NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Purchasing Manager at Koch ChemicalFull-Time Payroll Supervisor at UniFirstFull-Time Activities Coordinator at Windsor PlaceFull-Time Delivery Driver at J. Polep Distribution ServicesPart-Time Caregiver at Assisting Hands of WilmingtonPart-Time Package Handler at UPSFull-Time Senior Systems Engineer at MKS InstrumentsPart-Time General Labor at Pepsi Co.Full-Time Warehouse Sort Supervisor at OptimaFull-Time Client Development Manager at Serur Agencies(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

PHOTO Wilmington High School Girls Soccer Team Visit The Senate

first_imgBOSTON, MA — Below is an announcement from State Senator Bruce Tarr:I had the pleasure of introducing the members of the Wilmington High School Girls Soccer Team at [Thursday’s] Senate session. The team was recently named a recipient of the 2019 Eastern Massachusetts Girls Soccer Coaches Association Program of Excellence Award for their 2018 season. I am proud of the accomplishments they have achieved. It was a delight to provide them with a tour of the Senate Chamber.Accompanied by coaches Susan Hendee, Shane Kligerman, Erin Cowden, and Andrea McCullough, the team comprised Thea Alberti, Hailey Collins, Cassidy Collins, Gina Mastrorilli, Olivia Rourke, Tori Sheehan, Jessie Wargo, Aly Colantuoni, Madison Grace, Jessie McCullough, Alyssa Morrison, Annie Wingate, Amber Flynn, Tori Gemellaro, Samantha Papastathis, Jenna Sweeney, Kali Almeida, Amanda Broussard, Audrey Curdo, Alyssa Granara, Kaitlyn Maguire, Kayla Bourrell, and Joycelyn Palmer.Best wishes for a good summer and congratulations on your accomplishments on and off of the field.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTarr, Robertson & Gordon Secure $30,000 In State Funding For Wilmington Senior Center ImprovementsIn “Government”State Senator Bruce Tarr’s Bill Honors World War II Era Cadet NursesIn “Government”Wilmington High School Wins Eastern Mass. Girls Soccer Coaches Association’s Program Of Excellence AwardIn “Sports”last_img read more

Endgame confirms it Captain America will always be my favorite Avenger

first_img In Endgame, Captain America’s story stands out as the Russo brothers lean into the overarching theme of loss. The story (mostly) takes place five years after Thanos’ deadly finger snap in last year’s Infinity War. The tone for the movie is set with the opening track — Steve Winwood’s Dear Mr. Fantasy: “Dear Mr. Fantasy play us a tune, Something to make us all happy, Do anything, take us out of this gloom.”nullCap in Avengers: Endgame.  Marvel Studios Some of the Avengers cope with that loss by — SPOILERS AHEAD — wallowing in self-pity, drinking beer and playing video games (Thor at his funniest). Or going on a bad-guy killing spree (Hawkeye, at his most disturbing) or focusing on putting the past behind them (Stark, at his most detached). Cap not only doesn’t let that devastating loss take him down, he has the strength to help others deal with it. He hosts a self-help group with other survivors struggling with the aftermath of Thanos’ evil plan. “The world is in our hands. We gotta do something with it,” he tells the group, with a touch of world-weary sadness. “Otherwise Thanos should have killed all of us.” It could be a mushy, overly sentimental scene, but it’s not. It’s another moment that shows us that Captain America’s true superpower is his humanity. And it’s not the only moment in Endgame that makes the point that this is a man who’s more than his star-spangled suit and cool Vibranium shield. In a quietly touching scene — SPOILER — a time-traveling Rogers comes across his photo on the desk of Agent Peggy Carter, the woman he loved, lost and can’t forget. But it’s not a photo of our buff superhero in his cool costume. It’s a snap of that skinny kid from Brooklyn, taken before he got the serum boost.   I’m pretty sure it’s the same photo Carter puts away in Rogers’ file at the end of The First Avenger, as she’s coming to terms with his loss. He promised he’d take her dancing, right before he ditches his plane into the ocean to save New York from oblivion. As he takes one for the team, he stares at the photo of Carter he carries around in his pocket compass. My lip quivered just a bit over their goodbyes when I saw the movie eight years ago.And it did again earlier this week as I watched a new ending to their story. It’s his abiding love for Carter that prompts Captain America to do a hero handoff to his friend Sam (the Falcon) and retire from the Avengers, after Thanos is vanquished, of course. MAJOR SPOILER HERE — I applaud screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely for giving Rogers the chance to rewrite his story so he and Carter can share the life together they wanted. Captain America has certainly earned it. As Endgame comes to a close, we see Rogers and Carter finally get their dance while the old World War II ballad “It’s been a long, long time” plays. It’s a lovely moment. And it delivers an exit that’s emotional, bittersweet — and well, just perfect.  11 How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right order Spoiler-free review: Ultimate love letter to fans tops Infinity War Spoiler-packed review: MCU clincher so close to being perfect There’s no postcredits scene, but there is a tiny audio stinger Avengers: Endgame’s biggest spoiler-filled WTF questions Here are the best times to take a pee break during the film 3:14 Share your voice Last fall, when Chris Evans tweeted that he’d had an “emotional day” wrapping filming on the fourth Avengers film and that playing Captain America “over the past eight years has been an honor,” fans of the Marvel superhero flipped out. Many feared Cap — aka Steve Rogers — would be killed off in Avengers: Endgame, which opened in theaters worldwide this week.Well — MAJOR SPOILER HERE — fear no more. Captain America doesn’t die. But he does end his run as an Avenger in an exit that’s emotional, bittersweet — and well, just perfect.  And I say that as a huge Captain America fan. He’s my favorite Avenger — and the fact that we’re both from Brooklyn is only part of the reason. It’s because he embodies the ideals — bravery, honesty, loyalty, nobility — that get overlooked when we talk about what makes someone a superhero in movies these days.  So I braced myself for a future in which the very prolific and successful Marvel Cinematic Universe would plod on without him. But four days after seeing Endgame, I’m genuinely happy with how his story plays out in the Russo brothers’ funny, smart, moving and masterful follow-up to last year’s semi-annoying cliffhanger, Avengers: Infinity War. (Our spoiler-free review calls Endgame an epic “thrill ride” and our spoiler-packed review calls it “so close to being perfect.”) Tags TV and Movies Now playing: Watch this: Originally published 8:04 a.m. PT.  26 Photos Comments Avengers: Endgame is a thrilling sequel to every MCU… Sure there’s a lot to unpack in Endgame, but Rogers gets the hero’s ending he deserves, and that’s why I’ve been telling friends to go into the flick dehydrated. You don’t want to skip a single minute of this three-hour, one-minute-long epic for a bathroom break (though my colleagues have figured out three scenes where you can run out if you really need to). So while I’ll miss Captain America, Endgame does a great job of reminding me why I’m glad to have known him at all. If Tony Stark/Iron Man is the brains, Thor the brawn and Natasha “Black Widow” Romanova the soul of the Avengers team, Cap is the heart, showing us how one good guy can make all the difference. And I’m not talking about superpowers here. CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGERCap in Captain America: The First Avenger.  Jay Maidment When we first meet Rogers in 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger, he’s a skinny and asthmatic but earnest Army reject, desperately trying to enlist so he can fight the Nazis during World War II. He gets his wish with help from German scientist Abraham Erskine, who’s developed a super soldier serum that transforms Rogers into the mighty, muscular superhero. Erskine (played by an endearing Stanley Tucci) explains why he tapped Rogers, calling him “a good man”: “The serum amplifies everything that is inside. So good becomes great, bad becomes worse. This is why you were chosen. Because the strong man who has known power all his life may lose respect for that power. But a weak man knows the value of strength and knows … compassion.”We see just how much of a good man he is over and again in The First Avenger, including how he throws himself on top of a grenade to protect his fellow soldiers or when he goes into an enemy camp on his own to save his childhood friend, Bucky. He gets knocked down by a bully but stands up each time,  offering up his now signature line: “I can do this all day.”And I love the moment when Cap confronts the villainous Red Skull, head of the evil Hydra cult. Red Skull asks why Dr. Erskine chose Rogers for his serum? Red Skull: “So, what made you so special?Rogers’ answer: “Nothin’. I’m just a kid from Brooklyn.”Humility is its own superpower. At a time when our world is fractured, with some espousing the same un-American values he fought against successfully 75 years ago, Cap is a role model we can all get behind. Some argue he personifies an idealized version of American values and plays into audience nostalgia for a time that never existed. Maybe. But who doesn’t want a leader who’s honest, humble, compassionate, courageous and noble, a team player able to earn the trust of those around him so much so that they’re willing to go to the end of the line with him? More Endgame Marvel Captain America Iron Manlast_img read more

