The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories As much stock as we try to put into the third preseason game — and I am guilty as charged — it’s equally well known that the fourth preseason game is a virtual waste of time. From a fan’s perspective, at least. Sure, there are some depth chart issues to be worked out. Who makes the final 53, etc., etc. Mainly it’s one big exercise in risk avoidance. All those players that mean something to you, keep them as far from the field of play as possible. But I keep thinking that if there is another team or GM out there who liked Williams as much as the Cardinals did a couple of years ago, then perhaps a big performance can convince them that he’s worth the risk. It seems like a long shot, but then again, everything about Williams seems like a long shot at this point. Thursday for the Cardinals is no exception, yet with one exception: Ryan Williams. Technically, I suppose the running back falls in the category of the aforementioned depth chart issues, but we all know there is a little more going on here. Despite his best attempts and legitimate hard work, the former second-round pick has found it virtually impossible to stay on the field. And Thursday’s game against the Broncos could represent his crossroads moment. Which got me thinking, what if he has a big game?Is it his 12th round knockout punch (Gambo’s metaphor)? The key piece of evidence that wins the case and keeps him on the team?Is his performance dismissed since it will likely come against those who are in a similar position, fringe NFL players desperate to prove they belong?Or — and this is my wild card here — can it be used to convince another team to trade for Williams?It seems unlikely to me that a team would give up anything of value, even a late round pick, for a running back with the history of Williams’. It seems these days as if the running back is looked upon like a brake pad for a car…it’s a part designed to wear out. So why would you trade for one that may already finished? Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Short film channel Shorts TV has launched on Romte

first_imgShort film channel Shorts TV has launched on Romtelecom in Romania and on the Zuku satellite platform in eastern Africa.In Romania, the channel will be available on all Romtelecom’s TV services, comprising its own IPTV and DTH services and the cable service of affiliate NextGen.Shorts TV will launch on the Zuku satellite platform at the beginning of March.“The concurrent launch of SHORTSTV in Romania and across East Africa is incredibly exciting. We are bringing the channel into Africa with Wananchi as a key partner, just as they are additionally expanding into new markets,” said Shorts TV CEO, Carter Pilcher. “In Romania, our movies are a wonderful fit for Romtelecom and its successful modern digital multi video services.”last_img

US pay TV operator Dish TV has opened up its Sling

first_imgUS pay TV operator Dish TV has opened up its Sling TV OTT TV service to all who wish to sign up. The service, which until now has only been accessible to invited customers, went live yesterday.Sling TV offers live access to 15 channels for US$20 (€18). In addition to the soft-launch line-up, which included the likes of ESPN and Cartoon Network, the commercial launch included a channel from YouTube multichannel network Maker Studios.In addition to the basic package, Sling TV is offering access to three additional packages covering news, kids and family content, and sports for US$5 each.last_img

By Justin Spittler editor Casey Daily Dispatch M

first_imgBy Justin Spittler, editor, Casey Daily DispatchMiners are destroying the planet.Anyone investing in resource companies has heard this before. Companies that dig stuff out of the ground get a bad rap. Environmentalists love to hate them.But I’m not talking about traditional resource companies. I’m talking about cryptocurrency “miners.”In a minute, I’ll tell you why some people believe crypto miners pose a grave threat to the economy. I’ll also show you how to turn this public relations nightmare into fat profits.But first, I need to address the elephant in the room. Recommended Link Say Goodbye to Stocks, Say Hello to One-Click Payouts (Every Week) Stocks are DEAD. But thanks to a PhD physicist and engineer – you can now click a single button on your computer every Monday morning. Then, as long as a specific event happens during the week (which has a 93% chance of happening), you can automatically make as much as $11,000 or more. You have to see this. — • What the heck is a cryptocurrency miner? A lot of people have trouble wrapping their heads around this idea, and that’s because cryptos aren’t tangible. They’re digital assets.So you obviously can’t mine them the same way that you would copper or gold. Instead, people mine cryptocurrencies by using computers to solve complex math problems. If you do this successfully, you earn a reward and get paid.But here’s the thing. These computers don’t do anything that complex. They basically just guess numbers until they get lucky.In other words, they use brute force. And that requires a lot of computing power and energy.• And when I say a lot, I mean A LOT… Today, mining one bitcoin requires about as much energy as a four-person house in Germany consumes in one year.That’s a big problem.After all, a lot of people are mining bitcoin right now. As a result, experts estimate that bitcoin miners will use 130 terawatts of energy this year. That’s as much energy as the entire country of Argentina consumes in a year.That alone is reason for concern. But get this… The problems that miners solve to mine bitcoin will become exponentially more difficult over time. So each new bitcoin requires more energy to mine than the last. • Not only that, but bitcoin is just one cryptocurrency… There are thousands of others just like it. And many of them must be mined into existence.This is why many environmentalists hate cryptocurrencies. They think that crypto mining will end up boiling the oceans.But here’s the thing. The massive amounts of energy required to mine cryptos isn’t just a potential threat to the environment. It’s a huge problem for the miners. And there’s a simple reason for this…• Consuming massive amounts of energy isn’t cheap… In the United States, it costs around $4,758 to mine a single bitcoin. In Brazil, it’s $6,741. In Japan, it’s $8,723. That’s higher than bitcoin’s current price.Now, you could mine bitcoin for much cheaper if you went to Iran, Venezuela, or Ukraine. But then you’d have even bigger problems to worry about.• So, many crypto miners are turning to renewable energy…That’s because renewable energy is becoming dirt cheap.Solar energy, as I explained on Friday, is now less than half as expensive as coal power. The cost of wind power has plunged in recent years, and is now competitive with coal and natural gas.The same goes for hydroelectric and geothermal energy. In fact, one of the world’s largest crypto miners has set up shop in Iceland to take advantage of the country’s cheap geothermal power. Other miners have flocked to America’s Pacific Northwest to take advantage of the region’s cheap hydroelectric power.This trend is only going to continue. After all, bitcoin miners already use about 0.5% of the world’s electricity. Within a few years, they’re projected to consume 5% of the world’s electricity.In other words, we’re talking about a 10-fold increase in energy demand.Of course, I should be clear about something. I expect the crypto community to find other ways to reduce how much energy it consumes. But that won’t happen overnight.So, expect more crypto miners to turn to renewable energies in the future. In fact, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the crypto market fueled the next explosive demand for renewable energy.• Almost no one else is talking about it…Instead, they’re focusing on the bad news (the massive energy demand of cryptos) while ignoring the massive investing opportunity in renewable energy.Of course, this won’t stay a secret for much longer. Soon, other investors will connect the dots. When that happens, everyday investors will buy renewable energy stocks hand over fist.You’ll want to get in front of that. So consider investing in renewable energy companies if you haven’t yet. You can easily do this by buying the iShares Global Clean Energy ETF (ICLN). This fund invests in a basket of renewable energy companies. It’s a safe way to bet on this trend without taking on any company-specific risks.Regards, Justin Spittler Buenos Aires, Argentina May 21, 2018Reader MailbagToday, another fan of John Hunt’s recent essay: “Mr. Sociopath Goes to Washington”…I found John Hunt’s essay on politicians as sociopaths to be one of the best I’ve ever read! It’s a key ideological component in illustrating the true nature of the members of the political process – a process that is so toxic to our very existence.—JamesAs always, if you have any questions or suggestions for the Dispatch, send them to us right here.In Case You Missed It…Doug Casey just found a crypto guru worthy of Casey Research subscribers…This bright young German has been involved with digital currencies since he invested in e-gold in the late ’90s—long before the current blockchain breakthrough.And like Doug, he’s a truly an “international man.” He made so much money from cryptos; he dropped everything and traveled the world for five years. And now, he has an important message… A frank conversation about cryptos on Doug Casey’s porchFor the next few days, you have the rare opportunity to listen in on a series of private conversations between Doug and his new, handpicked crypto expert. On his back porch, they had a vigorous discussion about the future of cryptos… including the best way to profit from them now. Today we’re making these conversations available to you and other loyal Casey members for FREE. Click here to listen in now. — Recommended Linklast_img read more

