Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Name:Elektra Flaskas – Troaditis, 11, Grade Six.Your greatest achievement and how you reached them?I was one of ten finalists for the Little Big Shots competition, which is a competition run by ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) that requires us to write a film review. I wrote my film review on the kid’s movie, Valo. The prize was a three day film making course. During this time I made a short film with another finalist.Goal for the future?Although I enjoy film making, my goal is to become a graphic designer.Best moment of your life?The best moment of my life was when my brother Anatoli was born two years ago.One word that describes you the best:The word that best describes me is friendly.Persons you most admire and why?My friends at school- Veronica, Elenor, Binnie, and Tara because they are fun and like to play with me.Most embarrassing moment?When there was a big hole in the back of my leggings.If I could say anything to the Greek community…Make Greek school more interesting and fun so kids can be better educated and will enjoy going more.Favourite place to go or hang out at?My favourite place would have to be The Gelo Bar in East Brunswick. I love the mud cake ice-cream.Song that I can’t get out of my head at the moment:Fireflies by Owl City.Favourite Greek food?My favourite Greek food is Greek salad and roast lamb with potatoes. I also like international foods especially Japanese. I can’t live without…My ipod, my clarinet and my computer.If I was Kevin Rudd for a day I would…Make public transport free around Australia so people don’t drive their cars as much. read more
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is not too worried about the extent of Cristiano Ronaldo’s ankle injury after their 2-2 draw against Barcelona in Sunday night’s “El Clasico”Barcelona defender Gerard Pique appeared to have stepped on Ronaldo’s ankle as he scored Real’s first equaliser in the 14th minute at the Nou Camp.The Portuguese forward continued to play throughout the remainder of the first-half but had to be substituted after the break with Real just under two weeks away from facing Liverpool in the Champions League final.“We’re not worried about the final,” said Zidane, according to BBC.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“He’s not great right now but I think it’s going to be a small thing – it was only a bad movement,”“I can’t say how long he’ll be out for. Tomorrow he’ll have a scan.”After a slow start to the season, Ronaldo has been sensational in the latter part of Real’s campaign and the 33-year-old has scored 25 La Liga goals in 26 appearances. read more
Tags 20 Photos Culture Wearable Tech Aug 31 • Apple iPhone 11 launches Sept. 10, Disney Plus in big demand Apple • Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Here’s some of the best electric rideables available right now See All Post a comment 0 reading • The Whistle Go wants to be an Apple Watch for dogs Ruby agreed to be our test canine for the Whistle Go Explore. Joseph Kaminski/CNET Joe’s dog Ruby is scratching too much. That’s just one of the things his medium-sized Golden Whoodle discovered when he took the Whistle Go Explore for a test run during the dog days of an NYC summer. There are a ton of GPS and fitness trackers for dogs and larger cats on the market that sync with your phone via Bluetooth to tell you how much activity they’re getting, where they are and how much they’re sleeping. So what makes Whistle different? Big data.Whistle is owned by Mars. The same company that makes Snickers and M&Ms also has a pet division that owns the biggest chains of animal hospitals (VCA, Blue Pearl) and veterinarians (Banfield, Linnaeus), sells some of the most popular pet food and treats (Iams, Temptations) and offers canine DNA testing services (Wisdom Panel). And that’s only a handful of its pet-related brands.Read more: The best gifts for dog loversThe latest version of its trackers, Whistle Go and Whistle Go Explore, move beyond simple location and health tracking to recognize and report patterns that may indicate other types of problems, just as we’re seeing with wearables for humans. Using the results of a survey of 55,000 dogs via Banfield (with another 30,000-dog study ongoing) and machine learning, the initial capabilities are detection of excessive scratching and licking, but the company plans to expand beyond those based on the results of its studies.The Whistle Go Explore, without the dog. Whistle The $100 Go and $130 Go Explore differ by ruggedness and battery life: The Go Explore can be submerged in up to 6ft/2m of water and the battery can last up to 20 days compared with the Go’s 3ft/0.9m depth level and 10-day battery. The Go Explore has a light you can toggle on and off through the app. This, of course, will reduce the overall battery performance. And they come in different colors of course. You still have to tack on a monthly AT&T subscription of $6.95 to $9.95, depending on contract, which is steep (and currently limits service to the US).Note that CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site.See Whistle Go at AmazonSee Whistle Go Explore at AmazonBoth improve on the low-end $90 model, the Whistle 3, and its seven-day battery. The new models incorporate a more sensitive accelerometer that enables it to sense vibrations typical of scratching or licking and distinguish between the two, as well as to provide real-time location tracking with alerts rather than at 60-second intervals (a minute is a long time for a dog gallivanting through Manhattan streets). They also add weekly wellness reports to the iOS and Android apps in addition to the more commonly reported duration and distance, calories burned and activity recommendations.Enlarge ImageRuby’s wellness report showed she was scratching an unusual amount. Ruby Although a tad bulky on Ruby, it’s pretty light at just under an ounce and we think it looks cute. (We’re not sure what she thinks, but she seems to be OK with it.) It’s recommended for pets 8 pounds/3.6kg or larger which means you can use it with an above-average size cat — if they’ll let you put it on.Setup is pretty straightforward. You download the Whistle app and follow the instructions to connect to your home network. You can add a picture of your pet, select its breed and set a daily activity goal. You can also add “safe” places — home, a family member’s place and so on — so the app knows when to notify you that your pet is on the move.Icons in the app remind us that Ruby needs to be active every day, while also telling us which aspects she could fo with some work. For example, there are days where she gets a lot of walking but not as much playing. Ruby’s generally an active pup, but we discovered that when no one’s home she isn’t doing much. Now we’re thinking about ways to incorporate more playtime at home while we’re at work.The Wellness Trends section showed us that Ruby was scratching too much (which subsequently switched to licking). Had she needed to go to the vet, we would have had exact information as to when the scratching started and when it shifted to licking, which can be really helpful for diagnosing skin conditions and determining whether they’re a physical issue or stress related.When the dog walker arrived we could see when the pair left the building, how far they went and get an alert when they returned. Knowing where home is also allows the device to go into power-saving mode to extend battery life. The Whistle needed to be charged about once a month.The Whistle app supports multiple users, so both of Ruby’s humans could monitor her progress and location. The company has made an effort to gamify activity with achievements, from reaching her daily goals, upping miles traveled and completing a perfect week, to name a few.Detecting when Ruby left home wasn’t quite as seamless in NYC as it might be in less population-dense areas. Wi-Fi network signals can reach well beyond an apartment, so it didn’t recognize that she wasn’t at what we consider home — outside the apartment but still within the building — and delayed jumping to the cell network. Share your voice Apple read more
Top leaders of Jatiya Oikya Front have sat in a meeting this (Monday) evening to work out its next course of action after a massive debacle in the 11th parliamentary elections, reports UNB.The meeting is scheduled to be held at Oikya Front convener Kamal Hossain’s Motijheel chamber, Gono Forum leader Amin Afsari told UNB.He said the senior leaders of the alliance will evaluate the election results and finalise their future action programmes.Kamal Hossain, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, JSD president ASM Abur Rob, Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna and other senior leaders of Oikya Front are expected to join the meeting.Earlier in the day, the alliance cancelled its press briefing scheduled to be held at the National Press Club at 12:00pm.Meanwhile, BNP standing committee members sat in an emergency meeting at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office at 4:00pm to analyse election results and finalise their future course of action.BNP senior leaders are also scheduled to hold another meeting with the top leaders of the 20-party alliance at the same venue at 6:00pm. read more
Al OrtizTexas A & M System chancellor John Sharp (center) and Texas A & M president Michael Young (right) toured Houston Methodist after a taking part in a presentation on their upcoming school.With technology playing an increasingly big role in medicine, Texas A&M is planning a new school that will combine medicine and engineering to train future doctors.The school, which will be located at Houston Methodist hospital, will be part of Texas A&M’s College of Medicine’s MD program and its College of Engineering.The goal is teaching medicine to students who already have an engineering undergraduate degree into physicians who can skillfully work using technology.