March 18, 2013The annual meeting for horse enthusiast ‘Caballeros Del Sol Trail Ride’ returns to Arcosanti for the third time.This week-long meeting includes daily trail rides for charity. The group donates proceeds to worthy causes like Rainbow Acres in Camp Verde, a facility for developmentally challenged adults.[A view of the camp from east, you can see Arcosanti on the second mesa above the camp; photo by Chihiro Saito][View of the camp from the mesa south of it; photo by Chihiro Saito][Construction volunteer Scott Neigut and visiting alumnus Patrick Doyle have a conversation; photo by Chihiro Saito]Their self-sufficient camp in Arcosanti’s ‘second field’ includes a large tent with a kitchen, where all the meals are catered. There is also evening entertainment, singing and dancing.[Chihiro took a peak inside of the community tent; photo by Chihiro Saito]You can see reports of previous visits at2007 CABALLEROS DEL SOL BENEFIT TRAIL RIDE2004 CABALLEROS DEL SOL BENEFIT TRAIL RIDE
If you were born between 1980 and the mid-2000s, Wall Street probably hates you. It’s not because you’re a narcissist, entitled, or lack entrepreneurial spirit. And it has little to do with the fact that you haven’t opened a trading account to buy stocks. It isn’t even because you’re shunning high finance to pursue a “more meaningful” career. No, Wall Street dislikes you because you’re difficult to cash in on. If you haven’t guessed already, I’m talking about millennials—a cohort of Americans who are constantly being told how awful they are. Wall Street’s gripe with millennials is a big one. They represent one-third of the US population, making them the largest demographic in America. Yes, bigger than the baby boomers. Unlike prior generations, millennials are in no rush to grow up. Instead of making down payments on first homes, millennials are crashing in their parents’ basements. Rather than shopping at Walmart, they’re buying their groceries at farmers’ markets. This generation doesn’t buy cars. They use ride-sharing programs like Uber. The unique lifestyles and consumer preferences of millennials are frustrating Corporate America. McDonald’s is rewriting its menu and rethinking its marketing strategy to reach millennials, who would rather down a kale smoothie than stuff their faces with Big Macs. Say what you will about millennials, there’s no denying that they’re the future of America. The question that remains is: How do investors play a demographic that isn’t getting married, having children, or buying homes? The answer is technology. For better or worse, millennials are obsessed with their gadgets. Twenty-somethings can’t even take a bite of their sandwich without first snapping a picture of it. And those photographs of ramen bowls and steam buns aren’t being stored away as personal mementos. Millennials are broadcasting them on the Internet for everyone to see. But the key to “reaching” millennials isn’t through technology in a general sense. Social media is the ticket. According to Entrepreneur.com, 71% of millennials log in to social media daily, and the average user spends more than five hours on social media. This connection with—some would argue, addiction to—social media defines millennials. Unfortunately, that doesn’t make investing in this generation any easier. There are countless social media services out there. New ones pop up every day. Choosing the right company to invest in can be difficult, especially for investors who are still wary of Internet stocks following the tech bubble crash of the early 2000s. It doesn’t help that some social media companies are still stuck in start-up mode and have yet to generate a profit. Social media companies are tough to understand and even harder to value. Nonetheless, the industry has a bright future. Luckily, The Casey Report has done its research, and discovered a low-risk way to play one generation’s obsession. The best thing about this investment is that the money is just pouring in right now. Sign up for The Casey Report today to learn about this pick and other big-picture ideas.
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Walter Mischel, a revolutionary psychologist with a specialty in personality theory, died of pancreatic cancer on Sept. 12. He was 88. Mischel was most famous for the marshmallow test, an experiment that became a pop culture touchstone. But, he said, the thrust of the experiment and its results were often misinterpreted. (You can hear Mischel explain why in the video by Marcie LaCerte at the top of this page).Born in Vienna in 1930, his family fled to the United States when Mischel was only 8 years old. After graduating from New York University with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology, he went on to get a Ph.D. from the Ohio State University in 1956. Mischel’s education left him frustrated with the orthodox research models of the time, many of which were influenced by the likes of Freud. Mischel believed these models failed to adequately consider context, both the particular experimental situation and people’s internal goals. So, he set out on different path in 1960, using preschoolers from Stanford University’s Bing Nursery School as his study subjects. His idea, which you’ve probably heard of, was simple enough. First, you sit a kid in front of a delicious marshmallow. Then, you tell her she will get two marshmallows if she can resist eating the marshmallow while you leave the room. His experiment was a test of delayed gratification and, over the years, the test epitomized the idea that there are specific personality traits that we all have inside of us that are stable and consistent and will determine our lives far into the future. Despite some follow-up studies that failed to replicate the results, the lesson our society has drawn from the marshmallow test is that children who are able to delay their own gratification are destined to be more successful as adults than those that can’t. There was just one problem with that conclusion, as Mischel himself explained to Alix Spiegel, in an episode of the podcast Invisibilia called “The Personality Myth.” He told her: “That iconic story is upside-down wrong — that your future is in a marshmallow — because it isn’t.” So why does this myth seem to persist? Well, it seems one crucial detail was left out of conversation. Some kids were given strategies to help them resist the tempting treat, such as closing their eyes, while others were not. And, it was the kids who were best at deploying these strategies who had greater success in later life. “People can use their wonderful brains to think differently about situations, to reframe them, to reconstrue them, to even reconstrue themselves,” Mischel said.Nearly fifty years after the publication of his early iconic work, Mischel was still on the forefront of correcting the entrenched orthodoxy of static personalities, as well as the psych myth that his famous study had become. In 2014, he wrote The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control. “What my life has been about is in showing the potential for human beings, to not be the victims of their biographies — not their biological biographies, not their social biographies,” he said. “And to show, in great detail, the many ways in which people can change what they become and how they think.”Julie Carli is an intern with Invisiblia. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
