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World Aids Day March in TCI

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 2, 2016 -World Aids Day will be commemorated with walk-a- thons nationwide.In Grand Turk the walk begins from the Grand Turk Clock Tower to the Lester Williams park; in Provo from Scotiabank to the Youth Center;  in North Caicos from Texaco to the Horse Stable Beach; in Salt Cay from the Community Center; from the Airport to the Regatta Village in South Caicos and in Middle Caicos from the Conch Bar Community Center to Mudjin Harbour; all walks begin at 6am.World Aids Day was marked on December 1, 2016. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp #magneticmedianewscenter_img Related Items:last_img read more

Honda Acura recall 11M cars over Takata airbags for a second time

2019 Acura NSX review: Hitting its stride Tags If at first you don’t succeed, recall ’em again.Honda has issued a recall for approximately 1.1 million Honda and Acura vehicles. The list is positively huge, spanning a wide variety of cars both new and old, in varying body styles. The full list can be seen at the bottom of this article.The issue stems from the airbags. All the vehicles mentioned in this recall were part of an earlier wave of Takata airbag inflator replacements. These vehicles were repaired with desiccated Takata inflators that were not subject to recall. Those replacements, however, were eventually deemed faulty as well, after Honda received a report of a person being injured by shrapnel from a replacement inflator. Enlarge ImageIf you’re not sure if your call falls under the recall or not, give your dealer a ring — they can help you out. Honda Thankfully, a remedy can be had quickly. Honda has replacement parts at the ready — this time, from alternative sources — so owners need only head to the dealership, where technicians will swap out the faulty parts. To give you an idea of the Takata scandal’s scope, Honda alone has had to deal with 21 million recalled Takata inflators across 12.9 million Honda and Acura vehicles.The desiccant, or moisture-absorbing material, is central to understanding this deadly defect. The first batch of airbag inflators that spurred the recall used ammonium nitrate to inflate the airbag but lacked a desiccant. Over time, exposure to humidity could cause the inflator to fail, shooting out shrapnel instead of inflating the airbag as intended. There have been both deaths and injuries linked to these parts, which Takata sold to a significant number of automakers. Takata offered replacement parts with desiccants, but that clearly did not resolve the issue in its entirety. Thankfully, these new replacement parts come from different suppliers altogether.Here’s the full list of vehicles included in this latest recall:2002-2003 Acura 3.2TL2003 Acura 3.2CL2004-2006, 2009-2014 Acura TL2013-2016 Acura ILX2003-2006 Acura MDX2007-2016 Acura RDX2010-2013 Acura ZDX2001-2007, 2009 Honda Accord2001-2005 Honda Civic2002-2007, 2010-2011 Honda CR-V2003-2011 Honda Element2007 Honda Fit2002-2004 Honda Odyssey2003-2008 Honda Pilot2006-2014 Honda Ridgeline Originally published March 12 at 7:42 a.m. PT.Update, at 1:54 p.m. PT: Clarified the underlying issue with Takata’s airbag inflators. Recalls Honda Acura Honda Acura 2019 Nissan Maxima review: The ‘four-door sports car’ that isn’t Review • 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid: The efficient sedan that does it all, and well Comment 20 Photos 2019 Honda Accord: The midsize champ returns with minimal updates 1 More about 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid More From Roadshow Share your voice Car Industry Trucks SUVs Coupes Sedans 2020 Toyota Supra review: A solid sports car that’s rife with controversy read more

Kondo Robot releases a hexapod robot kit w video

first_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com In addition to selling this stock hexapod robot kit, the company will also be selling individual leg assemblies and other parts from the bot kit. This will give robot builders the chance to use these parts to create their own multi-legged robot designs. Kondo Robot currently serves only the Japanese market, so robot builders from other nations will have to find a different supplier for hexapod robot parts. The KMR-M6 Hexapod Robot is expected to begin shipping in May of 2011, and will cost roughly 76,000 yen, or $880 US dollars. More information: via Robot Dreams The brain of the KMR-M6 is a Kondo RCB-4HV. It is powered by a ROBO Power Cell 10.8V 800mAh Ni-MH battery. As for aesthetics, the wiring, controller and all other on-board electronics are hidden from view, in a compartment on the robots back. (PhysOrg.com) — Kondo Robot, a Japan-based robotics company known for selling robotics kits which often end up in robot-on-robot battles, announced the release of a new robot kit. The kit, named the KMR-M6 is a Hexapod Robot, that is reminiscent of a spider in its appearance. The kit is designed to be fairly stable. In addition to only requiring two servos per leg, for movement, the robot has a unique spring and multi-bar linkage approach that gives it the ability to navigate more complex obstacles. Citation: Kondo Robot releases a hexapod robot kit (w/ video) (2011, April 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-04-kondo-robot-hexapod-kit-video.htmlcenter_img Explore further 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. Korea to sell programmable robot The KMR-M6 has a low profile, at about 14 inches tall, which makes maneuvering through smaller spaces less laborius, and decreases the robots center of gravity, which decreases the likelihood that it will tip over while navigating those obstacles.last_img read more

