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Kasilof River Dipnetting Area Expanded

first_imgDipnetting on the Kasilof River is allowed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. An Upper Cook Inlet Personal Use permit and a 2019 Resident Sport Fishing license are required to participate. In addition to expanding the area open to dipnetting on the Kasilof River, ADF&G issued emergency order number 2-RS-1-37-19 increasing the sport fishing bag and possession limits for sockeye salmon to six per day and twelve in possession effective 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, July 24 through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, August 7. Only Alaska residents can participate. King salmon or non-salmon species may not be kept in the Kasilof River personal use salmon fishery.  Any king salmon, Dolly Varden, or rainbow/steelhead trout caught while dipnetting must be released immediately unharmed to the water. Personal use dipnetting from the shore will be allowed in an expanded area from ADF&G markers on Cook Inlet beaches upstream to the Sterling Highway Bridge. Dipnetting from a boat is allowed from ADF&G markers located on Cook Inlet beaches upstream to ADF&G markers at approximately river mile 3 of the Kasilof River. The biological escapement goal on the Kasilof River is 160,000-340,000 sockeye salmon. As of Sunday, July 21, 2019, a total of 231,900 sockeye salmon have passed the Kasilof River sonar site.  The current escapement of sockeye salmon into the Kasilof River is proceeding at a rate that is projected to exceed the biological escapement goal. This regulatory change is effective 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, July 24 through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, August 7. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) is expanding the Kasilof River personal use dipnetting area.last_img read more

Walmart snags Google and Amazon alum as CTO

first_imgWalmart is pushing further into tech. Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images Walmart has named former Google, Amazon, Microsoft and IBM exec Suresh Kumar as its chief technology officer, a newly created position. Kumar will use his experience in e-commerce, cloud and machine learning for the role, Walmart said in a blog post Tuesday.First spotted by CNBC, Kumar will report directly to CEO Doug McMillon, who said Kumar “has a unique understanding of the intersection of technology and retail.””The technology of today and tomorrow enables us to serve our customers and associates in ways that weren’t previously possible,” McMillon added.At Google, Kumar served as vice president and general manager of display, video, app ads and analytics. At Microsoft, he was corporate vice president of cloud infrastructure and operations. He spent 15 years at Amazon, including as vice president of technology for retail.Walmart has been pushing more into tech, last week launching a range of Walmart tablets running Android Pie.They come in 8-inch and 10-inch varieties costing $64 and $79. Both run on the Android 9 operating system, have a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of ROM storage.Walmart is also selling a 10.1-inch tablet with detachable keyboard for $99.They all have a 2-megapixel rear camera, a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera, a 2.5D touchscreen, and a resolution of 800×1,280.Walmart, looking to compete more with Amazon, launched one-day shipping this month. Walmart Amazon Google IBM Microsoft Share your voice Mobile Tech Industry Online 0:55 Android Pie Preview • Android Pie works like the iPhone X these two ways Tags How To • Android Pie 9.0: 4 settings you need to change Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment 0 What Amazon’s one-day shipping means for youlast_img read more

Will Greater Houston Get More Flooding This Week

first_img Emergency management officials in the region are monitoring the weather and bracing for possible flooding, damaging winds and hail.“We’ll have periods of rain and thunderstorms and then breaks between,” National Weather Service forecaster Dan Reilly said. “So, it’s not going to be raining the whole time but we certainly will have rounds of thunderstorms right through Friday.”He said those rains are moving in from the southwest. Corpus Christi experienced some heavy flooding Sunday night.Francisco Sanchez with the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management said the ground and bayous are still saturated from the historical floods last month – and so it doesn’t take a heavy downpour to cause more flooding.“It becomes a little difficult when, as we get later in the week, it’s going to take less and less rain to actually cause these problems to get worse,” Sanchez said. “So we’re keeping an eye on that.”In Galveston County, officials are also monitoring the weather but emergency management coordinator Garret Foskit said they are not too concerned about this week.Meanwhile, the American Red Cross is ready for more flooding in Greater Houston.“We’re meeting with community partners and we are putting shelters on standby,” MaryJane Mudd with the Red Cross Texas Gulf Coast Region said. “In the case that if there is a need, if people do leave their homes based on flood damage or having to evacuate, that we can then reach out to those partners and open those shelters.”Officials advise residents to check weather and traffic conditions before they leave their homes this week.NWS To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen 00:00 /01:20 Share Xlast_img read more

Fiction returned to the fore in 2017

first_imgFiction was almost lost from Indian publishing at about this time last year. With about three non-fiction titles releasing for every novel, it was clear who ruled the roost in 2016 – just as it did in 2015. In 2017, however, book lovers had a lot to chew upon as some really strong novels made their mark both in the market and among readers. Their numbers again may have been fewer than non-fiction, but it was the utter magic of some strong novels that stole the show. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfCall it the return of Arundhati Roy or the magic of Jeet Thayil, but most readers would agree that 2017 has been a fantastic year for Indian publishing when one looks at the fiction space.Poulomi Chatterjee, the dynamic Editor-in-Chief and Publisher at Hachette India, agreed that 2017 was a good year for fiction in Indian publishing but also highlighted that non-fiction continued to rule the market. Subroto Bagchi’s “Sell”, Muhammad Yunus’ “A World of Three Zeros”, Alan Rosling’s “Boom Country” and Ankit Lal’s “India Social” were among the better-selling books from Hachette India this year. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”The year 2017 has seen a good mix of releases across genres from all publishers in India. While non-fiction categories have remained the better-selling ones, there have certainly been strong fiction titles that have found their readership and made their mark. Publishers will always strive to publish strong fiction because this, after all, is the soul of a publishing list,” Chatterjee told in an interview.She elaborated that on the “great fiction list across a range of genres” that Hachette published this year are Pradeep Sebastian’s dream of a book on books, “The Book Hunters of Katpadi”; Arunava Sinha’s excellent translation of Moti Nandy’s short stories “Kick-Off”; Sanjay Bahadur’s kick-ass military thriller “Bite of the Black Dog”; Komal Bhanver’s “The Mauryan”, featuring the story of a young Ashoka; and Swati Kaushal’s delightful year-end read, “A Few Good Friends”. “And that’s just a few – there’s much more fiction to come next year, all of it exciting,” Chatterjee added.Having published some of the most talked-about literary novels in 2017 like “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness” by Arundhati Roy, “Exit West” by Mohsin Hamid, “The Golden House” by Salman Rushdie, “A State of Freedom” by Neel Mukherjee, “A Life of Adventure and Delight” by Akhil Sharma and “We That Are Young” by Preti Taneja, Penguin Random House India Editor-in-Chief, Meru Gokhale, said that 2017 was “the year of literary fiction” for his company.”Each of these books won critical acclaim and pretty much all of them were seen on award listings and bestseller charts. Above and beyond all of these quantifiable measures, what these books did was to capture the imagination in a year that saw tumultuous political change across the globe.””I think every publisher in India will agree that, in times like these, of alternative truths and cultural shifts, fiction – at least good fiction – grants us insight and escape, a way of understanding our dark new age, and an unapologetically provocative worldview,” Gokhale told.While most publishers agreed that 2017 was a good year for Indian fiction, Udayan Mitra, Publisher – Literary, Harper Collins India, pointed out that Indian fiction has been really strong over the past few years. He, however, agreed that there were some strong novels in 2017.”I think it’s been a great year for literary publishing – we’ve seen some very good books being published, and more are on their way. I wouldn’t say there was any need to reclaim fiction as such, since Indian literary fiction has been really strong over the past several years. But yes, we have had some very strong novels coming out, and some great new voices making their presence felt too.””What is particularly interesting to me is the way in which fiction writers in India are reacting and responding to the environment that they live and write in – it has brought a sharp edge to many of the books that have come out this year. Another notable trend is the re-emergence of short fiction – the ability of a novelist to tell a good story well in a space of 200 pages or less – which I believe has something to do with the sensibilities of both readers and writers being shaped by the age of social media,” Mitra told in an interview.Other publishing houses that published strong fiction during 2017 include Aleph (“The Book of Chocolate Saints”); Juggernaut (“When I Hit You”; and Niyogi Books (“Without Prejudice”).last_img read more

