ARREST LOG Wilmington Police Make 4 Arrests Issue 3 Summons

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to Wilmington Police Logs, Wilmington Police issued the following arrests and summonses between August 23, 2018 and August 29, 2018:Thursday, August 23Corey M. Brennan — Warrant. (Arrest)Irving D. Garcia (33, Lawrence) — Warrant. (Arrest)Enid Kituku (26, Lowell) — Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle. (Summons)Vanessa C. Moreira (33, Saugus) — Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon on a Pregnant Victim. (Arrest)Nicholas J. O’Connell (21, Wilmington) — Operating A Motor Vehicle with a Suspended or Revoked License and No/Expired Inspection Sticker. (Summons)Friday, August 24Paul K. Fleming (57, Tewksbury) — Unlicensed Operation Of A Motor Vehicle, Number Plate Violation, No/Expired Inspection Sticker, Forge/Misuse of RMV Document, Unregistered Motor Vehicle, and Tire Tread Depth Violation. (Summons)Saturday, August 25Gregory Mercurio (29, Quincy) — OUI Liquor and Marked Lanes Violation. Mercurio was pulled over at Woburn Street and Andover Street. (Arrest)Sunday, August 26NoneMonday, August 27NoneTuesday, August 28NoneWednesday, August 29None(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 4 Arrests & Issues 3 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 2 Arrests & Issue 1 SummonsIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 5 Arrests & Issue 4 SummonsesIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Apples TV streaming service Its showtime at last

first_img See It Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Apple’s 2019 must-see list starts with its new TV streaming service Every Apple TV show and series announced so far Apple’s streaming TV service: Expected release date, price, shows and movies Now Apple doesn’t just want to make the hardware for viewing entertainment. It also wants to make the content people are accessing. Key to Apple’s success in streaming is just what’s offered on its service. No one will pay for content they don’t want to watch. It stepped into the market in 2017 with a couple original shows for its Apple Music service. That included Planet of the Apps, which was widely panned, and Carpool Karaoke, which began life as a viral segment on CBS’ The Late Late Show with James Corden. (Editors’ Note: CNET is owned by CBS, which is also producing the series.). Both flopped. Apple was long rumored to be working on a virtual cable service that let subscribers pick and choose their channels. But that never materialized, and it isn’t likely to be what Apple introduces Monday. Instead, it’s expected to release a more Netflix-like service that includes its own content and video from partners. Apple has reportedly been seeking deals with networks like HBO, Showtime and Starz to license a library of already-released content. (Note: Showtime is owned by CBS, CNET’s parent company.) It could also bundle other streaming services and take a cut of their revenue. Netflix, for one, reportedly won’t be participating. “We want to have people watch our content on our service,” Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said Monday. “We’ve chosen not to integrate into their service.” As for its own content, Apple has at least 30 projects in the works, with five reportedly ready to go. Its initial $1 billion investment in content could balloon to $4.2 billion by 2022, according to a 2017 estimate by longtime Apple analyst Gene Munster, who is now at Loup Ventures. Apple’s announced partners include a multiyear deal with Oprah, Reese Witherspoon, M. Night Shyamalan and Steven Spielberg. The company has hired two top executives from Sony Pictures Television to lead the effort. Show me the money To show it’s really serious about services, Apple has to make its new TV streaming offering work on non-Apple devices. And it can’t be so expensive that no one will subscribe. Already, Americans who watch video online subscribe to an average of three streaming services, according to a Deloitte study. Some analysts believe Apple’s service could be free for Apple device users, but it’s more likely the company offers a free trial period. For Apple Music, Apple offers an extended free trial, and it’s standard for most streaming video services to give new users a free introductory period. One way Apple could get more subscribers is by bundling its TV service with Apple Music or with an iCloud account. Currently, Apple Music costs $9.99 a month, while iCloud storage costs 99 cents a month for 50GB (an amount that’s lower than the current lowest capacity — 64GB — on Apple’s new iPhones), $2.99 for 200GB or $9.99 for 2TB. $999 3:02 See also See it Here’s every iPhone ever made from 2007 to today 48 Photos Best Buy Comments Mobile Media Streamers Digital Media Now playing: Watch this: Boost Mobile $999 $999 Apple iPhone XS Tags Apple Event 24 Aug 30 • iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11R and 11 Max: Price, specs and features we expect on Sept. 10center_img Apple will host its next event on Monday. Apple On Monday, we’ll finally find out where Apple’s billion dollars have gone. That’s the amount the company earmarked for a video streaming service that it hasn’t yet confirmed is coming. For years, rumors of Apple diving into a market dominated by YouTube, Netflix and other streaming companies floated around. It’s even talked up the shows and celebrities it’s cast. Still, Apple hasn’t actually said what all of those partnerships are for. We’ll find out on Monday when Apple hosts an event at the Steve Jobs Theater on its campus in Cupertino, California, to unveil its long-awaited video offering. The event kicks off at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET. For Apple, the launch marks the first time it’s making its services business the centerpiece of a major event. It’s spent the first three days of this week in an unprecedented flood of hardware announcements made via press release, from new iPads to a refreshed iMac and AirPods. In the past decade of Apple’s flashy launches, none — not even its annual Worldwide Developers Conference — has focused primarily on services. See It There’s also Apple’s rumored news subscription service, which is also expected Monday, that could be paired with its music and TV offerings. The service is expected to be based on Apple acquisition Texture, dubbed a “Netflix for magazines,” which offered unlimited access to magazines and news outlets for one fee. “Is this going to be the straw that broke the camel’s back that gets me to think about what I’m already paying for?” Creative Strategies analyst Carolina Milanesi said. “If you bundle it, the value becomes more fluid.” Amazon bundles its music and video services into its Amazon Prime two-day shipping membership that costs $12.99 for a monthly subscription or $119 for the annual pass. Some people are paying the amount just for the shipping, but others want it for the video service, music or other benefits. Ultimately, to get us all to subscribe, Apple’s got to offer something we can’t get anywhere else. We find out Monday if that’s what it’s built.  Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Apple Event The company needs to highlight those offerings now. Last year, Apple became the first trillion-dollar American company but slipped below that mark three months later. Its iPhone business seemed to be on an almost never-ending rise — until it suddenly wasn’t. Apple makes about two-thirds of its revenue from the iPhone, but people are holding onto their devices longer, and in places like China, they’re increasingly opting for phones from Apple’s rivals like Huawei and Oppo. Apple knows it has to grow its operations beyond the iPhone, especially its services business. The area, which includes the App Store and Apple Music, has been soaring thanks to all of us who own the 1.4 billion active Apple devices out there. In the December quarter, Apple’s services business revenue jumped 19 percent to a record $10.9 billion. Apple Music now has over 50 million paid subscribers, and across all of its services, Apple has 360 million subscribers, up 120 million from the previous year.   Getting into TV streaming is the next logical move for the company. “They’ve been saying on the last almost four years worth of [earnings] calls how much services is going to be important to them,” Technalysis Research analyst Bob O’Donnell. “They’ve been building up to this.” That doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy. Apple’s joining a crowded field, and many of us already shell out money every month to several streaming providers. Is there room for another? Apple declined to comment ahead of its event. From hobby to center stage Apple has dabbled in entertainment for more than a decade. The company introduced its first Apple TV in 2007, the same year it launched the iPhone. In the early days of Apple TV, Apple positioned its streaming media box as a “hobby.”  Apple finally updated Apple TV in late 2015, releasing it with its new TVOS software that lets developers make apps, and a new remote that worked with Siri. It was that new software that turned Apple TV into a more than just a dumb streaming box. The update came at a time consumers were starting to ditch their traditional cable subscriptions in favor of smaller streaming bundles. On-demand TV services like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu offered thousands of videos to stream on demand, while services like Sling TV, DirecTV Now and YouTube let people watch live TV over the internet. Increasingly, it was Apple TVs, Roku boxes and Chromecasts being used to view that content. Aug 30 • Apple will launch iPhone 11 on Sept. 10 in Cupertino $999 Aug 29 • New iPhones, Apple Watch and more: Apple’s September event preview Showtime Amazon Netflix Sony Apple reading • Apple’s TV streaming service: It’s showtime at last See It Share your voice • See All CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Top 5 things we want from Apple’s TV service Sprint Aug 26 • Every Apple TV Plus show announced so farlast_img read more

