Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel SG1 Breakfast

first_imgSingapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel SG$1 BreakfastBe it a leisure vacation or a business trip, this is the perfect time to book a Deluxe Room or Premier Deluxe Room at the  Best Available Rate and savour a mouthwatering buffet breakfast at SG$1!From the moment you walk into the lobby of our iconic luxury hotel, you will be captivated. Every guest room has been redesigned and smartly decorated with thoughtful state-of-the-art furnishings, including a 46-inch Full-HD Smart TV and two signature 1956 Eames Desk Chairs. Luxury bathrooms feature a large walk-in rain shower area with resting bench and an extended vanity area.Indulge in a restful sleep and recharge your senses with a lavish buffet breakfast at Marriott Cafe. You will be spoilt for choice with the extensive selection — where our culinary maestros take centre stage  in the open kitchen to serve up a highly-curated menu of quality dishes from the East and West.Signature breakfast items include bread and pastries freshly baked every day, and the Singapore Chilli Crab Omelette — breakfast with a local twist! Craving for more? Tantalise your palate with scrumptious cuisine at five restaurants and bars.Strategically located in the heart of Orchard Road, this iconic luxury hotel is situated above Orchard Mass Rapid Transit station, and in close proximity to the Central Business District, Singapore Changi Airport and major tourist attractions. That’s not all, the hotel is linked to at least  five shopping malls —  including  Tangs — via an underpass.Promotion is valid from now till August 1, 2015 . Terms & Conditions apply.Make your reservations on Marriott.com/sindt with the promo code: S4B.Source = Marriott Tang Plaza Hotellast_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Cromartie was injured as he planted his foot and slipped in the middle of the field while trying to make a tackle in the fourth quarter.He was carted off the field and did not return. – / 43 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments   Share   Arizona Cardinals cornerback Antonio Cromartie left Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs with a leg injury. Arians: Cromartie not an Achilles. Feeling better about that.— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) December 8, 2014last_img read more

Forty per cent of Finnish TV viewers surveyed by s

first_imgForty per cent of Finnish TV viewers surveyed by service provider DNA now watch HD channels, up from 28% in 2012.DNA said over half of cable viewers watched HD services compared to under a third of digital terrestrial viewers. DNA operates both cable and DTT networks.DNA’s survey found that only 15% of viewers were now not HD-ready, down from 21% in 2012.However, ignorance of HD remains high, with 31% being unaware of whether they were HD-ready, and 61% of DTT viewers not being aware that HD channels were available over the air.The survey found that 10% of viewers had watched TV shows using a mobile phone and 14% had watched shows using a tablet.last_img read more

Love actually IS all around We see it every day

first_img Love actually IS all around. We see it every day. The problem is that we don’t focus on it. Cooperation is even more common. Think about how few auto accidents there are. With all those thousands of cars driving at high speeds, stopping, starting, and changing lanes, it’s rather miraculous that there aren’t many more accidents. And the reason that there aren’t is that nearly all of us cooperate really well, nearly all of the time. Think about the things we usually complain about. They are times when cooperation or some other type of basic goodness breaks down. We expect cooperation, consideration, and basic responsibility so much that we half freak out when it fails. If You Try… If you try to see the good, you’ll find it everywhere. I drive by a homeless man who goes out of his way to help other homeless guys and to feed animals. I know a businessman who goes far out of his way to help friends, not wishing any kind of repayment. I know many women who are pleased to help their families, many men who are pleased to stop and help someone in trouble, and so on. If you look for it, goodness and decency are actually everywhere. So, for just one day, I challenge you to go out and see the good in the world. Pick your day, watch that clip again, then go out and focus your eyes on the good. I think you’ll get a lot out of it. Paul Rosenberg FreemansPerspective.com A point I’ve made several times in our subscription newsletter is that most people give their attention to the negative things in the world and pass right over the good things. If you think about that for just a moment, it’s easy to understand why people are more disturbed and unhappy than they need to be. In other words, we make ourselves far more miserable than is justified by the actual facts. So, I have a challenge for you (one that I make to myself from time to time as well): Go through a day – one day only – and pay attention to all the good things you see. I am quite sure that ignoring every bad thing for just one day won’t kill you. After all, you give those things your full attention every other day. So, I challenge you to spend just one day looking at the good and looking past the bad. Some Help Getting Started To help you get into the right frame of mind, here’s a short clip from the movie Love Actually. Please take the one minute or so required to watch it. last_img read more

Gene therapy is showing promise for treating one o

first_imgGene therapy is showing promise for treating one of the most common genetic disorders.Results of a study published Wednesday show that 15 of 22 patients with beta-thalassemia who got gene therapy were able to stop or sharply reduce the regular blood transfusions they had needed to alleviate their life-threatening anemia. There were no serious side effects.”We’re extraordinarily excited about these early results,” says Alexis Thompson, a professor of pediatrics at the Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, who helped with the study released Wednesday.”For the first time ever, we have a treatment that we might offer to all our patients,” says Mark Walters of the University of California, San Francisco, who also helped conduct the study.The researchers stress, however, that more research is needed to fully evaluate how well the treatment works and how safe it is.Still, the company that’s developing the treatment, Bluebird Bio of Cambridge, Mass., plans to seek approval of the treatment in Europe by the end of the year, a spokeswoman said in an email.An estimated 288,000 people have beta-thalassemia worldwide, which makes the disease one of the most common genetic disorders. It’s found most often in Mediterranean countries, the Middle East, Asia, India, and parts of Africa and South America. In the United States, about 10,000 to 15,000 patients have beta-thalassemia.The disease is caused by a defect in a gene that impairs the ability of red blood cells to carry oxygen to tissues in the body. Blood transfusions can provide new blood cells that can supply needed oxygen and enable patients to live relatively normal lives. But transfusions can cause complications, including the build-up of dangerous levels of iron in the body.There are treatments to reduce the iron, but both the transfusions and the iron treatments are difficult to get in some parts of the world where the disease is most common. Some patients also undergo a bone marrow transplant, but only if they have a matching donor. That’s also not feasible in many countries.In the Bluebird Bio treatment, blood stem cells are taken from patients and modified by a virus that inserts a working copy of the gene that is defective in people with beta-thalassemia. The patients receive chemotherapy to remove the blood stem cells with defective genes from their bodies, then the modified stem cells carrying the proper gene are infused to replace them.In the study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, all but one of the 13 patients who had a less severe form of beta-thalassemia were able to completely stop receiving blood transfusions, the researchers reported.Three of the remaining nine patients with a more severe form of the illness were also able to stop transfusions while the rest sharply reduced the frequency of the transfusions. The treatment was tested on patients in the United States, Australia and Thailand.Some of the patients have been followed for more than three years and so far there have been no signs of any serious side effects from the gene therapy, the researchers reported. The researchers stressed, however, that they will continue to be monitored for years for any long-term risks.After a roller-coaster history of high hopes and major disappointments, the field of gene therapy has finally started showing promise for several conditions. The Food and Drug Administration recently approved Luxturna, the first gene therapy for a genetic disorder, to treat a rare inherited form of blindness.”It’s more good news for the gene therapy field,” says P.J. Brooks of the National Institutes of Health, which helped fund the research. A similar approach could be used to treat other blood disorders, such as sickle cell anemia, Brooks says.The new results mark “one of the first examples in which gene therapy could be applied to a large population of patients,” noted Dr. Alessandra Biffi of the Harvard Medical School. She wrote an editorial accompanying the research in the New England Journal of Medicine.But one concern could be the cost. Luxturna costs $425,000 to treat each eye. Bluebird Bio hasn’t said how much the beta-thalassemia treatment might cost. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

