Monograms discounts Italy 2019 departures by 15

first_img Posted by Tags: Europe, Monograms Share Tuesday, July 3, 2018 Monograms discounts Italy 2019 departures by 15%center_img TORONTO — Italy will be extra sweet next year now that Monograms is shaving 15% off all 2019 departures of some of its most popular tours.Clients must book their 2019 Italy trip between July 1-31, 2018 to receive the discount on a choice of vacations, including its three-night ‘City Getaways’ to Rome, to Florence or to Venice; a six-night tour combining Rome and Florence, and a nine-night holiday combining Rome with Florence and Venice. Clients can also save 15% on a full week in the Eternal City with the ‘A Week in Rome’ package.The sale is applicable to all departure dates throughout 2019. And when clients book their air to coincide with their tour start and end dates from Monogram’s array of airlines and fares, they’ll also receive free airport transfers in their destination.Each of Monograms’ Europe tours includes centrally located accommodation with breakfast, a half-day sightseeing tour in each city, first-class rail transportation between the cities, and the services of a Local Host. A full day of leisure is also included in each city.More news:  Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish StepsFor more information go to monogramstravel.ca. Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

October 9 2000 Workshoppers and guests talk with

first_imgOctober 9, 2000Workshoppersand guests talk with PaoloSoleri over lunch at the Arcosanti Cafe before the Xtet performance. At the Colly Soleri Amphitheater,Xtet from Los Angeles performs 20th Century classics and cutting edge pieces.On stage are Vicki Ray, piano; David Johnson, percussion; and Elizabeth Baker,violin. Photo by: DoctressNeutopialast_img

Rep Hughes requests 6 million to address veterans home changes

first_img State Rep. Holly Hughes, R-Montague, has sent letters to the chairmen of the House Committee on Appropriations and Appropriations Subcommittee on Military and Veterans Affairs seeking $6 million to provide more robust oversight of the state’s two veterans care facilities.Her request comes following three joint-committee meetings involving the House Committee on Oversight and Ethics and House Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs, to review the mid-February report by the State Auditor General’s office regarding resident care and conditions at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.“One idea that came up to address a perceived lack of oversight of the homes by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs was to instead have the Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services (CMS) provide oversight,” wrote Rep. Hughes in her letter to state Rep. Al Pscholka, chair of the Committee on Appropriations, and state Rep. Larry Inman, chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Military and Veterans Affairs. “My understanding, however, is that there are currently some physical limitations with each of the homes that must be addressed in order for them to be certified by CMS. Much of the $6 million that I am recommending would be used to make the necessary modifications. The additional funding would allow the new leadership team at the homes to hire additional staff on a short-term basis to address the immediate issues brought forth by the audit.”During the most recent committee hearing, Rep. Hughes, vice-chair of the House Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs, implored her fellow committee members to support more funding for veterans.“We can, and we must, do better for our veteran heroes at the state level,” Rep. Hughes added in her letter. “Funding this request would be a great first step to ensuring that happens.”The joint committee issued a 10-item list of recommendations on Thursday, following the third day of testimony from state veterans officials and Home for Veterans administrators and residents. 22Mar Rep. Hughes requests $6 million to address veterans’ home changes Categories: Hughes News,Newslast_img read more

