5 Facts About the FirstEver Cannabis Speakeasy That Just Opened in Las

first_img Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. Entrepreneur Staff Download Our iOS App Lifestyle Next Article Image credit: Cannabiniers | Two Roots Special Projects Director December 10, 2018 3 min readcenter_img Free Green Entrepreneur App Add to Queue 5 Facts About the First-Ever Cannabis Speakeasy That Just Opened in Las Vegas In a burgeoning industry like cannabis, there’s something new happening all the time. Rarely, however, does that “something new” make us want to jump in a plane and head to Las Vegas.Enter Dana’s Place, the world’s first-ever cannabis speakeasy, which opens today at the Las Vegas ReLeaf dispensary located just 500 feet off the iconic Strip. The brainchild of cannabis-focused brand management company Cannabiniers, the hidden lounge’s old-school Vegas décor and art-deco style lighting evoke Prohibition-era speakeasies. “It’s got an underground feel that resonates with the days when alcohol was restricted under law,” says Kevin Love, Cannabier’s director of product development. “This correlation is a perfect fit.”Related: 5 Things You Need to Know Before Opening a DispensaryHere Love breaks down what you need to know about this revolutionary joint.1. It’s an educational experience.“Although cannabis is becoming more widely accepted, some consumers still look at our industry with weary eyes, making a speakeasy the ideal style for Dana’s Place. Placing a mystery around having a speakeasy in a dispensary draws in an audience who may not normally think to go to one, because of adverse preconceived notions that they aren’t an inviting environment. It’s an educational experience that opens the opportunity to show how welcoming dispensaries truly are.”2. It’s in the perfect location.“Las Vegas attracts consumers from all over the world. Lucky for us, we opened Las Vegas ReLeaf in a conveniently located area for both visitors and residents that happens to be the perfect setting for a speakeasy-style bar. Additionally, Las Vegas is a city of firsts. When visitors come, they are looking for an experience. What better than visiting a dispensary and getting to hang out in a speakeasy?”3. “Bud-tenders” are there to guide you.“We have experienced staff at Las Vegas ReLeaf, and while customers are waiting to explore the dispensary, the tasting bar is the perfect opportunity to try a variety of products. We have a host of products on tap including our famous Two Roots Cannabier, Just Society Teas and Coffees along with Creative Water Mocktails. This is the first-of-its-kind to be installed within a dispensary, and we are excited to change the whole dispensary shopping experience.”Related: The Green Industry Goes White Collar4. It’s dripping with old-school cool.“From start to finish, the experience of coming into Las Vegas ReLeaf is one to remember. In true speakeasy style, patrons must buzz in through a bolted door, show their IDs and then be buzzed in through another door. The décor is modern with art-deco style lighting, keeping consistent with the traditional speakeasy experience. It’s a very bar-esque feeling, with an old-school Vegas vibe.”5. There’s nowhere else like it.“Dana’s Place is the first cannabis speakeasy in the U.S. and the first in a series of Cannabinier tasting bars to appear throughout dispensaries across the country. Buying cannabis for the first time can be daunting, and we wanted to lighten the mood with drinks and entertainment to demonstrate how mainstream cannabis consumption has become. As cannabis becomes more widely accepted and legalization continues to spread nationally, the shopping experience for cannabis will evolve. With Dana’s Place, we’re ahead of the world.” Patrick Carone Here’s what you need to know about the revolutionary Dana’s Place. –shareslast_img read more

Generation Z and the Future of Business

first_img 5 min read Millennials The World Government Summit in Dubai always leaves its attendees and viewers with a gratified, inspirational understanding of what governments and businesses across the globe are doing to improve the lives of citizens everywhere. This year, as the Raising Awareness and Human Social 2.0 panel wrapped up, there was one undeniable takeaway: the voice of Millennials and Generation Zers are forcing governments and businesses across the globe to change how they operate. Through the panel, featuring top entrepreneurs and executives Renato Libric, Rana Gujral and Ryan Patel, we learned that the traditional methods of operating a business has been flipped on its head and now requires much more thought and consideration.Related: 5 Ways Millennials Are Like No Generation Before ThemWhat has changed?The times have changed from when a company could focus solely on making as much capital as possible without having to worry about their global outreach and opinions. Now, an organization’s stance on what they believe in, as well as their own goodwill in the world, are equal, if not more valuable, than the products they produce. This new wave of pressure to “do good” came about because of the advent of social media, empowering millennials and Gen Zers.The panel moderator (Melissa Jun Rowley) touched on how millennials and Gen Zs are digital natives who have quickly realized, not only the power that they hold, but how to use it. “They collaborate with people on the other side of the planet” and are more “socially aware than any generation ever has been.” Thus, making them a very forceful consumer.Related: Marketing to Millennials? Make It Personal and Customized.How does this change impact businesses?As Ryan Patel (board of director at American Red Cross LA, former VP of global development at Pinkberry) noted, “companies can no longer just be okay with, ‘we made enough money, now let’s do something good’ It has to be engrained in their DNA.” Because if it’s not and if a consumer sees something they don’t like, they’re going to let the brand know directly.Patel also expanded on this thought, stating that it’s vital for companies to now be engaged with their consumers. “It’s no longer okay to write a check for companies. Just like it’s no longer [okay] for governments to say “we’re doing something.”… Consumers, Millennials and Gen Z can look you up and see what are you doing to make an impact. We must be transparent.”One of the biggest changes in this new consumer behavior is if they like what a brand stands up for, they want to get behind it.Renato Libric (CEO Bouxtie Inc.) explained how just last year, his company Bouxtie Inc., went viral after a devastating Florida hurricane. Bouxtie had changed the gift card industry, eliminating the plastic card and allowing people to send gift cards digitally. Libric noted, “Victims of the hurricane were posting videos of the flood damage they had suffered online and people from all over the globe saw a cause, began communicating with them peer-to-peer, and then used Bouxtie, which prides itself on being transparent, to send digital gift cards for places they can buy what they need, to try to make a difference and get these people back on their feet.”Renato also explained that Millennials and Gen Zers are more interested in experiences than putting their money into an actual, physical product. He stated that today’s younger generations will spend, “five to seven days [discussing online] with friends [which company] has the best outreach.”Renato gave an example of how consumers today would be more apt to ignore a new Nike ad and instead buy a new pair of shoes from a company who will turn around and help those in need in Africa. It’s this behavior that is clearly changing the playing field for all companies, new and old.Related: Trump’s Tax Plan: The Top 3 Things You Need To KnowHow does this change impact governments?This altering trend pushed upon companies by Millennials and Gen Zers also pertains to governments. As Rana Gujral (entrepreneur, HACK Temple) said, government’s, “have to satisfy what an audience is looking for.”“For governments, if they want to get elected and they want to stay relevant, they have to speak to their audience.” This is due to the fact that, if they don’t speak to their audience directly, that audience will move on. Gujral noted that millennial and Gen Zers are very, “in-tune with themselves and really believe they can make a change.” Naturally, they want to see someone in government, “who is speaking from their heart.” If they don’t, they will be vocal about it until they get what they want.Millennial and Gen Zers should be proud of themselves. They were handed a medium (social media) in which they could do what they wanted with it and they turned around and have begun changing how the most powerful people in the world operate. No matter where your opinion on this topic lies, you do have to admit, enabling a generation to use their voice to push others do good in the world, is never a bad thing.The World Government Summit is an annual conference featuring more than 100 distinguished speakers from across the planet, focused on creating a dialogue that will shape the future of governments and help improve the lives of citizens everywhere. Cynthia Johnson A global forum has found that the generation born since 1980 is having a profound effect on government and business. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Generation Z and the Future of Business Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Register Now » Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Add to Queue Co-founder and CEO of Bell + Ivy, marketer, speaker and author March 3, 2017 Next Article Image credit: Paul Bradbury | Getty Images –shares Guest Writerlast_img read more

Google Shutters Google After It Exposed Data for Hundreds of Thousands of

first_img 3 min read Image credit: Beck Diefenbach/Reuters via engadget Add to Queue Google –shares Next Article Register Now » Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Mallory Locklear This story originally appeared on Engadget Google exposed private data from hundreds of thousands of Google+ users and then chose not to inform those affected by the issue. The Wall Street Journal reported that sources close to the matter claim the decision to keep the exposure under wraps was made among fears of regulatory scrutiny. Google said it discovered and immediately fixed the issue in March of this year.According to the Wall Street Journal’s sources as well as documents reviewed by the publication, a software vulnerability gave outside developers access to private Google+ user data between 2015 and 2018. And an internal memo noted that while there wasn’t any evidence of misuse on behalf of developers, there wasn’t a way to know for sure whether any misuse took place. Google said that it also found no evidence that any of the developers behind the 438 applications that used the API in question were aware of the bug. Exposed data included names, email addresses, birth dates, gender, profile photos, places lived, occupation and relationship status.Though Google allows developers to collect Google+ profile information when granted access by users, a bug gave developers access to the profile data of friends of those users as well, regardless of whether those friends had chosen to share that information publicly. Google said in a blog post that nearly 500,000 users may have been impacted, but because the company keeps the log data from this specific API for only two weeks at a time, it can’t fully confirm who was truly impacted and who was not. The company noted that information like Google+ posts, messages and G Suite content weren’t included in the exposure.”Our Privacy and Data Protection Office reviewed this issue, looking at the type of data involved, whether we could accurately identify the users to inform, whether there was any evidence of misuse and whether there were any actions a developer or user could take in response. None of these thresholds were met in this instance,” said Google. The Wall Street Journal reports that CEO Sundar Pichai was notified of the plan to not disclose the data exposure and a document obtained by the publication warned that if it was indeed disclosed, it could result in “us coming into the spotlight alongside or even instead of Facebook despite having stayed under the radar throughout the Cambridge Analytica scandal.”In light of this issue, Google will be shutting down the consumer version of Google+ and will do so over the course of 10 months in order to allow users to transition out of the service. The company aims to complete that process by August of next year. Additionally, Google is giving users more control over the data they share with apps, will limit the apps that can receive permission to access Gmail data and will limit the ability of apps to retrieve call log and SMS access on Android.While Pichai declined to appear at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing that touched on election meddling and security, he will testify before the House Judiciary Committee next month and discuss bias, privacy and Google’s rumored work in China. The company also didn’t tell users about the exposure. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Google Shutters Google+ After It Exposed Data for Hundreds of Thousands of Users October 9, 2018last_img read more

