RMLD Invites Customers To Attend Free Electric Car Show In Wilmington On

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Reading Municipal Light Department (RMLD) invites customers to attend a free Electric Car Show on Sunday, September 15, 2019, from 10am to 2pm. The event will be held in the Swain Green parking lot located at 140 Middlesex Avenue, Wilmington during the Wilmington Farmers Market. Attendees are invited to view an assortment of plug-in electric vehicles from local automobile dealers. Local owners will also be in attendance with their electric vehicles to offer insider reviews and commentary. Information about charging stations, electric vehicle incentive programs, and RMLD rebate programs will also be available. This is a family friendly event featuring complimentary snacks, kids’ activities, and a raffle.Plug-in electric vehicles offer significant environmental benefits, reduce fuel and maintenance costs for owners, and help keep electric rates low.Electric vehicle owners interested in showing their vehicle may register at https://www.rmld.com/electric-vehicle-rebate-programs/webforms/electric-car-show-owner-registration.About Reading Municipal Light DepartmentEstablished in 1894, Reading Municipal Light Department is a municipal electric utility serving over 68,000 residents in the towns of Reading, North Reading, Wilmington, and Lynnfield Center. RMLD has over 29,000 meter connections within its service territory.(NOTE: The above press release is from RMLD.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRMLD To Hold Electric Car Show At Wilmington Farmers Market On September 15In “Community”SAVE THE DATE: RMLD To Hold Family-Friendly Open House On October 10In “Community”REMINDER: RMLD To Hold Free Electric Vehicle Ride & Drive Event At Wilmington Farmers Market This Sunday (July 15)In “Community”last_img read more

Gazipur city polls campaign begins today

first_imgGazipur City CorporationThe Awami League and the BNP-backed mayoral aspirants begin today (Monday) their official campaign for the upcoming Gazipur City Corporation (GCC) polls scheduled to be held on 26 June.AL-backed candidate Jahangir Alam earlier collected his symbol ‘boat’ and BNP-backed Hasan Uddin Sarker collected his symbol ‘paddy stack’ from the regional election commissioner Rakibuddin Mandol.Gazipur Peshajibi Somonnyo Parishad will hold an exchange of views meeting at Gazipur Press Club at 11:00am on 20 June (Tuesday).On 6 May, the High Court stayed the Gazipur City Corporation election which was scheduled to be held on 15 May. The election commission (EC) later on 13 May set 26 June to hold the Gazipur City Corporation polls. after the upper court suspended the stay orderlast_img read more

Lover duo commits suicide

first_imgMunta Hena and RokonuzzamanTwo studens of Islamic University of Khusthia allegedly committed suicide in Kusthia and Jhenaidah district on Thursday, reports UNB .The deceased were Rokonuzzaman of Damurhuda upazila in Chuadanga and Munta Hena, daughter of Ashraful Alam, chairman of AL-Hadith and Islamic Studies Department of Islamic University. Both of them were students of Finance and Banking Department of Islamic University.Family sources and their classmates said Rokonuzzaman and Munta loved each other but their families did not agree to accept their relationship. Being failed to resolve the crisis, Munta committed suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling of her house in Jhenaidah district town around 8:00pm.As soon as Rokonuzzaman heard the news of Munta’s death, he committed suicide by jumping under a train at Moti Mia level crossing in Kushtia Sadar upazila, said Abdul Aziz, officer-in-charge of Poradah GRP police station.Besides, UNB Islamic university correspondent reports: IU proctor M Mahbubar Rahman said, “We are trying to find out the main reason behind the suicide of the two students.”However, the university authorities expressed deep shocked at the demise of the two students.last_img read more

New Organization Meant To Boost Houstons Innovation Economy

first_img Share Florian MartinGina Luna chairs the Greater Houston Partnership’s Innovation RoundtableHouston Exponential is the product of a new focus on tech innovation in the Bayou City.The effort started last year with the Greater Houston Partnership’s Innovation Roundtable and a city taskforce led by council member Amanda Edwards.Together with the Houston Technology Center, they now form the new organization. Gina Luna chairs the Innovation Roundtable.“Houston Exponential will accelerate the development of Houston’s innovation economy in three ways: attracting, connecting and promoting.”This means it will connect community leaders and key players in the innovation ecosystem for initiatives; it will try to attract talent and venture capital to Houston; and it will promote the city in the world as an innovation hub.“We intend to be a major competitive player on the global scene,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said. “I think this will help to put us, position us, quite well.”The new focus on innovation is also a major part of the city’s pitch to get Amazon to choose Houston for its second headquarters.This story has been updated to include more information.last_img read more

