Facebook Twitter The 21-year-old actress and singer joined the ranks of artists and celebrities who have put money up so schoolchildren from their hometowns could attend free screenings of the blockbuster filmBrian HaackGRAMMYs Feb 26, 2018 – 12:43 pm Multi-talented actress/singer and The Greatest Showman star Zendaya joined together with progressive activist and entrepreneur Michael Skolnik to take over 300 schoolchildren from her hometown of Oakland, Calif., to see a special screening of Black Panther.Zendaya is just the latest celebrity to put together a free screening of Black Panther for members of her community, following on the heels of GRAMMY winners Kendrick Lamar and Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith, who bought out five showings at three cinemas in Los Angeles so children living in the city’s Watts housing projects could view the film during its opening weekend. Meanwhile, rapper/singer Travis Scott rented out two theaters in Stafford, Texas, so local kids could attend the movie for free.Atlanta rappers Big Boi and T.I. were also onboard, with T.I. partnering with Walmart to give out 300 free tickets to a local Black Panther premiere screening, and Big Boi arranging for patients housed in hospice care to also see the film for free. Zendaya Took 300 Students To See ‘Black Panther’ Last Weekend Email Zendaya Took 300 Students To See ‘Black Panther’ zendaya-took-300-students-see-black-panther-last-weekend News For her own part, Zendaya has also promised on Twitter that she plans to set up additional free screenings for director Ava DuVernay’s forthcoming adaptation of Madeline L’Engle’s classic fantasy novel A Wrinkle In Time, set for release on Mar. 9. DuVernay has said she hopes her film will help spread a positive message amid a national sentiment of “darkness and division.”Black Panther’s director Ryan Coogler has also released a statement in response to the overwhelmingly positive response the film has received, saying, “Never in a million years did we imagine that you all would come out this strong… For the people who bought out theaters, … And to the young ones, who came out with their parents, with their mentors, and with their friends…Thank you for giving our team of filmmakers the greatest gift: The opportunity to share this film, that we poured our hearts and souls into, with you.”Getting The Latest Music News Just Got Easier. Introducing: GRAMMY Bot. Find it On KIK and Facebook MessengerRead more
The modular design of The Wall Luxury’s Micro LED panels allow TVs from 73 up to 292 inches. Samsung Samsung’s The Wall TV is finally going to be available for consumers to purchase. At least those wealthy enough to afford its still unknown, but likely insanely expensive, price tag. Available globally in July, The Wall Luxury is Samsung’s first consumer Micro LED display. The scalable, modular technology can be configured and customized to a variety of sizes, from 73-inches in 2K (a.k.a. 1080p) resolution all the way up to 292-inches in 8K resolution — assuming your room and budget can support adding the additional panels. Comments TVs Samsung 3 Samsung MicroLED TV comes closer to reality in 75-inch… Samsung The Frame UN55LS003AF 1:48 Preview • The Wall Luxury incorporates design-centric features from other Samsung TVs. Like the Frame, The Wall isn’t meant to be turned off. Instead, Samsung says, it changes “into a digital canvas best matching the owner`s interior needs and personal mood.” The display runs a version of Samsung’s Ambient mode found on its 2019 QLED TVs that shows curated art, photos and videos, complete with optional digital frames.Samsung says the product will be sold through its “Custom Installer Network” and those looking for pricing information should contact them. For context, Samsung’s QLED-based TVs max out at $70,000 for a 98-inch 8K version, so it’s safe to assume that The Wall Luxury will cost well into six figures, at least for the larger 4K and 8K sizes.Instead of powering off, Samsung’s The Wall Luxury television can turn into a digital picture frame when not in use. Samsung The first new screen technology in a decade, MicroLED utilizes millions of tiny, inorganic LEDs packed together to create the image. It has the potential for the same perfect black levels as OLED with no danger of burn-in. It can deliver higher brightness than any current display technology, wide-gamut excellent color and doesn’t suffer the viewing angle and uniformity issues of LCD. The Wall Luxury features a brightness of 2,000 nits, higher than all but the brightest LCD TVs available today, for improved HDR image quality. Samsung mentions a “120Hz video rate,” although it’s unclear whether that’s the same as the 120Hz refresh rate used by high-end 4K TVs. Samsung’s AI Upscaling is also present through what the company calls its “Quantum Processor Flex,” which uses machine learning to calibrate the picture regardless of The Wall’s modular screen resolution.The Wall Luxury has a panel depth of 30mm, an improvement on the 80mm depth of the earlier version of The Wall that was only available for the commercial market. Despite the depth improvement, however, a Samsung representative told CNET that The Wall Luxury doesn’t use the next-generation version of MicroLED tech shown at CES 2019. That version uses even smaller LEDs, managing to eke 4K resolution out of a 75-inch size. There’s no word on when Samsung will bring that version to market. Tags 31 Photos Meet Samsung’s modular and massive MicroLED TVs at CES Compared to OLED and LCD, one disadvantage of current MicroLED technology is resolution. At 73 inches and 2K/1080p resolution, the individual pixels of The Wall Luxury are significantly larger than those of a typical 75-inch 4K LCD or 77-inch 4K OLED TV, so the image won’t be as detailed with 4K TV shows and movies, in particular from relatively close seating distances. The same goes for higher-resolution; Samsung sells QLED TVs with 8K resolution as small as 65 inches, while to get that resolution in MicroLED you’ll need, yes, a 292-inch TV.Update June 13: Added more pricing information. Share your voice Now playing: Watch this:
