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ACVs new Area Sales Manager – Quebec is a former Transat veteran

first_img Posted by QUEBEC CITY — After spending over 20 years at Transat, Jean-Luc Tremblay is heading to Air Canada Vacations to be its new Area Sales Manager – Quebec.Reporting directly to David Côté, General Manager Sales Quebec & Atlantic, Tremblay will be based in Quebec City where he will represent the city along with the East of Quebec region. He joins ACV’s Quebec Sales team, which comprises Veronica Di Ruocco and Mary-Gina Mercier.Tremblay brings with him over 20 years of experience at Transat where he recently held the position of Area Sales Manager.Dana Gain, Senior Director of Sales, Groups & Partnerships at Air Canada Vacations, said the company is delighted to welcome him to the team. “Jean-Luc’s network of relationships and industry experience will allow us to continue supporting the Quebec City region.”Tremblay is the latest Transat veteran to head to Air Canada Vacations.Last month ACV named Robert Reed, a former director at Transat, as its new Manager of National Accounts.More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionOn June 27 Air Canada and Transat concluded their definitive Arrangement Agreement that provides for Air Canada’s acquisition of all issued and outstanding shares of Transat and its combination with Air Canada. The deal is pending approval from regulators and shareholders. Travelweek Group Tags: ACV, Quebec Sharecenter_img ACV’s new Area Sales Manager – Quebec is a former Transat veteran << Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, July 9, 2019 last_img read more

Lineup announced for Envision 2014

first_imgAre you ready for a funky-electric-earth-fairy-rainbow wonderland? It’s ready for you.Envision Festival, a multi-day, transformational art and music gathering will be back in 2014 for the fourth time on Costa Rica’s southern Pacific coast. This week, organizers announced the lineup, which will include:Dave Tipper, Papadosio, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Random Rab, Phutureprimitive, Rising Appalachia Music, Andreilien (Heyoka), Sonámbulo Psicotropical, Kalya Scintilla, The Funk Hunters, Kaminanda, Santos&Zurdo, Pumpkin, Sugarpill, JPOD the beat chef, Stylust Beats, The Human Experience, Liberation Movement, Sasha Rose, DJ Dragonfly, Nominus, Merkaba, Goosebumpz, Soul Visions, Living Light, Plantrae, Cocofunka, Soulacybin, Pasiflora and more.Organizers have also announced some big changes for 2014. The festival is moving to a shaded rainforest enclave five minutes up the road from last year’s venue. This new spot allows for car camping and it is closer to the beach, which will be free to access, organizers say.A two-minute walk to the ocean and plenty of shade should be welcome news to those who attended in the sweltering heat of the 2013 festival. Optional car camping will also delight 2013 festivalgoers, who were treated to an unseasonal downpour that drenched the grounds, attendants and their gear.Despite piercing heat and show-stopping tropical thunderstorms, Envision 2013 was a success. Thousands flew from all over the world to witness the live music acts and live painting by more than 20 artists. There was also a variety of yoga, dance, movement and spoken word workshops, as well as a healing sanctuary, performance art, and a kids’ zone.Here’s a video recap of Envision 2013 from Zippy Lomax. Envision 2014 takes place Feb. 20–23 at Rancho La Merced in Uvita, Costa Rica. Super Early Bird passes went on sale today at noon. You can purchase them here: http://www.2014.envisionfestival.com/index.php/buy-tickets. Super Early Bird Passes are available for $195 until they run out. After that, regular Early Bird tickets will be on sale for $225. If they do not sell out, tickets will be available the day of the show at the box office for $295. Early Bird price on the VIP Paradise Package is $599. There are additional options for early arrival, car camping, and RV camping. Like last year, a special discount is offered for Central American residents with valid IDs. To submit an application to participate, visit the new Envision website: http://www.2014.envisionfestival.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=itemlist&layout=category&task=category&id=12&Itemid=206See website for more info. Facebook Comments Related posts:28 photos from Costa Rica’s Envision Festival Overheard at Envision 2014 Retransformed: A sophomore experience at the Envision Festival Envision Festival beginslast_img read more

