Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Arizona Cardinals tight end Chris Gedney passed away at the age of 47, Syracuse University announced Friday.Gedney played for the Cardinals from 1997-2000, appearing in 45 games and catching 55 passes for 607 yards and five touchdowns. Gedney was drafted in the third-round by the Chicago Bears in 1993, playing in 28 games for Chicago over the course of four seasons. Battling injuries during his time with the Bears, he caught 28 passes for 207 yards and three touchdowns.After his NFL career ended in 2000, he served as a football analyst for the Cardinals and the Insight Bowl on XTRA Sports 910 Radio. He became a pregame and postgame host for broadcasts of Arizona home games before moving back to New York and becoming a color analyst for Syracuse football.“We are shocked and deeply saddened by the passing of Chris Gedney,” Syracuse athletic director John Wildhack said in a statement. “Chris was a wonderful co-worker, a friend to all and deeply loyal to Syracuse University and our community.”The cause of Gedney’s death was not released. We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Chris Gedney, who played for us from 1997-2000. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) March 10, 2018Before his time in Arizona, he was an All-American at Syracuse, playing for the Orange from 1989-93. The tight end led Syracuse to four consecutive postseason bowl games, including the Fiesta Bowl in Tempe, Ariz. in 1992. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img 1 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Arizona Cardinals’ Chris Gedney (84) takes in a pass while in the grasp of Seattle Seahawks’ Fred Thomas (22) and goes for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, Sept. 13, 1998 in Seattle. The play went 23 yards but wasn’t enough as Seattle won the game 33-14. (AP Photo/Jay Drowns)last_img read more

UKbased TV streaming service TVPlayer has partn

first_imgUK-based TV streaming service, TVPlayer, has partnered with video ad serving platform SpotX, allowing advertisers to target viewers based on their viewing habits.SpotX will provide ad-serving infrastructure for all TVPlayer’s inventory – across connected TV, desktop and smartphones – and will offer data-driven ad buying options.Advertisers will be able to target customers based on viewing habits and TVPlayer’s own demographic data and will be able to place pre-roll and in-stream advertising on TVPlayer.“Consumer viewing habits have significantly changed over the past few years,” said Rob Hodgkinson, chief operating officer of TVPlayer. “We provide a one-stop-shop for the best of British TV, supported with advertising delivered through SpotX’s infrastructure.”“We selected SpotX because their modern ad-server combines programmatic infrastructure alongside traditional ad serving functionality, enabling TVPlayer to compete multiple demand sources simultaneously in a unified auction.”Leon Siotis, managing director, UK and Southern Europe at SpotX, said: “TVPlayer has a premium audience of connected TV viewers, including a high proportion of Millennials which can be hard to reach with traditional media.“Now advertisers can advertise to them in a ‘lean back’ TV environment, during premium programmes, using programmatic technology and leveraging device-level real-time data.”last_img read more

Rakuten TV is looking to triple its market presenc

first_imgRakuten TV is looking to triple its market presence to 40 territories in 2019 via partnerships with Samsung, LG, Philips and Hisense.Rakuten will offer integrated content within the manufacturers’ Smart TV remote controls, which directly links to the Rakuten TV streaming service.With this move, the VOD platform says it will simultaneously increase its presence in Europe, tripling its distribution from 12 to 40 countries in 2019, and a look at increasing this in 2020.“This is a major step that our company is undertaking within a plan of expansion which aims at making Rakuten TV the first choice of entertainment for Smart TV owners” said Jacinto Roca, CEO and founder of Rakuten TV.  “Having a remote-control button directly connecting to the platform aims at empowering users to access the best movies in the best quality just with one click, dramatically increasing our number of users. The collaboration with Premium partners Samsung Electronics, LG, Philips and Hisense is a seal of quality in offering the best service to our users around Europe. This is proof of our commitment with providing an always better experience to cinema lovers. With this move, Rakuten TV will triple its presence on a continental level, strengthening its commitment to deliver the best cinematic experience at home”.last_img read more

