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first_img3Third down efficiency told the story of the game, as the Cardinals held the Rams to a lowly 1-for-10 on the critical down while Arizona converted on six of its 15 third down attempts.158Larry Fitzgerald had a big game, finishing with nine catches for 112 yards for his 38th career 100-yard game. It was his 158th consecutive game with at least one reception, the longest active catch streak in the NFL. 1Patrick Peterson’s fourth quarter pick-six was the first defensive touchdown of his career. 6The Cardinals pressured Austin Davis all day, dropping him for a season-high six sacks — a marked improvement for a team that came into the game with only eight sacks for the season.5St. Louis’ 59-yard touchdown pass from Austin Davis to Jared Cook with 1:50 remaining in the first half was the fifth score the Cardinals have allowed this season in the final two minutes of the first half (three touchdowns, two field goals).17Chandler Catanzaro tied the NFL record for most consecutive field goals made to start a career with 17 (Kai Forbath). Unfortunately, he also missed his first kick of the season in the fourth quarter. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The Arizona Cardinals overcame adversity in the past, but it was nothing compared to the obstacles they had to navigate against their division rival St. Louis Rams on Sunday.Arizona trailed most of the second half and then lost their leader, quarterback Carson Palmer. The Cardinals responded in the only way they know how — the way that has fans slowly falling in love with them — without missing a beat.Bruce Arians’ “next man up” mentality has not just sunken in with his players — they appear to thrive when the going gets tough. The Cardinals pulled out a 31-14 victory over the Rams thanks to a dominate fourth quarter performance that saw back-up QB Drew Stanton throw a long TD pass and the defense respond with a pair of scores of their own.Patrick Peterson’s pick-six followed by a fumble recovery returned by Antonio Cromartie for a touchdown, capped off a fourth quarter in which the Cardinals scored 21 unanswered points to improve their record to 8-1. Arizona will remain atop the NFC West, NFC and NFL for another week.Here’s a look at Sunday’s win by the numbers:66The last time the Cardinals began a season 8-1 was 66 years ago as the Chicago Cardinals (Nov. 21, 1948).3-5The Cardinals made the transition from No. 3 to No. 5 with ease as Drew Stanton replaced the injured Palmer, going 3-for-3 on his first drive including a 48-yard TD pass to John Brown to put the Cardinals ahead for good.21Arizona continued its fourth quarter success on Sunday by outscoring the Rams by 21 points (21-0). They improve upon a league-best fourth quarter point differential that is now +57, outscoring opponents 91-34. 6-0The Cardinals improved to 6-0 in games started by Palmer this season. Arizona hopes they can improve on that number next week with a healthy Palmer. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more

