Bayerns secret to stop Cristiano Ronaldo

first_imgBayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng believes that Cristiano Ronaldo can be stopped on Wednesday night by closing down his spaceThe Portuguese star has produced another outstanding campaign in the Champions League this season for Real Madrid with Ronaldo having scored 15 goals.Real will travel to the Allianz Area in Munich for the first leg of their semi-final against Bayern, whom Ronaldo has scored against nine times in his six matches.Boateng acknowledges that stopping the five-time Ballon d’Or winner will play a key part in Bayern’s chances of making the final in Kiev and has called on his teammates to come together and give the “machine” as little space as possible.“We can only stop Cristiano Ronaldo as a team,” Boateng told German magazine Kicker (via Express).“In front of goal, he’s like a machine. You can’t shut him out completely, he always gets his chances in a game because of the lines he runs and his excellent timing.rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…“Real base their game around him and it’s important we give him as little room as possible.“There is a no more complete striker than Ronaldo. Left foot, right foot, header – he is in perfect control of everything he does.“I went through only once against him with Bayern, but twice we have gone out.“He also has the best team-mates at Real. Shutting him out is only 50 per cent of it, the other players are simply too good for that at this level.”On the back of a disappointing domestic season, Real are now looking to save their campaign by winning the Champions League for an unprecedented third consecutive time. While Bayern last won the competition in 2013.last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday September 5 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Thursday, September 5, 2019:#1) Wilmington Recreation Commission MeetingThe Wilmington Recreation Commission meets at 5pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.#2) Cub Scout Pack 136 Registration NightCub Scout Pack 136 is holding a Registration Night from 6pm to 8pm at the Friendship Lodge (Masonic Hall). Contact Troop Leader Frank West at troop136wilm@aol.com for additional information.#3) Lego Building At Wilmington Memorial LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding a Lego Building session from 3:45pm to 4:45pm. For kids in kindergarten and up. No registration required.#4) Board Game Club For Teens At Wilmington Memorial LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding a Teen Board Game Club Meeting from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Looking to learn, play, or create fun board games? Bring your favorite game or latest prototype and we’ll play together. Students and their adults welcome, registration encouraged! Register HERE.#5) WCTV Sports Meet-UpInterested in being a part of the WCTV Wildcat Sports Team? Come to the WCTV Sports Meet-Up at 6pm at WCTV’s Studios (10 Waltham Street). WCTV is looking for play-by-play and camera operators for most sports this fall. This meet-up is a good way to meet WCTV staff and hear about opportunities to get involved at the station in a volunteer sports capacity. No prior experience needed. No time commitment. Work solo or as part of a crew. Can’t make it to the meet-up? Contact Marty McCue at marty@wctv.org to schedule a one-on-one visit.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, September 9, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, September 4, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, September 3, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

California Blazes Are Part Of A Larger And Hotter Picture Fire Researchers

first_img Share The speed and ferocity of the wildfires raging through Northern California’s wine country have caught many residents off guard and left state officials scrambling to contain the flames.But for fire researchers, these devastating blazes are part of a much larger pattern unfolding across the Western United States. So far this year, fires in the U.S. have consumed more than 8.5 million acres — an area bigger than the state of Maryland.“We’re definitely pushing one of the largest fire years this decade,” said Jennifer Balch, a fire ecologist at the University of Colorado, Boulder.The cause is hot, dry conditions nationwide. Heat records have been broken this year in California, Oregon and Montana. Globally, 2017 is among the hottest years on record, thanks in part to human-induced climate change.Wildfires are natural phenomena, and linking any one fire to climate change is difficult if not impossible. Nevertheless, “there is a link between a warmer, drier climate and wildfires,” Balch said. For example, today’s fire season is three months longer than it was in the 1970s, she says. Annually, there are far more large fires nationwide than there used to be.“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that forests burn when it’s warm and dry, and we’ve seen more of those years recently,” said John Abatzoglou of the University of Idaho.This year has been “pretty impressive,” he said. “I’m in Northern Idaho, and we had smoke coming from British Columbia and Oregon and California.”In the case of the wine country blazes in Napa and Sonoma, Abatzoglou said a sequence of events set up the wildfires. A wet spring caused the hills to grow thick with grasses and shrubs. That foliage then died and dried out over the hottest summer in California history.Then came unusually strong fall winds, which were not climate-related. The winds caused small fires to grow extremely quickly. “Everybody from firefighters down to homeowners has commented on just how incredibly fast the fires were moving,” said Max Moritz, a researcher at the University of California, Santa Barbara. “That’s really a wind-related phenomenon.”There are things that can be done to reduce the fire threat. Earlier this year, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke issued a call for more aggressive actions to suppress fires. He encouraged land managers nationwide to clear potential fuel sources, such as dead trees, and expand the clearings along roads to create stronger firebreaks.But Balch and others say these actions are only part of the solution. As fires become more common — and humans build farther into natural landscapes prone to fire — more must be done to protect communities.California has been leading the way in developing regulations to protect against fires, Moritz said. The state fire agency, Cal Fire, has produced fire hazard maps. In high-risk zones, there are building requirements such as fire-resistant roofs and window screens that can block embers from floating into a home.But Moritz points out that the hazard maps exclude urban areas. There, local municipalities have their own building codes, which can be less stringent than Cal Fire’s.He said that more urban areas might need to incorporate fire planning into their communities. That could mean building homes differently or improving evacuation and shelter options for residents. “Almost annually, we’re seeing large, large numbers of homes being lost in big fire events,” Moritz said. “Maybe we need to update our perspective.”Balch said that while the big picture of drought and climate provides some answers about the situation in Napa, the details of individual fires matter. That’s why after the latest wildfires in California burn out, she and other researchers will begin to study exactly what happened.“There are lots of really important questions that we as a scientific community have to answer,” she said. “Particularly when homes are burned and people’s lives are threatened or lost.”last_img read more

Sandals Marriott sign deal for new 50 million hotel in Jamaica

first_imgSandals, Marriott sign deal for new $50 million hotel in Jamaica Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, January 24, 2017 KINGSTON — Sandals Resorts International has partnered with Marriott International to manage a new 220-room AC Hotels by Marriott property in Jamaica’s capital. Construction on the $50 million AC Kingston is now underway and the hotel is scheduled to open in winter 2019.According to reports, the hotel will include a 10,000 square foot conference centre and dining and retail space.Travellers are picking up on Kingston’s “renewed energy” and many are making Kingston their starting point before heading to their beach vacation, said Sandals CEO Adam Stewart. Sandals wants to make the new AC Kingston “a destination within a destination”, he said, adding that AC Hotels by Marriott “is the right brand to bring our vision to life.”center_img AC Hotels’ design DNA is European modernism, with sleek lines and muted colours. According to Marriott, AC Hotels is aimed at “a new kind of traveller – a creative, entrepreneurial and modern global traveller – who prefers to have fewer things, but expects them to be better than good.”More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”There are now close to 100 AC Hotels properties throughout Europe, North America and Latin America. The new AC Kingston will be the first in the Caribbean. Tags: Marriott, Sandals Resorts Travelweek Group last_img read more

