Startup has plans for power plants in sky with drones

first_img(Phys.org) —Here is the idea: flying power plants in the sky as a means of providing clean, renewable energy. Here is more of the idea: this would be a high-altitude aerial power plant that harvests energy from solar, wind and other sources, and beams it wirelessly to the ground. Now the idea gets more interesting: The power plant would be using networks of unmanned drones. The company is New Wave Energy UK, formed in 2012, self-described as “an upcoming energy provider within the UK currently working towards researching and constructing our own novel form of power plant.” (New Wave Energy UK is not associated or affiliated with US-based New Wave Energy Corp.) In the November 15 press release, the company said it was seeking further investment to advance the project. New Wave Energy UK is turning to crowdfunding as one such step. “To raise such equity New Wave Energy UK Ltd are hoping to raise £300,000 through crowd funding on Kickstarter. New Wave Energy UK Ltd also intend to acquire a total of £32 million from private investors during the crucial stages of the project to commercialise the application.” In a November 15 press release, the company announced that “A new and exciting venture into a whole new form of power plant is currently in incubation within the UK.” The company said the “patent pending technology” is a drone-based power plant for combined solar, wind, heat and emerging new forms of energy generation. The technology is to incorporate wireless power transmission from the drones (and their wireless network) to the Earth’s surface,” according to the release.Details about the drone are in a recent Gizmag article on New Wave Energy UK. According to the article, the company’s ambition is for each drone to have four rotors, multiple wind turbines and a flat base for generating solar power. With energy harvested, the devices will power themselves and also 50 kW more that can be transmitted wirelessly to the ground. Rectenna arrays installed inland or on offshore installations would receive electromagnetic waves and convert them into usable power. According to New Wave Energy, “The technology is tailored to operate at 50,000 ft where wind patterns are more reliable, solar production is greater and there is little or no interference from weather patterns.” More information: www.newwaveenergyuk.com/ ;www.newwaveenergyuk.com/upload … se_november_2013.pdf Explore further Citation: Startup has plans for power plants in sky with drones (2013, December 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-12-startup-power-sky-drones.html NREL calculates emissions and costs of power plant cycling necessary for increased wind and solar © 2013 Phys.org 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.last_img read more

Tricks for good nights sleep

first_imgDo you wake up in the middle of the night and keep staring at the ceiling thinking of ways to finally get some rest before the alarm rings? Are you tired of restless tossing and turning during sleep time? Do you wake up feeling tired in the morning? Try these simple tips to get a perfect good night’s sleep. Listen to bedtime stories, millennial style: Remember those good old days when you enjoyed listening to grandma’s bedtime stories? Not only did her narrations transport you to lands of mystery and utopian countries, but they easily drifted you off to the world of slumber as well. Try the same technique now. Listen to stories or audio books as you tuck in and let your brain relax for a good night’s sleep. There are tons of podcasts and services such as Amazon’s Audible that you can use for this purpose. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf Choose the right mattress: One main reason for your sleepless nights could be your uncomfortable mattress. The best way to address this trouble is to switch to a comfortable mattress that allows you to submerge in deep sleep and wake up in the morning without aches and pains. Look for a mattress that provide complete spine support and are designed keeping ergonomics in mind. Enjoy the compressed relaxation that the memory foam offers.Block all blue light screens before bedtime: It’s imperative to create a calming ambience in your room to get the best quality of sleep. Block all the blue lights emitted from screens of cell phones, computers, tablets, televisions and other gadgets in your bedroom. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveListen to white noise: Are the sounds of bikes and cars hampering your sleep? The best way to ignore all these external disturbances during sleep time is to listen to white noise. White noise is an ambient noise produced digitally combining different sounds like rustling leaves, rumbling waterfall, etc. White noise works in the background and drowns out other disturbing sounds of traffic, snoring, etc. White noise has the ability to relax you and induce sleep. Worth a try! Drink cherry juice: If you’re struggling with a sleep disorder, then try sipping a glass of cherry juice before you’re off to bed. According to several studies, cherries contain melatonin, a hormone that helps regulate sleep patterns. Isn’t this a ‘sweet’ way to drift off into the land of nods?Do a headstand: Turning the body upside down is not an easy task. However, a headstand will supply enriched oxygenated blood to the brain cells and ward off all depressive thoughts. This exercise if done regularly can beat any kind of sleep disorder. A must try! Place lemons in your room: If you are prone to allergies or suffer from asthma or cold and find it difficult to catch good sleep, then simply cut a lemon and place it next to your bedside table. This will not only leave a fresh citrus scent in your room but will also help you breathe better and sleep well.IANSlast_img read more

