Lyft begins testing car rentals in San Francisco

first_img CES 2019: Ride along with us in an autonomous Lyft Now playing: Watch this: Tech Industry Mobile 0 Tags Share your voicecenter_img Post a comment Lyft 3:21 You might be able to drive these Lyft vehicles all by yourself.  Lyft Just as Uber’s stock market debut gets off to a rocky start, rival ride-hailing company Lyft is exploring the possibility of car rentals in San Francisco.Lyft said its vision is to reduce the need for personal car ownership. As part of a small test, Lyft is experimenting with letting riders rent cars for long-distance trips. Lyft users will pay about $60 per day to rent a standard sedan and $100 per day for an SUV, according to a report Friday from Engadget. It’s unknown at this time how many people are participating in the test and how many vehicles are available for rent. The vehicles are reportedly new and there aren’t any mileage caps or options for hourly rentals.lyft car rentalLyft’s app could soon include car rentals. Lyft “We’re constantly adding multimodal options so people can use Lyft for any kind of trip. We’ve added bikes, scooters, and public transit info into the app in cities across the country, and we’re currently testing a small-scale rental option for long-distance trips, like a weekend away,” a Lyft spokesperson confirmed on Friday.Originally published May 10 at 11:16 a.m. PT.Update, 11:23 a.m. PT: Addd statement and images from Lyft.last_img read more

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton posts steady rise in organic growth

first_imgIn less than a month from now, luxury goods maker LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton will be announcing its decision on payment of interim dividend. The French conglomerate had posted an increase of six percent in organic growth sales for the third quarter (Q3) ended September 2016, up from three percent in Q1 and four percent in Q2, while overall sales came in at €9,138 million.The organic growth was led by perfumes and cosmetics segment that rose 10 percent, while the watches and jewellery segment grew by just two percent.For the nine-month period, the company’s sales stood at €26,326 million, up four percent from €25,288 million in the corresponding period last year.From an organic revenue growth perspective for the first nine months of calendar year 2016, the segments showed divergent trends.The wines and spirits business group grew seven percent, while the fashion and leather goods segment rose two percent. Its perfumes and cosmetics revenues increased eight percent and the watches and jewellery posted four percent growth, according to the company.Curiously, the company is not doing well in its domestic market, France.”Asia, excluding Japan, showed a significant improvement during the quarter. The United States remains well positioned, as does Europe, with the exception of France which continues to feel the impact of a decline in the number of tourists,” according to LVMH statement.At around 7.10 pm (IST), the share price of LVMH was trading at €163.45 per share.last_img read more

React Native 057 coming soon with new iOS WebViews

first_imgWebView is used to display web content in your iOS applications.Yesterday, React Native announced a new native iOS backend to the WebView component that uses WKWebView. This WebView component will be available in the upcoming React Native 0.57 release. Apple has discouraged the use of UIWebViews for a long time. This is due to its being formally deprecated in the upcoming months. It is advised that you use the WKWebView class instead of using UIWebView for the apps that run in iOS 8 and above. You can use the useWebKit property to opt into this implementation: What problems does WKWebView solve? Earlier, to embed web content in our applications we had two options, UIWebView and WKWebView. UIWebView is the original WebView introduced in 2.0. It is known to have some pitfalls and problems. The main drawback is that it has no legitimate way to facilitate communication between the JavaScript running in the WebView and React Native. The newly introduced WKWebView aims to solve this problem. Other benefits of WKWebView over UIWebView include faster JavaScript execution and a multi-process architecture. What to consider when switching to WKWebView? You must avoid using the following properties, for the time being: Using automaticallyAdjustContentInsets and contentInsets may result in inconsistent behavior. When we add contentInsets to UIWebView, the viewport size changes (gets smaller, if the content insets are positive). In case of WKWebView, the viewport size remain unchanged. If you use the backgroundColor property there is a chance that WKWebView may render transparent backgrounds differently from UIWebView and can also flicker into view. Per React Native community, WKWebView doesn’t support the scalesPageToFit property. Hence, they couldn’t implement this on the WebView React Native component. To know more about the new WebViews, check out their announcement on React Native’s official website and their GitHub repository. Read Next Apple releases iOS 12 beta 2 with screen time and battery usage updates among others React Native 0.56 is now available Apple releases iOS 11.4 update with features including AirPlay 2, and HomePod among otherslast_img read more

