first_imgKavalan enters gin market for the first time with new Kavalan GinPosted By: News Deskon: January 03, 2019In: Alcohol, Beverage, Industries, New productsPrintEmailTaiwan-based whisky brand Kavalan has entered the gin market for the first time by releasing a new triple-distilled gin, which will be released worldwide.Kavalan Gin is a 40% ABV spirit which has been double charcoal-filtered and triple distilled in traditional copper stills, and the drink is made from the same malted barley spirit used for the brand’s signature whisky.The drink also contains a blend of six 100% natural botanical extracts including kumquat, star fruit and guava, creating a sweet and citrusy aroma and taste.Kavalan says that the drink is the first released as part of a new series of drinks called the Kavalan Exquisite Gins, which will also be released globally.Kavalan CEO YT Lee said: “We want to offer a new gin experience this new year. That’s why along with the traditional botanicals of juniper, aniseed and coriander, we are giving people a taste of Kavalan’s home in Yilan with kumquat peel, dried star fruit and red-flesh guava botanical extracts.“Taiwan is the kingdom of fruits and Yilan itself is lush and wet, offering its own mouth-watering fruits.”Kavalan master blender Ian Chang added: “After more than 10 years of making whisky, I wanted to try my hand at gin and contribute to the global gin renaissance.“I’m very excited about crafting a unique series to showcase Kavalan distillery and Yilan and extend a warm welcome to gin drinkers.The 70cl Kavalan Gin bottle pays tribute to its Snow Mountain water source in Taiwan, with the juniper-blue glass crystals symbolising the mountain’s waters, while the clear glass on top represents its transformation into the deliciously pure spirit of the gin.“The smoothness of our gins, like our whiskies, relies on the mineral-rich water we take from Snow Mountain’s springs, so it’s fitting we pay homage to it as well as gin’s juniper on the bottle.”Share with your network: Tags: ginKavalanTaiwanlast_img read more

first_img May 1, 2017 Trump’s Tax Plan Could Help Businesses, But Questions Remain Bill Smith Next Article Image credit: Pool | Getty Images Guest Writer –shares Managing Director for CBIZ MHM’s National Tax Office 6 min read President Donald Trump’s new tax plan could vastly reduce the amount paid by corporations and individuals across the U.S. However, crucial details of the new plan remain unknown, and the Trump Administration likely faces a difficult path to receiving the bipartisan support needed to implement these dramatic changes.The last time I wrote about tax reform, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had yet to be confirmed and the best information available was from the Trump campaign’s tax plan released last September and the House Ways and Means’ June report (the House “Blueprint”).Related: The Big Changes Proposed in President Trump’s 2018 BudgetAs we neared the end of Trump’s first 100 days in office, he offered a one page press release of less than 250 words describing his new tax plan. The plan generally mirrors the one championed by Trump during his campaign last year, but is noticeably shorter and focused on core principles. That being said, several changes the President made from his campaign plan aligned with the House Blueprint.“This is going to be the biggest tax cut and the largest tax reform in the history of our country and we are committed to seeing this through,” said Secretary Mnuchin during a press conference rolling out the White House’s plan.A broad look at the planThe outline includes changes to decrease the tax rates for individuals and businesses. It also calls for the repeal of the individual alternative minimum tax (AMT), the net investment income tax (NIIT) and the estate tax. Other than eliminating certain deductions, the proposal did not include any definitive measures for increasing revenue to offset the cuts. The plan was also silent on any non-tax matters, such as infrastructure spending or construction of a border wall.Although not new, the grand prize of the White House’s plan was the size and scale of the proposed tax rate cuts.Related: 3 Things Entrepreneurs Should Know About President Trump’s Speech to CongressImpact on individuals For individuals, the new rates were set at 10 percent, 25 percent and 35 percent, down from a current high of 39.6 percent. No income thresholds were specified for these new rate brackets.Other provisions would double the current standard deduction and eliminate all itemized deductions other than those for charitable contributions and home mortgage interest. Notably, deductions for state and local income and property taxes would be eliminated, along with the employee business expense deduction, and the student loan interest deduction. Gary Cohn, Trump’s chief economic advisor and director of the National Economic Council, said during the press conference that retirement savings incentives would also be protected, but did not provide specific details.Impact on businesses Stating that “our objective is to make U.S. businesses the most competitive in the world,” Secretary Mnuchin announced that corporations would see an even more dramatic tax cut, with the rate being reduced from 35 to 15 percent. According to Mnuchin, the 15 percent business tax rate will also apply to “small and medium size” pass-through businesses. He would not commit to the reduced rate being applied to self-employed individuals.The plan supplemented its proposal for rate cuts with a call for a territorial tax system, a one-time tax on the deemed repatriation of foreign earnings and an elimination of tax breaks for special interests. The plan does not specify whether the territorial tax system would be based on some version of the border adjusted tax (BAT), although the Administration has indicated it is moving away from the BAT.The plan also does not specify the rate for the one-time tax on unremitted foreign earnings, or which special interest tax breaks would be eliminated. Secretary Mnuchin vowed that the Administration would establish rules to prevent abuse of the 15 percent rate on pass-through entities in scenarios where a higher personal tax rate should apply. Again, no details were provided.Related: How to Set Up and Maintain Your Business EntityBreaking down the cost Although Secretary Mnuchin indicated the cost of the plan’s tax cuts would be offset by its elimination of deductions and its effect on economic growth, there are many who will question this notion. Notwithstanding the effect on economic growth (the core principle of “dynamic scoring”), a few measures from the plan are worth noting.The cost of the plan’s proposal to eliminate the individual AMT could be offset by the elimination of most itemized deductions. Some have estimated that the repeal of the state and local tax deduction alone would save $1.3 trillion over 10 years. However, the estimated cost of doubling the standard deduction is $1.5 trillion and the cost of the new credit for child and dependent care remains unknown. The plan’s 15 percent business tax rate could cost $3.7 trillion dollars over 10 years, with the repeal of the NIIT adding another $200 billion to that.The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget says the entire proposal could cost as much as $7 trillion dollars over 10 years, stoking fears that a deficit increase of this magnitude might create a drag on the economy that negates any growth from the underlying cuts.The Joint Committee on Taxation released a report that stated a 20 percent corporate tax rate could only be maintained for two years before the effects of the cut began to increase the deficit outside of the 10-year period. Therefore, a 15 percent rate for corporations, together with an equal rate for pass-through entities, might not be sustainable under the budget reconciliation rules.Likelihood of being enacted With bipartisan support for major tax cuts unlikely, it appears that any ensuing proposal would have to pass via budget reconciliation. Outside of eliminating tax breaks and the one-time tax on unremitted foreign earnings, the plan does not outline revenue-generating proposals.Thus, it appears that any proposed legislation on tax reform, which must originate in the House of Representatives, will likely only use the plan as an opening bid where much more detail will be necessary. Tax cuts as aggressive as those proposed under the plan will be challenging to maintain in final legislation without other major changes that balance the costs associated with those cuts. There is very little focus on the Senate, where members from both parties have expressed reservations about the President’s plan, as well as the Blueprint.Secretary Mnuchin and Director Cohn have said that many details of the plan are still being negotiated, but Mnuchin added that the Administration was determined to implement tax reform this year. When asked about making the plan’s proposals permanent, Mnuchin said that would be preferable, but that the Administration was open to a temporary 10-year tax cut.Therefore, taxpayers may be forced to wait and see what emerges during the legislative process to turn the plan into reality. center_img US President Donald J. Trump (R) and Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin (L). Trump & Business Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 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. Add to Queue Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Enroll Now for $5 Any proposed legislation on tax reform will likely only use the plan as an opening bid where much more detail will be necessary.last_img read more

first_imgCathedral City maker Dairy Crest rebranded as Saputo Dairy UKPosted By: Contributoron: July 02, 2019In: Dairy, Industries, IngredientsPrintEmailFollowing its acquisition by Canadian dairy company Saputo earlier this year, Dairy Crest has announced it is changing its name to Saputo Dairy UK.With the expansion of both its Davidstow Creamery in Cornwall and its functional ingredients business, international markets are increasingly important to the growth of the unit. According to Saputo, the strength of the Saputo name, and its reach and reputation in key overseas markets, will support that expansion.The change to the corporate brand will have no impact on Dairy Crest’s consumer-facing brands, including Cathedral City cheddar, Clover dairy spread, Country Life butter and Frylight cooking spray.Tom Atherton, who was appointed COO of Saputo’s UK unit in May, said: “Since the acquisition completed in April, we have received resounding feedback from our employees that now is the time to rebrand the company, marking a new phase in our development as we integrate ourselves into the Saputo family.“Cathedral City and our other market-leading brands have always been our prime focus, and that will remain the case. Our consumers will see no change to our much-loved products.”Saputo announced in February it had agreed to acquire Dairy Crest for £975 million in a move to expand its international presence and enter the UK market. For the year ended 31 March 2018, Dairy Crest had revenues of approximately £456.8 million and profit after tax of £149.5 million.Earlier this year, Saputo secured a deal to acquire the speciality cheese business of Australia’s Lion Dairy & Drinks for AUD 280 million ($196.9 million). Brands included in the acquisition are South Cape, Tasmanian Heritage, Mersey Valley and King Island Dairy.Share with your network: Tags: Dairy CrestSaputoSaputo Dairy UKUKlast_img read more

first_imgOpinion Millions will be excluded on Tuesday – the voting system is shamefully rigged against ethnic minorities and the poor US midterms: all about Trump? Wisconsin On Tuesday there will be elections in the US for the entire lower chamber (the House of Representatives), a third of the upper chamber (the Senate) and several governors and state legislatures. The results will be consequential. But the process will not be democratic. Millions of people will be excluded, potentially hundreds of thousands of votes suppressed and many voting districts brazenly configured to favour one party or the other; not all citizens are eligible, not all those who are eligible are permitted to vote, and not all votes will carry the same weight.When it comes to felons, Wisconsin is far from the worst offender. One in 10 voters in Florida has been disenfranchised because they are a felon, and it is one of 10 states where felons may lose the right to vote permanently.But on other fronts Wisconsin illustrates the point all too well. Gerrymandering, where politicians draw electoral boundaries to favour their own side, is openly employed here, effectively allowing them to choose the voters they need to keep them in power. The result is a series of preordained outcomes that make seats less competitive, candidates less responsive, politicians more extreme (since to keep their seat they only have to keep their base happy) and the entire process less credible.Both parties do this when they get the chance; Republicans have simply had more chances recently and are more shameless and therefore more effective at it. In 2012 Republicans received 46% of the popular vote in Wisconsin state elections but received 60% of the seats in the state assembly; nationwide that year Democrats got 1.4 million more votes while Republicans won 33 more seats.Efforts to suppress the vote, by demanding identification that many eligible voters don’t have – often because they cannot afford it or do not know how to get it – has also eroded confidence in the process. Voter ID laws are ostensibly aimed at countering voter fraud; the trouble is voter fraud barely exists. In the 2016 election there were four documented cases of impersonation, while a 2017 academic study put the upper limit for incidents of double voting at 0.02%. comment @garyyounge Last modified on Fri 2 Nov 2018 10.21 EDT But while the fraud is illusory the disproportionate number of disenfranchised black and poor voters is not. In Georgia 53,000 voter applications, most from African Americans, are currently being held up by the secretary of state, Brian Kemp, some for such petty reasons as a missing hyphen. Kemp is running for governor in a tight race against a black opponent. In a recently leaked video recording he expresses concern at his chances, “especially if everybody uses and exercises their right to vote”. Nicala Aiello, a poll worker in Racine, says she saw about 11 people turned away from the polling station she works at in 2016, the first election in which a new, more stringent voter-ID law was in place.Those most likely to be marginalised from the process are those most likely to be marginalised in the economy and the polity – the black, the brown and the poor. In Kentucky, home to the Republican Senate leader, Mitch McConnell, one in four black voters cannot participate in elections because of a felony conviction; nationally it is one in 14. Felony convictions have at least as much to do with discrimination as they do with criminality. Drug use is equally prevalent among African Americans and whites, but the former are six times more likely to be imprisoned for it. Black people are seven times more likely to be wrongfully convicted of murder and 12 times more likely to be wrongfully convicted of a drugs offence than white people.The voter ID requirements often demand money some people don’t have and are more onerous for the young and the poor who move a lot or may not have a driving licence. Last month the supreme court upheld a North Dakota law that demanded ID with a “current residential street address”. This is burdensome for Native Americans living on reservations who use post-office boxes to get their mail, and where street names and numbers are either nonexistent or inconsistent.And as the electorate continues to get more diverse these efforts to stop some people voting will only get more perverse.The stakes are high. Four of the states with the highest proportion of felons removed from the voter rolls – Florida, Georgia, Nevada and Arizona – all have very close state-wide races this year. The current North Dakota senator is in a tight race that she won by just 3,000 votes in 2012. Fri 2 Nov 2018 02.00 EDT Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Democrats Illustration by Nate Kitch Gerrymandering is openly employed here, in effect allowing parties to choose the voters they need to keep them in power Share on Messenger Listen Shares790790 Contact author US midterms 2018 Share on Pinterest “I can’t,” he said. “I’m a felon.” (A felon is someone who has committed a “serious crime”.)