This DNA test for cats could unlock Mr Whiskers genetic secrets

first_img $210 at Best Buy $999 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Tags Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Read Google Home Hub review CES 2019 Sarah Tew/CNET See at Amazon $155 at Google Express Tags Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $60 at Best Buy The Cheapskate Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Sprint DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Boost Mobile $999 JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Sarah Tew/CNET $299 at Amazon Chris Monroe/CNET Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. $59 at eBay I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Mr. Whiskers has secrets.  Carlos G. Lopez / Getty Images If you’ve ever wondered what exactly your cat is (aside from a fluffy agent of chaos), Basepaws wants to give you genetic insight on your feline buddy. The company is bringing its at-home DNA test for cats to CES 2019. The kit reportedly gives owners breed information and details about potential diseases and nutritional needs, the company said Thursday.”DNA research has revealed a vast amount of useful, often life-saving information for humans. We want to facilitate those same kind of breakthroughs for cats,” said Basepaws CEO and founder Anna Skaya in a statement. All you have to do is send in some hair (the cat’s, not yours), and a swab from the cat’s cheek. Just make sure Mr. Whiskers doesn’t chomp your fingers while you’re trying to ascertain whether he’s got a little Siamese somewhere in there.  Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) See It $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Rylocenter_img DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) See at Turo Read DJI Osmo Action preview See It $520 at HP Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Sarah Tew/CNET Amazon See It Turo Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Read the Rylo camera preview See it $999 Sci-Tech,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $6 at Tidal Post a comment 7 Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. $999 0 Read the AirPods review Apple iPhone XS Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Share your voice Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Share your voice Comments An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. 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This futuristic transportation system may end the supply chain industry as we

first_imgEinride’s self-driving carbon-neutral electric vehicle T-PodEinrideEstablished automakers are shifting their focus to develop driver-less cars, and automated trains are replacing the manned ones. The trend is about to bring radical changes in the world of transportation. Now, Swedish transportation company, Einride, has announced that it is working on world’s first completely emission-free, road-based transportation system.Einride’ T-Pod, a self-driving carbon-neutral electric vehicle, is designed to enable a single driver to control several trucks remotely. The company aims to replace the entire supply-chain infrastructure and offer futury mobility solutions with safe and eco-friendly vehicles.Also read: Nvidia teams up with Bosch for self-driving car project”Our vision is to enhance the lives of a billion people through the delivery of a global, impact-positive supply chain infrastructure,” wrote Einride on its website. Einride’s self-driving carbon-neutral electric vehicle T-PodEinride”That means we don’t believe our work is done when we’re carbon neutral. Our design process is driven by aiming to have a net positive impact – whether that might be improving the lives of transport workers, or reducing road traffic accidents, every element of our system aims to have a measurable positive impact on the planet.”Einride’s T-Pod is seven metres (23 feet) long, weighs 20 tons (18,143 kg) when fully loaded and can travel 200 km (124 miles) on single charge. The company aims to roll out 200 such vehicles by 2020.As things stand, it looks like the vehicle will be worth the wait.last_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

Wreckage of Salas aircraft found

first_imgGeneral view of the front cover of the match day programme paying tribute to Emiliano Sala before a match on 2 February, 2019 Photo: ReutersThe missing plane carrying Argentinian footballer Emiliano Sala and his pilot has been found, investigators said on Sunday.Sala, 28, was travelling from France to join up with his new club, Premier League side Cardiff City, in a light aircraft manned by David Ibbotson on January 21 when it disappeared close to the Channel Islands.Tributes were paid to the striker on both sides of the Channel over the weekend as hopes faded he would be found alive, and Britain’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) on Sunday told AFP the plane’s wreckage had been discovered.”I can confirm it has been found,” a spokesperson said, adding a statement would be issued on Monday.Sala’s father Horacio spoke of his shock from his home in Progresso, Argentina, telling Cronica TV: “I can’t believe it. It’s a bad dream.”Horacio was the only member of the Sala family to stay behind in Argentina as the others rushed to France to try to help with the search.”I talk to them every day. But since I don’t have WhatsApp it’s expensive to call them or for them to call me. But anyway, they kept saying days were going by, and that there had been zero word on Emiliano, or on the plane,” he said.Suspected debris from the plane washed up on the Normandy coastline in France last Wednesday.Sala was travelling in the Piper PA-46 Malibu plane after transferring from French team Nantes in a 17 million euro ($19.3 million) move — a record deal for the Welsh team.It vanished from radar around 20 kilometres (12 miles) north of Guernsey, with pilot Ibbotson the only other person aboard.David Mearns, whose private company, Blue Water Recoveries, was hired by Sala’s family to search for the plane, said on Twitter that the wreckage was spotted early Sunday.”There’s a substantial amount of wreckage on the seabed,” he wrote, adding: “This is about the best result we could have hoped for the families.”Top footballers were among more than 4,500 contributors to a crowdfunding page that raised over 300,000 euros ($343,000) to look for the wreckage.Speaking after Cardiff’s match against Bournemouth on Saturday, manager Neil Warnock said Sala would have been “really proud” of the team after they won 2-0 in their first home match since the plane vanished.Programme notes, penned by owner Vincent Tan and the rest of the Bluebirds’ board, said events had shaken “Cardiff City to its very core” and that they were now playing for Sala and pilot Ibbotson.There were a series of heartfelt tributes before kick-off, with Sala’s photograph appearing on the front cover of the matchday programme and the two captains laid floral tributes on the halfway line before what the club called a “silent reflection”.Sala’s name, in the Argentina colours, was also spelled out behind one of the goals as supporters held cards aloft.last_img read more

