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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Nanny For Twin Babies In WilmingtonFull-Time Advanced Software Engineer at SymboticFull-Time Marketing Communications Manager at Locus RoboticsFull-Time Product Owner at UniFirstFull-Time Merchandiser at Frito LayFull-Time Human Resources Coordinator at SymboticFull-Time Executive Management Trainee at NAPA Auto PartsFull-Time Sales Manager Trainee at NAPA Auto PartsFull-Time 1:1 Educational Assistant at Wilmington Middle SchoolFull-Time Long-Term Math Substitute at Wilmington Middle School(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 4, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

The Undertaker defeats Goldberg at WWE SuperShowDown but fans term it the

first_imgUndertaker and Goldberg had a forgettable matchIf The Undertaker and Goldberg had a match 15 years ago, it would have been the most keenly anticipated contest in the wrestling world. But now, with both wrestlers on the wrong side of 50 and out of action for a long time, their first-ever contest in WWE turned out to be a fest of botches and barely-executed manoeuvres.This painful display of these two legends trying to extract the very last few drops of wrestling left in them left the fans watching around the world feel a great deal of anguish. Many vented their disappointment on social media while some outrightly ridiculed the contest.Highlights from The Undertaker vs Goldberg #WWESSD #WWE pic.twitter.com/P8rvs58IXK— Mordis Gooner ? (@maldivesgooner) June 7, 2019Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter TwitterOne term that came to be used very commonly on Twitter was ‘worst match.’ For some, it was the worst match of the year while some thought it was the worst match the two had competed in during the course of their entire career.To be fair to the two performers, they did try their best. Goldberg, whose previous run with the company produced only very short matches, did much more in this contest and used moves other than the ‘Spear’ and ‘Jackhammer.’ Undertaker too, tried his absolute best in living up to the expectations. But the fact that they are beyond the age where they can produce great matches was clearly visible. Pulling off their signature moves seemed much too hard for them. Goldberg even came dangerously close to suffering a serious neck injury when Undertaker performed his finisher, Tombstone Piledriver. The fact that the contest ended with a chokeslam from the Deadman where he could barely raise his opponent was rather apt.Hopefully, WWE and its boss Vince McMahon would have enough respect and concern for these two legends to not put them through another such contest. If they still compete, it should be against a younger wrestler who can work a good match against these legends. But the best option would be to let these wrestlers remain in retirement and let their aura remain undiminished.last_img read more

Jesse Had Found God All Along on Preacher

first_img We should have known the show had something like this planned. Given the apparent throwaway joke scene’s prevalence in the opening credits of this season, it had to be more important than we gave it credit for. It’s an effective way to make us feel Jesse’s frustration upon finding out that he’d found God on his first night in New Orleans. Now, the only question is why was God acting as an S&M latex dog for people to do with as they pleased in the back room of a bar?It’ll probably be a while before we get an answer to that question. Jesse’s search for God is what drives the story, but the show never lets us know why the search is so important. This episode begins to hint that Jesse isn’t entirely sure either. While that has some interesting implications for his character, it’s not great for building drama in a season that appears to be meandering toward its conclusion. There’s been some fun to be had in the second half of this season, but I wish the characters would do something already. Fortunately, that seemed to be part of the point of this episode. With only two hours of the season left, it’s about time something got the show back on track.Starr’s plan is laid out for Featherstone and Hoover, and since he killed his boss on his first day, there’s no one to stop him. He wants to replace Humperdoo with Jesse as the Messiah, and we finally know why. He wants to control people, and that will be much easier to do if the Messiah isn’t an inbred imbecile who pees on people. Most of his story this episode is spent trying to convince Jesse to join him. For a minute, it seems like he might. Starr has all of Heaven’s reel-to-reel recordings of Jesse’s prayers. (The angels decided to start keeping backups in case God missed anything.) It’s a clever idea, and it’s used to great effect by the end. Starr spent most of the comics being utterly humiliated by Jesse and others, so it’s nice to see the TV show carry that on. There’s something extra fun about watching him order Jesse’s execution while being compelled to shove prayer tapes up his ass.Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer, Pip Torrens as Herr Starr (Photo Credit: Michele K. Short/AMC/Sony Pictures Television)Of course, what ultimately makes Jesse decide not to join Starr is the final prayer he plays. The one where he thanked God for killing his dad and bringing him to his mom’s family. In a flashback, we find out that prayer was made under duress. His grandmother locked him in an airtight container and held him underwater until he renounced his last name. While the motivations behind the act were simpler in the comics, it’s still a scary panel-perfect recreation of the scene. This is probably setting up for next season, more than anything else though. With only two episodes left, and the Saint of Killers now on the loose again, it wouldn’t make sense to head for Angelville just yet.Speaking of the Saint of Killers, Tulip’s part of the episode didn’t make a ton of sense, but at least it’s an improvement on the PTSD plot. After the opening credits, the first thing we see is her and Jesse having the armored truck pulled out of the swamp. They open it up, and the Saint has seemingly escaped. Apparently, the show decided we didn’t need to see Tulip confront Jesse about leaving the Saint of Killers alive. She appears to understand that he had reasons for doing it, even if she doesn’t particularly like the idea. Nobody is particularly scared or even all that affected by the news that the Saint could still be out there. Tulip and Cassidy reason that the Saint would probably just be after Jesse, who can handle himself. But then why spend so much time on her PTSD? It feels like the show really didn’t know what to do with Tulip after Victor was taken care of. As a result, one of the coolest characters from season one has turned into one of season two’s most ineffective.Lara Featherstone (Julie Ann Emery) and Tulip O’Hare (Ruth Negga) (Photo by Michele K. Short/AMC/Sony)Though Tulip’s story didn’t go much of anywhere this week, it at least gave us some interesting information about the Saint of Killers. Specifically, his guns can’t be fired by anyone but him, and they can’t be melted. Even after spending some time in the fire, they’re cool enough to touch. In the end, Tulip deals with the problem by sending the guns to Brazil. That will probably have some darkly funny consequences down the road, but we’ll have to wait to see what they are. It makes sense that the Saint’s guns are indestructible, and fleshes out the character a little bit. He is a saint, of course, his tools have some kind of holy power. Now that they’re on their way to Brazil, we’ll see what he’s capable of without them. As the episode ends, we learn that The Grail had swapped out the armored trucks. They had the one with the Saint in it the whole time. And since Jesse forced Starr to shove tape up his butt, they let him out.For an episode that was all about setting up for the last two hours of the season, Preacher managed to make all that set-up pretty fun. Denis is much darker than Cassidy expected, and may end up being more evil than he can handle. Cassidy is disturbed by Denis’ suggestion that he just take Tulip if he wants her. He’s going to have to deal with his evil vampire son before the season’s out.Finally, the Hell subplot continues to be a highlight. It wasn’t in the comics at all, but the oppressive tone mixed with goofy humor fits the series so well. We got to see Hitler’s worst memory, which according to him is the last day he was a good person. It was the day an art professor rejected his work, his girlfriend left him because he refused to stand up to violent communist demonstrators, and a Jewish man got the last plum cake. It’s just the right blend of funny and deeply uncomfortable that Preacher pulls off so well. Because of a series of very minor setbacks, Hitler committed genocide and started a world war. It’s making Hitler out to be a sympathetic character, which immediately makes you feel icky. That’s almost certainly what the show’s going for, but I’m going to guess that Hitler won’t be so sympathetic by the end of the season. As he and Eugene go into The Hole in search of a backdoor, he clearly has his own motives. Maybe he wants to escape Hell and Eugene is his way out? As Tyler says, “Everyone knows you can’t trust Hitler.”Ian Colletti as Eugene (Photo Credit: Michele K. Short/AMC/Sony Pictures Television)While the story is stalling until the final two episode, Preacher at least appeared to find its pace again this week. After a few episodes of wandering aimlessly, it finally has everything it needs to get going again. Jesse has a better idea of where to look for God, the show has a real antagonist, and the Saint of Killers is back to inject some desperately-needed tension back into the show. Not a ton happened for any of the characters this time around, but at least it got the show’s engines started. Just in time, too. With only two weeks left, things are going to have to start happening next week.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. 11 Forgotten Vertigo Comics That Would Make Awesome TV ShowsThe Greatest Romances in Comic Book History Stay on targetlast_img read more

