Work Begins on Rome Gully

first_imgRepair work has started on sections of the Rome Gully, which is adjacent to communities along the Lyndhurst Road/Rousseau Road corridor, in Kingston, in an effort to ensure the safety of residents and motorists in the area. The work, which commenced on October 31, include: cleaning of the gully; repacking, and extensive repair of existing damage. The gully suffered significant erosion prior to, and consequent on the passage of Hurricane Sandy on October 24, which unleashed torrential rains which caused heavy flooding in the channel. Speaking to journalists on November 1, following a tour of the area, Minister of State in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, Richard Azan, informed that the work forms part of emergency repairs in order to maintain the structure. “There is a house that is in danger right now and we are trying to make sure that we save that house (along with several others). Additionally, the invert under the bridge is also damaged,” he said. The State Minister added that the repairs are expected to yield significant benefits for both communities and adjoining areas. Regarding the cost of the work, Mr. Azan said he was unable to give a specific figure, as the initial estimate had to be revised in light of additional damage that was sustained during the Hurricane’s passage. In the meantime, the State Minister noted that ongoing maintenance of the gullies across the island is critical in ensuring that the structures are safe. “It is something that we have to put (forward), as part of overall plan to maintain the gullies, not only the big ones but the small drains as well,” he added. For his part, Corporate Communications Manager, National Works Agency (NWA), Stephen Shaw, said the work is critical “as the bridge which spans the gully along Rousseau Road is in danger of collapsing, as the inverts under the bridge have been significantly eroded.”last_img read more

Norfolk State Rewards NCAA BracketBusting Coach

Norfolk State’s Anthony Evans earned a raise.The most talked-about story of 2012 March Madness was historically black Norfolk State University, a 15th seed, knocking off No. 2-seed Missouri, 86-84  in the first round of the tournament. The Spartans from Norfolk, Virginia were on the minds of all college basketball fans around the country.This week, the school rewarded the orchestrator of the MEAC champions. Coach Anthony Evans received a thre-year contract extension will take him through the 2016-17 season, according to NSU athletic director Marty Miller.Evans led the Spartans to a school-record 26 wins, the MEAC Tournament championship and the huge NCAA Tournament win, the first in Norfolk State history.Evans, who is 78-82 record in his five seasons at Norfolk State, also received a $50,000 raise to $175,000. His contract was to expire after the 2013-14 season.After beating Mizzou, NSU lost, 84-50, to Florida in the next round. read more

Tim Duncan Moved The Spurs Up The RetiredJersey Rankings

Mavericks37234.132.7 Cavaliers477139.099.2 Lakers6714672.8471.7 Nets507163.874.9 Grizzlies2200.00.0 While he was playing, Tim Duncan lifted the San Antonio Spurs up the list of the most successful teams in NBA history. Now that he has retired, Duncan — thanks to his recently retired jersey — has also made the AT&T Center rafters among the most talent-filled in the league.To rank every team’s group of retired numbers, I grabbed data from Basketball-Reference.com’s franchise pages and then filtered out honored non-players — like longtime Los Angeles Lakers announcer Chick Hearn (who has a microphone-themed banner hanging alongside the jerseys of Magic Johnson and company) or the No. 6 in Orlando, which is retired “in honor of the fans.” (Because they’re the “sixth man.” Get it?) For each team, I added up the total amount of value above replacement (VAR)1A cumulative value statistic based on a combination of Player Efficiency Rating and Win Shares per 48 minutes. generated by those players, both over their entire pro careers (across all franchises)2For my purposes, ABA statistics were given the same weight as NBA ones, because most former ABA teams that joined the NBA have retired the numbers of their ABA-era stars. and during their time with the specific franchise in question. Here’s the list, ranked by the latter category, to avoid ridiculous situations like the Miami Heat’s getting credit for Michael Jordan, whose jersey the team retired even though he never played for it. 76ers6710502.2295.2 Jazz437277.6232.0 Kings679229.6173.4 Clippers4700.00.0 Before Duncan’s number was retired, the Spurs’ retired-jersey crew ranked ninth all-time; now it’s in fourth place, behind the Boston Celtics and the Lakers — no shock there — as well as the Philadelphia 76ers, who’ve had a surprising number of truly great players contribute for them over the years. But if San Antonio eventually retires the numbers of current Spurs Manu Ginobili (38.1 VAR with the club) and Tony Parker (37.0), the Spurs could pass the 76ers for third, particularly because the closest Philadelphia has to a jersey-retirement candidate is ex-Sixer (and current Warrior) Andre Iguodala (17.5) — and because Iggy was no fan favorite, I doubt he’ll even be considered for the honor.Duncan also gives the Spurs an average of 31.3 VAR per honored player, which ranks fourth among all franchises — and is higher than that of both Boston (24.6) and Philly (29.5). The gold standard in this department belongs to the Chicago Bulls (36.0), who’ve retired only four players’ numbers — Hall of Famers Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen and multi-time All-Stars Bob Love and Jerry Sloan. (Artis Gilmore and Chet Walker must be wondering what they have to do for their numbers to be taken out of circulation.) But the Spurs’ retired-jersey strategy has struck a nice balance between upholding quality and not being overly picky; San Antonio has discontinued a player’s number every 6.3 years, more than twice as frequently as Chicago’s 12.8-years-per-player ratio. (Duncan’s No. 21 became the eighth number the Spurs have retired.3At least, according to Basketball-Reference.com. Technically, Bruce Bowen allowed San Antonio to unretire his No. 12 for LaMarcus Aldridge to wear, although I still included Bowen in the Spurs’ VAR total.)Other teams have less lofty standards of inclusion. As part of their apparent plan to commemorate every single member of their Bill Russell-era teams, the Celtics honored “Jungle” Jim Loscutoff despite his career average of 6.2 points per game, to go with a miniscule 8.3 lifetime Player Efficiency Rating (15.0 is league-average) and .017 Win Shares per 48 minutes (average is around .100). (In fairness, Loscutoff’s number was later kept active for Dave Cowens, a much better player.) Utah enshrined Darrell Griffith, whose nickname (“Dr. Dunkenstein”) was far superior to his stats (14.6 PER, .049 WS/48), and Portland honored Lionel Hollins (13.0 PER, .059 WS/48) even without a cool moniker to point to. Nate Thurmond became a Hall of Famer because of his performance as a Warrior, but his number was retired by Cleveland even though he played fewer than 12 percent of his career games as a Cav.Of course, winning titles like the Spurs have (five since 1999) is a surefire way to grease the wheels of jersey-retirement. It’s no coincidence that the bottom seven teams in the list above have won zero combined championships, and they’ve only retired three jerseys in total: One for a beloved local legend who played for a different franchise in the same city, and two for players who died during their careers. (Meanwhile, take the Knicks as a counterexample: They’ve won only two titles, and seven of their nine retired jerseys honor a player or coach4Yes, 12 coaches have had their “jerseys” retired, with the number often taking the form of their coaching victory total with the franchise (i.e., the number 832 is “retired” for Phoenix in honor of Cotton Fitzsimmons’s 832 career coaching wins). from those championship squads.)San Antonio wasn’t scrounging for numbers to retire before Duncan came along — it had already raised George Gervin’s iconic No. 44, and David Robinson’s No. 50 was well on its way, to go with some of their less-heralded teammates. But like he did for the Spurs as a franchise, Duncan has now elevated their honorees to the upper echelon of the NBA.Check out our latest NBA predictions. Spurs508254.4250.7 Thunder506145.8100.8 Knicks678198.5162.9 Nuggets505165.8111.5 With Duncan, the Spurs have elite laundry hanging in the rafters COMBINED VALUE ABOVE REPLACEMENT OF RETIRED JERSEY PLAYERS Timberwolves2812.21.4 Wizards564103.379.4 Pacers504126.3111.0 Magic2800.00.0 1951 to present. Includes franchise lineages as defined by Basketball-Reference.com (e.g., the Oklahoma City Thunder entry also includes players whose numbers were retired by the Seattle SuperSonics)Source: Basketball-Reference.com Hawks675157.3131.8 Celtics6720521.8491.7 Heat293149.139.4 Raptors2200.00.0 Warriors676210.4133.7 Suns499266.1173.5 FRANCHISESEASONSPLAYERS W/ RET. JERSEYSCAREERWITH FRANCHISE Hornets1315.81.4 Trail Blazers4710181.0135.5 Bulls514153.2143.8 Bucks498313.6150.7 Pelicans29113.34.9 Rockets505224.7144.8 Pistons679252.2206.6 read more