Smart window controls light and heat kills microorganisms

first_img © 2018 Phys.org Citation: Smart window controls light and heat, kills microorganisms (2018, July 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-smart-window-microorganisms.html The researchers, led by Yan-Yan Song at Northeastern University in Shenyang, China, and Xing-Hua Xia at Nanjing University in Nanjing, China, have published a paper on the new sterile smart window in a recent issue of ACS Nano.As the researchers explain, integrating multiple functions into a single smart window presents a challenge, since each function typically requires a different material composition. For example, one of the most widely used materials for smart windows that control visible light transmission is WO3 (tungsten trioxide). As an electrochromic material, WO3 can reversibly change its optical transmittance in response to electrochemical charging and discharging. On the other hand, smart windows that convert near-infrared solar radiation into heat typically involve metal nanoparticles. Also, a wide range of materials have antimicrobial properties, most notably copper. So far, however, combining all of these properties into one material has remained a challenge.In the new study, the researchers designed an electrochromic-photothermal film composed of 3D WO3 in a honeycomb-like structure embedded with gold nanoparticles and nanorods. While the WO3 controls the amount of visible light that passes through the window, the gold nanostructures convert incoming sunlight into thermal energy for heating the building interior. “This is a new strategy that achieves excellent photothermal conversion via solar gain optimization on electrochromic films and, importantly, the photothermal efficiency is adjustable during optical transmission,” Xia told Phys.org.The researchers demonstrated that the window can change from fully transparent to pitch black within minutes. Further, they showed that a near-infrared laser increases the temperature of the window by 24 °C in about five minutes. To investigate the antimicrobial properties of the window, the researchers treated it with E. coli and irradiated it with a near-infrared laser. They found that the bactericidal effect was strongest when the window was in its dark state, in which it could eliminate virtually all of the bacteria. In contrast, the effect was much weaker for windows in the transparent state, as well as those made of only WO3 or only gold nanostructures, rather than both materials combined. The results suggest that most of the bactericidal effects are due to the photothermal properties of the window.”The sterile smart window would be particularly useful in aircraft, in high-latitude zones, and also in hospitals,” Xia said. “It should be multifunctional, for example, controlling visible light transmission dynamically, tuning heat conversion of near-infrared solar radiation, and reducing attacks by microorganisms.” Journal information: ACS Nano Material could help windows both power your home and control its temperature A new smart window offers more than just a nice view—it also controls the transmittance of sunlight, heats the interiors of buildings by converting solar radiation into heat, and virtually eliminates E. coli bacteria living on the glass. In the future, such sterile smart windows may be used in airplanes, hospitals, public transportation, and other areas.center_img Photographs showing one of the three properties of the sterile smart window: control of visible light transmission. Credit: Xu et al. ©2018 American Chemical Society Explore further More information: Jingwen Xu et al. “Electrochromic-Tuned Plasmonics for Photothermal Sterile Window.” ACS Nano. DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.8b02292 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

The inner eye

first_imgThe current exhibition of the works of artist Pankaj Kumar Singh is a cumulative display of the artist’s current muse. The event is a follow-up of his earlier shows at prestigious galleries over the last two years.The works on display express a collective representation of perceptions gleaned from geometric forms, particularly the circle, with an inner eye-like centre point. Though reminiscent of a suggestive geometry, the works are fused into a pleasing palette of colours, which are blended loosely across the space and then concentrated with a hint of graphic outlines, thereby exuding a calming effect on the sensibilities. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’There is a narrative playfulness behind the forms, allowing the mind of the viewers to go into expansionist thinking mode, where the ideas for the narrative are the input of each individual viewer. The works therefore establish a platform for sharing a conversation between the viewers and the artist, through the works on display.An alumni of the Benaras Hindu University, Pankaj Kumar Singh has been an awarded the prestigious AIFACS Cash Award for upcoming artists. He has been a National Scholarship winner of the Government of India and has also been an active participant at alumni shows such as the Annual Art exhibition of the Faculty of Fine Arts at BHU. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHis works have been displayed by the Kerala Lalith Kala Academy and the State Lalit Kala Academy, Lucknow. An insightful and strategic messaging angle through art was created when he visualised a telling poster for 21st century women’s issues, and for eye donations, among others, initiated by BHU. Exhibitions of his works have been held at prominent art galleries in Delhi and Kolkata. The artist currently lives and works in Delhi. WHERE: Dhoomimal Art Centre, A8 – Connaught Place, Level I & II, Inner CircleWHEN: On till 15 October, 11 – 7 pmlast_img read more

Embrace winters with Keventers sundaes

first_imgIndia’s iconic dairy brand, Keventers, is all set to expand its product portfolio with the introduction of Sundaes to beat the winter blues. With this expansion, the parent company aims to diversify its business into complimentary verticals that are in line with its identity.Speaking about the expansion, Tarun Bhasin, Chief Executive Officer said, “Guest experience is our obsession and we pledge to delight the guest at every moment of truth. We are constantly trying to innovate and create new products and flavours for our guest’s palate. Keventers is thrilled to add this new range of Sundaes to our product portfolio and are confident that our loyalists will love these as much as our shakes”. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThis newly added range of deliciously sinful sundaes are available in all outlets across India adding four distinct combinations that Keventers loyalists can choose from including: Yin and Yang: Find your inner zen with this simple yet timeless combination that brings together the goodness of chocolate cake, a scoop of meticulously churned vanilla ice cream topped with some chocolate sauce and chips to tingle your taste buds. Guilty Pleasure: Indulge your senses in this sinful treat and dig into this treat that combines chocolate crumble and chocolate ice cream with mocha syrup a dollop of chocolate sauce. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveForbidden Forest: Prepare to be tempted with this luxurious treat with delectable chocolate cake and vanilla ice-cream bathed in the chocolate sauce along with a swirl of whipped cream and some fresh cherries on top to seal the deal. The Dark Conspiracy: A chocolate lover’s dream come true – this indulgent combination brings together chocolate cookies and chocolate wafers, in cahoots with chocolate sauce and whipped cream. Priced between Rs. 199 – 249 (exclusive of taxes), this specially curated range of Sundaes flavors will be served in reusable glass bowls which one can easily take home. Make every day a Sundae, and devour into the wholesome goodness of Keventers Sundaes to embrace winters differently.last_img read more

