WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON Rep Seth Moulton Concerned Emergency Declaration Could Cost Massachusetts

first_imgWASHINGTON, DC — This week, Massachusetts House Armed Services Committee Members Representatives Seth Moulton (MA-06), Lori Trahan (MA-03), and Bill Keating (MA-09) condemned President Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency so that the president can circumvent Congress and use military construction funds to build his border wall. The decision to use military construction funds directly jeopardizes $90 million designated for use at the Hanscom Air Force Base to construct a Compound Semiconductor Laboratory-Microelectronics Integration Facility, and $42,600,000 at the Westover Air Reserve Base.“Whether President Trump recognizes it or not, we are competing with Russia and China to develop the next generation of advanced technologies that will allow us to lead the world in the 21st Century,” Rep. Seth Moulton (MA-06) said. “The proposed lab at Hanscom Air Force Base is exactly the type of investment the government should be making to keep our nation safe. The president’s decision to raid these funds from Hanscom–to pay for a 5th Century wall to address a 21st Century immigration problem–isn’t just a waste of money, it is a conscious decision to play politics with our national defense and economic competitiveness.”“The President declared an emergency over a crisis that doesn’t exist – even going so far to say during his press conference that he ‘didn’t need to do this.’ Now that he has, $90 million worth of military construction projects at the Hansom Air Force Base alone are at risk of being diverted to construct the President’s ineffective, wasteful wall that does nothing to secure our border. This is an outrage,” Rep. Lori Trahan (MA-03) said. “No president, Donald Trump included, has the right to undermine the authority of Congress by declaring a fake national emergency just because they didn’t get their way. I will be joining my colleagues in Congress to do our constitutional duty to protect our system of checks and balances and take strong action against the President’s emergency declaration which has now become a clear threat to our actual security and military readiness.”“This Administration’s emergency declaration is at best a reckless politicization of our military and at worst will threaten critical military construction projects,” Rep. Bill Keating (MA-09) said. “Last year, senior Department of Defense leaders testified before Congress about a backlog of $116 billion of unfunded facility requirements and that 32% of their facilities were in poor or failing condition. Just this week, there have been several articles highlighting the poor living conditions that military members and their families are facing on military bases throughout the country. Using military construction funds endangers military readiness and decreases the well-being of our servicemen and women. Additionally, Massachusetts has a number of critical infrastructure projects carried out by the US Army Corps of Engineers that could be threatened by this declaration, including maritime and public safety projects.”(NOTE: The above press release is from Rep. Seth Moulton’s Office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: Moulton, Stewart Introduce Bill To Designate “9-8-8” For Suicide Hotline Dialing CodeIn “Government”WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: Moulton Secures Local Wins In National Defense Authorization ActIn “Government”WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: Moulton Urges President Trump To Take Steps To Bring Afghan Allies, Translators To SafetyIn “Government”last_img read more

Fords LaneKeeping Bed keeps mattress bogarts on their side

first_img Comment The inspiration comes from lane-keep assist, which uses light steering effort to guide a vehicle away from the lines on either side of the road. It’s another interesting adaptation of road-car tech outside the car, following in the footsteps of the Quiet Kennel, which uses noise-canceling tech to placate pups during fireworks shows or thunderstorms. And just like the kennel, the Lane-Keeping Bed’s design would look right at home in any newish house.Of course, it’s just a concept, so don’t expect Ford to bring these into production. But for those of us who are constantly being encroached upon over the course of a good night’s sleep, something like this could truly come in handy.Enlarge ImageIf the whole car thing doesn’t work out, there’s always bed design. Ford’s already proven its chops with this one. Ford Europe More about 2019 Ford F-150 Tags 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Ford Ford Europe likes taking inspiration from its driver-assist systems and adapting them to tackle problems outside the car. After building an impressive dog kennel, the automaker has turned its attention to mattress hogs.Ford’s Lane-Keeping Bed was built to keep each half of a couple on their respective side of the bed. Pressure sensors determine if one person crosses over the mattress’s centerline. When that happens, a set of integrated conveyor belts shifts the whole bed, putting each person back on their respective sides. 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous More From Roadshowcenter_img Ford Preview • 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor: Detroit hustles harder 1 Review • 2019 Ford F-150 review: Popular pickup keeps on truckin’ Share your voice Car Culture Auto Tech 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything betterlast_img read more

GoAir considering IPO worth 150 million

first_imgGo Airlines Ltd (GoAir), India’s fifth-biggest carrier by passengers travelled, is considering an initial public offering (IPO) and has begun talks to appoint bankers, three sources directly involved in the process said.GoAir, part of the Wadia Group whose flagship companies include Bombay Dyeing and biscuit maker Britannia Industries, could look to raise as much as $150 million in the IPO, said the sources.The bankers made presentations to the company earlier this week, the people said, adding that it was early to say whether the company would sell new shares or existing shareholders will reduce their stakes in the planned public offering.A spokesman for GoAir, which has a fleet of 19 Airbus A-320 planes and had an 8.4% domestic market share last quarter. The company would not comment on what he called ‘market speculation’, the spokesperson said.GoAir is estimated by consultant CAPA to have made a profit of $14 million-$15 million in the year to March, which would make it the second most profitable Indian airline after market leader IndiGo.IndiGo is selling shares in an IPO to raise as much as $464 million.last_img read more

Cold Weather To Continue Through Wednesday National Weather Services Forecast

first_imgNational Weather Services Share Cold temperatures can be expected Wednesday and Thursday and another Hard Freeze Warning might be needed. A warming trend can be expected at the end of the week and over the weekend.NWS Houstoncenter_img There will be some accumulations of sleet and ice on structures and vegetation. Where temperatures are below freezing longer, impacts to roads and possibly power lines are expected with icing. Precipitation will end from north to south beginning this afternoon, so portions of the warning may be cancelled early. The area will see breezy north winds, gusting to 25 to 35 mph and even higher at the coast. There will also be hazardous wind chills falling into the teens areawide by this afternoon. Hard Freeze Warnings and Wind Chill Advisories will likely be needed tonight through Wednesday morning.last_img read more

