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Are Your Media Reps Asking About Paid Search

first_imgLeveraging the resources of DoubleClick, Google was able to improve the metrics for advertisers and offer “more precise metrics in order to judge the effectiveness of their campaigns.” With improved metrics came better documentation of the effectiveness of search and and improved sales.      The year 2008 was also the year b-to-b print advertising, a medium challenged with documenting results, started to falter. Coincidence? Hard to say.But let’s look at the present. A recent study of b-to-b marketers from Marketing Sherpa showed budget allocation for paid search is now ahead of print advertising, no small feat for a medium where ads often cost between 30 cents and five dollars each. Think traditional media does not compete against search for ad dollars? Think again.  Do your media reps know how to position their products against paid search? It would be best if they could. If your sales staff sells traditional media, understanding how paid search works is a big plus. Today, about half of all online ad dollars go to search, so it is important to understand where most of online money now goes.The first step is for media reps is to ask clients how much of their ad budget goes to search. Many are surprised at how much of the marketing plan goes to a format that started in its current form only 12 years ago—2000 was the year Google first started selling advertising based on keywords.The year search really broke out was 2008. In that year Google indexed a trillion web pages, but more importantly, acquired web analytics giant DoubleClick enabling them to, “dramatically improve the effectiveness, measurably and performance of digital media for publishers, advertisers and agencies.”last_img read more

Huge leaps in AI have made facial recognition smarter than your brain

first_imgPropelling the spread of facial recognition systems are huge leaps in artificial intelligence, the technology that seeks to give computers some of the ability, versatility and even creativity of human thinking. The biggest improvements have come through a specific area of AI called neural networks, inspired by the actual workings of human brain cells. Hardware and software improvements enabled an approach called deep learning — multiple layers of digital neurons that provide increasingly refined image analysis. Overall, it’s a profound change. Recognizing and interpreting human faces is so important to us that whole sections of our brains are devoted to it. As we teach computers those skills, our interactions with them become more convenient — less like submitting database commands and more like dealing with the natural world in which we evolved. On the flip side, facial recognition can undercut privacy as our anonymity evaporates. How neural networks work In a training phase, neural networks scrutinize vast numbers of images of faces, learning on their own what’s important in the recognition process. It’s more accurate than the old way, with programmers describing what eyes, noses and mouths look like. “Some layers capture color and texture and gradients,” said Amit Roy-Chowdhury, chair of electrical and computer engineering at the University of California, Riverside. “As you go deeper, they capture the shape of different parts of the object and ultimately the shape of the object itself.” Facial recognition: Your face, your passwordThis is part of a CNET special report exploring the benefits and pitfalls of facial recognition.After training, neural networks create a stripped-down mathematical representation for each face. That representation can be compared rapidly with those of other faces, letting a facial recognition system decide if a person entering an office is on an authorized employee list or raise an alert when a potential shoplifter also appears on police arrest records. To work well, facial recognition systems need images with well-illuminated, clear faces that give a neural network detailed, accurate data. That’s why passport photos require even lighting, plain backgrounds, neutral expressions and subjects facing straight toward the camera. “You try to make your input as consistent as possible so your analysis can be easier,” said Raj Minhas, leader of Xerox’s PARC Interaction and Analytics Lab. Errors in the system Facial recognition systems are getting better, but can still return errors. False positives match a face when no match should exist, such as when a person’s image isn’t in the database. A false negative occurs when the system misses a match it should have made. Top-notch facial recognition systems today are 99.7 percent accurate with good lighting conditions, a 2018 study from the National Institute of Standards and Technology found. One way to reduce errors is to tune the system by pushing some of the data apart to make it clearer for the neural net, reducing the likelihood of a false positive, said Marios Savvides, director of the CyLab Biometrics Center at Carnegie Mellon University. Savvides’ team is also blending modern AI with an older approach called correlation filters that allows neural networks to improve facial recognition accuracy when faces are obscured, poorly lit or facing away from the camera. Overall, Savvides’ team is able to reconstruct faces even when they’re looking away or obscured by breathing masks, he said. “We live in a time where AI can surpass the human brain’s capability,” he said. Another way to improve facial recognition is to pair it with other attributes, such as fingerprints, voice prints and other biometric data, or factors such as passwords. That might not work well when a system is just scanning people walking into a store, but it’s pretty common for controlled situations where people are logging into a network. Artificial intelligence (AI) Laptops Tech Industry Security 16 Share your voice Facial recognition: Get to know the tech that gets to… Comments Now playing: Watch this: Royal Caribbean Cruises has begun using facial recognition systems to speed passengers on their way through security and ID checks. Royal Caribbean Cruises You and your family are at the pier, giddy to board the massive cruise ship docked nearby. Ahead lies a week of sunny beaches, indulgent buffet feasts and lounging around doing absolutely nothing. And then you see the long lines for security, baggage and ID checks. It often takes 75 minutes for passengers to check in, but the Pool Deck looks a lifetime away. Royal Caribbean Cruises thinks it has the answer to getting passengers aboard faster: AI-powered facial recognition. In December, passengers started taking part in a pilot program at a company embarkation point in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Passengers take selfies with the company’s app, then at the port, an AI-powered database matches their faces. After a quick double-check, Royal Caribbean’s staff members direct guests to their cabins. The result: all-time high customer satisfaction. “We wanted to turn what was a cold transaction into a really welcoming moment,” said Jay Schneider, who runs the Miami company’s digital operations. The goal is to get passengers “from car to bar in 10 minutes.” Royal Caribbean Cruises is hardly alone. Facial recognition technology is used to spot friends on Facebook and unlock your iPhone. It’s been rolled out in airports, at cash registers and on home security systems. It may soon be inescapable. We live in a time where AI can surpass the human brain’s capability. Marios Savvides, director of the CyLab Biometrics Center at Carnegie Mellon University 5:11 Tags “We call it irrefutable identity,” said Vishal Gupta, chief technology officer at Unisys, which sells biometric authentication technology to the US Customs and Border Protection agency, among other customers. Unisys’ facial recognition system alone is 99 percent accurate, but with an approach it calls fusion that blends in other biometric factors, the company reaches 99.9 percent or 99.99 percent accuracy. Facial recognition promises convenience, but it isn’t without concerns. Privacy advocates worry it will usher in an era of Big Brother monitoring or companies secretly tracking you. It also raises questions about AI bias; if you train a system using images of mostly white people, a common practice, the system might have difficulty recognizing people of color. Bias can creep into data sets in other ways, too, based on the data sets that are used to train the AI. If the photos used to train an AI show women cooking, the system might automatically conclude that women are likely to be in the kitchen. “There’s no good way to know your data set is biased until you notice it failing,” said Broad Daylight security consultant Nick Merrill. “And by the time a biased algorithm wreaks real-world havoc, it’s too late.” Still, many companies are thinking about how to use facial recognition to enhance the experience of their customers, visitors, patients and guests. They want facial recognition to make interactions easier, not creepy. Hello, hospital Northwell Health, which serves 3.5 million patients and is the largest health care provider in New York, is using a facial recognition program to streamline patient visits, reduce clerical errors and ultimately improve health. Its system, whose hardware and software are made by RightPatient, uses sophisticated cameras that photograph faces and irises of patients. When a patient arrives for a checkup, the receptionist’s computer confirms the patient’s identity and pulls up his or her chart for the doctor. If there’s no record, the patient is enrolled with an ID check. We’re literally putting a face with a name. Laura Semlies, vice president, Northwell Health The system offers a number of advantages besides a smoother arrival in an office with less fumbling for ID. It’s less susceptible to problems of duplicate records for the same patient. If you’re already in the system, it’ll recognize you even if you got married and changed your name. Identity theft — think people trying to snatch prescriptions — is reduced because you can’t fake a face. In emergencies like car accidents, the system would be able to identify an unconscious patient so that nurses and doctors could find medical histories and family contacts. “We’re literally putting a face with a name,” said Laura Semlies, vice president of digital patient experience. “It just makes for a better clinical relationship.” Biometric data is protected with encryption and is subject to the same strict privacy limits as other health data, she said. Only about 12,000 of Northwell’s 3.5 million patients are enrolled so far, but now the network is spreading it more broadly around its facilities. Facial recognition ahoy Royal Caribbean Cruises has twice as many passengers as Northwell has patients, and more of them, too, will see facial recognition as the program expands, project leader Schneider said. After finishing selfie and passport-scanning homework, passengers using the optional system can head to the port. As they arrive, passengers see a live view of themselves captured by cameras arrayed across the entrance. They’re arranged to avoid airport-style bottlenecks. Behind the scenes, a computer matches their faces to the ones on record. Once there’s a match, passengers see a green box around their faces on the screens. A human agent verifies the matches, greets the passengers by name and checks their passports. Royal Caribbean is required to have passenger photos, so the facial recognition system doesn’t significantly add to the data the company has. The company deletes passenger photos when the cruise ends, said Schneider, the cruise company’s digital chief. The result is a system that whisks passengers aboard and gets the holiday started more quickly than before. “Guests didn’t feel like they were on vacation until day 2,” Schneider said. “We wanted to give you that day back.” Originally published at 5:00 a.m. PT.last_img read more