April 3 2004 It rained all night and continues th

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

Chapter 2 Humbling the Oligarchs For a national

first_imgChapter 2: Humbling the Oligarchs For a national leader wishing to cement a hold on power—especially a would-be autocrat—nothing beats war. Turning the children of the common folk into soldiers and sending them to do battle with a feared or hated enemy tends to unite those folk in support of whoever is in charge, no matter what the actual reason for the fighting. It works in any country. So it was with Putin and Chechnya. Although the breakaway republic wasn’t exactly a foreign country, to most Russians it might as well have been. So they fell right in line behind their aggressive new president and his Chechnya campaign. Putin is always ready for the next move, the zag after the zig. He recognized that as quickly as war wins the population over to your side, the advantage can just as quickly be lost. The longer a war goes on, the more likely people are to turn against it. Lose a war, and everyone decides they were against it all along. So to gain from a bloody conflict, a leader needs a swift, decisive victory. The First Chechen War had left Russians with a sour taste in their mouths. It went on for two years and ended with their well-equipped, modern army failing against a posse of back-country guerrillas—a replay of Afghanistan in Russia’s own backyard. No one was in the mood for more of the same. The people rallied behind Putin because they detected his willingness to do whatever it took to get the job done. What else would you expect from an ex-KGB officer? Predictably, Putin went at the Chechens with maximum firepower and subdued them with minimum loss of Russian lives. After that, Russia’s lingering troubles with the republic hardly mattered. The war had ended quickly, and it had ended in victory, a demonstration of Putin’s strength for all to see. No more wishy-washy leaders in the Kremlin. A real man was back at the helm. The people cheered. Disposing of an outside threat was important as a first step toward Putin’s goal of reestablishing Russian might, with himself as the revered leader. It was the relatively simple part, however. Next, he had to deal with his political enemies. Some were easy to identify. The drifting policies of the Yeltsin years had fostered a small class of crafty and often violent billionaires, a wild bunch known as the oligarchs. In the words of a former deputy chairman of Russia’s central bank: “All Russian oligarchs are fiendishly ingenious, fiendishly strong, malicious, and greedy—tough customers to deal with.” Land of Opportunity During the 1990s, the country was struggling to adopt the ways of a free-market society. After 70 years of enforced collectivism, suffocation by central planning, and the quashing of individual initiative, Russia’s freedom makeover wasn’t going smoothly. The transition from centralized command and control to free markets was hindered by a massive flight of domestic capital, foreign investors deserting the country, a sharp rise in unemployment, widespread failure to meet payrolls for those who actually held jobs, and a precipitous drop in the foreign-exchange value of the ruble (which hit its all-time low in late 1993). Before the early 1990s, there wasn’t even a stock market. Three generations of Russians had toiled under the threat of communism’s gulags and been trained to look to Moscow for decisions in all matters. And that was after three and a half centuries of submission to czarist rule. Suddenly, people were thrown into a situation they weren’t prepared for and had no experience with. That they were overwhelmed by their first whiff of freedom was hardly a surprise. Most were utterly lost, but not all. As state control of enterprises withered, a few crafty individuals saw they could exploit what was happening. Some were already wealthy, whereas others simply seized the opportunity to start a fortune. What they all had in common was an aptitude for business that was in such short supply in Russia. The best that can be said of the oligarchs is that they were ready for economic freedom when almost no one else was. They certainly helped with the transition to a market economy. But in a society where cronyism, bribery, extortion, and murder for hire are normal, it would be a stretch to argue that these newly minted billionaires came by their fortunes in an honest way. They were utterly ruthless. But they would soon learn that someone else was even more so: Vladimir Putin. Nailing Khodorkovsky Putin realized early on that the key to Russia’s rebirth was its vast wealth of natural resources. Oil, gas, uranium—the country had them all in abundance. All figured into his master plan. And because of their importance, energy companies could not be allowed to fall under the control of foreign investors, no matter what. Even domestic private owners would have to answer to the state or, more to the point, to Putin. The oligarchs mattered to Putin not merely because of their wealth but because energy was precisely the industry in which they were most prominent. Mikhail Khodorkovsky was the richest and most powerful of them, with a fortune of $18 billion. In his struggle with the oligarchs, Putin’s contest with Khodorkovsky was the decisive battle. When it ended—with Khodorkovsky and others stripped of their wealth and imprisoned, exiled, or dead—there was no doubt that Putin would be the overlord of Russia’s energy sector. And he would be thanked for what he did. As with Chechnya, attacking the oligarchs was a hit with the public, who resented both their great wealth and how they had gotten it. Seeing them humbled amped up Putin’s popularity yet again. The Khodorkovsky match was not the only front in Putin’s war with the oligarchs. But it was the splashiest, and it best illustrates his methods. Like Putin, Khodorkovsky had spent his childhood in a shabby communal apartment and, also like Putin, he had ambition to spare. After working as a leader in Komsomol, a communist youth organization, he opened the Youth Center for Scientific and Technological Development. Later he founded an import/export firm. As he transitioned from communist to capitalist, Khodorkovsky came to believe that the new Russian economy should be centered on high-tech