Kubeflow 03 released with simpler setup and improved machine learning development

first_imgEarly this week, the Kubeflow project launched its latest version- Kubeflow 0.3, just 3 months after version 0.2 was out. This release comes with easier deployment and customization of components along with better multi-framework support. Kubeflow is the machine learning toolkit for Kubernetes. It is an open source project dedicated to making deployments of machine learning (ML) workflows on Kubernetes simple, portable and scalable. Users are provided with a easy to use ML stack anywhere that Kubernetes is already running, and this stack can self configure based on the cluster it deploys into. Features of Kubeflow 0.3 1. Declarative and Extensible Deployment Kubeflow 0.3 comes with a deployment command line script; kfctl.sh. This tool allows consistent configuration and deployment of Kubernetes resources and non-K8s resources (e.g. clusters, filesystems, etc. Minikube deployment provides a single command shell script based deployment. Users can also use MicroK8s to easily run Kubeflow on their laptop. 2. Better Inference Capabilities Version 0.3 makes it possible to do batch inference with GPUs (but non distributed) for TensorFlow using Apache Beam.  Batch and streaming data processing jobs that run on a variety of execution engines can be easily written with Apache Beam. Running TFServing in production is now easier because of the Liveness probe added and using fluentd to log request and responses to enable model retraining. It also takes advantage of the NVIDIA TensorRT Inference Server to offer more options for online prediction using both CPUs and GPUs. This Server is a containerized, production-ready AI inference server which maximizes utilization of GPU servers. It does this by running multiple models concurrently on the GPU and supports all the top AI frameworks. 3. Hyperparameter tuning Kubeflow 0.3 introduces a new K8s custom controller, StudyJob, which allows a hyperparameter search to be defined using YAML thus making it easy to use hyperparameter tuning without writing any code. 4. Miscellaneous updates The upgrade includes a release of a K8s custom controller for Chainer (docs). Cisco has created a v1alpha2 API for PyTorch that brings parity and consistency with the TFJob operator. It is easier to handle production workloads for PyTorch and TFJob because of the new features added to them. There is also support provided for gang-scheduling using Kube Arbitrator to avoid stranding resources and deadlocking in clusters under heavy load. The 0.3 Kubeflow Jupyter images ship with TF Data-Validation. TF Data-Validation is a library used to explore and validate machine learning data. You can check the examples added by the team to understand how to leverage Kubeflow. The XGBoost example indicates how to use non-DL frameworks with Kubeflow The object detection example illustrates leveraging GPUs for online and batch inference. The financial time series prediction example shows how to leverage Kubeflow for time series analysis The team has said that the next major release:  0.4, will be coming by the end of this year. They will focus on ease of use to perform common ML tasks without having to learn Kubernetes. They also plan to make it easier to track models by providing a simple API and database for tracking models. Finally, they intend to upgrade the PyTorch and TFJob operators to beta. For a complete list of updates, visit the 0.3 Change Log on GitHub. Read Next Platform9 announces a new release of Fission.io, the open source, Kubernetes-native Serverless frameworkIntroducing Alpha Support for Volume Snapshotting in Kubernetes 1.12‘AWS Service Operator’ for Kubernetes now available allowing the creation of AWS resources using kubectllast_img read more

Goway has a new Downunder agent incentive

first_imgGoway has a new Downunder agent incentive TORONTO — Agents who book an air and land inclusive vacation Downunder now qualify for up to $55 per two-person booking on their Goway rewards card.The promotion runs until March 31. Agents who book their clients on a Goway air and land inclusive vacation to Australia or New Zealand will receive a bonus $25 per new booking on their Goway Rewards Card.That’s in addition to the $15 per person incentive already paid out for air and land getaways booked with Goway. Based on two adults per booking, the incentive works out to $55 per booking.Bookings must include roundtrip international airfares from North America to Australia or New Zealand, and a minimum of seven nights land arrangements.Goway is also reminding agents about its Passport to a Free Fam promotion. Agents who book each of Goway’s six regions – Africa, Asia, Australia or New Zealand, South America, Europe, and the Idyllic Islands – qualify to start their Passport to a Free Fam. “Book a group to anywhere in the world and you can apply it to any destination,” and then claim a free fam trip, says Goway. Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Goway Travelcenter_img Tuesday, February 27, 2018 Travelweek Group Posted bylast_img read more