Voters in three traditionally Republican states su

first_imgVoters in three traditionally Republican states supported ballot measures to extend Medicaid benefits to more low-income adults. The results highlight the divide between voters, even in conservative states, who generally support providing health benefits to the poor, and conservative politicians who have rejected the expansion, which is a central part of the Affordable Care Act. With the approval of the measures in Idaho, Utah and Nebraska, about 300,000 low-income people will gain access to health care coverage, according to estimates from government agencies and advocacy groups in those states.”People are enthusiastic about Medicaid expansion because they recognize that it’s both good for health care but it’s also a compassionate thing to do,” says Jonathan Schleifer, executive director of The Fairness Project, which worked to get the questions on the ballots of the four states. “And it’s a financially sound thing to do. It’s a fiscally responsible thing to do.” The Fairness Project is funded by the SEIU United Healthcare Workers West, a California health care workers union. Voters in Montana, however, appeared to reject a proposal to raise taxes on tobacco and e-cigarettes to continue funding the state’s expansion of Medicaid, which is set to sunset next year, leaving 100,000 Montanans at risk of losing coverage. Before the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, the government health insurance for the poor and disabled, was reserved mainly for pregnant women, children, low-income seniors and people with disabilities.Since the law passed, 32 states, plus the District of Columbia, have expanded access to childless adults whose incomes are below 138 percent of the federal poverty level. That cutoff is $16,753 for a single person and $34,638 for a family of four.Maine voters approved an expansion in 2017, but Gov. Paul LePage, a Republican, has resisted implementing the law, even vetoing a $60 million funding bill that passed the Legislature. LePage was barred by term limits from seeking another term. Democrat Janet Mills, Maine’s governor-elect, has pledged to expand Medicaid on her first day in office. One person who stands to gain coverage in Utah is Grant Burningham, of Bountiful. “Most of us are ecstatic,” he said, referring to his friends who worked to get the measure passed. “We were all together and hugging and kissing last night.”Burningham has spent the past several years working for this day. A former financial adviser, he became seriously ill after having a severe reaction to a medication in 2001, lost his job, his home and his health care. Burningham now has a place to live, and hopes that access to health care will help him get back on his feet. Still, he’s a bit wary that members of the Utah Legislature will try to do something to derail the results before the expansion of Medicaid can be implemented next spring. “We had a win last night. But we still have the fourth quarter to go through,” he said. “A lot of us are deadly sick and we’ll still wait until April (after the state’s legislative session ends) to turn in our applications.”Utah has come close to expanding Medicaid several times in recent years. But those efforts were blocked by conservatives in the state’s House of Representatives. Burningham says it was necessary to put the question directly to voters “because so many of our politicians have been out of touch with their constituents.”That’s why voters had to step in, says The Fairness Project’s Schleifer, who helped organize the campaign to put the measure on Utah’s ballot. “This election proves that politicians who fought to repeal the Affordable Care Act got it wrong. Americans want to live in a country where everyone can go to the doctor without going bankrupt. Expanding access to health care isn’t a blue state value or a red state value; it’s an American value,” Schleifer said in a statement.Utah will pay for its share of expansion costs by increasing the state’s sales tax by 0.15 percentage points to 4.85 percent, which works out to about 1.5 cents for every $10 residents spend on nonfood purchases. The federal government pays for 90 percent of the health care costs incurred by those who get Medicaid benefits through the expansion measures. RyLee Curtis, campaign managers for Utah Decides, an advocacy group that campaigned for the expansion, says many of the 150,000 Utahans who will benefit are employed, and about a third are parents. “They’re working one or more jobs and they’re unable to afford health care coverage,” she says. Nebraska and Idaho also had Medicaid questions on ballots in their states. In Nebraska, about 90,000 people are now eligible for coverage. And a study by two University of Nebraska professors, commissioned by the Nebraska Hospital Association, concluded that the expansion would cost the state about $148 million over three years but bring $1.36 billion in federal health funding into the state over the same time frame. The Nebraska analysis is one of several that suggest expanding Medicaid can also help improve employment in a state by supporting health care jobs.In Idaho, Gov. Butch Otter, a Republican, endorsed the expansion initiative a week before Election Day. Montana, voters appeared to reject a ballot measure to continue that state’s expansion, which originally passed in the state’s legislature in 2015, but included a built-in expiration date. The Montana measure would have continued funding for Medicaid expansion with a combination of taxes on tobacco and e-cigarettes. The tobacco industry strongly opposed the measure. Tobacco giant Altria, the parent company of Philip Morris, which makes Marlboro cigarettes, contributed about $17 million on cash and loans to Montanans Against Tax Hikes, which opposed the measure, according to the state’s Campaign Electronic Reporting System. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