Disabled people will only be protected from online

first_imgDisabled people will only be protected from online abuse when they have “equal and fair” hate crime laws, a leading disabled campaigner has told MPs.Anne Novis, chair of Inclusion London, told the Commons petitions committee that the abuse targeted at disabled people online was “just an echo” of what they experienced on the streets.And she said that the law fails to protect them in both cases.She was speaking to the committee as part of its investigation into online abuse of disabled people, which was launched following a petition set up by former model Katie Price which was signed by more than 220,000 people.Price’s petition called on the government to create a new criminal offence covering online abuse, and to set up a register of offenders.She set up the petition following years of disablist and racist abuse targeted at her teenage son, Harvey, who met members of the committee before the evidence session.But Novis (pictured), who is an adviser on hate crime to the Metropolitan police, the Crown Prosecution Service and British Transport Police, said she did not want to see a separate offence for online abuse or the creation of a register of online offenders.Instead, she said, disabled people just needed “an equal and fair hate crime law”.There is currently no stand-alone offence of disability hate crime, as there is with race hate crime, she said, and disabled people are excluded from offences that protect other groups from the incitement of hatred against them.This means disabled people are not protected from posts on social media that would be breaking the law if they targeted people on the basis of their ethnicity.Novis told the committee: “We desperately need government to take on board that we need an equal and fair hate crime law.”She added: “We know that none of these people will get prosecuted unless they lay hands on us, then they can be arrested for violence and get an aggravated sentence because it’s hate crime.“But apart from that they can be as rude and vitriolic [as they like] and spit in my face, they can target me [for having a] blue badge, they can target me online as much as they like, and they will not get charged with a crime. That is our reality.”She warned that online stalking of disabled people can, and has, led to crimes of serious violence, including torture and even murder.Novis told the committee: “We need that justice and we need you to take it very seriously and understand that people feel they have permission to be horrible to disabled people.”She said many people had “jumped on the bandwagon of welfare reform and the rhetoric around scroungers”.She said: “It’s normal for me to be called a scrounger and assume that I don’t work.“I have an MBE for my efforts but it’s assumed I don’t do anything, that I’m a waste of space, and a burden on society, and the man and the woman on the street, and online, picks up those messages and distorts them.”Novis said she had never had a successful response to reporting online abuse to social media providers.And she said that other countries, such as Germany, were much “firmer” with the owners of social media services like Facebook and Twitter.Price, whose mother also gave evidence about the abuse, had told the committee that the problems faced by her son had grown “worse and worse” over the last few years, with online abuse targeting his skin colour, his size and his impairments.Although two of those responsible were eventually arrested and questioned by police, they never faced court proceedings because there were no appropriate offences to charge them with.She said her son was seen as “an easy target” and she added: “At least I have a voice to speak. People who mock Harvey, they know he hasn’t got a voice back.”Among those who have targeted her son are the comedian Frankie Boyle, who once joked on Channel Four that Harvey was going to rape her.She said: “Frankie Boyle, the disgusting things he said, he said that Harvey was going to rape me.“I complained to Channel Four because they were advertising for the Paralympics and then after the ad break they would have Frankie Boyle on talking about Harvey raping me.”She said that neither Boyle nor Channel Four had apologised.She added: “There’s so many people that have got love for Harvey but then there’s so many people that just find him a good excuse to pick on.”Amy Clarke, a digital assistant for the charity Mencap, also gave evidence to the committee.She said that online abuse “affects people a lot” and she called for stronger laws.She described how she had joined an online Dr Who forum but had to leave it because someone called her “nasty names, such as retard”.She said: “It was aggressive, and I felt very shocked. It made me leave the forum and I reported the person.”She said that police need “to take it seriously. Believing people is really important and not seeing the disability, see the person.”Clarke said there should be “a big button to report abuse online”, which should be “accessible and easy to use”.She said it would also be useful to be able to have a live online chat with a member of staff from the social media provider to make it easier to report abuse.Helen Jones, chair of the committee, said after the evidence session: “What Katie and her family have experienced is extreme and shocking, and other families of people with disabilities can tell similar stories.“Many people suffer online abuse, but the evidence today shows the government must not ignore the particular needs of disabled people in drawing up plans to tackle it.“We will be hearing from more disabled people, their families and other experts as the inquiry continues.”The committee is likely to produce a report on its investigation, and demand a government response, before holding a Commons debate on the issue.last_img read more