A global megacorporation best known for BandAids

first_imgA global megacorporation best known for Band-Aids and baby powder may have to pay billions for its alleged role in the opioid crisis. Johnson & Johnson was the sole defendant in a closely-watched trial that wrapped up in Oklahoma state court this week, with a decision expected later this summer. The ruling in the civil case could be the first that would hold a pharmaceutical company responsible for one of the worst drug epidemics in American history.Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter’s lawsuit alleges Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals helped ignite the opioid crisis with overly aggressive marketing, leading to thousands of overdose deaths over the past decade in Oklahoma alone.The trial took place over seven weeks in the college town of Norman. Instead of a jury, a state judge heard the case.During closing arguments Monday, Hunter called the company the “kingpin” of the opioid crisis.”What is truly unprecedented here is the conduct of these defendants on embarking on a cunning, cynical and deceitful scheme to create the need for opioids,” Hunter said.The state urged Judge Thad Balkman, who presided over the civil trial for seven weeks, to find Johnson & Johnson liable for creating a “public nuisance” and force the company to pay more than $17 billion over 30 years to abate the public health crisis in the state.Driving the opioid crisis home has been a cornerstone of the Oklahoma’s lawsuit. In closing arguments Monday, one of the state’s attorneys, Brad Beckworth, cited staggering prescribing statistics in Cleveland County, where the trial took place.”What we do have in Cleveland County is 135 prescription opioids for every adult,” Beckworth explained. “Those didn’t get here from drug cartels. They got here from one cartel: the pharmaceutical industry cartel. And the kingpin of it all is Johnson & Johnson.”Johnson & Johnson’s attorney Larry Ottaway, rejected that idea in his closing argument, saying the company’s products, which had included the fentanyl patch Duragesic and the opioid-based pill Nucynta, were minimally used in Oklahoma.He scoffed at the idea that physicians in the state were convinced to unnecessarily prescribe opioids due to the company’s marketing tactics.”The FDA label clearly set forth the risk of addiction, abuse and misuse that could lead to overdose and death. Don’t tell me that doctors weren’t aware of the risks,” Ottaway said.Ottaway played video testimony from earlier in the trial, showing Oklahoma doctors who said they were not misled about the drugs’ risks before prescribing them.”Only a company that believes its innocence would come in and defend itself against a state, but we take the challenge on because we believe we are right,” Ottaway said in his closing argument.Johnson & Johnson fought on after settlementsInitially, Hunter’s lawsuit included Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin. In March, Purdue Pharma settled with the state for $270 million. Soon after, Hunter dropped all but one of the civil claims, including fraud, against the two remaining defendants.Just two days before the trial began, another defendant, Teva Pharmaceuticals of Jerusalem, announced an $85 million settlement with the state. The money will be used for litigation costs and an undisclosed amount will be allocated “to abate the opioid crisis in Oklahoma,” according to a press release from Hunter’s office.Both companies deny any wrongdoing.The legal liability of ‘public nuisance’Most states and more than 1,600 local and tribal governments are suing drugmakers who manufactured various kinds of opioid medications, and drug distributors. They are trying to recoup billions of dollars spent addressing the human costs of opioid addiction.”Everyone is looking to see what’s going to happen with this case, whether it is going to be tobacco all over again, or whether it’s going to go the way the litigation against the gun-makers went,” says University of Georgia law professor Elizabeth Burch.But the legal strategy is complicated. Unlike the tobacco industry, from which states won a landmark settlement, the makers of prescription opioids manufacture a product that serves a legitimate medical purpose, and is prescribed by highly trained physicians — a point that Johnson & Johnson’s lawyers made numerous times during the trial.Oklahoma’s legal team based its entire case on a claim of public nuisance, which refers to actions that harm members of the public, including injury to public health. Burch says each state has its own public nuisance statute, and Oklahoma’s is very broad.”Johnson & Johnson, in some ways, is right to raise the question: If we’re going to apply public nuisance to us, under these circumstances, what are the limits?” Burch says. “If the judge or an appellate court sides with the state, they are going to have to write a very specific ruling on why public nuisance applies to this case.”Burch says the challenge for Oklahoma has been to tie one opioid manufacturer to all of the harms caused by the ongoing public health crisis, which includes people struggling with addiction to prescription drugs, but also those harmed by illegal street opioids, such as heroin.University of Kentucky law professor Richard Ausness agrees that it’s difficult to pin all the problems on just one company.”Companies do unethical or immoral things all the time, but that doesn’t make it illegal,” Ausness says.If the judge rules against Johnson & Johnson, Ausness says, it could compel other drug companies facing litigation to settle out of court. Conversely, a victory for the drug giant could embolden the industry in the other cases.Earlier in the trial, the state’s expert witness, Dr. Andrew Kolodny, testified that Johnson & Johnson did more than push its own pills — until 2016, it also profited by manufacturing raw ingredients for opioids and then selling them to other companies, including Purdue, which makes Oxycontin.”Purdue Pharma and the Sacklers have been stealing the spotlight, but Johnson & Johnson in some ways, has been even worse,” Kolodny testified.Kolodny says that’s why the company downplayed to doctors the risks of opioids as a general class of drugs, knowing that almost any opioid prescription would benefit its bottom line.The state’s case also focused on the role of drug sales representatives. Drue Diesselhorst was one of Johnson & Johnson’s busiest drug reps in Oklahoma. Records discussed during the trial showed she continued to call on Oklahoma doctors who had been disciplined by the state for overprescribing opioids. She even continued to meet with doctors who had patients who died from overdoses.But Diesselhorst testified she didn’t know about the deaths, and no one ever instructed her to stop targeting those high-prescribing physicians.”My job was to be a sales rep. My job was not to figure out the red flags,” she said on the witness stand.The role and responsibility of doctorsThroughout the trial, Johnson & Johnson’s defense team avoided many of the broader accusations made by the state, instead focusing on the question of whether the specific opioids manufactured by the company could have caused Oklahoma’s high rates of addiction and deaths from overdose.Johnson & Johnson’s lawyer, Larry Ottaway, argued the company’s opioid products had a smaller market share in the state compared to other pharmaceutical companies, and he stressed that the company made every effort when the drugs were tested to prevent abuse. He also pointed out that the sale of both the raw ingredients and prescription opioids themselves are heavily regulated.”This is not a free market,” he said. “The supply is regulated by the government.”Ottaway maintained the company was addressing the desperate medical need of people suffering from debilitating, chronic pain — using medicines regulated by the Food and Drug Administration and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Even Oklahoma purchases these drugs, for use in state health care services.Next stepsJudge Thad Balkman is expected to announce a verdict in August.If the state’s claim prevails, Johnson & Johnson could, ultimately, have to spend billions of dollars in Oklahoma helping to ease the epidemic. State attorneys are asking that the company pay $17.5 billion over 30 years, to help abate” the crisis in the state.Balkman could choose to award the full amount, or just some portion of it, if he agrees with the state’s claim.”You know, in some ways I think it’s the right strategy to go for the $17 billion,” Burch says. “[The state is saying] look, the statute doesn’t limit it for us, so we’re going to ask for everything we possibly can.”In the case of a loss, Johnson & Johnson is widely expected to appeal the verdict. If Oklahoma loses, the state will appeal, Attorney General Mike Hunter said Monday.This story is part of NPR’s reporting partnership with StateImpact Oklahoma and Kaiser Health News, a nonprofit news service of the Kaiser Family Foundation. KHN is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

