UPDATE Pilot In Whittier Area Plane Crash Identified

first_imgAccording to Alaska State Troopers, due to weather in the area the search was hampered, however RCC and Coast Guard Helicopters were able to locate the plane crash and confirmed the sole occupant, Andrews, was deceased. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska State Troopers have released the identity of the pilot who died in a weekend plane crash near Whittier, on Saturday. Andrews was a student pilot, and left Merrill Field, in Anchorage with Valdez as his intended destination. The Pilot has been positively identified as Brett Andrews, 31, of Anchorage. An investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board said Andrews was flying plane number N7061W, heading east around 9:30 a.m. on Saturday when the plane crashed head-on to the side of a mountain about a half a mile south of Whittier at an altitude of 2,000 feet.center_img The Coast Guard’s 17th District Command Center said the center was alerted to “an overdue aircraft in the Portage Glacier area” at 3:38 p.m., Saturday. Photos provided by Alaska State Troopers During the morning hours of May 13, DPS Helo 3 and AMRG responded to the area and successfully recovered Andrews body from the crash site.last_img read more

My Experience with Twitter So Far

first_imgPeople who put up five, six, 10tweets in a few minutes, all with links to the event they’re at, or worse, totheir promotional stuff, are annoying. I probably couldn’t say what exactlyTwitter is supposed to do, but I can tell you, from my perspective, that’s notit. In December I signed up for Twitter. I’dbeen meaning to do it for a while, but hadn’t, because a) I’m not really anearly adopter and b) I wasn’t sure where another social network fit into myschedule, which already has Facebook,Flickr and mediaPRO. But I believe in Rex Hammock’s philosophy of experimenting innew forms of media, so it had been on my list of things I needed to do. AndI get all the potential value, from both the marketing and journalisticperspectives, among others. The catalyst was a lunch I had withMichael Biggerstaff and Marcus Grimm at NxtbookMedia. They were really into Twitter at the time, and said it was a quickerform of communication than blogging, and that you’re more likely to updatebecause the “tweets” have to be quick hits. Twitter does a spotty jobtechnically. Every few days, a bunch of people report they lost all the tweetsthey posted that day. The noise level is out ofcontrol. It’s not a conversation, it’s a cacophony. It’s like a cocktail partyfrom hell, where everyone is shouting at the same time, and someone also jackedup Led Zeppelin in the other room. If social media is aconversation, it’s barely there on Twitter. People overwhelmingly tweet at eachother. Apparently, conversation is rarely needed or desired. Twitter is,ironically, a one-way communication vehicle in a medium that is supposed to besocial. So I signed up and built a network. Some of the people I follow are reallygood. Dan McCarthy (@danielmccarthy), Jeff Klein (@jeffreysklein), Kurt Andersen(@kbandersen), who does a great job of adding personal but business-relevanttouches), Rachel Sklar (@rachelsklar), and Rex (@r) himself come to mind. So do Ted Bahr (@tedbahr), Eric Gervase(@egervase) and Red 7’s own Loree Stark (@loreestark). Harry McCracken (@harrymccracken),Scott Karp (@scottkarp) and Dylan Stableford (@stableford) are good. Gawker(@gawker) does a great job.FOLIO: (twitter.com/foliomag) and AudienceDevelopment (twitter.com/auddevmag) both signed up recently. Someone asked me last week why ITwitter, and why FOLIO: and Audience Development Twitter, and I said I thoughtthe value was thought leadership, not traffic. If you build a network ofinfluential people, and put out brief and thoughtful tweets (not always linkingto something), there’s real value. I have just under 100 followers and Ifollow about the same amount of people. And here’s the way I feel about Twitterright now: Twitter does a poor jobcontrolling spamming and bogus accounts. If you’re active at all, you get hitwith “follow” requests that are spurious, completely unrelated, sketchy, andyou have to check out the profile to tell what the hell they are. All thesecomplaints aside, I check Twitter several times a day and tweet every day, andas I mentioned, some of the people in my network really get it and bringinsight, perspective and inspiration.last_img read more

VIDEO Analog Devices Holds Science Technology Fair At Wilmington Middle School

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington’s Analog Devices held its 17th Annual Science and Tech Fair at Wilmington Middle School on Friday, April 6 during the school day.Approximately 50 engineers from Analog Devices brought science and technology to life by partnering with students to conduct hands-on experiments. Experiments included electrical wiring, shortwave radios, soldering practice, magnets and electro-magnets, strobe light demonstrations, hands-on shop activities, a Geiger counter demonstration, and a dry-ice demonstration.Students also participated in a fact-finding competition, with prizes awarded to the winners.View highlights from the event and hear from event organizer Chuck Kitchin, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:—Video Playerhttps://objects-us-west-1.dream.io/wilmington/4/e/8/e/a/9/4e8ea9c8-3064-41ba-9d2b-f512ad3c43661523904433.105%2B28687132.148%40castus4-wilmington%2B15239702621523969624006914.vod.720p.Wilmington%20Middle%20School%20Science%20Fair_%20April%206th%2C%202018.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: Analog Devices Holds Science & Technology Fair At Wilmington Middle SchoolIn “Videos”Analog Devices To Host Science & Tech Fair At Wilmington Middle School On April 12In “Education”VIDEO: Analog Devices Holds Science & Technology Fair At Wilmington Middle SchoolIn “Videos”last_img read more

