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Vision Travel acquires Montreals Voyages Cortravco

first_img Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Vision Travel acquires Montreal’s Voyages Cortravco MONTREAL — Vision Travel has increased its foothold in the Quebec market with the acquisition of Montreal-based Voyages Cortravco.Voyages Cortravco was established in 1990 by Kit Sawhney and his sister Sarita Sawhney as an international corporate travel management agency, specializing in small to medium size clients with a reputation built on a high level of customer service.The company will operate as Cortravco, a Direct Travel Company, but under the Vision Travel umbrella.“We are excited to welcome the entire team from Voyages Cortravco into our family,” said Joel Ostrov, President of Vision Travel, Quebec East Region of Direct Travel. “This acquisition will solidify our leadership in the Montreal corporate and high-end leisure market, bringing even more talent to our organization here in the Quebec East Region of Direct Travel.”Cortravco’s Kit Sawhney and Vision Travel’s Joel OstrovKit Sawhney will continue on with the company as Senior Vice President, Vision Travel, Quebec East Region, reporting directly to Ostrov. Sarita will stay on as Senior Director, VIP Client Services.More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps up“We knew this would be a great fit with Vision & Direct’s continued growth and global strategy,” said Sawhney. “Their personalized approach to travel is right in line with how we have done business for the past 28 years.”center_img Tuesday, July 10, 2018 Tags: Montreal, Quebec, Vision Travel Solutions, Voyages Cortravco Travelweek Group last_img read more

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Passenger checked an actual missile launcher in his luggage

first_img BALTIMORE — Here’s a good packing tip: leave the missile launcher at home.U.S. federal officials say they’ve found a missile launcher in a man’s luggage at the airport in Baltimore.According to a statement by the Transportation Security Administration (TSO), the military grade weapon was located in the man’s checked luggage at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.TSA screeners find missile launcher in checked luggage at Baltimore/Washington International airport. https://t.co/j8l2JvOQJd pic.twitter.com/830N4i1ge3— Breaking Aviation News (@breakingavnews) July 29, 2019TSA officers called airport police who found the man and detained him for questioning. The unidentified traveller said he was in the military and coming home from Kuwait. He said he wanted to keep the weapon as a souvenir.The TSA said the missile launcher was “not a live device.” But it was handed over to the state fire marshal for disposal.The man lives in Jacksonville, Texas, which is about 115 miles (185 kilometres) east of Dallas. He was ultimately allowed to catch his flight home. By: The Associated Press Tags: TSA, TSO << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Tuesday, July 30, 2019 Passenger checked an actual missile launcher in his luggagelast_img read more

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By this time its no secret what the fans Valley

first_imgBy this time it’s no secret what the fans, Valley media, and national pundits think the Cardinals need to do in round one of the 2013 NFL Draft.Sure, the sentiment may be split 50/50 on the Cardinals taking an offensive tackle or quarterback in round one, but that is pretty much the consensus at this point.There is one problem with the pick being a consensus in February though… It’s February, so we have no idea what’s going to happen. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires I have broken down the Cardinals’ biggest needs, then taken the time to list the top ten prospects at each of those need positions: quarterback, pass rusher, interior offensive lineman, and offensive tackle, but does that make it a slam dunk the Cardinals go with one of those positions at seven?Let’s look at it another way and suppose the draft’s first six picks go off like this:Chiefs- Geno SmithJaguars- Dion JordanRaiders- Sheldon RichardsonEagles- Luke JoeckelLions- Eric FisherBrowns- Barkevious MingoThat leaves the Cardinals in a bit of a lurch. They could pull the trigger on Lane Johnson, a guy I called the offensive tackle with the most upside in the draft, but taking a guy like Johnson at seven involves all the risk of taking Levi Brown at five.Is that the way GM Steve Keim and HC Bruce Arians want to start their tenure, reaching for a possible need on a very inexperienced left tackle, albeit with a larger upside than Brown had?Then there is the thought of drafting Chance Warmack at seven. No one, and I mean absolutely no one, would be happier if the Cardinals took Warmack at seven, but there hasn’t been a guard drafted in the top 10 in the draft since 1997. Are the Cardinals and this new regime really brave enough to take that leap? 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact That leaves the list of prospects that fit into what the Cardinals want to do as… shallow.I saw the outcry of what even mentioning a quarterback at seven can cause; that doesn’t mean it won’t happen, but let’s leave that discussion for another day.Guys like Bjoern Werner and Damontre Moore won’t fit into the Cardinals’ 3-4 scheme, in my opinion, as I can’t see them being as effective standing up as outside linebackers and they aren’t nearly big enough to work as 3-4 defensive ends.Who are some prospects that could be available at seven if this is how the draft unfolds and the Cardinals aren’t willing to pull the trigger on young Lane or a quarterback?Star Lotulelei, DT Utah 6-4 320lbsWhile many see the defensive line as a strength, the reality is the Cardinals are thin at both defensive end spots after Calais Campbell and Darnell Dockett. Lotulelei has been compared to Ravens defensive lineman Haloti Ngata, and that comparison should make Cardinals fans even more intrigued if they decided to truly go “best player available.”Star would be able to work into the defensive line rotation early and often, working from nose tackle to both end spots, and upgrade a unit that struggled to stop the run consistently. Adding a player like Vaccaro would make the transition from the Wilson era much easier for Cardinals fans, and may actually improve the Cardinals defense.While the three prospects above won’t address the most glaring needs on the Cardinals’ roster, they are all realistic possibilities if the offensive tackles and outside linebackers are gone early and the team’s brass doesn’t see a quarterback worth taking at seven or the value in taking a guard that early. He also would be insurance for the Cardinals if they decided to let go of Dockett after 2013 or refuse to pick up the club option on Dan Williams’ 2014 contract.Dee Milliner, CB Alabama 6-1 200lbsAs the NFL continues in its copycat ways, we will see teams looking to grab cornerbacks with more size and ball skills than turn and run athletes.The Seahawks have perhaps the best secondary in the NFL with this philosophy, and Milliner is that type of corner.Big, long and athletic, Milliner doesn’t have the elite speed of Patrick Peterson or Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, but he is a physical ball hawk that loves to play press coverage.The Cardinals have needs in their secondary, as only three corners are under contract for 2013, and adding a talent such as Milliner never hurts.Kenny Vaccaro, FS Texas 6-1 218lbsWhile the Cardinals and Adrian Wilson decide on their future together, one has to wonder at what point the team will look to getting a safety of the future on the roster.Kerry Rhodes played extremely well in 2012, but turns 31 in August and is due $6 million in salary for 2013.Vaccaro is the prototype of the new NFL safety.Big, fast and versatile, Vaccaro lined up all over the field for the Longhorns in 2012, even covering receivers in the slot at times. He attacks the line of scrimmage with a Wilson-like fury against the run, and has improved on creating turnovers.last_img read more

