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first_imgNEW YORK, NY – Taj Hotels & Palaces is inviting elite travelers to take your Valentine to The Pierre in New York for a two-night celebration including: Suite accommodation; Dinner for two at Le Caprice (exclusive of alcohol); Surprise confection from The Pierre’s pastry chef, delivered in-room; Bottle of Champagne; and Breakfast in bed.The Pierre’s Valentine’s Day package is valid for February 12, 13 and 14. Rates for a City View Suite begin at $1,100 per night (two night minimum). To book, call 212-838-8000 or 800-PIERRE4 or visit www.tajhotels.com/pierre.last_img read more

Rep Sheppard supports dual enrollment for border school districts

first_img In an effort to increase access to secondary education, state Rep. Jason Sheppard voted for giving area students more dual enrollment options today by supporting legislation to allow students in state border school districts to attend out-of-state programs.The House bill includes specific stipulation that the out-of-state educational facility be within 20 miles of the border for students enrolled in a public, charter or private school district.“A quality education has no boundaries,” said Sheppard, of Temperance. “It’s well known that I support the diverse programming we have at Monroe County Community College, but we cannot deny those students who wish to pursue a program closer to them which happens to be just across the border in Ohio.”House Bill 4735, sponsored by state Rep. Aaron Miller of Sturgis, would amend the Post-Secondary Enrollment Option Act. The Act currently stipulates eligible high school students can take certain non-core courses at a qualified institution such as a state university, community college or independent non-profit college or university with state funding assistance. The new bill would allow students in school districts that share border with neighboring states to take courses in those nearby states.Stephen McNew, superintendent of the Monroe County Intermediate School District, testified in support of the legislation before the House Education Reform Committee on Sept. 14.“There are portions of our state where the nearest Michigan-based dual enrollment programs are quite a distance away,” said Sheppard. “We’re fortunate to have many opportunities here and this bill will expand our students’ options.”HB 4735 advances to the Senate for its consideration.##### 17Oct Rep. Sheppard supports dual enrollment for border school districts Categories: News,Sheppard Newslast_img read more

Rep Farrington backs resolution calling for July 1 budget deadline

first_img Categories: Diana Farrington News,News Legislators’ pay would be docked if the budget was not ready 16Oct Rep. Farrington backs resolution calling for July 1 budget deadlinecenter_img State Rep. Diana Farrington today said she fully supports a House resolution calling for a balanced state budget to be presented to the governor by July 1 each year.Farrington, of Utica, said she became a co-sponsor of House Joint Resolution X because she understands the stress placed on local governments and school districts when the amount of state money they receive is up in the air until the current Oct. 1 deadline.“Our local leaders begin their fiscal years in the summer, and not knowing how much state money they can count on can mean the difference between laying off a teacher or a city worker because the money may not be allocated,” Farrington said. “House leadership has proven for the past seven budget cycles that a spending blueprint can be finalized by July, and I believe we should let voters decide if a July 1 deadline is better than the current one.”The resolution would require two-thirds approval from both the House and Senate before the question of amending the Michigan Constitution is put on the ballot.If the deadline was missed, the resolution calls for legislators to be docked their salaries for every day the state budget is not completed beyond July 1.“State government should be held to the deadline, and if legislators do not meet the constitutional mandate, they don’t deserve to be paid.,” Farrington said.The resolution has been referred to the House Appropriations Committee for consideration.#####last_img read more