“On papers or off papers,” she asked. (In Wisconsin your voting rights are only restored after prison, parole and probation have all been served, and you are “off papers”.)“On papers,” he said.“Well, ask your friends to vote,” said Cruz.“Most of them are on papers too,” he yelled back.In Wisconsin, 1.47% of the electorate cannot vote because they are felons. That seems like a small number. But it adds up to 65,606 voters. In 2016, Donald Trump took the state by just 22,748 votes. What are the US midterms and why do they matter? – video explainer Share via Email 2:43 Gary Younge Since you’re here… Barack Obama: you need to vote because our democracy depends on it Barack Obama Share via Email When Angelina Cruz, the head of the teachers’ union in Racine, Wisconsin, goes canvassing, she doesn’t just knock on doors. If she sees someone in the street she approaches them and starts a conversation.“D’you know you can vote today,” she asked a young black man who walked by last Saturday. Share on Twitter US midterms 2018 US politics Play Video Share on LinkedIn Topics Support The Guardian … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Read more Republicans Meanwhile, Aiello believes if what she saw in Racine were replicated across Wisconson, it could have significantly affected the result there. Neil Albrecht, the most senior election official in Milwaukee, the state’s largest city, agrees. “It is very probable enough people were prevented from voting to have changed the outcome of the presidential election in Wisconsin,” he told the Mother Jones website last year.Gerrymandering and voter suppression could be reversed quite straightforwardly. But some of this unfairness is baked into the polity. In the Senate each state has two seats; even though California has 68 times the population of Wyoming, they each get the same representation in the upper house. Moreover the presidency does not go to whoever wins the most votes, but whoever wins in the “electoral college” – a body also weighted towards less populous states.As a result Republicans have only won the popular vote for the presidency once since 1988. In a more consensual political culture this would matter less. But when politics is so polarised, the fact that a president who was not favoured by most Americans is ramming through a deeply divisive agenda helps explains why so much opposition has spilled out on to the streets. No country’s electoral system is perfect. But America’s political class has wilfully decided to make the inherent flaws in its system worse, while adding new ones.The broken politics that have resulted are not just the product of a profound ideological fissure but a profoundly unfair and broken process that is particularly rigged against those who are poor and dark. Whoever wins on Tuesday, democracy will have already lost.• Gary Younge is a Guardian columnist Why democracy will be the biggest loser in the US midterms Opinion Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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first_img | Pick Cybercrime | Pick JackTheRepairer Hundreds of German politicians have had their personal details leaked online. They are entitled to their privacy Share on Facebook unthreaded Brexitsbane If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear. Twitter Share on Facebook 7 Jan 2019 2:42 Laughing off a video is proof of an exceptional talent? Perigrin ‘States throughout the EU violate our privacy with impunity’…. I think you should be sharing this vital information in the name of the public good… lets start with the worst culprits… I loo forward to seeing your list… … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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Facebook Reply Reply | Pick Reply Report 7 8 Report Europe There are exceptions to this rule, who are able to withstand unnerving levels of pressure, like the American Democratic politician Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has laughed off the exhumation of a high school video of her dancing with friends Report Share on Facebook kizbot 7 Jan 2019 3:29 Share on Facebook Share Share on Twitter richmond3000 Reuse this content,View all comments > Report | Pick 8 9 Tijger recommendations Twitter Share on Facebook 50 1 Share on Twitter Reply | Pick Facebook misefear Twitter Report Share on Twitter 4 Share on Twitter Reply 7 Jan 2019 3:10 Share | Pick Report Reply Share on Facebook 7 Jan 2019 16:50 Andrew George Share on Facebook Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Twitter | Pick 22 23 Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Reply Share on Facebook | Pick kingklanger Cybercrime Report Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Brexitsbane 7 Jan 2019 22:07 Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Facebook Share on Facebook Twitter Share on Twitter Tijger Report 44 45 7 Jan 2019 3:09 7 Jan 2019 2:41 ValuedCustomer Embarrassment? ..if someone has access to your internet activity then they presumably have access to your bank information, online brokerage accounts, how you voted in the last election (where I live), charity donations, even have a good idea of your day-to-day activities. They can destroy your life. Share on Facebook Report Share on Facebook Facebook 5 Share Share on Facebook Indeed. Most of us using the Internet blew our privacy years ago. Gelion randomUser13 Twitter Share on Twitter | Pick Reply Andrew George Facebook 4 5 2 Twitter 7 Jan 2019 2:54 MaxDrei | Pick Facebook Share on Twitter Facebook | Pick Internet | Pick Share on Twitter 7 Jan 2019 2:47 Report churst1 Share Facebook 7 Jan 2019 3:11 Report Close report comment form Facebook Share 40 41 Ollie King Share on WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Share | Pick 2 3 Twitter Liberclown Twitter 30 31 Depends on the eye of the beholder. Embarrassment over legitimate tax avoidance via Panama is fair game. Embarrassment to left wing German politicians isn’t. Given the power of the state to now intrude into the minutiae of peoples lives, it seems more than a good idea that those passing such powers into law be subject to a similar public scrutiny first. Comments 434 Angela Merkel beadmaker Share on Twitter Reply Share | Pick Report | Pick Facebook 7 Jan 2019 3:38 comments (434)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. Facebook Share on Twitter | Pick Facebook Report Twitter Reply Share on Twitter TuskGeorge Perigrin Reply Twitter Show 1 more reply 1 Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter DriverOfTheNorth Share on Twitter Share on Twitter | Pick newest 3 4 Share on Twitter | Pick Report Share on Facebook kingklanger | Pick If you’re worried delete cookies, no need to be paranoid. No different to closing the door to the shop when you leave. I remember the less than glorious reporting of the Guardian about a young teacher who was supposed to have had sex with one of her pupils that was dragged out on a daily basis, including full name and pictures while to me it seemed not even beyond doubt, whether the woman had done something -seriously- reprehensible. I therefore suggest, that the staff of the Guardian holds this particular speach in front of a mirror. Facebook Threads collapsed twmpajwmpa kizbot Report Twitter Radleyman Facebook Was the context of that comment the people need two jobs because wages are so low? Report Report 6 7 armado Share on Facebook Facebook Swan17 Report This is wonderful news! States throughout the EU violate our privacy with impunity so it’s excellent to see them have theirs destroyed. If I had it my way if you wanted to violate the privacy of citizens in the way our authorities do you should lose all of your privacy as a politician and I mean everything, cameras in every room, every message recorded. Maybe that would get them to feel the violations they allow the state to make against all of us. richmond3000 Sorry, but wasn’t the issue that she was keeping the contents of the servers from the authorities? That she destroyed evidence before it could be examined… 5 6 Reply Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Tijger 7 8 | Pick Report Share on Twitter Report ValuedCustomer richmond3000 graun Facebook MightyBuccaneer Share on Twitter Reply Show 3 more replies 2 3 Facebook Reason (optional) All publications make mistakes. Question is, which of them are still so hypocritical as to think they still occupy some form of moral high ground from whence to preach at the rest of us…. Facebook | Pick Well, her talent for science is pretty special, not many high school kids have comets named after them by the IAU. churst1 Share Reply Opinion WTF are you talking about? The only government in the EU that had its knuckles rapped for intruding on citizens right to privacy was the UK with its snooper charter. | Pick Share on Twitter Agreed. Why was no AfD MP included in the data dump? Every other Party was. Interior Minister horst seehofer will tell us on wednesday how it happened. But meanwhilew, he has announced: “much evidence points towards the data being obtained through the improper use of login details to cloud services, email accounts or social networks” We are talking here about publishing messaging between MP’s and their own family members including little children, home phone numbers, postal addresses, email addresses. And some clot here calls it all “legitimate”. Clot: you wouldn’t think it “legitimate” if you and your children were the victims, would you? I think it’s currently the corporations rather than the state. Share on Twitter | Pick thegreatfatsby Report No one needs a leak , he embarrasses himself on social media daily. Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Share on Facebook 5 6 Twitter GCHQ is in the EU, so yeah. Share on Twitter 7 Jan 2019 3:39 | Pick Facebook Twitter Reply 1 2 9 10 Share on Twitter Facebook Share Facebook Share on Twitter Reply Show 17 more replies Report Report 48 49 Reply Email (optional) No, that was not the issue but thanks for trying. It was legal for Clinton to use that server and any content pertaining to US government matters was turned over (and if you recall, published), after that was done the disks were wiped in accordance with US government guidelines and procedures. 5 Most people dont think about privacy at all. Most dont realize what they give away either, see the record sales of Google and Amazon speakers over the Christmas period. However, not all politicians are so mindless and we in the EU, at least, have a legal and inalienable right to privacy, more of us should be aware of it and more of us should support that right and act on it Share 7 Jan 2019 3:18 Share on LinkedIn Twitter Share No, maybe read it again. Reply | Pick Reply 7 Jan 2019 3:03 3 Twitter Reply 25 Twitter Twitter 75 76 What is this view even saying? Dear Hackers, please only choose targets and issues we approve of? Reply Twitter 17 18 Report Heh. Considering the fluctuations in our hosts’ attitude to Wikileaks over time might prove enlightening here. partoftheproblem Give us access to your private email accounts to prove you believe what you say…. Share on Twitter 4 5 Share on Facebook Reply Share on Twitter Twitter 47 48 Reply Share on Twitter Facebook Facebook ..Imagine your life going up in flames.. and onlookers just think you’re nuts 9 10 Share Share partoftheproblem Share on Facebook I remmeber the Daily Mail reporting all kinds of lies about Christopher Jefferies. But I guess that’s OK because, well, it isn’t the Guardian. Share on Facebook | Pick Share on Twitter JackTheRepairer Share Facebook Share on Twitter Report Reply MaltKelp Share on Facebook 7 Jan 2019 3:29 7 Jan 2019 3:14 20 21 Share on Facebook | Pick Tijger Share on Twitter 7 Jan 2019 3:38 7 Jan 2019 3:14 Share on Facebook Share on Facebook I guess you’ve never lived in a village community. Big brother has nothing on that. | Pick Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Share RetiredTaxman Andrew George ANEDLYT 7 Jan 2019 3:34 7 Jan 2019 3:30 Share IfonlyIcould Really? Hmm…you might want to do some reading then. Twitter | Pick Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other Share on Twitter Reply | Pick Jake Choir 7 Jan 2019 2:51 armado Facebook Facebook | Pick | Pick Share In the near future in the UK it will be both. The snoopers charter was only defeated because of the EU, after all. 7 8 ValuedCustomer What makes this funny is the outrage from politician that cheered when email correspondence of AfD members was leaked. This blatant display of double standards makes the whole thing legitimate. Facebook Show 1 more reply Share on Twitter Twitter Report Report Facebook | Pick Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Report ghendrix | Pick Report Reply Facebook 7 8 7 Jan 2019 3:30 Twitter Jeez! Report Share Show 3 more replies | Pick Twitter Show 25 DriverOfTheNorth Share Share 7 Jan 2019 3:36 4 Facebook Report GKB507 Most people do not make returns of income, so what exactly would you intend be published? Share on Facebook 1 2 | Pick Report | Pick 31 32 Facebook Facebook 7 Jan 2019 3:27 Reply Share on Twitter 14 15 Report Share on Facebook Twitter Share on Twitter Twitter Share on Twitter Twitter Share on Twitter 8 9 Share on Facebook Yeah right.Welcome to big brother state…..It’s been on the cards for years.Wake up time Andrew George Facebook misefear 7 Jan 2019 3:05 Share Report Reply Reply ValuedCustomer misefear | Pick Share on Facebook Order by oldest | Pick Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Report Share on Facebook Twitter Report Share on Twitter 7 Jan 2019 2:50 Share 8 9 Report Reply Share on Facebook Reply Ian Griffiths partoftheproblem Share 4 5 Ian Griffiths 9 10 Share AfD are a Right Wing party with extreme views. In the UK someone with similar views murdered an MP. Their correspondence should be published – and member details – that’s in the public interest. Why you think that German Politicians should have their details published beggars belief – for what should they? Why it is in the public interest in Germany for this information? The only hypocrisy here is yours. Share on Twitter Share Share on Twitter Share Reply Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Share Share Twitter Whosaprettyboy Report Facebook …like the American Democratic politician Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has laughed off the exhumation of a high school video of her dancing with friends. There was nothing to laugh off, she’s attractive and doesn’t look bad dancing in the clip, even the staunch republican & alt-right lot didn’t see the point in it. Reply churst1 Shares2828 | Pick Christ, get a grip Guardian. This is absurd. Ian Griffiths 2 3 7 Jan 2019 3:29 | Pick 4 5 ILikeChips Share on Facebook Share randomUser13 Facebook Facebook Reply Share on Facebook Twitter | Pick Share via Email MightyBuccaneer Share Share Share on Facebook Report Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Facebook 7 Jan 2019 2:43 No, what makes it funny is that the only party not to have members included is the AfD. If I were a clever far-right hacker (oxymoron) I would have thrown in a few minor AfD details just so it wasn’t so obvious what my motivation was. So, did anyone in the AfD know of this crime, or have anything to do with it? We’ll find out soon enough I imagine. Share The Guardian view on privacy: a fundamental human right ValuedCustomer 7 Jan 2019 3:19 Reply 7 Jan 2019 5:21 Reply Share Report philipl 100 Winning her seat was the proof of her talent. | Pick 7 Jan 2019 5:35 Report | Pick | Pick Wow, an invocation of Queen Alexandria in this seemingly unrelated Guardian View. Who could have seen it coming? Your humble servant Report | Pick Twitter richmond3000 Share on Twitter Report Twitter Share Share MightyBuccaneer 7 Jan 2019 5:45 Share 13 14 Share on Twitter Reply Share We need more information brought into the public arena, not less. Scandinavian countries publish tax paid information by members of the public. We need that here. Tijger Reply 8 9 Share ghendrix Report It really isn’t absurd. Could you help me understand how compiling blackmail files on everyone isn’t going to lead to manipulation of important people by a potentially wide variety of sinister forces? Is it that you don’t see this, or don’t think it’s a problem? 