The solicitor general has agreed to appeal the all

first_imgThe solicitor general has agreed to appeal the allegedly “unduly lenient” sentences handed down to three people jailed for offences connected with the murder of a disabled man who was imprisoned and tortured to death.But the solicitor general, the Tory MP Robert Buckland, has refused to appeal against the sentence handed to James Wheatley, the man who murdered 24-year-old Lee Irving (pictured).His decisions have caused further confusion about the law on sentencing disability hate crimes, and its application by the criminal justice system.Wheatley, 29, from Kenton Bar, Newcastle, repeatedly kicked, punched and stamped on Irving in attacks that took place over nine days, leaving him with multiple broken bones and other injuries.After he died, his body was taken on a pushchair through a housing estate and dumped on a patch of grass near the A1.Wheatley was found guilty of murder and was sentenced to life in prison, and will have to serve at least 23 years.But if the murder had been dealt with by the judge as a disability hate crime, he would have had to serve a minimum of 30 years in prison.Three other defendants – Wheatley’s mother Julie Mills, 52, girlfriend Nicole Lawrence, 22, and lodger Barry Imray, 35 – were also jailed for offences connected with Irving’s death, Mills to eight years, Lawrence to four years, and Imray to three.Northumbria police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) had treated Irving’s death as a disability hate crime, but the judge had instead increased Wheatley’s sentence on the less serious basis of Irving’s “vulnerability”, after deciding there was not enough evidence to prove any of the offences were motivated by disability-related hostility.Lee’s aunt, Lisa Irving, told Disability News Service that the family were “immensely thankful that the attorney general has decided to reopen this case”.She joined with the Disability Hate Crime Network (DHCN) late last year to write to the attorney general to ask him to appeal the sentences on the grounds that the offences were disability hate crimes*.She said last night (Wednesday): “The trial was particularly harrowing for our family and friends to endure, though it was important we attended and showed our support.“This concluded with what we believed to be inadequate sentencing, not just for Julie and Nikki, but for James also.”She believes that Imray, who himself has learning difficulties, was probably a victim of disability hate crime himself and was forced by Wheatley to help him cover up his crimes.She added: “To be told the motivation for the murder was not Lee’s disability is hard to comprehend.“Lee was targeted, manipulated and isolated because of his disabilities.“Someone without Lee’s condition would have been able to potentially spot signs of danger, as well as able to remove themselves from any harmful situation.“Make no mistake, this was very much a crime motivated by disability.”She added: “No words will ever portray the hurt and anguish [of] Lee’s death to the full extent, but it is imperative that the correct sentences are handed out for our sense of closure and justice, as well as a deterrent for others, so it is particularly disappointing that James’ sentence has not been re-examined.”CPS also wrote to the attorney general late last year, “to seek leave to appeal the sentences of Barry Imray, Julie Mills and Nicole Lawrence, on the grounds that the original sentences did not adequately reflect the severity of their offending”.But a CPS spokesman had failed to say by 1pm today (Thursday) whether part of its argument was that the offences should have been sentenced as disability hate crimes, and why it did not seek leave to appeal Wheatley’s sentence.Anne Novis, a DHCN coordinator who leads for Inclusion London on disability hate crime, said she was disappointed that the Wheatley sentence had not been referred to the court of appeal, although she welcomed the decision to look again at the sentencing in the other cases.She said the case highlighted the continuing confusion in the criminal justice system about its treatment of “vulnerability” and disability hate crime.She said she hoped that the issue of disability hate crime would be addressed in the appeal hearing, but she added: “Being so disappointed in the past around sentencing, I wouldn’t get my hopes up in respect of a just outcome.”A spokeswoman for Buckland has declined to say whether disability hate crime played any part in the decision to appeal.She confirmed that the sentences for Mills, Lawrence and Imray had been referred to the court of appeal under the Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme, with the hearing set for 7 March.She added: “After careful consideration, the solicitor general has decided not to refer the life sentence passed on James Wheatley to the court of appeal. “He concluded that the minimum term of 23 years to be served by the offender before he will be considered for release would not be increased by the court of appeal.”She said she could not comment on “the arguments in respect of the three sentences”, which “will be set out by counsel at the court of appeal hearing”.*Section 146 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 imposes a duty on the court to increase sentences for offences motivated by disability-related hostility, while the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 doubles to 30 years the starting point for sentences for disability hate crime murderslast_img read more