India only destination to register a growth in smartphone sales in future

first_imgMen speak on their mobile phones on a seafront in Mumbai August 28, 2014.Reuters fileThe smartphone sale in India is expected to register healthy growth in 2019, following the trend from a previous year. On the other hand, the Chinese market is likely to register a fall and the smartphone sales in the US is expected to remain flat.Citing a report by Counterpoint Technology Market Research and CyberMedia Research, the Economic Times has reported that Xiaomi and Samsung are set to lock horns for the top spot in India.The upcoming year is expected to register a smartphone shipment to 160 million in India. Moreover, the sales are likely to grow 12% to 150 million in 2018 as against 134 million in 2017. The analysts are of the opinion that the fastest-growing smartphone market in the world revived in 2018 due to the speeding up of the product replacement and upgrades on the back of launches across price points, an array of financing options, discounts and buyback offers. The trend is expected to continue in the next year.Faisal Kawoosa, techARC founder said that “There is a large replacement cycle due in 2019 for users who bought their first 4G smartphone between 2015 and 2017.” Tarun Pathak, assistant director, Counterpoint Research argued that the Indian smartphone market grew at a healthy rate of 12 percent even when the annual global sales may have declined for the first time.IDC India associate research director Navkendar Singh said that in this segment, Jio’s smartphone plan with Flex could be a game-changer in 2019. He added that “Jio is thinking of 100 million smartphones and even they manage to do 40 million units spread across two to three quarters (in 2019), it could change the industry’s shape.”Notably, Xiaomi and second-ranked Samsung dominated the Indian smartphone market while capturing over 50 percent of the total smartphone sales in India. The other companies in top 5 could include Oppo, Vivo, RealMe, HMD Global (Nokia branded phones) and Huawei/ Honor.Singh further added that “The market is consolidating at the top. With bigger players getting bigger and marginalizing smaller players, it is very difficult for the latter to start picking up share.”last_img read more

Report Car Insurance Rates Much Higher In Minority Areas

first_img Share Dhanix. CC 3 license.Houston highways A new report suggests that people living in urban minority neighborhoods could be paying as much as 30 percent more for car insurance, but an industry group says the report’s findings are flawed.Nonprofit investigative news organization ProPublica and Consumer Reports published an analysis Wednesday based on insurance data in California, Illinois, Missouri and Texas detailing insurance claims payments by zip code. Those were the only states where regulators had the data available.The report says 33 of the 34 insurance companies analyzed in Illinois charged rates that were at least 10 percent higher in zip codes where a majority of the residents are minorities. Six Illinois insurers charged rates 30 percent higher in minority zip codes.In Missouri and Texas, more than half of the insurers charged rates that were at least 10 percent higher in minority areas.In California, where insurers are regulated more tightly, eight companies were charging significantly higher rates in minority zip codes.Marta Tellado, president and CEO of Consumer Reports, said discriminatory insurance pricing can be a drain on household budgets, limit employment opportunities and limit growth in communities.“Whether price disparities arise from bad actors or bad algorithms, the consequences are the same, and (Consumer Reports) is committed to ensuring transparency and fairness in pricing for people in all neighborhoods,” Tellado said.The Insurance Information Institute trade group disputed the report’s findings after hiring an independent expert to review the data it’s based on. The group’s chief actuary, James Lynch, said the analysis in the report doesn’t account for other factors that can affect insurance rates.“They’ve reached an inappropriate conclusion,” Lynch said.Insurance companies don’t collect any information on race and ethnicity when they sell policies.The exact factors used to set rates vary somewhat because of state laws, but Lynch said some common things insurers may look at include: number of miles driven, accident history, credit scores, occupation, gender and age.last_img read more

