Pura Vida takes a chill Costa Ricans play in Canadian ice hockey

first_imgCosta Rica was represented on Canadian ice when players from Costa Rica’s Castillo Knights hockey club participated in the Lac Beauport Pond Hockey Tournament near Quebec City. The massive annual tournament, held in late January, is played on outdoor ice on Lake Beauport and attracts some of the best pond hockey teams from across North America and Europe. Rodolfo Piña (far left) and Mariano Espinoza (second from right) proudly display the Costa Rican flag after winning their second game of the tournament. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica’s golf phenom Paul Chaplet prepares for moment on the sport’s biggest stage Costa Rica women’s beach volleyball team qualifies for first ever Olympic Games Costa Rica excels at Central American Surfing Championships Even Justin Trudeau is excited about Costa Rica’s first-ever international ice hockey tourneylast_img read more

Music network Vintage TV has launched on Virgin Me

first_imgMusic network Vintage TV has launched on Virgin Media’s cable platform in the UK. The channel went live on the platform yesterday at number 343 on the EPG and is available to subscribers of Virgin’s premium XL channel package – which includes more than 200 channels and 30 HD stations.Vintage TV airs a range of original music programming, classic concert footage, and interviews and documentaries. It also airs on the Sky and Freesat platforms in the UK and says it plans to launch on more shortly.Vintage TV is broadcast from the UK, on Eurobird 1 at 28.8 degrees East on transponder C2 Lower.last_img read more

Ukrainian broadcaster 11s international channel

first_imgUkrainian broadcaster 1+1’s international channel 1+1 International is now available on Orange Poland’s platform.The deal with Orange give 1+1 International coverage of the entire territory of Poland via IPTV and DTH. Orange TV has about 700,000 subscribers in the country.1+1 International TV channel is available in Poland via Eutelsat’s Hotbird at 13° East and the Astra 4A satellite platform.1+1 said it planned to launch the international channel in Germany, Canada, the US and Cyprus in the near term.“We consider our cooperation with the Orange Polska as an essential step in development of distribution channels of 1+1 International in Poland. The country with one of the largest Ukrainian diasporas in Europe that, according to various sources, amounts to from 350 000 to 500 000 people is very important for us. Additionally, this step expands cooperation of 1+1 Media Group with Polish media companies in general. We hope that in the near future this cooperation will open new possibilities and allow us to approach not only the Ukrainian-speaking audience in Poland,” said Vladyslav Svinchenko, the channel’s general producer.last_img read more

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first_imgShareTweet COMEDIAN Jimmy Carr is bringing his one man show back to Derry next year.The TV star will take to perform at the Millennium Forum on Saturday, November 12, 2016.The show will be entitled, ‘Jimmy Carr: The Best Of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits Tour’. COMIC JIMMY CARR RETURNING TO DERRYMillennium Forum COMIC JIMMY CARR RETURNING TO DERRY was last modified: October 28th, 2015 by John2John2 Tags: Tickets for the gig, which are limited to a maximum of ten per person, will go on sale this Friday, October 30, at 10 am from at the Box Office and are priced at £28.50.His who opens at 7 pm and it is not suitable for under 16s.To book tickets from Friday telephone 71 264455 or visit www.millenniumforum.co.uk.last_img read more

