Bill Gates puts robots cowfree burgers on list of breakthrough tech for

first_img Tags Share your voice Bill Gates Post a comment Bill Gates curated the MIT Technology Review’s 2019 10 Breakthrough Technologies list.  Getty Images Cancer vaccines and smooth-talking AI assistants are all on Bill Gates’ list of technologies to watch for. The MIT Technology Review on Wednesday released its 2019 10 Breakthrough Technologies list, which was curated by Gates. It was the publication’s first time having a guest editor choose what would land on list. “Bill’s list reflects his belief that we’re approaching a tipping point in humanity’s technological development — from technologies that mostly make life longer to those that mostly make it better,” said Gideon Lichfield, editor-in-chief of the Review, in a release. “His choices highlight some of what he considers the most important challenges and opportunities of our time.” Here are the 10 technologies, ranging from climate change to health care to artificial intelligence:Robot dexterity: robot hands that can manipulate unfamiliar objects on their own.New-wave nuclear power: both fission and fusion reactor designs that can bring down carbon emissions.Predicting preemies: a blood test that can warn of a preterm birth.Gut probe in a pill: a swallowable device that can show the digestive tract and perform biopsies.Custom cancer vaccines: a treatment that helps the body’s own immune system to target only tumor cells.The cow-free burger: plant-based and lab-grown meat alternatives that could cut emissions from the food industry.Carbon dioxide catcher: techniques for absorbing CO2 from the air and locking it away.An ECG on your wrist: smartwatch’s ability to monitor someone’s heart health and get early warnings of problems.Sanitation without sewers: a self-contained toilet that can tackle disease and unpleasant living conditions.Smooth-talking AI assistants: advances in natural language processing that make digital assistants capable of more natural conversations.You can read more about the technologies in the MIT Technology Review.  Gates earlier this week answered questions from Redditors during his Ask Me Anything session, including his thoughts on taxes, climate change, terrorism and other lighter topics.  Tech Industry Sci-Tech 0last_img read more

Indian team for West Indies announced Bumrah rested Pandey Iyer Khaleel brought

first_imgODIs: Rohit Sharma (V-C), Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (C), KL Rahul, Kedar Jadhav, Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Khaleel Ahmed, Navdeep Saini MSK PrasadThe Indian team for all three formats to be competed in during the tour of West Indies has been announced. The ODI team, which was in the spotlight after the World Cup, has seen few changes but the presence of some other players. Jasprit Bumrah has been rested while Khaleel Ahmed comes back. Navdeep Saini and Deepak Chahar have been brought into the team after good performances in the IPL. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Shami retain their places. The three spinners in the World Cup squad continue to be in the team. Manish Pandey has been rewarded for his good performances with India A while Shreyas Iyer also gets a chance. Rishabh Pant is retained and is the only specialist keeper in the team. For the Test side, Wriddhiman Saha is brought back in and will be the other keeper in the side along with the incumbent Rishabh Pant. Hanuma Vihari is in the team and so is Rohit Sharma. The fast bowling attack remains the same with the addition of Umesh Yadav. Prithvi Shaw remains out due to injury while Mayank Agarwal will continue to be the opener.  Squads:Tests: Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane (V-C), Hanuma Vihari, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant (WK), Wriddhiman Saha (WK), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah T20Is: Rohit Sharma (V-C), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (C), Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Washington Sundar, Rahul Chahar, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Sainilast_img read more

Patanjali unveils new game plan Go online and tie up with eight

first_imgA salesman carries items in a basket inside a family-run grocery store in New Delhi September 18, 2012 (representational image).Reuters fileWant to buy Patanjali products? Soon you may not have to visit those brick-and-mortar Patanjali shops. You will be able to buy Patanjali products from the comfort of your home because the company is going online.Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurved is planning to enter the e-commerce market after becoming a resounding success online. The company plans to tie up with up to eight big e-commerce giants, including Amazon and Flipkart.”Patanjali Ayurveda has started working on a massive online push. The announcement of an agreement with world’s largest e-commerce companies will happen soon. A new chapter of online shopping of Patanjali products from many portals will begin soon,” SK Tijarawala, Ramdev’s spokesperson, said on Twitter.Patanjali Ayurved announced on December 26, 2017, that it was eyeing the diaper and sanitary napkin markets. It is expected to launch both kids’ and adult diapers and affordable sanitary napkins in the Rs 16,000-crore market in the first quarter of the next financial year.Yoga guru Ramdev established the Patanjali Ayurved Limited in 2006 along with Acharya Balkrishna. Ramdev himself plays the role of product evangelist and brand ambassador for the FMCG company. Ramdev is the chairman, Balkrishna the managing director and Ramdev’s younger brother Ram Bharat is the CEO of Patanjali Ayurved.The firm started with medicines, personal care and food products, but now offers a wide range of products including instant noodles, cosmetics and baby products.Today Patanjali is one of the fastest-growing companies in India and has climbed from the 45th place last year to the 19th place this year in Forbes magazine’s Annual India Rich List.last_img read more

