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15 days agoGenk president Croonen reveals Napoli made Sander Berge attempt

first_imgGenk president Croonen reveals Napoli made Sander Berge attemptby Carlos Volcano15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGenk president Peter Croonen has revealed Napoli made an attempt for Sander Berge.The 21-year-old played in the 0-0 Champions League draw with Napoli a fortnight ago and is under contract until June 2021.“Napoli have very good directors who really appreciate our players and asked for information on our Norwegian midfielder Sander Berge,” Croonen told Radio Kiss Kiss.“I think the figures that have been mentioned in the media, around €20-25m, represents a fair valuation.” Berge was signed from Valerenga in January 2017 for just €2m. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Deaf Students to Benefit from Literacy Project

first_img Keynote speaker at the event, State Minister for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, commended the initiative, which, he said, will ensure greater inclusiveness for the deaf community. Story Highlights More than 400 deaf students in primary and secondary schools are to benefit from a US$2.7-million project aimed at increasing their literacy levels. More than 400 deaf students in primary and secondary schools are to benefit from a US$2.7-million project aimed at increasing their literacy levels.The three-year Partnership for Literacy Enhancement for the Deaf Project is being implemented by the Jamaica Association for the Deaf (JAD) in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).Launched on Wednesday (September 13) at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in Kingston, the three-year initiative is being rolled out in nine schools operated by the major service providers of deaf education in Jamaica.These are the Danny Williams School for the Deaf; Lister Mair/Gilby High School for the Deaf; and Excelsior Primary School Integrated Unit for the Deaf in Kingston; Caribbean Christian Centre for the Deaf – Kingston and Mandeville campuses; Jamaica Christian School for the Deaf, St. James; May Pen Unit for the Deaf, Clarendon; Port Antonio Unit for the Deaf, Portland; and St.Christopher’s School for the Deaf, St. Ann.A key objective is to facilitate the development of a Jamaican Sign Language (JSL) curriculum that will be incorporated in schools for the deaf by 2020.Keynote speaker at the event, State Minister for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, commended the initiative, which, he said, will ensure greater inclusiveness for the deaf community.He hailed the effort to have JSL as a subject in schools across the deaf community by 2020.“To achieve that means that you will have developed a curriculum that can be used in our schools for our hearing-impaired children and can be shared across all our schools. From our perspective at the Ministry, that is critical if we are to ensure that no child is left behind,” he said.Acting Mission Director for USAID, Rebecca Robinson, who brought greetings at the event, noted that the project will assist in developing the capacity of the hearing-impaired community, thereby enabling them to make a meaningful contribution to national development.“The evidence suggests that the deaf has been an underserved population with limited educational opportunities. The timing of this project is impeccable, as it seeks to address the factors that affect language development of deaf students and build a strong foundation for literacy and academic success. Also, it helps to enhance the skills of students, parents and teachers in JSL,” she said.The Partnership for Literacy Enhancement for the Deaf Project got under way in April 2017 and will run until April 2020.In addition to increasing the literacy levels of students and establishing a JSL curriculum, the project will also build the capacity of teachers and empower parents to effectively communicate with their children.One hundred educators of the deaf and 27 deaf culture facilitators/teacher aides serving the deaf community will receive support, and the project will also provide employment opportunities for deaf persons as tutors.The USAID provided a US$2.4-million grant for the undertaking with the remaining US$300,000 contributed by the JAD and its stakeholders.Operating since 1938, the JAD is a non-governmental organisation, which empowers deaf Jamaicans to become effective nation builders.Persons interested in learning JSL can contact the JAD at 970-1778/9, or visit www.jamdeaf.org.jm for more information. Launched on Wednesday (September 13) at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in Kingston, the three-year initiative is being rolled out in nine schools operated by the major service providers of deaf education in Jamaica.last_img read more

CBSA LOOKS FOR STUNT ACTORS TO PLAY SMUGGLERS BE STRUCK FOR RECRUIT

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Facebook Advertisement The Canada Border Services Agency is looking for a handful of stunt actors to be thrown down, handcuffed, searched and beaten to help train new recruits. – JONATHAN HAYWARD , THE CANADIAN PRESS file photo The Canada Border Services Agency is looking for a handful of stunt actors to be thrown down, handcuffed, searched and beaten to help train new recruits.The agency has posted bid documents online looking for a company to supply actors for the training centre in Rigaud, Que., between Ottawa and Montreal.The documents outline how the stunt actors will act out up to 15 situations a day, such as trying to smuggle drugs across the border in a car, to help the agency assess the skills of new border guards.center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: The people hired can expect to be handcuffed, thrown, held down using “pain compliance techniques,” and hit by trainees’ fists, feet or batons.They also must avoid any personal relationships with the recruits or CBSA staff “in order to keep it at a professional level only.”Bidding for the one-year contract closes in early September, but the documents don’t list an expected price.The CBSA has yet to respond to questions posed to the agency this morning.It’s the second time this year that the agency has gone out looking for a company to supply it with actors, and it appears that some of the feedback from that earlier work has been incorporated into the new contract offer.For instance, the bidding company has to have at least 12 months experience over 10 years finding professional stunt actors, instead of the 36 months over five years after the CBSA was told the latter target would be difficult to hit.The government’s procurement website doesn’t list a contract awarded for the last offer, which closed in early April.JOB NOTICE LINKBY THE CANADIAN PRESS Twitterlast_img read more

Time is tight Indigenous child welfare legislation stalled due to complaints from

first_imgFormer Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott announces Canada’s plan to co-develop new child welfare legislation, as national Indigenous leaders look on. APTN file photo.Kenneth JacksonAPTN NewsThe Trudeau government is facing opposition from First Nations across the country on a draft of its child welfare legislation according to the grand chief of the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians.Joel Abram said a draft of the proposed legislation was shared with a working group of First Nations about a week and a half ago.The next day the Trudeau government was told it wasn’t good enough and Abram said it looks to be more of a “feel good” bill.“We are all pretty clear on two parts,” said Abram Wednesday morning. “One is the jurisdiction and the other is having the funding fully legislated in there.”He couldn’t discuss details of the draft bill, however its intent is to hand over jurisdiction to First Nations and Abram said it falls short of that.“We are encouraging the government to let go of the wheel,” said Abram. “There’s nothing in there that is going to compel the government to fund (First Nations).”But since offering its complaints, Abram said they haven’t seen another draft and don’t expect to until it’s tabled in the House of Commons.They’ve been given a drop dead date of Feb. 18 for the bill to be tabled and still have time to reach royal assent. News of the complaints from First Nations was first reported by CBC Wednesday morning.“I hope it is not dead,” said Cindy Blackstock, who also got to see a draft of the bill based on her Canadian Human Rights Tribunal action that continues to fight for equal rights for First Nations children.“I hope it has the affirmation of self-determination and statutory base for substantively equitable funding included when it is released. We will have to see but I agree time is tight.”Talks between the government and leadership continues said Abram.Abram was trying to reach the Prime Minister’s Office Wednesday and Minister Seamus O’Regan was supposed to be talking to Ontario regional chief RoseAnne Archibald.He also said they thought the bill was going to be announced yesterday with the Indigenous Languages Act.A spokesperson with Indigenous Services Canada says the bill will be tabled shortly.“We are working diligently so that we can introduce Indigenous child and family services legislation shortly. However, we must also ensure that critical feedback from partners is incorporated.“This is important, and we want to make sure we get it right.”The legislation was first announced at a media conference in late November. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau then said in December to expect it in late January.It’s not known when the bill will be tabled.kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more

