first_imgTAT hosts Discover Amazing Thai TasteTAT hosts Discover Amazing Thai TasteThe Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) recently organised a “Discover Amazing Thai Taste with Celebrity Chef” culinary journey, hosting Michelin Star Chef Roger van Damme to explore Thai gastronomy experiences in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Bangkok.Chef Roger van Damme is also the World’s Best Pastry Chef 2017. His journey in Thailand, from 25 February to 7 March, this year, was also filmed for Belgium’s regional television broadcaster ATV’s ‘Culinair Avontuur in Thailand’ show.During the trip, Chef Roger van Damme tried his hand at cooking several Thai dishes and desserts; such as, Khao Soi (curried noodles), Krathong Thong (crispy golden pastry cups filled with minced pork and sweet corn), Khao Niao Mamuang (sweetened sticky rice with ripe mango), and Khanom Krok (Thai coconut pudding). He also learned how local Northern Thai snacks, including Khap Mu (crispy pork rind) and Khao Tan (crispy rice cracker) are made.Northern Thailand is famous for unique agricultural methods and its cold climate crops, and Chef Roger had the chance to learn about rice farming in Chiang Mai, tea planting in Chiang Rai, and fruits and vegetables farming at high elevations.Source = Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)last_img read more

first_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon caused a little bit of a controversy earlier in the week when he claimed that race is playing a factor in why people are picking apart Cam Newton prior to the draft.Moon set the record straight on Friday morning making it clear — kind of — that he doesn’t feel it’s totally a racist situation.“I just think it has racial overtones,” he told Sports 620 KTAR’s Doug and Wolf. “I’m not going to say it’s totally racial. They just keep piling on. I don’t understand why they keep piling on. This is a guy that is a very special talent. That has done some very special things and they just keep trying to cut up every part of his game. There is no way a guy can be as successful as he’s been, whatever level he’s been on, and have all these different flaws that they’re talking about right now.” D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

first_img(Interviewed by Louis James, Editor, International Speculator) L: So Doug, the world didn’t end in 2012, so it’s onward into another new year. It’s time to tune in to your guru-vision and tell us what trends you see shaping up and what actions they imply taking. Doug: Yes, it looks like the Mayans missed this one; perhaps they’ll get another kick at the cat a few millennia from now when it’s once more time to turn the page on their calendar. Better luck next time, Mayan astrologers! But although nothing seems to be happening on that front, it’s appropriate that I’m speaking to you from Punta del Este in Uruguay, which is one of the most happening places in the world at this time of year – North American and European winter, South American summer. I went to a New Year’s Eve party last night with some rather interesting temporary denizens of the place, and of course this was the subject of much conversation. None of them happened to be American, incidentally, and all but one – who is very involved in local politics – is extremely bearish on 2013. L: Do you mean bearish on the global economy? Bearish on geopolitics? Or bearish on civilization itself? Doug: All of the above. A “Mad Max” type outcome is definitely a possibility, as much as I hate to anticipate something really serious – as opposed to just a financial/economic meltdown. But the West has a huge amount of accumulated capital that it can still dissipate – a task the politicians are working on diligently. I expect the US will get a VAT, and/or an asset tax. Perhaps they’ll take a page from Cristina Kirchner’s book and nationalize everyone’s pension – for the good of the government, as well as the safety of the pensioners, of course. In the near term, we’re looking at increased tensions of every kind around the globe, and greater market volatility. By the way, we enjoyed a professional-grade fireworks display put on by our host in his back yard. It struck me that I was witnessing exactly the kind of freedom that makes me like living down here so much, and makes me dislike returning to the US. In the US, you’d have to be a city to put on that kind of fireworks show, or go through God-know-what sort of licensing to get the explosives involved. The smell of gunpowder at midnight is most invigorating, especially mixed with the smoke of Cuban cigars. I’m not saying Uruguay is totally free, especially not economically – the president is actually a communist. But he’s a surprisingly mellow communist, and not at all corrupt. Most unusual, actually. He lives on a small farm and drives an old car. Of course the things he’s doing – raising welfare benefits, eliminating financial privacy, initiating an income tax, and letting petty thieves run wild, among many other things – are making the place much less desirable to hang out. L: So, aside from economically stupid laws, they let people do pretty much as they will with their personal lives? Doug: That’s the good news. It’s a quiet, unambitious, backward, bureaucratic little country. But they still pretty much leave you alone. And strange things can happen. At the party I mentioned, a friend who mostly lives in Argentina told me about what was in Sunday’s El Pais, the national paper. It turns out that a top local politician – most of whom are socialists or ex-communists – just discovered Frederic Bastiat’s book, The Law. He was so taken with the free-market ideas in it, he had the entirety of the book published as an insert in the paper, at his own expense. I don’t know how many people will actually read it, and I doubt it will