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first_imgApril 3, 2004It rained all night and continues through the day, a rare occasion here at Arcosanti. [Photo: Yuki & Text: sa] The Civil Engineering students from Osaka go over their drawings, to wait out the rain to continue their surveying. [Photo & Text: sa] For rainy day activity the work-shoppers help in the foundry. [Photo & Text: sa] For rainy day activity the work-shoppers help in the foundry. [Photo & Text: sa]It rained all night and continues through the day, a rare occasion here at Arcosanti. [Photo: Yuki & Text: sa] The parched desert breathes an almost audible sigh of relief. [Photo & Text: sa]last_img

Over seven in 10 French internet users now use cat

first_imgOver seven in 10 French internet users now use catch-up TV services – 72% in 2014 as against 69% in 2013 – consuming 311 million videos a month last year against 207 million in 2013, according to a study by media regulator the CSA.However, the current model of advertising support for catch-up may be unsustainable, with a pay TV option offering a possible way forward, according to the regulator.Over 15,300 hours of free-to-air content were available on French catch-up services at the end of last year, up 9% on 2013.About half the available catalogue content available – 47% – was drama, followed by documentaries – 27% – animation – 26% and movies – 1% – according to the CSA.Pay TV providers made content from about 70 channels available on catch-up, while Canal+ and OCS made movies and series available for up to one month after their initial airing.Catch-up TV drove online TV growth of 40% last year, with the proportion of linear TV online falling relative to the total. Catch-up now accounts for 86% of video consumption online.TV sets now account for 38% of catch-up viewing, with computers accounting for 40% and mobiles and tablets for 22%.The CSA noted that broadcasters face challenges in making money from catch-up services, with the bulk of revenues coming from advertising. However, problems including a lack of a unified measurement system, downward pressure on prices and a limited additional inventory. Internet service providers, meanwhile, are under pressure to recover some of the costs of distribution the CSA noted.The CSA said that the current economic model for services is probably unsustainable in the longer term, delivering lower growth than hoped for in the face of competition from YouTube and other services and demands from ISPs for a slice of the available advertising revenue. It also found that a model whereby broadcasters bypassed ISPs’ boxes and delivered a ‘pure OTT’ service would be destructive of value.The CSA suggested that a pay model, while difficult to execute and facing a number of commercial, technical and regulatory challenges, could have advantages for free-to-air commercial players. It suggested that a partnership with ISPs to deliver a segmented on-demand offering, including low-cost catch-up, could provide one way forward.last_img read more

Facebook is focusing its video efforts by triallin

first_imgFacebook is focusing its video efforts by trialling a new section designed to help people discover, watch and share videos on the service.The dedicated video destination marks Facebook’s latest attempt to take on the likes of YouTube and will let viewers watch videos from friends, pages they follow and other video publishers on Facebook.The new section will also give access to ‘saved videos’ – another new feature that Facebook is testing that lets users click a save button to watch videos later.Facebook said it is initially testing the feature with “a small number of people” and that it will be accessible via a ‘Videos’ icon at the bottom of the Facebook app on iPhone or in the ‘Favorites’ section on the left-hand side of News Feed on the web.The introduction of a video section on Facebook follows a recent suggested video trial for iPhone users, designed to make it easy for users to discover multiple related videos in a row after tapping a video from the News Feed.“While we’re still in the early days of testing, we’re pleased with initial results, which show that people who have suggested videos are discovering and watching more new videos,” said Facebook vice-president of product management, Will Cathcart.“We’ve now rolled out suggested videos to most people on iPhone globally, and are starting to test ads within the experience. We are also starting to test this on the web, and plan to test on Android phones in the coming months.”In an update about new video experiences on Facebook, the social network said it has also been working on a number of features to help publishers to better manage and control their videos on the site.“We recently began testing new video matching technology with a set of partners, with the long-term goal of providing a comprehensive video management system for creators,” said Cathcart.“We’ve also rolled out new video tools for Pages — like updates to Page Insights and video upload improvements — to help video publishers grow their businesses on Facebook.”Other recent video developments at Facebook include the rollout of 360-degree immersive video support in September. A month earlier, the company announced that public figures on the site can share live video with their fans on the site – a feature that has been used by celebrities like actor Vin Diesel and tennis player Serena Williams.In September 2014 Facebook said that for months it had been averaging more than 1 billion video views on the service each day. Cathcart said that since then video “has continued to grow on Facebook” and has become “an integral part of how people around the world discover, watch and share videos they care about every day”.This summer, a report by research firm Ampere Analysis said that Facebook is making a “serious play” for content owners and looks poised to take on YouTube’s dominance in video. It said that video views are “rocketing” and trials with content owners like NFL and Fox Sports “suggest it’s primed to become a plausible alternative to YouTube.”last_img read more

