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a month agoChelsea boss Lampard bemoans VAR impact

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Lampard bemoans VAR impactby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard says VAR changes the atmosphere at football matches.The Blues had a goal disallowed in Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.”We have to get on with it. It is a sad thing for the celebration and the moment but if we are looking for correct decisions that is where we are at,” Lampard said after the match. “It changes the atmosphere in the crowd, on the pitch. We are slightly deflated and they get a boost. We deserved to be level at that point.” last_img read more

8 days agoMan Utd target Longstaff stalling on Newcastle contract talks

first_imgMan Utd target Longstaff stalling on Newcastle contract talksby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSean Longstaff is stalling on new contract talks with Newcastle United.The Daily Mail says Newcastle are eager to see their prized asset sign a new contract at the club but report talks are ‘at an impasse’ with Manchester United still monitoring his situation.Should the Tyneside club fail to agree new terms, Longstaff could yet move to Old Trafford. United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to sign a new midfielder after allowing Ander Herrera to join Paris-Saint Germain on a free transfer over the summer without a replacement. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Predicting The Next 9 National Champions In College Football

first_imgA fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide holds up a sign about head coach Nick Saban during the game against the Florida Gators at Bryant-Denny Stadium.TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 02: A fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide holds up a sign about head coach Nick Saban during the game against the Florida Gators at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 2, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)We’re exactly one month away from the first college football Saturday.The 2016 season is set to get fully underway on Saturday, Sept. 3.Who will be bringing home this year’s national championship?Alabama, Clemson and Oklahoma appear to be the three main favorites.We’ve made a prediction for this season – and the eight seasons that will follow.Looking at teams’ depth charts, head coaches, recruiting classes (and some creative thinking) we’re predicting who will take home college football’s national championship through the 2024 season.Get started with 2016.College Football’s Next 9 National Championslast_img read more

Rep Pagel hosts local office hours

first_img Categories: News,Pagel News 27Nov Rep. Pagel hosts local office hours State Rep. Dave Pagel will hold office hours on Friday, Dec. 8 to meet with local residents and talk about any thoughts or concerns they may have about state government.The office hours will be at the Niles District Library, 620 E. Main St. from 10:30 a.m. to noon.“Talking with residents during office hours is an excellent opportunity to hear what concerns people have and would like to have addressed in Lansing,” Pagel said.No appointment is necessary.  Those who are unable to attend are welcome to contact his Lansing office at (517) 373-1796 or by email at davepagel@house.mi.gov.last_img read more

Rep Calley plans local office hours on Feb 25

first_img Categories: Calley News 12Feb Rep. Calley plans local office hours on Feb. 25 State Rep. Julie Calley welcomes residents to office hours in two communities on Monday, Feb. 25.Rep. Calley, of Portland, will give a legislative update to attendees. If residents have individual concerns, she will take one-on-one meetings.Rep. Calley will meet with constituents at the following locations:The Village of Lake Odessa, Page Memorial Building, 839 4th in Lake Odessa, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.; andHastings City Hall, Council Chambers, 201 E. State St. in Hastings, from 1 to 2 p.m.“Accountable representation requires consistent feedback,” Rep. Calley said. “Office hours present an opportunity for productive dialogue with those whom I serve.”If the school district closest to the office hours location is closed for inclement weather, office hours in that area will also be cancelled.No appointment is necessary. Residents unable to attend scheduled office hours may send their questions and ideas to Rep. Calley via email at JulieCalley@house.mi.gov or by calling her at 517-373-0842.last_img read more

German reports suggest that online ondemand servi

first_imgGerman reports suggest that online on-demand service Hulu is preparing a launch in Germany.The US company is backed by Disney, NBC and News Corp and the only international market that it has launched in to date is Japan. However, local press report that it is in talks with German broadcasters RTL and ProSiebenSat.1 to get rights to German content and launch in the country.In the US the Hulu service is free with a premium option while in Japan it is a subscription-based offer and market-watchers said it is likely to replicate this with any other international roll outs.last_img read more

Anukool Lakhina Liberty Global has made a strategi

first_imgAnukool LakhinaLiberty Global has made a strategic investment in Guavus, a provider of real-time big data analytics applications, designed for planning, operations and marketing.Announcing the deal, Liberty said that Guavus’ products allow cable operators to gain a “holistic, cohesive view of network state and business context in real-time.Based on its operational intelligence platform, Guavus’ products are designed to combine operational support systems and business support systems to allow customers to efficiently plan network capacity, improve service operations and deliver a better customer experience.Its big data analytics applications are designed to correlate network events with subscriber data for new offerings, and to provide intelligence to pinpoint network issues at a granular network level before they impact service levels, according to Liberty.“Guavus offers one of the industry’s most innovative operational intelligence platforms and their suite of big data analytics applications are well deployed across service providers worldwide,” said Ankur Prakash, vice-president, Liberty Global Ventures.Anukool Lakhina, founder and CEO of Guavus, said: “We are thrilled to have Liberty Global not just as a customer, but also as an investor and strategic partner. This is a testament to our best-in-class products and innovation in the cable industry. With this partnership we will be able to accelerate our innovation and thought leadership in real time streaming analytics and continue to create industry firsts for enterprises and service providers globally.”Terms of the deal were not disclosed.last_img read more

