September 14, 2019

Learn to Leverage Your Niche Media Brand at FOLIOs Growth Summit

first_imgFOLIO: has organized a one-day event in Chicago this summer to help niche media publishers leverage the newest strategies to help build stronger brands with more revenue and controlled costs, without losing the core vision.The FOLIO: Growth Summit will take place at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago on June 17 with a pre-day “Social Media Workshop” and networking reception on June 16 targeted to help small and mid-size publishers.The main-day’s interactive sessions will feature a keynote address from Active Interest Media chairman and CEO Efrem “Skip” Zimbalist III who will discuss the importance of leveraging brand equity into new business ventures and how doing so ultimately strengthened his company.Interactive sessions will range in topic from “Re-Engineering Audience Acquisition: Marketing Campaigns and Pricing Models to Keep the Subscriber Base Growing” and “Building A Stronger, Multiplatform Company” to “Who’s Doing What with Content that Works: A Baker’s Dozen of Great Ideas” and “Magazines and Live Events: The Perfect Fit.” In addition to Zimbalist, speakers for these progressive session topics include Atlantic Media’s National Journal Group CEO Tim Hartman, ALM CMO Lenny Izzo, IDG Enterprise CEO Matthew Yorke and Dave Colford, president of Hanley Wood’s Media Network, among many others.For more information about which industry influencers will be speaking at the event or to view a full agenda, please visit www.foliogrowthsummit.com. More on this topic ABM Postpones “Mobile Drill Down” in New York FOLIO: Announces First-Ever E-Media Strategist Summit Agenda Magazine to Relaunch as Best Events Clarity Partners Buys Controlling Stake in Modern Luxury Media IDG: We’ll Be in Print ‘As Long as it Makes Sense’ SNAP Consolidates ConferencesJust In Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics Breach BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV NetworksPowered bylast_img read more

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September 10, 2019

Qualcomm kicks off defense in FTC trial by showing its mobile chip

first_img Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $999 Qualcomm gives us a glimpse of our future in 5G See It Comments See also Boost Mobile See it Irwin Jacobs, Qualcomm co-founder, took the stand in his company’s defense Tuesday.  Vicki Behringer The smartphones we have today wouldn’t be possible without Qualcomm. Or at least that’s what the chip giant sought to show Tuesday during a trial instigated by the US Federal Trade Commission.The two have been battling in a San Jose, California, courtroom since Jan. 4. On Tuesday afternoon, the FTC wrapped up its case against the company. The agency has accused Qualcomm of operating a monopoly in wireless chips, forcing customers like Apple to work with it exclusively and charging excessive licensing fees for its technology.Tuesday marked Qualcomm’s first chance to present its own case. The company says the FTC’s lawsuit is based on “flawed legal theory.” It also has said that customers choose its chips because they’re the best and that it has never stopped providing processors to customers, even when they’re battling over licenses.  Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Apple Now playing: Watch this: Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Share your voice The company called to the stand a co-founder, Irwin Jacobs, and the senior vice president in charge of its 4G and 5G operations, Durga Malladi, to talk up Qualcomm’s innovations in wireless technology. Jacobs, considered one of the pioneers in mobile communications technology, testified about the early years of Qualcomm. The idea to use code division multiple access (CDMA) technology for phones came to him while driving in San Diego, he said, and the company outfitted a fan with the technology to demonstrate how it could work. Qualcomm decided to start licensing its technology to get enough funding to do more research and development on CDMA, Jacobs said. The first licensee was AT&T, followed by Motorola, Nokia and others. Qualcomm charged an upfront fee and then royalties based on sales of CDMA devices.  Sprint CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Apple iPhone XS • “Everything was negotiated,” Jacobs said. “We [wanted] something low enough that it did not impede progress should this become a commercial product. We wanted to see this used as broadly as possible worldwide.”The voice networks of US wireless carriers still use either CDMA or GSM, two fundamentally different technologies. Sprint and Verizon use CDMA, while AT&T and T-Mobile, along with most of the rest of the world, use GSM. Qualcomm holds most of the important patents related to CDMA, and the technology eventually enabled 3G networks that could also deliver data. “The industry began to realize it was important to provide mobile internet access, data communications,” Jacobs testified. “Essentially all third-generation [network technology] is based on CDMA.”Licensing battleThe FTC, aided by chipmaker Intel and iPhone vendor Apple, filed suit against Qualcomm two years ago. The US says Qualcomm has a monopoly on modem chips and harmed competition by trying to maintain its power. Qualcomm’s “excessive” royalty rates prevented rivals from entering the market, drove up the cost of phones and in turn hurt consumers, who faced higher handset prices, the FTC said. The FTC in the trial has called witnesses from companies like Apple, Samsung, Intel and Huawei and called experts to testify about the alleged harm Qualcomm’s licensing practices have caused the mobile industry. The trial has revealed the inner workings of tech’s most important business, smartphones, showing how suppliers wrestle for dominance and profit.Carl Shapiro, a professor at the University of California in Berkeley and an expert witness for the FTC, testified Tuesday that while Qualcomm is an innovator, that doesn’t mean it can’t also be a monopoly.”Qualcomm should be commended for its technological achievements,” Shapiro said. “But … what’s really important is that companies who aren’t quite as good or who don’t have the scale are not impeded from trying to catch and threaten and challenge the leader.”qualcomm-svp-durga-malladi-ftc-trial-vicki-behringerDurga Malladi, Qualcomm senior vice president of 4G and 5G, testified Tuesday about the research his company does in wireless technology. Vicki Behringer He testified that Qualcomm is using its market power and its monopoly power over chips to extract an “unusually high amount” for royalties for patents. That raises the cost for rivals, weakens them as competitors and fortifies Qualcomm’s monopoly power, Shapiro said. Qualcomm has argued that its broad patent portfolio and innovations justify its fees. CEO Steve Mollenkopf, who took the stand Friday, defended the company’s licensing practices, saying the way his company sells chips to smartphone makers is best for everybody involved.Malladi, testifying on Qualcomm’s behalf Tuesday, stressed the patents and innovation Qualcomm has related to 3G, 4G and 5G mobile technology. For instance, as of March 2018 — the cutoff for evidence related to the trial — Qualcomm was the only company capable of making a processor for millimeter wave 5G networks. The technology allows the superfast speeds of 5G but can travel only short distances and has trouble with impediments like trees or walls. Qualcomm has worked on technology to solve those problems for phones this year to run on millimeter wave networks from Verizon and AT&T. “We are interested in moving the needle quite significantly when it comes to a lot of the communications problems we want to solve,” Malladi said. NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens.center_img reading • Qualcomm kicks off defense in FTC trial by showing its mobile chip prowess 12 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Best Buy $999 Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Tags $999 Mobile Components Tech Industry Phones Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. 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September 10, 2019

