Beaver Lake Cree Nation battling oil giants

first_imgAPTN National NewsLess than two months after the chief of Beaver Lake Cree Nation filed a motion in Federal court to halt new oil and gas developments on their traditional territory, oil giants BP and Husky Energy announced a plan to do just that.APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto has more on this story.last_img

Zidane distinguishes himself from Klopp

first_imgReal Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, who has led Los Galacticos in winning the last two Champions League final, recently stated that he and Klopp was not the same.According to Championat, Zidane said,”Klopp and I are different; I was better, as a player, And if serious, I must say that I respect him a lot; he has done a wonderful job. [But] I can’t say we have similarities.”Obviously, this is boldly true. As a player, he was incomparable except to a few players like Brasilian Ronaldo Luiz Nazario de Lima, his teammate in the club yet rivals in the national team. Both won FIFA World’s Best Player three times. Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp was barely known as a player since he was only apart of the mediocre team in Germany, Mainz 05.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…However, now, such difference means nothing as they will be guarding and guiding their own teams as Zidane sees themselves in the final,  “There is no favorite in the final; the chances of the two teams are equal.”last_img read more

John Terry undergoing Spartak Moscow medical

first_img37-year-old John Terry has made the decision to keep playing and he’ll do it in an unlikely destination – Spartak Moscow.According to Gianluca Di Marzio via Daily Mirror John Terry is set to join Russian Spartak Moscow.#Calciomercato | #SpartakMosca, visite mediche ok per #Terry: in giornata la firma https://t.co/hCd2JyPf2n— Gianluca Di Marzio (@DiMarzio) September 8, 2018Aston Villa explains why they spent so much money on players Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Aston Villa’s chief executive, the team needed to spend £144.5 million on 12 players in order to stay competitive.The former Chelsea captain has been without a club since leaving Aston Villa and was contemplating retirement. However, based on recent developments, he has made up his mind to continue playing.Spartak Moscow lost their starting center back Samuel Gigot with a serious injury which will likely keep him out of the football terrains for the rest of the season. John Terry will come in and fill the void left by the injured Frenchman.The Russian team is undefeated in six games so far this season and sits in second place with four wins and two draws. Spartak Moscow qualified for the Europa League as well, where they’re in a group with Villarreal, Rapid Vienna and Rangers FC, which means an interesting meeting between Terry and Rangers’ manager Steven Gerrard is lurking on the horizon.last_img read more

Klopp Salahs goal was worldclass

first_imgLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hailed Mohamed Salah’s goal as “world-class” as they made a welcome return to winning ways.Following back-to-back 1-1 draws in their last two Premier League games, Liverpool showed Bournemouth no mercy at Anfield to claim a convincing 3-0 win.Sadio Mane opened the scoring with a header in the 24th-minute from James Milner’s cross for his fourth goal in a row.10 minutes later, Georgino Wijnaldum found the net after controlling Andrew Robertson’s lofted pass and then raising the ball over Bournemouth keeper Artur Boruc.Then a brilliant bit of teamwork saw Milner, Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino all get in on the act with the latter’s backheel enabling Salah to finish the manoeuvre off by smashing it into the far corner of the net.“We were not happy with the performances from the previous two games and struggled a bit with set-pieces. There were a lot of things we had to improve,” Klopp told BBC.“We have high expectations and today we won in an impressive manner – we had some outstanding performances on the pitch. Goal number three was world-class.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“We wanted to show a reaction. It’s our job not only to come through but to really perform and convince.”Meanwhile, Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe was left frustrated that Mane’s opener wasn’t ruled out for offside and rued the effect it had on his squad.“I thought Liverpool were very good but we didn’t really deal with their main threats,” said Howe.“The first goal was offside but we never really recovered. We pride ourselves in never quitting. We lived on the edge a little bit but looked more of a threat in the second half.“We had some moments early in the match. We looked fine until that first goal went in.”Liverpool have now moved back to the top of the Premier League table on 65 points from 26 games.last_img read more

Acura MDX recalled due to possible taillight malfunction

first_imgHonda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 10 Photos More From Roadshow 0 49 Photos 26 Photos Tags Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 81 Photos Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 18 Photos Recalls Acura 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 68 Photos 10 Photos Share your voice 2019 Acura NSX review: Hitting its stride SUVs Crossovers Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. 52 Photoscenter_img 12 Photos 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 first drive: Diesel power and upgraded tech 3 Comments Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Post a comment Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader Tags 71 Photos Share your voice More From Roadshow 69 Photos 2020 GMC Sierra HD first drive: Towing tech marvel Car Industry Acura,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. This recall affects the MDX crossover’s taillights. Acura Acura is recalling more than 323,000 MDX crossovers in the United States due to the potential of leaky taillight assemblies. Vehicles from model years 2014 through 2019 are affected, according to the automaker’s official statement Monday.In addition to the 323,000 affected vehicles in the United States, The Washington Post reports an additional 37,000 or so are located in other markets. That brings the total number to more than 360,000 worldwide.”Due to a body variation in tailgate manufacturing, the rear tailgate lid light seals may deform and allow water to leak into the light assemblies,” Acura said in a statement. Should this happen, the water can find its way to electrical components, and cause the taillights to malfunction.Acura says its dealers will replace the gasket seals on the affected vehicles, and if necessary, replace the faulty light assemblies and their associated wiring subharnesses. As with all recalls, the repair work will be performed free of charge.The automaker says MDX owners will be notified by mail beginning early next month. To see if your car is affected by this — or any other — recall, head over to our how-to guide on checking for a car recall to find out (don’t worry, it’s a breeze). GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acuralast_img read more