Fifteen minutes after thatwe were back in the val

first_img Fifteen minutes after that,we were back in the valley—and it looked like this. The CME Daily Delivery Report showed that one gold and 113 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the COMEX-approved depositories on Tuesday.  In silver, the only short/issuer was Jefferies—and the biggest long/stopper was, drum roll please, JPMorgan in its in-house [proprietary] trading account with 77 contracts.  Canada’s Scotiabank was a very distant second with 16 contracts received.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. The CME Preliminary Report for the Friday trading session showed that gold open interest for March declined by 19 contracts—and the new total is down to 111 contracts.  In silver, March o.i. fell by 39 contracts, which was all delivery related—and open interest is now at 805 contracts, minus the 113 contracts mentioned in the previous paragraph. There was a tiny withdrawal from GLD yesterday, only 8,917 troy ounces worth.  I would guess that this represents a fee payment of some kind.  I must admit that I’m somewhat surprised that GLD hasn’t shed more gold than that considering the hammering the price has taken over the last week.  I would bet serious money that all the GLD shares that were falling off the table lately were being picked up by JPMorgan et al.  What else could explain the lack of withdrawals? As of 7:40 p.m. EDT yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV—and what I said about GLD shares in the previous paragraph also applies to SLV shares as well. The folks over at Switzerland’s Zürcher Kantonalbank updated their website with the activity in both their gold and silver ETFs as of Friday, March 6—and there were declines in both once again.  Their gold ETF dropped by 34,354 troy ounces—and their silver ETF declined by 229,451 troy ounces. There was another tiny sales report from the U.S. Mint yesterday.  They sold 57,500 silver eagles—and that was all. Month-to-date the mint has sold 23,000 troy ounces of gold eagles—3,500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes—and 1,431,000 silver eagles.  Based on these sales, the silver/gold sales ratio works out to 54 to 1. There was decent movement in gold at the COMEX-approved depositories on Thursday.  Nothing was reported received, but 68,035 troy ounces were reported shipped out.  The link to that activity is here. It was monstrous day for silver, as 602,112 troy ounces were reported received—and 1,438,058 troy ounces were shipped out the door.  The link to that action is here. The Commitment of Traders Report for positions held at the close of COMEX trading on Tuesday was about what I was expecting to see. In silver, the Commercial net short position, decreased by a chunky 6,449 contracts, or 32.2 million troy ounces —and is now down to 33,263 contracts, or 166.3 million troy ounces.  It’s not lowest it’s ever been, but certainly getting there. Ted said that the Big 4 traders reduced their net short position by 2,000 contracts—and the ‘5 through 8’ traders only by 200 or so.  The smaller Commercial traders added another 4,300 contracts to their already huge long position.  Ted also said that JPMorgan’s short-side corner is somewhere in the 13-15,000 contract range. We’re both of the opinion that JPMorgan is no longer the biggest short in COMEX silver—and it’s been my opinion for years that it’s Canada’s Scotiabank, with a short position in the 15-20,000 contract range. Over in the Managed Money category in the Disaggregated COT Report, these technical fund-type traders added 6,575 contracts to their short position.  They’ve added more since the cut-off. The other surprise in the Managed Money category, was with what I call the “unblinking” longs.  These are non-technical fund traders.  Price doesn’t matter to them—and it showed again in this report, as they added 1,593 longs to their long position that now totals 42,054 contracts, or 210 million troy ounces.  Who are these guys, you ask?  Beats me, I say—but someday we’ll find out. In gold, the Commercial net short position declined by a healthy 34,045 contracts, or 3.40 million troy ounces.  The Commercial net short position now stands at 8.93 million troy ounces. The Big 4 traders covered 8,000 contracts—and the ‘5 through 8’ traders another 2,000 or so.  But it was the raptors, the smaller traders that were the most active, as Ted says they added 24,000 contracts to their already huge long position.  Ted says its about the same size now as it was back in November at the lows then. In the Disaggregated COT Report, the technical funds in the Managed Money category sold 8,247 long contracts—and added 16,039 short contracts on top of that.  Ted was expecting more than this, but as I pointed out, the “unblinking” non-technical fund longs in the Managed Money category were probably adding to their long positions in gold as well—and that made the overall numbers in that category not quite as good as he was expecting. While on the subject of the “unblinking” non-technical fund longs, despite the massive price declines during the reporting week, they increased their long positions in palladium, platinum and silver, as they all showed positive net numbers.  Only gold was negative—and as I said in the previous paragraph, their buying was masked by the huge selling by the technical funds in the same category. Here’s Nick Laird’s “Days of World Production to Cover COMEX Short Positions” for all physically traded commodities on the COMEX.  Silver, platinum and palladium are nailed to the far-right side of this chart, which is a position they’ve occupied for the last 15 years that I’ve been following it.  And because of the big declines in the short position in gold during the last month, cocoa has now moved into fourth place by default.  Note that the short positions of the Big 4 traders now dominate this chart in all four precious metals, as the short positions of the ‘5 through 8’ largest traders are becoming immaterial The agreement with Sumitomo on the Fourth of July project is a great compliment to our recent agreement with Newmont Mining on the Wood Hills South project. We also have the Arabia, Golden Shears and some generative efforts being funded through our joint venture business model. We have enough capital in the bank to last two more years and no debt. The share structure remains at 33.5 million fully diluted. We are very well positioned to have a major win with an incredible share structure. Renaissance Gold has proven through the joint venture business model what exploration success with a tight share structure can do. Renaissance is the spinout of AuEx Ventures that sold in 2010 and made just shy of 100x their first private placement. It takes technical strength and fiscal conservatism to generate meaningful share holder returns in the high risk exploration business. Please visit our website for more information. Once you head up this hill and turn the corner, you leave Jerome behind—and are headed for Prescott via the mountain pass, which is still quite a climb.  The second photo is less than a two minute drive from the first one—and Jerome has already vanished behind the rocks. The dollar index closed late on Thursday afternoon at 99.27—and rallied unevenly from there, with the 100.39 high tick coming shortly after 2:30 p.m. EDT.  From there it sold off a bit into the close, but still managed to close with a three-digit handle at 100.19 —up another 92 basis points. One thing I’m happy about is the fact that we’re at, or very close to the bottom, as there’s not much room left to the downside.  Since the technical funds in the Managed Money category of the Disaggregated COT Report have long since sold every long in the precious metals that they have—and are now piling in on the short side, the down-side price action will now be solely determined by how many more shorts positions they’re prepared to put on under the continuing pressure from the HFT boyz.  Nothing else matters. I’m also happy to see that the gold price has been holding up relatively well vis-à-vis the dollar index—and if it wasn’t for this last big engineered price decline that began in mid January, the gold price would certainly be much higher than it is now, regardless of what the U.S. dollar is doing, as it just happens to be the best looking horse in the glue factory right now, which is comment I’ve made several times in the past. Next week we get the FOMC meeting—and nothing will surprise me as far as price action is concerned when the smoke goes up the chimney early Wednesday afternoon in Washington.   That’s one of many items on the dance card for early next week. But in the interim I’ll be quite surprised if much happens from a price perspective between now and then—and it’s entirely possible that the precious metal charts on Monday and Tuesday will end up looking the same as the ones we had from mid-week onward this past week. Looking ahead of the FOMC meeting—and with the bottom in the precious metal markets pretty much in, what happens during the next rally is something that we should put our minds to.  Will it end up the same old way, like the rally from mid December until mid January, as JPMorgan et al capped the rally all the way up until they turned the market over.  Or will it be “different” this time? It beats me, but when the rally starts, we won’t be left doubting for long as to how it’s going to turn out. That’s all I have for today, which is more than enough once again. I’m off to bed. See you on Tuesday. Once again, I have the 1-year USD Index for you courtesy of stockcharts.com. The silver equities followed an almost identical pattern as the gold equities, except they started the trading session off in positive territory—and ended there as well.  Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed up a decent 1.10 percent. We’re at, or very close to the bottom As has been the case for three days in a row, the smallish rally in gold in Far East trading met the usual not-for-profit sellers an hour or so before the London open.  The low tick came shortly after 11:00 a.m. EDT in New York.  The gold price rallied quietly from there, before tacking on another quick five bucks in the last hour of trading in the electronic market. The high and low ticks, such as they were, were recorded as $1,160.90 and $1,150.40 in the April contract. Gold closed in New York yesterday at $1,158.60 spot, up $5.90 from Thursday.  Net volume was very quiet at only 104,000 contracts. I have a lot of stories again today, including a goodly number that had to wait for Saturday’s column for length and/or content reasons.  I hope you can find the time to read the ones that interest you. I base my analysis on easily verifiable public data, principally the CFTC’s COT data. That data both suggests price trends, while at the same time provides the proof of the manipulation. Many manipulation deniers and critics love to erroneously point out that no one ever complains about manipulation when prices are climbing, only when prices fall. Regular readers know that is nonsense—and that’s because I am usually most vocal about manipulation at price tops, precisely because that is the point of maximum concentrated short selling by JPMorgan and other commercials. Either a market is manipulated or it isn’t; it is impossible for a market to be manipulated for as long as silver has been if the manipulation weren’t a continuing process. There’s no voodoo or deep secret to my COT analysis – when the commercials get as least net short as they can, the market looks good to go to the upside. When the commercials are overloaded on the short side, the market is not usually good to go to the upside. I may be wrong (and please let me hear from you if you feel I am), but if I refrained from suggesting that the COT structure was bearish when, in fact, it was bearish, that it would make any difference to prices falling. Any legitimate analyst strives to be objective and avoid sugar-coating or distorting the facts. For me to avoid pointing out when the commercials are packed like the criminal rats that they are on the short side would seem to validate the manipulation deniers’ criticism and expose me as non-objective. I don’t think I could do that in good conscience, particularly knowing it wouldn’t likely do any good. Again, if you disagree, please let me hear from you. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 11 March 2015 Today’s pop ‘blast from the past’ dates from 1961.  I was barely a teenager then, but I remember the song well.  It’s by American singer/song writer Gene Pitney—and the link is here. Today’s classical ‘blast from the past’ was composed in 1904.  It was not a smash hit when it was first performed—and was almost relegated to the dustbin of classical music history until the latter part of the 20th century when it was revived and restored to the exalted position it holds today.  It took years for me to appreciate it for what it was.  It’s one of the most extraordinarily technically demanding violin concertos ever written—and when performed the way it should be, it’s awesome.  It’s the Jean Sibelius violin concerto in D minor, Op. 47.  Here’s the luscious and incredibly gifted Sarah Chang doing the honours accompanied by the Dutch Radio Filharmonisch Orkest.  Jaap van Zweden conducts. The link is here.  I’ve posted this before, but its been a while. For the third day in a row the precious metal stocks traded in the same pattern.  I feel like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day.  The only difference about Friday’s price action was that there was a slight pop in prices after the equities markets closed—and before the electronic markets closed at 5:15 p.m. EDT.  I doubt very much if the free markets were anywhere to be found in the precious metal trading arena this week. Here are the 6-month charts for all four precious metals once again. The platinum and palladium charts were, once again, mini versions of the gold and silver charts.  Platinum closed up two bucks at $1,115 spot—and palladium was up 4 dollars to $790 spot.  Here are the charts. Although the gold import numbers by China through Hong Kong have been out for about three weeks already, they just released the number through official channels yesterday—and this enabled Nick to update the appropriate charts.  And despite the dramatic fall-off in early-to-mid 2014, there’s still a pretty big chunk of gold being imported to China via Hong Kong.  In January it was 76.118 tonnes. For the third day in a row, the silver chart pattern was a virtual carbon copy of the gold price chart, although in silver the high of the day came at the close in New York—and not in late afternoon trading in the Far East like it did in gold. The low and high were recorded by the CME Group as $15.455 and $15.66 in the May contract. Silver finished the Friday session at $16.64 spot, up 8.5 cents from Thursday.  Net volume was also very quiet at only 18,500 contracts. Without a doubt, there’s been even more improvement in the COT numbers since the Tuesday cut-off, as “da boyz” slammed the metals to new lows on Wednesday.  I should also mention that I didn’t see any signs of jiggery-pokery in this COT Report, but there’s also a chance that not everything was reported in a timely manner, either.  If not much changes between now and next Tuesday’s cut-off, we should see Wednesday’s trading data clearly in next Friday’s report. Nick sent me a couple of charts in the wee hours of this morning that I thought worth sharing as well.  The first one is the withdrawals from the Shanghai Gold Exchange for the week ending March 6.  The magic number was 44.520 tonnes. The gold stocks opened down a hair—and then sank to their lows minutes after 11 a.m. EDT, which was gold’s low as well,  The subsequent rally made almost back to unchanged—and undoubtedly would have closed in the green if the last minute rally in the gold stocks had occurred before the markets closed.  The HUI finished down a smallish 0.39 percent. At the pass about fifteen minutes later, it looked like this.  The trees are ponderosa pine.last_img read more

