Sycuan Casino celebrates huge milestone with resort Topping Off Ceremony

first_img Updated: 10:20 AM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsKUSI’s Elizabeth Alvarez was live for Sycuan’s Topping Off Ceremony on Tuesday. She interviewed Cody Martinez, Chairman of the Sycuan Tribal Council, about Sycuan’s history and the new resort.Sycuan Casino began as a humble Bingo Palace in 1983. Now more than 34 years later, it has become a community landmark.Today, Sycuan celebrates a major milestone by placing the final beam atop their new resort structure. Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Sycuan Casino FacebookTwitter May 22, 2018 Elizabeth Alvarez, Elizabeth Alvarez Sycuan Casino celebrates huge milestone with resort Topping Off Ceremony Posted: May 22, 2018 Topping-off Ceremony for @SycuanCasino The next casino-resort destination set to open in 9 months. @KUSINews @KUSI_GMSD pic.twitter.com/QRZluOHKMm— ELIZABETH ALVAREZ (@EAlvarezKUSI) May 22, 2018last_img read more

Warm Water Temperatures Have Interesting Sea Life Visiting Our Coast

first_img Posted: August 6, 2018 Dave Scott, Warm Water Temperatures Have Interesting Sea Life Visiting Our Coast August 6, 2018 Dave Scott Categories: Local San Diego News, Weather FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsLA JOLLA (KUSI) – The ocean water is at record warm temperatures, and we’re seeing marine life not usually seen off our coast.KUSI’s Dave Scott was with Dr. Daniel Rudnick, Professor at The Scripps Institution of Oceanography earlier today, discussing our recent visitors to our coastline. last_img read more

Japans NTT Data agrees to buy Dells IT services unit for 3

first_imgJapan’s NTT Data Corp said on Monday it has agreed to buy Dell Inc’s information technology consulting division for over $3 billion to expand in North America and bolster its services business.The move will allow U.S. computer maker Dell to trim some of the $43 billion in debt it is taking on to fund its pending cash-and-stock acquisition of data storage provider EMC Corp, a deal worth close to $60 billion.The Japanese company said it would pay around $3.05 billion, an amount that excludes debt and unspecified advisory fees.The sale will also offer NTT Data, one of the world’s largest technology services companies, a bigger foothold in the United States, where it is looking to expand in healthcare IT, insurance and financial services consulting.Dell has also made progress in syndicating $10 billion of its financing package for the EMC acquisition dubbed ‘term loan A’, people familiar with the situation said earlier. This is expected to be increased in size by $500 million to $750 million due to strong demand, with the extra money to be used to downsize some of the more expensive tranches of the remaining $33 billion in financing, the people added.The group of banks participating in the term loan A has been expanded from the original eight underwriters to 25, with more expected to join before the syndication is completed in the next week, the people said.Formerly known as Perot Systems, Dell’s IT services division is a major provider of technology consulting to hospitals and government departments. Founded in 1988 by former U.S. presidential candidate Ross Perot, it was acquired by Dell in 2009 for $3.9 billion.However, Dell has since divested some of the unit’s operations and integrated some others, which it is not including in the sale. Some of the unit’s capabilities were seen by Dell as redundant in the wake of the acquisition of EMC.Dell has also been speaking to private equity firms about selling Quest Software, which helps with information technology management, as well as SonicWall, an e-mail encryption and data security provider, Reuters has previously reported. Together, Quest and SonicWall could be worth up to $4 billion.Dell’s acquisition of EMC, which is backed by founder and Chief Executive Michael Dell as well as private equity firm Silver Lake Partners, is subject to approval by EMC shareholders. EMC is expected to hold a shareholder vote on the Dell deal in May, allowing for the transaction to be completed sometime between July and October.Reuters had reported first on Feb. 12 that NTT Data was in exclusive talks to buy Dell’s IT services unit.last_img read more

HC asks clinic fake physician to compensate Tk 900000

first_img.The High Court on Wednesday asked owner of the Niramoy Private Clinic and fake physician Razan Das of Patuakhali, who left gauze inside a woman’s abdomen, to pay the victim Tk 900,000 as compensation, reports UNB.A bench of justice Salma Masud Chowdhury and justice AKM Jahirul Haque passed the order after hearing a plea filed by victim Maksuda Begum seeking compensation.Of the compensation money, owner of the Niramoy Private Clinic will have to pay Tk 400,000 and Arjun Chakrabarty alias Razn Das will have to pay the rest of the money within 15 January 2018, the court said.The civil surgeon of the Patuakhali was asked to oversee the matter.The court, later, set 28 February for next hearing in the case.On 11 December, the HC sent Patuakhali fake physician Razan Das, who left gauze inside a woman’s abdomen during her cesarean surgery at a private hospital, to jail after he surrendered before it.The court also asked authorities concerned to sue owner of the Niramoy Private Clinic, nurse and assistant of the fake physician.On 16 November, the High Court directed the officer-in-charge of Baufal police station in Patuakhali to arrest the fake doctor and produce him before it within 10 December.The court also asked the Patuakhali police to take help of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) if necessary.Earlier on 23 July, the same bench summoned three people, including Patuakhali civil surgeon and gynecology department head of Barisal Medical College, in this connection.Supreme Court lawyer Md Shahid Ullah drew the attention of the HC placing a newspaper report in this regard on 22 July.On 6 November, the Patuakhali civil surgeon submitted a probe report to the court stating that Razan Das had been using fake certificate of physician. He conducted a cesarean surgery on a pregnant woman in Niramoy Private Clinic in Patuakhali and left gauze inside her abdomen in May.Victim Maksuda Begum, 25, gave birth to a baby girl but her physical condition started to deteriorate after two months.On 12 July, the doctors of Sher-e-Bangla Medical College and Hospital detected the gauze inside her abdomen and removed it by another surgery.last_img read more

Cargo sinks in Rupsha river

first_imgA cargo vessel carrying 1035 metric tonnes of clinker sank in the middle of the Rupsha river in Khulna on Thursday afternoon, reports UNB.Officer-in-charge of Rupsha police station Rafiqul Islam said water started to enter cargo vessel – MV-BB 134 in the middle of the river when crack developed at its bottom around 2:30pm.The vessel sank within an hour, he added.No casualty was reported.last_img

