first_img Posted by Tags: Vancouver International Airport, YVR Share Travelweek Group VANCOUVER — Vancouver International Airport (YVR) has received the prestigious CAPA Centre for Aviation’s Airport of the Year Award at the Aviation Awards for Excellence last month. This award is given to the airport that has been a strategic leader and has done the most to advance the progress of the aviation industry globally.“YVR being recognized as global airport of the year shows the strength of the Canadian airport system, which enables innovation and the pursuit of excellence in sustainability, governance and overall airport operations,” said Mary Jordan, Chair of YVR’s Board of Directors. “I’m so proud of the team that achieved this honour.”CAPA Centre for Aviation is the leading provider of independent aviation market intelligence, analysis and data services. The Airport of the Year award has previously been awarded to major global hubs with a strong international reputation of excellence, including Singapore Changi Airport, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, and Beijing Capital International Airport.More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerYVR is the first airport in North America to receive the award. It has achieved a 91% customer satisfaction rating for three years in a row, and has seen strong passenger and airline growth in 2016. Over the past year, YVR has welcomed 18 new services, 11 new destinations and two new airlines – Xiamen Airlines and Beijing Capital Airlines.The airport welcomed a record 20.3 million passengers in 2015 and expects to surpass 22 million by year’s end.center_img Monday, October 31, 2016 YVR named ‘Airport of the Year’ by CAPA Centre for Aviation << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

first_imgThe morning-after pill, taken to prevent pregnancies, caused friction between the authorities of Costa Rica. The Ministry of Health intends to restrict its sale while the National Institute of Women (INAMU) says that it should be freely available.The debate arose while health authorities were discussing whether or not to register the drug, known as Levonorgestrel, taken to avoid pregnancy after sexual intercourse.“If a woman is a victim of rape or if she has had risky sexual intercourse, she ought to have the option of free access to emergency contraception,” the INAMU stated in a press release.The organization claimed that it is effectively a method of contraception, like condoms or the IUD device and “it has no medical contraindication or any age limit” for its use.However, the head of the Drug Registration Unit of the Ministry of Health, Ileana Herrera, told journalists that the morning-after pill ought to receive the same treatment as other pharmaceutical products.“Products that are sold in the pharmacy can only be bought with a prescription, therefore, women should have to get a prescription and be sent by a doctor, in accordance with her health and personal circumstances,” said Herrera.Feminist organizations have jumped to defend the pill as well as selling it without a prescription since time affects the efficiency of the pill.Religious groups have spoken out against the drug’s approval, stating that it is effectively “an abortion,” and therefore, its sale in the country contradicts Costa Rican legislation, which only permits abortion in cases where the mother’s life is in danger. The pill only works to prevent pregnancies though and has no effect if a woman is already pregnant.INAMU, quoting the World Health Organization, said that “all women and girls who run the risk of an unwanted pregnancy ought to have the right to emergency contraception.”Correction: A previous version of this story included a photo of Mifepristone (RU-486), a drug that can be used to terminate an existing pregnancy. We have replaced it with a photo of the correct drug, Levonorgestrel, which is used to prevent pregnancy. This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5 % Club. If only 5 percent our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.Support the Tico Times Facebook Comments Related posts:Drug policy in Central America criminalizes poverty, says Costa Rica Public Security Minister OAS chief urges new approach to failed ‘war on drugs’ Commenting on Zika virus, Pope Francis calls abortion ‘a human evil’last_img read more

first_img Related1 in 3 holidaygoers feel ‘guilty’1 in 3 holidaygoers feel ‘guilty’Brits intend to spend the same amount on this year’s holiday as in 2008Most British holidaymakers are intending to spend the same amount on their holiday this year as they did in 2008Brits more likely to plan ahead for their forthcoming holidayMore Brits are planning their holidays in advance to find the best deals Eight out of ten Brits think that their overseas holiday will be their most important luxury of 2009, according to the results of a new survey.Research by Club Med showed that a further 50 percent of people were planning to take one to two holidays over the course of this year, which suggests that a number of people are making sure they have a holiday to look forward to.Head of Club Med UK Laurent DeChorivit predicted that 2009 will see more people looking for value-for-money deals and hassle-free holidays.”However, this year will bring added pressures and with them a greater demand for relaxation and time away,” he said.Almost a third of survey respondents (31 percent) will book flights to short-haul destinations, while 23 percent were planning a long-haul break.European beach holidays were among the most popular holiday choices, as were winter sun deals.Website has advised families to compare the prices of all elements of their forthcoming holiday before they book.Get your travel ideas here! ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