industries rather than on natural resources. That put him in conflict with Putin’s notion that resources are the natural engine for Russia’s economic progress. Khodorkovsky became a prominent advocate for a free market. In 1993, he published the Russian capitalist manifesto, The Man with the Ruble. In it he wrote: “It is time to stop living according to Lenin! Our guiding light is Profit, acquired in a strictly legal way. Our Lord is His Majesty, Money, for it is only He who can lead us to wealth as the norm in life.” Khodorkovsky’s compliance with the law was noticeably far from strict. But that was the norm at the time. Several of his early millionaire colleagues had gotten so closely involved with criminals that they eventually had to flee the country to save their lives and the lives of their families. Shootings in public view were common, as were kidnappings of women and children. It was all part of the cost of doing business. That Khodorkovsky’s import/export company was known to violate dozens of laws surprised no one, and by comparison with many others he was a goody-goody. It was entering the financial arena that put Khodorkovsky on track to join the billionaires’ club. And it was through Bank Menatep that he positioned himself to become the richest man in the new Russia. Vouchers Bank Menatep, which Khodorkovsky established in 1989, made significant profits, reportedly enhanced by diverted state funds. The bank also operated a lucrative market for trading state privatization vouchers, which turned out to be more than just another profit center. Though it seems crazy now, the voucher program must have made sense to Boris Yeltsin at the time. He initiated it in 1992 on a day when, perhaps, he was heavily into the vodka. Yeltsin proposed that every man, woman, and child in Russia be issued a voucher that could be exchanged for shares in one of the state enterprises undergoing privatization. That way, Yeltsin was convinced, every citizen would gain a stake in the emerging capitalist economy. However, consistent with capitalist principles, everyone would be free to trade or sell his or her voucher if one chose to. The voucher idea had been imported to Russia by consulting economists from the United States. It made good sense in a textbook kind of way. But it made no sense at all if the vouchers were going to be issued to people who didn’t understand what the pieces of paper represented. Over 140 million Russians participated in the grand voucher program, the great majority of them cash poor and lacking even a rudimentary comprehension of capital markets. Most chose to capture a little cash immediately by selling their vouchers. That played right into the hands of anyone with a bit of investment sense—especially the oligarchs. They were ready and able to accommodate the millions of Russians who knew nothing about the vouchers except that they could be turned into instant cash. Buying on the very cheap, they gained control of formerly state-run companies, which concentrated an astronomical amount of wealth and power in the hands of a very few. Khodorkovsky topped the list of those who made the people’s ignorance his gain. Through Bank Menatep and a separate holding company, he took control of a string of companies for mere kopecks on the ruble. It wasn’t quite theft, but it was a process in which informed consent played no role whatsoever. In 1995, Group Menatep moved on Yukos, a major petroleum conglomerate. Yukos had been assembled by the Russian government in 1993 to roll up dozens of state-owned production, refining, and distribution assets, including one of the most productive oil fields in western Siberia. Like most other Russian companies struggling to adapt to a market economy, its performance had been dismal. Oil production rates were declining, employees were months behind in getting paid, and financial controls were haphazard. Khodorkovsky set out to grab Yukos and fix it. He captured Yukos in two bold moves and in so doing demonstrated that he was a wily businessman, someone to be reckoned with. Vladimir Putin—at the time still working for the mayor of St. Petersburg, but with his eye on higher office—took notice. Perhaps, given his dispassion in separating ends from means, he even admired how Khodorkovsky operated. It happened this way: First, knowing that the Yeltsin administration was strapped for cash, Bank Menatep participated in the ill-fated “Loans for Shares” program. Under the arrangement, Yeltsin’s government pledged shares in several of Russia’s most profitable companies as collateral for loans from oligarch-controlled banks. The value of the collateral was several times more than the value of the loans secured. If the state defaulted—and its debilitated condition made that likely—the lending bank was supposed to auction off the shares. But the auctions that actually took place were rigged. Everything was carefully planned to exclude anyone who might outbid the lending bank. In this instance, Bank Menatep lent the Kremlin $159 million under conditions that virtually ensured default. For collateral, the Kremlin pledged 45 percent of Yukos, which at that point was worth over $3 billion, or some 20 times the size of the loan. Then, when the government indeed defaulted, Khodorkovsky effectively swapped the IOU Bank Menatep was holding for nearly half of Yukos. Days later, to gain full control, Menatep purchased another 33 percent of Yukos from Yeltsin’s desperate government for just $150 million, or about 15 cents on the dollar. Over the next several years, Khodorkovsky brought the company back to health. In 2002 Yukos became the first Russian oil company to pay dividends to its shareholders, and by 2003 it was accounting for 20 percent of all Russian oil production and 2 percent of the world’s. It had become the country’s second-largest taxpayer, covering 4 percent of the Russian federal budget. This was quite a high standing for a company about to be smashed. Whether Putin could have succeeded in moving on Khodorkovsky in a different political and economic climate is difficult to judge. But he clearly made savvy use of the man’s past. You’ve just read an excerpt from Marin Katusa’s new book, The Colder War: How the Global Energy Trade Slipped from America’s Grasp. Click here to order your copy now.last_img read more