A Durham NC church sees the arts as its North Star

first_imgYonat Shimron YonatShimron Yonat Shimron Yonat Shimron is an RNS National Reporter and Senior Editor.,Load Comments,Christians lend an anthem, and a pacifist spirit, to protests in Hong Kong Share This! Share This! News • Photos of the Week Share This! By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Trailblazing sociologist of religion Wade Clark Roof dies at 80 Tagsmillennials National Museum of African American History and Culture Nipsey Hussle Nnenna Freelon North Star Church of the Arts Phil Freelon Pierce Freelon Top Story,You may also like By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email News By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,DURHAM, N.C.  (RNS) — When the congregants took their seats at this small jewel-like church on recent Sunday morning, they saw neither a cross nor a Bible. Instead, a DJ occupied the altar, sitting in front of a controller and a laptop.As the service began, the emcee — not a clergyperson — prompted visitors to take three deep breaths and exhale. A hip-hop artist grabbed the mic to rap a song called “I Believe in You.” After him, a local poet and recording artist spent 20 minutes reading from his poems — each prefaced with a biblical quote.The monthly service at North Star Church of the Arts is the latest venture by one of Durham’s most acclaimed residents, architect Phil Freelon, before he died last month, and his wife, singer, jazz vocalist and composer Nnenna Freelon.The couple, internationally respected in their fields — he, perhaps most famously, as the architect for the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., and she as a six-time Grammy Award nominee — had long wanted to leave their adopted city of Durham a legacy its residents might enjoy after they were gone.After Phil’s diagnosis of ALS in 2016, they put the plans in overdrive.The couple bought a small Greek Revival-style church in a section near a downtown neighborhood once mostly African American but now fast transitioning into an entertainment hub and refashioned it as a venue for artistic and spiritual exploration.The church opened in January, drawing 100 to 120 people to monthly Sunday services plus a host of other events, including a drumming circle, a dance party, a book reading, a puppet show, a visual art exhibit — even a rummage sale.A tribute to North Star Church of the Arts founder Phil Freelon, who died in July, at the alternative Durham sanctuary. RNS photo by Yonat ShimronThe Freelons — she is 65; he died July 9 at age 66 — were intent on creating a space for healing. Though the couple belonged to St. Titus Episcopal Church when their three children were younger, they had not attended in years, and their beliefs at the time of his death seemed in flux: After Phil died, the family put out a statement saying he had “joined the ancestors.”But the former Ephphatha Church, with its elegant arched windows and doorways, charmed them. Built in the 1930s as one of only four in the country exclusively for deaf worshippers, it had gone through several incarnations, most recently as a Pentecostal congregation. The Freelons upgraded the building and removed all but four of the 40 pews to make the space more flexible for multiple events.They threw open the doors to people of all faiths and no faith  — a place, Nnenna Freelon said, where “judgment is suspended.”“Phil always said, ‘If you want something, you have to give that very same thing,’” she said. “We looked at ‘What would it look like if we created a healing sanctuary, not just for us but for everybody?’”The Freelons’ services have kept some of the trappings of church. Guest artists are called “celebrants,” and straw baskets are passed around midservice for offerings.But the focus is on the arts and the ways in which artistic expression can be a vehicle for transcendence.In its first nine months, Sunday services have featured the state’s poet laureate, Jaki Shelton Green, as well as a dance performance called “The Gospel According to Baba Chuck Davis,” in which some of the late American dancer and choreographer’s partners explained and demonstrated his dedication to African dance traditions.The Freelons’ son, Pierce, a musician, social entrepreneur and candidate for the state Senate, is the church’s creative director and he has wanted to plan programs that allow people to experience spirituality through the arts.When rapper Nipsey Hussle died in March, Freelon was proud of his parents’ church for opening its doors to fans of Hussle’s music who just wanted to sit, listen to his recordings and grieve his passing without a lecture or a sermon.“It was so beautiful and so appropriate and so exactly what a church should be doing in a moment like that,” he said.People attend a service at North Star Church of the Arts in Durham, N.C., on Aug. 18, 2019. RNS photo by Yonat ShimronSo far, the church has drawn an eclectic mix of devotees both African American and white, but particularly young artists, social activists and city boosters of different faith — and no faith — traditions.Kamara Thomas, a singer-songwriter who has performed at the church and attended several of the Sunday services, said it was a welcome relief from the doctrine-bound Seventh-day Adventist church she grew up in.“It’s in line with what I’ve been craving, which is a focus on the spiritual side of life and the need to gather as a community to practice our spirituality with as few boundaries and edicts and structures and as few limitations as possible,” she said.The approach appears to speak to millennials who have found traditional Christian churches sexist, homophobic or patriarchal. One woman who showed her an art installation at North Star and has also attended other programs there said she grew up attending Methodist and Presbyterian churches but no longer does.“After coming out as queer I felt like I couldn’t bring my whole self to those spaces,” said Monet Marshall, 29.At North Star she said she felt she could be herself and has returned to attend other events after her installation, called “Insert Your Grandma’s Name,” had finished its run.North Star — the name refers to the point in the sky that enslaved African Americans looked up to for inspiration — depends on a dedicated group of donors. It also rents out its space for special events.Mark Anthony Neal, the James B. Duke Professor of African & African American Studies at Duke University, said it was the perfect spot for the class he is teaching this semester called “Dick Gregory and the History of Black Comedy.” The class meets twice a week; once on campus and a second time at North Star.“I wanted a community partner and the North Star Church, given the reputation of the Freelons and the city of Durham, and that these are the kind of relationships they were hoping to create, it was a no-brainer,” he said.Neal said the African American church has always been more than simply a religious institution. Most famously, of course, it was the locus of political and justice activism during the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Today, some are reclaiming the church itself for other uses. He points to Temple University professor and CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill, who opened Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee and Books in Philadelphia and recently expanded into an adjacent church.With so many millennials dropping out of church and finding meaning and community in other settings, new gathering spaces — some even in old churches — were bound to emerge.Nnenna Freelon, who sits on the North Star’s board of directors, said she doesn’t see herself as a pastor or religious leader. During Sunday services, she sits in the front pew, not on the altar.“I know about the arts,” she said. “I know how arts in general have transformed our lives in very meaningful ways. I believe the spirit of divine is in all that. The arts seemed to be a perfect place where we can meet and talk.” Share This! 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Wyatt Adds Pair of National Player of the Week Honors

