10 months agoEmery approves Arsenal move for Dalian Yifang winger Carrasco

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Emery approves Arsenal move for Dalian Yifang winger Carrascoby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery has approved a move for Dalian Yifang winger Yannick Carrasco.The Belgian winger, formally of Atletico Madrid, has been heavily linked with the Gunners over the past few weeks.The 25-year-old has been playing in the Chinese Super League since 2015, but could now be set for a sensational return to Europe.Foot Mercato says Emery is a big fan of the winger and has given his permission for Arsenal to launch a bid for the Belgium ace.However, Arsenal will have their work cut out as Dalian Yifang are unwilling to part with the man who has scored seven goals in 26 appearances this season. last_img read more

Louisville Commit G.G. Robinson Says It’s “Messed Up’ That The Cardinals Pulled Their Offer From Matt Colburn

first_imgThe bad side of college football recruiting was showcased by Louisville Monday night, as the Cardinals pulled their scholarship offer from commit Matt Colburn, less than two days before National Signing Day. Bobby Petrino’s program received some serious criticism from recruiting analysts following the news, including this rant from a Rivals.com writer that called for all South Carolina high school players to boycott Louisville. Even a Cardinals’ commit thinks Louisville was rough on Colburn, a three-star running back out of Irmo, South Carolina. G.G. Robinson, a three-star defensive end committed to Petrino’s program, tweeted the following Tuesday morning. Man what Louisville did to my boy Matt was messed up….. That’s awful— GG (@GGRobinson85) February 3, 2015What Louisville did isn’t unheard of, but doing it less than 48 hours before National Signing Day seems fairly classless. The Cardinals’ 2015 class ranks No. 31 in the country by 247 Sports’ Team Rankings.last_img read more

Mississippi State Releases “Noise” Hype Video Ahead Of 2015 Season

first_imgMississippi State highlights ahead of the 2015 season.Mississippi State Football “No Noise” Hype VideoThe 2014 campaign was historic for Mississippi State, as the Bulldogs, who started the season unranked, rose to No. 1 in the polls after huge victories over LSU, Texas A&M and Auburn in succession. While the squad didn’t finish the year how it wanted, it’s clear that Mississippi State football was as relevant as it’s been in quite some time this past year. Heading into 2015, the Bulldogs want to finish the job and compete for a national championship in the College Football Playoff.Thursday, MSU released a hype video titled “Noise” to tease the 2015 campaign. It chronicles last year’s rise before setting the stage for the upcoming season. Check it out:Mississippi State opens with Southern Miss on September 5.last_img read more

NAFTA energy clause draws criticism from Canadian voices on the right and

first_imgCALGARY – As NAFTA 2.0 negotiations begin, an old trade issue with a strange name has emerged to create unlikely allies across the political spectrum and staunch defenders in the oilpatch.The “proportionality clause” originally appeared in the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement of 1988 and became a major issue in that year’s federal election that returned Prime Minister Brian Mulroney to office. It was replicated six years later in the North American Free Trade Agreement (although Mexico won an exemption).The clause can be invoked if a government in Canada reduces U.S. access to Canadian oil, natural gas, coal, electricity and refined petroleum products without a corresponding reduction in domestic access to those products — in other words, the ratio of energy exports versus supply must remain consistent, or proportional.The left-leaning Council of Canadians says the clause erodes sovereignty and gives the U.S. too much control over Canadian energy production.The business-friendly Conference Board of Canada says the clause is an outdated restriction that isn’t needed in today’s energy-rich world and should be cast aside.“What happened with NAFTA is that Canadian oil and gas became North American oil and gas and we have very little control of it,” said Maude Barlow, honorary chair of the Council of Canadians, in an interview.“We feel very strongly this is a chance to reopen what should never have been signed in the first place.”She said the proportionality clause could allow the U.S. to prevent Canada from choking back oilsands production to meet its international environmental commitments, for instance, or to interfere if Canada tries to keep more oil and gas for domestic use during an energy shortage.Michael Burt, a director with the Conference Board, said the clause isn’t fair because it doesn’t cover Mexico, whose energy industry is being opened to private investment after decades of government ownership.“Evidence would suggest that it hasn’t really been a binding constraint at any point in the 25 years of NAFTA,” he added.“It’s not really adding any value and it’s taking away potential future flexibility in terms of policy responses, whether it’s to a crisis or to climate change mediation.”While the Canadian think-tanks oppose the clause in submissions to the federal government, the energy industry itself prefers it to an alternative that could include government meddling in energy markets.“It was put in there basically as a ‘good neighbour’ clause,” said Nick Schultz, vice-president and general counsel at the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, who was involved in free trade negotiations in the 1980s as an Ottawa trade lawyer.“It’s not the evil thing that people have long tried to characterize it as. It’s simply saying … treat your customers fairly.”He said the clause was created following global oil supply crises in the 1970s and the imposition of the National Energy Program in Canada in 1980. The NEP aimed to promote Canadian energy security by favouring domestic over export markets but was blamed for throwing Canada’s energy industry into a deep downturn.Schultz pointed out that proportionality protects energy consumers on both sides of the border — as more U.S. oil products and natural gas replace western Canadian and offshore supplies in Eastern Canada, it will protect Canadian importers from arbitrary U.S. export cuts.In U.S. President Donald Trump’s list of objectives for the NAFTA talks released in July, there’s no mention of proportionality. The one paragraph on energy policy lists general goals, including North American energy security and strong markets.The clause is receiving very little attention in the U.S., said Robert Holleyman, the CEO of trade consulting firm C&M International and a former U.S. trade negotiator in the Obama administration.But that doesn’t mean it’s not important, he said.“It ensures a certain level of North American market security because it ensures that U.S. dependence and reliance on Canada to supply some of our energy needs is largely predictable,” he said.“I suspect the U.S. will not want to give this up.”He said if Canada wants to drop the clause, it would likely have to offer substantial trade-offs in negotiations. The clause seems to be working and, therefore, should probably not be removed, he added.Canada’s position on proportionality is unclear. It wasn’t one of the priorities mentioned by Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland in a statement Monday.Her office did not immediately respond to a request Tuesday to clarify Canada’s stance.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more