Batwoman will have Hush origin Burt Ward cameo revealed at ComicCon panel

first_img I was Batman The CW Batwoman’s pilot screened to fans during the show’s San Diego Comic-Con 2019 panel Saturday, with executive producers Sarah Schechter and Caroline Dries revealing details about the cameos and characters set up for the Ruby Rose-starring show.The upcoming season will feature an origin story for the Batman villain Hush.”The character of Tommy Elliot … ultimately becomes the supervillain Hush, but we’re seeing his origins of why he hates Batman so much,” Dries said after the pilot screening.Also to come for classic TV fans, actor Burt Ward, who played Robin in the 1960s Batman series, will be making a cameo at some point during the show’s first season. TV and Movies Post a comment 3:44 Share your voice 62 Photos Now playing: Watch this:center_img The pilot episode, which we will dive into in a separate story, heavily features Rose’s Kate Kane in many fight scenes without her costume — a decision that was influenced by how the character is military-trained.”She’s actually getting thrown against the wall and punched in the face,” Dries said, noting that Rose’s character attended the fictional military academy of Point Rock Academy.Without getting too far into spoilers, Dries and Schechter mentioned that Kane’s time at the military academy would have taken place before the end of the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, heavily affecting how Kane’s experience as an out lesbian went at the military academy. The CW The very best cosplay we saw at Comic-Con 2019 Tags Batwoman, who previously debuted during a crossover with The CW’s Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl series, will also be developing a stronger relationship with Supergirl as the shows begin to cross over further.Dries said that, while glimpsed during the show’s Elseworlds event, viewers will eventually “see that core bond move into a Kate-Kara friendship,” referencing Supergirl’s lead character of Kara Zor-El, played by Melissa Benoist.Ruby Rose’s casting as Batwoman was first revealed in August 2018, at the time with a confirmed appearance for the Elseworlds event with the possibility of a series. That series is now set to debut Oct. 6 on The CW. 0last_img read more