WBSU to offer tuition fee waiver for speciallyabled students

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal State University (WBSU) in Barasat is all set to offer complete waiver of tuition fees for physically-challenged students pursuing post graduation in the varsity.The university will also be providing the same benefits to another 50 students, who are meritorious but under financial constraints to continue their studies . The university is hopeful that the step will encourage them in pursuit of higher studies. “The measure is in accordance with our new ideas of inclusivity in the university. We are roping in corporate houses, who are interested to provide funds to the university under their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The money they are providing will be used for similar exercises of inclusivity in education,” said Basab Chaudhuri, Vice-Chancellor of WBSU. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataA leading corporate organisation at Woodburn Park in Kolkata has already given Rs 2 lakh as part of their CSR to WBSU. Some other houses have also verbally agreed to give funds to the university which will be utilised to encourage meritorious students of weakfinancial background to carry out their higher studies. During the 2017 convocation held in the university , Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi while awarding degrees to two students learnt about their financial stringency to pursue further education. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe Governor later gave them Rs 10,000 each for continuing their studies and also urged the varsity to take measures to provide fellowship for needy yet meritorious students. There were around 800 students who had enrolled in the university for post graduation in 2018. The university is introducing PG degree in Urdu from the current academic year. “We had Urdu department since 2008 but could not start offering PG degree because there were no teachers. We have recruited teachers and have already released notification regarding commencement or Urdu in PG from this year,” a senior university official said. WBSU has 46 affiliated colleges in North 24-Parganas under its aegis with an average enrolment of nearly 55000 students. The university accounts for a huge number of first generation learners with more than 90 percent of such students in its affiliated colleges located at Basirhat and Chadraketugarh. Even in its affiliated college Ramkrishna Sarada Mission at Nagerbazar there is 60 percent first generation learners. “I have reached out to a number of our affiliated colleges in remote areas and have found out that students opt out in the middle of their study as they have to take the burden of their family,” Chaudhuri said.last_img read more

Russias CTC Media has appointed former MTV Russia

first_imgRussia’s CTC Media has appointed former MTV Russia executive Lika Blank as the new head of its female-skewing network, Domashny Channel.Blank, who takes up her new role effective of today, will be tasked with increasing the channel’s audience share among the ‘young female’ demographic.She will also be responsible for planning the channel’s strategic development, strengthening its creative team and “reinforcing the channel’s content policy.”“We all really love Domashny Channel and believe in its huge potential for further growth. With Lika Blank’s appointment, the market and viewers will see a new Domashny this year,” according to CTC Media’s Chief Executive Officer, Yuliana Slashcheva.Blank brings 16 years of TV and journalism experience to the role. From 2010 to 2013, she was general producer at MTV Russia, prior to which she worked for two years as executive producer and head of business development for the national German television channel Das Vierte.She replaces Natalia Korotkova, who had been head of Domashny Channel since October 2012.last_img read more

