Womens Basketball Kelsey Mitchells Ohio State career wasnt supposed to end like

Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell backs a defender down during the Big Ten tournament championship game against Maryland on March 4, 2018 in Indianapolis. Credit: Alyssia Graves: Assistant Sports DirectorKelsey Mitchell always deserved a standing ovation from an Ohio State crowd when her illustrious career came to a close. The three-time Big Ten Player of the Year entered college a year after the Buckeyes went 17-18 and proceeded to lead them to four straight 24-plus win seasons. The greatest scorer in Ohio State history, Mitchell has made more field goals than anyone in program history and more 3-pointers than anyone in NCAA history. She has earned countless ovations for her dozens of accomplishments.So it was no surprise when the crowd at St. John Arena rose to its feet Monday night to send off one of the most accomplished players to ever don a scarlet and gray jersey. However, she wanted anything but the standing ovation St. John Arena gave her with 41 seconds remaining in her team’s game against Central Michigan Monday night. This time, it meant only one thing: Her career was over. When she was asked what passing former Missouri State guard Jackie Stiles and becoming the second all-time leading scorer in NCAA history with 3,402 career points, with tears in her eyes, Mitchell only had one thought.“We lost,” she said. “That’s all I can say.”It wasn’t supposed to end like this.The Buckeyes got blitzed from the beginning of the second quarter to the end of the game, eventually falling 95-78. They allowed Central Michigan to bounce back from a six-point first-quarter deficit with a dominant 25-6 second quarter. The Chippewas hit 14-of-27 3-pointers and 25-of-27 free throws during the game. The reverberations of St. John Arena made the several-hundred-person Central Michigan fan section sound like the Chippewas brought the whole university to the stands. The typically lethal offense that usually buoys the Buckeyes was nowhere to be found. Mitchell began the game 4-for-15 and finished with more shot attempts (29) than points (28). In the third quarter, Ohio State finally started to look like it was putting it together offensively, but was no match for the Chippewas’ 7-for-8 third-quarter 3-point performance.Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell waits for an inbound pass in the NCAA tournament game against Central Michigan on Mar. 19 in St. John Arena. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorTry as she might, Mitchell could not pull her team back in the game.“We knew that they can shoot the ball, but we didn’t know that they wouldn’t miss,” she said. “You got it within 15, 14, then they said no, we’re going back up 21. And then we missed shots, so it didn’t make it any better.”As Mitchell stood in the corner of the locker room about 50 minutes after subbing out to congratulatory cheers and applause, she began to confront what had happened.“I’m letting it hit me right now,” she said. “We’ve been through so much. It just hurts you. The way you go out and that sensation I had about two weeks ago. So you think you can not only stay on that high horse, but play with the much confidence and play with that much focus.”Just two weeks ago in the locker room at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Mitchell was all smiles. The Buckeyes had just knocked off Maryland in the Big Ten title game. Mitchell was leaning back in a chair with big bags of ice on her knees, resting after playing her third game in three days. In her view, just 10 feet away, sat the conference championship trophy, which her team raised at center court just an hour prior.That is the kind of celebration expected of the second-leading scorer in NCAA history, not one signaling the end of a career after a Round of 32 matchup against a No. 11 seed. Kelsey Plum, Stiles and Brittney Griner, the trio of players who accompany Mitchell in the top-four career scoring ranks, each made the Final Four once.This season was supposed to be Mitchell’s shot.With the Final Four being held in Columbus in a couple weeks, the storybook was sitting on the table, just waiting to be written. Mitchell and the Buckeyes had been bounced in the Sweet 16 the past two seasons, but a veteran-laden squad hoped to march through the Spokane Regional and make the program’s second-ever Final Four with a likely matchup against top-ranked Connecticut.“I think in the back of everybody’s mind, if you’re a part of our program, sees that moment and want to be back here for the Final Four,” Mitchell said. “I don’t think you’re a competitor if you’re not at least thinking about it in the back of your mind.”Instead of the fairy-tale ending, Mitchell’s career abruptly concluded. She quickly had to come to grips with the end of her career, something she always knew would come, but never wanted. Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell takes a shot during the third quarter of the Buckeyes’ victory against Penn State on Jan. 31. Credit: James King | Sports DirectorThat meant considering how her 139 games, 4,996 minutes, 1,120 made shots, 497 made 3s, 665 made free throws, 545 assists, 463 rebounds, 214 steals and 3,402 points will be viewed for years to come.Rather than as one of the all-time greatest scorers, Mitchell said she hopes people think of her as someone who built Ohio State into a prolific program.“I want to be remembered for making this program for younger kids that want to come here one of the best in the nation,” Mitchell said. “It’s not only South Carolina, it’s not only UConn. Ohio State is a part of that conversation too. I think we’ve showed people that [there’s] value here.”Just as she had earlier in the night when she refused to consider the accomplishment of becoming the second-leading scorer, Mitchell refused to focus on her individual accolades. Instead, all she said she wants to be remembered for is being a program building block. That has defined Mitchell. Unfortunately for her, so too has her team’s NCAA tournament struggles. This year was supposed to be different. It wasn’t.It will take time for Mitchell, who is notoriously hard on herself, to get over the disappointing season-ending loss. But as one of the greatest scorers in college basketball history who helped put Ohio State on the map and helped win two regular-season Big Ten titles and one conference tournament championship, she has much to be proud of.Every time she attends an Ohio State basketball game again, she will get another standing ovation. But those will not be in response to a historic career coming to a surprising end.They will simply be celebrating the greatest scorer — and arguably the greatest player — to ever lace up sneakers and take the court in Columbus. read more

Five Bahamians Invested as Knights and Ladies of the Order of the

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#MagneticNewsMedia TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force Caption:Five Bahamians: Monsignor Alfred Culmer, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Nassau and Pastor of St. Joseph’s Parish, Basil and Cheryl Albury of St. Anselm’s Parish, Patricia Coakley of St. Joseph’s Parish and Elma Garraway of the Church of the Resurrection were invested as Knights and Ladies of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem during ceremonies at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City by the Grand Master of the Order, Edwin Cardinal O’Brien on Friday, November 18, 2016.  They join Burton and Camille Hall who were admitted to the Order in 2009 and who how hold the rank of Knight Commander and Lady Commander, respectively, and Deacon Michael Checkley, Administrator of Holy Name Parish in Bimini.  Pictured from left to right are Burton Hall, Camille Hall, Monsignor Culmer, Elma Garraway, The Most Reverend Patrick Pinder, S.T.D., C.M.G Archbishop of Nassau, Patricia Coakley, Cheryl Albury and Basil Albury, at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral on Friday November 26, 2016.(PHOTO/Peter Ramsay)center_img Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissioner Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNew York City, NY, November 28, 2016 – Five Bahamians were made Knights and Ladies of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre during ceremonies at St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City on Friday, November 18, 2016.Monsignor Alfred Culmer, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Nassau and Pastor of St Joseph’s Parish, Basil and Cheryl Albury of St Anselm’s Parish, Patricia Coakley of St Joseph’s Parish and Elma Garraway of the Church of the Resurrection were invested as Knights and Ladies of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.The ceremonies took place at St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City by the Grand Master of the Order, Edwin Cardinal O’Brien in the presence of Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York and Grand Prior of the Order’s Eastern Lieutenancy of the United States.In the Archdiocese of Nassau they join Burton and Camille Hall who were admitted to the Order in 2009 and who now hold the rank of Knight Commander and Lady Commander, respectively, and Deacon Michael Checkley, Administrator of Holy Name Parish in Bimini, who was admitted to the Order in his native Canada and who now holds the rank of Knight Grand Cross.The Order of the Holy Sepulchre is a Roman Catholic Order of Knighthood that traces its roots to circa 1099 under Duke Godfrey of Bouillon, “Defender of the Holy Sepulchre”, one of the leaders of the First Crusade.It is the only order of chivalry, together with the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, that is recognised and protected by the Holy See.  The Pope is sovereign of the order.The order today is estimated to have some 30,000 members in 56 lieutenancies around the world. As there is not yet a lieutenancy in our region, at the instance of Archbishop of Nassau, Archbishop Patrick C. Pinder, STD, CMG, has been included with those states, which comprise the Order’s Eastern Lieutenancy of the United States, the Catholic Church in The Bahamas having historical ties with the Church in New York.Admission into the Order means taking on a commitment for life to be a witness to the Faith, to lead an exemplary Christian life of continuing charity in support of the Christian communities in the Holy Land, and to maintain the true charitable commitment of a Christian. The purpose of an individual in joining the Order is to serve the Catholic Church and to support the efforts of the Church and the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem to maintain the Christian presence in the Holy Land.Within the Catholic Church, members of the Order are entitled to use the courtesy titles “Sir” and “Lady” (or “Dame” with effect from 2017). Recommended for youlast_img read more