7 8 7 Jan 2019 3:05 Share on Twitter Share Report Share on Twitter 7 Jan 2019 3:18 that they were part of a disorganised far-right culture that flourishes in the fetid crannies of the internet. The leak was not coordinated with any particular media campaign: the files were leaked in dribbles all through December That’s a remarkably Cronenbergian collection of similes. 10 11 3 4 Reply Report 7 Jan 2019 7:11 2 3 Doesn’t Terry Pratchett say that’s where the word privilege comes from “private law”? 7 Jan 2019 2:51 Facebook Share Pretty much – again it’s the old ‘one rule for you’ and s different one for me. Share Report Share | Pick Share on Facebook kizbot MightyBuccaneer the American Democratic politician Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has laughed off the exhumation of a high school video of her dancing with friends. But democracy cannot depend on exceptional talents like hers. Topics Share Report Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Twitter All Facebook Reply partoftheproblem | Pick Editorial Share on Twitter Everyone deserves a right to privacy.. including politicians. politicians, being public servants, have a little less right to privacy than the average person. Yes there are some things that should be off limit, but they are in the public eye, setting policy and whatnot so a little prying and revealing of secrets is to be expected. Report | Pick Share on Facebook Show 4 more replies Opinion beadmaker 7 Jan 2019 3:53 3 4 There is a legitimate sphere of privacy without which no organisation, and in fact no normal person, can function at all. This is true even of the professional exhibitionists who appear on reality television Excellent! We take take this as The Guardian’s new year resolution. They will no longer report or publish any details about anyone. People deserve privacy. That includes people who are arrested – which does not indicate guilt, (and neither does being charged), those who appear on TV, who say things to other people (that perhaps they shouldn’t) and those who run the country, too. In future we will get a true NEWS service: one that reports what is published for public consumption. With no more photos of individuals: whether passers-by or subjects of the story. I would actually pay money to receive real, factual, news like that. But wait! What about the “public interest”? All the journalists cry out. The public have a right to be informed about which minor celebrity bonked who else’s partner, or who semi-famour person was caught with a pinch of drugs in their pocket. We have to publish photos of politicians looking silly. It is our duty to eavesdrop on privileged conversations and report them as unspecified “sources” and we have an imperative to speculate (‘cuz that’s just making stuff up – not impinging on privacy – innit, it’s only private if it’s true) and rumour-monger and create fear and anger. After all, that’s how we make the money that pays us. kizbot 7 Jan 2019 3:34 | Pick Share on Twitter Facebook Folks should be aware pretty much the entire conservative media thinks the Ocasio-Cortez video was leaked by Democrat sources. Mostly because it’s not even remotely embarrassing. beadmaker 91 92 Reply Facebook Why? Twitter | Pick Reply 1 2 7 Jan 2019 5:38 IfonlyIcould Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Twitter Share on Twitter 7 Jan 2019 3:05 Share on Facebook Report UtterTosh Reply DriverOfTheNorth Tijger Share via Email philipl Twitter Share on Facebook Reply Share on Twitter Twitter Facebook | Pick Ollie King philipl Agreed, one need not demonstrate any deflective talent at all if would be detractors attempt such lame and utterly misguided fails (or PR boosts, as they’re also known) in attempting to challenge AOC. Here’s to the GOPs continued aiming straight at their own relatively leaden feet. This naivety was also what enabled the ludicrous storm about Hillary Clinton’s email server: the assumption that there could be no legitimate reason for her to keep anything from the public was one of the factors that cost her the election. Privacy Slapchips 7 Jan 2019 3:51 Share on Twitter Report Share on Twitter Germany Reply Share Show 12 more replies Report 2 3 | Pick | Pick Share on Facebook MaltKelp Loading comments… Trouble loading? Reply 7 Jan 2019 3:11 Reply Twitter Share 1 2 1 2 Ian Griffiths Facebook collapsed Parallax1 oldest | Pick Facebook Reply 7 Jan 2019 2:59 | Pick 5 6 Because we are part of a social-ecenomic community and paying tax is a basic part of that. It keeps the wealthy and tax dodgers in check, too. It also helps stop discrimination in employment if you know what others are being paid. | Pick Reply | Pick Reply Reply | Pick Share 4 5 Share on Twitter 12 13 | Pick JackTheRepairer Twitter Twitter Facebook 24 25 44 45 Share richmond3000 7 Jan 2019 7:09 Share Share Show 7 more replies Tijger 0 1 Reply Sharing information and privacy are perfectly capable of existing side by side. Your examples are rather silly. I could be a member of the same club as you and could quite rightly expect that that club would and should regulate the information I may need to give them. They have no intrinsic need to share that information with everybody. This is how civil society operates. Report No one but a hermit has ever had privacy. Once you become part of any society you share information with them. The more societies you voluntarily join the more information you end up sharing. Limit the societies, limit the information. If you don’t want to do that find an island and become a hermit. Sun 6 Jan 2019 13.30 EST Share on Twitter One rule for us, one rule for populist-chasing-newly adopted tabloid news outlet-“leftist” (so long as it’s the right kind of left)- over-opinionated-“my way or the highway”-vaguely right-wing paper, the Guardian. Report Facebook GKB507 Facebook Report 7 Jan 2019 3:26 Speaking of the sanctity of privacy where is Glenn Greenwald these days? 7 Jan 2019 4:08 The discovery of a comprehensive hack of private documents from German politicians, artists and journalists might once have been the subject of considerable outrage. Indeed, Angela Merkel’s spokesman described the attack as “very very serious” and it was not just the newspaper that first published the story which got excited. But if this was an attack on democracy, it was a remarkably indirect one. That does not make it less dangerous, but the danger is subtle and pervasive.Most of the really spectacular breaches of email security in the last eight years have taken place in a profoundly political context, where actors, good or bad, stood ready from the beginning to edit and analyse the raw data before it could be presented. The facts were always displayed within a frame. This did not just apply to politicians. It was true even of the “climategate” hack of emails between climate change researchers. When the affairs of Mossack Fonseca were exposed in the Panama Papers, this also had a clear agenda – to reveal and discourage tax evasion.The German hack, however, looks not so much amateurish as anarchistic and pointless. The perpetrators remain unknown, although there is some evidence that they were part of a disorganised far-right culture that flourishes in the fetid crannies of the internet. The leak was not coordinated with any particular media campaign: the files were leaked in dribbles all through December on a Twitter account that nobody noticed. It had fewer than 20,000 followers and none of them, it seems, were reading it with attention or interest, even assuming that any were human and not bots. Only when a much more popular account was briefly hijacked and used to point at the hacked files did the story begin to leak out.There is a naivety behind the belief that anything once secret becomes interesting when put on the internet which no amount of experience can dispel. This naivety was also what enabled the ludicrous storm about Hillary Clinton’s email server: the assumption that there could be no legitimate reason for her to keep anything from the public was one of the factors that cost her the election.It is this attitude, more than the hacks themselves, which makes these attacks dangerous to democracy. Although there is an ineradicable journalistic instinct, shared with the rest of the human race, to discover facts which other people would rather have kept hidden, this urge cannot go unchallenged. There is a legitimate sphere of privacy without which no organisation, and in fact no normal person, can function at all. This is true even of the professional exhibitionists who appear on reality television. Some of the most nourishing and grounding human experiences derive their quality from the fact that they are not shared.Society worries quite rightly a great deal about the effect on privacy of state surveillance. We worry also, again rightly, about the effect of directed cyber-attacks against government, industries and politicians. But not all crime is major, and not all minor crime is harmless to its victims. The prankish, anarchistic mentality that seems to lie behind the German hacks may be closer to vandalism than to violent assault, but it must still be shocking and distressing to the victims. People who have been burgled will often report that the loss of privacy, and the sense of violation, is far more distressing than the loss of whatever physical things were stolen.When politicians are considered fair game for this kind of attack, in which the daily undramatic details of their domestic lives are hung out for passersby to gawk at, the likeliest response is that fewer ordinary, decent people will wish to go into politics. Who can blame them? There are exceptions to this rule, who are able to withstand unnerving levels of pressure, like the American Democratic politician Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has laughed off the exhumation of a high school video of her dancing with friends. But democracy cannot depend on exceptional talents like hers. It needs ordinary people, too, who can be embarrassed and need sometimes to be protected from embarrassment. Twitter 17 18 Share OldSynner Share on Twitter 4 5 Report | Pick Would not be surprised if that was true. ‘Leak’ it now and get it into the open so it cannot be used against her in the future. 7 Jan 2019 3:19 Facebook Reply Funny to hear The Guardian taking a stance on privacy that is so at odds with what they have reported on and become flag waver for over the past 10 years. Share on Twitter Share Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Facebook Show 2 more replies Twitter Report 13 14 misefear Do you leave the lavatory door wide open, if not why not, what are you doing in there? I think we should know. Do you walk about stark naked? Do you advertise your bank details to the whole wide world? Reply 7 Jan 2019 2:49 Share on Facebook Twitter 7 Jan 2019 2:40 30 31 4 5 Twitter Reply misefear Share misefear Share on Twitter 1 2 Twitter 7 Jan 2019 3:37 Twitter Share on Twitter Reply Share on Twitter Reply Facebook 7 Jan 2019 3:04 Share 7 Jan 2019 6:51 Facebook Reply Share on Twitter Reply Reply 7 Jan 2019 3:35 Share on Facebook 31 32 Share Gelion Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Show 5 more replies GKB507 7 Jan 2019 3:22 Twitter editorials 7 Jan 2019 3:15 Share Twitter 7 Jan 2019 4:16 Report Do try harder – I believe Logic can be taken as a night school class. expanded Support The Guardian Share beadmaker Reply 11 12 Radleyman I know of a case when someone was given a High Court Injunction when a company went to a judge in secret and took out the injunction without any defence being present. Immediately this happened the person receiving the injunction found that email was delayed for up to a week or more and this went on for many weeks. Is that the sort of thing you want to happen to someone against ewhom no trial has taken place? Share Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Report 5 6 Andrew George Share on Facebook 6 7 7 Jan 2019 3:22 3 4 7 Jan 2019 3:00 Reply Facebook Twitter Facebook 19 20 4 5 Twitter Don’t think that it can be economics as she said that:“Unemployment is low because everyone has two jobs.” Report Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share Twitter 7 Jan 2019 2:55 7 Jan 2019 3:10 Twitter Share on Facebook philipl Facebook Share on Facebook Report Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Will this do? Ollie King Reply Share on Twitter Share Since you’re here… Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter | Pick randomUser13 Last modified on Sun 6 Jan 2019 14.05 EST Twitter 7 Jan 2019 3:49 misefear Facebook What are Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s ‘exceptional talents’, apart from being comparatively young? Share on Facebook Twitter Share 7 Jan 2019 3:30 Reply 7 Jan 2019 2:51 Twitter Facebook ‘The files were leaked in dribbles all through December on a Twitter account that nobody noticed.’ Photograph: Clemens Bilan/EPA 2 3 Report Twitter 7 Jan 2019 5:13 Really? You sure of that? Care to give examples? Reply Facebook Reply | Pick Twitter Andrew George Twitter Share on Facebook Facebook Something tells me if there was a leak that embarrassed Trump the G would be singing a different tune. Share on Facebook 2 3 Report Twitter Share | Pick Share on Facebook 7 Jan 2019 6:02 There should be more outrage about websites tracking our every move via cookies imo. Imagine buying something in a shop and as you leave they pinned something to your sleeve and said we’re just going to track your movements for the rest of the day… Report | Pick Share on Facebook 7 Jan 2019 3:29 51 52 Share on Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Parallax1 Reply Share on Twitter | Pick PottedPlantNo1ForPM DriverOfTheNorth Twitter Report Twitter 2 Share on Twitter Facebook View more comments Share Tijger Report 7 Jan 2019 3:03 Share on Twitter Share Reply | Pick 91 92 Share on Twitter Facebook | Pick Share Report Facebook graun Everyone deserves a right to privacy.. including politicians. But our conceptions of what is private are changing in our digital world. We nearly all of us give our details to faceless corps in order to use their services for free. I don’t argue that this means we should shut up and put up but that many of us no longer think of privacy in the same way we did in the past. I don’t think we have yet decided as a changing society where the boundaries now lie. | Pick Reply Share Share Tijger Facebook 7 Jan 2019 3:35 Twitter Report That would be interestingOne whistle-blower gazzumping another Report 3 Report Tijger Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp Twitter I’d buy an echo… but I don’t really care about privacy apart from bank details.. however, others do care and that’s important. Show 3 more replies 7 Jan 2019 5:04 Share Well, dont worry, the UK’s constitution guarantees your right to privacy, right? Right? Oh… Don’t be naive.last_img read more

