Nintendo Switch Online App Launches

first_img It’s available now in the Android and iOS app stores, but don’t expect it to do anything useful just yet. We need Splatoon 2 to launch for that to happen. The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Matthew Humphries Nintendo is taking its time rolling out a full online service for the Switch. What we have now is a free, but limited service, with the promise of the paid-subscription version appearing in 2018. There’s also the Nintendo Switch Online App, which Nintendo quietly rolled out a few days early this week.It’s available for both iOS and Android devices and promises to, “help enhance your online gameplay experience on Nintendo Switch.” More specifically, Nintendo intends to offer features in the app on a per-game basis, but also promises to offer the ability to invite friends to play with you or to have voice chats.For now, anyone downloading the app is likely only going to see a maintenance page. However, we can look forward and see what’s coming with the first game to fully support it being Nintendo’s own Splatoon 2.Splatoon 2 will be supported at launch through the app using SplatNet 2. It allows you to view your stats for past online matches, as well as your single-player records and overall ranking. There’s also the ability to order special Splatoon 2 gear in the shop and see which online multiplayer stages will be available and when.Nintendo will allow you to send play invitations and chat with friends as promised, but also share all of your stats by linking the app and SplatNet 2 into your social media accounts. So expect a lot of Splatoon 2 auto-generated Facebook posts and tweets appearing after the game launches on July 21. Apply Now » Image credit: Nintendo via PC Mag Add to Queue 2 min read July 19, 2017center_img Nintendo 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List This story originally appeared on PCMag –shares Senior Editor Next Article Nintendo Switch Online App Launcheslast_img read more

Johnson Johnson to Cut 3000 jobs in Medical Devices Division

first_img –shares Johnson & Johnson to Cut 3,000 jobs in Medical Devices Division Healthcare conglomerate Johnson & Johnson said it would cut about 3,000 jobs within its medical devices division, or between 4 percent and 6 percent of the unit’s global workforce, over the next two years.The company said on Tuesday that it expected to record pre-tax restructuring charges of $2 billion to $2.4 billion in connection with these plans, of which about $600 million will be recorded in the fourth quarter of 2015.Leerink analysts said the announcement meant that an acquisition was still on the cards for J&J, given that it had about $37 billion in cash as of the end of the third quarter.”We continue to believe J&J is an active acquirer with a focus likely heavily weighted toward it’s lagging Medical Devices business…it’s a matter of when, not if, J&J does a deal”, they wrote in a note.J&J also reiterated its full-year 2015 forecast, and said the restructuring in the devices business move would not impact the $10 billion share repurchase program.The company said the restructuring would affect its orthopaedics, surgery and cardiovascular businesses within the larger medical devices unit.The consumer medical devices, vision care and diabetes care, part of the same division, would not be affected, J&J said.The restructuring is expected to result in annualized pre-tax cost savings of $800 million to $1 billion, J&J said. Most of these savings are expected by the end of 2018, including about $200 million in 2016.New Brunswick, N.J.-based J&J currently employs about 60,000 within its medical devices unit, part of a global workforce of about 127,000.The Band-Aid maker is expected to report its fourth quarter results on Jan. 26.The company’s shares rose about 1 percent to $98.25 in premarket trading.(Reporting by Natalie Grover in Bengaluru; Editing by Ted Kerr, Robin Paxton and Savio D’Souza) Layoffs Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Image credit: Reuters | Rick Wilking Reuters center_img 2 min read This story originally appeared on Reuters Next Article January 19, 2016 Register Now » Add to Queuelast_img read more

