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No electronics Jordanian airline suggests analyzing the meaning of life

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first_imgNo electronics? Jordanian airline suggests analyzing the meaning of life Tags: LOL, social media Posted by Travelweek Group Sharecenter_img AMMAN — Royal Jordanian Airlines is using the electronics ban brought in earlier this week from the United States and United Kingdom to get some LOLs on Facebook.Just a few days after the ban the airline posted ’12 things to do on a 12-hour flight with no laptop or tablet’, a tongue-in-cheek list with suggestions like ‘analyze the meaning of life’ .They also suggested starring at each other.They also broke out some poetry. Friday, March 24, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Five Epic National Parks headlines Trafalgars new USA Canada lineup

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first_img Posted by Share TORONTO — Trafalgar’s just-released 2019 USA & Canada program brings together 39 hand-crafted itineraries – including three new trips – to more than 80 cities across North America including Alaska, Hawaii and Central America.Clients can save 10% on select trips when paid in full by Jan. 17, 2019.“From icons, to locals to the beyond, Trafalgar’s in-depth and immersive 2019 USA & Canada program offers Canadian clients to live ‘The Good Life’ in the Americas,” says Wolf Paunic, president of CostSaver and Trafalgar Canada. “They can learn local stories with a collection of Trafalgar’s experiences that they won’t find anywhere else.”The three new trips are:Alaska and YukonThis new 14-day Alaska and the Yukon adventure has everything from Klondike tales to frontier landscapes and the continent’s highest peaks and Denali National Park. In Matanuska Susitna Valley, clients will drive along scenic country roads and past towns bathed in sunlight all day and night in summer. Guests will also have the opportunity to take part in a Trafalgar ‘Local Specialist’ experience, where they will meet a local Gold miner who will reveal the past and present value of gold in its influence of the region in Dawson City.Cape Cod DelightsMore news:  Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksKicking off with a quick ferry ride from Boston to Martha’s Vineyard, clients on the eight-day Cape Cod Delights will see brightly painted cottages, colourful farmers’ markets and quiet beaches. Travellers can also ‘Delve into Culture’ and tread in the footsteps of pilgrims and patriots, exploring the living history of Plimoth Plantation and gain insight into the original 17th-cenutry British settlement of Plymouth Colony.Five Epic National ParksOn Trafalgar’s new nine-day Five Epic National Parks adventure, clients will experience the natural splendor of the Old West, from the peaks of the Grand Tetons, the bubbling mudpots of Yellowstone, the eerie hoodoos of Bryce Canyon to Zion National Park. Trip highlights include a rare opportunity to cruise the Snake River on a float trip in Grand Teton National Park via a Trafalgar ‘Local Specialist’ experience. Clients can keep an eye out for moose and grizzly bears amidst the pine-clad river banks.Zion National Park, Utah, USA Travelweek Group Tags: Trafalgarcenter_img Wednesday, June 27, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >> ‘Five Epic National Parks’ headlines Trafalgar’s new USA & Canada lineuplast_img read more

Its a tough position to play head coach Ken Wh

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first_img“It’s a tough position to play,” head coach Ken Whisenhuntsaid of cornerback. “You know that there’s going to besome growing pains with young guys but they’re workinghard at it and that’s all we can ask.“They’re going to be good players.”The head coach has said that all season and Jefferson’seight tackle performance against the Vikings was certainlya step in the right direction, but if the Cardinals are toturn things around they’ll need him and Peterson to growup quick.“Me and A.J., we believe we’re definitely getting bettereach and every week,” Peterson said. “It’s a long, long,long season and we are just young guys who’ve been throwninto the fire early.”Peterson said the veterans on the team are helping themand the important thing is to keep their heads up, knowingopportunities will continue coming their way. And that’s just it, really. The Cardinals cannot afford not to play their youngplayers, meaning they’ll all have chances to impress thecoaches and start making plays. One player who has beendoing just that is receiver Early Doucet, as the third-year pro is second on the team with 21 receptions afterleading Arizona with eight catches against Minnesota. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation “Early has made strides, he’s stayed healthy and he’s madesome big plays for us,” Whisenhunt said. “There’s a lot ofarea for Early to continue to grow and he’ll get better ashe gets more and more experience of what we’re asking himto do.”The Cardinals are being forced to use many young players,something that is reflected in their poor record. As theyhead into the bye week the key is not only getting somerest, but continuing to work and get better.They really have no other choice.Arizona Sports’ Kyndra de St. Aubin contributed to thisreport Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ At 1-4, the Arizona Cardinals main goal is simple:improve.Some would argue it shouldn’t be too hard, given that theteam can’t get any worse, but there are still 11 gamesleft in the regular season and everyone would feel betterif the team showed marked improvement over the season’sfinal few months.One area of particular interest is the secondary, wherethe team is starting a pair of young corners in PatrickPeterson and A.J. Jefferson. Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Comments   Share   last_img read more

