Coleman refuses to make excuses

first_imgEverton defender Seamus Coleman has revealed he won’t make excuses after struggling to return to his best form following his return from a ten-month layoff.While the Republic of Ireland international has not been at his best in recent weeks he refused to look for excuses and insists the leg which was broken has never been a problem for him since making his comeback.“Never for a second. It does not give me a day’s bother,” he said, according to Sports Mole.“Unfortunately the injury I’ve had this season (stress fracture of a foot) has turned out to be very frustrating; coming back, pulling out, coming back.“But there are no excuses, to play in the Premier League you have to be at the top level and if you are not you get found out.“Unfortunately this season I’ve not been up to my own high standards and I’m the first to admit that.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“The other thing is because I’ve scored a goal it doesn’t mean I’m the best player in the world.”Seamus believes his teammate, Richarlison can go on to become one of the world’s elite after the Brazilian took his tally for the season to six with two goals against the Seagulls.“You don’t want to put massive pressure on him but we are all excited by him and his ability,” said the Irishman.“His quality to score goals is amazing and his work-rate is second-to-none so that’s impressive.“He’s a top player and we are lucky to have him. He won’t get big-headed by his performances.“He’s a great lad, he’s had a tough time to get here and I can see him going to the very top.”last_img read more

Kostas Manolas I thought we were superior to Juve in second

first_imgAS Roma center-back Kostas Manolas claims Roma were superior to Juventus during the second half of their clash yesterday.He also talked about transfer rumours that have linked him for a move in January.“We held the initiative in the second half and were always up there, but didn’t create many real chances,” the Greek international told Sky Sport Italia as reported by Football Italia.“The lads gave 100 percent, we need to keep working and start winning games. We must learn to defend as a solid unit. Juve have this mentality and have been working with the same Coach for many years, so they are well-drilled.“I thought we were superior to Juve in the second half, but we leave empty-handed.”Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.This weekend, the Giallorossi secured the ninth place to be on the same level with Atalanta,  but behind Fiorentina, Sassuolo and Sampdoria.“I’m a little worried by the table, as we are not where we should be, but I remain convinced Roma will finish in the top four.”“I am a Roma player, I have three years left on my contract and I want to continue doing well for Roma.”last_img read more

Report Thorgan Hazard a target for Atletico Madrid

first_imgThorgan Hazard, brother of Chelsea’s Eden, has emerged as a reported target for Atletico MadridThe 25-year-old winger has been at Borussia Monchengladbach for the past four years and has inserted himself as a key member of the squad.In fact, Hazard’s eight goals and five assists in 12 Bundesliga games this season have helped Gladbach move up to second in the standings.The Belgium international has frequently been tipped to follow in his older brother’s footsteps by joining a big European club.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Now Marca reports that Atletico are eyeing up a move for Hazard with his future at Gladbach in doubt.Hazard’s current contract at the German side expires in June 2020 and he’s yet to accept an extension from Gladbach.And an offer from Atletico may be appealing to Hazard as it could bring about a family reunion at the Spanish capital with his brother, Eden, strongly linked with a switch to Real Madrid.Gladbach will face RB Leipzig away in the Bundesliga on Sunday.last_img read more

Swan Lake Fire Reaches 12782 With Additional Crews Added

first_imgThe Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is still in effect to support suppression efforts and firefighter safety. Pilots and drone operators can confirm the current TFR restrictions at https://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_9_4869.html. Be advised that drone operation is not permitted on the Refuge. Sarah Saarloos with DOF: “With this cooler, cloudier weather crews were really able to make progress on that southwest corner with being able to reinforce that indirect line and get those strengthened in case we move into warmer weather which is forecasted mid week.”  Motorists reminded to yield to fire apparatus entering the Sterling Highway and to adhere to traffic signage staged near miles 82 and 92. There is a total of 94 staff members, and the fire remains 5.5 miles from the City of Sterling. Saarloos: “We do have the Pioneer Peak, Gannett Glacier, and UAF crews. We also added the local Yukon fire crew into the mix on Sunday. They are in that same southwest portion of the fire.”  Saarloos: “With the distance away from the fire, there is a plan in place to go out and put protections out there if needed.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The moderating weather throughout the weekend resulted in minimal fire growth at the Swan Lake Fire, with the latest size estimate of 12,782 acres. This is an increase of only about 200 acres, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. Assessments were made on Sunday on infrastructure north of the fire including a public-use cabin, to determine what protections would be needed if fire activity intensifies over this week. On Sunday, as expected, crews anticipated a change in the weather to warmer and drier, firefighters worked to continue building and fortifying line along the south finger of the fire, south of the pipeline corridor. Helicopters will continue supporting crews this week with bucket drops of water as needed. Crews made progress improving the fireline along the southwest edge of the fire near the community of Sterling. Work included enhancing protections around energy infrastructure, according to Saarloos.last_img read more

More Cuts and a New Executive Fashion Director at Vanity Fair People

first_imgModern Luxury has tapped Lynn Scotti as group publisher of Beach, The Hamptons and Manhattan magazines. She will be replacing Debra Halpert who recently announced her departure from the company in order to establish a marketing firm, Monroe East Consulting. This hire follows Modern Luxury’s other major masthead change with the resignation of Samantha Yanks, former editor-in-chief of Hamptons and Gotham magazines.Emily Cooke, currently deputy editor at Harper’s, is moving over to The New Republic to become the magazine’s editorial director, reporting to editor J.J. Gould. It’s a newly created role, in which Cooke will oversee day-to-day editorial operations and expand TNR‘s coverage of culture, tech, and business.“Emily’s an unusual talent and perfect for TNR,” said Gould in a statement. “She’s an experienced, deft manager with a capacious mind and a creative spirit. We’re really lucky to be able to welcome her as a colleague.” Galerie magazine has appointed a new editor-in-chief, Jacqueline Terrebonne, who was formerly the design editor for the brand since the magazine’s launch in 2016, and prior to that held the role of design projects editor at Architectural Digest. Terrebonne will be replacing Margaret Russell, who is leaving the post that she took on in 2017, in order to pursue other projects and positions in the design industry, including her role as honorary dean at Savannah College of Art and Design.Other hires for the brand include the appointment of Jennifer Ash Rudick to editor-at-large, who has written for Forbes, WWD, W magazine, Town & Country, and Veranda and is also the producer of the emmy-nominated documentary IRIS, and Rozalia Jovanovic, who will take on the role of digital director. Jovanovic was previously editor-in-chief of artnet News. In Jovanovic’s new position, she will work closely with Terrebonne and oversee the strategy and develop content to drive engagement across Galerie’s digital and social channels.National Public Radio’s Timothy “Timmhotep” Cornwall was tapped as Pitchfork’s newest senior editor where he will focus on expanding the site’s hip-hop coverage including assigning and editing stories, and writing features, opinion pieces and reviews. He will report to managing editor Matthew Schnipper.Timmhotep brings to his new role an extensive background in music reporting, most recently serving as an associate producer and editor for NPR where he led NPR Music’s hip-hop and R&B coverage, as well as produced and appeared on episodes of All Songs Considered.SHAPE has appointed Jen Widerstrom as its newest contributing fitness director, expanding her former role and responsibilities as a SHAPE Advisory Board member. Serving as a brand ambassador and fitness expert across SHAPE’s print, digital, social and experiential platforms, Widerstrom will also continue overseeing her “Ask Jen” column.  New York Post has reported that Bauer Publishing has let go of its In Touch, Life & Style and Closer general editor, news, Alexander Hitchen.Jen Copeland was named senior editor of big-game offshore fishing publication Marlin, taking on the responsibilities of content production across all brand channels including print, video and social. She had freelanced for several years with the brand, and will assist in the brand’s expansion under editor-in-chief Same White.The Atlantic’s former contributing editor, Michelle Cottle is joining the New York Times as lead opinion writer on national politics.The New York Times has added several new appointments to its new stand-alone parenting  subscription product. Jessica Grose will be taking on the role of lead editor for the product, leaving her current role as editor of Lenny Letter. Youngna Park is leaving her post as chief operating officer of Tinybop, and taking on the role of product lead at the Times. David Yee, former lead of Vox’s CMS team, will be leading the technology team.Will Sommer is joining The Daily Beast to cover tech and digital culture. He most recently comes from The Hill and will be bringing Right Richter, his newsletter coving right-wing media, to the site. Samira NasrVanity Fair has tapped Samira Nasr as its executive fashion director, a day after editor-in-chief Radhika Jones’s latest batch of cuts, including the dismissal of fashion director Michael Carl. About five other staffers were dismissed from the brand from a variety of departments this week, continuing the trend of Jones’s setting her stamp on the publication.Nasr is joining Vanity Fair from her most recent stint as fashion director at Elle, and prior to that, as style director at InStyle. She will be filling a new role that was created in an effort to keep payroll costs down by combining  elements from Carl’s position along with elements from former creative director, fashion and style Jessica Diehl‘s position, who left the brand in March.In a note to staffers, Jones praised Nasr’s “discerning eye and creative spirit.”Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move…last_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Quality Technician at Analog DevicesFull-Time Buyer at Georgia-PacificFull-Time Customer Sales & Service Rep at Applied Industrial TechnologiesFull-Time Product Test Engineering Tech at Analog DevicesFull-Time Production Floor Worker at 3STEP Sports Apparel Full-Time Accounts Payable Specialist at UniFirstFull-Time Corporate Credit Card Program Administrator at UniFirstFull-Time Odwalla Route Sales Representative at Coca ColaFull-Time Commercial Insurance Assistant Account Manager at HUB InternationalFull-Time Customer Development Assistant Rep at Pepsi(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)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… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

