Virtuoso member TPI emphasizes luxury sales with latest round of regionals

first_img Share Virtuoso member TPI emphasizes luxury sales with latest round of regionals TORONTO — More than 250 TPI travel advisors and preferred partners shared ideas on how to increase luxury sales at close to a dozen regional meetings across Canada.“TPI is unique in the fact that while our advisors are independent contractors who run their own travel business with the freedom and flexibility they need, we offer the best peer-to-peer support in the industry. Our advisors get into business for themselves, but are never by themselves,” says Christine Winchester, National Director of Sales and Professional Development for TPI.“Having the opportunity to gather together at a regional meeting to learn from our valued suppliers — and from each other — is a great advantage to being part of the TPI family.”Jaime Murphy, a long-time TPI travel advisor, recently moved her business from Newfoundland to Edmonton. “For me, the greatest benefit of these meetings is the personal connections I’ve made. It has been essential in my business, especially since the move,” said Murphy. “Before this meeting, I wasn’t familiar with any of the partner representatives in Edmonton. Now I have those personal connections — and I know about new products that come with higher yields. I am very grateful we are presented with these opportunities. It’s why I love being part of TPI.”Michele Smith from Barrie, ON said her team walked away from the meetings with the reminder that luxury is not the same for everyone — that one size does not fit all. “Having face-to-face meetings with suppliers provides us with a very different experience than webinars. When you leave the office and attend a meeting, it’s another way to learn not only from the suppliers, but the other advisors and TPI staff in the room,” said Smith.Adds Sherry Petrasko, a TPI travel advisor based in Winnipeg: “I feel it is extremely important to attend these regional meetings if we want our business to thrive. It’s an opportunity to visit with other agents and share stories and tips of the travel trade. I always come away with so many ideas from other agents and suppliers.”Suppliers were on hand for the regional meetings as well. “TPI’s emphasis on developing luxury sales is truly welcome,” said Beverley Vickers, Director of Sales and Marketing, Canada, for Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “Having a luxury focus for regional trainings allowed me as a supplier to dig deeper into the relationships I have with interested TPI advisors and help them better understand the luxury cruise landscape. Being able to support the leadership message from TPI management is rewarding, especially since we are now seeing results.”Also taking part in several cities was Mahima Tripathi, CEO and Chief Brand Ambassador, Saleint Inc. “I thought the meetings went extremely well. The advisors engaged in conversations and asked relevant and important questions. TPI is awesome — and their passionate culture is displayed from top to bottom.”TPI will be conducting the next regional gatherings at its annual TPI Summit events, which will take place in nine cities across Canada April 2-13, 2019. << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Events, Sphere, TPI, Virtuosocenter_img Travelweek Group Posted by Wednesday, February 20, 2019 last_img read more

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first_imgKerwynn WilliamsRBRibsLimitedFullFull— Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Frostee RuckerDLNot injury relatedDNPFullFull— Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact A.Q. ShipleyCShoulderLimitedFullFull— J.J. NelsonWRKneeLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Larry FitzgeraldWRNot injury relatedDNPFullFull— The AFC South-leading Tennessee Titans bring their 8-4 record to the desert where they will face the Arizona Cardinals (5-7) Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium.Below is the official Week 14 NFL injury report for both teams. Rishard MatthewsWRHamstringLimitedFullFull— PlayerPositionInjuryWednesdayThursdayFridayGame Status Delanie WalkerTEAnkleDNPDNPFull— Josh MauroDLAnkleLimitedDNPLimitedQuestionable Daily Practice Designations:DNP-Did Not ParticipateLimited-Limited Participation (Less than 100% of normal repetitions)Full-Full Participation (100% of normal repetitions)Game Status Designations:Out-Will not playDoubtful-Unlikely to playQuestionable-Uncertain if player will play John BrownWRToeDNPLimitedDNPOut Justin DrescherLSShoulderLimitedFullFull—center_img Jaron BrownWRKneeLimitedLimitedFull— Adrian PetersonRBNeckDNPDNPDNPOut PlayerPositionInjuryWednesdayThursdayFridayGame Status Derrick MorganLBKneeDNPDNPDNPOut Logan RyanCBConcussionDNPFullFull— Patrick PetersonCBHamstringLimitedDNPLimitedQuestionable Jared VeldheerTElbowDNPDNPLimitedQuestionable Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 2 Comments   Share   Troy NiklasTEHip/kneeLimitedFullFull— Top Stories Corey PetersDLAnkleDNPLimitedLimitedQuestionable Deone Bucannon$LBAnkleLimitedFullFull— Karlos DansbyLBNot injury relatedDNPFullFull—last_img read more

The virtual reality headset market returned to gro

first_imgThe virtual reality headset market returned to growth in Q3 2018 after four consecutive quarters of decline and now makes up 97% of the combined VR and AR device market, according to IDC.The research firm said that global shipments for VR headsets reached 1.9 million units in the third quarter, up 8.2% year-on-year, as discounts on existing products and interest in new ones led to shipment gains in both the consumer and commercial markets.During the quarter, IDC estimated that shipments of screenless viewers such as Samsung’s Gear VR declined 58.6%, while standalone headsets grew 428.6% and accounted for 20.6% of the VR headset market.Facebook’s Oculus Go and Xiaomi’s Mi VR – the same headset, offered in different markets by the two companies – together shipped nearly a quarter million headsets worldwide, making it the most popular standalone headset by a wide margin, according to the research.Tethered VR headsets, meanwhile, surpassed one million units for the second time, making Q3 2018 the best third quarter on record. IDC said that Sony shipped 463,000 PSVR headsets during the quarter followed by Oculus with 300,000 and HTC with 230,000.“The VR market is finally starting to come into its own,” said Jitesh Ubrani senior research analyst for IDC Mobile Device Trackers. “On the consumer front, the combination of lower prices and increased content is beginning to resonate with users. Meanwhile, commercial adoption is also on the rise for a range of use cases, including training, design, and showcasing.”IDC’s program vice president, devices and augmented and virtual reality, Tom Mainelli, added: “The VR market is entering a new stage of maturity, where companies are setting aside the unrealistic expectations around explosive market growth and are focused instead on building more sustainable businesses.”The news follows a recent CSS Insight report that claimed sales of virtual and augmented reality headsets and glasses will decline year-on-year in 2018 before returning to growth in 2019.CCS Insight expects that slightly less than 8 million AR and VR devices will be sold in 2018, down from 10 million in 2017. However, it projects sales will grow to 14 million in 2019 and reach 52 million in 2022, with the technology still holding significant long-term potential.last_img read more