Gas crisis in CNG stations temporary Nasrul

first_imgState minister Nasrul Hamid on Wednesday termed the current problem in gas supply to CNG stations temporary saying that the situation will get normal within a day.He made the remark as CNG refuelling stations in the city have been shut following the start of maintenance work at Sylhet’s Bibiyana gas field, the country’s largest gas field.Nasrul was talking to reporters at his office.Titas Gas transmission and Distribution Company suddenly asked all the CNG stations to keep their operation suspended for 24 hours from zero hour Wednesday to facilitate maintenance works at Bibiyana, causing trouble to many in refuelling their cars.Many public transports also faced the similar problem as they could not refuel their vehicles.Nasrul said the CNG stations will remain off for 24 hours until zero hour Thursday. “So, this is for a very short period of time.”About the trouble being experienced by the CNG-run motor vehicles in refuelling, the junior minister said it was scheduled much earlier to keep the CNG station closed and a notice was also served to the stations concerned apart from informing the public through media.He advised those using CNG in their vehicles to use liquid fuel like petrol, octane or diesel.last_img read more

3rd junior science Olympiad begins

first_imgProfessor Jamilur Reza Choudhury inaugurated the ‘Third Bangladesh Junior Science Olympiad’ at University of Asia Pacific campus in the capital Saturday. Photo: Sabina YasminThe national phase of the ‘Third Bangladesh Junior Science Olympiad’ was inaugurated at University of Asia Pacific in the capital on Saturday morning with a view to select 50 junior scientists out of 481 participants.Six selected contestants of these 50 junior scientists will take part in the 14th International Junior Science Olympiad to be held in Amsterdam, Netherlands in December this year.Noted educationist, also vice chancellor of University of Asia Pacific, professor Jamilur Reza Choudhury, inaugurated the ‘Third Bangladesh Junior Science Olympiad’.He said, no nation can flourish without achieving development in science.Society for the Popularisation of Science, Bangladesh and Bangladesh Freedom Foundation have jointly organised the Junior Science Olympiad with the assistance of Prothom Alo. Al-Arafah Islami Bank Limited is sponsoring the Olympiad while Bigganchinta is the magazine partner.The 481 contestants of the ‘Third Bangladesh Junior Science Olympiad’ were selected in two phases – regional phases and an e-olympiad. Regional phases were held in nine major cities in the country. A total of 5,500 participants took part in those phases.Junior Science Olympiad convener Munir Hasan, scientist Rezaur Rahman, and Al-Arafah Islami Bank Limited managing director Habibur Rahman, deputy managing director Kazi Tawhid Ul Alam, Bangladesh Freedom Foundation executive director Sazzadur Rahman Chowdhury, and Society for the Popularisation of Science, Bangladesh general secretary Farsim Mannan Mohammadi also addressed the ceremony.A book fair is also underway at the campus of the University of Asia Pacific.Names of 50 selected contestants will be declared in the afternoon.last_img read more

Plaintiffs In White Oak Music Hall Lawsuit Target City Of Houston

first_img– / 4The original lawsuit was filed in December, naming White Oak Music Hall and its partners as defendants.The plaintiffs, neighbors of the music venue, have now added the city to it, alleging it’s not properly enforcing its noise ordinance.Cris Feldman, the attorney representing the residents, said the city is supposed to measure the noise right at the property line. “Instead, what the city of Houston has been doing is taking random sound measurements far away from the venue,” he said, “making enforcement incredibly difficult.”He also said the city isn’t putting enough resources into the area.Theresa Cavin, one of the plaintiffs who lives just across a field from White Oak Music Hall, said she has complained at city council meetings to no avail. “The only solution that I was given was, what if White Oak puts up a soundproof net?” she said. “Well, that’s not really going to help me in my situation because I have to deal with my son who has special needs and the sound vibrates my house.”Earlier this year a judge issued a temporary injunction limiting the number of outdoor concerts.White Oak has said the majority of its events are indoors and not affected by the litigation.The city declined comment on the lawsuit. Share 00:00 /01:08 X Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

President Trump Picks Brett Kavanaugh For His 2nd Supreme Court Nominee

first_imgMandel Ngan/AFP/Getty ImagesSupreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh listens to President Trump announcing his nomination in the East Room of the White House on Monday. U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is meeting with GOP leaders in Washington, D.C. after President Trump announced the federal judge as his pick for the High Court.If confirmed, what could his appointment mean for the Lone Star State?  To learn more, Houston Matters’ host Craig Cohen talks with Emily Berman, assistant professor of law at the University of Houston Law Center. 00:00 /03:48 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: center_img Listen X Sharelast_img

Reflecting on the History of African American Contributions to Sparrows Point

first_imgThe Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group and former workers of Sparrows Point are having a roundtable dialogue about African Americans and their contributions to Sparrows Point. The goal of the HLLG is to preserve the history of African Americans who lived and worked in Sparrows Point and Turner Station during the industrial revolution. The dialogue will happen on Wed. Feb 25th at 1pm at the United Steel Workers Union Hall, 550 Dundalk Ave., Dundalk, Md. 21222. The author of From the Meadows to the Point, Louis S. Diggs will moderate the discussions.For more information contact the Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group at 410-340-4888last_img