Is Judgementall Hai Kya poster plagiarized Hungarybased artist accuses makers of stealing

first_imgFlora BorsiFacebookJudgementall Hai Kya has been in the news mostly for its controversies thanks to the film’s lead actress Kangana Ranaut. And now even after the release of the film, troubles for the makers are just refusing to die down. A popular Hungary-based artist named Flora Borsi has now accused the makers of Judgementall Hai Kya for stealing her art without her persmission.Sharing a juxtaposed image of Judgementall Hai Kya poster featuring Kangana posing with a black cat and her digital photographic work on Facebook, Flora wrote, “Any similarities? It’s a famous bollywood movie poster called “Judgementall Hai Kya”. They didn’t ask for any permission nor reached me out. It’s a shame for big companies plagarizing freelance artists work.”Her Facebook post received a lot of positive reactions from her followers who slammed the Bollywood industry for plagiarizing her art. Flora was overwhelmed with the support from her followers but she urged them not to express hatred towards a nation saying that “It’s all about a big industry vs artists.””Thank you so much guys for supporting me ❤️ but I don’t want anybody to express hatred toward a nation or a country. It’s all about a big industry vs artists,” Flora Borsi commented on her Facebook post.She further added, “Bollywood has nothing to do with this. It’s all about the art department and the creative director. their responsibility is the feedback, which brings negativity in the big picture, which is Bollywood. When someone does a bad things people can’t blame the country where was born.”Take a look.  Flora BorsiFacebookThe makers of Judgementall Hai Kya are yet to address the allegations about plagarizing Flora Borsi’s work.last_img read more

Offline smartphones sales plummet in India Micom grows faster than Amazon and

first_imgThe logo of India’s largest e-commerce firm Flipkart is seen on the facade of the company’s headquarters in Bengaluru on July 7, 2017. REUTERS/Abhishek N ChinnappaDriven by attractive promotions and exclusive launches of popular brands, Smartphones sales in the e-commerce zone continues to flourish in the Indian market.Data from a market research firm Counterpoint shows that online smartphone segment captured a whopping 38 percent share of total smartphone sales during the first quarter of 2018 whereas last year in the same quarter, the online sales stood at 34 percent. Offline smartphone sales declined by 3 percent year-on-year in the first quarter.Xiaomi, which has disrupted the Indian smartphone market in the mid-segment, continues to grow and consolidate its position. Strikingly, has grown faster than big rivals Amazon and Flipkart. Xiaomi which already has created its market by offering exclusive deals on Amazon and Flipkart is now growing its own portal by active media strategy and engaging MI fan community.Data presented by Counterpoint reviles that in online space increased its market share to 14 percent in first quarter of 2018 up from 10 percent during the same quarter last year. While, Flipkart increased its online market share from 51 percent to 54 percent in Q1, 2018 as against Q1, 2017. Amazon recorded a fall of 3 percent in its market share of 33 percent from last year; however, it continues to dominate the e-commerce market in the premium smartphone segment chiefly because of its exclusive partnership with OnePlus.Xiaomi also maintained its lead in India’s online smartphone market with 57 percent share in the first quarter of the current year, followed by Samsung at 14 percent and Huawei that captured 8 percent share. In recent years, Chinese mobile companies have dominated the Indian smartphone segment by launching series of models in the mid-segment bracket.Apple’s push to start a manufacturing plant in India also shows Tim cook’s aggressive plans to capture the emerging cell phone market in India. In order to maintain its market share, companies are tying up with e-commerce players to give exclusive deals to the customers. The battle is expected to grow tighter with the entry of Walmart in the Indian market and Jio phone with cheap data plans.last_img read more

Social media marketing is the latest buzzword Rohan Singh

first_imgRohan SinghPR HandoutRohan Singh, who is a successful name in the world of social media management, shared how social media is becoming a famous business for many.Rohan helps celebrities to use their social media accounts in a more responsible way and also helps them to solve their problems in using social media. He is not just famous in India but also internationally.”Social Media Marketing is the latest buzzword for marketers who wish to optimize their online presence and increase their sales. It is quickly becoming the most significant part of successful internet marketing strategies owing to the benefits of Social Media Marketing. Businesses around the globe are discovering methods through which social media can contribute to their success and help them grow their online business. Incorporating social media marketing strategy in DM campaigns is must in today’s time to ensure effective brand recognition, loyalty and awareness,” Rohan said in a statement.Rohan, who is also a professional photographer and traveller, shared his passion got a life only because of social media existence.”Earlier people did not belive in photography but as social media was introduced the buzz of photography and travelling started trending. It has became comman that many travel and click just to keep their social media accounts upto date,” he added.last_img read more

BNP expels Sylhet rebel mayoral candidate Selim

first_imgBNP Sylhet City unit general secretary Badruzzaman Selim. Photo: UNBBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Tuesday expelled its Sylhet City unit general secretary Badruzzaman Selim for contesting the city polls defying the party decision, reports UNB.The party also expelled Mymensingh’s Tarakanda upazila unit BNP member Masud Rana Khan for breaching the party discipline.A party press release, signed by BNP assistant office secretary Taiful Islam Tipu, said the two BNP leaders were expelled from the party for violating party discipline and engaging in the activities that go against party interests.The party also asked its leaders and activists not to maintain any contact with the two expelled leaders. BNP nominated incumbent mayor Ariful Haque Chowdhury as its mayoral candidate in Sylhet city polls billed for 30 July.Selim who submitted his nomination paper to contest the polls did not withdraw his nomination on Monday last, the last date for withdrawing the candidature. Besides, Jamaat leader Ehsanul Mahbub Jubayer are also there in the race ignoring the BNP-led 20-party alliance’s decision.last_img read more

Bogura boat capsize Two more bodies recovered

first_imgbograThe bodies of two more victims, who went missing after an engine-run boat with more than a hundred passengers capsized in the Jamuna river in Sariakandi upazila, were recovered on Thursday, according to UNB.One of the deceased was Kajoli Begum, 25.With this, a total of four bodies have so far been found while three others still remained missing.Locals said they had spotted the bodies floating in the river at Kutubpur around 10:00am and informed police.On Wednesday, the boat heading towards Kalitala Ghat from Manikdair Char capsized around 11:30am as its bottom was damaged.Although most of the passengers managed to swim ashore, seven went missing. Later, the floating bodies of the two women were retrieved from the river.last_img read more