The Nebula Mars II portable projector hits its lowest price yet 330

first_img Tags 2:33 The versatile Nebula Mars II is a fully self-contained 720p projector with great speakers and a 4-hour battery. Anker Got wall? Cool. Let’s turn it into a home theater.Today only, and while supplies last, the Anker-made Nebula Mars II portable projector is on sale for $330 . That’s $30 less than the last time I wrote about it and the lowest price to date. (It normally runs $500.)See it at AmazonThe Mars II (sequel to the popular, but slightly flawed, Mars Portable Cinema) offers full 720p resolution, 10-watt speakers, a 4-hour battery, auto-focus and Android 7.1.That OS allows you to run just about any streaming app (Amazon Video and Netflix come preloaded), and the companion Nebula app turns your phone or tablet into a much-needed remote for those apps. That said, this thing would be downright incredible with a Fire TV or Roku UI.You can plug any source into the projector’s HDMI port, but obviously that source’s power requirements may limit overall portability.In my brief and informal product tests, I was impressed by image brightness and quality and the loudness of the speakers. Auto-focus could be a little slow when moving the projector around. But once it’s parked, it’s all good.Speaking of parking, the main appeal of the Mars II is its portability. It can run pretty much anywhere there’s Wi-Fi for streaming, though if you plug in a movie-filled USB drive, you don’t even need that. Indeed, this would be just about the perfect projector for those AtmosFX Halloween animations. Your thoughts?Read more: The best home theater projectors for 2019 Share your voice 0 Now playing: Watch this: Six things to know about home theater projectors Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Post a comment The Cheapskate CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Projectors Amazonlast_img read more

Pharma strategy GlaxoSmithKline sets up first team for acquisitions in 93 years

first_imgA British Airways airplane flies past a signage of pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in London in this file photo. GlaxoSmithKline is said to have formed a separate team to chalk out aggressive acquisition plans to further its growth in the competitive Indian market. REUTERS/Luke MacGregorGlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Pharmaceuticals is scouting for acquisitions in the domestic market for the first time since it started its operations in the country 93 years ago, according to a Business Standard (BS) report on Monday.The change in strategy for a company which has preferred to rely on its traditional strengths in the branded generics space. The decision to grow inorganically comes at a time when the government is increasing price over branded generic medicines which has affected the company’s profitability.”So far, our inorganic growth in India has primarily been driven by global acquisition strategy,” Managing Director Annaswamy Vaidheesh told the financial daily.The firm has established products like Zinetac, used for acid peptic ulcer therapy, which have been included in the National List of Essential Medicines (NELM), and reduction of prices on these drugs has affected the firm’s margins.Since the NELM inclusion, Zinetac’s value has fallen 5 per cent, despite its volumes increasing 36 per cent, Business Standard said. Zinetac has market share of 47 per cent in the category, according to December 2016 data from IMS.The UK-headquartered company recorded compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of a meagre 4.4 per cent to Rs 3,000 crore for 2016-17. Profit declined to Rs 337 crore in 2016-17 from Rs 429 crore in 2011. For the first quarter of fiscal 2018 ended June 30, 2017, net sales touched Rs 587 crore, with profits at Rs 26 crore. The company changed its financial year to March-ending in 2014-15 from December-ending earlier, the report said.Regulatory headwinds, eroded marginsDespite pricing headwinds propelled by the government’s social obligations finding their way into pharmaceutical policy, the firm has cemented its commitment to India by investing Rs 1,000 crore in a new manufacturing facility in Vemgal, Karnataka. Another Rs 500 crore is being spent for upgrading a facility in Nashik, near Pune. It is now bringing more products in areas of respiratory drugs and vaccines from its global pipeline to India, the BS report said.In 2015, the parent company, GlaxoSmithKline Plc, had swapped its marketed oncology portfolio with the vaccine business of Novartis AG, Switzerland. This involved the swapping of their businesses in India, too, the BS report said.The parent company got its current identity with the merger of Glaxo Wellcome with SmithKline Beecham in 2000.Vaidheesh said that it was only in the recent past that the company built a India team to evaluate inorganic growth opportunities in the domestic market. “Since we have got our manufacturing footprint more or less sorted, it is time for us to look at what else we can do to drive growth,” Vaidheesh told the financial daily. A woman walks past a GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Ltd logo outside the company headquarters in Mumbai in this December 16, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Danish SiddiquiRegulatory pressures on Indian pharmaceutical companies have been worsening by the day, accompanied by pricing pressure in the generics segment denting realisations.USFDA alerts on Indian pharma companies have increased over the past few years. Regulators used to visit the plants every two years. Now they come every eight months. Increasing inspections have led to a total of 41 import alerts in the past eight years, with 33 of them occurring in the 2013-16 period. This clearly signifies increased USFDA scrutiny on Indian pharma firms.last_img read more