Sprint TMobile Agree to Merger Thats Poised to Change the US Telecom

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 “This combination will create a fierce competitor with the network scale to deliver more for consumers and businesses in the form of lower prices, more innovation, and a second-to-none network experience — and do it all so much faster than either company could on its own,” said Legere in a statement.Legere broke the news on Twitter Sunday morning with a video that featured him as well as Claure. In the video, the duo made the case that the merger was essential to advance 5G, a next-generation wireless networking technology that promises not only faster speeds for mobile devices, but that could ultimately replace fixed-line internet access.The merger could significantly change the power dynamic in the U.S. mobile market: T-Mobile and Sprint have been the No. 3 and 4 in the U.S. mobile market, respectively. Combined, the two companies will have more than 125 million subscribers. AT&T ended 2017 with more than 141 million wireless subscribers in the U.S., whereas Verizon led the pack with 150 million subscribers.While remaining a distant third, T-Mobile has long enjoyed an outsized role in the U.S. mobile market. For instance, the company was first to introduce unlimited data plans, forcing other carriers to follow suit. Legere’s combative personality also allowed the company to style itself as an underdog taking on incumbent carriers.But what truly sets T-Mobile apart from AT&T and Verizon are their different takes on the media business. Both AT&T and Verizon operate their own TV services, and have long invested aggressively into online media businesses. T-Mobile and Sprint on the other hand have traditionally been focused on their core businesses.Verizon acquired AOL in 2015, and doubled down on online media with the acquisition of Yahoo last year. The company has also been looking to make inroads with mobile-first media audiences with its Go90 video service, and plans to launch an internet-based TV service sometime this year.AT&T is already operating an internet TV service with DirecTV Now and has also been investing into online video businesses through Otter Media, a joint-venture with the Chernin Group. The company also struck an agreement to acquire Time Warner last year, and is currently defending the merger in court. After years of negotiations, it’s finally official: Mobile carriers Sprint and T-Mobile have agreed to join forces in a mega-merger, the two companies announced Sunday. The all-stock transaction, which puts the value of the combined company at $146 billion, is poised to significantly change the U.S. telecom and media landscape.The combined company will be known as T-Mobile and led by T-Mobile CEO John Legere. T-Mobile’s current COO Mike Sievert will serve as president and COO of the combined company. Sprint CEO Marcello Claure will serve on the board of the new company, but not have any active management role. Joining him on the board will be Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son. T-Mobile is also keeping the combined company on its books.T-Mobile majority owner Deutsche Telekom will hold a 42% stake in the new company, whereas Sprint majority owner SoftBank will hold 27%, with the rest held by public shareholders. If approved, the transaction is expected to close by early 2019. Compared to these massive deals, T-Mobile’s and Sprint’s media buying sprees have been relatively small thus far. T-Mobile acquired broadband-delivered cable TV upstart Layer3 TV in December, and at the time announced plans to launch a nationwide internet TV service in 2018. And Sprint acquired a 33% stake in Jay Z’s music streaming service Tidal a little over a year ago.This could potentially help both companies with regulators, who are expected to take a very close look at the proposed merger. Both the FCC and the Justice Department opposed a merger between the two companies four years ago, arguing that it would reduce competition and harm consumers. However, both agencies are under new leadership, and President Trump is generally seen as less opposed to big corporate mergers.On Sunday, Legere and Claure made the case that their industry had significantly changed over the past couple of years. “In reality, this industry is no longer just four wireless companies,” Claure said. Instead, AT&T had become the biggest TV provider in the U.S., and cable operators like Comcast were increasingly launching their own wireless services. “It’s not the big four anymore. It’s the big seven or eight,” he said. Popular on Variety last_img read more

Puffin the oneperson electric aircraft w Video

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — NASA engineers have designed an extremely quiet one-person electrically powered aircraft that can hover like a helicopter and fly like a plane. The “Puffin” launches from an upright position with the tail split into four legs that serve as stable landing/take-off gear. Explore further The 3.7-meter-long craft has two wings with a combined wingspan of 4.1 meters. Each wing is has a 2.3 meter wide propeller. Flaps on the wings direct the air from the rotors upward while the aircraft is on the ground, and then direct it downwards allowing the Puffin to rise, and then hover as it leans over to begin its flight with the craft (and pilot) horizontal.The aircraft was designed by NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, in collaboration with the National Institute of Aerospace, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and M-DOT Aerospace. It is designed to be manufactured from carbon fiber composites and would weigh only around 135 kg, plus 45 kg of rechargeable lithium phosphate batteries.The Puffin’s electric motors produce virtually no emissions, and can lift its payload of one person with only 60 horsepower. The motors are up to 95% efficient, while internal combustion engines the same size would only rate at around 20% efficient, and electric motors are up to 20 times more reliable than piston engines because they have fewer moving parts. Citation: Puffin: the one-person electric aircraft (w/ Video) (2010, January 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-01-puffin-one-person-electric-aircraft-video.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. The electric motors are also super-quiet, producing only 50 decibels at 150 meters, which makes the Puffin about 10 times less noisy than even low-noise helicopters. This may mean that if the Puffin is used for personal travel or courier services, an airport may not be needed at all, and the Puffin could land and take off from a private residence without annoying neighbors. The motors are not only quiet, they generate less heat than internal combustion engines, and the combination could make the craft ideal for military applications such as covert spying operations. The cruising speed of the Puffin is expected to be 240 kph, with spurts of 480 kph possible. The engine does not require air, which means its flight capabilities are not limited by thin air, and it could fly as high as 9,150 meters. With a full charge, the batteries could keep the plane aloft for only 80 kilometers at cruising speed, but as new batteries are developed this is likely to increase substantially, perhaps to over 300 kilometers by 2017. Flight Tests Confirm New Technologies Can Help Quiet The Skies Safety features in the Puffin include a motor design that allows parts of either motor to fail with no reduction in power to the propellers. It is also designed to be able to take a hard, forceful landing with most of the load taken by the landing gear, instead of the pilot as it is in other single person aircraft designs.The device was dubbed the Puffin because the bird of that name resembles the craft in looking awkward, and in seeming to have wings too small to fly. It’s also a solitary bird, and its habit of hiding its droppings makes it environmentally friendly, like the craft.The design of the Puffin was unveiled on January 20 by NASA aerospace engineer Mark Moore, at a meeting of the American Helicopter Society in San Francisco. A one-third scale demonstration model is expected to be finished by March this year, after which time they will concentrate on the transition between cruise flight and hovering.Moore said they are already planning future generations of the Puffin, in which there would be enough redundancy that if one propeller was completely out of action the aircraft could still fly safely, and there would be no single point of failure. © 2010 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