Disabled people have been left demoralised and fr

first_imgDisabled people have been left “demoralised and frustrated” by the housing system and face a “chronic shortage” of accessible homes, according to a new report by the equality and human rights watchdog.More than 350,000 disabled people in England have unmet housing needs, with one-third of those in rented accommodation living in unsuitable properties, says the report.There are also about 17,000 wheelchair-users in Scotland with unmet housing needs, while there is “a severe shortage” of accessible and wheelchair-accessible housing in Wales.Despite this, fewer than one in four local authorities (22 per cent) have an accessible housing register, while only 28 per cent have a target for accessible housing.The report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) follows an 18-month formal inquiry and calls on the government to draw up a national strategy to ensure an adequate supply of new homes built to inclusive design standards.The report – Housing and disabled people: Britain’s hidden crisis – also says there is “unacceptable bureaucracy and delay” in the system of installing home adaptations.EHRC published separate reports on the crisis in housing for disabled people in both Scotland and Wales.The report on Britain warns of “insufficient attention given to those currently in residential care who wish to live independently and could do so with the right support”.And it says that provision of advice, support and advocacy is “patchy”, with disabled people reporting that they have nowhere to turn when in crisis or when their housing is unsuitable, while navigating the complex systems for allocating housing and securing adaptations is “stressful and challenging”.It concludes: “Progress to ensure that disabled people have accessible homes that support their right to independent living is unlikely to be made unless disabled people are actively engaged in shaping housing policy and practice.”And it adds: “The human and economic costs of inaccessible housing can be avoided if disabled people’s requirements are identified and built into planning and delivery of new housing supply.”The inquiry heard accounts of disabled people eating, sleeping and bathing in one room, and of having to be carried around their inaccessible homes by relatives.One disabled person who contributed to the inquiry said they had not been outside their second-floor flat since 2011 – apart from essential hospital trips – because there was no lift and the flat was not wheelchair-accessible.A second respondent to the inquiry’s call for evidence described how they were unable to access their children’s room and other parts of the house and could not use their wheelchair because their home was so inaccessible.And one disabled respondent said: “I have been on my local authority [housing] list for seven years, but there has never been a suitable property available in that time.“So for the past two years I have been reduced to having my hair washed in a bowl while sat on my toilet.”The report says that while more than two-thirds of local authorities say that developers do not always comply with accessibility requirements, only seven local authorities (three per cent) have taken action against a developer in the last three years.In addition to the demand for a national strategy, the report calls on the UK government to produce mandatory planning guidance for local authorities on assessing need and delivering accessible and adaptable housing, and wheelchair-accessible housing.And it says the government should amend building regulations so that the optional M4(2) accessibility standard – a series of design criteria intended to make homes more easily adaptable for lifetime use – is instead a mandatory minimum standard for all new housing.Government figures show this would increase construction costs by just £1,100 per home.It also says the UK, Scottish and Welsh governments should all require local authorities to ensure a minimum of 10 per cent of new-build homes are built to higher wheelchair-accessible standards.And it says the three governments should provide funding to disabled people’s organisations and advice agencies so they can increase provision of independent advice and information on housing.The report welcomes the UK government’s decision to increase funding for disabled facilities grants (DFGs) from £220 million in 2015-16 to £505 million in 2019-20 and incorporate the funding into a joint health and social care budget, the Better Care Fund, with the aim of doubling the number of grants to 85,000 by 2020.DFGs provide funding to make disabled people’s homes more accessible, for example by widening doorways, installing ramps or providing a downstairs bathroom.But the report adds: “The increase in funding is an important step, but we heard evidence that the slow and cumbersome nature of the DFG process often leads to people spending extended periods in hospital beyond their discharge date or being discharged into unsuitable accommodation.”EHRC says its findings “raise alarming concerns that disabled people’s right to independent living is being heavily restricted by unsuitable and unsafe housing”.The findings mirror those of the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD), which highlighted concerns last August about possible breaches in Britain of both article nine (on accessibility) and article 19 (on independent living) of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.CRPD warned that austerity measures had “hindered the advancement of accessibility” and raised concerns about “the reduction in social protection schemes related to housing, household income and budgets for independent living”.Kamran Mallick, chief executive of Disability Rights UK, said: “This research shows some of the fundamental issues we face on a day-to-day basis.“Appropriate housing is key to independent living and creating choice and control for disabled people.“But it’s also better for the tax payer. Better housing options mean disabled people are less likely to seek support from hard-pressed health and social care providers.“The same is true if we develop ways to ensure the swift provision of aids and adaptations when people become disabled.“We need clear standards for developers and designers so we begin to see the establishment of more lifetime homes; and better policing and support for private landlords, who have a huge slice of the rental market.”Heather Fisken, manager of Independent Living in Scotland, which is part of Inclusion Scotland, said: “This is indeed a hidden crisis. Disabled people living in unsuitable housing are denied their human rights to participate in and contribute to their communities. “Living in inaccessible housing can mean not getting outside at all or only rarely, or even being forced to move to a care home.“The EHRC’s recommendations echo Inclusion Scotland’s own report Our Place, Our Space which called on Scottish government to introduce a national target for new build houses built to wheelchair accessible standards, and for a new accessible housing design standard. “Without urgent policy change and investment, the situation is set to get worse as the population ages and housing stocks depreciate.”Disability Wales also welcomed the reports and called for “urgent action”.A Disability Wales spokesperson said: “There are far too many examples where disabled people are unable to move around their own home due to its inaccessibility.   “This is having a huge impact on disabled people’s health and well-being, their ability to engage in community life and access employment.“Having a suitable place to live is a basic need and a human right.”The EHRC reports come less than two months after the government rejected a series of recommendations made by the Commons women and equalities committee, following its inquiry on disability and the built environment.Maria Miller, the Tory MP who chairs that committee, said the government’s decision to reject those recommendations had left disabled people to face “unacceptable barriers to independent living, often making them feel isolated and forgotten”.She said: “I welcome the findings of this inquiry and hope that it will act as another much-needed wake up call for ministers.”A spokesman for the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government said: “We realise many disabled people can face a variety of obstacles in their daily lives, but we’re clear that their homes should not be one of these.“That’s why we’re providing councils with almost £1 billion over the next two years to adapt properties for disabled people so they can live independently and safely.“Our planning rules make clear councils must take the needs of elderly and disabled people into account when planning new homes in their area.”Picture © Equality and Human Rights Commissionlast_img read more