ANIMAL SANCTUARY RESCUES BREXIT THE DEATH ROW DE

first_imgANIMAL SANCTUARY RESCUES ‘BREXIT’ THE DEATH ROW DERRY DONKEY was last modified: April 21st, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet AN animal sanctuary in Donegal has come to the aid of a donkey on death row and renamed it Brexit! ANIMAL SANCTUARY RESCUES ‘BREXIT’ THE DEATH ROW DERRY DONKEYDANNY CURRANDEPUTY DISTRICT JUDGE BRIAN ARCHERDERRY COURTDONEGAL DONKEY SANCTUARYraphoe,A court in Derry heard how the donkey would have to be euthanized after it was found wandering in a neglected state in Claudy.A council solicitor told Derry Magistrates Court how the owner of the animal could not be found.Deputy District Judge Brian Archer said the court would allow Derry and Strabane District Council to put the animal to sleep. However, Danny Curran of the Donegal Donkey Sanctuary in Raphoe said he would not stand by and watch the donkey put down.Danny and his team currently home more than 70 donkeys, many of whom have been abandoned and neglected.Derry Magistrates Court now has 14 days to find the owner of the donkey which is under the supervision of vets at Derry and Strabane Council.But Danny and his team have already been in touch with Derry and Strabane Council to organise a cross-border handover of the donkey if an owner cannot be found. A court in Derry heard how the donkey would have to be euthanized after it was found wandering in a neglected state in Claudy.A council solicitor told Derry Magistrates Court how the owner of the animal could not be found.Deputy District Judge Brian Archer said the court would allow Derry and Strabane District Council to put the animal to sleep. However, Danny Curran of the Donegal Donkey Sanctuary in Raphoe said he would not stand by and watch the donkey put down.Danny and his team currently home more than 70 donkeys, many of whom have been abandoned and neglected.Derry Magistrates Court now has 14 days to find the owner of the donkey which is under the supervision of vets at Derry and Strabane Council.But Danny and his team have already been in touch with Derry and Strabane Council to organise a cross-border handover of the donkey if an owner cannot be found. He said he also plans to name the donkey ‘Brexit’ in honour of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.“I think it’s nice that we can do this small thing for the UK before the leave the European Union. I was thinking of calling it Theresa Nay but that would be too cruel,” he laughed.He added “On a more serious note, we are willing to take the donkey into our care. We will never stand by and watch a donkey put to sleep when we can step in and try to help it.“Many of the donkeys who come to us are in a very neglected state but we manage to get them back to a god state of health to live out their days here with us in Raphoe.” He said he also plans to name the donkey ‘Brexit’ in honour of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.“I think it’s nice that we can do this small thing for the UK before the leave the European Union. I was thinking of calling it Theresa Nay but that would be too cruel,” he laughed.He added “On a more serious note, we are willing to take the donkey into our care. We will never stand by and watch a donkey put to sleep when we can step in and try to help it.“Many of the donkeys who come to us are in a very neglected state but we manage to get them back to a god state of health to live out their days here with us in Raphoe.”last_img read more

The Easiest First Step Its crucial to place some

first_img The Easiest First Step It’s crucial to place some of your savings beyond the easy reach of your home government. It keeps that government from trapping your money if and when it implements capital controls or outright asset seizures. Any government can do either without warning. The ultimate way to diversify your savings is to transfer it out of the immediate reach of your home government and into something tangible. Something that cannot be easily confiscated, nationalized, frozen, or devalued at the drop of a hat or with a couple of taps on the keyboard—while retaining as much privacy as legally possible. Something whose value is recognized around the world and is not controlled by any government. Gold (and silver) fit the bill perfectly. There is nothing particularly American, Chinese, Russian, or European about gold. Different civilizations have used it as money for millennia. It’s always been an inherently international asset. Buying gold is perhaps the easiest step you can take towards diversifying your savings. When you buy gold, you trade in paper money—which the government can devalue and confiscate at will—for a hard asset that’s been a stable store of value for thousands of years. Gold is universally valued. Its worth doesn’t depend on any government. In other words, simply buying gold is the easiest way to lessen the political risk to your savings. Freedom Insurance Somehow, someway, your home government will keep squeezing your pocketbook harder. It will keep subjecting you to escalating, arbitrary, and burdensome regulations and restrictions. Expect more government and less freedom all around. With each passing week, the window to protect your personal and financial freedom closes a bit more. Fortunately, you don’t need to be hostage to a desperate and out-of-control government. International diversification is a time-tested route to freedom. Wealthy people around the world have used it for centuries to effectively protect their money and their families. Buying gold is an important first step. Regards, — Less than 10 people in the world know about this True breakthroughs rarely happen in the world of market trading… But this is one of them. Developed in secrecy over five years, it’s a never-before-seen indicator of short-term stock profit opportunities. Only a handful of people know about this data-proven 93.5%-accurate way of picking future market wins… But now we’re throwing back the veil on it — so that YOU can get rich. Discover it now by clicking here. Justin’s note: As longtime readers know, owning gold for the long term is one of our core recommendations here at Casey Research. And it’s now more important than ever. That’s because every day, the window to protect your personal and financial freedom closes a bit more. Today, we’re handing the reins to Crisis Investing editor Nick Giambruno to explain why… By Nick Giambruno, editor, Crisis Investing It’s predictable… A government in need of cash will turn to destructive “solutions.” Money printing, higher taxes, and more regulations often come first. Unfortunately, these are just the hors d’oeuvres before a 10-course meal. As they become increasingly desperate, governments implement increasingly destructive policies. This might include capital controls, price controls, people controls, official currency devaluations, wealth confiscations, retirement account nationalizations, and more. — Nick Giambruno Editor, Crisis Investing P.S. Buying gold is where to start. But there’s much more to do… The US government gets bigger, more invasive, and more aggressive by the day. But you can take concrete steps to protect yourself from this hostile giant. That’s why New York Times best-selling author Doug Casey and I just released an urgent video that explains more about the crisis that’s about to hit America…and why it’s so important that you take action today. You can learn more right here.center_img [EXPIRES MIDNIGHT] Today is your last chance to get the top pick of one of the most successful analysts in Bill Bonner’s network… and lock in a free year of one of his most popular research services. Click here for all the details. Recommended Link The same pattern has played out again and again around the world and throughout history. The worse a government’s fiscal health gets, the more destructive its policies become. This is the root of political risk. It’s no secret that political risk is snowballing in many parts of the world. This is especially true in the US and Europe, where welfare and warfare spending continues unabated. It doesn’t matter which party is in power. But no matter where you live, international diversification can greatly reduce the threat your home government poses to your personal and financial well-being. You know the benefits of diversifying your investment portfolio. If you put all of your asset eggs in one basket, you could lose your entire portfolio if that basket breaks. The same idea applies to political risk. If your home country “breaks”—and turns to the destructive policies I just mentioned—you could lose everything. Most people have medical, life, fire, and car insurance. You hope you never have to use these policies, but you have them anyway. They give you peace of mind and protect you if and when the worst does happen. International diversification is the ultimate insurance policy against an out-of-control government. Think of it as “freedom insurance.” It frees you from absolute dependence on any one country. Achieve that freedom, and it becomes very difficult for any group of bureaucrats to control you. The results can be life-changing. Recommended Linklast_img read more