Chemists make thermoset polymer using amine and triketone that is recyclable

first_imgThe researchers then tested their technique in conditions with other materials in the resultant polymer, such as fiberglass or flame retardants. They report that such additives did not prevent the recovery of the monomers or contaminate the new thermosets that were made from them. They also note that much more testing of their technique is required to make sure the thermosets are safe to use and that they do not create other environmental problems. Unlike conventional plastics, the monomers of PDK plastic could be recovered and freed from any compounded additives simply by dunking the material in a highly acidic solution. Credit: Peter Christensen et al./Berkeley Lab More information: Peter R. Christensen et al. Closed-loop recycling of plastics enabled by dynamic covalent diketoenamine bonds, Nature Chemistry (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41557-019-0249-2Press release A team of researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has devised a way to make a type of recyclable thermoset plastic. In their paper published in the journal Nature Chemistry, the group describes combining two particular types of monomers to form a common type of polymer that can be recycled using an acid. Coralie Jehanno and Haritz Sardon with the University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU have published a News and Views piece outlining the work by the team in California in the same journal issue. © 2019 Science X Network Citation: Chemists make thermoset polymer using amine and triketone that is recyclable (2019, April 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-chemists-thermoset-polymer-amine-triketone.html Reversible, dynamic covalent diketoenamine bonds. Diketoenamine bonds form spontaneously from triketones and both aromatic and aliphatic amines. Under strongly acidic conditions in water, the diketoenamine bond hydrolyses to the triketone and an ammonium salt. Credit: Nature Chemistry (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41557-019-0249-2center_img A new class of recyclable thermoset plastics Explore further Plastics have become an environmental problem. Companies make them and use them in a wide variety of applications. Other businesses and consumers make use of the plastics and then discard them. But because they do not degrade very rapidly, they are building up in landfills and the ocean. One particular polymer, known as a thermoset, is particularly troublesome because it is widely used and does not recycle easily. In this new effort, the researchers report a way to make a type of thermoset that can be broken down into its component parts using an acid and then recycled.To come up with the right ingredients, the researchers looked for monomers they could use in a closed-loop cycle (in which the monomer building blocks are recovered) as part of recycling. They finally landed on the monomers amine and triketone. The researchers found they could use them to make a thermoset polymer simply by grinding the two together. Further work showed that if the polymer was soaked in a strong acid for 12 hours, the diketoenamine bonding network would release its bonds, separating the monomers. Next, they found the monomers could be separated and collected using an operationally simple procedure and then reused to make new thermosets that were nearly identical in nature to the original they had made. 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. Journal information: Nature Chemistrylast_img read more

Soon govt to recruit 8565 policemen

first_imgKolkata: Bengal government has decided to recruit 8,000 policemen apart from 565 Sub-Inspectors soon.The Cabinet has given its approval for the recruitment. The Cabinet meeting was held on Monday. It is learnt that the decision to recruit that many policemen was taken up to ensure better policing in the state.As the number of police stations has gone up in the past seven years, the state government has undertaken measures to increase manpower as well. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe new police stations were set up to reduce area of jurisdiction of a specific police station. Now, the step to add another 8,000 policemen and 565 sub-inspectors to the existing strength has been taken up for better policing.It may be recalled that the state government had earlier decided to recruit 3,000 men to raise a new battalion of Rapid Action Force (RAF).The need of raising additional unit was felt as the Centre often shows reluctance in providing central forces to control law and order situation as and when needed in the state. At the same time, the state government has taken steps to ensure security and safety of tourists. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAs a measure for ensuring security of tourists visiting Digha and Mandarmoni, the state government had created 267 posts for eight coastal police stations a fewmonths ago.After recruitment, more stress can be given on how to improve security arrangements for tourists visiting the areas.Besides creating posts and recruiting police, the state government has also created posts in the past seven years that have resulted in employment generation.Recently, the state government decided to recruit 3,673 people in different posts in departments, including Higher Education department, Personnel and Administrative Reforms, e-governance and Tribal Development department.last_img read more

Special drive by ER to check touts

first_imgKolkata: The Indian Railways have launched Operation Thunder across the country against the touts who sell railway tickets at a premium making an illegal profit. They buy mass tickets shrinking the number of tickets genuine passengers have access to.The drive was launched by Arun Kumar, DG RPF with the help of the technical staffs and IT cell of the Indian Railways. All zonal railways have been instructed to conduct special drives. As many as 276 places were raided in 141 cities all over the country. Altogether 387 touts were arrested and 22, 253 tickets valued at Rs 32,99,093 were seized. Preliminary investigation revealed that the touts had sold the tickets at Rs 3,24,12, 706. All suspected user Ids have been black-listed and the tickets are being deactivated. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIllegal software ANMS/ Red Mirchi has been seized from Kota, Rajasthan. Three-hundred-and-seventy-five cases have been registered against the arrested persons. The Indian Railways have decided to intensify the raids. This is the peak season for railway passengers due to summer vacation and the season for marriages in north India. The touts utilise the situation and misuse the facility of e-ticketing. They sell the tickets at a premium making huge profits. The touts have their agents in all the metropolitan cities.last_img read more