Major fire at garment store in south Kolkata

first_imgKolkata: A major blaze broke out early Sunday at a garment store in the southern part of the city’s Gariahat area, gutting goods worth lakhs and destroying multiple shops next to the building, a senior official of the fire department said. At least 19 fire tenders have been pressed into service to douse the fire that was noticed around 1am at Traders Assembly building, he told PTI. Nobody was injured in the fire, the cause of which was suspected to a transformer blast, the official said. “At the moment, the fire has been brought under control. Our men are fighting tooth and nail to douse it. We are yet to find out the exact reason behind the blaze, but preliminary findings show that transformer blast might have led to it,” the fire department official added.last_img read more

Fielding agents in every booth will be difficult acknowledges CPIM leadership

first_imgKolkata: At a time when the dates of the Lok Sabha polls are likely to be announced anytime, CPI(M) leaders in Bengal have realised that fielding polling agents in every booth will be the toughest job in the 2019 Parliamentary elections.In the recently concluded state committee meeting of the party, Suryakanta Misra has urged the leaders to ensure that all anti-BJP and anti-Trinamool Congress votes in Bengal are consolidated. The party’s politburo member Biman Bose chaired the two-day state committee meeting that began on Thursday. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe leaders, preferring anonymity, said though the party was targeting to consolidate anti-BJP and anti-Trinamool votes, they have understood that it is not possible for the party to field polling agents in more than 30 percent seats. There are around 77,000 polling booths in the state and five party workers are required per booth, which includes a polling agent and an election agent, their relievers and another worker who is kept as a standby. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataParty leaders admitted that after the TMC came to power in 2011, there has been massive erosion in their cadre base. Many party workers did not renew their membership. “Earlier, those who knew the areas were posted in the booths. But over the years, we have lost such cadres and it will be difficult for us to field agents in all the booths,” a senior leader said. The CPI(M) leadership is of the opinion that it will be difficult to form an electoral alliance with the Congress for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. The party had got two seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Mohammad Selim was elected from Raigunj and won by 1,634 votes, while Badrudduja Khan defeated the Congress candidate in Murshidabad and won by 18,453 votes. The Congress will prefer to retain both the seats as Raigunj and Murshidabad are both strongholds of the party. Dipa Das Munshi could not win in 2014 as Trinamool Congress had fielded Sudhir Ranjan Das Munshi, brother of Priya Ranjan, who got 1.92 lakh votes. “We are assessing our own strength and formally there has not been any discussion with the Pradesh Congress till date,” said a leader of the party.last_img read more

Video search specialist Blinkx has acquired online

first_imgVideo search specialist Blinkx has acquired online advertising specialist and digital marketing agency Prime Visibility Media Group (PVMG) for £22.4 million (€26 million).According to Blinkx, the acquisition will enable it to integrate its video search engine with PVMG’s text search platform, tapping into a new audience and delivering TV-style brand advertising to it.Suranga Chandratillake, CEO of Blinkx said: “Online video advertising continues to be the fastest growing format by a significant margin, and is forecast to reach US$3.5 billion (€2.5 billion) over the next three years. Brands continue to move an increasing amount of their TV advertising budgets to online video, but need to be able to reach an audience of equivalent size on the Web. We’re extremely excited about the Acquisition because the integration of our video search engine with PVMG’s text search platform will enable us to tap into a new audience of intent-driven consumers and deliver TV-style brand advertising to them, which gives us the opportunity to expand our customer reach and increase PVMG’s margins over time.”last_img read more

Over half of Russian pay TV operator Tricolor TVs

first_imgOver half of Russian pay TV operator Tricolor TV’s set-top boxes will be supplied by Kaliningrad-based technology provider General Satellite by the end of this year, according to local reports.General Satellite board member Sergei Pimenov told a microelectronics forum in Kaliningrad that over 50% of Tricolor TV’s active set-tops would be supplied by the company by the end of 2012.last_img

