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9 days agoMan Utd duo De Gea and Pobga ruled OUT of Liverpool clash

first_imgMan Utd duo De Gea and Pobga ruled OUT of Liverpool clashby Ansser Sadiq9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United will be without David De Gea and Paul Pogba for Sunday’s clash with Liverpool.De Gea was substituted during Spain’s draw with Sweden on Tuesday due to an abductor problem, while Pogba has missed United’s last five games with an ankle injury.”David needs a scan,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports of his Spanish goalkeeper. “I think he’ll be out. It certainly looked like it anyway judging on last night so it’s just one of those things.On Pogba, Solskjaer added: “Paul had an injury, he came back, he worked really hard. He came back and played a couple of games, maybe played through the pain barrier.”He had a scan after the Arsenal game and maybe needed a few weeks’ rest in a boot so hopefully he won’t be too long, but he won’t make this game, no.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Texas A&M DT Daylon Mack Delivered A Clowney-Like Hit Against Nevada

first_imgDaylon Mack makes an enormous hit on a Nevada player.Daylon Mack HitYou remember that Jadeveon Clowney hit on Michigan running back Vincent Smith during the 2013 Outback Bowl, right? Of course you do.Well, Texas A&M freshman defensive tackle Daylon Mack just did his best Clowney impression on a poor Nevada ball-carrier. Note to Aggie opponents: probably unwise to leave this guy unblocked like Nevada did right here. My goodness. Keep in mind this is the same kid who did this last week.Mack is going to be a good one.last_img

Theres Not Much Evidence A New Coach Will Help The Jets 49ers

It’s Black Monday — the day after the NFL’s regular season concludes — when 20 to 25 percent of teams (usually of the non-playoff-bound variety) have historically begun their offseason by firing (or otherwise parting ways with) their head coaches. This year, the New York Jets have fired Rex Ryan, Mike Smith is out in Atlanta and Jim Harbaugh left the San Francisco 49ers in a mutual split. Further changes may be coming.Teams don’t take these coaching changes lightly, but for all the focus on the coaching carousel, it’s been difficult for researchers to figure out how much who’s wearing the headset matters.Teams that change coaches have a strong tendency to improve the following season, which could be taken as prima facie evidence that swapping in a new coach makes a profound difference. But it also could simply be the residue of regression to the mean. A poor record is generally required for a team to consider dismissing its coach, but much of the differences in NFL team records is due to luck and not the comparative skill levels of the teams themselves. When that luck evens out, the team appears to improve, even if its underlying skill didn’t change all that much.And this phenomena is essentially what the research on NFL coaching changes has found. Although the average team to change coaches since 1994 has seen its winning percentage improve from .383 to .428 the next season, that’s mostly regression to the mean at work. In fact, once we account for the teams’ previous Elo ratings and the inexorable pull that a .500 record exerts on NFL teams from year to year, there’s little evidence that changing coaches helps teams at all.The aforementioned sample of teams had an average Elo rating of 1437 at the end of the regular season with their old coach, which tends to translate to a .463 winning percentage the following year whether a team changes coaches or not. But the season after making the change, those teams averaged a .428 winning percentage — about 35 points lower than we’d have expected based on their previous Elo ratings. This may speak to broader institutional issues that are correlated with coaching changes but beyond the influence of the coach himself, such as dysfunctional ownership, a poor general manager or players who consistently win less than point-differential-based metrics would predict.These types of findings lend credence to the theory that NFL coaching changes offer franchises little more than the illusion of control over their future. While it may feel satisfying to fans and owners to fire a coach after a disappointing season, it’s tough to quantify the real benefits of such a move — if any even exist. read more

Why Gonzaga Not Kentucky May Be The Tournaments Luckiest Team

Texas Tech863-5 Syracuse100-1 Villanova515050-1 Chances based on BPIDifferences may not add up exactly due to roundingSource: ESPN Stats & Information Group West Virginia857-2 Loyola-Chicago102+1 Chances of making Final Four Gonzaga9%23%28%+20 Nevada2120 Purdue323025-8 Texas A&M2220 Kansas St.104+4 Duke423749+7 Kansas172319+2 Gonzaga’s good luck has gotten even betterChances of making the Final Four for 2018 Sweet 16 teams before the bracket was released, after the bracket was released and if we had known each team’s opponents this far in the tournament before it began Kentucky is the envy of the college basketball world for its soft Sweet 16 landing in a region that is suddenly without any of its top-four seeds. But if we’re looking for the luckiest team in the NCAA Tournament this year, a case can be made that it’s not the Wildcats. It’s Gonzaga.That’s not to say that Kentucky hasn’t been fortunate. John Calipari’s perennial powerhouse entered the tournament with just a 2 percent chance to reach the Final Four, per ESPN’s Basketball Power Index, and an 8 percent chance based on FiveThirtyEight’s projections. Looking at each model now,1BPI is one ingredient in the FiveThirtyEight projection cocktail. that number has ballooned to 45 percent on BPI and 57 percent on FiveThirtyEight. Part of that increase is because of the strong teams in the region that fell early, but part is also based on Kentucky winning its first two games — and being only two wins from the Final Four, instead of the four it was at the start of the tourney.But what if we could isolate the effect of the upsets so far on a team’s chances? What if we had known before the tournament began that Kentucky would face Buffalo and Kansas State after opening with Davidson (avoiding Arizona and Virginia) and then face either Loyola-Chicago or Nevada in the Elite Eight (avoiding Tennessee and Cincinnati)? Given that information, Calipari’s team would have had a 21 percent chance per BPI to reach the Final Four,2FiveThirtyEight’s model doesn’t have “pre-bracket” predictions. a whopping 19 percentage point increase just because the right teams lost before Kentucky had to see them.So yes, the seas have parted for Kentucky in its region, but Gonzaga has arguably benefited more from circumstances outside of its control.Let’s do the same pre-tournament exercise with the Bulldogs. If we had known before the tournament that after the first round they would face Ohio State, Florida State and the winner of Michigan-Texas A&M, the Bulldogs would have received a modest boost (23 percent to 28 percent) to their Final Four chances, thanks to the losses of regional competitors like Xavier and North Carolina. They also would have received an increase to their title game and championship chances by 11 and 3 percentage points, respectively (compared with 8- and 2-point boosts for Kentucky).What’s helping out the Bulldogs so much? First, there’s the fact that Michigan — a worse team than Gonzaga, in BPI’s mind — is the toughest remaining out in the region for Mark Few’s squad. But then there’s this: In the Final Four, Gonzaga will basically reap all the same benefits that Kentucky received, getting to sidestep Virginia, Cincinnati, Tennessee and Arizona. At worst, the Bulldogs will face Kentucky, which is 3 points per game worse in team quality than Gonzaga on a neutral court, per BPI. If the schools met up in the Final Four, Gonzaga would have a 61 percent chance to win, according to the BPI model. In the best-case scenario for the Bulldogs, they would end up with one of the even more feeble options from the South region in Kansas State, Loyola-Chicago or Nevada.Is it cut and dried that Gonzaga has been more fortunate than Kentucky? No. But the numbers since the tournament began aren’t the whole story. See, Gonzaga’s chances also received a healthy bump from the selection committee’s layout of the bracket, which paved a relatively easy path for the Bulldogs en route to a possible trip to San Antonio — even if the bracket played to form. Before anyone had taken the court, Gonzaga’s chances to reach the Final Four increased by 14 percentage points over BPI’s pre-selection projections based on the teams it needed to get past in its region, so its Final Four chances in total have increased by 20 points (after rounding) overall. Meanwhile, the selection committee actually hurt Kentucky quite a bit, knocking its pre-selection Final Four chances down by 6 percentage points, meaning that outside forces improved the Wildcats’ Final Four chances by only 13 points. Clemson554-1 Florida St.111+1 Michigan131315+3 Kentucky8221+13 TeamPre-BracketPost-BracketPost-Bracket with Opp.overall Diff. So while the Wildcats have been lucky since the tournament began, they started out at a disadvantage. The same is true for a team like Duke, of course, whose current projection has benefited from Michigan State’s loss to Syracuse but whose original projection was hurt an awful lot by the Spartans’ nearby placement in the bracket. Duke and Villanova have seen slightly larger increases to their respective championship chances based on the bracket selection and other contenders’ losses relative to Gonzaga, but neither has been as positively affected as the Bulldogs in their chances to reach the Final Four or national championship game.If Gonzaga’s good fortune ends up helping to send the Washington school to the title game, it would not be unprecedented. Among all teams to reach the NCAA Tournament championship game since 2008, none benefited more from other teams losing than the 2017 Bulldogs, which faced No. 11 seed Xavier in the Elite Eight and No. 7 seed South Carolina in the Final Four. So while no one will feel sorry over Kentucky’s cushy path to the Final Four, it’s Gonzaga that — at least in the past two years — has had more luck on its side.Check out our latest March Madness predictions. read more