“Technology is integral to where medicine is today and certainly to where medicine is going tomorrow, whether you are talking the technologies to assist in diagnoses or the technologies to assist in the research processes,” noted Marc Boom, president and CEO at Houston Methodist, during a presentation.Researchers and students at the school will work on new orthopedics and prosthetics, and developing tissue regeneration and perfecting telemedicine are other possibilities.Texas A&M System Chancellor John Sharp says new technologies are an example of what medicine can be like in the coming years with the work of their future students.“A patient would simply walk through a doorway at home and the information would be sent to a specialist in Houston and that specialist in the Texas Medical Center would be able to communicate with the patient’s rural, small practice doctor,” Sharp commented.Texas A&M projects the school’s first class will have 50 students who will start in fall 2017. Share 00:00 /01:19 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen read more
In order to promote tourism and to bring forward the best of best features that Kerala, popularly known as God’s Own Country, offers to make one’s holidaying experience, heavenly, Kerala Tourism held a press meet with Nanda Kumar, Deputy Director, Kerala Tourism. The event, which took place in the national Capital on Friday had some cultural performances that enthralled the guests.Kerala is the perfect holiday destination of India; from picturesque landscapes, exciting getaways to rich culture and heritage the state has a lot to showcase. As a ritual, the state brings you a 360 degree preview of India’s favorite destination; the essence of the state being captured in one single event. The idea is to witness the rich culture, extravagant heritage, magnificent landscapes, cuisine, music and art all in one show. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’To strengthen Kerala’s position as ‘God’s Own Country’ and to create a destination pull, Kerala Tourism will also launch a new theme campaign to showcase Kerala and its unique attractions. Food festivals conducted in cities such as Ahmadabad and Mumbai to market Kerala’s authentic cuisine, one of the tourist attractions of the State. Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) will come up with special discounted packages during the period.Kerala Tourism has declared the period from April 2015 to April 2016 as ‘Visit Kerala Year’ and an array of activities are planned as part of it. In the wake of the fresh initiative, Kerala Tourism will explore more new markets like China, Sri Lanka etc. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixA comprehensive festivals and events calendar will be prepared and promoted through multiple channels, including India Tourism Offices and Indian embassies abroad. Kerala will be promoted as a major “Wedding and MICE destination” through online campaigns. As part of its innovative water-based tourism facilities, the Kerala Tourism Infrastructure Ltd., under the state’s Department of Tourism, launched the Hop-on Hop-off boat service and Water Taxis, for the first time in India, in the backwaters of Kochi and in the Spice Route project of Muziris. read more
2 min read This story originally appeared on CNBC Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Piper Jaffray expects Apple to sell 1 million Apple Watches in the product’s first weekend on the market as the company’s fanboys pile in to the new segment.The firm arrived at the forecast after surveying 10,000 people over the course of a year, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said on Wednesday. It estimates that roughly 5 percent to 7 percent of iPhone users—and a slightly larger percentage of iPhone 6 owners—will adopt the Apple’s first wearable.”I think the clear takeaway is this: The first quarter is going to be a decent quarter because of the fanboys. It’ll probably die down a little bit, and then this really goes vertical a year plus from now,” Munster told CNBC’s “Squawk Alley.”The launch will be Apple’s most mysterious since the iPhone debuted because the company has said it will not disclose unit sales when it reports earnings, he said.As such, investors will have to read between the lines and back into the numbers. A slight lift in gross margin could offer clues because the Apple Watch is a high-margin product, Munster said.He also suggested investors look to some of the bigger developers to hear how they’re building apps for the watch.”What we’ve heard from those developers so far is that Apple is limiting the functionality that they’re allowing them to tap into the watch. Part of it’s for power reasons. Part of it’s for stability reasons,” he said.He continued to say, “When we start to hear about better, more compelling apps being built, that’s going to be the trigger that’s going to get the average consumer to get more excited about this, because right now they’re really struggling with the real value of the watch.”With expectations relatively neutral heading into the launch, the stock is set up to perform well once the Apple Watch hits the shelves, Munster said.Neither the analyst nor his family owns shares of Apple. Piper Jaffray does not hold greater than a 1 percent share of the stock, nor does it provide investment banking services to Apple. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global April 2, 2015 read more
