August 19, 2019 Melia returns to essential destination of Costa Rica with Sol Tamarindo

Melia returns to essential destination of Costa Rica with Sol Tamarindo

first_img Tuesday, March 26, 2019 TORONTO — Melia Hotels International is bringing its Sol by Melia brand to Costa Rica, taking over the Tamarindo Diriá Beach Resort and renaming it Sol Tamarindo Hotel effective Aug. 1.The move marks Melia’s return to Costa Rica.With more than 370 properties around the world Melia Hotels International has a long list of well-known resort brands including core brand Melia, the luxurious Paradisus by Melia, and Gran Melia.Another brand, ME by Melia is all about ‘luxury lifestyle’. And sister brand Sol by Melia is ‘ME lite’, says Melia’s VP Global Brand Strategy, Tony Cortizas.The Sol brand has a lot of the same emphasis on style as ME by Melia, but at a lower price point. In an interview with Travelweek, Cortizas noted that Sol has a lot of appeal for younger Millennials.Melia has chosen a strong destination for its first Sol by Melia in the Americas. The resort is right on Tamarindo Beach, known as one of the best beaches in Costa Rica.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTThe resort is owned by the Diriá Group, the biggest real estate group in the area, and is located alongside the beach and the famous Diriá Grand Boulevard with a selection of restaurants, shops and a casino.The resort has 242 rooms in several buildings, half with sea views and the others with views of the pools or the gardens.Dining options include six restaurants and three bars, plus there are four swimming pools, tennis court and gym.Tamarindo and Liberia airports are five minutes and one hour away respectively. San Jose Airport is about four hours away by car.MHI says the new addition reaffirms its commitment to growth in the Caribbean and Central America, reinforcing its market leadership and extending the international expansion of its Sol by Meliá brand of resort hotels.“As world leaders in resort hotels with brands such as Sol by Meliá which will now be present in 10 countries on four continents, we continue to strengthen our presence in the most important leisure destinations,” says Gabriel Escarrer, MHI’s Executive Vice President and CEO. “We are also very excited to welcome the addition of Sol Tamarindo, a resort which allows the company to operate again in the essential destination of Costa Rica.” Posted by Melia returns to “essential destination” of Costa Rica with Sol Tamarindo << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Share Travelweek Group Tags: Melia Hotels, Openings & Renovationslast_img read more

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August 11, 2019 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires LISTEN: Sam Bradford, Cardinals QB Your browser does not support the audio element. Although Sam Bradford has dealt with injuries for much of his career, the new Cardinals quarterback has gained some positives through all the negative.So when he was asked about his knee problems during his introductory press conference on Friday, he didn’t shy away from the answers.“Each time, it’s a little bit tougher mentally,” he said. “As you get older, you just realize how precious each game is and how few of these opportunities that you are given and so I think each time that it’s taken away from you it’s a little bit harder because you realize what your missing out on and I think that’s what really gets you to put all the work in in the offseason and to not be able to be out there with your guys and to not be able to compete on Sundays, that’s the tough part about it.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “Obviously there’s some wear and tear on the knee, I’ve been through a lot with it but all I can tell you is how I feel right now and really kind of where it’s gone since I had the procedure in November,” he said. “It’s done nothing but get better and I feel good at the moment and that’s really all I can tell you about it right now.”Now with a healthy knee and a new team, the next question is how long can he stay healthy in Arizona.“Obviously it’s the million dollar question,” he told 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s Bickley & Marotta after the press conference. “Right now, I’ve got a group of people that I surrounded myself with that have put together a program for me that I feel like gives me the best opportunity to stay healthy and to play 16 games and hopefully more at the end of the season.“I know that what I’m going to do and what I’ve done to this point. I will put myself in the best position to succeed, to be healthy and that’s really all I can control and all I can do.” 4 Comments   Share   center_img In eight NFL seasons, he’s played 16 games just twice, missing the entire 2014 season. He missed all but two games in 2017 and played in just seven in 2013. But while injuries have sidelined the former No. 1 overall draft pick on numerous occasions, there is some silver lining to his despair.“You fight those battles mentally, but every time you go through that process and every time you turn that corner and your able to get yourself back on the field. I feel like I’ve come back mentally tougher and mentally stronger than I was the time before,” he said.Related LinksSam Bradford: Cardinals’ roster was a motivator to come to ArizonaVideo: Cardinals’ Michael Bidwill welcomes Sam Bradford to ArizonaArizona Cardinals officially sign quarterback Sam BradfordAfter an injury cut his 2015 season short and a trade shipped him to Minnesota, Bradford came back on a tear, completing a league-leading and NFL record 71.6 percent of his passes for 3,877 yards, 20 touchdowns and five interceptions in 2016.But the quarterback couldn’t replicate his stellar numbers in 2017 as he was hit with yet another injury, putting a damper on the Vikings’ Super Bowl aspirations.That’s not stopping Bradford, though, as he makes his return back to the field.“I’m motivated to go out there and to play the way that I know I can play,” he said. “I feel like there’s times where I’ve played good and then get hurt and not be able to continue to do it and so I want to go out there and just prove to myself for 16 games that I can go out there and play to the level I’m capable of. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals new quarterback Sam Bradford speaks at an NFL football news conference Friday, March 16, 2018, at the teams’ facility in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)last_img read more