4700 years before Stonehenge

first_img 4,700 years before Stonehenge. So, what gives? Stalin hated capitalism but strongly supported industry. What’s the difference? The difference lies is the exercise of will: Commerce—capitalism of the mom-and-pop variety—involves individuals choosing to perform productive actions, such as growing food and making shoes. 3,000 years before the Sumerians (depending on how you pick their start date). It’s almost useless to use the word capitalism these days. Its meaning has been so distorted, so polarized, so manipulated, that almost every time I pull it out, I have to stop and define it first. And even then, knee-jerk reactions continue. So, I’m generally abandoning the word. In its place, I’m using commerce. But that raises yet another issue: It’s entirely wrong to describe a mom-and-pop store with the same word we use for General Motors. Did Stalin Support Capitalism? No, of course not; Stalin was a Marxist. But at the same time, he was a major supporter of industry. For example, check out this very typical poster of his era: Industry—capitalism of the corporate variety—involves the domination of individual will. Sure, the corporate suite and their government partners get to exercise will, but mere corporate employees are forbidden from exercising theirs. So, 1%-2% get to use their wills to some effective extent, and 98%-99% are restricted. Stalin killed people of the first type and rewarded people of the second type. I think that also helps to clarify the distinction. What About Now? So, what about our current situation? Are mom and pop being rewarded, or at least left alone? No, they’re not; they’re being ground into the dust. No matter how much governments and their sycophants swear that regulation is good for business, every small businessman, myself among them, knows the truth. People are getting out of businesses in droves and telling their children to find something else to do. As one small businessman I know says, “It’s just not fun anymore.” Did you know that fewer small businesses are being created than destroyed? And there’s a one-word reason for it: regulation. Stripped of the self-righteous lies that surround it, regulation is simply a restriction of will. It involves the biggest bosses telling everyone else what they can or cannot do. And here’s the rub: Big corporations can get regulations written as they like; small businesses can’t. The result is this: Corporate numbers are up because their small competitors have been squeezed out. Mom and pop’s cash flow has been transferred to the corporation. Stalin would thrive in this environment. He’d find a prominent place in the corporate takeover of America. On the other hand, Stalin could never survive in a world where mom-and-pop capitalism was the order of the day. He’d be a rank hoodlum, and eventually some shopkeeper would shoot him. But Wait, We Need Regulation! Some of the sadder news stories I see are those involving small business alliances sucking up to the big imposers of will, saying things like, “We recognize the necessity of some regulation, but…” Yes, I know that they mean well (and Lord knows I’ve had my own share of “meant well” mistakes), but commerce is contrary to regulation by its very nature. Commerce (and I’m tempted to christen it natural commerce) is a liberated-will strategy. Cuddling up to people who impose controlled-will strategies is not helpful. I covered this entire subject in much more detail in my newsletter (issue #29), but I would like to make one point on the “necessity” of regulation here. Please take a look at this map: 6,200 years before Homer and the beginnings of Greek civilization. You get the point. So, all those history-book passages about “necessary organization and administration” and “an appropriate bureaucratic infrastructure” were simply false. From time immemorial, humans exercised will and solved problems to make commerce work. They didn’t need pompous parasites telling them what to do and what not to do. So… So, commerce—natural commerce; mom and pop commerce—is, by its very nature, born free. It evades regulations and controls, because it serves its own will, not the wills of rulers. For this reason, Joe Stalin killed its practitioners. For the same reason, he rewarded industrial operations. On Main Street, Joe Stalin would knife mom and pop. In the corporate tower, he would thrive. That’s something to think about. A Free-Man’s Take is written by lifestyle capitalist, author, and freedom advocate Paul Rosenberg. You can get much more from Paul in his unique monthly newsletter, Free-Man’s Perspective. What you’re looking at are the Near East trade routes of 7000 BC. Let me put that into some perspective for you: This is a record of self-motivated individuals, traveling hundreds of miles to trade with foreigners. (And there is much more to be discovered.) And when were these people doing this? 4,500 years before the pyramids of Egypt.last_img read more

