Heimlich Creator of the Maneuver to Save Choking Victims Dies at 96

first_img This story originally appeared on Reuters December 19, 2016 Dr. Henry Heimlich (L), the 96-year-old Cincinnati surgeon credited with inventing the life-saving technique named for him, poses with Patty Ris, 87, who he saved this week from choking on a hamburger, at the Deupree House seniors’ home in Cincinatti, Ohi Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand 6 min read Add to Queue Image credit: Reuters | File Photo Innovators Next Article center_img Heimlich, Creator of the Maneuver to Save Choking Victims, Dies at 96 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. Enroll Now for $5 Henry Heimlich, the medical maverick who came up with a maneuver credited with saving thousands of choking victims but who damaged his standing as a proponent of the curative powers of malaria, died on Saturday at the age of 96.Heimlich, a doctor who developed a life-saving technique to dislodge airway blockages, died at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati of complications from a massive heart attack he suffered on Monday, his family said in a statement.A thoracic surgeon who often feuded with the established medical community, Heimlich said the maneuver which was named after him saved more than 100,000 lives. He claimed to have used it himself last May on another resident of the Cincinnati retirement home where he lived.”It made me appreciate how wonderful it has been to be able to save all those lives,” he once told the Cincinnati Enquirer.Heimlich came up with the ground-breaking technique in 1974 after reading about the high rate of deaths in restaurants that first were attributed to heart attacks, but later found to have been caused by diners choking on food.An ordinary person could be a hero with “the Heimlich Maneuver” — it requires no equipment, no great strength and only minimal training.The popular wisdom at the time called for repeatedly slapping the back of person struggling with an obstruction of the passage to the lungs.But Heimlich, who was then at Jewish Hospital in Cincinnati, believed the back slaps could force the blockage deeper. To prove his method, he took anesthetized lab dogs, blocked their windpipes with hunks of meat attached to strings in case of emergency and developed a technique that would send his name around the world.The Heimlich Maneuver called for the rescuer to stand behind the choking victim, apply the thumb-side of a fist to a spot just under the diaphragm and between the lungs. By pushing sharply on that spot, a surge of air from the lungs would then expel the blockage.”Dad was a hero to many people around the world for a simple reason: He helped save untold numbers of lives through the innovation of common-sense procedures and devices,” his family said in the statement. “But he was not only a physician and medical inventor, he was also a humanitarian and a loving and devoted son, husband, father and grandfather.”Heimlich wrote about his discovery for a medical journal and it began to spread due to media coverage. A man in Washington state who came to a neighbor’s rescue was credited with being the first person to use the Heimlich Maneuver shortly after reading a newspaper story about it. The charismatic doctor also busily promoted the technique, including appearances on late-night television talk shows with Johnny Carson and David Letterman.Heimlich collected anecdotes about Heimlich rescues throughout his life. Among them were the aide who saved Ronald Reagan during his 1976 presidential campaign and Tom Brokaw coming to the aid of fellow NBC newsman John Chancellor.Actress Cher was saved by director Robert Altman and Clint Eastwood once prevented a partygoer from choking. In 2015, a 13-year-old boy was able to clear a classmate’s blockage after learning the move watching the cartoon SpongeBob SquarePants.”Only method”It took more than a decade for the medical establishment to adopt the Heimlich Maneuver, partly because there had been no official human trials. The American Red Cross recommended it only as a secondary method to back-slapping.In 1984, Heimlich was given the prestigious Lasker Award for public service. A year later C. Everett Koop, then the U.S. surgeon general, said the Heimlich method should be “the only method” used for choking victims.In 1986, it was officially recommended as the primary anti-choking technique by the Red Cross, although the organization would reverse that decision in 2006, saying “abdominal thrusts” should only be a secondary method.As the Heimlich Maneuver became part of American culture, its namesake sought more innovation. He thought his technique should also be used to clear mucus from the lungs during an asthma attack and was better than cardiopulmonary resuscitation for drowning victims – claims that were dismissed by authorities such as the Red Cross and the American Medical Association.Heimlich damaged his credibility further by espousing malaria therapy, saying the high fevers of malaria stimulated the body’s immune system enough to counter AIDS, cancer and Lyme disease.The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discounted that theory, but under Heimlich’s direction, human malaria therapy trials were conducted in Mexico, China and Africa because they would never have been permitted in the United States.”I don’t follow all the rules if there’s a better, faster way to do it,” he told the Los Angeles Times in a 1994 interview. “If your peers understand what you’ve done, you are not being creative.”His fiercest critic turned out to be son Peter, who had once played in a band called Choke and done the music for Heimlich’s promotional film. The son devoted himself to debunking Heimlich’s work — first in a pseudonymous blog — and denounced him as the creator of “a remarkable unseen history of fraud.”Heimlich’s work with malarial therapy to fight AIDS was briefly a popular cause in the mid-1990s, especially in Hollywood, where celebrities hosted fundraisers for his research and donors included Jack Nicholson, Bob Hope and Ron Howard.Dr. Edward Patrick, a longtime collaborator who died in 2009, issued a press release in 2003 saying he was the co-developer of the Heimlich Maneuver.Heimlich also was credited with inventing a valve that bears his name and is used to prevent air from filling the chest cavity in trauma cases.Heimlich and Jane Murray, daughter of dance school magnate Arthur Murray and a proponent of alternative medical methods, were married from 1951 until her death in 2012. They had four children.(By Bill Trott; Additional reporting by Frank McGurty; Editing by G Crosse) –shares Reuters The doctor came up with the ground-breaking technique in 1974 after reading about the high rate of choking deaths in restaurants.last_img read more