That Raptors Meltdown Was MindBoggling

Just when the Toronto Raptors finally looked like they’d exorcised their playoff demons against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Cavs once again found a way to haunt them. Despite not leading for a single second during regulation time, LeBron James and the Cavaliers beat Toronto 113-112 in overtime of Tuesday night’s Eastern Conference semifinal Game 1, handing the Raptors their ninth loss in 11 playoff games against Cleveland over the past three seasons.Much of the focus in the wake of Game 1 will be on Toronto’s blown opportunities to put the Cavs away — and rightly so. The Raptors led by as many as 14 points early in the game, and according to ESPN’s NBA win probability model, they had a 94 percent chance of winning when they held a 10-point edge with 9:58 to go in the fourth quarter. It was a prime moment for Toronto to prove that its Game 1 issues were really a thing of the past. (Before beating Washington in their first-round opener, the Raptors had lost 10 consecutive postseason Game 1s.) But the Raptors’ fourth-quarter meltdown only renewed doubts about Toronto’s true playoff potential.Toronto shot 5-for-25 (20 percent) from the field during the final period of regulation, including an agonizing 3-for-17 on shots in the restricted area. According to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, those 14 restricted-area misses were the most by any team in any quarter in the last 20 postseasons. The Raptors had eight second-chance opportunities during the last five minutes of regulation and failed to score on any of them, including missing four shots in the final seconds. After that, they needed James to miss a buzzer-beater just to force overtime.One of the saddest parts for Toronto was that it had spent the game’s first three quarters playing the type of offensive basketball that had made it look like a contender all season. The Raptors were the league’s third-best offensive team during the regular season (according to NBA Advanced Stats), averaging 111.0 points per 100 possessions. Through three quarters Tuesday night, they’d scorched Cleveland for 120.6 points per 100 possessions, with DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry and even a renewed Jonas Valanciunas generating high-quality chances. But in the fourth quarter and overtime, Toronto’s offense cratered to 79.3 points per 100 possessions, time and again preventing them from putting the game away.And on the Cleveland side of the ball, there were signs that the Cavs are starting to rediscover the shooting touch that’s led to so much postseason success against the Raptors over the years. After knocking down only 32 percent of their three-pointers1Making 10 threes per game. in the first round against Indiana, Cleveland shooters hit 14, at a 40 percent clip, against Toronto on Tuesday. And that was with James going a paltry 1-for-8 from beyond the arc; Cavs not named LeBron made 48 percent of their threes. It was a big reversal from the first round, when we were wondering if James’s teammates would ever step up and make some of the shots he was creating for them. It was also a long-awaited return to the form that saw Cleveland hit 42 percent of its threes while burying the Raptors in the 2016 and 2017 playoffs.No doubt the Cavs looked bad against Indiana — at times, really bad. Outscored by a total of 40, they had the third-worst point margin for any postseason series winner in NBA history. But maybe Cleveland’s shooting just needed to reawaken itself: According to Second Spectrum’s quantified shot quality metric, on passes from James in Round 1, his teammates collectively shot for an effective field goal percentage that was 10.3 points below what we would expect based on their track records. That couldn’t last. (Although it should also be noted that, in Game 1 against Toronto, the Cavs shot 11.1 percentage points above expectations on that metric.)Of course, by the same token, the Raptors are probably not going to miss so, so many chippies around the basket again after Game 1. According to Second Spectrum, they “should” have shot for an effective field goal percentage 35.5 points higher than they actually did during the fourth quarter Tuesday night. Second Spectrum’s numbers also indicate that, on Toronto’s three missed tip-in chances near the end of regulation, there was a 95 percent chance at least one of them would go in — any of which would likely have been enough to secure the victory.Maybe that means these teams should settle in for a long series, once the luck evens out on each side. But Toronto has to be kicking itself about the missed opportunity to take early control of the series in Game 1. After working all season to get home-court advantage in a hypothetical series against Cleveland, Toronto threw it away in an astonishing flurry of fourth-quarter misses. Bad luck or not, that could end up helping the Cavs haunt the Raptors’ postseason dreams yet again.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