Concerns over dire condition of A523

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailConcerns have been raised over the ‘dire condition’ of a major route which runs across the Staffordshire Moorlands into Derbyshire. At the last meeting of Waterhouses Parish Council, councillors approved a letter which was to be sent to several councillors, highway officials and the police and fire commissioner, Matthew Ellis, regarding the state of the A523 Leek to Ashbourne Road heading out of the village. The road is a major commuting and tourist highway and also has many HGVs using the road from the nearby quarries and large cement works. The letter, from the parish clerk Jason Buxton, said: “Waterhouses Parish Council has asked me to contact each of you to raise serious concerns over the state of the A523, heading out of Waterhouses towards Ashbourne. “This area of road has now been in a dire condition for over two years, with the rumble strips mostly eroded away, the top surface of the road disintegrating and numerous large potholes scattered in numerous areas. “This is a major road in a busy commuter and tourist area and the parish council cannot understand how this stretch has not taken priority over many other areas that have been worked, even though this has been complained about for many, many months. Read MoreA close shave for Jim and Will helps raise over £1.5k “The stretch has now become a safety concern, with vehicles visibly swerving to avoid the potholes and areas of damage, in our view it is inevitable that an incident will happen here if this road is left in the state it is now. “We want to make our concerns clear and visible to others to highlight that we have flagged this issue to numerous bodies who can and should take action. “On numerous occasions we have requested information on whether this work is scheduled, however no response has been received back providing any answers. “As a parish council, we are tired of continuously receiving complaints regarding this road and the backlash of parishioners who feel that we are not acting on it, when it is the Highways Authorities who are failing in this regard. Read MoreTwo killed and 11 injured on A523 and surrounding roads “Please could we have an explanation as to why this road has been left to get in this state and whether or not it is on the works schedule. If it is, please could we have a time frame. “Due to the safety concerns we would be grateful for a speedy response or view from those receiving this” At the monthly meeting of the authority, Councillor Bob Tuner said: “There are a lot of heavy wagons pounding this road. “It has been patched but this has not helped.” Councillor John Goldstraw said the road was not fit for purpose. Read MorePrivate healthcare company marking 30 years in business He said: “This is a waste of taxpayers money and it is laughable how they have gone about it. There is a lot of traffic on this road and it is dangerous, especially for motorbikes. It is simply not fit for purpose.” Councillor David Stone said that the patches came out after two weeks. He said: “Part of the road needs resurfacing. They just put filler in the holes and it comes out.” Councillor Andrew Carr said: “Staffordshire County Council advisors are pulling the wool over our eyes. There is a one mile stretch of road that needs urgent attention.” The Post & Times contacted the county highways regarding the state of the road. Helen Fisher, cabinet member for highways and transport at Staffordshire County Council said: “We do have a huge road network here in Staffordshire, with around 6,000km of roads and these are inspected regularly by our team of highway inspectors. “From these safety inspections our crews fix around 20,000 potholes every year. We are also investing an extra five million pounds in road maintenance this year, on top of an extra £5m last year which helped fix over 31,000 potholes. “Our highways teams are continuing to monitor and make repairs to the road as required to keep it safe and in the longer term will be exploring other treatment options.” Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page. And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive.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

The latest from airlines hotels as Hurricane Lane settles in

first_img TORONTO — The hotels are sandbagged and travellers are waiting for word about flights out as Hurricane Lane barrels north after dumping nearly two feet of rain on Hawaii’s Big Island.WestJet announced yesterday it was cancelling all regularly scheduled flights into and out of Hawaii for Aug. 23 and Aug. 24 and instead operated two, non-scheduled recovery flights out of Hawaii on Aug. 23, one from Honolulu and one from Maui.WestJet’s Aug. 24 cancellations are as follows:. WS1864 from Vancouver to Honolulu. WS1865 from Honolulu to Vancouver. WS1852 from Vancouver to Kahului. WS1853 from Kahului to VancouverWestJet adds that it has implemented flexible change and cancel rules for the above to allow passengers to change their travel dates/route without incurring the change/cancel fee. To review flight options passengers can call WestJet (air-only): 1-888-WESTJET (1-888-937-8538) or for WestJet Vacations: 1-877-737-7001. Passengers who have made air-only bookings through their travel agent are asked to contact their agent directly.WestJet’s current travel advisories are posted online here: westjet.com/en-ca/travel-info/advisoriesUnited Airlines cancelled its Friday flights to and from Maui. Hawaiian Airlines cancelled all Friday flights by its commuter carrier, Ohana by Hawaiian.Earlier this week both WestJet and Air Canada issued rebooking advisories for Hawaii destinations.The centre was still offshore but Hurricane Lane still lashed the Big Island with more than 30” of rain in about 24 hours. Its maximum sustained winds near 193 kph made it a Category 3 hurricane. It has now been downgraded to Category 2.More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemForecasters say the centre of the storm will move close to or over parts of Hawaii’s main islands late Friday, bringing dangerous surf of 20 feet.About 320 kilometres north of Hilo, on the state’s most populated island of Oahu, employees of the Sheraton Waikiki resort filled sandbags to protect the oceanfront hotel from surging surf.Stores along Waikiki’s high-end Kalakaua Avenue stacked sandbags along the bottom of their glass windows to prepare for heavy rain and flash flooding.Police on loudspeakers told surfers and swimmers to get out of the water, saying the beach would be closed until further notice.The Marriott Resort Waikiki Beach in Honolulu designated a ballroom on the third floor as a shelter for guests and began removing lounge chairs from around the pool and bar area.At the Hilton Hawaiian Village, guests said hotel staff left a notice that the rooms will still have water and phone service, and a backup generator would power one elevator per building in the event of a power outage.Hurricane Lane is not projected to make a direct hit on the islands but officials warned that even a lesser blow could do significant harm. Some areas could see up to 30” of rain.More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJHawaii’s biggest hotels are confident they can keep their guests safe as long as they stay inside, said Mufi Hannemann, CEO of Hawaii Tourism and Lodging Association.“The only concern is those that venture outside of the properties, that would like to hike on a day like this or who would like to still go into the ocean and see what it’s like to take a swim or surf in these kind of waters,” said Hannemann.Honolulu shopping malls and office buildings closed early on Thursday and planned to shut their doors Friday.The National Weather Service downgraded the Big Island to a tropical storm warning, meaning it expects sustained winds of 62 kph to 117 kph on the island instead of stronger hurricane force winds.But a hurricane warning remains in effect for Oahu and Maui County.The central Pacific gets fewer hurricanes than other regions, with about only four or five named storms a year. Hawaii rarely gets hit. The last major storm to hit was Iniki in 1992.With files from The Associated Press Friday, August 24, 2018 Travelweek Group Posted by Tags: Air Canada, Hawaii, WestJetcenter_img Share The latest from airlines, hotels as Hurricane Lane settles in << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Leading Hot els of the World

first_imgCondé Nast Traveler UK named eight members of The Leading Hotels of the World to its just-released “Hot List 2011” of the ‘World’s Best New Hotels’.The eight new hotels listed are Vidago Palace Portugal, Setai Fifth Avenue New York, Hullett House Hong Kong, Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hotel Fasano Punta del Este, The Royal Mansour Marrakech, The Taleon Imperial Hotel St Petersburg and Principe Forte dei Marmi Italy. These hotels share a common standard in their artful blend of high style as well as a strong sense of place. For more information on The Leading Hotels of the World visit lhw.com or contact your travel professional. Vidago Palace Hotel Portugal Source = The Leading Hotels of the Worldlast_img read more