Expect Fewer Polling Stations For Tuesdays Texas Primary Runoff

first_img Texas holds its primary runoff election on Tuesday, May 24. Voter turnout is typically lower in primaries than in general elections. When a primary goes to a second round, turnout falls even farther. That can mean shorter lines to vote. But it also means the Republican and Democratic Parties will be operating fewer polling stations.“In a primary, it’s the parties who are determining the locations, the number of workers, number of voting machines, etc.,” says Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart. “But because there’s not enough equipment for each party to cover the whole county with the same number of locations they had last November, which voters are used to in the general elections, then there will be less locations for each party.”Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016Stanart says the best way for voters to avoid confusion is to check their polling location with the county clerk’s office online.Harris County Democrats will choose their candidate for sheriff. Former Houston city councilman Ed Gonzalez is facing off against Jerome Moore, a 16-year veteran of County Constable’s Office, Precinct 5. The winner will challenge incumbent sheriff Ron Hickman in the fall. Republicans in Harris County have a party leadership contest to decide. Incumbent party chair Paul Simpson is fighting a challenge from attorney Rick Ramos. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen X Share 00:00 /01:21last_img read more

Trump Orders Agencies To Share Data On Noncitizens

first_img Share Updated at 5:50 p.m. ETPresident Trump announced Thursday he would sign an executive order to obtain data about the U.S. citizenship and non-citizenship status of everyone living in the United States.In a Rose Garden ceremony, Trump said he would drop efforts to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census. Instead, he’ll sign an executive order directing all U.S. agencies to provide the Department of Commerce all information they have on the U.S. citizenship, non-citizenship and immigration status.“We have great knowledge in many of our agencies,” Trump said, flanked by Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. “We will leave no stone unturned.”The executive order marks the administration’s latest effort to obtain the information despite a ruling from the U.S. Supreme that bars the administration from including the question on the 2020 census for now.The question was, “Is this person a citizen of the United States?”Ahead of the announcement, Dale Ho of the American Civil Liberties Union, which challenged the question, said: “If President Trump takes executive action, we will take legal action.”In Maryland, a federal judge is currently reconsidering discrimination and conspiracy allegations against the question, and in New York, another judge is reviewing an alleged cover-up of the administration’s real reason for wanting the question.Justice Department and Commerce Department officials have said that printing has started for paper forms that do not include the question.Last month, the Supreme Court blocked the citizenship question from the census for now. A majority of the justices rejected the administration’s original stated justification — to better protect the voting rights of racial minorities — for appearing “contrived.” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who oversees the Census Bureau, formally approved adding the question last year after pressuring Commerce officials for months to find a way to include it.The court’s decision does leave open the possibility for the administration to make another case for the question. But it’s not clear whether an executive order could clear a path that would allow the administration to overcome lower court orders that continue to block the question from census forms.Census Bureau research suggests including the question is highly likely to discourage an estimated 9 million people from taking part in the constitutionally mandated head count of every person living in the U.S. Critics of the question worry that could lead to undercounts of immigrant groups and communities of color, especially among Latinx people.That could have long-term impacts on how political representation and federal funding are shared in the U.S. through 2030. Census results determine each state’s share of congressional seats and Electoral College votes for the next decade. They also guide how an estimated $880 billion a year in federal tax dollars is distributed for schools, roads and other public services in local communities.The Census Bureau has continued to recommend against adding the question, which researchers say would produce self-reported responses that are less accurate and more costly to gather compared with existing government records on citizenship. Ross has authorized the bureau to compile those records, and bureau officials have said they are waiting for “guidance” on whether to release that information, which would be anonymized to not identify individuals.With just over six months left until the official census kickoff in rural Alaska, any changes to census forms could jeopardize the final preparations for the count. Census Bureau officials have testified that the deadline for finalizing the questionnaire could be pushed back to Oct. 31, but only “with exceptional effort and additional resources.”“I have no intention of allowing this flagrant waste of money,” Rep. José Serrano of New York, who chairs the House appropriations subcommittee that funds the Census Bureau, said in a written statement released Tuesday. “I once again urge the Trump Administration to give up this fight and allow for a depoliticized and accurate census, as we always have.”Still, Trump has been vocal in not wanting to back down. His tweets after Justice and Commerce officials announced that printing had started without a citizenship question signaled a marked turn toward a prolonged legal battle.This week, Trump’s reelection campaign sent emails to ask supporters to complete an online survey that asked whether they believed the 2020 census should ask people is they are “American citizens.”“We can’t Keep America Great for all Americans if we don’t know who’s in this country,” said the email, signed by “Team Trump 2020.”Attorneys defending the administration, however, could be coming from a new team of Justice Department lawyers. This week, in an unusual move, the administration tried to get judges to approve a complete turnover of every single career DOJ attorney who has been working on the ongoing lawsuits for months. The Justice Department has not provided an explanation for why it wants the change. So far, two federal judges have rejected those requests while allowing the administration to try again to swap out the attorneys.The House is also scheduling a vote on July 16 to hold Barr and Ross in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with subpoenas related to the oversight committee’s investigation regarding the citizenship question.“For months, Attorney General Barr and Secretary Ross have withheld key documents subpoenaed by the Committee on a bipartisan basis without asserting any valid legal justification for their refusal. These documents could shed light on the real reason that the Trump Administration tried to add the citizenship question,” oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings said in a statement on Thursday.He urged Barr and Ross to comply with the subpoenas so Congress can avoid a contempt vote.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit read more