Muscular Dystrophy Association Unveils Revitalized Brand

first_imgThe Muscular Dystrophy Association, the iconic charity that revolutionized philanthropic giving in America with telethons, celebrities and cause marketing, today unveiled a revitalized brand reflecting a renewed commitment to accelerate treatments and cures for the kids, adults and families it serves.Video: Jerry Lewis MessageMDA fights muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases that take away everyday freedoms such as walking, running, hugging and even breathing.To mark the occasion, the Chicago-based charity with nearly 100 local offices in hometowns across America returned to New York, the city where it was founded by families for families and the birthplace of its legendary telethon supported during the years by a “who’s who” list of Hollywood celebrities led by Jerry Lewis. MDA is today launching its revitalized brand with sponsors, TV personalities and MDA-supported families at Carnegie Hall, the site of the first MDA national telethon.As part of its renewed mission focus, MDA will double spending on research toward drug development and clinical trials, and increase the number of families who receive MDA care and support by 50 percent to 150,000 individuals annually by the year 2020. In the next five years, MDA also plans to send 20,000 kids to its highly acclaimed, weeklong MDA Summer Camps, at no charge to their families.“Our families spoke and we listened,” said MDA President and CEO Steven M. Derks. “Just as kids and adults with muscular dystrophy must start a new fight each day, MDA is starting a new era in our fight on their behalf, building on our rich heritage. The result is an MDA determined to accelerate progress against the harmful effects of these diseases as we engage a new generation of supporters.”MDA was started in 1950 by a prominent New York business leader fighting muscular dystrophy. In 1956, its longtime, iconic volunteer leader extraordinaire Jerry Lewis and fellow actor Dean Martin did their first telethon at Carnegie Hall. The event began MDA’s rise to relevancy and spurred an annual Labor Day telethon tradition that captured the hearts of Americans for decades. MDA held its last telethon in 2014.Lewis, who hosted MDA’s telethon until 2011 when he last appeared as MDA National Chairman, taped a special message to the MDA community, urging continued support for MDA and the families he has championed for decades.“I think it’s great that MDA has a new look and tagline — we’ve got to keep giving strength, independence and life to all the kids and adults who are fighting muscular dystrophy and other life-threatening diseases,” said Jerry Lewis. “Today, there are signs of real progress — and progress can’t come fast enough for my kids and our MDA families. Our work is not done.”In recent weeks, the first possible treatments for the most prevalent form of muscular dystrophy, called Duchenne muscular dystrophy, have come before the federal government’s Food & Drug Administration. Fueled by $200 million in MDA research investments during six decades, MDA said more new treatment options and clinical trials are expected in the next five years than in the previous five decades.To commemorate its new brand, MDA rolled out a new logo, website and campaign called “Live Unlimited.” The logo features warm iris blue and marigold colors and shows a heart in the middle of the “D” in “MDA,” an overt symbol of the families who are at the very center of its mission. MDA also introduced a new tagline, “For strength, independence and life,” underscoring its purpose.“The MDA brand is iconic and now has a fresh identity that matches our passionate commitment,” said Steve Ford, MDA’s Chief Communications and Marketing Officer. “The new campaign is inspired by the courageous kids and adults we serve who model strength, break down barriers and defy limits, overcoming in many cases formidable health struggles. MDA families are the inspiration behind everything we do.”To promote its mission, MDA is energizing its base of supporters by showcasing individuals and families affected by muscle-debilitating diseases on its new website who are demonstrating inspiring can-do moments — whether it’s crossing the street in a wheelchair on their own, graduating from college, living and working independently, or even skydiving.MDA is inviting supporters to share their live unlimited moments on a new digital hub being launched today at mda.org. The “Live Unlimited” theme will extend throughout its fundraising programs. MDA also is planning a new cause marketing campaign this summer, hoping to spur through digital channels more fundraising and corporate partnerships based on the same theme of defying limits.A Bold Five-Year PlanBeyond plans to double its research spending for treatments and cures and assist 50 percent more MDA families, MDA will introduce a new MDA Family Resource Center so individuals can call or connect online with trained neuromuscular disease specialists to obtain one-on-one information and support. It will open by the summer.The organization will implement higher standards of care at more than 150 MDA Care Centers (formerly called MDA clinics) to ensure everyone has access to early diagnosis, highly specialized care and promising clinical trials. MDA also plans to expand its offerings for teens and young adults transitioning into adulthood and seeking to live independently.A New National SpokespersonTo signal a new era in which people with muscular dystrophy are living longer than ever with diseases once only considered pediatric, MDA has named a young adult as its new National Goodwill Ambassador. This is the first time in the ambassador program’s 64-year history that a child hasn’t been selected to serve in this role. Past U.S. presidents, including John F. Kennedy, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, all have hosted sessions with MDA ambassadors.Joe Akmakjian, 24, from Fort Collins, Colo., is MDA’s new 2016 National Goodwill Ambassador. Akmakjian was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy at 15 months old; his parents were told he would likely not live past his 12th birthday. Last year, leaving his wheelchair behind, Akmakjian went skydiving to celebrate a special milestone when he doubled his life expectancy.As MDA’s most visible spokesman, Akmakjian will deepen MDA’s reach among millennials and help champion the need for improved public policies and support for young adults with disabilities.“My dream is to inspire all types of people — not just people with muscular dystrophy or ALS — to live beyond their perceived limitations and achieve the success inside them,” said Akmakjian. “People often see my wheelchair and my physical limitations and ask me what I could do if I could walk. The truth is, we’re redefining what’s possible … with high hopes to inspire the world around us.”last_img read more

After WildCard Weekend There Is No Super Bowl Favorite

CincinnatiAFC-13-24-11-5— Last year, we went into the playoffs with a pretty good idea of the Super Bowl favorites. This year, not so much. According to our Elo ratings, no team entered the 2015-16 postseason with better than a 20 percent shot at the Lombardi Trophy. (As a point of historical comparison, Elo’s No. 1 regular-season team wins the Super Bowl at a 34 percent clip.) And none of last weekend’s games changed that — if anything, the Super Bowl picture is even more chaotic now.Why is all this happening? In part, blame a weird disagreement between seeding and team strength. Basically, each conference’s lowest-seeded teams — i.e., the road teams in wild-card weekend — are among its most powerful, which left weaker teams with home games and even, in a few cases, bye weeks. That’s a recipe for more parity across the playoff landscape.The trend toward parity was borne out in last weekend’s results and will continue into this weekend. All four road teams won for the first time in modern wild-card history, and in each case the winner was the stronger team according to Elo. Consequently, all of Elo’s current top eight are still alive, but upside-down seeding continues to keep the playoffs wide open, as the higher-rated team will be at home in only a quarter of this weekend’s games. Green BayNFC2716747 HoustonAFC-26-12-4-1— TEAMCONFΔ ELODIVISIONAL ROUNDCONF CHAMPSUPER BOWLSB ODDS The weekend’s two biggest gainers in Super Bowl win probability, for instance, were the Kansas City Chiefs and the Seattle Seahawks, who also happen to be the top two teams in football according to Elo. But both will be underdogs in the divisional round because they’ll be on the road. Conversely, the Super Bowl odds for the top two seeds in each conference went down, because the possibility that they’d have to face one of the scary lower seeds turned into a certainty.As a result, all of the remaining teams in the championship hunt saw their Super Bowl chances become more compressed over wild-card weekend. That’s bad news for the bye teams but good for us as football fans, because this is one of the most evenly matched sets of divisional-round games ever.Read more: The Biggest Surprises Of Wild-Card Weekend Kansas CityAFC262013614 PittsburghAFC1324848 ArizonaNFC—-3-2-116 New EnglandAFC—-8-3-211 DenverAFC—0-2-114 CHANGE IN PROBABILITY OF WINNING … CarolinaNFC—-6%-4%-2%18% WashingtonNFC-27-11-3-1— Bold indicates that a team is still active in the playoffsSource: ESPN Winners and losers of the wild-card round SeattleNFC6188413 MinnesotaNFC-6-15-6-3— read more