first_img26Apr Senate advances Rep. Theis plan to protect underage victims of sex crimes Categories: News,Theis News Three-bill package in response to shocking Livingston County case The state Senate today unanimously approved Rep. Lana Theis’ legislation to protect underage victims of sex crimes on school property.The three-bill plan is in response to a recent Livingston County case where a 16-year-old was convicted of criminal sexual charges against multiple victims as young as 12. The underage perpetrator sought to return to school upon release, despite several victims being fellow students. This prompted action by Theis, a fellow Brighton resident.“A child who has been sexually assaulted by a classmate in Michigan is often left with the choice of going back to school with their rapist or having to change schools themselves,” Theis said. “This is not just a loophole that allows this to happen, it is a gaping hole in our law that would allow such an injustice and I am happy we are changing this.”Theis’ plan requires permanent expulsion of students who are convicted of criminal sexual conduct against another pupil enrolled in the same school district and prohibits an expelled student from attending another public school in Michigan unless they go through a reinstatement process. In addition, a bill sponsored by state Rep. Sylvia Santana, of Detroit, requires if a personal protection order is ordered for the victim of sexual assaults, the offender would be prohibited from entering the victim’s school.Currently, Michigan schools are only required to expel a student who commits a sex crime on school grounds.“These bills are needed to ensure we protect young victims of criminal sexual conduct, just as we do for adults,” said Theis, a member of the House Law and Justice Committee. “We had several of the young victims and their families go before House and Senate committees to tell us how they faced the possibility of being in the same school building, classroom and even bus route with a manipulative predator. As a mother of high school-age daughter, it’s unbelievable to me that it was even considered.”House Bills 5530, 5531 and 5532 advance to the governor for his consideration.#####last_img read more

first_imgMichael PaullAmazon Channels boss, Michael Paull, has been named CEO of BAMTech – the video streaming technology firm Disney took a US$1 billion (€950 million) stake in last year.Paull is due to take up his new role next month and will be tasked with driving growth and leading BAMTech’s transformation into an independent company.He will relocate from Seattle to New York and report directly to BAMTech’s board of directors.Paull joins from Amazon, where he has worked since 2012 – latterly running Amazon Channels worldwide, where he was responsible for its global content, product, technology, operations and marketing.Prior to this he oversaw Prime Video and Amazon’s transactional video-on-demand business in the US, and also led the development of Amazon’s Prime Music service.Paull has 20 years of industry experience and before joining Amazon was executive vice president, global digital business at Sony Music Entertainment.He has also held senior vice president roles at Fox Mobile Entertainment and Sony Pictures entertainment.“Michael is a talented and accomplished executive who shares our collective vision for BAMTech as it aggressively explores new means to acquire and distribute video content,” said commissioner of baseball Robert Manfred Jr.BAMTech started out as the interactive media and internet company of Major League Baseball and is now jointly owned by Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM), The Walt Disney Company and the National Hockey League (NHL).Now 14 years old, BAMTech claims to serve 7.5 million total global paid subscribers through OTT products for sports, news and entertainment partners including HBO NOW, the NHL, MLB, the PGA Tour, WWE Network, Riot Games/League of Legends, and Ice Network.Through a partnership with Discovery, BAMTech also jointly formed BAMTech Europe to move into this market and provide technology services to a broad set of clients across the continent, including Eurosport’s digital products.Disney bought a US$1 billion stake in BAMTech in August, in a major over-the-top push by the company. Disney said at the time that BAMTech will be a key partner for delivering streamed video and other digital products from both ESPN and Disney-ABC Television Group.last_img read more

first_imgWord is out today of last-minute compromises offered by Greece. The impasse with its European lenders may be over before this week’s deadline. Or not. But equities markets are rallying on the hope. Gold is down 1.57% ($19) as we go to press. That’s not a huge move, in the volatile gold market. But it is interesting. It shows the measure to which Greek default was priced in. That small measure, in turn, tells us that most of gold’s market valuation today has little to do with EU politics. Good to know. But so what? Can we make money knowing this? Well, it’s yet another sign that the bottom for precious metals has real support. That means that it’s a price that’s attractive to many buyers around the world. And that supports our view that gold’s next major move will be up. Invest accordingly. What about today’s action? Is there a short-term spec on gold being oversold today? There certainly is. Any stupid, stubborn remark by the Greeks could reverse today’s action in a heartbeat. But that’s no sure thing. Greece may have intended a last-minute deal all along, hoping to get better terms. There are many things I’m willing to speculate on, but the intentions of the twisted mind of a Greek politician are not one of them. On the other hand, with gold and gold stocks already on my shopping list, today is the sort of day I’d buy. A sharp drop in gold creates the perfect environment. Look at the bid-ask spread of your favorite precious metal stocks, and ask for just a bit less than what the last bidder did. See what you can get. Good hunting!last_img read more