10 Tips for Retaining Top Talent

first_img Guest Writer Image credit: Shutterstock Employee Retention Next Article –shares The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Harry West Add to Queue Vice President of Services Product Management, Appirio We’re living in a time where company loyalty doesn’t mean what it used to. Millennial workers have a reputation for moving from job to job, being constantly on the lookout for the next best thing. Businesses have realized that they must promote their workplace as an ideal location for top talent to do great work — and that even when workers transition from full-time employment, they can still be an advocate for the company’s brand. Planning for shorter employee tenures is the new normal.This doesn’t mean that retention of key talent isn’t still critical. When it comes to employee retention, tech companies have some of the highest turnover rates of any industry. Retaining top talent is a struggle for many businesses, but there are several things you can do to increase the likelihood of your young, talented tech team sticking around a little longer than average.Keep reading for 10 helpful tips on how to retain top talent today.1. Encourage flexibility.Today’s workers want mobility and flexibility in the workplace. Gone are the days of strict 9-to-5 hours. In their place are remote working options, flexible hours, sabbaticals and fluid PTO policies. Flexible workers are not only happier; they’re more productive. Allow your employees the mobility they desire and they’ll likely stick around longer and have a more positive impact on your business.Related: Why Entrepreneurs Should Prefer Remote Teams Than Ones In-House2. Level up your employee engagement strategy.Only about 33 percent of new employees are fully engaged in their new role. That’s a disappointing statistic considering the great lengths many companies take to try and create a positive onboarding experience and ensure open, frequent communication. Invest time and money in developing the right strategy and implementing the right technology to ensure your engagement is both up-to-date and impactful.Emerging trends in employee engagement include collaborative software that prevents managers from wielding power by selectively withholding information and complete transformation of day-to-day processes such as bad email habits.3. Create an enticing program for recent college grads.An impressive 77 percent of students stay at their first job for less than one year. In an effort to remedy this issue, many tech companies are creating and implementing programs to nurture student talent.Some organizations offer long-term fellowships to provide students with immersion opportunities at various departments throughout a company, while other organizations create short-term intensive programs that offer recent grads an opportunity to fine-tune their business skills and learn how to lead.4. Ensure your onboarding processes are as streamlined as possible.Seventy percent of workers say they are more likely to stay at their new company for three years or more if they experienced a favorable application process. The application process is the first critical touch point you have with your future workers. By making the process as smooth, quick and painless as possible, you’ll be sending a message of efficiency and straightforwardness to your talent.Once you’ve brought a new employee on board, the hiring process is not over. Ensuring your employees have a positive, engaging onboarding experience is just as important as making sure your application process goes well. If typical worker tenures are getting shorter and shorter, it’s not acceptable to require one to two years for people to get acclimated to their work environment anymore. The onboarding process is your first impression with a new employee. You want to put your best foot forward, and get them fully productive quickly.Related: 6 Steps to Create an Effective Employee Onboarding Experience5. Provide frequent constructive criticism and praise.Negative criticism can kill motivation in even the most productive of workers. There is a time and place for constructive criticism, but be wary of how you present it and communicate it to your employees. Year-end reviews are too often a rushed and ingenuine process. Consider revamping or replacing your year-end reviews with a more direct and honest way of communicating. Consistent, in-person, one-on-one meetings are a great way to provide your talent with constructive criticism, feedback, advice and praise.6. Invest in the consumer-grade tools and technology for all of your employees.One of the top complaints today’s workers have is outdated hardware and technology that creates redundancies and inefficiencies in their work flow. Not only does faulty tech slow down your employees, it sends the message that your business isn’t interested in staying up to date with the latest, automated tools. Show your employees that you care about them and their ability to do their jobs well by arming them with tools and technology delivered through multi-tenant, public cloud systems — the ones that do the best job of keeping current with consumer-grade standards.7. Eliminate unnecessary barriers in the workplace.Workers spend an average of four hours per week simply searching for the right information. This is not only frustrating, but a poor use of their time. Eliminate unnecessary barriers to information within the workplace by arming your employees with the right tools, devices and access.Tie business metrics to business outcomes in a way that helps tell a story, and provide decision-makers in the business with proactive insights that will help them be more effective and intentional in their jobs.8. Offer opportunities for professional development and continuing education.Keep your employees updated, and make sure they’re fully aware of the different certification, training and education options available to them. To encourage employees to take advantage of additional education programs, many organizations offer partial or complete tuition reimbursement and/or time off work to complete courses and schooling.Providing your workers with consistent access to professional development opportunities will create an environment where education and learning are valued.Related: Focus on Education and Training to Retain Your Workforce9. Create bi-directional channels to engage with employee feedback.Communication is the root of many employee frustrations. Make sure your business is creating channels for honest, specific feedback from and to your employees and taking advantage of ways to provide praise and constructive criticism in real time. Top-down communication can quickly become messy and convoluted. Instead, focus on direct, one-on-one conversations when possible. And provide digital spaces like employee communities to allow workers to come together and solve issues without management always being in the middle.10. Continue to nurture your employer advocates.If your business does a good job retaining its employees, you’ll eventually develop employer advocates who become positive internal influences and community champions for your organization. Your work retaining these employees is not over, however.Continue to nurture and support these assets to your business by offering them ongoing opportunities for professional growth and development, continuing to provide constructive feedback and showing them that their opinions and efforts are heard and valued. Planning for shorter employee tenures is the new normal. 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 10 Tips for Retaining Top Talent December 30, 2016 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Apply Now »last_img read more

The Story of McScam and Professional Canners Stories That Fascinated Us This

first_img Entrepreneur Staff Enroll Now for $5 The staff of Entrepreneur.com share the articles we loved from other publications. Next Article –shares August 10, 2018 Entrepreneur Staff Add to Queue 2 min read Image credit: Bloomberg | Getty Images 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. Net neutrality activists, not hackers, crashed the FCC’s comment systemRemember when Net Neutrality was a thing? Remember when a lot of people tried to save it last May, but then the FCC’s comment system crashed? At the time, the agency suggested it was a coordinated attack by hackers. Now, they’re saying it was system overload — largely caused by a Last Week Tonight segment by John Oliver. Who said TV is dying? — Hayden FieldBehind Hollywood’s A-List Bidding War for a McDonald’s Monopoly ArticleI was fascinated by the original article “McScam: How an Ex-Cop Rigged McDonald’s Monopoly Game and Stole Millions.” But, the backstory on how the article’s author and a partner deliberately “planted” the story as a way to get Hollywood to bid for the movie rights — which ultimately led to a payday as big as the McDonald’s Monopoly Game grand prize — is just as captivating. It just goes to show the power of the press in promoting your business venture, and how sometimes it pays to reach potential investors in unconventional ways. — Liz WebberInside The World Of NYC ‘Canners’ Who Survive By Collecting Recyclable Cans & BottlesIt’s stories like these that are both wholly inspiring and downright depressing. Some of the individuals spotlighted by author Francesca Berardi work up to 10 hours, constantly on the move. Members of this profession — finding bottles and cans to earn up to five cents each — include a range of people from struggling addicts to parents. It’s a slice of New York City life that most of us are witness to, but never think about. — Stephen J. Bronner The Story of ‘McScam’ and Professional Canners: Stories That Fascinated Us This Week Fascinating Stories Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brandlast_img read more

Russian Dominos Ends Promotion That Gave Away Pizza to People Who Got

first_imgFood Businesses September 12, 2018 Next Article Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Register Now » Russian Domino’s Ends Promotion That Gave Away Pizza to People Who Got Domino’s Tattoos Because It Was Too Popular Add to Queue Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. –sharescenter_img There is brand loyalty, and then there’s brand loyalty.A Domino’s franchisee in Russia decided to award 100 free pizzas each year for 100 years to customers that got tattoos of the restaurant chain’s logo. The only stipulation was that tattoos had to be visible.The campaign was originally intended to run from Aug. 31 to Oct. 31, but the lure of free pizza in perpetuity proved to be a strong motivator for people to get some red and blue ink, so much so that contest had to be, very quickly, capped.Related: Did Your Customers Get Tattoos of Your Logo? These Did.”Friends, we already have 350 participants!” the Domino’s location posted on Facebook on Sept. 10. “We are not receiving any new tattoos! If you are at a tattoo artist’s and getting tattoos, we will include you in the list of participants. But we are waiting for pictures before 12:00 today.”Customers got pretty creative with their tattoo designs. Many included the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, those crime-fighting, pizza-loving reptiles.This isn’t the first time that a brand has inspired this kind of, permanent, likely somewhat painful love. Anytime Fitness, the global gym franchise, has seen many of its customers get a tattoo of their logo to show their passion for the company.Is there a brand that you would get a tattoo of? Let us know in the comments. Image credit: NurPhoto | Getty Images Nina Zipkin Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. 2 min read Entrepreneur Staff A Russian Domino’s franchisee’s promise of free pizza in exchange for a visible logo tattoo quickly got out of hand.last_img read more

In Retaliation for Blocking Pornography Adult Website Bans Starbucks From Offices

first_img Register Now » Entrepreneur Staff Coffee November 30, 2018 Next Article Image credit: Bloomberg | Getty Images Add to Queue –shares Patrick Caronecenter_img In Retaliation for Blocking Pornography, Adult Website Bans Starbucks From Offices 2 min read Special Projects Director YouPorn’s VP is now pushing Dunkin’ on employees. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. The porn industry is striking back!Earlier this week, Starbucks announced it will start blocking pornography on its store’s WiFi beginning next year. Now, according to TMZ, the adult website YouPorn is getting revenge on the coffee giant by pushing Dunkin’ on its workforce.Related: 6 Critical Steps to Succeeding in an Untapped IndustryThe company’s Vice President, Charles Hughes,  sent a memo to employees announcing a ban on all Starbucks products from YouPorn offices effective New Year’s Day.Dear YouPorn Team:In light of the news that Starbucks has blocked its customers from searching and viewing adult content within their establishments, YouPorn has updated their company policy banning all Starbucks products from the YouPorn offices, effective January 1st, 2019.See your direct manager for any questions.While watching porn is not permitted at Starbucks locations, the chain has not blocked such content on its Wi-Fi service. That’s about to change. “To ensure the Third Place remains safe and welcoming to all, we have identified a solution to prevent this content from being viewed within our stores and we will begin introducing it to our US locations in 2019,” a Starbucks representative told Business Insider via email.YouPorn, it seems, is not taking the news lying down.last_img read more