Citing salmonella concerns the Food and Drug Admi

first_imgCiting salmonella concerns, the Food and Drug Administration has issued a mandatory recall for kratom products made by a Las Vegas company — and the federal agency says it’s the first time it has ever taken such an action after a company ignored a federal request for a voluntary recall.An herbal supplement that is sometimes promoted as a safer substitute for opioids and is also used as a recreational drug, kratom is derived from plants that grow in several Asian countries. Its safety and legal standing have been the subject of both wide-ranging debate and threats of tighter federal regulation — but the FDA says this week’s recall is meant only to protect U.S. consumers from a pathogen.”Triangle Pharmanaturals refused to cooperate with FDA despite repeated attempts to encourage voluntary recall,” the agency said at the top of its mandatory recall notice for a range of the company’s kratom products.”This action is based on the imminent health risk posed by the contamination of this product with salmonella,” said FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb, “and the refusal of this company to voluntarily act to protect its customers and issue a recall, despite our repeated requests and actions.”The recalled products include supplements such as Raw Form Organics Maeng Da Kratom Emerald Green, Raw Form Organics Maeng Da Kratom Ivory White, and Raw Form Organics Maeng Da Kratom Ruby Red. Those and any other kratom products made or handled by Triangle Pharmanaturals should be discarded, the agency said.The mandatory recall comes days after the FDA formally sent a request for a voluntary recall to Triangle Pharmanaturals on March 30. That request was ignored, the agency says, adding that the company also did not respond to a follow-up order to cease distribution.In addition, the FDA says, its “investigators were denied access to the company’s records relating to potentially affected products and Triangle employees refused attempts to discuss the agency’s findings.”A website associated with Triangle Pharmanaturals is no longer online; neither is its Facebook page. According to Nevada public records, the company is a limited liability company that filed its articles of organization on April 4, 2017.The FDA says six samples of the company’s kratom products tested positive for salmonella, including two samples that were sold at a store called Torched Illusions in Tigard, Ore., and were collected by the Oregon Public Health Division.It’s only the third time the FDA has invoked its mandatory recall authority — but the agency says it’s the first time it has had to order a mandatory recall because a company chose not to follow its order of a voluntary recall.According to the FDA, the recall dispute played out as it tried to shut down a multistate outbreak of salmonella cases the FDA says have been linked to “numerous brands of kratom-containing products.” The strains of salmonella bacteria in Triangle’s kratom products are different from the ones in that outbreak, the agency says.Describing the risk posed by the contaminated products, the FDA states:”Most people infected with salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment. However, in the current salmonellosis outbreak associated with kratom products, unusually high rates of individuals have been hospitalized for their illness.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Medicareforall once widely considered a fring