Unveiling of Mural at the Arch Social Club

first_imgThe Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts announces the completion of a new mural at Arch Social Club on Pennsylvania and North avenues, the site of the April 2015 uprising. The official ribbon-cutting and unveiling of the mural takes place Nov. 8 at 3 p.m. followed by the Arch Social Club Reunion at 5 p.m. The unveiling and reunion are free and open to the public. The Arch Social Club is located at 2426 Pennsylvania Avenue. The mural was painted by local artist Ernest Shaw with the help of local street artist Nether and Eric Hendricks III, a graduate of the Art @ Work: Sandtown program. For more information on the Art @ Work: Sandtown program, visit www.promotionandarts.org or http://arts.jubileeartsbaltimore.org/. For more information on the reunion at Arch Social Club, visit www.archsocialclub.com.last_img read more

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first_imgRecommended Link Recommended Link This Weird New Tech Is Disrupting The $7.8 Trillion Finance IndustryHe picked the #1 stock on the S&P 500 11 months in advance and saw a 1,000% return. Now he says this will be the #1 tech play of 2018… and Silicon Valley insiders are already investing millions in it… Click Here for the Full Story — Click here for the full story Why America’s “Second Confederacy” Could Begin Nov. 6, 2018California governor Jerry Brown says the feds are “basically going to war.” Cities and states are suing the federal government. Is it any wonder that 13 states—including Texas, New York, and California—could soon “secede” from America? One expert shows how they’ll “break” from the union, but not in the way you think… Not a single gunshot will be fired. And not a single soldier will be deployed. Instead, these states have found an ingenious way to reclaim part of their sovereignty. See what it means for you, even if you live outside these 13 “rogue” states… By Justin Spittler, editor, Casey Daily DispatchOur destiny beyond the Earth is not only a matter of national identity, but a matter of national security… When it comes to defending America, it is not enough to merely have an American presence in space. We must have American dominance in space.Donald Trump said this in June. It was why he announced plans for a Space Force.The Space Force, as I’m sure you’ve heard, would be the newest branch of the military. Its purpose is—you guessed it—to defend space.Now, I’ll admit it. I didn’t take the Space Force seriously when Trump announced his plans for it three months ago. But I no longer feel that way.I say this because it’s now clear to me that conflict in space isn’t just possible… It’s probable. You could even make the case that it’s an immediate threat to America.That probably sounds like fearmongering. But consider this…• Russia launched a mysterious object into space last year.I’m talking about a satellite known as Kosmos 2519.At the time, the world didn’t know the purpose of this satellite. Only the Russians did.But recent intelligence now suggests Kosmos 2519 could be a weapon. Yleem Poblete, Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance, warned at a conference last month:We are concerned with what appears to be very abnormal behavior by a declared ‘space apparatus inspector.’ We don’t know for certain what it is, and there is no way to verify it.Poblete said that recent U.S. intelligence indicates that this satellite could be surveilling U.S. space assets (i.e. satellites), possibly in preparation for an attack. Quartz reported last month: Such a vehicle could be used for many purposes: To perform maintenance on or re-fuel older satellites, extending their lives, or to clean up space debris, even sending old satellites to storage orbits or to burn up in the atmosphere. It could also be used to spy on other satellites and attack them with lasers, robotic manipulators or simply by crashing into them.This sounds like something out of a James Bond movie. But regular readers know it’s only a matter of time before something like this happens. • Doug Casey recently told me that the militarization of space was inevitable… Here’s an excerpt from our conversation on the Space Force:Ever since the days of the cavemen, warriors have striven to control the high ground—and space is the ultimate high ground.So this is ramping up the arms race in a big way. And I don’t see how you can stop it. Governments get in wars with each other for a living; it’s their raison d’être. It’s been that way for thousands of years. No different from Game of Thrones, to use an analogy that’s more meaningful to the average sports fan.Of course, you’re probably wondering, “Why militarize space? What’s the motivation?” It’s quite simple, really.• Everyday life depends on space… Pull your smartphone out of your pocket.Can you imagine life without it? Most people can’t. They’d be completely lost without it, both literally and figuratively.This is because smartphones keep us in contact with our family and friends. They help us get from point A to point B. They make it possible to hail an Uber with just a few clicks.And that’s just one example of how dependent modern civilization is on space assets. Not to mention, the satellites in the sky also guide military missiles.To say they’re strategically important is a massive understatement. If we lost contact with our satellites, all hell would break loose.Unfortunately, it wouldn’t take much for that to happen. Strategic Investor editor E.B. Tucker explains:If just a few of the 24 active GPS satellites go offline, devices will lose the ability to triangulate. That means they won’t know where they are anymore. Planes won’t know where they’re going, ships will go wayward, your cell phone won’t work, and the bank machine won’t dispense money because it thinks it’s 12:01 a.m. on January 1, 1900.In other words, a coordinated attack on satellites could bring a country like the United States to its knees. Still, most people won’t take this seriously… that’s because this threat sounds like something ripped from a science fiction novel. But this would almost certainly happen if a major conflict broke out.The Office of the Director of National Intelligence warned in February: We assess that, if a future conflict were to occur involving Russia or China, either country would justify attacks against U.S. and allied satellites as necessary to offset any perceived U.S. military advantage derived from military, civil, or commercial space systems. — • The good news is that the U.S. government will do everything it can to prevent this… It’ll invest heavily in defense systems as well as capabilities to attack other satellites.E.B. agrees. He wrote in the latest issue of Strategic Investor:There’s a new space race.This race is for control of the air between Earth and outer space. Whoever wins will control world commerce. The U.S. knows the stakes. It also knows it’s facing more competition than it did in the race against the Soviets 50 years ago.E.B.’s absolutely correct. Every major country in the world will vie for control of space. Doug thinks so, too:The Chinese are space-capable. So, they’ll do it as well. The Indians are becoming space-capable. And, of course, the Europeans. Soon we’re going to have two, three, many different forces in space…This is just the way these things happen. Somebody does A and somebody else has to do B to counter A. Then somebody else does C to counter B.Unfortunately, there’s nothing the average person can do to prevent an all-out conflict in space. But you can turn this threat into huge profits. Be sure to read tomorrow’s Dispatch to learn how.Regards,Justin Spittler Kotor, Montenegro September 19, 2018P.S. As I mentioned, E.B. has been covering this opportunity and sharing specific ways to profit with his Strategic Investor readers. And he just recommended two new companies poised to soar in the years ahead as this new space race heats up. Subscribers can catch up on his recent issues on the opportunity here and here.If you’re not a Strategic Investor subscriber, I highly recommend signing up for a risk-free trial today. You’ll be able to access E.B.’s picks—and all of his other big money-making ideas—right away. Learn more here.Reader MailbagWhat are your thoughts on the new space race? Do you see it as a major threat to America today? Would you like to hear more about this idea—and ways to protect yourself and profit? Let us know right here.In Case You Missed It…Doug Casey is headed to Bermuda for the first-ever Legacy Investment Summit in the weeks ahead. And he asks you to join him…And it’s not just Doug.Some of your favorite Casey Research editors like E.B. Tucker, Nick Giambruno, Dave Forest, and Marco Wutzer will also be there.There’s still time to save a seat—and receive $1,000 in bonuses for joining us. Details here.last_img read more