first_imgThu 2 May 2019 06.00 EDT Share on Facebook Not Invisible What would you do if your sister, your daughter or your mother went missing without explanation? There would be search parties. Law enforcement would issue amber alerts. Investigations would begin. Suspects would be brought in for questioning.In Indian country, that’s not the case. In Indian country, it is often days before law enforcement shows up for a missing person call or homicide. In the case of Ashlyn Mike, a seven-year-old-girl in New Mexico, an amber alert wasn’t issued for more than 10 hours, when typically for cases of missing children those alerts are posted almost immediately. Ashlyn Mike lost her life at the age of seven. The epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women has long been overlooked. That’s why I’m fighting for them in Congress Share on LinkedIn Last modified on Thu 2 May 2019 13.13 EDT Share on Facebook Share via Email Shares2,7972797 Not Invisible Share on Messenger Native Americans Debra Anne Haaland Since you’re here… Native Americanscenter_img Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian Share on Twitter comment Topics Debra Haaland represents Albuquerque, New Mexico, in Congress.Photograph: Juan Labreche/AP Women are disappearing and dying in Indian country. We must act Indigenous peoples Share via Email In Indian country, families sometimes wait days for the authorities to respond, and frequently lead the only search parties. What’s worse, sometimes the record of that missing indigenous person isn’t documented, leaving questions unanswered for decades, leading to gaps in information, missing person cases unsolved and perpetrators roaming the streets.Leona Kinsey disappeared from her home in Oregon 20 years ago – her car was found empty, purse in her home, groceries still in the fridge. She is still missing, and her family still wonders what happened to her.What we do know is women and girls are disappearing without warning. What we do know is Native women face murder rates that are 10 times higher than the national average. What we do know is that families are left without answers. What we do know is there is a lot we do not know.Indian country has been severely underfunded for decades. It leads to a lack of funding for roads, cellphone service and public safety departments.There are several things we can do right away to begin addressing the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women. First, we must adequately fund tribal law enforcement and victim advocates so survivors of domestic violence and trafficking do not become part of the statistics that contribute to loss of life. With the resources to hire more officers in Indian country and provide the proper training on missing person cases, law enforcement can improve response times and conduct effective investigations.The picture can be even more dire for urban Indians. Recent reports by the Urban Indian Health Institute identified 506 cases of missing and murdered indigenous women across 71 urban cities – my state of New Mexico ranked number one for the highest number of MMIW cases with 78. These numbers are believed to be an extremely low estimate due to the lack of programmatic resources across the board to address issues of missing and murdered indigenous people in urban locations.Due to devastating federal policies like forced relocation and removal over generations, 71% percent of the Native American population live in urban areas. Cities with high populations of Native Americans include places like Phoenix and Seattle and – my district – Albuquerque. That means communicating and sharing information, so that these cases can be tracked is critical, but right now communication between jurisdictions is limited and often times non-existent.Three transgender Native people, Ryan Shey Hoskie, Fredrick Watson and Teri Benally, all in different stages of their lives – 23, 32, and 42 – were found beaten to death in Albuquerque between 2005 and 2009. The circumstances surrounding their deaths remain a mystery.City, county, state and tribal agencies must work together so we can fully understand the scope of this epidemic. If unaddressed, Native people will continue slipping through the jurisdictional cracks.We must commit as a country to the principle that every person deserves justice – every person deserves the same attention when they go missing, regardless of whether they are located in rural or urban areas, Native or an immigrant, rich or poor. I’m challenging my colleagues and law enforcement around the county to commit to that effort.The epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women has been overlooked for far too long, but we’re finally giving a voice to this silent crisis. When your community is at risk – when it could be your daughter, your sister or your mom – the issue demands urgency. The attention this issue has received wouldn’t have been possible without the women in Indian country saying, “enough is enough, we deserve to feel safe too”. It was a call for Congress to direct real resources to the problem.We finally have political voices to raise this issue on the national level. That’s why I’m fighting for Savana’s Act, and to ensure protections for Native people are included in the Violence Against Women Act.The cases of Leona Kinsey, Ashlyn Mike, Shey Hoskie, Fredrick Watson and Teri Benally could have been different. We must act in order to change this deadly cycle in Indian country. Share on Pinterest Reuse this content … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. 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Share via Email Natural disasters and extreme weather South Carolina Share on Facebook Mon 27 May 2019 10.09 EDT Share on Twitter Flooding Georgiacenter_img Share on Twitter US weather Share on WhatsApp Across the river, the tiny town of Moffett, Oklahoma, population about 120, was submerged by Saturday afternoon, Sequoyah county emergency management director Steve Rutherford told the Times Record in Fort Smith.On Sunday afternoon, a national guard helicopter was sent to rescue two Army Corps of Engineers workers who had become trapped in a building as the Arkansas river rose, said Arkansas Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Melody Daniel.“The river had risen and spread to a point where the lock and dam building itself was no longer accessible by boat or road,” said Daniel, who took video of the rescue at the Trimble Lock and Dam. She said there were also several road closures.The water flowing into the Arkansas river has come from rains in south-east Kansas and north-eastern Oklahoma, said NWS meteorologist Willie Gilmore.“All that water funneled down into the tributaries that go into the Arkansas river,” Gilmore said.In Tulsa, authorities advised residents of some neighbourhoods to consider leaving for higher ground because the river is stressing the city’s old levee system. First published on Mon 27 May 2019 07.45 EDT Tornadoes Share on Messenger This article is more than 1 month old news Pinterest US weather Share via Email Facebook Are hurricanes getting stronger – and is climate breakdown to blame? The River Spirit Hotel and Casino has flood waters surrounding it in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Photograph: Tom Gilbert/AP Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content Temperatures around 100F (38C) were forecast from Jacksonville, Florida, up the south-east into Macon and Savannah in Georgia and on to Charleston, South Carolina, the National Weather Service (NWS) said.“This is super hot for this time of year,” said John Deese, a NWS forecaster in Peachtree, Georgia, near Atlanta. “This is a heat wave across the south, and it’s going to be here for a while.”Deese predicted high temperatures through the week, staying in the mid to high 90s.The risk of strong tornadoes is moderate but they remain possible through the week for south-eastern plains states hit by lethal twisters last week, forecasters said.A severe tornado killed two people in El Reno, Oklahoma late on Saturday, injured at least 29 people and left hundreds homeless, officials said. Rescue workers searched for survivors in the rubble of the small community near Oklahoma City.The NWS said a second tornado touched down in the Tulsa area early on Sunday, damaging structures, uprooting trees and toppling power lines.Pete Snyder with the NWS said officials had confirmed that a tornado caused damage in the Tulsa suburb of Sapulpa and surrounding areas. Snyder said the area also experienced damage from straight-line winds that officials say exceeded 80mph.The tornado was spawned by a powerful storm system that rolled through the state. Four more people were killed in the storm in Oklahoma, CNN reported.At least seven people were killed by storms last week.States including Nebraska, Oklahoma and Kansas, as well as parts of Ohio, will remain under flood watches and warnings through the week as rains, wind, hail and possible twisters are in the forecast, said David Roth of the NWS Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland.Parts of Arkansas, meanwhile, are preparing for what meteorologists predicted will be the worst flooding in recorded history along parts of the Arkansas river over the coming week.The NWS said in the statement that levee “over topping” is likely with “significant impacts to life and property across a very large area”.The Arkansas river reached 38.2ft on Sunday near Fort Smith, surpassing the historic crest of 38.1ft in April 1945.Spokeswoman Karen Santos said the city of 80,000 residents on the border with Oklahoma was in “preparedness and warning mode”. 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first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | DownloadYour weekly dose of information that keeps you up to date on the latest developments in the field of technology designed to assist people with disabilities and special needs.Show Notes:FIDO project – Dr Melody Jackson, Georgia Tech | | fido.gatech.eduWhite House Marks Passage Of ABLE Act – Disability Scoop technology is redefining what it means to be disabled – Fortune remarkable way for the visually impaired to sample the masterpieces – The Washington Post Effinger’s IOS AAC APPs Survey ToDoNumber Matrix——————————Listen 24/7 at www.AssistiveTechnologyRadio.comIf you have an AT question, leave us a voice mail at: 317-721-7124 or email tech@eastersealscrossroads.orgCheck out our web site: https://www.eastersealstech.comFollow us on Twitter: @INDATAprojectLike us on Facebook:——-transcript follows —— MELODY JACKSON: Hi, this is Dr. Melody Jackson, and I’m the director of the Animal Computer Interaction Lab at Georgia Tech, and this is your Assistive Technology Update.WADE WINGLER: Hi, this is Wade Wingler with the INDATA Project at Easter Seals crossroads in Indiana with your Assistive Technology Update, a weekly dose of information that keeps you up-to-date on the latest developments in the field of technology designed to assist people with disabilities and special needs.Welcome to episode number 194 of assistive technology update. It’s scheduled to be released on February 13, that’s Friday the 13th, of 2015. Today our interviews with Dr. Melody Jackson, director of the Fido project at Georgia Tech. We’ve got a couple of stories about art and wearable technology and an app review from BridgingApps.We hope you’ll check out our website at, shoot us a note on Twitter at INDATA Project, or call our listener line at 317-721-7124.Very recently, Vice President Joe Biden hosted members of Congress and disability advocates in Washington DC at the Eisenhower executive office building. They had a party. They celebrated the passage of the able act, which is the achieving a better life experience act. The law was signed into being back in December by President Obama come and the basic idea is it allows special accounts where people with disabilities can put back up to $100,000 without jeopardizing their eligibility for Social Security and other kinds of government benefits. It’s the preliminary part of this, and in fact Sarah Weer, who is president of the national Down syndrome Society, suspect that it will probably be 2017 before somebody can walk into a financial institution and actually open and able account. The states have some work to do with the Department of treasury to make the stuff happen before it’s a reality. But we are thrilled that this is happening, that this is a step in the right direction come and I’m going to pop a link in the show notes over to where you can learn more about vice presidential celebration and some more about the able act. It’ll be there in our show notes.I love it when the measurement attributes tension to our little corner of the tech world, the assistive technology corner. This week, fortune magazine has done just that. David Morris has written an article entitled, “Wearable technology is redefining what it means to be disabled.” They have several photographs and a video or two here in the article, but he makes an interesting point right away that wearable technology for people with disabilities is not new. He talks about the advent of the white cane and how that’s been around and very popular forerunner 100 years or so. He also talks about hearing aids. Then he goes on to talk about other kinds of technologies like anything called Soundhawk that’s an in-ear device, but is not a hearing aid. It’s designed to enhance people who are typical hearing and their ability to hear other kinds of things. He mentions the Lechal shoes that have GPS sort of navigation technology that is promising and people have been talking about. He also talks about the iWatch (Apple Watch) and how that’s a possible wearable assistive technology.It’s not a super technical article, but it is sort of a pop culture kind of thing, and again I love it when mainstream press like Fortune magazine talks about our industry. It helps raise awareness and raise the bar for everybody. I’m going to pop a link in the show notes over to Fortune magazine and you can check more about this article on wearable technology for folks with disabilities.Most of the time, if you went into an art museum and started touching the paintings, the guards would just plain drag you out of the place. But there is an interesting thing happening over in Madrid at the Museo del Prado. They are talking about an exhibit here where they take very famous paintings, things like the Mona Lisa, or The Parasol by Goya, or even a copy of Apollo in the Forge of Vulcan by Diego Velazquez. They are doing a process called Didu. An artist spends about 40 hours working on a painting come adding layers, adding these clear leaders to add volume and texture and kind of create a relief version of the painting to the people who are blind or visually impaired can put their hands on this artwork and get a tactile feel for what the painting is like. They also include braille labels for the painting and also some audio description to help people who are blind better understand the technique and what those tactile experiences are representing. They even have blindfolds and masks for sighted visitors that will allow people who are cited to experience the painting without their vision. It’s interesting. It’s been a story from the Washington Post. I’m going to pop a link over to the show notes and you can read about this museum where you are not banned from touching the oil painting, you are encouraged to do so. Check our show notes.Are you interested in AAC or augmentative and alternative communication, and are