The wrenching testimony of Christine Blasey Ford

first_imgThe wrenching testimony of Christine Blasey Ford, who is accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of a sexual assault years ago, raises questions about the long-term emotional and physical toll this kind of trauma takes on survivors and how our society responds to those who come forward long after the assault.Emily R. Dworkin, a senior fellow at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, studies how the social interactions of trauma survivors can affect their recovery. She was also the lead author of a paper published in the journal Clinical Psychology Review in 2017 that looked through more than 100,000 studies conducted in the last 50 years and found nearly 200 relevant ones on the relationship between sexual assault and mental health to analyze.What she found, Dworkin says, is strong evidence that sexual assault is associated with an increased risk for multiple forms of psychological harm “across most populations, assault types and methodological differences in studies.” Too many survivors still face stigma and internalize that blame, and that can make it harder to seek help. And while some types of therapy have been shown to be helpful, she says, more information on evidence-based treatments for survivors “is critically needed.”Dworkin talked with NPR about her research findings and offered her perspective on where society and science need to go next to prevent assaults and help survivors heal. Our interview was edited for length and clarity.You looked at a lot of studies about the mental health impact of sexual assault, but it’s not an area as well-studied as say, heart disease. So what do we know?Sexual assault [any type of sexual activity or contact that happens without the consent of both people] began getting research attention in the ’70s as society as a whole was going through a feminist awakening, and it kind of developed at the same time as PTSD [post-traumatic stress disorder], which was then known as “combat trauma.” Many things can lead to depression or anxiety. People with PTSD relive the trauma in the form of intrusive memories, nightmares, or even flashbacks. They avoid things that remind them of the trauma.The symptoms that people were showing when they were coming home from war were the same as victims of rape trauma — recurring memories and a wish to avoid triggering them.These days, lots of people are doing research, but there’s still a lot left to understand. What we do know is that sexual assault is associated with a higher risk for a lot of different mental health problems, including PTSD [and depression, anxiety, substance abuse and suicidality] … especially PTSD.What do we know about how ethnicity and education affects the mental health of survivors of sexual assault? We need to know more. Some of my past research on queer women shows that ongoing forms of stress can compound stress. And we know that people from marginalized groups are just at greater risk for sexual assault [and a number of other health problems]. So it’s likely that these groups experience more trauma — but I don’t think we can completely say for sure.How does sexual assault compare with other forms of trauma, in terms of effects on mental health?We never want to have the Olympics of trauma. But compared to other types of life-threatening trauma, survivors of sexual assault do seem to be more likely to get PTSD. In my preliminary look at the data from 39 studies on this topic, it seems like 36 percent of survivors meet criteria for a diagnosis of PTSD in their lifetime, versus 12 percent of people who don’t have a history of sexual assault.My thinking is that sexual assault is a unique form of trauma. It is highly stigmatized, and when people go to seek help for it, unlike in a car accident — well, the police are not going to ask you if you’ve really been in a car accident.Also, people don’t always do the most effective job of supporting sexual assault survivors. Sometimes they do things that can actually compound the trauma. In the ’70s it was known as “the second rape” when you tell the police, undergo a rape kit exam and explain it to family and friends. They don’t always know how to help.What can survivors who are feeling overwhelmed, depressed and traumatized do to recover, and how can friends and family help?It’s important for survivors to know that they can regain a sense of power over those triggers, and that the most natural response is to push away the triggers. Self-care isn’t about turning off those bad feelings, but feeling those feelings so that they can subside naturally.It’s kind of a counterintuitive idea, and it’s not what we usually think to do for our loved ones. When somebody’s in pain, all you want to do is to take that pain away. It’s understandable to try to distract them, take them out for a drink, but it’s better to be a shoulder to cry on. You don’t need to cheer somebody up in the moment. Be there for them as a witness to their pain.What about the professionals — the police, the lawyers, the therapists — that survivors need to talk to? How can they do a better job?This all comes back to … dealing with the false beliefs we have around sexual assault — blaming the victim, challenging the victim’s choices. Changing these cultural norms is important.One of the evidence-based treatments for PTSD is overcoming the trauma by sharing the story. That’s a very different thing than being forced to tell it in public.I don’t want to imply that it’s the survivor’s fault they have PTSD. And they feel like they don’t want to relive it again, which is totally natural. But our bodies can’t sustain that intense emotional response for long — those feelings come down naturally.In my clinical work, a woman came to me with her story of sexual assault. The first time she told it, she was crying. By the fourth time, she was almost yawning. Her story is not one that has power over her anymore. She has the control over whether she’s going to have her life altered.Has the public’s perception of sexual assault changed since the Kavanaugh hearings?I think about this stuff every day. I’ve been thinking it about every day since I was 18 and beginning my research. It takes me awhile to catch up and realize that everyone else is thinking about it now.My hope is that we’re changing some of the cultural conversation around this.It’s important to know that most of the disorders are very treatable conditions. I do feel like if survivors can get connected to evidence-based treatments, they can be helped — even years later.What are the resources and treatments that work best for survivors who are experiencing PTSD or other mental health symptoms?First-line options should be things that we know work well. What I recommend is prolonged exposure therapy [helping people gradually approach trauma-related memories and feelings] or cognitive processing therapy [a specific type of cognitive behavioral therapy that helps patients learn how to challenge and modify unhelpful beliefs related to the trauma]. Both have been around since the ’80s and were developed to treat survivors of rape. They have really strong evidence of reducing symptoms or eliminating the diagnosis [of a mental health disorder].For resources, look for a good therapist who offers cognitive processing therapy. Also, you can check out the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies [for more information about the treatment].As a society, what should we focus on to help survivors of assault?Ending some of our stigmatizing beliefs about sexual assault and our mistrust for people that come forward is huge. It’s always up to survivors as to whether they disclose. The fact that we’re having these conversations in the public sphere gives me hope.In schools, [to prevent unwanted sexual advances and sexual assault in the first place] we can teach respect for others and their autonomy. We’re not comfortable with the idea of hearing about these sorts of assaults. Our cultural norm is to avoid uncomfortable experiences. … But we need to keep talking. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.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