The Future of Productivity AI and Machine Learning

first_imgJuly 5, 2017 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The productivity and project management market is booming, and it’s continuing to evolve in new and exciting ways. I wanted to know what the future of artificial intelligence in project management would look like, so I reached out to founders, productivity experts and futurists who work in this space every day to ask what their predictions are for the next five and 10 years. Their answers were enlightening.We’ll use AI for decision support, not decision making.David Allen, the inventor of Getting Things Done, believes, ”Systems will get better at presenting the relevant data to optimize our experience in every situation — at the right place, at the right time. We need to think of productivity systems as supporting systems for our decision process.”Related: How to Prepare Employees to Work With AISo, we won’t yet be using AI to eliminate our decisions and automate them, but to enhance the ability to make a decision in any situation. I also think this is the next likely step for AI. Most people wouldn’t trust a computer to make decisions for them, but they do look for information to help make those decisions.Allen goes on to say, “Neither these new presentation forms nor trends like A.I. will make a decision for you. That won’t work. I see that A.I. can support your decisions but we still will use our heads to make decisions.”It’s not robots . . .When most people think of AI, they think of robots doing manual labor to get things done for us, whether it’s Rosie from The Jetsons or a robot on the assembly line at Ford. The issue I have with this is that this view is too limiting. Sure, robots will become intelligent, but so will everything else. The team behind the online video series In a Nutshell released a great explainer video about this.Right now, an app that will be able to recognize your motivation level and give you tasks that fit that level is not out of the question. Bots that can answer simple service questions and learn from the responses are already around, working with some success and some big failures.Related: Rethinking Chatbots: They’re Not Just for CustomersMark Mader, CEO at Smartsheet, thinks that thinking of AI as roving robots is missing the point, saying, “Looking further out, there’s no doubt that automation — don’t think robots, think removing mundane and unproductive work steps from your day — will increase. Machine learning will be able to predict what workers are trying to do and make their work easier. How? By automatically gathering the information they need to complete a task, populating forms and sharing them with the appropriate people.”I see a combination of both. Specifically in project management, I see a future where machines will be able to predict a change using real-time data and make changes accordingly. It’s the combination of bots and machine learning that holds the key: Think of an assembly line system pushing out barbecue equipment. The system will be able to predict that demand will increase due to an upcoming holiday and automatically tell the bots on the line to increase production. I’m not sure if there will be a human decision between them, but I think as we become more comfortable with the machines’ decisions, we’ll give them more control of the process.It’s my decision to make.AI is far from being human, let alone superhuman. As I pointed out, we’ve released machine learning bots with some pretty terrible results. Machines are not yet good at understanding context or sarcasm, so when we let them learn, they usually miss the mark.Using machines to help with a decision, however, seems like the only way forward for the moment. As a form of decision support, productivity expert Carl Pullein thinks that “machine learning and artificial intelligence [will move] towards creating productivity tools that can schedule your meetings and tasks for you and to be able to know what needs to be done based on your context, where you are and what needs to be done.”Related: Why Small Business Should Be Paying Attention to Artificial IntelligenceMachine learning enabled tools like Grammarly are already on the market, but as these decision-making aides become more well-known, they are moving into more complex areas. Think of it as your Facebook timeline algorithm or your spam filter, but for your to-do list.Just like education, access is the key to machine learning.To get a sense of where we are now, think of systems that are on and learning all of the time. Your computer browser talks to Google and Facebook and any number of companies, where what you’re doing, clicking, buying and beyond, is stored. Now with the recent trend of IoT, these things are moving away from our computers and cellphones and becoming part of our everyday lives. And gaining access to data along the way. Your smart fridge might be able to tell the local supermarket how much water you drink per week. If everyone in the local area has a smart fridge, that same supermarket would be able to make a better decision about how much water to keep stocked.Productivity psychologist Melissa Gratias sees this system working for us in our workplaces too. “Most apps and programs require the user to purposefully interface with the tool in order to use it. We will see more smart homes, smart cars and voice-activated entry points that allow the tool to be always available to the user, no matter where she is. She won’t have to stop what she’s doing to, for example, add something to her task list.”Related: Will a Robot Take My Job?So, not only will the supermarket know what to stock, but your fridge will know what to add to your shopping list for the next week. Automatically, through learned behavior.All the experts I spoke with agreed that decision support is likely the only way forward in the short term. Machines are being taught the decision preferences of humans, because they can’t discern context on their own. So, we need to educate machines on what it’s like to think like a human. Companies like Alphabet are already working on it, with projects like DeepMind at the forefront of AI and machine learning technologies. Others, like Elon Musk’s OpenAI, are working to make sure that humanity’s fears of a malevolent AI will never be realized. As we learn to trust these systems, adoption will quickly follow. And since they’re so universal, they will surely touch all industries. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free 6 min readlast_img read more

Authorities arrest lawyer with ties to ruling Citizen Action Party on fraud

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica’s Solís claims $112 million in losses from corruption in speech highlighting first 100 days of his administration No clear path forward, opposition lawmakers lament after Solís’ 100-day report Supreme Court re-elects Jorge Chavarría as Costa Rica’s chief prosecutor despite protests After 7 months on the run, El Salvador’s ex-President Flores turns himself in At 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) agents raided the home of Jorge Sibaja Rodríguez, a lawyer and member of the ruling Citizen Action Party (PAC). Police are investigating Sibaja’s alleged use of forged documents to commit fraud against the Costa Rican Social Security System, or Caja, in April.Sibaja worked as a consulting attorney for the Caja in debt collection. Earlier this year, Caja officials noticed irregularities in billing for Sibaja’s fees, which allegedly included falsified documents stating that several collections had been completed. But Caja officials were unable to find any matching documents in their financial records.During Tuesday’s raid, OIJ agents seized Judicial Branch watermarked stationary and rubber stamps apparently used by the attorney to forge collections documents.Sibaja, who is a member of the PAC’s Internal Elections Tribunal, recently was scrutinized after it was made public that he charged the party ₡277 million ($500,000) for the authentication of 55,000 party member signatures presented to the Supreme Elections Tribunal (TSE), despite the fact that the requirement is unnecessary. The TSE has free online tools to certify signatures.In light of the ongoing scandal, members of PAC’s directorate last week agreed not to file those expenses as public campaign financing funds reimbursed by the TSE.Following his weekly Cabinet meeting today, President Luis Guillermo Solís responded to media questions about the arrest by saying, “Sibaja was not part of this campaign. He was a party employee.” Solís added that the issue is in the hands of judicial authorities and he had no further comment.During the raid, OIJ agents also seized several archaeological artifacts that were verified as genuine by experts from the National Museum. Possession of those artifacts is forbidden under Costa Rican law.At about noon, Sibaja was sent to the Prosecutor’s Office to be officially charged. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

November 17 2004 Arcosanti alumnus Tony Brown for

first_imgNovember 17, 2004Arcosanti alumnus Tony Brown formally founded the Ecosa Institute in 1996. The goal he defined for the Institute was to bring innovative thinking, new pedagogical models and a complexity to design education that used nature as its underlying model. The vision for the Arcosanti alumnus Tony Brown formally founded the Ecosa Institute in 1996. The goal he defined for the Institute was to bring innovative thinking, new pedagogical models and a complexity to design education that used nature as its underlying model. The vision for the Soleri Archives houses the collection of Paolo Soleri’s work. Archive staff and interns are in the process of cataloging and digitizing the work of Soleri, as well as the construction history of Cosanti and Arcosanti. Staff member Sue Anaya unrolls one of Soleri’s dramatic scroll drawings. The collection includes over 200 scrolls of length from 5 feet to about 170 feet. [PhotoYuki Yanagimoto & text: sa]last_img read more

UK service provider Sky is reportedly planning to

first_imgUK service provider Sky is reportedly planning to launch a next-generation set-top box in the spring that will support ultra high-definition, 4K content.According to a Telegraph report, the box has been developed as part of a major overhaul of Sky’s TV technology, with cloud programme storage and multiscreen viewing on smartphones and tablets to also be supported.News first emerged last year claiming that Sky had set up an internal unit to work on the new set-top box initiative, dubbed ‘Project Ethan’, which included plans to move recorded programmes from customers’ DVR hard-drives to a central data centre.The new Telegraph report claims that while Sky had initially planned to launch the new set-top box last year, it is now due to introduce the update in spring alongside a major marketing push, in a bid to fend off pay TV and broadband competition from BT.A Sky spokesperson told DTVE: “Innovation is at the very heart of Sky’s business. We have a proven track record of leadership in the industry as we continually strive to find new ways to enhance the customer experience”.last_img read more