Manulife Learning Platforms Training Strategies

first_imgTags: Manulife, Manulife Spotlight 2019 Manulife strives to be the exclusive travel insurance provider of travel agents. Besides helping agents manage their travel insurance sales, a key priority is to continue assisting agents in developing their travel insurance product and sales knowledge. Manulife offers national coaching/training initiatives, both with the use of Manuversity (the online learning portal, pre-recorded and live webinars) and face-to-face engagement. The article below outlines some of these training tools.Product TrainingsInsurance policies are contracts created by underwriters, actuaries and lawyers, and are not always easy for travel professionals and clients to understand. Manulife does their best to help travel agents understand the product they sell in a variety of ways and offer a blended learning solution.Sales TrainingsJust as important as understanding the product, travel agents need to also learn about the sales cycle and the importance of enhancing their selling skills. Positioning the product effectively is key!CoachingOne on One Coaching can occur as required to enhance skillset, product familiarity, confidence and knowledge.Manuversity – E-LearningManulife offers its very own online learning platform called ‘Manuversity’ to help support our training efforts. This innovative, user-friendly tool consists of many informative modules, making it much easier for travel agents to learn about the features and benefits of travel insurance at their own pace and at a time that is convenient for them. After successful completion of Manuversity, confidence in the product will increase, which will help in closing more sales. The modules offered could also satisfy continuing education requirements where applicable.WebexManulife offers exclusive 20-minute and 1-hour training webinars nationally in both English and French. The webinars focus on product and sales training and offer continuing education credits where applicable. The webinars are hosted by our Business Development Managers (BDM’S) across Canada, and are offered at different times throughout the day to promote maximum participation.Face-to-Face EngagementIn-branchManulife’s BDM team office visits include new hire training sessions, product refresher training, sales training including sales tips along with covering processes and procedures. For agent training we will customize our focus based on the needs of the agent/agency and provide relevant sales tools. These tools include scenarios, sales tips, claims experience and features and benefits of their products.Lunch & LearnsManulife offers Lunch and Learn training sessions focused on product and sales content. During the last two years Manulife had conducted exclusive Lunch & Learn Training sessions in major cities, and the overall feedback was extremely positive based on all compiled survey results. Contact your BDM for a session near you! << Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, March 28, 2019 Posted bycenter_img Travelweek Group Share Manulife Learning Platforms & Training Strategieslast_img read more

Former USVI Tourism Commissioner takes the helm at Saint Lucia Tourism Authority

first_img Posted by TORONTO — The Saint Lucia Tourism Authority (SLTA) has appointed Beverly Nicholson-Doty as its new Chief Executive Officer.Boasting over 30 years of industry leadership experience, Nicholson-Doty most recently served as Commissioner of Tourism at the USVI Department of Tourism from 2007 to 2018. She brings with her significant experience in marketing, sales and strategic planning in Caribbean travel and tourism, and has developed deep relationships across the airline, cruise, hotel and service industries.Her many achievements include the successful development of the Ports of the Virgin Islands concept that elevates the territory’s port facilities, and the creation of USVI’s strategic Meetings and Incentives (MICE) plan. She was also instrumental in engineering double-digit airline capacity growth over a 10-year period.As SLTA’s CEO, Nicholson-Doty will be responsible for overall management of the organization, including oversight of the development of its marketing and destination services and general administration. She will also work closely with the Board of Directors to achieve overall objectives.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youth“I look forward to this opportunity. Our team at the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority will be focused on developing and implementing a strong strategic plan aimed at increasing market share, and even more importantly, increasing visitor spend for maximum return on investment,” she said.For more information go to stlucia.org. Share Tags: CEO, Saint Lucia Tourism Authority Travelweek Group center_img Former USVI Tourism Commissioner takes the helm at Saint Lucia Tourism Authority Friday, June 28, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Related Want a free holiday guideDeciding what to

first_img RelatedWant a free holiday guide?Deciding what to do on holiday can be just as difficult as deciding where to go. Tell us where you are going on holiday and we’ll send you a free guide to your chosen destination.Food and travel guide (coming soon!)Want to know the best places to eat in Paris? Or where London’s foody gems are hiding? Which are the world’s most overrated restaurants (and the cheaper alternatives)? Or where you should eat if you want a side helping of amazing views? We will reveal all in the Skyscanner Food…Newsletter sign upGet our free newsletter! See the Terms & Conditions for the competition here.last_img

Volicon will exhibit at IBC on stand 7G23

first_imgVolicon will exhibit at IBC on stand 7.G23 Media intelligence solutions firm Volicon will showcase a new multiviewer for its Observer Media Intelligence Platform at IBC this year.The multiviewer will use the Observer platform’s recording capability and multiview functionality.Users will be able to use the multiviewer to access live or recorded audio and video – as well as frame-accurate data – on a monitor wall or other display. The desktop interface can be used to inspect or troubleshoot a suspect stream.The platform captures and stores content from any source and lets users review it in real time, for applications ranging from compliance, quality assurance, and competitive analysis to production and repurposing for multiple platforms and social media outlets.“This Multiviewer with time-shifting capability, effectively allows users to keep their eyes on every screen, listen to audio on all channels at once, and look past audio and video impairments to examine the integrity of metadata,” said Russell Wise, vice president of global sales at Volicon.“As the number of channels broadcast continues to grow, broadcasts and broadcast signals themselves become more complex, and ongoing economic pressures drive broadcasters to reduce the cost of support, maintenance, and monitoring, such a tool is in essence a time machine and therefore invaluable to broadcasters.”last_img read more