The Department for Work and Pensions DWP failed

first_imgThe Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) failed five times to follow its own safeguarding rules in the weeks leading up to the suicide of a disabled woman with a long history of mental distress, an independent investigation has found.The Independent Case Examiner (ICE) concluded that DWP was guilty of “multiple” and “significant” failings in handling the case of mother-of-nine Jodey Whiting (pictured), who had her out-of-work disability benefits stopped for missing a work capability assessment (WCA), and took her own life just 15 days later.The reportis the latest evidence of the institutional failure of DWP to guarantee thesafety of disabled people – and particularly those with a history of mentaldistress – withinthe “fitness for work” system.DWP hasaccepted the report’s findings.Whiting’smother, Joy Dove, has now called for DWP and those staff responsible to face a criminalinvestigation for the failures that led to the death of her much-loved daughter,who she described as a “lovely, caring, thoughtful” person who adored herchildren and grandchildren.She said herdaughter had died a “martyr” and that campaigners were right to say that theTory government had created a “hostile environment for disabled people”.The42-year-old had been taking 23 tablets a day at the time she died, forconditions including scoliosis and bipolar disorder, and had been takingmorphine twice daily.She had beena long-time claimant of incapacity benefit, and then employment and supportallowance (ESA), and DWP and its assessors had previously noted the severity ofher mental health condition, and the risk that would be posed if she was foundfit for work.When she wasapproached again for another assessment in the autumn of 2016, she told DWPabout her suicidal thoughts and requested a home assessment as she said sherarely left the house. But eventhough a “flag” was placed on DWP’s ESA system to alert staff that she was a“vulnerable” claimant because of her mental health condition, DWP failed torefer her request for a home visit to Maximus, the company that carries out WCAson its behalf.Maximus alsofailed to act on her request, even though it had been included in the ESA50form she had filled out.But this wasjust the first of five serious failings by DWP in the weeks leading up to herdeath, the ICE report has concluded.Whiting,from Stockton, Teesside, failed to open a letter asking her to attend aface-to-face assessment on 16 January 2017, and so missed the WCA.She had beenill with pneumonia and receiving hospital treatment for a cyst on the brain andhad been taking painkillers which affected her ability to cope with correspondence.DWP’ssafeguarding procedures say the department should contact vulnerable claimantsby telephone if they miss their assessment, but the ICE investigation found noevidence that this had been done.It shouldalso consider a safeguarding visit to the claimant’s home, but again there wasno evidence this was done, the ICE report says.Afterreceiving a letter asking her to explain her failure to attend the WCA, Whitingtold DWP that she had not received the letter about the assessment andexplained about her pneumonia and hospital treatment.She said herGP wanted the department to write to the surgery so the doctor could providedetailed information about her health.But DWPfailed to write to the GP, its fourth failure to protect Jodey Whiting fromserious harm.On 6February, a DWP decision-maker wrote to Whiting to say that she had provided noproof of the pneumonia and failing to receive the letter about the assessmentand so her ESA would be stopped.But thedecision-maker appears to have failed to consider her mental health history inmaking that decision, says ICE. This wasDWP’s fifth separate failure to follow its own safeguarding guidance. Whitingphoned DWP to protest the decision to stop her ESA and then an adviser fromCitizen’s Advice wrote to DWP on her behalf on 15 February to explain thesituation and request another assessment, and explained that she had been givena foodbank voucher.DWP claims itnever received this letter.Six dayslater, on 21 February 2017 – two years ago today – Jodey Whiting took her ownlife. Her body was discovered by her mother.The reportby the Independent Case Examiner, Joanna Wallace, says: “In total there havebeen five opportunities for DWP processes to prompt particular consideration ofJodey’s mental health status and give careful consideration to her case becauseof it – none of those were taken.”She concludesthat there were “multiple failings in the handling of Jodey’s case prior to hersuicide”.Wallace’sreport, addressed to Jodey Whiting’s mother, adds: “I find it extremelydisappointing that in investigating the complaints you have raised, we haveseen that DWP have either failed to investigate, or failed to acknowledge, theextent of events in Jodey’s case. “As such thefacts of the case have not been made clear to you and no appropriate apologyhas been made.”DWP hasagreed to the ICE recommendation that it should pay £10,000 to the family as a“consolatory” payment for its “repeated failures to follow their safeguardingprocedures” and other failings that took place after her death (see separate story). Joy Dove, whohas campaigned for justice – including through her Justice forJodey petition – said her daughter had “died a martyr”.She said: “Ihope she has not died in vain.”She said theway DWP had treated her daughter showed that campaigners have been right toaccuse the Tory government of creating a “hostile environment for disabledpeople”.She said shecried when she read the ICE report because she believes it vindicates herbelief that DWP was responsible for her daughter’s death. Now she wantsto see DWP itself and the staff responsible for her daughter’s death face acriminal investigation.She said:“What they have done is criminal. They had all the information in front ofthem. Five times they failed. “I wouldlike to see them charged, all of them who had anything to do with Jodey’s case.“I’m notfrightened of them. They can do what they want.”She said shewas grateful to ICE for its report exposing DWP’s serious failings, and nowwants to see changes by DWP to prevent another death like her daughter’s.She said herown health had suffered because of what happened to her daughter – she herselfis an ESA claimant – and the struggle to secure justice for her, and that she hadfallen into debt because of her efforts to provide a fitting funeral for herdaughter in 2017.Despitethose financial struggles, part of her sees the £10,000 as “blood money” andwants it to go to charity.Jodey’s ninechildren are now aged between 18 and 27. She had six grandchildren at the timeshe died. Another four have been born since she died.She said:“They have been denied their grandmother. She loved her grandchildren and shenever met four of them.”She thankedCitizen’s Advice in Stockton, whose staff have worked on the case for twoyears.She alsothanked all those who have supported the family over the last two years,including strangers who have contacted her through social media and sharedtheir own experiences of other cases in which DWP’s policies and procedureshave led to the deaths of disabled benefit claimants.A DWPspokesperson refused to say if the department accepted that its ownsafeguarding failings had helped cause Jodey Whiting’s death.And sherefused to say if the five separate failings in just one case showed it wastime for DWP to accept that it had a serious institutional problem around thesafeguarding of vulnerable benefit claimants.But she saidin a statement: “We apologise to Ms Whiting’s family for the failings in how wehandled her case and the distress this caused them. “Ourthoughts are with them at this difficult time and we are providingcompensation. “We fullyaccept the Independent Case Examiner’s findings and are reviewing ourprocedures to ensure this doesn’t happen again.”A Maximusspokesperson said: “We offer our sincere sympathies to the family of Ms Whitingat this difficult time. “[Maximus]will examine the ICE report in detail to understand what lessons can be learnt.“We alwaysreview the capability for work questionnaire and any accompanying medicalevidence to establish if a face-to-face assessment is required. “Thisincludes consideration of whether an individual is able to attend an assessmentcentre by public transport or taxi.”Samaritans canbe contacted free, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, by calling 116 123 oremailing jo@samaritans.orglast_img read more