Why Do So Many Americans Now Support Legalizing Marijuana

first_imgLegal Marijuana Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. May 14, 2019 –shares By Amy Adamczyk, Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, City University of New York; Christopher Thomas, Ph.D Candidate in Criminal Justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and Jacob Felson, Associate Professor of Sociology, William Paterson UniversityAmerican views on marijuana have shifted incredibly rapidly. Thirty years ago, cannabis legalization seemed like a lost cause. In 1988, only 24 percent of Americans supported legalization.But steadily, the nation began to liberalize. By 2018, 66 percent of U.S. residents offered their approval, transforming marijuana legalization from a libertarian fantasy into a mainstream cause. Many state laws have changed as well. Over the last quarter-century, 10 states have legalized recreational marijuana, while 22 states have legalized medical marijuana.So why has public opinion changed dramatically in favor of legalization? In a study published this February, we examined a range of possible reasons, finding that the media likely had the greatest influence.It’s Not About Use, Geography, or DemographicsOur study ruled out a few obvious possibilities.For one, it’s not about marijuana use. Yes, cannabis use has increased. Data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health show that, in 2002, about 10 percent of adults reported using cannabis the previous year. By 2015, 13.5 percent reported using. But that increase is too small to have had much of an impact on attitudes.And it’s not about older, more conservative Americans being replaced by younger generations who are more familiar with marijuana. Both younger and older people developed more liberal views about the legalization of marijuana at a similar pace over the last 30 years. In this way, changes in attitudes about marijuana legalization mirror recent increases in support for LGBTQ individuals.We looked to see if people who lived in states where it was illegal, but resided next to ones where it became legal, were more likely to have changed their views. But the rate of change has been no different in states that legalized marijuana than in others.Likewise, the pace of change has been similar across political parties, religions, educational levels, racial and ethnic groups and gender. As politically polarized as the country may seem, when it comes to marijuana, Americans have been changing their attitudes together, as a nation.We did find that a small part of the increase in support was related to more people disaffiliating with religion. The proportion of people who do not identify with a religion has increased some, by about 7 percent between 2007 and 2014. People who do not have a religion tend to be more liberal than others. However, this factor accounts for only a small proportion of the change.Media Medical FramingSo what’s going on? What has likely made the biggest difference is how the media has portrayed marijuana. Support for legalization began to increase shortly after the news media began to frame cannabis as a medical issue.We took The New York Times as a case study, looking at the number of published articles from 1983 to 2015 about marijuana. Just before the number of Americans supporting legalization began to increase, we found a sharp increase in the proportion of articles about marijuana that discussed its medical uses.In the 1980s, the vast majority of New York Times stories about marijuana were about drug trafficking and abuse or other Schedule I drugs. At that time, The New York Times was more likely to lump marijuana together in a kind of unholy trinity with cocaine and heroin in discussions about drug smuggling, drug dealers and the like.During the 1990s, stories discussing marijuana in criminal terms became less prevalent. Meanwhile, the number of articles discussing the medical uses of marijuana slowly increased. By the late 1990s, marijuana was rarely discussed in the context of drug trafficking and drug abuse. And marijuana had lost its association with other Schedule I drugs like cocaine and heroin in the New York Times. Gradually, the stereotypical persona of the marijuana user shifted from the stoned slacker wanting to get high to the aging boomer seeking pain relief.Of course, many Americans do not read The New York Times. But analysis of newspapers of record, like this one, provide insight into how the news media has changed its framing of marijuana, especially during an era when newspapers were still a primary news source.Harsh Criminal Justice SystemAs Americans became more supportive of marijuana legalization, they also increasingly told survey researchers that the criminal justice system was too harsh.In the late 1980s, the “war on drugs” and sentencing reform laws put a large number of young men, often black and Latino, behind bars for lengthy periods of time. As Americans started to feel the full social and economic effects of tough-on-crime initiatives, they reconsidered the problems with criminalizing marijuana.Because support for the legalization of marijuana and concerns about the harshness of the criminal justice system changed at about the same time, it’s difficult to know what came first. Did concern about the harshness of the criminal justice system affect support for legalization – or vice versa?By contrast, the cause and effect is clearer with respect to the media framing of marijuana. The news media’s portrayal of marijuana began to change shortly before the public did, suggesting that the media influenced support for the legalization of marijuana.Once attitudes begin to change, it is difficult to know what keeps the momentum moving. Whatever the initial impetus, attitudes today are drastically more supportive, and legalization is increasing fast.This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Why Do So Many Americans Now Support Legalizing Marijuana? Download Our iOS App Image credit: Pacific Press | Getty Imagescenter_img 5 min read Add to Queue Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As politically polarized as the country is, Americans have been changing their attitudes toward marijuana together, as a nation. Next Article Free Green Entrepreneur Applast_img read more

European WaterCare launches new filter recycling unit

first_imgEuropean WaterCare launches new filter recycling unitPosted By: Martin Whiteon: February 22, 2019In: Business, Environment, Industries, Refreshment, Social Responsibility, WaterPrintEmailEuropean WaterCare has opened a new filter recycling centre at its headquarters and launched a new water filter recycling unit called WaterCare Recycling.The launch of WaterCare Recycling comes as European WaterCare seeks to minimise plastic waste from single-use filters and recycle/repurpose material straight back into the manufacturer of new products, creating a circular economy for filters.WaterCare Recycling can recycle expired or unwanted filters from a range of major brands, including Brita, BWT, and 3M.The recycling process occurs in three stages. Firstly, the filters are disassembled and sorted into plastic and aluminium and washed, and the aluminium is recycled.Next, the expired resin is extracted from the filters, drained, de-humidified and sieved to separate the carbon and Ion exchange beads ‘resetting’ the resin beads for use in new water filters.Finally, the plastics are sorted and cleaned before being ground into plastic pellets, which can then be used to manufacture internal parts for new water filters.A statement from European Watercare said: “Building on our core philosophy of providing the most eco-friendly water treatment products available on the market today, it was a natural decision to progress this and develop a new area of our business dedicated to the recycling and re-purposing of all water filters.“Therefore, we are now able to recycle and re-purpose all types of plastic and aluminium water filters using our newly operational recycling facility at our head offices in Harlow, Essex.“We are also able to regenerate the expired resin from within these water filters to be used in future manufacture of new water filters.”Share with your network: Tags: European WaterCarefilterssustainabilitywaterlast_img read more

