Bayern chief Lewandowski 100 staying

first_imgBayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has insisted that Robert Lewandowski is going nowhere and that he is 100% certain of thatThe Polish international has been strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid for the start of next season and is reportedly keen on the move, in a bid to win that elusive Champions League title.But Rummenigge has denied that any such move move is on the table and has made a bet that Lewandowski will remain at the Allianz Arena for next season to express his confidence on the matter.Asked about the Robert Lewandowski speculation, Rummenigge tells kicker “It’s well known that I like to make a bet every now and again. I’ll take the bet that Robert is 100% playing for Bayern Munich next season.” https://t.co/kMr9bGlb0wrb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…— Mark Lovell (@LovellLowdown) 25 March 2018Lewandowski has been strongly linked with a move to the Spanish capital for the past few seasons after a strong spell at Bayern, which has seen the 29 year-old score an impressive 32 goals in 37 appearances this season.last_img read more

CW in the Vanguard of Pre5G testing in the Caribbean

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPUNTA CANA, DR – July 17, 2017 – At the 33rd CANTO Annual Conference & Trade Exhibition, John Reid, CEO of C&W Communications (C&W), announced that C&W has completed a groundbreaking pre-5G (fifth generation wireless broadband technology) trial in Antigua. Once installed, Antigua will be the first country in the region with the most advanced pre-5G network, delivering download peak speeds of up to 800 Mbps. In the trial’s next phase, the Company expects to test a 5G prototype reaching 2 to 5 Gbps peak speeds, which will have a profound positive impact on the island.The announcement came as part of Reid’s keynote address today to prominent Caribbean officials at the 33rd CANTO Annual Conference & Trade Exhibition in the Dominican Republic. “These are exciting times for C&W Communications, as we continue to invest and develop more pioneering innovations to meet the needs of our customers and enable growth in the region through transformative technology,” said Reid. “This pre-5G trial in the Caribbean, is a significant step towards the evolution of C&W’s mobile networks across the region to 5G, and providing Gigabit speeds to our customers in Antigua,” he continued.C&W’s pre-5G technology trial, a combined effort with parent company Liberty Global, is based on LTE Advanced Pro (LTE-A Pro), the latest LTE evolution, that delivers lower latency, more capacity and improved reliability for customers. This translates into a faster mobile internet experience where customers can better participate in advanced technology such as richer video experience and new apps.In early October, the Company will further test a 5G prototype network designed to deliver wireless data connections above 2 Gbps. If the trials are successful, and the business case favorable, the Company plans to invest another $5 million in Antigua alone to significantly upgrade the wireless infrastructure there. C&W has invested $1.5 billion in the region over the last three years.5G is a new set of standards beyond traditional 4G/LTE technologies. This set of standards will allow operators to deliver wireless data connections above 1 Gbps and to enable the Internet of Things (IoT). C&W’s pre-5G trial and 5G prototype trials are part of a partnership with Ericsson, who will provide the equipment and software in Antigua and across the Caribbean.C&W Communications will be a major participant during the 33rd CANTO Annual Telecom Conference & Trade Exhibition, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Punta Cana, The Dominican Republic. Please visit us at booth No. 27 and 28.Press Release: C & WAbout C&W CommunicationsC&W is a full service communications and entertainment provider and delivers market-leading video, broadband, telephony and mobile services to consumers in 18 countries. Through its business division, C&W provides data center hosting, domestic and international managed network services, and customized IT service solutions, utilizing cloud technology to serve business and government customers.C&W also operates a state-of-the-art submarine fiber network – the most extensive in the region.Learn more at www.cwc.com, or follow C&W on LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter.About Liberty GlobalLiberty Global is the world’s largest international TV and broadband company, with operations in more than 30 countries across Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. We invest in the infrastructure that empowers our customers to make the most of the digital revolution. Our scale and commitment to innovation enable us to develop market-leading products delivered through next-generation networks that connect our 25 million customers who subscribe to over 50 million television, broadband internet and telephony services. We also serve over 10 million mobile subscribers and offer WiFi service across 6 million access points.Liberty Global’s businesses are comprised of two stocks: the Liberty Global Group (NASDAQ: LBTYA, LBTYB and LBTYK) for our European operations, and the LiLAC Group (NASDAQ: LILA and LILAK, OTC Link: LILAB), which consists of our operations in Latin America and the Caribbean.The Liberty Global Group operates in 11 European countries under the consumer brands Virgin Media, Unitymedia, Telenet and UPC. The Liberty Global Group also owns 50% of VodafoneZiggo, a Dutch joint venture, which has 4 million customers, 10 million fixed-line subscribers and 5 million mobile subscribers. The LiLAC Group operates in over 20 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean under the consumer brands VTR, Flow, Liberty, Más Móvil and BTC. In addition, the LiLAC Group operates a sub-sea fiber network throughout the region in over 30 markets.For more information, please visit www.libertyglobal.comC&W CommunicationsInvestor Relations: Kunal Patel    (+1 (786) 376 9294)Media Relations: Claudia Restrepo    (+1 (786) 218 040)last_img read more

Mourinho Man United need wins right away

first_imgJose Mourinho is hungry for points as Manchester United look to get their top-four Premier League hopes back on track against Fulham on SaturdayThe Red Devils are on a four-match winless run in the English top-flight and find themselves already 18 points adrift of leaders Manchester City after Wednesday’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal.With hopes of a Premier League title now practically over, United’s main goal for this season is to seal a top-four finish.But they are eight points behind fourth-place Chelsea and must return to winning ways immediately.Although Mourinho concedes that, even against bottom-side Fulham, nothing is guaranteed ahead of this weekend’s showdown at Old Trafford.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I sat here a few weeks ago speaking about December and [having] no defeats – that’s a reality,” said the United boss, according to SportsMax.“[We have had] good fights, good spirit but just one victory against Young Boys [in the Champions League], and three draws, [but] we need points, Fulham are the same.“I want to be positive and think we are going to win, but if we don’t [win], give credit to people who deserve credit.“The game is not 11 v 0, it’s going to be 11 v 11, with good players on the other side, the position and points [total] don’t say much about [the] potential of the team.“They have one of the two most important managers in Premier League history, they have the potential to come here and give us a difficult match.”last_img read more