US federal debt management is living on borrowed t

first_img US federal debt management is living on borrowed time. The deficit for 2013 was only $600 billion, down from trillion-dollar-plus levels of recent years. But this less-terrible-than-before figure was achieved only by the grace of extraordinarily low interest rates, which limit the cost of servicing existing government debt. Should interest rates rise, less-than-terrible will seem like happy times. Almost no one imagines that the current situation can continue indefinitely. But is there a way for it to end nicely? For most investors, the expectation (or perhaps just the hope) that things can gracefully return to normal rests on confidence that the people in charge, especially the Federal Reserve governors, are really, really smart and know what they’re doing. The best minds are on the job. If the best minds were in charge of designing a bridge, I would expect the bridge to hold up well even in a storm. If the best minds were in charge of designing an airplane, I would expect it to fly reliably. But if the best minds were in charge of something no one really knows how to do, I would be ready for a failure, albeit a failure with superb academic credentials. Despite all the mathematics that has been spray-painted on it, economics isn’t a modern science. It’s a primitive science still weighted with cherished beliefs and unproven dogma. It’s in about the same stage of development today that medicine was in the 17th century, when the best minds of science were arguing whether the blood circulates through the body or just sits in the veins. Today economists argue whether newly created cash will circulate through the economy or just sit in the hands of the recipients. Let’s look at the puzzle the best minds now face. If the Federal Reserve were simply to continue on with the money printing that began in 2008, the economy would continue its slow recovery, with unemployment drifting lower and lower. Then the accumulated increase in the money supply would start pushing up the rate of price inflation, and it would push hard. Only a sharp and prolonged slowdown in monetary growth would rein in price inflation. But that would be reflected in much higher interest rates, which would push the federal deficit back above the trillion-dollar mark and also push the economy back into recession. So the Fed is trying something else. They’ve begun the so-called taper, which is a slowing of the growth of the money supply. Their hope is that if they go about it with sufficient precision and delicacy, they can head off catastrophic price inflation without undoing the recovery. What is their chance of success? My unhappy answer is “very low.” The reason is that they aren’t dealing with a linear system. It’s not like trying to squeeze just the right amount of lemon juice into your iced tea. With that task, even if you don’t get a perfect result, being a drop or two off the ideal won’t produce a bad result. Tinkering with the money supply, on the other hand, is more like disarming a bomb—and going about it according to the current theory as to whether it’s the blue wire or the red wire that needs to be cut means a small failure isn’t possible. Adjusting the growth of the money supply sets off multiple reactions, some of which can come back to bite. Suppose, for example, that the taper proceeds with such a light touch that the US economy doesn’t tank. But that won’t be the end of the story. Stock and bond markets in most countries have been living on the Fed’s money printing. The touch that’s light enough for the US markets might pull the props out from under foreign markets—which would have consequences for foreign economies that would feed back into the US through investment losses by US investors, loan defaults against US lenders, and damage to US export markets. With that feedback, even the light touch could turn out not to have been light enough. To see what the consequences of economic mismanagement can be, and how stealthily disaster can creep up on you, watch the 30-minute documentary, Meltdown America. Witness the harrowing tales of three ordinary people who lived through a crisis, and how their experiences warn of the turmoil that could soon reach the US. Click here to watch it now. The nonstop expansion of the money supply since 2008 has kept money market interest close to zero. Rates on longer-term debt aren’t zero but are extraordinarily low. The ten-year Treasury bond currently yields just 2.7%; that’s up from a low of 1.7%. The flow of new money has been irrigating all financial markets. In the US, stocks and bonds tremble at each hint the Fed is going to turn the faucet down just a little. And it’s not just US markets that are affected. When credit in the US is ultra-cheap, billions are borrowed here and invested elsewhere, all around the world, which pushes up investment prices almost everywhere. A nice result, if that had been all. But there was more. Injecting a big dose of money to inoculate the economy against recession set off a bubble in the housing market. Starting in 2003, the Fed began gradually lowering the growth rate of the money supply to cool the rise in housing prices. That, too, produced the intended result; in 2006, housing prices began drifting lower. But again, there was a further consequence—the financial collapse that began in 2008. This time, the Federal Reserve stomped on the monetary accelerator with both feet, and the growth of the money supply hit a year-over-year rate of 21%. It’s still growing rapidly, at an annual rate of 9%.center_img During World War II, the British Royal Air Force (RAF) undertook a plan of misdirection to allow a squadron of bombers to approach an exceptionally valuable target in Europe undetected. The target was so heavily guarded that destroying it would require more than the usual degree of surprise. Although the RAF was equipped to jam the electronic detection of aircraft along the route to the target (a primitive forebear of radar was then in use), they feared that the jamming itself would alert the defending forces. Their solution was to “train” the defending German personnel to believe something that wasn’t true. The RAF had a great advantage in undertaking the training: The intended trainees were operating equipment that was novel and far from reliable; and those operators were trying to interpret signals without the help of direct observation, such as actually seeing what they were charged with detecting. At sunrise on the first day, the RAF broadcast a jamming signal for just a fraction of minute. On the second day, it broadcast a jamming signal for a bit longer than a minute, also around sunrise. On each successive day, it sent the signal for a somewhat longer and longer time, but always starting just before sunrise. The training continued for nearly three months, and the German radar personnel interpreted the signals their equipment gave them in just the way the British intended. They concluded that their equipment operates poorly in the atmospheric conditions present at sunrise and that the problem grows as the season progresses. That mistaken inference allowed an RAF squadron to fly unnoticed far enough into Europe to destroy the target. People will get used to almost anything if it goes on for long enough. And the getting-used-to-it process doesn’t take long at all if it’s something that people don’t understand well and that they can’t experience directly. They hear about Quantitative Easing and money printing and government deficits, but they never see those things happening in plain view, unlike a car wreck or burnt toast, and they never feel it happening to themselves. QE has become just a story, and it’s been going on for so long that it has no scare value left. That’s why so few investors notice that the present situation of the US economy and world investment markets is beyond unusual. The situation is weird, and dangerously so. But we’ve all gotten used to it. Here are the four main points of weirdness: The Federal Reserve is still fleeing the ghost of the dot-com bubble. It was so worried that the collapse of the dot-com bubble (beginning in March 2000) would damage the economy that it stepped hard on the monetary accelerator. The growth rate of the M1 money supply jumped from near 0% to near 10%. This had the hoped-for result of making the recession that began the following year brief and mild.last_img read more

