New Delhi and Mumbai airports will soon get environmentally friendly TaxiBots to help reduce carbon emissions. These semi-robotic vehicles will tow the aircraft from the airport gate to take-off point, thus eliminating the use of airplane engines during taxiing, significantly reducing aircraft fuel usage and the risk of foreign object damage. These TaxiBots, developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), are semi-robotic vehicles that connect to the aircraft and will be controlled by the pilot to taxi the airplane from the airport’s aerobridge or bay to the runway without using the aircraft jet engines. IAI announced this at the 2018 Farnborough Airshow and said it had entered into an agreement with Gurugram-based KSU Aviation for the same. “The use of TaxiBot at Indian airports in the next five years will bring about a saving of $1.5 billion to Indian carriers and reduce environmental damage of greenhouse gases by four million tons,” Yogesh Sethi of KSU Aviation said.The contract — to be executed in two phases — will consist of controlled trials at the two airports through 2018. The second phase includes delivery of 38 additional vehicles within four years to the two airports. The final tests of the vehicles made for Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) New Delhi, are presently being carried out at Frankfurt Airport in Germany.Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) recently got a three-year extension of Airports Council International’s (ACI) Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) ‘Level 3+ Neutrality’ certification for its efforts towards reducing the carbon footprint. According to IAI, a TaxiBot would save 85% of the fuel consumed during standard taxi and provides a similar reduction of greenhouse gases emitted by the aircraft main engines. The Taxibot also claims a reduction in noise levels by 60% and foreign object damage (FOD) by 50% since they cannot be sucked into the aircraft engines if they are not running.“We trust the TaxiBot will prove itself effective in reducing air pollution, which is intensifying due to the fast growth of India’s aviation market, with the significant savings in fuel and improvement in the gates congestion. We believe this agreement will open the path for many more significant contracts for this product worldwide,” said Shaul Shahar, IAI executive vice-president and general manager of IAI’s Military Aircraft Group.As per IAI, the system does not require any modification in airplane systems, APU replacement, added weight, or cargo space. “The pilot is in control at all times after pushback using the airplane’s tiller and brakes, transparent to the pilot,” it said.
The Bimal Gurung faction of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha suffered another jolt on Sunday night with senior leader Swaraj Thapa quitting the party. Mr. Thapa, who was also the GJM spokesperson, said he was quitting to protest “against the idea of foisting a rank outsider as candidate for the Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat”. The candidate has no knowledge or interest about Darjeeling, he claimed. The BJP had announced the name of Raju Singh Bista, a businessman, from the constituency.GJM’s support is crucial to win in Darjeeling and for decades the BJP has been getting it. But earlier this month, GJM said it “would support the BJP but not the sitting MP, S.S. Ahluwalia”. Eventually, the BJP replaced Mr. Ahluwalia, but Mr. Bista’s name has caused more unrest. Mr. Thapa also accused the GJM leadership of failing to resist BJP’s pressure to “foist anybody and anyone” on them and the people of Darjeeling.
LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Read Next Jerrick Ahanmisi was cold-blooded for Adamson down the stretch, hitting a floater with 54.3 seconds left to give the Falcons a 70-66 lead and nailing the two charities for the game’s final score line.Carlos Escalambre managed to give UST a final gasp of life with a triple with 14 seconds left that cut the deficit to three, 73-70, before Ahanmisi put the game away.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAdamson head coach Franz Pumaren was aware of the huge disparity between the two teams’ rankings and he expected a better showing from his group.Unfortunately for Pumaren, what he saw was the complete opposite of what he expected. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE — Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson U tightened its grip on the third seed and knocked down University of Santo Tomas, 75-70, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Soaring Falcons bumped their record to 7-4 behind La Salle to also keep their chance for a twice-to-beat edge while the Growling Tigers saw their losing streak extend to an historic eleven straight games.ADVERTISEMENT Bong Ravena suprised with Kiefer’s all-out effort in Draft Combine “I was so disappointed, but you know these guys are trying to level down because probably their mindset going into this game was that UST is winless so they thought those players would just lie down,” said Pumaren.“It’s not that we’re going to cruise along but at least with this victory we have a hold of third place.”Ahanmisi finished with a game-high 21 points while Papi Sarr held the fort in the paint with 12 points and 14 boards.Regie Basibas led UST in scoring with 17 points while Jeepy Faundo and Steve Akomo put up respective double-doubles.Faundo had 12 points and 12 boards while Akomo put up 10 points and grabbed 17 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments
Former coach Greg Chappell has given thumbs up to the appointment of Anil Kumble as the head coach of Indian cricket team, terming it an ‘inspired choice.’Kumble piped 56 other candidates including the likes of former Team India director Ravi Shastri and Australia great Tom Moody on his way to become the head coach. The Cricket Advisory Committee comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman decided in favour of Kumble after interviewing shortlisted candidates. (Also read: Anil Kumble to double up as bowling coach in West Indies) ‘PARTNERSHIP WILL SERVE INDIA WELL’ Chappell said India’s Test captain Virat Kohli is lucky to have Kumble around in the dressing room.”Virat Kohli is lucky to have a man of Kumble’s undoubted strengths as his ally. It will be a powerful partnership that I expect will serve India well,” Chappell wrote in his column for The Hindu. (‘Honoured’ Anil Kumble ready for ‘big responsibility’)Chappell was optimistic that Kumble, with whom he had closely worked during his tenure as India coach between 2005 and 2007, would take the back seat and support Kohli. The former Australia batsman said the captain-coach partnership in cricket is very different from other sports and went on add why he thinks Kumble and Kohli will forge a successful combination.’KUMBLE WILL SUPPORT VIRAT WITHOUT UNDERMINING HIM’ “In cricket it is a joint venture off the field, but on the field, the captain must be the boss and must be seen as the boss by his players or his authority will be undermined. (Also read: Anil Kumble says interview with Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman was nerve-racking) advertisement”Kumble knows this and will work closely with and support Virat without undermining him. Virat on the other hand will continue to be a good role model for his group as he works hard on all aspects of his game.” (Also read: Heartiest welcome to Anil Kumble as India coach, says Virat Kohli)’LACK OF DILIGENT PREPARATION’ While heaping praise on Kumble, the controversial former India coach hit out at the cricketing culture in the country saying the teams in the past had not worked hard but took short-cuts.”Indian cricket has never reached the heights that it should because it has relied too much on natural ability and flair rather than diligent preparation. Too often in the past, Indian teams have tried to take short-cuts rather than work hard so any success has been fleeting.”Adding his appointment in 2005 was focussed to bring about a change in the set-up, Chappell took a dig at Ganguly indicating the former India captain failed to cooperate and lead by example.TARGETS GANGULY It is common knowledge that Ganguly shared a frosty relationship with Chappell. Ganguly, like always, lashed out at Chappell before the start of the coach’s selection process. At a media interaction days before the final interviews, Ganguly said he wouldn’t dare to repeat the mistake he made back in 2005. Notably, it was the then captain Ganguly who had thrown his weight behind Chappell for India coach role. However, Chappell went on to prefer Dravid over Ganguly and the left-hander was even dropped from the ODI side. “I once had an opportunity to select the coach. I thought I messed it up in 2005. I’m given that opportunity again. Hopefully we will do it correctly this time,” Ganguly said.Chappell hit back by saying that the Indian skippers who tried to lead from the front were failed by lack of support from key team members.”This has rarely happened in India’s cricket history. Pataudi, Dravid and Kumble are the exceptions. They tried to lead by example, but failed because they either didn’t have enough talent or didn’t get the support they needed from key individuals,” he said.WARNING BELL Chappell opined that Kumble’s fighting spirit might not be able to save the Indian team if the leg-spinner didn’t get support from all the key stakeholders in the team.”The level of expectation that has greeted Kumble’s appointment borders on unrealistic so, unless he gets the support of all of the key stakeholders, it may prove to be too much even for his indomitable spirit.”
