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Mexico says Guard deployment beginning forms migrant team

first_img June 11, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News, Politics Tags: Immigration AP, AP Mexico says Guard deployment beginning, forms migrant teamcenter_img MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican officials said Tuesday they are beginning deployment of the country’s new National Guard for immigration enforcement, an accelerated commitment of a 6,000-strong force made as part of an agreement with the United States to head off threatened U.S. tariffs on imports from Mexico.President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard also announced that a team of five officials, including a general and a prison director, has been formed to implement the immigration plan.Ebrard said that Gen. Vicente Antonio Hernández Sánchez, commander of the Tapachula military zone near the border with Guatemala, will begin a tour of the south “to speed up the deployment in the area.”Cuban migrants land on the Mexican side of the Suchiate River on the border with Guatemala, after crossing on a raft near Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, early Tuesday, June 11, 2019. Mexican officials say they are beginning deployment of 6,000 National Guard troops for immigration enforcement, an accelerated commitment made as part of an agreement with the United States last week to head off threatened U.S. tariffs on imports from Mexico. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)The main objective is to register migrants, offer them options for regularizing their immigration status and return those who don’t want to register, he added.Ebrard did not mention detentions, which have risen notably in recent months, but said there is a need to expand and improve overcrowded immigration facilities that operate as de facto detention centers.Another deployment is going to the frontier with the United States to attend to migrants who have been returned to Mexico while their asylum claims are processed in U.S. courts.As part of the deal reached last Friday with Washington, Mexico agreed to an expansion of the program known as Migrant Protection Protocol, though the United States has run into its own logistical obstacles to ramping it up.There have been more than 11,000 returns by migrants to Mexico under MPP since it launched in January, according to the most recent figures from the Mexican government.Mexico’s National Guard is a newly formed force tasked with policing rising insecurity. It is separate from the military and is legally supposed to be under civilian command, though it is largely made up of current or former soldiers and federal police. Posted: June 11, 2019 FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Selfdriving trucks go postal in USPS twoweek pilot

first_img 4 More From Roadshow Autonomous Vehicles Trucks Self-driving trucks have the chance to transform the logistics industry, and even the federal government is working to determine how well the tech can work in its nascent stages.The United States Postal Service will begin a two-week pilot program that will put self-driving trucks to work delivering mail. The USPS will use trucks from TuSimple, a startup working to bring the first commercial self-driving semi to market. The pilot program will consist of five round trips ferrying USPS trailers between Phoenix and Dallas, each leg covering more than 1,000 miles. The trucks will be driven along the I-10, I-20 and I-30 interstates, and the drives will take place at all hours of the day and night. Like many other AV pilot programs, there will be a safety engineer and driver on board to monitor the truck and, if necessary, take command.Enlarge ImageIt’s unclear if the trucks will carry USPS branding, or if the cabs will sport the same TuSimple getup seen here. TuSimple TuSimple said that this kind of trip is exactly what self-driving trucks are made for. Each 22-hour leg, with a short turnaround time, would usually require two drivers working in tandem and sharing some awfully close confines. Using AVs would eliminate the need to bathe in another person’s musk for nearly a full day at a time, which seems like a benefit. Of course, the USPS sees benefits beyond smell. “This pilot is just one of many ways the Postal Service is innovating and investing in its future,” said a USPS spokesperson in an emailed statement. “We are conducting research and testing as part of our efforts to operate a future class of vehicles which will incorporate new technology to accommodate a diverse mail mix, enhance safety, improve service, reduce emissions, and produce operational savings.”Driver shortages are hitting the logistics industry in a big way. American Trucking Association statistics estimate that the industry could be short some 175,000 drivers by 2024, so it’s a good time for self-driving trucks to start making moves. tusimple-inlineEnlarge ImageHaving driven most of this route in the past, I can assure you that it’s just about as lonely (and pretty) as it looks. TuSimple Tags Share your voicecenter_img 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Comments 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything betterlast_img read more

Andre Russell scripts miracle again for KKR vs RCB Twitter calls him

first_imgShubman Gill and Andre Russell after KKR defeated SRH at Eden Gardens on March 24, 2019.Kolkata Knight Riders InstagramAt one point 53 runs were required off 16 balls and Russell then took over to hit 7 sixes and a boundary to finish the game off. With one run left to get in the last over, Russell sprinted through for the winning run as if he were a Jamaican sprinter and then punched his chest a few times. It was a miracle and Russell is making it a habit to script miracles for KKR. On the night, the big Jamaican scored 48 runs from 13 balls. To recount Russell’s innings since the 18th over, it was – dot ball, dot ball, six runs, six runs, six runs, one run, six runs, six runs, six runs, four runs, six runs. Earlier in the evening, Dinesh Karthik won the toss and elected to bowl first. Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers helped the home team reach 205 and for most of the chase, it looked as though it would be enough for RCB to notch up their first victory of the tournament. But Andre Russell thought otherwise.  Andre Russell.ReutersRussell was naturally delighted after the match and said that although it was an improbable situation, he was confident. “I was confident when I went out to bat. DK was telling me to take a few balls to see how the pitch is behaving. I was watching in the dugout on TV and had a fair idea. When you need 68 off 20-odd balls, it doesn’t happen everyday,” said Russell.”Need to put your body on the line. The nature of T20 is such that one over can change the momentum. That’s why I never give up. A part of me was saying that the runs needed were too much but I wanted to fight and eventually, we won with five balls spare. The support is good from the boys and I am in a good space so that I can express myself. No ground is big enough for me I guess, I just trust my power. Hand-eye coordination is the key (for low full tosses) as they aren’t easy to hit. I try short arm jabs as extending the arms can put you in trouble. Can’t explain much, rather show that on the field,” Russell concluded with a wide grin on his face. This is how Twitter reacted to the carnage.KKR fans looking at Andre Russell.#RCBvKKR pic.twitter.com/RopvA0jlpK— BW Pandey (@bw_pandey) April 5, 2019Rcb players trying to smile after today’s match #RCBvKKR pic.twitter.com/ZRel9qjbmK— Hunny Bansal (@Hunny_bansal) April 5, 2019Indian Cricket fan to RCB..#RCBvKKR pic.twitter.com/ZaQAADbkvn— Gujju Baba (@Gujju_Jalwa) April 5, 2019He faced 13 balls and 7 of them were hit for six. Andre Russell, was he batting in the nets before he walked in to the crease? How did he get going so early? Made complete mockery of the RCB side here. #RCBvKKR #KKRvRCB— Devarchit (@Devarchit) April 5, 2019#RCBvKKRWhen RCB start thinking” aaj to hum jeet jayenge’Russell: pic.twitter.com/G6LHO40kHG— mSalman (@mohdsalman064) April 5, 2019#RCBvKKR KKR CHEERLEADER TO RUSSELL pic.twitter.com/vegfUfIuXw— Pawan Swami (itspie) (@yourloverpie) April 5, 2019?????#RCBvKKR #RCBvsKKR pic.twitter.com/sOKePbbQRA— Rishu (@Rishutrendz) April 5, 2019IPL Management please Give 2 free points to all the Teams and Ban RCB and please Please Leave Virat And Abd Let them play in any other teamWe don’t wanna see them such helpless on field ?#RCBvKKR #ViratKohli #VivoIPL #Russell pic.twitter.com/ACCJVhTAvz— Cricketcritic_ (@im_sharukh_) April 5, 2019Take a bow, Russell12A #IPL2019 #RCBvKKR pic.twitter.com/qLg8Uje6fL— #IPL2019 #IPL2019 IPL 2019 #VIVOIPL #IPLT20 #IPL12 (@OppoIPL2019) April 5, 2019 Virat Kohli was obviously displeased in the post-match presentation ceremony. “There is no guessing there (about where they lost), the last 4 four overs that we bowled was just unacceptable. We needed to be more clever, nothing came off and we just cracked under pressure. That’s been our story this season so far,” said Kohli.”If you bowl with not enough bravery in the crucial overs, it’s always going to be difficult against power-hitters like Russell. I wasn’t really happy getting out at that moment, could’ve got 20-25 more. AB didn’t get much strike in the end. I thought the runs were enough on the board, we didn’t have enough composure. If you can’t defend 75 in the last four overs, then I don’t know if you can defend 100. We can have a bit of chat about what went wrong, apart from that nothing much you can say. I don’t think talking enough helps all the time. You need to give the guys some space and come back stronger in the next game. It’s been a disappointing season so far, but we are still optimistic about our chances. We just have to believe in ourselves that we can turn things around,” an extremely disappointed Kohli concluded.last_img read more