Googlers Stage Walkout to Protest Trumps Immigration Ban

first_img Image credit: turtix / Shutterstock.com Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Associate Editor The coordinated protest is happening now across eight campuses. This story originally appeared on Engadget Politics 2 min read Add to Queue –sharescenter_img Next Article Andrew Tarantola Googlers Stage Walkout to Protest Trump’s Immigration Ban Numerous technology companies have already voiced their opposition to the Trump administration’s executive order from Friday banning the immigrants and refugees from seven predominantly Muslim nations. Today, Google employees from eight campuses have staged a work stoppage and walkout to protest the order as well.Super proud of all my fellow Googlers who showed up in a display of solidarity #NoBanNoWall #GooglersUnite pic.twitter.com/BvVip6eE6L— Mike Doherty (@mikedoherty_ca) January 30, 2017The employees are coordinating and documenting their protest using the #GooglersUnite hashtag. Google does not have an official comment on the situation but a source within the company did state that the company supports the employees’ rally.This is @google right now. #googlersunite pic.twitter.com/arSNpveFUp— PGK (@patrickgage) January 30, 2017There are at least 187 Googler families affected by there #MuslimBan. Today we stand with them. #Googlersunite #NoBanNoWall pic.twitter.com/s7cd5xf1XO— Bri Connelly (@bricon5) January 30, 2017According to company reps, Google Assistant project manager Soufi Esmaeilzadeh acted as the keynote speaker for the Mountain View campus. Esmaeilzadeh, an Iranian-born Canadian citizen who has lived in the U.S. for 15 years (and employed by Google for the last five), was on a plane from San Francisco en route to Zurich when Trump’s executive order took effect. After conferring with Google’s legal team, she returned to the U.S. via Boston and arrived back in the Bay Area yesterday. In addition to Esmaeilzadeh, other employees affected by the order spoke out as well as Alphabet CEO, Sundar Pichai and company co-founder, Sergey Brin. The company estimates more than 2,000 employees participated in total.Update: That didn’t last long. According to eyewitnesses, the San Francisco branch of the protest has apparently already headed back to work.Aaaaaaaaand the Googlers are done. Protest duration: less than an hour pic.twitter.com/pOQRUqKbqh— Blake Montgomery (@blakersdozen) January 30, 2017 January 31, 2017 Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Register Now »last_img read more