Cannabis Culture Is Fast Becoming Corporate Culture

first_img Listen Now Image credit: Tommy Flynn | Getty Images –shares Next Article For generations marijuana was a cheerfully outlaw industry and a passionate cause. The accomplishments of those pioneers deserve respect from the people rushing in now hoping to get rich. Corporate Culture 5 min read Green Entrepreneur Podcast Each week hear inspiring stories of business owners who have taken the cannabis challenge and are now navigating the exciting but unpredictable Green Rush. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Guest Writer As often happens in fledgling, innovative industries, a fear has gripped the cannabis industry, especially amongst the early players (the “OG’s,” if you will). This fear can be summed up as follows: Success means big money; big money means institutional players; institutional players means “suits”; and the “suits” will ruin the industry we have worked so hard to champion and nurture over the last 50+ years. “Ruin the industry” is code for the fear that institutional players will set up shop, extract all of the value and profit from this beautiful plant and leave the heart and soul of the trade — the mom and pop shops, the early brands and the social justice pioneers — smoking in their wake.…they’re kinda right.Related: Social Responsibility Is the Heart of the Cannabis BusinessThe suits are coming!Let me start by laying bare my credentials. Although I am a lifelong proponent and supporter of the cannabis cause, I am a relatively fresh transplant to the industry. I only recently hung up my business casual attire after working for Anheuser-Busch InBev, a behemoth by any standards. AB InBev often employed a scorched-earth policy to marginalize (and eventually copy and kill) small craft breweries. I have watched this story play out more than once. Promising to elevate the overall category, big companies like AB InBev routinely employ every competitive advantage afforded by their size and scale to destroy smaller players and with them, some say, the gregarious and brotherly beer culture that people hold so dear.First question: is that bad? From a profit perspective, absolutely not. On the contrary, the approach has proven to be quite effective. And let’s be clear, AB InBev is a publicly-traded company with a fiduciary duty to its shareholders. It’s managed by private equity experts who have built a genuine empire out of a small brewery in Brazil. What do we expect?But, is it bad? In other words, is it bad that their size and money afford them the power to practice anti-competitive behavior? Is it bad to destroy the passion for beer and replace it with a passion for profit? Yeah, that’s probably bad.Cannabis will, without question, follow a business trajectory similar to the beer industry during the next decade. Growers will mirror brewers, distributors are distributors, and retailers are retailers.Create > Distribute > Sell to PeopleIt’s the only model we have, and it has worked efficiently for a long time. Money will also necessarily flow into the system as regulations loosen up and entrepreneurs see more and more opportunity.Related: U.S. Cannabis Businesses Look Northward as Canada Opens a Vast Legal Marijuana MarketDemocratizationSo, given the inevitable growth and capitalization of the industry, a more important question than whether such growth is bad might be this: can the cannabis culture we’ve come to know and love be saved? Can we preserve the flavor of an industry that has been shaped entirely by opposition to the norm and by doing something you believe is good and right, even though it’s illegal — a flavor that is often characterized by pioneers like Steve DeAngelo, Snoop, friendly stoners, hippies and several music genres?Yes, but not forever, and not without accepting that every passion eventually becomes nostalgia. The cannabis counterculture will inevitably diminish because we are all on a journey of democratization. As the science of cannabis evolves and efficient access improves, the stigma will depart, taking with it the aroma of the people that fought that stigma in the first place.MedMen is arguably the most influential cannabis company in the United States at the moment. Have you seen their new campaign? It’s all about removing the “stoner” stigma and democratizing the plant. There are nurses, and moms, and old dudes. More eyeballs will see that marketing campaign than any other cannabis effort this year — a campaign that is all about removing the negative associations most Americans have been taught about cannabis.Again, I ask: Is that bad? I can certainly understand why some OG’s would feel put-out. The industry that they championed and enabled, often by fighting grotesque, institutionalized racism, is no longer “theirs.” But cannabis culture is busting wide open and becoming inclusive of all kinds of people. That should be celebrated, not lamented.Related: How MedMen Became the Starbucks of PotGrateful newbiesNewbies like myself owe a great debt to the pioneers of this industry. We should certainly celebrate the culture that built our current opportunity. First, we can give credit where credit is due — let’s not pretend like we were here first. We are standing on the shoulders of others; keep that in mind. Dispensary owners who weathered the storm from black market to medical to recreational deserve loads of props.Secondly, we can educate ourselves about how this wonderful opportunity came to be. Our current situation is a direct result of decades of fighting misinformation campaigns and big, strong government entities that were squarely focused on prosecuting a subset of people for a silly reason. A good place to start is by reading Steve DeAngelo’s book, The Cannabis Manifesto: A New Paradigm for Wellness. You’ll get an idea of the struggles and, regardless of your political leanings, you’ll likely come away with a renewed respect for those OG’s.As Heraclitus said, likely while taking a cannabis break, change is the only constant in life. As long as we maintain perspective and gratitude, we can make something great out of every change. September 7, 2018 Add to Queue Brian Geddes Cannabis Culture Is Fast Becoming Corporate Culture General Manager, Jane Technologies, Inc.last_img read more

Google Search Results Are Free Speech in the US

first_img A court in San Francisco ruled last week that Google search results are protected by free speech laws under the First Amendment, which means that the company can order its search results any way it sees fit.The lawsuit was brought by a website called CoastNews, which covers culture and dining in the San Francisco Bay Area (not to be confused with The Coast News, a weekly newspaper in San Diego County). The site’s owner, Louis Martin argued that Google was placing CoastNews further down in search rankings, while it was at the top of the queue in Bing and Yahoo searches.Related: 5 Google Results That Can Destroy Your CareerGoogle then filed an anti-SLAPP motion, which under California state law, can move to throw out lawsuits that have the intent to suppress free speech.In a ruling last week, Judge Ernest Goldsmith said Google could arrange its search results however it wants, as it “met its burden of showing that the claims asserted against it arise from constitutionally protected activity.”  The one-paragraph decision was posted here by Ars Technica.Related: Enforcing Your ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ May Get You RememberedWhile the First Amendment laws make Google’s search results a largely hands off affair in the U.S., governing bodies in Europe have taken a more aggressive tack in regulating the tech giant.In addition to launching an ongoing anti-trust investigation into the company’s business practices, European officials ordered Google to delete “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant” search results upon the request of EU citizens. Additionally, a French court ruled that Google France has to pay daily fines of 1,000 euros ($1,254) until the given search results are removed from Google’s entire “global network.” Related: People Have a ‘Right to Be Forgotten,’ Top EU Court Tells Google –shares Image credit: Eddy Galeotti / Shutterstock.com Entrepreneur Staff 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Next Article Add to Queue Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Google Search Results Are Free Speech in the U.S. Nina Zipkin The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. News and Trends Apply Now »last_img read more