Brazil rejects 20 million G7 aid to fight Amazon fires calls support

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COPY LINKAD Loading … While the Brazilian Armed Forces have been deployed and are currently operating in nine Amazon states to contain the fire, international communities have stated that Brazil needs help from allies in containing the extreme wildlife fires.Canda has offered to contribute C$15 million ($11.30 million) in aid and send water bombers to Brazil.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the G7 summit on Monday said, “One of the things we have seen over the past years as Canada has faced increasingly extreme wildfire events is there is a global network of support and friends that lean on each other.”Chilean President Sebastian Pinera described a two-fold strategy of implementing emergency efforts in containing the fire.”Countries urgently need firefighters and specialised water bombers. This will be the first step that will be implemented immediately. The second phase is to protect these forests, protect the biodiversity they contain and reforest this region of the world,” he said.Describing the fires as a global emergency, Macron announced France’s willingness to offer military support. He also mentioned, according to Reuters, that the G-7 countries – the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States – will draw an initiative for the reforestation and conservation of biodiversity in the Amazon, that will be launched during next month’s UN General Assembly in New York.Personal riftTensions between Macron and Bolsonaro have deteriorated and turned personal after the Brazilian President mocked Macron’s wife on Facebook.The French President, addressing the incident on Monday stated, “He (Bolsonaro) said very disrespectful things about my wife. I have great respect for the Brazilian people and can only hope they soon have a president who is up to the job.” The Amazon rain forest is on fire Fire in Amazon rainforest near Porto Velho, Rondonia State, Brazil, August 21ReutersBrazil on Monday rejected aid worth $20 million offered by G7 countries to fight the Amazon fires and told French President Emmanuel Macron to take care of “the forests in Europe”.”We appreciate (the offer), but maybe those resources are more relevant to reforest Europe,” Onyx Lorenzoni, Chief of Staff to Brazillian President Jair Bolsonaro, told state media G1 news.The Brazilian official slammed the G7 countries’ offer of emergency aid to help extinguish the blazing Amazon rainforest as a colonialist gesture. “Macron cannot even avoid a foreseeable fire in a church that is a world heritage site. What does he intend to teach our country?” he said.Bolsonaro stated that Brazil was being treated like “a colony or no man’s land” and said the aid was an attack on the country’s sovereignty.The emergency fund for the fire in the rainforests, described as “the lungs of the world” due to its capacity to absorb carbon dioxide, was initially welcomed by Brazilian environment Minister Ricardo Salles.The fire has spread 950,000 hectares (2.3 million acres) according to latest inputs.The Brazillian government affirmed its stance against the emergency funds after a meeting with top officials. “Brazil is a democratic, free nation that never had colonialist and imperialist practices, as perhaps is the objective of the Frenchman Macron,” Lorenzoni said.Amazon and the blazing diplomacyHowever, Macron told news channel France 2 on the sidelines of the G7 summit that while he respected Brazil’s sovereignty, the Amazon fires is a global issue.”The Amazon forest is a subject for the whole planet… We cannot allow you to destroy everything,” Macron said.The fires have made international headlines, drawing attention to the rampant deforestation in Brazil, which has reportedly increased after President Bolsonaro took office in January. Reports suggest that the fires were a deliberate attempt to clear the forest in order to sell the land to farmers and ranchers. According to a report by Brazil space research agency INPE, compared to last year, deforestation in the Amazon has increased by 67 percent. Closelast_img read more

Police Find Body of Teen Wanted in Stabbing Girls Death

first_imgGLEN BURNIE, Md. (AP) — Authorities say they’ve found the body of an 18-year-old Maryland man accused of fatally stabbing his 10-year-old sister and wounding his 13-year-old brother.In this undated photo provided by the Anne Arundel County police Andres Rafael Quintana Garcia is shown. Authorities in Maryland found the body of Garcia, whom they say stabbed two young relatives at a Glen Burnie, Md., home, killing a young girl and wounding a teenage boy. Both children were taken to area hospitals. Police said the girl died and the boy is being treated for injuries that aren’t life-threatening. (Anne Arundel County police via AP)Anne Arundel County Police spokesman Lt. Ryan Frashure said by telephone and in a news release that searchers found the body of Andres Rafael Quintana Garcia about 11 a.m. Friday in an area with trees and brush near the family’s Glen Burnie home. He says the body has been taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine the cause and manner of death.Frashure has said the younger siblings were stabbed Monday when a family dispute escalated. He says the girl died and her brother was released from a hospital Thursday.Police obtained an arrest warrant for Garcia, but couldn’t find him for days.last_img read more

Googles Chrome Browser Gets Support for Oculus Rift VR Headset

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 VR support within Chrome is part of Google’s efforts to incorporate the emerging WebVR standard into the browser. This allows developers to deploy VR applications over the web, without the need to have users download apps through storefronts, and more easily reach users across a variety of headsets.Google added initial support for web browsing in VR, and WebVR, to its own Daydream VR headsets last September. The company has also launched a number of WebVR experiments, and has been highlighting web-based VR experiences built by third-party developers on a dedicated website.“WebVR brings virtual reality to the web, making it easier for anyone to create, enjoy, and share VR experiences,” that website explains. “With WebVR, you can open up a browser and get into VR just by clicking a link.”Google isn’t the only company investing in WebVR. One of the other major supporters of WebVR is Firefox maker Mozilla, which even announced a dedicated AR/VR browser dubbed Firefox Reality earlier this month. Google just extended virtual reality (VR) support for its Chrome browser to work with VR hardware made by Facebook’s Oculus: The Windows version of Chrome now works natively with the Oculus Rift headset and Oculus Touch controllers, according to a new browser flag spotted by a Reddit user.The functionality has since been confirmed by another Reddit user, who wrote: “Just tried it and yep, it works (had a quick look at the Google Mars surface demo). Without the flag enabled, you just get an option for a desktop 360 view. Enable the flag though and an option to view in VR is there, and it launches it straight to the headset.”Support seems to be limited to the Oculus Rift for now; there is no word on whether Google plans to add support for Samsung’s Gear VR headset as well. The company didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