Marcus Arthur BBC Store the forthcoming electroni

first_imgMarcus ArthurBBC Store, the forthcoming electronic sell-through service from BBC Worldwide, will likely be rolled out internationally sometime after its UK launch next year, with the BBC’s commercial arm mulling whether to adopt a subscription or a transactional model for the international service. Speaking at Informa’s Digital TV World Summit in London this morning, Marcus Arthur, president, UK and ANZ, BBC Worldwide said a subscription model was one option that the organisation was considering for a future international rollout.“We could make it a subscription service. When we go overseas we have a choice,” he said.Arthur said the BBC’s existing non-linear international service, the Global iPlayer, had been launched as a trial and had “limited traction”.He said BBC Store was “just another step on our roadmap to digital innovation”.“We are looking how to modernise that [Global iPlayer] with the platform we are building here. We will role it out. But it is important to get it right. Just now we are concentrating on getting it right here [in the UK] and we will do that first,” Arthur told conference attendees.Speaking to Digital TV Europe on the sidelines of the event, Arthur said BBC Worldwide would “choose one model” for the international rollout of the service.Arthur said the Global iPlayer, which is present in Australia and currently has about 13,000 subscribers, would be kept ticking over until a decision was taken on how to launch the new platform.He said that the rollout of channel brands BBC Earth, BBC First and BBC Brit remained at the core of BBC Worldwide’s international strategy, but that the rollout of a digital platform would be considered on a territory-by-territory basis. “We have a rollout strategy for those [channels] globally but we will prioritise digital innovation where we think we can win,” he told Digital TV Europe.Arthur earlier told conference attendees that BBC Store will be launched in the UK next year, and “will sit inside and alongside BBC iPlayer”, the BBC’s popular catch-up streaming and download service.Arthur said that BBC Store will provide an “opportunity to buy programmes from the BBC post the 30-day window” on iPlayer. He said that the BBC’s UK viewers were frustrated with the lack of availability of content beyond the 30-day window and lack of access to older archive content. BBC Store would change that, he said.“If you are on BBC iPlayer and you find the programme we will serve up programmes similar to it or previous series and you will be able to buy them,” said Arthur.BBC Store will initially be launched as a standalone product, but Arthur said it would be integrated with BBC iPlayer over time. Viewers using BBC iPlayer will be given an opportunity to purchase content, with this clearly identified as taking them into a commercial environment, when the free catch-up window expires. They will then be able to both purchase archive programmes from BBC Store and download free catch-up content from BBC iPlayer and store them in the same digital locker for viewing across “virtually all platforms”.Arthur said the thinking behind BBC Store reflected the fact that the BBC “needs to have a direct route to market”.“The choice we’ve made is to have our own route to market and that’s partly because we are licence fee-funded and a subscription route will not work in the UK,” he said.Arthur said BBC Store would “offer the most comprehensive collection of BBC content ever”. He said the service would be simple and easy to use and that “it would grow the overall market” rather than cannibalise the existing DVD sales business.“It will be a sizable chunk [of the consumer business] going forward and will give us a direct relationship with the consumer,” said Arthur. He said BBC Store is expected to “more than double our EST business”, currently based on sales via iTunes and Amazon, because the consumer will have greater choice.last_img read more

Video technology specialist Synamedia has used the

first_imgVideo technology specialist Synamedia has used the NAB Show to unveil new automation capabilities for its Virtual Digital Content Manager (DCM) with smart rate control that it says will save operators up to 50% of bandwidth and storage costs.Using machine-learning and Synamedia Stream Video Quality, the company’s patented quality metric technology, the solution automatically scales based on bandwidth requirements, according to Synamedia.The video processing technology uses machine learning to automate setting the quality level and cap bitrate. It can operate on the individual bitrate profile level, and does not assume that two channels behave the same nor that the content of a channel is equally complex over the course of time, according to SynamediaJulien SignesCurrently, standard Adaptive Bit Rate solutions use output profiles that are set to constant bit rates with varying picture quality, potentially resulting in more bandwidth usage than is required due to varying quality level targets, such as switching from a high impact football game to a more static interview, according to the company. Synamedia’s Virtual DCM with Smart Rate Control and Automation scales as needed according to bandwidth requirements.Synamedia says that TV operators looking to deploy on a large scale quickly benefit from its automation capabilities because the need for trial and error testing is eliminated. This is particularly important when distributing sports content, which can be complex to encode due to the many movement variations that would traditionally require individual encoding settings.Synamedia’s Virtual DCM with Smart Rate Control and Automation sets target quality levels and bitrate caps per the ABR bitrate profile for each channel in a network. It also automatically makes adjustments when needed. The technology supports both H.264 and H.265 coding.“Today, competition is fierce, and no one is more keenly aware of that than our customers. They need a competitive edge and they look to us to help them discover one.  Our new Virtual DCM with Smart Rate Control and Automation delivers on that challenge head first,” said Julien Signes, SVP and general manager, video processing at Synamedia.“Operators tell us that our new automation capabilities are a first in the industry and can open up efficiency and scalability possibilities like never before. This is one of the many ways we help them win and keep viewers.”last_img read more