November 2 2009 This report continues from 1

first_imgNovember 2, 2009 This report continues from 10/19/09: The formworks for the heat duct tunnel footings were removed last week. This shows a plan view of the footings for the heat duct tunnel wall sloping down to the pool. [photo: Anna Tran & text: Anna Tran & David Tollas] The next stage is building formworks for the retaining wall down the slope and next to the pool. Here we see the crew working on a retaining wall, shoring dirt under the scab of the pool that will be the east wall of the heat duct tunnel. [photo: Anna Tran & text: Anna Tran & David Tollas] Once the formworks were built, the crew mixed concrete for the heat duct tunnel footing and retaining wall at the pool level. [photo: Anna Tran & text: Anna Tran & David Tollas] The concrete was dumped into wheel barrels and transported to the pool bridge, shoveled into buckets, and passed down to be poured into the formworks. [photo: Anna Tran & text: Anna Tran & David Tollas] Here we see a photo of the two formworks that was taken a few days after the pour. While the concrete cures, the crew will continue building formworks for the heat duct tunnel roof and retaining wall as well as excavating the slope below the pool. We will continue to report on the construction progress next week. [photo & text: Anna Tran]last_img read more

Seedlings of peppers basil and tomato started in

first_imgSeedlings of peppers, basil and tomato, started in the greenhouse …[photo: Chihiro Saito]… have been transplanted into the new planter beds.[photo: Chihiro Saito] April 9, 2012ARCOSANTI SOLAR GREENHOUSE is part of the S.O.D. UNIT [Soleri Office and Drafting Unit]. It is the south-east cornerstone of the East Crescent Complex at Arcosanti. Constructed during 1978-79, it houses administrative offices, the planning and drafting department, and Paolo Soleri’s apartment at Arcosanti. There is also a large meeting room and the greenhouse.[photo: Jeff Stein] Here we are at the east side of the SOD Unit. The agriculture crew, Jenna Dern, Dan Reiff and workshop participant Sean Mohundro, carry soil and worm casting into the SOD greenhouse.[photo: Chihiro Saito]Worm castings are added to prepared planter beds.[photo: Chihiro Saito]last_img read more

THE 50th anniversary of the birth of the campaign

first_img THE 50th anniversary of the birth of the campaign for civil rights in the North of Ireland is to be celebrated this week in Derry and Belfast.“An Evening of Civil Writes” is a collaboration between the Ulster Orchestra, Derry writer Tony Doherty and singer/songwriters, Declan McLaughlin and Reevah.This year is the 50th anniversary of the start of the civil rights campaign which led to the fall of Stormont and major changes in the way in which the North was governed. Derry singer, Reevah (Aoife Boyle) was among a number of female artists who wrote and performed new material dedicated to women at the centre of the civil rights’ movement in 1968. Her work focused on Bogside journalist, writer and political activist Nell McCafferty.The third contributor is Bogside singer/songwriter, Declan McLaughlin. The Derry man’s work has focused heavily on civil and human rights as well as politics.The idea for the “Civil Writes” came through discussions with the Ulster Orchestra, according to Mr Doherty.“I’m obviously delighted with the collaboration with the work so far and I’m looking forward to working with Reevah, Declan and the orchestra next week,” he told The Irish News.“An Evening of Civil Writes” takes place at the Cultúrlann in Derry tomorrow, Wednesday, August 1 at 7.30 pm followed by the Duncairn Arts Centre on Thursday and the Cultúrlann in Belfast’s Falls Road on Friday (admission free).An Evening of Civil Writes to commemorate events of 1968 was last modified: July 31st, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: Writer Tony Doherty has written two memoirs of his life growing up in Derry. In the first, “This Man’s Wee Boy” he focused on life up to the killing of his father, Paddy Doherty on Bloody Sunday.In “The Dead Beside Us,” he detailed his life after Bloody Sunday, his decision to join the Provisional IRA and his subsequent arrest and sentencing on explosive charges.In “Sounds Like A Boy’s Life,” the Derry writer worked with the Ulster Orchestra to produce a series of extracts from the books which were last year set against a specially-composed musical arrangement by Philip Walton. An Evening of Civil Writes to commemorate events of 1968BelfastDeclan McLaughlinDerryReevahtony dohertyUlster Orchestra ShareTweetlast_img read more