Paul Coster The first free ondemand service for k

first_imgPaul CosterThe first free on-demand service for kids, Ketchup TV, has launched on the Freeview platform in the UK.Ketchup targets 2-to-11s with a line-up that includes acquired kids series Noddy, Casper, George Of The Jungle, Olivia, Little Baby Bum.Its launch marks the first rollout of a kids on-demand service on free to air digital terrestrial service Freeview.It will be available via Freeview connected TVs and set tops and sit alongside the linear kids channels in the EPG.A streaming version of the ad-supported service is also available via dedicated Apple and Android apps.Ketchup comes from VOD365, the on demand specialists behind the docs service Planet Knowledge, also on Freeview, VOD365.Paul Coster, former Universal Music exec and founder of VOD365, said: “As the first, free, dedicated VOD channel for kids on Freeview we believe it provides a unique and easy-to-access offering to parents and grandparents to entertain the kids via their TVs and we’re looking forward to adding more premium titles in the coming weeks and new channel features.”There are several on demand services for kids such as Hopster, and the children’s sections of Amazon Prime and Netflix SVOD services, but Ketchup is the first AVOD service to launch on free DTT.last_img read more

Last week as Cyprus deliberated on the details of

first_imgLast week, as Cyprus deliberated on the details of bank levies on deposits in the country (essentially state-approved theft), I discussed the potential Russian influence on such a deal. We saw that Russia was looking to make deals in Cyprus that would give it more control over natural-gas supplies in the Mediterranean, which in turn continues Putin’s dominance of the European energy scene. To counter this, European nations are beginning to look within their own borders for their energy needs: oil, natural gas, coal, and uranium. Every bit of energy that they can produce domestically means energy that does need to be imported from Russia. Considering the fact that Russia has shown that it is willing to shut off all natural-gas flow to Europe if it doesn’t get its way, it is a good idea for Europe to start turning on the drills. It is also no secret that Europe needs more jobs for its people. With unemployment in the Eurozone reaching 12% and youth unemployment almost 25%, governments are also desperate to find ways to keep their population productive instead of protesting in the streets. The oil and gas sector represents an industry that could potentially lend a helping hand by employing thousands of people. We firmly believe that we are in the middle of an European Energy Renaissance. Governments of Europe will begin to open up their countries to more oil and gas exploration. Regulations will be relaxed. Energy taxes will be reduced. And investors in the right companies will profit greatly. When we were the first to write about the shale potential in Europe back in 2008 and recommended the first energy company to drill an economic shale well in Europe, our subscribers were able to net a 720% return on their investments. And we believe that we have a company in our portfolio that is just as good: a junior exploration company that is sitting in the heart of Europe. By applying new technology to old fields and old wells, it may very well be sitting on the next Bakken. In our Casey Energy Report, we will also be doing a report of the energy situation in Europe to look for further opportunities for profit just like this in the near future. So ask yourselves this: Are you content with sitting in the Old World, mocking every profitable ship that passes you by? Or are you ready to set sail and explore this New World of energy with us? Additional Links and Reads Cyprus Is Sitting on a Natural-Gas Gold Mine (CNN Money) Last week’s energy CDD focused on the fact that the Russians are extremely interested in the natural-gas potential in Cyprus. But just where is the natural gas, and how much can realistically be recovered? This article outlines the basics of Cyprus’ natural-gas wealth. It is clear that such a development would change Cyprus forever… but can Cyprus last until then? New Nuclear Power Station Gets Planning Consent (Guardian) Though countries may say they are looking for alternative ways to generate electricity, the truth is that nuclear is still the best near-term solution for a base-load power that does not require fossil fuels. The United Kingdom has approved the first nuclear power plant in the past 18 years, and it will be one of the largest power plants in the UK, powering up to 5 million homes. We expect to see more countries join in the nuclear rush to solve the electricity needs of growing populations. Even in Bankruptcy, China’s Suntech Exacerbating Solar Glut (Financial Post) Suntech Power Holdings became the latest and largest casualty of the solar industry recently, as it is now clear that government subsidies are essential to keep it afloat. As the Chinese government began to pull back on its subsidies, the company began to struggle in a market that is faced with lower solar-panel prices due to a glut of products. In fact, it is said that the company lost $1 for every $3 of sales, meaning that it was bleeding money every single day. Could this happen to other solar companies? Definitely.last_img read more