Sales Manager Tips How to Avoid Micromanaging While Still Following Up

first_imgScrutinizing your sales reps’ results won’t help boost their productivity. The good news is you can still stay on top of things without micromanaging.“It is a fine line for any manager — the difference between breathing down your salesperson’s neck and making sure they are tracking toward their goals and objectives for the day, week, month, quarter and year,” writes Jeff Purtell, Chief Operating Officer at Acquirent, in a guest post for The Sales Hunter Blog. “While no rep will say they like to be micromanaged, no manager likes to see when their salesperson is behind and it is too late to catch up.”In order to drive results without cracking the proverbial whip quite so often, Purtell suggests implementing five sales management methods, including organizing daily or weekly competitions, establishing an internal service level agreement — including turnaround time on follow-up activities or the CRM process in addition to number of calls, appointments, closes, etc. — and making dashboards visible to all. “Sometimes the best way to manage results is not to do it at all and let a rep’s internal pride and competitive nature be your best friend,” Purtell writes. “Once you measure results and activities, make them clearly visible to the entire team or company.” Read his full post for more tips on how to get sales results without becoming the type of micromanager you never responded well to, either.Related Content from OpenView:Many sales teams operate best when their reporting system and structure is clear and transparent. Read this post from the OpenView Blog for tips on how you can boost sales productivity by increasing sales rep accountability. And for problem cases, read this post from sales expert Colleen Francis on how best to convert a dysfunctional sales team into high impact sellers.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Google Wants to Help Style Your Outfit

first_imgGoogle Register Now » Image credit: Google via PC Mag Next Article April 14, 2017 Angela Moscaritolo Been eyeing a cute blush pink purse from Zara, but have no clue what you’d actually wear it with? You could always consult Pinterest for styling ideas, but now there’s another option: Google.The web giant on Thursday introduced a new feature called “style ideas” that aims to deliver sartorial inspiration inside Image Search. The feature is available in the Google app for Android and on the mobile web. Now, as you’re browsing fashion product images, Image Search will “surface a grid of inspirational lifestyle images and outfits that showcase how the product can be worn in real life,” Google Associate Product Manager Julia Enthoven wrote in a blog post.With this new feature, “you can see real-life options of what bag and jeans look stellar with those red high heels you’ve been eyeing,” Enthoven wrote. “Or if running gear is more your speed, no sweat — workout ensemble ideas are just a tap away.”Google will also now display an expanded carousel of “similar items” when you’re searching for specific apparel products. This way, you can find something that looks like the budget-busting Kate Spade bag you’ve been drooling over, but with a more affordable price tag.”Whether you’re researching shorts and sneakers or checking out sunglasses and handbags, you’ll be able to find product offerings that may suit your tastes,” Enthoven wrote. “Uncovering a bargain option without sacrificing style is now accessible right from Image Search.”The new feature comes after Google last year brought shopping ads to Image Search. –shares Reportercenter_img 2 min read Google Wants to Help Style Your Outfit Add to Queue Step aside, Pinterest. Google is bringing styling ideas to Image Search. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. This story originally appeared on PCMaglast_img read more

Zuckerberg Its Easier for AI to Detect Nipples Than Hate Speech

first_imgArtificial Intelligence Mark Zuckerberg Today, Facebook released its Q1 earnings, which showed the company can still make more money and attract more users year-on-year despite staggering controversy. During a Q&A session after with Mark Zuckerberg and other executives, the CEO fielded a question on artificial intelligence’s role in automatically detecting harmful content on the platform. Its AI isn’t so good at catching hate speech, but has done a great job intercepting terrorist content. Some things are just easier for robots to spot, Zuckerberg elaborated:”It’s much easier to build an AI system to detect a nipple than it is to detect hate speech,” he said.It shouldn’t be a surprise that Facebook’s AI can spot nipples given the platform’s history of banning, then begrudgingly allowing, breastfeeding and nudity in iconic photos. (Though it still doesn’t let folks #freethenipple on Instagram.) But Facebook has outlined practical reasons for why its AI should be combing the platform for nipples. Its adult and nudity policy lists all the content the platform removes by default — not just for users more sensitive to sexual imagery, but to prevent the sharing of content depicting non-consensual acts or underage people. Some things are just easier for robots to spot, he said. This story originally appeared on Engadget Next Article Image credit: Leah Millis / Reuters Contributing Editor David Lumb Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business April 26, 2018 Zuckerberg: It’s Easier for AI to Detect Nipples Than Hate Speech 2 min read –shares Add to Queue Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Register Now »last_img read more

Take the Energy of NASAs RecordBreaking Mission With You Into 2019

first_img Take the Energy of NASA’s Record-Breaking Mission With You Into 2019 Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. January 2, 2019 3 min read Apply Now » Goals Add to Queue Entrepreneur Staff At 12:33 a.m. EST on New Year’s Day, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft performed the most distant flyby by any spacecraft ever. The mission was to capture images of Ultima Thule, an icy minor planet in the Kuiper belt, which is believed to date back to the beginning of the solar system.Ultima Thule is a nickname for the world — it’s technically classified as 2014 MU69 — which aptly means “distant places beyond the known world.” It is 20 miles wide, and based on the photos the spacecraft has transmitted back 4 billion miles to us here on Earth, is kind of shaped like a giant jelly bean or a bowling pin.First image of #UltimaThule! At left is a composite of two images taken by @NASANewHorizons, which provides the best indication of Ultima Thule’s size and shape so far (artist’s impression on right). More photos to come on Jan 2nd! https://t.co/m9ys0VhmLA pic.twitter.com/qZu0KL8uJB— Johns Hopkins APL (@JHUAPL) January 1, 2019New Horizons completed its first mission back in 2015 — nine years after its launch in 2006 — when it became the first spacecraft to fly past Pluto. And this successful trip, headed up by a team from Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, to Ultima Thule fell on a major space exploration milestone, the week of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8’s historic first orbit of the moon.In The New York Times, Dr. Alan Stern, the planetary scientist at NASA that leads the project, meditated about the significance of both.Related: The 10 Things You Must Do to Achieve Your Goals“Ultima Thule is 17,000 times as far away as the ‘giant leap’ of Apollo’s lunar missions. The exploration at Ultima Thule is a fitting way to honor the brash exploration and boldness that was Apollo,” Stern wrote. “Cast an eye upward and think for a moment about the amazing things our country and our species can do when we set our minds to it.”As you begin to work on making your 2019 goals a reality, get inspired by New Horizons. Remember that you’re not going to be able to do it alone — Stern noted that it took 2,500 people to design and build Horizons.You might have to play the long game and even then, the first step might not look like much. As project scientist Hal Weaver commented at the press conference following the flyby, “Even though it’s a pixelated blob still, it’s a better pixelated blob.” If you keep going, who knows what you could learn or what could be possible.center_img Next Article Nina Zipkin How many miles will you go with your goals this year? The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Image credit: Joel Kowsky | NASA | Getty Images –shareslast_img read more