Archaeologist sees Bosnia stone sphere as the most massive in Europe

first_imgCredit: Sam Osmanagich An archaeologist is looking at a rock with great interest, a sphere unearthed in a forest, believed to be part of ancient civilization. Or is it just a very big rock? © 2016 Phys.org Explore further Citation: Archaeologist sees Bosnia stone sphere as the most massive in Europe (2016, April 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-04-archaeologist-bosnia-stone-sphere-massive.htmlcenter_img Prehistoric rock art engraving discovered in Brecon Beacons A stone ball in Podubravlje village near Zavidovici, Bosnia and Herzegovina was seen earlier this month, in the ground, in a forest.What can it tell us? Archaeologist Sam Osmanagich, who called his Bosnian stone ball the most massive in Europe, has some interesting answers.”I’ve been researching prehistoric stone ball phenomenon for 15 years,” he blogged last month.”By the mid of March 2016, it became obvious that the most massive stone ball in Europe has been discovered. Name of the location is village Podubravlje.”He said actually less than half of the ball is uncovered. “Preliminary results show the radius to be between 1.2 – 1.5 meters. Materials have not been analyzed yet. However, brown and red color of the ball point to very high content of the iron. So, the density has to be very high, close to the iron which is 7,8 kg/m3. If we take value of only 5 kg/c.c. we have all the elements for the preliminary calculation of the mass. Mass comes to be over 30 tons!”Why does he view this discovery as significant? “First, it would be another proof that Southern Europe, Balkan and Bosnia in particular, were home for advanced civilizations from distant past and we have no written records about them. Secondly, they had high technology, different than ours. Finally, they knew the power of geometrical shapes, because the sphere is one of the most powerful shapes along with pyramidal and conical shapes. No wonder, that pyramids and tumulus phenomena can also be found in Bosnia.”News.com.au said Osmanagich had examined granite stone balls in southern Costa Rica, volcanic stone spheres in western Mexico and Easter Island, and then turned his attention to Bosnia.If the huge stone in Bosnia is found to be hewn by human hands, it would be the largest man-made stone ball ever found – twice as heavy as the Costa Rican ones, said MailOnline.Do other experts see the rock formation as proof of an ancient civilization which thrived there? Voice of America reported that some scientists said the rock was likely a natural formation and not a human construct.Experts were quoted in MailOnline as saying they believed the boulder was not man made. A lecturer at the University of Manchester School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences told MailOnline that the spherical stone may be an example of concretion. This is when a compact mass of rock is formed by the precipitation of natural mineral cement within the spaces between sediment grains. The result is often spherical in shape, with the process forming the famed Koutu boulders in New Zealand. Experts at the Geological Society, according to MailOnline, said the round shape of the rock could come from spheroidal weathering. This is a type of weathering affecting jointed bedrock. The result is formation of concentric or spherical layers of highly decayed rock. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Targeted drug therapy with carrier links to tertiary and heteroaryl amines

first_imgQuaternary-ammonium-salt linkers can be proteolytically or reductively cleaved on cell entry and tracelessly release tertiary and heteroaryl amines. Credit: (c) Nature Chemistry (2016) doi:10.1038/nchem.2635 (Phys.org)—Beyond designing a drug that will attack cancer cells or bacterial cells, drug design also involves figuring out how the drug can safely enter the body and find its target before doing its work. However, many drugs never make it to their desired target either because of solubility issues or inability to access certain parts of the cell. That is where carriers come in. Carriers are like molecular taxis that latch onto a small-molecule drug and transport it to its target location. Journal information: Nature Chemistry Citation: Targeted drug therapy with carrier links to tertiary and heteroaryl amines (2016, November 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-11-drug-therapy-carrier-links-tertiary.html These molecular taxis need to connect to the drug in such a way that they safely take it to the location, but the connection must also be reversible so the carrier can eventually release the drug. There are very few types of chemical bonds that can do this and the ones that can are limited in scope.A group of scientists from Genentech, Inc. have devised a synthetic scheme that is generalizable, protecting-group free, and allows for a carrier linker to attach to tertiary or heteroaryl amines via a quaternary ammonium salt. Additionally, because it is a charged species, it is more water soluble than typical carrier molecules and, therefore, may alleviate the problems associated with aggregation. These linkers can be set up to be cleaved either by proteases in the lysosome or reducing agents in the cytosol. This work appears in Nature Chemistry.”Enabling the reversible connection of tertiary and heteroaryl amines allows us to consider many new drugs, previously unamenable for targeted therapy,” Dr. Thomas Pillow told Phys.org.The ability to attach a linker to a tertiary amine or a heteroaryl amine is of interest because there are several known anticancer and antibacterial drugs that that have these functional groups. These groups often cannot be converted to a secondary or primary amine because of synthetic complexities or diminished drug potency. These drugs require a carrier molecule in order to be most effective in the body, but most carrier molecules previously could only be connected to primary or secondary amines.Additionally, many anticancer and antibacterial drugs are hydrophobic. But, the body is a predominantly aqueous environment. This means that, upon entering the body, the hydrophobic molecules tend to aggregate, which can cause problems with bodily systems or protein uptake. Notably, when the Genentech scientists attached a tertiary amine to a linker via a quaternary ammonium salt, it became more hydrophilic suggesting that this might be a good option for countering the aggregation problem. The first step was to determine if a tertiary amine could be reversibly attached to a chemical linker. To test their proposed linker connection, a p-aminobenzyl quarternary ammonium salt, they chose a known dipeptide-cleavable trigger: valine-citrulline (ValCit) which cleaves in the presence of cathepsin B. Incubation of their linker in buffer demonstrated that the quaternary ammonium salts were stable, and exposure to cathepsin B resulted in cleavage at the aniline amide and generation of the tertiary amine as expected. Carbon-carbon bond formation at selective aliphatic carbon sites More information: Leanna R. Staben et al. Targeted drug delivery through the traceless release of tertiary and heteroaryl amines from antibody–drug conjugates, Nature Chemistry (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nchem.2635AbstractThe reversible attachment of a small-molecule drug to a carrier for targeted delivery can improve pharmacokinetics and the therapeutic index. Previous studies have reported the delivery of molecules that contain primary and secondary amines via an amide or carbamate bond; however, the ability to employ tertiary-amine-containing bioactive molecules has been elusive. Here we describe a bioreversible linkage based on a quaternary ammonium that can be used to connect a broad array of tertiary and heteroaryl amines to a carrier protein. Using a concise, protecting-group-free synthesis we demonstrate the chemoselective modification of 12 complex molecules that contain a range of reactive functional groups. We also show the utility of this connection with both protease-cleavable and reductively cleavable antibody–drug conjugates that were effective and stable in vitro and in vivo. Studies with a tertiary-amine-containing antibiotic show that the resulting antibody–antibiotic conjugate provided appropriate stability and release characteristics and led to an unexpected improvement in activity over the conjugates previously connected via a carbamate. 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. The next step was to optimize their synthesis to make it simple and generalizable so it can be used for drug screening. In particular, the synthesis could not involve the use of protecting groups and the carrier molecule needed to preferentially react with the tertiary amine on the small molecule drug. After developing the experimental conditions for their reaction, Staben et al. then tested the stability and release of their protease-cleavable linker with a variety of molecules containing tertiary and heteroaryl amines. Good stability and drug release was demonstrated with several of these conjugates.Thus far, Staben et al. have been looking at the cleavage of peptide bonds. Disulfide bonds are another bond that can be set up as a bioactive trigger that is reduced by intracellular GSH. They tested their system by cleaving the disulfide bond and were able to generate the free tubulysin drug. In the field of targeted therapies, antibody-drug conjugates have gained ground as a way to target cancer cells or invading bacteria. Prior research by this team demonstrated that an antibody-antibiotic conjugate was able to successfully clear methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) infections. For the current research, they linked the tertiary amine of a rifamycin analog to their quaternary ammonium salt linker and found that in vitro tests showed a large reduction in the number of intracellular MRSA bacteria, a typically difficult-to-treat bacterial infection. According to Dr. Pillow, “This novel linker connection expands the universe of drugs for targeted therapy, opening up new possibilities for the treatment of cancer and infectious disease.” © 2016 Phys.orglast_img read more