Will Snaps New Original Series Help the Company Bounce Back After a

first_imgSnapchat Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Entrepreneur Staff 2 min read Will Snap’s New Original Series Help the Company Bounce Back After a Tough Year? Image credit: Thomas Trutschel | Getty Images Add to Queue 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. October 10, 2018center_img Enroll Now for $5 Snap today unveiled its latest batch of original series for the social platform, including its first ever foray into scripted programs.One is a reality show called Endless Summer about teen influencers living in Laguna Beach, Calif., made by the creators of mid-aughts reality show juggernaut Laguna Beach. Another is a mystery series called Class of Lies about two friends who solve cold cases with their true crime podcast from a writer of The CW’s Riverdale. A third is a supernatural comedy called The Dead Girls Detective Agency based on a series of YA novels by Suzy Cox and a fourth is a college comedy from the Duplass Brothers called Co-ed.The slate of six new shows, with an additional six on the way, seem tailored to Snapchat’s gen Z fan base and in another context, wouldn’t necessarily be out of place on networks such as MTV, Freeform and The CW. But as tailored for the Snapchat audience, they are all filmed vertically and each episode is roughly five minutes long with six-second commercial breaks.Related: In Leaked Memo to Snap Employees, CEO Evan Spiegel Argues Snap’s Competitive Advantage Is That It’s Not a Social Media CompanyUsers also have the ability to swipe up from an episode and use Lenses to explore scenes and interact with different objects and characters. The company will also continue its partnerships with NBCUniversal and Viacom through 2019, noting in the statement about the new crop of series that Viacom will be creating 10 new Snap Originals as well as syndicating more than 500 episodes of its network’s shows for Snapchat.The plan to create more original content was alluded to in a lengthy leaked memo from Snap co-founder and CEO Evan Spiegel in which he wrote about the lessons learned from the company’s not-so-well received redesign earlier this year. The move, which he admitted was “rushed,” led to the loss of 3 million users in the second quarter of 2018.Spiegel’s plan according to the memo is to expand into international markets including Brazil, India and Mexico and become profitable in 2019, but it seems that the original series announcement didn’t do much for Snap’s stock price, which dropped to $6.73 a share as of press time, the lowest it’s ever been since its IPO price of $17. Next Article Nina Zipkin Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand A recent leaked memo from CEO and co-founder Evan Spiegel laid out the path forward for the business. –shareslast_img read more

Hijacker Selfie Guy Hero Idiot or Both

first_img Hijacker Selfie Guy: Hero, Idiot or Both? March 30, 2016 –shares By now you may have seen the selfie that broke the Internet in a way that a photo of Kim Kardashian’s butt could only dream. When EgyptAir Flight 181 was hijacked on Tuesday, passenger Ben Innes decided to literally smile in the face of imminent death. The 26-year-old British health and safety worker asked his would-be murderer if he would pose for a selfie. Hijacker Seif El Din Mustafa obliged.Innes told British newspaper The Sun, “We were sitting around waiting. I thought, ‘Why not? If he blows us all up it won’t matter anyway.”Reaction on social media has ranged from heralding Innes as a hero to labeling him a moron who could have gotten everyone killed. So which is it? We asked Sergeant Major (Retired) Karl Erickson, a former Green Beret who serves as Director of Special Projects at T1G, an elite military training facility.”The gentlemen that shot the selfie has a blatant lack of situational awareness and no self-preservation instincts, but what he did is actually brilliant,” says Erickson. “If that hijacker was a real terrorist and he escaped, you couldn’t ask for a better photo to help track him down. It has precise facial features, you could get his exact height and build comparing him to the selfie taker. It’s perfect.”Erickson continues, “Psychologically, this is a big step in building a rapport and camaraderie with the terrorist. You let them know that you are a human being, not just a statistic that will increase their body count to get on the news. If they see you as a person, you are less likely to be the person they take outside to shoot or behead in front of the cameras.””At T1G, we teach people in hostage situations to not be the hero. We tell them to be ‘the grey man.’ Just sit there and turn your brain into a recorder. Observe how many terrorists there are, what they are armed with, where they tend to stand. Often a handful of hostages are released in standoff situations, and if you are one of them, you are an invaluable intel tool for the assault force who is trying to save everyone else. In keeping with all that, this guy’s selfie is priceless.”Related: This Navy SEAL’s Safety Checklist Could Save Your Life on Your Next TripInnes’ intention likely wasn’t to provide evidence for law enforcement. But the photo is a challenge to all of us to selfies in a different light, beyond mere self-promotion.  Apply Now » Next Article Add to Queue Social Media Dan Bova Image credit: Ben Innes | Enhanced by Entrepreneur The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. 3 min read 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Editorial Director Entrepreneur Stafflast_img read more