By Justin Spittler editor Casey Daily Dispatch

first_imgBy Justin Spittler, editor, Casey Daily Dispatch“Demand for marijuana assets is skyrocketing. And that means other Big Alcohol companies will have to inroad into the marijuana space soon. If they don’t, they’ll get left behind.”I wrote this last Tuesday. I was talking about Constellation Brands’ recent deal with Canopy Growth.To recap, Constellation, one of the world’s biggest spirits companies, recently bought 38% of Canopy, the world’s biggest marijuana company. It paid $4 billion for its stake.That makes this the biggest marijuana deal ever. But as I explained last week, this is “just the beginning”:Soon, every major alcohol company will have no choice but to “go green.”• Now, you may have thought I was crazy for saying this…It’s a bold statement, after all. But I didn’t make it lightly.You see, I’ve been closely following the marijuana industry for over a year now. But I haven’t just consumed other people’s research like many analysts. I’ve gone to the frontlines of the legal marijuana boom.I’ve been to Vancouver, San Francisco, and Denver, just to name a few. Along the way, I’ve met with marijuana venture capitalists, CEOs of multinational marijuana companies, and even master growers. • Another massive marijuana deal was announced on Monday… Tilray sealed a deal with Nova Scotia Liquor.Tilray is one of Canada’s biggest marijuana producers. Nova Scotia Liquor is a state-owned business that controls all distribution of alcoholic beverages in Nova Scotia, Canada. In this arrangement, Tilray will supply Nova Scotia Liquor with a variety of marijuana products as Canada gets ready to introduce recreational marijuana in October.Tilray skyrocketed 22% on the day of the announcement.But it wasn’t the only Canadian marijuana stock that soared on the news. You see, there are reportedly 13 other producers working to supply Nova Scotia.Aphria closed the day up 7%. Supreme Cannabis closed the day up 4%.• These are the kinds of announcements Casey readers have been waiting for… You see, many of our readers bought marijuana stocks earlier in the year… after a big pullback.But this sell-off was completely normal. You see, the North American Marijuana Index, which tracks 35 major marijuana stocks, more than doubled in value between last November and January.That’s an incredible rally over just two months… So it’s perfectly healthy to see a pullback after an explosive run like that. This allows the market to catch its breath before making another run.That’s why we encouraged readers who bet on legal marijuana to have a long-term perspective… and not lose sight of the big picture.The good news is that the next wave appears to have arrived… thanks in large part to a flurry of deals between Big Alcohol and Big Marijuana companies lately.And we believe marijuana stocks will run much higher from here.• It’s still the early days for the legal marijuana industry… Canada hasn’t even introduced recreational marijuana yet. That won’t happen until October 17.More importantly, the global marijuana market is just starting to open up. I’m not the only Casey analyst who sees a huge opportunity here.My colleague Nick Giambruno, chief analyst for and editor of The Casey Report and Crisis Investing, has been covering the cannabis industry for over a year now. He says he’s never seen an opportunity with as much profit potential as the legal marijuana market has right now.Here’s Nick with more:Marijuana is still illegal, or quasi-illegal, in most places around the world. That’s made it virtually impossible for regular investors to cash in on the lucrative marijuana trade.Prohibition has funneled billions of dollars in profits to drug lords, corrupt government officials, and thugs. Those days are numbered…Legalization is inevitable. It’s happening. And it’s about to unleash a $150 billion market that was previously underground.So consider speculating on this emerging industry before it’s too late.Just remember that marijuana stocks are volatile, as we’ve seen this year. You should never put more money at risk than you can afford to lose. It only takes a small amount to make a killing in the years ahead.Regards,Justin Spittler Split, Croatia August 30, 2018P.S. Nick has positioned his readers to make the most of the global marijuana boom. In fact, five of his stock recommendations are already up 101%, 116%, 165%, 353%, and 523%.Those are extraordinary gains. But Nick, like me, thinks the best is yet to come. You can learn about Nick’s top picks in the marijuana space by watching this brand-new presentation.Reader MailbagToday, more positive feedback on our most recent Conversations With Casey, where Doug explained why Somalia shouldn’t have an army…Absolutely great article. It stretches one’s mind in the total opposite direction of what they were thinking prior to reading this. At the end, the reader is convinced.—GertaAnd another reader responds to Tuesday’s Dispatch on the biggest buy signal for gold since 2001…For last five years gold bugs predicted an imminent stock market crash. The markets went straight up and gold went down. Now gold is going up WITH THE MARKETS and down with markets. It’s confounding. —PatrickAs always, if you have any questions or suggestions for the Dispatch, send them to us right here. 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He writes about geopolitics, value investing in crisis markets, the cannabis market, global banking, and survival techniques for financial crises.If this sounds stimulating, keep reading for more details and how to apply.Who We AreWe’re a fast-growing company with all the opportunities of a small start-up and the stability of a deep-pocketed firm with a 30-year track record.We publish half a dozen advisories covering finance and economics. We have hundreds of thousands of readers around the world. Our business is in providing profitable ideas, explaining how the markets really work, and telling great stories.We’re completely independent and unbiased. We don’t take money from Wall Street or the government. Our revenue comes from selling subscriptions. We make money only if our readers are happy.Who You AreYou’re able to analyze assets from macro, technical, fundamental, and sentiment perspectives. You’re overflowing with investment and trading ideas. And you’re a voracious consumer of information.You have a genuine passion for finance and the investment industry. You’re intensely curious, and live and breathe the world’s markets. And you’re willing to travel anywhere and everywhere. You’re ready to improvise, adapt, and overcome.You’re a good thinker, storyteller, and writer. You’re also good company, and you’re the one your friends say is the smartest person in the room.“Must-haves”: Personal philosophy of voluntarism, anarcho-capitalism, or something similar Recommended Link Recommended Link The Job We Need DoneWe’re looking for someone who loves investment analysis. Someone who wants to make a living reading, thinking, traveling, and writing. Someone who can help us share big ideas with the world.If this sounds attractive—and you meet the criteria above—we’d love to hear from you.The compensation will depend on your level of experience. Know this: Dozens of analysts at Agora (our parent company) who write newsletters have become millionaires.What to Do Now Send us a basic resume. We’d like to see where you’ve worked.Write a letter telling us about yourself. We don’t care much about what school you went to. We do care about what you’ve learned doing whatever it is you’ve been doing. We appreciate odd jobs, but we’re also willing to consider Wall Street refugees.Send us an email with the following information… Click for more details — Exceptional writing ability or a willingness to learn how to write Prepare for conversation and travel. If you have what we’re looking for, you’ll start out with a one-on-one conversation with Nick. If that goes well, we’ll fly you to Delray Beach for a full day of interviews. And if we still like each other after that, we’ll discuss the next steps.Get in touch at jobs@caseyresearch.com. Put “Investment Analyst” in the subject line. That’s your first test. Keen eye for good stories and big ideas Dave Forest’s Extraordinary DiscoveryDave Forest is our in-house commodities expert and editor of International Speculator.He just came across one of the most stunning finds of his 20-year career as a professional geologist.He discovered a rare fuel source buried in the ground in Idaho that he calls “Brandt Oil.” It could change the energy landscape in the U.S. for good…We’ve asked Dave to discuss what he’s uncovered about this new fuel source. You can access it here… Independent thinker who is passionate, motivated, and eager to overachieve Your full name. This boots-on-the-ground research has given me an intimate understanding of the legal marijuana industry… and helped me understand the market’s true potential.It’s why I’ve been saying for months that marijuana would go mainstream. Not years from now, either.This is happening before our eyes.As speculators, this is the kind of opportunity that we dream about. So I’ll show you how to position yourself for big gains in a second.But first, let’s look at what’s happened since my last update on the sector.• Diageo is reportedly in talks to enter the marijuana space… Bloomberg reported last Friday:The U.K. spirits maker has met companies in the past month as it considers a possible investment or alliance to make cannabis-infused beverages, the Canadian television station said on its website, citing people close to the situation who it didn’t identify. One executive told BNN a deal may take months, while another said a deal may be close.According to Bloomberg, Diageo is reportedly in talks with at least three Canadian marijuana companies.This is a huge deal. Diageo is the largest spirits company in the world. It owns Guinness, Johnnie Walker, and Smirnoff brands.So there’s a chance it could announce an even bigger deal than the one Constellation just announced. That would obviously be extremely bullish for cannabis stocks.• And I’m clearly not the only investor who thinks so… Canadian marijuana producer Aphria surged 23% on the news. Supreme Cannabis, another Canadian marijuana company, jumped 16%.Keep in mind, neither of these companies were named as possible candidates in a deal with Diageo. This is merely investors speculating on possible targets.That tells you how excited the market is about a possible Diageo deal. But that’s not the only good news that marijuana investors have received since last week. Towns across America debate weird new “antennas”An FCC move could kickstart an infrastructure boom across America. One of these “antennas” could appear within 500 feet of your house. The cause of the Great Depression in the U.S. and why. The top three biggest risks to the global economy and why. The net gain on 10 shares of McDonald’s stock purchased January 3, 2007 and sold January 3, 2017, assuming all dividends were reinvested. 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If you need cataract surgery your eye surgeon may