The photo above shows a queue of people waiting at

first_imgThe photo above shows a queue of people waiting at a currency exchange booth in Montevideo, Uruguay. Only a year ago, such queues were uncommon, but now they exist, literally at every such booth, at every hour of the day. Are Uruguayans suddenly becoming spendthrifts who need repeated daily infusions of cash to get through each day? No; and in fact, very few of those in the queues are Uruguayan. They are Argentines. The reason these people are in a foreign country, trying to extract a foreign currency from the exchanges is that the Argentine currency has been devalued dramatically through inflation and is on the way to further inflation. Argentines have understandably sought to bypass the peso in favor of the US dollar, in order to keep from losing their purchasing power any more rapidly than necessary. In response, the government of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has imposed a “dollar clamp,” which is intended to limit the use of dollars by Argentines. Not surprisingly, Argentines are trying everything they can think of to circumvent that dollar clamp, including taking the one-hour Buquebus ride across the Rio de la Plata to Uruguay to extract US dollars from their peso-based Argentine credit cards, for “spending money.” The day-tripper “tourism” has become so extreme that Cristina Fernández has passed a new credit-card limit to Argentines. An Argentine overseas now may extract only US $800 per month. More pointedly, if the destination is a neighbouring country (read: Uruguay), the limit is $100 every three months. No need to question whether $100 every three months would actually pay for the expenses of a visit across the river – there has been no attempt to disguise the measure as anything but a currency control. The purpose is that, as the monetary collapse completes its downward spiral, the sheep are penned in ever more firmly, to ensure that the final shearing may be as productive as possible. As one Argentine commented to me recently, “After October, there will be no more new Versace for Cristina. They have to take all they can from us now.” That’s a reference to both Mrs. Fernández’s rather extravagant wardrobe expenditures and the expected outcome of the October elections. But surely, all the above are the machinations of a south-of-the-equator, tin-pot dictatorship and have little relevance to the First World. Not so. Argentina provides us with a very useful lesson. Over the decades, its politicians have repeatedly collapsed the economy through the classic progression of governmental overspending/creation of massive debt/dramatic inflation/currency controls. Historically, this progression has always led to an eventual collapse of the economic system (wherever and whenever it has occurred, not just in Argentina). We can therefore observe the developments as they occur in Argentina and project out as to what may be on the way in the First World. The First World countries have most certainly reached the point of having top-heavy governments that have enormous appetites for funding, and are expanding those appetites dramatically at a time when they should be cutting back dramatically. As governments in this situation always do, they have turned to indebtedness as a solution, in order to prolong the current trend as long as possible. In order to cope with the debt, massive money printing is undertaken, which leads directly to inflation. Inflation leads to an outflow of wealth from the country in question, which is then addressed through currency controls and protective tariffs. Argentina is in the last stage of this progression and is poised to go over the edge. Its last production of this economic stage play was in 2001, and when the collapse came, the situation in Buenos Aires became so volatile that Argentina went through five presidents in just three weeks. The US, on the other hand, has reached the point in its money-printing scheme that it is now buying $85 billion per month in Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities and is committed to continuing to do so “until conditions improve.” This is equivalent to a railroad train approaching the cliff of the Grand Canyon whilst a crew of workers shovel dirt into the canyon to fill it in, in time to prevent a train wreck. If the classic progression continues as it does historically, we can anticipate dramatic inflation, followed by currency controls and protective tariffs in the US and other First World countries. As yet, there is little on the news regarding protective tariffs, but currency controls are very much in the works. Many have been implemented, and more are to come. At this point, anyone whose primary address is in a First World country might wish to ask the question, “Is there a dollar clamp in my future? Will my government soon be at the stage that my national currency will be inflating dramatically; and if I choose to divest myself of it, shall I find that I am unable to do so, as a result of hastily implemented government controls?” The answer is unequivocally “Yes.” Governments are in the habit of claiming that their first priority is the safety and well-being of their citizens. However, when a citizen of any country chooses to exit from the relationship, either physically or monetarily, governments have a nasty habit of turning, suddenly and forcefully, vindictive. For those who have a difficult time getting their heads around this fact, the following may be useful in providing a very real perspective. Picture a situation in which you are married and have reached the decision that your spouse’s wasteful spending is crippling you personally. You then request a divorce. You make plans for splitting up the bank accounts and personal possessions and are hit with an injunction from your spouse’s attorneys. You say, “But these possessions are mine. This money is mine. I worked with the sweat of my brow to earn them.” The attorneys then advise, “That’s not the way we see it. We regard them as community property, and we’re prepared to negotiate with you as to how much we will allow you to walk away with.” The above situation is virtually the same as one in which you choose to split the sheets with your government, should you choose to do so at a time when that government is facing economic collapse. Your net worth is not your own; it is community property, and your government can, if anything, become more vicious than a divorce lawyer. First Worlders are not yet queued up, as are the Argentines in the photo above, because the First World has not reached that stage in the progression as yet. What these Argentines are doing is a last, desperate measure. However, First Worlders may use the Argentine situation to forewarn themselves. They may choose to diversify their wealth beyond the confines of the nation-state to which they are presently married – and to do so whilst they still retain a modicum of control over their own wealth. Jeff Thomas is British and resides in the Caribbean. The son of an economist and historian, he learned early to be distrustful of governments as a general principle. Although he spent his career creating and developing businesses, for eight years he penned a weekly newspaper column on the theme of limiting government. He began his study of economics around 1990, learning initially from Sir John Templeton, then Harry Schulz and Doug Casey, and later others of an Austrian persuasion.last_img read more

Scratch another Guinea worm hot spot off the list

first_imgScratch another Guinea worm hot spot off the list.One of the countries hardest hit with the parasite — South Sudan — has finally stopped transmission, the Carter Center announced Wednesday.The country reported zero cases in 2017 and hasn’t had a case in 15 months. There are also no signs Guinea worm is circulating in dogs in South Sudan, as it is in Chad and Mali.”I come from an area that had the most Guinea worm,” South Sudan’s Minister of Health, Dr. Riek Gai Kok, said at a news conference. “I never thought — even one time — that the area would be free of Guinea worm, let alone all of South Sudan would be.””But today that dream has come true,” he added.The international effort to eradicate Guinea worm has been a huge success. Back in the mid-’80s, more than 3 million people were catching the parasite each year. Now Guinea worm is circulating in only three countries: Ethiopia, Mali and Chad. Last year, there were only 30 human cases worldwide.But to eradicate the worm, health workers also have to stop transmission in animals. Last year, there were nearly a thousand cases in dogs and cats in Chad and Mali.Guinea worm is a horrific infection. First, a painful blister starts to form on the skin. Then a thin, white worm — up to 3 feet long — emerges from the blister over the course of a few weeks. It is an incredibly painful process and temporarily handicaps a person while he or she waits for the worm to come out of the skin.People catch Guinea worm by drinking contaminated water. Simply filtering drinking water can stop transmission of the parasite. An infected person can also stop the spread of the parasite by keeping the emerging worm away from water. When the worm touches water, it releases tens of thousands of baby worms and contaminates the whole body of water.Back in 2006, South Sudan reported more than 20,000 cases, making it the third hardest hit country in the world. Only Nigeria and Uganda had reported higher annual cases, at about 650,000 and 126,000, respectively.”This an incredible story, given all of the challenges that South Sudan has faced, especially the ongoing conflict,” says Dr. Sharon Roy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who leads an international team working on Guinea worm eradication.Former President Jimmy Carter has led a massive campaign to eradicate the worm. “I’d like for the last Guinea worm to die before I do,” he told reporters.Sudan was especially challenging. Civil war has plagued the region since the 1960s. To begin the eradication program in the area, Carter had to negotiate a special “Guinea worm cease-fire” back in 1995. And just a few years ago, the Carter Center had to evacuate its staff from the country because of violence.”If South Sudan can stop Guinea worm, Chad can do it. Mali can do it. Ethiopia can do it, too,” Roy says. “It’s really an amazing accomplishment.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