Babies exposed to stimulation get brain boost

first_imgEarly stimulation helps give a boost to the brains of babies, according to a new study which contradicts the belief that children’s development is determined by their genes and could not be influenced.Researchers from Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Norway used advanced electroencephalogram (EEG) technology for many years to study the brain activity of hundreds of babies.The results show that the neurons in the brains of young children quickly increase in both number and specialisation as the baby learns new skills and becomes more mobile. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfNeurons in very young children form up to a thousand new connections per second. The research also shows that the development of our brain, sensory perception and motor skills happen in sync and that even the smallest babies must be challenged and stimulated at their level from birth onward.Babies need to engage their entire body and senses by exploring their world and different materials, both indoors and out and in all types of weather.The researchers emphasise that the experiences must be self-produced; it is not enough for children merely to be carried or pushed in a stroller. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive“Many people believe that children up to three years old only need cuddles and nappy changes, but studies show that rats raised in cages have less dendritic branching in the brain than rats raised in an environment with climbing and hiding places and tunnels,” said Audrey van der Meer, professor at NTNU.“Research also shows that children born into cultures where early stimulation is considered important, develop earlier than Western children do,” said van der Meer. She said that the brains of young children are very malleable and can therefore adapt to what is happening around them.If the new synapses that are formed in the brain are not being used, they disappear as the child grows up and the brain loses some of its plasticity.Van der Meer mentions the fact why Chinese babies hear a difference between the R and L sounds when they are four months old, but not when they get older.Since Chinese children do not need to distinguish between these sounds to learn their mother tongue, the brain synapses that carry this knowledge disappear when they are not used.Babies actually manage to distinguish between the sounds of any language in the world when they are four months old, but by the time they are eight months old they have lost this ability, according to van der Meer.Since a lot is happening in the brain during the first years of life, van der Meer says that it is easier to promote learning and prevent problems when children are very young.last_img read more

Faulty Update Bricks Nike SelfLacing Smart Shoes

first_img This story originally appeared on PCMag February 21, 2019 Nike’s new basketball smart shoes are apparently bricking due to a faulty firmware update.Android users who bought the Nike Adapt BB are taking to the Google Play Store to complain. “Right shoe won’t connect after update and battery dies within a couple of hours,” reads one review for the Nike Adapt app, which connects to the shoe.”Broke my $350 shoes with a Nike update,” reads another review.It isn’t clear how widespread the problem is for Android users; currently, Google Play shows 18 largely poor reviews for the app, all related to the update issues. But those appeared right after the shoes launched over the weekend.Nike didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. However, the firmware update problems don’t appear to affect the iOS version of the Nike Adapt app, which has mostly positive reviews.The Nike Adapt BBs have generated hype for the footwear’s self-lacing system. Each sneaker can sense your foot’s measurements and automatically tighten around it as you play a game of basketball for a perfect fit. To do that, this so-called “power lacing” system needs the Nike Adapt app and battery power. Nike plans to issue routine firmware updates to support its cutting-edge basketball shoes, though the updates are intended to be opt-in, Nike said last month.Despite the faulty update, owners can still wear the Nike Adapt BBs without the app, but they’ll just be regular sneakers. To fix the problem, users are reporting you can try initiating a factory reset. One owner managed to resolve the issues by activating the shoes using his wife’s iPhone. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 2 min read Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Facebook open sources Sonar their crossplatform debugging tool

first_imgFacebook has announced the open-source release of Sonar, their cross-platform debugging tool. Sonar is designed to aid developers, framework experts and engineers collaborate on the app development process. Sonar is built on Facebook’s Stetho, an Android debugging bridge built on Chrome’s developer tools. Sonar further adds more extensible features to Stetho such as plugins to help engineers develop new features, investigate bugs and optimize apps. Sonar is a cross-platform debugging tool. Hence developers can connect their mobile devices ( Android and iOS or an emulator) to a desktop client for inspection. Sonar works as a guide and interpreter to a running app providing developers with stats on what an app is doing to better understand bugs and system capabilities. Sonar is now available for the developer community at large, not just Facebook engineers, as an open-source software project via GitHub. As Sonar was designed with extensibility in focus, it made use of a lot of external plugins. With the open sourcing of Sonar, these plugins are also being open-sourced. Some of these include: Logs, a plugin that shows device logs without the need for additional setup. Layout Inspector, a debugging platform that provides deep dives into user interface hierarchies and supports Litho and ComponentKit components. Network, a plugin that enables the inspection of network packets as they pass into and out of the app in question. Sonar architecture Sonar’s architecture has two parts, a desktop client, and a mobile SDK. The desktop client is built on top of Electron, and Facebook’s projects such as React.js, Flow, Metro, RSocket, and Yarn. The mobile SDK is installed within the Android or iOS application and interacts with the desktop client. The mobile SDK makes use of Facebook open source projects such as Folly and RSocket. Plugins are available for both Desktop client and Mobile SDK. Desktop client plugins render the UI and a mobile SDK plugin exposes the data. A React component extends the desktop plugin class. This React component is in charge of communicating with the mobile SDK plugin and rendering any data it delivers. The mobile SDK plugin is developed in the language native to the platform on which it will run ( Swift/Objective-C on iOS or Java/ Kotlin on Android). It registers a set of handlers and defines responses for them. Source: Facebook Blog Emil Sjölander, Facebook software engineer hopes that “open-sourcing Sonar and the accompanying plugins will provide a useful tool for other engineers working on mobile applications.” He says that “As we’ve already seen Sonar prove useful internally at Facebook, we think Sonar’s APIs will help other engineers build great new experiences to improve their workflows.” You can read about the full release coverage on Facebook code blog. Read Next Jest 23, Facebook’s popular framework for testing React applications is now releasedFacebook’s F8 Conference – 5 key announcementsTesting Single Page Applications (SPAs) using Vue.js developer toolslast_img read more