first_imgIf you need cataract surgery, your eye surgeon may have to do double duty as your anesthetist under a new policy by health insurer Anthem. In a clinical guideline released this month, the company says it’s not medically necessary to have an anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist on hand to administer and monitor sedation in most cases.Some ophthalmologists and anesthesiologists say the policy jeopardizes patient safety, and they are calling on Anthem to rescind it.”The presence of anesthesia personnel is one of the key ingredients in the patient safety and effectiveness of cataract surgery today,” says Dr. David Glasser, an ophthalmologist in Columbia, Md., who is secretary for federal affairs at the American Academy of Ophthalmology, a professional group for eye physicians and surgeons. “An ophthalmologist cannot administer conscious sedation and monitor the patient and do cataract surgery at the same time.”Anthem, which offers commercial insurance plans in 14 states, says anesthesia needs vary and so should coverage. According to a statement from the company: “Anthem’s Medical Policy and Technology Assessment Committee, a majority of whom are external physicians, reviewed the available evidence addressing the use of general anesthesia and monitored anesthesia care for cataract surgery. According to the literature reviewed, there is no one definitive approach regarding the use of anesthesia for cataract surgery and patient-specific needs should be taken into consideration as well as potential risk of harm to individuals who are sedated during surgical procedures.”Medicare, the health care program for people age 65 and older, covers cataract surgery, including anesthesia services.A cataract, typically related to aging, is caused by clumps of protein that cloud the lens of the eye and can distort vision. During a cataract operation, the surgeon makes an incision in the surface of the eye with a laser or blade and then uses a tool to break up the clouded lens, pull it out and replace it with an artificial one. Cataract surgery is common. More than half of Americans have either had a cataract or had cataract surgery by the time they reach age 80, according to the National Eye Institute. Surgery is typically performed on an outpatient basis and takes less than an hour. Though drowsy while sedated, patients are generally conscious during the procedure and can hear what’s said to them and speak if necessary.Eye surgeons often have an anesthesiologist or a nurse anesthetist present to administer intravenous drugs to help keep the patient relaxed and ensure they don’t move during the operation as well as monitor their vital signs and adjust medication as necessary.Anthem’s new policy states that this type of monitored anesthesia care is medically necessary only if the patient is under 18 years old, or is unable to cooperate or communicate because of dementia or other medical conditions, can’t lie flat, has known problems with anesthesia, or if a complex surgery is anticipated.But some ophthalmologists and anesthesiologists disagree.”I wouldn’t even consider doing a cataract surgery without an anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist in the room,” says Dr. David Aizuss, an eye surgeon who is president-elect of the California Medical Association. “If you’re working inside the eye it’s a very confined space, and if the patient gets agitated and starts moving around you have to get the equipment out of the eye very quickly.”Although Anthem posted the new policy online, providers are seeking clarification from the company about the timing of its implementation in their states, physicians said.Until then, some practices are taking no chances. At the Freedom Vision Surgery Center in Encino, Calif., where Aizuss practices, Anthem patients who come in for cataract surgery are asked to pay $400 out-of-pocket upfront for anesthesia services. Professional groups representing California eye physicians and anesthesiologists have written to Anthem requesting the policy be rescinded. In addition, the California Medical Association has lodged complaints with state regulators. This isn’t the first time Anthem has come under scrutiny for changes to its clinical guidelines that some have charged help the company’s bottom line at patients’ expense. Last year, the company said it would no longer pay for emergency department visits it later determined were not emergencies. Then in September it said it would no longer pay for imaging tests like MRIs in many cases if patients got them at hospital-owned centers rather than independent imaging centers.Last week, Modern Healthcare reported that the company says it was modifying its ER rule so that certain types of visits would always be paid for, including those by patients who are directed to the emergency department by their provider or have recently had surgery.Some safety experts say they were concerned about Anthem’s new policy, even for routine cataract surgeries.”If you’re putting a knife in my eye, that’s not routine for me,” says Leah Binder, president and CEO of the Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization that advocates for improved safety and quality at hospitals. Noting that anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists were pioneers in the patient safety movement, she says there are better ways for Anthem to save money than shutting them out of the operating room.”How about identifying the surgeons who have the highest complication rates, and letting patients know about them?” she suggested.Kaiser Health News is an editorially independent news service that is part of the nonpartisan Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Michelle Andrews is on Twitter @mandrews110. Copyright 2018 Kaiser Health News. To see more, visit Kaiser Health News.last_img read more

Despite a dip in shootings and murders for the yea

first_imgDespite a dip in shootings and murders for the year, Chicago suffered one of its bloodiest weekends in recent history last weekend. Police say 33 shootings occurred between Friday and Sunday nights, fueled mostly by gang violence. The incidents left a dozen people dead and dozens wounded. Now, the city’s mayor and police superintendent say the city’s residents who live in troubled areas of the city should do more to help stop the bloodshed. The violence occurred between 6 p.m. Friday and 11:59 p.m. Sunday night. Nearly 70 people including several children were wounded.Just last week, activists and Chicago residents shut down two major Chicago roadways, the Dan Ryan Expressway and scenic Lake Shore Drive, in peaceful demonstrations held to protest neighborhood and police shootings. But those actions did not blunt the violence.”I share the anger and frustration of many Chicagoans,” Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said at a Monday morning press conference, “because if anything, it should underscore the continuing issue that we have with illegal guns and offenders that are out on the street that are willing to use them.” The violence was not widespread, said Johnson and Mayor Rahm Emanuel — the majority occurred in four of the city’s 22 police districts on the West and South sides. Emanuel visited hospital workers who treated victims and spoke with mothers whose children had died. Emanuel said the city has a “heavy heart.” “What happened this weekend did not happen in every neighborhood in Chicago but it is unacceptable to happen in any neighborhood of Chicago,” he said. “We are a better city.” There have been no arrests but Johnson said police are investigating leads and think a small subset of individuals, mostly gang members playing by their own rules, are involved. Grieving relatives and friends gathered outside hospital emergency rooms over the weekend. By Monday, crime scene tape had disappeared from shooting locations. Community outreach In two separate incidents early Sunday morning, more than 10 people in the North Lawndale neighborhood were shot. Most of the victims were teenagers. The oldest was 25 years old, the youngest was 11 years old and a 17-year-old girl was killed. Monday, on one of the blocks where the gun violence flared, about two dozen young people were having fun making slime at the Stone Temple Baptist Church’s Safe Haven Program, designed to give them a safe summer place. News of the shooting alarmed Rebecca Morris, who runs the program. “Somebody texted me and said, ‘Was any of our kids at the program?’ and I said ‘No, it wasn’t any of the kids that would come off the street into the program,’ ” Morris said. “So it wasn’t any of ours that got shot that day and I’m really thankful for that.” In the 1960s, Martin Luther King Jr. preached at Stone Temple; the church has always served the immediate community. Reshorna Fitzpatrick, pastor at Stone Temple, says this latest shooting is lighting a fire for them to be even more active in the community and to find ways to more aggressively address needs for housing and jobs. U.S. Rep. Danny Davis, who represents the area, says there’s a reason so many children and innocent bystanders were hurt. “They’re looking for somebody who may be in the gathering but inadvertently they often strike nontargets,” says Davis. “They don’t know how to really handle the weapon — they’re not necessarily shooting at the little children or a baby.” “You know who they are”Chicago’s mayor and the police superintendent say the city has too many guns on the street. Over the weekend, police seized 60 weapons and arrested 46 people on gun charges, none tied to this weekend’s shootings. The department says it is also conducting “enforcement missions” by targeting individuals believed to be driving some of the violence and focusing on areas where police suspect there may be gang members and others plotting retaliation. Meanwhile, Johnson said police can’t do it all. He said it is time for residents in traumatized neighborhoods to help them curb the violence. “You all know who these individuals are. They come to your home every day. [They] sleep with you every night. Grandparents, parents, siblings, significant others,” he said. “You know who they are.”Johnson added there must be accountability beyond the police, the mayor and other city officials. “I never hear people saying, ‘These individuals need to stop pulling the trigger,’ ” he said. “They get a pass from everybody and they shouldn’t.” Johnson had hoped to share better news this week. He says so far this year, Chicago’s homicide rate dropped by 20 percent and the number of shooting victims by 17 percent. The superintendent says that while he is pleased with the improvement, the weekend carnage shows the city of Chicago has much more work to do. He says the police department will start by placing more officers in those troubled neighborhoods. Copyright 2018 NPR. 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Weird Job Alert This Guy Is the Guardian of Futuristic Ham