Apple Taps Burberry CEO to Run Retail Operations

first_img Apple is adding a touch of plaid to its retail stores.Apple has tapped Burberry chief Angela Ahrendts to run its retail division, adding a decidely non-tech executive to manage its consumer sales channel.Apple created a new position for Ahrendts, who will be a senior vice president and member of the company’s executive team. She will report to CEO Tim Cook.“I am thrilled that Angela will be joining our team,” Cook said in a statement. “She shares our values and our focus on innovation, and she places the same strong emphasis as we do on the customer experience. She has shown herself to be an extraordinary leader throughout her career and has a proven track record.”Ahrendts, who became CEO of the British luxury fashion brand in 2006, will oversee the strategic direction, expansion and operation of both Apple retail and online stores, the company said. She will join Apple in spring 2014.Apple’s retail chain – exemplified by bright and modern Apple stores nationwide – hasn’t had a high-profile leader since Ron Johnson left two years ago to run J.C. Penney. Johnson was fired from that job in April.Apple did not disclose what it is paying Ahrendts, but she was the highest paid CEO for any company on the FTSE 100 last year, at $27 million. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. October 15, 2013 –shares Lyneka Little Apple Taps Burberry CEO to Run Retail Operations Technology Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Add to Queue 2 min read Next Article Register Now »last_img read more

SpaceX Loses Falcon Heavys Center Booster to the Sea

first_img Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. April 16, 2019 Next Article SpaceX Loses Falcon Heavy’s Center Booster to the Sea –shares Image credit: SpaceX via engadget 2 min read Mariella Moon Add to Queue Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business This story originally appeared on Engadget SpaceX successfully landed all three of Falcon Heavy’s boosters after its most recent launch, but it won’t be able to reuse one of them. The company lost the core booster that landed on its drone ship “Of Course I Still Love You” to rough seas as it was making its way back to Port Canaveral. It was the heavy-lift rocket’s second launch and the first time SpaceX was able to stick all three boosters’ landing — the one that was supposed to land on the barge after the first flight dropped straight into the ocean.SpaceX told The Verge in a statement:”Over the weekend, due to rough sea conditions, SpaceX’s recovery team was unable to secure the center core booster for its return trip to Port Canaveral. As conditions worsened with eight to ten foot swells, the booster began to shift and ultimately was unable to remain upright. While we had hoped to bring the booster back intact, the safety of our team always takes precedence. We do not expect future missions to be impacted.”While the company can no longer retrieve the lost core, it plans to use the two outer boosters that touched down on land for the Falcon Heavy’s next mission this summer. The rocket’s boosters are modified Falcon 9 cores, which the company previously proved can touch down on drone ships. If it wants to recover all three in the future, though, it will have to refine the center booster’s design to be able to return to a barge and secure itself enough to make it across choppy waters. It wasn’t able to make its way back to the port. SpaceX Register Now »last_img read more

Diet Coke rebrand includes £10m ad spend and two new flavours

first_imgDiet Coke rebrand includes £10m ad spend and two new flavoursPosted By: News Deskon: February 27, 2018In: Beverage, Industries, Marketing, New products, Soft drinksPrintEmailCoca-Cola Great Britain will spend £10 million on advertising to promote Diet Coke, as two new flavours join the line in the UK: exotic mango and feisty cherry.As part of a brand refresh, the first development will see packs across the UK take on a fresh, new look and feel.Following an extensive design process, Coke said the updated design has been developed specifically for the UK market in mind. With the aim of appealing to both current fans and new drinkers, the iconic silver can will incorporate a larger logo etched into the background.Coca-Cola decided on the new flavours after extensive consumer testing which saw 30 new flavours tested with more than 10,000 people, and it hopes the new variants “will offer drinkers an unexpected twist on the unique, crisp taste of original Diet Coke”.From the start of March, a creative campaign called Because I Can will launch, which sees the brand encourage consumers to live their life unapologetically.As well as a 30-second TV ad, the campaign will also feature bus advertising and digital marketing.Coca-Cola GB and Ireland managing director Aedamar Howlett said: “2018 promises to be an exciting year for Diet Coke as we continue to evolve and update the brand for both loyal drinkers and a new wave of fans coming into the brand for the first time. “We have listened to consumers at every step of the way, from the new design, to new flavours and look, to continue to engage and interact with our customers in exciting ways as our Because I Can campaign rolls out in the coming months.”Earlier this year, The Coca-Cola Company unveiled a brand rejuvenation for Diet Coke in the US, featuring updated packaging and the introduction of four new flavours: ginger lime, feisty cherry, zesty blood orange, and twisted mango.A new design in sleek, 12oz cans aims to give Diet Coke a more contemporary feel. A refreshed visual identity, meanwhile, aims to live up to Diet Coke’s new flavours and packaging.Share with your network: Tags: Diet CokeUKlast_img read more

Gallery More photos from Anuga FoodTec 2018

first_imgThe show, which focuses on food processing and packaging, is a major event in the European calendar. Some of the continent’s larger companies, as well as those from further afield, have descended on this part of western Germany to exhibit their latest solutions.You can see more galleries like this on FoodBev’s Flickr channel. Share with your network: Tags: Anuga FoodTecGermany Gallery: More photos from Anuga FoodTec 2018Posted By: News Deskon: March 23, 2018In: Business, Events, Food, FoodBev TV, Galleries, Industries, Manufacturing, PackagingPrintEmailBY JULES SCULLY AND ALEX CLEREIN COLOGNE, GERMANYThis is the second of our galleries of Anuga FoodTec, which has been taking place this week in Cologne and comes to a close today. The gallery consists of a selection of images from Hall 9, featuring companies such as Zudek, Frey and Textor.last_img read more

CocaColas new vending machine lets consumers recycle packaging

first_imgCoca-Cola’s new vending machine lets consumers recycle packagingPosted By: Contributoron: October 01, 2018In: Beverage, Industries, Innovation, New products, Refreshment, Technology, VendingPrintEmailThe Coca-Cola Company has showcased a new vending machine in China which features facial recognition and allows consumers to return used packaging.Called VenCycling, the machine has a voice interactive system and it is said to make purchasing and recycling a variety of Coca-Cola beverages “more efficient and intelligent”.Sporting AI LEDs and two ‘eyes’ – one that dispenses beverages and another that collects used packaging – the machine offers a smart incentive for consumers to recycle, Coca-Cola said.In exchange for returning used cans or plastic bottles into the machine, consumers receive credits, primarily via mobile devices, for beverages or products made from recycled plastics.Shell Huang, vice president of research and development at Coca-Cola Asia Pacific, said: “We envision a system that allows vending machines to also collect used packaging. It will help enhance recycling awareness among consumers and nurture recycling habits.”Coca-Cola Greater China and Korea vice president Jiantao Zhang added: “VenCycling is an innovation for the company to achieve our global vision for sustainable packaging. We will use our business efficiency to contribute to sustainable development in China.”The Coca-Cola Company said that innovations like the VenCycling machine support its World Without Waste vision to help collect and recycle the equivalent of 100% of its packaging by 2030.As part of the programme, which was unveiled earlier this year, Coca-Cola will support the collection of packaging across the industry – including bottles and cans from other companies – and “work with local communities, industry partners, our customers, and consumers to help address issues like packaging litter and marine debris”.Share with your network: Tags: ChinasustainabilityThe Coca-Cola Companylast_img read more