Ohio State womens soccer upsets Tennessee advances to second round of NCAA

The Ohio State women’s soccer team opened the NCAA tournament with a victory Saturday, knocking off regional No. 4 seed Tennessee, 3-0, in Knoxville, Tenn. Junior forward Tiffany Cameron netted two of OSU’s goals, including a seventh-minute strike that set the tone early. She now has a team-leading eight goals on the season. OSU extended its lead to 2-0 on a 68th minute goal from sophomore midfielder Kristen Niederhaus. Cameron followed that up with her second goal of the game six minutes later. The Buckeyes outshot the Volunteers, 20-10, including a 9-3 advantage in shots on goal. Senior goalie Katie Baumgardner only needed to make three saves on her way to picking up her seventh shutout of the season. It was also her fourth shutout in six career NCAA tournament contests. The Buckeyes haven’t been as successful as they have wanted on the offensive attack lately, so the three scores were a welcome sign for the Buckeyes and coach Lori Walker. “For a team that’s struggled to find the back of the net, it was critical for us to have (Cameron) find the back of the net,” Walker said following the game according to the team’s webpage. “I think we have known all along that we are a quality team but soccer’s a cruel game and sometimes you don’t always get the results. … Hopefully we can continue this run.” The Buckeyes (11-8-2) advance to play second-seeded Milwaukee in the second round at 5 p.m. Friday at Duke’s Koskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C. read more

Double Date in US largest state for Turks and Caicos Islands Promotional

first_img Tourism Pitch In Houston Impresses 45 Year Travel Agent Road Show delegation starts in the Western USA Related Items:dallas, houston, Portia smith, premier rufus ewing, travel agents, turks and caicos promotional tour Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppHouston & Dallas, TEXAS – May 20, 2015, A whirlwind day for a 20-person delegation from The Turks and Caicos Islands led by the country’s Premier, Hon. Dr. Rufus Ewing and Minister of Tourism, Hon. Porsha Smith as the group took on two major cities; Houston and Dallas in Texas.An increase in airlift connecting these two Texas cities to Providenciales, the World’s #1 Island Destination, made the double date a must do for the team. The city’s most trusted in travel bookings were invited to a lavish luncheon held at an award winning steak house, Pappas Brothers (Houston) and a sky scraping lounge, the celebrated Crescent Club at the Rosewood Crescent Hotel & Resort, (Dallas) for a business soiree.“Well these are wonderful networking sessions and it is very nice to have our Ministers here, like our Minister of Tourism and our Premier because it shows the agents and the attendees that we appreciate them. I think that is very important because these are the people that make our destination grow and help to bring business to us and it is very important to have these people here to say thank you very much for the business you are sending us and continue to do that,” said Pamela Ewing, Regional Marketing Manager for the Turks and Caicos Tourist Board in the US.The newly debuted video promotion for the Turks and Caicos Islands once again held both audiences in awe as the story tellers took viewers on a riveting ride through white roads to picturesque hills and beaches, into exotic mangroves and skipping over the turquoise waters across the chain of islands to dizzying heights above the surf which included lofty locations outside of the world famous, Providenciales.Travel Agents agreed, the presentation gives them enhanced insight as they continue to send city-weary vacationers for a true Caribbean escape in the Turks and Caicos Islands.Connie is with Precision Travel in Dallas and shared, “The video was great and it makes me want to go back and send more clients there, it is beautiful; shows that there is a lot to do. Mostly I sell the water and the sand and the peace and quiet, because it’s what I loved so much when I was there.”Connie adds that escaping the hustle and bustle and stagnancy is often the motive for her clients to book Turks and Caicos vacations, “I can tell you that if you’re living Dallas, you want to get away to the cool.”Over fresh south western salads, thick juicy steaks, flavorful seafood, tasty tamales, decadent desserts and crystal goblets filled with the finest in wines, there were vigorous discussions about the video feature and increased opportunities for enjoyable, enviable travel experiences to the Turks and Caicos Islands.Ingo Reckhorn, Sales and Marketing Director for the Beach House, Blue Haven and the Alexandra Resorts in Providenciales agreed that the shift from spoken presentations to a visual one gives room to introduce the other islands in the chain: “This year is a little bit different because we are putting a lot of emphasis on the things that go beyond the beach and the sand and the sun and we are emphasizing the other islands, the outer islands a lot – first of all with the video but also in our discussions with the agents and they are extremely interested in that.”The Premier’s North American Tourism, Investment & Commerce Sales Blitz continues next to Illinois and the city of Chicago, where over 100 travel gurus are expected at Virgin Hotels for cocktails and tapas. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Star Studded Stop in Dallas for #TeamTCIlast_img read more

South Dinajpur to conduct twoday drive on voting rights

first_imgBalurghat: South Dinajpur district administration will conduct a special awareness drive for two days to encourage people to cast votes during the upcoming Parliamentary elections slated for the region on April 23.Addressing mediapersons the district magistrate Deepap Priya P said on Monday: “The district administration will organise an awareness drive for two days starting Tuesday to encourage the voters, especially the new ones, to cast votes,” she said. Priya P said the district administration was on alert to ensure free and fair polls in the region. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose”The Election Commission of India has directed us to ensure voters’ participants in large numbers in the upcoming poll. We have introduced a special mask mascot to attract young generations to enlist their names in the electoral roll. We are happy to announce that our initiative has received good response from people,” she said. Answering a question about the deputation of Central forces in South Dinajpur, she said the district administration is yet to receive any information on the issue. In a significant announcement, the district magistrate said mediapersons on the basis of their applications may be able to cast Election Duty votes. “We know that the district correspondents remain busy covering the reports on poll. If they want, they can cast ED votes. This is happening for the first time in the district,” she said. She also sought cooperation from the media to ensure hassle-free polls. She said the district has 1305 polling booths and 144 sectors. Later, during the press conference she unveiled a huge election mascot.last_img read more

