Selling Social Media

first_imgUsing Twitter, Parenting created a tweet chat event for stroller maker Phil & Ted’s, riffing off of the company’s “adapt and survive” marketing position. The tweet chat, which occurred in late December, revolved around surviving the holidays. Prominent mom bloggers were invited to participate, which had the dual effect of boosting the influence of the chat and greatly expanding the potential follower pool. During the chat, close to 2,000 dedicated tweets were written reaching a base of about 300,000 unique followers. For branding, Phil & Ted’s recorded about 700 @ mentions. An #AdaptandSurvive hashtag was created as well to further integrate the client into the conversation. “What we’re doing is incorporating our client’s brand into the conversation with dynamic hashtags, but thematically hosting these conversations so they’re aligned with a brand’s specific marketing position,” says Wildman. Wildman has also assembled a “mom-tested panel” from Parenting’s Facebook community, which is used to provide realtime testing and feedback on actual products. There are more than 4,000 moms on the panel and Wildman expects that to scale to 25,000 by May. A campaign with Vicks used the panel to test a thermometer. Vicks had done much of its brand positioning already, but used the panel as a final, realtime test of the product. “What this does is not only confirm Vicks’ overall position in terms of their go-to market strategy, but they gained other insights as well,” says Wildman.Integrating Social into the Selling ProcessLike most sales approaches, Wildman’s team starts with a needs-based line of questioning with clients. “Clearly they’re trying to sell more product, but we will ask them if they’re going through a branding exercise or if they need certain content elements for their e-commerce platform. Maybe they have needs for immediate research,” says Wildman. The latter led to the Vicks campaign. And from there, adds Wildman, a broader campaign can potentially be constructed. “I can take some of the learnings we’ve gained and develop with them a comprehensive marketing and advertising strategy if it’s of interest to them. Maybe we can develop a digital campaign that addresses this or maybe we can develop something that leverages our print properties, and so on.” As an element of a marketer’s branding strategy, social media is clearly a priority. Some publishers are finding ways to leverage their social graph as a part of their overall marketing package offers to advertising clients. Bonnier’s Parenting brand, for example, is creating unique Facebook and Twitter client campaigns that often lead to bigger media spends across more traditional platforms.   “In every single contact or communication we have with clients we are talking about social as part of their branding strategy,” says Mark Wildman, vice president and group publisher of the Parenting Group.The group has been proactively building its presence on the various social platforms, which is now mature enough to create dedicated modules to offer clients. By the NumbersParenting.com’s recent Twitter campaign for stroller maker Phil & Ted’s capitalized on the brand’s “survive and adapt” market positioning by hosting a sponsored #babychat on how to survive the holidays. • 1,874 tweets in 48 hours• 14 million potential impressions• Reached an audience of 297,000 unique total followers• 215 unique #babychat tweeters• More than 330 #adaptandsurvive tweets• More than 700 @mentions of @philandtedslast_img read more

In Other News San Antonio to Leverage Military Missions to Promote Bioscience

first_imgSan Antonio officials are close to implementing a plan to significantly improve collaboration between the city’s military medical research missions and the region’s bioscience industry. The initiative is intended to boost growth in life sciences firms and jobs by establishing formal alliances between military, educational and private sector entities, reports the San Antonio Business Journal. “We can partner with and leverage these missions to create commercialization opportunities for our local entrepreneurs and to increase the growth of our life science ecosystem,” said Mayor Ron Nirenberg. … The Air Force has agreed to pay the city of Portsmouth, N.H., up to $14.3 million to construct a water treatment facility with a dual filtration system to eliminate two types of PFAS chemicals from city-owned wells at the former Pease AFB. The Air Force previously paid for a demonstration project started two years ago of activated carbon filters for two wells at the site now known as Pease International Tradeport, reports Seacoastonline.com. The city anticipates starting construction on the 18-month construction project early next year. … The 49th Wing at Holloman AFB, N.M., and all co-located units will shift from Air Combat Command to Air Education and Training Command on Oct. 1, officials announced Thursday. The realignment will place Holloman, which hosts MQ-9 Reaper and F-16 Fighting Falcon formal training units, under the major command with responsibility for recruiting, training and educating airmen. The change will allow MQ-9 pilots and sensor operators to attend initial training and graduate training within a single command, according to a press release.Air Force photo by J.M. Eddins Jr. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