RAB arrests fake DB members in Dhaka

first_imgThe members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) on Saturday arrested eight people from Dhanmondi area in the capital as they allegedly pretended to be members of the Detective Branch (DB) of police, reports news agency UNB.RAB sources said they also recovered foreign pistol, vehicle, and other materials from their possessions.last_img

Modi plans jobs quota for upper caste poor

first_imgIndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves to the crowd as he arrives in Medininagar on 5 January 2019, during a campaign sweep through Jharkhand state to inaugurate development projects. Photo: AFPIndia prime minister Narendra Modi’s government announced plans Monday to set aside a quota of government jobs for poorer members of India’s upper caste, months before what looks set to be a challenging re-election bid.India already “reserves” jobs for impoverished and disadvantaged lower castes for civil service jobs and college places, but this has caused resentment among other communities, who say it is unfair and freezes them out.Modi’s plans would help households with an annual income of less than $11,000, the Press Trust of India news agency reported. The change would require a change to the constitution, which caps the number of reserved jobs and college places at 50 per cent.The plans were approved by Modi’s cabinet on Monday. They require approval from both houses of parliament.Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept to power in 2014, but late last year it suffered painful defeats in three key state elections to the opposition Congress party led by Rahul Gandhi, scion of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty.Abhishek Singhvi, a Congress spokesman, said on Twitter that the latest move was an “election gimmick” and “proof positive” of Modi’s “fear” of losing power in the vote, which is due to take place by May.Caste-based quotas are meant to provide equal opportunities for India’s poorest and most marginalised groups. Nearly one in four Indians still lives on less than $1.25 a day.Demands for quotas for highly sought-after government jobs and university places have escalated in recent years as unemployment has risen and conditions in rural areas have worsened.In 2016 at least 10 people were killed when thousands of Patidars, a relatively well-off caste of farmers and traders, took to the streets in the western state of Gujarat to demand they be included in those quotas.Similar protests by upper caste groups have been witnessed in other states including Maharashtra and Haryana.last_img read more

4 killed in lightning strikes

first_imgFile photo of LightningAt least four people were killed and 12 others injured in lightning strikes in Baliadangi and Ranisankail upazilas of Moulvibazar on Tuesday, reports UNB.Three people were killed on the spot and 12 others were injured after being struck by lightning while working in a mango orchard in Baganbari village of Baliadangi at 2:30pm, said officer-in-charge of Baliadangi police station Mosadderul Haque.The deceased are Nurul Islam, 35, son of Bappa Mohammad; Rabiul Islam, 27, son of Abdul Karim; and Abdul Zabbar, 45, of Jagadal village in Ranisankail upazila.The injured were taken to the Upazila Health Complex.In a separate incident, a teenager was killed on the spot after he was struck by lightning while collecting ducks from a pond in Alsia village of Ranisankail upazila.The deceased is Abu Sayeed,13, son of Mansur Ali, said Abdul Mannan, OC of Ranisankail police station.last_img read more

Pepco Merger Seeks Engagement for Minority Businesses

first_imgSheila Brooks, moderator, William Von Hoene, senior executive vice president and chief strategy officer, Exelon; Bridget Reidy, senior vice president and chief supply officer, Exelon; Emmett Vaughn, director of Diverse Business Empowerment, Exelon; and Calvin Butler Jr., CEO, BGE. (Photo by Rob Roberts)More than 150 minority business owners serving Washington, D.C. residents had details of the proposed merger of Chicago-based energy company Exelon and parent company of D.C.-based utility Pepco shared with them on Oct. 7, at the Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square in Northwest. The forum was co-hosted by The President’s Roundtable and Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council.The $6.8 billion merger consists of Exelon’s 3 utilities – BGE, ComEd and PECO – and Pepco Holdings Inc.’s (PHI) 3 utilities – Atlantic City Electric, Delmarva Power and Pepco, which will create a leading mid-Atlantic electric and gas utility.  Since the announcement that the two companies signed a definitive agreement in April, skepticism has surfaced about the benefits of the merger to minority-owned businesses. “Any time businesses come together, you always worry about a shrink in the market,” Larry McKenney, CEO of Laurel Radiology Services, told the AFRO during the event.The forum’s message, however, enforced the corporations’ commitment to the inclusion of varied suppliers. “Diversity is a core value of PHI,” said Reginald McCauley, director supply of chain at PHI during his opening statement. “We have the ability to make sure that opportunities for diversity happen.”In 2013, Exelon spent $906 million with certified diverse suppliers and PHI’s Pepco utility spent $80.1 million on diverse supplier procurement, yearly increases for both companies.During the event, minority entrepreneurs benefited from face-to-face access to Exelon and PHI leaders as opposed to less intimate dialogue via phone and internet that have become popular in this age. “It’s a part of business relationships that are being lost,” said McKenney.The corporations’ leaders were able to share information about approaches to working with diverse businesses in the D.C. metropolitan area. “We are challenging [to our partners], but everyone perceives their business as better because we challenge them,” Emmet Vaughn, director of diverse business empowerment at Exelon.Not only will vendors and the communities they serve benefit from partnering, but the Exelon and PHI expect the same rewards. “The reason that this is important to us is because we are better when we bring people to the table with different perspectives and vantage points,” said William Von Hoene, senior executive vice president and chief strategy officer at Exelon during a panel discussion that included senior leaders at Exelon. “Our obligation is to do our business in the best way possible.”The panel also dove into strategies for how to successfully compete for contracts and partner with the companies, as well as answered questions related to vendor promotions, providing support to the merger and expectations related specifically to District businesses.The merger is expected to be completed in the second or third quarter of 2015 and the corporations will continue to actively engage with minority businesses, said Melissa Sherrod, vice president of corporate affairs at Exelon, “If we haven’t knocked on your door yet, we’re coming.”last_img read more