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August 7, 2019

Mobile TV specialist Mobi TV has teamed up with Do

first_imgMobile TV specialist Mobi TV has teamed up with Dolby Laboratories to deliver a surround sound experience across devices including mobile phones, tablets, PCs, internet TVs and set-top boxes.MobiTV will integrate Dolby Digital Plus into its DRM-protected content delivery platform to provide surround sound to end-users across multiple screens.“Consumers are choosing to enjoy content across a wide range of devices, from televisions to tablets and smartphones,” said Taeho Oh, senior director, mobile, Dolby Laboratories. “We’re excited to work with MobiTV to enable consumers to experience high-quality Dolby Digital Plus audio that delivers an authentic, cinema-style entertainment experience wherever, whenever they prefer.”last_img

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August 4, 2019

Australia has significant customers in Asia which

first_img Australia has significant customers in Asia which are just on its door step. Australia being first also means that the United States and Canada are significantly late to the game. Many companies in the US have applied for a chance to build liquefaction plants, with Cheniere Energy (LNG) hoping to begin exporting in 2015. However, even if only half of the planned facilities make it through construction, there will still be a significant glut in LNG supplies. Second, cost overruns will deteriorate the majority of profits. The project costs for both brownfields (existing developments) and greenfields (new developments) are going to see dramatic increases over the next few years: international weakness in energy prices. Just look at Australia, where labor shortages, cost of materials, and weather have wrecked LNG project budgets and extended deadlines. Chevron’s Gorgon LNG project was budgeted for $37 billion when it first began construction on Barrow Island in 2009 and was set to be completed 2014. The deadline has now been pushed to late 2015 with a final price tag escalated to be approximately$54 billion. Chevron’s Wheatstone LNG project is also suffering from the same setbacks. The project began in 2011 with an expected cost of $26.4 billion and with its first cargo being delivered in 2016. The plant’s price tag is currently at $29.7 billion, with deliveries expected in 2017. The reality is that major LNG projects are normally in the middle of nowhere, and labor and resources are hard to come by; LNG is becoming a victim of its own success. Third, the demand for LNG is not as rosy as everyone makes it out to be. Most of the world’s LNG is bound for East Asia, as Japan and South Korea account for over 50% of LNG imports. The Fukushima disaster in Japan made the country even more reliant on LNG. With nuclear power unavailable and natural gas its only source of peak-load power, Japan’s power authority had to scramble to import enough LNG to keep the country’s lights on and its industries running. However, as Japan begins restarting its nuclear power plants, one of the largest markets for LNG will drop considerably, and no other country will come close to filling the void that Japan will leave behind. In November, Kagoshima Governor Yūichirō Itō approved the restart of two reactors at Sendai despite public concerns. This was the final step before the reactors restart in the new year, which is a huge milestone moving forward. It’s no secret that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe is very pro-nuclear and understands that the prolonged shutdown of nuclear power plants is hurting the Japanese economy. Abe has made it clear he’d like to restart Japan’s nuclear power plants. If that comes to pass as we expect, LNG demand in Japan would drop significantly. Thus, the combination of increasing supply, significant cost overruns in building natural gas liquefaction plants, and decreasing demand led to a weak LNG market. When combined with the rise of spot contracts, this is all bearish news for LNG operators and producers. North American facilities may find it difficult to compete with LNG plants in Australia, Eastern Russia, Qatar, and Southeast Asia for the all-important East Asian market. The amount of LNG growth in Australia could easily depress prices worldwide and discourage further development of LNG in America, particularly if the Henry Hub price stays near today’s levels. Petronas’ deferment of the Pacific Northwest LNG project off British Columbia’s west coast is the first of many in North America. The event was one of many that vindicated the controversial thesis we put out in the beginning of the year. Nevertheless, due to the reasons we outlined in this article and accompanied by the decline in commodity prices, expect to see more major projects mothballed and continued selling pressure in the LNG sector. We congratulate our readers who didn’t jump on the LNG bandwagon and were patient with this investment. But this is all good news to me, as I’m a contrarian value investor. Blood in the streets? Now I’m interested. Fortune favors the bold. So how can we profit from the blood in the energy markets? Easy. If you agree today to try my newsletter risk-free for three months, you’ll get the news and our newest recommendation at the same time as our current subscribers. There’s no risk to you: If you don’t like the Casey Energy Report or don’t make any money over your first three months, just cancel within that time for a full, prompt refund, no questions asked. Even if you miss the three-month cutoff, cancel anytime for a prorated refund on the unused part of your subscription. As a subscriber, you’ll receive instant access to our current issue, which details how to protect yourself falling oil prices, plus our current top recommendations in the oil patch. Also, as a new subscriber, you’ll get access to all the past issues and the current portfolio on the website. Do your portfolio a favor and have me on your side to increase your chances of success. Click here to start your risk-free trial now. Also, an open invite to all Casey subscribers who happen to be in Vancouver, BC, Canada: I love being the first to a story. (Yes, I have an ego.) And yes, I was the first to come out and state that Canada’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector has huge problems and to recommend avoiding the bubble in Canadian LNG. I repeated this warning several times over the last two years. Canada’s LNG bubble popped last week. Here’s what US LNG investors can learn from it. In the March 2014 issue of the Casey Energy Report, I listed hard facts of why the North American—especially British Columbian (BC)—LNG sector will fail. This report was published in arguably the most bullish period for LNG-related companies and was immediately met with pushback, from both the industry and investors. The bubble in the Canadian LNG sector has now popped. LNG was touted as the savior of the Canadian gas markets, destined to ship gas overseas to be sold for 2-4 times domestic prices. The theme was so prevalent that it was estimated about CDN$200 billion would be invested in Canadian LNG alone, and even the mere mention of LNG was enough to give companies a boost in share price. Nevertheless, I stuck to my numbers, and our thesis came to fruition… much earlier than we anticipated with Petronas just this past week putting BC LNG on hold by delaying its final investment decision into the BC LNG sector, citing two items: capital expenditures cost overruns; and So why was I so bearish before anyone else in Canada on BC LNG? First, there are just too many liquefaction facilities planned. Over the next five years, LNG production is set to increase by more than 30%, with Australia leading the wave of expansion.last_img read more