Starting Wednesday, the sale of recreational marijuana begins in Canada following a law passed over the summer.The law says anyone in Canada over the age of 18 is allowed to possess marijuana, provided it’s less than 30 grams — just over an ounce. Canadians can also grow up to four marijuana plants in their home and buy from a provincially regulated retailer.The country had months to prepare for the law’s launch. The House of Commons and the Senate approved legalization in June, and later scheduled the law to go into effect on Wednesday.Keeping the drug illegal in the years prior “has allowed criminals and organized crime to profit, while failing to keep cannabis out of the hands of Canadian youth,” the government said in a news release last year. The Canadian Department of Justice says historically, the majority of police-reported drug offenses have involved marijuana.The government of Canada will oversee production and manufacturing of the drug. Provincial and municipal governments have control over wholesaling, and will also be able to set laws on public consumption. In provinces without a regulated retail framework, Canadians can purchase marijuana online from a federally licensed producer with “secure home delivery.””Provinces will learn from each other, municipalities will learn from each other,” former Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan told Here and Now in September.McLellan added that early tax revenues from generated cannabis sales will be used to research addiction treatment, for mental health resources and treatment, and for public education about the drug. “We heard when we visited states in the U.S. that have legalized [marijuana], it’s really important to get out and educate your public,” she said. McLellan said the government’s early estimates of use in the country of 36 million ranges from 650,000 to 900,000 tons on an annual basis. A report by Deloitte estimates the Canadian marijuana market will pass $7 billion by 2019.”I do believe that the government of Canada is ready,” McLellan said.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters last week that he would look into pardons for Canadians convicted of cannabis possession. Prior to the new law, simple possession of the drug was punishable by fines of up to $1,000 and six months in prison.Canada is only the second in the world to legalize recreational use of the drug. Uruguay became the first in 2013. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
Coffee Brains, Case Writing, and More – New York News regions: New York City About the AuthorJonathan PfefferJonathan Pfeffer joined the Clear Admit and MetroMBA teams in 2015 after spending several years as an arts/culture writer, editor, and radio producer. In addition to his role as contributing writer at MetroMBA and contributing editor at Clear Admit, he is co-founder and lead producer of the Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast. He holds a BA in Film/Video, Ethnomusicology, and Media Studies from Oberlin College.View more posts by Jonathan Pfeffer RelatedYankees Draft Stevens Finance Student, and More – New York NewsLet’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from New York business schools this week. From Ducks to a Dynasty: Yankees Draft Stevens Ace, a Star on Field and in Business Classes – Stevens Institute of Technology News For the first time in nearly half a century,…July 4, 2018In “Featured Home”Cornell Introduces Grade Non-Disclosure – New York NewsLet’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from New York business schools this week. Johnson Students Vote to Enact Grade Non-Disclosure – Johnson Business Feed After a year-long study initiated by Johnson’s Student Council to “evaluate the alignment of academics and recruiting,” Cornell Johnson students have…October 9, 2018In “Featured Home”New York News: How Climate Change is Effecting Your Mood, and MoreLet’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from New York City business schools this week. Climate Change Could Explain the Personality of Your Significant Other – CBS Newsroom New research from Columbia Business School professor Adam Galinsky, along with Ph.D. candidate Jackson Lu has found a curious connection…March 5, 2018In “Featured Home” Let’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from New York business schools this week.This Is Your Brain On Coffee: Beyond Health Benefits, Even the Smell May Fuel Higher Test Scores – Stevens Institute of Technology College of Business BlogNew research published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology finally confirmed your suspicion: yes, your coffee is making you smarter. Well, maybe. Science is tricky and all that.In the research, officially released earlier this year, Stevens School of Business professor Adriana Madzharov and colleagues from Temple and Baruch found that the scent of coffee helped people perform tasks better and even improved test scores. Interestingly enough, the researchers concluded that the effect of even just smelling coffee could be as beneficial as consuming it. “It’s not just that the coffee-like scent helped people in our study perform better on analytical tasks, which was already interesting,” Madzharov writes. “But they also thought they would do better, and we demonstrated that this expectation was at least partly responsible for their improved performance. In short, smelling a coffee-like scent, which has no caffeine in it, still has a placebo effect similar to drinking coffee.”New research reveals that the scent of coffee can help you with daily tasks and tests, even if you do not consume it.She adds, “This finding also has useful multiple practical implications in business for workplace professionals, architects, building developers, retail space managers and others.”You can read the full article here.A Rutgers Team Brings a Professor’s Lesson to Life – Rutgers Business School BlogRutgers Business School Professor of Marketing Can (John) Uslay recently took home first place in a recent case-writing competition put together by the University of Michigan’s William Davidson Institute.Professor Uslay’s entry was based on Roshni Rides, a “rickshaw transportation company created and piloted by a team of Rutgers Business School students,” which won the “$1 million Hult Prize for social entrepreneurship in 2017 after a compelling presentation about how their company could help improve the lives of refugees living in the Orangi Town settlement.Professor Uslay outlined “the challenges the team faced, specifically their effort to find a price point that would keep the cost of the service affordable and still enable the company to grow.”You can check out the full interview with Professor Uslay here.The Business Case for Sustainable Tourism Management of Protected Areas – SC Johnson Business FeedTom Olson, a recent Johnson Cornell MBA graduate, recently published an op-ed about the growing need for “developed, emerging, and frontier markets” to develop more sustainable management structures to accommodate increased tourism.Enter the Tourism and Protected Area Specialist (TAPAS) Group; a subgroup of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) “dedicated to advancing sustainable tourism initiatives in protected areas.”Olson writes that he was tasked by TAPAS Group to “analyze, develop, and recommend a revenue generation model that would be financially sustainable, align with IUCN’s values, and be accepted by the broader community of sustainable tourism professionals.”You can read Olson’s full op-ed here. 