Union Budget 2013 Live Blog FM Proposes Exclusive Bank for Women ₹1000

first_imgBudget 2013 Live Blog:01:25 pm: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh praises Chidambaram’s Union Budget 2013. “The Finance Minister has done a commendable job in containing the deficit while simultaneously addressing growth imperatives,” he said in a statement.”We need to create 10 million jobs a year for the duration of the 12th Plan which can be achieved only if we reach 8% GDP growth level. There is plenty for every ministry. It is now up to my colleagues in the Cabinet to turn challenges into opportunities.”01:00 pm: Sensex falls around 50 points after Chidambaram tabled his Budget for the financial year 2013-14.Glimpse of Chidambaram’s Union Budget 2013-14Feedback from analysts on Finance Minister P. Chidambaram’s Union Budget is encouraging though some will be left disappointed especially automobile industry. Some say that it’s a balanced and good budget while a few are of the opinion that it is a complete on.Many were of the opinion before the the finance minister presented the budget that it would a political one keeping in mind the election next year but he proved everyone wrong. He deserved praises for concentrating on infrastructure, as it can stimulate investment in the country. This move could spark the engines of economic growth.Chidambaram’s announcement to set up a public sector bank exclusively for women has got him praises. He also spoke on providing security to women in the country.Finance Minister P. Chidambaram concluded his speech by quoting a saying by Swami Vivekananda.12:47 pm: Duty-free limit for gold increased to ₹50,000 for men and ₹1 lakh for women.12:45 pm: 6 percent tax hike on mobile phones that costs more than ₹2000.12:42 pm:18 percent hike in excise duty on cigarettes.12:32 pm: No change in education cess, and customs and excise duty rates.12: 28 pm: Donations to National Children’s Fund will get 100% tax exemption.12: 26 pm: Hike on excise duty of SUV from 27 percent to 30 percent12:25 pm: 2 percent duty on steam and bituminous coal12: 23 pm: Hike in import duty on set top boxes12:21 pm: People with an annual income of ₹1 crore to pay surcharge of 10% additional surcharges for one year.12:18 pm: No tax exemption slab but tax payers in the range of ₹2 to 5 lakh will get tax credit of ₹2000.12:17 pm: Finance Minister presents tax proposals.12: 28 pm: Donations to National Children’s Fund will get 100% tax exemption.12: 26 pm: Customs duty on SUVs raised from 75 percent to 100 percent12:25 pm: 2 percent duty on steam and bituminous coal12: 23 pm: Hike in import duty on set top boxes12:05 pm: 2.03 trillion rupees allocated to defence sector in 2013-14.12:05 pm: SEBI Act to be amended; waste- to-energy projects will be financed by Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mode; Public sector bank branches to have ATM.12:04 pm: ₹14,000 crore allocated for  public sector banks.12:02 pm: ₹1,840 crore for construction of power transmission system from Srinagar to Leh; ₹226 crore to be allocated this financial year.12:00 pm: First housing loan up to ₹25 lakh an additional deduction of interest of up to ₹1 lakh in 2014-15.11:58 am: ₹1,000 crore allocated for eastern states – green revolution.11:57 am: ₹5,387 crore integrated watershed programme for farmers.11:55 am: Indian Institute of Biotechnology to be set up at Ranchi.11:53 am: FM proposes exclusive bank, a public sector bank for women. ₹1,000 crore to be allocated as initial capital.  11:52 am: ₹200 crore to stop harassment on women.11:50 am: ₹7 lakh crore target fixed for agriculture credit for 2013-1411:49 am: ₹1,000 crore for improving agricultural production in Eastern Indian states.11:47 am: ₹500 crore allocated for programme on crop diversification.11:45 am: ₹27,049 crore for agriculture ministry in 2013-1411:44 am: ₹15,260 crore for drinking water and sanitation ministry11:42 am: ₹17,700 crore for Integrated Child Development Scheme.11:40 am: 270.49 billion rupees allocated for agriculture in 2013/14.11:38 am: ₹10,000 crore for Food Security Bill.11:35 am: ₹13,250 crore allocated for mid-day meal scheme11: 35 am: ₹65,867 crore allocated to ministry of HRD11: 30 am: ₹37,330 crore for ministry of health and family welfare. ₹4,727 crore for medical education and research and ₹1,069 crore allocated to Department of Ayush.11: 29 am: ₹80,000 crore allocated for for rural development ministry. ₹41,561 crore for SC sub-plan and ₹24,598 crore for tribal sub plan11:27 am: Scholarships for SC/ST students, girls11:26 am: Plan expenditure for 12th Five-Year-Plan revised to ₹14,30,825 crore11:25 am: Budget expenditure is ₹16,65,297 crore and plan expenditure ₹5,55, 322 crore, says FM.11:22 am: ₹65,000 crore allocation for education sector.11:15 am: Union Budget 2013 aims at youth. Women face discrimination everywhere including work place.  11:12 am: It has become a challenge for India to return to its potential growth rate of 8 percent, saya FM.11:10 am: Finance Minister said supply of food items should be boosted to beat inflation.11:05 am: Women, schedule tribes (ST), schedule castes (SC) have been lagging behind in economic growth in many states.11:09 am: Chidambaram emphasised on the need for foreign investment for economic growth. He said foreign investment is imperative.11:08 am: UPA government believes in inclusive and sustainable development11:05 am: India has been affected by global slowdown. China and Indonesia are growing faster than India but next year India will overtake Indonesia, says Chidambaram 11:00 am: Chidambaram tables Union Budget 2013 in Parliament.10:50 am: Finance Minister Chidambaram reaches Parliament to present Union Budget 2013.10:00 am: Finance Minister P. Chidambaram is scheduled to table Union Budget 2013-14 at 11 am on Thursday. Finance Minister P. ChidambaramGovernment Should Take Concrete Steps to Help Struggling IT-BPO SectorMultinational professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers said in a release that the government of India should take positive steps to help the growth of IT-BPO sector which is going through a bad phase due to increasing costs had ensuing global uncertainty. IT-BPO sector contribute 7.5% of India’s GDP.Raise In Base Tax Exemption Limit ExpectedWith the government having taken a few bold steps of late to cut down fiscal deficit, including cut in subsidy for LPG gas cylinders and diesel, common man will now expect base tax exemption slab to be raised from the present ₹2 lakh. Raise in the base tax exemption limit will help common man deal with extra spending due to oil price hike.Will Chidambaram Use Union Budget to Attract Investors?People will expect the Finance Minister to present a budget that will help to revive the slowing economy. The government might target a 4.8 percent fiscal deficit for the next financial year. Now, the onus lies on the government to improve the economy and thus boost employment and revenue from tax. Chidambaram is expected to use the Union Budget as a platform to attract investors and please rating agencies.What Insurance Companies Expect!Insurance companies will expect the tax exemption ceiling from investments like provident fund, insurance premiums etc to be raised from the current ₹100,000 limit.What Real Estate Sector Wants!Real estate sector will expect the FM to increase tax exemption limit of interest paid on home loans from the current ₹150,000 to ₹300,000.Common Man’s ExpectationsTax exemption limit on conveyance, reimbursement of medicals expenses, education allowance, home loans and other expenditures of the employers are expected to be raised to help reduce the impact of fuel price hike. Finance Minister of India P. ChidambaramAll Eyes On Chidambaram’s Union Budget 2013The market’s skepticism on the upcoming Union Budget 2013 must have increased, as the Railway Budget which was presented by Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal on Tuesday, was another budget that went with the popular sentiment and lacked many groundbreaking steps that could revive the struggling Indian Railways.Now, all eyes will be on Finance Minister P. Chidambaram’s Union Budget 2013 to be presented on Thursday at 11:00 am.Chidambaram’s Union Budget comes amid India’s economic growth rate falling to 5 percent, which is the lowest in a decade, ratings downgrade and the general elections coming up next year. However, he is expected to present a balanced budget.last_img read more

