SDUSD outperforms other urban districts in reading and math

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThe National Assessment of Educational Progress has been released.The report shows the San Diego Unified School District out-performed other large urban districts by demonstrating significant grade-level improvements in both reading and mathematics.KUSI was joined by SDUSD Superintendent Cindy Marten with more on the school district’s accomplishments and latest report card. , SDUSD outperforms other urban districts in reading and mathcenter_img Posted: April 12, 2018 April 12, 2018last_img read more

Gov Newsom released his revised version of the states budget

first_img KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego County’s state legislators largely praised Gov. Gavin Newsom’s revised fiscal year 2019-20 budget today for its efforts to tackle high health care and housing costs, prepare for the next economic crisis and invest in the state’s future.In January, Newsom released his first budget since becoming governor, a $209 billion fiscal plan that included a $144 billion general fund and a projected surplus of $21 billion, the state’s largest since at least 2000. The budget included $1.3 billion for housing development and $40 million to fund two full years of tuition for first-time community college students who are enrolled full-time.Newsom’s revised budget, released Thursday, ticked up to $213 billion and builds on the first spending plan by increasing funding for things like housing development and homeless assistance while adding billions to the state’s rainy day fund, which could reach as high as $16.5 billion if state revenue trends remain consistent. The revised budget also includes a slightly higher projected surplus of $21.5 billion.“The affordability crisis families face in this state is very real, and that’s why this budget tackles those challenges head-on by focusing on housing, health care, early childhood and higher education,” Newsom said.Sen. Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, lauded Newsom for the revised budget’s gains on its predecessor. Atkins, the Senate president pro-tem, also expressed confidence that the state Legislature would finalize a budget “that will make a real difference for Californians.”“The May budget revision reflects California’s fiscal strength, increases our prudent reserves, and makes important investments for the future,” Atkins said. “I am particularly pleased to see more funding for K-12 education and increases for the Earned Income Tax Credit to help even more working Californians.”But Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, called the water tax and other new taxes “unfortunate, unhelpful and unnecessary,” arguing that it is unnecessary with the state’s projected surplus and will hurt residents who are already near the poverty level.Bates also railed against Newsom’s proposal to withhold gas tax funds for transportation infrastructure upgrades if cities around the state don’t build enough housing.“His insistence to hold gas tax dollars hostage from local governments unless they do what he wants proves that the gas tax increase was a bait-and-switch on voters,” Bates said. “Promises made to voters on transportation must be promises kept.”Bates allowed that the budget includes provisions worth supporting, such as assistance for low-income families and funding to modernize the state’s public schools.“Making these priorities a reality will help all Californians,” she said.Newsom’s revised budget contains $81.1 billion for education and expands family services and programs like paid family leave, allowing up to eight weeks of paid leave for each parent.The budget also includes a provision that would eliminate sales tax on diapers and tampons, a cause that Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, has championed for years. Newsom estimated the repeal would cost the state roughly $35 million, which is likely to be recouped through other tax increases and state funding within the budget.“This tax relief will go a long way in helping those young families who we know are at their most economically vulnerable,” Gonzalez said. “In California, more than 50 percent of the children born are on Medi-Cal. … We know that diapers are a necessity not only for the health of the child, they’re also required in order to drop your child off at child care.”The revised budget also includes controversial new levies and proposals such as a tax on drinking water, which would fund cleanup efforts in communities without access to potable water. Roughly one million California residents don’t have access to clean drinking water, according to Newsom.The state legislature will now begin its final negotiations with Newsom’s office over the revised budget. The final spending plan must be approved by June 15. KUSI Newsroom Gov. Newsom released his revised version of the state’s budget Posted: May 9, 2019 May 9, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

LIVE MUSIC in Wilmington Week of April 29 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are a few opportunities to catch live music in Wilmington this week:Larry GilbertTuesday, May 1, 6pmThursday, May 3, 6pmRocco’s Restaurant & Bar193 Main Street, WilmingtonPianist Ricky LauriaThursday, May 3, 8pmTremezzo2 Lowell Street, WilmingtonKaraoke with Winnell EntertainmentFriday, May 4, 8pmPacific Grove211 Lowell Street, WilmingtonLori & Richard Ruggerio (Husband & Wife Vocalist Duo)Saturday, May 5, 2:30pmWindsor Place of Wilmington92 West Street, WilmingtonNOTE: Know of any other musical performances happening in town this week or in the coming weeks? Let me know 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… RelatedLIVE MUSIC in Wilmington (Week of May 13, 2018)In “Business”LIVE MUSIC in Wilmington (Week of May 27, 2018)In “Business”LIVE MUSIC in Wilmington (Week of March 25, 2018)In “Business”last_img read more

2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport updated with mild hybrid powertrain more incar

first_img reading • 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport updated with mild hybrid powertrain, more in-car tech 2019 Land Rover Range Rover P400e review: A hard hybrid to recommend Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it More about 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport AWD 4dr SE Preview • 2018 Range Rover Velar: Effortless SUV elegance on- and off-road Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Land Rover Apple SUVs Tags See All Post a commentcenter_img 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque review: Style, now with more substance Apple Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors More From Roadshow Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Disco never died, it just hid out until Land Rover sought to bring it, and the Disco Sport, back to life. Now, a couple of years later, the latter is staring down some quality upgrades for the 2020 model year.Land Rover on Tuesday unveiled the 2020 Discovery Sport. On the spectrum of refreshes, this one is right about in the middle, making some slight visual changes while also updating the more important underlying bits. Two new powertrains have been introduced: One is a 246-horsepower I4 from the modular Ingenium engine family, while the other one slaps a 48-volt mild hybrid system into the equation, boosting its output to 286 horsepower.That new mild hybrid system comes alongside a new underlying platform. Now riding on Land Rover’s Premium Transverse Architecture platform, not only does it allow the Discovery Sport to pick up this kind of electrification, it makes the body some 13 percent stiffer. It’s also quieter, thanks to some improved sound deadening measures.As for style, it’s a little different, but not too much. The front and rear bumpers are new, and to my eyes, a little sportier-lookin’ than before. The grille is different, but I didn’t notice that until I read it in the press release. There are also some new LED lights to further differentiate the refreshed Disco Sport from its forebear.Enlarge ImageIt might take a keen eye to find the differences, but on the whole, they make for a more premium-looking SUV. Land Rover Inside, the center console has been redesigned, eschewing the rotary dial in favor of the sticklike gear lever seen on other Jaguar Land Rover vehicles. This rejiggering also makes enough space for wireless device charging, a first for the Disco Sport. Six USB ports are scattered throughout, as well. A new rearview mirror can display what the rearview camera sees, while additional cameras beneath the front end allow off-roaders to see “through” the hood on the infotainment display.The interior is further gussied up with more premium materials, including a new optional non-leather seat material made from recycled polyester microfiber. You can even spec massaging seats, if you feel like really going for broke. Behind the first row, there are new cup holders and redesigned storage spaces, in addition to extra seat configurability, bringing the total number of available seat configurations to 24.On the infotainment front, the Discovery Sport now rocks Land Rover’s InControl Touch Pro system, with its 10-inch touchscreen replacing the outgoing setup. It’s not Touch Pro Duo, though — the climate controls aren’t relegated to their own screen. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available, as is a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot. Safety systems are available, but not standard, and they include adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking and lane-keep assist.The 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport hits dealerships in the summer, and pricing will be announced closer to the car’s on-sale date.Originally posted May 21.Update, June 10: Reduced mild hybrid output by 10 horsepower due to an error in Land Rover’s press release. Share your voice 0 Land Rover •last_img read more