Laptops Get Thin

first_img 3 min read Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. How the ultralight category of laptops shapes up Next Article Technology Add to Queue May 17, 2010 The Apple iPad tablet is now among us–and despite the hype, the überchic tablet computer just isn’t small-business manna from heaven. Yes, it boasts a multimedia wow factor, with its 9.7-inch screen and multitouch interactivity. But its lack of keyboard and office app support mean it’s simply not a contender for work life.”Let’s be clear: The iPad is not a notebook, or even a netbook,” says Erica Brown, executive vice president of corporate strategy at Frost & Sullivan, an international technology research and strategy company. “It’s a digital version of a coffee-table book.”But if you have a case of Apple lust, fear not. Traditional, ultraportable notebook computers offer hope for businesspeople dying to get thin. Here is our guide to the work-ready thin PC: MacBook Air (starting at $1,500)The iPad buzz made us forget that Apple makes a darn good ultraportable. The Air is getting close to 3 years old (that’s 120 in tech years!), and it has some issues with overheating and hinge durability. Still, its lovely aluminum enclosure, abundant processing power and effortless integration into all things Apple make this the best choice for Mac users on the go.Sony VAIO X (starting at $1,300)Almost eerily weightless at 1.6 pounds, the Sony Vaio X takes business computing to new limits of lightness. Sure, it’s three times the price of a cheapie netbook. And even basic code such as Excel clogs the thin processor, 2GB of RAM and mere 128GB of drive storage. But who cares? You get a fab-looking, full-functioning work PC that you will literally forget you are carrying: It weighs less than a daily newspaper. Need we say more?HP Envy (starting at $1,299)For the portable PC that can truly replace a desktop PC, the HP Envy sets the standard. With cord, disc drive and case, it’s reasonably light at just less than 4 pounds. And this sucker can be configured to pack dual processors, 4GB of system memory and 250GB drive. So just about anything will run plenty darn fast on it. With the right docking station and monitors, the Envy really could be your only computer.Lenova IdeaPad U1 Hybrid Notebook (due out in June, expected price $999)No, it is not a Prius: The U1 is a tablet and notebook computer in one. The tablet pops into a detachable screen cradle that connects to a notebook computer keyboard. When the two are connected, the tablet is the computer’s screen. But pop the tablet out and it becomes the computer–you and your work are on your way. Pretty slick. We weren’t blown away by its processing power or interface design in our pre-rollout preview, but if there is a single, exciting new idea in the portable work PC space, it is the U1. Don’t go ultraportable without at least touching this device. Magazine Contributor Jonathan Blum This story appears in the June 2010 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Laptops Get Thin Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business –shares Register Now »last_img read more

Mark Zuckerberg Puts His Money in EdTech Startup

first_img Next Article October 21, 2013 Mark Zuckerberg Puts His Money in Ed-Tech Startup –shares Technology Image credit: Reuters Mark Zuckerberg 2 min read Andrea Huspenicenter_img Entrepreneur Staff Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Special Projects Director and Founder of This Dog’s Life Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg is spreading his wealth with what appears to be his first national equity investment through his foundation Startup:Education. The lucky startup is Panorama Education, a Cambridge, Mass.-based company that utilizes surveys among teachers, students, administrators and parents to garner feedback and provide findings to the school district.”We are using technology to address some of the most difficult problems in education,” Panorama Education co-founder Aaron Feuer said in a statement. “We are tremendously excited to have Mark Zuckerberg involved because of his passion for technology and education.”Zuckerberg, along with his wife Priscilla Chan, co-led the $4 million seed round with Jeff Clavier of SoftTech VC and had participation from Google Ventures, Ashton Kutcher’s A-Grade Investments and Yale University.Related: Facebook Facepalm: In Big Real-Estate Buy, Mark Zuckerberg Seeks Personal Privacy, Then Removes Online Privacy Feature “Priscilla and I are excited to support Panorama Education and its mission. Their company is an exciting example of the way technology can help teachers, parents and students make their voices heard,” said Zuckerberg in a statement.The funds will be used for analytics tools and free services for teachers. It has also been reported that Panorama Education plans on using the capital to expand its footprint in the U.S. and launch in the international market. Related: Inside the Competitive Mind of Billionaire Mark Zuckerberg (Infographic) Panorama Education was founded in 2010 by Feuer, along with Xan Tanner and David Carel — all Yale undergraduates at the time. Panorama Education claims it works with 4,000 schools serving more than one million students. They are looking to tackle such issues as bullying, safety and student engagement, while also providing a platform for teacher growth. The startup makes money through annual licenses paid by the school districts ranging from $200 for small locations to hundreds of thousands of dollars for larger areas. So far the Panaroma Education counts the Los Angeles Unified School District and Connecticut State Department of Education among its clients. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Add to Queue Register Now »last_img read more