Barbie Is a Hologram and Now Even Playtime Is Automated

first_img Toy Fair starts this weekend, and Barbie is shaking up the doll aisle once again — this time as a hologram.Barbie’s landscape has gotten increasingly techie and not just because Mattel’s new president, announced last month, hails from Google. Barbie’s line simply reflects the trends of the times. Last year’s show launched a smart home version of the Barbie Dreamhouse that let children play hands-free, with voice commands that turned on lights and appliances.Related: Introducing Entrepreneur BarbieIn 2015, Mattel launched a talking Barbie. Thanks to Wi-Fi and voice-recognition technology, kids could hold down the doll’s belt buckle, ask a question into a microphone in her necklace and have a conversation with the doll. If that process seems uncomfortable for Barbie and not the ideal way to have any kind of meaningful chat, you’re not wrong. But thankfully, a new iteration could eliminate that awkwardness.This year’s hologram acts as a much more stylish and kid-friendly version of Apple’s Siri or Amazon’s Echo. As first reported in Wired, kids can use the phrase “Hello, Barbie” to chat with the doll and get her 2-D projection to do the usual things we ask our AI-powered assistants to do these days, such as tell us the weather or set an alarm.Related: This Disney Princess Will Teach Your Child How to CodeIt’s a massive step forward, and not just because kids won’t think they need to hold people in a vice-like grip just to ask them their favorite colors. In fact, this Barbie doesn’t need to be held up by anyone at all. For the first time, kids can ask the doll to fix her own hair, sing her own songs and change her own darn outfits. In other words, this Barbie takes on some of the burden of playtime, freeing children from doing a 58-year-old woman’s chores.It is a liberation. Mattel plans to release the toy this summer. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global February 17, 2017 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.center_img 2 min read Register Now »last_img read more

Rep Hoitenga mutilation ban bill signed into law by governor

first_img11Jul Rep. Hoitenga mutilation ban bill signed into law by governor Categories: Hoitenga News,News A bipartisan bill package, led by state Rep. Michele Hoitenga’s legislation criminalizing female genital mutilation in Michigan was signed into law today.Female genital mutilation (FGM) is any procedure performed on girls to remove or damage the external genitalia. Hoitenga’s bill specifically classifies the procedure as a felony, with the legislative package also setting sentencing guidelines, requiring educational programs for health and law enforcement officials, and extending the civil and criminal statute of limitations for victims.“There are not enough adjectives to describe how despicable this procedure is, especially when you’re talking about the victims being as young as 4 years old,” said Hoitenga, of Manton. “There’s no place for this in our society because there are no health benefits; it can subject women to a lifetime of physical and mental pain. I’m glad to help set the standards we now have in Michigan to make doing this so prohibitive.”Hoitenga’s House Bill 4636 is now Public Act 68 of 2017. It is her first law since taking office in January.The legislation follows a February incident where two young girls from Minnesota were subjected to the procedure at a southeast Michigan clinic. A Livonia couple was arrested on federal charges in April after allowing and performing the procedure after hours at their medical clinic, while a third individual has been fired from their emergency room doctor position for performing the procedure at the same Livonia clinic.“Protecting young girls is an issue we can all support,” Hoitenga said. “I am proud to see this legislation as a whole be so well supported in the House and Senate and move so swiftly to the governor’s desk. We all know that Michigan must protect its children and their futures.”#####last_img read more

Dangerous drink driver arrested after fleeing poli

first_img Dangerous drink driver arrested after fleeing police in Derry while towing caravanDonegal International RallyMolly MalonesNorthland roadPSNI FOYLE Writing on PSNI Foyle’s Facebook page, an officer wrote: “Fast & the Furious 9 this was NOT “Ballyarnett NPT were out in force for the Donegal Rally at the weekend. “We saw this dodgy car with different plates on the car and the caravan and decided to pull it over. “To our absolute shock the car failed to stop and made off at speed. ShareTweet “I don’t know what he thought he was driving but he wasn’t going to get far towing a caravan . “We pursued him down backroads before he jackknifed the car at Molly Malones on Northland Road.“The two occupants fled but were caught by LPT and the driver arrested for Dangerous Driving, Driving whilst Disqualified, No Insurance, Theft, Failing to Stop and Drink Driving.“This was a great catch which was only sullied by the fact that when the suspects ran off a member of the public came over and told us that he had seen the two occupants jump into a taxi and flee the area. “In reality they were actually hiding round the corner and this random guy, who didn’t know them, was lying to us to help them get away. “The suspect ended up being 3 x over the drink drive limit so I hope that dishonest, lying eejit feels really proud of himself.”Dangerous drink driver arrested after fleeing police in Derry while towing caravan was last modified: June 28th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: HAWK-EYED police on patrol over the Donegal International Rally at the weekend made a spectacular catch.They arrested the driver for drink driving after he fled Ballyarnett NPP in this silver Peugeot 405 estate whilst towing a caravan.He now faces a day in court before the local district judge for not being three times the drink drive limit but also for driving whilst disqualified and dangerous driving to name a few of the offences detected.last_img read more

The news is just out that a company called Red Eag

first_imgThe news is just out that a company called Red Eagle Mining (RD.V) has received the final permit it needs to build its San Ramon Gold Mine in Colombia. We don’t own Red Eagle shares, but this very good news is important to us, because there has been increasing skepticism of Colombia as a mining jurisdiction in recent years. Decades of war and terrorism had pretty much halted modern exploration in Colombia, so when that wound down in the early 2000s, there was an exploration boom. Many stocks soared simply on the basis of acquiring properties to spend money on in the country. Then reality set in, progress was slow, the market turned down, and environmental opposition to mining in the country ramped up. The skepticism was not unreasonable. That makes it all the more important that Red Eagle’s final license was granted in full, without conditions. This shows that Colombia is indeed open to responsible mining, and that’s just what we needed to know regarding our own investments in the country.last_img read more