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Moving Product: Carolina Rustica’s Richard Sexton. Photo © David Lang Next Article By the Numbers A New Tool to Build a Mobile Storefront –shares 3 min read Carolina Rustica is no stranger to virtual commerce. The Concord, N.C.-based retailer specializing in handcrafted iron and wood furniture went online in 2000. Between 85 percent and 90 percent of current sales originate via the web, says founder and president Richard Sexton, with the average order exceeding $1,000.Now Carolina Rustica is moving its showroom to the smartphone — and though dining room tables and four-poster beds may seem at odds with the digital impulse purchases typically synonymous with mobile commerce, Sexton says that keeping up with the competition makes mobile a necessary evolution.”We’re going up against the big outfits, like [home décor powerhouse] CSN Stores–they’re not an 800-pound gorilla but a 2,000-pound gorilla, so it’s important to keep pace with what they’re doing,” he says. “You can’t exclude mobile commerce. People are doing everything on their smartphones, including shopping.” This mobile storefront solution ushers small-business owners into the growing world of ‘m-commerce.’ November 23, 2010 Add to Queue This story appears in the December 2010 issue of . Subscribe » Magazine Contributor Technology Jason Ankeny $119 billion: ABI research projection for 2015 mobile commerce spending Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Amazon.com can vouch for mobile commerce’s potential: In July, the company said its customers spent more than $1 billion using their phones during the previous year. But Amazon is Amazon. Hopping on the m-commerce bandwagon is exponentially more challenging for smaller retailers.”It’s very difficult to launch a mobile presence,” says mShopper founder and CEO David Gould, citing the lack of uniform mobile web standards and the broad array of devices. “You’ve got to rethink your entire page layout for mobile because of the tiny screens. The context is also a challenge–you’re trying to reach a user who’s on the go and whose needs are different.”Carolina Rustica launched its fledgling mobile website in partnership with Boulder, Colo.-based mShopper, which in September introduced Mobile Commerce Platform. With it, merchants of all sizes can build customized smartphone storefronts, or “mStores.” Included are design tools, built-in merchandising mechanisms and SEO resources, as well as an analytics dashboard to measure traffic and sales. Every order generated by a client’s mStore is input directly into the retailer’s existing shopping cart, ensuring that standard order and customer service processes still apply.Retailers simply upload their product data feed and design their mStore, guided by mShopper’s videos. Once it’s live, merchants also can leverage mShopper’s GetFirstDibs mobile marketing program, which transmits text-based discounts and promotions to customers on the retailer’s mobile mailing list.”We’re here to help generate buzz and awareness and to drive traffic to your homepage,” Gould says. “We only make money when merchants do.”mShopper charges retailers a monthly licensing fee ranging from $99 to $999, depending on website traffic. The firm collects a commission of at least 5 percent of the sale, or the store’s published standard affiliate rates.Along with Carolina Rustica, more than 10 other retailers signed on with mShopper during Mobile Commerce Platform’s first few weeks online. And mShopper expects to have 50 to 100 paying customers by the end of the year.”The obvious question is why you should create an mStore when customers can browse your website on a smartphone,” Sexton says. “The answer is that people need to start seeing your products right away. You can’t worry about download times or screen sizes. You can’t keep your website like it is and hope it all resolves on a phone.” Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Register Now » 8 percent: Portion of global e-commerce spend that figure represents
B2B buyerscontent managementMarketing TechnologyMediaflyNewsSales enablement technologySAP App Center Partner Previous ArticleGlobal Customer Adoption Accelerating for 8×8 Contact Center SolutionNext ArticleFor Highly Reputable Senders, 91 Percent of Emails Reach Their Intended Audience—Compared to 70 Percent or Less for All Other Senders Mediafly, a provider of sales enablement technology, content management, and advisory services that create interactive, value-based selling experiences, presents a brand new platform interface and added functionality to meet the needs of sellers across the globe. In addition to the updated user experience, new capabilities include Mediafly Workspaces, Story Mapper and Tool Builder, which provide users the ability to customize in-app experiences on their own, without incremental coding resources, including designing custom ROI calculators. As part of the new platform experience, Mediafly is introducing a new iOS app – Mediafly Next.While companies have the best intentions when unveiling new sales enablement solutions, many of these deployments fail. According to one study, U.S. organizations wasted $30 billion on unused software over the course of four years. Often times, this is due to technology not meeting the expectations of its users. For sellers, lack of customization and legacy solutions leave them scrambling to find relevant content and value-based evidence to provide the personalized sales interactions that modern buyers require. Admins and leaders of these teams are left to figure out how to design and organize the information that sellers need to succeed. Unfortunately, for many organizations, the process of designing an intuitive presentation app experience with interactive content that gains positive feedback and ultimately, a purchase, requires an unrealistic investment of time and budget.