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The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Cardinals acquired Palmer from the Oakland Raiders prior to last season for a 2013 sixth-round draft pick and a conditional 2014 selection.In his first year with Arizona, Palmer started all 16 games, completing 362-of-572 passes for 4,274 yards and 24 touchdowns while throwing 22 interceptions.In 2014, Palmer has thrown for 1,385 yards and 11 touchdowns against only two interceptions as the Cardinals have gotten off to a league-best 7-1 start.Palmer missed three games this season due to a nerve issue in his throwing shoulder, but in his time as the Cardinals’ starter has guided the team to a 15-6 record, including a 12-2 mark over his last 14 starts. In 142 career starts, Palmer has completed 62.5 percent of his passes for 35,124 yards, 224 touchdowns and 154 interceptions.Chris Mortensen of ESPN has more info on the financial particulars of Palmer’s new deal.Carson Palmer’s extension has $20.5 million in guaranteed money thru ’15. No guarantees for ’16 & ’17. Average salary range 15.9-16.6 mil— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) November 7, 2014 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img The Arizona Cardinals have seemingly cleared up any cloudiness surrounding their immediate future at quarterback by signing Carson Palmer to a three-year extension.Various reports indicate the deal is worth $50 million.“Carson has played at an incredibly high level and has been a huge part of the team’s success,” said General Manager Steve Keim in a statement. “When you combine his on-field performance with the leadership, stability and professionalism he brings to our team, there was no question that we wanted to extend the relationship and we are excited he felt the same way.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgApril 23, 1998Working together to dig out footings for Phase VII.last_img

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Here at Casey Research we actually look forward t

first_img Here at Casey Research, we actually look forward to corrections. Why? We know we’ll pay less for our purchases—they’re great for new subscribers who missed the ground-floor opportunities years ago. This confidence, of course, is the product of decades of cumulative experience and due diligence. We’re as certain as any investor can ever be that today’s data and the facts of history back our speculations on the likely outcomes of government actions, including the future direction of the gold price. When you keep your eye firmly on the ball of the major trends that guide us, you can see rallies and corrections for what they are: roller-coaster rides that give us opportunities to buy and take profits. This volatility is the engine of “buy low, sell high.” Understanding this empowers the contrarian psychology necessary to buy when prices on valuable assets tank, and to sell when they soar. There have been plenty of opportunities to buy during the corrections in the current secular gold bull market. The following chart shows every correction of 6% or more since 2001. Sometimes I see an important economic or geopolitical event in screaming headlines and think: “That’s bullish for gold.” Or: “That’s bad news for copper.” But then metals prices move in the opposite direction from the one I was expecting. Doug Casey always tells us not to worry about the short-term fluctuations, but it’s still frustrating, and I find myself wondering why the price moved the way it did. As investors we’re all affected by surges and sell-offs in the investments that we own, so I want to understand. Take gold, for example. Oftentimes we find that it seems to tease us with a nice run-up, only to give a big chunk of the gains back the next week. And so it goes, up and down… The truth is—and it really is this simple, but so obvious that people forget—that there are always rallies and corrections. The timing is rarely predictable, but big market swings within the longer-term megatrends we’re speculating on are normal in our sector. Since 2001, the gold price had 20 surges of 12% or greater, including the one that kick-started 2014. Even with last year’s seemingly endless “devil’s decline,” we got one surge. If we were to lower the threshold to 8%, there’d be a dozen more and an average of three per year, including two this year. As you can see, there have been 28 such corrections over the past 13 years—two per year, on average. Note that the corrections only outnumber surges because we used a lower threshold (6%). At the 12% threshold we used for surges, there wouldn’t be enough to show the somewhat periodic pattern we can see above. It’s also worth noting that our recent corrections fall well short of the sharp sell-off in the crash of 2008. Of course, there are periods when the gold price is flat, but the point is that these kinds of surges and corrections are common. Now the question becomes: what exactly drives these fluctuations (and the price of gold in general)? In tackling this, we need to recognize the fact that not all “drivers” are created equal. Some transient events, such as military conflicts, political crises, quarterly GDP reports, etc., trigger short-lived upswings or downturns (like some of those illustrated in the charts above). Others relate to the underlying trends that determine the direction of prices long term. Hint: the latter are much more predictable and reliable. Major financial, economic, and political trends don’t occur in a vacuum, so when they seem to become apparent overnight, it’s the people watching the fundamentals who tend to be least surprised. Here are some of the essential trends we are tracking… The Demise of the US Dollar Gold is priced around the world in United States dollars, so a stronger US dollar tends to push gold lower and a weaker US dollar usually drives gold higher. With the Fed’s money-printing machine (“quantitative easing”) having been left on full throttle for years, a weaker dollar ahead is a virtual certainty. At the same time, the US dollar’s status as reserve currency of the world is being pushed ever closer to the brink by the likes of Russia and China. Both have been making moves that threaten to dethrone the already-precarious USD. In fact, a yuan-ruble swap facility that excludes the greenback as well as a joint ratings agency have already been set up between China and Russia. The end of the USD’s reign as reserve currency of the world won’t end overnight, but the process has been set in motion. Its days are all but numbered. The consequences are not favorable for the US and those living there, but they can be mitigated—or even turned into opportunities to profit—for those who see what’s coming. Specifically, this big-league trend is extremely bullish for real, tangible assets, especially gold. Out-of-Control Government Debt and Deficits Readers who’ve been with us for a while know that another major trend destined for some sort of cataclysmic endgame can be seen in government fiscal policy: profligate spending, debt crises, currency crises, and ultimately currency regime change. This covers more than the demise of the USD as reserve currency of the world (as mentioned above); it also covers a loss of viability of the euro, and hyperinflationary outcomes for smaller currencies around the world as well. It’s worth noting that government debt was practically nonexistent, by modern standards, halfway through the 20th century. It has seen a dramatic increase with the expansion of government spending, worldwide. The US government has never been as deep in debt as it is today, with the exception of the periods of World War II and its immediate aftermath, having recently surpassed a 100% debt-to-GDP ratio. Such an unmanageable debt load has made deficits even worse. Interest payments on debt compound, so in time, interest rates will come to dominate government spending. Neither the dollar nor the economy can survive such a massive imbalance so something is bound to break long before the government gets to the point where interest gobbles up 80%+ of the budget. Gold Flowing from West to East The most powerful trend specifically in gold during the past few years has been the tidal shift in the flow of gold from West to East. China and India are the names of the game with the former having officially overtaken the latter as the world’s largest buyer of gold in 2013. Last year alone, China imported over 1,000 tonnes of gold through Hong Kong and mined some 430 tonnes more. China hasn’t updated its government holdings of gold since it announced it had 1,054 tonnes in 2009, but it’s plain to see that by now there is far more gold than that, whether in central bank vaults or private hands. Just adding together the known sources, China should have over 4,000 tonnes of monetary gold, and that’s a very conservative estimate. That would put China in second place in the world rankings of official gold holdings, trailing only the United States. The Chinese government supports this accumulation of gold, so this can be seen as a step toward making the Chinese renminbi a world currency—which would have a lot more behind it than US T-bills. India presents just as strong a bullish case, if only slightly tainted with Indian government’s relentless crusade to rein in the country’s current account deficit by maintaining the outrageously high (i.e., 10%) import duty on gold and silver. Of course, this just means more gold smuggling, which casts official Indian stats into question, as more and more of the industry moves into the black and grey markets. World Gold Council research estimates that 75% of Indian households would either continue or increase their gold buying in 2014. Even without gold-friendly policies in place, this figure is extremely bullish for gold and in line with the big picture we’re betting on. So What? Nobody can predict when the next rally will occur nor the depth of the next sell-off. I can promise you this: as an investor you’ll be much happier about those surges if you stick to buying during the corrections. But it has to be for the right reasons, i.e., buying when prices drop below reasonable (if not objective) valuation, and selling when they rise above it. Focusing on the above fundamental trends and not worrying about short-term triggers can help. Profiting from these trends is what we dedicate ourselves to here. Under current market conditions, that means speculating on the best mining stocks that offer leverage to the price of gold. Here’s what I suggest: test-drive the International Speculator for 3 months with a full money-back guarantee, and if it’s not everything you expected, just cancel for a prompt, courteous refund of every penny you paid. Click here to get started now.last_img read more