first_img“Medicare-for-all,” once widely considered a fringe proposal for providing health care in the U.S., is getting more popular. Several Democratic presidential hopefuls are getting behind the idea.Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., endorsed the approach Monday in a CNN town hall-style event, saying her aim would be to eliminate all private insurance.”Who of us has not had that situation, where you’ve got to wait for approval and the doctor says, well, ‘I don’t know if your insurance company is going to cover this,’ ” Harris said. “Let’s eliminate all of that. Let’s move on.”Harris was a co-sponsor of a 2017 bill written by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., that would have created a national, single-payer health system, eliminating the private insurance system.Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., both presidential hopefuls, also co-sponsored the Sanders bill.Everyone would get a Medicare card and doctors would have to sign annual agreements to participate.The major questions the candidates face is how the government would pay for it.Total spending on health care in the U.S. was about $3.5 trillion in 2017 and is forecast to rise to $5.7 trillion in 2026, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.The federal government already pays for a lot of that through Medicare, Medicaid, military health care and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Much of the rest is through employer health insurance plans and individual health insurance and payments by patients.Sanders laid out several options to pay for his proposal, including increasing taxes on employers who would no longer be paying insurance premiums; increasing individual income taxes; and boosting taxes on the wealthy.Harris didn’t say, in the town hall-style meeting, how she would pay for the program. And her Senate office didn’t respond to an email asking whether she has a funding proposal.Warren has proposed a 2 percent tax on the wealth of an individual that’s above $50 million and 3 percent on wealth of more than $1 billion.The mechanism for paying for “Medicare-for-all” can make the politics muddy.A recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation suggests that 56 percent of people in the U.S. like the idea overall.But when people heard more details, those numbers changed.When the question included the idea that “Medicare-for-all” would guarantee health insurance as a right, its support rose to 71 percent. But when it said people would have to pay more taxes, the popularity plummeted to 37 percent.That dynamic has created an opening for potential centrist candidates to stake out a middle road.Howard Schultz, the former CEO of Starbucks, who has said he is considering a presidential run, told CBS reporters that Harris’ proposal to eliminate the health insurance industry is “not American.” He also called proposed tax increases on the wealthy “punitive.”Mike Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York and founder of Bloomberg LP, who is also considering a run, said in New Hampshire Tuesday that he, too, opposed the idea.”To replace the entire private system where companies provide health care for their employees would bankrupt us for a very long time,” he told workers at a factory he was visiting.Bloomberg has said he supports opening Medicare to people who don’t have coverage through their employers.The health insurance industry is already gearing up to oppose any “Medicare-for-all” proposals, according to The Intercept, an investigative news website. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

The government is making it harder for disabled po

first_imgThe government is making it harder for disabled politicians to stand for elected office by failing to renew a fund that paid for their disability-related campaign expenses, according to a candidate in next month’s parliamentary by-election.Simeon Hart  (pictured), who is standing for the Green party in Oldham West and Royton, was the only British Sign Language-user to stand for election in May’s general election.Hart was able to use support from the Access to Elected Office (AEO) scheme to pay for the BSL interpreters he needed to campaign.But the fund – which offered grants to disabled people to pay for their additional impairment-related costs in standing for election as a councillor or MP – has been lying dormant since the general election while the government carries out an independent review of its effectiveness.Now Hart is having to rely on crowdsourcing funding to pay for interpreters during the by-election campaign.He said: “Becoming a candidate in elections and by-elections is supposed to be open to anyone eligible in the UK.“Yet my experience has been a challenge and I know that many people with a disability will be put off trying to become an elected politician.“My party and I have a detailed plan for how we can reduce fuel poverty and keep parks public in the constituency and I am unable to articulate my plans as well as the candidates from other parties because of problems finding and paying for an interpreter.“If the government is serious about making elections a level playing-field, it will reconsider its heartless decision to scrap the Access to Elected Office fund.”By 10.30pm today (26 November), he had raised £970 of the £3,000 he needs to pay for BSL interpreters during the campaign.Deborah King, co-founder of Disability Politics UK, said she believed the government was in “clear breach” of article 29 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which guarantees disabled people the right to participate in public and political life “on an equal basis with others”.She said: “The convention expects signatory states to make reasonable adjustments to enable participation in the political process.“The Green Party and Simeon need to make a formal complaint to the UN about the breach.”She said that disabled people now had even less representation in the Commons than they did before the general election, after Dame Anne Begg lost her seat, while David Blunkett retired.King said: “We need to support a new generation of disabled people who want to be politicians.“Candidates will miss out on funding whilst the evaluation [of the fund] is going on.”David Buxton, director of campaigns and communications for the British Deaf Association, supported Hart’s call for government action.He said: “We are disappointed that the government has not yet made a decision about whether this vital funding will continue.“This delay creates uncertainty for potential Deaf and disabled candidates who wish to stand at elections next year and are currently unsure whether they will get the support they need towards communication and other areas.“It is imperative that a decision is made immediately, as selection meetings for some areas have already started to take place.“We now urge the government to prove their commitment to the spirit of the Equality Act by supporting diversity and allocating funds now to any potential candidate, as well as to Simeon, who is now actively canvassing.“We also expect them to complete their evaluation and review about the future of the fund as soon as possible.”In September, the Equality and Human Rights Commission called on the government to reopen the fund, as part of its submission to a UN inquiry into the rights of disabled people to participate in political and public life.last_img read more