first_img Editorial Director Entrepreneur Staff The future will be tender and smokey. If you celebrate Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas, there’s a good chance you’ve had Brian Hendrickson at your dinner table. Well, not him exactly, but as Curemaster for Hormel Foods, his signature is on every one of the millions of Cure 81 Hams that the company sells each year. We tracked down Hendrickson to find out what exactly a Curemaster is and what it takes to be the Prince of Pig.To be honest, I’ve never heard of a Curemaster. What do you do exactly?A Curemaster works very closely with our marketing and R&D and production professionals to make sure that we’re producing products that live up to our standards. I review the consumer comments and look for trends to make sure that we’re staying relevant to consumers while never losing sight that food safety comes first.Related: The Founder of Panera Bread Says ‘I Wish I’d Fired More People’Are there a lot of you?There’s been roughly seven — including me — since the Curemaster role and the Cure 81 Ham were developed in 1963. Both were created when Hormel saw the need for a futuristic ham.Futuristic ham?Something that would meet a modern households’ needs. Hormel was one of the first companies to do a kind of market research, and from those findings developed the Cure 81. Consumers didn’t want a bone in it, they wanted it to have some fat but not too much, they wanted tender ham with a nice smoky flavor.What does the 81 stand for?BH: So in 1963, they were thinking we had to come up with some futuristic term so they just picked the year 1981. That felt like the future to them!Related: How An Odd Macadamia Nut Milk Company Caught Walmart’s Attention Without Doing Any MarketingAnd how does one become a Curemaster?It’s a pretty elite title within Hormel and honestly it’s been a very humbling experience. There’s a small group who chooses the new Curemaster. I actually got to participate in that and I nominated somebody else! It’s a person who this group feels has had a significant role in developing the brand and someone they feel will protect the brand, take the take the torch and run with it.How does the election process compare to choosing the next Pope?Ha! Well, we don’t send white smoke up a chimney when the decision is made!What changes have you seen in consumers needs and what have you done to meet those needs?I guess what we’ve seen here recently is people wanting to go back to the olden times. They want intensity and bold flavor profiles. And as for the look, they desire an old-world feel, where there are variations and different patterns on the surface. They want a more authentic, crafted appearance.Related: 5 Affordable Restaurant Franchises You Can Start for 5 FiguresHow much ham do you eat on a daily or monthly basis?Well usually twice a week I attend a cutting of the Cure 81 or pilot products we’re developing. And I probably have it at home for dinner about once a week.Have you always had this passion for pork?Growing up in Iowa, yeah! I remember back then in the ’70s when I was growing up, on Sunday after coming back from church, mom and dad would always fry up a pound of Hormel Black Label bacon and fill the house with the aroma. It was a real treat.You’re making me drool over here. Maybe I should grab a ham sandwich for lunch?Good idea, make sure it’s a Cure 81 sandwich! Next Article Weird Job Alert! This Guy Is the Guardian of Futuristic Ham. Add to Queue –shares March 28, 2018center_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Food 4 min read Image credit: Hormel Foods Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Dan Bova Register Now »last_img read more

Microsofts Teams Is Its Slack Competitor for Office 365

first_img Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. 3 min read November 2, 2016 Add to Queue Register Now » Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business –shares Devindra Hardawar Because Yammer isn’t quite enough to take on Slack, Microsoft is launching yet another business chat app: Teams. It’ll be part of the Office 365 suite, and from the video below, it looks like it’ll differentiate itself from Slack and Hipchat with threaded chats, Office document collaboration and multi-person video chat. Basically, the company is trying to bring all of productivity strengths together in a single app.”How to assemble a high performance team and setting them up for success is one of the central pursuits for any organization,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said on stage. “No two teams are the same, no two projects are the same. There’s no universal tool for teams, but rather a universal toolkit we call office 365. Empowering teams is more than just solving any logistical challenge of bringing people to the same place.”Nadella described Yammer as a “bulletin board for the entire company,” and noted that plenty of teams are already collaborating using Skype for Business chats, as well. But there’s still a need for a single, cohesive app to bring all of that together. Teams is a “chat-based workspace” designed around real-time collaboration, Nadella said. It won’t be replacing Yammer immediately, though it’s easy to see how it could eventually do so. On the mobile front, there will be Teams apps for Windows Phone, iOS and Android.Teams is akin to an “open office-space environment,” according to Office 365 corporate vice president Kirk Koenigsbauer. It brings in all of the features you’d expect, like group messaging, and Skype integration for video and voice calls, along with things Slack doesn’t yet offer, like the aforementioned threaded chats. And yes, there will be plenty of emoji integration to spice up your boring work chats. You can also move between different teams pretty easily, something that’s much more difficult with Slack.It’s hard not to view Teams as yet another entry in a crowded collaboration market. But it packs in some thoughtful features that might tempt over users of other apps. The main screen for each team has a tabbed interface that lets you quickly locate other files, tasks that need to be completed and even third-party apps. In an on-stage demo, a Microsoft rep showed off how a Zendesk tab could let you quickly access tickets associated with the Team. The helper bot for Teams, “T-Bot,” can also help you figure out the app with simple conversational language.Teams wasn’t exactly a secret. It’s been rumored for months, and Slack went so far as to take out a full page ad in The New York Times to welcome Microsoft as a direct competitor (with a health amount of posturing, naturally).If you’re eager to try out Teams, you can access it today as part of a customer preview in Office 365. It’ll be available in 18 languages across 181 countries. Moving forward, Microsoft plans to include it with all Office 365 Enterprise and Small Business Suite subscriptions starting in the first quarter of next year. It’s yet another way for you to collaborate with your coworkers. Next Article Microsoft Image credit: Microsoft Microsoft’s Teams Is Its Slack Competitor for Office 365 This story originally appeared on Engadgetlast_img read more