How can Rajasthan Royals stop David Warner Rahanes big threat Top player

first_imgRajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad come face to face a year after David Warner and Steve Smith picked up their bans. Both sides looked destined for victory but ended up losing their first respective first games. They will now have the opportunity to get off the mark in this year’s IPL. As has been the case over the years, the shortest format is all about identifying different players and looking for matchups in order to curb their threat. We identify three main player battles which can determine the course of the match.David Warner vs Dhawal Kulkarni David WarnerIANSDavid Warner announced his arrival in some style in the first match of the season with a brilliant innings of 85. Today is the day when he finally completes his suspension over the ball-tampering scandal. He looks determined to make this season count and be indispensable to Australia’s World Cup ambitions.However, he has to be wary of Dhawal Kulkarni. Against the fast bowler, Warner has only managed to score 44 runs in 52 balls and has been dismissed twice. Kulkarni bowls a very tight line and gets the ball to move around which can be disconcerting for the openers and Ajinkya Rahane would want his new ball bowler to continue this good record. Bhuvneshwar Kumar vs Ajinkya Rahane Bhuvneshwar KumarIANSThe battle between the Indian stalwarts, this contest between Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ajinkya Rahane up front in the powerplay overs could determine the course of the match. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been a fine bowler for SRH in the IPL over the years and if we take a look at the numbers, the Rajasthan skipper has managed to score only 71 runs in the 78 balls faced so far. He has been dismissed by Bhuvi six times over the years and this could have a huge bearing on the match. Rahane, more often than not, drops anchor which allows the other stroke makers to come out and play their strokes with freedom and hence, his importance at the top of the order is pivotal for Rajasthan, more so in the powerplay overs.Siddarth Kaul vs Sanju Samson Sanju SamsonIANSThe middle over phase in T20s have a huge bearing on the result of the match and hence, the performance of Siddarth Kaul and Sanju Samson will be under the scanner. Sanju’s record against Siddarth Kaul has been brilliant as in only 23 balls, he has smashed him for 39 runs and has been dismissed only one. However, Kaul now has international experience and is a far more confident bowler which should help him devise better strategies against Samson when the pressure is on.last_img read more

Govt unable to protect environment SC judge

first_imgIt is the government’s duty to protect the environment but they are unable to do so and instead they accuse the judiciary of encroaching upon its territory, Supreme Court judge Justice Vikramajit Sen on Tuesday said.“It is government which is supposed to protect the environment but increasingly, we find, for various reasons, that the government is unable to do this task. But that is primarily because politics is the main chase. You need an electorate to give votes. It is expensive exercise and therefore you have to increasingly depend on big businesses which exploit environment,” Justice Sen said. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJISpeaking at the release of Jindal Global Law Review’s special issue on Environmental Law, the judge said no government is interested in environment and is on the lowest priority list and taken as an obstacle to industrialisation.“Increasingly, we hear from the government and bureaucracy that we are going into areas which is not expected of judiciary. What does the judiciary do A and B have a dispute and we are expected to decide. But what about the constitutional vision. Are we supposed to look the other way when we see degradation at such a large-scale? Or is it our duty, as a member of higher judiciary, to take note of it,” he said.“Governments think that we are encroaching on their territory but the reality is that we are doing very little to protect the environment. Any judge who is mindful will put environment on his priority list,” Justice Sen said.last_img read more

Exercise may cut gestational diabetes risk in obese women

first_imgObese women are at increased risk of complications during pregnancy, the most common of which are gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, a large increase in weight as well as pre-eclampsia.“It’s important to reduce obesity-related pregnancy complications because they can have long-term consequences for both the mother and her child,” said a researcher from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway.Obese mothers are also at an increased risk of needing a caesarean section and giving birth to large babies. These complications can have a great impact on the health of both mother and child, not just during pregnancy, but also later in life, the researchers said. The findings showed that the amount of exercise needed to reduce the risk of gestational diabetes is not very high. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“That meant that even a little training during pregnancy can be beneficial,” said Kirsti Krohn Garnæs, doctoral candidate at NTNU. Further, women who followed the exercise regimen also showed lower blood pressure towards the end of their pregnancy.Women in the exercise group were invited to three weekly supervised sessions of 60 minutes throughout the course of their pregnancy. The training consisted of 35 minutes of moderate intensity treadmill walking and 25 minutes of strength training. The control group was given standard prenatal care. Of these, only two in the exercise group versus nine in the control group developed gestational diabetes.last_img read more

How to Position Your SaaS Business For a Platform Sell

first_img 7 min read I’ve always said that the companies that scale to become large, sustainable and independent franchises are the ones that offer a platform to the market. The constant evolution aspiration for a startup is to go from feature to product to platform — to create a company where other companies are born and scaled on your technology offerings. A larger vision and the ability to execute on it is truly what separate the good from the great.Things have changed a lot for Dyn over the 15 years since its inception — and many of the biggest shifts have come since I joined the company almost eight years ago. Since 2008 we’ve seen a dramatic shift in the way SaaS tools and services are sold, and how growing SaaS companies are positioning themselves in the market. Like many SaaS companies, Dyn started as a small niche player in an important corner of the Internet — Managed DNS — and slowly carved out a space honing our product and beating competitors on service, pricing, relationships, and added-value until we grew to be the market leader. Along the way we selectively added complementary products — traffic management, Internet intelligence and email delivery — and continued to grow, ensuring our products worked so well in tandem and delivered such value that the only clear path forward was to deliver a platform sale to our customers.Related: 11 Ways to Make Money While You SleepWe’re in the midst of a go-to-market and product transformation to reflect this evolution of our business and this move upstream we’re making with the platform is the natural one for businesses that want to drive growth and continue innovating as an independent entity. For Dyn, it’s no longer about selling feeds and speeds, but all about selling business value to enterprises.We’re certainly not alone in our platform-first approach. A recent Accenture Trend Report noted that 81 percent of executives say platform-based business models will be core to their growth strategy within three years. Creating integrated approaches to solving business challenges is not only good for customers, it’s a differentiator for your business that can position you far ahead of the competition. Here are some keys to enabling — and nailing — the move to the platform.Enable a Vision and the Rest will FollowShifting your business to a platform approach requires patience and isn’t for everyone. But if your company has several complementary products that combine to create huge value for your customers and prospects, integrating the products and developing additional tools that continue to differentiate your business could propel your growth story. In 2015 we started a cross-company pivot away from product selling and towards a platform sell – delivering the value of all of our core DNS, data, analytics and traffic steering products into addressing the Internet Performance Management space, where we see huge potential for the company through the next 5 years and beyond. But before we saw a platform approach, we had to see the vision for how our existing products could deliver on a larger promise for our customers.Related: 5 Habits of the Wealthy That Helped Them Get RichHaving the vision for a platform sale is also necessary for any business to continue to be an independent player, especially in an ecosystem where companies with unique tools or services are targets for companies that already have a platform play. Building out a platform and successfully rolling it out to customers — and ensuring they embrace it — is a big challenge, but with big challenges come big opportunities.Build What Customers Want – and ValidateIt may seem obvious to build products well-tailored to customers’ wants and needs but too many SaaS product development teams fall into the trap of iterating based on their own visions for the product rather that keeping to the goal of solving very specific customer problems and solving them well. At Dyn, we’ve kept our focus on this and it has helped us grow over the long-run, with 29 consecutive quarters of growth and counting.Keeping a keen eye on the customer has meant each of our products and each of our acquisitions has been based on fulfilling a need. As customer needs have been filled we’ve constantly challenged ourselves and this has led to a natural progression in thinking from feature to product to suite to platform. The platform has always been the goal, but it has become the emphasis based on clear customer need. This “market-in” rather than “product out” mindset is imperative to understanding what customers truly want and enabling your business to deliver through the out years. It was critical for us to match our own maturation with the macro trends happening across the Internet infrastructure landscape and affecting CIO and CTOs of companies big and small. Timing is everything.Empower Leadership for a Full Throttle ChangeBuilding the vision and strategy and green-lighting the move to a platform approach was one of the most significant decisions our leadership has made over the history of the business. Not only did it signal a serious shift in our marketing and sales approach, it required a mammoth undertaking by our product and engineering teams to build the software that would enable our massive business shift. Many times products are utilized by customers with siloed interaction points. This user experience needs to be elegant with clean workflows and interfaces or via robust APIs.Related: Habits of the World’s Wealthiest People (Infographic)While it was a true team effort to develop the strategy and action plan for the platform play, it was crucial for the plan to be communicated to leaders across our near 500-person business, to our regional offices in the UK, Australia and Singapore, and understood and internalized by all of our staff. Enabling this change was a huge decision and we’ve had to turn the company and ensure the message is resonating and being communicated across all departments and through all disciplines. We also based one of our biggest hires to date, our global head of sales, on his ability to grow our sales apparatus to meet this platform approach. If you want to have a big vision for your company’s future, you truly have to go all in.Reorg and ResizeYou can’t make a platform play without shaking up your organization significantly. We have shifted focus in many areas of our business and have had to reorganize teams and assets to meet the challenges we’ve placed on ourselves. This is never an easy proposition for a business, but if leadership articulates the vision, charts the course and firmly plants the flag, showing how your business can meet the opportunity before it, your business will be set to optimize for the exciting opportunities ahead.At Dyn, our platform play has meant that we’re now prepared to hunt down opportunities in business categories that are emerging as the big prospects of the future: automation, predictive analytics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), full cloud adoption, mobile and ever more globalization and global growth. Our internal reorganization has meant shifting focus for many of our best thinkers and the creation of new strategic groups that are helping the whole organization to shift to meet opportunity. We’ve developed a specific research group, integration group, partnerships and alliances group and a solution architecture team to set us on a footing for success.Change is never easy, especially in already successful organizations, but if you want to be sustainable and impactful you need to see the future and set a foundation to get you there. Employees, long-time customers and other stakeholders might question a shift in focus after so many successful years of business. But moving to a platform play requires opportunism, guts, and vision with a commitment to taking on the challenges of tomorrow. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. May 13, 2017 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 Goals Register Now »last_img read more

