UPDATED – Highway 29 closed due to avalanche danger

first_imgThere is no detour around the area at this time.The next update from Drivebc.ca is not expected 12:15 a.m. on January 1, 2019.For more updates overnight visit www.drivebc.caBelow is the full notice as of 11 p.m. Monday.Highway 29. Avalanche danger between Millar Rd and Upper Cache Rd for 10.0 km (6 to 16 km north of Hudson’s Hope). Road closed. Assessment in progress. Detour not available. Next update time Tue Jan 1, 2019 at 12:15 AM MST. Last updated Mon Dec 31 at 10:52 PM MST. (DBC-4444) UPDATE – The highway is now open in both directions as of 11:45pm Monday.HUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. – Highway 29 is closed between the Alaska Highway and Hudson’s Hope.The highway has been closed between Millar Road and Upper Cache Road due to a high avalanche danger.last_img read more

1984 antiSikh riots Sajjan Kumar accuses CBI of tutoring key witness in

first_imgNew Delhi: Former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, serving life term in Tihar jail, accused the CBI before a Delhi court on Tuesday of tutoring a key witness in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case. The fact that the witness was giving information contrary to his police statements in 1985 point to his being tutored, Kumar’s counsel said. The submission came after Joginder Singh, who is a witness and the complainant in the case, told the court that certain facts written in the statement given by him to the police relating to the case were false. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Singh was being cross-examined before District Judge Poonam A Bamba when he said that, contrary to his previous statement to the police, he did not run away from his house when some people came and looted his house during the riots. Three persons — Kumar, Brahmanand Gupta and Ved Prakash — are facing trial on charges of murder and rioting pertaining to the killing of Surjit Singh (Joginder’s cousin) in Sultanpuri. The riots broke out after the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards on October 31, 1984. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Kumar is currently lodged in Tihar jail after conviction in another case related to the riots. Singh had said in 1985 that some people had entered his house and looted precious jewellery and money. He said he had run away from his house and did not recognise any of them. When the defense counsel pointed out that in his previous statement Singh had not named the accused or named any Surjit, the witness told the court, “I had named everyone. I had taken the name of Sajjan Kumar as one of the accused and given every detail about Surjit to the police. I don’t know if they had recorded it or not.” The advocate appearing for the former Congress leader however said, “Singh has been tutored. It was evident from the previous statement and today’s statement that Singh was giving a false statement.” Another witness, Cham Kaur, had on November 16 last year identified Kumar before the court as one who had allegedly instigated the mob to kill Sikhs. Kaur had told the court that she had seen Kumar allegedly addressing a crowd in the national capital’s Sultanpuri area in 1984. “On November 1, 1984 when I stepped out to look for my goat, I saw accused Sajjan Kumar addressing the crowd and saying ‘hamari ma maar di, Sardaro ko maar do’ (They killed our mother, kill the Sikhs),” Kaur had told the court. She further said the next morning, her son and father were killed. Before Kaur, another key prosecution witness Sheela Kaur identified Kumar as one who had instigated a crowd in Sultanpuri. The case was transferred from the Karkardooma court to the Patiala House court here by the Delhi High Court, which had directed the district judge to video record the proceedings. The Delhi High Court had on December 17 last year convicted Kumar and sentenced him to imprisonment for “remainder of his natural life” in another 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, saying the riots were a “crime against humanity” perpetrated by those who enjoyed “political patronage” and aided by an “indifferent” law enforcement agency.last_img read more

Ranieri We deserved more

first_imgFulham manager Claudio Ranieri is left disappointed after their 1-1 draw with Wolves as they lost their lead in the late stages of the game.After a goalless first half, Ryan Sessegnon put Fulham ahead in the 74th minute, but with five minutes to go, Wolves midfielder Romain Saiss scored from close range after a shot rebounded off a defender.“We are a little disappointed because I think we deserved more from the first half because we created more than them,” Ranieri told the club’s website.“In the second half, after we scored a goal, they found a solution.“I’m satisfied with our performance, as we worked hard against a good team. It was a tactical match today.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Mitrović had a chance to win the match. In this moment, we need to continue to stay together and be positive.“When a team is bottom, everything goes against this team, but we are stronger than this. We want to react in every circumstance, in every match.“If we continue to fight, train well, understand the tactical movement, we’ll do better.“We try to find a solution, but if you continue to fight, you can change things. If you lose hope, you lose everything.“I believe in my players. For this reason, I believe we can make something good.”last_img read more

The Governor General Attends Reception Celebrating 2018 Chinese Spring Festival

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 14, 2018 – Nassau – Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling attended a Reception celebrating the 2018 Chinese Spring Festival at the British Colonial Hilton on Thursday evening, February 8, 2018 hosted by  Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas Mr. Huang Qinguo and his wife, Madame Zheng Chuncao.Also in attendance were Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. Peter Turnquest, Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Senator the Hon. Carl Bethel, and Minister of Foreign Affairs the Hon. Darren Henfield.  Photos show officials and reception guests.(BIS Photos/Kristaan Ingraham) Related Items:last_img read more

USBangla plane crash victim Shahin Bepari dies

first_imgInjured Shahin Bepari on a wheelchair. Photo: UNBAnother US-Bangla plane crash victim died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) on Monday afternoon, taking the death toll from the accident to 50.Shahin Bepari, who was undergoing treatment at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of DMCH burn and plastic surgery unit with 32 per cent burn injuries, breathed his last around 4:45pm, said the unit’s coordinator Samanta Lal Sen, reports UNB.On 18 March, Shahin Bepari was brought back to Bangladesh from Nepal by a flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines and admitted to the DMCH.Earlier, at least 49 people, including 26 Bangladeshis, were killed as an aircraft of US-Bangla Airlines from Dhaka to Kathmandu crashed at Tribhuvan International Airport in the capital of Himalayan country Nepal on 12 March.With the death of Shahin, the number of Bangladeshi nationals killed in the accident rose to 27.Meanwhile, five more Bangladeshi survivors-Mehedi Hasan, Saiyada Kamrunnahar Shwarna, Almun Nahar Annie, Sheikh Rashed Rubayet and Shahreen Ahmed-are now undergoing treatment at the DMCH.last_img read more