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August 3, 2019 After over a year of negotiations Randolph Health

After over a year of negotiations Randolph Health

first_imgAfter over a year of negotiations, Randolph Health will not become part of Cone Health’s larger integrated health care network. Currently the two provide some services in Asheboro jointly, and Cone Health operates as a managing partner.Randolph Health CEO Steve Eblin says the two have been longtime partners and that conversations about integration were amicable.  “Now that the Cone deal is not going to happen, we’re disappointed about that but we are committed to finding a new integration partner, because in today’s health care world, a business model like ours, of a stand-alone hospital, really just doesn’t work for the long-term.”The announcement comes at a time when health care organizations and networks are consolidating amid changes in reimbursement and rising costs.Cone Health’s CEO said in a press release that it was a difficult decision, but that combining would require the organization’s priorities and projects to be scaled back or put on hold.last_img read more

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July 29, 2019 Keep on dancing Susanna

Keep on dancing Susanna

first_imgStrictly Come DancingSaturdayLIVE ON BBC1THE HAIRY BIKER IS NOW 500 MILES AWAY….A deviation today to something I know very little about and, with two left feet, have even less aptitude for personally.We’re talking Strictly Come Dancing 2013 – a novelty market yes – but pretty much the same rules apply as any other market. If you think the market is wrong – and differs substantially with your own view it’s time to step in (without stepping on her feet that is).The competition now gets serious – the novelty acts are out of the way – this year’s John Sergeant / Ann Widdecombe was Hairy Biker Dave Myers who needs to be 500 miles away from Blackpool Ballroom after a lamentable performance last week when he ‘danced’ to the tune of I Would Walk 500 Miles by The Proclaimers.Hot favourite is Natalie Gumede who failed to dance last week through a late injury.From what I’ve seen BBC Breakfast host Susanna Reid looks interesting on Star Sports at around 6/1.She comes across well on the shows with an engaging personality without any arrogance that can often put off voters.Keep on dancing Susanna.STAR FORECAST(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)4 points SUSANNA REID at around 6/1 DIAMONDS ARE FOREVERA plum-sized diamond known as the Pink Star has fetched a record-breaking $83m (£51.7m) at auction.Sotheby’s said it was a world record price for a gemstone.The flawless 59.60-carat pink diamond is the largest in its class ever graded by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), with the second biggest less than half its size.Set on a ring, it measures 2.69 by 2.06 centimetres and weighs 11.92 grammes.There was applause as Sotheby’s David Bennett brought down the hammer in the heavily-guarded Geneva salesroom.Noting that its pre-sale estimate had been $61m (£38m), he told reporters: “It surpassed our estimate. It’s a large amount of money in itself but I don’t think this stone has a price.”last_img read more

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July 26, 2019

Company Vet David Abney Is New UPS CEO

first_img June 6, 2014 Company Vet David Abney Is New UPS CEO Image credit: UPS Pressroom UPS’s Chief Operation Officer David Abney UPS’s Chief Operation Officer David Abney got a promotion to CEO this week.  As of September 1, he’ll take over for current CEO Scott Davis, who has been CEO since 2008. Davis is retiring and will become the company’s non-executive Chairman. Abney started his tenure with UPS in 1974 as part-time package loader.  Prior to stepping into the role of CEO, Abney was involved with the worldwide aspects and expansion of the company, holding several positions, including SVP of global transportation services and president of UPS International. The company statement also noted that Abney’s expertise dealt with sustainability, especially finding alternative fuel sources for their shipping vehicles. These past responsibilities could play a part in UPS’s strategy moving forward. Related: The 10 Biggest IPOs Ever”Scott Davis has skillfully guided UPS through one of the most turbulent global economic periods in history while executing growth strategies in emerging markets and specialized business segments,” UPS board member Duane Ackerman said in a statement.Further emphasis on green shipping could be something to watch for once Abney gets started in the fall.  The global business also continues to be a going concern for UPS, as they recently announced the opening of both an 82,000 square foot air hub in Taiwan and a new distribution center in China near the Beijing Capital International Airport. The shift in CEOs was not really a shock to anyone familiar with the company’s past protocols. UPS is known to change up CEOs every five to seven years.”I think the timing is right, and the company is in great hands,” Davis told The Wall Street Journal.Related: Think Seattle’s Only Claim to Fame Is Starbucks? Think Again. –shares Entrepreneur Staff Next Article UPScenter_img Add to Queue Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Nina Zipkin Register Now » Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. 2 min readlast_img read more