DJ Khaled Unleashes Top Off With Beyoncé JayZ Future

first_img Facebook News Twitter DJ Khaled Unleashes “Top Off” With Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Future DJ Khaled Is Back With All-Star “Top Off” dj-khaled-unleashes-top-beyonc%C3%A9-jay-z-future Email New drop “Top Off” brings the “We The Best” warmth of spring as Beyoncé, Future and Jay-Z join DJ Khaled to heat things up Philip MerrillGRAMMYs Mar 2, 2018 – 4:52 pm DJ Khaled has done it again as the first single from his upcoming Father Of Asahd album, “Top Off,” arrived March 2, with Jay-Z setting things off, Beyoncé impressive as ever and Future bringing juice to the track’s sticky chorus.This is DJ Khaled’s second collaboration with the first family of music. Beyoncé and Jay-Z were previously featured on the 2017 single, “Shining.” And of course, DJ Khaled helped make summer 2017 special with “Wild Thoughts,” featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller. His growing reputation as collab-maker has long shined, and the power of his knack brought them to the GRAMMY stage for the 60th GRAMMY Awards where he called out the haters who told him he’d never get there.While there’s still no word on a release date for Father Of Ashad, “Top Off” gives fans something to look forward to in the meantime.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”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

5G will dramatically increase number of cancer and heart attack patients says

first_imgA visitors walks past a 5G sign during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 28, 2017.REUTERS/Eric GaillardAs countries like the United Kingdom are expected to roll out 5G network this month, an American author has claimed that this new development is not a good move for mankind. Arthur Robert Firstenberg, an American author and activist has already started his public campaign against 5G network and he considers it as a crucial step to save the public.He also established a petition, and it claims that 5G networks are equally harmful to both humans and the environment.”5G will massively increase exposure to radio frequency (RF) radiation on top of the 2G, 3G and 4G networks for telecommunications already in place. RF radiation has been proven harmful for humans and the environment. The deployment of 5G constitutes an experiment on humanity and the environment that is defined as a crime under international law. Despite widespread denial, the evidence that radio frequency (RF) radiation is harmful to life is already overwhelming.” the petition reads, Express.co.uk reports.Firstenberg also makes it clear that several peer-reviewed studies have previously proved the dangerous effects of electromagnetic pollution, and with the introduction of 5G, risks will be again elevated. He even made it clear that the introduction of 5G will increase the number of cancer and heart patients.A few weeks back, Martin Pall, Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Basic Medical Sciences at Washington State University, had claimed that the introduction of 5G is undoubtedly the stupidest idea ever in the history of humans. He also added that 5G antennas are getting installed all across the world without any biological tests.However, experts believe that there is nothing harmful with 5G signals, and the new technology will actually revolutionize the way in which people used the internet. It should be noted that 5G will offer a download speed of 10 GB per second, and it will be quite crucial in the coming years, especially when artificial intelligence (AI) has started dominating the society.last_img read more

Pics Swimsuitclad Priyanka Chopra flaunts her curves like a boss

first_imgSwimsuit-clad Priyanka Chopra chills by poolsideInstagramPriyanka Chopra is having a gala time with her hubby Nick Jonas as they are vacationing together. The actress recently posted some sizzling photos from the trip.The diva posted a number of photos on Instagram thanking Nick for clicking the pictures. Wearing a white swimsuit, Priyanka looked a complete stunner in the photos.Flaunting her curves by the pool side, the actress looks extremely sexy. Crediting her husband for the clicks, she captioned it as “Best use of a vacation. The hubby taking pictures. Lol”.Priyanka is often trolled for marrying a man who is 10 years younger to her. However, she never gets bothered by those negative comments. She always posts happy pictures and videos that reflects the kind of bonding she has with Nick.Meanwhile, she will soon be seen in The Sky Is Pink. Directed by Shonali Bose, the movie also features Farhan Akhtar and Zaira Wasim. It is slated to be released on October 11 this year.last_img read more

