Iowa’s unemployment rate remained at 2.4% in April for the 10th month in a row.Iowa Workforce Development reported Friday the jobless rate held steady, where it has been since July 2018.Iowa has the nation’s third-lowest rate, behind only Vermont and North Dakota, and tied with New Hampshire.The number of Iowa residents with jobs in April increased by 4,600 to 1.67 million.The number of unemployed residents dropped to 40,400.Iowa’s figure compares to a national unemployment rate of 3.6% in April.
ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 22: Fans watch a Michigan Wolverines flag after a score against the Illinois Fighting Illini on October 22, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***The image of Charles Woodson walking off the Michigan Stadium field with a rose in between his teeth following the Wolverines’ victory against Ohio State is an iconic one for those associated with the program. One Michigan fan has gotten said image tattooed on their body. Check out this incredible piece of art a Wolverines’ fan recently had done: First tattoo is done. #GoBlue. 〽️ pic.twitter.com/pFwAweC8zt— Honey Breezy (@BHugh_215) March 1, 2015Woodson, the 1997 Heisman Trophy winner, helped Michigan win the Rose Bowl and a share of the national championship that season.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – After the provincial government only netted $27,000 during last month’s petroleum and natural gas land rights sale, August’s wasn’t much better.In Wednesday’s auction, the provincial government netted just $201,872.37 from the sale of a single drilling license, which was one of only three parcels of land on the auction block. The 777-hectare parcel is located near Montney, just north of Fort St. John. Stomp Energy Ltd. purchased the parcel for $259.81 per hectare.So far this year, petroleum land rights auctions have brought in just $59,670,245.38. That number, while still more than the roughly $33.6 million paid for land rights in 2015 and 2016 combined, is still well below the $173 million the Province earned last year. The next petroleum land rights sale is taking place on September 12th, when four drilling licenses and two leases will be put up for auction.
Los Angeles: Actor Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark in ‘Game of Thrones’, says the first season of the show plays a huge role in what happens in the eighth and final season of the fantasy drama. Details about the final season of the HBO series are few and far between but the cast has teased a “bittersweet” ending. In an interview with the Entertainment Weekly, Williams said she re-watched the first season. “After reading the scripts I went back and watched season one again because so much of it refers back to that season,” Williams said. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”There are so many scenes that will look similar. And also I watched just to remind myself of the arc I’ve taken already, she added. Williams said Arya will strive to find normalcy without letting go off her plan to kill Cersei. “This year it’s like she has a dual personality there are so many emotions and memories that come flooding back when you’re with your family and the things that you fight for become very different, yet she’s also remaining on this path to try and kill Cersei,” she said.
I write today to discuss Down To Earth’s 28th anniversary — our dream dare that we can use our pen, our research and information, to make a difference in our world. Down To Earth is not a magazine to make money — then or now. It was, and is, not a produce of commerce; or a product of the market. It was and will remain our means to bring you information about the world around us, about everyday life and of life itself, so that we have the knowledge, which gives us power to make change. Our mission is not hidden in reams of corporate gloss. It is open. It is our dare. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe question, I want to discuss with you is my understanding of our relevance in today’s India; in today’s world. It is a cynic’s world today, where we are seeing as never before the race to the bottom. Countries are showing us their worst sides; leaders are turning into venomous creatures out to polarise people. Real issues are getting lost in the dust and fifth of this virulent discourse, where everybody — all of us — seem “free” only to the extent that we can spill out our vile guts in the now not-so-open social media. There is no societal decorum that puts lines around what can be said in public and what not. Also Read – Insider threat managementSo, have we failed? Should we continue hoping against hope that we can make a difference to public opinion? Can we really keep the focus on the real issues that matter? I believe we must. I also believe that whatever we are seeing in our world today, it is our duty, our job — if you want to call it that — to keep pushing the envelope so that this whimper of real news becomes a scream.I say this particularly as India is in the middle of the Lok Sabha elections. In this 28th anniversary year of Down To Earth, we will get a new government, or we will get the old government as new. Whatever the future, the fact is that we must be there to report on issues that concern our today and tomorrow. In this election, we have seen that the real issues that matter to people — climate change that is driving weird weather to destroy crops; insurance companies that do not provide relief to farmers to cope with this distress; produce that is not getting value to pay for labour of farmers; pollution that is destroying livelihoods and health; and worse, the drought that is crippling large parts of the country — are all out of the frame. Nothing real seems to get our attention anymore. These are not eyeball issues. Social media misses these trends. Politicians today want us to believe that they can afford to forget local issues — issues that matter to their constituents — and still win elections. Elections then are about poisoned words and polarised politics. But I believe — and I hope you will as well — that these issues that I have enumerated will not go away. They cannot be swallowed up or spit out. They are real. They matter. It is our job to bring this news out and to keep working till this news that has been shuttered to the margins, becomes the main. It must. Because it matters to you and to me. It matters to our future. No government likes to be shown a mirror to its failures; no government wants to hear the inconvenient news that its spin doctors want us to believe. But it will remain our job to hold that mirror. And we will do this with all our ability to tell it from the ground; tell it as it happens; tell it truthfully. We do not need courage to do this. We need to make sure that we do not slip and lose your trust. Our mission is to make a difference; our shield is our independence. We will not let you down. I promise. We promise. (The author is Director General of Centre for Science and Environment and the Editor of Down To Earth magazine. The views expressed are strictly personal)
Mumbai: Tobaccos-to-hotels major ITC is planning to expand its dairy beverages portfolio to the rest of the country by the next summer and is eyeing a 5-10 percent market share in the first year of operations. ITC’s food division already offers fruits-based beverages for the past four five years and also dairy-based beverages which have been soft-launched in the South last December. The company entered the ready-to-drink milk-based beverages market with the launch of Sunfeast Wonderz Milk last December. The milkshake market is around Rs 1,000 crore. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra”We would be extending our dairy beverage business and will be launching across the country by the next summer. We expect to clock 5-10 percent of the Rs 1,000-crore market in the first year of operations,” Sanjay Singal, chief operating officer for dairy and beverages unit at ITC said here. Kolkata-based company is also planning to export its dry fruits-based dairy beverages badam milkshake to Dubai and Saudi Arabia. The company had also rolled out packaged milk and curds under its Aashirvaad brand in Kolkata and Bihar. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysSingal said the company would focus only in the Eastern markets for the packaged milk business in the foreseeable future, where there is less competition. ITC Friday launched three fruit beverages under its B Natural brand in PET bottles. It currently sells nine flavours of fruit juices in tetra packs and has a market share of 9-10 percent in the Rs 2,000-crore fruit beverages segment. Singal also said within a month, it will launch vegetable juices and is evaluating opportunities in the water segment.