The New Era of IM

first_img This story appears in the May 2009 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » April 10, 2009 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Instant messaging has come a long way since the days of in-network AIM chatting. Check out these new features that make IM a fully featured business tool. Enroll Now for Free IM-to-textSkype isn’t the only big player in computer-to-phone communications anymore–and it isn’t always the cheapest, either. AIM, Google, Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo have added SMS support, so you can text your colleagues for free.Multimedia messagingPlenty of IM apps now offer multimedia voice and video chat, like AIM, Google Chat and Yahoo Messenger. Many more offer instant file sharing, and some even let you do a screen share, like Apple’s iChat and Skype 2.8, which is great for troubleshooting.Embedded conversationsInstead of downloading a desktop app, a lot of IM clients let you chat right in the web page you’re using. Google Chat works across many of your Google pages, from Gmail to iGoogle. And Facebook and MySpace’s IM apps work anywhere within their respective sites.IM aggregatorsIf you have multiple IM accounts, you can use an app that’ll get your contacts in one place. Top players are web app Meebo, desktop apps Adium and Digsby, and mobile and multiplatform apps Palringo and eBuddy. The only problem is you may not get the full video, audio or texting functions available on your individual accounts.center_img 1.  The situation: A client asks you to write a LinkedIn recommendation, but you have nothing nice to say.What to do: Hit the “Archive” button. Don’t write a referral you can’t stand by. 2.  The situation: Your intern adds you on Facebook.What to do: Use your privacy settings–if you don’t want him seeing all your activity, give him a limited view.3. The situation: A colleague confronts you for dropping her as a “friend.”What to do: Pre-empt the situation by “un-friending” sparingly-you don’t want to lose business over pruning your network.4.  The situation: You get an uncouth comment.What to do: Delete! If it’s a minor offense, call the person out on it. If it’s major, cut him out of your network. 5. The situation: An employee is annoying you with inane updates on Facebook.What to do: No need to un-friend–just set your newsfeed options to see less about that employee.6. The situation: An associate posts and tags a less-than-classy photo of you.What to do: “Un-tag,” if possible, then ask the associate to take the photo down. 3 min read Read the writing on the wall Handle these sticky social networking situations with a careful click of your mouse. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more

Click rates up on agents websites

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J More Aussies are choosing cost over branding, with up to 3.3 million Australians comparing prices on travel agent websites over the past 12 months ending June 2011.The number of Aussies researching on sites such as webject.com.au and flightcentre.com.au has increased from the three million during the 12 months last year, according to the latest Roy Morgan Travel Agents Monitor.   “The Roy Morgan Travel Agent Monitor shows that Australians are increasingly visiting travel agent and travel booking websites such as webjet.com.au, wotif.com.au and flightcentre.com.au to compare prices of different flights and accommodation,” Roy Morgan director of tourism, travel and leisure Jane Ianneillo said. “Industry sources claim some people are only using these intermediaries to locate the cheapest flights, and then go on to book directly with the airlines; as a result direct airline bookings are still solid (representing 59% of leisure air travellers booking via the internet).”Airline website visits remained the same as last year at three million, with Qantas leading the pack with 8.5 percent of visitors compared to Virgin Australia receiving 8.1 percent and Jetstar 7.7 percent.Meanwhile wotif.com saw a rise to 7.1 percent of visitors in the last four weeks, up from 5.5 percent in the year to June 2008 while webject.com.au welcomed a 6.8 percent rise in visitors from the last four weeks in the June 2011 compared to 4.4 percent for the last four weeks in June 2008. last_img read more