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July 24, 2019

TechBytes with Gil Sommer VP of Product Connatix

first_imgTechBytes with Gil Sommer, VP of Product, Connatix Sudipto GhoshApril 19, 2019, 2:30 pmApril 12, 2019 About Connatix Gil Sommer is VP of Product at Connatix in charge of creating a plan for various product lines including the online video platform, experiential video formats and in-house revenue engine. He is an innovative, analytical and strategic product leader with hands-on experience in building exceptional B2C and B2B products in e-commerce and AdTech. Connatix is a next-generation video platform for publishers. We believe in the power of engaging content and are on a mission to help publishers deliver successful videos without compromise. With a cutting-edge video player, optimization engine, and suite of immersive formats, publishers can easily monetize their content while delivering engaging experiences. To expand reach, Connatix offers an extensive independent syndication network for distribution at scale. With first-to-market video capabilities, Connatix sits at the forefront of content innovation and is building a new generation of video experiences that are optimized for publisher success.Connatix works with over 3,000 publishers worldwide and in 2018, was ranked #2 in the comScore video metrix. Founded in 2014, the company is headquartered in New York City with offices in Tel Aviv, Israel and Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Tell us about your role and the team/technology you handle at Connatix.I am the VP of Product at Connatix. My team is responsible for creating and prioritizing a roadmap for various product lines, including our Online Video Platform, experiential video formats and in-house revenue engine.How much has the Mobile Advertising landscape evolved in the last two years?There have been many advances in Mobile Advertising in the last two years. From a marketer’s standpoint, mobile video has become a much larger focus. Many new formats have emerged and the advertising world has been following suit by adjusting the creative to be short (e.g the emergence of the six-second video ad) and memorable. From a technology standpoint, there have also been many advances.The IAB Tech Lab’s OM-SDK standard has solved one of the biggest roadblocks for further adoption of Video Advertising on mobile, which is the third-party measurement. The recent ads.txt standard will help fight the massive fraud operations that exist in mobile. These days, the major challenge that remains is the ability of advertisers to merge their segmentation data that is Cookie-based with Device-ID-based targeting.Tell us what you think about Apple’s recent announcement to curb fake news and clickbait content.Providing a better experience for users and combating the abundance of fake news should be a priority for all companies in the digital publishing ecosystem. Nonetheless, I tend to be a bit suspicious of announcements like this one, because of the nature of the incentive structure in the content space.When you look at clickbaits, for example, the financial incentive comes from the moment a user is on your site, and you earn money through advertising. This incentive will not change fundamentally and as long as there is money associated with viewing content, in one form or another, this type of content will exist. The fake news incentives are counterintuitive. In this case, the main incentive is to have people read and engage with fake content. The monetization aspect is secondary and many times non-existent. As long as there is an outlet to discover this type of content, it will exist.The only real way to “combat” the phenomena of fake news is through rigorous editorial work that is set to look for “high-quality” content. However, running such an operation would be costly and would require editorial expertise. I doubt Apple is built to do this, or would even want to do it. In the setup they announced, Apple News will be dependent on the work (and brand) of highly respectable publishers. Therefore, I would look at this as another power grab by Apple that is meant to control the users, and thus control more of the value chain.Why is Apple’s SEO a new disruption to Content Marketing? Every time a new industry has an aggregator that controls discoverability through some sort of algorithm, people learn how to “optimize” for the new algorithm, which means better financial results. This dynamic quickly turns into a new type of marketing service, and an adjacent industry develops. This is likely to happen in the Apple News case as it did with Google and Bing Search, Amazon Marketplace Search and Facebook among others.Which businesses would be greatly affected by this announcement? The largest impact by far will be on publishers. They could lose even more of the little power they have currently, and should proceed with caution. Rather than adopting a short-term view of this problem and going for immediate gains, they should take a step back to think through how this might diminish their future competitive advantage. To a lesser extent, this will impact advertisers by driving even more control of digital advertising to Google and Facebook. And if the last bit of market competition is lost, advertisers will, in turn, lose a lot of the power they have today.What role would Connatix play in providing programmatic technology for targeting the customers? Connatix is a publisher-first technology provider and as such, our focus is to help publishers provide great content to their readers and maximize the monetization opportunities they have. We believe providing tools that are better integrated — from the end users to the advertisers — will increase transparency, competition and performance and reduce inefficiencies throughout the value chain.What are the major trends and predictions do you see in the video content space?While there have been many advancements, we are still on the ground floor in regards to video content. It is still expensive to produce and there is a scarcity of content. So first and foremost, I believe many additional solutions will be focused on solving this inventory problem in an inexpensive way. Second, I see video content as not only a tool to summarize your article, but a tool to help writers convey their narratives in tandem with other mediums such as imagery, graphics, text and audio.We will see better tools supported by Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Machine Learning (ML), which will help editors deliver better videos for each article and each narrative. Lastly, we will see much more interactivity in video, allowing users to gain more from what they are seeing on the screen.How do you orchestrate your technology to clean up ad fraud within the programmatic space?Cleaning up ad fraud will benefit all players involved and we see this as a high priority and ongoing effort here at Connatix. We have built a system to weed out any bad aspects of the platform — be it traffic, hidden ads or malware. Our integrated technology stack helps reduce other types of fraud such as domain spoofing even further. We are also using third-party verification vendors to identify invaild traffic.However, fighting ad fraud requires cooperation with other members of the industry and we are actively working with them through the TAG initiative and other IAB Tech Lab initiatives to further combat fraud. Our experience with the implementation of ads.txt across web has shown that when we fight fraud together, everyone involved gets better performance. Real publishers get better monetization and advertisers get better results for their campaigns.What does your product roadmap look like for 2019-2020? Connatix is focused on continuing to provide great video solutions for publishers and advertisers. We recently launched a new OVP platform built from the ground up with an integrated revenue engine to help publishers scale their video strategy without the upfront risk they typically face. We are also exploring the role of interactivity and immersive elements in video to help publishers enhance the reader experience while achieving revenue goals.How do you see AI and Location Data further disrupting the era of Mobile Programmatic growth?AI will further help us connect the dots and provide users with relevant advertising at the right time. This, in turn, will provide a better experience for the user. Research has shown that when users feel advertising is helping them solve a problem or need, they tend to react better to it. AI will help us get there faster. Having said that, we shouldn’t underestimate the importance of the quality of the content or ad creative. While data and AI will help with targeting, advertisers will still need to convey a message, interact emotionally and elicit a reaction from the user. Regardless of the advancements of AI, this is the one area where human creativity will still remain the winner and advertisers who invest in it will yield better results. AIAmazonBingConnatixFacebookGil SommergoogleIAB Tech Labmachine learningMarketing TechnologyNLPOnline Video Platformvideo advertising Previous ArticleUS Companies Seek Providers to Help Manage Enterprise Use of SalesforceNext ArticleMarTech Interview with Trevor Kaufman, CEO, Piano About GilAbout ConnatixAbout Gillast_img read more