Panchayat polls Calcutta High Court extends stay on election process

first_imgKolkata: A single Bench of the Calcutta HC on Monday extended a stay on the Panchayat election process in Bengal till the next date of hearing as an appeal on the maintainability of a petition by the BJP is pending before a division Bench. Justice Subrata Talukdar directed that he will take up the matter on Tuesday at 2 pm after going through Monday’s order of the appeal Bench.The State Election Commission and the Trinamool Congress had moved the division Bench comprising justices D Somadder and Arindam Mukherjee challenging the single Bench order which had accepted the maintainability of the petition at this stage. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe division Bench said it does not want to interfere in an “intra-court matter” at this stage and made it clear that the petitions would be heard before the single Bench of Subrata Talukdar. However, the division Bench maintained that the hearing has to take place expeditiously and if necessary, it might take place every day. The decision of the division Bench has made it clear that the single Bench will now hear the petitions by the opposition parties as well as by the State Election Commission (SEC) and ruling Trinamool Congress on Tuesday. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedKalyan Banerjee, advocate for Trinamool Congress said: “Day-to-day hearing will take place from Tuesday. I had raised my doubts over maintainability of the petition and had argued that it is not maintainable. We will argue our matter in Calcutta High Court only and would not go to the Supreme Court.”Welcoming the order, BJP’s Bengal unit general secretary Pratap Banerjee said: “The division Bench has rejected the ruling party’s appeal to vacate the single Bench order.” Banerjee on Monday furnished a bond of Rs 5 lakh as fine imposed by the court on the party for “misrepresenting facts” by moving both the Supreme Court and the High Court on the same plea. Justice Talukdar also permitted state Congress president Adhir Chowdhury to become a party in the case.It may be mentioned that the single Bench of Justice Talukdar had stayed the election process on March 12 and had fixed the hearing in the case for on Monday. It had directed the SEC to present a comprehensive report on the election process which was furnished by the latter on Monday. Petitions on the rural polls came up for hearing both in the single Bench and the division Bench after the ruling TMC moved the division Bench against the single Bench’s stay. On April 9, the State Election Commission had extended by a day the last day for filing nominations after the BJP and opposition parties alleged that the ruling party was resorting to muscle power and violence to prevent its candidates from filing nominations. The next morning, it withdrew the order citing legalities.As per the original schedule, the nomination process ended on April 9. The polls are scheduled to be held on May 1, 3 and 5 with counting on May 8.last_img read more

Texas Housing Gains Momentum as Inventory Increases

first_img August 4, 2014 476 Views Texas Housing Gains Momentum as Inventory Increases in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Sharecenter_img Home Prices Home Sales Housing Supply Realtor Association 2014-08-04 Tory Barringer Texas’ available housing stock saw its first quarterly increase in in three years in the second quarter, giving a boost to sales volume as demand remains strong.The Texas Association of Realtors released Friday its 2014-Q2 Texas Quarterly Housing Report, revealing a 5.9 percent quarterly pickup in home inventory to a months’ supply of 3.60—level with where supply figures were at the end of 2013.Despite the quarter-over-quarter increase—the first since 2011, the association reports—inventory remained down 12.2 percent compared to a year ago, holding back growth in home sales.”The statewide housing inventory shortage to date in 2014 has prevented Texas from seeing the double-digit increases in home sales growth that we saw last year, so this new increase in inventory is promising,” said Dan Hatfield, chairman of the Texas Association of Realtors. “However, home sales volume continues to keep pace with 2013—the second-best year ever for Texas real estate—showing that housing demand continues to be very strong throughout the state.”According to the group, this year’s second quarter saw 81,272 home transactions, an increase of nearly 50 percent over the slower first quarter and 1.1 percent over Q2 2013.In the same period, the median price for homes sold in Texas was $187,300, up 8.3 percent quarter-over-quarter and 5.9 percent year-over-year.With demand remaining steady and inventory still below a balanced market, more development will be needed to see real growth, said Jim Gaines, Ph.D., economist with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, which compiles each quarter’s housing report.”The development of new homes and vacant lots is on the rise throughout Texas, and as a result we’re seeing much-needed gains in inventory. That said, Texas is still facing an inventory shortage,” Gaines said. “A steady, ongoing supply of new housing stock—particularly in the first-time and move-up buyer market, where a majority of home sales volume occurs—will be crucial to Texas housing market growth in the second half of 2014 and in the future.”last_img read more

Swiss telco Swisscom added almost 200000 TV custo

first_imgSwiss telco Swisscom added almost 200,000 TV customers last year, ending December with a total of 608,000.The telco ended the year with a total of 1.66 million broadband access lines having added 77,000 new customers during the year. Vivo Tutto, Swisscom’s nationwide bundled offering that includes mobile access lines and launched in August, had attracted 613,000 customers at the end of the year.Swisscom’s Italian subsidiary Fastweb saw revenues decrease 7.1% or €134 million year-on-year to €1.746 billion. Swisscom said price pressure remained strong due to intense competition, resulting in a 10% decline in revenue per broadband customer. Towards the end of the first quarter of 2011, Fastweb launched a new bundled product for satellite TV and broadband internet in partnership with Sky Italia. In 2011, 71,000 customers signed up for this offering, including 34,000 in the fourth quarter.last_img read more