Deloittes Heat Launches Artificial Intelligence Practice Heat AI

first_imgHeat, the full-service advertising agency owned by Deloitte, launched Heat AI, a first-of-its-kind practice that leverages artificial intelligence and machine learning to discover online trends and conversations that are predicted to grow in popularity 72 hours before they peak — with 70% accuracy.To predict social trends, Heat AI’s proprietary technology uses patented algorithms to capture, aggregate and analyze 100 million posts per day from 50,000 sources, including social, news sites and blogs. Every half hour, the platform executes 1 million multi-dimensional predictions to identify the trends and keywords that will increase in engagement, informing both keyword recommendations and creative.Marketing Technology News: PROS Launches Sales Agreement Management to Streamline Selling in Digital Era“Artificial intelligence has the potential to completely reinvent the advertising industry, but until now, no one has employed AI-derived predictive insights to develop impactful, emotionally resonant creative. Heat is changing that,” said Jocelyn Lee, co-head of Heat AI and specialist leader, Deloitte Consulting LLP. “Heat AI’s proprietary technology allows us to develop real-time content based on predictive insights, delivering emotionally resonant and culturally relevant content — while unleashing the power of surprise to break through an increasingly crowded landscape. This allows our clients to be at the forefront of trending conversations and connect with the right audiences at the right time.”The insight from Heat AI allows agencies to align brands creatively and contextually with cultural moments, fostering agile creative and audience targeting, expanding social engagement and click-through rates, and creating net new audiences.Marketing Technology News: Agency Veteran Joao Machado Joins as Sabio’s SVP of Product Marketing“Heat AI is already having a significant impact on major brands and is poised to shape the future of our agency and our industry,” said Heat CEO John Elder, managing director, Deloitte Consulting LLP. “We can now harness the power of AI in a surprising way that will give our clients a significant edge over competitors. Our goal every day is to elevate the human experience — among our clients, their customers, our employees, and the entire Deloitte team — and Heat AI is helping us do that.”Heat AI will continue to expand its offerings throughout the year, including omnichannel programmatic, as it integrates additional proprietary technology into the practice’s capabilities. Heat is hosting an official launch event with Facebook, a Deloitte Digital alliance and the first official platform partner for Heat AI, June 19 at Cannes Lions 2019.Marketing Technology News: Vidyard Expands Offering to Bring Personalized Video App to Any Sales Professional, No Matter How They Work Artificial IntelligenceDeloitteHeat AIJohn Eldermachine learningNewsOmnichannel Previous ArticleMarTech Interview with Eric Wheeler, CEO, 33AcrossNext ArticleTranslations.com Debuts Four New Salesforce Cloud Integrations For GlobalLink Translation Management System Deloitte’s Heat Launches Artificial Intelligence Practice ‘Heat AI’ PRNewswireJune 17, 2019, 2:09 pmJune 17, 2019 last_img read more

TechBytes with Jacob Ross President at PebblePost

first_imgPebblePost is the leading digital-to-direct mail marketing platform. We capture online interest and intent data to send relevant direct mail that activates buying decisions at home and drives conversions everywhere.We invented Programmatic Direct Mail® to help brands convert more shoppers into buyers using advanced targeting, algorithmic optimization, attribution and quantitative analysis. PebblePost® is a venture-backed company based in NYC. Tell us about your role and the team/technology you handle at PebblePost?I joined PebblePost as President, in April. In my new role, I’ll partner closely with CEO Lewis Gersh and the team to drive growth and innovation for the company’s digital-to-direct mail marketing platform.I have been in the AdTech and MarTech space for many years, and have been fortunate enough to be on the cutting edge of digital marketing becoming more addressable, performance-driven and also accountable (although the latter is very much a work in progress, as I’m sure most industry insiders will agree).After five years at MediaMath, most recently as Chief Product Officer, I recognized the huge opportunity that PebblePost had harnessed in the space: where the digital world and the physical world intersect. As marketing becomes more digital and digital marketing becomes more addressable, the next frontier is being explored where those worlds come together: television and connected TV, radio and streaming audio, out of home and digital out of home, and, of course, direct mail and Programmatic Direct Mail (a term PebblePost coined as inventors of the space).PebblePost has identified a unique market position, and we’re just getting started. My role is to take our CEO Lewis’ enduring vision of ‘bringing good marketing home’ and make it a reality, with the right strategy, plan, and team to fully realize it. We have a responsibility as the category leaders to build great experiences for both brands and consumers that are effective, respectful and relevant. Given that remit, most of the team will roll up to me, from engineering to sales to Business Intelligence.How did you start your journey in the Technology industry?I fell into this wonderful, unique industry by chance. I was working on Wall Street, putting my Literature degree to good use, as a trader and analyst on a trading desk. I have always had a passion for markets of all sorts, and technology. When a friend told me about Right Media (the first real ad exchange), I was immediately hooked. He described it as a real-time marketplace for the buying and selling of ads, using cutting edge technology, that did more volume than all the world’s stock exchanges combined and ran 24/7/365. My first job was convincing publishers and agencies to adopt a bid-based philosophy and technology (we didn’t call it ‘programmatic’ quite yet) to help them run their businesses more effectively.I had a chance to work with a series of other leading companies in the years since, from Demand Media to Criteo to MediaMath; each of them has played a critical role in pioneering the evolution of digital advertising and creating new solutions for our young but rapidly maturing industry.What is the current technology roadmap to build powerful ROI-centric Marketing, Sales and Advertising stacks?Great question. Many companies struggle with actually providing clear ROI. The solution has a few necessary components. First, there must be clear, measurable goals, and the technology has to be able to hit that goal. Second, there has to be a way to measure performance. Third, the entire offering and experience must be grounded in how companies measure success and need their marketing departments to drive that success, so at the heart of it all, we solve a company growth problem, not just a mathematical equation.In PebblePost, I’ve already seen evidence of all three. We have developed intellectual property to harness and use digital data signals that results in highly effective (and respectful) mail. The solution is fully integrated. We are solving more and more parts of this brand measurement challenge with each product release.The challenge we came to in the early days was that the performance was so good that the results were hard to believe! We invested heavily here, developing strong data science and BI team with experienced leadership in Hongyan Jing and Bridget Gola, and we committed to holding ourselves accountable to both ROI and incrementality. Incrementality is so powerful – it is a way to measure the precise impact of a marketing tactic on overall ROI. PebblePost has consistent positive incrementality – that means the more our brands spend with us, the more they drive revenue, and we can prove that.Finally, our brands are looking for more than a report, they need to know that we deeply understand their business objectives and that their marketing efforts are making the impact that they need. When we get to know a new brand we try to understand this upfront, and when we share the results we make sure it aligns with what we are aiming for. We talk about ROI, ROAS, etc. But what we aim to deliver in every brand engagement is improved business outcomes. That is ‘true ROI.’What are the key Advertising Analytics/metrics that Digital Advertising and Marketing teams should be keenly following?We start with what most of our brands are measuring. They are looking to acquire new customers and delight their current customers. They want to achieve this effectively and respectfully. With all the fragmentation present in the industry today, all proxy metrics (and self-judged results) should be looked at with some skepticism. That’s why we believe strongly in metrics directly impacting business outcomes: sales. Our brands are measuring sales by looking at ROI, ROAS, and other metrics. We believe strongly in incremental lift measurement as well, and we conduct transparent incrementality analysis for almost all our brands now.The other challenge we have seen is that digital-only metrics are often not sufficient. Our Transaction Match Analysis, a proprietary study we do for every brand we work with now, looks at true sales holistically, wherever the customer was, to understand the true impact. We do this transparently for the brand. This gives our clients more confidence that their marketing efforts are really working, without smoke and mirrors.How is PebblePost’s strategy transforming the way modern brands do their Marketing and Sales?PebblePost is helping to connect the physical and digital worlds and make-at-home marketing a more effective, relevant experience. We do that by using data and decisioning to ensure that we only send mail to the most interested consumers, and we help mail move closer to the speed of digital. Brands who work with us are looking for modern solutions to modern problems, and we are working to deliver that every day. With brands like Dyson, Boxed.com, Parachute and many more we’ve already delivered – but we’re just getting started.Tell us more about your expertise in AI and Machine Learning initiatives for Marketing and Sales Intelligence.So much has been said about Machine Learning, so I want to try to say something new and useful here as a business leader, as opposed to a technical expert. I’ve been fortunate to work in innovative companies with very smart teams who are at the forefront of how to use data science to make better decisions, at scale.At Right Media, we used various Machine Learning techniques to predict the probability a user would take a certain action that, among other things allowed us to innovate a new pricing type: dynamic CPM (dCPM). This conferred great benefits to brands and publishers because it allowed a ‘true price’ to be paid.At Demand Media, we built an incredible content platform. We were publishing 10,000 articles per day, and our content technology allowed us to predict and optimize how useful each piece of content would be for the 150MM+ visitors to our sites each month. This informed what content we would create, allowing AI to guide our content strategy, as it were. Of course, we integrated our ad strategy into this stack.At Criteo, we employed incredibly powerful Machine Learning to predict both how likely a user would be to convert on an ad that they saw, and the actual content that the ad showed. This powerful personalization and targeting drove incredible performance.Finally, at MediaMath, we built both prediction and recommendation algorithms that could be used in a variety of scenarios, but we also built a Machine Learning platform that allows others to plug in their own algorithms. As the market has progressed it’s less about having one great Machine Learning algorithm, but more about allowing the variety of use cases and technologies out there to learn and compete for the best insights and performance out there. I’m still very excited about the partnership that MediaMath has with IBM’s Watson.At PebblePost that evolution continues, with the machine learning being laser-focused on driving the best performance in the digital-to-physical worlds. It’s incredibly powerful, and we’ll be sharing a lot more about this topic soon.What are the biggest challenges in measuring the ROI of Marketing and Advertising?Aside from the technical and analytical challenges we discussed above, we are looking at a moment of real maturation for the industry, in MarTech and tech more broadly.None of us will be successful if we don’t take consumer privacy and the security of consumer’s data seriously. Between the increasingly central role large tech companies have in our society, consumers who are fed up with the feeling that their data is out of their hands, and changing behaviors overall, we have arrived at incredibly important crossroads as an industry.At PebblePost we put consumer privacy and security first as we believe that how we approach these challenges in the next year or two will determine how effectively we can make marketing a progressive force for good and growth.How do you prepare your team to leverage analytics and technology for Search, Display, and Programmatic?PebblePost is a technology company, and in that, we have to be at the forefront. In addition to the technical expertise we have in our engineering, data science and BI teams, we’ve adopted tools and processes and training to help ensure those technical skill sets are married with a deep understanding of industry context.What is your prediction on the disruptive application of Video and TV Advertising Analytics in B2B and B2C marketing initiatives?The home is certainly a huge focus for many in the space: how do we market effectively and respectfully to consumers as devices proliferate, everyone spends more time online, and ways of consuming content continue to become more personal and tailored?I predict the trend will continue and accelerate, although new measurement standards will need to emerge that are omnichannel in nature, and purpose-built for the world we live in today.PebblePost is pushing the envelope on this frontier as well, focused on better at-home marketing experiences for consumers. We welcome the innovation we see in this space and will be building new offerings for our brands alongside TV, radio, and other at-home focused solutions. About JacobAbout PebblePostAbout Jacob About PebblePost Jacob will be responsible for accelerating PebblePost’s growth even further, and to prepare the company for the next stage. He is responsible for the near-term success of the business managing sales, customer success, marketing, operations, business intelligence, product, and engineering. Given the rapid growth this New York headquartered leading digital-to-direct mail marketing platform company is experiencing, another priority is to bring people in to help them with the next phase of growth. Direct MailJacob RossPebblepostTech Bytes Previous ArticleSpotX and Mediaocean Announce Integration Giving TV Buyers Direct Pipeline to Premium Video SupplyNext ArticleDun & Bradstreet Survey Reveals One in Five Businesses Loses Revenue and Customers Due to Incomplete Data TechBytes with Jacob Ross, President at PebblePost Sudipto GhoshJune 25, 2019, 1:00 pmJune 24, 2019 last_img read more