More than a million gallons of untreated wastewate

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first_imgMore than a million gallons of untreated wastewater was discharged into a Greensboro creek due to heavy rains from Florence, among the largest such incidents in modern memory.According to the City of Greensboro, roughly 1.3 million gallons of untreated wastewater overflowed into local waters on September 17. The discharge happened over the span of about 23 hours.When the remnants of Hurricane Florence dropped significant rainfall on the region, rising waters from Middle Reedy Fork Creek flooded the wastewater treatment facility there, shutting down the pumps and paralyzing the facility. That’s what ultimately led to the discharge.Greensboro officials say the area downstream, which is a tributary of the Cape Fear River basin, has been thoroughly tested, with no impact being found.This is the third such Florence-related incident reported by the city this week.On Monday, 625,000 gallons of wastewater discharged from a manhole on Battleground Ave. And on Sunday, about 63,000 gallons of untreated wastewater overflowed into North Buffalo Creek.last_img read more

A nurse failed to mention a disabled womans near

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first_imgA nurse failed to mention a disabled woman’s near-fatal asthma attacks, accidental overdoses and repeated blackouts, in one of the clearest examples yet of a dishonest benefits assessment report, secret recordings have revealed.A video recording of the assessment also shows that the nurse lied about the way disabled activist Catherine Scarlett made her way from a stairlift to a reclining chair to begin the assessment.Scarlett had been so distrustful of the personal independence payment (PIP) system that she made both video and audio recordings of her face-to-face assessment, which was carried out at her home in Yorkshire in May.She says the recordings and assessment report prove she was right to do so.They show how the nurse – employed by the government contractor Atos Healthcare – repeatedly downplayed the seriousness of what she was told by Scarlett.This allowed the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to lower her entitlement from the enhanced rate to just the standard rate for the daily living element of PIP, although she was allowed to stay on the enhanced rate for mobility.At one point, Scarlett is heard on the recording telling the nurse that on several occasions she had accidentally double-dosed the powerful opioid pain medication Tramadol, but the nurse translates that in her written report as “occasionally forgets to take her medication”.Scarlett also tells the nurse that she cannot read for long periods “because I black out”, but this ends up in the report as “she can read although she doesn’t read for long due to concentration”.When Scarlett describes how she has previously experienced “near-fatal asthma attacks”, the nurse writes this up in her report as episodes of being “wheezy and short of breath”, which “comes and goes”.And when the nurse asks her if she has ever thought of taking her own life, Scarlett tells her that she has felt like ending her life “lots of times” and that she experiences “impulsive urges to commit suicide and things like that”.This is translated as “she has had thoughts of not wanting to be here”.Scarlett is also furious that the nurse suggested that she did not need to carry out a physical examination if that meant she would be “wiped out for the week”.When Scarlett agreed and said she was “not really” keen on having the examination, the nurse was able to use her decision to decline the physical tests to justify relying instead on an inaccurate description of how she claimed she saw Scarlett “grip and operate a crutch in each hand” as she was walking from a chairlift to her seat, in order to play down her need for support for bathing and dressing.DWP later admitted – when it eventually overturned its original findings – that she lacked the necessary grip and strength in her right hand and arm “to be able to dress yourself reliably and in a timely manner”.The video clearly shows Scarlett walking with a stooped posture, leaning heavily on the crutches, and flopping into the chair, but not touching its arms.But the nurse writes this up as: “She walked from the bottom of the stairs to her specialist reclining chair using a crutch in each hand. She walked very slowly with normal posture.“She lowered herself into the chair by putting her hands on the chair and lowered herself into it.”Scarlett believes that her case, and many others she has been passed by other disabled people through social media, show that DWP is “colluding” with Atos in order to cut people’s support.She said: “I have been shocked at the effect on my mental health and the thoughts it has brought up for me and can understand why it pushes so many people completely over the edge.“I’m lucky to have strong family, friends and professional support that keeps me going but so many people aren’t as lucky and so are very vulnerable to devastating mental health deterioration and the consequences of that.“The whole system needs fully investigating and changing to protect those people.”Following the decision to reduce her support, a mandatory reconsideration (MR) – DWP’s own internal review process – endorsed that decision, although the department finally agreed last month to return her daily living to the enhanced rate when she appealed against the MR decision.In that decision, DWP accepted that Scarlett did after all need help to dress and take a bath.For technical reasons, DNS was not able to share the video recording with Atos and DWP, but the audio recording was shared with their press offices.DNS originally agreed to omit the allegations connected with the video recording so that DWP would comment on the evidence provided solely by the audio recording.But this morning, after agreeing to this and asking for extra time to produce a response – the audio recording was originally sent to DWP and Atos on Tuesday afternoon – a DWP spokeswoman failed to comment on any of the evidence contained in the audio recording.Instead, she merely pointed out that Scarlett’s PIP entitlement was eventually restored, after she appealed, to the daily living enhanced rate.She also repeated previous DWP statements about the “strict quality standards” required of assessment providers, and the “on-going quality audits” that assessors are subjected to, as well as mentioning the complaints procedures available to PIP claimants.An Atos spokesman refused to comment on the evidence at all.He said: “We’re informed we won’t have access to the video which accompanies the audio without which the points raised cannot be looked into as verification is simply not possible.”Scarlett’s case is one of 22 that have been passed to Labour MP Neil Coyle (see separate story), who has pledged to take up concerns about allegations of dishonest assessment reports when parliament returns from its summer recess next month.Disability News Service (DNS) has been investigating since last November claims that healthcare professionals working for Atos and Capita have been lying in their assessment reports.DNS has now compiled more than 200 cases in which PIP claimants say their assessors produced dishonest reports.The investigation shows that assessors – most of them nurses – have repeatedly lied, ignored written evidence and dishonestly reported the results of physical examinations.But DWP, Capita and Atos have all refused to launch inquiries into the claims of widespread dishonesty.Picture: Scarlett flops into her seat at the start of the assessment, watched by her husbandlast_img read more