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July 24, 2019

Neustar and Freckle Partner to Provide Marketers with Actionable PrivacyCompliant First Party

first_imgNeustar, Inc., a trusted, neutral provider of real-time information services and the leader in customer intelligence, trusted customer identity and marketing analytics solutions for Fortune 500 brands, and Freckle, a leader in privacy-compliant data and offline media measurement, announced they will make Freckle’s first-party data available in the Neustar Identity Data Management Platform (Identity DMP) for advanced audience planning and activation.Relevant and personalized experiences are in high demand. With the Neustar Identity DMP, marketers can create compelling connections across channels combining their own first party data with Neustar’s data directory marketplace. Check out our latest news.As part of the Freckle collaboration, Neustar will offer its customers the ability to leverage privacy-compliant first-party data that consumers have opted-in to provide through Freckle’s Killi App. Freckle’s Killi application allows consumers to take back control of their identity data by selecting the personal information they would like to share with brands in exchange for money. Killi provides marketers with real-time, reliable data that is direct from the consumer and fully compliant with global privacy standards.Marketing Technology News: SeQuel Response Hires New Director of Marketing to Propel Brand Awareness“Marketers need reliable and compliant, first-party data that respects consumer privacy,” said Neustar General Manager and Vice President for Marketing Solutions Michael Schoen. “With Freckle’s Killi data, we will provide relevant, consumer-approved data that helps our customers target and personalize messages to the right consumers based on their specific input.”“With consumer privacy issues at the forefront of marketing, brands are seeking partners that not only offer a competitive advantage through unique access to real-time consumer insights but are privacy compliant leaders,” said Neil Sweeney, founder and CEO, Freckle and Killi.Marketing Technology News: Sponsorship Made Simple for Personal, College, Sports, Community Events etc.“We’re pleased to partner with Neustar, a leader in privacy by design practices, to bring our compliant, first-party consumer data to their customers. As the only solution paying consumers cash for their data, we are confident that the two-way engagement that we have created will better enhance audience insights for marketers,” said Sweeney.Relevant and personalized experiences are in high demand. With the Neustar Identity DMP, marketers can create compelling connections across channels combining their own first party data with Neustar’s data directory marketplace. With access to Freckle’s Killi data within the Neustar Identity DMP data directory, brands can reach consumers, based on specific data they’ve provided about themselves, while uncovering powerful behavioral insights in a privacy-compliant manner. Since Freckle is constantly aggregating first-party data, marketers are receiving continually updated and refreshed segments, allowing them to expand their reach and accuracy across all channels.Marketing Technology News: Medallia Announces Launch of Initial Public Offering Neustar and Freckle Partner to Provide Marketers with Actionable Privacy-Compliant, First Party Consumer Data Business WireJuly 11, 2019, 6:49 pmJuly 11, 2019 customer identitydata management platformFreckleMarketing Technology NewsNeustarNewsoffline media measuremen Previous ArticleTremor Video Expands Its Advanced TV SolutionsNext ArticleRingCentral Ranked Highest for Growth and Innovation in 2019 Frost & Sullivan UCaaS Radar Reportlast_img read more