Top Canadian Schools That Dont Require the GMAT

first_img About the AuthorKelly Vo    Kelly Vo is a writer who specializes in covering MBA programs, digital marketing, and personal development.View more posts by Kelly Vo Last Updated Jan 7, 2019 by Kelly VoFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail Top Canadian Schools That Don’t Require the GMAT RelatedNo Work Experience? Check Out These Canadian MBA ProgramsThe question of what differentiates you from the pack during the MBA application process is a daunting one. How will your stellar GPA, along with a miles-long list of extracurriculars, volunteer work, and other experiences stand out? Furthermore, what if you just haven’t had the time to earn years of…February 5, 2019In “Admissions Tips”Toronto MBAs That Don’t Require The GMAT/GRECurrent resume, two or more references, personal essays … these are just a few of the pieces that will be required of students applying for an MBA program. But perhaps the most stressful part of applying to an MBA program comes in the form of that GMAT/GRE—the daunting graduate admissions…December 8, 2016In “Featured Home”No GMAT/GRE Required at These Houston MBA ProgramsThere’s a lot of work that goes into your MBA application. Not only do you have to write individual essays for each school and tailor your resume, but you also have to get letters of recommendation and perform well in an interview. And for those bad test-takers, there’s one other…December 5, 2016In “Admissions Tips”center_img regions: Toronto Applying to an MBA program without a GMAT score can be a tricky business. Most business schools in the U.S. and Canada require a competitive GMAT score to be considered for admissions. However, that’s not always possible for every applicant.If you are an MBA candidate who’s not great at taking tests or earned a low GMAT score, don’t worry; you’re not out of luck. There are five programs in Canada that will accept your MBA application without the GMAT, as long as you meet certain specific other requirements.These are the top Canadian schools that don’t require a GMAT. Queen’s University Smith School of BusinessAt Queen’s University Smith School of Business, you do not need the GMAT if you apply to the Accelerated MBA for Business Graduates program. Ranked by The Economist as the third best business school in Canada, this prestigious program is available in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Mississauga, Markham, Ottawa, and Montreal.To enroll, applicants need two years of work experience and an undergraduate degree in business or a related field, such as: statistics; management information systems; accounting; marketing; etc. MBA students complete their degree in just 12 months while they continue to work, earning an education that builds upon the fundamentals that students already have.Instead of a GMAT score, this program relies on your application, resume, official transcripts, cover letter, references, and personal interview to decide if you are an appropriate candidate. Applicants are evaluated on their work experience, academic background, and leadership skills. However, if any of these areas are weak, the school may recommend a completed GMAT score to enhance your application.Schulich School of Business – York UniversityAt York University’s Schulich School of Business, the GMAT requirement for the full-time MBA program can be waived if you meet specific criteria. First, the student must have graduated from the Schulich BBA or iBBA programs within the last five years. Second, their GPA must have been an average of a B+ or higher. Under these two scenarios, a GMAT score is not required.Ranked by The Economist as the second best program in Canada, the Schulich MBA is known for its flexible study options and extensive selection of specialization options. Students can choose between both full and part-time enrollment and 18 areas of study. Making this a uniquely customizable MBA.Beyond waiving the GMAT, candidates interested in applying to Schulich must have at least two years of work experience and filled out an application that includes three essays, two videos, one resume, two references, and transcripts. Applications for entry for September 2019 have already begun with Round 2 on February 1, 2019, and Round 3 on March 15, 2019.Lakehead University Thunder Bay and Orilla, ONAt Lakehead University, a GMAT score is not required for admissions to the MBA program if you successfully complete the Business Skills Development Program offered by the Faculty of Business Administration. This six-module program must be completed with a minimum average grade of 70 percent.YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: Toronto MBA Programs that Don’t Require the GMAT or GREThe full-time MBA program at Lakehead University is one year in length—three terms—and provides students with a comprehensive and integrated knowledge of business and management. Students will develop their analytical, decision-making, and communication skills throughout the course of the program.Beyond the GMAT replacement modules, students must fill out a completed application to be considered. This application includes official transcripts, references, and a statement of academic intent.Thompson Rivers University Business and EconomicsAt the Thompson Rivers University Business and Economics school, MBA candidates are not required to submit a GMAT score. It is a completely optional requirement that is to be used as supplementary information. Instead, to apply, students must focus on demonstrating their quantitative and computing skills through education and work experience.The MBA program at TRU can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. Full-time students graduate in two years, taking courses in managerial statistics, human resource management, strategic management information systems, and more. Part-time students can graduate in five years, though there is also an accelerated one-year program.To apply to the TRU one-year MBA program, applicants must have completed a three or four-year undergraduate degree with a GPA of at least 3.0. Other application requirements include the TOEFL language test, IELTS test, or completion of the TRU ENGL 1100 course to demonstrate language proficiency.New York Institute of Technology, Vancouver, BCThe New York Institute of Technology in Vancouver, BC offers both a Management MBA and a Finance MBA that do not require GMAT scores for admission. Instead, the GMAT is used as supplemental information only helpful if your score is satisfactory.The Management MBA offered at NYIT is highly flexible with classes offered in New York, China, Abu Dhabi, and, of course, Vancouver. It’s an AACSB-accredited degree that offers students leadership and professional experience through coursework and participation in industry associations.Other application information required by the New York Institute of Technology includes an undergraduate degree from an accredited college, a 3.0 GPA, official transcripts, and a completed application.last_img read more