Transat honoured with Travelife Certification for sustainability efforts

first_img Friday, October 19, 2018 Share Transat honoured with Travelife Certification for sustainability efforts MONTREAL — It’s official: Transat is now Travelife Certified.This marks the first time that a major international tour operator has been awarded the international certification for its full range of activities.To hold and maintain Travelife Certified status, Transat must comply with more than 200 criteria covering its workplace practices, product range, business partners and customers. Travelife certification is accredited by the UN-supported Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), and also complies with the ISO 26000 Corporate Social Responsibility Standard, which puts forward guidelines on environment, human rights and labour relations.“Twelve years ago, we began a structured approach aimed at becoming a model of sustainable tourism,” said Annick Guérard, Chief Operating Officer, Transat. “In the process, we strengthened our environmental management and our social engagement, including toward children, trained our teams on the importance of sustainable development, retooled our operations to better address customers’ concerns, and urged our partners to implement sustainability practices. We are very proud to receive the Travelife Certified attestation, recognizing best practices in responsible tourism across all of our tour operator and travel agency activities, which were painstakingly reviewed to secure certification.”More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedMélanie Joly, Minister of tourism, Official Language and La Francophonie, added: “The tourism industry is growing in Canada and around the world, and we want to make sure Canadians benefit from that. We applaud Transat’s leadership in sustainable tourism as demonstrated by the company receiving certification that recognizes its commitment to the environment, communities and sustainable tourism development.”Transat has been committed to sustainable development since 2006, with multiple initiatives in environmental stewardship and heritage protection, which are described on resp.transat.com. It has also established policies recognizing sustainability certifications by its hotelier partners, adopted a code of conduct for tourism service providers, and created volunteering and humanitarian leave programs for its employees.In conjunction with the award, Transat is now following a new Action Plan (2018-2020) aimed at raising awareness among employees and customers of sustainable development and responsible tourism practices. Posted bycenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Transat Travelweek Group last_img read more

Best described as Facebook for travellers – Dopplr

first_imgBest described as Facebook for travellers – Dopplr is a social network that allows members to share their travel plans, get personal recommendations and find unique travel tips.Why might you want to do this? Well, let’s say you’re heading to Helsinki on a business trip, just pop this into your Dopplr schedule and if anyone else in your network happens to be nearby at the same time, you’ll be alerted, and could arrange to meet up (or perhaps avoid them!).Or maybe you need some inside information about Helsinki? Dopplr is also a way to share (and find) tips on all aspects of a location; the best bars, quality hotels and perhaps more off the beaten path places to explore – all in a very simple, user friendly fashion.For the frequent flyer, the business traveller and the jet setters of the world, Dopplr is a great way to keep track of your travelling friends and get the lowdown on destinations around the globe.See more Websites of the WeekReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedSix steps to supercharge your frequent flyer balanceIf you feel like you aren’t making the most out of all those air-miles then check out these tips to supercharge your frequent flyer balance.6 secrets of finding the best low cost flightsWe reveal our six savviest secrets, tried and tested by expert budget travellers, that will help you to find the best low cost flights. There are a few ways of finding low cost flights that everyone knows about – like using a flight comparison site such as Skyscanner, of course.…8 travel essentials to pack for your business tripFrom your favourite book to some dollar bills, make sure you don’t forget any of these necessary items on your next business trip. Dopplr.comlast_img read more

August 14 2015Here is a group photo of the Cosant

first_imgAugust 14, 2015Here is a group photo of the Cosanti Foundation Strategic Plan Steering Committee taken on 6/21/2015 during their quarterly meeting at Arcosanti.upper row from left: Colleen Reckow; Neil Urban, Monique De Los Rios-Urban, Jim Caid, Jeff Stein, Anthony Floyd, Roger Tomalty, Jeff Zucker, Scott Riley, Ruth Rae, Tomiaki Tamura and Peter Scaglione.front row from left: Russel Ferguson, Steven Hall, Jim Anaston-Karas, Cosanti Foundation legal counsel Scott DeWald, George Kosmides and Mary Hoadley.last_img read more

Interactive TV games specialist Playjam has launch

first_imgInteractive TV games specialist Playjam has launched a new platform to provide Adobe’s developer network with access to PlayJam’s platform APIs and enable developers to provide games to Adobe-AIR-enabled TVs, Blu-ray players and set-top boxes.Using PlayJam’s SDK, developers will be able to integrate global billing, CRM and game servers to add features such as cross-network tournaments, leaderboards and real-time mass participation events, according to Playjam. Adobe AIR for TV enables developers to build 2D and 3D games using GPU acceleration available on LG’s range of Smart TVs.The SDK will initially be made be made available to members of PlayJam’s closed beta developer partner programme ahead of general release in December.last_img read more

Sébastien Janin OTT videoondemand provider Wuaki

first_imgSébastien JaninOTT video-on-demand provider Wuaki.tv has hired former Apple iTunes executive Sébastien Janin to head international business development. Janin has worked for iTunes , where he was responsible for launching and managing the roll out of the iTunes film service in Europe and Latin America, for the last eight years. For the last two years he has headed up iTunes’ international independent film business, securing day and date releases for movies across European countries. Before the joined Apple, Janin spent 12 years as vice-president of home entertainment at Studiocanal.Wuaki.tv has set a target of being available in 10 European contreis by the end of this year. The service launched in Italy in February and plans to roll out in Ireland and Austria in the second quarter.“Our European rollout is the key factor in this year’s plans for Wuaki.tv. We’re determined to bring our consumer friendly, video-on-demand service to everyone. However, we recognise that in order to do this we need to bring experienced people into the Wuaki.tv family. The hire of Sébastien reinforces Wuaki.tv’s commitment to enhancing our team with passionate executives who share our vision of delivering on demand, quality home entertainment to homes and mobile devices across Europe. We’re delighted to have him on-board and look forward to celebrating his successes internationally,” said Jacinto Roca, CEO of Wuaki.tv.last_img read more