Lisa Marie Presley sues exmanager after Elvis cash falls to 14000

first_imgUS news First published on Fri 23 Feb 2018 06.53 EST Lisa Marie Presley sues ex-manager after Elvis cash falls to $14,000 This article is more than 1 year old Elvis Presley’s daughter accuses Barry Siegel of recklessly mismanaging her inheritance This article is more than 1 year old Share on Facebook Share via Email Share on LinkedIn … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Elvis’s daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, inherited his $100m (£71.5m) estate in 1993 at the age of 25. Another 25 years later, she says in a lawsuit obtained by US media that she is down to her last $14,000.Presley blames her former manager Barry Siegel for her precarious finances, and filed a suit last week against him accusing him of “reckless and negligent mismanagement” of her inherited estate. In the suit, first reported by the US website the Blast, she claims that her cash reserves were whittled down because of Siegel’s poor investment decisions. He has countered that Presley is to blame, alleging in a lawsuit of his own that she squandered much of her fortune. He is demanding $800,000 in damages for non-payment.Elvis Presley’s fortune had dwindled to a few million dollars at the time of his death in 1977, but the power of the Presley brand – including the tourist attraction Graceland – meant that assets were built back up into the $100m trust that Lisa Marie inherited on her 25th birthday.Siegel sold off 85% of her share in the Elvis Presley Enterprises company in 2005, a deal that he says “cleared up over $20m in debts Lisa had incurred and netted her over $40m cash and a multi-million dollar income stream”. Presley says it lost her millions thanks to a subsequent investment in Core Entertainment, the company behind American Idol that went bankrupt in 2016.According to reports in the US, tax filings show the family’s Presley Charitable Foundation has operated at an annual loss in every tax year since 2009, with reported annual revenue down to just $26 in one year. The foundation’s endowment, reported to be just north of $100,000, is in Siegel’s care. The foundation did not return the Guardian’s calls.Presley, who has recorded three albums of her own, is already in a battle over assets in the wake of her divorce from Michael Lockwood, her fourth marriage after short-lived partnerships with Michael Jackson and Nicolas Cage. According to reports of her divorce proceedings last week, she claims she is $16m in debt. Lockwood disputes the figure, arguing “she has not disclosed her assets or their values”.None of Presley’s representatives the Guardian contacted responded with comments. Leon Gladstone, a lawyer for Siegel, said his client had sued Presley first for non-payment. “It’s clear Lisa Marie is going through a difficult time in her life and looking to blame others instead of taking responsibility for her actions,” he said in a statement.This article was amended on 24 February 2018 to correct some misspellings of Barry Siegel’s surname. Share on Facebook Lisa Marie Presley on stage in London in 2012.Photograph: Brian Rasic/Getty Images news Since you’re here… US news Share via Email Ben Beaumont-Thomas in London and Jamiles Lartey in New York Share on Twitter Support The Guardian Share on Messenger Shares641641 Share on Twitter Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Elvis Presley Topics Fri 23 Feb 2018 12.24 ESTlast_img read more

Trump says Russia no longer targeting US contradicting intelligence chief

first_imgThis article is more than 1 year old This article is more than 1 year old Wed 18 Jul 2018 14.02 EDT news Share via Email Lauren Gambino Donald Trump President’s response comes a week after the top US intelligence officer cautioned that Russia is still a persistent threat Support The Guardian Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Shares202202 Share on Pinterest Donald Trump meets with members of his cabinet at the White House.Photograph: Leah Millis/Reuters Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he does not believe Russia is still targeting the United States, directly contradicting the nation’s top intelligence officer, who said Moscow continues to attack America’s electoral system.When asked by reporters at the start of a cabinet meeting whether he believed Russia was “still targeting the US”, Trump responded: “No.”The White House swiftly sought to clean up Trump’s comments by claiming the president was saying “no” to taking questions from reporters. “Certainly, we believe the threat still exists,” Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, told reporters hours later. Share on Facebook US politics Since you’re here… Trump says Russia no longer targeting US, contradicting intelligence chief Last modified on Wed 18 Jul 2018 18.16 EDT Cyberwar Trump administration The explanation was met with skepticism in the White House briefing room, as reporters pressed Sanders on what was widely interpreted as the president suggesting the Russians were no longer targeting the US. Sanders nonetheless doubled down and sought to cut off further questions on the subject.In an interview with CBS later on Wednesday, Trump said he holds Putin responsible for Russian meddling and told the leader not to interfere again.Trump said he was “very strong on the fact that we can’t have meddling – we can’t have any of that.” “I let him know we can’t have this, we’re not going to have it, and that’s the way it’s going to be,” Trump added. Topics Trump-Russia investigation Share on Messenger Russia … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. The latest series of seemingly contradictory remarks from the president came less than 24 hours after Trump sought to reverse course in the wake of unrelenting, bipartisan criticism in response to his conduct during a joint press conference with Russian president, Vladimir Putin, in Helsinki, in which he praised the Russian leader and sided with him over the views of US intelligence officials that Russia had attacked the 2016 US election.In a Tuesday news conference, Trump attempted to defuse the brewing political crisis after the US president said that Putin privately offered an “extremely strong and powerful” denial of Russian involvement in the US election and raised concerns about the veracity of intelligence agencies’ conclusion.Trump said that he had misspoken during the press conference, and believed the conclusion that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election. But moments later he again undercut his own acceptance of Russian involvement by again casting doubt on who was responsible, saying that the interference “could be other people also”.Trump has long sown doubt about the conclusion that Russia meddled in the presidential election and has repeatedly attacked the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller as a “witch-hunt”.Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, cautioned that Russia remains a persistent threat to US elections. “The warning lights are blinking red again,” Coats said last week. “Today, the digital infrastructure that serves this country is literally under attack.” Share on LinkedIn Sign up to receive the top US stories every morning Donald Trump Share via Email ‘Nothing short of treason’: US voters on the Trump-Putin summit Share on Twitter @laurenegambino Share on WhatsApp Read more Reuse this contentlast_img read more

UN head calls for Idlib to be spared humanitarian nightmare

first_imgAbout 3.5 million people are crammed into Idlib and the surrounding areas, at least half of whom have fled areas retaken from the opposition by the regime.Syrian government and Russian warplanes began airstrikes in Idlib last week in a possible prelude to a full-scale offensive to retake the region. They say they are targeting terrorist groups.“I understand that the present situation in Idlib is not sustainable and the presence of terrorist groups cannot be tolerated. But fighting terrorism does not absolve warring parties of their core obligations under international law,” Guterres told reporters in New York.His comments came after Turkey renewed calls for international backing for a ceasefire, telling the UN security council that an all-out assault would trigger a huge wave of refugees and could threaten Europe. UN head calls for Idlib to be spared ‘humanitarian nightmare’ Topics Turkey António Guterres appeals to Russia, Iran and Turkey to ‘spare no effort’ in protecting civilians in last major rebel stronghold in Syria Syria Tue 11 Sep 2018 16.45 EDT Share on Messenger Russia called for the council meeting to brief members on a summit it held with Iran and Turkey on military plans to retake Idlib, the last major rebel stronghold in Syria.“There is no doubt that an all-out military operation would result in a major humanitarian catastrophe,” the Turkish ambassador, Feridun Sinirlioğlu, told the council meeting.Further airstrikes and bombings would trigger a “massive wave of refugees and tremendous security risks for Turkey, the rest of Europe and beyond,” he warned.Turkey, which has sent troops to Idlib and supports some of the armed groups, called for an immediate ceasefire and urged the international community “to vocally and actively support our efforts to this end”.But Russia and Iran have rejected Turkey’s call for a ceasefire.The US ambassador, Nikki Haley, said Syrian forces, backed by Russia and Iran, had already launched 100 airstrikes on Idlib this month and that their sole aim was “a bloody military conquest of Idlib”.Haley warned of dire consequences if mass casualties were caused if the assault went ahead. “The world will hold them responsible,” she added.Britain and France backed the call for a ceasefire, recalling that these had been agreed under arrangements for a “de-escalation zone” in Idlib that were overseen by Russia, Iran and Turkey.Russia and Iran insisted that a military offensive in Idlib would be a counter-terrorism operation and that measures would be taken to spare civilians.“We cannot allow terrorists to hold hostage and use hundreds of thousands of people of Idlib as human shields,” said the Russian ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia. Share on Twitter Share via Email Shares2727 Share via Email Iran US foreign policy Share on LinkedIn Middle East and North Africa This article is more than 10 months old Support The Guardian Read more However Russia’s Syria envoy said on Tuesday it would be up to Turkey to separate terrorist elements from the moderate opposition.“We are saying the situation in Idlib should be settled most preferably in a peaceful way. It is possible to abstain from using military force,” Alexander Lavrentiev told reporters following talks in Geneva with the UN envoy Staffan de Mistura.“Idlib province is … a sort of zone of responsibility of Turkey; it is their responsibility to separate the moderate opposition from the extremists, from Jabhat al-Nusra and other groups, other terrorist groups,” he said.The UN security council meeting came days after it heard warnings from De Mistura about a looming catastrophe from the military offensive in Idlib.This story includes material from Agence France-Press and Reuters Syrian rebel fighters from the recently formed National Liberation Front pictured in Idlib province on 11 September.Photograph: Aaref Watad/AFP/Getty Images Read more United Nations secretary general António Guterres has appealed to Russia, Iran and Turkey to “spare no effort to find solutions that protect civilians” in Idlib and said it was “absolutely essential” to avoid a full-scale battle in Syria’s rebel-held province.“This would unleash a humanitarian nightmare unlike any seen in the blood-soaked Syrian conflict,” he told reporters. Civilians in Syria’s last rebel stronghold brace for final battle Share on Facebook First published on Tue 11 Sep 2018 15.20 EDT Staff and agencies This article is more than 10 months old Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. 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ATU279 – Octopus Watch