PayPal Sues Pandora Over Logo Similarities

first_imgLawsuits 131shares May 23, 2017 With our attention spans now measured in seconds, service branding and protection of a brand is becoming ever more important. With that in mind, online payments service PayPal is suing music streaming service Pandora over its logo design being far too similar to its own.According to Billboard, PayPal believes Pandora’s use of a light blue “P” logo is causing confusion among consumers and apparently has the evidence to back it up. A letter was initially sent to Pandora by PayPal, which the company claims was ignored. Then PayPal spoke directly with Pandora over the phone, but Pandora did not recognize the branding confusion PayPal was talking about. Finally, a 110-page document was sent to Pandora containing examples of customer confusion, mostly taken from social media comments.Here’s one such example included in the lawsuit document (PDF):Pandora then ended the discussion and PayPal decided the only way forward was to bring a trademark infringement lawsuit against the company. That lawsuit was filed on Friday, May 19, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. PayPal is seeking legal costs, damages and for Pandora to stop using its current “P” logo design. Pandora is not commenting publicly on the dispute at this time.As you can see from the two logos above, they are similar, but still relatively distinct. However, you have to consider how small these logos appear in icon form on devices such as smartphone displays. You could easily mistake one for the other. PayPal has time on its side in this lawsuit. The PayPal “double P” logo was introduced in 2014, where as Pandora rolled out its “P” design in October 2016. 2 min read Image credit: via PC Mag This story originally appeared on PCMag Matthew Humphries Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Businesscenter_img PayPal Sues Pandora Over Logo Similarities Add to Queue Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Next Article PayPal claims Pandora ignored 110 pages of examples showing how its logo is causing consumer confusion. Senior Editor Register Now »last_img read more

Very Unattractive People Earn Significantly More Money Study Says

first_img April 23, 2018 This story originally appeared on Business Insider Writer Entrepreneurs Add to Queue –shares Next Article Image credit: Halay Alex/Shutterstock via BI Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Businesscenter_img Lindsay Dodgson 2 min read Very Unattractive People Earn Significantly More Money, Study Says It’s no secret that life can be easier for beautiful people. Studies have shown being good-looking has benefits for your health, intelligence and helps with making friends.Being physically attractive can also literally pay off, as many people believe it can mean you make more money. In short, beautiful people are more confident, have more social skills and are seen as more able by employers, which translates to higher wages.However, a recent study, published in the Journal of Business and Psychology, has found there is a caveat to this “beauty premium.”Satoshi Kanazawa from the London School of Economics and Political Science and Mary Still from the University of Massachusetts in Boston analysed data from a study of 20,000 young Americans. They were interviewed and measured on physical attractiveness at age 16 then three more times until they were 29.The findings showed that the theory there is a “ugliness penalty” on wages isn’t that simple. When other traits were taken into account, such as health and intelligence, results showed people who were more conscientious, extroverted and less neurotic earned significantly more than others.Also, participants who were labeled as “very unattractive” always earned more than those who were just “unattractive.” This was also sometimes the case when very unattractive people were compared to those who were average-looking and attractive.Alex Fradera offers an explanation for this in BPS Digest. He said the personality trait “Openness to Experience” may have been surprisingly correlated with lower earnings and higher attractiveness in this particular data set, when it is usually associated with higher pay.”Could this Openness-attractiveness association be an indicator that some of the very unattractive scored especially low on Openness, and were perhaps highly devoted to a specific topic area, pursuing it obsessively to the exclusion of all distractions and eventually entering the forefront of their field?” he wrote. “We know that Openness correlates negatively with the passion component of ‘Grit,’ so such effects are conceivable.”Still said the methods of previous studies may not have accounted for the really ugly people because the “very unattractive” and “unattractive” are often lumped in together in one group.”Thereby they fail to document the ugliness premium enjoyed by the very unattractive workers,” she said. Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Beautiful people arguably have an easier life — they’re happier, healthier, and have more friends. But a new study turns this theory on its head. Register Now »last_img read more

How the iPad Will Change the Way You Do Business

first_img Early reviews have been tepid, but Apple’s latest still demands attention from your business. How the iPad Will Change the Way You Do Business 5 min read 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List –shares iPad Allen Moon Apply Now »center_img March 15, 2010 Add to Queue Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Next Article On April 3, Apple’s long-awaited tablet computer, iPad , hits the streets. Despite the initial mixed reviews it received when it was introduced, there is no denying this new device will change the way you do web business.I’ll get to exactly how it’s going to do that in a moment. But first, let’s take a quick look at the iPad, and its key features.An Overgrown iPhone?When images of the iPad first came out, many observers called it an “overgrown iPhone”–an obvious comparison, because it looks so much like Apple’s popular smartphone, and shares so many of its capabilities. Like the iPhone, the iPad allows its users to send and receive e-mail, surf the Web, play music and videos, store photos, and download utilities and games from the iTunes App Store.It also allows user to read eBooks via a reader built into the device — making it a direct competitor to Amazon Kindle and other e-reading devices on the market with far fewer bells and whistles. However, the iPad is being marketed as more than just a tool for consuming online content. Apple has revamped its iWork suite of applications to work on the iPad as well as standard Mac notebook and desktop computers. You can use “Keynote” to create multimedia presentations, “Pages” to create word processing documents, and “Numbers” to create spreadsheets. And you get to do all this via the same simple touch-screen interface that iPod Touch and iPhone users love so much.But Who’s Going to Buy it?When Apple introduced the iPad, a lot of tech geeks were disappointed. The iPad didn’t have a camera, and it couldn’t make phone calls–two big iPhone features. And it doesn’t support any sort of Flash-based programming, which puts off many designers and programmers.But when you consider what the iPad does do, it soon becomes clear that the device just isn’t meant for hardcore tech geeks. The iPad target audience is clearly people who spend most of their time on their computer doing leisure-type activities, including browsing the web, reading books, watching movies, consuming online content and interacting on social networking sites.More specifically, the iPad is going to hold huge appeal for:People who don’t like computers: The iPad’s touch-screen interface is exceptionally easy to use. Anyone who has ever got lost moving from program to program on their computer is going to love Apple’s new tablet. Key demographics fitting this description include middle-aged people and senior citizens who enjoy e-mailing friends and family, surfing the web, watching videos, and sharing photos–but hate all the hassles associated with a regular computer.People who travel: The iPad is a smaller, more lightweight alternative to a traditional laptop–which makes it ultra-portable. This ensures that people will take their iPad to places you normally wouldn’t imagine taking a laptop. Imagine being in a restaurant with hungry kids–kids growing restless and fidgety as they wait for their meals. Why not distract them–and save your fellow diners some frustration–with a movie or game on your iPad?Students: Kids are used to lugging around backpacks crammed full of heavy, expensive textbooks–textbooks that are used for one course or semester, and then never opened again. As more textbooks get converted into an iPad-friendly format, students will flock to the Apple Store to purchase this tablet in droves.So What Does This Mean for you?Even if you have no interest in ever buying an iPad yourself, you need to pay attention to how Apple develops and markets this device.As the iPad and other tablet computers become more popular over the next few years, the amount of time people spend consuming online content is going to explode. If you want your internet marketing to take advantage of this emerging trend, then you’ll make sure your website provides them with the kind of appealing content they’re looking for.Make sure your site has a blog that features regularly updated articles your target audience will find useful and entertaining. You can even create videos to satisfy their desire for multimedia content. And as your business grows, plan to include more interactive social media features on your site. These features are the most effective way to encourage your users to pursue an ongoing relationship with you and your other customers, and form a community around your business.Finally, consider offering e-books. They’re easy to produce–you can hire writers and designers to create professional-looking eBooks for you, or do it yourself. And they fit into all kinds of objectives:Main product: Great if you’ve got an info-heavy site, and they’re almost 100 percent profit once you’ve paid for the initial production.New stream of revenue: You can add e-books to your site to complement what you already offer. They’re a good upsell or standalone product.Opt-in incentive: They’re cheap to produce so you can offer them free.Sales tool: Use them as an online sales rep, to demonstrate the value of your product. eBooks can contain text, video, audio, graphics–the whole multimedia deal.As more people use devices like the iPad to access information online, e-books are going to become increasingly popular and widely used. Even now, the demand for good books to read via electronic reader outweighs the supply. If you want to take advantage of this new electronic information gold rush, the time to act is now. So what will you do to make your business more iPad-friendly?  The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue.last_img read more