San Diego celebrates 250th anniversary at Presidio Park

first_img Posted: July 16, 2019 San Diego celebrates 250th anniversary at Presidio Park KUSI Newsroom, July 16, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The city of San Diego commemorated its 250th anniversary today with a celebration at Presidio Park.The ceremony is part of the city’s yearlong 250th anniversary celebration of the city’s founding as a Spanish settlement, which will culminate in a two-day Founders’ Day Festival in September.Today’s festivities featured cultural performances and the dedication of new historical exhibits in Presidio Park’s Junipero Serra Museum.Local and state officials like San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Assemblyman Todd Gloria were in attendance. KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Why Resident Evil crushes every other video game movie

first_img Culture Video Games The spectacular gunplay of the movies matches some of the later, more action-packed games, but overall the tone is very different from the survival horror spirit of the games. “We’re not trying to look like a video game, which is a mistake some video game movies make,” says Anderson, who wrote all the films and directed four of them. A lot of filmmakers try and appeal to both markets and fail to get either, added film journalist Luke Owen, author of a book about video game movies, Lights, Camera, Game Over! He points to a first-person sequence in the movie version of Doom that mirrors the original gameplay.”It sounded great on paper — a literal adaptation of the game’s format — but in reality you’re not in control, so it’s not as satisfying,” he says.The Resident Evil films began with the 1996 hit game Resident Evil, known in Japan as Biohazard, which invented the survival horror genre and spawned a best-selling series of its own. “I love the game,” Anderson says. “Milla used to play it with her brother. Michelle Rodriguez was a big fan. When we come together to make one of these movies it’s always with a massive amount of passion from the people in front of the camera and behind the camera.” According to Box Office Mojo, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider is the top-grossing video game movie, raking in $166 million in theaters — but even that only just covered the film’s $115 million budget. Warcraft was infamously rescued from a dire US opening by success in China. Other big-budget adaptations like 2010’s Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and Assassin’s Creed couldn’t recoup even half their production costs during their theatrical runs, despite big names like Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Fassbender on the marquee.Let’s face it, most video game movies tank because they’re just not very good. At the time The Final Chapter was released, Prince of Persia was the highest-rated video game adaptation on review aggregator Metacritic, but even that has a decidedly average Metascore of 50 — which beats the stale 2018 Tomb Raider reboot’s score of 48.resident-evil-stills-milla-jovovich-guns-corridor.jpgEnlarge Image2002’s “Resident Evil” set the template: Milla Jovovich, a big gun, beer and pizza. Screen Gems Could it be that the Resident Evil films are successful because they’re actually… good? They’re certainly a hell of a lot more fun than the trudgingly average likes of Max Payne or Need for Speed. Apart from a woeful nosedive in the incoherent fourth film (Resident Evil: Afterlife), the series genuinely gets bigger and better with every film, and the increasingly epic fifth and sixth films actually build the series to an unhinged crescendo.Jovovich describes Resident Evil as “perfect beer and pizza movies,” and she’s not wrong.Despite the financial risk of video game adaptations, Hollywood has plenty more in the pipeline. Detective Pikachu, based on the Pokemon spin-off and featuring the vocal talents of Ryan Reynolds, will engage in some on-screen sleuthing this summer. We’ve also heard that a Resident Evil movie reboot will use the seventh game as “a touchstone.”Paul WS Anderson himself is developing a movie based on another Capcom game, Monster Hunter. Tom Hardy was set to star in a Splinter Cell flick. Movies are planned for Call of Duty, Mass Effect, Minecraft — even Tetris, for crying out loud.They can learn a lot from Resident Evil: Keep the budget under control. Welcome non-players. Remember the human element at the heart of the story.And get the beers and pizza in.This article was first published Feb. 1 2017, and updated Jan. 25, 2019 to reflect the release of the Resident Evil 2 remake and further video game adaptations.Batteries Not Included: The CNET team shares experiences that remind us why tech stuff is cool. CNET Magazine: Check out a sampling of the stories you’ll find in CNET’s newsstand edition. 77 Photos Believe it or not, the first Resident Evil movie was something of a trendsetter. Today, hordes of zombies claw at the windows of the mainstream from The Walking Dead to World War Z, but back when the first Resident Evil flick hit, zombies had been shuffling around the straight-to-video bin for 20-odd years. That was 2002, the same year 28 Days Later came out. When Shaun of the Dead and a remake of Dawn of the Dead followed, the zombie genre was well and truly reanimated.Resident Evil movies distinguish themselves from the zombie horde with their technological themes. The all-encompassing Umbrella corporation that’s responsible for the zombie outbreak was a fictional precursor to Facebook, Google and other tech monoliths that have infiltrated our lives. Technological surveillance, one of the defining issues of our age, pervades the movies from the first film’s all-seeing video cameras to the later movies’ omniscient satellites.And with the characters Alice, Jill Valentine, Claire Redfield, Rain Ocampo and Ada Wong, the films (and games) are refreshingly full of capable women. “Nobody in Hollywood was putting money behind female-driven action movies,” remembers Jovovich, who had created a new kind of action hero in The Fifth Element and paved the way for female-fronted action flicks from the Underworld series to the rebooted Ghostbusters.resident-evil-stills-jovovich-ruby-rose.jpgEnlarge ImageAli Larter, Milla Jovovich and Ruby Rose in the sixth movie, “The Final Chapter.” Ilze Kitshoff For gaming fans, familiar characters like Chris and Claire, Ada and Albert Wesker show up in later movies.”Over time the filmmakers realized they needed familiar faces to get the die-hard fans on board,” says Tamoor Hussain, news editor at CNET’s sister site GameSpot. Hussain points out that players will have spent hours, days or years immersed in locations like the Spencer Mansion, Raccoon City or Resident Evil 7’s Baker Estate, giving gamers a strong emotional connection to the source material.resident-evil-stills-apocalypse-nemesis.jpgEnlarge ImageThe Nemesis monster, which had a very different story in the movies than in the games. Screen Gems Hussain cites the unlikely redemption of the hulking Nemesis monster in the second film as a moment that could turn off gamers. The monster had a very different story in the movies than in Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, where he hunted protagonist Jill Valentine.”That damn monster terrorized me for upwards of 20 hours in the games,” he says. “I just refused to buy what the movie was selling me. He’s choked me to death too many times.”That reaction doesn’t surprise Owen.”I think it’s fair to say that most fans of the games aren’t overly fond of the films,” he says. “It’s rare to find any fans of video games who like the movie counterparts.”If you can’t rely on fans of the source material, it’s important for a film series to establish its own audience.”Creating an ongoing story that made audiences want to come back for more was a smart play,” Owen says. “The increasing box office revenue (give or take) between films shows they have created a fan base that want to see the next chapter of Alice’s adventure.”There are enough fans of the saga to ensure each of the sequels opened at No. 1 at the American box office. The series had rung up a running total of $1 billion and counting by the time The Final Chapter wrapped things up in 2017. That’s a long way off the kind of megabucks made by franchises with a similar number of sequels like the Pirates of the Caribbean or Fast and the Furious movies, but it tops lesser franchises such as Saw, Paranormal Activity and American Pie. Heck, the Resident Evil series took more money than the six Jack Ryan movies up to that point, and some of them had Harrison Ford. 17 Photos The 17 most anticipated video games of 2019 10 Filmmakers Enlarge ImageResident Evil: The Final Chapter ended the record-breaking series. Screen Gems Despite video games being a multi-billion dollar industry, they face a steep path to the big screen. Transferring them from console to theater is a huge financial gamble, and many video game movies tank at the box office.Unless they’re Resident Evil movies. Having cracked a record-breaking billion dollars at the box office, the six-film franchise is easily the longest-running, highest-grossing film series ever based on a video game. As reports say Netflix is developing a new TV show based on the games, and the remade Resident Evil 2 game wins rave reviews and inspires nostalgic thinkpieces, we ask what’s behind the blazing success of the zombie-blasting, monster-mashing series. Considering the video game industry raked in $3 billion in the US alone in 2017, you’d think video game movies would be a sure thing. But bona fide hits that the Resident Evil movies are, it’s their relatively frugal budgets that guarantee a healthy profit.”We don’t have Harry Potter money,” laughs Milla Jovovich, who played the heavily armed lead character Alice in all six movies up to 2017’s The Final Chapter.In the first movie, Alice wakes up with no memory, letting the audience discover the world of the films through her eyes — almost like the character you play in a game. But writer, director and series mastermind Paul WS Anderson (who also happens to be married to Jovovich) deliberately avoided re-creating the game’s format or storyline on screen.”Imagine going in to see the first Alien — one of my favorite, favorite movies — and I tell you the order in which [the characters] die,” he says. We’re not trying to look like a video game. Paul WS Anderson, writer and director 2019 movies to geek out over Tags Crave Comments Share your voicelast_img read more

