DEC Finds Bacteria Levels Below State Standard On Kenai River Beaches

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has completed the 2018 Kenai Beach Monitoring Program for coastal areas in Kenai.Beaches monitored this season includeSouth Kenai River BeachNorth Kenai River BeachEnterococci levels were found to be below the state standards for recreational uses at both beaches. The City of Kenai has implemented Best Management Practices to remove fish carcasses discarded on the recreational beaches during the July Personal Use Fishery. The practices were undertaken to discourage the presence of seabirds and therefore reduce the bacteria from seabird waste. Nancy Sonafrank with DEC: “The high bacteria had been found during previous fisheries and we think it’s mostly related to nearby seagulls that are feeding off of the fish as well.”  The DEC plans to continue Bacteria monitoring for 2019 to help further determine bacteria sources, and to understand the natural background levels of bacteria. Further sampling will continue during the recreation season in summer, 2019. Water samples were collected weekly from June 12 to September 7 at the two beach locations, after the DEC announced water quality samples taken on both beaches contained levels above Alaska’s enterococci and fecal coliform bacteria limit for recreation and harvesting for consumption of raw fish and shellfish. The purpose of DEC’s 2018-2019 monitoring on the Kenai River coastal beach areas is to evaluate background levels of bacteria before, during and after the fishery season to determine progress towards meeting water quality standards. The 2018 monitoring location maps and an analytical data results table are available on the Alaska BEACH Grant Program Website; the 2018 monitoring report will be posted on the website in late 2018.last_img read more

Alaska Fire Personnel Deploy To California

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska fire personnel made their way down to California over the weekend to assist with response efforts as the California wildfires continue. The assignments are for two weeks, but can be extended an additional week. The Northern California fire has wiped out the town of Paradise and killed 42 people. Two others have been killed in Southern California, where another fire is burning. According to Tim Mowry with the Division of Forestry Alaska firefighting crews disband for the winter, but some fire management professionals are available to fill a variety of response jobs in California.center_img Mowry said roughly half a dozen people headed down to California on Saturday and Sunday in response to a call that came Friday afternoon Photo courtesy of ABC Newslast_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Sarah Berube Named To Deans List At Clark University

first_imgWORCESTER, MA — Sarah J. Berube, of Wilmington, has been named to second honors on the Clark University Dean’s List. This selection mark outstanding academic achievement during the fall2018 semester.To be eligible for second honors, students must have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher, of a maximum of 4.3 (All A+s).About Clark UniversityFounded in 1887 in Worcester, Massachusetts, Clark University is a liberal arts-based research university addressing natural, social and human imperatives from local to global scales. Nationally renowned as a college that change lives, Clark is a transformative force in higher education today. LEEP (Liberal Education and Effective Practice) is Clark’s pioneering model of education that combines a robust liberal arts curriculum with life-changing world and workplace experiences.Clark’s faculty and students work across boundaries to develop solutions to complex challenges in the natural sciences, psychology, geography, management, urban education, Holocaust and genocide studies, environmental studies, and international development and social change.The Clark educational experience embodies the University’s motto: Challenge Convention. Change Our World.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Clark University.)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… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Berube & Mills Named To Dean’s List At Clark UniversityIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Mills & Berube Named To Dean’s List At Clark UniversityIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 3 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At MCPHSIn “Education”last_img read more

Wilmingtons Latest Legal Notices Week of June 16 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are the latest legal notices related to Wilmington, published during the week of Sunday, June 16, 2019:190819 — Wilmington Planning Board — North Wilmington Estates190820 — Wilmington Planning Board — 250 Ballardvale Street190821 — Wilmington Planning Board — 269 Ballardvale Street190822 — Wilmington Planning Board — 773 Salem Street190833 — Wilmington Board of Appeals — Robson Angelone New House Inv(NOTE: The above public notices is from MassPublicNotices.org.)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… RelatedWilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of June 23, 2019)In “Government”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Government”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of August 25, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

Kapil Sharma Show Sonakshi Sinha reveals why Salman Khan is still upset

first_imgSonakshi Sinha, Salman KhanInstagramThe Kapil Sharma Show may have been facing tough competition in the TRP race from other TV shows like Nach Baliye 9 and Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2. But the comedy show has never failed to entertain the audience by giving them a dose of heavy laughter every weekend. And this time, Sonakhi Sinha and rapper Badshah will be seen as the guests on the show. And while sharing some interesting stories about her life, Sonakshi revealed the reason why Salman Khan is still upset with her.So when Sonakshi was having a good time interacting with Kapil Sharma on the show, the comedian began dwelling on the past when Sonakshi had received her first ever salary cheque. While talking about it, Kapil informed the audience that Sonakshi’s proud mother Poonam Sinha had framed her first cheque on the walls of her house.To this Sonakshi added that she had volunteered for Lakme Fashion Week where she was supposed to help the guests find their seats. She stumbled upon Salman Khan who had then immediately asked her, “what are you doing here? Go loose some weight and do movies.”She said that Salman had then asked her if she was getting paid for the job. When Sonakshi replied with a ‘yes’, Salman asked her if she would take him out for dinner with her first salary. But she didn’t. And guess what, till date, Salman keeps taunting Sonakshi about the incident.Sonakshi also revealed that it was that time when Salman had offered her a role in Dabangg which turned out to be a blockbuster. She will now be seen in Dabangg 3 with Salman which also stars Kannda actor Kiccha Sudeep who plays the antagonist. The film is being directed by Prabhu Deva.Take a look. Salman Khan aaj tak Sonakshi se expect karte hain dinner ka invitation. Dekhiye #TheKapilSharmaShow, Sat-Sun raat 9:30 baje. @KapilSharmaK9 @kikusharda @haanjichandan @Krushna_KAS @bharti_lalli @sumona24 @RochelleMRao @apshaha @Banijayasia pic.twitter.com/V4qyl0ckae— Sony TV (@SonyTV) August 2, 2019last_img read more