Glenn invited to join Hispanic caucus in Lansing

first_img13Feb Glenn invited to join Hispanic caucus in Lansing Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, left, and Michigan Legislative Hispanic Caucus chairman Rep. Harvey Santana, D-Detroit. Both men share the bond of being veterans. Glenn served in the U.S. Army Reserves and National Guard, and Santana was a U.S. Navy rescue swimmer.Lansing, Mich. — Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, on Thursday joined the bipartisan Michigan Legislative Hispanic Caucus at the invitation of newly-elected caucus chairman Rep. Harvey Santana, D-Detroit and vice-chairman Rep. Bruce Rendon, R-Lake City.Glenn is not Hispanic, but the caucus by-laws state that “MLHC is committed to diversity and actively seeks to elect and recruit individuals from all segments of the population as officers, committee chairs, and members.”Santana said Friday he is “very excited and encouraged to have Rep. Glenn as a member. His experience will add tremendous value to the overall discussion of Hispanic economic prosperity. I look forward to listening to his views on the economy and how we can all participate in the American dream.”Glenn commended Santana for his leadership in convening the caucus and said “Harvey and I will focus on the common values that unite us regardless of ethnicity or party. President Kennedy correctly observed that ‘a rising tide lifts all boats,’ and all legislators should be committed to policies that raise the tide of economic opportunity in Rep. Santana’s district as much as in our own.”For example, Glenn said he will work to win caucus support for legislation to allow implementation of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy’s proposed Universal Tuition Tax Credit, which would “empower parents of all income levels, of all races or ethnic backgrounds, in all communities, to choose the best and safest schools for their children.”Santana said the caucus will focus on issues of common concern to Hispanics and all citizens including taxes, small business development, infrastructure investment, public education (K-12, college, and vocational), criminal justice, agriculture, housing, employment, and health care. Glenn and Santana have already agreed, once the weather improves, to host each other for a tour of their respective legislative districts.“Rep. Santana and I have the same title, but for him, the job description includes, for example, being called to personally intervene to stop violence between rival gangs,” Glenn said. “Obviously, we’re blessed that that’s not been part of the job description in Midland and rural Bay counties, so visiting each other’s district and witnessing the many differences will be educational and enlightening for both of us.“It’s about understanding, literally and figuratively, where the other guy’s coming from, and hopefully crafting bipartisan solutions based on understanding our differences that can then unite us in the task — without government dictating or guaranteeing equal outcomes – of ensuring everyone has equal opportunity to make a better life for themselves and their families.”Santana’s 9th House District is comprised of northwest Detroit and part of the city of Dearborn.The 98th House District represented by Glenn is comprised of the city of Midland and six suburban and rural townships in Midland County, plus the cities of Auburn, Linwood, and Pinconning and seven rural townships in Bay County.The caucus is also tentatively planning to hold a town hall meeting in May in Saginaw hosted by Rep. Vanessa Guerra, D-Saginaw.According to the U.S. Census, Hispanics comprise 8 percent of the population in Saginaw County and 4.9 percent in Bay County, both higher than the 4.7 percent statewide, while only 2.4 percent of Midland County residents are of Hispanic origin. Categories: Glenn News,Glenn Photoslast_img read more

Lorenz Glatz Vodafoneowned German cable operator

first_imgLorenz GlatzVodafone-owned German cable operator Kabel Deutschland has named Frank Hellemink as its new chief technology officer, replacing Lorenz Glatz, according to local press.According to German trade publication Digital Insider, which first reported that Glatz was to leave the company, Kabel Deutschland confirmed Hellemink’s appointment late yesterday afternoon, stating that Glatz had decided to leave at his own request.Glatz will reportedly continue to work for the cable operator in a consultancy role. He joined Kabel Deutschland in 2006, taking responsibility for the design and implementation of the operator’s HFC, optical and IP infrastructure as well as digital video services, having previously worked for Liberty Global as senior vice-president, design and architecture.Hellemink has served  as vice-president of network engineering at Kabel Deutschland since 2006, having previously also worked for Liberty Global as director of network design and architecture.last_img read more

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first_imgShareTweet He is the first prisoner to die in the North of Ireland prisons this year.Ronnie Armour, Director General of the Northern Ireland Prison Service, said: “On behalf of the Northern Ireland Prison Service, I would like to extend my sympathy to the family of the prisoner. My thoughts are with them at this difficult time.”John Dallat, SDLP MLA for East Londonderry, passed on his condolences to the prisoner’s family.“I’m sure the authorities at Magilligan will also be deeply distressed that someone under their watch has died, albeit in hospital,” he said. “I welcome the investigation but prisoners are often vulnerable people.“It’s so unfortunate when any of them die while in the care of the authorities.“I visited the prison recently. The place is crying out for capital investment, but the staff at Magilligan do aspire to have people leave in a much better state than when they came in.“Many of them leave with trades and go straight into jobs.“So obviously when you hear depressing news like this it’s all the harder.“This is another family that has been given bad news, but until the investigation is completed we can’t say much more.”There are currently around 440 prisoners at the medium-security jail near Limavady.In 2018, an inspection report said conditions at Magilligan had seen a massive improvement over the past three years.The increased availability of educational and vocational training for prisoners was among the changes highlighted.While there was further praise for a positive culture between staff and prisoners, the inspectors added that concerns remained over the availability of illegal and prescription drugs, as well as a trend of poorer outcomes in key areas for Catholic prisoners.Investigation launched after prisoner dies in hospital at Magilligan jail was last modified: February 5th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: PRISON chiefs have launched an investigation into the death of a 27-year-old inmate in Magilligan jail.The prisoner died on Monday morning while in hospital and his next of kin have been informed.An investigation into the cause of death has been launched by the PSNI, Coroner and Prisoner Ombudsman. CO DERRYEAST DERRY MLAInvestigation launched after prisoner dies in hospital at Magilligan jailJOHN DALLATlimavadySDLPlast_img read more