Apple promotes mangrove conservation efforts on Earth Day

first_img Phones Culture Post a comment Happy #EarthDay everyone! What a beautiful world we live in. Let’s all embrace our shared responsibility to each other to take care of our one and only planet Earth. Photos #shotoniPhone by @EstherHavens, Sarah Norvell, Jason Barnes and @VincentRiemer. pic.twitter.com/E3chOkkeEl— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) April 22, 2019 Apple 0 reading • Apple promotes mangrove conservation efforts on Earth Day Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it See All • Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Apple’s report comes a week after the company announced an expansion of its recycling programs. The company said that it was quadrupling the number of locations US customers can send their iPhone to be disassembled by Daisy, its recycling robot. First introduced in 2018, Daisy disassembles old iPhones to make it easier to reuse and recycle their parts. Read more: Go greener with these cool eco-friendly products Share your voice Tags An image of the mangrove forest in Cispatá Bay, Colombia.  Balazs Gardi/Apple To celebrate Earth Day today and promote its own conversation efforts, Apple has posted an in-depth account of its partnership with Conservation International to support a 27,000-acre mangrove forest in Colombia. The company says the forest will eventually sequester 1 million metric tons of CO2. Conservation International says that coastal ecosystems, when damaged, emit their carbon reserves into the atmosphere. The organization estimates that the mangrove forest and other damaged ecosystems could release as much as 1 billion metric tons of CO2 annually — equivalent to the total annual emissions from cars, buses, aircraft and boats in the US in 2017.As part of the company’s Earth Day promotional efforts, Apple CEO Tim Cook tweeted out a number of photos and encouragements: Green tech Applelast_img read more

Sourav Ganguly Harbhajan Singh slam BCCI as Rahul Dravid gets conflict of

first_imgRahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly enjoyed some great success together during their playing days. ReutersFormer Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly took to twitter and slammed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) after they sent a conflict of interest notice to former cricketer Rahul Dravid. Ganguly stated that this new fashion of Indian cricket can hamper its future.”New fashion in indian cricket …..conflict of interest ….Best way to remain in news …god help indian cricket ……Dravid Gets Conflict of Interest Notice from BCCI,” his tweet read.Indian spinning legend Harbajhan Singh also criticised BCCI for these kinds of actions. He also mentioned that sending notices to these legends is like insulting them.”Really ?? Don’t know where it’s heading to.. u can’t get better person than him for Indian cricket. Sending notice to these legends is like insulting them.. cricket need their services for betterment. Yes god save indian cricket,” his tweet read. File photo of India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh.MAL FAIRCLOUGH/AFP/Getty ImagesRahul Dravid is currently the head of National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore. He got a notice from BCCI’s Ombudsman-cum-Ethics Officer Justice (Retd) DK Jain as a complaint was filed against the former claiming that Dravid, who is the NCA director currently, is also the vice-president of India Cements group. The complainant is a Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) life member Sanjeev Gupta. He had earlier complained against the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman.A senior BCCI official on August 7 confirmed that Dravid has been sent a notice, according to IANS.”Yes, Dravid had been sent a notice by Jain last week and has two weeks to reply to the notice,” the official told IANS.But according to reports Dravid and India Cements had mutually decided to stall their association till the time the 46-year-old is the director of NCA.Because of this issue of the BCCI,  many former players are refraining from applying for the posts at NCA. The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) members had to declare about any conflict before their appointment took place.last_img read more