Multimilliondollar dining and beverage concepts debut on Carnival Ecstasy

first_img MIAMI – The Carnival Ecstasy has gotten a major upgrade, having undergone a multi-million-dollar renovation that has added new dining and beverage options.The upgrades were incorporated during a two-week dry dock from Jan. 10-24 in The Bahamas. It then returned to Charleston, South Carolina to resume its year-round schedule of four- to 10-day departures from that port.New enhancements include Guy’s Burger Joint, a free-of-charge poolside venue developed in partnership with celebrity chef Guy Fieri, and BlueIguana Cantina, a complimentary Mexican eatery. Also new are Alchemy Bar, a ‘cocktail pharmacy’-themed lounge with mixologists, and Cherry On Top, which serves bins of bulk candy and fanciful gifts.Along with the recent additions, guests can also find a variety of onboard features, such as the poolside Red Frog Rum Bar and Blue Iguana Tequila Bar, a Water Works aqua park, a Serenity adults-only retreat and Spa Carnival health and wellness facility.Carnival Ecstasy’s schedule runs year round from four- to seven day cruises to destinations throughout The Bahamas and Caribbean. The ship will also operate a 10-day Carnival Journeys Caribbean voyage round trip from Charleston Nov. 5 to 15, 2017. Visit carnival.com. Posted by Tags: Carnival Cruise Line Multi-million-dollar dining and beverage concepts debut on Carnival Ecstasy Monday, February 6, 2017 Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

from left Fellow Gala Honoree Amelia Viola Gallu

first_img[from left] Fellow Gala Honoree Amelia Viola Gallucci-Cirio, Resource Center Italiano founder Michelle Nardi, Paolo Soleri in a rare tuxedo-clad appearance, and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. [Photo: Roger Tomalty & Text: sa] The NIAF award text reads: YOUR UNIQUE VISION IS HELPING TO CHANGE THE WORLD IN WHICH WE LIVE AND PROVIDE A BETTER FUTURE FOR OUR CHILDREN. THE ARCOSANTI PROJECT, IN NORTHERN ARIZONA, IS DEMONSTRATING WAYS TO IMPROVE URBAN CONDITIONS AND LESSEN OUR DESTRUCTIVE IMPACT ON THE EARTH. [Photo: Roger Tomalty & Text: sa] May 13, 2004The NIAF – National Italian American Foundation – honored Paolo Soleri at their May 8. 2004 Gala Dinner, held at the Ritz Carlton on Camelback Road and 24th Street in Phoenix. Governor Janet Napolitano and Paolo Soleri. [Photo: Roger Tomalty & Text: sa]The NIAF – National Italian American Foundation – honored Paolo Soleri at their May 8. 2004 Gala Dinner, held at the Ritz Carlton on Camelback Road and 24th Street in Phoenix. Governor Janet Napolitano and Paolo Soleri. [Photo: Roger Tomalty & Text: sa]last_img read more

Skys subscriber base is expected to overtake Libe

first_imgSky’s subscriber base is expected to overtake Liberty Global’s in Western Europe in 2017, according to new research by Digital TV Research.The Western Europe Pay TV Operator Forecasts report claims that Liberty Global’s subscriber count will fall in the coming years as it tries to convert its remaining analogue cable subscribers by 2020, with some expected to be lost to other digital platforms.Sky Europe on the other hand – which comprises assets in Austria, Germany, Italy, Ireland and the UK – is tipped to grow its satellite subscriber base.According to the research, Sky’s subscriber numbers will climb from 10.44 million in 2014 to 18.36 million in 2020, while Liberty Global’s customer base will drop from 18.98 million subscribers in 2014 to 17.49 million in 2020.Across the 66 operators in 15 countries covered by the report – representing just under 90% of Western European pay TV subscribers – total pay TV subscriptions are tipped to increase from 82.0 million in 2010 to 93.1 million by 2020.However, only 36 (55%) of these operators will add to subscribers between 2014 and 2020, said the report.“Traditional pay TV operators now face greater rivalry than ever before – either from other pay TV platforms such as IPTV or satellite or from ‘free’ multichannel TV services such as DTT and OTT TV and video (such as Netflix),” according to Digital TV Research.Among the operators expected to make gains are Spain’s Telefonica and BT and TalkTalk in the UK. They are expected to add 2.18 million, 999,000, and 607,000 IPTV subscribers respectively between 2014 and 2020.By contrast, over the same period Germany’s Unitymedia is tipped to lose 592,000 cable TV subscribers, the Netherlands’ UPC is expected to lose 400,000, Sweden’s Com Hem to lose 390,000 subscribers.“Total subscription and VoD revenues for the 66 operators will remain at around US$29 billion. These operators account for about 92% of Western European pay TV revenues. Sky Europe [satellite TV subs only] will remain at the top of the revenues league, recording US$10.5 billion subscription and VOD revenues by 2020,” according to the study.last_img read more

