CEO RECOGNISES SPECIAL EFFORTS OF LAURIE SMYTH AND WARWICK GATES

first_imgAs Touch Football affiliates across the country prepare for what is sure to be a dynamic summer season, Touch Football Australia would like to recognise a few of the great of efforts of some hard-working volunteers over the winter months.Two such volunteers who have made tremendous contributions to their local affiliates and the sport of Touch Football in their areas are Laurie Smyth, president of Sale Touch Association in Victoria, and Warwick Gates (left), administrator of Rosalie Touch Association in Western Australia. Laurie has been the president and engine room of Sale Touch Association since it was established 14 years ago. He is responsible for such roles as assigning fields, allocating referees, providing player sign-in sheets and handling any necessary disciplinary action.Laurie employs an effective system whereby anyone who complains about field markings will mark the fields themselves. He has never had any complaints!The dependable Sale president has championed the Touch Football movement in the Wellington Shire and entire East Gippsland region. As well as his tremendous commitment to Touch Football, Laurie is also a member of the Rotary Club and has regular meetings with Wellington Shire Council. This year the Council recognised the innovative administrator with an award for bringing in $2.2 million revenue to the community over the past eight years from his annual Sale Knockout competition!His involvement with Rotary Club has given Laurie first-hand knowledge of upcoming Rotary and local council grants. He uses the grants for pizza nights for students in the six-team Sale comp as well as to finance players competing locally and at state level. Laurie has procured an impressive list of contacts in his time as Sale president, evidenced by the fact that he has arranged for the Sale Touch Association to pay just $14 a night towards lighting and field hire.Laurie also has had a big hand in promoting the sport to the community. He regularly contributes Touch Football articles to the local Sale newspaper and has also featured on local radio and television promoting the sport. Laurie’s ‘nothing is impossible’ attitude was recently displayed in a disability services article in the internal publication of oil company Esso.  In the future Laurie hopes to establishment a school competition as well as a junior Touch competition throughout the Warragul region. Laurie has also arranged for a game of Touch to be played during the Sale Festival on 2nd November, 2007, promoting the sport with a fireworks display at the conclusion of the game. If you’re around Sale at the time get down and check it out. On the other side of the country another volunteer has been similarly busy working behind the scenes for his affiliate. But after 10 years as the administrator of the Rosalie Touch Association, Warwick Gates has decided to take a step back from the club he has been so passionate about.Warwick first joined Rosalie 12 years ago before deciding to join the board of directors with current president Albert Nascimento. Warwick and Albert have been responsible for reworking the infrastructure at Rosalie. This initially meant a reduction in team numbers to ensure that everything ran smoothly within the competition and that all members were satisfied.The restructure has paid off in recent years, with the club experiencing significant growth in membership and team numbers.In the past 12 months 69 teams have competed at Rosalie, up from 51 in 2004. With a young family to look after, Warwick has decided to give up his position as administrator. However he will still be around the club, taking care of the administrator duties in an unofficial capacity and ensuring that the new administrator makes an easy transition into the role when they take over in October. TouchWest State Manager Matt Bamford said Warwick’s involvement had always been impressive.“He’s got an interest not only at club level but at state level,” Bamford said. “He’s always enthusiastic about providing advice and input about referee development matters and that kind of thing.” In March next year Rosalie will host the 2008 Western Australia State Championships.Rosalie Touch president Albert Nascimento said Warwick was sure to be directly involved in the event. “If ever there is anything that would need to be done, you would only have to ask him,” he said. “Even to the extent that if we hadn’t of found another administrator he would have stayed on. “He wouldn’t have just walked away and said that’s me finished – he would have stayed to make sure the work that he has put into place didn’t go to waste.” When Warwick does finally cut ties with the club he’s contributed so much to, his legacy will be the structures that he has put in place that will ensure Rosalie Touch continues to be a well organised and successful club for many years to come. Congratulations to both Laurie and Warwick on their achievements. Touch Football Australia would like to thank both men for all their passion and dedication to our game.last_img read more

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a month ago​Mignolet reveals Liverpool blocked earlier Club Brugge move

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Mignolet reveals Liverpool blocked earlier Club Brugge moveby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet revealed that his path out of the club was blocked by the club in previous transfer windows.The goalkeeper finally got his wish for a move away from the club this summer.But he was denied that request in the 2018 summer transfer window and the 2019 January transfer window.The Belgium international is now at Club Brugge, and he believes they wanted him previously as well.Mignolet lost his place in the Liverpool starting line up to Loris Karius, then went down the pecking order after the signing of Alisson Becker last summer.He told Het Nieuwsblad – via Sport Witness: “That’s possible [Mboyo’s comments], although Bart Verhaeghe [Brugge president] called me last winter.”It was non-negotiable for Liverpool then.”However, with the return of so many Red Devils [Belgium national team players], I think that was set in motion by Kompany.” last_img read more