Enjoy Those Actually Free Amazon Apps While You Can

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first_img Reporter Enjoy Those ‘Actually Free’ Amazon Apps While You Can 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. –shares Add to Queue Image credit: Amazon via PC Mag As of May 31, Amazon will no longer accept new app and game submissions for the Underground Actually Free program. It shuts down completely in 2019. Register Now »center_img Perusing Amazon Underground for apps with an “Actually Free” banner? Do it while you can.As of May 31, Amazon will no longer accept new app and game submissions for the Underground Actually Free program. The program will be completely discontinued in 2019, Amazon’s Becky Young wrote in a blog post without specifying why. Current Fire tablet users can continue to access the Underground Actually Free store and use any previously installed Underground apps. But access to Underground Actually Free store via Amazon’s Appstore on Android devices will end this summer, Young added.Launched in 2015, the Underground Actually Free program offered 100 percent free versions of popular premium titles such as OfficeSuite Professional 8, Goat Simulator and PhotoSuite 4 as well as titles with in-app purchases like Frozen Free Fall, Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions, Angry Birds Slingshot Stella and Looney Tunes Dash! Those who use Amazon Underground don’t have to pay for premium in-app features because Amazon foots the bill.Amazon pays developers “a certain amount on a per-minute played basis in exchange for them waiving their normal in-app fees,” the company explained when it launched the Actually Free program.Current Amazon Underground developers will continue to get paid for every minute people spend in their apps, as per Amazon’s developer agreement. Developers will be able to submit and publish updates to current Amazon Underground apps until 2019. For more on the transition, check out Amazon’s FAQ page. This story originally appeared on PCMag 2 min read Next Article May 2, 2017 Amazon Angela Moscaritololast_img read more

What You Can Learn From British Airwayss IT Meltdown That Left Passengers

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first_img Invest in systems you need and keep your customers informed. British Airways had a rough weekend.Due to a power surge early Saturday morning and a backup that failed to work, the airline’s computer systems broke down. The crash prompted British Airways to cancel all departing flights from Heathrow and Gatwick airports, effectively stranding 75,000 people. And once the passengers arrived at their destinations, there was no guarantee that their luggage would be waiting for them.It was a chaotic and ultimately expensive mishap for British Airways. The market value of IAG, the airline’s parent company, dropped by about $643,550,000. Not only that, but The Guardian reports that customers inconvenienced by the IT issues had to pay up to $2,059 in additional travel costs, leaving the company with a hefty compensation $192 million compensation bill.Related: These 10 Countries Will See the Most Business Travelers in the Next DecadeIf you’re sleeping on the floor of an airport terminal, of course you aren’t going to have a ton of understanding for the organization that put you in that position. But it wasn’t just disgruntled passengers — the response from rival airline, Ireland’s Ryanair was particularly merciless.Breaking news: BA appoints new head of IT…. #ShouldHaveFlownRyanair pic.twitter.com/pR5lwJmr95— Ryanair (@Ryanair) May 28, 2017A peek into the company’s Tweets & Replies tab on Twitter shows a raft of customer service messages with a heavy use of the words “sorry” and “apologise.” CEO Alex Cruz also made a video apology.Related: 5 Ways to De-Stress Your Business Travel“We absolutely, profusely apologize for these events,” Cruz said. “We are absolutely committed to making sure that we fulfill our obligations, particularly from a passenger compensation point of view. … We are now focusing on making sure that everyone’s needs are addressed. We will make an in-depth investigation to make sure we get to the bottom of exactly why this happened and we will react. This will not happen again at British Airways.”Our Chairman and CEO, Alex Cruz, apologises for the disruption caused by the recent IT system issues and… https://t.co/DRqwuM3SvF— British Airways (@British_Airways) May 29, 2017Cruz is saying all the right things, and it would seem that his team is working tirelessly to make sure that each customer is taken care of. But what the experience of British Airways teaches us is that we need to think carefully about where resources can best be utilized. Think about the systems and structures that you can’t do without and always make sure that they are up to date. If you can have the most current technology, an investment now could save you a major headache later.Better that the glitch never happened at all — but if your company is faced with a snafu of this magnitude, the best move is to be honest, admit what went wrong and keep your customers informed. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Add to Queue Business Travel Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. 3 min read Next Article center_img –shares Image credit: Bloomberg | Getty Images Nina Zipkin Entrepreneur Staff What You Can Learn From British Airways’s IT Meltdown That Left Passengers Stranded May 30, 2017 Register Now »last_img read more