UTTT Poll Clear Sailing For Abbott Patrick Uncertain Waters For Bush Miller

first_imgIllustration by Anthony Truong-NguyenYour Vote For Governor?Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick are far ahead of their Republican primary opponents in the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll, but the Democrats running for those two high offices face more difficult paths to their party’s nomination.Two other statewide Republican incumbents — Land Commissioner George P. Bush and Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller — have the support of a majority of likely primary voters, but with a caveat. When those voters had the option of saying they weren’t ready to make a choice, 44 percent listed no preference in the land race and 60 percent said the same in the agriculture race.With high numbers of undecided voters, Bush led his primary with 36 percent of the vote, and Miller led his with 27 percent. Only when they were asked how they’d vote if they had to make a choice now did the majorities appear for the incumbents.Bush got 57 percent. His predecessor at the General Land Office, Jerry Patterson, got 31 percent. The other two Republican candidates — Davey Edwards and Rick Range — each got 6 percent. “There’s not a lot of sign of hesitation here,” said Jim Henson, who heads the Texas Politics Project at UT-Austin and co-directs the poll. “It’s not like many Republicans are keeping their powder dry when it comes to the Abbott, Cruz and Patrick races.”U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is eclipsing four opponents in his GOP primary race, with the support of 91 percent of those polled. And U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke is running well ahead of two opponents in the Democratic primary, with 73 percent of likely primary voters saying they would vote for him in an election held today.The Democratic primary for governor is a muddle, with two clear frontrunners and no candidate close to enough votes to win without a runoff. Former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez had the support of 43 percent of likely primary voters responding to the poll, while Andrew White of Houston had 24 percent. If no candidate gets a majority, the top two finishers will go to a May runoff. Grady Yarbrough and Tom Wakely each got 7 percent in that primary poll, Adrian Ocegueda and Jeffrey Payne got 5 percent, and Cedric Davis Sr., Joe Mumbach and James Jolly Clark each got 4 percent or less.The Democratic race for lieutenant governor won’t end in a runoff — there are only two candidates. But their names are similar — Mike Collier and Michael Cooper — and their numbers are close. Collier, whose name was on the statewide ballot four years ago when he ran for comptroller, got 55 percent in the latest UT/TT Poll. Cooper got 45 percent.“You have two lieutenant governor candidates whose names are very similar to one another, who have received very little public attention and who are not very well known,” Henson said.Like some of the statewide Republicans, Democrats face some soft support. In the governor’s race, 66 percent initially said they had not decided how they would vote in this year’s primary. In that round, Valdez had the support of 18 percent and White had 11 percent. In the race for lieutenant governor, 64 percent hadn’t made their final choices; Collier led Cooper 27 percent to 9 percent.“On the Democratic side, this is a pretty unformed primary,” Henson said. “Democratic candidates are still finding it difficult to operate in a vacuum of public attention. When 66 percent of Democrats don’t have an opinion in their top-of-the-ticket race, you’re not reaching your voters.”The University of Texas/Texas Tribune internet survey of 612 Republican and 453 Democratic primary voters was conducted from Feb. 1 to Feb. 12 and has an overall margin of error of +/- 3.96 percentage points for Republican trial ballots and +/-4.60 percentage points for Democratic trial ballots. Primary voters were identified based on their participation in a Texas primary election in 2012, 2014, or 2016. Numbers in charts might not add up to 100 percent because of rounding. Sharecenter_img “I don’t think people know anything about [Bush] but the name,” said Daron Shaw, co-director of the poll and a government professor at the University of Texas at Austin.In the Democratic primary for that office, Miguel Suazo got 68 percent of the support from likely primary voters, while Tex Morgan trailed with 32 percent. Those two candidates are unfamiliar enough that 56 percent of voters, given the chance, said they haven’t yet made a choice in that contest.In his race, Miller had the support of 54 percent of voters asked whom they would choose now, followed by challengers Trey Blocker, with 26 percent, and Jim Hogan, with 20 percent.Shaw said the Republican races for land and agriculture could both end up in May runoffs — often a sign of trouble for an incumbent officeholder. “I’m dubious of anybody — an incumbent — who’s not over 60 percent at this point,” he said. “If you’re not committed to an incumbent by now, are you going to commit to them?”Republicans higher on the ballot have fewer things to worry about.Abbott has two relatively unknown opponents, and it shows in his numbers: 95 percent of likely Republican primary voters said they would support the governor in an election held now. Patrick, who faces Scott Milder in the GOP primary, has the support of 88 percent of those voters. In each case, the top two state officeholders are well known enough to lower the number of undecided voters to 15 percent in Abbott’s case and 19 percent in Patrick’s.last_img read more