Is Big Pharma for or Against Legalizing Medical Marijuana Maybe Both

first_img Get 1 Year of Green Entrepreneur for $19.99 Cannabis Journalist | Tech Evangelist Covering High Growth Trends 8 min read Next Article Image credit: Kevork Djansezian | Getty Images Add to Queue Guest Writer Andre Bourque Green Entrepreneur provides how-to guides, ideas and expert insights for entrepreneurs looking to start and grow a cannabis business. People growing their own marijuana is a significant concern to Big Pharma. As state legalization of cannabis-derivatives spreads, the drug companies contemplating the potential of medical marijuana see a threat from both homegrown and professionally harvested medical-grade marijuana.Pharma offers quality control and deep testing but experience shows that research and development adds to customer cost. Even the 21st Century Cures Act won’t speed up the famously slow pace of FDA drug approvals. Given the facts and the perception, you have to wonder if Big Pharma is for or against legalizing marijuana.Related: Science and FDA Say Cannabis Is Medicine but DEA Insists It Isn’tHere’s the problem.A lot of money always attracts a lot interest. Big Pharma wants the revenues that marijuana promises but concede market forces threaten their interests. Big Pharma can’t getting its biggest slice of the pie with individuals and licensed producers harvesting cannabis, not to mention the the black market that continues to thrive.Ben Cohen, writing for US News, insists it’s all about money. He writes, “For years, large corporations and well-heeled lobbyists have blocked the legalization of marijuana for medical use or recreational use in order to protect their own profits.”There’s no reason to expect this to stop.On the other hand, cannabis advocates have a personal and emotional investment in promoting the legalization, or at least decriminalization, of marijuana. Sometimes that makes them anti-institutional and they skew the role of Big Pharma. Finding an objective point of view is difficult.You might consider the hypocrisy at the February 2014 meeting of the Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America (CADCA). While speaker after speaker preached against the legalization of marijuana, leading financial sponsors of the program included Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of Oxycontin.As reported in The Nation, both CADCA and the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids (formerly the Partnership for a Drug-Free America) accept financial support from the producers of the same opioid medications that have led to tens of thousands of deaths. The same two groups, among others, have opposed U.S. Congressional efforts to label prescription opioids for “severe pain,” but they have supported continuing Medicare reimbursement for the addictive pills.Moreover, pharmaceutical companies take shelter in the DEA’s listing of marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug, the same category as heroin. As long as the DEA effectively prohibits marijuana medical research, Big Pharma can take the moral high road. The Schedule 1 designation severely limits needed research into the medical efficacy of cannabis-derivatives.”Big pharma is lobbying against legalization, on the purported grounds of safety, but in reality, they are just buying time to create their own synthetic cannabis medicines,” said Alan Hirsch, CEO of Diagnostic Lab Corporation, a cannabis safety and science company. “Several biotech companies have started creating cannabinoid chemistry from rice or yeast, but eventually, these medicines will be manufactured by Big Pharma in Schedule 1 facilities.” Big Pharma Is Developing Cannabis Painkillers – Here’s What They Can Do To Become Part of the Mainstream Market. https://t.co/WGj1yWE2rv pic.twitter.com/s0w3fmzsPe— HIGH TIMES (@HIGH_TIMES_Mag) July 19, 2017 The problem that started with the Trump campaign.Many of the same voters who elected President Donald J. Trump voted to liberalize marijuana enforcement. And, like everything else with the arrival of the Trump administration, things remain in a state of confusion pending official updated stance.In a Town Hall (03/20/2016) meeting, then-candidate Trump said, “I think that as far as drug legalization we talk about marijuana and in terms of medical I think I am basically for that. I’ve heard some wonderful things in terms of medical. I’m watching Colorado very carefully to see what’s happening out there.”Related: Getting Healthy, Not High: Using Cannabis to Fight CancerOn The O’Reilly Factor (02/12/2016), when Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly called medical marijuana a “ruse,” candidate Trump said, “But I know people that have serious problems and they did that they really — it really does help them.”Later, candidate Trump told the Washington Post (10/29/2016), “In terms of marijuana and legalization, I think that should be a state issue, state-by-state … Marijuana is such a big thing. I think medical should happen — right? Don’t we agree? I think so. And then I really believe we should leave it up to the states.”Decades ago he also told the Miami Herald (04/14/1990) “We’re losing badly the War on Drugs. You have to legalize drugs to win that war. You have to take the profit away from these drug czars.”Confusion about the Trump Administration and cannabis.President Donald J. Trump has sent several confusing signals to the pharmaceutical industry and the cannabis advocates. NewsMaxFinance (03/03/3017) quoted President-elect Trump as saying, “pharmaceutical companies are ‘getting away with murder’ in what they charge the government for medicines.” President Trump repeated that charge at a press conference reported by the Washington Post (01/11/2017) when he also said, “Pharma has a lot of lobbies, a lot of lobbyists and a lot of power.”Fox Business (02/01/2017) interviewed Eli Lilly’s CEO David A. Ricks following Trump’s White House meeting with pharmaceutical industry leaders. “When asked if he gave the president any commitment to reducing drug prices or to investing in U.S. operations or jobs, Ricks responded, ‘No, Lilly didn’t do that. But, what we did say is that with the right policy environment, in particular, the corporate tax rate which today is an inhibitor for us to invest in manufacturing here in the United States, along with other pro-business policies could allow us to expand operations in the U.S’.”Related: Will the ‘Entrepreneur’ President Embrace the Cannabis Economy?And, Emma Court of MarketWatch (03/01/2017) reported following Trump’s first State of the Union Address, “The Tuesday evening mention of drug prices underscores ‘our view that Trump is committed to some action to permit federal government involvement in pricing under Medicare Part D, his position for a year,’ Evercore ISI policy analyst Terry Haines said. ‘We continue to think that comes during ACA reform legislation when Trump can insist something be included as a condition of him signing the bill into law.’”So perhaps President Trump is jawboning the pharmaceutical industry to make a deal? Trump wants some concession he can take to his populist constituency in trade for lower corporate taxes. On the surface, this has nothing to do with marijuana. In fact, his position on marijuana may be something he can trade.Related: Marijuana Advocates Wait for Trump’s Stance on Legalized CannabisIt’s all about the money.Is Big Pharma for or against legalizing marijuana? Nothing shows that they favor accessibility to marijuana, and everything points to their opposition. However, investors in Big Pharmacy see the light. They remain in the market and are buying up. They see that there’s no moral high road here but there is money for Big Pharma in cannabis.“No pharmacy company is interested in making cheaper medicine,” Brian Chaplin, founder of Medicine Box told me in a written interview. “The existing Pharma industry is more about patenting and manufacturing medicine that is a treatment plan – not a curative plan.”Chaplin argues that Big Pharma wants customers to need their products, preferably for the rest of their lives, while creating “customers” but not healing specific ailments.“This is different from a ‘whole plant’ medicine approach — where we see patients responding to the synergistic effects of multiple compounds (cannabanoids and terpenes) in the plant that are usually lacking in a pharmacy — chemically prepared product,” he continued.  Interestingly, Big Pharma playing in the fields of cannabis might, in fact, help declassify the plant. Christopher Teague of HERB writes, “Big Pharma will prove that cannabis is medicine a hundred times over, in every way, and the DEA will have to reclassify the plant itself.”According to Matt Gray, CEO and founder of HERB, “Big Pharma has already dipped its toe into cannabis treatment, with the DEA approving synthetic cannabis for pharma company, Insys.”That same company, however, also donated money to prevent cannabis legalization from occurring in Arizona. “This just proves the point that Big Pharma cares more about their bottom line than the actual treatment of patients,” he continued. “So if they find it financially beneficial, they will get involved in the industry, even if it isn’t necessarily for the right reasons.”In the end, it’s all about striking a winning balance. Trump needs a victory over high drug prices, especially as they affect Medicare Part D. Big Pharma is in a position to demand concessions. Accessibility to cannabis R&D might just be one of them. Pharmaceutical companies are intrigued by the immense and growing medical marijuana market but cannot figure a way to corner it. Cannabis August 8, 2017 –shares Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Is Big Pharma for or Against Legalizing Medical Marijuana? Maybe Both. Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