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Weihai Samjin to Build Chemical Pair for Ocean Tankers

first_imgzoom China’s Weihai Samjin shipyard has signed a contract with Singapore’s shipping company Ocean Tankers for the construction of two 11,000 dwt chemical tankers, China Association of the National Shipbuilding Industry (CANSI) said. As informed, the two IMO-II oil tankers were the first alternative orders for the construction of 4 + 2 + 2 + 2 ships placed by Ocean Tankers at the abovementioned shipyard last year.The exact prices of the two new ships were not announced, however, last year, Ocean Tankers’ four vessels were priced at USD 18 million each, according to CANSI.The newbuilding type is a Class II chemical tanker designed by Shanghai Oudeli Design. It has a length of 139.98 meters, a width of 20.2 meters, a depth of 10.08 meters, a draft design of 7.20 meters and a design speed of 13 knots.The vessels will be used for the transportation of refined oil and chemicals.Ocean Tankers’ ships will be classed by classification society ABS.last_img read more

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I could not believe it when I got India cap Saini

first_imgLauderhill (USA): An impressive India debut under his belt, fast bowler Navdeep Saini said he could not believe himself when he was handed the India cap to play in the first T20 International against the West Indies here. The 26-year-old Saini starred in India’s 4-wicket win by taking three wickets for 17 runs on Saturday. He was adjudged man-of-the-match for his impressive bowling display which saw India restrict West Indies to 95 for 9. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh India made a heavy weather of the modest run chase before pulling off a 4-wicket win with 2.4 over to spare. “When I received the India cap (on Saturday morning), I could not believe that today is the day which I was waiting for,” Saini told his senior pace colleague Bhuvneshwar Kumar in an interview posted on BCCI Twitter handle. Asked about the tatoo on his left hand which depicted a wolf, Saini said, “During my childhood, I and my big brother used to watch a lot of movies on wolves. That is why I have this tatoo.”last_img read more

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Imagine your house is gone And yet the TV set is

first_imgImagine your house is gone. And yet the TV set is still standing.That’s one of the scenes that photojournalist Tommy Trenchard documented as he visited parts of Mozambique hit by Cyclone Kenneth on Thursday.Winds reportedly blew up to 174 miles per hour.More than 20 inches of rain fell over a couple of days — and another 20 inches is forecast this week.Houses were obliterated, roads turned into rivers and the death toll now stands at 38.The storm struck some six weeks after Cyclone Idai, touching down in a different part of the country — in the north. Both cyclones are rare events. According to the World Meteorological Organization, “there is no record of two storms of such intensity striking Mozambique in the same season.” And so a country already in the throes of a humanitarian disaster — the World Bank puts a $2 billion price tag on the recovery effort for Idai — is reeling again.Trenchard traveled north from the city of Pemba to Macomia and surrounding villages, “where the destruction is incredibly severe,” he says. “It was overwhelming to see the visual chaos — the mess of fallen trees, belongings, collapsed homes.”Despite the destruction he saw people “calmly getting their lives back in order. Of course there’s shock and despair, but you also see incredible stoicism and resilience. Amid the carnage there are even small glimpses of normal life going on. In Macomia, two days after the storm, some shops had already reopened even though they no longer had a roof or four walls.” Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

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Updated at 1113 pm ETNew York Gov Andrew Cuomo

