Ascend Integrated Media Strikes Deals for Mobile Apps

first_imgCustom media company Ascend Integrated Media has signed deals with two separate mobile specialists to create a new series of mobile products. This week, Ascend announced a partnership with Moblico that will offer targeted messages and coupons to customer clients across markets such as healthcare, gift, fashion, home décor and fishing. Earlier this year, Ascend partnered with Handmark Inc. to create and distribute smart phone applications, which will include Web and landing page access, e-newsletters, digital magazines and newspapers, buyer’s guides, interactive maps and exhibit guides and directories.last_img read more

PHOTOS Wilmington Sons Of Italy WHS Band Parents Hold Successful Giant Yard Sale

first_imgLike 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… RelatedCOMING SOON: Wilmington Sons of Italy & WHS Band Parents To Hold Huge Yard Sale On September 7In “Community”Wilmington Sons of Italy & WHS Band Parents To Hold Huge Yard Sale On September 7In “Community”POSTPONED: Wilmington Flea Market Rescheduled From September 7 To October 19 Due To Expected StormIn “Community” WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Sons of Italy and Wilmington High School Band Parents held their annual Yard Sale fundraiser on Saturday, September 8, from 8am to 3pm, in the Town Common parking lot.Below are 20+ photos from the event courtesy of Sons of Italy member Lennie Malvone:last_img read more

Town Wants To Add 4 New Firefighter Positions First Staffing Increase Since 2009

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Town Manager Jeff Hull recently announced he would like to include the addition of four new firefighter positions in next fiscal year’s budget.“For more than a year, the Fire Department has consistently been short staffed due to long term work injury, personal injury, retirements or military deployments,” explained Hull in his annual budget message. “Since staffing levels cannot be reduced below current levels without impacting service, each absence has been filled at the overtime rate. Reducing overtime costs and adjusting the staffing levels to meet the current service demands cannot be completed in one fiscal year. However, adding four firefighter privates will begin to address these issues.”Hull stressed that the Fire Department hasn’t received any staffing increases since 2009, while their workload has risen dramatically.“The numbers of runs reported in 2009 totaled 3,364. This statistic reflects ambulance runs, responses to fire radio boxes, and fire responses,” revealed Hull. “For the most current reporting period, 2018, the Fire Department reported 4,192 runs, an increase of 24.6% over that nine-year period.”The cost for the additional four fire personnel is projected to cost $257,628.In response to a question from Selectman Ed Loud, Hull acknowledged more hires may be budgeted in future years. Fire Chief Joe McMahon and Deputy Chief Joe McMahon previously came in front of Selectmen and Finance Committee requesting the addition of 8 firefighter positions.“I’m suggesting there may be additional staff increases to come, but for Fiscal Year 2020, four is what we can manage,” said Hull. 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… RelatedSelectmen Support Proposal To Hire EIGHT New Firefighters, First WFD Staffing Increase In A DecadeIn “Police Log”SELECTMEN NEWS: Board Supports Fire & Police Substation In North Wilmington; Town To Vote On Project In April 2020?In “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Finance Committee Call Special Meeting To Discuss IT Costs, Fire Dept. OT & New Fire EngineIn “Government”last_img read more

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

WATCH Sunil Grover makes a comeback as Rinku Bhabhi in Bali

first_imgSunil Grover as Rinku Bhabhi (left)InstagramThere is no denial that Sunil Grover, who carved a niche for himself in small screen by playing the much-loved characters Gutthi, Dr Mashoor Gulati and Rinku Bhabhi in Comedy Knights With Kapil and The Kapil Sharma Show is a star with a massive fan following. Such is his popularity that when he quit Kapil’s show, fans were extremely upset. There were several efforts made by the channel, his colleagues and fans to make him return on show but Sunil stayed determined.But another chance for the fans to see Grover play Rinku Bhabhi yet again has arisen. Sunil recently got into the character of Rinku Bhabhi to entertain the guests at the wedding in Bali, Indonesia.In a video, which has now gone viral, Sunil, dressed as Rinku Bhabhi is seen crooning to his popular song, “mere husband mujhko pyaar nahi karte” and leaving the guests in splits. Thereafter, he asks one of the guests, “Rakhi apne husband ko kaise pyaar karte hain please bataye (Rakhi, please tell us how do you love your husband)”. The guest replies, “mujhe bahut sharam aati hai ( I am very shy)”, to which Sunil says, ‘bus yehi hai joh mujhe nahi aati…(This is the only thing which I don’t know)”.For the uninitiated, Sunil and Kapil Sharma got into a mid-air brawl in March 2017, post which the former left the show. Although the dust has settled down now and both are happy in their respective professional front, Kapil and Sunil are apparently not comfortable with each other’s presence but seem to be cordial on social media.  Meanwhile, Sunil recently revealed his inspiring journey, how harsh life was and how he managed to survive in Mumbai before ‘Gutthi’ happened to him through a post for social media blog Humans Of Bombay.The actor-comedian said that despite being good at acting, he would earn around Rs 500 a month during his initial year in Mumbai.”I was always good at acting & making people laugh. I remember in 12th grade I took part in a drama competition–the chief guest said that I shouldn’t participate, because it was unfair to the others! After I finished my masters in theatre, I came to Mumbai to act. But for the first year, I only partied. I lived in a posh area, using my savings & some money from home. I’d only earn around Rs.500 a month. But I thought I’d be successful soon,” he said.last_img read more