Opinion LeBron James Aaron Craft headline intriguing NBA Draft offseason for Ohio

Then-senior guard Aaron Craft attempts a layup during a game against Nebraska March 14 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. OSU won, 71-67. Lantern file photoAs the dust from the NBA Finals has settled, basketball fans have turned their attention to the much anticipated 2014 NBA Draft, and even more so, free agency.For basketball fans in the state of Ohio, two names will be watched closely: LeBron James and, for those in Columbus, Aaron Craft.James, who according to multiple reports will exercise his early termination clause with the Miami Heat, has Cleveland fans buzzing about the thought of seeing “the King” return to his home state and to the team that drafted him in 2003.The Cavaliers have been building, and tearing down at times, their team since James took his talents to South Beach, but with key pieces in place such as Kyrie Irving and Anthony Bennett (just kidding) along with the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday’s draft, Cavs fans can only dream for now.If James was to return to Cleveland, it would be the best move he will have ever made in his career.During his four seasons in Miami, James has been largely the victim of ridicule for how he left the Cavs in the summer of 2010, and rightfully so. As a Cleveland fan on vacation in Florida at the time of “The Decision,” I sat and watched Florida basketball fans celebrate in the lobby of my hotel. I sunk in my chair as all hope of bringing a championship to Cleveland was washed away in the Florida sun.Now, James can fix the broken bridges between he and Cavs fans if he makes his triumphant return home to a city which has not won a major championship since 1964. If in fact he does return, it will be to a better roster than the one he left back in 2010.Which brings me to Aaron Craft. How you may ask? Simple.While discussing sports at a summer job, a co-worker of mine and a fellow Ohio State student brought the following comparison to my attention.Remember James’ old teammate on the 2007 Cavs Finals team, Eric Snow? If you look closely at the similarities between Snow and Craft, you will see where I am going.Snow, a Michigan State grad out of Canton McKinley high school in Canton, Ohio, played four seasons in college, just as Craft did. Both Craft and Snow also put up comparable numbers in their college careers.Craft, who averaged 32.6 minutes per game in his college career also averaged just 8.9 points per game. How does that stack up to Snow? Snow played in just 25.2 minutes per game and averaged 5.9 points per game as a Spartan.While neither Craft nor Snow was a particularly good outside shooter, each shot around 50 percent in their careers. Craft finishing his career with a 45.9 percent career field goal percentage while Snow shot 52.1 percent.However, with every pro there is a con and with every similarity, there is a difference.Craft was clearly the better defender of the two, as he averaged 2.45 steals per game during his time at OSU, while Snow averaged just 1.3 in his time as a Spartan.In terms of passing, Snow was clearly better, however, as he averaged 5.3 assists per game including 7.8 his senior season. Craft never averaged more than five assists per game in a season.So what am I trying to say? Someone needs to take a chance on Craft.If Snow can get drafted (43rd overall) and have a 13-year playing career with three teams – the Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers and the Cavaliers – Craft can as well. The former Buckeye may not be the fastest, strongest or most athletic guy on the floor, but there is no one in this upcoming draft who will give you more effort than Aaron Craft.Enjoy Thursday’s draft and free agency season Ohio basketball fans, it could very well be a memorable one. read more

