Poway pets in the park March 23rd

first_img KUSI Newsroom Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Poway pets in the park! March 23rd 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Saturday March 23rd Poway Pets in the park is taking place to help out the Poway Senior Center. The Pet Patrol hung out with some animal friends, including mini-cows, this morning to find out all the details about the event. March 10, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: March 10, 2019last_img read more

Borough Opens Sign Ups For Invocation

first_imgThe resolution to amend the invocation policy passed in a 7-2 vote at the assembly meeting on November 20. Ogle: “We have 12 assigned invocation spots throughout the year and we have eight that remain to be assigned. Those spots are open.” The borough has been wrestling with the invocation policy since August 2016 when an invocation invoking the name of Satan was given during an assembly meeting. Residents who are interested can sign up for invocations through the borough clerk. and according to Ogle will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis.center_img Assemblywoman Kelly Cooper: “We’re supposed to understand what other people believe and be mindful of what they believe, just like we expect them to me mindful of our beliefs.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted to broaden the scope of eligible invocation providers to better reflect the diversity of beliefs in the borough, and according to Assembly President Wayne Ogle that starts now.last_img read more

Senate Readiness Panel Denies Pentagons BRAC Request

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Defense Department would be prohibited from holding a round of base closures, under the portion of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill marked up Tuesday by the Senate Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee. “At a time when the department cannot afford to fully fund … readiness requirements, I do not support giving the department the authority to pursue a BRAC round,” said Subcommittee Chair Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), reported CQ Roll Call.The panel’s rejection of the Obama administration’s request to hold a BRAC round in 2017 was not a surprise as Ayotte has made her opposition clear in recent years. She pointed to the potential for a new round to incur significant upfront costs, as the last one did, in explaining her stance at a hearing of the subcommittee in March.The text of the legislation is not expected to be available until the full committee completes its markup. Its deliberations begin this morning and are expected to run until Thursday night or beyond.The measure also contains language to reform DOD’s weapons acquisition process. Ayotte said the proposals are similar to those in the House bill but did not discuss its specific provisions, according to the story.“In this era of growing threats and shrinking defense budgets, the old methods of acquisition and … acquisition overruns are no longer sufficient,” Ayotte said.last_img read more

Clinton Misquitta – The Emerging Digital Entrepreneur and Influencer

first_imgClinton Misquitta is a successful digital entrepreneur and Influencer who owns a media company called ‘ Kwt Today ‘ .He founded Kwt Today also called Know What’s Trending Today in 2014 and is running it successful ever since.Know What’s Trending Today (Kwt Today) uses a multi-platform model for reporting news and views on trending topics from the Middle East and around the world.The truth about online business is that it’s not as easy as all the marketing online makes it seem.The most important part about online business is being able to target the right audience. Once you know your target audience you can then leverage your influence to become an authority figure.Digital marketing is becoming extremely important in Today’s Generation, Clinton believes that Kuwait still doesn’t know the power of digital marketing and the future for it in Kuwait has tremendous growth and opportunity.Clinton Misquitta’s experience in digital marketing is going to take him far since he knows how to grow business through digital marketing skill. He is a name you need to be on the lookout for Digital Marketing Growth.IBT does not endorse any of the above content.last_img read more

Superconducting motor to increase power density

first_imgThe scientists’ experimental setup: (1) stationary cryostat; (2) induction motor; (3) belts; (4) sliding, contacts—(a) brushes, (b) rings. Image credit: Ailam, et al. ©IEEE 2007. Explore further To test the performance of the motor, the scientists calculated the magnetic scalar potential, which tells the strength of a magnetic field in a certain area, and then determined the magnetic flux density, which is the quantity of magnetism in that area. As the scientists explained, the maximal value of the flux density exists in between two of the bulk plates, while the minimum value exists behind the plates; a large difference in magnetic flux density maximizes the motor’s performance by generating a more powerful magnetic field.The group experimentally demonstrated a performance of 118.8 volts for the motor. Further, they calculated a theoretical generated voltage of 172.5 volts, and explained that the difference is due to an uncertain value for the difference in the maximal and minimal values of the magnetic fields around the bulk plates, which was not directly measured. Improving this difference in magnetic flux density will hopefully increase the motor’s voltage. “As we demonstrate in another paper, under realization, using this structure with several superconducting wires and 20 mW generated power decreases the inductor volume 20-50 percent in comparison to a classical electrical machine,” Ailam said.In the near future, the group plans to design and construct a 100 kW superconducting machine using the same configuration.“The major advantages of these motors are a high power-volume density and a high torque-volume density, and less vibration than for the conventional motors,” Ailam said. “I think that the maritime propulsion can and the electrical traction generally can benefit principally to these motors.”Citation: Ailam, El Hadj, Netter, Denis, Lévêque, Jean, Douine, Bruno, Masson, Philippe J., and Rezzoug, Abderrezak. “Design and Testing of a Superconducting Rotating Machine.” IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity, Vol. 17, No. 1, March 2007.Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Recently, scientists El Hadj Ailam and colleagues working at the Université Henri Poincaré in Nancy, France and the Center for Advanced Power Systems in Tallahassee, Florida, have designed and tested a superconducting rotating machine based on an unconventional topology. Their results, which are published in IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity, show promising opportunities for the motor.“This work has two goals,” Ailam, who is currently with the Centre Universitaire Khemis Miliana in Algeria, told PhysOrg.com. “The first is to show the feasibility of an electrical motor based on the magnetic flux density, and the second is to demonstrate that superconductors can significantly ameliorate the electrical machine performances.”Building on high-temperature motors designed over the past few years, Ailam et al.’s motor is a low-temperature, eight-pole machine with a stationary superconducting inductor. Unlike copper coils, the niobium-titanium (NbTi) inductor coils in this design have no electrical resistance, which is one of the greatest advantages of superconductors.When the two NbTi coils are fed with currents moving in opposite directions, the currents create a magnetic field. Located between the two coils, four superconducting bulk plates (made of YBaCuO, or yttrium barium copper oxide) shape and distribute the magnetic flux lines, which then induces an alternating electromagnetic field based on the magnetic concentration. A rotating armature wound with copper wires then converts the electrical energy to mechanical energy, which is eventually transferred to an application.In this design, the entire inductor is cooled to 4.2 K using liquid helium to enable zero electrical resistance in the coils. (The scientists explain that high-temperature wires could also work in this configuration.) As with all superconducting motors, the superconducting wire can carry larger amounts of current than copper wire, and therefore create more powerful magnetic fields in a smaller amount of space than conventional motors.“For the majority of electrical superconducting machines, the structure is a classical one, and the magnetic flux is a radial one,” Ailam explained. “[However,] for our machine, the inductor magnetic flux is an axial one.” The field of electric motors has recently entered a new era. The electric motors that you see today in everything from washing machines, toys, and fans use the same basic principles as motors from 50 years ago. But with the realization of using superconducting wire to replace conventional copper coils, motors are becoming more compact, more energy efficient, and less expensive, which will have advantages particularly for large industrial applications.center_img Theory explains ferromagnetic superconductor behavior Citation: Superconducting motor to increase power density (2007, May 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-05-superconducting-motor-power-density.html 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