EC Mahbub thinks democracy not oneparty affair

first_imgElection commissioner Mahbub Talukder. File PhotoClaiming that the upcoming upazila parishad election has lost its glamour as it is not a participatory one, election commissioner Mahbub Talukdar on Thursday said democracy cannot take a shape unless there are many parties, reports UNB.“Democracy is never a one-party one. It can’t take a shape unless it’s a multi-party one. That’s why, importance is given to participatory election,” he said while briefing returning and assistant returning officers of the second phase upazila parishad election at Nirbachan Bhaban in the city.The election commissioner further said, “Election being the participatory is the initial achievement. The election must be credible and acceptable. These two words will be judged by people, not by those who conduct the polls.”He also said there was still no discussion on self-analysis at the election commission over the 11th parliamentary election.Mahbub underscored the need for ensuring people’s greater trust in the election management during the upazila parishad elections. “The election must be free and fair no mater whatever the political situation is. A disputable or questionable election is not expected for the election commission,” he said.“People say the election should be held as per law and it means ensuring equal rights and treatment for all. You should remain neutral strictly. Don’t bow down to any pressure, fear or greed,” he asked the election officials.The election commissioner asked them to perform their duties with bravery and being responsible to their own conscience. “The election commission never conducts the election directly but you indirectly perform the duties of the commission. So, the success of EC depends on your success.”last_img read more

No Chaos Trump Insists As He Swears In New Chief Of Staff

first_img Share Pablo Martinez Monsivais, APPresident Donald Trump talks with new White House Chief of Staff John Kelly after he was privately sworn in during a ceremony in the Oval Office with President Donald Trump, Monday, July 31, 2017, in Washington.Hoping to turn the page on a tumultuous opening chapter to his presidency, President Donald Trump insisted on Monday there is “no chaos” in his White House as he swore in retired Marine Gen. John Kelly as his new chief of staff.In an Oval Office ceremony, Trump predicted Kelly, who previously served as Homeland Security chief, would do a “spectacular job.” And the president chose to highlight the rising stock market and positive jobs outlook rather than talk about how things might need to change in his White House under Kelly.Trump on Friday ousted Reince Priebus as chief of staff and turned to Kelly, who he hopes will bring military discipline to an administration weighed down by a stalled legislative agenda, infighting among West Wing aides and a stack of investigations.While Trump is looking for a reset, he pushed back against criticism of his administration with this tweet: “Highest Stock Market EVER, best economic numbers in years, unemployment lowest in 17 years, wages raising, border secure, S.C.: No WH chaos!”In fact, economic growth averaged 2 percent in the first half of this year, a pace Trump railed against as a candidate and promised to lift to 3 percent. The stock market first hit a record under President Barack Obama and has kept growing. The unemployment rate, too, started to decline on Obama’s watch. And wage gains have been weak.Trump on Monday convened his first Cabinet meeting with Kelly at his side, telling his team it is “doing incredibly well” and “starting from a really good base.” On how he would deal with rising tensions with North Korea, Trump said only: “It will be handled.”Seated across from Trump was Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has stayed on the job while Trump has publicly savaged him in interviews and on social media.Kelly’s success in a chaotic White House will depend on how much authority he is granted and whether Trump’s dueling aides will put aside their rivalries to work together. Also unclear is whether a new chief of staff will have any influence over the president’s social media histrionics.Former Trump campaign manager Cory Lewandowski, who was ousted from the campaign in June 2016, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he expected Kelly would “restore order to the staff” but also stressed that Trump was unlikely to change his style.“I say you have to let Trump be Trump. That is what has made him successful over the last 30 years. That is what the American people voted for,” Lewandowski said. “And anybody who thinks they’re going to change Donald Trump doesn’t know Donald Trump.”Kelly’s start follows a wild week, marked by a profane tirade from Trump’s new communications director, the president’s continued criticism of his attorney general and the failed effort by Senate Republicans to overhaul the nation’s health care law.In addition to the strains in the West Wing and with Congress, Kelly starts his new job as tensions escalate with North Korea. The United States flew two supersonic bombers over the Korean Peninsula on Sunday in a show of force against North Korea, following the country’s latest intercontinental ballistic missile test. The U.S. also said it conducted a successful test of a missile defense system located in Alaska.Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” that she hopes Kelly can “be effective,” and “begin some very serious negotiation with the North and stop this program.”Another diplomatic fissure opened Sunday when Russian President Vladimir Putin said the U.S. would have to cut its embassy and consulate staff in Russia by several hundred under new sanctions from Moscow. In a television interview, Putin indicated the cutback was retaliation for new sanctions in a bill passed by Congress and sent to Trump.Trump plans to sign the measure into law, the White House has said. After Putin’s remarks, the State Department deemed the cutbacks “a regrettable and uncalled for act” and said officials would assess the impact and how to respond to it.While Trump is trying to refresh his team, he signaled that he does not want to give up the fight on health care. On Twitter Sunday, he said: “Don’t give up Republican Senators, the World is watching: Repeal & Replace.”The protracted health care fight has slowed work on Trump’s other policy goals, including a tax overhaul and infrastructure investment. But Trump aides made clear that the president still wanted to see action on health care. White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said on CNN’s “State of the Union,” that senators “need to stay, they need to work, they need to pass something.”Asked if nothing should be voted on in Congress until the Senate votes again on health care, Mulvaney said: “Well, think — yes. And I think what you’re seeing there is the president simply reflecting the mood of the people.”On Saturday, Trump threatened to end required payments to insurance companies unless lawmakers repeal and replace the Obama-era health care law. He tweeted that if “a new HealthCare Bill is not approved quickly, BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for Members of Congress will end very soon!”The payments reduce deductibles and co-payments for consumers with modest incomes. Trump has guaranteed the payments through July, but has not made a commitment after that.White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said on “Fox News Sunday” that Trump would make a decision on the payments this week.Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, who opposed the efforts to move a health bill forward this week, said on CNN that cutting the payments would “be detrimental to some of the most vulnerable citizens” and that the threat has “contributed to the instability in the insurance market.”The House has begun a five-week recess, while the Senate is scheduled to work two more weeks before a summer break.last_img read more