Socialists in lead but without clear majority in Spain election

first_imgSpain`s prime minister Pedro Sanchez of the Socialist Workers` Party (PSOE) speaks to supporters while celebrating the result in Spain`s general election in Madrid, Spain on 28 April.Spanish prime minister Pedro Sanchez looks set to regain power after his Socialists overcame a historic challenge by right-wing nationalists in elections on Sunday, a result he portrayed as a morale booster for the European Union.The Socialists gained seats in one of Spain’s most hotly contested elections in decades, which featured the rise of far-right party Vox whose ultra-nationalist campaign echoed political trends across Europe where traditional parties have ceded to anti-immigration and eurosceptic forces.However, the rise of Vox also splintered the right-wing vote, further fragmenting Spain’s political landscape and playing into the hands of the Socialists which won an almost 50 per cent increase in seats.”The Socialists have won the general election,” Sanchez declared, smiling broadly as he addressed jubilant supporters at party headquarters in Madrid. Outside, hundreds celebrated in the street, waving red party flags and chanting ‘Long live Spain’ and ‘Long live Socialism’.”Social democracy has a great future because it has a great present and Spain is an example of that. We will form a pro-European government to strengthen and not weaken Europe,” he added.The result is likely to come as a relief for supporters of further European Union integration ahead of 26 May elections for European Parliament amid fears that Vox could have gained a share of power in Spain.Vox secured one in 10 votes and 24 seats, the first far-right party to get a sizeable presence in parliament since the country’s return to democracy in the late 1970s, but it did not get the kingmaker role it was looking for.Far left-wing party Podemos immediately offered to open coalition talks with Sanchez, though the two parties together cannot command a majority.”I have expressed to him … our willingness to work towards a coalition government,” Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias told supporters in Madrid. Forming such a coalition “will take much time and I would ask for your patience”, he added.The Socialists and Podemos are set to fall around 11 seats short of a parliamentary majority, but bridging the gap would require Sanchez to also rely on Basque nationalists and other small parties.It was unclear in the early hours of Monday if he would also require the support of separatist lawmakers from Catalonia, the country’s richest region where a push for independence flared into violence two years ago.”Pedro Sanchez is in a good position,” said Pablo Simon, a political science professor at Madrid’s Carlos III University.A government deal would be complicated and certainly not be clinched before next month’s European Parliament elections, he added.The Keys to PowerSanchez appears to have two options to put together a coalition.If he wants to rule with Podemos, near-final voting data showed he would need the support of smaller parties to at least abstain.According to Sunday night’s count, he would require one Catalan separatist lawmaker to abstain but some seats were too close to call. The picture may still change when the count is finalised in the first two weeks of May.If Sanchez does not need to rely on Catalan separatists, who brought down his minority government, he may have more political freedom to deal with the Catalan independence movement. The issue was at the heart of the election campaign and has at times unnerved euro zone investors and the rest of the EU.Alternatively, Sanchez could turn to center-right Ciudadanos. Together, the Socialists and Ciudadanos would have an outright majority.Though he and Ciudadanos leader Albert Rivera have sharply different views on Catalonia and both ruled out forming an alliance during the campaign, speculation persists that the pair could yet strike a coalition deal. Rivera repeated after the election that he would be in the opposition.Spaniards cast their votes in numbers close to record highs with campaigning dominated by national identity and cultural values like women’s rights rather than the economy.This is the third national election in four years, after the first two eroded the decades-long dominance of the two biggest parties, the Socialists and the conservative Popular Party (PP).By party, Sanchez’s Socialists led with 123 seats in the 350-seat parliament. The PP stood at 66 seats, centre-right Ciudadanos (‘Citizens’) at 57 seats, Podemos at 42 and Vox at 24.The big loser was the PP, which lost more than half its seats in the lower house of parliament and also lost control of the senate to the Socialists.In Spain, issues like mass immigration or euroscepticism that have dominated political discourse elsewhere have been eclipsed by the question of national unity and the threat posed by the Catalan independence movement.The economy, one of the euro zone’s star performers, took a back seat in campaigning across the political parties.last_img