Google Lenovo Announce Plans to Tango With Smartphone Collaboration

first_img Add to Queue This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Next Article Google and Lenovo have inked a deal to deliver a Project Tango smartphone later this year.The announcement, made Thursday at CES, will see Google and Lenovo collaborate to build the first Project Tango smartphone. The companies anticipate the smartphone launching this summer, but did not share photos of the device or feature details. At this point, the Project Tango-based smartphone, which is still in development, doesn’t even have a name.Still, the collaboration between the companies is critical to the future of Project Tango.Developed by Google, Project Tango is a technology that gives smartphones and tablets the ability to “see” the same way humans can. The devices use built-in cameras to understand depth, motion and other elements of sight to create on-screen 3-D environments. The marriage between hardware and software can then be used by app developers to create all kinds of interesting apps, including those that place 3-D objects in the real world.“Using the sensor in the device, Project Tango devices can also capture the 3-D dimensions of the room, giving measurements that can be used to help you when shopping for furniture or decorations,” Lenovo and Google said in a joint statement Thursday.Despite being announced in 2014, Project Tango has gotten off to a slow start. There is currently only one tablet available that uses the technology. Google calls the device a Project Tango Tablet Development Kit and sells it at a starting price of $512. Although Google has worked on getting app developers interested in the platform, the general lack of users and hardware has prompted most developers to focus their efforts elsewhere.Launching a smartphone aimed at consumers, however, could be a way for Google to address that issue. In an interview with Business Insider, Lenovo said it plans to launch the Project Tango smartphone for less than $500, making it substantially cheaper than the lowest-end iPhone 6s, which goes for $649. It’s possible that at that price, Project Tango could find some room to grow.“To break new ground in today’s hyper-competitive smartphone and tablet industries, we must take innovation risks — it’s the only way to truly change the way people use mobile technology,” Chen Xudong, senior vice president and president of Lenovo’s mobile business group, said in a statement.Google and Lenovo plan to share details on the Project Tango-enabled smartphone later this year. Google, Lenovo Announce Plans to ‘Tango’ With Smartphone Collaboration –shares Enroll Now for $5 January 8, 2016 Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. 3 min read Contributing Writer Don Reisinger Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Technology Image credit: Lenovolast_img read more

Arianna Huffington to Leave Huffington Post

first_img August 11, 2016 Arianna Huffington to Leave Huffington Post Add to Queue Enroll Now for $5 This story originally appeared on Reuters Huffington Post co-founder Arianna Huffington said on Thursday she would leave the company to focus on running her new venture, health and wellness startup Thrive Global.”I thought HuffPost would be my last act. But I’ve decided to step down as HuffPost’s editor-in-chief to run my new venture, Thrive Global,” she tweeted.Thrive Global, which will offer services to companies to improve the well-being of their employees, recently closed a Series A funding round ahead of a launch in the fall.Verizon Communications Inc. owns the Huffington Post through AOL, which bought the liberal American online news aggregator and blog for $315 million in February 2011.(Reporting by Rishika Sadam in Bengaluru; Editing by Ted Kerr) Arianna Huffington Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Next Article Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Reuters –shares 1 min readlast_img read more

Bain Company Introduces Bain Media Lab Announces Partnership With Hive And Launch