TxDOT Abandons Roadmap For Tollways

first_img Share Cars back up during afternoon weekday traffic on southbound Interstate 45 in Houston north of downtown.State transportation leaders aren’t going to consider using an accounting maneuver to get around a constitutional ban on using tax dollars for some toll projects after all. The Texas Tribune reported Thursday that the Texas Department of Transportation was considering tax dollars banned from funding toll projects to pay for other construction projects that would also feature toll lanes. By that evening, the agency had heard from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on the matter and announced it was scrapping those ideas due to public response. last_img

How to LiveStream Todays Apple Event

first_imgOn Sunday, users spotted a mock-up of a text exchange between Tim Cook and Kevin Durant — the NBA star who’s the subject of an Apple docu-series about his early life and career — on Apple’s placeholder page for the live-stream. Also seen was an image showing an incoming call from Chris Evans, who is starring in Apple’s “Defending Jacob” limited-series thriller.It’s still not clear when those Apple original series will be available — or how much users will have to pay to watch them. Those details are expected to be revealed Monday.Initially, Apple’s subscription-video product is expected to center on a bundle of third-party TV services; in recent months, the company has held talks with HBO, CBS, Showtime and Starz about being part of the integrated service. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said last week that it will not be part of Apple’s subscription service.Apple has been negotiating with HBO, Showtime and Starz to offer their streaming services for $9.99 per month each, the Wall Street Journal reported. Apple also plans to charge a fee for its originals, per the WSJ report, which didn’t have that pricing info.The company sent out invitations to the March 25 confab to media two weeks ago, which said only “It’s show time.”In addition to news on the video front, Apple also is expected to launch a revamped news subscription service based on Texture, a magazine-subscription app the company acquired a year ago. The Wall Street Journal is reportedly in the mix, while the CEO of the New York Times Co. signaled it’s going to sit out.Apple also may announce a game-subscription service at Monday’s event, Bloomberg reported.Cook tweeted Monday ahead of the event, “Excited for a big day ahead!” along with a GIF showing the sun rising on the Steve Jobs Theater. Monday is the coming-out party for Apple’s Hollywood ambitions: After years of trademark secrecy about its plans to stream into video entertainment, the tech giant is set to pull back the curtain at a media event.The live program kicks off at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET, on Monday, March 25, from the Steve Jobs Theater at the tech giant’s campus in Cupertino, Calif. Apple is offering a free live stream of the big reveal at apple.com/apple-events/livestream.In addition to Apple CEO Tim Cook, the company has invited stars of several of its original series to the event, who are expected to join execs in unveiling the first looks at clips of some of Apple’s projects.Shows that Apple has announced to date include a Reese Witherspoon-Jennifer Aniston morning show drama; dramas “Little Voices” and “My Glory Was I Had Such Friends” from executive producer J.J. Abrams, with the latter starring Jennifer Garner; drama “Are You Sleeping” starring Octavia Spencer; and a comedy about a video-game development studio from Rob McElhenney and Charlie Day (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”). Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

New Town gets recognised as Bengals first Green City

first_imgKolkata: Indian Gold Building Council (IGBC) has recognised New Town as a Green City.IGBC is part of Confederation of Indian Industries (CII). It is one of the organisations whose green building certification is accepted by the state government for awarding additional Floor Area Ratio (FAR). New Town becomes the state’s first township to get the Green City tag.To award the certification, IGBC considers several factors that include eco-vision of the city, land use planning, health and well being, sustainable mobility, water, energy and infrastructure management, information technology and innovation. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThree water ATMs that have been installed at Eco Park have received accolades from IGBC. The bamboo railings for the road medians and tall tree nursery are joint ventures of Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) and Forest Development Corporation.The GPS-based vehicles launched for effective solid waste management and automatic control for street lights, e-governance for collection of property tax, issuing of certificates and building plans of the township have been lauded by IGBC. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe introduction of electric air-conditioned buses hasbeen appreciated under the sustainable mobility issue. The three buses introduced in New Town have become immensely popular and they cover an area not covered by the normal buses.The bodies of the 32 seater buses have been built byEicher, while the electrical systems have been installed by Pune-based KPIT. The fare of the buses is Rs 10. Battery charging centres have been set up.More than 20,000 people have travelled in the buses in the past one and a half months. The cycle-hiring scheme, the only of its kind in the country, has also received national recognition.The Eco Park has come up as the most well maintained urban park in Eastern India. The park stands on 480 acres of land and is surrounded by 112 acres of waterbody. The park’s miniature replicas of the seven wonders of the world have attracted both domestic and foreign tourists.last_img read more