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Europes central bank just fired the bazooka

first_imgEurope’s central bank just fired the “bazooka.” Dispatch readers know governments have been using extremely reckless monetary policies since the 2008 financial crisis. In an effort to stimulate their economies, they’ve borrowed and printed incredible sums of money. For example, the Federal Reserve has created 3.5 trillion new currency units since 2008. The Fed has also held interest rates at unnaturally low levels. This has made it extremely cheap to borrow money. • The European Central Bank (ECB) cut its key interest rate on Thursday… Its key rate is now negative 0.4%. Negative rates don’t make sense to most people. Normally, a bank pays you interest on money you keep in the bank. With negative rates, you pay to keep money at the bank. It amounts to a tax on your cash. It’s a bizarre policy that could only exist in a world run by idiot politicians. • The government hopes negative rates will get people to spend more money… The idea is that you’ll buy more cars, televisions, and shoes. This will make the economy grow. But Casey Research founder Doug Casey explains that’s not how the real world works. It’s part of the Keynesian view, in which spending and consumption drive the economy. This isn’t just wrong, it’s the exact opposite of what’s true. It’s production and saving that drive an economy. You have to save to build capital, and capital is necessary for…everything. What these people are doing is destructive of civilization itself. And when we go into the next crisis, governments will use the disastrous results of their own policies as excuses to enact even more destructive versions of the same things. • The ECB also expanded its quantitative easing (QE) program… QE is when a central bank creates money and pumps it into the financial system. It’s a euphemism for money printing. The ECB is now creating €80 billion ($89 billion) every month. It’s by far the biggest money printing program in Europe’s history. • The ECB’s reckless monetary policies have failed to help economic growth… Europe’s economy is barely growing. However, instead of changing course, the ECB is doubling down on its failed policies. Doug Casey warned about this last month… The economy of the European Union is a constipated, sclerotic, malfunctioning entity that only registered real economic growth of 0.2% in the recent quarter—assuming you can credit their numbers at all. The continent is a giant monument to socialism, where everyone believes they can live at the expense of everyone else. As a result, the average European sees his government as a magic cornucopia, a source of unlimited wealth. When something goes wrong, Europeans look to their governments to “do something.” With this in mind, European Central Bank president Mario Draghi made the front pages by saying he is “ready to act” with a “whole menu of monetary policy instruments.” • The STOXX Europe 600, which tracks 600 large European stocks, fell 1.6% on the news… Typically, a huge dose of new money would cause markets to rally. But Europe is addicted to easy money. Markets were hoping for an even bigger dose of stimulus than the ECB delivered. Markets were disappointed that the ECB committed to print “only” $89 billion per month. And Europe isn’t the only economy addicted to easy money. As we mentioned earlier, the Fed has pumped 3.5 trillion new dollars into the U.S. financial system since 2008. But the U.S. economy is growing at its slowest pace since World War II. The Bank of Japan (BOJ) has more than doubled Japan’s money supply since 2013. It introduced negative rates in January. But Japan’s economy hasn’t grown in more than two decades. • Easy money policies have accomplished one thing… They’ve inflated asset prices to crazy levels. The S&P 500, the most watched stock index in the world, has surged 215% since March 2009. The Nikkei 225 has jumped 104% since Japan began its latest easy money program in 2012. Bonds, commercial property, and art prices have all hit record highs. Yet world economies are barely growing. We’re living in an “Alice in Wonderland” economy where asset prices are disconnected from the “real economy.” Recommended Links — New law cracks down on right to use cash The U.S. government is trying to restrict your access to cash. But not for the reason you think… According to leaked evidence it’s much, much worse. The Secret to Investing in Gold Like Doug Casey After the longest bear market in gold stocks in 40 years…Doug Casey just revealed how he plans to make a killing on gold’s massive rebound…and why 99% of investors don’t have what it takes to try this gold strategy. See more here.center_img – • Negative interest rates are likely coming to the U.S… Today, the Fed’s key rate is 0.38%…well below its historic average of 5%. Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen has already said negative rates are “on the table” if the U.S. economy slows. As we explained, negative rates are supposed to get people to spend more money. If you have to pay to save money at the bank, you’re more likely to spend. However, there’s a major problem. Instead of paying negative interest rates, many Americans will simply pull their cash out of the bank. They’ll keep paper cash at home, where the government can’t tax it with negative interest rates. • That’s why governments want all your money in the digital financial system… And it’s why world governments are trying to eliminate paper cash. Italy, Spain, Mexico, and Russia have already banned large cash transactions. The ECB is trying to get rid of the €500 bill. Lawrence Summers, the former U.S. Treasury Secretary, wants the U.S. government to pull the $100 bill out of circulation. By banning cash, governments hope to force you to keep money in the digital banking system. And if your money is trapped in the digital banking system, you can’t escape the bank account tax that’s coming. The government will be free to tax your cash with negative interest rates. • We expect the combination of negative interest rates and the ban on cash to create a huge rush into “underground currencies”… Gold is the ultimate underground currency. As Casey readers know, gold has been used as money for thousands of years because it is easily divisible, easily transportable, has intrinsic value, is durable, and has consistent form around the world. And, as Doug Casey reminds us, it’s a good form of money because governments can’t print it on a whim. The government can’t destroy the value of your gold. • The price of gold is up 18% this year… It’s off to its best start since 1980, according to Financial Times. As governments get more desperate, gold should surge much higher. It could easily double or triple in the next few years. If you don’t own gold, we recommend buying some today. If you already own gold, we recommend buying more. We also encourage you to read our new report, “How to Protect Yourself from the War on Cash.” In it, we share our best advice on how to deal with negative interest rates and the coming cash ban. We explain seven steps you can take right now to protect your money. These things are easy to do, but you’ve likely never thought of some of them. Click here to claim your copy now. Chart of the Day Here’s proof that we’re living in an “Alice in Wonderland” economy. Today’s chart shows the value of government bonds with negative interest rates. Not long ago, negative rates were unheard of. Today, more than $6.6 trillion worth of government bonds now have negative rates. The value of government bonds with negative rates is almost seven times higher than it was last year. Negative interest rates are a perversion of capitalism. They penalize people for working hard and saving money. We recommend taking steps to protect yourself before negative rates reach into your bank account. Regards, Justin Spittler Delray Beach, Florida March 14, 2016 We want to hear from you. If you have a question or comment, please send it to feedback@caseyresearch.com. We read every email that comes in, and we’ll publish comments, questions, and answers that we think other readers will find useful.last_img read more