you interested in those AAC apps that run on iOS, the iPhone operating system on your iPhone or iPad or those kinds of devices? If you are, our friend John Effinger over at the Missouri assistive technology act project is doing an online survey. He has narrowed down a list of over 500 apps for augmentative communication, down to 36 of them. He is asking questions of people who have used or tried those apps before. John says that his survey will take less than 10 minutes to complete and allows you to answer questions about whether or not you’ve used the app and whether or not you think it’s good based on your experience. We are going to put a link in the Jonathan you’re trying to help John get some people to answer the survey because he’s going to make the results of the information available and better the whole AugCom community for all of us. I’m going to pop a link in the show notes over to this 10 minute survey from John come and if you go and click on those links and share your experiences about your AugCom iOS app experience, I know John would be very grateful to hear that. Check our show notes. I’ll have a link.Each week, one of our partners totaled happening in the ever-changing world of apps, so here’s an app worth mentioning.AMY BARRY: Hi everyone, this is Amy Barry with BridgingApps, and this is an app worth mentioning. Today’s app is called ToDoNumber Matrix, and it’s a fun, engaging math app for practicing math skills such as number sense, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. The app includes games using matrices for practicing these skills. The matrices also provide practice of visual perceptual skills such as visual discrimination, and special skills. These visual perceptual skills are important for reading and other academic skills as well as math.The developer, Locomotive Labs, prides itself in creating apps with features that make their games playable for students with working memory or visual processing issues, language delays, or have underdeveloped fine motor skills. We appreciate how serious Locomotive Labs is about each and every detail of accessibility. The app has terrific graphics and is very engaging. The interface is simple and intuitive. When we used the app with children, they are able to immediately begin playing the app without needing any instruction, and reading skills are not required.The app is organized into six different categories, and each category has a variety of levels. The categories are numbers, logic, shapes, addition and subtraction, multiplication, and fractions. The app allows for tracking of progress for a single child. There are eight language choices included in the app, and you can also title the background music on and off.ToDoNumber Matrix can be used with children between the ages of three and 11 years of age. We have used the app with children with speech delays, learning differences, and autism between the ages of five and 11. All of the children immediately enjoyed the app, and they all played multiple levels without any redirection needed and see the app as a game rather than work. We also used the app at higher levels to work on receptive language. We walked through levels with them using verbal directions to work on following simple as well as complex commands.ToDoNumber Matrix is available at the iTunes Store for $1.99. A requires iOS 7.0 or later, and it’s compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. For more information on this app and others like it, visit WINGLER: Okay come here ago. Wait for it, listen.[Typing]What you just heard there was how long it takes to put a review in iTunes and click a five-star rating for our show. I’m pandering, guys. I’m sorry. They really does help. If you go to iTunes and find Assistive Technology Update and say something good about us or click a star, it up so that people find us. It raises our rating up in the listing on iTunes and helps people learn more about assistive technology. We don’t ask often, but please take a minute, go to iTunes, find is there and say couple of good things about our show and help share the word about assistive technology. You know you want to. All the cool kids are doing it.So I listen to a lot of public radio come and just a few weeks ago, I was hearing a story on NPR as I was driving to or from work. It was about service animals and technology and Georgia Tech, and I obviously paid a whole lot of attention when I heard those kinds of titles. I learned that there is a thing called the Fido Project. Dr. Melody Jackson, who is the director of the Animal Computer Interaction Lab at Georgia Tech, is all about this Fido Project and service animals and technology. I had to reach out and had to try to get her on the show. She is with us today. Dr. Jackson, thank you for being here today.MELODY JACKSON: Thank you for inviting me, Wade.WADE WINGLER: Melody, tell me a little bit about Fido. What does Fido stand for and how does it come about and what is it?MELODY JACKSON: Fido stands for Facilitating Interactions for Dogs with Occupations. That’s a mouthful. What that means is we are interested in using technology to improve communication between assistance dogs and their handlers. The way this came about is my involvement with Canine Companions for Independence, which is the oldest and largest provider of service dogs in the United States, I had been a puppy raiser for them for 20 years since 1995. So I’ve been very interested in us and started helping people with disabilities. It just happens that I sure lab with one of the fathers of the wearable computing field, Dr. Thad Starner. We’ve shared a lab since 2006. We finally were catalyzed by another research scientist, Clint Ziegler, who is working with him from Industrial Design, and the three of us kind of came up with the idea of let’s put wearable technology on dogs. What do we do that? Once we started thinking about it, the ideas just exploded.WADE WINGLER: I’m sitting here smiling and I’m sure that every dog lover in my audience, especially those who work with service animals are thinking, heck yeah a dog needs wearable technology. It’s a fabulous idea. How does it work? What can technology do for assistance animals?MELODY JACKSON: Let me tell you a story that sort of sets the context. I have a colleague who is blind, and he also has a guide dog, and they were walking between classes on campus one day. Very familiar route. He knew exactly where he was going. And all his dogs stopped. As most of you know, a guide dog will stop when there is something in the past. He said Hey, buddy, we are on the sidewalk. There shouldn’t be anything on the path. He asked him to go forward and the dog sat down and said no. We can’t go forward. McCulloch pulled out his collapsible cane and he was feeling around come and he did not find anything in their path. Finally he said all right, he’s just being a dog, because even though these incredibly trained dogs are so obedient come every once in a while they are just being dogs. He gave him a little correction. He said let’s go, let’s go. The dog said, well, all right, and they both stepped into wet cement.WADE WINGLER: Oh, wow.MELODY JACKSON: So the dog knew that there was something wrong with the sidewalk. He had no way to tell his partner that they needed to go around this thing that you can’t feel with your cane. If you have had a Fido vest come he would’ve been able to reach around, activations on his guide dog harness, and send a message to the Bluetooth ear but that he always wears thing we need to go around something.WADE WINGLER: That’s fascinating. Are we talking primarily about service animals for people who are blind or visually impaired? Are there other kinds of disabilities, as I’m starting to to wrap my brain around how this works, or even nondisability application for this?MELODY JACKSON: Absolutely. The more we think about it, the more we find incredibly important applications for this. For example, medical alert dogs typically — let’s say we have a medical alert dog assisting someone with epilepsy. Typically what they do is they will sense long before the person knows they are about to have us feature, the dog will sense it. But I will push the person up against the wall so that they don’t fall down. Maybe they’ll slide down the wall instead of falling down when they start to become unconscious during the seizure. Once they are in the full seizure, the dogs are trained to let the person’s face to try to rows them. That’s all phenomenal. It’s great. They can keep someone from getting hurt and possibly alert others that something is going on. But what if that docket reach around on a service dog vest and activate a sensor that were called 911? Or text the family member that we are at the coffee shop on X street and Y street and she’s having a seizure? The dog could literally summon help.WADE WINGLER: Not getting questions boiling up in my head here. So we are describing a situation where — and we can talk about the hardware and software and some of the technology here – we are talking about a dog wearing a vest. Tell me about the hardware and software and sensors. I’m starting to take a picture in my mind but lead a little bit more on that.MELODY JACKSON: Georgia Tech is known for our technology. Of course I have all kinds of resources for great engineering. What we’ve done is we’ve brought in a professional dog trainer, and with my background we have chosen sensors that are based on the natural abilities of dogs. What can dogs do right out of the womb essentially? They can tug on things. They contact things with their noses. They can bite things. They can hold things. So we have based sensors on those abilities. We have a tug sensor which has electronics in it that detect when that center has been stretched. That allows us to know that the dog has tugged on it. We have sensors that are based on biting where we have a force sensitive resistor inside of that that, when you put force on it, it knows how much force you put in there. We have what’s called a proximity sensor which is just like that paper towel dispenser in the bathroom when you wave your hand over it, hopefully it’s spits out paper towel. We had that very same sensor that the dogs can touch with their noses. Interestingly, the dogs found out all by themselves that they didn’t have to touch it, that they just had to wave their nose over it. So the doctor brilliant and they figured that out. So we have a lot of different sensors based on a lot of different types of things that dogs can naturally do. It doesn’t take a whole lot of training.These are all hooked up to a very small microprocessor that is put on the top of the first in a waterproof case to make sure if it rained out or the dog Is to jump in the lake, which did happen, that it doesn’t ruin the sensor. It’s all very simple, pretty much off-the-shelf components. We’ve designed some of the circuit boards, but it’s all very technology. Sometimes it might have a speaker in it that the dog needs to say something to people, or you will have Bluetooth and it to pair with the user cell phone. So the example I just gave you of calling 911, that’s how that would help them. The Bluetooth on the vest would pair with the user cell phone and just called 911.WADE WINGLER: Now you’ve summoned an image from a children’s movie. I have little kids in the house and watched the movie Up not too long ago. Have you seen it?MELODY JACKSON: I love that movie.WADE WINGLER: For my listeners who might not have seen it, there are dogs in there who have these things on them that give them voices. That’s what I’m imagining. How far off MI?MELODY JACKSON: You are pretty much on target. We do have vest that allow the dock to speak.WADE WINGLER: So what do they say?MELODY JACKSON: Here’s another story. This is a field assistant that we have right now. I have a colleague at Canine Companions for Independence who is also a service dog partner. She has her own service dog. She uses a wheelchair but she also has a condition called dystonia which means you can speak very loudly. But she is very active, and she takes her doctor the dog park all the time. One day they were at the dog park and she was out there in her manual wheelchair and her dog was having a great time. It was time to go so she called him, and she realized that her wheelchair was stuck. Of course her dog will bark on command to notify people, but they were at a dog park. So a dog barking at a dog park is not going to attract anybody’s attention. She was stuck there for hours because she couldn’t move her Wiltshire before somebody realized that she needed help, because you cannot call for help.So we created a vest that has a tug sensor on it and a speaker on the back that come when the doc touch it, it says excuse me, my owner needs your attention, follow me. She trained the dog to go up to a person come any person that is standing there, and activate the sensor until the person understands and comes with them. What happens as the people look, and after they get over the shock of the dog talking to them, they realized that the stock is telling me that this person needs help, and I’ll go and help her.We do have dogs that talk, very similar to the movie Up.WADE WINGLER: That’s great. Of course your story there made me think of Lassie. Billy needs help.MELODY JACKSON: We have one vest that says squirrel. Because people said can he say squirrel? Yes, he can.WADE WINGLER: That’s great. The learning curve for the dog. Obviously you’ve talked about the fact that you’ve done natural actions, bites and pulls and things that dogs do anyway. How long does it take for a dog to learn, and this is something that you can do with an existing service animal, a service animal that has been trained already and you can at this on, or does the technology need to be built into their training?MELODY JACKSON: That is a very intuitive question because that’s important. We had the same question. With my fairly extensive experience with service dogs, I know that at least our dogs, the Canine Companions dogs, are trained with a precision retrieve, a precision tug essentially because they tied off socks, they might pull open doors, they might open a dishwasher. So the dogs that we were working with actually come with these training abilities already. But we also worked with some dogs that were not arty trying to do that to see how long it would take. The longest it took — and this was surprising to us even because we thought it might take weeks. The longest time it took to train the first sensor with any of these dogs was 27 minutes.WADE WINGLER: Wow.MELODY JACKSON: The fastest time for learning a sensor was 27 seconds. That was for a dog that already had a precision retrieve. We just said here it is, retrieve that. Boom, he had it. We were somewhat astonished with how easily these dogs picked up these sensor activations, because it is based on natural dog interactions. Once they understand what the interaction is and they know that it’s on their body somewhere, which is unusual. Dogs don’t usually play with things that are on their bodies. So that’s the main thing. We had to show them where it is. But the dogs are brilliant. They categorically have learned them, have learned how to do this.WADE WINGLER: That’s fascinating. I love the fact that you are exporting the dog’s natural behavior in a way that works and minimizes the training. That’s amazing.MELODY JACKSON: Exactly.WADE WINGLER: If somebody wants to buy this right now – this is a trick question – tell me about the availability and where you are in the process of research and product development and things like that.MELODY JACKSON: We are indeed in the very initial research stages. This project is funded by the National Science Foundation right now, and we’ve also just received funding from DARPA which is the military research