Officials Relaunch Effort to Add Mare Island to National Park System

first_imgThe city of Vallejo, Calif., and the Mare Island Historic Park Foundation have rekindled their bid to add the 161-year-old Mare Island Naval Shipyard to the national park system.Incorporation into the National Park Service would prevent the shipyard’s historic structures from falling into disrepair and keep shipyard artifacts from being scattered across the country, according to the foundation.The effort to integrate the historic sections of the shipyard, located in the northeastern portion of the San Francisco Bay area, into the park system began after the site was designated for closure in 1993, according to Dennis Kelly, a project manager for the foundation. In 2011, the National Park Service turned down such a request over concerns about the cost of repairs needed by the site’s historic resources and the ongoing cleanup, rather than its lack of suitability.A park service study of the proposal concluded that there are “no other sites that tell the story of the development of naval facilities on the West Coast over the period of history covered by Mare Island Naval Shipyard.”The park service previously had said preserving the shipyard’s historic resources should be one of the highest priorities in planning for the site’s reuse, Kelly said.Mare Island was established in 1854 as the first naval base on the West Coast. Its primary mission was to build, maintain, and repair Navy ships and submarines. More than 500 ships were built there before its closure in 1996.Incorporating Mare Island into the park system would support Vallejo’s effort to boost tourism by promoting its naval heritage. The foundation has preserved and maintained historical buildings at the shipyard, but the group is looking for the National Park Service to step in to provide additional resources, Kelly said.Lennar continues to redevelop Mare Island, a National Historic Landmark, according to a plan calling for 1,400 homes, 7 million square feet of commercial and industrial space, and recreational areas. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Senators propose bill requiring warrants to search devices at the border

first_imgA Customs and Border Protection agent watching surveillance footage. James Martin/CNET If you’re taking a trip in to or out of the US, border agents currently have free rein to search through your digital devices. Unlike police, agents don’t need a warrant to look through your phones, laptops and other electronics. Two US senators are hoping to change that with a bipartisan bill. Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, and Sen. Rand Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, on Wednesday introduced the Protecting Data at the Border Act, which would require agents to obtain a warrant before they can search Americans’ devices at the border. The number of electronic searches at the border has spiked in the last four years. In 2018, the Department of Homeland Security conducted more than 33,000 searches on devices, compared with 4,764 searches in 2015. Customs and Border Protection declined to comment.”The border is quickly becoming a rights-free zone for Americans who travel. The government shouldn’t be able to review your whole digital life simply because you went on vacation, or had to travel for work,” Wyden said in a statement. The bill is also being introduced in the House of Representatives by a group of Democrats. Wyden and Paul introduced the same bill in 2017. Since then, warrantless device searches at the border increased by 10 percent.Law enforcement agencies have been taking advantage of the warrantless searches at the border, using the information discovered in unrelated court cases, the American Civil Liberties Union discovered through its related lawsuit against the DHS. Until a court makes a decision, the agency is still allowed to conduct these searches without a warrant. “Respecting civil liberties and our Constitution actually strengthens our national security, and Americans should not be forced to surrender their rights or privacy at the border,” Paul said. “Our bill will put an end to these intrusive government searches and uphold the fundamental protections of the Fourth Amendment.”  Border wall dividing homes and habitat Politics Security 1 Now playing: Watch this: 2:09 Share your voice Comment Tagslast_img read more

Australia has banned at least four video games in the last three

first_img Tags The 29 best games on the Nintendo Switch Comment 1 DayZ. Bohemia Interactive Australia has long had an issue with video game classification.Thanks to legislation initially put in place in the ’90s, Australia didn’t have an “adults only” or equivalent AO rating until 2013. Until then movies, TV shows and most other media could be rated “R18+,” but not video games. But even after the addition of an R18+ classification for video games, video games are still treated differently in Australia, mainly as a result of the idea that “interactivity” adds impact to any sex, violence or drug use featured. Since the introduction of its R18+ rating, Australia has still banned a significant number of video games. This week has been especially strange.It started with DayZ earlier this month. DayZ, a precursor of games like Fortnite and Apex Legends had been available digitally for years, but as a result of an official retail release, Five Star Games, the local distributor of DayZ, had to go through Australia’s government run classification process, where it was refused classification — effectively banned in Australia.Five Star Games did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Now today, Kotaku Australia has found three more titles that have also been refused classification in Australia. We Happy Few, Hotline Miami and the codenamed “Bonaire”, which is thought to be downloadable content for Red Dead Redemption 2.Interestingly, like DayZ, We Happy Few and Hotline Miami had already been classified in Australia, but as a result of either re-releases or upcoming DLC had to be re-classified. Unlike in regions like Europe or the US, in which industry bodies like the ESRB are trusted to self-regulate the classification of video games or movies, Australia’s classification is government-run. Ratings are provided by the Australian Classification Board. But the board is, for the most part, the messenger, working from guidelines agreed upon by government. Video games in Australia are most frequently banned as a result of drug use. According to the classification guidelines, any video game where drug use is incentivised (as a “power up” that benefits the player for example) can result in a ban. That’s almost certainly why We Happy Few’s DLC was refused classification and it appears to be the reason why DayZ was banned earlier this month.The Australian Classification Board did not immediately respond to a request for comment.center_img Culture Gaming Share your voice 29 Photoslast_img read more