“Sales enablement technology should be flexible, easy to use and allow for customization,” said Jason Shah, CTO at Mediafly. “Our customers want to personalize their solutions so they can provide the best experience to their buyers. With the new Mediafly, users can continue to feel well equipped in their sales conversations, providing value to their buyers at a faster rate, helping to increase revenue and exceed quotas.”Marketing Technology News: ON24 Empowers Marketers with a 360-degree View of Customer EngagementTo help sales teams evolve from traditional content management portals and presentation tools like PowerPoint and guide them on how to improve sales, Mediafly gives users access to a modern, sophisticated, consumer-like presentation app experience across desktop and mobile. Now admins and sales reps can easily self-author and experience an interface with animations, customizable layouts and navigation, and interactive content without added support from Mediafly or IT.Mediafly’s release includes three new capabilities: Mediafly Workspaces, Story Mapper and Tool Builder. With Workspaces, admins have the power to create a mobile presentation interface with the navigation and content they want the sales teams to leverage, and sellers can find the content they need with ease for their unique sales presentation. Through Story Mapper, sellers can instantly pivot to relevant content in their presentation to better address buyers needs and questions. This allows them to create buyer-focused conversations through an interactive and value-add interaction.Value-add experiences are increasingly important as B2B buyers become more budget restrained and risk-averse. In fact, six in 10 buyers want to discuss pricing on the first call. Mediafly’s Tool Builder gives sellers the flexibility to customize interactive tools such as ROI and TCO calculators in an easy-to-use environment, saving the user time and energy. Sellers can provide buyers with meaningful value messaging, compelling insights and credible financial justification that is unique to that specific buyer in every sales conversation.Marketing Technology News: Vyond Announces End of Beta for Vyond Studio, Enhanced Security Features“Since we started using Mediafly, our customers have rated their experience higher, citing things like the ability of reps to give them the best information in the moment,” said Tom Stubbs, Sales Capability Communications Manager at PepsiCo. “Mediafly gives us the ability to design a modern sales experience customers value.”Mediafly’s latest sales enablement technology updates are just a few of the ways Mediafly helps sellers and marketers create, deliver, and analyze engaging sales presentations. Mediafly’s continued focus on enhancing how brands engage prospective buyers was recently recognized by G2. The sales enablement platform was named a Leader in G2’s Spring 2019 Grid Report for Sales Enablement. The grid, which is based on customer satisfaction and market presence, highlights that 96 percent of Mediafly users rated the platform 4 or 5 stars and 90 percent of users would recommend Mediafly’s platform. Additionally, Mediafly was recognized as a SAP Finalist for SAP App Center Partner of the Year. The award recognizes SAP partners with world-class solutions, contributing a significant amount to SAP revenue, a solid track record of customer success and a solid business plan for continued partner success.Marketing Technology News: Malicious and Disruptive Ads Account for 1 in Every 100 Impressions According to New Confiant Research Mediafly Unveils New Sales Enablement Platform Experience for the Future of Evolved Selling MTS Staff WriterMay 23, 2019, 4:55 pmMay 23, 2019
customer engagementKeyPointMarketing Technologymobile member engagementNewsswrveValley-based full-service Previous ArticleHow to Use Interactive Quizzes as a Marketing Medicine to Jumpstart Campaigns?Next ArticleLeading YouTube Multi-Channel Network Announces Launch of its Development and Investment Division, Yoola Ventures Award-Winning Silicon Valley Credit Union Sets New Bar for Finance Engagement, Retention and Loyalty with Global Leader in Real-Time Customer EngagementSwrve, the world leader in real-time, relevant customer engagement announced that KeyPoint, a Silicon Valley-based full-service, not-for-profit credit union, has chosen Swrve to elevate member experiences and drive significant mobile member engagement. As one of California’s largest credit unions with over $1.3 billion in assets and more than 60,000 members, KeyPoint uses Swrve to send hyper-relevant push notifications, geo-triggered campaigns, and informative in-app messages.This has translated into a 248% growth in monthly fast balance usage—a tangible return on relevance. Swrve’s real-time marketing and customer engagement platform enabled KeyPoint to achieve:INCREASED FEATURE USE AND ENGAGEMENT248% increase in fast balance usage, allowing members to quickly view their balances in the app via Touch ID34% increase in payment feature usage, making payments faster and more convenient17% increase in the money transfer feature and a 17% increase in the account detail feature, saving mobile users from an unnecessary trip to the branch, which ultimately helps branch staff focus their efforts on larger, more complicated transactions and operate at greater speed and efficiencyMarketing Technology News: Unmetric Adds Image Analytics for Branded Social Content to its PlatformOVERALL RETURN ON RELEVANCE (ROR)20% growth in monthly active users (MAU) within a year of deploying campaigns29% increase in day 30 app retention, measurably decreasing churn and improving the frequency of app usage in users that were sent Swrve campaigns, all achieved by successfully delivering relevant, real-time engagement, improving individual experiences and demonstrating the value of their app to new customers10% increase in multiple app opens per week, due to relevant member messaging deployed in real time.Marketing Technology News: Etsy Names Ryan Scott Chief Marketing Officer“We’ve found great success using Swrve in our campaigns,” said David Greene, Marketing Manager at KeyPoint Credit Union. “We’ve asked Swrve to elevate KeyPoint member experiences on mobile, and they’ve done exactly that. I’m excited to take our use of Swrve to the next level by incorporating more location-based campaigns that will be totally personalized to our members. We’ll deliver even more value exactly when it’s most relevant to them.”“KeyPoint Credit Union was able to drastically increase app engagement and retention rates by incorporating Swrve’s marketing and customer experience platform into its messaging strategy,” said Tom Aitchison, CEO of Swrve. “KeyPoint Credit Union have demonstrated the potential for financial institutions to offer each customer unique, real-time value by optimizing the relevance of their app’s user experience in real time.”Marketing Technology News: Credorax Launches Smart 3D Secure Solution in Partnership With Netcetera Swrve Helps KeyPoint Credit Union Achieve 248% Growth in Monthly App Usage MTS Staff WriterJune 6, 2019, 7:12 pmJune 6, 2019