Waterfront Partnership Free Summer Socials

first_imgThe Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore’s Summer Social Series, presented by TD Bank, offers FREE entertainment on the Waterfront. The series kicks off May 15 and will continue through August with one event each month, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.Attendees will enjoy live music performed by local bands, cold beverages, food trucks, a Waterfront Kids Zone presented by Playworks Maryland and the Walter Sondheim Interactive Fountain. Visit www.waterfrontpartnership.org for more information.last_img

McCarthy Helps Lead Revamped Baltimore Branch NAACP

first_imgThe Baltimore City branch of the NAACP is regrouping with a new agenda and new leadership. The local branch will host a delegation of the city’s civil rights organizations in a meeting with new Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa next week and has announced a comprehensive economic inclusion agenda in cooperation with the organization’s national headquarters.“We’re taking the lead in bringing local civil rights organizations to a meeting on the 16th of this month. We’re going to be talking about his conversation around plain clothes units. We’re going to be talking about the consent decree,” said Anthony McCarthy, newly appointed executive director of the Baltimore branch.Anthony McCarthy, newly appointed executive director of the Baltimore branch.“The Baltimore NAACP, The National Action Network and the Urban League all plan to be intimately involved in moving forward with the implementation of the consent decree,” said McCarthy, who is a former spokesperson for Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh. McCarthy also served in the administrations of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Mayor Sheila Dixon. In addition, he is a former editor with the AFRO.McCarthy was appointed executive director by the chapter’s executive committee in January.  Ronald Flamer became president of the Baltimore NAACP after the controversial departure of long-time president Tessa Hill-Aston last Fall.Flamer believes the reinstatement of the executive director’s role will strengthen the chapter and return the Baltimore branch to its core advocacy work with an increasingly complex local civil rights agenda, which includes the Baltimore Police Department’s (BPD) consent decree and continuing the work of moving Baltimore’s economic, educational and public policy agendas forward.“We are excited to have someone of Anthony’s caliber take on this leadership position with the Baltimore City NAACP.  He has a strong history of social justice advocacy and brings decades of experience in public service and media to the job,” Flamer said.The Baltimore branch will take the lead in connecting with city government on recommendations in the NAACP’s 2018 Economic Inclusion Plan for Baltimore released Feb. 6 jointly with the organization’s national office and Maryland State Conference.Specific recommendations for jump starting economic viability in Baltimore include vacant land transfer to community land trusts and a local government-enforced crackdown on predatory lending practices that continue to negatively impact home ownership for African-Americans in Baltimore, according to the report.“We now look forward to utilizing these strategies for economic inclusion in our work with the community to truly make a difference,” said Edsel Brown, economic chair, NAACP Maryland State Conference.Collaboration is a key theme for both the Baltimore Branch and the NAACP national office this year.  The national headquarters recently experienced a shake-up in 2017 as well, dismissing Cornell Williams Brooks in the spring and replacing him with Derrick Johnson in Aug. 2017.Johnson quickly kicked off a “listening tour” in several cities, including Baltimore, amid the city branch’s turmoil and ultimate change in leadership.  The listening tour served as the impetus for the Economic Inclusion report.Finally, McCarthy said the local chapter has adopted a legislative agenda and plans to issue support letters on issues ranging from legislation in support of the city’s two HBCU’s (Coppin State and Morgan State Universities) to HB-687, proposed by State Delegate Antonio Haynes requiring security services at Baltimore’s senior housing sites.The Baltimore Branch of the NAACP was placed under administrative receivership last Fall after Hill-Aston’s departure.  The national organization appointed NAACP State Conference Director Gerald Stansbury as branch receiver. The Baltimore branch will hold elections for permanent officers this Fall. Flamer has not yet announced whether he will seek the presidency for a full term.In the meantime, McCarthy plans to prove the value of hiring full-time staff to support the Baltimore Branch through service.  “I’m committed to serving this organization. I am going to work diligently every day and earn my keep,” McCarthy said.last_img read more