Wait until you see what could happen in America as

first_imgWait until you see what could happen in America as early as this MAYAn unbelievable phenomenon is set to sweep the nation as early as this May…The railroad age… the steel age… the electronics age… the technology age – this phenomenon triggered them all. And now it’s taking shape again!Watch this special, time-sensitive presentation now for full details on how it could affect your job… your lifestyle… and your wallet. Sponsor Advertisement As Ted Butler pointed out on Saturday, the configuration of Friday’s COT report for both gold and silver is still very bullish, with lots of room to run to the upside.The gold price came under steady selling pressure starting at precisely 8:00 a.m. Hong Kong time on their Monday trading day.  The sell off accelerated a bit shortly after London opened…and the low of the day was in about 9:30 a.m. GMT.The price bounced off that bottom a couple of times after that, but the moment that the Comex opened in New York at 8:20 a.m. Eastern time, it was up…up…and away.  But once the price broke above $1,732 spot, there was obviously a seller there to make sure that the price didn’t finish the day above the Friday New York close.Gold closed at $1,730.30 spot…down $7.00 on the day.  Net volume was a very light 79,000 contracts…or thereabouts.Silver’s price path was similar…and it’s low came at 11:30 a.m. in London, which might have been an early London silver fix.  The subsequent rally ran out of gas at 11:00 a.m. in New York right on the button, which also happened to be the close of London trading.After the London close, silver got sold off about 40 cents, but gained about half of that back by the close of electronic trading in New York at 5:15 p.m. Eastern.Silver closed at $33.50 spot…down 49 cents on the day.  Net volume was on the light side at 27,500 contracts, a lot of which would have been of the high-frequency trading variety.The dollar index opened in a rally mode the moment that trading began in New York at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday evening…and at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time yesterday morning, was up about 55 basis points…and then spent the rest of the trading day giving back about 30 points of that gain.  The dollar index closed at the 79.10 level…up about 25 basis points from Friday.The gold stocks pretty much followed the gold price action…and the HUI finished down 1.08%.Considering the fact that silver was down about 50 cents on the day, the shares themselves hung in their very well…and Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index only closed down 0.84%.(Click on image to enlarge)Well, the CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed all the deliveries for First Day Notice for the February delivery month in gold.  There were 893 gold and 114 silver contracts posted for delivery tomorrow.  The big short/issuer in gold was the Bank of Nova Scotia with 845 contracts…and taking the lion’s share of the deliveries was Deutsche Bank with 472 contracts…and Credit Suisse First Boston with 247 contracts.In silver, it was the three ‘usual suspects’ with the lion’s share of the action.  This time Jefferies was joined by the Bank of Nova Scotia as a short/issuer…with 38 and 76 contracts respectively…and JPMorgan stopped/received 100 of those contracts…49 for its client account and 51 for its in-house [proprietary] trading account.  The link to the Issuers and Stoppers Report, which is worth skimming, is here.The GLD ETF had no report yesterday…but the SLV ETF did.  Authorized participants added 3,158,805 ounces of silver…replacing, almost to the ounce, everything that had been withdrawn since the end of December.  Ted Butler suspects that much more is owed to the fund than that.The U.S. Mint had a sales report.  They sold 1,500 ounces of gold eagles…1,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 385,000 silver eagles.  Year-to-date the mint has sold 122,500 ounce of gold eagles…12,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 6,082,000 silver eagles.Friday was another busy day at the Comex-approved depositories.  They reported receiving 927,431 troy ounces of silver…and shipped a smallish 83,501 ounces out the door.  The link to that action is here.Silver analyst Ted Butler has his usual weekly review posted for his paying subscribers on Saturday…and here are two free paragraphs…“The price takedown starting in late-September and lasting through the end of December was all about commercial COT positioning and price manipulation. Especially in silver, the epic decline in price with the concurrent radical change in the COT structure was deliberate and intentional. Only a fool, or someone who refuses to see, would fail to recognize what just occurred. Silver (and gold) were driven lower in price to force speculative selling and to allow the commercials to buy massive quantities of what the speculators sold. After the commercials bought as much as they could possible buy, then prices rallied sharply. It’s impossible for this commercial activity to have occurred with collusion and intent. That the CFTC sat by and allowed this to occur (once again) without defending and protecting the public or our free markets is beyond shameful.“The CFTC’s failure to regulate aside, this last few months seem to have developed as explained in advance, if not predicted. I did not predict (or expect) the 35% price smash over the last few days of September; but I feel I have explained it adequately. There is no way that one can be invested in a market and not invested at the same time. All you can do is pay your money and take your chances. Risk grows as prices increase, but the structure of the COT is still bullish and not bearish. Maybe that will change in time, but until it does it is reasonable to expect higher prices. And maybe sharply higher prices.”Reader and technical analyst, Scott Pluschau, has a few things to say in his current blog.  His e-mail read “This week’s COT report was an eye-opener in the 10-year treasury futures.”  If you’re interested in this sort of thing, here’s the link to his blog.Here’s a graph that Washington state reader S.A. sent me yesterday.  It looks suspiciously similar to the one that was posted in a zerohedge.com article headlined “Europe’s Scariest Chart” that reader Richard Craggs sent me yesterday.(Click on image to enlarge)Since it’s Tuesday, I have more than the usual number of stories posted, so I hope you have the time to skim them all.“I cannot predict how long policymakers can hold economic Armageddon at bay with spin, money creation, currency swaps, intervention in gold and silver markets, and outright lies.  The onset could be sudden and take place this year, but we shouldn’t underestimate the power of spin over a gullible public that trusts ‘their’ government and fervently believes that Muslim terrorists are out to get them…and that the demise of the Constitution, the product of a eight hundred year struggle that produced Anglo-American civil liberty, is worth the price of ‘safety’. There is no safety in a police state and a debauched currency.  The comfortable world that Americans have known is falling apart at the seams.” – Dr. Paul Craig Roberts…January 6, 2012For the last trading day of the month going into First Notice Day of the February delivery month for gold, I really wasn’t expecting a lot.  With net volume as light as it was, it wasn’t hard for any interested party to knock gold and silver down…and they took the opportunity to do so…although platinum and palladium prices were barely affected.  But, with the January delivery month now off the board, it’s a brand new ball game, so we’ll see how things unfold from here.The preliminary open interest numbers for yesterday showed a decent decline in gold…and a modest increase in silver o.i.  But whatever it means in the grand scheme of things, won’t be know until this Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report.The same can be said for last Friday’s final open interest numbers.  Despite the big rallies in both metals, gold o.i. was down a decent amount…and silver o.i. was basically unchanged.  I was very encouraged by those numbers.As Ted Butler pointed out on Saturday, the configuration of Friday’s COT report for both gold and silver is still very bullish, with lots of room to run to the upside.  But, as per usual, how high the price goes…and how fast this rally unfolds…is 100% dependent on how the traders in the Commercial category respond as the tech funds and small traders place their long positions…and I know that Ted is watching their every movement like a hawk.  So am I.And as you can tell from the gold analysts above, everyone is expecting the prices of both gold and silver to rise significantly in the not-too-distant future.  As of this writing…and according to the netdania.com website…gold is up 11.5% so far this year…and silver is up 22.6%.  If all these predictions turn out to be true, it’s going to a wild year in the precious metals…and all the trials and tribulations from last year will soon be forgotten.  We’ll see.As I mentioned in my first column of 2012…I considered the lows of December 29th to be the bottom for this move down, so the big rallies we’ve experienced over the last month have not come as a real big surprise to me.  It’s what happens from hereon in that I’ll be most interested in.Both gold and silver are up a bit now that London has been open for trading for over two hours.  Gold is up $11 bucks…and silver is up two bits.  Volumes in both metals as of 5:13 a.m. Eastern time are already pretty chunky, so it’s obvious that these rallies…small as they are…are not going unopposed.  It would be my guess that a large percentage of the current volume in each metal, would be of the high-frequency trading variety.That’s all I have for today…and I await the New York open with great interest…but always keeping in mind that “there are no markets anymore, only interventions.”See you tomorrow.last_img read more