Facebooks in the midst of an identity crisis and the Portal is

first_img CNET Smart Home CNET Smart Home See All Do we really care though?Perhaps most interestingly, this hasn’t stopped people from buying Portals — or Amazon smart speakers. CNET’s own Rick Broida isn’t bothered by Facebook’s privacy stuff:I’ll just say I’m fully aware that every company on the planet is already collecting and sharing data about me in order to try to sell me stuff. And for the most part I’m not bothered by it. That’s just me.Well, maybe not just me: The Portal has a 4.6-star average rating from over 400 Best Buy customers and a 4.4 average from over 300 Amazon customers. Seems as though people really like the product, Facebook issues notwithstanding.Another colleague, Ian Sherr, feels differently: Why can’t you [Facebook] fix all this stuff before trying to sell us a device that, at best, already faces an uphill battle in trying to convince people that putting yet another internet-connected doorway into their homes is a good idea?(Gut check: Am I the only one who thinks Facebook’s Portal is the wrong product at the wrong time? Michael Pachter, an analyst at Wedbush Securities, said Portal is “downright creepy” and wanted to ask, “How much pain are you willing to go through to see it succeed?”)Some people will always care more about privacy than others. And that’s all fine and good. But I can’t imagine anyone thinking the Portal and the Portal Plus were well-timed product releases in light of Facebook’s ongoing issues or that we’d all just line up and buy a bunch of these things. Mark Zuckerberg’s social network is in the midst of a serious identity crisis. “Hey Portal, flash your screen once if you need help.” Aug 31 • The best coffee grinders you can buy right now Facebook’s pricey Portal Plus brings loved ones closer • The Facebook Portal gets a huge price cut: $99 Facebook Portal is an excellent video chat device held back by Facebook’s trust problems Related links Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice 3:05 4 Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) Portal, interruptedThe Portal idea is sound in theory: Buy a Portal for yourself and give a friend or family member far away another Portal. Make dinner in your apartment while you video chat with your parents across the country. You can move around naturally within the Portal’s field of view, pulling cheese, milk and butter from the fridge. (We’re apparently making mac and cheese in this made-up scenario… and now I’m hungry.) You’re fishing for the stock pot in that hard-to-reach spot in the lower cabinet across the kitchen and grabbing pasta from the pantry — all within your parents’ view as you catch them up on your week. The Facebook Portal is a video-chatting system first and foremost. Admittedly, and perhaps annoyingly, Portal does this job really well. It also offers a limited dose of smart home functionality via a built-in Amazon Alexa speaker, select apps including Newsy, Pandora and Spotify (Premium only) and Facebook’s own “Hey Portal” voice assistant. Note: Facebook has temporarily dropped the price of the Portal to $99 and is offering it bundled with the Portal Plus for $200 off through May 12, just in time for Mother’s Day, all while reports of privacy breaches continue to trickle in. And other news surfaced this week that Facebook is working on new AI tech for the Portal, Oculus and other upcoming, as yet unannounced Facebook products. Could Facebook be working on a rival to Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant in addition to its existing “Hey Portal” assistant?A spokesperson told me over email that Facebook hasn’t announced a new voice assistant, but rather that they “are working to develop voice and AI assistant technologies that may work across our family of AR/VR products including Portal, Oculus and future products.” Hm. facebook-portal-messenger-chat-2204Enlarge ImageThe Facebook Portal looks a lot like the Amazon Echo Show. It only works over Facebook Messenger, so you — and the people you want to chat with — have to have Facebook to use it. James Martin/CNET Portal privacy and youAnticipating our reticence to the Portal, Facebook detailed its smart display privacy policy on this support page. While Facebook says it doesn’t listen in on or “keep the contents” of your Portal chats, a spokesperson told us that Facebook does gather info about the calls you make to determine what ads to show. It won’t listen in on the calls, but it will log the length and other data. The company shared more details in an email to Recode: “Portal voice calling is built on the Messenger infrastructure, so when you make a video call on Portal, we collect the same types of information (i.e. usage data such as length of calls, frequency of calls) that we collect on other Messenger-enabled devices. We may use this information to inform the ads we show you across our platforms. Other general usage data, such as aggregate usage of apps, etc., may also feed into the information that we use to serve ads,” the Facebook spokesperson said. I wonder if Facebook execs ever discussed temporarily or permanently shelving Portal so its person-tracking camera didn’t launch during the same time people were deactivating their accounts in outrage? But the company instead went for the “Hey, it’s cool. You can totally trust us” vibe. That approach demonstrates a shocking level of tone deafness. (Again, I’ll refer you to this story outlining many of Facebook’s major privacy leaks and other serious issues the company’s faced lately.)Facebook isn’t the only media company scaring the crap out of us, though. Amazon employs, you know, human people, to listen to your Alexa recordings. Creepy doesn’t even come close to cutting it. Comments 18 Photos Tags Privacy Mark Zuckerberg Facebook Smart Speakers & Displays Media Streamers Wireless & Bluetooth Speakers Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Enlarge ImageThe $199 Facebook Portal is currently on sale for $99 through May 12. James Martin/CNET Like many folks, I felt uneasy about the Facebook Portal from the jump.Having been an only intermittent Facebook user over the past several years made me an even less willing participant when it came time to test the smart display and the company’s pricier Portal Plus last fall. Did I have a Facebook account? Yes, technically. But it was as good as inactive save the odd toggle-share from Instagram that I rarely checked. Despite Instagram’s propensity toward over-curated fakery (#blessed) and the fact that it’s a Facebook company (irony abounds), it’s still largely considered the “good side” of social media. It’s the place guaranteed to have adorable puppies, drool-worthy food and far-flung travel destinations when you need a break from the more serious side of the internet. Facebook has a different reputation. It’s the underbelly of the ol’ world wide web, complete with awkward familial spats over political convictions, cryptic messages from college sweethearts and, worst of all — multiple, privacy-threatening data leaks. So it was surprising when Facebook announced the camera-equipped, Facebook-Messenger-dependent Portal ($199) and Portal Plus ($349) in 2018, amid regular breaking news stories about how Facebook misused user information and then tried to downplay it to the loyalists remaining on the platform once it was uncovered. What’s more, Portal cameras aren’t like most smart display cameras. They have particularly smart tech that differentiates between people and houseplants and can therefore follow you around a room — not exactly the device you want from a company cited for its privacy problems. reading • Facebook’s privacy crisis makes its Portal video device a tougher sell than ever Facebook’s video calling smart display connects you with friends and familylast_img read more