3 dozens Facebook Twitter IDs sued

first_img.Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has said tough actions would be taken against the perpetrators who misused social media, including Facebook, to spread rumours to instigate violence in the name of movement for quota reforms in government jobs.”We must find out those culprits who spread rumours through the social media to instigate destructive and subversive acts in the name of quota reform movement across the country,” BSS quoted the home minister as saying.Necessary instructions have already been given to the police to find out the culprits and file cases under relevant sections of the law to stop recurrence of such activities, he added.Talking to BSS, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) deputy commissioner Md Alimuzzaman, who is in charge of Social Media Monitoring and Cyber Security Division, said investigation is underway to find out those Facebook accounts and groups, Youtube videos and other posts in different social media involved in spreading propaganda to create an unstable situation in the name of waging movement for quota reform in government jobs.”Perpetrators must be brought to justice to avert recurrence of such violent acts by spreading propaganda in social media,” he said.Meanwhile, DMP’s Cyber Security and Crime Division has filed a case with Ramna police station against about three dozens of Facebook and Twitter IDs, blogs and online domains involved in spreading rumours to instigate the students who were demanding reformation of the quota system.Sub-Inspector (SI) Sajibuzzaman of the division has already been appointed as the investigation officer (IO) of the case.In the four days of movement in different educational institutions, including Dhaka University, were agog with rumours of darkest kind, drawing the students of residential halls to take to the streets and flaring up the anti-government sentiments.All such sensitive rumours were emanated at the dead of the night mostly when the students went back to their halls while the most spectacular one hit the very first day: A Dhaka University student demonstrating for quota reform was shot by police and then succumbed to his injuries.It was later learnt that for spreading those fake stories, Facebook pages including ‘Zakir’s BCS specials’, ‘Troll Du’ and ‘Quota Songskar Chai’ were used.On the other hand, among the pages and news portals that already earned the notoriety for being run by Shibir activists like ‘Basherkella’ has also been found to be very much active and at the forefront to instigate the general students.One popular page among the BCS job-seekers, Zakir’s BCS Special, posted “AB Siddiq, a third year Dhaka University student, has breathed his last at a hospital suffering from bullet injuries”.More strikingly, to make it more authentic, this post was attributed to a private TV channel.Soon after the announcement was made, this fake story went like wild fire, fuelled a sense of disgust among the dormitory students.On impact, female students broke the gates of the dormitories and came out to the streets while in male dormitories, residents in their hundreds streamed in too, chanting slogans in demand of punishment for the “killing of the student.”Moments later, it was unearthed that AB Siddiq is alive and he sustained minor injuries while participating in the protest.From his Facebook account, he posted that he could not communicate with others as his cell phone was shut as its battery exhausted. Siddiq also mentioned that he sustained some minor injuries in his forehead.On Monday night, another rumour spread that Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) DU hall unit leaders are assaulting the general students for taking part in the movement.Again, in the wee hours on Monday, those pages put another post “The Sufia Kamal Hall BCL unit president has cut tendons of a resident of that hall for her involvement in this quota movement.”At around 3:00am on that day, another post appeared in Basherkella, that “DU Zia Hall unit president is leading a band of unruly activists in front of the hall to launch an assault on the general students.”Armed with weapons, BCL activists riding around 100 bikes are coming to TSC to swoop on the agitators” read another post.last_img read more

ORourke Outraises Cruz In Fourth Quarter Of 2017

first_imgLaura Skelding: O’Rourke/Douglas Young: CruzU.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso (left), and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.Senator Ted Cruz wants to keep his seat in the U.S. Senate. But his most likely challenger, Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke is raising more money – again.O’Rourke took in $2.4 million in the last quarter of 2017, compared to $1.9 million for Cruz. The El Paso Democrat also outraised the Republican incumbent during the second quarter of last year, and Cruz only narrowly edged out O’Rourke during the third.“Money at this stage, prior to the primaries, is sort of a surrogate for strength, and so the fact that this challenger is raising the amount of money he is raising [means] Senator Cruz does really have to take this as a serious challenger and as somebody who potentially could have the means to really be much more of a challenge than Senator Cruz might have expected,” said Victoria Farrar-Myers, a senior fellow at Southern Methodist University’s Tower Center for Political Studies.Farrar-Myers cautions not to read too much into O’Rourke’s fundraising lead. She said the number of donations is a better indicator of a candidate’s voting base.Cruz still maintains a lead in cash on hand. He reports a war chest worth $7.3 million, compared to O’Rourke’s $4.6 million. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Share 00:00 /01:06 Xlast_img read more

Martice Moore leads the Cardinals on the Final Day at the ACC

first_imgStory Links Women’s 4x100m Relay8. Louisville – 45.57(Gibbons, Alexander, Alston, Amadi) Women’s Discus13. Gianna Gaul – 43.85m/143-1016. Makenli Forrest – 42.57/138-8 Men’s 400m Hurdles2. Martice Moore – 50.96 2019 ACC ChampionshipsLannigan Field | Charlottesville, Va. May 11, 2019 Men’s 4x100m Relay7. Louisville – 40.66(Jegede, McClinton, McBride, Warner) The Cardinals will have next weekend off as they prepare for the NCAA Preliminaries on May 23-25 in Jacksonville, Fla.  Anthony McRoberts finished fifth in the men’s triple jump.  He earned second team All-ACC honors with a mark of 15.52m/50-11.  Charlottesville, Va. – The University of Louisville track and field teams wrapped up the ACC Outdoor Championships with a sixth place finish for the men, earning 52 points and a ninth place finish for the women, earning 45 points.  Senior Martice Moore earned the ACC title in the men’s 110m hurdles. Moore had a career best day in his final ACC Outdoor Championship.  The senior won his first ACC title in the 110m hurdles while finishing as runner-up in the 400m hurdles.  Moore finished with a career best time of 13.90 in the 110m hurdles and another personal best in the 400m hurdles with a time of 50.96.  Tyler Ettel finished sixth in the 110m hurdles, earning second team All-ACC honors with a time of 14.37.  Men’s 110m Hurdles1. Martice Moore – 13.906. Tyler Ettel – 14.37center_img Men’s 4x400m Relay9. Louisville – 3:17.90(Jones, Warner, McBride, Crandon) Print Friendly Version Men’s Triple Jump5. Anthony McRoberts – 15.52m/50-11 Final Results Women’s High Jump3. Alivia Ash – 1.70m/5-716. Addie Wanner – 1.55/5-1 Women’s Triple Jump17. Veronika Kapenko – 11.51m/37-9.25 Final Team Standings9. Women – 45 points6. Men – 52 points Alivia Ash earned first team All-ACC honors in the high jump.  The sophomore cleared 1.70m/5-7 to finish third, earning first team All-ACC honors in both indoor and outdoor this season.  Women’s 5000m18. Ivine Chemutai – 16:42.2530. Bailey Davis – 17:15.40 Men’s Discus14. Cade Richeson – 42.74m/140-3last_img read more