Real Madrid in contact with Genoa striker Krzysztof Piatekby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are in contact with Genoa striker Krzysztof Piatek.AS says sources close to the player have confirmed the approach.This contact claimed that conversations have taken place between Real Madrid and the Genoa striker’s representatives and that the Bernabéu “is following him” closely.These same sources also stated that they have been talking with “many great clubs” that are interested in the 23-year-old.However confirmed that Barcelona was not amongst those clubs, and that, as of yet, no formal offer has been made by any clubs. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Twitter/@KenzieThirkillWhen college football is a category on Jeopardy, it almost never goes well. In the past, we’ve had a former LSU lineman say that Syracuse was in the Ivy League, contestants failed miserably on a question about the Big Ten, they’ve avoided a question about the sport’s stadium nicknames like the plague, and perhaps worst of all, one man thought Auburn is called the “Crimson Tide.”College students from LSU, Northeastern, and Wright State competed on the show tonight, and you’d think someone at an SEC powerhouse would fare better when asked about the sport. You’d be very, very wrong. When asked questions about former Florida and South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier and Alabama Heisman winner Derrick Henry, LSU student Kevin didn’t even try to give an answer. I. JUST. CAN’T. pic.twitter.com/Z8LBfGOQu9— Mackenzie Thirkill (@KenzieThirkill) February 3, 2016SEC fans on Twitter are ROASTING him, as you’d expect.the LSU senior on college jeopardy who couldn’t get a spurrier quote or where derrick henry went to college shouldn’t be allowed to graduate— arflora (@arflora) February 2, 2016An RA from LSU is on college Jeopardy! and failed to get “where did Derrick Henry play” and “who is the Head Ball Coach” and I’m mad.— Robby Kalland (@RKalland) February 3, 2016Kid on jeopardy enrolled at LSU and doesn’t know who Derrick Henry, 2015 Heisman trophy winning running back, played for.. Study less.— Luke Longfield (@Lukers17) February 3, 2016Ain’t NO WAY IN HELL the kid from LSU in College Jeopardy didn’t know Derek Henry went to Bama. He just didn’t want to say it— Ken Carman (@KenCarman) February 3, 2016Man the peeps on college @Jeopardy stink. Dude from LSU had no idea who Derrick Henry is. Really? What the hay?— Ben Spalding (@DangerSpalding) February 3, 2016An LSU student on Jeopardy doesn’t know who Steve Spurrier and Derrick Henry are? God this is mortifying. https://t.co/lewNR8x7su— David Helman (@HelmanDC) February 3, 2016Maybe mix in a trip to Death Valley sometime, Kevin. You’ll probably enjoy it.
ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Cheap city break? Spot of spring sunshine? Get inspired for your next trip, be it a short break or summer holiday, somewhere new or an old favourite, with these six great value flights – all starting at less than £48 return.1. Pisa, Italy from £41You can’t go to Pisa without getting a photo of you holding up the Leaning Tower. You may find yourself in a feature called ’10 cheesiest holiday photos’ but there’s a time and a place to be a total tourist, and that’s here. Photo opportunities aside, there is much more to do in this pretty, romantic Tuscan city. Like eat. Pick a place for pizza in Piazza dei Cavaleri or a tourist-free trattoria around Via San Martino, order a bottle of sun-nourished Suvereto and raise a tipsy toast to la dolce vita. 5. Frankfurt, Germany from £34Frankfurt is all about big business, but there’s more to this pin-striped powerhouse than skyscrapers and banking HQs. One benefit of being business-orientated is that hotels lower their prices in the holidays, so you should be able to find a bargain room for a summer city break. Swap the cityscapes for chocolate box streets in Frankfurt’s Old Town – pictured below. 4. Paris (Beauvais), France from £34Ok, the cheapest flights to Paris are usually to Beauvais, which isn’t quite slap bang in the 1st arrondissement, but a bus journey (offering the chance to see some unheralded French countryside!) takes you into the heart of Paris, so you can save your money for splashing out on an atmospheric hotel in Montmartre to impress your other half. Or you could just fly to Charles de Gaulle and get the regular RER train into the city centre. 7. Aarhus, Denmark from £41Aarhus is no Paris or Rome in the iconic city break stakes, but art lovers to whom the Tate Modern is old hat would relish a trip to the ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, one of the largest art museums in northern Europe (so says the brochure). Its highlight is ‘Your Rainbow Panorama’, a 150-metre-long seven-colour walkway on the roof. 8. (Glasgow) Prestwick, Scotland from £38If you like to get away from the stresses and strains of modern-day life, and a week by the pool with your favourite Catherine Cookson isn’t your idea of a peaceful retreat, head instead to a real retreat. Sitting just off the Scottish island of Arran, Holy Isle is now a spiritual retreat run by a Buddhist Lama. Come for just a day, or more, either to simply wander the land or enrol in more spiritual endeavours by taking a course in yoga or meditation. There’s no pool, but the Firth of Clyde is your oyster. 2. Cork, Ireland from £34Fancy a pint? If you’ve already done Dublin or would prefer somewhere less rowdy for a pub crawl, try Ireland’s second city. The perfect place to start sampling the local brews is not on the plane but at the Franciscan Well Brewery, which not only serves one of the best selections of beer in Ireland, but also boasts probably its best (heated) beer garden. RelatedSkint trips: 5 flights under £50Get away for a break on a budget this autumn with our pick of five flights to France, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Croatia, all less than £50.10 flights for under £5010 flights, 10 city breaks in Europe for fun, sun and shopping.Stress-free holiday planning – the 10 steps you need to knowWant to take the stress out of holiday planning? Follow these easy tips and whether your dream holiday is the beach, a cosmopolitan city, or an epic road trip, you can even enjoy the research, booking and packing that will get you there. Imagine that! 1. Set your budget Photo credit: Christine Roy Your… 6. Santander, Spain from £34Better known these days as one of the world’s largest banks, Santander, the port city in Cantabria, northern Spain, came first. One way of getting there is by ferry, from Portsmouth or Plymouth, which despite taking 20 hours, has its advantages, like the chance of seeing cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises). Or you could just take a short flight for a short break. Take a windswept walk up to Cabo Mayor lighthouse to earn yourself a plate of rabas (fried calamari) and blow your entire holiday budget in neoclassical style at the Gran Casino del Sardinero. 3. Gothenburg, Sweden from £37Stockholm has a reputation for being an expensive city to visit, while Gothenburg is both cheaper and less visited by tourists. Splash your spending cash on a shopping spree on Kungsportsavenyn Boulevard – it has been compared to the Champs Élysées – while Saluhallen market is a must-do for foodies.
The Guardian Media SummitSky has no plans to follow the BBC in commissioning programming exclusively for online, according to the satellite firm’s director of corporate business development and investments Emma Lloyd.Speaking on a panel discussion at The Guardian’s Changing Media Summit last week, Lloyd said that Sky’s online strategy focused on partnering with “innovative companies like Zeebox” and enabling content producers to put additional content on the second screen – but not in making new shows specifically for it.Referring to Zeebox, the companion app that Sky invested in back in January 2012, Lloyd said integrating this service into its Sky Plus app last year, allowing users to control their set-top box with it, was a significant step for the firm.“We can really start to see what customers are doing – they’re logged in with Sky ID and that helps our programmers, it helps with scheduling, it helps with understanding what programmes are working, and it enables us to experiment – but at the moment we’re not going as far as the BBC in terms of originating content purely for digital,” she said.The comments came as the BBC announced it had ordered a strand of six original dramas exclusively for the iPlayer through its youth-skewing network BBC3 in a bid to bring through new talent and showcase more content on the service. Last month, the BBC also said that it plans to debut 40 hours of content on the iPlayer before linear TV. The first of these, announced today, is Car Share, a six-part BBC1 comedy that will be the first-ever series to premiere on BBC iPlayer in its entirety before a linear transmission.Speaking alongside Lloyd on the conference panel, called Beyond the box: What does television look like in a social, mobile-first, user-centric world?, Victoria Jaye,BBC Vision’s head of IPTV and online content, said that the BBC’s online strategy was a “no-brainer” after it experimented by airing a string of online BBC3 comedy pilots last year.“These pilots – we did seven of them in total – had a million views in the 10 days they were available on the iPlayer. They were more viewed than on-demand programmes from BBC3 during those 10 days, and one of those web pilots was the most-shared content in the whole of iPlayer in the month of July. So that gives us a good indication we’re onto something.”Discussing its strategy, Darren Childs, CEO of UKTV, added that using the web to source new on-screen talent from sites like YouTube was a valuable resource, with social media helping to feed audience interest“Dynamo, which has been one of our biggest hits, was discovered online. We brought him in and nurtured him and turned him into a big star and gave him a big audience, which has built his online presence. So his Facebook and Twitter presence is now in multiple millions of users, so we have an engagement model now as well,” said Childs.