Rathish killed over wifes extramarital affair RAB

first_imgRapid Action Battalion (RAB) director general Benazir Ahmed at a press briefing at RAB-13 Headquarters in Rangpur on Wednesday. Photo: Moinul IslamThe extramarital affair of Rangpur public prosecutor (PP) Rathish Chandra Bhoumik’s wife was the reason behind his murder.Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) director general Benazir Ahmed said this at a press briefing at RAB-13 Headquarters in Rangpur on Wednesday.Rathish’s wife Snigdha Sarker confessed to RAB that she had an extramarital affair with her colleague Kamrul Islam and they planned to murder Rathish two months ago.Both Snigdha and Kamrul are teachers of Tajhaat High School of Rangpur.Rathish was killed on Thursday night. He was first made unconscious as 10 sedative pills were mixed with his food. They then strangled him to death, Benazir said quoting Snigdha’s confessional statement.The body was then left at the basement of an under-construction building in Mollahat area of Tajhaat with the help of two youths.On Snigdha’s confession, RAB members recovered the body around 2:30am Wednesday, in a drive that started at 8:30pm on Tuesday. The PP’s brother Sushanta Bhoumik identified the body of Rathish. Four including Snigdha and Kamrul have been so far arrested in this connection.Rathish, 55, who represented the state in a case over the killings of Japanese national Hoshi Kunio and Rahmat Ali, khadem (caretaker) of a shrine, went missing on Friday morning.Read More:Missing Rangpur PP found deadlast_img read more

Texas Gambling Rules Explained You Can Play Bingo Or The Lottery But

first_imgBy Todd WisemanHey, Texplainer: Why do I have to go to other states to gamble?When Texans want to spin a roulette wheel, pull the arm of a slot machine or try their hand at scooping up the pot in the center of a poker table, many pack their bags and head for Louisiana, Oklahoma or Las Vegas. That’s because in most cases, it’s illegal in the state to gamble.For the past several decades, Texas legislators have largely frowned on the idea of relaxing the state’s gambling laws out of concern for morals and negative social effects. But Texas’ gambling laws aren’t by any means the strictest in the nation, and there are some forms of legal gambling that do take place.Texans may buy lottery tickets or place bets on horse races and greyhound dog races. The state’s also more lax on “social gambling,” or gambling that takes place in private places. Bingo games or charity auctions are usually allowed, so long as the organizer doesn’t take any portion of the profit.But what about casinos?Some of the three federally recognized Native American tribes in the state can own and run casinos on their lands. Right now, there are two casinos operating on reservations located near Livingston and Eagle Pass.The Kickapoo Lucky Eagle Casino near Eagle Pass is a fully functioning casino, complete with a poker room and gaming machines. It’s as close as Texans can get to Las Vegas-style casinos without leaving the state.Meanwhile, Naskila Gaming, a casino-like facility near Livingston, is the focus of an ongoing legal battle between the state and the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says the facility is subject to state laws. The tribe says it has federal authority to allow certain kinds of gambling. Right now, the venue is operating, but the state is trying to shut it down. There are also new forms of gambling-oriented businesses popping up throughout the state, such as the Post Oak Poker Club in Houston. Texas law maintains that an “organizer” can’t take money from the pot in games of chance. Instead, the poker club charges patrons a series of rental fees.Poker clubs like the one in Houston are in a legal gray zone, according to Greg Gladden, a lawyer who practices gambling law in Houston. He said the gaming laws aren’t clearly written and are enforced in different ways throughout the state. Gaming laws could changeFor years there has been a debate over whether the state should expand, clarify or get rid of its gaming laws.Some Texas legislators, such as state Rep. Carol Alvarado, D-Houston, say it’s time to leave some gaming laws up to the voters. She filed a bill in 2011 with the intent to do just that.“I know some of my colleagues get heartburn about allowing Texans to decide,” Alvarado said. “But Texans like to gamble, and if we do it smart, we could create economic development in the state.”Letting voters decide might lead to destination casino gambling – or casinos like those in Louisiana that have hotels – being legalized, she said. In 2011, a University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll found 56 percent of Texans supported allowing full casino gambling in the state. Alvarado said she thinks a law that allows for destination-type casinos would cut down on the amount of illegal gambling and could help generate additional revenue. She said she’ll file a similar bill in the next legislative session.“I’m going to continue to propose it until we pass it,” Alvarado said.Meanwhile, the U.S. Supreme Court could rule as soon as Tuesday on whether individual states should have the right to decide whether they want to allow gambling on sports. Right now, legal sports gambling is essentially confined to Nevada. But even if the Supreme Court opens the option to other states, Texas might not jump at the chance to legalize the practice. In 2015, Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, told the Texas Lottery Commission that he “wholeheartedly” supports the current state restrictions on gambling. The bottom line: Texas gambling laws are complex, but Texans don’t necessarily have to leave the state in order to gamble. Sharelast_img read more