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first_imgRecommended Link Take a look at this image. Bet you don’t know what it is… It’s a rare commodity that’s no longer produced in the U.S… but it’s 100% essential to nearly every item used by our military today. And one major country (not North Korea) is about to use it to sabotage the U.S. Armed Forces. When Pentagon officials turn to the only company that can supply this powder, shareholders could multiply their money by 10x or more… Click here to learn how to access the name of this company and its ticker. Rare Refined Powder Can Return 10x More Profits Than Bitcoin? By Justin Spittler, editor, Casey Daily Dispatch Apple just threw out the playbook. The tech giant is going straight to the source to secure one of the world’s most strategic metals. It’s not copper. It’s not gold. It’s not silver… It’s cobalt. Most people don’t even know what cobalt is. But that will soon change. That’s because cobalt has become one of the world’s most sought-after resources. Apple and many other major companies need it to make money. Because of this, Apple’s talking directly with cobalt miners for the first time ever. Bloomberg broke the story yesterday: The iPhone maker is seeking contracts to buy several thousand metric tons of cobalt for five years or longer. This is clearly a big deal for Apple. But this story also has massive implications for everyday investors. I’ll explain why in a second. And I’ll show you how to turn this news into huge profits. But first—why is Apple taking such drastic measures? • In other words, the EV revolution is about to trigger a huge explosion in cobalt demand… However, supplying all this cobalt won’t be easy. There are a couple reasons for this. Number one, about 60% of the world’s cobalt comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). According to the International Speculator team, that’s a major problem: The DRC has been relatively stable for the past 10 to 15 years, but it has a long and recent history of extremely bloody conflict and wars. The DRC is also ground zero for the uproar over “conflict minerals.” This makes cobalt supply extremely susceptible to disruptions in supply. Not only that, cobalt is a byproduct. About 98% of it comes from copper and nickel production. That makes getting a steady supply of cobalt difficult. Louis and his team wrote in a recent issue of International Speculator: This makes for a fairly complex supply chain. And it’s one that’s prone to bottlenecks. In other words, most producers will not mine more to meet rising demand if the price of nickel and/or copper doesn’t justify it. As demand for cobalt is growing faster than for nickel and copper, this increases pressure on cobalt supply. According to Louis, this one-two punch of soaring demand and tight supply will lead to a massive supply crunch. Just look at the chart Louis and his team put together. You can see that the cobalt supply is about to get extremely tight. In fact, Louis and his team project that we could see a massive shortfall by 2025.• That’s why Apple is in direct talk with miners… It can’t afford to not have a dependable cobalt supply. And it’s not the only giant multinational company taking drastic measures, either. BMW is also in the process of locking in a long-term cobalt supply. According to Bloomberg, it’s doing this because it expects its demand for cobalt to “surge 10-fold by the middle of the next decade.” Volkswagen AG and Samsung SDI are also looking to pen long-term cobalt supply contracts. This tells you everything you need to know about where the price of cobalt is headed. Unfortunately, it’s not easy to speculate on cobalt. There’s no cobalt exchange-traded fund (ETF). And there are few cobalt pure plays out there.The good news is that we can help. You see, Louis recently recommended a world-class miner that’s highly leveraged to the price of cobalt. Not only that, this company’s cobalt project is located in the United States. That makes it one of the safer ways to speculate on this megatrend.You can learn more about this company by signing up for International Speculator. Click here for details.Regards, Justin Spittler Tulum, Mexico February 22, 2018 Chart of the Day: The U.S. Dollar’s Demise By Joe Withrow, analyst, Casey Research The U.S. dollar is in a major long-term downtrend… That’s the story of today’s chart, which tracks the U.S. Dollar Index from 1982 to today. As you can see, the U.S. dollar has lost 46% of its value since 1985. And as Casey Report editor E.B. Tucker told his subscribers recently, that’s the big story that the mainstream media refuses to report on. Here’s E.B.: Notice how the dollar moves in broad multi-year cycles. Over time it moves lower. Each rally in strength is weaker than the last, followed by a plunge. We’re already in the early stages of the next plunge. You won’t hear much about this in the mainstream press. That’s not a conspiracy; it’s just not what the financial media does. Once the dollar collapses, they’ll write a story about it. That will be too late to help investors. So how do you protect yourself from the dollar’s demise? As E.B. put it, foreign stocks, gold and silver mining firms, and anything related to hard assets should shine. —Joe Withrow Reader Mailbag Today, a reader tells us how he’s preparing for a market crash: I have a few stocks that I’ve learned about from Casey and Stansberry. I know virtually nothing about investing/speculating, but have put in $17,000 and within a year, have shown $10,000 in profit. I have trailing stop losses on all companies that allow them, and I’m going to sell the companies not allowing them after the next correction comes and the prices rise again. (Most have hit the trailing stop loss, though.) Also, I’m continuing to learn. Trying to “keep it simple, stupid,” but at less than 50% profit a year, I must add other means of gaining, because I’m convinced the crash is going to be catastrophic to at least the US economy. Thanks a million for all you’re providing. And don’t take any wooden nickels! Wait… take them! They’re more valuable than the paper! – Jimmy To help all of our readers prepare and profit during a market crash, we just put together a comprehensive report that’s loaded with tips and strategies from the analysts across our business. It’s been popular with our readers so far, and we hope it can help you, too. Click here to download for free. Also, we’d love to hear your thoughts on where you think the market’s headed over the next few months. If you have five minutes, please take this survey we just put together. Your answers will help us find the most compelling investment ideas to share with you, and help improve our services. In Case You Missed It… With the flick of a switch… Beijing could cut the U.S. military down to its knees. At a recent Senate hearing, CIA director Mike Pompeo admitted China’s control of the technology behind this “kill switch” is “a very real concern.” But there’s one company outside of China that could resupply our troops with this key material if that happens. And now, this company is expected to surge 1,127% in the coming months. Click here to learn more. • Cobalt is a key ingredient in lithium-ion batteries… These are the batteries that power iPhones and every other smartphone on the planet. Because of this, smartphones account for about a quarter of all global cobalt demand. But Apple and other companies like it have been buying massive amounts of cobalt for years. So why is Apple doing this now? Simple. It’s worried about a cobalt supply crunch. • You see, cobalt demand has shot through the roof… Cobalt consumption has spiked 13% since 2013… and it is expected to increase another 30% by 2020. We’ve seen this massive surge in demand for a simple reason: electric vehicles (EVs). EVs, as you probably know, aren’t like traditional vehicles. They run on electricity instead of gasoline. Not long ago, the market for these vehicles hardly existed. There were just a few hundred EVs in the entire world. Today, it’s a much different story. As I’ve shown you many times over the past few months, the market for EVs is exploding. It’s one of the world’s biggest megatrends. And now, the EV revolution has forced Apple’s hand.• EVs use lithium-ion batteries, too… But here’s the thing: EVs require far more cobalt than smartphones. In fact, the typical 60-kilowatt EV car battery contains around eight kilograms (18 pounds) of cobalt. Using that number, International Speculator editor Louis James estimates that the EV market could use around 78,400 tonnes of cobalt by 2025. That’s 19 times more cobalt than what was consumed in all of 2016.center_img Recommended Link Congress Expected to Tweak Title 49 of U.S. Legal Code—Accelerates Rollout of Revolutionary New Car – According to estimates by Deloitte, this could cause a $2 trillion shift within America’s auto industry. – Business Insider: We could see 10 million of these cars on the roads by 2020. That would represent a 49,000% spike. – For the full details on this breaking story, click here. — —last_img read more