CloudXink Selects Confirmit to Support Ad and Brand Testing Across China

first_imgCloudXink Selects Confirmit to Support Ad and Brand Testing Across China MTS Staff WriterJune 11, 2019, 5:55 pmJune 11, 2019 Data Analysis and Integration Capabilities Drive Confirmit Horizons Platform ChoiceBrand and advertising research specialist CloudXink has selected Confirmit Horizons to support its growing portfolio of research projects.  CloudXink works with a large number of FMCG companies across China with a particular focus on pre-testing of advertising and product concepts. It also delivers ad-hoc, customised projects for customers. Having grown quickly, the company needed to invest in a platform that could support the increasing complexity of the research programmes it runs.  Confirmit Horizons was selected based on its ability to deliver comprehensive survey design and complex data integration and analysis. Multi-lingual campaign support was also a critical deciding factor. Ruixing Zong, Founder and CEO of CloudXink explained: “A core focus for us is integrating various big data sources to provide detailed evaluation for marketing campaigns for large, well-known brands. This includes combining attitudinal and behavioural data, which can be a challenging process.Marketing Technology News: Mastercard Digital Wellness Program to Enhance Transparency, Security and Choice for Online Shopping “We therefore needed a solution that was scalable and capable of handling the level and depth of data integration we need to deliver. Confirmit Horizons is an essential tool for us here, providing comprehensive access to sophisticated reporting, data visualisation, and dashboarding.” The survey design process is also a key element of the service that CloudXink provides to its customers, often requiring customisation for bespoke, creative research programmes.  The Survey Designer module of Confirmit Horizons delivers the capabilities that CloudXink needs to support all types of advertising and brand research projects, including pre-launch testing, post-launch evaluation and ‘brand truth’ measurement.Marketing Technology News: PROS Launches Sales Agreement Management to Streamline Selling in Digital Era “Previous experience with Confirmit showed that it was the platform most capable of delivering sophisticated survey programming such as complex logic jumps and abundant question types. Building our own Confirmit programme team has been on our agenda for some time, and now implementation of the Confirmit Horizons platform is proving a great success in terms of the research capabilities we can offer to our clients,” Zong continued. Wale Omiyale, SVP Market Research at Confirmit said: “We’re delighted to welcome CloudXink as a customer. The company runs high-profile, in-depth research programmes across China and places great emphasis on delivering excellent client value combined with technology-driven innovation – both of which reflect our own business principles.”Marketing Technology News: Agency Veteran Joao Machado Joins as Sabio’s SVP of Product Marketing CloudXinkConfirmit HorizonsData Integrationdata visualisationFMCGMarketing TechnologyNews Previous ArticleBenefitfocus June Software Release Unveils Tools and Functionality to Automate Benefits & Delivers Insights to Improve Consumers’ Lives Across Platform and Mobile AppNext ArticleMariaDB’s “Restful Nights” Release Brings Peace of Mind to Enterprise Customerslast_img read more