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first_img Recommended Links — – Last Chance: VIP Access To Doug Casey’s Shocking 2016 Forecast Doug Casey fears a severe crisis is brewing. Not a currency collapse or stock market crash. A specific threat that could wreak more havoc than the Great Depression. That’s why tomorrow, in an urgent broadcast event, Doug’s pulling back the curtain on his shocking warning. And revealing how to profit from it in the months ahead, in a big way. Last chance to get VIP access ends tonight. Click here now for full details. Is Now the Time to Buy Silver or Gold? Dr. Steve Sjuggerud: “One critical number will tell you if now is the perfect time to buy gold, silver, or the best precious metals stocks. This is how you get the biggest gains.” Full story here…center_img One of America’s key industries just gave us another warning sign… Last Wednesday, stock in Macy’s (M)—the largest department store in the U.S. and an iconic American brand—plunged 15%. The next day, department store Kohl’s (KSS) fell 9%… And on Friday, high-end retailer Nordstrom (JWN) joined the bloodbath, dropping 13%. The massive selloff—which the media is calling the “Retail Wreck”—was due to terrible first-quarter results. This is the latest bad news in what’s been an extremely ugly earnings season. As you may know, earnings season is when companies tell investors if earnings grew or shrank last quarter. A strong earnings season can send stocks higher. A bad one—like we’re in right now—can cause stocks to crash. Companies in the S&P 500 are on track to show a 7.1% decline in earnings. That would mark the fourth straight quarter that earnings have fallen. That hasn’t happened since the 2008-2009 financial crisis. • Retail companies have been some of the biggest losers this earnings season… Macy’s reported a 5.6% drop in its “same-store sales” last week. This metric measures how much sales rose or fell at stores that have been open for at least a year. Because it strips out the sales bump from opening new stores, same-store sales can tell us more about the health of a company than total sales. Macy’s sales decline last quarter was its biggest since 2009. As we mentioned, Kohl’s also had a poor quarter. Its same-store sales fell 3.9%, its biggest decline since 2009. And Nordstrom reported a 1.7% decline in same-store sales. • The retail sector can tell us a lot about the U.S. economy… This industry is a reliable economic indicator. It often flashes early warning signs when trouble is ahead. It’s not hard to see why. Consumer spending makes up 67% of the U.S. economy. When the economy slows, folks will stop buying designer jeans and expensive cologne to make sure they don’t miss a mortgage payment. They’ll hold off on buying a new watch to save money for the essentials. Today, many of America’s biggest retailers are trading like we’re in a recession. Macy’s is down 56% over the past year. Nordstrom is down 51%. Kohl’s is down 48%. • We don’t think these companies will recover anytime soon, either… If you’ve been reading the Dispatch, you know we think the U.S. economy is stalling out. The signs are all around. Corporate profits are drying up. Huge companies are laying off workers by the thousands. Global trade has practically come to a standstill. A slowing economy is bad for most companies. It’s especially bad for companies that sell “want” items—or things people would like to buy, but don’t need. “Want” items are the first place people cut spending when the economy slows. They buy off the clearance rack rather than the latest fashions. Nordstrom customers are already starting to cut back. Business Insider reported last week: Comparable sales for Nordstrom’s full-price businesses fell 5.4%, including a 7.7% drop at its US department stores… While sales are plunging in Nordstrom’s full-price business, comparable sales for the company’s off-price brands, including Nordstrom Rack—which sells steeply discounting clothes and accessories—grew 4.6%. According to Investment bank Morgan Stanley (MS), Nordstrom customers aren’t the only ones changing their spending habits. Business Insider continues: “Notably, this shortfall was entirely driven by lower trips/transactions,” Morgan Stanley analysts wrote in a note ominously titled “High-End Recession.” The declines confirm a terrifying new reality for high-end retailers: Wealthy shoppers are reining in spending and, along with the rest of American consumers, refusing to pay full price for anything. • Americans aren’t spending money like they used to… Macy’s and Kohl’s both blamed their bad results on the weather. They said folks bought fewer coats and scarves due to an “unfavorably warm winter.” Companies often blame the weather or other things beyond their control when they have a poor quarter. It’s much easier to do this than admit business is bad. We aren’t buying this excuse. Retail companies have much bigger problems than a warm winter. For one, Americans aren’t spending money like they used to. Fortune reported last week: Department store operators have been hit in the past year as consumers choose to spend on smartphones and electronics, dining out and travel, and invest in assets such as vehicles and homes. • Retail giant Amazon (AMZN) is eating “brick-and-mortar” retailers alive… Amazon isn’t your traditional retailer. It doesn’t own huge stores or employ thousands of cashiers. It runs an online store where you can buy just about anything with a few clicks of a mouse. It’s also one of the world’s most dominant companies. Its sales have increased for 77 consecutive quarters. Last year, the company’s sales topped $100 billion for the first time. Amazon has changed how people shop. That’s bad news for traditional retailers like Macy’s, Nordstrom, and Kohl’s. The chart below says it all… Last quarter, earnings for department stores in the S&P 500 plunged 48%. Meanwhile, earnings for large online retailers jumped 143%. Online retailers are stealing business from companies like Macy’s and Nordstrom. Amazon is the big reason why. Regards, Justin Spittler Delray Beach, Florida May 18, 2016 We want to hear from you. If you have a question or comment, please send it to feedback@caseyresearch.com. We read every email that comes in, and we’ll publish comments, questions, and answers that we think other readers will find useful. • E.B. Tucker, editor of The Casey Report, warned the retail industry was in trouble in November… Retail stocks were still hot at the time. The SPDR S&P Retail ETF (XRT), which holds 99 major retailers, was up 408% since March 2009. That was more than double the S&P 500’s 203% return in the same period. E.B. said retail sales were slowing, and warned that the retail stocks would soon rollover. He also warned that problems in the retail sector would soon show up in other parts of the economy: Consumers cut back spending on mostly unnecessary items first. Pretty soon, Americans are going to stop buying steak and start buying hamburger. When the economy sours, every penny counts. Before you know it, people are pawning off all the expensive junk they bought with cheap credit since the last financial crisis. That’s one way markets unwind seven years of excess borrowing and spending. Several major American retailers have tanked since E.B. made this warning. Watch maker Fossil (FOSL) is down 21%. Department store Sears (SHLD) is down 49%. Furniture company Restoration Hardware (RH) has plunged 64%. • E.B. is still worried about the economy… He’s advising Casey Report readers to “crisis-proof” their portfolios. E.B. recommends holding cash and physical gold. A cash reserve will save you from losing money if stocks sell off. It will also prepare you for the next big buying opportunity in stocks. Owning gold is another simple way to protect your wealth. That’s because it’s the ultimate safe-haven asset. It’s served as money for centuries. It’s protected wealth through history’s worst financial crises. And gold could also make you a lot of money if stocks crash. It’s already starting to take off… This year, the price of gold has jumped 21%. It’s at its highest price since January 2015. E.B. recommends you keep 10% to 15% of your wealth in gold to protect your portfolio against a stock crash or financial crisis. • E.B. isn’t avoiding stocks completely… He recommends owning companies that “feed the masses.” E.B. likes these stocks for a simple reason: people have to eat. Unlike retailers that sell “want” items, companies that sell food can do well no matter what happens with the economy. One of those stocks, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), is up 21% since January. E.B. thinks ADM will keep rising even if the economy continues to struggle. That said, E.B. doesn’t recommend buying the stock at current prices. He rates ADM as a Hold after its big jump. But if you want to profit from “feeding the masses,” E.B. has another stock you can buy today. It’s a world-class agricultural product company with an impressive dividend history. You probably have this company’s top brand in your pantry right now… This stock is up 14% since January. It’s also paying a 5.4% dividend yield. That’s more than double the S&P 500’s 2.1% dividend yield. You can invest alongside E.B. by signing up for The Casey Report. Click here to begin your risk-free trial. • REMINDER: Today is your last chance to sign up for our Crisis Investing workshop… If you’ve been reading the Dispatch, you know we’re hosting a very special training event tomorrow. During this training series, you will learn one of the most powerful wealth-building strategies. Legendary investors like Warren Buffett, Jim Rogers, and even our own Doug Casey all used this strategy to build their fortunes. For the first time ever, Doug will share this great wealth-building secret in a free series of online training videos. You’ll also discover why this strategy has never been more crucial. It could up end being one of the most important events in our company’s history. If you’re interested, don’t wait to sign up. After today, we will close the doors to this free training series. Click here to reserve your spot. Chart of the Day Amazon hasn’t just crushed retailers. It’s crushed the entire stock market. Today’s chart shows the performance of Amazon over the past seven years. As you can see, the stock has been ripping higher. It’s up 935% since March 2009. That’s more than five times the return of the S&P 500. Chris Wood, editor of Extraordinary Technology, thinks Amazon will keep rising…but that doesn’t mean you should buy it at today’s levels. Here’s Chris: I like Amazon a lot as a long-term investment. It’s the seventh largest company in the U.S. in terms of market cap. Companies this huge often have trouble growing. But Amazon is growing as quickly as a much smaller company. Still, if you’re the type of investor who hold stocks for a year or less, I’d recommend staying away from Amazon right now. The stock has been making higher highs and higher lows since late March. This indicates a clear uptrend, which is a good thing. But the stock is getting expensive… Its price-to-sales ratio is up to 2.9, which is well above its five-year historical average of 2.1. In other words, investors are paying more for each dollar of Amazon’s sales today than they have in the past. Investors are paying a “premium” even though Amazon’s sales aren’t growing as fast as they have been. Annual revenue growth over the past year was 20%. That’s well below its five-year average of 26%. Slowing sales and a high valuation aren’t the only reasons to avoid Amazon in the near term. Chris explains: Another thing to consider is insiders selling Amazon’s stock. An insider is a person who knows more about a company than the general public. Think CEOs, board members, and upper management. Insiders sell stock for a lot of reasons. They might sell to diversify their holdings, pay for medical care, or take a nice vacation. They may also sell if they think the stock is going down. Amazon insiders have sold 2.2 million shares of Amazon stock over the past year, while buying exactly zero shares on the open market. Just this month, CEO Jeff Bezos sold more than $670 million worth of Amazon stock. There’s no way to know why these insiders are dumping Amazon stock. But it’s another reason to not buy Amazon at current prices. We’ll likely get the opportunity to buy Amazon at much better prices over the next few quarters.last_img read more