EC to meet Sunday on foreign polls observers

first_imgelection commissionThe election commission (EC) hoped that observers from different countries will arrive to oversee polls, reports UNB.The commission is scheduled to sit in a high-level meeting on Sunday to discuss security, visa processing and accommodation of foreign observers and journalists who will come to monitor the election.Joint secretary of the commission SM Asaduzzaman said the meeting will be held at Agargaon Nirbachan Bhaban with chief election commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda in the chair.Officials from home, foreign affairs ministries as well as senior officials concerned of the department of immigration and passport will attend the meeting, he said.Earlier on Monday, foreign secretary Md Shahidul Alam met the CEC to discuss issues relating to the meeting.Sources at the EC office said though the European Union sent a large number of election observers in the 2008 and 2001 elections they did not send observers for the 5 January election in 2014 due to pre-election violence across the country.The European Union has already said it will not send its observers to monitor the upcoming 11the parliamentary elections, for what it says a lengthy process.The high-level meeting will also discuss how to complete necessary formalities if foreign observers want to monitor the election.Officials at the commission said a total of 8,874 observers from 35 local organisations and only four foreign observers came to Bangladesh to monitor in the 10th parliamentary elections held on 5 January 2014.Some 159,000 local observers and 593 foreign observers monitored the 2008 national election, 218,000 local observers and 225 foreign observers watched the 2001 general election, 40,000 local observers and 265 foreign observers monitored the 1996 (7th) national election and 30,000 local observers and 59 foreign observers monitored the 1991 national parliamentary elections.The commission held meeting with 118 local observer organisations registered with the election commission last Tuesday.EC secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed instructed them on their duties during the election.Earlier, the election commission invited applications from both local and foreign observers to watch the upcoming national election.Foreign observers were suggested to apply through the foreign ministry as the EC has a plan to complete their appointment process by the first week of December.last_img read more

Park street gangrape 3 get 10 years rigorous imprisonment

first_imgPronouncing the quantum of punishment during in-camera proceedings, Additional Sessions Judge Chiranjib Bhattacharya also slapped fines of Rs.1 lakh each on the three accused – Ruman Khan, Naser Khan and Sumit Bajaj.”The judge after considering all aspects and hearing the accused persons on the quantum of sentence, sent them to 10 years of rigrorous imrpisonment, with fine of Rs.1 lakh each under section 376 (2)(g) (of the Indian Penal Code) dealing with gangrape. In default, they would have to serve another six months of rigorous imprisonment,” said a lawyer associated with the case. Also Read – Punjab on alert after release of excess water from Bhakra damIf the fine amount is realised, that would go to the legal heir of the woman, who died on March 13 this year.On Thursday, the judge had pronounced all three guilty of gangrape.While all three were found guilty of gangapre, Naser and Ruman were also convicted under various sections dealing with criminal conspiracy, voluntarily causing hurt, criminal intimidation and common intention.The woman then 40 years old, a divorcee and mother of two was beaten up and gang-raped by five men at gun-point inside a moving car and then thrown off the vehicle near a city intersection on the night of February 5, 2012, after she had come out of a night club on fashionable Park Street. Also Read – Union Min doubts ‘vote count’ in Bareilly, seeks probePrime accused Kader Khan and co-accused Mohammed Ali were still absconding.Both Naser and Ruan were also sentenced to three simultaneous sentences of six months, six months and four months under section 120B (criminal conspiracy), section 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and section 506 (criminal intimidation) respectively. The duo was also fined Rs.10,000, Rs.10,000 and Rs.5,000 respectively under the three IPC sections.”The fines, if realised, would have to be paid to the victim’s legal heirs,” a lawyer said. All the sentences would run concurrently. Relatives of each of the accused said they would move an appeal in a higher court.Ten years rigorous imprisonment is the minimum punishment given to a person convicted under section 376 (2)(g).The judge earlier in the day asked each of the accused youth what they had to say about their possible quantum of punishment. All three pleaded their innocence and prayed for minimum punishment considering their age and family situation.last_img read more

Making a career out of hobby

first_imgThe concepts of career and hobby are inextricably linked with the blessed phenomenon of leisure which in its own steed emerged from the amazing phenomenon of Surplus. As the traditional agriculturist society matured and achieved enough surpluses – it provided its members latitude for leisure which generated the cultural landscape of art and crafts. With enough surplus people could now have hobbies where they enjoyed certain activities primarily for pleasure. Many of these hobbies were quickly absorbed by the society as necessities and became full fledged careers in themselves such as carpentry, metallurgy, weaving etc and from this point onward began a most interesting interplay between technology, economy, career and hobbies with every age having its representative careers and so much so its representative hobbies. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAs the economy moved from barter to minted money as a mode of exchange- it brought in its wake new careers such as banking and accountancy and the use of paper and pen spawned new hobbies such as calligraphy and canvas art. The occupational skills now decided the career and therefore were being kept limited to its guild and thus the notion of career, from this point onward had begun to get iron clad stereotyped. The occupation became hereditary and career was now limited solely to the family occupation. The mobility between careers was almost impossible and so in this age the hobbies just kept to themselves. The career in army however -thanks to the method of conscription- has always been a class apart throughout ages. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWith the advent of Industrialisation- the occupational stereotypes were compromised as industrialised urban society provided a whole new set of careers open to all and that also with the momentous anonymity of the city dweller which could not even be imagined in a village or a small town. This strategic combination resulted in an extensive mobility between professions -the guild system collapsed and a festival of hobbies such as theatre, circus ensued which quickly became established professions.  “The information technology revolution further accelerated the pace of this transition and provided people enough technological competence and ultimate anonymity to transmute their hobbies into actual careers. People now have the privilege to learn all the new career skills which the technological growth required and also all the new hobbies which the technological growth provided,” explains Alexshendra Venus Bakshi, eminent author, novelist and poet. She further adds, that today hobbies have once again claimed an economic coefficient. The present economy provides enough surplus and technological latitude for a variety of hobbies to be easily converted into well defined careers. An illustrative example would be that of the hobby of photography. The hobby of photography has recently achieved the technological competence to be easily maintainable. Today one can make the hobby of photography as one’s career with relative ease. It can thus now be comfortably said that the stereotyped division between career and hobby has to a great extent permeated in present age. The technological growth has also helped ancient hobbies to transit in active careers. Let us take the example of an ancient hobby of wood carving. In today’s age of e-commerce, one who has a hobby of wood carving can easily have a market for her product and make her hobby a developed career. One may also consider the ancient hobby of playing a musical instrument such as flute. Today a good skill at playing a musical instrument can easily provide a career in the film and music industry through the social media itself. “The gradient of respect which is associated with the term career, is now slowly been achieved by the term hobby as well. The intrinsic emotional perspective difference between a career in the armed forces of the country and making a hobby a career in the music industry is still operative and it shall take some more time before this difference is dissolved but the stereotype of career as entirely different from the hobby has been no doubt, much compromised,” said Alexshendra Venus Bakshi. It shall also not be wrong to state that what one does passionately- one does perfectly and so if hobby becomes a career, the productivity level would truly be amazing. In not to distant a future- one can say that we will find enough technological and economic competence that we will discover the passion of the child and then make that passion a career for her rather than forcing her to follow something which is away from her interest and that shall be in my opinion- the true actualisation of human dignity.last_img read more