Continuous breathing metalorganic framework with guest selectivity

first_img More information: Elliot J. Carrington et al. Solvent-switchable continuous-breathing behaviour in a diamondoid metal–organic framework and its influence on CO2 versus CH4 selectivity, Nature Chemistry (2017). DOI: 10.1038/nchem.2747AbstractUnderstanding the behaviour of flexible metal–organic frameworks (MOFs)—porous crystalline materials that undergo a structural change upon exposure to an external stimulus—underpins their design as responsive materials for specific applications, such as gas separation, molecular sensing, catalysis and drug delivery. Reversible transformations of a MOF between open- and closed-pore forms—a behaviour known as ‘breathing’—typically occur through well-defined crystallographic transitions. By contrast, continuous breathing is rare, and detailed characterization has remained very limited. Here we report a continuous-breathing mechanism that was studied by single-crystal diffraction in a MOF with a diamondoid network, (Me2NH2)[In(ABDC)2] (ABDC, 2-aminobenzene-1,4-dicarboxylate). Desolvation of the MOF in two different solvents leads to two polymorphic activated forms with very different pore openings, markedly different gas-adsorption capacities and different CO2 versus CH4 selectivities. Partial desolvation introduces a gating pressure associated with CO2 adsorption, which shows that the framework can also undergo a combination of stepped and continuous breathing. Proposed role of guest–framework interactions in the solvent-dependent continuous-breathing properties of SHF-61. Credit: (c) Nature Chemistry (2017). DOI: 10.1038/nchem.2747 After heating SHF-61-CHCl3 to remove solvent, it exhibited type I adsorption isotherm behavior for N2 and CO2. This was as expected from previous studies. What was new for this study, though, was that CH4 also followed type I adsorption isotherm, but it took much longer for adsorption to occur. This kinetic difference allows for selective adsorption, which has implications for practical uses such as catalysis and separation techniques.Typically studies with MOFs are either all or nothing in the sense that the adsorption measurements are taken after complete desolvation of the MOF to determine total guest uptake. SHF-61 was also studied for gas adsorption as a partially desolvated MOF, which is the first of this kind of study. The partially desolvated SHF-61-DMF showed a stair-step isotherm instead of type I adsorption isotherm typical of an approximately fixed pore size. The mechanism at work here was identified by in situ powder x-ray diffraction and has to do with a sudden opening of the pores at a particular CO2 pressure threshold.Finally, while cation-framework interactions are difficult to study, crystallographic studies show that guest-framework and cation-framework interactions control the breathing mechanism, particularly whether the guest is able to overcome cation-framework interactions. This explains the stair-step adsorption pattern for the partially desolvated MOF. While adsorption of CO2 is at first slow, once the pressure of CO2 is high enough to overcome cation-framework interactions, then the pores open allowing for more CO2 to adsorb.This research demonstrates a unique continuous breathing MOF whose properties have allowed for unprecedented studies in the SHF-61’s mechanism and guest selectivity. This research has implications for molecular sensing for gas separation. Because the authors were able to gain new insights into continuous breathing MOFs, future research may include developing other continuous breathing MOFs. Journal information: Nature Chemistry Flexible metal-organic frameworks with range of pore sizes made by threading through molecular ligands 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. © 2017 Phys.org Explore further (Phys.org)—Researchers from the University of Sheffield report a new continuous-breathing metal-organic framework (MOF), SHF-61, that has two different solvent-specific forms, a narrow-pore structure that is the result of DMF or H2O desolvation and a wide-pore structure that is the result of CHCl3 desolvation. The wide-pore form showed uptake of N2, CO2, and CH4 with selectivity for CO2. They were also able to conduct single-crystal structure analysis of their MOF during breathing motions. Their work appears in Nature Chemistry. “Being modular in construction allows MOFs to be tailored for a wide variety of applications that exploit their molecular-scale porosity. Highly flexible MOFs remain uncommon, but offer the possibility of developing guest-responsive materials. Identifying new flexible MOFs may open many doors for applications, particularly in selective entrapment and release, separation and sensing of molecules,” explains Lee Brammer, who is Professor of Inorganic and Solid State Chemistry at the University of Sheffield. “The flexible behavior of SHF-61 is quite complicated, but what helped in this case is that it proved feasible to study the structural changes in some detail by single-crystal X-ray diffraction.”Breathing MOFs, are metal-organic frameworks whose structure reversibly changes upon some kind of external stimulus. Very few MOFs have been reported to display breathing behavior and of the known MOFs, most undergo some kind of structural change due to a crystal phase transition. This structural change leads to a difference in pore size, which, in turn, allows for the reversible adsorption and desorption of guests. Because these MOFs undergo a phase change, their adsorption profiles (i.e., adsorption isotherms) look like stair steps.What is not common among breathing MOFs is continuous rather than a stair-step adsorption profile. Continuous breathing MOFs, such as MIL-88, have proven difficult to isolate and study. This paper reports single-crystal and powder XRD studies of continuous-breathing MOF SHF-61.SHF-61, or (Me2NH2)[In(ABDC)2], where ABDC is 2-aminobenzene-1,4-dicarboxylate, has an In(III) metal coordinated to carboxylates that serve as hinges for the continuous breathing mechanism. The authors point out that the hinge is from rotation of the ABDC ligands around the O—-O of the carboxylates. This is accompanied by changes in the coordination geometry around In(III). The combination of the two motions enables the continuous breathing.Specifically, In(III) is chelated to four ABDC ligands providing a flattened tetrahedral geometry around the metal center. The resulting anionic framework has diamond-shaped pores, which contain dimethylammonium cations that balance the charge. The pore size is largely dependent on the solvent. Carrington et al. isolated solvated forms of the MOF, SHF-61-DMF and SHF-61-CHCl3, and demonstrated how removal of each solvent affects pore size, and therefore guest uptake, differently. Removal of the more strongly interacting DMF leads to narrowing of the pores whereas removal of the more weakly interacting CHCl3 leaves the pores fully open. Citation: Continuous breathing metal-organic framework with guest selectivity (2017, March 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-03-metal-organic-framework-guest.htmllast_img read more

Trauma care centres to come up in major hospitals across Bengal

first_imgKolkata: The state government has chalked out a detailed plan to set up trauma care centres at various hospitals in the state, to ensure quick treatment to accident victims. The government will bear a cost of around Rs 45 crore for the construction of the trauma care centres and for buying equipments.According to initial plans, eight trauma care centres would be constructed in the first phase. The locations would be on or near national and state highways and other important roads. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIt has been learnt that three trauma care centres would be located at SSKM Hospital, Bardhaman Medical College and Hospital (BMCH) and North Bengal Medical College and Hospital (NBMCH), while three others would be constructed at Kharagpur, Asansol and Islampur. The remaining two will be set up at Singur and Amtala.The critical patients would be admitted in the trauma care centres on an emergency basis. Accident victims or any trauma patient will be kept in the centres, where the patients would be given special care. These trauma care centres will have all the modern facilities to handle such patients. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe victims of fire incidents or those seriously injured in accidents, would be taken to the trauma care unit of the hospitals, where they would be given immediate attention. It is important to transfer these patients to a hospital equipped with trauma care facilities. This could save lives of many accident victims in the state, the senior officials of the state Health department said.The construction of the trauma care centre at BMCH has already been done. There will be 25 beds – 10 general, 10 critical care and five step down or high-dependency units (HDU). Accidents victims in the area are often brought to the city’s hospital and it takes a long time to shift a critical patient to the city. Had there been a trauma care unit at BMCH, people meeting with road accidents in the area can be provided treatment faster. The trauma care centre at NBMCH will be made operational soon.According to the Health department sources, the largest trauma care centre is coming up at the SSKM Hospital. It is expected that it can be made operational within September this year. Those coming up at BMCH, NBMCH and Singur will be of level 2 category, while the ones at Kharagpur and Islampur will be of level 3 category. A trauma care centre was inaugurated at RG Kar Medical College and Hospital, a few months ago. It may be mentioned that RG Kar Medical College and Hospital is the first medical college hospital in the state to have a separate dedicated building for trauma care. The eight-storeyed building of the trauma care unit has departments like medicine, neuro-medicine, neuro-surgery, orthopedic and anesthesiology. Patients are availing specialised health care facilities under the same roof. The new building has 150 beds.last_img read more

Pigeons quicker in multitasking than humans

first_imgLondon: Despite their small brains, pigeons are capable of switching between two tasks as quickly as humans – and even quicker in certain situations, new research has found. The researchers believe that the cause of the slight multitasking advantage in birds is their higher neuronal density.For the study, published in the journal Current Biology, the researchers performed the same behavioural experiments to test birds and humans. “For a long time, scientists used to believe the mammalian cerebral cortex to be the anatomical cause of cognitive ability; it is made up of six cortical layers,” said Sara Letzner from Ruhr-Universitat Bochum in Germany. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn birds, however, such a structure does not exist. “That means the structure of the mammalian cortex cannot be decisive for complex cognitive functions such as multitasking,” Letzner said.The brain pallium of birds does not have any layers comparable to those in the human cortex, but its neurons are more densely packed than in the cerebral cortex in humans.Pigeons have six times as many nerve cells as humans per cubic millimetre of brain.Consequently, the average distance between two neurons in pigeons is fifty per cent shorter than in humans. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAs the speed at which nerve cell signals are transmitted is the same in both birds and mammals, researchers had assumed that information is processed more quickly in avian brains than in mammalian brains.They tested this hypothesis using a multitasking exercise that was performed by humans and pigeons. In the experiment, both the human and the avian participants had to stop a task in progress and switch over to an alternative task as quickly as possible. “Researchers in the field of cognitive neuroscience have been wondering for a long time how it was possible that some birds, such as crows or parrots, are smart enough to rival chimpanzees in terms of cognitive abilities, despite their small brains and their lack of a cortex,” Letzner said. The results of the current study suggest that it is precisely because of their small brain that is densely packed with nerve cells that birds are able to reduce the processing time in tasks that require rapid interaction between different groups of neurons.last_img read more