The government failed to take any account of the i

first_imgThe government failed to take any account of the impact on disabled pupils of its “discriminatory” plans to expand grammar schools in England, say campaigners.A government consultation paper published this week, Schools That Work For Everyone, includes plans to remove the ban on opening new grammar schools in England.But there is not a single mention of disabled pupils in the consultation paper, and the Department for Education (DfE) has failed to carry out an equality impact assessment of its proposals.Inclusive education campaigners say that expanding grammar schools – secondary schools which select pupils via an entrance test – will discriminate against disabled children and lead to more segregated education in special schools.And they say the plans are a clear breach of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, with new UN guidance making it clear that all segregated education should end and be replaced by “inclusive classroom teaching in accessible learning environments with appropriate supports”.There are currently 163 grammar schools in England, educating about five per cent of state secondary pupils, while 10 local authorities have wholly selective education systems and another 26 have one or more grammar schools in their area.Laws currently ban any new selective schools and prevent existing non-selective schools from becoming selective, but prime minister Theresa May – and education secretary Justine Greening – want to expand existing grammar schools, create new selective schools and allow non-selective schools to become selective.They say this will only be allowed if “action to expand existing selective schools or establish new selective schools is accompanied at the same time by support to ensure good quality non-selective places locally”.But The Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALLFIE) said the policy of increasing selective schools, and the consultation paper itself, discriminate against disabled children.It highlighted DfE’s failure to carry out an assessment of the impact of the policy on disabled children and other groups protected under the Equality Act 2010.ALLFIE said the consultation paper was “an onslaught on disabled children and young people’s social mobility, and on their parents’ rights to choose a good mainstream school placement”.Simone Aspis (pictured), ALLFIE’s policy and campaigns coordinator, said the consultation paper was “obviously discriminatory”.She said: “They obviously have not thought about what the implications are for disabled children.“For disabled children and their families, it means less choice and more segregation.“What will happen is more and more disabled children are going to be forced into segregated education provision.”ALLFIE pointed out that disabled children with education, health and care plans (EHCPs) or statements of special educational needs represent only 0.1 per cent of grammar school pupils, despite making up 1.8 per cent of the secondary school population.And disabled children without statements or EHCPs make up only 4.2 per cent of grammar school pupils, but 12.4 per cent of all secondary school pupils.ALLFIE said the government’s existing education policies over the last six years had led to a steady increase in the number of disabled children being educated in special schools.Aspis said: “If mainstream schools become selective, where will disabled children go?“They will have no choice other than to attend a special school against their own and their parents’ wishes, which is scandalous, especially if the prime minister talks about creating one nation.“This government has ratified the United Nations Convention on Persons with Disabilities, including article 24 that makes it clear that disabled children’s access to mainstream education is a human right and that an education system that separates and segregates disabled children is a violation of their right to mainstream education.”When a DfE spokesman was asked by Disability News Service about the failure to mention disabled pupils in the consultation paper, he said: “The top line is schools that work for everyone, that’s the point. When we talk about everyone we [mean] everyone.”He refused to answer a series of questions about the alleged discriminatory nature of the consultation paper, why DfE had failed to carry out an equality impact assessment, and whether the policy would lead to greater segregation of disabled pupils in special schools.Instead, he said the consultation paper “looks at how every child should have access to a good education. As such, that should be understood to include those with special educational needs and disabilities.”He added in a statement: “Every child, regardless of background or ability, should have access to an excellent education.“We know that grammar schools provide a good education for their disadvantaged pupils and we want more pupils from lower income backgrounds to benefit from that.“Our proposals will ensure that any new and existing selective schools will prioritise the admission of disadvantaged pupils and that they support other local pupils in non-selective schools to help drive up educational outcomes.“As set out in the consultation document, we are clear that relaxing restrictions on selective education can and should be to the betterment, not at the expense, of other local schools.”last_img read more

Papa Johns Files Trademark to Lose Its Apostrophe and Spotlights New Papas

first_img Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Image credit: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Grammar is only one tactic the pizza chain is using to distance itself from John Schnatter. Register Now » It’s not Papa John’s pizza, it’s everyone’s pizza. Every franchisee and employee’s pizza. Or it will be, officially, if Papa John’s decides to lose its apostrophe and become Papa Johns.Why drop the possessive? The company has cut ties with founder John Schnatter this year after he made a series of racially divisive comments. Those comments inspired white supremacists to declare Papa John’s “the pizza of the alt-right” and send the company into full-on damage control rebrand mode. One of the measures the company has taken is filing a new logo with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The new logo, which the company has not implemented, does not contain an apostrophe, a seemingly symbolic acknowledgment of Schnatter’s departure. However, the company has not yet implemented a name or logo change, and Schnatter is still it’s largest shareholder, so at least for now, it’s still Papa John’s. The company “has no imminent plans to use the new logo,” a spokesperson told AdAge. Meanwhile, it’s removed Schnatter’s image from its pizza boxes.Wait, what’d he do again?On an earnings call in November 2017, Schnatter criticized the NFL for its handling of the #TakeAKnee protests. By New Year’s, he’d stepped down as CEO. Then this summer, it came to light that he’d used the “n-word” on a company conference call which Papa John’s held for the express purpose of executive media training. He lost his board chair position on July 11 as a result. Schnatter has also been accused of sexual misconduct, and he’s filed at least two lawsuits against Papa John’s, according to the Louisville Courier Journal.Related: Papa John’s Has Created a Social Media Ad Featuring Negative Customer Tweets That’s Been Watched 1.7 Million TimesIn the wake of his resignations from company leadership, he’s publicly declared his commitment to Papa John’s employees and launched SavePapaJohns.com in an attempt to clarify “the truth” about what happened between him and the company. He’s also made several critical comments regarding the executives that have succeeded him.Papa John’s has launched a couple of bold marketing campaigns over the past month. In one, the company displayed screenshots of numerous tweets from disappointed customers who thought the company sympathized with racists and white supremacists, given Schnatter’s remarks. It denounced this reputation and assured customers it was listening to their concerns. Internally, the pizza chain has spearheaded diversity training campaigns and other initiatives. It’s also published a new values statement. Last week, Papa John’s rolled out a new ad campaign featuring franchisees and employees rather than Schnatter. On Twitter, the company has been changing its account photo, bio and name daily. Yesterday it was Papa Brant Barnes. Today it’s Papa Kiersten Bates. Wait, who? Exactly. The company wants to tell the stories of other people behind the brand. Under Kiersten Bates’s photo and name, the Twitter bio reads, “‘I’m a Papa John’s GM in MI. I love spending time w/my son & my favorite topping is bacon. I am one of 120,000 voices of Papa John’s.’ -Kiersten Bates” “You’ve heard one voice of Papa John’s for a long time,” a franchisee in a video says. “It’s time you heard from all of us,” a marketing manager follows.In our communities. On the phone. Behind the counter. At your door. These are the real voices of Papa John’s. pic.twitter.com/Lz1Lga8uSP— Papa Kiersten Bates (@PapaJohns) September 18, 2018To that end, Papa John’s also has launched Stories.PapaJohns.com, where it spotlights various franchisees and employees. The site also addresses the controversy that has surrounded the company over the past several months.But back to the apostrophe.Will they change it? Time will tell. IHOP didn’t actually change its name to IHOB. It was just a temporary marketing campaign to make people think of the restaurant chain for burgers in addition to pancakes.Related: Ousted Papa John’s Founder Creates Website to ‘Save’ His Company and Get the ‘Truth Out There’Besides, the Papa John’s apostrophe is kind of like peperoncino in the corner of every one of its pizza boxes. It’s a small thing, but you’d notice if Papa John’s got rid of it. Plus, Papa Johns implies a bunch of people named John. But they’re not all named John, as the chain has shown us. (Brant? Kiersten? Bueller?) Speaking of johns, this kind of reminds me of that Saturday Night Live sketch, “Jon Hamm’s John Ham.”I also will note that this is a tremendous opportunity for a collaboration between indie folk-rock meta master Father John Misty on a campaign. But he’s not much of a marketing campaign collaborator kinda guy.I also will note that the logo in the upper left corner of Schnatter’s rebuttal website, SavePapaJohns.com, lacks an apostrophe. So maybe it’s not that crucial, if the man himself isn’t taking every opportunity to declare ownership.Further, all of this begs the question, wouldn’t the singular be Papa John and the plural be Papas John? (Hat tip to Entrepreneur Insights Editor Liz Webber for that one.) 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MarTech Interview with Inbal Lavi CEO at Webpals Group