SpiritHouse Breaks the Silence On Unlawful Murders of Black People

first_imgFamily members shared stories of their Black male relatives killed in extrajudicial crimes, part of the Spirithouse Project’s first break the silence movement in D.C., April 22, at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I Street SW.“This is not a press conference with famous people, this a press conference for the relatives of victims who have been murdered [in anti-Black hate crimes] because we think they are the most important voices and their voices must be heard and respected as being the legitimate voice of this new movement,” Ruby Sales, founder and director of the Spirithouse Project told the {AFRO}.The victims include Jack Lamar Roberson, 43, shot to death by police in Waycross, Ga. in 2013; Keaton Otis, 25, shot and killed by police in Portland, Ore. in 2010 and Nathaniel Lee III, 20, killed in Waycross by two convicted White felons in 2009.“It is a rising problem,” Sales said. “These murders outnumber lynchings at its height in the 1890s and early 1900s, so we are facing a critical, critical problem of racialized violence and hate crimes in this country.”Family members, who tearfully shared accounts of the victims’ final moments, are in D.C. to demand federal intervention for their loved ones’ cases. All proclaimed they would not stop speaking out about the injustices until some sort of justice is received. They said news reports mischaracterized the murders and the victims.Spirithouse Project-based in Atlanta, Ga. also held a teach-in to discuss anti-Black crimes, worship service, and candlelight vigil.The organization wants to spread awareness throughout the country, Sales said.Moving forward, the organization will converse with groups whose mandate is to do citizen organizing, such as social justice organization Washington Peace Center in Northwest D.C.; and create campaigns on colleges, particularly the University of the District of Columbia and Howard University.She said she hopes, in the long-run, to have a congressional hearing on anti-Black hate crimes.Sales said that Black people in this country are viewed as disposable waste.“We’re living in a world where the general consensus is that Black people are disposable wastes and that we add no value to the society except maybe those few Black people who are exceptional,” she said.Sales said a Black person is murdered every 28 hours by a white law enforcement officer, security guard or vigilante.“If they’re happening every 28 hours in this country, I say that necessitates a movement,” she said.The movement to break the silence was sparked by the murder of Trayvon Martin in 2013. Sales said she initially began the movement in 2007 after the suspicious murder of Billie Jo Johnson in Mississippi. Authorities classified his murder as a suicide. “It’s terrorism when any organized or unorganized group of people attack Black people and it’s terrorism when an individual called a lone wolf, an individual actor carriers out a killing while wearing a uniform,” Chip Berlet, a former Senior Analyst for Political Research Association, a think tank in Boston, said at the conference.For more information on anti-Black hate crimes or to assist with the movement go to or check out the “Breaking the Silence on Modern Day Lynching” on Facebook.last_img read more

Team seeks to finally solve mystery of Da Vinci mural hidden behind

first_img Da Vinci’s mural was believed to have been painted on a wall in what is known as the Hall of Five Hundred, in Florence, Italy, a local government headquarters. The work was subsequently covered or destroyed when a later regime came into office and commissioned artist Giorgio Vasari to create a fresco to replace Da Vinci’s work. But Maurizio Seracini, a professor from the University of California, doesn’t think Vasari ruined Da Vinci’s mural. Instead, after extensive research, he’s come to believe a wall was built directly in front of the wall that had the Battle of Anghiari on it, with some space between it to keep it from harm. Unfortunately however, there has been no way to prove it.In a fortuitous turn of events, Seracini happened to meet photographer David Yoder, who just happened to shoot for major publications such as the New York Times, and more importantly, National Geographic Magazine (who is now helping fund the project). After working together on ideas for ways to find out once and for all if Da Vinci’s mural was indeed where Seracini thought it was, Yoder met up with the third party to their consortium; Dr. Robert Smither, a physicist with Argonne National Laboratory, who has been working on a kind of gamma ray camera to be used for creating images of tumors in cancer patients. He thought the same technology might be used to create an actual image of the mural behind the wall, if it was indeed there.The camera, if it can be built, must be portable so it can be transported to the site, and once there would work by sending neutrons through the first wall which would then hit the metals contained in the oil based paint that Da Vinci is believed to have used, on the wall behind. Those metals would then emit gamma rays which could be captured using copper crystals to form an image. Thus, the “camera” would not actually have a glass lens at all. In testing done at an Italian research center, it appears the technology would work as predicted, but, there’s still one more problem, the lack of funds, hence the posting on Kickstarter. So far the team has collected $21,514 of the $265,000 needed with just 33 days to go. © 2011 ( — A trio of players now invested in not only finding out if Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous lost mural “Battle of Anghiari” is where they think it is, but also in trying to take a picture of it, has posted a project on KickStarter asking for contributions to help in the effort. 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. Study: Mona Lisa neither man nor da Vinci Citation: Team seeks to finally solve mystery of Da Vinci mural hidden behind wall using gamma ray camera (2011, September 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore furtherlast_img read more