5 Steps to Setting Up a Wireless Network

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first_img 5 Steps to Setting Up a Wireless Network –shares 8 min read Does your business need a wireless network? If you think the answer is yes, read on to discover how easy it is to set one up. Next Article Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Image credit: Henrik Sorensen | Getty Images Add to Queuecenter_img July 1, 2004 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Wireless networks are becoming faster, more affordable and easier to adopt than ever. Growing small businesses that have adopted a wireless solution are already reporting immediate paybacks in higher productivity, flexible application mobility and greater worker satisfaction. Roughly 228,000 small businesses currently have remote access capabilities built into their networks for security monitoring and, according to America Marketing Institute, the number will double over the next 12 months.A wireless infrastructure can make it easier to reconfigure your office space as your company grows and changes. Also, the total cost of a wireless local area network (LAN) is relatively inexpensive–it’s become very affordable in the past few years, and prices continue to drop. When you take into account productivity gains, both inside the office and at public “hot spots,” going wireless is an obvious choice, especially when compared to the cost of running a Cat 5 network LAN cable throughout a building.If you’re interested in setting up a wireless network at your company, this guide will walk you through the steps needed to evaluate the role wireless networking technologies might play in your company’s overall networking solution, and help you understand the steps you need to take to implement the solution.Step 1: Understand it. Learn about the benefits of wireless and how it can help your business save money and be more productive.Wired networks may give the appearance of a busy office full of the latest equipment, but in reality, wires can be an inefficient networking medium. They can limit signal strength as well as make it more difficult to expand and reorganize your network configuration.Wireless networking is a viable and affordable alternative that offers the benefits of making your environment more flexible. A wireless infrastructure allows you to effortlessly reconfigure your office space as your company grows and changes, easily extend connectivity and also allows employees to be mobile more easily.Even though the cost of wireless LAN hardware and software can be slightly more expensive, this is offset by the wired LAN cabling and installation costs you can avoid. Add to that the soft-dollar saving benefits associated with wireless LAN and the convenience of being able to move around in a facility and stay connected, and your overall costs are lower still.Step 2: Plan it. You should first conduct an assessment that includes an anticipated return on investment, and then investigate what it will take to integrate wireless technologies with your existing infrastructure.Review the advantages and consider the benefits to your organization:Reduced cost of installation. It may be significantly less expensive to install wireless access points compared to wiring your office with Ethernet capabilities.Flexibility. If you regularly expand or reorganize your office space, or need to accommodate a variety of network configurations, the rapid transition time from one configuration to another that wireless provides can help reduce your network downtime. In addition, you won’t have to incur the costs associated with physically rewiring office space.Convenient information access. With wireless, you’d have the ability to extend access to key information to anyone on your staff, from anywhere in the office, even when they aren’t physically connected to your wired local area network (LAN) connection. Do members of your staff regularly work away from their desks or stations, but could benefit from anytime, anywhere access to important data? Could you improve productivity by increasing access to important company systems? Do you have business processes you could streamline by reducing the number of times employees have to go back to their wired connections?Wireless LANs are the way to go, especially where there’s no existing wired network. This is especially true in leased offices, where you can’t go knocking holes in wallsYou should next consider what integration points you’ll need to address for the solution to work:Evaluate your current and future networking needs. How is your current networking infrastructure configured? How many workstations, offices and conference rooms are connected to the network? How many are not connected that you would like to connect? How many people use the computers and communications systems in your company now? Does your staff conduct business at locations away from their primary work area? What kind of equipment does your staff use? Are they mobile with notebook computers and PDAs or do the majority of your workers use desktop systems? Do those who would benefit most from wireless, mobile access already use notebooks? And if you’re in a leased building with no existing wired network, setting up a wireless network is must simpler than knocking holes in the walls to install your network cables.Formulate a plan. The equipment you buy and the way you configure your wireless network will be driven by your business needs and plan, so it’s important to develop a plan before you spend any money on equipment or other resources.Step 3: Do it. Once you have a plan in place that defines how you want to add wireless networking capabilities to your office space, you can get down to the business of actually setting up your wireless network. It’s easier than you might think. The first step involves understanding the equipment involved in a wireless network.Wireless LAN equipment consists of two main components:Wireless clients, which are any devices capable of communicating over a wireless LAN, such as a notebook computer, printer or handheld.Access points, that is, the centers of the wireless-to-wired LAN connectivity. These points aggregate wireless radio signals and then connect the two LANs. The access point is generally book-sized. It contains a radio transceiver, communications and encryption software, and an Ethernet port for a cable connection to a hub or a switch on the wired LAN.Your next step is to actually build a wireless LAN, which you’ll do just like this:Identify the equipment you want to buy, such as wireless notebooks, access points, wireless LAN adapters and wireless cards.Determine the number of users who need to have access to the network. This will help you determine the number of access points you’ll need.Plan for the connection to your wired LAN, probably in a central location and in an open environment. Your goal is to maximize the access point’s wireless range. The quoted range is a maximum of 300 feet, but that’s very dependant on the existing environment–walls, water pipes, cables and so on all could decrease the range. The best thing to do is complete a site survey first; if that’s not possible, assume a maximum range of 150 feet, as 300 could decrease throughput.Configure your wireless devices to work with your network.Test the installation before it goes live. Using link test software, you should test for the percent of data sent correctly, the time it takes to receive a response from the destination device, and the strength of the transmitted signal.Establish a procedure to manage your wireless LAN.Step 4: Use it. Because wireless communications are transmitted through the air rather than over a closed cable, you’ll need to implement some wireless-specific security measures to ensure that your wireless communications are secure. Wireless solutions use three primary tactics:MAC (media access control) addressing. This ensures the network access point you purchase supports MAC which restricts network access by unauthorized devices by assigning each network card a unique hardware identification number.WEP encryption. It’s essentially a complicated software algorithm that scrambles data as it’s sent and unscrambles it as soon as it’s received, keeping it safe in transit. It also ensures that you can easily upgrade your access cards as new wireless access standards emerge.Traditional VPN (Virtual Private Network) securities controls. This allows users outside of your system to have access to it. Businesses that use remote access almost always use VPN and combined with the other tactics makes your wireless network extremely secure.VPNs work by encrypting data before it’s sent over a wireless (or wired) link, so even if someone intercepts the transmission, the data is secure. Many larger companies use VPNs, but smaller companies may also just rely on standard wireless encryption. This will be okay if the wireless LAN is only used internally, but if you plan to use public ‘hot spots’, you will need to use a VPN.Step 5: Support it. If you find you need additional help or support, or are planning a larger-scale implementation, there are numerous suppliers and consultants that can offer additional information and support. Hewlett-Packard, for example, offers access to mobility and wireless experts via live chat or via phone at (800) 888-0262. These suppliers and consultants can help you understand your options, configure your network, set up your systems, and get you up and running quickly and efficiently.Richard Stone is a wireless and mobility solutions manager for HP Americas. Technology Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