Staphylococcus aureus Study describes development of resistance to antibiotic for the first

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 10 2019The Staphylococcus aureus bacterium is one of the commonest pathogens and can even cause sepsis. The new antibiotic dalbavancin is very effective against many bacterial pathogens. However, resistance to the antibiotic was seen to develop during the long-term treatment of a patient with an infection caused by an implanted cardiac device. A team of researchers led by infectiologists from the Division of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine within the Department of Medicine I at MedUni Vienna, Manuel Kussmann and Heimo Lagler, have now described the phenotypical and genotypical mechanism of this development of resistance for the first time. The study was published in leading journal “Emerging Microbes & Infections”.Staphylococci are bacteria and are part of the normal flora on the skin of humans and animals. Approximately 20% of the Austrian population permanently carry the germ, which is often located in the nasal cavity. There are harmless variants, which only cause mild symptoms, if any at all. In serious cases, the pathogen can find its way into the bloodstream and cause endocarditis and sepsis.A problematic strain is Staphylococcus aureus, which can be acquired outside hospital but also in hospital as a so-called “hospital-acquired infection”. There are multi-resistant forms of it, which do not necessarily cause serious illness in healthy people. However, in weakened hospital patients or where the natural skin barrier is damaged, infection can result in complications. Nowadays dalbavancin, a latest generation antibiotic, is one of the drugs successfully used to treat multi-resistant bacteria. One of the advantages of this drug is its very long half-life of approximately nine days, so that intravenous treatment can be given on an outpatient basis. However, clinical experience has shown that, sooner or later, resistance develops to any therapeutic use of new antibiotics, so it was just a matter of time with this one.Related StoriesResearchers investigate how antibiotic produced by the microbiome kills bacteriaFinger-prick blood test could help prevent unnecessary antibiotic prescribing for patients with COPDNatural antibiotic made by Tübingen researchers interacts with human defense mechanismsA “prosthesis infection” with Staphylococcus aureus was diagnosed in the blood of a patient with complex heart disease, who had been fitted with a cardiac pacemaker. Such infections can occur following the surgical implantation of this kind of medical device but it is also possible for bacteria to find their way into the blood for whatever reason and settle on a prosthesis. The incidence of such an infection is approximately 0.5 – 2.2%. Following in-patient treatment, this patient was treated with dalbavancin on an outpatient basis to bridge the time until the pacemaker probe could be removed. However, following an initial improvement, his clinical condition worsened. Staphylococcus aureus was once again detected in his blood using a blood culture but it was now found to be resistant to the drug.Infectiologists Manuel Kussmann and Heimo Lagler from the Division of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine at the Department of Medicine I then conducted a complex microbiological study in collaboration with other departments, primarily MedUni Vienna’s Division of Clinical Microbiology, investigating both the phenotypical and genotypical mechanism of development of resistance in the laboratory. Using the very latest techniques on an interdisciplinary basis, it was possible to detect a significant increase in bacterial cell wall-thickness and a change in bacterial cell division by means of electron microscopy. The genetic analysis of the whole genome of Staphylococci showed that mutations had occurred in specific gene segments.The course of development of a potential resistance to the new antibiotic dalbavancin was thus described for the first time. The function of the specific modified genes is now being investigated in a follow-up study. Source:https://www.meduniwien.ac.at/web/en/about-us/news/detailsite/2019/news-im-jaenner-2019/staphylococcus-aureus-development-of-resistance-to-an-antibiotic-described-for-the-first-time/last_img read more