This App Will Make Your Next Virtual Meeting Awesome

first_imgJanuary 5, 2015 3 min read LAS VEGAS — One new video conferencing app is looking to change how you have virtual meetings. Called Personify, the computer and mobile app transforms your average run-of-the-mill video call into an immersive 3-D experience that feels more like an in-person meeting than a conversation with your computer screen.Previously able to just overlay a single person onto a presentation for a one-on-one conversation, the app is today launching new video conferencing features at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Related: 6 Ways to Manage a Virtual Work ForceThe big difference between Personify and competitors like Skype and Google Hangouts is where and how the people you’re chatting with are displayed on the screen. Using a 3-D camera (you’ll need to snag one of those to use the app) and Intel’s RealSense, Personify captures a 3-D image of let’s say developer Bob whom you’re working with across the country.When you chat, the app applies a virtual green screen of sorts (the thing the weather man stands in front of) to the background behind Bob and replaces it with your desktop.  Instead of showing up in a window, Bob will be at the bottom of your computer screen, just like he’s sitting across from you. Any other people you bring into the conversation will be placed beside Bob at the bottom of the page, giving the feel of a roundtable discussion.Related: For More Productive Meetings, Throw Out Your Conference TableWhile the experience can make your average work meeting a bit more natural, the real win with the app comes when you need to work on something with the people you’re chatting with on Personify.  Since everyone is at the bottom of the page, the rest of the screen is open for you to do other things.  For instance, you could use the app while playing a collaborative game with a friend, or watching movie with mom. Unlike some other solutions, there’s a balance between the people you’re chatting with and what you’re doing on your desktop.Videos can also be shared live or recorded and shared later on. That way someone can see your face while watching a recorded video of your pitch presentation or you could have your child chat with grandma about her latest trip to Disney World while virtually showing off pictures. Pretty neat.Eager to give it a try? You can check out Personify for yourself from the company’s website.Related: The Biggest Do’s and Don’ts of Video Conferencing  Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. How Success Happens Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. Listen Nowlast_img read more

Major road closed due to accident

first_imgWhat to do if you’re involved in a collision What to do in a collision Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmute0:01/0:59Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:58 SharePlayback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. UP NEXT:Maunders and MayaMaunders and MayaUP NEXT: Click for Sound The video will start in 1Cancel Play now Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.20:59Road reopenedThe road is reported to have reopened, according to traffic data company INRIX.20:30Road remains shutThe road remains closed according to traffic data company INRIX.19:09Location of accidentThe road is closed in both directions near the Plough Inn in Eaton (Image: Inrix) We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comUPDATE: The road reopened shortly before 9pm A major East Cheshire road is closed following a traffic accident this evening. The A536 Congleton Road is currently shut in both directions in Eaton, near Congleton. The road is shut between Pexall Road and School Lane with Inrix, a traffic data company, reporting the crash took place near the Plough Inn. The accident is believed to have taken place at around 6.45pm. Traffic is currently moving slowly in surrounding areas, according to Inrix. The A536 is a major route between Congleton and Macclesfield. We’ll bring you any updates we get on this incident on the live feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. You’ll also find us on Instagram here . Read MoreRailway station closed for two weeks for refurbishment Watch again Watch Next Share this video Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to playTap to play Video will play in last_img read more

WestJet disappointed over cabin crew certification plus fare increases likely coming

first_img By: The Canadian Press Wednesday, August 1, 2018 Share Tags: CIRB, CUPE, WestJet, WestJet Encore, WestJet Swoop CALGARY — WestJet says the Canada Industrial Relations Board has issued an interim order to allow the Canadian Union of Public Employees to represent cabin crew members.The union had filed an application with the CIRB on July 10 to represent the flight attendants after a majority signed cards stating they supported joining CUPE, including WestJet’s mainline carrier and low-cost carrier Swoop.But WestJet said Tuesday night that the interim order does not include members of Encore or Swoop cabin crew.The airline also said it has until Aug. 10 to make submissions on which positions to exclude from the bargaining unit.The move by CUPE to sign up flight attendants follows the unionization of the airline’s pilots who are represented by the Air Line Pilots Association.“We are disappointed by this outcome but respect the rights of our employees to choose their representation,” said WestJet president and CEO Ed Sims in a statement. “We now shift our focus to working effectively with CUPE in the interest of success for WestJet as a whole.”More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesNews of the CIRB decision comes hours after the airline said it had posted its first quarterly loss in 13 years.WestJet said it lost $20.8 million in the second quarter and warned that passengers should expect to see higher fares later this year to compensate for rising fuel costs that contributed to the loss.“I think this is the way guests now need to think is that airfares will be rising just as they did back in 2010, 2011 when we had the last major fare spike,” Sims said in an interview.The increases will likely be felt this fall after the negative effects on demand from a threatened pilots strike dissipate.“We firmly believe that by the time we get to late September, October we’ll start to see more of those fare increases sticking and more guests understanding that we are passing on the cost of the fuel increase.”Even though the second-quarter results beat analyst expectations, Sims conceded they were “disappointing” and that its 2018 results are “off track”.More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”“We are now operating in a very different fuel and competitive environment,” he said during a conference call.The Calgary-based airline said it was forced to offer discounts that partially offset five fare increases this year to stimulate travel and restore passenger confidence.“To build flow-on benefits like ancillary revenues, we had to be aggressive both to recover those guests who would otherwise have booked away or booked with a competitor but also to compete with this almost unprecedented level of peak season capacity,” Sims added.The threat of the strike wiped out tens of millions of dollars in profit in the second quarter that pushed the airline to break a 52-quarter streak of profitability, chief financial officer Harry Taylor said in a conference call.“We start rebuilding from today,” Sims said in an interview. “I think when any sports team breaks their winning streak their first focus is how do you rebuild that streak.” WestJet “disappointed” over cabin crew certification, plus fare increases likely coming << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