The Republic of Niger opens its first consulate in Kolkata

first_imgThe Republic of Niger opened its first Consulate in Kolkata, which was inaugurated at JW Marriott Hotel, Kolkata on July 13. Rajendra Khandelwal, the Managing Director of Kolkata’s most renowned Pharmacy Chain, Dhanwantary Group has been appointed as the first Consul of the Republic of Niger in Kolkata.Ambassador of Republic of Niger in India, His Excellency Ali Illiassou came to Kolkata along with his wife Aissa Illiassou Ali to inaugurate the Consulate. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOn this occasion eminent personalities and business icons of Kolkata including Nadimul Haque, Member of Parliament, Firhad Hakim, Minister in Charge, Municipality Affairs Govt. of West Bengal, Sadhan Pandey, Minster in Charge, Consumer Affairs and Self Help Group and Self-Employment, Govt. of West Bengal, Harsh Vardhan Neotia, Usha Uthup, Agnimitra Paul, Alokananda Roy, along with the members of Consulate Corps in Kolkata were present.Rajendra Khandelwal expressed his sincere thanks and gratitude to the Republic of Niger for appointing him the Consul of the Republic of Niger in Kolkata. He expected continuous guidance and support from the Ambassador of the Republic of Niger to fulfill the mission.last_img read more

Algerian national broadcasting company Télédiffusi

first_imgAlgerian national broadcasting company Télédiffusion d’Algérie has extended its contract for capacity on the Eutelsat 5 West A satellite to support the rollout of digital-terrestrial services in the country.Télédiffusion d’Algérie has taken a 36MHz transponder at the 5° West position to feed its terrestrial transmitter network as well as to enable DTH reception with 60cm dishes. TV channels broadcast include Canal Algérie, A3, Programme National, TV4 Coran and TV5 Tamazight in addition to 20 national and regional radio stations.Abdelmalek Houyou, director general of Télédiffusion d’Algérie said: “Eutelsat has provided TDA with clear evidence of its expertise in satellite broadcasting services. The successful DTH broadcasting of our radio and television services since 2007 represents a major step towards the successful deployment of digital-terrestrial television across Algeria.”last_img read more

Doctors encounter all nature of odd things in thei

first_imgDoctors encounter all nature of odd things in their daily lives. Sometimes the stories end up as more than coffee-room chatter. Consider a case that spills over from the clinical to the culinary: the hot pepper and the horrible headache.Dr. Kulothungan Gunasekaran has a knack for ferreting out odd events like this. On nine separate occasions, he has turned an unusual observation into a published case-report in the medical literature. But the story of the Carolina Reaper pepper and the thunderclap headache “is the most interesting one which we encountered,” he says.He was recently doing his residency at the Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, N.Y., when an otherwise healthy 34-year-old man came to the emergency room with a terrible headache. It had come on incredibly suddenly – like a thunderclap.It turns out the man had been in a pepper-eating contest and had eaten a whole Carolina Reaper, which is high on the list of the hottest peppers in the world. Right away he developed one of these “thunderclap headaches.” (Doctors actually use that term.) Gunasekaran says the man went home for a while but then was seized by another headache so painful it sent him to the emergency room.Doctors ran a battery of medical tests and, ultimately, a brain scan called a CT angiogram, “which showed some narrowing of blood vessels in the brain,” Gunasekaran says.That could explain the patient’s symptoms. The heat-inducing chemical in peppers, capsaicin, can trigger that kind of reaction, along with other sorts of discomfort.The man was admitted to the hospital to treat his prolonged headache. Gunasekaran wasn’t his doctor, but caught wind of the story and decided to write it up for a journal called BMJ Case Reports. His research led him to YouTube, where, no big surprise, there are plenty of videos of people trying to eat whole Carolina Reaper peppers.Search for yourself, but suffice it to say there’s plenty of bravado, followed by human utterances left best undescribed, self-recrimination, and at least in one case, an ambulance ride from London’s Leicester Square to a hospital.The ambulance ride aside (the victim blamed an undiagnosed pepper allergy), Gunasekaran’s conclusion was that most people don’t suffer dire consequences from eating these peppers.The published case-report was a new one to Todd Schwedt, a professor of neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix and an expert on thunderclap headaches.”I had never heard of one being triggered by a Carolina Reaper or any other chili pepper,” Schwedt says.Thunderclap headaches are really no joke.”Folks will describe this as if they felt like something exploded in their head or they got hit in the back of the head,” Schwedt says. “So it’s really how quickly it becomes very severe that makes it a thunderclap headache.”One can linger for weeks, he says. About 1 in 4 of these headaches is triggered by constricted blood vessels — typically caused by something other than a hot pepper. That situation usually resolves gradually on its own. But sometimes these headaches can be the result of a dangerous event, like a burst or torn blood vessel in the brain.”When someone has a thunderclap headache, it should be considered an emergency, and it needs to be evaluated urgently,” Schwedt says.The pepper-eater’s story had a happy ending. Five weeks later, the New York man returned to the hospital for another scan and the blood vessels in his brain were back to normal.Gunasekaran has also moved on in his medical career. His residency over, he now practices internal medicine at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, where he is staying alert for more curious cases to report.To contact Richard Harris, email rharris@npr.org. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Rice scientists build worlds first singlemolecule car