Spotify launches the Google Docs of podcasting

first_img 19 Photos Pod people: CNET’s favourite podcasts Now playing: Watch this: Comment Soundtrap, a music-making program that Spotify bought in 2017, is releasing a new version of its software designed for podcasters.  Getty Next up in Spotify’s podcasting binge: A program that makes mixing and mastering a podcast easier than putting together a Powerpoint presentation. Soundtrap for Storytellers, launching today globaly, is an online program meant to make podcasting accessible for anyone who believes they everything it takes to be a top podcaster except any sort of audio-engineering skills. One of its slickest tricks is interactive transcripts that synch with your audio recording, allowing you to edit the spoken-word audio file as you would in a text document. The program has a two-week free trial and offers access to many of its tools, with limitations, free. To unlock the full suite, a monthly subscription is $15 a month. Paying upfront for an annual plan breaks down to $12 a month. You can also sign up for a $18-a-month bundle that includes Storytellers and all of Soundtrap’s music-making tools.  Digital Media Music Spotify buys Gimlet and Anchor on its march to rule podcasts CNET Apps Today And as music culture has shifted to streaming, Spotify and Apple Music have emerged as the leaders in the race to dominate subscription tunes. Spotify remains the biggest streaming service by both subscribers and those who listen for free by far. But Apple Music has been growing quickly, and its iTunes service remains the world’s de facto place to find and download podcastsPeople who create their podcasts on Soundtrap for Storytellers aren’t locked into Spotify for any kind of publishing exclusive. The tool has a tool to publish quickly and easily on Spotify, but podcasters are free to download their final mixes and publish them anywhere they like. The program also has a a pseudo-Skype inside the program itself to record interviews with remote guests, and because it’s cloud-based, multiple people can work on the same podcast even if they’re scattered around the world. It also has a big library of free sound effects and built-in instruments and looping tools to make your own jingles. The program lets you publish your podcast transcript to make it easier for people to find it on search engines. Some caveats about the transcripts: A paid Storytellers subscription gives you 8 hours of interactive transcripts a month. During the free trial, you get 30 minutes of interactive transcripts, and the free version of the software doesn’t include it at all. The Storytellers program is available to use globally, but the interactive transcripts are only available for English. The company said other languages are coming but didn’t specify a timeline. The free version of the programs also lacks features like remote-interview recording, the ability to download a high-quality file of what you’ve created, publishing directly to Spotify or saving a library of your own loops.But the podcasters present for Emanuelsson’s demo last week were intrigued by the tool. “Most podcasters are not music makers,” Alex Ikhehedu of the Need to Know podcast said in an interview. But aspiring podcasters are often faced with professional programs made by Adobe or music-geared software like Garage Band with “crazy confusing presents that no one knows how to use,” he said.  “It’s really interesting to get something all in one place, all in one shot,” he said. “It makes it simple … for a user, especially for people who are new to the industry.” Share your voice Tags 1 Spotify acquired Soundtrap at the end of 2017. Sometimes called the Google Docs of music, Soundtrap focused on a music-making program designed to let normal humans record and mix tunes without being an audio engineer. Or, as Soundtrap cofounder and managing director Per Emanuelsson put it last week, you shouldn’t need to know how to use software that “looks like the cockpit of an airplane.””So many people are trying to be creative but they didn’t think they could do it themselves,” Emanuelsson said last week in an interview after presenting the Storytellers product to a group of professional podcasters. Soundtrap’s music-creation tool was designed in the hope of democratizing recorded music production. “That’s what we hope we’ll see here in the podcasting space as well,” he said.   Spotify itself is on a serious podcast binge, as it looks for ways to lure in new and different listeners. Earlier this year, the company bought podcast companies Gimlet and Anchor, part of a $400 million to $500 million podcast investment effort this year. Podcast users spend almost twice the time on Spotify, CEO Daniel Ek has said. “By having unique programming, people who previously thought Spotify was not right for them will give it a try.” 2:28 Spotifylast_img read more