12 Live Streaming Video Tips to Build Your Brand and Business

first_img I operated a photographic supply business and camera store for more than 28 years. During that time, I witnessed the dramatic evolution in imaging technology. With still imaging, I have seen all the variants of silver halide films (Kodak, Fujifilm, color negative and transparency, etc.), plus Polaroid instant photography all the way to today’s digital photography. Video technology has taken a similar route from movie film (8mm, super 8, etc.) to digital — VHS tapes, DVDs, flash memory and now solid state drives.The internet and digital imaging have brought instant gratification to the way we share our experiences. Snap a picture and share it immediately with friends or strangers, or both. The effect of that is most greatly felt with live streaming video. It allows us to share exactly what is going on in our lives and maybe more significantly, our thoughts, in real time. There’s a reason Facebook has opened this feature to its 1.8 billion monthly active users.Related: Can Live-Streaming Video Help Me?I am a believer in building a strong personal brand. I have found a strong personal brand it to be at the heart of much of my professional success. In 2013, when Google announced live video was available in Hangouts, I immediately started using that technology to build my online presence and my business’ brand. We ran live video events from my store announcing new products, having panel discussions on technology and streaming photography education. It was free, it was relatively easy, and we could speak to the entire world over the internet. We set the trend for the entire photography industry.After selling my photography business in 2015, my attention and focus shifted towards building an even stronger personal brand. That brand includes my Man-Up Project, my photography, my speaking on social media and much more. And one of the most effective techniques I have used to do this is live streaming video. Today, I am also the U.S. CEO of a professional social network with 11 million worldwide users, and we allow all of them to stream live video. See some examples of successful live streaming videos — none of them had a paid boost — that I have done recently.Building on my own personal success, I want to share with you the 12 tips that will help make your live streaming videos a big success for you and help you build your brand and business:1. Camera on you.I am a big advocate of making videos very personal. People want to connect with and relate to the person speaking. So, start off with the camera on you and then turn to your subject, if there is one besides you. It’s much easier to stop watching a video of things or places than someone speaking to you.2. Introduce yourself and location.No matter what your video is about — whether it’s business, personal or just a rant — make sure that people know who you are and where you are. You don’t know who will be watching, so the best way to start is “Hi, it’s Don Clark here at the…”Related: 5 Steps to Make Livestreaming Part of Your Content Strategy3. Takeaway right away.You only have a few seconds to catch people’s attention, so make it count. Viewers today have short attention spans and many options, so to keep them engaged, tell them quickly what they are going to get out of watching you. If they see you rambling on about nothing or don’t understand what you are talking about they will click off. “I am going to show you something you absolutely need,” or you can be direct with, “Your takeaway from this video will be…”4. Be professional.I know you know this, but video lasts a lifetime. Say to yourself, “Am I the person someone would want to connect with, hire or buy something from?” This includes dressing properly, proper posture, no swaying side-to-side, looking into the camera, speaking knowledgeably about your subject and no repeating yourself over and over again.5. Be humorous.Remember that teacher we all had that was too serious about everything? Remember anything she said? I don’t. Appropriate humor connects you with your audience, keeps them watching, builds your personal brand and can make even the most boring subject enjoyable. Gentle self-deprecating humor works well because it reduces the narcissism factor. I, for instance, will ask my viewers if my hair looks good — I’m bald.6. Be natural, but be prepared.Never read a script on camera. Nothing turns people off faster than that. But having three to five bullet points you know and can deliver naturally is what you want to do. I like to write those down in advance and repeat them to myself a few times before I turn the camera on.7. Be authentic.The number one technique in building your brand and having people attracted to you is being yourself. When you try to be something you are not or say things you don’t believe, trust me, the audience will know it. And it’s ok to make a mistake on camera. If you handle it without turning beet red or panicking, it can turn into a positive.Related: 8 Signs You’re Live-streaming for the Wrong Reasons — and How to Overcome Them8. Be fast.Long videos don’t even get clicked on. It’s quality over quantity when it comes to length of your streaming video. Sometimes you must run longer because that’s what it takes. But always try to do it in the shortest possible time. Five minutes is a sweet spot for live stream videos. The longer it goes, the more entertaining you must be to keep your audience.9. Sound quality matters most.The biggest mistake technically you can make is having poor sound quality. If someone is watching you live or is replaying your video, and they can’t hear you, they immediately click off. Make sure you test your sound before you do it. Simply record a short test video to your smartphone or camera and replay it. If it sounds good, you are ready to go live.10. Build your audience in advance.You have platform choices for live streaming like Facebook, beBee, Snapchat, Periscope and YouTube. It makes sense to use a platform that’s easier to build a network on. Even if they can’t watch live, they can see the replay.11. But no one will watch live.Your biggest viewership will come from replays of the video. So, make sure you share and market your video afterwards. Every viral video I have done has started with a handful of live viewers who were moved to share and talk about what I did. Sometimes viewership doesn’t peak until the next day.12. Be live regularly.The more you live stream, the better you will get at doing it and the more your audience will come to expect it from you. They will look forward to seeing you on camera. You will notice people you meet in person mentioning they saw you on video. It’s a pillar of building a personal brand. I find that one or two live streams a week is perfect.Live streaming video has helped me stand out in crowded businesses, be a market leader and provide a cost-effective method communicate my message to thousands. It’s helped me build a personal brand that has led me to both personal and business successes.Do you want to be the entrepreneur people remember and think of when they want to connect with, hire or buy something from? Live streaming video, done the right way, is a great way to make that happen. December 16, 2016 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 7 min read Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