first_imgMarTech Interview with Inbal Lavi, CEO at Webpals Group Sudipto GhoshJune 11, 2019, 2:30 pmJune 11, 2019 About InbalAbout Webpals GroupAbout Inbal The MTS Martech Interview Series is a fun Q&A style chat which we really enjoy doing with martech leaders. With inspiration from Lifehacker’s How I work interviews, the MarTech Series Interviews follows a two part format On Marketing Technology, and This Is How I Work. The format was chosen because when we decided to start an interview series with the biggest and brightest minds in martech – we wanted to get insight into two areas … one – their ideas on marketing tech and two – insights into the philosophy and methods that make these leaders tick. “Marketing technology can enable financial app developers to enrich users’ experience, providing quick and simple management solutions for customer’s financial needs.” Webpals Group is a leader in performance Marketing with offices in New York, Tel Aviv, and Seoul. Our sub-brands, Webpals Finance, Webpals Tech & Webpals Mobile, have been maintaining their strong position in a wide variety of verticals for over a decade. With a complete understanding that data is the force driving the industry, we exclusively own and operate over 2,000 content-rich websites while leveraging our own, cutting-edge technologies, SEO, Media, and Mobile Advertising solutions to drive high-value users to global online businesses and mobile apps. Inbal Lavi has led Webpals Group since 2014. Inbal was responsible for leading all three of the company’s major acquisitions; Dau-Up, MarMar Media and ClicksMob. Her career spans over a decade in the Online Marketing industry, with expertise in Marketing Strategy, Operations, and P&L management. She holds a B.Sc. and an M.Sc. with honors in Industrial Engineering from Tel Aviv University.center_img About Webpals Group MarTech Interview Series Tell us about your role and journey into technology. What inspired you to be part of the Webpals Group? My journey started during my Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Tel Aviv University, where I wrote my thesis about Machine learning and Data Mining. There weren’t many companies that offered jobs relevant to my academic background, but I always knew the right job opportunity would present itself.Before joining Webpals Group, I held several executive positions at 888 Holdings, leading 888’s business unit to ultimately become the second largest poker brand in the world. My first commercial position in the online world was in Data Mining at 888. With time, I moved into a Business Management position at the company and realized that it is the direction I wanted to follow.Later, when the opportunity arose to become the CEO of Webpals Group, I jumped at the chance. My vision was to build a company with a solid infrastructure, enabling scalable growth, both organically and through acquisitions, in various verticals. From a niche company operating in the Scandinavian market, I have led Webpals’ drastic expansion by branching out into new markets and verticals while successfully leading dozens of multi-million-dollar M and As.Equipped with 15 years of experience in the Online Marketing industry, I have been the CEO of Webpals Group, a world-leading performance Marketing company, since January 2014. Since taking the helm, I have transformed the company from a small startup into a mature organization. During my five years as CEO, the company has grown exponentially and multiplied its revenues.What is Webpals Group and how does it fit into a modern CMO’s Marketing Technology stack?Webpals Group is a Performance Marketing company, specializing in driving high-value users to online and mobile businesses. Utilizing proprietary technology, thousands of exclusively managed web assets in over 18 languages, and with over 400 employees hailing from around the world, Webpals works with partners on a performance basis which means the company only succeeds when our partners succeed. Webpals Group is wholly owned by XLMedia (AIM: XLM).Webpals’ technology enables the company to give its users the most practical advice and suggestions, guiding them towards the products and services they want to see – ultimately saving customers precious time and money in the search for the perfect product.It integrates into a modern CMO’s marketing tech stack by acting as the technology supporting Content Management, helping companies scale and shorten time-to-market. With an abundance of information available, the challenge is to provide the most accurate and relevant information in the friendliest way (e.g. video, tools, etc.). Advanced technology together with creativity enables us to drive a higher audience and more importantly, increase the engagement of returning visitors. As a woman in tech, what are the biggest growth factors in your business that you have managed to scale successfully? Under my guidance, Webpals has been able to set a strong foundation for our expansion activities, from both the organizational and business perspective. We have leveraged the company’s central technology and Online Marketing know-how to build successful business units that integrated their acquisitions and managed to grow them significantly.Webpals’ acquisition methodology has proven successful in the North American personal finance sector, with our portfolio including leading financial websites such as Moneyunder30, Greedyrates.ca, DoughRoller, and more.According to you, which businesses are fastest in adopting Marketing Technology platforms for personalized Customer Experience? Beyond the obvious fit of retail and e-commerce, we are seeing other industries integrating MarTech platforms to improve Customer Experience with great success. A few of the industries that have seen rapid adoption and great ROI are Gaming, Food Delivery, Travel, and Finance. Despite being vastly different from one another, each of these industries is customer-centric and sees the great potential for Personalization.While most of the banks are committed to providing Digital Solutions to meet their customers’ financial needs, there is considerable room for growth. Marketing technology can enable financial app developers to enrich users’ experience, providing quick and simple management solutions for customer’s financial needs.Which data points do you focus on to uncover true intent and preferences behind Consumer Search behavior? To what extent this Customer Behavior can be personalized? We focus on Consumer Behavior by monitoring indicators such as time on site, interaction within the site (using the tools, answering surveys, etc.), heatmap, conversion rates along the funnel, and a number of times consumers return to the site.Using these data points, we analyze user behavior and intentions, providing customers with unique and creative personalized offers and experiences.We also create unique content, manufactured to meet users’ needs, wherever and whenever possible. For example, on greedyrates.ca, we developed calculators and tools that enable users to find the perfect product – enabling us to segment audiences by profile. Our proprietary technology allows us to target users on various occasions or on different sites, offering complementary information to their previous searches. The results show an increase in engagement and returning visitors, as well as a 30% increase in revenue. We leverage mobile vs desktop to get the right content into the right hands. For example, blogs are easier to read on the go (mobile), whereas credit applications need attention and focus (desktop). And lastly, in order to personalize consumer’s online experiences, we build videos that resonate with the target audience, taking advantage of special events and utilizing relatable figures to present their own experiences with the product.How much has the Search Intelligence commerce changed since the time you first started in the tech industry? Search