Travel distribution industry entering period of “unprecedented change,” says new Amadeus study Share Tags: Amadeus, GDS, Trend Watch Posted by Travelweek Group Tuesday, October 11, 2016 LONDON and MADRID — Artificial Intelligence, virtual reality and the use of portable technology could change travel distribution as we know it over the next 10 years, according to a new independent study released today by the London School of Economics (LSE).These are just some of the potential “future pathways” identified in ‘Travel distribution: the end of the world as we know it’, an LSE study commissioned by Amadeus. The report recommends six areas for industry-wide collaboration:Consumer expectations will rapidly spill over from retail into travel distribution. Players in the travel distribution industry will need to respond with broad collaborations for aggregating, processing and harnessing the big data involved. Otherwise, the explosion of complexity and differentiation of services in the short term could translate into potential confusion for the consumer.The role of gatekeepers, the giant IT companies with major consumer interfaces, in travel distribution will continue to grow, notably through the use of virtual assistants, payment technologies and integration into social media.The size and power of ‘mega-meta-OTA’ hybrids (online travel agents with metasearch capabilities and global brands) are likely to continue growing. Consequently, their influence will penetrate deeper into the distribution chain, with the ability to negotiate better content and conditions, while still receiving commissions.The travel distribution industry is rapidly becoming a technology industry. Business models will need a more strategic approach that recognizes the value creation of different technologies across the industry.To avoid consumer confusion and lost opportunities, industry distribution needs to go beyond bilateral partnerships and contractual relationships. Distribution business models will need to evolve to encompass more shared innovation, a culture of experimentation and cross-industry alliances.Sharing economy platforms will continue to create new markets and erode the market share of suppliers and industry players who intermediate. The industry will need to adapt to this changing market and carefully monitor the impact of competition rulings in different regions as regulators play catch-up.More news: Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?Dr. Graham Floater of the London School of Economics and one of the report’s authors, commented, “The travel distribution industry is entering a period of unprecedented change – with rapidly changing consumer expectations, advances in data analysis technology and a blurring of the traditional lines between the various players. Our report identifies the disruptive factors that are likely to shape the industry, and eight future pathways for how the industry could develop over the next decade.” << Previous PostNext Post >> read more
Viewing of long-form content now dominates video viewing on connected TVs and games consoles and is increasingly prevalent on tablets and mobile phones, according to online video specialist Ooyala’s latest Video Index.Long-form content made up over half of total online video viewing time in the first quarter. The share taken by long-form content on connected TVs and games consoles grew from 57% in the fourth quarter to 88% by the end of March. About 40% of time spent watching video on tablets and smartphones was of long-form content in the first quarter, compared with 29% for mobiles and 36% for tablets in the fourth quarter of last year.Viewing time is also increasing. Time per play on tablets grew by 58% during the quarter, while time per play on smartphones and PCs grew by 36% and 24% respectively.The amount of video viewing on tablets jumped by 26% following Apple’s launch of the latest version of its iPad in March. iPads currently account for 95% of tablet video viewing, according to Ooyala.While the new iPad boosted tablet viewing, Ooyala found that the overall share of time spent watching videos on smartphones grew by 41% in the last quarter, compared to growth of 32% for tablets.Time watched per play on connected TVs and games consoles jumped by 87% in the quarter, boosting viewing on these devices even though the overall number of video plays remained flat.Ooyala found strong variations in when and where different devices were used to view video. Tablet viewing rises on weekday mornings and then declines during working hours as PC viewing takes off. Tablet viewing recovers at the end of the day, with a third of tablet video plays taking place between 19:00-23:00, compared with only 17% of PC plays during that period.Of viewers that watch video when they visit a specific site or domain, some 55% watch one video over the course of the day, while 17% watch two and 18% watch three to five. About 10% watch more than five videos in the course of the day. read more