Marketing Solutions Provider Madison Logic Buys B2B Ad Platform BBN

first_img The transaction gives Madison Logic, known for its demand generation and data services, the ability to offer “top of funnel,” or display, advertising options for B2B marketers. And by acquiring BBN, Madison Logic doesn’t just add to its service offerings. The company now has direct access to 1,600 publisher brands to pitch its lead-gen services to. On top of that, the deal brings the company closer to agencies and trading desks doing programmatic buys with BBN. “Everyone is getting into everyone else’s business,” says Madison Logic CEO Tom O’Regan. “And even though they all need to generate sales, what’s still important is repositioning, generating awareness and differentiating their products.” In a gap-closing deal, marketing solutions firm Madison Logic has acquired B2B media advertising platform BBN. “Of course, we’ll work with brands and agencies directly, but we did see an opportunity to work with larger trading desks that are working with BBN,” O’Regan says. “The revenue is not just from direct sources, but from programmatic and trading desk relationships.” In other words, as important as audience segmentation and lead-gen has become, marketers still need to make buyers aware of their products in the first place. “The same customers who were using us for demand generation were not using us for top-of-the-funnel awareness,” adds O’Regan.center_img O’Regan declined to offer sale terms, but says the deal is projected to almost double the company’s revenue in 2015. Marrying data to lead nurturing and generation, along with branding opportunities, is a valuable position to be in. LinkedIn bought marketing technology and lead-gen platform Bizo for $175 million in July 2014. That deal lets LinkedIn more closely target and measure B2B marketing campaigns across its network. Ironically, all four of those companies have since divested their B2B media assets, but the ad network has since grown to include a who’s who of 1,600 publisher brand URLs reaching a global audience of 120 million, says O’Regan. Cue BBN, a digital ad platform launched in 2008 with just four publishers: Cygnus Business Media, Nielsen Business Media, Reed Business Information and McGraw-Hill.last_img read more

Motorolas rumored foldable Razr shown off in purported renders

first_imgMotorola will sell its first foldable phone, likely the Razr, this summer. Óscar Gutiérrez/CNET Motorola’s rumored to be working on a foldable update to its iconic Razr phone. A new set of leaked images could give us a look at the revamped Razr.Purported press renders of a foldable Motorola Razr were posted to /Leaks on Sunday. The images show a Razr-branded phone with a long, continuous display. One image shows the phone bent 90 degrees. Another appears to show what’ll come along with the phone — earbuds, charging cable — in its prism-shaped box. Foldable Phones Motorola Tags The foldable Motorola Razr is rumored to have a 6.2-inch interior display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor. Rumors also point to the phone having a small exterior screen that could double as a track pad and suggest that Google Assistant will play a big role.Motorola said it’s their policy to “neither confirm nor deny rumors” related to their products.Originally published April 29, 10:04 a.m. PT.Update, 10:26 a.m.: Adds more details and background.Update, May 1: Adds comment from Motorola.  1:54 Motorola, a unit of Chinese electronics giant Lenovo, plans to sell its foldable phone this summer. It’s expected to be a revival of the Razr brand, which The Wall Street Journal in January reported would be coming back with a $1,500 price tag. Motorola would just the latest contender in the new foldable phone market, which includes Huawei’s Mate X and Samsung’s Galaxy Fold. A patent filing uncovered by 91Mobiles in January included illustrations of what could be the new Razr phone. The illustrations suggest a similar design as the original, but instead of the interior space being divided by a hinge that splits the display and dial pad, the new Razr would be entirely display. This design appears to line up with the phone shown in the new set of purported renders. Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: #Motorola – #Razr – New Motorola RAZR (2019) leaks out https://t.co/jxoTZuUC9N pic.twitter.com/h2Y0NyCS3q— /LEAKS (@Slashleaks) April 28, 2019 Galaxy Fold gives foldable phones a black eye Post a comment 0last_img read more

Texas Sets AllTime Record For Electricity Use

first_imgPhoto: Wikimedia CommonsERCOT, which operates the power grid in Texas, reported a record for electricity use on July 18, 2018. The electricity is used, for example, to make air conditioned units run.Texas set an all-time record for electricity use Wednesday, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the state’s power grid operator, which said the record was set in the afternoon, between 3 and 4 p.m.Power use peaked at 71,438 megawatts. The previous record was 71,110 megawatts and it was set in August of 2016.ERCOT says it fully expects Texas to continue setting records as the summer continues.Much of the state is experiencing triple digit temperatures this week. Sharelast_img read more