The government has announced a fresh review into p

first_imgThe government has announced a fresh review into prolonged seclusion and long-term segregation of people with learning difficulties and autistic people in hospitals, more than 70 years after concerns were first raised by civil rights campaigners.Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock announced this week that he had asked the care regulator to launch an immediate review into “the inappropriate use of prolonged seclusion and segregation” and said that some disabled people had been “treated like criminals”.His call came following a series of media investigations into conditions in privately-run assessment and treatment units (ATU), facilities that are supposed to be used for short-term care if someone with autism or learning difficulties is in crisis and community-based services cannot cope.The media reports have included allegations of widespread abuse, cruelty, physical restraint, poorly-trained staff and wrongful use of medication, as well as the frequent use of lengthy periods of solitary confinement.In a letter to the chief executive of the Care Quality Commission (CQC), Ian Trenholm, Hancock pointed to one teenager, Beth – whose case was exposed by BBC Radio Four’s File on Four – who has been kept in solitary confinement and fed through a hatch in the door in a privately-run ATU for nearly two years.Hancock said he had asked NHS England to carry out a serious incident review into Beth’s care.But he said he also wanted CQC to carry out a review into “prolonged seclusion and long-term segregation for children and adults with a mental illness, learning disability or autism in secondary care and social care settings”.The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is also set to act. It is considering which of its enforcement powers – such as launching an investigation or an inquiry – it can use “to fix the current system”.David Isaac, EHRC’s chair, said the current inpatient care system for people with learning difficulties had led to “some horrific situations at a number of assessment and treatment units where people’s fundamental human rights are being disregarded”.The children’s commissioner for England has also written to NHS England to raise concerns about Beth’s treatment, and to raise a series of questions about how many ATUs are used by NHS England, how many children they have as inpatients and their use of restraint and segregation.Anne Longfield, the commissioner, has asked for an update on the government’s Transforming Care programme, which was launched in the wake of the 2011 Winterbourne View scandal.She said: “The NHS must work with councils to be more transparent about what is going on in these units and be proactive about making sure every child receives the support and treatment they deserve.”Transforming Care aimed to “transform services so that people no longer live inappropriately in hospitals but are cared for in line with best practice, based on their individual needs, and that their wishes and those of their families are listened to and are at the heart of planning and delivering their care”.But successive governments appear to have achieved little to fulfil those aims.In 2012, a year after Winterbourne View, there were an estimated 3,400 people in NHS-funded learning disability inpatient beds.The latest figures, published last month, show 2,315 people with learning difficulties and/or autism in England are still being detained in mental health hospitals.Calls to address the scandal of people with learning difficulties living “inappropriately” in long-stay institutions date back at least as far as the 1940s – more than 70 years – to when the National Council for Civil Liberties launched a campaign against eugenicist laws that led at their peak to the institutionalisation of more than 50,000 people in long-stay hospitals.A series of scandals through the late 1960s and 1970s highlighted concerns similar to those raised by File on Four, with inquiries reporting cruel ill-treatment, inhumane and threatening behaviour towards patients (at Ely Hospital), the “harmful over-use of drugs” (Farleigh Hospital) and the use of tranquilisers and “side-rooms” – or solitary confinement facilities – at South Ockendon Hospital.Disabled activist Simone Aspis (pictured), director of the consultancy Changing Perspectives, who campaigns to free disabled people from ATUs and other institutions, welcomed the CQC review but said there needed to be a “proper root and branch review of legislation”, and that it needed to lead to “action”.She said: “It is the legislation that allows ATUs to exist and oppress and treat disabled people as inhuman and treat them like animals.“Feeding people through a hatch. What is that if not treating someone like an animal?“It is the existence of ATUs, the power entrusted within them by the state.”She said that whether the review had an impact would depend on “how much are they really going to listen to the voices of people with autism”.She pointed out that poor practice and the institutionalisation of disabled people had persisted, seven years after Winterbourne View, allowing “easy detainment of people with learning difficulties and autism”.Aspis, who is a member of EHRC’s disability advisory committee, but was speaking in a personal capacity, said she hoped EHRC would do something at a “much more fundamental level, with much more robustness” than she believed CQC would be able to.She pointed to EHRC’s draft strategic plan for 2019-22, which has as one of its “priority aims” improving the rules on “entry into detention and conditions in institutions”.Aspis said: “You can welcome [the CQC review] but is it going to say anything more than we know already?“What we need is some serious action around closing these places down.“As long as there are alternatives there, there is always an alternative to providing homes for people in the community.“So the government has to say that these places need to be shut down and that the intensive care and support needs to be provided in people’s homes.”She added: “Often people with learning difficulties end up being institutionalised because of the inadequacy of the support provided for people with learning difficulties and autism within the community.”Aspis is currently working with two disabled people who are trying to secure their release from ATUs.She said: “A lot of patients feel scared of speaking out and seeking support because they are concerned about the implications. There are a lot of disempowered people.”Dr Paul Lelliott, CQC’s deputy chief inspector of hospitals and its lead for mental health, said: “There is understandable public concern about the use of prolonged seclusion and long-term segregation on people with mental health problems, learning disabilities or autism. “It is vital that services minimise the use of all forms of restrictive practice and that providers and commissioners work together to find alternative, and less restrictive, care arrangements for people who are subject to seclusion or segregation. “Failure to do this has the potential to amount to inhuman and degrading treatment of some of the most vulnerable people in our society.“The secretary of state for health and social care has requested that the Care Quality Commission undertake a thematic review of this issue and we are now considering how we will take forward this important work.” A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