How can this be The reason is shale oil The su

first_img How can this be? The reason is shale oil. The success of the shale oil sector—specifically horizontal drilling and fracking shale—has caused a significant increase in domestic US production. This is nothing new, and certainly isn’t a surprise to our subscribers. But what is interesting was Saudi Arabia’s reaction to the increase in domestic US production. The United States had been Saudi Arabia’s largest oil customer… until the US Fed’s quantitative easing policy created cheap money, which fueled the shale revolution in the US. Today, China is Saudi Arabia’s new best friend. The Saudis cut the spot price of oil to China and caused a significant whiplash in oil prices, which sent international oil markets from US$95 a barrel to below USD$85 a barrel. According to the EIA, China is expected to surpass the US as the world’s largest oil importer by the end of 2014. Cripple ISIS—ISIS funds everything with black-market oil; so as oil becomes cheaper, there’s less money for the group In the last 35 years, world oil consumption growth has gone into negative growth (meaning below zero growth—meaning world uses less oil) only twice. The first was the 1980s recession; the second instance was the global financial crisis of late 2008. But during both times, the US was without a doubt the world’s largest consumer and importer of oil. Essentially, the world consumption of oil is directly and positively correlated with the real US GDP. In fact, the correlation is +0.99, which is about as good as it gets when it comes to correlation coefficients. However, horizontal drilling and fracking has increased US domestic oil production, and as a result, US net imports as a share of consumption are at their lowest level in 29 years. Over the last 35 years, China has awakened and has become a game changer in the global energy markets. It will continue to play that role. According to the EIA, China is well on its way to becoming the world’s largest importer of oil. Preorder The Colder War Now Marin Katusa Chief Energy Investment Strategist Casey Research China consumes about 11 million  bopd—and it’s expected to match US consumption by 2030. However, the growth of the US domestic oil production from shale oil is not cheap oil production… and shale oil comes with a high decline in production. What Happens to US Domestic Oil Production at $75 Oil? On average, an Eagle Ford or Bakken shale oil well needs US$55-$70 oil to make a decent profit, in order to continue drilling to replace the decline rates of existing shale oil wells. Many other shale oil formations need higher than $70 oil to break even. Thus, we can expect the incredible growth of domestic US oil production (primarily as a result of the Bakken in North Dakota and Eagle Ford in Texas) to become significantly impacted at prices below $75. This means lower domestic oil production rates, which then means importing more oil from either Canada or the Middle East. However, Canadian oil isn’t any cheaper to produce than American oil; therefore, one can expect Canadian oil growth to also start declining at $75 oil. The only blessing for Canadian producers in this scenario is a weaker Canadian dollar. This is all good news for the informed and prepared energy investor. In the September Casey Energy Report, we broke down all of the US oil producers and compared them to the Canadian oil producers, explaining the fundamental differences between the two. We’ve broken down all of the metrics company by company, and have our Buy list ready. In that report we stated that we would rather be patient than rush into a volatile sector. This month, we presented our first of three stocks that you must own in a declining oil market. These stocks will not only pay you an incredible yield, but each is the best company in its peer group in terms of metrics such as payout ratios, lowest-cost producer, and low debt. We’re excited about the market selling off and have been using $75 oil and $3 natural gas in our calculations. We’ve also stress tested every producer on both the US and Canadian stock exchanges and have our full analysis ready. In this month’s Casey Energy Report, we’ll explain to subscribers how to best position their portfolios to reap the rewards of a $75 oil price. And now, a personal note to all my readers. Over the last decade, I’ve traveled the world over trying to find the best resource investments. Some have worked out spectacularly well while others have failed, and others are still in the works. Doug Casey wanted me to write a book a few years ago, but I don’t see myself as a writer, but rather as an analyst and speculator. However, after my personal health challenges (which I’m proud to say I have under control), I thought I may want to get to my bucket list sooner than later, and the time was right for my first book. Its subject? The Colder War. The book covers many aspects of the geopolitics of energy… especially the struggle between Russia and the US to control the world’s energy trade. Some pretty influential people have endorsed my book, such as former Congressman Dr. Ron Paul, who stated: The Colder War provides a reversing contrast from the hysterical “Putin is Stalin, Jr., restart the Cold War” message emanating from the neocon think tanks and the mainstream media. Marin Katusa shows the real threat to the American people … You see, while America and the West weren’t looking, Vladimir Putin has been orchestrating a takeover of the energy sector. He has transformed Russia from a crumbling former Soviet state into an energy powerhouse to become: The second-largest oil exporter in the world, on pace to pass Saudi Arabia very soon; The largest uranium exporter in the world, powering 1 in 10 American homes; The largest natural gas exporter in the world, doling it out with an iron fist and willing to cut off supply and let harsh winters kill thousands to get its way. Russia is quickly becoming the only source for countries desperate to secure long-term supplies of energy—giving Putin more power and more leverage than ever before. Europe, Africa, and China are all dependent on Russian energy. And Putin won’t stop until he takes down the only thing standing in his way of turning Russia into a superpower: the US. Inside my book, you’ll discover that Putin is working to break the monopoly of the US dollar in the global energy trade. He’s set in motion in an ingenious yet devastating plan to do it. If Putin is successful, he could nuke the US economy and cost the average American dearly. Do you think the recent pullback in oil prices will cripple Putin? If you said yes, you’re wrong… and you really need to read my book. Friends and colleagues have told me that they’ve sat down and read it in the course of an evening. It’s that fascinating and easy to digest. Once you read it, your view of the world and the global markets will change. You might even want to call your broker the next morning—because the US has never been more vulnerable, and the stakes have never been higher… Preorder your copy of The Colder War and make sure you’re among the first to read this important book. Saudi Arabia has taken an aggressive stance in slashing prices and maintaining its market share; and as a result, other oil producers will suffer, specifically ISIS. Interestingly, there’s strong evidence suggesting that it is in fact Saudi Arabia which created the Frankenstein monster  that is today’s ISIS. Let’s take a quick look back into the region’s history. Saudi Arabia and Qatar have both funded Wahhabi Salafism under the guise of education. What is now ISIS originally took to the early teachings of Wahhabi Salafism, the goal of which is to convert Muslims and others to its “purer” form of Islam. In short, they’re extremists that make up less than 3% of the global Muslim population; this movement has been on the rise since 9/11. Now I’ll put all the pieces of the puzzle together. In the early days of the Syrian civil war, Saudi Arabian leaders were quite pleased with the initial Sunni fighters against Assad, but they weren’t happy when Russian President Vladimir Putin stood his ground and backed a longtime Russian ally in the Assad regime. Saudi Arabia tried to sway Russia to turn its back on Assad’s regime in 2013, going so far as to dangle multibillion-dollar military contracts and other financial economic “incentives”… or what’s realistically known as a bribe. Putin would have none of it. He politely rejected the Saudis offer and stood his ground, with China in Russia’s corner. Fast forward to mid-2014, and the Saudis have a Frankenstein on their hands. Its name is ISIS. Yes, ISIS is a major oil exporter in the black market. If this sounds confusing, let me take you into the dark, back alleys of the Middle East oil trade. “ISIS” stands for Islamic state of Iraq and the Levant. ISIS has been taking over oil-producing regions in Iraq and has been funding its military advances by selling oil on the black markets (specifically, in Turkey) at a discount, roughly 50,000 bopd. It’s the dark secret of the Middle East oil sector, but it’s happening. ISIS first started selling smuggled Syrian oil in Turkey, making millions a day, but Obama doesn’t want that information widely known, so it was put on the down low. Politicians in Turkey have publicly stated that ISIS has sold US$800 million worth of stolen, black-market oil in Turkey alone. ISIS then expanded into Iraq and has captured oil wells in Iraq—even the Russians have stated that ISIS has been selling “stolen” or captured oil from Iraq on the black markets. It’s much easier to sell stolen oil at a discount than oil that one produces. So what can the Saudis do to take down their own Frankenstein? The Saudis only nuclear-level weapon is oil. Having realized that China had surpassed the US as their biggest oil buyer, the Saudis decided to start taking big discounts and continuing to pump oil to increase their market share in Asia. Now the Saudis are attempting to hit four birds with one stone: Payback to Putin for supporting Assad’s regime in Syria (sub-$80 oil is bad for Russia’s GDP) Deflation [dih-fley-shuhn] Economics. a fall in the general price level or a contraction of credit and available money (opposed to inflation). Source: Dictionary.com The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) published a very compelling chart last week; it shows that the net energy imports of the US as a share of consumption are at their lowest level in 29 years. Decrease US oil prices—perhaps even slow down US domestic oil production; that would result in the US importing more Saudi oil, and help fuel global growth with cheaper oil. Don’t Mess with Putin: He Isn’t Your Regular Politician Russia isn’t cutting back its production—rather, Russia is hitting post-Soviet highs in oil production. Thus we see tumbling oil prices. But how low can this go? Let’s get back to basics of supply and demand to answer this question. Sincerely, Maintain market share—in the near term, the Saudis can absorb the lower costs (cheap conventional oil), and they definitely want to continue being the #1 supplier to China.last_img read more