You Can Now Make Campbells Soup in Your Keurig

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first_img Image credit: Reuters | Brian Snyder Add to Queue You Can Now Make Campbell’s Soup in Your Keurig Food Businesses September 10, 2015 Geoff Weiss Apply Now » –sharescenter_img Might Andy Warhol be tickled or sickened to know that the Campbell’s soup cans of the future are being reimagined into tiny plastic pods?  As of today, a partnership between leading coffee brewer Keurig and the iconic soup maker has officially come to fruition in the form of Campbell’s Fresh-Brewed Soup. Priced at $11.99 for a box of eight pods, Keurig owners can now brew Chicken Noodle Soup with their machines.The two-step process begins with a packet of dried noodles and spices, which Keurig suggests emptying into a mug. Next, the broth is brewed over top of the mixture in order for it to cook.The soups are available in two flavors, Homestyle and Southwest Style — each of which packs 70 calories and is made with no artificial colors or flavors, the companies say. In order to avoid contaminating flavors between coffee and soup brews, “The machine doesn’t need to be cleaned, but we recommend running a hot water brew cycle without a pod before and after making the soup,” a Campbell’s spokesperson told Entrepreneur.Related: The Keurig K-Cup’s Inventor Says He Feels Bad That He Made It. Here’s Why.Announced in 2013 and now available after two long years in development, the partnership “marks a milestone as our first expansion beyond beverages,” says Keurig’s chief business development and partners officer, Mark Wood. Keurig has already forayed beyond hot beverages with a long-awaited machine called Kold launching later this year that can homebrew Coca-Cola products.“We know more than 80 percent of people who buy Keurig pods also buy Campbell’s soup,” added Campbell’s marketing director Michael Goodman, in a statement, “so bringing together two products people love in one handy kit is a winning idea.”The collaboration comes as Keurig sales seem to have been put on ice. Last quarter, the company reported a 1 percent decrease in pod sales and a 26 percent decline in brewer sales, and announced it was cutting its workforce by 5 percent. Related: Home-Brewed Coca-Cola in 2015 Could Transform the Beverage Industry 2 min read The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Next Article Former Staff Writerlast_img read more