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first_img The dollar index closed late on Monday afternoon in New York at 89.12.  From there it ‘rallied’ to its 89.26 high tick of the day, which came shortly after 11:30 a.m. Hong Kong time on their Tuesday morning.  From that point it headed lower, with the decline really picking up steam once the London p.m. gold fix was in at 10 a.m. EST.  But a minute or so before 10:30 a.m. it appeared that ‘gentle hands’ showed up to save the dollar from a full-fledged crash, just as it knifed through the 88.20 level.  The index rallied back to around 88.75, before rolling over a bit into the close.  The index finished the Tuesday session at 88.67—down 45 basis points. Of course you’ll note that the rallies in gold, platinum and palladium all ended at the low tick in the dollar index. Uranium Energy Corp. (NYSE MKT: UEC) is pleased to announce that the final authorization has been granted for production at its Goliad ISR Project in South Texas.  As announced in previous press releases, the Company received all of the required authorizations from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, including an Aquifer Exemption which has now been granted concurrence from EPA Region 6. Amir Adnani, President and CEO, stated, “We are very pleased to have received this final authorization for initiating production at Goliad. Our geological and engineering teams have worked diligently toward achieving this major milestone and are to be truly commended. We are grateful to the EPA for its thorough reviews and for issuing this final concurrence. The Company’s near-term plan is to complete construction at the first production area at Goliad and to greatly increase the throughput of uranium at our centralized Hobson processing plant.” Please contact Investor Relations with questions or to request additional information, info@uraniumenergy.com. And here’s a chart that I ripped out of Mark O’Byrne’s column over at the goldcore.com Internet site yesterday.  It’s headlined “Are Your Savings Safe From Bail-Ins?”  Use the ‘click to enlarge’ feature and look it over.  However, I wouldn’t allow those assigned numbers to give you any comfort, as all the world’s banks are toast on mark-to-market basis, even our beloved Canadian banks.  Mark’s commentary about this is well worth reading—and is linked here.  It also posted in the Critical Reads section as well The rally in platinum was very similar to gold’s rally.  It ended/got capped the same time as gold.  From its high, half its gains disappeared by noon in New York, as platinum finishing the Tuesday session at $1,242 spot, up 14 bucks from Monday’s close. The gold stocks gapped up at the open, hitting their high tick at, or shortly after, the high in gold.  Within half an hour of the high tick, the stocks gave up 2 percent of their gains before chopping sideways in a tight range into the close of trading.  The HUI finished up an even 5 percent. In the last five weeks we’ve had four ‘orphan’ rallies The gold price got sold down within a few bucks of the $1,200 spot price mark early in the Far East trading session on their Tuesday, but began to rally shortly before 2 p.m. Hong Kong time.  That tiny rally took the price back a few bucks above unchanged by 9 a.m. GMT in London.  The real action started the moment that the noon London silver fix was in—and the rally that began at that point got capped/ran out of gas shortly after 10:30 p.m. EST.  From its high tick it got sold down about ten bucks, before chopping sideways into the 5:15 p.m. close of electronic trading. The low and high ticks were reported by the CME Group as $1,199.50 and $1,239.00 in the February contract. Gold was closed in New York yesterday at $1,232.40 spot, up $28.20 on the day—and well of its high.  Volume, net of December and January, was an enormous 252,000 contracts. The CME Daily Delivery Report showed that 1 gold and 72 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the COMEX-approved depositories on Thursday.  The two largest issuers in silver were Canada’s Scotiabank and ABN Amro with 51 and 20 contracts respectively.  HSBC USA and Jefferies were the long/stoppers on 55 and 11 contracts respectively. The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. The CME Preliminary Report for the Tuesday session showed that gold open interest in the December contract dropped by 848 contracts—and now sits at 1,087 contracts left.  In silver, December o.i. declined by only 12 contracts—and the balance outstanding is 575 contracts. After a withdrawal on Monday, an authorize participant added 86,473 troy ounces of gold to GLD yesterday.  And as of 9:28 p.m. yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV. Late last night the folks over at the shortsqueeze.com Internet site updated the short positions for both SLV and GLD for the two week period ending on November 28—and this is what they had to report.  The short position in SLV declined from 17.45 million shares/troy ounces, down to 15.41 million shares/troy ounces—which was a decline of 11.68 percent. In GLD, the short position declined from 1.77 million troy ounces, down to 1.57 million troy ounces.  That was a decline of 11.29%. These very similar declines for the period ending at the close of trading on November 28—were in sharp contrast to the very similar increases in short positions that were posted for the prior reporting period that ended on November 14.  The previous report showed that SLV’s short position increased by 17.53%—and GLD’s short position was up by 17.37%. Much to my surprise, there was another 187,000 silver eagles sold by the U.S. Mint yesterday and, for the second day in a row, there was no gold sold. There was almost no in/out activity in gold over at the COMEX-approved depositories on Monday.  Nothing was reported received—and only 3 kilobars were shipped out—96.450 troy ounces worth. It was busier in silver, of course, as 391,778 troy ounces were received—and 846,875 troy ounces were shipped out the door to parts unknown.  The link to that activity is here. The chart below is one that Nick Laird slid into my in-box just after midnight MST this morning—and its contents don’t require any embellishment by me. Palladium’s rally was a mini version of the other three precious metals—and every attempt to break above the $810 spot mark got turned back.  Palladium closed at $807—up 9 dollars on the day. Once again Brad Robertson sent us the 5-minute tick chart for gold—and you can see the big volume spikes that occurred while yesterday’s rally was underway, with most of the big volume coming between 9:40 and 11:00 a.m. EST in the COMEX session.  Other that that, volume was pretty quiet.  Add two hours for EST—and use the ‘click to enlarge’ feature. The price rally in silver was almost the same as the rally in gold, with the only real difference being the time of the high price tick.  In the case of silver, this occurred shortly after the London close, which came shortly after 11 a.m. in New York. The low and high in silver were recorded as $16.29 and $17.23 in the March contract. Silver finished the Tuesday trading session at $17.105 spot, up 73 cents from Monday’s close.  Net volume was very heavy here as well.  Net of December and January, it was 69,500 contracts. The silver equities rallied until 2:15 p.m. EST, before getting sold down the same 2 percent into the close.  Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed up 5.25 percent. As you can see, the 50-day moving averages in both gold and silver got obliterated to the upside—and platinum also broke through, but with somewhat less authority.  Palladium continues to ‘struggle’ just under its 200-day moving average. As I type this paragraph, the London open is less than ten minutes away—and at the moment, the prices of all four precious metals are up relatively decent amounts from their respective closes in New York yesterday.  Gold volume is just north of 28,000 contracts—and silver’s volume is around 4,600 contracts.  Neither volume is exactly light.  The dollar index, which touched its 88.80 Far East high just before 10 a.m. Hong Kong time, is down 14 basis points from its Tuesday close as of this writing. Since yesterday [at the close of COMEX trading] was the cut-off for this Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report, all of that price/volume activity from Tuesday will be in it.  All that matters—and it’s what Ted and I will both be looking for, is whether or not the ‘Big 8’ traders on the short side in both silver and gold increased their short positions on this rally.  On the surface it’s looked ugly, but the last four weeks of COT Reports have show huge and positive changes, despite the headline numbers.  Ted is hoping we’ll see more of the same in this Friday’s report.  So do I—and so should you! And as I fire today’s effort out the door at 5:25 a.m. EST, I see that the tiny rallies in both gold and silver that developed an hour or so before the London open have reversed themselves—and both precious metals are now down on the day by small amounts.  Gold volume is just over 40,000 contracts, which is quite a bit all things considered—and silver’s volume is getting up there as well, at just over 8,200 contracts. Both platinum and palladium are still up on the day, but also trending lower as of this writing.  The dollar index hasn’t changed much in the last couple of hours—and is down 7 basis points at the moment. I note that crude oil is down $1.20 a barrel—and a new low for this move down. Like yesterday, I won’t hazard a guess as to how the remainder of today’s trading session will unfold and, as usual, nothing will surprise me when I check the charts after rolling out of bed later this morning. See you tomorrow. I have a more reasonable number of stories for you today—and I hope you can find some in here that interest you.  There are two absolute must reads included. Being that futures trading is a zero sum game, the $400 million that the technical funds booked in profits on COMEX silver shorts (so far) was largely lost by the raptors—the Commercial traders other than the ‘Big 8’. Technical funds closed out 22,000 short contracts at a profit—and some, but not all, raptors sold nearly 19,000 long contracts at a loss of close to $400 million. While the large gain will undoubtedly increase the technical funds’ financial war chest, the loss to the 10 or so raptors which sold contracts, is devastating. Because the loss was not only large but concentrated among so few raptors, it’s reasonable to assume the losses have knocked those traders out of the silver game for good. No speculator can lose an amount equal to years’ worth of cumulative gains in any one trade and remain solvent, or continue as if nothing extreme has occurred. Therefore, the relatively few raptors who got caught and sold the 19,000 long contracts in the downdraft from over $17 as recently as Oct 28—to $14 and $15—can no longer be, effectively, in business. It is highly unlikely that these traders will trade silver futures anytime soon. And it’s possible that the large selling by the raptors in gold [last] week may be related to the massive losses of the silver raptors. After all, how hard is it to imagine that the raptors who got caught flat-footed in silver were also long gold futures?  While the losses to the raptors in silver overshadowed what might have been lost on gold longs, what real difference does it make? A trader put out of business by silver losses isn’t going to trade gold as if nothing mattered. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 06 December 2014 Although it was nice to see the precious metals rally, once again there has been absolutely no follow-through in Far East trading, or early London trading this morning.  In the last five weeks we’ve had four ‘orphan’ rallies with no follow through.  All of them can be easily classified as “key reversal” days—and every one has failed.  One wonders what the T.A. gurus have to say for themselves at this juncture. However, having said that, every one of these out-of-the-blue one-day-wonder rallies has resulted in internal structure changes within the Commitment of Traders Reports that, as Ted Butler said on Saturday—“were so extreme as to potentially be a game changers.“ Here are the 6-month charts for all four precious metals, plus WTIC.  Crude oil hit a new intraday low yesterday, but did not close there.last_img read more

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first_imgIt sounded like such a good idea at the time.The year was 2005. Global oil prices were climbing dramatically. Countries in the Caribbean were facing major fuel shortages. Venezuela, one of the world’s largest producers of crude, offered to ease the staggering fuel costs faced by its neighbors. And that’s why Hugo Chavez launched PetroCaribe. He billed it as an “energy alliance” that would spur economic growth and development in the region. The program sent oil to countries in the Caribbean and Central America on extremely generous terms. The PetroCaribe countries essentially only had to pay for half of the fuel up front. Venezuela financed the remainder of the fuel bill at as little as a 1% interest rate for the next 25 years. To sweeten the deal even more Venezuela granted a 24-month grace period before any of those financed payments came due.As oil prices were careening toward $100 a barrel this was incredibly good news for many of these countries. Higher oil costs were driving up prices at the gas pump, causing electricity outages and squeezing their entire economies.On the surface it looked as if Chavez was offering discounted fuel to his neighbors. But that wasn’t the case. The countries were purchasing the oil at the market rate, which was going through the roof. So PetroCaribe only eased the shock of rapidly rising gas prices by allowing countries to pay for the fuel over the next 25 years. But those countries were still on the hook for those $100 barrels of crude. Oil is now trading for roughly $60 a barrel.”PetroCaribe wasn’t so much cheap fuel,” says energy analyst David Goldwyn. “It was cheap money.”Goldwyn is president of an international energy consulting firm, Goldwyn Global Strategies, and a former special envoy for international energy affairs at the U.S. State Department. He’s written several reports on PetroCaribe.”The fuel itself was never discounted. This was a public finance program,” Goldwyn says. In his estimation, what the PetroCaribe countries “got was a loan from Venezuela to buy that fuel over a very long term at a very low rate.”Since the inception of PetroCaribe in 2005, 17 countries took part. They included the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Nicaragua and the tiny island nation of Saint Kitts and Nevis, with a population of just 50,000 people.President Chavez claimed the program would free up government funds for schools, roads and other public infrastructure. His idea was that the money the nations saved by not paying full price up front would be parked in a local PetroCaribe development fund and could be used to finance social programs. Jamaica stashed billions of dollars in fuel savings into a trust that handled the fuel debt payments to Caracas and offered discounted loans for local development projects. The Dominican Republic used PetroCaribe funds to offer subsidized electricity. But with little oversight and oil prices skyrocketing, some other countries used the long-term loans simply to keep gas prices low at the pump. Critics say PetroCaribe suppressed the development of renewable energy, burdened these small nations with billions of dollars in debt – and spurred corruption.Haiti set up a PetroCaribe development fund but legislators now say that $1.7 billion went missing between 2008 and 2016. Questions about corruption in the program led to violent protests this year in Port au Prince and calls for Haiti’s president Jovenel Moïse to resign.Even with the collapse of Venezuela’s economy, including its oil industry, the government claims that PetroCaribe continues in force as a regional energy alliance.But others say the program is basically out of business.”Today the only country that’s receiving crude oil from Venezuela at this type of preferential treatment is Cuba,” says Jorge Piñon, director of the Latin America and Caribbean Energy Program at the University of Texas, Austin.”We know for a fact that none of the Caribbean islands and none of the Central American countries that have been members of PetroCaribe are receiving crude.”There are a several reasons for this. First, Venezuela oil industry is in turmoil. Venezuela’s oil rigs, which had been producing nearly 3 million barrels of crude a day in 2014, are now producing just a fraction of that.”The country with the largest [proven] “largest crude oil reserves in the world” crude oil reserves in the world is producing today less than a million barrels a day,” says Piñon. “So that’s really the biggest challenge for Venezuela [regarding PetroCaribe]. They can no longer provide cheap barrels to a lot of these countries.”Much of the oil that they are extracting is now going straight on to tankers bound for Russia or China to pay off Venezuela’s debts to those countries.In addition to the economic collapse of Venezuela, U.S. sanctions against the country are making it almost impossible to route bank payments to Caracas. So even PetroCaribe countries that are trying to make payments on their oil debt to Venezuela or arrange shipments of more oil at market rates can’t find banks willing to transfer the money. Now that the fuel shipments under PetroCaribe have come to a halt, the lasting legacy of the program is a net negative: many regional governments still owe billions of dollars to Venezuela but can’t even logistically pay because of U.S. sanctions on Venezuelan banks[ because of the bank routing thing?]. Piñon says Cuba is still getting some oil through Petrocaribe and doesn’t have the debt problems because it brokered a deal to pay for its oil by sending doctors to Venezuela. One country did a good job handling the payments. In 2015 the Dominican Republic took advantage of the chaos in Caracas to pay off 4 billion dollars in PetroCaribe debt at a steep discount, by giving Venezuela $1.9 billion in cash.But some of the other PetroCaribe nations still owe Venezuela huge sums of money. David Goldwyn, the international energy consultant, says the relatively cheap access to oil under PetroCaribe left many Caribbean island nations tied to aging, inefficient power plants. And the debt from the program now makes it hard for those countries to finance new, cleaner energy infrastructure — for instance, for solar or natural gas.”They’re not only highly indebted, they’re considered middle income (by international development agencies) because of their small populations,” Goldwyn says. “So now they are really squeezed in terms of the ability to access capital markets to do development. From a fiscal perspective they’ve done themselves in many cases some very significant harm.”From a short-term perspective PetroCaribe eased the shock of wildly fluctuating oil prices for Venezuela’s neighbors. For president Hugo Chavez it won him political friends and allies in the region whose support was particularly helpful to Chavez in getting resolutions passed at the Organization of American States. But Chavez passed away in 2013. PetroCaribe oil shipments started to sputter soon after as Venezuela’s economic collapse deepened. And after years of offering this “cheap” fuel throughout the region, now Venezuela is suffering from major gas shortages at its own pumps. “Right now there is no gas in the country,” says Jose Toro Hardy, an economist in Caracas and a former board member of the Venezuelan state oil company. “In Caracas still there is some gas but if you go to any other state in Venezuela, [there are] lines for two, three, four hours and sometimes days to get some gas. It’s amazing.” Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