Some 20% of US pay TV subscribers are now dissatisfied with their pay TV service, according to research from Parks Associates.The future represents a 100% increase since 2013, according to Parks. Its TV Services: Changing the Channel Package report shows that only one-third of pay TV subscribers are very satisfied with their pay TV service, a drop from 57% who indicated very high satisfaction levels in 2013.The research group’s 360 View Update: Pay TV and the Reality8 of Cord Cutting report meanwhile shows that 5% of US broadband households have never subscribed to a pay TV service, with adoption declines most notable among younger heads of household.Over 63 million US broadband households subscribe to an OTT video service, and 36% of US broadband households have at least one streaming media player, according to Parks Associates.“High satisfaction with pay TV has dropped across all providers. Telco services have seen the highest drop in highly satisfied customers compared to cable and satellite providers. The plummeting satisfaction levels ultimately affect service/channel package upgrades, cord cutting, engagement, and perception of operator-driven service changes (e.g., dropped or added channels,” said Brett Sappington, senior director of research, Parks Associates.“The pay TV industry continues to experience worldwide growth, but the North American market is experiencing a decline in penetration. A combination of factors, including high monthly fees and a wide selection of OTT services, are pushing consumers away from traditional pay TV. Operators are now adjusting their strategies to address this new environment, including partnering with OTT video services or launching their own independent OTT services. Our research also shows that promotional options, including free or subsidized CPE, could entice potential Cord Cutters or Cord Shavers to keep their services.”
Dear Investors,I’m a big fan of road trips. Despite being the over-wired nerd type, I have always been drawn to those long trips, and not just for the disconnected time away from cell coverage or the philosophical discussions with my copilot which tend to rise from long hours together in close quarters. Rather, my favorite part is getting off the highway and seeing the sights… side trips to parts of the world I don’t typically deal with every day of my life.Stopping off at a fusion Korean-American gluten-free restaurant in an unexpected Albany neighborhood; getting stuck in rush-hour traffic on Route 1/9 in Elizabeth, NJ; or touring the mansions down the road in Mahwah, as I did on my most recent trip this past weekend, offers a fresh perspective that I simply cannot get from my usual perch in an idyllic Vermont ski town.As simple as those experiences might seem, just getting out of our comfort zones adds to our perspectives in an invaluable way. For example, if Bill Ackman had gotten off Park Avenue on occasion, then he might have learned a lot about his famed Herbalife short sale… or so says his nemesis, John Hempton.With that in mind, this week we’re going to take a side trip from the usual profit-centric bent of this column to look at some of the furthest destinations off the expressways of the Internet – the underground community that deals in drugs, weapons, and even illicit information. Places where the Wild West lifestyle prevails, largely beyond the eyes of the law. You might not find any stocks to buy here (though the most enterprising among you may in fact see ample opportunity for less-traditional investments), but understanding what is happening all around you will hopefully be an eye opening experience.Sincerely,Alex DaleyChief Technology Investment StrategistCasey ResearchA Random Walk Down the Internet’s Back AlleysBy Alex DaleyThe Internet is a force for good in society. It largely decouples the cost of distribution from the reach of information, opening up entirely new forms of communication and expression that never could have existed before… like open-source software developed by thousands of part-time volunteers, or individual bloggers read the world over by millions of people. China’s “Great Firewall” notwithstanding, the Internet enables access to a world of information, goods, and services, with little restriction.However free it might seem at first blush, it just isn’t enough for everyone. Whether it’s to find privacy from overreaching governments or to hide illicit activities, today there is another level to the Internet. It’s a deeper, darker back alley, where virtually anything goes – including black markets for everything from illegal drugs to contract killings – made possible by a new generation of security technology.Inherent to the Internet’s design – and doubly so for its most common application, the World Wide Web of hypertext documents – is what some see as a flaw: transparency.Because the net was built to make it easy to reach any point from any other one without any central traffic directors, all traffic carries with it lots of information on where it’s from and where it’s headed to. Traffic on the Internet isn’t like a road full of cars, where each traveler knows the way from A to Z. Instead, it’s more like postal mail, where every package, no matter how big or small, carries a destination and return address to facilitate its movement. It’s all printed clearly on the front of the envelope and observable to any of the many hands it passes through on its way. The Internet is designed such that the removal of any one major exchange point won’t prevent delivery to the end, so long as there is another path. To achieve this, the data that travels it all has to be clearly barcoded.In other words, it’s pretty easy to see what you are up to on the web, and everyone from the government to advertisers is spying on you.Sure, there is encryption on the web. You can place an order on Amazon.com and be confident that your credit-card info and shipping address won’t be intercepted by a bad guy (assuming the computers on either end are secure, which isn’t always the case – but that’s an issue for another day). With the web’s ubiquitous “SSL” encryption, you are keeping your most critical information secure from prying eyes. And thanks to that, millions of transactions a day happen securely over the Internet. However, the fact that you are doing business with Amazon.com is still open for the world to see, scribbled on the outside of that virtual envelope. Anyone in the chain between you and Amazon can see that you were visiting that site… just not the exact information you exchanged.On top of that, SSL tends to be reserved for only the rare occasions of submitting personal information and credit-card numbers. The rest of your web traffic is sent across in the equivalent of resealable cellophane envelopes. Unless you go out of your way to ensure that you use secure services, virtually every web search you do, much of the email you’ve sent over the years, and other traffic across the Internet has been open for many eyes to see. Providers like Google have been fighting back, trying to secure more and more of their communications with customers – largely for their benefit, not yours, as competitors learned they could mine the data to learn what Google is up to – but still much of the web remains unencrypted, and in many cases your destination says as much about your intent as the details would have.That’s all fine and dandy if you’re just buying a Roku 3, as I did all of 10 minutes ago (gadgets are an addiction for me). But what if you’re doing something you’d rather not have seen by prying eyes?Even if you aren’t up to something that in your location might be deemed illegal, there are plenty of reasons to want to safeguard your privacy on the web just a little more closely. For example, many Internet service providers (ISPs) around the world log all the websites you visit, then sell that data – sometimes right along with your name and address – to advertising data companies. These companies then build profiles of your interests and habits (good or bad) to sell to the highest bidders – from catalog companies to ad networks… even political campaigns.So if you spend the better part of your day surfing the websites of gardening companies, don’t be surprised when a Smith & Hawken coupon shows up in the mail a few weeks later. And if you spend the day on a slightly more provocative set of sites – even if the sites are encrypted and you set your browser to “incognito” mode – somewhere there is a clear trail of where you’ve been and for how long you were there.It’s for reasons like these that various groups of enterprising Internet users have begun to come up with more secure alternatives to the standard World Wide Web, and secure layers on top of the Internet’s underlying communication protocols… in other words, software that lets you browse the web, IM, call, and more without any monkey in the middle knowing what you are up to.There have been many attempts over the years to create secure ways to use the net’s many features. Services like Hushmail aim to create an anonymous way to send and receive email. The problem with Hushmail, of course, is that if you go there using a normal browser, your ISP, the government, telecom backbones, the Hushmail’s ISP on the far end, and hackers along the way all know you were there. They cannot see exactly what you are doing without some serious hacking, but the paper electron trail is there.And the good folks at Hushmail – well, you have to trust them too, as they will know who you are by the IP address you came from, a piece of information normally traceable right back to your front door. That is a problem meant to be solved by connection brokers (proxies) like Cryptohippie. With these services, your traffic is encrypted and sent over to Cryptohippie, which then proxies your connection to the ultimate destination. Voilà – your ISP cannot see that you are headed to Hushmail versus any other service… just that you are connected to Crytohippie. Hushmail can only see that you came in from Crytohippie, not where you started.These spy-resistant networks let you surf the web pseudonymously. That’s not exactly anonymous, as then the other end couldn’t respond to you, a necessary component in communication. Instead, they both encrypt communications and pass them through complex networks of other machines, none of which know the complete path back to you. And – unlike