Chromosomal instability may predict which patients will respond better to colorectal cancer

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Oct 10 2018Researchers at RCSI, along with international collaborators within the ANGIOPREDICT research consortium, have discovered that chromosomal instability (where whole human chromosomes or parts of chromosomes are duplicated or deleted) may predict which patients will receive most benefit from a key drug used to treat colorectal cancer (Avastin). By knowing in advance which patients would not benefit from Avastin, individuals could be spared the side-effects of the drug, and are more likely to receive optimal treatment with a minimum of delay, while reducing cost of care.The study, led by researchers at RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) and the VIB-KU Leuven Center for Cancer Biology in Belgium is published this month in the prestigious international journal  Nature Communications. It marks a further important advance in the global effort to move towards a more personalized treatment approach for colorectal cancer patients.Related StoriesSugary drinks linked to cancer finds studyResearchers use AI to develop early gastric cancer endoscopic diagnosis systemAdding immunotherapy after initial treatment improves survival in metastatic NSCLC patientsAccording to the World Cancer Research Fund, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer worldwide with nearly 1.4 million new cases diagnosed annually. In 2014, almost 153,000 people died from colorectal cancer in the EU equivalent to 11 per cent of all deaths from cancer. Half of colorectal cancer patients develop metastatic cancer, where the cancer spreads to other parts of the body, for which Avastin is a key component of therapy.Speaking on the significance of the discovery, Professor Annette Byrne, Associate Professor at RCSI’s Department of Physiology and Medical Physics said: “We have drawn on knowledge emerging from global efforts to characterize the complex genetic alterations that underpin the progression of colorectal cancer. We have demonstrated that tumors with intermediate-to-high chromosomal instability have improved outcome after Avastin treatment, whereas tumors characterized by low chromosomal instability benefit less. This work further builds on our recent Journal of Clinical Oncology study and has identified a complementary biomarker strategy that could be used by doctors in the future to distinguish between patients who will benefit from Avastin and patients who will not respond.””As always, our overall goal is to improve the standard-of-care for colorectal cancer and to make sure that patients only receive drugs that will work specifically in the setting of their own disease. This will reduce side-effects, treatment costs and improve patient outcomes”, added Professor Lambrechts (VIB-KU Leuven Center for Cancer Biology). Source:http://www.rcsi.ie/index.jsp?p=100&n=110&a=11633last_img read more

Nutritional supplement can slow cancer growth and enhance effects of chemotherapy