Effective hand hygiene key to reducing hospitalbased infections

first_imgBy Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDApr 15 2019Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a 30 second application of a six-step hand washing and hand rub regimen that could keep infections away. New research titled, ‘Simplifying the WHO protocol for hand hygiene, three steps and 15 seconds: a randomized crossover trial’ and presented at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) in Amsterdam, Netherlands held between 13th and 16th of April suggests hand rubs could achieve the same in a three step procedure for 15 seconds. Before touching a patient After touching a patient After touching a patent’s surroundings Before a clean procedure After exposure to body fluids/wounds Image Credit: Santypan / Shutterstock Alcohol based hand rubs are widely used in hospitals and other set ups for infection control. This hand hygiene could be a crucial measure to prevent and reduce the spread of infections. There are no studies evaluating the best practice that could reduce infections. The WHO recommended six-step hand rub technique is effective in killing bacteria. This study shows that a simple 15 second three step hand rub could be just as effective in killing bacteria as well as improved user adherence.Dr Sarah Tschudin-Sutter and colleagues from University Hospital Basel, Switzerland, tried their 15 second three step hand rub regimen in a randomised cross-over trial. They recruited 20 healthy participants between ages 18 and 51 years. They were randomly assigned to four different techniques of hand rubs including; Six-step hand hygiene for 30 seconds Six-step hand hygiene for 15 seconds Three-step hand hygiene for 30 seconds and Three-step hand hygiene for 15 seconds All participants were in turn assigned to each of the groups.Results revealed that three step technique for 15 seconds was as effective as reducing bacteria counts on the hands of the volunteers as 30 second three or six step regimen.Professor Tschudin-Sutter in a statement said, “The time pressure and heavy workload experienced by healthcare workers reduces compliance with hand hygiene standards. Our findings suggest that shortening hand rubbing time and simplifying the technique for use of hand rub could be a safe alternative that is easier to fit into their busy routine, could enhance the overall quality of hand hygiene performance, and have a positive effect on adherence. Further studies are needed to validate the performance of the shorter application time in everyday clinical practice.”The team agrees that the study could not make blanket statements about the three step regimen’s ability to stop transmission of microbes unless studied in actual clinical settings.Hand hygiene and reduction in Staph infectionsIn 2009 the National Australian Hand Hygiene Initiative (NHHI) was implemented and since then there has been a significant improvement in reduction of Staph infections in healthcare facilities. The results of this new study titled, ‘Improved hand hygiene compliance (HHC) is associated with a significant reduction in rates of healthcare-associated Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia (HA Sab) in Australia’s 132 largest hospitals: outcomes of the Australian National Hand Hygiene Initiative (NHHI)’, were presented at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) in Amsterdam, Netherlands held between 13th and 16th of April.Related StoriesKey research takeaways from ECCMID 2019Spotlight on ECCMID 2019: Detecting Disease & Managing InfectionsEurope under major threat from vector-borne diseasesThe report suggests that there have been a significant improvement in hand hygiene and its adherence among Australian health care workers. This has reduced the risk of transmission of often fatal healthcare-associated Staphylococcus aureus infection. The researchers noted that for each 10 percent rise in adherence to hand hygiene guidelines, there was a 15 percent reduction in the incidence of S. aureus bloodstream infection among the 132 largest public hospitals of Australia as was seen from the study. These hospitals cater to over 15 million patients-days across the nation in 2016-17, they add. This translates to more than three quarters of inpatient care for the Australian population.The team was following up the WHO campaign called “5 Moments for Hand Hygiene” that would reduce the risk of healthcare associated infections.These five moments include; Professor Lindsay Grayson from Hand Hygiene Australia, and study leader said, “Hospital-acquired infections are a major concern for hospitals around the world and S. aureus is among the most dangerous. The risks to patients are enormous, as are the associated hospital costs. Despite robust evidence supporting improved practices for hand hygiene, securing compliance is notoriously difficult, and few national programmes have been sustained in the long-term.” The researchers and experts say that S. aureus is the main Gram positive bacterium that leads to hospital-acquired infections. Some of these such as endocarditis, acute pneumonia, and sepsis might become fatal and good hand hygiene could keep them at bay.The team for this study looked at outcomes of the NHHI for eight years since it started. The timeline for the study was from January 2009 to June 2017. Three times a year hand hygiene moments were observed and recorded. The impact of this programme was assessed using linking of the data on hospital based S. aureus infections.Results showed that hand hygiene compliance moments (observed) was 64 percent (36,213 of 56,978 potential opportunities of hand washing or hygeine) in 2009. The numbers came to 84 percent (494,673 of 586,559 potential opportunities of hand washing or hygiene) in 2017. The team looked at adherence to the hand hygiene moments among doctors, nurses and allied staff. They found that compliance to hand hygiene was 10 to 15 percent lower among medical staff compared to nursing staff over the 8 years of the study. Further every 10 percent increase in hand hygiene compliance reduced the S. aureus infection by 15 percent they found.  Cases of S. aureus infection declined from 1.27 new cases per 10,000 bed-days in 2010-11 to 0.87 per 10,000 bed-days in 2016-17.Professor Grayson said in a statement, “The National Australian Hand Hygiene Initiative has achieved impressive results, both in terms of improving healthcare worker hand hygiene compliance and its association with reduced rates of healthcare-associated staphylococcal bacteraemia. Few national programmes have become successfully integrated into national health-care structures.”last_img read more