first_imgUpdated at 11:13 p.m. ETNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Thursday ending vaccination exemptions based on religious beliefs, the latest attempt to address the growing measles outbreak, the worst the U.S. has experienced in decades. Cuomo said plugging the loophole should help contain the spike in measles cases in New York, the state the hardest hit by the uptick in the contagious virus due to low vaccination rates in ultra-Orthodox communities. “The science is crystal clear: Vaccines are safe, effective and the best way to keep our children safe,” Cuomo said after signing the bill. “While I understand and respect freedom of religion, our first job is to protect the public health and by signing this measure into law, we will help prevent further transmissions and stop this outbreak right in its tracks.” The Democratic-controlled Legislature approved the measure, which also eliminates other nonmedical exemptions for schoolchildren across the state.”We are facing an unprecedented public health crisis,” said Sen. Brad Hoylman, the legislation’s sponsor. “The atrocious peddlers of junk science and fraudulent medicine who we know as anti-vaxxers have spent years sowing unwarranted doubt and fear, but it is time for legislators to confront them head-on.”The exemption, which exists in some form in most states, allows parents of schoolchildren to cite their religious beliefs in opting their kids out of required vaccines. Supporters of keeping the religious exemptions say religious freedom should not be overpowered by state laws. After the final vote tally was announced in the assembly, howling protesters, including the parents of unvaccinated children, filled the chamber, hurling expletives and chanting “shame on you,” until lawmakers moved to recess.Some backers of the bill have seen the measles outbreak up close, both in their districts and in their own homes, such as Assembly member Kenneth Zebrowski, who represents Rockland County. There, he noted, there have already been more than 266 confirmed measles cases, including 16 hospitalizations. His 1-year-old daughter had to get her first vaccine shot at six months old before her regularly scheduled immunization when she turned 1 recently. “We had to get our kids over-vaccinated,” he said of his and other families in the district. “Because of this epidemic,” Zebrowski said. “I’m not particularly thrilled.” To those who question whether the recent measles outbreak in New York is indeed an epidemic, Zebrowsky said that should not be the focus. The job of lawmakers, he said, is not to react to epidemics. “Our job as legislators is to prevent epidemics,” he said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported last week that the number of new measles cases this year has exceeded 1,000, the highest count in 27 years. Most of those new measles cases have been concentrated in ultra-Orthodox areas of New York, including Rockland County and parts of Brooklyn, adding urgency to the statewide debate around religious exemptions to vaccines. The New York Assembly narrowly passed the bill by a 77-53 vote. It needed 76 votes for passage. Lawmakers in the state Senate advanced the measure by a tally of 36-26.A small number of other states including California, Mississippi and Arizona have already passed laws banning vaccine exemptions on religious grounds. In New York, about 96% of students have been immunized against measles, mumps and rubella, yet “a measles outbreak continues to affect communities in several parts of the state where the rate is lower,” according to state health officials. In the 2017-2018 school year, 26,217 students in New York, including those in public and private schools and children in day care and prekindergarten, had religious exemptions from vaccinations, officials said. “Although the state can claim high immunization rates overall, preventable diseases like measles remain a public health threat when administrative loopholes allow children to go unvaccinated, carrying the potential to harm communities — and especially our most vulnerable residents,” said Dr. Howard Zucker, the commissioner of the state Department of Health.New York state Sen. John Liu, who represents Queens, said while he thinks removing the religious exemption is the right move, he has heard from constituents who hold “deep and sincere” religious beliefs who would be “absolutely outraged that anyone would suggest that they don’t care about the health of their children.” Liu suggested that the tenor of the debate on both sides could be more civil. “We can respectfully disagree,” Liu said. The law eliminating religious exemptions takes effect immediately. Unvaccinated students will have up to 30 days to show school officials they have received their first dose of each required immunization. In April, New York City health officials declared a public health emergency because of the measles outbreak. Parents of unvaccinated children could be fined $1,000 for not complying with the order. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

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Complaints about the personal independence payment

first_imgComplaints about the personal independence payment (PIP) assessment process rose by nearly 900 per cent last year – from 142 to 1,391 – apparently corroborating the results of a year-long Disability News Service investigation.The Department for Work and Pensions figures also show that the number of complaints about PIP assessments that were upheld rose by more than 700 per cent in the same year (from 67 in 2015-16 to 545 in 2016-17).The figures provide probably the strongest evidence yet to support the findings of the investigation carried out by Disability News Service (DNS) into claims of widespread dishonesty at the heart of the PIP assessment process.Labour’s shadow work and pensions secretary, Debbie Abrahams, said the “huge increase” showed that the healthcare professionals who carry out the assessments must be held to account.She said the figures were also “an absolute indictment of the Tories’ punitive assessments and the miserable effect they are having on people trying to access desperately needed support”.The enormous increases in both complaints lodged and those upheld, between 2015-16 and 2016-17, come despite a rise of just 34 per cent in the number of PIP claims registered in the same period.DNS only decided to begin its PIP investigation in November 2016 because of a steady trickle of emails and phone calls from disabled people raising concerns about the PIP assessment process, and who were insisting that the healthcare professionals who had assessed them had produced dishonest reports for DWP.The new figures appear to suggest that whatever was causing this dishonesty in the assessment system appears to have become a significant problem during 2016-17.DNS has now heard from more than 250 PIP claimants who say their assessment reports were dishonest.They have told DNS that assessors working for DWP contractors Capita and Atos – many of them nurses – have repeatedly lied, ignored written evidence and dishonestly reported the results of physical examinations.The figures on PIP assessment complaints were given last week to the Labour MP Stephen Kinnock by the minister for disabled people, Penny Mordaunt, in response to a parliamentary question.Mordaunt told Kinnock that the number of complaints received about the PIP assessment process increased from just 142 in 2015-16 to 1,391 in 2016-17 (a rise of 880 per cent).And she said that the number of complaints about the PIP assessment process that were upheld rose from 67 in 2015-16 to 545 in 2016-17 (an increase of 713 per cent).Other DWP statistics and DNS calculations show that, in the same period, the number of PIP claims registered – including new claims and reassessments – only increased from 783,585 to 1,047,976, a far smaller rise of about 34 per cent.Abrahams said: “These profit-making health assessment companies must recognise that their assessments are not fit for purpose, given the increase in complaints received and numbers overturned on tribunal.“However, assessments are conducted by clinical professionals and we must be holding these clinical professionals to account too. “I have personally heard of dozens and dozens of cases of assessment reports not marrying at all with the assessment and medical records that were supplied.“The huge increase in complaints made and upheld about the PIP assessment process are an absolute indictment of the Tories’ punitive assessments and the miserable effect they are having on people trying to access desperately needed support.“Labour is committed to scrapping these harmful assessments and replacing them with a holistic, person-centred approach, under our plans to ensure that, like the NHS, the social security system is there for us all in our time of need.”Kinnock said the figures were “further evidence that the PIP system is not fit for purpose”, despite the assessment system being in place for more than four years.He said: “While the scale of this is truly shocking, it is not in the least bit surprising, because week after week I hear from my constituents about how claimants are treated, how they are humiliated, belittled and denied basic human dignity.“Government has been told by MPs, claimants and by disability experts that the system needs reviewing.  “Instead, they have carried on regardless with their ideological drive to remove the help which people so desperately need, so that they are able to manage the basic daily costs of living with a disability.” A DWP spokesman was unable to offer any explanation for the huge rise in complaints.But he said: “Complaints may be made for a variety of reasons and there is no evidence to suggest that there is dishonesty in the assessment system.“The percentage increases in complaints which you have mentioned do not consider the number of complaints as a proportion of the overall number of PIP cases which we process.“We are now clearing 81,000 claims each month compared with around 80,000 per month this time last year.“Our latest research shows that 76 per cent of PIP claimants are satisfied with their overall experience.“More than 2.4 million PIP decisions have been made, and of these eight per cent have been appealed and four per cent have been overturned.“In the majority of successful appeals, decisions are overturned because people have submitted more oral or written evidence.”PIP claimants who want to contribute to an inquiry by the Commons work and pensions committee into the effectiveness of the PIP assessment system, as well as the work capability assessment, have until 10 November to submit their evidence. 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Three leading disabled campaigners have backed a p