have much effect, but as a possible straw in the wind, it’s pretty interesting. Shocking, actually. L: A hundred years ago you might have seen a copy of The Communist Manifesto, so perhaps the pendulum will swing back in our direction in the next hundred years. A good reminder that it’s important to internationalize both one’s assets and one’s lifestyle. It’s hard to predict what will happen in any given country, although the trend is going from bad to worse just about everywhere. Doug: Yes; as the Greater Depression deepens, governments all around the world are going to get increasingly desperate, take increasingly stupid measures, and the people on the bottom rungs of the ladder – the very ones the governments will claim to be helping – are going to get pushed off in greater and greater numbers. That’s going to make for more social unrest, vandalism, and violence all around the world. It’s wise to find a crib away from likely epicenters of turmoil. You still have to look at the world objectively, and prepare to be, or move to wherever there’s the least trouble on the ground, among the places you actually enjoy being in. This is especially so for Europeans and their cousins in the US, where things are deteriorating fast. L: So, what are your own reasons for bearishness? Doug: I’m exceptionally bearish because we’ve been in the eye of this hurricane for going on three years. It seems to me that the bigger the eye of the storm, the bigger the storm must be. We are definitely heading for the trailing side of the hurricane soon. And it will be vastly bigger, and last much longer, and be much different than the leading edge. I can’t emphasize enough that all these trillions of currency units that governments all around the world are printing up by the truckload… L: Or helicopter load. Doug: [Chuckles] Yes, well, bank-wire load, as it were, these days. They no longer need to bother with the printing press; they can just create more out of nothing with the stroke of a key. All that cash in the US, the EU, Japan, and elsewhere is going to come out of the banks where it’s sitting at some point, and the inflation that’s been masked so far will kick into a much higher gear. Take Uruguay, for instance, which is actually a very expensive country – to go out to dinner here in Punta del Este costs considerably more than in the US. When I first came here, things were very cheap. I’ve seen the same thing in New Zealand, Hong Kong, Spain, and other markets in which I’ve made a lot of money in real estate, based on the same trend. This is happening all over the world. The US has been so successful at exporting its inflation – abusing the reserve currency status of the US dollar – that it’s become a relatively cheap place to live, at least among the more developed nations. The local symptom of this global sickness is that here in Punta, very expensive condominium buildings are popping up all along the coast, spreading faster than dandelions in springtime. Nobody lives in most of them, though some are occupied for a month or two in the summer, and yet, year-round you have to pay maintenance and security costs of at least $2,000, and sometimes $3,000 or $4,000 per month. The only reason people would pay that kind of money to maintain empty condos, as far as I can see, is to hide money. L: Why do they need to hide it? Doug: Each will have his own reasons. Sadly, Uruguay is no longer the Switzerland of South America it once was. There was once no income tax here and financial privacy – which no longer exists anywhere. A government run by ex-communists destroyed all that. That was shooting themselves in the foot, of course. But real property rights are still pretty strong here, so people are building all these condos as a place to stash money in the form of bricks and mortar. Unfortunately, I don’t think it will work out for them, because as the global Greater Depression deepens, people are going to have to start liquidating them, and the local market is going to crash. The monthly maintenance costs plus a need to retrieve the invested capital is going to result in a wave of selling. A lot of people are going to get burned. Not just here – almost everywhere. As my friend Richard Russell has said, in a depression everybody loses. The winner is the one who loses the least. L: Maybe you can let us know when that happens – sounds like it will be a great contrarian buying opportunity at that time. Doug: Sure. Most people will be too nervous to act, but I keep an eye on several real-estate markets for just that sort of contrarian opportunity. Meanwhile, I may just head for the exits now myself, not wanting to be unable to liquidate the real estate I’ve got in Uruguay later. At any rate, I view this developing situation as an example of what’s brewing in many markets all around the world. L: Can you give us more specifics? Doug: I think the most important thing to bear in mind is that we are approaching the absolute peak of the bond bubble, which has gotten vastly bigger than I ever imagined it could. Interest rates in the developed economies around the world are two percent, one percent, or even negative. This is fueling a bond bubble of truly catastrophic proportions. When it bursts, it will be an order of magnitude worse than the tech stock-market crash of 2001 or the real-estate bubble that burst in 2008. When this one goes, it won’t just wipe out the people who thought they were being prudent savers. Because it’s a financial market, it will also hit stocks and real estate again, at least in Europe and the US. Here in Uruguay and places like Argentina, real estate is largely a pure cash market. But in the so-called more developed economies, real estate still floats on a sea of debt. It amazes me that people in the US are elated because the real-estate market is supposed to be up 4.3%, as of the