first_imgStory Links For the season, Wyatt is hitting .321 with seven home runs and 38 RBIs. Wyatt had multiple hits in all four games, starting the week with a 3-for-6 night with four runs scored at Kentucky. He then added two hits, including a two-run homer, in the series opening victory over Miami on Thursday. The honors come one day after Wyatt was named the ACC Player of the Week. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Louisville baseball first baseman Logan Wyatt added weekly honors to his ledger on Tuesday, earning the National Player of the Week designation from Perfect Game and the NCBWA.center_img The biggest game of the week for the junior came in the middle game of the weekend series, with a 4-for-6 showing at the plate with a pair of three-run home runs. Wyatt finished off the weekend going 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored in the finale, with a straight steal of home highlighting Louisville’s come from behind victory. The 2018 All-American was on fire over four games last week, going 11-for-20 (.550) at the plate with three doubles, three home runs and 12 RBIs. Wyatt’s offensive performance helped the Cardinals to a win at Kentucky on Tuesday and two victories over Miami on the weekend. The Cardinals are in action Tuesday night at Cincinnati with first pitch scheduled for 6:00 p.m., ET. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Swap Out Your Cell Service

first_imgMarch 1, 2007 Wishing you could swap cellular carriers without paying the usual $150 to $250 early termination fee? You’re so not alone. Analysts say more than a quarter of users change carriers annually, an expensive proposition for a family or growing business.Several websites have sprung up to play matchmaker between folks looking to wiggle out of their cellular contracts early and bargain hunters willing to assume those obligations. It may be hard to imagine anyone wanting the phone company you’re trying to shake, but like they say: One man’s trash is another’s treasure.Cell swap sites are nothing more than marketplaces like Craigslist or your garden-variety swap meet. You post an ad with your deal’s particulars on a site like Cellswapper.com, Celltradeusa.com or Resellular.com. Then, for a $15 to $20 one-time fee, the sites forward you the contact information of interested parties. Prospective sublessees get to browse the listings and opt in for free.The websites provide introductions only; the involved parties have to cut a deal and reassign the contract through the carrier. Contract reassignment is perfectly legal and tolerated by carriers, says Celltradeusa.com co-founder Eric Wurtenberg. But they’ll want to run a credit check on the assignee and might balk if there’s something hinky about the deal.About a third of advertisers get a taker within a week, and about half get one within two weeks, says the 29-year-old entrepreneur. But if you have 23 months left on your contract or a so-so phone, you may have to wait longer.”The principal buyer motivation is to get equipment on the cheap,” explains Wurtenberg, whose company is on track to make $1 million this year. “There are a lot of BlackBerry hunters and people trying to get other hot phones with maybe a seven-month contract and without the usual $35 activation fee.”Besides all-too-common gaps in service, people often want out of contracts because they’ve moved, experienced changing economic circumstances, or they just crave a fancy phone or deal dangled by another carrier.Early termination fees are the last impediment to complete cellular mobility. By law, you can already take your phone numbers to a new carrier. This story appears in the March 2007 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 2 min readlast_img read more

Transat brings back popular Super Early Booking Promo on Sun packages

first_imgTransat brings back popular Super Early Booking Promo on Sun packages << Previous PostNext Post >> Monday, May 1, 2017 Posted by Tags: Transatcenter_img MONTREAL — Transat’s Super Early Booking Promotion is back, featuring exclusive advantages and value-added extras on fall and winter Sun vacations.Now in its second year, the promotion applies to bookings made by June 30, 2017 for travel between Nov.1, 2017 and April 30, 2018.Clients who book any South package with Transat’s Super Early Booking Promotion will pay a deposit of only $100 and benefit from:Transat’s Price Drop Guarantee on all-inclusive packages (if a package becomes available at a lower price than the one paid, the difference will be refunded up to $400 per adult)The option to modify their travel dates up to three hours before departureAn upgrade to Option Plus for Luxury or Distinction Collection packagesA $50 future travel vouchersAlso as part of the promotion, cruise enthusiasts and clients who book a South or Duo package will receive a $50 future travel voucher and only pay a deposit of $100.“Canadians often have the impression that it’s better to wait until the last minute to buy their South packages in order to take advantage of the best rates,” said Annick Guérard, President and General Manager of Transat Tours Canada. “But by booking now, they will be guaranteed to have the dates, hotel and destination they want, all while benefiting from our Price Drop Guarantee.”More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthAs for travel agents, they can earn at least 10x Bonbon rewards for every individual or group booking, and 12x Bonbon rewards for packages to Bahia Principe, AMResorts and Meliá Cuba hotels.Transat’s new Sun brochure is expected to drop in June, featuring all the details of its 2017-18 South program. Share Travelweek Group last_img read more

Air NZ has A Better Way to Fly – and win –

first_img Tweet Air NZ has ‘A Better Way to Fly’ – and win – with new global campaign, agent contest Travelweek Group TORONTO — Air New Zealand has debuted its first global brand campaign with a first-phase launch here in Canada and the U.S. that includes a travel agent contest offering the chance to win a trip for two to New Zealand.To celebrate the launch of Air New Zealand’s newest campaign, A Better Way to Fly, and its newest frequent flier, they are giving travel agents a chance to win 2 tickets to New Zealand. Go to ca.airnztravelagent.com/better-way-fly-sweepstakes to find out more. Entries must be received by Sept. 22, 2017 to qualify for the prize draw.Year-to-date visitor numbers show 66,000 Canadian travellers arrived in New Zealand, a 19% increase year on year. Air New Zealand says it sees huge potential to further tap into this demand given the “notable increase” in the number of Canadian travellers visiting New Zealand each year.The new global brand campaign comes as Air New Zealand appoints a new Regional Manager Americas, Liz Fraser. “Earlier this month Air New Zealand announced a capacity increase for its Vancouver-Auckland and Honolulu-Auckland routes, illustrating the demand for travel,” said Fraser. “This year Air New Zealand, along with its JV partner United Airlines will operate over 40% more capacity into mainland USA than it operated five years ago. That’s an additional 300,000 seats in 2017 so it’s certainly an exciting time to join the region.”The airline says recent consumer research shows that despite the desire to visit New Zealand, one of the greatest barriers is the perception of distance, with some would-be visitors thinking that New Zealand is 20 or more hours away.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesThe new campaign, dubbed ‘A Better Way to Fly’, aims to bust those myths and reinforce what Air New Zealand says is its key differentiator: an innovative inflight offering enabling travellers to sit back, relax and enjoy the direct service to New Zealand.The new campaign features ‘Pete’, a CGI character inspired by New Zealand’s national bird the kiwi and voiced by New Zealand actor and Jurassic Park star Sam Neill. Pete takes viewers on his in-flight journey to show a little bit of New Zealand in the sky.Pete enjoying Air New Zealand’s famous SkycouchAir New Zealand is known for its premium New Zealand wines served onboard, chef-curated menus (in Business Premier and Premium Economy, dishes are created by chefs Peter Gordon from London’s The Providores and Tapa Room The Sugar Club in Auckland, New Zealand, and Michael Meredith from Auckland’s Meredith’s).The airline’s Business Premier cabins feature Air New Zealand’s signature chalk colored luxurious leather lie-flat bed, complete with memory foam mattress, duvet and two full size pillows.Reacting to changing customer needs, in 2005 Air New Zealand was one of the first airlines to introduce the premium economy class.Air New Zealand also revolutionized the Economy cabin by introducing more space and flexible options for passengers in the Economy class – the first real improvement for this class by any airline in more than 20 years, according to the airline.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTThe Skycouch, originally dubbed the ‘cuddle couch’, is a row of three economy seats, that together create a flexible space to stretch out and relax, or can be used as a place for the kids to use as a play area.Other Air New Zealand innovations include its world famous safety videos to the use of advanced technologies including the Airband which allows parents to track the progress of children travelling unaccompanied, and Biometric Bag Drop.Australia-bound passengers can transit in Auckland to eight Australian destinations without having to change terminals. Their bags go straight through to their destination too.“With the help of Pete the kiwi, this new global brand campaign aims to convince North American travelers that Air New Zealand is A Better Way to Fly,” says Air New Zealand General Manager of Global Brand and Content Marketing Jodi Williams. “We hope travellers interested in visiting New Zealand or Australia will choose us once they learn about the award-winning product and service we offer.”Air New Zealand flies nonstop to Auckland from Vancouver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Honolulu and Houston. Services are operated by Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft (Honolulu), Boeing 777-300ER aircraft (Los Angeles & San Francisco) and 777-200ER (Vancouver & Houston), all featuring the Economy Skycouch and lie-flat Business Premier beds. Thursday, August 24, 2017 center_img Posted by Tags: Air New Zealand, Australia, Contests, New Zealand, Video << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Why ultrasounds may give mothers with Zika a false sense of security