By Raya Al Jadir A disabled campaigner has secured

first_imgBy Raya Al JadirA disabled campaigner has secured a place to volunteer at this summer’s Rio Olympics but is struggling to raise £17, 000 to pay for herself and the four personal assistants (PAs) she will need to take with her on the trip.Mary Laver, who uses a powered wheelchair and needs 22 hours of care a day, was a leading campaigner against the closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF), which shut last year, and secured media coverage when she took her PAs with her to volunteer at the London 2012 games.For seven days during London 2012, the former RAF servicewoman used ILF to pay for personal assistants to support her as she volunteered as a games-maker in the Olympic village, staying in a camp-site in south-west London every night because she couldn’t afford a hotel.She now hopes to repeat that experience in Rio this summer, after being selected to be an official volunteer in the transport section.She applied for the role last summer, and subsequently took a series of tests that examined her knowledge of the games of English, and included an interview via Skype, before being informed late last November that her application had been successful.Although she is not sure yet what her precise role would be, she hopes to be “an active member of the volunteer group” at the Rio Olympics.She said: “Without volunteers, there are no Olympic Games.”Most of the cost comes from two first-class air tickets – for herself and one PA, which she needs because of her access and support requirements – and three second-class air tickets for her other PAs, although two have offered to contribute by paying for their own tickets.Laver can only afford to contribute £1,000 of her own money.She plans to take both her electric and manual wheelchairs, and has booked accommodation at a wheelchair-friendly hostel in Rio.Laver said she does not believe she would face any access problems in Rio, because she has been assured by organisers that disabled volunteers would be “very welcome” and that the infrastructure and transport would be accessible.But she now needs to raise funds to pay for her trip.As a volunteer, she will not receive any financial support from Olympic or Paralympic organisations in Britain, and will only receive a travel pass, uniform and food from the Rio organisers.To raise funds, she has set up a gofundme page to raise the £17,400 she needs, which she says would enable her to live out her motto “life without limits”, but has so far raised only £1,175.She has also approached many UK sports organisations for financial support, but has been turned down by all of them.She has set herself a deadline of 1 February to reach the halfway stage of her funding quest.Among her efforts to persuade the government to reverse its decision to close ILF, she wrote to the prime minister, travelled from her home near Newcastle-upon-Tyne to the Conservative party conference in 2014 to lobby fellow party members, and attended protests in London.Last year, she rode her powered wheelchair the 14 miles from the House of Commons to the constituency of work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith in Chingford, east London, to mark his 61st birthday by delivering a “very special birthday card”, in another ILF protest.She also holds the record for the fastest journey from Land’s End to John O’Groats in a powerchair – just over 24 days – which she set in 2009, raising more than £1,000 for the Royal British Legion.Picture: Mary Laver being interviewed in 2013 about the impact of ILF on her life, for a short film  by False Economy, the Daily Mirror and Moore Lavan Filmslast_img read more

TMobiles Latest Attack on Verizon Is a Masterful Marketing Maneuver

first_img Geoff Weiss Former Staff Writer T-Mobile’s Latest Attack on Verizon Is a Masterful Marketing Maneuver Register Now » May 5, 2015 Image credit: REUTERS | Eduardo Munoz 2 min read Competitioncenter_img In a business climate where competitive urges are often shuttered behind closed doors, T-Mobile’s brash approach to dragging rivals through the mud rings with an uncanny resonance.In its latest move as the industry’s self-proclaimed ‘Un-carrier,’ T-Mobile is taking square aim at Verizon by offering Verizon customers a free two-week trial period with a new T-Mobile smartphone in order to lure them over to its service.T-Mobile has also completely co-opted an existing Verizon ad campaign entitled ‘Never Settle,’ and reimagined it with the hashtag #NeverSettleForVerizon — alongside a fleet of eight video attack ads.According to the Never Settle Trial, to be held from May 13 to May 31, Verizon customers must port their number over to a new T-Mobile phone. If they ultimately decide to switch, T-Mobile will pay up to $650 in early termination fees. If not, users simply return the phone and T-Mobile will refund any of the costs associated with reactivating. Related: T-Mobile Offers Businesses Promotions, Cheap Data Plans“Verizon’s sustained, aggressive investment in network technology means we don’t have to hide from the truth behind marketing campaigns,” the company told Entrepreneur in a statement. “Respected third-parties using scientific methodology assess our customers’ network experience, and tell our story for us — most rate the Verizon network as fastest and most reliable.”T-Mobile’s aggressive tactics are spearheaded by its CEO, the uncharacteristically candid John Legere, who recently threw down with Donald Trump in a epic Twitter battle. Legere is also prone to expletive-laden rants at T-Mobile press events, having shouted that the cell phone industry “blows,” and calling Verizon and AT&T “high and mighty duopolists that are raping you for every penny that you have.”As the world’s fourth biggest cell phone carrier behind Verizon, AT&T and Sprint, T-Mobile may have less to lose in being so controversial. Nevertheless, the company’s position as a mouthy underdog seems to be paying off. Last quarter, T-Mobile beat revenue expectations and added 1.8 million subscribers.Related: Donald Trump and T-Mobile CEO John Legere Hurl Insults in Twitter Feud Next Article –shares Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Add to Queuelast_img read more