Jameis Winston’s arc to the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft is more like a trek through dangerously rugged terrain. That he made it to the other end, smiling, is as much an accomplishment as being taken by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers first overall.Winston’s talent was never in question—it was all about his character. And in today’s NFL world of multi-million-dollar investments and politically correctness, character concerns are more damning than if he can read a “Cover 2.”The Bucs insist they exhausted themselves looking at Winston’s past: the sexual assault allegations, the “stealing” crab leg saga, the yelling an obscenity on campus situation. . . and the former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback came out clean.This is major. Usually, once a player projects the perception that he is drama, it becomes a label, a tattoo, a permanent fixture. Winston has not breached the label plateau, but he hovers on the precipice, especially when he does what he did Thursday night.After being selected, he posted a photo posing with crab legs, a dig at the naysayers, no doubt. He can take photos with whom he wants. But considering his background, that probably was not the tactful thing to do.“I’ve got to work,” Winston said Thursday night. “Actions speak so much louder than words, or what they may have read or what they may have heard. It’s about your actions. Whatever is in the past is in the past. I look forward to gaining everyone’s trust.”Winston was accused of sexual assault during his freshman season at Florida State but never was charged. “I have been cleared six times,” he said. “I’ve been cleared six times on that situation. So I took that situation so seriously. But, at the end of the day, I’ve got to keep moving forward. That’s why I’m so thankful.”Jason Licht, the team’s general manager, said they gave Winston the once-over more than once. His take away?“Not only were we comfortable with him and his character, we were confident with his character,” Licht said. “We think that his character that he brings to the locker room and the building is a strength. That’s one of the things that makes him a great player.”Lovie Smith, the coach, said he considers Winston a typical young man off the field and extraordinary on it.“I know a lot of things have been said about him,” Smith said. “He’s made some mistakes that young people make from time to time when they’re young. I definitely don’t think that I’ve seen a pattern. Once you get to know him, I just really believe in him. I trust my instincts on people to know who we’re getting.”They’d better be right. Using the No. 1 pick on a failure can be catastrophic to a franchise. Winston, however, showed something that is hard to measure: With all the questions about his character and legal drama swirling around him, he did not flinch on the field.He played outstanding football in rallying the Seminoles. He was a leader. He was tough. He was a supportive teammate. He won.“He’s a champion,” Licht said. “He’s a leader. He’s a winner. He’s got tremendous football character and tremendous intelligence and work ethic. His work ethic was one thing that really put him over the top for us, combined with his leadership and his ‘it’ factor, as well as his ability on the field.”Cleared of the difficult terrain, maybe now Winston can craft an NFL arc that is devoid of scandal. It’d be nice to see him play without distraction. What a novel idea.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business and Economic Development has produced a video highlighting opportunities for the defense industry to support the sports security industry. The video, developed through the Mississippi Defense Diversification Initiative and funded by the Office of Economic Adjustment, targets defense contractors with dual-use technology as well as emergency managers, fire services, event management and law enforcement, reports Southern Miss Now.Photo courtesy of the Department of Homeland Security
WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Middle School Drama Club presents its spring musical, “Seussicial The Musical” on Thursday, March 21, 2019 (7pm); Friday, March 22, 2019 (7pm); and Saturday, March 23, 2019 (1pm) in the Wilmington Middle School Auditorium.Come enjoy the story of Horton and some of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters. Tickets are available at the door. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $7 for students (12 and under).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 email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Middle School Drama Club Presents ‘Alice In Wonderland’ On March 22-24In “Education”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, March 21, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday, March 22, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”
Donald TrumpUS president Donald Trump on Tuesday described the gunman behind the Las Vegas mass shooting as a “sick,” “demented” individual.”He was a sick man. A demented man, a lot of problems,” Trump told reporters as he left the US capital for Puerto Rico. “We are dealing with a very, very sick individual.”Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old gambler and retired accountant, was identified as the shooter who fired on a huge crowd at an outdoor country music concert, killing 59 and injuring over 500.Investigators are trying to establish a motive for the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history, but so far have been unable to pin down what drove Paddock to shoot into the crowds from a 32nd floor hotel room.Police recovered an arsenal of 23 guns, including automatic weapons, from his room in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino across from the concert venue. More guns, ammunition and explosives were found during a search of Paddock’s home in Mesquite, Nevada.
Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Emily McFarlan Miller Emily McFarlan Miller is a national reporter for RNS based in Chicago. She covers evangelical and mainline Protestant Christianity.,Load Comments,Facebook bans ‘dangerous individuals’ cited for hate speech Trump, rabbi of attacked synagogue observe National Day of Prayer at White House By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Tagscommencement evangelicalism homepage featured Mike Pence Taylor University,You may also like Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 News As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Share This! By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Share This! Catholicism Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,UPLAND, Ind. (RNS) — Like most Americans, students at Taylor University have strong feelings about President Trump and his vice president, Mike Pence, as well as the relationship between religion and politics.So when news broke last month that Pence would speak at Taylor’s upcoming commencement, reactions were mixed.Some students love the decision. Some hate it.Others see the whole thing as divisive, according to students discussing the announcement in Professor Alan Blanchard’s Advanced Media Writing class April 16 at Taylor.“I think that for years we have been in a school that’s very open to conversation, and I think the last couple of months — last year — has just kind of been a battle for who’s right,” said Lexie Lake, a senior in the class.RELATED: Pence controversy at Taylor University a sign of changes coming to Christian colleges (COMMENTARY)The controversy over Pence’s visit is not the only recent disagreement at Taylor.Earlier this year, a Taylor professor started a petition against a planned Starbucks on campus because of its “stands on the sanctity of life and human sexuality.” And last year, an anonymous conservative publication popped up on campus with complaints the school had become too liberal.Like so much of evangelicalism in the United States, the Christian liberal arts school — which always has prided itself on welcoming diverse Christian perspectives — has in recent years found itself engaged in a battle for the soul of the movement.Taylor University junior Tiffany Rogers. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan Miller“It’s now pitting Christian against Christian: Who’s more Christian? Who loves God more? Who’s doing it right?” junior Tiffany Rogers said.“Who’s doing Christianity right?”Taylor University describes itself on its website as a nondenominational Christian school that “encourages students to ask hard questions” on its picturesque campus surrounded by Indiana cornfields.Its 2,000 students are required to sign a “Life Together Covenant” largely upholding a conservative evangelical view of Christianity. Among other things, the school prohibits alcohol and tobacco use, “homosexual behavior,” premarital sex and social dancing outside of school-sanctioned dances.Taylor’s approach seems popular among evangelicals. The school recently tied with Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., for the No. 1 regional college in the Midwest in U.S. News and World Report’s 2019 rankings.John Fea — a professor of American history at Messiah College and author of the book “Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump” who spoke at Taylor in October — described the school as “warmly evangelical.”Fea said Taylor never has been known as a political place in the same way as much larger evangelical school Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., where President Jerry Falwell Jr. is a vocal supporter of Trump. Even Wheaton College, the flagship evangelical school in Wheaton, Ill., is more political than Taylor.But schools like Taylor, which might have taken a live and let live approach to politics in the past, now may feel like they have to take sides, according to the historian.“People have always debated the meaning of what an evangelical is or what an evangelical college might look like,” he said. “But I think the election of Donald Trump certainly kind of exacerbated or enhanced these issues and put them now much more on the front of the identity agenda that Christian colleges are having to deal with.”Taylor University campus on April 16, 2019, in Upland, Ind. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan MillerA number of Christian colleges have made headlines since the 2016 election campaign for controversies stemming from conservative and progressive divides in both theology and politics. Oftentimes, their students hold more progressive views than their parents or donors.That was the case at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, Calif., which announced in 2018 it would remove a clause from its student code of conduct that prohibited same-sex romantic relationships. Students applauded the decision, while some of the school’s board members and supporters objected. The school first reinstated its ban on same-sex relationships, then lifted that ban this spring, according to published reports.RELATED: Most evangelical college students appreciate LGBT people even if trustees don’tA week after the April 11 announcement that Pence will speak at commencement, it still dominated news on Taylor’s campus, about an hour and a half northeast of Indianapolis.Newspaper racks in campus buildings carried headlines about the controversy on the front page of The Echo, the student newspaper. And a lighthearted publication called Click Bait, published by a student group known as the Integration of Faith & Culture Cabinet, landed on tables in the student center with the satirical headline “Pence Security Team to Build Wall Around Commencement Stage.”Journalism students in an Advanced Media Writing class interact at Taylor University on April 16, 2019, in Upland, Ind. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan MillerFaculty approved a motion 61-49 dissenting to Pence’s invitation after Taylor President P. Lowell Haines announced the commencement speaker at a faculty meeting, according to an account in The Echo.Not long after an email went out from the school announcing Pence’s visit, another email landed in students’ inboxes, inviting them to three listening sessions hosted by the school where they could make their feelings heard about the choice.Lowell Haines. Photo courtesy of Taylor UniversityIn an email last week to the campus community that was provided to Religion News Service, Haines said that when he was presented with the opportunity to have Pence speak at the school’s commencement, he pursued it with “the best of intentions.”He acknowledged some have been offended by the selection and said the school is working with faculty, staff and student leaders to make sure the May 18 commencement ceremony honors everyone in attendance — including the vice president.“I pray that over time, we will be able to overcome this current, deeply emotional challenge in a manner that reflects God’s desire that we show love and grace when confronted with conflict in life,” he wrote in his message addressed to the “Taylor Family.”“We have always been a community that, while deeply and firmly grounded in our Christian faith, celebrates what is unique about each individual and encourages diversity of thought and personhood,” Haines said.Haines did not respond to requests for an interview by RNS.The school has heard feedback from people both supportive of and opposed to its decision to invite Pence, according to James R. Garringer, Taylor’s director of media relations.“Taylor University is an intentional Christian community that strives to encourage positive, respectful and meaningful dialogue. We look forward to hosting the Vice President next month,” Garringer said in a written statement to RNS.Professor Jim Spiegel, who teaches philosophy and religion at Taylor, authored the petition against Starbucks’ coming to Taylor and said he was one of the authors of the anonymous conservative newsletter.He said the headlines recent controversies have drawn are “certainly new and somewhat surprising for Taylor.”