Heres what associates Peshmerga forces with India

first_imgIn what is telling about the universality of Indian spiritual techniques in mind training, 400 members of the Peshmerga forces, who took on the ISIS in Iraq, underwent The Art of Living programme. In the programme, they were trained in deep breathing techniques like Sudarshan Kriya (a powerful rhythmic breathing technique cognized by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, practised by over 450 million people world over), pranayamas and Yoga along with other life tools to handle the mind, enhance clarity, calmness, and alertness.”We got permission from Brigadier Ramadan Shily to enter the Peshmerga platoon to train them in the Happiness Program,” said Mawahib Shaibani, Country Director of International Association for Human Values, sister concern of The Art of Living, Iraq, who has received her training in trauma and stress relief workshops and rehabilitation at the Art of Living International Center in Bengaluru.”They reported amazing experiences of feeling peace even though they are in the midst of a conflict zone. They felt happy and well rested by the end of the training. Some of them want to become trainers now, to be able to share this transformative knowledge,” Mawahib said. The 400 Peshmerga forces personnel being trained, secure the border area in Suhaila between Syria, Turkey and Northern Iraq (Kurdistan).This is not the first time the Bengaluru-based NGO has had rehabilitative engagement in the region. The organization has been working actively with the genocide facing the Yezidi community. In 2014, Sri Sri was one of the very few global leaders to draw attention to the Yezidi genocide and send help, rescuing and rehabilitating almost 2,500 Yezidi women captured by ISIS.The Art of Living previously facilitated a Community Leadership Training Program (CLTP) and Life Skills and Resilience-Building program was taught to 500 community members, reaching women and girls who were survivors of violence, raising their awareness of local resources.In Iraq, 50,000 people have undergone life skills and trauma relief programs facilitated by the organisation. Over 6,000 Iraqi women have been provided with vocational training. More than 200 peace ambassadors have been trained to provide trauma relief to those affected.More than 1,50,000 war survivors, including child soldiers in Iraq, Israel-Palestine, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Kyrgyzstan, Sri Lanka, the Balkans, and Afghanistan, have benefited from trauma relief programmes.last_img read more

Dance Theatre of Harlem Performance

first_imgThe world-renowned Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) performs live, 8 p.m., June 20 at the Carl J. Murphy Fine Arts Center at Morgan State University. The performance is co-presented by the Reginald F. Lewis Museum and Murphy Fine Arts Center. This special performance is in conjunction with the exhibition Dance Theatre of Harlem: 40 Years of Firsts, on display at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, and is DTH’s only headlining Mid-Atlantic appearance in 2015. Contact Mitch Case at (410) 243.3790 for more information.last_img read more

A musical sojourn

first_imgThe audiences witnessed the celebrated notes of the artiste playing some classic numbers. The concert embarked the legacy of the recently launched piano club while honouring the 2011 launch of this vintage European dining at 1911 Brasserie.From scintillating pianism of Liszt to the vibrant rhythms of Bartók, the heroism of Chopin and the dazzling finger work of Ravel, it was an evening of unabashed virtuosity. Lutchmayer performed some of the most daring and demanding music written on the Steinway grand piano at The Imperial. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Vijay Wanchoo, Sr. Executive Vice President and GM expressed, ‘It gives us great pleasure to commemorate the 3rd anniversary of our restaurant with an alluring musical sojourn, orchestrated by none other than Karl Lutchmayer. Classic western food with astounding live music makes Nostalgia a unique and retro European restaurant and our focus has always been to enhance its stellar dining experience.’He further said ‘Stepping towards luxurious and unique live concerts on Steinway piano, our effort has always been to bring to enchanting, influential and smashing recitals. We plan to organise many such great events in future as part of our recently launched piano club, sweeping the music aficionados with the ultimate and the unmatched.’ The evening concluded with a lavish spread of traditional European recipes from Nostalgia.last_img read more

Firefighters called after bus crashes into lamppost near hospital

first_imgPunter found hiding in bushes Driver named following fatal collision Police search for missing woman Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailFirefighters were called after a bus crashed into a lamppost near a busy hospital this afternoon. A fire crew from Crewe were called to Smithy Lane, near Leighton Hospital, just after 2.30pm today (Monday July 15). Some fuel leaked from the vehicle following the collision. A Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said:   “Fire crews were called to a bus crash on Smithy Lane, Crewe. The bus had collided with a lamppost and began leaking fuel. “Firefighters used absorbent pads to mop up the fuel and then used ratchet straps and a v-strut stabiliser to stabilise the lamppost.” It is unclear if anyone was hurt as a result of the accident. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLivecenter_img Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram .last_img read more