4 Industries That Are Being Disrupted by AI

first_imgSeptember 25, 2018 The widespread disruption of AI is summed up best by Andrew Ng, the former chief scientist of Baidu, who views AI as the new electricity: “Just as electricity transformed almost everything 100 years ago, today I actually have a hard time thinking of an industry that I don’t think AI will transform in the next several years.”While most large corporations are undergoing technological transformations to use, support or offer AI technologies, the real magic takes place in the AI startup arena. According to CB Insights, the top 100 AI startups of 2017 have raised $11.7 billion in aggregate funding across 367 deals, thereby making the market rich with innovations plus financial backings.Related: How Investing in AI is About Investing in People, Not Just TechnologyThe most surprising AI startups and applications are those that are paving the way towards more unconventional verticals, such as insurance, background checks, real estate, health and retail. The unique application of AI in areas that aren’t traditionally high-tech is particularly fascinating for multiple reasons. For instance, it proves that with AI, all industries can be enhanced for greater efficiency and streamlined processes. When AI takes over time-consuming and tedious jobs, human counterparts are given more time for impactful contributions with greater value and tacit knowledge. Although many may argue that AI removes the human touch, it’s also important to bear in mind that it drives strategic and creative thinking at a larger scale.Here are four industries being disrupted by AI:1. InsuranceInsurance companies and their leaders have a lot to deal with lately, as reported by Deloitte’s latest market research report called Fintech by the numbers. As reported by Deloitte, “Political and regulatory upheavals around the world are changing some of the ground rules about how carriers are allowed to operate. An accelerating evolution in the way business is conducted is being driven by innovation and higher customer expectations, while disruptive newcomers are looking to take market share from incumbent insurers in the insurance industry.” Upheaval and changes create opportunities for savvy entrepreneurs, which is exactly what Lemonade is capitalizing on. Without relying on legacy players in the space, Lemonade blends insurance with tech and digitally transforms the user experience by appealing to consumers of all ages, removing costs and expediting claims. The data that is gathered helps drive efficiency and quantify risks.In December 2016, Lemonade set the world record for settling a claim in three seconds using its AI-powered claims bot, which ran 18 fraud algorithms simultaneously. Its technology understands the nature, severity and urgency of most claims. If any claim is too complex, it gets handed over to human counterparts for further manual analysis.2. Background checksAs President Donald Trump’s legislative agenda continues to be debated and laws are modified, employers need to keep a close watch on the reaction of the states to the administration’s federal employment law decisions. Changes made at federal regulatory agencies such as the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) result in new business laws that can affect taxes and hiring practices.State and local legislation will continue to be big issues in screening in the next year. In 2017, there was an increase in legislation that bans asking for salary history in cities and states across the country. There will be more of these laws introduced in cities, municipalities and states in the next year. Ban the box laws have been sweeping the country for the last few years. The newest ban the box law went into effect in California on Jan. 1, 2018. The California law, which involves both the public and private sectors, states that employers cannot make a criminal history inquiry until after a conditional offer has been made to an applicant. State and city ban the box legislation will continue to pass in the new year.Related: Why Smart Cities Are a Golden Opportunity for EntrepreneursThanks to the above, the background industry has seen a spur in innovation and growth. Intelligo is leveraging AI and machine learning to conduct background checks on people and companies in just minutes. This reduces the wait time and frustrations that are traditionally associated with the backlogs of federal agencies and large financial corporations that rely on human analysts to manually conduct granular research across multiple mediums.Their solution quickly combs through thousands of data sources without concern of manual labor and offers a user-friendly interactive report, which presents actionable insights in a manner that is insightful yet easy to understand.3. Real estateIn 2017, real estate accounted for about 13.4 percent, or $2.6 trillion, of U.S. GDP, as reported by BEA.gov. That’s more than any other industry, including manufacturing at $2.2 trillion. Real estate, as a whole, covers a number of market segments, including commercial industries such as construction and rentals to residential with consumer housing. Real estate construction alone contributed more than $1 trillion to the economy last year, while apartment rental properties are worth north of $1.4 trillion.The real estate industry provides a huge market for opportunity. An example of AI in this space is from Compass, a startup that uses AI to connect potential homebuyers and renters with properties that best meet their needs. Though it is safe to say that there are multiple websites that offer a similar service, Compass perfected the art by breaking the mold and standing out. According to a representative of SoftBank Vision Fund, which invested $450 million in Compass, it is well positioned for future growth for building a “differentiated end-to-end tech platform that aggregates across diverse data streams to support agents and homebuyers through the entire process.”4. RetailIn an age where many claim that we are experiencing the retail apocalypse, Inturn proves that is not the case at all. If anything, we are only experiencing the latest shift in retail trends. According to Business Insider, by 2021 most retailers will invest in AI and IoT technologies for supply chain automation, location-based marketing, customer traffic sensors, machine learning, asset tracking and big data solutions. Inturn uses AI to empower brands and retailers to use automated workflow tools, a pricing optimization engine and business intelligence to gain visibility of their business and simplify the buying and selling of excess inventory.Related: Preparing for the Future of AIAs fascinating as these technological breakthroughs may be, it’s important to note that contrary to popular belief and Hollywood sci-fi blockbusters, AI is not set to take over jobs, or the world for that matter. AI exists to work alongside human counterparts for increased efficiency, so people can apply their skill sets towards more meaningful tasks without getting overwhelmed. Or, maybe AI will take over and rule the world, and make humans their working slaves (like when the FB chatbots started talking to themselves).  Whatever the case, AI will continue to impact industries in the future, and it’s important for large institutions, decision-makers and enthusiasts to keep tabs on startups that are disrupting industries with AI so that they can stay ahead of the curve. And, potentially, stay ahead of the AI that will one day rule them in more ways than one. 7 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »last_img read more

Thailand offers free nip tuck to draw tourists

first_imgSource = ETB News: T.N. The Thailand Tourism Authority is trying to attract tourists to Thailand by running a competition that will give the winners free facial surgery, US $5,000 cash and a luxury vacation. The competition will no doubt be welcomed by the country as ongoing political unrest has caused a drop in the number of cosmetic surgery tourists by 40 per cent. The finalists have to consent to give the Thailand Extreme Makeover project the right to use their names, images, videos and / or audio before and after surgery for display, public relations via online and offline media and domestic and international marketing.center_img Thailand has previously been a mecca for tourists wanting cosmetic surgery because savings can be up to 50 to 80 per cent compared to the USA.  Plastic surgeons will judge tourist entrants’ photos and applications and develop a shortlist of finalists, with the Thai public then choosing three winners, The Diplomat reported.last_img read more