US to hold 1st global conference on Defending Dalit Rights

first_imgThe three-day conference on ‘Defending Dalit Rights’ entitled ‘Establishing Justice, Dignity, Equality and Humanity’ is being organised by the International Commission for Dalit Rights (ICDR) and Global Conference Organizing Committee (GCOC) from on Thursday at Trinity Washington University. At the conclusion of the conference, GCOC will announce its strategy and the Declaration of Dalit Rights during a human chain demonstration in front of the White House, a statement has said. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenThe demonstration will implore US President Barack Obama and Congress members to support Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton’s House Resolution that calls for Congress to condemn discrimination against Dalit people. “The purpose of the Global Conference is to increase awareness of the injustices visited upon an estimated 260 million caste-affected individuals worldwide, who face caste-based discrimination, exclusion, inequality, and violence,” ICDR statement has said. While caste-based discrimination is widely practised in South Asian nations like India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, it can also be found in other parts of the world including Japan, Yemen, Mauritania, Nigeria, Senegal and Somalia, it said.last_img read more

Soon online licence application to become available in all RTOs ARTOs

first_imgKolkata: The facility of applying online for driving licence will become available in all the Regional Transport Offices and Assistant Regional Transport Offices in the state before Durga Puja.This comes at the time when the state government has made production of driving licence mandatory to buy motorbikes, a step taken to check road accidents.According to a senior official of the state Transport department, at present there are as many as 50 offices across the state from where driving licence is given to applicants following necessary tests. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeOne more office of ARTO is going to be added soon, with one coming up at Katwa. With inauguration of the ARTO at Katwa that is scheduled on September 3, the total number of the offices that deal with driving licence will go up to 51.The official said that till date, there are 28 such offices where the facility of giving online application to get driving licence is available.”We have set a target to complete developing infrastructure in all the offices for the same and we are hopeful that the facility will become available in all the offices before Durga Puja,” the official said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedExplaining the process of applying online for driving licence, another official said that one needs to log in to the website www.parivahan.gov.in and click on “Driving Licence Related Services”. Subsequently, an applicant has to proceed as directed to key in all necessary information, including some mandatory fields. Finally, an application number will get generated, with which the applicant has to visit the RTO or ARTO along with all relevant documents in his or her district, to give biometric details and get the date and time when he or she can sit for an online test.The applicant will pass the test if six out of ten answers are correct and gets the learner licence within two days. In case of failure, one can again sit for the test after seven days of the first one. The same process has to be followed online to get the date and time for the trial for the permanent licence, between the 30th and 180th day from the day the learner licence is issued.last_img read more

A digital journey with France

first_imgShowcasing the strength of India–France present and future partnerships – from trade to industry, and technology to arts, Bonjour India has set-up a unique pavilion at Children’s Park, India Gate. Titled ‘The Experience,’ the exhibition presents the scale and richness of the past, present and future relations between France and India. Divided into three spaces inspired by the three keywords of Bonjour India – Innovation, Creativity and Partnership, it hosts forty areas of creative and innovative cooperation between the two countries. ‘The Experience’ offer audiences an interactive and immersive multimedia experience of 45 minutes. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOn Thursday evening, The Ambassador of France, Alexandre Ziegler along with Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar was present for the launch of ‘The Experience’– a digital journey with France along with Dr Bertrand de Hartingh, Curator General of Bonjour India, Director of the French Institute in India.Created and curated by the French Institute (French Embassy) in India, the project has been co-curated and implemented by the agency SpaceMatters, headed by Amritha Ballal and Suditya Sinha. The structure is an expression of modern urban architecture and the exhibits in the interior are intended to represent an experience using technology at its forefront. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIFI and SpaceMatters pushed to have a completely public exhibition in completely public spaces. The structure boasts of over 10000 sqft of space and 9 metres in height, housing high-end digital equipment to tell the story of the Indo-French journey over time. The whole structure has been designed and custom built to be used not just for this occasion – but in a manner that is so flexible that it can be used in whole or parts – creating a sculptural and most importantly usable public installation – it combines, technology and new material, with the ingenuity of craft.At the launch of ‘The Experience’, The Ambassador of France, Alexandre Ziegler said, “Today, we saw the launch of ‘The Experience’ which is a very important visual expression for Bonjour India showcasing the long term collaboration between India and France in a modern and innovative format. The modern structure curated by the French Institute in India in collaboration with an Indian design firm – Space Matters is a strong representation of our efforts to bring forward collaborations reflecting on our past and present to build a strong future.”The third edition of Bonjour India 2017-18 is a four-month-long mega voyage across India that will celebrate Indo-French partnership as well as shape the next decade of human exchange between the two countries. From November 2017 to February 2018, Bonjour India covers 100 projects in 33 cities across 20 states and union territories.last_img read more