Intelligence commerce has changed drastically since I first began in the tech industry. In the early 90s, Internet-wide search was still in its infancy. Today, retailers understand they must innovate to survive, but rapidly changing technologies and tastes make it hard to decide which innovations are worth pursuing. For marketers seeking to navigate this ever-evolving space, always staying one step ahead can prove a challenge.Amidst the ever-changing Digital Search landscape, two unassuming technologies have quietly proven themselves useful for retailers and marketers alike: Voice and Visual search. The Visual search began as a novel Computer Science demo, but as mobile cameras improve and AI gets smarter, tech giants are increasingly throwing their weight behind this unique approach to search. Forward-thinking retailers are already implementing visual search to invigorate their online presence and deepen their connection with tech-savvy shoppers.Voice search, on the other hand, is more complex as some opt for their mobile devices over smart speakers; however, optimizing Voice search will be vital for businesses in the near future as more and more searches on mobile are being conducted orally.Understanding the nuances of Voice search is essential to help searchers find exactly what they’re looking for when searching by Voice – and, correspondingly, it’s also how marketers can direct audiences to relevant content and identify appropriate targets for outreach. Both Voice and Visual search will be an interesting space to watch as retailers and marketers turn to new venues for e-commerce and advertising. What are the major challenges/pain points for businesses that fail to leverage Mobile Marketing/Automation technologies? How does Webpals Group solve these?Developing the tools that will enable scalable growth in all verticals is one of the biggest challenges businesses face today. Webpals is a leader and innovator in the Online Marketing sector, which is a crowded and constantly evolving market. Today’s consumers are inundated with information and want access to highly-tailored content across all media channels- to stand out, companies must have a unique value. Therefore, we must always remain ahead of the curve to engage users through a wide variety of platforms and niche sites. In order to do so, we have utilized our know-how to expand into new territories and new verticals, like Personal Finance.Webpals’ advanced technology provides accurate targeting and segmentation of audiences, helping businesses tap into the most relevant users, ultimately enabling scalable growth. Lastly, as businesses often face a highly competitive environment, automation of campaign management is critical to gaining profits.Which markets and geographies are you currently catering to? We operate worldwide in the mobile, tech, finance, and gaming sectors, from the United States to Europe, MENA, and Asia.Which Marketing and Sales Automation tools and technologies do you currently use in your current roles? We use in-house tools for Content Management and Data Extraction, Data Analysis and Conversion Optimization. Additionally, I use several tools to keep track of the internal and external affairs at Webpals. I start each morning looking at managerial dashboards and BI to keep up to speed with the performance of the various sectors of our business and to track our targets. Rank ranger is another useful tool for me to see what’s going on outside of the business, tracking changes and trends in the Google rankings of the sites we operate (over 2,000). What are your predictions on the most impactful disruptions in AI and Data Management technology on Marketing and Sales for 2019-2020? I believe the most impactful disruptions on AI and Data management technology will come from Blockchain Technology and Augmented Data Management. What startups in the technology industry are you watching keenly right now? I’m currently keeping an eye on Gong.io and GivingWay; I think both start-ups will make a large impact in the technology industry in the near future.How do you prepare for an AI-centric world as a MarTech Business leader?Events should be trackable, with user behavior being mapped and tracked, enabling us to granularly collect the data and analyze a customer’s journey, from beginning to end.Moreover, Statistics and Data Modeling experts should turn data into algorithms. Marketers and Content teams have the tools to understand user intent. Now, they must come up with content plans to fulfill those users’ needs.  How do you inspire your people to work with technology? While I try to lead by example, my team at Webpals is truly remarkable. When I began my role at the company, it was important to me that we put together a group of people that are inclusive and gender-balanced, exemplifying the essence of our mission. Creating a team of diverse and talented experts pushes each member to show what they can bring to the table, constantly striving to improve our technology and customer services.One word that best describes how you work. Multitasking.What apps/software/tools can’t you live without? Mobile apps: Facebook ads, Google ads, rank tracker (rank ranger) and email application of courseDesktop tools: Internal reporting tools with different management dashboards to present daily status and trendsWhat’s your smartest work-related shortcut or productivity hack? Looking ahead is always important to me, so one of the most helpful tools or ‘hacks’ is our bi-monthly roadmap reviews. These assessments allow me to understand what progress has been made so far, and plan for future technological developments, reprioritizing our projects when necessary. Internally, my business and corporate teams submit weekly and monthly reports regarding the progress of major tech projects, initiatives, and various business affairs. Each month my financial team submits a performance review, allowing me to understand where we are in relation to our budget; this enables our team to adjust our operations and targets accordingly. What are you currently reading? A book I highly recommend (from past reading) is ‘Predictably Irrational’ by Dan Ariely. This book forced me to look at my decision-making process and re-evaluate how and why we all make the decisions we do – a critical element to running a healthy organization. A Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics, Dan Ariely’s book changed the way I thought about thinking. By dissecting the science behind our decisions, Ariely exposes the emotions, expectations, and ethics we subconsciously refer to when making choices, in daily life and in business. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?You don’t get ahead without making mistakes. Something you do better than others – the secret of your success? Looking ahead.Every few months the heads of our business units present me with a quarterly business review to examine the previous quarter, highlighting key successes and challenges. This allows us to learn and grow from the past, taking those lessons into account when reviewing business plans for the next quarter.Tag the one person in the industry whose answers to these questions you would love to read:I would love to read answers from Safra Catz, CEO of Oracle, who led 100+ acquisitions when she took over as CEO. Or, from Mary T Barra, CEO of General Motors, who worked in every position possible at her company in order to relate to each employee and learn the ins and outs of her business.Thank you, Inbal! That was fun and hope to see you back on MarTech Series soon. AIaugmented dataBlockchain technologycontent managementInbal LaviinterviewsMarTech InterviewROIWebpals Group Previous ArticleMobiquity Technologies Releases AdTribute™ Real-Time Ad Effectiveness AttributionNext ArticleSalce-Garcia Brings 15 Years of Industry Experience in Customer Advocacy as Operative Extends Global Client Portfoliolast_img read more