Obamacare — as the Affordable Care Act is commonly

first_imgObamacare — as the Affordable Care Act is commonly known — won’t be on the ballot next month. But the fate of the eight-year old health care law could be decided by which party wins control of Congress in November. “Medicare for All” — the progressive alternative to Obamacare — also stands to gain or lose ground. And the Trump administration will be looking for a green light to keep making health care changes of its own.Republican strategist Karl Rove wrote about what’s at stake in a recent Wall Street Journal column. The headline described health care as the “sleeper issue” of the 2018 midterm elections.Republican Lou Hendricks agrees. The Kansas City retiree told pollsters health care is at the top of his list as he ponders his midterm vote.”One of the big concerns that we have as as a family is making sure that there continues to be coverage for previous conditions,” Hendricks said. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., who’s in a tough battle for re-election, is trying to tap into that concern. McCaskill describes her own struggle with breast cancer in a new campaign ad. “I don’t talk about it much,” she says, over video that shows the senator meeting with other women. “Those who faced cancer and many other illnesses have a pre-existing condition when it comes to health coverage.”McCaskill blasts her Republican opponent, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, for joining a lawsuit that seeks to overturn Obamacare and its requirement that insurance companies offer coverage regardless of a person’s medical history. Republicans insist they will also protect patients with pre-existing medical conditions, though they’ve been vague in saying how.Democrats around the country have seized on this issue. Health care dominates congressional campaign ads, outpacing jobs, taxes, and immigration.”Democrats have been laser-focused on health care this year,” said Erika Franklin Fowler, who tracks campaign ads for the Wesleyan Media Project. It’s the mirror image of past election cycles, when Republicans ran a blitzkrieg of ads attacking Obamacare while Democrats stayed largely quiet. “Regardless of how Americans feel about the Affordable Care Act, there are provisions of it that are very popular,” Franklin said. “Once it became clear that those provisions are in trouble, I think that has sort of changed the landscape of how politicians will talk about it this cycle.”Democrats are determined to protect those popular provisions if they win one or both houses of Congress in November. On the other hand, if Republicans keep control, they could take another run at repealing Obamacare.”Many Republicans want the ability to finish the job,” said Jessica Anderson, vice president of the conservative group Heritage Action. “They’ve campaigned on this for over eight years.”Anderson said even if Republicans lose in November, they could mount a last-ditch effort to repeal Obamacare during the lame-duck session. The late Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who helped torpedo the last repeal effort, has now been replaced by Jon Kyl, a more reliable GOP vote.No matter which party controls Congress next year, the Trump administration will likely keep trying to chip away at Obamacare. For example, the administration has already relaxed regulations to allow stripped-down insurance policies with reduced coverage. “The president will still be in office, and his administration will still be active,” Anderson said.But if Democrats win control of either chamber, they might be able to put the brakes on those efforts.”What you’re likely to see is much greater and even fierce oversight of the administration’s efforts to change — and many would say undermine” the Affordable Care Act, said Drew Altman, president of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a health care research organization.In Kansas City, Hendricks described himself as a fan of the Affordable Care Act. But more and more he’s leaning towards a single-payer insurance system, which progressive advocates like to describe as “Medicare for All.” “It makes it easier and simpler for everybody,” Hendricks said, “with he exception of Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, enter the medical insurance company here.”President Trump has gone on the offensive, claiming without evidence that any expansion of Medicare will come at the expense of today’s seniors.Even if they win a sweeping victory in the midterms, Democrats won’t have the power to pass “Medicare for All” over a presidential veto. But they might jump start the conversation ahead of the next election in two years. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Appalled disabled activists have warned the Britis

first_imgAppalled disabled activists have warned the British Medical Association (BMA) that it will be “complicit” in the future deaths of patients, after the doctors’ union refused to speak out about “very dangerous” new benefit rules affecting severely-ill claimants.Disability News Service (DNS) reported last week how the rules can force people applying for the government’s new universal credit to look for jobs and take part in training, even if their GPs have said they are not fit for work.Dr Stephen Carty, medical adviser to the Scottish grassroots campaign group Black Triangle, who works as a GP in Leith, on the edge of Edinburgh, said last week that the “substantial risks” were “incalculable”, and that GPs had not been told about the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) rules.BMA has previously been reluctant to involve itself in safety concerns around DWP’s fitness for work tests, although its public position has been that the work capability assessment (WCA) “should be scrapped with immediate effect and replaced with a rigorous and safe system that does not cause avoidable harm to the weakest and most vulnerable people in society”.Despite that position, it took more than two-and-a-half years for Carty, Black Triangle and other campaigners to persuade the union to agree to tell every GP in the country about two regulations that protect many disabled people facing the WCA.Yesterday – five days after DNS asked whether it was aware of the new universal credit rules and if it was concerned about their potential impact – a BMA spokeswoman said: “The assessments of benefits has been independent of GPs for years, so whilst I am sure many will have strong opinions on this, it is not something as an organisation we have anything new to say on it.”Black Triangle is now working with supportive doctors to develop a campaign on the universal credit rules, and is preparing itself for another battle with BMA.John McArdle (pictured), Black Triangle’s co-founder, said: “BMA’s silence will make them complicit in the destruction of disabled people’s lives and in the deaths of innocent disabled people, their patients.”He said he had been reminded of how, at the height of the AIDS pandemic in the 1980s, the AIDS community had adopted the slogan “silence equals death” to “mobilise the medical profession and the wider community into action to save lives”.McArdle said the BMA’s silence on the universal credit rules would “go down as a day of infamy for an organisation which has betrayed its sacred duty to protect and defend human life”.He said the organisation had also betrayed its duty to represent doctors “who we believe will be as appalled as us at this shameful act of complicity”, which was happening “at a time when disabled people are looking at another five years of Conservative rule”.The rules – which have never been announced or publicised by DWP – apply to new universal credit claimants who are waiting for a WCA.They mean that they could have their benefits sanctioned for up to three months if they fail to follow strict instructions from a job coach with no medical training, even if they have a “fit note” from their GP stating that they are not fit for work.They are forced to attend a “health and work conversation” and could be forced into further work-related activity, such as training or employment programmes, and could also face sanctions if they fail to show they have searched for a job for up to 35 hours a week, and have not made themselves available for paid work.Potential sanctions will continue to hang over their heads until their fitness for work is eventually tested through a WCA, which could take months.The new rules – uncovered by Black Triangle’s sister organisation Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) – apply to sick and disabled people who would previously have been eligible for income-based employment and support allowance (ESA), which is gradually being phased out in the move to universal credit, but not to those eligible for the contribution-based form of ESA, which will continue alongside universal credit.Under ESA, claimants with a fit note from their GP are not expected to carry out any work-related activity and continue to receive a lower assessment rate of the benefit until they have had their WCA and a decision is reached on their eligibility.DWP has insisted that universal credit claimants with a fit note will only be forced to carry out “reasonable” work-related activity that is “tailored to the individual’s circumstances”, while work coaches will demand no work-related activity “if appropriate”.But activists believe the potential harm caused to severely-ill people could be catastrophic and potentially fatal.Anita Bellows, a DPAC researcher, said: “It is very disappointing to see that the BMA has refused to comment on the DWP policy, which will force people assessed as unfit for work by their GP to attend a mandatory health and work conversation, whatever the severity of their health condition.“GPs have the duty of making the care of their patients their first concern and their refusal to speak up on their behalf will be seen rightly as a dereliction of duty.”last_img read more