New Study Confirms What Many Already Know Cannabis Helps Treat Insomnia

first_img Add to Queue Next Article Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. August 9, 2018 Each week hear inspiring stories of business owners who have taken the cannabis challenge and are now navigating the exciting but unpredictable Green Rush. Image credit: PhotoAlto/Frederic Cirou | Getty Images Medical Marijuana Green Entrepreneur Podcast –shares New Study Confirms What Many Already Know: Cannabis Helps Treat Insomnia 5 min read Four-time Stanley Cup Champion Darren McCarty often credits medical cannabis with saving his life. “When I first went pro at age 21, I was drinking myself to sleep every night,” McCarty says. “When I couldn’t drink, I experienced severe anxiety. That is when I first remember battling insomnia.”While the former Detroit Red Wings superstar says he used cannabis off-and-on during his NHL playing days, he’s the first to admit that it wasn’t strictly for medicinal use. “In my playing days, I didn’t know any better,” he says. “But after my NHL career ended, I began educating myself about the benefits of cannabis, one of which was for treating insomnia. It was around that time when I began to respect cannabis as a medicine.”Similar to McCarty, former UFC Heavyweight Champion and three-time King of Pancrase World Champion, Bas Rutten, also battled with insomnia. But for much of his professional fighting career, Rutten was heavily dependent on sleep aids such as Seroquel to treat the problem. “I knew the sleeping pills were ruining my liver,” he saysBut it wasn’t until his primary care physician introduced him to high-CBD (cannabidiol), Indica-dominant cannabis strains in 2013 that he found a replacement for the pills. “After being introduced to medical cannabis, one hit at night with a vaporizer allows me to fall asleep with ease,” he says.Related: He Fought for Marijuana Legalization at Age 13. Now He’s Reaping the Rewards.Vindicated by ResearchNow a new study from the University of New Mexico (UNM) backs up these two athletes’ and countless others’ claims. The study entitled Effectiveness of Raw, Natural Medical Cannabis Flower for Treating Insomnia Under Naturalistic Conditions, recently published in the Medicines journal, concludes that the consumption of medical cannabis flower is associated with significant improvements in perceived insomnia.Jacob M. Vigil, MD, the lead cannabis researcher at the University of New Mexico, utilized a mobile software application called Releaf App to analyze how 409 people who completed 1,056 medical cannabis administration sessions tracked their personal cannabis administration methods, products, dosing regimen, and perceived side effects (co-author Kevin Provost is an investor in Releaf App).Dr. Vigil says that patients using cannabis flower, and particularly plant strains with higher CBD contents, reported significant improvements in insomnia symptoms with relatively minimal negative side effects.According to the UNM study and based on data collected by Releaf App, Sativa strains were more commonly associated with more reports of negative side effects than Indica strains. Vaporizing was also associated with reduced reports of negative side effects compared to smoking joints.   The study concludes that in comparison to conventional prescription pharmaceutical sleep aids, CBD is generally believed to be much safer and often is described as non-psychoactive.  “For individuals weighing the costs and benefits of using different types of sleep medications, whole natural Cannabis flower, or good old fashion ‘bud’ to the layman, may offer some of the highest therapeutic-to-negative-side-effect profiles of any available options currently available to sleep-sufferers,” Dr. Virgil says.Despite the fact that insomnia is still not a qualifying condition under any state-authorized medical cannabis programs, McCarty and Rutten were excited to learn about the insomnia research study, which further confirms and supports their personal experiences. “It’s important to have science-based research backing up what many individuals believe to be true about the healing effects of cannabis,” says McCarty.Rutten agrees. “It seems that 85 percent of the people I talk to about medical cannabis are either using it for pain management or as a sleep aid.”Related: New Study Will Explore Medical Marijuana as a Treatment for AutismTheir Cannabis RegimeWhen we asked McCarty and Rutten if they had specific products or dosing regiments to recommend for insomnia, both were quick to provide personal insight.Rutten’s cannabis regimen includes a vaporizer for Indica-dominant strains like Northern Lights, Purple Passion, and OG-Kush prior to bedtime. Rutten rarely takes more than one hit, unless he’s feeling extremely stressed.McCarty, on the other hand, manages his insomnia with a low-TCH/high-CBD strain three times per week on average. It is far more important for him to communicate with the source of his medical cannabis supply as opposed to relying on a specific strain, he says, advising: “Get to know your cultivator so you can trust where your products come from”.For McCarty and Rutten, the support of medical cannabis doesn’t stop with personal consumption. In addition to being medical cannabis patients themselves, both men advocate for cannabis research as members of Athletes for CARE (A4C), a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded in 2016 to address critical health and wellness issues facing former professional athletes and the public.“Once people know you are using cannabis, it’s easier to talk about”, says Rutten, who joined A4C to help share his story of overcoming an addiction to pain pills using cannabis.  Similarly, McCarty was attracted to A4C to help spread education on medical cannabis and to surround himself with like-minded individuals in pursuit of healthier lifestyles. “Having consensus among athletes from every major sport in support of cannabis research is something the media, professional sports leagues, and healthcare communities can’t ignore for much longer,” says McCarty.With over fifty former professional athletes presently in the organization, Athletes for CARE is the largest “by athletes – for athletes” cannabis advocacy group in the world.Related: Ice Cube’s Big3 Allows CBD UseKevin Provost is Founder of CoFund360, CEO of Greenhouse Ventures, and Chair of the Advisory Board for Athletes for CARE.  Researchers at the University of New Mexico find that Indica and vapes are effective in treating sleep disorders. 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The Next Dimension

first_img Need to breathe some life into your business? Going virtual can open up a whole new world. Heather Clancy Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Add to Queue Technology –shares Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.center_img 2 min read Next Article The Next Dimension November 1, 2007 If you’ve got a product that’s hard to show off in person or your customer demographic skews thirtysomething, start thinking in 3-D. While skeptics write off virtual worlds on the web as arcades for young folk, research firm Gartner Inc. estimates that by 2011, 80 percent of active internet users will have an identity in a virtual web world. At any given moment, roughly 35,000 people visit the most hyped of these communities, Second Life. Linden Lab, which hosts the environment, estimates that 35 percent of Second Life visitors are 26 to 35 years old and approximately 75 percent are male.Adam Broitman and Raman Kia, directors of New York City marketing agency Morpheus Media, paid $1,700 last year to buy a Second Life “island” so they could experiment on behalf of their entertainment and fashion clients. One test involved a simulcast of a live rock concert in New York City to avatars visiting their island. Another New York City agency, TMP Worldwide, uses Second Life to host job fairs and help clients such as eBay and Sodexho interview recruits.Branding consultant Janet Schijns, CEO of The JS Group, says it will cost you about $50,000 to hire designers who can develop a virtual-world presence, although a less substantial presence can cost you half as much. But if you’re not willing to dedicate human resources to interact with visitors, it’ll be money wasted. “It’s not an event. It’s not a world,” she says. “It’s an experience.”Brian Haven, an analyst with Forrester Research Inc., cautions entrepreneurs not to think of virtual worlds as just another place to sell products or services–at least not yet. Second Life in particular is hard to navigate, and the number of avatars that can visit an island at the same time tops out at about 80. Still, larger companies in the retail, travel and automotive industries–American Apparel, General Motors Corp. and Starwood Hotels & Resorts, to name a few–have fostered goodwill with customers and business partners alike by testing products and selling virtual products in Second Life.The web is a brave new world for marketing.Heather Clancy, a freelance journalist and consultant, has been covering the high-tech industry for close to 20 years. Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Meet the Evil Genius Behind New York Comic Con