Pi Day 2019 The best pizza and pie deals

first_img This is no mere one-topping deal; Pie Five is offering any of its specialty pizzas (BBQ chicken, Greek, etc.) for $3.14. However, if you want extras like cauliflower crust or vegan cheese, those will cost you extra. Your Pie: $3.14 pizzas 18 Photos Stop in at your local Whole Foods to get $3.14 off select pies. The varieties will vary by region. The Cheapskate Boston Market: Buy one pot-pie and a drink, get a second pot-pie free Kroger: Select pies for $3.14 Pi Day through time: From Linux to Einstein to Steph Curry See at Plated Other Pi Day deals Slice app: Save $7 on your first order See at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse Blaze Pizza: Any regular pizza for $3.14 Available now through Thursday, you can get a one-topping medium pizza for $3.14 when you purchase a Howie Bread and apply promo code 19PI. If there’s a Kroger grocery store near you, stop in on March 14, when various bakery pies will be priced at $3.14 each. Pie Five Pizza: Any personal signature pizza for $3.14 Pie Five Pizza See at Your Pie This upscale restaurant does deep-dish and flatbread-style pizzas. To get the $3.14 deal, you’ll need to dine in on March 14. Pi Day pizza deals Share your voice Nope, this has nothing to do with pie. But it’s a combo that normally costs over $6, so we’ll take it. On Pi Day, use this coupon to get two breakfast sliders, a hash brown and a small coffee for $3.14. Ending today, meal-delivery service Plated is offering new customers free dessert — pie or otherwise — for a year with promo code PiDay. Obviously that means you’ll also need a Plated subscription. This promotion is letting you add a dessert to each delivery. Your Pie See at Whole Foods On Pi Day, the chain will offer $3.14 pizzas, along with various in-store games and giveaways.center_img BJ’s Restaurant Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Also known as a “BOGO,” this deal requires a coupon, which you can find here. It’s good only on Pi Day. White Castle: Breakfast Slider Combo for $3.14 Whole Foods: Save $3.14 on large bakery pies Have you found any other Pi Day deals worth mentioning? Mention them in the comments!Originally published on March 13, 2019.Update, March 14: Added new promotions.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Tired of pizza chains? Slice connects you with all your local, independent pie joints. If you’re a newcomer to the app, you can get $7 off your first order (minimum $15.50) with promo code LOCALPI7. Plated: Free dessert for a year See at Hungry Howie’s See at Pie Five Pizza Comments 6 See at White Castle Welcome to Fun with Calendaring. May 4 is now widely known as May the Fourth, a lispy play on “May the Force be with you.” March 10 recently evolved into the Nintendo-centric Mario Day, because “Mar10.”And let’s not forget the best day in the whole wide world: March 14, otherwise known as Pi Day (because of the eponymous mathematical formula that begins with 3.14). What’s so great about that? All you have to do is say it out loud and it becomes “Pie Day.”Hence an abundance of deals and promotions centered around pizzas and baked goods. Below I’ve rounded up some of my favorites, though this list is by no means complete. There may be local stores and restaurants offering discounts and giveaways as well, so check in with your local pizza joints, bakeries and the like.Don’t want to venture out? Delivery service Postmates is offering free delivery on your next order between now and March 17. Visit the Pi Week collection in the app and use code piweek at checkout. See at Slice See at Kroger Hungry Howie’s: $3.14 medium pizza with the purchase of Howie Bread Blaze Pizza BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse: $3.14 mini one-topping pizza See at Boston Market Tags See at Blaze Pizza On Pi Day, the chain is offering any regular-size pizza for $3.14. You’ll need to download the Blaze Pizza app, create an account and access the deal in the Rewards section. Culturelast_img read more