“We don’t have a significant history of being politically vocal and active,” he said.Taylor University sophomore Sam Jones. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan MillerSam Jones — a sophomore at Taylor who grew up in a conservative, nondenominational Christian family in Wheaton, Ill., and now attends a charismatic church near the school — is looking forward to Pence’s visit.Jones said he and his roommate started a Change.org petition supporting Pence as commencement speaker.As of Thursday (May 2), more than 5,900 people had signed onto their petition, which argued that people in positions of power should be respected and welcomed on campus and that the university wasn’t aligning itself with Pence by inviting him, but rather “simply giving a voice to all opinions and planes of thought.”A petition protesting Pence’s appearance, also hosted on Change.org, has gathered more than 7,200 signatures.“Inviting Vice President Pence to Taylor University and giving him a coveted platform for his political views makes our alumni, faculty, staff and current students complicit in the Trump-Pence Administration’s policies, which we believe are not consistent with the Christian ethic of love we hold dear,” reads the petition, which was started by a 2007 Taylor graduate.If Democrat Joe Biden were invited to speak at commencement when he was vice president, Jones told RNS, he’d be just as excited.“For Taylor to have that opportunity — a school of 2,000 kids in the middle of a cornfield — is incredible,” he said.In the two years Jones has been at Taylor, he said, political conversations have often become tense and divisive.“I think, as a university, this is the place where you need to have all sorts of different opinions because people are here to learn,” he said. “We’re not here because we have everything figured out. We’re here to learn new things from new people.”Rogers, the junior, also agrees that it is important to listen to all the voices on campus. And she wishes she could be excited about the sitting vice president visiting her school, too, she said.But Rogers — who is from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and attends an Episcopal church near the school — said she has a hard time squaring Pence’s stances toward LGBTQ rights with Christianity’s call to love. She worries about the message his appearance sends to students and their families coming to commencement from outside the U.S., given the Trump administration’s stances on immigration and refugee admissions.She pointed to a statement by Haines in the school’s announcement that suggests to her Taylor’s invitation indicates support for Pence and his policies: “Mr. Pence has been a good friend to the University over many years, and is a Christian brother whose life and values have exemplified what we strive to instill in our graduates.”Inviting Pence seems out of character for the university she’s grown to love, said Rogers.“Taylor has never really taken a stance on politics, and we’re a nondenominational school so we don’t even take a stance on a denomination,” she said.“So this is just them very clearly stating what they believe and what they’re for, which has never really been said before. I think a lot of people are taken aback by that.”Professor Alan Blanchard teaches a journalism class at Taylor University on April 16, 2019, in Upland, Ind. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan MillerBlanchard, who teaches journalism at Taylor, said the controversy on campus is a “teachable moment.”At the faculty meeting discussing Pence’s invitation, Blanchard said he argued that administrators, faculty and students should allow people to speak at the school with whom they disagree a little — or a lot. They should be able to talk about those things on which they disagree and still, at the end of the day, “honor God’s two greatest commandments: Love God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself.”He’s discussed the upcoming commencement speech with all his journalism classes — even asking them to write letters to the editor about their feelings about the vice president’s visit.“I think — not just for journalism students or professional journalists — I think we all benefit when we listen to people with different viewpoints and different ideas,” he said. News • Photos of the Week Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email
Share Listen 00:00 /01:06 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: – / 4 At a meeting at Moody Park, people hovered around display boards to learn about MetroNext. That’s the transit agency’s plan for addressing the region’s population growth.Officials say they want to circle back on some of the projects voters approved in 2003 as part of the Metro Solutions initiative. Many of those projects, like a commuter rail system, have yet to be completed.One of the people at the Moody Park meeting was Kevin Hoffman, who’s active in the Lindale Park neighborhood. He says he likes the convenience of the light rail line and wishes he could take it all the way to the airport.“As we make that journey on to the airport, the next logical place would be to continue it on to Kingwood,” adds Hoffman. “That’s not that much further up the line.”And Hoffman says a commuter rail system would be a lot more convenient for people who currently rely on the park-and-ride buses. A train would allow for a lot more flexibility.“If they needed to come into the office for just a few hours they could get on a train and take that train back into their neighborhoods,” explains Hoffman. Also at the meeting was Heights resident Katie Atkiss who thinks more dedicated bus lanes would help. She told us about a recent trip between Montrose and the Heights that took about 40 minutes. “So I think it would be really great there,” says Atkiss.Metro is holding public meetings on the plan through the middle of August. Officials say at some point they’ll have to ask voters for more bonding authority to fund the selected projects.
×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Irvine, California-based connected TV startup Xumo is preparing for an international expansion this year: The company plans to launch in France, Germany, Spain, the UK, Brazil and Italy this year, CEO Colin Petrie-Norris told Variety on the sidelines of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Wednesday.For its go-to-market strategy, the company will rely on its existing relationships with TV manufacturers, including LG, Vizio and Hisense. Xumo first partnered with LG in 2016, and has since been curating linear-like channels from video providers like NBC News, Bloomberg and TMZ.These channels are displayed within the traditional programming guide of a LG TV, allowing viewers to seamlessly channel surf from broadcast TV to online video programming. An expansion to Europe is especially interesting for the company because of the strength of terrestrial broadcasting on the continent, said Petrie-Norris. Popular on Variety Many of the channels are compiled on the fly, with Xumo dynamically pulling videos and ads to create a lean-back experience. Petrie-Norris said that the company was making extensive use of algorithms to generate new programming every day, allowing the company to rely on just 3 editors for all of its channels.In addition to being integrated into smart TVs made by LG and other vendors, Xumo is also operating its own apps, and powering some of the content ingested into the Roku Channel. Thanks to a growing catalog of Hollywood movies and other ad-supported content, the company has seen its per-device viewing metrics multiply by 4x last year, said Petrie-Norris: “Ad supported video has reached an inflection point.”