In This Issue Currencies are rallying VS the

first_imgIn This Issue. * Currencies are rallying VS the dollar. * Iron ore prices rally for two days. * China talks more RRR cuts. * Martin Weiss talks BRICS! And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts. Let The Dovish Talk Begin. Good day.. And a Wonderful Wednesday to you! Well, no new baby news, no Luke and Lara updates, and the Cardinals broke the bats out last night. That’s about it, thank you and have a great day!   Well, there’s something else going on today, that everyone, but me, is all lathered up about, and that’s the end of the FOMC Meeting, which will have a statement by Janet Yellen in which every word, and the tone in which she said the word will be scrutinized by the markets. I usually don’t get all that “into” what they say, it’s what they do that drives me crazy. But in the end, I believe the talk will be dovish, as the Fed begins to grease the tracks for the no-move in June. Well, yesterday was quite the day for the currencies, and even Gold got into the banging on the dollar as the day went along. But that was yesterday. Overnight we’ve seen some profit taking, as the currencies have had quite a run on the dollar lately. The Aussie dollar (A$) traded over 80-cents yesterday, just a couple of weeks ago, the A$ was trading below 76-cents. The Canadian dollar / loonie a couple of weeks ago was trading with a 79-cent handle, and yesterday the loonie reached 83-cents..  So those are just a couple of examples of the currency moves, before of the past couple of weeks, before last night’s profit taking. The British pound sterling and the euro are two currencies that are adding to their gains the past couple of weeks.  But the best performer overnight is the Swedish krona, and this rally came about because the Riksbank left rates unchanged, when a rate cut was all but considered to be a done deal. You may recall that Sweden already has negative rates -.25%, but the Riksbank decided against digging the hole deeper. All the short krona trades based on the thought that a deeper hole would be dug with negative rates, had to be reversed, and that has led to a huge move for the krona overnight. We’ll get two Central Bank decisions tonight. One from the Brazilian Central Bank (BCB) and the other from the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ).  I suspect that the BCB will hike rates one more time to close out this rate hike cycle and bring their internal rate to 13%… While the markets and economists are on the fence about what the RBNZ will do at their OCR Review this evening. OCR is the Official Cash Review, where interest rates will be discussed. I think the RBNZ is going to grease the tracks for what they feel is needed, a rate cut  at a future meeting. If they do, kiwi should take cover, for the selling might be harsh. The Chinese renminbi / yuan was allowed to appreciate again last night, and the renminbi is now trading below 6.12 spot. The renminbi has been bucking the trend of currencies getting weaker VS the dollar, by holding Steady Eddie, and when it came time to appreciate with the other currencies, it did so. I think this is a scenario we can count on going forward, as the Chinese want to show the IMF that the currency can be stable. I was directed to a report that was filed on Monday by a JC Collins titled: When Will China End The Dollar Peg? And it appeared on the website: www.thedailycoin.org    And while technically, it’s not correct, the renminbi / yuan is not pegged directly to the dollar, but instead to a basket of currencies of which the dollar is a part of, the thought here is about dropping the peg to the basket, although the writer refers to the basket as the “dollar” throughout the article. And in the article was something that I had not thought of. So, let me set this up for you.  I’ve told you for over a month now that China was going to make a presentation to the IMF to get the renminbi / yuan included in the Special Drawing Rights (SDRs ) that the IMF uses, that includes: dollars, euro, yen and pounds. I’ve already talked about how at this presentation the Chinese might actually disclose the true balance of their Gold reserves. But in addition to that. I was not aware that the IMF is not going to allow the renminbi to be included in SDRs if it is still pegged to the basket of currencies.  So, we could actually see the renminbi float by the end of next month! WOW! And all those naysayers out there said it would never be done! Well, if this is all on the up and up, we could well see the managed currency peg dropped, and the renminbi float. Of course that would be a managed float, the Peoples Bank of China (PBOC) would still have a lot of say in the direction of the currency, but the currency could trade outside of the current bands it is required to stay within. That would inject volatility into the currency, something we’ve never really seen, although the PBOC attempted to make the renminbi more volatile last year. Just another step, although this would be a tall step and not the baby steps the Chinese have been taking since 2008 to remove the dollar as the reserve currency, and push their currency as the replacement to the dollar. Are you ready? This is going to get really exciting..  And it’s moving faster than I imagined. Gold added to its gains from the previous day yesterday, but is down $6 this morning but still above $1,200. Our metals guru, Tim Smith, sent me a link to an article on the web that explains the $22 gain in Gold on Monday. I have it here in case you want to read the whole article. http://www.cnbc.com/id/102623775 But basically, the article says the move was caused by intrigue surrounding a deal between Venezuela and Citigroup to swap $1 Billion in cash for part of the country’s Gold reserves. You know what I say to that?  I say. That’s why you have Gold! As insurance! And Venezuela , seeing their revenues falling from the Oil price shock this past year, needed some cash, so they tapped their insurance. As I told you yesterday morning, there wasn’t much data to sift through on our Tom Terrific Tuesday, but there were two data prints to look at, and so let’s go look at them!  First up was Consumer Confidence, and here the markets received a mild shock from the print, as The Consumer Confidence Index fell 6.2 points to 95.2 in April. Not that this data is at the top of everyone’s list of data the moves markets, it didn’t help the dollar any, as the green/peachback was already doing the rope-a-dope.  Next up was the S&P/ CaseShiller Home Price Index for February and here this data showed us that home prices in their 20-city home price index, rose 4.22% in February from January, and that the Home Prices rose at a faster pace.  Notice we didn’t hear anyone pull out the “bad weather” card here?  So, Home Prices are going up. good for them! Today’s U.S. Cupboard is going to give us the first print of 1st QTR GDP. Which I’ve already told you will be 1% after all revisions. Well, that’s what I think, I can’t say that it will be 1% for certain, but at this point, I’m thinking that 1% might be conservative!  And then of course the FOMC meeting this afternoon will break up after two days of “meetings”. I truly think that IF the Fed members are truly honest with themselves, they’ll admit that the economy is having problems, and this is not the time for a rate hike. To recap.  Today, it will be all about the end of the FOMC Meeting, and what Janet Yellen is going to say afterward. The currencies had their way with the dollar yesterday, and today we’re seeing some profit taking in a few currencies that have run far and fast. And then there are those that are adding to their gains, like the pound and euro. Swedish krona is the best performer overnight on the news that the Riksbank left rates unchanged, when everyone thought they would dig their negative rates hole deeper. And it is being reported that Venezuela has to tap their insurance (Gold) to replace lost revenue from the oil price shock. For What it’s Worth. The Big Boss, Frank Trotter, will from time to time send me links to articles on the German News site: Spiegel Online. And so I decided to go there myself yesterday, and when I did I found something that caught my eye, for I had seen this somewhere before, and then it hit me, that Ed Steer had highlighted the article in his letter! Great minds must think alike, eh? HA!  So, anyway, here’s a snippet or two from the article that can be read top to bottom by clicking here: http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/greek-president-pavlopoulos-rules-out-possibility-of-euro-exit-a-1030809.html Greek President Promises Repayment Of All Debt.  That’s the title of the article, and here are your snippets. “Time is running out for Greece and its international creditors. If an agreement isn’t found by June, the country will face insolvency. The new Greek president, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, has now told SPIEGEL ONLINE his views on the conflict: He rules out the possibility of a Grexit and promises that all the loans made to Greece will be paid back, but he is also critical of past austerity programs. “Some of the measures imposed on us go beyond E.U. law,” Pavlopoulos said to SPIEGEL ONLINE at his official residence in Athens. “We want to be equal members of Europe.” Among other things, the law professor feels that international lenders’ criticisms of the minimum wage and other labor rights in his country are problematic. Pavlopoulos pointed out that in Germany, too, there is a minimum standard of living. “We are not asking for anything more than for the Greek people to enjoy what Germany’s Constitutional Court considers as an established social right for the German people,” Pavlopoulos said. He also claimed that parts of the austerity programs “were not at all growth friendly, but rather would lead the Greek economy to a recessionary course.” Chuck again. You begin to feel bad for the guy right? Well, don’t!  This is what happens when you live beyond your means for years. It happens to individuals, families, cities, states, and Governments. And the realization is hell. Before I go to the Big Finish I wanted to apologize for a couple of things. 1. For not having a FWIW section the last two days. I just couldn’t find anything worth talking about. and 2. For my math lately.  The other day I said El Salvador received millions when it should have said billions for their Gold sales. I think I did that last week too with mixing millions for billions or vice versa. I don’t do any of that on purpose to make sure you’re checking me, I’m not that smart!  Currencies today 4/29/15. American Style: A$ .7990, kiwi .7695, C$ .8295, euro 1.0995, sterling 1.5365, Swiss $1.0470,  . European Style: rand 11.8665, krone 7.6245, SEK 8.4050, forint 274.65, zloty 3.6485, koruna 24.9325, RUB 51.51, yen 119.25, sing 1.3225, HKD 7.7505, INR 63.32, China 6.1169, pesos 15.27, BRL 2.9360, Dollar Index 95.97, Oil $56.73, 10-year 2.00%, Silver 16.48, Platinum $1,155.13, Palladium $776.32, and Gold. $1,207.41 That’s it for today. Well, my beloved Cardinals broke out the bats last night, which was a good thing because the other team was hitting the ball too! Well, this is day 5 of my latest home alone arrangement, and all’s well, other than this darn cold, that keeps waking me up at night. I did get a visitor last evening, my good friend Duane stopped by to see how I was doing, and then neighbor Paul came over and before long we were sitting outside talking trees, owls, hawks, and listening to the Cardinals on the radio. I knew it wouldn’t last long once the sun went down, so I didn’t fire up the outside TV, just opted for the old reliable radio. Old school.  Chuck, Rick, Duane, Paul and Kevin, sitting out back listening to the game on the little transistor radio I had. Good memories. On this day in 1945. The German Army in Italy surrenders unconditionally to the Allied Troops. So there you go!  And on this day, the World War II monument opened in Washington D.C.   So, there’s a little history for you today, this April 29th..  Ok, time to get out of your hair for today, so please go out and have a Wonderful Wednesday! Chuck Butler Managing Director EverBank Global Marketslast_img read more