Lawsuit Against Uber in Name of Michigan Murder Suspect Is Found to

first_img Reuters Lawsuits 4 min read Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Next Article Image credit: Reuters | Kalamazoo County Court | Handout via Reuters This story was updated on March 17 at 3:45 p.m.A lawsuit filed against Uber claiming that the ride-sharing company was to blame for the jailing of an Uber driver who is charged with murder is a hoax, the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office said on Thursday.The Sheriff’s Office said officials became suspicious of the suit, filed in the name of murder suspect Jason Dalton, who is currently jailed in Kalamazoo County, Mich., after seeing the online filing. The online filing included a facsimile of the envelope used to send the suit, which had a Philadelphia, Penn., postmark.”Our mail does not go Philadelphia. That raised a lot of suspicion right there,” Pali Matyas, an undersheriff, said in an interview.The envelope in court documents was not a jail envelope, the postage did not match what the county jail uses and the hand-written court filing did not match handwriting the office had on file of Dalton, Matyas said.Deputies spoke with Dalton on Thursday in jail.”He said that he didn’t send it, and didn’t authorize it and he didn’t know who did,” Matyas said, adding that Dalton’s attorney also had no knowledge of the lawsuit.”All of that translates into a hoax,” he said.U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, where the lawsuit was filed, was informed by the sheriff’s office that it found the suit to be a hoax. If the lawsuit is proven to be fraudulent, it may take some time to remove the hand-written filing from the court’s online records system, court spokesman Rod Hansen said.The online court records shows the filing on Tuesday of a two-page, handwritten lawsuit against Uber by a person claiming to be Dalton and saying, “I’m in prison because of Uber.”Dalton is charged with shooting eight people, killing six of them, over a five-hour period on Feb. 20 in between driving customers for the Uber car service in Kalamazoo, which is about 150 miles west of Detroit. Police said last month that Dalton admitted to the shootings.He faces 16 charges, including six of murder that can bring life in prison.Uber officials were not immediately available for comment.(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz in Austin, Texas; Editing by Cynthia Osterman and Leslie Adler)Original story follows:The Uber driver in Michigan charged with murdering six people last month in a shooting spree has filed a $10 million federal civil rights lawsuit against the ride-sharing company, saying that it is Uber’s fault he is in prison, court records show.Jason Dalton, 45, filed the two-page, handwritten lawsuit against Uber in U.S. District Court in Detroit on Tuesday, saying the company ruined his life and never invited him to any “corporate parties.””Uber doesn’t care about its drivers. We are peasants and pawn pieces to Uber’s bottom line,” Dalton wrote, adding that the company discriminates against him because of his mental health. “I’m currently in prison because of Uber.”Dalton wrote that he is seeking a jury trial and would represent himself in court.Dalton is charged with shooting eight people, killing six of them, over a five-hour period on Feb. 20 in between driving customers for the Uber car service in Kalamazoo, which is about 150 miles west of Detroit. Police said last month that Dalton admitted to the shootings.”It’s hard to know how to respond to someone who refuses to take responsibility for his own actions,” Uber said in a statement. “Our hearts go out to the victims’ families who have to live with the consequences of his terrible crimes.”Dalton told investigators that the Uber ride-sharing app had the ability to “take over” his body, local media outlets reported on Monday.Dalton told police that when he would press a button on his phone screen, the horned cow head of a devil would appear and give him an assignment that he said would “literally take over” his body, local television station WZZM reported.He faces 16 charges, including six of murder that can bring life in prison.(Reporting by Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; Editing by Leslie Adler) Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Add to Queue March 17, 2016 Lawsuit Against Uber in Name of Michigan Murder Suspect Is Found to Be a Hoax Jason Dalton This story originally appeared on Reuters –shares Register Now »last_img read more