3 Trends That Are Redefining Social Networking

first_img The appeal of behemoth social networks like Facebook is slowly declining. Many social media users are growing tired of scrolling through feeds only to see what friends and family are eating or to read political debates. Younger social media users, especially, are turning to niche social networks to express their creativity and connect with friends or other people with similar interests. As a result, a number of new social apps are cropping up to fulfill this need for more interest-based social networking. Many of these platforms also allow users to hide their identities, giving users a sense of security and permitting them to share their thoughts or express themselves without judgment.Related: The Future of Social Media Platforms and Ways in Which Businesses Can Utilize ThemMarketers who are aware of how social networking is evolving and how these new social channels are gaining popularity can discover ways to connect with their target audiences more effectively. Here are some of the emerging social apps to watch in 2019.1. Virtual avatars turned influencers.Businesses of all sizes are putting money behind influencer marketing campaigns in an effort to expand their reach and boost brand awareness. According to research from the World Federation of Advertisers, 65 percent of multinational brands are planning to increase their spending on influencer marketing in 2019.The demand for quality, credible influencers continues to rise and nano influencers (someone with around 5,000 followers), micro influencers (someone with approximately 50,000 followers) and now virtual influencers, are saturating the market. With so many choices, brands can now be more selective in choosing which influencers they want to work with and in which way they want to work with them. As the influencer marketing world continues to develop, some fascinating social networks are emerging around it.A popular new 3D avatar, or “virtual influencer,” app called Zepeto recently shot to the number one spot in the iOS app store. Zepeto allows users to customize their own avatars with virtual outfits, hairstyles and accessories. It became an overnight sensation in China. The app is now picking up steam in the U.S.Virtual avatars are nothing new, however, upgraded technology such as facial recognition is helping take the concept to the next level. Many brands quickly realized the marketing potential for user-generated content on Zepeto. A quick search for Zepeto-related hashtags on Instagram reveals thousands of Zepeto avatars, many sporting their favorite brands. Social features– such as private chats, games and virtual selfies with other users — also make Zepeto an app to watch as social media users increasingly turn to secondary accounts to express other versions of themselves.Other virtual avatar social apps to watch include:Coey. An avatar-based networking app that allows users to ask questions, share knowledge, meet people and more.Genies. A social app to create highly-customized, lifelike avatars to chat with friends. Soon users will be able to use their avatars in games.Related: 10 Influencer Marketing Trends to Keep Your Eye On2. Private messaging.In 2018, the total number of monthly active users of the top four messaging apps reached 4.1 billion. What’s more, users are spending more time on messaging apps, up to 12 minutes per day, and it’s estimated that more than 70 percent of all social sharing now takes place on messaging apps.For marketers who rely heavily on social networking to get in front of their target audiences, messaging apps provide numerous opportunities. A Twilio study revealed that 66 percent of consumers now prefer to reach brands, or be reached by brands, through messaging apps.Many brands have already introduced chat bots as a way to provide customer support. Whatsapp and Facebook Messenger are the undisputed leaders in this space; however, new messaging apps like Kik are presenting brands with more promising features to engage with their audiences more intimately.With well over 300 million users and 6,000 bots, Kik is now a top 10 app among teenagers and young adults based in the U.S. On Kik, users can access public chats on any topic or interest, or they can search for bots. Kik bots can be educational, funny, games or brand-based. Big brands such as Sephora and H&M are leveraging the private social app to share products, offer personalized styling services and help customers build style profiles.Other private messaging social apps to watch include:Imo. A private messaging and video app that reached the no. 1 spot in September 2018.Slack. A popular app for workplace communication, Slack is also becoming a place for brands — primarily B2B — to help existing customers share feedback, solve issues or participate in research.3. Hey there, neighbor.Neighborhood social networking apps are appealing to the $130 billion local advertising industry. These apps offer private feeds for neighbors to share local stories, recommendations and advice.Arguably the most popular social app in this space is Nextdoor, which currently has a presence in more than 175,000 neighborhoods, or approximately 85 percent of the U.S. Nextdoor users send more than four million private messages a day on the app, and businesses can join the conversation by setting up a Nextdoor business page.With a Nextdoor business page, businesses can add basic information about their services, contact information, a link to their website and view the number of recommendations received from neighbors. Statistics on how many neighborhoods can view the business page and the ability to thank neighbors for their recommendations are simple but powerful ways to understand and get in front of local audiences. As Nextdoor rises in popularity, more competing neighborhood social apps are likely to emerge. Marketers should watch these networks closely as they can be great places to deliver hyper-local content.Other hyper-local, neighborhood social apps to watch include:Hoodi. A private neighborhood app that allows users to connect with their neighbors.Neighbourly. Google’s latest hyper-local app that allows users to crowdsource answers to their questions from people in their community.Related: 5 Simple, Science-Backed Ways Entrepreneurs Can Connect With Gen ZWhat’s next.The social apps mentioned above should be on every marketer’s radar in 2019. Video apps like Tik Tok (short, mobile videos) and Houseparty (group video chats) are also grabbing the attention of younger audiences — and worth watching. Though these platforms are primarily built for existing friendships or relationships, making it difficult for marketers to squeeze their way in, partnering with influencers on these apps could be a good start. There’s no way of knowing what will be the next Facebook or Instagram, but marketers should always be on the lookout for the next big thing. 6 min read Guest Writer 3 Trends That Are Redefining Social Networking Social networking is evolving and providing ways for brands to connect with their target audiences. Albizu Garcia Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Next Article Social Media Image credit: d3sign | Getty Images February 22, 2019 Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business –shares Co-Founder and CEO of Gain Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Add to Queue Register Now »last_img read more

Study pinpoints two proteins that sense blood pressure and help control baroreceptor

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Oct 30 2018The baroreceptor reflex is a fascinating medical phenomenon. The reflex is controlled by specialized neurons that react in just a fraction of a second to keep blood pressure fairly consistent.For example, when you stand up, your blood pressure normally drops–rapidly. Yet you don’t faint thanks to baroreceptors, which tell your heart rate to increase and push more blood to your brain.A new Scripps Research study pinpoints the two proteins that sense blood pressure and help control the baroreceptor reflex, according to research published recently in Science. The research is the first to reveal exactly how “mechnotransduction,” or the sensing of changes in pressure, works in these cells.”Tight regulation of blood pressure is essential for health,” says Wei-Zheng Zeng, PhD, a postdoctoral associate at Scripps Research and first author of the study. “Blood pressure is acutely sensed by baroreceptor neurons, but the mechanism of how baroreceptors sense blood pressure remained a mystery for more than 100 years.”Related StoriesNew ACC/AHA guidelines could improve detection of gestational hypertensionSchwann cells capable of generating protective myelin over nerves finds researchDon’t Miss the Blood-Brain Barrier Drug Delivery (B3DD) Summit this AugustThe two proteins–PIEZO1 and PIEZO2–were originally discovered in the lab of study senior author Ardem Patapoutian, PhD, a Scripps Research professor and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. In just the past few years, it’s become clear PIEZOs do a lot of work. The Patapoutian lab has shown PIEZOs are responsible for sensing pressure in the lungs, different kinds of pain and soft touch. PIEZO1 even helps red blood cells keep their shape.The scientists focused on PIEZOs as possible players in the baroreceptor reflex because the genes for PIEZO1 and 2 are expressed in sensory neurons responsible for the reflex. Indeed, in the recent experiments with a mouse model, the scientists found that both PIEZOs are necessary for maintaining blood pressure through the reflex.”Our motivation for this study was rooted in basic science, yet these findings could have major translational implications by improving our understanding of human health,” says Patapoutian.While it is still basic research at this point, scientists think PIEZO1 and 2 in baroreceptors may work as possible therapeutic targets to help people with “drug-resistant hypertension,” a common clinical disorder defined as uncontrolled high blood pressure by drugs, says Zeng.”Knowing the identity of the sensors for blood pressure control gives us an idea of how to develop better therapies to treat patients who suffer from drug-resistant hypertension, or any other problems with blood pressure control,” says Kara Marshall, PhD, postdoctoral associate at Scripps Research and co-author of the study.The scientists recommend further studies of how PIEZO1 and PIEZO2 work together and how they may function in different populations of neurons. “We are also interested in understanding how human genetic changes in the function of these proteins might affect blood pressure regulation,” says Marshall. Source:https://www.scripps.edu/news-and-events/press-room/2018/20181030-blood-flow-patapoutian.htmllast_img read more