Researchers build two versions of new most accurate clock ever

first_img © 2013 Phys.org Explore further (A) Laser light at 578 nm is pre-stabilized to an isolated, high-finesse optical cavity using Pound-Drever-Hall detection and employing electronic feedback to an acousto-optic modulator (AOM) and laser piezoelectric-transducer. This stable laser light is then delivered to the Yb-1 and Yb-2 systems, where it is aligned along the optical lattice axis to probe the atomic clock transition. Resonance with the atomic transition is detected by observing atomic fluorescence collected onto a photomultiplier tube (PMT). The fluorescence signal is digitized and processed by a microcontroller unit (MCU), which computes a correction frequency, f1;2(t). This correction frequency is applied to the relevant AOM by way of a direct digital synthesizer (DDS), and locks the laser frequency onto resonance with the clock transition. (B) Relevant Yb atomic energy levels and transitions, including laser cooling transitions (399 and 556 nm), the clock transition (578 nm), and the optical pumping transition used for excited state detection (1388 nm). (C) A single-scan, normalized excitation spectrum of the 1S0- 3P0 clock transition in 171Yb with 140 ms Rabi spectroscopy time; the red line is a free-parameter sinc2 function fit. Credit: arXiv:1305.5869 [physics.atom-ph] Citation: Researchers build two versions of new most accurate clock ever (2013, May 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-05-versions-accurate-clock.html (Phys.org) —Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder Colorado have succeeded in building a record breaking clock—one that has an instability of just one part in 10-18. They describe their new clock in a paper they’ve uploaded to the preprint server arXiv. In it they suggest that if their clock could somehow be used to gauge the age of the universe, it would be able to do so within just a single second. More information: An atomic clock with $10^{-18}$ instability, arXiv:1305.5869 [physics.atom-ph] arxiv.org/abs/1305.5869AbstractAtomic clocks have been transformational in science and technology, leading to innovations such as global positioning, advanced communications, and tests of fundamental constant variation. Next-generation optical atomic clocks can extend the capability of these timekeepers, where researchers have long aspired toward measurement precision at 1 part in $bm{10^{18}}$. This milestone will enable a second revolution of new timing applications such as relativistic geodesy, enhanced Earth- and space-based navigation and telescopy, and new tests on physics beyond the Standard Model. Here, we describe the development and operation of two optical lattice clocks, both utilizing spin-polarized, ultracold atomic ytterbium. A measurement comparing these systems demonstrates an unprecedented atomic clock instability of $bm{1.6times 10^{-18}}$ after only $bm{7}$ hours of averaging.via Arxiv Blogcenter_img Journal information: arXiv As time has passed, clock-making has become more important—besides helping people get together at prearranged times, clocks now help run the GPS system, keep networks on track and are key to unlocking the fundamental laws of the universe. As technology has grown in sophistication, so too has the need for ever more accurate clocks. This has led to atomic clocks which use the electronic transition frequency in the ultraviolet, optical or microwave region of the electromagnetic spectrum to keep very accurate time. In this new effort, the researchers built a new type of atomic clock that is more accurate than any that has come before.To build their clock the researchers employed a laser and mirrors to build a lattice trap capable of capturing atoms—its purpose was to hold atoms steady so that there wouldn’t be any frequency interference, a problem with other atomic clocks. The trap was then filled with ytterbium atoms which were then shot with a second laser to measure their electronic frequencies. The result was a clock that if allowed, would be off by less than a second if run for 31 billion years.Building a clock that is believed to be the most accurate in the world creates a problem though, how to accurately measure its accuracy? The answer is by building another clock exactly like the first of course and then comparing the two against one another. That’s what the researchers did, running both clocks for a short period to see if they came up with exactly the same time duration, which the researchers report, they did.One of the first uses for the new clock will be in measuring gravitational redshift, which is a means of measuring very precisely, the height of geographic areas. This can be done because time moves slower in areas of higher gravity. The researchers say their new clock is capable of measuring redshit to within 1 centimeter. Physicists propose a way to make atomic clocks more accurate 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

Ready for structured debate Maken on Kejriwal challenge

first_imgResponding to AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal’s challenge to BJP’s Kiran Bedi for a public debate, Maken said, “This will be a healthy tradition. I believe a structured debate should take place in a mutually accepted TV channel or agency moderated by a mutually accepted anchor.”Maken, who is also the party’s Campaign Committee Chief, said a debate will enable the leadership of various parties to spell out their vision to the public by answering “difficult questions”.“I think this is the best way for the leadership to answer difficult questions that are raised and spell out their vision to the public in the age of Internet and social media,” he said, adding that at least “2-4 such debates” should be held.Through a tweet, tagging both Kejriwal and Bedi, Maken said, “Great! I am ready for a structured debate. Let the people of Delhi make a comparative assessment.”last_img read more