February 18 2005 Construction at Arcosanti curren

first_imgFebruary 18, 2005Construction at Arcosanti currently focusses on installing utilities for the East Crescent complex. This phase of the Arcosanti project includes a new classroom, meeting room and a number of residential units. The construction crew consists of February 6.Construction at Arcosanti currently focusses on installing utilities for the East Crescent complex. This phase of the Arcosanti project includes a new classroom, meeting room and a number of residential units. The construction crew consists of February 6. workshop participants, Arcosanti crew leaders and volunteers.   From the heat duct tunnel underneath the building, construction volunteer Mika Kawai and local contractor Sean Wright pull electrical wiring through the walls. [Photo: Yuki Yanagimoto & text: Jacob Schwartz] The community library is located in one of the first floor rooms of the East Crescent. From here, crew leader Michael Bittman and workshop participants April Braly and Kelley McLaughlin feed the wires. More on this on 2/21. [Photo: Scott W Riley & text: Jacob Schwartz]last_img read more

Viacomowned kids channel Nickelodeon has launched

first_imgViacom-owned kids channel Nickelodeon has launched a new app based on its Nella the Princess Knight pre-school animated series on Nick Jr.The app, Nella the Princess Knight: Kingdom Adventures, which features a range of games based on social-emotional lessons, will be available in 12 languages. Its launch followes the March launch of Together We Rock, an app based around School of Rock star Tomika. Nickelodeon teamed up with Milan-based creative studio Colto to develop the Nella the Princess Knight app.Games in the new app include Hide and Seek, Shift Shapes with Bigor the Dragon, Feed the Impkins, Willow Needs Support and Helping Birds Find Home.The app is available free of charge via the iTunes Store and Google Play in Dutch, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Russian, European Spanish, Latin American Spanish, Swedish, British English and Brazilian Portuguese.“We are extremely excited about bringing Nella in game format to kids all around the world to inspire important and timely concepts through play, such as compassion and inclusiveness,” said Kate Sils, VP multiplatform and brand engagement, Nickelodeon International.“We put kids first in everything we do at Nickelodeon, and want our characters to serve as role models that help empower kids everywhere to remember they are important, valued and can take on anything while having fun doing so.”last_img read more

We would again like to thank All those who assist

first_img“We would again like to thank All those who assisted.”Earlier today, police in Derry said that a 22-year-old male had been arrested as part of the investigation.He also remains in custody at Strand Road police station.Christ Church on Infirmary Road was burgled and ransacked last month at the dead of night. POLICE have made a second arrest as part of Op Exposure in Derry to catch those who burgled Christ Church in the city.A PSNI Foyle spokesperson said: “Following the release of images yesterday of two people police would like to speak to in connection with a burglary at Christchurch in the city a second male who is 23 years old has been arrested.“He is currently in custody assisting police with our enquiries. ShareTweet Extensive damage was caused during the break in, including a stain glass window and the church organ.center_img DERRY OP EXPOSURE: SECOND MAN ARRESTED OVER BURGLARY AT CHRIST CHURCH was last modified: October 5th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: DERRY OP EXPOSURE: SECOND MAN ARRESTED OVER BURGLARY AT CHRIST CHURCHlast_img read more