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first_imgBefore we get into this week’s topic, I want to remind everyone that I will be at the upcoming Cambridge House Investment Conference in Vancouver on January 22 and 23, along with other Casey Research editors including Louis James and Jeff Clark. If you are an investor and you are serious about making money, investment conferences like this are indispensable. In the showroom you’ll have the opportunity to meet with management teams from more than 500 companies, while in the presentation halls industry leaders teach audiences about current trends, investment techniques, and commodity forecasts.This year we are making it easier for you to learn from our in-house experts by setting up a Casey Pavilion. Inside you will find a steady stream of investment information as our Casey editors give talks and have panel discussions amongst themselves and with our Explorers’ League honorees and the members of the Casey NexTen.Check out the full list of Casey Pavilion events. If energy is one of your areas of interest, be sure to check out my talks, including a talk on The Truth About Fracking on Sunday afternoon. Casey Energy team analyst Joe Hung is also speaking that day, as are NexTen members Amir Adnani and Morgan Poliquin.If you will be in Vancouver on January 22 and 23, you should make time to come by the show. Register now at the Cambridge House website – the show is free if you register ahead – and mention you learned about it through Casey Research.Best regards,Marin KatusaChief Energy Investment Strategist Casey Research Green Energy Is a Financial ParasiteAny politician who talks of a green, utopian US – where wind and solar produce most of our energy, electric cars put power back into the grid, green fields of corn produce clean fuels, and millions of Americans work in green technology factories – is creating a fanciful vision so far detached from reality it should really be called a lie. Such tales are designed to encourage a public that is increasingly despondent about the future, but the policy moves that have been made in support of these fantasies have cost taxpayers tens of billions of dollars. Much of it is money that will not be repaid, because a whole whack of the companies and industries that accepted green grants, loan guarantees, and tax credits have turned out to be complete failures.Two green subsidies expired with 2011, and not a moment too soon. In fact, we wish more of the US government’s initiatives to support green energy had ended with the stroke of midnight, because the green energy industry has become completely dependent on a steady stream of government money. Protected by this “green gold,” green technologies from corn ethanol to solar power have not had to compete against other power sectors based on their merits. If they had, many would have already failed.Let’s a take tour through some of the US’s green subsidies and examine just how they have tipped the scales in favor of technologies that generally don’t stand the test of economics, are often worse for the environment than conventional methods, and are costing taxpayers dearly.There‘s nothing good about corn ethanol fuelOn New Year’s Eve the corn ethanol subsidy quietly expired, 30 years after it was implemented. In those three decades ethanol became the US’s top recipient of alternative-fuel funding, with corn ethanol in particular becoming the darling of the biofuels craze. As a darling should be, the industry was showered with money: Over the last 30 years the federal government has spent $45 billion supporting corn-ethanol producers. In 2011 alone the feds spent $6 billion on corn ethanol subsidies, equating to 45¢ for every gallon of ethanol. Even with that support, US corn ethanol was not able to compete with Brazilian ethanol, which is made from sugar cane. To rectify that, lawmakers instituted a 54¢-per-gallon tariff against the Brazilian product. Together, the 45¢ subsidy and the 54¢ tariff meant American-made corn ethanol was supported to the tune of almost $1 per gallon.That would be great were ethanol a good way to reduce greenhouse gases, lower energy costs, or increase US energy independence. Unfortunately, it fails on all of those fronts. A growing left-right coalition has been speaking out against ethanol as a fuel for some time now; the latest voice to join the chorus is none other than the National Academy of Sciences. In October, NAS researchers concluded that grain ethanol “could not compete with fossil fuels in the U.S. marketplace without mandates, subsidies, tax exemptions, and tariffs… This lack of competitiveness raises questions about the use of government resources to support biofuels.” The report went on to discuss how biofuels actually increase net carbon emissions: pumping energy-intensive row crops into gas tanks leads to land use changes that increase greenhouse gases.Continuing down the list of ethanol-as-a-fuel failures, it turns out ethanol is very tough on vehicles – a bill to allow gasoline to contain 15% ethanol (compared to the max 10% now allowed) was shot down after every major automaker said that much ethanol would cause significant engine corrosion. Then there’s the fact that corn ethanol subsidies also generated a host of painful side effects. One is literally making us fatter: widespread use of high fructose corn syrup. Starting in the mid-1980s farmers realized that, even when sale prices for corn were low, the government’s largess meant it was still worthwhile to grow the stuff. More and more corn was grown, beyond what could be consumed by people or livestock or made into fuel. What were producers to do with the rest of it? Make high fructose corn syrup, a sweetener that is now in hundreds of thousands of products and that contributes thousands of empty calories to the average American diet every week.So ethanol is uneconomic unless the government spends billions of taxpayer dollars supporting it, worse for the atmosphere than fossil fuels, and really hard on engines, while the support system to encourage corn-based ethanol production is contributing to the US obesity epidemic. Why, then, is ethanol even used in fuel? Because of all those government subsidies and mandates. After major lobbying efforts from the agricultural and biofuels industries, Congress mandated annual increases in use of renewable fuels, including ethanol, starting with 15 billion gallons in 2007 and growing to 36 billion gallons in 2022.So fuel makers have to include ethanol in their mixtures. Too bad that rule did not also expire.Electric vehicles: expensive toys that basically burn coal instead of oilAnother lesser-known tax break also expired with 2011: the credit that gave electric car owners up to $1,000 to defray the cost of installing a 220-volt charging device in their homes, or up to $30,000 to install one in a commercial location. A related subsidy that did not end still gives $7,500 in tax credits to purchasers of electric vehicles. For a variety of reasons, like the ethanol subsidy none of these incentives should have existed in the first place.Electric vehicles have failed on one front after another. To start, they are inordinately expensive – the much-lauded Chevy Volt costs $40,000, while the Karma from Fisker costs a whopping $100,000. This means electric vehicles are only affordable for the wealthy; it’s pretty hard to understand why American taxpayers should subsidize cars for the wealthiest members of society. The subsidies go beyond direct tax credits and rebates – government loans and grants in support of the Volt alone total $3 billion, which means each car produced to date has been subsidized to the tune of $250,000. (Volt supporters contest this number, saying subsidies only total $30,000 per vehicle… still not an insignificant amount.)Then, for all that money, you still can only drive short distances. The Volt’s official range is 30 miles, but reports show it can actually travel only 25 miles before needing to either recharge or switch to gasoline. There’s also the issue that electric vehicles still need power, and the electricity that charges their batteries comes primarily from the US power grid, to which the largest contributor is coal-fired power plants. As such, a Volt essentially burns coal instead of gasoline, at least for the 25 miles it can drive before switching to gas.At least coal is a domestic resource, compared to gasoline derived from imported crude oil, right? Well, let’s see just how much electric vehicles will reduce US oil consumption. Assuming there are 6 million of them on American roads in ten years, out of 300 million passenger vehicles, and assuming that passenger vehicles continue to account for 40 to 45% of total US oil consumption, in ten years these tens of billions of dollars spent to support electric vehicles will have reduced US oil consumption by less than 1%. When you add in the fact that lithium-ion batteries are pretty toxic items, and that coal- or natural-gas-derived electricity demands will go up with each electric vehicle, the case for electric vehicles becomes pretty darn weak.Solar and wind power: a financial sinkholeElectric vehicles and corn ethanol fuel are not the only green industries that have been producing pitiful returns on government investment: Solar and wind power are just as guilty of eating up huge subsidies and still failing to break even economically.Let’s start with an example – one that was highlighted in a recent New York Times article. NRG Energy is building a 250-MW solar project in San Luis Obispo Country (northwest of Los Angeles), known as California Valley Solar Ranch. The ranch’s one million solar panels will provide enough energy for 100,000 homes, but it will cost $1.6 billion to build. Most of those dollars are coming from government subsidies or low-interest loans.All told, NGR and its partners secured $5.2 billion in federal loan guarantees plus hundreds of millions in other subsidies for four large solar projects. The crazy thing is, the government is giving out these grants and loans despite information from its own researchers that solar power is uneconomic now and will remain so in the future. The US Energy Information Administration predicts that by 2016 the total cost of solar photovoltaic energy will be about $211 per megawatt-hour, compared to $63 for an advanced natural-gas combined-cycle power plant.Just as with corn ethanol, it’s the taxpayer who bears the brunt of this obsession with expensive solar power. The main federal subsidy currently covers 30% of the cost of a residential solar system. When other subsidies are added in, as much as 75% of the cost can be covered. Obama’s administration has spent $9.6 billion on solar and wind power through the Section 1603 Treasury grant program over the last few years.With that kind of support, it’s no wonder America is in love with solar power. In 2011, solar installations skyrocketed, with 1,700 MW installed during the year, an 89% increase over 2010. Still, all of the panels now installed across the nation produce only about as much electricity as a single coal-fired plant. And even with demand growing rapidly, the industry is awash in debt and bankruptcy.US solar manufacturers are being pushed out of the market by low-cost Chinese manufacturers, which get even more support from their government than Obama gives to American producers. In California, for example, Chinese producers held 29% of the market at the beginning of 2011; by the end of the third quarter they had grown their market share to 40%, while US manufacturers saw their share fall from 37% to 29%. And with the Chinese flooding the market with cheap solar panels, prices for solar panels fell by 40% in 2011.Falling prices for solar panels and dwindling market shares forced three US solar companies into bankruptcy in 2011 and recently necessitated staff cutbacks at another two companies. This is all happening despite billions in loan guarantees to these companies. First Solar, for example, took $3 billion in loan guarantees from the federal government to develop three solar farms in Arizona and California. Now the company is cutting half of its staff, including 60 jobs in California where it received $3 million in state sales tax credits.Of course, the most notable solar bankruptcy of 2011 was Solyndra, the California-based company that went bankrupt months after receiving a loan guarantee of $535 million from the US government and despite increased demand for solar panels in the country following implementation of state mandates for solar energy.And things are about to get a lot tougher for struggling solar panel producers in the US, because the 1603 program expired on January 1. When you add up grants, subsidies, loans, and tax credits that have been helping the solar and wind industries along, then add in mandates that require utilities to buy renewable power at set prices from the alternative energy producers for decades, you are left with an industry that is wholly dependent on taxpayers, not on its own technology’s capabilities. Forced to go it alone in the power industry, solar and wind producers are not going to survive.Leveling the playing fieldIn chasing the green power dream, the US is not alone. In fact, it trails several European countries in the effort. Germany and Denmark have the largest installed bases of alternative energy in Europe and are often held aloft as examples of how to encourage wind and solar power. Proponents usually stay mum on the fact that retail customers in Germany and Denmark pay the highest electricity rates in the European Union.It is true that progress is never easy and is often expensive. From that pulpit, advocates argue that continued investment in green technologies will drive prices down in the long run. However, this reasoning ignores the other side of the problem: solar and wind can never produce baseload energy. The average wind plant in the United States runs at about one-third of its rated capacity, while solar plants runs at about 25% of their nameplate capacity. Since there is no way to store large amounts of electricity, the variable outputs from solar and wind facilities will only ever be able to replace a modest amount of conventional baseload power.When you look at green subsidies on an energy production basis, the disparity becomes pretty stunning. Wind’s 5.6 cents per kilowatt hour is more than 85 times that of oil and gas. Solar power costs 13 times more than wind, making solar more than a thousand times more expensive than conventional fuels.Wind and solar power, corn ethanol, and electric vehicles are not infant industries in need of support. They are perennially inferior industries that only still exist in their current forms because of a constant stream of “green gold.” That stream is slowly drying up, thankfully. The only way to achieve the very admirable goal of transforming society into an energy-efficient space is to eliminate all of the subsidies that are currently directed at green energy and clean technology while increasing taxes on the things we are trying to minimize, such as gasoline consumption and plastic bags. That would force everyone to innovate, compete, and win or lose according to merit.[With green energy unable to fulfill its promise as a viable alternative to conventional fuels, crude oil prices are poised to skyrocket. That will be bad news at the pump, but good news for investors who get in on a little-known “energy dividend.”] Additional Links and ReadsSinopec, Total Pour $4.5 Billion into US Shale (Reuters)On the first Tuesday of the year, China’s Sinopec and France’s Total SA both announced major deals to buy stakes in US shale projects; the combined $4.5 billion investment indicates that the global appetite for US energy assets remains strong. Foreign oil and gas producers are eager to invest in America’s shale formations, home to billions of cubic feet of natural gas and liquids. Sinopec signed a $2.2-billion deal with Devon Energy (N.DVN) for a 33% interest in five shale fields ranging across parts of six states, while Total’s $2.3-billion deal with Chesapeake Energy (N.CHK) gave the company 25% of 619,000 acres in the Utica Shale in Ohio.Shale Bubble Inflates on Near-Record Prices (Bloomberg)The Sinopec and Total deals described above were part of a whopping $8 billion in shale deals completed in the first two weeks of the year. Competition between Chinese, French, and Japanese energy explorers for acreage has pushed prices for shale projects almost to the peak set in 2008 before the collapse of Lehman Brothers, with recent deals seeing Japanese commodity trader Marubeni Corp. paying $25,000 per acre for a stake in Hunt Oil’s Eagle Ford shale property in Texas and Marathon Oil (N.MRO) paying $21,000 an acre for nearby prospects. In the Utica shale of Ohio and Pennsylvania, deal prices have jumped tenfold in five weeks to almost $15,000 an acre. It seems that companies are willing to risk spending too much in order to secure holdings in the world’s largest gas play, rather than be left behind.Iran Could Close Hormuz – But Not for Long (Reuters)This article provides a nice explanation of how Iran could indeed close the Strait of Hormuz, disrupting a fifth of all globally traded oil and sending oil prices skyrocketing, but that such an action would prompt swift retaliation from the United States and others that could leave the Islamic republic militarily and economically crippled. As such, Tehran’s threats to close the Strait are likely to remain hollow, and Iran’s ongoing naval exercises in the region are mostly a diversion from its real goal…Secret Nuclear Test Could Be Iran’s Trump Card in Strait of Hormuz Showdown (National Post)The more significant threat from Iran, at least according to this journalist, would be a nuclear test. Political analyst Peter Goodspeed agrees that a Strait of Hormuz blockade would be short-lived and invite serious retaliation that would leave Iran heavily damaged, and suggests Iran wants nothing to do with such conventional forms of aggression. Instead, he suggests Tehran is doing its all to prepare for a nuclear test, as any demonstration of nuclear capacity would pre-empt conventional attacks against Iran and set the stage for a very different set of diplomatic negotiations.Iran Trumpets Nuclear Ability at a Second Location (New York Times)Iran’s top nuclear official just announced that the country is on the verge of starting production at its second major uranium enrichment facility, reinforcing Tehran’s commitment to pursue its nuclear program despite international condemnation. The new enrichment site creates difficult new choices for the US and its allies in how far to go to limit Iran’s nuclear abilities: It is buried deep underground, is well defended against air strikes, and would be very difficult to disable once in operation. The news does not significantly affect estimates of how long it would take for Iran to produce a nuclear weapon, as it would still take six months to a year to enrich enough uranium for a weapon, and the new site is inspected regularly by the United Nations.EU Agrees to Embargo on Iranian Crude (Reuters)In early January Europe’s governments agreed in principle to ban imports of Iranian oil, days after President Obama signed into law several tough new sanctions that give the US the ability to severely limit Iran’s ability to buy and sell oil. EU diplomats reported unanimity on the concept of an Iranian oil embargo, though the details are not finalized. EU countries buy about 450,000 barrels per day (bpd) of Iran’s 2.6 million bpd in exports, making the bloc the second-largest market for Iranian crude after China.Venezuela Will Not Recognize World Bank Ruling in Exxon Case (Reuters)In our December Casey Energy Report, which gave our forecasts for 2012, we labeled this the “Decade of Nationalization.” In short, we foresee a major pinch arising as oil production declines in many countries just as their need for more oil, both domestically and for export, increases. One way countries will solve this problem will be by nationalizing assets. Venezuela is a trailblazer in the modern resource nationalization movement, and this article leaves no question as to President Hugo Chavez’s intentions: He believes Venezuela’s resources belong to Venezuelans, regardless of whether foreign companies spent billions finding and developing the assets. In this specific story, Exxon has taken Venezuela to the World Bank’s International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), seeking as much as $12 billion in compensation after Chavez nationalized the Cerro Negro oil project in 2007. Chavez says he will not recognize any decision by the ICSID, calls Exxon “immoral,” and says his country will not bow to imperialism and its tentacles. Many are following the Cerro Negro case closely, as the decision there is expected to set a precedent for future disputes between companies and producing states.Big Statoil Arctic Find Boosts Norway’s Oil Future (Financial Post)Norwegian oil firm Statoil announced a second big oil discovery in the Barents Sea in less than a year and predicted more to come in the region. It is the latest in a series of discoveries in Norway and another move in an accelerating race to find and develop energy reserves in the Arctic. The new oil find, named Havis, could hold 200 to 300 million barrels of recoverable oil equivalent. Combined with reserves from the nearby Skrugard field, discovered in April, Statoil now has 400 to 600 million barrels in the area. Finding oil in the Barents Sea has proven notoriously difficult, but Statoil’s continued efforts highlight the global need to search for oil in more challenging areas, because the “easy” oil is being tapped out.last_img read more