with traditional end-to-end encryption solutions like SSL – even the other end cannot tell who you are or where you sent your information from. That way you can pass notes without anybody else knowing it… at least anybody but Cryptohippie.For most people worried about the profilers and casual spies, this is plenty of protection. However, there are big flaws in this approach that keep the most aggressive of users – including criminals – awake at night.First is the security of the organization that proxies your connection. While I am sure Cryptohippie does an amazing job managing the security of its systems, there is always the risk of holes. When you look at the sophisticated hacks of massive credit-processing companies, hospitals, power plants, even defense infrastructure, it’s not hard to imagine holes in the provider you choose. Plus, while they make attempts to keep data beyond the reach of any one jurisdiction, the owners/managers of the service are subject to arrest and coercion, after which point a network could be compromised without its users knowing it. A proxy service, however well-designed and run, is as techies describe it: a single point of failure.Second, while you are psuedonymized as an end user, your trading partner is not. The servers you visit are on what hackers call the “clear net,” and thus subject to the laws of the land in which they operate. With the modern age of global telecom companies and information-sharing agreements between governments, all the traffic in and out of those clear-net sites is subject to inspection.Thus, even if you are now pretty close to anonymous, chances are you won’t find someone on the other end who is. If you log in to a site that sells illegal drugs, for instance – like the common purveyors of little blue pills that fill the spam box on your email account – it is easy enough for the local government to find the owner, shut it down, and potentially raid its records to find you (assuming you made a purchase, rather than just browse the site).Or maybe you simply want to have a conversation over Internet Relay Chat (IRC) or a similar service – maybe about your forthcoming protest against the local politburo – and don’t want to worry about the security of the service hosting the chat.For those who really want to be beyond any prying eyes, the only answer is to create a separate network on top of the Internet that deals with those two big problems. A network out of the control of any single owner or manager, reducing the risks of hacking, internal tampering, and legal jurisdiction issues. Make the protocol self-managing and secure by default and you create such a place.Over the years, a number of laudable attempts were made to create such networks. One of the first to gain prominence was Freenet, a peer-to-peer network that in 2000 began offering an alternative to the web that provided double-end anonymity via a group-storage model. Everything hosted on Freenet is distributed among the peers in the network. So, instead of grabbing a web page from a central server, it is fetched in small pieces from dozens or hundreds of different hosts around the world, making censorship of the data at its source nearly impossible. Once something is on the Freenet, it cannot be easily removed. This works great for publishing or for file sharing, but makes transactions and commerce difficult, limiting its appeal.Freenet, like the Invisible IRC Project, was an additional feature to the Internet, but did not enable running all of the thousands of other services that run on top.From that need were born endeavors like Invisible Internet Project (I2P). I2P offers a secure protocol layered on top of the Internet to enable all sorts of individual services to run: web servers, alternative DNS servers (the centralized tools that turn friendly short names like www.ibm.com into routable addresses), IRC, email, file sharing, and much more.Within this network, “eepsites” which carry domains like www.site.i2p can be hosted anonymously. The network connection tools load up special cryptographic files that let them send data to and from these servers, all the while keeping the identity of both sides hidden from each other and from any spies in the middle.I2P has seen on-and-off development efforts for the past five years, and is host to some popular services like i2pmail.org, which lets you email to other I2P users and to the public Internet from one location, without giving up any privacy.But it has not seen anywhere near the success of Tor. Packaged as a single, simple installation for Mac/Windows/Linux, Tor is a combination of tools to make anonymous browsing possible.Tor includes a more secure version of the open-source Firefox web browser, which has all third-party plug-ins and many other features removed. That browser can only connect through the secure Tor network – an anonymized network like I2P that was born out of the US Naval Research Lab. This handy graphic from its website shows how it works at a high level:Just like Cryptohippie, it provides an anonymous connection to the Internet via a randomized proxy – only that proxy is built dynamically from the other member computers. This technique, called “onion routing,” removes the need for any central control, so a Tor-enabled browser can pseudonymously surf the clear net with ease. And it can do it all for free, as there are no multi-jurisdiction data centers to maintain or ISPs to worry about.Plus, it is also home to so-called “hidden services” – sites and applications that can only be reached while on the Tor network, and whose providers are completely anonymous. The easy-to-use Tor browser bundle has brought countless of users to the network just for its proxy features. But this influx also means many more customers for its hidden services, which are now exploding in number and popularity.The most popular – or at least best known among the commerce sites thus far – is the aptly named Silk Road. This early-’90s-esque eBay/Craigslist hybrid is a marketplace for anything you won’t find on the aforementioned clear net inspirations, from the odd to the downright illegal.Why cash? On Silk Road and the many other sites like it, the currency of choice is the digital cash-equivalent known as Bitcoins. Exchangeable for dollars, euros, and virtually any other global currency, these controversial digital coins make it possible to take credit cards out of the online commerce equation, allowing the secure digital equivalent of mailing envelopes of cash to a PO Box. Just like cash, there’s no way to trace them, and no recourse if they are lost or stolen – but they are also just as anonymous and free from regulation (for now).As the darknet grows in popularity, more is sure to follow as well… but so is more attention from the mainstream media and law enforcement alike. There are already editorials all over the web calling for finding the operators of these sites and shutting them down (and, just as many in support of their rights to sell whatever they wish). However, thanks to the technology developed to keep the members of the darknet hidden, this will be a difficult genie to put back in the bottle.Bits & BytesMicro 3D Printer Creates Tiny Structures in Seconds (MIT Technology Review)We’ve written much on 3D printing in these pages, but they have generally focused on technologies that print structures that are measured in at least centimeters (and all the way up to several meters). In this article from February of last year, we did mention a technology known as “two-photon polymerization,” which is able to 3D-print structures measuring just 20 micrometers. The problem with two-photon polymerization and other 3D microprinting technologies, however, is that it is mind-numbingly slow. Not anymore. A company called Nanoscribe has developed a tabletop 3D microprinter that can create complicated microstructures 100 times faster than previously possible. According to Julia Greer, professor of materials science at Cal Tech, the smallest features that can be created using the new Nanoscribe printer measure about 30 nanometers. For context, a human hair measures about 50,000 nanometers in diameter. The advanced throughput of the new Nanoscribe printer has commercial potential for making things like heart stents, microneedles for painless shots, parts for microfluidics chips, and scaffolds for growing cells and tissue.Promising Brain-Boosting Technique Has Drawbacks (MIT Technology Review)People have always looked for ways to rev up their brains… from chewing coca leaves to drinking coffee to popping Adderall and beyond. (We even wrote an article on the subject back in March 2012.) But all of these brain boosters have one thing in common (other than that most have potentially unpleasant side effects, including the possibility of addiction): a chemical reaction inside the body. What if you could bypass all of that and go right to the source? What if you could amp up brain power by directly zapping the organ with electricity? Well, it turns out you can. It’s called “transcranial direct current stimulation” (tDCS). With it, researchers have found that they can more than double the rate at which people learn a wide range of tasks. The author of this article tried it out. Not only did it make her a better shooter (a goal she normally would not have chosen), but it enabled her to turn off her inner monologue and really focus her mind for what felt like the first time in her life. Needless to say, she loved it. But new research suggests (not surprisingly) that zapping your brain with electricity could come with a cost. Electrically stimulating the brain may enhance memory and certain abilities, but impede with a person’s ability to react without thinking.[Ed. Note: The type of brain boosting referred to in the article above is called transcranial electrical stimulation or TES, which is very similar to tDCS, but can be painful to the person receiving the stimulation – so it’s not used as frequently today.]Electronic Wearable Pain-Relief Patch (Gizmag)Sticking with the electricity to the body theme, Thimble Bioelectronics is working on a patch based on transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) that is designed to adhere to a problem area to alleviate certain types of pain. Think of it as a smaller version of the Icy Hot patch that Shaq wears – but instead of chemicals, it uses low-voltage electrical stimulation.