organization. We are only in our second year of our research, and we have funding for two more years. We are hoping to get more funding as well. But we are in the initial research stages. We do hope that this might be commercialized both within the end of our next two years. We are hoping that this will be on the market and the not too distant future.WADE WINGLER: The fact that you’re doing research tells me that you’re doing a lot of forward thinking. In addition to the kinds of activities and sensors that you have talked about so far, are there other things do you have in mind for the future? What’s the crystal ball look like?MELODY JACKSON: At the great question. As I said, as we play with this more and more, we have found so many applications. For example, one of the things that we are working with right now is a hearing dog application. The way that hearing dogs work right now is that they’ll hear a noise in the environment such as a doorbell ringing or the baby crying or the sound of the owner’s name being called, and the dog will alert by nudging the person and then leading to the source of the sound. But what if that sound that the dog is hearing is a tornado siren? How does the dog respond to that? They cannot lead you to the source of the sound. But that’s extremely important information that that person is to have. What if the dog could discriminate between six, seven, eight different sounds and activate different centers on their best to say that was a doorbell, that was the baby, that was a tornado siren. And then it would go to the user cell phone or their headmounted display or maybe their television that would let the user know exactly what was happening there and they could make it much better decision about how to respond.We have so many other scenarios. Discrimination task is what we call it where the dog is telling you I’ve heard one of the set of things that you are interested in. It applies to military dogs and police dogs come and we are working with the Georgia Tech police K-9 squad. I didn’t know this, but most universities have a bomb sniffing dog squad on campus. It said that we had to have that but we are really glad that we do. They said that it would be really important information to know what that dog has just smelled. They know the difference between something called TATP which is extremely volatile, and if you bump it, it could explode, or something very stable like C4. The doctors know the difference. That same hearing dog type vests could be used for a military or police dog to tell their handler I just smelled something dangerous, everybody needs to get back and let the bomb squad know that this is very volatile and scary.One more application is search and rescue. We had a young man on the autism spectrum that lost in the North Georgia Mountains a few months ago. The way a search and rescue dog works is they’ll find their target, if they are lucky and do their job right. They find their target, but then they’ve got to go find their handler because they handler – humans are always much smaller and slower than dogs. The handler can’t keep up with the dog because they are running 90 miles an hour. Every time the dogs would get near to this young man who was lost in amounts come he would run. By the time the dog had found his handler and try to re-find the person, he was not there anymore. What if the dog could find the person, reached around and activate a sensor that would yield locate and sent his exact GPS coordinates to his handler, to the medical team standing by, to the frantic parents, to the police come all at the same time so everyone can converge on the location and then the dog stays with the person. So that if that person is moving, they know where the dog is and can find them and track them. It could save hours and hours and possibly be lifesaving.WADE WINGLER: I hadn’t even thought about the geolocation as part of that. That’s part of wearable so that makes a ton of sense. Melody, I feel like we could talk about that all afternoon. Your passion is obvious and I’m excited about what you’re doing, but we are about out of time. If folks want to reach out to you and learn more, what would you recommend?MELODY JACKSON: I have an email address. It’s I would welcome to hear from assistance dog trainers, people who are partners of this is in stocks, therapists, anybody who is interested in this, to give us their ideas and their feedback.WADE WINGLER: Is there a website?MELODY JACKSON: There is a website. That will have our latest update on our technology, some of the papers of your published, and information on our team.WADE WINGLER: Dr. Melody Jackson is the director of Animal Computer Interaction Lab at Georgia Tech and has been our guest today. Melody, thank you so much for being with us.MELODY JACKSON: It was my pleasure. We appreciate you and your interest.WADE WINGLER: Do you have a question about assistive technology? Do you have a suggestion for someone we should interview on Assistive Technology Update? Call our listener line at 317-721-7124. Looking for show notes from today’s show? Head on over to Shoot us a note on Twitter @INDATAProject, or check us out on Facebook. That was your Assistance Technology Update. I’m Wade Wingler with the INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads in Indiana.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedATU188 – Wheel Life & The Bally Foundation, Look at Me app for Autism, Applevis’ Golden Apple Awards, Birdhouse for AutismJanuary 2, 2015In “Assistive Technology Update”ATU228 – iOS 9 and Its Impact on People with Disabilities | Luis Perez | Free AT Webinars, Insulin and Blood Sugar Monitoring on Your Smart Phone, Robots and AutismOctober 9, 2015In “Assistive Technology Update”ATU302 – SOSQR Emergency ApplicationMarch 10, 2017In “Assistive Technology Update”last_img read more

first_imgIf you regularly read of our blog, then you already know the great writings of our Social Media Content Specialist, Laura Medcalf. However, you might not know a lot about her or that she once was a consumer at Easter Seals Crossroads.Laura was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy when she was only 4-years-old. Spinal Muscular Atrophy is a genetic disease that affects the nervous system that controls voluntary muscle movement. Prior to her diagnosis, she was having trouble walking without leaning on something. She told me that she often relied on “those kiddie shopping carts to get around.” Once she was diagnosed, she received her first metal walker. In elementary school, she started having hand tremors and her grip was very weak. This made activities like writing and cutting shapes very challenging for her. Laura worked with occupational and physical therapists in the Perry Township school system to address her needs. They assisted her in getting accessible scissors and large pencil grips so she could do school work independently. Throughout elementary school her main mode of navigation was a walker. However, she was getting more and more fatigued and would fall often. By the end of her 5th grade year, she was entirely dependent on a manual wheelchair. She received her first power wheelchair in 6th grade. She was excited to get her power chair because she would be going to a bigger school and pushing her manual chair was fatiguing. In middle school, Laura was starting to learn to type and this was difficult for her as her wrists would become very tired. She started to use ergonomic wrist rests to reduce fatigue. She said that this “made a huge difference as they gave my arms/wrists something to rest on when typing.” Laura was also diagnosed with ADHD when in middle school. She found herself very easily distracted from tasks. She told me that one of the low-tech solutions her therapists came up with was to use a bookmark to follow text when reading. She said this really helped her focus on the text one line at at time instead of jumping ahead to look at the entire paper, which would get her off track. In high school, Laura says her power wheelchair was her main assistive technology. She remembers one of her biggest struggles in school was the weight of her textbooks. She would often have extra books at home so she would not have to lift them out of her locker or backpack. She always wanted to be as independent as possible. She feels like she would have really benefited from today’s technology of ebooks and tablets. It would have made her reading assignments much more accessible to her than having to lift heavy school books. In her senior year, Laura spent a lot of her time volunteering with student in special education classrooms through a program called Best Buddies. She told me she was “so excited to get involved with Best Buddies and got paired up with a sweet girl named Kelly from the class.” “It was so rewarding working with these students in ways I didn’t understand at the time, but it influenced what I wanted to do with my life greatly.” Laura talks about how important this experience was for her, “I was often embarrassed by my physical disability, but working with these students taught me that we are ALL the same, we just do things a little differently!” Laura graduated from Perry Meridian High school in 2007. At that time, her career goal was to become a special education teacher. Laura knew she wanted to continue her education and she knew she would need different support systems to accomplish her goals. To help her with those goals, she contacted Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) to get assistance with things she would need to go to school and eventually obtain employment. Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is a state agency that assists people with disabilities in preparing for, obtaining, or retaining a current job.  VR helped with some of the college tuition expenses and later helped Laura obtain services that assisted her in becoming independently employed. When Laura first enrolled at Ball State she intended to become a special education teacher, but in her last year she decided to change her degree to Creative Writing. Laura indicated that one of her biggest struggles in college was taking notes in class. She indicated that writing notes throughout a lecture would often times seem “challenging…impossible for me”. She would often take advantage of the disability services provided through the school and have a notetaker attend class with her. This was helpful for her to be able to concentrate during the lecture and ease her anxiety knowing that all the notes would be captured. After her freshman year, Laura was ready to pursue driving to gain even more independence. To prepare for and determine Laura’s driving needs, her Vocational Rehabilitation counselor referred her to Easter Seals Crossroads’ (ESC) Driver’s Evaluation and Training Program. She was assigned to work with Suzanne Pritchard, Occupational Therapist/Certified Driver Rehabilitation Therapist at ESC, for an evaluation to determine Laura’s strengths, weaknesses, and what type of equipment would be necessary for Laura to safely be behind the wheel. Laura said that Suzanne was great at making her feel at ease. She said, “ I was so very anxious about driving, but working with Suzanne was so exciting and reassuring.” This evaluation set things in place for Laura to eventually have an adapted vehicle. After graduating college, VR referred Laura to Employment Services at Easter Seals Crossroads. This program helps people in getting jobs by assisting them in resume writing, practicing interview skills, arranging internships, and providing job placement services. Laura was assigned to a job coach who came out to her house to meet with Laura and her family. During this meeting, the job coach learned about her goals, strengths, and weaknesses. Laura said, “I had ZERO ideas on how to apply for jobs, build a resume, et cetera…you know all that scary real world stuff.” Laura said her job coach “guided me through the ENTIRE process. She helped me with interview skills, resume building, job applying…everything!” Her very first interview that her job coach arranged was with Washington Township Schools for their After School Achievers program. She got that job after her first interview with them and worked with fourth graders from fall 2012 until spring 2013. In the summer of 2013, her job coach told her about two internship programs that might lead to full time positions. One was working with the Department of Public Works and the other was with the INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads. She was offered an internship at both places and decided to do both of them.During this time, Laura obtained a van and VR paid to have modifications made to the vehicle so Laura would be able to drive on her own. Laura loves the independence her van provides. She had been dependent on IndyGo bus transportation and that could add hours to her commute time. Laura told me about her van saying, “My van is a 2010 Chrysler Town & Country. It is just like one you would buy from a standard dealership, except it has a few modifications. A company called BraunAbility converts these stock vans by lowering the floor, widening the doors, removing a few seats, and adding a ramp with a self-kneeling system. Anyone can buy a BraunAbility adapted van from an authorized dealer.”She goes on to tell me, “my van takes it a step further with adaptations with the addition of an EMC AEVIT 2.0 system. This system provides me with primary controls over the gas / brake and steering with simple plug and play joystick systems. While is sounds simple in concept (having a gas/ brake and a mini steering wheel) there is actually a pretty complex system of computers and modules under the hood to allow me to easily drive with my hands while seated in my wheelchair. The system converts the up / down and left / right movements of joysticks into steering motor and servo actions. The van can easily be switched over for an able-bodied individual to drive, with all the standard OEM controls still in-place.”The combination of BraunAbility and EMC controls allows for people of varying abilities to live independent lives. Laura said, “Before I had this van, I had to rely on others for transportation to and from my daily activities.  Now I am able to hop in my van and drive anywhere I desire, one step closer to a completely independent lifestyle.”Laura has always loved writing and was thrilled to have found a position where she could bring her unique perspective and use her experience with assistive technology and her creative writing skills to research and write about other assistive technologies that help others. Laura has first hand knowledge of what it is like to be a person with a disability using assistive technology. This understanding helps her write meaningful blogs that reach people and enhance their knowledge about assistive technology.  She has been using many different types of assistive technology throughout her life and continues to find more helpful technologies all the time.When Laura’s internship ended at the Department of Public works, she expressed her interest in having a permanent position at the INDATA Project. After her successful internship, she was hired on for the permanent position of social media content specialist. She now spends her days learning about all the different technology available to people with disabilities and sharing that through daily blogs. Her personal experiences and love of writing make Laura a perfect fit for working with the INDATA Project to assist in getting the word out about assistive technology.When Laura was asked about her role as social media content specialist she said, “My favorite thing about my job is that I am ALWAYS learning about assistive technologies. I have used a myriad of assistive technologies throughout my life, but working with INDATA has helped me grow even more independent by finding more technology ideas and to help others grow more independent! I love learning about different AT for those with learning disabilities, autism, physical, visual, hearing and other special needs.”Laura is a positive and friendly person. She always greets you with a smile and enjoys helping others. This comes across in the blogs she writes for the INDATA Project and we are so happy to have her as part of our team. She loves her position and is grateful for all the assistive technology that she has in place to help her live independently. Thanks to assistive technology Laura has been able to not only work independently, but live independently with her beloved dog, Winnie. Laura’s home has been modified with wheelchair ramps, lowered cabinetry, a wheelchair accessible shower, and some home automation in place that allows her to control lights, locks and other household items. She uses her iPhone for many accessible features including the home automation app called iVera. iVera is an app that allows Laura to control her lights, thermostat, and door locks via the remote control app. Laura uses assistive technology daily which enables her to live independently and write about assistive technology to educate others about assistive technology so they can increase their independence. We hope you have found (or will find) inspiration in Laura’s story or in past or future blogs that may enhance your life or the lives of someone you love. The INDATA staff believes in the importance of people being able to live as independently as possible and hope that we can be a source of information for our readers to achieve or help someone achieve that goal. We believe with Laura’s ability to write and her personal understanding of the need for assistive technology that she will continue to provide our readers with meaningful blogs. We thank Laura for her contribution in providing great content and working hard to spread the word about assistive technology.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedIt All Starts With a Dream: Spotlight on Laura MedcalfJuly 23, 2014In “Easter Seals Crossroads”ATU251 – Your AT Journey with Laura MedcalfMarch 18, 2016In “Assistive Technology Update”ATU299 – Home delivery services with Laura MedcalfFebruary 17, 2017In “Assistive Technology Update”last_img read more