Documentary Examines the World of Organ Transplants and Houstons Role In It

first_img 00:00 /09:58 Listen Pixnio X As home to the Texas Heart Institute, Houston is a major hub for organ transplants, and the institute is featured prominently in a new NOVA documentary on PBS called Transplanting Hope.The documentary takes an inside look at how transplants work, follows stories of both donors and recipients, and shows how scientists are aiming to end the organ shortage.In the audio above, Ernie Manouse talks with director Niobe Thompson about the making of the film and Houston’s role in the process.Transplanting Hope airs on Houston Public Media, TV 8 on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 8 p.m.center_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

Study of zircon crystals casts doubt on evidence for early development of

first_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Credit: CC0 Public Domain Are Rossby waves to blame for Earth’s magnetic field drifting westward? Scientists have long been curious about the development of the Earth’s magnetic field—it is believed to be part of the process that made life possible on the planet because it shields the atmosphere from the solar wind. But it is not known when it first appeared. Scientists believe that the field exists due to the spin of the Earth’s metal core, but that theory was tested when researchers found something intriguing when studying zircon crystals from Jack Hills in Western Australia. The crystals were found to be between 3.3 and 4.2 billion years old, suggesting they could offer evidence of conditions when the planet was still forming. They noted that the crystals were magnetic, suggesting that they had been magnetized by a planetary magnetic field. But prior research has suggested the Earth’s core did not harden until much later—thus, the magnetic field would have been created by a liquid core. In this new effort, the researchers claim to have found evidence that suggests the crystals could have become magnetized much later than their creation date, casting doubt on their use as evidence of a liquid core-generated magnetic field.The researchers found nano-sized holes in the crystals that appeared to have resulted from radiation damage. That allowed magnetite to accumulate within the tiny holes long after the crystals had developed. The researchers note that magnetite is very easily magnetized (hence its name) and will retain magnetism for very long periods of time, as long as it is not exposed to temperatures above 550°C. This finding suggests that the magnetism in the crystals could have developed long after the crystals formed—and it prevents them from being used as evidence for the existence of a planetary magnetic field during its creation stages.center_img More information: Fengzai Tang et al. Secondary magnetite in ancient zircon precludes analysis of a Hadean geodynamo, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2019). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1811074116 © 2019 Science X Network Citation: Study of zircon crystals casts doubt on evidence for early development of magnetic field (2019, January 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-zircon-crystals-evidence-early-magnetic.html A combined team of researchers from the University of Cambridge and the University of California has found evidence that casts doubt on the use of zircon crystals as evidence of early development of the Earth’s magnetic field. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes testing they conducted on the crystals and what they found.last_img read more