Dr Abdulkadir Abdirahman Adan who is from Somali

first_imgDr. Abdulkadir Abdirahman Adan, who is from Somalia, trained as a dentist in Pakistan. When he returned to Mogadishu, in 2006 to begin practicing, he was distressed by what he saw: People getting hurt or killed near his office in Bakara Market, the result of a long-running civil war in his country.”The people were using wheelbarrows for taking victims to the hospital. Even pregnant [women] were taken in wheelbarrows to the hospital,” he says.”I asked myself, ‘What can I do?’ I decided to start my own ambulance, a free ambulance,” he says.He called it Aamin Ambulance. (“Aamin” is Somali for “faithful.”)At first, the health workers treated people who were hurt in accidents or the ongoing violence. The organization now helps treat and transport pregnant women and patients with chronic illnesses – anyone who needs to go to a hospital. People in Mogadishu dial 999 to reach a dispatcher.But after 12 years, Adan, age 45, says Aamin Ambulance is in financial trouble. The service is funded by donations, and donations have not been enough to keep up with the services Aamin Ambulance provides. Adan says he spent $4,200 of his own money for the organization’s first ambulance, and Aamin grew as he solicited donations from businessmen, family, friends – even his own students.The United Nations Development Programme has donated walkie-talkies, he says.He says his service is the only ambulance in Mogadishu, a city of 2 million, that’s free. Currently there are 16 ambulances, but Aamin can only afford to operate 10 of them.”We will not close completely, but I think we will reduce the number of ambulances,” he says. “We will reduce the number of staff, we will reduce the time and hours of paramedics, and so on.”Aamin Ambulance staff can be the first to respond to an emergency. A year ago, a truck explosion attributed to al-Shabab killed more than 500 people and injured hundreds more. Adan, who sometimes drives an ambulance or serves as a paramedic, says he was one of the first people on the scene, where he saw “a lot of cars burning, collapsing buildings, and many people crying and saying, ‘Can you help us?'””We transported more than 250 people, and almost 80 dead bodies,” Adan says, adding that while the city has been relatively calm in recent months, an attack “can happen at any time.”Apart from the service provided at times of violence, Adan worries that if Aamin Ambulance is forced to reduce its operations further, people could die even when they need more routine care.”If they don’t get early response like an ambulance, they will be at risk,” Adan says. He adds that while some private hospitals may have ambulances, they can be difficult to access and cost money that patients may not have.”The only hope they have is the [free] ambulance,” he says.Adan says it costs thousands of dollars a month to run Aamin Ambulance, and that with more money, he could run all 16 ambulances. He sometimes takes donations in the form of fuel or tires to keep the organization running.And he chips in as well. “Before I pay my bill to the house,” says Adan, “I first pay to the ambulance.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

A note from the editor For nine years Disability

first_imgA note from the editor:For nine years, Disability News Service has survived largely through the support of a small number of disability organisations – most of them user-led – that have subscribed to its weekly supply of news stories. That support has been incredibly valuable but is no longer enough to keep DNS financially viable. For this reason, please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please remember that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring, and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… Labour’s shadow chancellor has described the UK government’s decision to co-host a Global Disability Summit – less than a year after its record on disability rights was dismantled by the United Nations – as “the height of hypocrisy”.John McDonnell, a long-standing supporter of the disabled people’s anti-cuts movement, was speaking to Disability News Service (DNS) after addressing a rival grassroots summit organised by Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) in Stratford, east London.He said the government’s summit was an attempt to show that they were world leaders in disability rights “when they are clearly not”, but also “trying to argue that they could somehow influence or teach other countries how to treat fairly and equally disabled people”, which was “just outrageous.”McDonnell (pictured, outside the summit) said disabled people and their allies had worked hard to ensure that the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities had “the fullest information to be able to assess the government’s performance on its policies towards disabled people”.The result, last September, was “an outright condemnation of the role that the government has played”.He added: “It was the height of hypocrisy then for them to host this event.”He said the summit could have been so much more successful if there had been an “honest discussion about what’s happened to disabled people across the globe but also learning the lessons of what’s gone wrong in this country, and the lessons of what’s gone wrong are that disabled people have born the brunt of austerity”.He added: “If what came out of this summit was the admission by the UK government of their mistakes, at least something would come out of it. I doubt that that would happen.”He also said – as he has stressed previously – that he wants DPAC and other disabled people’s groups “to set the agenda for Labour when we go into power”.He told DPAC’s International Deaf and Disabled People’s Solidarity Summit that a Labour government’s policies would be based on the motto of the disabled people’s movement: “nothing about us without us”.He said: “This is not just an open door. It is a solid invitation: when we go into government, you all go into government.”The DPAC summit had heard from representatives of disabled people’s organisations in four countries – Bolivia, Greece, Malaysia and Uganda – each of whom described how they had fought oppression and discrimination (see separate story).last_img read more

Bernie Sanders Has Named a Bill After Jeff Bezos

first_img –shares Bernie Sanders Has Named a Bill After Jeff Bezos Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Amazon Add to Queue 3 min read Nina Zipkin Next Article Entrepreneur Staffcenter_img It’s called the Stop Bad Employers by Zeroing Out Subsidies (BEZOS) Act. September 5, 2018 Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. This story originally published on Aug. 30, 2018.Sen. Bernie Sanders is taking a closer look at how big corporations treat their workers, especially ones overseen by billionaires such as Amazon and Walmart. Here is what you need to know about the conflict between Jeff Bezos’s ecommerce empire and the senator who has built his platform on issues of economic equality.Sanders’s inquiryThe senator from Vermont posted a form on his website asking Amazon employees to share their experience of working for the company, particularly if they used public assistance programs.Sanders invoked Jeff Bezos in the explanation for why he was seeking these accounts, writing on his website, “Amazon is one of the wealthiest corporations in the world, and its owner, Jeff Bezos, is the richest man on the planet, worth over $155 billion. Despite this, Bezos continues to pay many thousands of his Amazon employees wages that are so low that they are forced to depend on taxpayer-funded programs.”While Amazon encouraged its employees to “to tell Senator Sanders their truth,” the company’s leadership also took issue with Sanders’s characterization of the fulfillment center working conditions, saying that the senator was making “misleading accusations.”Amazon’s responseIn a blog post addressing the inquiry, the company claimed that Sanders had not toured a fulfillment center despite invitations to do so.The post also included details about the company’s payment and benefits package, writing that the company created more than 130,000 jobs in the last year. ”Sanders claims that Amazon’s median U.S. salary is $28,446, despite the fact that we’ve made clear that this number is global and includes part-time employees,” the company wrote. “In fact, the median U.S. salary for full-time Amazon employees is $34,123. We encourage anyone to compare our pay and benefits to other retailers.”The post also criticized Sanders’s use of the term “food stamps” when referring to SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), in part because the lexicon had been phased out in recent years and because those who were participating in the program included “people who only worked for Amazon for a short period of time and/or chose to work part-time — both of these groups would almost certainly qualify for SNAP.”Sanders’s legislationSanders and Rep. Ro Khanna on Sept. 5 introduced a piece of legislation called Stop Bad Employers by Zeroing Out Subsidies, or the Stop BEZOS Act.At the top of a press conference with Khanna, Sanders referenced Bezos, noting his net worth of $168 billion and that since the start of 2018, the Amazon founder’s wealth has increased by about $260 million daily, and proceeded to read from some of responses his office solicited from former and current Amazon employees who were participating in programs such as SNAP, Medicaid and subsidized housing.Sanders said the aim of the legislation was created to “have Mr. Bezos and the Walton family of Walmart and other billionaires get off of welfare and start paying their workers a living wage.” He added, “Specifically, this bill would establish 100 percent tax on corporations with 500 or more employees equal to the amount of federal benefits received by their low-wage workers.” Register Now » Image credit: Juli Hansen | Shutterstock Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture.last_img read more