first_imgOther research groups have created nanoscale objects that are shaped like automobiles, but study co-author Kevin F. Kelly, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, said Rice’s vehicle is the first that actually functions like a car, rolling on four wheels in a direction perpendicular to its axles. Kelly and his group, experts in scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), provided the measurements and experimental evidence that verified the rolling movement. “It’s fairly easy to build nanoscale objects that slide around on a surface,” Kelly said. “Proving that we were rolling – not slipping and sliding – was one of the most difficult parts of this project.” To do that, Kelly and graduate student Andrew Osgood measured the movement of the nanocars across a gold surface. At room temperature, strong electrical bonds hold the buckyball wheels tightly against the gold, but heating to about 200 degrees Celsius frees them to roll. To prove that the cars were rolling rather than sliding, Kelly and Osgood took STM images every minute and watched the cars progress. Because nanocars’ axles are slightly longer than the wheelbase – the distance between axles – they could determine the way the cars were oriented and whether they moved perpendicular to the axles. In addition, Kelly’s team found a way to grab the cars with an STM probe tip and pull them. Tests showed it was easier to drag the cars in the direction of wheel rotation than it was to pull them sideways. Synthesis of the nanocars also produced major challenges. Tour’s research group spent almost eight years perfecting the techniques used to make them. Much of the delay involved finding a way to attach the buckyball wheels without destroying the rest of the car. Palladium was used as a catalyst in the formation of the axle and chassis, and buckyballs had a tendency to shut down the palladium reactions, so finding the right method to attach the wheels involved a good bit of trial and error. The Rice team has already followed up the nanocar work by designing a light-driven nanocar and a nanotruck that’s capable of carrying a payload. Other members of the research team include chemistry graduate student Yasuhiro Shirai and post doctoral associate Yuming Zhao. The research was funded by the Welch Foundation, Zyvex Corporation and the National Science Foundation. To access downloadable versions of these images, visit ShareCONTACT: Jade Boyd PHONE: (713) 348-6778 E-MAIL: jadeboyd@rice.edu Rice scientists build world’s first single-molecule car ‘Nanocar’ with buckyball wheels paves way for other molecular machines Rice University scientists have constructed the world’s smallest car — a single molecule “nanocar” that contains a chassis, axles and four buckyball wheels. The “nanocar” is described in a research paper that is available online and due to appear in an upcoming issue of the journal Nano Letters. “The synthesis and testing of nanocars and other molecular machines is providing critical insight in our investigations of bottom-up molecular manufacturing,” said one of the two lead researchers, James M. Tour, the Chao Professor of Chemistry, professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and professor of computer science. “We’d eventually like to move objects and do work in a controlled fashion on the molecular scale, and these vehicles are great test beds for that. They’re helping us learn the ground rules.” The nanocar consists of a chassis and axles made of well-defined organic groups with pivoting suspension and freely rotating axles. The wheels are buckyballs, spheres of pure carbon containing 60 atoms apiece. The entire car measures just 3-4 nanometers across, making it slightly wider than a strand of DNA. A human hair, by comparison, is about 80,000 nanometers in diameter. Photo by Y. Shirai/Rice Universitycenter_img Photos by T. Sasaki/Rice University AddThislast_img read more

Elon Musk Has a Grand Time Roasting Smores and Drinking Whiskey While

first_imgElon Musk Image credit: Shutterstock The Tesla and SpaceX CEO posted a late-night Instagram video of himself around a campfire. October 27, 2017 Add to Queue 1 min read Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. –shares Caroline Cakebread Register Now » Elon Musk Has a Grand Time Roasting S’mores and Drinking Whiskey While Lip Syncing Johnny Cash Just because he’s a billionaire CEO with dreams of colonizing Mars doesn’t mean Elon Musk doesn’t like to party.Last night, at around 2:44 a.m., Musk posted an Instagram video of himself sitting by a campfire roasting a marshmallow, a glass of whiskey in hand while he rocked out to Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire.” For a 46-year-old father of five, his performance was rather impressive. Earlier in the evening, he posted a photo of a group of eight people huddled around a campfire on the Gigafactory roof. The factory is located on 3,000 acres near Sparks, Nev., and it’s likely a mean spot for stargazing.Rather esoterically, his video caption included “Also, hotdog or not hotdog?” It’s hard to tell whether he was referring to his curiously long marshmallow or asking his followers whether or not he should roast one next. We will never know.  Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business This story originally appeared on Business Insider Next Article last_img read more

What I Learned From Visiting 50 California Dispensaries

first_img Add to Queue Since California legalized recreational marijuana, I’ve been curious how its new cannabis market has evolved. So I decided to clear my calendar recently for a road trip up and down Southern California’s highways, visiting as many storefront dispensaries as possible. As a CEO in the cannabis space, with a company that develops software for dispensaries, I wanted to learn just what these retailers have been experiencing in this transition from the “gray market” to a new era of hyperregulation and compliance — and what it all means for the future. Related: California Unleashes a Massive Market for Legal CannabisSophisticated shopping All over the state, retailers are creating familiar and welcoming environments like you might find at popular high-end stores like Sephora, where the floor plans lend themselves to multisensory browsing experiences. Customers are often encouraged to touch packaging and smell cannabis products as they shop, appealing to connoisseurs as well as novice consumers who might not yet know exactly what they want.  Related: How MedMen Became the Starbucks of PotChanging consumersMore people are shopping at dispensaries for the first time. Also, in California, it’s not just college students or millennials buying cannabis; older adults and seniors are increasingly choosing it for both medicine and recreation. Across the board, consumers expect high standards of quality and purity from their purchases.Premium product, premium pricesThere are more products than ever to choose from. In fact, California dispensaries are inundated with requests to work with brands offering flower, edibles and other infused products, technology and security solutions, and much more. The stream of vendors is so endless, many dispensaries have special procedures to meet with potential partners.Strong cannabis brands have emerged—like Cookies, Henry’s Original, Flow Kana, Marley Natural, Viola, and Lowell Herb Co., just to name a few. However, these products can cost up to six times more than similar ones in other legal markets, like Colorado. Why? Consumer costs are driven up in California by a combination of high taxes, high demand, limited licensed providers, and a supply chain with kinks still to be worked out.Related: The No. 1 Hurdle Facing California Cannabis EntrepreneursThe black market flourishes Legalization has not stopped the black market from thriving. There are still tons of illicit shops operating quietly in California. Because they aren’t complying with the state laws, they’re able to charge a lot less than licensed dispensaries do. In urban areas, pop-up black market events are popular among consumers looking for cheap product. Compliance confusionSince legalization, applicants and licensees have received nothing but mixed messages and postponed due dates from regulators. All licensed retailers are now required to track and trace both their inventories and activities with a software program called METRC. Yet basic definitions are still being clarified by way of emergency regulations, and cannabis operators are expected to comply immediately or risk shutdown. Shakeout ahead Retailers will have to consolidate or diversify their offerings to stand out from their competition. But the larger issue is regulation. I foresee retailers having trouble adopting and leveraging the compliance-based tools because current workflows are not yet established to scale. Many of these businesses need to write SOPs (standard operating procedures) for the first time, or make adjustments to their intake process for packages. There will be a lot more at stake with increasing regulations. For example, dispensaries are going to get audited, and many license holders will risk being shut down because they aren’t ready to comply with METRC.At this point, from what I’ve seen, California retailers need to spend less time focusing on cool features and trends, and put more emphasis on learning how compliance works and what it means for their business. There is a general lack of concern surrounding the transition toward a regulated market. The mindset is: We’ve done this for years. Wake me up when the government starts cracking down. My professional opinion: It’s time to wake up.Related: You Can Legally Buy Marijuana in California But Selling It Legally Is TrickyMy tour isn’t over yet – follow Flowhub’s journey and peek inside California’s cannabis market by following #CAonFlowhub on Instagram. Next Article The first leg of my journey up the coast has taught we where Cali thrives and where it nose dives. Image credit: ROBYN BECK | AFP | Getty Images January 2, 2019 Magazine Contributor This story appears in the May 2019 issue of Green Entrepreneur. Subscribe » CEO of Flowhub Free Green Entrepreneur App Download Our iOS App California What I Learned From Visiting 50 California Dispensaries –shares Kyle Sherman Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. 4 min readlast_img read more