Saddle Skedaddle cycles into North American market

first_imgSaddle Skedaddle cycles into North American market << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Travelweek Group Posted bycenter_img NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, UK — Saddle Skedaddle is now offering its nearly 25 years of cycling adventures and expertise to the North American travel market.Operating in 36 countries (including Asia, Europe and South America) with more than 250 experiences, Saddle Skedaddle bills itself as a one-stop shop for travel advisors looking for biking adventures for their clients.From road cycling into remote Colombian villages and mountain biking through Croatia’s national parks to self-guided family getaways on Norway’s Lofoten Islands and adventure rides across the grasslands on Mongolia, the company offers experiences for both starter and serious cyclists and everything inbetween.“We’ve spent the last few decades traveling the world and blazing trails on two wheels, and we’re now eager to share our cycling expertise with North American travel advisors who care about providing specialized cycling experiences to their clients,” says Paul Snedker, Saddle Skedaddle’s co-founder and director.He says Saddle Skedaddle specializes in inclusive travel experiences designed to suit every cyclist of any skill level. A team of flexible, in-house experts works with travel advisors on customizing tour options, transportation details and in-destination logistics according to the needs of each client.More news:  Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish StepsTo learn more about Saddle Skedaddle and its latest offerings, visit skedaddle.com/us. Tags: North America, Saddle Skedaddle Monday, May 13, 2019 last_img read more

iPlayer the BBCs online TV platform has launche

first_imgiPlayer, the BBC’s online TV platform, has launched in Finland, Sweden and Denmark.BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK public broadcaster, is launching an iPad app for the global version of iPlayer. The service is also available in 11 other European markets and launched in Australia last month.Once iPad owners in Finland, Sweden and Denmark have downloaded the free app, they will be charged €6.99 per month or an annual fee of €64.99 to be able to watch BBC programming.The global iPlayer provides access to content arranged by genre, including News Specials & Documentaries; Entertainment; Drama; Comedy; Science & Nature; Family & Kids; Music & Culture and Lifestyle. Around 100 hours of new programming will be added to the service each month.Matthew Littleford, general manager for global iPlayer said: “The extension into Finland, Sweden and Denmark is an important step in our strategy of pursuing multiple platforms for our programmes and brands, taking British programmes to new digital audiences around the world in an innovative, creative and easily accessible format. During this pilot phase we have an exciting vision for what this service could become and will develop it based on feedback from within all markets.”last_img read more

French pay TV operator Canal Plus is planning to l

first_imgFrench pay TV operator Canal Plus is planning to launch a new channel focusing on drama series in September, according to local reports.The channel, Canal+ Séries, is expected to air American shows 24 hours after they air in the US, along with a range of French and European shows. The channel will be included in Canal Plus’s premium bouquet alongside Canal+, Canal+ Décalé, Canal+ Sport, Canal+ Cinéma and Canal+ Family.last_img

More Gold Buying Tips Dont get hung up on pric

first_img More Gold Buying Tips: Don’t get hung up on price fluctuations. Gold prices are volatile in the short term. Thus, you should not get too hung up on these wide fluctuations. However, if you can stomach the short-term movements, or if your ability to purchase is limited, monitoring a couple technical indicators can help identify appropriate entry points for a position in gold. Understand why you are buying. Buying physical gold in an attempt to make a gain on short-term price fluctuations is not recommended as costs can make this an unprofitable venture. Rather, the acquisition of this traditional store of value is a substitute for the fiat currencies around the world – it is better viewed as an ultra-secure savings account that cannot be debased or stolen through fiat money printing. As we don’t believe gold is anywhere near it’s top, it’s a long-term investment and only to be sold if you need the cash. Set aside a fixed number of dollars for gold purchases each month. A very easy way to take advantage of the temporary dips in price is to set aside a fixed amount of dollars each month for gold buying. This habit, when paired with the basic indicators discussed above, give you the best opportunity to purchase gold at a favorable price. [One of the most convenient ways to purchase and store precious metals is through a SmartMetals account – a breakthrough new program developed by the Hard Assets Alliance that allows investors to buy gold, silver, platinum and palladium through a secure online portal and store domestically or, in the case of gold, internationally in London, Zurich or Melbourne. Download the free SmartMetals Action Kit for all the details.] One may ask why gold hasn’t made new highs in the past year. Looking back at the chart, we see that after the end of QE2, gold has traded sideways. However, dips below the 50-day average still represented opportunities to acquire more of the yellow metal. Now that we’ve got another round of quantitative easing, we expect gold to resume the pattern of temporarily dropping below the 50-day average and then breaking out to new highs afterward. Buying Indicator #2: USD Index Another indicator that gold is “on sale” is the USD Index. Gold and the USD Index have a strong inverse relationship, meaning that tops in the index represent a good time to buy gold. In this next chart, we’ve circled the tops in the USD Index and marked the subsequent rises in gold prices shortly thereafter. By the Hard Assets Alliance Team With the Fed’s announcement of QE3 and the world’s central banks jumping onto Uncle Ben’s helicopter, prospects for a rising gold price are rosy. But, what if you’re new to buying gold, have seen the price rise ever higher over the past few years, and are worried you’ve missed the best entry point? If you share our belief that money printing and subsequent currency devaluation will continue, then you need not worry. The long-term prospects for gold are very positive – making any entry point at current levels a good one. However, temporary dips in price can offer a golden opportunity to buy the metal at a “discount”. How can one identify these buy points? We’ll explore the answer to this question below. Buying Indicator #1: The 50-day Moving Average One of the most useful technical buying indicators is the 50-day moving average. Once gold’s price drops below the line, it often experiences a surge soon after, and, other than in a temporary sideways market, rarely returns to that original price point again. Some such opportunities are highlighted in the chart below.last_img read more