New defensive coaches Larry Johnson Chris Ash ready to get started at

Defensive line coach Larry Johnson talks during an interview on National Signing Day Feb. 5 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editor Co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chris Ash talks with media on National Signing Day Feb. 5 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorWhen Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer gets into recruiting mode, it isn’t all about the players. He finds a way to woo coaches, too.After the departures of co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Everett Withers and defensive line coach Mike Vrabel, Meyer had two vital positions to fill on a defense that allowed an average of 377.4 yards per game and ranked No. 47 in the country.Now after hiring two new coaches — both of whom spent time at rival schools — Meyer said he is pleased with his new hires.“We replaced (Vrabel and Withers) with Larry Johnson and Chris Ash, but a couple of comments with those gentlemen we hired. First, they wanted to be here, they both had very, very good jobs and they wanted to be here,” Meyer said to the media Wednesday.Johnson, who takes over as defensive line coach after 18 years with Penn State, inherits a unit that is set to return all four starters and helped spearhead the country’s ninth ranked running defense.Johnson said he can’t wait for a chance to work with the group of players.“Just watching from afar and watching it on videotape, I think it’s a very talented young group,” Johnson said Wednesday. “I can’t wait to get my hands on them. I’ve had two chances to watch them and I’m like a little kid. It’s like I’ve got some new toys to play with. I’m really excited to impart my wisdom to these guys and see how they respond.”Junior Michael Bennett, sophomores Noah Spence and Adolphus Washington and freshman Joey Bosa totaled 24 of OSU’s 42 sacks this past season.Meyer said he took notice of Johnson when putting together his initial staff at OSU, but didn’t hire him at the time because of Vrabel.“Larry Johnson is a guy (I have) had great respect for (for) many years,” Meyer said. “Made a phone call two years ago when I was hired here in December whatever year that was, I called Larry. We discussed Ohio State, but then I made the decision to hire Mike Vrabel. We just didn’t have a spot. Noah Spence’s dad called and said Larry (Johnson) would like to talk to you about a position … And the communication was great. We went and met in Indianapolis … and it was a no-brainer on our end.”Although Johnson’s pedigree as a coach is impressive, his abilities as a recruiter find a way to be noticed.Johnson said it is his “brand” that allows him to recruit players well.“I think obviously it’s my niche but I think the brand that I have is, I’m a teacher, I’m a fundamental development kind of guy,” he said. “I want to develop players into outstanding people and players and I think that all goes together.”Although the defensive line heads into 2014 with momentum, the Buckeyes’ secondary — which is now headed by former Arkansas defensive coordinator and secondary coach Chris Ash — doesn’t have quite the same hype.The unit finished the year ranked No. 112 in the country with an average of 268 yards per game and also loses four regular contributors in redshirt-senior safeties Corey “Pitt” Brown and C.J. Barnett, senior safety Christian Bryant and redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby.Meyer said it is Ash’s job to work on the pass defense.“He’s got a serious responsibility. That’s to improve our pass defense. He’ll be in charge of the entire back end of our defense,” Meyer said.Ash — who was named co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach upon his arrival in Columbus — said Wednesday he understood what Meyer wanted out of him as a coach.“When we met first, he discussed his vision for the defense and what he wanted to see when the film was turned on … There has been a great tradition of outstanding defenses here at Ohio State, (but) the last couple years it just wasn’t to the level that they wanted. Coach wanted to make some changes and go a different direction,” Ash said.Ash added that he expects his team to play one way: at full throttle.“Well, you play fast, you play with reckless abandon, you’re fast, you’re physical, you throw your body around. You play without hesitation,” Ash said. “There’s no confusion, you know exactly what you’re doing. You can react to your key and there’s only one speed: it’s full speed. And that’s the way we gotta play.”In each of his last two seasons at Wisconsin, before he took the job at Arkansas for what ended up being his lone year there this past season, Ash coached defenses that finished in the top 20 in passing yards allowed per game.Even with the new additions to the coaching staff, Meyer said he plans on taking a more involved role in the defense in the coming seasons.“I’m going to be more involved than I ever have been, just to make sure that we get up to standard at Ohio State on (the) defensive side of the ball with emphasis on pass defense,” Meyer said.The Buckeyes are scheduled to get their 2014 season underway Aug. 30 against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.But before the season kicks off, there are some things the coaches need to learn about being a part of the OSU program.“There’s so much to learn. I walked in the first day and someone said, ‘Hey coach, no blue pens,’ and I didn’t know that,” Johnson said. “So there’s a lot of little things that I’ve got to learn pretty fast when you’re talking the team up north … As far as football and all those things, that’s easy. The learning (of) the ins and outs of Ohio State football, that’s the challenge for me.”But even with all of the new things he has to learn, Johnson said at least one aspect of the change is a plus.“My wife said I look good in red, so that’s a good start.” read more