Food scientists at the University of Massachussett

first_imgFood scientists at the University of Massachussetts Amherst have come up with a technique they say could make it a lot easier to avoid food poisoning.The main piece of equipment? Your smartphone.Currently, to identify the bacteria that can get you sick, like E. coli or salmonella, food scientists often use DNA testing.They obtain samples from, say, raw spinach or chicken skin, by rinsing the food and collecting a tiny bit of bacteria from the water. Then they let that bacteria multiply over 24 hours to get a big enough sample.All this takes time and specialized equipment.”Bacteria can be in the very, very low numbers, and cause illness,” said UMass microbiologist Lynne McLandsborough. “So that detection needs to detect low numbers.”McLandsborough is working with UMass food science professor Lili He on what they say is a much simpler — and more accessible — tool to detect harmful bacteria in food: a smartphone app that uses a $30 microscope attachment.The device works in conjunction with a chemically-coated chip that binds to bacteria, even in tiny amounts.Dipping the chip into contaminated water for half an hour will reveal bacteria, as Adam Salhaney, an undergraduate in He’s lab, demonstrated.”You can take this … microscope attachment for any smart phone,” Salhaney said, gripping the iPhone 7 they use as a prototype, “and you can clip it right onto the camera.”After pointing the microscope at a gold chip they’d coated with salmonella, Salhaney enlarged an image with a number of black dots set against the gold background of the chip. The dots were bacteria.Since his hand was shaking a bit, Salhaney had to work to get the image into focus. “But I think the average consumer will be able to figure it out without much trouble,” he said.They hope consumers will eventually buy the testing kit for their own kitchens. It could also prove useful after natural disasters to test drinking water.The UMass scientists say several food-processing companies have contacted them since the research went public last month. But it’s still several years away from market.”Right now, this is really preliminary,” said McLandsborough. “We can detect bacteria with the iPhone, but we don’t know if they’re pathogenic — if they’re harmful bacteria or good bacteria.”She said they’re trying to develop a technique that will identify the exact type of bacteria.In the meantime, for her own food safety, McLandsborough avoids raw sprouts and raw oysters, and cooks her hamburgers to medium.A version of this story first appeared on New England Public Radio, where Karen Brown is a senior reporter. Copyright 2018 New England Public Radio. To see more, visit New England Public Radio.last_img read more