Post a comment US firms can again deal with Huawei. Óscar Gutiérrez/CNET President Donald Trump agreed Saturday to lift some restrictions against US companies selling high-tech gear to Chinese telecom giant Huawei, says a report. “We’re talking about equipment where there’s not a great national-emergency problem with it,” Trump said after a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, according to The Wall Street Journal.In May, Trump signed an executive order essentially banning Huawei because of national security concerns that the company is too closely tied to the Chinese government and that its gear could be used to spy on other countries and companies. Huawei has repeatedly said those fears are unfounded. More on Huawei Tags Mobile Security Huawei ban: Full timeline on how and why its phones are under fire Trump could use Huawei ban as leverage for US-China trade deal US companies reportedly bypassing Trump ban on sales to Huawei Huawei says Trump’s ban will hurt US 5G deployment FCC commissioner wants Huawei gear out of US networks The easing of restrictions is part of a general cease fire on trade reached between Trump and Xi during a meeting on the sidelines of a Group 20 meeting. Trump said the deal to restart talks would see the US delaying added tariffs on Chinese products in return for China buying American farm goods. It’s not yet clear exactly what Huawei restrictions will be lifted. “We’re going to work with China on where we left off to see if we can make a deal,” Trump reportedly said during a news conference. The president said he’d hold off on the Huawei issue until the end of negotiations, the Journal said.John Neuffer, president of the Semiconductor Industry Association, a trade group for makers of chips for computers, phones and other equipment, told the Journal he needed more details on what Huawei can now buy from member companies. He added, though, that he’s “encouraged the talks are restarting and additional tariffs are on hold.”Unnamed sources told the Journal that US national security officials have been exploring ways of narrowing the Huawei prohibitions so they pinpoint sales of US gear used in “chokepoints,” places where the Chinese company’s tech could control wireless networks. Security experts have voiced concern about foreign powers disrupting US communications networks, especially during a national emergency.Originally published June 28, 9:44 a.m. PT.Update, 10:20 a.m.: Adds mention of concern about “chokepoints.” Share your voice 0 Huawei
Congress party leader and workers perform a religious ritual to pay tribute to the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel killed on February 14 during an attack on a CRPF convoy in the Lethpora area of Kashmir, at a temple in Amritsar on 19 February 2019. Photo: AFPJunaid Ayub Rather cowered alongside 30 other students in a small room for two nights while mobs chanted for their blood outside, before finally escaping the rage sweeping India after last week’s suicide bombing in Kashmir.Similar scenes have played out across the nation as Kashmiris living away from home flee violent reprisals following the latest attack in the restive Himalayan region, which killed at least 40 Indian paramilitary soldiers.Rather said angry crowds gathered outside hostels and apartments rented by Kashmiri students in Dehradun, north of New Delhi, shouting for the “traitors” and “terrorists” hiding inside to be shot.”It took us four days to reach home in Kashmir with some help from police and a Muslim businessman,” Rather, who had lived in the northern city for two years, told AFP after reaching his home south of Srinagar.”Thirty of us slept in one room for two nights before we could mobilise help to flee.”The businessman let them take refuge in his home until buses could be organised to get them to safety.Around 11,000 Kashmiri students enrol at Indian universities outside their home state each year.Many are now clamouring to return home to a region battle-scarred by 30 years of civil war, fearing violent attacks if they stay.Video footage of Kashmiris being beaten and taunted in Indian cities has been widely shared on social media, while rightwing Hindu groups and pundits on TV news channels have encouraged reprisals.A professor from New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University this week publicly called for the execution of 40 Kashmiris to avenge the suicide bombing, while two other colleges announced they would no longer accept students from the territory.Distress callsMore than 500 students, along with 100 businessmen, have already arrived back in Kashmir to flee a “climate of fear and intimidation across India”, said Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation chief Mohammad Yasin Khan.More were on their way, he told AFP.”We are continuously receiving distress calls from all kinds of people asking for help,” Khan said.Some Kashmiri students have also been suspended by Indian universities for allegedly posting insensitive comments on social media about the suicide attack, while others have been arrested on sedition charges.India’s interior ministry has ordered state governments to protect Kashmiri students — but several political leaders have also stoked aggressive anti-Kashmir sentiment since the bombing.”Don’t visit Kashmir … Boycott everything Kashmiri,” Meghalaya state governor Tathagata Roy wrote on Twitter.More than 500,000 Indian troops are stationed in Kashmir, a territory administered by New Delhi but also claimed by neighbouring Pakistan.The two countries have battled three wars for control of the region, while an assortment of local insurgent groups have fought for a merger with Pakistan or outright independence.Last week’s suicide attack was claimed by the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militant group, based in Pakistan.India has long accused Islamabad of giving official backing to Kashmiri rebel groups.Prime minister Narendra Modi, who faces an election in the coming months and is under pressure to take a tough stand on militants, has promised those responsible for the bombing “will pay a heavy price”.His Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan promised retaliation against any Indian attack on his country’s soil.