Kings scientists to monitor air quality exposure of 250 children

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Mar 19 2019A new study by King’s scientists will monitor air quality exposure of 250 children on their way to school and in the classroom. The announcement was made today at Haimo Primary School in Greenwich by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, who is funding the study.Led by Dr Ben Barratt from the Environmental Research Group at King’s, the study will use state-of-the-art toxic air monitoring backpacks developed by Dyson, to help monitor and better understand the levels of toxic air young Londoners are exposed to during their journeys to school and in the classroom.250 pupils from five London primary schools, situated across five boroughs (Southwark, Richmond, Greenwich, Haringey and Hammersmith and Fulham) will take part in the project, wearing specially adapted backpacks to and from school for a week.Weighing just over 1kg, the sensors fit into lightweight bags and measure particulate matter (PM2.5 and PM10) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels. The children involved will use the backpacks like a normal bag (the monitor takes up one pocket, leaving plenty of room for school equipment), allowing the monitors to record pollutant levels on each child’s journey to school and throughout the school day.The data from this study will allow King’s scientists to analyse at which point of their journey to school (or which part of their school day) children are exposed to the most pollution. They will also be able to the compare the exposure of children who have similar journeys but take different routes and travel modes and then make recommendations of how children can reduce their exposure in future.Dr Ben Barratt from King’s said: “Air pollution has been found to restrict lung growth in children. Low lung function in childhood can persist into adulthood and is often associated with other health problems including chronic obstructive lung disease in later life.”Analysing the impact of air pollution and providing information to our local, national and international communities is a core component of King’s civic responsibility. By monitoring the air that children breathe on the journey to and from school, we will gain a better understanding of which pollutants are the most harmful and where they are coming from, helping us to support effective improvements in public health.”The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said: “It remains a shameful fact that London’s toxic air is harming the lung growth and health of our young children, and City Hall is determined to do everything in our power to protect them.Related StoriesWhy Mattresses Could be a Health Threat to Sleeping ChildrenResearch reveals genetic cause of deadly digestive disease in childrenResearch team receives federal grant to study obesity in children with spina bifida”An issue this large and complex requires bold and innovative action to protect future generations and ensure our children inherit cleaner, healthier air. I’m proud that we’re able to launch world leading studies like this which will help us find new ways to reduce children’s exposure to toxic air. I hope the success of this scheme will act as a blueprint for cities around the world as they battle their own toxic air emergencies.”The health of London’s children is key to everything we do to improve air quality. We’ve already conducted air quality audits at dozens of schools and nurseries across London,resulting in positive changes that are helping reduce pollution and clean the air for thousands of pupils. But alongside these measures, we need strong action, I will continue to prioritise the health of all Londoners with a range of strong measures including cleaning up the bus fleet, funding a scrappage scheme for micro-businesses to remove the most polluting vans and, next month, the launch of the world’s first Ultra Low Emission Zone in the central London Congestion Charge area. But we can’t win this battle without more help from the Government, who are still failing to take this problem seriously and offer the support London needs to tackle this public health crisis.”The new sensors have been developed by Dyson engineers in co-operation with King’s as part of the Mayor’s Breathe London project – launched in January.Jessica Le Dinh, Category Intelligence Engineer, Dyson, said: “Our engineers have been researching clean air technologies for over two decades. Our team of experts applied their leading knowledge to develop intelligent sensors, compact enough to fit in children’s backpacks.”Children can take up to 30,000 breaths a day. Their lungs are still developing, which makes them vulnerable to air pollution. City air can contain potentially harmful pollutants – including nitrogen dioxide and soot-based particulate matter. That’s why this study is so vital. It will help us monitor exactly what our children are exposed to, to inform effective solutions.” Source:https://www.kcl.ac.uk/news/News-Article?id=09e0fdf1-230a-4a6a-bc4d-32c54b4ed975last_img read more

Renault actively looking to postGhosn future

first_imgFrench carmaker Renault on Thursday launched the search for a successor to Chairman Carlos Ghosn, only hours after a Tokyo court quashed his appeal for bail as he faces three charges of financial misconduct. Citation: Renault ‘actively’ looking to post-Ghosn future (2019, January 17) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-renault-post-ghosn-future.html Renault and the French government are looking for a successor Renault said in a statement its governing bodies were now “actively working to find the best solution for the future governance of the group, with a view to preserving the company’s interests and strengthening the Renault Nissan Alliance”.The statement comes a day after French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said that if Ghosn was prevented from doing his job “for a lengthy period of time, I have always said that we have to move on to a new stage. This is now the case”.The French government, which owns 15 percent of Renault’s shares and 22 percent of voting rights, has called for a board meeting “in the coming days”.French daily Le Figaro said Sunday was a likely date, but on Thursday no invitations had been sent out to board members who must be informed 48 hours before a meeting.Since his stunning arrest on November 19 the auto tycoon—who still officially heads up Renault—has languished in a Tokyo detention centre, facing questioning over allegations he under-reported his salary and tried to shift personal losses on to the company.The court had previously refused to release the 64-year-old Franco-Lebanese-Brazilian businessman on the grounds that he could present a flight risk and destroy evidence.Last week he was formally charged on two of the counts and his request for bail was denied. Even his own lawyer has admitted he is likely to be kept behind bars until a trial—which could take six months.His legal team said they would now appeal to the Supreme Court.Japanese firms Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors jettisoned him as boss almost immediately after his arrest, but Renault was more cautious and appointed an interim leader while Ghosn fought the charges.With the latest rejection he faces at least a two-month period in pre-trial detention. This can be extended almost automatically by one month at a time. © 2019 AFPcenter_img Explore further French govt seeks new Renault boss, ditches Ghosn 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.last_img read more

Lowcost and energy efficient recording of biodiversity soundscapes

first_img “In this paper, we propose a low cost solution for an audio recorder with onboard audio processing, as part of a wireless sensor network. The developed audio recorder can be used in several different use cases for which no cost effective, scalable biodiversity monitoring solution currently exists, such as to monitor pollinating insects, or to assess the condition of tropical forests by observing vocal animals,” says Victor C. M. Leung, Ph.D., corresponding author and Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of British Columbia. “Our tests demonstrate that a collection of acoustic sounds recorded in 1 minute can arrive at the server only 30 seconds after the recording has finished, affording near real-time performance which could be of great value in tracking endangered species, or identifying illegal activity such as logging or poaching in protected areas,” Professor Leung adds.The study was published in IEEE/CAA Journal of Automatica Sinica in January 2019.Critical to understanding an ecosystem’s structure and function and predicting future changes is knowing what species inhabit an ecosystem, and how many of each kind there are. A balanced ecosystem has healthy biodiversity levels and is therefore strong enough to withstand stresses such as climate change and predators. Ensuring the ecosystem’s equilibrium is therefore vital to its survival. One way to track biodiversity and ensure its balance is by monitoring the sounds that animals emit as they communicate within their environment. This is also called passive acoustic monitoring, and it has emerged as a powerful method for preserving an ecosystem’s survival. However, the amount of data that is collected requires automated methods that are capable of sampling the sounds across time and space and relaying the data to an accessible storage location. As this requires a lot of power, it remains a technical challenge. As such, there is currently an urgent need for new assessment methods that are both energy efficient as well as cost effective.”Traditional biodiversity survey methods involve the identification and logging of species, by experts at the recording location, based on what they see and hear at locations of interest. This implies several disadvantages like the vast amount of time and money to get constant results over a long period of time and a wide geographical distance, lack of reliability due to human error. Based on the growing recognition of the ecological significance of the acoustic environment, passive acoustic monitoring is emerging as a promising solution to the urgent, global need for new biodiversity assessment methods,” Professor Leung adds.In the future, the researchers aim to optimize the system’s versatility as well as efficiency. They also plan to increase battery life by implementing a system sleep mode as well as integrating solar as a second power source for a long-lasting operation. Furthermore, their aims are to improve the audio quality, further reduce costs, increase the number of nodes and install antennas between them so that they can cover a larger network. “A detailed analysis to identify the balance between range and power consumption might be an interesting topic for future enhancements of the wireless recorders,” Professor Leung comments. Provided by Chinese Association of Automation Explore further More information: Zhengguo Sheng et al, Wireless acoustic sensor networks and edge computing for rapid acoustic monitoring, IEEE/CAA Journal of Automatica Sinica (2019). DOI: 10.1109/JAS.2019.1911324 Forest soundscapes monitor conservation efforts inexpensively, effectively Set-up of a low-cost and energy efficient wireless audio recorder. Credit: C.M. Leung Ph.D., University of Brisith Columbia 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: Low-cost and energy efficient recording of biodiversity soundscapes (2019, March 21) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-low-cost-energy-efficient-biodiversity-soundscapes.html An international team of researchers has built a new sensor network that can monitor two crucial activities, namely biodiversity, or the variety of life, in a particular habitat or ecosystem, and identification of possible illegal activities such as logging or poaching in protected areas. This wireless recording network is capable of recording an ecosystem’s sounds with the same quality as devices that have been used to date, but it is significantly more energy-efficient and cost-effective. This network is composed of edge computing recorders, or devices that sample and process data at the recording location, with power savings of up to 280%. It promises to significantly streamline the monitoring process of biodiversity and addresses the urgent global need for new assessment methods necessary to maintain the world’s biodiversity balance.last_img read more