first_img The Crash of 2016 Dozens of experts are predicting a financial apocalypse next year. But one multimillionaire bestselling author doesn’t care… and is urging everyone he knows to take one simple step right now. Details here. – — Social Security funds are drying up…will there be any money left when you retire? Social Security is America’s largest federal program. In 2015, it paid out $870 billion to more than 59 million Americans. Most Americans see Social Security as a retirement savings program. During your working life, you pay 6.2% of every paycheck to Social Security. In return, the government sends you a check every month after you retire. However, unlike a retirement plan like a 401(k), the money you pay into Social Security doesn’t land in your own personal account. Instead, it goes into one big pot called the “Social Security Trust Fund.” The Social Security program pays retirees from this pot. As long as enough money flows into the pot, the program works, and retired people get the payments they expect. •  Last year, the Social Security Trust Fund lost money… On Wednesday, Investor’s Business Daily reported (emphasis ours): The Social Security Trust Fund just suffered its first annual decline since Congress shored up the retirement program in 1983. The unexpected $3 billion decline is an indication of the precarious state of Social Security’s finances. Since 2010, the program has been paying out more in benefits than it gets in tax revenue. In 1955, there were 8.6 workers paying into Social Security for every one person receiving Social Security. Today, due to America’s aging population, there are just 2.8 workers for every recipient. And that number will decline as the “baby boomer” generation continues to retire. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) expects Social Security to go broke within 13 years, according to Investor’s Business Daily. Social Security’s cash shortfall is expected to rapidly escalate from $74 billion a year to $361 billion in 2025 alone, the Congressional Budget Office projects. Under current policies, the CBO says the trust fund will be gone by 2029. •  To fix Social Security, the government would need to cut benefits by 29%… According to Investor’s Business Daily, this would bring the program’s costs in line with how much money it takes in. The average retiree receives $1,355 each month from Social Security. A 29% cut would reduce that to $962 per month. That’s not going to happen. Because senior citizens are a huge voting bloc, most politicians consider Social Security benefits to be untouchable. •  The U.S. government will continue to make promises it can’t keep… To keep the scheme going, Washington will run bigger deficits. It will go deeper into debt. Longtime readers know the U.S. government is drowning in debt. The federal government already owes more than $18 trillion. That’s 129% more than it owed a decade ago. The federal debt is now bigger than the yearly output of the entire U.S. economy. The current debt-to-GDP ratio is 101%, the highest since World War II. Programs like Social Security helped cause this financial wreck. Today, $0.72 of every dollar the government spends goes to entitlement programs like Social Security. In 1970, only $0.28 of every dollar went to entitlement programs. Recommended Linkscenter_img The #1 Currency for the “End of America” Today, most Americans know absolutely nothing about, let alone own, this incredibly valuable asset. This has nothing to do with gold coins, silver, collectibles, or real estate of any kind, yet it could be the single most important step you take to preserve your wealth. Click here to learn more. •  Casey Research founder Doug Casey says Social Security is a “gigantic Ponzi scheme.” He says it’s “nothing but a vague promise backed by nothing but an impossibly debt-ridden government with financial problems that are about to get much worse.” Here’s Doug. By taking almost 15% of a person’s wages right off the top, Social Security makes it much harder for a poor person to save money. Worse yet, it makes people think they don’t need to save for themselves; it gives them a false sense of security. Even worse is that the money never really belongs to the presumed recipient; it’s simply another unsecured obligation of a bankrupt government. Doug says millions of Americans who expect Social Security income won’t get it. He believes the Social Security program should be eradicated. •  We don’t expect the government to fix Social Security… If you’re under the age of 50, you’ll probably never get a dime in Social Security payments. However, we doubt Social Security will go away quietly. The government will likely try to “fix” it the only way it knows how: by printing and borrowing money. As we mentioned earlier, the U.S. government is already drowning in debt. Printing and borrowing billions more to fix Social Security could wreck the economy. Or worse, it could destroy the U.S. dollar. If you keep a significant portion of your money in assets tied to the U.S. dollar, we recommend watching this free video. It contains all of Casey Research’s best advice on how to protect your money from a U.S. dollar collapse. Click here to watch. Chart of the Day The Social Security Trust Fund lost money last year… Today’s chart shows the Social Security Trust Fund’s annual cash flows. As you can see, the fund took in more money than it paid out every year from 1984–2014. However, in 2015, the fund handed out $3 billion more than it received. It was the fund’s first deficit since 1983. Unless the government reforms Social Security, the Congressional Budget Office says the fund will run out of money by 2029. Regards, Justin Spittler Delray Beach, Florida January 22, 2016 We want to hear from you. If you have a question or comment, please send it to We read every email that comes in, and we’ll publish comments, questions, and answers that we think other readers will find useful.last_img read more

first_imgElon Musk Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Government Sues Elon Musk for Tweeting About Taking Tesla Private Andrew Tarantola Next Article Musk called the SEC lawsuit ‘unjustified action.’ The Securities Exchange Commission filed a lawsuit against Tesla CEO Elon Musk in a Manhattan federal court on Thursday, as first reported by Bloomberg. The agency alleges that Musk’s tweets in August about having “funding secured” for a potential bid to take the company private constitute fraud for being “false and misleading statements.” What’s more, the lawsuit seeks to ban Musk from serving as an officer of a public company.Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 7, 2018″According to Musk, he calculated the $420 price per share based on a 20 percent premium over that day’s closing share price because he thought 20 percent was a ‘standard premium’ in going-private transaction,” the suit alleges. “This calculation resulted in a price of $419, and Musk stated that he rounded the price up to $420 because he had recently learned about the number’s significance in marijuana culture and thought his girlfriend ‘would find it funny, which admittedly is not a great reason to pick a price.'”News of the lawsuit sent Tesla’s stock into a tailspin, dropping more than 7 percent in late afternoon trading on Thursday. This isn’t the only investigation that Tesla and its embattled CEO are currently facing. The Justice Department is reportedly looking into whether Musk misled investors with those tweets and the CEO himself is embroiled in a defamation suit with the Thai Cave rescue diver, whom Musk called a “pedo guy” in August as well.”Corporate officers hold positions of trust in our markets and have important responsibilities to shareholders,” Steven Peikin, co-director of the SEC’s Enforcement Division said during a news conference Thursday. “An officer’s celebrity status or reputation as a technological innovator does not give license to take those responsibilities lightly.”In a statement, Musk responded to the suit calling it “unjustified action.””This unjustified action by the SEC leaves me deeply saddened and disappointed,” he said. “I have always taken action in the best interests of truth, transparency and investors. Integrity is the most important value in my life and the facts will show I never compromised this in any way.”Tesla and its board of directors have also issued a statement backing Musk:”Tesla and the board of directors are fully confident in Elon, his integrity, and his leadership of the company, which has resulted in the most successful U.S. auto company in over a century. Our focus remains on the continued ramp of Model 3 production and delivering for our customers, shareholders and employees.”United States Securities an… by on Scribd Register Now » 3 min readcenter_img Associate Editor September 28, 2018 This story originally appeared on Engadget –shares Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Add to Queue Image credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images via engadgetlast_img read more