The Amazon Rainforest Ablaze In Brazil

first_img Ueslei Marcelino The Amazon Rainforest, Ablaze In Brazil by NPR News Suzette Lohmeyer 8.23.19 1:20pm Fires in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest are proliferating at an alarming rate. “Our house is burning. Literally. The Amazon rain forest – the lungs which produces 20% of our planet’s oxygen – is on fire,” French President Emmanuel Macron wrote in a tweet Thursday.He called it an “international crisis” and urged members of the G7 to prioritize the issue at its summit this weekend.Many of the fires are believed to have been set by farmers clearing land. Environmentalists say the attitude of Brazil’s right-wing president, Jair Bolsonaro, has encouraged the farmers, as well as cattle ranchers, loggers and miners, NPR’s Scott Neumann reports.Bolsonaro has described measures to protect the rainforest as “obstacles” to economic growth. Bolsonaro, who took office in January, has said repeatedly that he wants to open the Amazon to development.According to Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research, there have been 74,155 fires in Brazil so far this year — most of which erupted in the Amazon, reports NPR’s Colin Dwyer. That represents an astonishing leap of more than 80% over last year and by far the most that the agency has recorded since it began compiling this data in 2013.About half those fires, or nearly 36,000 of them, have ignited in just the past month. That’s nearly as many as in all of 2018. Smoke from the fires has darkened the skies over major Brazilian cities such as São Paulo.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR.last_img read more

Woman bitten by rare species of spider in Debra

first_imgKolkata: Tension ran high among the villagers of Debra in West Midnapore after a woman was bitten by a rare species of spider, once again revisiting the fear of Tarantula in the state. The victim, Mamata Patra Santra, a resident of Raghunathpur village has been undergoing treatment in Debra Superspecialty hospital. Locals claimed that a Tarantula spider had bitten the victim. After being informed, the forest department officials reached the spot and recovered the spider. The insect had stung her hand following which it had swollen. The doctors have, however, said that the patient’s condition is stable. Tarantula is a species of spider that is commonly found in South America and Africa. Senior officials from the district health and forest department on Sunday visited the district to assess the situation. The forest department officials have started an investigation to identify the insect that had bitten the villager and where it had come from. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe district administration suspects that the insect came from the adjacent areas of the Kasai river. Though, the forest department officials are yet to identify the insect, it has alrea dy brought back the fear of Tarantula in the villages of West Midnapore district. They suspect that this could be a poisonous spider. According to the villagers, the insect that stung the victim is furry and looks almost like Tarantula. The patient has been given antibiotics. According to a forest department official, there is no fear of death in such cases. There are 100 types of Tarantula in the world. They are found Africa, South America, some parts of Asia and Australia.last_img read more

Mamata remembers Vajpayee on his birth anniversary

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday remembered former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his 94th birth anniversary. “Tribute to Atal Bihari Vajpayeeji on his birth anniversary. He was a statesman who rose above partisan politics for the country’s good. We miss him a lot,” the Trinamool supremo, who once was part of Vajpaee’s cabinet, tweeted. Born in December 25, 1924, Vajpayee was the first Prime Minister, who was not a member of the Congress to have served a full five-year term in office. The administration of Narendra Modi in 2014 declared that Vajpayee’s birthday would be marked as Good Governance Day. He was conferred India’s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, by then President Pranab Mukherjee in 2015. Vajpayee passed away on August 16.last_img read more

Animal lovers claim police action cops say allegation baseless

first_imgKolkata: Several animal lovers were allegedly beaten up by the Bidhannagar Police on Tuesday night in front of Swasthaya Bhavan. Actor Debolina Dutta and Tathagata Mukherjee stated that the police had beaten them without any provocation. However, Bidhannagar Police have denied the allegation of beating them up and alleged that the group of pet lovers were creating a nuisance and hurled abusive languages at the cops and also at the lady police personnel. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAccording to Dutta, a group of animal lovers were protesting against the decision of allowing the two nursing students to attend class who were allegedly accused of murdering 16 puppies recently. Police personnel were also there since morning. It is alleged that late on Tuesday night, all of a sudden, police personnel started using abusive languages at them. They even assaulted a protester. Seeing him getting harassed, others present there protested. It is alleged that the cops then started beating up the demonstrators. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose”We were peacefully sitting on the road and sloganeering. All of a sudden, police personnel started abusing us verbally and even beat us up despite our protest being a peaceful one. Even male police personnel heckled female protesters. Actually, they wanted to end their duty and go home and thus, they did this,” said Dutta. Though the actor and others claimed that police had beaten them without any provocation, Bidhannagar Police have denied the allegations. According to senior police officials, the protesters were creating nuisance in the area. They were repeatedly asked to leave the place but they did not bother to listen. On the contrary, protesters used abusive languages targeting the cops. Deputy Commissioner of Police (headquarters) Amit Javalgi gave a written statement which read: “They marched towards the Swasthaya Bhavan and were stopped at the gates as 144 CrPC is promulgated around the building. The animal lovers continued their protest. The protest continued till midnight. The police did not impede them from doing so. However, after midnight, few protestors started beating drums causing nuisance in the area. Matters became serious when few of them started passing lewd remarks on lady police officers. When the officers went to attend and resolve the issue amicably they were pushed by few agitated protestors. Police tried to confine those who attacked them but they fled. The rest of the crowd left peacefully after that. If the police had any intention to take action against the protestors, they would have done it much earlier and wouldn’t have waited till 1 am. No matter what the cause creating public nuisance by beating drums in the dead of the night and abusing policemen and lady police officers on duty is an offence. Police are duty-bound to ensure peaceful assembly but are equally responsible to ensure order.”last_img read more