first_imgBain & Company Introduces Bain Media Lab; Announces Partnership With Hive And Launch Of Mensio, An AI-Powered Analytics Platform To Analyze TV Advertising And Sponsorships PRNewswireMay 17, 2019, 4:22 pmMay 17, 2019 Artificial IntelligenceBain & CompanyBain Innovation ExchangeBain Media LabHiveMarketing TechnologyNews Previous Article“Bring Your Own Bot”: Sparkcentral’s AI Virtual Agent Framework for Chatbots Blends the Best of Both WorldsNext ArticleSmall Business Customers Embrace AI-driven Insights and Advice Integrated Into Online and Mobile Banking Bain & Company announced the formation of Bain Media Lab, a business that will feature a portfolio of digital products and related services that combine breakthrough technologies with powerful data sets. Hive, a full-stack deep learning company based in San Francisco, will be the launch partner for Bain Media Lab.Bain Media Lab is a new venture incubated in the Bain Innovation Exchange, a business unit that leverages Bain’s network of venture capitalists, startups, and tech leaders to help clients innovate through the ecosystem, as well as support Bain in creating new ventures.“We are excited to introduce Bain Media Lab and to announce our partnership with Hive,” said Elizabeth Spaulding, the co-lead of Bain & Company’s global Digital practice. “Today’s milestone launch exemplifies our strategy to deepen select Bain Innovation Exchange relationships through the formation of new businesses like Bain Media Lab, which will pair Bain’s expertise with best-in-class innovation to create disruptive solutions. It will also be a powerful vehicle to dramatically accelerate the visibility and growth of innovative technology companies like Hive.”In partnership, Bain Media Lab and Hive have developed Mensio, an artificial intelligence-powered analytics platform focused on bringing “digital-like” measurement, intelligence, and attribution to traditional television advertising and sponsorships.Marketing Technology News: SteelHouse Integrates Shutterstock API to Provide Brands with Millions of Images & Videos for FreeMensio addresses a pain point shared by marketers and media companies – the lack of recent and granular data on the performance of traditional television advertising and sponsorships. As digital marketing has continued to grow its share of advertising dollars, marketers have become accustomed to seeing real-time campaign performance data with granular measurement of audience reach and outcomes. This dynamic has added pressure on television network owners to source comparable data to defend their share of marketers’ advertising budgets.“Our partnership with Hive is the result of an extensive evaluation of the landscape and our resulting conviction that together we can uniquely create truly differentiated solutions,” said Dan Calpin, who leads Bain Media Lab. “Our launch product, Mensio, unlocks the speed and granularity of data for TV advertising and sponsorships that marketers have come to expect from their digital ad spend. Mensio arms marketers and their agencies to transition from post-mortem analysis of TV ad spend to real-time optimization, and gives network owners long-elusive data that can help them recast the narrative on advertising.”“We are excited to partner with Bain & Company as the launch partner of Bain Media Lab,” said Kevin Guo, co-founder and CEO of Hive. “In jointly developing Mensio, we have blended the distinctive competencies of our two firms into a seamlessly integrated go-to-market offering. Hive’s ambition is to leverage artificial intelligence in practical applications to transform industries, and Mensio is our flagship product in the media space.”Marketing Technology News: Zift Solutions Launches Strategic Partner ProgramSubscribers to the Mensio platform access a self-service, cloud-based dashboard that provides point-and-click reporting. Two tiers of the dashboard product are available: one for the buyers of TV advertising and sponsorships (marketers and their agencies) and one for the sellers (TV network owners and sports leagues). Selected features available in the Mensio dashboard and from related services include:Reach: Measurement of exposure to a brand’s TV advertisements for a given population, ranging from total population to specific behavior-defined segments like frequent guests at quick service restaurantsFrequency: Reporting on the distribution of frequency for a given population (e.g., what percent of households were exposed to more than 20 TV ads for a given brand over the course of a month)Attribution: Evaluation of the impact of exposure to TV advertising and sponsorships on a broad set of outcomes, including online activity, store visitation, and purchases as well as qualitative brand metricsCompetitive intelligence for brands: Insight into a brand’s relative share of voice versus peers, as well as the mix of networks, programs, genres, dayparts, and ad formats used by a given brand relative to its competitive setCompetitive intelligence for TV network owners: Insights into trends in spending by industry vertical and brand, as well as relative share of a given TV network owner vs. competitorsSponsorship measurement and return on investment: Measurement of the volume, quality, and equivalent media value of sponsorship placements and earned media, with the ability to link to outcomesThe Mensio product suite uses Hive’s computer vision models – trained using data labeled by Hive’s distributed global workforce of over 1 million people – to enrich recorded television content with metadata including the identification of commercials and sponsorship placements as well as contextual elements like beach scenes. Second-by-second viewership of that content is derived using data from nearly 20 million US households, inclusive of cable and satellite set-top boxes as well as Smart TVs, that is then scaled nationally and can be matched in a privacy-safe environment to a range of outcome behaviors. Outcome datasets enable household-level viewership of content to be matched to online activity (including search and website visits), retail store visits, and purchases (including retail purchases as well as several datasets specific to certain industries such as automotive and consumer packaged goods).Mensio is currently in beta in the U.S. with a growing number of clients across industries. It will begin to expand into other geographies over the next year.Bain & Company and Hive are additionally collaborating on other related products and services for television network owners addressing programming optimization and content tagging use cases.Marketing Technology News: What is your Marketing ROI: Understanding Real Impact to Grow Revenuelast_img read more