first_imgTechnology An Accelerated History of Internet Speed (Infographic) 1 min read Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Add to Queue September 25, 2013 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The story of the internet so far has been one of both ever-faster speeds and ever-higher demand for connectivity. According to Cisco, worldwide internet traffic reached more than 20 exabytes per month in 2010. (An exabyte is a billion gigabytes.) The smart money says demand is only going to keep rising.Fortunately, the physical infrastructure of the internet is equipped to handle it, at least for a while. The undersea cables we use now can be upgraded to move data at 100 gigabytes per second, about 10 times faster than current speeds. And a $1.5 billion project is underway to reduce the lag time of signals between London and Tokyo by 60 milliseconds using a fiberoptic cable in the Arctic Ocean, the first of its kind in that part of the world.The infographic below, compiled by Gator Crossing, a Houston-based web hosting service provider founded in 2002, provides a history of the internet along with some facts even dedicated web geeks might not know. Such as the fact that as of 2010, about half of rural households in America did not have internet access at home. Where’s Google Fiber when you need it?Click to Enlarge+ 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. Next Article –shares Enroll Now for $5 Brian Patrick Ehalast_img read more

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Brian Patrick Eha Next Article Register Now » Technology –shares Add to Queue PayPal Is Cracking Down on Bitcoin Sellers Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals PayPal does not want people selling Bitcoin on its platform. It appears that related goods and services, such as Bitcoin mining rigs — that is, specialized computers designed to mine the cryptocurrency by solving complex math problems — may also be forbidden.Users on Bitcointalk, a popular online discussion forum for the Bitcoin community, are indignant Wednesday following a report that PayPal is enforcing a draconian ban on all things Bitcoin. User newguy05 wrote that his account had been suspended after he sold some Casascius bitcoins — collectible coins of brass and other metals. Each coin comes with its own Bitcoin address and a private key to access an amount of the digital money equal to the purported value of the physical coin. They are often seen in pictures illustrating media reports about Bitcoin.”Paypal has largely ignored and allowed physical Bitcoin sales until beginning of this year when some kind of new policy triggered a massive account review on everything Bitcoin-related that’s considered high value sales, including physical coins,” newguy05 wrote.In an earlier post dated Feb. 4, newguy05 said that “PayPal has started a massive banning campaign on accounts selling anything Bitcoin-related, whether it’s mining equipment, ebooks, or the currency itself.”Not everyone will be shocked by this news. Some see the cryptocurrency as a natural enemy of PayPal, because the sort of transaction fees that PayPal charges as a matter of course are nonexistent in person-to-person Bitcoin transactions.According to a PayPal representative, merchants who sell Bitcoin mining equipment are in the clear and can continue to offer PayPal as a payment option. The company expects all participating merchants to follow “the policies we’ve put in place to protect both buyers and sellers who use PayPal,” the spokesperson said.But PayPal’s policies toward Bitcoin may have recently been altered, according to one employee. At time of writing, however, details on what these policies entail and when they were implemented were not available.Related: Why Businesses Will Like PayPal’s Updated Checkout ProcessThe effect of those policies is clear from PayPal’s email to newguy05 notifying him that his seller account had been suspended. “We have reviewed your PayPal account and found that you are operating as an e-currency dealer/exchanger including the sale of electronic media of exchange (such as electronic money or digital currency),” the email reads. “Per our current Acceptable Use Policy for Money Service Businesses, PayPal may not be used to operate a currency exchange, bureau de change or check cashing business.”The email goes on to ask for a full listing of the seller’s products and services, an explanation of his business model, a list of all websites that will be used for payments and more. In order to reinstate his account, PayPal also asks the seller to sign an affidavit stating that he will comply with the company’s policies.If newguy05 is to be believed, he is not alone in his plight. Last month, PandoDaily reported that an eBay merchant named TerraHasher was claiming to have had his assets frozen by PayPal for selling Bitcoin mining equipment. TerraHasher said he intended to sue PayPal if the matter was not resolved.Some users on Bitcointalk said that PayPal stands to gain more than most companies by embracing Bitcoin. Indeed, as early as April 2013, eBay’s chief executive, John Donahoe, was quoted saying his company was “looking at Bitcoin closely. There may be ways to enable it inside PayPal.”What’s more, PayPal president David Marcus has more than once spoken favorably of the cryptocurrency. Marcus himself tweeted last month that using PayPal to sell Bitcoin mining rigs is allowed.But despite the potential for PayPal to benefit, some remain skeptical of whether the entrenched payments company and the upstart Bitcoin will become friends. “Right now [PayPal’s] business does few things that Bitcoin couldn’t do better and cheaper,” user RodeoX said in a post on Bitcointalk. “If people start sending money around the world and shopping online for pennies per transaction, PayPal is going to have to do something different.”Related: At Regulatory Hearing, Prosecutors Admit Bitcoin Is a Technological Breakthrough February 5, 2014last_img read more