This Wearable Made From Graphene Could Help Regulate Diabetes

first_img Stephanie Mlot Next Article This Wearable Made From Graphene Could Help Regulate Diabetes Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Stretchable patch that can monitor blood glucose levels and deliver medication when necessary. This story originally appeared on PCMag Reporter at PCMag Diabetics may soon be able to trade their blood glucose meters and insulin injectors for a wearable device.A team of international scientists — led by Dae-Hyeong Kim from the Institute for Basic Science in Seoul — developed a stretchable patch that can monitor blood glucose levels and deliver medication when necessary.Made from a conductive, flexible, transparent graphene material, the monitoring device is something of a breakthrough in the medical community. According to Popular Science, researchers have, in the past, used the pliable element to create similar patches, but were always stymied by graphene’s limiting properties. Kim’s team, however, overcame that hurdle by adding gold particles and a surrounding gold mesh, forming an interface for the stable transfer of electrical signals.  So when a person attaches the patch to their skin, it examines sweat for pH and temperature changes that signal high glucose levels. In that case, a layer of coating dissolves to expose microneedles that release metformin to regulate and reduce high blood sugar levels, Popular Science explained, citing a paper published in Nature Nanotechnology. Data is also synced with a mobile device for easy monitoring, all without the hassle of pricking your finger.Initially tested on mice and two adult men with diabetes, the patch’s drug delivery system would need to be scaled up before further human trials can occur.As MIT Technology Review pointed out, the same group of scientists recently prototyped a patch for Parkinson’s patients which would diagnose tremors and deliver pharmaceuticals stored in nanoparticles. 2 min readcenter_img March 23, 2016 Health –shares Add to Queue Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Image credit: PC Mag Register Now »last_img read more

Infosys Continues to Impress Clients with Digital Process Automation Wins Partner Excellence

first_imgInfosys Continues to Impress Clients with Digital Process Automation; Wins Partner Excellence Award at PegaWorld 2019 Sudipto GhoshJune 5, 2019, 3:37 pmJune 5, 2019 Infosys is a Strategic Partner for Pegasystems Inc. At the PegaWorld 2019, Pega recognized Infosys’ valuable contribution to Digital Transformation processes for clients and partners. Infosys helped Pegasystems to implement large-scale complex Digital Process Automation platforms and solutions.Infosys and Pega bring a robust customer ecosystem experiences to life with innovative and creative solutions based on actionable data insights.In an official press release, Infosys revealed that the ‘company’ is a key catalyst in the design and execution processes of innovative Digital Process Automation on the Pega Platform TM. It stated, “With its strong Pega credentials, solutions and accelerators, Infosys empowers global enterprises to achieve their business vision, by bringing robust customer ecosystem experiences to life with innovative and creative solutions based on actionable data insights.”Recognition for Infosys Based on Expertise in Digital Process Automation Platforms Pegasystems recognized Infosys at the annual PegaWorld conference in Las Vegas for excellence in growth and delivery.Infosys won the Pega partner excellence award in recognition of their innovative practice development and continued investment in the growth of a strong delivery practice.Infosys has implemented countless transformation projects for Fortune 500 companies since 2006. Currently, backed by its strong Pega credentials, solutions, and accelerators, Infosys empowers global enterprises to achieve their business vision.Infosys has redesigned its practice from traditional Business Process Management (BPM) to Digital Process Automation Practice by stitching services across BPM, case management, real-time decision making, robotics, AI and ML. Infosys Digital Process Automation goes beyond process automation to enable true digital engagement. It entails simplifying the business process and enabling the straight-through process across organizations, with access to real-time information and recommendations with digitized operations to support the end-to-end customer experience.With over 17+ years of experience in delivering high-quality process management services to close to 200 customers, Infosys continues to drive Digital Transformation journeys in the modern era.Recently, Infosys BPM was also named a winner in the HfS Blueprint Grid: Retail Customer Engagement Services Report 2018.Then, Infosys McCamish Systems, a U.S. based subsidiary of Infosys, was also positioned as a ‘Leader’ in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Life Insurance Policy Administration Systems (PAS) for North America.This recognition from various institutions and partners demonstrates Infosys’ current roadmap for the Digital Transformation ecosystem.center_img crmdigital process automationDigital TransformationNewsPega PartnerPegaWorld 2019 Previous ArticleInfobip Launches Rich Communications Services With Google to Businesses in MexicoNext ArticleFigure Eight Secure Data Access Solution Provides Customers With Comprehensive Security Controlslast_img read more