Prosperous Daystar Television Deemed a Church Not Required to Report to IRS

first_imgShare2TweetShareEmail2 Shares April 1, 2014; National Public Radio“The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry but he thwarts the craving of the wicked” (Proverbs 10:3).So says scripture, but that isn’t quite borne out in modern society nor, sadly, in the tax-exempt sector. Last year, Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) led a deep and thorough investigation of some of the nation’s most ostentatious televangelists in the nation, the so-called “prosperity” televangelists who seem to have become quite prosperous from their preaching over the airwaves. You know them—Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, Joyce Meyer, Benny Hinn, Creflo and Taffi Dollar, Eddie Long, and Randy and Paula White (only Meyer and Hinn appear to have cooperated much with Grassley’s review), all preaching the prosperity gospel, defined by Cathleen Falsani, the religion columnist of the Chicago Sun-Times, as an “insipid heresy…[that] teaches that God blesses those God favors most with material wealth.” In our evidence-based sector, the strongest evidence that the prosperity gospel works is in the Bentleys, Rolls-Royces, Gulfstreams, and Citations that they use under the guise of carrying out the work of their ministries. Prosperity as evidence of a life well lived, eh?Just about nothing happened with Grassley’s investigation, which he pursued with scant support from Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee and wrapped up with no legal action against any of these people, much less others who have picked up on their prosperity theology (or “prosperity lite”) with aplomb, such as Joel Osteen and T.D. Jakes.The message of inaction, accompanied by the supposition of self-regulation by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, which issued a very weak report on supposed changes in how to oversee the likes of Kenneth Copeland and Eddie Long, reached the IRS, which recognizes the Daystar television network, along with the Christian Broadcasting Network, the Trinity Broadcasting Network, and others) as churches. That means they get all of the benefits of accepting tax-deductible charitable donations and avoiding taxation on their massive amounts of inflow but, unlike 501(c)(3) public charities, they get to avoid public disclosure of how and toward what they use the millions of dollars they rake in.Donors give about $35 million a year to Daystar Television, which has $233 million in assets. NPR figured this out not from any public revelations made by Daystar to the IRS, but from court records as part of an employee lawsuit in 2011. According to NPR, the records “show generous donations and loans that Daystar made to friends, and records of charitable giving that looked different from what Daystar describes on the air.” Daystar’s founder and CEO, Pentecostal minister Marcus Lamb and his wife Joni, refused to speak to NPR, but Lamb’s director of marketing responded to NPR in writing, equating NPR and Daystar as “nonprofit entities…[that] both enjoy all of the same benefits and obligations, other than the fact that Daystar does not have to file a form 990, due to its church status, for which it is fully compliant under the law.” It’s no surprise that, besides running its own lineup of preachers, Daystar sells television time to Jakes and Osteen for their on-air ministries.Here’s where the NPR review went off the rails: It cited former employees who said that Daystar isn’t a church, but a massive money-making television network, as though nonprofits don’t on occasion make money. The reality is that the IRS rarely ever enforces its “14-point test” for determining whether an applicant qualifies as a church (the criteria include regular services, Sunday school, and a regular congregation) and doesn’t seem much inclined to re-review “churches” like Daystar to determine if, perhaps, they might have been a church for a moment and somehow drifted. It’s obvious that the IRS has no desire to do battle over issues of government interference with religion, which may have been Grassley’s rationale for turning his review over to ECFA (or the reason his Democratic counterpart, Max Baucus, ducked the issue altogether). To be seen as attacking religion, even if it is the prosperity televangelists, could cost votes.The NPR examination also gave too much credence to the debate over whether Daystar actually delivers on its purported charitable activities. Like the televangelists reviewed by Grassley, Daystar announces lots of charitable donations, such as donations to a home for Holocaust survivors in Israel, a hospital in Calcutta, and a ministry supporting women in Moldova. According to NPR’s review of Daystar’s court-reviewed finances, only about five percent of its donor revenue goes to charitable giving. CharityWatch’s Daniel Borochoff told NPR that Daystar should tell donors that only about five percent of their giving goes out of Daystar to other charities.In reality, the percentage of of tax-deductible donations to churches in general that goes for other-than-sacerdotal activities is not much greater. The point is that the tax structure allows donations for religion to be treated the same as donations for charitable good. Maybe Daystar isn’t telling its donors accurately and fully what it’s doing with their generosity, but it isn’t all that different than overall giving to tax-exempt churches.Some of the examples of Daystar’s “charitable donations” are shocking and obnoxious (our favorite was the donation of $60,000 to Israeli lawyers who helped Daystar get a cable TV contract), but other expenditures are just as odious—a $2.3 million loan to one of Lamb’s golfing buddies and former assistants, buying copies of Joni’s autobiography at retail bookstores so that it would climb higher on bestseller lists, and over half a million to a NASCAR driver for his ministry.  Matthew 6:24: “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and Mammon.”  The likes of Daystar get to run without much more than an occasional negative article like this one. The IRS doesn’t audit churches much, if at all. Mammon doesn’t face any challenges in the prosperity theology as practiced by Daystar and the other “self-regulating” televangelists. It’s time to pull the plug on a theology that only makes the preachers prosperous and does so on the backs of American taxpayers’ approval of a tax exemption for their money-making and gift of a federal tax deduction for the donations they rake in—all without having to disclose much or anything to the taxpayers themselves. “Go to now, [ye] rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon [you]” (James 5:1). Hopefully the howling will come, because these churches will have to, at a minimum, report and disclose just like their public charity peers, but it should really come from stripping the likes of Daystar of their tax-exempt church status.—Rick CohenShare2TweetShareEmail2 Shareslast_img read more

Viacom is to migrate its German MTV HD channel to

first_imgViacom is to migrate its German MTV HD channel to the SES-backed HD satellite platform HD+ from the beginning of September.MTV HD will henceforth be a free-to-air service on satellite, with HD+ users paying an annual technical fee to receive the raft of services on the platform. HD+ had around 1.4 million paying customers and a further 1.3 million on free trials at the end of last year.Viacom’s northern Europe chief Magnus Kastner had previously indicated that MTV would become an HD-only brand.last_img read more

Contrast this with senators and congressmen who st

first_imgContrast this with senators and congressmen who stay in office for decades on end, selling all sorts of favors, amassing multi-million dollar campaign funds, and making themselves rich in the process. Most of them never really go away. At this point, our philosophical forefathers would be looking for places to buy torches… and they would be ready to beat anyone who called a system that supports such shenanigans a democracy.#4: Citizens chosen for positions like overseer of the marketplace were chosen completely at random. The word democracy is held in awe these days. Mention it almost anywhere and you’ll get instant nods of approval. People actually believe that democracy gives us harmony and peace, not to mention wealth. They are sure that it is the ultimate and inevitable end of human development, created by the wise and noble Greeks and given to us, the enlightened society that took it to the ends of the Earth! But if the ancient Greeks could see what we call ‘democracy,’ they would spit at it. They’d probably want to burn it down. As many problems as they had (and they had plenty), they were not fools, and it wouldn’t take them a day to condemn what the West now worships. Why would the old Greeks be so upset? Let’s take a look at their (Athenian) system and see how our modern form stacks up: #1: Greek citizen assemblies met 40 times per year in an open, public forum. Any citizen could speak and any citizen could vote. A vote of those present was final. Have you paid attention to the DC crowd lately? Have you noticed that they never leave? Instead, they slide back and forth between congress, commissions, agencies, lobbying firms, mega-corps and media. Have you noticed how often their children marry each other? Imagine choosing the boss of the IRS at random. We all know what would happen: You’d get a housewife from Portland one year and a plumber from Topeka the next. And they’d act like humans, rather than unfeeling automatons. The sanctimonious abuser state would crumble.#5: At the beginning of their democracy, the citizens of Athens were divided into ten tribes (and NOT along regional or family lines). This was done specifically to break the power of the aristocratic families. Because of this, the Greeks would be insulted when you assured them that we have “the rule of law.” They would say that when people can’t know the law, they are living in a tyranny, and no amount of fancy argumentation would convince them otherwise. And, again, they would be right. If you are ignorant of the law (80,000 pages of government-speak) but are still subject to punishment under the law, you are living in a tyranny. The founders would have no confusion about that.#3: A Council oversaw the daily affairs of the democracy. Each of ten tribes provided 50 men. But, only one tribe’s men (50 of them) served at any one time, and only for one month. (The Greeks had ten months in their year.) And once any person served as a Councilor, they were forbidden from serving again for ten years. That’s called “aristocracy.” However, people who are emotionally bound to the system can’t see it. The Greeks certainly wouldn’t be fooled.Losing Our Religion Do you remember a haunting song from the 90s called Losing My Religion? If so, cue that up in the back of your mind, because that’s what stands in front of the people of the West. The majestic “Democracy” that was supposed to be our savior is actually an abusive fraud. It’s time to let it go. That’s not easy, I know, but it needs to be done. Will you take the first step? Paul Rosenberg FreemansPerspective.comcenter_img Under this arrangement, playing tricks became almost impossible: as soon as the first of the month came along, the next tribe could turn your tricks around and do worse to you. If you were to take an ancient Greek to see “our laws,” they’d be looking at more than 80,000 pages of almost indecipherable language. (And those would be only the Federal laws.) The citizen is clearly unable to participate or even to understand what’s going on. Just this fact would cause the “fathers of civilization” to pronounce our system a fraud, and rightly so. The citizens are non-participants.#2: Laws were inscribed on stone pillars (stelae) and posted in prominent locations so that everyone would see them. Contrast that with what passes for (American) democracy now: Only special people are allowed to attend the assemblies. On top of that, there are far, far more meetings than anyone could hope to follow: General sessions, meetings for dozens of committees, party caucuses and more, running at all hours. No one person can come remotely close to keeping up with it all. Greek laws were accessible to every Greek. Not only were they required to be posted, but this requirement also guaranteed that there couldn’t be too many of them. Look at the Presidential lineup: Bush – Clinton – Bush – Obama – Clinton? – Bush?last_img read more