On Alexanders medical practice once she returned

first_imgOn Alexander’s medical practice once she returned to Charlotte: I’m sure to fill a need, a very stark…need, and to differentiate her practice, to build her practice, her caseload was largely based around gynecology, obstetrics, as well as early childhood diseases. She did treat a wide variety of these illnesses, and in fact, when she became the president of the county medical society, she spearheaded this entire campaign against hookworm, which was hugely prevalent in the South at the time and especially infected, unfortunately, children. She also later on grappled with this huge flu pandemic that swept across the South in 1918.Also there were pandemics involving malaria and typhoid as a result of the end of World War I. So she started off in gynecology, then worked into helping children and then eventually when she gained her prominent position as president of the medical society, she was able to spearhead entire campaigns branching out into what had formerly been territory entirely designated to male doctors.,This month WFDD will be taking a look at the stories of pioneering leaders in our series, “Her Voice: Revolutionary North Carolina Women.”,In the latest installment of our series “Her Voice: Revolutionary North Carolina Women,” we look at one of the first,Fifteen years before Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of the bus, another woman refused to give up her seat.,At the turn of the 20th Century, a 19-year-old African-American woman from Henderson, N.C., began building a school – the Palmer Memorial Institute – that would educate more than 1,000 black youth. Annie’s father was a doctor during the Civil War, and he had a female patient who was so embarrassed during this time period to be examined by a male doctor that she refused medical treatment, and she subsequently died. So her [Alexander’s] father decided that his daughter would go into medicine to maybe help rectify this issue. To his credit, he felt that there was a terrible choice to be made. ‘Shall I allow female patients to die out of their embarrassment, or shall I put a female into my doctor’s position and remove that embarrassment and thereby save their lives?’ So, clearly that was a noble position to take and one that was extremely novel for his generation, in the time period, to have to push his daughter to become a doctor. He benefitted a lot of people. But I wonder how much say in the matter Annie actually had. For the final installment of this month’s series, “Her Voice: Revolutionary North Carolina Women,” we go back to the 19th Century, to a town just outside of Charlotte and a time before women had the right to vote.Here we find Annie Lowrie Alexander, who would become the first licensed female medical doctor in the South. WFDD’s Bethany Chafin spoke with author and filmmaker Anna Fields about how Alexander became a pioneer in medicine.Interview HighlightsOn the beginning of Alexander’s career in medicine: On where Alexander did her medical studies:center_img At first her father hired a tutor and then supplemented that education with his own mini medical lessons. And then at the age of only 17 she went to the Women’s Medical College in Philadelphia. She graduated there with honors in 1884 actually, and moved to Baltimore where she spent another full year teaching anatomy and interning while she was studying for her medical license. She then passed the licensing exam in Maryland. She had the highest grade in the class of 100 students of which she was the only woman. Once she took the North Carolina medical exams and passed, she became the first female doctor in the entire South. So, pretty amazing. In Charlotte there was only one hospital. And so Annie remodeled her home so that she could see patients there as well. I’m sure there were many more patients than there were hospital beds, so she remodeled the first floor of her home into essentially a hospital ward, and she would see patients actually in the rooms above. She did slowly build up her practice. She was making rounds for the people who truly could not come to her home. She would make house calls on her horse-drawn buggy…until she finally purchased an automobile in 1911. This of course was Ford’s Model T. On Alexander’s caseload and the health issues she was passionate about:last_img read more