ENGLAND will hone their preparations for Rugby Lea

first_imgENGLAND will hone their preparations for Rugby League World Cup 2013 with an International Origin Game against the Exiles at The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington, on Friday June 14.The showdown against the cream of Super League’s southern hemisphere talent will be England’s only competitive fixture this year before they face Australia in the opening fixture of RLWC2013 on October 26.The International Origin matches have grown in stature and intensity since their inception in 2011 and England coach Steve McNamara believes this year’s fixture will be the biggest yet.“It’s a massive game for England and every English player who aspires to being involved in our plans for the World Cup,” said McNamara.“International Origin offers us a great opportunity to continue the progress we have experienced as a group over the last few years and take an important step towards the World Cup.“However, it’s not just about the World Cup: this is very much a fixture we will be looking to win.“There is always a lot of needle between the England and Exiles players ahead of the Origin game and I’m sure that between now and then we will see a massive hunger to be involved in this fixture from every player in Super League.“We are delighted by the choice of venue: there’s always a terrific atmosphere at The Halliwell Jones Stadium and the players all like playing there.“It’s going to be a big night for everybody and we’re really looking forward to it.”The process of appointing a coach for the Exiles in 2013 is currently ongoing and details will be confirmed over the coming months.Tickets for the 2013 International Origin Game at The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington, will go on general sale from Monday February 25.last_img read more