first_imgSpaceX Starship Moves Closer to Launch With Successful Engine Test Natalie Portman’s Female Thor Name Revealed SpaceX’s next-generation Starship rocket is one step closer to launch today following a successful engine test. According to CEO Elon Musk, the engine performed as expected during a 51-second test burn. Based on previous timelines, Musk suggests the Starship “Hopper” could be ready for its first untethered flight later this month. The Starship will eventually take over from the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy as SpaceX’s primary launch vehicle. That’s still off in the future, though. The company is still developing the technology that will let the Starship reach orbit, the moon, and even Mars. The current hurdle is the new Raptor engine that will power the Starship. SpaceX has yet to build a Raptor that can survive more than 100 seconds of cumulative test-fires, and Musk has insisted on pushing most hardware to the breaking point. It appears SpaceX is starting to learn a thing or two about the new engine designs, though. Past test engines have suffered from a nasty vibration resonance at 600Hz, which could shake the engine apart in flight. However, the sixth Raptor prototype (SN06) tested over the weekend at SpaceX’s facility showed no sign of vibration issues, according to Musk. The next-gen SpaceX vehicle will actually consist of two stages: the cargo/crew Starship and the Super Heavy launch stage. Super Heavy will have 31 Raptor engines, each one with more than twice the thrust of the Merlin 1D engines. The Starship will have six Raptor engines, three for use in the atmosphere and three for use in a vacuum. Exciting progress in Boca! Hopper almost ready to hover. Based on tonight’s test, looks like 600 Hz Raptor vibration problem is fixed.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 7, 2019SpaceX is currently working on the “StarHopper,” which will demonstrate the craft’s ability to hover and land safely. Musk says the engine test did end with a safety abort, but that was expected. The team used the test to explore different fuel mixture ratios, causing the shutdown after 51 seconds. With the latest engine test finished, it could just be a matter of weeks before SpaceX fires up the prototype for an untethered flight. It previously flew a Starship Hopper on a tether in April. SpaceX has one Starship prototype under development in Texas and another in Florida. Once the Hopper phase is complete, SpaceX will scale the rocket up to prepare for spaceflight. The company hopes to begin commercial launches with the Starship as soon as 2021. Crewed flights, including the “Dear Moon” orbital mission, could follow soon after.Now read:SpaceX Fires Mars-Bound Raptor EngineElon Musk Explains Why the Starship Will Be Stainless SteelSpaceX Renames In-Development ‘BFR’ to ‘Starship’ By Ryan Whitwam on July 8, 2019 at 4:02 pm 8 Comments This ‘Fire Emblem Heroes’ April Fools’ Day Joke Broke Hearts Dani From ‘Girl Next Door’ is Absolutely Gorgeous Now at 36 Joaquin Phoenix Goes Bonkers In Three New ‘Joker’ Photos You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Tagged In spacespacexelon muskrocketsstarship Post a Comment 8 Comments Sun Baby From ‘Teletubbies’ Is 22 Now & Unrecognizably Gorgeous The Tragedy of Marie Osmond Just Keeps Getting Sadder and Sadder Anna Kendrick’s Transformation is Turning Heads This Is Where ‘The Man With the Golden Voice’ Ended Up Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.last_img read more

first_img Bran’s Deleted ‘GoT’ Scene Would Have Changed Everything Proof Henry Cavill Isn’t a Very Good Dude at All 125 Comments Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. When Intel finally ships 10nm for laptops later this year, it’ll hopefully close the book on a uniquely difficult period in its own history. Originally, 10nm was intended to ship by 2016, following delays to the company’s 14nm process. Intel has since been forced to push the date back multiple times, though the company has repeatedly stated that it will not miss its own promise to have Ice Lake on store shelves by the holiday season of 2019.According to Intel CEO Bob Swan, that delay was caused by the company’s overly aggressive strategy for moving to its next node. The delay, Swan said at Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech conference, was “somewhat a function of what we’ve been able to do in the past, which in essence was defying the odds. At a time when it was getting harder and harder, we set a more and more aggressive goal. From that, it just took us longer.”According to Swan, Intel is prepared to put its problems behind it. “The short story is we learned from it,” Swan said. Intel has reportedly reorganized itself for greater transparency and better information exchange between business units to avoid these problems in the future.This explanation fits with what is publicly known about the situation. Back in 2017, Intel unveiled its 10nm node with promises of aggressive scaling, higher performance, and leading-edge density improvements. Features like contact over active gate were declared to be core components of how Intel would take a leadership position in the semiconductor industry. Intel’s 2017 slideshows on the topic are shown below: 10 Scientifically Proven Side Effects of Growing a Beard You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Intel is claiming significant improvements on fin pitch, minimum metal pitch, cell height, and gate pitch, with two new technologies tossed in for good measure. <><><>1234 Tagged In amdintelgamingcpuscpusemiconductors7nm10nmarchitecturemicroarchitecture Post a Comment 125 Comments Things Only Adults Notice in ‘ThunderCats’center_img Willow Smith’s Transformation is Turning Heads Intel Acknowledges It Was ‘Too Aggressive’ With Its 10nm Plans The Truth About Collin Gosselin Revealed Even in 2017, it seemed like a risky bet. Intel’s 2017 argument, essentially, was that it had taken the extra delay on 10nm and turned it into a win by delivering a more aggressive node shrink. But there was always a risk of biting off more than one could chew — and that kind of mistake can harm companies for a very long time.At Architecture Day last December, Intel shared details of how the last four years have logjammed development processes. Intel’s entire design and development strategy hooked architectural improvements to new nodes. Once the company realized it wasn’t going to hit its initial 10nm projections back in 2015, it would have had to make a decision: Did it try to de-couple process node and architecture to pull 10nm design changes back into 14nm, or did it keep going and bet on 10nm being available in the near-term future?What we’ve heard from various sources is that Intel has pulled certain features originally intended for 10nm CPUs into 14nm parts, but that this linkage between new nodes and planned architectural improvements hit the firm hard. It’s possible that Intel made a decision to stay the course in 2015, believing that 10nm would be available by 2017. This obviously didn’t happen, but it’s possible that by the time Intel knew it wouldn’t, it didn’t make sense to try and pull 10nm chips into 14nm process nodes. The company might well have finished the work right around the time 10nm finally becomes available.Putting the Miss in ContextThere’s no arguing the fact that Intel missed, and missed badly, on 10nm. It’s unquestionably going to impact the company’s finances and competitive position against AMD, which is enjoying a resurgence of its own. But when you step back and take a look at the entire semiconductor market across multiple companies, these kinds of things happen. It isn’t always driven by foundry issues, but when you toss in the possibility for designs to under-deliver, the metaphorical board lights up with examples.Samsung’s first implementations of big.Little were broken and the resulting SoC’s had high power consumption. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 was viewed as a disappointment, though the company argued that some of this was the result of its own partners failing to implement power management properly. AMD’s Bulldozer architecture nearly killed the company. Jump back in time a little farther, and you’ve got the poorly received ATI Radeon HD 2000 family (developed mostly before the AMD acquisition). Nvidia, of course, had the infamous GeForce FX. Intel had Prescott. The point is, most major semiconductor companies have weathered significant silicon misses. This is something that happens to even the best-run companies.We’ve known for years that each new node brought greater challenges and tougher problems than the previous; that’s why fewer and fewer foundries bother operating on the leading edge at all. Intel might not have been the company anyone expected to slip, but the chances that somebody would have been rising every node.Intel is going to face a more competitive AMD and a tougher environment for its own products than it would have had it kept to its original plans. That’s a given. If it can’t bring 7nm to market in 2021 as is currently planned, the situation will get harder. We don’t even know when or if desktop CPUs will make the jump to 10nm, and they might avoid that node entirely until 10nm+ or 7nm are available. But Intel’s fundamental position across its markets is strong. It may lose a few points of market share to AMD — it probably will — but it isn’t going anywhere.Now Read: Intel’s Neuromorphic Loihi Processor Scales to 8M Neurons, 64 CoresNew Leak: Intel 10-Core Comet Lake CPUs Will Counterattack Ryzen 3000 FamilyIs Moore’s Law Alive, Dead, or Pining for the Fjords? Even Experts Disagree This slide summarizes why Intel wants a different metric for process nodes. Even compared to the “other” 14nm, its transistor density is still 1.23x higher. Note: We do not know which specific process nodes at Samsung or TSMC were compared against Intel’s products. <><><>1234567 By Joel Hruska on July 18, 2019 at 7:30 am New Look At The Knights Of Ren From ‘Rise Of Skywalker’ Revealed ‘Dark Phoenix’ Director Reveals Who Is to Blame for Massive Floplast_img read more

first_img Dani From ‘Girl Next Door’ is Absolutely Gorgeous Now at 36 This Is Where ‘The Man With the Golden Voice’ Ended Up The Most Offensive Video Game Characters of All Time According to a new report, iPhone loyalty is dropping rapidly as consumers trade in their Apple products and move to other devices. The news is a further potential blow to Apple as the smartphone market slumps and its devices continue to underperform.close dialogclose dialogA new report from BankMyCell claims that after tracking about 38,000 users since October 2018, iPhone retention has fallen by 15.2 percent compared with March 2018. 26 percent of BankMyCell users reported planning to move to another brand, while just 7.7 percent of Samsung Galaxy S9 buyers planning to move to an iPhone.According to Kantar Research, iPhone devices accounted for 36 percent of US phone sales in Q2 2019, down 2.4 percent from the same quarter last year. Globally, Gartner has stated that smartphone sales are expected to decline by 68 million this year, down 3.8 percent.A few things are made collectively clear by this data, and not all of them concern just Apple. First, you can expect an absolute blizzard of advertising around 5G in upcoming years, and it’s probably not going to be honest. AT&T set the tone early, with its lies about 5G E, but it probably won’t be the last company to fudge its marketing one way or another. Expect manufacturers to fight and fight hard to get you in the door, even though first-generation 5G cell phones are so bad, high outside temperatures can literally make them stop working in that mode. And by “high,” I mean “85F,” which isn’t really all that high in the downtowns and city centers where 5G service is rolling out.5G’s Mortal Enemy: The SunNo, it’s not an actual subhead for this article. It’s just how I feel like that point needs to be made.Anyway, the mystery here isn’t why Apple customers are abandoning Apple, so much as why they’d be running to Samsung instead. Both companies have enthusiastically leaped on to the bandwagon of selling customers smaller upgrades with fewer features at higher prices in recent years. The only Apple devices I’d recommend to anyone would be the small iPhone 7 or iPhone 8, but the reason I’d recommend them personally is because of their size, not any other feature. I have absolutely no interest in large devices, which means I have no interest in Apple products any longer. Unfortunately, since Android is responsible for the current trend in giant devices, it means I also have no viable Android alternatives.I genuinely expect that the iPhone SE I currently own will be my last smartphone. I will not carry a giant, smash-prone device. Given that I have broken the screen on every iPhone I’ve owned save one, I have no intention of upgrading to a larger piece of hardware with more expensive components that I am statistically even more likely to damage.But even if you aren’t like me — even if you love large devices — it’s hard to see what the current crop of products offers that’s new, useful, or even desirable when prices continue to skyrocket. Top-end smartphones are now more expensive than some very well-made laptops. For some people, it may even make sense to invest more in a top-end smartphone and skip the laptop altogether, but we’ve gone from the era in which you could treat these devices as existing side-by-side to one in which buying one type of product might be so expensive as to preclude you buying the other.Companies won’t be able to fix this problem because companies aren’t very good at being creative. What Samsung and Apple did during the original smartphone revolution was realize that new interface paradigms were possible, then push those interfaces and capabilities during a narrow window when hardware was improving rapidly, allowing for quick evolution. But the entire reason that new categories of devices like wearables haven’t taken off the same way is because manufacturers haven’t been able to capture lightning in a bottle twice.Thus far, the smartphone manufacturers in the United States have decided to double down by raising prices sharply and hoping people are still willing to pay them. Whether this has made the short-term pain worse is unclear. At the very least, it’s drawn a clear line between what these companies think they are entitled to — even more money, despite offering fewer meaningful improvements — and what consumers seem inclined to do (namely, refusing to award weaker products with more cash).I have no particular idea why anyone would move to Samsung over Apple, because honestly, most of these trends apply to Samsung just as much, but it’s possible that the talk about how Apple is failing to live up to its own product heritage or the negative rumors about this years’ iPhone are pushing people away. Either way, if the long-term PC decline is anything to judge by, this situation is going to get worse before it gets better.Now Read:Police Can Unlock Any iPhone With Cellebrite’s New ToolVerizon’s Galaxy S10 5G Price Blows Straight Through the $1K BarrierApple Cuts MacBook Air Prices, Updates MBP, and Kills off the MacBook 93 Comments You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet New ‘Harriet’ Trailer Packs An Emotional Punch iPhone Loyalty Is Reportedly Dropping Like a Rock By Joel Hruska on July 18, 2019 at 3:44 pm The Real Reason Emma Watson Refuses to Do a Nude Scene The First ‘Scary MCU Film’ Will Come Out During Phase 4 Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. 