Department of Justice kicks off antitrust review of tech giants

first_imgThe Justice Department is seeking feedback on the investigation from the public. Alastair Pike / AFP/Getty Images The US Department of Justice has announced an antitrust review of how online platforms achieved market power, and whether they are reducing competition, stifling innovation and harming consumers. While the Justice Department hasn’t named specific companies, it’s targeting tech giants including Apple, Alphabet, Amazon and Facebook, according to The Wall Street Journal.Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim of the antitrust division said the companies’ power could lead them to “act in ways that are not responsive to consumer demands.””The Department’s review will consider the widespread concerns that consumers, businesses, and entrepreneurs have expressed about search, social media, and some retail services online,” the DOJ added. It’s seeking feedback on the investigation from the public.The move is the latest effort by the US government to step up enforcement of tech’s biggest companies. For decades, the government largely avoided regulating or scrutinizing the tech world. That approach allowed companies like Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Google and Facebook to grow to become some of the most highly valued in the world. But, critics argue, that growth came at the expense of user privacy and competitive choices in the marketplace.Following revelations Russian propagandists used Facebook, Google’s YouTube and Twitter to interfere in the 2016 US election, lawmakers have expressed interest in taking tech to task. Since then, the Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission have agreed to split up antitrust enforcement of tech companies between the two agencies, according to various media reports. The DOJ would focus on Apple and Google, which is owned by parent company Alphabet, while the FTC would take on Facebook and Amazon, according to a report in the Journal.The Justice Department’s new probe, announced Tuesday, goes a step beyond those plans, the Journal said. The FTC in February said it formed a task force to monitor competition in the tech sector.”This is the antitrust question of the day,” Fiona Scott Morton, an economics professor at the Yale School of Management, said in an interview.Morton, who testified as an antitrust expert before congress during a hearing with tech companies last week, emphasized the scope of the investigation is still unclear, but she’d be interested in learning more about the general competition behavior of the big tech platforms.Twitter declined to comment. Amazon, Apple and Facebook didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. Google meanwhile referred back to its testimony before Congress last week, during which its director of economic policy, Adam Cohen, said the company has “created new competition in many sectors.” He added, “New competitive pressures often lead to concerns from rivals. We have consistently shown how our business is designed and operated to benefit our customers.”The companies are likely to respond soon, since Facebook, Google parent Alphabet and Amazon are due to report their quarterly earnings to investors this week. Apple is set to report its results next week. TechlashThe backlash against the tech industry has been more bark than bite so far. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill have hauled Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Google CEO Sundar Pichai before various committees to discuss concerns over user privacy, election integrity and censorship.Though the hearings were designed to be big public showdowns between lawmakers and the tech industry, they instead exposed ignorance among government officials about how technology works in the first place. Last year, Sen. Orrin Hatch, the 85-year-old Republican from Utah, asked Zuckerberg, “If [a version of Facebook will always be free], how do you sustain a business model in which users don’t pay for your service?” Zuckerberg paused a moment before saying, “Senator, we run ads.” He, and his staff sitting behind him, then grinned before Hatch moved on to his next question.  Mobile Tech Industry 3 Legal Facebook Apple Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Comments reading • Department of Justice kicks off antitrust review of tech giants Tags Zuckerberg explains the internet to Congress 2:42 Share your voice The high-profile blunder made clear lawmakers were unlikely to act soon (and, in the past year, haven’t passed any meaningful laws to rein in tech). But that hasn’t stopped the DOJ or FTC from pursuing their own investigations, the first fruits of which may be announced this week. The FTC is expected to announce a $5 billion fine against Facebook for failing to adequately protect user data after learning Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy tied to Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, had improperly purchased tens of millions of people’s profile information. Though the FTC considered including language that could potentially hold Zuckerberg personally responsible for future privacy screw-ups, that plan was ultimately abandoned, according to a report by The Washington Post.More comingTech companies know that while they’ve largely avoided scrutiny until now, something is coming. So far, they’ve opted to generally support regulation. Apple CEO Tim Cook and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella have expressed support for stronger privacy rules. Zuckerberg and Dorsey have meanwhile supported the Honest Ads Act, which would require tech companies to disclose who pays for political ads on the internet, much the same way that television and radio stations do now. The tech companies have also stepped up lobbying in Washington, in an effort to help shape whatever may be coming. Facebook topped $4 million in spending in the three months ended June 30, discussing election integrity, privacy, security, advertising and competition, according to a recent government filing. Facebook’s spending was higher than Amazon ($4 million), Google ($2.9 million) and Apple ($1.8 million).The companies have also stepped up their public efforts to push back on any overambitious regulation. That includes a website Apple published in May, after the Supreme Court ruled iPhone owners can sue Apple, accusing its App Store of running a monopoly. Zuckerberg meanwhile has been publishing videos and podcasts of conversations he’s held with academics and other CEOs, discussing censorship and ethics.Whether any of that will help tech with increasing scrutiny it’s now facing is unclear. “We ultimately believe this is more noise vs. the start of broader structural changes across the tech food chain,” Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives wrote in a note to investors shortly after the DOJ’s announcement. “While the further analysis of business models from these tech stalwarts will cause some near-term uncertainty, ultimately we view it as a positive as this potentially could be a catalyst for more technology innovation and diversification down the road for these titans.”CNET’s Shara Tibken and Corinne Reichert contributed to this report.Originally published July 23, 2:08 p.m. PT.Update, 4:12 p.m. PT: Adds details throughout. See All Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Apple • Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

Silicon Light Bulbs to Compete with Fluorescent Bulbs

first_img Citation: Silicon Light Bulbs to Compete with Fluorescent Bulbs (2008, March 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-03-silicon-bulbs-fluorescent.html In order to improve this efficiency, the fluorescent bulb has recently gained popularity as an alternative that uses about 25% of its power for light and lasts up to 10,000 hours, compared with the incandescent bulb’s 1,500-hour lifetime. However, unlike the recyclable incandescent bulb, fluorescent bulbs contain phosphor and mercury – toxic chemicals that could pose disposal problems on a large scale.But a company from Ottawa, Canada, is hoping to create a light bulb that further increases the efficiency of fluorescent bulbs, while using completely non-toxic materials. Since 2003, Group IV Semiconductor has been working on a unique bulb design, one that uses a tiny computer chip in place of a traditional wire filament or gas. The new bulbs, officially called solid state light bulbs, use low-cost silicon technology originally developed for fiber optic networks in the early 2000s. The chips were intended to boost the light signal, increasing its speed and allowing it to travel longer distances. Today, silicon is widely used in cell phones, computers, and other electronics.But as the telecommunications market began to lose its appeal, Group IV’s chief executive Stephen Naor looked into other applications. As he explains, in North America alone, 2.2 billion light bulbs are replaced every year, and lighting is a $12-billion global industry. Several countries, including the UK and Australia, have laws to ban incandescent bulbs by 2011. Other countries, including the US, are considering bans. As it stands, fluorescent bulbs are currently the main replacement bulb.But solid state light bulbs could offer a non-toxic alternative, better lighting quality and higher efficiency than fluorescent bulbs. While some types of solid state lighting exist, they are currently too expensive for mass production. For example, LEDs use expensive semiconductors such as gallium nitride, rather than silicon, and often give off an undesirable bluish hue. But the challenge with using silicon is that the material is poor at emitting light. To solve this, Group IV uses electrical current to energize electrons within silicon quantum dots, which give off energy in the form of photons. Naor hopes to have final prototypes of the technology by 2010, with bulbs on store shelves by 2011 that cost about the same as fluorescent bulbs.The company has attracted several big investors, such as Vinod Khosla, the founding chief executive of Sun Microsystems. Applied Materials Inc., which makes manufacturing equipment, plans to help Group IV ramp up production of the bulbs once the prototypes have been perfected. Then Group IV plans to sell the microchip technology to major electrical companies such as General Electric, which will incorporate the chip in their own bulb production.More information: www.GroupIVSemi.com Thomas Edison invented the light bulb in 1880, and, since the 1920s, the incandescent light bulb has remained largely unchanged. While that’s a testament to Edison’s ingenuity, it’s also a bulb that uses up to 95% of its power to generate heat rather than light. Engineers report a new low-power lighting technology Explore further Logo: Group IV Semiconductor. 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