latest figures. Well, of course it is; you can borrow money for effectively zero, given where interest rates and inflation are. L: Is that a sign of the bulging piles of money banks have been sitting starting to leak out into the economy? Doug: Looks that way. And when interest rates start rising steeply, as they’ll have to do once inflation sets in, rising to double digits as they were in the 1980s, it will crush real estate further and deeper than we’ve seen so far. It will do so all around the world, but the US will be hardest hit, I think. There’s no question in my mind: the bond bubble is by far the largest distortion we’re facing in the economy today. Bonds are incredibly dangerous, insanely risky speculations today. They’re reward-free risk. Bond owners are facing huge default risk, huge interest rate risk, and huge inflation risk. But nobody seems to see it or talk about it. L: I understand. But honestly, Doug, you’ve been saying that for a while. What makes you think this will be the year the bond balloon finds the pin it’s been searching for? Doug: You’re right – that particular bubble should have found its pin two or three years ago. I admit I thought it’d pop last year. It’s like watching a clown over-inflate a balloon; the longer he inflates it, the more you wince, because you know it’s going to blow up in his face. And the longer it takes, the closer the inevitable comes to being imminent – and the bigger the explosion becomes. It would have been so much better if the idiots who run the US government had allowed the market to fully liquidate past mistakes and distortions back in 2008. If they’d let all the big banks, brokers, hedge funds, and corporate welfare junkies fail, it would have been very unpleasant, but the country could have survived it, and come out stronger and with a healthier balance sheet as a result. The real wealth – buildings, farms, technologies, the skills of workers – would still be there. And the financial elite would have been wiped out – which would have been a good thing. But instead, they’ve ensured that the rich have gotten even richer, guaranteed by the government. They tried to drown a fire with a flood of gasoline, and it’s going to burn the country down. You know the old saw about not predicting both an event and its timing, but I don’t see how this thing can go beyond 2013. L: Well, you were right about the politicians in Washington preferring to compromise than to allow the fiscal cliff to hit the fan, so maybe you’re right about this one too. So, we should beware of the bond bubble bursting. Beware of real estate getting crushed when interest rates go up. What about stocks? Wouldn’t a lot of money fleeing falling bonds go into the stock market? Doug: Yes, a lot would, but a lot of companies would be failing as well, so I’m ambivalent about equities in general. Earnings could collapse. Companies with many millions – or even billions – in cash on their balance sheets could still get hit fast and furious by high inflation. P/E ratios are not low these days; Wall Street is not a bargain. So I’m generally neutral to bearish and therefore out of the stock market. That’s the best policy when you can make an equally compelling case for something going up or down. L: That’s exactly how I see copper and the other base metals these days. But gold is another matter. Doug: Of course. And even though gold has hit new highs in nominal dollar prices, gold has still not matched its previous peak in inflation-adjusted dollars. Really, in practical terms, nobody knows or cares about gold yet. The average guy doesn’t even know it exists – and the average guy on Wall Street thinks it’s only good for paperweights, of which the world already has a surplus. L: Gold is cheap at $1,670? Doug: No. But it’s got to go higher. The fact is that precious metals are the only financial assets that are not simultaneously somebody else’s liability. The huge counterparty liability in today’s markets has yet to make itself evident, but it will – it’s in the hundreds of trillions. That’s what the derivatives that Buffett has been talking about for a decade are all about. That makes the best single speculation I can think of today gold and silver mining stocks. For the last two years, gold stocks have been getting cheaper, even though gold has continued rising, year-on-year. That makes these stocks a better deal than they’ve been for many years. And it’s such a tiny little market, the upside when the larger world catches on will be breathtaking. My sense, based on watching these markets for 40 years, is that we’re coming up on an explosion of resource stock prices of historic proportions. The kind of stocks you and Jeff cover are absolutely the place to be. [Ed. Note: Doug is talking about the BIG GOLD and Casey International Speculator portfolios.] L: The data support you on that. If you adjust for inflation by looking at the price of gold stocks in terms of gold, they are selling for less than they have for years – almost as low as during the crash of 2008, or even back in 2001, before this bull cycle for metals got going. Doug: They are now extremely high-potential and relatively low-risk speculations – despite mining being a crappy, 19th-century choo-choo-train industry. L: [Laughs] I used that phrase of yours in the International Speculator coming out Thursday and make the same point. Doug: You provide a shopping list? L: Of course. Jeff’s got one in BG too. Doug: Good. This may be the last chance for people late to this bull market to get in at prices similar to what they could have paid before it got going. And as a matter of fact, gold was cheaper in real terms back in 2001 than it was at $35 per ounce back in 1971. People seem to have forgotten that these are the most volatile stocks on the planet. There have been a half-dozen markets I’ve personally seen