first_img October 10, 2016 Add to Queue Actually, his name is Lance and he’s really nice. Editorial Director –shares The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Next Article Image credit: Dan Bova 2019 Entrepreneur 360 Listcenter_img Entertainment Apply Now » Meet the Evil Genius Behind New York Comic Con In a land before time (2005 to be exact) the words “New York Comic Con” did not exist. Fast forward to the future (now!) and New York Comic Con is not only a thing, it is the premiere convention dedicated to comic books, anime, video games, toys, movies and television. People come to the event to collect, nerd-out over sneak peeks, listen to awesome creator panelists and more than anything else, play dress up.I went to the Jacob Javitz Center to check out this year’s offering. In an office space overlooking the vast floor of the convention (kind of like a mad scientist’s volcano lair, only with more water bottles and beige walls) I spoke with Lance Fensterman, creator of NYCC and senior global VP of ReedPOP, the company that runs the show.While he did rub his hands together and cackle madly gazing over the insanity he created, never once did he threaten to wipe humanity from the face of the Earth. What’s New York Comic Con’s origin story?In 2006, we were in one single hall downstairs in the Javitz Center. The idea basically came from the question: why doesn’t New York City have a big con? The prevailing answer was, “Because it is really expensive!” But in 2006, we gave it a try. It was a tiny show, tiny hall and big crowd. It did not go well. [Laughs] It was 10 pounds of show in a 5-pound bag. The fire marshal shut it down, people who bought tickets didn’t get in, people who didn’t buy tickets got in, it was a mess. But there was something there.We apologized, made good with the fans and figured out how to do it better. Now in 2016, we’ve grown so big that we can’t fit in all in the Javitz Center, and are using other venues in the city.Related: Check Out Mind-Blowing Cosplay at New York Comic Con (Slideshow)Was this your first big idea?In a way. Reed Exhibitions was in the business trade show space, and dabbled a bit on consumer trade shows but never in a big way. This was the first consumer show. ReedPOP is the offshoot. We realized quickly that ReedPOP needed its own brand, its own culture, its own identity. We went on to do the New York Anime Festival, acquired a small video game show in Seattle called Penny Arcade Expo, we struck a deal with Lucasfilm to run their Star Wars Celebration and now we’re in 10 countries around the world with about 30 events.How do you maintain consistency across all of those events in all of those countries?It’s the question that is constantly on my mind. How do you get bigger but maintain the thing that makes it special? I think we do it primarily one way, which is to stay close to the people who matter most, which are the fans. Find out what they want, try to anticipate what they might want before they even think of it. If we stay core to that, we won’t stray too far from the DNA that made us who we are.Did fandom lead you to doing this?I’m a comic book fan, video game guy, huge LEGO collector. But what’s interesting though is that you go to these shows and you realize you don’t know what a “fan” is until you start to meet these people. Like I have a lot of LEGO sets, but there are people who have thousands of unopened boxes. They’re like, “You open them and build them?!” They look down on me. [Laughs] Those guys are “fans.” I’m an amateur.What does being a big LEGO fan mean exactly?It means that when I was moving once and the last thing I was moving was my LEGOs, because they’re my most precious possessions. So I’m in the elevator and I’ve got one of multiple loads of LEGOs and this person goes, “Oh, your son must be so happy.” And I’m like, “Yeah, my son … who doesn’t exist … I’m not weird, I’m just a grown man with thousands of LEGOs in this elevator alone!”I had a personal bounty of $500 cash to my team for whoever could get LEGO to come to the show. And we got them four or five years ago. And now I get to get their exclusive toy with the logo of my show on the box, and that’s like little kid Lance going, “Alright, good job adult Lance!”There are a ton of businesses out there on that floor. Do you give them tips and best practices?What’s funny is that the smaller guys know what they’re doing. They know how to get customers, bring the right stuff — they know what they’re doing! The bigger guys are the ones who need a little bit of assistance. They’re not used to hand-to-hand combat with fans! We definitely lend our expertise to non-endemic brands that are here so that they can connect in an authentic way that will be meaningful.The best way is when you can solve a problem for someone. Like, I think it was Progressive last year, they had professional line standers. Meaning, they had people who would wait in line for you while you walked around enjoying the show. And the fans were like, “Progressive, that’s awesome! You provided more fun time for me.” That’s a great example of a non-endemic activation that fans loved.How far in advance do you plan this?I’m looking at my phone and have e-mails about 2017 right now! We are constantly researching and make use of surveys, taking in comments to see what people want and how to make it better. My team, in part, is paid on how much people enjoyed themselves. I found that helps keep us focused.Related: Hulking Great Investments: 12 Comic Books That Are Now Worth A FortuneAny regrettable moments over the years?Um, yeah, OK. Once we did a sponsorship with a toilet paper brand. I thought it was clever, but it wasn’t. It was bad, looked like a total sellout. It wasn’t, I thought it was funny! And there was another campaign, I’m not going to name the brand, that had a clever play on words that was really kind of crass. And it was just stupid. And it was on a lot of our screens in our panel rooms. And our artists and creators would see it on the screen before they spoke and would be like, “What the f*ck is that?” [Laughs]We realized we should never have taken their money, or happily taken their money and then help them do what they were trying to do in a much cooler way. So yes, there have been regrettable moments!When you talk about Comic Con, the first thing a lot of people think of is the cosplay. I’m not sure that people realize those are just fans who built these elaborate and expensive costumes just for fun.It’s true! And it is kind of an indicator for us if one of our cons around the world is a success. The elaborate costumes and sheer number of them is amazing, and we see it wherever we go. It’s not “I like this,” it’s “I want to become this.” That’s a passionate fan base!Are there any countries where the culture alters what Comic Con is?No, it is generally very similar. I’ve been all around the world and there is a strain of personality that goes across all cultures and just loves this stuff. Politics sometimes brings in slight differences. Like in Australia, they have very strict age rules on video games, so there will be bigger walls and different configurations to make sure kids won’t be exposed to any of the more mature games.What is the next step for NYCC?We want to move into not just curating great stuff, but become more a part of the creation. We’re looking to make this a citywide event, which isn’t easy. “Hey, you have a great idea for a podcast? Go do it at Barcade in Brooklyn.” We want to facilitate and help people who are passionate about this stuff.What do you think when you look out over that floor?Well, it’s hard not to see the flaws. These people love this, and it is our job to allow them to enjoy it as much as possible. So for example, this morning, the lines to get in were too long. That took time away from people doing what they love and that’s not OK. But we fix that stuff and keep improving.An important thing to me is that we help small businesses here. There are a lot of people that are going to make a lot of money here this weekend and that’s important. And what’s funny is we have an interesting dynamic with these sellers. They’re not entirely Incentivized to tell us how well they are doing. If they say, “I’m killing it!” then they assume we’d be like, “We’re not charging you enough!” So they’re a little cagey. “Yeah, it’s going OK.” But trust me, if they weren’t doing well out there, we’d hear it!Related: Everything You Need to Know About Breaking Into the Video Game IndustryWhat does seeing NYCC grow mean to you?We build fun for a living. There’s nothing “serious” here. I watch the debates, there is some depressing shit going on out there. So I love the fact that people can come here and forget all that, dress up, spend some money and just have fun. I mean, there’s a guy in a fucking 10-foot Hulk costume out there! It’s wonderful.Who would you most like to be dressed as down there?I think I’ll cosplay as a real business man. I’ll wear a suit, shave, carry around, I don’t know, spread sheets or a binder or some shit? And I’d spew things about IBIDA or whatever. 10 min read Entrepreneur Staff Dan Bovalast_img read more