first_imgRelated posts:Zika crisis to get ‘worse before it gets better,’ WHO says Vaccine against dengue virus is 100 percent effective: study Costa Rica ambassador in US warns of Zika vulnerabilities Zika: Tragedy or Opportunity? Facebook Comments Zika successfully hid through nearly half of a Washington D.C. woman’s pregnancy, its damage to her fetus not showing despite a series of early ultrasounds. But suddenly at 19 weeks, another scan revealed significant abnormalities, and a more sophisticated test one week later identified even greater damage in her baby’s brain. In early February, the woman terminated the pregnancy.The report, published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, provides troubling new information about the capacity of the virus to infect a fetus and cause serious harm. The case also indicates that Zika may remain in the blood for a long time: The 33-year-old woman still tested positive for Zika 10 weeks after she likely was infected during a trip to Guatemala — far beyond what scientists have thought is the case.“This helps put more pieces together in the puzzle because we know so little about how this virus acts and when and how long it stays in your blood after you have symptoms,” said Laura Riley, vice chair of obstetrics and gynecology at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, who was not part of the study. Even though the study only involves one patient, “it’s very important because she was followed so closely and there is so much detailed information.”While the case offers important details to researchers and obstetricians-gynecologists counseling pregnant women who may have been exposed to the virus, “we’re going to need to study this with a large number of patients to provide guidance for women,” said Catherine Spong, acting director for the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.The woman and her husband traveled on vacation to Mexico, Guatemala and Belize in late November when she was 11 weeks pregnant. The couple told researchers they had been bitten by mosquitoes during their trip, particularly in Guatemala. After returning home, the woman developed eye and muscle pain, fever and a rash. A series of ultrasounds that began one week after her symptoms subsided — at 13, 16 and 17 weeks of pregnancy — showed none of the characteristic problems linked to Zika. The most prominent in utero are an abnormally small head and brain calcifications, bright, white spots that indicate something is amiss. Both are key to a diagnosis of a rare condition called microcephaly.Yet on the ultrasound at 19 weeks, significant brain abnormalities appeared: The baby’s brain was small and contained an unusual amount of fluid. The cerebral cortex, its outer layer, was very thin. By the 20th week, a fetal MRI showed severe atrophy, especially in the front and top brain areas that are involved in decision-making, learning, vision, hearing, touch and taste. The fetus did not meet the threshold to be diagnosed with microcephaly.In the initial ultrasounds, “they only looked at the size of the head and looked for brain calcifications to make sure she didn’t have microcephaly and reassured her that everything looks okay,” said Rita Driggers, one of the study’s lead authors and medical director of Sibley Memorial Hospital’s maternal-fetal medicine division. Driggers, an assistant professor of gynecology and obstetrics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, was involved in the patient’s care.The takeaway for clinicians, she and others said, is to make sure during ultrasounds to look for other brain changes beyond microcephaly and intracranial calcifications.Adre du Plessis, director of Children’s National Health System’s Fetal Medicine Institute and another study author, said Wednesday that the lack of those markers in the earlier ultrasounds may have led to “false reassurances” for the mother. What’s more, he said, such delayed diagnosis of brain infection in the fetus may put women who’d opt to terminate a pregnancy “outside the legal limits” of an abortion.Forty-three U.S. states prohibit abortions after a specified point in pregnancy — most often the point of fetal viability — except when necessary to protect the woman’s life or health.Researchers said they are not recommending that all pregnant women infected with Zika uniformly seek out fetal MRIs, which are expensive and not readily available in many of the countries in Central and South America that have been hardest hit by the Zika epidemic. In the United States, the technology is available at most major medical centers.It’s possible that researchers might be able to develop other markers to predict whether babies will become infected and develop abnormalities, du Plessis said.Recommended: No new cases of Zika in Costa Rica in recent weeksThe study also provides new information about how long the virus persists in the blood of an infected person. The common thinking has been that the virus is only present for seven days to about two weeks at the outer limits. But this patient had virus in her blood from the time she became infected, when she was about 11 weeks pregnant, up until the time of her abortion, at 21 weeks.“That’s a very novel finding and important for future study,” said Roberta DeBiasi, Children’s chief of infectious disease division and another study author.It’s possible that the woman’s persistent infection was the result of the virus replicating in the fetus or placenta, the researchers said.Researchers also found “significant” cell death of neurons in the part of the brain that plays a role in sight, hearing and language, researchers said.© 2016, The Washington Postlast_img read more

October 23 2006 The The group arrived on Octob

first_imgOctober 23, 2006 The The group arrived on October 15. for their annual one-week workshop. During the week, the performers Jayne Lee, Delisa Myles, Paul Moore, Joanna Rotkin, Megan Montgomery had rehearsals on the dance floor, which was especially set up for the performance. [Photo: sa & text: rc] As usual in every event, a fine dinner was prepared, by chef Eleanor Gilles, for visitors and residents before the performance. The costumes were designed by Anastazia Louise and Fkir Elderfae, who also did the sound. Murray Natkie, staff member of the Arcosanti Information Service, did the lighting. Human Nature was formed in 1994 and is based in Flagstaff. The group performs regularly in the region and also has performed nationally and internationally. [Photo: sa & text: rc]last_img read more