How to Stay Wired on a Business Trip

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. November 23, 2010 10 min read Travel used to be about getting away from it all, but these days even leisure travelers don’t want to leave the Web and their smartphones, tablets, or laptops behind. And staying powered up and connected on business trips is too important to leave to chance.A little bit of advance planning and research can help you stay up and running no matter where you go. Here are our tips for minimizing tech hassles when you’re on the road.Find the Best of EverythingThere’s a reason seasoned travelers want to stay connected, and it isn’t just to manage e-mail. The Web is an incredible resource for researching hotels, restaurants, shopping, and anything else you need to know when visiting a place you’ve never been to before.Try checking the regional boards on Chow.com or Yelp.com to find a good restaurant, for example. Once you’ve chosen a place, use a mapping app to help you get there. Buy tickets online for trains, theatrical productions, or popular museum exhibitions. Location-based apps like Foursquare can even send a timely coupon your way. Staying connected can really help you get away from it all in style.Fly the Tech-Friendly SkiesAirlines in recent years have taken to technology to help cut costs and long lines. Most will let you check in online up to 24 hours before departure and print your own boarding passes. This gives you the opportunity to select seats and, in some cases, get upgrades at a cut rate: Virgin America, for example, offers any unsold business class seats for drastically reduced rates within a day of departure.With some airlines and on some flights, you can even skip the printing part by using a smartphone to access the bar code that is scanned in at the departure gate. If this option is available, the airline will typically let you opt to have the boarding pass sent to your smartphone when you check in online (instead of printing it out). What you’ll get on the phone is a link to a Web page with your unique bar code.This eliminates the risk of losing a printed pass, but be careful: You might run into other problems. What if poor connectivity at the airport prevents you from accessing the page? You could opt to save an image of the page as a screen shot, but now you still have to worry about keeping the phone charged. And we’ve also seen reports of problems trying to scan in an image on a cell phone screen. Still, the technology is coming into wider use and will doubtless improve over time.Airborne InternetSeveral airlines now offer Aircell’s GoGo Wi-Fi-based inflight Internet service (you can find a list of participating airlines on Gogo’s website). And there’s good news for holiday travelers this year: Thanks to a promotion with Google Chrome, GoGo service on the three airlines that have it on all their flights — AirTran, Delta, and Virgin America — will be free between November 20 and January 2.However, no Internet service is available on flights across the Atlantic or Pacific oceans — at least not yet. GoGo connects through Aircell’s network of cell towers on terra firma. A company called Row 44 has launched a satellite-based service — Southwest offers it on a handful of flights — but the verdict is out on how well it works. With a satellite-based service, it wouldn’t matter if the plane were over land or sea (the late lamented Connexion by Boeing was satellite-based).Whether or not you can get online, it’s nice to have electrical power for your notebook or portable DVD player, especially on long-haul flights where work or gaming can really make the time speed by. Sadly, power outlets aren’t very common outside of business class, and on some airlines you need special adapters to plug in.But you can investigate the options in detail on Seat Guru, a great resource for all sorts of information about the amenities on different airlines and airplanes. Start by reading Seat Guru’s guide to in-seat laptop power, which has links to comparison charts showing which airlines and planes have outlets. In many cases some, but not all, seats have easy access to power outlets. So it pays to click through to the seating charts for the airlines and planes you’re considering: Seat Guru shows exactly which seats have outlets and which don’t.Stay ChargedFinding a power outlet at an airport can be a challenge. Fortunately, more are adding charging stations in waiting areas. But what if you find one and it’s already fully occupied? If you carry a multioutlet travel power strip and surge protector with you (for example, the Targus Travel 4-Outlets Surge Suppressor), you can usually talk someone who is connected into letting you hook up the travel strip so that you, that person, and maybe a couple of others can all charge from the single outlet.Because more and more devices come with built-in transformers, you shouldn’t have to worry about whether you’re in a country with AC or DC. But outlets still do vary from country to country, so make sure you have appropriate plug adapters. This is especially tricky if your device uses a three-prong plug, since some adapters accommodate only two prongs and not the third, ground prong. This is something you should check for before you buy plug adapters.A couple of vendors offer configurable plug adapters that you can use in several countries. While they’re rather bulky, buying one can be preferable to having to load up several different adapters if you’re going to be visiting countries that use different types of plugs.That travel power strip mentioned earlier can also save you from having to buy lots of plug adapters: Use one to plug the strip into the wall, and then you can plug in four of your devices without other special gear. The strips can also come in handy in hotel rooms that have skimped on free outlets.Alternatively, you can bring a power extender with you, such as ones made by iGo Charge Anywhere and those from Targus. These are basically like batteries into which you can plug a notebook and maybe one or two other devices. You charge the block by plugging it into a standard wall outlet; extenders typically come with adapters for use in automobile and airline charging ports as well.Extenders can power a wide variety of products: You simply swap out the tip of the charging cable for one that supports your device. Of course, you have to make sure to buy the right tips for the devices you own.Automotive adapters for your smartphone and/or laptop are invaluable aids if you plan to be driving around a lot. Fortunately, these seem to be standardized around the globe, so you don’t need different ones for different countries. If you use a lot of devices that charge via USB cables, you could also buy a car charger with multiple USB ports. Or, if you have several devices that each have their own automobile car charger, you can get a charger that has multiple car charger ports. Magnadyne even sells a car charger that has two USB ports and two automotive ports.Get Online AnywhereHigh-speed Internet access has become fairly ubiquitous in hotels, and not just major chains. You can usually check online to see if an establishment offers Internet access, but your research shouldn’t stop there. Find out if the service is via Wi-Fi or ethernet, and whether it’s included with the room charge or costs extra (some places charge $10 to $20 a day).If you’re traveling with a companion, you might also find out whether there’s any problem with two people from the same room using Wi-Fi. And if you’re stuck with a wired connection, you can probably share it with others by using a travel router to create a hot spot. Several vendors offer small, compact routers that support 802.11g; Trendnet’s TEW-654TR (about $50) is one of the first to back the faster 802.11n standard.Wi-Fi isn’t always available where you need it, however. Today’s 3G and, depending on your location, 4G cell phone data networks offer much better coverage, and a mobile broadband Wi-Fi router lets you (and several friends or colleagues) tap into them with any Wi-Fi device. Novatel Wireless’s MiFi routers are barely larger than a credit card; currently you can get one for $100 with a Verizon Wireless data plan, or $150 for use with Virgin Mobile’s pay-as-you go service.You can also get unlocked MiFi models for use with GSM networks. The latter cost $230, and you have to make your own arrangements for data plans and SIM cards. Unfortunately, you can’t use the same MiFi router in both North America and Europe — each continent’s 3G (HSPA) networks operate on different frequencies, so Novatel Wireless has different models for Europe and for North America.Sprint, meanwhile, has a Sierra Wireless broadband modem that supports both its 3G and 4G services, and several of its new 4G smartphones can also double as hotspots, although using them for that purpose may cut battery life more than you’d like.A company called Cradlepoint makes a Wi-Fi router that’s meant for use with any activated USB Wi-Fi modem. However, not all modems work with the device, so check to see if yours is on the supported list.If you’re a fairly infrequent solo traveler, you might want to investigate pay-as-you-go mobile broadband options such as the aforementioned Virgin Mobile offering. In Europe, Vodafone offers inexpensive USB modems that you can use on Vodafone networks in most countries on a pay-as-you-go basis. The pay-as-you-go service, however, typically runs about $15 to $20 a day and often has bandwidth usage caps.That isn’t cheap, but international roaming with a smartphone can be incredibly expensive. If you do want to use a GSM-based smartphone overseas, look into prepaid international roaming plans. AT&T sells them in various sizes, from $25 for 20MB to $200 for 200MB. Without a plan, you pay $0.0195 per kilobyte, which comes to $19.50 for a single megabyte.Check the Hotel’s Business CenterHotels love to attract business travelers, and more and more of them offer well-equipped business centers as bait. Many let you use computers and printers for free, or for a nominal charge. For Internet junkies, using a business center computer lacks the appeal of being able to fire up a laptop in the comfort of your room. However, if you just want to write a few e-mail messages without having to use a tiny smartphone keyboard, then a computer in the business center or the lobby can be a godsend. Some hotels also have lobby stations that you can use to check in to a flight and print out a boarding pass.But be cautious in using a public PC. Try to find a machine that reboots and cleans up between guests; you don’t want your accounts hacked because you left login information or cookies behind. Ask a manager about security if you’re in doubt. Brought to you by PCWorldlast_img read more