Mylan and Biocon launch new insulin glargine biosimilar in the UK

first_imgNov 15 2018Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Mylan N.V. and Biocon Ltd. today announced the UK launch of Semglee® (Insulin Glargine solution for injection in pre-filled pen) 100 units/mL, an approved biosimilar of reference insulin glargine.Semglee®, insulin glargine, is a once-a-day, long-acting basal insulin and is indicated for the treatment of diabetes mellitus in adults, adolescents, and children aged 2 years and above.Diabetes is a growing healthcare problem worldwide. In Europe alone, 66 million people have diabetes, which is predicted to rise to 81 million by 2045.In the UK, 3.7 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes and a further 12.3 million people are at increased risk of type 2 diabetes. If nothing changes, more than five million people will have diabetes in the UK by 2025.With an estimated one in 17 people in the UK with diabetes, the prevalence is a huge growing concern for the NHS, which currently spends approx. 10% of its entire budget on diabetes management.This has led to a growing need for more affordable treatment options for healthcare providers (HCPs) and their patients, to improve access to a broader range of treatment options for diabetes sufferers, which is critical to managing this growing healthcare challenge. The UK launch of Semglee, a biosimilar insulin glargine co-developed by Biocon and Mylan, is a reflection of our long-standing commitment to increasing insulin access for diabetes patients through the development of high quality biosimilars.”Paul V. Thomas, Chief Commercial Officer, Biocon Biologics Insulin glargine biosimilars play a key role in the challenges faced by the NHS and offer a better value option by being able to deliver increased affordability compared with the originator insulin glargine while still offering comparable safety, efficacy and tolerability.It shows our continued commitment to positively impact the health, and lives, of patients throughout the UK, who suffer from chronic conditions such as diabetes.We are delighted to be able to bring to market Semglee, with our partner Biocon, and this launch strengthens and supports our global diabetes and metabolism portfolio of 400 products.”Jean-Yves Brault, Mylan UK Mylan partnered with Biocon, the developer, and supplier of its European insulin glargine injections and has exclusive distribution and supply rights for the product across all 28 European Union (EU) member states and the European Economic Area (EEA) member states of Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.center_img Mylan has a portfolio of 20 biosimilar and insulin analog products – one of the industry’s largest and most diverse portfolios – and deep experience with more than 60 marketing authorizations for biosimilar products worldwide. Source:http://www.mylan.com/en/last_img read more

Nuclear medicine imaging assesses melanoma patients response to immunotherapy

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 6 2019Nuclear medicine imaging with PET/CT can monitor the effectiveness of immunotherapy treatment for metastatic melanoma and predict outcome. In this way, a patient’s therapy can be more effectively tailored to his or her personal response.Metastatic melanoma is one of the deadliest skin cancers, so determination of a treatment’s effectiveness is essential but can be tricky. A study featured in the March issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine demonstrates that 18F-FDG positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) can monitor immunotherapy with ipilimumab, a “checkpoint inhibitor” that allows the immune system to attack cancer cells.”Checkpoint inhibitor therapy is now a standard therapy for metastatic melanoma,” explains Wolfgang A. Weber, MD, of Technical University Munich, Germany (formerly of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center). “However, there were concerns about whether FDG PET/CT could be used to monitor tumor response to this immunotherapy, because inflammatory reactions to the immunotherapy may cause false positive findings. The present study shows that tumor response to checkpoint inhibitor therapy with ipilimumab can be assessed accurately by FDG PET after completion of ipilimumab therapy.”Clinical studies have shown that ipilimumab, when compared with chemotherapy, can significantly improve the survival of patients with metastatic melanoma; however, this is true for only 15 to 20 percent of melanoma patients. The ability to accurately assess a patient’s response to ipilimumab therapy would allow physicians to adjust his or her course of treatment for maximum effectiveness.To overcome the difficulties of assessing tumor response to ipilimumab and other checkpoint inhibitors, the researchers developed new response criteria. These new criteria require confirmation of tumor progression on a follow-up scan.Related StoriesAre fruit fly ‘avatars’ the next step in personalized medicine?BioTek introduces new wide FOV camera for Cytation 5 Cell Imaging Multi-Mode ReaderNANOLIVE‘s novel CX-A defines a new standard for live cell imaging in 96 well plates for continuous organelle monitoring in cell populationsFor this retrospective study, 60 patients with metastatic melanoma received FDG PET/CT scans pre- and post-treatment. Tumor response was assessed by the change in the sum of SULpeak (standard uptake value normalized to lean body mass) of up to 5 lesions (PERCIST5). A second analysis (PERCIST1) was done of the lesion with the highest SULpeak between the baseline and follow-up scan. New lesions on PET that appeared suspicious for metastases were considered progressive metabolic disease. To assess new inflammatory lesions, the team applied their novel immunotherapy-modified PERCIST with a 5-lesion analysis (imPERCIST5). In imPERCIST5, a new lesion on FDG PET/CT is considered progressive disease only if it increases the sum of SULpeak by more than 20%.The results of the study show that assessment of tumor response to ipilimumab treatment using PERCIST correlated significantly with survival of patients with advanced melanoma. The slight modifications of PERCIST to imPERCIST5 further improved the prognostic value of response assessment by 18F-FDG PET/CT.Weber points out, “FDG PET/CT is routinely used to stage melanoma. The present study suggests that it also can be used to monitor tumor response to ipilimumab therapy and predict outcome. FDG PET can identify patients with favorable and unfavorable prognoses–leading to therapy escalation (e.g., combination immunotherapy) or de-escalation (e.g., reduced number of therapy cycles).” In this way, a patient’s therapy can be more effectively tailored to his or her personal response. Source:https://www.snmmi.org/NewsPublications/NewsDetail.aspx?ItemNumber=31169last_img read more