Me What

first_imgMe: What!? Back in the early 90s, I felt a need to understand politics far better than I had, and I spent a lot of time and effort on it. Along the way – and partly by accident – I learned a few things that put me off broadcast news ever since. Here are five of those stories. #1: When a Decrease is Actually an Increase At one point during this time, there was a furor raised over the funding of school lunches. So, I looked into it carefully. After delving into the actual numbers, I was horrified to learn that what I heard from all the big-name news outlets was factually incorrect. Every single one of them got it wrong. So, I called the newsroom of the biggest and most respected news radio station in Chicago (where I was living.) Amazingly, they put me right through. The conversation went like this: Me: Listen, I have a problem on this school lunch thing. The numbers you guys are using are wrong. News writer: What do you mean? Sandy: Well, I was writing the news as accurately as I could, but they were changing it as they read it on the air. Sandy (laughing): No, they were changing it to make their voices sound better. I complied. Me: I don’t know, D… I think it’s a little warmer. By the top of the next hour, we had the satellite feed back, and the solemnly reported temperatures for that evening ended up being: Six o’clock: 66 degrees. DJ: We lost the satellite feed for the weather report. Stick your hand out the window! DJ: Now, is it warmer or colder than when you got here an hour ago? Me: I’m sorry, Sandy. It sounded like a fun job. Why did you quit? Me: What?? News writer: Yeah, well… the democrats gave us stuff to use and the republicans didn’t. I was horrified, but it was, at least, an honest answer. What shocked me most was the fact that they simply didn’t care. This was the flagship news station in Chicago – the one people went to when they wanted to be sure – and they simply didn’t care about accuracy. #2: To Make Their Voices Sound Better Not long after this incident, I was listening to the other news station in Chicago (also an old and respected station) and in the credits at the bottom of the hour, I heard, “The news this hour is being written by Sandy ____.” As it happened, Sandy was an old friend. A few weeks later I called her about it and asked if she enjoyed the work. The conversation went like this: Sandy: Actually, Paul, I just quit. Me: You’re reporting a seven percent cut in school lunch funding, but I checked the real numbers – they are going up three percent. The democrats are saying “seven percent cut,” because they want a ten percent increase. This talk about a cut is false: it’s actually an increase, and you guys have to know that. Sandy: I kid you not, Paul. They thought their voices would sound better if they changed what I wrote, so they did. Sandy is a person of integrity, so she quit. She was the only one. #3: Editing Tricks At one point, I was involved in a human interest story that ran on the big local TV station. I observed all of the filming and talked with the interviewer off-screen as well. (Seemed like a nice guy.) But when the show finally aired, it had been edited so that people seemed to be saying things they never said or intended to say. The program didn’t present them saying anything horrible, but it was definitely not the truth. To the viewers, however, it looked 100% real. #4: The “Real” Story Another time, I had the insider’s view of a story that made the national news via quite a few major news outlets. The giant TV network that covered it (and their famous news anchor) simply got the facts wrong. So did smaller outlets. One newspaper got it right – The National Enquirer! #5: The Short Term Weatherman Granted, this one’s just for fun, but it still makes a good point. Years ago, I was helping in the evenings at a radio station, in a regionally important Midwestern city. At one point the DJ started pushing buttons in an excited way, then turned to me: DJ (urgently): Paul, stick your hand out the window! Me: Some kind of political bias? Eight o’clock: 62 degrees. Oops! No Respect The job of the news media is not to be accurate; their job is to be respected. All of the expensive suits, the perfect hair, the conservative diction and bearing… it all serves the purpose of gaining respect. Accuracy and fairness would only become factors if they damaged that respect. Have you ever noticed that there is no competition between news networks involving accuracy? There are no Fact Wars between networks. They spend millions to make people respect their chief news reader, but they don’t point out each other’s factual errors. So, I don’t respect them or take them seriously. And now you know why. Paul Rosenberg FreemansPerspective.com Seven o’clock: 69 degrees.last_img read more

Jillian Broomstein starts to cry when she talks ab

first_imgJillian Broomstein starts to cry when she talks about the day her newborn son Jeremy was taken from her by New Hampshire’s child welfare agency. He was 2 weeks old.”They came into the house and said they would have to place him in foster care and I would get a call and we would set up visits,” she says. “It was scary.”Broomstein, who was 26 at the time, had not used heroin for months and was on methadone treatment. The clinic social worker told her that since Jeremy would test positive for methadone when he was born, she would need to find safe housing or risk losing custody. So Broomstein moved in with a friend and her kids — but it turned out that friend had her own legal battles with the state’s Division of Children, Youth and Families, known as DCYF.Since Broomstein grew up in foster care and had no family to take her in, Jeremy was taken from her. She had 12 months to try to get her son back or lose her parental rights permanently. To get their children back, parents struggling with addiction in New Hampshire are required to be compliant in drug treatment and have a safe place to live. If they can’t find housing or they relapse, the clock does not stop ticking.”I cannot stress enough that 12 months is a really short window for somebody who’s in early recovery,” says Courtney Tanner, who runs Hope On Haven Hill, one of the few places in New Hampshire where pregnant women and new mothers can live with their children and get treated for addiction. But with just eight beds here, the waitlists can be long.New Hampshire has some of the highest rates of opioid abuse in the country. One of the fastest-growing groups of heroin users is women of childbearing age. In the past few years the number of children taken into state custody has more than doubled, according to DCYF. Last year New Hampshire spent $36 million for foster care.”Here in New Hampshire what I have seen is a mom can be enrolled in this program and compliant in treatment and they are giving birth to a child and that child is still being removed and put into foster care,” says Tanner.In 2012 state legislators made major budget cuts to DCYF — and those dollars have not been restored. Child welfare workers in New Hampshire have more than triple the caseloads than in many other states, says the agency’s director Joseph Rispam. Also as a result of the budget cuts, DCYF can only engage a family once case workers have opened a legal case of abuse and neglect. There’s little money to support parents before that happens.”The result of that is … that more children coming into the foster care system that otherwise might not if we had the capacity to serve families more holistically up front,” says Ripsam.After her son Jeremy was placed into foster care, Jillian Broomstein continued her methadone treatment and her parenting classes. She was determined to get her son back. She finally got off the waiting list and got a bed at one of the residential treatment centers for young mothers. After a few months she was reunited with Jeremy. But she was told that her case was unusual.”I knew it was going to be hard,” she says. “Not everybody tries to get their children back, a lot of people I’ve known just give up, they just resort back to drugs again.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Micro Focus has announced Micro Focus StormRunner