Disabled activists have expressed elation and reli

first_imgDisabled activists have expressed elation and relief at the overwhelming defeat of an assisted suicide bill in the House of Commons, but fear that another attempt to change the law may not be far away.The private members’ bill put forward by Labour MP Rob Marris, which would have legalised assisted suicide for people said to have up to six months to live, was defeated by 330 votes to 118.But there are concerns that pro-assisted suicide campaigners are already plotting their next move to try to force through legalisation, either through the courts or parliament.An almost identical bill was introduced by the Labour peer – and the party’s shadow justice secretary – Lord Falconer in the House of Lords in June.And there was also concern that almost as many Labour MPs voted in favour of the bill as voted against it, including several members of Jeremy Corbyn’s new shadow cabinet, such as Maria and Angela Eagle, Hilary Benn, Kate Green, Kerry McCarthy, Rosie Winterton and the new shadow work and pensions secretary Owen Smith.Disabled campaigners, many of them from the user-led grassroots group Not Dead Yet UK (NDY UK), were outside the Houses of Parliament in force while MPs debated the bill inside, and they easily outnumbered supporters of the legislation.Brian Hilton, digital campaigns officer for Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People, said: “When the votes were counted and it was announced the bill had been defeated, it was definitely a ‘punch the air’ moment.”The coalition has taken a formal position opposing assisted suicide, and played a key role in the campaign to oppose the bill, alongside NDY UK and Disabled People Against Cuts.Hilton said: “Our celebrations were more out of relief than triumphalism. Also, we are well aware that the spectre of assisted suicide still remains.“Sooner or later disabled people will fight for our lives, for our very existence, all over again.”He also expressed concerns about support within the Labour party for assisted suicide.Dennis Queen, an NDY UK activist, said the celebrations of disabled campaigners when they heard the result of the vote, at about 2.20pm on Friday, were “so loud that I had to put my ear defenders on”.She said she was “really elated” with the victory and believed that she and others had been “overwhelmed” by the vote’s outcome, partly because it was so “decisive”.She said: “For once I feel the MPs have listened to us. They realised that you cannot bring in a law just to bring peace of mind to non-disabled people.”She said disabled opponents of legalisation had already begun writing to the Labour party – whose new leader, Jeremy Corbyn, did not vote on the bill – to complain about Lord Falconer’s appointment as shadow justice secretary.Queen said: “We have achieved a lot this time. It really has been a massive piece of collective work. We will sit and rest [but only] for five minutes.”Deborah Caulfield, another NDY UK member who took part in the demonstration outside parliament, said: “It was just wonderful to be among so many disabled people. It felt very safe, very right.“In terms of solidarity, it felt that whatever the outcome we were going to be strong, we were there for each other.”Caulfield said there was “uproar, astonishment and spontaneous hugs” when the result of the vote was announced.She said: “I was hugely delighted, but also very proud. I felt that the campaign group, which was quite disparate, fragmented and ‘virtual’, had really achieved something fantastic, and on a shoestring compared with that lot [Dignity in Dying].“I was proud to have been a small part of it.”But she added: “I think the arguments have to continue. There is a reality that the ‘pro’ lot do not get it.“I am now in fighting mode – fighting to enlighten on the reality of disabled people’s lives in a non-emotional way.”Ruth Gould, artistic director of DaDaFest, was among those to praise the campaigning efforts of Not Dead Yet UK.In a regular newsletter to DaDaFest supporters, she said she was “delighted that the bill was overturned and with such a big majority”. She added: “My thanks and admiration go to Liz Carr and the Not Dead Yet campaign team – they have worked above and beyond to champion the rights of so many – guys you are brilliant.”Despite several attempts to ask Dignity in Dying what its immediate campaigning plans were, its press office refused to return calls from Disability News Service by 6pm this evening (Thursday).last_img read more

More Than 130000 People Have Already PreOrdered Teslas 35000Model 3

first_imgTesla 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List –shares Reuters Next Article April 1, 2016 Image credit: Reuters | Tesla Motors Handout via Reuters Tesla 3 min read More Than 130,000 People Have Already Pre-Ordered Tesla’s $35,000-Model 3 This story originally appeared on Reuters Tesla Motors gave a sneak preview Thursday of its Model 3 sedan, saying more than 130,000 people had ordered the car, even though it is more than a year away from production.Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk unveiled a prototype of the Model 3 in Hawthorne, Calif., outside Los Angeles to hundreds of Tesla owners and the media, saying the vehicle will go into production in 2017 at a starting price of $35,000.The Model 3 is critical to the Silicon Valley automaker’s growth plans and to sustaining its lofty stock price. Tesla shares have jumped in recent days in anticipation of the Model 3 launch.The Model 3 will enter a crowded field of luxury and electric cars that includes gasoline-fueled models such as the Audi A4 and BMW 3-Series, and electric models such as the forthcoming Chevrolet Bolt EV from General Motors Co.”Do you want to see the car?” teased Musk, to screams from the audience in the hangar-sized facility inside a Tesla design center. “We don’t have it for you tonight — just kidding!”Three Model 3s were driven onstage. The compact sleek four-door car with no grille features a roof that is a panoramic pane of glass from front to back.Musk said that 115,000 pre-orders had already been taken on Thursday alone for the car. Within a half hour, that number reached 137,600 in a rolling scroll projected onto a screen.Fans had camped out overnight, queueing outside Tesla stores across California to put down deposits on the car in scenes reminiscent of the launch of Apple Inc. products.The Model 3 is crucial for Tesla to reach its goal of selling 500,000 cars per year by 2020. The success of Tesla’s Gigafactory, its battery factory near completion in Nevada, is also contingent on the Model 3.Tesla says scale from the massive facility will cut the cost of its battery pack by 30 percent to enable the lower-priced vehicle.High expectations ahead of the unveiling have restored Tesla’s shares to around the $230-mark, recovering from a year low of $141.05 in February after analysts cut price targets and revenue expectations.”It is important to the industry because it will signal whether or not Tesla Motors is a major threat to the status quo or just another wannabe car company with a fleeting chance for long-term success,” said Kelley Blue Book’s Jack Nerad.GM is on track to beat Tesla to the market with its Chevrolet Bolt electric car, which GM says will launch late this year, offering about 200 miles of electric driving range and a starting price of around $35,000.A new generation of Nissan Motor Co’s Leaf electric car is also expected to offer more driving range at a similar price.The Model 3 and others in the new generation of electric vehicles face challenges from low gasoline prices, high battery costs and uncertain investment in recharging infrastructure.Through the first two months of this year, sales of all-electric and hybrid vehicles are down nearly 9 percent to 60,384 vehicles, data from trade group the Electric Drive Transportation Association shows.That’s fewer hybrid and battery electric vehicles sold in two months than Ford sold of its F-series large pickup trucks in February alone.Several short-term concerns, such as that Model 3 production will be delayed, and the slow ramp of the Model X will continue, go hand-in-hand with skeptics’ longer-term worries that the unprofitable company will continue to bleed cash.In February, Tesla said it would start generating positive cash flow this month.(Reporting by Alexandria Sage and Joe White; Editing by Clarence Fernandez) The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Add to Queue Apply Now »last_img read more

China Bans Autonomous Car Testing for Now

first_img –shares Don Reisinger Self-Driving Cars This story originally appeared on PCMag Contributing Writer July 21, 2016 Image credit: PC Mag Next Article China is putting the brakes on self-driving car testing.The country’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology drafted new regulations on self-driving car testing in the country, but until they’re approved, the government has warned companies not to try it out, according to Bloomberg, which obtained a copy of the draft.Self-driving cars are quickly becoming a hot commodity in the auto world as companies from Google to Mercedes-Benz try out the technology in the US, Europe and elsewhere. There’s no timeline on when China might approve its rules, Bloomberg says, but as auto makers eye autonomous car rollouts in the next decade, time is of the essence if China wants to keep up.Major car makers like BMW have already made plans to test self-driving cars in China. In April, Volvo said it would begin negotiations with Chinese cities that want to test Volvo’s autonomous cars using local drivers. The company wanted to use up to 100 cars to see how they work in everyday road conditions.In December, China’s Baidu also announced that its self-driving car — a modified BMW 3 Series — successfully completed testing on mixed roads under various environmental conditions. The 19-mile test drive route began at Baidu’s Beijing headquarters and covered the G7 highway, Fifth Ring Road and Olympic Park, before looping back to the starting point.In the US, semi-autonomous car technology has come under fire following the fatal accident of a Tesla Model S in Autopilot mode. Tesla has denied any wrongdoing, reiterating that Autopilot is semi- and not fully autonomous and promising an upgrade soon, but regulators are investigating. 2 min read China Bans Autonomous Car Testing (for Now) The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Add to Queue Apply Now »last_img read more