Emerging markets SVOD service Iflix has partnered with smart TV software provider Vewd to make Iflix available on millions of Vewd-enabled devices. Iflix worked with the Vewd team to certify the Iflix app for the Vewd ecosystem, meaning the app can be deployed across connected TVs and set-top boxes.“We aim to give users the freedom to enjoy Iflix on any screen of their choice – from their 6-inch mobile screen to 65-inch big screen television,” said Iflix CEO, Mark Britt.“Our partnership with Vewd is an important step to fulfilling that promise. Vewd’s leading edge technology and connected smart TV ecosystem allows us to integrate with platforms efficiently, whilst offering users an uncompromising user experience.”Vewd CEO, Aneesh Rajaram, said: “Iflix has established itself as one of the world’s pre-eminent subscription video-on-demand services. Having them join the world’s largest connected TV ecosystem underscores our commitment to providing the richest catalogue of key apps on connected TV devices.“Now more than ever, Vewd can provide the industry’s most comprehensive content offering for smart TV manufacturers and pay TV operators.”
No new free agents will pick the Clippers, and no one will agree to be traded there. The Clippers’ impending free agents will leave. Its stars will demand to be traded, and if they aren’t, they’ll undermine the new coach. Fans will organize a boycott, and game attendance will drop off; and so on. In the end, Sterling will wind up with a roster of 12 desperate, minimally talented white guys. The franchise will be such a complete disaster that eventually he’ll have no choice but to wash his hands of the whole mess. He’ll see all this coming, of course, but because they’re not forcing him to, he’ll put the team up for sale voluntarily. Perhaps no one will bid until the price drops to a fire-sale level, at which point Oprah and her consortium of rich friends, as rumored, can step in and buy the club. Voilà: no tedious lawsuits and everyone’s happy, including big bad Don, because he’ll realize a humongous profit no matter the selling price. The market will work, NBA. I’m just saying… It was quite a week for legal issues in America the free. First, the Supreme Court ruled that it’s fine to stop and search your vehicle if an anonymous tipster phones you in as drunk, even though the police have satisfied themselves that your driving’s fine. (Scalia’s scathing dissent is worth a read.) Then, to its shame, the Court refused to hear a challenge to the clause in the National Defense Authorization Act that allows the president, at his discretion, to unilaterally impose indefinite detention on anyone, without access to courts, if he believes they have any connection with terrorism—which basically amounts to on his say-so. The non-ruling was based on the Court’s opinion that the plaintiffs had no legal standing, because they hadn’t themselves been detained. Which launches us into a Catch-22 world: the Supreme Court’s decision precludes challenges before detention takes place, but once a person is detained into military custody under the NDAA, the law explicitly denies them any access to the courts. But if you missed these assaults on liberty, that’s understandable, because the week’s news was dominated by endless coverage of the Donald Sterling affair. The media took a 9.5-minute private-turned-public phone conversation—that’s actually mostly about a troubled relationship—and whittled it down to a few ugly but hardly horrendous words about race. Then it used them to pillory the man and call for the NBA to “do something” about this disgusting basketball team owner. I am not a Sterling apologist. He seems a nasty sort, and he has a shady history. I’ll also leave aside questions concerning violations of privacy, how much the girlfriend made from selling the tape, and whether we should engage in such self-righteous finger-wagging about a relatively petty offense. (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar took those on for us, very eloquently.) Nor do I wish to debate whether a lifetime ban from the NBA and a multimillion-dollar fine are appropriate punishments. What I think we should be looking at, and what the media are ignoring, is the question of whether a man can be deprived of his property because others don’t like his opinions. That’s what the NBA is proposing to do by attempting to force Sterling to sell a team that he lawfully owns. Apparently, the league has some agreed-upon right to do this if 75% of the other owners vote for it—they’re in conclave even as you read this. But that’s coercive and seems to me a dangerous precedent to set. What’s to prevent a cabal of future owners from forcing out someone because he’s too successful? And if Sterling is as hard-headed as he seems to be, we’re in for years of legal wrangling. To avoid all that, I have a modest proposition for the NBA: just walk away and let the free market operate. If they can find the brains to do that, then I predict: Sterling’s coach, Doc Rivers, will quit. And no respectable coach will want the job, so Sterling will be forced to hire someone incompetent.