Sherry Zhang presents at the Open Deal ScreeningM

first_imgSherry Zhang presents at the Open Deal Screening.Milwaukee-based genomic testing startup GenoPalate Inc. has raised a $1.35 million funding round from investors.Sherry Zhang presents her company to investors.The company, which provides personalized nutrition recommendations based on a DNA analysis, expects to close this latest round of funding later in the week. The funds are to come from committed investors in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois and Texas.GenoPalate previously raised a $357,000 equity and debt round in May.Founded in 2016, GenoPalate has grown to about 900 customers. In June, it moved into an office at Work Lofts on Milwaukee’s East Side. And in August, it relaunched its website with two adjacent product offerings to drive additional recurring revenue. “We empower people with their genetic information to walk into a store and know which foods are healthier for them, based on their unique genetic makeup,” said Sherry Zhang, Ph.D., founder and chief executive officer of GenoPalate.GenoPalate last year completed the Milwaukee cohort of startup accelerator gener8tor, which made the lead equity investment in the earlier seed funding round as part of the program.“Through Sherry’s inspired leadership, GenoPalate has created industry-leading genetics technology that best informs customers on how to manage their diet and health,” said Joe Kirgues, co-founder of gener8tor. “Today’s financing enables the company to execute on its go-to-market strategy and offers GenoPalate the opportunity to be one of the region’s breakout startups.” Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribelast_img read more