first_imgThree leading disabled campaigners have backed a petition that calls on the government to force all new large buildings to include a Changing Places toilet.The petition, launched by Lorna Fillingham, who has a disabled child, has now been signed by more than 50,000 people, and will soon be delivered to the prime minister.The campaign has been boosted by support from the crossbench peer Baroness [Jane] Campbell – herself a regular user of Changing Places toilets – Paralympian Anne Wafula Strike, and journalist and presenter Mik Scarlet.There are currently only about 1,060 Changing Places toilets (pictured) – facilities with extra space and equipment for disabled people who cannot use standard accessible toilets – across the whole of the UK, even though there are believed to be more than 250,000 disabled people who need them.Guidance provided under British Standard 8300 recommends that such facilities should be included in larger buildings and complexes such as motorway services, sports stadiums, shopping centres, airports, town halls, schools and hospitals.But Fillingham, who is working closely with Wafula Strike on the campaign, wants the government to make changes to building regulations to ensure that planning permission cannot be granted for such developments unless they include a Changing Places toilet.The call in Fillingham’s petition mirrors a recommendation in last year’s report on disability and the built environment by the Commons women and equalities committee, which called for all large building developments to include a Changing Places toilet.Baroness Campbell told Disability News Service (DNS): “I completely support the campaign.“I heavily rely on Changing Places facilities and their absence does hamper my ability to accept certain engagements far from home or work.“Parliament has an excellent Changing Places facility which means I can carry on with my work to the early hours.”Wafula Strike said: “Every human being has a right to access a toilet and it’s very sad that a section of the disabled community are not able to use suitable facilities to change in.“It breaks my heart that in the 21st century disabled people, their parents and carers are denied this basic right.”Scarlet said he also supported the petition.He said Changing Places facilities were “essential for a forward-looking business that wants to future-proof any major project.“Imagine if every train and bus station in every town had a Changing Places toilet, how that would change lives.”But he said that for too long the building industry had provided only those facilities that had to be included under building regulations.He said: “Changing Places toilet provision has to be put into building regulations or we’ll see no real change.“But it would be nice if architects and developers put them in before this happens, to future proof and do the right thing.”Fillingham says in her petition that her seven-year-old daughter is now “too large for a baby changing unit and our only other option is the toilet floor, which is unsanitary, unhygienic and in my mind inhumane as well as undignified.“I don’t know what body fluids may have spilled there, or what might have been brought in on someone’s shoes or wheels.“This is a completely unacceptable and unreasonable situation for anybody to be exposed to.”She told DNS this week: “It really is time for change.“I’ve heard too many harrowing stories now, of disabled children being changed on toilet floors and of disabled adults having surgery to have suprapubic catheters fitted in order to avoid having to use the loo when they are out and about as there is such a lack of Changing Places facilities.”A spokesman for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government said: “We know that providing these accessible toilets is very important for some people with disabilities so we have worked with Mencap and the Changing Places campaign to improve facilities. “There are now 1,060 of these toilets across the UK, up from just 140 in 2007, and we have helped fund the development of a new website so people know where to find them.” He said the department was committed to promoting accessibility and had commissioned research to assess whether guidance in the building regulations “adequately meets the needs of disabled people when new building work is carried out.“We will consider the findings of that research as they relate to Changing Places toilets and how to promote their provision further.”Asked if the department would consider making the inclusion of a Changing Places toilet compulsory for new larger buildings and complexes, he declined to comment further.last_img read more