The 2 Trillion Originations Market is Making a Comeback

first_img After four years and a lot of rollercoaster rides, the mortgage originations market is zeroing in on the $2 trillion mark, according to Freddie Mac’s August 2016 Outlook report. Freddie Mac credited the balance between low interest rates and solid home sales as signs of an improving originations sector.“At the current pace, we’re likely to see the mortgage market top $2 trillion in originations for the first time since 2012,” said Sean Becketti, chief economist, Freddie Mac.Unlike in 2012, however, when the market was driven largely by refinances, today’s market is nearly 50/50 balanced between home refinances and purchases. “This is good news for home sales as we’re likely to see the best year in home sales in a decade,” Becketti said. “This is a good sign for the housing market as it continues to be an even brighter spot in the economy.”Mortgage rates, expected to stay below 4 percent into 2017, and more optimistic expectations for home sales (to 6.04 million, the highest number this decade) are Freddie Mac’s main leg on which to stand with its enthusiasm. The GSE expects strong home sales to boost 2016 forecasted mortgage originations by $175 billion over July’s forecast, and for housing construction to remain on an upward trend‒‒1.2 million and 1.4 million for 2016 and 2017, respectively.Source: Freddie MacThrough the first six months of 2016, home sales totaled 2.9 million, non-seasonally adjusted, according to the report. This is the fastest pace since the first half of 2007.“We are forecasting that home sales will outpace 2007 in the second half of this year, reaching the highest level since 2006,” the report stated.With the job market consistently improving, wage growth ticking higher, and mortgage interest rates remaining low, Freddie Mac expects home sales to rise throughout the rest of this year. But there is, of course, caution to the GSE’s predictions.“The housing market still has challenges, which is reflected in our housing starts forecast,” Becketti said. “Low levels of inventory across many markets will continue to put upward pressure on house prices for the foreseeable future.”“We expect GDP growth to bounce back to just over 2 percent for the remainder of 2016 as inventory investment rebounds and the drag by energy begins to ease and push nonresidential investment up,” the report stated. “However, recent global uncertainty and its effects on domestic production have led us to reduce our forecast for GDP growth in 2017 by 30 basis points to 1.9 percent.” The $2 Trillion Originations Market is Making a Comeback Freddie Mac Housing Outlook mortgage originations 2016-08-15 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, News, Originationcenter_img Share August 15, 2016 712 Views last_img read more

Some 30 of Netflix subscribers pay for its US11

first_imgSome 30% of Netflix subscribers pay for its US$11.99 per-month premium tier – up from 21% in late 2017 – despite an October 2017 price rise, according to US-based Parks Associates.The research firm’s data suggests that uptake of Netflix’s US$7.99 per-month basic tier has fallen from 35% to 27% over the same period, while its US$9.99 per-month standard package remains its most popular.“This shift reflects trends that we are seeing across the industry, beyond Netflix,” said Brett Sappington, senior director, research, Parks Associates. “Netflix’s basic tier is limited to one screen and SD quality, while the premium tier offers viewing on up to four screens and access to Ultra HD content.“Many OTT-subscribing households have multiple people who want to watch similar content at the same time. Rather than competing for access, consumers are willing to pay extra for the convenience of multiple streams. At the same time, consumers want to watch on TVs, making HD viewing a must. Demand for Ultra HD TV is small but increasing.”last_img read more

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first_imgShareTweet Diana Johnson MPELISHA MCCALLIONFoyle MPhaemophlianhsSinn FeinVictims of contaminated blood scandal deserve justice – McCallion “I have spoken to many people who have been caught up in this scandal, including those who have lost family members and loved ones and I know the deep hurt it has caused. “I met with Diana Johnson MP, the chair of the all-party group on haemophilia, to discuss the terms of reference and to ensure that those impacted by this scandal in the north were included in the inquiry. “On the day this inquiry gets underway the British government has made an offer of a subsistence payment to those impacted but there has been no mention of liability or compensation and that this a major concern to those advocating on behalf of victims. “I will continue to press the British government to ensure victims get the justice they are entitled to,” added the former Mayor of Derry. SINN Féin MP Elisha McCallion has said those impacted by the contaminated blood scandal and their families deserve justice. Speaking as a public inquiry into the scandal got underway, the Foyle MP said: “At least 2,400 people have died as a result of complications from receiving contaminated blood, including people in the north. “This was one of the biggest scandals ever in the history of the NHS and it is essential that this inquiry gets to the truth of it. Victims of contaminated blood scandal deserve justice – McCallion was last modified: May 1st, 2019 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more