An audience gathers around the transparent 14foot

first_imgAn audience gathers around the transparent 14-foot-long “culinary instrument” in a restaurant called Creator in San Francisco’s SoMa neighborhood.Brioche buns are sliced, buttered and toasted by paddles moving like waves in the ocean. They land in specially designed, compostable hamburger boxes. The buns are topped with fresh produce, sourced from local farms, which is sliced on the spot. Cheese is shredded from blocks and added. The in-machine meat grinder has been calibrated to vertically align the meat with diner’s incisors. The 4.5-ounce beef patties are ground from brisket and cooked using the induction method, both sides at once, then slid into the boxes.And the fumes from cooking? They are cleaned inside the machine.The sleek hamburger-producing machine, featuring organic curves and copper detail, fits in perfectly with Creator’s airy 2,200 square-foot space, white walls and high ceiling. It attracted a waitlist this summer for its bi-weekly lunches, and will open full time in September. It fits with the city as well — the restaurant is just two miles away from where the Elon Musk-founded OpenAI lab recently tested a robot hand named Dactyl.Creator’s parent company is a culinary robotics firm founded by 33-year-old Alex Vardakostas, who grew up in the burger business in Southern California. “I really got going on the griddle when I was like 14, 15,” says Vardakostas, whose family owns the two Orange County A’s Burgers locations.The inspiration struck Vardakostas while he was a junior at the University of California, Santa Barbara, studying physics. He woke up at 4 a.m. with the idea for a robot-made burger. “A lot of people don’t talk about this or realize it, but it is incredibly unhealthy — inhaling grease-laden vapors and soot all day. So that was this really exciting idea for me, where I could just have this beautiful instrument and I could take control of it,” says Vardakostas. (The World Health Organization has identified a number of hazardous compounds released into the air by cooking, and while many oven hoods in commercial and residential kitchens filter some of the bad stuff out, some do a better job than others.)Since then, Vardakostas has focused on creating a healthier work environment and developing a better way to make high-quality food at a reasonable price. Four years after he had his bot-burger vision, he built his first hamburger-making robot in his childhood garage. “I would drive up to Menlo Park and get machine parts at TechShop and drive all the way back down to Orange County and hope they fit together and try to make it work,” he says.A move to San Francisco and a collaboration with 32-year-old Steve Frehn, now Creator’s co-founder and COO, led to the second rendition of the burger machine. Now on version four, the machine, comprised of food-safe plastic tubes and over 350 sensors run by software and 20 computers, is fully operational. It is stocked with carefully sourced produce, bread and meat.David Bordow, 32, culinary lead and experience designer, emphasizes the importance of quality and carefully chosen seasonal ingredients. “The philosophy is, ‘Let’s find the best stuff that is available,’ ” he says. The beef is antibiotic- and hormone-free, sourced from Country Natural Beef, a family ranch owned co-op.At Creator, there’s more to the staff than just a robot. All burger sides are human-made. The obligatory fries are on the menu, along with seasonal salads and vegetables.There are currently four kinds of burgers, including the Tumami, created by Top Chef’s Tu David Phu, which features an oyster aioli and shiitake mushroom sauce.Eventually, customers will get to control how much sauce and seasonings they want the robot to add. “The nice thing about using a machine is that it’s very precise, so if someone has a sodium limit, or something like that, we can track that sort of thing and provide a little customization,” says Frehn.In a city of pricy boba drinks and marked up avocado toast, Vardakostas says Creator’s mission is to improve food quality and make it accessible. Burgers are $6. “We want everyone to be able to partake,” he says.Word is spreading. Los Angeles-based high school student Moses Rosales heard about Creator on YouTube and convinced his mom and aunt to dine there during a two-day trip to the Bay Area. “It was amazing to see how a robot made a burger,” Rosales says. “I didn’t know how far you could go with it. Now I’m seeing it’s a really high-end burger.”For now, Creator is the only home to two burger-making robotic machines, although Frehn says they hope to expand.On the ground floor of the San Francisco building that’s also home to offices for Microsoft and Riverbed, approximately 10 Creator staffers worked the soft-launch lunch shift this summer. Employees, who start at $16 an hour, are allowed to spend 5 percent of their time on the clock reading or learning a new skill. Bookstore-style “staff picks” fill the three bookshelves, with titles including Alice Waters’ The Art of Simple Food and Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma.Creator is focused on the service and culinary side of the business, too. “We’ve been pretty firm about not having an automated ordering process, with kiosks or something like that,” says Vardakostas. “So we have people, and that costs us money. But at the end of the day, that makes for a better guest experience and it’s a more human-centered restaurant.”Creator is not the only restaurant to feature a food-making robot while also making an effort to retain its humanity. Cafe X has three San Francisco locations. Each features a robotic coffee-making arm that can produce drinks in 30 to 40 seconds. Customers retrieve their beverages by punching in a texted code sent to their phone.Opal Franklin, a recent college grad working at the Market Street Cafe X location, walks the small space on a Friday afternoon. She offers customers and curiosity-seekers oat milk samples before explaining, “Often times people say that we take away barista jobs, but we in a sense shift the job. The robot is very precise and it’s very practical, so we have a product specialist on site to answer questions and help people out and make it more humanistic.”While still in their early days, culinary robots are starting to pop up beyond San Francisco. In nearby Silicon Valley, Zume Pizza delivers pies pressed by a “Doughbot” in nine seconds. Across the pond in Paris, startup Ekim has created a three-armed robot that makes pizzas from start to finish. On the East Coast, four MIT grads opened Spyce in Boston in May, which features robotic tumbling woks that create customized bowls, under the culinary direction of renowned French chef and restaurateur Daniel Boulud.While the culinary robotics show at Creator wows, this isn’t a novelty to the team. “We put a lot of care and effort into making sure this would have a positive effect on consumers,” says Frehn. “And we worked to create a better retail job as well.”Anna Mantzaris is a San Francisco-based writer. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