Latest in a string of charges for repeat offender Alicia Kielek

first_img Share TORONTO — Before accepting a job in the travel industry, Toronto-based Alicia Kielek must inform her prospective employer, in writing, of her latest conviction of five counts of operating as a travel agent without registration.This isn’t the first time Kielek has faced charges.This time around Kielek pled guilty and was convicted of five counts of operating as a travel agent without registration, contrary to section 4(1)(a) of the Travel Industry Act, 2002, according to TICO.The court ordered the following sentence on Jan. 19, 2018:1) 200 hours of community service to be completed within two years;2) Restitution totaling $13,904.96;3) Two years of probation requiring Kielek to report to a probation officer as so directed by her assigned probation office and to notify that probation office of any changes to her address.In addition Kielek is required to:a) Prior to accepting a job in the travel industry, inform her prospective employer, in writing, of her conviction under the Travel Industry Act, 2002; andb) Prior to accepting a job in the travel industry, inform the Registrar, Travel Industry Act, 2002, in writing, of the position being offered, the name of the travel agent and the term of employment and shall provide proof of having informed the prospective employer of her conviction under the Travel Industry Act, 2002.More news: Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureKielek paid $7,599.15 in restitution payments prior to being sentenced by the court.In October 2015 Kielek was charged with three counts of operating as a travel agent without registration, contrary to section 4(1)(a) of the Travel Industry Act, 2002.It was the fourth time Kielek had been charged under the Act and to date in October 2015, a total of 29 counts had been laid against her. Latest in a string of charges for repeat offender Alicia Kielek Thursday, January 25, 2018 Travelweek Group center_img Tags: TICO Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

French strikes cause railway chaos and flight cancellations

first_img Share By: Angela Charlton & Masha MacPhersonSource: The Associated Press French strikes cause railway chaos and flight cancellations PARIS — A major French railway strike brought the country’s famed high-speed trains to a halt Tuesday, leaving passengers stranded or scrambling for other options – and posing the biggest test so far for President Emmanuel Macron’s economic strategy.The SNCF national rail authority said only about 12 per cent of trains are running Tuesday, in the first of a series of strikes that are set to last three months. Traffic was also disrupted on Eurostar lines to Britain as well as trains to Germany, though most were running as usual.There was further disruption in the air, with Air France cancelling a quarter of its flights Tuesday amid a strike over pay.And there were strikes or demonstrations in other sectors. Students, for example, are blocking campuses to protest plans to allow selection in state universities, while garbage collectors are on strike to protest worsening working conditions.All in all, it’s one of the worst days of industrial strife seen in France since Macron was elected president nearly a year ago. Macron has made reforming France’s economy a central plank of his presidency. Many of his plans, particularly to the labour market, are meeting with increasing opposition, particularly from France’s unions.More news: Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?The most visible problems on Tuesday were on the railway, where SNCF said 77% of train drivers were on strike. The total proportion of rail workers on strike – including employees in trains and on the ground – is 33.9%, the company detailed in a statement.Passengers are ditching railways, hitching rides on traffic-clogged roads and sharing travel tips online. At the Gare de Lyon station in eastern Paris, platforms were so packed that commuters spilled over onto the tracks as they waited for elusive trains.“Really this is catastrophic. Something needs to be done. We are the victims. We haven’t done anything. We need to get to work like everyone else,” said 56-year-old commuter Aziza Fleris.“I was really positive this morning, but now – you should have seen what happened on the train. Some people felt unwell, women were crying. Children. This isn’t normal.”Rail workers are protesting plans to eliminate a special status that they’ve enjoyed for decades. The “cheminot” status effectively guarantees jobs for life and other benefits, in keeping with the image of France’s railways as an essential pillar of the country’s infrastructure and its public services.More news: Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portalMacron’s government says that’s no longer tenable, because today’s globalized and increasingly automated economy favours more flexible workforces. In addition, with European Union rules requiring all member states to open up government-run railways to competition, the government argues that the special status puts SNCF at a disadvantage compared to potential private competitors. Commuters were angry at the overall situation but not necessarily taking sides. SNCF has been warning travellers for several days to postpone their trips.center_img Tags: France, Travel Alert Tuesday, April 3, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Amadeus reveals strong first quarter

first_imgTechnology provider Amadeus IT Holding has released its financial results for the first quarter of 2015, revealing a strong start to the year.The company’s revenue saw an increase of 14 per cent to €989.4 million and its EBITDA grew by 10.9 per cent to €389.6 million.As a result, Amadeus’ adjusted profit grew 9.7 per cent over the period to €209.9 million.Amadeus president and chief executive officer Luis Maroto said several changes attributed to the growth.“Our consistent market share growth and successful entry into new areas, combined with organic growth and contributions from recent successful acquisitions, has allowed us to report further increases in revenue and profitability,” Mr Maroto said.In the Distribution aspect of the company, revenue increased 10.7 per cent to €721.6 million and air travel agency bookings grew by 11.4 per cent.In the IT Solutions business, revenue grew by 24 per cent to €267.7 million and Passengers Boarded, the number of passengers boarded onto flights using Amadeus technology, increased by 8.4 per cent.Mr Maroto said he is confident this growth will continue.“We remain confident that our portfolio of innovative travel solutions and strong customer relationships will allow steady growth across our business throughout the remainder of 2015,” Mr Maroto said.In the New Businesses area, the company took a step forward with the recent announcement of their partnership with InterContinental Hotels Group to build its Guest Reservation System.In Airport IT, Amadeus contributed to reducing runway waiting time at Munich Airport by 50 per cent and inbound delays were reduced by 24 per cent.Source = ETB Travel News: Brittney Levinsonlast_img read more