Marijuana Workers Now Outnumber Bakers and Other Common Careers

first_img Next Article Add to Queue –shares For an industry still in its early stages, legal marijuana already has surpassed many other businesses in generating jobs.In a new report called the Marijuana Business Factbook 2017, the marijuana industry is reported to have created 165,000 to 230,000 full- and part-time jobs in the United States. According to the report, that means there are more people working in the marijuana industry than there are bakers, dental hygienists and massage therapists.The job numbers include those working at cannabis retail stores, growing facilities, marijuana-infused product companies, testing labs and ancillary businesses such as transportation and security. The numbers represent “marijuana’s rapid transformation out of the black market and into a viable economic force,” according to the report.Related: Sorry, But No You Can’t Smoke Marijuana on the Las Vegas Strip Yet.Practical mattersThe numbers also underscore one of the two practical considerations for political leaders that go beyond the decades-old “war against drugs” debate that continues at the federal level.The first is that legalized marijuana generates huge amounts of tax income for state and local governments. For example, Oregon expects to reap $200 million in adult-use marijuana taxes by 2019, and that money will go to schools, roads and law enforcement.The tax dollars generated by Colorado and other western states have politicians in other cash-starved states, such as Illinois, hoping to legalize marijuana to help balance governmental budgets.The second, which the report focused on, is job creation. Nationwide, the numbers are expected to skyrocket as California, Massachusetts and Nevada allow adult-use sales and another big state, Florida, moves forward with a regulated medical marijuana industry.Though all the new legal marijuana markets will take time to fully develop, “they have the potential to create tens of thousands of new jobs in the marijuana industry,” according to the report.Putting it in perspectiveMarijuana also has been a boon to small businesses. The majority of the jobs in marijuana are concentrated on smaller operations that only need a handful of employees.Part of the reason for this is the fact marijuana remains an illegal drug at the federal level. Because legalization has happened in a state-by-state manner, large marijuana companies employing hundreds of workers have not materialized.Related: NBA Champion John Salley Talks About the ‘Seed to Sale’ Process for Cannabis BusinessBut the jobs continue to multiply. Assuming that most marijuana industry workers do not require a college degree, here are some other, similar occupations that the marijuana industry has either surpassed or approached in the number of workers:Short-order cooks (181,600)Electronics Installers and Repairers (136,100)Library Assistants (210,700)Boilermakers (17,400)Sheet metal workers (141,000)Again, the employment numbers will only grow as legal marijuana operations go into effect in new states. Moving forward on the debate about marijuana, expect politicians to start referencing the economic benefits of cannabis over long-held objections. They may find the economic bottom line on the marijuana industry is too strong to ignore. Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. Free Green Entrepreneur App dispensaries.com Guest Writer Marijuana Workers Now Outnumber Bakers and Other Common Careers July 11, 2017 Image credit: David McNew | Getty Images 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. How much has legalizing marijuana helped create jobs? Just look at the numbers. Marijuana Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. Download Our Free Android Applast_img read more

If You Still Call Amazon an Online Retailer Heres One More Reason

first_img Stephen J. Bronner News Director It depends heavily on its cloud business, not ecommerce. Next Article Entrepreneur Staff –shares Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Add to Queue February 1, 2018center_img Enroll Now for $5 2 min read Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. If You Still Call Amazon an Online Retailer, Here’s One More Reason to Stop Amazon Image credit: Jonathan Weiss / Shutterstock.com Amazon is staggeringly good at selling things online. In just North America last year, the company generated $2.8 billion in operating income. That’s a 20 percent jump from 2016, according to a release connected to its latest earnings report.But, that’s not the complete picture. It’s still-growing international sales segment saw a $3 billion loss in operating income.Related: The Surprising Ways Amazon, Apple and Microsoft Really Make Their BillionsThank goodness for Amazon Web Services. The company’s cloud division helped propel Amazon to some of the best numbers in the company’s history. The cloud service saw $17.5 billion in net sales last year. After expenses, the division still brought in an operating income of $4.3 billion, a 39 percent increase from 2016, ensuring a total annual net income for the company of $3 billion.And this segment of Amazon’s business will continue to grow. The company announced several high-profile clients for AWS in its report, including Disney, Turner, Symantec and the NFL. Amazon also expanded AWS infrastructure in France and China, and plans to open new zones in Bahrain, Hong Kong and Sweden between now and early 2019.The company is also expanding its AI offering to include transcribing and translating services and deep-learning powered video analysis. It also announced AWS Media Services, which will provide cloud tools for video providers.Related: Here’s How You Can Use Alexa at WorkAmazon also further entrenched itself in the workplace with Alexa for Business.While the company continues to burn money in its bid to get the world to buy everything from the “everything store,” it will have AWS propping it up.Of course, Amazon’s incredibly strong retail segments are still essential to the company and only part of its many growing offerings. The lesson for entrepreneurs is to watch how AWS’s growth and continued success is helping the company invest and make inroads in AI, international ecommerce or media that many other companies can’t.”Our 2017 projections for Alexa were very optimistic, and we far exceeded them,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s CEO and founder, in a statement. “Expect us to double down.”last_img read more

Apple Says It Does Not Want to be an Elitist Company as

first_imgApple Apple COO Jeff Williams also said analysts ‘don’t really understand the cost of what we do.’ Apple Says It Does Not Want to be an ‘Elitist’ Company as iPhone Prices Continue to Rise Next Article Apple’s COO Jeff Williams told students in North Carolina on Friday that Apple does not want to be an “elitist” company.As reported by Apple Insider, Williams gave a short speech at Elon University followed by a Q&A session. A student asked Williams about Apple’s plans to lower iPhone prices, citing a recent report which claimed the iPhone costs significantly less to manufacture than its sale price.”The stories that come out about the cost of our products [have been] the bane of my existence from the beginning of time, including our early days,” said Williams. “Analysts don’t really understand the cost of what we do and how much care we put into making our products.”Williams said he’s cognizant of the iPhone’s climbing price point,which means it has fallen behind in key markets where consumers have less disposable income. In India for example, Apple commands just 3% of market share.”We do not want to be an elitist company. That’s not — we want to be an egalitarian company, and we’ve got a lot of work going on in developing markets,” Williams said.His comments come after Apple has continued to raise the price of iPhones. The average selling price of the phones has increased by nearly 27% to $793 since 2010, helped in no small part by the $1,000 iPhone X. February 25, 2019 Add to Queue Apply Now » 2 min readcenter_img –shares The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. This story originally appeared on Business Insider 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Isobel Asher Hamilton Apple COO Jeff Williams Image credit: AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez via BIlast_img read more