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first_imgRecommended Link — Justin’s note: Todd Scattini isn’t your typical marijuana entrepreneur. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1996, and currently serves as an Army officer. But next month, Todd will hang up his fatigues to serve as CEO of Harvest 360, a marijuana consulting and management firm. I met Todd at Harvest 360’s headquarters in Denver a few weeks ago. There, he told me how he’s using cannabis to solve the military’s deadliest problems. Todd’s story completely changed how I thought about cannabis. So, I called him up a few days after we met to continue our talk. Below is a transcript of that conversation. I encourage you to share it with anyone who still sees marijuana as just another “street drug.” It may just change their mind… Justin: Todd, I’m not used to seeing “cannabis” and “Army officer” in the same sentence. So, can you tell me how you became interested in the plant? Todd: I became interested in 2011. I was in Paris at the time, and I was asked to serve as a special advisor for General John Allen. He was the Commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) back then. ISAF was a NATO-led security mission. It’s the largest military coalition ever assembled. At the time, it was 51 nations. Its main purpose was training the Afghan National Security Forces and assisting Afghanistan in rebuilding key government institutions. It was also engaged in the war with the Taliban insurgency. I was helping manage the General’s relationship with the Coalition through bilateral engagement and normal security cooperation functions. One evening, our special staff was asked to come up with creative ways to engage with the Afghans using the domestic resources they had so that they could create an industry without relying on outside assistance. And I thought, “Geez. The Afghans don’t have many resources.” They had minerals, but the Chinese had purchased the rights to them long ago, and it would take nearly a decade to build the infrastructure to mine them effectively. They had heroin, too, but I certainly didn’t think that could be the basis for an industry. And they had cannabis. A lot of cannabis that they grew was smuggled outside of the country and sold on the black market for huge profits to fund terrorist operations. So, I thought, “why don’t we transition them to a hemp industry?” It has 25,000 different uses such as food, fuel, fiber, and medicine. And humans have been using it for 8,000 years. We have essentially evolved with this plant. Justin: How’d that suggestion go over with your supervisors? Todd: It was not well-received. I don’t believe my concept was ever even briefed to the General. I was kind of laughed out of the room, to be honest. They called me “Major Cheech & Chong” and things like that. But I learned so much about the plant by studying it, including its medical potential. And I thought, “there are some military applications here.” So, I continued to read, study, and talk to everyone I could about the plant. I learned so much that I became a master at talking to generals, other officers, and ambassadors about marijuana. Recommended Link 3 Marijuana Stocks to Buy Right Now Canada is set to vote on a new nationwide law that will set off the biggest event in the history of marijuana. The Canadian pot market will explode from $400 million to $8 billion. And new marijuana millionaires will be minted. If you missed out on the first marijuana boom, when penny pot stocks delivered peak gains of 7,820%… 6,233%… and 3,986%… often in months… This is your second and final chance. Don’t miss out again. Discover the 3 companies that will dominate the marijuana market. Justin: How do you plan to prevent these sorts of things? Todd: Well, we do this in two phases. The first is the prep phase. This happens “left of the boom,” as we say in the military. This means this is the preparation done prior to an IED strike. This includes the supplementation of cannabinoids which help “armor the brain” in preparation for a traumatic event. Hopefully no one ever gets “right of the boom,” or experiences an IED strike. But, if they do, I would propose administering an immediate supplemental dose of non-psychoactive cannabinoids and other elements very, very rapidly. Justin: What made you want to focus on TBI? Todd: I became interested after I lost a platoon leader of mine. His name was Captain Andrew Houghton. Andy was a fellow West Point graduate. He was class of 2001, and he was like a little brother to me. In 2004, he was struck in the head with a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) while deployed in Iraq. The RPG didn’t explode. But it did massive damage to his head. The battlefield medics, which are so good today, performed a soldier-to-soldier blood transfusion on-site in his vehicle. They stabilized him in-country and transported him to the Army hospital in Germany. There, his brain continued to swell. The rocket did so much damage that they had to remove a large portion of his brain to release the pressure. He was then sent to Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington D.C, where I was present when they pinned a Purple Heart on him. He passed away the next day. If I can prevent something like that from happening again, I will be very satisfied and feel that I will have done my duty. Justin: I’m terribly sorry to hear about your loss, Todd. But it’s inspiring that you’re trying to prevent this sort of thing from happening to other soldiers. That said, how can you be so confident that The Athena Protocol will work? After all, no one’s ever done anything like this before. Todd: So, a portion of that is the federal patent I was telling you about. This study says cannabidiol is an effective neuroprotectant and anti-inflammatory. More recent studies have also shown that victims of car accidents who have THC (an active ingredient in marijuana) have a higher percentage of survivability in TBI incidents. Plus, we know that cannabinoids pass the blood barrier much more rapidly than most pharmaceuticals. So, we’d be able to administer and see anti-inflammatory effects very rapidly. But, you are right. Of course, this theory must be tested. The unfortunate thing is that we are prevented from testing this in the United States due to cannabis’ Schedule I status on the federal government’s list of Controlled Substances. I would propose to circumvent this by studying this outside of the U.S. or gaining special permission to do so in the U.S. Justin: Would The Athena Protocol only be used to treat TBI injuries suffered in combat? Or are there applications beyond the military? Todd: Absolutely. Soldiers aren’t the only ones who suffer TBI injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2.5 million people go to U.S. emergency rooms every year for TBI. And about 300,000 of those people die from their injuries. This includes everyone from car crash victims to people who slip and fall. So, this kind of treatment