The marriage of Google and Motorola Mobility raise

first_imgThe marriage of Google and Motorola Mobility raises a number of intriguing possibilities, writes Kate Bulkley.Several years ago the verb ‘to Google’ entered the dictionary. It meant finding something online, generally by using the world’s most popular search engine site.  But the recent US$12.5 billion (€8.7 billion) acquisition by Google from Motorola Mobility, which includes the mobile phone handset and set-top box making businesses as well as 17,000 patents, means that for the pay TV industry, and the technology business in general, the term Googling could be taking on a much bigger definition.Google has built its reputation on search software and knowing stuff about those who use it.  Any interest in hardware was minimal – for example, the Google TV set-top is more a means to an end than a destination in itself.And that generally has been the thinking in the technology business: hardware suppliers were one kind of company and software suppliers were another. Of course Apple has shaken that up big time, re-introducing the vertically integrated model to great success by owning hardware, software and services. Others have taken note: the first big thing the new head of Nokia did after he joined the Finnish mobile handset maker was to tie-up an exclusive software deal this past spring with Microsoft.The needs of Google’s own Android operating system – and the lacklustre performance of Google TV – have led the search giant to take a page out of Apple’s handbook. By buying Motorola, Google has power in both the hardware and software worlds and, crucially, it has the patents it needs to build an intellectual property fortress around Android and against rivals (including Microsoft and Apple).It’s pretty clear that it is Motorola’s patents that are the most important part of the deal. Protecting the Android mobile ecosystem is key to Google’s future as its moves beyond the PC. There is a patent war underway in the mobile space and Google needs ammunition to defend Android. It is little wonder that the shares in companies like HTC and Samsung went up on early news of the deal because the market figured that Googorola would license the Motorola patents to these handset makers, strengthening their own positions in the ‘Android versus the others’ battle.The hardware businesses produce much lower margins, and it is argued that Google doesn’t ‘get’ hardware. Google itself has downplayed the importance of the hardware side of the business, although Googorola could integrate its hardware with Android and leave other handset makers out in the cold.  So far the market believes that keeping other manufacturers on board is more important than a vertical integration strategy like that of Apple. (Of course Google could just label the hardware businesses – both handsets and set-tops – as ‘too difficult’ and sell them off.)On the set-top box side, pushing an Android-only agenda could prove difficult. One industry executive told me he couldn’t see big US pay TV clients (including Comcast) that buy quite a bit of Motorola kit being told they now have to accept an Android-powered set-top box that opens them up to sharing advertising revenue with Google.For the moment at least, Google has said that it will run the Motorola hardware businesses as a separate operating unit. Googorola would be the single largest equipment supplier to the US cable industry, beating Cisco by two-to-one in sales. The set-top box business produces US$3.7bn in revenues and throws off over 85% of Motorola Mobility’s operating profits, but once subsumed in Google it  would be a minnow. According to Bernstein Research, on a 12-month basis the set-top business would represent 8% of Googorola’s consolidated revenues and just 2.6% of the new company’s operating income. And perhaps more importantly, the set-top business in the US is more open than it was, with companies including Pace, Samsung and Technicolor picking up business. (Smaller players might face a slightly different situation, especially if they are up against Google’s applications such as YouTube and Google TV sitting on top of the operating system in a hybrid IP/QAM set-top box.)A handheld device using Android and integrating Google search and Google Plus, the fledgling social network, could make competitors from Apple to Facebook sit up and take notice. But on the other hand, Google has had little success up to now selling the idea of Android to pay TV operators and Google TV is not even out of the starting gate yet. I can see the attraction of ‘doing an Apple’ but I think Googorola will face a tough sell.According to Bernstein Research, Googorola should try to keep the US cable business onside by offering help with addressable advertising and audience measurement. But success would hinge around what the percentage is for both sides as well as who owns the data. I can imagine that this won’t be an easy discussion, in any case.The new definition of being Googled? Pay TV operators should probably keep their set-top box options open or it could come to mean more than they bargained for.Kate Bulkley is a broadcaster and writer specialising in media and telecommunications. read more