TV revenue growth across the worlds major countri

first_imgTV revenue growth across the world’s major countries outperformed other communications industries last year, and the UK led across a range of metrics amongst European countries, according to Ofcom’s International Communications Market Report.According to the report which drew on a variety of sources to compare the communications sector – telecoms, TV, postal communications and radio – across 17 countries, the overall sector turned in revenues of £1,228 billion (€1,464 billion) globally in 2012, growing by 2.5% year-on-year.Telecoms saw the biggest absolute increase in revenue of £22 billion or 4.1% to £865 billion. However, TV revenues grew the fastest – by 4.1% in 2012 to £252 billion, with the BRIC countries leading the way, but a decline in revenues in Europe and Canada.Global TV subscription revenues were up 4.4%, while net advertising revenues grew by 4.6% in 2012.The UK was the leading European country for TV revenues, with £11.7 billion compared with £11 billion in Germany and £9.5 billion in France.Germany and France were both ahead of the UK in the number of homes signed up to pay TV services with 64% each, according to Ofcom’s definition, compared with 54% for the UK.The UK, Spain and Italy were the only three major countries where all main TV sets in households received digital signals. Almost half of UK homes received HD TV, higher than the 33% average for the major European countries. UK homes also had the highest propensity to own DVRs, with 41% of households owning a device, and UK consumers were most likely to access TV content over the internet, with 36% of internet users claiming to do so every week.The UK also led on catch-up viewing on smart TVs, mobile phones and tablets, with 77% of smart TV owners accessing catch-up TV on that device, and a third of tablet owners and 12% of smartphone owners using their devices to watch catch-up content. A third of UK homes with games consoles also used that device to access catch-up content, much higher than the proportion doing so in other European countries.Smart TV ownership averaged out at 19% across the countries studied. UK smart TV ownership stood at 17%, compared with 21% in Germany and 9% in France.The UK had higher than average linear TV viewing, with the average home watching four hours of linear TV a day, 19 minutes more than the international average.Revenues from the sale of UK TV programming to international markets stood at £1.22 billion in 2012, up 4% year-on-year, with the US remaining the largest international market.The UK led the international field in the number of respondents receiving a bundle of services from their broadband supplier, with 77% of UK respondents doing so. Prices in the UK compared favourably with other countries, with Italy and France also performing well.The report compares the UK with 16 countries – France, Germany, Italy, the US, Canada, Japan, Australia, Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden, Ireland, Poland, Brazil, Russia, India and China.last_img read more

In This Issue Euro falls with job losses in Spai

first_imgIn This Issue.*Euro falls with job losses in Spain… *US data is mixed… *Elections won’t have an impact on the $… *NZD trade deficit widens, forcing the kiwi lower…And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts!The US Dollar gains ground as European unemployment rises…Good day. TGIF! As Chuck indicated yesterday morning, he has to report to a classroom today for some continuing education and has therefore left the reins of the Pfennig in my hands. I gladly take them and will try to steer us through the economic factors which are driving the markets.  As I turn the screens on this morning, the dollar has spiked up with the dollar index jumping back up to levels we haven’t seen in over a month. The euro is the main driver of the dollar index, so it is no surprise that the euro is down this morning. The euro is dropping after a report was released showing Spain’s jobless rate rose to 25.02% from 24.6% in the previous quarter.  This was the highest jobless rate in Spain in over 35 years and increased investors’ concerns.  Other reports showed French household sentiment dropped for a fourth month and euro-area services and manufacturing output contracted.  The data certainly illustrate just how tough times are in the European economy, and investors have started pushing the euro back below $1.30.It actually amazes me that the euro has been as resilient as it has.  Spain is all but certain to have to ask for a bailout, and both Greece and Italy continue to struggle. Even the French economy is in bad shape.  French President Francois Hollande had pledged to overhaul the French economy when he took office 6 months ago.  But recently the French president has been downplaying these promises.  Hollande pledged to get deficits below 3 percent of gross domestic product in 2013, but that looks unlikely as the IMF expects the French economy will only grow at a .4% rate next year and the deficits remain.But investors seem to be comfortable with the fact that the European countries are going to take longer to recover. Even recent news that Greece is going to need another 2 years to meet their budget targets doesn’t seem to have bothered investors in the euro. I guess when you compare Europe with the US it really doesn’t look all that bad.We will get a better view of the US economy with the release of 3rd quarter GDP.  Gross Domestic Product is predicted to have increased 1.8% during the past quarter after rising 1.3% in the previous quarter.  While it is moving in the right direction, this would be the first time GDP was below 2% in consecutive quarters since the US economy emerged from recession in 2009.  Another report is predicted to show confidence declined slightly as the U of Mich. Confidence is projected to fall slightly. Yesterday’s weekly jobs report showed a decrease in initial jobless claims to 369K from an adjusted 392K last week.  Continuing claims remain at worryingly high levels at over 3,254,000 out of work. Another report had better news as Durable Goods orders increased 9.9% in September after a dramatic 13.1% drop in the previous month.  And finally, a report showed pending home sales dropped to just .3% during September compared to a drop of 2.6% during August. The YOY number was better, showing an increase of 8.5% which indicates the US housing market is still improving, albeit slower than many expected.As all of you know, Mike Meyer has been off the desk the past couple of weeks enjoying his honeymoon with his new bride.  With Mike gone I’ve had the pleasure of taking a few more calls than typical, and I have to say I enjoy getting back on the phones to speak with the great World Markets clients.  One of the most common questions we have been fielding lately is ‘who do you think is going to win the election’ and the automatic follow up of ‘and what will the election mean for the dollar”? I’m smart enough not to try to predict the election (it is hard enough trying to figure out where the currencies are going over the next few years!); but I do let our clients know that the elections probably won’t have too much of an impact on the direction of the dollar in the next few years.  The dollar is headed lower, and there isn’t much either party can do about it.  I know this may upset readers on either side of the political divide, as they believe their ‘man’ has the stuff to lead our country in the right direction.  But the massive amounts of debt which we have accumulated are not going to magically disappear on November 7th, and this debt is what will continue to drive the value of the dollar lower. A story which appeared in the Journal of Accountancy yesterday partially confirmed my thoughts on the election. (No, I don’t typically peruse the Journal of Accountancy, but I do get a summary of the day’s top financial stories sent to me by the CFA organization and spotted it there). The article quoted a survey which was conducted at the Association for Financial Professionals.  In the survey, 63% of executives said that the outcome of the US Presidential election won’t have a significant effect on business conditions. Unfortunately our path is already set, and it won’t be immediately impacted by the election, whether we get a change at the top or not.  That is not to say we shouldn’t vote, nor that a change in the direction of the economy is not possible.  Just that we won’t see any immediate impacts, change will take time to work its way through the economy.No, the results of the election won’t determine the short term course of the dollar, but just getting past November 6th probably will.  You see markets don’t like uncertainty, and with the election basically a toss-up many investors are not wanting to commit funds to the markets.  So the results of the election probably have less to do with the direction of the markets than just getting past them.  I know I am certainly looking forward to an end of all of the political ads!And don’t forget about that fiscal cliff which is still waiting for us at year end.  The election won’t make that go away either.  Another story I read stated that nearly 1 million jobs have already been lost due to the fiscal cliff.  The story, which appeared in the Washington Post pointed to a study by the National Association of Manufacturers which says employers are laying off workers and leaving vacant positions empty as they worry about what will happen if / when tax hikes and spending cuts take effect January 1st.  The study concluded that nearly 6 million jobs will disappear through 2014 and the jobless rate will rise close to 12% if the country is pushed off this cliff.  Scary stuff, but that is exactly what was intended.  The ‘fiscal cliff’ was instituted in order to force the hand of congress and our administration; making them make the very tough decisions which are necessary in order to push our economy toward a more sustainable path.  Perhaps the cliff is exactly the ‘tough love’ our economy needs, but the markets certainly don’t think we will be forced over it. The next two months will certainly be interesting. As Chuck reported, the RBNZ left rates unchanged yesterday and the kiwi moved higher.  But a report released overnight has the New Zealand dollar moving lower.  New Zealand’s trade deficit expanded to the widest level since 2009 as exports fell and a stronger kiwi encouraged imports.  The NZ$888 million deficit was actually a bit lower than expected.  Dairy exports, which make up nearly one quarter of annual exports in NZ, dropped 12 percent.  Central bank Governor Graeme Wheeler blamed the higher kiwi for ‘undermining export earnings’ and encouraging imports.  This is not a good sign for clients holding kiwi, as the new head of the RBNZ continues to indicate he would like to see a weaker currency. The Australian dollar also fell overnight as investors worried about demand in Asia.Then There Was This. A report by Schroder Investment Management, Ltd. dated October 23 suggests global economic growth may be reaching a saturation point.  The concept implies global demographic and climate changes, combined with an expanding consumption in emerging markets will limit global growth.  According to the story, ‘Forecasts show that by 2050, the world’s population will climb by 2 billion, or 30 percent, and 3 billion people with the ability to spend $10 to $100 a day will join the consumer market.’ World gross domestic product could jump threefold according to the report.While this would seem to be positive news, the report points out that this growth will push the global environment to its limits.  “Investors need to recognize that pressure will build for regulations more suited to resource scarcity, such as punitive taxes on companies that use environmental assets excessively.”  The report calls into question the sustainability of global growth as demand for resources dramatically increases.While the report has some scary conclusions, the news that global growth is going to increase is certainly positive and meshes with what we are expecting to see.  Commodities are going to be at an even greater premium in the coming years, and the countries who export commodities should continue to see good demand for their currencies.To recap. The euro fell overnight after Spanish unemployment increased to over 25%.  US data released today is expected to show GDP increased to 1.8% from 1.3% last quarter. The US elections are looming, but the election won’t have any impact on the dollar as the debts and deficits will remain in near term.  The NZD trade deficit widened and New Zeland’s central bank head blames the high price of the kiwi for the increase in imports. Currencies today 10/26/12. American Style: A$ $1.0325, kiwi .8187, C$ $1.003, euro 1.2894, sterling 1.6105, Swiss $1.0662. European Style: rand 8.7574, krone 5.7970, SEK 6.7325, forint 219.85, zloty 3.2184, koruna 19.3435, RUB 31.504, yen 79.80, sing 1.2233, HKD 7.7503, INR 53.575, China 6.2494, pesos 13.0745, BRL 2.0265, Dollar Index 80.228, Oil $85.55, 10-year 1.77%, Silver $31.6975 and Gold. $1,703.45That’s it for today. I spent a chilly night in the stands with my wife and daughter as we watched Brendan’s football team win their first playoff game.  Now they get to move on to the second round and face a tough opponent on Halloween night.  Mizzou’s homecoming is this weekend, and my Aunt Marilyn is flying in from Texas to attend the football game with my mom. I look forward to spending some time with my aunt, who is a real hoot and has a special attachment to MIZZOU; during her college days she was the school’s mascot, Truman the Tiger.  Hopefully Mizzou will be able to win for their big homecoming crowd.  Congratulations to the SF Giants who head over to Detroit with a 2 game lead in the World Series.  I am running late as usual, so I will get this out the door.  I hope everyone has a Fantastic Friday and a Wonderful Weekend. Thanks for reading the Pfennig.Chris Gaffney, CFA Vice President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837last_img read more