CASEY Severe but survivable event coming

first_img CASEY: “Severe but survivable” event coming This event will have repercussions on everything from how and where you shop and seek medical care…to how you invest and receive fixed income benefits, such as Social Security. Click here to learn more. Is it time to buy beaten down energy stocks? Energy prices have collapsed over the past 19 months. Last week, oil closed below $27 for the first time since 2007. Oil is now down 70% since June 2014. The price of natural gas has dropped 53% over the same period. Last month it hit $1.74, its lowest price since 1999. Shares of giant U.S. energy companies have crashed… Since June 2014, Exxon Mobil (XOM), the largest U.S. oil company, has fallen 25%. Chesapeake Energy (CHK), the largest U.S. natural gas company, has plummeted 89%. Halliburton (HAL), the largest U.S. oil services company, has plunged 56% since June 2014. Oil services companies sell “picks and shovels” to the oil industry. •  Kinder Morgan’s (KMI) stock has tanked… Kinder Morgan is the largest U.S. pipeline company. It operates 84,000 miles of oil and natural gas pipelines. Companies pay Kinder to transport oil and gas through its pipelines. In the early stages of the energy collapse, brokers sold Kinder stock as a less-risky way to invest in energy. Investors looking for safe income piled in. In 2014, Kinder Morgan paid a 4.8% annual dividend yield…2.5 times higher than the S&P 500’s dividend yield of 1.92%. Big energy companies’ profits depend on oil and gas prices. But as a “toll road” that makes money based on the volume of oil and gas it moves, Kinder should be able to withstand low oil and gas prices. At least that was the theory… In reality, crashing oil & gas prices have slammed Kinder’s business. Last year, the company’s first-quarter sales dropped 11% from the year before…second-quarter sales dropped 12%…and third-quarter sales dropped 14%. Last Wednesday, Kinder Morgan’s stock hit an all-time low of $12.01. That’s a 73% decline in less than two years. •  After Wednesday’s close, Kinder Morgan reported an 8% drop in fourth-quarter sales… The company lost $0.29 per share. It was the worst quarterly loss in the company’s history. •  Many investors were caught off-guard when Kinder Morgan’s stock tanked… Market Watch reported last month: Pipeline and fuel storage companies have been prized by many investors as the safest way to invest in the U.S. shale boom. But the companies paid out most of their available cash to shareholders eager for reliable dividends, which left many of them with large debt loads and at the mercy of lenders’ and investors’ willingness to continue lending to fund new projects. Until recently, borrowing or raising more money hasn’t been a problem. The fees that pipeline companies charge brought in steady, toll road-like revenue, and the companies were much loved by yield-hungry buyers, often wealthy retirees, who wanted steady dividends with little risk. Now that oil and gas prices have plummeted to less than half their 2014 peak, lenders could be tightening their requirements to tap more capital. •  On its earnings call, Kinder Morgan announced major spending cuts… The company slashed this year’s capital spending budget from $4.2 billion to $3.3 billion. Last month, the company cut its quarterly dividend by 75%. It was the first time in company history that Kinder cut its dividend. As Casey readers know, Kinder Morgan is one of many major energy companies to cut spending recently. According to banking giant Barclays, global energy producers cut spending by 23% last year and plan to cut another 15% this year. New Law Cracks Down on Right to Use Cash The U.S. government is trying to restrict your access to cash. But not for the reason you think…According to leaked evidence, it’s much, much worse. We’ll let you know when oil and gas stocks start to carve out a bottom. Chart of the Day Are gold miners carving out a bottom? Today’s chart shows the performance of the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX), which tracks the performance of major gold mining stocks. Gold miners are leveraged to the price of gold. When the price of gold jumps, shares of major gold miners can jump two or three times more. GDX has been in a downtrend since gold peaked in 2011. In the summer of 2015, it started to carve out a bottom. As you can see, the price held above $13 for about six months. However, GDX recently broke below $13 and hit a new low. Although it didn’t drop much below $13, this is a reason to invest with caution. It’s a possible sign that the carved bottom won’t hold. We’re optimistic on gold miners. GDX has fallen 80% since 2011, making gold stocks extremely cheap. When gold stocks rally, the gains could be huge. However, we’re taking a cautious stance for now while we wait to see if this recent bottom holds. Recommended Links Regards, Justin Spittler Delray Beach, Florida January 25, 2016 We want to hear from you. If you have a question or comment, please send it to feedback@caseyresearch.com. We read every email that comes in, and we’ll publish comments, questions, and answers that we think other readers will find useful.center_img •  Investors were happy with Kinder’s cost-cutting plan… Kinder Morgan’s stock jumped 15.6% on Thursday. It was the stock’s best day ever. And it climbed another 11% on Friday. The rally has many investors calling a bottom in Kinder stock. Barron’s published a story over the weekend titled “Kinder Morgan Hits Bottom”… We think these calls are premature. The chart below shows the performance of Kinder Morgan’s stock since the start of 2014. You can barely see the recent spike in Kinder’s stock price… •  The energy market is highly cyclical… It goes through huge booms and busts. Today, the energy market is in a major bust. As Casey readers know, large oil and natural gas deposits (and the companies that own oil & gas infrastructure) are some of the most valuable assets on the planet. Owning these top resource companies can make you rich…if you buy at the right price. Buying top resource companies at bargain prices is a key strategy we use to build lasting wealth. •  But we’re not buying Kinder Morgan stock yet… Kinder Morgan stock is still plummeting. And it’s extremely risky to buy a stock that’s plummeting. Instead, we like to buy stocks that have “carved out a bottom.” “Carving out a bottom” is a simple concept. A stock in a downtrend carves out a bottom when it stops falling, forms a bottom for a period of time…and then starts climbing higher. A stock that’s carving out a bottom should hold above a certain price for a significant amount of time. This is a key signal that buyers are stepping in at this price, giving the stock a floor. The chart below shows video streaming giant Netflix (NFLX) carving out a bottom. It traded in a range for 17 months before finally breaking out in January 2013. The stock went on to gain 257% over the next 11 months. – —last_img read more