Russia Launches First Rocket From New Spaceport at Second Attempt

first_img Reuters This story originally appeared on Reuters Rockets Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Next Article Image credit: Mikhail Svetlov | Getty Images –shares Russia launched its first rocket from a new cosmodrome on Thursday, a day after a technical glitch forced a postponement of the event in a sign of continuing crisis in the nation’s space industry.An unmanned Soyuz-2.1A rocket, carrying three satellites, roared into a clear blue sky from the launchpad at Vostochny cosmodrome in the remote Amur Region near China’s border at 0501 Moscow time (0201 GMT), state television showed.The satellites separated from the rocket’s third stage about nine minutes into the flight and headed for their designated orbits, Russian news agencies quoted officials from the space agency Roscosmos as saying.The launch was called off less than two minutes before lift-off on Wednesday, upsetting President Vladimir Putin. He had flown thousands of kilometers to watch what Russian media and officials called a historic event.”I want to congratulate you. There is something to be proud of,” Putin told cosmodrome workers and Roscosmos officials after watching Thursday’s launch at Vostochny, Russian media reported.”The equipment overreached itself a little bit yesterday,” he said. “In principle, we could have held the launch yesterday, but the equipment overdid its job and stopped the launch. This is a normal thing.”His remarks contrasted with his tough words after Wednesday’s aborted launch, when he criticized Roscosmos and government officials for the large number of technical problems in the space industry, saying that “there should be an appropriate reaction”.Putin reprimanded Roscosmos head Igor Komarov and Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who is in charge of space and military industries, Russian news agencies quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying.Corruption and glitchesProblems with Russian space rockets are worrisome not just for the Kremlin but also for the U.S. space program. NASA has depended on Russia to fly its astronauts to the International Space Station since it retired its space shuttle.Delays and corruption have blighted work on the new cosmodrome. A European Space Agency launch in French Guiana, using a similar Russian Soyuz rocket, was also delayed by technical problems this month.The Soviet Union pioneered manned space flight when it fired Yuri Gagarin into space in 1961.But since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia’s space program has had to retrench for lack of cash. For years it filled gaps in its budget by taking paying tourists into space.The Vostochny spaceport, the first civilian rocket launch site on Russian territory, is intended to phase out Russia’s reliance on the Baikonur cosmodrome, which it leases from ex-Soviet Kazakhstan.”The main thing is that this launch pad is now working, it has been prepared well by you and it is functioning,” Putin told cosmodrome workers on Thursday. “We are now facing a second stage here, to accommodate a heavy rocket.””We have a lot of work in front of us, and it’s daunting. But beyond all doubt, this is … a very serious step forward in the development of Russia’s space exploration.”(Reporting by Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Andrew Roche) April 28, 2016 3 min read Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. The Soyuz 21 A rocket is launched on April 28, 2016 near Tsiolkovsky (former Uglegorsk). Add to Queue Register Now » Russia Launches First Rocket From New Spaceport at Second Attemptlast_img read more

FirstofitsKind Consumer Benefits Coverage Index Illustrates Benefits Spending Patterns Across US

first_imgNew Index Provides Insights and Creates a Model to Help Consumers Better Understand and Prioritize Benefits Investments Benefitfocus, Inc., a leading cloud-based benefits management platform and services provider, announced the release of the Consumer Benefits Coverage Index (“the Index”). The Index creates a model for evaluating how adequately a consumer is protected through the employer-based benefits they’ve purchased. The value of the Index lies not only in serving as a benchmark for consumers to compare their own benefits coverage to that of their peers, but also to provide greater awareness on how they could better protect themselves and their families. For its initial findings, Benefitfocus examined a representative sample of US consumers and determined that the average consumer may not be adequately protected in key areas, and that there is opportunity for additional education when it comes to benefit selection.“We provide insight for the entire benefits industry comprised of employers, brokers, carriers and product suppliers into the purchasing behavior and coverage gaps present among consumers,” said Ray August, President & CEO, Benefitfocus. “The Index processes millions of enrollment transactions from our platform and transforms them into a simple model for employers and consumers to evaluate the fitness of their benefit decisions and raise their benefits IQ.”Marketing Technology News: Evergage Appoints Laura Saati as VP of Customer Success for Evergage’s Retail PracticeCreated by Benefitfocus using its proprietary, annually recurring research (previously published in the State of Employee Benefits reports), the Index draws on anonymized, actual benefits enrollment data pulled from the BENEFITFOCUS Platform. The Index examines consumers’ spending decisions specific to voluntary benefits, defined for the purposes of the Index as those non-medical benefits offered through an employer but paid for partially or solely by the consumer. These benefits span across three product categories—health (e.g., dental, vision or health advocacy), wealth (e.g., life insurance or health spending accounts) and lifestyle (e.g., identity theft protection or pet insurance). Each benefits category in the Index is scored on a scale from 0 to 100 (with an aggregate score range of 0-300), reflecting the average spend by a consumer in these categories relative to their peer group. Scores can fall in one of three ranges that approximate optimal and sub-optimal coverage based on how similar or dissimilar an individual’s coverage is to their peer group.Marketing Technology News: DemandBlue launches DemandBlue Labs, a Salesforce Innovation Org for its Customers“Our goal is to use our massive data intelligence to drive greater awareness of the benefits purchasing habits of working Americans,” said Jennifer Clark, Director of Artificial Intelligence Strategy at Benefitfocus. “For employers, this data set may help them optimize their benefits offerings based on their employee demographics. For consumers, the Index sheds much-needed light into purchasing habits and may lead to a better understanding of what makes sense for individuals based on their salary, age, etc. – which are constantly changing. The Index provides a framework to refer to when considering coverage and life transitions.”Marketing Technology News: Tappx launches App-ads-txt.com to Drive Adoption for App-ads.txt First-of-its-Kind Consumer Benefits Coverage Index Illustrates Benefits Spending Patterns Across US PRNewswireApril 23, 2019, 4:03 pmApril 23, 2019 Artificial IntelligenceBenefitfocusBENEFITFOCUS PlatformBenefits Coverage IndexMarketing TechnologyNewsRay August Previous ArticleFishbowl, Inc. Names New Chief Revenue OfficerNext ArticleGlocally and Storied Partner to Develop Digital Ad Units Distributing Local Social Contentlast_img read more