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September 3, 2019 How Egypts Sisi tightened his autocratic grip

How Egypts Sisi tightened his autocratic grip

first_imgA banner picturing Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is seen during the opening ceremony of the new city houses executed near the Suez Canal in Ismailia. Photo: ReutersThis spring, as Egypt’s parliament debated handing president Abdel Fatah al-Sisi greater power and allowing him to govern until 2030, speaker Ali Abdelaal declared the proposals were the will of the nation’s legislature. The ideas, he said, were “born in parliament, and the president has nothing to do with them, from near or far.”The reality was different, said five people with knowledge of the matter.Three of Sisi’s close advisers, including his eldest son, Mahmoud, had begun planning the changes to the constitution several months earlier, soon after Sisi was elected to a second and final term in office in April 2018, according to these sources, one of whom was present at the discussions.In meetings in September and October 2018 at the headquarters of Egypt’s General Intelligence Service in Cairo, Mahmoud al-Sisi, intelligence chief Abbas Kamel and Mohamed Abou Shoka, a legal adviser to Sisi’s election campaign, talked through ideas for prolonging the president’s time in office, the sources said. They discussed which articles of the constitution to rewrite, how to do this and the timing of such a move.The proposals that emerged – extending Sisi’s presidency and his power over the courts and parliament – were put before parliament by pro-Sisi lawmakers in February. The draft amendments raced through a chamber dominated by Sisi loyalists, and were approved in a referendum in April, in which critical voices were largely silent. Sisi’s opponents say the revisions to the constitution extinguish all hope for a civil, democratic and modern state. Not since the decades-long rule of Hosni Mubarak ended in 2011, they say, has so much power been concentrated in the hands of one man.”The tyrant regime is legitimized,” said Hamdeen Sabahi, a former presidential candidate and a senior member of the Civil Democratic Movement, an alliance of opposition groups.The Egyptian government did not respond to detailed questions from Reuters for this article. Sisi has said previously that Egypt is besieged by terrorism. Supporters of the constitutional changes argue that the president still has work to do in that fight and in reforming Egypt’s economy, and so he needs more time and extended powers.Parliamentary speaker Abdelaal told parliament last month that Sisi “has a dream to make this country strong, advanced and developed.”Sisi, a former general, became president in 2014 after the military toppled Mubarak’s democratically elected successor, Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood, following weeks of street protests. Since then, Sisi has steadily tightened his grip. A crackdown on opponents has drawn criticism from human rights groups and Western governments. A Reuters investigation in April found that Egyptian police had shot dead hundreds of suspected Islamist militants in what authorities said were gun battles, but bereaved families said were extrajudicial killings. A Reuters investigation in July showed a threefold rise in the number of death penalties carried out since Sisi came to power.In interviews, lawmakers, security sources and people with links to Egyptian intelligence described how Sisi’s supporters rewrote key passages of the constitution to give the president and the military greater power, then pushed the changes through a pliant parliament and the public vote. One of Egypt’s few independent news outlets, Mada Masr, first reported that Sisi’s son and intelligence chief Abbas Kamel attended talks about changing the constitution. Reuters pieced together more details about the discussions and how lawmakers and the media were brought into line.A person familiar with the parliamentary process said lawmakers had no hand in drawing up the draft amendments that were put before the house. Some lawmakers who opposed the changes – they were approved by 531 votes to 22 – said they were subject to smears and intimidation.Senior judges wrote to parliament, in a March 16 letter that was reviewed by Reuters, warning that the amendments “would impinge on the independence of the judiciary.” Opposition politicians said there were dozens of arrests in the run-up to the referendum.SOFTLY, SOFTLYSisi’s son Mahmoud rarely appears in public. A graduate of Egypt’s military academy, he holds a senior position in the General Intelligence Service, according to two sources with close links to Egyptian intelligence. A Western diplomat said Mahmoud is in charge of national security, one of three sons of the president known to hold official positions.Abbas Kamal, nicknamed ‘the president’s shadow’ because of his closeness to Sisi, became head of the General Intelligence Service in June 2018, having previously served as Sisi’s chief of staff. Mohamed Abou Shoka, a former chief prosecutor, acted as spokesman and legal adviser for Sisi’s 2018 presidential campaign.The reshaped constitution that they helped to craft expanded presidential and military powers. It made the president responsible for appointing chief judges and the public prosecutor, and selecting one-third of deputies in a new parliamentary chamber, the Council of Senators. It tasked the military with protecting “the constitution and democracy and the fundamental makeup of the country and its civil nature,” giving it latitude to step in if it deems Egypt is going in the wrong direction.The president’s term was increased to six years from four. A special clause said that Sisi’s current period in office, which began in 2018, will run to 2024 