MoviePass Parent Lost 137 Million in Q3 May Be Unable to Raise

first_img MoviePass Reportedly Changed User Passwords to Limit Access HMNY said it will try to continue funding operations by raising additional capital from sources such as sales of the company’s debt or equity securities, but added that there’s no assurance it will be successful. “Without raising additional capital, there is substantial doubt about the company’s ability to continue as a going concern through November 15, 2019,” the company said, although it might run out of runway far sooner than that.“During this transitional period for Helios and MoviePass, we have been focused on reducing our burn rate and striving to improve our business model, and we are very encouraged by our Q3 financial results,” Ted Farnsworth, chairman and CEO of Helios, said in announcing the Q3 results.Earlier this week, HMNY said its proposed 1-for-500 reverse stock split failed to get board approval. The company warned that its stock faced being delisted on the Nasdaq. HMNY’s stock was trading at 1.7 cents per share Thursday, giving the company an implied market valuation of under $25 million.According to an Oct. 4 regulatory filing by Helios & Matheson, it raised $65 million in the third quarter via sales of its stock under an existing equity distribution agreement as well as “prepayments by investors of certain existing investor notes payable to the company.” At the same time, the company revealed that Canadian investment bank Canaccord Genuity terminated its equity distribution agreement, which had let HMNY sell the company’s shares.Meanwhile, on Oct. 24, two board members of MoviePass — Chris Kelly and Maria Stipp — resigned from the board, HMNY disclosed in the 10-Q. Prior to his resignation, Kelly, who is CEO and principal investor in Fandor, was chairman of the MoviePass board. As of Nov. 12, Helios & Matheson reported $6.2 million in cash on hand and approximately $23.3 million on deposit held by credit-card processors, for a total of approximately $29.5 million. “Our cash and cash equivalents may not be sufficient to fund our operations for the near future and we may not be able to obtain additional financing,” the company noted in the 10-Q filing. Related Popular on Variety Losses by MoviePass’ parent, Helios & Matheson Analytics, grew in the third quarter of 2018 to $137.2 million — and given its burn rate, the company might not be able to stay in business much longer.The company generated $81.3 million in revenue for Q3, including $78.9 million from MoviePass subscriptions, it disclosed in a 10-Q filing Thursday. However, its cost of revenue for the period, nearly all of it related to MoviePass, was $109.6 million. The company also reported $95.6 million in interest expense (and a $45.5 million gain related to the “extinguishment of debt”).Based on what it said was a significant decline in MoviePass subscribers during Q3 — after the service cut back the service from one movie daily to just three per month — HMNY took a goodwill-impairment charge of $38.5 million for the third quarter, which contributed to the net loss.center_img Still pending is HMNY’s proposal, announced last month, to create a new subsidiary, MoviePass Entertainment Holdings, that would spin off the company’s shares of MoviePass and its other film-related assets (including Moviefone). The company would retain control of MoviePass Entertainment but says it is not sure if such a transaction is permitted under Delaware law.In June, MoviePass touted that it had topped 3 million subscribers for its service letting customers see one movie per day for just $9.95 per month. But the surge in users caused an enormous cash drain on HMNY and the company was forced to take out several loans, and in August curtailed its subscription plans to limit customers to only three movies per month for the same price while limiting access to wide-release movies during peak demand.HMNY’s subscription revenue for Q3 suggests MoviePass still had an average of 2.6 million customers in the quarter, although the company said it suffered a significant decline in subscribers during the period because of the change in the service. The company said subscribers on average saw 0.77 movies per month in September 2018, down dramatically from 2.23 movies per month in March 2018.In addition to its financial woes, Helios & Matheson faces several investor lawsuits alleging the company made “materially false or misleading” statements. That includes a suit filed Sept. 20 by shareholder Yu Chen in the Supreme Court of the State of New York alleges claims for “breach of fiduciary duty and unjust enrichment against” officers of the company. HMNY has moved to consolidate the shareholder lawsuits.HMNY also is the target of a fraud investigation by the New York Attorney General looking into whether it misled investors. MoviePass Confirms Security Lapse May Have Exposed Customer Credit Card Data ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Samsung to issue updates in response to printer alert

first_img Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Hewlett-Packard offers fix for printers susceptible to remote hacks Nonetheless, it added, any customers concerned about the vulnerability can disable SNMPv1.2 or use the secure SNMPv3 mode until the firmware updates are made.Samsung’s SNMP advice, however, appeared to generate more questions than answers, motivating at least one news service, CNET, to contact Samsung in order to clarify the issue.That is because the U.S. Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) Vulnerability Note (VU#281284), issued first on November 26 and then revised on Wednesday said that a hardcoded Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) full read-write community string remains active even when SNMP is disabled in the printer management utility. The account in the firmware will still allow access to the device even if management functions are disabled in the printer’s software utility.The CERT warning spoke about a Samsung printer firmware backdoor administrator account. This is a hardcoded account in the printers that could allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected device. The note pertained to Samsung printers as well as some Dell printers manufactured by Samsung. “A remote, unauthenticated attacker could access an affected device with administrative privileges,” US-CERT said. “Secondary impacts include: the ability to make changes to the device configuration, access to sensitive information (e.g., device and network information, credentials, and information passed to the printer), and the ability to leverage further attacks through arbitrary code execution.”CERT then referenced that the “reporter has stated that blocking the custom SNMP trap port of 1118/udp will help mitigate the risks.”Samsung and Dell have stated that any models released after October 31 if this year are not affected by this vulnerability. The CERT note was a result of findings by Neil Smith, a security researcher, who then contacted US-CERT on November 26, telling them that Samsung printer firmware contains a hardcoded backdoor administrator account that could allow remote network access exploitation and device control. Citation: Samsung to issue updates in response to printer alert (2012, November 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-11-samsung-issue-response-printer.htmlcenter_img More information: www.kb.cert.org/vuls/id/281284 (Phys.org)—Samsung has issued a response to CERT’s vulnerability advisory about Samsung networked printers but the response may have left printer owners wondering what to do next. Samsung said that it is aware of and has resolved the security issue affecting Samsung network printers and multifunction devices. “The issue affects devices only when SNMP is enabled, and is resolved by disabling SNMP.” The company offered the reminder that it takes all matters of security seriously. They said that were they not aware of any customers affected by this vulnerability. Samsung said that it intends to release updated firmware for all current models by November 30, and all other models will receive an update by the end of the year. © 2012 Phys.orglast_img read more