8 Ways to Increase Holiday Cheers and Minimize January Jeers

first_img Add to Queue –shares Be inclusive, be respectful, and beware of the after party. Holidays December 11, 2017 Guest Writer Image credit: Ulrik Tofte | Getty Images Jonathan Segal Partner in Employment Practice Group of Duane Morris 8 Ways to Increase Holiday Cheers and Minimize January Jeers Next Article Apply Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The holiday season can be the most wonderful time of the year, but it also poses legal and employee relations challenges to employers of all sizes. Most of these challenges can be mitigated with some thoughtful planning. So, here’s a checklist of some of the more salient issues to consider to minimize the risk that your December celebrations will result in January claims.1. Don’t eliminate Christmas.Don’t eliminate Christmas from the holiday season, says this Jewish guy. It’s a beautiful holiday that should be celebrated. And, a Christmas tree is just fine, too!  Remember, it’s about inclusion, not exclusion. So, speaking of inclusion — what about those who don’t celebrate Christmas?Related: 6 Strategic Ways to Prepare Your Small Business for the Festive Season2. Include other holidays.Recognize other holidays, such as Hanukkah and Kwanza, in your decorations and announcements. For example, consider a menorah and Kwanza basket along with the Christmas tree. 3. What holiday did you forget?You don’t know what you don’t know. Profound, no? So, ask. Ask employees if there is a holiday that they would like to see included in the celebration (and that includes decorations). Reminder: the Buddhist holiday of Bodhi day falls on January 5 this year.  4. What should you call your party?“Holiday party” or “Celebration of the Season” are inclusive terms. Make the party itself inclusive too by having decorations and the music reflect diverse holidays. But which decorations and songs? Those that are more religious are more appropriate for religious celebrations (or for religious employers). Fact: Springsteen’s “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” is just fine!Related: 4 Ways to Prepare Your Marketing for the Upcoming Holiday Season5. Should you serve alcohol?Never serve it to minors.  Make clear adults who get it for them will be subject to immediate discharge. As for adults, take steps to minimize abuse, such as limiting drinks, providing lots of food or even making employees pay for alcohol and then donating the money, with a match, to charity.Even with restrictions, assume some people may abuse the alcohol you serve. Consider having cab vouchers ready for them without management knowing who the users are. This increases the likelihood that those who need vouchers will use them.6. What about harassment?This is perennial problem at holiday parties. But you can bet this year employees who are subject to improper conduct appropriately will speak up. #MeToo. Remind your employees that your anti-harassment policy applies to the party. But that’s not enough. Make sure to remind managers of their responsibilities. If you are in management and you see or hear unacceptable comments or conduct, you must intervene. To see and ignore is to condone.7. What about the “after party?”To be blunt, no good comes from after parties. Unless, you consider claims arising out of the after party good. Make clear you are not sponsoring any after party, and do not allow employer money to be used for it. And, never attend if you are in management. Attending is about as safe as walking on railroad tracks.Related: Don’t Commit These 7 Party Fouls Inspired by ‘Office Christmas Party’8. What about greetings?It’s best to be general with your holiday greetings unless you know otherwise. The default should be “Happy Holidays.” But if you know someone is Christian, by all means wish that person a Merry Christmas. I do, and I appreciate it when people wish me a “Happy Hanukkah” because they know I am Jewish. I am less thrilled if they are making assumptions. When addressing groups, be as inclusive as you can be, as I shall try to do now: If you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, I wish you a peaceful and meaningful holiday that corresponds with your faith. If you observe another holiday now, I apologize for not referencing it by name, but I give you my good wishes just the same, as I do for those who recognize no holidays or who celebrate at another time of year. May peace be with all! And, please, be good to each other. 4 min read The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. 2019 Entrepreneur 360 Listlast_img read more