In This Issue… The dollar loosens it grip Jo

first_imgIn This Issue… * The dollar loosens it grip * Jobs market continued to improve * Investors testing Norges * A rate hike in the cards And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! Clear as mud… Good day…and a Fabulous Friday to one and all. This will take care of my call from the bullpen for now, so Chris will have the ball for the next couple of weeks until Chuck returns at the end of the month. The summer time heat finally loosened its grip on St. Louis yesterday and the dollar strength which had a tight hold in the markets earlier in the week saw some pullback. We didn’t see much action in the overnight markets Thursday morning so everything was fairly flat when I sat down at my desk. The dollar buying frenzy did subside, but we didn’t see a total reversal that would offset the damage from Tuesday and Wednesday. I guess you could say the US dollar party got a warning for being a little too loud but it hasn’t gotten broken up just yet. I think the novelty of the Fed statements have started to wear away and investors are looking for more confirmation that QE3 really has been relegated back to the basement and additional data before they go much further. That’s not to say we could see some safe haven buying here and there, but I think it would be a while before the Fed could officially rule out additional stimulus measures. With that being said, we could see more emphasis placed on the US economic reports over the next couple of months as investors try and gauge where things actually stand, with the caveat that problems in Europe don’t flare up. While data has seen improvement in certain areas, there hasn’t been enough, in my opinion, to demonstrate the economy has the traction to carry on without the safety net of government stimulus. We did have several reports to talk about from yesterday morning, so let’s jump right in. Starting with the producer price index, wholesale inflation, the annualized figure did fall, as expected, in February to 3.3%, from the previous reading of 4.1%, and marked the slowest year over year gain since 2010. We saw the same thing with the cost of imported goods as the annual figure dropped lower, however, the monthly figure for both PPI and the import index gave us much higher readings than the previous reports. In fact, wholesale prices rose 0.4% from January and reflected the highest increase in five months. The Labor Department prints three monthly inflation reports, two of which we’ve already seen, so today we see the final gauge of inflation for February through the consumer price index. The CPI numbers are expected to fall in line with the other reports by showing no year over year inflation but is expected to show a monthly increase. The headline CPI number is expected to rise 0.4% in February, but core inflation is forecast to remain flat. The only problem with the core calculation is that both food and energy are taken out of the equation, which happens to be the two most frequently used consumer products. When the Fed stated oil will push up inflation temporarily, it’ll be interesting to see just how temporary this scenario plays out, especially if demand really does pick up. Moving over to the employment side of things, the jobs environment demonstrated another week of a step in the right direction as initial jobless claims fell to 351k, the lowest level in four years, from last week’s upward revision to 365k. The four week moving average, which is typically a less volatile figure, held firm at just under 356k. The number of people collecting unemployment benefits, which doesn’t include extended benefits, decreased to 3.34 million. With employment continuing to head in the right direction, the Bloomberg consumer comfort report yielded the highest level since March 2008. The equity markets have been on the rise over the past several months, so seeing positive returns on those portfolio statements also goes a long way in making someone feel a little better. The U. of Michigan confidence report will be released this morning so I’m sure we’ll see another pickup in the happy factor. The TIC flows, which measures international demand for longer term US financial instruments, surged in January to $101 billion. The markets used to pay attention and actually consider this a must see report, but the Fed pretty much threw water all over it when they kicked the printing presses into high gear. Anyway, thoughts of whether Greece would default or get another bailout spurred the safe haven movement into US Treasuries so that pretty much explains the rise. Other than that, nothing new as China and Japan still own over $2 trillion worth of Treasuries combined. Rounding out the remaining data reports from yesterday, the regional manufacturing figures both increased to multi-month highs and points to a rise in the national report, the ISM, which is due on April 2. The other reports that I haven’t touched on include industrial production and capacity utilization. If the secondary manufacturing reports and other indications hold true, we should see improvement in both figures. Looking ahead to next week, it’s shaping up to be a fairly slow week in the data department as it will pretty much be dominated by February housing numbers. As I mentioned earlier, the US dollar lost ground yesterday even though we had some positive economic numbers that could have kept the rally going. It looks like investors were willing to again venture out into the riskier asset arena as equities rose along with the major currencies. The trend that’s been in place for quite some time, which consists of positive US or global economic news promotes a weaker dollar, was back in the ring. I’m sure some of the cheaper prices, namely in gold and silver, enticed investors to get off the couch. The New Zealand dollar topped the charts by turning in a nearly 1.25% performance. An increase in February manufacturing to almost a two year high gave the kiwi an extra shot and gave investors a reason to pick up the currency at a seven week low. We’re starting to see better economic data coming out of New Zealand, but the much larger economy from Australia often casts a shadow they can’t escape. The Swiss franc remained near the top of the currency returns leader board yesterday by gaining just over 1%. The SNB, Swiss National Bank, met yesterday and kept interest rates on hold as expected. There wasn’t any earth shattering news surrounding the meeting, but they did express a more upbeat attitude regarding the economy. The SNB raised its growth forecast for this year by predicting GDP will rise 0.8%, instead of the previous estimate of 0.5%, and pushed away the prospects of a recession. The SNB also reiterated they will defend the 1.20 per euro ceiling that was established in September with the utmost determination. They don’t want to appear overly optimistic and attract too much attention, so continuing to fly under the radar is where policy makers would like to stay. While 4th quarter GDP and investor confidence has risen recently, the central bank is still concerned about deflation derailing the recent economic stabilization. One of the statements from the SNB explained that while the high value of the franc continues to present enormous challenges to the economy, the minimum exchange rate is having an impact. They went on to say the ceiling has reduced the extreme exchange rate volatility and has given business leaders a better basis for planning. In the end, any currency appreciation will be met with government intervention and economic policy changes look to be a long ways down the road, so there’s no reason to spend much time here in the foreseeable future. The Norwegian krone, interestingly enough, finished in the top five after its dismal performance on Wednesday. They did report a record trade surplus in February as rising oil prices boosted exports, but it looks as though speculators were trying to crack the code as the government’s pain threshold on currency gains. The central bank indicated after the rate cut on Wednesday they intend on keeping rates on hold for the rest of the year unless justified otherwise. Policy makers indicated on Wednesday they don’t defend a specific krone level and that interest rate policy will only respond to the extent that the exchange rate affects the inflation outlook. Most of the currencies had solid returns yesterday anyway so I’m not so sure that speculators trying to break the central bank’s resolve was the prime player. Nonetheless, these were some of the news headlines floating around yesterday and had some investors thinking about another Swiss type of situation. The Canadian dollar didn’t have the same returns as New Zealand or Norway, but it did remain in positive territory and got close to breaking back into the $1.01 handle. On the data side of the table, existing home sales in February rose 1.4% and the average home price climbed 2%. We also saw a Canadian consumer confidence poll rise to its highest level in a year. The higher oil prices and positive US data are starting to feed through to the Canadian economy, not to mention two fundamental pillars of strength which include a commodity based economy and a healthy fiscal position. As I was sifting through the news last night, I saw a story that traders now have over a 50% chance that we could see a rate hike by year end. That scenario might be a stretch given the Bank of Canada likes to follow in the Fed’s footsteps when it comes to rate decisions, but just seeing that thought kicked around says a lot about the Canadian economy. Gold and silver saw some renewed life yesterday as they both traded up around 1% throughout the day. Since they have gotten beat up this week, it looks like the buying on dips crowd were stirring around and scooped up the metals at cheaper prices. I also saw where physical gold demand from India yesterday was the highest level since January of last year, so I’m sure that helped as well. As I came in this morning, the overnight markets didn’t really give us any solid direction as everything traded in a fairly tight range. If anything, the dollar has strengthened this morning but nothing to write home about. There weren’t any global economic reports that held any market moving weight, but we did see a measure of European exports rise for a third month in January. If we look back to December and January, the euro was under some selling pressure from the Greek related anxieties so I’m sure that went a long way helping exporters with a cheaper euro. Then there was this… Evidence of a global economic recovery is real, but the level of optimism it has created deserves skepticism, according to The Economist. Growth is likely to be slower this year than last. In the U.S., stimulus should focus on higher wages, affordable housing, increased health care spending, and pensions. “If policymakers get it wrong again, the recovery could yet turn to dust,” the magazine notes. To recap…The dollar couldn’t keep the party going as most of the major currencies appreciated throughout the day. Consumer confidence displayed another rise as the labor market continues to show life. We saw another drop in the initial jobless claims figure and regional manufacturing reports continue to show improvement. The New Zealand dollar rose against the dollar as domestic manufacturing increased to a two year high and the SNB kept rates on hold while reiterating their commitment to the currency ceiling. The Norwegian krone appreciated despite Wednesday’s rate cut and the odds of a rate hike in Canada increased to over 50%. Currencies today. American Style: A$ $1.0529, kiwi .8184, C$ $1.0064, euro 1.3053, sterling 1.5728, Swiss $1.0811, . European Style: rand 7.6424, krone 5.7910, SEK 6.8088, forint 223.79, zloty 3.1641, koruna 18.8008, RUB 29.40, yen 83.72, sing 1.2623, HKD 7.7636, INR 50.3025, China 6.3229, pesos 12.6874, BRL 1.7983, Dollar Index 80.37, Oil $105.20, 10-year 2.31%, Silver $32.42, and Gold. $1,648.18 That’s it for today…I’ll be glued to the tv this weekend with all of the college basketball games, but my focus will be centered this afternoon when the Missouri Tigers hit the court. We also have St. Patrick’s Day this weekend so top o’ the morning to all that have Irish heritage. I have some Irish blood, so maybe I’ll enjoy a green beverage or two on Saturday, but you wouldn’t guess it be looking at me. You would probably think my holiday of choice would be Columbus Day as my Italian features are fairly prominent. Since I have both nationalities running through my veins, I guess I’m set either way. That’s it for me today and Chris will be back in the saddle on Monday, so until next time…Have a Great Day!! Mike Meyer Assistant Vice President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837 www.everbank.comlast_img read more