A few years back, I read an interesting article about rich versus poor on the website Difference Between. The author cited the following as one major difference: “While rich believe they are in control of their lives, poor feel they are subject to vagaries of life and life controls events taking place in their lives. Rich are not concerned with depression or recession, and they are not tied with any special knowledge or professional degree either. On the other hand, poor believes it is his lack of degree or knowledge that keeps him poor. It is when you start to feel that life is happening to you instead of you creating your future, you will lose the right track and condemn remaining poor.” To me, much of the difference boils down to personal confidence and understanding how to deal with the financial situation you are in. At the same time, major events can take place which can either bolster or erode our confidence. Many of my peers went from the “rich” mindset described above to that described as “poor.” Yet for many, their net worth did not change. When one looks at the terms “golden years” or “retiring comfortably,” it is not hard to conjure up an image of retirees comfortable with their financial situation, not being too concerned about the economic events taking place around them. Instead, they are enjoying checking a lot of items off their bucket list. Many retirees in the generation before us fit that mold, yet they were not multimillionaires. How can that be? A recent Gallup article titled Pensions Are Top Income Source for Wealthier US Retirees presents poll results on sources of income, and presents the findings by annual household income. According to the poll, 55% of retirees earning annual incomes over $50,000 were doing so primarily with a pension. Gallup shared some interesting implications: “Pension plans seem to be a major factor relating to how financially well off U.S. retirees are. With Social Security by far the major source of retirement funding among U.S. retirees, those who can supplement that money with income from a pension plan or other source appear to be doing much better.” Things Are Changing Quickly So what does this mean? If you have a “guaranteed pension,” you know you have enough money coming in to live on, so you don’t sweat the markets anymore and can enjoy life. Not a bad thing. I can personally attest to this – that’s how we lived during the first six years of my retirement. We had the bulk of our nest egg in FDIC-insured CDs paying 6% interest. No worries there, as I knew how much interest income we had coming in, and the principal was backed by the federal government. We had enough to supplement our Social Security to cover our expenses and then some. That all changed in the fall of 2008, when the first Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP) started, and the government flooded the banks with money. Our CDs were called in, and we lost the major source of “guaranteed” (as in not to having to worry about it) income. At the time, our CD interest was five times the size of our current Social Security check. Today the best five-year rate on a CD I can find is 1.2%, and even a ten-year Treasury pays only about 2%. With the current interest rates not even keeping up with inflation, I wouldn’t touch them. If I wanted to invest in those low yields anyway, the interest would be half of my current Social Security check. Now that is a major economic catastrophe. In effect, we may still have our capital intact; however, we now have to put our money at much higher risk in order to survive. While others may look at many of us seniors as rich, it is pure baloney. We are damn concerned about recession, depression, and our nest egg. We no longer meet the definition of “rich”; a lot of our confidence has eroded. Who Is Living Large? Who Is Taking a Step Backward? It looks to me like those working in the private sector – particularly those baby boomers who are trying to plan for retirement – have quite a challenge. In a recent Wall Street Journal article, Kelly Greene and Vipal Monga reported that pensions represent an increasingly smaller portion of Americans’ retirement savings. The authors wrote: “The portion of private-sector US workers covered only by so-called defined-benefit plans fell to 3% in 2011 from 28% in 1979, according to US Department of Labor data compiled by EBRI.” We are seeing a huge disparity between those in the public sector working for the government and those in the private sector. Most government agencies still have generous, guaranteed pension plans, and many include health care for their retirees. Concurrently, the vast majority of those in the private sector do not have guaranteed pensions, but rather have to save their own money through various IRAs and 401(k)s in order to be able to retire comfortably. We have many friends who have retired from various branches of the government with pensions which are 80% or more of what they earned while they were working. For example, consider this story from Illinois of teachers earning pensions over $100,000 per year. While those are the most extravagant pensions mentioned in the article, the rest aren’t too bad either. Whether it’s Illinois, California, or New Jersey, you’ll find the same story around the country. In fact, defined benefit state plans cover 20 million employees and 7 million retirees, about 90% of all state employees. So nearly everyone from the person at the Department of Motor Vehicles to the teachers are cashing in. Here’s an excerpt from the report: “Of those [Palatine-Schaumburg High School] District 211 retirees, 268 – or 42.5 percent – received pensions of $100,000 or more in 2012. Other suburban school districts aren’t far behind. At Stevenson High School District 125 in Lincolnshire, 39.1 percent of the 133 retired educators receiving pensions make more than $100,000 a year in retirement. District 125 retired educators drew pensions averaging $79,489 last year, according to TRS figures.” Honestly, I don’t begrudge any retired government workers a dime. They earned their money and played by the rules which were in place. But ironically, many of those same friends who have these nice government pensions look upon those of us in the private sector as the ones who are rich. Just how much capital would a person in the private sector have to accumulate in order to earn an income of $100,000 “guaranteed” by the government? Using the 2% ten-year Treasury rate, a person would have to invest $5,000,000 for “guaranteed” income of $100,000. Of course, there’s also a difference in how that money is saved. It’s what’s left over after living expenses, kids’ college tuition, and everything else that comes up in life. If you had a government pension, you never had to worry about saving for retirement – so it’s less worry before and during retirement. From this perspective, sure looks to me like those with guaranteed pensions – mostly retired government workers – are the ones who are living large and not worried about the ups and downs in the economy. Doug Casey and other pundits have predicted a collapse, and I agree that it is going to happen. It will not be too long before more folks in the private sector realize that those government employees with their “guarantees” are the ones who are living rich as the earlier definition outlined, while we constantly have to fret and monitor our money. With things like the Tea Party groups forming, there are already signs that people have had enough. Is it any surprise that some of those groups received greater scrutiny from the IRS? After all, they are a threat to stream of endless pensions to all government employees. When a full-blown tax revolt finally happens, I am sure their “guaranteed” pensions will be a big factor. This is one place where there’s a clear line between the haves and have nots. The retirees from the private sector have to constantly worry about their retirement, while government employees have not a care with their guaranteed incomes. I’m quite confident that the taxpayers won’t want to pay their pensions plus the trillions in shortfalls in those pension plans – especially in underfunded state plans around the country. Those of us in the private sector saw our “guaranteed” pensions disappear. We now have the option of saving our own money and putting it at risk, and we are certainly worried about the ups and downs in the economy and the market. How much longer are taxpayers going to stand for having to save money for our retirement with no “guarantees,” while we see our taxes continue to escalate to pay for cushy, guaranteed pension plans for others? In the meantime, do you want to retire comfortably and enjoy your golden years not having to worry about your finances? Work for the government for 40 years or so and get a cushy pension and free medical care. We have a lot of friends who did just that, and they are very happy enjoying their golden years. I wonder if IRS workers ever have their tax returns audited? Probably not, but if these sorts of retirement inequalities last much longer, antitax groups will likely come to audit their pensions soon. If you’re a retired Illinois District 211 teacher, we’ll answer your hate mail (surely coming our way) as soon possible. 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The chemical BPA isn’t living up to its nasty reputation.A two-year government study of rats found that even high doses of the plastic additive produced only “minimal effects,” and that these effects could have occurred by chance.The finding bolsters the Food and Drug Administration’s 2014 assessment that water bottles and other products containing BPA are not making people sick.”[It] supports our determination that currently authorized uses of BPA continue to be safe for consumers,” said Dr. Stephen Ostroff, the FDA’s deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, in a statement issued by the agency.The study’s findings are at odds with claims by advocacy groups that exposure to BPA is associated with a wide range of health effects including cancer, obesity and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.The study results appear in a 249-page draft report released Friday by the National Toxicology Program. The research was a joint effort involving the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration.BPA is found in polycarbonate plastics used to make products like water bottles and in the epoxy resins used to line some metal food cans. The chemical has long been known to weakly mimic the hormone estrogen, and in the 1990s scientists showed that tiny amounts could leach out of plastic products and get into our bodies.That touched off a heated debate about BPA’s safety.Critics of the chemical point to numerous small studies done by academic researchers. These studies, usually of rodents, have suggested that BPA can disrupt the body’s hormone system in ways that affect health.But studies that met the FDA’s Good Laboratory Practice standards have suggested that BPA is safe at levels encountered by consumers. So the agency has approved its use in most consumer products.The new draft report is part of an effort called CLARITY-BPA, which set out to “bridge guideline-compliant research conducted at the FDA with hypothesis-based research investigations conducted by academia on the toxicity of bisphenol A (BPA).” It describes only the research done by government scientists.In the study, rats were exposed to BPA during gestation as well as after birth. Doses ranged from levels similar to those experienced by consumers to doses thousands of times higher. Researchers looked to see whether the chemical had any effect on things like growth, weight and tumor development.And the scientists concluded that “BPA produced minimal effects.” They also said that the effects they did see appeared to be “within the range of normal biological variation,” meaning they could have occurred by chance.The draft report will go through a peer review process. It is scheduled to be discussed at a public meeting in April. A final report that incorporates research by academic scientists is expected in 2019 and will be used to guide FDA policy on BPA.But that report may be moot by the time it arrives.In response to consumer fears about BPA, plastic-makers are already marketing a wide variety of BPA-free products. And most food cans are no longer lined with BPA, according to the Can Manufacturers Institute. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