How to Do a Reverse Image Search From Your Phone

first_img Next Article Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. This story originally appeared on PCMag Eric Griffith Image Search is the ability to search on a term and find images related to what you typed. Most search engines offer it, and it’s great. But what if you have an image and want to know its origin? Or find similar photos? That’s called a reverse image search.Google’s reverse image search is a breeze on a desktop computer. Go to images.google.com, click the camera icon () and either paste in the URL for an image you’ve seen online, upload an image from your hard drive or drag an image from another window.Reverse image search on mobileBut what about when you’re on a mobile device and want to do a reverse-image lookup? There are options.With GoogleGoogle built a reverse-image search function into phones and tablets, albeit on a very limited basis.First, you cannot do a traditional reverse-image search with the standard Google app or via images.google.com on mobile browsers like Safari or Chrome. The camera icon won’t show up in the search bar (pictured), so there is no way to upload an image for a reverse search on mobile.But the Chrome browser app for iOS and Android does support a reverse-image search workaround. When you have the image you want to search, hold your finger on it until a pop-up menu appears; pick “Search Google For This Image” at the bottom. Note: This will NOT work in the Google app or other browsers (not even in Safari).If for some reason this doesn’t work, you can also select Open Image. Then copy the URL, go back to images.google.com, and paste in the URL — but that’s adding extra steps.With either method, the results of a reverse-image search then appear, with lots of options to narrow your query, such as finding animated GIFs, clip-art equivalents or looking by the color scheme used in the original image.With BingThat other big search engine, Bing from Microsoft, also does reverse image searches. There is a camera icon next to the search box at the top of www.bing.com/images. When you click it on the desktop, it asks for an image URL, or for you to upload a picture, just like Google does on the desktop.When you click it on any mobile browser, it will tell you to “Snap or upload a pic to search for similar images,” alongside a warning that Microsoft may use your pics to improve its services.This is where things differ from Google — because Bing supports reverse image search of your personal images directly. When you tap that camera icon, you get the option to take a photo, upload from your camera roll or upload from a third-party service like Dropbox or Google Drive. Pick one and it uploads and shows results.Oddly, on Safari for iOS, this doesn’t work in landscape mode. Or, if you search in portrait and then turn it to landscape to look at your results, they disappear. Just a bug to be aware of as you reverse search.Sadly, the Bing app (iOS and Android), even on its Image tab, doesn’t facilitate any kind of reverse image search whatsoever.Reverse search your images on mobileIf you have images on your mobile device that you want to reverse search — say, you want to identify a plant or a breed of dog you took a snapshot of on your phone — what do you do?The obvious workaround is upload the image to the internet in some way, find the image while using Chrome on your smartphone, and perform the steps above to reverse search. But that’s a lot of hassle.Instead, go to CTRLQ.org. It will also come up on top of a Google search for “reverse image search,” thankfully, possibly because it uses Google for search results.Click Upload Image and you’ll get the choice to not only upload pics in your Photo Library, but also to take a new picture, or upload from iCloud Drive, Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive or any other service you have running that stores images on your smartphone.Once uploaded, you need to click Show Matches (or upload another image).Finally, you’ll have results from Google to match, as best it can, the image you uploaded from your iPhone or Android-based smartphone of choice.Apps for reverse image searchIf you prefer apps over the browser, go direct to a reverse image search tool that you can keep on your smartphone at all times.Veracity (Free for iOS)Grabbing images from the Photo Library or storage options is a breeze, or cut and paste from the clipboard. Veracity says it will find the source image on the web even if it’s been changed. Remove ads from the interface with a $2.99 in-app purchase.Search by image (Free for Android)You can manipulate an image all you want before uploading via this app to get results from Google, Tineye and Yandex (the latter two being more third-party search services, rated among the best for reverse image search with Google and Bing).Reversee(Free for iOS)This app sends your pics directly into the Google Images database to search for similar images, but upgrade to the pro version for $3.99 and get results from Bing and Yandex as well.Search by image extension($0.99 for iOS)This one isn’t an app you go into, but rather an app that adds an extension to other apps. It will put one of those extension buttons inside Photos and Facebook and other apps, so along with Copy or Send to iCloud, you’ll have an option to Search Image. Results appear in your mobile browser, and come from Google, Tineye and Yandex. Google’s reverse image search is a breeze on a desktop, but what about when you’re on a mobile device? Google, Bing, and others have options. Smartphones 5 min read Image credit: via PC Magcenter_img Add to Queue July 20, 2017 60shares Writer Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand How to Do a Reverse Image Search From Your Phone Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Clothing Company Named Steve Jobs Can Keep Name After Apple Loses Legal

first_img December 29, 2017 Clothing Company Named ‘Steve Jobs’ Can Keep Name After Apple Loses Legal Battle Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Next Article Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Register Now » This story originally appeared on PCMag 2 min read –sharescenter_img Senior Editor Matthew Humphries Image credit: via PCMag Apple isn’t having a very good final week of 2017. Already being forced to admit older iPhones were being purposefully slowed down, followed by an apology and cheap battery replacement offer, now Apple has lost a multi-year Steve Jobs branding legal battle.As The Verge reports, it started back in 2012 when Italian brothers Vincenzo and Giacomo Barbato realized Apple hadn’t trademarked the name Steve Jobs, so they did instead. It became their company name with the logo based on the Apple logo by adding a bite mark to the “J” in Steve Jobs. Clothing and accessories were then offered under the brand.As you’d expect, Apple wasn’t pleased with the name of its co-founder being used by someone else, so the brothers were hit with a lawsuit. Apple focused on the logo, but because the letter “j” isn’t seen as an edible item, the bite mark in it wasn’t viewed by the courts as copying Apple’s own logo.Apple lost the fight and the brothers get to keep their trademark and can continue to use the name. However, it’s going to become even more frustrating for Apple as the Steve Jobs brand isn’t going to remain limited to clothing and accessories. Vincenzo and Giacomo are planning to expand the business to offer electronics goods, so we will eventually see gadgets sporting the Steve Jobs name.We could end up seeing a Steve Jobs smartphone and tablet, and most likely they would run Android. If they launch a laptop, Windows 10 and not macOS would be used. But if they did choose to offer such devices, Apple would have a fresh case against them. Apple The Italian company can continue to use the Apple founder’s name and Apple’s logo and plans to start offering electronic devices under the brand. Add to Queuelast_img read more

Analyzing the Analytics

first_img Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Mikal E. Belicove This story appears in the October 2009 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Next Article –shares In the world of website promotion, only three things matter: proper positioning, traffic volume and conversions. The number of people visiting your website–and how many of those people are ultimately doing what you want them to do, such as placing an order or contacting you for more information–is absolutely critical. What the Pros UseAs you shop from the vast array of available web analytics software and services, consider the following options:Omniture SiteCatalyst: Pricey but very powerful, well supported and great for enterprise-level businesses.ClickTale: Hosted service offering affordable tiered plans, visually stunning interface, records and plays back individual user sessions.Google Analytics: Free, easy to install, powerful and well documented.Sentiment Metrics: Great online tool for monitoring social media dialogue.To maximize your return on investment on launching and managing a website, blog, or online campaign, you need to know what’s working and what’s not, where visitors are coming from, what they view, how long they stay and why some wander off. You need to know which campaigns are driving the most traffic to your site and how effective your site is in converting that traffic into targeted behaviors.Enter web analytics tools–applications that collect site traffic data and display it in graphical simplicity. With web analytics, you can monitor the success of web pages, pay-per-click advertising campaigns and other promotional efforts online and off. You gain valuable insight into visitors’ behaviors on your site. Perhaps best of all, you can identify and correct any obstacles to conversion, such as a poorly designed page or registration form, inferior product descriptions, or excessive steps for signing up for an e-newsletter.Assessing and improving conversions with the help of web analytics requires patience and persistence, but following these simple guidelines can simplify the process: Set trackable site goals. Do you want visitors to register for e-mail updates, place an order, contact you for an estimate, or something else?Use analytics to identify and monitor traffic sources and obstacles to conversion.Evaluate your ROI for traffic sources, such as pay-per-click advertising, blogging, offline advertising and social media marketing. Make adjustments as needed.Tweak your site to correct any obstacles to conversion.Continue to track traffic and conversion rates and fine-tune your promotions and approach.The good news for startups is that incorporating web analytics into site development and online marketing is affordable, in terms of both time and money. With a free service like Google Analytics, you can start monitoring traffic in less than 24 hours.Mikal E. Belicove is a market positioning, social media and management consultant specializing in website usability and business blogging. When he’s not working or ghosting blog entries for clients, Mikal can be found musing about the world on Belicove.com and can be reached at mikal@belicove.com. Technology Magazine Contributor 3 min read Analyzing the Analytics September 16, 2009 Add to Queue Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. How to make sense of your website’s performance data Register Now »last_img read more