Nanoscopic protein motion on a live cell membrane

first_img LEFT: (a) A TEM (transmission electron microscope) image of a filopodium including an EGFR–GNP. (b), A filopodium surface reconstructed from 780,000 trajectory points with a localization error of σx,y = 2 nm recorded at 1,000 fps. Inset, cross-sectional slice that depicts a cylindrical surface of diameter 150 nm after accounting for the size of the GNP. (c), A raw 13 min trajectory (left) broken into four subsequent pieces that reveal the journey to and from the tip, with arrows marking direction of net motion. (d), An ATOM plot of c, corrected for filopodium drift. (e), A surface interpolation from the final 80 s. The ring-like confinement in the final phase (marked with a triangle) is a 3D pit. The scale bars are 200 nm (a), 1 μm (x, y) and 200 nm (z) (b), 1,000 nm (c) and 100 nm (x, y) and 50 nm (z) (e). RIGHT: (a), A lateral trajectory of a 48 nm GNP probe. Scale bar, 100 nm. A lower temporal sampling of this confinement would have underestimated the extent of bounding. (b), Ci of the trajectory (using a time lag of five frames), which shows partially hindered diffusion with a propensity for freer diffusion in the centre. (c), An ATOM plot of a. (d), A cut through the 3D-ATOM plot along the line of the black triangle in c shows that occupancy favours an innermost disk-like region. The axes denote 100 nm in both c and d. (e), Conversion of the temporal 2D occupation from c into an effective potential energy distribution. (f–j), Equivalent to a–e, but for a 20 nm GNP probe. Credit: Nature Photonics, doi: 10.1038/s41566-019-0414-6 More information: Richard W. Taylor et al. Interferometric scattering microscopy reveals microsecond nanoscopic protein motion on a live cell membrane, Nature Photonics (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41566-019-0414-6 Philipp Kukura et al. High-speed nanoscopic tracking of the position and orientation of a single virus, Nature Methods (2009). DOI: 10.1038/nmeth.1395 Jordan A. Krall et al. High- and Low-Affinity Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor-Ligand Interactions Activate Distinct Signaling Pathways, PLoS ONE (2011). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0015945 In a recent study, Richard W. Taylor and colleagues at the interdisciplinary departments of Physics and Biology in Germany developed a new image processing approach to overcome this difficulty. They used the method to track the transmembrane epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) with nanometer scale precision in three dimensions (3-D). The technique allowed imaging across microseconds to minutes. The scientists provided examples of nanoscale motion and confinement using the method to image ubiquitous processes such as diffusion in plasma membranes, transport in filopodia and rotational motion during endocytosis. The results are now published in Nature Photonics. While steady progress in fluorescence microscopy has allowed scientists to monitor cellular events at the nanometer scale, a great deal still remains to be accomplished with advanced imaging systems. The challenges of fluorescence microscopy occurred due to the finite emission rate of a fluorescent source (dye molecule or semiconductor quantum dot), where too few photon emissions during a very small time-frame prevented effective or prolonged imaging. The central difficulty of scattering-based microscopy is relative to the nanoscopic probe, which competes against the background noise and a low signal-to-noise ratio (SNR); limiting the potential of imaging to only a few nanometers in high speed tracking experiments. iSCAT microscopy on live cells. a, Experimental arrangement of the iSCAT microscope for live-cell imaging. Cells are plated in a glass-bottomed dish under Leibowitz medium. (a) micropipette delivers the EGF–GNP probes directly onto the cell culture, where they specifically target the EGFR protein in the cell membrane. The bright-field illumination channel from above assists in inspecting the culture but is not required for iSCAT imaging. L1–L3, lenses; O1, ×100 objective; BS, 90:10 beam splitter; DM, 590 nm short-pass dichroic mirror. iSCAT imaging was performed with illumination intensities of 1–8 kW cm−2, which are known to be viable for HeLa at the wavelength of interest. Inset, wavefronts of the fields contributing to the iSCAT signal. (b), A section of the membrane of the HeLa cell before labelling, viewed via reflection iSCAT. (c), iSCAT image of the cell membrane including a bound EGF–GNP probe. (d), The PSF extracted from c. Scale bars in b–d are 1 μm. Credit: Nature Photonics, doi: 10.1038/s41566-019-0414-6 In the experiments, Taylor et al. introduced the epidermal growth factor-gold nanoparticle (EGF-GNP) probes to the sample chamber of the microscope using a micropipette to label the EGFRs (epidermal growth factor receptors) on HeLa cells and verified that the probes stimulated the EGFRs. Previous studies had already indicated that the probe size could influence rates of lipid diffusion in synthetic membranes, although they did not affect the mode of diffusion. Additionally, in live cells, molecular crowding was negligible for particles equal to or smaller than 50 nm. Diffusion on a filopodium. Credit: Nature Photonics, doi: 10.1038/s41566-019-0414-6 Journal information: Nature Photonics Taylor et al. verified these two concrete cases in the present work by comparing GNPs of varying diameters at 48 nm and 20 nm. The scientists then conducted fluorescent and biochemical studies to suggest that the EGF-coated GNPs activated EGFR signaling, much like the freely available EGFs, indicating that the label did not hinder biological functions. To overcome background noise related to molecular imaging the scientists implemented a new algorithm, which extracted the full iSCAT-point spread function (iSCAT-PSF) directly from each frame for clarity. Since existing techniques are unable to visualize features at high spatial and temporal resolution, many details on intracellular activity remain a matter of debate. In response, the new method by Taylor et al. offered a wealth of dynamic heterogeneities in 3-D to shed light on intracellular protein motion.The scientists first quantitatively studied subdiffusion in the plasma membrane by considering a 2-D example of the EGFR journey on the membrane of a living HeLa cell. For this, they computed the mean square displacement (MSD) for the whole trajectory of motion. Taylor et al. did not need to make assumptions on the nature of diffusion or its geographic landscape during the computation. They gauged the occurrence of biological diffractive barriers and confinements by observing the degree of directional correlation between two vectorial steps across a time span. Explore further Raw video of an epidermal growth factor-gold nanoparticle (EGFR–GNP) diffusing on a HeLa cell membrane. Credit: Nature Photonics, doi: 10.1038/s41566-019-0414-6 © 2019 Science X Network , Nature Methods The scientists thus gained insight on the nanoscopic details of diffusion along the filopodium and recorded the data across 13 minutes. They analyzed the 3-D trajectory to create the filopodium topography using gold nanoparticles as a ‘nano rover’ and mapped the surface topology of cellular structures for deeper examination. They plotted the trajectory ATOM (accumulated temporal occupancy map) and found that the 3-D representation was consistent with the biological step of pre-endocytic membrane invagination. High-speed microscopy techniques such as iSCAT are necessary to obtain high-resolution temporal information and prevent blurring effects during nanoparticle localization-based imaging. The scientists demonstrated this feature by recording confined diffusion at 30,000 fps (frames per second) with 48 nm and 20 nm GNPs. They followed the experiments with ultra-high-speed 3-D tracking of proteins at 66,000 fps using a short exposure time of 10 µs within a time duration of 3.5 seconds. Fast iSCAT microscopy imaging provided further evidence to reveal the intricate features of endocytic events relative to clathrin-mediated endocytosis in HeLa cells when simulated by low concentrations of EGF. In this way, Taylor et al. noted that the new technique could faithfully record nano-topographical information. The results matched the observations recorded with transmission electron microscopy (TEM) without significant differences on probe size reduction from 48 nm to 20 nm, while providing new insights. The new insights included details of subdiffusion, nanoscopic confinement, 3-D contours of filopodia and clathrin structures at the nanoscale. The scientists intend to combine iSCAT with in situ super-resolution fluorescence microscopy to understand the trajectories of proteins, viruses and other nanoscopic biological entities. Taylor et al. aim to advance the methods of image analysis to track GNPs smaller than 20 nm in the future and believe the new technology and additional optimization will allow them to specifically understand the life cycle of viruses without using an external label for tracking. In the present work, Taylor et al. used interferometric scattering (iSCAT) microscopy to track protein in live cell membranes. The method could visualize probe-cell interactions to understand the dynamics between diffusion and local topology. During the experiments, the scientists used gold nanoparticles (GNPs) to label epidermal growth factor receptors (EGFRs) in HeLa cells. The EGFRs are type I transmembrane proteins that can sense and respond to extracellular signals, whose aberrant signaling is linked to a variety of disease. Taylor et al. showed the GNP-labelled protein as a ‘nano-rover’ that mapped the nano-topology of cellular features such as membrane terrains, filopodia and clathrin structures. They provided examples of subdiffusion and nanoscopic confinement motion of a protein in 3-D at high temporal resolution and long time-points. Cellular functions are dictated by the intricate motion of proteins in membranes that span across a scale of nanometers to micrometers, within a time-frame of microseconds to minutes. However, this rich parameter of space is inaccessible using fluorescence microscopy, although it is within reach of interferometric scattering (iSCAT) particle tracking. The new iSCAT technique is, however, highly sensitive to single and unlabelled proteins, thereby causing non-specific background staining as a substantial challenge during cellular imaging. , PLoS ONE Citation: Nanoscopic protein motion on a live cell membrane (2019, May 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-nanoscopic-protein-motion-cell-membrane.html Diffusion on the plasma membrane. (a), A lateral diffusional trajectory (17.5 μs exposure time, see color scale for chronology). (b), MSD (mean square displacement) versus τ. The blue curve shows the MSD of a. The black curve is simulated normal diffusion (α= 1), with the grey envelope indicating the uncertainty. (c), The diffusional exponent of rolling windows (color scale) over the trajectory. Regions of subdiffusion (α<1) are indicated by darker shades. (d), αi through time. The grey shading represents a mean uncertainty of 7 ± 4%, corresponding to a 95% confidence interval for a window of 100 ms (1,000 frames) and τ= 250 μs. The points marked with the asterisk correspond to the circle in c. (e), The step-direction Ci for rolling windows along the trajectory. (f), The step-direction Ci plotted through time, with the shading denoting uncertainty. (g), ATOM occupation plot with residency time (colour scale). The bin size corresponds to the localization error. Noteworthy regions of extended occupation, marked as loops and whirls (i)–(iii), are indicative of persistent nanoscopic structures. The enclosed region represents a dense patch of notable subdiffusion. Scale bars, 100 nm. Credit: Nature Photonics, doi: 10.1038/s41566-019-0414-6 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. Nanoscale magnetic imaging of ferritin in a single cell The scientists then assessed the popularity of each trajectory pixel in space by introducing an accumulated temporal occupancy map (ATOM). In this technique, they divided the lateral plane of the trajectory into nanometer-sized bins and counted the occurrence of the particle in each bin. The results indicated the arrangement of nanostructures in loops and whirls within a minimal lifetime of 250 nanoseconds (5000 frames) to potentially portray a pre-endocytic step. In total, the simulated observations showed how protein diffusion was affected by the substructure of the cell.The iSCAT microscopy technique allowed scientists to record effects for a very long period of time, which they used together with 3-D imaging capabilities to follow EGFRs on a filopodium. The filopodia are biologically rod-like cellular protrusions containing bundles of actin filaments of up to 100 to 300 nm in diameter and 100 µm in length. The nanostructures can sense mechanical stimuli for chemoattraction or repulsion in the cellular microenvironment while providing sites for cell attachment. Ligand binding and EFGR activation on filopodia occurred at low concentrations of EGF, followed by its association with actin filaments and retrograde transport of EFGR to the cell body. last_img read more