This would be a terrible thing to say about most b

first_imgThis would be a terrible thing to say about most books but, in this case, it might actually be a compliment: I kept falling asleep reading Marina Benjamin’s Insomnia. I wasn’t so much bored as somehow soothed by her velvety ruminations on night wakefulness, which run on, unbroken by chapters, with lots of airy white space between paragraphs. Awash in the comfort of a kindred soul, I relaxed enough to be lulled into sleep. Did her Insomnia cure mine?Think how many hours are lost to night frets, which Benjamin ties to a “turbocharged … overactive brain” and I liken to a washing machine’s spin cycle. I know that my insomnia has increased since the 2016 election, and I don’t think I’m alone.Benjamin’s Insomnia follows Middlepause, her memoir about reaching 50, and indeed, insomnia often follows menopause, almost as reliably as Winter follows Fall. Her eloquent description of the inconsolability and frustration of finding oneself irremediably awake during the witching hours, “cannibalized by your own gnawing thoughts,” will certainly strike a familiar chord for many. She nails the “shotgun awakenings,” the sense of being “jet-lagged in your native time zone,” and the exasperation of being stuck chewing over all the day’s insignificant “crud,” “like waterboarding the mind with meaningless overflow, a smothering drip, drip, drip of surplus thought.”Even worse are the nocturnal worries: “In my bed, I flap and thrash like a grouper caught in the net, victim to an escalating anxiety,” she writes. “It is as if all the lights in my head had been lit at once, the whole engine coming to life, messages flying, dendrites flowering, synapses whipping snaps of electricity across my brain; and the brain itself, like some phosphorescent free-floating jellyfish of the deep, is luminescent, awake, alive.” She adds that, unable to find the off-button, “I pursue sleep so hard I become invigorated by the chase.”Benjamin’s book is more impressionistic than scientific: Don’t look here for an explanation of the chemistry or biology of nocturnal wakefulness. She pooh-poohs pharmaceutical sleep aids, and is also dismissive of a five-week course of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomniacs, which adds to her torment with its strictures about sleep hygiene and distressing, restrictive sleep diets. Meanwhile, her husband, whom she amusingly dubs “Zzz,” slumbers peacefully beside her, heightening her sense of isolation.Benjamin’s mind works like a wide-roving trawler that rakes an area repeatedly before moving on to adjacent territory. Among the live fish caught in her net: Greek mythology; Penelope weaving and unraveling Laertes’s shroud as she awaits Odysseus’ return; Sheherazade spinning nocturnal yarns to save her life; Nabokov’s dream diary; poet Charles Simic’s “The Congress of the Insomniacs”; Oliver Sacks’s Awakenings; Rene Magritte’s surreal paintings that combine day and night; and the Pre-Raphaelites Edward Burne-Jones’s and William Morris’s depictions of sleeping maidens.Her thoughts on some of these subjects are hit and miss — and sometimes soporific. But concerning Freud’s focus on the interplay between conscious and unconscious minds she writes amusingly, “It cheers me to note that because psychoanalysis works to excavate the brain’s nocturnal effusions and then drag them into the light, it is essentially an insomniac practice.” And her reflections on Robinson Crusoe lead to an unexpected discussion of slave labor and the dark side of capitalism and colonialism, in which she points out that what was being grown and imported were addictive stimulants: tobacco, coffee, sugar — “generators of mass insomnia.”Insomnia turns out to be somewhat of a celebration of sleeplessness as well as a lament. It is strongest at its most personal, and is filled with memorable images — including a Cree dream catcher that “resembled a giant dangly earring,” and Benjamin’s nocturnal canine companion’s “legs splayed like bagpipes” on the sofa beside her. Especially vivid is the “trail of evidence” she leaves behind on insomniac nights, which resembles “the scene of a crime. All that is lacking is the body shape outlined on the floor: the missing body, wakeful when it should be sleeping.”Benjamin’s book is more likely to elucidate than cure your insomnia, but it does offer a distracting brain-teaser for your next bout of sleeplessness: Try to come up with a collective noun for insomniacs. She toys with a flare, a fret, a brightness, before hitting on “a calculation of insomniacs.”I’m partial to a jitter. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Spiceworks Expands IntentBased Targeting Capabilities to Help Technology Brands Engage Businesses InMarket