Did 40yearold Viking experiment discover life on Mars

first_img Could Curiosity determine if Viking found life on Mars? (Phys.org)—In 1976, two Viking landers became the first US spacecraft from Earth to touch down on Mars. They took the first high-resolution images of the planet, surveyed the planet’s geographical features, and analyzed the geological composition of the atmosphere and surface. Perhaps most intriguingly, they also performed experiments that searched for signs of microbial life in Martian soil. The Viking 1 Lander’s LR results show that, when injected with the nutrient solution, the soil sample exhibited strong radioactivity, indicating metabolism. The control soil sample, which had been heated to kill any microorganisms, had a negative response. Credit: Levin and Straat, 1977, Biosystems. ©Elsevier Citation: Did 40-year-old Viking experiment discover life on Mars? (2016, October 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-10-year-old-viking-life-mars.html Today researchers know much more about Mars than they did 40 years ago. One of the biggest discoveries came in 2014, when the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover detected the presence of organic molecules on Mars for the first time. Over the past two years, Curiosity’s onboard Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) laboratory has detected methane, chlorinated hydrocarbons, and other organic molecules. Researchers suspect that these organic substances may have formed on Mars or been carried there by meteorites. The discovery of organic matter on Mars raises the question of why the Viking experiment did not detect organic matter back in 1976. As Levin explains, there are multiple reasons that might explain why the Viking results were negative.”We long ago pointed out the problems with the Viking GCMS (gas chromatograph—mass spectrometer),” Levin said. “Even its experimenter, Dr. Klaus Biemann, often stressed that the GCMS was not a life-detection experiment. It required at least one million microbial cells to detect any organic matter. In addition, the instrument had frequently failed when tested on Earth. Later, it was claimed that perchlorate in the soil destroyed the organic matter. However, I view this cautiously as there is no evidence for perchlorate at the Viking sites.”In light of the recent findings, Levin and Straat believe that it’s important to reconsider the LR results as having a biological origin. Other researchers who support this view have proposed that Martian life could take the form of methanogens (microorganisms that produce methane as a byproduct), halophiles (which can tolerate high salt concentrations as well as severe radiation and low oxygen concentrations), or some type of “cryptobiotic” microorganism that lies dormant until reactivated, such as by a nutrient solution like the one in the LR experiment. Publishing challengesPublishing a paper about life on Mars was very different than publishing more typical studies (over the years, Levin’s research has included low-calorie sweeteners, pharmaceutical drugs, safer pesticides, and wastewater treatment processes, among others). It took nearly 20 years for Levin and Straat to publish a peer-reviewed paper on their interpretation of the Viking LR results.”Since I first concluded that the LR had detected life (in 1997), major juried journals had refused our publications,” Levin told Phys.org. “I and my co-Experimenter, Dr. Patricia Ann Straat, then published mainly in the astrobiology section of the SPIE Proceedings, after presenting the papers at the annual SPIE conventions. Though these were invited papers, they were largely ignored by the bulk of astrobiologists in their publications.” These papers are available at gillevin.com. “At a meeting of the Canadian Space Agency, I met Dr. Sherry Cady, the editor of Astrobiology. She invited me to submit a paper for peer review. I did and it was promptly bounced, not even sent out for review because of its life claim.”Pat and I decided we would produce a paper that would withstand the utmost scientific scrutiny. It took years of countless renditions and compliance with or explanation away of a myriad of reviewers’ comments, but we persisted until we disposed of every adverse comment. Thus, we think this publication is quite significant in that it was scrubbed so thoroughly that the points remaining are firmly established.”You may not agree with the conclusion, but you cannot disparage the steps leading there. You can say only that the steps are insufficient. But, to us, that seems a tenuous defense, since no one would refute these results had they been obtained on Earth.” Future outlookFor Levin and Straat, one of the most important reasons for considering the existence of life on Mars is a practical one that may affect future research.”It seems prudent that the scientific community maintain biology as a viable explanation of the LR experimental results,” they write in their paper. “It seems inevitable that astronauts will eventually explore Mars. In the interest of their health and safety, biology should be held in the forefront of possible explanations for the LR results.”Going forward, Levin and Straat propose that carefully designed experiments can help to answer the question of the existence of life on Mars. In particular, LR-type experiments that test for chiral preference could tell whether the metabolizing substance is biological or chemical, since only biological agents can distinguish between left and right isomers. The scientists also emphasize the importance of the continued search for organic molecules, especially those with biological significance such as amino acids, simple carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and DNA. Future experiments may also provide the possibility of examining Martian soil under a microscope. Despite the positive outlook, Levin and Straat note that all future experiments will have an unavoidable drawback: the potential for contamination by previous landers. In this regard, the Viking landers were unique in that they were the only pristine Martian life-detection experiment that we will ever have. Journal information: Astrobiology Explore further Overall, these life-detection experiments produced surprising and contradictory results. One experiment, the Labeled Release (LR) experiment, showed that the Martian soil tested positive for metabolism—a sign that, on Earth, would almost certainly suggest the presence of life. However, a related experiment found no trace of organic material, suggesting the absence of life. With no organic substances, what could be, or seem to be, metabolizing?In the forty years since these experiments, scientists have been unable to reconcile the conflicting results, and the general consensus is that the Viking landers found no conclusive evidence of life on Mars. However, a small minority of scientists argues that the Viking results were positive for life on Mars.One prominent proponent of this view is Gilbert Levin, Experimenter of the Viking LR experiment. At first, Levin thought that the LR results were unclear, and stated merely that the results were consistent with biology. However, in 1997, after many years of further experiments on Earth, along with new discoveries on Mars (which NASA has now declared “habitable”), and the discovery of microorganisms living under conditions on Earth as severe as those on Mars, he and his Viking Co-Experimenter, Dr. Patricia A. Straat, have argued that the Mars results are best explained by living organisms.Recently, Levin and Straat published a perspective piece in the journal Astrobiology in which they reconsider the results of the Viking LR experiment in light of recent findings on Mars and recent proposals for inorganic substances that may mimic the observed metabolism-like processes. They argue that none of the proposed abiotic substances sufficiently explains the Viking results, and that Martian microbes should still be considered as the best explanation of the results. How the Labeled Release experiment workedIn the LR experiment, both the Viking 1 and Viking 2 landers collected samples of Martian soil, injected them with a drop of dilute nutrient solution, and then monitored the air above the soil for signs of metabolic byproducts. Since the nutrients were tagged with radioactive carbon-14, if microorganisms in the soil metabolized the nutrients, they would be expected to produce radioactive byproducts, such as radioactive carbon dioxide or methane. More information: Gilbert V. Levin and Patricia Ann Straat. “The Case for Extant Life on Mars and Its Possible Detection by the Viking Labeled Release Experiment.” Astrobiology. October 2016, 16(10): 798-810. DOI: 10.1089/ast.2015.1464 The Viking 2 Lander site, showing frost on the ground. This image was taken by Viking 2 in 1979. Credit: NASA; Viking 2 Lander image P-21873 Before launching the Viking spacecraft, the researchers tested the experimental protocol on a wide variety of terrestrial soils from harsh environments, from Death Valley to Antarctica. In each case, the experiments tested positive for life. Then as a control, the researchers heated the samples to 160 °C to kill all lifeforms, and then retested. In each case, the experiments now tested negative. To further confirm that the experimental procedure would not produce false positives, the researchers tested it on soils known to be sterile, such as those from the Moon and the Surtsey volcanic island near Iceland, which produced negative results as expected. Once on Mars, the LR experiment was performed after the experiment searching for organic molecules came up empty-handed. So it came as a surprise when both Viking landers, located 4,000 miles apart, collected soil that tested positive for metabolism. To rule out the possibility that the strong ultraviolet radiation on Mars might be causing the positive results, the landers collected soil buried underneath a rock, which again tested positive. The control tests also worked, with the 160 °C sterilization control yielding negative results. In addition, it seemed that whatever was doing the metabolizing was relatively fragile, since metabolic activity was significantly reduced when heating the sample to 50 °C, and completely absent when storing the soil in the dark for two months at 10 °C. Levin and Straat believe that these results provide some of the strongest evidence that the soil contained Martian life. Nonbiological candidatesEver since the LR experiments, researchers have been searching for other kinds of nonbiological chemicals that might produce identical results. In their new paper, Levin and Straat review some of these proposals. One possible candidate is formate, which is a component of formic acid found naturally on Earth. A 2003 LR-type experiment found that formate in a soil sample from the Atacama Desert in South America produced a positive result, even though the soil contained virtually no microorganisms. However, the study did not include a sterilization control, and it’s likely that the formate concentration in the Atacama Desert is much higher than that on Mars.Another potential candidate is perchlorate or one of its breakdown products. In 2009, the Phoenix mission to Mars detected perchlorates in the Martian soil. Although perchlorates could yield a positive result because they produce gas when interacting with some amino acids, they do not break down at 160 °C, and so would continue to give positive results after the sterilization control. A 2013 study proposed that cosmic rays and solar radiation can cause perchlorate to break down into hypochlorite, which would produce positive results and, unlike perchlorate, is destroyed by heating at 160 °C. For these reasons, hypochlorite is arguably the best candidate yet to explain the LR results. Nevertheless, Levin and Straat note that hypochlorite has not yet been tested at 50 °C (the temperature at which the activity of the Martian soil was significantly reduced) or after long-term storage in the dark (which produced a negative result for the Martian samples). So at this point, no nonbiological agent has satisfied all of the LR results. Biological candidates © 2016 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Rob Salter Videoondemand aggregator Vubiquity is