Last updated on May 14th, 2019 at 05:03 amSt. Francis-based Charlee Bear Products, which manufactures dog treats, has acquired New York-based canned pet food company Hound & Gatos Pet Foods Corp. from sole proprietor Will Post for $1.65 million. The transaction closed May 21.Hound & Gatos’ dog and cat foods are billed as a “Paleolithic diet” for pets, containing “the same nutrients their Paleolithic ancestors thrived on” including real meat, vitamins and minerals. The dietary formulation piggybacks on a popular human trend toward Paleo diets, which purport to exclude foods the body doesn’t digest as easily, such as grains, dairy, refined sugar, salt, potatoes and highly processed foods.Charlee Bear is owned by Peter Gottsacker, who is also president and owner of St. Francis-based food seasoning and flavor manufacturer Wixon Inc. The company, which shares space with Wixon, makes Charlee Bear Original and Bear Crunch Dog Treats, which are low calorie and are designed not to leave residue in the dog owner’s pocket. The company sells about 9 million bags of treats per year, which are contract manufactured in Mequon. It has five full-time employees, and about $6 million in annual revenue, said Patrick McGarry, general manager at Charlee Bear and chief financial officer at Wixon. “Our interest in acquiring Hound & Gatos is the health of the pet,” McGarry said. “This is an extremely healthy line of food for both dogs and cats. It’s in a higher price point category, but we thought it was a good time to expand into all-natural food and this was a good way to dip our toe in that water.”McGarry said the acquisition also allows Charlee Bear to offer additional products to its independent pet retail customers.“At Charlee Bear, our mission is to improve the health and nutrition of pets through simple, natural ingredients, one small bite at a time,” Gottsacker said in the announcement of the transaction. “Our passion for quality pet products and ingredients was a natural fit with Hound & Gatos, and we are pleased to welcome this brand into the Charlee Bear Products family.”Hound & Gatos is now based in Wisconsin, and its food will continue to be contract manufactured in Mitchell, South Dakota. Charlee Bear plans to hire three new employees in sales and management, and begin introducing line extensions such as kibble food and Paleolithic treats as a result of the acquisition, McGarry said. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribe
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Marketing CEO of Canna West With Father’s Day approaching, I could pull out all the stops to market my brand to every single father in the Seattle area, but that would be a demographic and logistical nightmare. Instead, my team and I work very hard to know our customers (KYC), an acronym we ironically stole from the banking world. Rather than take a blanket approach we market directly to the dads who actually shop in our store, and when it comes to engaging elderly fathers we employ the same empathy and understanding that it took me to market cannabis to my own father.My dad was a hippie and therefore a frequent pot user in the late 1960’s and early 70’s. Following his flower child moment, he went completely clean – no alcohol or drugs of any sort – and he’s been that way for the past 40 years. Two years ago, however, he had a heart attack that almost killed him. The recovery meds his doctors had prescribed were opiate infused and kept him in bed, rather than pushing him towards recovery. Depression started settling in. He couldn’t sleep. It was heartbreaking and I knew cannabis was a better solution and could help break the cycle. Our “cannabis conversation” was very simple, though thoughtful, and went a little something like this:“Dad, please eat an edible with me and Nick (my fiance). We can all just sit and watch the thunderstorm and hang out on the porch together. Please?””Okay, I’ll try it,” he said.And that was it — a conversion made! He dumped the pharma meds immediately. The truth is, he had also been unnerved by the pharma recovery meds from the start and was ready for something different. What my fiance and I did was propose a solution on his terms in an environment where he is the most comfortable. It helped tremendously that I know just about everything about the man.The three of us had so much fun that night. Once the edible took effect, my dad had no more pain or anxiety. We could converse and laugh at each other’s jokes, just like the old days. Best of all, he slept like a baby that night and has ever since. He now takes one edible per day and has become one of three very important buyer personas in my brand’s marketing toolkit.Who then are the three most popular senior citizen dad personas my team engages with regularly? And how can an entrepreneur in the cannabis industry capture their attention this Father’s Day?Related: More Seniors Are Using Marijuana and It May Decrease Their Opioid Use1. The Aged AthleteDo you know this guy? Incredible, right? He still rock-and-ice climbs, well into his 70’s. He is the club tennis champion. He still good with a chain saw. However, at the end of each day now his knees hurt. His shoulders hurt. His back hurts. He could use a bit of CBD and THC love to take those pains away and reduce his inflammation.If you manufacture or sell any product, such as capsules or edibles, that fall into the 1:1 or even 25:1 category in terms of CBD to THC dosage percentages, Father’s Day might be one of the only times he slows down enough for you to capture his attention and then motivate him to give cannabis solutions a shot.Related: Medterra CBD Signs Pro Golfers as Brand Ambassadors2. The Tin ManThis is my dad. He has a doctorate degree in radioactive isotope geochemistry, but then he went and devoted his professional career to reforming the state of Idaho’s mental health and rehabilitation hospitals. In retirement, he spends three hours a day meditating in a meadow on a hill overlooking the home of my parents in Idaho. He has one of the closest relationships with God that I have ever witnessed, yet claims he is not a religious man. My dad wants to be active, but he has a big, broken heart.He is a full believer in cannabis’ benefits today. And as a result, he is starting to seek out higher quality edible products, an important trend that should be noted by the reader. He and his ilk could eventually drive the growing craft edibles category.Related: A Plea to Our Elders: Consider Medical Marijuana Before OpioidsThe Dying FatherAll I can say here is…life is just really hard sometimes. We have had customers visit us who required a chair in our showroom, simply because they were having a hard time standing up. Perhaps they had just come from a chemo session? Maybe they were recovering from a difficult surgery? Or maybe they were just in that much pain?This personna is one that typically requires the type of assistance that a retail or product brand may not be accustomed to providing. It requires real caring, and listening. Those entrepreneurs who live their business and personal lives with ethos, who are in this game for more than just the opportunity to make a buck, won’t need to adjust to sell solutions to this personna. They are already acting in the right manner. Those minus ethos might want to look into some sensitivity training. It is not an audience that will forgive you twice. Nor should they.Regardless of how well your brand address each of the many personna’s related to Father’s Day cannabis promotions, there is still an elephant in the room — the undecided. For whatever reason, there are a number of elderly dad’s out there who could benefit greatly from cannabis, but haven’t taken the plunge to actually try it. My own dad required a direct invitation from me. We are now both very thankful he listened to me. Some may require just a gentle nudge, while others might want further research from credible sources. Some, sadly, will never abandon their opiates.It doesn’t matter where they fall on the spectrum though. When in doubt, market to them on Father’s Day as if they were your own dad. Don’t insult them. Get to know their needs and cater to them. They deserve that level of respect. Many seniors, maybe including your own father, could benefit from cannabis. Cultivate the empathy and understanding to reach them on their own terms. –shares Add to Queue Image credit: Courtesy of Nick Mayer, owner of Trinity Farms Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. Download Our Free Android App Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Guest Writer Helping Dads Discover Medical Cannabis This Father’s Day Maryam Mirnateghi and her father, Masoud June 15, 2019 Next Article 6 min read Maryam Mirnateghi Free Green Entrepreneur App
Register Now » 6 min read Brought to you by PCWorld Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Add to Queue –shares You don’t have to be a Photoshop expert to take great pictures–but you should know this handful of common editing techniques. Four Essential Photo Editing Tricks Technology Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Dave Johnson Purists will tell you–they certainly tell me–that photography is all about pressing the camera’s shutter release. Every week, for instance, I get e-mail from readers who claim that any photos that have been edited should not be considered for the Hot Pic of the Week contest.But not only is editing an integral part of digital photography, it has also been an inseparable part of film photography for 150 years. Just getting pictures processed by the corner photo lab involves many subjective adjustments to the exposure (even if you’re not the one who’s doing it). So here’s my challenge: Learn this handful of editing techniques, so you can turn your so-so snapshots into great photos.Correct Your ExposureBad exposure–whether it’s underexposure or overexposure–is the most noticeable photo problem you’ll run into. The good news is that many of your pictures can be easily improved by using your photo editor’s Levels or Histogram control. Open a photo in Adobe Photoshop Elements, for example, and choose Enhance, Adjust Lighting, Levels.You’ll see a graph called a histogram that shows how all the bright and dark pixels are distributed in your photo. If a lot of pixels are crowded against the right side of the graph, it’s probably somewhat overexposed. A lot of pixels at the left extremity of the graph mean underexposure. To brighten the entire photo, drag the White Point on the right side of the graph to the left. Likewise, to darken the photo, drag the Black Point on the left side to the right. If you only want to adjust the midtones in the photo, drag the middle arrow to the left or right.For more information on this, read “Use the Histogram to Avoid Exposure Issues” and “Perfect Photos Every Time.”Fix the Color BalanceDo your photos look too blue? Too red? Sounds like your white balance needs adjustment. Here’s why: Your camera has to measure the light each time it takes a photo and set the balance so all the colors in the scene look accurate. But cameras tend to get the white