Reverse NanoJapan Rice to host 2530 Japanese students

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Jade BoydPHONE: 713-348-6778EMAIL: jadeboyd@rice.edu   Reverse NanoJapan: Rice to host 25-30 Japanese studentsTsunami’s impact warrants location change for summer study abroadIn the wake of the March 11 earthquake and rolling blackouts that are severely affecting university research laboratories across Japan, the award-winning undergraduate internship program NanoJapan is scrambling to run its annual summer program in reverse; rather than having U.S. undergraduates travel to Japan for lab internships, NanoJapan is offering partner labs in Japan the opportunity to send 25-30 students to Rice University laboratories for three months.“This was a tough decision since we believe the best way to support Japan right now is to continue to conduct business as normal,” said NanoJapan director and founder Junichiro Kono, professor of electrical and computer engineering and of physics and astronomy at Rice. “On the other hand, it was clear that some of our partner labs, especially those at Tohoku University, were severely affected by the earthquake and not ready to host any students. In the end, we decided that this reverse program is the best way to address the situation, both for our U.S. students and our Japanese collaborators.” Since 2005, the NanoJapan program has sent 16 students per year from U.S. universities to Japan for 12-week internships that simultaneously immerse students in Japanese culture and in cutting-edge nanotechnology research. Several of the program’s partner labs in Japan are operating at partial capacity due to rolling blackouts and energy conservation efforts.Kono and program administrator Sarah Phillips are making arrangements to host 25-30 undergraduate and graduate students from Japan along with the 14 U.S. students who have already committed to the program for this summer.“We will make Rice’s unique research facilities available to the Japanese students whose research has been suspended, while the U.S. students will be involved in an international research collaboration that is the hallmark of the NanoJapan program,” Kono said.Kono said a number of people have generously offered time, money or lab space for the project. For example, the Rice President’s Office has generously agreed to help with housing expenses for the Japanese students. Corporate sponsors include Kuraray America Inc. Rice’s Office of International Students and Scholars is working to integrate NanoJapan participants into its summer programming. Kono said a number of faculty members in Rice’s departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), Physics and Astronomy, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Chemistry, and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering have volunteered to make their laboratories available for NanoJapan students. And ECE’s Martha Alexander, administrator of the Laboratory for Nanophotonics, has volunteered to teach her popular course on English idioms and conversation for the visiting students.The students will live and work together and replicate as closely as possible the unique intercultural and research elements that helped the NanoJapan program earn top honors among study-abroad programs at a 2008 competition held at the United Nations. The students will live at Rice’s Graduate Student Apartments and will be assigned in pairs to a number of laboratories across campus.The first students for the program are slated to arrive on campus May 25 — nearly two weeks after commencement for the 2010-2011 academic year. Laboratories, offices, companies and organizations interested in sponsoring, partnering with or supporting the NanoJapan program should contact Kono or Phillips at nanojapan@rice.edu or 713-348-6362.last_img read more

Building a Car or Fixing a House These YouTubers Can Help

first_img Apply Now » Guest Writer Building a Car or Fixing a House? These YouTubers Can Help. 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Add to Queue 41shares Not long ago, I found a YouTube video that provided step-by-step instructions on how to fix the lid on a kitchen trash can that’s supposed to open when you step on the pedal. Whether you need to learn how to play a bass or fillet a bass, chances are there’s at least one video on YouTube that will provide a detailed how-to for the task at hand.It’s reminiscent of the podcast explosion. If you search for a podcast about heavy metal bands who only sing about fly fishing, chances are you’ll find one.For DIYers who like to make their own furniture, one of the YouTube superstars of the so-called maker video scene is a 50-year-old master craftsman named Jimmy Diresta. The guy can fabricate anything out of wood, steel and synthetic materials. Diresta has a million-plus YouTube subscribers who watch him work magic in a 5,000-square-foot Catskills Mountain work space. His toolset includes everything from rusted, century-old lathes to state-of-the-art CNC machines such as routers and plasma cutters.”Everything I’ve ever done for a living was making something,” said Diresta, who started making and selling signs to other kids when he was in elementary school.As an adult, Diresta spent 18 years building prototypes for the toy industry Then he started doing TV shows for Fox and the Discovery Channel. But he soon grew frustrated bending to the will and whim of his producers and clueless executives. So he turned to YouTube and hasn’t looked back. Diresta estimates he’s done more than 400 videos at this point, including exclusive content for Make magazine (the journal of the maker movement), the industrial design website Core77 and Rockler, which sells woodworking tools.Diresta says the key to a successful a maker video channel is producing content that your audience will want to share. Twenty-five of his videos, including videos about a sword that is concealed in a cane (below) and a hollow log treasure chest, have had more than a million views on YouTube. A few, including one in which he attached a multi-tool to a bowie knife, have have been viewed more than 5 million times.Diresta’s fans come from all over the world to visit him in New York. And some who don’t make the trek send him handmade stuff with the Diresta logo stenciled on it, a hat tip to his YouTube videos, which conclude with Diresta spray painting his surname on his projects with a stencil. In another nod to YouTube tradition, Diresta unboxes gifts from his fans on camera.The man receives a continuing stream of emails from other makers who initially express admiration for his video handiwork and then write back to alert him to their first videos. “My style has been stolen a million times to Sunday,” he says, “but I don’t mind. I like it.”Building houses and making gnocchiOne of Diresta’s admirers, who is starting to make a name for himself on YouTube, is Gardner Waldeier, a 34-year-old woodworker, auto mechanic and gourmet chef in Waterford, Maine. Waldeier is known as Bus Huxley on YouTube, a name he says just came to him. His videos are often made with the help of both a 60-year-old Ford tractor and a brand-new iMac.Waldeier has been cutting down trees on his land, milling them nearby, and building a new house with the lumber. There are 21 episodes so far in his A House Built from Trees series, with no end in sight. But he doesn’t limit himself to building in his videos. His eclectic channel offers screen time to baby raccoons, recipes for tacos and pickled jalapenos and such wacky endeavors as using a chainsaw to propel himself across a frozen lake.When he started making videos, Waldeier used an iPhone with a cracked screen someone gave him and a low-resolution garden cam that allows you to record video one frame at a time by setting the interval between frames.Waldeier’s videos do not yet have the reach of similar videos from Diresta. His four-minute video on fixing the brakes on a Toyota Corolla garnered fewer than 100 views. But his tutorial on changing a gas tank on a 1996 Ford pick-up truck had 12,000+ views. Waldeier’s most widely seen video is a step-by-step demonstration of how to make gnocchi, which accrued some 21,000 views.”I get many comments from people who say, ‘I’m trying this [recipe] tonight,’ and then the next day they write and say, ‘This is a great recipe. It worked just as the video said it would.’ That is hugely satisfying to me,” Waldeier tells PCMag.Diresta says he gets feedback from his subscribers every day. “Sometimes it’s someone who never thought to work with metal, but because I’ve been doing a lot of metal projects, they say, ‘I finally got my first welder. I never, ever was interested in welding but I see the combination of wood and metal you do, so now I’m going to try and do that.'”Diresta says his videos appeal to people who are not makers.”I always strive to make sure my videos include a transformation. If it shows a transformation, I think people become entertained and educated,” he said. “They say, ‘I didn’t know that pile of wood could become that beautiful piece of furniture.’ Or, ‘I never understood how a giant chunk of metal gets machined and turned into this other shape.'”Pushing gadgets to the limitThe makers on YouTube couldn’t do what they do without a GoPro or other small so-called action cameras.”You can plop them and drop them everywhere,” says Diresta, who owns a bunch of GoPros and swaps them out when the batteries drain. “GoPros just open up a whole new world of looking at things from underneath, inside, outside.”Waldeier has positioned his GoPro in some strange places: on shears he used to prune an apple tree (below), on the steering wheel of a cross-country ski trail groomer, in a pot into which he was ricing potatoes, on the scoop of an excavator he used to pull tree stumps out of the ground. It’s not surprising, then, that his GoPro has been subjected to more than a fair share of abuse.”I’ve dropped it from a 90-foot pine tree. I’ve run it over with my tractor. I’ve hit it with a hockey stick,” he says. “It’s incredible. It’s cracked but it’s holding up.”Not all Waldeier’s creative attempts to provide his YouTube followers with a birds-eye view pan out. Footage he recorded with a GoPro submerged in sap wasn’t used in his video about making maple syrup.These maker videos often violate some of the cardinal rules in filmmaking. Jump cuts abound, and what might be deemed as hokey attempts at magical realism also pass muster. During editing, Waldeier can take a tire off a car in an instant with the magic of his cursor, while vegetables seem to dance across a cutting board.Most of the time, the action in these step-by-step video are sped up. The first task in a project may be shown in real time but then the footage zooms by to give the viewer a sense of the project’s entirety. But there’s also a time for slowing things down.”If I’m holding up something that’s important, I’ll literally grab those three seconds and slow it down to… six seconds so that people can absorb it,” says Diresta. “I slow things down so people can do a frame grab on it and look at it and see what it is. So, I’ll show a bottle that I’m using only for an instant of a second, knowing that someone will just click through the frame rate and then, ‘Oh, I see it. Okay, that’s edge coat for leather. Let me write that down and go find that.'”The technique of speeding up or slowing down footage is as old as motion pictures themselves, but Waldeier says slow motion can have a powerful effect.”You can see the ax going into the piece of wood and see the wood splitting apart,” observes Waldeier. “And the same with sawdust shooting out. You see things happening [in slow motion] that you’re not aware of in regular life. It’s a whole unseen world.”Two other YouTube channels worth checking out are Tim Sway, a Connecticut-based maker who specializes in upcycling discarded objects into furniture, and a Swedish immigrant in Oregon who uses the nom de YouTube Darbin Orvar. Her maker career started in second grade in Sweden, where she was required to study wood-working and sewing in school. Among her YouTube projects are a concrete vase, a Bluetooth speaker, an upholstered headboard for a bed and a camera bag. Jon Kalish Writer Next Article July 24, 2017 For DIYers who like to make their own furniture, one of the YouTube superstars of the so-called maker video scene is a 50-year-old master craftsman named Jimmy Diresta. YouTube Image credit: YouTube via PCMag The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. This story originally appeared on PCMag 8 min readlast_img read more