first_imgRob SalterVideo-on-demand aggregator Vubiquity is planning to launch a retail product that will allow consumers to buy digital content, initially movies, in high-street retail outlets in multiple markets.Vubiquity said it is discussion with multiple retailers in a number of different territories about the plan, which would mark its first move into the retail digital space.Vubiquity has hired Rob Salter, formerly CEO of home entertainment supply chain specialist Reverbz Media, to head up the new initiative as vice-president of retail. Vubiquity will use Reverbz to provide the physical supply chain for the service in the retail environment, while Vubiquity will provide digital content services, including content licensing, processing for multiplatform viewing, metadata management, and digital distribution.Vubiquity said the product would enable consumer to purchase digital movies in retail outlets, often weeks before they are available on DVD, Blu-ray or VoD.“We are delighted to have brought Rob to the Vubiquity team. Together we bring a wealth of retail and supply chain management experience giving the credibility to our customers to help shape and deliver these exciting new retail services. We will provide a range of fully integrated, end-to-end services that are very compelling for retailers, content owners and consumers alike,” said Nick Ruczaj, SVP Commercial EMEA at Vubiquity.“Vubiquity has the scale and resources to support the digital retail experience that the market has been calling for a response to for the last 12 months. We are excited to be moving into the delivery phase.”Salter said: “I am thrilled to be working with Vubiquity. We see an excellent opportunity to grow significant business in this channel. Retailers have driven the growth of home entertainment and the building of personal video collections since the first VHS tapes in the mid-1980s. We believe retailers will continue to be a key part of the future of selling video in the digital age. Vubiquity wants to support retailers’ ambitions to go on selling content to their customers in disc form, and also help them go beyond the disc into digital ownership and consumption.”last_img read more

Sky Deutschland will add Netflix to its Sky Q offe

first_imgSky Deutschland will add Netflix to its Sky Q offering tomorrow as part of a new Entertainment Plus package, with Netflix recommendations and search integrated as part of the Sky Q experience.The new package, which will be available to Sky subscribers in Germany and Austria, will combine Sky original productions, international series, Sky box sets and a range of linear channels as well as Netflix, according to the operator.Entertainment Plus will give access to the Netflix standard offering, which provides up to two simultaneous HD streams, bringing shows including Narcos, Stranger Things and upcoming German-language original Dogs of Berlin to Sky Q users.Non-Netflix shows available as part of Entertainment Plus include Sky originals Das Boot, Der Pass and Acht Tage as well as HBO’s Game of Thrones simultaneously with its US broadcast.All box sets and complete series will also be available as part of the Sky Go mobile TV offering.Recommendations from Netflix will be displayed on the home page of Sky Q and in the series section of the UI. Netflix content will also be integrated in to Sky Q’s text-based search capability.Sky is selling the new package at a discounted rate of €32.99 with a 24-month contract. Subscribers who wish to upgrade to Netflix Premium, offering 4K UHD and four simultaneous streams, can pay an additional €3, with the option to upgrade or cancel this at any time during the contract period.Marcello Maggioni, Sky Deutschland’s chief commercial officer, said that Sky was working with Netflix to enable customers to “find all their favourite programmes in the same place” with an offering that will enable them “to get their money’s worth more than ever”.Sky made Netflix available on Sky Q boxes in the UK market at the beginning of the month, integrating the streaming offering direct into its TV guide as part of a new Ultimate On Demand package, priced at £10 a month with access to Netflix and Sky box sets. In the UK, Netflix’s 4K option is available as part of the premium Sky Q Experience package.Sky Italia is expected to add Netflix to its Sky Q offering next year.last_img read more