and he is allowed to stand for election a third time, overriding a ban on more than two consecutive terms.These last revisions were complicated by a legal requirement that any change to the presidential term must bring with it greater freedoms. By stipulating that at least 25 percent of lawmakers must be women, the amended constitution sought to satisfy that rule.Timothy Kaldas, a non-resident fellow at the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy, a pro-democracy think tank, said the Egyptian government had tried to sell the changes as “some normal constitutional housekeeping and sweeping the extension of his presidency as just a small part of a package of improvements to the constitution.”Sisi’s advisers were keen to win approval for the changes before fuel price rises in the summer, diplomats and opposition figures said. Egyptians are feeling the strain from higher sales taxes, reduced fuel subsidies and a weak currency – all part of an economic reform programme backed by the International Monetary Fund. And while the economy has steadied, Sisi’s popularity has suffered. Egypt’s official statistics agency reported in July that one in three Egyptians is living in poverty.SWIFT PASSAGEWhen parliament’s legislative committee presented the draft amendments to the house in February, it said the proposals had the support of 155 lawmakers. But a source familiar with the process said these lawmakers hadn’t been involved in drawing up the amendments. They had simply put their signatures to a pre-written document. In a departure from normal procedure, the names of these signatories were not disclosed to the house, according to three lawmakers. The government did not respond to requests for comment.In the weeks that followed, parliament held consultations about the proposed constitutional amendments involving representatives of civil society and some opposition leaders. Speaker Abdelaal said the hearings allowed for a free airing of views on the planned changes. Opponents disagreed with this account. “There wasn’t a real dialogue,” said Mohamed Sami, leader of the leftist Karam Party.Members of the judiciary, which sees its powers diminished, pleaded for a rethink. The State Council Judges’ Club, which represents about 3,000 judges, wrote to parliament to warn that amendments would “impinge on the independence of the judiciary in general and reduce the role of the State Council,” a body that rules in administrative disputes and reviews state contracts.”Justice is the basis of governing, the independence of the judiciary is the basis of justice, and without justice the state will be undermined,” wrote the club’s president, Samir al-Bahay, in the letter, which was reviewed by Reuters. Reuters couldn’t reach al-Bahay for comment.One judge described the situation as worse for the judiciary than under Gamal Abdel Nasser, Egypt’s authoritarian president from 1954 to 1970. “Nasser used to sack judges, not put them under full control like is happening now,” he said.Some lawmakers who voted against the changes described being subject to smear campaigns and intimidation. Activists, including some living abroad, said they and their families came under increased pressure.Lawmaker Khaled Youssef, who is also a prominent film director, said online attacks against him started “as soon as I announced that the regime was making a mistake.” In February, after Youssef spoke out against changing the constitution, video surfaced on the internet purporting to show him and several women engaged in sexual acts. The same video had appeared in 2016 after Youssef opposed Sisi’s decision to hand two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia. Youssef said the video was fake.”Every time I oppose a law … they start publishing these videos,” said Youssef, who is currently in Paris.ARRESTS AND SILENCEIn early April, even before the proposed amendments had passed through parliament, roads in Cairo were festooned with banners, posters and digital displays urging people to take part in the yet-to-be-called referendum. Some advertisements went further, pushing for a “yes” vote.More than 120 opposition figures were arrested before and during the April 20-22 referendum, according to the Civil Democratic Movement, a coalition of opposition parties. Among them was Amir Eissa, a senior member of Al Dostour, a liberal party. Eissa’s brother, Moataz, and the party’s lawyer told Reuters that Eissa was arrested outside a polling station in Al Qalyubia Governorate, north of Cairo, on the second day of voting, after telling the official in charge that he had seen people offering bribes to voters. Reuters wasn’t able to contact the official.Eissa remains in custody, said the lawyer, who declined to be identified. Prosecutors ordered that he should be detained on charges of joining a terrorist group and using social media to commit crimes that would threaten peace and security, the lawyer added. Egyptian authorities didn’t respond to requests for comment.Criticism in Egyptian media was muted.Mohamed Abdel Hafiz, a board member of the Journalists’ Syndicate, a professional body, said articles opposing the amendments were stopped by government censors stationed at printing houses to check newspapers pre-publication.”Newspapers were prevented from publishing any views that opposed the constitutional amendments,” said Abdel Hafiz.A website collecting signatures against the referendum was blocked hours after the site’s launch in March, according to NetBlocks, an internet monitoring group. It was unclear who was behind the move. The site had already gathered 60,000 signatures.On 24 April, Egypt’s election commission announced that 89 percent of voters had backed the amendments on a turnout of 44 percent. The commission declared it a free and fair vote.last_img read more