When humorist and writer Mara Altman was 19 and at

first_imgWhen humorist and writer Mara Altman was 19 and attending college at UCLA, she learned something about herself which, she says, felt devastating at the time.It happened while she was flirting with a server at a Mexican restaurant one evening. His name was Gustavo and he said five simple words: “I like your blonde mustache.”Now, she knew about this blonde mustache. But she had been bleaching it for years in the hopes that no one else would notice it.Altman’s latest book, Gross Anatomy: Dispatches from the Front (And Back), is a personal, darkly witty investigation into the human body — how we think about it and how it works. In a mix of personal anecdotes, science and cultural reporting and interviews, Altman explores pressing questions like, is PMS real? How come some people sweat so much? And who decided women shouldn’t have body hair, anyway?In an interview with NPR’s Ailsa Chang, Altman says she began the book with her fuzzy lip story because she wanted to reframe the shame she and the rest of us often feel about our physical selves — and lighten the taboo. She decided to face the facts — starting with a confession to her now-husband, Dave, that she does everything she can to rid herself of facial hair.”I needed him to know that he was marrying a woman with a goatee,” she says with a laugh. “I just didn’t want (1) to have him find out later and be upset, and (2) to just have to hide it anymore. I was just so tired.”Her husband’s response when Altman told him? “It’s just hair!” She says he couldn’t have cared less.INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS On where the idea that women should be mostly hairless comes from[Women in] the United States in the early 1900s — they were fine being hairy. But then … advertisers came on strong in the 1930s. They said that having armpit hair was dirty and gross; being clean-shaven was respectable, feminine. And then you also look at another kind of theory that we are all so afraid of our mortality; that we cover up anything that kind of hints at us being beasts, or animals. We put on perfumes, we cover up our holes — anything that excretes or is moist we don’t want anything to do with.On what it was like to grow up in a family that encouraged ‘going natural’I still had the experiences at school where I didn’t feel like I totally fit in. I was trying so hard to be natural, to be authentic like my parents said. But you still have the friends on the schoolyard who are like, ‘Ah, she’s hairy — gross!’ … I was in junior high and I was in PE class just getting ready to play dodgeball or something. And a girl pointed at my legs and said, ‘Ew, gross, you’re hairy!’ And I just felt totally seen and ashamed and wanted nothing more than to rip out every single hair on my body. And yet that went against everything in our household about being natural. And then I had to confront my mom about it, and finally ask her if I could shave.On what a psychology professor said when she asked whether premenstrual syndrome is real She said that when we say that PMS made us do something, that we’re using it as a scapegoat — and kind of discount it. And she also said that hormones don’t create moods, but they can exacerbate moods. [Those feelings are] very legitimate; we should pay attention to them. Every time we say that PMS made us do it a misogynist gets his wings! It feeds into this idea that we’re angry; that we don’t know what we’re doing. But really — like a woman who just feels really strong feelings and in another society would be extremely respected.On how she found out sweat is awesome The sweat researcher that I talked to said that if we were overheating and we couldn’t sweat, we’d basically die in, like, 20 to 30 minutes. So when I see my own sweat stains now on my pits, which is probably daily, I try to appreciate that that’s where we come from. That’s how we’re human. And I think that researching or learning about our bodies can also lessen the shame around it.On being at a nudist resort while pregnant with twins — for research You know, I wrote this book to kind of investigate why we feel the way we feel about our bodies. But a wonderful bonus was kind of realizing that we all have such a big variation. … I was like, ‘Oh my gosh! All these people. So many various sizes [and] shapes don’t fit into any of the beauty standards we typically talk about or see. There are rolls! There’s cottage cheese! There are hairy moles!’ … And they’re walking around indulging in life. And you’re like, OK, you know what? We’re just lucky we have bodies. That we get to do all this cool stuff in our bodies.Alyssa Edes and Renita Jablonksi produced and edited this interview for broadcast. Alyssa Edes adapted it for the Web. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

First Team Match SAINTS TV

first_imgFirst half tries from Morgan Knowles, Theo Fages and Lachlan Coote were added to by tries in the second half by Regan Grace, Jack Ashworth, Jonny Lomax and a Coote second as Saints came away with a 40-12 victory.And Percival insists it was a tough game and believes the Saints must continue to build ahead of the derby next week.“It was tough and a bit similar to last week going set for set in the early stages. We said it was going to be a hard game, they had a good team out and it was a real tough game and especially with the hostile crowd it was good to get the win.“We need to keep building. Last week was a good win and we wanted to carry on doing that this week and we showed that tonight, coming all the way to Hull and putting in a good performance. We have got some big games coming up so we need to keep focussed for them, but it is going good at the minute.”On our derby opponents Wigan next week, Percival said:“Wigan are coming good now, they are climbing up the table and they are a great side so to get a derby game at home next week is going to be brilliant. We are playing well, they are now playing well so it should be a really good game!”Saints are next in action in a non-televised derby. You can grab your tickets for the derby clash with Wigan Warriors at the Totally Wicked Stadium in a ‘Bad Friday’ repeat online here by calling 01744 455052 or by visiting the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium.Tickets for Saints Coral Challenge Cup Semi Final against Halifax, Saturday July 27 (KO 4:30pm) at the University of Bolton Stadium, are also on sale by clicking here.last_img read more