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July 18, 2019

Finding homeless patients a place to heal

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Apr 3 2019After they amputated the second toe on John Trumbla’s right foot last summer, doctors sent him to a nursing home because he still needed medical care — but not necessarily a hospital bed.The proud, burly Army veteran resisted at first, but he didn’t have a choice. Before his hospitalization at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, Trumbla, 56, and his wife had been homeless, crashing in his boss’s construction shop or living out of their station wagon.Trumbla spent six months at the nursing home, Skyline Healthcare Center, while social workers sought housing vouchers and scouted rental leads. But nothing panned out. When he finally left Skyline in mid-February, he stayed at a motel for a night before heading back to his boss’s shop.”We might just have to leave this area. I don’t want to, but I also don’t want to live on the streets,” Trumbla said from his bed at Skyline in early February, citing the San Francisco Bay Area’s astronomical rents.Skyline allocates 15 beds to the Santa Clara hospital for patients who are homeless or have no one to care for them at home. It’s part of a year-old partnership born of necessity. Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, like many other hospitals in the state, has struggled to find suitable accommodations for a growing number of homeless patients who need follow-up medical attention after they’re discharged, said Dr. Raymond Chan, co-director of the hospital’s program at Skyline.In Santa Clara County, the number of homeless patient discharges from hospitals jumped 42% from 2015 to 2017, according to data from the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development.Statewide, hospitals discharged homeless patients nearly 100,000 times in 2017, a 28% increase over 2015. The discharges include 2,608 deaths in hospitals from 2015 to 2017.As hospitals contend with the dramatic growth in homeless patients, they must comply with a new state law, implemented in January, which requires them to provide homeless patients a meal, clothes and vaccine screenings before discharging them.Hospitals also must try to find the patients a bed at a safe destination, offer them transportation there and document the steps they have taken to do so.Skyline Healthcare Center, a nursing home in San Jose, provides 15 beds to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center primarily for its homeless patients upon discharge. This allows patients to fully recover before finding housing or returning to the streets. (Newsha Naderzad for Kaiser Health News)If a hospital cannot find a bed for a patient, or if the patient refuses help, he can go to a location of his choice, including back to the streets.The requirements expand on July 1. Starting then, hospitals will have to keep a log of the homeless patients they discharge and where they go, among other mandates.Legislators passed the law in response to reports that hospitals were dumping homeless patients on the streets with little more than their hospital gowns. One Sacramento woman who had undergone a double mastectomy was sent to a Salvation Army shelter after her discharge, only to find there were no available beds. She had to sleep in her car, The Sacramento Bee reported.Several California hospitals have settled lawsuits in response to such allegations.But finding a suitable place for each patient isn’t as easy as calling a shelter and securing a cot. There simply aren’t enough places — or, in some cases, the right places — to send these individuals, hospitals say.Some patients need more follow-up care and monitoring than might be available in a basic shelter.”We knew that the challenge for our hospitals would be what to do with patients who require services when there are few programs, spaces and beds available for post-acute care,” said Peggy Wheeler, vice president of rural health at the California Hospital Association, which initially opposed the legislation.If appropriate settings aren’t available for homeless patients who need to heal from a wound or require follow-up treatment, some of them may stay in the hospital longer than necessary, Wheeler said.Related StoriesStudy: Two-thirds of pneumonia patients receive more antibiotics than they probably needStudy estimates health care costs of uncontrolled asthma in the U.S. over next 20 yearsRaw meat can act as reservoir for bacteria associated with hospital infections”This puts hospitals in a situation where they don’t have a bed available for someone who does need acute care,” she said.Homeless patients with complex medical needs are especially difficult to place in rural communities because of a lack of adequate services, said Brenda Robertson, care management regional director for Adventist Health hospitals in central California.”Most shelters will not accept a patient on oxygen, and a subset of younger, aggressive behavioral health patients are not appropriate to be placed in a skilled nursing facility amongst frail elders,” Robertson said.Many of these patients need transitional care where they can rest and recover before being on their own again, she said. “But in central California there really isn’t much.”Bigger cities have more resources — but also more homeless patients.Last year, the nonprofit National Health Foundation opened a 62-bed facility in downtown Los Angeles for discharged hospital patients who need less intensive medical oversight than a nursing home provides. Patients at that facility have access to case managers who arrange for transportation and food, and try to find them permanent housing.Area hospitals often reserve beds at the facility for discharged homeless patients, said Jennifer Bayer, vice president of external affairs at the Hospital Association of Southern California. At least one health plan also leases beds there for its enrollees.Dr. Huy Ngo (left) helps oversee 15 beds at a nursing home in San Jose where some homeless patients are sent to recover after being discharged from Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Physician assistant Claire Rai (center) and Dr. Pamela Sebastian join him to check on these patients, most of whom have chronic illnesses. (Newsha Naderzad for Kaiser Health News)In San Jose, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center sent 55 patients, including Trumbla, to Skyline Health Care Center in the first 10 months of the partnership, said Dr. Huy Ngo, who oversees the program along with Chan. Medical services for those patients are primarily covered by Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid program for low-income residents.During that period, Skyline discharged 42 of the patients, the majority into long-term housing programs or to family members and friends, said Ngo. Of those, six were readmitted to the hospital — a low number for this population, Ngo said.That was encouraging, he said, but “we know 15 beds don’t even begin to meet the needs” of the homeless population in Santa Clara County.The homeless count in 2017 showed 7,394 homeless people in the county, with the majority in San Jose.A month after his discharge, Trumbla still lives in his boss’s shop. But his toe has healed, and he credits the six months at the nursing home for helping him control his diabetes. He planned to start working again in construction this month.But his wife, Manda Upham, is now in a hospital because of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure, Trumbla said. It’s possible she might be transferred to a hospital outside of San Jose.”More hospitals and no housing in sight yet,” Trumbla lamented. “It’s getting complicated again.”This KHN story first published on California Healthline, a service of the California Health Care Foundation. This article was reprinted from khn.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.last_img read more