Study shows promise for a drug to extend life of patients with

first_imgThis is another piece of the puzzle that helps our patients live longer. There haven’t been a lot of studies done on patients without BRCA mutations who have received four, five, six or more lines of chemotherapy. That’s who this trial sought to study. Until we can cure patients, we are doing our best to find treatments that buy them meaningful periods of time, until we can provide them with the next effective line of therapy.”Kathleen Moore, M.D, Stephenson Cancer Center at OU Medicine Because women with BRCA-associated cancers respond best to PARP inhibitors, they have been the most heavily studied group and led to the first indications for using the drugs in treating ovarian cancer. However, only about 25 percent of women with ovarian cancer have a BRCA mutation either in their tumor or blood, and there is a high unmet need for effective therapies for the 75 percent of women who do not have BRCA mutations, Moore said.Ironically, having a BRCA mutation means that the patient’s cancer will respond better to chemotherapy and to a PARP inhibitor like niraparib. Women with BRCA mutations have something called homologous recombination deficiency – which means that when their cancer cells make mistakes in the process of dividing, they have trouble repairing those mistakes. PARP inhibitors like niraparib make repairing those mistakes even harder, which equates to treatment being able to kill cancer cells more efficiently.Related StoriesHow cell-free DNA can be targeted to prevent spread of tumorsNew protein target for deadly ovarian cancerEngineered stem cells offer new treatment for metastatic bone cancerHowever, women with BRCA mutations aren’t the only cancer patients who have homologous recombination deficiency. Up to 25 percent of women without a BRCA mutation can also develop the condition, meaning they, too, can benefit from taking a PARP inhibitor.The study further categorized patients into those who were resistant to platinum-based chemotherapy and those who showed some response to it. Among women who responded to their last chemotherapy treatment, 27 percent responded well to niraparib and averaged 9.2 months until the disease grew or spread. Participants in the study had an overall survival time of more than 20 months, which is quite remarkable in this late line of therapy, Moore said.”We don’t normally see response rates of more than 10 percent in women who have had four, five and six chemotherapy treatments,” she said. “So a 27 percent response, especially given that these were not all women with BRCA mutations, was a nice signal that these patients can still benefit from PARP inhibitor use.”Even among women whose cancers were resistant to their last chemotherapy treatment, niraparib still extended their lives. Thirty-three percent of women in that category benefited from the drug for at least four months.”Those additional months are important,” Moore said. “They are never enough, but several months of disease stabilization is better than none. They can get people to Christmas or to see a new grandchild or to another milestone. Then, if they are stabilized and feeling better, they might be able to take another drug or go on a clinical trial.”Research studies also are important for expanding the types of patients who can receive a drug like niraparib, Moore said. Per FDA regulations, the only way that women without a BRCA mutation can currently receive niraparib is to respond favorably to platinum-based chemotherapy, then go on the drug as maintenance.”We think this data supports the expansion of niraparib to be more inclusive of patients. PARP inhibitors work best in women with BRCA mutations, but they can still work well in women without the mutation. Niraparib really makes sense for a much broader population,” said Moore, who holds the Virginia Kerley Cade Endowed Chair in Cancer Developmental Therapeutics, funded by the Presbyterian Health Foundation. Source:University of OklahomaJournal reference:Moore, K.N. et al. (2019) Niraparib monotherapy for late-line treatment of ovarian cancer (QUADRA): a multicentre, open-label, single-arm, phase 2 trial. The Lancet Oncology. doi.org/10.1016/S1470-2045(19)30029-4. Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jul 3 2019Women with ovarian cancer who have undergone four or more rounds of chemotherapy typically haven’t had much hope that another treatment option will lengthen their lives in a meaningful way. However, a new research study shows tremendous promise for a drug called niraparib to extend life when all options have been exhausted.Gynecologic oncologist Kathleen Moore, M.D., associate director of clinical research at the Stephenson Cancer Center at OU Medicine, is the lead author for the study, which was published in The Lancet Oncology, the world’s leading cancer journal. The study reveals especially good news for patients with ovarian cancer who do not have a mutation of their BRCA gene, as well as those who have received multiple chemotherapy treatments. Because the study showed a longer survival time for those patients, it lends support for an expansion of the use of niraparib, a PARP inhibitor that targets cancer cells without affecting normal cells.last_img read more