Pope Francis visits the church of San Giulio in Monteverde

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Papa Franġisku jżur il-parroċċa ta’ San Giulio, fil-periferija ta’ rUMAPapa Franġisku jżur il-parroċċa ta’ San Giulio, fil-periferija ta’ rUMA Pope Francis celebrated the Fifth Sunday of Lent on a pastoral visit to the Parish of San Giulio in Monteverde, in the western sector of the Diocese of Rome. The visit comes at the conclusion of three years of renovation work following the collapse of the roof. This was the 19th parish in Rome visited by the Pope.Dedication of the new AltarDuring his visit, the Holy Father will take the occasion to dedicate the church’s new altar, in which the relics of St John Bosco, St Margaret Mary Alocoque, and St Maria Goretti will be placed. Pope Francis was welcomed by Bishop Paolo Selvadagi, the auxiliary with care of the western sector of the Diocese; the Pastor, Fr Dario Frattini; and Fr Rinaldo Guarisco, the Superior General of the Canons Regular of the Immaculate Conception, to whom the pastoral care of the parish is entrusted.Before the Sunday Mass, Pope Francis met with several sick people in a room on the ground floor. Moving to the upper level, in the rectory, the Pope met with a group that set up a living Nativity scene to raise funds for the work of rebuilding. He also spoke with newlyweds, as well as couples preparing for marriage; before greeting volunteers of Caritas and those whom they assist by their charitable work.During his visit, the Pope also spoke with those responsible for planning and for carrying out the work of reconstruction work in the parish.Sacraments in the ParishIn the temporary structure used during the work of renovation, Pope Francis received children and young people who are preparing for the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation; along with families of children who have received, or will soon receive, the Sacrament of Baptism.Immediately before the celebration of the Mass, Pope Francis heard the Confessions of several of the parishioners.Papal visits in RomeThe visit to the Parish of San Giulio is the nineteenth formal visit Pope Francis has made to Roman Parishes. For various occasions, he has also gone to other Roman churches, including the Basilica of Santa Sofia, the home of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic community in Rome. In addition, during his pontificate, Pope Francis has also visited the Evangelical Lutheran community, the Anglican church of All Saints, and the Jewish Synagogue, all in Rome.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

Marketing Specialists vs Generalists Which You Should Hire

first_imgIncreasingly, B2B marketing teams are evolving into squads of specialists with digital DNA. Lattice Engines CMO Brian Kardon shares his tips for building a top-notch team that delivers results.If you asked Lattice Engines CMO Brian Kardon in 2005 which qualities he looked for in marketers, his answer would have been very different than the one he’d give you today. Back then, he preferred generalists who were good at a lot of different things. Now, he looks for a completely different profile.Specifically, Kardon favors marketers who are eclectic, passionate, unconventional, and hyper-focused on one particular discipline. Watch the video below to find out how exactly he goes about building — and cultivating — a B2B marketing team with those attributes.Key takeawaysHire doers, not talkers. Kardon says one of the first things he looks for a marketing hire is digital DNA. “(I want marketers who) don’t talk about blogging — they actually blog; they don’t talk about tweeting — they have a lot of followers, retweet, and are active (on Twitter),” he explains.Look for people who have focus and push themselves. When Kardon interviews marketing candidates, he tries to identify people who are disciplined enough to develop expertise, but who are also willing to try unconventional things and push their limits (i.e., teaching themselves a new skill; excelling at a new hobby; going on an adventurous trip; etc.).Be cognizant of career pathing. While modern CMOs need to build a team of specialists, Kardon says it’s also important to recognize not everyone will want to stay in the same role forever. To retain the best employees, you need to make career development something that is openly discussed. To facilitate that, Kardon puts his team through rotations in other roles to grow their skills (i.e., a content marketer to demand gen, and vice versa).Bonus: Free Interviewing Guide for Identifying the Best CandidatesYou don’t have time to make bad hires. Download our Savvy Interviewer’s Guide for sample checklists and interview questions to make sure you have all the information you need before you make an offer. Photo by: Zamzara AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

No Longer the Apple of the FBEye Start Up Your Day Roundup

first_img Add to Queue No Longer the Apple of the FB-Eye — Start Up Your Day Roundup Start Up Your Day Next Article Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Looking for the latest headlines in small business, innovation and tech? Our Start Up Your Day recaps are posted every morning to keep you current.1. No longer the Apple of the FB-EyeApple’s Tim Cook is refusing to comply with a court order to help the FBI break into the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters. Apple’s tech buddies, Facebook and Twitter have declared, “I’ve got your back, Apple.”Facebook issued this statement to USA Today:  “We condemn terrorism and have total solidarity with victims of terror. Those who seek to praise, promote, or plan terrorist acts have no place on our services. We also appreciate the difficult and essential work of law enforcement to keep people safe,” the statement reads. “When we receive lawful requests from these authorities we comply. However, we will continue to fight aggressively against requirements for companies to weaken the security of their systems. These demands would create a chilling precedent and obstruct companies’ efforts to secure their products.”2. Obama and CubaPresident Obama announced via tweet on February 19 that he’s going to Cuba in March:Next month, I’ll travel to Cuba to advance our progress and efforts that can improve the lives of the Cuban people.— President Obama (@POTUS) February 18, 2016This will be the first time in 80 years a sitting president has visited Cuba, and the trip is part of Obama’s overall push to hug it out with the communist country, including opening direct flight travel between the two countries and allowing U.S. businesses to engage with Cuba.In related news, the U.S and Cuba recently sanctioned the first U.S. business since the revolution — a tractor company — to be built on Cuban soil. The business is slated to open in early 2017.3. Trump vs. the Pope“A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian,” said Pope Francis about Donald Trump’s immigration policy on wall-building and such on a return trip from Mexico, igniting a verbal smackdown from Trump who was in South Carolina rallying support before the primary.In turn, Trump called the Pope’s words “disgraceful” and added something to the effect of when ISIS comes raging on the Vatican’s door, “the pope would only wish and have prayed that Donald Trump would have been elected president.”This could be Trump’s way of saying he doesn’t need the Pope’s approval to win the Feb. 20 primary.4. Shake Shack on Delta”If someone had told me a few years ago that we’d be serving our food on an airline, I would have said over my dead body,” said Shake Shack CEO Danny Meyer to the New York Times.Airplane food isn’t exactly known for its enticing qualities, but the New York Times reported that Meyer — who runs Union Square Hospitality Group which owns Blue Smoke, Gramercy Tavern and Union Square Cafe — has teamed up with Delta Airlines to up the game of international airline food starting March 1.Now fliers of of all international first-class flights out of JFK can enjoy some foodie grub.5. Sports Illustrated swimsuit issueIt’s on newsstands. Yep.Check the site for our roundup of the most entrepreneurial models to emerge from the pages of Sports Illustrated. –shares February 19, 2016 Enroll Now for $5 4 min read Image credit: TungCheung | Shutterstock.com Carolyn Sun Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful.last_img read more