The Liberal Democrats have announced plans for a dedicated NHS and social care tax, but have stopped short of following the Green party and Labour in backing a national, free, needs-led system of support.Norman Lamb, the party’s health and care spokesman and a former social care minister in the coalition, told the party’s annual conference in Brighton that there was a need for a new tax – perhaps through an extra one pence on national insurance – to deal with health and care systems that are now “on their knees”.But he told Disability News Service (DNS) that the solution presented in a report on the impact of the closure of the Independent Living Fund by Inclusion London – a national, needs-led system, free at the point of delivery, and funded by taxation – would impose “very substantial costs to the health and care system beyond what the system is currently paying for”.He said of the parties that have backed that call: “They are talking about not just maintaining the current offer, they are talking about substantially increasing it.“They have got to be straight with people about the consequences of that.”Lamb said he had heard “some really disturbing things” about disabled people having their personal budgets cut, with many organisations “expressing massive concern about support being undermined”, and local care providers in his area of Norfolk raising concerns about “what look like arbitrary decisions to reduce care packages, driven by financial necessity”.He said: “It’s quite bleak, really. I feel that both the health and care system are on their knees and I feel that the care system is on borrowed time.”He said he was “horrified” by what was happening to social care.During the coalition years from 2010 to 2015, he said, “the NHS was protected and social care wasn’t”.Money was transferred from the NHS to social care to compensate for cuts in local government spending, but “because it was not ring-fenced, that money leaked out to prop up other local government services, so it didn’t work effectively enough to protect social care”.He said: “That’s why there has to be new thinking here and we have to move away from a fragmented system that always disadvantages social care.”Speaking later (pictured, right), alongside Labour’s Liz Kendall (left) at a conference fringe event, he called on the prime minister to set up a cross-party commission that would “confront the growing crisis in the NHS and social care system”.In a joint statement, backed by former Tory health minister Dr Dan Poulter, Lamb and Kendall said there needed to be a “national conversation with the public and with healthcare staff about how we ensure a properly-funded and sustainable NHS and care system”.Lamb told DNS: “At the election, none of the parties came up with solutions to the scale of the problem.“Labour proposed cutting local government spending; we had nothing significant to say on social care beyond implementing [the recommendations of the Dilnot report] – which in itself was quite a significant breakthrough – but we didn’t have anything more than that, and the Tories had nothing at all.“There was a sort of conspiracy of silence and the trouble is that because this involves more money, everybody balks at talking about this openly.”Lamb also announced that he had set up a panel of “independent health experts” to “consider the case for a dedicated NHS and care tax”.But he admitted to DNS that he had not appointed any disabled people or service-users to that panel.He said the suggestion that he should have done so was “an entirely legitimate perspective, so I am completely up for that”.Baroness [Sal] Brinton, the party’s disabled president, told DNS later that “if he has the capacity to expand it, he needs that [service-user] voice on the panel”.Lamb said: “The political parties always obsess about funding the NHS. We have got to start obsessing about funding for the NHS and care.”And he said there had to be a pooled budget for health and social care to provide an incentive to prevent ill-health and “deterioration of health”.He said in his speech to conference that the government’s spending plans would lead to a reducing percentage of national income being spent on health and social care “at a time when demand is rising by about four per cent a year”, which “just makes no sense”.He told DNS: “The NHS has a status as a national religion in this country. A lot of people don’t get what social care means; social care sounds a bit old-fashioned.”When DNS suggested that using “independent living” rather than social care might secure more support, he said: “It is better and it’s a more Liberal concept from my point-of-view, because it is giving the person the right to determine their own priorities and make their own choices.”And asked whether a call for a National Health and Independent Living Service could help secure more funds, he said: “I’m attracted by that sort of proposition because the terminology we use is unhelpful in the public discourse.“Fundamentally, we have got to shift away from a divided budget which ends up distorting priorities and shifting resources into repairing damage once it’s done rather than preventing damage in the first place.”Lamb’s call for a National Health and Care Service was backed by his party leader, Tim Farron, in his main speech to conference.Farron said: “If the great Liberal William Beveridge had written his blueprint [for a welfare state] today, when people are living to the ages they are now, there is no doubt that he would have proposed a National Health and Care Service. “He would have been appalled about the child who has to look after their disabled parent or the hundreds of thousands of women across the country who are unable to work because they are disproportionately the care-givers.“So let’s today decide to do what Beveridge would do. Let’s create that National Health and Care Service.”
Disabled people and others with personal experience of claiming benefits are leading a ground-breaking project to devise a new social security system, in which claimants would be treated with dignity, trust and respect.The Commission on Social Security, led by Experts by Experience, will seek ideas from other claimants, organisations and academics, before drawing up their own white paper and putting it out for consultation.They will then launch a campaign to seek public and political approval for their final ideas.Every one of the commissioners who will produce the white paper has been or is on benefits, and all of them represent grassroots, user-led organisations that fight for the rights of benefit claimants and disabled people.In a disturbing sign of the current system’s flaws, some of the commissioners have asked not to be publicly named through fear of Department for Work and Pensions reprisals.They hope that other benefit claimants, thinktanks, academics and civil society organisations will now share their own ideas for how to reform the system after the commission launched a call for evidence, with a deadline of 31 July.The commissioners have drawn up a list of five key principles on which they believe any new social security system should be based.They say all claimants should have enough money to live on; should be treated with dignity, respect and trust; should have rights and entitlements; and should have access to free advice and support.They also say that the system should be clear, simple, user-friendly and accessible, with people with lived experience involved in creating and running it. Ellen Clifford (pictured, right, at the launch), a member of the national steering group of Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), and one of the commission’s two co-chairs, told its launch event in London yesterday (Wednesday) that its grassroots, user-led approach could avoid the “mistakes, the harm and the waste that top-down policy-making has led to in recent history”.She said there was no question that changes to the social security system since 2010 had failed benefit claimants and disproportionately impacted on disabled people.She said: “The pace of changes to social security that have been brought in, each with their own specific calamitous consequences, has left claimants, disabled people, and the organisations that represent us, fighting a largely rear-guard action as we attempt to mitigate the worst impacts and try what we can to ward off further avoidable harm.