FurtherMore campaign aims to counter radio silence in metastatic breast cancer patients

first_img More moments More milestones More memories The resulting MBC Radio Silence report, initiated and funded by Eisai, highlights that many women with advanced breast cancer feel isolated, nervous and alone. In addition, there is a growing need for HCPs to manage both the physical and emotional aspects associated with the disease.The report outlines the following call-to-action points identified to improve the management and experience of people with MBC. There is a need to have:Improved public awareness of MBC as a distinct diseaseThere is a need for public education that living with MBC is very different from living with early-stage breast cancer, as it is a disease that can be controlled but currently cannot be cured – this will help prepare patients as well as educate family members, employers, policy makers and wider society as to the nature of the disease.Related StoriesLiving with advanced breast cancerMetastatic breast cancer patients feel isolated and need more support from HCPs, report revealsMore tailored support for the unique needs of people with MBCThere is a huge discrepancy between information and support currently delivered to women with early disease and those with MBC. Information needs to be streamlined and tailored to women who are facing a terminal diagnosis and there needs to be improved access to social support, to help them make informed decisions and make the most of the remaining time.Greater focus on providing routine access to multidisciplinary teams from the point of diagnosisIntegrated care needs to be delivered to MBC patients upon diagnosis using multidisciplinary teams. This should include a variety of specialists including psychologists, palliative care specialists and MBC specialist nurses, to ensure that oncologists have support in delivering tailored continuity of care through to end of life and the isolation experienced by patients is minimised.The FurtherMore campaign – countering radio silenceTo coincide with Eisai’s MBC Radio Silence report, a new campaign called FurtherMore has been launched by Eisai with advice from pan-European and national patient associations.The FurtherMore campaign showcases the lives of women with MBC across the world through real and personal experiences. Many of these women have found something unexpected from their diagnosis; something universal; a deeper sense of meaning in their lives and their hopes for living as long as possible. FurtherMore explores MBC through these unique and powerful stories, and celebrates what can be achieved when people with this diagnosis get the support they need to live their life to the full.Find out more about FurtherMore at www.furthermore.life.The FurtherMore campaign now calls on people with MBC and their families, to share their own unique and inspiring stories via social media with #FurtherMore and #MBC, and celebrate how they are living their lives with: An MBC patient survey was distributed via patient advocacy groups and through HealthUnlocked between 12–28 August 2018 and had 171 responses from four European countries (France, Italy, Spain, and UK) and Russia. A healthcare professional (HCP) survey was distributed via SERMO between 12–24 August 2018 and had 82 responses from four European countries (France, Italy, Spain and UK). Eisai received advice from the following patient advocates and HCPs to provide insights into the survey findings and agreed a call-to-action to address the unmet patient and HCP needs in MBC: Professor John Crown, Consultant Medical Oncologist, St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland • Dr Alexia Bertuzzi, Consultant Medical Oncologist, Humanitas Research Hospital IRCCS, Milan, Italy Dr Ana Casas, President & Founder, Fundación Actitud frente al Cáncer, Spain; Medical Oncologist, Virgen del Rocío University Hospital, Seville, Spain Elisabetta Veneziani Santonio, Adolescents and Young Adults (AYA) Collaborator, AYA project, Cancer Center Istituto Clinico Humanitas in Milan, Italy Jean Robinson, advanced breast cancer patient, UK Andrea Cannon, Breast Care Nurse Consultant, Think Pink Foundation, Australia The hope is that, through these stories, we will raise awareness of MBC, and empower all people affected by the disease to go further in sharing information with their HCP about how they truly wish to live out the remainder of their lives.The FurtherMore campaign was initiated and funded by Eisai Europe Ltd. as a service to support people living with MBC. Eisai is dedicated to their corporate human health care (hhc) mission, which is giving first thought to patients and their families, and to increasing the benefits health care provides.Source: https://www.eisai.com/ Nov 22 2018Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Metastatic breast cancer (MBC) survival time has doubled in the last few decades in some countries. However, the fight doesn’t stop there. People diagnosed with MBC, also known as advanced breast cancer, want to enjoy the extra moments and create more memories with the extra time they have.To understand challenges currently faced by people with MBC and the doctors that care for them, two surveys were funded and initiated by Eisai Europe Ltd.:last_img read more

Raising transparency in the online advertising ecosystem

TYPES also developed Data Broker, a privacy-by-design advertising and marketing solution. Araujo says that it “helps end users to share and benefit from their data in the digital advertising ecosystem.”Products to boost business and protect privacy and personal dataSome solutions are ready to hit the market, while others are well on their way. The corporate web browser plug-in is being commercialised for SMEs. One of the project partners, a digital agency, will offer the open-source version to its customers.The subsidiary of a global security services company is expected to introduce the network proxy tool to its client base. “This is a huge success for the project and the potential it can offer, because the company has a portfolio of several dozen companies who purchase solutions for improving their users’ web experience,” says Araujo.The web survey tool is freely available on the project website. Several partners intend to offer the Web Portal as a public service, aimed at maintaining transparency and creating awareness among citizens of personal data’s value.There are plans to apply for public research funds to maintain the Facebook Data Valuation tool, which informs Facebook users in real time about the money they’re generating for the social networking website. It’s the only product of its kind in the marketplace. A patent has also been issued for the Data Broker algorithms.”Key market players and national organisations from the advertisement sector have expressed concern about the impact the project will have on established business models,” says Araujo. “Despite this, there’s a certain underlying realisation that something needs to be done regarding transparency, and that the EU’s new legislative framework for data privacy that comes into force in 2018 will make tools not only relevant, but needed.””The rise of the digital economy must not need be equated with a loss to our privacy, even more when it is a fact unprecedented in history that minors have become major users of the services provided. The existence of parental controls is not enough to protect them when it comes, for example, to sharing their location in real-time,” says Azcorra. “IMDEA Networks will continue work about the online advertising ecosystem in the context of the recently launched “MyBubble” initiative in collaboration with University Carlos III of Madrid and the MIT. MyBubble focusses on the personalization filter, the so-called “filter bubble” generated by online services on the basis of our preferences and interests, and how it influences the information we access.” Provided by IMDEA Networks Institute The explosion of online advertising is raising serious data privacy concerns. Credit: @IMDEA Networks Institute 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. Explore further Advertisers track users when they are online by shadowing them as they browse websites, perform web searches or watch movies. Tracking companies build a profile of each user based on such activities.Collecting and processing personal data and then offering it to interested parties often means maintaining a balance between sustaining the many gains the industry brings and concerns over the privacy of internet users. The TYPES project “protects individuals’ privacy while empowering them to control how their data is used by service providers for advertising purposes,” says Rosa Araujo, from Eurecat (Barcelona, Spain), project coordinator. “By raising end user trust and advertiser transparency, all stakeholders of the advertising ecosystem stand to benefit.”Arturo Azcorra, director of IMDEA Networks Institute (Madrid, Spain), one of 10 consortium members that have collaborated in the project, says, “TYPES has created solutions that protect user’s privacy while empowering them to control how their data is used by service providers for advertising purposes. At the same time, TYPES has raised awareness about the need to take decisive action to protect users’ online rights and to ensure that the use of personal data, if and when it happens, is transparent and entails a reasonable value added to users.”TYPES has created tools designed to support the idea of a healthier, more transparent and thriving online advertising sector. This suite of tools enables users to “better understand how their personal data is used online, ultimately building a strong foundation on which both industry and they can thrive,” says Araujo.The web browser plug-in (available in corporate and open-source versions) and network proxy tools detect privacy violations. Araujo explains that they allow users to “know what information is being collected and tracked by websites and advertisers, among others.”Data valuation tools estimate the value that the online advertising market or users associate with data that is mostly unknown and particularly difficult to assess. Software includes the Web Survey tool, Data Valuation Web Portal, YouTube Video Valuation tool and the Facebook Data Valuation tool. “Divulging such information would be beneficial for both end users and the online advertising industry,” notes Araujo. The online advertising business, led by companies like Google or Facebook, generated over $200 billion revenue in 2017, with an interanual growth over 15 percent. This online advertising explosion is raising serious data privacy concerns. Citation: Raising transparency in the online advertising ecosystem (2018, March 19) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-transparency-online-advertising-ecosystem.html New tool to show advertising revenue generated by each Facebook user read more