Netflix Instagram team up for easier sharing of bingewatching recommendations

first_img Citation: Netflix, Instagram team up for easier sharing of binge-watching recommendations (2019, January 25) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-netflix-instagram-team-easier-binge-watching.html Credit: CC0 Public Domain 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 latest update of the Netflix app for Apple iOS lets you share movies and series from your viewing list on your iPhone or iPad with friends via Instagram Stories.Once you have updated the Netflix app, you can share movies such as Best Picture nominee “Roma” or TV series such as “Grace and Frankie” from My List or elsewhere in the app.Once you highlight the selection, tap the Share icon and Instagram Stories will now be among your options (other share options include Facebook Messenger, Twitter and text messages).Once you select Instagram Stories, you can type some comments or add some animated enhancements to the movie or TV show’s cover art. Then select one or more Instagram friends you want to send the recommendation to. Your story remains visible for 24 hours and has a link to your recommendation within the Netflix app, making it easy for the recipient to check it out.A Netflix-Instagram Stories feature is in the works for Android devices, but Netflix did not have a timeline to share at this time.This option is similar to one already deployed allowing you to share Spotify music via Instagram Stories, noted Mashable, which spotted the Netflix update Tuesday. The Facebook-owned social network is used by more than more than 500 million people daily—and 400 million use Instagram Stories daily.Netflix is coming off a fourth quarter in which it saw subscriber growth surpass expectations. The company now has more than 139 million paying subscribers globally after adding 1.5 million in the U.S. and 7.3 million internationally during the October-December 2018 period. The streaming video provider expects to add another 8.9 million (1.6 million in the U.S. and 7.3 million globally) between January and March, the company said last week.That expected growth comes as Netflix recently announced an increase in its monthly subscription fees. Netflix’s most popular plan, which had been $10.99 a month for two HD streams, will cost $2 more ($12.99 monthly). The cheapest $7.99 non-HD plan will cost $1 more ($8.99 monthly). The premium plan allowing four simultaneous streams in 4K will increase $2 to $15.99 per month. Netflix shares jump 6 percent on strong subscriber growthcenter_img (c)2019 USA TodayDistributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Passing along your binge-watching favorites just got easier. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Tappy the robot is behind part of charges against Huawei

first_img Citation: Tappy the robot is behind part of charges against Huawei (2019, January 29) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-tappy-robot-huawei.html Jury awards T-Mobile $4.8M in trade-secrets case against Huawei The case over Tappy, T-Mobile’s phone-testing robot, portrays a company going to what the government calls illegal lengths to gain access to others’ intellectual property.”This indictment shines a bright light on Huawei’s flagrant abuse of the law,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes in Seattle said in a statement.The criminal charges in Seattle were announced the same day the U.S. government unveiled a case in New York that accuses Huawei, two of its subsidiaries and a top executive of misleading banks about the company’s business and violating U.S. sanctions.Huawei is China’s first global technology competitor and one of the world’s biggest cellphone companies and makers of telecommunications parts. Huawei has rejected accusations by Washington and some other governments that it is controlled by China’s ruling party and might facilitate spying. Some experts say there’s no major revelations in Monday’s charges, however.”If Tappy is as far as they’ve gotten on (intellectual property) theft, that seems to be pretty thin gruel for waging a large campaign against Huawei,” said Adam Segal, a cybersecurity expert at the Council on Foreign Relations who follows China closely.T-Mobile declined to comment. Huawei said in an emailed statement Tuesday that it denies any violations of U.S. law, and that the Tappy allegations were already a settled matter between it and T-Mobile.In a civil lawsuit against Huawei over the robot, a federal jury in Seattle awarded T-Mobile $4.8 million in damages in 2017.Tappy was developed by T-Mobile in 2006 to help spot problems in phones before they hit the market by mimicking how people actually use them. Its aim was to save the company money by having fewer customers return problematic phones.T-Mobile, which is based in Bellevue, Washington, considered Tappy superior to competitors’ phone-testing systems, including those using humans. Allegedly, so did Huawei. To try to protect its robot, T-Mobile allowed only a few people from outside the company to have access to Tappy in a special area of its lab. After being approved and trained, these people were subject to confidentiality agreements that forbade them from taking photos or videos of Tappy, or trying to reverse-engineer the robot. © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Chinese tech company Huawei went so far as to steal a robot’s arm in its bid to get its hands on T-Mobile’s trade secrets, the U.S. government alleges. This Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, file photo shows a T-Mobile store in New York. A federal indictment accuses Huawei of stealing trade secrets from T-Mobile, in the form of a robot designed to automatically test phones for problems. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) This Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, file photo, shows company signage on display near the Huawei office building at its research and development center in Dongguan, in south China’s Guangdong province. A federal indictment accuses Huawei of stealing trade secrets from T-Mobile, in the form of a robot designed to automatically test phones for problems. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File) Explore further Meanwhile, Huawei was looking to break into the U.S. market and improve the quality of its phones. It struck a deal with T-Mobile to sell its devices. Starting in September 2012, T-Mobile let Huawei engineers into the Tappy chamber to test their phones, after Huawei agreed to T-Mobile’s conditions.Huawei first asked T-Mobile if it could license Tappy for broader use, but T-Mobile declined. The government says Huawei then began a scheme to steal Tappy technology and apply it to its own phone-testing robot, called xDeviceRobot, in China.Prosecutors say Huawei China pushed employees in the U.S. to find out technical details on Tappy, like the sliding speed of its mechanical arm. But T-Mobile gave only limited answers to their questions.According to the indictment, Huawei employees in the U.S. sent back unauthorized photos of the robot, but ran into roadblocks.One Huawei employee, identified in the indictment only as “R.Y,” wrote in a January 2013 email to Huawei China that, “Once again, we CAN’T ask TMO any questions about the robot. TMO is VERY angry the questions that we asked. Sorry we can’t deliver any more information to you.” The employee suggested Huawei China send its own engineer to the Seattle lab.In May 2013, a Huawei China engineer identified as “F.W.” arrived in Seattle and sneaked into T-Mobile’s Tappy lab two days in a row, helped by authorized Huawei employees. He was kicked out and banned by T-Mobile, but managed to take photos of Tappy.T-Mobile then banned all Huawei employees from its lab, except for one engineer identified as “A.X,” according to the indictment. On May 29, A.X. took a Tappy robot arm out of the lab in his laptop bag. When questioned by T-Mobile, he said he found it in his bag and returned the arm the next day. T-Mobile then took away his access badge.The government says F.W. took detailed measurements and photos of the robot arm while it was missing and sent the details to China.Huawei later told T-Mobile that A.X. and F.W. acted on their own, violated Huawei policies and were fired. The government, however, says it was a broader conspiracy. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Titanium pressure vessel for space exploration built successfully using the Wire Arc