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Senior medical student Giselle Lynch has plenty of

first_imgSenior medical student Giselle Lynch has plenty of accomplishments to list when she applies for a coveted spot in an ophthalmology residency program this fall.But one box she won’t be able to check when she submits her application is one of the highest academic awards medical students can receive, election to the honor society Alpha Omega Alpha. It’s not because she didn’t excel. It’s because her medical school, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, put a moratorium on student nominations because it determined the selection process discriminates against students of color. The award is open to the top 25 percent of a medical school’s graduating class and can be a valuable career boost, making students more competitive for desirable residencies and jobs. Icahn administrators say the disparities in the selection process reflect deeper issues of racial inequality in medical education. “AOA perpetuates systems that are deeply flawed,” says Dr. David Muller, the dean for medical education at Icahn. “We can’t justify putting people who are historically at a disadvantage at an even greater disadvantage. It just doesn’t seem fair to dangle in front of our students an honorific that we know people are not equally eligible for.”Over the past five years, around 3 percent of students chosen for the distinction at Icahn were from a racial background that is underrepresented in medicine, which includes blacks and Latinos. In that same period, about 18 percent to 20 percent of each graduating class at Icahn came from those groups. The school made the change after Lynch led a group of fellow students in an effort to fight inequality at Icahn. The students collected data on how many students from underrepresented minorities were nominated to the honor society at Icahn and presented it in a series of meetings with school leadership last year. Lynch, who is black, recalls one particularly moving meeting when they showed photographs of Icahn’s past AOA students — and black and Latino faces were conspicuously sparse. “Where are we? We’re nowhere here,” says Lynch, remembering her reaction. “AOA is an award of student excellence. What was the argument that was being perpetuated about us if we’re not being included?” Announced in May of this year, the decision at Icahn was a controversial one, because many students and faculty fear that not participating in the award puts Icahn students at a disadvantage when competing for slots in residency programs. The honor society has existed since 1902 and is a sought-after line on the résumés of medical students across the country. Membership can help students secure training in competitive specialties and is a predictor of success in academic medicine. Membership is generally open to the top 25 percent of medical students in a graduating class, as determined by their grades and scores on standardized tests, but only about 16 percent makes it in. Each medical school has its own criteria for making final selections including qualities like leadership or professionalism. Icahn is not alone in selecting a disproportionately low number of minority students for the honor society. A 2017 study in JAMA Internal Medicine showed that nationwide, black and Asian students were less likely than their white counterparts to be selected for the honor.Dr. Dowin Boatright, the study’s lead author and an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Yale, hypothesizes that the disparities may be related to racial inequalities in grading and standardized tests, a phenomenon well-documented in medical education literature. Grading based on clinical performance is subjective, he notes, since it often reflects a global assessment of a student rather than technical skills or performance on a test.”You’re graded on things that are completely vulnerable to bias, like, ‘How good is this medical student?’ ” Boatright says. Other medical schools are also considering how their AOA chapters can accurately reflect the racial makeup of their student bodies, according to Dr. Eve Higginbotham, the president of AOA board. And at the University of California, San Francisco, faculty and students are debating whether the honor society has a future there. “Systems we use [for student evaluation] fail to take into account the extra work minorities are doing,” says Dr. Catherine Lucey, vice dean for education at UCSF. “[Minority] students have more stressors they have to deal with, low levels of racism that exist in our patients and our clinical environments.” Lucey says that UCSF changed its selection criteria for AOA in 2016 to focus less on grades. The number of minority students selected for the honor society that year increased to match the percentage of minorities in each graduating class. Dr. Jonathan Giftos, an internist in New York who was president of the Icahn chapter when he graduated in 2012, says disparities in the honor society are important to address because when medical education favors white students that can mean fewer minorities in leadership roles. “It feels like a layering on of accolades that makes people who are doing well do better, have more access and power and opportunity,” Giftos says.National AOA leadership says that diversity is a priority for the organization, but since every medical school is different, they leave the specifics of how students are chosen up to the school. “We know that improving diversity will hopefully result in inclusion of talented individuals from different backgrounds, and that will help benefit our patient care,” says Dr. Richard Byyny, executive director of AOA. “But the schools themselves need to tackle this.” Muller notes that Icahn has not officially closed its AOA chapter and will still nominate faculty and residents. And student activists at Icahn aren’t celebrating yet. Lynch says she now wants to focus on discrimination in grading and medical school admissions. This, she says, can help address the dearth of minority physicians in different specialities — a problem with negative consequences for the health of minority patients. “Many of us are still wary,” Lynch says. “It is a symbolic gesture, actually. We are interested in the deeper work.” Mara Gordon is a family physician in Washington, D.C., and a health and media fellow at NPR and Georgetown University School of Medicine. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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MORE STORIESnewsinfoFake cop accosts real cops is