Altering silkworm genes to cause addition of useful protein into silk production

first_img © 2018 Phys.org 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. For many years scientists have strived to improve on the already impressive attributes of silk—some would like to make it stronger, others to produce silk naturally in different colors, while others yet would like to include features such as antibiotic properties. Such efforts have not always been as fruitful as desired, however; thus, research continues. In this new effort, the researchers sought to change the makeup of silk by causing the silkworm to produce and use unnatural proteins.The researchers sought to induce silkworms to produce an amino acid called 4-azido-L-phenylalanine, which the worms would add to the silk they made. The researchers used tRNA synthetase to get their silk-producing organs to create azidophenylalanine and then to accept it as an added ingredient in silk production. They then used a bacterial screening system to weed out the cells that were not receptive to adding the protein as silk was spun. This was followed by the creation of four altered silkworm strains and adding the genes responsible for causing the creation of azidophenylalanine in only the parts of the worm involved in creating the materials for use in spinning silk—allowing it to make its way to other body parts could have led to undesired side-effects. At this point, the team was ready to test their work by allowing the genetically modified worms to spin some silk. Testing of the silk showed that for two of the strains, more than 6 percent of the natural enzyme had been replaced by azidophenylalanine—proof that their technique had worked. The team then demonstrated that adding a protein such as azidophenylalanine could provide a positive function by conjugating the silk produced by the modified silkworms to fluorescent molecules through the use of click chemistry, which caused the cocoons to glow—one bright red, the other green. Explore further Credit: ACS Silkworms fed carbon nanotubes or graphene produce stronger silkcenter_img A team of researchers with the RIKEN Center for Life Science Technologies and the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization, both in Japan, has found a way to alter silkworm genes to create silk with useful proteins. In their paper published in ACS Synthetic Biology, the group describes their technique and suggest possible uses for it. Journal information: ACS Synthetic Biology More information: Hidetoshi Teramoto et al. Genetic Code Expansion of the Silkworm Bombyx mori to Functionalize Silk Fiber, ACS Synthetic Biology (2018). DOI: 10.1021/acssynbio.7b00437AbstractThe genetic code in bacteria and animal cells has been expanded to incorporate novel amino acids into proteins. Recent efforts have enabled genetic code expansion in nematodes, flies, and mice, whereas such engineering is rare with industrially useful animals. In the present study, we engineered the silkworm Bombyx mori to synthesize silk fiber functionalized with azidophenylalanine. For this purpose, we developed a bacterial system to screen for B. mori phenylalanyl-tRNA synthetases with altered amino-acid specificity. We created four transgenic B. mori lines expressing the selected synthetase variants in silk glands, and found that two of them supported the efficient in vivo incorporation of azidophenylalanine into silk fiber. The obtained silk was bio-orthogonally reactive with fluorescent molecules. The results showed that genetic code expansion in an industrial animal can be facilitated by prior bacterial selection, to accelerate the development of silk fiber with novel properties. Citation: Altering silkworm genes to cause addition of useful protein into silk production (2018, April 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-silkworm-genes-addition-protein-silk.htmllast_img read more