Smart Tools for Listing Products

first_img 5 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. After collecting ’60s music and memorabilia for threedecades, René Klaassen is using eBay to turn all thosememories into money. Key to his efforts are market research toolsthat help him determine what’s likely to sell and for how much,what the best dates and times are to list certain items, and othervaluable information.Case in point: a Pink Floyd 45 rpm record he recently decided topart with. “I didn’t know what to expect,” saysKlaassen of Los Angeles. “I was hoping for something in thehundred-dollar range.” Typing “Pink Floyd” into amarket analysis tool from Terapeak revealed to Klaassen that Sundaylistings did better than Tuesday listings, listing an item at 10a.m. beat listing it at 5 p.m., and 10-day auction-style listingsfared better than those lasting only seven days.Klaassen (eBay User ID: heineken) fine-tuned his listingaccordingly. The result: He sold the record for $285.”It’s quite nifty,” Klaassen says of hismarket-research capabilities. “Rather than just grabbing an LPor 45 off the shelf [to sell], I immediately go to Terapeak andlook for sales history.”Similar market research tools, both from eBay itself and fromthird parties that license data on sales closed on eBay, can helpmany businesses on eBay outperform expectations. Victoria, BritishColumbia-based Terapeak starts with data licensed from eBay andallows sellers and buyers to conduct research such as looking backat completed items over extended periods of time to find pricetrends for specific products. “If you sell Nike Air Jordans oneBay, you can go to www.terapeak.com, type in ‘Nike Air Jordans,’and find out how they have been doing [over] the past 30days,” says Dave Popowich, Terapeak’s marketingcoordinator. The online subscription service costs $16.95 per monthand provides trend data going back as far as a year in somecases.HammerTap’s DeepAnalysis market research software runs on auser’s own PC. For $17.95 monthly or a $179.95 annual licensefee, HammerTap can do a number of powerful analyses, suchas studying how starting prices relate to bids and determiningwhich category is best for an item based on the number of bids orselling prices in different categories, says Jen Cano, director ofPR at the Orem, Utah, company.Other popular research tools come from ándale, a MountainView, California, company whose products help eBay sellers identifywhat’s been hot in the past six weeks, determine prevailingselling prices, count the number of sellers of specific items andmore. ándale’s $7.95 per month Research tool even givesusers recommendations on such crucial criteria as the price,category, day and time for a given listing.The new kid on the block is eBayMarketplace Research. John Bodine, eBay product marketingmanager, says, “Marketplace Research can help you understandsales and price trends within categories, as well as provideinsight into new products you may wish to source andsell.”Specifically, Marketplace Research provides consolidated metricson up to 90 days of completed listings. That’s a considerableimprovement over the previously available eBay completed listingsinformation, which only showed 15 days’ worth of data.Marketplace Research allows for more sophisticated analyses oflong-term data. Users can, for instance, see how completed listingsof collectibles related to the Chicago White Sox Major LeagueBaseball team rose steadily until the end of the 2005 World Series,then, following the White Sox victory, fell sharply. Those kinds ofinsights can help a seller decide whether to sell White Sox-relatedproducts now.Marketplace Research is priced in three tiers. Fast Pass isdesigned for the casual user, who will pay $2.99 for two days’worth of unlimited access to the subscription services. Fast Passusers can tap into 60 days of historical data and see an item’saverage sold price, sold price range, average Buy It Now price, BuyIt Now price range, last sold price, number of completed items andother metrics. Basic level, at $9.99 monthly, offers additionalmetrics, such as information on an item’s start price range,number of successful sales and average shipping costs. Both theFast Pass and Basic packages allow users to save up to 10 searches.At $24.99 a month, Pro level allows users to search 90 days ofhistorical data, save up to 100 searches and research internationaldata. It also includes more charting options and advanced filters.All three provide information on the top searches performed bybuyers on the site.The world of market research on eBay has come a long way in ashort time, and it’s still evolving. One significant limitationis time. For example, eBay Marketplace Research is initiallylimiting its data to 90 days, Bodine says, in part because of themassive computing power required to analyze millions of dailylistings over a long period. However, given the annual cycles onwhich many businesses live and die, year-long market trends are ofvital interest.Even with their limitations, market research tools are wellworth the cost to most sellers, who find that using them oftenresults in faster sales at higher prices. “Prior to Terapeak,I didn’t have a way of seeing what the market could bear,”says Klaassen.That cuts both ways, Bodine notes: Market research makes eBaymore useful for both vendors and purchasers. “Research beforeyou buy,” he says, “and research before yousell.”Mark Henricks writes on business andtechnology for leading publications and is author of Not Just a Living. Enroll Now for Free March 24, 2006 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more