Want to reduce your risk of dementia in older age

first_imgWant to reduce your risk of dementia in older age? Move as much as you can.We’ve all heard about techniques to get us more physically active — take the stairs, park the car a bit further from your destination, get up and march in place for a minute or two when standing or sitting at a desk.Now a study finds even simple housework like cooking or cleaning may make a difference in brain health in our 70s and 80s.”Exercise is an inexpensive way to improve health and our study shows it may have a protective effect on the brain,” says Dr. Aron S. Buchman with Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, who led the study.Previous research found just 45 minutes of walking three days a week actually increased brain volume among individuals 65 and older.The new study, published Wednesday in the online issue of Neurology, is unique because Buchman was able to analyze the actual brains of study participants. The findings are a “great thank you” to the participants who agreed to donate their brains for research after death, he says.The study looked at 454 older adults who were 70 or older when the research began. Of those adults, 191 had behavioral signs of dementia and 263 did not. All were given thinking and memory tests every year for 20 years.In the last years of research before death, each participant wore an activity monitor called an accelerometer, similar to a Fitbit, which measured physical activity around the clock — everything from small movements such as walking around the house to more vigorous movements like exercise routines. Researchers collected and evaluated 10 days of movement data for each participant and calculated an average daily activity score.The findings show that higher levels of daily movement were linked to better thinking and memory skills, as measured by the yearly cognitive tests. And when Buchman analyzed brain tissue under a microscope, this finding turned out to be the case even for individuals with at least three signs of Alzheimer’s disease, such as amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles. Even though these individuals might have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, 30 percent of them had “normal” cognition at death, says Buchman.Why one person shows signs of dementia and another, who has similar degenerative changes in the brain, does not, is a mystery. But Buchman says the new findings suggest that physical activity may be protective, even amidst developing Alzheimer’s. It sort of masks the symptoms, he says, and is an “empowering finding” suggesting you can have some control over your brain health even if you don’t have control over developing Alzheimer’s.”It’s almost as if the physical activity was helping the brain to bypass the physical damage,” says Dr. Tim Church, a preventive medicine specialist with Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University who was not involved in the research. “It appears that physical activity was critical to creating a reserve that protects against those physical damages.”And, while intense activity and exercise is highly beneficial, even light activity can make a difference, says Buchman. “As long as you have some activity and you’re moving, whether you’re chopping onions, typing, sweeping the floor or even running,” you can reduce your risk of cognitive decline.The findings are impressive, says research scientist Carl Cotman, director of the Institute for Brain Aging and Dementia at the University of California, Irvine, showing that physical activity may “offset the ill effects of brain degeneration.” He adds that lifestyle interventions such as an increase in physical activity and movement can be powerful even in the presence of disease. Cotman was not involved in the research.But exactly how the protective effect may work is unclear. Buchman says the current findings are a “great start” but he hopes to look more closely at participant’s brains to measure different proteins and try to identify which ones might link physical activity to better cognition.There are some caveats to the study. The findings do not show clear cause and effect. Study participants with dementia had significantly lower indications of movement compared to those without dementia. It may be possible that as people lose memory and thinking skills, they also reduce their physical activity.And the study did not have data on how active participants were over the course of their lives. It could be that older adults who moved more were also lifelong exercisers so it’s not known if physical activity in early life may have played a role.While previous research suggests that people may be able to beat back dementia with exercise, Buchman acknowledges that “more studies are needed to determine if moving more is truly beneficial to the brain.” Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

Billionaire Bill Gates Is Not a Fan of Cryptocurrencies

first_img Image credit: via PC Mag Next Article Guest Writer Enroll Now for $5 In a Reddit AMA, the Microsoft co-founder voiced concern about the anonymity of cryptocurrencies, which he said can facilitate criminal behavior. 3 min read March 2, 2018 Michael Kan –shares Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is no fan of cryptocurrencies, which he says have become a vehicle for crime, and in some cases can result in people’s deaths.During a Reddit AMA on Tuesday, Gates said the anonymity of the web means cryptocurrencies can mask money transactions. “I don’t think this is a good thing,” he said.That same anonymity can facilitate tax evasion, money laundering and terrorist funding schemes. “Right now crypto currencies are used for buying fentanyl and other drugs,” he added, “so it is a rare technology that has caused deaths in a fairly direct way.”To be clear, the anonymity isn’t perfect; for instance, law enforcement and the IRS have been using software and experts to track bitcoin transactions. Nevertheless, cryptocurrencies have certainly become a favored tool among criminals to move money.One Reddit user was quick to point out that U.S. cash can be used to buy drugs anonymously, too. But in response, Gates said: “Yes — anonymous cash is used for these kinds of things, but you have to be physically present to transfer it.”Gates is the latest famous figure to weigh in on the cryptocurrency craze, which has drawn polarizing reactions across the business and tech world. His friend billionaire Warren Buffet has also warned investors to steer clear from the digital currencies.Others are more curious. Last month, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he was interested in studying the “positive and negative” aspects of cryptocurrency technology. Meanwhile, Asian technology firms Line and Rakuten have unveiled plans to actively dive into the market.In the same Reddit AMA, Gates revealed that he’s particularly excited about robotics and virtual assistant software.”The most amazing thing will be when computers can read and understand the text like humans do,” he said. “Today computers can do simple things like search for specific words, but concepts like vacation or career or family are not ‘understood.’ Microsoft and others are working on this to create a helpful assistant.”Gates was also asked if he’d ever run for U.S. president, to which he said no. The Microsoft co-founder said he can accomplish more as a private citizen through his foundation, which is focused on solving poverty and disease.”I do think people are expecting too much from Government,” he added. “Yes Government can do better but local groups can do a lot that government can’t — helping out in schools, reaching out to people in poverty. This is also true internationally. I would like to see this civil society sector step up a lot more.” Bill Gates Billionaire Bill Gates Is Not a Fan of Cryptocurrencies Add to Queue Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand This story originally appeared on PCMag 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. Reporterlast_img read more

WeWork Sues ExEmployee for Disclosing Information to Reporters

first_img WeWork Companies Inc., a closely held operator of shared office space, has sued a former employee for unauthorized disclosure of information to Bloomberg News that showed the firm, which is valued at $16 billion, falling short of its financial goals.In a complaint filed late on Friday with the New York Supreme Court for Manhattan, WeWork accused Joanna Strange, who was fired June 10, of unlawful access to its computers and of stealing confidential and proprietary information. The firm, which operates sites in 40 U.S. and foreign cities, also accused Strange of breaching her contractual and fiduciary duties.Bloomberg reported on Friday that in late April, WeWork in an internal review document slashed a 2016 profit forecast by 78 percent, cut its revenue estimate by 14 percent and disclosed a 63 percent surge in projected negative cash flow.Chief Executive Officer and co-founder Adam Neumann told employees in meetings on May 9 and May 23 that the company had to rein in costs and get its finances in order, according to Bloomberg. WeWork said on Thursday that it reported a case of corporate theft to the U.S. Attorney’s office and that the “stolen document was prepared months ago for scenario planning purposes and does not reflect our robust operating momentum.”Reuters was unable to contact a lawyer for Strange.WeWork said it required all employees to sign an agreement that precluded them from disclosing proprietary information without written approval. This restriction applied both during and after Strange’s employment, the court filing said.After her termination, Strange accessed WeWork’s computers without authorization by using credentials belonging to David Fano, a senior executive, and disclosed the information to reporters, the filing said.WeWork said it was seeking unspecified damages and a trial by jury.Strange may say that at least some of the disclosed information was not truly proprietary, said Dan Eaton, a lecturer at San Diego State University’s College of Business and an employment lawyer. Some information about the company’s finances was known, he said.Strange may say that she had authorized access to the information, Eaton said. In California, granting access to and then misusing information is not a violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act because the anti-hacking statue focuses on access, not misuse, he said.(Reporting by Herbert Lash; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn) WeWork Image credit: Mandel Ngan | Getty Images July 18, 2016 The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List –shares Add to Queuecenter_img WeWork Sues Ex-Employee for Disclosing Information to Reporters Reuters Next Article 2 min read This story originally appeared on Reuters Apply Now »last_img read more