ELECTION 2015 Green party faces questions over as

first_imgELECTION 2015: Green party faces questions over assisted suicide backingThe Green party has been asked how it can justify calls for the legalisation of assisted suicide at the same time that it claims to be in favour of implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. 23 April 2015 Election 2015: ‘Jury’ backs Greens, as Tories ignore inviteThe Green party has come out ahead of Labour and the Liberal Democrats after one of the first disability-related hustings of the general election campaign. 3 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: Cameron’s visit from ‘human cost of austerity’ projectA disabled artist-activist’s project to “make visible the human cost of austerity” in the run-up to tomorrow’s general election has visited the prime minister’s constituency, home to one of the most high-profile victims of his government’s austerity programme. 6 May 2015 ELECTION 2015: Golden Paralympian’s concern at government cuts to ‘safety net’A triple-gold medal-winning Paralympian has criticised the government for cutting funding for many disabled people with high support needs. 6 May 2015 ELECTION 2015: Lib Dem president’s bus horror ‘proves need for new law’The disabled president of the Liberal Democrats has complained of her “outrageous” treatment by a conductor who refused to ask a young dad to move his child’s buggy from the wheelchair space on a near-empty London bus. 30 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: UKIP refuses to back right to life, mobility, freedom from torture…UKIP has refused to back key parts of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, including disabled people’s right to life, and their right to freedom from exploitation, violence and abuse. 30 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: Labour promises WCA reform, an end to the bedroom tax… and cutsLabour has published an election manifesto that includes pledges on social care and welfare reform, but offers few new policies on disability rights. 16 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: SNP pledges to block coalition’s PIP and DLA spending cutsThe Scottish National Party has pledged to block plans to cut spending on disability benefits by £3 billion by 2017-18, if enough of its MPs are elected. 23 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: Greens offer five key pledges on social care and benefitsThe Green party have included five key pledges around disability benefits and social care in their manifesto, as well as suggesting sweeping long-term plans to reform the welfare state. 16 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: Coalition has led to in-work ‘discrimination, harassment and hardship’Disabled workers have faced deteriorating attitudes from employers, cuts to their legal protection, and “disintegrating” long-term job prospects under the last four years of the coalition government, according to new research. 30 April 2015 Election 2015: Tories dodge election hustings on disabilityThe Conservative party is refusing to defend its record in government on disability issues, after declining invitations to take part in three national disability-related election hustings. 10 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: Conservatives confirm plans for £12 billion welfare cutsThe Conservative party has made it clear in its election manifesto that it plans to make further sweeping cuts to social security spending, and scrap the Human Rights Act. 16 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: Tories refuse to say which human rights they will dumpThe Conservative party are refusing to say which vital protections they would scrap if they win the election and abolish the Human Rights Act. 23 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: UKIP would scrap WCA, bedroom tax… and care watchdogUKIP’s manifesto has significant policies on out-of-work disability benefits and social care, but offers little to suggest that disability rights would be a priority if the party won power. 16 April 2015 Election 2015: Tories dodge questions over disability benefit cutsThe prime minister has become the third senior Conservative figure in a week to refuse to say in front of television cameras whether his party plans to tax key disability benefits after the general election. 3 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: Bus tour highlights disabled people’s voting powerA five-day bus tour across London has helped raise the profile of disabled people’s potential voting power in next month’s general election. 23 April 2015center_img ELECTION 2015: Lawyers pledge free help for disabled voters on election dayDisabled voters who face polling station barriers at tomorrow’s general election will be able to secure free legal advice that could help them cast their vote. 6 May 2015 ELECTION 2015: Harper suggests backing for mental health treatment sanctionsThe Tory minister for disabled people appears to have accidentally admitted what many disabled activists feared: that a Conservative government would cut the out-of-work benefits of people with mental health conditions if they refused treatment. 30 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: Greens agree to debate their backing for assisted suicideThe Green party has agreed to take part in a public debate with disabled activists on its pledge to legalise assisted suicide. 1 May 2015 ELECTION 2015: Liberal Democrats want BSL recognition and a single assessmentThe Liberal Democrats have published a manifesto which – of the five main parties covering both England and Wales – appears to offer the most extensive series of proposals around disability rights. 16 April 2015 Election 2015: Conservative MP caught out misleading constituents on ILF closureA Conservative election candidate has been caught out misleading disabled constituents about the closure of the Independent Living Fund. 10 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: Labour’s disability manifesto chaosLabour’s launch of its disability manifesto has descended into chaos after major disagreements between a shadow minister and a leading disabled election candidate over how far it would go in government to address disability poverty. 23 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: UKIP’s silence on UN disability conventionUKIP is refusing to say whether it is in favour of key sections of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. 23 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: Plaid Cymru starts planning for more control over benefitsPlaid Cymru wants to develop an employment and social security system that does more to support benefit claimants into work, “dealing with people fairly” and “without the use of sanctions”. 23 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: Charity boss criticised by watchdog over Tory manifesto photoThe disabled head of a disability charity has been criticised by the charities watchdog after a full-page photograph of her was used – with her permission – in the Conservative party’s election manifesto. 17 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: Lib Dem president ‘astonished’ at manifesto’s disability benefits failureThe Liberal Democrats’ disabled president has told Disability News Service she is “astonished” that her party’s planned cuts to social security spending would not exempt all recipients of disability benefits. 23 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: Artist will broadcast her 650 austerity stories on eve of electionIn the last hours before election day, a disabled artist-activist will highlight the impact of government cuts, with a six-hour performance in which the stories of 650 people at austerity’s “sharp end” will be broadcast over the internet. 6 May 2015 ELECTION 2015: Two disabled activists barred from job-sharing MP bidsDisabled activists have been barred from standing as job-share candidates in at least two constituencies in next month’s general election. 15 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: DPOs announce ‘17 policies to reclaim our futures’Four leading disabled people’s organisations have issued a list of 17 policies they want the next government to implement in its first 100 days. 6 May 2015 ELECTION 2015: Greens demand IDS apology for ‘misleading’ voters on benefit deathsTory work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith is facing calls to apologise after he misled voters about sensitive information on benefit-related deaths that was unearthed by Disability News Service. 6 May 2015last_img read more