LOS ANGELES – Spectrum Air a new boutique luxury

first_imgLOS ANGELES – Spectrum Air, a new boutique luxury airline, is currently offering round-trip, 10-passenger jet flights from Los Angeles to Washington, DC for the Inauguration of Barack Obama.Passengers will be delivered by complimentary town car to Van Nuys Airport and arrive at the Dulles International Airport private terminal just outside Washington, DC.Spectrum Air offers passengers the opportunity to buy individual seats on some of the finest corporate jets available. Flights include gourmet meals on fine china and linen. Clients avoid the inconveniences of crowded airports, early airport arrivals, long security lines and lost baggage.The cost of each round trip ticket is $12,000. This price does not include accommodations or tickets to the inauguration.www.FlySpectrumAir.comlast_img read more

Liberty Globalowned Dutch cable operator Ziggo is

first_imgLiberty Global-owned Dutch cable operator Ziggo is to launch a new sports channel, Ziggo Sport, on November 12. The channel will focus on major sporting events and will feature a weekly talke-show, Peptalk, and sports-related films and documentaries.The channel will offer what Ziggo describes as a broad range of international and national sports, including football, motor racing, tennis, golf, basketball, hockey, rugby, volleyball and athletics.Baptiest Coopmans, CEO of Ziggo, said that the launch of the channel had been made possible by the merger of UPC and Ziggo to create a single cable operator with national coverage.Thje new channel will air as channel 14 on the Ziggo EPG.Ziggo Sport will be a free-to-air channel, complementing premium service Ziggo Sport Totaal, which replaces the former Sport1. The premium offering comprises six channels – Ziggo Sport Select, Ziggo Sport Voetbal, Ziggo Sport Golf and Ziggo Sport Racing.last_img read more