London Startup Scene Weighs Threat of British Techxit

first_img Britain’s tech startup scene was having a bumper year in terms of new company creation, fresh funding and acquisitions by global tech players before voters decided to leave the European Union in Thursday’s referendum.Now high-profile companies are threatening to pull out or slow down plans to enter the U.K. market, international employees are second-guessing their immigration standing and investors could cut new funding that is the lifeblood of young tech firms.Market researchers are predicting a sharp slowdown in U.K. technology and advertising spending and the longer-term threat that sizeable portions of these budgets will move to the continent.”Nothing’s changed yet but everything’s changed,” said Taavet Hinrikus, the Estonian CEO and co-founder of cross-border money service Transferwise, which is based in London.London has become a magnet for tech entrepreneurs looking to do business in the European Union and a global launch pad for firms aiming to compete with U.S. and Asian web giants. Half the founders of London’s top tech startups come from outside Britain.One-third of recent European investments by venture capitalists, who are often drawn to tech startups, were made in Britain. In the first quarter, U.K. firms drew in $1.3 billion (984 million pounds) in funding, while the rest of Europe took $2.2 billion, according to research firm CBInsights.”The two main benefits of being part of the EU are access to talent because of the free movement of labor and the fact that you can ‘passport’ regulation so if you’re regulated in the U.K., you’re regulated across the EU,” said Hinrikus.”We don’t know what’s going to happen with either of those.”The Transferwise CEO now says “it’s too early to say” what the company may do but said before the referendum that his company could scale back further investment in London and consider moving its headquarters if Britain voted to leave the EU. Body blowsNumber26, a Berlin-based startup offering internet banking services over smartphones in eight European countries, is now reconsidering its planned entry into the U.K. market.”We are probably going to consider other markets first,” said co-founder and chief executive Valentin Stalf, citing separate bank licensing requirements likely to be required once outside the EU. “The U.K. market suddenly became a much more expensive proposition.”Detached from the EU, London could lose some key advantages: its status as a world financial center, European talent and the uniformity of regulations that allowed London-based companies to cater to the European market.Its international employee base may leave the city amid uncertainty about future immigration laws, creating shortages in retail, hospitality, healthcare and financial services, Forrester Research analyst Laura Koetzle said.Questions about who will have the right to stay “will both drive footloose talent to look for jobs abroad and dissuade others from coming,” she said, as employers likely face tougher work visa regimes.Berlin, London’s biggest rival for new tech firms, is likely to become more attractive as a European base, nearly a dozen entrepreneurs told Reuters. Aspiring fintech hubs including Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Dublin and Switzerland also could see more investment shift in their direction, financial services players said.Matthias Kroener, head of Munich-based internet bank Fidor, which entered Britain only last year, said: “Fintechs with the European market in their sights, may pull the plug on London because as young companies with the smallest roots they can react fastest and move first.”The vote requires Britain to file a two-year notice of plans to leave Europe, creating a period of uncertainty that will have immediate effect on overall technology and advertising spending, as well as fragile startups, analysts and entrepreneurs said.Number26 is likely to focus on other countries in Europe before expanding to the U.S. or Asia starting in 2018, although it has not ruled out the UK market completely, Stalf said.”The decision weakens Britain but it is not good for Europe altogether. Suddenly, the common market has shrunk by 60 million people,” the Berlin-based executive said.The decision is a setback for Europe generally, which in recent years has been out-gunned by five-fold in tech funding by the United States and twice over by Asia, as its bids to build world-class firms capable of taking on Apple, Google, Amazon and Uber.Budgets at riskTechnology spending for both Britain and Western Europe will turn negative both this year and next due to uncertainty caused by ongoing political volatility, said John Lovelock, chief forecaster for global technology market research firm Gartner.U.K. spending will sink by 0.3 percent in 2016 and 3 percent in 2017, the world’s largest corporate technology advisory firm now estimates, while expected tepid growth of 0.2 percent across Western Europe will fall to an unspecified level below zero.Gartner previously saw U.K. tech spending growing 1.7 percent in 2016 and 2 percent in 2017. The tech sector accounts for around 10 percent of British gross domestic product.Frost & Sullivan, another research firm, said start-ups face steeper funding and credit hurdles, with the big question mark whether the European Investment Fund (EIF), the largest investor in U.K. venture capital firms, will continue to invest there, and for how long.But not everyone thinks Brexit will harm London startups.”People are going to continue to live in London, the world’s hippest city. Whether or not the U.K. is part of the European Union, it still has a super business environment,” said Mark Tluszcz, co-founder and CEO of Mangrove Capital Partners, a Luxembourg-based venture capital firm with $750 million under management. With 15 to 20 percent of his portfolio in Britain, he’s still looking for fresh prospects.Oleg Fomenko is a Russian-born London entrepreneur whose latest company, Sweatcoin, is a fitness app which pays people to be more active. He said entrepreneurs adapt quickly.”The whole country turned around 180 degrees,” Formenko said. “If anyone knows how to get through this, it’s us.”(By Eric Auchard; additional reporting by Andreas Kroener in Frankfurt and Meg Garner in San Francisco; editing by Anna Willard) Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Image credit: Reuters | Paul Hackett –shares Add to Queue Russian co-founders of Sweatcoin fitness app (L-R) Oleg Fomenko, Ranbir Arora and Anton Derlyatka. Next Article Reuters London Startup Scene Weighs Threat of British ‘Techxit’ Brexit This story originally appeared on Reuters 6 min read Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand June 28, 2016 Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Summer Streamlining 7 Tools to Help You Automate Your Workload

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Summer Streamlining: 7 Tools to Help You Automate Your Workload 7 min read Next Article Workload Automation Guest Writer Image credit: ShutterStock July 3, 2016 Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel.center_img Managing partner of HigherVisibility Add to Queue –shares Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Scott Langdon It’s summer, and that means nice weather, pool parties, beach days and relaxation. Summer shouldn’t mean long days at the office, cooped up in a small space and missing all the outdoor fun. If the latter describes how you’ve been spending your time, perhaps now is a good time to start outsourcing some of your workload. Let a program do the annoying, tedious tasks your business requires to survive (and thrive), leaving you more time to enjoy summer with family and friends.Related: 4 Tools to Put a Stop to Time Wasters in 2016Workload automation might seem like a dream come true, but it’s important to understand that not every automated program is going to be right for your business. The land of workload automation is more complex now than ever, and there are an abundance of tools out there vying for the chance to handle your business tasks. So which one(s) are right for you? Read below to learn about eight of the most helpful tools in workload automation and how to use them most effectively.Social media.1. BufferBuffer is a social media marketing tool that is geared towards saving you time by connecting to various social media sites and posting on your behalf. They offer three different plans, and each includes varying amounts of assistance based on your budget and goals. As you can see below, the bigger your budget, the more you get from Buffer. But don’t feel like you need to go deep into your pockets in order to make this program a success. Their $10 a month plan still gets you 100 scheduled posts across 10 different social media accounts. Although it’s nowhere near as much as their Enterprise Plan — which also comes with analytics data — depending on the size of your business and your future goals, it might just be enough. It’s 100 less times you need to worry about making a scheduled post. This would be a very helpful tool if you’re struggling to handle a wide variety of social media accounts. If you have the extra money, the analytic data that comes with the Business and Enterprise plans could also be helpful in seeing whether or not your social media marketing is working — and thus, whether or not Buffer is a good investment.2. Sprout SocialSprout Social is another type of social media management software that works with many of the most popular social media sites out there — Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google+, Feedly, zendesk, etc. Sprout Social is different in that instead of integrating with as many profiles as possible, it focuses on quality vs. quantity. The most expensive plan only includes up to 30 profiles for $500 a month.That being said, they offer a lot more goodies for your money than Buffer does, including, but not limited to, analytic data, an all-in-one social inbox, varying types of reports, keyword tracking and message and content tracking. So again, think about your budget and your long-term goals before deciding which, if any, of these social media programs would be beneficial. Sprout Social would be great for businesses that don’t integrate with a ton of social media sites, and instead want to get the most value for the few that they do use for marketing.Related: Top 20 Social Media Tools to Add to Your Arsenal in 2016Productivity.3. IfThisThenThatIFTTT is a great way to cut down on your workload and increase productivity by creating “recipes” that utilize “if this, then that” statements. They give you an extensive list of suggestions to choose from to meet the needs of your business, home or personal life. You also have the option to customize recipes to really get the most out of this creative program. For example, you can use this site to easily and quickly create events in Google Calendar, catalog important emails using Evernote (which will also be discussed below), send reminders to yourself and/or your team, keep track of recurring tasks by scheduling to-dos and sync items across various cloud storage folders.4. TopTrackerTopTracker is a free time tracking app. Free! Who doesn’t like that? Whereas IFTTT is an app designed to increase productivity, TopTracker is designed to track your productivity in order to identify and correct deficiencies. TopTracker was made specifically with freelancers in mind. It can track activity levels and integrate timed screenshots, webcam shots or simple time tracking. It has a basic dashboard that gives you an uncluttered view of all your projects and their progress. You will also get detailed productivity reports so you know how everything is going. In addition, TopTracker gives freelancers a ton of privacy options, such as blurred screenshots and detailed privacy settings. This is a great way for small businesses to easily and privately track their productivity so they know what to improve on in the future.Organization.5. WunderlistWunderlist does exactly what their homepage boasts — it helps users keep their lives in sync by offering customized lists and reminders that you can create based off of your needs and goals. You can access Wunderlist on your phone, computer or tablet no matter where you are, making it very simple to create and keep up with all your daily, weekly and monthly tasks. You can also share your lists with friends, family and coworkers in order to collaborate on the aforementioned tasks. This would be very helpful for a business. Instead of one person slaving away on a list, you can divide and conquer with your coworkers so the work gets done more efficiently.Communication.6. InfusionsoftInfusionsoft automates your sales and marketing by combining your CRM, email marketing, lead capture and ecommerce all in one place. Their homepage boasts of the following benefits:Unfortunately, these benefits come with a price. Their cheapest plan is $199 a month and only includes CRM and marketing automation. The most expensive plan costs $599 a month and includes CRM, marketing automation, sales automation and ecommerce for up to 10 users. There’s also some plans in between that are customized for your various needs, whether they be ecommerce, sales automation or something else. There’s no doubt in my mind that Infusionsoft could help ease your workload by automating so many of your important tasks, but is the time saved worth the cost?  Weigh the pros and cons before making an investment as big as this one.Content.7. EvernoteEvernote is exactly what it sounds like — an online note-taking application that allows you to keep your thoughts, creative ideas, lists and more in a space that can be accessed from pretty much anywhere. Similar to Wunderlist, Evernote lets you keep track of photos and notes in an easy-to-find format that can also be shared with others in order to promote collaboration. Related: 4 Transformational Questions Your Business Should AskBoth offer free versions of the basic app with the option to pay to upgrade. Evernote also has a specific business option for $12 a month per user. The business version encourages teams to work together and share feedback on projects, and individuals to keep track of and sync their lists, images, files and web research all in once place.  This is a great app to use to promote working together and team-building among coworkers, which will in turn lighten everyone’s workload. Who wouldn’t be interested in that?Successful workload automation can help businesses combine both customer expectations with their business practices, resulting in happy customers and a more efficient business model. Who doesn’t want their business to operate more efficiently, especially during the summer months when there’s so much to enjoy outside of the office? Start incorporating one or more of the tools above, and you’re guaranteed to have business success, more free time and happier employees. How are you going to start?  Comment in the section below! Register Now »last_img read more