How NHL Legend Cam Neely Teamed Up with Denis Leary to Kick

first_imgProject Grow Image credit: Paul Marotta | Getty Images Add to Queue Next Article –shares Apply Now » You might think that a guy who spent a total of 143 minutes in the penalty box during one season of hockey might have somewhat less than a sparkling sense of humor, but you’d be wrong.NHL Hall of Famer and President of the Boston Bruins Cam Neely not only appreciates a good joke, he and Denis Leary co-founded Comics Come Home, the longest-running comedy fundraiser in history. Since 1995, the annual event benefits The Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care, whose mission is “to provide comfort, support and hope to cancer patients and their families.” This year’s show at the TD Garden in Boston on Nov. 18 boasts a mega lineup of stars includes Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson and Jeff Ross, among many others. Tickets are on sale here.Entrepreneur sat down with the bruising Bruin to discuss his passion for helping others, leadership, and tips for building a team that hates to lose.This is the 23rd year of Comics Come Home. What has driven you to do this year after year?Both of my parents were diagnosed with cancer at a young age and passed away. Most professional athletes do a number of charitable things throughout their careers, and when cancer struck my family, I decided to start this foundation focused on areas of care that I saw was lacking. Families suffer so much when a loved one is sick. So we have two main parts: The Neely Cancer Fund which supports treatment and research efforts and The Neely House, built in memory of my parents, which gives families a convenient, comfortable place to live and relax and be around others while undergoing treatment.How did Denis Leary get involved?Denis is from Worcester Mass. I first came to Boston in 1986, instead of going to movies I enjoyed going to comedy shows. Through some mutual friends, I met Denis and we became friends. I asked him if he would consider doing some standup for a benefit for our foundation, and he did so much more. Comics Come Home is really his brainchild, he pulled together his friends from the Boston clubs and it has grown so much from there.Related: (Survey) A Quarter of Cancer Patients Use Legal Medical MarijuanaWhether it is running your foundation or your hockey team, how would you describe your decision-making style?It’s really all about having the right conversations with the right people to get the right information. You need to digest the facts and then ultimately not be afraid to make a decision. The toughest thing is understanding that your decisions could impact other people’s lives, but you can’t be afraid to do what you think it’s right. You just have to believe it and move forward.What do you look for in new hires?One of my favorite questions to ask people — especially prospective players — is, “Do you love to win or do you hate to lose?” There’s a big difference. Everybody loves to win. I hate losing. And I love when great teamwork works. Sure, this guy might have scored three goals, but in order to do that, someone had to pass him the puck.Related: 15 Motivational Quotes From Legends in SportsBesides hockey and charity, you are something of a notable film actor. You famously hocked a loogie into Jeff Daniels’ cheeseburger in Dumb & Dumber.[Laughs] Yes, I played Sea Bass. That was a heck of a good time. The funny thing was when the Farellys asked me to do it, I didn’t know much about the production. I said sure, as long as it doesn’t interfere with my playing schedule. Then Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels signed on. Wow, this just became a much bigger deal! Every once in a while when I’m walking down the street, I still get people shouting, “Kick his ass, Sea Bass!”What was it like to have the Bruins win the Stanley Cup?For me it was it was such a special moment because I truly love our fan base. It was 39 years between cups and so you have generations of passionate fans. I was excited for our fan base and the city of Boston.Do you plan on talking to the team about the ongoing controversy of players not standing for the National Anthem?Yes, we’ll be addressing that. You know, I believe everybody has a right to express their opinions and their values and beliefs and I don’t necessarily think that a sporting event is a place to do that. Fans are there to watch the event. But I believe in people having the right to express themselves, absolutely.Related: Which Tech Billionaires Donate the Most to Charity? (Infographic)There were a bit more fisticuffs back in the day with hockey. Is it true that players would kick the crap out of each other on the ice, then go grab a beer after the game?Not exactly, but if we’d run into each other, it wasn’t like we held grudges. You know, we had an issue and we took care of it on the ice, over and done.If only everything could be like that simple.I was joking the other day that when I got upset with someone back in the day, I used to get five minutes in the penalty box. Now I’d get handcuffs!Any chance people who go see Comics Come Home will see you do a set?Ha, no I am not going anywhere near a microphone to tell jokes on stage. I think I’m more “witty” than funny. That is something I would never attempt.Finally, do you want to go on the record stating that the New York Rangers are guaranteed to win the Stanley Cup this year?[Laughs] I’m not going to do that either.Tickets for Comics Come Home are available now, click here to purchase.   The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Entrepreneur Staffcenter_img 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List October 5, 2017 Dan Bova How NHL Legend Cam Neely Teamed Up with Denis Leary to Kick Cancer’s Ass Editorial Director 6 min read The 23rd year of Comics Come Home promises big laughs for an incredible cause.last_img read more

Tesla Launches Orders for the 35000 Model 3

first_img Image credit: Roberto Baldwin | Engadget Add to Queue Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Next Article March 1, 2019 Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 3 min read Tesla This story originally appeared on Engadget –shares Tesla Launches Orders for the $35,000 Model 3 You can order one now. In a sort of surprise event (CEO Elon Musk tweeted it out two days ago), Tesla announced the $35,000 Standard Range Model 3 is available for order. The automaker has been working diligently to streamline its production line and lower unit costs of the Model 3. You can order it right now.The rear-wheel-drive car will have a 220-mile range, a top speed of 130 miles per hour and a zero to 60 time of 5.6 seconds.The $35,000 Model 3 will enter the market that’s becoming increasingly crowded. The Chevy Bolt, Kia Niro EV and Hyundai Kona EV are all in the same price point and have about the same amount of range. But none of them have the cache of the Model 3.The lower-priced Model 3 will have a few caveats including a new “standard interior.” That means cloth seats, manual steering wheel adjustment, a base trim, basic audio and standard maps and navigation. Gone are the fog lamps and docking ports for a smartphone. But it will have four USB ports, so that’s not a huge loss.Oh, it’s also only available in black at that cost. Blue and silver paint will set you back $1,500, white paint is $2,000 and if you want red, it’s going to cost you a whopping $2,500. Fortunately, black cars are cool.The car will still have the glass roof (woohoo), and folding heated side mirrors. The company went with a more basic interior for the lower-priced vehicle which should be expected.Tesla also announced a Standard Range Plus vehicle with 240-miles of range before you need to hit up a Supercharger. It also has a better interior than the Standard Range Model 3 with adjustable seats, better materials and upgraded audio.The pricing of both of these vehicles does not include the Autopilot suite ( Autosteer and Traffic Aware Cruise Control) which is $3,000 before delivery and $4,000 after delivery. So if after a while you want to upgrade your vehicle with the driver’s assistance package it’ll cost $4,000 and you’ll get an over the air update.The new full self-driving capability (it includes the above and Summon, Autopark, Navigate on Autopilot and future self-driving capabilities) will cost $5,000 before delivery and $7,000 after delivery.Currently, the delivery date for the Standard Range version is two to four weeks in the United States and according to Musk, additional places on the planet in three to six months.Going forward, the way you buy a Tesla will change dramatically. All Tesla’s will now only be available for online order. If you go into a store, they’ll direct you to a computer to order the car that the company says will only take you one minute to purchase.If a $35,000 car is still too rich for your blood, during a call with Musk, he stated that cheaper Tesla vehicles would enter the market in 2-3 years. He reiterated probably closer to three years.If you’re an early reservation holder for this vehicle, you will get first priority according to Musk. So that car you’ve been waiting for is almost ready for pick up. Roberto Baldwinlast_img read more