Welcome the New Kids on the Block How Millennials and Gen Z

first_img customer servicedigital experienceDigital NativesFinancial SectorFintechGen ZLoyaltyMillennials Previous ArticleSnapLogic Launches AWS Quick Start Solution to Accelerate Big Data InitiativesNext ArticleGartner’s Software Advice Names Bright Pattern FrontRunner for Call Center Software With Millennials making up roughly a quarter of the world’s population, it’s not surprising that they’re shaking up traditional industries. Millennials and Gen Z (people born between the mid-1990s and mid-2000s) are finally reaching an age where they have disposable income and few if any, children. Unlike older generations, they’re not tied to large mortgages and are eager to spend their hard-earned cash.While it’s hard to determine whether Millennials earn more than previous generations, research from the World Data Lab reveals the influence of Millennial consumers. As Millennials and Gen Z build their careers and make more money, they’re quickly increasing their spending power to become one of the world’s most influential consumers. So, how exactly will Millennials and Gen Z shape the world economy and organizations working in the financial sector?Millennials Powering the FinTech RevolutionMillennials grew up alongside technology giants like Apple and Google, making them one of the most tech-savvy generations. It also means that they’re not afraid to use technology to help them make complex decisions – even financial ones.Research into Millennial’s financial attitudes show some interesting results:68% of Millennials think that how we access money will change in the next 5 years70% say that how we pay for things will change in the next 5 years73% would be more receptive to financial services from tech companies like Google, Apple, PayPal and Amazon than their own bank33% believe banks will cease to exist over the next five yearsWith such disruptive and encouraging attitudes, Millennials are easily powering the FinTech revolution and making way for start-ups to radically change a rather stuffy and traditional industry.Gen Z Keeps it Traditional While Gen Z shares many attitudes as Millennials, they’re slightly more cautious and wary when it comes to FinTech. After all, this generation was still children during the 2008 financial crash and watched as their parents tried to pick up the pieces. So, it’s not surprising that 48% of Gen Z prefer to conduct their banking transactions face-to-face. However, this personal connection doesn’t align them with traditional banks as 31% believe they won’t need banks in the future and 42% are excited about financial services from tech companies like Google, Apple, PayPal, and Amazon.These attitudes are clearly more conservative than their older siblings, but still encouraging for companies looking to disrupt the financial sector. Understanding each generation’s unique challenges and attitudes are crucial for FinTech companies looking to cater to and build loyalty amongst the next generation of consumers.Read more: How Brands Can Connect with Gen Z through Social Media MarketingMillennials aren’t interested in a life without techMillennials, born between 1980 and 1995, grew up alongside technology like the internet, cell phones, and everyday computing. Most remember old-school computers and poor graphics video games. Cell phones were a teenager right of passage. As early adopters, Millennials are open and receptive to change.They also have high expectations for modern convenience. Long gone are the days of waiting for your Internet dial-up. Millennials want financial services to be as easy as a click-of-a-button. That’s where disruptors like Transferwise come in, offering bank transfers that take less than a minute rather than the standard 3-5 days. Offering more convenient and faster transactions is one clear way to win over the Millennial consumer.Millennials don’t trust banks Most Millennials were entering university or the workplace during the 2008 economic crash. As such, they became adults in a world full of financial instability and were old enough to understand the role bankers played. So, it’s really not surprising that they struggle to trust banks. By moving away from traditional financial organizations, Millennials have paved the way for FinTech start-ups.Research shows that Millennials are extremely receptive to banking with FinTech companies as only 28% would prefer to use a traditional bank, and only 13% don’t trust FinTechs. However, Millennials’ financial needs extend beyond simply wanting to bank with a non-traditional company. Recent research from EY shows that FinTech firms wishing to attract Millennials, need to make a positive contribution to society and have a ‘purpose’ beyond profit while also being mobile-friendly.Online investment platforms like Acorn are popular among Millennials who want to keep track of their investments without a traditional stockbroker while apps like Moven provide personal money coaching to help Millennials learn about and take control of their finances.Millennials are one of the most debt-laden generationsDebt plays a large role in how Millennials view their finances; especially since the average American Millennial has $36,000 in personal debt and 20% doesn’t expect to die in debt. While British Millennials are slightly better off, 37% still carry financial debt with 10% owing at least £14,200.Millennials have enormous debt from student loans, car payments and personal loans as few (less than 10% in the UK) own homes. After entering the workforce in entry-level positions or struggled to find work in a post-recession world, many took on additional loans, maxed out credit cards, or simply defaulted.As a result, they don’t want a lecture on their poor money habits or the fact they’re drowning in debt. Instead, they want straightforward, non-judgmental financial advice so they can control their situation and become more financially savvy.Several FinTech companies cater to debt-laden Millennials, like SoFi, who helps individuals refinance their debts (including personal and student loans) or Planwise who help customers learn about financial planning and set achievable goals.Three Ways FinTech Companies can Market to Millennials1. Don’t judge. Millennials who are struggling with their finances don’t need to be told where they went wrong. They want tools and advice for getting out of debt and investing in their future.2. Responsive and quick services. Websites and mobile platforms need to be optimized with fast load times and easy navigation as this tech-savvy generation won’t tolerate outdated tech.3. Make it easy. Piles of paperwork and unnecessarily lengthy processes are non-starters for millennials. They’re quite receptive to Robo-advisors, online financial advisors that let millennials determine the amount of risk they’re comfortable with and increase or decrease their investments accordingly. So this can be a great way to streamline services and ensure you’re available 24/7.Gen Z are true digital nativesAs Millennials’ younger siblings, Gen Z grew up with the latest technology and younger members were probably using smartphones before they could read. They were also at home during the 2008 financial crash or born just after, so saw first-hand as their parents struggled to come to terms with a financially uncertain world.Generation Z is far more conservative than Millennials, so they are less excited about financial products from technology giants like Amazon and Google. They’re also more likely to use a debit card as they want to avoid the debt Millennials currently face. The oldest members of Gen Z are starting to enter the workplace and have their own money, which means that their spending and saving habits are only now becoming apparent.Gen Z are entrepreneursAs Gen Z starts to enter the workforce, many are choosing to run their own businesses with 46% working as freelancers. They enjoy the freedom of working for themselves, calling the shots and working from almost any location in the world (as long as it has WiFi).Running their own businesses creates a whole different host of financial needs, which creates opportunities for FinTech companies that cater to small businesses. Transferwise makes it easy to send and receive international payments (perfect for freelancers working across borders), while companies like FreeAgent help small companies to handle their accounting needs and file tax returns.How FinTech Companies Can Market to Gen Z. 1. A multi-faceted approach. Like Millennials, Gen Z also expects a frictionless digital experience for pretty much everything, including banking. They want easy-to-use mobile technology as well as in-person customer service when the need arises. So, FinTech companies will need to provide both a fantastic support service as well as an excellent online experience and create a seamless customer journey to win this generation.2. Social savvy. With over 45% of Gen Z using Instagram for brand discovery, it’s important for FinTech companies to market on social media too. This generation spends hours every day exploring social media and uses it to connect and understand brands. As entrepreneurs, they also use social media to promote their businesses so FinTech companies that integrate with social media platforms, for example, by making it easy for customers to pay via Facebook, capture a competitive advantage.3. Keep it real. Growing up with technology and in the age of fake news, means that Gen Z doesn’t blindly trust anything they read online and they’ll quickly bounce off a page that’s filled with fluff instead of facts. To gain their trust and convince them to work with you, you’ll need to provide information that’s accurate and helpful.Read more: Why Online Coupons Connect With the Ultimate Smart Shopper: The Millennial Welcome the New Kids on the Block: How Millennials and Gen Z Are Disrupting FinTech Shameer Sachdev6 days agoJuly 17, 2019 last_img read more

Educational program for preschoolers successful in instilling heart healthy behaviors

first_img Source:https://www.acc.org/ Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Apr 22 2019Preschoolers in an underserved community who took part in a health promotion educational program aimed at establishing health behaviors showed a 2.2-fold increase in knowledge, attitudes and habits compared to their classmates who did not take part in the program, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.Earlier research suggests preschool-based interventions offer promise to instill healthy behaviors in children and these early prevention strategies may contribute to reducing heart disease later in life. Some researchers believe these strategies may eventually contribute to reducing the global burden of heart disease.Related StoriesStudy explores role of iron in over 900 diseasesTeam approach to care increases likelihood of surviving refractory cardiogenic shockRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaThe researchers in the FAMILIA trial enrolled 562 children from 15 Head Start preschools in Harlem, New York, to determine the impact of a health promotion educational intervention in a diverse, underserved community. Children randomized to the intervention took part in a four-month educational program to instill healthy behaviors using topics such as diet, physical activity, understanding how the human body and heart work, and emotions. Children in the control group continued to receive the standard curriculum.The researchers then looked at the change from baseline in overall knowledge, attitudes and habits (KAH) score of the children at five months. Children in the intervened schools showed an improvement 2.2-fold higher in KAH scores toward a healthy lifestyle, with the highest effect found in children who received 75 percent or more of the curriculum. The researchers found physical activity and body/heart awareness components, as well as knowledge and attitudes, were the main drivers of the effect.last_img read more