If theres one thing were grateful for on Shots

first_imgIf there’s one thing we’re grateful for on Shots, it’s our passionate, engaged audience. Our stories often prompt a lively response from readers and people who hear us on the radio. This was definitely the case with Monday’s look at the use of permethrin-treated clothing to prevent tick bites, which can cause a lot of nasty diseases.Permethrin is a synthetic pesticide that’s similar to natural compounds found in chrysanthemums. When you spray permethrin on your clothes, a study published in May found, it incapacitates ticks quickly, rendering them unable to bite.It didn’t take long for emails to come flooding in. Most were from concerned cat owners.”Permethrin is very toxic to cats,” wrote Charles Fischer, who lives in Chapel Hill, N.C. “Suggesting that people spray their garments with permethrin to prevent tick bites without a cat disclaimer is very dangerous.”Others agreed. “NPR has always been a wonderful source of great information,” wrote Colleen Scott-Jackson of Jacksonville, N.C. “I would hate to see any cats harmed because an important piece of information is left out of the story.”We certainly didn’t want any cat catastrophes, so we decided to look into this a little further. Here’s what we found.Cats are more sensitive to permethrin than other mammals, but cat lovers can still use the insecticide as long they’re careful about it, veterinarians say.”It’s the dose that makes the poison,” says Dr. Charlotte Means, director of toxicology at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center.The biggest problem for cats is when they are exposed to highly concentrated permethrin products meant for use in dogs, she says. These products may be 45 percent permethrin or higher. “Some cats will be so sensitive that even just casual contact with a dog that’s been treated will be enough to cause clinical signs, including tremors, seizures and in the worst-case scenario — death,” she says.But the concentration of permethrin in household sprays is much, much lower – typically less than 1 percent. And with concentrations of 5 percent or less, Means says, there are rarely problems.”Of course you can always get an individual [cat] who is more sensitive, but for most animals there are going to be minimal clinical signs,” she says.There are some simple rules that can help minimize the risk.”Don’t put the dog product on the cat,” says Dr. Lisa Murphy, associate professor of toxicology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. She agrees that the most dangerous scenario for cats is an accidental exposure to a highly concentrated product meant for dogs. “Cats seem to be deficient in one of the primary mechanisms for metabolizing permethrin,” she says, which is why they are more susceptible to the chemical. If an animal “isn’t able to normally metabolize it, break it down and excrete it, it can build up and be more likely to cause problems.”If you’re concerned your cat may have been exposed to permethrin, the most common symptoms are skin irritations — redness, itching and other signs of discomfort. “The animal may be frantic if they have something uncomfortable on their skin,” Murphy says. “They may be scratching, digging and rolling because it’s uncomfortable.”These skin reactions are usually easily treated by washing the affected area with mild, liquid dishwashing detergent. If the cat fights back, you can take it to the vet for a bath.Other reactions to watch for are drooling or pawing at the mouth. “Cats seem particularly sensitive to bad tastes in their mouths,” Murphy says. This can be helped by gently rinsing out the mouth, or offering the cat some water or milk to take away the bad taste.But if you see signs of neurological problems — tremors, twitching or shaking — it’s time to take the cat to the vet right away.Even then, if there aren’t any complications, “the prognosis for a full recovery is excellent,” Murphy says.”The way I look at it, as a veterinarian, is it’s all about making choices,” Murphy says. Ticks, fleas, lice and mosquitoes do carry lots of diseases that permethrin and other insecticides can help prevent, she says: “All sorts of things that we wouldn’t wish on ourselves or our pets.”So the bottom line when it comes to permethrin and tick-bite prevention is: If you have a cat, be extra careful.If you’re spraying your clothes, do it somewhere the cat doesn’t have access to. And let the clothes dry thoroughly before you and your cat reunite.”If you are spraying a 1 percent concentration on clothing and it dries, it’s unlikely that you’ll see any problems with the cat,” Means says. To be extra cautious, don’t leave permethrin-treated clothing near where your cat sleeps. And make sure to change clothes after you wear them outside, so the cat can jump in your lap without you having to worry, she says.And it may seem obvious, but if you’re using a permethrin soak for your clothes, make sure the cat doesn’t drink from the bucket.Finally, read the label for the permethrin product you’re using. Check the concentration and use only as instructed. And before treating any animal directly with any insecticide, check with your vet first. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Gmail Increases File Attachment Size Limit to 50MB

first_img Matthew Humphries Gmail Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business It’s not uncommon to download files that are multiple gigabytes in size, but when it comes to emails, attachments are still very limited. That’s no bad thing, because nobody wants their email client sat there downloading huge files. However, sometimes you need to send a large file, and Google is responding to that need by increasing the file size limit for Gmail.Gmail users can now receive files of up to 50MB in size. However, attaching a file directly in Gmail is still limited to 25MB. That shouldn’t be a problem as Google offers to store larger files on Google Drive and send a link in the email instead. This is how most large files should be sent via email. Relying on a file storage and download service means emails stay small and users can choose when it’s convenient to download attachments.Google revealed the size increase yeterday and should have it rolled out to all Gmail accounts before the end of the week. What you may not be aware of is the fact Google actually limits how many emails a user can receive every day “to keep our systems healthy and your accounts safe.”Each account can receive a maximum of 86,400 emails in one day. That limit is further broken down to a limit of 3,600 emails per hour and 60 per minute. If you hit one of the limits then no further email can be received for the next 24 hours and any that get sent “are bounced or deferred back to the sender.” This story originally appeared on PCMag Add to Queue Next Article Senior Editor 2 min readcenter_img March 2, 2017 –shares Register Now » Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Image credit: qoppi | Shutterstock.com But you can only receive files that large, not send them. Gmail Increases File Attachment Size Limit to 50MBlast_img read more