Speedcast and In Aria Networks Join Forces with Telespazio on LargeScale HighCapacity

first_imgSpeedcast and In Aria! Networks Join Forces with Telespazio on Large-Scale, High-Capacity Video Services PRNewswireJuly 15, 2019, 10:10 pmJuly 15, 2019 New Managed Service Enables Secure, Flexible, and Efficient Digital TV Contribution, Cloud-Based Video Processing, Playout, and Multi-Platform DistributionSpeedcast, the world’s largest provider of remote communications and IT services, announced a joint service offering with In Aria! Networks, one of Europe’s leading service providers in managed broadcast video contribution over IP, and Telespazio, a leading provider of digital TV platforms and satellite transmission in Europe. Relying on a combination of In Aria! Networks’ redundant video contribution over IP gateways integrated with the Speedcast Media Network (SMN) and Telespazio video teleports, media companies around the globe can securely contribute and deliver SD, HD, and UHD video services with unparalleled efficiency, flexibility, and a faster time to market.Marketing Technology News: The Role of AI in Shaping the Future of Video ConferencingThe joint service offering from Speedcast, In Aria! Networks and Telespazio is designed to speed up cloud-based IP video contribution, media processing and satellite-based digital distribution. The offering includes a wide range of cloud-based value-added services, such as backhaul, media conversion, high-quality, low-latency live streaming, and occasional use secure IP contribution, as well as multichannel digital TV platforms on the leading European Direct-to-Home satellite position.Telespazio’s digital video teleport facilities in Fucino Space Center, Italy feature 170 antennas and offer a broad satellite footprint for distribution of video channels across the Atlantic, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Indian regions. When combined with SMN’s low-latency fiber distribution network, multiple teleport locations around the world, and fully managed IP video transport service, they provide media companies with a large-scale, high-capacity global solution for delivering broadcast-quality video. In addition, the companies are collaborating on DVB-S and DVB-S2 Direct-to-Home satellites at 13° East to ensure improved video delivery across Europe.“Uniting Telespazio’s DVB-S2 digital video platforms with In Aria! Networks’ innovative media transport technology and the Speedcast Media Network will have a huge impact on multi-platform video delivery,” said Alessandro Caranci, Head of Line of Business Satellite Communications at Telespazio. “Our customers can now have access to a cloud-based IP video contribution and distribution network, making it easy and cost-efficient to deliver video in any region on any device.”Marketing Technology News: Study Finds Enterprises Rapidly Shifting to Hybrid, Multi-Cloud Business Model“We’re thrilled to partner with Telespazio, a major player in Europe, and Speedcast, who has a huge influence in North America and the Asia Pacific regions,” said Alberto Carpenè, CEO of In Aria! and Vice President of the Speedcast Media Network. “This joint offering sets a new benchmark for flexibility, enabling media companies to launch channels faster and more affordably.”“Joining forces with Telespazio and In Aria! Networks allows us to address a critical growing need in the media market for hybrid video services,” said Erwan Emilian, Executive Vice President of Enterprise and Emerging Markets at Speedcast. “This partnership represents the fastest and most efficient way to backhaul video feeds, the widest network capacity for video distribution, and the broadest portfolio of value-added services, including cloud-based playout and media processing up to the satellite distribution on various satellites.”Marketing Technology News: Softeon Expands Retail and eCommerce Logistics Solution Footprint and Success Alessandro CaranciMarketing Technology NewsNewsSpeedcastTelespazioVideo Previous ArticleSesame Workshop Names Samantha Maltin Chief Marketing OfficerNext ArticleDTiQ Launches Enhanced Video Analytics Capabilitieslast_img read more

More children linked with greater risk of heart disease

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Mar 26 2019Parents who have five or more children may face a higher risk of heart disease than those who have only one or two keiki, according to new findings by public health researchers in the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.Researchers led by Sara Hipp, a recent graduate of the Office of Public Health Studies program, looked at data from nearly 25,000 participants ages 50 and older who took part in a national health survey. The findings were published in the Journal of Aging and Health.”Many studies have linked women’s reproductive characteristics, such as their age at their first childbirth, with their risk of heart disease later in life,” Hipp said. “But there wasn’t much known about the association between family size and heart disease, and very few studies have looked at how fatherhood may relate to men’s risk of heart disease.”Related StoriesResearchers identify gene mutations linked to leukemia in children with Down’s syndromeNew therapeutic food boosts key growth-promoting gut microbes in malnourished childrenStudy explores role of iron in over 900 diseasesHipp and her co-authors found that 30 percent of the parents who said they had five or more children had a heart condition, such as coronary heart disease, angina or congestive heart failure. Just 22 percent of those who had only one or two children, and 21 percent of those who had no children, said they had been diagnosed with a heart condition.Among all the respondents, about one quarter said they’d been told by a doctor within the past two years that they had heart disease.”Our data showed that, in both sexes, having more children was associated with a greater risk of heart disease,” Hipp said. The link remained even when the researchers adjusted for other characteristics that can affect people’s risk of heart disease, such as age, race/ethnicity and birthplace.In women, the association persisted even after researchers adjusted for lifestyle variables, such as whether they smoked or exercised at least twice a week.”This work is important because it presents sophisticated analyses in a very large sample that not only replicates findings from a number of smaller studies, it also expands this body of work to look at the relationship between parenthood and heart disease in men,” said Yan Yan Wu, assistant professor of biostatistics in public health. Source:https://www.hawaii.edu/news/2019/03/25/public-health-heart-disease/last_img read more

Airbus says improper settings played role in Mali helicopter crash

first_imgEuropean aircraft manufacturer Airbus said Wednesday that an investigation had found improper settings to have been one factor behind the deadly 2017 crash of a German military helicopter in a UN operation in Mali. 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. Two German UN peacekeepers were killed in July 2017 when their Tiger helicopter crashed as they were monitoring fighting in northern Mali.UN sources in the area quickly ruled out it was shot down, and the German Army has since been looking into the reasons for the crash.”This investigation, carried out by the Bundeswehr with the support of Airbus Helicopters, has ruled out any design issue with the Tiger helicopter,” Airbus said in a statement.”Airbus Helicopters has taken note that an improper setting of the helicopter controls was identified by the investigation as one of the factors in the chain of events which have led to this catastrophic outcome,” it added.Airbus said precautionary measures have been implemented to prevent any reoccurrence.Due to pending proceedings in the case, Airbus said it would refrain from any further comment. © 2018 AFP Germany has supplied helicopters to the UN force in Mali, MINUSMA,center_img Citation: Airbus says improper settings played role in Mali helicopter crash (2018, December 12) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-12-airbus-improper-role-mali-helicopter.html Explore further Airbus says Q3 net profit more than triples to 957 mn euroslast_img read more