Talk of rigging the gold and silver markets has no

first_imgTalk of rigging the gold and silver markets has now become respectable. Only the demise of this Anglo/American monetary and financial atrocity awaits.The gold price was up about twenty-five bucks by 1:00 p.m. Hong Kong time yesterday…and then didn’t do much until about 10:00 a.m. in London.  From there, the price declined down to just above the $1,700 mark shortly before 9 a.m. in New York before rallying back to just under $1,725 spot.  It held that price until shortly before the close of electronic trading, when it got sold off about ten bucks after it made it too close to the $1,725 spot mark…just like it did in Hong Kong and London much earlier on Thursday.Gold finished at $1,717.70 spot…up $21.00 on the day.  Despite the lack of price movement, net volume was an immense 219,000 contracts.Up until 1:00 p.m. in Hong Kong, silver followed the same rally path as gold, but the subsequent sell-off ended very shortly before 12 o’clock noon in London…which looked suspiciously like an early silver fix.From that low/fix, silver rallied in fits and starts…and all three attempts that it made to get too rambunctious to the upside in New York, immediately got swatted down…including the rally into the close of Comex trading at 1:30 p.m. Eastern.  From there, silver basically traded sideways into the close of electronic trading.Silver finished at $35.51 spot…up 87 cents on the day.  Net volume was only half of Wednesday’s…but still a monstrous 55,000 contracts.Here’s the New York Silver Spot Silver [Bid] chart on its own.  It shows the three rallies that got sold off before they could get anywhere…the one at the Comex open, at 10:30 a.m…and the Comex close.The dollar index did precisely nothing yesterday…and was obviously never a factor in the precious metals market.The gold stocks pretty much followed the ups and downs of the gold price during the New York trading session…and, like the gold price, the shares sagged a bit into the close.  The HUI finished up 0.80% when all was said and done.Despite the nice gain in silver during the New York trading session, the shares were definitely a mixed bag…and Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index was only up 0.29%.(Click on image to enlarge)Thursday’s CME Daily Delivery Report showed that 44 gold and 137 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Monday.  The biggest short/issuers in silver were HSBC USA and the Bank of Nova Scotia with 76 and 47 contracts respectively.  The biggest long/stopper was JPMorgan in its proprietary [house] trading account with 122 contracts.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here.When I posted Wednesday’s Daily Delivery Report in my Thursday column, I inadvertently used the delivery numbers for palladium instead of silver.  The real numbers showed that 160 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Friday…and the big long/stopper was JPMorgan in its proprietary [house] trading account.  They’ll have 137 contracts of that 160 total delivered today.  I thank reader Harvey Organ for pointing out the error of my ways.There were no reported changes in GLD yesterday but, surprisingly enough, authorized participants over at SLV added 874,386 troy ounces of silver.  After Wednesday’s drive-by shooting in both gold and silver, I must admit that I’m still waiting for the big withdrawals from both ETFs.  Maybe today will be the day.  Then again, maybe not.The U.S. Mint started off the month with a small sales report.  They sold 8,500 ounces of gold eagles…and 200,000 silver eagles.There was a lot of activity over at the Comex-approved depositories on Wednesday.  They received 618,921 ounce of silver…and shipped a rather large 1,190,391 troy ounces out the door.  The link to that action is here.Here’s an interesting gold chart that reader Julius Adams sent me yesterday.  Based on his T/A…his minimum target for gold is $2,015.  We’ll see how it goes.(Click on image to enlarge)I have the usual number of stories today…and I hope you find some of them worth your while.I don’t mind if you are wealthy. I do mind if you got there by cheating. I don’t mind if you are on welfare. I do mind if you got there by cheating. – Author unknownAfter Wednesday’s debacle, it was pretty calm on Thursday…but I still got the impression that the subsequent rallies in both gold and silver were being watched over pretty carefully…and it was particularly noticeable in silver.However, what really was surprising was the number of well respected commentators that finally came out of the closet and stated the obvious [in public] about Wednesday’s hatchet job in the precious metals…and that it was done by not-for-profit sellers…and for it’s “effect value”.This is not just GATA saying it now…it’s completely obvious to everyone and, in the end, it could backfire on the perpetrators, because now everyone is watching these markets with fresh eyes.When people such as these raise their voices in unison like this, you know that everyone is now in on the game…and the jig is up.  At last, talk of rigging the gold and silver markets has now become respectable.  Only the demise of this Anglo/American monetary and financial atrocity awaits.And it can’t come too soon for me…regardless of the consequences.  As I’ve said many times over the years, if the powers that be weren’t propping up everything that wanted to crash…and suppressing the price of everything that wanted to blow sky high…the world’s financial system would be a smouldering ruin within five business days.It’s going to happen anyway…and the longer this stinking, putrid mess is held aloft, the worse it’s going to be for everyone on Planet Earth when it finally does crash and burn.All that will be left standing will be the precious metals…and I hope that will be enough.In overnight trading, both gold and silver trended quietly lower.  At the moment…5:18 a.m. Eastern time…gold is down about two bucks…and silver is down about 35 cents.  Gold volume is already pretty decent…and silver’s volume is relatively quiet.  The dollar index has been in rally mode since precisely 10:00 a.m. Hong Kong time…and is up about 35 basis points as I hit the ‘send’ button.With JPMorgan et al putting the metals and their shares back on sale for a limited time only, there’s still the opportunity to either re-adjust your portfolio, or get fully invested in the continuing major up-leg of this bull market in both silver and gold…and I respectfully suggest that you take a trial subscription to either Casey Research’s International Speculator [junior gold and silver exploration companies], or BIG GOLD [large producers], with all our best [and current] recommendations…as well as the archives. A subscription to the International Speculator also includes a free subscription to BIG GOLD as well.  And don’t forget that our 90-day guarantee of satisfaction is in effect for both publications.I’m done for the day.  See you tomorrow. 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More than half of people 58 per cent who receive