How to Survive the Worst PC Disasters

first_img Brought to you by PCWorld Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Can’t get your PC to boot? Or just sent your boss a really embarrassing e-mail? Here’s how to recover from these and ten other potential catastrophes. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business May 24, 2007 –shares Next Article 11 min read Readers’ Tales of PC DisastersTo read more users’ PC horror stories or add yours, go to our forum discussion on PC disasters. Also see both our slide show on using HijackThis and a video on salvaging wet gear.’Resuscitating a Dead Hard Drive’ by PC World.com reader Nathan WiestI once had a very perplexing case when I was still in school for my Microcomputer Technology degree. A lady at work had come to me saying that her hard drive would not work at all. Not unusual, since hard drives go bad, and many a hard drive won’t boot because of a virus or some kind of spyware. She was worried because it had a lot of family photos and documents on it, and I didn’t mind the thought of being a hero and saving her drive!As I had suspected, the drive had crashed. There was no booting into Windows, and it made a weird noise. After messing around with it for a couple of hours and doing some research, I was about to say sorry, can’t fix it, but then I stumbled on something: Freezing your hard drive. I had heard of it once before but never actually heard of anyone successfully freezing their hard drive and then retrieving some data. I thought, what the heck, this could be worth it to try, especially since the drive was already gone.We tried it all right. We stuck the thing in a freezer for about 18 hours. It was wrapped in a paper towel and placed inside a plastic baggy, so no condensation would accumulate on any circuits or connectors. When I plugged the thing in to our test computer, I was shocked…it booted up fine and I was able to pull off most of the data she could remember having lost. It didn’t completely make sense to me until afterwards, and most people won’t believe me when I tell them this story, but the metal shrinks when it gets cold, duh! So if the head is touching the platter, then you freeze it, the head may pull away from the platter just enough for you to read the data again. Of course, it only works for about 20 minutes until the drive heats back up, but wow, it was a great way to be a hero!I have used this technique a few times since, not all of the times successful, nor as important, but this is still a very worthwhile procedure. This is just one cool, bizarre, and useful way to reverse a relatively common computer disaster.’Diagnosing a Bad BIOS’ by PC World.com reader Shane MitchellI had no problems with the computer when I went to bed that Sunday night, and it was not used until I came back from classes Monday. I sat down to do my homework with trusty iTunes providing my study tunes for only a few minutes before my sound began to crackle and do its best to act as though it was a radio being jammed before ceasing to work completely. Oftentimes the miracle cure is a quick reboot, so that was my first reaction. But my rocking studyfest was ruined by interference yet again.I decided it was time to upgrade drivers. I had no trouble finding the drivers, but little did I know that finding the drivers would be the last good thing to happen for a while… My first boot back in after the new drivers went well for about 2 seconds after logging in before my computer froze. But then it unfroze. But then it froze again. And……so it…… repeated…..For every two seconds of use I was forced to endure a complete freeze for another two seconds. I managed to pull up Task Manager and see that my processor usage was jumping between 100% and around 0. Now while I am aware that this is a telltale sign of spyware and malware using your processor to perform their nasty deeds, I was reasonably confident in my antivirus and antiadware protection system. But it was growing late, so I powered my computer off for the night.Somehow the problem grew worse overnight. When I next tried to start up my computer, I got as far as the Windows Loading Flag before the computer froze. Hoping for a fluke, I hit the reset button only to have my computer reboot and not even detect that the hard drive with Windows on it existed! A part of me wondered whether I had discovered an incredible new exploit where one could somehow infect the sound card of a computer and have the infection progress to knocking out a hard drive.Not wanting to give up, I powered off the machine again and was luckily able to get the machine to detect the hard drive again and boot into Windows using Safe mode. So I set to work on troubleshooting the hard drive with system restore, deactivating all startup processes and programs save for the Windows necessities as well as using chkdsk and fixmbr from the Windows Recovery Console. Unfortunately, none of this made a difference. Finally, I tried a repair installation, but it could not complete without freezing either.Fortunately, I run a computer with 3 hard drives and enough space to transfer all the music and files I wanted to save from the main hard drive with Windows to a backup drive, so I decided a format was in order. The format went off without a hitch and I managed to get through most of the 70-something updates for Windows for a new installation before I had to do my first reboot. Sure enough, it froze on the loading screen!At this point I decided to replace the SATA cable for the hard drive with a new one, and I even changed the SATA slot the hard drive was on. It booted once with no problems before the loading freeze occured again after the next set of updates. I was still convinced the problem was in the hard drive despite the unusual problems with the sounds and the processor that had happened earlier. However, with the next reboot I lost even my Safe Boot option when my boot halted on the error ‘DISK BOOT FAILURE: INSERT SYSTEM DISC AND PRESS ENTER’.I found out I could bypass this error simply by having my XP CD in the drive and having the system ask me if I wanted to boot from it and just wait for that message to time out before booting to my choice of a frozen loading screen or Safe Mode. At this point I was ready to abandon my SATA drive and install windows on one of my other drives.So I completed my second installation of XP in as many days and got through the updates and a few good boots before THAT hard drive began to have problems! I got the boot hanging error ‘ntldr.sys not found’. It was as though my computer were asking “Do you think I could survive a toss out that second-story window next to you?” I was nearly ready to oblige my computer with an answer to that query when I had a sudden flash of random insight. Could the problem be my BIOS?I decided to try a repair install of the ntldr-crippled hard drive to see if I could get into Windows and attempt to update the BIOS. I suceeded in getting back into Windows and found the nifty Windows Based BIOS Flashing utility that ASUS has on its Web site. The BIOS updated successfully, and the ntldr error was banished back to the void from which such problems originate. I soon found myself back in Windows, and there was much rejoicing!I’ve been using that drive ever since (3 months), and though I never found out what caused these problems, the SATA drive is behaving just fine as data storage with no operating system. I managed to solve the problem without destroying my computer, losing my sanity, or spending a dollar on a replacement part! And now that I’ve monopolized most of the space on this forum page (sorry) I shall end this essay…’Vanished Data–Found’ by PC World.com reader Bob DrakeBack in the days of DOS, I was always rather confident about the security of my hard drive data. I had not one, nor even just two, but three hard drives installed on my machine! One I used for files, the second stored my programs, and the third I used for backing up data. I was religious about it. Several times a day I’d enter a few simple commands and back up everything–programs and data alike–on the third, very large (by standards of the day) hard drive.When Win95 was introduced, I refused to install it for a year. It was important to be certain that the bugs were fixed, and that my system would be safe. After the reports began to settle down and it seemed secure, I decided to make the move.Immediately after installing the OS, my computer began running in “spurts.” It would start, then stop. Start, then stop. Start then… nada. Nothing. Zilch. Irritated, I decided to boot from a DOS disk, reformat the C: drive, and return to DOS. I rebooted, only to discover that there were no remnants of data on the C: drive! “How annoying,” I thought. Still, I wasn’t too concerned since I had backed up all the data prior to loading Win95. With complete confidence, I formatted C:, then went to my D: drive. Nothing.A slight tingle ran down my spine, and it wasn’t from the power source. I checked the E: drive. Nothing. Nothing! How could that be?! I had 15 years worth of work, dating back to the days of CPM, that were stored on that drive. Where did it go?! In a panic, I phoned Microsoft Tech Support. The phone calls continued daily for over two weeks, always with the same result. “We’ve never heard of this happening before. Sorry. There’s nothing I can suggest.”Long distance call after long distance call (none of them toll free, and all during prime rate periods) yielded the same result. Finally, one sympathetic soul gave me the name and number of a fellow who worked for Microsoft in Texas. With only the slimmest of hopes, I dialed his number. We chatted for almost 45 minutes while I explained the situation and answered his questions.”I bet I know what’s happened,” he said in an all-too-casual way.”Is that good?” I asked. “Can we recover anything?”Without replying directly, he instructed me to format a floppy (I was still able to work from the A: drive), and then told me to create a small .bat file, the contents of which he dictated. I did. I looked at C:, but nothing was there. I checked D:, and had the same result. Feeling completely defeated, I looked at E: I looked at E: again. I looked at E:, and screamed with joy into the telephone–it’s there!!Without realizing it, I had “compressed” the other two drives. It was a common technique for getting as much space as possible from a hard disk back in those days (when a 40-megabyte hard drive seemed limitless). What he correctly guessed was that when formatting C:, I had unknowingly deleted the file instructing the system how to read those drives as compressed when I reformatted my C: drive! By recreating the file, I was able to read the info from E:. Why it didn’t work on the other two drives, I still don’t know. The important thing was, I had all those irreplaceable files that I thought I’d never see again!I took his name, address, and his supervisor’s information to write a glowing, heartfelt thank-you note, praising his work. If he didn’t receiving a whopping salary bonus as a result, it’s not because he didn’t deserve it!Share your own PC horror story, and read more from other users, at our forum.Christopher Null is a veteran journalist who covers technology topics daily through his blog at Christopher Null, The Working Guy. Register Now » How to Survive the Worst PC Disasters Add to Queue Technologylast_img read more