Dan Steinhart Managing Editor of The Casey Report

first_img Dan Steinhart Managing Editor of The Casey Report Latin American Equities: Down but Not Out By Claudio Maulhardt, World Money Analyst Not so long ago, Latin American equities were a market darling. Then, the markets viewed signs of an economic recovery in the developed world as good news for Latin American stocks (higher EPS prospects), but signs of stagnation were also considered good news (as a lower discount rate would apply). Now, the majority of Latin American stock markets have begun to trade as if the opposite were true. With the sole exception of Mexico, whose stock market has traditionally traded closer to the S&P 500, the rest of Latin equities have lost their glow. Latin stocks have registered a seventh consecutive month of investor outflows, and it does not look like the trend is going to reverse any time soon. The change from hype to doubt is clearly reflected in the chart below. Latin equities were, incredibly, considered a safe haven after the 2008 financial crisis. From the end of 2008 to the end of 2010, Latin stocks outperformed the S&P 500 by an impressive 90%. Since then, the love affair has come to an end, and Latin equities have underperformed by more than 67%. Enjoy, and see you next week. How to Play the New Scenario So the trend is not the friend of Latin American equity investors. Is it best to shun them for the time being? It’s not that simple. Latin equities were an easy trade for many years. The fad lifted all boats regardless of their individual merits, which made trading the indices or the associated ETFs the way to go. Now, it’s not hard to see that the correction has been exacerbated by the unwinding of the macro trade. Over the last decade, the weight of Latin American equities in the MSCI World Index has doubled, surging from roughly 2% to 4.4%. The MSCI Emerging Markets Latin American Index has a US$1.5 trillion market cap, which makes simply neglecting it a tough decision for index fund managers. The problem is that it is hard to trade Latin American equities as if they were a single asset class. Trading ETFs or indices may mean that good opportunities are missed. An index is comprised of a wide array of stocks whose issuers will not necessarily perform similarly in various economic environments. Appreciating currencies and the wide availability of credit in the last decade has meant that stocks most closely linked to domestic consumption were the winners by far. The new picture of weaker currencies and tougher credit conditions means that the winners of the past may not fare as well in the future. A New Approach The next winning theme will be foreign-currency earners (mainly exporters) and, more important, stocks with little or no debt held in a foreign currency—and especially with no debt in foreign currency if it has no foreign currency income to match the servicing of that debt. Those are the characteristics you want to look for in a solid Latin American investment. It’s hard to believe that the cycle of weaker currencies, weaker current accounts, and weaker EPS growth is about to reach its end in the near future. However, this is not the end of the Latin American investment theme; it only means that the approach must change. There are companies whose business profiles will help them thrive in what may otherwise look like a generally challenging scenario for Latin American stocks. Going with the flow may prevent investors from grabbing the opportunity that these stocks offer. Given that I’m still neck-deep in assembling the October issue of The Casey Report—which covers such topics as Doug Casey’s take on the government shutdown, a hunt for emerging market opportunities, and how to construct a bulletproof portfolio—I’ll keep today’s lead-in short and sweet. This week’s article comes to us from Claudio Maulhardt, fund manager and partner at Buenos Aires-based Copernico Capital Partners, a hedge fund group that focuses on Latin American equities. Latin American stocks have taken a beating along with all emerging markets recently. Yesteryear, you could make money in Latin America by simply buying and holding a broad index and letting the rising tide do its thing. That strategy doesn’t work anymore. Instead, as Claudio will explain, you must target individual companies with specific qualities that will help them rise above lackluster market performance. He concludes with a checklist of sorts that will help you separate the right companies from the wrong ones. This article originally appeared in World Money Analyst, Mauldin Economics’ publication that features a team of globally distributed investment analysts who scour the international markets, looking for investment opportunities outside of the US. If you find Claudio’s analysis useful, you’ll probably also enjoy this free report just published by the World Money Analyst team: The Trends in Global markets and Why You Need a Foreign Broker. Click here to access it. This change in the tide may be linked to Wall Street’s permanent belief in “next year’s” US growth, a story investors seem to like despite the lack of strong empirical support. However, the main catalyst has undoubtedly been the weakness in China’s economic growth and, most important, the shift in China’s economic model from investment-driven to consumption-driven growth. There is a direct link between this “remodeling” and the string of monthly outflows that dedicated Latin American fund managers have experienced. The math is simple: Lower Chinese investment means less demand for industrial commodities, which are produced in Latin America by some of the largest companies in the region, which make up a significant part of the country and regional indices. The consensus of economists surveyed by Bloomberg was for all Latin American countries to have weaker current account balances in 2013 than in 2012. With interest rates rising and Wall Street expecting them to rise further as the US economy grows, financing the gap may become tougher for Latin economies. This brings in the linkage to exchange rates, which constitute a not insignificant portion of Latin American equities’ underperformance. Exchange rates helped EPS, book values, and leverage ratios look great in US dollar terms for many years. Now that the US dollar has strengthened against Latin American currencies, the opposite trend is under way.last_img read more