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Why Smarter Voice Assistants Means Youll Have More Time to Work on

first_img In the same way the first iPhone changed how we viewed cellphones, Google Duplex, a new digital voice assistant that can make calls and sets up appointments on our behalf, is showing us that voice assistants can do more than just purchase laundry detergent and play music.Duplex reframes our view of voice assistants from a clever user interface meant for consumers only, into a powerful business tool that can get almost anything done, independently of you.  Of course, as the intelligence of assistants grows, so do people’s anxiety. HAL 9000’s red eye hovers over any discussion of AI assistants like a menacing cyclops. And the advance of AI certainly poses serious questions about automation and work. The ethical concern raised over Duplex mimicking a human assistant isn’t needless handwringing. Fortunately, these anxieties are neither new nor unanswerable. Because thankfully, as AI get smarter, we entrepreneurs get smarter right along with them.  Related: This Is How to Get Started With AI When the Only Thing You Know Is the AcronymThe future of AI looks more like cooperation than competition.The power to increase your mental horsepower comes from harnessing AI assistants to do two distinct tasks:  Carry out brain-taxing, menial tasks for you so you can focus on higher-level workCombine your natural abilities with tasks that machines do better, like analyzing massive datasetsTo imagine how AI can immediately be integrated into daily life, consider a typical office meeting. Now, instead of every important decision made during that meeting evaporating the moment it ends, imagine an AI assistant using natural language processing to transcribe the meeting notes. Instead of everyone leaving with a fuzzy idea about what to do next, imagine an AI assistant using machine learning to process that transcription to pull out and assign the action items for each attendee. The current AI revolution digitizes such mundane tasks and spoken work done in our offices — making us smarter by collecting, storing and analyzing the kinds of information we don’t normally give to computers.  Related: Walking With AI: How to Spot, Store and Clean the Data You NeedAI assistants will continue, like Duplex, to be narrow in scope, typically serving a single purpose, and be very good at what they do. Rather than using a single voice assistant for everything, a team of these programs likely will share the burden of the 1,000 menial brain tasks we do every day. They will not be human replacements, but they will be tools for driving specific outcomes.  A 2017 survey by PwC found that 31 percent of business and IT leaders name AI assistants as the top innovation they expect to change their business. For comparison, automated data analysis (29 percent) and automated communications (28 percent) came second and third. Around 80 percent of those same executives see huge potential in AI to alleviate repetitive tasks like paperwork, scheduling and timesheets.  In fact, PwC estimates that AI could be worth $15.8 trillion in increased global GDP by 2030.  Incorporating AI assistants into a team requires some work.Teaming up with AI requires knowing how to cooperate with a different type of intelligence. Many people don’t know how to team up with AI assistants because they misunderstand how they work. The mystery surrounding AI leads people to think of it as some magical machine consciousness — often one that many suspect has bad intentions (see the half-joking/half-serious news articles about Alexa’s maniacal laugh for proof).  And it may be this misunderstanding that’s holding some entrepreneurs back from leveraging these powerful new tools. Yet, for entrepreneurs asking themselves, “Where do we even start?” — the answer couldn’t be simpler: just start.  Related: How AI Can Make Customer Service More EfficientCompanies that begin using AI now will, in the long run, significantly outperform those that do not.  After all, as most entrepreneurs know, first-mover advantage is everything and the best education comes from direct experience. Google proved their commitment to be an AI-first company this year. They even rebranded Google Research as Google AI. But they’re not the only ones driving AI forward. As Google was demoing Duplex, Microsoft presented their own vision of an AI assistant that could turn meeting chatter into notes and actions. Amazon continues to build out Alexa as a platform for voice assistants, and the applications for IBM’s Watson keep growing as well. As these companies turn their AI technology into platforms for other developers to use, the amount of AI-powered tech will explode. Alexa already has more than 10,000 skills added by other companies, and Google just made some of its AI tools available to developers through ML Kit. Whatever the long-term fate of Duplex and other new AI business offerings, they definitely signal the transition of such assistants from convenient novelties to serious tools for amplifying work.   Dave Damer AI can do brain-draining menial tasks flawlessly, so you can focus on the higher-level work no machine can do. Next Article 5 min read Founder & CEO of Testfire Labs Add to Queue Why Smarter Voice Assistants Means You’ll Have More Time to Work on Your Business Technology –shares June 27, 2018 Enroll Now for $5 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Guest Writer Image credit: Busakorn Pongparnit | Getty Images Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful.last_img read more