Startups and Investors Bet on the Drone Economy

first_img Entrepreneurs and investors are betting on a future full of flying robots that can be programmed to do anything from survey crops or wildlife to delivering vaccines to remote villages in Africa.It may sound a little like something out of an episode of The Jetsons, but the reality is the Federal Aviation Administration is required to implement regulations to integrate commercial drones into the national airspace by 2015, meaning flying robots are going to become a lot more common in the U.S.But entrepreneurs aren’t waiting for the FAA deadline before building their startups. The moment is too ripe with opportunity to not jump in the commercial drone business now, those in the burgeoning space say.”It’s just one of those moments,” said Chris Anderson, co-founder and chief executive of 3D Robotics, which makes unmanned automated vehicles (UAVS). “It’s the economy at scale. Those technologies that used to be incredibly expensive are now very cheap and getting better and faster than any other technology in history.”And while the technology for drones is getting cheaper, the estimates of how much the drone economy could be worth are very high.In March, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, the world’s largest unmanned systems industry organization, forecast the total domestic economic impact of introducing drones into U.S. airspace by the FAA’s 2015 deadline would reach more than $82.1 billion between 2015 and 2025.With cash like that on the line, it’s no wonder startups aren’t waiting to get in the game.According to the report, the two markets where drone technology could make the biggest economic impact are precision agriculture and public safety. These two markets alone make up about 90 percent of the known potential markets for unmanned aircraft systems.”Drones are so important to the aerospace community because they are basically revitalizing the aerospace industry,” said Mary Cummings, associate professor of aeronautics and astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.”I’ve been forecasting this for years,” she said. “People are starting to dream up ways to use these because it’s such a great technology and in terms of interesting, who doesn’t love flight? And now you can put it in people’s hands.”Related: VCs See Ex-Wired Editor’s DIY Drones Taking FlightAnderson founded his company is 2009 while still working as editor of Wired Magazine. However, he said that after raising $5 million in funding from O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (OATV) and True Ventures in November he had to make a change.”I decided that these things don’t happen that often and I decided to go all in,” he said.Since he took over full-time at 3D Robotics, he has been working to make his company’s open-source drones more appealing to the masses by making them more user friendly.”It’s like the Apple to Macintosh pivot. We’re taking the complexity out of the machine,” he said. “Right now, it makes perfect sense to a hobbyist or someone who has flown before, but for someone who hasn’t, it’s all too complicated.”Anderson said that he aims to make the new machines, which will launch in about three months, so simple that if someone had never used a drone before the user could easily figure it out the first time using it.While Anderson focuses on building drones, there are a slew of other drone-focused startups that see big potential in developing the software and services for the coming drone economy, said Jeremy Conrad, founder of the hardware startup incubator Lemnos Labs.”We are certainly seeing an increase in these services [for] drone-based companies,” Conrad said. “Some applications include videography, agriculture, security, so instead of having a guard dog, you may have a guide drone.”Airware, a company born out the Lemnos Labs program, is one of these startups that is not actually building the drones, but is making the hardware and software that third-parties can program so that the drone can perform different tasks.The company’s unique premise recently attracted some big money from some big names in the venture capital arena.Andreessen Horowitz and Google Ventures announced in May they were investing $10.7 million in Airware.VC firms, which have traditionally strayed from hardware investments, are taking a gamble on more hardware companies now, including drone startups, because the technology to make these devices and build the support for them has become cheap.”The technology has gotten mature to the point that it’s now pretty easy to make the Silicon startup model work to get into the drone business,” Anderson said. “Hardware is starting to act more like software.”DroneDeploy, which just recently came out of the startup incubator Angelpad, is another businesses focused on providing a drone-focused service. The company, which is in the early stages of raising funding, makes the software that allows people to manage a fleet of drones.Co-founder Mike Winn said he sees opportunity because certain business are going to need more than one drone in the sky, and they are going to need a way to manage them.The company has already partnered with an organization to help manage a drone fleet that helps deliver medical supplies in West Africa, he said.Related: 8 Companies Leading the Charge for Commercial-Use Robotics Startups and Investors Bet on the Drone Economy This story originally appeared on CNBC 5 min read Add to Queue Enroll Now for $5 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. –shares Cadie Thompson Next Article June 16, 2013 Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Small Business Heroeslast_img read more

US Nutrition Labels Get a Makeover But New Version Wont Be Seen

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals U.S. Nutrition Labels Get a Makeover, But New Version Won’t Be Seen for Years Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. FDA Reporter February 27, 2014 –shares Next Article The Obama administration released its proposed revamp of nutrition labeling on food – the biggest change that the ubiquitous packaging has received in more than 20 years.The biggest adjustments intended for guide shoppers toward healthier eating habits includes changes such as more prominent calorie counts and larger serving sizes that reflect what people really eat. Added sugars would also be listed for the first time.“Our guiding principle here is very simple: that you as a parent and a consumer should be able to walk into your local grocery store, pick up an item off the shelf, and be able to tell whether it’s good for your family,” said First Lady Michelle Obama in a statement. Related: Chipotle’s New Series Feels Like House of Cards, But Without the Good PartsThe labeling revamp has been in the works for 10 years, with the first lady acting as a key player in getting the proposal out of the FDA. But consumers will have to wait several more years until the labels actually go into use, as the FDA must go through a review process prior to implementing new packaging.The administration estimates the relabeling could cost the industry $2 billion to implement, but will result in $20 billion to $30 billion in health-care savings and other benefits over 20 years.More extreme changes, such as front-of-the-package labeling and color coded emphasis on added sugars or saturated fat, didn’t make it into the FDA proposal. However, some changes will remain controversial, such as reporting added sugar, with industry groups arguing that natural sugar and added sugar are chemically identical. Related: How This Food Blogger Convinced Chick-fil-A to Go Antibiotics Free 2 min read Kate Taylor Add to Queuelast_img read more