over the years where junior miners and explorers went up 1,000% as a group. Perversely, people are afraid to buy these stocks now – L: The very reason they should; you have to be a contrarian to buy low and sell high. Doug: – at precisely the time when they should. I promise you, when the Mania Phase of this gold market kicks in, everyone will be piling in, and it will drive share prices not just through the roof, but to the moon. Then they’ll collapse 95% later, of course, the way they always do. But now is the time to buy them. However, since there are several thousand of them, it’s critical to be highly selective. L: Well, if speculating when others dare not were easy, everyone would do it, and there would be no speculative opportunity, so of course I agree. But back to 2013 – if you don’t think the global economy will collapse this year, can you say when? Doug: As I said last time, 2013 is going to be ugly, but it will just be a warmup for 2014. Back at the New Year’s party I went to here in Punta del Este, I asked my best friend down here the same question. He’s very rich and very shrewd. He’s of the opinion that the world will see catastrophic events of historic proportions – not just one, but several – over the next ten years. I think he’s right, and that brings us back to another point we started with: I cannot stress strongly enough that anyone who hopes to survive financially, and perhaps even physically, needs to internationalize. L: There’s the Mr. Cheerful we all know and love. Doug: Hey, I’m looking at the bright side… L: Okay then. Thanks, and we’ll talk again next week – and soon in person, in Vancouver. If you’ve never heard Doug Casey speak in person, now’s your chance – he’ll join a star-studded cast of natural resource and financial experts who will be presenting at the Vancouver Resource Investment Conference January 20-21 – it’s the world’s largest investor-focused, resource-exploration conference. Doug will also be signing copies of his new book, Totally Incorrect. Other Casey Research presenters are Chief Mining and Investment Strategist Louis James; Chief Energy Investment Strategist Marin Katusa; Senior Precious Metals Analyst Jeff Clark; and CEO Olivier Garret. On the evening of January 21, there will be a VIP event for Casey’s Club members and our NextTen and Explorer’s League honorees (details to come). This is one event you don’t want to miss – you’re guaranteed to walk away with actionable investment strategies that will put you in perfect position to profit from the coming boom in natural resources. Click here for registration information.last_img read more

first_imgA former nurse at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., was arrested and charged with reckless homicide and abuse in February for making a medical mistake that resulted in an elderly patient’s death. Criminal charges for a medical error are unusual, patient safety experts say. Some are voicing concern that the move sets a precedent that may actually make hospitals less safe by making people hesitant to report errors. The nurse, RaDonda Vaught, pleaded not guilty. Her next hearing is scheduled for April 11. She told NPR in an emailed statement from her lawyer that Vanderbilt terminated her employment after the incident.The district attorney’s decision to charge Vaught comes after both the Tennessee Department of Health and the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services investigated the incident. The state health department investigation, which concluded in October 2018, did not revoke Vaught’s nursing license.The CMS report emphasizes the hospital’s responsibility in the mistake. “The hospital failed to ensure all patients received care in a safe setting,” the report says. Vanderbilt University Medical Center officials would not comment on the case. The report details how Vaught mistakenly took the wrong medicine out of a dispensing cabinet. She was trying to give the patient, Charlene Murphey, a dose of an anti-anxiety medication, midazolam (brand name Versed), before an imaging scan during a December 2017 hospital stay, the report states. Vaught instead gave Murphey vecuronium, a paralytic drug used during anesthesia that had the same first two letters, according to the report. Murphey died in an intensive care unit the following day.The Nashville District Attorney’s office told the Tennessean it made the decision to bring criminal charges against Vaught specifically because she administered the fatal medication after overriding the safety mechanism in the dispensing machine.Medical errors are common. Some researchers estimate they’re the third leading cause of death in the United States. And many in the patient safety community say they don’t understand what prompted the DA’s office to prosecute this case in particular. DA spokesman Stephen Hayslip told NPR in an email that “the actions of this office will become more evident as the evidence is presented to the court.” He declined to comment further.Nurses around the country have come to Vaught’s defense, speaking out on social media and on opinion pages. The American Nurses Association issued a statement criticizing the charges, saying that “the criminalization of medical errors could have a chilling effect” on health care workers’ willingness to report errors. The phenomenon of criminally charging health care providers after a patient is harmed is rare, “but it grows less unusual every year,” says Stephen Hurley, a Wisconsin lawyer who has defended nurses in similar cases and advised hospitals on the topic.Most high-profile cases tend to involve death, a significant injury or a patient well-known in the community, he says. And prosecutors tend to focus on nurses, he says, rather than physicians or hospital administrators, though he’s not sure why.Suen Ross, the ANA’s director of nursing