first_imgShare this…TwitterFacebookPinterest1LinkedInEmailPrint RelatedATU182 – Roger Voice, KNFB Reader, RESNA’s new Singapore Conference, Legislative Update From Audrey Busch, Drive About Number Neighborhood AppNovember 21, 2014In “Assistive Technology Update”ATU228 – iOS 9 and Its Impact on People with Disabilities | Luis Perez | Free AT Webinars, Insulin and Blood Sugar Monitoring on Your Smart Phone, Robots and AutismOctober 9, 2015In “Assistive Technology Update”ATU188 – Wheel Life & The Bally Foundation, Look at Me app for Autism, Applevis’ Golden Apple Awards, Birdhouse for AutismJanuary 2, 2015In “Assistive Technology Update” Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadYour weekly dose of information that keeps you up to date on the latest developments in the field of technology designed to assist people with disabilities and special needs.Show notes:Octopus Watch | Sam Hickman CEO of Joy | www.heyjoy.ioYouTube Videos from the INDATA Project – www.EasterSealsTech.com/youtubeThe Assistive Technology Daily – from the North Carolina Assistive Technology Program http://buff.ly/2dajCjkUber updates its app to aid hearing-impaired drivers http://buff.ly/2d5cLa6VocaliD Teams with Tobii Dynavox to Humanize the Voice within Assistive Communication Devices | Business Wire http://buff.ly/2dazbG7App: DayCape www.BridgingApps.org——————————If you have an AT question, leave us a voice mail at: 317-721-7124 or email tech@eastersealscrossroads.orgCheck out our web site: https://www.eastersealstech.comFollow us on Twitter: @INDATAprojectLike us on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/INDATA——-transcript follows ——SAM HICKMAN: Hi, I’m Sam Hickman, CEO of Joy, and this is your Assistance Technology Update.WADE WINGLER: Hi, this is Wade Wingler with the INDATA Project at Easter Seals crossroads in Indiana with your Assistive Technology Update, a weekly dose of information that keeps you up-to-date on the latest developments in the field of technology designed to assist people with disabilities and special needs.Welcome to episode 279 of assistive technology update. It’s scheduled to be released on September 30, 2016.Today I get to interview Sam Hickman of Joy. They create a product called Octopus Watch that does some pretty interesting things for kids in terms of reminding and scheduling.Also we have some information from Uber and how they have updated their app to make it easier for drivers who are deaf or hard of hearing; and a new kind of augmentative communication that synthesizes voice called vocal ID that is a new partner with tobii DynaVox; we also have an app from our friends over at BridgingApps.We hope you’ll check out our website at www.eastersealstech.com, give us a call on our listener line at 317-721-7124, or drop us a note on Twitter at INDATA Project.Do you watch YouTube? Did you know that every Monday we put out a new YouTube video about assistive technology? You can find that at www.eastersealstech.com/youtube. Go check out our videos.If you are listening to this show, I’m guessing you care about the news of assistive technology. A resource we learned about recently is the assistive technology daily, a daily blog created by our friends over at the North Carolina assistive technology program. They do new stories kind of like we do every day on assistive technology. You’ve got to check them out. Recent stories include shot box, iOS 10’s hold it point or momentary switch mode, blindfold racer championships, and a watch that tracks tremors for folks who have Parkinson’s. The website is ATtraining.org/ATdaily, but I’ll pop a link in the show notes you can find a blog and make sure you stay informed about assistive technology.Not long ago, we did a story about how Uber is offering free rides to blind jobseekers in Colorado. We also have a story now about how Uber has opted its app to make it easier for folks who are deaf or hard of hearing to be Uber drivers. With their September 26 update of the app, they did a couple of things to make it easier. The first thing is they made the screen flash to alert to let the hearing impaired driver or passengers know that the right is around the corner or almost going to be there. The other thing it does is, for the passenger it will bring up a screen that says, and I’m quoting from a picture on the website, “Thank you for entering your destination. Your driver is deaf or hard of hearing, will provide turn by turn directions when ‘Roland’ arrives.” And that’s the name of the driver in this situation. If you are a passenger on Uber and you happen to be signed a driver who is deaf, the phone communication option will be turned off and text messaging will be set up as the default way of communicating which is usually how folks do it anyway. The article also mentions that right now Uber seems to have around 20 or so drivers who are deaf or hard of hearing, and they’re hoping this will allow more folks to take advantage of the Uber service. I’m going to pop a link in the show notes over to stuff magazine where you can read more and see a video about how this new app update makes Uber a little more accessible to folks who are deaf or hard of hearing, especially those who want to try to make a little extra money. Check our show notes.I recently received a press release from tobii DynaVox about a new product called vocal ID. It’s designed to create more natural human sounding voices for individuals who use augmentative and alternative communication or otherwise use voice output to represent their spoken word. It was the thing that was founded by Doctor Rupert Patel in 2014. Basically what it does is it takes voices from voice bank – and we talked about boys bank on our show before where people who have voice and are going to lose it due to ALS or something similar read words into a recorder and then have those voices sound later to retreat human voices. Or it also does a thing called bespoke where it takes a little bit of the vocalizations of someone who has speech difficulties and matches those up with other boys bank donors and create a unique speech pattern for an individual. There is a really great video on the website, and I’ll pop a link in the show notes you can watch it, of a little girl who has some speech difficulties but does vocalize in some ways. They took her sister’s voice, and this little girl who uses augmentative medication, and created a unique combined voice that’s a little bit synthesized, a little bit part of the all common user, and a little bit part of her sister to give her something that is very unique. It’s a very heartwarming, well done video as well. On the website it talks about pricing and of the availability and how you can take these voice files that are either created for you or pulled from the human voice bank and put on your tobii DynaVox Windows augmentative comedic Asian device. There’s also a whole bunch of FAQ and other kind of information. I’m going to pop a link in the show notes and let you explore that on your own. It’s a pretty cool technology and a pretty cool concept. Be sure to check our show notes.Each week one of our partners tells us what’s happening in the ever-changing world of apps, so here’s an app worth mentioning.AMY BARRY: This is Amy Barry with BridgingApps, and this is an app worth mentioning. Today’s app is called DayCape: daily visual planning. DayCape is an app that allows therapists, teachers, parents, and even children themselves to set up visual schedules. The app is an excellent way to help users with a variety of disabilities to manage their day. DayCape simply displays with images and a visual time what tasks need to be done during the day. It also enables a web tool for supporters to the child such as parents, teachers, and mentors, to plan and send tasks directly to the child app. This can be used to plan the day for whole families or just for school classes. The app was specially created for supporting children with diagnoses such as autism and other diagnoses, but it’s also great support for all children with their daily life, and it can even benefit adults with the need for extra personal assistant. DayCape is based on research, interviews, and user testings with families with autistic children, schools that provide special care, and other support organizations for autistic children. The awesome app features included in DayCape are being able to choose images from your own phone or the DayCape library; notification reminders; visual colored time tracking; written messages for each activity; a web planning tool for parents, teachers and mentors; mobile adaptive web planning tool; the ability to plan for multiple children with this app; and image uploading; and also a really great feature is the secure connection for the child without unnecessary logins.BridgingApps highly recommends this app. DayCape is available for free at the iTunes Store and is compatible with iOS devices. For more information on this app and others like it, visit BridgingApps.org.WADE WINGLER: I think a lot of people in my audience know that I have some little kids in my house. In fact, my son just turned five and I have a three-year-old who is soon to be for. They are homeschooled, so these are kids who have a little less structured than they might if they were in a kindergarten and preschool program. They have a morning routine, but I know sometimes it wanders a little bit. Sometimes it’s hard to keep my kiddos focus on what they need to be doing at that moment. Today we are going to explore a product called Octopus Watch that might just help my kids. I was thinking about it and realize this might also have some pretty strong implications for people who have disabilities and have trouble remembering their daily routines. I’m so excited to have Sam Hickman who has the best title in the world I think. He’s the CEO of Joy. Joy is the name of the company that creates Octopus Watch. We’ve got him online today. Sam, welcome to the show.SAM HICKMAN: Thank you for having me.WADE WINGLER: I’m excited to talk about Octopus Watch because I think it might help my kids. But I really do think it might be useful for folks who have certain kinds of disabilities. But before we jump into the watch and those kinds of things, I like to know a little bit about you. Can you tell me about your background and where did this idea come from?SAM HICKMAN: Sure. As you can tell, I’m French. Pardon my accent. I moved to the US six years ago after being at a previous company in France. Here in San Francisco, the Bay Area, I discovered a lot of opportunity and possibility in terms of technology. Since the technology now is so cheap and mainstream and everybody has a smartphone in their pockets, my wife and I thought of doing some products to help the families better live in harmony. We want to have families live in harmony thanks to technology. That’s the mission statement of our company, of Joy. Then if we speak more about Octopus Watch, actually the idea came from personal experience. I have two kids, a son who is not 12, and I’m really proud of him. I really have to admit that when he was younger, we had a hard time teaching him good habits because sometimes he didn’t want to cooperate, he didn’t want to sit at the table, he didn’t want to help us. Depending on the day, either we were stressed and struggled, or we were exhausted and would give up. Sometimes he would seem to forget to brush his teeth or feet his fish. We had to remind him, repeat 10 times the same things over and over again. It was really exhausting. So with our daughter Emy, she’s now four, we decided to be more prepared. We read a lot of books; we spoke with other parents. Actually we discovered the power of routines. If you have kids – and you do — you know that having daily routines in the family really help the kids to be more organized, focused, independent, and it prevents the power struggles. So we tested a lot of productivity on the market from daily routine charts to programmable watches, even apps on smartphones and tablets, but none of these give us entire satisfaction. We arrived to the conclusion that we needed to empower our kids with something that is wearable, visual, and I can grow with them. That’s what we tried to achieve with Octopus Watch.WADE WINGLER: I can totally attest to the power of routine and consistency. That’s something that, because make it struggle with, sometimes I struggle with it too. I’m glad to know I’m not the only one. I’m excited to learn about this product that might help. Talk to me a little bit about Octopus Watch. How does it work?SAM HICKMAN: Octopus Watch is the first icon-based watch that teaches kids good habits and the concept of time. One, it’s a watch. It gives the time but shaded with icons, making it the first clock that young kids can read and understand. Two, it’s a scheduler. Parents program reminders directly on their smart phones. It sequences over Bluetooth. Everything is stored on the watch. There is a flash memory. It triggers reminders, plus it vibrates. It’s a vibration plus icons. Really, with that we want to foster independence, initiating self-esteem. Three, we like to say it assist the parents. It helps them prioritize their expectation and stay consistent with daily routines. That’s basically it, really straightforward. There is an optional “gamification” feature, but we didn’t want to have an additional layer of distractions. There is no videogame on this watch. There is no messaging system. It’s really an educational tool, but it’s still fun for the kids.WADE WINGLER: And the concept sounds brilliant, in fact. I love the idea that it’s focused and limited to just the thing it’s supposed to do as opposed to the Apple Watch that I look at all my wrist right now that really can do anything and everything, and sometimes it is a little bit too much. I understand that, especially in the context we are talking about. Talk to me a little bit about the interface. What does it look like for the child? What is the experience like in terms of their interface?SAM HICKMAN: Again, it’s really straightforward because we target the kids aging from 3 to 7 and eight years old. These kids are not supposed to know how to read, so we display the time as shaded with an icon, and that’s it. Every time the kids throughout the day want to know what time it is, he just looks at his watch. Let’s say it’s 1215. He will have an icon with a fork and a knife. It’s really simple. But it grows with the kid, meaning that once he knows how to read the time, and it can display a different clock face. We offer different clock faces like digital and analog. Then in terms of interface for the reminder: it’s as easy basically. The only difference is – for instance, it’s 715. It’s time to go to brush teeth. The watch vibrates and displays a toothbrush. The kid is invited to brush his teeth, and then once it’s done there is only one button on the watch. He presses the button and gets an image of good job. In the meantime, that synchronizes with the smartphone so that the parents contract the tasks. They can have a nice graph, etc. Again, really simple to use on the kids with wrists.WADE WINGLER: From the parents side, I know it’s a smartphone interface and you say they communicate via Bluetooth. What is the configuration? Is icon-based, textbased, drag-and-drop? How does it work from the parents perspective?SAM HICKMAN: In my background, I did a lot of apps. I know it’s important to have a good user interface and user experience. Again, simplicity, simplicity, simplicity. Basically when you open this app, you see updates. During the day you can create a reminder for your kids. You just have a big plus button, tap on it, then you enter the name of the task. There is a completion feature. For instance, prepare your backpack. You would answer back, it would propose everything that contains the string. Then you get to choose the icon. Tap on the icon and then you have to choose some attributes, optional attributes. For instance, is this task recurrent? Do you want this task to make the watch vibrates? Etc. That’s it. And that’s it, really simple. Then as the watch is close to your smartphone, it organizes over Bluetooth. For some reason, we decided to allow parents to disconnect the watch and synchronize it manually because some parents are really concerned about radio frequencies, for instance. It’s automatic or parents can decide to disorganize the watch in the morning and evening, and that’s it. That’s also why there is memory on the watch, because we want this watch to be totally autonomous as opposed to an Apple Watch for instance. The Apple Watch needs to be with the phone to work properly. With Octopus Watch, that’s not the case. We are simply using the smart phone to CIGNA data and that’s it.WADE WINGLER: That makes sense. I love the brilliance in that design. As I’m envisioning this process, I’m thinking about the icons. How big is the icon database? Can you add your own if you need to?SAM HICKMAN: As of today we have 500 icons. The beauty of the new technology and the smart objects is we can push updates. Once the product is shipped in March 2017, we can simply update the database of icons. As of today, parents can’t create their own icon , that’s the future we are working on. For instance, we had a lot of feedback. Parents said just let us take a picture with our smartphone and transformed into an icon. We are typically working on this valuable feature.WADE WINGLER: Excellent. I’m thinking about my little kids wearing this watch and it makes me envision what it might look like and some questions like, tell me about the battery life and the ruggedness and what kinds of colors are available.SAM HICKMAN: In terms of colors, five colors. Blue, pink, green, red, and gray. Gray is more for the grown-up teenager or kids, eight or nine. In terms of battery life, as you probably know, if you own a smartphone it’s a struggle. We had to balance the fact that we need a watch that is really small and tiny copper in the meantime we battery life that is sufficient. As of today it goes up to six hours, but actually really what we want is that every night the kids would plug in the watch to charge the battery. It’s like a good habit to take. For that we have an additional accessory that we call the companion that is actually a charging station that transforms into a nightlight. It’s a win-win situation for the kids. They plug in the watch every night and in exchange they have a nightlight.WADE WINGLER: That’s cool. As I’m thinking about this, I’m thinking primarily about kids, and we talked primarily about kids. My original thought behind asking for an interview was that I think maybe older kids or even adults with some kinds of disabilities might benefit from this product, people who have a hard time remembering their routine. Was that part of your design idea? tell me about the impact on people with disabilities that you envision with this.SAM HICKMAN: That’s a great remark. Our story, actually we have been selected by a hardware accelerator called Axe. They said okay, we love your concept. That you have two deliver this concept, you have to produce this concept. They sent us four months into China to create prototypes and test prototypes. During this period, I went back and forth between Europe and the United States. We were going to test prototypes with families and schools. The very good surprise was awesome feedback from the community and especially from parents with kids with special needs, kids on the autism spectrum, kids with ADHD, etc. Honestly it boosted us even more because now we know we have a product that can really change and improve the lives of millions of families and kids. Yes, absolutely we are working on developing specific features instead of icons for different use cases. Like you said, this watch was targeting kids between three and eight years old, but actually we discovered that there is a need even for teenagers and for adults because they love the simple city of this watch, they love the cost, and it’s really easy to use.WADE WINGLER: That’s a great segue into my next question. Talk to me about cost and availability. I can’t buy this from a kid just yet, right?SAM HICKMAN: What we did is a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter for us it was a good opportunity to test the people would be interested in this product. Apparently they are so that’s good. We proved traction. In the meantime we can test some price points. It’s a balance between having an interesting price for the customer that is not too expensive but in the meantime we need to cover our costs. We believe that the right price is $69. It’s way cheaper than any smart watch on the market. I forgot to say that you have a watch that is waterproof, that is robust, that is small, and your kid will love it. We believe that $69 is fair.WADE WINGLER: You know what? I agree. I think I could probably do a couple of those when it’s available. When do we think it might be available?SAM HICKMAN: We are targeting March 2017. People can preorder now, on our website heyJoy.io. They can preorder right now and will be shipping beginning of March 2017.WADE WINGLER: Excellent. We talked a little bit about creating your own icons and some of the features. Are there other things that are in your crystal ball, I think you anticipate doing with Octopus Watch or similar technology?SAM HICKMAN: Yes. We started working with some ADA specialist and child specialist in general. We want to offer the ability to download packs of daily routine templates based on gender, age, disability kids may have, really to help the parents do the right thing. Nobody told us – it’s hard to have kids, and you know that. If you can have some additional help, why not?WADE WINGLER: Absolutely. Before we wrap up the interview, make sure our audience knows about the contact information and I to reach out again. Give us the website again.SAM HICKMAN: The website is heyJoy.io.WADE WINGLER: I’ll pop a link in the show notes as well. SAM Hickman is the CEO of Joy and has been with us today talking about this thing that fascinates me and I think is interesting, Octopus Watch. Thank you so much for being with us today.SAM HICKMAN: Thank you, Wade , for having me. It was great.WADE WINGLER: Do you have a question about assistive technology? Do you have a suggestion for someone we should interview on Assistive Technology Update? Call our listener line at 317-721-7124, shoot us a note on Twitter @INDATAProject, or check us out on Facebook. Looking for a transcript or show notes from today’s show? Head on over to www.EasterSealstech.com. Assistive Technology Update is a proud member of the Accessibility Channel. Find more shows like this plus much more over at AccessibilityChannel.com. That was your Assistance Technology Update. I’m Wade Wingler with the INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads in Indiana.***Transcript provided by TJ Cortopassi. 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US Consumer Survey Physicians Using Mobile Apps Seen as a Major Differentiator