balance incorrectly about half the time.One way to ensure good color balance is to set the white balance manually before taking a photo. Using your camera’s white balance control, you can dial in a setting like daylight, sunset, or indoors (check the camera manual for details). Or you can tweak the colors afterwards on your PC using your photo editing program. If you use Photoshop Elements, for example, you can click the Quick Fix tab and drag the Temperature slider until the colors look right. For a hands-on look at how to do that, read “Perfect the Colors in Your Photos.”Straighten Out BuildingsIf you work on the exposure and colors, you’ll have dramatically better photos. But then you might start to notice smaller problems–like crooked buildings, for instance.Take a photo of a tall building, and you might notice that it looks a bit like it’s leaning, or even warped. You can thank a phenomenon called perspective distortion.If you have Photoshop Elements, you can reduce the intensity of this distortion by choosing Filter, Correct Camera Distortion, and then adjusting the Vertical Perspective. This reduces the apparent perspective distortion, though you’ll need to crop the photo to eliminate the tapered bottom.A better solution is to try a plug-in designed especially for perspective correction, like Andromeda Software’s LensDoc 3.0 ($119), which works in any program that supports Photoshop-style plug-ins, like Photoshop Elements and Corel Paint Shop Pro.If you have Paint Shop Pro, use the built-in perspective correction tool, which works amazingly well, and doesn’t cost anything extra. See “Fix Perspective in Architectural Photos” for a tutorial on using that tool.Eliminate Digital NoisePhotography is all about compromise. When you need to take pictures in dim lighting, for example, increasing the camera’s ISO setting can help you take better pictures. But that higher ISO also increases digital noise, so you get more random pixels of color scattered around the photo.There are two ways to minimize digital noise in your photos. First, you can prevent them by keeping the camera’s ISO setting as low as possible, where noise is minimal. Second, if you do shoot photos at a higher ISO, you can use software to eliminate a lot of the noise. For example, Noise Ninja is an excellent program, available on its own or as a plug-in for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements ($34). Or try Noiseware Community Edition, which is free.For more details, read “Eliminate Noise From Your Photos.”Hot Pic of the WeekGet published, get famous! Each week, we select our favorite reader-submitted photo based on creativity, originality, and technique. Every month, the best of the weekly winners gets a prize valued at between $15 and $50.Here’s how to enter: Send us your photograph in JPEG format, at a resolution no higher than 640 by 480 pixels. Entries at higher resolutions will be immediately disqualified. If necessary, use an image editing program to reduce the file size of your image before e-mailing it to us. Include the title of your photo along with a short description and how you photographed it. Don’t forget to send your name, e-mail address, and postal address. Before entering, please read the full description of the contest rules and regulations.This week’s Hot Pic: “Swan at the Baltic,” by Przemek Krysinski, Kansas City, MissouriPrzemek writes: “I took this photo in the Baltic resort town, Swinoujscie. A storm was approaching from the sea, and couple of swans were leisurely walking around on the beach, waiting for occasional pieces of bread from tourists. The difference between the setting sun and the darkness of the approaching storm provided a contrasting image. I used a Sony Cyber Shot DSC-T9.”This Week’s Runner-Up: “Cliff House Beach Dawn,” by Cynthia Farr-Weinfeld, Portland, MaineCynthia writes: “I took this photo with my Pentax K10D on a long exposure just as the sun was rising. I combined it with another, slightly shorter exposure to not only get a silky water effect, but a misty effect by the rocks as well.” February 10, 2008 Next Article
Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Add to Queue Technology Next Article Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business More Quick Fixes for Common Windows Annoyances Steve Bass –shares 5 min read Register Now » Dump the Insert key, rearrange drive letters, restore your Safely Remove Hardware icon, and get a free tool for easy Registry editing. Brought to you by PCWorld May 16, 2008 If you’ve got a multislot media card reader, chances are you face a mess of drive letters every time you double-click My Computer. I’ve finally outsmarted the Redmond kids in my battle with the dumb way Windows handles drive letters–and in this column I give you the fix. Plus, I share an easy way to restore the fickle Safely Remove Hardware icon to your system tray, and a trick to combat Insertus idioticus–by disabling the Insert key.Disable Unused Drive LettersThe Hassle: My PC has a built-in memory card reader, and the only slots I use are for CompactFlash and SD cards. Yet when I try to find the card I’ve just inserted in Windows Explorer, I always seem to click the drive letter of an empty slot. Do you have a fix?The Fix: First, let’s start by eliminating the card reader drive letters you don’t use. Log in as Administrator, open Windows Explorer, and insert your memory cards into the card reader slots. Jot down the corresponding drive letters and, using the Safely Remove Hardware icon in the System tray, remove the memory cards.From the Start menu, run diskmgmt.msc. Under Disk Management, you’ll see all your drives. Find the unused drives in the lower panel–they’re listed with a drive letter, a disk number, and a ‘No Media’ designation. Right-click, select Change Drive Letter and Paths, click Remove, click Yes, and say adios. Cool, no?My preference is to push the drive letters of the remaining memory cards near the end of the alphabet–and to use mnemonics for easier recall. I use drive letter “W” for the wide CompactFlash card and “S” for the smaller SD card. (I’ve also assigned mapped network drives to Y and Z.)From that same spot in the Disk Management applet, right-click, choose Change, and pick a letter from the end of the alphabet.This reassignment trick also keeps the drive letters of my temporary USB devices–two hard drives, an MP3 player and flash drive, and a GPS unit–all neatly stacked just after my last fixed drive.Restore the Safely Remove Hardware IconThe Hassle: Where’s my Safely Remove Hardware icon? One day it’s here, the next day it’s missing from the system tray!The Fix: The icon is probably just hidden. Right-click Start, select Properties, choose the Taskbar tab, click Customize, scroll to Safely Remove Hardware, and make the behavior Always Show. Alternatively you can keep the icon hidden (and your Systray uncluttered) and force it to appear when you need it by creating a desktop shortcut. Right-click your desktop, choose New, Shortcut, insert the line C:WINDOWSsystem32 undll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll in the ‘Type the location of the item:’ field, and click Next. Rename the shortcut USB Remove.Disable the Insert KeyThe Hassle: Can I turn off the Insert key on my keyboard? In Word, I keep hitting it and typing over too many of my golden words.The Fix: I don’t know why it’s still around–the Insert key is as useless as the human appendix, and my giant-sized thumb hits it early and often. But it doesn’t matter because I’ve disabled it.You can globally disable the Insert key in any of three ways: If you have the skills, follow the instructions for the one-minute Registry tweak at the Tech-Archive site. An easier way: Download and save my small Registry file onto the desktop; click it and then click Yes (don’t worry, it’s safe, so ignore any your security program warnings).Unfortunately, Word thoughtfully ignores the Registry tweak, so here’s a Word how-to: Click Tools, Customize, and in the dialog box, choose Keyboard. In Categories, scroll to and click All Commands, and in the Command panel, select Overtype. Highlight Insert in the Current keys box, click Remove, and click Close until the dialog boxes close.To reset the Insert key in Word, repeat the above steps, but after you select Overtype, select Press new shortcut key, press the Insert key, click Assign, and click Close until the dialog boxes close.Tool of the Month: RegEditX for XP and VistaHassled when someone (like me) asks you to use the Registry? I have a free add-on that turns the run-of-the-mill Windows Registry tool into to a superhandy, power-user utility. Take, for example, the arduous task of fiddling with the Registry’s plus and minus icons to reach a specific key. RegEditX instead lets you copy and paste a long Registry key right into the address field, as if you were in a browser, and then whisks you directly to the entry. Heck, you can go directly to the key with one line: Just type RegEditX and the starting key in the Run command. (My favorite is Favorites, a way to easily get back to Registry keys you often access.) 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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. Shipping is the final (and arguably most important) frontier when it comes to satisfying customers. Big box retailers have made shipping a priority by routinely examining and revamping their fulfillment methods, resulting in solutions like Amazon Prime, Walmart’s two-day shipping subscription and eBay’s Fast ‘N Free initiative.Keeping an eye on trends and adopting new, relevant shipping methods will not only help improve customer satisfaction, but it will also help small business owners meet their bottom lines and compete with the big dogs.Here are five logistics trends and strategies that all retail business owners should evaluate.1. Free shipping is expected.According to a Deloitte survey, free shipping is the top priority for shoppers when it comes to retail policies, and nine in 10 shoppers prioritize free shipping over fast shipping when shopping online.For small businesses to remain competitive, and avoid shopping cart abandonment, they’ll need to strongly consider incorporating free shipping as an option. As all businesses know, shipping is never really free.On a basic level, there are a few strategies to help businesses cover the cost of free shipping. First, increase product prices to cover shipping costs. In this case, the customer pays. Second, the business pays the full price of shipping. Third, the company slightly increases prices of products to cover some shipping costs, so that both pay a portion.Businesses can also get creative, offering free shipping when a customer hits a minimum order value. This strategy can help by increasing an average order size; therefore, increasing profits to help offset shipping costs.2. Deliver packages at a specific time.Some of consumers’ biggest pet peeves are receiving those “sorry we missed you” postage slips on their front door, or even worse, having a package stolen off their doorstep.According to a Temando survey, 76 percent of consumers want a specified time slot for delivery, and 37 percent are willing to pay a premium for it. The good news is that the major carriers’ tracking information have significantly improved, helping recipients know where their package is on its route and the estimated delivery date. In addition, most consumers know roughly when their mail carrier arrives each day and can oftentimes plan accordingly.For even greater control over delivery times, businesses can consider offering local customers on-demand delivery services, such as UberRUSH or Deliv. With these services, shoppers can specify the exact time of day they would like to have their order arrive.To ship smaller items to out-of-town