practice and workplace environment, thinks that it’s unusual for health care providers to be charged with a crime after a medical mistake that didn’t involve malicious intent or intoxication. She calls Vaught’s case “unprecedented” because neither of these factors are cited in the CMS report.Ross says it’s important for health care workers to feel free to report errors without fear of retribution. All health care mistakes — even small ones — should be analyzed to understand the underlying issues that caused them, Ross says. A non-punitive approach encourages transparency, she says, and “that prevents future mistakes or errors from happening.” This approach to preventing errors is well-accepted in the medical and nursing communities, which makes a criminal case like Vaught’s all the more surprising, says Kirstin Manges, a nurse and researcher at the University of Pennsylvania who studies patient safety.”That could have happened to me, or it could have happened to my friend,” Manges says. “Nurses aren’t superheroes. We’re people.”Manges says that most medical errors occur because of systemic problems. Human error is inevitable, she says, and hospitals should account for that by instituting safety checks and protocols.Problems tend to happen in busy, unpredictable circumstances, Manges says. When nurses are fatigued or have many tasks occupying their attention, that’s when safety checks are most important, she adds.”We work in environments that are fast-paced,” she says. “We may not always work in ideal situations.”The safety checks Manges describes can take many forms and are designed under the assumption that doctors and nurses will have occasional slip-ups. For example, many hospitals require a nurse to scan a bar code from the pharmacy and on the patient’s identifying bracelet before giving a medication, or to use preprogrammed intravenous pumps that prevent medications from being administered too quickly. Even the medication override function that Vaught used, Manges says, can have an important function: Nurses need to be able to quickly access medications in an emergency situation when they can’t wait for verification from a pharmacist.And when health care workers do make mistakes, Ross argues hospitals usually shouldn’t punish staff. Disciplinary action is warranted, she says, only when there’s evidence that staff acted irresponsibly.When the Institute of Medicine — now known as the Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine — put out a major 1999 report titled To Err Is Human, Manges says, it became the norm to focus less on punishment and more on learning from mistakes.But Vaught’s case has the potential to change that, she fears.”It shifts that conversation from ‘to err is human’ to ‘to err is criminal,’ ” Manges says. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

first_imgTwo people got very sick, and one died, during a trial of an experimental procedure known as fecal transplant, according to a statement issued Thursday from the Food and Drug Administration. As a result, the agency is suspending several clinical trials investigating the procedure until safety standards can be assured. Researchers are studying fecal microbiota for transplantation, or FMT, as a treatment for several intestinal conditions, including recurrent, antibiotic-resistant Clostridium difficile infection, which led to 29,000 deaths in 2015. FMT, which involves transplanting stool from a healthy person into the colon of a sick person, is still not approved by the FDA. This week’s case involved two immuno-compromised adults who received investigational fecal transplants that contained a strain of antibiotic-resistant E. coli, according to the FDA. Both individuals received stool from the same donor, who was not screened for disease-causing bacteria before the procedure. While the FDA does not currently approve FMT for any use, the agency provides some guidelines for clinical trials of FMT, and seeks “to strike a balance between assuring patient safety and facilitating access to unapproved treatments for unmet medical needs,” said Dr. Peter Marks, director of FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, in the FDA statement.In response to these adverse outcomes, the FDA announced new standards requiring researchers in clinical trials to demonstrate proper screening procedures for donor stool. “This case is really unfortunate,” says Dr. Dale Gerding, a researcher at the Veterans Administration who consults on a number of FMT trials currently under review by the FDA. “I think it reinforces the need for FDA oversight over FMT. It’s exceedingly useful some patients, but we need to be sure that it’s safe.” Fecal transplants have been successful in treating C. difficile infections in several trials. According to Gerding, recurrent bouts of C. difficile infection likely stem from an abnormal intestinal microbiome that allows C. difficile to multiply unabated by “good” bacteria. Recurrent bouts of the infection are also increasingly resistant to antibiotics, leaving patients with few options.Fecal transplants from a healthy individual can normalize the patients’ microbiota, quelling the infection and relieving symptoms. Studies show that it works better than other treatments for recurrent infection. “Anywhere from 75 to 90 percent of patients no longer have recurrent cases after a single FMT,” says Gerding.But despite its success, Gerding cautions that there are still many unknowns. “FMT is very promising, especially for C. difficile infection, but we don’t know as much about how effective it’s going to be for other diseases like inflammatory bowel disease,” he says. Despite these unknowns, interest in FMT is surging, with some patients taking a do-it-yourself approach.Gerding hopes this recent case will underline the need for enforcement of safe procedures. “This death is the most extreme side effect I’m aware of in the history of FMT,” says Gerding. “Moving forward we have to clearly be sure that we’re enforcing safety measures that ensure that donors are tested for potential pathogens.” Jonathan Lambert is a freelance science journalist based in Washington, D.C. You can follow him on Twitter: @evolambert Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