Opposition attacks Governor for dissolving JK House

first_imgstate politics Jammu and Kashmir SHARE SHARE EMAIL Governor’s premise unconstitutional, should be challenged in court, says Cong National Conference Vice -President Omar Abdullah addressing a press conference in Srinagar on Thursday Nissar Ahmad   –  NISSAR AHMAD SHARE Opposition parties on Thursday lashed out at Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satyapal Malik’s decision to dissolve the State Assembly after the National Conference, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the Congress decided to stake claim for government formation on Wednesday.The Congress said that the Governor’s premise that “opposing ideologies” cannot form a suitable government is unconstitutional and ought to be challenged in the court.There was a simultaneous outrage against BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav’s comment that that the PDP and the NC were tying up to form government in J&K at Pakistan’s behest. “The INC, National Conference (NC), PDP are terror-friendly and the BJP is anti-terrorist? (I) challenge BJP to name even one leader of consequence martyred in fight against terror anywhere in India and I can name 500 Congress leaders of standing,” said Congress leader Manish Tiwari.War of wordsMadhav backtracked on social media after his comment that PDP and NC had acted on “instructions from across the border” provoked anger from all the political players. A furious NC leader and former chief minister Omar Abdullah challenged the BJP leader, “I dare you Ram Madhavji to prove your allegation. You have RAW, NIA and IB at your command (CBI too is your parrot), so have the guts to place evidence in the public domain. Either prove this or be man enough to apologise…” tweeted Abdullah.Madhav advised Abdullah to “take it in your stride” and that he was not “questioning your patriotism at all. But the sudden love between NC and PDP and the hurry to form government leads to many suspicions and political comment. Not to offend you.”Abdullah, however, was not amused. “No. Misplaced attempts at humour won’t work. You have claimed my party has been acting at the behest of Pakistan. I dare you to prove it…”Political valuesMeanwhile, the Governor, who had dissolved the Assembly after PDP leader and former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti sent him a fax on Wednesday— a claim that left most political observers incredulous— defended his decision. He said he dissolved the Assembly because he had been getting reports of “horse-trading” and he did not want an “opportunistic government” to be formed in the State which had been ruled by the ideologically different BJP and PDP till June, this year.“The value system of politics would have been destroyed as it is happening in other States. I could not afford that,” said Malik.“An opportunist government would have been the outcome of this process. We never wanted instability in a sensitive State,” said Malik, adding that the NC, the PDP and the Congress would have fought with each other.Taking on the Governor, NC leader and former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said that if Malik admits that MLAs were being bought over and money was changing hands, then people should know who was doing it. “ It was the Governor who said horse trading was happening and money was changing hands. We want to know where this money came from? We want to know at whose behest this money was being given and who was being bought.”The former chief minister also questioned Malik’s decision of ignoring a letter written by his arch-rival and PDP leader Mehbooba, staking claim to form government in the State with the help of the Congress and the NC. “The Governor gave reasons for not accepting the claim by PDP. He said parties of different political ideologies were coming together. Did you ask this question in 2015 when BJP and PDP tied up?” he asked.“That time, it was dubbed as the coming together of the north pole and the south pole… Today, you are telling other parties that you cannot come together even though the difference on some important issues between PDP, the NC and the Congress are small compared to the BJP and the PDP”, he added.The Congress and the CPI(M) said that the Governor’s decision was “illegal and unconstitutional”. “The Governor has no business to decide that parties with “opposing ideologies” cannot form a suitable government. By this yardstick, the PDP-BJP government should not have been allowed to be formed after the elections. All that he can do is to ask the leader who is staking claim with majority support to prove that majority on the floor of the House,” said a CPI(M) politburo statement.Former Home Minister P. Chidambaram tweeted, “As long as no one staked a claim to form government, J&K governor was happy to keep Assembly under suspension. The moment someone staked a claim, he dissolved the Assembly!” Published on November 22, 2018 COMMENT COMMENTSlast_img read more

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