Top Email Marketing Best Practices to Increase Revenue

first_imgEmail Marketing Can Generate an ROI of over 4400%. Designrush Determined the Top Email Marketing Best Practices to Increase Revenue and the Best Email and Marketing Automation Agencies Research shows that email marketing can provide a return on investment up to 4400 percent. However, certain tactics within email campaigns will foster better revenue growth than others.DesignRush.com, a B2B marketplace connecting brands with agencies, discovered the three best email marketing best practices that can boost brands and encourage high click-through and conversion rates.The top 3 email marketing best practices of 2019 are:1. Collect Email Addresses HonestlyBrands should always ensure that the recipients of their email lists are aggregated fairly. Consumers should know exactly what they are signing up for, who is sending it, and how often they can expect emails.In addition, businesses should avoid tactics such as buying email lists. Although those might initially boost the number of people who receive communications, brands will also likely see lower click-through rates and conversions, and higher unsubscribe rates.Marketing Technology News: Contact Centers Adding AI to Become More Intelligent, Responsive to Customers2. Write Engaging Subject Lines Without Looking Like SpamThe key to increasing open rates – which is essentially the first step to email-driven conversions – is to write buzz-worthy subject lines. These should concisely describe the contents of the email and the unique value added. For instance, eCommerce stores should highlight sale details, while news organizations should focus on breaking news.However, too many buzz words can look like spam to inboxes – causing messages to go straight to spam – and recipients – causing them to delete the email. Avoid elements such as all capital letters and too many emojis in subject lines.3. A/B TestEach brand will find that certain email strategies work better for them than others – and no two brands are exactly the same. Therefore, the best way to understand the content and email tactics that a target audience wants is to A/B test campaigns.To do so, brands send two email campaigns that are exactly the same save for one element – such as delivery time, subject line, content format, or something else. A randomized half of their email list will receive one, and the other will receive the test campaign. Then, brands can compare results to determine which tactic was the most effective.“Email is one of the most effective – and trackable – forms of digital marketing,” says DesignRush Founder and Executive Director Gabriel Shaoolian. “By implementing a few best practices, brands will be able to sharpen their email campaigns, improve overall success, and grow their businesses and revenue more effectively.”Marketing Technology News: PX Open Marketplace Surpasses 500 Publishers in its ExchangeDesignRush’s Agency Listing section features the top local and global email marketing companies. The top email and marketing automation agencies include:1. B2B Data GuyB2B Data Guy is a one-stop shop for B2B email lists and managed email campaigns. All contacts are verified deliverable, and if an email bounces its refunded. B2B Data Guy boasts average open rates 62%, varies by industry, lists delivered within 72 hours of payment, discounts for orders over 1,000 contacts and for repeat orders, 36 data points per contact, amazing customer service, and email campaign creation/support help available upon request.2. BestSEO4uBestSEO4u is an online marketing agency which stands proudly among the leading specialist UK WordPress agencies and is a trusted Internet Marketing expert. To them, online success doesn’t mean just traffic – it translates to top conversion rates and earnings. Their experience and portfolio recommend them as the dynamic, flexible, innovative and reliable partner each online business has always needed. Their London-based company is at the heart of everything – they’re among thriving businesses in a most competitive environment, where players are always on the look for the next best strategy. Nothing better for them, as it allows BestSEO4u to improve their game consistently and deliver outstanding solutions to clients!3. Black87Black87 is the team of inspired, ambitious and creative fellows. Their performance marketing services are designed for brands to have full control over their marketing spending. They can help brands own their piece of the web. Driving measurable results, Black87’s forward-looking approach has helped clients in technology, physical retail, e-commerce, and crowdfunding projects.Marketing Technology News: Pagely Announces 2nd Annual Scholarship for Underrepresented Students in Tech Top Email Marketing Best Practices to Increase Revenue PRNewswireApril 25, 2019, 4:00 pmApril 25, 2019 A/B testb2b marketplacecrowdfunding projectsemail marketingmarketing automationMarketing TechnologyNews Previous Article9 out of 10 Marketers Deploy Personalization to Improve Customer Experiences, According to New Evergage StudyNext ArticleData-Driven Marketers Head to the Cloudlast_img read more

Introducing Shutterstock Elements Thousands of CinemaGrade Video Effects for Filmmakers