FAA CNN Strike Deal to Test Drones for News Reporting

first_img 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Nina Zipkin January 13, 2015 FAA, CNN Strike Deal to Test Drones for News Reporting 2 min read The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Add to Queue –sharescenter_img Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Legal Though tech companies like Amazon and Google haven’t had the easiest time getting their drones off the ground, this week, the Federal Aviation Association (FAA) gave CNN the go ahead to start flying.The news network struck an agreement with the FAA that will allow them to use drones in their reporting. CNN, whose headquarters are based in Atlanta, will work with Georgia Tech Research Institute to test out the drones, study them and share their findings with the agency about best practices over the next 12 to 24 months, the Wall Street Journal reports.Related: France’s Postal Service is Experimenting with Drone Mail DeliveryThough the FAA has largely banned the commercial use of drones to this point (hobbyists are in the clear, but the FAA states they cannot sell any footage they take), leading companies like Amazon to conduct their tests abroad, the agency has granted a few exemptions.Last week, the FAA issued two permits for drone use: one to a company called Advanced Aviation Solutions in Spokane, Wash. for “crop scouting” and another to real-estate agent Doug Trudeau of Tierra Antigua Realty in Tucson, Ariz. to photograph properties that are for sale.Related: For Commercial Drones, the Biggest Questions Remain UnansweredAs of last week, the FAA had received 214 exemption requests from businesses, and has granted 12 exemptions to 11 companies in industries ranging from architecture to film. Because filmmakers who want to use drones have to let the FAA know three days prior to a shoot, CNN doesn’t think it makes sense to use the device for breaking news. The news organization did suggest the FAA alter its stance and change the drone regulations to something similar to helicopter requirements, so it can cover this type of fast-moving news.Though CNN is the first news organization to legally utilize drones in the U.S., others are likely not far behind. Last year 14 media companies, including the New York Times Co. and the Tribune Co. filed a legal brief which argued that the government’s ban on the commercial use of drones violated First Amendment rights.Related: Major Financial Services Company Considers Using Drones in Inventive Way Next Article Entrepreneur Staff Apply Now »last_img read more

Google Reportedly Building InHouse Startup Incubator Area 120

first_img This story originally appeared on PCMag –shares Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. April 25, 2016 Add to Queue Register Now » If you’re a Googler with a great idea, then you’ve probably spent a few hours, if not a decent chunk of time, writing out a bunch of pro / con lists: Do you stay at Google, where you might be making a pretty good salary and have some great benefits (and food), or do you quit, follow your dreams, and try to make it big among the fairly competitive Silicon Valley startup landscape?Why not both?According to multiple reports, Google is now creating its own in-house startup incubator called Area 120. Though its name sounds a little X-Files, how it works is pretty simple. Googlers who are looking to team up and launch a brand-new business can apply to join Area 120 by submitting a business plan to Google. If selected, the team will get to work on its idea full-time for a certain amount of time — and, no, we’re not sure what that means for a person’s actual job responsibilities during that time. Presumably, Google would be weighing the importance of one’s Google job versus the potential success (or interesting aspects of) one’s business plan.These internal startups of-sorts will also be able to pitch Google for funding. If successful, Google will help them launch their company — breaking them out from under Google’s wing entirely. In doing so, Google becomes an early-stage investor (at least) for whatever the team has built. While we don’t yet know what Google gets back in terms of ROI for its investment, we can only assume that Google will also financially benefit from any startups that end up becoming The Next Big Thing. That is, of course, assuming that this “20 percent time” concept even exists anymore — some maintain that it’s simply too difficult for some employees to put their real jobs on hold while they explore potentially more creative pursuits. Yet, now they’ll be able to form startups if their ideas are good enough.Interestingly enough, Area 120’s headquarters won’t be down at Google’s main Mountain View campus. According to Business Insider, Area 120 will be located at one of Google’s San Francisco office buildings. And the name, for those curious, is a reference to Google’s “20 percent time” concept, whereby employees are encouraged to spend part of their full-time jobs working on projects that they find intellectually stimulating (and beneficial to Google).Google executives Don Harrison and Bradley Horowitz will head up Area 120. The former is currently Google’s vice president of corporate development, and the latter is Google’s vice president for Photos and Streams. The new initiative should hopefully help Google to keep new ideas and startups under its wing, as opposed to losing key talent (and these ideas) when industrious employees want to branch out and try their own either on their own or as part of another company. 3 min readcenter_img Incubators David Murphy Next Article Image credit: Bloomberg | Getty Images Google Reportedly Building In-House Startup Incubator, ‘Area 120’ Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Businesslast_img read more