Researchers discover unique approach to treat some chronic inflammatory diseases

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 12 2019Inflammation is a balanced physiological response — the body needs it to eliminate invasive organisms and foreign irritants, but excessive inflammation can harm healthy cells, contributing to aging and chronic diseases. To help keep tabs on inflammation, immune cells employ a molecular machine called the NLRP3 inflammasome. NLRP3 is inactive in a healthy cell, but is switched “on” when the cell’s mitochondria (energy-generating organelles) are damaged by stress or exposure to bacterial toxins.However, when the NLRP3 inflammasome gets stuck in the “on” position, it can contribute to a number of chronic inflammatory conditions, including gout, osteoarthritis, fatty liver disease and Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. In a new mouse study, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine discovered a unique approach that might help treat some chronic inflammatory diseases: force cells to eliminate damaged mitochondria before they activate the NLRP3 inflammasome.The study, published April 11, 2019 by Cell Metabolism, was led by senior author Michael Karin, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Pharmacology and Pathology and Ben and Wanda Hildyard Chair for Mitochondrial and Metabolic Diseases at UC San Diego School of Medicine, and first author Elsa Sanchez-Lopez, PhD, a senior postdoctoral researcher in Karin’s lab.In a 2018 study published in Nature, Karin’s team had shown that damaged mitochondria activate the NLRP3 inflammasome. The researchers also found that the NLRP3 inflammasome is de-activated when mitochondria are removed by the cell’s internal waste recycling process, called mitophagy.”After that, we wondered if we could reduce harmful excess inflammation by intentionally inducing mitophagy, which would eliminate damaged mitochondria and should in turn pre-emptively inhibit NLRP3 inflammasome activation,” Karin said. “But at the time we didn’t have a good way to induce mitophagy.”Related StoriesUK charity invests £1 million to develop potential therapeutic for Parkinson’sStudy sheds light on complex caspase-1-induced cell death mechanismsUTA professor awarded $2.88 million for novel research on Lou Gehrig’s diseaseMore recently, Sanchez-Lopez was studying how macrophages regulate their uptake of choline, a nutrient critical for metabolism, when she discovered something that can initiate mitophagy: an inhibitor of the enzyme choline kinase (ChoK). With ChoK inhibited, choline is no longer incorporated into mitochondrial membranes. As a result, the cells perceive the mitochondria as damaged, and cleared them away by mitophagy.”Most importantly, by getting rid of damaged mitochondria with ChoK inhibitors, we were finally able to inhibit NLRP3 inflammasome activation,” Karin said.To test their new ability to control NLRP3 inflammasome in a living system, the researchers turned to mice. They discovered that treatment with ChoK inhibitors prevented acute inflammation caused by uric acid (accumulation of which triggers gout flares) and a bacterial toxin.By several measures, ChoK inhibitor treatment also reversed chronic inflammation associated with a genetic disease called Muckle-Well Syndrome, which is caused by mutations in NLRP3 genes. One such measure is spleen size — the larger the spleen, the more inflammation. The spleens of Muckle-Well Syndrome mice are on average twice as large as normal mice, but their spleen sizes normalized after ChoK inhibitor treatment.NLRP3 inflammasome promotes inflammation because it triggers the release of two very potent pro-inflammatory molecules called cytokines: interleukin (IL)-1? and IL-18. According to Karin, there are existing drugs that can block IL-1?, but not IL-18. ChoK inhibitors, his team found, can reduce both cytokines.”There are several diseases, including lupus and osteoarthritis, whose treatment will likely require dual inhibition of both IL-1? and IL-18,” Karin said. Source:https://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/pressrelease/in_mice_eliminating_damaged_mitochondria_alleviates_chronic_inflammatory_diseaselast_img read more

Measuring blood protein levels in diabetic patients to predict risk of stroke

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 26 2019Having diabetes is a risk factor for many other health conditions, including stroke. Korley is the author of a new study, published in Stroke, that measured levels of a blood protein in patients with diabetes, who had not previously had a stroke, to predict their risk of experiencing a stroke in the future.”We hypothesized that before an individual has a stroke, they often have ‘small strokes’ that do not cause clinical symptoms,” says Korley, also a member of the Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care.”However, these small strokes may result in the release of proteins that are associated with brain cell death, and these proteins can be measured in blood,” he says. “One of these proteins is neurofilament light chain (NfL), the focus in our study.”Blood levels of NfLKorley and team examined blood samples from 113 diabetic patients who were stroke-free at the time of study enrollment but developed a stroke during a seven-year follow-up period, and 250 diabetic patients who were stroke-free at study enrollment and did not develop a stroke during the seven-year follow-up period.The research team found that levels of NfL in the blood appeared to contribute to stroke risk.”We found that those who developed a stroke had blood levels of NfL that were about 43 percent higher than those who did not develop a stroke,” Korley says. “And those with the highest NfL levels — the top 25 percent of our study participants — were 10 times more likely to develop a stroke during the seven-year follow-up period, than those with low levels of NfL — the bottom 25 percent of our study participants.”Related StoriesNew method improves detection of atrial fibrillation in stroke survivorsMetformin use linked to lower risk of dementia in African Americans with type 2 diabetesDiabetes patients experiencing empathy from PCPs have beneficial long-term clinical outcomesWhile the results confirmed the research team’s hypothesis, Korley says he was a bit surprised by the results.”The strength of the association between the blood test and stroke was larger than we were expecting,” he says.Korley says that the research team also found that adding NfL levels to the current method of predicting stroke, the Framingham Stroke Risk Score, increased the method’s accuracy.”The Framingham Stroke Risk Score looks at stroke risk factors in a patient and predicts 10-year probability of a stroke occurring,” he says. “The score currently includes factors such as diabetes, current smoking status and blood pressure. When we added NfL levels as a risk factor, the score appeared to become even more accurate in predicting stroke.”Future useKorley notes that this is the first study reporting the usefulness of this blood test in predicting stroke occurrence, and additional studies are needed to confirm the team’s findings.”Our test also looked specifically at patients with diabetes, and further studies will need to take place to determine how well this test will work in nondiabetics and the general population,” he says.But, Korley hopes those additional studies can happen soon.”As an emergency physician, I see patients after they have experienced a stroke, and for some patients, the options for treating them at that time point are limited,” he says.”If our findings hold true in other study populations, physicians could use this test to monitor patients and target stroke prevention treatments to the right at-risk people to hopefully help them avoid a stroke from ever happening.” Source:Michigan Medicine – University of MichiganJournal reference:Korley, K F. et al. (2019) Serum NfL (Neurofilament Light Chain) Levels and Incident Stroke in Adults With Diabetes Mellitus. Stroke. doi.org/10.1161/STROKEAHA.119.024941 Every 40 seconds an American has a stroke. To be successful at preventing strokes from occurring, we first need to accurately identify those who are likely to have a stroke so we can target stroke prevention therapies to the correct at-risk people.”Frederick Korley, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Michigan Medicinelast_img read more