first_imgMicro Focus has announced Micro Focus StormRunner Functional, a new tool that allows application testing to be done on almost any browser, operating system, or device. According to the company, StormRunner Functional will enable intelligent and continuous delivery cycles. “Creating high-quality, high-performing applications – at breakneck speeds – leaves very little time to validate quality on every OS, browser, and form factor,” said Raffi Margaliot, senior vice president and general manager of application delivery management at Micro Focus. StormRunner Load was its predecessor and was released a few years ago under HPE. StormRunner Functional and StormRunner Load are both SaaS solutions. StormRunner Functional leverages a lot of the technology that was present in StormRunner Load, according to Shane Evans, director of application delivery management at Micro Focus. For the past 18 months, Micro Focus has worked with more than 300 testers and 500 individual practitioners across the world to get StormRunner Functional where it is now. It also analyzed more than 800 answers and requests, finding a lot of common challenges, according to Evans. “StormRunner Functional provides a thorough testing environment to intelligently and continuously test web and mobile applications providing our customers with significant advantage to advance development efforts, enhance user experiences and reduce costs,” said Margaliot.last_img read more

NSF Director Lane to Discuss Federal Research Funding

first_imgShareMedia AdvisoryNSF DIRECTOR LANE TO DISCUSS FEDERAL RESEARCH FUNDINGNeal Lane, director of the National Science Foundation(NSF), will be at Rice University on Wednesday, Nov. 13, and Thursday, Nov. 14,to deliver two lectures. He will address the crucial issues facing the federalfunding of university research.Wednesday’s lecture, “Secrets of Scientific Success,” will begin at 4 p.m. inthe Physics Amphitheater. A reception will immediately follow in the Founder’sRoom of Lovett Hall.Thursday’s speech, “The Dream of a Common Language: Making theScienceNonScience Bridge,” will begin at 4 p.m. in Room 301 of Sewall Hall. Lanewill leave time for questions and discussion.Lane is a former Rice provost and professor of physics. A two-time recipientof the George R. Brown Prize for excellence in teaching, Lane has authored orco-authored more than 90 scientific papers and publications, including atextbook on quantum physics.Reflecting on his position of NSF director, Lane said it is “a privilege. Itis a big job and totally consuming of my time and energy. I fully believe inwhat NSF does, and I’m doing what I can to ensure that as we get through theserocky political times, NSF comes out in good shape.”The Nov. 13 speech is part of the H.E. Rorschach, Jr. Memorial Lectureseries, which addresses issues related to the physical sciences as well as theirrelationships to the greater body of knowledge and culture.The Nov. 14 lecture is part of the Scientia colloquia. Scientia is aninstitute for the history of science and culture.For more information about Lane’s visit to Houston and Rice, or to schedulean interview with the NSF director, please contact David Kaplan in the RiceUniversity News Office at (713) 831-4791.### AddThislast_img read more

Google Has Fired the Writer of the 3000Word Viral Memo Thats Gripping

first_imgGoogle Register Now » Image credit: l i g h t p o e t / Shutterstock Next Article –shares This story was updated on Aug. 8, 2017.Over the weekend, an internal memo from a male Google engineer titled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber” went viral as a glaring example of the attitudes that companies such as Google have to contend with over longstanding issues of diversity.In the 3,000-word, 10-page post, which was obtained by Gizmodo, software engineer James Damore shared a number of his views about diversity at Google.It included an argument that gender gaps were not due to sexism, but rather due to biological differences between men and women. Here is one passage that’s representative of Damore’s position: “Discriminating just to increase the representation of women in tech is as misguided and biased as mandating increases for women’s representation in the homeless, work-related and violent deaths, prisons, and school dropouts.”Related: Google Says It Would Cost Too Much to Gather Wage Gap DataDamore was fired on Monday. He told The New York Times that he was considering legal action against the company.Google CEO Sundar Pichai today wrote a letter to employees to address the fallout from the post.”To suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited to that work is offensive and not OK,” Pichai wrote. “It is contrary to our basic values and our Code of Conduct, which expects ‘each Googler to do their utmost to create a workplace culture that is free of harassment, intimidation, bias and unlawful discrimination.’”Danielle Brown, the company’s recently installed chief of diversity and inclusion, said of the incident that “it’s not a viewpoint that I or this company endorses, promotes or encourages. … Diversity and inclusion are a fundamental part of our values and the culture we continue to cultivate. We are unequivocal in our belief that diversity and inclusion are critical to our success as a company, and we’ll continue to stand for that and be committed to it for the long haul.”The memo arrives as Google’s handling of inclusion and diversity has been highly scrutinized. At the end of the June, the company released its annual diversity report, which revealed that its workforce is 56 percent white and 69 percent male.Related: Why You Need to Focus on Diversity Before It’s Too LateIn early January, the Department of Labor filed a lawsuit against Google to get the company to turn over its data about how it pays its employees, accusing Google of discriminatory compensation practices. However, in July, a judge ruled that the company didn’t have to turn over all the information that the Labor Department required, after it cited concerns about the cost of collecting the data.As Brown noted in her letter to Google staffers, “Changing a culture is hard, and it’s often uncomfortable.” The firing of Damore shows that Google is committed to tackling the issue head on, but the attitudes shared in his memo show that however well-meaning Google’s leadership is, it will take a lot more time and effort to fix this problem that has longed plagued workplaces in Silicon Valley and the tech industry at large. Google Has Fired the Writer of the 3,000-Word Viral Memo That’s Gripping the Company Add to Queue Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture.center_img Nina Zipkin Entrepreneur Staff 3 min read Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business The document laid bare what the company is up against in its ongoing battle to address issues of diversity. Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. August 8, 2017last_img read more