Developments in assistive technology over the next

first_imgDevelopments in assistive technology over the next few years have the potential to be “truly, truly transformatory” for disabled people, a fringe event at the Conservative party conference heard this week.Neil Heslop, chief executive of the disability charity Leonard Cheshire, who uses assistive technology himself, said that technology was “a massive force for good, if appropriately leveraged”.But he added: “As the economy becomes increasingly digitised, there are risks and dangers for people with disability missing out on those opportunities.”He said that everybody working in technology recognised that it was not perfect and “still has a very, very long way to go” in terms of accessibility.But he said that “the core thesis is that we are as a society at an inflection point and what we do and don’t do now and in a small number of years actually has the potential to be truly, truly transformatory”.The fringe event was hosted by Leonard Cheshire and the technology giant Microsoft.Hector Minto (pictured, second from right), “accessibility evangelist” for Microsoft, said that technology was “reaching further into society than it ever has before”, including the billion disabled people on the planet.He said: “We cannot design society digitally without purposefully including people with disability.“Otherwise we miss the one in seven [people who are disabled], and the price will be high.”Minto said that “every other industrial revolution the world has encountered” had paid a price for having to “add disability later”.He said there was now an opportunity to “wire in accessibility” into what was being done and he pointed to a free plug-in for the widely-available Microsoft PowerPoint software that he then revealed had been producing live subtitles for the meeting.Minto said Microsoft was increasing the number of disabled people it employed because it needed to include them “in our workplace, in our product groups, in our design teams”.And he said the company was also asking its corporate customers around the world to “unlock” the assistive technology that was already built into Microsoft software.Steve Tyler (pictured, far left), director of assistive technology for Leonard Cheshire, told the meeting that support with technology was often available when disabled people were in education or in work.But he said: “What about before you’re in work? That’s the time when you need to engage with technology.“Virtually every job that we do today has an element of technology, and that is increasing as time goes on.“So for me, a key part of what we need to do is invent a new mechanism that allows funding prior to work to engage people in technology and engage them in the learning and training and the use of it.”Hannah Rose (pictured, far right) told the meeting how assistive technology – including the use of speech recognition software, which allows her to dictate into her computer – had helped her pass her GCSEs, A-levels and a degree, after becoming disabled as a teenager.She later secured a job as a vetting officer with Cheshire police, following a work trial, where she has now worked for 10 years.She said: “It gives me that independence to carry out a fulfilling job, like I am serving a purpose, like everybody else in that office.“None of this would have been possible without having that assistive technology.“Without work I would be lost. It’s great to be able to contribute to society like any other person, and without the access to assistive technology this wouldn’t be possible.”The meeting also discussed the wider issue of disability employment.Dave Bracher, campaigns manager for Spinal Injuries Association, said: “There has to be a way of getting the message out there that employers who are not employing disabled people are really missing a trick, because of the skills and qualities that those people bring to the party.“I am not saying that I am any more special than anybody else in the room as an employee but what I am saying is that my experience of spinal cord injury, the year I spent in rehab, the three weeks I spent with locked-in syndrome, communicating by blinking… that gives me skills and qualities that any employer should be looking for.”Sarah Newton (pictured, second from left), minister for disabled people, told the meeting: “It isn’t acceptable that half of people with disabilities who want to work and could work are not in work. That is a lost talent pool for the whole nation.“There’s a lot of talk at this conference and the last conference about post-Brexit Britain and the future of our country after Brexit and one thing for sure is that we need to make sure that we are using all the talents in our nation going forward, and that must mean enabling more of those people to get into work and to thrive in work.”Heslop (pictured, centre) said: “If any large-scale organisation does not have a representative number of people with disabilities in its workforce [which he said was about 19 per cent] and frighteningly few organisations achieve that today, anyone who doesn’t should be dissatisfied and should be committing themselves to creating an inclusive workplace.”He added: “Anyone in a leadership position has to accept [that], and this is true of large charities like ours.“I’m completely dissatisfied with the proportion of disabled people we employ, and we are taking steps to get much better.”Tyler said there was “scary but increasing evidence” that employers were looking at people’s social media profiles at the earliest stages of recruitment and if they saw that those people were disabled they “are rejected before they even get in the door”.He said: “We need to find ways through technology of highlighting/flagging/preventing that kind of stuff from happening.” A note from the editor: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 note 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…last_img read more

Its Time to Stop It With the Terrible Passwords

first_img Image credit: via PC Mag Ahead of World Password Day, a recent PCMag survey of 1,000 U.S. consumers found that many people are still terrible at creating and securing their passwords. Add to Queue It’s Time to Stop It With the Terrible Passwords –shares Reporter Passwords Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful.center_img 2 min read With World Password Day coming up this Thursday, it’s a good time to audit your password practices.If you base your passwords on easily obtainable personal information, or have a go-to password you use for multiple accounts, it’s time to do better. But rest assured, you’re not the only one who sucks at passwords.A recent PCMag survey of 1,000 U.S. consumers, conducted between April 27 and April 29, revealed that 19 percent use their name or initials in their passwords, a big security no-no. Many others use their wedding date (16 percent), the name of a family member (15 percent), birth year (12 percent), house address (12 percent) or spouse’s personal information (8 percent).Meanwhile, most of us aren’t too savvy when it comes to remembering our passwords, either. Twenty-eight percent of respondents write them down on paper, 17 percent simply remember them by rotating between the same two or three for all their accounts, 12 percent rely on their browser’s auto-fill feature and 7 percent use Google Docs or Notes on their computer or phone.Perhaps worst of all, 9 percent of survey respondents said they use the exact same password for all their accounts.If you can relate, it might be time to consider a password manager. Used by just 13 percent of survey respondents, password managers help you generate and keep track of unique and strong passwords for every secure website. Some of our favorite paid options include: Dashlane, Sticky Password Premium, Keeper Password Manager & Digital Vault and LogMeOnce Password Management Suite Ultimate 5.2 ($39 at LogMeOnce). There’s also plenty of free password managers out there; our favorite is LastPass.Besides helping to secure your accounts, password managers can save you the hassle of getting locked out. Fifty-seven percent of those who use a password manager said they “rarely” get locked out of their accounts. May 2, 2018 This story originally appeared on PCMag Next Article Angela Moscaritolo Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