KoPT cruise to tour citys landmarks

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) will start a heritage tour down the Hooghly from April 28. The cruise tour – ‘A Voyage through Tide and Time’ – will be “solely managed” by the port, KoPT chairman Vinit Kumar told PTI.”The KoPT plans to run the service on weekends but it requires a group of at least 20 heads to conduct a tour. The tourism department will help us in promoting and marketing the heritage trip without any exclusive tie-ups,” Kumar told PTI. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe tour will begin from the Maritime Heritage Centre at Old Fairlie Warehouse, where visitors would get a chance to learn about the country’s maritime history.The centre houses maritime documents that date back to the British era.From the heritage centre, the tourists would then be taken to the historic Man-of-War Jetty at Prinsep Ghat to board a cruise vessel.The vessel would pass along the historic ghats, travel upstream to the Koilaghat jetties – an erstwhile berth for foreign ships – touch the Howrah bridge, the Kidderpore Dock lockgates, the BNR House – where Nawab Wajid Ali Shah once resided – and the Suriname Memorial, before ending the journey at the Indenture Memorial and Old Clock Tower site. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe Suriname memorial was built in recognition and remembrance of labourers who set off from Calcutta to work in distant colonies.”The tourists may even get to see ships moving into the port through the lock gates, if the timings match,” Kumar said, adding that there would be guides to explain the importance of the landmarks.The tentative three-hour tour will cost an Indian Rs 1399 while a foreigner will have to shell out Rs 2499.last_img read more

State to hold review meeting on Centresponsored schemes

first_imgKolkata: The state government will hold a meeting to review the present status of the Central government sponsored schemes.This comes at a time when Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had repeatedly raised the issue of the Centre’s step motherly attitude towards Bengal.It may be mentioned that there will be discussions on issues including the fund raised by the Centre for the projects. At the same time, there will also be discussions on allocation of funds for different schemes and their utilisation. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeRepresentatives of around 30 departments will be present at the meeting. Mainly, nodal officers of the schemes and financial advisors of the departments will be present at the meeting convened by the state Finance Department on September 7. Meanwhile, the state Public Works Department (PWD) directed its engineers to upload all project related data on the Samiksha Portal. The move is a step ahead towards a better implementation of e-governance system. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIn a notice issued ahead of a meeting to review the progress of the ongoing projects, direction has been given to ensure that the ‘status of work’ gets uploaded on Samiksha Portal of the state PWD.All the executive engineers are requested to update the status of work on the portal well in advance before attendingthe meeting.At the same time, they have to submit the report following a specific format as prescribed by the department.It may be mentioned that Samiksha is an exclusive portal of the department that acts as an online-based project monitoring system. An officer can get current status of the ongoing projects after logging into the portal using his or her login ID.The portal has made the task of tracking the progress of a project easy.”But to ensure that correct and current information about a project is available on the portal, the concerned engineer or the official needs to upload the status report timely,” said a senior official of the state PWD.This time direction has been given to upload the status report of a project much ahead of the review meeting in which Chief Engineers, Superintendent Engineers and executive engineers of all the directorates and sectors of the department will be present. The meeting is scheduled to be held on September 9 at Nabanna Sabhaghar.According to another official of the state PWD, the discussions in the meeting will be more fruitful if the senior officials and engineers of the department remain well aware about the present status of a project in advance before attending the meeting.”Hence, the executive engineers have been asked to upload status reports of all the projects on the Samiksha Portal well in advance,” the official said.last_img read more

Long sleep during pregnancy linked to stillbirths

first_imgSleeping more than nine hours per night during pregnancy may be associated with late stillbirth, suggests a new study. This is because blood pressure reaches its lowest point during sleep which has been linked with foetal growth problems, preterm birth, and stillbirth. The study, led by a team from the University of Michigan, explored how maternal sleep habits, including lengthy periods of sleep without waking more than once in the night, may be associated with foetal health independent of other risk factors. Moreover, pregnant women often report waking up and getting up in the middle of the night. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfVery disruptive sleep has also been associated with poor pregnancy outcomes, including growth restriction and preterm growth. “Our findings add to research indicating that maternal sleep plays a role in foetal well being. Studies aiming to reduce stillbirths should consider maternal sleep as this is a potentially modifiable risk factor,” said lead author Louise O’Brien, researcher at the varsity. “Understanding the role of maternal sleep may help us identify interventions that would put us in a better position to advise women,” O’Brien added. For the study, reported in the journal Birth, the team involved 153 women who had experienced a late stillbirth (on or after 28 weeks of pregnancy) within the previous month and 480 women with an ongoing third-trimester pregnancy or who had recently delivered a live born baby during the same period. Progress in reducing stillbirth deaths has been slow.last_img read more