Kolkata: Preparations are in place for the fourth phase of polling in eight West Bengal Lok Sabha constituencies on Monday, which will decide the fate of 68 candidates in the fray. All the eight seats — Baharampur, Krishnagar, Ranaghat (SC), Burdwan East (SC), Burdwan-Durgapur, Asansol, Bolpur (SC) and Birbhum — will see a four-cornered contest between the Trinamool Congress, the BJP, the Congress and the Left Front. An electorate of 1,34,56,491 will decide the fate of 68 candidates in these eight constituencies, the Election Commission said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata The commission will deploy a total of 580 companies of central forces, which will cover all the polling booths in the Lok Sabha constituencies to ensure free and fair polling, election officials said. The campaign for the eight parliamentary seats — that came to an end on Saturday evening — saw roadshows and poll meetings by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state TMC has fielded Apurba Sarkar (David) against the Congress MP, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury in the Baharampur seat. The Left Front constituent RSP has nominated Id Mohammad, while the BJP has named Krishna Joyardar. In Krishnagar, the TMC has fielded Mahua Moitra against BJP’s Kalyan Chaubey, a footballer. The Congress has nominated Intaj Ali Shah and the CPI(M) Shantanu Jha. Ranaghat (SC) will see TMC’s Rupali Biswas locking horns with BJP’s Jagannath Sarkar. Congress has nominated Minati Biswas and the CPI(M) Rama Biswas. In the Burdwan East (SC) seat, TMC’s Sunil Kumar Mondal will contest against Paresh Chandra Das of the BJP. The Congress has fielded Siddhartha Majumdar and the CPI(M) Iswar Chandra Das. Mamtaz Sanghamita is the TMC candidate from the Burdwan-Durgapur seat against BJP’s S S Ahluwalia. The Congress has nominated Ranajit Mukherjee and the CPI(M) named Abhas Ray Chaudhuri. In Asansol, Union minister and BJP sitting MP Babul Supriyo will contest against TMC’s celebrity candidate Moon Moon Sen. The CPI(M) has nominated Gouranga Chatterjee and the Congress Biswarup Mondal for the seat. In the Bolpur (SC) seat, TMC’s Asit Kumar Mal will contest against Ramprasad Das of the BJP. The CPI(M) has fielded Ramchandra Dome and the Congress, Abhijit Saha. Celebrity candidate Satabdi Roy is the TMC name from the Birbhum seat against BJP’s Dudh Kumar Mondal. The Congress has nominated Imam Hossain and the CPI(M) named Rezaul Karim for the seat. The polling personnel have already left for the 15,277 booths in the eight parliamentary constituencies. Besides general election observers and expenditure observers, the poll panel has for the first time deployed a special police observer and a special observer in the state. In another first, VVPAT will be used in all the polling booths along with the EVMs, EC sources said.
Categories: Bizon News Portrait unveiled for first woman, Native American to serve in Michigan HouseFrom left, Rep. David Maturen, Capitol decorative painter and artist Joshua Risner, Rep. Dr. John Bizon, Sen. Margaret O’Brien and Rep. Amanda Price attend the portrait unveiling for Cora Belle Reynolds Anderson today at the Anderson House Office Building in Lansing.State Reps. David Maturen and Dr. John Bizon today attended a portrait unveiling in honor of Cora Belle Reynolds Anderson, the first woman and the first Native American to serve in the Michigan House of Representatives. The Anderson House Office Building, where the portrait now hangs in the lobby, is named in her honor.“Cora Belle Reynolds Anderson was a political pioneer; she no doubt overcame many obstacles to serve her district at a time when minorities, including Native Americans, were subjected to considerable discrimination,” said Rep. Maturen, R-Vicksburg. “She serves as an inspiration to us all.”Anderson was elected by the “Iron District” of Baroga, Iron, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties in 1924, just four years after women gained the right to vote. A woman of Ojibwe decent and a former teacher, she was a lifelong advocate for agriculture, education and public health issues.“Michigan has a long history of courageous individuals who fought to improve the lives of others,” said Rep. Bizon, R-Battle Creek. “Rep. Anderson’s accomplishments helped pave the way for many others who came after. It is an honor to work in the same chamber she did.” ### 08Dec Reps. Bizon, Maturen honor Cora Belle Anderson
Rep. Holly Hughes, of Montague, today has requested legislation requiring anyone facing a sentence of life in prison, such as murder or sexual assault, to hear the impact statements by victims or their families.The bill is inspired by a Muskegon County murder trial where the convicted offender, Jeffrey Willis, requested to leave his sentencing hearing on Dec. 18 before the victim’s family made their statements.“Anyone convicted of such a heinous crime should be required to hear directly from family members on how their lives will be forever impacted,” Hughes said. “The convicted felon in the Muskegon County case stated he had a ‘desire’ to leave the courtroom before the victim’s family spoke. His request was absurd and extremely painful for the family involved. Anyone convicted of murder shouldn’t have the right to dictate to the courts when he would like to leave the courtroom.”Hughes expects to introduce the bill when the state House returns to session in early January 2018.### 21Dec Hughes bill to require offenders to hear victim impact statements Categories: Hughes News,News