The crypto party is over… Rece

first_imgThe “crypto” party is over… Recently, Bitcoin crashed 69% amidst regulatory fears. And now, governments are taking action. What may be in store in America will come as a surprise to many… One millionaire currency speculator has just released a must-see video outlining the Fed’s likely plan. I recommend you check it out. Because this affects you, even if you’ve never bought crypto. See the video here. — — Jeff ClarkP.S. Next Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET, I’m holding a one-night-only online training event to ensure you’re prepared for the volatility ahead.We’ll discuss one of my most reliable trading indicators for volatile markets. And I’ll tell you how it could increase your returns by over 1,000%—even in unpredictable times. I’ll also send you a copy of a special report full of my most prized trading tools, just for dropping by.You don’t want to miss this one… Reserve your spot for Wednesday’s event right here.Reader MailbagAre you planning on placing any trades as volatility rises? If so, which sectors are you most interested in today? Let us know here.IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…Critics have called Doug Casey uncaring… Racist… Sexist… Irresponsible…But they’ve never called him wrong…Today, we want to mail you a copy of Doug’s “dangerous” new book, Totally Incorrect Volume 2. If you feel like political correctness is ruining America, this is a must-read… FREE EVENT – ONE NIGHT ONLY: For the First Time, Master Trader Jeff Clark Reveals How to Profit from the Coming Tidal Wave Of Volatility 2018 is the choppiest market in 7 years. We’ve already seen the single-largest one-day point drop in the history of the Dow – and the worst start to an April since 1929. But this is just the beginning… And while the average investor sells their stocks and stays the heck out of the market… this is the type of opportunity where traders get rich. Sign up for this free event, and master trader Jeff Clark will show you how. Details here. Recommended Link Recommended Link Now, understand that extreme conditions can always get even more extreme. The rubber band can always stretch a lot further than you think. But in my 35 years of trading, the rubber band has always snapped back.Think back to the parabolic rally we saw in the stock market in January. The stock market was already overbought just eight trading days into the new year.To me, the situation looked dangerous. So I advised folks to resist the urge to add new positions until we got some downside action to relieve the overbought condition. The S&P 500 was trading around 2800 at the time.But the rubber band kept stretching… The stock market kept pressing higher all the way through the rest of the month. It finally peaked above 2870 on January 29.That day, I wrote this in the Market Minute…The S&P 500 has gone vertical. While we can’t possibly know exactly when the rally will end, the slope of the parabola suggests we’re approaching the exhaustion phase.Also, key technical indicators, like the MACD momentum indicator, closed Friday at the most overbought levels in the 35 years I’ve been involved with the financial markets. Maybe they’re the most overbought levels ever.This is a dangerous environment in which to put new money to work. We can’t know for sure. But it seems to me traders should get a shot at investing at lower prices sometime within the next three months.That’s when the rubber band finally snapped back. Justin’s note: Regular readers know that I read master trader Jeff Clark’s newsletter every morning to see what’s going on in the markets. His recent essays have made one thing very clear: The rest of 2018 will be huge for traders.Below, Jeff explains why… and how you can start taking advantage of this setup, too… By Jeff Clark, editor, Delta ReportThe back half of 2018 could be the best time to be a trader in years…Volatility is back. After an entire year of low volatility and one-way price action, the stock market has been swinging wildly so far in 2018. The Volatility Index (VIX) is 50% higher today than where it was at the start of the year.And that’s a good thing. That’s because higher volatility leads to more extreme conditions. And more extreme conditions means more opportunities to profit.You see, I prefer to trade using a “reversion to the mean” philosophy. I look for extremely overbought or oversold situations and then attempt to profit as conditions revert back to neutral.Think of it as a “rubber band” style of trading. I look for situations where the rubber band is stretched just about as far as possible. Then I bet on it snapping back. Why Crypto Lovers Just Got Scammed It took only about a week for conditions to go from extremely overbought to extremely oversold. That’s when I started buying.I was early. The rubber band continued to stretch to the downside. But, like I said earlier, it always snaps back.Here’s what I wrote in the Market Minute on February 9…The stock market is now back down to where it was the last time I was interested in putting money to work. The selling pressure has shaken out a lot of the “weak hands.”Just to be clear… I don’t expect the market to reverse all of a sudden and immediately rally back to new highs. Rather, the market is likely to chop around in a wide trading range for the next several weeks.But much of the immediate risk has been wrung out of the market. So, for traders who have cash, now is the time to take advantage of the move and buy at depressed prices while everyone else is selling.It’s hard to do, no doubt. It can be gut-wrenching to step up and buy when everyone else is selling.But it’s those gut-wrenching trades that tend to work out the best.So, here’s my point to all of this…We’ve already seen a HUGE increase in volatility so far in 2018. This condition is likely to continue for the rest of the year—at least.This is an opportunity for traders to make a lot of money as the proverbial rubber band stretches and then snaps back multiple times.Best regards and good trading,last_img read more

In a rare show of congressional cooperation Repub

first_imgIn a rare show of congressional cooperation, Republican and Democratic leaders in the Senate announced a two-year budget deal Wednesday that would increase federal spending for defense as well as key domestic priorities, including many health programs.Not in the deal, for which the path to the president’s desk remains unclear, is any bipartisan legislation aimed at shoring up the Affordable Care Act’s individual health insurance marketplaces. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., promised Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, a vote on health legislation in exchange for her vote for the GOP tax bill in December. So far, that vote hasn’t materialized.The deal does appear to include almost every other health priority Democrats have been pushing the past several months, including two years of renewed funding for community health centers and a series of other health programs Congress failed to provide for before they technically expired last year.”I believe we have reached a budget deal that neither side loves but both sides can be proud of,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., on the Senate floor. “That’s compromise. That’s governing.”McConnell said, “This bill represents a significant bipartisan step forward.”Senate leaders are still negotiating details of the accord, including the size of a cut to the Prevention and Public Health Fund, which would help offset the costs of this legislation.According to documents circulating on Capitol Hill, the deal includes $6 billion in funding for treatment of mental health issues and opioid addiction, $2 billion in extra funding for the National Institutes of Health, and an additional four-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which builds on the six years approved by Congress last month.In the Medicare program, the deal would accelerate the closing of the “doughnut hole” in Medicare drug coverage that requires seniors to pay thousands of dollars out-of-pocket before catastrophic coverage kicks in. It would also repeal the controversial Medicare Independent Payment Advisory Board, which is charged with holding down Medicare spending for the federal government if it exceeds a certain level.Members have never been appointed to the IPAB, however, and its use hasn’t so far been triggered by Medicare spending. Both the closure of the doughnut hole and creation of the IPAB were part of the Affordable Care Act.The agreement would also fund a host of more limited health programs — some of which are known as “extenders” because they often ride along with other, larger health or spending bills.Those programs include more than $7 billion in funding for the nation’s federally funded community health centers. The clinics serve 27 million low-income people and saw their funding lapse last fall — a delay advocates say had already complicated budgeting and staffing decisions for many clinics.And in a victory for the physical therapy industry and patient advocates, the accord would permanently repeal a limit on Medicare’s coverage of physical therapy, speech-language pathology and outpatient treatment. Previously, the program capped coverage after $2,010 worth of occupational therapy and another $2,010 for speech-language therapy and physical therapy combined. But Congress had long taken action to delay those caps or provide exemptions — meaning they had never actually taken effect.According to an analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, permanently repealing the caps would cost about $6.47 billion over the next decade.Lawmakers would also forestall cuts mandated by the ACA to reduce the payments made to what are called Disproportionate Share Hospitals, which serve high rates of low-income patients. Those cuts have been delayed continuously since the law’s 2010 passage.Limited programs are also affected. The deal would fund for five years the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program, a program that helps guide low-income, at-risk mothers in parenting. It served about 160,000 families in fiscal year 2016.”We are relieved that there is a deal for a 5-year reauthorization of MIECHV,” says Lori Freeman, CEO of advocacy group the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs, in an emailed statement. “States, home visitors and families have been in limbo for the past several months, and this news will bring the stability they need to continue this successful program.”And the budget deal funds programs that encourage doctors to practice in medically underserved areas, providing just under $500 million over the next two years for the National Health Service Corps and another $363 million over two years to the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program, which places medical residents in Community Health Centers.Kaiser Health News correspondent Emmarie Huetteman contributed to this report. Copyright 2018 Kaiser Health News. To see more, visit Kaiser Health News.last_img read more