Tumblr has rolled out live video functionality al

first_imgTumblr has rolled out live video functionality, allowing users to broadcast themselves directly into their followers’ dashboards.Users can post live videos now via iOS or Android devices using the third party, live video enabled services YouNow, Kanvas, Upclose and YouTube.In each of these apps users can now turn on a Tumblr-sharing feature in their settings – though support on YouTube is currently only available through Android, with iOS to follow in “a few days”.Live videos can be reblogged by Tumblr users like any other post on the Yahoo-owned service. Tumblr will also notify users when anyone they follow ‘goes live’ with those videos automatically pinned to the top of their dashboard.The launch, which came to light after preview notices started to appear on the livevideo.tumblr.com domain, appears to be a direct response to live video moves by rivals in the social space – most notably Facebook Live and Twitter’s Periscope.last_img read more

THE Lifford Players are delighted to be bringing B

first_img THE Lifford Players are delighted to be bringing Brian Friel’s classic play ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ to the Alley Theatre on Wednesday 18th April.Set in 1936, harvest time in Donegal, where the five Mundy sisters live, barely making ends meet.The two male members of the household are Brother Jack, a missionary priest, sent home from Africa by his superiors and seven-year-old Michael, child of Chris.In depicting two days in the lives of this family, Friel evokes the interior landscape of a group of people trapped in their domestic situation and the wider landscape of which they are a part. Tickets are £10, £7 (con) available from the Alley Theatre Box Office on 028 71 384444 or online www.alley-theatre.comLifford Players bring Brian Friel’s classic ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ to the Alley was last modified: April 6th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: Directed by Leo McBride, the play features local Strabane actors Arthur McGarrigle and Joanna Haughey.Having received rave reviews and success in winning many awards on the Drama Festival Circuit with this production, Lifford Players have now qualified to take part in the Ulster Finals at the end of May in Belfast.Come along and join Arthur and Joanna in the Alley Theatre to see The Lifford Players inject new life and passion into the Brian Friel Classic.The Lifford Players’ refreshing production of the Friel masterpiece is not to be missed! Arthur McGarrigleJoanna HaugheyLifford Players bring Brian Friel’s classic ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ to the AlleystrabaneTHE ALLEY THEATREThe Lifford Players ShareTweetlast_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. Javier Hasse and Kevin Provost Listen Nowlast_img read more

Marissa Mayer Tim Cook Other Tech Titans Meet With Obama on Health

first_img December 17, 2013 Technology Add to Queue Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business –shares Catherine Clifford Marissa Mayer, Tim Cook & Other Tech Titans Meet With Obama on Health Care, Surveillance Next Article Senior Entrepreneurship Writer at CNBC A dream team of tech-powerhouse leadership is on the East Coast today, lending a bit of a helping hand to a president whose approval ratings are hurting — bad.President Obama will meet with Apple CEO Tim Cook, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt and a half dozen other executives at the White House to discuss updates to the performance of the Obamacare enrollment site. The botched rollout of HealthCare.gov has left individuals unable to sign up for health care, as the administration previously promised.Related: HealthCare.gov: Your Reminder Not To Skimp on Quality AssuranceAlso on the docket for the meeting is digital surveillance. The National Security Agency has come under fire for invading individual’s online privacy and just yesterday U.S. District Judge Richard Leon ruled that the agency’s use of phone records “almost certainly” violates the U.S. Constitution. The issue has enraged many in the tech world, with Google’s Schmidt having called the NSA’s actions “outrageous.”Today’s roundtable of the tech leaders of the U.S. is not the first time that the White House has name-dropped to gather support for his health care reform. For example, this summer, Obama asked Amy Poehler, Jennifer Hudson, Aisha Tyler, and Jon Bon Jovi to the White House to ask them to help him encourage young people to sign up for Obamacare.Related: Why Obama Asked Amy Poehler and Jon Bon Jovi to the White House. Hint: It’s Not a SNL Sketch Register Now » Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. 2 min readlast_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