first_imgAlthough these results are very promising for the future of some cancer treatments, this is very early research and has not yet been tested in humans. Patients should not self-prescribe mannose as there is a real risk of negative side effects that haven’t been tested for yet. It’s important to consult with a doctor before drastically changing your diet or taking new supplements.” Mannose is sometimes used for short periods to treat urinary tract infections, but its long-term effects have not been investigated. It’s important that more research is conducted before mannose can be used in cancer patients.Martin Ledwick, Cancer Research UK’s head nurse, said: Our next step is investigating why treatment only works in some cells, so that we can work out which patients might benefit the most from this approach. We hope to start clinical trials with mannose in people as soon as possible to determine its true potential as a new cancer therapy.” Tumors need a lot of glucose to grow, so limiting the amount they can use should slow cancer progression. The problem is that normal tissues need glucose as well, so we can’t completely remove it from the body. In our study, we found a dosage of mannose that could block enough glucose to slow tumor growth in mice, but not so much that normal tissues were affected. This is early research, but it is hoped that finding this perfect balance means that, in the future, mannose could be given to cancer patients to enhance chemotherapy without damaging their overall health.” Source:https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/ The researchers first examined how mice with pancreatic, lung or skin cancer responded when mannose was added to their drinking water and given as an oral treatment. They found that adding the supplement significantly slowed the growth of tumors and did not cause any obvious side effects.To test how mannose could also affect cancer treatment, mice were treated with cisplatin and doxorubicin – two of the most widely used chemotherapy drugs. They found that mannose enhanced the effects of chemotherapy, slowing tumor growth, reducing the size of tumors and even increasing the lifespan of some mice.Related StoriesStudy reveals link between inflammatory diet and colorectal cancer riskSugary drinks linked to cancer finds studyLiving with advanced breast cancerSeveral other cancer types, including leukemia, osteosarcoma, ovarian and bowel cancer, were also investigated. Researchers grew cancer cells in the lab and then treated them with mannose to see whether their growth was affected.Some cells responded well to the treatment, while others did not. It was also found that the presence of an enzyme that breaks down mannose in cells was a good indicator of how effective treatment was.Professor Kevin Ryan added: Nov 21 2018Mannose sugar, a nutritional supplement, can both slow tumor growth and enhance the effects of chemotherapy in mice with multiple types of cancer.This lab study is a step towards understanding how mannose could be used to help treat cancer.The results of the study, which was funded by Cancer Research UK and Worldwide Cancer Research, are published in Nature, today (Wednesday).Tumors use more glucose than normal, healthy tissues. However, it is very hard to control the amount of glucose in your body through diet alone. In this study, the researchers found that mannose can interfere with glucose to reduce how much sugar cancer cells can use.Professor Kevin Ryan, lead author from the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute, said:last_img read more

Yoga practice decreases severity of rheumatoid arthritis symptoms

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Feb 5 2019New research in Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience supports adding yoga as an adjunctive therapy to treat this chronic inflammatory diseaseAccording a study published in Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience, eight weeks of intensive yoga practice significantly decreases the severity of physical and psychological symptoms in patients with active rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a debilitating chronic auto-immune inflammatory disease. Marked improvements were seen in the levels of certain inflammatory biomarkers and assessments of functional status and disease activity in patients studied, demonstrating yoga’s promotive, preventive, curative, and rehabilitative potential for achieving optimal health.”Our findings show measurable improvements for the patients in the test group, suggesting an immune-regulatory role of yoga practice in the treatment of RA. An intensive yoga regimen concurrent with routine drug therapy induced molecular remission and re-established immunological tolerance. In addition, it reduced the severity of depression by promoting neuroplasticity,” explained lead investigator, Rima Dada, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Anatomy, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, India. She noted that high disease activity and underlying depression are associated with increased disability, reduced quality of life, and minimized rates of clinical remission and treatment response.The study was a mind-body intervention (MBI) randomized trial (with parallel active and control groups) to analyze the effects of practicing 120 minutes of yoga, five days a week for eight weeks on 72 RA patients. Both the test and control groups were simultaneously undergoing routine drug therapies (DMARDs). The findings show significant improvement in systemic biomarkers of neuroplasticity, inflammation, immune-modulation, cellular health integrity, and aging in association with the positive clinical outcome of reduction in depression severity, disease activity, and disability quotient in RA patients following the intensive yoga based MBI.Existing research has evaluated the role of yoga as an effective intervention to assist the management of RA with respect to clinical symptoms, quality of life, psychosocial outcomes, and functional ability. This study is one of the first to look at how yoga practice affects the systemic biomarkers of inflammation, cellular aging, and oxidative stress, especially in RA. “Our results provide evidence that yoga positively modifies the pathobiology of autoimmunity at cellular and molecular levels by targeting mind-body communications. Further research is needed for the exploration of possible mechanisms underlying the cumulative effect of yoga on multiple pathways at a cellular level,” added Dr. Dada. “Yoga facilitates the mind’s capacity to affect bodily function and symptoms mediated though a variety of downstream pathways and bring about natural immunological tolerance.”Related StoriesResearchers identify new molecular mechanism causing rheumatoid arthritisPromising methods for early detection and treatment of rheumatoid arthritisRegular physical activity can be effective in reducing pain from arthritisRA is a heterogeneous autoimmune disease that results from the interplay of genetic and environmental factors and causes extensive systemic inflammation, cartilage damage, and synovial hyperplasia that cause physical disability and psychiatric comorbidity. The co-existence of depression and RA in individuals poses a significant healthcare burden on the patients, their caregivers, healthcare systems, and society as a whole. Existing medical therapies have a limited scope and fail to cure the psychological component of the disease and have numerous side effects. Depression seems to decrease patients’ compliance and adherence to medical treatment and results in worse health outcomes and increases disease severity. Improvement in psychological health and reductions in severity made the yoga group more compliant and able to perform more daily chores without much difficulty.Dr. Dada concluded, “This study offers a new option. Pharmacological treatments can be supplemented with alternative and complementary interventions like yoga to alleviate the symptoms at both physical and psychosomatic levels.” With yoga based MBI providing a holistic treatment dimension, reaching a state of remission is becoming a more achievable treatment goal. As a majority of diseases have a psychosomatic component, this approach may be widely applicable.Source: https://www.iospress.nl/ios_news/new-research-in-rnn-supports-adding-yoga-as-an-adjunctive-therapy-to-treat-this-chronic-inflammatory-disease/last_img read more