first_imgMore than half of people (58 per cent) who receive care and support services in England have seen their quality of life fall in the last year, according to a new survey by a disabled-led expert group.A similar survey carried out last year found 45 per cent said their quality of life had fallen over the previous year.The survey has been carried out by the Independent Living Strategy Group (ILSG) – chaired by the disabled crossbench peer Baroness [Jane] Campbell – and published by the charity in Control, and focuses on the impact of cuts to social care on people’s independence and basic human rights.Baroness Campbell (pictured) said the survey proves that increased social care funding is needed to prevent disabled people from an “extreme risk” of harm and help develop a “radically” new system that “positively” supports independence and well-being.The survey has been published in the run-up to the chancellor’s autumn statement later this month.A quarter of those questioned said they had been told by their local authority in the last 12 months that their support packages would be reduced because of cuts or savings*.Baroness Campbell told Disability News Service (DNS): “If we don’t properly invest in our care and support system now, deeper cuts to people’s individual support are inevitable year-on-year, as the population increases.“This lack of investment is already having expensive financial and moral consequences, as our 2016 survey reveals.”Meanwhile, the Health Foundation, The King’s Fund and the Nuffield Trust concluded in a new report this week that cuts and rising demand will leave adult social care facing a £1.9 billion funding gap next year.And the Local Local Government Ombudsman said in its annual report into adult social care complaints that it had seen a 25 per cent rise in complaints about home care – 65 per cent of which were upheld – as well as a six per cent increase in complaints and enquiries about all areas of adult social care (to 2,969).Baroness Campbell says in the ILSG report that the survey aimed to discover whether the Care Act 2014 – potentially the “most exciting, creative and positive move forward in the history of local authority care and support services” – was “working in practice”.But the group warned that these duties had been imposed on local authorities at a time of “unprecedented cuts to their funding”, with adult social care departments forced into budget savings of 26 per cent over four years, the equivalent of £3.53 billion.A third of respondents (33 per cent) said that their level of choice and control over their support had fallen in the previous year, compared with just under 30 per cent in last year’s survey.And almost two out of five respondents (38 per cent) said they were having to rely more on family and friends for support, while more than a quarter (27 per cent) said they were having to pay more towards the cost of their support.Of the 95 people responding to the survey who previously received money from the Independent Living Fund (ILF), more than two-fifths (41 per cent) said the amount of support they received had fallen since ILF’s closure in June 2015, while nearly a third (32 per cent) said the quality of their day-to-day support had worsened since it closed.Baroness Campbell told DNS: “Our strategy group believes that extra funding is not simply required to prevent older and disabled people from extreme risk, but urgently needed to develop a radically new system which positively supports people’s independence and well-being.“After all, this was supposed to be the central aim of the government’s Care Act, which has yet to deliver.”She said the survey showed that councils were now placing “severe restrictions” on how people can use personal budgets or direct payments.She said: “This is counter to the Care Act’s aim, which is to empower local authorities to give more choice and control over how support is delivered.“They said they have no choice due to the funding shortage.“Shockingly, half of respondents reported that support now is only available for very basic personal care – an indication that people who need support are often condemned to a very limited existence.”The report was released just four days before the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities published a report that concluded that the UK government had committed “grave or systematic violations” of disabled people’s rights, including actions that “have hindered various aspects of their right to live independently and be included in the community” under article 19 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.Baroness Campbell said the survey demonstrated why the government had been found to be “failing miserably” in its responsibilities under article 19 of the convention.About half of ILSG are disabled people, and many represent disabled people’s organisations or user-led grassroots groups, including the Spartacus network, Shaping Our Lives, Inclusion London, Hammersmith and Fulham Coalition Against Cuts, Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People and Disability Rights UK.The survey was based on responses from 485 people who have support in England, including people who fund their own care, with the vast majority of the responses coming from service-users under the age of 65.*91 of the 363 survey respondents who answered this question said they had been told their support (or the money available for their support) would be reduced because of cuts or savingslast_img read more