Combat veterans from the Vietnamera through the w

first_imgCombat veterans from the Vietnam-era through the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan often turn to Vet Center counselors for help with post-traumatic stress or depression. And some of these counselors are themselves feeling stress – in part, they say, because of what they’re calling unrealistic productivity requirements.Ted Blickwedel, 63, is a Marine Corps veteran living in Smithfield, R.I. And recently, when he was working as a clinical social worker at his local Vet Center in nearby Warwick, he began to think about suicide.”I didn’t sit around and ruminate about how I’m going to go about taking my own life or anything,” he says, “but nonetheless, it was just this sense that I didn’t want to be here anymore.”Blickwedel says his rising sense of hopelessness about his job began a couple of years ago, when the Department of Veterans Affairs changed the way it measured counselor productivity. Instead of asking counselors to track what percentage of their time they spend with clients, the VA asked counselors to meet a minimum headcount.Blickwedel says his focus began to shift.”I’d be in session, trying to engage someone, but being more worried about getting them out the door to do notes to get the next person in on the hour, every hour,” he says.Blickwedel says if a veteran with PTSD needed an extra-long session, he’d spend more time with that veteran and see fewer clients. That would have consequences.”I simply wouldn’t have met the visit count,” Blickwedel says, “and then I would have to complete a performance improvement plan and if this would have continued and if there weren’t any adequate improvements being made, then eventually my job could have been on the line.”The VA wants counselors to have 25 visits each week to be “fully successful.” The VA says that should take about 17 hours. To achieve the “excellent” rating, counselors must log even more visits per week.The problem is that even by the VA’s own analysis, the average visit takes 77 minutes. That’s 32 hours.”That doesn’t leave adequate time to get all your administrative duties done,” says Blickwedel, “with your progress notes, your treatment plans, assessments, with staffing, consultation with other providers that are working with the veteran.”Many of the dozen Vet Center employees interviewed for this story say they worked extra hours, often without compensation, to keep up. Some say they went on medication to manage the stress. Others lost weight. And when they suffered, they say, so did services.A reasonable standard, says the VAMike Fisher, chief officer of all the VA’s Vet Centers, supports the current requirements.”When we talk about accounting for 25 encounters in a week, I think that’s reasonable given that the vast majority of our staff are already doing that,” he says.He says those who don’t make the numbers simply have to create a plan to boost them.”That plan can include increased outreach. It can include, ‘I’m going to try as a clinician this one type of group.’ There is complete flexibility in that,” he says.Group sessions can boost a counselor’s visit count, since each member of the group is counted individually. But getting enough groups can be tricky, says Rick Stouffer, a Vet Center counselor from Knoxville, Tennessee.”It would be nice to have a full caseload of clients, but I have no control over how many clients I have,” he says.Stouffer says sometimes clients don’t show up for appointments, which can hurt productivity.Demand for Vet Center services varies by locations. Some are simply busier than others, but the standards are mostly uniform.There has been no formal survey of how Vet Center social workers feel about these requirements. Ted Blickwedel tried to conduct one by email. The VA told him to stop, and when he didn’t, it cut off his email access. The VA says he was using his email in an unprofessional manner. Blickwedel disputes the idea that he acted unprofessionally.Blickwedel has chosen to retire rather than work under these requirements, which he says need to be reduced to a reasonable level.”That’s number one,” he says. “Number two: there needs to be more hiring at higher echelons of people in managerial and leadership positions that have clinical backgrounds so they can make common-sense clinical decisions.”And only then, Blickwedel says, can Vet Center employees stop worrying about metrics and focus more on their clients. Copyright 2018 New Hampshire Public Radio. To see more, visit New Hampshire Public Radio.last_img read more

In some parts of the country people are learning t

first_imgIn some parts of the country people are learning their drinking water contains pollution from a group of chemicals called Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS). These chemicals have been linked to illnesses, including cancer. But a lot of questions remain including how exactly they affect people’s health and in what doses.These chemicals have been around for decades but the issue gained urgency in recent years as water suppliers tested for and found PFAS pollution as part of an Environmental Protection Agency program.The EPA is working on a plan to manage PFAS but members of Congress are pushing the EPA to move faster. A few states already have established strict new standards to limit the compounds in drinking water. And in some places, such as the Philadelphia suburbs, PFAS pollution has become an issue in mid-term election races.As scientists and policy-makers work to limit human exposure to the compounds here are a few key points that are worth knowing.1. PFAS chemicals are useful but may be dangerous PFAS chemicals are good at repelling oil and water. That makes them useful in a lot of products including non-stick cookware, fast food wrappers, pizza boxes, water-repellent fabrics and fire-fighting foam.It’s difficult to pin down exactly how harmful these chemicals are because research is limited. There was a big health study involving one form of PFAS in the Mid-Ohio Valley. From that and other studies scientists are comfortable saying certain diseases are linked to PFAS exposure but they won’t be more definitive than that.”PFAS chemicals have been linked to a wide range of health effects, including cancer, low birth weight, thyroid disease, elevated cholesterol and effects on the immune system,” says Laurel Schaider, research scientist at Silent Spring Institute.Manufacturers have agreed to stop using two forms of PFAS in the U.S. These chemicals take a long time to break down in the environment, which is why they remain a problem now. And Schaider says newer forms of PFAS chemicals are still being used, though some people believe they are safer because they remain in the environment and in our bodies for shorter periods.2. PFAS pollution affects communities around the countryIn some communities PFAS pollution may be known by another name if a specific compound is to blame for problems there. Some of the most common are PFOS, PFOA and Gen-X. PFAS is the overall name for this group of several thousand chemicals.Among the places with PFAS pollution is Michigan where the some residents were warned not to drink the water for a month. In New Hampshire there are concerns a landfill may be polluting water. A case in New York came to regulators’ attention after a resident tested his own water. And in North Carolina high levels of a PFAS chemical were found in drinking water downstream from a manufacturing plant.A map of contaminated sites and communities where PFAS has been detected in drinking water has been compiled by Northeastern University and Environmental Working Group.Lawsuits have been filed against companies believed to be responsible for the pollution. For example, Minnesota sued 3M over PFAS pollution and settled for $850 million in February 20183. State and federal agencies are responding but not fast enough for criticsThe EPA requires most water utilities to test for a list of PFAS chemicals. In 2016 the agency lowered a non-binding health advisory limit for some PFAS compounds to 70 parts per trillion (ppt). That’s about 70 grains of sand in an Olympic-size swimming pool, says Christopher Crockett, chief environmental officer for the water utility Aqua America.But environmentalists argue that a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study indicates the numbers should be much lower. A few states have set lower standards on their own.The EPA is working on a plan to manage PFAS chemicals and expects to release it by the end of this year.”We need actions to come out of those plans that lead to clear direction for water suppliers,” says Crockett. He wants to know what level of PFAS chemicals in water is safe and when should his company install filters to remove the chemicals.The Department of Defense also has a big role to play in cleaning up PFAS pollution. The agency uses fire-fighting foam for training at air bases around the country. In places like Pennsylvania PFAS chemicals from that foam have made their way into local drinking water.4. You can take steps to protect yourself When utility company Aqua America learns it needs to treat water polluted with PFAS it installs big carbon filters. If you’re worried about this issue and want to be extra cautious, you can essentially do the same in your home.Christopher Crockett with Aqua says filters on refrigerators that dispense water or pitchers with carbon filters work pretty well—just make sure you change the filters regularly as manufacturers recommend.If you want to also limit exposure from taking showers or brushing your teeth then a whole-house filtration system might be necessary. When asked if he filters his water, Crockett says he does not. He’s comfortable that water under the current EPA health advisory level of 70 ppt is safe to drink.Water is not the only concern though. Laurel Schaider with Silent Spring Institute says it could make sense to avoid things like fast food wrappers and microwave popcorn bags that can have PFAS chemicals in them. The problem is you never know which ones to avoid because there are no labeling requirements.The state of Washington will eventually ban PFAS use for food packaging and fire-fighting foam.Finally, eating a lot of fish also can be a concern in some places. New Jersey is among states that have warned people to limit how much fish they eat from certain bodies of water Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