first_img NewsShutterstockVideo Previous ArticleGCOM Software Announces Ernie Connon as New Chief Growth OfficerNext ArticleProgress Named a Leader in the New 2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Multiexperience Development Platforms Introducing Shutterstock Elements, Thousands of Cinema-Grade Video Effects for Filmmakers MTS Staff WriterJuly 16, 2019, 10:35 pmJuly 16, 2019 Blockbuster-quality video effects created by industry professionals, including 4K lens flares, essential transitions, captivating video kits with smoke, fire, explosions and moreShutterstock, Inc., a leading global technology company offering a creative platform for high-quality content, tools and services, announced its new footage offering—Shutterstock Elements. Over 3,000 elements captured on cinema-grade cameras and lenses have been added to the site, including transitions, lens flares, VFX (visual effects), video kits, film overlays, HUD (head-up display) and UI (user interface) elements. Compatible with all major video editing programs, Elements also includes detailed tutorials on how to optimize effects.Video consumption rates continue to grow and consequently, the power of video content has never been stronger. According to Mary Meeker’s 2019 Internet Trends Report, digital video is now up to 28% of average daily watching time and 59% of Gen Z users cite YouTube as their preferred learning channel. As marketers respond to this trend by making video a top priority in their marketing mix, Shutterstock Elements offers popular, easy-to-use video effects that anyone can apply to make their content stand out.Marketing Technology News: Introducing Acoustic: A New Marketing Cloud Bringing Humanity to AI-Powered Marketing“The demand for high-quality video is growing while budgets are only getting smaller and timelines are getting shorter. Video editors, compositors, and vloggers are constantly faced with the challenge of maintaining quality and making the content stand out in today’s golden age of video,” said Sylvain Grande, SVP of Product & UX at Shutterstock. “Elements is a one-stop shop for creatives who are churning out projects at an unprecedented rate, providing assets made with cinema-grade equipment that can make any project look like a big-budget production in no time.”The new offering includes expertly curated categories for specific genres, from content for everyday moments to blockbuster action scenes. Video kits like “Yum” are tailored for food vloggers and How-to’s with over 100 elements including lower thirds, transitions, animated characters, and loopable backgrounds. Film overlays like “Illuminate” offer 120 different light leak elements and practical effects shot in 4K resolution. The curated collections are designed to take any video project to the next level by adding polished elements and finishing touches like flares and sizzle for a more professional feel.Marketing Technology News: New TimeTrade Schedule-A-Demo Solution Helps B2B Software Companies Increase Inbound Lead-to-Meeting Conversion by 4XThe wide selection of elements ranges from digital assets, like transitions and overlays, to physical effects like explosions or glass shattering. The physical assets were each filmed on location with specialists using high-end gear—like the Ricochet VFX pack, which includes authentic muzzle flashes filmed working alongside experts, or the Detonate VFX pack which offers explosions as wide 250 feet.Marketing Technology News: Blue Prism Collaborates with Microsoft to Deliver Free Cloud Trial on Azurelast_img read more

Machine learning algorithms applied to biopsy images can improve gut disease diagnosis

first_imgYou’re talking about a disease that affects hundreds of thousands of children, and that is entirely preventable.”Dr. Sana Syed, UVA Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 18 2019A study published in the open access journal JAMA Open Network June 14 by scientists at the University of Virginia schools of Engineering and Medicine and the Data Science Institute says machine learning algorithms applied to biopsy images can shorten the time for diagnosing and treating a gut disease that often causes permanent physical and cognitive damage in children from impoverished areas.In places where sanitation, potable water and food are scarce, there are high rates of children suffering from environmental enteric dysfunction, a disease that limits the gut’s ability to absorb essential nutrients and can lead to stunted growth, impaired brain development and even death.The disease affects 20 percent of children under the age of 5 in low- and middle-income countries, such as Bangladesh, Zambia and Pakistan, but it also affects some children in rural Virginia.For Dr. Sana Syed, an assistant professor of pediatrics in the UVA School of Medicine, this project is an example of why she got into medicine. Related StoriesStudy offers clues about how to prevent brain inflammation in Alzheimer’sResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairNew therapy shows promise in preventing brain damage after traumatic brain injurySyed is working with Donald Brown, founding director of the UVA Data Science Institute and W.S. Calcott Professor in the Department of Engineering Systems and Environment, to incorporate machine learning into the diagnostic process for health officials combating this disease. Syed and Brown are using a deep learning approach called “convolutional neural networks” to train computers to read thousands of images of biopsies. Pathologists can then learn from the algorithms how to more effectively screen patients based on where the neural network is looking for differences and where it is focusing its analysis to get results.”These are the same types of algorithms Google is using in facial recognition, but we’re using them to aid in the diagnosis of disease through biopsy images,” said Brown.The machine learning algorithm can provide insights that have evaded human eyes, validate pathologists’ diagnoses and shorten the time between imaging and diagnosis, and from a technical engineering perspective, might be able to offer a look into data science’s “black boxes” by giving clues into the thinking mechanism of the machine.But for Syed, it is still about saving lives.”There is so much poverty and such an unfair set of consequences,” she said. “If we can use these cutting-edge technologies and ways of looking at data through data science, we can get answers faster and help these children sooner.” Source:University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied ScienceJournal reference:Syed, S. et al. (2019) Assessment of Machine Learning Detection of Environmental Enteropathy and Celiac Disease in Children. JAMA Network Open. doi.org/10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.5822.last_img read more

What to do if Facebook says your info was used by Cambridge

Citation: What to do if Facebook says your info was used by Cambridge Analytica (2018, April 10) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-facebook-info-cambridge-analytica.html Explore further With Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg set to testify before Congress on the scandal involving data firm Cambridge Analytica, the social network is informing individual users their profiles may have been used for the firm’s political targeting without their consent. Starting at noon ET Monday, Facebook was scheduled to begin alerting users if they were some of the estimated 87 million whose profiles Facebook says were scraped and improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica. (That political ad targeting firm says it used only 30 million Facebook profiles obtained from a psychology app developer.)What users will do with that information boils down to engaging in the boring but eye-opening privacy clean-ups many have already embarked on, finding all the apps that had access to your info and then cutting this access off. Bad news: with the data leak over three years old, it’s too late to take what’s already out there back.Were you notified by Facebook your profile was part of the Cambridge Analytica leak? Write to us at techcomments@usatoday.com.What is Facebook doing?All users will get a message at the top of their News Feed with a link detailing apps tied to Facebook, or that you’ve deleted, and how those apps used your data.How will I know if I’ve been affected?If your data was misused, Facebook will direct you to its Help Center featuring a tool letting you know how data may have been misused. The scandal not only impacts users who took the personality quiz “This Is Your Digital Life,” but friends of those users.What should I do about it?Regardless of whether you were affected, you should check what apps are tied to Facebook. Go to Settings, then Apps and Websites to figure out what apps you have granted permission to connect to Facebook.For those users impacted by Cambridge Analytica, the tool will give them a good idea of how their data has been used.However, it’s too late for users to do anything to fix it.”The simple reason that Facebook users can do very little is that Facebook, not the users, has the data and determines who gets the data,” said Marc Rotenberg, president of the Electronic Privacy Information Center. ©2018 USA Today Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Facebook to send Cambridge Analytica data-use notices Monday 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. read more

New York Times to pass 4 million subscribers soon

first_img © 2018 AFP This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The New York Times, the most prestigious newspaper in the United States, announced Wednesday that it expects to “soon” cross the threshold of four million subscribers, even if growth is slowing. Explore further NY Times reports more subscribers, posts Q4 losscenter_img The company added 109,000 new digital-only subscriptions in the second quarter.As a result, the newspaper ended the quarter with a 2.89 million digital-only subscriptions and 3.8 million subscriptions as a whole, including readers who receive only the print edition.Since late 2016, when Donald Trump shocked the US establishment by winning the US presidency, the Times has enjoyed a period of rapid growth, acquiring around one million new subscribers.”We’ll soon pass three million digital-only subscribers and four million total subscribers,” Mark Thompson, president and chief executive officer, told a conference call with investors, on Wednesday.But the market has seen digital subscription growth slow, with a net gain of 139,000 readers in the first quarter of 2018, compared to 157,000 new digital-only subscriptions in the last quarter of 2017.Thompson countered that the net additions were “still much higher” than typically achieved in the second quarter since the launch of the pay model.Another reason, he said, for the slowdown was the Times’ decision to reduce marketing spent on Facebook due to a dispute with the social network which is currently in the process of being resolved.Subscription income accounted for 62.8 percent of revenue in the second quarter, compared to 50.5 percent five years ago, an increase that has partially offset a decline in advertising income, the company said.Subscription revenue was up 4.2 percent year-on-year, while advertising revenue was down 9.9 percent.Second-quarter digital advertising revenue decreased 7.5 percent, while total revenue increased to $414.6 million, a growth of 4.2 percent year-on-year.Net profit was $23.6 million, up 51 percent mainly due to a lower outlay on severance costs compared to the same quarter in 2017. Citation: New York Times to pass 4 million subscribers ‘soon’ (2018, August 8) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-york-million-subscribers.html L’entrée du New York Times, le 21 avril 2011last_img read more