Campaigners from across the country gathered outsi

first_imgCampaigners from across the country gathered outside parliament this week to call for an end to unsafe “shared space” street designs, which risk turning public spaces into “no go zones” for many disabled and older people.The protest (pictured) was organised by the National Federation of the Blind of the UK (NFBUK), and attended by members of Transport for All (TfA), and campaigners from Save Our Green Lanes, Enfield Town Residents Association and East Dunbartonshire Visually Impaired People’s Forum.They were joined by Michael Pringle, whose three-year-old son Clinton was killed after he was hit by a vehicle in a shared space scheme while on holiday in Jersey last year.Protesters later delivered a letter to the prime minister at Number 10, which calls for an end to all shared space street developments.Shared space schemes usually remove kerbs and controlled crossings, encouraging vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists to share the same space, but posing greater risks for partially-sighted and blind people, as well as other disabled people, including many of those with mobility impairments, learning difficulties or who are deaf.The NFBUK letter also calls for standard height kerbs and controlled crossings to be retained in all street schemes; an audit of all existing shared space developments, and for them to be made “accessible for all”; and for the current shared space guidance to be replaced with an “inclusive design approach”.TfA member Kasia Kubaszek, a guide dog-user from Hammersmith, west London, who attended this week’s protest, said she wanted an end to spared space developments.On one occasion, she was walking to the Albert Hall along Exhibition Road, a shared space scheme, and had to ask a stranger to walk with her because she felt so frightened.She said: “I felt terrified. I felt as though I was walking in the middle of the road, but I wasn’t.“I don’t think I would do it again unless I really, really had to. At any point, I felt as if a car could drive into me.“Even when I think about it now it makes me feel so anxious.”On another occasion, her guide dog Carrie was walking with her along High Street Kensington – another shared space scheme – and because there was no kerb she led her in front of a car, which fortunately stopped before it hit them.Karl Farrell, from Hackney, north London, who also took part in the protest, and is a member of both NFBUK and TfA, said that shared space areas produced “an unequal contest” between cars and pedestrians, particularly if the pedestrian was blind.He said: “Losing controlled crossings… these crossings are important because you know where you stand with them, you know what your position is, and you proceed to cross when you have the right of way.”But with shared space-type “courtesy crossings”, he often has no idea when to cross, because cars can be very quiet, as are cycles.He said: “In that situation, I might be stepping out into danger.”Earlier this summer, five NFBUK members hand-delivered a letter to the prime minister to ask for an independent inquiry into shared space developments “in order to regain the rights of residents to walk their town streets once again without needing to negotiate right-of-way with drivers of moving vehicles by sight, a task which is impossible for blind and vision-impaired people to carry out”.Catherine Smith, TfA’s campaigns and outreach officer, said: “We’ve heard from countless disabled and older people who are afraid to walk through shared spaces.“The government must act to stop our public spaces from becoming no go zones for disabled and older people.”Last month, the Department for Transport’s draft transport accessibility action plan – which is out for consultation – said the department was working with the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation on a review of shared space and other street design projects, which aims “to provide clarity on how such schemes should be designed and developed”.The action plan says the review should “reinforce to designers that improving inclusivity is not just one of many objectives for a scheme, but must be embedded within the process”.DfT says in the draft plan that it will “consider the need to revise guidance in the light of those recommendations”.last_img read more