NIHR review reveals evidence on how to increase physical activity in everyday

first_imgThis review highlights that there is no single solution and that what is effective to help us become and stay active depends on who we are, the environment we live in, and our wider social and cultural context. But we do know something about what works from this evidence, which focuses on high quality research. In the past we have often depended on smaller studies with people reporting their own activity rather than using objective measures of change. This review highlights an important and growing evidence base to support decision-makers.Related StoriesResearchers to examine if a ‘snacktivity’ approach to physical activity is effective in improving healthExercise during pregnancy can promote bone health of both mother and childIt’s never too late to take up exercise, advise researchersFindings in the NIHR review include: Walking and cycling are among the best ways for many people to incorporate physical activity into their lives. Ongoing work should emphasize the connection between helping people to travel locally by foot and by cycle with supporting social connectedness, reducing isolation, improving local amenity, and supporting access to jobs and services.”Dr Andy Cope, Director of Insight at Sustrans Source:National Institute for Health Research Community organizations and decision makers should consider the whole range of ways people can be active and the diversity of factors that shape people’s habits and behaviors, and avoid seeing physical activity solely in terms of sport and exercise. The largest and most sustainable benefits, particularly for people who are least active now, are likely to come from increasing activity as an incidental part of everyday routines. Promising interventions include improving opportunities for public and active transport, enhancing access to green spaces and leisure facilities, and changing school and workplace routines to reduce time spent sitting. Programs tailored to particular individuals and groups can also be effective, such as a weight loss program run through football clubs and an education program to help people at risk of diabetes to walk more. Some features shared by many successful programmes are: encouraging people to use a diary or pedometer to monitor how active they are, increasing activity a little at a time, setting goals, and making the activity enjoyable and sociable. Beyond direct physical benefits, interventions to help people become more active can bring many co-benefits such as improved wellbeing and social connectedness, reduced traffic with safer streets and lower emissions, and more pleasant open spaces. More research is needed into adapting interventions to support particular groups that are likely to be less active whether because of social and cultural norms, difficulty or expense accessing opportunities to be active, or a change in their life circumstances. Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jul 9 2019Physical activity is important for physical and mental wellbeing and keeping socially connected. This themed review, Moving Matters, brings together more than 50 published and ongoing studies funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) on ways to increase physical activity in everyday life. This review considers the changing needs and opportunities of different age groups from infancy onwards, as well as considering interventions in the workplace and in the built and natural environments.”The NIHR physical activity evidence review will be an invaluable tool to anyone working in practice or policy. Evidence should be one of the key building blocks for any decisions. It helps decision makers determine what works and what doesn’t, what should be commissioned and prioritized, and (equally important) what should be stopped.” Sarah Ruane, Strategic Lead for Health, Sport England.”The importance of physical activity to many aspects of physical and mental health and wellbeing is well understood. This report shows the depth and breadth of that understanding, and encourages us to consider how we can work with people and places to achieve the best possible impact.last_img read more

Hawaiis missile alert gaffe—why good humanmachine design is critical

Credit: Shutterstock The false missile alert sent to residents of Hawaii. Credit: EPA-EFE Smartwatch interface could improve communication, help prevent falls at nursing homes Explore further A ballistic missile warning alarm that was wrongly triggered in Hawaii recently rams home the importance of the way interfaces are designed to prevent such major bloopers from happening in the first place. As a state government, we must learn from this unfortunate error and continue to prepare for any safety threat to Hawai’i’s residents and visitors – whether it is a man-made threat or a natural disaster such as a hurricane or tsunami.— Governor David Ige (@GovHawaii) January 14, 2018 Provided by The Conversation This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Design for errorPoor interface design clearly fails to address human errors. Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) systems, examples of which are found ranging from aircraft cockpit design to interactive medical devices, have been studied extensively. The underlying science tries to address optimal interaction between human and machine, in an effort to minimise gaffes such as the Hawaiian incident. A couple of design principles serve as pertinent reminders on this occasion. Human error is to be expected – it’s not the case of if but when. Every step of the way mechanisms should be built in to prevent mistakes. Strong audiovisual cues could be used to make a notable distinction between genuine alerts and drills. Different menu styles could also be provided where alerting sequences could be different to drill sequences. Simplicity of design should, however, trump all design elements to avoid complexity which in turn can also be problematic for the person behind the controls. Two-person ruleBeyond the interface design, operational protocols could also be devised requiring two people to issue an alert. This prevents one person making a false choice, inadvertently or deliberately, and ensures that the probability of an error is significantly reduced. However, this may introduce an unnecessary delay or an added cost burden in case of genuine alerts where both operators need to be present at all times. While years of research into HCI and safety-critical systems have served us well, be it aviation safety or healthcare and patient safety, the possibility of human error remains. The unfortunate mistake that led to the Air France AF447 accident in 2009, in which the pilot doggedly pulled on the control stick in a fatal climb even though the aircraft was repeatedly warning it had stalled, is a reminder that accidents do still happen despite advances in design. A cockpit scenario albeit has a radically different context to an early warning alert system. Our interaction with technology is becoming more and more complex. Early warning systems are very welcome but the Hawaii mishap serves as an opportunity for a radical redesign, with a better understanding of their impact on the population: how do people respond to mass panic? How do we communicate alerts to reduce panic and promote orderly movement? It is also an opportunity for scientists to reexamine the social dynamics in an emergency situation. At a time when the world is increasingly uncertain and our dependence on technology is so high, a redesign of poor warning systems is critical. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Citation: Hawaii’s missile alert gaffe—why good human-machine design is critical (2018, January 17) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-hawaii-missile-gaffewhy-good-human-machine.html It’s an unfortunate reality that we need to prepare for national emergencies due to war or natural disasters. Civil defence organisations, set up to coordinate and respond to such emergencies, are an important part of any modern state. Such entities – often a mix of state apparatus and voluntary organisations – play a critical role in terms of triggering alerts, coordinating response across law enforcement and emergency services, disseminating information and aiding response efforts to minimise impact and restore order. Clearly, they are important systems for alerting nations to risks when disaster strikes. But such systems can go wrong. In Hawaii on January 13 an employee of the US state’s Emergency Management Agency set off a false alarm that seemed only too real to anyone seeing the stark warning of a “Ballistic Missile Threat Inbound to Hawaii”. It was sent to social media channels and mobile phones, followed by the chilling message: “Seek Immediate Shelter. This is not a drill.” The false alarm continued for 38 minutes and caused widespread panic. Human error was reportedly behind the false alarm, after an employee chose the incorrect option from a drop-down menu. The options of an actual alarm and a drill were provided in the same menu. One offered to trigger a “DRILL – PACOM (CDW) STATE ONLY”, while the other very similar sounding option was described as “PACOM (CDW) STATE ONLY”.Triggering the alarm also brought up a confirmation dialogue box – the only prompt that could have prevented the errant message from being sent. The operator clicked on it to confirm that he did want to send out the alert and, in the panic that ensued, Hawaiians thought they only had minutes to live before a ballistic missile attack. read more