Samsung is to use the Tizen operating system to po

first_imgSamsung is to use the Tizen operating system to power its entire range of smart TVs for 2015, the company has revealed. Samsung said the first Tizen-powered smart TVs will be revealed at the Consumer Electronics Show this week in Las Vegas. The company first revealed plans to use Tizen for TVs in 2013 and last year.The platform, earlier seen as a way to enable Samsung to compete with Google in the mobile software market, has experienced delays and a shift of focus from Samsung, which has announced plans to target emerging markets with Tizen-powered phones. Last year, Samsung launched a number of Tizen-based digital cameras and smart watches.Samsung has also redesigned its Smart Hub UI, with the first screen displaying users’ most recent content and tailored recommendations. The Korean consumer electronics giant said it has also optimised four-direction control on its remotes to make them more responsive and had introduced simpler synchronising of content with other devices.Samsung has highlighted key content partnerships for the new platform, including Samsung Sports Live, allowing users to watch live games while simultaneously checking team and player stats on the same screen, with deals also in place with a number of games companies. In North America Samsung has teamed up with Sony to deliver PlayStation Now, a cloud-streaming game service. Just Dance Now, a dance app, comes to the platform thanks to a partnership with Ubisoft, while Bingo Home: Race to Earth is a new casual game title tie-in with DreamWorks Animation movie Home.According to Samsung, Tizen, a Linux-based open-source platform, will allow developers to create content for its smart TV platform more easily.“Building our Smart Platform around Tizen is a groundbreaking step towards a much more intelligent and integrated system,” said Won Jin Lee, Executive Vice President of the Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “Tizen not only enriches the entertainment experience for our customers today, but unlocks great potential for the future in home entertainment.”last_img read more

Thomas Plessis Frances Lagardère Studios has appo

first_imgThomas PlessisFrance’s Lagardère Studios has appointed Thomas Plessis as director of digital business, a role that sees him support development of original mobile, SVOD and OTT content.The hire marks a return to Lagardère for Plessis, who previously sold his podcasting business to the French media giant in 2008 and then worked as radio and digital programming chief.Plessis later worked for Banijay Group-owned H2O Productions, which launched C8’s topical daily show Touche pas à Mon Poste (It’s Only TV), and then launched his own production company, Dim-Sum Entertainment.Lagardère Studios president Christophe Thoral said Plessis would “be in charge of defining, rolling out and coordinating the digital business of the Group’s companies and brands”.Within this, he will provide support for Lagardère Group production companies such as Atlantique Productions in France and abroad as they look to develop and created original mobile, streaming, SVOD, OTT, VR and AR content for broadcasters and streamers.Plessis will also promote productions on social media platforms, and identity development opportunities as Lagardère looks to build out its digital credentials.“Thomas brings his expertise in both content and digital strategy to the table, which is a definite asset to strengthen the position of Lagardère Studios,” said Thoral, who replaced the Banijay-bound Takis Candilis a year ago.Last year, DTVE sister title TBI revealed Lagardère Studios was aiming to buy more European production companies, following a deal for Spain’s Boomerang.last_img read more

Kieran Downey Executive Director of Social Work

first_imgKieran Downey, Executive Director of Social Work, Western Trust said: “Foster carers care for children who cannot live with their own families. They provide alternative care where children can benefit from a loving, safe and stable home.“They are committed to guiding the most vulnerable children, helping them build resilience and confidence for the years ahead. Some of these children require care for a short time, others need nurturing homes until they reach independence.“The Trust is urgently looking for people who want to make a difference to the lives of children and young people by becoming foster carers.”Vanessa Nelis, Fostering Recruitment Officer for the Western Trust said:  “We are asking the public during Foster Care Fortnight to come and meet our staff at our information evenings. If you have previously thought about fostering in the past and never followed this up with us and you are now in a position to provide safe, stable and nurturing home for vulnerable children and young people then we would love to speak to you.  I would encourage anyone with any questions to come along. “Being a foster carer can be a really rewarding and enriching experience. Recently, we asked some of our children and young people what their foster home meant to them. The feedback was extremely positive with comments including “Fun and loving; comfortable and cosy; I have enjoyed ever minute of it; they are wonderful and caring people.”Vanessa added: “People often think they can’t foster because they are single, work, or are too old, but none of these things matter. People from all walks of life can foster – don’t rule yourself out. If you are resilient, flexible and have the energy, time, commitment and feel that you could help a child to grow and develop through your care and support, then come along to our information evenings and find out more.  The Western Trust’s information evenings take place on the following dates:Tuesday 15 May 2018, Silverbirch Hotel, Omagh;Tuesday 22 May 2018, Da Vinci’s Hotel, Derry;Thursday 24 May 2018, Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen.Please note – Staff will be present from 4.30pm onwards should people wish to drop in and talk to a staff member from the Fostering Recruitment team to find out more about fostering.There will also be a multi- media presentation and information sharing talk at 7.30pm which will give people the opportunity to talk to a current foster carer and hear their first hand experiences.A cup of tea and a biscuit will be available and it is our intention to make these nights as relaxed as possible for those attending.If you would like further information please contact Vanessa Nelis, Western Trust Fostering Recruitment Officer on T: (028) 028 8283 5264/7131 424.Or email: Vanessa.nelis@westerntrust.hscni.netTrust launches Fostercare Fortnight was last modified: May 11th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet DA VINCI’S HOTELDerryTrust launches Fostercare FortnightWestern Trustm EVERY week in the Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust) two children are taken in to care – could you open your heart to give a child a loving home? Launching Foster Care Fortnight (14 – 28 May 2018) Kieran Downey, Director of Women and Children’s Services at the Western Trust has emphasised the very urgent need for more foster carers.There are currently 627 looked after children and young people in the Western Trust. Despite the Trust’s best efforts this number is at an all-time high. ‘Foster Care Fortnight’ aims to increase awareness of the need for more foster carers and recognises the central role that existing foster carers play in providing stable, caring homes for vulnerable children and young people.last_img read more