Foundation Resources is a mineral exploration comp

first_imgFoundation Resources is a mineral exploration company focusing its efforts within the Coldstream Gold Property, located 115 Km North West of Thunder Bay, Ontario. The Company has a NI 43-101 resource estimate with 860,000 ounces of gold (763,276 ounces gold inferred and 96,400 ounces gold indicated) on the Osmani deposit, which represents one of five highly prospective targets that expands over a 16 km long gold trend. In addition to its Canadian projects, the Company is also exploring the San Rafael gold-silver property in Mexico which is located approximately 150 km northwest of Durango.These most recent drill results from Span Lake emphasizes the blue sky potential the Coldstream Property possesses and continues to demonstrate the impact that Foundations management team brings to the project. Over the remainder of the year Foundation plans to aggressively drill and expand the current resource on the Osmani Deposit and explore the numerous gold anomalies previously identified within the Coldstream Property. We look forward to providing our shareholders and the public with an updated NI43-101 in Q4 of 2012, which will include 15 holes and 4000 metres of drilling completed last year on the Osmani Deposit, that wasn’t included in the resource calculation. Please visit our website to sign up for continued updates. Sponsor Advertisement Well, was it free-market forces at work in the thinly-traded Friday afternoon market in New York…or was it JPMorgan et al?The gold price spent all of Far East trading and most of the London morning, floating around between unchanged and down five bucks.But at 12:35 p.m. in London, a somewhat more substantial selling pattern appeared…and by about 1:15 a.m. in New York, gold was down about ten bucks from Thursday’s closing price.Then, out of nowhere, the bid disappeared…and within forty-five minutes, gold was down another fifteen plus dollars.  The low price tick of the day [$1,647.90 spot] came just minutes after 2:00 p.m. in electronic trading…and from there recovered about ten bucks going into the 5:15 p.m. Eastern time close.The gold price finished the day at $1,658.50 spot…down $16.80…precisely one percent from Thursday.  Net volume was exactly the same as Thursday…around 121,000 contracts.Silver’s price path was almost a carbon copy of gold’s price action, except the price was more ‘volatile’.  The big difference was in the timing.  Although silver’s price decline began at the same 12:35 p.m. BST in London as gold did, it’s decline was more precipitous…and the really serious price decline began just a few minutes after the close of trading in London…which was 11:02 a.m. Eastern time.Silver’s low price tick [$31.23 spot] was in about 1:20 p.m. Eastern…ten minutes before the close of Comex trading…and just a few minutes after the bid disappeared in gold.  The silver price gained back 30 cents within minutes…and then proceeded to trade sideways until the 5:15 p.m. close of electronic trading in New York.Silver finished the Friday trading session down 88 cents from Thursday and, strangely enough, net silver volume was the same as it was on Thursday…around 37,000 contracts.Here’s the New York Spot Silver [Bid] chart that shows the Comex trading day…and the electronic session that follows…in far more detail.All of gold and silver’s gains from Thursday…plus a bit more…disappeared on Friday, April 13th.The dollar index was in a bit of a rally mode right from the 6:00 p.m. open in New York on Thursday night…but really took flight around 12:35 p.m. in London which, not coincidentally, was the precise moment that gold and silver price began their trips to the nether reaches of their respective price charts.Almost 100 percent of the subsequent rally in the dollar index was in by just minutes after 11:00 a.m. in New York, which was the precise time that silver began its big sell-off on the Comex.  From that point the dollar traded flat until 5:15 p.m. Eastern.Virtually all of gold and silver’s big dollar index-related losses were in by 11:02 a.m. Eastern time…and what happened to the precious metals after that time, was certainly had nothing to do with the dollar.If you look at the Kitco gold chart above you will note a recovery in the gold price between 10:30 and 11:02 a.m…and even though the gold stocks gapped down at the open, the low of the day was in around 10:00 a.m. Eastern…and bounced off that price many times until the gold price recovered about five bucks…and away the gold stocks went to the upside.That rally lasted until a few minutes after 11:00 a.m. Eastern time…and you know what happened to both gold and silver from there…especially silver.  And need I remind you that the rally in the dollar index ended at precisely the same moment.But, despite the drop in the gold price starting at 1:15 p.m. in New York, you’d be hard pressed to spot it on the chart below.  The HUI only finished down 1.69% on the day…and in the face of what happened to the gold price going into the Comex close, I consider that a big win.With silver down almost three percent on the day, the associated equities did not do well…and Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index closed down 2.82%.(Click on image to enlarge)After Thursday’s big Daily Delivery Report from the CME, it was back to normal on Friday, as that report showed only 6 gold contracts posted for delivery on Tuesday.  Unless someone shows up out of the blue to take delivery of a huge chunk of Comex silver…silver deliveries are pretty much done for, with only a handful left in the April delivery month.  But there’s still miles to go in gold.There were no reported changes in GLD yesterday…but 873,837 troy ounces of silver were withdrawn from SLV.The U.S. Mint reported selling 1,000 ounces of gold eagles.  One has to wonder why they even bothered issuing a report yesterday.It was another busy day over at the Comex-approved depositories on Thursday.  This time they reported receiving 1,255,060 troy ounces of silver…and shipped 269,623 ounces of the stuff out the door.  The link to that action is here.Ted Butler told me that he expected that the Commercial net short position in silver was going to show a decline of about 5,000 contracts in yesterday’s Commitment of Traders Report.  The actual number was 4,950 contracts. Not a bad guess.  The Commercial net short position is now down to 131.9 million ounces, which is a really small number.As of the Tuesday cut-off, the ‘1-4’ largest short holders in the Comex silver futures market are short 171.1 million ounces.  The ‘5-8’ largest traders are short an additional 41.8 million ounces on top of that.  Once you remove the market-neutral spread trades from the Non-Commercial category, these ‘1-4’ traders are short 37.8% of the entire Comex futures market…and it’s a pretty good bet that JPMorgan is short about half of that on its own.  The ‘5-8’ traders are short another 9.2 percentage points as well, so the ‘1-8’ large traders holding short positions in silver are short 47.0% of the entire Comex futures market in that commodity.To put this into some sort of perspective…and to give you an idea of how concentrated this silver short position really is…there are 75 traders holding short positions in the Non-Commercial category…and that includes the 42 holding spread trades.  There are 45 traders holding short positions in the Commercial category…and in the Nonreportables, there are literally thousands.  Eight traders are short 47 percent of the entire Comex futures market in silver…thousands holding the other 53% short.If this is not a concentrated short position, I don’t know what is.  The CFTC know this all too well.  They should, as it’s their data from their own report as of yesterday.The situation is actually worse than this.  I use the legacy COT report for both silver and gold.  Ted [and others] use what is called the Disaggregated COT Report.  When you take out the additional spread trades reported in that, then the concentrated short position of the ‘1-8’ traders is even higher than the numbers I’m reporting above.In gold, the Commercial net short position only improved by 6,415 contracts.  Ted was expecting around a 15,000 contract improvement.  He said it didn’t happen because the rally on Tuesday punctured the 20-day moving average in gold with some authority…and a lot of technical funds bought when that average was broken to the upside.As of the Tuesday cut-off, the Commercial net short position in gold was down to 17.1 million ounces.  The ‘1-4’ largest short holders are short 11.0 million ounces…and the ‘5-8’ largest short holders are short an additional 5.4 million ounces.  Between all of the ‘big 8’ short holders, they are short 95.9% of the Commercial net short position in gold.  But in silver, the ‘big 8’ are short 161.4% of the Commercial net short position.Here’s Nick Laird’s wonderful chart…”Days of World Silver Production” of the ‘1-4’ and ‘5-8’ largest traders in all Comex-traded commodities.  The bars for silver and gold are visual representations of what I just spoke of above.(Click on image to enlarge)Here’s another chart from Nick Laird which he slid into my in-box just after midnight.  It’s his “Total PMs Pool” graph, which is now at a new record high in ounces.  Here was his accompanying commentary…”Hi Ed, Here we are at new highs in number of ounces held. Of note, the UBS Gold ETF put on 261,766 oz. of gold this week. Cheers. Nick”(Click on image to enlarge)So even though ‘da boyz’ are mucking about with the price, the smart money is still quietly socking it away…and that’s what you should be doing as well, dear reader.I have the usual number of stories for a weekend…and some I’ve been saving for today because of length or content, or both.  I hope you have the time to sift through them all.Crime once exposed has no refuge but audacity. – TacitusHere’s a song by a well-known American rock group that really never got the respect that I though it warranted.  Maybe because it’s impossible to play in concert unless there’s a full orchestral back-up.  It certainly deserved a better fate than what it got, as you never hear it on the radio anymore.  You’ll know it instantly nonetheless…and I hope you enjoy it.  So turn up your speakers and then click here.Well, was it free-market forces at work in the thinly-traded Friday afternoon market in New York…or was it JPMorgan et al?  You can decide on your own.  But to me, it was an “up yours…and have a happy Friday the 13th”…and I even recognized their footprints.Of course the breakouts above gold and silver’s respective 20-day moving averages got crushed on yesterday’s take-down…and I have no idea where that leaves us in the days and weeks ahead.But the Commitment of Traders Report yesterday was about as bullish as you can get.  Can we get more bullish from here…meaning can the prices be engineered lower?  You bet…but we’re far closer to a bottom than a top.There’s still the opportunity to either readjust your portfolio, or get fully invested in the continuing major up-leg of this bull market in both silver and gold…and I respectfully suggest that you take a trial subscription to either Casey Research’s International Speculator [junior gold and silver exploration companies], or BIG GOLD [large producers], with all our best (and current) recommendations…as well as the archives. Don’t forget that our 90-day guarantee of satisfaction is in effect for both publications.That’s it for the day…and for the week.  Enjoy what’s left of your weekend…and I’ll see you here on Tuesday.last_img read more