Divideandconquer strategy key to fast protein folding

first_imgFor the fragments that contain stable hydrophobic contacts (which cause the protein to fold), the protein/computer enforces these contacts and adds more residues to enlarge these points. If new hydrophobic contacts are formed again, the process continues until no more contacts are found.“The protein doesn’t ‘know’ it has the right starting points at the early stages,” Dill explained. “It explores many possible avenues. But, we find that when the chain pieces have reached roughly the 16-to-24-mer stage, then the differences in free energy begin to become compelling, and structures begin to emerge fairly clearly.”In some cases, this zipping procedure alone is enough for a protein to reach its native form. For other cases, the ZA algorithm switches to the assembly procedure, combining two or more fragments to form additional structures until the native form is achieved. The ZA method was tested on nine small proteins, eight of which closely matched the experimental results of samples in the Protein Data Bank. The greatest sign that the ZA method is on the right track is its speed. For example, using ZA, protein G could fold in about 1 CPU year on a 2.8-Ghz Xeon Intel machine.“We don’t know exactly what the speed gain is,” Dill said. “Our largest protein studied is a 112-mer (subsequent to the PNAS paper). Currently the most extensive all-atom physical simulations on Folding@Home, with 100,000 processors, or IBM’s Blue Gene, built for this problem, are on smaller proteins, typically in the range of 20-40 amino acids long. However, those simulations are also more directed at physical questions of folding, rather than at protein structure prediction, so it’s hard to make a direct comparison.”Citation: Ozkan, S. Banu, Wu, G. Albert, Chodera, John D., and Dill, Ken A. “Protein folding by zipping and assembly.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, July 17, 2007, vol. 104, no. 29, 11987-11992.Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Citation: Divide-and-conquer strategy key to fast protein folding (2007, August 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-08-divide-and-conquer-strategy-key-fast-protein.html Researchers have found that proteins may use a divide-and-conquer strategy to fold into their native states in mere microseconds. The physical strategy, called “zipping and assembly” (ZA), can increase the speed at which supercomputers predict protein folding structures, greatly increasing scientists’ understanding of these building blocks of life. Explore further Ribbon diagrams of nine protein structures: Protein Data Bank structures are in orange, while Zipping & Assembly structures are in blue. Credit: Ozkan, et al. ©2007 PNAS.center_img The scientists, Banu Ozkan, Albert Wu, John Chodera, and Ken Dill from the University of California at San Francisco, have published their research in a recent issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Their results show that the ZA search strategy provides a physics-based model of protein folding that could lead to advances such as computer-based drug discovery and genetic engineering.“Our research has two significant points, I believe,” Dill told PhysOrg.com. “First, it shows that all-atom physical force fields are pretty good (but not perfect), and may be useful for protein structure prediction. And second, it proves that zipping and assembly is a highly efficient conformational search method, and supports the view that ZA may be the physical mechanism of protein folding.”Proteins, which consist of an unstructured linear chain of amino acids, can fold into complex 3D structures within microseconds. On the other hand, high-speed supercomputers might take tens of years to compute the correct structure due to the vast assortment of possible forms the protein could take. When folded incorrectly, proteins can cause neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and mad cow disease. How proteins fold so quickly is a mystery that researchers are approaching from many different angles, including, for example, physics-based force fields. By assigning force fields to different parts of the protein, computers can track the movement of each individual part.Using the ZA strategy, Ozkan, Wu, Chodera and Dill have sped up the rate at which computers using force fields can predict protein structures. In the ZA model, the first step that proteins (or computers) take is breaking the amino acid chain into 8-12 fragments to search for a very small fraction of favorable folding points (traditional methods usually search the entire chain).“The speed gain in our method comes from not exploring all possible folding routes, but instead from following only those routes that entail small conformational search steps,” Dill explained. “This reduces the search problem, in principle, from one that grows exponentially with the chain length to one that, instead, grows only as the first or second power of the chain length. While we haven’t actually proven that quantitatively, it is clear that the method is much faster than brute force Monte Carlo or molecular dynamics.” Parsley and dill help fight cancer, research shows This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Review of DraftN Hardware

first_img 4 min read Belkin Gigabit AOSS secure connection system Nfiniti Notebook Adapter WLI-CB-G300N MANUFACTURER/ MODEL RangeMax NEXT Wireless Adapter Gigabit Edition (WN511T) Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. ROUTER September 1, 2006 (800) 2-BELKIN, www.belkin.com (800) 326-1688, www.dlink.com Wireless-N PC Card (WPC300N) CARD N1 Wireless Router $200 (router), $110 (card) Wi-Fi being so popular, wireless network vendors are constantly pushing the envelope. Last year, their pre-n wave of network adapters delivered the multi-pathing MIMO element of the upcoming 802.11n specification. Since the spec’s first draft was approved, they’ve launched another wave of so-called draft-n hardware using another 802.11n innovation–bonding transmission channels together to get throughput as high as 300Mbps. Draft-n hardware is supposed to make your network 12 times faster than 802.11g adapters and quadruple its range. (For more on Draft-n, see “Not-So-Rough Draft”)Sites vary widely, so don’t count on getting those numbers. Still, we got consistently good performances from the draft-n adapters we tested. We started by checking compatibility, and contrary to press reports, draft-n worked just fine with older 802.11g and MIMO hardware. We got better range than normal when mixing 802.11g and draft-n gear, and 54Mbps speeds with only occasional dips to 48Mbps or lower. That means you can upgrade your hardware piecemeal with little chance of complications.When using all draft-n gear, speeds ranged widely depending on distance and obstacles between router and PC card. Draft-n has two-dozen rollback levels and a tendency to roll up and down among the speed points as the environment changes. We hit 270Mbps occasionally, but a more reasonable expectation is something north of 100Mbps on a regular basis–more than enough for most business applications. The greatest fluctuations came when we mixed hardware from different makers. So if you have a favorite brand, you’re probably better off sticking with it for all your hardware.In terms of usability, Buffalo’s AirStation One-Touch Secure System, or AOSS, is a nice extra that lets you connect your AOSS-enabled adapters securely with the push of a button. It doesn’t require you to enter encryption settings on every computer you want connected. In related features, Netgear’s Touchless Security Wizard also simplifies the process of setting up your Wi-Fi security through the use of passphrase. We tried out the robust gigabit edition of the Netgear router, which will appeal to high-bandwidth users who are already using gigabit Ethernet adapters. The Linksys Small Business Wireless- N Router WRV4400N costs a bit more than the others because, besides a gigabit switch, it’s equipped with extensive quality and security features.Ease-of-use is paramount in network adapters, especially if you can’t fob installation off on an IT person. But vendors have done this before, and their step-by-step software wizards should guide you through the setup process. The front panel of the Belkin N1 Wireless Router features light-up icons so you can visually trace your router’s connections. Linksys also features well-designed Wireless Monitor software. As hassle-free as setup is, though, you still have to set up network encryption yourself. All the manufacturers offer free phone technical support to help resolve any problems.Manufacturers are still working on refining these products and can’t guarantee interoperability or upgradeability to an 802.11n spec that hasn’t been finalized. But they do plan to offer timely firmware upgrades to bring your equipment up-to-date. One of your first recourses should be to check for any available updates.If you’re not in pressing need of a Wi-Fi upgrade, it won’t hurt to wait for the next round of improved firmware or even for the finalization of the 802.11n specification. On the other hand, this hardware is affordable enough to use for a year and then upgrade again. RangeBooster N 650 Notebook Adapter (DWA-645) Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global (800) 456-9799, www.buffalotech.com Shopping List Small Business Wireless-N Router WRV4400N Dual active firewalls in router STREET PRICE FEATURES (800) 546-5797, www.linksys.com RangeMax NEXT Wireless Router Gigabit Edition (WNR854T) AirStation Nfiniti WZR-G300N This story appears in the September 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Gigabit, preset internal antennas Netgear $129 (router), $100 (card) $160 (router), $100 (card) Linksys Need a wi-fi upgrade? If you’re looking for faster speeds, more range and better coverage, draft-n might do the trick. RangeBooster N 650 Router (DIR-635) User-friendly design and interface D-link CONTACT $150 (router), $100 (card) $160 (router), $100 (card) N1 Wireless Notebook Card Buffalo Technology (888) NETGEAR, www.netgear.com Register Now »last_img read more