October 6 2003 OCTAGON The Octagon is the indoo

first_imgOctober 6, 2003OCTAGON: The Octagon is the indoor community gathering area for camp residents. It was deep cleaned during the last camp synergy to prepare for the October workshop. The large central fireplace helps to provide a comfortable space throughout the winter. [Photo sa & text: kh] Members of the agriculture department, Tan Chia Chia (left) and Fubito Shinoda, (right) wrap up the cleaning tasks. [Photo aa & text: kh] The walls are newly painted and give the lounge area a brighter appearance. [Photo aa & text: kh] The Octagon looks great as a result of the very productive Arcosanti synergy. [Photo aa & text: kh]last_img read more

African communications technology specialist Bring

first_imgAfrican communications technology specialist BringCom has struck a deal with local partners in Djibouti to revitaise the Djibouti Teleport Facility.The partners have created a new company, Djibouti Teleport SARL, to manage the facility, which offers Ku- and C-band satellite capacity over Africa.Under the agreement, BringCom becomes the managing partner of Djibouti Teleport. In addition, the partners agreed to upgrade the Djibouti Teleport with new buildings, backup power, security hardware and an iDirect hub. Djibouti Teleport will also provide international connectivity through five large-capacity undersea cable systems connected to the facility.Djibouti Teleport currently provides Apstar 7 Ku-band connectivity with a 7.3-metre antenna and C-band connectivity with a 16-metre antenna. Both antennas have been refurbished and upgraded with new electronics, according to BringCom.last_img read more

Sky is rapidly closing the gap on its larger riv

first_imgSky is “rapidly closing the gap” on its larger rival Liberty Global in Western Europe, according to new research.The Digital TV Research report claims that Liberty Global’s subscriber count in the region will drop from 18.5 million to 17.4 million between 2015 and 2021, while Sky’s will rise from 16.9 million to 17.3 million.Western Europe’s top five pay TV operators are expected to remain unchanged in the coming years and will still account for half the region’s subscribers in 2021, with Liberty Global, Sky Europe, Vodafone, Altice and Telefonica retaining their respective spots as the first to fifth largest operators.However, while Liberty Global it likely to lose 1.15 million subscribers, mostly analogue subs, between 2015 and 2021, Telefonica will gain 1.23 million and Altice nearly 1 million, according to the research. Vodafone is also expected to see a slight increase from 8.7 million to 9.0 million customers.“With operations in eight Western European countries, Liberty Global is the region’s largest operator by pay TV subs. Counting only its satellite TV subs, Sky Europe, with operations in five countries, is rapidly closing the gap,” said the report.Overall Digital TV Research predicts that 29 of the 30 IPTV platforms in Western Europe will gain subscribers between 2015 and 2021, as will half of the 24 cable providers. However, 14 of the 21 satellite platforms and seven of the eight DTT operators are expected to lose subscribers during the same period.“The 73 top operators generated 93% of Western Europe’s US$30.61 billion pay TV subscription and pay-per view revenues in 2015,” according to the Western Europe Pay TV Operator Forecasts report.“This proportion will hold steady until 2021, although overall revenues will not grow. Liberty Global and Sky Europe will together continue to take just under half of the region’s revenues.”last_img read more

Louis James Senior Metals Investment Strategist

first_img Louis James Senior Metals Investment Strategist Casey Research Silver Stocks (SIL) 10.60 11.60 22.38 Gold Junior Stocks (GDXJ) 29.28 33.38 80.84 Gold 1,203.50 1,247.50 1,645.90 Oil 99.32 93.34 90.13 Rock & Stock Stats Last Dear Reader, ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the market, not a trader was stirring, not even a goldbug… Well, maybe not. But many gold investors have grown rather quiet as 2013 comes to a close. So by way of a reminder that spring follows winter, especially in cyclical markets, Casey Metals Analyst Laurynas Vegys has collected some encouraging thoughts for us all. We’ll be taking a break from these daily dispatches until January 2, so I want to add my personal encouragement to all our readers—and thanks for your interest and frequent support. May you all have wonderful holidays—whichever one(s) you celebrate—and may we all have a very, prosperous 2014! Sincerely, Copper 3.28 3.17 3.53center_img Gold Producers (GDX) 20.53 22.85 45.07 One Month Ago TSX (Toronto Stock Exchange) 13.399.60 13,430.01 12,388.71 One Year Ago Silver 19.42 19.83 29.61 TSX Venture 888.18 915.02 1,180.50last_img read more