About a quarter of Americans surveyed say theyve

first_imgAbout a quarter of Americans surveyed say they’ve had trouble paying for their prescription drugs, and a majority welcome government action to help cut the cost of medications.A survey released Friday by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation finds that many people have skipped or rationed their prescription medications or have substituted cheaper over-the-counter drugs. The result? Those who ration their meds are often sicker, the poll finds. The responses also illustrate why prescription drug prices are such a big issue for the Trump administration and on Capitol Hill. “We’ve heard a lot of stories about the high prices that millions of American patients pay, and struggle to pay, for their drugs every month,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in a speech to the Bipartisan Policy Center on Feb. 1. Azar was touting one of a series of regulatory proposals that he says will bring down prescription drug prices for consumers.The survey suggests that a change like that would be well received. Seventy-nine percent of respondents said drug prices are unreasonable. And 63 percent said there’s not as much regulation as there should be to help limit the price of prescription drugs. Don’t see the graphic above? Click here.”Financial barriers for medication use are not rare, and they can actually have and are having, a detrimental effect on our fellow citizens’ health,” Inmaculada Hernandez, a professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, said in an email. “With the current awareness and the bipartisan agreement in the recognition of drug prices as a major concern, we are in an optimal environment for the design and implementation of policies targeted at controlling prices, and assuring the affordability of medications to the U.S. public.”The poll also offers some guidance about which proposals would be most popular and which arguments proponents and opponents would be able to use to sway public opinion their way.Don’t see the graphic above? Click here.For example, 86 percent of respondents say they support having Medicare negotiate directly with drug companies to get lower prices.Right now, Medicare is barred from direct negotiations, but Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, and Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, introduced a bill last month that would change that — a move drug companies oppose.The poll shows that consumer support grows when people are told that such a change could lead to lower prices for senior citizens. But that support for Medicare negotiations crumbles to just 31 percent when people are told that pharmaceutical companies may cut back on research if prices decline. Richard Gonzalez, CEO of drugmaker AbbVie, said just that at a Senate Finance Committee hearing on Tuesday. In response to a question, he said AbbVie makes a profit in European countries, where its prices are much lower. But if U.S. prices fell to the same level, he warned, “I can just tell you that AbbVie would not be able to invest in the level of R & D that it invests in today.” AbbVie makes the biologic drug Humira, which is the bestselling prescription drug in the world.It’s unclear that this argument will hold up, as the debate over the drug-negotiation bill in Congress progresses. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., responded by saying that the pharmaceutical industry spent $79 billion on sales, marketing and administration last year — $22 billion more than it spent on research.The poll finds that 80 percent of Americans surveyed say that drug company profits are a major factor contributing to the price of prescription drugs. And only 25 percent trust drugmakers to price their products fairly, the poll finds.The poll also finds that 65 percent of people surveyed support tying the price that Medicare pays for prescription drugs to the prices paid by the health services of other countries. The Department of Health and Human Services has proposed that the prices of some cancer, arthritis and other medications administered in doctors’ offices and hospitals be based on an index of prices paid in other developed countries. A group of 57 conservative organizations opposes the idea. “The proposed payment model imports foreign price controls into the U.S.,” the group warned in a letter to the department.But the Kaiser poll finds that the 65 percent of people who like the idea is almost the same as the share who favor outright limits to Medicare recipients’ out-of-pocket costs.The survey also finds widespread support, 88 percent, for another Trump administration initiative — requiring drug companies to include their products’ list prices in television, magazine and other direct-to-consumer ads. The nationwide survey of 1,440 adults was conducted from Feb. 14 to 24. The margin of error for the poll overall is plus or minus 3 percentage points. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit read more