Are You in the Top 50 Percent of Earners in Your City

first_img Lindsay Friedman Are You in the Top 50 Percent of Earners in Your City? — Start Up Your Day Roundup Next Article Staff writer. Frequently covers franchise news and food trends. Register Now » 2 min read Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Add to Queue March 10, 2016 Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Start Up Your Day Image credit: Shutterstock Everyone can give you the headlines. We help you learn from the day’s shifts, both big and small.  McDonald’s opens in Borat’s home country. The Big Mac comes to Kazakhstan, according to the New York Post. The fast food franchise opened its first location in the country on Tuesday.The tipping point. Looking at the amount of money it takes to make it into the top 1 or 10 percent of earners can be downright dispiriting. But cracking the top 50 percent? That’s not as discouraging! In New York City, for example, if you make $52,000 a year you’re earning more than 50 percent of residents, according to Business Insider.Just like in the movies. Goodyear unveiled spherical tires, similar to the ones seen in the Will Smith movie I, Robot, at the Geneva International Motor Show. While the tires are still a concept, they’re pretty cool to look at. Venture Beat has more.Watch a Google smart car hit a bus. The very slow, very anti-climactic video is finally out and ready for you to see.Lost and out of network on the road? Try out this new GPS application, which stores maps on your smartphone for offline use. It now covers the entire globe, save for a couple of volcanic islands and Antarctica. –shareslast_img read more

Why Everyone Loses With Ubers 100 Million Payout

first_img You call this a solution? Late last week, Uber reached a $100 million deal with its drivers to end two high stakes class action cases. Despite the eye-popping figure, the proposed settlement is a bad outcome for workers, companies, and consumers.The lawsuits, in case you’re unfamiliar, turn on whether Uber broke the law in California and Massachusetts by treating its drivers as independent contractors instead of employees. The cases are among the most visible of numerous lawsuits filed against “gig economy” companies like home cleaning company Handy, and Uber’s ride-hailing competitor, Lyft, over how they classify employees.Last week’s Uber settlement, on its face, sounds appealing and both sides are talking up the benefits. Uber likes the deal because it affirms its contractor-based business model, while a lawyer for the drivers called it a “historic” deal that will deliver cash and better working conditions.But in reality no one wins. Uber just paid through the nose to buy labor peace in California and Massachusetts, and it may have to cut similar deals in other states before long. Meanwhile, as the Wall Street Journal observes, the $100 million Uber settlement provides a template for plaintiffs’ lawyers to go after a slew of other gig economy companies.Oh, and speaking of lawyers, note that the law firm for the drivers stands to make up to $25 million on the Uber cases alone. This is per the settlement documents, which describe a 25 percent commission after a judge approves the deal.While such a take is not unusual for class action cases, it’s a bit rich given that Shannon Liss-Riordan, the lawyer who is the face of the fight for gig economy workers, has long framed these cases as a crusade for employee rights. Now, she is folding her cards in return for a fat fee and promises from Uber that it will make some minor changes to its driver policy.These changes, which include more transparency and the possibility of tips, are better than nothing, but they fail to provide basic benefits — such as workers compensation and Social Security payments — that are rights for any employee. In an email to Fortune, Liss-Riordan explained that the drivers could not have obtained such benefits in court, and that they can still ask state agencies to reclassify them as employees. (She has elsewhere pointed to a recent court ruling to suggest the drivers risked getting nothing if they didn’t settle).Whatever the explanation, the fact remains that drivers gain relatively little (it’s unlikely the more than 350,000 eligible drivers will get more than $200 each). Meanwhile, Uber and other companies can look forward to getting soaked for more expensive legal settlements, the cost of which will get passed on to consumers. A better alternative would be for political leaders, including presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, to suggest policy options that would provide a social safety net for the growing ranks of gig economy workers.In the meantime, U.S. District Judge Edward Chen should refuse to approve the settlement until it provides real benefits and lower legal fees. Next Article Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals –shares Uber Why Everyone Loses With Uber’s $100 Million Payout Add to Queue 3 min readcenter_img Image credit: Lucy Nicholson — Reuters This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine April 25, 2016 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Jeff John Roberts Register Now »last_img read more