“As a consequence, we can easily come across as anti-everything and as having lost the forward vision that used to characterise the disabled people’s movement.”She said the combination of complex policy changes and user-led groups losing funding and capacity had led the movement to focus on “what is, rather than what could be”.She said this was why she and fellow campaigners from Inclusion London and London Unemployed Strategies – a group formed by unemployed people and allies in trade unions and the voluntary sector – were so pleased when the original idea for a grassroots, user-led project on the future of social security was first suggested by Dr Michael Orton, from the University of Warwick’s Warwick Institute for Employment Research.One disabled activist, who was representing the Unite Community union, and is well-known on Twitter as @imajsaclaimant, told the launch event that he shared stories on social media every day showing “how wrong austerity and the welfare system is”.He said: “It shows that every day there is something new that has been discovered that shows something wrong with the benefit system.“The stories we read each week should shame this country… but the longer it goes on, the more it feels like this cruelty is intentional.”He described how his own experience of the sanctions regime had led to a suicide attempt and left him with enduring mental and physical health problems.He said: “The safety net we once had is quickly being taken away, and for much of the time I have felt impotent to change the direction this country is heading in.“This is why I fully endorse this new project today to create a white paper, because it allows us to do more than just moan about what is wrong. It gives us the opportunity to provide solutions.”He added: “When I go into a jobcentre I start to physically shake. People also tell me that they are scared to go into these places because of the treatment they have received before.“More and more I am hearing from people who say they are unwilling to claim benefits because of this issue. That is simply wrong.“Jobcentres ought to be like valued community hubs… people who lose their jobs need to be supported and treated with respect, not treated with disdain and contempt, as happens so often now.”George Tahta, from Survivors’ Poetry, told the commission’s launch event that walking into a jobcentre turns him from an “articulate and intelligent” person to “a gibbering effing wreck, and that’s what they do to me and that’s what they do to a lot of people”.He said staff in jobcentres treat claimants “like dirt”, unless they have a supporter or advocate with them, and even then they “go away and stab you in the back” afterwards with a DWP letter.The commissioners will be supported by Orton and three other academics and researchers: Dr Rosa Morris, who has personal experience of the work capability assessment and last year completed a PhD examining the assessment process and disability benefits; Dr Kate Summers, from the London School of Economics; and Austin Taylor-Laybourn, from Trust for London.The commission is funded by Trust for London, which provides about £8 million in grants every year for work that aims to reduce poverty and inequality.The other co-chair of the commission is Nick Phillips (left), from LUS, who said: “The commission is a great breakthrough for claimants’ rights to have a say in the shaping of a benefits system that affects their lives profoundly.“We would like as many of those affected as possible to contribute to our call for solutions. This is their opportunity to have a voice and make a difference.”Bharat Mehta, Trust for London’s chief executive, said: “We’re incredibly excited to be supporting this pioneering project which puts people with experience of the benefits system at the heart of redesigning it.“The system we currently have is not working for far too many people. This project aims to create a consensus around what a new system that works for our society and the individuals in it, would look like.”Picture by Nigel CliffordA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…
The gig economy workforce is expected to hit 9.2 million Americans by 2021 as the convenience economy continues to expand from food delivery and ride-sharing to pharmaceuticals and on-demand event staffing. This was seen with Amazon’s recent acquisition of Pillpack and Uber’s recently announced Uber Works program.Related: 7 Reasons Why the Gig Economy is a Net PositiveDespite its obvious growth, this new employment model has been heavily criticized due to its lack of protections for gig workers. Certainly there has been a move toward expanded protections for gig workers: The California Supreme Court Ruling made it more difficult for companies to classify workers as independent contractors rather than employees. And New York State’s Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board ruled that Uber was liable for unemployment benefits for three drivers (and others “similarly situated”). But then came the Ninth U.S .Circuit Court of Appeals decision in September reversing a class certification order from a lower court case in which Uber drivers argued they should be categorized as employees rather than independent contractors.The result has sent a mixed message, leaving the employment structure of the gig economy in flux.Rather than stripping access to benefits, companies leveraging a gig workforce should instead embrace employer status and offer adequate pay and protections to their workers. In doing this, companies can still enjoy the benefits of a flexible, on-demand workforce, but have a happy and motivated labor pool as well, ensuring that their own brand image is upheld and the customer experience is always positive.Gig workers are the heartbeat of the gig economy and critical to its future, so there are good reasons why they should be treated fairly and evidence of how that ultimately benefits organizations. The why and how is presented below.Related: How the Gig Economy Hurts Workers and ConsumersFair payUnfair pay is just one pain point for gig workers that needs to be addressed in order for the convenience economy to continue its growth. Some studies have reported that ridesharing drivers can earn up to $25 an hour but once that is adjusted for gas, car insurance, mileage and maintenance expenses, the average net income can fall to just $9.21 an hour, and potentially much less.Fees imposed by the companies themselves also contribute to diminished net income. Lyft takes a 20 percent cut of each fare from the driver — plus the entire booking fee — while Uber takes a 25 percent cut. In addition, independent contractors aren’t entitled to minimum wage, overtime pay or other hourly law mandates, such as meal periods and rest breaks. BenefitsWhile there are safety risks associated with all jobs, driving is a particularly dangerous occupation. An estimated 20 million to 50 million Americans are injured in road crashes every year, a critical concern for ridesharing and delivery drivers who don’t receive proper safety training or health insurance from their employers.Even worse, 44 percent of independent workers rely on gig work as their primary source of income, yet aren’t entitled to unemployment insurance. If those workers are injured on the job and unable to continue working, they lose their entire income, without a safety net. This was the case for one gig worker who supported himself solely by driving for Lyft and Instacart – two gig economy behemoths. As he was filling an Instacart order, he injured his knee so badly that it required surgery. The driver was forced to take three months off for recovery. This meant his income was reduced to nothing, just when the medical bills were beginning to add up, leading to a year-and-a-half of homelessness.Freelancers also don’t have access to 401 (k) plans. Only 16 percent of gig workers have a retirement savings plan, which means that millions of gig workers are putting their long-term financial security at risk to help facilitate the growth of our on-demand economy.Embracing employer status While fair pay, insurance and other protections are critical for workers, there are many reasons why employers should want to invest in their employees and embrace employer status while still enjoying the cost and time-saving benefits of the gig economy.A recent study found that employee benefits were among the top two contributors to employee job satisfaction and happiness, Guardian Insurance reported. Additional research by