Occupational exposure to pesticides increases risk for cardiovascular disease among Latinos

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Dec 13 2018Latinos who are exposed to pesticides in their workplaces are twice as likely to have cardiovascular disease compared with Latinos who are not exposed to pesticides at work, according to a new study published in the journal Heart.The study looked at survey questionnaire responses from 7,404 employed Latinos ages 18 to 74 years old enrolled in the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL) regarding occupational exposure to pesticides, metals and solvents — substances known to have a negative impact on cardiovascular health. The HCHS/SOL is the largest epidemiological study of Hispanics/Latinos and includes more than 16,000 participants from Chicago, San Diego, Miami and the Bronx in New York. Participants were asked whether they had been exposed to metals, solvents or pesticides at work.”Recent studies have linked certain chemicals found in solvents and pesticides and metal dust to cardiovascular disease, but none of those studies looked specifically at Hispanics/Latinos — a group that is especially vulnerable to exposure to toxins at work,” said Maria Argos, associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics in the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health and corresponding author of the paper.About 5 to 9 percent of employed Latinos reported exposure to solvents, metals or pesticides in the workplace.”While our study didn’t involve objective measures of exposure to toxic chemicals or metals in blood or urine samples, we observed significantly increased cardiovascular disease, most strongly for atrial fibrillation, among those who self-reported occupational exposure to pesticides,” Argos said.Related StoriesPesticide exposure may increase risk of depression in adolescentsPET/CT imaging spots cardiovascular disease risk factors in OSA patientsSubclinical cardiovascular disease linked to higher risk of falling in older adultsThe researchers found that participants reporting occupational exposure to pesticides were twice as likely to have some form of cardiovascular disease compared with those who didn’t report pesticide exposure.Participants reporting exposure to pesticides at work were twice as likely to have coronary heart disease, a type of cardiovascular disease where cholesterol-based plaques accumulate on the walls of the arteries, causing stiffness and increasing the risk for blood clots and stroke. When the researchers looked specifically at atrial fibrillation — a type of cardiovascular disease characterized by an irregular, often rapid heart rate that can cause poor blood flow — they found that participants reporting occupational exposure to metals were almost four times as likely to have the disease, and those who reported occupational exposure to pesticides were more than five times as likely to have the disease compared with participants who did not report having these exposures at work.”Our findings strongly suggest that asking patients about their occupational history can help clinicians uncover exposure to toxic chemicals or metals that can contribute to cardiovascular disease,” said Dr. Martha Daviglus, the Edmund F. Foley Professor of Medicine in the UIC College of Medicine, director of UIC’s Institute for Minority Health Research and principal investigator of the HCHS/SOL Chicago Field Center. “We know that exposure to toxins and metals is damaging to health, and our study corroborates the harmful effects with regards to cardiovascular health. Thus, efforts should be taken to reduce exposure to these substances whenever possible.”Source: https://today.uic.edu/pesticide-exposure-raises-risk-for-cardiovascular-disease-among-latino-workerslast_img read more

