Posted by Tags: Europe, Monograms Share Tuesday, July 3, 2018 Monograms discounts Italy 2019 departures by 15% 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 >>
January 8, 2003Archive intern Malcolm Sutherland gathered these images of ancient petroglyphs during a hike in the desert surrounding Arcosanti. [Photos: Malcolm Sutherland & text: sa]
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,News
25Jun Rep. Lower introduces proposal to protect water quality across Michigan State Rep. Jim Lower of Greenville today introduced a plan to modify the state’s emergency manager law, replacing the single person emergency management structure with a three-person Financial Management Team.The plan is part of a larger reform package addressing the safety and security of Michigan’s drinking water supply.“This proposal to update the state’s emergency manager law is an important part of a bipartisan effort to keep our state’s drinking water and recreational waterways safe for Michigan families for generations to come,” said Lower who chairs the House Committee on Local Government and Municipal Finance. “Michigan families deserve to know the fresh water that defines this great state is safe to drink, bathe in and fish in. This plan helps ensure that government is held accountable to manage public water resources well with a more open and transparent three-person committee.”The bill put forward by Lower builds on the recommendations from a 2016 legislative committee and replaces the single-person emergency management structure with a three-person committee made up of one financial expert, one local government operations expert and one local ombudsman.Lower, who was first elected to the Michigan House in 2016, has been a leader on improving municipal finance since coming into office. He spearheaded a plan to help local governments better manage their finances in 2017.In addition to Lower’s plan— House Bills 4753-4755— the entire, 30-bill reform proposal looks at water quality across the board: from improving municipal safeguards and oversight to tightening up environmental protection and conservation.Ensuring safe drinking water has become a top concern across the state due to the condition of our state’s water infrastructure systems and the detection of PFAS contamination at more than 1,100 sites, Lower noted.House Bills 4753-4755 has been referred to the House Committee on Government Operations. Categories: Lower News
SERIOUS CONCERNS RAISED OVER THE DISPOSAL OF WASTE AT WATERSIDE DEVELOPMENT was last modified: November 21st, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: SINN Féin Councillor Christopher Jackson has said there are serious health and safety issues around the removal of household waste from flats in the Triangle development in the Waterside.Residents have been using temporary bins for the past TWO YEARS provided by the Housing Executive.But they say are not sufficient to hold all household rubbish, leading to binds overflowing in stairwells and outside their home. COUNCILLOR CHRIS JACKSONHousing ExecutiveSERIOUS CONCERNS RAISED OVER THE DISPOSAL OF WASTE AT WATERSIDE DEVELOPMENTSinn FeinTRIANGLE DEVELOPMENT ShareTweet Councillor Jackson said: “There’s an ongoing concern from residents that the temporary bins that have been provided aren’t sufficient to handle the waste generated from the flats in the triangle.“The bins were provided for residents in upstairs flats as they had no other means of disposing of their household waste, this was a temporary measure while NIHE explored options to install a rubbish shoot.“That was over two years ago and we don’t seem to be any further forward. “Meanwhile residents continue to experience rubbish piled up next to the bins, dumped in stairwells and even left outside their homes.“It’s not surprising to learn that this is attracting rats which is obviously a very real concern for residents but on top of that it is also posing a very serious fire risk.“I believe immediate steps need to be taken to address it as a matter of urgency.“We are eagerly awaiting the implementation of a wider scheme to improve all of the homes in this area but in the interim period the Housing Executive have a duty to provide residents with adequate facilities to dispose of their waste,” added Cllr Jackson.
Disabled 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.
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.