CognitiveScale Expands Relationship with Microsoft through Deeper Product Integration

first_imgCognitiveScale Expands Relationship with Microsoft through Deeper Product Integration PRNewswireJune 5, 2019, 10:28 pmJune 5, 2019 CognitiveScale Cortex now live on Microsoft Azure MarketplaceCognitiveScale Inc., an Enterprise AI software pioneer, has expanded its strategic relationship with Microsoft to further accelerate adoption of CognitiveScale’s Cortex software amongst businesses using Microsoft Azure.Today, enterprises spend weeks deploying AI platforms and building intelligent business processes in their cloud or data center environments. As a result, AI projects take a long time to get started and deliver value. Built on open and extensible specifications, Cortex simplifies the design, development, delivery and management of cognitive business processes that get smarter and better with time. In recent tests, Cortex successfully reduced AI build time by 65% and overall AI DevOps time by 94% through its unique virtualization technology.With CognitiveScale Cortex now deeply integrated with Microsoft Azure and available on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, businesses will be able to quickly deploy the full Cortex product suite in their Azure cloud environment. Cortex software also now integrates seamlessly with a suite of Azure models ranging from Natural Language Processing (NLP) to Computer Vision that can be used by enterprises to speed up their AI system development.Marketing Technology News: IBM Debuts Self-Service AI-Powered Ad Experience to Enable Conversations Between Brands and ConsumersHaving worked together since April 2017 to bring industry specific cognitive systems jointly to the market, the collaboration will enable businesses to quickly and easily deploy the Cortex platform and agents, reducing time and cost of deployment, which are major considerations when adopting AI platforms. The expansion also reaffirms Azure as CognitiveScale’s preferred cloud provider.“Deepening our relationship with Microsoft Azure helps put Cortex at the fingertips of millions of businesses across the globe while giving them the freedom to rapidly develop and deploy trusted AI solutions to solve their unique business challenges,” said Akshay Sabhikhi, CEO of CognitiveScale. “Enterprises on Azure can now seamlessly apply our powerful AI software to transform customer engagement as well as boost employee expertise and operational productivity within a matter of minutes, while keeping control of their most sensitive data within their virtual enterprise.”Ed Fandrey, U.S. Vice President of Financial Services at Microsoft said, “We’re pleased to enable close collaboration between Microsoft and CognitiveScale so customers can more rapidly develop and deploy AI-powered applications with the power of Microsoft Azure, for use cases across financial services, healthcare, digital commerce and other industries.”Marketing Technology News: CHEQ Report: Online Ad Fraud To Cost $23 Billion Globally in 2019Chris Corrado, COO and CIO of London Stock Exchange Group said, “The most successful companies today are relentlessly focused on bringing agility and scale to digital services and applications. We are excited about working with both Microsoft and CognitiveScale to realize our strategy of delivering breakthrough AI innovations that bring efficiency, transformation, and transparency to the financial markets.”At the recent London Tech Week, Akshaya Bhargava, ex-CEO Barclays’ Wealth and Founder and CEO of Bridgeweave, along with CognitiveScale and Microsoft, talked about how AI is transforming the financial services sector. Bridgeweave’s Investment Insightsis a new fintech product that is targeted toward self-directed investors. It has the potential to democratize investing by providing institutional asset management level AI-powered trading insights to individual investors who want to participate in the stock market. The product has been built using CognitiveScale’s Cortex software and runs on Microsoft’s Azure.Marketing Technology News: Instaclustr Anomaly Detection Application Successfully Processes 19 Billion Real-Time Events Per Day Using Apache Cassandra and Apache Kafka AIAkshay SabhikhiCognitiveScaleCortex softwareMarketing Technology NewsMicrosoft AzureNews Previous ArticleExperience Management Leader Medallia to Acquire Behavioral Analytics Startup CooladataNext ArticleNew Total Economic Impact Study Finds Blueshift Delivers 781% Return on Investment (ROI)last_img read more

Researchers report psychological placebos can also have an effect

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 5 2019Placebo effects do not only occur in medical treatment – placebos can also work when psychological effects are attributed to them. Researchers from the University of Basel’s Faculty of Psychology reported these findings in the journal Scientific Reports, based on three studies with over 400 participants.Psychotherapy and placebos are both psychological interventions that not only have comparable effects, but that are also based on very similar mechanisms. Both forms of treatment are heavily influenced by the relationship between patients and those treating them, as well as by the expectations of recovery. Whereas placebo research mostly focuses on a biomedical model – an inert pill is provided with a medical rationale, which produces a corresponding effect – little is known about the effect of placebos provided with a psychological rationale.”Green is calming”Related StoriesTAU’s new Translational Medical Research Center acquires MILabs’ VECTor PET/SPECT/CTBridging the Gaps to Advance Research in the Cannabis IndustryComplement system shown to remove dead cells in retinitis pigmentosa, contradicting previous researchPlacebos can also have effects when specific psychological effects are attributed to them. This is the conclusion that researchers from the Division of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy at the University of Basel reached in three independent experiments with 421 healthy participants. The accompanying explanation – the narrative – played a key role when dispensing the placebos, as did the relationship between the researchers and the participants.The researchers used the color green as the placebo in the video experiments, examining it both with and without a psychological narrative (“green is calming because it activates early conditioned emotional schemata”), as well as in the context of a neutral or a friendly relationship.After viewing the videos, the participants assessed their subjective condition with questionnaires over several days. The results showed that the placebo had a positive effect on the participants’ well-being when it was prescribed together with a psychological narrative and in the context of a friendly relationship. The observed effect was strongest after administering the placebo but remained evident for up to one week.Ethical implications”The observed effects were comparable with those of psychotherapeutic interventions in the same populations,” says principal investigator Professor Jens Gaab. The fact that psychological placebos can have significant effects is not only important for understanding psychological interventions: “It challenges both research and clinical practice to address these mechanisms and effects, as well as their ethical implications.” Source:https://www.unibas.ch/en/News-Events/News/Uni-Research/Even-psychological-placebos-have-an-effect.htmllast_img read more