Deep breath New rebreather helps navy divers beneath the waves

first_img Navy scientists develop prototype for diver life support 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. Fellow divers connected his diving suit to an “umbilical” hose pumping in breathing gas and establishing communications with the surface. After receiving approval to hit the water, the diver descended into a large test pool at Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City (NSWC), Florida—home to the Navy Experimental Diving Unit.The diver’s mission: demonstrate the effectiveness of the MK29 Mixed Gas Rebreather—a new prototype system that’s the first of its kind within the Navy diving community, developed by NSWC Panama City.The technology is sponsored by the Office of Naval Research Global (ONR Global) TechSolutions program. TechSolutions is ONR Global’s rapid-response science and technology program that develops prototype technologies to address problems voiced by Sailors and Marines, usually within 12 months.”This rebreather system is an awesome opportunity to enhance the capabilities of Navy divers and accelerate their deployments,” said ONR Command Master Chief Matt Matteson, who heads up TechSolutions.Navy diving missions include underwater rescues, explosive ordnance disposal, ship hull maintenance, recovery of sunken equipment, and salvage of vessels and aircraft.Beneath the waves, Navy divers breathe a careful mixture of oxygen and nitrogen. Below 150 feet, however, nitrogen becomes toxic—leading to nitrogen narcosis, a drowsy state that can dull mental sharpness severely and jeopardize safe return to the surface. The solution is to replace nitrogen with helium. However, helium is expensive and hard to obtain because of recent worldwide shortages. And the Navy needs a lot of it for missions and training exercises, requiring canisters of the gas to be transported on accompanying ships or planes.The MK29 rebreather solves these problems. Used oxygen-helium is filtered through a carbon dioxide scrubber—which removes carbon dioxide and recycles the breathable gasses back to the diver.The result? Very little venting (giveaway bubbles)—or wasted helium.”The MK29 decreases helium requirements by approximately 80 percent,” said Dr. John Camperman, a senior scientist overseeing the development of the MK29 at NSWC Panama City. “Divers can perform more dives with the same amount of gas, or bring less helium.” The muscular U.S. Navy diver hoisted a 60-pound life-support regulator onto his back, then donned a 30-pound metal helmet. Explore furthercenter_img Citation: Deep breath: New ‘rebreather’ helps navy divers beneath the waves (2018, May 31) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-deep-rebreather-navy-divers-beneath.html A US Navy diver gives the okay sign following his dive using the Office of Naval Research Global TechSolutions-sponsored MK29 Mixed Gas Rebreather system, which was developed at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City Division. The new system will conserve helium, which is a valuable natural resource, accelerate the deployment of Navy divers, and increase safety. Credit: U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams/Released Test results suggest this system will be a major asset to Navy divers—who can not only perform more dives, but also stay underwater longer if surface supply gas is interrupted.The MK29 even reduces breathing noise and fogging of helmet viewports. It’s also the first piece of Navy diving equipment to feature 3-D-printed titanium tubing that connects hoses from the helmet’s breathing manifold to the regulator backpack. That titanium reduces the risk of breathing hoses being sliced by sharp or jagged underwater objects.The idea for the MK29 came from a NSWC Panama City master diver, who contacted TechSolutions seeking a way to reduce helium consumption while using newly available rebreather technology. Recognizing the expertise of Camperman and his team, TechSolutions asked them to develop the MK29.Camperman’s research team will conduct further MK29 tests this year—and hope to see the rebreather issued throughout the fleet by next year. Provided by Office of Naval Researchlast_img 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

