August 19, 2019 Did you know Why you should never wear leggings on airplanes

Did you know Why you should never wear leggings on airplanes

first_imgDid you know? Why you should never wear leggings on airplanes Share Wednesday, March 15, 2017 NEW YORK — Say it ain’t so! An aviation expert has come forward to denounce the many benefits of leggings, which have become the must-have accessory for women while travelling.According to Cosmopolitan, aviation expert Christine Negroni told The Sun that yoga-style leggings shouldn’t be worn on planes, not because they may not be warm enough or can be regarded by some as ‘skimpy’, but because they may actually be a fire hazard.“Everyone is wearing yoga pants on aeroplanes now, but I avoid all artificial fibres because they are more likely to burn and stick to you if there is a fire,” she told The Sun during her interview.Negroni suggests clothes made of cotton and natural fibres as a safer alternative, and also advises passengers to put their shoes on prior to arrival. While many of us are guilty of shedding our footwear throughout the course of a long flight, Negroni says that the riskiest time on a flight is during landing, which is why a shoe policy should be enforced.More news:  Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?“If you escape an aircraft, the floor could be very hot or cold, it might be covered in oil or on fire, or in a cornfield – you won’t want to be barefoot,” she added.Got it. Ditch the leggings and keep our shoes on. But oh, how difficult it’ll be to leave those leggings at home. Travelweek Group center_img Posted by Tags: Planes << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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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

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterOutrigger Resorts has opened its first branded Voyager 47 Club Lounge in Hawaii. Located at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort, the Voyager 47 Club Lounge is available exclusively to guests staying in the resort’s Voyager 47 Club suites or Voyager 47 Club oceanfront rooms.The premier club lounge is located on the third level of the resort’s Diamond Head building with both indoor and outdoor seating available and an expansive deck that overlooks Waikiki Beach with spectacular views of the blue Pacific, iconic Diamond Head and colourful Hawaiian sunsets in the evening. Premium refreshments and elevated amenities are available that allow guests to discover specially curated localised experiences. Room décor includes an art piece by local artist Shannon McCarthy made from recycled marine debris. Outrigger paddles and art work of the voyaging canoe Hokule`a also adorn the walls commemorating Outrigger’s long-standing support and partnership with the Polynesian Voyaging Society.Club level guests are invited to start their day with a “Sunrise Invitation for Exploration,” a locally inspired tasting menu, including premium coffee, as they review expert advice for their day’s travels. Before leaving the lounge, guests can take a local snack to-go, which is perfectly paired with the recommended activity, or consult with a Voyager 47 concierge.The “Signature Sunset Celebration” is an early evening reception that welcomes guests back to the resort for a night of rejuvenation and relaxation. Guests can enjoy light snacks, cocktails, and a specialty draft bar by Kona Brewing Company that features seasonal brews, other spirits by local distillers and mixology specialties created for Voyager 47.In addition to the Voyager 47 Club Lounge at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort, current lounges at the Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort in Thailand and Outrigger Guam Resort will soon be rebranded, with more premier club lounges to come at other Outrigger Resorts properties.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img
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August 9, 2019 Plan to eliminate tax delays for farmers signed into law

Plan to eliminate tax delays for farmers signed into law

first_img Categories: Roberts News 28Jun Plan to eliminate tax delays for farmers signed into law Rep. Roberts: Legislation will ensure faster processing of P.A. 116 creditsGov. Rick Snyder today signed into law legislation to eliminate delays in the processing of tax credit payments for farmers who participate in Michigan’s Farmland and Open Space Preservation Program, often referred to as “P.A. 116.”State Rep. Brett Roberts, who sponsored a portion of the three-bill package, said the P.A. 116 program offers a property tax credit to people who voluntarily commit to using their land for agricultural production for a number of years. However, the program has not been adequately funded in recent years, leading to delays in the processing of P.A. 116 applications and renewals by some State of Michigan departments.“This has left farmers who participate in the program waiting for a very long time to receive their tax refunds. Some farmers in our district reported a 13-month lag time,” said Rep. Roberts, R-Eaton Township. “The farmers are holding up their end of the bargain, and they deserve a timely tax credit in return. Not to mention, it’s pretty difficult to file your taxes for this year when you’re still waiting on last year’s return.”House Bills 5189-5191, introduced by Rep. Roberts and Rep. Dan Lauwers, R-Brockway Township, streamline the process for registering a P.A. 116 agreement with the state. The plan also holds the Department of Treasury accountable for delays by applying a 3-percent annual interest rate on refunds not issued within 45 days.“These changes will significantly shorten the amount of time farmers have been waiting for their tax refunds,” Rep. Roberts said. “They also make the P.A. 116 program more efficient, which will help ensure people will continue to be interested in preserving their land for food production in the future.”The bills are now Public Acts 265-267 of 2016.#####last_img read more