first_imgMORE STORIESnewsinfoFake cop accosts real cops, is arrested in PaterosnewsinfoAngara: Investigate DOH’s ‘constipated’ medicine distribution systemnewsinfoQuake disturbs Itbayat, Batanes anewMORE STORIESnewsinfoFake cop accosts real cops, is arrested in PaterosnewsinfoAngara: Investigate DOH’s ‘constipated’ medicine distribution systemnewsinfoQuake disturbs Itbayat, Batanes anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES An adobo upgrade: Add rosemary Read Next PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities PLAY LIST 03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension What’s new in town: Eggplant parmigiana deep-dish pizza, tofu ‘kakigori,’ ‘kamias’-date sticky toffee pudding MOST READ View comments PM Boris Johnson visits Belfast as Brexit woes hurt UK economy Paolo Coquilla paced AdDU with 12 markers.In the other game of the same division, the mighty Chiang Kai Shek College defeated the hometown Angeles University Foundation, 90-75. /Correspondent Jonas PanerioFEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOPalace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike THE UNIVERSITY of San Carlos (USC) Baby Warriors got their bid for the Passerelle title off to a rousing start after they blasted the Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU), 74-55, in the first day of competition in the National Finals of the Milo-backed BEST Center Twin Tournament yesterday at the University of Assumption gym in San Fernando, Pampanga.Kent Malazarte scored 17 of USC’s 21 third period points to break the game wide open as it put them ahead by 20, 58-38, after leading by 12 at halftime.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Rain expected as LPA enters PAR Carpio gets nominated as CJ for 4th time SMC bags Bulacan airport project Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements Tolentino: No more debate with Drilon on China deallast_img read more

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STARTERS ORDERS Wednesday

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Wednesday 13 JanuaryRACING2.40 TauntonEaster Day 7/1 > 7/23.55 ChelmsfordSecret Asset 11/2> 100/305.10 KemptonBamako Du Chatelet 5/1 > 100/30FOOTBALLSPECIALWho will be top of the Premier League at 11pm tonight ?4/11 Arsenal 3/1 Man City 12/1 Leicester(Should any of the three clubs involved in tonight’s matches have their games postponed or abandoned all bets will be voided. Star Sports’ decision is final)Premier League20:00 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 1 HD / BT Sport Ultra HD9/5 Liverpool 13/8 Arsenal 12/5 DRAW(All prices subject to fluctuation) What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img read more

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New MBA Jobs in the Automotive and Gas Industries

first_img regions: Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston / Chicago / Dallas / Denver / Houston / London / Los Angeles / Miami / New York City / Online / Philadelphia / Research Triangle / San Diego / San Francisco / Seattle / Toronto / Washington, DC There’s no better time to take a road trip than in the summertime, when the sun is shining and the cool breeze blowing against your face. So in the spirit of hitting the open road and enjoying some fun after getting out a list of MBA job applications, here’s a look at new MBA jobs at top companies in the automotive and gasoline industries.Product Manufacturing Program Manager – TeslaTesla is hiring a new Program Manager for product manufacturing at its Buffalo, NY offices. The PMI (Product Manufacturing Introduction) Program Manager will be responsible for the introduction of new products and processes supporting energy product lines at Tesla’s Gigafactory 2 in Buffalo, including managing the project from early prototype builds through to the launch of the production line. The job requires at least four years of related experience and is MBA preferred.Activities of the Program Manager include: Support Engineering team with operations support and coordination, manage validation trial requests, ramp planningDirectly managing core team leadership, program schedule, build plan, materials coordination, build execution, allocation management, issue trackingKnowing what and who your resources are and how to effectively utilize themTracking details and managing actions to closureCheck out the Tesla careers page to see more new MBA jobs.Vehicle Material Cost Specialist – General MotorsGeneral Motors is hiring a new Vehicle Material Cost Specialist at its Warren, MI offices. Vehicle Material Cost Specialists are responsible for creating, analyzing and validating component material cost and targets, as well as generating ground-up material cost estimates prior to start of production. This job requires independent judgment, initiative, creativity, and the management of multiple estimates that focus specifically on identifying cost reductions, as well as at least three years of related experience. The role is MBA preferred.GM is looking for a new Vehicle Material Cost Specialists at its Warren, MI office, preferably with an MBA in their resume.Responsibilities of the Vehicle Material Cost Specialist include:Analyzing and understanding large amounts of data.Comprehending manufacturing and processing differences in all regionsPartnering with GM’s purchasing team during supplier re-negotiationsTraveling to supplier facilities for enhanced costing collaborationYou can visit the General Motors careers page to browse other job openings.Petrochemicals Americas Account Manager – BPBP is hiring a new Petrochemicals Americas Account Manager at its Naperville, IL offices. The new hire will be responsible for sales and marketing efforts, including contract and price negotiation, for Petrochemicals Americas product line. Primary responsibilities include selecting and servicing a range of end-use customers, overseeing logistics management and meeting target volume and profitability levels agreed for those customers. The job requires at least five years of related experience and is MBA preferred.Other responsibilities of the Petrochemicals Americas Account Manager include:Support both the Aromatics Americas and Acetyls Americas businesses managing both purified terephthalic acid (PTA) and acetic acid customer accountsSpecific emphasis on direct face-to-face sales contact with all existing or prospective accounts to define their requirementsCollating and disseminating marketing intelligence, growth trends, derivative information, and competitor activitiesPreparing monthly and annual sales forecasts and customer account plans for their customersInterfacing with the appropriate BP support departments for customers issues including Customer Service, Logistics, HSE, Credit and LegalStop by the BP careers page to see more job openings for MBAs.Commercial Advisor of Supply and Trading – ChevronChevron is hiring a new Commercial Advisor of Supply and Trading at its Houston offices. Commercial Advisors provide commercial expertise in formulating commercial strategy and executing transactions globally across the full crude, gas and NGL value chains for Upstream, Downstream & Chemicals and Midstream.  The job requires at least 15 years of related experience and is MBA preferred.Commercial Advisor of Supply and Trading are expected to:Delivering commercial strategy and agreements which connect upstream to markets, downstream to feedstocks and trading to market centersPromoting consistency in commercial project management and negotiations for midstream infrastructure dealsPrioritizing projects based on a global Chevron perspectiveDeveloping and disseminating relevant market intelligence and midstream points of viewEffectively demonstrating competency to frame business opportunities and negotiate agreements covering storage, transportation, and processingEnsuring contract terms and negotiation trade-offs are fully understood by business units or trading teamsFind this job listing and many more like it on the Chevron careers page. Last Updated Jun 11, 2019 by Max PulciniFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail New MBA Jobs in the Automotive and Gas Industriescenter_img About the AuthorMax PulciniMax Pulcini is a Philadelphia-based writer and reporter. He has an affinity for Philly sports teams, Super Smash Bros. and cured meats and cheeses. Max has written for Philadelphia-based publications such as Spirit News, Philadelphia City Paper, and Billy Penn, as well as national news outlets like The Daily Beast.View more posts by Max Pulcini RelatedHow to Turn an MBA into a Career with TeslaTesla, Inc. founder and the tech entrepreneur world’s newest shining beacon Elon Musk, a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, once pessimistically said, “As much as possible, avoid hiring MBA’s. MBA programs don’t teach people how to create companies … our position is that we hire someone…January 8, 2018In “Featured Home”New MBA Jobs: GE, Tesla, Microsoft, and MoreCurrent MBAs and business school grads looking for jobs have come to the right place: Here’s our weekly listing of new and exciting MBA jobs. This week’s list features opportunities areas like supply chain and tech, and in a number of exciting metros and locations. Technical Product Analyst – General Electric…August 6, 2018In “Featured Home”New MBA Jobs at Five Tech GiantsAs the line between business and information technology industries continues to blur, more and more professionals are looking to business schools and MBA programs to get them into the tech industry. Here’s a rundown of some New MBA jobs at five different tech giants: Strategy and Operations Program Manager -…November 26, 2018In “Apple”last_img read more