The bus industry is facing fresh legal action over

first_imgThe bus industry is facing fresh legal action over its failure to ensure disabled people have access to the designated wheelchair spaces on buses, six months after a Supreme Court judgment that campaigners hoped would finally settle the issue.The Supreme Court ruled unanimously in January that wheelchair-users have a right to priority access over the wheelchair space on a bus, and that a driver must do more than just ask a non-disabled passenger to move if they are occupying the space and it is needed by someone using a wheelchair.But accessible transport campaigners said this week that, although there had been an initial improvement following the judgment, standards “were starting to slip again”.London’s user-led accessible transport charity, Transport for All (TfA), met last week to mark six months since the Supreme Court judgment.The meeting heard from one wheelchair-user and activist who said she had decided to take action over the repeated failure of a bus company to enforce the wheelchair space.She had earlier written in her blog that she had been refused access to a bus because of an occupied wheelchair space “numerous” times since the judgment, but that drivers frequently allow parents with buggies to board a bus when she is already occupying the space.She said: “It seems like there is a massively uneven system at work, and, by forcing a bus company to address this in court, I hope to further the rights of wheelchair users on buses and public transport.”She said she was “doing this for the wheelchair users I know who are too scared to take buses on their own because they don’t feel that the bus drivers, companies, nor the other passengers have their backs”.She was not available this week to discuss her case, but Alan Benson, TfA’s chair, said he was “not at all surprised” by her decision to take legal action, and he said that he suspected she would be “the first of a number” to do so.He told Disability News Service: “I think there were certain individuals in the room who would and hopefully will in the future consider taking legal action.”Many of those who attended the meeting had had recent problems securing access to the wheelchair space on a bus when it was being occupied by a pushchair, although some people said they had had positive experiences on buses since January.Transport for London (TfL) sent out new instructions to drivers after the Supreme Court judgment, but Benson said that “the actions of the drivers have changed very little”.He said: “What that means on the ground is we don’t get to go on buses sometimes, quite frequently.“I was on a bus on Sunday and the driver flat refused to ask the buggy to move from the wheelchair space.“I asked him to ask her and he just flat refused. That was a very common message on the day.”TfA wants buses to have larger wheelchair spaces, and separate spaces for buggies, to ensure that disabled people can travel with confidence.Although TfL has updated training and introduced new iBus voice announcements on buses since the court judgment, TfA wants it to go further and introduce a policy where bus drivers refuse to move the bus for a certain period of time unless the wheelchair priority space is cleared.Benson said: “If the bus sits there and waits, then the pressure shifts from the disabled person who is holding the bus up to the buggy-owner who is holding the bus up, and that changes the dynamic.”One of the disabled campaigners who attended the TfA meeting was Doug Paulley, who took the legal case that resulted in the Supreme Court judgment.He said after the meeting that the spaces were still “routinely abused”, and not just in London, despite his successful court case.He said: “It didn’t sort the problem. It raised the profile of the problem but it’s clear that bus companies and bus drivers and the public are still not necessarily doing what is needed.“We have to keep banging the drum. I don’t think we are going to achieve mass change in attitudes by one big court case.“It is a case of continuing to press for a change of culture both from the public and the public transport providers, which isn’t easy to do.”He added: “Many bus companies are still treating disabled and older people with contempt and denying them their fundamental right to travel; 25 years after disabled people chained themselves to buses to fight for the wheelchair space, it is still frequently abused by others.“It’s disgraceful, illegal and has got to stop.”Paulley, who was presented with an award by TfA for his campaign success, said he was “not surprised” to hear that another activist was taking a legal case because “it happens all the time”.He said: “I see videos of drivers refusing to ask people to move. I am glad she’s doing it and I support her 100 per cent.”TfL said that all of its bus drivers had been “comprehensively briefed” following the Supreme Court ruling and had completed “bespoke accessibility training”.Claire Mann, TfL’s director of bus service delivery and operations, said: “It is essential wheelchair-users are given priority over buggies and that the Supreme Court ruling is complied with.“We continue to work closely with Transport for All and implement their suggestions where possible.”Since the Supreme Court ruling, steps taken by TfL include: issuing drivers with a summary of the judgment and what it means for them; putting up posters in garages; issuing fresh guidance to bus operators and drivers; and producing new recorded iBus announcements about the wheelchair space that are played on buses.It has also delivered an accessibility awareness training programme to all its 24,500 bus drivers, which was developed in partnership with disabled and older bus passengers, TfA and Age UK London.TfL said that it receives “many commendations from wheelchair users who compliment bus staff for the help they have received” but in the “small number of instances when a wheelchair user hasn’t been properly supported, drivers are retrained or disciplinary action taken if appropriate”.On the size of wheelchair spaces, TfL says its current standard space is larger than those provided by many other bus operators, and where older buses have the UK standard spaces, they are increased when the buses are refurbished.But TfL added: “Where we can make spaces larger we do so. But significantly increasing the size of the wheelchair bay would result in rows of seats, often priority seats, being removed which would significantly disadvantage other customers with accessibility needs.”After the Supreme Court hearing, the junior transport minister Andrew Jones set up a working group to listen to advice on how to enforce the Paulley ruling.Responsibility for accessibility in public transport has now passed to the disabled Department for Transport (DfT) minister Paul Maynard.A DfT spokesman: “We are determined to improve access to all forms of public transport for people with disabilities, and we will shortly be launching a new accessibility action plan.“Our working group has now met several times to discuss how bus services can be improved and they will be making recommendations to us shortly.“In England, 94 per cent of buses have a designated wheelchair space and other features enabling disabled passengers to board, alight and travel safely and in comfort.”The action plan will include measures to ensure bus drivers know their obligations on access.Pictured: Doug Paulley (left) and his solicitor Chris Fry in front of the Supreme Court after the ruling, surrounded by supporters from Transport for Alllast_img read more

SXSW Billionaire Chris Sacca on Techs New Business Blindspot

first_imgSXSW Entrepreneur Staff Image credit: SXSW Entrepreneur is on the ground at SXSW. Watch our coverage for highlights throughout the festival.Chris Sacca isn’t just a self-made billionaire who’s outspoken when giving grief to fellow Shark Tank stars Mark Cuban and Kevin O’Leary.Unlike a lot of personalities with a television presence, his feed isn’t just a forum to support his projects. It’s a place where he’s openly shared his concerns about the U.S. political climate as well as discussed topics such as healthcare reform and potential Russian ties. Trump.Russia.Investigate.— Chris Sacca (@sacca) February 24, 2017These town halls choke me up. During such a scary time, it’s inspiring to see everyday Americans speaking up. https://t.co/Z9b3QJ38zm— Chris Sacca (@sacca) February 22, 2017This openness stands out during a time when business leaders are attempting to find the right balance when it comes to speaking out about policy changes — even ones that could impact their companies. We asked Sacca — who saw promise in Uber, Twitter, Instagram and others (but not Snapchat) — about his own political awareness and why it could be useful to entrepreneurs ahead of his chat today at 3:30 p.m. at SXSW.This interview has been edited for clarity and brevity.Related: The Rules For Mastering SXSW are the Same For Mastering Life (and Every Other Conference)The role for business leaders isn’t always obvious when it comes to politics. What’s your advice for business leaders looking to balance the risk of speaking out and the risk of staying silent, especially when changes could impact their business?More than anything else, today’s users, customers and employees demand and respect authenticity. They can tell when a leader isn’t being genuine and that translates to weakness.It’s a politically charged time but there are still plenty who prefer not to be updated on political shifts, even when it’s a matter of practicality and could change how they operate their companies. This time around it’s not business as usual. Most of us can agree that had McCain or Romney been elected, America would’ve generally been fine. Their policy proposals, though usually at odds with progressives, were grounded in some thoughtfulness and analysis.Thankfully, some industry leaders are starting to see that and speak up.Related: SXSW 2017: What’s Weird, Fun, Crazy and Amazing This YearDo you see a blindspot when it comes to understanding politics among entrepreneurs? American computer science grads often have very little exposure to the human condition. They’ve rarely had manual labor or service jobs. They grow up in a bubble of privilege lulled into thinking this country is a true meritocracy. A deep appreciation for politics comes from empathy for our fellow human beings and their diverse paths through life. Yet tech isn’t exactly teeming with empathy these days.You’re a busy, busy man — you don’t need to do a session at SXSW. What would you like attendees to get from your session? Since I don’t have a boss or a PR group to make angry, I just hope the SXSW audience will take advantage of this opportunity to ask me anything and expect a legit reply. Linda Lacina Next Article Use your voice. SXSW: Billionaire Chris Sacca on Tech’s New Business Blindspot Add to Queue Register Now » 3 min read –shares Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. March 11, 2017last_img read more