After Los Cabos Newton on path for MexicoArizona border

first_img Posted by Share Wednesday, September 7, 2016 CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico — Newton swept onto the Gulf of California after slamming the resorts of southern Baja as a hurricane before making landfall Mexico’s mainland and weakening to a tropical storm.And the storm remained on a path Wednesday morning that was expected to take it to the U.S. border with potentially dangerous rains for Arizona and New Mexico.Newton first came ashore near the Los Cabos resorts Tuesday morning as a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 90 mph (150 kph), pelting the area with torrential rain as residents sheltered at home and tourists huddled in hotels. The storm broke windows, downed trees and knocked out power, but the area was spared the kind of extensive damage seen two years ago when they were walloped by a stronger storm.A shrimp boat capsized in rough seas in the Gulf of California, killing two people and leaving three others missing, authorities said. The boat had set out from the port of Ensenada and was bound for Mazatlan.More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksAfter passing over the resort area, Newton headed northward up the sparsely populated interior of the peninsula and then sput out over the gulf during the night. Early Wednesday, its centre was about 10 miles (15 kilometres) southeast of Bahia Kino and was moving north at around 17 mph (28 kph) with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph (110 kph).After passing over relatively little populated areas in Sonora, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said Newton could push into southeastern Arizona in the afternoon and drop 1 to 3 inches of rain there and over parts of New Mexico through Thursday.“Heavy rain could cause life-threatening flash floods and mud slides, especially in mountainous terrain,” the centre said.About 14,000 tourists were in Los Cabos during the storm, tourism officials said, and visitors began venturing out after Newton passed.“Just trying to make it through the day, with a little help,” Mark Hernandez, a visitor from California, said as he raised a can of beer at one of the few bars open in Cabo San Lucas. “We pray for the city of Cabo San Lucas. It was a rough one as you can see.”More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthPalm trees were toppled along the town’s coastal boulevard and some windows were broken. But there was calm in the city as firefighters cleaned refuse from the streets during the day.In 2014, Los Cabos suffered heavy damage to homes, shops and hotels when it was hammered by Hurricane Odile, which hit land as a Category 3 storm.“You know, it could have been a lot worse and I think we are very fortunate that it wasn’t as bad as Odile,” said Darlene Savord, another tourist from California. “I think that we are very fortunate and blessed.” The Canadian Press center_img Tags: Arizona, Mexico After Los Cabos, Newton on path for Mexico-Arizona border << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

WestJet updates travel agent and companion discount program

first_imgWestJet updates travel agent and companion discount program Share Travelweek Group Posted by Tags: Agent Rates, WestJet, WestJet Vacationscenter_img CALGARY — WestJet is offering travel agents and one companion 50% to 75% off regular published Y fares, based on availability, for bookings made by Dec. 15 with no blackout dates.To take advantage of the special rates agents are asked to call WestJet’s Travel Support team at 1-877-664-3205, Monday to Sunday, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. MT. Taxes and fees are extra.Fares and space are limited and subject to availability. The 75% discount on Y fares applies when G inventory is available. The 50% discount on Y fares applies when M inventory is available.Agents are asked to provide the following details at time of booking:Flight information (dates of travel and preferred/alternate flight numbers)Names and contact information of travellersAgency information (personal IATA/UFTAA code [VER# or ACTA#] and IATA/TIDS)A valid credit cardReservations are permitted any time prior to departure (based on availability) for domestic, transborder and international flights.A valid IATA/UFTAA and a valid 10 digit ACTA/verification number are required. The IATA/UFTAA ID card number is a mandatory field. “We will electronically verify your ACTA/verification number for validation. Please be prepared to show your IATA or UFTAA at the airport,” says WestJet.More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upSome restrictions apply, including: travel agent bookings are non-commissionable and non-refundable; Plus fare seats may not be booked through the travel agent discount program; codeshare and interline bookings may not be booked through the travel agent discount program; and free seat selection is not included (but may still be purchased at the regular pre-reserved seat prices).WestJet Vacations has also sent out a reminder about its travel agent and companion (positive space) discount program, offering travel agents and up to three additional companions 20% off positive space air and hotel packages on one file (in one hotel room). Individual deviations are not permitted. The booking deadline for these special rates is also Dec. 15, with several blackout dates for the remainder of 2017, including: Sept. 4 – 5, 2017; Oct. 5 – 6, 2017; Oct. 9 – 10, 2017; Nov. 9 – 14, 2017; Dec.14 – 24, 2017; Dec. 26 – 31, 2017. Monday, August 28, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

SAINTS have announced their squad for Sundays Sup

first_imgSAINTS have announced their squad for Sunday’s Super League XVIII Round 2 match at Widnes Vikings.Ade Gardner and Anthony Walker are dual registered with Whitehaven this weekend whilst Alex Walmsley is also expected to play with Batley.The squad is:1. Paul Wellens, 2. Ade Gardner, 3. Jordan Turner, 4. Sia Soliola, 5. Francis Meli, 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Jonny Lomax, 8. Josh Perry, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Tony Puletua, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Willie Manu, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 15. Mark Flanagan, 19. Josh Jones, 20. Lee Gaskell, 21. Tommy Makinson, 24. Joe Greenwood.Denis Betts will choose his Widnes side from:1. Shaun Briscoe, 2. Willie Isa, 3. Cameron Phelps, 4. Stefan Marsh, 7. Rhys Hanbury, 8. Ben Cross, 9. Jon Clarke, 10. Steve Pickersgill, 11. Frank Winterstein, 12. Dave Allen, 13. Hep Cahill, 14. Joe Mellor, 16. Eamon O’Carroll, 18. Lloyd White, 20. Paddy Flynn, 22. Gareth Hock, 23. Phil Joseph, 24. Macgraff Leuluai, 25. Alex Gerrard.The game kicks off at 3pm and the referee is James Child.Ticket details are here.Stat Pack:Widnes are seeking their first Super League victory against St Helens on Sunday afternoon.St Helens have won the last 15 games between the sides (eight away fixtures), with Widnes’ last victory coming at home, 20-17 in the Stones Bitter Championship, on April 4, 1994.Super League Summary:Widnes won 0St Helens won 11Ups and Downs:Widnes highest losing score: 23-24 (H, 2012)St Helens highest score: 62-0 (H, 2012) (also widest margin)last_img read more