first_imgImage Credit: emeritis Advertisement Fire up your online shopping website of preference and it will helpfully recommend some items you might like. Apply for a job at a large company and a representative will reply to you individually. Ask for an out-of-stock item at a store and it will be ordered in for you the next day.All of these things happen thanks to SAP.SAP is one of the most-used technologies in the world, and yet even if you have heard of it, or know someone who works in the field, it is still more than likely that you are in the dark as to what is really is. – Advertisement – Lifting the lid on SAP – the complex technology behind everyday processes – it all starts in Weinheim, Germany, 1972.SAP the company Five engineers, Dietmar Hopp, Hans-Werner Hector, Hasso Plattner, Klaus Tschira and Claus Wellenreuther, were working on an enterprise-wide resource planning system (ERP) at IBM, only for the company to purchase a completed ERP from Xerox. Instead of abandoning the project, the five engineers abandoned IBM and founded their own company, exclusively focusing on this new ERP.They named the company ‘System Analysis and Program Development’ or SAP. They gave their software the same name. This decision led to decades of confusion, since other companies also went on to develop SAP software. But it might have been a wise one, since SAP the software now cannot be mentioned without invoking SAP the company. This was the ERP equivalent of Microsoft naming their company ‘Operating System’.What is SAP? SAP is a centralised Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system that provides business solutions for large companies.It provides a method for which any department in a company can continuously update a centralised database. This streamlined system for internal communication yields faster services and enhanced efficiency. Instead of each department corresponding directly with each other, departments can simply check a database for real time information.SAP can be applied to any department in a variety of ways and it should come as no surprise that there are whole career paths based around advising companies on how best to implement SAP.How does SAP help with efficiency? The typical process of a manufacturing company that does not use SAP involves several steps in which several departments relay information back and forth.If a business implements a centralised ERP system like SAP, all the information every department needs is stored on a central database, meaning everything is quicker, cheaper, more efficient and more accurate.SAP’s ability to boost efficiency can be exemplified in the following commonplace scenario: a customer asks a customer service assistant working at a retail store for a product they cannot find.In an SAP-less world, the following events may ensue:Shop assistant communicates directly with the warehouse for a stock updateIf the warehouse is also out of stock, the warehouse staff will have to contact the manufacturers to order more and ask how long it will takeThe manufacturers may have to contact their suppliers if they need more materials to make more of the product before they can tell the warehouse workers how long this delivery will takeThen, the message will have to be passed back down the communication chain before the customer can get the answers they needWith SAP, none of this would happen. All parties (the suppliers, the manufacturers, the warehouse and the store) update one database in real time. To answer the customer’s question, all the store assistant needs to do is check the database. If configured effectively, SAP can ensure next day delivery of stock.You can see how a similar database could be invaluable for any type of company dealing with increasingly tech-reliant warehouses. SAP, combined with tech-driven, large-scale warehouse solutions can create an extremely efficient system that’s convenient for customers and companies.The future of SAP Despite their history of innovation since the 1970s, SAP have been reluctant to embrace change. They took a stance against cloud computing when it first rose to prominence, labelling it “unsecure”. Investors became skeptical, and new CEOs were appointed.With this change in leadership came a change in practice, and SAP now offers a wide range of cloud computing products, including their HANA cloud platform, which is one of the biggest in the world.SAP the company is still seeing increasing competition from startups that offer tailor-made resource planning solutions that are not enterprise-wide. Salesforce, for example, aims to provide the most comprehensive and user-friendly customer-service and sales planning solution on the market. Even simpler online productivity and task-management programs like Trello rival aspects of SAP’s enterprise-wide service.last_img read more