Microsoft Retreats in Smartphone Battle Laying Off More Than a Thousand

first_img Add to Queue Reuters This story originally appeared on Reuters Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Microsoft Register Now » Next Article –sharescenter_img 3 min read Microsoft Corp. announced more big cuts to its smartphone business on Wednesday, just two years after it bought handset maker Nokia in an ill-fated attempt to take on market leaders Apple and Samsung.The U.S. company said it would shed up to 1,850 jobs, most of them in Finland, and write down $950 million from the business. It did not say how many employees currently work on smartphones in the group as a whole.A Finnish union representative told Reuters the cuts would essentially put an end to Microsoft’s development of new phones.”My understanding is that Windows 10 will go on as an operating system, but there will be no more phones made by Microsoft,” said Kalle Kiili, a shop steward.Microsoft said in a statement it would continue to develop the Windows 10 platform and support its Lumia smartphones, but gave no comment on whether it would develop new Windows phones. Microsoft bought Nokia’s once-dominant handset business for about $7.2 billion in 2014, but failed to turn the business around and last year announced $7.5 billion of writedowns and 7,800 job cuts.Global market share of Windows smartphones fell below 1 percent in the first quarter of 2016, according to research firm Gartner. Earlier this month, Microsoft sold its entry-level feature phones business for $350 million.The company said on Wednesday it expected to cut all 1,350 jobs at its Finnish mobile phone unit and close down a research and development site in the country. A further 500 jobs will go in other countries, it said, without giving details.”We are focusing our phone efforts where we have differentiation,” said chief executive Satya Nadella in a statement.”We will continue to innovate across devices and on our cloud services across all mobile platforms.”Nokia dominated around 40 percent of the world’s mobile phone industry in 2008 before it was eclipsed by the rise of touch-screen smartphones.As a result, Nokia and Microsoft have slashed thousands of Finnish jobs over the past decade, and the lack of substitute jobs is the main reason for the country’s current economic stagnation.”We have a very difficult situation at hand… We must quickly secure that new jobs can be found and created,” Economy Minister Olli Rehn told a news conference.Nokia, now focused on telecom network equipment, just last week said it was cutting around 1,000 jobs in Finland following its acquisition of Franco-American rival Alcatel-Lucent.(By Jussi Rosendahl and Tuomas Forsell; Editing by Mark Potter and Adrian Croft) Microsoft Retreats in Smartphone Battle, Laying Off More Than a Thousand May 25, 2016 Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Image credit: Reuters | Pichi Chuanglast_img read more

New Research Reveals More Than Half of Marketers Are Not Delivering the

first_imgVennli’s “Optimize Content Marketing Performance Through Active Audience Listening” Whitepaper, in Partnership with the Content Marketing Institute, Highlights Obstacles Marketers Face in Executing Planned StrategiesVennli, a content intelligence platform, announces the release of its “Optimize Content Marketing Performance Through Active Audience Listening” whitepaper. The whitepaper, in partnership with the Content Marketing Institute (CMI), uncovers the challenges marketers face with technology, content strategy and lack of confidence in planning new content.According to 2019 survey results, 60 percent of respondents say their organization has a documented content management strategy in place. This is in comparison to last year’s survey where only 43 percent of those surveyed had a documented strategy for managing content in place. While the increase in content strategy is positive, many marketers are unable to implement these strategies. Almost half (48 percent) of the respondents shared that their typical approach to content is “project-focused,” meaning they create content in response to internal requests, instead of in alignment with a planned strategy. In fact, only 22 percent of marketers build content around buyer personas and less than 15 percent align content to the customer journey.Marketing Technology News: Media.net Donates Code To IAB Tech Lab To Promote Open Transparent Marketplaces“It’s clear that companies know what message they want to convey to their target audiences,” said Marty Muse, CEO at Vennli. “However, what they want to say versus what their customers want to hear doesn’t always match. Incorporating solutions, like content intelligence, can confirm the right messages at the right time at the right place so that marketing teams no longer have to guess.”In addition to the inability to implement content strategies, marketers’ confidence in delivering the right content is not as strong as one would think. When asked about whether their organization is delivering the right content to the right person at the right time, 51 percent of respondents either remained neutral or disagreed. Only 10 percent of respondents felt strongly they were delivering the right content.Marketing Technology News: New Soda Study Reveals Significant Increase in Customer Personalization Budgets Despite Lag in Capabilities“What the research revealed is that today’s marketers are too busy managing content to manage content well,” said Robert Rose, chief strategy officer at CMI. “Many marketers know exactly what they want to say only because they are reacting to internal content requests from other parts of the business. But they, unfortunately, don’t know what audiences want to hear, because they haven’t implemented listening strategies to truly understand their customer’s needs.”Data for the report was collected during the months of January and February of 2019. CMI surveyed 250 marketers to learn more about their approaches to managing content. Qualified respondents were those who indicated 1) their organization takes a strategic approach to managing content and 2) they are involved with some aspect of strategic content management in their organization. Agencies and consultants were excluded.Marketing Technology News: Madison Logic Unveils New Data Cloud to Accelerate ABM for B2B Organizations Globally content marketingContent Marketing InstituteMarketing TechnologyMarty MuseNewsVennli Previous Article23% of Global Domains Targeted by Cyber-Attacks, Says MarkMonitorNext ArticleBrainshark Wins in The American Business Awards for 8th Year in a Row New Research Reveals More Than Half of Marketers Are Not Delivering the Right Content PRNewswireMay 8, 2019, 6:44 pmMay 8, 2019 last_img read more