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Google Fails to Dismiss Privacy Lawsuit Over Google Wallet

first_img Reuters This story originally appeared on Reuters Next Article Legal Issues 2 min read Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Google Fails to Dismiss Privacy Lawsuit Over Google Wallet Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business April 2, 2015 A federal judge has rejected Google Inc’s request to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the technology company of invading the privacy of users of its Google Wallet electronic payment service by sharing their personal information with outside app developers.In a decision on Wednesday night, U.S. District Judge Beth Labson Freeman in San Jose, California said Google must face claims it breached users’ contracts, violated the federal Stored Communications Act which limits disclosure of electronic records, and violated a California consumer protection law. She also dismissed two other claims.Freeman said Google Wallet users may try to show that Google “frustrated” the purpose of its own privacy policy by allowing “blanket, universal disclosure” of their personal information to app developers whenever they bought apps in Google’s Play Store.The lead plaintiff is Alice Svenson, an Illinois resident who said Google sent unnecessary personal information about her to YCDroid when she paid that developer $1.77 for an email app.She said Google raised the risk of identity theft by routinely sending information about Google Wallet users such as addresses and zip codes, phone numbers and email addresses to app developers.Svenson said the Mountain View, California-based company ceased the practice soon after the lawsuit was filed in Sept. 2013. Her lawsuit seeks class-action status, damages of $1,000 per violation, punitive damages and other remedies.Google spokeswoman Anaik Weid declined to comment on Thursday. Lawyers for the plaintiffs did not immediately respond to requests for comment.Launched in 2011, Google Wallet stores credit and debit card information, and lets shoppers pay for goods by tapping their phones against special terminals at store checkout counters.To boost U.S. demand, Google in February partnered with AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless to pre-install Google Wallet on Android smartphones.In October, rival Apple Inc said it would include its Apple Pay mobile payment service in its iPhone 6 line.The case is Svenson et al v. Google Inc et al, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, No. 13-04080.(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by David Gregorio) Add to Queue –shares Register Now »last_img read more

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Dr Oetker buys cake decorating company Wilton Brands

first_imgDr. Oetker buys cake decorating company Wilton BrandsPosted By: Martin Whiteon: September 11, 2018In: Bakery, Business, Food, Industries, Mergers & AcquisitionsPrintEmailDr. Oetker has acquired US-based cake decorating business Wilton Brands from TowerBrook Capital Partners for an undisclosed sum.Wilton Brands manufactures and distributes ingredients, bakeware and decorating equipment for US consumers, and the company was acquired by TowerBrook in 2009.Wilton and its employees will remain headquartered in Naperville, Illinois and operate as an independent unit within Dr. Oetker’s portfolio of brands, and the company’s current CEO Sue Buchta will retain her position.The deal is expected to close at the end of the year, and Dr. Oetker claims that the purchase will significantly enhance its position in the US baking and decorating segment.Albert Christmann, chairman of the board at Dr. Oetker said: “The acquisition of Wilton means the expansion of our position in the large and interesting US market for baking and decorating.“For American consumers, the Wilton brand has been synonymous with home baking and the creative decorating of cakes, pies and baked goods for almost 90 years.“With its product portfolio and strong brand, Wilton fits well with Dr. Oetker. Wilton also is very progressively positioned in terms of the use of digital brand management. Dr. Oetker’s entire organization will benefit from this expertise.”Wilton Brands CEO Sue Buchta added: “Wilton is passionate about bringing the love of baking and decorating to everyone, everywhere, every day through quality products that make baking and decorating fun and easy.“I could not imagine a better owner for Wilton Brands. The opportunity to draw on both companies’ strengths, combined knowledge and commitment to the category will position us to innovate and grow more quickly, benefitting our customers, our retail partners and our employees.“This is a proud and exciting milestone in Wilton’s 89-year history as a trusted name in baking.”Share with your network: Tags: bakingcakesDr. OetkerUSWilton Brandslast_img read more