first_img Business Applicationscrmintent-based targetingMarketing TechnologyNewsspiceworksTechnology Previous ArticleThe Web of Science Group Launches New Publisher Analytics ReportsNext ArticlePing Identity Releases Capabilities Framework for Zero Trust Deployments Spiceworks Expands Intent-Based Targeting Capabilities to Help Technology Brands Engage Businesses In-Market for Security, Cloud, and Business Application Technologies MTS Staff WriterJune 7, 2019, 1:49 pmJune 7, 2019 Over 200,000 Businesses in Spiceworks Are Currently In-Market for a Variety of Technology Products and ServicesSpiceworks, the marketplace that connects the technology industry, announced an expansion of its existing intent-based targeting capabilities to include 13 new technology categories across Security, Business Applications, and Cloud Services. More than 150 of the world’s most innovative B2B technology brands use Spiceworks intent-powered email, content syndication, and advertising products to accelerate their sales cycles and engage businesses – and the buyers within them – that are in-market to purchase technology products and services.Spiceworks can now help technology brands engage in-market businesses across 27 technology categories, nearly doubling the 14 previously introduced options. New, more targeted technology categories in Security include Endpoint Security, Network Security, Database Security, Compliance Management, and Cloud Security. New targeting options in the Cloud category include Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Cloud Migration, and Infrastructure Management and Monitoring. Lastly, new segments in the Business Application category include HR Software, CRM and Marketing Automation Software, ERP Systems and Supply Chain Management Software, Productivity Software, and Business Intelligence and Analytics. In each of these technology categories, Spiceworks has identified from 5,000 to over 200,000 businesses that are currently in market for a variety of technology solutions.Marketing Technology News: Jeff Herrera Announced as Chief Marketing Officer at Annex CloudSpiceworks intent-based targeting capabilities are fueled by the most comprehensive set of first-party insights in the B2B technology market, including interactions across the Spiceworks products that technology buyers connect to and trust to run their businesses. Products including Topic Discussions, Product Reviews, Inventory, Help Desk, and Learning Modules generate billions of intent signals, providing the intelligence brands need to identify in-market businesses, understand their buying journeys, and ultimately accelerate their sales cycles.“We continue to invest in our team of data scientists, new AI technologies, and the products that fuel our unique ability to more directly connect technology buyers and sellers throughout the B2B purchase journey,” said Manish Dixit, senior vice president of products and engineering at Spiceworks. “Ultimately, our goal is to reduce friction in the business technology buying process by delivering greater insights for technology buyers and the intelligence technology brands need so both can more efficiently connect in the $3 trillion IT industry.”Marketing Technology News: US Podcast Ad Revenues Hit Historic $479 Million in 2018, an Increase of 53% over Prior Year, According to IAB & PwC ResearchSpiceworks intent-based targeting capabilities will be available for new Security, Business Application, and Cloud technology categories in June 2019. Intent-based targeting can be activated across Spiceworks’ marketing solution suite including email, content syndication, display, and audience extension.Marketing Technology News: With 87% Surge in Customer Bookings, Episerver Promotes Internally for CMOlast_img read more

Frank Teruel Joins ADARA as Chief Operating Officer

first_imgExperienced Technology Executive Will Lead Operational Expansion and GrowthADARA announced that Frank Teruel is Chief Operating Officer for the company. This is a new position for ADARA, which was created to lead global operations as the company expands. Teruel is uniquely qualified for the role, with a dual financial and operational background, and experience at data and technology companies in growth markets. ADARA serves leading travel brands by delivering critical intelligence that drives personalization and relevance throughout the customer’s journey resulting in more enduring and profitable relationships. Over 200 of the top travel brands partner in ADARA’s travel co-op, a unique data asset that has grown significantly in the past year and continues to increase in value as brands move customer insights to the core of their marketing and customer care strategies. Teruel is charged to help the company rapidly expand the company’s business and operations around the globe.“Frank is a phenomenal addition to our executive team. He brings a wealth of relevant experience and enthusiasm for our business; he has a proven track record of scaling global businesses and was highly successful in creating a global data co-op business in his last company.  Excited to have Frank on board to help drive ADARA to the next stage of growth,” said Layton Han, CEO at ADARA. “His charge is to lead our operations globally as we acquire new customers and deepen our data-driven product offerings.”Marketing Technology News: AT&T Invests More Than $100 Million Over 3-Year Period to Boost Local Networks in San Joaquin CountyFrank Teruel has more than twenty-five years of experience in venture backed start-ups and tenured technology businesses. He brings to ADARA, deep expertise in sales, operations, and finance. Most recently, Teruel led ThreatMetrix through rapid global growth and expansion to new industries culminating in an $830 million sale to LexisNexis Risk Solutions.  Previously, Teruel held executive management positions at Vormetric and other software companies. He is also a frequent speaker and thought leader on contributory data, digital identities, cybersecurity and internet fraud prevention topics. Teruel also serves as an adjunct professor in the MBA program at Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business.Marketing Technology News: Claravine’s New Chief Product Officer Leads Integrations With Google and Facebook“ADARA’s incredible digital asset of over 1 billion global digital identities, positions us well to capture huge market share as demand for customer data and insights increases,” said Frank Teruel, Chief Operating Officer at ADARA. “With such relevant real-time data for so many commerce use cases, ADARA is entering a high-growth phase, and I’m thrilled to be part of the team.”Marketing Technology News: :betr Announces Positive Media Platform to Unlock Development and Wellness for GenZ Frank Teruel Joins ADARA as Chief Operating Officer MTS Staff WriterJuly 11, 2019, 12:50 pmJuly 11, 2019 ADARAFrank TeruelMarketing Technology NewsNewsTechnology Previous ArticleUnofficial Sponsors Seize the Cricket World Cup OpportunityNext ArticleTechBytes with Scott Brazina, CMO at Impactlast_img read more