TravelBrands gets ready for its 2017 Agent Appreciation road shows

first_imgTags: TravelBrands Posted by TORONTO — TravelBrands’ ‘G’Oh Canada’ Agent Appreciation 2017 road trip events will take place in five locations across Ontario this month and next.“Join us for an evening of food, fun and great information as we celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday,” says the company. Agents will learn about new TravelBrands initiatives and tools, plus all attendees will have a chance to win prizes.Events are taking place at Fort Henry in Kingston on July 25, the Barrie Country Club in Barrie on July 26, Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery in Niagara on the Lake on July 27, Elmhurst Inn and Spa on Aug. 1 and The Lake House in Pickering on Aug. 2.All of the shows are evening events, with registration from 5:30 – 6 p.m. and dinner, presentations and prizes from 6 – 8 p.m.“Space is limited so sign up today,” says TravelBrands. See surveymonkey.com/r/ZVSTVTF for details. Travelweek Group Sharecenter_img TravelBrands gets ready for its 2017 Agent Appreciation road shows Thursday, July 13, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Record numbers of tourists say gday to Australia

first_img“Arrivals from Malaysia were up by 40 per cent and from Hong Kong and Singapore by 26 per cent each.” The January 2014 figure is 8.7 per cent higher than the same time last year due to large numbers of visitors from New Zealand, China and the UK. “The largest growth in short-term visitor arrivals over the past year was from Asia,” ABS spokesperson Denise Carlton said. According to recently released Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures, there were 560,000 short term visitors who arrived in Australia during January 2014, despite a seasonally adjusted drop of 2.7 per cent. Foreign tourists are visiting Australia in greater numbers than ever before, with South-East Asia providing strong growth.center_img The 2.7 per cent figure draws a more accurate picture of the overall trends because it removes seasonal variations. Short term departures also decreased during January 2014, with a drop of 1.7 per cent to 751,800, following a 4.3 per cent increase in December 2013.  Source = ETB News: T.N.last_img read more

Silvers sojourn above the 20 spot price didnt l

first_img Silver’s sojourn above the $20 spot price didn’t last long…and the Far East low, around $19.50 spot, came just before 3:00 p.m. local time…a few minutes before the 8:00 a.m. BST London open. After that, it was pretty much the same chart pattern in silver as it was in gold…with the sell-offs and rallies coming at the same times as gold as well.  Nothing free market about this. Silver’s low price tick in New York came just before 12:30 p.m. EDT…and Kitco recorded that as $19.38 spot.  The high tick in the Far East came shortly after 8:00 a.m. Tokyo time…and that looked to be around $20.30 spot.  Silver had an intraday price move of about 5 percent. Silver closed at $19.69 spot…back under $20 spot…and down 43 cents on the day.  Volume, net of roll-overs out of the July delivery month, was 32,500 contracts. JPMorgan wanted gold back under $1,300…and silver under $20…and they got their wish Not surprisingly, gold got sold down right from the time that trading began in the Far East at 8:00 a.m. in Hong Kong.  An interim low was in just minutes before the London open…and from there it didn’t do much until the 8:20 EDT Comex open in New York. The rally that began at that time, ran into a seller of last resort at 9:00 a.m….and then it was all down hill until 1:00 p.m. EDT.  The rally from that point lasted until 2:45 p.m…and then it got sold down for about thirty minutes before trading sideways into the 5:15 p.m. electronic close. The low tick at 1:00 p.m. EDT was recorded by Kitco at $1,275.40 spot…and the high…around $1,301 at the 8:00 a.m. open in Hong Kong. Gold closed at $1,282.60 spot…down an even $16.00 on the day.  Gross volume, with the lion’s share being of the high-frequency trading variety, was around 172,000 contracts. The dollar index, which closed in New York Friday afternoon at 82.41, jumped up about 10 basis points at the open on Sunday night in New York…and then chopped higher…hitting its high tick of 82.82 at 8:20 a.m. EDT, the exact time of the Comex open. But by 9:00 a.m. the index was back to 82.54…and traded sideways from there.  Then, starting around 1:00 p.m. EDT, it fell down to 82.31 by 2:30 p.m…before recovering a hair into the close.  The index closed at 82:45…up a whole 4 basis points from Friday’s close.  Here’s the 2-day dollar index chart. Gold: Dead Cat or Raging Bull? While GLD has tanked, gold bullion is selling like hotcakes. What is going on? For answers, The Street and Casey Research will host a free investors’ webinar on Tuesday, June 25 at 2 p.m. EST – with Jim Cramer, Eric Sprott, Doug Casey, and others. Register here to watch. (Click on image to enlarge) Sponsor Advertisement (Click on image to enlarge) (Click on image to enlarge) (Click on image to enlarge) Once the rallies in these metals are allowed to begin, it will be interesting to see how far JPMorgan will let the prices run to the upside now that they’re mega-long in both gold and copper…and they’re probably pretty much out of their short position in silver as well.  I would guess that they’re short positions in both platinum and palladium are either immaterial….or covered in other markets. I believe that today is options expiry on the Comex for all four precious metals…and the big traders have to be out by the end of the Comex session on Wednesday…and everyone else before first notice day, which is Friday.  The next four trading days…the end of the week and the quarter…could be educational in the precious metal markets. If we get through the Comex trading session today without any serious price activity in either gold or silver, we’ll be looking at a Commitment of Traders Report for the record books on Friday.  However, as we’ve already discovered in the past, “da boyz” are very good at withholding data from this report if it suits them…and it may suit them at this stage of the game.  We’ll find out at 3:30 p.m. EDT on that day. Not much happened during the Far East trading session on their Tuesday. All four precious metals got sold down a bit, but recovered going into the London open.  Gold volume is pretty high…46,000 contracts…but it’s a good bet that the vast majority of that is of the high-frequency trading variety.  Silver’s volume, net of roll-overs, is close to ‘normal’…whatever that means these days.  And as I hit the ‘send’ button at 5:20 a.m. EDT…gold is up a hair from Monday’s close…and silver is flat.  Both platinum and palladium are up well over a percent. The dollar index is down about 14 basis points. Because of its effect on this Friday’s COT Report, I’ll be more than interested in what happens during the Tuesday trading session in New York today. And here’s your ABSOLUTE LAST CHANCE to sign up for Casey Research’s FREE ON-LINE VIDEO EVENT.  It’s entitled “GOLD: Dead Cat…or Raging Bull?“ It features Jim Cramer, Eric Sprott, Doug Casey, Steven Feldman, Rob McEwen and Jeff Clark. They explore the recent fluctuations of the gold price and what it means for investors. Does gold’s drop signal the end of its bull run, or is it just taking a breather? Should investors load up on or unload gold? The free online event Gold: Dead Cat…or Raging Bull? hosted by The Street and Casey Research, with Jim Cramer, Eric Sprott, Doug Casey, and others will provide some answers.  This free video airs today, June 25th at 2:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time.  It will be available for viewing after the initial stream for those who have schedule conflicts.  You can check it out…and then sign up for it here.  Based on the events of the last few weeks, it pretty much goes without saying that it will be worth your time. See you here tomorrow. The gold stocks gapped down at the open…hitting their nadir at around 10:20 a.m. in New York.  From there, they more or less traded sideways until just after 12:00 o’clock noon EDT…and then they rallied until 2:45 p.m. when gold printed its afternoon high tick.  Then they got sold off with the gold price going into the close.  The HUI was hit for another 4.19%. The silver shares got crushed again, with some of the juniors getting hit for double-digit losses.  Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index was down 5.48%. (Click on image to enlarge) As I’ve stated before, along with every seller that’s dumping his position in a panic, or forced liquidation…is a ‘strong hands’ buyer[s] that’s scooping up everything that is falling off the table.  Unless their intent is to sell on the upside to cap any price rally, they won’t be selling any time soon. The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 151 gold and 8 silver contracts were posted for delivery tomorrow within the Comex-approved depositories.  In gold, it was “all the usual suspects”.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. With the end of the June delivery month at hand, there shouldn’t be too much left on the delivery schedule for either metal…and the First Day Notice numbers will be posted on the CME’s website late on Thursday evening…and I’ll have them for you in Friday’s column.  July is a big delivery month for silver…but not for gold. There were more withdrawals from both GLD and SLV on Monday.  In GLD, authorized participants withdrew 135,302 troy ounces…and in SLV it was a chunky 3,281,198 troy ounces.  Whether the withdrawal from SLV was of the ‘plain vanilla’ variety [or otherwise] is a question that I’ll have for Ted when I talk to him on the phone later today.  Personally, I could make a case for either scenario. The U.S. Mint had a sales report yesterday.  They sold 5,000 ounces of gold eagles…1,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 224,600 silver eagles. It was a busy day over at the Comex-approved depositories on Friday.  They reported receiving 1,659,533 troy ounces of silver…and shipped out 540,763 troy ounces.  The link to that activity is here. In gold, the same depositories received 4,950 troy ounces…and shipped 321.50 troy ounces [10 kilobars…all from Brink’s, Inc.] out the door.  The link to that activity is here. It was another very decent day at the store, but it was wall-to-wall silver sales.  We didn’t sell an ounce of gold to anyone…either over the counter, or on an order-in basis. It’s Tuesday, but I took the axe out…and cut the stories down to a minimum…so I hope you can find the time to read the ones that interest you the most. The data suggests that JPMorgan has been the dominant buyer in COMEX gold, silver and copper on what have been deliberately set lower prices. In fact, there is no real connection between these three commodities other than JPMorgan being the most aggressive buyer amid sharply lower prices. Certainly, no one would suggest the fundamentals in these three different commodities had changed over the past few weeks to account for the dramatic price smashes. The only possible connection is JPMorgan. Since JPMorgan has been buying gold, copper and silver so aggressively, it is most reasonable for me to conclude that the price of these three commodities will move sharply higher once JPM gets all that they can get by rigging prices lower…actually, it looks like they are done by my reckoning, but with crooks you can never be sure until afterward. – Silver analyst Ted Butler…22 June 2013 I wouldn’t read a whole heck of a lot into Monday’s price action in gold and silver…although it was obvious to me that JPMorgan wanted gold back under $1,300…and silver under $20…and they got their wish.  Both attempts by both metals to rally to any degree got turned back in New York trading before they could get too far. Platinum and palladium weren’t spared…and although the markets for these two precious metal are almost microscopic when compared to gold and silver, JPMorgan also has a considerable short position in both of these as well.  It was obvious that they worked them over pretty good during the New York session yesterday. Here are the 3-year weekly charts for all four precious metals…plus copper.  You can see that, except for palladium, they are all horribly oversold…and this condition didn’t happen by accident, of course.  Oversold conditions, engineered or otherwise, don’t normally last long…and these will come to an end at a time of JPMorgan’s choosing, as they are running the show in all of these commodities at the moment.last_img read more