Facebook Testing a Feature That Will Turn Voice Clips Into Text

first_img 2 min read Guest Writer Laura Entis Next Article Facebook Testing a Feature That Will Turn Voice Clips Into Text 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List –shares Add to Queue Facebook January 19, 2015 Apply Now » The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Facebook is trial testing a new feature for its Messenger app, in which received audio clips can be automatically transcribed into text.Currently, it’s possible to send voice messages through the app. From the sender’s side, the feature can be a convenient alternative to typing, but on the receiving end, there are many situations where it’s difficult to stop and listen to the audio clip.Related: Facebook Is Going to Know Even More About You NowAllowing users to convert audio clips to text could solve this problem. “So, for example, if you’re at a concert or in a meeting, and would prefer to read a voice clip from a friend, you now can if you’re part of the small test we’re rolling out,” David Marcus, Facebook’s vice president of messaging products, wrote on Friday.No word as of yet on when the feature will be available for most users. “Our plan is to test this feature at a tiny scale for now and we’re looking forward to seeing what you think of it before making the experience more widely available,” Marcus said.While he did not reference Facebook’s recent acquisition of speech recognition startup Wit.ai, analysts predicted at the time that the purchase signaled Facebook’s move into voice messaging.Related: Facebook Is Rolling Out a ‘Call-to-Action’ Feature for Businesses Image credit: Shutterstocklast_img read more