The Cannabis Industry Must Keep Alive the Legacy of LGBT Activists

first_img  The cannabis legalization and LGBTQ+ movements have historically been linked together in their fight to end stigma and attain legal recognition and acceptance. In fact, the fight for legal cannabis originated with the response of the LGBTQ community to the AIDS crisis. As San Francisco celebrates Pride this weekend, now is the time to examine this long relationship rooted in compassion and how legal cannabis has left behind the most vulnerable. Related: FDA Begins Evaluating Cannabis ScientificallyTwo movements connected.By the early 1990’s, life-saving drugs were available to treat HIV, but with the horrible side effects of pain, nausea and appetite loss. Cannabis was a lifeline for many who suffered,  easing their symptoms and dramatically improving their quality of life. The need for reliable, affordable access to cannabis was clear. Compassionate activists responded by opening underground dispensaries to meet the needs of the community. The San Francisco Cannabis Buyers Club, believed to be America’s first public dispensary, offered patients access to cannabis and a support system. Patients suffering a terribly stigmatized, life threatening disease found a safe haven to spend time with one another and receive relief from their pain. No patients were ever turned away, regardless if they could not afford to pay.An early pioneer providing free medicine for AIDS patients was Mary Jane Rathbun, known as “Brownie Mary” for the cannabis brownies she famously handed out in the AIDS ward of San Francisco General Hospital. “Compassionate Care” programs that provide donated cannabis products to low-income medical patients have been the soul of the movement for legal cannabis since the beginning. This dedication to patient access fueled the passage of Proposition 215 in 1996 that legalized medical cannabis in California. Devotion to suffering, low income patients is the foundation on which our entire industry is built, yet full legalization in California has put compassionate care programs at dire risk.Related: How Industrial-Scale Extraction Will Make CBD Accessible to Everyone Who Needs ItCompassionate Care is imperiled. In January 2018, Prop 64 went into effect, making cannabis legal for all adults in California over the age of 21. It was a major moment for the cannabis community which ushered in a new era of normalization and access. But an unintended consequence of Prop 64 has made it nearly impossible for Compassionate Care programs to provide free medical access to cannabis for those in the most need with the least means. All donated product — even to impoverished patients who are seriously ill — are now subject to high taxes. This makes Compassionate Care programs financially impossible for businesses and nonprofits. Many programs, like Jetty Extracts’ Shelter Project, that have successfully connected patients with donated cannabis have closed or been severely limited as a result.Related: Cannabis Companies Embrace Pride MonthLooking forward.It is a sad irony that by de-stigmatizing and legalizing cannabis, we have hurt the very people who were the community’s first champions. The cannabis community is coming together to correct this oversight. Efforts are underway but they are not happening fast enough. State Senator Scott Weiner of San Francisco has introduced Senate Bill 34, The Dennis Peron and Brownie Mary Compassionate Care Act, to make donating cannabis to low income patients financially viable, but it’s been a year-and-a-half since Prop 64 went into effect. Low income patients have not had compassionate access to free, legal cannabis since. Every day that goes by without passage of the bill is another day where sick or dying patients suffer in needless pain.This Pride, we recognize and celebrate the leadership of people like Senior Scott Weiner who are calling on the California Legislature to pass this bill and reinstate a framework that allows compassionate care programs to do their essential work. The LGBT community, particularly those affected by HIV/AIDS, fought for a legal cannabis industry and we, in turn, need to fight for them. Add to Queue Caring for the neediest AIDS patients during the worst years of the epidemic began the struggle for legal cannabis but legalization has put those programs in jeopardy. Peter Gigante Image credit: Charlotte Pierrat/EyeEm | Getty Images The Cannabis Industry Must Keep Alive the Legacy of LGBT Activists Head of Policy Research at Eaze 4 min read Guest Writer Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. June 29, 2019 Free Green Entrepreneur App Next Article –shares Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Medical Marijuana Download Our Free Android Applast_img read more

General Mills unveils new Fibre One and Nature Valley products

first_imgGeneral Mills unveils new Fibre One and Nature Valley productsPosted By: Jules Scullyon: August 17, 2018In: Bakery, Industries, Innovation, New products, SnacksPrintEmailGeneral Mills has launched new lines across both its Fibre One and Nature Valley portfolios in the UK, as it aims to build on success in its snacking division.Cake Bars have been added to Fibre One’s snacking range in two flavours: triple choc and carrot cake, each available in boxes of 4x25g with a recommended retail price of £2.89.The triple choc variant features soft cake with a smooth filling and a rich, dark topping with sprinkles. Meanwhile, the carrot cake has a layer of spiced cake, sweet cream cheese, icing and a sprinkle of chopped nuts. Both products have 90 calories per bar.To support the launches, General Mills will carry out a £700,000 marketing campaign as of September.The company will also add to its Nature Valley brand with new Nut Butter Cups in September. These will consist of wholegrain crunchy oat cups filled with either real peanut or almond butter, topped with nuts and dipped in chocolate. They will retail at £2.89.In a response to consumer demand for permissible indulgence, this launch is targeted towards the late afternoon or evening treat occasion.Nut Butter Biscuits cocoa hazelnut will also join the current Nature Valley range. These will consist of wholegrain biscuits with a filling of real cocoa and hazelnut butter, designed as a breakfast replacement or morning snack.The Nut Butter platform will be supported by a £800,000 television campaign that will run for five weeks from 25 October.Arjoon Bose, head of snacking for General Mills UK & Ireland, said: “The snacking division at General Mills has had a bumper year as we have exponentially grown both our Fibre One and Nature Valley brands.“We have strategically realigned the platforms, introducing Popcorn Bars to the diet management portfolio of Fibre One, while innovating within our long-established Nature Valley platform with Nut Butter and more NPD to come.”Share with your network: Tags: Fibre OneGeneral MillsNature ValleyUKlast_img read more

Agrial Group acquires UK cider producer Aston Manor Cider

first_imgAgrial Group acquires UK cider producer Aston Manor CiderPosted By: Martin Whiteon: September 03, 2018In: Alcohol, Beverage, Business, Industries, Mergers & AcquisitionsPrintEmailFrench agricultural co-operative Agrial Group has acquired UK-based drinks producer Aston Manor Cider for an undisclosed figure.Aston Manor Cider has a number of cider brands present in the UK market such as Kingstone Press, Frosty Jack’s and Chardolini, and the company reported revenues of £134 million in 2017.According to a statement from Aston Manor Cider, Agrial are “hugely committed” to the development and growth of cider in Europe and in other parts of the world, and the deal provides an opportunity to create a “global force in cider.”Agrial operates four business units: milk, fresh vegetables and fruit, beverages and meat, and its beverage division is France’s largest producer of cider.Gordon Johncox, chief executive of Aston Manor Cider said: “Aston Manor have been looking at strategic options and for a partner to continue the growth of the company and in doing so to broaden our offering.“With Agrial we have found this partner, a strong group with a well-developed portfolio of products and a well-developed international platform. The operating philosophy and values of Agrial are closely aligned to our own and the leadership of Aston Manor are delighted with this agreement and the opportunities it brings.”Marc Roubaud, managing director of the drinks division of Agrial added: “It was crucial for Agrial to assert our global ambitions in the cider market by gaining a foothold in the world’s largest cider market, close to our heartland and the orchards of our members.“Aston Manor Cider and Agrial are companies with a similar profile and with shared priorities on both brands and private label and we are excited to combine our strengths to offer all our customers.James Ellis, chief financial officer at Aston Manor Cider said: “It was extremely important to my family that we found a new owner that mirrors our own values, that will offer strong custodianship of the family business that we have built and nurtured for 35 years.“This deal, will provide both the company and our staff with continuing opportunities to grow. Agrial is the perfect fit, and we are delighted to build Aston Manor’s future with them.”Share with your network: Tags: Agrial GroupAston Manor CiderciderUKlast_img read more