TechBytes with Lance Neuhauser CEO 4C Insights

first_imgAbout LanceAbout 4C InsightsAbout Lance Tell us about your recent announcement about acquiring stakes in iQ Media?We’ve made an investment and formed a new company called Kinetiq that combines iQ Media with 4C’s Teletrax. Kinetiq will operate independently and represents the world’s largest unified TV intelligence network. At 4C, we’re focused on building the leading self-service software for brands to execute video-centric marketing and optimize business outcomes. We have an unprecedented foundation of data science, engineering, and technology development that allows us to deliver value to our clients invest in our futures together. Our roots trace back more than 30 years with my co-founder Dr. Alok Choudhary and his ground-breaking research in computational science. He was working with big data before we knew to call it that! Alok will be the Chairman of the Board for Kinetiq so he’ll be able to help steward the new company and ensure it delivers on its promise.What is Kinetiq and how could 4C customers benefit from this platform?Kinetiq offers paid and earned media measurement, monitoring and signaling across local, national and global markets. The combination of Teletrax and iQ Media provides value to video content providers, sports federations, broadcasters, brands, agencies and software partners. Kinetiq clients gain the ability to evaluate and measure TV and video with the same speed, accuracy and agility as digital media. As for 4C, data and insights from Kinetiq are automatically integrated into our Scope platform so marketers can analyze performance for their brands, benchmark against competitors, and immediate update campaigns to improve results.How do you keep up with the highly-disruptive Adtech industry?4C prides itself on having a highly agile team. One of our core values at 4C is adaptability, meaning we don’t just accept change, we don’t just embrace it, we create it. Consumer behavior is changing rapidly, with the ability to capture attention becoming increasingly difficult with the sheer amount of content to choose between. 4C is disrupting the industry by empowering brands to take control of their data and deploy it across channels with the power of sight, sound, and motion. We can truly understand each brand’s audience, content, channel, and brand preferences in order to reach consumers where they are most likely to respond. .As the realities of media, advertising, and technology continue to evolve, we’re constantly looking for ways to give our clients an edge.What are the biggest factors impacting the current state of TV Advertising? How much has TV analytics evolved in the last two years?TV advertising has long been the biggest opportunity for brands to reach large audiences, but it’s been limited to the advertisers with the biggest budgets. The democratization of TV advertising through advanced TV solutions is allowing brands with smaller budgets to get into the TV game and is therefore changing the balance so that brands with the best grasp of data-driven advertising now have the upper hand. Industry players are adapting to these changes at different paces, which means that an industry-wide standard of planning and measurement for advanced TV is yet to be set in stone. For those brands, networks, and technology providers who are leading the change, cross-channel analytics mirroring those in digital have begun to bolster traditional TV analytics. At the end of the day, though, it all comes down to proving an impact on business outcomes and our approach at 4C is to help brands BYOD (bring-your-own-data) to the table to measure effectiveness.How is TV Advertising intelligence different from other cross-channel adtech platforms?Kinetiq’s TV intelligence goes well beyond advertising. It includes earned media, branded content, program sponsorships, logo integration, etc. This enables a full 360 view of the return on marketing investment. With this information ingested into the Scope by 4C platform we can make the intelligence immediately actionable through bespoke audience targeting and real-time campaign optimization.Thank you for answering all our questions! TechBytes with Lance Neuhauser, CEO, 4C Insights Sudipto GhoshMay 6, 2019, 5:24 pmMay 6, 2019 4c insightsLance NeuhauserMarketing TechnologyTechBytesTechBytes Interview Series Previous ArticleMarTech Interview with Ravi Chalaka, CMO, JifflenowNext ArticleJunxure Announces Deep Integrations with Orion, Constant Contact and MyRepChat 4C is global marketing technology company that delivers a unified platform for audience intelligence and media activation. Leading brands, global agencies, and media owners trust the Scope by 4C platform to identify their most valuable audiences and reach them across channels and devices. With nearly $2 billion in annualized advertising spend running through Scope, 4C enables self-service activation on Apple News, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, NBCUniversal, Pinterest, Snapchat, and Twitter as well as TV synced ads via display, search, social, and video. The company also provides paid, earned, and owned media analytics leveraging its Teletrax™ television monitoring network which detects over 400 million TV asset airings on an annual basis. Founded in 2011 and based in Chicago, 4C has staff in 16 worldwide locations across the United States, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, France, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, and the Philippines. About 4C Insights Lance Neuhauser is CEO of 4C, a global leader in data science and marketing technology that delivers self-service software for brands to execute video-centric advertising and optimize business outcomes.Leading marketers, global agencies, and media owners trust the Scope by 4C™ platform to identify their most valuable consumers and reach them across channels and devices. With nearly $2 billion in annualized advertising spend running through Scope, 4C enables unified audiences, activation, and analytics on linear television, social media, over-the-top content, and digital commerce.Lance is a big believer in the application of data-driven strategy. Early in his career, he recognized that traditional advertising is broken as it focuses on demographics, not real people. Lance formed 4C to address this gap and help marketers achieve their goals through mining TV and social data for insights and connecting it across channels and screens.Prior to 4C, Lance founded The Echo System, served as EVP, U.S. Director of Digital at PHD Media, and was Co-Founder & Managing Director of Resolution Media, which sold to Omnicom.last_img read more