For the first time since the Supreme Court legaliz

first_imgFor the first time since the Supreme Court legalized abortion nationwide in its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, the House of Representatives has a majority supporting abortion rights. And that majority is already making its position felt, setting up what could be a series of long and drawn-out fights with a Senate opposed to abortion and stalling what could otherwise be bipartisan bills.Democrats have held majorities in the House for more than half of the years since abortion became a national political issue in the 1970s, but those majorities included a significant number of Democrats who opposed abortion or had mixed voting records on the issue. A fight among Democrats over abortion very nearly derailed the Affordable Care Act as it was becoming law in 2010.This new Democratic majority is more liberal — at least on reproductive rights for women — than its predecessors. “I am so excited about this new class,” Rep. Diana DeGette, a Colorado Democrat and co-chair of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, told reporters at a Jan. 15 news conference. “We are systematically going to reverse these restrictions on women’s health care.”Indeed, the House has taken its first steps to do just that. On its first day of work Jan. 3, House Democrats passed a spending bill to reopen the government that would also have reversed President Trump’s restrictions on funding for international aid organizations that perform abortions or support abortion rights. As one of his first acts as president, Trump re-imposed the so-called Mexico City Policy originally implemented in the 1980s by President Ronald Reagan. But the Senate, where Republicans still hold a slim majority, is not budging. If anything, Republican Senate leaders are trying to push further on abortion. On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called a floor vote on a bill that would ban any federal funding of abortion or help fund insurance that covers abortion costs. Congress routinely adds the “Hyde Amendment” — a rider to the spending bill for the Department of Health and Human Services to bar federal abortion funding in most cases for Medicaid and other health programs — but McConnell’s legislation would have made the provision permanent and government-wide. When the House was under GOP control, it passed similar measures repeatedly, but those bills haven’t been able to emerge from the Senate, where 60 votes are required. In the end, McConnell’s bill Thursday got 48 votes, 12 short of the number needed to move to a full Senate debate. Organizations that oppose abortion were thrilled, even though the bill failed to advance. “By voting on the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, the pro-life majority in the Senate is showing they’ll be a brick wall when it comes to trying to force taxpayers to pay for abortion on demand,” says a statement from the Susan B. Anthony List.The Senate action Thursday was clearly aimed not just at House Democrats’ boast that they would vote to overturn existing abortion restrictions, but also at the annual anti-abortion “March for Life” held in Washington on Friday.”I welcome all of the marchers with gratitude,” said McConnell in his brief remarks on the bill, noting that they “will speak with one voice on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves.”But these first two votes are just a taste of what is likely to come. At a breakfast meeting with reporters Jan. 16, DeGette, newly installed as chair of the oversight subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said that reproductive issues would be a highlight of her agenda. Meanwhile, Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., the other co-chair of the Pro-Choice Caucus, and Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., the first female chair of the House Appropriations Committee, announced they will introduce legislation to permanently eliminate both the Hyde Amendment and the Mexico City Policy. In an odd twist, the abortion language in the Mexico City Policy bill passed by the House this month was taken directly from a version approved last June by the Senate Appropriations Committee. Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who generally support abortion rights, joined with the committee’s Democrats to approve an amendment overturning the policy in the spending bill for the State Department and other agencies. The full Senate never voted on that bill.Still, neither side is likely to advance their cause in Congress over the next two years. The Republican leadership in the Senate can block any House-passed bills lifting abortion restrictions. But the Senate, while nominally opposed to abortion rights, doesn’t include 60 members who would vote to advance further restrictions.Where things get interesting is if either chamber tries to strong-arm the other by adding abortion-related language it knows will be unacceptable to the other side.That is exactly what happened in 2018, when the Senate was poised to pass a bipartisan bill to help stabilize the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchanges. House and Senate Republicans proposed a version of the bill — but with the inclusion of a permanent ban on abortion funding. Democrats objected and the bill died. Sen. Patty Murray,D-Wash., who was one of the senators engineering the original bipartisan effort, said at the time, “This partisan bill … pulled the most worn page out of the Republican ideological playbook: making extreme, political attacks on women’s health care.”It is not hard to imagine how such an abortion rider could be used by either side to squeeze the other, as Republicans and Democrats tentatively start to work together on health issues such as prescription drug prices and surprise out-of-pocket bills. Abortion-related impasses could also stall progress on annual spending bills if House Democrats keep their vow to eliminate current restrictions like those limiting self-paid abortions for servicewomen or imposing further limits on international aid.Abortion fights on unrelated bills are almost a certainty in the coming Congress, said Ross Baker, a professor of political science at Rutgers University. He noted that abortion not only complicates health bills, but also sank a major bankruptcy bill in the early 2000s.”The only question is how it will emerge,” he said. “And it will emerge.”Kaiser Health News is a nonprofit news service covering health issues. It is an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation that is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente. You can follow Julie Rovner on Twitter: @jrovner. Copyright 2019 Kaiser Health News. To see more, visit Kaiser Health News.last_img read more

A company is facing three separate investigations

first_imgA company is facing three separate investigations after a wheelchair-user discovered that the reception desk of the hotel he was staying in was left unstaffed every night.Mahmood Qureshi only made the discovery after he had already spent a night in a wheelchair-accessible room at the Knighton Hotel (pictured) in Knighton, on the Welsh-English border.On his first night at the hotel – where he was staying during a visit to an international draughts competition – he booked an agency care worker to arrive at 9.30am, but she agreed to arrive earlier on the second morning.When he checked with the hotel staff that they would let her in at 6.30am the next morning, he was told that would not be possible because there were no staff at the front desk between midnight and 7am.Qureshi, who lives in Bradford, pointed out to hotel staff that he had high support needs and was staying with an older friend who was also disabled. If there was a fire, he said, he could be trapped in his room on the first floor.He said: “It was very dangerous. We were on the first floor, and there were… steps going down to reception.“Basically, we would be left to defend ourselves if there was a fire. I would have panicked, I wouldn’t have known what to do.”Following his two-day stay last October, he complained to Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, which has launched an investigation into the hotel’s fire safety procedures.The hotel is also being investigated by trading standards, and by Visit Wales, the Welsh government’s tourism team.A Welsh government spokeswoman said: “These allegations are very concerning.  “Visit Wales is in contact with the owners and hoping that these issues can be resolved quickly.”Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service said there was an “ongoing investigation” into the concerns raised by Qureshi.And a spokesman for Powys council’s trading standards department confirmed that it was also carrying out an investigation into Qureshi’s concerns.Rowena Williams, director and owner of Rural Retreats and Leisure, which runs the Knighton Hotel and several other hotels in England and Wales, said Qureshi’s complaints were “completely unfounded” and “completely fictional with completely inaccurate information”.She said the hotel had a duty manager “on site”, but she confirmed that the hotel did not have a night porter and so the front desk was not staffed overnight.Her husband, Paul, said the hotel had a “sleepover manager” while “the building is manned 24 hours per day seven days per week”.He said: “In the event that a guest requires assistance out of hours, they just dial 0 from their room or the hotel number if they are not in the room, the call is then put straight through to the duty manager who is on for that evening. “This is common practice and is explained to all of our guests and is also outlined in the guest information booklet contained within each bedroom.”But he admitted: “It is true that we have been asked to modify our risk assessment and procedures but this is all that was requested following an inspection that was carried out on 13 November by the fire service.”Rowena Williams said that all the rooms had fire doors and that “the 20 stepped staircase [is] wheelchair compliant” [with wide enough steps to allow a wheelchair to sit on it] while a “risk assessment shows there is no serious risk”. She said: “The hotel is not being investigated by trading standards at all.  This is complete fabrication.”She added: “The fire brigade have raised no major issues but minor issues that have been dealt with as a matter of course.”last_img read more