Rep VanWoerkom supports historic auto insurance reform

first_img Categories: VanWoerkom News 09May Rep. VanWoerkom supports historic auto insurance reform State Rep. Greg VanWoerkom released the following statement after supporting historic car insurance reform today: “We took a step in the right direction in the state House today. Muskegon drivers have long demanded change and this legislation will provide them reduced rates by giving people insurance coverage options that meet their diverse needs and by addressing fraud in the system. I look forward to continued deliberation on this issue to ensure people receive the coverage and care they deserve.”###last_img

Google is updating the hardware for its Chromecast

first_imgGoogle is updating the hardware for its Chromecast platform according to filings with the FCC placed by the company. The filings do not appear to indicate that a substantial feature upgrade is planned, however. US reports cite Google Chromecast team members as saying that there are no plans for new user features as part of the upgrade. The first generation Chromecast was launched in the summer of 2013.last_img

What Do You Get with the Alert Service A lot

first_img What Do You Get with the Alert Service? A lot. It’s really a 3-in-1 deal, because you’ll get free and unlimited access to the Casey Energy Report (a $995 value) and Casey Energy Dividends (a $79 value) with your Casey Energy Confidential subscription. More importantly, though, you will get timely alerts on the very best investment ideas in the junior resource sector. So far in 2014, I have sent out 29 alerts and have been averaging more than one alert a week. You will get all the up-to-date field reports of my site visits, all the behind-the-scenes stories, and the most timely investment recommendations. Also, the alert service provides the opportunity at participating in private placements in some of the companies we are recommending if you’re an accredited investor. As you see, this alert service is not for the average investor and not for the faint of heart. It’s for the investor who wants more—among other things, his cut of the oil fortune. And right now, you can get a package deal that we’ve never offered before and may not ever offer again. For just a few weeks, you can get the Casey Energy Confidential AND the Casey Investment Alert for the price of one. As you probably know, the Casey Investment Alert is my colleague Louis James’ baby, and he is just as prolific in putting out alerts as I am. The precious metals juniors have been on a tear recently, and the early-stage stocks are the best bargains with the most potential for exceptional gains. As with my alert service, all the metals newsletters—the International Speculator (a $995 value) and BIG GOLD (a $149 value)—come free with your alert subscription. And, as an aside, if you’re already a subscriber to any of these energy or metals newsletters, we will credit your existing subscriptions to your new alert membership. You have 90 days to decide whether or not these exclusive services—our cream of the crop—are for you. If not, simply cancel for a full refund, and that’s it. It really doesn’t get any better than that. Click here to learn more about this special 2-for-1 opportunity… or click here to go straight to the order form. You don’t have to travel 300+ days a year to discover the best energy investments in the world—we do it for you. Additional Links and Reads Marin Katusa Interviewed by Newsmax Summed up in 6½ minutes… a thorough and chilling interview with Marin about the new Axis of Energy emerging between Russia, China, and Iran. “We are willing to supply any shortage which may arise,” said Saudi oil minister Ali al-Naimi. The “we” in the statement above is OPEC, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries. Don’t be fooled, though, OPEC is not your friend, and if you believe OPEC will come to your rescue when your oil runs out, I have some magic beans to sell you. OPEC is made up of 12 oil-producing nations, including, Iran, Algeria, Angola, Venezuela, Nigeria, and Libya—and many of them are quite hostile toward the US. Ironically, most of the oil produced within the OPEC nations was originally discovered and developed by American companies. “One hundred dollars is a fair price for everybody—consumers, producers, oil companies. It’s a fair price. It’s a good price,” said Saudi oil minister Ali al-Naimi. Fair price? How does OPEC determine US$100 is a fair price? In a 2009 issue of the Casey Energy Report, we stated what the price of oil needs to be for the members of OPEC to balance their budgets. We dug deep into their budgets and determined that for the governments of the OPEC countries to fund all of their social programs, they would need US$80 per barrel of oil. The fair price of oil changed in 2011—the Arab Spring transformed the input values for “fair price.” The end result of the Arab Spring presented a harsh reality: all of a sudden, it cost the OPEC nations more to fund their social programs and prevent another social uprising. Take Saudi Arabia, for example, which committed over US$35 billion to education and housing subsidies, jobless benefits, and debt write-offs. The government even created a sports channel with those funds to keep all the unemployed guys occupied watching sports, rather than scheming another uprising. Don’t expect another Arab Spring this summer, as the Saudi population now has access to the Soccer World Cup. My money is on Messi and the Argentines, but that’s a whole different issue. Other OPEC members have followed the Saudis’ subsidization program, which they finance through higher oil prices. So, back to the topic of oil. OPEC countries produce over one-third of the world’s oil, and most of the world has become addicted to OPEC oil—but there is one thing we have that they don’t. I mentioned earlier that most of the oil and gas deposits whose fruits OPEC is reaping today were originally discovered and developed by American companies. Again, let’s take Saudi Arabia as an example. The crown jewel of Saudi Arabia is the gigantic Ghawar oil field, which was discovered in 1948 by Americans working for a company called Arabian American Oil Company (now Saudi Aramco), but the American companies involved that did all the exploration and development are known today as Exxon and Chevron. By 1980, Saudi Arabia essentially “nationalized” and purchased a 100% interest in Aramco. The American Dream There is a lot wrong with the United States of today, starting, in my humble opinion, with the president. But even Obama’s awful leadership can’t kill the power of the American Dream. America is still a nation of freedom where everyone has the opportunity to prosper, succeed, and move up the social ladder—through hard work, not your birth right or who your father is. Sure, there are many fortunate sons in the US, but they usually lose out to you and me, the disciplined, hardworking, smart people wanting more out of life. You are reading my missive because you know what I know: There is a fortune to be made from oil, and you want your cut. But you also know nothing comes easy. Saudi Arabia is the leader of OPEC and has been for years. The Saudi oil minister has come out and stated: “There is no reason for a change. Absolutely no reason.” He’s referring to the “perfect” price of US$100 per barrel for their oil. OPEC believes, and is correct to believe, that the global economy has accepted that US$100 per barrel. That’s what OPEC members need to prevent any further uprising and to stay in power. But the Americans haven’t been twiddling their thumbs… Unlocking the American Dream There is a lot America can do with US$100 oil, because that price suddenly makes alternative oil extraction methods economical and opens up brand-new avenues for profit. The next big thing in shale, for example. There is an onshore oil and gas basin in North America that is about to turn the oil and gas world upside down. This isn’t some maverick junior explorer’s pipedream. In fact, it’s taking the industry insiders by storm. They’re pulling out their checkbooks to play, and so are we. Last month, we took profits on a stock in our premium alert service, the Casey Energy Confidential, that—if you had invested in the open market according to our recommendation—would have given you +400% gains at current prices. And this is just early days in one of North America’s best shale oil and gas formations. In fact, just this past week, management of one of the largest pure gas producers came out on their investor conference call saying their results were almost 300% better than they anticipated. Insiders in the oil patch already label the potential of this shale formation as world class. Profit from the Oil Cartel I learned long ago that investing in the oil sector, “You can either be a contrarian or a victim,” as my friend Rick Rule likes to say. If you’re the average American hoping for OPEC to rescue you, you will suffer from US$100 oil. But if you’re reading my missive, I know you’re not the average American. You’re smarter—and you know there is a windfall profit to be made from this situation. Play to win and try out the Casey Energy Confidential. This unique email alert service has no fixed publishing schedule. Alerts and special reports are issued when the most profitable and unusual early-stage energy opportunities present themselves—such as the special report I am putting together about the world-class shale formation I mentioned earlier. This is the first time in over a year that we opened up the Casey Energy Confidential to new subscribers. The stocks we recommend in it are often micro-cap and so thinly traded that we have to limit membership in the service to a few hundred to avoid excessive buying or selling that would itself affect the stock price. How is my track record so far in 2014?last_img read more