Facebooks Sheryl Sandberg is tainted by crisis after crisis

first_img Outgoing Facebook exec takes fall for hiring opposition firm Until now, Sandberg focused on growth, often tackling obstacles with strategic messaging, rather than addressing the root cause of problems, according to the current and former employees who spoke with Bloomberg.In October 2017, Facebook was preparing for its first-ever congressional hearing on Russia’s interference in the U.S. presidential election. Before the public grilling, Sandberg wanted to make a personal visit to Washington D.C., thinking she could smooth things over behind the scenes. But the company didn’t have much to say about how it was fixing holes in its system that let Russia run its manipulation campaign, and it didn’t have satisfying answers about why it failed to catch the operation. So the company’s policy advisers asked Sandberg not to go. And if she did go, they suggested she listen more than talk, according to people familiar with the matter.Sandberg went anyway, with plenty of talking points. It didn’t work. She mostly told lawmakers that Facebook should have moved faster to find problems, and promised to do better. In some cases, like in a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus, the lack of substance backfired. Members of the caucus told the media afterwards that they wanted concrete changes, not promises.It was the beginning of a campaign that focused largely on the perception of Facebook, not the reality of its flaws. The company said Sandberg took this approach, however unsatisfying, because world leaders were interested in hearing from people in power at Facebook, and it seemed better than not showing up. But The New York Times detailed how Sandberg’s side of the organization obfuscated and denied problems. That included hiring a firm that helped Facebook smear critics behind the scenes, in part by linking a Facebook protest group to the billionaire George Soros, who is often the subject of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.”I want to be clear that I oversee our comms team and take full responsibility for their work and the PR firms who work with us,” Sandberg said in a memo to employees last week. “I also want to emphasize that it was never anyone’s intention to play into an anti-Semitic narrative against Mr. Soros or anyone else.”Sandberg has at times focused on her own priorities over Facebook’s, the current and former employees also said. The COO is proactive when thinking about interpersonal relationships and messaging campaigns. Each winter, before the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, her team prepares a binder of all the people she might meet and what they might ask her. She uses this tactic throughout the year. But that kind of analysis—of what might occur before it happens—wasn’t as thoroughly applied to assessing risks to Facebook and how the company might be run differently, the employees said.Around the same time Sandberg made the trip to D.C. in October 2017, Facebook and the broader technology industry were preparing for a battle over an important piece of legislation. The bill, meant to address child sex trafficking, also increased internet companies’ liability for content users posted on their services. Facebook’s policy team argued against the law. But then Sandberg got involved. After she was personally lobbied by women in Washington, she decided Facebook should support the legislation, according to people familiar with the matter. The surprise shift crippled the industry’s united front, and the bill passed.The episode prompted questions among some Facebook staff over whether Sandberg was putting her own politics and relationships ahead of what was best for the company, according to two of the people. Facebook confirmed Sandberg led support for the bill, but a company spokeswoman said the COO “made the call because it was consistent with the company’s values.”Sandberg has also suffered from a weakness that has affected other powerful corporate executives, according to the employees who spoke with Bloomberg. She surrounded herself with trusted lieutenants who protected her from criticism and bad news, potentially slowing her response to growing crises, they said. And she protects them in return.Elliot Schrage, Facebook’s head of communications and policy, is an example. He worked with Sandberg when she helped build Google’s advertising business, then moved with her to Facebook in 2008. Schrage wrote a note to employees last week to take responsibility for hiring the Republican crisis communications firm, Definers, that conducted opposition research against Soros and others. Facebook leaked the memo to take pressure off Sandberg, according to a person familiar with the situation.In 2011, Sandberg hired Joel Kaplan as a vice president of public policy. The two had been close at Harvard. Kaplan has come under fire within the company for his close friendship and public support of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh at a time when Facebook is being accused of political bias. But Kaplan will not face consequences, the people said.Sandberg’s favorites are known by the term FOS, for “Friend of Sheryl,” and several have been promoted to powerful positions at the company, according to four people familiar with the situation. But there’s been little incentive for these advisers to tell her negative things because she often criticizes people harshly and sometimes ousts them from her close circle when they disappoint her, the people said. “She’s so brutal to people, no one wants to bring her anything,” one of the people added.Sandberg seems to realize she needs to create a new culture where people feel more comfortable telling her about Facebook’s problems. One of her biggest regrets this year, she has told friends and colleagues, is that the company took too long to respond to the unfolding crisis over Cambridge Analytica, the consulting firm that obtained data on Facebook users without their consent. The revelations emerged in March, but Sandberg and Zuckerberg waited several days before addressing it publicly.Soon after, Sandberg created a new “strategic response” team, reporting up to Justin Osofsky, vice president of operations and corporate development. The group’s mandate is to bring Sandberg up to speed on the biggest immediate risks facing the company. The group is seated next to her conference room in Facebook’s Menlo Park, California, headquarters and meets with the COO every Friday at 10:30 a.m. local time.It’s a team that attempts to handle critical and time-sensitive situations, the “types of problems that cut across the company, touching a lot of different product teams,” Osofsky said. Before the meetings end, Sandberg either makes a decision or escalates the issue to Zuckerberg, Osofsky added.Two months ago, Facebook showed off a “War Room” that brought employees from different teams together to quickly spot and fix issues like misinformation during the U.S. midterm elections. At the time, the company said the War Room might be deployed for future elections. But it’s been disbanded in favor of the strategic response team as a more-permanent solution, a Facebook spokesperson said. The group coordinated Facebook’s response to a tip from the Federal Bureau of Investigation on potential Russian activity ahead of the U.S. midterms, something that may have previously taken the company longer to address.Osofsky, who spoke to Bloomberg News with Facebook’s blessing, disagreed with employee criticisms of Sandberg’s leadership. “Sheryl’s style is very fact-based,” he said. “She sets an exceptionally high bar for my team and all the teams that report to her. I often have conversations where I personally disagree, and she’s very receptive.”Sandberg is also recruiting advisers with different experience. Schrage is currently training his replacement—Nick Clegg, a former U.K. deputy prime minister.”One of the things Nick brings, which is very helpful given his political experience, is a perspective to the table that is different from a person who works in California,” Osofsky said.And just in time. Over the weekend, the U.K. government seized Facebook documents that include emails between executives about data sharing with third-party app developers. Clegg will be tested in handling Facebook’s next potential crisis on his home turf. Citation: Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg is tainted by crisis after crisis (2018, November 27) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-facebook-sheryl-sandberg-tainted-crisis.html 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. ©2018 Bloomberg News Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.center_img Some of her staff, who saw the executive as larger than life, now blame her for Facebook’s woes. At times, she prioritized her own brand over Facebook’s; surrounded herself with trusted lieutenants who filtered bad news; and didn’t address problems quickly enough or treated them as perception issues not opportunities for real change, according to eight current and former Facebook employees from her side of the organization.Ever since the 2016 presidential election, Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg has been criticized for his failure to understand the potential downsides of Facebook’s products. Sandberg escaped direct scrutiny until a New York Times report earlier this month linked some of Facebook’s current woes to her decisions. From now on, “she is always going to be tainted,” said one Facebook worker. The person asked not to be identified for fear of losing their job.When Facebook was growing quickly and its shares were soaring, Sandberg was lauded for her leadership and meticulous management of relationships. After writing the 2013 book “Lean In,” which advocated for women in the workplace, she became the most famous female executive in America.But this year, a series of company scandals and missteps, including misinformation on the social network and privacy breaches, have caught up to the 49 year-old executive. As COO, Sandberg oversees advertising and is rightly praised for masterminding an explosion in revenue. But she also leads legal and policy at Facebook, making her largely responsible for rising regulatory risks, souring government relationships and a 39 percent slump in Facebook’s stock since late July.”Many of the most pressing problems fall under Sandberg’s responsibility,” said Brian Wieser, an analyst at Pivotal Research Group. “Placing the blame on Sandberg would be a convenient path forward for them.”Zuckerberg is only really accountable to himself; he holds the majority of Facebook’s voting power and is chairman of the board. But he doesn’t seem interested in shifting blame. He’s fiercely loyal to Sandberg after a decade in business together, and recently told CNN he hopes to work with her for “decades more to come.” Still, Sandberg will have to change the way she works to undo the damage to the company and her reputation. There are signs she’s already altering her approach, changing key advisers and creating a “strategic response” team to speed her reaction to hiccups that could turn into the company’s next crisis. Facebook Inc. crises this year have put immense pressure on Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, undermining her authority and tainting an image that was burnished by the social-media company’s meteoric rise. Explore furtherlast_img read more

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