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Disneys Punny Team Up With Solo Cup for the Next Star Wars

first_img –shares The more experienced entity doesn’t always know best. The Disney marketing team never stops. With the opening of A Wrinkle in Time this weekend following the behemoth that is Black Panther, the studio is now turning its attention to the film they hope will be its next big success, Solo: A Star Wars Story, the origin story of everyone’s favorite space smuggler.In 2016, thanks to the success of the The Force Awakens and Rogue One, people all over the world spent a total of $262.9 billion on licensed merchandise. So It’s not surprising that many brands want in on the Star Wars business. This promotional cycle is no exception, with brands including Denny’s, Esurance, General Mills, Nissan, Symantec Corp, and you guessed it, Solo cups.It was only a matter of time, folks.Star Wars: The Last Jedi made more than $1.3 billion at the global box office, and the folks at Disney and LucasFilm are clearly hoping that their return to the past will be a billion-dollar bet. But even if the movie, which has had its share of creative upheaval behind the scenes, isn’t quite the hit that they want, they can pretty much guarantee that as ever, there will be fans who won’t buy just tickets but also the licensed merchandise.Related: Star Wars: The Last Jedi Has Some Important Business Insights for EntrepreneursAs the franchise returns to its original characters, more so than lightsabers and the Force, we should all remember that Star Wars creator George Lucas’s legacy is really for being a savvy businessman. Ahead of the first Star Wars film being released in 1977 on May 25 — the same day that Solo is going to arrive into theaters, because they are nothing if not meticulous over at Disney — Lucas famously made a deal with his wary distributor 20th Century Fox.The studio would get $500,000 of his directorial salary, and in return, Lucas would get the merchandising rights to the entire franchise. And the rest is Luke Skywalker sheets and Chewbacca mugs history.It just goes to show that if you see something that the seemingly more experienced party you’re negotiating with doesn’t, pursue it. You never know what kind of dividends you could receive from trusting that something will resonate with an audience. Image credit: SOLO Cup | Facebook 2 min read Next Article Nina Zipkin Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Entrepreneur Staffcenter_img Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Add to Queue March 7, 2018 Register Now » Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Marketing Disney’s Punny Team Up With Solo Cup for the Next ‘Star Wars’ Movie Is a Good Reminder That George Lucas Made Millions on Licensinglast_img read more

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Lululemon Founder Chip Wilson Now Is the Right Time to Step Away

first_img Enroll Now for $5 This story originally appeared on Reuters Controversies Next Article Image credit: Wikipedia Add to Queue 2 min read February 2, 2015center_img Lululemon Founder Chip Wilson: ‘Now Is the Right Time to Step Away’ –shares Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Lululemon Athletica Inc founder Chip Wilson, a sometimes controversial figure who helped build the Canadian yogawear retailer into an international success story, said on Monday he was resigning from the company’s board.”I believe that now is the right time to step away,” Wilson said in a statement.Wilson, who founded Lululemon in 1998, withdrew from day-to-day management in early 2012, and stepped down as chairman in late 2013.Shares in Lululemon fell 1.4 percent at $65.34 on the Nasdaq.In early 2013, the company was hit by a high-profile recall of its signature yoga pants after complaints mounted that they were overly see-through. Wilson briefly returned to take a more active role in operations.The fallout from the recall led to departures of top executives and a public relations headache for the company.The problems were compounded later that year, when Wilson said fabric in some pants was not holding up because some customers’ thighs rubbed together, adding that “some women’s bodies just actually don’t work” for Lululemon’s clothing.His comments sparked an uproar, in part because of the perception that Wilson was blaming quality issues on customers. Wilson later said he was “sad for the repercussions of his actions.”Wilson stepped down as chairman in December 2013, but stayed on as a director.Tensions remained, however, as Wilson lashed out at the retailer’s board last June, saying the new chairman and another director were too focused on short-term growth.A proxy war was averted when Wilson agreed to sell one-half of his 27 percent stake in Lululemon to private equity firm Advent International for $845 million. Under the agreement, Advent added two of its senior managers to Lululemon’s board.Lululemon has seen the beginning of a turnaround in recent months, under the direction of new chief executive officer, Laurent Potdevin.Wilson said he will work with his wife and son on their new business, Kit and Ace, a luxury casual wear company that opened in July. 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. Reuters last_img read more