Updated at 6:50 p.m. ET This year’s measles outbreak is the largest since the 1990s. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Monday that 75 more measles cases were confirmed last week in 23 states, bringing the U.S. total to 839 so far this year. The outbreak from 1989 through 1991 was much larger than today’s, with more than 27,000 cases in 1990 alone. But the conditions that lead to that outbreak and what it took to end it are dramatically different from the ones the U.S. is seeing today.The bulk of cases today are concentrated in New York state. As of Monday, New York City alone reports 498 cases, with 34 people hospitalized, since the outbreak began last September.In New York state, public health authorities attribute the outbreak to anti-vaccination sentiments among a small subgroup of religious Orthodox Jewish residents among whom the virus has spread. The outbreak in the early 1990s hit poor black and Latino communities the hardest, in Central Brooklyn, upper Manhattan and the South Bronx. The outbreak in New York City took off in the spring of 1990. And once the public health response got underway, parents got on board.”Children were dying,” says Dr. Irwin Redlener, who founded the Children’s Health Fund to bring health care to New York City’s poorest areas. “It was like all hands on deck. The city, the not-for-profit organizations, were all focused on the same mission with the enthusiasm of parents.”According to news reports from the time, criminal courts had to halt proceedings when inmates at the Rikers Island jail got sick. There were outbreaks on college campuses and in homeless shelters. One defunct hotel turned city shelter that Redlener visited was so overcrowded that it was an outbreak waiting to happen, he says. “The conditions in the hotel and the lack of access to care — you have basically set up a scenario that is very conducive to the spread of a disease like measles,” says Redlener.The outbreak continued that fall, into the next year and through the summer of 1991. By the time it was over, there were more than 5,000 measles cases in the city and at least 21 deaths. It wasn’t just in New York City either; starting in 1989, Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston and Philadelphia were experiencing large outbreaks as well. From 1989 through 1991, more than 55,000 were sickened and more than 100 people died across the United States, the highest numbers since the early 1970s, according to data from the CDC.Public health historians partially attribute the outbreak to budget cuts during President Ronald Reagan’s administration that affected federal funds directed toward immunization and public health initiatives.”There was just less White House support for childhood immunization,” says Elena Conis, an associate professor at the University of California, Berkeley, where she specializes in medical history. Immunization rates peaked in the early 1980s because of investment during the prior administration of President Jimmy Carter. There was just one death attributed to measles in 1984, the lowest number ever recorded by the CDC. But as federal investment didn’t keep up with inflation or with increases in the cost of the vaccine, immunization levels crept downward, particularly in areas where parents couldn’t afford vaccinations.Some federal funds that had been earmarked for immunizations in the past were instead given in lump sums to states, Conis says. And according to Conis, there was a third issue.”We had a health care system that simply wasn’t designed to serve low-income kids living in cities who were more reliant on public clinics, which weren’t necessarily open all the time … or were few and far between,” Conis says.By the time the outbreak hit in 1990, the CDC estimated that about half of all inner-city toddlers in New York City had not been vaccinated by their second birthday.”Over the past years of tight budgets, the immunization programs have been eroded. … The results have been predictable,” Rep. Henry Waxman of California said at a 1991 hearing about the nationwide outbreaks. “The problem is clear to see. Vaccination programs are limited. Clinics are inaccessible. Appointments are required, and waiting lists have also grown.”Even worse, without access to preventive care, kids who got really sick with measles ended up in the hospital.”We saw … a lot of kids with measles and pneumonia, measles and croup, measles and acute encephalitis,” says Dr. Joel Forman, who was just starting his pediatric residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City in the summer 1990. Years later, one of Forman’s patients died from an extremely rare complication from measles called subacute sclerosing panencephalitis.”When he first was sick of measles, he was 7 months — I remember that,” Forman says. “He recovered uneventfully and only presented years later with a lethal complication.”By the summer of 1991, New York officials redoubled their efforts, with Mayor David Dinkins and Gov. Mario Cuomo working in concert. Measles messages were flashed