SoundCloud Wants 1 Billion Users a Day

first_img SoundCloud Wants 1 Billion Users a Day 5 min read Next Article Register Now » Eric Wahlforss and his co-founder Alex Ljung launched SoundCloud in 2007 to solve their own personal frustration sharing audio files online. In five years, the website they created has grown from a niche audio service for techno musicians to a web platform hosting audio channels from the White House and Harvard Business Review and launching hit singles from the likes of Nine Inch Nails and Beyoncé.SoundCloud’s goal is to have 1 billion users a day, says Wahlforss. “That works,” he laughs, but it’s not clear that he considers the goal entirely out of his reach. Right now, 250 million users reach the SoundCloud site each month.  SoundCloud’s co-founder Eric Wahlforss.Image credit: SoundCloudThe Berlin-based audio platform has north of 200 employees, most in the capital city of Germany, but with satellite offices in San Francisco, London, and Sofia, Bulgaria. Currently, SoundCloud is growing its New York City team. Wahlforss was in New York working with the team when he talked with about the company’s goals.Even just two years ago, there was virtually no brand awareness of SoundCloud in the U.S., says Wahlforss. Today, nine in 10 people he runs into would know the brand without explanation, he says. To be sure, his circles aren’t representative of the average public. When this reporter pitched the story to her team of editors, almost no one in the room had heard of the audio platform. Awareness of SoundCloud is greater in younger, tech savvy music fans.  Related: Zipcar Founder: Entrepreneurs Have to Build a Collaborative Economy, or ElseIf you don’t know SoundCloud, think YouTube for audio.Wahlforss mostly agrees with the analogy. There are 12 hours of user-generated audio content uploaded to SoundCloud every minute. The uploaded audio ranges from your neighbor’s amateur attempts to reproduce an Eric Clapton ballad to long-form radio programming from NPR, CBS and the BBC.But the YouTube analogy is not entirely accurate. That’s because of the fundamental difference between the nature of video and audio. Individuals tend to consume short clips of video. And audio is a much more personal experience. Audio tends to be “extremely emotional,” therefore the listening sessions tend to be longer, says Wahlforss.Related: For Social Entrepreneurs, What Comes First: Business or Mission?What SoundCloud does that its competitors — including the likes of Pandora, Grooveshark and Spotify — don’t do as well, is make the audio experience a social, interactive experience. Users can comment on different bits of a track, see what others users are listening to, and discover new artists.Wahlforss says that at its heart, SoundCloud embeds the interactive communication elements of the web into the audio-listening experience. “We really think that this is the way music and audio ought to be shared, in the world as we know today.”In the earliest days of SoundCloud’s genesis, Wahlforss and his co-founder Ljung were inspired by the clean and simple layout designs of Flickr. SoundCloud started for techno, but self-consciously pushed the conversations on the platform to indie rock and then beyond. The co-founders never wanted to create a website for the electronic music set. They wanted to create a platform to change the way music is created, listened to and shared around the web.Related: Intel’s Futurist: We’ll Soon Be Living In ComputersThe table set for SoundCloud’s weekly team luncheon.Image credit: SoundCloudSoundCloud doesn’t disclose revenues or profits, but is starting to look for ways to make money with advertising. It’s seeking out deals with brands that are creative and unobtrusive to listeners, says Wahlforss. They won’t disclose any brands that they are in talks with, but Wahlforss and Ljung have what advertisers want: a young, engaged user base.The company operates on a “freemium” business model, meaning the service is free of charge, but users must pay a subscription if they want premium services such as expanded audio-upload storage and analytics.SoundCloud wants to become a listening platform, in addition to a platform for creators. But as the user base grows, and the SoundCloud experience matures, the line between listener and creator should blur. “The most deeply engaged fans are more often than not are also co-creating, they are also creators, or strong curators,” says Wahlforss. “To give them the ability to remix your creations, to add value to it, to multiply your community or brand as an artist, these things should all be possible and that is what we fundamentally believe in.”And that’s already happening in fits and spurts. For example, electronica artist Joel Thomas Zimmerman, known by his stage name deadmau5 (pronounced “dead mouse”), was live-streaming the production process on his latest mix when a fan named Chris tweeted him a vocal layover track he had uploaded on SoundCloud. Deadmau5 was impressed, as the expletives in his tweet express, and within minutes had Chris on the phone. Chris’s vocals were included in Deadmau5’s final track. Related: Successful Crowdfunding Is About More Than Money Senior Entrepreneurship Writer at CNBC Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. November 4, 2013 Add to Queue Catherine Clifford Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Technology –shareslast_img read more