could really be used everywhere. And the sooner first responders and hospitals can administer this, the better. Justin: And how’s the project coming along? Todd: Right now, we’re at the research and development (R&D) level, but we have submitted for a provisional patent for the entire protocol and sub-patents for each formulation and method of administration. Specifically, we’re working on jamming as much cannabidiol into a single drop of water as possible. And we’ve already gotten some incredibly high levels of concentration. So, it’s coming along very nicely. Justin: Got it. You’re doing some incredible work, Todd. But I have to ask you one last thing before I let you go… Where’d the name, The Athena Protocol, come from? Todd: The name, and I’m not kidding, came to me in the middle of the night. I shot out of bed and wrote it down. Athena is the Greek Goddess of Wisdom, Good Counsel, and War. She also wears a helmet. And Athena’s helmet adorns the West Point crest. Justin: Wow. It sure seems like you picked the perfect name. Thank you for taking the time to speak with me. And best of luck with everything. Todd: My pleasure, Justin. Justin’s note: As you can see, cannabis isn’t just a plant that gets people high. It also has the potential to save thousands of lives as medicine. Most people don’t realize this. But the world’s smartest investors do. That’s why they’ve invested billions in this upcoming industry. But don’t worry. You don’t have to have deep pockets to profit from the coming global marijuana boom. You just need to own the right marijuana stocks.We have a basket of marijuana companies in our Crisis Investing newsletter that are set to soar in the coming years. You can access these names, along with all of our research on the sector, with a subscription to Crisis Investing. Click here to learn more. P.S. You can also learn more about Todd’s project by visiting the Harvest 360 website or by contacting him directly at todd.scattini@harvest360.co. Reader MailbagAre you investing in cannabis stocks? We’d love to hear how it’s going so far. Let us know right here.Today, a reader writes in agreeing with Doug’s take on “The War on Some Drugs”… To paraphrase Ronald Reagan, the problem with the drug warriors is that they know so many things that just aren’t so. The other quote that applies comes from C.S. Lewis:“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”The “war on drugs” has turned into a cash machine for federal and state law enforcement, which is why it is taking so long to root out the problem. There are states where law enforcement can legally steal your assets (sometimes during a traffic stop), all because they can say they suspect the said assets were used as part of a drug deal, or were obtained through a drug deal. Some law enforcement agencies get something like 40 percent of their revenue from civil forfeiture. So there’s lots of motivation to repeat flat-out lies which fly in the face of all data.There are unfortunately a lot of people who are so intellectually lazy that they won’t bother to look at the data, and will instead just repeat the lies because they sound plausible, and because it makes them look like pillars of probity. Jeff Sessions, for example. I often wonder how people like that can function with so many logical fallacies floating around in their heads… –Clintcenter_img — New controversial money-making event (limited time only) If you want to learn how to get “in” on the only legitimate chance to turn a few hundred dollars into tens of thousands of dollars… you need to attend this free event on November 2nd. One past attendee, Jon M., says: “I was left nearly speechless last night when I discovered my $300 had grown to over $125,000. I have never heard of such gains in a short amount of time.” Full warning: This opportunity is controversial. But if you’re willing to try something new… and you can stomach some volatility… it could completely change your financial future. Click here to get all the details before it’s too late. In Case You Missed It… The cryptocurrency market has taken off in 2017. If you’ve ever been curious about these little-known assets, then we recommend you attend this free training webinar. It’s hosted by cryptocurrency expert Teeka Tiwari. Teeka has been studying the crypto world since the beginning. On November 2, he will show readers everything he’s learned about cryptocurrencies and teach you how to trade cryptocurrencies today. Reserve your spot right here. Justin: So, do they still call you Major Cheech & Chong? Todd: I still get a giggle or pot pun when I talk about it. But I’m no longer laughed out of the room. So, yes, I’ve convinced a lot of people that this is a very interesting proposition and might be a way to address reducing suicides from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and chronic pain; all significant issues that often result from our service. Justin: How did you change people’s minds? Todd: I just became so passionate and well-studied about the plant, the roots of its prohibition, and its potential to help people. So, now when speaking with generals and other senior leaders I tell them, “Sir, this is serious, and I think it could save soldiers’ lives.” I always point them to the federal government’s patent on cannabidiol as a neuro-protectant, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant. This is U.S. Patent 6630507. Justin: Why’s that patent so important? Todd: These days, many of our soldiers encounter improvised explosive devices (IED) on the battlefield. An IED strike can be devastating to multiple vehicles and soldiers in an instant. And, if an IED goes off near you, there’s a good chance you’ll experience a TBI. TBI is a very serious concussion possibly leading to permanent or temporary impairment of cognitive, physical, and psychosocial function. We find that soldiers who have experienced a TBI are at a higher risk for PTSD and suicide. Justin: How does an IED give TBI? Todd: When an IED goes off near you, there’s a massive blast wave. The air from the blast creates a wall of pressure that hits a soldier’s hard skull and rattles the soft brain around inside of it, and a dangerous chemical process begins inside the skull. This can lead to a stroke, which is what usually kills a TBI victim. Justin: How does the military currently treat TBI? Todd: Today, there’s very little done to treat it. And, aside from improvements made to some vehicles, there’s really no protocol for preventing this sort of injury. I want to change that with my project, The Athena Protocol. I want to use formulations of non-psychoactive cannabinoids (especially cannabidiol) and a few added elements as a daily supplement to essentially “armor a soldier’s brain,” and help protect the brain’s neuroreceptors. Studies suggest that this approach could also increase the elasticity of the neurons, preventing them from calcification and potentially reducing the instance of PTSD among our soldier and veteran population.last_img read more