Lyft Drivers Would Be Owed Millions in Expense Reimbursements as Employees Court

first_img Apply Now » This story originally appeared on Reuters Add to Queue –shares Lyft Drivers Would Be Owed Millions in Expense Reimbursements as Employees, Court Documents Show Drivers who worked for ride-hailing service Lyft in California during the past four years would have been entitled to an estimated $126 million in expense reimbursements had they been employees rather than contractors, court documents show.Lyft drivers would have recouped an average of $835 each under a standard rate for mileage reimbursement set by the U.S. government, according to the documents, which were made public on Friday and had not been previously reported.Lyft and larger rival Uber Technologies Inc face legal actions from drivers who contend they should be classified as employees and therefore entitled to reimbursement for expenses, including gas and vehicle maintenance. Drivers currently pay those costs themselves.The new figures, requested by a judge and calculated by attorneys for the drivers based on data supplied by Lyft, provide a rare glimpse into how much ride-hailing services may save by classifying drivers as independent contractors rather than employees.In a statement, Lyft said a recent survey showed that 82 percent of drivers preferred being classified as independent contractors. The company also called the reimbursement calculation “hypothetical and misleading,” partly because it assumed some drivers would be deemed employees even if they only worked “a handful of hours.”The judge asked for the estimates as part of his oversight of a proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit filed by California drivers against the ride service.More than 100,000 of the 150,602 drivers included in the settlement drove fewer than 60 hours during the four-year period at issue and likely would have made less than $835 each in expense reimbursements had they been considered employees.Other drivers racked up hundreds of hours and would have been entitled to far more, the documents show. More than 1,500 drivers drove 1,000 hours or more over the four years.It is unclear how many drivers Lyft has across the country. The company operates in more than 200 U.S. markets and has raised about $1.4 billion to date from investors, including General Motors Co, Andreessen Horowitz and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. It is valued in the private market at $5.5 billion.In an interview last week with Reuters, prior to the release of the documents, Lyft President and co-founder John Zimmer said drivers were better served by company programs — with higher payments to drivers who work more, the opportunity to get tips, and access to discounted gasoline — than if they were reclassified as employees.”It should be understood that this is a specific industry where our average driver is doing 15 hours, and we are trying to create benefits for all drivers,” Zimmer said. “We’ve thought about it from the perspective of all the drivers on the platform. … We are trying to do what is the right legal path, and for us that’s quite clear.”The settlementLyft agreed to settle the class-action lawsuit in January. Under the proposed deal, Lyft would pay $12.25 million, with drivers receiving an average of $56 each after attorneys’ fees and other expenses, documents show.During settlement negotiations, attorneys for the plaintiffs said in filings that they believed drivers were entitled to expense reimbursements totaling $64 million, far less than the $126 million they had calculated after being provided with updated Lyft records.”During these few months since the agreement was negotiated, Lyft has grown substantially (far beyond what Plaintiffs would have predicted at the time they were negotiating),” they wrote.   Based on the updated reimbursement data provided by Lyft, the $12.25 million settlement represents slightly less than 10 percent of the potential value of the claim, they said. Plaintiff attorneys have argued that the deal was a good one for drivers, partly because Lyft would no longer be able to summarily terminate drivers from its system.The latest figures were submitted in response to questions about the proposed settlement from U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria in San Francisco, who is expected to consider whether to preliminarily approve the deal at a hearing this week.Earlier this month five drivers and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters union objected to the proposed settlement, saying it would shortchange drivers by keeping them as independent contractors.”Plaintiffs have not properly calculated the value of the class’s claims, have not considered the ongoing economic – and public cost – of Lyft’s misclassification scheme,” they wrote.The Teamsters also filed a complaint against Lyft with the National Labor Relations Board, the federal agency charged with investigating and ruling on unfair labor practices.Shannon Liss-Riordan, who represents the plaintiffs, said the lawyers also would have preferred that drivers be reclassified as employees, but the risks of continuing the lawsuit were too great. Nothing about the settlement precludes NLRB action, she said.”Based on the data we reviewed, the vast majority of Lyft drivers have driven very little — even less than 30 hours total for the company, which is why the average amount per driver is so low,” she said.The data underscores Lyft’s argument that the majority of its drivers are part-time, using the service to supplement other income.About 83,000 California drivers drove fewer than 30 hours total over the past four years, according to court documents. Of the 150,602 total Lyft drivers covered by the settlement, drivers worked an average of 92 hours each during the four-year period.(Reporting by Dan Levine and Heather Somerville; Editing by Sue Horton, Lisa Girion and Richard Chang) Image credit: lyft | Instagram March 21, 2016center_img 5 min read Reuters 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Next Article The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Lyftlast_img read more

College Pulse Delivers First RealTime Data Analytics Platform for Tracking US College