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September 2, 2019 Report 2017 One Of Safest In Decades For Police Officers On Duty

Report 2017 One Of Safest In Decades For Police Officers On Duty

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen 00:00 /01:04 X PexelsTexas leads the country, however, with the most officer fatalities in 2017, with 14 law enforcement deaths.While 2017 has marked one of the safest years since 1959 for police officers in the country, Texas still leads the country with the most officers killed in the line of duty.It’s actually not an unusual ranking for Texas. The Lone Star State historically has the most officer fatalities, partly because it has so many law enforcement agencies.“When you look at the breakdown of deaths in the state of Texas this year, it’s a microcosm of the country,” said Craig Floyd, president of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, an advocacy group that tracks these numbers.The group’s breakdown for Texas with preliminary numbers:Six officers were shot and killed;Four officers died in traffic-related incidents;One officer drowned during Hurricane Harvey;and three officers in Texas died on the job from stress-related illness. However, Floyd said that better public relations, safer equipment and training to deescalate tense situations are all paying off. Nationally, there was a 13 percent drop in the line-of-duty deaths for police officers, which reversed a three-year spike. Sharelast_img read more

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September 1, 2019 Vivien T Thomas Medical Arts Academys Family Festival

Vivien T Thomas Medical Arts Academys Family Festival

first_imgThe Vivien T. Thomas Medical Arts Academy is scheduled to host a back to school community festival on Sept. 3 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m at 100 North Calhoun Street in Baltimore. The event is free and open to the public and will include food and a movie. For more information, visit facebook.com/vttmaa.info.last_img

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September 1, 2019

Detmers Shines in Louisvilles Series Opening Win Over James Madison

first_imgDetmers had it working from the outset Friday, striking out the first five hitters he faced. He retired the first eight batters of the day before hitting a man with two outs in the third. The runner didn’t deter him though, as a groundout on the next pitch ended the inning. PDF Box Score Detmers, the reigning ACC Pitcher of the Week, dazzled on the mound Friday. The southpaw held JMU hitless for the first seven innings of the contest before exiting after eight with one hit allowed and a career-high 14 strikeouts. Reid Detmers Postgame Story Links With a four-run lead, Detmers continued to dominate. He struck out two in the sixth and set the side down in order on strikes in the seventh. The no-hit bid came to an end in the eighth, as a hard-hit ball deflected off the glove of a diving Wyatt at first base. Detmers would finish off the inning without trouble though, finishing his night with eight scoreless innings. Henry Davis tacked one final run onto the Louisville line score with a single that brought home pinch-runner Trey Leonard in the bottom of the eighth inning. The Cardinals then turned the game over to Michael McAvene, who worked a perfect ninth to finish off the victory. Highlights Next Game: James Madison 3/2/2019 | 12:00 PM Live Stats Louisville (6-3) went with two outs in the third, started by a Tyler Fitzgerald single. The junior proceeded to steal second and third base and Oriente legged out an infield single to allow Fitzgerald to score and give UofL a 2-0 advantage. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – For the second straight week, University of Louisville starting pitcher Reid Detmers stole the show, as the eighth-ranked Cardinals blanked James Madison 5-0 in the series opener Friday night at Jim Patterson Stadium. Louisville and James Madison will wrap up the series with a doubleheader on Saturday scheduled to begin at noon ET. Photo Gallery Listen Live Watch Live Full Schedule Roster ACC Network Extra Meanwhile, the Louisville offense gave him a little cushion with a run in the second and third innings. Logan Wyatt doubled to lead off the second and Danny Oriente followed with a single that put runners on the corners. Alex Binelas then cashed in the run-scoring opportunity with a sacrifice fly to get the Cardinals on the board. The sophomore worked seven no-hit innings in his previous start against Brown and built his streak of consecutive hitless innings to 14.2 before a leadoff single in the eighth. After tallying 11 strikeouts in his last outing and 14 on Friday, Detmers is the first Cardinal to reach double digits in back-to-back starts since 2017 Golden Spikes Award winner Brendan McKay did it in three straight in March of 2017. Detmers kept rolling on the mound, piling up two more strikeouts in the fourth and another in the fifth before the offense added to the lead. Fitzgerald started the action again in the fifth, this time with an infield single with one away. Again, the shortstop stole second and third base before coming across on another swing by Oriente. Following a walk to Binelas, Ethan Stringer picked up an RBI on a fielder’s choice to stretch the margin out to four. Fitzgerald went 2-for-4 at the plate with a pair of runs scored for the Cardinals. His four stolen bases match the Louisville single-game record, done eight other times with the most recent coming from Corey Ray against Longwood on March 8, 2016. Print Friendly Version Dan McDonnell Postgame Previewlast_img read more