PlaceIQ Partners with PMG to Measure RealTime Impact of InStore Holiday Foot

first_imgPlaceIQ Partners with PMG to Measure Real-Time Impact of In-Store Holiday Foot Traffic PRNewswireMay 15, 2019, 5:35 pmMay 16, 2019 PlaceIQ, the company building a new model of consumer behavior with location data and insights, announced results of a partnership with digital marketing agency PMG, which sought to better understand the real-time impact of media campaigns on in-store foot traffic during the 2018 holiday shopping season, as tested on PMG client Old Navy.PlaceIQ’s Place Visit Stream was accessed by PMG through its valued DSP partner, The Trade Desk, in order to measure true foot traffic impact and return on ad spend for all holiday campaign tactics used during the 2018 holiday season. By having near real-time access to foot traffic data in-platform, PMG was able to optimize quickly toward strategies driving the best in-store results. PMG used high-impact, rich media ad units to maximize the impact of their audience discoveries—for example, they were able to harness a secondary brand audience to drive 23% more foot traffic than the primary audience.Marketing Technology News: Uberflip Reveals Meaningful Content Experiences Positively Influence Marketing and Sales ConversionsPlaceIQ’s location-intelligence platform ingests and processes billions of movement data points from over 200MM unique anonymous devices to understand the places visited in their consumer journey. By matching this movement data with verified locations, Place Visit Stream delivers visitation metrics down to specific audiences and targeting tactics. This enables brands to match high quality, real-world visitation metrics to a wide array of key marketing applications.“PMG has many retail clients for whom we are constantly testing innovative ways to measure how online media impacts offline foot traffic,” said Caitlin Meroney,Senior Programmatic Media Manager, PMG.“The PlaceIQ/The Trade Desk integration offered PMG a unique opportunity during the critical Holiday Shopping season that allowed us to gain a real-time understanding of what tactics were driving customers.”Marketing Technology News: AB Tasty Enriches Personalization Offering With New Advanced Targeting Capabilities“PlaceIQ strives to offer brands the seamless ability to understand the real-world impact of their digital marketing investments,” said Duncan McCall, CEO, PlaceIQ. “Through our close partnership with The Trade Desk, we felt privileged to offer a valuable measurement solution to PMG and their marquee clients. By harnessing Place Visit Stream, PMG was able to test optimized media to maximize in-store foot traffic and sales potential during the holidays.”Marketing Technology News: Experience Management Leader Medallia to Acquire Customer Success Leader Strikedeck Duncan McCallMarketing TechnologyNewsOld NavyPlaceiqPMGThe Trade Desk Previous ArticleTrademarkNow Launches Trademark Clearance Tools for the MassesNext ArticleMenlo Security Hires Scott Fuselier as Chief Revenue Officer and Young-Sae Song as Chief Marketing Officerlast_img read more

Extension trial assesses benefit of switching from flash monitoring to RTCGM for

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 15 2018In follow-up to the I HART CGM study, which showed the benefit of real-time continuous glucose monitoring (RT-CGM) compared to flash monitoring for time spent in hypoglycemia among adults with type 1 diabetes at high hypoglycemia risk, researchers conducted an extension trial that assessed the effects of continuing RT-CGM or switching from flash to RT-CGM of the subsequent 8 weeks. The study design and results are published in Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics (DTT), a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers.Related StoriesObese patients with Type 1 diabetes could safely receive robotic pancreas transplantMothers with gestational diabetes transferring harmful ‘forever chemicals’ to their fetusHealthy lifestyle lowers dementia risk despite genetic predispositionMonika Reddy, Narvada Jugnee, Sinthuka Anantharaja, and Nick Oliver, Imperial College London, U.K. coauthored the study entitled “Switching from Flash Glucose Monitoring to Continuous Glucose Monitoring on Hypoglycemia in Adults with Type 1 Diabetes at High Hypoglycemia Risk: The Extension Phase of the I HART CGM Study.”The extension study included 40 adults with T1D on intensified multiple daily insulin injections and with either impaired awareness of hypoglycemia or a recent episode of severe hypoglycemia. While both RT-CGM and flash monitoring measure interstitial fluid glucose, only RT-CGM has built-in alarms to let users know of the risk of an impending hypoglycemic eventThe researchers reported a significant reduction in time in hypoglycemia among the subjects switching from flash to RT-CGM. Subjects continuing with RT-CGM for the additional 8 weeks maintained the benefits of that option related to hypoglycemia.”Patients with a history of severe hypoglycemia associated with hypoglycemia unawareness would benefit from ‘alarms and alerts,’ and thus it makes sense that using a RT-CGM would show benefit in hypoglycemia reduction in this high risk population compared to using a device without alert features like flash glucose monitoring,” says DTT Editor-in-Chief Satish Garg, MD, Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Colorado Denver (Aurora). Source:https://home.liebertpub.com/news/is-there-a-benefit-to-switching-from-flash-monitoring-to-rt-cgm-for-reducing-time-in-hypoglycemia/2446last_img read more

Almost 9000 children and teens died from opioid poisonings in over two

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Dec 31 2018Nearly 9,000 children and adolescents died from opioid poisonings with prescription and illicit drugs between 1999 and 2016 based on an analysis of national data.The death rate almost tripled over that time to nearly 1 per 100,000 based on the data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Prescription opioids were implicated in 73 percent of the deaths (6,561) and most of the deaths were unintentional (nearly 81 percent). The majority of deaths were among non-Hispanic white males but over time non-Hispanic black children accounted for a larger proportion of the deaths. The highest annual death rates during the 18 years examined in the study were among teens 15 to 19, with heroin implicated in nearly 1,900 deaths. The study relied on data from death certificates so the potential for misclassification of cause and manner of death exists. Researchers urge lawmakers, public health officials, clinicians and parents to implement protective measures to address the growing public health problem. Source:https://media.jamanetwork.com/news-item/study-details-opioid-poisoning-deaths-among-children-teens-over-two-decades/last_img read more