first_img Catherine Clifford Add to Queue It’s not every year that advanced manufacturing geeks can get jazzed about decorating for the holidays.But MakerBot is bringing together the world of 3-D printers and interior decorating. The New York City-based 3-D printer manufacturer has launched a contest for designs of 3-D-printed holiday ornaments.The contest is co-sponsored by Studio 360, a public radio show hosted by Kurt Anderson. If the winner of the ornament contest is in the U.S., he or she will get a $1000 voucher to travel to New York City and participate in a live Studio 360 with Kurt Anderson event on Dec. 17 with the CEO of MakerBot, Bre Pettis. If the winner is located outside the U.S., then the winner will participate in the Dec. 17 event through Skype.Related: Need a Prototype? 3-D Printers Coming to UPS Stores“Ornaments are always fun to create and often have special meaning to individuals and families, so it will be awesome to create some favorite holiday ornaments or design new ones that can be shared on Thingiverse and 3-D printed to give to family and friends,” Pettis said in a statement.A winner will be selected based on the originality of the design, the appropriateness of the holiday theme and the viability for the design to be made with a 3-D printer.Submit your design and see other ornaments on the MakerBot website here.Related: Intel’s Futurist: We’ll Soon Be Living In Computers –shares 2 min read 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Next Article The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. November 27, 2013 Technology Senior Entrepreneurship Writer at CNBC 3-D Printed Holiday Ornaments? Why Not. Apply Now »last_img read more

first_img Add to Queue 40shares Short-haul economy fares are expected to drop 3 percent, while long-haul business class fares may see a 1.5 percent decline in the U.S. Airfare This story originally appeared on Reuters Image credit: shutterstock 2 min read Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Next Article Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Why U.S. Airfares May Go Down in 2017 U.S. airfares are expected to fall in 2017 amid overcapacity and stiff competition between budget carriers and legacy airlines, according to an American Express Global Business Travel report on the travel industry.Short-haul economy fares are expected to drop 3 percent, while long-haul business class fares may see a 1.5 percent decline in the United States, the American Express Global Business Travel report said.However, higher ancillary fees will help offset lower fares in North America as airlines continue to look for new revenue sources, the report added.  For months, lower fuel costs have allowed airlines to add flights that would have been unprofitable when oil prices were high. With seats for sale growing faster than the pool of passengers to buy them, fares for U.S. flights have fallen.In particular, budget carriers such as Spirit Airlines Co. have added cheap service at the hubs of larger rivals and are now adding routes from medium-sized airports.Top carriers American Airlines Group Inc. and United Continental Holdings Inc. plan to fight back by marketing cheap but higher-restriction fares, which partially explains why 2017 may see more price drops.Airfares in Europe and much of Asia Pacific are expected to stay flat, with slight increases depending on route and fare class in the APAC region. In Europe, fares would continue to be impacted by weak economy and security concerns.U.S. hotel rates are estimated to increase 3.6 percent next year.Hotel rates in Europe are expected to rise marginally, while they could vary in the APAC region as strong demand in China and India could be hurt by a rise in inventory, according to the report.(Reporting by Arunima Banerjee in Bengaluru and Jefferey Dastin in New York; Editing by Anil D’Silva) Reuters November 16, 2016 Register Now »last_img read more

first_img AdColonyIntegral Ad ScienceMarketing TechnologyMedia Ratings CouncilNewsPixalateTAG Certification Previous ArticleIDG Communications Names Gene Bishop Global CIONext ArticleHow Digital Can Save Brick-And-Mortar Retail with Customer Experience Objectives AdColony Selects Pixalate as Fraud Prevention Partner PRNewswireMay 22, 2019, 7:36 pmMay 22, 2019 Mobile Advertising Company Creates an Additional Layer of Protection, Transparency and MeasurementAdColony, the mobile performance marketplace, announced that after an extensive vetting process, it has chosen Pixalate as its partner for prevention of digital ad fraud, specifically in mobile app environments.AdColony already provides multiple layers of protection against ad fraud, including TAG certification and full compatibility with viewability measurement firms Integral Ad Science, DoubleVerify and MOAT.“We’ve decided to double down on transparency and security for our advertisers,” said Paul Fields, Director of Strategic Partnerships at AdColony. “We’ve taken multiple actions to ensure that nothing can be sold on our platform unless we have absolute certainty about it, and this is yet another step toward 100% accountability. End results are ultimately what advertisers care about, but what happens before the ad gets shown is important too.”Marketing Technology News: PepsiCo Foodservice Unveils New Digital Lab to Help Restaurants Thrive In The Evolving Digital MarketplaceWith so many areas of the fraud space still  undefined, AdColony was seeking a partner with strong standardization around how they measure ad fraud, as well as a company that held Media Ratings Council (MRC) accreditations for the detection and filtration of SIVT across display, in-app and OTT channels. Pixalate’s ability to audit served and viewable in-app ad impressions across display and video, combined with sophisticated invalid traffic detection and filtration, will help AdColony ensure that all inventory is legitimate.AdColony also selected Pixalate for its ability to provide granular insights into why fraud is happening, and how. Unlike many other fraud prevention platforms, Pixalate can provide visibility into bundle IDs and even GDPR-compliant, user-level device ID metrics. AdColony values the way these metrics are reported back in a clear and concise way so it can work with its publishing partners to avoid blocking issues.