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Internet Marketing Company fishbat Discusses 3 Ways Architecture Companies Can Remarket to

first_imgThe average customer may leave a website before completing a purchase, but this doesn’t necessarily equate to a lost sale. To help businesses capture leads, and transform those leads into sales, internet marketing company, fishbat, discusses 3 ways architecture companies can remarket to consumers.For any business, the act of attracting a user to a website is half of the proverbial battle. While it’s important to generate website traffic, it’s equally important, if not more so, for visitors to perform on-site actions. Whether it’s clicking on a certain internal page, signing up for a newsletter, or completing an online transaction, a solid remarketing strategy is effective. Here are a few ways that architecture companies can successfully remarket to their audiences.Marketing Technology News: Smart Communications Announces Acquisition of IntelledoxDiverse Ad Sizes – For an architecture company to promote itself, ad space is essential. Furthermore, ads should be crafted with different sizes in mind. This will ensure that they’re optimized for numerous platforms. From Facebook to the average website, ads can be seen virtually anywhere, but they must be properly sized. When ads are properly sized, previous website visitors will be remarked to, whether they intend to make an immediate or future purpose.Shopping Cart Engagement – Roughly seventy-five percent of all online shoppers abandon their shopping carts, failing to complete transactions. Shopping cart abandonment isn’t uncommon among architectural companies, but it’s important to realize that it’s possible to remarket to those shoppers. One way to remarket to them is email marketing. Email marketing can be used to reach out to users that placed items in their online shopping carts but failed to move forward. If users are reminded of the items they’ve saved, they’re more likely to complete their transactions.Marketing Technology News: 84.51° Announces Launch of STRATUM, A New Insights Product Delivering Science-Powered Data to Drive ResultsPromotional Discounts – To incentivize customers to spend money, provide them with the opportunity to save money. Promotional discounts are designed for guaranteeing that customers engage in business with certain companies, instead of their competition. BOGOs and free shipping are among the most popular examples of discounts that architectural companies can offer. These discounts encourage shoppers to spend money, which will lead to increased profits for the companies that offer those discountsWith these tactics, architectural companies and a New York SEO Agency will be able to successfully remarket to those that expressed interest in the company’s products and services. Not only that, but with the right information these businesses can determine who visited their websites in the past. This information can then be applied to remarketing efforts, keeping companies fresh in the minds of potential buyers. Not only does this strategy lead to further engagement from these users, but more importantly, sales that aid company growth.Marketing Technology News: Peach Launches New Product to Clients Internet Marketing Company, fishbat, Discusses 3 Ways Architecture Companies Can Remarket to Customers PRNewswire4 days agoJuly 19, 2019 Diverse Ad SizesfishbatInternet MarketingMarketing Technology NewsNewsShopping Cart Engagement Previous ArticleHow Sellers.json and OpenRTB Supply Chain Object Reinforces DSPs/Buy Side Confidence in Programmatic AdvertisingNext ArticleVeühub Announces a $2 Million Seed-Stage Roundlast_img read more

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CWRU awarded NIH grant to identify effective treatments for intimate partner violence

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 14 2019Project will identify most promising interventions and help providers tailor treatmentsCase Western Reserve University School of Medicine’s Gunnur Karakurt, PhD has been awarded a four-year, $1.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to identify effective treatments for intimate partner violence (IPV), and to develop a decision-making tool for care providers. The project involves analyzing national data to identify subgroups of people who respond similarly to specific IPV treatments. By combining findings with a meta-analysis of the literature and computer modeling, clinicians will be better able to choose between evidence-based treatments.The project aims to reduce inequalities of current treatment methods, Karakurt said. “Standard treatment for IPV is typically gender-specific, involving anger management groups for offenders and support groups for victims. Grouping this way marginalizes the effect of background and circumstance.”Karakurt, a licensed marriage and family therapist, and an associate professor of psychiatry at the medical school, will lead a multidisciplinary team of epidemiologists, biostatisticians, and computer scientists to analyze data for the project. Karakurt will collaborate with colleagues from University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Metro Health, and Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute for the project.Victims and perpetrators of IPV will be separated into subgroups based on factors that may contribute to violence and influence treatment effectiveness. Treatment outcomes will be analyzed not only on the basis of demographic and socioeconomic background, but also with different IPV methods, severities, social contexts, and comorbidities. Using advanced prediction modeling techniques, treatment outcomes will then be systematically tested and characterized for each identified subgroup.Related StoriesPersonalizing Nutritional Medicine With the Power of NMRIt is okay for women with lupus to get pregnant with proper care, says new studyAXT enhances cellular research product portfolio with solutions from StemBioSysThe project considers nuances and complexities that underlie IPV. Each IPV case differs in violence form, severity, and mutuality within the relationship. Perpetrators and victims of IPV include both men and women with varying physical, mental, and emotional treatment needs.”Unfortunately, many individuals who do not respond well to treatment aren’t offered alternative treatments specifically tailored to their situation,” Karakurt said. There are currently no tools available to accurately assess and select optimal treatment for each individual IPV case. The newly funded project will use findings to generate a clinical decision-making tool that could help millions of men and women who succumb to IPV each year connect with relevant care.The tool may help steer care providers away from generic, broad spectrum IPV treatments. Customizing treatments to reflect IPV variability could also improve outcomes for certain subgroups. According to recent estimates, nearly a quarter of women in the United States will experience IPV in their lifetime.”Inequalities arising from age, gender, race, ethnicity, economics, immigration status, and all kinds of other factors play a role in the path toward violence,” Karakurt said. “Our goal is to help overcome treatment inequalities so all individuals have an equal chance at improving their lives.”​ Source:http://casemed.case.edu/cwrumed360/news-releases/release.cfm?news_id=1656&news_category=8last_img read more