No artificial intelligence wont steal your childrens jobs—it will make them more creative

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. “Whatever your job is the chances are that one of these machines can do it faster or better than you can.” Explore further Artificial intelligence is growing up fast—what’s next for thinking machines? Hype cycle for emerging technologies. Credit: Gartner Research Human-machine cognitive partnerships can amplify what each partner does best: humans are great at making intuitive and creative decisions based on knowledge while computers are good at sifting through large amounts of data to produce information that will feed into human knowledge and decision making. We use this combination of narrow AI and human unique cognitive and motor skills every day, often without realising it. A few examples:Using Internet search engines to find content (videos, images, articles) that will be helpful in preparing for a school assignment. Then combining them in creative ways in a multimedia slide presentation. Using a translation algorithm to produce a first draft of a document in a different language, then manually improving the style and grammar of the final document.Driving a car to an unknown destination using a smartphone GPS application to navigate through alternative routes based on real-time traffic information;Relying on a movie-streaming platform to shortlist films you are going to appreciate based on your recent history; making the final choice based on mood, social context, serendipity.Netflix is a great example of this collaboration at its best. By using machine-learning algorithms to analyse how often and how long people watch their content, they can determine how engaging each story component is to certain audiences. This information is used by screenwriters, producers and directors to better understand what and how to create new content. Virtual-reality technology allows content creators to experiment with different storytelling perspectives before they ever shoot a single scene. Likewise, architects can rely on computers to adjust the functional aspects of their work. Software engineers can focus on the overall systems structure while machines provide ready-to-use code snippets and libraries to speed up the process. Marketers rely on big data and visualisation tools to determine how to better understand customer needs and develop better products and services. None of these tasks could be accomplished by AI without human guidance. Conversely, human creativity and productivity have been enormously leveraged by this AI support, allowing to achieve better quality solutions at lower costs.Losses and gainsAs innovation accelerates, thousands of jobs will disappear, just as it has happened in the previous cycles of industrial revolutions. Machines powered by narrow AI algorithms can already perform certain 3-D tasks (“dull, dirty and dangerous”) much better than humans. This may create enormous pain for those who are losing their jobs over the next few years, particularly if they don’t acquire the computer-related skills that would enable them to find more creative opportunities. We must learn from the previous waves of creative destruction if we are to mitigate human suffering and increasing inequality. For example, some statistics indicate that as much as 3% of the population in developed countries work as drivers. When automated cars become a reality in the next 15 to 25 years, we must offer people who will be “structurally unemployed” some sort of compensation income, training and re-positioning opportunities.Fortunately, the Schumpeterian waves of destructive innovation also create jobs. History has shown that disruptive innovations are not always a zero-sum game. On the long run, the loss of low-added-value jobs to machines can have a positive impact in the overall quality of life of most workers. The ATM paradox is a good example of this. As the use of automatic teller machines spread in the 1980s and ’90s, many predicted massive unemployment in the banking sector. Instead, ATMs created more jobs as the cost of opening new agencies decreased. The number of agencies multiplied, as did the portfolio of banking products. Thanks to automation, going to the bank offers a much better customer experience than in previous decades. And the jobs in the industry became better paid and were of better quality. A similar phenomenon happened with the textile industry in the 19th century. Better human-machine coordination leveraged productivity and created customer value, increasing the overall market size and creating new employment opportunities. Likewise, we may predict that as low-quality jobs continue to disappear, AI-assisted jobs will emerge to fulfil the increasing demand for more productive, ecological and creative products. More productivity may mean shorter work weeks and more time for family and entertainment, which may lead to more sustainable forms of value creation and, ultimately, more jobs. Adapting to the futureThis optimist scenario assumes, however, that education systems will do a better job of preparing our children to become good at what humans do best: creative and critical thinking. Less learning-by-heart (after all, most information is one Google search away) and more learning-by-doing. Fewer clerical skills and more philosophical insights about human nature and how to cater to its infinite needs for art and culture. As Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs famously said, “What made the Macintosh great was that the people working on it were musicians and poets and artists and zoologists and historians who also happened to be the best computer scientists in the world.” To become creative and critical thinkers, our children will need knowledge and wisdom more than raw data points. They need to ask “why?”, “how?” and “what if?” more often than “what?”, who?” and “when?” And they must construct this knowledge by relying on databases as cognitive partners as soon as they learn how to read and write. Constructivist methods such as the “flipped classroom” approach are a good step in that direction. In flipped classrooms, students are told to search for specific contents on the web at home and to come to class ready to apply what they learned in a collaborative project supervised by the teacher. Thus they do their “homework” (exercise) in class and they have web “lectures” at home, optimising class time to do what computers cannot help them to do: create, develop and apply complex ideas collaboratively with their peers.Thus, the future of human-machine collaboration looks less like the scenario in the Terminator movies and more like a Minority Report-style of “augmented intelligence”. There will be jobs if we adapt the education system to equip our children to do what humans are good at: to think critically and creatively, to develop knowledge and wisdom, to appreciate and create beautiful works of art. That does not mean it will be a painless transition. Machines and automation will likely take away millions of low-quality jobs as it has happened in the past. But better-quality jobs will likely replace them, requiring less physical effort and shorter hours to deliver better results. At least until artificial general intelligence becomes a reality – then all bets are off. But this will likely be our great-grandchildren’s problem. Provided by The Conversation Citation: No, artificial intelligence won’t steal your children’s jobs—it will make them more creative and productive (2018, February 14) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-artificial-intelligence-wont-children-jobsitwill.html 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. No, this is not a 2018 headline about self-driving cars or one of IBM’s new supercomputers. Instead, it was published by the Daily Mirror in 1955, when a computer took as much space as a large kitchen and had less power than a pocket calculator. They were called “electronic brains” back then, and evoked both hope and fear. And more than 20 years later, little had changed: In a 1978 BBC documentary about silicon chips, one commentator argued that “They are the reason why Japan is abandoning its shipbuilding and why our children will grow up without jobs to go to”.Artificial intelligence hype is not newIf one types “artificial intelligence” (AI) on Google Books’ Ngram Viewer – a tool that allows us to check how often a term was printed in a book between 1800 and 2008 – we can clearly see that our modern-day hype, optimism and deep concern about AI are by no means a novelty.The history of AI is a long series of booms and busts. The first “AI spring” took place between 1956 and 1974, with pioneers such as the young Marvin Minsky. This was followed by the “first AI winter” (1974-1980), when disillusion with the gap between machine learning and human cognitive capacities first led to disinvestment and disinterest in the topic. A second boom (1980-1987) was followed by another “winter” (1987-2001). Since the 2000s we’ve been surfing the third “AI spring”.There’s plenty of reasons to believe this latest wave of interest for AI is going to be more durable. According to Gartner Research, technologies typically go from a “peak of inflated expectations” through a “trough of disillusionment” until they finally reach a “plateau of productivity”. AI-intensive technologies such as virtual assistants, the Internet of Things, smart robots and augmented data discovery are about to reach the peak. Deep learning, machine learning and cognitive expert advisors are expected to reach the plateau of mainstream applications in two to five years. We finally seem to have enough computing power to credibly develop what is called “narrow AI”, of which all the aforementioned technologies are an example. These are not to be confused with “artificial general intelligence” (AGI), which scientist and futurologist Ray Kurzweil called “strong AI”. Some of the most advanced AI systems to date, such as IBM’s Watson supercomputer or Google’s AlphaGo, are examples of narrow AI. They can be trained to perform complex tasks such as identifying cancerous skin patterns or playing the ancient Chinese strategy game of Go. They are very far, however, from being capable to do everyday general intelligence tasks such as gardening, arguing or inventing a children’s story. The cautionary prophecies of visionaries like Elon Musk, Bill Gates and Stephen Hawking against AI really are meant as an early warning against the dangers of AGI, but that is not something our children will be confronted with. Their immediate partners will be of the narrow AI kind. The future of labour depends on how well we equip them to use computers as cognitive partners .Better togetherGarry Kasparov – the chess grandmaster who was defeated by IBM’s Deep Blue computer in 1997 – calls this human-machine cooperation “augmented intelligence”. He compares this “augmentation” to the mythic image of a centaur: combine a quadruped’s horsepower with the intuition of a human mind. To illustrate the potential of centaurs, he describes a freestyle chess tournament in 2005 in which any combination of human-machine teams was possible. In his words:”The winner was revealed to be not a grandmaster with a state-of-the-art PC but a pair of amateur American chess players using three computers at the same time. Their skill at manipulating and ‘coaching’ their computers to look very deeply into positions effectively counteracted the superior chess understanding of their grand-master opponents and the greater computational power of other participants. Weak human + machine + better process was superior to a strong computer alone and, more remarkably, superior to a strong human + machine + inferior process. Human strategic guidance combined with the tactical acuity of a computer was overwhelming.” Searches for the term ‘artificial intelligence’ on Google Books’ Ngram viewer. read more