SatPy 0100 python library for manipulating meteorological remote sensing data released

first_imgSatPy is a python library used for reading and manipulating meteorological remote sensing data and writing them to various image/data file formats. Last week, the team at Pytroll announced the release of SatPy 0.10.0. SatPy is responsible for making RGB composites directly from satellite instrument channel data or from higher level processing output. It also  makes data loading, manipulating, and analysis easy. Features of SatPy 0.10.0 This version comes with two luminance sharpening compositors, LuminanceSharpeninCompositor and SandwichCompositor. The LuminanceSharpeninCompositor replaces the luminance via RGB. The SandwichCompositor multiplies the RGB channels with the reflectance. SatPy 0.10.0 comes with check_satpy function for finding missing dependencies. This version also allows writers to create output directories in case, they don’t exist. In case of multiple matches, SatPy 0.10.0 helps in improving the handling of dependency loading. This version also supports the new olci l2 datasets used for olci l2 reader. Olci is used for ocean and land processing. Since yaml is the new format for area definitions in SatPy 0.10.0, areas.def has been replaced with areas.yaml In SatPy 0.10.0, filenames are used as strings by File handlers. This version also allows readers to accept pathlib.Path instances as filenames. With this version, it is easier to configure in-line composites. A README document has been added to the setup.py description. Resolved issues in SatPy 0.10.0 The issue with resampling a user-defined scene has been  resolved. Native resampler now works with DataArrays. It is now possible to review subclasses of BaseFileHander. Readthedocs builds are now working. Custom string formatter has been added in this version for lower/upper support. The inconsistent units of geostationary radiances have been resolved. Major Bug Fixes A discrete data type now gets preserved through resampling. Native resampling has been fixed. The slstr reader has been fixed for consistency. Masking in DayNightCompositor has been fixed. The problem with attributes not getting preserved while adding overlays or decorations has now been fixed. To know more about this news, check out the official release notes. Read Next Introducing ReX.js v1.0.0 a companion library for RegEx written in TypeScript Spotify releases Chartify, a new data visualization library in python for easier chart creation Google releases Magenta studio beta, an open source python machine learning library for music artistslast_img read more

Former strip club turned boutique hotel The Broadview Hotel opens in TO

first_img Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Toronto 1 2 3 4 5Next Former strip club turned boutique hotel: The Broadview Hotel opens in TO Rooftop drinks next to the ‘No Vacancy’ sign, where guests will find a private rooftop dining spaceTORONTO — It took three years to transform a beautiful but down-at-the-heels Romanesque Revival building in Toronto’s east side – once the highest tower east of the Don River – from Jilly’s strip club into The Broadview Hotel.From its original days in 1891 as a social club, bicycle club, even a curling club – and finally, in its last incarnation, Jilly’s strip club (with a rooming house on the floors above), the building has seen a lot of changes, and changing clientele, at the corner of Queen St. East and Broadview Ave. in Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood, just west of Leslieville and south of Riverdale.Jilly’s always said they would never sell, but they finally did, and then Streetcar Developments, best known as a condo developer here in Toronto, took on the formidable task of restoring the grand old building to its former glory. Now with 58 rooms, 4 dining and drink venues ranging from the bright and airy Lobby Café to the spectacular rooftop bar and private dining space (there’s also a private event venue), The Broadview Hotel is open for business.More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaWith its Queen and Broadview location, the hotel is less than 2 kilometres from Yonge St., a quick hop (at least when it’s not rush hour) on the Queen or King streetcars. Boutique hotels in Toronto’s west end, like the Drake Hotel and the Gladstone Hotel, have seen great success in recent years despite the fact that they’re much further from the downtown core (although they’re right in the centre of the trendy West Queen West scene).“People don’t always want to stay in the urban core,” says The Broadview Hotel’s General Manager, Murray Henderson. “They want to stay local. They want to stay in a neighbourhood.”Henderson comes to the Broadview from his most recent post at Le Germain Hotel Toronto Maple Leaf Square. The hotel also boasts John Sinopoli as its Executive Chef, and Erik Joyal, well-known in Toronto’s dining scene for venues including Table 17 and Izakaya.The Broadview Hotel is beautiful, passing on the so-hip-it-hurts décor that works so well for the Drake and the Gladstone, and going instead for a retro 1920s and 1930s vibe, channeling an elegant ambience of grand hotels.More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upAnd are there remnants of Jilly’s? This hotel is all about history, from the retro rotary telephones in the hallways to the brass fittings to the wallpaper in the Lobby Café, which Henderson says is a replica of the original paper on the building’s walls. “I can’t even tell you how many layers of wallpaper we peeled back,” he said. A pink neon sculpture adorns the ceiling in the Lobby Café, a nod to Jilly’s. And is that a stripper pole in one of the rooms? Check out the hotel yourself to find out.In-room bar selectionJohn Sinopoli, Executive Chef, The Broadview HotelMurray Henderson, General Manager, The Broadview Hotel Wednesday, July 19, 2017 Posted by Sharelast_img read more