Thumbs up from Putin as Trump rains on Armistice parade

first_imgTopics Thumbs up from Putin as Trump rains on Armistice parade US president’s apparent snub of Belleau memorial highlights absence of western solidarity Julian Borger World affairs editor France Last modified on Mon 12 Nov 2018 11.19 EST He would go to the big parade in Paris, where he had been inspired by the display of military pageantry on 14 July festivities last year. But the French do parades for Bastille Day, not Armistice Day. This time there were no tanks and no marching bands.After a few hours in a Paris hotel, the White House called off Trump’s attendance at the first memorial event of the weekend, at Belleau, where 2,000 US marines were killed. The ostensible reason for the sudden cancellation: rain. Share on Twitter Donald Trump jokes about ‘getting drenched’ during Armistice speech – video Shares1,8421842 Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Armistice centenary Donald Trump Twitter Share via Email Macron warns of rising nationalism as world leaders mark armistice Share via Email Since you’re here… The weekend away in Paris should not have been hard. For most politicians, events like the armistice commemoration represent an opportunity to project themselves as greater than the sum of their soundbites, above the political fray, sombre yet at their ease among world leaders as they look out across the century gone by. There are lofty prepared remarks and no questions.For Donald Trump, that was a bridge too far. The trip to France got off to a bad start and kept getting worse. He landed with a tweet, directed against his host, Emmanuel Macron, and based on a mangling in the US press of something the French president had said, to make it sound like he wanted a European army to fend off the US, as well as China and Russia.It was not what Macron said, but Trump fulminated anyway. “Very insulting,” he declared.In a way, the US president had come to France by mistake. He had announced the trip in August after he declared that Washington’s municipal leaders wanted to over-charge for the military parade he had demanded. Share on Facebook Play Video 0:50 Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Putin gives thumbs up to Trump at armistice ceremony in Paris – video 1:01 This video has been removed. This could be because it launched early, our rights have expired, there was a legal issue, or for another reason. Facebook From Suresnes, the presidential entourage went straight to the airport. Trump did not take part in the “peace forum” Macron had arranged with the intention that his fellow leaders ruminate on the murderous follies of the Great War and compare it to the rise of nationalism today.The whole weekend was supposed to be a show of western solidarity, and ended up proving its absence. Trump showed himself ill at ease with most of his European counterparts and the fleeting encounter with Putin was a reminder of his much greater affinity for autocrats.He has claimed warm, even affectionate, relations with Putin, Kim Jong-un, Xi Jinping, Mohammed bin Salman, Rodrigo Duterte and now Brazil’s president-elect, Jair Bolsonaro.Trump may have cut a lonely figure in Paris, but on the world stage, he is less and less isolated.• This article was amended on 12 November 2018. An earlier version used the word “alibi” outside of its strict meaning of being elsewhere; this was changed to “excuse”. ‘It wasn’t rain, it was bullets’: Justin Trudeau’s tribute to war dead – archive video Support The Guardian features Read more Europe … 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. 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.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.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. Reuse this content Former officers weighed in to note that the military had helicopters quite capable of flying in light rain. Veterans of the White House recalled they always had a contingency plan for getting the president to an important event in case of inclement weather.Once again, Trump had demonstrated his knack for making global events of historic significance telescope inwards until they become frenzied debates over his own quirks.A display of leadership solidarity in the face of the scourge of war became once more an exercise in isolation. As other leaders walked in a phalanx along the Champs Élysées on Sunday, Trump travelled separately, by armoured limousine. On early occasions he had managed a show of bonhomie in meetings with Macron but at his Élysée Palace meeting this time, he sat glumly like a pupil made to stay after school and did not respond when Macron patted him on the arm.When the French president spoke under the Arc de Triomphe, no one had any doubt whom he was speaking to when he said: “Patriotism is the antithesis of nationalism. Nationalism is inherently treasonous. In saying ‘our interests first, and forget the others’, we lose the most important part of the nation: its moral values.”Trump looked on grimly throughout. The only moment he brightened up was when he saw Vladimir Putin approach. He flashed a goofy smile, all the more noticeable alongside Macron and Merkel who had switched their demeanour to steel resolve on spotting the Russian leader.Putin solemnly shook hands with them and then gave Trump a big thumbs up.Merkel looked on in astonishment and then turned back with a smile on her face that suggested that she had come up with a vignette to start the chapter on the Trump-Putin axis in her memoir.There had been much speculation – fed by the Kremlin and half-denied by the White House – over whether Trump and Putin would meet at the world war one commemorations.It turned out they had been slated to sit next to each other at Sunday lunch, but the French hosts switched the seating arrangement to place Trump next to Macron and across from Putin, making personal asides considerably more difficult.After lunch, Trump had a second chance at public remembrance of his country’s war dead, at a cemetery in the Parisian suburb of Suresnes. He delivered respectful remarks in the rain this time, remembering those who had given their last breath in the mighty struggle. But he could not resist an aside observing he was being “drenched” while veterans were watching from under cover. “You look so comfortable up there, under shelter,” he joked, “as we’re getting drenched. You’re very smart people.” First world war Vladimir Putin Emmanuel Macron Pinterest This excuse was almost instantly undermined by footage of Macron, Angela Merkel, Justin Trudeau, and Trump’s own staff attending ceremonies around the country, evidently under the lightest of drizzles. Trump stayed in his hotel room, watching cable news and tweeting. Back in Washington, the White House officially dubs this ‘executive time’. It has become the norm in the president’s daily routine.In France, on Veteran’s Day weekend, it came across as a snub to America’s war dead by a president who had avoided military service in Vietnam, claiming to suffer from “bone spurs”.In the ensuing storm of tweeted derision, there were countless video clips of other leaders standing in the rain at important ceremonial events, including Trudeau in Dieppe the year before remembering the Canadian dead from the second world war, and deliberately folding his umbrella away and comparing his mild discomfort to those of soldiers for whom “the rain wasn’t rain, it was bullets”. Armistice centenary Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Sun 11 Nov 2018 13.45 EST The Eiffel Tower looms in the background of the headstones during a commemoration ceremony at Suresnes cemetery. Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/AP Play Videolast_img read more

RCx1000 Remote Control Speakerphone

first_imgFor individuals with mobility impairments (and more), answering a telephone may prove to be rather challenging.  A possible solution for these individuals is the remote control speakerphone, RCx-1000, from Harris Communications.The RCx-1000 is a remote control speakerphone that was specifically designed for individuals with low mobility.  The RCx-1000 allows users to answer calls with voice commands–making the process of answering the phone hands-free!In addition to operating by voice commands, the speakerphone can also be operated with the included wireless remote.  Making a call is simple and can be done through the remote!  By pressing the button on the remote, the phone will run through the 32 pre-programmed numbers.  Once the desired number is highlighted, simply press the pendant again.  There is also a standard numeric keypad on the RCx-1000 so users may dial any number manually.Features of RCx-1000:Voice activated answering for incoming callsLarge 3 inch speaker for high quality sound, volume and clarity90dB+ loud ringer32-one touch memory buttons for easy dialing of frequently dialed numbersMissed call indicatorFlash hook switch3.5 mm multimedia jack for headphones3.5 mm multimedia jack for microphoneBattery back-up (6 NiMH rechargeable AA batteries included)Wireless remote with AC adapter power and battery backup (Includes one 12V battery).Also comes with wall mount bracket and a lanyard for wireless remote.To learn more about the RCx-1000 and other products available from Harris Communications, click here.You may also view the User Manual PDF found here.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedClarity Fortissimo Remote Controlled SpeakerphoneSeptember 5, 2013In “Products and Devices”Communication Made Easy with Panasonic’s Cordless PhoneMarch 7, 2019In “Communication”Bluetooth Speakers as Voice AmplifiersOctober 3, 2012In “Easter Seals Crossroads”last_img read more

BirdEye Honored As Most Innovative Tech Company in 2019 Winning Its Second

first_imgBirdEye Honored As Most Innovative Tech Company in 2019, Winning Its Second Stevie Award PRNewswireMay 9, 2019, 12:43 pmMay 9, 2019 BirdEyecrmInnovative Tech CompanyMarketing TechnologyNewssocial publishingStevie® Award Previous ArticleVoicify, LLC Receives Second Round of Funding from Multiple InvestorsNext ArticleCall Journey and Avtex Harness the Power of Voice Data to Enhance Customer Experience Across North America By STS News Desk On May 8, 2019 58 BirdEye Recognized for Innovation in Customer Experience ManagementBirdEye was named the “Most Innovative Tech Company”, winning its second Stevie Award in The 17th Annual American Business Awards. BirdEye had previously been honored with a Stevie Award for “New Product of the Year” for Athena, BirdEye’s natural language processing (NLP) engine.There were 3,800 nominations from across the world, judged by more than 200 business executives. The judges’ average scores determined the winners.“We are proud to receive this honor from the American Business Awards,” said Neeraj Gupta, COO of BirdEye. “We are committed to being the most comprehensive all-in-one SaaS platform for customer experience management, trusted by over 50,000 businesses.”Some of the recent product innovations launched by Palo Alto-based BirdEye include the BirdEye score for review authenticity, unified messaging for multi-location businesses, advanced reporting, enterprise campaign management, competitive secrets, integrations with 1,000+ CRMs.Marketing Technology News: New Soda Study Reveals Significant Increase in Customer Personalization Budgets Despite Lag in CapabilitiesThis recognition came less than a month after BirdEye was named the market leader in online reputation management by G2 Crowd. A full list of awards won by BirdEye can be found here.BirdEye’s suite of products includes review monitoring, review generation, review marketing, customer surveys, social listening, social publishing, social engagement, customer support ticketing, listings management, webchat, business insights, and competitive benchmarking. None of BirdEye’s competitors are able to offer this sort of comprehensive all-in-one platform to their customers.Marketing Technology News: Open Source SuiteCRM by SalesAgility Takes Aim at Salesforce With New Cloud Hosting Service“The nominations submitted for The 2019 American Business Awards were outstanding. The judges found the competition to be intense, and those recognized as Stevie Award winners should be immensely proud of this accomplishment,” said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards.Marketing Technology News: Demandbase ABM Ecosystem Launches to Connect Technology, Software and Data Providers for Better ABM Executionlast_img read more