7 Statistics Entrepreneurs Need to Know About Legal Cannabis and CBD

first_img Public opinion and consumer preference for cannabis over Big Pharma are powerful forces shaping the cannabis market. –shares 7 Statistics Entrepreneurs Need to Know About Legal Cannabis and CBD Legal Marijuana Guest Writer Green Entrepreneur Podcast Image credit: Hero Images | Getty Images Peter Gigante 4 min read Head of Policy Research at Eaze Add to Queue Next Article April 30, 2019 Each week hear inspiring stories of business owners who have taken the cannabis challenge and are now navigating the exciting but unpredictable Green Rush. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. How fast is the stigma of cannabis fading? Consider the numbers: Cannabis, whether for medical use or recreationally by adults, is legal in 33 states, Washington, D.C. and the U.S. territories of Guam and Puerto Rico. An estimated 73 million Americans live in the 10 states that have legalized for adult use. A record-high 62 percent of Americans agree cannabis should be legalized.2019 marks the start of the second year of legal adult cannabis in California, the world’s largest legal market, yet consumers and business owners still must overcome significant hurdles. Cannabis consumers want to support the legal market but high prices, whopping taxes and impeded access to legal cannabis drives them to thriving illicit market. California has done a good job of telling consumers that cannabis is legal but has a long way to go to make it  easy to get safe, legal and affordable cannabis.Several studies have shown that high taxes are the most common driver of illicit cannabis purchases. An Eaze Insights survey of cannabis consumers found that a 5 percent reduction in California taxes on cannabis could lure 23 percent of illicit market buyers into the legal market. States looking to legalize should learn from California’s experience.Below are some key stats to know about the legal use of cannabis and where we are as a nation right now:Age groups are diversifyingImage Credit: EazeAs more states allow cannabis for adults, new demographics of consumers are discovering the legal marketplace. Baby Boomers are one of the fastest growing segments, increasing by 25 percent over the past year.Related: A Plea to Our Elders: Consider Medical Marijuana Before OpioidsWomen are making their mark.Image Credit: EazeFemale cannabis consumers  nearly doubled over 2018, and CBD is driving a new demographic of consumers  who are turning to CBD for wellness needs. The growth of women entering the market outpaced men and continued the trend of increasing female participation, now making up 38 percent of cannabis consumers.Related: Move Aside, CBD: New Data Finds THC Is the Real Medicine in Medical MarijuanaCannabis is a wellness alternative.Image Credit: EazeCannabis products are used for a variety of wellness applications: overall, 71 percent of consumers reported they reduced (53 percent) or stopped (18 percent) their over-the-counter (OTC) pain treatment, and 60 percent have reduced or stopped their alcohol consumption.Related: Will Medical Cannabis Sales Eventually Surpass Recreational Sales?It has holidays throughout the year.Image Credit: EazeCurious what the most popular cannabis holidays are? Hint: It’s not what you think! The day before Thanksgiving, or “Green Wednesday,” was the most popular holiday for cannabis consumption in 2018 with 4/20 coming in second. Two Jewish holidays fall in the top 10 holidays list, including Sukkot and Hanukkah.Social justice and inclusion efforts are critical.Leaders in the cannabis industry are ensuring that social justice programs and diversity and inclusion efforts are a key part of the next phase of growth. We don’t want to leave behind those who have been affected by the “War on Drugs” prior to legal adult use in some states. As part of these efforts, Eaze is partnered with Code for America on 4/20 this year in a first-of-its kind partnership to clear 250,000 criminal records through the nonprofit’s Clear My Record program.Related: Cannabis Social Equity Programs Are Imperfect but Critically ImportantConsumers across the U.S. can now access it.Since the legalization of hemp-derived CBD via the Farm Bill earlier this year, we’re seeing the product sold in traditional brick and mortar stores like Sephora, CVS, and The Vitamin Shoppe and we only expect that to continue. According to research by NORML, , 15 states have specifically legalized CBD for therapeutic purposesWomen are the faces of CBD brands.Eaze Wellness is an online marketplace that ships hemp-derived CBD to 41 states across the U.S. More than 75 percent of the brands on the platform are female-led or have a female founder, including Mary’s Medicinals, Kush Queen, Kana and Hora Skin Care.Whether you’ve been enjoying cannabis and its benefits for years, or are newly canna-curious, it’s important to be educated about the history of the industry, where we are today and what to expect in the future. Listen Nowlast_img read more