Michigan House approves Rep Steve Johnsons plan helping those wrongfully convicted of

first_img Categories: News,Steven Johnson News The Michigan House today unanimously approved state Rep. Steve Johnson’s plan to ensure those who have been exonerated of a crime would receive the compensation due to them from the state.Johnson’s plan would benefit exonerated Michiganders such as Richard Phillips – who spent more than 45 years in prison after a wrongful conviction, then returned to society with no support system to help him get back on his feet. Dozens of other Michigan residents could be in similar situations because the state’s fund for compensating wrongfully convicted individuals is about out of money.“The fund is essentially bankrupt, and we have an obligation to ensure people like Richard Phillips receive the compensation they are lawfully due,” Johnson, of Wayland, said after the House approved his plan to add $10 million to the fund. “I am glad to see the bipartisan support needed to right this wrong and ensure this fund has reliable, adequate funding well into the future.”In 2016, the Michigan Wrongful Compensation Act was signed into law. The fund is supposed to award an individual exonerated of a wrongful conviction with $50,000 for each year unjustly spent in prison. But the fund currently has less than $500,000, which will likely be totally depleted upon the first few claims by exonerated prisoners.Phillips is awaiting an expected payment from the state after serving time for a murder he didn’t commit. Wayne County officials dismissed charges against him in 2018.The 72-year-old has sold artwork and scrambled to stay afloat financially after decades in prison.“After 47 years, everything was gone. I didn’t even have identification,” Phillips told the House Appropriations Committee recently. “And then I didn’t have any support. So when I got out…I pretty much had to go it alone. I hadn’t done anything wrong to deserve that kind of treatment. I was a citizen, just like any of you. So don’t think that it can’t happen to anybody – because it can. I’ve lived through it.”Johnson’s bill directs $10 million from the general fund to cover the Michigan Wrongful Imprisonment Fund shortfall until next year’s budget is finalized. The measure also ensures that the Legislature receives regular reports about pending claims and the balance of the fund to prevent future shortfalls.House Bill 4286 advances to the Senate for further consideration. 12Mar Michigan House approves Rep. Steve Johnson’s plan helping those wrongfully convicted of crimescenter_img ###last_img read more

Crispin Odey The finance company owned by Rupert M

first_imgCrispin OdeyThe finance company owned by Rupert Murdoch’s formerson-in-law, Crispin Odey, has agreed to sell almost all of its minority stake in the Sky Deutschland.Odey and Odey Assett Management had initially resisted BSkyB’s offer to buy the outstanding shares in the German pay TV platform. However, it has now confirmed that it will offload 97% of its shareholding – of about 8% – in the company, which is now part of the wider BSkyB-backed Sky Europe operation.Ahead of the Sky Europe deal, Odey’s holding in Sky made it the pay TV firm’s second largest shareholder, behind 21st Century Fox.In July Odey said BSkyB’s offer for its shares undervalued the business, but has now relented.“Odey Asset Management LLP has agreed to tender at least 97% of its shareholding in Sky Deutschland AG,” the finance firm said in a statement.last_img read more

Telegram for Android BBC Russian is now available

first_imgTelegram for AndroidBBC Russian is now available as a dedicated channel on mobile and desktop messaging service Telegram.The BBC Russian news channel on Telegram will broadcast the top stories from BBCrussian.com twice a day and will be available on desktops and laptops and phones and tablets running iOS, Android and Windows Phone.“We are really happy to be adding Telegram to the ever-growing list of platforms on which we reach our audiences. With its special focus on speed and security, Telegram gives us an opportunity to broadcast to the many people who use this messaging app. It is very exciting to be able to deliver the day’s best content to this new audience,” said Artyom Liss, editor, Europe, BBC World Service Languages.The news comes after Telegram added Channels – a “new tool for broadcasting your messages to large audiences” as a part of its messaging service.BBC Persian already has over 160,000 subscribers on Telegram, while the BBC said that other language services are also available on LINE, WeChat and Viber – with more to follow.The BBC claims around 5.5 million people access BBC Russian content every week, with BBCrussian.com content available via BBC Russian apps for Android smartphones, iPhone and iPod touch, and Nokia’s Series 40 devices.last_img read more