National Parents Day was proclaimed as a federal

first_imgNational Parents’ Day was proclaimed as a federal national holiday in 1995, after True Mother had proposed its creation before the U.S. Senate one year prior, and has been celebrated annually ever since. The 22nd annual Parents’ Day banquet, organized by FFWPU USA, the Universal Peace Federation (UPF USA), the American Clergy Leadership Conference (ACLC), the Women’s Federation for World Peace (WFWP USA), and The Washington Times Foundation, was held on August 5, 2016 at The Washington Times in Washington, D.C., where over 250 people gathered to honor finalists and recipients of the National Parents of the Year Award.Awardees came from all around the nation, as far as Hawaii, and from a diverse range of religious and ethnic backgrounds. Many brought their children and grandchildren, and were celebrated together, as exemplary families with parents who have demonstrated incredible sacrifice, love and virtue in raising their children and community.“I am amazed to see such a rich array of different races and religions represented here tonight, which I did not expect and also don’t see in other places,” said Nabeela Ahmed, a Parents of the Year award nominee from Maryland. “It’s great that what brings everyone together and unites everyone is the common vision of family love and family values.”The Arbor Ballroom was beautifully decorated and provided tremendous dignity to the twelve top finalists for the National Parents of the Year, who are listed below. Nine of the couples attended the banquet.Pastor Mark and Edna Abernathy (Georgia)Lowell and America Callahan (California)Apostle Ralph L. Edwards and Prophetess Irene Edwards (New York)Kenneth and Kim Fox-Muhammad (North Carolina)Sen. Mike and Carol Gabbard (Hawaii)Daniel and Lakeisha Meadows Ivey (North Carolina)Pastor Bill and Faye McDonnell (Nevada)Bishop Alfred A., Jr. and Dr. Susie C. Owens (Washington, D.C.)Andrew and Rebecca Powell (West Virginia)Dr. John and Leah Schaut (Wisconsin)Andrew and Judith Ross (Illinois)Phengchanh and Wilaiwan Soundara (Virginia) Mr. Larry Moffitt, Vice President of The Washington Times Foundation, emceed the program. To open the evening, Ms. Lubana Al Quntar sang the national anthem, and Barbara Moseley-Marks, Executive Director of UPF Virginia, gave an invocation. A buffet dinner was then served, during which more musical selections were performed by Ms. Al Quntar.Angelika Selle, President of WFWP USA, shared a few words recognizing the sponsoring organizations and the national selection committee for the Parents of the Year Award. Afterward, Rev. Tom Cutts, Executive Director of ACLC, gave an overview of the history of Parents’ Day.“The Founders of our country recognized the importance of virtue,” he said. “I believe that the establishment of Parents’ Day takes the American experiment one step further toward the Constitutional Ideal of our Founders. Not only does society require good morality, and public virtue, but we also need true and loving parents. Today, we are celebrating more than just fatherhood and motherhood. I have heard it said that the best gift a father can give his child is to love the child’s mother. So, tonight we are also celebrating husbands and wives, and healthy marriages.”After this message, Richard de Sena, President of UPF USA, shared a report on local Parents’ Day programs that happened across America to celebrate and express gratitude for all outstanding parents. He also gave an overview of Parents’ Day plans for the upcoming years. Several speakers gave congratulatory remarks, including FFWPU North America Continental Chairman, Dr. Ki Hoon Kim.Tom McDevitt, Chairman of UPF USA, introduced the finalists for the 2016 National Parents of the Year award. Each couple and family was greeted onstage with rousing applause, as they receive their plaques of recognition and gifts. In response, three couples also shared brief words of gratitude to the organizers.“What moved me most and brought me to tears were the individual stories of the awardees unique life experiences and accomplishments as told in their introductions,” said Stanley Marks.Attendee Roberto Turconi said, “I was very inspired by the testimony of every honor recipient, about how they used their role as parents to help other less fortunate people, and how they used their time, resources and energy to build a better world.”Lowell and America Callahan of Wheatland, California were announced as the 2016 Parents of the Year. The Callahans, who have been married for 37 years, have fostered special needs children (adopting four of them) and raised seven biological children. They are advocates for parents of children with special needs and assist Spanish-speaking families in accessing community resources and provide translation when necessary. They are devout members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and live their faith by caring for less fortunate people.In addition to the Parents of the Year Award, the Legislator Parents of the Year Award was presented to Hon. Mike and Carol Gabbard; the Excellence in Parenting and Community Leadership Award was presented to Andrew and Rebecca Powelt Lady Edna Abernathy, Apostle Ralph and Prophetess Irene Edwards, Bishop Alfred Owens, Jr. and Dr. Susan Owens, and Pastor Billy and Faye McDonell.“Seeing everyone’s face with either a big smile or tears of joy made all the work we did, starting from the nomination process, selection and finally to the awards celebration, all worth it,” said Emiljun Rapada of UPF USA. “It was an honor to celebrate the these exemplary couples who genuinely gave and sacrifice everything for their families and community.”l, Kenneth and Kim Fox-Muhammad, Andrew and Judith Ross, Phengchanh and Wilaiwan Soundara, David and Lakeisha Meadows-Ivey, and Dr. John and Lead Schaut; and the Excellence in Parenting and Pastoral Leadership Award was presented to Pastor Mark and First Lady Edna Abernathy, Apostle Ralph and Prophetess Irene Edwards, Bishop Alfred Owens, Jr. and Dr. Susan Owens, and Pastor Billy and Faye McDonell.“Seeing everyone’s face with either a big smile or tears of joy made all the work we did, starting from the nomination process, selection and finally to the awards celebration, all worth it,” said Emiljun Rapada of UPF USA. “It was an honor to celebrate the these exemplary couples who genuinely gave and sacrifice everything for their families and community.”Banquet attendee, Sevil Kalayci, said, “It was an inspiring night surrounded by wonderful people who love their families. I never knew there was a day set aside to recognize outstanding parents from around the country. It’s good to see an organization that promotes families and family values. Good parents should be recognized.”To close the program, FFWPU USA President, Dr. Michael Balcomb, invited everyone to the upcoming 40th anniversary celebration of the Washington Monument Rally (September 17 in Washington, D.C.) and Peace Road rally, and Archbishop George Augustus Stallings, Jr. Co-chairman of ACLC, gave closing remarks and said a prayer.Mabrouka “Mimi” Hassanein, a Parents of the Year nominee from Maryland, said, “I was moved by the closing remarks and highlights that we need to make America parenting again! Thank you so much for including me to be a part of great event!”“Congratulations to UPF USA for an exceptionally powerful and emotionally moving evening celebrating National Parents Day,” said Jan Du Plain, a banquet attendee. “The selection of honorees from around the nation was extraordinary, and each honoree’s story was special, inspiring us to each love more, serve more and be the best parents possible. Thank you UPF for once again being at the forefront of one of the most important movements in the world—restoring God-centered families in our society.” By FFWPU USAlast_img read more

More campaigners have added their voices to calls

first_imgMore campaigners have added their voices to calls for a new national organisation of disabled people that they hope would bring together the “fragmented” disability movement.The idea is still being widely discussed, even though at least two of the campaigners who had been working on one project, to set up a “disabled people’s union”, withdrew from the scheme after being attacked on social media by other activists.Dr Sarah Campbell, one of the campaigners who was supporting the project, published a blog this week explaining why she had decided to pull out.She said she had been called a “traitor” for her previous work on the Spartacus campaign with Sue Marsh, the disabled activist who caused controversy earlier this year by accepting a senior position with the controversial US outsourcing giant Maximus.Campbell had previously written a blog calling on disabled people to put their differences aside on issues such as social security, social care and inclusion, and unite in a new organisation.Campbell, who was principal co-author of the Spartacus report and has campaigned on other issues around support for disabled people, said: “I don’t have the physical strength to deal both with internal disability politics and campaigning and will now take the time to recover as much as will be possible from recent illness.“I still hope that a way forward can be found and wish all disability campaigners well in the battles ahead.”Many fellow campaigners told Campbell that the attacks were not representative of most disabled people’s views, and praised her commitment to disability rights.Another disabled campaigner, Jayne Linney, also posted a blog this week about the attacks.She wrote: “To my horror, in this very short period of time several of those willing to do the backroom work have been bullied and verbally assaulted by the same people who purport to believe in campaigning and challenging for our rights.“So much so, that a number of the individuals willing to use their spare energy have said they can no longer continue.”She added: “Isn’t it enough that people are dying through the bullying of Jobcentre & other DWP staff, without resorting to this behaviour ourselves?”She said that she and others were continuing to work on developing a “unifying project for disabled people, a group that can challenge the government with authority”, but that this work would be “much more difficult without the lost expertise”.Ian Jones, co-founder of the WOWcampaign, said he believed there was “a space for an inclusive organisation that we can all relate to”, and that it was “an idea whose time has come”, but needed a different approach than the current project, which had been based around social media.He said: “The way to do it is to talk to disabled leaders and try to get movement from them.”He said the disability movement was currently “too fragmented”, and added: “We have got to find a way of getting everybody involved.”Both Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) and Black Triangle – two of the most influential grassroots organisations of disabled people – said they did not oppose the initiative but currently needed to focus on other areas.John McArdle, co-founder of Black Triangle, said: “Black Triangle does not in any way oppose such an initiative.“We do lack activists, money and other resources as a disabled people’s organisation to contribute to such a project at this time. “We will continue to work effectively with our sister organisation DPAC towards the realisation of our goal: nothing less that the full implementation of the UNCRPD [UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities] in the UK, and restoration and respect for the fundamental human rights of disabled people throughout Britain.”DPAC’s steering group said in a statement: “The election result was devastating for disabled people and naturally since then activists and campaigners have been looking at ways to do things better and how to more effectively link up and co-ordinate our resistance.“The result has been lots of different people working on lots of different ideas. We respect and welcome every act of disabled people self-organising in defence of our rights but time and resources do not allow us to be directly involved in everything.“At DPAC, our focus has been on building the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance (ROFA) and developing that national network in order to co-ordinate between DDPOs (Deaf and disabled people’s organisations), disabled people-led campaigns and trade union disabled workers’ committees across England.“We hope to see as many people as possible at the ROFA conference in Sheffield on 14 July and all Deaf and disabled people-led organisations and groups are welcome.“We have also been focused on ensuring Deaf and disabled people’s issues are central to mainstream movements such as The People’s Assembly (PA).“We are delighted that for the first time the PA is funding British Sign Language interpretation for their demo on 20 June.”last_img read more