Complications during birth may increase risk of later social anxiety in children

first_img Source:https://newsroom.wiley.com/press-release/infant-and-child-development/research-examines-link-between-complications-during-birth Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 20 2019A new study published in Infant and Child Development indicates that complications during birth may increase the risk that children will develop social anxiety by their pre-teen years.For the study, 149 children aged nine to 12 years were screened for behavioral inhibition–a tendency to exhibit a fearful disposition and withdrawal in unfamiliar contexts and situations–and assessed for social anxiety symptoms using parent- and child-reports. Investigators found that perinatal complications were associated with higher levels of behavioral inhibition and social anxiety symptoms.Additionally, analyses suggested that behavioral inhibition acted as a pathway between birth complications and social anxiety symptoms.”This study sets the stage for future longitudinal work examining whether childhood temperament is a developmental path by which birth complications lead to social anxiety symptoms,” said lead author Dr. Santiago Morales, of the University of Maryland.last_img read more

Netflix is in a battle royale with Fortnite in the fight for

first_img Explore further The world’s largest paid online TV network is raising prices by 13 percent to 18 percent, which is the 12-year-old company’s biggest price hike ever. Its most popular monthly service plan will rise to $12.99 from $10.99. The cheapest plan will increase to $8.99 from $7.99, and the premium plan will rise to $15.99 from $13.99.The price increase could have an effect on adding new U.S. subscribers going forward, according to Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter.”We do not expect significant churn given the utility provided by the service to existing subscribers, but attracting new subscribers will likely be more challenging because of the higher prices,” Pachter said.”We change pricing from time to time as we continue investing in great entertainment and improving the overall Netflix experience for the benefit of our members,” a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement to USA TODAY.As the streaming giant pushes to rely on its TV and film studios to make more of its own content, rather than licensing content, viewers can expect to see new seasons of hit shows like Making a Murderer, House of Cards, The Crown, and Stranger Things.Some of the streamer’s major investments in talent and programming will hit screens small and big in 2019, including series The Umbrella Academy, and Martin Scorsese’s crime drama, The Irishman.The earnings report comes amid growing competition in the streaming space in 2019. AT&T, now the owners of Time Warner’s vast content library (including HBO), plans to launch a streaming offering later this year. As does Disney, which is in the process of acquiring 21st Century Fox’s movie and TV studios.In the company’s earnings interview, Netflix made a surprising move, revealing some of its viewership data.In the wildly popular interactive movie Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, the first choice in the story was a breakfast cereal: Frosties or Sugar Puffs? Netflix revealed that 73 percent of people chose Frosties.Netflix’s Chief Product Officer Greg Peters said that viewers can expect to see more interactive entertainment in the future.”There have been a few false starts on interactive storytelling in the last couple (of) decades. This one has storytellers salivating about the possibilities,” said Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. “We’ve got a hunch that it works across all kinds of storytelling. Some of the greatest storytellers in the world are excited to dig into it.”Netflix also said that 80 million member households have watched its thriller starring the actress Sandra Bullock, Bird Box, in its first four weeks.Overall, Netflix said it serves about 100 million hours of video per day, earning an estimated 10 percent of all time spent in front of the TV in the U.S.”One thing this quarter that’s been incredibly exciting is when you see a big number like Bird Box and You,” Sarandos said during Netflix’s earnings interview. “These shows are playing incredibly globally. So it’s an interesting thing when you can tap into the global zeitgeist with something, which gets me very excited about the potential scale of the content business when the world is excited about something.”The Los Gatos, California-based company reported earnings of 30 cents a share, beating analyst estimates of 24 cents a share.Netflix reported net income of $133.9 million, or 30 cents a share, on sales of $4.19 billion. (c)2019 USA TodayDistributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. “We compete with (and lose to) Fortnite more than HBO,” Netflix said in a letter to shareholders Thursday as the company reported its quarterly earnings. “There are thousands of competitors in this highly fragmented market vying to entertain consumers.”On the heels of a celebratory third quarter, Netflix’s latest earnings report was met with mixed reviews.Though the streaming giant’s subscription growth beat analyst expectations—Netflix reported 8.8 million new additions compared to the 7.5 million new subscribers that analysts projected—the video streaming company’s shares fell about 3 percent in after-hours trading.Netflix’s global paid subscriber additions also topped its own forecast of 7.6 million.”The fact that investors reacted negatively to what amounted to a strong performance indicates the extent to which Netflix has set a high bar,” said eMarketer media analyst Paul Verna. “The bottom line is that Netflix remains the uncontested leader in the subscription video space.”Thursday’s announcement comes just two days after the streaming media titan flexed its pricing power, phasing in a U.S. subscription price hike over the next three months for existing subscribers. The new prices will become effective immediately for new subscribers.The company reported a total of 393.3 million members worldwide.During the same October-December period last year, Netflix added 6.6 million paying subscribers and 8.3 million total subscribers.The company is projecting it will add 8.9 million new paid customers during the first quarter, which is lower than analysts projected. Netflix expects earnings per share of 56 cents with revenue of $4.49 billion, compared with analyst estimates of 83 cents and $4.61 billion in revenue.Netflix announces only guidance on paid membership subscriptions, rather than the total number of memberships which includes people who may be using a free trial. It said in October that it will stop including end-of-quarter free trial subscriber numbers in its reports. Netflix shares slip as spending weighs on profitscenter_img Even though every other media company seems to be starting a streaming service, Netflix is facing an on-screen challenge from another corner: “Fortnite,” that ultra-popular, multiplatform videogame, appears to be a formidable foe. Citation: Netflix is in a battle royale with Fortnite in the fight for your screen time (2019, January 21) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-netflix-royale-fortnite-screen.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Article 370 is a temporary provision in the Constitution Govt