NexTech And LivePerson To Demo Conversational Commerce Platform Integrating AR With Messaging

first_imgNexTech And LivePerson To Demo Conversational Commerce Platform Integrating AR With Messaging On Main Stage at AWE USA Conference May 31, 2019 PRNewswireMay 30, 2019, 6:03 pmMay 30, 2019 Augmented RealityAugmented World ExpoEvan GappelbergMarketing TechnologyNewsNexTech AR Solutions Previous ArticleMatcha Announces Content-Powered Popups to Help Ecommerce Websites Capture More LeadsNext ArticleSeal Software Announces Version 7 of Award-Winning AI-based Contract Analytics Platform Company to Present a New Use Case for Sentiment Analysis Capabilities Within Its AR E-commerce Platform, Featuring Conversational Commerce TechnologyNexTech AR Solutions announced that CEO Evan Gappelberg and President Paul Duffy will team up with LivePerson to showcase its sentiment analysis capabilities for augmented reality (AR) eCommerce at the Augmented World Expo (AWE) USA Conference, taking place in the heart of Silicon Valley May 29-31, 2019 at the Santa Clara Conference Center in Santa Clara, CA. On the Mission City Main Stage, May 31 at 1:30 pm PT, NexTech and LivePerson will demonstrate a new and powerful retail use case for AR sentiment analysis by integrating NexTech’s web-based AR into LivePerson’s conversational commerce platform. During the demonstration, several pairs of Tamara Mellon shoes (co-founder of Jimmy Choo) will be shown as AR objects.“The benefits of having an augmented reality view and one-touch purchase transaction without having to leave the native messaging application makes the eCommerce interaction super simple and seamless for consumers and changes the retail landscape forever,” comments Scott Starr, LivePerson AVP Retail. “Conversational Commerce leverages humans, artificial intelligence and now AR to deliver more personalized shopping experiences for consumers in the messaging channels they use each day.”“We are very excited and fortunate to be partnering with LivePerson and Tamara Mellon, two leaders and visionaries in their respective fields,” comments Evan Gappelberg, CEO of NexTech. “The ability to demonstrate how commerce can be transformed and disrupted using LivePerson’s conversational messaging and NexTech’s augmented reality features at AWE is giant step forward for NexTech as well as the emerging AR industry as a whole.”Marketing Technology News: Seven Tech Data Executives Named 2019 CRN “Women of the Channel”“With the integration of NexTech’s AR with Chat and LivePerson’s conversational commerce platform and sentiment analysis – both with natural language and computer vision – we’re creating a new transformative technology for retailers to convert shoppers into buyers, reduce returns and build brand loyalty by measuring customer responses to products in real-time,” said Paul Duffy, NexTech president. “This is a one-of-a-kind technology, unique to both the retail and AR industries. By tapping into sentiment analysis, brands are no longer confined to a binary model of analytics, but rather can utilize a full spectrum of sentiment in order to deliver targeted AR experiences and drive traffic to their online stores.”AWE USA is an annual augmented and virtual reality conference and expo attended by creators, investors, developers and product leaders representing some of the most innovative companies working in the AR/VR sector. 2019 marks the 10th annual conference. With 7,000 attendees, 250 exhibitors, 300 speakers seen on over 100,000 sq. ft. of expo space, “AWE is the CES of the future, the very near future,” says USA Today. Some of the featured brands attending will be Amazon, Facebook, Google, Disney, GE, Walmart, Qualcomm, and Oculus.Marketing Technology News: True Influence Hires Data Strategist and Marketing Technology Visionary Ray Estevez as Chief Data OfficerNexTech has built its AR and AI eCommerce platform as an affordable, scalable, customizable, and most importantly, easy solution to integrate within an existing web interface, making NexTech one of the leaders in the rapidly growing AR industry, estimated to hit $120 billion by 2022, according to Statista.Gartner reports 100 million consumers will shop in augmented reality online and in-store by 2020. NexTech is building out its AR and AI eCommerce offerings, which include using AI to create a guided and knowledgeable curator that can be programmed to be used for eCommerce, retail and education.Marketing Technology News: DataRobot and Informatica Partner to Accelerate Adoption of AI Across the Enterpriselast_img read more

MarTech Series Exclusive PopIn with VidMob at Cannes Lions 2019

first_imgThe underlying theme of this year’s Cannes Lions 2019 festival was the future of creativity. It was examined from all angles over the course of five days, as leaders of the industry shared ideas about emerging storytelling formats, strategies to overcome attention scarcity, and ways to more accurately and positively reflect society. Advertising shapes culture, and it was inspiring to see brand leaders demonstrate a genuine passion for purpose.We invited six leaders across Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, and YouTube to chat with our CEO Alex Collmer about a range of topics, including how creativity can be used as a force for good, how creative effectiveness can be measured, and how new storytelling formats are changing the nature of advertising by putting the consumer in control.Doing Good, Doing WellRachel Elam from the Social Good Brand Partnership team at Facebook joined Alex in a discussion about the newly launched Instagram Stories donation sticker. Non-profit organizations and the 500M+ users of Instagram Stories can now raise funds to support important causes as easily as tagging a friend. VidMob and Facebook partnered on a Father’s Day campaign whereby we created Instagram Stories ads for St. Judes, Alzheimer’s Association ASPCA, American Cancer Society, and JDRF.The Terrible Choice of which Ad to ProduceCreative-agency-vets-turned-Facebook-execs, Hope Cowan and Eric Schnabel, share their perspective on why Stories is changing everything. It lets consumers be creators and lets advertisers be playful. Ephemeral by design, stories let brands be vulnerable and take the creative risk with minimal financial risk. Thanks to Stories, Eric said advertisers no longer face a terrible choice on what to produce. Every good idea can be tested.Pitch, Play, PlungeFacebook also developed a creative framework to combat shrinking attention spans. It can be used to develop higher performance ads on Facebook and elsewhere.Creative is the #1 Determinant of Success on SNAPCreating vertical video ads is now a frictionless experience which is bringing so many new advertisers to Snapchat. Head of Global Creative, Jeff Miller, explains why AR on Snap is so unique and how keeping the camera at the core of the user experience encourages a sense of play.The Secret to HappinessSnapchat is grounded in self-expression with no judgment. With no likes or comments, you can do you. Jeff Miller explains how Snap is looking to bring that magic into the world to make it a happier place.Connecting Content to ConversationVideo is Twitter’s fastest-growing ad format, driving over 50% of revenue. Stacy Minero, Head of Content Creation, takes us through the evolution of Twitter’s video business and offers examples of how Twitter both reflects and shapes culture.A Machine will Never Create an IdeaMatthew Williams is YouTube’s Head of Creative Product Solutions and weighed in on how technology can make us more creative. The secret sauce revealed in Cannes Lions 2019 is to know when to use tech and when not to. A machine won’t ideate—that’s an exclusively human pursuit. YouTube has advanced many new self-service tools to help advertisers measure creative effectiveness and improve performance. AR/VRCannes Lions 2019FacebookSnapchatTwittervideo marketingVidMobYouTube Previous ArticleJackie Lee-Joe Named Netflix Chief Marketing OfficerNext ArticleGetAccept Closes $7 Million Series A Funding Round Led by DN Capital MarTech Series Exclusive: Pop-In with VidMob at Cannes Lions 2019 Stephanie BohnJuly 12, 2019, 6:00 pmJuly 12, 2019 last_img read more