Judge vows to rule on Medicaid work requirements by end of March

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Mar 14 2019The federal judge who shot down a Medicaid work requirement plan last June remained deeply skeptical Thursday of the Trump administration’s renewed strategy to force enrollees to work.U.S. District Judge James Boasberg, who last year blocked Kentucky’s work requirement, heard testimony on a revised federal approval. He also had a hearing on Arkansas’ Medicaid work requirement — which took effect last July and has led to 18,000 Medicaid enrollees losing coverage.After the court hearings in Washington, Boasberg said he would rule on both states’ programs by April 1, which is when the next round of Arkansas enrollees could be kicked off the program. Kentucky plans to implement its work requirement this summer.A ruling against a work requirement would have vast repercussions in more than a dozen other states that have been approved for new work requirements in Medicaid, the federal-state health program, or are seeking them from the Trump administration.Throughout the two-hour-long hearings, Boasberg questioned Justice Department lawyer James Burnham on whether the work requirement plans approved by the Trump administration were helping to achieve Medicaid’s goal of promoting health coverage.When Burnham argued that work requirements would give people incentives to find work and improve their lives, Boasberg interjected: “That is not the purpose of Medicaid.”On Capitol Hill, Democrats grilled Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar about the work requirements. Azar testified this week before three separate committees, two in the House and one in the Senate, on the administration’s budget request for the department.Addressing the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday, Azar disputed the idea that everyone who lost Medicaid in Arkansas was now uninsured. “Only 1,000 of those 18,000 people appealed” their loss of Medicaid, he said. “Only 1,452 of those 18,000 even reapplied for Medicaid when open enrollment came again.”Azar said that “seems a fairly strong indication” that the rest of those cut from the program “got a job and insurance elsewhere.”Top health officials for the Trump administration have said getting people on Medicaid into jobs will make them healthier — which they call a key goal of the program.States can implement work requirements since Congress has given the HHS secretary permission to approve their experiments with the Medicaid program, the administration asserts.But advocates for the poor say an experiment that leaves thousands of people without coverage runs counter to Medicaid’s aim to improve access to health care.In his ruling last year, Boasberg, who was appointed by President Barack Obama, said Azar’s approval of Kentucky’s plan failed to consider whether the strategy would “help the state furnish medical assistance to its citizens, a central objective of Medicaid.” He said promoting health generally or helping someone get a job was not the point of the state-federal program created in 1965.Kentucky last year became the first state to win federal approval for its proposal requiring that certain Medicaid recipients work, go to school or fulfill community service. After Boasberg’s ruling last June, the state filed a new waiver application seeking to meet the judge’s requirements, and the Trump administration approved it.Federal officials have approved work requirement proposals in seven states — Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New Hampshire and Wisconsin. In each of those states, the requirements would apply only to people who gained Medicaid coverage under the expansion promoted by the Affordable Care Act. Ten other states — Alabama, Kansas, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah and Virginia — also have requested approval. Some of those states have not expanded Medicaid and are seeking to add work requirements to their regular programs.Related StoriesExperts release scientific statement on predicting survival for cardiac arrest survivorsJohns Hopkins experts release digital health roadmapGender inequality bad for everyone’s health finds researchKentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, a Republican, has threatened to scrap the Medicaid expansion unless his state is allowed to proceed with the new rules, a move that would cause the more than 400,000 new enrollees to lose their coverage. He said the work requirement will help move some adults off the program so the state has enough money to help others on the program.Boasberg questioned whether the state has proven its case to the federal government that it needs work requirements to keep its Medicaid program financially sustainable. “At the end of the day, isn’t the centerpiece of your case the fiscal sustainability argument?” Boasberg asked the Trump administration’s lawyer.Burnham argued neither Kentucky nor Arkansas was kicking people off their programs and causing them to lose benefits. He said people were just choosing to not comply with the state’s new reporting requirements to show they were working, doing volunteer work or meeting one of the states’ exceptions.Ian Gershengorn, a lawyer representing the National Health Law Program and other plaintiffs trying to overturn the work requirements, said Kentucky’s financial sustainability argument “seems absurd” because the federal government this year is paying 94 percent of the costs for the Medicaid expansion population.He said HHS should not be approving Kentucky’s waiver based on the governor threatening to kill the entire Medicaid expansion if he doesn’t get work requirement authority.Gershengorn said Azar cannot argue in approving Kentucky’s waiver that he has no idea how many people would lose coverage since the Arkansas experience already shows thousands lost Medicaid coverage.The Kaiser Family Foundation has estimated that 1.4 million to 4 million Americans could lose their coverage if work requirements were imposed nationwide. Most of the coverage losses would result from enrollees failing to report their compliance to the state, not because they were failing to fulfill the work or job search criteria. (Kaiser Health News is an editorially independent program of the foundation.)The Justice Department attorney tried to show the difference between the first Kentucky approval in January 2018 and the second one made last November was that the HHS secretary analyzed what effect the experiment would have on health coverage. He said keeping the Kentucky program would ensure the expansion stayed in place as well as give adult enrollees access to vision and dental coverage.But Gershengorn argued the difference between the two approvals is that the state and the federal government now know the implications work requirements can have on enrollees.”There is massive harm,” Gershengorn said. “It is not speculative.”KHN chief Washington correspondent Julie Rovner contributed to this report. This article was reprinted from khn.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.last_img read more