Honda secures battery supply contract for about 1 million electric vehicles with

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first_imgSource: Charge Forward Honda hasn’t been one of the most active automakers when it comes to electrification, but it is now making some big moves, including securing a battery cell supply contract for about 1 million electric vehicles with CATL, one of the largest battery manufacturers in the world. more…The post Honda secures battery supply contract for about 1 million electric vehicles with CATL appeared first on Electrek.last_img

Physical fitness can help better predict survival of people over age 70

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first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 7 2019Researchers have uncovered one more reason to get off the couch and start exercising, especially if you’re approaching your golden years. Among people over age 70, physical fitness was found to be a much better predictor of survival than the number of traditional cardiovascular risk factors in a study being presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 68th Annual Scientific Session.While high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and smoking are closely linked with a person’s chance of developing heart disease, these factors are so common in older people that the total number of risk factors becomes almost meaningless for predicting future health, researchers said. The new study suggests doctors can get a better picture of older patients’ health by looking at how fit they are, rather than how many of these cardiovascular risk factors they have.”We found fitness is an extremely strong risk predictor of survival in the older age group–that is, regardless of whether you are otherwise healthy or have cardiovascular risk factors, being more fit means you’re more likely to live longer than someone who is less fit,” said Seamus P. Whelton, MD, MPH, assistant professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the study’s lead author. “This finding emphasizes the importance of being fit, even when you’re older.”Doctors use cardiovascular risk factors to help guide decisions about preventive measures and medications. Previous studies have shown that quitting smoking and controlling blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes can reduce heart disease risk. However, most studies of cardiovascular risk factors have focused on middle-aged people, leaving a knowledge gap regarding the importance of these risk factors in older people, Whelton said.The team analyzed medical records from more than 6,500 people aged 70 years and older who underwent an exercise stress test at a Henry Ford Health Systems-affiliated medical center between 1991 and 2009. They assessed fitness based on patients’ performance during the exercise stress test, which required patients to exercise on a treadmill as hard as they could. They divided patients into three groups reflecting their fitness based on the number of METs (metabolic equivalents, a measure of exercise workload) they achieved during the test: most fit (10 or more METs), moderately fit (six to 9.9 METs) and least fit (six or fewer METs). For this study, the researchers grouped patients with zero, one, two, or three or more cardiovascular risk factors.Related StoriesStroke should be treated 15 minutes earlier to save lives, study suggestsDiet and physical exercise do not reduce risk of gestational diabetesMetformin use linked to lower risk of dementia in African Americans with type 2 diabetesOn average, participants were 75 years old when they underwent the stress test. Researchers tracked the patients for an average of just under 10 years, during which time 39 percent of them died. Over this period, the researchers found higher fitness was associated with significantly increased rates of survival. The most fit individuals were more than twice as likely to be alive 10 years later compared with the least fit individuals.In contrast, a patient’s total number of cardiovascular risk factors was not associated with their risk of death and patients with zero risk factors had essentially the same likelihood of dying as those with three or more risk factors.Whelton said the findings demonstrate that fitness level is an important indicator of an older patient’s health that doctors could benefit from considering more often. While an exercise stress test using a treadmill or stationary bicycle provides the most precise way to measure fitness, doctors can also get a general idea of a patient’s fitness level by asking about their exercise routine.”Assessing fitness is a low-cost, low-risk and low-technology tool that is underutilized in clinical practice for risk stratification,” Whelton said.The study did not account for any changes in fitness level that the participants may have experienced over time. However, previous studies have suggested that improving fitness can help improve heart health, even late in life.”People who aren’t exercising or are sedentary would likely benefit from starting a routine of low- to moderate-intensity exercise, though they should talk with their physician first,” Whelton said. Source:https://www.acc.org/last_img read more