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Samsung Recalls 28 Million Washing Machines in US Over Injury Risk

first_img 56shares Samsung Recalls 2.8 Million Washing Machines in U.S. Over Injury Risk Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand This story originally appeared on Reuters Image credit: Reuters | Andrew Kelly/File Photo Next Article Reuters The recall involves 34 models of top-load washing machines made between March 2011 and November 2016 and costing $450 to $1,500. 2 min read November 4, 2016 Enroll Now for $5 Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., already reeling from a global recall of its Note 7 smartphones, said on Friday it would recall about 2.8 million top-load washing machines in the United States following reports of injuries.The top of the washing machines can unexpectedly detach from the chassis during use, posing a risk of injury from impact, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said. The South Korean tech company has received nine reports of injuries, including a broken jaw, an injured shoulder and other fall-related injuries, the agency said.Samsung has received 733 reports of excessive vibration in the washing machines or the top detaching from the chassis.The recall involves 34 models of top-load washing machines made between March 2011 and November 2016 and costing $450-$1,500.The top of the affected washing machines could separate when a high-speed spin cycle is used for washing bedding, water-resistant or bulky items, Samsung said.The company has also been sued by some U.S. customers, who have alleged that their machines “explode during normal use”.Samsung, the world’s top smartphone maker, scrapped its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone last month after failing to resolve safety concerns.It had announced the recall of 2.5 million Note 7s in early September following numerous reports of the phones catching fire.(Reporting by Ankit Ajmera in Bengaluru; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty and Sai Sachin Ravikumar) 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. Add to Queue Samsunglast_img read more

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Atypical eating behaviors may indicate autism

first_imgRelated StoriesEyes hold clues to effective treatment of severe autism, study showsGut bacteria linked to metabolic changes and autism in new studyStudy: Early screening of autism may not be as beneficial as previously thoughtMayes said that many children with autism eat a narrow diet consisting primarily of grain products, like pasta and bread, and chicken nuggets. She said that because children with autism have sensory hypersensitivities and dislike change, they may not want to try new foods and will be sensitive to certain textures. They often eat only foods of a particular brand, color or shape.The research also showed that most children with autism who had atypical eating behaviors had two or more types – almost a quarter had three or more. Yet, none of the children with other developmental disorders who did not have autism had three or more. According to Williams, this is a common, clinical phenomenon – and it has prompted him and his colleagues to recommend some children for further evaluation.”When we evaluate young children with multiple eating problems, we start to wonder if these children might also have the diagnosis of autism,” Williams said. “In many cases, they eventually do receive this diagnosis.”The researchers evaluated the eating behaviors described in parent interviews of more than 2000 children from two studies. They investigated the difference in the frequency of unusual eating behaviors between typical children and those with autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and other disorders.Williams says the study data show that atypical eating behaviors may help diagnostically distinguish autism from other disorders. Even though children from both groups have unusual eating habits, they are seven times more common in autism than in other disorders according to the study data.”This study provided further evidence that these unusual feeding behaviors are the rule and not the exception for children with autism,” Williams said. Source:Penn State College of MedicineJournal reference:Mayes, S.D. & Zickgraf, H. (2019) Atypical eating behaviors in children and adolescents with autism, ADHD, other disorders, and typical development. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders. doi.org/10.1016/j.rasd.2019.04.002. Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jul 11 2019Atypical eating behaviors may be a sign a child should be screened for autism, according to a new study from Penn State College of Medicine.Research by Susan Mayes, professor of psychiatry, found that atypical eating behaviors were present in 70 percent of children with autism, which is 15 times more common than in neurotypical children.Atypical eating behaviors may include severely limited food preferences, hypersensitivity to food textures or temperatures, and pocketing food without swallowing.According to Mayes, these behaviors are present in many one-year-olds with autism and could signal to doctors and parents that a child may have autism.”If a primary care provider hears about these behaviors from parents, they should consider referring the child for an autism screening.”Mayes stated that the earlier autism is diagnosed, the sooner the child can begin treatment with a behavior analyst. Previous studies have shown applied behavior analysis to be most effective if implemented during the preschool years. Behavior analysts use a number of interventions, including rewards, to make positive changes in the children’s behavior and teach a range of needed skills.Keith Williams, director of the Feeding Program at Penn State Children’s Hospital, uses this therapy to help a variety of individuals with unusual eating behaviors. He said that identifying and correcting these behaviors can help ensure children are eating a proper diet.”I once treated a child who ate nothing but bacon and drank only iced tea,” Williams said. “Unusual diets like these don’t sustain children.”Williams also noted that there is a distinct difference between worrisome eating behaviors and the typical picky eating habits of young children. He explained that most children without special needs will slowly add foods to their diets during the course of development, but children with autism spectrum disorders, without intervention, will often remain selective eaters. We see children who continue to eat baby food or who won’t try different textures. We even see children who fail to transition from bottle feeding.”Keith Williams, director of the Feeding Program, Penn State Children’s Hospitallast_img read more

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High winds for power generation