The Cannapocalypse of Small Brands Is Upon Us But All Is Not

first_img Guest Writer Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read Download Our iOS App May 2, 2019 Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. Image credit: joSon | Getty Images Small Businesses –shares CEO | Founder of Garden Society Erin Gore Add to Queue Dig in now or risk being swept away by the coming corporate tsunami. As cannabis businesses in California and beyond transition to the regulated market, we are seeing the canna-pocalypse of our favorite farms, products, and brands across the industry. The astronomical cost of licensing and compliance, combined with the lack of access to banking and traditional financial services afforded to other small businesses, make financing for growth one of the hardest and most limiting pieces to the puzzle. Hard-working entrepreneurs are also closing down for a multitude of other reasons, including waiting on permits and licenses to ever-changing rules and compliance, and at this stage it’s easy to run out of both time and money.As the “OGs” know all too well, these hurdles are just too high for the many amazing jewels of craft cultivators, innovative medicinal brands, and budding entrepreneurs. Instead, the shelves are becoming awash with well-financed, in-house brands dreamt up in corporate design rooms, plainly capitalizing on the holes created by the pioneers.Related: Pulling the Cork Out of the Processing Bottleneck Slowing the Hemp/CBD BoomStill, I firmly believe all is not lost if those who paved the way can come together as an industry and create the platform to persevere. Cannabis culture was created to heal people, to celebrate the plant and to help our families and communities thrive. This can continue if we can coalesce around four core principles:  Collaboration, not competition, is the key to our future.As more big companies enter the space, and more financing flows into the cannabis industry, the competition for shelf space is only going to get fiercer. It’s impossible to think that any one small business can effectively take on the entire supply chain. This is where the power of partnerships will allow healthy competition on all levels. A key piece of business advice, regardless of your industry, is to ask yourself, “Where do I need help?” and subsequently to also ask, “Where can I be of help to others?”Collaboration can be demonstrated in a variety of ways, such as sharing information on becoming compliant, facilitating introductions to investors, or offering support in a time of crisis. It can also be done in the form of strategic partnerships such as sharing resources through independent contractor or co-employment agreements for brand ambassadors, manufacturing agreements to leverage complementary strengths, or potential cross-promotional opportunities at retailers or in media.Collaboration is a powerful tool, which can propel us collectively through difficult times through a community of support.Related: 5 Ways CEOs Can Empower Teams to Develop Collaborative WorkplacesAuthenticity is our best asset.For those of us who have been paving the way in legal cannabis, going back to the early medical marijuana era, the main difference we bring to the table is authenticity. We took many risks to build our businesses because of our belief in the benefits of this plant for our customers. Brand incubators cannot easily “cook-up” the authenticity that has been the core of our small business since inception. Authenticity establishes trust and connection — key components of brand loyalty that help brands build long-term relationships with customers.We know why craftsmanship is key to a good product but as more products hit the shelves, all at different price points, consumers are likely to become more confused. They may always reach for the lowest priced option, not knowing that the higher priced items are likely more responsibly sourced, and expertly crafted by artisans with a passion and purpose beyond just making money. So state your mission up front. Be clear about your product rationale and the thought that goes into everything you do. Did you start your company based on your own experience? Share this with your customers.Related: The World-Changing Power of Sharing Your StoryEducate the consumer on both the product, and the power of their voice.As most in the industry are aware right now, consumer education is desperately needed. While all cannabis businesses are doing this in some capacity, those of us who have lived and breathed this industry since the beginning have a unique perspective to help consumers learn all they need to know about the plant. We can teach the importance of knowing your farmer, your source and the process by which your chosen product was made.We in the cannabis business can help consumers understand their power to support the artisans and stories that resonate with their heart — not just their pocket book. Educate your consumers on the power of their voice.Related: These 6 Coffee Marketing Tricks Are a Perfect Blend for Your Cannabis BrandDiversify not just to survive but to thrive.It’s important for our cannabis industry to resemble the communities we call home. According to the SBA, small businesses are owned by a diverse group of individuals, from immigrants to multi-generational families, men and women and eight million minorities. Consumers and businesses alike should support under-represented founders and encourage diversity across all channels that include women, LGBTQ community, veterans and people of color. It’s simple: if you’re a consumer, consider brands founded by women. If you’re a distributor, ensure you have an LGBTQ program. If you’re a dispensary, ensure you’re giving veterans affordable options.  The day of reckoning nears, but by thinking ahead and acting thoughtfully — in consideration of others as much as ourselves — we can maintain the character and compassion that makes the cannabis community special. This will also offer the green entrepreneur the courage and chance to succeed, backed by and supportive of others in the community.The time for us to come together has never been more urgent. Free Green Entrepreneur App The Canna-pocalypse of Small Brands Is Upon Us – But All Is Not Lost Next Article last_img read more

Why Apple Will Never Create an iPadMac Hybrid

first_img Add to Queue 2 min read Register Now » Benjamin Snyder Apple CEO Tim Cook is reportedly telling consumers they shouldn’t expect a hybrid iPad and Mac in the future.In an apparent jab at Microsoft’s tablets such as the new Surface Book, Cook told the Irish Independent that Apple users don’t want that type of device.“We feel strongly that customers are not really looking for a converged Mac and iPad,” Cook told the newspaper. “Because what that would wind up doing, or what we’re worried would happen, is that neither experience would be as good as the customer wants. So we want to make the best tablet in the world and the best Mac in the world.”He added, “And putting those two together would not achieve either. You’d begin to compromise in different ways.”His comments come after Cook made remarks about the future of the PC in a recent interview with the Telegraph. “I think if you’re looking at a PC, why would you buy a PC anymore? No really, why would you buy one?” he said. “Yes, the iPad Pro is a replacement for a notebook or a desktop for many, many people. They will start using it and conclude they no longer need to use anything else, other than their phones.”Microsoft declined to comment. Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. November 16, 2015 –shares Apple This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Next Article Why Apple Will Never Create an iPad-Mac Hybridlast_img read more

LinkedIn Awarded Patent for System to Predict How Likely You Are to

first_img LinkedIn Awarded Patent for System to Predict How Likely You Are to Get a Job Add to Queue April 7, 2016 This story originally appeared on Business Insider Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Image credit: Pixabay Biz Carson 80sharescenter_img Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. 2 min read Linkedin Enroll Now for $5 Applying for a job can be anxiety-inducing, but LinkedIn has come up with a way to tell you what your chances of getting a job could be — and what you can do to improve them.A new patent awarded to LinkedIn on Tuesday describes a system that could score your success chances and show your strengths and weaknesses.The LinkedIn system seeks to fix a problem that the company sees in today’s job hunting process: Employers often automatically reject candidates whose experience or education don’t match up exactly to a job listing. But the candidate has no idea why they were rejected.”The user may not be informed about the basis of the rejection. Further, in the case of other users who may be competing for the same requirement, the user may not be informed about the cause,” the patent states.The LinkedIn system is designed to give you that feedback when you apply for a job. LinkedIn could even offer suggestions like taking a professional course or moving to Los Angeles to gain better odds.There’s also a “predicted date of achievement” for how long it would take to get the job offer, according to the patent filing.Talent business boostBecause it’s only a patent there’s no knowing whether success scores will be coming to LinkedIn any time soon. LinkedIn confirmed that the company was awarded a patent, but a spokeswoman reiterated that “patent acquisitions do not necessarily foreshadow new product innovations.”What the feedback for premium subscribers looks like today.For now, premium account holders can already see where they rank when they view a job posting based on their experience and company. That percentage only identifies where a person falls compared to other applicants, but not the likelihood of success or the weaknesses in an application.Offering recommendations, though, could boost part of LinkedIn’s talent business.The company bought Lynda.com, a site filled with online tutorials, and has been trying to turn it into a money maker for the company. Some things, like a move to LA to improve odds, are out of LinkedIn’s hands, but pushing its job training programs could easily fall into LinkedIn’s priorities. Next Article last_img read more

ATT Google Fiber Demands Government Favors

first_imgAT&T September 2, 2016 Tom Brant News reporter Next Article To hear AT&T tell it, Google Fiber has a long history of over-promising, under-delivering and threatening city governments. Image credit: Google via PC Mag In a strongly-worded memo posted to its website this week, AT&T accused Google’s Fiber division of seeking government favors and failing to follow through on its plans to offer high-speed broadband and wireless Internet.”Instead of playing by the same rules as everyone else building infrastructure, Google Fiber demands special treatment and indeed in some places is getting it, unfairly,” AT&T Vice President Joan Marsh wrote. She offered a list of several missteps since Google joined the ISP business nearly ten years ago as evidence that the tech company can’t deliver on its promises. Those missteps include the planned rollout of gigabits-per-second public Wi-Fi, which largely fizzled after Google announced it in 2007. The company is once again revisiting that proposal, though, as it seeks cheaper alternatives to installing fiber cables and other infrastructure.AT&T and other ISPs, of course, are facing the same challenges. But cooperation seems to be out of the question: AT&T is using lawsuits and other tactics to hinder Google Fiber’s expansion. Ultimatley, Marsh said her company is in a better position to invest in and deliver fiber-based broadband.”Between 2011 and 2015, while Google Fiber was cutting its teeth on fiber, AT&T invested over $140B in its network, building to over one million route miles of fiber globally and deploying ultra-high-speed fiber-fed GigaPower broadband services, reaching over a hundred cities,” she said.Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment on AT&T’s accusations. But notwithstanding their incendiary tone, they are well-timed: rumors have been flying in recent weeks that Google’s Fiber division is struggling. In addition to seeking cheaper wireless alternatives in its quest to serve 5 million customers by the end of the decade, it is reportedly cutting its staff in half as it looks to reduce costs. –sharescenter_img AT&T: Google Fiber Demands Government Favors Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Add to Queue Register Now » This story originally appeared on PCMag 2 min readlast_img read more