5 Ways Scalias Death Will Affect US Business

first_img Next Article Image credit: Stephen Masker | Wikimedia Commons Supreme Court Jeff John Roberts –shares 5 Ways Scalia’s Death Will Affect U.S. Business 5 min read Add to Queue The unexpected passing over the weekend of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has touched off a political scramble in Washington D.C., and produced numerous tributes to Scalia’s towering presence among conservative intellectuals and in U.S. jurisprudence.Scalia’s passing also has immediate consequences for U.S. business. His death scrambles the expected outcome in key cases before the court and, in the longer term, removes the passionate pen Scalia often deployed on the side of business.Here are five ways the death of Scalia, one of five conservatives on the nine-member court, will affect U.S. business (keep in mind that, under Supreme Court practice, a 4-4 tie means the ruling from the lower-instance court stands).1. Class action lawsuitsThe Supreme Court, led by Scalia, has made it harder in recent years for lawyers to use class action cases to sue companies. Experts predicted that the court would use three current cases to make it harder still. Now, Scalia’s death means these cases will likely result in a tie (a negative outcome for the companies here) or a loss.The most important case, called Spokeo, involves data privacy, and turns on what type of harm consumers must show to bring a lawsuit. If the court doesn’t overturn the lower ruling, expect more class actions over technical violations of privacy — and in similar situations where a company has broken a law — but where no one is obviously harmed.The second case involves Microsoft, which is challenging a procedural maneuver that lets lawyers have a second crack at filing as a class when their first attempt comes up short. The third case, involving Tyson Foods, is about workers using formulas, rather than actual damages, to show harm. Once again, the outlook for the companies looks much worse than it did a week ago.2. Pollution regulations/climate changeThe Supreme Court in early February delivered a major blow to President Obama’s plan to use an executive order to cut carbon emissions. In a 5-4 ruling, the court imposed a stay on the proposal until an appeals court can rule — a victory for utilities and mining companies that say Obama’s plan is illegal and too expensive.The companies won a stay thanks to Scalia’s vote, and it looked like they would win if the case returned to the Supreme Court for a final ruling. Now, all bets are off. The appeals court is expected to side with Obama, and Scalia’s absence means it will be hard for the industry to block the plan (unless a Republican wins this year’s presidential election).3. ImmigrationThe single biggest case of this Supreme Court term is probably Texas vs. United States, in which the state is challenging an order by President Obama to let 4 million undocumented people avoid deportation and find work. While companies have not weighed in too loudly on the case, the outcome has enormous implications for industries like agriculture and construction, which draw on undocumented workers for labor.What happens next? A lower court ordered a stop to the plan, but the final outcome is unclear. The White House will need a majority of the votes (a 4-4 tie means the lower order stays in place), and that result became more likely in the absence of the arch-conservative Scalia.4. Intellectual propertyThe Supreme Court in recent years has repeatedly stepped in to fix the country’s troubled patent system, and has also handed down important copyright rulings. By his own admission, these intellectual property issues were a rare topic on which Scalia did not see himself as an authority (although he was the first to introduce “patent troll” to the Supreme Court’s lexicon). In 2014, however, he did issue a sharp dissent in a high-profile case that favored TV broadcasters, accusing the majority of using a “crude “looks-like-cable-TV” solution.”As Stanford law professor Lisa Ouellette observes, Scalia’s IP legacy represents a balance between the defense of property rights on one hand and, on the other, a desire to ensure companies don’t use intellectual property to grab undeserved monopolies. His absence could make it easier in the future for IP-intensive industries, like pharma and entertainment, to persuade the court to grant them expanded rights.5. UnionsThe big labor case this term turns on whether public employees at a California union can refuse, on First Amendment grounds, to pay fees for collective bargaining. Until last week, many thought the Supreme Court would side with the employee plaintiffs. This week, people are predicting the opposite.While the case involves public unions, not private sector ones, it carries considerable significance for business too. A Supreme Court decision knocking down mandatory fee collection would deal a big blow to the overall power of organized labor. That outcome now looks less likely. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Register Now » Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business February 16, 2016 This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazinelast_img read more

8 Tips To Avoid Customers Falling Asleep Reading Your Blog

first_img This story originally appeared on Bizness Apps 5 min read Enroll Now for $5 Next Article Andrew Gazdecki CEO of BiznessApps Making your blog header interesting and encouraging further reading is the first key. 8 Tips To Avoid Customers Falling Asleep Reading Your Blog Add to Queuecenter_img Content creation in business is a vital part of keeping the business afloat. According to a recent survey nearly 61% of consumers made big purchases based upon a blog post. Additionally 57% of companies survived reported that they have gained new customers from a blog. Yet, turning a profit from a blog can be a bit tricky, especially if you are new to blogging. Here are a few tips to help your numbers and your revenue add up.1. Make your message clearPeople have  very short attention spans and so we have a tendency to scan information. This means that your blog has to have content that is easily seen and read. Make sure that your content has information that will hook them in. If all that you are posting is material about how great your business is, your blog will not do well. Your blog must provide a service to the people and empower them. And where the goal is to turn a profit, the goal is also to drive customers to your site as a source for information. For example: If Joe owns a roofing company, he can make blog posts about home improvement. He does not have to tell them how to roof a house (as that is his bread and butter), but he can tell the consumer how to detect a leak in their roof.2. Don’t spam posts with keywords and SEOOrganic content is the new name of the game. Where in the past you would find blogs that had the same word repeated 100 times to help boost it to the front of the SERPs, today the market departments are focusing on comments, shares, real discussions, tweets, etc. which build up the content in the blog. Whatever you post will need to have some SEO and keywords but do not go overboard. At most keep it to 3%.3. Think like a journalistBy this I mean think of your headline. Journalists understand that they can have a great piece but if the headline is a dud then the content will not be read. Craft an attention grabbing header for your blog which encourages reading. With this being stated, you do not want to put a header that does not relate immediately to the content within the blog. It has to match up. According to an online study 8 out of 10 people will read a header but only 2 will go on to read the blog. Making your blog header interesting and encouraging further reading is the first key.4. Update your blog oftenYes, the quality of your writing should be the first focus of your blog. No one wants to read junk. However, after this has been taken into consideration you must keep the information updated and new post flowing. A person will typically only read a post once. If the content is really good they may read it twice. It is recommended that you update your blog at least once a week with quality/engaging material.5. Be involved with your readersBeing involved in your blog goes beyond just posting content. You will need to answer comments from your customers. If there is a specific questions that is asked of a competitor’s product, answer the question and show how your product is superior. Do not be afraid to comment on negative feedback as it will show that you are a person and not just a machine.The premise of a blog is to provide a media that people can get information about your company in an engaging way. If you think of the blog as a miniature PR, FAQ and information page about your business and you as the head of that department, you will be far more successful in your approach and your success.6. Break up that textBlogs must have images and other content to break up the text. Think about a newspaper. Now, imagine all of the images and the fonts being gone and replaced with only a 14pt header and plain text. It would be so overwhelming no one would read it. The same is true for your blog. Add video posts that relate to your product, use headers, bold fonts and add images. Creatively construct your blog so that it is visually appealing and draws the person in.7. Wake them up with your call to actionIf you want to have revenue then you have to make it to where a reader can invest. Create a unique call to action button at the end of your blog post. Do not use a hyperlink only and do not use the clichéd call to action like “Read More” or “Click Here.” If you are selling a book put “Get My Book Now” or if you have products available for a simple task put something that relates to that such as “Get Your Go-Cart Starter Pack Here.” Remember, a blog is a part of your business and not a byproduct of it. To have revenue from this source dedication and the same professionalism you show other aspects of your business must be present. Implementing these tips is a great way to start. October 5, 2016 –shares Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Image credit: Yuri Arcurs | Getty Images Blogginglast_img read more