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first_img Silver 18.81 19.17 22.69 Dear Reader, I’m just back from sunny Dallas, Texas, where I was not kicking rocks—nor even talking about them—but giving a talk on the amazing tax incentives Puerto Rico is offering… even to US taxpayers. It was a bit odd, but fun, and the idea seemed to really excite the audience. That was at the Stansberry & Associates Natural Resources Conference, where I was pleased to meet many Casey subscribers. Several mentioned their impatience, looking forward to the next Casey Summit, which will be in September. So, I reminded them that I will also be participating in the new Sprott Natural Resource Symposium, to be held in Vancouver, BC, July 22-25, 2014. I’ll actually be joined by most of the Casey Brain Trust, including Doug Casey himself. On the program is an Explorers’ League panel featuring more of our Explorers’ League honorees than we’ve had together at one time, ever. It’s been too long since we all got together, so I’m really looking forward to it—and I’m sure we’ll deliver a lot of value to conference attendees. I strongly encourage everyone who doesn’t want to wait until the fall to have a chance to meet with us and discuss investment and other issues to come to the Sprott conference in July. As for this week’s Metals & Mining Monday, Casey Researcher Laurynas Vegys has a look at the number-one issue of concern to the ethical investor in our sector: mining and the environment. The article speaks for itself, so I’ll hand it over to Laurynas now. I hope to see you in Vancouver next month! Sincerely, Gold Producers (GDX) 22.50 24.11 30.06 One Year Ago Gold 1,249.08 1,295.90 1,412.00 Oil 102.71 99.74 93.61 Copper 3.14 3.03 3.32 Louis James Senior Metals Investment Strategist Casey Researchcenter_img Rock & Stock Stats Last One Month Ago Gold Junior Stocks (GDXJ) 34.11 36.50 49.40 TSX (Toronto Stock Exchange) 14,604.16 14,651.87 12,746.55 Silver Stocks (SIL) 11.39 12.52 14.61 TSX Venture 983.99 1,001.50 960.74last_img read more

Uber Versus Lyft The Game of Ride Sharing and Pricing Data Gets

first_imgUsing Anonymized Data from Hundreds of Leading Startups, Kruze Consulting Reveals New Insights on Uber and LyftKruze Consulting, a leading CFO consulting company for startups, today released updated data on how employees at funded startups expense Uber and Lyft rides. The data offers a view into how market share is divided amongst tech startup employees and what Uber and Lyft did to compete for this valuable segment of the ride sharing business. The analysis includes over 120,000 ridesharing transactions expensed from 2018 through the first quarter of 2019 by over 170 seed and venture-backed startups located primarily in the greater San Francisco and Silicon Valley.The analysis found that Lyft has continued to slowly gain market share over Uber – moving from a mere 20% of the rides taken in the beginning of 2017 to a 36% in the beginning of 2019. However, at the end of 2018 Uber reclaimed some share of the market and reversed the trend. This could be due in part to Lyft moving its price per ride up substantially in 2018, while Uber did not. The data indicated a 25% price increase per average Lyft ride between 2017-2018 while the average Uber price moved up a modest 5%.Marketing Technology News: Cision 2019 State of the Media Report Reveals a Decline in Distrust of the Media and Growing Concerns About Staffing and Resources“Our startup clients love the data and insights we can bring them,” said Vanessa Kruze, CEO and Founder of Kruze Consulting. “In this case, being able to watch the Uber vs Lyft battle unfold in my backyard is not only fascinating, but relevant to the funded companies that we serve. Travel expenses can be a substantial percentage of a startup’s burn, and we take great pride in how our focus on startup finances produces proprietary insights.”Marketing Technology News: Aqqaint Brings Trust and Transparency to Peer-to-Peer Exchange With New Mobile AppThe data suggests that preeminent startups are steadily moving over to Lyft, but Uber still remains the market leader and does not seem to be letting that market share slip away uncontested. The data also suggests that the overall revenue growth in ride sharing market was weak in the first quarter of 2019.Marketing Technology News: Blueshift Raises $15 Million from Softbank to Put AI in Hands of Every Marketer Uber Versus Lyft: The Game of Ride Sharing and Pricing Data Gets Hotter PRNewswireApril 26, 2019, 4:46 pmApril 26, 2019 fundingKruze ConsultingLyft ridesMarketing TechnologyNewsridesharing transactionsUber Previous ArticleHuawei Enables Smart Finance with “AI+DATA”Next ArticleLINK Mobility to Integrate With Oracle Responsyslast_img read more