Biogelx launches novel synthetic bioinks for use in 3D bioprinting

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first_img Source: http://www.biogelx.com We are excited to announce the commercial availability of Biogelx™-INKs. Providing versatility and improving research outcomes are the key focuses for our product portfolio. We look forward to supporting researchers in their mission to develop realistic 3D disease modules, tissues, and organs for future pharmaceutical and medical applications.Mitch Scanlan, Biogelx CEO Apr 4 2019Biogelx today announced the launch and commercial availability of its first synthetic bioink product range.center_img The Biogelx™-INKs have the company’s core self-assembling peptide technology but have been developed with printability in mind. Like the company’s hydrogel products, Biogelx™-INKs form a nanofibrous network, mimicking the extracellular matrix which can support cell growth, signalling, and proliferation, but they have been developed to ensure the rheological properties are suitable for bioprinting applications. Biogelx™-INKs can be printed with good 3D fidelity and do not require the use of support, sacrificial or curing inks. Biogelx™-INK product range has been designed to provide versatility to support different printing applications in cell research, toxicology, drug screening, and regenerative medicine.Biogelx™ bioinks offer important benefits for researchers by providing a base modular material in which the mechanical and chemical properties can be adapted. The uniqueness of these materials is that they offer viscosity control, complete reproducibility, easy crosslinking method, and excellent printability within the same product. Biogelx™-INKs have been optimized for extrusion printers and are designed to provide versatility to support other printing applications as well.last_img read more

Toyota to start deploying vehicletovehicle tech in 2021

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© 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This Feb. 15, 2018, file photo shows the Toyota logo on the trunk of a 2018 Toyota Prius on display at the Pittsburgh Auto Show. Toyota says it will start equipping models with technology to talk to other vehicles starting in 2021, as it tries to push safety communications forward. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File) 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. In this Sunday, April 15, 2018, photo an unsold 2018 Prius sits on a Toyota dealer’s lot in the south Denver suburb of Englewood, Colo. Toyota says it will start equipping models with technology to talk to other vehicles starting in 2021, as it tries to push safety communications forward. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Toyota says it will start equipping models with technology to talk to other vehicles starting in 2021, as it tries to push safety communications forward. The company says most of its U.S. models should have the feature by the mid-2020s. Automatic braking to be standard on top-selling Nissans Explore further Vehicle-to-vehicle signals can warn others of heavy braking ahead or that another vehicle is headed into their path.Vice President of Product Planning Andrew Coetzee (Cute-ZEE) says the cars would use dedicated airwaves to send signals up to 984 feet (300 meters).Coetzee hopes other automakers will join. Others are testing it and standards have been developed so they can communicate.Toyota is leading on automatic emergency braking, making it standard on all but four models. The industry has agreed to make it standard on all models in 2022. Citation: Toyota to start deploying vehicle-to-vehicle tech in 2021 (2018, April 16) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-toyota-deploying-vehicle-to-vehicle-tech.html read more

Barriers and opportunities in renewable biofuels production

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first_img Provided by Chalmers University of Technology Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have identified two main challenges for renewable biofuel production from cheap sources: First, lowering the cost of developing microbial cell factories, and second, establishing more efficient methods for hydrolysis of biomass to sugars for fermentation. Their study was recently published in the journal Nature Energy. Two challenges need to be overcome to realise affordable renewable jet fuels, according to the researchers. Credit: Sasa Liu More information: Yongjin J. Zhou et al, Barriers and opportunities in bio-based production of hydrocarbons, Nature Energy (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41560-018-0197-x Citation: Barriers and opportunities in renewable biofuels production (2018, September 12) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-barriers-opportunities-renewable-biofuels-production.html Yeast can be engineered to create protein pharmaceuticalscenter_img The study, by Professor Jens Nielsen, Yongjin Zhou and Eduard Kerkhoven, from the Division of Systems and Synthetic Biology, evaluates the barriers that need to be overcome to make biomass-derived hydrocarbons a real alternative to fossil fuels. “Our study is of particular interest for decision makers and research funders, as it highlights recent advances and the potential in the field of biofuels. It also identifies where more research is required. This can help to prioritise what research should be funded,” says Eduard Kerkhoven.It is technically already possible to produce biofuels from renewable resources by using microbes such as yeast and bacteria as tiny cell factories. However, in order to compete with fossil-derived fuels, the process has to become much more efficient. But improving the efficiency of the microbial cell factories is an expensive and time-consuming process, so speeding-up the cell factory development is therefore one of the main barriers. Professor Jens Nielsen and his research group are world leaders in the engineering of yeast, and in the development and application of computer models of yeast metabolism—as well as being noted for their world-class research into human metabolism, and investigations into aging processes and diseases. Their work informs how yeast can best be engineered to manufacture new chemicals or biofuels. In their article, “Barriers and opportunities in bio-based production of hydrocarbons,” the researchers investigate the production of various biofuels using a model of yeast metabolism. “We have calculated theoretical maximum production yields and compared this to what is currently achievable in the lab. There is still huge potential for improving the process,” says Eduard Kerkhoven.The other main barrier is efficient conversion from biomass, such as plants and trees, to the sugars that are used by the cell factories. If this conversion were made more efficient, it would be possible to use waste material from the forest industry, or crops that are purposely grown for biofuels, to produce a fully renewable biofuel. Eduard Kerkhoven notes how important biofuels will be for the future.”In the future, whilst passenger cars will be primarily electric, biofuels are going to be critical for heavier modes of transport such as jets and trucks. The International Energy Agency projects that by 2050, 27 percent of global transport fuels will be biofuels. Meanwhile, large oil companies such as Preem and Total also predict that renewable biofuels will play an important role in the future. In their ‘Sky Scenario’, Shell expects that biofuels will account for 10 percent of all global end energy-use by the end of the century. That is in line with our research too,” he concludes.  Journal information: Nature Energy Explore further 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