first_img Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. –shares Image credit: American Spirit | President Obama Nina Zipkin 2 min read Net Neutrality Add to Queue Entrepreneur Staffcenter_img November 12, 2014 FCC Chief in Tough Spot After Obama Takes Firm Stance on Net Neutrality 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. Following President Obama’s urging of the Federal Communications Commission to protect a free and open Internet on Monday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has his work cut out for him.In a public statement, Wheeler laid out how his stance aligns with the president’s as well as what work the agency is undertaking to get the updated regulations in order. He wrote, “We both oppose Internet fast lanes. The Internet must not advantage some to the detriment of others. We cannot allow broadband networks to cut special deals to prioritize Internet traffic and harm consumers, competition and innovation.”   Related: With the FCC Considering a Hybrid Approach to Net Neutrality, Will Anyone Be Satisfied?However, the Washington Post reports that behind closed doors, Wheeler expressed some “frustration.” In a meeting this week that included representatives from companies such as Etsy, Google and Yahoo, Wheeler reportedly said “What you want is what everyone wants: an open Internet that doesn’t affect your business…What I’ve got to figure out is how to split the baby.”Though the president publicly weighed in on the subject, surprising many in the industry, the FCC is an independent government agency, overseen by five commissioners – currently three Democrats, including Wheeler, and two Republicans.Related: A Brief, Unfolding History of Net Neutrality (Infographic)Part of the reason why these questions are on the table now can be traced back to a lawsuit brought by Verizon against the FCC that was settled in January of this year. The U.S. Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C., ruled that the FCC did not have the authority to prevent ISPs from arrange deals with streaming platforms like Netflix to then charge them for faster user access. In May, the FCC opened the public comment period on its latest proposal, which ended on September 15.Initially, it was thought that the new regulations would be rolled out in the first half of 2015, but with the possibility of further legal entanglements on the horizon, especially having to do with the President’s stance of reclassifying broadband as a common utility under the Telecommunications Act, the issue may not be resolved so quickly. Related: The Broadband Cartel and America’s Entrepreneurs Next Article Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

first_imgSelling a Business 4 Valuable Takeaways From the Sale of ‘Barstool Sports’ –shares January 14, 2016 Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand 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. Next Article Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Add to Queuecenter_img VIP Contributor 6 min read Jonathan Long Image credit: Barstool Sports | Enhanced by Entrepreneur Barstool Sports is a blog I’ve been reading for the past 10 years. Founded in Boston by Dave Portnoy, a.k.a. “El Presidente,” it’s since grown into one of the most popular blogs out there, mixing just the right combination of sports and satire.Related: Why You Should Quit While You’re AheadWhen I read last week’s blog post announcing the sale of a majority stake, I wasn’t sure if it was true or just a hoax. Then I saw outlets like Business Insider and Fortune picking up the story, confirming that a sale had taken place. Reports claimed that the blog had received a valuation between $10 million and $15 million.I was genuinely happy for Portnoy and the team over there, but aside from that, I realized that there were some lessons entrepreneurs could learn from this win. Here are those five valuable takeaways, along with some insight from Portnoy himself.1. Consumers fall in love with a brand, not ‘smoke and mirrors.’Longtime readers of Barstool Sports will all agree on one thing — the blog hasn’t always provided the best user experience. Even after a recent redesign, users still posted a lot of sarcastic comments about how bad it still was. Personally, I vividly recalling Portnoy once mentioning that technology wasn’t the site’s strong point, but that the brand overall had still always thrived because the user-base fell in love with its message and the people behind it.Elaborated the founder: “Technology has always been frustrating for us. I can see a guy’s blog and know if he’s funny, but I can’t tell if that person is a good designer or coder. I stuck with what we were good at, which was creating great content. Content always outweighed our technical struggles.”An elaborate website design, then, isn’t going to magically make a mediocre blog successful. Focus on creating an authentic brand that your audience will fall in love with and become loyal to — they will see right through any smoke and mirrors. 2. Don’t listen to someone who says your idea will never amount to anything.How many people do you think told Portnoy he was borderline insane to think that his blog would turn into something? I’m willing to bet that number was staggering. I’m also willing to bet that there were numerous people who continued to doubt him throughout the next ten years.Imagine if he had listened to those doubters when the blog was first launched? What if he had said, “Yeah, you are right; it’s a long shot. I won’t even try.” There was plenty of doubt, even from those closest to him: “I met my wife in the early days of Barstool and she said the idea stunk,” Portnoy wrote. “She made me get a job during year two, and I quit at lunchtime on my first day. My dad said he didn’t get it, but I always knew in my heart that I was on to something. I’m not sure if I was right about that at the time, or if all entrepreneurs feel that way in the beginning. This is the only thing I’ve ever started, and I was basically ready to die to make it work.”Related: Know When and How to Sell Your BusinessIn short, had he taken the advice of those that doubted him and his vision, he wouldn’t have been able to sign off on the sale announcement blog post with this:“PS – I’m kinda rich now.”You too can welcome constructive criticism and opinions, but never let someone flat-out tell you that your idea “will never work.”3. Hold out for your price, and partner with those that you are 100 percent confident in.Portnoy has been approached with offers in the past — and has declined them every time because he feared the blog’s editorial direction being changed. He held out for the right deal, and received exactly that from Peter Chernin’s Chernin Digital Group.While he sold 51 percent of his company, he still maintains 100 percent editorial control. Combine that with a nice financial payout, and it’s the perfect deal for him. Even more important is the fact that he has complete trust in Chernin’s group to take Barstool Sports to the next level.“Lots of people have asked me what made this the right time to take money,” Portnoy explained. “It wasn’t the timing — it was that the right investor finally revealed itself. Barstool was profitable and everybody was happy. We weren’t desperate. Chernin was the first time I felt 100 percent in my gut it was the right fit and the right partner — that’s why I did it.” 4. Be open to change when it opens the door to something larger.Portnoy is a diehard Boston sports fan. Yet, in what might be the most diabolical Boston super-fan move of all time, he is relocating the company, the entire team and himself to New York.In the video that accompanied the announcement, shot in Times Square, Portnoy said, “Do I like Manhattan? No. Do I want to be in Manhattan? No . . . but it’s the right move.”He was right: It’s a move that will ultimately play a major role in the brand’s growth. And Portnoy was open to change because it’s ultimately led to larger opportunities.“I’m a firm believer that if you’re not growing, you’re dying,” Portnoy concluded. “We’ve been doing Barstool for 12 years. It’s a totally different landscape from when I started. We’re still young, hip and relevant, and that’s because we don’t fight change. We’re not afraid to change — we want to lead, not follow.”Related: Exits: What’s Red Hot in Venture Capital and What to Expect in 2015 Founder, Uber Brands Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