4 Reasons PeerToPeer Recognition and Rewards Should Be the New Normal

first_img4 Reasons Peer-To-Peer Recognition and Rewards Should Be the New Normal Will TraczJuly 11, 2019, 9:00 amJuly 8, 2019 Employee RecognitionJob Satisfactionpeer-to-peerRecognitionRewardsWorkplace Relationship Previous ArticleLonely Planet Partners with Acquia to develop the Most Consumer-Centric Platform in TravelNext ArticleContentful Unveils Headless CMS Ecommerce Solution for Faster Content Delivery and Improved Sales Time doesn’t do refunds. It’s a pithy statement made famous by David Hieatt, creator of the DO Lectures. In his talks to entrepreneurs, he says, “The Time Bank won’t tell you how to spend it. Time poorly spent will not be replaced with more time.” Put that into perspective. A typical workweek has 120 hours. Given a 40-hour workweek, you spend one-third of that time interacting with colleagues. I’d argue it’s probably more time than you spend with your family or loved ones. This reality makes having positive relationships at work extremely important. This could be acheived by peer-to-peer recognition and rewards.Mental Health America says when employers prioritize positive relationships at work, they promote a creative, collaborative, and supportive workplace culture. On the other hand, if employers allow toxic relationships to manifest, it can increase stress levels and feelings of isolation. The result, Mental Health America asserts, is a negative impact on employee mental and physical health, which lowers morale and motivation. When peer-to-peer recognition is frequent, visible, and meaningful, it becomes part of an employee’s everyday habits. Imagine sending a colleague a “job well done!” for their latest project, welcoming a new team member aboard their first day, or showcasing a peer who went above and beyond – recognition has value at every step of the employee experience.Here Are Four Reasons Why Continuous Recognition Should Be the New Normal:Technology makes it easier: Reward Gateway research found that 82% of HR professionals in the U.S. believe employee engagement would improve if their people had the technology to recognize their peers for good behavior. An employee engagement app, for example, can integrate into your existing HR technology and mimic the type of digital experience employees get on personal social sharing platforms. Technology enables access and frequency, so peer-to-peer recognition can be done in real time. Recognition and rewards technology also keeps your employees connected to each other, whether they are on the train headed home or at the watercooler catching up with a co-worker.Real-time feels more organic: Employees attach different expectations when recognition is given in a timely manner. Why make employees wait until the employee-of-the-month happy hour to give them kudos? With the right recognition and rewards technology, employees can send, comment, and react to recognition moments in real time (before it’s old news). And they can put the spotlight on these moments, even in between meetings, using e-cards, blog posts, or instant awards.Promotes “team” performance for organizational success: Programs that allow peer-to-peer recognition and rewards to thrive help to foster trust among teams. According to author Stephen M. R. Covey, trust is essential for unparalleled success and prosperity within a business organization. Giving an “attaboy” to a colleague encourages more collaboration that builds stronger team dynamics over time. And it simply creates the space for more recognizable opportunities to occur and to be acted upon by people who work alongside the employee.Managers are busy, give them the tools. The demand for a manager’s time is usually high, and keeping tabs on every employee’s shining moment can be challenging. In fact, 60% of workers feel that their colleagues could be thanked and praised more regularly by managers and leaders. Our 2017 study found that 54% of employees would rather work for a company with a culture where they receive recognition over a higher-salary job where they don’t get any recognition. Managers being available to react and respond when these moments occur is critical because recognition is one of the key drivers needed for employees to become ingrained in a company’s values and corporate mission. When you give managers the tools they need to overcome the barriers, they, too, can be active participants in continuous recognition.ConclusionPeer-to-peer employee recognition and rewards have the power to foster the type of positive workplace relationships that lead employees to have better job satisfaction and increased productivity. It is also the foundation for creating a culture of continuous recognition.We can’t get time back, but we can give employees a reason to feel like each workday is time well spent. By giving employees and managers the tools to more easily give recognition and rewards, we can also actively include employees in building positive workplace relationships and more meaningful employee experienceslast_img read more