Pancakes Check Out These Deals and Freebies for National Pancake Day 2016

first_imgFood This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Next Article –shares 3 min read Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Add to Queue Pancakes! Check Out These Deals and Freebies for National Pancake Day 2016. Chris Morris America may be fractured on a number of issues these days, but there’s one thing we can all stand behind: Pancakes are delicious.On March 8, we celebrate this fine breakfast food (that sometimes works just as well for other meals) on National Pancake Day. It’s a day that’s largely identified with IHOP, though other restaurants have gotten in on the action as well.GoBankingRates has a complete list of restaurants offering deals, but here’s a list of some of the best bargains you can expect:IHOPThis is ground central for free pancakes. The chain hands out a complimentary short stack of buttermilk pancakes to anyone who wants one from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. It’s also the company’s biggest philanthropic effort of the year. Guests are encouraged to donate what they would have spent for that meal to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. If they make a donation of $5 or more, they’ll get a coupon good for $5 off their next visit. That’s basically two meals for free for a token charitable donation.And in Chamblee, Ga., IHOP patrons could have their pancakes made by Miss America.Waffle HouseWaffles may be considered the arch-rival of pancakes, but Waffle House isn’t letting the day go by unnoticed. Guests who visit March 8 can use this coupon for a free order of hash browns. (You’ll have to pay extra to get ’em scattered, smothered, and covered, though.)Denny’sDenny’s doesn’t formally recognize National Pancake Day, but it’s not going to cede the day’s breakfast business to IHOP. The chain is offering 20 percent off a party’s entire check with this downloadable coupon.Peet’s Coffee & TeaOnce again, you’ll need to print a coupon, but the chain that predates Starbuck’s is offering half off of any beverage between noon and 5 p.m. now through March 9. And there’s not much that goes better with pancakes than a piping hot cup of coffee.Noah’s New York Bagels/Einstein Bros. BagelsPrefer your breakfast starches a bit more portable? These two bagel chains (which are owned by the same parent company) are making it a little cheaper. Both have coupons offering 20 percent off of your purchase. The Noah’s coupon expires on March 8, while Einstein Bros. gives you until the 16th to get a schmear. Enroll Now for $5 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. March 8, 2016last_img read more

Osteoporosis is not only a womens disease

Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Dec 18 2018UMass Lowell wins $2.6 million grant to study bone health in menOsteoporosis, a bone disease that can result in painful fractures – typically in the back, hip or wrist – is often thought of as a woman’s disease. But men get it too, just usually later in life than women.Segment the population even more and researchers find that Puerto Rican men who live on the U.S. mainland are at much greater risk of thinning bones than previously thought. Researchers at UMass Lowell will assess bone strength and nutrition among men and women in this population in a study that could lead to improvements in treatments for all people who suffer from osteoporosis.The National Institutes of Health has awarded $2.6 million to UMass Lowell researchers to evaluate bone health risks among this population. The research team is led by UMass Lowell Prof. Katherine Tucker and includes assistant professors Kelsey Mangano and Sabrina Noel of the Biomedical and Nutritional Sciences Department.Related StoriesTop four things seniors need to know to have a safe and healthy summerUMN research evaluates impact of multimorbidity on hip fracture probability in older womenPenn study reveals link between mitochondrial damage and osteoporosisThis study is among the first of its kind to examine whether differences in bone strength between adults with and without Type 2 diabetes are due in part to compounds called advanced glycation end products (AGEs).Found in many foods and formed when meats are grilled, roasted, seared, fried or baked, AGEs contribute to increased oxidant stress and inflammation, which are linked to the recent epidemics of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.”Studying the relation of AGEs to bone health is novel among humans,” said Tucker, who also leads UMass Lowell’s Center for Population Health. “We expect that the research results will provide insight for developing interventions to prevent bone loss and fracture risk in adults.”The UMass Lowell team will study about 800 people living in the Boston area who are also participants in the Boston Puerto Rican Health Study Projects, which is a series of in-depth studies conducted over the past 12 years that has allowed researchers to follow the nutrition and health risk factors of 1,500 members of this population.Participants in the UMass Lowell study will complete a questionnaire, provide blood samples and get bone scans. In addition to the bone mineral density test that measures bone loss, the research team will use a new approach that assesses bone strength.”We know now that the bone density scans that we use today do not capture the full extent of fracture risk,” said Tucker. “In our study, we’ll be using microindentation, a new test that measures bone material strength. Using this new method in combination with the bone mineral density test will give us a better picture of bone health as it relates to nutrition and other health factors.”Early this year, Tucker received a $3.9 million grant from the NIH to study the effect of highly processed foods on dementia in this same population. Source:https://www.uml.edu/ read more