We asked artificial intelligence to analyze a graphic novel – and found

first_imgWith one spouse studying the evolution of artificial and natural intelligence and the other researching the language, culture and history of Germany, imagine the discussions at our dinner table. We often experience the stereotypical clash in views between the quantifiable, measurement-based approach of natural science and the more qualitative approach of the humanities, where what matters most is how people feel something, or how they experience or interpret it. Citation: We asked artificial intelligence to analyze a graphic novel – and found both limits and new insights (2018, December 5) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-12-artificial-intelligence-graphic-limits-insights.html We decided to take a break from that pattern, to see how much each approach could help the other. Specifically, we wanted to see if aspects of artificial intelligence could turn up new ways to interpret a nonfiction graphic novel about the Holocaust. We ended up finding that some AI technologies are not yet advanced and robust enough to deliver useful insights – but simpler methods resulted in quantifiable measurements that showed a new opportunity for interpretation.Choosing a textThere is plenty of research available that analyzes large bodies of text, so we chose something more complex for our AI analysis: Reinhard Kleist’s “The Boxer,” a graphic novel based on the true story of how Hertzko “Harry” Haft survived the Nazi death camps. We wanted to identify emotions in the facial expressions of the main character displayed in the book’s illustrations, to find out if that would give us a new lens for understanding the story.In this black-and-white cartoon, Haft tells his horrific story, in which he and other concentration camp inmates were made to box each other to the death. The story is written from Haft’s perspective; interspersed throughout the narrative are panels of flashbacks depicting Haft’s memories of important personal events. The humanities approach would be to analyze and contextualize elements of the story, or the tale as a whole. Kleist’s graphic novel is a reinterpretation of a 2009 biographical novel by Haft’s son Allan, based on what Allan knew about his father’s experiences. Analyzing this complex set of authors’ interpretations and understandings might serve only to add another subjective layer on top of the existing ones.From the perspective of science philosophy, that level of analysis would only make things more complicated. Scholars might have differing interpretations, but even if they all agreed, they would still not know if their insight was objectively true or if everyone suffered from the same illusion. Resolving the dilemma would require an experiment aimed at generating a measurement others could reproduce independently. Reproducible interpretation of images?Rather than interpreting the images ourselves, subjecting them to our own biases and preconceptions, we hoped that AI could bring a more objective view. We started by scanning all the panels in the book. Then we ran Google’s vision AI and Microsoft AZURE’s face recognition and emotional character annotation as well. The algorithms we used to analyze “The Boxer” were previously trained by Google or Microsoft on hundreds of thousands of images already labeled with descriptions of what they depict. In this training phase, the AI systems were asked to identify what the images showed, and those answers were compared with the existing descriptions to see if the system being trained was right or wrong. The training system strengthened the elements of the underlying deep neural networks that produced correct answers, and weakened the parts that contributed to wrong answers. Both the method and the training materials – the images and annotations – are crucial to the system’s performance.Then, we turned the AI loose on the book’s images. Just like on “Family Feud,” where the show’s producers ask 100 strangers a question and count up how many choose each potential answer, our method asks an AI to determine what emotion a face is showing. This approach adds one key element often missing when subjectively interpreting content: reproducibility. Any researcher who wants to check can run the algorithm again and get the same results we did.Unfortunately, we found that these AI tools are optimized for digital photographs, not scans of black-and-white drawings. That meant we did not get much reliable data about the emotions in the pictures. We were also disturbed to find that none of the algorithms identified any of the images as relating to the Holocaust or concentration camps – though human viewers would readily identify those themes. Hopefully, that is because the AIs had problems with the black-and-white images themselves, and not because of negligence or bias in their training sets or annotations. Bias is a well-known phenomenon in machine learning, which can have really offensive results. An analysis of these images based solely on the data we got would not have discussed or acknowledged the Holocaust, an omission that is against the law in Germany, among other countries. These flaws highlight the importance of critically evaluating new technologies before using them more widely. Finding other reproducible resultsDetermined to find an alternative way for quantitative approaches to help the humanities, we ended up analyzing the brightness of the pictures, comparing flashback scenes to other moments in Haft’s life. To that end, we quantified the brightness of the scanned images using image analysis software. We found that throughout the book, emotionally happy and light phases like his prison escape or Haft’s postwar life in the U.S. are shown using bright images. Traumatizing and sad phases, such as his concentration camp experiences, are shown as dark images. This aligns with color psychology identifications of white as a pure and happy tone, and black as symbolizing sadness and grief.Having established a general understanding of how brightness is used in the book’s images, we looked more closely at the flashback scenes. All of them depicted emotionally intense events, and some of them were dark, such as recollections of cremating other concentration camp inmates and leaving the love of his life. We were surprised, however, to find that the flashbacks showing Haft about to punch opponents to death were bright and clear – suggesting he is having a positive emotion about the upcoming fatal encounter. That’s the exact opposite of what readers like us probably feel as they follow the story, perhaps seeing Haft’s opponent as weak and realizing that he is about to be killed. When the reader feels pity and empathy, why is Haft feeling positive? A graphic novel examined by artificial intelligence. Credit: Reinhard Kleist/Self Made Hero This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. This contradiction, found by measuring the brightness of pictures, may reveal a deeper insight into how the Nazi death camps affected Haft emotionally. For us, right now, it is unimaginable how the outlook of beating someone else to death in a boxing match would be positive. But perhaps Haft was in such a desperate situation that he saw hope for survival when facing off against an opponent who was even more starved than he was.Using AI tools to analyze this piece of literature shed new light on key elements of emotion and memory in the book – but they did not replace the skills of an expert or scholar at interpreting texts or pictures. As a result of our experiment, we think that AI and other computational methods present an interesting opportunity with the potential for more quantifiable, reproducible and maybe objective research in the humanities.It will be challenging to find ways to use AI appropriately in the humanities – and all the more so because current AI systems are not yet sophisticated enough to work reliably in all contexts. Scholars should also be alert to potential biases in these tools. If the ultimate goal of AI research is to develop machines that rival human cognition, artificial intelligence systems may need not only to behave like people, but understand and interpret feelings like people, too.center_img Mountain splendor? Scientists know where your eyes will look This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Explore further Provided by The Conversation The middle image in this sequence shows an example of a bright flashback. Credit: Reinhard Kleist/Self Made Herolast_img read more