Wave of worries takes shine off Paris Motor Show

first_img‘Frozen’Such marketing costs have also become harder to justify as carmakers invest billions in autonomous driving and electric motors, even as the outlook for sales darkens.Dudenhoffer is expecting global sales to fall 1.4 percent next year, with declines of 4 percent in the US and China.But the more immediate worry for European manufacturers is Brexit and the possibility of new duties between Britain and the continent.”Today we’re in a situation where everybody’s frozen, we’re all waiting to see what’s going to happen,” said Carlos Ghosn, head of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance.”I don’t think that there’s any carmaker who’s not prepared for the worst. We don’t like it but we’re prepared,” he added. © 2018 AFP From Brexit and transatlantic trade tensions to the challenges posed by China and electric vehicles, executives see plenty of reasons to worry.”Making forecasts is becoming more and more difficult,” BMW’s chief Harald Kruger told journalists. “Profitability is obviously under pressure.”It was enough to keep plenty of key players at home: Ford, Fiat-Chrysler, Nissan, VW and Mazda were among the notable absences at this year’s show.Faced with the reluctance of some industry giants to spend millions of euros on marketing, organisers responded by cutting back the show’s length to 11 days from 16.And in a bid to attract crowds who can just as easily compare models on the internet, they set up test tracks where visitors can take electric scooters and bikes for a spin.The show also teamed up with CES Las Vegas, the huge consumer electronics fair, to host dozens of tech start-ups eager to turn cars into the internet-connected “mobility solutions” of tomorrow.But some analysts say such changes aren’t enough, citing a similar absence of major carmakers at the industry’s other top shows in Detroit, Geneva or Frankfurt in recent years.”The concept needs to be redone from scratch—up to now these shows were just for putting cars next to young girls,” said Ferdinand Dudenhoffer of Germany’s Centre for Automotive Research. Renault’s aiming the K-ZE at the Chinese market Cutting-edge concept cars and promises of self-driving “lounges” painted the picture of a bright future as the Paris Motor Show got under way Tuesday, but that’s not the message being sent by industry chiefs. BMW’s Kruger said Brexit’s effects were already being felt. “The market is shrinking, and we’re selling fewer cars,” he said, adding that he too was bracing for a “difficult situation”.Yet executives still hope a last-minute breakthrough will avoid a “hard Brexit”, similar to the deal reached over a revised Nafta following US President Donald Trump’s threat to scrap the trade pact.”Frankly, we’re very happy that we have an agreement. I can tell you that no agreement would have been much more devastating for the development of our operations in North America,” Ghosn said. Carmakers brace for shocks as electrified future looms Brexit is putting the brakes on the car industry’s outlook 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 stuff of dreams on display at the Paris show Citation: Wave of worries takes shine off Paris Motor Show (2018, October 2) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-paris-motor.html ‘Stress tests’The threats haven’t stopped carmakers from investing: BMW “will spend more money than ever, seven billion euros ($8.1 billion) on research and development this year,” mainly on electric and digital technologies, Kruger said.Both BMW and its German rival Daimler have trimmed profit forecasts for this year, not least because of charges associated with the “dieselgate” emissions cheating scandal.Strict EU limits on CO2 emissions from 2020 have contributed to plunging diesel sales, as has the prospect that many cities could start banning their use to combat smog.That has accelerated the shift to electric, along with the prospect of supplying the huge Chinese market, where officials are strongly encouraging the use of zero-emission vehicles.Renault announced this week a low-cost SUV, the K-ZE, specifically for the Chinese market.But in developed markets electric cars are still a loss-making proposition.”The amount of technology onboard is going to get bigger and bigger, and the costs higher and higher,” said PSA Group chief Carlos Tavares.He suggested that developing car-sharing systems could be a way of making them more accessible.For Maxime Lemerle, an auto specialist at the risk insurance group Euler Hermes, the wave of challenges has carmakers facing “stress tests” like those applied to banks after the 2008 financial crisis.”The question is whether they will be able to adapt to the deep changes in the automotive world,” he said.last_img read more