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August 9, 2019 Michigan State Police official joins Rep Iden for Sept 11 ceremony

Michigan State Police official joins Rep Iden for Sept 11 ceremony

first_img Categories: Iden News,News 06Sep Michigan State Police official joins Rep. Iden for Sept. 11 ceremony PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Brandt Iden (left), of Oshtemo Township, is joined by Inspector Dale Hinz, Assistant Commander of Michigan State Police’s 5th District, on Thursday during a Michigan House session commemorating the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. The ceremony remembers first responders and members of the military from Michigan who died in the line of duty in the past year.last_img

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August 6, 2019 Net Insight a leading provider in streaming medi

Net Insight a leading provider in streaming medi

first_imgNet Insight, a leading provider in streaming, media transport and resource scheduling, has announced a new organisational structure.Henrik SundThe company says the shake-up will deliver “a sharper customer focus and a clearer division of product and business responsibilities”.The new organisational structure, effective from October 4, 2018, is based on the existing group-wide sales organisation. As a result, the new management will comprise Henrik Sund, interim CEO; Pelle Bourn, CFO; Maria Hellström, COO; Marcus Sandberg, VP Strategy & MarCom; Alan Ryan, VP Sales; Ulrik Rohne, VP Media Networks; Gustav Grundström, VP OTT and Judy Fick, VP Resource Optimisation.Sund said: “Technological progress and changing customer behaviours mean we need to step up our rate of change. This has led us to introduce a more streamlined organisational structure, focused on increasing growth and profit by a clearer division of business and product responsibilities, but mainly a sharpened customer focus.”Net Insight’s offerings cover the entire media chain from TV cameras and TV studios, right through to the TV consumers. It has more than 500 customers in 60 countries and is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm.last_img read more

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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 The University of Alabama sent out a warning Tuesd

The University of Alabama sent out a warning Tuesd

first_imgThe University of Alabama sent out a warning Tuesday night after two students reported they were robbed in the area of Ninth Avenue and 13th Street near the UA campus.The victims said they were approached by a man who demanded one of the victims’ purses before he ran off. Police said the suspect was wearing a white T-shirt and dark pants.Neither victim was injured.If you have any information about the incident, please call the University of Alabama Police Department at 205-348-5454 or Tuscaloosa Crime Stoppers at 205-752-7867.last_img

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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 19, 2019