Alticasts AltiPlatform To Serve As Foundation Of Turk Telekoms NextGen Service

first_imgAlticast’s AltiPlatform To Serve As Foundation Of Turk Telekom’s Next-Gen Service PRNewswireApril 29, 2019, 6:37 pmApril 29, 2019 AlticastAltiPlatformMarketing TechnologyNewsOTTTurk Telekomweb-based applications Previous ArticleBizzabo Launches Next-Gen Suite of Onsite Event Software SolutionsNext ArticleMovable Ink Integrates with SmarterHQ to Enhance Real-time Email Personalization with Unified, Cross-Channel Customer Data Alticast, an end-to-end media platform provider, announced that Turkey’s leading telco, Turk Telekom, has selected Alticast’s AltiPlatform- Web middleware to serve as their next-generation, interactive viewing platform that will enable OTT services and web-based applications.Compliant with HTML5 and OIPF standards, AltiPlatform – Web is built on a universal application framework that is easily expandable, thus ensuring its longevity by allowing Turk Telekom to easily integrate any future service enhancements. The open middleware platform is comprised of scalable elements including advanced video services and offers Turk Telekom the opportunity to capitalize on reliable future deployment of OTT and web-based apps.“We are excited to welcome Turk Telekom to our customer family and play a pivotal role in helping them bring Next-Gen services to their customer base,” said Brian Koo, President & GM of Alticast, EMEA. “AltiPlatform will not only allow them to quickly deploy and monetize their new service but it will serve as a strong foundation for their future roadmap and longevity through its flexibility and expandability.”Marketing Technology News: Regions Bank Taps IBM’s AI to Power Next Generation Customer Service“We adhere to a “customer-oriented” philosophy and are pleased that Alticast’s solution will allow us to meet the viewing demands of our customers now and in the future, ensuring our investment for years to come,” said Umit Onal, Chief Marketing and Customer Services Officer, Turk Telekom, Turkey’s leading information and communication technologies company.Marketing Technology News: Huawei Enables Smart Finance with “AI+DATA”AltiPlatform has been deployed in over 50+ million devices with 25 operators worldwide. Turk Telekom plans to deploy their Next-Gen set-top boxes to their 3.6 million subscribers, as well as to new subscribers in Turkey, by the beginning of the third quarter of 2019.Marketing Technology News: New Platform from Parabolt Helps Retailers Capture The “Magic Moment” of Saleslast_img read more

Little Foot endocast reveals a small brain combining apelike and humanlike features

Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Dec 18 2018First ever endocast reconstruction of the nearly complete brain of the hominin known as Little Foot reveals a small brain combining ape-like and human-like features.MicroCT scans of the Australopithecus fossil known as Little Foot shows that the brain of this ancient human relative was small and shows features that are similar to our own brain and others that are closer to our ancestor shared with living chimpanzees.While the brain features structures similar to modern humans – such as an asymmetrical structure and pattern of middle meningeal vessels – some of its critical areas such as an expanded visual cortex and reduced parietal association cortex points to a condition that is distinct from us.The Australopithecus fossil named Little Foot, an ancient human relative, was excavated over 14 years from the Sterkfontein Caves in South Africa, by Professor Ronald Clarke, from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). Its brain endocast was virtually extracted, described and analysed by Wits researcher, Dr Amélie Beaudet, and the Sterkfontein team by using MicroCT scans of the fossil.The scans reveal impressions left on the skull by the brain and the vessels that feed it, along with the shape of the brain. Beaudet’s research was released as the first in a series of papers planned for a special issue of this journal on the near-complete “Little Foot” skeleton in the Journal of Human Evolution.”Our ability to reconstruct features of early hominin brains has been limited by the very fragmentary nature of the fossil record. The Little Foot endocast is exceptionally well preserved and relatively complete, allowing us to explore our own origins better than ever before,” says Beaudet.The endocast showed that Little Foot’s brain was asymmetrical, with a distinct left occipital petalia. Brain asymmetry is essential for lateralisation of brain function. Asymmetry occurs in humans and living apes, as well as in other younger hominin endocasts. Little Foot now shows us that this brain asymmetry was present at a very early date (from 3.67 million years ago), and supports suggestions that it was probably present in the last common ancestor of hominins and other great apes.Related StoriesRush University Medical Center offers new FDA-approved treatment for brain aneurysmsAn active brain and body associated with reduced risk of dementiaResearch team to create new technology for tackling concussionOther brain structures, such as an expanded visual cortex, suggests that the brain of Little Foot probably had some features that are closer to the ancestor we share with living chimpanzees.”In human evolution, when know that a reduced visual cortex, as we can see in our own brain, is related to a more expanded parietal cortex – which is a critical cerebral area responsible for several aspects of sensory processing and sensorimotor integration,” says Beaudet. “On the contrary, Little Foot has a large visual cortex, which is more similar to chimpanzees than to humans.”Beaudet and her colleagues compared the Little Foot endocast with endocasts of 10 other South African hominins dating between three and 1.5 million years ago. Their preliminary calculation of Little Foot’s endocranial volume was found to be at the low end of the range for Australopithecus, which is in keeping with its great age and its place among other very early fossils of Australopithecus from East Africa.The study also has shown that the vascular system in Australopithecus was more complex than previously thought, which raises new questions on the metabolism of the brain at this time. This might be consistent with a previous hypothesis suggesting that the endocranial vascular system in Australopithecus was closer to modern humans than it was in the geologically younger Paranthropus genus.”This would mean that even if Little Foot’s brain was different from us, the vascular system that allows for blood flow (which brings oxygen) and may control temperature in the brain – both essential aspects for evolving a large and complex brain – were possibly already present at that time,” says Beaudet.Given its geological age of over 3 million years, Little Foot’s brain suggests that younger hominins evolved greater complexity in certain brain structures over time, perhaps in response to increasing environmental pressures experienced after 2.6 million years ago with continuing reduction in closed habitats.”Such environmental changes could also potentially have encouraged more complex social interaction, which is driven by structures in the brain,” says Beaudet. Source: read more