Now Available in Centro’s Basis Platform to Automate Tracking and Measurement of AudiencesCentro, a global provider of advertising technology, announced the launch of universal pixel on its comprehensive platform, Basis. Universal pixel technology uses a single pixel to automate the creation and organization of first-party audiences, eliminating the need for multiple audience and conversion pixels.This new Basis feature makes it easier and faster for advertisers to measure conversions and track customer actions. Beta tests show that media buyers are upping performance and saving time using universal pixel to segment and group customers into categories based on their actions within a domain.Basis is the industry’s most automated, comprehensive and intelligent digital media platform, converging planning, buying, operations, campaign analytics, business intelligence, and billing reconciliation. No other DSP combines high-grade programmatic advertising features with holistic media workflow technology. Basis seamlessly assembles the tools that media businesses need to move towards full automation.Marketing Technology News: DAA Announces Enforcement Deadline for ‘Political Ad’ Guidelines and Transparency Icon“As the steward of top tier brands, we have an enormous responsibility to drive KPIs for clients and do it with efficiency,” said Matt Mordarski, senior digital media specialist at Perich Advertising + Design. “Automating our business through Basis already gives us an edge in the market. Now we are capitalizing on new tools such as universal pixel to enhance the tracking of first-party audiences and increase the agility of our team.”“With our campaigns, we are continually measuring and improving upon our performance. Generating and managing pixels is an essential part; but until now, it has been a tedious and lengthy process. Having the ability to use only one pixel to create various models for targeting, attribution and subsequent optimization makes us more efficient while improving ROI for our clients,” said Jessica Behal, founder of Spherical Strategies. “Since using universal pixel in tandem with the full agency toolset in Basis, we have seen considerable improvements in campaign performance.”Traditionally, marketers have had to use multiple pixels to create first-party audiences and track unique actions from site visitors. This meant hours of work to create many pixels, coordinate placement, and verify deployment. Thanks to the introduction of universal pixel, that work has been eliminated.Marketing Technology News: SentinelOne Announces $120 Million Series DAs marketers’ needs change, they use Basis to modify the data a universal pixel gathers. One pixel has the capability to segment audiences based on any combination of actions they take (search, click, browse, convert, etc.). Any number of combinations can be assigned to a single pixel.“Universal pixel illustrates how digital media automation is realized, as it improves a typically laborious process of tracking how customers interact with a brand. Its impact on campaigns ranges as far as the creative thinking of the media team,” said Tyler Kelly, president, Centro. “With this feature seamlessly implemented in Basis, our customers have more capabilities that save time, reduce human error, and are easy to use.”Marketing Technology News: New Global Report Reveals 9 in 10 Companies See ‘Self-Service’ as the Future for Customers Centro Releases Universal Pixel for Easy Creation and Management of First-Party Audiences Globe NewswireJune 13, 2019, 6:51 pmJune 13, 2019 advertising technologyCentroMarketing TechnologyNewsPerich Advertising + DesignTyler Kellyuniversal pixel Previous ArticlePipelineDeals Launches the Women in Tech ScholarshipNext ArticleReelTime VRs New ReelTime Virtual Room May Be Coming to a Hotel or Home Near You
Source:https://www.meduniwien.ac.at/web/en/about-us/news/detailsite/2018/news-im-dezember-2018/network-of-proteins-influences-the-advancement-of-osteoarthritis/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Dec 19 2018A network of carbohydrate binding proteins – so-called galectins – plays an important role in the degeneration of cartilage in osteoarthritis. A research group at the MedUni Vienna was able to demonstrate this correlation, in cooperation with international study partners. In osteoarthritis, certain galectins are produced by the cartilage cells themselves and accelerate the degeneration process of the cartilage matrix.Whilst galectins do play a role in cartilage development during childhood growth, they essentially do not occur in healthy adult cartilage. The researchers working with Stefan Tögel from the Department of Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery at the MedUni Vienna/Vienna General Hospital have now discovered that the quantity of galectin-8 found in the cell samples was correspondingly greater with an increasing severity of cartilage degeneration. After its production, this protein is released by the cartilage cells and connects with the cell surfaces, where it causes inflammatory processes and accelerates the matrix degradation of the cartilage tissue. Other galectins, which are otherwise able to perform various functions in the cell, apparently also play an accelerating role here.Research in the field of glycobiologyIn previous studies, Stefan Tögel’s research group has succeeded in demonstrating for the first time the functional significance of glycobiology for the pathogenesis of osteoarthritis, and has identified galectin-1 and galectin-3 as being inflammation accelerators. Glycobiology essentially describes the structure and function of glycans (sugar chains), which are able to influence a broad spectrum of biological processes through interaction with carbohydrate binding proteins (e.g. galectins).Related StoriesGlucosamine supplements could benefit the heartResearchers report new regenerative medicine approach for treating osteoarthritis of the kneeNew type of treatment for osteoarthritis shows promise for use in humans”Our approach in researching the role of glycobiology in osteoarthritis and other degenerative cartilage diseases is very new”, explains Stefan Tögel. “We are essentially treading new ground with our studies.” The aim is new therapy approaches in the treatment of osteoarthritis, which will halt its advancement. Because once cartilage tissue is lost, it can no longer be regenerated. For this purpose, it could be possible to develop antagonists for the respective galectins, which will prevent them from attaching to the cell surfaces. “Galectins may also be suitable as biomarkers, which will enable an early diagnosis through a blood test or with a sample of the synovial fluid”, explains Tögel.Osteoarthritis – a widespread diseaseOsteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease, which leads to a change in the structure of cartilage and bone, and can even result in joint deformity. It usually results from many years of over-straining. Joint diseases are among the leading causes of chronic pain and immobility in old age, and constitute a serious socio-economic factor in the health sector due to the increasing life expectancy of the population. No treatment has been available to date, which could halt the progressive loss of cartilage tissue in an osteoarthritic joint, or even reverse this.
Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 1 2019The University of Oxford and University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio, today announced a multi-year affiliation to establish a global center for rare diseases. The Oxford-Harrington Rare Disease Centre will bring together the capabilities, resources and expertise of both institutions to deliver new treatments for rare diseases, for which therapeutic options are lacking.More than 350 million people worldwide are living with a rare disease, and approximately 50 percent are children. There are about 7,000 known rare diseases, with new diseases being discovered every day. A rare disease affects one in 10 Americans, or 10 percent of the US population. Similarly, Europe has approximately 30 million people who suffer from a rare disease. The majority of all rare diseases are genetic in origin, which means they are present throughout a person’s life. Only five percent of rare diseases have a treatment approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and similar estimates have been made for treatments approved by the European Medicine Agency (EMA). Therefore, someone with a rare disease today faces a lifelong, often life-threatening, condition with little hope for a cure, or even an effective treatment option.In this partnership, the University of Oxford and Harrington Discovery Institute commit to addressing unmet need in rare disease. Through their combined resources, the new Centre will set the science and innovation agenda to support cutting-edge breakthroughs across the UK and US with the greatest chance for clinical impact.The University of Oxford is a world-renowned academic institution with more than 250 Principal Investigator scientists working on over 350 rare diseases. The Oxford Rare Disease Initiative, established in 2012, is a collaboration between the University of Oxford and the Oxford University Hospitals Trust, which provides the opportunity to combine pre-clinical and clinical expertise in areas such as neurology, inflammation and immunology, hematology, cardiovascular and metabolic diseases and has created an extensive rare disease network.Since its founding in 2012, Harrington Discovery Institute – part of The Harrington Project for Discovery & Development – has supported more than 100 drugs-in-the-making across disease areas and academic institutions, with a concentration in diseases where unmet need is greatest. The Harrington Project was established to advance scientific discoveries over the ‘Valley of Death’ – the stage in the drug development process when a new discovery is seen as promising, but is insufficiently validated to attract the funding necessary for clinical trials. Harrington Discovery Institute advances these promising discoveries towards the clinic by aligning, through mission and structure, scientific and drug discovery expertise into a new model for drug development.”Our partnership with Harrington Discovery Institute recognizes the combined experience needed in world-class science and drug development if we are to change the rare disease landscape in a meaningful way – and Oxford is committed to doing so through this unique, open model supporting the most impactful innovation throughout the UK,” said Sir John Bell, Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford.Related StoriesWhy Mattresses Could be a Health Threat to Sleeping ChildrenGenetic contribution to distractibility helps explain procrastinationTrends in colonoscopy rates not aligned with increase in early onset colorectal cancer”Advancing breakthroughs in rare diseases will require bold, new approaches that can overcome scientific challenges and create new medicines. This affiliation represents a commitment to patients first and a tremendous opportunity to improve the health and outcomes of those living with a rare disease,” said Jonathan S. Stamler, MD, President, Harrington Discovery Institute and Reitman Family Distinguished Chair of Cardiovascular Innovation at University Hospitals and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.The Oxford-Harrington Rare Disease Centre has been several years in planning through efforts of Sir John Bell, Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford, and with the help of David U’Prichard, ex-Global Head of Pharma R&D and Advisor to The Harrington Project. The Centre will be headquartered both in Oxford, under the leadership of Professor Georg Holländer and Professor Matthew Wood, and in Cleveland within the Harrington Discovery Institute, and managed by its leadership. The Centre will be leveraged by researchers worldwide, and raise awareness for rare diseases.”Our family is thrilled to see the incredible evolution of the Harrington Project in only 7 years. Our US program has generated interest from disease foundations to biotech and pharma, and we are so pleased to see it extend to the UK. We are honored and privileged to be collaborating with perhaps the most illustrious university in the world, and we welcome them as true partners in our efforts to cure disease,” said Ronald G. Harrington, whose family co-founded the Harrington Project with Dr. Stamler at University Hospitals.”Our Centre promises to advance the best scientific breakthroughs not only at Oxford but also across the UK. This is a unique feature of our commitment to science and patients and one I am most proud of,” said Georg Holländer, Head of the Department of Paediatrics. Matthew Wood, Professor of Neuroscience and Director of the Centre remarked, “The enormous challenge of bringing new medicines into the rare disease space requires not only scientific excellence but also mechanisms to share knowledge and ambitious approaches to translate this successfully into new drugs for patients. We are thrilled that the new Centre will partner with Harrington Discovery Institute and benefit directly from their extraordinary track record in new drug development and commitment to patients.””This is a wonderful example of the synergy in science and innovation that is needed to move discovery forward, and it is gratifying to see our institutions in Cleveland and Oxford combine their strengths to this end,” said University Hospitals CEO Thomas F. Zenty III.The Centre is supported in part by a grant from the Cleveland Foundation. “This is a phenomenal opportunity for Cleveland to further distinguish itself as a leader in biomedical innovation,” said Cleveland Foundation President and CEO Ronn Richard. “We are excited by the capabilities of Harrington Discovery Institute, which will support medical breakthroughs across the US and UK through its affiliation with one of the world’s premier medical institutions.”Source: https://www.uhhospitals.org/locations/uh-cleveland-medical-center
Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 18 2019Signal researchers in Oulu have developed a mobile phone application that can measure impaired breathing. The results can lead you to determine whether you have a respiratory disease. In the future, this invention can also help people suffering from asthma or allergies with remote care and self-care. The mobile measurement tool is an easy, fast and cost-effective alternative to expensive hospital examinations.The mobile respiration measurement tool uses the existing sensors and measurement technology in your smartphone. The actual innovation is the mobile application developed to collect and analyze respiratory signals. In a measurement event, chest movements reveal how heavy your breathing is and whether the problem is in the upper or lower respiratory tract. This information is important for targeting treatment.Related StoriesWorld No Tobacco Day 2019: Respiratory groups urge to strengthen WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco ControlNew drug provides hope for patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophyScientists develop new, rapid test to diagnose bacterial lower respiratory tract infectionsAccording to Tapio Seppänen, Professor of Medical Technology at the University of Oulu, the respiratory signal analysis is based on signal measurement using artificial intelligence. In other words, the program has been trained using mathematical models to find abnormal signal forms that indicate impaired breathing.Professor Tapio Seppänen, Head of the Physiological Signal Analysis Group, has studied respiratory wave signals with his research team since the 1990s. The development of the Respiratory effort test has also involved Olli-Pekka Alho, Professor of Medicine at the University of Oulu, and researchers Tiina Seppänen and Niina Palmu from the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering at the University of Oulu.Medication guided by dataThe Respiratory effort test is a convenient method for assessing the effectiveness of treatment and for home monitoring. Measurements can be made several times a day in various situations, indoors and outdoors. Continuous data improves the reliability of measurements and indicates the response to treatments such as asthma medication.The Respiratory effort test has been found reliable during patient testing at the Seinäjoki Hospital. Clinical testing is still ongoing. For further development, the focus is on providing guidance with the test; the device must indicate whether the measurement was carried out correctly.Researchers hope to have the test available on the commercial market in a few years. A global patent application has been submitted for the Respiratory effort test. Source:University of Oulu
SAM, a self-learning assistance system, helps machine operators resolve errors in production machines. Credit: Fraunhofer IVV To take a concrete example: On a processing machine, chocolate bars are wrapped in paper. A sensor detects a deviation in the production process and the machine stops. Even with state-of-the-art systems, a brief interruption occurs on average every five minutes. An experienced machine operator knows where the cause of the error lies. He or she sees that the paper is bending and concludes that, in this case, the speed of the machine needs to be regulated. However, this knowledge is person-specific – a colleague with less experience would need more time to find the solution.To make this experience-based knowledge available to all operators at all times, scientists at Fraunhofer IVV in Dresden are developing SAM, a self-learning assistance system for machine operators. The system observes machine states and operator actions and saves successful solution strategies. Using a tablet computer, for example, the machine operator inputs his/her solution and then links it to the current fault situation recorded by SAM. If a given fault has occurred several times, SAM recognizes it and can give the operator tips on the cause and on how to solve the problem. In this way, the machine is quickly repaired and running again.To enable SAM to learn fault situations, the scientists at Fraunhofer IVV are using machine learning algorithms. Equipped with intelligent feature extraction, SAM is able to learn at a similar speed as humans and can recognize patterns after only a few repetitions. “Thanks to our knowledge of packaging machine processes, we’re able to make SAM very fast,” explains Andre Schult, Group Manager for Digitalization and Process Efficiency at Fraunhofer IVV.Working with SAM is a people-centered experienceWhen designing SAM, Fraunhofer IVV in Dresden put people at the center of their considerations. “A human being is a wonderful tool. With their hands and eyes, they are more flexible and better than many robots or cameras,” says Andre Schult. However, processes and systems are growing in complexity all the time. With SAM, Schult also wants to enable operators in the future to recognize errors themselves and suggest their own solutions. People should know that, despite all the state-of-the-art technology, humans play an indispensable role in production. This increases their sense of value in their work and their motivation.Together with partners from industry and science, Fraunhofer IVV plans to further develop the self-learning operator assistance system over the next five years and add new functionalities through a range of new modules. In this way, it will be possible to adapt SAM to specific customer requirements. Possible additional features include things like the use of image processing, external sensors, and speech and gesture recognition. Looking forward, manufacturers will be able to use SAM both for the operation and for the maintenance, setup, assembly and development of machines. Explore further Citation: Self-learning assistance system for efficient processes (2018, June 1) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-self-learning-efficient.html To prevent long downtimes and high quantities of scrap, manufacturers must design production processes to be stable and efficient. Particularly successful outcomes are achieved when the experience of the people who operate the machines is taken into account. The Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV in Dresden is developing a self-learning assistance system that helps machine operators resolve errors and build up their experience and process knowledge. Provided by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft Better quality control with digital assistance systems 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.