A FirstGeneration American Entrepreneur Reflects on the Immigration Proposal That Would Have

first_img Apply Now » Next Article 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Guest Writer –shares Recently, President Trump said he supports a Senate bill to curb legal immigration to the United States. The legislation, a revised version of an immigration-reform bill introduced in February, would give priority to high-skilled, English-speaking immigrants.For me, the news hit especially close to home.My parents landed in the United States in the early 1960s. Like hundreds of thousands from Cuba, they did so to escape the heavy-handed regime of Fidel Castro. With little money and no formal education but a few life-learned skills under their belts, they survived in a strange land where they did not speak the language and knew only a few family members.Related: 4 Reasons Why Immigrants Are Essential for EntrepreneurshipThey moved to an area of New Jersey where other Cubans had fled, and they banded together with other Spanish speakers. Eventually, they met, married and raised four children on modest means and a backbreaking work ethic.While Dad spoke broken English at best when he arrived. Mom spoke none. As a young boy I remember people giving her the stink eye or poor customer service while she tried her hardest to convey what she needed. Some told her, “If you’re in America, speak English.”These comments sometimes made her cry but never broke her spirit. Her inability to speak English was in no way a reflection of her character or work ethic, nor was it a political statement or a lack of love for her new country. Mom believed strongly in the American dream and was determined to see it come to fruition for herself and her family.Early on, Mom was a cleaning lady. She recently retired as a senior manager overseeing major projects and a staff of more than 70. Today, I’m proud to say that she is a competent English speaker. Though sometimes when she tries to pronounce certain words we kids get a good laugh, Mom faced her challenges head on and carved out a decent life for her family.Related: The Immigrant Entrepreneurs Behind Major American Companies (Infographic)Mom’s bilingual skills came in handy as she climbed the career ladder to eventually oversee a crew of cleaners. They, like her, came to this country with “low skills” and unable to speak the dominant language.My parents are the immigrants many of Trump’s supporters would like to ban from entering this country. Mom and Dad may have been stopped at the border if this bill been law when they fled Cuba for freedom. Because of my parent’s resilience and perseverance, their American children now have a much easier life.I was able to attend Parsons, one of the country’s foremost design schools. From there, I had a two-decade career as a designer for some of the world’s most successful luxury brands. A few years ago, after a trip my partner and I took around the world, I launched Bixbee, a backpack and accessories company for kids.Because of my own family’s struggles and their belief that an education helps pave the way to big dreams, it was important to create a company that gives back. Since our launch, we’ve donated tens of thousands of backpacks to kids in the United States and around the world. Providing kids in need with an opportunity for an education is my way of helping them achieve their own dreams and part of the American dream my parents taught us to believe in.Related: Here’s How to Fix the H-1B Visa Program to Drive Startup GrowthMine is one story of millions. America was, after all, built on the trials and triumphs of immigrations, many of whom were unable to speak English and came to this country with little more than an unshakable work ethic. It’s in our national DNA and has made this country so great from its beginning.I’ll be the first to admit that our current system is far from perfect. But in the course of trying to fix it, let’s not forget that most who cross our borders are more than just workers. They are liberty-loving risk takers who, like my parents, came here to create a better life for themselves and their families.As Robert F. Kennedy once said, “Neither race nor place of birth should affect their chances.” A First-Generation American Entrepreneur Reflects on the Immigration Proposal That Would Have Barred His Parents Luis Manuel Garcia Mom and Dad had no skills and didn’t speak English but achieved the American dream by working tirelessly. Pending legislation would bar people like them now. 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Add to Queue Co-Founder & CEO at Bixbee August 7, 2017 Image credit: Science Source | Getty Images The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. American Dreamlast_img read more

OkCupid Founder If You Use the Internet Youre the Subject of Hundreds

first_img Laura Entis Register Now » Next Article Privacy Concerns OkCupid Founder: ‘If You Use the Internet, You’re the Subject of Hundreds of Experiments’ Guest Writer Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. 4 min readcenter_img July 29, 2014 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Last month, Facebook revealed that it had manipulated the content in the new feeds of more than 600,000 people to see whether or not the changes would affect people’s emotional state.If you weren’t actively pissed off, chances are you at least found the study – which attempted to manipulate mood by altering the number of positive or negative posts a person would see – creepy. Turns out, most people resent feeling like a lab rat (the clinical language of the study, published in The Proceedings Of The National Academy of Sciences, didn’t help on this count).That’s a shame, says OkCupid co-founder and president Christian Rudder, because if you use the Internet you are going to be the unwitting subject of hundreds of a wide range of experiments. “That’s how websites work,” he wrote in a blog post published Monday.Related: Facebook Basically Shrugs Off User Outrage Over ‘Emotional’ ExperimentFacebook’s tepid defense of its ’emotions’ study was that it was an attempt to improve “user experience.” Rudder goes a step further, arguing that any website that wants to improve its functionality needs to run experiments on its user base. “Most ideas are bad,” he wrote. “Even good ideas could be better. Experiments are how you sort all this out.”Putting his money where his mouth is, Rudder revealed in the blog post that OkCupid has been running experiments on its users for years. In light of the recent Facebook debacle, he chose to publicize the details from “a few of the more interesting” ones (which means this is likely the tip of the iceberg as far as the whole OkCupid-experiments-on-its-users thing goes).In one test, all profile pictures on the site were hidden, which led users to interact more frequently and reveal more details about themselves. In another, profile text was obscured to see how much an individual’s looks impacted his or her perceived personality (turns out, looks matter a lot). And in the third, the dating site informed users that their compatibility rating with other users was either better or worse than the site’s algorithm actually predicted. While these results are mildly interesting, what’s really fascinating is the casual, almost blasé way Rudder delivers the news that not only has his site been experimenting with uninformed users for years, but most other sites are doing the same exact thing.Related: Mushy Marketing Ploy: Pizza Hut Joins OKCupidWhile all three experiments exemplify how easy it is for sites like OkCupid or Facebook (which have a trove of data on users’ personalities, habits, likes and dislikes) to manipulate responses, the third is probably the best example.In that experiment, OkCupid altered the compatibility scores for potential daters, taking pairs of bad matches (an actual 30 percent match) and telling them they were a great match (a 90 match). The research found that if a potential dater was told another user was a good match, he or she was slightly more likely to initiate a message exchange even if the recipient was, in reality, a poor match according to the site’s compatibility metrics.Doctored compatibility ratings seem like as blatant a manipulation as Facebook’s tweaked news feeds, but so far, the public backlash over OkCupid’s experimentation appears far more subdued than it was over Facebook’s.Related: Mozilla’s CEO Resigns in Wake of Criticism Over Stance on Gay MarriageThere lots of possible explanations for this, including the fact that OkCupid didn’t publish its results in a scientific journal, the study was more “legitimately useful to users,” the tone was “self-deprecating” rather than clinical and that OkCupid, as a niche service, is less scary than omnipresent Facebook.That’s not the real issue, though. The real issue is Rudder’s argument that if you use the Internet you are, by default, the subject of a host of experiments. Companies don’t need to get your explicit approval (they just have to sneak a line into their terms and services agreement), and there is no committee that distinguishes between an ethical experiment and an unethical one that has the potential to inflict real damage. Which means morally dubious experiments like Facebook’s probably happen all the time, we just rarely find out about them because companies aren’t obligated to publish their results.If you don’t like it, Rudder is essentially saying, get off the Internet. Despite his “self-deprecating” tone, it’s a troubling message.Related: Tell Us: Will Facebook’s Unethical User Experiment Make You Quit? –shares Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Add to Queuelast_img read more