Ultrasound offers precise minimally invasive way to measure cardiac output in children

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Mar 18 2019Currently, a practical, precise, minimally invasive way to measure cardiac output or heart function in children undergoing surgery does not exist. New research published in the Online First edition of Anesthesiology, the peer-reviewed medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), illustrates how a novel minimally invasive method using catheter-based ultrasound to measure heart function performed with similar precision to a traditional highly invasive device.Cardiac output, the volume of blood pumped by the heart per minute, is a crucial component of vital signs monitored in surgical patients. Evaluation by physical examination of critically ill children is often imprecise. Most devices used to monitor cardiac output are adapted from adult patients with limited use in children, due to differences in size, technical limitations, and risk of complications. Physicians have almost no available alternatives to manage and measure how a pediatric patient’s heart is responding to different therapies, since there are no practical and precise minimally invasive ways to measure cardiac output in infants and young children.”This new technology is less invasive than earlier technologies and can be used while patients are awake, which makes it more clinically practical for young children,” said Theodor S. Sigurdsson, M.D., pediatric anesthesiologist, at Children’s Hospital, University Hospital of Lund in Sweden. “Our results demonstrate that this technology was not only easily adaptable in young children but also very accurate and precise. It could aid further validation of the next generation of non-invasive hemodynamic monitors in the intensive care setting.”In the study, researchers used ultrasound sensors to produce precise measurements that were comparable to those obtained using a more traditional method of placing a probe around the patient’s aorta to measure heart function. Forty-three children between the ages of one and 44 months scheduled for corrective cardiac surgery were studied. Researchers measured heart function using both the invasive perivascular flow probe and the new minimally invasive ultrasound technology. After administering a saline injection, researchers were able to detect blood dilution levels using ultrasound sensors attached to an arteriovenous loop connected to catheters in the patient’s internal jugular vein and radial artery. The process is minimally invasive because it uses existing catheters and does not require additional invasive procedures.Related StoriesCutting around 300 calories a day protects the heart even in svelte adultsStudy explores role of iron in over 900 diseasesImplanted device uses microcurrent to exercise heart muscle in cardiomyopathy patientsAfter surgery, five consecutive repeated cardiac measurements were performed using both methods simultaneously, for a total of 215 cardiac output measurements. The ultrasound sensors showed a statistically similar precision for measuring cardiac output when compared to the results obtained using the periaortic flow probe.In an accompanying editorial, Christine T. Trieu, M.D., physician anesthesiologist, at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, noted there are very few commercially available, precise cardiac output monitoring devices for infants and young children.”Despite the encouraging results from this study, there are still many challenges in developing the ideal cardiac output monitor for pediatric patients,” said Dr. Trieu. “This is the reason why we welcome and applaud the study by Dr. Sigurdsson et al; it offers the possibility of a simple and reliable method that uses arterial line and central line to measure cardiac output in children of all sizes.”Source: https://www.asahq.org/about-asa/newsroom/news-releases/2019/03/ultrasound-to-measure-heart-function-in-childrenlast_img read more

SC verdict not an authorisation to do whatever I want says Karnataka

first_imgOther Videos from India 09:47 Wed, 17 Jul, 2019 Gratified as a lawyer: Harish Salve on verdict in Kulbhushan Jadhav case 08:02 Wed, 17 Jul, 2019 Kulbhushan Jadhav case: PM Modi hails ICJ verdict, says truth and justice prevailed 09:24 Wed, 17 Jul, 2019 ICJ stays Kulbhushan Jadhav’s execution, asks Pakistan to provide consular access 01:48 Wed, 17 Jul, 2019 Watch: Aerial view of Assam’s flood affected regions 05:54 Wed, 17 Jul, 2019 Will identify and deport all illegal immigrants, says Home Minister Amit Shah 03:19 Wed, 17 Jul, 2019 Karnataka crisis: Congress-JDS leaders meet Karnataka Speaker 14:00 Wed, 17 Jul, 2019 ICJ’s final verdict on Kulbhushan Jadhav to be out today 10:47 Wed, 17 Jul, 2019 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed arrested, sent to judicial custody Load More Other Video CategoriesIndiaSportsWorldMoviesSo SorryTelevisionlast_img read more