UMN study shows impact of opioids on pain and survival in sickle

first_img Source:https://www.med.umn.edu/news-events/university-minnesota-researchers-study-effect-chronic-opioid-therapy-pain-and-survival-sickle-cell-disease Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 3 2019New UMN research recently published Blood Advances, Kalpna Gupta, PhD, Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School, demonstrates the impact of opioids on the survival of humanized mouse models with sickle cell disease, compared to normal mice.Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) affects millions of people throughout the world. The genetic disease worsens over time and can cause lifelong pain. Given the often severe nature of the pain associated with SCD opioid use is a rule not an exception for treatment. The mice in this study showed characteristics of pain observed in patients with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD).Related StoriesAlternate cell growth pathway could open door to new treatments for metastatic cancersNanoparticles used to deliver CRISPR gene editing tools into the cellSleep quality and fatigue among women with premature ovarian insufficiency”We wanted to know if opioids reduce survival,” said Gupta. “There was a distinct difference in survival with morphine treatment between control mice expressing normal human hemoglobin and sickle mice expressing human sickle hemoglobin.” Gupta and her colleagues found that chronic morphine treatment decreased survival in control mice, but not in sickle mice.Adverse effects of opioids from clinical studies in cancer show the association of opioid requirement with reduced survival. Patients with SCD have reduced survival. Since many use opioids long-term, it is critical to know if opioids reduce survival in SCD and if they are really required. Researchers also looked into whether opioids caused hyperalgesia, a condition where a person develops an increased sensitivity to pain. They found that chronic morphine treatment leads to hyperalgesia in sickle mice, but does not lead to analgesic tolerance.”Our findings show that opioids cause hyperalgesia, which means they do cause pain, and that is why there is an increased requirement of morphine as the time goes by, it may not due to the reward function.” This study provides evidence for the first time that opioid requirement in SCD may be genuine and is not causing an adverse effect on survival and that even after long-term use opioids continue to remain effective in treating pain.According to Gupta, it would be critical to perform observational analysis on SCD patients receiving opioids to validate these findings, so that their pain can be managed effectively without opioid phobia amongst the providers. Until alternatives to opioids are found, pain needs to be treated with opioids. However, this study in humanized sickle mice also highlights the unmet need to develop effective analgesics to treat pain in SCD and in many other conditions.last_img read more

Hungary Audi workers in rare strike over wages

first_img © 2019 AFP Audi, one of Hungary’s largest exporters, employs some 13,000 staff in the western city of Gyor where it has made engines since 1994 Flights scrapped as Berlin airports brace for Monday strike Workers at the German car giant Audi’s plant in Hungary called a one-week strike Wednesday over a wage dispute, a rare case of industrial unrest in an economy that relies on the automotive sector. Audi, one of Hungary’s largest exporters, employs some 13,000 staff in the western city of Gyor where it has made engines since 1994. Car-making accounts for almost a third of Hungary’s total industrial output, and around 20 percent of exports.The plant’s largest union – the 9,000-member AHFSZ – said the strike would last from Thursday to January 31 and affect all parts of the facility.AHFSZ leaders told local media that talks with management would continue during the strike, but that it could be extended if no agreement is reached. Some 4,000 of the workforce at the Audi plant downed tools for a two-hour “warning strike” last week. Talks over 2019 wage levels began last September, with workers seeking an 18 percent wage increase.According to AHFSZ, workers at a Mercedes factory in Kecskemet, central Hungary, received a 22 percent wage increase for 2019 without having to resort to strike action.Since Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government tightened strike rules in 2012, industrial action has been rare in Hungary.After new changes to labour laws were passed by parliament in December, unions across the economy have threatened coordinated strike action.That legislation increases the amount of overtime employers can demand from workers and has been dubbed a “slave law” by unions, political parties, and civil groups who have held a series of street demonstrations in protest.center_img Citation: Hungary Audi workers in rare strike over wages (2019, January 23) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-hungary-audi-workers-rare-wages.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. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Karnataka launches SCST entrepreneurship schemeKarnataka launches SCST entrepreneurship scheme