Team develops sodium ion batteries using copper sulfide

Provided by The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) A KAIST research team recently developed sodium ion batteries using copper sulfide anode. This finding will contribute to advancing the commercialization of sodium ion batteries (SIBs) and reducing the production cost of any electronic products with batteries. Journal information: Nature Communications Explore further Making sodium-ion batteries that last Citation: Team develops sodium ion batteries using copper sulfide (2018, April 18) retrieved 18 July 2019 from Professor Jong Min Yuk and Emeritus Professor Jeong Yong Lee from Department of Materials Science and Engineering developed a new anode material suitable for use in an SIB. Compared to the existing anode materials, the copper sulfide anode was measured to exhibit 1.5 times better cyclability with projected 40 percent reduction in cost.Lithium-ion batteries (Li-ion batteries or LIBs) are widely used in mobile phones and other personal electronics. However, large-scale energy storage systems require less expensive, more abundant materials. Hence, a SIBs have attracted enormous attention for their advantage over lithium-based batteries.However, one main obstacle to the commercialization of SIBs is the lack of suitable anodes that exhibit high capacity and cycling stability. Hence, the research team sought a good anode material offering high electrical conductivity and theoretical capacity. They chose copper sulfide in nanoplates, which “prefers to make an alloy with sodium and is thus promising for high capacity and long-term cyclability.” The study reveals that copper sulfide undergoes crystallographic tuning to make a room for sodium insertion. Results indicate that the sodium ion-insertion capacity of copper sulfide is as much as 1.5 times that of lithium ions for graphite. Furthermore, a battery with this new anode material retains 90 percent of its original capacity for 250 charge-discharge cycles.With the natural abundance of sodium in seawater, this development may contribute to reduction in battery costs, which can comprise up to 30 percent of the cost of some consumer electronics.Professor Yuk said, “These days, people are showing a great deal of interest in products related to renewable energy due to recent micro-dust issues ongoing in Korea. This study may help Korea get a head-start on renewable energy products.” The sodiation process of copper sulfide. Credit: KAIST More information: Jae Yeol Park et al, Atomic visualization of a non-equilibrium sodiation pathway in copper sulfide, Nature Communications (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-03322-9 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. read more

Navigating a city without getting lost

first_img PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Possible uses of the invention include enabling delivery persons, firemen, and ambulance assistants to find the location of an address more quickly and accurately, saving time and lives. Furthermore, it can also be used in conjunction with other devices to automatically open doors for persons with disability, locate parking spaces, inform and guide people to a changed boarding gate or train platform, as well as to prepare for future driverless cars and robots in a smart city. Provided by The University of Hong Kong Professor Yeh and his research team showcase their invention — Smart Address Plate, setting a new standard for smart cities in the world. Credit: @The University of Hong Kong How often do you get lost in a city even when using GPS? Has a taxi hailed using a mobile app been unable to find your correct location? The reason is because GPS has an average error of 10 to 30 meters, and other indoor navigation techniques using WiFi and Gateway have positioning errors, too. Professor Anthony Yeh Gar-On and his research team at the Department of Urban Planning and Design of the University of Hong Kong (HKU) offers a novel solution to this problem with the invention of SAP, a sensing device which, when installed in front of buildings, shops or offices, can help users within its proximity to know their own locations through a mobile application. With the full system consisting of a Smart Address Plate (SAP), Smart Address Coding System, and Smart Address Plate Management System (SAP-MS), there is no need to worry about getting lost ever again. The management of smart cities can also be further enhanced.SAP is a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) proximity sensing device that stores a unique geo-coded Smart Address ID of a building, shop or office associated with it. When a user is within the confidence range of the , the user will know its exact location, and can reach its final destination guided by the app.Professor Yeh believes it is important for every building in Hong Kong to have a unique Smart Address ID. One easy way is for buildings to be assigned with a unique geo-coded address ID that can be positioned on a digital map. Professor Yeh’s team has developed a new postal-building Smart Address Coding System for all buildings in Hong Kong by combining a new postal code with the global georeferenced coordinates of a building. Shops, offices, and car parks in a building can be tagged to this postal-building Smart Address for use in navigation, positioning, delivery, management and big data. Explore further Citation: Navigating a city without getting lost (2018, July 26) retrieved 18 July 2019 from Play Credit: The University of Hong Kong With the installation of the Smart Address Plate in the front doors of buildings, shops or offices, supplemented with information from the Smart address Plate Management System (SAP-MS), people can find their location and the route to a destination on the street or in a shopping mall easily, without the need to ask for directions.SAP-MS can provide more tailored services to buildings, shops and offices. It contains the Smart Address Plate Databases linked with a digital floor plan and navigation system that is connected to the Smart Address Plates via a gateway system. Apart from providing more accurate location information to occupants and visitors, property management staff can use the SAP-MS to carry out real-time updates of information such as occupants, names of shops, functions and events etc. The system can issue alerts to users in the event of a change in meeting room or even change of boarding gates in airports. It can also be used to monitor the condition of the SAP such as power supply, whether or not they are functioning properly, or if they are removed or stolen. The SAP-MS of rooms in a building can be linked up with the whole district SAP-MS network and finally, the city SAP-MS network to become one complete smart city address management system. Whether people are navigating inside a building or navigating in a city, they can all be connected with the same system for smarter navigation and urban management. Smart cultivation platform facilitates indoor farming This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Mazda recalls over 262K vehicles to fix engine stall problem

first_img Explore further © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Subaru recalls 640K vehicles globally for stalling problems (Update) The recall covers certain Mazda6 midsize sedans and CX-5 SUVs from the 2018 and 2019 model years. Also included are Mazda3 small cars from 2019.Mazda traced the problem to a software error in the computer that controls the valves as part of the vehicles’ fuel-saving cylinder deactivation technology.The company says in government documents posted Wednesday that drivers won’t get any warning before the engine stalls.Mazda says no crashes or injuries have been reported because of the problem.Dealers will reprogram the software at no cost to owners. The recall is expected to start before Aug. 26. 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.center_img Citation: Mazda recalls over 262K vehicles to fix engine stall problem (2019, July 10) retrieved 17 July 2019 from Mazda is recalling more than 262,000 SUVs and cars in the U.S. to fix a software problem that could cause the engines to stall unexpectedly. Credit: CC0 Public Domainlast_img read more