Tesla Misses Delivery Target Again Following Rough Month Start Up Your Day

first_img Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Contributor Grace Reader Add to Queue –shares Start Up Your Day Tesla Misses Delivery Target Again Following Rough Month — Start Up Your Day Roundup Looking for the latest headlines in small business, innovation and tech? Our Start Up Your Day recaps are posted every morning to keep you current.Under fire. Tesla is having a rough month — the company missed its delivery target for the third consecutive quarter.Technology for good. Apple is encouraging organ donation by making it easy for users of the upcoming iOS 10 software to add themselves to the national registry list.That’s the stuff. Hostess Brands is getting a new owner and going public.Sneak peek. Microsoft is adding a wheelchair avatar option for Xbox, along with other visual updates.A new way to pay. Walmart Pay, intended to make the checkout process faster with QR codes, is now active in 14 states.Spacing out. NASA’s Juno space probe successfully started orbiting Jupiter. Put on this music to celebrate.More money. The Mega Millions jackpot is now $449 million, the seventh-largest prize in U.S. history.center_img July 5, 2016 Image credit: Jim Dyson / Contributor | Getty Images Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Guest Writer 1 min read Next Article last_img read more

Insite Software Announces Major New Enhancements for InsiteCommerce

first_imgInsite Software Announces Major New Enhancements for InsiteCommerce PRNewswireJune 21, 2019, 6:48 pmJune 21, 2019 B2B CommerceBrand EnhancementsEmail List ReminderInsite SoftwareInsiteCommerce 4.5.0Marketing TechnologyNews Previous ArticleTencent Champions “Tech for Good” in CannesNext ArticleLeading Associations Turn to ON24 for Member Engagement and Revenue Growth Leader in B2B Commerce Software Releases Insitecommerce 4.5.0 With Additional Functionality for Email, List Share, Search, Security and MoreInsite Software, a leading provider of powerful digital commerce solutions architected for manufacturers and distributors, announced it has launched InsiteCommerce 4.5.0, the latest version of Insite’s industry-first eCommerce platform. InsiteCommerce 4.5.0 includes several major new updates based on both customer feedback and Insite B2B commerce innovation. In addition to improving Insite’s already powerful search capabilities, version 4.5.0 provides new functionality that enables email list reminders, provides multiple customer list share features, enhances security for commerce sites and delivers integration with inRiver cloud products.“Insite has stayed in front of the B2B commerce industry by prioritizing new features and functionality based on customer feedback combined with the deep expertise of Insite’s development team,” said Steve Shaffer, Chief Executive Officer of Insite Software. “We’re dedicated to listening to our customers’ needs and wants and responding with continuous improvement of our eCommerce solutions. InsiteCommerce 4.5.0 is a reflection of that powerful approach.”Marketing Technology News: Cerebri AI named a 2019 Cool Vendor in Artificial Intelligence for Customer Analytics by GartnerInsiteCommerce 4.5.0 includes new features within six major areas of the solution including:Email List Reminder functionality allows customers to set email reminders to reorder items on a recurring basis and at regular intervals from a specific list. Insite’s robust list management capabilities already increase efficiencies for buyers and sellers. This new functionality is designed to boost productivity even further with daily jobs that generate emails based on the schedule defined by a storefront user.With List Share for Multiple Customers, Insite’s list functionality has been enhanced to serve the needs of customers who share lists with large groups of customers. The tool now allows users to create, manage and share lists with multiple customers from the Admin Console. This provides manufacturers and distributors with the capability to promote specific products, highlight recommended or approved products, or streamline access to their most in demand products.InsiteCommerce 4.5.0 provides Search Enhancements that make search results even more relevant to their customers.  There are additional options that enable business users to configure search logic to better match customers’ expectations. Users have more control to improve multi-word and phrase search logic, improve part number matching when part numbers have special characters or include manufacturer part numbers, and prevent ‘did you mean’ logic from being applied to part numbers.Marketing Technology News: Elixirr and Usermind Partner to Help Brands Get More Value from Customer Experience InitiativesThe Insite platform now provides new security capability in terms of Bad Actor Prevention, giving customers the ability to decide who can be on their site while preventing visitors from scraping information from the site for other purposes.Shop by Brand Enhancements allow users to configure search, boost and bury by brands and product lines, offers a new brand gallery widget, improves SEO for brand pages and provides stronger ability to highlight specific brands. This update gives distribution customers the ability to easily raise the visibility of certain brands, a desirable feature for promotion and partnership purposes.InsiteCommerce 4.5.0 now seamlessly talks to inRiver cloud implementations with its updated inRiver Connector. This connector allows all product, item, resource and channel information to be synchronized directly from inRiver to the InsiteCommerce platform. Insite’s integration with inRiver leverages the rich data that a PIM can provide and allows manufacturers and distributors to seamlessly update product content with the flexibility to deploy inRiver either on premise or in the cloud.Marketing Technology News: Publicis Sapient Announces John Maeda as Chief Experience Officerlast_img read more