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August 31, 2019

Mandrill monkey creates tool for a pedicure w video

first_img While Great Apes like the chimpanzee and orangutan have been observed making tools to aid in the extraction of termites from mounds, this is the first time a smaller species of monkey has been observed making tools. Citation: Mandrill monkey creates tool for a pedicure (w/ video) (2011, July 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-07-mandrill-monkey-tool-pedicure-video.html Chimpanzees use sex tools More information: Observation of tool use and modification for apparent hygiene purposes in a mandrill, Behavioural Processes, doi:10.1016/j.beproc.2011.06.003AbstractTool making or modification to produce a tool of apparent improved functionality has rarely been reported in monkeys, especially when tools are used outside the context of food acquisition. We report on an observation of selection, modification and use of splinters for hygiene purposes in a male mandrill. The zoo-housed animal was video-recorded breaking splinters in sequence to use them underneath his toenails. This record brings forward new evidence that the ability to use and modify tools is not limited to apes and some New World monkeys but is also apparent in Old Word monkeys.via BBC The discovery happened when lead researchers Dr. Riccardo Pansini was filming the mandrill as part of a stress-related behavior study being conducted at Chester Zoo. In the video, a large male mandrill works to pull apart bark on a twig to make the tool as narrow as he can. Once completed, he then uses the newly fashioned tool to clean and remove the dirt out from underneath his toenails.Mandrills have also been seen modifying twigs to clean out their ears and researchers believe they do this in order to prevent ear infections. Pansini believes this new behavior of creating tools for pedicures may be due to the fact the mandrill is in captivity. Because the mandrill is not focused on mating or finding food, he has the extra time on his hands to perform what could be considered as a trivial task. Yet, he has modified a tool that would normally be used for the hygienic purposes of cleaning out his ears and used it on his toenails.However, other researchers are not as quick to call this tool usage. Dr. Amanda Seed from the University of St Andrews argues that the use of this twig for self-cleaning is not something new and is not sure that it really ranks up there with tool usage. The use of objects to help with self-care is just not the same as creating a tool to help find food like the chimpanzees do when collecting termites. 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. © 2010 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — In a recent paper published in Behavioural Processes, scientists reveal a film of a mandrill monkey creating a tool from a stick in order to remove dirt from underneath its toenails. This new finding shows that monkeys may be more intelligent than scientists have previously believed. Explore furtherlast_img read more

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August 31, 2019 WB panchayat poll on May 14 State Election Commission

WB panchayat poll on May 14 State Election Commission

first_imgKolkata: Panchayat election in West Bengal will be held on a single day on May 14, the State Election Commission (SEC) announced today. Earlier, the SEC had announced that the polling would be held in three phases on May 1, 2 and 5. The polling had to be deferred after opposition parties moved courts alleging violence and intimidation by the ruling party during the nomination process. “The panchayat election will be held on May 14,” a spokesman of the SEC told newsmen here.last_img

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August 31, 2019

Tihar inmate kills self inside cell

first_imgA 27-year-old inmate lodged in jail number one of Tihar prisons allegedly hanged himself to death inside a cell on Monday. The deceased person, identified as Ravinder, was jailed in connection with a murder and robbery case at his own locality in South-east Delhi’s Govindpuri. Ravinder was reported to be a habitual offender, who was first lodged in Tihar around 11 years ago. He was reportedly upset after his wife failed to come and meet him in the jail in the previous week, said a police official. On Monday afternoon, Ravinder allegedly hanged himself to death with his clothes tied to a high grill in his own cell (number 8) in the first ward of Jail number 1, said a police official. This was the 19th death and the fourth suicide case, so far this year.last_img

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August 19, 2019 PHOTO REPORT – Faces of the faithful A journey along Costa Ricas

PHOTO REPORT – Faces of the faithful A journey along Costa Ricas

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August 4, 2019

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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 UPDATE JAN 31 445 pm Tuscaloosa Police said a