Ricky Williams Has The Last Laugh

first_img Subscribe Now Ricky Williams Has The Last Laugh Once the poster child of a stoner athlete, the ex-NFL running back is is making great strides with his cannabis company. Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. Former NFL running back Ricky Williams remembers when his use of marijuana made him an outcast among both his peers and potential business associates.Williams said that people didn’t want to associate with him because of his use of cannabis. “My past kept haunting me,” Williams told the Roll Up Podcast.That’s all changed for the Pro Bowl running back. Now, he’s become an entrepreneur in cannabis with his line of products called Real Wellness by Ricky Williams. According to his website, he is offering “an herbal approach to everyday wellness.”That may sound like the tagline of any number of marijuana brands. But Williams can claim he was far out in front — and in a very public way — on the issue of marijuana and the potential health benefits.Related: 5 Surprising Truths About Canadian Legalization“Most Infamous Stoner Athlete”In a way, Williams’ experience with marijuana personifies the changing attitudes on cannabis. A decade ago, while a star in the NFL, he became the target of both jokes and the NFL’s substance abuse policy for talking openly about using marijuana.That was an unusual stance from such a big star. And at the time, he was one of the biggest. Between 1999 and 2011, playing mostly with the New Orleans Saints and Miami Dolphins, Williams rushed for more than 10,000 yards, including five 1,000-yard seasons.He also was public about his use of marijuana, becoming “America’s most infamous stoner athlete,” according to Sports Illustrated. He failed four drug tests, all for cannabis use, he told the magazine. In 2004, he decided to retire early and spent the year studying holistic medicine at the California College of Ayurveda.He returned to the Dolphins in 2005. However, in 2006, he missed an entire season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.He told Sports Illustrated that those years in the middle of his career cost him about $5 million to $10 million in salary and endorsements. He’s hoping to make that back, and then some.Related: New California Law Makes it Easier to Erase Old Marijuana ConvictionsEarly AdooterWilliams launched Real Wellness earlier this year in California (a native of San Diego, he now lives in Venice Beach). Both medical and recreational marijuana is now legal in the Golden State.  But long before marijuana was the “in” thing, Williams believed in the medicinal value of marijuana. Since leaving the NFL, he ‘s spent his time studying the potential of marijuana for pain management and other conditions.Williams told the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel: “I am known as a professional football player. In the last 14 years, I have been educating myself and training as a healthcare practitioner.”His products include salves, tonics and vape cartridges, which he says are a “modern reintroduction to the healing power of ancient herbs.” The products contain either CBD or THC, or sometimes both.Williams believes there is a huge and growing market for his product. He saw a microcosm of that market in the NFL. Williams said more than half of the players he played within the NFL used marijuana, including quarterbacks and coaches, according to Sports Illustrated.Follow dispensaries.com on Instagram to stay up to date on the latest cannabis news. Next Article Guest Writer Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. October 25, 2018 3 min read –shares Add to Queue dispensaries.com Get 1 Year of Green Entrepreneur for $19.99 Green Entrepreneur provides how-to guides, ideas and expert insights for entrepreneurs looking to start and grow a cannabis business. Image credit: My Mystic Journey LA via Twitter Ganjapreneurlast_img read more

Elon Musk Asks Judge to Toss Pedo Guy Defamation Lawsuit

first_img Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Elon Musk is hoping to end the U.S. lawsuit over his “pedo guy” statements against British cave diver Vernon Unsworth before it gets started. His attorneys have filed a motion to dismiss the case on the grounds that his insults weren’t serious and thus were protected free speech in the U.S. This was just a “schoolyard spat,” Musk’s attorneys said. They contended that Twitter was a place where you could “expect to read opinions, not facts,” and thus that no one could realistically assume Musk was telling the truth.Unsworth’s attorney rejected the claims in a statement to The Guardian. The argument would “effectively doom all lawsuits” over defamation, and that Musk’s dismissal points were “novel but inaccurate.”Related: What’s Happening on The Entrepreneur Index Right NowIt’s not clear how the judge will respond to the dismissal request, although it might not work in Musk’s favor. While he did apologize for his initial “pedo guy” remark in July, he undercut that in August when he told BuzzFeed News reporter that Unsworth was a “child rapist.” For that matter, Musk ran into trouble with the SEC precisely because he used Twitter to make a serious claim about taking Tesla private. Don’t be surprised if the case moves forward to its initial hearing on April 1st. The Tesla executive says it was just a ‘schoolyard spat.’ Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Next Article Jon Fingas Elon Musk Add to Queue December 28, 2018 This story originally appeared on Engadget Image credit: Robyn Beck | Pool via Engadget Elon Musk Asks Judge to Toss ‘Pedo Guy’ Defamation Lawsuit Enroll Now for $5 –shares 2 min readlast_img read more