Whats Behind the SpaceX Launch Delay Start Up Your Day Roundup

first_img Next Article 2 min read February 25, 2016 Entrepreneur Staff Add to Queue –shares Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Start Up Your Daycenter_img Image credit: SpaceX What’s Behind the SpaceX Launch Delay — Start Up Your Day Roundup Looking for the latest headlines in small business, innovation and tech? Our Start Up Your Day recaps are posted every morning to keep you current. Reading, writing, coding. Chicago has become the first U.S. city to make computer science a core subject. Currently half the city’s public high schools offer computer science, Code.org reports.Uber’s latest move. The ridesharing giant confirmed it would launch a new research facility in Pittsburgh that will include a test track for self-driving cars, according to the Pittsburgh Business Times.Airbnb comes clean. The rental home marketplace admitted to pruning its listings before sending the data to New York State legislators last year. The company is accused of running unregulated hotels in cities like New York and San Francisco where housing is already difficult, according to Bloomberg.Lego man evolves. The toy company announced a stay-at-home dad figurine this month, one of several new figurines to reflect modern lifestyles, NBC reports. Not quite ready to launch. SpaceX delayed the launch of its satellite yesterday due to high winds and tornado warnings. The satellite could boost network coverage for remote regions in countries such as India and the Philippines, says CNN.com. Entrepreneur Staff Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Register Now »last_img read more

Spotify Is in Advanced Talks to Buy SoundCloud

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