Assam NRC is fair objective Rajnath tells Rajya SabhaAssam NRC is fair

first_img COMMENT SHARE Published on RELATED BJP intensifies attack on Mamata over NRC issue Opposition ups the ante against RS Chairman SHARE SHARE EMAIL politics TMC delegation leave Assam after overnight detention August 03, 2018 Rajya Sabha No Indian citizen will be left out from the register, says Home Minister The ruckus in the Rajya Sabha over Assam’s National Register of Citizens seems to have ended on Friday after a reply by Home Minister Rajnath Singh. Chairman of the Rajya Sabha M Venkaiah Naidu allowed members from both sides to ask clarifications to Singh’s statement on the issue, an indication that elders may not press for a further debate on the matter next week in the House.Singh told the Upper House that the process of NRC was objective and no Indian citizen will be left out from the register. “The whole process (adopted for NRC) is fair and objective. There has not been any discrimination. I want to assure that there will not be any discrimination in future as well. It is not fair if someone makes such allegations,” Singh said.He said an atmosphere of fear has been created on the issue and it was unfortunate. “Some confusion has been created through some people. Propaganda has been carried out through vested interest on social media to internationalise the issue and disturb the communal harmony,” he said. “Certain people are trying to create communal disharmony and this should not be done.” ‘SC is monitoring’He reiterated that it is not the final NRC. “The process has been done under the observation of the Supreme Court,” he said.The issue was taken up in the Lok Sabha too. Singh said there that Trinamool Congress MPs created an “unruly situation” at the Silchar airport and said they were detained following a report by the intelligence that their presence could create a law and order situation. “The Assam government had some information and based on intelligence inputs… In view of the prevailing law and order situation and to ensure the situation does not deteriorate, TMC MPs were detained at the Silchar airport,” Singh said.Trinamool’s member Kalyan Banerjee raised the issue in the Lok Sabha and said six MPs were manhandled just for visiting Assam to assess a situation. “Is this not undeclared Emergency in the country? During the Emergency also people had freedom of movement. Election is coming. Everyone is preparing for that. Are you nervous because of the unity of Opposition?” he asked.Singh replied: “The kind of respect that should be shown to a public representative, similar respect was shown to TMC MPs. With folded hands the District Magistrate requested them to return. But without paying heed to the request, the MPs got into shoving in which two women security personnel also got hurt.” In the Rajya Sabha, Trinamool’s leader Derek O’Brien maintained that the matter was not just limited to Assam but was a national issue. “What is the real voice of the government? What Home Minister says here or what BJP President says outside? We need to know the real voice. We are hearing two voices,” he said. RAJNATH SINGH, Home Minister   –  PTI COMMENTSlast_img read more

Pakistani judge who jailed former PM sacked over blackmail claims

first_imgISLAMABAD (Reuters) – A senior Pakistani judge was sacked on Friday following a scandal over blackmail claims relating to the jailing of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on corruption charges, the law ministry said.The removal of accountability court judge Arshad Malik prompted immediate calls by Sharif’s PML-N party for the release of the 69-year-old former premier, who is serving a seven-year jail sentence.”The decision against Nawaz Sharif should be dismissed and he should be released immediately,” party spokeswoman Marriyum Aurangzeb said, adding that Sharif’s conviction should be considered “void”.Sharif was convicted and jailed last year after failing to prove the source of income that had led to his ownership of a steel mill in Saudi Arabia. Under Pakistani law, this is taken to prove corruption. AdChoices广告The PML-N has disputed the conviction and last week party leaders presented a video apparently showing Malik saying he had been pressured into ruling in favour of conviction by individuals with compromising footage against him.Malik later issued a statement denying he had been blackmailed to convict Sharif and saying the video had been manipulated. He also declared in an affidavit he had been offered bribes followed by blackmail threats by figures close to Sharif to rule in favour of the former premier.After days of growing pressure, Islamabad High Court asked the law ministry to remove him from his position.”Judge Arshad Malik was asked to stop working on the basis of the alleged video and the press release,” Law Minister Farogh Naseem told a news conference.The scandal adds to an already heated political climate in Pakistan where Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government, which came to power last year vowing to root out corruption, has been facing increasing economic difficulties.Earlier this month it agreed to a $6 billion bailout deal with the International Monetary Fund, which has demanded a tough package of austerity measures.As the problems have mounted, opposition parties have stepped up attacks, accusing the government and its allies in the powerful military establishment of crushing dissent and orchestrating Sharif’s removal from power and conviction. (Writing by Saad Sayeed; Editing by Nick Macfie) Related News World 07 Jul 2019 Pakistani judge rejects opposition blackmail claims over ex-PM’s conviction {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Related Newslast_img read more

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