National Institutes of Health awards grant to MSU professors for research on

first_img Source:https://www.montana.edu/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 30 2018A research collaboration between three Montana State University faculty members recently received a grant to help fund their study on the connection between a rare genetic neurological disease and metabolism, the human gut microbiome and degeneration of the nervous system. The work could further the understanding of what causes more common neurodegenerative diseases and eventually pave the way for therapeutics to treat them.The National Institutes of Health awarded $2.9 million to MSU professors Frances Lefcort, Seth Walk and Valerie Copié for their research into Familial dysautonomia, a disease that attacks and devastates the nervous system. The five-year grant will fund their research and student education, including the several undergraduates and two graduate students who are currently contributing research to the project.Lefcort’s lab has researched Familial dysautonomia, a disease that runs in her family, for eight years. She explained that the disease begins in utero, where parts of the nervous system don’t develop properly. It grows progressively worse over the years as nerve cells die.While rare, the genetic mutation that causes Familial dysautonomia has been identified, which makes it a useful model for research into other neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, said Lefcort, who is the Letters and Science Distinguished Professor in MSU’s Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience.She said one common problem among people with Familial dysautonomia is that they are very thin and have trouble putting on weight, which would suggest a metabolic problem. Another is that the gastrointestinal tract doesn’t function normally, which leads to diarrhea, constipation, esophageal reflux or other gastrointestinal issues.Lefcort sought out experts in both of those research areas from among her MSU colleagues: Walk’s expertise is in gut microbiomes, and Copié studies metabolism. She learned that the nervous system is closely involved with the human gut microbiome and is affected by metabolism.”There are more than 100 million neurons just in your gut, and it’s well known that there’s extensive communication between the brain and the gut through the gut-brain axis,” Lefcort said.Realizing the likely connection between their research, the interdisciplinary trio collaborated to further study the roles of the gut microbiome, nervous system and metabolism (also called “metabolome”) in Familial dysautonomia. Using Walk’s specially bred, germ-free laboratory mice as models, the scientists hope to selectively manipulate “each leg of the triangle to determine how these systems affect each other and contribute to neurodegenerative disease,” Lefcort said.”Nothing like this has ever been done in this disease, and it’s only starting to be done in major disease like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s,” Lefcort said. “We feel that work from this grant will not only inform our understanding of Familial dysautonomia, but also provide a great model for understanding how the gut microbiome, metabolome and nervous system are interacting in these major neurogenerative diseases.”The trio has already gathered promising preliminary data through a collaboration with New York University’s Dysautonomia Center, which sees all North American patients with Familial dysautonomia.”They have sent us stool and blood samples from their patients and their patients’ relatives, and we’ve already shown that the microbiome of those patients is significantly different from that of their relatives,” Lefcort said. “We have good data suggesting we have something here, and now using our mouse models, we can really tease apart the causality — is there a metabolic problem that’s affecting the microbiome, and/or is it the microbiome that’s altering metabolism and contributing to the neurodegeneration?”Related StoriesNew therapy shows promise in preventing brain damage after traumatic brain injuryNanoparticles used to deliver CRISPR gene editing tools into the cellGenetic contribution to distractibility helps explain procrastinationLefcort will analyze the nervous system in the gastrointestinal tracts of the laboratory mice, seeking answers to questions such as whether altering the metabolism or microbiome helps prevent neurodegeneration.Walk will direct the microbiome-focused aspects of the project, which will include a detailed investigation of bacteria living in the intestines of patients who have neurodegenerative disease. He will also lead research focused on the microbiome and whether bacteria in the gut produce compounds that trigger neurons to grow or to die. He’ll do this using cutting-edge DNA sequencing coupled with germ-free and gnotobiotic mice.”Germ-free mice are completely sterile and do not have any microorganisms living inside them or on them. These animals help us understand what aspects of our ‘health’ are missing when microbes are not around,” said Walk, an associate professor in MSU’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology in the College of Agriculture and the College of Letters and Science. “Gnotobiotic mice have a defined microbiome, whereby we can discover the specific benefits of a particular microbial community.”Copié, a professor in MSU’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and director of the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Center, will lead the effort to identify the metabolic processes that are impaired by Familial dysautonomia and how those impairments in energy production affect the gut-brain axis and contribute to neurodegeneration.”Our lab will be responsible for undertaking the global profiling and characterization of small molecule metabolites present in stool and serum samples of Familial dysautonomia patients and animal models,” Copié said. “These studies will integrate nuclear magnetic spectroscopy and mass spectrometry techniques to identify the metabolic changes that take place in Familial dysautonomia. Our goal is to explore whether we can redress the metabolic deficits observed in Familial dysautonomia via microbiome intervention and whether restoring healthy metabolomes can help or either slow down neurodegeneration or help restore neuronal health.”The high-resolution metabolic data generated by the NMR Center will contribute to the field of biomedical research and “will help us better understand how the metabolome, microbiome and neuronal circuitry interact together and can lead to irreversible neurodegeneration when impaired,” Copié said.”It’s clear that the triggers are different for Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and ALS, but they all converge on common downstream pathways,” Lefcort said. “We have shown that Familial dysautonomia converges on the same pathways. Now, we’re trying to find out if we can intervene at these common points.”Whatever we discover here is going to be applicable to the major neurodegenerative disorders,” she said.last_img read more