New York Universitys School of Medicine is learni

first_imgNew York University’s School of Medicine is learning that no good deed goes unpunished.The highly ranked medical school announced with much fanfare this month that it is raising $600 million from private donors to eliminate tuition for all its students — even providing refunds to those currently enrolled. Before the announcement, annual tuition at the school was $55,018.NYU leaders hope the move will help address the increasing problem of student debt among young doctors, which many educators argue pushes students to enter higher-paying specialties instead of primary care, and deters some from becoming doctors in the first place.”A population as diverse as ours is best served by doctors from all walks of life, we believe, and aspiring physicians and surgeons should not be prevented from pursuing a career in medicine because of the prospect of overwhelming financial debt,” Dr. Robert Grossman, the dean of the medical school and CEO of NYU Langone Health, said in a statement released by the university. NYU declined a request to elaborate further on its plans.The announcement generated headlines and cheers from students. But not everyone thinks waiving tuition for all med students, including those who can afford to pay, is the best way to approach the complicated issue of student debt.”As I start rank-ordering the various charities I want to give to, the people who can pay for medical school in cash aren’t at the top of my list,” says Craig Garthwaite, a health economist at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.”If you had to find some cause to put tons of money behind, this strikes me as an odd one,” says Dr. Aaron Carroll, a pediatrician and researcher at Indiana University.Still, medical education debt is a big issue in health care. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, which represents U.S. medical schools and academic health centers, 75 percent of graduating physicians in 2017 had student loan debt as they launched their careers, with a median tally of $192,000. Nearly half owed more than $200,000.But it is less clear how much of an impact that debt has on students’ choice of medical specialty. The AAMC’s data suggest debt does not play as big a role in specialty selection as some analysts claim.If debt were a huge factor, one would expect that doctors who owed the most would choose the highest-paying specialties. However, that’s not the case.”Debt doesn’t vary much across the specialties,” says Julie Fresne, AAMC’s director of student financial services and debt management.Garthwaite agrees. He says surveys in which young doctors claim debt as a reason for choosing a more lucrative specialty should be viewed with suspicion.”No one [who chooses a higher-paying job] says they did it because they want two Teslas,” he says. “They say they have all this debt.”Carroll questions how much difference even $200,000 in student debt makes to people who, at the lowest end of the medical spectrum, still stand to make six figures a year. “Doctors in general do just fine,” he says. “The idea we should pity physicians or worry about them strikes me as odd.”Choice of specialty is also influenced by more than money. Some specialties may bring less demanding lifestyles than primary care, or more prestige. Carroll says when he opted for pediatrics, his surgeon father was not impressed, calling it a “garbageman” specialty.There is also an array of government programs that help students afford medical school or that forgive student loans, although usually such programs require the new doctors to serve several years either in the military or in a medically underserved location. The federal National Health Service Corps, for example, provides scholarships and loan repayments to medical professionals who agree to work in mostly rural or inner-city areas that have a shortage of health care providers. And the Department of Education oversees the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, which cancels outstanding loan balances after 10 years for those who work for nonprofit employers.Medical schools themselves are addressing the student debt problem. Many — including NYU — have created programs that let students finish medical school in three years rather than four — reducing the cost by 25 percent. And the Cleveland Clinic, together with Case Western Reserve University, has a tuition-free medical school program aimed at training future medical researchers. It takes five years, but grants graduates with both a doctor of medicine title and a special research credential or master’s degree.This latest move by NYU, however, is part of a continuing race among top-tier medical schools to attract the best students — and possibly improve a school’s national rankings.In 2014, UCLA announced it would provide merit-based scholarships covering the entire cost of medical education (including not just tuition, but also living expenses) to 20 percent of its students. Columbia University announced a similar plan earlier this year, although unlike NYU and UCLA, Columbia’s program is based on a student’s financial need.These programs are funded, in whole or in part, by large donors whose names brand each medical school — entertainment mogul David Geffen at UCLA, former Merck CEO P. Roy Vagelos at Columbia, and Home Depot’s co-founder, Kenneth Langone, at NYU.Economist Garthwaite says it is all well and good if top medical schools want to compete for top students by offering discounts. But if their goal is to encourage more students to enter primary care or to steer more people from lower-income families into medicine, waiving everyone’s tuition “is not the most target-efficient way to reach that goal.”Kaiser Health News, a nonprofit news service, is an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, and is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente. Copyright 2018 Kaiser Health News. 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The number of disabled people who are unemployed h

first_imgThe number of disabled people who are unemployed has risen for the second quarter in a row, according to new government figures.The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) used the publication of quarterly labour market statistics to point to the growth of 225, 000 in the number of disabled people in work, compared with the same period last year.But DWP failed to point out that the number of unemployed disabled people had also risen, from 399,000 in October to December 2014, to 401,000 the following quarter, and now to 423,000 in April to June 2015.The Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures also show a large rise in the last quarter in the number of sick and disabled people described as “economically inactive” – those not in work and neither seeking nor available to work – from 3,313,000 to 3,399,000, an increase of 2.6 per cent in just three months.One important factor pointed out by disabled activist Caroline Richardson, from the Spartacus online campaigning network, was that the ONS definition of employment includes those on unpaid work experience, as well as government-supported training and employment programmes.Richardson said: “Whilst there is a clear increase in the number of ill and disabled people working part-time since 1997, those in full-time employment is harder to identify.“The actual criteria for being counted as sick and disabled, and its impact on work, is now in line with the core definition of the 2010 Equality Act, and is for the purpose of data collection, self-reporting. The ONS is clear that the figures are therefore estimates.“To muddy the waters further, the definition of work has also been extended to include work experience and work-related training. “There does appear to be an increase in sick and disabled people moving into some type of work, but further analysis may show the work to be part-time, temporary or to be government-related training programmes.”The ONS said there were 2.08 million people who were not looking for work due to long-term sickness for April to June 2015, 75,000 more than for January to March 2015 and 86,000 more than the same period in 2014.For April to June 2015, there were 8.99 million people aged from 16 to 64 who were economically inactive.An ONS spokesman said it was not unusual for the number of people in employment and unemployment to rise at the same time, which could happen if large numbers of people moved into the labour market but did not secure jobs.But he said there was “no wider context we’re aware of for the effect you’ve noted”.He also stressed that the figures relating to disabled people had not been seasonally adjusted, so it was more difficult to see whether there were genuine trends.last_img read more