New study could help inform research on preventing falls

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Dec 11 2018You probably overestimate just how far someone can push you before you reach your tipping point, new research suggests.No, we’re not talking about your emotional tipping point.A new study examined how far people thought they could lean over backwards before they would actually fall to the ground. When study participants were put into a device that slowly and safely tilted them, most thought they reached their tipping point when they were tilted somewhere near 14 degrees from vertical (straight up and down).But research suggests the actual tipping point for most people is nearer to 8 or 9 degrees, said Dennis Shaffer, lead author of the study and associate professor of psychology at The Ohio State University, Mansfield.Study participants were even worse at estimating when they watched models being tilted backwards – in that case, they projected the tipping point would be nearly 45 degrees.”That’s about 35 degrees off from reality,” Shaffer said.As if that weren’t bad enough, the study found we can’t tell when we are standing straight up. And the miscalculations don’t end there.”This study fits with other research we’ve done that shows people don’t do well estimating other kinds of angles, like the steepness of hills,” he said.The study appears online in the journal Attention, Perception & Psychophysics and will be published in a future print edition.A person’s tipping point can be calculated by knowing his or her height, weight and foot size. For nearly everybody, that point turns out to be less than 10 degrees, said study co-author Kirsten Greer, who works in Shaffer’s lab at Ohio State.In this study, researchers conducted four experiments, each involving 42 to 60 college students, to see how well they could predict their own tipping point. In most cases, the researchers used a device called an inversion table.Participants stood with their back against a flat board, were strapped in and then slowly tilted backward at their waist.”They were instructed to tell us to stop when they felt they were at the point where they would no longer be able to stay upright and would fall over backward if they weren’t in this device,” Greer said.Related StoriesComplement system shown to remove dead cells in retinitis pigmentosa, contradicting previous researchAMSBIO offers new, best-in-class CAR-T cell range for research and immunotherapyTAU’s new Translational Medical Research Center acquires MILabs’ VECTor PET/SPECT/CTFor the average participant, that was near 14 degrees backward.But an inversion table may not be the best way to measure our perceived tipping point. That’s because in most falls, people start falling from their feet and not their waist. So the researchers developed a different tilting apparatus, based on a hand truck, that would tilt people at their feet.Even with this device, most people thought their tipping point was near 14 degrees, Greer said.”Overall, people seem to have far less understanding about their body in space than they believe,” she said.That point was shown again in one of the studies when people, after being tilted backward, were slowly brought back up to a standing position. They were asked to tell the researcher when they were perfectly vertical. Participants were asked to look straight ahead and not glance down during the experiment.Average participants said they were straight up and down when they were still tilted backward about 6 degrees.”People were shocked when they found out they weren’t standing straight up,” Greer said. “We didn’t have anyone who got to 0 degrees before telling us they were vertical.”It’s not just issues involving the angle of human bodies that seem to perplex us, Shaffer said. In other research, he found that people overestimate the steepness of slopes, including staircases and escalators.This new work could help inform research on preventing falls, which are a leading cause of injury and death in older Americans.”It may be that as we age our perceived vertical becomes further away from true vertical, or we can no longer correct for the discrepancy between true vertical and what we perceive as vertical,” Shaffer said.The perception of being vertical while actually tilted slightly backward also has implications for design of furniture and various types of seats, he said.Source: https://news.osu.edu/when-scientists-push-people-to-their-tipping-point/last_img read more

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July 18, 2019

Tropoelastin protein accelerates growth of stem cells

first_img Source:https://sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/news/2019/02/01/stem-cell-growth-accelerated-by-tropoelastin-protein.html Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Feb 1 2019Stem cells are vital for therapeutic treatments to repair and build human tissue including skin and muscles. Researchers are constantly looking for ways to make stem cells work better, with worldwide demand for the cells far outstripping supply.Now researchers have discovered a way to generate more stem cells cheaply and quickly, using tropoelastin – a protein that gives living tissues the ability to stretch and retract.Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), co-authors Dr Giselle Yeo and Professor Anthony Weiss – from the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre, School of Life and Environmental Sciences and Bosch Institute – said the study describes a new and cost-effective method of growing and recruiting mesenchymal stem cells rapidly and efficiently.”Stem cells are increasingly being used as cell therapies for a range of diseases that cannot be reliably treated by conventional medicine including skeletal tissue injuries, heart attacks, degenerative diseases and organ failure,” Dr Yeo explained.”Unfortunately, a lack of supply is hindering widespread use of such cell therapies.”Our discovery – that tropoelastin dramatically promotes stem cell expansion and recruitment, and reliably preserves their ability to develop into different types of cells – points to new ways of cost-effectively and efficiently growing these stem cells to address the increasing global demand.”Such technologies can help significantly lower the currently prohibitive cost of many cell therapies.”Related StoriesExciting study shows how centrioles center the process of cell divisionAbcam Acquire Off-The-Shelf Diploid Library of Over 2,800 Knockout Cell LinesEvaluating safety and efficacy of magnetically labeled mesenchymal stem cellsTropoelastin is a key component of MeTro, the groundbreaking ‘squirtable’ elastic surgical glue that can seal wounds in 60 seconds when exposed to UV light, developed by Professor Weiss in conjunction with researchers in the United States. Professor Weiss won the Eureka Prize for Innovation in Medical Research for his development and commercialisation of tropoelastin protein biomaterials.Using human stem cells from donors, the researchers found that when small amounts of tropoelastin were applied it encouraged more cells to be produced, creating a better environment for growth compared to other commonly used proteins for stem cell cultures.”Stem cells need a home to live and grow, and we’ve essentially created a nice environment for them live in,” Professor Weiss said.”Making stems cells requires a process a bit like cooking soup – the more complex the culture or ‘soup’, the more difficult it is to control the growth of the cells and the more expensive it is to make.”Our technique simplifies the ‘soup’ – tropoelastin makes the process to grow stem cells simpler, and cheaper.”Tropoelastin also encourages other stem cells to join the ‘soup’ – further increasing the rate of growth of the cells.”Professor Weiss said the next stage of research would be to test the efficacy of tropoelastin inside the body.”We expect that once these stem cells are inside a living body they will actually help trigger repair, encouraging other cells to come to the damaged area and supporting the body to repair itself.”last_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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July 18, 2019