5 Workplace Trends That Will Impact Your Business in 2017

first_imgTrends The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. 3 min read 5 Workplace Trends That Will Impact Your Business in 2017 Apply Now » Founder and CEO of LaSalle Network Add to Queue Tom Gimbel –shares March 29, 2017 Guest Writer Next Article Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Be on the lookout for these changes to company culture expectations and the make-up of the workforce. Image credit: Shutterstock One reason I love running a staffing and recruiting company is learning the nuances of the organizations we serve — their needs, their cultures, their staff. As research for my company’s annual white paper found, workplaces in 2017 are far from stagnant; they’re adapting to trends daily. I believe these five trends will have the biggest effects in 2017: More focus on culture Expect companies to prioritize culture in 2017 to address their engagement and turnover issues — and to become a place people love to work. That means listening to staff to learn what keeps them engaged and motivated, and building culture around that. There’s no right or wrong way to do it; it’s building on the people and traits that make the organization unique. For many companies, that means certain “perks” (the foosball tables and kegs are fun, but they’re not culture) get scaled back in favor of an increased 401k match, a director of training on staff and opportunities for career growth. These investments in staff create an environment where people want to work — where people feel valued, not like a means to an end. You can’t fake the type of synergy that comes from that.More companies ditch the annual performance reviewMore companies are buying into the idea that it’s hard and often unfair to evaluate a year of work in one sitting. It’s almost impossible to remember everything and give an accurate assessment. Companies like GE and Accenture have already ditched annual reviews for new evaluation models. We’re going to see more constant communication, and on-the-spot coaching between employees and managers in 2017.Improvements to the employee experience to boost employment brand A recent study found that 83 percent of HR professionals think the employee experience is crucial to their organization’s success. The result is now a lot of companies are listening closer to what their employees want. They’re creating wellness programs, better benefits and investing in talent development. They’re showing commitment to employees by growing their skill sets and setting them up for career growth.Generation Z joins the work world 2017 is going to be the first full calendar year where gen Z (born after 1998) are in the workforce. With studies showing that 36 percent of working millennials are in managerial positions and that the majority of millennials think generation Z is lazy, watching these two groups interact is going to be a case study in collaboration. Both generations are the foundation of the future. How they come together to solve problems will be a big focus in 2017. More tasks will be automated According to a recent McKinsey study, most jobs have certain activities that could be automated, which would allow more time for high-level tasks. Financial workers, for example, spend 43 percent of their workday on tasks that could be automated. If these workers could automate non-client facing tasks such as routine spreadsheet analytics, they could not only spend more time engaging clients, but also increase the number of clients they serve — resulting in higher productivity for the employee, and more profit for the company.  2019 Entrepreneur 360 Listlast_img read more

Uber Program Targeting Corporate Travelers Rolls Out Globally

first_imgBusiness Travel Add to Queue Geoff Weiss –shares Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals October 1, 2014 Next Article Former Staff Writer Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Uber Program Targeting Corporate Travelers Rolls Out Globally Uber for Business is going global.After introducing new features exclusively for corporate travelers in the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom and France last July, the company said today that the service will be available in each of the 45 countries where Uber currently operates. This comprises 200 cities and 22 different languages.Uber for Business lets small and mid-sized companies set up free corporate accounts, allowing employees to bill their rides to a single card and therefore streamlining reimbursements. The feature also creates dashboards for managers so they can monitor travel costs.Related: This Ridesharing Service You’ve Never Heard of Has 10 Million Members and CountingAdditionally, Uber for Business comprises a partnership between the ride-sharing giant and Concur, a travel expense software company that allows employees to book their own travel while simultaneously populating expense reports in real time.The rollout of its corporate program comes as Uber’s global expansion seems to have hit an expensive wall. After being ruled illegal in Germany, a district court said the company could face a fine of $328,000 for every ride hailed.And as the sharing economy increasingly sets its sights on business travelers, these ongoing regulatory clashes — as well as glaring safety concerns like Airbnb’s squatter scandal — raise questions about the widespread adoption of such services in the corporate realm.Related: Richard Branson Gets Into Carpooling 2 min read Register Now »last_img read more

Burger King Dresses Up as McDonalds for Halloween

first_img Your move Golden Arches. Nina Zipkin –shares Next Article Entrepreneur Staff Burger King Dresses Up as McDonald’s for Halloween Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Add to Queue 2 min read Register Now » It wouldn’t be Halloween without some mischief, and Burger King pulled off a pretty effective trick on its rival fast food franchise.A Burger King location in Rego Park, N.Y. decided to get into the spooky spirit of the season by crafting a ghostly McDonald’s get up complete with a feisty sign that reads “Booooo! Just kidding, we still flame-grill our burgers. Happy Halloween.”Related: Burger King Gets Burned in Twitter Duel With Wendy’sThe internet seemed pretty impressed by the chain’s Halloween chutzpah and awarded this round to Burger King. There’s still time for McDonald’s to make a move, but we may be waiting until Christmas to see what the Golden Arches has in store.Now that’s the competitive Halloween spirit I like to see @BurgerKing!! ?https://t.co/nkRnVBfIXk— John Legere (@JohnLegere) October 27, 2016 Leave it to a Burger King in Queens, NY to display the best Halloween costume a fast-food chain has ever worn. pic.twitter.com/Ib8sWknSZ1— Eric Alper (@ThatEricAlper) October 27, 2016 The best Halloween costume I’ve seen so far this year:Burger King dressed up as McDonald’s. pic.twitter.com/2SSJ2yfir3— Jake Hamilton (@JakesTakes) October 26, 2016 October 27, 2016 Franchiseslast_img read more