Unhealthy eating habits in childhood associated with young teens alcohol use

first_img Source:https://sahlgrenska.gu.se/english/research/news-events/news-article/?languageId=100001&contentId=1592665&disableRedirect=true&returnUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fsahlgrenska.gu.se%2Fforskning%2Faktuellt%2Fnyhet%2F%2Fbarn-som-ater-osunt-dricker-oftare-alkohol-i-tonaren.cid1592665 Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Dec 30 2018Children with unhealthy eating habits are at a higher risk of becoming regular alcohol drinkers at too early an age, even in their early teens, a study published in the journal Public Health Nutrition shows. The association with young teens’ drinking habits is stronger than with other factors, such as parents’ education and income. “We must make people more aware of the long-term effects of healthy food in early youth,” says Lauren Lissner, Professor of Epidemiology at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.The research is based on data from a major European study and its successor (IDEFICS/I.Family) in which the University of Gothenburg is mainly responsible for Sweden’s participation. Other countries taking part are Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Italy, Spain, Germany and Hungary.The observation study covered 2,263 children. To get a general picture of their dietary habits, their consumption of sugar and fat was measured when they were aged 6-9 and again at 11-16.Higher proportion drank every weekThe parents were asked to state how often the younger children ate some 40 foods. In the follow-up part of the study, the older children themselves reported on both their eating habits and their alcohol consumption.Among the 11- to 16-year-olds with low sugar and fat consumption when they were younger, 3 percent stated that they consumed alcohol weekly. Among those aged 11-16 whose consumption of sugar and fat had been high in childhood, the corresponding share was over 7 percent.The scientists lack direct evidence of a causal connection. They examined factors that might have explained the association between early eating habits and later alcohol use, but these proved not to do so.Related StoriesStudy reveals link between inflammatory diet and colorectal cancer riskRevolutionary gene replacement surgery restores vision in patients with retinal degenerationNew network for children and youth with special health care needs seeks to improve systems of careThese factors were the children’s psychological well-being, the parents’ income and education, the degree of parental control over the children, and how the parents themselves used alcohol. The diet of the young people aged 11-16 was another variable studied. Was it possibly the same children of this age who liked both sugar and fat, on the one hand, and alcohol on the other?Early influence a driver”We’ve done analyses that break down the correlations, and the strongest association we see is the one between the younger children’s diet and their alcohol consumption when they get older. What drives this association is undoubtedly this early influence,” says Kirsten Mehlig, Associate Professor of Epidemiology at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, the lead author of the article.The conclusion is not, the scientists think, that fat must be eliminated from childrens’s diet but that, on the other hand, they should avoid sugar, trans and saturated fats, and the combination of sugar and fat that is often found in processed food, for example. The researchers are also calling for stricter legislation against advertising for unhealthy food.”It’s important not only for the avoidance of caries, obesity and diabetes. There are a great many other advantages of children getting healthy food,” Lauren Lissner says.last_img read more

New computer program predicts risk of lifethreatening arrhythmias

first_imgCredit: iStock Jasonee was diagnosed with Arrythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia/Cardiomyopathy (ARVD/C) in 2012. After a sudden dramatic cardiac event, a series of doctors in her hometown struggled to identify a diagnosis and recommend solutions. She found experts at Johns Hopkins, who quickly determined her condition was a rare familial disorder that causes sudden cardiac death in young, apparently healthy individuals. Now receiving proper treatment and observation, Jasonee and her family feel reassured and confident that this condition is manageable and under control, allowing her to live a full and rewarding life with her young son.Source: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/newsroom/news-releases/computer-program-predicts-risk-of-deadly-irregular-heart-beats An estimated 1 in 5,000 people have arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC), a complex, multigene, inherited disease of the lower heart chambers that can cause deadly arrhythmias, or irregular heartbeats. Although rare, it’s a very frequent cause of sudden death in young adults, according to the new study’s leaders. The average age of diagnosis is 31, although it can emerge from adolescence through middle age.ARVC can be effectively managed in many cases with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD), a device that detects electrical abnormalities in heart muscle and immediately shocks the heart to re-establish normal rhythm. ICDs prevent sudden cardiac death and save lives. But these devices come with risks and side effects, according to co-lead investigator Cynthia A. James, Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiology and a certified genetic counselor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The devices may deliver inappropriate shocks when patients aren’t experiencing life-threatening arrhythmias. And the ICD itself or pacemaker leads placed in the heart to deliver a shock may fail over time, necessitating replacement with surgery. Infections brought on by these devices–and even just wearing out the device’s battery with time–also require replacement, hospitalizations and expense, she adds.”Because patients develop this condition at such a young age, they typically need several ICD replacements over the course of their lives,” adds James, who is also a member of the Precision Medicine Center for Excellence for Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC) and Complex Arrhythmias, part of Johns Hopkins InHealth, the precision medicine effort at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “For ARVC patients, getting an ICD is a big decision with serious consequences.””If someone is at risk of sudden cardiac death, you don’t want to miss the chance of putting in a lifesaving device. But you also don’t want to put it in if that risk is not worth taking,” says Hugh Calkins, M.D., professor of cardiology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and director of the Electrophysiology Laboratory and Arrhythmia Service at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. “This new model can help doctors and patients decide better if an ICD is warranted on a case-by-case basis,” he adds.The new algorithm was developed, the researchers say, because while physicians are generally in agreement that patients who experience a life-threatening arrhythmia qualify for an ICD, it’s been unclear whether patients who haven’t yet experienced this event should get one for prevention.Previous studies identified several risk factors for having life-threatening arrhythmias in ARVC patients, but each study had such relatively small numbers of patients that individually they weren’t useful as a comprehensive model to predict benefit from an ICD, says Calkins, who is also a member of the Precision Medicine Center for Excellence for ARVC and Complex Arrhythmias.Related StoriesResearch opens possibility of developing single-dose gene therapy for inherited arrhythmiasRNA-binding protein SRSF3 appears to be key factor for proper heart contraction, survivalWeightlifting is better for the heart than cardioTo address that shortcoming, James, Calkins and their colleagues pooled medical record data from 528 patients in five registries based at 14 academic medical centers in the U.S. and Europe. The group was nearly evenly split between male and female and between North America and Europe. None had yet experienced a life-threatening arrhythmia.Then, using risk factors derived from published previous studies–including age, sex, fainting from heart-related causes, nonsustained abnormal heart rhythms, number of abnormal beats (called premature ventricular complexes) within 24 hours, and cardiac function–they developed a computer-based mathematical set of consistent rules to try to predict whether any of the 528 patients might undergo a serious arrhythmia over time.Over nearly five years of follow-up, just over a quarter of these patients experienced a dangerous arrhythmia, and 18 patients died.The researchers found that their model accurately accounted for which patients would have life-threatening events. No patient with a five-year, model-predicted risk of 5 percent or less had a serious arrhythmia. More than 95 percent of arrhythmias occurred in people with at least a 15 percent five-year risk.When the researchers compared their prediction accuracy rates with outcomes using a current consensus-based ICD placement algorithm, they found that about 20.6 percent of recommended ICD placements would have likely been unnecessary.”We believe our findings and the risk calculator we have developed have the potential to contribute to personalized medicine and to high value health care efforts emerging throughout medical care,” says Calkins.James and Calkins say it can cost $20,000 to implant an ICD and a similar amount of money to replace the device when the battery wears out five to 10 years later.While results of their study seem promising, the researchers caution that because they were derived from patient registries at hospitals that specialize in treating this condition, and include many patients who carry mutations in the same ARVC gene (PKP2), the results may not match those from a community-derived population or patients who carry other types of ARVC-causing mutations. The researchers plan to validate this model in other patient populations.In conjunction with this new publication, James and Calkins add, the team has developed a free app that will allow doctors and patients to rapidly input medical data to calculate personal risk, easing the decision-making process.”It’s an important and extremely practical tool to come out of this research,” James says.center_img Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 28 2019Combining a wealth of information derived from previous studies with data from more than 500 patients, an international team led by researchers from Johns Hopkins has developed a computer-based set of rules that more accurately predicts when patients with a rare heart condition might benefit–or not–from lifesaving implanted defibrillators. The new research, published online on March 27 in the European Heart Journal provides physicians with a risk prediction tool that will identify patients most likely to benefit from the protection provided by an implantable defibrillator while preventing a fifth from receiving unnecessary–and potentially risky–surgery to place the devices.last_img read more