Study uncovers important role of PRMT1 in dilated cardiomyopathy

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 16 2018In a study published in iScience, Professor Akiyoshi Fukamizu of the Life Science Center for Survival Dynamics, Tsukuba Advanced Research Alliance (University of Tsukuba, JAPAN) and the research group reported a new work on discovery of the important role of PRMT1 in dilated cardiomyopathy(DCM).The heart pumps blood to all organs and tissues of our body that need the oxygen and nutrients it carries. In the United States, the mortality rate due to cardiomyopathies is greater than 10,000 deaths per year. On the other hand, in one of the most common types of heart disease, DCM, the heart (cardiac) muscle enlarges and weakens, preventing the heart from pumping blood efficiently. Moreover, at the time of listing for heart transplantation, the median age is 4years (Ref. 1), and approximately over 10% of children affected with DCM have died at age 2(Ref. 2). While it is known that mutations in the alternative splicing regulator RBM20 gene have been shown to cause human DCM(Ref. 3), genetic information such as gene expression and alternative splicing related to DCMs remains unidentified.Arginine methylation is a posttranslational modification of proteins, and is catalyzed by protein arginine methyltransferases (PRMTs). PRMT1, amajormethyltransferase active in mammalian cells, regulates various cellular functions such as gene expression, DNA replication, and cell proliferation. It is of note that these functions were identified by experiments with culture cells, while physiological roles of arginine methylation have been largely unknown.Previous studies showed the expression levels of PRMT1 were changed in the heart tissue of heart failure patients. However, we did not understand the role of PRMT1 in the normal or the failing heart. To address this question, researchers generated heart-specific PRMT1 knockout mouse, namely PRMT1-cKO mouse, which lacks PRMT1 in cardiomyocytes, the heart muscles. Interestingly, the PRMT1-cKO mice developed severe DCM from the juvenile stage and sudden death, suggesting that PRMT1 is critical for the proper cardiac function.Related StoriesNanoparticles used to deliver CRISPR gene editing tools into the cellRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairTo uncover the mechanism underlying the heart dysfunction in PRMT1-cKO mice, the researchers focused on messenger RNA (mRNA) alternative splicing, because some splicing regulators were known as methylation targets of PRMT1. Alternative splicing is a cellular system that produces a variety of proteins from a genome by selecting which part of the genes should be translated to proteins. Using a high-throughput RNA sequencing (RNA-seq) for gene analysis, researchers found aberrant mRNA splicing patterns of multiple genes in the PRMT1-deficient heart, suggesting that dysregulation of alternative splicing is strongly linked to the defective cardiac function observed in PRMT1-cKO mice.Recently, a number of studies have suggested that abnormal mRNA splicing is related to the pathogenesis of DCM; however, its regulatory mechanisms are largely unknown. “Our findings may become a breakthrough for understanding the mechanism of DCM,” says Akiyoshi Fukamizu. “DCM has serious prognosis, especially in cases of patients at young ages, including infants. We hope our study will benefit the development of new treatments for DCM patients.” Source:http://www.tsukuba.ac.jp/en/last_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:http://www.apsnet.org/last_img read more

Germany to present plan for polluting diesel cars

first_imgThe German government will Tuesday present its compromise on the way forward for millions of people with older, more polluting diesel cars, with manufacturers potentially facing a steep bill for the crisis precipitated by an emissions cheating scandal. Explore further Decision looms for Berlin on diesel refits And car industry chiefs say they need to hold onto their cash as they look to invest in staying competitive with challengers from the US and China. Many in Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU alliance and car executives would prefer to sell millions of new cars to replace more polluting older models.”The fastest and best way for the environment is to replace the old fleet with a new one,” the chancellor said Thursday.With tighter limits on emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) biting in the EU from 2021, manufacturers are eager to get as many of their newest, cleanest cars on the road as possible.’Customer should not pay’Merkel promised “possibilities for some to obtain a refit” in the final deal, adding that “in this case, we believe that the customer should not have to pay anything”.Manufacturers showed some signs of movement Monday, Scheuer said, offering between 4,000 and 8,000 euros ($4,630 to $9,260) to owners looking to trade in their vehicles for the latest models.It was not clear whether trade-in incentives would be targeted at owners in only the most polluted cities or nationwide.And manufacturers were less open to footing the full bill to refit older cars with more effective exhaust treatment systems.In a further sore point, foreign carmakers have so far ruled out funding refits.The contrast between carmakers’ ability to dig in their heels in Europe, compared with Volkswagen’s mammoth bill for fixes and buybacks in the United States, has riled consumer advocates.Dieselgate has so far cost VW 27 billion euros in compensation, buybacks, fines and legal costs—much of it in the US—and the group remains entangled in legal woes at home and abroad.Nevertheless, it booked 11.4 billion euros in profit for 2017. Citation: Germany to present plan for polluting diesel cars (2018, October 2) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-germany-polluting-diesel-cars.html © 2018 AFP After Chancellor Angela Merkel and key ministers deliberated late into Monday night, her conservative CDU/CSU alliance and coalition partners the Social Democrats (SPD) announced “a concept for clean air and to secure mobility in our cities”. Details are to be presented Tuesday.The diesel summit aimed to purge city air of pollutants while sparing car owners additional costs.At stake are potentially billions of euros in trade-in bonuses for buyers of new cars and costs to refit older vehicles, as well as the future of the auto sector and its 800,000 jobs.Major cities Hamburg and Stuttgart have closed parts of their territory to older diesels and court-ordered bans are looming elsewhere.Above all, “we want to avoid further driving bans,” Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer told news agency DPA ahead of the start of the meeting on Monday evening.Manufacturers could however face a steep bill, with SPD Environment Minister Svenja Schulze stressing that it was “the car industry that got us into trouble, and it should pay for it”.Three years have passed since Volkswagen’s 2015 admission to installing cheating devices in 11 million vehicles worldwide, allowing them to secretly spew far more harmful nitrogen oxide (NOx) than legally permitted.Since then, other carmakers like BMW and Daimler have been targeted in official probes and forced to recall thousands of vehicles.Caught in a viceSome 70 German cities recorded levels of nitrogen oxide (NOx)—which can cause respiratory illnesses and heart problems—above EU thresholds in 2017, according to the Federal Environment Agency.Politicians face pressure from activists to use bans and other harsh measures to prevent thousands of premature deaths the fumes are estimated to cause each year.On the other hand, diesel drivers are anxious not to see their vehicles’ value tumble. Will Germans, or German carmakers breathe easier after the government makes a decision on how to deal with dirty diesels? Greenpeace activists wearing white morphsuits with lungs painted on them demonstrated for clean air in Stuttgart in February. The sign read: “We have the right to clean air” 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