Email Open Rates Leveraging Personalization to Be Ever in Your Favor

first_imgEmail Open Rates: Leveraging Personalization to Be Ever in Your Favor Jason GrunbergJune 20, 2019, 9:00 pmJune 18, 2019 Email Engagementmachine learningpredictive analytics Previous ArticleGracenote Launches New Video Popularity Score to Surface Top Trending TV Shows and Movies for More Topical Discovery ExperiencesNext ArticleRainFocus Delivers the Event Industry’s Most Advanced Machine Learning Tool Over fifty percent of consumers say they delete at least half of all brand marketing emails in their inboxes without ever opening them. Even if they don’t delete the email, there is no promise consumers will open it. Thus, low email open rates. I’ll bet most inboxes look something like this:The email that doesn’t go to the primary inbox is not SPAM. The vast majority of that is caught by ISPs, but the tremendous volumes of email looking to reach individual consumers are what is making marketers’ jobs infinitely more challenging; a challenge marketers bring upon themselves.The stakes are high. Email offers significant ROI, so more emails are sent in order to tap into the potential revenue gains. But with primary inbox placement is tied to multiple factors, including Email Engagement. Email deliverability experts consistently point to the relevancy of message as a key to increasing placement.So by focusing on email open rates, a marketer could stand to increase overall email performance more effectively. The challenge is that most strategies for improving email performance are tied to email conversion. To solve that, here’s a primer on tactics that can help boost opens.Read More: The Three Promises Every Marketer Must MakeGo Beyond “Dear [First Name]” in Subject LinesConsumers today expect Personalized Service and Communication that reflects their interest and behavior.To build engagement with and earn revenue from individual customers, email marketers must personalize in two distinct ways: Leveraging information about a customer’s prior behavior and incorporating unique interest profiles created for each customer. Personalized subject lines that include a consumer’s name, products they specifically are interested in, or products they are individually predicted to purchase can materially improve email open rates and email revenue.Using simple field insertion for a customer’s name can increase email open rates by upwards of 18% while using a personalized product recommendation in a subject line can increase email open rates by 41%. There is significant downstream impact as well with personalized product recommendations in subject lines boosting purchase conversion rates by 188%.Take a look at online retailer JustFab, for example. Personalization is baked into the brand’s DNA. This billion-dollar retailer uses Machine Learning to look at each customer’s unique interests to serve email subject lines (and email content) leading with the product category and product style each individual customer prefers.Example: JustFab customer Samantha from New Jersey will buy any handbag animal print, and Indira from California loves wedge heels. JustFab’s unique user profiles allow the retailer to send an email that leads with a hook that speaks directly to each customer’s specific and personal interest. In this case, Samantha might receive a subject line that says “Bags and more in prints that roar” and Indira would be served with “Wedges and more in prints that roar.”With this approach, JustFab increased email revenue by 19%.Read More: Customer Experience 2020: Personalization is KeyPersonalize Email Send Time Your friends know when to – and not to – reach out. I’m an early riser and early-to-bed kinda guy. So, anyone who messages me after 9 pm will not get a response until the following morning. My good friends know this, so they simply don’t reach out.Brands should – and can – do the same.Even when I’m up at 5 am, I will not check my personal email to see what’s on sale for the day. I’m most likely to do that at 2 pm when I take an afternoon coffee break. There are few brands that respond to this signal by sending me an email in the early afternoon rather than at the crack of dawn. The emails at the top of my inbox at 2 pm are far more likely to open than the ones 100 spots down on the list.Business Insider and JustFab are two brands that personal email sends time in this way. By using historical open data, the brands can automatically deploy email messages at the ideal time of day for their individual consumers. For JustFab this approach increased email revenue from top customers by six percent and 41 percent from new subscribers.Trigger Based on Predictions77 percent of Email Marketing ROI is generated from targeted, triggered messages. Welcome series, post-purchase series, abandonment series, subscription renewals, and other transactional are powerful messages when consumers are highly engaged.But, trigger messaging is reactive –  triggers by a specific behavior. By integrating predictive analytics into campaign management, brands can further increase the ROI of triggers by pre-empting action.Rather than waiting for a purchase to take place, predict when a customer will purchase? how much she will spend? and what she will specifically buy? And then deploy a pre-purchase series that guides her to make the purchase. Follow that up with your traditional post-purchase series.Instead of waiting for an audience member to disengage, predict if he disengages in the next 30 days and sends a re-engagement message before he’s not even paying attention to your Email Marketing.By implementing tools like Artificial Intelligence and Predictive Analytics, marketers can take this valuable insight and leverage it to better connect with prospects in ways that prove to work for each unique, individual customer. Subject line content, send time, and purpose of the campaign offer opportunities for increasing email revenue while appealing directly to customers.Read More: Why Tone is Everything in Marketing!last_img read more

New network for children and youth with special health care needs seeks

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jul 12 2019A new research network for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCNet), led by researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Children’s Hospital Colorado and Boston Children’s Hospital, will lead, promote and coordinate national research activities to improve their systems of care.Funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, the 11-site research network will lead, coordinate and promote health systems research for CYSHCN. The network’s work will strengthen the base of evidence related to key components of a comprehensive, high-quality system of care for CYSHCN. It will respond to a need among CYSHCN and their families for evidence about how best to deliver and coordinate care for their conditions.The new network is led by Christopher Stille, MD, MPH, Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital Colorado; Jay Berry, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital; and Charlene Shelton, RN, PhD, program manager at the University of Colorado Denver. We are very proud to lead the new network. It will be a ‘big tent’ for child health research across the United States, where researchers practice, and policy groups, and patient and family groups can work together. We are kicking it off with 11 major institutions and partners, and eventually will include even more. The more diversity in the network, the better information we will get to help improve health care for children with special needs throughout the country.”Christopher Stille, MD, MPH, Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital Colorado CYSHCNet has relationships with Family Voices, Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP), American Academy of Pediatrics (APA), state Medicaid programs, and the Children’s Hospital Association (CHA), as well as research networks working in other areas of child and adolescent health. These stakeholders and others have collaborated to create a national research agenda for CYSHCN, which will be published later this year. In collaboration with CHA, the network hosts teams working on secondary database projects related to important health system topics for CYSHCN, including emergency and urgent care, transition to adulthood, disability and Social Security Income, multimorbidity, neonatal care, post-acute care, and chronic medication use.Related StoriesChaos in the house and asthma in children – the connectionWhy Mattresses Could be a Health Threat to Sleeping ChildrenGuidelines to help children develop healthy habits early in lifeThe first of these secondary database projects, led by Dr. James Feinstein (University of Colorado) and Dr. Berry, focusing on opioid exposure in CYSHCN, has been published in the Journal of Pediatrics. Study findings will heighten parental and clinician awareness about choosing whether to prescribe opioids to CYSHCN and, if so, when and how follow-up should occur. Findings will also inform opioid prescribing guidelines and policies for CYSHCN at the hospital and governmental levels such as Medicaid Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committees to ensure the safety of opioid use in CYSHCN. A second completed study on polypharmacy in CYSHCN has also recently been published in the Journal of Pediatrics.”The secondary data and analytics core of the network is thriving,” said Dr. Berry. “Over time, the core will fuel a portfolio of impactful health systems research on CYSHCN.”Prospective network projects underway include assessing factors that boost parents’ confidence in caring for their children during times of stress; models of collaboration between academic medical centers and community clinicians for children with medical complexity; and a peer mentoring program to help youth with special health care needs transition from pediatric to adult health care. Source:Children’s Hospital Coloradolast_img read more