Bitcoin hits 4month low after currency exchange theft

first_img After Coinrail announced the theft, the price of bitcoin dropped $500 in an hour and it has continued to slide.The decline also follows a Wall Street Journal report that U.S. regulators have asked virtual currency exchanges to provide trading data to aid an investigation into virtual currency manipulation. The reports raised concerns about the future of virtual currency markets.David Jones, Capital.com’s chief market strategist, says Bitcoin is “a classic case of an economic bubble.” Last year, the virtual currency increased sixfold and hit a record high of $19,783 in December. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Citation: Bitcoin hits 4-month low after currency exchange theft (2018, June 13) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-bitcoin-month-currency-exchange-theft.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. The price of bitcoin has fallen to a four-month low of $6,370, days after South Korean virtual currency exchange Coinrail said hackers had stolen over $37 million, or almost a third of the virtual currency it had stored.center_img Credit: CC0 Public Domain Federal regulator gives OK for bitcoin futures to trade Explore furtherlast_img read more

Boeing FAA say more time needed for fix of troubled 737 Max

first_imgIn this March 14, 2019, file photo, a worker walks next to a Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplane parked at Boeing Field in Seattle. U.S. aviation regulators said Monday, April 1, Boeing needs more time to finish changes in a flight-control system suspected of playing a role in two deadly crashes. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File) Explore further Boeing and U.S. aviation regulators say the company needs more time to finish changes in a flight-control system suspected of playing a role in two deadly crashes. 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 Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it anticipates Boeing’s final software improvements for 737 Max airliners “in the coming weeks.”Boeing was expected to complete the work last week, but FAA spokesman Greg Martin said the company needs more time to make sure it has identified and addressed all issues.Chicago-based Boeing offered the same timetable as it works to convince regulators that it can fix software on the planes.”Safety is our first priority, and we will take a thorough and methodical approach to the development and testing of the update to ensure we take the time to get it right,” said Boeing spokesman Charles Bickers.Boeing needs approval not just from FAA, but elsewhere, including Europe and China, where safety officials have indicated they will conduct their own reviews.The planes have been grounded around the world since mid-March.The news from the FAA suggests that airlines could be forced to park their Max jets longer than they expected. Airlines that own Max jets are scrambling other planes to fill some Max flights while canceling others.”We are aware that the resumption of service for our 737 Max aircraft may be further delayed, and our team will work with all customers impacted by any flight cancellations,” said American Airlines spokesman Ross Feinstein.American Airlines had been pointing toward a late-April return of its 24 Max 8s. Over the weekend, Southwest Airlines announced that its 34 Max 8s will be removed from the schedule through May instead of mid-April. United Airlines has idled its 14 Max 9s through June 5.Separately, U.S. regulators and Boeing are awaiting a preliminary report from Ethiopian investigators into the March 10 crash of an Ethiopian Airlines Max 8 jet shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa. The report will be scrutinized for information from the plane’s data recorders that might suggest similarities between the doomed flight and the Oct. 29 crash of a Lion Air Max 8 into the Java Sea off Indonesia. The two crashes killed 346 people.Data from the Indonesian plane indicates that pilots unsuccessfully fought the automated anti-stall system for control of the plane, which plunged into the sea shortly after takeoff. According to published reports, the same system activated on the Ethiopian Airlines flight.Boeing is making changes in an automated system that is designed to prevent the plane’s nose from rising, which can lead to a dangerous aerodynamic stall. The changes include relying on readings from more than one sensor before the anti-stall system activates and pushes the nose down, and making the system’s actions less severe and easier for pilots to handle. Boeing has said it will pay to train pilots on the technology.Two American Airlines pilots who attended a session with Boeing experts last week expressed satisfaction with the manufacturer’s changes. American’s chief 737 pilot, Roddy Guthrie, said Boeing added “some checks and balances in the system that will make the system much better.”Congress, meanwhile, is looking into the relationship between Boeing and the FAA. The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee said Monday that it had requested records from both Boeing and the FAA related to the certification of the 737 Max.center_img © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Ethiopian Airlines says pilots got appropriate training Citation: Boeing, FAA say more time needed for fix of troubled 737 Max (2019, April 2) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-boeing-faa-max.htmllast_img read more

Wind tunnel tests could help kites become a clean energy highflier

first_imgThe use of kites to capture wind energy and turn it into cost-effective ‘green’ electricity could be coming within reach, with EPSRC-funded research at Imperial College London playing an important role in making it possible. Credit: CC0 Public Domain Linked to a wider Innovate UK-funded project, a team at Imperial’s Department of Aeronautics has put a kite-energy device through its paces using a wind tunnel that is part of the EPSRC-supported National Wind Tunnel Facility (NWTF).The data produced has helped Glasgow-based Kite Power Systems (KPS) – a company aiming to bring kite energy to market by 2025—to optimise its device to improve its efficiency and effectiveness. This is enabling the company to take the concept to the next stage of development.Kite energy involves tethering a specially designed kite to a spool via cables. As the kite moves around in the wind, in a figure-of-eight pattern, the pull on the cable turns the spool and the motion of the drum is harnessed to generate electricity. Kites of this kind could be deployed in groups, with offshore locations one potential possibility where installations could produce significant amounts of competitively priced power.The wind tunnel tests at Imperial explored the ‘load’ that a model of the kite-energy device measuring three metres x one metre was subjected to, as well as the effect of ‘drag’ as it manoeuvred. As kite-energy devices would be designed to move in the air at speeds of up to 80 metres per second, these forces could be very substantial, so the design needs to combine agility with robustness. Citation: Wind tunnel tests could help kites become a clean energy high-flier (2019, June 12) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-tunnel-kites-energy-high-flier.html Explore further Energy from the windy heights Provided by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Professor Mike Graham, who led the Imperial team, says: “We treated both a fabric model of the kite-energy device and a rigid aerofoil model of the cross-sections and the data gathered has helped KPS assess this design. Our work has also helped inform the choice of materials that will be used in the devices. The consortium involved in the Innovate UK project included a lot of industrial backing, but Imperial has been the only academic partner involved. Our work has therefore played a distinctive role in enabling the concept to move forward.”The wind tunnel at Imperial that was used in the test has an 18 metres-long high-speed working section and a large low-speed section of just under six metres wide and three metres high. It is one of three wind tunnels at the college included in the NWTF.Professor Graham says: “The NWTF consists of 17 wind tunnels located across seven UK universities, collectively providing a world-class facility available not only to universities but also to industrial-based users. It will keep the UK at the forefront of aerodynamics and fluid mechanics research and our work on kite energy has been a great example of its value.”David Ainsworth, KPS CEO, says: “The work conducted in the wind tunnel by Imperial College London as part of the Innovate UK grant was invaluable to our increased understanding of the behaviour of our components. The learning has substantially steered our technology direction and ensures that we are on course for commercialisation by 2025.” 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