Online Purchasing Errors Directly Impact Business Growth

first_img B2B buyersB2B organisationsERP platformMarketing TechnologyMichiel SchipperusNewsOnline Purchasing Previous ArticleMolecula launches to Make Enterprise Data AI-ReadyNext ArticleFrontdeskAI Adds Intelligent Webchat To Family Of AI Assistants For Small Business And Franchises More than three quarters (81%) of B2B organisations are witnessing a decrease in profits due to online order errors, causing significant repercussions on wider business growth, according to new research out. 84% of businesses have witnessed a decrease in efficiency due to order errors, while 81% saw a drop in productivity and a further 81% saw a decrease in profitability. The survey of 560 global B2B buying professionals found that 44% of organisations have witnessed a decrease of more than 11% in sales, productivity, efficiency or profitability due to errors during the purchasing process. Some are seeing a decrease in excess of 25%. The majority of B2B buyers place orders weekly, often daily, which means the opportunity for errors to occur is high. 44% of individuals experience errors with online orders at least once a fortnight, while a fifth encounter issues weekly and 9% experience issues on a daily basis. With the majority of B2B buyers preferring to buy online (75%) it’s critical that e-commerce platforms can reflect current and accurate sales information, such as pricing, shipping and stock as a way to help reduce errors. The research found that user entry was the top reason for problems occurring during the online buying process. 28% however, felt that incorrect product information is causing errors while 28% said it was incorrect purchase entry. Other reasons for errors include incorrect inventory display (27%), incorrect shipping information (25%) and incorrect pricing information (23%). Marketing Technology News: OneTrust Launches Policy and Notice Management Solution to Centrally Manage and Update GDPR and CCPA Privacy Policies & DisclosuresOnline order errors appear to be most frequent in Benelux with 55% of buyers experiencing problems at least once a fortnight and 25% on a weekly basis. 48% of businesses based in Germany, Austria and Switzerland also experience errors once a fortnight and nearly half (46%) of British or Irish businesses face the same problem. Yet order errors in the US and Canada appears to be less frequent, with the majority (51%) witnessing order errors at least monthly. B2B buyers purchasing automotive parts appear to be the most susceptible to errors when making purchases online, as 54% experience problems at least once a fortnight. This is closely followed by those purchasing building materials (53%) and food & beverage products (52%). Michiel Schipperus, CEO and Managing Partner at Sana Commerce comments: “B2B organisations have embraced e-commerce as a route to market and as a way to remain competitive and reach new markets. But our research highlights the need for e-commerce platforms to deliver accuracy across all buying channels. Ensuring that the e-commerce system is integrated into the organisation’s ERP platform to provide a single source of truth at the point of purchase goes a long way to ensuring that customers have the correct information needed to make an informed purchase decision and reduce order errors.” Marketing Technology News: From Sensing to Sensemaking: Converging Big Data with Plant AIThe survey of B2B organisations in Europe and the US was undertaken by independent market research company Sapio on behalf on Sana Commerce. The survey sample covered food and beverage, electronics, building materials, medical supplies and automotive parts.Marketing Technology News: Boomerang Commerce Rebrands as CommerceIQ™ After the Acquisition of its Retail Analytics Platform by Lowe’s Online Purchasing Errors Directly Impact Business Growth PRNewswireMay 27, 2019, 7:44 pmMay 27, 2019 last_img read more

Dods Group Plc Acquires Meritgroup Limited a B2B Data and Technology Specialist

first_imgDods Group Plc Acquires Meritgroup Limited, a B2B Data and Technology Specialist PRNewswire4 days agoJuly 22, 2019 Dods Group Plc, the leading business intelligence, media and events company, announced that it has acquired Meritgroup Limited, a specialist data engineering and technology provider to the B2B media and information sector, for £22.4 million.For 186 years, Dods Group has been providing its customers with business-critical information and access to key decision-makers within the policy, politics and public sector arenas. This information helps them navigate the complex and ever-changing landscapes of UK and EU public policy, in order to drive growth, mitigate risk and manage their corporate reputation.The Dods portfolio includes renowned business intelligence and reference data services, alongside iconic media channels and widely recognised events and training programmes.Marketing Technology News: Introducing Shutterstock Elements, Thousands of Cinema-Grade Video Effects for FilmmakersMerit powers some of the world’s leading B2B information services brands.  It has been at the forefront of exploring new technologies in the world of B2B data engineering for fifteen years, and has significant resident expertise and knowledge in data management.This acquisition will allow Dods Group to enhance and extend its products and services, and reflects its intention to become a significant augmented intelligence business; pioneering the use of a combination of machine learning, artificial intelligence and human application to inform actionable business outcomes.Simon Presswell, CEO of Dods Group, said: “Providing both actionable business intelligence and strategic engagement with senior decision-makers across the Policy and Civil Service spectrum throughout the UK and Europe has proven invaluable to our customers. It is this critical access and insight into our audiences that allows us to enhance our product portfolio in addressing new challenges our customers are facing.“Merit has been a long-standing partner and we are delighted to welcome them into an expanded business. We are both deeply embedded in our customer workflows with a shared focus on data. Merit’s data processing and automation capabilities complement Dods’ data and content creation and analytical competencies. This combination will enable us to bring a new generation of products and services to our customers, faster.”Marketing Technology News: GCOM Software Announces Ernie Connon as New Chief Growth OfficerCornelius Conlon, CEO of Merit, added: “Merit feeds many of the leading B2B intelligence products by enhancing product data. We have been developing more advanced technologies as we’re now helping our customers build Artificial Intelligence into their products.“As both businesses are looking to utilise machine learning in gaining efficiency and scale of data enhancement, and build better products and services for our customers, we believe that combining resources will accelerate our progress and we’re very excited by this opportunity.”The businesses will continue to operate under their current brands, endorsed by the parent company, Dods Group Plc.Marketing Technology News: Blackstone Announces Agreement to Acquire Vungle, a Leading Mobile Performance Marketing Platform b2b dataDods GroupMarketing Technology NewsNews Previous ArticleTellius and Snowflake Partner to Deliver Cloud-Native Augmented Analytics at ScaleNext ArticleAprimo Promotes Ed Breault to Chief Marketing Officerlast_img read more

Inherited form of rickets improves more with new injectable medicine than conventional