Feeding Frenzy of 11 Sharks Ends in Surprising Twist … And a

first_img This swarm of small sharks, known as dogfish, are chowing down on a swordfish. Credit: NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Windows to the Deep 2019 In Photos: Great White Shark Washes Up on Santa Cruz Beach The scientists were operating the Deep Discoverer 1,476 feet (450 meters) below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean, searching for a World War II shipwreck. They directed the rover up a small incline, expecting to find the boat but instead discovered the swarm of small sharks, called dogfish. The predators had likely sensed this swordfish “food fall” from a long distance and had traveled for the feast, Peter J. Auster of Mystic Aquarium and the University of Connecticut, wrote in the team’s mission log. When the wreckfish, a type of grouper, meandered in front of the camera with a shark tail protruding from its mouth, the scientists came to a clear conclusion: The guest had been watching the feeding frenzy the entire time, stealthily hiding behind the rover itself. Things didn’t end well for one of the sharks. Credit: NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Windows to the Deep 2019 These Sharks Were Too Busy to Notice a Bigger Predator Watching ThemThe unexpected twist at the end of this feeding frenzy delighted scientists.Credit: NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Windows to the Deep 2019Volume 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Better Bug Sprays?01:33关闭选项Automated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制自动 270p270p180p正在加载广告直播00:0002:2802:28Your Recommended Playlist01:33Better Bug Sprays?01:08Why Do French Fries Taste So Bad When They’re Cold?04:24Sperm Whale Befriends Underwater Robot00:29Robot Jumps Like a Grasshopper, Rolls Like a Ball00:29Video – Giggly Robot02:31Surgical Robotics关闭 Catching a glimpse of an underwater feeding frenzy involving 11 sharks was enough to startle and exhilarate a group of scientists off the coast of South Carolina last month. But the researchers lost their minds when a sneaky guest, a wreckfish, swam directly in front of their camera with one of the sharks wriggling around in its mouth. The fish had swallowed a shark whole, as the busy predators darted about to grab morsels from the 250-lb. (110 kilograms) carcass of a swordfish.Advertisement “Oh my god — I’m going to remember this my whole life,” one of the researchers says in footage of the feeding frenzy. [In Photos: Great White Sharks Attack] A remotely operated vehicle called the Deep Discoverer captured the video. The scientists operating the vehicle were conducting research for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) aboard the ship Okeanos Explorer. This was the Deep Discoverer’s seventh dive on an expedition called Windows to the Deep. Images: Sharks & Whales from Above Though surprising, this isn’t the first time a fish has been caught on camera swallowing a shark. Last year, people fishing off the coast of Florida caught footage of a 500-lb. (227 kg) goliath grouper darting up to the water’s surface and nabbing a 4-foot-long (1.2 m) shark, Fox News reported at the time. One shark expert said this behavior is run-of-the-mill, “fish-eat-fish” ocean life. “It might be unusual to see it, but it’s not entirely unusual [for it to happen], no,” Daniel Abel, a marine biologist at Coastal Carolina University, told Live Science. “A big grouper is going to eat anything smaller than itself.” The law of the ocean food chain is a brutal one, Abel said: Anything smaller than yourself is fair game for predators like sharks and groupers. Large groupers are known predators of sharks like dogfish, Abel said. And aside from humans, sharks are their own greatest predators, he added. The unlucky dogfish caught on camera didn’t fall victim to a fellow shark, but it did just happen to be smaller than the hungry grouper watching it — and too busy chowing down to notice. Photos: Orcas Are Chowing Down on Great-White-Shark Organs Originally published on Live Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoSoGoodlyThey Were Named The Most Beautiful Twins In The World, Wait Till You See Them TodaySoGoodlyUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoDermalMedixDoctor’s New Discovery Makes Foot Calluses “Vanish”DermalMedixUndoKelley Blue Book2019 Lexus Vehicles Worth Buying for Their Resale ValueKelley Blue BookUndoairdogusa.comThe World’s Best Washable Air Purifierairdogusa.comUndolast_img read more

Partyhopping goes on unabated in Telangana

first_imgPublished on Telangana March 22, 2019 COMMENTS Possibly setting a new record, a top industrialist and a woman politician defected from their parties, joined the rival camps and managed to get tickets to fight the Lok Sabha elections in Telangana, all under 48 hours.Nama Nageswara Rao, founder of Madhucon Projects, a construction major, quit the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) on Wednesday, joined the Telangana Rastra Samithi (TRS), and on Friday was named by K Chandrasekhar Rao, Chief Minister and TRS chief, as the party’s candidate from Khammam.The former MP and MLA from TDP — a close associate of N Chandrababu Naidu, TDP Chief and Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh — had lost the Assembly elections in December under the TDP banner.Nageswar Rao will most likely face Renuka Chowdhury of the Congress (I). In the last five years, both his political and business fortunes have been down, with Madhucon Projects’ performance being on the decline.Surprise defectionDK Aruna, a former Information Minister and three-time Congress (I) MLA, sprang a surprise on the party by not just quitting but meeting Amit Shah, BJP President, in New Delhi. She has been named by the BJP as its candidate from Mahbubnagar, where the party has good presence. In 2009, AP Jitender Reddy, now in TRS and the sitting MP, had won from the constituency on a BJP ticket. Aruna has blamed party chief Uttam Kumar Reddy and veteran leader S Jaipal Reddy, who represented Mahbubnagar earlier, for her exit. In the April 11 election, she may give a tough fight to the TRS candidate, Manne Srinivasa Reddy.On the other hand, the BJP has denied its veteran leader and former Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya a renomination for the Secunderabad Lok Sabha seat. Incidentally, the politician also lost his Minister of State for Labour portfolio in one of the cabinet reshuffles undertaken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. New faces in TRS listFresh from the thumping victory in the Assembly elections, the TRS has pitted several new faces for LS polls. In the list of candidates are Talasani Sai Krishna Yadav (Secunderabad), Marri Rajasekhara Reedy (Malkajgiri), Maloth Kavitha (Mahbubabad) and Ranjita Reddy (Chevalla).The TRS, which won 11 seats in 2014, has dropped three of its sitting MPs — AP Jitender Reddy (Mahbubnagar), Gutha Sukhender Reddy (Nalgonda) and Ajmera Seetharama Naik (Mahbubabad). In Mahbubnagar, the new candidate is Manne Srinivas Reddy. Gutha Sukhender Reddy, who defected from Congress (I), has been made an MLC, and the ticket has been given to V Narasimha Reddy. He will take on Uttam Kumar Reddy, the Pradesh Congress (I) chief, who is an MLA at present.Ajmera Seetharama Naik has been replaced by Maloth Kavitha, a youngster who will face former MP from the Congress (I), P Balram Naik. In Malkajgiri, Marri Rajasekhar Reddy will be involved in a triangular contest with A Revanth Reddy, the working President of Congress (I) and N Ramchander Rao, an MLC of the BJP. In Chevella, Konda Vishweshwar Reddy, who won on a TRS ticket in 2014, switched to Congress (I) on the eve of the December 2018 Legislative Assembly elections. Consequently, the TRS is now fielding Gadam Ranjith Reddy, a wealthy poultry farmer and leader of the industry federation. He is considered close to Sabitha Indra Reddy, ex minister of Congress (I), who recently switched to the TRS.KCR, who kept the list close to his chest even after launching the party campaign, has retained B Vinod Kumar (Karimnagar); his daughter Kavitha Kalvakuntla (Nizamabad); B Narsaiah Goud (Bhuvanagiri); and Kotha Prabhakar Reddy (Medak), who won the byelection after KCR relinquished the seat in 2014. SHARE SHARE EMAIL politics SHARE COMMENTlast_img read more