Agents can win a 5night stay at Melia Braco Village in Jamaica

first_img Monday, July 31, 2017 Tags: Jamaica, Melia Hotels, WheelsUpNetwork.com Share Travelweek Group Posted bycenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Agents can win a 5-night stay at Melia Braco Village in Jamaica TORONTO — WheelsUpNetwork.com and The Jamaica Tourist Board have launched the ‘Jamaica Nice All The Time’ contest, giving agents a chance to win a five-night stay at Melia Braco Village in Rio Bueno, Jamaica.The contest launched on Friday, July 28 with a video from Phillip Rose, Regional Director for Canada, Jamaica Tourist Board on WheelsUpNetwork.com. Watch it here:To enter agents must:In 30 seconds or less record a video of themselves explaining why they love Jamaica or love selling JamaicaUpload the video on their personal Instagram or Twitter page, or on the WheelsUpNetwork’s Facebook page with the post open to the public and use the hasthtag #WUJamaicaSubmit the URL to wheelsupnetwork.com/promotions/jamaica-nice-time-contest/To show how easy it is to enter, Rose even made an example video: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

Hes known as Dr Miracle because of his skill a

first_imgHe’s known as “Dr. Miracle” because of his skill and his devotion to helping victims of gang rape during conflict in his country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. For several years, the gynecologist Dr. Denis Mukwege has been mentioned as a contender for the Nobel Peace Prize. And this year, he has been awarded the prize, along with Nadia Murad, a member of the Yazidi minority in northern Iraq who was taken captive by ISIS members and held as a sex slave for three months before escaping from her captors. In 2016, at the age of 23, she was named the U.N.’s first Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking. In 2016, NPR profiled Dr. Mukwege. This story has been updated.When Dr. Denis Mukwege opened Panzi Hospital in 1999, he envisioned it as a means to improve the maternal mortality rates in Bukavu, the capital of Eastern Congo, where about 1 in 100 women died during childbirth. “But our first patient did not come to deliver a baby,” the 63-year-old gynecologist has explained. “She had been raped with extreme violence.”That rape patient set in motion a new course for the doctor’s life. The hospital has grown into an international foundation that helps rape victims work through the physical, emotional and spiritual trauma through a tailored healing process.Mukwege has treated tens of thousands of women for rape since opening Panzi Hospital. Those survivors, who range in age from toddlers to seniors, suffered complex gynecological injuries, inflicted by members of rebel groups and the Congolese military.This healing process goes behind surgery and therapy. The Panzi healing model is a five-pillar process.”What I’m doing really is not only to treat women — their body,” Mukwege told NPR, “[but] also to fight for their own right, to bring them to be autonomous, and, of course, to support them psychologically. And all of this is a process of healing so women can regain their dignity.”Part of this approach comes from Mukwege’s realizations about the nature of the trauma of rape. “When it happens in the life of a woman to be raped, sometime you have an impression that it was ‘just a rape,’ as some people who don’t understand the meaning of rape [say],” explains Mukwege. “But we understand that it’s a very deep trauma and women need to regain confidence in themselves.”The five pillars of the Panzi model are medical treatment, psychosocial therapy, socioeconomic support and training, community reintegration and legal assistance. “Once you get through your psychosocial and medical healing,” explains Elizabeth Blackney, senior media adviser to Mukwege, “you move on and work with our socioeconomic pillar [to] learn literacy and numeracy and education. [The women] have a safe space to learn vocational skills. And then we of course provide legal aid and assistance to help people get justice.”While Mukwege has been known in international circles for years — he has collected many humanitarian awards — popular knowledge of his work has come through The Man Who Mends Women: The Wrath of Hippocrates, an award-winning documentary.The film, by Thierry Michel and Colette Braeckman, focuses on issues of physical healing and justice. It also paints a stark picture of the landscape around Bukavu and Panzi Hospital, visiting villages and jungles where the afterlife of the Second Congo War still rages.The film raises the voices of the Congolese women, who often have no place in the international dialogue. Their words help convey the depth of the trauma. They also reveal the depth of humanity and care in the doctor’s work. “I felt love for him and myself again,” one woman says in a scene.One woman says, “He touched my urine, my feces.””We call him the messiah,” says another.Mukwege himself has faced dangers because of his work. In September 2012 he gave a speech decrying the horror of mass rape in Congo to the U.N. A month later, gunmen invaded his home and attempted to kill him, his wife and their two daughters. His guard intervened. During the ensuing shootout, the doctor and his family played dead. He left Congo shortly thereafter but the women of Eastern Congo sold their harvest to pay for his plane ticket home.”After that gesture, I couldn’t really say no,” Mukwege told the BBC. He returned to a hero’s welcome in 2013. “And also, I am myself determined to help fight these atrocities, this violence,” he said. “My life has had to change, since returning. I now live at the hospital and I take a number of security precautions, so I have lost some of my freedom.”He is fighting against rebel militias, his own government, against some of the worst imaginable physical and mental trauma imaginable, against images that would destroy most of us. But when I ask a member of Mukwege’s staff how they keep fighting, the answer is: “Because we have to.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