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 »
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 »
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 Huspeni 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 »
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: Lenovo
Bain & 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 Revenue
Nov 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. 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/
Reviewed 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=31169
Once the Sender makes a decision about whether to rotate the block, they send ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ to the Receiver’s brain by concentrating on the corresponding light,”Linxing Preston Jiang, Study First Author and Student in the Allen School’s combined bachelor’s/master’s degree program The Senders wore electroencephalography caps that picked up electrical activity in their brains. The lights’ different flashing patterns trigger unique types of activity in the brain, which the caps can pick up. So, as the Senders stared at the light for their corresponding selection, the cap picked up those signals, and the computer provided real-time feedback by displaying a cursor on the screen that moved toward their desired choice. The selections were then translated into a “Yes” or “No” answer that could be sent over the internet to the Receiver.Related StoriesStudy provides new insight into longitudinal decline in brain network integrity associated with agingComputers, games, crafting keep the aging brain sharpWearing a hearing aid may mitigate dementia risk”To deliver the message to the Receiver, we used a cable that ends with a wand that looks like a tiny racket behind the Receiver’s head. This coil stimulates the part of the brain that translates signals from the eyes,” said co-author Andrea Stocco, a UW assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and the Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences, or I-LABS. “We essentially ‘trick’ the neurons in the back of the brain to spread around the message that they have received signals from the eyes. Then participants have the sensation that bright arcs or objects suddenly appear in front of their eyes.”If the answer was, “Yes, rotate the block,” then the Receiver would see the bright flash. If the answer was “No,” then the Receiver wouldn’t see anything. The Receiver received input from both Senders before making a decision about whether to rotate the block. Because the Receiver also wore an electroencephalography cap, they used the same method as the Senders to select yes or no.The Senders got a chance to review the Receiver’s decision and send corrections if they disagreed. Then, once the Receiver sent a second decision, everyone in the group found out if they cleared the line. On average, each group successfully cleared the line 81% of the time, or for 13 out of 16 trials.The researchers wanted to know if the Receiver would learn over time to trust one Sender over the other based on their reliability. The team purposely picked one of the Senders to be a “bad Sender” and flipped their responses in 10 out of the 16 trials — so that a “Yes, rotate the block” suggestion would be given to the Receiver as “No, don’t rotate the block,” and vice versa. Over time, the Receiver switched from being relatively neutral about both Senders to strongly preferring the information from the “good Sender.”The team hopes that these results pave the way for future brain-to-brain interfaces that allow people to collaborate to solve tough problems that one brain alone couldn’t solve. The researchers also believe this is an appropriate time to start to have a larger conversation about the ethics of this kind of brain augmentation research and developing protocols to ensure that people’s privacy is respected as the technology improves. The group is working with the Neuroethics team at the Center for Neurotechnology to address these types of issues.”But for now, this is just a baby step. Our equipment is still expensive and very bulky and the task is a game,” Rao said. “We’re in the ‘Kitty Hawk’ days of brain interface technologies: We’re just getting off the ground.” Source:University of WashingtonJournal reference:Jiang, L. et al. (2019) BrainNet: A Multi-Person Brain-to-Brain Interface for Direct Collaboration Between Brains. Scientific Reports. doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-41895-7 . Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jul 2 2019Telepathic communication might be one step closer to reality thanks to new research from the University of Washington. A team created a method that allows three people to work together to solve a problem using only their minds.In BrainNet, three people play a Tetris-like game using a brain-to-brain interface. This is the first demonstration of two things: a brain-to-brain network of more than two people, and a person being able to both receive and send information to others using only their brain. The team published its results April 16 in the Nature journal Scientific Reports, though this research previously attracted media attention after the researchers posted it September to the preprint site arXiv.”Humans are social beings who communicate with each other to cooperate and solve problems that none of us can solve on our own,” said corresponding author Rajesh Rao, the CJ and Elizabeth Hwang professor in the UW’s Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering and a co-director of the Center for Neurotechnology. “We wanted to know if a group of people could collaborate using only their brains. That’s how we came up with the idea of BrainNet: where two people help a third person solve a task.”As in Tetris, the game shows a block at the top of the screen and a line that needs to be completed at the bottom. Two people, the Senders, can see both the block and the line but can’t control the game. The third person, the Receiver, can see only the block but can tell the game whether to rotate the block to successfully complete the line. Each Sender decides whether the block needs to be rotated and then passes that information from their brain, through the internet and to the brain of the Receiver. Then the Receiver processes that information and sends a command — to rotate or not rotate the block — to the game directly from their brain, hopefully completing and clearing the line.The team asked five groups of participants to play 16 rounds of the game. For each group, all three participants were in different rooms and couldn’t see, hear or speak to one another.The Senders each could see the game displayed on a computer screen. The screen also showed the word “Yes” on one side and the word “No” on the other side. Beneath the “Yes” option, an LED flashed 17 times per second. Beneath the “No” option, an LED flashed 15 times a second.