Nations must boost adult training in face of automation OECD

first_imgDeveloped countries need to “urgently” boost adult training and education programmes to deal with future mass job upheaval brought on by automation, the OECD said Wednesday. Citation: Nations must boost adult training in face of automation: OECD (2019, February 13) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-02-nations-boost-adult-automation-oecd.html The OECD’s latest analysis found that one in seven jobs are at risk of being fully automated while another 30 percent would likely be overhauled The OECD’s latest analysis found that one in seven jobs are at risk of being fully automated while another 30 percent would likely be overhauled.But only 40 percent of workers in the jobs most at risk receive training, far less than the 59 percent of those with jobs at low risk, it found.”Many OECD countries need to urgently scale-up and upgrade their adult learning systems to help people adapt to the future world of work,” the Paris-based group of major economies said in a new report.The report said lack of motivation was a problem, with half of adults not wanting training, while 11 percent want to train but lack time, money, or support from their employer.The report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development assessed the “future-readiness” of each of its member countries’ adult learning systems.It found Greece, Japan and Slovakia performed poorly in most areas, but there was still plenty of room for improvement in better-performing countries such as Norway and Denmark.The report recommended that countries promote “the benefits of adult learning and providing targeted support for the low skilled, the unemployed, migrants and older people”.It also suggesting targeting training in areas were jobs were most likely to become obsolete in the future.Finally, it said nations should “ensure adequate public financing and incentivising employers to contribute through training levies and tax incentives, as well as encouraging individuals through subsidies and paid training leave”. OECD hopes for global digital tax by 2020center_img © 2019 AFP 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.last_img read more

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July 17, 2019

A village where no one goes for campaigning

first_imgPublished on SHARE Elections 2019 The air is still and enervating in Nelgunda, a village with 600 inhabitants on the Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh border, which is at the heart of Naxal activity. So far, none of the candidates fighting elections have come to the villages for canvassing.Residents of the village are the Madia tribals, who still build megalithic structures, to honour their dead.On April 11, the residents of the Gadchiroli-Chimur constituency will vote to send their MP to Parliament. It is the largest constituency in Maharashtra.Despite 70 years of independence, the village has no electricity and tar roads. Landline, optical cables and mobiles have still not reached the village. The dense and dry deciduous forest is home to Naxal Dalam (squad) camps.Land ownershipFarmer and former sarpanch (village chief) of Nelgunda Vale Dogevaddi said: “Other than rice, nothing is cultivated in the fields. The land in the village is not in the name of the farmers, very few land ownership titles have been handed over to them. The State Government is holding the land titles but is not transferring them. The local revenue officials have all the records, surveys and applications. Still, no action has been taken.”“Whoever comes to power, whether it is the Congress or the BJP, should ensure that the land titles are handed over to the people. Tomorrow if the government changes its mind about the use of land, the farmers should at least have some claim,” Dogevaddi said.He said that unemployment is driving the youth towards Naxalism, “They ask what have we achieved after getting educated, therefore they take to guns for their rights.”A retired forest official on condition of anonymity said the Madia tribal’s way of life remained untouched by the arrival of the British and even after independence they never joined the mainstream . “It is a land and people, which has been forgotten,” the retired official said.The road to Nelgunda from Hemalkasa is marked by sites of Naxal violence and counter-action by the police. The village has a clinic but it functions once in 60 days when the nurse makes her visit.Mahendra Chetu Vachame, who has less than one acre in the village, said none of the party workers have visited the villages to seek votes. The local MP Ashok Nete has never visited the village, he said.Former sarpanch Dogevaddi added that police harassment is also a constant fear here. Villagers can speak only Madia language, which the policemen don’t understand. “If villagers don’t give proper answers to the police about Naxals, they get beaten up for no reason,” he said. COMMENT Residents of Nelgunda village. Photo: Rahul Wadke political campaignscenter_img COMMENTS April 08, 2019 elections SHARE SHARE EMAIL Maharashtralast_img read more