Sweden shows greatest improvement in saving extremely preterm babies

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 27 2019The survival rate among extremely preterm babies has greatly improved in Sweden, a country that offers top-class neonatal care, a study led from Karolinska Institutet published in the esteemed journal JAMA reports.The researchers have analysed survival among Swedish babies born over 3.5 months prematurely in week 22-26 and compared the statistics from 2014-2016 to those from 2004-2007. All Swedish hospitals participated in the study, which included 2,205 women who had had complications during pregnancy leading to extremely preterm births.Between these two time periods, the stillbirth rate dropped from 30 to 23 per cent, while the survival rate rose from 70 to 77 per cent. Further, the higher survival was not achieved at the cost of more complications during the neonate period; on the contrary, the researchers observed a reduction in the number of brain and lung damage in the babies born between 2014 and 2016, while the number of other problems, such as eye and abdominal complications, remained unchanged.World class survival rate”Even if there are individual hospitals around the world that have been able to show similar results for selected patients, the survival of an entire population and for a whole country is world class,” says Mikael Norman, professor of paediatrics at the Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden and the researcher responsible for the study.By way of comparison, the survival rate for babies born in week 22-26 is around 50 per cent in the UK, France and the USA. And in many comparable countries, it is still rare for babies born in week 22-23 to survive.Greatest improvement in week 22Related StoriesStudy provides new insight into longitudinal decline in brain network integrity associated with agingNeural pathways explain the relationship between imagination and willingness to helpPosterior parietal cortex plays crucial role in making decisions, research showsThe Swedish study found the greatest improvement in survival in babies born in week 22 (from week 22+0 days to week 22+6 days) with birth weights of between 290 and 730 grams. Fifty-eight per cent of those from this group who were admitted to neonatal intensive care between the years 2014 and 2016 survived to at least one year-of-age.The results suggest that central care support initiatives are effective. In recent years, amendments to laws, guidelines and national recommendations have strengthened healthcare provision and the status of extremely preterm babies. Ultimately though, says Professor Norman, the results of the study are testimony to the capabilities of all the midwives, nurses and doctors who provide pregnant women and their babies the best available care 24 hours a day.”The profession and the authorities are both good at taking on board new knowledge and translating it into practice,” he says. “Even if certain problems related to adverse events and long-term complications amongst extremely preterm babies remain as vital areas for improvement, I really think that that Swedish neonatal care should fill us with a sense of pride and joy.”National collaborationLong-standing national collaboration between researchers and clinicians, and the establishment of the national neonatal quality register are other important contributors.”It has been essential to make available knowledge on how neonatal care has developed in Sweden,” says Professor Norman. Source:https://ki.se/en/news/sweden-leads-the-world-in-saving-extremely-preterm-babieslast_img read more

France warns Apple and Google of fines over abusive practices Update

Citation: France warns Apple and Google of fines over ‘abusive’ practices (Update) (2018, March 14) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-france-legal-action-google-apple.html Google and Apple are in the sights of France’s finance minister over conditions they attach to deals with app developers This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. EU aims to tax internet giants at ‘two to six percent’: France “I believe in an economy based on justice and I will take Google and Apple before the Paris Commercial Court for abusive business practices” against French start-ups, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire told RTL radio.He said in particular that the two US giants imposed financial conditions on French app developers while siphoning data on their use, and that both Apple and Google “can unilaterally modify contracts”.Technology start-ups are a favourite of French President Emmanuel Macron, who has sought to overhaul the nation’s laws and regulations to allow entrepreneurs to flourish.The action is based on an inquiry by France’s anti-fraud office from 2015 to 2017 which uncovered “a significant imbalance” in their relations with French companies, a finance ministry source told AFP.App developers, for example, were unable to negotiate the fees for having their products listed in Apple’s App Store or Google Play.”I consider that Google and Apple, as powerful as they are, shouldn’t treat our start-ups and our developers in the way they do today,” said Le Maire, calling the situation “unacceptable”.The fraud office urged in its report fines of two million euros ($2.5 million) for each company, the ministry source said, though Le Maire said only that they would be “in the millions of euros”.Apple declined to comment immediately on Le Maire’s claims, but Google said its business practices “conformed to French law”.”We are ready to explain our position before the courts,” it said.Rising pressureFrance’s Digital Minister Mounir Mahjoubi has often criticised the “golden prisons” for internet users, whose access to content is controlled by US technology giants.The government’s latest moves dovetail with a lawsuit filed against Apple by a French business software start-up, Nexedi, 18 months ago—a case that will also be heard at the Paris Commercial Court from May 31.The developer says Apple had required it to install certain software elements in its own apps in order to secure access to the App Store.”We are very happy and reassured that Bruno Le Maire has reacted,” Nexedi’s CEO Jean-Paul Smets told AFP.”We’re expecting a lot from this suit, and we’re not the only ones.”Apple is also under investigation by Paris prosecutors over suspected “planned obsolescence” in some iPhone models, after the company admitted to slowing down older models to preserve battery life.Google, for its part, was handed a record fine of 2.4 billion euros by the EU last June for illegally favouring its shopping service in search results, a penalty it has appealed.Trade tensionsFrance was already pursuing Apple, Google and other US technology giants over the legal strategies that let them route their income from across the EU through low-tax nations.That leads companies to declare their earnings in countries like Ireland, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, depriving other member states of revenues even though they may account for a bigger share of the earnings.European officials are preparing to announce next week an “electroshock” plan for taxing digital economy revenues which would make companies pay a greater share of their taxes in the countries where they earn their profits.The legal and fiscal wrangling comes as US President Donald Trump has fanned fears of a wider trade war, pledging to impose a 25 percent tariff on imported steel and 10 percent tariff on imports of aluminium.It is unclear if European nations will obtain waivers, especially after Trump singled out the EU as treating the US “very badly” in trade ties and threatening to tax cars as well.But European officials have said they will not be intimidated by Trump’s protectionist moves, which have yet to be put into effect.The European Commission, the 28-nation EU executive body, warned Wednesday that it would impose countermeasures on flagship US products including peanut butter, orange juice and bourbon whiskey if Trump goes ahead with the metal tariffs. Explore further The French government said Wednesday that it would take Google and Apple to court over “abusive business practices” against smaller rivals, threatening fines that could further strain transatlantic ties as fears of a trade war grow. © 2018 AFP read more