first_imgCompany Raises $1.5 Million from Leading Venture Capital and EdTech InvestorsCollege Pulse, a survey research and data analytics company, co-founded by Terren Klein and Robin Jayaswal, has developed the first real-time data analytics platform to track and predict US college students’ opinions, interests and buying behavior. Recent survey research reports include: Divided Legacy: Students’ Perceptions on Affirmative Action, Expectations vs. Reality: Early Career Salaries, and Political Intelligence: The State of the 2020 Democratic Primary Tracker. Upcoming research, conducted in partnership with the Knight Foundation, will focus on student opinions about freedom of speech on campus.The company recently closed a 1.5 Million fundraising seed round after a summer in Y Combinator, a Silicon Valley accelerator. Investors included: Madrona Venture Group, Norwest Venture Partners, and GSV Accelerate, and strategic angels including Y Combinator founder, Paul Graham. GSV Accelerate is an education vertical VC that has previously backed companies like Chegg, Course Hero, and Masterclass.Marketing Technology News: Pantheon Launches Community and Advocacy Program for Drupal and WordPress“Most leading brands don’t fully understand college students as effectively as they could,” said College Pulse CEO Terren Klein. “Our vision is to provide the most reliable, up-to-date insights into what college students think about brands, hiring, purchasing and social opinions.”Matt McIlwain, Managing Director at Madrona Ventures, who led the investment round, added, “College Pulse is making huge strides to tackle the $50 billion Market Research industry. The fact that such a young company has already partnered with organizations like the Knight Foundation and McKinsey & Company is truly exceptional.” The newly raised funds will contribute to growing College Pulse’s student opinion data platform and expanding its data analytics and predictive insights capabilities to better serve clients.Marketing Technology News: Clear Software and Automation Anywhere Announce Strategic PartnershipCollege Pulse offers custom data-driven marketing and research solutions, utilizing its proprietary College Radar Analytics Platform. This is the first real-time, mobile student survey platform that can poll 250,000 undergraduate college student respondents from over 230 four-year colleges and universities in all 50 states. The panel, which is currently the largest of its kind in the United States, is hosted on College Pulse’s proprietary mobile platform available on iOS, Android and the desktop. Clients include McKinsey, Knight Foundation, Sennheiser, and Dartmouth College.Marketing Technology News: Welcome to the Eventbrite App Marketplace and Our New Partners: Constant Contact, Gift Up!, Lennd, and Prism College Pulse Delivers First Real-Time Data Analytics Platform for Tracking US College Student Opinion PRNewswireApril 24, 2019, 4:03 pmApril 24, 2019 Affirmative ActionCollege PulseMadrona VenturesMarketing TechnologyNewsTerren KleinY Combinator Previous ArticleVonage Partners with Altice Portugal to Provide Leading-Edge Customer CommunicationsNext ArticleNew Entity Helps Customers Reimagine What’s Possible With Digitallast_img read more

Wild monkeys in the Americas transmit Zika virus to humans via mosquitoes

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 2 2018A collaborative group of researchers from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and the Faculty of Medicine of Sao Jose do Rio in Brazil is the first to report that wild monkeys in the Americas are transmitting the Zika virus to humans via mosquitoes, making complete eradication of the virus in the Americas very unlikely. The paper is currently available in Scientific Reports.”Our findings are important because they change our understanding of the ecology and transmission of Zika virus in the Americas,” said senior author Nikos Vasilakis, UTMB professor in the department of pathology. “The possibility of a natural transmission cycle involving local mosquitoes and wild local primates as a reservoir and amplification host will definitely impact our predictions of new outbreaks in the Americas, because we cannot eradicate this natural transmission cycle.”Related StoriesNew research links “broken heart syndrome” to cancerPersonalizing Nutritional Medicine With the Power of NMRScientists develop universal FACS-based approach to heterogenous cell sorting, propelling organoid researchVasilakis said that as yellow fever has shown, disease outbreaks among animals will always be a source of epidemics in humans, even after a possible control and suppression of urban transmission through vaccination and treatments is established.In two Brazilian cities, the research team identified wild non-human primate carcasses that tested positive for the American Zika virus lineage. In order to learn more about Zika infection in these animals, the researchers infected four primates with the American lineage Zika virus in a laboratory. The monkeys maintained their viral levels over time, suggesting that non-human primates may be a vertebrate host in the maintenance of Zika virus transmission and circulation in urban tropical communities.”This is a game changer for people involved with disease control – including vaccine developers, public health officials and policy makers,” said senior author Mauricio Lacerda Nogueira, a professor from the Faculty of Medicine of Sao Jose do Rio in Brazil. “This work also highlights the value of the longstanding collaboration between the Faculty of Medicine of São José do Rio Preto and UTMB as well the critical importance of our respective funding agencies, the National Institutes of Health and the Sao Paulo Research Foundation in Brazil, who recognized the importance of this issue early.”​ Source:https://www.utmb.edu/last_img read more