Potential early warning markers for sepsis discovered

first_img“At the moment, sepsis is often considered when patients start showing symptoms of organ failing – by this point it can already be too late for some patients. It is widely accepted that earlier we identify sepsis, the better it is for patients.”We show in this study that white blood cell biomarkers could be valuable to predict which patients with suspected infection would go on to develop sepsis over the next 72 hours. However, we haven’t yet found a reliable enough combination to guide day-to-day clinical decision-making. Our study provides a robust template for further research in this area, focussed on identifying best biomarkers combination to predict sepsis.” Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 15 2018A multi-site research collaboration supported by a Technology Strategy Board Grant has shown that immune response signatures could be used as an early warning test for the serious condition sepsis in patients attending emergency departments with suspected infection.Dr Manu Shankar-Hari, Reader and Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine from the Peter Gorer Department of Immunobiology, was the lead author on the research. He and the research team assessed whether white blood cell biomarkers could potentially identify which of the patients attending emergency departments with suspected infection may deteriorate clinically and develop sepsis.Sepsis is a serious complication of infection. Without quick treatment, it can lead to multiple organ failure and death. A third of patients admitted to hospital with sepsis die within days of being admitted to intensive care units.Related StoriesScientists identify mechanism that makes babies more likely than adults to die from sepsisNew research defines the chain of molecular events that goes awry in sepsisAPPG report highlights need to improve identification and treatment of sepsisSepsis occurs when the body’s immune system goes into overdrive in response to an infection. Therefore, the team investigated the biomarkers present on white blood cells, which form key part of the body’s response to infection.The research team studied 47 biomarkers using blood samples from patients admitted to hospital with suspected infection. They followed these patients to see whether they developed sepsis or not. The team published their plan for analyzing the biomarkers prior to conducting the research, to avoid false discovery.First, they checked reliability of these markers. Then they used two comparison groups to check which of the white blood cell biomarkers identify patients with infection from those patients with confirmed sepsis (true positives) and those patients without infection (true negatives). The team then used sophisticated statistical tools to test whether it is a single biomarker or a combination of biomarkers that can predict whether a patient will progress to develop sepsis within the next 72 hours.The authors show that combinations of three particular markers (CD24 and CD279 on white blood cells called neutrophils and HLA-DR on white blood cells called monocytes) could potentially predict patients who go on to develop sepsis over the next 72 hours.Dr Shankar-Hari said: Source:https://www.kcl.ac.uk/last_img read more

Autonomous 3D scanner supports individual manufacturing processes

Citation: Autonomous 3-D scanner supports individual manufacturing processes (2018, February 6) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-autonomous-d-scanner-individual.html Manufacturing assistant for Industrie 4.0Thanks to this USP, the autonomous scanner enables completely new kinds of applications. For example, it can be used as a manufacturing assistant and improve cooperation between humans and machines. This interaction is the focus of the EU-funded “Autoware” project, which involves the assembly of cylinders including the various pistons, casings and seals. Before now, the cylinders were assembled manually, and the subsequent quality control was carried out using a printed checklist and manual measurements. “Our 3-D scanning system now enables robots —via comparisons with the database—to recognize what component it has in front of it and also to determine which component its human colleague needs next for assembly of the cylinder,” explains Santos. In addition, the machine carries out the final quality control, scanning the cylinder to check whether the dimensions are accurate. As part of further projects, the Fraunhofer IGD researchers are also testing the entire chain from recording and visualizing up to 3-D reproduction. The researchers will be presenting their autonomous scanning system at the Hannover Messe Preview on February 6 (Exhibition Grounds, Hall 19) and at the Hannover Messe from April 23 to 27, 2018 (Hall 6, Booth A30). Visitors will get the opportunity to place various objects under the laser scanner and view the results live on a monitor. Upon request, they can also scan their own objects. This will allow them to see for themselves how the system actually captures the precise geometry of three-dimensional objects autonomously and in real time. 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. The scanning system is able to measure any component in real time, making protracted teaching processes a thing of the past. Credit: Fraunhofer IGD Explore further Part of the charm of vintage cars is that they stopped making them long ago, so it is special when you do see one out on the roads. If something breaks or stops working in the vehicle, however, this special status quickly becomes a problem, as spare parts are no longer manufactured either. With the advent of Industrie 4.0, this is set to change: manufacturing is turning toward batch sizes of one and individualized production. This is sometimes also referred to as “highly customized mass production.”New scanner works autonomously and in real timeAlthough this kind of individual manufacturing is still some way off, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD are taking the vision of batch sizes of one a big step closer to reality, with a new type of 3-D scanning system. “The special thing about our system is that it scans components autonomously and in real time,” says Pedro Santos, department head at Fraunhofer IGD. For the owners of vintage cars with a broken part, this means that the defective component is glued together and placed on a turntable, which is situated beneath a robot arm with the scanner. Everything else happens automatically. The robot arm moves the scanner around the component so that it can register the complete geometry with the minimum number of passes. Depending on the size and complexity of the component, this takes anything from a few seconds to a few minutes. Already while the scan is running, intelligent algorithms create a three-dimensional image of the object in the background. Then a material simulation of the 3-D image checks whether a 3-D print satisfies the relevant stability requirements. In a final step, the component is printed using a 3-D printer and is then ready to be fitted in the vintage car.No need for protracted learning processSantos emphasizes that the real achievement here is not so much the scanner itself, but the combination of the scanner with view planning to form an autonomous system. This view planning technology was also created by Fraunhofer IGD. During an initial scan, algorithms calculate what further scans are necessary so that the object can be recorded with as few scans as possible. Thanks to this method, the system is able to quickly and independently measure objects that are entirely unknown to it. This is a unique selling point, because previous scanners either had to be taught how to do this, or else you had to have the CAD model of the component, making it possible to recognize the position of the object relative to the scanner. If you had taught the scanner to scan a car seat for quality control (TARGET-ACTUAL comparison), then it would be able to scan the next 200 car seats, because they would be largely identical in mass production conditions. But conventional scanners are not suited to the task of handling batch sizes of one. “By contrast, our scan system is able to measure any component, irrespective of its design – and you don’t have to teach it,” explains Santos. “Also, you don’t need information about CAD models or templates – in other words, the specifications of standard forms that a component usually has.” Detecting impurities on 3-D components Provided by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft Let’s say the armrest is broken in your vintage car. As things stand, you would need a lot of luck and persistence to find the right spare part. But in the world of Industrie 4.0 and production with batch sizes of one, you can simply scan the armrest and print it out. This is made possible by the first ever 3-D scanner capable of working autonomously and in real time. The autonomous scanning system will be on display at the Hannover Messe Preview on February 6 and at the Hannover Messe proper from April 23 to 27, 2018 (Hall 6, Booth A30). read more