Queens researchers develop innovative rapid test to improve maternal health in developing

first_imgRelated StoriesOpioids are major cause of pregnancy-related deaths in UtahMaternal prepregnancy surgery linked to increased risk of opioid withdrawal in newbornsFederal nutrition program improves health of pregnant women and childrenAround 25 per cent of pregnant women are colonized with the bacterium Group B Streptococcus (GBS). The majority of pregnant women who carry this bacterium will never be aware. However, it can be fatal in instances when it is passed to babies during childbirth.Although this is extremely rare in the developed world, in developing countries where there are many risk factors including inadequate services, distance and poverty, the prevalence of serious GBS infection to new-borns is much higher.GBS can be difficult to detect as the mother who carries the bacteria often shows no symptoms. In many developed countries, testing for GBS in pregnancy is carried out two to four weeks before delivery, to enable GBS positive women to be given antibiotics to prevent transmission of the infection to the baby during childbirth. The turnaround for current tests is 48 hours, which means testing during labor is not feasible.In the developing world, testing that requires a laboratory can be prohibitively expensive and very difficult to access in practical terms, particularly in rural settings. In reality, conventional testing for GBS is not available in most developing countries, meaning proven strategies to prevent GBS transmission cannot be used.The McClay Foundation has supported this project enabling clinicians in the developing world to detect this life-threatening pathogen within an hour at a maternity ward using the HiberGene GBS test. Source:Queen’s University Belfast Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)May 31 2019A grant from the McClay Foundation will enable Queen’s researchers to work with clinicians to offer fast diagnostic testing to prevent meningitis and sepsis in maternity wards for the first time in Malawi.Maternal health is a huge issue in developing countries where 99 per cent of all maternal and neonatal deaths occur. The neonatal mortality rate is also much higher in Africa, at four times higher than that of developed regions.Women and babies die as a result of complications during, and following, pregnancy and childbirth, including infection.Queen’s University Belfast in collaboration with HiberGene Diagnostics and Belfast Health & Social Care Trust have developed an innovative rapid test for GBS using LAMP (Loop-mediated isothermal AMPlification) technology. The HiberGene test can identify GBS with very high accuracy within one hour, so it can be used during labor – a strategy called intrapartum testing.Intrapartum is considered the most accurate time to test as it prevents unnecessary antibiotic use or missed GBS infections. The test is also simple enough to use as a “near patient” test, in a small lab or room next to a ward, without the need for extensive laboratory training. Queen’s researchers will work with trained clinicians in a number of maternity wards in Malawi, to use the LAMP test.Principal Investigator Professor Mike Shields from the Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine at Queen’s University Belfast explains:center_img In developing countries, where access to laboratory testing is sparse, these tests could have a huge positive impact on the health of mothers and their babies. Detecting the GBS within the hour will mean that GBS positive women can be identified and given antibiotics to prevent transmission of GBS during delivery that could lead to serious infections including meningitis, sepsis and death.”last_img read more