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first_imgUPDATE JAN. 31, 4:45 p.m.Tuscaloosa Police said a man reported missing early Tuesday morning was found dead after a wreck today.Officers found Charles Cardinal, 66, dead in his overturned vehicle at the bottom of a ravine near the Hargrove Road and Loop Road interchange.Police are investigating the cause of the wreck.Tuscaloosa Police need your help finding a man who went missing early Tuesday morning.Charles Gordon Cardinal, 66, suffers from severe medical issues affecting his judgment and was last seen around 2 a.m. at his home.Cardinal’s family told police he’d requested to go for a ride, and they were planning on taking one when he woke up Tuesday, but they found him and his vehicle missing around 7 a.m.Cardinal’s vehicle is a 1998 white Toyota Tacoma with minor damage and the tag number 8537AK9. He’s potentially in the area of the Rocky Road Hunting Club on Highway 171 in Northport.If you have seen or may know Cardinal’s whereabouts, please contact the Tuscaloosa Police Department at 205-349-2121.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 31, 2019 Disabled activists have criticised a council for p

Disabled activists have criticised a council for p

first_imgDisabled activists have criticised a council for pushing ahead with “discriminatory” plans for a memorial to victims of the Peterloo massacre – who died 200 years ago in the cause of equality – that will be completely inaccessible to many disabled people.The new memorial is set to be unveiled on 16 August, the 200th anniversary of the attack by paramilitary and military forces on more than 60,000 peaceful, pro-democracy and anti-poverty protesters in Manchester, which led to 18 deaths and nearly 700 serious injuries.The memorial (pictured) will be positioned near what was known in 1819 as St Peter’s Fields, the site of the massacre, and will be outside the current Manchester Central Convention Centre, which just a few weeks after the unveiling will host the Conservative party’s annual conference.It has been designed by artist Jeremy Deller as a series of concentric circles, with members of the public encouraged to climb the steps to a flat top.But the memorial, which has been funded by Manchester City Council, will be completely inaccessible to many disabled people, even though it has been designed to allow it to be used as a platform for speakers and demonstrators, mirroring those who spoke during the protest in 1819.Now a string of disabled activists from Manchester have attacked the council’s refusal to ensure that the memorial is accessible.Brian Hilton, digital campaigns officer for Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People (GMCDP), said: “Manchester City Council (MCC) is failing to deliver a fitting memorial.“Their chosen stepped design purposefully excludes disabled people.”In March, the designs were approved by Manchester City Council’s planning department, despite objections from GMCDP and others during the consultation and planning process and meetings with council leader Sir Richard Leese.Hilton said: “Manchester has a reputation of pulling together and lining up shoulder to shoulder in defiance of injustice, ignorance and segregation.“We are certain that once the campaign message is more widely heard the public will be as outraged as disabled people are and the council will be forced to listen and make the necessary changes.”Mark Todd, a former city council access officer, who started a Facebook page to protest at the design of the memorial – and who calls it “a monument to discrimination” – said the group was “angry and shocked” that it was going ahead “despite it being inaccessible to disabled people and others who cannot climb steps”.They believe this is “an act of exclusion that denies disabled people a voice, a blatant act of discrimination”, with the memorial “set to become a glaring metaphor for inequality and segregation with disabled people at the bottom of the memorial, literally being talked down to”.The group has called for a “major reworking” of the memorial by Manchester City Council (MCC), to make it accessible to those unable to climb steps, with options “explored in a full, open, transparent and public manner”.The group said that anything less would be a “breathtaking act of hypocrisy” and “an abandonment of the ideals of liberty and equality which moved those citizens to gather in St Peter’s Fields on 16th August 1819”.Dennis Queen, from Manchester Disabled People Against Cuts, said: “We think MCC choosing to deliberately create a platform inaccessible for all speakers – or signers – sends a clear message against democracy for all in Manchester – the exact opposite of the aims of the memorial.”Flick Harris, chair of Manchester Disabled People’s Access Group, said she and her colleagues were “shocked” that the council had approved the “newly designed inaccessible and unsafe Peterloo monument”.She said: “Any new designs and projects should be accessible for everyone or no-one.”Alan Holdsworth, a former Manchester resident who now lives in the US, where he is a member of the ADAPT grassroots disability rights organisation, said: “As a former Mancunian on behalf of ADAPT we are appalled that in 2019 we still have to fight against segregation and exclusion from the Peterloo massacre memorial.”Holdsworth, who founded the Disabled People’s Direct Action Network (DAN) in the UK, said: “What makes us more angry is that although disabled people were part of the consultation process their voices, ideas and reservations were ignored.“We call on the council to halt the process and include disabled people and accessibility in the design.”Linda Burnip, co-founder of Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), said: “While DPAC realise that the new Peterloo memorial is to celebrate the martyrdom of 19th century activists it remains totally unacceptable in what is now the 21st century for any sector of our society – in this case disabled people – to be deliberately excluded from access to that memorial.“We are appalled that disabled people’s concerns have been repeatedly ignored by Manchester City Council and call for an immediate redesign of this structure, together with disabled people, so that all citizens are able to access it equally.”Although some changes have been made as a result of concerns about access, including the addition of a handrail, it appears that wheelchair-users will still only be able to reach the height of the lowest of the circles via a ramp.But the council made it clear to DNS yesterday (Wednesday) that it was unlikely that any further major changes would now be made, stating: “We are happy to continue dialogue and explore whether anything further can be done to address concerns but it is unlikely there could be any fundamental changes.”A council spokesperson said earlier: “We have engaged, and will continue to engage, with people who are disabled in order to make this memorial accessible while recognising that this is not a building or similar structure but a piece of public art.“Significant changes to the original design were made in response to this dialogue throughout the design’s development including the incorporation of a ramp and handrail and the replacement of tiles covering the memorial with stone to reduce slip hazards.“The specific design elements which provide information about Peterloo are all accessible.“We have taken these considerations seriously. While we respect the fact that some people feel that these changes still do not go far enough, we believe we have done the best we realistically can allowing for the constraints of the site, and this is the only feasible site in the original Peter’s Fields area.“Further mooted changes to the approved and already amended design would require new planning approvals and mean the project couldn’t be completed in time for the 200th anniversary commemorations.”Deller, whose work often focuses on political and social themes, expressed sympathy with the position of disabled campaigners and told Disability News Service: “I take responsibility for not considering enough the needs of people in wheelchairs.”He said further changes were suggested to improve access after the memorial secured planning permission, but he said the council had decided they were “so substantial it would have meant total redesign” and so were “not practical” because work had already begun.He said he still hoped that “once the memorial is built there might be a way to adapt it for wheelchairs”, but he had not responded by noon today (Thursday) to the council’s position that it was probably too late for further major changes.A spokesperson for the Peterloo Memorial Campaign, which campaigned for years for a memorial to be built, said disabled people were “right to be frustrated and angry about the lack of access to the monument”.He said: “In addition to commemorating the massacre, the memorial has been designed as a platform for speakers and demonstrators, but people using wheelchairs or unable to climb steps cannot use it fully.”He added: “We accept our share of responsibility for not immediately spotting this issue when the design was unveiled. “We have worked with the council, the artist and disabled people involved in or supportive of the Peterloo Memorial Campaign to try and find a ‘retrofit’ solution.“We are disappointed to be informed by the council that no solution is viable in the limited time left available.”The names of those who died, and the villages and towns of the protesters, will be engraved on the memorial, while those visiting will be shown the direction of other parts of the world where significant protests have taken place, such as Tiananmen Square, Cairo’s Tahrir Square and Gdansk in Poland.A smaller circle at ground-floor level will reproduce the information so that those who cannot climb the steps will be able to read it.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