Apple takes a very untech approach to solving fake news human editors

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Explore further Citation: Apple takes a very un-tech approach to solving fake news: human editors (2018, March 20) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-apple-un-tech-approach-fake-news.html 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. ©2018 USA Today Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. We all agree there’s too much disinformation on the Web. YouTube tries to crack down on conspiracy videos Russians and bots played havoc with Fakebook and Twitter during the 2016 election, because nearly anyone can join and post on social media networks and much of the ad-buying is automated.This week Apple said it was serious about tackling the issue, and bought a magazine subscription app with popular titles (including Consumer Reports, Vanity Fair and the New Yorker) to beef up its News smartphone and tablet app.Meanwhile the YouTube video network, fighting a backlash against conspiracy videos that anyone can post to its platform, went in a totally different direction to battle fakeness—turning to crowd-sourced Wikipedia to provide viewers with links to what it hopes are authoritative viewpoints.Let’s take a look at the two approaches.Apple’s News app is on the front page of every iPhone and iPad, and promises to give users a curated, personalized view of the news, with bigger pictures and fonts than seen when reading stories in apps or on the Safari browser. Apple said in 2016 the News app had over 70 million users, and while it hasn’t updated the numbers, it does say the app has grown substantially since.At the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas this week, Apple senior vice-president Eddy Cue said his app is differentiated from what we see on Facebook and Twitter in that it’s vetted by human curators and thus, more authentic.”We want the best articles, we want them to look amazing and we want them to be from trusted sources,” Cue said, per Deadline. “So we don’t have a lot of the issues going around.”On Apple News, publishers big and small can sign up to have their work included in the app, for free. But unlike on Facebook, on News, would-be publishers need to submit at least three articles to Apple before being approved.Not so at YouTube, where some 400 hours of video is uploaded every minute, without prior oversight.The video network has been caught in a two-year battle against conspiracy and extremist videos showing up as legitimate news videos, and it has taken several steps to fix the issue, by de-monetizing them and removing their ads, and now, also at South by Southwest, in announcing a new strategy.YouTube will add links from the crowd-sourced Wikipedia online encyclopedia to conspiracy videos. If you’re scratching your head on this, so are we.Wikipedia is even easier to game than the YouTube algorithm. Anyone can edit a post and add their spin to it —whether that be the biography of President Donald Trump, the history of the Santa Monica Pier or a post about the blogger Lance Ulanoff.The longtime tech journalist woke up one morning and found that his listing has been updated, falsely, to say that he was “a member of the French Foreign Legion.”It eventually got updated, but Ulanoff doesn’t think YouTube will find much success with its Wikipedia fix.”It will be like a band-aid that will work at first, and within a few days it will be tattered and dirty,” he says.The problem, he notes, is that once Wikipedia is used to verify the bogus videos on YouTube, those same people who make and post the videos will descend upon Wikipedia to synch the facts with their point of view, he says. “It’s a very slippery slope.”The bottom line: kudos to Apple for a terrific app that has so far not experienced the issues found on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, and for the video network —nice idea, but it’s back to the drawing board. Next? read more