Legendary Persecuted CodeBreaker Alan Turing Finally Recognized for His Achievements

first_img Beyond Tesla: History’s Most Overlooked Scientists The Top 10 Revolutionary Computers If it weren’t for the legendary World War II code-breaker Alan Turing, the outcome for the Allied forces might have looked very different. The mathematician and computer scientist has been widely credited with hastening the end of the war, thanks to his work decoding German naval messages. But only seven years after the end the war, Turing, who was gay, was convicted of “gross indecency” for his relationship with a 19-year-old man. Turing wasn’t formally pardoned until 2014. Now, 65 years after Turing’s death, the Bank of England is recognizing the trailblazer’s contributions to science and technology by featuring his face on the brand-new design of their 50-pound note. “It was nothing short of a tragedy how a country he had served with such distinction treated him after the war, persecuting him for his homosexuality,” said Demis Hassabis, a British artificial intelligence (AI) researcher, at the unveiling ceremony in Manchester. “That’s why it’s wonderful to see Turing on the note, as a powerful symbol of the long overdue recognition he deserves.” Not only did Turing’s contributions to math and computer science aid the Allied war effort, they also laid the foundations for modern computers. In his 1936 paper titled “On Computable Numbers,” Turing invented the concept of algorithms, sets of instructions that dictate how computers operate, BBC reported. He was also one of the earliest computer scientists to begin thinking about AI. His ‘Turing test’ is still used to determine whether a machine is “intelligent” or not. “As the father of computer science and artificial intelligence, as well as a war hero, Alan Turing’s contributions were far ranging and path breaking,” Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, said in a statement. “Turing is a giant on whose shoulders so many now stand.” The new banknote won’t just feature Turing’s face. It will also include a ticker tape of binary code that spells out his birthday (June 23, 1912), a depiction of the machine he used to help break the German Enigma code, and his signature. Turing wasn’t the only scientist considered for this new note. In total, 989 scientists were nominated. The short list included Rosalind Franklin, Stephen Hawking and Adam Lovelace, among others. Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoSoGoodlyThey Were Named The Most Beautiful Twins In The World, Wait Till You See Them TodaySoGoodlyUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoDermalMedixDoctor’s New Discovery Makes Foot Calluses “Vanish”DermalMedixUndoairdogusa.comThe World’s Best Washable Air Purifierairdogusa.comUndocenter_img The 10 Noblest Nobel Prize Winners of All Timelast_img read more

Driver dragged three metres after 4WD hijacked at petrol station

first_img Related News Related News Nation 11 Jul 2019 Indonesian man found dead in chicken farm Nation 10 Jul 2019 Online trader conned out of RM40k in just two weeks Tags / Keywords: {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}center_img A screen grab from the CCTV recording of the petrol kiosk, which had gone viral, shows the suspect, dressed in a black T-shirt and jeans, dashing towards the vehicle and driving it away.ACP Stanley said the victim gave chase when he realised what had happened.”He was dragged for three metres as he got hold of his vehicle. He sustained injury on his head. There were also scratches on his body,” he said.The victim will be referred to Sibu Hospital as he had internal bleeding, he added.”At this moment, we are still trying to identify the suspect,” he said.ACP Stanley said police are now looking for the vehicle with the registration number plate QAA7719U. SIBU: A 42-year-old auto spare parts dealer suffered head injury and scratches on his body when his four-wheel drive vehicle was hijacked at a petrol kiosk.The victim has been warded at a private medical specialist centre for treatment.Sibu OCPD Asst Comm Stanley Jonathan Ringgit said the victim had stopped at a petrol kiosk in Jalan Lanang at about 7.45pm on Thursday (July 11).”After refuelling his vehicle, he walked to the counter to get the receipt but left the engine running,” he said. Crime , Car , Robbery Nation 11 Jul 2019 Four arrested after raising ruckus at Judiciary Dept over tainted chili chargelast_img read more

Bigger and better exhibition

first_imgYam showing the limited-edition two-litre dry bags for the first 500 daily visitors. Perfect Livin’ is back for a second time in Kuching with more choices for visitors. Southern & Eastern Region , Sarawak KUCHING: Perfect Livin’, the nation’s top home and lifestyle exhibition, is back for a second time in Kuching with a bigger selection of products and brands for visitors.Organised by i.Star Ideas Factory Sdn Bhd, the four-day event at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching features 300 booths with about 150 exhibitors offering products and services for home furnishing, renovation and decorating needs.“After the first exhibition in April, we are back for a second time with more variety for customers to choose from.“A lot of new furniture and electrical products have been brought in to show Kuching customers what’s new in the market now. AdChoices广告“Brands such as LG and Joven, which were not here in April, are available this time. Our long-time partners, including Panasonic, Alpha, Samsung and Standard Kitchen, continue to be here,” i.Star Ideas Factory events, sales and marketing head Janice Yam said. Metro News 19 Apr 2019 A premier home and lifestyle exhibition Metro News 20 Apr 2019 Expo draws the crowd Related Newscenter_img Tags / Keywords: She also said this was a good time for customers to buy products as many exhibitors were having their mid-year sales.In addition, she said the FavePay cashless payment service was now accepted at Perfect Livin’.“This is the first time we are partnering with FavePay to offer customers extra rebates if they use it,” Yam said.Some 30,000 to 40,000 visitors are expected to visit over the four days, generating an estimated sales revenue of RM15 to 20mil.The first 500 visitors each day will receive a limited-edition Perfect Livin’ two-litre dry bag, with several colours available.As usual, there are guaranteed gifts for purchases of RM500 and above. Those who spend a minimum of RM1,000 will be in the running to win cash vouchers as well as a Robam cooker hob worth RM1,600. For families, a children’s colouring contest will be held at 2pm on Saturday and Sunday.“There is usually good response for this in Kuching and the children come fully equipped for the contest,” Yam said.Perfect Livin’ is open from 10am to 9pm until Sunday. For more information, go to www.perfectlivin.com Related News Metro News 26 Apr 2019 Great deals for the festive season {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more