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July 18, 2019

Blockchainenabled cat breeding and the future of gambling

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. Provided by Particle This is where things get interesting. Smart contracts are like regular contracts between people or organisations, but instead of the humans executing and enforcing those contracts, they can get a bit of code to do the work for them. For example, humans can program the smart contract to sell something (like a virtual cat) when a condition has been met (a certain number of ether has been sent).Put another way, imagine if eBay was run entirely by bots who were doing the bidding, buying and selling on our behalf. It’s this technology that allows for the buying, selling and breeding of cats in CryptoKitties. Citation: Blockchain-enabled cat breeding and the future of gambling (2018, February 26) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-blockchain-enabled-cat-future-gambling.html Virtual fur flies as ‘CryptoKitties’ collar blockchain You’ve certainly heard of bitcoin. Perhaps you’ve also heard of the technology behind it: blockchain. Or how blockchain is enabling all sorts of nifty things, like Power Ledger’s innovative clean power sharing.Or how it’s being used for other ground-breaking innovations … like games … about breeding cats (because, well, it’s the internet).CryptoKittiesCryptoKitties was one of the first and currently the most popular of the games that use blockchain. The game is pretty simple: you buy, sell and breed virtual cats. For real money. The more genetically rare the cat, the more money you can make hustling kitties.The most expensive CryptoKitty sold for more than $100,000 USD.In less than a month after it launched in December 2017, Axion Zen, the Canadian “innovation studio”behind the platform, had already made $12 million from the game. This revenue was based on charging 3.75% on all transactions (the buying, selling and breeding of cats) as well as a limited number of Gen 0 kitties.How it worksCryptoKitties is essentially a new type of app that is enabled by blockchain app platform Ethereum. Remember, blockchain is the technology that powers bitcoin. But blockchain can do so much more than just monetary exchange, which is what Ethereum allows.Put simply, Ethereum allows for the same things as bitcoin, such as acting as a currency (in this case, the currency is called ether, rather than bitcoin). But Ethereum is also a platform and thus also allows for the building of apps on top of it. These apps can use ether and smart contracts. Explore further This article first appeared on Particle, a science news website based at Scitech, Perth, Australia. Read the original article. Indeed, Ethereum is the same technology that powers Power Ledger, but instead of trading in virtual kitties, you’re trading in real-world clean energy.Serious fun?The creators of CryptoKitties stated in their White Pa-purr (meow!) that their original intention was to help educate the public about the potentials of the blockchain. However, the reality of the technology does raise some questions around what sort of activity users are actually engaged in. Specifically, can games like this be considered a form of gambling?If you’ve followed cryptocurrency at all, you’re aware of its volatility. Since its launch in 2009, for example, the price for 1 bitcoin has ranged from less than 1 cent to nearly US$18,000.Crypto is so volatile that banks are cracking down. Commonwealth (which owns BankWest) recently announced they would no longer allow crypto purchases with their credit cards.Alone, this volatility makes crypto investment closer to gambling than investment.But combining that volatility with the elements of a game do seem to push things like CryptoKitties even more towards the gambling end of the spectrum.Disrupting gamblingEach state in Australia has different laws about when, how and where we can gamble. In WA, poker machines can only be found at the Crown Casino.But with cryptocurrency-based games, it’s the wild west. By using cryptocurrency rather than conventional money and being entirely online, blockchain-based games are not regulated by current gambling laws.So just like the way Uber disrupted the taxi industry by—for better or worse—getting around the regulations around taxis and employment, blockchain-based games can and are disrupting the gambling industry.And while it wasn’t the original intention of CryptoKitties to open this metaphorical box, the sheer number of Ethereum-based games that are basically gambling suggests, to mix metaphors, the cat is well out of the bag (see what I did there?) The internet loves cats so much that now some people are investing tens of thousands of real-world dollars on blockchain-powered cats that don’t actually exist. read more