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July 26, 2019

Hey Writers Need an Idea The Copyrights on a Bunch of Classics

first_img The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. 2 min read January 4, 2019 Associate Editor –shares Entrepreneur Staff 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Joan Oleck Hey Writers, Need an Idea? The Copyrights on a Bunch of Classics Have Expired and Are Ready for the Zombie Treatmentcenter_img Next Article Add to Queue If you’ve ever longed to write a novel or a play or a poem or a blog and are hurting for an idea, sharpen that quill pen or fire up that digital device — your opportunity has arrived! Depending on how you stand on the whole re-imagined vs. ripoff debate, a shelf-load of classic works are now in the public domain and ready to be mined.As the New York Times reported over the weekend in a front-page story, Congress passed a law in 1998 lengthening copyright protections by 20 years over and above the 75-year protection assigned works published between 1923 and 1977. That meant 95 years of protection, followed by the current free-for-all each January as a new set of works lose their protected status.This January 1, 2019, works in this category, dating from 1923, included greats from authors ranging from Agatha Christie, F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner and D. H. Lawrence to P. G. Wodehouse, Rudyard Kipling, Robert Frost and Virginia Woolf — to name just a few.Related: What Businesses Should Know About Copyright and Twitter UseZombies not your thing? Perhaps a business book would be more up your alley. The Curious Case of Elon Musk, based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, is totally up for grabs. Get to typing!Got some more ideas for redos of works from 1923 or earlier? Put them in the comments section. Copyrights Image credit: Lionsgate In 2009, Seth Grahame-Smith scored big with ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ when the Jane Austen classic became public domain. Apply Now »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

System outage causes flight cancelations in Frankfurt

Airport operator Fraport said an important database used to plan aircraft handling was out of action from 3:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Wednesday.News agency dpa reported that Fraport said backup procedures were activated, but weren’t able to handle the airport’s normal capacity—and 71 out of a total 1,560 planned flights were canceled.German airline Lufthansa said that it alone had to cancel 23 flights by midday, affecting more than 2,600 passengers. Lufthansa board member Harry Hohmeister said he expects Fraport to “get a grip quickly on the evident infrastructure problems.” © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. A technology failure at Frankfurt airport has caused the cancellation of dozens of flights at Germany’s busiest hub. Citation: System outage causes flight cancelations in Frankfurt (2018, May 16) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-outage-flight-cancelations-frankfurt.html Snow and ice ground hundreds of flights in Frankfurt Explore further 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. read more

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