6 Regions Where Tech Jobs Boom the Housing Is Scary Expensive

first_img Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Downtown San Francisco Housing Prices Register Now » 6 min read Tech companies bidding for coveted talent are indirectly driving housing costs higher than most people can easily afford. Image credit: Shutterstock VIP Contributor Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. John Boitnottcenter_img 6 Regions Where Tech Jobs Boom the Housing Is Scary Expensive Across the country, home buyers are experiencing the effects of last decade’s housing crash, as builders in many places hesitantly return to new construction. Supplies have improved in 21 of the 100 largest markets, but experts believe it will be six months to a year before many other areas begin to see improvement.Here are six regions where the growth of new construction is so painfully slow it simply doesn’t keep up with the demand. People in these areas are struggling because the housing shortage has been made worse by a very healthy tech economy. All of these regions could be in danger of losing large numbers of longtime residents, and in some cases already have.1. San Francisco Bay areaThe crisis in the Bay Area has reached such epic proportions, the Obama Administration has even called for more housing there. The large number of tech headquarters in the area has created a population boom that has added to an already bustling region. The city at the center of it all, San Francisco, consistently ranks atop lists of cities with the highest-paying salaries, which has driven housing prices up. Only 11 percent of households in the San Francisco area can afford houses in the city, creating a serious problem for the majority of people who don’t work for tech companies.One of the odder developments in this ongoing drama is the city’s recent and slightly bizarre exploration of annexing the small town of Brisbane just to its south. That town planned on approving a massive commercial development that would not feature any housing. San Francisco city officials weren’t happy because the city would probably be forced to provide most of the housing for workers in the new development. Top officials wanted to explore somehow taking over the small town. Cooler heads prevailed and now Brisbane and San Francisco are working on a compromise that will feature housing. It shows just how big of an issue housing supply has become.Meanwhile, the ongoing San Francisco exodus has resulted in migrations of top tech talent to Portland, Seattle, Austin, Los Angeles and dozens of other tech hubs all over the country, not to mention Oakland and other cities in the East Bay.Related: San Francisco Rent Is So Insane, This Guy Lives in a Box for $508 a Month2. New York metropolitan areaLike many areas with housing shortages, New York City is seeing increasing rent prices. Although the Big Apple has always had a high cost of living, residents are drawn there due to its world famous 24-hour lifestyle, economic opportunities and availability of high-level, specialized jobs. A large number of wealthy individuals from all over the world have moved their money into real estate, especially in Manhattan, driving up costs for whatever is left.The city has also become a serious contender in tech in the last several years, thanks in large part to growing industries like FinTech and FashionTech. As perhaps the world’s leading financial center, New York is a hub for venture capital and the startup founders seeking it. All of this only compounds the existing problem with high rents in the city, because tech workers earn the salaries to afford the fewer units that are available in the most desirable areas.Related: Game Changer: The First 3-D Printed House Is Coming3. Dallas-Plano-IrvingThis area of Texas was described as overheated in a recent survey. Dallas-Plano-Irving was accused of being one of the worst housing markets in the country because of rising costs, a shortage of properties, and the area’s overall economic conditions. The low price of oil has contributed to a struggling energy economy in parts the Lone Star State, with more than 30 energy company bankruptcies in recent years. The sad fact is fewer people can afford somewhere to live in Dallas and surrounding cities.The success of the state’s technology sector has contributed to this situation as well. When it comes to tech jobs, the Dallas Metroplex is fifth in the country, with even more jobs added last year. While this has helped improve the area’s overall economic outlook, it hasn’t helped with the housing crunch, as workers have come along and snapped up new homes, leaving prices higher.Related: 3 Alternative Tech Startup Cities With Less Traffic, More Housing (Infographic)4. Atlanta metropolitan areaOne study ranked Atlanta’s housing shortage as worst in the country, with inventory well below normal levels. Tech sector growth in the area has been one of the driving forces as it continues to recover from the recession, but homes are still within an affordable range for big cities. Those prices are on the rise, though, with many of the new developments in the city qualifying as “luxury.” This may be affordable to tech workers choosing to relocate to the area, but it brings bad news to Atlanta-area residents who make average salaries in non-tech areas.5. South FloridaNearly 40 percent of working households in the Miami area devote at least half of their monthly income to housing. This, combined with an affordable housing shortage in the area, has made it difficult for lower-to-middle-income residents to find housing. South Florida has turned to tech as an answer to its employment woes, working to attract more tech jobs to the area, which it is hoped will benefit the local economy.6. Seattle-Tacoma-BellevueLike Silicon Valley, the Seattle area is drawing tech companies and their workers, creating a demand for housing. Unfortunately, the existing shortage of housing in the area means that many new arrivals face similar problems to what they’d find in San Francisco. Condo prices in Seattle have already shot up 21 percent this year due to the influx of tech workers. This trend is only expected to increase, partly because the area’s housing prices are still lower than what you’d find in Silicon Valley.While homebuilders nationwide are rushing to fulfill demand, those who are thinking about selling their homes often wait because they realize that if they sell they won’t be able to find anything affordable in their city, if they want to stay. Gradually, the national housing inventory is improving in many areas, but that’s complicated by the rise in technology jobs around the country. As companies pick certain cities for their headquarters or other offices, it brings an influx of tech workers who can handle the increased housing prices. That leaves thousands of non-tech residents behind in the search for an affordable place to live.  Add to Queue Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. October 11, 2016 Journalist, Digital Media Consultant and Investor –shares Next Article last_img read more

Ness Digital Engineering Acquires Sovereign CRM

first_imgNess Digital Engineering, a portfolio company of The Rohatyn Group (TRG), has completed an acquisition of Sovereign CRM, a rapidly-growing Salesforce consultancy that specializes in the architecture, implementation, customization and integration of a broad suite of Salesforce products. Sovereign CRM will further expand the capabilities of Ness’s Cloud & Platform Engineering Practice to capitalize on rapidly increasing demand for Salesforce expertise globally.“Many companies rely on Salesforce as their platform for launching highly complex, digital applications to drive their businesses, and Sovereign CRM has already distinguished itself as an innovator in this area,” said Paul Lombardo, Ness Digital Engineering CEO. “We’ll immediately bring this value-added expertise to existing clients while positioning ourselves to capitalize on new growth opportunities globally.”Marketing Technology News: Xactly Redefines ICM Industry with First Unified Sales Performance Management Platform to Accelerate Revenue GrowthSovereign CRM is a leader in architecture and design for leveraging Salesforce products, including building new solution accelerators that help customers quickly move into production with Salesforce solutions. The company is a Salesforce consulting partner that has earned more than 70 Salesforce certifications. Sovereign CRM provides consulting services around CPQ, Sales Cloud, Community Cloud, Service Cloud, Field Service Lightning, partner relationship management, Mulesoft, and Pardot.“Our offering is highly differentiated and in demand, and with Ness’s global footprint and complementary software engineering capabilities, we can quickly seize upon this opportunity,” said Eric Borthwick, founder and lead evangelist at Sovereign CRM. “Together, we’ll help businesses turn Salesforce momentum into broader digital capabilities that provide real competitive advantage.”Marketing Technology News: VidMob Closes $25 Million In Series B Financing To Fuel Global Expansion Of Creative Technology Platform, Agile Creative StudioSovereign CRM will keep its name and join Linium as a “Ness Digital Engineering Company.” Eric Borthwick will continue to lead expansion of Ness’s expertise in Salesforce solutions and manage its relationship with Salesforce.Salesforce, CPQ, Sales Cloud, Community Cloud, Service Cloud, Pardot and others are among the trademarks of salesforce.com, Inc.Marketing Technology News: Idaptive Named a Leader in Identity-as-a-Service for Enterprise by Independent Research Firm AcquisitioncrmMarketing Technology NewsNess Digital EngineeringNewsSalesforceSovereign CRMThe Rohatyn Group Previous ArticleTeamViewer Expands Partnership with Zoho through Zoho CRM’s Meeting Integration PlatformNext ArticleLimeTray, a Full-Stack Restaurant Management Company Starts its Operations in the US Ness Digital Engineering Acquires Sovereign CRM Globe NewswireJune 14, 2019, 1:36 pmJune 14, 2019 last_img read more