The Trump administration moved forward on Wednesda

first_imgThe Trump administration moved forward on Wednesday with its plan to lower prescription drug prices by requiring drugmakers to display the list price “in a legible textual statement at the end of the advertisement.”Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar said today that when it comes to changing prescription drug prices, “putting prices in TV ads may be the most significant single step any administration has ever taken.” But patient advocates are not convinced it will have an immediate impact on drug pricing. The rule would apply to prescriptions that cost more than $35 per month or courses of treatment, which are covered by Medicare. The rule is very specific, requiring that the price be displayed, “for sufficient duration and in a size and style of font that allows the information to be read easily.” Industry groups have fought this move since it was announced in October. They adopted voluntary rules, that would have directed ad viewers to a website with more detailed cost information. Today, in a statement, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) wrote that the list price is confusing since that’s not what most people pay. The rule addresses that by requiring an additional statement that reads, “If you have health insurance that covers drugs, your cost may be different.” PhRMA also said that the rule raises “First Amendment and statutory concerns.”Court challenges may be coming. The legal authority given by the White House is based on the laws that require Medicare and Medicaid to be run in a cost-effective manner, according to the rule. Rachel Sachs, an associate professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis and an expert in drug-pricing regulation, told NPR and Kaiser Health News in October that could be a weak legal argument since most drugs are marketed to the broader public, not just Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.Consumer and patient advocates generally hailed the move as a step towards greater price transparency, but questioned whether it would do much to lower high prices. “We don’t believe that disclosing list prices will shame drug corporations into lowering list prices,” says Ben Wakana, executive director of Patients for Affordable Drug Prices. “Drug companies have been shamed about their price increases for years. They appear to be completely comfortable with the shame as long as it is bringing them in the billions of dollars a year that they make from their outrageous prices.”He gives the government credit for trying to do something on health prices, noting “taking action on this issue is hard.” But he thinks some of the administration’s other ideas to lower prices — announced in a plan released last May — might have a bigger impact.Critics have pointed out the government’s plan for enforcing the rule is weak, as NPR reported last fall. The plan for enforcement involves competitors policing each other by bringing legal action against competitors who aren’t compliant, Azar said in Wednesday’s press briefing. He calls it “a quite effective mechanism of enforcement.” Azar defended the government’s authority to issue the new rule. “This is not without precedent,” he told reporters. “We have for over 50 years required that car manufacturers and car dealers post the sticker price of cars on the windows of their cars and be transparent about — even though there are negotiations and everything else — because it’s a starting point that’s an important part of consumer fairness.”The car-buying analogy doesn’t work very well for drugs, notes Adrienne Faerber, a lecturer at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. “When you go to the car dealer and you see that sticker price and you can negotiate a better price that can fit your budget directly with the car dealership,” she explains. But, she says, drug prices are negotiated through layers of middlemen: “So you don’t get to negotiate based on these prices like you would with a car.”In other words, car shoppers have a lot more choices that sick patients do, and a lot more bargaining power. Faerber says certainly displaying the list price won’t “magically flip a switch and cut a percentage or two off of the total drug costs.” But she says it will be interesting to see how patients react to high list prices on their TV screens. “Consumers are going to start wondering what are people getting for that money,” she says. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

A pioneering programme backed by £5 million of lot

first_imgA pioneering programme backed by £5 million of lottery cash has issued a call for user-led teams across the UK to apply for funding to research new ways to remove the barriers to independent living faced by disabled people.The Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning (DRILL) programme is believed to be the world’s first major research programme led by disabled people, and should fund about 40 pieces of research and pilot projects over the next four years.The aim is to build “robust” evidence on how to influence both policy and practice on independent living, and how to remove the barriers of attitude, environment, organisation, communication and finance that disabled people face.The programme aims to “change the way research is done so that researchers and disabled people work together as partners”.A series of 19 roadshows across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales helped to decide on the programme’s four project themes: participating in the economy, participating in community and social life, participating in civic and public life, and participating “fully and equally in anything and everything”.Some of the issues raised in the roadshows about the barriers to participating in the economy included how to address the employment gap between disabled and non-disabled people; how schools, colleges and universities could be made more inclusive; and what could be done to address disability poverty by both increasing disabled people’s income, and reducing their extra costs.On community and social life, priorities included how to prevent social isolation; how organisations in local communities could be made fully inclusive; and how to stop disability hate crime.On participating in civic and public life, key issues raised included how to increase the number of disabled people in elected office; how disabled people can influence party manifestos and government policies; and how to change the media’s frequent portrayal of disabled people as “scrounger, tragic victim or heroic survivor”.The first opportunity to bid for funding opened this week, with a closing date of 27 July, with subsequent funding rounds opening in early 2017, 2018 and 2019.The programme is funded by the Big Lottery Fund, and will be delivered by the disabled people’s organisations Disability Rights UK, Disability Action Northern Ireland, Inclusion Scotland and Disability Wales.Organisations can apply for grants of up to £150,000, with proposals initially assessed by a national advisory group – England’s group is chaired by disabled BBC presenter Peter White – before the programme’s central research committee of disabled people, academics and policy experts makes a final decision on funding.Rhian Davies (pictured), chief executive of Disability Wales, said: “Our aim is to produce new evidence on what would support disabled people to access their right to independent living and take full part in society.“The programme includes potential for pilot projects to test the evidence in practice and find out what will make a real difference to the quality of disabled people’s lives. We’re looking forward to receiving some exciting proposals.”Liz Sayce, chief executive of Disability Rights UK, said that disabled people would be “in the lead, setting the priorities and co-designing the projects.”The disabled academic Dr Tom Shakespeare, chair of DRILL’s central research committee, said: “The starting gun has been fired on a very exciting competitive research process.“We are looking for teams that have great ideas, true partnership between researchers and disabled people, and with real chance of improving the lives of disabled people.“This is the first round of a five-year funding programme that will change disabled people’s lives for the better.”last_img read more