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first_imgBotkeeper’s Updated Dashboard Gives More Power to the User PRNewswireMay 31, 2019, 6:10 pmMay 31, 2019 The updated Botkeeper Dashboard includes the ability to set and compare data for custom date ranges, automate dashboard exports, add and configure new widgets based on business data sources, set custom SMS and email alerts, and create goals for select widgets. The improvements are available for users accessing their Dashboards via desktop or on mobile through the Botkeeper Financial Hub app available on the App Store and Google Play. Botkeeper engineers worked for months on the new updates, each of which came as the result of client feedback and requests. Angelina DeLago, Botkeeper co-founder and Product Research & Development Director, said more new and exciting features are coming soon, such as password-protected, customized URLs for sharing a user’s Dashboard with others.Marketing Technology News: Information Builders’ WebFOCUS Named a FrontRunner in Business Intelligence in Fourth Consecutive ReportThe Botkeeper Dashboard 2.0 is the latest update in Botkeeper’s pursuit to the company’s desire to change the way modern businesses approach bookkeeping.More on the new Dashboard can be found here, including video demonstrations of each new feature.“Botkeeper is fundamentally changing an age-old industry and redefining modern accounting best practices—moving businesses from traditional bookkeeping to automated ‘Botkeeping,’” said Botkeeper founder and CEO Enrico Palmerino.Marketing Technology News: Information Builders’ WebFOCUS Named a FrontRunner in Business Intelligence in Fourth Consecutive ReportWith Botkeeper’s combination of AI and human assistance, clients receive the best of both worlds—great service and support at an unbelievable price point. Botkeeper software securely accesses financial and non-financial information (e.g., bank, credit card, CRM, web analytics, and accounting software) to make entries, track and schedule revenue and deferred expenses, account for payroll, reconcile bank accounts, send invoices, and provide a 360-degree view of a client’s business. In addition, skilled Botkeeper accountants continuously review client financials to ensure accuracy, handle complex accounting challenges, and are available to assist with any financial questions that may arise. Botkeeper can be the first bookkeeping solution for a new early stage business, or a bookkeeping alternative for mid to large sized businesses who are looking to extend the life of their QuickBooks Online- and save tons on overhead costs.Marketing Technology News: From Sensing to Sensemaking: Converging Big Data with Plant AI Botkeeper, the leader in automated bookkeeping, announced the release of its updated Dashboard, enabling clients to have more control and flexibility over their business’ financial and business data.center_img Bookkeeping with Botkeeper. Better than humans, better than machines. Automated bookkeeping with a human touch crmEnrico Palmerinofinancial and business dataMarketing TechnologyNewsutomated bookkeepingweb analytics Previous ArticleEurope-based Ovum Names Demandbase an ABM Leader in their Analyst ReportNext ArticleSpotX Earns Independent Recertification for TAG Anti-Fraud, Anti-Piracy, Anti-Malware, ICQ Seals via BPA Worldwidelast_img read more

first_imgAndroid Provides Flexibility to Users in Terms of Hardware, International Availability, and Customization Options for Both Non-Touch and Touch Display PanelsSkykit LLC, an Agosto Holdings company and the first digital signage content management system (CMS) built on Google Cloud and integrated with G Suite and Drive, announced the availability of Skykit for Android. The Android offering gives customers an expanded choice of hardware devices that Skykit can support. It also makes Skykit available to organizations that may not be using Chrome.Android provides more options for specialized player deployments, including off-the-shelf media players, integrated System-on-Chip (SoC) players, and customized options for both touch and display panels. SoC displays eliminate the need to purchase a media player, saving space and power usage, which is especially beneficial to high volume enterprise installations as it reduces installation times, field service costs, and the overall capital outlay.“Skykit on Android amplifies the product’s inherent flexibility by supporting a variety of devices running Android all while using our existing cloud services,” said Irfan Khan, CEO of Skykit. “This is simply an expansion of Skykit’s ability to serve our customers’ digital signage requirements.”Marketing Technology News: Ping Identity Releases Capabilities Framework for Zero Trust DeploymentsSkykit is debuting its Android version at InfoComm, North America’s largest trade event for the audiovisual industry, taking place in Orlando, Florida. Skykit can be found from June 12-14 in the Exhibit Hall on West Level 2 (see map here) in the following partner booths: Agosto Holdingscontent management systemIrfan KhanMarketing TechnologyNewsSkykit for AndroidSystem-on-Chip Previous ArticleAltran expands European Data Science and AI capabilitiesNext ArticleCapgemini and ISAI Announce the Launch of a Fund for B2B Start-Ups and Scale-Ups PartnerBoothFocus Elo249Corporate communications use cases, best practices and branding. Skykit Launches Android Version of Digital Signage Product at InfoComm Globe NewswireJune 12, 2019, 7:14 pmJune 12, 2019 Peerless3429Education industry use cases, best practices and branding. “The Philips partnership with Skykit reflects our ability to bring innovative products and solutions to our clients,” said Joseph King, Senior Director Commercial Displays, North America at Philips. “System-on-chip (SOC) displays powered by Android allow users to tap into the power of the graphics processor in Philips displays, which are strong enough to handle complex multimedia output.”Marketing Technology News: OpenTable Deepens Integrations with Point-of-Sale SystemsSkykit is a fully managed SaaS built on Google Cloud Platform which means there is nothing to install, update, or patch for the CMS, device administration, or reporting applications. Its media players are supported by cloud services that are built out on the infinitely scalable Google Cloud. The CMS web-based interface lets users create and edit content with tools they already use—such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Google Slides, YouTube videos, web streams and more—and easily publish content to one screen or thousands with the click of a button.Marketing Technology News: IBM Infuses Db2 with AI to Bring Data Science and Database Management Under One Platform Philips3421Transportation industry use cases, best practices and branding. AOPEN220Skykit Meeting Manager (beta). Preview capabilities that let users book meeting rooms and manage conference room devices using Skykit.last_img read more

first_imgOnapsis Completes Acquisition of Virtual Forge Business WireJune 18, 2019, 2:09 pmJune 18, 2019 Onapsis, the global leader in business application cyber resilience, announced it has finalized its acquisition of privately-held Virtual Forge, headquartered in Heidelberg, Germany. Founded in 2006, Virtual Forge is the leading provider of solutions to automatically prevent, detect and remediate cybersecurity and compliance risks in customizations and extensions of SAP® applications. The addition of Virtual Forge’s technology to Onapsis’s award-winning business application cyber resilience platform delivers unparalleled cybersecurity, visibility, incident response, management and compliance capabilities to enterprise organizations leveraging SAP and Oracle applications to run their business.Marketing Technology News: Databricks Accelerates APJ Expansion Following $250 Million Funding RoundSince the acquisition agreement was first announced on January 19, 2019, Onapsis has accelerated global go-to-market activities by signing strategic partnerships with enterprise security and services leaders Verizon and Exabeam, adding Gerhard Eschelbeck, former CISO at Google, to its Board of Directors, open-sourcing signatures to detect the 10KBLAZE exploits targeting SAP applications and releasing the first and only Business Risk Illustration assessment capability for SAP customers.Marketing Technology News: Blis Expands Into the Netherlands With First Hire“Business-critical application platforms such as SAP and Oracle are the epicenter of most enterprise organizations’ digital transformation, cloud migration and IoT initiatives,” said Mariano Nunez, CEO and Co-founder, Onapsis Inc. “Now with Virtual Forge, we are perfectly positioned to accelerate our international growth with a comprehensive business-critical application security and compliance platform purposely built to mitigate cyber threats, accelerate application modernization and cloud migration initiatives, and automate compliance processes for enterprises running their businesses on SAP and Oracle. This is an incredible achievement for our customers, partners and employees.”“We are excited to join the Onapsis team,” said Dr. Markus Schumacher, CEO and Co-founder, Virtual Forge. “We have a shared vision and overall business goal – to protect the world’s most critical applications. By joining forces, we will be able to provide clients with the utmost expertise and support from the best of the best in business-critical application cybersecurity.”Marketing Technology News: Shoppers Take Center Stage in the 2019 Retail Systems Research Report on eCommerce Website Performance AcquisitionMariano NunezMarketing TechnologyNewsOnapsisSAPVerizonVirtual Forge Previous ArticlePhrasee Launches Dashboard to Give Marketers Real-Time Revenue Review of Global Email CampaignsNext Debuts Four New Salesforce Cloud Integrations for GlobalLink Translation Management Systemlast_img read more

first_imgCloudscene Launches Enterprise Tool to Find Cloud Connectivity Routes Worldwide PRNewswireJune 24, 2019, 6:06 pmJune 24, 2019 Cloudscene, the leading telecommunications industry marketplace and world’s largest cloud directory, has announced the launch of Cloud Pathfinder, an online app that allows enterprises to search and connect with cloud partners anytime, anywhere.The expansion of Cloudscene’s product portfolio comes in response to industry demand for solutions that better enable the global market to connect to Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, Oracle Cloud, Microsoft Azure, IBM Cloud, Alibaba Cloud and VMware. The launch of Cloud Pathfinder at International Telecoms Week 2019 is the first phase of Cloudscene’s wider procurement solution that will streamline the way the telecommunications industry communicates and transacts.“Cloud adoption plays a key role in enterprise digital transformation. Yet the process for an enterprise to connect their network or data center resources to a cloud provider is often manual, time-consuming and lacking in market intelligence,” said Belle Lajoie, Chief Executive Officer, CloudsceneFollowing a search from any data center or enterprise building address worldwide, quotations can be requested in a matter of minutes, resulting in notifications being sent directly to the service providers from the app.Marketing Technology News: Whitebox Raises $5 Million in Series A Funding to Accelerate eCommerce “Factory Floor to Front Door” Tech PlatformWith Gartner recently forecasting a 17.5% increase in worldwide public cloud revenue reaching US $214.3 billion in 2019, Cloud Pathfinder will play a critical role in supporting global cloud transactions and enterprises implementing a multi-cloud strategy.“Cloud Pathfinder is the first independent cloud procurement solution for the industry. With this tool, enterprises can make more informed decisions that drive performance and return on investment on their cloud infrastructure.“By combining our deep knowledge of the industry with Cloudscene’s neutral and trusted data-driven platform, we believe we are revolutionizing the way enterprises will transact now and into the future,” added Lajoie.Major global cloud providers are collaborating directly with Cloudscene to utilize Cloud Pathfinder as a sales enablement tool for their global field teams, relying on the app’s data center and on-net building data to support their customer’s evolving requirements.Marketing Technology News: Global Software Leaders Xero and Stripe Join Forces to Bring Seamless Payments to Millions of Small BusinessesIntegrated with Cloudscene’s directory, Cloud Pathfinder’s data is derived from the connectivity information of over 7,100 service providers listed on Cloudscene. Service providers can directly manage and update their data, which ensures the ongoing accuracy of the information published across Cloudscene’s platform.Cloud Pathfinder is available now via and is accessible with a free Cloudscene user account.During ITW, Cloudscene will be continuing to work closely with major telecoms players to obtain and verify their on-net building data for inclusion in Cloud Pathfinder. Service providers wanting to get involved and update their data on CloudsceneMarketing Technology News: LiveVox and TDECU Share Keys to Optimizing the Customer Experience in a Digital Environment at CCW 2019 Cloudscene launches Cloud Pathfinder, an enterprise tool to find cloud connectivity routes worldwide. Belle LajoieCloud PathfinderCloudscenefind.cloudMarketing TechnologyNews Previous ArticleTextmunication Announces Agreement to Integrate SMS with Deep Sky Mobile VoIP PlatformNext ArticleCleo Integration Cloud Enhances E-Commerce Integration Capabilities to Deliver Seamless Ecosystem Experienceslast_img read more