Here’s what they aren’t telling you about this plan Click here now to see this dirt cheap offer — E.B. Tucker Editor, Strategic InvestorJustin’s note: Right now, E.B.’s excited about a little-known strategy you can use to generate gains 10x bigger than options. It’s a specific type of investment that Doug Casey uses, too…E.B. and Doug are ready to share the details of this strategy on February 27 in what’s sure to be one of the most important events in Casey Research’s history.You’ll be able to sign up for this big event on Monday. Keep an eye out…Reader Mailbag Many readers love E.B.’s “Notes From the Battlefield” essays because they offer a unique perspective that you can’t get anywhere else. And because they show the importance of a life well lived, rich with experiences. Let us know what you think of them right here: email@example.com. Democrats have the power and America is DoomedWith the Democrats taking charge, for the third time in U.S. history our government is preparing to “nationalize” America’s currency. Before long, everywhere you go, they’ll be talking about how we must reset America’s currency… to keep things fair… to build a stronger country… to “wipe the slate clean.” But think about it: Where will all this new money come from? I move in the opposite direction. I like to hire architects and let them do whatever they want. Other than paying the bill, I’m totally hands off. So far, this has worked out great. It’s also been a lot of fun.I had an architect lay out the interior of my new office in 2017. I gave him free rein to pick out everything from the art to the exact place my computer screens sit. The result was great. My office feels serious and relaxing at the same time. I’m more comfortable there than any other workspace I’ve had to date.From remolding rooms to designing custom built furniture, I’ve had a lot of luck with this approach. Hire someone talented, then leave them alone while they create. Architects tell me I’m the rare exception… The problem with clients ruining great design is not new.Legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright had a zero-tolerance policy for client meddling. I’m intrigued by Wright’s work and went on a quest to see as much of it as possible.This summer, Strategic Investor analyst John Pangere and I rented a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home in Chicago for one night. E.B. and John rented this home designed by Frank Lloyd WrightWright built this house for Emil Bach in 1915. Emil was the brother of Otto Bach, who ran the Bach Brick Company in Chicago. Otto lived in another home designed by Wright, which unfortunately was not preserved.When we checked into the Emil Bach house, the caretaker told us about Wright’s defiant style. One summer day after the Bach family moved into the house, Mrs. Bach looked out the window to see a man ripping up her garden. Frank Lloyd Wright walked past the house and noticed Mrs. Bach had planted vegetables in the space he purposefully designed as a small strip of grass. He let himself in the gate and ripped up the garden. — Recommended Link Recommended Link Wright thought out every meticulous detail when designing a home. He said the house should be as unique as the family that lives in it. If he could not find the materials needed, he would make them himself. In the Emil Bach house, he personally designed the bookcases, furniture, and complex windows which have built-in shades hidden from view.The same goes for the exterior. The house has no drain pipes. Water funnels down to holes in the cantilevered roof before falling to drain in the ground below.He even hid the steps leading up to the entrance of the house. From the street view all you see is the home, no steps, and no door. Wright called this a “pathway to discovery.” Front steps hidden from viewWe had the unique opportunity to experience Wright’s design by spending the night in the Emil Bach house.Wright died in 1959. He was 91 years old. He designed hundreds of buildings. Another well-known house worth seeing is Fallingwater in Mill Run, Pennsylvania. Built over a streamWright built Fallingwater for the Kaufmann family in the mid-1930s. Kaufmann ran department stores bearing his name. He asked Wright to build a summer cabin on his property. He ended up with a home that feels like part of the stream’s natural waterfall. Wright ran 400% over budget in the process. If you have a chance to see the home in person, you’ll see why the Kaufmanns went along with his obscure and expensive design.Of the hundreds of buildings Wright designed over his life I’m aware of only one plantation. I had a chance to tour this magnificent structure in 2013. Frank Lloyd Wright designed a plantation in Beaufort, SCAn engineer from Michigan commissioned the project in the 1940s. Wright worked on it for over a decade before giving up.The owner’s daughter lived in the mostly finished home for another 25 years. When she was too old, she leased it to local South Carolinians as a hunting cabin. My guide told me the hunters hung and skinned dead deer in the kitchen.When movie producer Joel Silver bought and restored the one-of-a-kind property, he saved it from ruin. Silver allows a local non-profit land trust to host a tour of the property one day each year. It’s in November, which is a great time to visit South Carolina. Here is a link to the access tickets.The next time you’re in a building that feels right or wrong, take note of the design. You’ll find you can tell a lot about the owner’s personality by how he handled the architect who designed it. 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Tucker’s popular “Notes From the Battlefield” essays…This is a special section that E.B. includes every month in his Strategic Investor newsletter to show readers the importance of a well-lived life, rich with experiences. Last weekend, we showed you what he learned from spending a night at a former insane asylum…Today, he shares what he discovered from his recent architectural quest…By E.B. Tucker, editor, Strategic InvestorI’m fascinated with great architectural design.It all started about 10 years ago. I slowly realized most of the buildings we spend our lives in are complete crap. Not only do they look terrible, they make us feel terrible. When you experience great architecture there are no words to describe the feeling. Everything about it just feels right.Over the years, I’ve made friends with several progressive architects. I’ve traveled with them. I spend time over dinners listening to them explain things. They’ll point around a restaurant and show me the wall that’s out of place, the corner that should be rounded, and the thing hanging from the ceiling that makes patrons subconsciously feel trapped. Meanwhile, most people just deal with it and never know any different.My architect pals all tell the same story of how these terrible designs came to be. People hire them and ask them to design something amazing. They deliver. Then the customer balks at the cost and orders them to sterilize the design back down to something closer to what their neighbors have.