Userled and disabled peoples organisations hold

first_imgUser-led and disabled people’s organisations hold the key to fighting back against the government’s long-term assault on the welfare state, according to a leading disabled academic.In his new book, All Our Welfare: Towards Participatory Social Policy, Professor Peter Beresford argues that service-user and disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) “offer a force for achieving change” and for moving towards a “future sustainable welfare state”.Beresford (pictured), who chairs Shaping Our Lives, the national network of disabled people and service users, says in his book that the new identity movements of the 1970s – such as the disabled people’s movement – developed new ways of thinking.They offered new ideas and models of support, and more equal methods of research; and they developed co-operatives, and focused on environmental sustainability and the importance of meeting people’s needs and rights.But faced with a dominant right-wing media and politics, they survived only as an “undercurrent”.Now, he says, the disabled people’s movement, which overcame “massive struggles” to develop its own pioneering, user-led services, can provide the foundation for a new “revisioned” welfare state, pushing back against the current media and political forces that want to marginalise the idea of welfare.“I don’t see any other progressive way forward,” he told Disability News Service (DNS). “If we don’t manage to have that then I fear for where this country will be heading.”He believes that successive governments have performed a “conjuring trick”, by transforming the welfare state – which historically has included services such as the NHS, social care, education and social housing – to simply mean welfare benefits.“The welfare state, according to this government, is now ‘welfare’,” he says, “which means ‘people getting benefits that you are paying for, who are scum.’ That’s how they are presenting it.”But Beresford, who is professor of citizen participation at the University of Essex and emeritus professor at Brunel University, is convinced that the seeds of the downfall of the government’s right-wing, anti-welfare state approach have already been sown.“It’s difficult to be optimistic in terms of how many terrible things are going to continue to happen,” he told DNS, “but I don’t see it is a sustainable road of travel in where we are headed, I really don’t.”He believes that younger people will feel more and more beleaguered by the prospect of huge higher education debts, and having to find the money to cope with job insecurity and – if the welfare state continues to be whittled away – healthcare, pensions and social care.Young families with disabled children “will not tolerate what people tolerated 20, 30, 50 years ago; they want a life for their children; they see their children as like anybody else”.And older people, he says, now worry about their grandchildren, and where their jobs will come from, and where they will live.He believes these factors will provide a “growing groundswell that will be encouraging for the radical movements like the disabled people’s movement”.“The concerns are rising,” he says. “My concern is how long it will take, how much damage will be done in the meantime.”Beresford believes that the most important question is “how we look after each other in modern society”.“This government has pretended that we can do that on our own and that really the issue is all these people claiming rights and income they are not entitled to.”But he does not advocate a return to the “old paternalism” of the post-war welfare state, which “failed to involve people, was top-down, and failed to understand diversity”.Instead, his book points towards a future welfare state that is “financially and environmentally sustainable”, that is “participatory”, where “social rights and needs guide economic policy”, and in which “supporting each other is recognised as a productive creator of real wealth, personal and collective well-being”.If this is to be achieved, he says, the disabled people’s movement has to highlight “not only the bad things that are happening now but the good things it has to offer, and show non-disabled people what disabled people can offer in a much more systematic way”.He also wants to see user-led organisations build more alliances.“We have got to be outward-looking as movements, we have got to collaborate more, we have got to be more tolerant of each other’s differences, we have got to really work on addressing diversity in our activities.”But he feels “optimistic” for the future, as long as disabled people and their organisations work “in concert” with others.“People listen to people with shared understanding and experience, people like them,” he says. “We must show that commonality.”He is convinced that the values represented by the disabled people’s movement and user-led organisations will win through.The values that he says have been imposed on society – individualism, fighting each other, greed and criminality – “seem immensely powerful, but they don’t stand up to investigation”.Instead, what ordinary people want are “traditional values about treating people with respect and not discriminating”.“They are the things that the disabled people’s movement, the other movements and user-led organisations are fighting for,” he says. “They are eternal values and those values will out.”last_img read more