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The Pakistani popcorn seller who built his own plane

first_imgThe engine is from a roadcutter, the wings are burlap, the wheels are borrowed from a rickshaw: a Pakistani popcorn seller has caught the attention of the Air Force by building his own plane He used his meagre funds creatively, buying burlap sacks wholesale and persuading a kind workshop employee who had seen him scouting for materials to build him a propeller.There was trial and error. Some equipment needed to be replaced, designs had to be altered, the wiring had to be reworked.His family worried he was obsessed.”I kept telling him to stop. I kept telling him to concentrate on his family and work, he was being crazy over nothing. But he didn’t listen to a single word,” his mother, Mumtaz Bibi, recalled.But Fayyaz kept going. And, at the end of it all produced a plane—tiny, fragile, and painted a bright blue. ‘Locked up with criminals’In February this year, he said, after more than two years of ridicule, he was ready.Fayyaz claims his friends helped him to block a small road which he used as a runway for that first flight attempt in February. The plane reached 120kph before taking off, Ameer Hussain, a witness who claims to have ridden alongside the plane in a motorcycle, told AFP. “It was between two and two and half feet off the ground,” he said. “It flew for about two to three kilometres before landing.”AFP has been unable to verify the claim. But the attempt made Fayyaz bold enough to want to try again in front of the rest of his village, many of whom had mocked his efforts. He picked March 23, Pakistan Day, for the unveiling. Police said hundreds of people crowded around his tiny plane, many clutching national flags.But before Fayyaz could even start the engine, the police arrived and arrested him, confiscating his plane. “I felt as though I had committed one of the worst acts in the world, as though I am the worst person in Pakistan,” he explained, adding: “I had been locked up with criminals.”The court released him with a 3,000 rupees ($19) fine. When AFP visited the local police station, officers said they had arrested Fayyaz as his plane was a safety threat.Officer Zafar Iqbal explained: “The plane was returned to him as a goodwill gesture. Should he obtain a flying license or permit, he is free to fly.”Fayyaz’s misfortune resulted in social media fame, and he was called a “hero” and an “inspiration” by some netizens. Representatives from the Pakistan Air Force have made two visits to view the plane and the commander of a nearby base issued him a certificate which praises his “passion and dexterity” in building what it described as a “mini basic airplane”. The engine is from a roadcutter, the wings are burlap, the wheels are borrowed from a rickshaw: a popcorn seller has caught the attention of the Pakistan Air Force by building his own plane. Explore further British startup looking to build 18-seat bioelectric hybrid airplane 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. The tale of Muhammad Fayyaz has captured the hearts of many in a nation where millions, just like him, have limited access to education and are fighting for opportunities.”I was literally in the air. I couldn’t feel anything else,” Fayyaz said of his first flight in a machine he learned to build mainly from viewing TV clips and online blueprints. Pakistan has been thrilled before by stories of scientific prodigies plucked from obscurity before—notably, that of the engineer who said in 2012 that he had invented a car that could run on water—a story that was later debunked by scientists.But Fayyaz insists he flew and his claim is being taken seriously by the air force, whose representatives have now visited him multiple times, even issuing a certificate to commend his work, he revealed.There has been a steady stream of visitors wanting to view his creation, which now sits in the empty courtyard of his three-room home in the village of Tabur in central Punjab province.Dreaming of a jet planeThe 32-year-old said he had dreamed of joining the air force as a child, but his father died while he was in still in school, forcing him to drop out at the eighth grade and do odd jobs to feed his mother and his five younger siblings.As an adult, his passion for flying remained undiminished, so he took a wild gamble on a new dream and put everything he had into creating his own craft. By day he worked as a popcorn seller, by night as a security guard, saving every rupee he could. The first thing he had to acquire was information—beginning with watching episodes of the National Geographic Channel’s Air Crash Investigation for insight into thrust, air pressure, torque, propulsion. Cheap internet access in a nearby city helped fill the gaps, with Fayyaz claiming he spliced blueprints of planes he found online for his own creation.He sold a piece of family land, and took out a 50,000 rupee ($350) loan from a micro-finance NGO, which he is still paying off. © 2019 AFP Citation: The Pakistani popcorn seller who built his own plane (2019, May 6) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-pakistani-popcorn-seller-built-plane.htmllast_img read more

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