first_imgNew SOTI Survey Finds Patients More Likely to Visit Their Doctor by Booking Appointments Using Mobile TechnologyWith the number of mobile phone users reaching 4.8 billion worldwide, today’s consumers use their mobile devices for nearly everything. From personal banking to trip planning, consumers are provided with quick and easy access to apps for completing life’s most critical tasks. However, similar access to healthcare services has been lacking. For healthcare providers to make a more meaningful connection with patients, the implementation of mobile apps that meet consumer needs is crucial.According to a new survey conducted by SOTI – the world’s most trusted provider of mobile and IoT device management solutions – more than half of U.S. physicians (57%), offer their patients a mobile app to schedule appointments, access personal healthcare information, view lab results and more.While these mobile apps provide patients with speed and convenience at their fingertips, for healthcare providers, the most beneficial aspect of these mobile apps is that nearly half (46%) of all patients are more likely to schedule follow-up visits, leading to healthier patients, more revenue and earlier detection of diseases like cancer and heart disease. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) cites early detection as key for successful treatment and survival, making regular doctor’s visits all the more important for patients and physicians alike.Marketing Technology News: SRAX and The ALS Association Give BIGtoken Users a New Way to Donate Real Money with Their Data Earnings“For years, physicians have struggled to ensure that their patients followed their prescribed medical guidance and scheduled follow-up appointments. Neglecting to follow up on appointments can be detrimental to patients’ health,” said Ryan Webber, Vice President of Enterprise Mobility, SOTI. “At SOTI, we find that in order to keep pace with changing consumer expectations and enhance the patient experience, physicians must innovate by integrating mobile technology into their practice. For example, providing access to tablets at the reception desk for patient sign-in and apps for scheduling appointments and other key functions. Mobile technology is increasingly becoming ‘business-critical’ for the healthcare community.”Physician Mobile Apps Offer Patients 24/7 Access and Convenience SOTI’s consumer survey, which looked at patients across the U.S. and their mobile app usage, found that a staggering 75% of patients indicated that physicians who integrate mobile technology within their practice provide a faster and more convenient healthcare experience. In addition, the survey results revealed:54% of patients believe physicians who leverage mobile technology cut down on physician wait times57% of respondents say they prefer to communicate with physicians and office staff through mobile apps vs. calling the doctor’s office directlyFurthermore, when consumers were surveyed on what they use mobile apps for, the top three functions included:Scheduling appointments (70%)Viewing lab results (52%)Requesting prescriptions (40%)Marketing Technology News: Merkle Named 2019 Pegasystems’ Partner Excellence in Digital Transformation RecipientMobile App Adoption Still Has BarriersWhile mobile technology is helping to reduce administrative tasks and streamline correspondence between patients and physicians, patients still value face time with their doctors, with 67% of respondents preferring in-office visits over telehealth services.The survey also revealed that mobile security is a top concern for patients. SOTI found that 40% of patients are very concerned about the potential for data breaches, while 43% are somewhat concerned. Overwhelmingly, nearly 80% of patients believe that the onus should be on physicians to protect their confidential healthcare data.Webber continued, “Healthcare providers need to invest in platforms that provide an integrated mobile experience – from the ability to easily and cost-effectively build patient-facing mobile apps and streamline processes, to reassuring patients that their personal healthcare information is safe and secure.”“This survey reinforces the fact that mobility is modernizing patient experiences and enabling the future of healthcare,” Webber adds. “There are endless possibilities to leverage a diverse range of mobile and IoT devices to reinvent healthcare and improve patient follow-up rates, reduce physician wait times and enable a faster and more efficient experience for patients.”Marketing Technology News: Imperva to Acquire Distil Networks, the Industry-Recognized Leader in Bot Management IoT device managementMarketing Technologymobile appsNewsSOTIWorld Health Organization Previous ArticleNexstar Digital Introduces TViQ Audience SolutionNext ArticleFour Measurement Best Practices for Retail Marketers US Consumer Survey: Physicians Using Mobile Apps Seen as a Major Differentiator Amongst US Patients PRNewswireJune 10, 2019, 11:02 pmJune 10, 2019 last_img read more