States push for caregiver tax credits

first_img This article was reprinted from khn.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente. Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 25 2019Gloria Brown didn’t get a good night’s sleep. Her husband, Arthur Brown, 79, has Alzheimer’s disease and had spent most of the night pacing their bedroom, opening and closing drawers, and putting on and taking off his jacket.So Gloria, 73, asked a friend to take Arthur out for a few hours one recent afternoon so she could grab a much-needed nap. She was lucky that day because she didn’t need to call upon the home health aide who comes to their house twice a week.The price of paying for help isn’t cheap: The going rate in the San Francisco Bay Area ranges from $25 to $35 an hour. Gloria Brown estimates she has spent roughly $72,000 on caregivers, medications and supplies since her husband was diagnosed four years ago.”The cost can be staggering,” said state Assemblyman Jim Patterson (R-Fresno), author of a bill that would give family caregivers in California a tax credit of up to $5,000 annually to help offset their expenses.A 2016 study by AARP found that the average caregiver spends $6,954 a year on out-of-pocket costs caring for a family member. The expenses range from $7 for medical wipes to tens of thousands of dollars to retrofit a home with a walk-in shower or hire outside help.AARP, a lobbying organization for people 50 and older, is pushing similar bills in at least seven other state legislatures this year, said Elaine Ryan, the group’s vice president of State Advocacy and Strategy Integration. Arizona, Illinois, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Wisconsin are considering legislation, and AARP expects measures also to be introduced in Florida, Massachusetts and Ohio.In Wisconsin, two Republicans and two Democrats are behind that state’s tax credit measure.”We need a whole discussion about how we can best keep people at home and meet their needs,” said state Rep. Debra Kolste, a Democrat who explained that most people know someone who is caring for a family member. She hopes the measure can make it through the Republican legislature and be signed by Wisconsin’s Democratic governor.New Jersey approved a state income tax credit in 2017 specifically for caregivers of wounded veterans. However, efforts in other states have failed, including in Arizona last year and Mississippi and Virginia this year.At the federal level, bills that would have created a federal income tax credit of up to $3,000 never got out of congressional committees last year.”Whether I’m in Billings, Mont., or in Mississippi, the caregiver tax credit is something that people are asking for,” Ryan said. “All they’re asking for is a little financial help to offset these costs.”A tax credit, said Brown and other caregivers, would be welcome relief to the estimated 4.5 million family caregivers in California who care for a loved one with a chronic, disabling or serious health condition. Nationwide, the AARP estimates there are about 40 million people caring for family members.​ As her husband’s disease progresses, Gloria Brown expects costs to escalate. For instance, she wants to install bars in the bathroom to help prevent her husband from falling, and anticipates she will need more professional help.”I think we’re just moving into that stage where I’m going to see the dollars going out for things that will help to make things easier for him at home and more comfortable,” Brown said. “It’s a cost you just hadn’t anticipated.”Related StoriesI’m a CPAP dropout: Why many lose sleep over apnea treatmentResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairHealthy lifestyle lowers dementia risk despite genetic predispositionLong-term caregiving has emerged as one of the major issues in California’s Capitol this year, with proposals ranging from naming a state “Aging Czar” to funding a new cash benefit for long-term care services. In his State of the State address last month, Gov. Gavin Newsom called for a master plan for aging.”I’ve had some personal — and painful — experience with this recently,” Newsom told the joint session of the legislature.Newsom, whose father had dementia and died last year, also has tapped former first lady Maria Shriver to lead a new Alzheimer’s Prevention and Preparedness Task Force, and has asked lawmakers to approve $3 million in state funds for Alzheimer’s disease research.Patterson’s bill would provide up to a $5,000 state income tax credit to family caregivers for five years, starting in tax year 2020. They would be reimbursed for 50 percent of eligible expenses, such as retrofitting a home, hiring an aide and leasing or buying specialty equipment. The credit would be available to individuals who make up to $170,000 a year, or joint income tax filers who make up to $250,000.Patterson, a Republican in the minority, is hopeful he can convince his colleagues that giving people a tax credit is financially sound because it would enable caregivers to keep their loved ones at home rather than relying on more expensive government services.”If members of the legislature and the governor would look through the eyes of their own families, friends and neighbors … I think it can be passed and be signed,” Patterson said.But the measure faces competition for a slice of California’s $21 billion surplus, from proposals by the governor and lawmakers to boost funding for education, health care, housing and dozens of other programs.For Pam Sogge of Oakland, Calif., a tax credit would allow her to hire a home health aide for an additional three hours a week.Her husband, Rick Sogge, 61, has early-onset Alzheimer’s and becomes frantic when left by himself. Sometimes when she leaves him alone in another room of their home, he searches for her every two minutes.Because Rick Sogge is still physically healthy, most of the couple’s caregiving expenses pay for part-time help to take him on outings so Pam can work, run errands or go to the doctor’s office.”You have a very uncertain financial future. You don’t know what’s going to happen. You don’t know how long it’s going to take. So you’re very conservative,” said Pam Sogge, 56, who has been caring for her husband for five years. “A tax credit, in a way, it’s permission and encouragement to get some help.”This KHN story first published on California Healthline, a service of the California Health Care Foundation.last_img read more