across the giant Sony computer screen in Times Square. Buses outfitted as mobile health clinics offered free immunizations. One immunization drive featured Michelangelo from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, who emerged from a sewer at the South Street Seaport to encourage kids to get the vaccine. Shots were given to kids at parks, beaches and outdoor concerts, including one featuring Latin jazz icon Tito Puente. The outbreak eventually petered out. On the federal level, things were changing too. In 1993, newly elected President Bill Clinton pledged to raise childhood immunization rates. That year, Congress created the Vaccines for Children program, which funded vaccinations for children whose parents couldn’t afford them, and federal funding increased sevenfold from $37 million in 1990 to $261 million in 1995.Measles vaccination rates climbed above 90%, where they’ve remained in most places. New York became the first state to require a measles booster shot, which is now required across the country and is said by the CDC to increase the effectiveness of the vaccine from 93% to 97%.Today’s measles outbreak in New York is far smaller than the one in the 1990s. And the reasons behind it are very different.”Then, it was people who couldn’t get access to health care,” Redlener says. “Now it’s this cultlike atmosphere of people who are refusing to immunize.”Since last fall when the outbreak began, city health officials say, more than 20,000 doses of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine have been administered to children in Brooklyn neighborhoods. City health officials have met with community leaders, published ads in community papers, sent out robocalls and hosted conference calls with doctors. Still, they’re facing a small but mobilized subgroup of the ultra-Orthodox community that opposes vaccines and has links to the larger, secular anti-vaccination movement. This has hindered the city’s ability to stop the spread of measles so far, said Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, deputy health commissioner, at an April 17 meeting of the city’s Board of Health.He spoke of parents not seeking medical care for sick kids or intentionally exposing children to the measles virus at “measles parties,” and of the spread of misinformation about the vaccine.”There’s a lot of things we’re working against,” he said. Copyright 2019 WNYC Radio. To see more, visit WNYC Radio. read more
Humans have made an indelible mark on the planet. Since the mid-20th century, we’ve accelerated the digging of mines, construction of dams, expansion of cities and clearing of forests for agriculture — activity that will be visible in the geological record for eons to come.Some scientists are calling it the Anthropocene era, or the age of the humans (“anthropos” is Greek for human).Photographer Edward Burtynsky and filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier were inspired by this ongoing discussion of the debate over this new geological era. These three Canadian artists traveled to 22 countries to research and document “places of obvious, physical human incursions on the landscape,” says filmmaker de Pencier.They created over 50 images capturing the impact of humans on the Earth, like a sprawling, 30-acre garbage dump in Kenya, large swaths of deforestation in Borneo and waterways damaged by oil siphoning in Nigeria.Their expansive, multidisciplinary body of work is called The Anthropocene Project.The project, which includes photography, film, virtual reality and augmented reality, took four years to complete and launched in September 2018. The exhibition is currently on display at the Fondazione MAST Museum in Bologna, Italy. And their film will be shown in the U.S. this fall.”[The Anthropocene Project] is almost looking back from a projected future, from the future geologist investigating what will remain in the rock record long after we’re gone,” de Pencier adds.Here is a selection of photographs from the project.Jonathan Lambert is a freelance science journalist based in Washington, D.C. You can follow him on Twitter: @evolambert. Rebecca Ellis is a Kroc Fellow with NPR. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org. read more
2 min read Add to Queue Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Next Article January 20, 2017 Register Now » Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Nina Zipkin Jack Ma on Why Alibaba Isn’t the Chinese Amazon –shares Jack Ma, Chairman of Alibaba Group. Alibaba Image credit: Drew Angerer | Getty Images The founder of the global ecommerce giant explains his business philosophy at the World Economic Forum. Entrepreneur Staff Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Though they are both global ecommerce companies that were founded in the 1990s and have names that begin with the letter A, Jack Ma wants you to know that’s all Alibaba and Amazon have in common.In a conversation at the World Economic Forum, the Alibaba founder and executive chairman explained where he and Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos differ in their approaches to running their companies.He told interviewer Andrew Ross Sorkin that there is no one right business model — that if that was the case, the world would be a boring place. But Ma said that no matter what model you follow, you should believe in the work you are doing.Related: By the Numbers: Amazon vs. Alibaba (Infographic)When asked about Amazon’s apparent goal to own its entire supply chain, from servers to warehouses to delivery vehicles, Ma said that wasn’t the path he saw for Alibaba. He said he viewed Amazon as an empire, and Alibaba like an ecosystem.