President Trump has consistently declared that the Affordable Care Act — commonly referred to as Obamacare — is a broken mess, and after several unsuccessful attempts to repeal the national health care law, he has eagerly anticipated that it will “fail” and “implode.”On Thursday, four cities wielded the president’s remarks against him, in a lawsuit accusing Trump of deliberately undermining his executive obligation to “faithfully execute” the law in violation of the Constitution. It alleges that Trump and his administration “are waging a relentless campaign to sabotage and, ultimately, to nullify the law.” It points to the president’s own statements and actions taken by the Health and Human Services Department to discourage citizens from enrolling in health insurance exchanges. The cities of Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, contend the government has schemed to destroy the ACA by slashing outreach funding, promoting insurance that does not have to comply with the law and can refuse people who have preexisting conditions, has narrowed the enrollment window, imposed onerous documentation requirements and “misused federal funds for advertising campaigns aimed at smearing the ACA and its exchanges, and spinning false narratives about the efficacy and success of the Act.”An HHS spokeswoman told NPR the department does not comment on pending litigation, but in an interview on Fox News on Thursday, Secretary Alex Azar asserted the insurance law “is still broken.””It does not work because of its own structure,” Azar said. “The premium baseline from which they’re operating is entirely too high and unaffordable for so many people, but under President Trump we’ve brought stabilization there that at least is bringing some relief to individuals.”The cities’ lawsuit follows Wednesday’s changes in regulations that allow insurance-seekers to buy short-term policies for up to three years. The alternative plans may be much cheaper than those offered under the ACA because they’re not required to cover as many medical services and can exclude people with pre-existing conditions.As NPR’s Alison Kodjak reported:”The plans have been a priority of President Trump, who says he wants consumers to have access to cheaper health insurance.”Short-term plans don’t have to meet the Affordable Care Act’s consumer protection and coverage requirements, so many will not cover services such as mental health care or prescription drugs. And insurance companies can deny customers coverage on these plans if they have a pre-existing medical condition and charge people more if they are likely to need medical care.”These policies are aimed at people who earn too much to qualify for federally subsidized health plans, a population HHS estimates will likely be about 200,000 people next year but could grow up to 1.6 million by 2024, according to Kodjak. Meanwhile, the Congressional Budget Office, the nonpartisan research office that estimates the budget effects of policy proposals, expects a larger swath of healthy people — about 2 million — will buy the less expensive plans. That would likely drive up premiums for those on other plans. The complaint argued the administration’s efforts to promote “bare-bones” plans to weaken the exchanges have “violated their constitutional obligation to take care that the ACA is faithfully executed.” “By actively and avowedly wielding executive authority to sabotage the ACA, defendants are not acting in good faith; instead, they have usurped Congress’s lawmaking function, and they are violating the Constitution,” the complaint said.Andy Slavitt, former acting administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under former President Obama, said insurers have pulled out of the marketplace as a result of the Trump administration’s refusal to guarantee monthly subsidy payments. “There is a specific psychology to the private market. And when you mess with that, as the president has done repeatedly by saying he finally killed Obamacare, that throws the whole thing off,” Slavitt told NPR. Whether or not Trump supports the health care act, he is bound to uphold it, he said. “When I was in the [Obama] administration no one asked me if some law passed by Gerald Ford or Lyndon Johnson or Richard Nixon, was something I wanted to enforce. I was told to make it work for the American public.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
A disabled campaigner has launched a new photo-based website that has put decades of his work online, in a bid to share information about the accessibility of venues across Britain and Ireland.Marg McNiel estimates that he has travelled more than a million miles in his quest to document the accessibility of public venues throughout the British Isles, and says he has taken more than 500, 000 photographs over his lifetime.McNiel has been taking pictures since he was a child in the 1950s, but he has been focussing on producing a photographic access record of Britain and Ireland since he developed ME in the early 1990s.See Around Britain provides photographs of locations (pictured) such as churches, museums, cinemas, railway stations, hospitals, hotels, National Trust venues and other cultural attractions, with the website and mobile app offering multiple pictures of the access at some of the larger sites.The See Around Britain interactive map also features the locations of services such as accessible toilets, Shopmobility centres, defibrillators and accident and emergency departments.He hopes the site – and the free Android and iPhone apps – will offer something different to existing websites that provide photographs and written access information, by being “fully mainstream and fully inclusive” and so not just appealing to disabled people.He wants the site to help disabled people but also anyone else who wants to check out if a location is suitable before they visit, such as families with young children, and foreign visitors, and also people with impairments who don’t see themselves as disabled.McNiel said: “Our approach and philosophy is totally different. We are mainstream and fully inclusive of disabled people, so we reach as many disabled people with impairments as possible.“The photos save a thousand words and don’t lie. They are not pretty-pretty, they are everyday life reality.”He estimates that the website currently covers more than 1,300 venues across Britain and Ireland, with many more of his photographs yet to be added.See Around Britain also has information and photographs for some sites in Belgium, Holland, France, Germany, Denmark and Sweden.Over the last 18 months, nearly 20 volunteers have helped McNiel by cataloguing the pictures and writing descriptions of access at venues based on those photographs.McNiel and his fellow trustees Vin West and Trevor Palmer are now looking for sponsorship and more volunteers.The charity, which has so far provided the bulk of the funding for See Around Britain, dates back to 1971, and originally provided drop-in centres and community education and training schemes.The money to launch See Around Britain came from the £1.6 million sale of the charity’s previous base in Islington, north London, which for many years was the home of his photographic archive, the National Heritage Library.The charity has now moved its headquarters temporarily to a rented farmhouse in Wales.