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 25 2019Burosumab, a new injectable medicine to treat X-linked hypophosphatemia (XLH), an inherited form of rickets, demonstrates superior improvements in rickets and other outcomes compared with conventional therapy in an international, phase 3 clinical trial in children. Results from what investigators called the first head-to-head study comparing the new drug with conventional treatment for this rare disease will be presented Sunday at ENDO 2019, the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting in New Orleans, La.”These improvements with burosumab have the potential to change the lives of children with XLH as they grow,” said study principal investigator Erik Imel, M.D., associate professor of medicine and pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, Ind.XLH affects about 3,000 children and 12,000 adults in the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) estimates. Typically, XLH causes rickets, bowed legs, bone pain and short stature.Related StoriesRevolutionary gene replacement surgery restores vision in patients with retinal degenerationResearch team receives federal grant to study obesity in children with spina bifidaNew therapeutic food boosts key growth-promoting gut microbes in malnourished childrenPeople with XLH have high levels of the hormone fibroblast growth factor 23, or FGF23, which causes low blood levels of phosphorus (hypophosphatemia). Conventional therapy has long been multiple daily doses of oral phosphate and active vitamin D (e.g. calcitriol), according to Imel.The study included 61 XLH-affected children ages 1 to 12 years who previously received conventional therapy with oral phosphate and active vitamin D but still had evidence of rickets on X-rays. Patients were randomly assigned to continue this conventional therapy or switch to receive burosumab injections given every two weeks. Radiologists who were unaware of participants’ drug assignments reviewed their X-rays and assigned a score for improvement of rickets.By 40 weeks of treatment, that improvement was more than two times greater for the burosumab group than the conventional therapy group, Imel noted. Substantial healing of rickets occurred in 72 percent of participants receiving burosumab (21 of 29), the researchers reported, versus only 6 percent in the conventional therapy group (two of 32). Burosumab also reportedly led to greater improvements in leg deformities, height and distance walked in a 6-minute test, as well as larger increases in serum phosphorus and active vitamin D levels.”We now know the magnitude of benefit from the new medication, burosumab, versus the prior approach with conventional therapy,” Imel said. “This information is critical for doctors making treatment decisions for their patients with XLH.”In April 2018, the FDA approved burosumab, which has the brand name Crysvita, for patients with XLH ages 1 year and older. Burosumab binds and inhibits FGF23, according to its manufacturer, Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical Inc., which funded the new study in partnership with Kyowa Kirin International of Japan. The study took place in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Australia, Japan and Korea.Source: http://www.endocrine.org/last_img read more

Study Consuming sugar does not improve mood and makes people more tired

first_img sugar consumption has virtually no effect on mood, regardless of how much sugar is consumed or whether people engage in demanding activities after taking it. people who consumed sugar felt more tired and less alert than those who had not. the idea of a ‘sugar rush’ is a myth without any truth behind it. Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 5 2019Sugar does not improve mood and it can make people less alert and more tired after its consumption – according to a new study by the University of Warwick, Humboldt University of Berlin, and Lancaster University.The research team set out to examine the myth of the ‘sugar rush’: can sugar really put you in a better mood? Using data collected from 31 published studies involving almost 1300 adults, Dr Konstantinos Mantantzis at Humboldt University of Berlin, Dr Sandra Sünram-Lea at Lancaster University, and Dr Friederike Schlaghecken and Professor Elizabeth Maylor in the University of Warwick’s Department of Psychology investigated the effect of sugar on various aspects of mood, including anger, alertness, depression, and fatigue.Related StoriesScientists develop universal FACS-based approach to heterogenous cell sorting, propelling organoid researchSchwann cells capable of generating protective myelin over nerves finds researchOne pint of beer or large glass of wine can compromise person’s sense of agencyThey also considered how factors such as the quantity and type of sugar consumed might affect mood, and whether engaging in demanding mental and physical activities made any difference.The researchers found that : Professor Elizabeth Maylor, from the University of Warwick, commented:”We hope that our findings will go a long way to dispel the myth of the ‘sugar rush’ and inform public health policies to decrease sugar consumption.”Dr Konstantinos Mantantzis, from Humboldt University of Berlin, who led the study, said:”The idea that sugar can improve mood has been widely influential in popular culture, so much so that people all over the world consume sugary drinks to become more alert or combat fatigue.”Our findings very clearly indicate that such claims are not substantiated – if anything, sugar will probably make you feel worse.”Dr Sandra Sünram-Lea added:”The rise in obesity, diabetes and metabolic syndrome in recent years highlights the need for evidence-based dietary strategies to promote healthy lifestyle across the lifespan. Our findings indicate that sugary drinks or snacks do not provide a quick ‘fuel refill’ to make us feel more alert.”center_img Source:https://warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/no_such_thinglast_img read more

A work schedule patching approach for improved nursing home care

first_imgKossek and her co-authors including Purdue Krannert School of Management doctoral student Lindsay Mechem Rosokha and Carrie Leana, the George Love Professor of Organizations and Management at the University of Pittsburgh, examined work-life balance issues and schedules for eight nursing home facilities in the United States. Their work appears online in Work and Occupations. The study was partially funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health as part of the Work, Family and Heath Network Study.They found three main ways that the facilities approached worker scheduling. In the “Sharing the Pain” method, the organization randomly assigned schedules without regard to merit or length of employment. The “Reverse Status Rotation” method involved a scheduling approach where first-line managers were required to fill in for their direct reports who unexpectedly missed part or all of their shifts. For the “Work-Life Needs” method, the organizations took a more improvised approach and experimented with different ways to fill in schedules to balance the needs of the workers with patient coverage.”This last method may produce the best results for workers, the facility and the patients,” Kossek said. “Based on this, we suggest that work schedule patching approaches, which are the ongoing adjustments made to plug scheduling holes after schedules are posted, take into account how to effectively manage last minutes schedule changes on the ground in ways that support employee’s work-life scheduling by motivating coverage by co-workers who would like to work the schedule, instead of the first approaches which just force others to cover.”Related StoriesWVU researcher investigates how nursing homes can best meet obese residents’ healthcare needsMost problems with catheter use stem from poor physician-nurse communicationUAMS receives $24.2 million federal funding to accelerate researchKossek said the research suggested that similar approaches could work well for not just health care, but many industries with scheduled hourly workers ranging from retail, childcare, manufacturing, to police and security.Kossek said an initial analysis of the data from their study also showed a suggestive link between better work-life scheduling in nursing home facilities and fewer pressure ulcers in patients.”Pressure ulcers can develop from patients not being moved often, just staying in the same position in bed, or not keeping the skin clean and dry.” Kossek said. “It seems from the research that employees with better scheduling options are able to experience less strain and be able to be more focused on patient care.”Kossek has received worldwide attention for her research on work-life balance and has worked with the Purdue Research Foundation on some of her studies.The team’s work aligns with Purdue’s Giant Leaps celebration, celebrating the global advancements in health as part of Purdue’s 150th anniversary. It is one of the four themes of the yearlong celebration’s Ideas Festival, designed to showcase Purdue as an intellectual center solving real-world issues.Source:Purdue UniversityJournal reference:Kossek,E.E. et al. (2019) Work Schedule Patching in Health Care: Exploring Implementation Approaches. Work and Occupations. doi.org/10.1177/0730888419841101 Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)May 16 2019Placing a loved one in a nursing home can be a traumatic experience for the entire family with concerns about the care and attention they will receive. Imagine if those concerns were eased, simply by some changes in the way the schedules are done for the staff at that facility. The work schedules for employees in these highly stressful jobs can have a significant impact ultimately on the care patients receive. Organizations should strive to do a better job in taking into account the needs of workers when creating schedules, which will lead to less stress, better patient care and less turnover.”Ellen Ernst Kossek, the Basil S. Turner Professor at Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management and research director of Purdue’s Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellencelast_img read more