Silicon Valley East Google plans 1B expansion in New York

first_img © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. The news follows Seattle-based Amazon’s announcement a month ago that it would set up new headquarters in New York’s Long Island City neighborhood and in Arlington, Virginia, creating upwards of 25,000 jobs in each location. This artist rendering provided by COOKFOX architects shows a building conceived by COOKFOX architects at 550 Washington Street to house an expansion by Google on Manhattan’s west side at the site of the former St. John’s Terminal. It’s part of a new office complex Google said Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, it was spending more than $1 billion to build, allowing the internet search giant to double the number of people it employs there. (Oxford Properties/COOKFOX Architects via AP) In this Dec. 4, 2017, file photo, people walk by Google offices in New York. Google is spending more than $1 billion to expand operations in New York City. Ruth Porat, senior vice president and chief financial officer at Google and Alphabet, said in a blog post Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, that Google is creating a more than 1.7 million square-foot campus that includes lease agreements along the Hudson River in lower Manhattan. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) “New Yorkers consider themselves to be more in tune with the reality of life in U.S. urban centers and believe this helps them innovate products and services that are more closely aligned with the needs of the average American,” he said. Citation: Silicon Valley East: Google plans $1B expansion in New York (2018, December 18) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-12-silicon-valley-east-google-1b.html People walk by a building that has been chosen by Google as part of its expansion plans, Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in New York. Google is spending more than $1 billion on a new campus along the Hudson River that will allow it to double the number of people it already employs here. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) This artist rendering provided by COOKFOX architects shows a building conceived by COOKFOX architects at 550 Washington Street to house an expansion by Google on Manhattan’s west side at the site of the former St. John’s Terminal. It’s part of a new office complex Google said Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, it was spending more than $1 billion to build, allowing the internet search giant to double the number of people it employs there. (Oxford Properties/COOKFOX Architects via AP) Silicon Valley is becoming Silicon Nation. But it’s not just the East Coast that is benefiting from the expansion. Apple, based in Cupertino, California, said last week that it plans to build a $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas, that will create at least 5,000 jobs.Even as it looks elsewhere, Google is still buying offices and drawing up plans to construct new campuses near its headquarters, as it tries to build upon its success in internet search, email, web browsers, digital mapping, online video and smartphone software to make money in other markets such as health care and internet-connected homes.The company recently agreed to pay more than $100 million for a swath of land in downtown San Jose, California, for a big new campus that will include employee housing. 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. People walk by a building that has been chosen by Google as part of its expansion plans, Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in New York. Google is spending more than $1 billion on a new campus along the Hudson River that will allow it to double the number of people it already employs here. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) Google joins tech move east, to invest $1 bn in New York campus Explore further Google, based in Mountain View, California, will fashion a complex of more than 1.7 million square feet along the Hudson River in the city’s West Village neighborhood, Ruth Porat, senior vice president and chief financial officer, said in a blog post.Google opened its first office in New York nearly 20 years ago and now employs 7,000 people in the city. Its footprint is expanding rapidly. Google said earlier this year that it would buy the Chelsea Market building for $2.4 billion and planned to lease more space at Pier 57, both along the Hudson about a mile north of the newly announced complex.Porat telegraphed Google’s plans to double down in New York a month ago during a technology conference.”Not everybody—big surprise—wants to live in Silicon Valley, so we want to make sure we have the opportunity to build vibrant centers across the country,” she said. Microsoft likewise is overhauling its headquarters in Redmond, Washington, with an 18-building construction project that will make room for an additional 8,000 workers. It currently employs about 47,000 in the area.But the competition for programmers is driving salaries higher, which in turn is catapulting the average prices of homes in many parts of the San Francisco Bay Area above $1 million. Many high-tech workers are choosing to live elsewhere, forcing major tech companies to look in new places for the employees they need.Google hopes to move into the new campus by 2020. Porat said that the company’s most recent investments give it the ability to more than double the number of Google employees in New York over the next 10 years.Tech companies see New York as a way to gain a new perspective, one that is different from that of Silicon Valley, which can be seen as an “out-of-touch echo chamber,” Bartels said. This artist rendering provided by COOKFOX architects shows a building conceived by COOKFOX architects at 550 Washington Street to house an expansion by Google on Manhattan’s west side at the site of the former St. John’s Terminal. It’s part of a new office complex Google said Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, it was spending more than $1 billion to build, allowing the internet search giant to double the number of people it employs there. (Oxford Properties/COOKFOX Architects via AP) A building, right, that has been chosen by Google as part of its expansion plans is near a graffiti-covered wall, Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in New York. Google is spending more than $1 billion on a new campus along the Hudson River that will allow it to double the number of people it already employs here. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) Google announced Monday it will spend more than $1 billion to build a new office complex in New York City that will allow the internet search giant to double the number of people it employs there.It is the tech industry’s latest major expansion beyond the Seattle-San Francisco Bay corridor. It follows recent steps by Amazon and Apple to set up large operations well outside their home turf.Tech companies are “coming to the realization that the Bay Area, which has traditionally been the major center of tech activity in the U.S., is getting expensive and crowded,” said Andrew Bartels, principal analyst at Forrester Research.”A lot of vendors are coming to the realization that ‘We can probably find top talent elsewhere at a more affordable costs, and perhaps a better style of life for employees who may be struggling to make ends meet.'”The Northeast is attractive because of its large concentration of highly educated young people. New York in particular also offers proximity to Wall Street and already has the second-biggest concentration of tech startups behind the Bay Area and a large base of tech employees, Bartels said. Facebook, based in Menlo Park, California, has over 2,000 employees in New York. A building, right, that has been chosen by Google as part of its expansion plans is near a graffiti-covered wall, Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in New York. Google is spending more than $1 billion on a new campus along the Hudson River that will allow it to double the number of people it already employs here. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) A security camera is mounted on a wall near a building, center, that has been chosen by Google as part of its expansion plans, Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in New York. Google is spending more than $1 billion on a new campus along the Hudson River that will allow it to double the number of people it already employs here. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)last_img read more

New York Is Overrun by Rats Yet We Know Almost Nothing About

first_imgRats! They eat our food, chew through our property and spread all sorts of nasty diseases. And they are gross (right?), with those naked tails and quick, unpredictable movements. Rats invade our homes — our castles! — the one place where we should be safe and in control. Over the millennia that we have lived with them, rats have proven themselves virtually impossible to expunge. They are so adaptable that they can exploit and infest virtually every corner of our cities. They avoid traps and poisons and reproduce at such a staggering rate that extermination attempts usually end up being a game of whack-a-mole… or, rather, whack-a-rat. Is it any wonder that many cities seem to be plagued by rats? Or do the cities themselves bear some responsibility for their rat problems? This is what I have been exploring over the past 10 years as a wildlife and public health researcher with the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative and the University of British Columbia.These Sharks Were Too Busy to Notice a Bigger Predator Watching ThemThe unexpected twist at the end of this feeding frenzy delighted scientists.Credit: NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Windows to the Deep 2019Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really Loud00:35关闭选项Automated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65936-new-york-city-rats-and-humans.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0002:2802:28  Challenges of managing urban rodents For the most part, when it comes to dealing with rats, cities have it all wrong. For example, rat-related issues are addressed using a hodgepodge of unrelated policy and programming. At best, municipal leadership is highly fragmented; at worst, it’s absent altogether. Municipal governments may address rat infestations that occur on public properties or in buildings scheduled for demolition. Local health authorities may address infestations in food establishments or where there is a demonstrated health risk. For the most part, people are left to fend for themselves. Another problem is that we know very little about urban rats. There is simply not enough information about them to answer even the most basic questions like: How many rats are there? Where do they live? Why are they there? Is the problem getting worse? Despite this lack of knowledge, cities are often willing to invest tremendous amounts of time and resources into pest control interventions, such as New York City’s $32 million “war on rats.” It means that cities have no metric to determine the return on their investments, because without knowing what the rat problem looked like beforehand, there is no way of knowing whether an intervention made the problem any better. The cohabiting solution The key to solving this problem may lie in simply changing our perspective. Rather than viewing the city as a place entirely under human control that’s being invaded by rats, we need to recognize that the city is an ecosystem and that rats live here too. This does not mean that we should love rats, nor does it mean that we need to leave them alone. Rather, it shifts the focus to managing the ecosystem of which rats are a part, rather than focusing on the rats themselves. Once we recognize that we are managing a system, it becomes clear that leadership and strategic planning are critical. The very concept of a system is that the whole is more than the sum of its parts; this is the antithesis of the reductionist approach that we’re accustomed to that deals with infestations on a case-by-case basis. Instead, we need to understand the urban ecosystem, just like we would if we were trying to manage polar bear populations in the Arctic or elephant populations on the savanna. This means substantive, long-term investments in collecting data on rat populations and the specific conditions that support them, as well as the impact of any implemented interventions. It also means understanding the interface between rats and humans. For the majority of urban centres, rats pose a relatively minor threat to people. The threats are certainly not in proportion to the amount of negative attention rats receive. This means we need to understand why we find rats so disturbing, and what can be done to reduce that fear. Urban ecologies An ecosystem lens also directs us to look at areas of vulnerability and resilience within the system. When it comes to rats, our homes are the most obvious place of vulnerability, where the relationship between rats and people is least acceptable. However, private residences are often the areas most ignored by municipal powers. Also, rats and rat-related issues disproportionately affect impoverished, inner-city neighbourhoods, and residents of these neighbourhoods are particularly vulnerable to the physical and mental health impacts of living with rats. By identifying and focusing on these highly vulnerable scenarios, cities can start to make meaningful changes in how we perceive and deal with rats. This is not to say the rest of the urban landscape should be ignored. Rather, the identification of particular areas of vulnerability needs to take place within a larger framework that uses ecosystem-based principles to address rats specifically. Examples include changing the way that garbage cans are designed and enacting tougher bylaws that enshrine the right to live in a healthy and rat-free environment. These sorts of policies and programs that increase the resilience of the system have the potential to curtail the physical and psychological damage done by rats. The result is that co-existence with rats will come to seem no more unthinkable than our co-existence with, for instance, squirrels. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedVikings: Free Online GameUndoMarie Claire | HanacureMeet The Beauty Equivalent To TIME’s Person Of The Year AwardMarie Claire | HanacureUndoPrimeSolarQuotesCalifornia Signs Solar Law Helping Homeowners Save Hundreds A Month.PrimeSolarQuotesUndoDr. Marty Nature's Feast Freeze-Dried RAW Cat Food3 Signs Something’s Wrong Inside Your Cat’s BodyDr. Marty Nature’s Feast Freeze-Dried RAW Cat FoodUndoClassmatesSearch For Any High School Yearbook, It’s Free.ClassmatesUndoAncestryThe Story Behind Your Last Name Will Surprise YouAncestryUndo Chelsea Himsworth, Regional Director for the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative, University of British Columbialast_img read more