The public relations PR sector needs to confront

first_imgThe public relations (PR) sector needs to confront its failings over the employment of disabled people, according to new research by an industry insider.One UK PR company with more than 300 employees has admitted that it does not have a single disabled member of staff, while the latest industry survey found just two per cent of people who work in PR said they were disabled.The research has been carried out by Ashley Phillips (pictured), who herself has an invisible impairment and worked in PR in the USA and the UK for nearly five years before beginning a masters degree in public relations and advertising at Richmond University.She decided to write about disability in PR for her dissertation, after becoming increasingly concerned about how few disabled people were employed by the industry.She told Disability News Service that she had never seen a single person with a visible impairment among the hundreds of professionals she had come across in her five years working in PR.Phillips, who has type one diabetes, said the only person she met in those five years who said they had an impairment was another woman with diabetes who she had seen using an insulin pump.Of about 83,000 people employed in the industry in 2016, just two per cent – less than 1,700 people – said they were disabled, according to the PR Census 2016 carried out by the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA).As recently as 2013, PRCA’s census did not even mention disability or disabled people.And when Phillips approached some of the best-known PR companies in the UK about her research, only one was willing to tell her how many disabled people it employed.She was told by this company that, of more than 300 employees, not one of them was a disabled person.She was told: “This is something we are looking into. It is a problem.”Phillips said she realised there probably were some disabled people who worked at this company but that they were just not willing to disclose their status to their employer.She said she hoped her research would “open the conversation” on disability within the industry.She said she did not believe she had faced discrimination in the industry but believed there was “a lot of misunderstanding”.She said: “I think disability is considered a large taboo and people don’t know how to handle it, so they don’t.“I haven’t looked into other industries but I do feel [members of the PR industry] are behind in regards to how the world is moving.”When she first met her soon-to-be husband (she is getting married next month), when she told him she worked in PR, he replied, “Oh, you’re one of those.”She said: “This was the first encounter I had of specific stigmas associated with PR – that often everyone in the industry was a considered to be a typical Sex And The City Samantha Jones.“However, that conversation opened my eyes to noticing who my colleges were on a day-to-day basis – mostly young, white, middle-to-upper class and predominantly female.”She added: “This is not 100 per cent of the industry, they are opening diversity efforts, but everybody strives to be that perfect person and that ideal industry figure.”She said she believed that those at chief executive level were showing a “blatant disregard” for the issue, while executives at lower levels were guilty of “a lack of understanding”.She added: “From access to awareness, the industry can make many changes to recruit the nearly untouched pool of potential talent.“By spreading awareness of the lack of disability inclusivity in PR I hope to open the conversation and help make people with disabilities an inclusive part of the industry.”When contacted about Phillips’ research, PRCA accepted that there was “a general lack of understanding of disability in the industry”, but pointed out that the 2016 census also revealed that 78 per cent of all respondents suggested there were no significant obstacles to their organisation employing disabled people.Matt Cartmell, PRCA’s communications, marketing and events director, said: “The small numbers of disabled people in the PR and communications industry is certainly a concern but it may have to do more with a lack of understanding of what disability is and the stigma surrounding disability than employers not accommodating employees with disability.”He said a PRCA survey had revealed in May that nearly three-fifths of PR and communications professionals had experienced mental ill-health, while a slightly higher proportion had never spoken to their manager about their mental health.He said there was often a limited understanding of mental ill-health, which was “concerning because the industry itself is fast-paced and the ‘always on’ mentality means that employees can suffer from anxiety disorders, stress, or the workplace can exacerbate existing mental health conditions such as depression”.Cartmell said: “The industry isn’t necessarily behind society on the issue of disability.“While the stigma surrounding disability certainly exists and the industry has struggled with hiring more diverse candidates, there are several examples of organisations that are making employee wellbeing and diversity the key focus of their business.“The industry is increasingly aware that there is a strong moral and business case for increasing diversity in the workplace and accommodating employees with disabilities. “PRCA is committed to raising awareness about disability, diversity, and mental ill health and we have found that a lot of PR and communications practitioners are engaged in this debate.”He added: “We have seen that a lot of members and organisations in the wider industry are introducing unconscious bias training in their recruitment practices.“More importantly, we have seen that organisations are talking about disability and implementing policies to accommodate disabled employees.”last_img read more

5 American Entrepreneurs Doing Good Business

first_img Natalia Angulo –shares Jobs 5 American Entrepreneurs Doing Good Business Image credit: This Bar Saves Lives Product: All-natural granola barsCause: Children, nutritionWhere: Venice, Calif.Who: Ryan Devlin, Todd Grinnell and Ravi Patel, co-founders of This Bar Saves LivesTwitter: @thisbarStory: On a humanitarian trip to Liberia a few years ago, co-founders Todd Grinnell and Ryan Devlin saw for the first time the devastating effects of severe acute malnutrition, but were also shown the product that was saving their lives: Plumpy’Nut. After a few years of hard work, Grinnell, Devlin and their other co-founder Ravi Patel launched This Bar Saves Lives in 2013 with the intention of making a delicious, all-natural granola bar that under the one-for-one model helps alleviate hunger. For every granola bar sold, their non-profit partners Edesia Global Nutrition Solutions and Save The Children help produce and deliver a packet of life-saving food to a child in need.One moment in time: The young company’s first shipment of food aid went out in January of this year to the Philippines following the deadly typhoon that swept through. This Bar Saves Lives was able to send 45,000 packets of Plumpy’Nut, which the company says is enough to save the lives of 300 children.“None of us had ever made granola bars or run a food company before,” Devlin says. “[But this] is what keeps us motivated to keep landing partners big and small to sell our bars.”Related: B-Corporations Do Good Business4. Akola Project April 11, 2014 This story originally appeared on FOX BUSINESS Product: Handmade jewelry and accessoriesCause: Women, job creationWhere: Dallas, Texas-based with outposts in UgandaWho: Brittany Merrill Underwood, founder and president of Akola ProjectTwitter: @AkolaProjectStory: After building an orphanage in Uganda during college, Brittany Merrill Underwood realized the best way to continue the mission was by expanding her business and employing the women committed to caring for these children. In 2007 she created the Akola Project — a jewelry-and-accessories brand that is handcrafted by, and fully benefits marginalized women and their communities. Since launch, Underwood says the Akola Project has built two vocational training centers, drilled 23 water wells, employed more than 200 women (who in turn have started up 63 of their own businesses) and impacted the lives of at least 1,400 children. Currently, Akola Project jewelry is sold in some 250 boutiques in the U.S.“These women had the vision, but not the income,” Underwood says. “So we launched the Akola Project because by employing [these] women and giving them a reliable income, we could care for thousands of children.”Next move: In 2014, the Akola Project is expanding to Dallas, Texas, where it plans to provide an economic alternative to sexually trafficked women by employing them to do the finishing work on products made in Uganda.5. International Princess Project Image credit: Akola Project Image credit: Nisolo Add to Queue Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Product: Hand-woven scarves and leather productsCause: Women, job creationWhere: Nashville, Tenn.-based, Ethiopia and KenyaWho: Barrett Ward, Founder and CEO of fashionABLETwitter: @livefashionABLEStory: Barrett Ward, founder and CEO of fashionABLE, was living in Ethiopia with his wife when he first saw how extreme poverty forced many young women and girls to turn to prostitution for work.“It is not just a moral problem, it is an economic one,” Ward says. “For these women … it was often that they were heroes willing to do whatever it took to provide for their families.”After speaking to these women, Ward says he learned what they wanted was an opportunity to earn a true living wage, “not just a hand out.” So at the end of 2010, Ward launched fashionABLE as a nonprofit (the venture recently split off to form a for-profit side) to give them that opportunity. The women are trained and employed to knit scarves, which are sold in the U.S. The group has grown from three women to 30 — and fashionABLE has expanded its operations to work with a leather factory that employs 60 women.Related: Eco-Friendly Brand Gives At-Risk Women the Power of Design3. This Bar Saves Lives Product: Punjammies — sleep-and-loungewear pants inspired by the traditional sariCause: Women, job creationWhere: Costa Mesa, Calif.-based with four sewing centers in IndiaWho: Shannon Keith, founder and CEO of International Princess ProjectTwitter: @intlprincessStory: In 2006, Shannon Keith founded the International Princess Project as a vehicle to help restore the lives of women and girls rescued from forced prostitution in India. Keith says that “embedded in the DNA of the company” is the idea that by employing and training these women in a new trade, in this case sewing, they will be equipped for long-term economic opportunities. The final product is shipped back to the U.S. where it is sold, and proceeds from these sales are then put back toward the sewing centers.Biggest challenge: What started as a small non-profit with just six women, has grown into a for-profit venture with more than 150 employees. Keith says the biggest challenge has been taking a complex, heavy issue and making it palatable and easy for the consumer to grab onto.“If [human trafficking] is going to be quelled in our lifetime, which I think it can be, it has to be done through a sound business that will bring sustainability and dignity,” Keith says. These American entrepreneurs are merging business with compassion and heart to create jobs and provide communities across the globe a chance to earn a living wage. Here are their stories.1. Nisolo Product: Handcrafted, leather shoesCause: Job creationWhere: Nashville, Tenn., Trujillo, PeruWho: Patrick Woodyard, Founder and CEO of NisoloTwitter: @NisoloShoesStory: While helping a bodega owner in the cobbler town of Trujillo, Peru with small business accounting, Woodward met her shoemaker husband and was instantly fascinated. With the help of business partner and co-founder Zoe Cleary, they launched the company in 2011 and now sell in 50 stores in the U.S., with a brick-and-mortar location in Nashville, Tenn.Nisolo’s mission is to empower talented artisans in the developing world and create job opportunities.“I really believe in the ability of the free market to power change,” Woodyard says.Biggest challenge: Woodyard says there is a sort of stigma in the business world that social enterprises can’t simultaneously turn a profit, which he says is inaccurate. “Because we have a really great product and our social impact is interwoven into our business model, selling our product hasn’t been difficult,” Woodyard says. “The challenge has been recruiting the right talent for your team as you grow.”Related: WP Engine CEO Says Austin IT City for Women in Tech2. fashionABLE Next Article Image credit: Michelle Kim Photography / International Princess Project Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. 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Informatica Ranked Highest in Global iPaaS Market Share Revenue for Fifth Consecutive