Rep Howrylak invites residents to April May office hours

first_img23Apr Rep. Howrylak invites residents to April, May office hours State Rep. Martin Howrylak invites local residents to meet with him during his office hours in April and May.Office hours will be held in both Troy and Clawson; the first will take place on Saturday, April 25, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Troy Public Library, located at 510 W. Big Beaver Road. The second will be on Monday, May 4, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Blair Memorial Library in Clawson.“I look forward to meeting with residents and hearing their thoughts and ideas on state government,” said Rep. Howrylak, R-Troy. “Meeting with residents of the 41st District provides great feedback that I use to better represent our community in Lansing.”No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Howrylak toll-free at 877-248-0001 or by email at MartinHowrylak@house.mi.gov.### Categories: Howrylak 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

Facebooks Crisis Response Included Sneaky Redirections New York Times Reports

first_img Next Article Facebook Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 4 min read November 15, 2018 This story originally appeared on Engadget Image credit: Bloomberg | Getty Images via engadget Richard Lawler –shares Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals This story is yet another dent to Facebook’s reputation. Add to Queue Facebook’s Crisis Response Included Sneaky Redirections, New York Times Reports It’s no secret that the last couple of years have seen Facebook’s reputation take a series of hits — whether due to data breaches, alleged bias, rumors of intrusive spying or confusing policies — but a New York Times report exposes more about how the company reacted. Arriving on the heels of a Wall Street Journal article describing declining employee morale, it doesn’t reflect well on Facebook’s efforts and raises even more questions about an operation already facing calls for increased regulation.In addition to peering into previously identified problem areas like Facebook’s slow response to the spread of misinformation or questionable applications of policies meant to be unbiased, it specifically calls out a strategy where the company tried to distract from criticism. Since late last year, it expanded work with a consultant, Definers Public Affairs, that the Times said used political campaign tactics in public relations. This includes everything from Facebook’s public support for FOSTA to articles written on a conservative news site attacking Google and Apple.While Facebook execs went on an apology tour earlier this year, Apple CEO Tim Cook focused on his company’s reticence to collect and sell data from its customers — a point the report mentions in contrast to Mark Zuckerberg apparently telling his management team to use only Android because of its larger user base. It’s unclear if any actually switched.Other details range from the bizarre — apparently Facebook needed pollsters to determine that Zuck’s testimony on Capitol Hill came off as robotic — to deeply unsettling. George Soros has been a target of anti-Semitic attacks for many years, and even though Facebook worked with one group to describe some of the criticism it received as anti-Semitic, the Definers agency pushed material suggesting a link between Soros and groups aligned against Facebook. Variety points out a writer for the Daily Caller who confirmed the contact.As for specific executives like Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg, they’re cast as either unaware of threats or, in the case of Sandberg, angry when she found out that then-security chief Alex Stamos had begun looking into Russian misinformation without getting approval first. Arguments against coming out strongly against Russian meddling or determining that a post by Donald Trump violated its TOS are attributed to former George W. Bush administration member, and current Facebook exec, Joel Kaplan.We’ve continuously heard from Facebook about its shifting response to issues like Russian-sourced pages and posts of misinformation, and today it responded to this report — which the NYT said it based on interviews with more than 50 people.Update: CEO Mark Zuckerberg made an interesting appearance on social media last night, via a tweet from Kanye West. Meanwhile, House of Representatives member and likely incoming chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law David Cicilline tweeted that “Facebook cannot be trusted to regulate itself.”Update 2: Early Thursday morning, the New York Times reported, based on a source, that Facebook has cut ties with Definers. It also included a statement from Facebook that said “It is wrong to suggest that we have ever asked Definers to pay for or write articles on Facebook’s behalf, or communicate anything untrue. The relationship with Facebook was well known by the media — not least because they have on several occasions sent out invitations to hundreds of journalists about important press calls on our behalf.” Register Now »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

Shrinking Airline Seat Size Raises Health and Safety Concerns

first_img Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Reuters Airlines April 17, 2015 Image credit: Pixabay This story originally appeared on Reuters Add to Queue 3 min readcenter_img Airlines are packing ever more seats into economy class to protect profit margins from falling ticket prices, prompting concerns over health and safety from travellers and crew.Slim-line designs, extra emergency exits and creative placing of galleys and toilets are all playing their part in the great seat squeeze, say industry watchers.”If you’re a dog, you have very specific rules, but if you’re a human being there are no specific rules as to what is humane,” Charlie Leocha, the head of consumer group Travelers United, told a U.S. government advisory committee examining the issue in Washington D.C. this week.Seat pitch, the distance from one seat to the same spot on the one in front or behind, has shrunk to as little as 28 inches on some flights, against the more common 31 or 32 inches for economy, according to seat makers.Aircraft manufacturers Boeing and Airbus are increasing the number of places that can be squeezed in per row.Making things even tighter for passengers, airlines have got better at managing ticket sales and filling planes, meaning the middle seat is rarely left free.The economic factors are clear. Average ticket prices are expected to fall by 5 percent this year, according to industry body IATA, while airlines are expected to make a their best net profit margin in five years, albeit at just 3.2 percent.But the health and safety impacts are still being debated.Air RageThe lack of space has triggered more outbreaks of air rage, Julie Frederick from the Association of Professional Flight Attendants told the Washington D.C. hearing of the Advisory Committee for Aviation Consumer Protections.Several flights had to divert after passengers got into fights over reclining seats and lack of leg room last year.It was also making it harder for crew to treat anyone needing medical help, Frederick added.The number of passengers a type of aircraft is allowed to carry is mainly defined by how quickly people can exit in an emergency, hence the extra exits.Keith Hansen, director of facilities at low-cost carrier Allegiant, told the hearing he did not think higher seat density was increasing risks in the event of an evacuation.”We don’t believe there’s any increased safety risk whatsoever in an emergency evacuation … These aircraft are all approved and certified by the FAA,” he said.Some low-cost airlines such as Ryanair, Spirit and Allegiant have already found one way round the reclining seat problem — the fixed shell of their non-reclining seats also makes them cheaper to construct.Zodiac and other seat makers have tried bringing in compensations for economy passengers, extras from tablet holders to in-seat power were on show at this week’s Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg.Germany’s Recaro showed economy seats with foot rests, in-seat USB and power outlets, a mouldable head-rest, a 13.3 inch Panasonic monitor and mood lighting.Panasonic Avionics has worked with seat maker B/E Aerospace on a new economy class seat called Jazz that includes a discreet ‘do not disturb’ light, inductive charging for devices and an HDMI slot.”Economy seats are on a downward trend, but airlines are adding in perks to make you forget more quickly just how squeezed in you are,” said Jason Rabinowitz, data research manager at Routehappy, which rates flight cabins.”The more seats are shrinking, the more technology they’re packing in,” Rabinowitz added. “The jury is still out as to whether passengers will forget though.”(Editing by Andrew Heavens and Jane Merriman) –shares Shrinking Airline Seat Size Raises Health and Safety Concerns Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Next Article Register Now »last_img read more