“We want to empower others to sell, to service, to make sure that other people are more powerful than us,” he said. “Making sure that with our technology and innovation, our partners and 10 billion small-business sellers, they can compete with Microsoft and IBM. … We think, using our technology, we can make every company become Amazon.” read more
Source:https://www.ubc.ca/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Dec 3 2018Sleep hygiene, which includes practices like providing a cool and quiet sleeping environment or reading before bed time to help kids unwind, is increasingly popular among parents looking to ensure their children get a good night’s rest. But are these practices all they’re cracked up to be? University of British Columbia sleep expert and nursing professor Wendy Hall recently led a review of the latest studies to find out.”Good sleep hygiene gives children the best chances of getting adequate, healthy sleep every day. And healthy sleep is critical in promoting children’s growth and development,” said Hall. “Research tells us that kids who don’t get enough sleep on a consistent basis are more likely to have problems at school and develop more slowly than their peers who are getting enough sleep.”The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends the following amounts of sleep, based on age group:4 to 12 months – 12 to 16 hours1 to 2 years – 11 to 14 hours3 to 5 years – 10 to 13 hours6 to 12 years – 9 to 12 hours13 to 18 years – 8 to 10 hoursThe UBC review aimed at systematically analyzing the evidence for sleep hygiene across different countries and cultures, and honed in on 44 studies from 16 countries. The focus was on four age groups in particular: infants and toddlers (four months to two years), preschoolers (three to five years), school-age children (six to 12 years) and adolescents (13 to 18 years). These studies involved close to 300,000 kids in North America, Europe and Asia.”We found good-to-strong endorsement of certain sleep hygiene practices for younger kids and school-age kids: regular bedtimes, reading before bed, having a quiet bedroom, and self-soothing–where you give them opportunities to go to sleep and go back to sleep on their own, if they wake up in the middle of the night,” said Hall.Even for older kids, keeping a regular bedtime was important. The review found papers that showed that adolescents whose parents set strict guidelines about their sleep slept better than kids whose parents didn’t set any guidelines.Related StoriesRevolutionary gene replacement surgery restores vision in patients with retinal degenerationSleep quality and fatigue among women with premature ovarian insufficiencyResearchers identify gene mutations linked to leukemia in children with Down’s syndromeHall and co-author Elizabeth Nethery, a nursing PhD student at UBC, also found extensive evidence for limiting technology use just before bedtime, or during the night when kids are supposed to be sleeping. Studies in Japan, New Zealand and the United States showed that the more exposure kids had to electronic media around bedtime, the less sleep they had.”One big problem with school-age children is it can take them a long time to get to sleep, so avoiding activities like playing video games or watching exciting movies before bedtime was important,” said Hall.Many of the studies also highlighted the importance of routines in general. A study in New Zealand showed family dinner time was critical to helping adolescents sleep.Information provided by Chinese studies and one Korean study linked school-age children’s and adolescents’ short sleep duration to long commute times between home and school and large amounts of evening homework. With more children coping with longer commutes and growing amounts of school work, Hall says this is an important area for future study in North America.Surprisingly, there wasn’t a lot of evidence linking caffeine use before bedtime to poor sleep; it appeared to be the total intake during the day that matters.While Hall said more studies are needed to examine the effect of certain sleep hygiene factors on sleep quality, she would still strongly recommend that parents set bedtimes, even for older kids, and things like sitting down for a family dinner, establishing certain rituals like reading before bed, and limiting screen time as much as possible.”Sleep education can form part of school programming,” added Hall. “There was a project in a Montreal school where everyone was involved in designing and implementing a sleep intervention–the principal, teachers, parents, kids, and even the Parent Advisory Council. The intervention was effective, because everyone was on board and involved from the outset.” read more
Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 7 2019New research suggests that young women with a family history of high blood pressure (hypertension) have decreased baroreflex function, which may increase their risk for hypertension later in life. The article, published ahead of print in the Journal of Neurophysiology (JNP), was chosen as an APSselect article for March.The baroreceptor reflex–sometimes referred to simply as the baroreflex–helps maintain a steady blood pressure by changing heart rate or resistance in the blood vessels. Baroreflex sensitivity measures how well the baroreflex is able to control blood pressure by changing heart rate. Reduced baroreflex sensitivity can be a marker for hypertension and heart disease.Related StoriesCutting around 300 calories a day protects the heart even in svelte adultsDon’t Miss the Blood-Brain Barrier Drug Delivery (B3DD) Summit this AugustStroke should be treated 15 minutes earlier to save lives, study suggestsResearchers studied baroreflex function in two groups of healthy young women. One group had at least one parent with hypertension and the other group did not. The research team measured the volunteers’ blood pressure, heart rate and nerve activity during a period of rest and during a test called the Valsalva maneuver. The Valsalva maneuver is when a person tries to exhale with their mouth closed and nose blocked, which causes changes in blood pressure. Researchers measured heart rate responses during these changes in blood pressure to assess baroreflex sensitivity. The women with a family history of high blood pressure had reduced baroreflex sensitivity–both at rest and during exertion–compared with those without hypertensive parents.”Demonstrating these findings in women is important given the increased rates of hypertension during pregnancy as well as after menopause. Additional longitudinal data are needed to understand the association between altered autonomic function in women with a family history of hypertension and the risk of preeclampsia and hypertension later in life,” wrote the researchers. Source:http://www.the-aps.org/mm/hp/Audiences/Public-Press/2019/9.html read more
Volkswagen said Wednesday it is partnering with Amazon to develop cloud computing capacity aimed at improving efficiency and coordination across the automaker’s vast global factory network. Volkswagen, the world’s largest automaker by unit sales with 10.83 million vehicles sold last year, says that combining data from its 122 factories will allow it to standardize production planning and management of inventory. That should raise efficiency and lower costs.Volkswagen, which is based in Wolfsburg, Germany, said its industrial cloud to be developed with Amazon Web Services would be an open platform that other companies such as suppliers could join.”We want to create a growing industrial ecosystem with transparency and efficiency bringing benefits to all concerned,” Oliver Blume, VW’s head of production and also of its Porsche brand, said in a statement.Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon Web Services, was quoted in the Volkswagen statement as saying that Volkswagen’s industrial cloud “will reinvent its manufacturing and logistics processes.”Cloud computing means using a network of remote servers connected over the internet instead of installing a local server, enabling flexible access to large amounts of computing power. Amazon Web Services is part of Amazon.com, Inc., the Seattle-based technology company active in retail, publishing and TV and film production. Explore further Citation: Volkswagen to network factories in the cloud with Amazon (2019, March 27) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-volkswagen-network-factories-cloud-amazon.html Fat finger: Typo caused Amazon’s big cloud-computing outage © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. 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
SHARE SHARE EMAIL 0 Published on SHARE Rahul Gandhi June 07, 2019 COMMENT politics Congress President Rahul Gandhi arrived at his Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency on Friday for a three-day thanksgiving visit. In the recently concluded Lok Sabha polls, Gandhi won from Wayanad by a margin of over 4.31 lakh votes, a state record, even as he lost Congress stronghold Amethi in Uttar Pradesh to BJP’s Smriti Irani.The Congress President is scheduled to participate in at least 15 public receptions across the constituency, spread over in the districts of Wayanad, Malappuram and Kozhikode. His first programme is expected to be at Kalikavu in Malappuram district on Friday evening, sources said. Thousands of party workers and leaders were at the airport to receive Gandhi, who is attending a public function for the first time after the party’s drubbing in the general election. COMMENTS read more
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