first_imgIn a 2019 Gartner Report, Informatica Has 17.3 Percent of $1.69 Billion iPaaS Market in 2018Informatica, the enterprise cloud data management leader, announced that – for the fifth consecutive year – Gartner, Inc., a leading IT research and advisory firm, found Informatica has the largest global market share for Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS). This ranking is based on 2018 market share revenue identified in Gartner research released on April 8, 2019, Market Share: All Software Markets, Worldwide, 2018.Also released this year, the Gartner 2019 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Integration Platform as a Service2 positions Informatica as a Leader in the iPaaS industry for the sixth straight year.  Informatica is positioned both highest on the ability to execute axis and farthest on the completeness of vision axis in the 2019 Magic Quadrant for iPaaS.Informatica Intelligent Cloud Services (IICS) is the industry’s next-generation iPaaS solution addressing the increasingly complex data management challenges today’s enterprises face. IICS is built on a modern microservices-based architecture that allows companies to integrate, synchronize, and relate all of their data, applications, and processes – both on premises and in any part of a multi-cloud or hybrid-cloud environment. A common new user experience provides a single pane of glass across numerous data management products to facilitate user productivity on the IICS platform, and the AI and machine learning capabilities of Informatica’s CLAIRE engine enables companies to automate and accelerate data management and governance processes for digital transformation.Marketing Technology News: ATTOM Data Solutions CEO Rob Barber Honored As Gold Stevie Award Winner In 2019 American Business Awards“It’s clear that enterprise-scale digital transformation requires unprecedented volumes of high-quality data, from myriad sources, across multiple systems and APIs, both on-premises and in the cloud, in real time and batch by business users, citizen integrators and integration experts,” said Ronen Schwartz, senior vice president and general manager, Data Integration, Big Data, and Cloud, at Informatica. “As surging demand continues to grow the global market opportunity for iPaaS solutions, Informatica is accelerating the innovation with our CLAIRE AI engine to provide the trusted, proven enterprise grade solutions that meet and exceed today’s extreme cloud integration and data management needs for an increasingly multi-cloud hybrid environment.”Marketing Technology News: Introducing MHz Curationist – Framing the World We Share[1] Market Share: All Software Markets, Worldwide, Terilyn Palanca, Hai Swinehart, Neha Gupta, Vanitha Dsilva, Laurie Wurster, Balaji Abbabatulla, Robert Anderson, Fabrizio Biscotti, Alan Dayley, Sid Deshpande, Jim Hare, Bindi Bhullar, Wataru Katsurashima, John Kostoulas, Rustam Malik, Sharat Menon, Chandra Mukhyala, Chris Pang, Julian Poulter, Michael Warrilow, Alys Woodward, Yanna Dharmasthira, Craig Roth, 8 April 2019. *Previous year’s listing for the iPaaS market share is included in this report.[2] Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Integration Platform as a Service, Eric Thoo, Massimo Pezzini, Keith Guttridge, Bindi Bhullar, 23 April 2019.Marketing Technology News: IBM, Thomson Reuters Introduce Powerful New AI and Data Combination to Simplify How Financial Institutions Tackle Regulatory Compliance Challenges Informatica Ranked Highest in Global iPaaS Market Share Revenue for Fifth Consecutive Year PRNewswireMay 15, 2019, 11:23 amMay 15, 2019 CLAIRE enginecloud data managementInformaticaIpaasMagic QuadrantMarketing TechnologyNews Previous ArticleUS Digital Ad Revenues Surpass $100 Billion Mark for the First Time, Hitting Landmark $107.5 Billion in 2018, According to IAB Internet Advertising Revenue ReportNext ArticleMetroList selects Remine for its Data Analytics and Front End of Choice for its 20,000 Subscriberslast_img read more

DemandGen Launches New Data Management and Implementation Services for RingLead Customers

first_imgDemandGen Launches New Data Management and Implementation Services for RingLead Customers PRNewswireJune 5, 2019, 11:42 pmJune 5, 2019 Combined Offerings Provide Strategic and Operational Services for Marketing and Sales Operations Teams Needing to Overcome the Challenges of Maintaining a Healthy DatabaseDemandGen International, Inc., a world-class team of digital transformation and technology experts, announced a strategic partnership with RingLead, the market leader in end-to-end data management. As part of the strategic partnership, DemandGen will now be providing RingLead Implementation Services to RingLead customers who need additional expertise and resources for data operations management.DemandGen’s RingLead Implementation Services go far beyond traditional SaaS onboarding. The services provide a white-glove experience for RingLead customers coupling strategic guidance and hands-on technical expertise to help customers “Get Clean, Stay Clean” by leveraging the RingLead DMS platform.“Clean, complete, and actionable data is essential to high-performance sales and marketing,” said David Lewis, Founder and CEO of DemandGen. “There’s an irony to B2B marketing in that success requires an ongoing commitment to database health, yet marketing and sales teams lack the time and resources to focus on it.“Marketing Technology News: From Sensing to Sensemaking: Converging Big Data with Plant AIThe DemandGen and RingLead strategic partnership stems from a shared vision of the critical role data quality plays in driving B2B revenue. RingLead provides an industry leading end-to-end data management solution for CRM and marketing automation that continuously cleanses, standardizes, dedupes, enriches, matches, and routes leads. DemandGen has over a decade of data management expertise driving down the cost of bad data while improving sales and marketing performance through pristine data.Marketing Technology News: Email Verification Company Kickbox Announces Release of New Partner Portal“Data is a strategic asset, like a brand, that needs to be cared for, invested in, and protected,” said Russ Artzt, Executive Chairman of RingLead. “We partnered with DemandGen, the most trusted agency in MarTech, to ensure our clients get the strategic guidance and data operations management they need for their most valuable asset.”Marketing Technology News: WorldRemit Raises $175 Million in Series D Funding crmData ManagementDavid LewisDemandGenMarketing TechnologyNewsRingLeadSales and marketing Previous ArticleBraze Partners with Snowflake to Provide Customers with Improved Data Agility and Customer Engagement BenchmarksNext ArticleInnovation: Splicky Delivers a Fully Programmatic DOOH Campaign for Harvest Digital and Sziget Festival Across Three Countries and Seven Citieslast_img read more