How to Build a Network Video Recorder With an Nvidia Jetson Nano

first_img In the middle of working on an update to our articles on home video surveillance systems, I bought one of Nvidia’s new Jetson Nanos. While playing with the $99 board and using it to do object recognition using a variety of cameras, it suddenly occurred to me that it would be a pretty interesting starting point for a slick little Network Video Recorder (NVR) NAS device. It consumes very little power and is portable. Plus, the integrated GPU has more AI capacity than most larger NAS units, and the Nano comes with tons of AI tools pre-installed. So for those wanting to play with their own motion or person or package or pet recognition, it’d be ideal.First Step: Setting Up Your NanoNvidia makes it really easy to set up the Nano. All you need is a microSD card and a computer to flash the L4T (Linux For Tegra) image. Technically, all you need is 16GB, but the system takes most of that, so I used a high-speed 64GB card. Once you’ve attached a keyboard, mouse, and monitor, all you need to do is plug in a micro USB power supply and you’ll be running Ubuntu 18.04. A wide variety of AI tools and demo applications are pre-installed for you.You can definitely work directly on the Nano, as it has decent interactive performance, but I found it more convenient to use a Linux VM on my main Windows machine to connect with it. Thanks to X Windows, and web-server-based apps, I could do almost everything from my machine and not need to move over to the Nano. At first, I tried to get by with Hyper-V, but it really isn’t ideal for this usage, as I wanted to do some remote development where I could test peripherals on a host Linux system and then deploy to the Nano, so I switched to Oracle’s Virtualbox. I think VMWare would be even better as it reportedly has even better USB device support, but Virtualbox is free and has worked well. Of course, a native Linux host would be ideal, but I was able to do what I needed without firing up a dedicated Linux desktop.Second Step: Beefing Up Your NanoOut of the box, the Nano has a CPU, GPU, RAM, and comes on a carrier board that has lots of I/O options. The Nano has an Ethernet port, but if you want to use it with Wi-Fi you need to add that yourself. It’s pretty easy to add a Wi-Fi+Bluetooth card via the M.2 slot, but you could also use one of the four USB ports. For heavy duty computing, you’ll also want to get a 4-amp, 5-volt power supply with the appropriate barrel connector. And a fan. All of that is pretty easy, and Nvidia has helpfully provided some links to compatible parts on its Jetson Nano Developer site.There are now even some 3D-printable enclosures you can make yourself or have a service bureau print for you. Several are linked in the Enclosure section of the excellent eLinux Nano site. Commercial efforts to create NVRs based on the Nano have added multiple Ethernet ports via M.2 adapters, but for a home-brew solution, as long as you have a way to get your cameras on the network (or can live with just a couple USB-connected models), there isn’t any need for that. One additional peripheral you will need is a storage drive for recorded videos. Almost any SATA drive is usable, but for performance and portability, an SSD would be best.Fortunately, I happened to have the ideal SSD at hand. Seagate has introduced a NAS-optimized Ironwolf 110 SSD and I had a review unit to use. Used with an enclosure that had its own power supply it worked perfectly, with the only drawback being that it wouldn’t power up correctly when connected only to a USB port. As an alternative, I connected an M.2 SSD that also worked, but of course, wasn’t optimized for a NAS workload.How much storage you need depends on your cameras, their resolution, and how long you want to keep recordings. I’ve been testing a home NVR on a Synology DS-1019+ 5-bay NAS with a 2-drive 2TB RAID 1 array successfully, so I used a 2TB Ironwolf 110 SSD. The small size of the SSD means that you have the basis for an ultra-portable video surveillance system. Seagate’s new Ironwolf 110 SSDs are also optimized to live with the heavy workloads typical of a network server, but you can certainly use something less expensive — the M.2 drive I used was the one I took out of my Dell laptop when I put a larger one in — if you’re trying to keep costs down.Configuration Tips: First, once you get it set up, you don’t need to connect a keyboard, mouse, or display to the Nano for most things. You can run it remotely over an ssh or other terminal session, and use either web interfaces for managing the NVR or a remote GUI like X Windows. Second, I recommend making a backup of your system once it is the way you want it. One easy way to do that if you have Windows is using the free Win32 Disk Imager to make an image of your microSD card.Third Step: Picking Your NVR SoftwareThere are a lot of good NVR software solutions. The tricky thing about using the Nano is that it requires software that not only runs on Linux, but that runs on an ARM processor. In my case, I didn’t want to spend the time to build a solution from source, so I looked for one that was free and would run out of the box. That led me to ZoneMinder. ZoneMinder is easy to install and has a native web UI, so it is easy to manage from anywhere in your network. It is flexible and powerful, but on the downside, I don’t find the user interface intuitive.There was also a glitch in the version I used with the Nano (running 18.04 Ubuntu L4T) when trying to use the Probe functionality, so I needed to enter camera details manually. It seems like some sort of odd library version problem that will hopefully get fixed as the Nano gets more popular.Zoneminder running on a $99 Jetson Nano showing a 4K image from an $80 Honic camera.Fourth Step: Picking Your CamerasMost of the big-money investment in home security cameras is going into walled-garden, cloud-subscription-based, NVR-unfriendly cameras like the Ring (Amazon) and Nest (Google). Personally, I think that’s a terrible trend, as all those cameras could easily support RTSP & ONVIF, but the companies behind them have chosen instead to bet that they can make you pay to look at your own video. That said, there is, fortunately, a flourishing market in IP cameras you can use however you want.The first camera I used with ZoneMinder on the Nano was the inexpensive, but powerful, Honic 4K. I’ll write more about it in our update to our security camera roundup, but in short it is a 4K outdoor PoE IP camera for a mere $80 (Note: I bought one for $80 when I started work on the articles two weeks ago, but it is now $104 on Amazon, so YMMV). It wasn’t obvious how to connect the camera to ZoneMinder without having access to the automated Probe functionality, but the Honic Support folks got back to me quickly with detailed instructions.Everything you need to build a portable video surveillance system. A Nano with fan and antennas, a case, a camera, and an SSDFinally: Configuring Your NVRAssuming you’re using ZoneMinder, you add cameras as Monitors. To test them out, you can simply configure them with the “Monitor” action. But to start recording video, you’ll want to change them to either “Mocord” or “Modect.” Modect gives you the ability to detect motion in specified zones. At this point, as someone who has run a home video surveillance system for several years, I strongly recommend to record continuously if you can.For me, the best strategy if you have a system capable of continuous recording is to have it record everything and then highlight motion events. There are several good reasons for recording everything, but the single most important is that you can be sure of things that didn’t happen. In our case, the most common use of our video footage has been proving that a delivery was never made. A corollary is that you can be sure that if something did happen, you’ll have a record. If you’re only recording detected motion events, you can never be sure whether you have full information.That said, it’s really helpful to be able to get alerted only when motion is detected, and to be able to fast forward through recordings to see detected motion events. If you’re willing to do some programming, the Nano is a perfect device to code up some clever AI to detect events you’re interested in and have them handled specially. The Nano is powerful enough to run both my ZoneMinder install and AI-based detection apps that I have using a Logitech USB web camera. So there is plenty of room to add whatever custom capabilities you can figure out how to code.Now Read:Hands On With Nvidia’s New Jetson NanoEverything We Know About the Raspberry Pi 4How to set up DIY video monitoring for home or office — subscription free<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> ‘Dark Phoenix’ Director Reveals Who Is to Blame for Massive Flop Jim Carrey’s Tragic Life Just Gets Sadder and Sadder 14 Comments You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Tagged In linuxextremetech explainsdiyHow-Tovideo camerasNvidia Jetson Nanovideo monitoringvideo processingvideo surveillanceNVR Post a Comment 14 Comments Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 5 Is Already Planned This is Where ‘Thor 4’ Will Take Place in the Marvel Timeline Reality TV Scandals We Never Saw Coming How to Build a Network Video Recorder With an Nvidia Jetson Nano By David Cardinal on April 25, 2019 at 7:30 am Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. 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iPhone Loyalty Is Reportedly Dropping Like a Rock