Tencent to check IDs to enforce game limits for minors

first_img The measure comes on the heels of new efforts by the government to regulate China’s highly popular video game industry, including restrictions on the number of new releases to address concerns over children’s eyesight.Starting next week, new “Honour of Kings” users will have to provide their identification details, which will be checked against a police database, according to a statement on the game’s official WeChat social media account.The company also plans to expand the system to all its other titles. Tencent’s shares closed down 3.2 precent in Hong Kong following the announcement.The system will allow the company to check if the player is underage and should be included in its “anti-obsession” system, which limits minors to one or two hours of playtime in the online multiplayer battle game.Tencent launched the anti-addiction system last year to “ensure children’s healthy development” as concerns grow in China that long periods online are posing a serious threat to the country’s youth.The Shenzhen-based firm decided last year to limit “Honour of Kings” users who are 12 years old and younger to one hour of play a day and block them from signing into the game after 9 pm.Those between 12 and 18 years old are limited to two hours per day.The identification system will take effect around September 15 and verification of all new users will be completed before the end of the month.Earlier in August, Tencent was ordered to pull the hit game “Monster Hunter: World” from sale just days after it debuted, as China had halted approvals for new video game titles.Amid the regulatory squeeze, the company’s profits fell two percent in the second quarter from the previous year, the first such drop in over a decade, according to Bloomberg.Last week, eight government ministries said they would implement regulations and controls on the number of games that can be played online, limit new releases, explore an age-restriction system for games, and take steps to reduce playing time for minors.The education ministry justified the new curbs as a way to counter worsening near-sightedness among minors, after President Xi Jinping earlier this week called for greater national attention on optical health. Chinese tech giant Tencent said Thursday it will launch a real-name identification system in its hit mobile video game “Honour of Kings” to enforce playtime restrictions on underage players. Tencent will roll out a system across its mobile game titles allowing the company to check if the player is underage and should be included in its “anti-obsession” system Game over? China to rein in online games in latest industry setback Explore furthercenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Tencent to check IDs to enforce game limits for minors (2018, September 6) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-tencent-ids-game-limits-minors.html © 2018 AFPlast_img read more

Watch sales stall at Richemont as Hong Kong protests bite

first_imgPARIS (Reuters) – Strong demand in mainland China helped Cartier-owner Richemont (CFR.S) offset a weaker performance elsewhere in its first quarter, as protests in Hong Kong hit sales, revenues fell in Europe and its watch business faltered. FILE PHOTO: High-end jewellery is displayed at a Cartier store on Place Vendome in Paris, France, July 2, 2019. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau/File PhotoThe group relies on jewelry for the bulk of sales, with brands that also include Van Cleef & Arpels, and strong momentum in this sector has persuaded rivals, including Kering’s (PRTP.PA) Gucci, to branch into high-end gems. But Geneva-based Richemont is also a major player in the tougher watch industry, which is under pressure more broadly as consumers tastes shift, and has now been hit by political protests in recent weeks in Hong Kong. In June, the United States overtook the Chinese-ruled city as the world’s biggest export market for Swiss watches, export data from Switzerland showed on Thursday, as sales into Hong Kong slumped. “Sales in Hong Kong retreated, additionally impacted by the relative strength of the Hong Kong dollar and the recent street protests,” Richemont said of its overall business there. Its shares were down 2.35% at 0730GMT, while those in rival Swatch (UHR.S), which shone on the stock market on Wednesday after it gave a rosy outlook for the second half of the year, were down 0.7%. After buying back large amounts of excess watch stocks in recent years, Richemont, known for high-end IWC and Jaeger-LeCoultre luxury timepieces, has also been reducing wholesale distribution and keeping a tight leash on new inventory. That shake-up of its retail network had contributed to the 2% fall in watch sales at constant currencies in the three months to end-June. Richemont, which gave no full-year outlook, highlighted that more product launches were due later in its second quarter. “Specialist watchmakers were once again rather weak, still impacted by distribution optimization,” analysts at Vontobel said in a note. Sales at Richemont’s jewelry brands were stronger, however, rising 7% at constant currencies, and the group said that mainland China had more broadly proved a bright spot, mirroring trends across the broader luxury goods industry. Some more fashion-orientated groups like Louis Vuitton owner LVMH (LVMH.PA) have benefited as Chinese shoppers spend more at home, encouraged by Beijing’s bid to boost domestic consumption with import tariff cuts that have fed through to prices. In Europe, Richemont’s revenue fell 1% in the April to June period. Richemont’s overall sales rose 12% to 3.74 billion euros ($4.20 billion), up 9% at constant currencies. This included its online distributors like Yoox Net-A-Porter, which it acquired full control of last year in a bid to accelerate its e-commerce push, an area where high-end watchmakers and jewelry firms are playing catch-up. Without these platforms, sales would have been up 3% at constant exchange rates. Reporting by Sarah White; Editing by Michelle Martin and Jane MerrimanOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.last_img read more

After LS poll Congress faces financial crisis Unpaid salaries cost cutting become norm

first_imgAfter LS poll Congress faces financial crisis. Unpaid salaries, cost cutting become normCongress has reduced monthly budget of Congress Seva Dal from Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 2 lakh. It has asked its women’s wing, NSIU and Youth Congress to explore ways to reduce their expenses.advertisement Kumar Vikrant Singh New DelhiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 14:47 IST After his party’s failure in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Rahul Gandhi stepped down as Congress president. (Photo: Getty Images file)HIGHLIGHTSCongress asks NSUI, women’s wing, others to cut expensesMany workers have not received salaries for past months20 members of social media team have left since election resultsResults of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections have not only hit the Congress just electorally but the party is also facing financial crisis. Many wings are reportedly facing difficulties in running their operations. Sources in the Congress party say some departments have already been asked to cut their expenses.The party has reduced the monthly budget of Congress Seva Dal from Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 2 lakh.Similarly, the Congress has asked its women’s wing, NSUI and Youth Congress to explore ways to reduce their expenses.Speaking to India Today TV, Congress sources said deliberations are on within the party whether it needs the data intelligence wing anymore. Beside this, many who are working at the Congress headquarters have not received their salary for some months now.The financial crisis in the Congress can also be understood from the fact that 20 people who were part of Congress’s social media team, have resigned after Lok Sabha election results were announced on May 23. There were 55 members in the teams but at present there are only 35.Sources say those who are still working in the social media team get delayed salaries. The party’s media team too is in a similar state.The 2019 Lok Sabha election results announced Congress’s second-worst performance in general elections. It was able to win only 52 of the 542 seats where elections were held. In 2014, the Congress had won 44 seats.ALSO READ | Karnataka crisis: Leaderless Congress becoming easy target? What it could have learnt from BJP | OpinionALSO READ | BJP toppling govts with money power, threats: Rahul GandhiALSO READ | Goodbye, Rahul Gandhi?ALSO WATCH | Will fight 10 times harder than I did in past 5 years, says Rahul GandhiFor 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 byMukesh Rawat Tags :Follow congressFollow Rahul Gandhi Nextlast_img read more