Peek at the future Electric plane cruises skies over Norway

first_img © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Norway’s transportation minister and the head of the Scandinavian country’s airport operator took off Monday for a short flight … aboard a Slovenian-made two-seater electric airplane. Dag Falk-Petersen, head of Avinor, sat at the commands of the white Pipistrel Alpha Electro G2 while Ketil Solvik-Olsen sat in the passenger seat. They took off from a remote corner of Oslo Airport for a brief journey in the gray skies.Norway aims to be 100 percent electric by 2040 for all short-haul flights. Avinor, which is responsible for the country’s 44 airports, has bought the electric aircraft used Monday.The operator plans to launch a tender offer to test a commercial route flown with a small electric plane with 19 seats, starting in 2025. Explore further Norway aims for all short-haul flights 100% electric by 2040center_img A view of the first flight by an electric aircraft, at Olso Airport, in Gardermoen, Norway, Monday, June 18, 2018. Norway’s transportation minister and the head of the Scandinavian country’s airport operator took off Monday for a short flight … aboard a small, Slovenian-made two-seater electric airplane. Dag Falk-Petersen, head of Avinor, sat at the commands of the white Pipistrel Alpha Electro G2 while Ketil Solvik-Olsen sat in the passenger seat when they took off from a remote corner of the Oslo airport for a brief journey in the grey skies. (Gorm Kallestad/NTB scanpix via AP) Citation: Peek at the future: Electric plane cruises skies over Norway (2018, June 18) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-peek-future-electric-plane-cruises.html 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

Tech giants vow to double number of women managers by 2022

first_img Citation: Tech giants vow to double number of women managers by 2022 (2019, May 15) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-tech-giants-vow-women.html Forty-five tech giants committed Wednesday to doubling the number of women on their management boards to 30 percent by 2022, the French presidency said. © 2019 AFP Explore further High-profile global companies including IBM pledged to boost the number of female executives from 15 percent to 30 percentcenter_img Macron presses tech giants on taxes, working conditions Alibaba, BNP Paribas, Booking.com, IBM, L’Oreal and Uber were some of the high-profile companies to sign a pledge at the second “Tech for good” summit taking place in Paris.Businesses that reach the goal are then to pursue complete parity including on executive committees, the Elysee palace said in a statement.A recent tech-sector study by the consulting firm McKinsey & Company showed that women occupied just 15 percent of management posts at present, it added.The “Tech for good” summit aims to encourage global tech leaders to think about how new technologies can contribute to the common good, in areas such as education and health.The initiative is the brainchild of French President Emmanuel Macron who was scheduled to dine with 180 leaders of digital companies including Jack Ma of Alibaba, and Ken Hu of Huawei on Wednesday evening.He was also due to individual meetings with IBM boss Virginia Rometty and Dara Khosrowshahi of Uber. 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

Men Notice Messes As Much As Women Heres Why They Dont Clean

first_imgOn a typical day, men spend a third as much time cleaning as women. Does that make women beacons of cleanliness, while men are genetically unable to see the messiness in their midst? This myth is a common explanation for why men don’t do as much housework as women. Men walk into a room and apparently can’t see the dust bunnies gathering on the floor or the piles of laundry stacked up on the couch.Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 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Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65875-why-men-do-less-housework.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  It lets men off the hook for not doing their fair share of the household cleaning. But in a recent study we show that men aren’t dirt-blind — they can see mess just as well as women. They are simply less severely penalized for not keeping their spaces neat and tidy. Chore inequality Despite massive gains in education and employment, women still shoulder a larger share of the housework than men. Women today spend, on average, roughly an hour and 20 minutes per day cooking, cleaning and doing laundry. About a third of that is just spent cleaning. Men, on the other hand, spend about half an hour performing these duties — and only 10 minutes scrubbing and tidying. This household chore inequality is evident over time, across professions and even when women work longer hours and make more money. Even in Sweden, where government policies are strongly geared toward promoting gender equality, women do more housework. Swedish women do two times as much daily housework than men even though women are much more likely to work full-time than in other countries. Naturally, the more time spent on chores, the less a woman has to spend on other activities like sleep, work and leisure. The same mess In our study, which was recently published in Sociological Methods and Research, we asked 327 men and 295 women of various ages and backgrounds to assess a photo of a small living room and kitchen area. By random assignment, some participants rated a photo of the room looking cluttered — dirty dishes on the counter, clothing strewn about — while others examined a much tidier version of the same room. All participants looked at the one photo they were given and then rated how messy they thought it was and how urgently it needed cleaning. The first thing we wanted to know was whether men and women respondents rated the rooms differently. Contrary to popular lore, men and women saw the same mess: They rated the clean room as equally clean and the messy room as equally messy. Differing expectations So if “dirt blindness” isn’t to blame, why do women do more housework? One argument is that social expectations are different for men and women. Women may be judged more harshly for having a less-than-spotless home, and women’s awareness of these expectations may motivate them to do more. We tested this idea by randomly telling participants that the photo they were looking at depicted either “John’s” or “Jennifer’s” living space. Then we asked them to rate Jennifer’s or John’s character — how responsible, hardworking, neglectful, considerate and likable they were — based on the cleanliness of their home. We also asked participants to assess the extent to which she or he might be judged negatively by unexpected visitors — extended family, bosses and friends — and how much responsibility they believed Jennifer or John would bear for housework if they were working full-time and living alone, working full-time and married with children, or a married, stay-at-home parent. This is where things got interesting. Participants rated the photos differently depending on whether they were told that a woman or a man lived there. Notably, respondents held higher standards of cleanliness for Jennifer than they did for John. When they were told the tidy room belonged to Jennifer, participants — regardless of gender — judged it less clean and more likely to inspire disapproving reactions from guests than when the same exact room was John’s. We’ve all heard ‘men are lazy’ Still, we did find that both men and women pay a large penalty for having a cluttered home. Compared to their tidier counterparts, both Jennifer and John received substantially more negative character ratings and were expected to garner much more negative judgments from visitors. Interestingly, John’s character was rated more negatively than Jennifer’s for having a messy home, reflecting the common stereotype that men are lazy. Yet participants did not believe John would be any more likely than Jennifer to suffer negative judgment from visitors, which suggests that the “men are lazy” stereotype does not disadvantage them in a socially meaningful way. Finally, people were more likely to believe that Jennifer would bear primary responsibility for cleaning, and this difference was especially large in the hypothetical scenario in which she or he is a full-time working parent living with a spouse. That people attribute greater responsibility for housework to women than men, even regardless of their employment situation, suggests that women get penalized more often for clutter than men do. Judge not People hold women to higher standards of cleanliness than men, and hold them more responsible for it. Some women may internalize or embrace such standards. But for many, it is unlikely a love of cleaning but rather a fear of how mess will be perceived that is the real problem — and one possible reason why many women frantically clean their home before unexpected visitors arrive. The good news is that, with enough collective willpower, old-fashioned social expectations can be changed. We could start by thinking twice before judging the state of someone’s home, especially our own. 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