Study Temperaturerelated mortality decreasing in Spain over the past four decades

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 24 2019Temperature-related mortality has been decreasing in Spain over the past four decades, according to a new study led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), a research center supported by “la Caixa”. The study analyzed the Spanish population’s vulnerability to hot and cold temperatures in the context of global warming.The study, published in The Lancet Planetary Health, analyzed temperatures and deaths related to cardiovascular diseases recorded in 48 Spanish provinces between 1980 and 2016. Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death in Spain and there is clear evidence of an association between temperature and cardiovascular mortality.The findings show that temperature-related cardiovascular disease mortality was 38.2% lower in the period between 2002 and 2016 than for the period between 1980 and 1994. Analysis of the data in 15-year periods revealed that temperature-related cardiovascular mortality decreased at a rate of more than 17% per decade.Specifically, heat-related cardiovascular mortality for the period 2002-2016 was more than 42% lower in men and more than 36% lower in women than in 1980-1994, while cold-related mortality was 30% lower in women and nearly 45% lower in men.Notable differences were observed between the sexes: heat-related mortality was much higher in women, while men were more vulnerable to cold temperatures. In older people, the risk of death attributable to high temperatures was significantly higher for both sexes, but in the case of cold the increase was significant only for men.”We observed two parallel phenomena,” explained Hicham Achebak, a researcher at ISGlobal and the Centre for Demographic Studies (CED) and lead author of the study. “First, over the past four decades the mean temperature has risen by nearly 1°C. The trend is towards fewer days of moderate or extreme cold temperatures and more days of high temperatures. Second, the Spanish population has adapted to both cold and warm temperatures. The number of deaths at a given temperature is lower now than it was four decades ago.”Related StoriesSP Scientific introduces new system for controlled rate freezing of biological materialsStudy finds increase in fatal opioid overdoses after cold weatherCardiac arrest survivor meets four Good Samaritans who saved his life one year after recoveryThe adaptation observed appears to be due to socioeconomic development and structural improvements–including improvements in housing conditions and health care systems. The authors highlighted a number of socioeconomic developments in Spain, including increases between 1991 and 2009 in per capita income (€8,700 to €22,880) and per capita health care spending (€605 to €2,182). In addition, between 1991 and 2011, the proportion of households with central heating went from 25.8% to 56.9% while the proportion of households with air conditioning rose from 4.16% in 1991 to 35.5% in 2008. Source:Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal)Journal reference:Achebak, H. et al. (2019) Trends in temperature-related age-specific and sex-specific mortality from cardiovascular diseases in Spain: a national time-series analysis. The Lancet Planetary Health. doi.org/10.1016/S2542-5196(19)30090-7. The Spanish population has demonstrated a considerable capacity to adapt to rising temperatures. However, as this has not necessarily been the result of a strategy to mitigate the consequences of climate change, it is possible that this adaptive response is limited and will not be sustained at higher temperatures, as climate warming accelerates.”Joan Ballester, ISGlobal Researcher and Coordinator of the Studylast_img read more

Aussie military says tracking app doesnt breach security

Australia’s military said on Tuesday that a fitness tracking application did not breach security despite revelations that an interactive, online map using its data can show troop locations around the world. In this March 1, 2017, file photo, Fitbit’s new Alta HR device is displayed in New York. The Pentagon is doing a broad review of how military forces use exercise trackers and other wearable electronic devices in the wake of revelations that an interactive, online map can pinpoint troop locations, bases and other sensitive areas around the world. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) 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. The Pentagon announced this week that it was doing a broad review of how the U.S. military forces use exercise trackers and other wearable electronic devices after the revelations about GPS tracking company Strava’s application. Strava’s online Global Heat Map shows the locations of its users.Australian Defense Industry Minister Christopher Pyne said the Defense Department was preparing a report for the government on the matter. A department statement said it was aware of the possible risks of the collection of location data through personal electronic devices and apps.”The circumstances of this application do not constitute a security breach,” the statement said.The issue was first publicized last weekend when Nathan Ruser, a 20-year-old student who is studying international security with a double major in Middle Eastern studies at Australian National University in Canberra, tweeted that “U.S. bases are clearly identifiable and mappable.” It was later reported by The Washington Post.The map uses satellite information to show the locations of subscribers to Strava’s fitness service. The map shows activity from 2015 through September 2017.Heavily populated areas are well lit, but warzones such as Iraq and Syria show scattered pockets of activity that could be caused by military or government personnel using fitness trackers as they move around. Those electronic signals could potentially identify military bases or other secure locations.”Who knows if someone from any of the intelligence services noticed it before, but as far as I know, I’m the first person in public to put two and two together,” Ruser told The Associated Press from Thailand, where he is visiting family.He said more people were interested in the issue than he expected.”I expected it to hang around pretty quietly in some of the open-source analyst circles, intelligence wonks would look at it and then for the government or the company to quietly fix the security vulnerabilities, but it’s got pretty big,” he added.He called the map a “wakeup call.””I wouldn’t say it provides an acute security risk to any personnel because a lot of those bases are known and even though this map gives you a huge advantage if you were to prioritize targeting the base, none of America’s current adversaries like ISIS can walk up to one of those bases and bomb it,” he said.Ruser said he had not been contacted by Strava or any security agency since his tweet attracted attention. Citation: Aussie military says tracking app doesn’t breach security (2018, January 30) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-aussie-military-tracking-app-doesnt.html © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Pentagon probes fitness-app use after map shows sensitive sites (Update) Explore further read more