Acquia Unveils New Compliance Security Capabilities for Acquia Cloud

first_img“These new capabilities for Acquia Cloud empower our customers with insightful governance by providing foundational security principles directly to our customers,” said Joseph Janik, chief information security officer at Acquia. “Built on AWS’ platform, these innovations provide deeper insights into hosted applications along with a comprehensive set of security capabilities.”“In today’s world, cybersecurity is more important than ever. That’s why Mobomo is working closely with leading-edge government agencies to tackle their cloud-first initiatives through FedRAMP cloud platform-as-a-service offerings,” said Ken Fang, president of Mobomo. “Acquia’s new security capabilities ensure that our customers stay up-to-date on the latest security requirements through better integration into hybrid cloud environments and increased flexibility in both configuration and control. In addition, continual updates to the security features of the platform enables Mobomo to provide seamless integration and up-to-date security solutions to our customers in a cost-effective and efficient manner. These capabilities give Mobomo and their customers comfort knowing their information is safe, while allowing us to focus on what really matters — delivering more features and functionality to our end users.”Marketing Technology News: Fishbowl, Inc. Names New Chief Revenue OfficerAcquia Cloud enhancements include the following:SSO: An upgraded SSO service seamlessly unifies management of internal and external user authentication, protecting sensitive information and offering improved governance across IT managed systems.Log Forwarding and SIEM integration: Customers can easily configure Acquia Cloud to share logs securely with their Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) systems, thereby providing more visibility to improve incident detection and response. Acquia Cloud supports forwarding logs to popular SIEMs including Splunk and SumoLogic.Access and Governance: Acquia Cloud Shield, a private, isolated cloud for sites that require heightened levels of secure access, now offers optional VPC peering so companies may connect their AWS-hosted VPCs. Additionally, customers may use a self-service UI to manage access for greater administrative flexibility.FIPS 140-2: Acquia offers support for the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2, a U.S. government standard that defines cryptographic module security requirements and is critical for federal customers.Marketing Technology News: Where’s Our Data? IDC Executive Brief – Data Control is Crucial for Success in Digital Transformation AcquiaAcquia CloudDigital Experience PlatformsFederal Risk AuthorizationMarketing TechnologyNewsSecurity Information Previous ArticleQuality Data Equals Truth Sets, and Nothing LessNext Article60% of Users Will Disable Ad Blockers for Certain Domains, Indicating an Opportunity for Advertisers Provides Broadest Set of Compliance & Security Services Available for Enterprise Drupal Deployments Acquia Unveils New Compliance, Security Capabilities for Acquia Cloud PRNewswireApril 25, 2019, 7:37 pmApril 25, 2019 Acquia announced new capabilities for Acquia Cloud, extending the company’s strengths in security innovation and compliance for digital experience platforms. Additions include new tools to manage risk and updated compliance for a pair of key US federal standards, providing the security and compliance that companies require. These updates expand upon the broadest set of compliance and security services available anywhere on a single cloud platform for Drupal deployments.Acquia Cloud provides a secure, resilient and broadly supported cloud platform. The cloud-native platform enables customers to build and manage Drupal-based digital experiences, freeing staff to innovate on every channel, engage customers, and grow their brands.As global brands expand the breadth of digital offerings, they need to ensure that customer data is secure at every touchpoint. These new capabilities give enterprises the ability to provide protection without taxing the resources of security and operations teams. New security capabilities include upgraded single sign-on (SSO) integrations, greater support for SIEM log forwarding, and upgraded controls for access and governance. Acquia customers can also increase their levels of assurance with Acquia’s adherence to new facets of the Federal Risk Authorization and Management Program (FedRAMP) and Federal Education Records Privacy Act (FERPA) compliance standards.Marketing Technology News: BSI Reports Top Supply Chain Themes for 2019last_img read more

BGU develops new AI platform for monitoring and predicting ALS progression

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Feb 20 2019Technology will also improve drug development and clinical trials for neurodegenerative diseasesBen-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) has developed a new artificial intelligence (AI) platform for monitoring and predicting progression of neurodegenerative diseases to help identify markers for personalized patient care and improve drug development.The platform, developed by Prof. Boaz Lerner of the BGU Department of Industrial Engineering and Management will initially be used for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and ultimately for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative diseases.”One of the big challenges of designing and managing clinical trials for ALS is that it is a rare disease, and clinical variability makes it hard to identify markers for severity,” says Prof. Lerner. “As a result, after decades of research, there is still no real cure for ALS and several other challenging neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s.”Our new technology will more accurately predict disease progression, a crucial ingredient for clinical trials, and better identify the interrelationships between demographics and other measurable factors identified through physical examinations and patient functionality.”ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a fatal neurodegenerative disease that causes death of motor neurons which control voluntary muscles. This muscle atrophy leads to progressive weakness and paralysis, difficulty speaking, swallowing and breathing. The average survival time for people who are typically diagnosed between ages 40 to 60 is two to five years from onset of symptoms.Related StoriesUsing artificial intelligence to personalize the dose of radiation therapy for cancer patientsNovel imaging molecule reveals brain changes linked to progressive MSEndogenous retrovirus type W found to be a major contributor to nerve damage in MSALS population heterogeneity complicates research and drug development because of symptom variability at onset, disease progression rates and patterns, and survival statistics. This variability makes it difficult to predict disease progression rate and pattern for individuals.Having a reliable personalized prediction platform could improve patient care and quality of life for many patients and their caregivers. The new AI platform could also improve clinical trial design by identifying markers for various patient sub-populations’ treatment.The BGU platform integrates demographic and clinical data with machine learning and data mining algorithms to produce models that can predict the rate and pattern of ALS progression, identify specific lab tests or vital signs, and stratify similar sub-groups from the diverse ALS population. The algorithms, and their ability to predict disease progression, will improve as clinical data is added for each patient.”Now that the algorithms required to produce effective models have been established and evaluated, the funding we received from the Israel Innovation Authority will enable researchers to create a system that patients, physicians, caregivers, pharmaceutical companies, HMOs, and insurers can use on desktop and mobile applications to monitor and predict ALS progression,” says Itzik Mashiach at BGN Technologies, BGU’s technology-transfer company.”We are now seeking an industry partner to further develop and commercialize this innovative patent-pending technology.”​ Source:https://aabgu.org/nlast_img read more