McDonalds Could Fetch Up to 3 Billion for China and Hong Kong

first_img June 22, 2016 Add to Queue McDonald’s Could Fetch Up to $3 Billion for China and Hong Kong Stores This story originally appeared on Reuters Image credit: Reuters | Tyrone Siu Next Article Reuters 4 min readcenter_img McDonald’s –shares McDonald’s Corp. has received more than half a dozen bids for its China and Hong Kong stores, including offers from Beijing Tourism Group, Sanpower and ChemChina, in an auction that could fetch up to $3 billion, people familiar with the matter said.Buyout firms including Bain Capital, TPG Capital and Carlyle Group too are participating in the auction with a view to teaming up with Chinese strategic bidders, they said.The U.S. fast food company had announced in March it was reorganizing its Asian operations by bringing in partners who would own the restaurants within a franchise business. Competitor Yum Brands is also restructuring its China operations by spinning it off ahead of a likely IPO next year.The planned sale of China units by McDonald’s and Yum indicates they are seeking local partners who could help ward off growing competition from domestic rivals and also better manage public perception in the wake of food-safety scares that hit the two fast-food giants in the last few years.”Given the difficulties Western chains have had recently with public perception, local players have become a serious competitive threat,” said Elizabeth Friend, consumer foodservice analyst at Euromonitor International.Oak Brook, Ill.-based McDonald’s has hired Morgan Stanley to run the sale of about 2,800 restaurants in China, Hong Kong and South Korea, Reuters previously reported. The sale in South Korea is being run separately and it was not known if the same parties have expressed interest in that sale, the people added.As part of the deal, McDonald’s is offering a 20-year master franchise agreement to buyers, with an option to extend it by another 10 years.It has stipulated that private equity firms remain a minority partner in any bidding consortium, restrictions that discouraged some buyout funds from participating in the auction, the people added.Among those who were preparing to place first-round bids ahead of the June 20 deadline were Beijing Capital Agribusiness Group, which is McDonald’s current China partner, and GreenTree Hospitality, the people added. It was not immediately clear if they made the bids.McDonald’s will now draw up a shortlist of bidders for the next round in the coming weeks.Volatile EarningsMcDonald’s does not break out country-by-country revenue details but industry data shows it is China’s number-two fast food chain behind Yum, which operates the KFC and Pizza Hut chains.McDonald’s China and Hong Kong business posted about $200 million in earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation for fiscal 2016, and could be sold for about 15 to16 times its core earnings, taking the deal value to about $3 billion, one of the people said.But the earnings have been volatile, jumping from $65 million for 2015, which is likely to weigh on how some of the suitors could value the business, the people added. Some sources said the sale is likely to fetch around $2 billion.Officials at China National Chemical Corp. and technology and real estate firm Sanpower were not immediately available to comment, while Beijing Tourism said it did not know about the matter. An official at Beijing Capital Agribusiness said the company did not participate in the bidding. A spokeswoman for GreenTree said the company was not bidding currently.Bain, Carlyle and TPG declined to comment. The sources declined to be identified as the sale process is confidential.A McDonald’s spokeswoman said the company was “making progress” in the sale process. “As no decisions have been made, it would be premature to speculate further,” she said in an email.(Reporting by Denny Thomas and Saeed Azhar; Additional reporting by Tris Pan and Lindsy Long in HONG KONG; Editing by Stephen Coates and Muralikumar Anantharaman) Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more

Duration of thrombectomies proves crucial in success of the procedure

first_img Source:http://www.musc.edu/ Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Apr 15 2019The “Stroke Belt” refers to the swath of states in the Southeast where rates of stroke death are high, and according to the Department of Health and Environmental Control, South Carolina comes in at number six for the nation’s highest rates of stroke death.A stroke occurs when blood flow to a particular area of the brain is cut off, which could be due to a clot, a blood vessel leak or the bursting of a brain aneurysm. Without enough oxygen, the cells in that part of the brain begin to die and can leave behind motor and cognitive deficits.But while a stroke can be caused by vessel blockages or bleeding into the brain, the most common form is ischemic, meaning it is caused by a clot rather than a bleed, and is responsible for 87% of all strokes, according to the National Stroke Association.Timely removal of the blockage is vital when treating a stroke, and while the acceptable time to treatment has slowly lengthened with more effective thrombectomy techniques, physicians and surgeons must still act within 24 hours of the onset of stroke. Researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) report in a recent paper in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology that the current standard of care for stroke should also factor in procedure time when considering surgical intervention.”People will try once to remove the clot,” said Ali Alawieh, M.D, Ph.D., neurosurgery researcher at MUSC who worked on the study under the direction of MUSC’s Division of Neuroendovascular Surgery Director Alejandro Spiotta, M.D. “They’ll then try two, three and even four times or more hoping for a successful attempt. The idea of the paper is to quantify that, to look for a limit where you start doing more harm than good.”By studying the number of attempts and the amount of time spent performing procedures, this team of researchers concluded that the likelihood of completing an endovascular thrombectomy without significantly increasing the risk for the patient decreases dramatically after the first 30-60 minutes, depending on the technique used.Endovascular thrombectomies are performed using either stent retrievers or aspiration thrombectomy (ADAPT). By comparing both techniques, Alawieh and Spiotta found that the most important detail to consider was the time spent manipulating the vessel. Conducting the procedure with an SR means it takes the surgeon longer to get to the vessel than with ADAPT, but the factor that influences patient outcomes is the amount of time needed once the surgical team reaches the clot. Using SRs, the golden time for the procedure is at the hour mark, and using ADAPT, it is a half-hour.Related StoriesResearchers report how a popular antidepressant drug could rewire the brainSugary drinks linked to cancer finds studyNew protein target for deadly ovarian cancer”We had noticed this trend at MUSC, but we wanted to know if it extended nationally,” said Alawieh. “As it turns out, it does. After that 30- to 60-minute mark, depending on the procedure, surgeons should pause and reassess if the procedure is worth continuing.”Prior studies have shown that extending the duration of mechanical thrombectomies past 60 minutes, and more recently past 35 minutes, decreases the chance a patient will show few-to-no neurological disabilities after 90 days and increases the chance of a postprocedural hemorrhage. This study supports those findings at a multicenter national level and shows complication rates increase by the minute and were not dependent on the treatment center.Because they are in the Stroke Belt, physicians at MUSC perform some of the largest numbers of endovascular thrombectomies in the country, totaling over 200 procedures a year. Endovascular thrombectomy remains an important area of study with guidelines changing every year, and surgical teams at MUSC have already begun contributing to and incorporating the new guidelines into their surgeries.If a procedure is taking longer than the intended 30 to 60 minutes and a surgeon decides not to continue with the endovascular thrombectomy, the patient will be treated using medical intervention. While rates of positive outcomes are highest with successful surgical intervention, patients may still recover some of the deficits with medical management.This work involved a collaboration between MUSC and other centers across the country who are part of the Stroke Thrombectomy and Aneurysm Registry (STAR), a collaborative effort coordinated and initiated by MUSC to monitor outcomes in stroke patients nationally. To date, there are more than 12 centers across the U.S.”Stroke intervention procedures have improved dramatically in recent years, and they are so effective in helping patients, that it’s difficult for the physician to give up on a procedure when it’s not successful,” said Spiotta. “The major impact of this work is that it provides a potential stopping point for surgeons where the procedure can cause more harm than good.”last_img read more

UK lawmaker Facebook misled Parliament over data leak risk

Citation: UK lawmaker: Facebook misled Parliament over data leak risk (2018, March 18) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-uk-lawmaker-facebook-misled-parliament.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Facebook accused of inaction over Russian ads in Brexit vote A British lawmaker accused Facebook on Sunday of misleading officials by downplaying the risk of users’ data being shared without their consent, after a former employee of data firm Cambridge Analytica says his company harvested information from 50 million Facebook users. Conservative legislator Damian Collins, who heads the British Parliament’s media committee, said he would ask Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg or another Facebook executive to appear before his panel, which is investigating disinformation and “fake news.”Collins said Facebook has “consistently understated” the risk of data leaks and gave misleading answers to the committee.”Someone has to take responsibility for this,” he said. “It’s time for Mark Zuckerberg to stop hiding behind his Facebook page.”Collins also accused the head of the U.K.-based data firm Cambridge Analytica, Alexander Nix, of lying. Nix told the committee last month that his firm had not received data from a researcher accused of obtaining millions of Facebook users’ personal information.Facebook suspended Cambridge Analytica, which is best known for working on President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, on Friday over allegations it retained improperly obtained user data after claiming it had deleted the information.Former Cambridge Analytica employee Chris Wylie said that the company obtained information from 50 million Facebook users, using it to build psychological profiles so voters could be targeted with ads and stories.Wylie told Britain’s Channel 4 news that the company was able to amass a huge database very quickly from an app developed by an academic that vacuumed up data from Facebook users who agreed to fill out a survey, as well as their friends and contacts—a process of which most were unaware.”Imagine I go and ask you: I say, ‘Hey, if I give you a dollar, two dollars, could you fill up this survey for me, just do it on this app’, and you say, ‘Fine,'” He said. “I don’t just capture what your responses are, I capture all of the information about you from Facebook. But also this app then crawls through your social network and captures all of that data also.”Wylie said that allowed the company to get roughly “50 million plus” Facebook records in several months and he criticized Facebook for facilitating the process.”Why Facebook didn’t make more inquiries when they started seeing that, you know, tens of millions of records were being pulled this way, I don’t know,” he said.Lawmaker Collins said he would summon Nix to reappear before the Parliament committee.”It seems clear that he has deliberately misled the committee and Parliament by giving false statements,” Collins said. read more