BJP pushing Assam Citizenship Bill can only complicate issuesBJP pushing Assam Citizenship

first_imgCOMMENTS SHARE SHARE EMAIL This photograph from July 30, 2018, shows people waiting in a queue to check their names on the final draft of the Assam’s National Register of Citizens after it was released, at an NRC Seva Kendra, in Morigaon   –  PTI September 10, 2018 ULFA, AGP leaders want party to step back The BJP national executive resolution pushing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, while promising to deport the ‘ghuspathias’ (infiltrators) from Bangladesh has triggered a wave of resentment and anxiety about radicalisation of sub-nationalist elements in Assamese society.“It’ll strengthen the hands of Paresh Baruah (who heads the armed wing of the banned United Liberation Front of Assam ULFA) and his calls to arms,” Anup Chetia, who heads the moderate section of ULFA, told BusinessLine.According to Chetia, the BJP is seeking to appease its Bangladeshi Hindu vote bank, a chunk of which has not been included in the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), by pushing a legislation that goes against the essence of the Assam Accord.“The BJP is undermining the Assamese identity to help Bangladeshis. They want to separate Hindu and Muslim infiltrators. Over 40 lakh people who are not in the NRC include a large number of Hindus. Through the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, the BJP is pushing the 1971 cut-off date to 2015 specifically for Hindu Bangladeshis. “They want to run a parallel process which won’t achieve anything except further complicate the issue of citizenship in Assam,” Chetia said.At the BJP’s national executive on Sunday, the party passed a resolution hailing the final draft of the NRC in Assam. The resolution underlined the BJP’s intention to identify and deport all infiltrators while simultaneously protecting all Hindus, Buddhists, Christians and Sikhs being persecuted in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan through the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.While Chetia warned of this move leading to a resurgence of armed insurgency in Assam, the BJP’s alliance partner, the AGP, said it will protest against the move. Former Assam Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta told BusinessLine that his party will “strongly oppose” the BJP’s “divisive strategy”.“We had told them earlier too that they shouldn’t play with sensitive issues for political ends. When the cut-off date for accepting as citizens who came before 1971 has been agreed upon by all stakeholders, where is the need to now say Hindus are exempt from this cut-off?” asked Mahanta.The feeling among those who were part of the prolonged agitation for Assamese identity under threat from Bengalis and sovereignity, like ULFA, is that the BJP is worried about the exclusion of a large number of Bangladeshi Hindus from the NRC and is trying to reassure them that their interests would be protected through the Citizenship Bill. These stakeholders are also, almost unanimously, of the view that such a move is nearly impossible to implement and would lead to chaos in a diverse society like Assam.“Anyone who came after 1971 has to go. We’re very clear. They can be Hindus, Muslims or anyone else. Assam is for Assamese and we have been more than generous in lettiing 1971 as the cut-off date. The BJP can’t act arbitrarily and push their agenda here,” said Samujjal Bhattacharya, Advisor, All Assam Students Union (AASU). SHAREcenter_img Assam state politics Published on COMMENTlast_img read more

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Puducherry power tussle SC asks Centre to move Madras HC with plea

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 23:22 IST Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry Dr. Kiran BediThe Supreme Court on Friday refused to extend its order restraining the Puducherry government from implementing any cabinet decisions having financial implications and asked the Centre to move the Madras High Court with its plea on alleged power tussle between the chief minister and the Lieutenant Governor.The apex court, on June 4, had directed that “any decision in the Cabinet meeting to be convened on July 7 having financial implication/implications or with respect to any transfer of the lands shall not be implemented”.A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose did not allow the plea of Solicitor General Tushar Mehta that the issue of alleged tussle over power between Lieutenant Governor and the chief minister was important and required a judicial decision in the light of the five-judge Constitution bench verdict in the Delhi-Centre power row matter.”We are not inclined to entertain this case. It would be open to the petitioner (Centre) to challenge the order of the single judge bench order (of the HC) in the division bench,” the bench said.The Puducherry government had earlier told the apex court that it has taken three cabinet decisions , distribution of free rice to all ration card holders in the Union Territory, renaming a department and auctioning of a sick factory.Out of these three decisions taken, free distribution of rice to all ration card holders can be allowed as the scheme has been running for the last ten years, it had said.The counsel for Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi had said that the scheme cannot be allowed as it will be a modification of an earlier order and has a huge financial implication.The top court had on June 4 directed the Puducherry government, led by Chief Minister V Narayanasamy who is at loggerheads with Kiran Bedi, not to implement any decision having financial implications, that may be taken at the Cabinet meeting of in the June 7.The application filed by the Centre and Kiran Bedi had sought a direction for restoring the situation prevailing before the April 30 Madras High Court verdict which held that the Lieutenant Governor “cannot interfere” in the day-to-day affairs of the elected government in the Union Territory.On May 10, the apex court had sought response from Congress MLA K Laksminarayanan, on whose petition the high court had delivered the April 30 verdict, on the pleas filed by the Centre and Kiran Bedi.On April 30, the Madras High Court had allowed a plea filed by Laksminarayanan and set aside the two communications issued in January and June 2017 by the Ministry of Home Affairs “elevating” the powers of the administrator.Referring to the Supreme Court judgement on the tussle between Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, the high court had said that restrictions imposed on Delhi government are not applicable to the Puducherry government.”The administrator cannot interfere in the day-to-day affairs of the government. The decision taken by the Council of Ministers and the chief minister is binding on secretaries and other officials,” it had said.Laksminarayanan had claimed in his plea before the high court that the administrator was interfering in the day-to-day administration of the territorial government, its policies and programmes.ALSO READ | Lt Guv Bedi’s water crisis remarks echoes in Assembly, DMK demands her removalALSO WATCH | Rahul Gandhi is rallying point for Congress: Puducherry CM V NarayanasamyFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byKritika Kashyap Tags :Follow Puducherry GovernmentFollow Supreme CourtFollow High CourtFollow Kiran Bedi Puducherry power tussle: SC asks Centre to move Madras HC with pleaThe Madras High Court had recently held that Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi “cannot interfere” in the day-to-day affairs of the elected government there.advertisement Nextlast_img read more