first_imgClarity Insights Recognized as a Leader in Customer Analytics Report by Independent Research Firm PRNewswireJune 11, 2019, 7:45 pmJune 11, 2019 Clarity InsightsCustomer Analytics ServiceData ManagementForrester WaveNeil Huse Previous ArticleAWS Announces General Availability of Amazon PersonalizeNext ArticleSolodev Accelerates Digital Transformation with New Digital Customer Experience (DCX) Platform for Amazon Web Services Achieved the Highest Score in the Current Offering Category in the ReportClarity Insights, a strategic partner to the nation’s leading data-driven brands, announced it is cited as a Leader in The Forrester Wave: Customer Analytics Service Providers, Q2 2019 Report. We believe this placement confirms the company’s status as an industry leader across the entire data and analytics ecosystem. The Current Offering category includes the following criteria:Data management and preparationCustomer analytics techniques and applicationInsights to actionBusiness consulting servicesEngagement success factorsIn Forrester’s 33-criteria evaluation of 12 vendors, Clarity Insights earned the top score in the Current Offering category. Clarity has a tangible boardroom-level goal for its engagements: to improve its clients’ operating ratios from 1% to 3%. Depending on the scale of your organization, this can mean tens – even hundreds – of millions of dollars in revenue and savings.Marketing Technology News: SRAX and The ALS Association Give BIGtoken Users a New Way to Donate Real Money with Their Data Earnings“Being recognized by Forrester Research as a leader reflects, in our opinion, our commitment to innovating the entire customer analytics landscape and supporting companies with their customer-centric strategies. We offer end-to-end services around customer data management and customer 360, data enrichment through use of external data sources, cloud architecture, advanced and predictive analytics, customer segmentation and journey mapping, and operational automation. Put another way, we know how to build the data and analytics machine that will support your business needs,” said Clarity Insights CEO Neil Huse.Clarity’s client references appreciated the high caliber of its team. As one financial services client remarked, “Based on their competition, their leadership and communication skills are unmatched.”Marketing Technology News: Actifio Announces Global Alliance with Tata Consultancy Services to Provide Multi-Cloud Copy Data Management Solutions for Data-Driven Enterprises“Like most organizations, we are under immense pressure to provide exceptional value to our clients. Our goal is to help businesses thrive. Because we offer a holistic solution comprised of every aspect of the customer data and analytics ecosystem, we are able to do that. We give our customers more insights into their business and help them drive revenue growth and expense reduction,” continued Huse.Marketing Technology News: Imperva to Acquire Distil Networks, the Industry-Recognized Leader in Bot Managementlast_img read more