Mt Gox Files for Bankruptcy Faults Hackers and Flawed System for Collapse

first_img Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Add to Queue Internet pioneer Marc Andreessen said that Mt. Gox “had to die,” and it officially just did.After a rocky few weeks practically sputtering on life support, the troubled Bitcoin trading exchange, once most robust in the world, filed for bankruptcy protection in Tokyo District Court today.CEO Mark Karpeles blamed hackers for his company’s demise, saying they exploited a “weakness” in Mt. Gox’s computer system that enabled them to pilfer almost half a billion U.S. dollars worth of the digital currency. Karpeles, like Andreessen and scores of fellow Bitcoin defenders, says he still expects the controversial unregulated virtual currency to grow and thrive, even as his exchange pulls the plug on itself.  Related: Bitcoin Exchange Mt. Gox Apologizes About Crippling Hack, Says Withdrawals to Resume Soon”First of all, I’m very sorry,” he said. “The bitcoin industry is healthy and it is growing. It will continue, and reducing the impact is the most important point.”Mt. Gox, which claimed for a time that it oversaw approximately 80 percent of all dollar-for-Bitcoin trades across the globe, said it discovered on Feb. 24 that 750,000 of its customers’ bitcoins were missing, along with 100,000 of its own. That adds up to about $480 million total, approximately 7 percent of the estimated total of bitcoins in existence.The company halted customer withdrawals on Feb. 7 and later wiped out the contents of its website and Twitter feed, sparking accusations of insolvency and rocking the Bitcoin trading community worldwide.Related: Bitcoin Advocate Andreessen: ‘Mt. Gox Had to Die’The widely expected bankruptcy filing comes only one day after Japan’s highest government spokesperson announced that Japanese authorities, along with the country’s Ministry of Finance, are actively investigating angry investor claims that Mt. Gox lost their Bitcoin. Federal prosecutors in New York subpoenaed the trading platform this earlier this month.Meanwhile, as of 9:56 a.m. ET, Bitcoin prices hit $561.24, according to the CoinDesk Bitcoin Price Index. The price dipped below $500 last Monday, its weakest price since November, when it rallied at about $1,200. 2 min read Bitcoin Kim Lachance Shandrow Former West Coast Editor Register Now » February 28, 2014 Next Article Mt. Gox Files for Bankruptcy, Faults Hackers and Flawed System for Collapse Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. –shareslast_img read more

Marketing Magic Monopoly Maker Hides Real Money in Games Special Edition

first_img Marketing Magic: Monopoly Maker Hides Real Money in Game’s Special Edition Apply Now » Next Article Hasbro is taking a page out of the Willy Wonka marketing playbook. In honor of Monopoly’s 80th anniversary, French players of the eminent board game will have a chance to win actual cash hidden in sets of the game.Eighty boxes out of 30,000 different games will have varying amounts of cash ranging between about $170 and $342. Meanwhile, the big winner will get a box that has every piece of Monopoly money replaced will real euros, adding up to about $23,200.Related: This ‘Exploding Kittens’ Card Game Is Blowing Up on KickstarterWhile certainly not enough to buy a railroad or an ocean-front property, it’s still a fairly substantial chunk of change. Florence Gaillaird, Hasbro France’s brand manager, told the AFP that the bills were delivered to the local packing center with a supreme amount of secrecy.Of course, Monopoly isn’t the first brand to take a “golden ticket” approach. In 2010, Nestle, which owns the Wonka name, put prizes in its Exceptionals candy bars. Two years later, in a slightly more off-putting move, the candy company put GPS trackers in Kit Kats to award 12,000 euros to winners in Ireland and the UK. Monopoly is available in 114 countries and 43 languages.  Related: ‘Game Guru’ of Candy Crush Saga Leaves King Digital to Found New Gaming Startup Nina Zipkin 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List February 3, 2015 –sharescenter_img Entrepreneur Staff Marketing Add to Queue Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. 2 min read The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue.last_img read more

Bots actually target and pursue individual influencers

first_imgNew research co-authored by assistant research professor and associate director of Informatics at the University of Southern California Department of Computer Science, Emilio Ferrara, looks at “social hacking” over social networks that can increase violent commentary and can affect voting behavior. Credit: CC0 Public Domain Citation: Bots actually target and pursue individual influencers (2018, November 20) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-bots-pursue-individual.html Even a few bots can shift public opinion in big ways Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences The paper, “Bots Increase Exposure to Negative and Inflammatory Content in Online Social Systems” is published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.The researchers believe this study to be one of the first studies to investigate the content bots generated and the specific strategy of the bots. In reviewing nearly 4 million posts on Twitter, researchers from Fondazione Bruno Kessler and the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering, attempted to understand online behavioral dynamics, the type of content bots shared, and which users they targeted in the context of Catalonia’s referendum on independence.The researchers discovered that influencers who supported Catalan’s independence were specifically targeted by the bots and became over 100 times more likely to engage with them. These influencers were also exposed to negative and violent narratives pursued by the bots.Findings:The authors’ findings contrast with earlier studies assuming bots were sharing information without specific strategies Bots, the researchers say, are selecting and pursuing specific targets Bots tend to generate negative content aimed at polarizing highly influential human users to exacerbate social conflictLooking at the election in Spain, it was determined human influencers who were targeted by bots, did not recognize they were being targeted and being bombarded by non-human actors”As we study this events, bots are so pervasive that anyone can be a target,” said co- author Emilio Ferrara. “We need beyond the technical solutions to this problem. We need regulation, laws and incentives that will force social media companies to regulate their platforms.”center_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Massimo Stella et al. Bots increase exposure to negative and inflammatory content in online social systems, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2018). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1803470115 Provided by University of Southern California Explore furtherlast_img read more