first_img The government on Wednesday said that Article 370, which provides for special status to Jammu and Kashmir, is a temporary provision in the Constitution and Article 35A, which gives special rights to the natives of the state, was added through a Constitution order issued by the President of India.Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy told Rajya Sabha that the Article 370 was a temporary provision with respect to Jammu and Kashmir in Part XXI (Temporary, Transitional and Special Provisions) of the Constitution. “At present, Article 35A is contained in the Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Order, 1954 which was added through the Constitution Order issued by the President of India under Article 370,” he said in a written reply.Reddy said that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and matters relating to the Constitution are internal and entirely for the Parliament to deal with. “No foreign government or organisation has any locus standi in the matter,” he said.The reply came in response to a question on whether the government is going to repeal articles 370 and 35A and whether repeal of these articles in any way violate United Nations regulations or any international obligation of the country. Published on G Kishan Reddy, Minister of State for Home Affairs (File photo)   –  REUTERS COMMENT Jammu and Kashmir July 10, 2019center_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL Rajya Sabha SHARE COMMENTSlast_img read more

Boustead names four new directors

first_img {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Related News KUALA LUMPUR: Boustead Holdings Bhd (BHB) has appointed four new independent non-executive directors with diverse backgrounds effective July 15.“They are Lieutenant General (Rtd) Datuk Fadzil Mokhtar, Datuk Nonee Ashirin Mohd Radzi, Abraham Verghese and Loong Caesar.”“BHB is pleased to welcome these accomplished individuals to the board. The group will certainly benefit from their distinguished backgrounds and broad experience.“With this diverse and well-rounded board at the helm, BHB is set to see positive momentum,” the well-diversified group, which is controlled by the Armed Forces Fund Board (LTAT), said in a statement. AdChoices广告Serving in the Malaysian army for over 41 years, Fadzil has vast experience in addressing security challenges.Nonee Ashirin, chairman of a maintenance, repair and overhaul service provider for military and civil engines Global Turbine Asia Sdn Bhd, has more than 20 years’ experience in the aerospace and defence industry. A barrister-at-law of Lincoln’s Inn, London, she is also a partner in Arthur Yeong Nonee Ashirin Advocates & Solicitors.Verghese, an independent director on the board of property developer Tadmax Resources Bhd , has broad experience in accounting, auditing and financial consulting. He was a worldwide partner of Arthur Andersen from 1997 to 2001 and a partner at Ernst & Young from 2002 to 2016.Loong, founder and managing partner of law firm Raslan Loong, Shen & Eow, has a legal career spanning 34 years. He also sits on the board of real estate and hospitality group Mulpha International Bhd .The latest appointments came hot on the heels of massive boardroom changes at BHB’s 65%-owned subsidiary Boustead Heavy Industries Corp Bhd, which saw the addition of six non-executive directors and the resignation of two non-executive directors effective July 10. — Bernama Analyst Reports 2d ago Trading ideas: Malakoff, FGV, Boustead, Magna Prima, Mudajaya, Bintai Kinden Corporate News Corporate News 10 Jul 2019 BHIC makes sweeping boardroom changes Tags / Keywords: Business News 11 Jul 2019 BHIC appoints six new directors Related Newslast_img read more