Bioethanol in diesel engines A contribution to sustainability

first_img 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. Ethanol can make an important contribution to climate protection: at TU Wien, a diesel engine has been developed that can run on over 70 percent bioethanol. Citation: Bioethanol in diesel engines: A contribution to sustainability (2018, October 12) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-bioethanol-diesel-contribution-sustainability.html Explore further Solar fuels working well under pressurecenter_img Provided by Vienna University of Technology TU Wien has developed an engine that uses two different types of fuel simultaneously: it uses both bioethanol and diesel, which is used for ignition. A special duel-fuel combustion process has been developed for this purpose, which now enables the use of a large proportion of bioethanol in diesel engines. Measurements show that this new technology improves engine efficiency – overall CO2 emissions have been reduced by up to 39 percent.Less fossil fuel, more natureBesides the development of new and more efficient combustion engines, the fuel also plays an important role within the efforts to reduce the pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions produced by the transport sector. At TU Wien, the use of bioethanol as an additional fuel in diesel engines has been investigated. “In some countries, it has been common practice to add larger quantities of ethanol to petrol for a long time. However, until now doing this in diesel engines has only been possible to a very limited extent,” says Prof. Bernhard Geringer from the Institute for Powertrains and Automotive Technology at TU Wien.If you were to simply mix bioethanol into the diesel tank, it would cause ignition problems. Bernhard Geringer and his team have therefore developed a dual-fuel combustion process. “Ignition is initiated by means of a direct injection diesel fuel jet, like in conventional diesel engines,” explains Geringer. “In our model, however, the alcoholic fuel is added to the intake air upstream of the engine. It is then ignited after the diesel ignition in the combustion chamber. In a manner of speaking, the diesel functions as a spark plug for the bioethanol.” Less CO2, less soot, less fine dust pollutionIn the tests carried out, the replacement of diesel with the alcohol fuel was gradually increased. These tests showed that up to 70 percent of the diesel fuel can be replaced with bioethanol – and this even had a positive effect on the efficiency of the engine: “We measured an increase in efficiency of up to 6.1 percent, and that alone improves the environmental balance of the engine,” says Aleksandar Damyanov (TU Wien). “Of course, we must also consider the fact that bioethanol has an excellent CO2 balance because it is produced from renewable raw materials. When we factor that in as well, we find that there is an overall reduction in CO2 emissions of up to 39 percent.”Various operating points were tested at an engine test bench at TU Wien – from a low engine load to high-load operation, over a speed range of 1500 rpm to 3000 rpm. In all cases, a significant reduction was recorded in the soot mass and number of hazardous fine dust particles produced (see table).”Our results clearly show that bioethanol can be successfully used as a substitute fuel in a dual-fuel diesel engine, and that this concept has significant benefits for the environment,” says Bernhard Geringer. “In many areas, we will not be able to do without diesel engines in the medium to long term – trucks and tractors, for example. E-mobility has its limits here. With our dual-fuel technology, it is possible to significantly improve sustainability and emissions performance in these particular areas.” The engine at TU Wien, which runs on bio-ethanol. Credit: Vienna University of Technologylast_img read more

SP leader Neeraj Shekhar resigns from Rajya Sabha

first_imgFile Photo of SP leader Neeraj Shekhar   –  PTI Published on COMMENT SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL Rajya Sabhacenter_img Samajwadi Party leader Neeraj Shekhar on Monday resigned as member of the Rajya Sabha and his resignation was accepted by Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu, sources said.Shekhar, the son of former Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar, met Naidu and told him he is resigning voluntarily and not under any compulsion, the sources said.Shekhar was a prominent leader of the Samajwadi Party and there is speculation that he might join the BJP. He first became a member of the Lok Sabha in 2008 in the by-elections for the Ballia constituency. The following year, he won again from the same constituency. state politics July 15, 2019 COMMENTSlast_img read more