SmartyPig Savings Site With Strings Attached

first_imgFinance Next Article 5 min read SmartyPig automates transfers to a savings account to help you fund a big-ticket goal–and it might help you encourage pals to chip in. –shares Add to Queue June 5, 2008 You don’t need to be a finance whiz to recognize that the least painful way to pay for a big-ticket item–a new car, say, or a dream vacation–is to save small amounts toward it, week by week, month by month, paycheck by paycheck. But how many of us are disciplined enough to set aside money for a planned future purchase?SmartyPig promises not only to help you save toward a goal but also to make it simple for family members and friends to contribute (think birthday gift)–and, in many cases, the service might even help make the goal itself cost less. But while the general concept sounds good, the implementation hides a few notable gotchas that might prove annoying to some.Basically, SmartyPig gives you a savings account with a competitive annual percentage yield (the site’s banking partner is West Bank of Des Moines, and at this early-June writing the APY was 3.9 percent), to which you must set up regular, automatic monthly transfers from an existing bank account (SmartyPig says that nonautomated funding will be available soon to allow people to set up accounts for wedding registries and similar goals). Each account must be tied to a savings goal (you don’t need to have an actual item in mind, but you must set a dollar figure), which you can change at any time. You can opt to make your goal public, so that people can contribute toward it by visiting SmartyPig and entering your e-mail address. You can also encourage such gifts by putting a SmartyPig widget on your blog or on personal pages on sites such as Facebook, Google, Live, and MySpace.Adults can set up SmartyPig accounts for minors by designating the children as co-owners who can then track their progress toward a purchase–an Xbox 360 or Wii, for example. SmartyPig positions itself as a tool to help kids understand the concept of saving.To Market, To MarketNow for the caveats. SmartyPig accounts are free, but when you reach your goal, you can’t easily cash out: SmartyPig would much rather help you actually buy something.First, you can check SmartyPig’s list of retail partners (which include such blue-chip outfits as Amazon.com, Apple Tours, Best Buy, Gap, Home Depot, and Lowe’s) to see if one of them is selling whatever you were saving for at a good price; if so, you can have your savings converted to a gift card for that retailer, which SmartyPig will ship to you for free.This setup can save you a bit of money, since the retailers on SmartyPig all offer small boosts (of a couple of percentage points, up to 5 percent) to the face value of the gift card. Gift cards, however, often have their own drawbacks–time limits for use, for example. It’s up to you to investigate the terms and conditions on each retailer’s site.Alternatively, you can have your savings and interest converted into a SmartyPig debit MasterCard, which you can use either to make a purchase at any place that accepts MasterCard or to withdraw cash at an ATM that accepts debit MasterCards. Keep in mind, though, that most ATMs limit the amount of cash you can withdraw on a given day to a few hundred dollars.Also, ATM fees may apply, and they can quickly mount if you’re forced to withdraw your sum over several days. You face no fees for using the card at ATMs in the Shazam network, which has ATMs in 27 states (including West Bank ATMs). Regardless, to use the card, you must maintain a SmartyPig account.Check by Snail MailWhat if you need to take out the cash in your SmartyPig account for an emergency? You can have SmartyPig cut you a check, but you’ll have to wait for it to arrive via snail mail; the company says the process takes five to seven days after all pending transactions have posted to your account. SmartyPig will not electronically transfer funds to other bank accounts (although the company says that feature will be supported soon).SmartyPig also charges a fee to people who want to contribute to your goal using a credit card–2.9 percent of the amount of the gift. The convenience might be worth the extra cost to some gift-givers, but other folks might prefer to save a few bucks by dashing off a check. (SmartyPig account holders, however, can use their funding accounts to contribute to other account holders’ goals free of charge.)I have mixed feelings about SmartyPig. You could accomplish a lot of what it does simply by setting up automatic transfers to a savings account (yours or your child’s) on your own–and you wouldn’t have to sacrifice the ability to withdraw your cash easily on a moment’s notice. The 2.9 percent fee for credit card donations from non-SmartyPig account holders would discourage me from giving such a gift.On the other hand, getting a discount (even a small one) from a retailer you might patronize anyway beats a free toaster as a come-on for a savings account, and whenever I’ve checked, SmartyPig’s interest rates were on the high end of those available. The premise is gimmicky, sure, but if SmartyPig helps you avoid putting a big-ticket item on your credit card, it’s worth a try. 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BlackBerry Launches Secure Work Space for Android and Apple Devices

first_img The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Apply Now » BlackBerry launched a service on Tuesday allowing government agencies and corporate clients to secure and manage devices powered by Google Inc’s Android platform and Apple Inc’s iOS operating system.The long-anticipated offering, which BlackBerry had said would come out around mid-year, could help the company sell high-margin services to its large clients even if many, or all, of their workers are using smartphones made by its competitors.The new Secure Work Space feature will be managed through BlackBerry Enterprise Service (BES) 10, a new back-end system launched at the start of this year that allows BlackBerry’s clients to control mobile devices on their internal networks.The company, a one-time pioneer in the smartphone arena, is now fighting to regain ground lost to Apple’s iPhone and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd’s Galaxy devices. To compete, it has rolled out a trio of devices powered by its new BlackBerry 10 operating system.It hopes to win back users with the Z10, Q10 and Q5 devices that were unveiled during the first half of this year. The first comprehensive look at the success of its turnaround plan will likely emerge when it reports quarterly results on Friday.At the same time, it has indicated a shift in emphasis from smartphones to services.”With an integrated management console, our clients can now see all of the devices they have on their network, manage those devices and connect to them securely,” David Smith, the head of enterprise mobile computing at BlackBerry, said in an interview.”We now also have a secure work space on Android and iOS that allows our clients to secure and manage the data on those devices as well.”BlackBerry has installed some 18,000 BES 10 servers since the system was launched in January, up from a little more than 12,000 servers one month ago, and more than 60 percent of U.S. Fortune 500 companies are testing or using the system.The feature, when used to manage Android and iOS devices, will allow IT managers to fence off corporate email, calendars, contacts, tasks, memos, Web browsing and document editing from personal apps and content, which could be less secure.(Editing by Edmund Klamann) Next Article –shares June 25, 2013 2 min read Euan Rochacenter_img 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List BlackBerry Launches ‘Secure Work Space’ for Android and Apple Devices Add to Queue Image credit: Reuters/Mark Blinch Technology This story originally appeared on Reuterslast_img read more

Report Snapchats 23YearOld CEO Said No to 3 Billion From Facebook

first_img –shares Brian Patrick Eha Report: Snapchat’s 23-Year-Old CEO Said No to $3 Billion From Facebook Next Article 2 min read Technology November 13, 2013 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Add to Queue UPDATE: This Is the 23-Year-Old Entrepreneur Who Just Turned Down $3 Billion From FacebookUntil recently, it would have been a safe bet that no 23-year-old in the world had ever turned up his nose at $3 billion. But that’s exactly what Evan Spiegel, the co-founder and chief executive of messaging service Snapchat, did when Facebook offered to buy his company.Citing unnamed sources familiar with the offer, The Wall Street Journal reports Facebook offered Snapchat an all-cash deal of $3 billion or more. At the time of its last funding round, in June, Snapchat was valued at only $800 million. (It raised $60 million in June of a total $73 million to date.)The deal would have marked Facebook’s most expensive acquisition, outstripping even its $1 billion purchase of Instagram in 2012.Snapchat has been enjoying explosive growth as the app of the moment for teens, tweens and twentysomethings who act like teens. In September, Spiegel announced that his service transmitted 350 million snaps a day, up 75 percent from the time of its $60 million Series B round. Snapchat allows users to send photo and video messages to each other that disappear after several seconds. The ephemeral nature of Snapchats make them a popular medium for sexually suggestive photos, not to mention silly stuff that you don’t want preserved forever on a Facebook Timeline.Still, given that Snapchat has yet to earn any revenue, the idea of turning down a buy offer three times the value of that which Mark Zuckerberg himself once turned down seems — not to put too fine a point on it — insane. It appears Spiegel and his co-founder, Bobby Murphy, also turned down a $200 million investment offer from Chinese company Tencent Holdings that would have valued Snapchat at $4 billion.But Snapchat’s young executives may soon have a better offer on the table. According to The Wall Street Journal, they are hoping their numbers continue to improve through early 2014, when they may be finally willing to consider an acquisition or investment. But they may be kicking themselves if their core user base becomes enamored of another service and leaves Snapchat behind before its founders can cash in.Related: Why Tech Valuations Can’t Be Too High or Too Low 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Apply Now »last_img read more