first_imgSHARE October 30, 2018 Following the success of Unnati and Airavata schemes, Karnataka Social Welfare Department today launched the Samruddhi scheme to boost employment opportunities for SC/ST youth through entrepreneurship. For this, the government is partnering with private enterprises to train the youth from backward communities.“The government is planning to create ‘industry owned private enterprise’ to make them financially independent,” said State Minister for Social Welfare Priyank Kharge said.“The Samruddhi scheme is targeted at socially marginalised communities to provide them with skill development and alternate means of employment,” he added.To create industry owned private enterprise, the State government signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with 30 retail companies of the 62 which have shown interest.The 30 companies which have signed MoU are to provide self-employment opportunities for around 25,000 beneficiaries from the SC/ST communities.The department is hoping to create around 10,000 entrepreneurs annually in the next three years from among the economically and socially marginalised communities in the State.“These entrepreneurs will in their turn create jobs in rural and semi urban areas, and help push employment and skill development in the State further. The government hopes that this scheme will ultimately benefit aspiring, young citizens from rural and tier II cities and ensure sustainable and all-round development,” said Kharge.As part of the Samruddhi scheme, the government will also provide a seed grant to deserving youth to start their own franchises or retail outlets after they receive the required training and certification. COMMENTS SHARE SHARE EMAIL Karnataka social welfare COMMENT Published onlast_img read more

Yayasan Tun Rahah seeks to settle dispute in 1MDB case

first_img Related News Nation 08 Jul 2019 High Court rejects AG’s application to postpone Najib 1MDB trial, to start on Aug 19 KUALA LUMPUR: Yayasan Tun Ra­­hah, a scholarship foundation founded by Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s mother, is looking to settle a dispute with the government over its application to forfeit assets relating to 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB). Deputy Public Prosecutor Nik Haslinie Hashim told High Court judge Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali that the foundation had sent a letter dated July 9 regarding a settlement offer. “We have received the letter from the respondent regarding a settlement.“We ask for a short date for us to refer the letter to the legal department of the Malaysian Anti-Corrup­tion Commission (MACC),” she said here yesterday. Nation 09 Jul 2019 Witness says Najib signed memo transferring SRC International ownership to MOF Inc on car bonnet Nation 09 Jul 2019 Najib’s 1MDB trial to start on Aug 19 Related Newscenter_img Lawyer Amin Othman, who represented Yayasan Rahah, confirmed that the letter was sent. The court then fixed July 26 for mention. When met by the press, Nik Haslinie said two more respondents – Pekan Umno and Pekan Umno education bureau chairman Datuk Ibrahim Awang Ismail – would be applying to strike out the forfeiture suit against them on grounds of merit and technicality.Earlier, the court allowed the prosecution to publish a notice for third parties with interests in assets seized from four respon­dents.The four were Kedah Umno, Maran MP Datuk Seri Dr Ismail Abd Muttalib, Sarawak United People’s Party and Habib Jewels Sdn Bhd.MACC chief Latheefa Koya recently said forfeiture suits were brought against 41 respondents to recover about RM270mil of 1MDB funds allegedly channelled to the respondents through Najib’s bank account.She said the action was taken under the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act. 1MDB Tags / Keywords: {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more