Did Ruths Chris Steak House Bite Off More Than It Can Chew

first_imgFranchises Entrepreneur Staff Did Ruth’s Chris Steak House Bite Off More Than It Can Chew With its New Promo? Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. –shares Dan Bova Add to Queue Someone at Ruth’s Chris Steak House Ann Arbor cooked up one heck of a promotion last week: Michigan fans would get a percentage off their bill equal to the final winning point differential.Great idea, until the results of this Saturday’s game surely had the owner in need of the Heimlich: Michigan beat Rutgers 78-0. A 78 point differential. That’s 78 percent off the final bill.Related: 12 Worst Social-Media Fails in 2016 So FarWell, not exactly. When the promo was announced, perhaps after checking the spread in Vegas, Ruth’s noted that they would cap it off at 50 percent. (And that doesn’t include the tip, cheapos.) But still, 50 percent off! That’s our favorite steak order. “Medium rare, and half priced, please.”Was Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh on a mission to increase the wallets and waistlines of Ann Arbor residents by running up the score? He insists no, telling reporters that his guys were simply dialed in and executing flawlessly. As of this moment, he was not spotted at the restaurant ordering a rib eye, but keep an eye out, folks. He’ll be the super-intense guy who likes to pour salt in his opponent’s meals.Related: How to Start a RestaurantAre the Ruth’s Chris people wishing they could call back this play? Not at all. While it smells of the “endless crab” special that almost sank Red Lobster back in 2003, this special seems to be working out just fine. USA Today reports that as of Sunday afternoon, the restaurant was booked solid through Thursday.Well done, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, well done. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalscenter_img Did the score of a Michigan-Rutgers game totally fork up this restaurant? October 10, 2016 Editorial Director Image credit: Creativ Studio Heinemann | Getty Images Next Article 2 min read Register Now »last_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

Oracle Advances Safer More Transparent Retail Supply Chain

first_imgOracle Retail Brand Compliance is specifically designed to enable retailers, restaurants, food service providers and manufacturers to source, develop, track and market products. As products are developed, the solution audits and manages all aspects of the process, creating accurate and certified labeling detail against local regulatory and industry policies. As such, brands can rapidly and nimbly respond to and rectify product and industry incidents.Marketing Technology News: Creator by Zmags Brings Greater Agility to Ecommerce Creativity Smarter software gives consumers peace of mind on the goods they buy and retailers the agility to resolve product issues quickly In 2016, a multistate listeria outbreak in the U.S. impacted several name brand grocery chains. Tainted frozen vegetables and fruits sourced from one plant were included in approximately 358 consumer products sold under 42 separate brands. Using Oracle Retail Brand Compliance, one well-known grocer was able to quickly pull SKUs, identify where impacted product was being sold and communicate with customers, mitigating the situation, and protecting its shoppers.“Delivering on your brand promise today is as much about quality and trust as it is about cost,” said Jeff Warren, vice president of strategy and solution management, Oracle Retail. “Customers expect retailers to know everything about the items they purchase, whether this is information on availability, ingredients or the manufacturing process. They expect transparency and greater access to information, in real time. The biggest names in grocery rely on Oracle Retail Brand Compliance to meet these expectations while protecting their customers and brands.”Marketing Technology News: Evolution Digital and Vast Broadband Announce Agreement for Full App-Based TV Offering with eMERGE User ExperienceDriving Compliance and Safety Across the Retail Supply ChainOracle Retail Brand Compliance is one of the world’s most widely adopted brand management solutions, representing two-thirds of all private label compliance and technical portals in use today. The offering provides a single point of authentication of all audits, accreditations and certificates. With it, common data sets are entered once and shared amongst the community to report on quality, environment, freshness and sustainability metrics and track the movement of products to drive risk assessment and rapid response to incidents. Today, the Oracle Retail Brand Compliance community represents more than 250,000 suppliers offering 750,000 consumer products.With new enhancements to the offering, retail supply chain professionals will be able to more easily provide transparency of product information across partners and channels, with enhanced:KPI dashboards that deliver key insights, business intelligence and operational reporting on supply chain and product analysis.Consumer product compositions to enable in-store formulations, labeling and digital dietary advice.API integrations with key Oracle applications.“For retailers, having full visibility across their entire supply chains is a game-changer. It can mean the difference between minutes or weeks when responding to incidents, tracking and removing contaminated food from store shelves and notifying consumers. Brand damage aside, that can mean the difference between life and death,” noted Paul Woodward, senior director of Oracle Retail supply chain solutions.Marketing Technology News: Epicor Acquires Auto Care CRM Systems Provider MechanicNet Oracle Advances Safer, More Transparent Retail Supply Chain PRNewswireJuly 2, 2019, 11:00 pmJuly 2, 2019 center_img  WORLD FOOD SAFETY DAY — The retail industry is more complex than ever. Not only are consumers looking for high-quality goods at fair prices, but they also want assurance that their purchases are safe and ethically sourced. That requires retailers to maintain transparency across their global supply chain networks. With new advancements in reporting and analytics and continued extension of integrations, Oracle Retail Brand Compliance Management Cloud Service is helping retailers monitor the integrity of their materials and end products, to improve customer experiences and protect their brands. Cloud ServiceNewsOracleRetail Supply Chain Previous ArticleGartner Identifies Five Cost Optimization Tactics for Marketing LeadersNext ArticleVoice Assistants Land Brands in Uncharted Creative Territorylast_img read more