About 1,600 working-age disabled people are dying every year after having their claim for disability benefits rejected, the government has been forced to admit.TheDepartment for Work and Pensions figures (DWP) reveal that 7,990 disabled people wholodged a claim for person independence payment (PIP) in the five years afterthe new benefit was launched in April 2013 had died within six months ofregistering their claim, while also having that claim rejected.Thesefigures mean that more than 130 working-age disabled people a month have beenfound ineligible for PIP following an initial assessment by governmentcontractors Atos and Capita but were still so unwell that they died soonafterwards*.Anotherset of figuresreleased by DWP shows that 3,680 disabled people – or more than 60 a month –died within three months of their initial PIP applications being rejected byDWP.Marsha deCordova, Labour’s shadow minister for disabled people, said: “These shockingfigures show that the cruel and callous PIP assessment is unfit for purpose.“Thatthousands of people die three months after being denied vital social securitypayments is disgraceful. “Ill anddisabled people are being failed [with] the most tragic consequences.“Labour willend the hostile environment in the DWP and replace the PIP assessment frameworkwith a system that treats disabled people with dignity and respect.”The figures werereleased to Labour MP Madeleine Moon by Sarah Newton, the minister for disabledpeople.It was Moon whosecured other figures last month which showed that more than 17,000PIP claimants – out of a total of more than 3.6 million – had died during thefive years while waiting for DWP to make a decision on their claim.Newton alsotold her last week that 11,790 of these undecided claims were dealtwith under “normal rules” and so had not been fast-tracked because they wereterminally-ill.The BridgendMP said this week: “These shamefulfigures reveal how gravely ill people, eligible for benefits, have tragicallyfallen through the cracks of a failing system as they approach the end of life.“Questions to the DWP have uncovered manycases where terminally ill people have had their PIP applications rejected whenapplying under normal rules** and have died within six months.“It is disgusting that people who are dyinghave not been treated with compassion and support and their claim fast tracked.“When you only have a short time left to live you must not be let downby a callous system which is not fit for purpose.”Moon hasintroduced a private members’ bill, which would remove the current“arbitrary” time limit which means claimants can only be treated asterminally-ill if they have less than six months left to live.She said: “My bill will bring the changes needed to ensure we bringdignity and some financial security to the terminally ill and their families.“All terminally ill people should be able to access the special rulesfor terminal illness (SRTI) process. “The clinical judgement of a healthcare professional should be enoughto determine when someone has a terminal condition, without reference to a sixmonths prognosis. “Removing the arbitrary time limit provides medical professionals withgreater clarity, and more importantly, ensures the terminally ill receivesupport with the speed and compassion they deserve.”There aresimilarities between the new figures secured by Moon and statistics releasedby DWP in 2015, which showed that about 100 disabled people everymonth who had applied for employment and support allowance (ESA) were dyingsoon after being found fit for work.As with theESA figures, it is not currently possible to draw clear conclusions about howdeeply flawed the PIP assessment process is because of DWP’s failure to releasecomparable statistics for the general population.DisabledPeople Against Cuts researcher Anita Bellows, who has previously carriedout widely-praised work examining the PIP contracts awarded to Atos and Capita,said: “Once again, the spotlight is on disability assessment contractors, Atosand Capita, and on the DWP, after the release of figures showing the number ofclaimants dying after their PIP were disallowed.”She said the figures should be viewed in the light of around70 per cent of claimants appealing a PIP decision having the initialdecision overturned by a tribunal. She said: “So it can be said with certitude that some of these people whodied were denied the support they were entitled to, or they might have diedbecause of this lack of support. “DWP, Atos and Capita have shown time and time again that they are notfit for purpose, and neither are the tests supposed to assess disability andfitness for work, which have lost all credibility. “It is time to overhaul the whole system to prevent it doing further harm.”A DWP spokesperson refused to say whether Newton agreed that the figuresshowed that the PIP process was failing a substantial number of very ill people.But she said in a statement: “DWP decision makers take into considerationall the evidence provided, including from their medical professionals, whendetermining eligibility for PIP.“Meanwhile, we fast-track the claim process for people who have beendiagnosed with a terminal illness. “We are determined that people get the support they need and under PIP 31per cent of people get the highest possible support, compared with 15 per centunder DLA. “We are also stopping unnecessary reassessment for PIP for people withthe most severe and life-long conditions.”She also said that new SRTI claims currently take an average of sixworking days to process.She said: “We are absolutely committed toimproving the overall PIP claimant experience as this is what claimants rightlyexpect and deserve. “Our thoughts are with the friends and family of anyone who has passedaway but there is no evidence in this data to suggest someone’s reason forclaiming PIP was the cause of their death and it would be misleading to suggestotherwise.“People claim PIP for various reasons, the majority of which are non-lifethreatening.”Meanwhile,DWP has published theresults of its annual benefits satisfaction survey, which show thatthe percentage of PIP claimants who had been in contact with DWP in theprevious three months and were satisfied with the service they received plungedfrom 87 per cent in 2016-17 to 82 per cent in 2017-18.Theproportion who said they were dissatisfied rose from 12 to 17 per cent, and theproportion who said they were very dissatisfied almost doubled, increasing fromfive to nine per cent. Newton alsoreleased figures this week to de Cordova which showed that thenumber of complaints received by Atos and Capita about the PIP assessmentprocess increased from 8,900 in 2017 to 9,400 in 2018.Newton said:“Both of these figures equate to less than one per cent of the total number ofassessments carried out that year.”