Insider QA Mozilla exec says to demand better internet

first_img Citation: Insider Q&A: Mozilla exec says to demand better internet (2018, May 28) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-insider-qa-mozilla-exec-demand.html Firefox Reality beckons our browser future © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Q: What data does Mozilla have?A: For many years we tried to collect absolutely nothing, thinking that was the best way to ensure privacy and security. We shifted in the last few years. But the spirit of the (EU) law, Mozilla’s always been trying to meet. The data we do have is mostly about our own product. We don’t sell it. We’re not monetizing against it.Q: How is Firefox doing?A: There’s no question that for a few years, (Google) Chrome has beaten us. They had the newest generation of technology, and it showed. Once you’ve got a product out, it’s hard to change something so deep in the guts. But we found a way to do it.As of November, with our Firefox Quantum release, we have the technical crown again. It’s not easy to reach consumers about it because you get used to the browsers you’re using, but we do have some reaction.Q: What’s Mozilla’s approach to virtual reality and augmented reality?A: Our vision is that thing we used to call the web. Send a link, and anyone can click on that. That seems obvious. But that’s not how AR and VR are today, where you have to pick (a system). If I want to see that content, I have to move to the next closed system. We’re trying to make it interoperable so developers really have a chance to do something new and consumers like us can find and see what we want. The manifesto Mitchell Baker wrote for the free software community Mozilla declared the internet to be a global public resource and privacy a fundamental right that “must not be treated as optional.” Explore furthercenter_img In this May 14, 2018, file photo, Mitchell Baker attends the 22nd Annual Webby Awards at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. The manifesto Baker wrote for the free software community Mozilla declared the internet to be a global public resource and privacy a fundamental right that “must not be treated as optional.” Twenty years later Baker says she’s on a mission to reassert those principles and update them for an era when online privacy, rational discourse and verifiable information seem elusive. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File) 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. In this May 14, 2018, file photo, Mitchell Baker attends the 22nd Annual Webby Awards at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. The manifesto Baker wrote for the free software community Mozilla declared the internet to be a global public resource and privacy a fundamental right that “must not be treated as optional.” Twenty years later Baker says she’s on a mission to reassert those principles and update them for an era when online privacy, rational discourse and verifiable information seem elusive. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File) Twenty years later, as executive chairwoman and “chief lizard wrangler” of the Mozilla Foundation, Baker says she’s on a mission to reassert those principles and update them for an era when online privacy, rational discourse and verifiable information seem elusive. She’s also working to refresh interest in Mozilla’s flagship product, the Firefox browser.Baker spoke with The Associated Press on the sidelines of MIT’s Solve conference. Questions and comments have been edited for length and clarity.Q: How did you come up with “Demand better of the internet” as your five-word acceptance speech for the Webby Awards’ Lifetime Achievement Award?A: I thought of one that was wildly aspirational—”global, safe, trustworthy, open internet”— but felt that didn’t capture some of what’s in the air right now—how the internet can amplify good things but also anti-social behavior. I thought it would be good to acknowledge that.Q: What do you think of Europe’s new, stricter data rules?A: As a signal that some set of societies will take action, they’re extremely helpful. The options are to do nothing and hope that things resolve themselves. Or take action, as the European Union has, knowing that some things will work and others won’t, but that we must take a stand as a society that the current path of commercial enterprise is unacceptable.last_img read more

UK watchdog fines child care company for selling data

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Britain’s information watchdog has fined a firm that offers advice on pregnancy and child care 140,000 pounds ($180,000) for illegally collecting and selling personal information that ended up being used in a database for the Labour Party. Citation: UK watchdog fines child care company for selling data (2018, August 9) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-uk-watchdog-fines-child-company.html The Information Commissioner’s Office said Lifecycle Marketing (Mother and Baby) Ltd, also known as Emma’s Diary, sold the information on 1 million people to Experian Marketing Services. Experian created a database to help the Labour Party profile new mothers before Britain’s 2017 general election.The case is part of ongoing investigations into the use of data for political purposes.”Even though this company was not directly involved in political campaigning, the democratic process must be transparent,” Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said in a statement. “All organizations involved in political campaigning must use personal information in ways that are transparent, lawful and understood by the UK public.”The Information Commissioner’s Office said the company’s privacy policies didn’t disclose that the data would be used for political marketing or by political parties. Lifecycle Marketing said it “never previously provided data to a political party” and would “never do so again.””We are sorry that on this isolated occasion our interpretation of the Data Protection Act has not been in line with the ICO’s,” the company said. UK regulator investigating Facebook over political campaigning © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Explore furtherlast_img read more