Is the energystoring solar cell soon to be reality

first_img Provided by University of Erlangen-Nuremberg Electricity from a renewable energy source such as the sun or wind is only available when the wind blows or the sun shines, and it is extremely difficult to store any surplus electricity. New concepts are required—and researchers from the Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy at FAU are counting on chemical concepts for storing energy.In two joint projects, the scientists are exploring new ideas for using molecules to store solar energy and are investigating molecules and processes that allow energy to be stored efficiently and released in a controlled manner when required. It is even conceivable that stored chemical energy could be converted directly into electrical energy.The research is based on the so-called norbornadiene-quadricyclane storage system. Norbornadiene (NBD) and quadricyclane (QC) are hydrocarbons and have been under discussion among experts as potential candidates for storing solar energy for some time now. Under the influence of light, a reaction within the norbornadiene molecule is triggered, causing the molecule to transform into quadricyclane. The reaction produces an energy density similar to that of a high-performance battery. Thanks to this property, quadricyclane is also known as “solar fuel.”The sub-project focusing on photochemical and magnetochemical storage and the release of solar energy in strained organic compounds is led by Prof. Dr. Dirk Guldi and Prof. Dr. Andreas Hirsch. The scientists are working on producing various new groups of NBD and QC derivatives. In addition, they are systematically investigating the influence of photosensitizers and electron acceptors as well as solvents and magnetic fields within this process. The long-term goal of the researchers is to create a closed system-fuel cycle for molecular storage systems.Prof. Dr. Julien Bachmann, Prof. Dr. Jörg Libuda and Dr. Christian Papp are working together in the sub-project focussing on catalytic and electro-chemical release of solar energy stored in strained organic compounds. The scientists are developing new catalyst systems and electrodes that can be used to convert chemical energy directly into electrical energy. They intend proving the concept behind the functional principle using hybrid boundary surfaces with a suitable electronic structure, chemical structure and electrochemical stability.The results of both sub-projects could form the basis for building an energy-storing solar cell. The electricity created by solar energy could be stored intelligently and used highly efficiently thanks to intramolecular reactions. Credit: CC0 Public Domain Liquid storage of solar energy – more effective than ever before Storing solar energy is the central challenge facing energy researchers. Alongside traditional solutions such as solar cells or batteries, creative chemical concepts for storing energy are paving the way for entirely new opportunities. Intramolecular reactions are making it possible to transform solar energy and store it in a singular molecule. This may form the basis for constructing energy-storing solar cells.center_img Citation: Is the energy-storing solar cell soon to be reality? (2018, June 15) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-energy-storing-solar-cell-reality.html Explore further 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

Farmers urge Modi govt to take action against illegal cultivation of GM

first_img Anand Patel New DelhiJuly 16, 2019UPDATED: July 16, 2019 10:42 IST Prominent farmer leaders have told the Narendra Modi-led government that if it does not take action to stop illegal genetically-modified crop cultivation, they will be forced to take up country-wide agitations.In a letter to the apex regulatory body for gene technologies, Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC), at a press conference in Delhi, demanded that the event developer be made legally liable for any illegal GM crop cultivation in the country.”We will strongly resist any move to bring in GM crops into the country, including through illegal cultivation, as was the case with Bt cotton in India. This is a clear case where the government has to take a sane policy decision, using a precautionary approach and ensure that GMOs do not jeopardise our environmental sustainability or farmer livelihoods or consumer health,” said Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Yudhvir Singh.The letter, signed by farmer unions included the BJP Kisan Morcha, Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, Bharatiya Kisan Union, Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha, Agragami Kisan Sabha, AIKKS and Swadeshi Jagaran Manch, stated their demand of introduction of new gene technologies under the purview of regulations under the EPA 1989 Rules.Badrinarayan Chaudhary of Bhartiya Kisan Sangh (BKS) asked the government not to fall prey to fake farmers’ organisations and their demands in favour of GM crops. “This is a case of failed and hazardous technologies that are trying to be introduced through a backdoor route. The ones who are encouraging farmers to choose and illegally grow GM seeds is bio-terrorism. We, as aware farmer unions, working for the benefit of farmers, demand the government to take measures to curb the spread of illegal GM seeds in India,”he said.”Our regulators need to ensure that their primary mandate, that of protecting citizens from the risks of modern biotechnology, is fulfilled fully,” said Kapil Shah of Jatan, Gujarat. A delegation had earlier met the GEAC officials on July 12 to put forward their demands for regulations.READ | GM Crops: Boon or Bio-hazard? WATCH | Zero budget farming can double farmers’ income: Nirmala SitharamanFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySumeda Next Farmers urge Modi govt to take action against illegal cultivation of GM cropsFarmer unions have threatened to hold a nationwide strike if the government fails to take action against illegal cultivation of GM crops.advertisementlast_img read more

BSP chief rejects alliance with Cong in MP RajasthanBSP chief rejects alliance

first_imgCOMMENTS Mayawati claims Cong more keen on demolishing her party than defeating BJP October 03, 2018 Opposition unity suffered a major setback on Wednesday with the most critical element in anti-BJP political chemistry, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), rejecting any alliance with the Congress in either Madhya Pradesh or Rajasthan. Assembly elections are due in the next few months in both these States.BSP president Mayawati accused the Congress of “stabbing me in the back” — casting grave doubts about the viability of opposition alliances, especially in the politically critical Uttar Pradesh, in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.“The Congress is not willing to make any compromise despite the challenge that the BJP has put before the voters. The BSP has always bowed to the national interest and supported their government at the Centre for ten years. But the Congress has stabbed the BSP in the back. It was the BJP that first targeted me with the Taj corridor case but it has escaped no one that the Congress used it to hound me for years. I was given a reprieve only by the Supreme Court,” said Mayawati. Mayawati has announced an alliance with former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi in Chhattisgarh, where also elections will be held this year.This is likely to hurt the Congress in a State where the difference of votes between the Congress and the BJP in the 2013 Assembly elections was 97,574.The BSP, on its own, secured 5,58,424 votes although it managed to win only one Assembly seat. The difference led to the BJP cornering 49 seats and a majority in the 90-member Assembly while the Congress got 39 seats. This time, Mayawati’s tie-up with the Congress rebel Ajit Jogi is bound to hurt the Congress in a closely fought election.The extent of political cost of the BSP chief’s short press conference, accusing the Congress of “stabbing me in the back”, cannot be over-estimated in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, as also in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections where the Opposition had been counting on Mayawati to be the magnet for Dalit and most backward caste voters.Congress “not serious”Describing the Congress’s attitude as “rassi jal gai par bal nahin gaya (they’ve lost everything but arrogance)”, Mayawati heaped further scorn on the Congress, saying, “They (Congress) are pathetic. Despite repeated losses in elections — look at what happened in Gujarat— they still believe they can take on the BJP on their own. That leads me to suspect whether they are actually serious in defeating the BJP.”Mayawati proceeded to narrate past humiliations that the Congress meted out not just to the BSP founder Kanshi Ram but also to BR Ambedkar who “had to resign from the Law Ministry, was not given Bharat Ratna”. She said the Congress is “arrogant and obdurate” and not willing to cede space to other parties even when it is not in a position to fight the BJP on its own.BSP to contest alone“We have now decided that even in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, the BSP will fight on its own. The Congress’s attitude shows that they are more interested in eliminating the BSP than in defeating the BJP. It is because of this attitude of the Congress that the BJP has been winning elections and staying in power for so long in MP and Gujarat. What is it if not arrogance that despite being out of power for 15 years, they are not willing to give more than 20 seats to the BSP out of 230 in MP and not more than 5-6 seats in Rajasthan,” she said.Mayawati said that that her’s was the only party with the ability to transfer its vote to the other parties. Still, she said, the Congress is adamantly forcing her to go it alone.The BSP chief said, “In alliances, the BSP suffers more than the other parties. The BSP is the only party with a transferable vote. But we are now forced to believe that the Congress is conspiring to finish our party in the garb of destroying the BJP. Bur we are the stone that changes the course of the river.”She continued, “We are the party that struggles for the rights of the poor and the next election will prove that we are capable of defeating the BJP.”“We do not want to fight any election with the Congress. We will have no alliance with the Congress,” she said. Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati – PTI politicscenter_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on COMMENT SHARElast_img read more