Cyclone Fani leaves 12 dead in Odisha relief work underwayCyclone Fani leaves

first_imgcyclones Cyclone Fani: Flight operations resume at Kolkata, Bhubaneswar SHARE SHARE EMAIL Over ₹ 1,000 cr released for states affected by cyclone ‘Fani’: PM Modi Cyclone Fani kills 14, injures 63 in Bangladesh: report SHARE RELATED May 04, 2019center_img Published on A day after the “rarest of rare” summer cyclone Fani ravaged parts of Odisha, killing at least 12 people, a massive restoration-and-relief work was launched on war-footing on Saturday across 10,000 villages and urban areas, officials said. The extremely severe cyclonic storm, which made landfall at Puri on Friday, unleashed copious rain and windstorm that gusted up to 200 kmph, blowing away thatched roofs of houses, swamping towns and villages, before weakening and entering West Bengal, they said. Around 2,000 emergency workers, along with civil society organisations, personnel of the NDRF, the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) and one lakh officials, were engaged in the restoration work, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said in a statement, before leaving for an aerial survey of the affected areas. The death toll due to the calamity, which stood at eight on Friday, mounted to 12 with four fresh casualties reported from Mayurbhanj district, the officials said, adding that detailed information from many areas was still awaited.All the four people were killed after uprooted trees fell on them at different places in Baripada, the emergency officer of Mayurbhanj district, S K Pati, said.“This is a rarest of rare summer cyclone…. The first such to hit Odisha in 43 years and one of the three to hit the state in the last 150 years,” Patnaik said.Assurance from PMPrime Minister Narendra Modi, who, spoke to Patnaik and discussed the prevailing situation in the aftermath of Fani’s landfall, is likely to visit the affected areas either on Sunday or Monday, CMO sources said.The prime minister has assured continuous support from the Centre.“Spoke to Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik Ji and discussed the situation prevailing due to Cyclone Fani. Assured continuous support from the Central Government … The entire nation stands in solidarity with all those affected by the cyclone in different parts,” Modi said in a tweet.Extensive damageThe districts of Puri and Khurda were the worst-affected, the chief minister said, adding that Cuttack, Bhadrak, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Dhenkanal and Nayagarh were also hit by the cyclone.“In Puri and parts of Khurda, where the electricity infrastructure has totally been devastated, we have the challenge of having to set up the entire electrification afresh,” Patnaik said. Though the “extremely severe” cyclone weakened into a “very severe” cyclonic storm in a few hours, it flattened houses with thatched roofs and kutcha houses, uprooted scores of trees, electric poles and mobile towers in coastal Odisha.Hundreds of engineers and technicians were working to restore power supply, the officials said.Work was on to restore road communication, thrown into disarray with thousands of uprooted trees blocking the way at innumerable places, Patnaik said.Relief and rescue operationsThe men and machinery of the NDRF, the ODRAF and the fire services swung into action and launched a massive restoration work to bring back normalcy, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) B P Sethi said.“For me and my government, every life is precious and we have worked with that goal. I would like to thank from the bottom of my heart all the volunteers, panchayati raj institution (PRI) members, officials and staff who worked tirelessly and selflessly to get around 12 lakh people to safety,” Patnaik said.State Energy Secretary Hemanth Sharma said around 30 lakh power consumers were affected by the cyclone, which threw the electricity distribution infrastructure out of gear in most coastal districts.The restoration work was on in full swing, he added.Over 10,000 electric poles were uprooted or broken in Bhubaneswar, he said, adding that efforts were on to restore power supply in 25 per cent crucial sectors such as the airport, the railway station and hospitals.Another 25 per cent work would be completed on Sunday and efforts were on to restore complete normalcy at the earliest, Sharma said.The power network has been severely damaged in districts such as Puri, Khurda, Ganjam, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara and Balasore.The Quick Action Team (QRT) of the premier naval training establishment, INS Chilka, was immediately deployed to provide emergency assistance in cutting and clearing trees in some areas, said an official.A naval Dornier aircraft carried out an aerial survey and found extensive damage to vegetation at many places around Puri.Large-scale inundation was observed at many places, particularly in the low-lying areas between Puri and the Chilka lake, the official said.The chief minister said nearly 12 lakh people were evacuated and shifted to safer locations from about 10,000 villages and 52 urban agglomerations, 24 hours ahead of the cyclone, “probably the largest such exercise at the time of a natural calamity in the country“.The evacuees were accommodated in over 4,000 shelters, including 880 specially-designed cyclone centres, he added. COMMENT Orissa A damaged fuel station after Cyclone Fani hit Puri in Odisha on May 3, 2019.   –  REUTERS COMMENTSlast_img read more