MarTech Interview with Agustin Esperon CoFounder at Wideo

first_img Agustin Esperon is the Co-Founder and Head of UX/Design at Wideo, an online platform that allows anyone without any previous video or animation knowledge to create video content and presentations easily and quickly. “Video content has changed the way that companies communicate and promote their products and services.” About AgustinAbout WideoAbout Agustin MarTech Interview Series Tell us about your role and journey into Technology. What inspired you to start at Wideo?I’m one of the Co-Founders and Head of UX/Design. As a Graphic Designer and professional motion grapher, I’ve always been around technology. There is always a new tool or plug-in out there that you can use to get better results. Starting a few years ago, with the emergence of new technology startups and companies creating new products, I became interested in the human experience field: user experience and user interfaces.The real inspiration for Wideo came from my Co-Founder, Agu De Marco, who felt the pain we solve in his own business. He needed to create a promotional video for a landing page, but the options were very expensive or time consuming. Back in 2012 (before Wideo’s launch), this was a gap in the market to be filled. There wasn’t any tool or solution to attack this need. So he contacted me because of my experience creating explainer videos, and told me, “We have to create a very easy-to-use and affordable tool for video creation needs.”What is Wideo and how does it fit into a modern Video Marketing Technology stack?Wideo is an online platform that lets anyone without any previous video or animation knowledge to create video content and presentations easily and quickly. Users can create videos from nothing or edit more than 100 ready-made templates; it’s as easy as editing a Prezi or a PowerPoint document.Video content has changed the way that companies communicate and promote their products and services. Every social network has become much more video-friendly. This means that most Marketing Managers and Internal Communication Managers have had to start thinking about their strategies of promotion and communication through video. This change is happening because consumers prefer video as a format to consume information. Nobody has time, or wants to spend a lot of time, reading everything brands have to say or promote in a plain text. The most effective way to capture a consumer’s attention today is now video. This is because, among other reasons, our brain loves motion and multisensorial messages.Wideo allows small businesses and agencies that have low budgets to jump into this new communication paradigm without having to spend tons of money or time.Which businesses are fastest to adoption of Video platforms? How does it impact Branding and Marketing operations?Clearly those businesses with a strong online presence are those that are quickest to adapt to change, such as the surge in video marketing. In more traditional businesses it may take a bit more time; although, for example the real estate market, which is a traditional industry, is strongly adapting video as promotional content.Apart from Content and Social media branding, how can Companies better leverage Wideo for business?There are multiple applications companies find relevant to use Wideos in their daily activities. One is Internal Communications. With Wideo, companies can create more engaging content for their employees, such as weekly news or onboarding videos. They can create learning demo videos for internal and external end users. Wideo can also be used to create beautiful and eye-catching screen presentations to enrich courses, use at events, pitch investors, and much more.In terms of external communications, companies use Wideo mainly to explain their products or services on their landing pages, create promotional videos, and make demo videos to explain how their product works.Tell us more about your product roadmap for Video Marketing? Do you offer Live Streaming solutions? This year we prepared for our biggest challenge we had to face, which is the end of Flash, the technology on which we had based our first video editor.Having already overcome this challenge, we are now focusing on the incorporation of filmed video footage, which is a highly requested feature from our users. We will make it possible to add filmed videos into the video creation process and manipulate the footage as any other object. This will bring many more creative possibilities to our users, such as the ability to make an app screencast appear within the frame of a mobile device to show how the app works while the mobile device is animated. Many other tools let users import filmed videos without the ability to manipulate their sizes or animations. We hope to launch this feature by the end of June 2019.We will also start working on a unique, personalized video alternative by taking advantage of our experience in the industry. We are not currently offering live streaming solutions. Our users can share their videos from their Wideo profiles with our own video player or embed or download the videos to upload to any other website or social media network.What is the relation between Influencing and Brand Loyalty using Video?Our brain loves stories. Humans are emotional beings, and brand loyalty implies that your brand is recognized as the best or one of the best options for a certain need. As a brand, you should make that happen, influence your target audience, and get into their minds. Video is a great option for influence, because with audiovisual content, you’ll attract customer attention (brand awareness), stick out in customers mind (brand recall), and positively influence their perception of the brand’s quality and trustworthiness (brand association).Which brands have managed to successfully transform their brand influencer campaigns using your videos? Many brands have trusted Wideo to generate video content, such as Staples, Sprint, YPF, and OLX.Could you tell about your most outstanding digital campaigns?We are constantly doing ad tests with images versus ads with videos. We always achieve CTRs 4x better average with video than with just images. But, I must emphasize a campaign of retargeting that we did with video offering a special discount for those users who had tried to download their video but had not advanced (in order to download your videos you must subscribe to a plan). With this campaign we achieved a CTR 8x higher than the average of our ads.Which Marketing and Sales Automation tools and technologies do you currently use?We use Intercom to interact with our users through onboarding and nurturing campaigns. We also send special offers and announce new features with this tool. We use Unbounce to create Marketing or Product landing pages and also some of our lead generation landing pages and pop ups. We use Zendesk for customer support and to prospect and send special Sales opportunities to our Sales pipeline in HubSpot.What are your predictions on the most impactful disruptions in Video Creation technology for 2019-2020?I believe that video will continue to be the main communication format for marketers in any industry throughout 2019. Something that has been gaining strength in the world of video is using interactivity and personalized videos. These two trends will likely grow this year.What startups in the technology industry are you watching keenly right now? I’m currently advising Vegunit, a young startup that is creating a consciousness businesses map and a cryptocurrency to be used in a holistic circular economy (yoga and meditation lessons, healthy food and activities, and more). They are creating the MVP and have already received some investment.How do you prepare for an AI-centric world as a Business Leader?Currently, we use tools that include AI. Mainly, we use them in our lead qualification system for both Email Marketing campaigns and running ads on social networks or to improve the onboarding process for users. Every automated process in a SaaS company implies, to some degree, the use of AI. The new technology based on AI is very useful for the optimization of Sales and Marketing processes. We hope to contribute to this process of technological innovation with a powerful tool for automatic and personalized creation of videos. While we still have a long way to go in this field, I believe that the video together with AI will be powerful.How do you inspire your people to work with technology? We don’t really need to inspire our team members too much since they’re already technology fans and love to work on these kinds of products. Most of our team is made up of engineers who have been working in the technology space for many years. We all enjoy using, discovering, and creating tech solutions.One word that best describes how you work.MotivationWhat apps/software/tools can’t you live without?Google Mail, Drive, Docs, Insight Timer (for meditation), Waze, Kindle, Spotify, and Wideo, of course.What’s your smartest work related shortcut or productivity hack?I’ve learned to follow this statement from the book “THE ONE THING”: “What’s the ONE Thing you can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?”What are you currently reading?I’m reading two or three books at a time (very slowly when my kids and work give me some time) and exclusively in digital formats using Kindle. I think we shouldn’t waste trees on making paper anymore. Besides, this digital format gives me the opportunity to do a lot of meta-activities, looking up the meaning of words or finding more information about something I’m reading, highlighting, sharing quotes, etc.Right now I’m reading “The Science of Meditation” by Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson; “Elon Musk” biography by Ashlee Vance and “Mala leche” by Soledad BarrutiWhat’s the best advice you’ve ever received?Be with and aware of your present moment, that’s the only real thing that exists.Something you do better than others – the secret of your success?I try not to lose the “kid’s astonishment” or curiosity spirit that allows me to keep learning with humility. I recently read the book, “Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind” which encourages you to always think like a beginner instead of a master. That puts you in the best seat, which is the learner. When you’re a master, there is nothing left to learn, and for me, that would be the end.Also, I think I’m successful not because of a particular business achievement, but because I (and my entire team) have managed to be the owner of my time, which is the most valuable thing we have from my point of view.Tag the one person (or more) in the industry whose answers to these questions you would love to read:Elon Musk, Jason Fried, Hernan Botbol, and Agu De Marco.Thank you, Agustin! That was fun and hope to see you back on MarTech Series soon. About Wideocenter_img Wideo is an animated online video creation platform that allows you to create, edit, and share videos online for free. Choose (or upload) images, backgrounds, and music to use in order to create your own online video and share it with the world. Make explainer or demo videos, create educational videos, bring animated e-cards to life and lots more. Agustin EsperonAICustomer SupporthubspotinterviewsMarTech InterviewWideoZendesk Previous ArticleResonate Debuts Enhanced Consumer Intelligence Platform, Providing Deeper Understanding of Consumer Buying HabitsNext ArticleOroCommerce Recognized as “Future-Proof” B2B ECommerce Platform MarTech Interview with Agustin Esperon, Co-Founder at Wideo Sudipto Ghosh5 days agoJuly 17, 2019 The MTS Martech Interview Series is a fun Q&A style chat which we really enjoy doing with martech leaders. With inspiration from Lifehacker’s How I work interviews, the MarTech Series Interviews follows a two part format On Marketing Technology, and This Is How I Work. The format was chosen because when we decided to start an interview series with the biggest and brightest minds in martech – we wanted to get insight into two areas … one – their ideas on marketing tech and two – insights into the philosophy and methods that make these leaders tick.last_img read more