the University of Warwick showed that employees are 12 percent more productive when they are happy, indicating that investing in employees’ well-being by providing benefits can have positive effects on a company’s success.Embracing employer status can also help businesses protect their brand. For example, when restaurants outsource to third-party delivery services, they lose control of their brand from the moment the food leaves their restaurant, increasing the risk of cold food, delayed deliveries, negative customer interactions and ultimately, bad Yelp reviews, changed customer loyalties and a deteriorated profit margin.When restaurants use their own team to deliver the brand-intended experience, they can better ensure food quality, delivery timing and the consumer experience is exactly as they expect. To facilitate this, restaurants and other businesses can partner with companies that provide a gig economy-like workforce but also take care of employment related burdens, ensuring workers are protected.As the convenience economy continues to expand, it is important to remember that gig workers themselves are the heartbeat of this emergent industry. While California and New York recently passed legislation that once signaled a disruption of the gig economy’s employment model, there have been other decisions like the Uber dismissal case as well as Lawson v. Grubhub, in which the U.S. District Court of Northern California ruled that a Grubhub driver was properly classified and therefore not entitled to a minimum wage and overtime. The latter decisions show the obstacles that must be addressed before employment-related protections can be mandated.Related: Why This Entrepreneur Thinks Uber Drivers Should Be His EmployeesIn order for the convenience economy to continue its success and growth, companies must embrace employer status and offer their workers benefits, insurance and other basic labor protections, which in turn will enable them to control their brand image and improve company productivity overall. 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. A contributor argues that Uber drivers and Grubhub delivery personnel deserve the same wage guarantees and other benefits as full-time employees Add to Queue Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Co-Founder and CEO of ShiftPixy Image credit: Uber Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Guest Writer Next Article Enroll Now for $5 –shares Scott Absher 6 min read The Gig Economy Is Growing — But Where Is It Headed? Gig Workers November 7, 2018
digital businessglobal technology researchInformation Services GroupNew ISGNews Previous ArticleAccuWeather Continues Rapid Expansion with Relocation of Global Office in New York CityNext ArticleNorled Sets Sail for Digital Transformation with Infor Upcoming ISG Provider Lens™ report examines the provider marketplace for blockchain services, AI-as-a-service and SaaS ecosystemsInformation Services Group, a leading global technology research and advisory firm, has launched a research study examining the provider marketplace for digital business services and technologies, including blockchain and artificial intelligence-as-a-service.The study results will be published in a comprehensive ISG Provider Lens report, Digital Business — Solutions and Service Partners 2019, scheduled to be released in December. The report will cover a range of digital business processes, including sales, trading, production, supply chain, product design and human resource management.Marketing Technology News: Eggplant Expands Test Automation Across Entire LifecycleEnterprise buyers will be able to use information from the report to evaluate their current vendor relationships, potential new engagements and available offerings, while ISG advisors use the information to recommend providers to the firm’s buy-side clients.The new report will examine ways enterprises can improve their business agility and enhance their customer experience, said Esteban Herrera, partner and global leader of ISG Research. These efforts “go far beyond software development and encompass how businesses can adjust to survive and thrive when competition and customer requirements are constantly changing,” he said.“Digital-ready service providers understand the full scope of digital services available through leading technology vendors to provide constant innovation that improves user experiences, accelerates business delivery and incorporates intelligent solutions,” said Herrera.Marketing Technology News: Whitebox Raises $5 Million in Series A Funding to Accelerate eCommerce “Factory Floor to Front Door” Tech PlatformISG has distributed surveys to more than 100 digital business technology and service providers. Working in collaboration with ISG’s global advisors, the research team will produce seven quadrants representing the services and products the typical enterprise client is buying in the digital business space, based on ISG’s experience working with its clients. The seven quadrants are:Customer Journey Services, focused on transforming how companies organize marketing, sales delivery and post-sales processes, often using customer-centric design thinking and lean methodologies to design apps, web-based offerings and products and services through an omnichannel approach;Digital Product Lifecycle Services, assessing a provider’s capacity to adapt its delivery model to each digital product with required speed, enabling enterprise customers to adopt agile and adaptive operating models;Digital Backbone Managed Services, covering providers of robust, secure and reliable operations based on microservices and APIs in a hybrid or pure cloud platform, as well as other digital solutions such as mobile apps, IoT platforms and data services;SaaS Ecosystems, including software-as-a-service options such as market-to-order, recruitment-to-hire, procurement-to-pay and other end-to-end solutions, covering providers offering extensions, apps, APIs and microservices;Blockchain Services, assessing providers offering consulting, design services, deployment and operation services for blockchain;Blockchain Platforms, focused on the platform’s capability to support enterprise client needs and including blockchain education, training and events;AI-as-a-service, comparing SaaS providers of artificial intelligence, machine learning and cognitive solutions that can be consumed through APIs with a clearly defined pay-as-you-go model.The report will cover the global digital business market and examine products and services available in the U.S., Germany, the U.K., Brazil and the Nordic countries. An archetype report also will be published as part of this study. This report, unique to ISG, is the study of typical buyer types of digital business services as observed by ISG advisors.Marketing Technology News: Global Software Leaders Xero and Stripe Join Forces to Bring Seamless Payments to Millions of Small Businesses New ISG Study Focuses on Digital Business Services PRNewswireJuly 8, 2019, 9:35 pmJuly 18, 2019
Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Nov 21 2018In a Journal of the American Geriatrics Society study of adults aged 65 and older who were functionally independent, individuals with cardiovascular disease (CVD) were more likely to experience rapid functional decline than those without.For the 392 individuals with CVD in the study, three distinct trajectories of function emerged over a four-year follow-up period: stable function (32.0 percent), gradual functional decline (44.2 percent), and rapid functional decline (23.8 percent). Similar trajectories were seen for those without CVD, with a smaller proportion in the rapid functional decline group (16.2 percent). Those who were women, older, and had less education and greater comorbidity were especially likely to experience rapid functional decline.”The risk factors identified in this study may be used by clinicians to identify older adults with CVD who would benefit from functional screening and intervention to deter further decline,” said lead author Dr. Tamra Keeney, of the MGH Institute of Health Professions. “Future work should investigate additional factors that are associated with rapid functional decline in late life as well as interventions that can lead to functional improvement in this high-risk group.” Source:https://newsroom.wiley.com/press-release/journal-american-geriatrics-society/cardiovascular-disease-may-increase-risk-rapid-fun