Havas Group Reimagines PR Group With Launch of Red Havas

first_img HavasMarketing TechnologyMerged Mediamodern media landscapeNewsPR GroupRed Havas Previous ArticleMoz Announces Updates to Local Presence Management PlatformNext ArticleTealium Raises $55 Million in Series F Funding The New Merged Media Micro-Network Will Put Data and Content First, and Unite Havas PR North America and Red Agency Australia & Asia, with Expansion to LondonAs creative and media agencies face a near-daily redefinition of their identities and scopes of work in the modern media landscape, public relations agencies in particular are being completely reconstructed. How can PR companies provide impeccable service that moves at the pace of today’s lighting-speed multimedia landscape? The agencies that comprise Red Havas are employing a strategic model called “Merged Media” that replicates the convergence of media consumption—blending traditional and digital publishing, content, social media and data in a way that it believes defines the future of PR as a category.Based on the success of this model to date, Havas Group announced earlier today that it has rebranded a number of its award-winning PR and social agencies under a new name, Red Havas, to drive the agencies’ shared Merged Media strategy to new heights and across new continents.Effective immediately, Havas PR North America, with offices in New York City, New England, Phoenix and Pittsburgh, and Asia Pacific-based Red Agency, with offices in Australia, Singapore and the Philippines, will all carry the new brand, which encompasses earned, social, experiential and content capabilities. In addition, Red Havas has opened a new office in London and rebranded its Havas PR offices in Manchester and Edinburgh, as well as Havas PR Vietnam and Jakarta. The new brand has expansion plans to Japan and South America within 18-24 months.Marketing Technology News: MuleSoft Sets New Standard for Successful API Strategies With Next Major Release of Anypoint PlatformThe rebranding coincides with major investments into data, content and bespoke insight tools, which will include listening and predictive analytics platforms that will layer in a foretelling media capability not seen before within the industry.“The guiding light of PR has always been to integrate brands’ or organizations’ stories into the daily conversations of the media ecosystem,” says James Wright, global chairman of the Havas PR Global Collective and global CEO of Red Havas. “PR is one of the most powerful tools that brands can use to connect to audiences, but it’s essential that it integrates seamlessly across content types and sources and operates at the pace, and in the ways, of today’s consumer. With content, social and predictive data at the core, we’ve built a model that merges all of the various media sources and essentially redefines the PR capability entirely.”Yannick Bollore, CEO and Chairman of Havas Group, said: “Red Havas is a new, transformational and unmatched micro-agency network that will help redefine PR and its value to clients. Along with the power of Havas Group and the world-class entertainment capabilities we have within Vivendi, the proposition of Merged Media becomes very interesting. We have big ambitions to develop and invest in this further.”Marketing Technology News: Hitachi Vantara Introduces Lumada Video Insights as Video, IoT Analytics and DataOps Drive Smart Spaces Growth and InnovationWright concludes: “Whilst PR has always owned the earned and will continue to, now we must earn the owned in the Merged Media world. That is the ambition of Red Havas.”Some background on the two groups:With hundreds of honors for its client campaigns, creativity, CSR efforts, staff and much more, Havas PR North America is among the most decorated PR groups in the U.S. It is known for leveraging trendspotting to ensure that its clients aren’t just in the news but that they are the news.In recent years, Red Agency Australia has become the biggest agency in its market, winning more than 150 awards across international, regional and domestic award shows, including Cannes Lions, Spikes Asia and PRWeek Awards. It opened in Singapore in 2016 and in Manila in 2018.Red Havas is part of the Havas PR Global Collective, the PR and communications arm of the Havas Group that comprises approximately 40 agencies around the world and more than 1,300 employees. At this stage, there are no plans to rebrand other Havas-owned PR agencies such as Havas Formula, Plead or Maitland which is a member of the AMO Network.Marketing Technology News: IBM Releases AI-Powered Anomaly Detection Capabilities to Mitigate Supply Chain Disruptions Havas Group Reimagines PR Group With Launch of Red Havas PRNewswireMay 16, 2019, 9:05 pmMay 16, 2019 last_img read more

Scientists Create Airplane That Can Land Itself on Any Runway

first_img 10 Comments Scientists Create Airplane That Can Land Itself on Any Runway 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. Proof Henry Cavill Isn’t a Very Good Dude at All Taika Waititi to Direct ‘Thor 4’ With ‘Akira’ Plans On Hold Cars are getting reasonably good at driving themselves, but what about airplanes? Autopilot has existed for years, but a team of researchers from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has developed the most autonomous airplane yet. The automated landing system called C2Land uses computer vision to identify the runway and guide the plane down for a safe landing. Commercial planes currently have a system called the Instrument Landing System (ILS), which can be useful when pilots can’t make visual contact with a runway. It relies on radio signals on the ground and on-board receivers to determine the plane’s position, but C2Land doesn’t need that infrastructure. Not all runways and airports will have costly hardware installed, but C2Land doesn’t need anything on the ground other than a runway. That could make it practical for use at smaller and more remote airports where expensive ILS hardware is impractical. C2Land uses GPS for flight control along with a computer vision system. The cameras operate in both visible and infrared, allowing the system to function even in low-visibility conditions. The computer finds the outline of the runway and determines where the plane needs to end up. Combined with current airspeed and altitude, the system can calculate a virtual glide path for a perfect landing. The team explained the system in a series of three papers, but nothing drives home the point like a real-world test. They equipped a Diamond DA42 propeller aircraft with the C2Land system and stuck a test pilot behind the controls. Pilot Thomas Wimmer took the plane up and pointed in the general vicinity of the airstrip, but from there it was all up to the computer. You can see the entire landing, along with the computer’s image recognition, in the video above. Wimmer doesn’t have to take control of the aircraft at all during landing. This isn’t technically the first autonomous landing ever — Boeing accomplished that with a prototype commuter aircraft. However, that was a VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing) vehicle. The TUM system works with the aircraft in service today. Vision-assisted navigation systems like C2Land could become standard in the future, but this one is still just an experiment. Still, the researchers must be confident to put a human aboard the plane and turn the controls over to an algorithm.Now read:The BlackFly Is a Flying Car That Doesn’t Require a Pilot’s LicenseBoeing’s Own Engineers May Have Been Unaware of 737 Max ProblemsNASA, MIT Design Hollow Morphing Airplane Wing Anna Kendrick’s Transformation is Turning Heads Tagged In scienceaiairplanesflightaircraftcomputer vision Post a Comment 10 Comments By Ryan Whitwam on July 9, 2019 at 7:18 am Actors Who Could Barely Stomach Kissing Each Other on Screen Exclusive Interview with Legendary ‘Hellboy’ Creator You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Huge Scandals That Rocked The History Channel The Tragedy of Marie Osmond Just Keeps Getting Sadder and Sadder Why Billy Hargrove from ‘Stranger Things’ Looks So Familiarlast_img read more