customers with unusual or difficult schedules, USPS also offers a Hold for Pickup option, allowing the customer to pick up the parcel at a specified post office location. It also offers Package Intercept, which allows customers to reroute their domestic packages if they go on a vacation or business trip.3. Drones will deliver.Drones will soon be able to deliver small items to local areas quickly and efficiently. Amazon and Google are investing in drone delivery, among countless other tech companies.However, there are still operational limitations standing in the way of drone delivery. The Part 107 drone regulations announced recently that it does not cover a variety of operations crucial to delivering packages, such as flying beyond a pilot’s visual line of sight, at higher altitudes and over laypeople.Related: 3 Ways to Grow a Multi-Million Dollar Drop Shipping BusinessSo while they’re not buzzing overhead quite yet, business owners should keep drone delivery on their radar to make sure their business is ready to adapt quickly once regulations allowing drone deliveries are in place.4. More options drive customer satisfaction.Traditionally, shoppers are given a few shipping options at checkout: standard, expedited and overnight. However, consumers are looking for more flexibility when it comes to how and when they receive their orders.According to an Accenture study, 66 percent of consumers have chosen a retailer based on the number of available delivery options.Related: 5 Keys to Building Your Ecommerce SiteTo avoid shopping cart abandonment and upset customers, retailers should think about adding additional delivery choices such as local pickup, carrier-specific options, same-day shipping and more.USPS is generally the most affordable option for smaller, lightweight packages while UPS and FedEx are better suited for larger items. Allowing customers to select specified carriers – UPS, FedEx or USPS — may create satisfied, repeat customers as it gives them some control over the process.5. Big data transforms shipping.Business data has been around for a long time, mostly sitting in filing cabinets as an untapped resource. Thanks to new technologies, small businesses can now leverage their data to better serve their customers.With the right tools, businesses can automatically analyze information, such as pricing histories, mobile device usage, website traffic, locations, parcels’ time in transit and shipping destinations to make informed business decisions. This eliminates inefficiencies and bias; therefore, reducing overall business costs and improving practices.Related: The 6 Best Ecommerce Platforms for Small BusinessesThere are countless ways small businesses can gather, analyze and make sense of all the data at their fingertips. For example, Endicia uses package data and predictive analysis to guide ecommerce business owners’ decisions, ranging from where to plant warehouses to how to improve delivery for the end-consumer through forecasted shipping costs and time in transit.By taking a look at where most products are shipped and how long they take to get there, business owners can determine the optimal location for a warehouse that will save the most time and money.Shipping is a challenging aspect of any ecommerce business and every small business will have different tactics and challenges to create the most efficient shipping strategy possible. Keeping an eye on shipping trends and strategies while implementing and tweaking it as needed, will help businesses determine what works best in order to be successful and competitive with the ecommerce retail giants. Enroll Now for $5 Image credit: Shutterstock Add to Queue Ecommerce Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand –shares Chief Strategy Officer, Stamps.com and Co-Founder, Endicia 5 Shipping Trends for Small Ecommerce Businesses To Watch Amine Khechfé 5 min read Guest Writer Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Next Article August 15, 2016
SafeGuard Cyber Detects Increase in Malicious Online Actors Ahead of EU Elections PRNewswireMay 8, 2019, 5:56 pmMay 8, 2019 digital risk protectionhacking election infrastructureMarketing TechnologyNewsOtavio FreireParliamentary electionsSafeGuard Cyber Previous ArticleArtificial Solutions and Rücker Lypsa Team-up to Deliver Conversational AI to the Automotive IndustryNext ArticleCompuMark and WebTMS Announce a Strategic Partnership SafeGuard Cyber, the leading end-to-end platform for social media and digital risk protection, released a report showing that bad actors are amplifying misinformation content and deploying misinformation campaigns directed at EU member states to shape public perception and influence European Parliamentary elections taking place from May 23-26, 2019. Most notably, over a ten-day period in March, SafeGuard Cyber identified 6,700 bad actors who posted and amplified enough divisive digital content to reach upwards of 241 million users, almost half the population of the European Union.SafeGuard Cyber’s report also provides evidence that Russia is behind these misinformation campaigns, discovered by tracking bots, trolls and other malicious parties, referred to as “bad actors,” against 52 risk signatures as part of the company’s machine learning threat detection tool. The report also demonstrates a connection between misinformation campaigns and real-world news events. For example, the day after French President Emanuel Macron published an article about what he perceived to be the future of Europe, bad actor activity increased 79 percent, primarily to promote or share content attempting to discredit Macron’s ideas and shape public perception.Marketing Technology News: SAP Offers New SaaS Solution to Onboard Millions of Partner Users, Granting Access to Sensitive Data Without Regulatory RiskSir Julian King, European Commissioner for the Security Union, who has been leading efforts at the EU level to counter disinformation online, said about report: “The report underlines the dangers of disinformation online. Malicious actors, whether they be state or non-state, will not hesitate to use the internet to attempt to influence and interfere in our democratic processes. We have achieved a lot in the past year in our work to counter this threat. But more remains to be done on all sides, including by the big internet platforms – it is vital we ensure the security of our elections.”“The scale of the problem is tremendous. The rise of disinformation campaigns is abetted by the fact that it is incredibly difficult to stop their spread on social platforms,” said Otavio Freire, co-founder, CTO and President of SafeGuard Cyber. “Bad actors realize that hacking election infrastructure, and hacking the perception of reality and facts, are ultimately tactics to accomplish similar outcomes. The former you need to get past firewalls while the latter continues to be unprotected. Our report reinforces the need for a new approach to security, as today’s bad actors are not at all hindered by the cybersecurity tactics of yesterday.”Marketing Technology News: SherWeb Introduces UCaaS Integration of Microsoft Office 365 With World-Class Hosted VoiceIn addition to assessing accounts and classifying bad actors as malicious, suspicious, disinformation or bot, SafeGuard Cyber also leveraged a proprietary tool that aggregates data from 155 fact-checking news sites in 53 different languages to differentiate misinformation from factual content. SafeGuard Cyber prepared a similar report in 2018, which found that bots attributed to Russia used disinformation to manipulate narratives and gain user trust through social engineering, so this report confirms such tactics are still in place. SafeGuard Cyber plans to continue tracking bad actor activity through the EU election and share its findings with the European Commission to help in their efforts to contain the spread of disinformation.Marketing Technology News: China’s Most Valuable Brands Grow a Record 30% to $889.7 Billion in 2019 BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Chinese Brands Ranking – With Alibaba the New Number One
Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 12 2019How do public health officials know if there is a disease outbreak and where that outbreak has occurred?Surveillance is the cornerstone of public health practice, yet while disease surveillance has shifted toward greater use of electronically transmitted information to decrease the reporting burden on physicians, the challenge of getting the right information to public health officials at the right time has not been completely solved.Brian E. Dixon, Ph.D., of the Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI, outlines how using a health exchange network can facilitate electronic disease reporting during the 2019 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s Global Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, February 11-15. HIMSS19 is one of the largest health IT gatherings in the world, with more than 45,000 attendees.Dr. Dixon will present “Enhanced Public Health Reporting Using an HIE,” discussing how electronic health information exchange can be used to improve compliance with public health reporting laws, increase completeness of reports to public health, and make the surveillance work process more efficient while reducing the burden on clinics.”Traditionally, public health agencies wait for laboratories to initiate notifiable disease case reports,” he notes. “However, this passive approach typically yields incomplete and delayed reports, which can hinder assessment of disease in the community and potentially delay recognition of patterns and outbreaks.”In his HIMSS presentation, he will discuss a novel decision support tool — pre-populated electronic reporting forms — that he and Regenstrief colleagues designed, tested and implemented to facilitate awareness and compliance among primary care providers regarding notifiable disease reporting to county public health agencies.Related StoriesSafe sex an elusive target; STIs continue to rise in EnglandResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairOlympus Europe and Cytosurge join hands to accelerate drug development, single cell research”In 2019, many clinics still use fax machines to communicate patient data to public health offices, said Dr. Dixon. “Our objective is to automate the process by which primary care clinics report case information to public health following a laboratory-confirmed diagnosis of one of the many diseases that clinicians are required to report.”In addition to notifiable disease confirmatory test results, the pre-populated fields on the electronic forms include patient demographics and provider information. Seven representative, high priority diseases were included in the Regenstrief test project: chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, salmonella, hepatitis B, hepatitis C and histoplasmosis.In his HIMSS presentation, Dr. Dixon will explore how pre-populated, electronic case reporting may improve disease reporting and barriers that must be overcome to make that possible.Regenstrief Institute is a dynamic people-centered research organization driven by a mission to connect and innovate for better health. We envision a world where better information empowers people to end disease and realize true health, and we pursue this vision through research and development guided by our core values.Committed to advancing the public’s health and well-being through education, innovation and leadership, the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI is known for its expertise in biostatistics, epidemiology, cancer research, community health, environmental public health, health policy and health administration. Source:https://www.regenstrief.org/article/do-we-have-an-epidemic/