Its Easier Than Ever to Not Compensate Interns But Theres a Catch

first_img Add to Queue Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Career and Workplace Expert; Founder and President, Come Recommended The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently updated its unpaid internship guidelines, and that’s good news for employers. The reason: Under the DOL’s former guidelines, if even one of the six factors it listed wasn’t met, interns were entitled to compensation.Related: 5 Ways Your Small Business Will Benefit From Hiring InternsBut, that’s changed: Now, companies are expected to meet a single central standard (determined by seven factors) to clarify who is the “primary beneficiary” in an unpaid intern-employer relationship. That primary beneficiary, of course, must be the intern.Among those factors are that both parties must understand there is no expectation of compensation or a job offer. And, the company hiring the intern must provide educational training and align that training with the intern’s formal education program and academic calendar.  Regardless of this newer, easier standard, however, unpaid internships remain a complicated subject. John S. Ho, partner and chair of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration practice at law firm Cozen O’Connor’s New York City office, explained just how complicated, saying that, “The analysis [of the primary beneficiary] depends on the unique circumstances of each case, giving businesses more flexibility to make their case that an intern is properly classified based on individual facts.”Here’s how the guidelines have changed and what these changes mean for employers:Both parties can now benefit.The old standard required that employers derive no benefit from the internship. Of course, some unscrupulous employers managed to squeeze valuable, unpaid labor out of their interns.But for the honest ones, the unrealistic former “no benefit” requirement tied companies’ hands and limited the experience that unpaid interns could receive.The new, seven-factor test, however, is more flexible. It allows employers to benefit from the intern’s activities as long as that young person remains the primary beneficiary of the relationship. For that to occur, employers must make sure they:Provide educational, hands-on training.Accommodate the intern’s academic commitments.Complement the work of their paid employees rather than displace them.Conclude the internship once the intern has learned all that he or she can from the experience.Overall, the employer should provide educational experience that meets specific learning objectives set prior to the internship’s start. Providing the intern descriptive materials akin to a university-style curriculum and syllabus might be helpful to ensure that “educational experience.”Related: Stop Delegating Social Media to Your InternsIn addition,employers should meet with their interns reguarly to discuss their progress, ideas and goals. That way, they can provide a more personalized and educational internship experience.   The experience must be good — but not too good.While reviewing a client’s internship program, Joey Price, founder and owner of Jumpstart:HR, LLC, an HR outsourcing and consulting firm in Baltimore, heard multiple negative reviews from interns.The company the interns had gone to work for made sure the interns received daily lunches, solid work experiences and materials. But, the interns’ lack of payment still prevented the program from being a success. The reason was the work’s revenue-generating nature.“I advised my client that any time an ‘intern’ . . . is focused primarily on revenue-generating activity, it is no longer an internship,” Price explained. In essence, the client was teaching interns how to trade, giving them funds to manage and then monitoring the progress of those trades. And this went against the idea of complementing, rather than displacing, the work of paid employees — one of the seven factors in the new unpaid internship guidelines.So, while an intern’s experience with a company should be good, it shouldn’t be so good that it takes the place of paid employees’ work. And that means focusing on the educational aspect of the internship above all else.To do this, Ryan Glasgow, a labor and employment partner at the law firm Hunton & Williams LLP in its Richmond, Va., office, suggested the need to connect internships with college educational programs and the college or university’s system for offering academic credit.Glasgow also said he finds it important for internships to go beyond the work experience offered in the typical office. This could mean adding in classes and educational programs, Glasgow said, so that students receive training in a university-like environment.The DOL internship guidelines aren’t mandatory, but they demand your respect, nonetheless.Because the DOL is not a legislative body, the primary beneficiary intern test it provides is merely a guideline for unpaid internship programs. If there is a grievance, no judge will arbitrate.Despite that fact, said Dan Kalish, the managing partner at law firm HKM Employment Attorneys LLP’s office in Seattle, Wash., leaders should still proceed with caution. “Even if an employer meets the federal test to have an unpaid internship, it is possible that the employer will not meet the state law requirements to have an unpaid internship; and the employer would have to pay the intern in accordance with the state law,” Kalish told me by email.Related: Paying Interns Is a Good Investment In the Future of Your Business To keep small companies safe and both parties happy, therefore, consult an employment lawyer if you have any doubts about your internship program. Then, go out and create a program that will be an unforgettable experience for those students lucky enough to be accepted to it. Image credit: Shutterstock Internships Next Article Contributor 5 min read 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. The days of interns’ long hours and endless coffee runs are hopefully ending, thanks to new federal guidelines. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Heather R. Huhman February 1, 2018 It’s Easier Than Ever to Not Compensate Interns, But There’s a Catch. –shares Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Transphorm introduces second 900 V GaN FET for threephase applications

first_imgSource: Electric Vehicles Magazine Transphorm,a provider of Gallium Nitride (GaN) semiconductors, has introduced its second 900V Field-Effect Transistor (FET), the Gen III TP90H050WS. Transphorm’s devices nowenable three-phase industrial systems and higher voltage automotive electronicsto use GaN.The FET has a typical on-resistance of 50 mOhm with a 1000 Vtransient rating, offered in a standard TO-247 package. It can reach powerlevels of 8 kW in a typical half bridge while maintaining greater than 99% efficiencies.Transphorm says the FET’s figures of merit for Ron*Qoss (resonant switchingtopologies) and Ron*Qrr (hard switching bridge topologies) are two to fivetimes less than those of common superjunction technologies in production, indicatinghighly reduced switching losses.The new FET is designed to be deployed in bridgelesstotem-pole power factor correction (PFC), half-bridge configurations used in DCto DC converters and inverters. Transphorm says the FET’s ability to supportthese topologies at a higher voltage expands the company’s reach to include three-phaseindustrial applications, including EV chargers at higher battery voltage nodes.Transporm plans to introduce a JEDEC-qualified version in Q12020. Transphorm’s first 900 V device, the TP90H180PS, with a typicalon-resistance of 170 mOhm in a TO-220 package is JEDEC qualified and has beenavailable through Digi-Key since 2017.“Transphorm’s latest 900 V GaN product represents a majormilestone for commercial GaN power transistors as it reaches the 1 kilovoltmark, an industry first. This paves the way for GaN to be a viable choice atthese higher voltage nodes,” said Transphorm COO Primit Parikh. “With partialfunding from ARPA-E for early risk reduction and Power America for initialproduct qualification, this effort represents successful public-privatepartnership that accelerates GaN’s market adoption.”Source: Transphorm Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on July 9, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

Barring fundamentalists Muslims want construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya Ram Vilas

first_imgBarring fundamentalists, Muslims want construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya: Ram Vilas VedantiRam Janmabhoomi Nyas member Ram Vilas Vedanti on Friday claimed barring fundamentalists, the Muslim community supports the idea of construction of a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya.advertisement Next Press Trust of India LucknowJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 22:05 IST Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas member Ram Vilas Vedanti (Image Credit: ANI)Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas member Ram Vilas Vedanti on Friday claimed barring fundamentalists, the Muslim community supports the idea of construction of a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya.”Eighty per cent Muslims, barring the fundamentalists, want that the temple be constructed at the place where Ram Lalla is installed in Ayodhya,” he told media here.”Lucknow,”The chairman of the Shia Waqf Board, Wasim Rizvi has also agreed that Ram temple be built in Ayodhya whereas the mosque can be constructed at any other Shia-majority place in he said.His comments come in the wake of the Supreme Court on Thursday seeking a report on the “progress of mediation” in the politically sensitive case of Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute in Ayodhya and said a day-to-day hearing may commence from July 25 if the court decides to conclude those proceedings.Ram Vilas Vedanti, described as working president of Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas, also said there was “nothing in the name of (Mughal ruler) Babur” in Ayodhya and that everything in the city was “in the name of Lord Ram”.”There is not even a locality, lane or ward named after Babar in Ayodhya,” he said.”Muslims need to come forward and say that Hindus should construct their temple in Ayodhya for peace, communal amity and brotherhood,” he said, adding the Sunni Waqf Board should withdraw the case.To a question, Ram Vilas Vedanti, a former BJP MP, said it was most unfortunate that in a country where Hindus constitute “90 per cent” of the population, people are fighting a case in court for the construction of Ram temple.He said no power can build a mosque where Ram Lalla is installed, adding his statement could be either taken as a ‘threat’ or ‘suggestion’.On December 6, 1992, the Babri Masjid, constructed at the disputed site in the 16th century by Shia Muslim Mir Baqi, was demolished.ALSO READ | Ayodhya land title case: SC asks mediation panel to submit report by July 18ALSO WATCH | War over Jai Shri Ram escalates in Bengal, Kumaraswamy seeks floor test, says he govt has numbers; moreFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byKritika Kashyap Tags :Follow Ram Vilas VedantiFollow AyodhyaFollow Ram templeFollow MuslimsFollow Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas Karyashalalast_img read more