A note from the editor For nine years Disability

first_imgA note from the editor:For nine years, Disability News Service has survived largely through the support of a small number of disability organisations – most of them user-led – that have subscribed to its weekly supply of news stories. That support has been incredibly valuable but is no longer enough to keep DNS financially viable. For this reason, please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please remember that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring, and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… A disability charity’s decision to choose as its new chair the head of a company closely linked with the government’s hated “fitness for work” test has been branded “a betrayal” of disabled people and “a truly disgraceful appointment”.United Response, which provides a range of support services to about 3,000 disabled people across England and Wales, this week announced the appointment of management consultant Malcolm McCaig (pictured).McCaig has been a non-executive director of Unum UK since July 2009 and was appointed to chair the company’s board last year.But Unum has spent decades attempting to influence UK government policy on welfare reform and is blamed by many disabled researchers and activists for pushing successive governments to make the process of applying for out-of-work disability benefits harsher and more stressful.Those policies have been closely linked to the deaths of countless benefit claimants and with causing significant harm to the physical and mental health of many others.Campaigners argue that Unum has spent years trying to undermine the social security system to boost the market for its own income protection insurance (IPI) policies.In 2011, Unum launched a major UK marketing campaign to promote the need for IPI policies, just as the coalition began its three-year programme to reassess about 1.5 million existing claimants of old-style incapacity benefit through the new work capability assessment (WCA).United Response this week celebrated the appointment of its new chair, describing him as “a strong advocate of diversity and inclusion” who would be “a major asset to the organisation”.But Mo Stewart, the disabled researcher who has done most to raise concerns about Unum’s influence on welfare reform*, described McCaig’s appointment as “an insult to the chronically ill and disabled people being coerced and intimidated by the DWP, who used Unum as advisers for welfare reforms that have caused death, despair and destitution for those in greatest need in the UK”.Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) described the appointment as “a betrayal of all the disabled people and their families who have suffered under the work capability assessment”.A DPAC spokesperson added: “More than that, though, we consider it active collusion in Unum’s interest in replacing the UK social security net with an insurance system from which they will profit and disabled people will be harmed.“Given Unum’s history in the US of denying disability in order to avoid pay-outs this is a truly disgraceful appointment.”Rick Burgess, another leading disabled activist, said: “Given Unum’s reputation in being a ‘disability denial factory’ and its role in abusive disability welfare changes, this appointment is completely inappropriate, unless of course United Response plans on replicating Unum’s approach to disabled people.”It is also not the first time Unum has courted links with the disability sector.Two years ago, the Mental Health Foundation was heavily criticised for launching a partnership with Unum that aimed to tackle the stigma of mental health in the workplace and encourage employers to safeguard the mental health of their employees.Unum’s links with the UK government date back to the 1990s, when Peter Lilley, social security secretary in John Major’s Conservative government, hired senior Unum executive John LoCascio to offer advice on how to cut the number of claimants of long-term