3 Simple Steps to Meet Current GDPR Compliance

first_imgThe EU General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR as it’s widely known, fundamentally changed the handling, sourcing, and distribution of data collected about customers living within the European Union region. As professionals trying to engage with a global audience, it’s important for marketers to be aware of the GDPR Compliance, privacy and security responsibilities– all this help to avoid falling prey to breach of the international laws.With the GDPR,  an individual’s privacy rights are prioritized over a company’s right to access and use customer information. If a business relies on approaches like cold calls, or using cold mailing lists, it’s likely that company is not GDPR compliant, in the absence of gaining the explicit consent of the individual.As we approach the 1 year anniversary of the introduction of GDPR, it’s a good opportunity to review your data compliance policy and implementation of it, to ensure your company doesn’t find itself in breach of the ruling.Read More: Customer Experience 2020: Personalization is KeyHere are 3 key considerations when implementing a best-practice GDPR compliance strategy within your marketing teams:Set strong foundations in GDPR complianceThe GDPR demands significant accountability and obligation from companies, to the extent that the reversal of the burden of proof applies.  This means companies are responsible for proving they are complying with the GDPR laws, rather than authorities providing evidence of infringements. As a result, its necessary to continuously monitor and improve all GDPR processes.Because of this it’s vital to have a data protection and management system that maps all business processes to ensure they’re GDPR compliantOrganizations should document all data around the company processes company-wide, alongside the legal reasons for each process.How can this be done?The best way to monitor and document your GDPR requirements is by setting up a privacy management system that maintains a central repository of processing activities. It doesn’t necessarily need to be a complex system, but should record and map the processing of all customer data. This system should be updated to ensure it aligns with legal regulations for processing data, but should also contain guidelines around responsibilities, an overview of how data is collected and stored, any tech or internal measures that need to be taken to contain this data, and a risk management system to protect and deal with any potential security issues.Deploying a business process management (BPM) tool is the most effective way to do this, especially those that are cloud  based and can be customized to suit the business and its unique data.Many of our own customers have implemented Signavio’s BPM solution to create a data glossary, acting as both a register for various processes and data sets, as well as a dictionary for defining the GDPR category they relate to. Defining these processes and assets also allows them to easily check the legality of the processing of this data in accordance with GDPR, ensuring legal requirements are clear and staff aren’t guesstimating their responsibilities around data security.Understand the data you’re holding and how it’s used for GDPR complianceGDPR requires you to know and document the personal data your business holds, its origins and how it is shared. Establish an understanding of which data is collected, which data is stored, and where, as well as what responsibilities apply to each kind of data.Ensure responsibilities across your team are defined and documented in the process models, for example, identifying a compliance officer or other decision-makers for handling customer data.When you’ve established how data is collected and stored, you need to identify what kind of data it is and how you need to treat it. Thanks to technology advances, it’s easy to automate this process so decision makers can quickly evaluate and check that data is being processed in line with GDPR requirements.This is important because the GDPR requires a data protection impact assessment to be made wherever there is significant risk in the handling of sensitive data, which often, marketers deal with.If one does not already exist, creating a privacy statement that explains customers’ rights andthe business’ lawful responsibilities for processing information is a simple way to ensure companies are compliant with the requirements of the GDPR. A smarter approach would be to automate the way companies collect personal information, so that when a customer provides their data, companies can easily monitor when, how and the purpose for which it was supplied.Regularly and consistently monitoring this process is essential to stay afloat of compliance, and when automated, can be easily managed. The goal here is to achieve permanent GDPR compliance in a changing process landscape.Be cautious of consent obligations in GDPR complianceConsent is required to be explicit under the GDPR. Individuals need to opt-in to provide personal data to a company, using clear and unambiguous consent statements, specific to the information they are providing. This means blanket statements for general/ all data collection is not sufficient for GDPR compliance.Broader statements are enough when collecting non-sensitive data, however long, difficult to  read terms and conditions, fine print and opt-out ticked boxes are no longer acceptable. Companies are also required to give individuals a simple way to withdraw consent at any time, along with instructions about how to do so.Because companies are required to maintain proof of consent, here are a few questions you should consider when developing your GDPR consent strategy: How can you build trust to encourage customers provide consent, as well as engage with your business offering? How do you request, manage, and store consent? 3 Simple Steps to Meet Current GDPR Compliance Gero DeckerMay 17, 2019, 10:35 pmMay 21, 2019 Are new policies or processes required? Is data being collected from individuals under the age of 16? If so, how will parental consent be obtained to collect and use children’s data?center_img If you’re not currently doing this, what changes need to be made? How will these processes and systems be communicated to staff? Ensuring compliance officers and staff are equipped with answers to these questions is a good way to make sure they have a strong understanding of the GDPR requirements. Not only will this prevent organizational inefficiencies, it also enables staff to identify issues and act compliantly, protecting your organization from potential legal ramifications.Read More: Why Tone is Everything in Marketing! Business Process Managementcustomer datadata privacyGDPR ComplianceSignavio Previous ArticleAdoption of SymphonyRM’s AI-Powered “Next Best Actions” Soars as Company Doubles Revenue and Client Base and Raises $10 Million in Series A FinancingNext ArticleBiscuitville Chooses SiteZeus to Help fuel their Location Growthlast_img read more

Excessive phosphate fertilizer may hurt plants by altering microbial composition in soil

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 19 2019Phosphorus is crucial for plant growth–with it, plants can acquire, transfer, and store the energy that helps them flourish in full health. Without it, plants flounder: they’re stunted, discolored, and produce low yields. For this reason, farmers and gardeners often apply phosphate fertilizers (P-fertilizer) to increase the amount of phosphorous in their soil. However, a recent study finds that excessive P-fertilizer may actually hurt the plants it is trying to help by altering the composition and function of the microbes in the soil.In a study published in the fully open access Phytobiomes Journal, a team of scientists led by Drs Terrence Bell and Jenny Kao-Kniffin at Penn State University set out to determine if nutrient history changed the function of soil microorganisms–that is, could multiple generations of nutrient application and microbial transfer separate the impacts of nutrients and soil microorganisms on crop health. The answer seems to be yes, and that soil treated with high amounts of phosphate can result in poorer plant performance, but even more intriguing, it appears that the soil microorganisms from this conditioned soil can negatively impact plant yield.To arrive at this conclusion, the team grew four generations of alfalfa (Medicago sativa) in soil with different concentrations of P-fertilizer (low to high), and after each generation, a small amount of soil, including soil-borne microorganisms, from pots containing the top-growing plants was transferred to the next generation. They then applied the microorganisms selected under each nutrient condition to all other nutrient conditions to determine whether nutrient history changed the function of soil microorganisms, even when a particular nutrient amendment (e.g. high inorganic P-fertilizer) was no longer applied.The team found that alfalfa plants grown in soil treated with high levels of inorganic P-fertilizer, or with the microbes from this treatment but in low P-fertilizer, performed worse than alfalfa plants grown in soil treated with lower or no levels of P-fertilizer. Using high-throughput DNA sequencing, they saw that the composition of microorganisms grown under high inorganic P was distinct from other treatments.These findings require additional study, but for now they suggest that excessive P-fertilizer could have lasting negative effects on crop productivity by reducing the microorganisms (or how they function) that are critical to crop health. Source: read more