first_imgCredit: SKYPULL New wind turbines show high efficiency in low winds Citation: High winds for power generation (2018, October 10) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-high-power.html Climate change needs to be addressed by innovative, efficient systems to generate power from a range of renewable energy sources. These new systems need to provide enough low-cost energy to satisfy current and future demands; however almost all countries still rely on coal and oil.The EU-funded Skypull initiative set out to revolutionise power generation by wind, determined to tap into the uncharted high-altitude winds of the atmosphere. The Skypull team believe that their technology can help lower the cost of energy from wind power when compared to conventional wind turbines or even fossil fuels.Perfecting the ‘Awe Technologies’ dream”Skypull belongs to the so-called ‘AWE (Airborne Wind Energy) Technologies’,” says chief operating officer Marcello Corongiu. “In the late 1970s, Miles L. Loyd had the idea of building a wind generator without a tower, using a flying wing connected to the ground by a tether, much like a kite.” The Skypull team have created one such device of their own design, and figured out how to overcome factors that have hindered this type of energy generation up to now. The researchers designed their high-altitude wind power generation system by perfecting aerodynamic performances of the flying device, incorporating autonomous operation, and deploying a reliable system. They came up with a ground-breaking new type of flying device by creating a “box wing” drone, which maximises lift with minimum drag, at a lower weight and cost. Each of the drone’s wings can change configuration to resemble the wing of a commercial airplane during take-off and landing.Reduced materials’ cost and higher energy production also give Skypull’s design a high energy return on energy invested. This means the system is well on its way to replacing conventional wind turbines with much lower masses and better generation performances. Surviving the ‘valley of death for start-ups’Skypull faced a number of challenges as AWE technology involves many engineering domains such as aeronautics, materials, autonomous control, and robotics. None of these issues have stopped them, however, as they have developed an efficient, working energy generation system. “The bigger struggle remains finding the financial resources to carry on with the project, as we do not sell anything yet and we are in the middle of the ‘valley of the death’ of start-ups,” says Corongiu. “In this regard the EU SME programme represented a significant and valuable help.”Better than a wind turbine “We consider the lifetime of our system the same as for a wind turbine: 20 years,” says Corongiu. Compared to conventional wind turbines, many of the components are the same including alternators, composites, and electromechanic parts.The Skypull team designed their system to have only one consumable: the ultra high molecular weight polyethylene cables that they need to change periodically. Moreover, the drone can be maintained safely on the ground, compared to a wind turbine that requires added logistical costs due to the hub’s distance off the ground. With the help of the EU SME programme, Skypull has validated their business plan and made some significant steps but a lot of work on the technological side remains. They plan to upscale the system and navigate towards market intake. Provided by CORDIScenter_img Renewable energy sources hold great promise for a future free of fossil fuels, but some forms of renewable energy remain out of reach. Researchers have developed a new kind of wind turbine that can produce clean energy from previously untapped winds at high altitudes. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Smart strategy can save openplan offices up to 25 percent of energy

first_img The research set-up for a medium-sized office. The subject sits at the desk with the lamp indicated in blue. For the best lighting strategy, the user’s desk is the most brightly lit. The three surrounding desks (pink) are slightly dimmed, while the lamps in the area (green) are dimmed the most. Credit: Christel de Bakker. An example of a Dutch open office without partitions. Credit: Christel de Bakker De Bakker discovered that an office with three light levels is the best strategy. If an office worker is working alone in a medium-sized open-plan office, the desk at which the user is working should be fully lit. The lamps above the three surrounding desks may be slightly dimmed (35-65 cd/m2), and the lighting in the rest of the room may be dimmed even more (20-50 cd/m2). De Bakker calculated that this would enable you to save more than 25 percent of the energy consumption for lighting in a medium-sized office. The size of the space appeared to be important for perception. “If you work in a large room, you will feel like you want to know what is going on in the background, so the backlight has to be set more brightly,” says de Bakker. More information: Christel de Bakker et al. The feasibility of highly granular lighting control in open-plan offices: Exploring the comfort and energy saving potential, Building and Environment (2018). DOI: 10.1016/j.buildenv.2018.06.043 Investigating glare: How bright is your office? Luminance meterDe Bakker does see significant differences in individual preferences. A combination of locally set preferences per desk, supplemented by a standard lighting plan for the entire room, is therefore the best solution: “People still want to adjust the light at the beginning of the working day, but they quickly forget about it during the day.”De Bakker hopes that her plan will be put into practice. But this requires a luminance sensor. “In my research I have focused on the luminance (cd/m2) instead of the more common illuminance (lux). Luminance is the brightness experienced by the observer, and also includes the reflection of light on objects, for example. Therefore it is a better measurement method to determine the perception and comfort of the employee,” says De Bakker. Unfortunately, today’s smart lamps are currently only equipped with a lux meter. Her fellow Ph.D. student Thijs Kruisselbrink is therefore developing a luminance meter. He’s now halfway through his Ph.D. research.De Bakker has published some of her results in the Building and Environment journal. Provided by Eindhoven University of Technologycenter_img De Bakker’s research comes at an opportune time. By 2023, all Dutch office buildings must have a minimum energy label C. Lighting takes up to 15% of the entire energy consumption of an office building, while the light is often on in places where no one is working at that moment. Presence sensors can ensure that the light is only switched on over occupied desks. But the large contrast of light between an occupied and an unoccupied desk turns out to be unpleasant. In addition, employees are distracted by the ever-changing light intensity.Dimming on three levelsIn order to find out the best lighting strategy for employee comfort, De Bakker set up two darkened research areas of different sizes as an office. She then asked the subjects, 95 in total, to set the lighting in a way that felt comfortable. Using these results, she then tested the lighting set-up that had been most frequently chosen in a real open office, and asked the employees there, 20 in total, to evaluate the lighting conditions. De Bakker: “The test subjects were not able to switch off the light completely in these experiments because earlier research showed that this caused unpleasantly large light contrasts in the area. So employees could only dim the light.” Citation: Smart strategy can save open-plan offices up to 25 percent of energy on lighting (2019, June 3) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-smart-strategy-open-plan-offices-percent.html Increasingly, employees share a large open office with flexible workplaces and working hours, leaving many desks vacant for large parts of the day. But the lighting is still on the whole day, in the whole office. Smart lighting with motion detectors can significantly reduce energy consumption in offices, but when light sources are frequently switched on and off, this becomes unpleasant and distracting. Researcher Christel de Bakker has developed a method to set the lighting in such a way that the lighting energy consumption is reduced by more than 25%, without compromising user comfort. She will be awarded her Ph.D. on this subject on June 4th at Eindhoven University of Technology. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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John Catsimatidis

first_imgis and what he was told about the contribution, the newspaper reported.The developer has said that he didn t know where the money was sent. He has爱上海龙凤419桑拿 not been accused of any wrongdoing. He told the New York Times that he encountered de Blasio at a party, where the mayor asked him to send a donation.“I never got anything in return, he told the newspaper. Later on I found out they sent it to the State Democrats, the Senate. You know how I found out? I found out because someone told me, thank you.”The mayor is accused of trying to skirt contribution limits and hiding donor identities in an effort to gain Democratic control of the state Senate. Real estate executives were among de Blasio s biggest campaign donors, but The Real Deal recently discovered that a top executive at WeWork was the mayor s biggest campaign bundler to date, having bundled $68,750 in do爱上海 nations for de Blasio s re-election campaign.阿拉爱上海同城 [WSJ] — Kathryn BrenzelTags: bill de blasio, John Catsimatid爱上海龙凤419桑拿 is We are having some technical difficulties. Try again later. By clicking Subscribe you agree to our Privacy Policy.last_img read more

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20 Years of Kargil A ground report from Tololing in Drass

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