first_img Suggested regimens for ultrahypofractionation include the two schedules used most commonly in published studies: 3,500 cGy in five fractions of 700 cGy, or 3,625 cGy in five fractions of 725 cGy. For five-fraction regimens, the expert panel recommends against total radiation doses larger than 3,625 cGy outside of clinical trials or registries. Consecutive daily treatments also should be avoided when using five fractions. Source: Recommendations also address the technical aspects of planning and delivering hypofractionated prostate radiation, including target and normal tissue volumes, dose constraints, margin definitions and delivery techniques. The expert panel universally recommends the use of image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) and avoidance of non-modulated conformal techniques. Fraction sizes between 340 and 500 cGy have been examined in very few studies and were therefore outside the scope of the guideline. Also excluded from the current guideline are treatment for locally advanced or metastatic disease, post-operative radiation, salvage therapy and re-irradiation. Related StoriesSugary drinks linked to cancer finds studyHow cell-free DNA can be targeted to prevent spread of tumorsStudy: Nearly a quarter of low-risk thyroid cancer patients receive more treatment than necessary”Men who opt to receive hypofractionated radiation therapy will be able to receive a shorter course of treatment, which is a welcomed benefit to many men. When clinicians can reduce overall treatment time while maintaining outcomes, it’s to our patients’ benefit, as they can spend less time away from family and less time traveling to and from treatment,” said Scott Morgan, MD, FRCPC, assistant professor of radiation oncology at the University of Ottawa and co-chair of the guideline panel.”Image guidance and other advances in radiation therapy delivery have enabled radiation oncologists to treat prostate cancer with a therapeutic dose of radiation in a shorter treatment period than was previously possible,” said Daniel Barocas, MD, associate professor of urology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and guideline co-author. “Results so far show comparable early cancer control to conventional fractionation, while maintaining an acceptable side effect profile. This has benefits to the patient in terms of reducing the treatment burden and cost, and may increase the acceptability of external beam radiation therapy.”To develop this guideline, a 16-member expert panel of clinicians, researchers and a patient advocate reviewed studies published from December 2001 through March 2017; sixty-one articles, including four large prospective randomized clinical trials with more than 6,000 patients, were evaluated. The guideline was approved by the ASTRO, ASCO and AUA Boards of Directors following a period of public comment. It has been endorsed by the Society of Urologic Oncology (SUO), the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO) and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR).​ Suggested regimens for moderate hypofractionation include the two schedules used with the largest number of patients in randomized clinical trials: 6,000 cGy delivered in 20 fractions of 300 cGy over four weeks, or 7,000 cGy delivered in 28 fractions of 250 cGy over five and a half weeks. While moderately hypofractionated EBRT confers similar early cancer control and side effects to conventional fractionation, physicians should counsel patients about a small increased risk of short-term gastrointestinal toxicity and discuss how data are limited for oncologic outcomes beyond five years post-treatment.center_img Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 12 2018Three prominent medical societies today issued a new clinical guideline for physicians treating men with early-stage prostate cancer using external beam radiation therapy (EBRT). Adoption of the guideline could make treatment shorter and more convenient for many patients with prostate cancer, the most common malignancy among American men.Developed by a panel of experts from the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and American Urological Association (AUA), the new guideline recommends offering patients a treatment option known as hypofractionated radiation therapy as an alternative to longer, conventional courses of radiation. ASTRO, ASCO and AUA published the guideline in their respective journals, Practical Radiation Oncology, Journal of Clinical Oncology and The Journal of Urology.”Conclusive evidence from several large, well-designed randomized trials now confirms that dose escalation can almost universally benefit men with early-stage prostate cancer who choose to manage their disease with external radiation,” said Howard Sandler, MD, FASTRO, FASCO, chair and professor of radiation oncology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and co-chair of the guideline panel. “Significant advances in treatment planning and delivery have enabled oncologists to deliver more powerful, life-saving doses of radiation in fewer visits and without compromising quality of life.”External beam radiation therapy is a standard definitive treatment option that confers outcomes equivalent to radical prostatectomy for men with localized prostate cancer. When EBRT is hypofractionated, patients receive larger radiation doses across fewer treatment sessions–typically completing treatment in four to five weeks, compared with eight to nine weeks for conventional radiation. Extremely hypofractionated courses, also known as ultrahypofractionation, stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) or stereotactic ablative radiation therapy (SABR), can be completed in as few as five treatments.The recommendations apply to patients who require or prefer treatment instead of surveillance and have opted for EBRT instead of radical prostatectomy, brachytherapy or other treatment options for localized prostate cancer. Key recommendations are as follows: Ultrahypofractionation (≥500 cGy) guidance varies by prostate-cancer risk: for low-risk patients who have opted for EBRT, it may be offered as an alternative to conventional fractionation; for intermediate-risk disease, it may be offered, but the expert panel strongly encourages treating these patients as part of a clinical trial or multi-institutional registry; for high-risk disease, the panel does not suggest offering ultrahypofractionation outside of a trial or registry. Recommendations for ultrahypofractionation were graded by the panel as “conditional,” reflecting the limited base of current evidence on this approach. For men who have opted for EBRT, moderate hypofractionation (fraction size of 240-340 centigray (cGy)) should be offered as an alternative to conventional fractionation (180-200 cGy) regardless of cancer risk group, patient age, comorbidity, anatomy or baseline urinary function.last_img read more

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Eating royal poop improves parenting in naked mole-rats A freshly launched Snapcrap app is out to turn San Francisco smartphone users into poop-spotters. The free mobile app invites people to share location-tagged pictures of public piles of poo with city works crews whose job it is to clean it up.The application plays into its purpose with a logo of a stylized turn on a yellow background in what appears to be a parody of image and video sharing social network Snapchat.Snapcrap uses GPS capabilities in smartphones to pinpoint locations of piles of poop in pictures, then lets people send the information in alerts to municipal services.In an interview with local media, Snapcrap creator Sean Miller told of being chagrined by the amount of dog and human waste he had to sidestep on streets after moving to San Francisco.Miller said the app was designed to make it simple to report poop sightings, avoiding hassle of using the official San Francisco system.While the launch of Snapcrap this month inspired playful potty humor, it underscored a serious concern about homelessness in San Francisco and throughout Silicon Valley, where housing prices have skyrocketed in the booming tech economy.Famous as home to tech companies, San Francisco also has a reputation for people living on its streets and relieving themselves on streets or walkways.According to the San Francisco Chronicle, a city public works line receives scores of calls daily from residents reporting poop to be cleaned.The problem has grown so dire that earlier this year the city launched a poop patrol: a small team of workers devoted predominately to roaming a “Tenderloin” neighborhood known for its homeless population to find and clean away waste. Citation: Snapcrap app steps in to take on public poop (2018, October 23) retrieved 17 July 2019 from © 2018 AFP Explore furtherlast_img read more