TMobile gets rid of robot system for customer service calls

first_imgT-Mobile is getting rid of that robotic voice on its customer service lines, the company announced Wednesday. Explore further ©2018 The Seattle Times Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. The telecom said it would connect users straight to a team of customer representatives, unique to their own city, when they call customer service.” ‘Your call is important to us’ are the six emptiest words ever robo-spoken,” said CEO John Legere at a media event in Charleston, South Carolina, that was full of the company’s signature lobbing of insults about its competitors (Verizon and AT&T, not its potential merger partner Sprint).The announcement was the next chapter of T-Mobile’s Un-carrier campaign, which has also encouraged customers to “break up” with their own carriers and switch to T-Mobile, and has offered unlimited video streaming.This time, its plan is to lure customers by offering less rage-invoking service calls and messages.T-Mobile’s new customer service system has been in the works for years, Legere said. It will eliminate the robotic systems that generally start customer service calls, such as “press one for billing.” It will also stop customers from being endlessly transferred among agents, the company said. Instead, customers will work with a specific “team of experts.”The teams consist of about 40 people all working near each other. If one employee gets a question they need help with, they will call over a coworker rather than continually transferring the call.Teams are live in 17 markets currently, and will expand to all U.S. areas and add overnight hours by the end of the year, said T-Mobile Chief Marketing Officer Nick Drake.Currently, many customer service agents are graded based on how fast they can get people off the phone.”The system is rigged against them,” said T-Mobile chief operating officer Mike Sievert, and T-Mobile will get rid of it. Since 2015, the company said there has been a 48 percent reduction in call center employees quitting.T-Mobile also expects it will keep costs down because people will get their questions answered the first time, and not have to call back.T-Mobile enlisted actor Rainn Wilson—best known as Dwight from “The Office”—to demonstrate the frustration of working through a robocall, being transferred among departments and ultimately not getting a problem solved while on a generic customer service call. 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: T-Mobile gets rid of robot system for customer service calls (2018, August 17) retrieved 18 July 2019 from Nokia to help with T-Mobile superfast telecom networklast_img read more

A decade after the invention of the smartphone were about to find

first_img HILDA reveals no real change in gender roles Provided by The Conversation Credit: CC0 Public Domain Since 2006 Australia’s population has grown nearly 20%, the digital revolution has transformed the way we communicate and work, the “gig economy” has offered work opportunities not previously available, but secure jobs are harder to get and globalisation has intensified. A major financial crisis has shaken confidence and wiped out substantial savings. Home prices have more than doubled. The share of the population aged over 65 years is on the way to doubling. We now have paid parental leave scheme. People are spending longer in education, and more young women are tertiary-educated than young men. What has it all meant for how we spend our time? Thanks to the Bureau, and the way in which it has been funded, we haven’t been able to find out.Soon, we’ll knowWe are about to be given that chance.This week the Minister for Women Kelly O’Dwyer announced A$10.4 million of fresh funding for a reborn time use survey in 2020-21 in order to help the government “design policies to fit the way people actually live their lives”. Labor had already promised to reintroduce the survey in 2020 and 2027 at a cost of A$15.2 million.It means we will finally begin to find out what is going on. Are Australians spending more time alone? How are changing workplace conditions including flexibility, non-standard hours and split shifts affecting how much time we spend with our children and our friends?We expect to find that younger people and the less-educated are bearing the brunt of workplace changes. We expect to find that while women are far more likely to be in the paid workforce, they still do the bulk of the work at home. We expect to find that grandparents are shouldering more of the childcare load.But we won’t know, and won’t have confidence to act on these changes, until we see the data.Counting time spent doing unpaid work and determining its financial value will also allow us to meet our international obligations under Human Rights treaties and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal for Gender Equity.In 2006 our unpaid work was worth 40% of gross domestic product.The right design will be criticalThe reintroduced survey will need to be redesigned for the digital age. The government says it will be an eDiary rather than a pencil and paper diary.But it will be important to ensure the questions don’t much change. That way we will get a good measure of how our behaviour has changed since 2006.With the spread of time use surveys around the world since Australia’s pioneering work in the years leading up to 2006, it will be possible to follow what has become international best practice and harmonise our definitions with those of other countries.Knowing what we do will once again tell us much that is useful about who we are, how we have changed and how we compare. Much has changed since 2006 about the way we use our time. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.center_img Explore further Back then we didn’t have iPhones, iPads, Tinder, Snapchat, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, or machines that could play us streamed music, check our heart rates and guide us to our destinations as we walked. We didn’t have Uber, Airtasker or Airbnb. We hadn’t had a global financial crisis. Back in 2006 we used our time only slightly differently to the way we did fifteen years earlier. We know this because the Bureau of Statistics ran a time use survey that year, giving diaries to 3,900 households who recorded what they were doing in five minute blocks.The answers varied little from those obtained from the surveys in 1997 and 1992.Men spent an average of 43 minutes per day on housework, up from 37 minutes in 1992. Women spent two hours 11 minutes, down from two hours 27 minutes.When it came to childcare, women did twice as much as men, but also more of the “inflexible” activities, such as bathing, putting to bed and transport to and from school. Men were more likely to do the flexible kind: things such as playing, taking children to sports activities, and reading them books.Men and women spent about 20 minutes more per day consuming “audio/visual media” than they did in 1992 (in 2006 the term referred to radio and television and compact discs and TV programs. Streaming scarcely existed).Both genders spent more of the weekends shopping than they used to, and less time socialising. And they slept more than they did 15 years earlier.Things will have changed moreTime use surveys are conducted by statistical agencies in more than 35 countries worldwide. Australia’s was one of the first. In the aftermath of the global financial crisis the survey scheduled for 2013 was cancelled for financial reasons and further surveys were postponed until the Bureau found the funds. Citation: A decade after the invention of the smartphone, we’re about to find out how we use our time (2018, November 22) retrieved 17 July 2019 from 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