Scientists discover rare autoimmune disease triggered by testicular cancer

first_img Journal reference:Mandel-Brehm, C., et al. (2019). Kelch-like Protein 11 Antibodies in Seminoma-Associated Paraneoplastic Encephalitis. N Engl J Med. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa1816721. By Lois Zoppi, BAJul 8 2019Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)A new autoimmune disease has been discovered that is triggered by testicular cancer. Using a novel diagnostic tool, researchers discovered that testicular cancer can cause the immune system to attack the brain, resulting in a severe neurodegenerative disease that is often mis- or undiagnosed.Kateryna Kon | ShutterstockThe neurodegenerative disease seen in patients with testicular cancer is called “testicular cancer-associated paraneoplastic encephalitis” and sees men lose control of their limbs, eye movement, and in some instances, their speech. Many men are misdiagnosed or left entirely undiagnosed, meaning appropriate treatment to limit the effects of the neurodegenerative disease often comes too late.Until now, scientists have been unable to identify which specific antibody was causing a staining pattern only seen in patients with testicular cancer. But the new study, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, showed a unique biomarker responsible for the disease, which begins with a testicular tumor that acts as the trigger for the attack on the body’s immune system.A staining pattern, dubbed “sparkles” for its resemblance to stars in a night sky under microscope observation, was identified 20 years ago. However, the antibody causing this staining pattern could not be identified, and the staining pattern itself was routinely missed.The research team at Chan Zuckerberg (CZ) Biohub, Mayo Clinic and University of California, San Fransisco (UCSF), used a variation of “programmable phage display” technology, which simultaneously screens over 700,000 autoantibody targets across every human protein.Diagnoses are rare but growing in numberCerebrospinal fluid from a 37-year-old man with a history of testicular cancer and neurological symptoms was analyzed. The man’s symptoms included vertigo, imbalance, and slurred speech. The phage technology identified autoantibodies targeting Kelch-like protein 11 (KLHL11), found in the testes and in certain parts of the brain.Using phage display, a further 12 biospecimens taken from men with similar neurological symptoms along with testicular cancer were analyzed. All of the samples were positive for autoantibodies targeting KLHL11.But this man’s neurological symptoms seen alongside his testicular cancer were not unique, with the Mayo lab finding a number of other cases in which men were diagnosed with testicular cancer and showed signs of ataxia, a neurological disease characterized by involuntary eye movement, alterations in speech, and poor coordination.37 patients have since been diagnosed with paraneoplastic encephalitis, and the researchers believe diagnoses will continue to grow in number.Every year, Mayo Clinic’s Neuroimmunology Laboratory screens around 150,000 patients for autoimmune neurological diseases. A patient’s biospecimen samples, which can be serum or cerebrospinal fluid, are bound to brain tissue from mice. In some cases, patients with autoimmune neurological conditions possess antibodies that bind to tissues with specific staining patterns. The study included an epidemiological assessment, which found that the prevalence of KLHL11 encephalitis in Olmsted County, Minnesota, was approximately three per 100,000 men. This makes KLHL11 one of the more common autoimmune encephalitis biomarkers in Olmsted County, suggesting this may be the case in other parts of the US and across other countries.The current research is just ‘the tip of the iceberg’“This study is the tip of the iceberg,” biochemist Joe DeRisi, who worked on the new research, said. “We know there are more paraneoplastic autoimmune diseases waiting to be discovered and more people to help.”DeRisi believes that this novel screening technology will aid in the discovery of unidentified autoimmune diseases. The short-term benefits of the research may be that a new diagnostic tool can be developed to test for this specific biomarker, which will be able to stop the neurodegeneration caused by the condition from progressing too rapidly in patients with testicular cancer.“Early diagnosis is extremely important,” Divyanshu Dubey, co-first author on the research, said. “If we diagnose patients early, we can start them on immunosuppressive medications. The sooner we can prevent this damage from happening, the sooner we can stop the disease progression and the better chance we have for clinical improvement in the patient’s life.”Dr. Wilson spoke further on the benefits of the advanced technology that allowed this important discovery to be made: For roughly half the patients with paraneoplastic or autoimmune causes of encephalitis, the protein being targeted has yet to be identified. Building on the Elledge lab’s work, we hope to tackle that problem head-on with this technology for finding antibodies, so we can potentially add to the number of diseases that are known, and help patients and families get diagnoses more quickly.” Mayo Clinic’s Neuroimmunology Laboratory has a long history of biomarker discovery, and this [new study] continues that tradition, bringing together Mayo Clinic’s biobank, the largest repository of biospecimens in the world, with advanced technologies being devised and implemented at UCSF and CZ Biohub. By working together, our organizations have the potential to make biomarker discoveries much more rapidly.”Dr. Sean Pittock, Co-Author, Mayo Cliniclast_img read more