Japanese Truck Driver Playing Pokémon Go Kills Pedestrian

first_img Flowers are laid near the scene where a passer-by was killed after being hit by a driver playing ‘Pokemon Go’ while driving in Tokushima, Japan. Next Article The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Add to Queue This story originally appeared on Reuters Pokémon –shares August 25, 2016 2 min read Japanese Truck Driver Playing Pokémon Go Kills Pedestrian A Japanese truck driver playing Pokémon Go while driving hit two women, killing one and injuring the other, in Japan’s first death related to the Nintendo Co. craze.The driver said he had been distracted by the game after his arrest for negligent driving following the accident on Wednesday evening, a spokesman for the Tokushima prefectural police said.”The driver is still in custody. No decision has been made yet on whether to proceed with a prosecution,” he addedA spokesman for Niantic Inc., which developed Pokémon Go jointly with Nintendo affiliate Pokémon Company, said the company had added a pop-up to the Pokémon Go screen when it detected an increase in speed asking for confirmation the user was not driving.He didn’t say whether the developer would take further steps to guard against accidents.A spokesman for Nintendo offered condolences to the family of the dead woman.”Pokémon Company and Niantic endeavor to create an environment where people can play the game safely and we will continue to do that,” he added when asked whether the company would take any new measures to guard against accidents.The popularity of augmented-reality Pokémon Go around the world has generated crowds of people in parks and other public places as user search for monsters, but has also been blamed for injuries and robberies of distracted users.Signs at parks and other places in Japan have asked users to avoid creating a nuisance.Pokémon incidents elsewhere have spurned warnings from authorities for users to play responsibly.In Taiwan on Sunday Pokémon Go monster hunters caused a stampede in Taipei blocking streets in the capital. Police there have increased fines on scooter riders found playing the game in traffic.News reports in July claimed that a Guatemalan teenager was the first Pokémon fatality after he was shot breaking into a house while playing the game.Also in July, Pokémon Go players were robbed of their smartphones at gunpoint in a north London park in Britain, while four teens in Missouri in the U.S. used the game to target around a dozen people into armed robberies.(Reporting by Tim Kelly; Editing by Nick Macfie) Image credit: Kyodo via Reuters Reuters Apply Now »last_img read more

MongoDB Strengthens Mobile Offerings with Acquisition of Realm

first_imgMongoDB, Inc., the leading modern, general purpose database platform, announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Realm, the company behind the Realm mobile database and Synchronization Platform, for $39 million in cash, subject to certain adjustments. The acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of MongoDB’s fiscal year ending Jan. 31, 2020, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.“Realm is incredibly popular with mobile developers because it makes it easy for them to work with data to accelerate innovation, which is very consistent with our own philosophy,” said Dev Ittycheria, President & CEO, MongoDB. “This acquisition is a natural fit for our global cloud database, MongoDB Atlas, as well as a complement to Stitch, our serverless platform. We look forward to working closely with Realm’s strong engineering talent and the vibrant developer community to capture additional share in the database market by giving developers a far more flexible, intuitive and comprehensive way to work with mobile data.”Marketing Technology News: BSI Reports Top Supply Chain Themes for 2019The acquisition of Realm will deepen MongoDB’s relationship with developer communities focused on mobile and serverless development. There are more than 100,000 active developers using Realm, and the solution has been downloaded more than 2 billion times.Marketing Technology News: Primis Awarded Recertification of TAG Certified Against Fraud Seal by Trustworthy Accountability Group“MongoDB’s guiding mission is to make working with data incredibly easy for developers,” said David Ratner, CEO, Realm. “We believe this is the perfect marriage so we can continue what we started Realm to do – helping mobile developers build better apps faster and helping both the community and enterprises support their use-cases across offline-first requirements, digital transformation, user experience and IoT. Together, we will work to deliver innovative solutions from Cloud to the Edge, providing highly responsive user interfaces and experiences to an even larger community of mobile developers.”Marketing Technology News: Shutterstock Launches “View in Room” Augmented Reality for Mobile MongoDB Strengthens Mobile Offerings with Acquisition of Realm PRNewswireApril 25, 2019, 7:24 pmApril 25, 2019 David RatnerMarketing TechnologyMongoDBNewsRealmRealm mobile databaseSynchronization Platform Previous ArticleFairleigh Dickinson University Explains the Best Strategy for Online MarketingNext ArticleQuality Data Equals Truth Sets, and Nothing Lesslast_img read more

An essential reference for diagnostic ultrasonography and biopsy of the thyroid gland

first_img Source:https://benthamscience.com/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jan 23 2019The book provides the reader essential information on how to 1) distinguish between normal and abnormal thyroid sonograms, 2) differentiate low suspicion for malignancy thyroid nodules from sonographically high suspicion nodules, 3) evaluate cervical lymph nodes and parathyroid glands, and 4) examine post-thyroidectomy patients with differentiated thyroid cancer. The reader is also introduced to the different thyroid nodule risk stratification systems in ultrasound imaging, when and how to perform thyroid fine needle aspiration biopsies, and the use of percutaneous ethanol injections for cystic thyroid nodules.Related StoriesStudy finds checkpoint stimulator to be safe, reliable alternative to laryngeal electromyographySurgery can be beneficial for one type of primary central nervous system lymphomaCombining expansion microscopy with VR allows researchers to ‘step inside’ biological dataKey Features: – 11 chapters which begin with an introduction to thyroid ultrasound and progressively explain relevant diagnostic imaging and biopsy procedures for different thyroid diseases (including thyroid cancer and autoimmune diseases)- multiple tables and figures which summarize and highlight important points- more than 60 ultrasound images which illustrate various ultrasound signs and artefacts from patients- a summary of the current standards for the evaluation and clinical management of thyroid nodules based on clinical practice guidelines- a detailed list of references, abbreviations and symbolsThe textbook is an essential reference for both practicing and training endocrine surgeons, endocrinologists, radiologists, cytopathologists, sonographers as well as any health care worker with an interest in managing thyroid and parathyroid diseases in their daily practice.last_img read more