With Robotic Exoskeleton Scientists Teach Kids to Crawl

first_img Tom Brant Image credit: University of Oklahoma This story originally appeared on PCMag –shares Add to Queue Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Next Article July 29, 2016 To detect cerebral palsy in infants, researchers at the University of Oklahoma have developed a motorized robot for children to wear, tracking brain activity and muscle coordination using artificial intelligence.The robot — a cross between an exoskeleton, a skateboard and a onesie — is designed to prevent muscle atrophy in children who have difficulty crawling. By making moving easier, the theory goes, kids will develop their muscles and the brain waves that activate them. The wearable robot, called Self-Initiated Prone Progression Crawler (SIPPC), has been in development for years and is now on its third prototype. In a presentation last summer, Oklahoma engineering professor Andrew Fagg and his team said they initially plan a research fleet of more than 20 robots.SIPPC’s appearance is rather alarming, and it wouldn’t be out of place on the set of a science-fiction movie. It’s made up of what appears to be a regular onesie, albeit with several sensors attached and a giant collection of cables that snakes out of the child’s back to plug into a small form factor computer.In one iteration, the robot forms an exoskeleton that suspends the child from a tripod-like structure. In another, the child scoots across the floor stomach first on a padded, wheeled cart similar to a skateboard.The sensors monitor the crawling movements and send data back to the computer, where artificial intelligence algorithms are able to recognize certain types of activity. More sensors connected to the child’s head allow the algorithms to create an image of brain waves that doctors can then study.”As soon as you start to crawl, the world seems like a much bigger place,” Fagg told IEEE. “We hope, with the crawling, we’ll set them up to build other capabilities that will be really important later on in life.” With Robotic Exoskeleton, Scientists Teach Kids to Crawl Robots 2 min read News reporter Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Alpha Software Launches Alpha TransForm Cuts Build Time for Robust Offline Enterprise

first_img Alpha Software CorporationAlpha TransFormMarketing TechnologyMobile App DevelopmentNewsRichard Rabins Previous ArticleQlik Kicks Off AI In Action: The Qlik Analytics Tour, The Largest Roadshow In Data & AnalyticsNext ArticleTeleperformance Groups ‘Praxidia Knowledge Services’ partners with CallMiner to launch TP Interact – a Comprehensive Interaction Analytics Solution Latest Product Release Offers the Power of Low-Code and the Development Speed of No-CodeAlpha Software Corporation, producer of award-winning software that speeds mobile and web app development and deployment for business and IT, announced the official launch of Alpha TransForm the industry’s first mobile app development and deployment platform that turns complex paper forms or business processes into scalable, offline-capable mobile apps in just a few hours.“We’ve worked hard to ensure that Alpha TransForm has the features that our customers look for in a development and deployment environment. We are excited about the flexibility that TransForm offers our customers”Alpha TransForm apps can be highly-customized and have outstanding offline support for industrial-strength requirements. The apps also have extensive integration capabilities so that mobile apps built in TransForm can tie-in seamlessly with systems of record and corporate workflows.“While traditional low-code solutions still demand weeks or months of development, Alpha TransForm’s unique capabilities allow enterprise-grade, custom mobile dispatch, data capture and workflow apps to be built 30x faster,” said Richard Rabins, CEO of Alpha Software. “Additionally, app requirements invariably change over time – with Alpha TransForm, modifying apps on the fly is now virtually instantaneous.”Marketing Technology News: DataGrail Research Reveals 70% of Privacy Professionals Agree Their Systems Will Not Support New Privacy RegulationsKey features of Alpha TransForm include:Digitizes any process to dramatically speed field productivityIntegrates with existing systems of record securelyImproves data accuracyCaptures new types of business dataLeverages business workflowsWorks online and offlineDynamic layout capabilitiesUnlike other drag-and-drop mobile forms products with limited customizability, Alpha TransForm allows industrial-strength mobile apps to be built due to its programmability, on-device SQLite support, custom dashboards and automated actions.Marketing Technology News: Travel Tech Providers Gimmonix and Trip Sciences Strike a Strategic Partnership to Deliver Travel Industry’s First White-label Native Mobile Solution for HotelsWith Alpha TransForm businesses can digitize safety checklists, inspections and incident reports, compliance and audit reports, customer records, inventory tracking and much more.“We’ve worked hard to ensure that Alpha TransForm has the features that our customers look for in a development and deployment environment. We are excited about the flexibility that TransForm offers our customers,” said Dan Bricklin, CTO of Alpha Software. “From scanning equipment barcodes in the field to pre-populate relevant data, to automatically capturing signatures, date and time stamps, Alpha TransForm fits a wide range of business needs.”Marketing Technology News: Jumpshot Releases State of eCommerce Data Report that Reveals New Retail Strategies for Sponsored Search, Affiliate Marketing and Influencers Alpha Software Launches Alpha TransForm, Cuts Build Time for Robust Offline Enterprise Mobile Apps from Months to Hours PRNewswireMay 23, 2019, 2:40 pmMay 23, 2019 last_img read more