Daimler faces mega fine in diesel probe

first_img Citation: Daimler faces mega fine in diesel probe (2019, February 20) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-02-daimler-mega-fine-diesel-probe.html Porsche risks fine in new legal tussle over diesel cheating © 2019 AFP Daimler, whose board chairman is Dieter Zetsche, seen at October’s Paris Motor Show, confirmed the probe and said it would “continue to cooperate fully” with prosecutors Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler could be set for a massive fine in Germany over diesel trickery, as prosecutors confirmed Wednesday they had opened a probe similar to one that cost Volkswagen one billion euros ($1.1 billion).center_img “We opened a fine procedure yesterday” against the high-end car giant, a spokesman for prosecutors in car industry bastion Stuttgart told AFP.Like VW, Daimler is suspected of building “defeat device” functions into its motor control software that allowed cars to reduce harmful emissions when undergoing regulatory tests.Prosecutors have already fined Volkswagen one billion euros and VW subsidiary Audi 800 million euros in such cases.Officials said managers failed in their duty to supervise the firms’ activities.In a statement, Daimler confirmed the probe and said it would “continue to cooperate fully” with prosecutors.Beyond the Mercedes-Benz maker, VW sports car subsidiary Porsche and components supplier Bosch both face open fine proceedings.And on top of the probe into the company itself over so-called “administrative offences”, four Daimler managers are the target of a criminal investigation for fraud and false advertising linked to the practice.Transport authority KBA has ordered the Stuttgart-based group to recall 700,000 vehicles worldwide, including 280,000 in Germany, over illegal software—a ruling Daimler is appealing.Diesel investigations have been running since 2015, when Volkswagen admitted to building defeat devices into 11 million cars worldwide.Several senior executives at VW remain under investigation, while tens of thousands of car owners are pursuing it in court. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Authorities on alert as Idukki dam nears full levelAuthorities on alert as

first_imgJuly 30, 2018 COMMENT With the water level in the Idukki dam nearing its maximum, the Kerala government has put the Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard on alert to meet any eventuality in case water is released.The water-level touched 2,394.72 feet at 1 pm today against the full level of 2,403 feet, according to the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA). The authorities said an alert would be issued when the water level in the dam reaches 2,395 feet.When the level reaches 2,397 ft, there is a possibility of water being released on a trial basis for one or two hours, Kerala State Electricity Board sources said. This was to find out if there were any obstructions and diversions on the route the water flows, they said. A team of the National Disaster Management Force has already been deployed in Ernakulam and Thrissur and another team would reach Idukki, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said in a Facebook post.The reservoir comprises three dams — Idukki, Cheruthoni and Kulamavu, built for the the Idukki Hydroelectric Project. “Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard have been asked to be on vigil. Two helicopters have been kept ready. There is no need to panic as of now. The State Disaster Management Authority will give a timely directive in this regard,” he said.“The Coast Guard is also ready with small boats to evacuate people if water enters the low-lying areas of Ernakulam,” he said. People living downstream of the reservoir up to the Lower Periyar area in Ernakulam district have been asked to be vigilant, he said.In the event of opening the sluice gates of Cheruthoni dam, the water would flow through Ernakulam from Idukki, before reaching the Arabian Sea, Vijayan said. According to KSDMA, restrictions have been imposed on tourists visiting some areas near the dam.The Idukki reservoir’s shutters were last opened in 1992. This is the first time it would attain the full-level during the South-West Monsoon period. While Idukki dam is used to store water, the two other dams are meant to route water to the powerhouse. Kerala SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE Published on weather news COMMENTSlast_img read more

Johor Pakatan Youth unhappy state govt sticking to capping youth at 40

first_img Related News JOHOR BARU: The Johor Pakatan Harapan Youth wing has spoken out against the Johor government for its decision to maintain the age cap for youths at 40.It urged the state government to support Putrajaya’s decision on the matter.Its secretary Azam Mektar said amendments to the Youth Societies and Youth Development 2007 (Act 668) were under the jurisdiction of the Federal Government and had been approved by the Dewan Rakyat with the support by MPs without objection.Under the new federal definition, “youth” are now aged between 15 and 30. AdChoices广告“There is no excuse for the Johor government to issue contradicting statements on the amendments to the Act.“The decision by Putrajaya is a step forward in bringing a new shift in the role of youths in the country and has been discussed since 2010,” he said in a statement here on Friday (July 12).Azam, who is also the Johor Parti Amanah Negara youth vice chief, said the state’s stand on the matter put Johor Pakatan Youth in an awkward situation.According to him, it made it difficult for the state Pakatan Youth wing and also the coalition youth component parties to explain and engage with youths here.“The two-year period for gazetting as stated by Youth and Sports Minister should be fully utilised to ensure that the agenda is met,” he added.On Monday, Johor announced that it would maintain its categorisation of youth for its polices as those aged between 15 and 40 despite the Federal Government’s move to lower the age limit to 30.Johor, at the time, joined Selangor and Sarawak in maintaining the youth age cap at 40.On Tuesday (July 9), the Johor government changed its stand to lower the youth age limit to 30.Less than 24 hours later, the state’s Youth, Sports, Entrepreneurship Development and Cooperatives Committee chairman Sheikh Umar Bagharib Ali issued another statement saying that Johor would maintain its youth age limit at 40 following “advice from several parties”. Nation 09 Jul 2019 Johor makes a ‘U-turn’, agrees that youth age cap should be 30 Related News Nation 09 Jul 2019 Johor govt reverts to original stand on youth age cap {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Nation 10 Jul 2019 Johor youth age capped at 40, not 30last_img read more

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