SHARE July 30, 2018 prices, inflation and deflation COMMENT Violations to attract fines, jail term There is good news for cinema-goers in Telangana. Beginning August 1, food items and beverages sold in cinema theatres will be available at MRP (maximum retail price). The Legal Metrology will slap heavy penalties on those selling refeshments over and above the MRP.First-time offenders will be slapped a fine of Rs 25,000. Subsequent violations would attract fines of Rs 50,000 and Rs 1 lakh. The offenders might even face a jail term of six to 12 months.All food items and beverages sold in single-screen cinema halls and in multiplexes should prominently display prices and quantities on the products. The prices should be the same as the prices of the products sold outside the theatres. The department will launch a special drive in theatres in Hyderabad on August 2 and 3 to see whether the rules are adhered to or not.The department has sent notices to the theatre managements, asking them to conform to the new rules from August 1. While the shops in the theatres are allowed to print stickers on the packets (other than the branded goods) till August 30, beginning September 1, they should have the details printed on the product wrappers.The details should include the price, name of the product, weight, manufacturer and customer care contact information. Legal Metrology Controller, Akun Sabharwal, held a meeting on Sunday with department officials from all the districts on the issue. “If there is a change in the price of the product, it should be corrected as and when the change happens,” a department official said.Aggrieved consumers can lodge complaints at 180042500333, or through WhatsApp at 7330774444. The managements have been asked to display these numbers prominently in the theatres. Published on Telangana SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTS
Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy state politics COMMENTS Congress to seek resignation of all Cabinet ministers to placate rebels COMMENT Karnataka SHARE SHARE EMAIL 0 July 08, 2019 As all eyes are on Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar, who on Tuesday is expected to take the crucial decision whether he will accept the resignation of the 12 MLAs. His decision will decide the fate of the coalition government in the State.In an another setback to the Janata Dal Secular-Congress coalition, senior Congress MLA Roshan Baig on Monday threatened to quit the party and join the BJP. “I’m hurt by the way Congress has treated me, I’ll resign from as MLA and join the BJP,” he said. Two independent MLAs were the latest to quit the State Cabinet and have openly showed support to the BJP. Congress’ key trouble shooter DK Shivakumar has left Bengaluru. Amidst all these developments, it is said that on Congress’ direction, rebel MLAs are being moved out of Mumbai. The JD(S), after the legislative party meeting Monday evening, has shifted all its MLAs from Bengaluru to a resort near Nandi Hills near Devanahalli.On Saturday, nine Congress and three JD(S) MLAs had tendered resignations from their Assembly seats by submitting a letter to Speakers’ office, leaving the coalition government in deep crisis. After Independent MLAs — Nagesh and Shankar — withdrew their support, the strength of the JD(S)-Congress coalition has been reduced to 116 (Congress-78, JD(S)-37 and BSP-1), besides the Speaker.With the support of two independent MLAs, the BJP has 107 seats in the 224-member House. The party needs to cross 113-majority mark in order to form the government. As these developments played out, the BJP has called for State-wide protest demanding Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy’s resignation.CLP MeetAhead of the CLP meet, Congress leaders KC Venugopal, Dinesh Gundu Rao, Siddaramaiah, G Parameshwara, MB Patil and Eshwar Khandre are holding a meeting at an undisclosed location, with legal advisers to discuss about the further action against the MLAs who have resigned.Earlier in the day, senior Congress leaders assembled at Deputy Chief Minister’s house to take stock of the political situation in the State. It was here a decision was taken to seek resignations of all ministers.Former Chief Minister and JD(S)-Congress coordination panel chief Siddaramaiah said, “I had told them (rebel MLAs) earlier also that everyone cannot be included at the same time, so the Cabinet will be reshuffled after 20 months of the government coming into existence. Now, we will advance that period and this government will remain stable.”Siddaramaiah further said he tried to be in contact with dissident MLAs, but could not reach them on over phone. “But I am confident that all of them will return to the party fold. The BJP will fail in its sixth attempt to destabilise this government.”Replying to a question about possibility of postponing the Winter Session — scheduled for July 12 — he said, “The Session will be held as scheduled and things will become clear with in next 24 hours.”AICC Karnataka in-charge K C Venugopal blamed BJP Central leadership for the present crisis in Karnataka. “The BJP after Lok Sabha election is trying to destabilise non-BJP governments right from West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and now they have come to Karnataka,” he said. SHARE Published on
5 employees suspended for remaining absent from duty in J-K’s RajouriA team of officers of the district administration inspected 11 offices of various government departments located at the district headquarter and found five employees absent without leave.advertisement Press Trust of India JammuJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 22:57 IST Government offices inspected including Geology and Mining office | REUTERS image for representationHIGHLIGHTSA team of officers of district administration inspected 11 offices of various government departmentsFive employees from different departments were suspended in RajouriThey were suspended for remaining absent from dutyFive government employees of different departments were suspended for remaining absent from duty on Friday in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district, officials said.A team of officers of the district administration inspected 11 offices of various government departments located at the district headquarter and found five employees absent without leave, they said.The government offices inspected are the Animal Husbandry Department, Sales Tax office, Geology and Mining office, Excise and Taxation office, IWMP office, Child Development Project Office, General Provident office, District Forest office (Social Forestry), Cooperatives office, Fisheries Office and the Pollution Control Board office.The employees were placed under suspension, they said.Also Read | Amit Shah’s mission Kashmir banks on newly elected panch, sarpanch for developmentAlso Read | Preparing to hold Jammu & Kashmir elections by end of 2019, says Amit ShahAlso Watch | India Today investigation: Know what is happening in Jammu & KashmirFor 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 byMohak Gupta Tags :Follow Jammu and KashmirFollow Rajouri Next