Researchers develop new app that reminds users to relax and prevent stress

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 29 2018Whether at work or at leisure – more and more people are feeling stressed. This makes it all the more important to learn to consciously relax in order to get stress under control. The app “Stress-Mentor”, which was developed by a team of researchers from Kaiserslautern, helps to solve this problem: Users can playfully incorporate various methods of relaxation such as meditation into their daily routine. A diary helps to better record additional triggers of stress. The app was further developed into a “pain mentor” for pain patients. At the Medica medical technology trade fair in Düsseldorf from 12 to 15 November, the researchers will present their project at the research stand (hall 7a, stand B06) of Rhineland-Palatinate.Sleep disorders, exhaustion, back pain – all of these symptoms can be signs of stress. In the long term, this is harmful to health. Although there are many relaxation methods such as yoga, meditation or muscle relaxation exercises, most people take little time for them in everyday life.Dr Corinna Faust-Christmann from the wearHEALTH junior research group at the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern (TUK) and her team have developed an app that reminds users to relax every day. “We offer a series of exercises,” says the psychologist. “These exercises last between five and 45 minutes. They can be individually integrated into daily routine.” These include meditation, movement and stretching exercises. The app “Stress-Mentor” is designed to playfully increase motivation. In this context, experts speak of “gamification.” “We have a little birdlike mythical creature in our app, the Rhineland-Palatinate Elwetritsch.” The user has to look after the animal by carrying out at least one exercise every day,” continues Faust-Christmann. “Up to three exercises a day are possible.”In addition, the app contains a diary to better observe stress in day-to-day life. “Using scales, the user can quickly assess how stressful the day was or the positive experiences they made. It takes about a minute to record such information,” says the researcher.Related StoriesOxidative stress could play key role in the spreading of aberrant proteins in Parkinson’s diseaseDogs and cats relieve academic stress and lift students’ mood, according to a new studyTransobturator sling surgery shows promise for stress urinary incontinenceThis health app is not intended for long-term use. “It is active for about three months, depending on how regularly it is used,” continues Faust-Christmann. “It’s meant to teach you how to deal with stress more consciously.” The exercises should simply be integrated into everyday life after that time. Stress-Mentor is to be launched on the market free of charge for Android devices at the end of next year.The program of the Kaiserslautern research team is not only interesting for stress management, but also for pain patients. Faust-Christmann’s team is working on this project together with Dr Katja Regenspurger from the University Hospital in Halle. In addition, more functions will be added to the app. If a pain attack occurs, it should help, for example, to plan the further course of the day more easily in order to get help. “We would also like to offer a diary in which pain days or parameters such as pain intensity can be recorded,” says Faust-Christmann.The app “Pain-Mentor” could, for example, be used as an aid for multimodal pain therapy. At the Medica, the team will present the technology.The Kaiserslautern junior research group wearHEALTH is an interdisciplinary team from the fields of computer science, mathematics, psychology, cognitive science, motion science and control engineering. They develop digital techniques that are intended to improve health preventively or, for example, in the form of rehabilitation measures. The team is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research as part of the “Interdisciplinary Competence Building in the Research Focus Human-Technology Interaction for Demographic Change” measure. Source:https://www.uni-kl.de/en/last_img read more