Disney throws down gauntlet in war on Netflix

first_img“While it is smaller than Netflix, we think the Disney+ library will be deeper in terms of quality.”Tuna Amobi of CFRA Research said Disney+ will launch with “an unparalleled array of branded TV/film content” and as a result “could be a potential game-changer in a rapidly evolving streaming landscape.”Amobi said Disney also has the potential to “bundle” its new product with Hulu and its recently launched ESPN+ sports streaming service to give consumers a wider choice of content.But some analysts argue that rivals will not take the competition sitting down and that nimbler internet firms may prevail.Richard Greenfield at BTIG Research noted that Disney’s venture may be hurt by long theatrical “window” that keeps films out of streaming for months, and from longstanding deals giving rivals some of its content.”We wonder how the company will explain what is and is not available on Disney+ both domestically and abroad,” Greenfield said in a research note. “Will consumers understand that a new Marvel movie is available in theaters, but not on Disney+ for eight months?”Winning the warJohn Meyer, analyst at the investment firm Transpire Ventures, said Netflix still has the upper hand in the market.Meyer said Disney may “carve out a small niche” among families and young viewers but doesn’t pose a serious threat to Netflix.”Netflix now knows what people want more than anybody,” Meyer said.”After all, they are a tech company at heart and have enormous power with the data they capture on their millions of subscribers, which helps them design what original content to create.”Laura Martin, analyst at Needham & Co., disagrees, saying Disney with its well-known brands and franchises will eventually overwhelm Netflix.”We believe Netflix cannot win” such a war because of Disney’s cost advantage from owning a vast amount of content.”Disney products reach 100 million households per year, which lowers Disney’s customer acquisition costs,” Martin said in a note to clients.Martin said that in polling, US customers say they plan to use only two or three streaming services and that as a result, any growth in Disney+ will significantly weaken Netflix. Credit: CC0 Public Domain The battle is on. Walt Disney Co. is bringing its biggest weapons to a new streaming service, including “Star Wars” and Marvel superheroes, in what is expected to be bruising war with Netflix and others for television dominance. Explore further Citation: Disney throws down gauntlet in war on Netflix (2019, April 14) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-disney-gauntlet-war-netflix.html Disney+ streaming service sets November launch © 2019 AFP 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. The media-entertainment colossus announced its Disney+ streaming service would launch in November in the United States and gradually expand internationally.The new service’s subscriptions are due to start at $6.99 per month—less than streaming leader Netflix’s most basic $8.99 plan.Disney+ will be packed with blockbuster movies and TV shows from the Disney library, including its recently acquired assets from 21st Century Fox.That includes shows and films from Pixar animation studios, the Marvel franchise of superheroes like “Spider Man” and “Captain America,” National Geographic documentaries and of course the “Star Wars” series.Disney said it would include all 30 seasons of “The Simpsons,” family-friendly titles like “The Sound of Music,”and “Malcolm in the Middle” and its forthcoming “space opera”series “The Mandalorian.”Analysts says Disney’s announcement shows it is giving no quarter as it battles Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu and an upcoming service from Apple.”The biggest surprise was the price—$6.99 per month, which was much lower than many people were expecting,” said Alan Wolk, co-founder of the TVREV consulting firm.”It’s also ad-free, which was unexpected, as the conventional wisdom was that they would go to a hybrid Hulu-style model, with both ad-supported and ad-free options.”Wolk said the programming “is exactly what you’d expect from Disney and will appeal to families with children.”Wolk said the content will mean the new service won’t compete head-on with Hulu, which is 60 percent owned by Disney.The move “allows them to position Hulu as their edgier, adult offering,” he said.Disney has predicted it will sign up 60 million to 90 million users over the next five years.Some analysts have said they expect Disney’s new service to grow quickly and eventually top Netflix’s 140 million worldwide subscribers.’Smaller but deeper’Analyst Neil Macker at Morningstar said Disney “came out swinging at its investor day with an aggressive price point” for its streaming service.”We were pleasantly surprised by the content levels” announced at Thursday’s investor event, Macker said.last_img read more

Pakistan legal team in The Hague for Kulbushan Jadhav verdict

first_img Next Asian News International The HagueJuly 17, 2019UPDATED: July 17, 2019 11:01 IST Kulbhushan Jadhav (Photo: PTI)Pakistan legal team on Tuesday reached The Hague in the Netherlands, a day before International Court of Justice (ICJ) is expected to announce its verdict in Kulbushan Jadhav case.The team, led by Attorney General for Pakistan Anwar Mansoor Khan, also included Foreign Office Spokesperson Muhammad Faisal, reported Express Tribune.The 48-year-old former Naval officer, Kulbhushan Jadhav, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism on April 11, 2017.Following which, India approached ICJ against Pakistan “for egregious violations of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, 1963” in the matter.India has contended that it had not been informed of Mr. Jadhav’s detention until long after his arrest and that Pakistan had failed to inform the accused of his rights. It further alleged that, in violation of the Vienna Convention, the authorities of Pakistan had denied India its right of consular access to Jadhav, despite repeated requests.Subsequently, on May 18, 2017, a 10-member bench of the ICJ restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav till the adjudication of the case.In February this year, the ICJ rejected five pleas made by Pakistan during the hearing of Jadhav’s case, including the playing of so-called “confessional statement” of the Indian national and a request to adjourn the hearing citing illness of its ad-hoc judge.The four-day hearing in the Jadhav case started on February 18 at the ICJ headquarters in The Hague.Pakistan had further urged the ICJ to dismiss India’s plea for relief for its national Jadhav, who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in an “opaque trial.”Also Read | Kulbhushan Jadhav case: India hopes for a favourable verdictAlso Watch | Prisoners of Pakistan: India fights for Kulbhushan Jadhav at ICJFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byManisha Pandey Tags :Follow Kulbhushan Pakistan legal team in The Hague for Kulbushan Jadhav verdictIn February this year, the ICJ rejected five pleas made by Pakistan during the hearing of Jadhav’s case, including the playing of so-called “confessional statement” of the Indian national and a request to adjourn the hearing citing illness of its ad-hoc judge.advertisementlast_img read more