Longcommutes during pregnancy linked to higher risk for adverse birth outcomes

first_img Source:https://www1.lehigh.edu/ Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Apr 1 2019In a study published in Economics & Human Biology researchers from Lehigh University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison found that pregnant women who commute long-distance to work have an increased risk of adverse birth outcomes, including having babies born at a low-birth weight. The study is the first to examine the impact of long-distance commuting during pregnancy on infant health.An analysis of data gleaned from 2014 and 2015 New Jersey birth records, revealed that for pregnant women who commute at least 50 miles to work, each ten miles of travel distance increased the probability of having a low birth weight baby by nearly one percentage point (0.9) or 14 percent, compared to the national average. In other words, the longer the long-distance commute, the higher the risk for giving birth to a low birth weight infant. Low birth weight is defined as under 2,500 grams?or about 5.5 pounds.Increasing maternal travel distance by ten miles?over the 50-mile long-distance threshold?was also associated with an increase in the probability of slowed fetal growth, known as intrauterine growth restriction. For every ten miles or travel distance added to a long commute, the probability of having intrauterine growth restriction increased by 0.6 percentage points or 43 percent, compared to the average rate among pregnant women living within 10 miles of their workplaces.The researchers attribute the higher risk of adverse birth outcomes to an increase in chronic maternal stress induced by a long commute. They also found that long-commutes during pregnancy were associated with under-use of prenatal care, possibly due to less “leisure time” that could be allocated to prenatal visits.”The finding that low birth weight might be associated with a source of stress like long-distance commuting is somewhat expected, since chronic strain has been found to be linked to adverse birth outcomes,” said Muzhe Yang, Associate Professor of Economics at Lehigh University and co-author of the study. “However, it was surprising to find an association with under-use of prenatal care among pregnant women commuting long-distance.”The researchers found that long commutes during pregnancy were associated with a reduced number of prenatal visits, reduced likelihood of completing the first checkup within the first trimester of a pregnancy, and an increased likelihood of delaying the first checkup to the third trimester or not having any prenatal visit at all.Among the long-distance commuters that were studied, an increase of 10 miles in travel distance was associated with a 2.5 percent reduction in the number of prenatal visits and a 2.84 percent decrease in the probability that the mother completes her first prenatal visit in the first trimester. Their findings are consistent with previous research that found that missing a prenatal visit early in the pregnancy, rather than later, has the most impact on negative birth outcomes.Related StoriesTAU’s new Translational Medical Research Center acquires MILabs’ VECTor PET/SPECT/CTAMSBIO offers new, best-in-class CAR-T cell range for research and immunotherapyStudy explores the effects of near-miss experiences associated with 9/11 terrorist attacks”These results suggest a self-reinforcing mechanism,” said Yang Wang, Assistant Professor of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and co-author of the study. “Those who are in greater need of prenatal care because of the potential adverse effects of stress triggered by long commutes are under-using prenatal care, which could lead to even worse birth outcomes.”The data analyzed in the study come from 2014 and 2015 birth records collected by the New Jersey Department of Health covering all 21 counties of the state. According to the most recent census data, about 2.2 million U.S. workers travel at least 50 miles each way between home and work and about 1.7 million U.S. workers spend 90 minutes or more commuting in each direction.New Jersey is one of the states with the longest commute times. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, average travel time to work for workers aged 16 and over during 2011-2015 is estimated to be 25.9 minutes for the United States and 31.0 minutes for New Jersey. The study focused on pregnant women whose travel distances to their workplaces are between 50 and 100 mile.In the sample used in the study, the average travel distance between a pregnant woman’s home and her workplace was about 64 miles and the associated travel time by car was about 78 minutes. The average number of prenatal visits was about 11 times, while the range of the typical average number of prenatal visits for most pregnant women is between 10 and 15. Approximately 15 percent did not have their first prenatal checkup during the first trimester.The authors suggest that one possible way to break the self-reinforcing mechanism behind the under-use of prenatal care by this subset of women in greater need is to reduce the opportunity cost of time spent on scheduling prenatal visits among pregnant women who are long commuters. This solution, they write, has important implications for public policy proposals regarding family or maternity leave, which could potentially facilitate the greater use of prenatal care among pregnant women who are long commuters. >{?”Our study could impact public policy proposals that consider expanding maternity leave to cover the prenatal period,” said Wang.”The findings highlight a subpopulation of pregnant women who are likely in greater need of prenatal maternity leave to facilitate prenatal visits,” added Yang. “Having the needed time off during the prenatal period can be particularly important for pregnant women who are long commuters.”The authors cite previous research on the long-lasting impacts of maternal stress which demonstrated that maternal stress endured during pregnancy can negatively affect a wide range of outcomes in children including on cognition, health, and educational attainment.last_img read more

Apple facing slew of Russian lawsuits over slow iPhones

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. Apple apologizes for slowing iPhones, offers discounted batteries “We have sent seven lawsuits to Moscow courts—two have been received by the Tverskoy (Moscow district) court and in all we are going to send ten by the end of the week,” Maxime Karpov, representing legal services firm NLF Group, told AFP.Interfax news agency had earlier quoted the court as saying it had received two of the lawsuits by Tuesday evening demanding compensatioo of 800,000 rubles (around $11,500) from Apple’s Russian subsidiary.NLF Group and the Lex Borealis lawyers firm which is also representing the claimants, said in a joint statement they were handling “at least several hundred” claims running into “several tens of millions of rubles”.Karpov told AFP: “If hundreds of complaints have come our way in a few days then I am sure there will be thousands across Russia. We are concentrating on Moscow and region to keep our costs down but there is nothing stopping us … undertaking similar moves in the provinces.”Apple, facing a US class action and a legal enquiry in France into “planned obsolescence” of its smartphones, with a new model released annually, admitted last month it was deliberately slowing down performance of older models to bolster “durability.”The company apologised and promised to discount replacement batteries for some handsets following uproar from some iPhone users after news of battery problems stoked concerns the company was unfairly nudging consumers to upgrade. © 2018 AFP Seven lawsuits have been launched in Russia and “hundreds” dozens more are in the pipeline against US tech giant Apple which has already admitted to slowing the performance of older iPhone models, a lawyer for some of the plaintiffs said Wednesday. Russian consumers have joined the growing chorus of complaints about slowing performance of older iPhone models with “hundreds” of lawsuits in the pipeline Citation: Apple facing slew of Russian lawsuits over slow iPhones (2018, January 17) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-apple-slew-russian-lawsuits-iphones.html Explore further read more