A poor sense of smell increases your risk of dying early but

first_imgIn the future, as these potential health implications are unveiled, it may not be a bad idea to include a sense of smell test as part of your [doctor’s] visit. Incorporating a sense of smell screening in routine doctor visits might be a good idea at some point.” By Sally Robertson, B.Sc.Apr 30 2019Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Researchers at Michigan State University have found that a poor sense of smell during older age may be associated with an increased likelihood of dying within the next ten years. “Poor olfaction is associated with higher long-term mortality among older adults, particularly those with excellent to good health at baseline,” writes the team.However, they can’t explain why.Deborah Lee Rossiter | ShutterstockEpidemiologist Honglei Chen says the study is the first to explore potential reasons for why a poor sense of smell, which becomes more common as people age, is associated with an increased risk for death.As reported in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, the team used data from the National Institute on Aging’s Health ABC study to analyze almost 2,300 people (aged between 71 and 82 years) over a 13-year period.Each participant completed a test that assessed their ability to identify 12 common odors including lemon, cinnamon, and gasoline. The cohort was then divided into individuals who had a good, moderate or poor sense of smell and tracked for survival over the next 13 years.Compared with individuals who had high smell test scores, individuals who correctly identified no more than eight odors were 46% more likely to have died at ten years and 30% more likely to have died at 13 years.The authors say the results were slightly affected by factors such as lifestyle, gender and race. However, the interesting finding was that individuals who were healthier at baseline were found to account for most of the increased risk.Further analysis revealed that poorer olfaction was not associated with death caused by respiratory conditions or cancer, but was significantly associated with death caused by Parkinson’s disease and dementia. There was also a modest association between increased mortality risk and cardiovascular disease.‘We don’t have a reason’ for thisA poor sense of smell is known to be an early indicator of Parkinson’s disease and dementia. Scientists also believe that a poor sense of smell may decrease appetite, leading to weight loss and deteriorating health. However, these conditions only accounted for 28% of the deaths in this study, leaving most of the association unexplained.“Neurodegenerative diseases and weight loss explain only part of the increased mortality,” writes the team.”We don’t have a reason for more than 70% of the increased risk. We need to find out what happened to these individuals,” says Chen, who plans to investigate potential reasons in further studies.Chen points out that a poor sense of smell may be an early and even sensitive predictor for deteriorating health, but that people are often unaware that their sense of smell is worsening and it is rarely factored in during health checks by doctors.last_img read more

Karnataka Speaker trying to prop Kumaraswamys minority govt Rebel MLAs to SC

first_imgNEW DELHI: The 15 rebel Congress-JD (S) MLAs told the Supreme Court Tuesday that Karnataka assembly speaker K R Ramesh Kumar is trying to “prop” the H D Kumaraswamy-led government which has lost the majority and his non-acceptance of their resignations is a violation of fundamental right. They told a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi that it is their fundamental right to resign from the membership of the Assembly and the Speaker cannot “frustrate” it by not accepting the resignations. Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for these MLAs, argued that once resignation is tendered, “notwithstanding the pendency of disqualification proceeding, has to be decided in its own course and the parameter for this is to see whether its voluntary or under coercion”. “When an MLA says that he wants to resign voluntarily, there is no rule not to accept it. It cannot be mixed up with the disqualification process. If an MLA says he will resign, nobody can compel him to discharge his duty as a member of the Assembly,” he told the bench, also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose. The bench, after hearing the submissions of the counsels representing the MLAs, the Speaker and the Chief Minister, said it would pronounce order Wednesday on the pleas filed by the 15 lawmakers seeking a direction for the Speaker to accept the resignations. Rohatgi said the speaker, by not accepting their resignations, is forcing them to vote in a particular manner during the scheduled trust vote on July 18. “This (resignation) is my right. He (Speaker) cannot force me (MLAs). He is infringing upon my fundamental right to resign and do whatever I want to do,” he told the bench. He argued that the Kumaraswamy-led government “is in minority” and idea behind keeping the resignations pending is to make them vote during the confidence motion. “What will happen if you (MLAs) resign?,” the bench asked Rohatgi. He said that if the resignations are accepted, the MLAs can join other party and may “become a minister tomorrow and then get elected to the Assembly within six months”. He said the Speaker has to only ascertain whether the resignation is voluntary and “nobody has put a gun on the temple (of an MLA) to resign”. Rohatgi said if the Speaker is not accepting the resignations, he is compelling these MLAs to do something against their wishes. “The rule says that decide the resignation now. By not deciding it and keeping it pending, he (Speaker) cannot be said to be neutral and is partisan,” he said. He said there may be several reasons for an MLA to resign from the membership of the Assembly. Referring to the unprecedented midnight hearing in the apex court last year, Rohatgi said that the court had directed the protem Speaker of Karnataka Assembly to conduct a floor test. He said the bench should ask the Speaker to decide on resignations of these MLAs during the day itself and he can later decide the issue of disqualification. He said there is vote of confidence in Assembly on July 18 and the rebel MLAs may be forced to follow the whip despite resigning. The bench asked Rohatgi if there was any constitutional obligation on the Speaker to decide disqualification which was initiated after the resignation. Rohatgi responded that the rules say to ‘decide now’ on resignation. “How can the speaker keep it pending?,” he asked. Disqualification proceeding is like a “mini-trial” under the 10th Schedule of the Constitution, Rohatgi said, adding that resignation is different and its acceptance is based on single criterion — is it voluntary or not. There is nothing to show the rebel MLAs conspired with BJP, the senior advocate said, adding that the disqualification proceeding was nothing but to scuttle resignation of MLAs. He also told the court that the disqualification proceedings were initiated for not being “a disciplined soldier of the party and for not attending meetings outside the Assembly”. The bench further asked if all the disqualification pleas are on same grounds, to which Rohatgi replied “more or less same”. The rebel MLAs told the court that the Speaker kept their resignation pending just to disqualify them and there was nothing wrong in resigning to escape disqualification. Summing up the arguments, Rohatgi asked the bench to continue with its interim order directing Speaker to maintain status quo on the issue of resignations and disqualification of the MLAs. The counsel for the rebel MLAs also asked the bench that if the House assembles for business, the 15 rebel MLAs be exempted from appearing on the basis of the whip of the ruling coalition. Download The Times of India News App for Latest India News.XStart your day smart with stories curated specially for youlast_img read more