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July 16, 2019

Stewart backs Roy to open England batting during Ashes

first_img {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Cricket 08 Jul 2019 England coach Bayliss says Roy a ‘definite option’ for Ashes Cricket 11 Jul 2019 Rampant England end Australia’s title defence to roar into final Cricket 07 Jul 2019 England quick Anderson suffers calf injury ahead of Ashes (Reuters) – England batsman Jason Roy can strike fear in the hearts of rivals and should make his test debut in the Ashes series against Australia following his World Cup heroics, former skipper Alec Stewart has said.Opener Roy scored 85 runs in 65 balls as England thumped Australia by eight wickets on Thursday, ending a 27-year wait to reach the World Cup final where the hosts face New Zealand at Lord’s on Sunday.It was the 28-year-old Roy’s third straight half-century in the tournament and took his tally to 426 runs from six innings.”You hate singling out one player that can make such a big difference in any sport, but it’s so obvious with Jason Roy in that team,” Stewart told Sky Sports. AdChoices广告”He can put fear into that opposition straight away. He’s done it in a very mature way in this tournament.”He understands his own game … how good he is, and he’s not going to chuck (his wicket) away which is great to see.”The South Africa-born batsman has played more than a hundred games for England in the shorter formats since making his debut in 2014, but is yet to feature in the longest version.Stewart was confident Roy’s consistent performances would earn him a spot in the test team for the Ashes series, which begins on Aug. 1.”We’ll see him in the Ashes, don’t worry about that, he’ll be opening the batting for England,” said Stewart, who played 133 tests and 170 ODIs for England.England, who are looking to reclaim the coveted urn from Australia, warm up for the five-match series with their first ever test against Ireland, which will be a four-day contest later this month. (Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; editing by Sudipto Ganguly) Related News Related Newslast_img read more

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July 16, 2019

Good idea for McIlroy to wear heart on his sleeve over home

first_img Related News Related News Golf 07 Jul 2019 American Daly not allowed to use golf cart at British Open “The reality is it would mean more to him than anybody on earth. For him to openly admit it, publicly to us, to me I think it gives him a better chance.”Four-times major champion McIlroy will finally have his first chance to play an Open in his homeland as the championship returns to Northern Ireland for the first time since 1951.McIlroy recently acknowledged “100%” that winning at Portrush would be the most special victory of all.Azinger, who finished a shot behind Nick Faldo at the 1987 Open at Muirfield and later collected his lone major title at the 1993 PGA Championship, rates McIlroy as his third favourite behind Americans Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson.World number one Koepka has finished no worse than second in the past four majors.”Koepka by a wide margin to me is the favourite,” the 59-year-old Azinger said, speaking on a conference call ahead of next week’s Open, where he will be lead analyst on the American television coverage for NBC and Golf Channel.”His caddie is from there. This is going to be great for Brooks. It’s high time we stopped overlooking him.”TIGER ‘WARNING SIGN’And what about the chances of Tiger Woods, who has not played since finishing equal 21st at the U.S. Open last month? Woods, who has won 15 major titles, missed the cut at the PGA Championship, an understandable hangover perhaps after his famous triumph at the Masters where he ended a decade-long major victory drought in April.Azinger is certainly not writing off the 15-times major champion but, at the same time, is not convinced that more victories are going to flow freely as the 43-year-old chases down Jack Nicklaus’s all-time record of 18 major titles.”This next win for Tiger, it’s going to be a lot harder than people think because there’s a lot on the line for this next win and he’s had this mountain top experience of achieving that Masters victory,” Azinger said.”The good news for Tiger fans is his game is out of the laboratory but, for me, the warning sign for Tiger fans is that could have been the peak moment for Tiger.”Let’s give him some time to overcome that great victory at the Masters. I just saw a different Tiger the last two majors.” (Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Ken Ferris) {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}center_img (Reuters) – Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy has expressed how much it would mean to triumph in next week’s championship on home soil at Royal Portrush and former British Open runner-up Paul Azinger loves the way he has embraced the magnitude of the event.The way the American sees it, everyone knows what is at stake, so why try hiding from it?”I’m a little surprised at how candid he’s been about the magnitude of what this event will mean to him, because Rory has taken the attitude all year that he’s going to treat every event the same,” Azinger said on Friday.”But he admitted how much this is going to mean to him and I think it’s going to help him, because it’s the reality. Golf 09 Jul 2019 Golf: American Daly withdraws from British Open – report Golf 09 Jul 2019 Golf – Women’s British Open prize money up 40%last_img read more

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December 23, 2018

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