first_img Explore further Video: Aircraft-inspecting suction robot successfully trialled The piece is approximately 1m in height and 8.5kg in mass. Made of the titanium alloy (Ti-6Al-4V), it has been deposited using the Wire + Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM) process, which Cranfield University has pioneered over the last decade.Thanks to being able to go straight from digital drawing to final structure, WAAM has integrated two individual pieces into a single part; eliminating the need for long-lead-time forgings; and substantially reduced the amount of waste material removed by machining.If manufactured traditionally, the component would have required about 30 times more raw material than its final mass. By using the WAAM process, more than 200 kg of Ti-6Al-4V has been saved for each item. There is room to improve this further, and Cranfield is working on innovative methods to deposit closer to the final thickness.The WAAM shape was manufactured at Cranfield and then sent to Glenalmond Technologies where it was stress-relieved, laser-scanned, machined and inspected using an ultrasonic method. The final inspection was performed by Agiometrix using a computer tomography (CT-scan) for internal quality analysis and an optical scanner, with Thales Alenia Space ensuring that the part met the mechanical requirements and specifications.Following the checks, the project team is satisfied that the vessel fulfils the driving technical and quality requirements. The team is now proceeding to the building of a second prototype, with the purpose to carry out a fine tuning of the whole manufacturing cycle, to demonstrate the repeatability and reliability of the process, and to push the implementation of the new approach into the flight hardware.Eng. Massimo Chiampi, Study Manager for Additive Manufacturing projects at Thales Alenia Space, said: “We were looking for an innovative manufacturing solution for the tanks, which typically suffer from long lead time with the conventional production route based on subtractive machining. Thanks to this project, we have demonstrated that the adoption of WAAM technology enhances the competitiveness of our product. A near-net-shape item is fabricated in few days—compared to several months needed for the procurement of the standard wrought products—and also the amount of machining operation is consistently reduced. We have achieved a 65% reduction on the overall lead time without giving up the requested performances and this provides a benefit also in terms of design flexibility, making it possible to answer customer needs at a late stage of the project.”Dr. Jialuo Ding, Principal Research Fellow at Cranfield University and Chief Scientist at WAAM3D, said: “We have been developing WAAM technology for more than 10 years and it is very satisfying to see it reach this level of commercial maturity. We are very excited about rolling out the technology through our new spinout company, WAAM3D. We are also extremely pleased with the work done by Glenalmond Technologies, who have dealt with a part with limited machining stock, perfectly and at their first attempt.”Dr. Filomeno Martina, Senior Lecturer at Cranfield University and CEO of WAAM3D, said: “This part was built using software and hardware that has been developed over the last decade; these are finally ready for commercialisation through a new spin-out company from Cranfield, WAAM3D. This part has given us the opportunity to test WAAM3D’s innovative solutions on a high-profile user case, with a very aggressive timescale. We are very proud of the level of automation achieved at Cranfield University. WAAM3D will make all these tools available to industrial community in the next couple of months and we are looking forward to the impact on industrial large-scale additive manufacture this will have.” The full-scale prototype titanium pressure vessel. Credit: Cranfield University A team comprising of Thales Alenia Space, Cranfield University and Glenalmond Technologies have successfully produced a first full-scale prototype of a titanium pressure vessel to be used in future manned missions for space exploration.center_img Citation: Titanium pressure vessel for space exploration built successfully using the Wire + Arc additive manufacturing process (2019, March 4) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-titanium-pressure-vessel-space-exploration.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Provided by Cranfield Universitylast_img read more

Tamil Nadu Minister again takes to cricket analogy to say AIADMK will

first_imgTamil Nadu Minister again takes to cricket analogy to say AIADMK will winD Jayakumar, state Fisheries Minister, said that all along there was an “illusion” that England would lose. Same was the case in Tamil Nadu where DMK, is an illusion, he said.advertisement Next Press Trust of India ChennaiJuly 15, 2019UPDATED: July 15, 2019 18:17 IST This is the second time in a week that D Jayakumar, known for his humorous quips, had taken to cricket to talk about the state’s politics involving AIADMK and DMK.Tamil Nadu Minister D Jayakumar Monday once again took to a cricket analogy to claim his party AIADMK would trump in future polls, comparing arch rival DMK to the losing New Zealand side in the cricket World Cup final.In a thriller on Sunday, England defeated New Zealand in the final in London, where the hosts romped home on the basis of having scored more boundaries, after the match ended in a tie.The tie-breaking Super Over also ended in a draw.Jayakumar, state Fisheries Minister, said that all along there was an “illusion” that England would lose.”There was an illusion that England will lose for sure. But in the last minute, it shattered that illusion and secured a grand victory,” he told reporters.Same was the case in Tamil Nadu where his party’s main rival, the DMK, is also an “illusion,” the senior AIADMK leader said.”DMK is an illusion. Like New Zealand, it will lose for sure. AIADMK, like England, will secure grand wins in all future polls,” he said.This is the second time in a week that the Minister, known for his humorous quips, had taken to cricket to talk about the state’s politics involving AIADMK and DMK.Last week,after India suffered a shock defeat against New Zealand in the first semi-final, he had compared the national team’s situation with that of his party in the April 18 Lok Sabha polls, saying both had only suffered a “temporary setback.””Winning and losing is common in politics and sports. Today’s defeat is tomorrow’s victory.Much like how we suffered a temporary setback in the Lok Sabha polls, the Indian team has also suffered only a temporary setback,” he had said in response to the Virat Kohli-led team crashing out of the tournament.”In the coming years, the Indian team will win, and AIADMK will always win (in polls),” he had said.The AIADMK-led NDA had won just one of the 39 Lok Sabha seats in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry while DMK and its allies swept the rest.ALSO READ | Tamil Nadu Minister joins issue with MK Stalin for old wine jibeALSO WATCH | Sanskrit as official language, NCST says southern states will not object to it unlike HindiFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySnigdha Choudhurylast_img read more