*The cause of death may be unrelatedto the condition or impairment for which the claimant was seeking PIP**Those expected not to live longer than six months, as opposed to those applying under Normal Rules, should receive PIP more quickly A note from the editor: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 note that DNS is not a charity. 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Mergers and Acquisitions Krispy Kreme Doughnuts has agreed to a $1.35 billion takeover offer by German conglomerate JAB Holding Company, a sweet 25 percent premium to the company’s closing stock price on Friday.JAB is agreeing to buy Krispy Kreme for $21 per share in cash. The deal for the retailer, which has been a public company since April 2000, is expected to close in the third quarter. As a result of the transaction, Krispy Kreme has postponed an annual shareholders meeting that was originally planned for June.CEO Tony Thompson lauded the deal, saying JAB’s “experience and industry knowledge make them the ideal partner to help grow the iconic Krispy Kreme brand throughout the world.” After the transaction closes, Krispy Kreme will continue operations at the company’s current headquarters in Winston-Salem, N.C.The deal for Krispy Kreme is interesting on a few levels. JAB Holding Company has established a recent track record for acquiring coffee brands, including a $13.9 billion takeover for Keurig Green Mountain last year and the acquisitions of Peet’s Coffee & Tea and Caribou Coffee Company over the past several years.But Krispy Kreme, which is known for selling breakfast items, has traditionally lagged in the sale of beverages. Sales of the retailer’s doughnuts comprise of about 89 percent of total retail sales, with the balance comprised principally of beverage sales. Beverage sales are far greater at brands like Starbucks and Dunkin’ Brands. JAB could help make beverages a greater opportunity for Krispy Kreme.Krispy Kreme only more recently began to aggressively tackle the potential coffee business. In 2014, it signed deals to sell ready-to-drink coffees in bottles and in 2015, inked a licensing deal to roast and distribute 12-ounce bags of ground coffee.The German company’s expertise could also help improve sales abroad. Krispy Kreme, which generates $518.7 million in annual revenue, has posted consistent sales gains in the U.S. market but sales at existing stores in foreign markets have slipped in recent years.Peter Harf, Senior Partner at JAB, said the acquisition was yet “another example of our commitment to investing in extraordinary brands with significant growth prospects.” Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand –shares Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. 2 min read John Kell Image credit: Bloomberg | Getty Images This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Add to Queue Next Article Krispy Kreme Agrees to $1.35 Billion Takeover May 9, 2016 Enroll Now for $5
Merkle Releases Its Q1 2019 Digital Marketing Report MTS Staff WriterApril 24, 2019, 9:49 pmApril 24, 2019 Report Highlights Decline of Facebook Spend and Continued Growth of Google Shopping Ads and Overall Paid Social SpendMerkle, a leading technology-enabled, data-driven performance marketing agency, has released its Q1 2019 Digital Marketing Report (DMR). The full report analyzes key trends in paid search, organic search, display, and social, providing insights into major players like Google, Facebook, and Amazon. Merkle is hosting a complimentary webinar on Thursday, April 25 at 2 p.m. ET to further discuss these findings.Top takeaways from the report include Facebook spend, excluding Instagram, dipping into negative territory for the first time in the history of the DMR, declining by 2% since Q1 2018. Facebook continues to derive meaningful growth from Instagram, however, which saw a 44% increase in ad spend year over year for the quarter and now accounts for 19% as much spend as Facebook for advertisers active on both platforms. Additionally, paid social spend growth continues to outpace traditional display advertising, growing 24% year over year compared to 12% for display advertising.Marketing Technology News: Video Conferencing Solutions Provider, IVCi, Shares Tips for Choosing the Best Video Wall Solution for Your SpacePaid search spending growth slowed for the fifth straight quarter, as Google spend growth decelerated to 16% year over year and spend across Bing and Yahoo declined 3% in the same period. Google Shopping was once again the primary driver of click growth, as spend for the format increased more than 40% year over year for the second straight quarter. Part of this expansion can be attributed to the growth of variations of the ad format, such as Showcase Shopping Ads and Local Inventory Ads.“Our quarterly Digital Marketing Report continues to showcase important learnings for marketers,” said Erin Hutchinson, senior vice president of marketing at Merkle. “The report breaks down valuable data from the key media platforms and provides valuable lessons from some of the most impactful updates these platforms saw in Q1. As the marketing landscape continues to evolve, our team at Merkle is committed to ensuring our clients have thoughtful analysis and insight into the trends impacting their business.”Marketing Technology News: PCM Partners with RingCentral to Bring Cloud Communications Solutions to EnterprisesAdditional insights from the report include Google’s continued domination of organic search visit share, particularly on mobile devices. However, DuckDuckGo has seen the strongest growth, with visits increasing 54% overall and 78% on mobile devices year over year.Outside of traditional search, Amazon advertisers saw sales attributed to both Sponsored Products and Sponsored Brands more than double year over year, as spend grew 19% and 77% for those formats respectively. Sponsored Products accounted for 85% of all Amazon spend, with over half of spend coming from placements other than the top of search results.Marketing Technology News: Userful Announces New Drag-and-Drop Command and Control Module for Visual Networking Platform AmazonDigital Marketing ReportFacebookMarketing TechnologyMerkleNewsQ1 Previous ArticleSDL Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary of Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) for SDL Tridion DX, and Announces This Year’s Exclusive ListNext ArticleTechBytes with Stephen Mello, VP Product Marketing, Localytics