First look LG V40 ThinQ smartphone features five cameras but do you

first_img ©2018 USA Today Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. “Do I really need five cameras in a smartphone?” Citation: First look: LG V40 ThinQ smartphone features five cameras, but do you really need them? (2018, October 4) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-lg-v40-thinq-smartphone-features.html IPhone XS and XS Max review: Apple’s beautiful big-screen beasts exact a small ransom Maybe the most interesting feature to highlight is called Cine Shot, or the ability to create a “living photo” or cinemagraph. What this essentially means is you’re capturing a still image, except, that is, for a chosen portion of the picture that remains animated, something like a babbling brook behind an otherwise frozen subject. It’s a cool effect done right, but I found the process is a little tricky. You have to remain still to capture three seconds of video, then after shooting “paint” over the portion of the image with your finger where you want to retain motion. The feature works with both the rear and front cameras.As for the front cameras, you can toggle between them to grab your standard selfie, or shoot a wider angle picture that captures not only your face, but also the mugs of all your buddies.Other photo features on the V40 are also found on rival phones, including portrait effects that let you blur the background while focusing on your main subject. I wouldn’t blame you if that was the first thing you asked upon hearing about the signature feature in the LG V40 ThinQ, the latest premium flagship smartphone from the South Korean electronics maker.Specs-wise LG’s new $900 (on up) phone is in line with other Android smartphones in this class. It is water and dust resistant and has a phablet-sized display, a 6-4 inch OLED variety in this case (with a notch), framed by thin bezels.Inside is powerful Qualcomm processor with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, expandable (up to 2-terabytes) through microSD. It also has a standard headphone jack—and these days, that is worth cheering.And I should point out that while the phone has a solid feel, I found it to be a tad slippery and a magnet for smudges.Still, what you keep coming back to is that camera quintet, broken out as follows: The rear of the device sports a module with three different lenses: 16-megapixel super wide, 12MP standard, 12MP 2X telephoto zoom. The front of the device has a camera pair comprised of a standard 8MP lens and 5MP wide angle. I plan to reserve my full judgement until I’ve had an opportunity to take more pictures and determine whether most of the camera features border on being more fun and helpful, or quite frankly more gimmicky. Sorry, LG, but at least with some of the features here I’m leaning towards the latter.One feature I find useful, at least some of the time, is that you can preview what a shot will look like taken with any of the three rear cameras.And if you choose the aptly named “Triple Shot” mode, you can capture an image taken with the rear trio in consecutive fashion, with the idea being to focus on an object in the center of your scene and holding the camera still until all three photos have been taken. A few seconds later, the camera generates a GIF. You’ve also of course captured pictures from all three cameras and can save and/or share any or all three.Yet another feature, the “Flash Jump-Cut” mode, also generates a GIF, by shooting photos 3 seconds apart. You get to choose just how many pics will be the underpinning for this GIF (4, 8, 12, 16 or 20 images). 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. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Recycling of photovoltaic waste boosts circular economy

first_img Citation: Recycling of photovoltaic waste boosts circular economy (2018, October 16) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-recycling-photovoltaic-boosts-circular-economy.html 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. Credit: ABC Photo, Shutterstock According to the EU’s Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive, 85 percent of PV waste must be recovered and 80 percent recycled and reused, by 2018. The Horizon2020 CABRISS project helped to transform the legal obligations under the WEEE directive into new business opportunities by pioneering a circular economy based on recycled, reused and recovered indium (In), Si and silver (Ag) materials for PV and other applications. Supported by SPIRE (Sustainable process industry through resource and energy efficiency), the consortium comprised 11 companies and 5 research institutes from 9 EU countries working in a public-private partnership. According to project coordinator David Pelletier: “CABRISS focuses mainly on a photovoltaic production value chain, thus demonstrating the cross-sectorial industrial symbiosis with closed-loop processes.” Industrial symbiosis describes a network of diverse organisations for fostering eco-innovation, long-term culture change, and improving business and technical processes. CABRISS developed this process by providing raw materials as feed stocks for other industries.Valuable materials from PV wasteResearchers used three different sources of PV waste in the project. The first involved a novel technique for delaminating and recovering all high-value materials like Ag, In, Si and high-purity glass from PV end-of-life thin film and Si-based PV modules. The second comprised solid waste from PV production, consisting of a mixture of broken Si wafers and cells. The final source is dry Si powder PV production waste, known as kerf, recovered from material lost during the cutting process. Project partners used laser technology to open the thin-film photovoltaic modules without damage, resulting in higher value for the recycled glass. “For Si-based PV modules, an innovative and water-based technology was developed which, unlike conventional shredding technologies, does not break glass resulting in the collection of all materials in Si PV modules,” says Pelletier.Economically efficient and environmentally friendlyThis approach paved the way for high-value, high-yield recycling of PV modules (thin-film and silicon) with economically efficient recovery of all reusable materials. “The result is WEEE-compliant recycling of PV wastes, increasing yield and quality of recovered materials, including silicon, indium, silver, and high-quality undamaged glass,” Pelletier explains.Furthermore, researchers tested innovative cost-effective methods for the extraction and the recovery of Ag and Si. They also demonstrated the possibility of purifying the recovered Si from broken wafers and cells to solar-grade (5N-grade) by pyro- and hydro- metallurgical processes for direct reuse in the PV industry. “Refining of silicon kerf has already led to metallurgical silicon grades of 3N to 4N,” claims Pelletier. CABRISS benefits society by avoiding the environmental impact of landfilling PV waste and the high energy invested in producing virgin Si that has not been used before in manufacturing. It also reduces the environmental impact of the recycling process itself by optimising recycling procedures according to results of the life cycle analysis. “In addition, reports on good practices of waste traceability between PV manufacturers/ PV recyclers will help to improve recyclability opportunities and collection efficiency,” Pelletier points out. An EU-funded initiative has developed methods for recovering valuable materials from photovoltaic (PV) waste such as silicon (Si) for re-use in the industry.center_img How to improve recovery of electrical and electronic equipment waste Provided by CORDIS Explore furtherlast_img read more