Chinas top court to handle intellectual property appeals

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first_imgChina is mulling a series of steps to strengthen protections against IP theft China tightens rules on transferring tech know-how Washington and Beijing are currently in talks to resolve a bruising trade spat that has spooked markets worldwide. The two sides imposed tit-for-tat tariffs on more than $300 billion worth of goods this year, before agreeing to a 90-day truce on December 1.The United States, along with the European Union, has long complained about lax enforcement of intellectual property rights in China. Forced technology transfers have been another major bone of contention for foreign companies operating in China.Deputy Chief Justice Luo Dongchuan said Saturday that from the start of 2019 the Supreme Court would begin handling appeals on intellectual property rights cases, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. Such cases were previously handled by provincial-level high courts.The move will “help prevent inconsistency of legal application and improve the quality and efficiency of trials,” Luo said.China is mulling a series of steps to strengthen protections against IP theft. IP includes intangible creations like patents, trademarks and copyrights.The country’s patent law is being amended to increase the compensation amount by up to five times.Another draft law presented at a recent meeting of China’s legislature, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, allows victims of intellectual property theft to sue for damages.China’s legislature also announced it is looking at a new law governing foreign investment that would prevent the forced transfer of technology and give foreign firms the same privileges as Chinese companies. Chinese courts heard a total of 213,480 IP cases in 2017—40 percent more than in 2016 and double the number heard in 2013, Xinhua reported. Citation: China’s top court to handle intellectual property appeals (2018, December 30) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-12-china-court-intellectual-property-appeals.html Explore furthercenter_img © 2018 AFP China’s top court will rule on intellectual property cases for the first time from January 1, the government said, elevating the handling of an issue that has become a key complaint in the trade war with the US. 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

Europe on his mind 100yearold uncle gets passport renewed in Kolkata

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first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 10:43 IST Diogo Fernandez was anxious after his passport expired in December last year. (Photo: Facebook/Aldona Matters)HIGHLIGHTSFernandez, 100, visited the Kolkata office on Friday for passport renewalOfficials say passport will reach Fernandez’s home in seven daysIt is Fernandez’s resilience and spirit that impressed us: officialAge ain’t nothing but a number’ perfectly fits the story of 100-year-old Diogo Piedade Jose Simplicio Fernandez of Goa who recently got his passport renewed to take a trip to Europe at least once.Bitten by the travel bug, Fernandez visited the Kolkata regional passport office on Friday for the first renewal, around three months after he celebrated a century of life on March 2, The Times Of India reported.Originally a resident of Goa, Fernandez who moved to Kolkata for work in his early 20s, was accompanied by his wife Mary (89) and daughter Beverly, the daily said.As the 100-year-old arrived at the scheduled appointment time, the otherwise mechanical’ office came to life with employees rushing to Fernandez with a wheelchair.On why Fernandez decided to renew his passport, Beverly said her father was anxious after the passport expired in December and had been insisting for a renewal.”But I was worried that he might not be able to wait in queue for an hour or so and wrote to the RPO chief. I am relieved with the ease with which things happened, Beverly was quoted as saying by ToI.RPO chief Bibhuti Bhushan Kumar told the daily the “grand old man’s resilience and spirit” was impressive. “It is great that he has kept his dream of travelling abroad alive at this age. I offered to help and make things easy the moment I came across the mail. I was really impressed,” Bhushan Kumar said.Kumar added that Fernandez told him that he had travelled abroad just once — to visit his son in Bahrain. And so when he expressed his wish to visit Europe at least once, Kumar explained to him that he could travel anywhere except Israel, the daily reported.Meanwhile, officials said the passport should reach Fernandez’s Macleod Street home by next week and added that the police verification will be done later.Before he left, Fernandez shared the secret of his happy, long life with the officials. A peg of good liquor after dinner and long walks,” he told them.READ | 5 off-beat career options to break the monotony of 9 to 5 jobsWATCH | How does social media influence travel trends?For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySumeda Tags :Follow Kolkata Next Europe on his mind, 100-year-old uncle gets passport renewed in KolkataDiogo Piedade Fernandez, 100, renewed his passport to take a trip to Europe at least once.advertisementlast_img read more