first_img ‘IT Chapter Two’ Director Has Another Horror Remake In Mind By Joel Hruska on July 18, 2019 at 3:44 pm The Real Reason Emma Watson Refuses to Do a Nude Scene Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. The Surprising Reason Why Brandon Routh Is Returning to Superman Dani From ‘Girl Next Door’ is Absolutely Gorgeous Now at 36 ‘Far From Home’ Brought Back An Old Character No One Noticed 20 Actors Who Were Replaced in TV Shows 93 Comments ‘Black Widow’ Set Photos Reveal The Main Villain You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Lilly From ‘Princess Diaries’ Is 36 Now and Gorgeous According to a new report, iPhone loyalty is dropping rapidly as consumers trade in their Apple products and move to other devices. The news is a further potential blow to Apple as the smartphone market slumps and its devices continue to underperform.A new report from BankMyCell claims that after tracking about 38,000 users since October 2018, iPhone retention has fallen by 15.2 percent compared with March 2018. 26 percent of BankMyCell users reported planning to move to another brand, while just 7.7 percent of Samsung Galaxy S9 buyers planning to move to an iPhone.According to Kantar Research, iPhone devices accounted for 36 percent of US phone sales in Q2 2019, down 2.4 percent from the same quarter last year. Globally, Gartner has stated that smartphone sales are expected to decline by 68 million this year, down 3.8 percent.A few things are made collectively clear by this data, and not all of them concern just Apple. First, you can expect an absolute blizzard of advertising around 5G in upcoming years, and it’s probably not going to be honest. AT&T set the tone early, with its lies about 5G E, but it probably won’t be the last company to fudge its marketing one way or another. Expect manufacturers to fight and fight hard to get you in the door, even though first-generation 5G cell phones are so bad, high outside temperatures can literally make them stop working in that mode. And by “high,” I mean “85F,” which isn’t really all that high in the downtowns and city centers where 5G service is rolling out.5G’s Mortal Enemy: The SunNo, it’s not an actual subhead for this article. It’s just how I feel like that point needs to be made.Anyway, the mystery here isn’t why Apple customers are abandoning Apple, so much as why they’d be running to Samsung instead. Both companies have enthusiastically leaped on to the bandwagon of selling customers smaller upgrades with fewer features at higher prices in recent years. The only Apple devices I’d recommend to anyone would be the small iPhone 7 or iPhone 8, but the reason I’d recommend them personally is because of their size, not any other feature. I have absolutely no interest in large devices, which means I have no interest in Apple products any longer. Unfortunately, since Android is responsible for the current trend in giant devices, it means I also have no viable Android alternatives.I genuinely expect that the iPhone SE I currently own will be my last smartphone. I will not carry a giant, smash-prone device. Given that I have broken the screen on every iPhone I’ve owned save one, I have no intention of upgrading to a larger piece of hardware with more expensive components that I am statistically even more likely to damage.But even if you aren’t like me — even if you love large devices — it’s hard to see what the current crop of products offers that’s new, useful, or even desirable when prices continue to skyrocket. Top-end smartphones are now more expensive than some very well-made laptops. For some people, it may even make sense to invest more in a top-end smartphone and skip the laptop altogether, but we’ve gone from the era in which you could treat these devices as existing side-by-side to one in which buying one type of product might be so expensive as to preclude you buying the other.Companies won’t be able to fix this problem because companies aren’t very good at being creative. What Samsung and Apple did during the original smartphone revolution was realize that new interface paradigms were possible, then push those interfaces and capabilities during a narrow window when hardware was improving rapidly, allowing for quick evolution. But the entire reason that new categories of devices like wearables haven’t taken off the same way is because manufacturers haven’t been able to capture lightning in a bottle twice.Thus far, the smartphone manufacturers in the United States have decided to double down by raising prices sharply and hoping people are still willing to pay them. Whether this has made the short-term pain worse is unclear. At the very least, it’s drawn a clear line between what these companies think they are entitled to — even more money, despite offering fewer meaningful improvements — and what consumers seem inclined to do (namely, refusing to award weaker products with more cash).I have no particular idea why anyone would move to Samsung over Apple, because honestly, most of these trends apply to Samsung just as much, but it’s possible that the talk about how Apple is failing to live up to its own product heritage or the negative rumors about this years’ iPhone are pushing people away. Either way, if the long-term PC decline is anything to judge by, this situation is going to get worse before it gets better.Now Read:Police Can Unlock Any iPhone With Cellebrite’s New ToolVerizon’s Galaxy S10 5G Price Blows Straight Through the $1K BarrierApple Cuts MacBook Air Prices, Updates MBP, and Kills off the MacBook iPhone Loyalty Is Reportedly Dropping Like a Rock Tagged In applesmartphonesandroidsamsungiphoneAT&Tverizont-mobile5gSprintphabletsGartner5G Ephone salessmartphone market Post a Comment 93 Commentslast_img read more

Avaya Identified as a Leader in Aragon Research Globe for Intelligent Contact

first_img Aragon ResearchAvaya HoldingsAvaya IX Contact Centerhybrid cloudJim ChiricoMarketing Technology NewsNews Previous ArticleDelivra Unveils Improved User Experience and Automation DashboardNext ArticleMeet Gen Z: The Self-proclaimed Hardest-working, Anxiously Optimistic Workforce of the Future Avaya Identified as a Leader in Aragon Research Globe for Intelligent Contact Center PRNewswireJune 10, 2019, 1:58 pmJune 10, 2019 Avaya Leadership Based on Completeness of Strategy and PerformanceAvaya Holdings Corp. announced it has been recognized as a Leader in the The Aragon Research Globe for Intelligent Contact Center, 2019According to the report1, authored by Aragon Research lead analyst Jim Lundy and associate analyst Samra Anees: Avaya has one of the largest install bases of Contact Center deployments, offering Private, Public and Hybrid Cloud and they have continued to push the envelope. Its A.I.Connect ecosystem of partners enables customers to integrate new capabilities with leading vendors in the speech technology and AI-enabled customer engagement market.“The race to innovate and deliver AI capabilities represents a shift in the contact center market,” said Jim Lundy, CEO and Lead Analyst, Aragon Research. “Providers who have successfully implemented AI into their contact center solutions, such as Avaya, along with its complete contact center platform, are providing users with a future path to seamless and intelligent customer experiences.”Marketing Technology News: TapClicks Wins People’s Choice Stevie Award for Favorite New Marketing SolutionWith Avaya IX Contact Center, customers can infuse artificial intelligence along with automation into voice, digital, mobility and workforce engagement applications. It’s always seamless and context-driven. Agents also need to stay in sync and keep pace with customer expectations, and with a consolidated view of relevant information, they can exceed expectations and reach great outcomes, faster. As users gain a deeper understanding of customer needs, teams become more efficient and effective.“As the leader in contact center solutions, Avaya is delivering artificial intelligence capabilities to this market in a way that accelerates value for our global customers, whether increasing revenue opportunities or improving productivity,” said Jim Chirico, President and CEO, Avaya. “Being named a Leader in Intelligent Contact Center by Aragon Research highlights our extensive AI capabilities and the relevance and impact of the investments we continue to make in AI for the contact center.”Marketing Technology News: New Global Report Reveals 9 in 10 Companies See ‘Self-Service’ as the Future for CustomersThe Aragon Research Globe is a market evaluation tool that graphically depicts Aragon Research’s evaluation of a specific market and its component vendors. Aragon Research examined the major providers in the industry based on its three dimensions of analysis: strategy, performance, and reach. “Leaders” are noted as having comprehensive strategies that align with industry direction and market demand, and perform effectively against those strategies.Marketing Technology News: Eggplant Commissioned Research Finds Business and It Divided on Software Strategylast_img read more