Experian Appoints Ek Koh as Senior Vice President of Product Management for

first_img EK KohExperianGlobal Identity & Fraud SolutionsMarketing Technology NewsNews Previous ArticlePeerLogix Awarded Second US Patent That Enables Advertising, Tracking and Analysis of Over-the-Top Consumer Data and HouseholdsNext ArticleFabasoft is a “Strong Performer” for Cloud Content Platforms, Q3 2019 Experian Appoints Ek Koh as Senior Vice President of Product Management for Global Identity & Fraud Solutions PRNewswire4 days agoJuly 19, 2019 Koh Will Lead Experian’s Product Management Team to Continued SuccessExperian announced that EK Koh has joined the company as senior vice president of product management for Global Identity & Fraud Solutions. In his new role, Koh will help Experian achieve its goal to drive growth and become a global leader in identity authentication.“Being able to resolve, identify and accurately recognize customers is the key to many areas of business including fraud prevention,” said Steve Pulley, executive vice president and general manager of Global Identity & Fraud Solutions at Experian. “We are committed to ensuring our solutions help our clients best optimize how they keep their customers safe whilst delivering a great customer experience for them. I’m confident that EK’s product management leadership will be a tremendous asset to our team.”EK brings more than 20 years’ experience in product management leadership. He was most recently chief product officer for LiveRamp, and prior to that chief product officer of Optymyze, where he was responsible for their cloud-based sales performance management solutions. Before Optymyze, he held various product management and marketing roles at other technology firms including IBM.Marketing Technology News: Plyzer Technologies Inc. Signs ISDIN as a New SAAS Customer for Its Plyzer Intelligence Platform“Advances in identity and artificial intelligence technologies enable new ways to authenticate users while improving the user experience,” said Koh. “I’m excited to join Experian to help ensure our products continue to offer the most innovative and best in class solutions.”According to recent research from Experian’s Global Fraud and Identity Report, consumer confidence grew from 43 percent to 74 percent when physical biometrics was used to protect their accounts. The report also found that 74 percent of consumers cited security as the most important aspect of their online experience, whereas 72 percent said they would be willing to go through a more thorough enrolment process at account opening if it meant easier access to their accounts later on.Marketing Technology News: Smart Communications Announces Acquisition of IntelledoxExperian offers identity verification capabilities specifically designed to deliver comprehensive online fraud management that can be deployed quickly, so companies can identify fraudsters better and stop fraud attacks before they happen. All our fraud and identity services are available through the Experian CrossCore platform. The open platform has been designed to help you with the ever-changing, complex and challenging world of fraud prevention.Marketing Technology News: The Keyes Company Adopts New Adwerx Enterprise Automated Retargeting Productlast_img read more

Healthy gut microbiome shown to be important for recovery after heart attack

first_img Source:https://news.wisc.edu/recovering-from-a-heart-attack-hold-the-antibiotics/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 10 2018The community of microorganisms that live in the human gut has been shown to confer all kinds of health benefits. Now, an international team of researchers has shown in mice that a healthy gut microbiome is important for recovery after a heart attack.Writing today (Oct. 8, 2018) in the journal Circulation, a team led by surgeon Patrick Hsieh of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences at Academia Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan, in collaboration with researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, reports on experiments that show mice recovering from heart attacks are more likely to die if treated with antibiotics, a common intervention in hospitalized patients.”This is a new thing to add to the list of potential complications” for recovery from a heart attack, says Timothy Kamp, a UW-Madison professor of medicine and cardiologist who contributed to the new study.It is common, Kamp explains, for hospitalized patients to be dosed with broad spectrum antibiotics to treat a variety of infections, and some of these patients have heart attacks. But antibiotics can be indiscriminate and eliminate not only bad microbial players, but also the microbes we depend on to stay healthy, including the trillions of fungi and bacteria that help make up the gut microbiome.Working in collaboration with microbiome expert and UW-Madison Professor of Bacteriology Federico Rey, Hsieh and Kamp treated mice with antibiotics to deplete the gut microbiome a week prior to experimentally inducing myocardial infarction or heart attack.The depleted microbiome, the team found, tamps down the production of a set of three short-chain fatty acids, which are produced as the gut’s community of microorganism’s metabolizes food and which act as important chemical messengers to the body’s immune system. The diminished response, says Hsieh, “impacts the immune response and the repair response after myocardial infarction.”Related StoriesHeart disease is still the number 1 killer in Australia, according to latest figuresTeam approach to care increases likelihood of surviving refractory cardiogenic shockCutting around 300 calories a day protects the heart even in svelte adultsConversely, when the mouse microbiome is restored through a fecal transplant, the researchers observed an uptick in mouse physiological well-being and survival. And in mice that had their microbiomes boosted through the use of probiotics or other interventions prior to a heart attack, increased cardioprotective effects and survival were the hallmark effects. Previous studies in healthy mice have shown that the microbiome influences gene expression and the deployment of the short-chain fatty acids that help regulate immune response.The current study showed that production of a small set of short-chain fatty acids was diminished by a depleted microbiome, but there likely are many more players – perhaps thousands – that may also be affected and that play a role in the immune response to a heart attack, says Kamp.The research also showed that heart attacks themselves influence the health of the microbiome: “We found changes after myocardial infarction even without any antibiotics,” notes Rey. “Your microbiome changes as a result of a heart attack.”However, the key finding – that a depleted microbiome and its diminished production of short-chain fatty acids blunts recovery from a heart attack – suggests that clinical intervention to manipulate the microbiome through a more nuanced use of antibiotics and supplementing it with probiotics will help human patients recover faster and more robustly from heart attacks, says Kamp. He adds that the study also identifies the short-chain fatty acids themselves as a potential therapeutic target to bolster a favorable immune response in the context of cardiovascular disease, one of the leading causes of death in industrialized societies. “The immune system and inflammation play a role in repair from a heart attack. We’ve known about the relationship between the microbiome and immune response. Now we’re getting at how that relationship works after a heart attack.”last_img read more

Researchers discover how liver cells protect against viral attacks

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 16 2019Liver cells have an innate resistance to RNA viral infections like hepatitis A, dengue and Zika thanks to a protein called IRF1, according to researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) and Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Medical Science (TMIMS). When present in liver cells, this IRF1 protein regulates RARRES3, an enzyme that when expressed in cells where hepatitis A virus is trying to set up shop, will attack the virus. These results were published in Nature Microbiology.”We discovered that IRF1 is a master regulator of intrinsic resistance to viruses in liver cells,” said Stanley M. Lemon, M.D., the study’s co-author and a professor of medicine, microbiology and immunology in the UNC School of Medicine. “If present in liver cells, IRF-1 ensures that RARRES-3, an enzyme that acts on lipids, makes the cell hostile or restrictive to hepatitis A infection.”Related StoriesLiver fat biomarker levels linked with metabolic health benefits of exercise, study findsGenetic study on liver iron content may pave way for better treatmentResearchers pinpoint treatment target for rare liver cancer in adolescents, young adultsIn 2019 alone, there have been several outbreaks of hepatitis A throughout the United States, including Florida, Ohio and California. Hepatitis A infection occurs through consuming contaminated food and water, sex, and injection drug use. The infection can be fatal. There is a very effective and safe two-shot vaccine for hepatitis A virus. However, people who have not been immunized remain at risk for infection.”We also found that while expressing RARRES3 is protective against hepatitis A infection, it does not help liver cells resist an attack from other RNA viruses like dengue,” said Daisuke Yamane, D.V.M., Ph.D., the study’s co-author who was previously a research associate at UNC and is now chief researcher at the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Medical Science’s Viral Infectious Diseases Project. “In future studies, we hope to further investigate this innate immunity of liver cells to regulate infection through IRF1 and to better understand why IRF1 sparks certain cellular functions to guard against particular RNA viruses.”Source: https://globalhealth.unc.edu/2019/04/researchers-identify-liver-cells-protect-viral-attacks/last_img read more