, and therefore it is highly valuable to map the fragments that are found on each chromosome, which are the pool from which that person is able to encode antibodies. For example, a person who is missing certain fragments is unable to produce certain antibodies, which can hinder his ability to fight a certain pathogen, making him more susceptible to the disease caused by the pathogen.According to the researchers an indirect way to learn about the genetic variations in these regions is to read genetic sequences of mature B cells after they have already chosen which fragments they express, and from these data to infer the genetic variety within each person.The analysis showed a much richer than expected pattern of deletions and duplications of many genomic regions. Prof. Yaari, who led the study, says: “Despite the critical importance of these genomic regions for our understanding of the immune system and a wide variety of diseases, our knowledge so far has been limited to what was under the standard sequencing lamppost. Computational tools like the one recently developed by our group enable a completely different point of view on this very important genomic region that contains a large wealth of valuable biological and medical information.” Source:https://www1.biu.ac.il/last_img 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_imgSHAH Alam City Council (MBSA) has set aside RM3mil for nine infrastructure projects put forward at last year’s budget workshop with the community.So far, only the pocket park, rooftop and vertical garden in the city centre have been completed at a cost of RM300,000 while the other eight projects, including the low carbon city programme, upgrading of playground equipment and Section 10 public park and landscaping of Shah Alam Walk, are still in progress. Shah Alam mayor Datuk Haris Kasim said community feedback was crucial for MBSA to be aware of issues in the city. Related News Metro News 13 Jun 2019 Haris Kasim is new Shah Alam mayor Tags / Keywords: Metro News 30 Apr 2019 New Shah Alam bus terminal to begin operations on May 1 Metro News 11 Jul 2019 Green ideas for pre-schoolerscenter_img Central Region {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Related News “We are taking a people-centric approach which allows those in the city council’s administration to present ideas.“This will also enable us to know the needs and requirements of the people,” said Haris at the launch of the 2020 Budget Workshop at Concorde Hotel in Shah Alam.“If there are participants who are able to give realistic ideas in terms of the budget, we will definitely take them under serious consideration.“From time to time, the budget allocation for these new developments increase because the expenditure will usually cover both development and management costs,” he added.For the year 2020, Haris said the focus of the budget would be more on development instead of management, which had been the preferred focus in previous years.Among the categories discussed at the workshop for the 2020 budget allocation were community development and low carbon city awareness programmes, environmental health and public facilities.At the press conference, Finance Department director Affandi Jaafar revealed that compared to 2018, there was a rise in tax collection this year through campaigns organised by MBSA as well as partnerships with a number of organisations.last_img read more

first_imgJOHOR BARU: Football fans can expect football superstars to feature in another all-star match soon, which could even feature former youth and sports minister Khairy Jamaluddin.In a Facebook post on Friday (July 12), Johor Crown Prince Tunku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim said the match would be organised to commemorate the opening the new Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) stadium.He also said that he could not wait to play together with Khairy at the during official opening of the new stadium.”You have contributed tremendously in sports and serving the country,” he said. AdChoices广告Tunku Ismail also posted a picture of him with his arm around Khairy, who was holding up six fingers to signify the number of consecutive Malaysian Super League titles the Southern Tigers had won.JDT last held a charity all-stars match at the Larkin Stadium on June 30, which featured football legends such as Rivaldo, Bebeto, Florence Malouda, Robert Pires, Louis Saha, David Trezeguet and Marco Materazzi, among others.The match successfully raised RM680,000 for various charities, including the Tunku Laksamana Johor Cancer Foundation.JDT will be moving to the new 40,000-seater Sultan Ibrahim Larkin Stadium in Iskandar Puteri early next year.It will replace JDT’s current 30,000-seater Tan Sri Datuk Haji Hassan Yunos Stadium, which is popularly known as the Larkin Stadium. Related News Football 08 Jul 2019 Coach Zainal elated as Melaka climb up to fourth Football 10 Jul 2019 Flu floors JDT players, game postponed Football 2d ago Fighters fight on for survival after KL knockout {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Related Newslast_img read more