MetroList selects Remine for its Data Analytics and Front End of Choice for its 20,000 Subscribers PRNewswireMay 15, 2019, 12:23 pmMay 15, 2019 Bill MillerMarketing TechnologyMetroList ServicesMultiple Listing ServiceNewsnext generation platformRemine Previous ArticleInformatica Ranked Highest in Global iPaaS Market Share Revenue for Fifth Consecutive YearNext ArticleVerve Reaffirms Commitment To Fraud-Free Media With Pixalate Partnership And TAG Recertification Remine, a real estate data and analytics company, just announced MetroList Services, Inc., signed a site license with Remine to deliver the next generation platform.Starting soon MetroList subscribers will have access to a complete public record solution that includes all Remine’s premium data solutions. In addition, MetroList subscribers will be among the first to receive Remine’s MLS 2.0 suite of premium services, including property searches, chat and collaboration tools, among other things.Remine’s property information solution includes the industry’s best-in-class map-based search and offers the ability for the MLS to deliver full functionality of an end-to-end agent-client workflow solution.“We have been watching Remine’s evolution as a lead gen company to what has become a single platform combining consumer and property data intelligence, specifically for real estate professionals,” said Bill Miller, CEO of MetroList Services, Inc. “We are thrilled to launch Remine Pro version to all of our subscribers as an additional resource that combines MLS, public records, and predictive analytics, utilizing a state-of-the-art graphical interface,” added Miller.Marketing Technology News: HUBX, The World’s First Anonymous B2B Marketplace Platform, Surpasses $200 Million in Revenue in First Year, Hires Industry Veteran as Chief Revenue Officer“Agents are craving more options to view and access data in their MLS. We are thrilled to partner with MetroList and are committed to providing their Brokers and Agents with modern workflows,” says Leo Pareja, President of Remine.Remine is an MLS platform in 45 markets and available to more than 900,000 agents and their clients. Remine uses big data and machine learning to automate decisions and workflows for the most comprehensive agent and consumer search experience.Marketing Technology News: RevJet Announces Results of Second Ad Experience Sentiment Report Revealing Change in Sentiment, Behavior of Online ConsumersMetroList is the official Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and technology provider to more than 20,000 real estate brokers and agents in Amador, El Dorado, Merced, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Yolo Counties. MetroList acts as a seamless real estate information network and has been in operation for more than 30 years, is the second largest MLS in the State of California, and serves a geographic market area covering over 10,000 square miles. MetroList operates ten regional administrative centers that provide a full range of value added tools, resources and services to help real estate professionals in their businesses.Marketing Technology News: Glassbox Distances Competitors by Patenting Its Technology for Recording Web Sessions
Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Apr 9 2019Little is known about the potential health effects of JUUL e-cigarette products that have recently risen in popularity, especially among adolescents. The Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, has a growing concern about this uptick in their use because these electronic cigarettes deliver nicotine — a highly addictive stimulant, with potential to affect the still-developing adolescent brain.A research team led by Prue Talbot, a professor in the Department of Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology at the University of California, Riverside, and James F. Pankow, a professor of chemistry as well as civil and environmental engineering at Portland State University, Oregon, has now found that nicotine concentrations are higher in JUUL electronic cigarettes than in any of the hundreds of other electronic cigarette products the team analyzed.”The nicotine concentrations are sufficiently high to be cytotoxic, or toxic to living cells, when tested in vitro with cultured respiratory system cells,” said Talbot, the director of the UCR Stem Cell Center. “JUUL is the only electronic cigarette product we found with nicotine concentrations high enough to be toxic in standard cytotoxicity tests. A big concern is that its use will addict a new generation of adolescents to nicotine.”Study results appear in Chemical Research in Toxicology.JUUL e-cigarettes are made by JUUL Labs, an electronic cigarette company. JUUL use is widespread among middle and high school students.The research team made a second finding: Although each flavor of the JUUL pod — eight different flavors are available — has relatively few flavor chemicals, several of these chemicals are present in high concentrations.”Some JUUL flavor pods have sufficiently high concentrations of flavor chemicals that may make them attractive to youth,” Pankow said. “We still need to determine if JUUL products will lead to adverse health effects with chronic use.”Related StoriesSmoke-free generation ‘in sight’ as numbers of smokers drop dramaticallyNew regulations on e-cigarettes may have unintended consequencesE-cigarette vaping with nicotine appears to impair mucus clearance”We found some flavor chemicals, such as ethyl maltol, also correlate with cytotoxicity, but nicotine seems to be the most potent chemical in JUUL products, due to it very high concentration,” Talbot said.The nicotine found in JUUL products is currently, on average, about 61 milligrams per milliliter of fluid in pods–equivalent to more than one pack of conventional cigarettes.Talbot is hopeful that the FDA will limit the permissible concentration of nicotine in electronic cigarette products.”The FDA is trying to prevent sales of JUULs to those under 21, but these products still find their way into high schools,” she said. “Our data reinforce the need to prevent adolescents from using products with these extremely high nicotine concentrations.”UCR prohibits smoking and the use of smokeless tobacco products or electronic smoking devices, including JUULS, on campus.”Despite advertisements promoting e-cigarettes and JUUL products as smoking cessation tools, studies have shown, concerningly, that increasing use of these products among youth and adolescents can serve as gateways to tobacco and other substance abuse,” said Julie Chobdee, the coordinator of the Wellness Program at UCR, who did not participate in the study.Talbot explained that various flavor chemicals present in e-cigarette refill fluids, such as diacetyl, cinnamaldehyde, menthol, and ethyl vanillin, are popularly found in sweet, buttery/creamy and fruity/citrus e-liquids.”Depending on their concentrations in the products, these chemicals can elicit varying toxic effects, as has been noted in case reports and laboratory studies,” she said. “For example, diacetyl is a flavoring ingredient commonly found in popcorn. Inhalation of diacetyl, however, can cause a serious lung disease called bronchiolitis obliterans.” Source:https://www.ucr.edu/
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