A New York City Bar Will Literally Kick Out Anyone Misusing the

first_img A New York City Bar Will Literally Kick Out Anyone Misusing the Word ‘Literally’ Add to Queue The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Next Article Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. January 25, 2018 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List –shares Nina Zipkincenter_img News and Trends Entrepreneur Staff 2 min read Image credit: ekash | Getty Images Is there a word that you would want to banish from your workplace? We all have our pet peeves, especially in an office setting. Someone brings something pungent for lunch, incessantly clicks their pen or insists on turning the thermostat too high or too low. But then there are the smaller annoyances that manifest in the form of often misused words and phrases — but come up all the time.Your “for all intensive purposes” that’s actually “for all intents and purposes.” Your corporate speak such as “let’s circle back” or “best practices.” “Irregardless” in lieu of “regardless” is another example, although the fine folks at Dictionary.com do confirm that “irregardless” is a word, “irregardless” of how much you might hate it.But now, one establishment in New York City has decided to take back control on at least one repeatedly misused word. A bar called the Continental has declared war on the word “literally.” Literally. Sort of.Related: 10 Reasons Why Good Customer Service Is Your Most Important MetricEast Village bar the Continental expounds on their (tongue-in-cheek) ban on the word literally. Their stated goal now is to stop “Kardashianism.” cc: @edenbrower pic.twitter.com/iI0N41qCgt— evgrieve (@evgrieve) January 24, 2018In an interview with New York Magazine, owner Trigger Smith had this to say of the reasoning behind the new signage and the swift dismissal of anyone who says “literally” inside the walls of the beloved neighborhood dive, which is soon to be closed in a few months due to a 2015 bankruptcy filing.“It’s not just millennials. Now you hear newscasters using ‘literally’ every three minutes on the Sunday news shows,” Smith said. “What’s annoying is people aren’t even aware they’re saying it. How could you be so unaware of your words that it’s coming out every couple minutes?”Even though the Contintental is not long for this world, clearly Smith was compelled to draw a line in the sand. Hopefully his mission only makes people drop the word from their vocabulary rather making the bar lose too much business.Is there a word that makes you cringe? Let us know in the comments. Apply Now »last_img read more

Hilton Unit to Pay 250500 for Unsolicited Sales Calls

first_img –shares Image credit: Reuters | Brendan McDermid A timeshare unit of Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. agreed to pay $250,500 and improve its business practices to settle charges it made hundreds of unsolicited telemarketing sales calls to New Yorkers who had signed up for the National Do Not Call Registry.Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who announced the settlement on Monday, said Hilton Grand Vacations Co. violated the state’s “Do Not Call” law by making 334 unsolicited calls to 133 people who had registered not to receive them.The accord will help “ensure that residents who opt out of receiving promotional calls are not forced to deal with these harassing messages,” Cuomo said.As part of the settlement, Hilton Grand Vacations agreed to limit future calls but can place some calls to people with whom Hilton already does business, Cuomo said. The unit did not admit wrongdoing and cooperated with the state probe.Hilton Grand Vacations did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Its parent operates hotels under brands such as Hilton, DoubleTree, Embassy Suites and Waldorf Astoria.On Feb. 26, Hilton said it planned to spin off Hilton Grand Vacations into a new public company that would manage nearly 50 resorts in the United States and Europe.(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Dan Grebler) Next Article Hilton Unit to Pay $250,500 for Unsolicited Sales Calls Enroll Now for $5 2 min read March 7, 2016center_img This story originally appeared on Reuters Reuters Court Cases Add to Queue Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brandlast_img read more

15 Fast Facts You Should Know About Trumps VP Pick Mike Pence

first_imgPolitics The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. 2 min read 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Entrepreneur Staff Add to Queue On Friday, Donald Trump issued the following tweet, confirming who many believed would be his pick for the Vice President candidate on his ticket:I am pleased to announce that I have chosen Governor Mike Pence as my Vice Presidential running mate. News conference tomorrow at 11:00 A.M.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 15, 2016Here are some fast facts about Mr. Pence:1. Governor of Indiana2. 57 years old, married with 3 children3. Endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz over Trump before Indiana primary 4. House member for 12 years, elected governor in 20125. Former conservative talk radio and TV host6. According to CNN analysts, has ties to the Koch brothers and other influential donors who have not yet supported Trump7. Was among first Republicans to embrace the Tea Party8. Signed into law a controversial “religious freedom” that detractors saw as anti-LGBTRelated: Indiana Governor Signs Religious Freedom Law, Sparking Debates …9. Has supported increased border security and stricter enforcement of laws prohibiting illegal immigrants from working in the United States10. In March, approved a bill outlawing abortions based on a fetus’s “race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, or diagnosis or potential diagnosis of the fetus having Down syndrome or any other disability.”11. Has called for increases in military spending 12. Has an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association, tweeted that he “will always be a strong proponent of the Second Amendment”Related: Donald Trump’s Top Speaking Tips for Entrepreneurs13. Repealed Indiana’s inheritance tax and lowered taxes on corporate income and business property14. Supports free trade15. Supports school choice and locally-set learning standards Apply Now » 15 Fast Facts You Should Know About Trump’s VP Pick Mike Pence Next Article Entrepreneur Staff –shares July 15, 2016last_img read more

Cancer drugs reprogram genes in breast tumors to prevent endocrine resistance finds