Star Trek style translators step closer to reality at gadget show

first_img 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. © 2019 AFP An array of companies at the Consumer Electronics Show are promoting increasingly sophisticated devices that allow people speaking different languages to converse with the help of hand-held devices or wireless earpieces.Waverly Lab’s “Pilot” headphones translate 15 languages and are priced from $180 and $250.If each person in a conversation is wearing a Pilot, they can speak directly to one another using their own language.During a brief demonstration in Las Vegas, an AFP journalist speaking French was ably translated into the ears of English-speaking Andrew Ochoa, boss of Waverly Labs.The company was founded in 2014 in New York. Translation work was routed to the cloud by Ochoa’s smartphone, where an application can also create a written transcription of a conversation.Computer power in online data centers interpret what is said, and send the appropriate translations to listeners taking part in conversations, Ochoa explained.As a result, there could be lag of a few seconds to allow for interpretations.Machine learningUniversal translators have long been a fixture of science fiction, from shows like “Star Trek” to the babel fish that sits inside the ear canal and feeds off brain wave energy in “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.”But they have only recently become viable in the real world thanks to the increasing power and speed of mobile devices, machine learning, and wireless connections.”We apply some features of AI, such as machine learning and neural network, to translation models,” Ochoa said.”Those technologies have matured enough to make this possible.”Software neural networks can be trained to understand phrases even if words are new to them, eliminating the need to feed entire dictionaries into systems.Some 35,000 pairs of Pilot headphones have sold in less than a year, with customers including businesses such as hotels with keen need to engage customers speaking various languages, according to Ochoa.China-based TimeKettle was at CES with WT2 earbuds that worked in a way similar to Pilot.A Pocketalk device being shown off here by Japanese firm Sourcenext took smartphones out of the translation equation and hoped to be a hit during the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.”We realized that, thinking about the 2020 Olympics, many Japanese only speak Japanese,” said Sourcenext spokesman Richard Gallagher.Pocketalk, which appeared reminiscent of an early-generation mobile phone, could translate 74 languages and was priced at $299, according to Gallagher.”Thanks to machine learning, it progressively understands you better; your pronunciation,” he said.”It can adapt to the user.”Gallagher noted strong sales, with particularly heavy in retail, taxi, hotel or restaurant operations.Chinese company iFlytex, a heavyweight in AI and voice recognition in Asia, presented a Translator 2.0 at the show capable of translating between Chinese and 30 other languages.The latest Translator model was priced about $400.Netherlands-based Travis laid claim to the first pocket-sized translation device infused with AI, and boasted having already sold 120,000 devices.Internet giant Google meanwhile offers free translation software that ties up with its Pixel earbuds launched two years ago.This week at CES, Google announced it was building translation capabilities into an array of new products through its virtual assistant software. Pocketalk, which appeared reminiscent of an early-generation mobile phone, could translate 74 languages and was priced at $299center_img Citation: Star Trek style translators step closer to reality at gadget show (2019, January 10) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-star-trek-style-closer-reality.html Once confined to the realms of science fiction, near real-time translation devices that whisper discreetly into your ear during a conversation are finally coming of age thanks to leaps in artificial intelligence and cloud computing. Travis the translator aims to make people understoodlast_img read more

Members day sale in KL Shah Alam and JB

first_img Tags / Keywords: Property 10 May 2019 Advance Synergy sells Shah Alam land for RM124mil THE Sogo Members’ Day sale is back and it’s happening at Sogo Kuala Lumpur on July 26 and 27, The Mall, Mid Valley Southkey Johor Baru from July 26 to 28, and Central i-City Shah Alam from Aug 2 to 4.With special discounts storewide, this is the exclusive sale shopaholics always look forward to.In addition, Sogo card members will enjoy up to 10 times reward points and extra double reward points when they spend a minimum of RM1,500 in a single receipt. Every purchase of RM200 on cosmetics and/or fragrances at the Kuala Lumpur and Shah Alam stores will earn members a RM20 coupon, while the purchase of RM300 on cosmetics and/or fragrances at the Johor Baru store will earn a RM30 coupon. Metro News 23 Apr 2019 Sogo KL members’ day sale offers attractive discounts Related News Related Newscenter_img Metro News 15 Apr 2019 Expanding reach with second store In the Must Buy and Happy Hour Deals, there will be gifts with purchases and other exciting offers. Early birds will also be rewarded with a set of elegant homewares worth up to RM238.If you are not a member yet, you can sign up for free during the sale or download the MySogo mobile app for a hassle-free registration.For details, visit www.sogo.com.my Central Region {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more