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July 18, 2019

Will provide all possible help if need be top army official tells

first_img Press Trust of India KolkataJuly 16, 2019UPDATED: July 16, 2019 00:16 IST Mamata Banerjee, on her part, lauded the Indian Army’s role in nation-building.Eastern Army Commander Lt General M M Naravane on Monday met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the state secretariat and assured her of “all possible assistance from the Army” as and when required, a defence official said.Apprising the chief minister of the work being done by the Army, Lt Gen Naravane, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C), Eastern Command, said the force would be of service in the region if the need arises, he maintained.Monday’s interaction was aimed at “deepening civil- military relations, which form the cornerstone of a healthy democracy”, the official said.Banerjee, on her part, lauded the Indian Army’s role in nation-building, while emphasizing that the joint endeavour of the army and the state government could ensure the welfare of the country and its people, he added.ALSO READ | Don’t spare criminals: Eminent Muslims from Bengal tell CM Mamata BanerjeeALSO WATCH | Mamata Banerjee shamed for minority appeasement, eminent Kolkata Muslims write letterFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySnigdha Choudhury Next Will provide all possible help if need be, top army official tells Mamata BanerjeeApprising West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee of the work being done by the Army, Lt Gen Naravane, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C), Eastern Command, said the force would be of service in the region if the need arises, he maintained.advertisementlast_img read more

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July 16, 2019

Lowcost moon mission puts India among lunar pioneers

first_imgThe Chandrayaan-2 that is set to blast off from a tropical island off Andhra Pradesh state after a decade-long build-up. {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} India 13 Jun 2019 India unveils spacecraft for second moon mission Related News Related News World 11 Jul 2019 NASA shake up in new race to the moon Metro News 09 Jul 2019 Space party to celebrate Apollo 11 moon mission The United States spent about US$25 billion – the equivalent of more than US$100 billion in current prices – on 15 Apollo missions, including the six that put Armstrong and other astronauts on the moon.China landed its Chang’e 4 lunar craft in January, and spent US$8.4 billion on its entire space programme in 2017, according to international Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development figures.And Russia – the first country to land an unmanned moon rocket in 1966 – spent more than US$20 billion at today’s values on lunar missions in the 1960s and 70s.SPICED-UP SPACE RACEAlmost the entire Chandrayaan-2’s orbiter, lander and rover have been designed and made in India.India will use its most powerful rocket launcher, GSLV Mk III, to carry the 2.4 tonne orbiter, which has a mission life of about a year.The spacecraft will carry the 1.4 tonne lander Vikram – which in turn will take the 27-kilogramme rover Pragyan – to a high plain between two craters on the lunar South Pole.Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chief K. Sivan said Vikram’s 15-minute final descent “will be the most terrifying moments as we have never undertaken such a complex mission”.The solar-powered rover can travel up to 500 metres and is expected to work for one lunar day, the equivalent of 14 Earth days.Sivan said the probe will be looking for signs of water and “a fossil record of the early solar system”.Despite the relatively small budget, the mission does raise questions about how funds are allocated when the country is still battling hunger and poverty.But national pride is at stake: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has vowed to send a manned mission into orbit by 2022.Most experts say the geo-strategic stakes are small – but that India’s low-cost model could win commercial satellite and orbiting deals.”The fundamental question that we should ask ourselves in this context is not whether India should undertake such ambitious space ventures, but whether India can afford to ignore it,” said K. Kasturirangan, a former ISRO chief.India has to aim to be a leader in space, he added.Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, head of space policy at the Observer Research Foundation, a New Delhi think tank, said Chandrayaan-2 will enhance the nation’s reputation “at a time when the global and particularly, the Asian space programmes are becoming increasingly competitive”.Amitabha Ghosh, a scientist for NASA’s Rover mission to Mars, said the benefits of Chandrayaan-2 are huge, compared to its cost.”A spacecraft mission of the complexity of Chandrayaan-2 conveys a message that India is capable of delivering on difficult technology development endeavours,” said Ghosh.However, some experts say anyone looking for a cheap ticket to space should think of the comfort on low-cost plane rides closer to Earth.Scott Hubbard, a former top NASA researcher now with Stanford University, examined the cost-effectiveness of the Indian Mars orbiter against the American Maven mission.Although both launched in 2013, Maven is estimated to have cost 10 times more, but India’s Mangalyaan was only designed to last about a year.”The US mission was required to last two years. That’s a big difference in cost,” said Hubbard. And Mangalyaan’s payload was 15 kg, while Maven could carry 65 kg with more sophisticated instruments.”So you get what you pay for,” concluded Hubbard. – AFP SRIHARIKOTA, India (AFP): India will step up the international space race on Monday (July 15) when it launches a low-cost mission to become only the fourth country to land a probe on the moon.Just five days before the 50th anniversary of man’s first lunar landing, Chandrayaan-2 – or Moon Chariot 2 – will blast off from a tropical island off Andhra Pradesh state after a decade-long build-up.The mission will also highlight how far space travel has advanced since Neil Armstrong’s giant leap for mankind during the Apollo 11 mission.India has spent about US$140 million (S$190 million) to get Chandrayaan-2 ready for the 384,400 kilometres trip from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre to the scheduled landing on the lunar South Pole on Sept 6.last_img read more

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