first_img Source:https://news.illinois.edu/view/6367/777533 Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 24 2019Treating breast tumors with two cancer drugs simultaneously may prevent endocrine resistance by attacking the disease along two separate gene pathways, scientists at the University of Illinois found in a new study.The two drugs used in the study, selinexor and 4-OHT, caused the cancer cells to die and tumors to regress for prolonged periods, said food science and human nutrition professor Zeynep Madak-Erdogan, the principal investigator on the study.The study, published recently in the journal Cancers, involved human breast cancer cells that were implanted in mice and analyses of the genes expressed by endocrine-resistant breast tumors.While endocrine therapy currently is the most effective form of treatment for hormone-responsive breast cancer, some patients will either not respond or will develop resistance to the drugs over time.This condition, called endocrine resistance, causes metastases and is responsible for a majority of women’s deaths from hormone-responsive breast cancer.Based upon the team’s prior research, the researchers hypothesized that two elements might work together to cause endocrine resistance – the hormone receptor ERa, which is responsive to estrogen and is expressed in 70 percent of all breast cancers, and the nuclear transport gene XPO1, which removes foreign materials from cells’ nuclei.Combining the drugs selinexor, which prevents XPO1 anti-cancer proteins from functioning, and 4-OHT, which inhibits estrogen receptors from responding to the hormone, might be more effective than either drug alone, the researchers hypothesized.In a 2016 study published in Molecular Endocrinology, Madak-Erdogan’s team found that women who expressed higher levels of XPO1 and a “signature” of other nuclear transport genes were more likely to be endocrine resistant.That paper was co-written by epidemiology professor Rebecca Smith, then-graduate student Karen Chen, research assistant Kinga Wrobel and graduate student Eylem Kulkoyluoglu-Cotul, who was the first author of the current study.Related StoriesCannabis users could be more tolerant to anesthesia agentsNew computational framework reveals impact of arthritis drugs on gene expressionArtificial DNA can help release active ingredients from drugs in sequenceIn the current study, the team treated endocrine-resistant tumor cells with 4-OHT or selinexor alone, or with a combination of both drugs to determine how each of these treatment protocols affected the tumors’ survival and functioning. The drug combination was more effective at reducing the tumor cells’ viability than either drug was by itself, they found.When they tested the three treatments on human breast tumor cells implanted in mice, they found that the combination of 4-OHT and selinexor caused the tumors to regress faster and more completely than either drug alone – effects that continued for several weeks after treatment ended, according to the study.In analyzing genetic activity in human endocrine-resistant breast tumors, they found that the drug combination increased the expression of more than 100 genes and decreased the expression of 132 other genes that were not affected by either drug alone.The drug combination appeared to promote sustained tumor regression by decreasing the activity of genes that were associated with endocrine resistance and metastasis. Among these were sets of genes regulated by the protein Akt that control cells’ survival, proliferation and migration.However, in endocrine-resistant tumors, XPO1 helped the cells mutate by modulating Akt’s activity, “rewiring breast cancer cells’ metabolism to provide them with new survival or escape routes,” she said. “By decreasing the expression of certain genes, the 4-OHT and selinexor combination prevented tumor cells from activating these survival pathways, which were prominent when the tumors were treated with either drug alone.”last_img read more

Study scrutinizes hidden marketing relationships on social media

first_img Provided by Princeton University Citation: Study scrutinizes hidden marketing relationships on social media (2018, December 13) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-12-scrutinizes-hidden-relationships-social-media.html The study focused on affiliate marketing, in which companies pay a commission to social media figures for driving sales. Content creators who produce videos, photos and commentary are rewarded when their followers purchase products after clicking on affiliate marketing links included in their social media posts.Researchers in Princeton’s Department of Computer Science extracted affiliate marketing links from randomly drawn samples of about 500,000 YouTube videos and 2.1 million Pinterest pins. They found 3,472 YouTube videos and 18,237 Pinterest pins with affiliate links from 33 marketing companies—the first publicly available list of this size. The researchers found the links by identifying characteristic patterns in the URLs that marketers use to track readers’ clicks.The researchers then used natural language processing techniques to search for disclosures of affiliate marketing relationships within the videos’ and pins’ descriptions. Disclosures were present in around 10 percent and 7 percent of affiliate marketing content on YouTube and Pinterest, respectively. These disclosures fell into one of three categories:”affiliate link” disclosures, which use wording such as “Disclosure: These are affiliate links”;”explanation” disclosures, e.g., “I am an affiliate with Amazon, which means I get a small commission when you buy through my links”; and”channel support” disclosures, such as “Shop using these links to support the channel.”The first type—”affiliate link” disclosures—were the most common, “and these are exactly the kinds of disclosures the Federal Trade Commission says people shouldn’t be using” because their meaning is not always clear to users, explained computer science graduate student Arunesh Mathur, the study’s lead author. “That was a very surprising finding.”The researchers also conducted a user study of nearly 1,800 participants that revealed the relative effectiveness of different types of disclosures. Only half of the participants correctly interpreted the meaning of “affiliate link” disclosures on Pinterest, while 65 percent understood these disclosures when paired with YouTube videos. When presented with “explanation” disclosures, nearly 95 percent of users on both platforms were able to explain that the content creator would be paid when a product was purchased through an affiliate link. “Channel support” disclosures, which only appeared on YouTube, were correctly interpreted by 85 percent of participants.While the FTC has issued warnings about marketing disclosures to some top social media influencers, the researchers said it has not fully exercised its authority to prosecute violations. The researchers propose that regulators take broader legal action against affiliate marketing companies for failures to disclose, and recommend that social media platforms make it easier for content creators to disclose marketing relationships in a standardized way.Mathur and his colleagues are also developing a web browser extension that would automatically flag some types of paid content. In addition, they are working on computational methods to detect other types of hidden advertising on social media, including sponsored content and product giveaways, which are less straightforward to identify than affiliate marketing. Federal regulators require social media personalities to alert their viewers to promotional payments for products and gadgets shown on their channels, but an analysis by Princeton University researchers shows that such disclosures are rare. Content creators who produce videos, photos and commentary are rewarded when their followers purchase products after clicking on affiliate marketing links included in their social media posts. Credit: Beatrice Trinidad Explore further A new app pays you for product recommendations More information: Arunesh Mathur et al, Endorsements on Social Media, Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction (2018). DOI: 10.1145/3274388 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