sickness benefits. A detailed memo submitted to the Commons work and pensions committee in 2002 by a director of Unum – then known as UnumProvident – called on the Labour government to “ensure both that work always pays more than benefits, and more importantly that it is clearly seen to do so”.And in 2005, Unum bragged in a document that it had “always been at the leading edge of disability assessment and management”, and that government policy was now “moving in the same direction” as “our views and understanding” and was “to a large extent being driven by our thinking and that of our close associates”.Three years later, in 2008, the Labour government introduced the WCA.Stewart said McCaig’s appointment “disregards the history of this American corporate giant, the fact that they were official government advisers from 1992 regarding ‘welfare claims management’ which influenced the introduction of employment and support allowance and the notorious WCA”.She also pointed out that Unum was accused of operating a “disability denial” agenda by a professor at Yale Law School and was identified by the American Association for Justice as being the second worst insurance company in America.In 2005, California’s insurance commissioner, John Garamendi, described Unum Provident as “an outlaw company” that had “engaged in a strategy to increase its bottom line at the expense of its customers”.The company has previously admitted widespread criticism of its past actions in the US, mainly over its refusal to pay out on large numbers of genuine insurance claims by disabled people, a record also mentioned five years ago in a Commons debate on the WCA.Unum also sponsored Cardiff University’s Centre for Psychosocial and Disability Research for four years.That research, said Stewart, led to the fatally flawed biopsychosocial (BPS) model of assessment on which the WCA is based.Unum has repeatedly dismissed claims that it pushed the government to introduce the WCA system, and two years ago even claimed that it “never has lobbied on the topic of welfare reform or related matters”.United Response failed to respond to the concerns about Unum.But Tim Cooper, the charity’s chief executive, said: “Malcolm is an outstanding individual whose background and vast experience will prove invaluable in leading United Response and helping it achieve its vision.“We undertook an extensive recruitment process resulting in an incredibly strong shortlist of candidates, and Malcolm’s skill set and demonstrable understanding of the charity led to his appointment.”*Stewart’s book, Cash Not Care, details Unum’s influence over successive UK governments, and how it led to the introduction of the WCAlast_img read more

PREVIEW Man City v Roma

first_img[dropcap]S[/dropcap]toke kept up the good run on the tipping front with a 1-0 win against Newcastle last night.Two days of Champions League action start tonight and the obvious preview match is at the Etihad.Man City v RomaChampions League7.45pm LIVE ON ITVI’m usually more keen on going under 2.5 goals in Champions League games but this one could be the exception with both team scoring goals for fun.Man City couldn’t have picked a worse time to face Roma who have made a sizzling start to the new season in Serie A winning all six matches.With Bayern Munich winning earlier this evening against CSKA Moscow the pressure has mounted on both these teams in Group E to register a win especially City who were beaten by Bayern Munich in their opening game whereas Roma beat CSKA Moscow 5-1.Man City are expected to be boosted by the return of goalkeeper Joe Hart and Stevan Jovetic is also back after a hamstring injury. However, they will be without midfielders Fernando and Samir Nasri.I’m going over 2.5 goals at around 4/6 with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK OVER 2.5 GOALS at around 4/6 for 6 points with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 46.31 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_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