first_imgWhat does it take to be a space archaeologist? No, you don’t need a rocket or a spacesuit. However, lasers are sometimes involved. And infrared cameras. And spy satellites. Welcome to Sarah Parcak’s world. Parcak, an archaeologist and a professor of anthropology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has mapped sites around the world from space; she does so using images captured by satellites — from NASA and from private companies — orbiting high above the ground. From these lofty heights, sensitive instruments can reveal details that are invisible to scientists on the ground, marking the positions of walls or even entire cities that have been buried for millennia. Parcak unpacks how views from space are transforming the field of archaeology, in her new book “Archaeology From Space: How the Future Shapes Our Past” (Henry Holt and Co., 2019). [Read an excerpt from “Archaeology From Space”] AdvertisementArchaeology Gets a Sci-Fi Makeover, In ‘Archaeology From Space’Live Science sits down with archaeologist and author Sarah Parcak to talk about her new book, “”Archaeology From Space: How the Future Shapes Our Past” (Henry Holt and Co., 2019).Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Fomalhaut Stars Huge Ring of Dusty Debris Captured by ALMA | Video00:54关闭选项Automated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0020:0420:04Your Recommended Playlist00:54Fomalhaut Stars Huge Ring of Dusty Debris Captured by ALMA | Video00:43OTD in Space – July 16: Apollo 11 Launches to the Moon13:13Apollo 11 Astronaut Michael Collins Talks Launch on 50th Anniversary05:46Constellations and Planets In March 2017 Skywatching – Where to Look | Video06:26How To Find Jupiter and Other Skywatching Objects in July 2016 | Builds: Lego NASA Apollo Saturn V Rocket关闭  Satellites analyze landscapes and use different parts of the light spectrum to uncover buried remnants of ancient civilizations. But studying archaeological sites from above had very humble (and low-tech) beginnings, Parcak told Live Science. Researchers first experimented with peering down from a great height at a historic location more than a century ago, when a member of the Corps of Royal Engineers photographed the 5,000-year-old monument Stonehenge from a hot-air balloon. “You could even see — from this very early and somewhat blurry photograph — staining in the landscape around the site, showing that there were buried features there,” Parcak said. Through the 1960s and into the 1970s, aerial photography continued to play an important role in archaeology. But when NASA launched its first satellites it opened up “a completely new world,” for archaeologists in the 1980s and 1990s, Parcak said. In fact, declassified images from the U.S. government’s Corona spy satellite program, which operated from 1959 to 1972, helped archaeologists in the 1990s to reconstruct the positions of important sites in the Middle East that had since disappeared, eradicated by urban expansion. Today, aerial or satellite images captured by optical lenses, thermal cameras, infrared and lidar — light detection and ranging, a type of laser system — are well-established as part of an archaeologist’s tool kit. And archaeologists need as many tools as they can get; there are thought to be millions of sites around the world that are yet to be discovered, Parcak added. But remote sensing isn’t one-size-fits-all; different terrains require different space archaeology techniques. For example, in Egypt, layers of sand blanket lost pyramids and cities. In that type of landscape, high-resolution optical satellites reveal subtle differences on the surface that may hint at structures underground. And in regions with dense vegetation, such as in Southeast Asia or Central America, lidar emits millions of pulses of light to penetrate beneath the trees and detect hidden buildings, Parcak explained. In her own work, Parcak’s analysis of satellite views led to the creation of a new map for the legendary city of Tanis in Egypt, famously featured in the movie “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” Satellite images of Tanis revealed a vast network of the city’s buildings, which had previously gone undetected even as the site was under excavation, she wrote. In Photos: Ancient Egyptian Tombs Decorated with Creatures If these stories of space archaeology in Parcak’s book leave readers wanting more, they’re in luck. An online platform called GlobalXplorer, launched and run by Parcak, offers users access to a library of satellite images for browsing and annotation. Aspiring “citizen-scientists” can join “campaigns” to assist in the ongoing search for lost cities and ancient structures, and to help experts identify signs of looting in vulnerable sites, according to the platform website. Since 2017, approximately 80,000 users have evaluated 14 million satellite images, mapping 700 major archaeological sites that were previously unknown, Parcak said. “Archaeology From Space” is available to buy on Amazon. Satellite images of the buried ancient Egyptian city Tanis revealed city walls that were invisible to archaeologists on the ground. Credit: Courtesy of Sarah Parcak center_img Image Gallery: How Technology Reveals Hidden Art Treasures An eye inlay from a tomb dating to 4,000 years ago, in Lisht, Egypt. The expedition, co-led by Dr. Parcak, was conducted in partnership with the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities. 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