MarTech Interview with Duncan Stockdill CoFounder and CEO at Capsule

first_imgMarTech Interview with Duncan Stockdill, Co-Founder and CEO at Capsule Sudipto GhoshJune 19, 2019, 1:30 pmJune 18, 2019 MarTech Interview Series About DuncanAbout CapsuleAbout Duncan Tell us about your role and journey into technology. What inspired you to co-start Capsule?I started my career 20 years ago with a technology company that was building bespoke Customer Management solutions for financial services companies such as banks and financial advisors. These were long-running projects that would take years to implement. It was a golden time to be working in the financial services tech sector and I enjoyed a variety of roles from design and product management through to sales and marketing and worked with some fantastic people along the way.But by 2007 it had become clear it was possible to offer similar capability with a solution that businesses could get up and running quickly and easily instead of months or years. It was the beginning of the cloud era, and along with two co-workers, we founded a new company to begin work on Capsule, our CRM platform which we launched a year later in 2009.What we built into Capsule was a CRM platform that businesses could not only get up and running in minutes, but they could also customize it to make it fit their business and easily integrate it with other popular systems to get a complete view of the customer, leads and other relationships.  We’ve been fortunate that business love what we built and Capsule has since grown to over 15,000 paying customers in over 100 countries.From the time you started Capsule, how much has the Marketing Technology evolved?We launched Capsule almost ten years ago and much has changed since. Tools and technology that were once only available to enterprises with deep pockets have become commoditized and available on subscription plans starting at a few dollars a month. For example, there is so much more customer data available now enabling a data-driven approach to marketing that can completely transform a business. Integration platforms such as Zapier make it possible to connect your marketing tech with the click of a button and build powerful automation flows that would have once taken months to build.What is Capsule for a modern CMO?Any time someone from your business communicates with a potential customer is a chance to establish a better relationship. That relationship forms the basis of whether a potential customer then becomes a loyal customer. The ability to gather and organize details means that your Sales and Marketing teams can personally connect with potential customers at the right point with the right message. This is also great for marketing on a wider level. You can use customer data to identify commonalities across different demographics, allowing for the right marketing approach to be applied across those demographics in the future. In a way to build up success profiles of what good and loyal customers look like so your Sales and Marketing teams can be more targeted in their approaches. Capsule also sits at the heart of any Marketing Tech stack so you can integrate it with your favorite tools to get a complete 360-degree view of the customer.As a CEO, how would you identify the biggest advantages of leading a Marketing Technology company into a Data-driven landscape? A data-driven approach becomes critical as companies mature and move beyond the quick wins. We’d all like to find the one golden hack that gives us a 100%+ boost, but the truth is we are more likely to identify 20 different improvements that each generate a 5% boost.  The combined impact of these is massive, but each change is just a stepping stone, and some changes you try will be a step backward.A data-driven approach provides the insight to make sense of these small incremental steps and to know which ones to double down on, and which ones to rollback. If you try to do this by the seat of your pants you’ll likely end up one step forward and two steps back.What valuable lessons did you learn from 2018’s disruptions in CRM and Marketing Automation?Take care to remember the human element. Marketing Automation and Technology is undoubtedly powerful, but keep in mind that there’s a human behind the numbers, and also, I think we’re all getting a little tired of dealing with bots!Tell us about your go-to strategies to support rapid growth, lessons learned through periods of massive shift and transition in 2019.We have customers of all sizes and many of our customers joined us as a startup and have scaled up, and some have grown with us to become unicorns, so we’ve seen what works well across different businesses. While there’s much we can do in marketing the business, nothing beats having a great product that customers like and will recommend to others.How do you mentor your Product Marketing and B2B Commerce teams at Capsule?Fortunately, we have some great people on our team who bring their own experience and ideas. I try to keep my input focused on values and where we want to be.What does your technology community look like? Who do you meet at events and conferences to discuss Marketing and Sales technology?It’s always good to learn from others that are solving similar challenges to our own, in different ways and different industries.Which Marketing and Sales Automation tools and technologies do you currently use?We use a bunch of technology including proprietary tools, but these are the ones we use that are better known:ClearBit data to support Lead Insight, Scoring, and SegmentationGoogle Analytics and MixPanel for source and Behavioral AnalyticsGoogle Optimise for A/B testingWootric to track NPSbacMailChimp for Email MarketingJekyll to deliver contentAnd of course Capsule as our CRM to get a 360-degree customer view, all connected up to the various systems we useWhat are your predictions on the most impactful disruptions in Marketing and Sales technology for 2019-2020?I’m expecting to see more companies taking a data-driven approach, while also being more human in the way they deal with customers.What startups in the technology industry are you watching keenly right now? Startups that have great solutions for handling interactions with customers.How do you prepare for an AI-centric world as a Business Leader?There is much promise with AI, but clearly, we all need to move beyond the current hype cycle of labeling every algorithm as “AI” and identify the opportunities where AI and related technology can add genuine value.How do you inspire your people to work with technology? As a technology company, a passion for technology is one of the things we look for when hiring. As a result, I usually find it’s our team inspiring me with new technology ideas rather than the other way around!One word that best describes how you work.ConsideredWhat apps/software/tools can’t you live without?Anything that helps with communicationWhat’s your smartest work-related shortcut or productivity hack?DelegateWhat are you currently reading?Our Head of Design has just dropped a book into my inbox “Inspired: How to Create Tech Products Customers Love” which he has told me is a must-read, so that’s next on my reading list! Books I’ve enjoyed lately include “The Effortless Experience” and “Thinking, Fast and Slow”.What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?It doesn’t matter how many hours you do today; you’ll still have a to-do list tomorrow. As a bit of a workaholic at times, this has helped me find a happy work-life balanceThank you, Duncan! That was fun and hope to see you back on MarTech Series soon. Capsule was launched in 2009 following the founders’ frustration with existing CRM services that were either overly simplistic or far too complex for most businesses. We believe the value of a modern CRM lies in the ability to help businesses stay organized, know more about their customers, build strong relationships and to make the most of sales opportunities, all while minimizing user input. We built Capsule to deliver on these values and today Capsule is used by thousands of businesses of all sizes all over the world. About Capsulecenter_img Duncan Stockdill is a founder and CEO of Capsule. Duncan looks after marketing, product and design decisions, guiding the team to deliver a world-class product that helps thousands of businesses around the globe. “Marketing Automation and Technology is undoubtedly powerful, but keep in mind that there’s a human behind the numbers, and also, I think we’re all getting a little tired of dealing with bots!” The MTS Martech Interview Series is a fun Q&A style chat which we really enjoy doing with martech leaders. With inspiration from Lifehacker’s How I work interviews, the MarTech Series Interviews follows a two part format On Marketing Technology, and This Is How I Work. The format was chosen because when we decided to start an interview series with the biggest and brightest minds in martech – we wanted to get insight into two areas … one – their ideas on marketing tech and two – insights into the philosophy and methods that make these leaders tick. 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