Ideological Decay Lack of Trust BJP Capitalises on Downfall of Brand Mamata

first_img While neither Raju nor Geeta wanted to talk politics, Shiba’s aunt, Anjali said, “What can I say about politics. We just want to lead our simple lives.” Since Shah’s visit, the family has found itself embroiled in the state’s intense electoral politics. Part of the reason stems from the strategic importance of Naxalbari, but leaders from both parties said that Naxalbari’s importance can’t be explained simply. “It’s mythical, the place and what is represents,” said one BJP leader.The myth, like so many others, began with a bloodbath. The peasants, led by Charu Majumdar, Kanu Sanyal and Jangal Santhal, rebelled against the jotedars (landlords): land was seized and redistributed, land records were set ablaze, debts annulled and death sentences passed. An encounter with the police resulted in the death of police inspector Sonam Wangdi. In retaliation, the police opened fire on May 25 at villagers at Prasadjote village in Naxalbari, killing 10, including two children.In July 1967, the Jen-min Jin-pao (People’s Daily) of China had applauded the uprising, describing it as “a peal of spring thunder has crashed over the land of India.” That thunder has long since dissipated.Absent-minded Ramkumar Rai, a resident of Naxalbari, who runs a small electronics shop along the newly-widened National Highway 31, often slips into the vernacular of a former lifetime. “The hegemony that the TMC challenged — that it overthrew it — it imposes the same right now. It is everywhere.” The 32-year-old briskly explained that prices jumped after work began along the NH 31, initially by around 30 percent and were now at 60 percent of the original rates. “Many of us, who are descendants of bhagchashis (sharecroppers) sold off our land for below market rates. The land mafia didn’t give anyone an option,” he said.Last August, the police arrested Trinamool Congress leader Joyprakash Singh Chauhan for allegedly grabbing a three-acre plot owned by the public works department — what police sources said was a part of a nexus of at least 70 persons, many of them party leaders. As per police sources, the land mafia had entered into questionable land deals, often forcing poor farmers to part with their land, in a bid to deal with the rising demand for land. This was a month after Mamata Banerjee, during an administrative review, had asked the police to take immediate action against the land mafia. Land was just the beginning. Like the Left-Front, residents at Naxalbari said, the Trinamool Congress had become a “local mafia”. “They’ll help you during an emergency, sure. But they will fleece you, intimidate you. The only difference is that they don’t say ‘Lal Salaam’ to us while cheating us,” alleged Suresh Mahali, a 41-year-old farmer. It is this brewing discontent that the BJP and the RSS have sought to capitalise on. Until 2014, few knew that Madhab Bhawan in Siliguri’s Hakim Para was the nerve centre of the RSS’s North Bengal plans to increase its imprint from “Maldah to Gangtok”. The building — with a life-size statue of Bharat Mata on its front facade with the words “Himalayam Samarabhya Yavadindu Sarovaram Tam Deva Nirmitham Desham Hindusthanam Prachakshathe” (The sacred land which lies between the Himalayas and Indu Mahasagar is called the Hindusthan) — has expanded as the organisation grew in the area and housed its chief Mohan Bhagwat in December. Its strategy has largely revolved around opening ‘nationalist’ schools for tribal children and making inroads into the vulnerable tea gardens. The largest such school, in the area, is run by the Sarada Sishu Mandir, an RSS affiliate and sprawls over six bigha of land. Abhijeet Mazumdar, son of Charu Mazumdar and the Darjeeling district secretary of the CPI-ML (Liberation), argued that “Bengal could be more vulnerable than any other state to the penetration of the RSS”. Before Mamata Banerjee, he said, elections were contested on ideological lines and not religious. Abhijeet Mazumdar, Darjeeling district secretary of the CPI-ML (Liberation). A key reason for the downfall of the Left, he said, was the dilution of that ideology. “A brand was created and it was propagated was towards as ‘Brand Buddha’. Perhaps the state leadership wasn’t corrupt, but staying in power for so long was a mistake. People lost their trust in the Left and a reason is their social surveillance, making inroads into families, getting involved in what happens in families and the last nail in the coffin was Singur,” he said.It is this vacuum left behind by a decaying Left that the BJP hopes to capitalise on.Not far from Naxalbari, a massive mall has come up on the outskirts of Siliguri. Many shops at the mall are closed and only the food court remains the prime attraction, along with a few other shops. “There was a tea garden here earlier,” said Sandeep Mahato (41), who now drives a battery-operated rickshaw back and forth from Naxalbari. “We have only heard of the BJP because of Narendra Modi and since many here are tribals, who don’t consider themselves Hindu, we don’t agree with what he has to say.”But pointing to the scores who cross the road from the mall on the highway, where there were once tea gardens and fields, he said, “How bad can they be? And what other option do we have.” Naxalbari: Ten-year-old Shiba Mahali isn’t concerned about the fact that his parents are among the most famous in Naxalbari and that the very mention of their names inevitably triggers a political debate in the area. He is just glad that his new house —where, in some ways, it all began — is a lot nicer than the one where he lived before.His parents, Raju and Geeta, hosted BJP president Amit Shah in April at their village home at Dakshin Kotiajote. That Shah started the BJP campaign from Naxalbari wasn’t a coincidence and neither was the fact that the couple left the BJP to join TMC days later. Gautam Deb, the state’s tourism minister, then handed over a house to them built under Mamata Banerjee’s housing scheme. Over 50 years ago, an uprising in the North Bengal changed politics in the entire nation, and continues to do so, often violently. In Dakshin Kotiajote, like in the rest of Naxalbari today, there is yet another ideological battle that is playing out. Like earlier, the prime issues remain the same: crippling poverty made worse by social injustice. A key difference: it is not the Left that is promising a revolution, but the Right.Shiba Mahali with his aunt Anjali. BJPMamata BanerjeeNarendra ModiNaxalbari First Published: April 15, 2019, 9:20 AM IST | Edited by: Divya Kapoorlast_img read more

Will Quit Politics if PM Tamil Nadu BJP Chief Prove Im in

first_imgChennai: After the chief of BJP’s Tamil Nadu unit Tamilisai Soundararajan said that the DMK is in talks with the BJP, party chief MK Stalin dared Soundararajan and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to prove the claim. “I will quit politics if Modi and Soundararajan prove that I am in touch with the BJP. If they fail to prove, will they resign?,” Stalin said. Earlier in the day Soundararajan claimed that the DMK was in talks with the BJP. “On one side, it is Rahul Gandhi, on the other it is KCR and then Modi. The DMK changes colours, we all know that,” Soundararajan had said. She said that the DMK was talking “through someone.”The DMK chief condemned the remarks and said the BJP was stooping to new low.“The DMK proposed Rahul Gandhi’s name as the Prime Ministerial candidate. The BJP couldn’t tolerate my campaigns against them and have stooped to this level,” Stalin said in a statement.The development comes a day after Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao met MK Stalin at the latter’s residence and sources privy to the development said Stalin ruled out the possibility of joining the Third Front.Stalin later said: “As per my opinion, I don’t think there is a chance for a Third Front. But it will be known only after results on May 23.Replying to Stalin, Soundararajan said that she will prove the claim ‘whenever there is necessity’. “It is true that the DMK has spoken to the BJP regarding the elections. I need not prove just because Stalin says so,” she said adding that no one has the right to tell her to quit politics. She claimed that the DMK has sent a ‘messenger’ to the BJP.The DMK in its statement reiterated that the party is double sure that Radhul Gandhi will become the Prime Minister putting to rest all the claims made on the party ahead of election results. dmkDMK chiefLok Sabha elections 2019MK Stalin First Published: May 14, 2019, 7:03 PM IST | Edited by: Sana Fazililast_img read more

On UP Govts Detention Spree Over Sonbhadra Firing Maya Says BJP Using

first_img BSP chiefMayawatiPriyanka GandhiSection 144 First Published: July 20, 2019, 12:03 PM IST | Edited by: Ahona Sengupta Lucknow: BSP chief Mayawati Saturday alleged that the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh was using Section 144 to hide its shortcomings and not allowing anyone to visit Sonbhadra, where 10 people were gunned down this week.Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) empowers an executive magistrate to prohibit an assembly of more than four persons in an area. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP)leader’s remarks come on a day a TMC delegation was detained at the Varanasi airport when it was going to meet the victims’ families in Sonbhadra. On Friday, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was stopped from going to Sonbhadra and detained. In a tweet Mayawati said, “The UP government is banking on section 144 to hide its shortcomings pertaining to protection of life and property, and is not allowing anyone to visit Sonbhadra. Even then, the BSP legislature party has been directed to visit the place and extend every possible help to the affected people.” “Government’s laxity was the main reason for this massacre,” she tweeted.Ten people were killed and 28 injured in a clash between a village head’s supporters and Gond tribals in Sonbhadra on Wednesday.”The atrocities and exploitation of the tribals in Sonbhadra, removing them from their land and now the massacre are concrete evidence of the BJP government’s failure on the law and order front,” she said.Not only the people of Uttar Pradesh, but even people across the country are worried. During the BSP government, the interests of tribals were specially looked after, the former chief minister said. So far, 29 people have been arrested in the case, including the village headman. last_img read more