Russia delivers more air defence equipment to Turkey

first_img World 12 Jun 2019 Turkey says it has already bought Russian S-400 defence systems World 10 Jul 2019 Turkey warns United States against harmful steps over Russian S-400s Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Related Newscenter_img Turkey says S-400 is a strategic defence requirement, above all to secure its southern borders with Syria and Iraq. It says that when it made the deal with Russia for the S-400s, the United States and Europe had not presented a viable alternative.The dispute between the countries with the two largest armies in NATO marks a deep division in the Western military alliance, which was forged after World War Two to counter Moscow’s military power.Reaction from Washington was limited on Friday, with acting Defense Secretary Mark Esper saying the U.S. stance had not changed. Esper later spoke with Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar.”Minister Akar told his U.S. counterpart that Turkey remains under a serious air and missile threat and that purchase of S-400 defence systems was not an option but rather a necessity,” a Turkish Defence Ministry statement said.Investors in Turkey have been unsettled by the deal and the prospect of sanctions, a year after a dispute with Washington over the trial of a U.S. pastor in Turkey contributed to a financial crisis which drove Turkey’s economy into recession.The Turkish lira TRYTOM=D3 weakened as much as 1.6% to 5.7780 against the dollar on Friday, before recovering somewhat.Russia’s TASS news agency quoted an unnamed military-diplomatic source on Friday as saying that a further delivery – of 120 guided missiles – would be carried out by ship at the end of the summer. (Reporting by Dominic Evans; Editing by Mark Heinrich) ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Russia flew a fresh shipment of advanced air defence equipment to Turkey on Saturday, the Turkish Defence Ministry said, continuing to implement a deal that is likely to trigger U.S. sanctions against a NATO ally.The ministry said a fourth Russian cargo plane landed at the Murted air base near the Turkish capital Ankara, a day after three huge Russian air force AN-124 planes offloaded equipment at the base.Washington has tried for months to prevent the deal, arguing that the Russian S-400 air defence system is incompatible with NATO systems. It also says that if the S-400s are deployed near U.S. F-35 jets, which Turkey is buying and helping to produce, they would undermine the stealth fighter planes’ defences.U.S. officials had warned that Turkey would be thrown off the F-35 programme if it took delivery of the S-400s, and would also face sanctions under U.S. legislation seeking to prevent countries from buying military equipment from Russia. World 11 Jul 2019 EU threatens Turkey with sanctions over Cyprus drilling – draftlast_img read more

Goa CM seeks resignation of 3 ministers independent MLA to induct new

first_img Next Goa CM Pramod Sawant seeks resignation of 3 ministers, independent MLA to induct new facesThe three GFP ministers who have been asked to resign are Vijai Sardesai, Vinod Palyekar, and Jayesh Salgaonkar and the Independent MLA is Rohan Khaunte.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 20:33 IST Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said that he has asked three GFP ministers and Rohan Khaunte to resign from the cabinet. (Photo: ANI)A day after 10 MLAs switched from the Congress to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant asked three Goa Forward Party (GFP) ministers and one Independent MLA to resign from his ministry. The lawmakers were asked to step down as new faces would be inducted in the state cabinet on Saturday.The three GFP ministers who have been asked to resign are Vijai Sardesai, Vinod Palyekar, and Jayesh Salgaonkar and the Independent MLA is Rohan Khaunte.Pramod Sawant along with the 10 MLAs on Friday met Home Minister Amit Shah and working president JP Nadda in Delhi.Pramod Sawant said, “I have asked three GFP ministers and Khaunte to resign from the cabinet. I have given them the instructions as per the orders from my high command.” The Goa chief minister also said that he will be four new ministers on Saturday. He, however, did not reveal the names of the new ministers.A senior state BJP leader had said earlier in the day that Sawant would induct BJP MLA and Deputy Speaker of Goa Assembly Michael Lobo, and three of the ten MLAs who have switched over from the Congress.Reacting to the recent developments in Goa, the GFP said it would take a decision only after speaking to the central leadership of the BJP.GFP, in a statement, said that the party is a part of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and had joined the state government after having talks with the national leadership of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). It also said that the present BJP leaders in Goa were not part of the discussions.”We are a part of the NDA and had joined the BJP-led state government after talks with the national leadership of the BJP. The present state BJP leaders were not part of the discussions then,” the GFP said.The Goa Forward Party also said that it has not received any official communication from the central leaders of the BJP. On the contrary, the party said, it has received indications that the matter will be sorted out soon.”As such we will take appropriate steps only after talking with NDA leadership at the Centre. We haven’t yet received any official communication from BJP central leaders. On the contrary, we have received indications that the matter will be sorted out amicably,” the party said.Also Read | Congress MLA likens Goa crisis to political prostitutionAlso Read | 3 ex-Congress MLAs likely to be inducted in Goa cabinetAlso Watch | Leaderless Congress headed towards self-destruction?For 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 byChanchal Chauhanlast_img read more