Study emphasizes the need for personalized dietary plans as not even twins

first_imgFor the first time, we’re expanding large-scale nutritional research beyond blood sugar. These findings show that the responses to food of a number of key metabolic markers – including triglycerides, insulin and blood sugar – are highly individualized. No one has been able to combine data on this scale before.” By Lois Zoppi, BAJun 11 2019Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Researchers have found that many widely accepted dietary guidelines are not suitable for everyone, with even twins responding differently to the same foods, despite having nearly identical DNA. This discovery complicates health advice and emphasizes the need for individualized dieting plans.Sebastian Duda | ShutterstockThe new study is the largest scientific nutrition study of its kind and was carried out by researchers from King’s College London, Massachusetts General Hospital, and ZOE, a nutritional science company that is developing personalized nutrition tests.The study, called PREDICT, included approximately 1,100 adult volunteers from the US and UK, including 240 pairs of twins. For two weeks, every participant was asked to eat certain meals and keep track of every single item of food and drink they consumed.From this, researchers were able to analyze how blood levels of sugar, insulin, and fat changes responded to specific meals over the two-week study duration. Researchers also gathered data on activity, sleep, hunger levels, and gut bacteria.Professor Tim Spector, a Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King’s College London and the lead researcher spoke on the importance of the new study: The ZOE app should be available by 2020. Find out more on the ZOE website. ‘We’re not there yet’Although these findings could open the door for gene-specific dieting, with individuals being able to access data on their specific genetic makeup and the corresponding diet that could help them to lose weight and keep healthy, Deborah Good, an associate professor of human nutrition, foods, and exercise at Virginia Tech, warned:“We don’t know enough about all the different things that contribute to it. Sometime in our lifetime, we may be able to, at least genetically, be given a set of information at the beginning of our lives [about our health needs]. But we’re not there yet, and I don’t know how long it would take.”PREDICT will continue into PREDICT 2, which is an expanded home-based study that began in June 2019. This study will include 1,200 volunteers across the US and UK whose nutritional responses to food will be measured over a period of 11 days, including data on their moods, sleep, and physical activity.ZOE co-founder and President George Hadjigeorgiou said that everyone “deserves to understand how they respond to food so that they can make confident decisions about what to eat and be in control of living a healthier and more enjoyable life,” and as such, the long-term goal is to make ZOE’s studies into an at-home kit and an app that the general public can download to access dietary recommendations. The sheer scale and detail of our scientific project is such that for the first time we can explore tremendously rich nutrition data at the level of an individual. Our results surprisingly show that we are all different in our response to such a basic input as food. It was a real shock to see that even identical twins have such different responses.” Adding to Professor Spector’s comments, co-founder and CEO of ZOE Jonathan Wolf said, “For most of us, the food we eat is the most important medicine we take. And yet we are all profoundly confused about what is good for us. We believe that combining science and machine learning can solve this, by understanding for the first time our individual responses to food.”DNA is not as important as once thoughtResults of the study were presented at the Nutrition 2019 conference and found that individuals had markedly different responses to the same meals, even if their DNA was almost identical, as is seen in twins.Identical twins that were found to have different responses to the same foods only shared 37 percent of their gut bacteria, which is only two percent higher than the 35 percent unrelated individuals share. This small overlap in twin’s gut bacteria may explain why their nutritional responses were so different, despite their very close DNA match.The study’s findings also suggest that individual differences in metabolism because of an individual’s gut bacteria, as well as timings of meals, and exercise, are as important in healthy diets as the nutritional makeup of the food consumed, and DNA may not be as important in determining nutritional responses as is widely believed.Discovering these differences led Professor Spector to hypothesize that diets could be tailored around the microbiome and not just the genome, which could bring on an era of personalized eating and dieting. However, the microbiome is still not fully understood despite it being implicated in many bodily functions.The results have the potential to complicate health and weight loss advice with the implications that nutritional needs are highly individual from person to person.“Our recommendations, medically and public-health wise, have just been assuming that if people follow the standard plan, they’ll lose weight,” said Spector.With his study, he says that line of thinking has “now been exposed as completely flawed.” However, he also added that this doesn’t debunk all nutrition advice:“It doesn’t mean you throw [all nutrition advice] out,” he said. “There are some guidelines and recommendations around the world that near-everybody agrees on.” These guidelines include following a diet that is rich in fiber and low on processed and calorific foods.Dr. Sarah Berry, a Senior Lecturer in Nutritional Sciences at King’s College London and Scientific Advisor at ZOE said: The goal of ZOE and looking at this data is taking a holistic approach to your health. Someone might use it for [weight management] while someone else might want to raise their metabolism or reduce their chances of getting diabetes. It can be used for many different purposes.”Professor Tim Spector, Lead Reseacherlast_img read more

Student death Nigerian High Comm mulling redress wants to prevent a repeat

first_img Culture 07 Jul 2019 The ‘Mona Lisa’ Is Coming To Kuala Lumpur The High Commission said at the time of the arrest of Thomas Orhions Ewansiha, he was in possession of a student pass that was valid until Sept 23.It also confirmed that Ewansiha was a doctoral student of Management at Limkokwing University of Creative Technology.Ewansiha died on July 9 while in detention following a raid by the Immigration Department in Desa Aman Puri in Kuala Lumpur.Only July 11, a group of Nigerians took to protesting his death outside the Nigerian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur. Related News Related News World 10 Jul 2019 Bombed Tripoli migrant detention centre being emptied – U.N.center_img {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} World 10 Jul 2019 At least 100 migrants walk free from shelled detention centre in Tripoli PETALING JAYA: The Nigerian High Commission says it has taken the necessary steps to address the death of one of its citizens in a detention centre in Kuala Lumpur, with an eye towards seeking redress and preventing a repeat of such occurrence.It said it was working closely with Malaysian authorities and was awaiting the results of the autopsy report.”The High Commission has equally taken note of the concerns of Nigerians in Malaysia. The High Commission assures that necessary steps are being taken towards addressing this unfortunate incidence with a view for a redress and to prevent such occurrence in the future,” it said in a statement on Saturday (July 13).It urged Nigerians in Malaysia to continue to be law-abiding and to cooperate with the authorities and the High Commission while investigations were on-going.last_img read more