“The number one challenge facing digital advertising is ad fraud, and today’s main obstacle to fraud prevention is a black box technology approach,” noted Jalal Nasir, CEO of Pixalate. “Our ability to analyze and surface detailed metrics, such as bundle IDs, gives our clients better risk management results. We have invested heavily in mobile in-app fraud prevention, and we are proud to work with AdColony to allow them to transact confidently across their entire platform.”Marketing Technology News: Xignite CEO to Give Keynote on Migrating Market Data to the Cloud at The North American Financial Information Summit – NAFIS 2019AdColony’s next step is to support new anti-ad-fraud initiatives, such as the IAB’s App-Ads.txt Specification for in-app environments, which would give advertisers increased transparency and help prevent the selling of counterfeit inventory.“We are committed to providing the best solutions and the highest degree of transparency and accountability possible for our partners,” said Fields. “We will continue to put our beliefs and values into action by creating more partnerships like this, and supporting controls that will move the industry forward by leveling the playing field for all.”Marketing Technology News: Verasity Announces Integration with YouTubelast_img read more

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)May 30 2019Too much screen time can cause health problems for an adult. Insomnia, social disconnection and lack of exercise are just a few. Mix it with the turmoil of teen years – or the plasticity of a preschooler’s brain -; and it can lead to conditions ranging from obesity to mental health disorders. We have to recognize that children are very susceptible to their environment. Anything they do for a couple of hours every day – no matter what it is – is going to impact them not only in the moment, but also down the road.”Dr. James Waxmonsky, chief of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Penn State Health In recent years, the amount of time that children spend looking at laptop, tablet, television or cell phone screens has increased, while the age of first exposure has dramatically decreased.The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends against screens for children 18 months of age and younger. It says toddlers and preschoolers ages 2 to 5 shouldn’t have more than an hour of daily exposure.”It used to be more about the content, but now we are recognizing there is nothing inherently beneficial about viewing screens,” Waxmonsky said. “It’s a matter of how much of a risk they pose.”He said while more research on the subject is needed, information has emerged suggesting that more than two hours of daily screen time can create a significant risk for problems with inattention and impulsivity, such as those seen in children with ADHD.It also has been linked to obesity and insomnia.”You have to recognize the impact of what they are not doing because they are staring at a screen,” Waxmonsky said.He suggests parents create fairly definitive rules about when their children can and cannot use screens, whether that means television, tablets, cell phones, e-readers or laptops.Related StoriesWhy Mattresses Could be a Health Threat to Sleeping ChildrenAn active brain and body associated with reduced risk of dementiaStudy offers clues about how to prevent brain inflammation in Alzheimer’s”Some prefer time limits,” he said. “Others use a task-based system where certain things must get done before they can have screen time.”Frequent exposure to rapidly-changing audio and visual bombardment -; hallmarks of many television shows and video games -; have been shown in animal models to prevent brain nerve tracks from developing as intended.The potential dangers of time in front of screens is compounded by concerns over the type of content and constant social connection that comes with it. Adolescents who spend a good deal of time online are at increased risk for depression and cyber bullying.”They are struggling to form their own identity,” Waxmonsky said. “When they are on a stage like that 24-7, they are more susceptible to peer feedback.”He urged parents to set a good example with their own technology use and noted thatthe presence of the parent’s smart phone decreases the amount of time that a parent interacts and engages with their child.”When the phone is there, you are much less present with your child,” he said. “That interaction is critical for early development and regulating emotion.”While there are benefits to children learning to using technology, Waxmonsky points to decades of research proving the benefits of one-on-one human interactions for healthy child development.”We have no grounds to say that kids and frequent exposure to screens are a safe combination,” he said. “But we know it does little to promote their development.”Source: Penn State Healthlast_img read more

More and more women are getting computer science and electrical engineering degrees from the Bay Area’s two elite universities, a goal U.S. colleges have been pursuing for decades. But in the midst of the #MeToo era’s focus on sexual misconduct, harassment and gender discrimination in tech, some of these young women say they’re worried about what their future workplace holds. 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. The issues haven’t escaped the attention of female students at Berkeley aiming for careers in computer science or electrical engineering, said computer science professor John DeNero.”It comes up even on the first day of class,” he said. “The students are very keen to talk about it, understand it. They really want to know, ‘Are all companies the same? Is this something I’m going to see everywhere?’ “Those worries are exacerbated by some of the news from Silicon Valley, like the highly publicized memo written by former Google software engineer James Damore, who argued that women may be less biologically suited for tech jobs than men, said Tammy Nguyen, a senior computer science major at UC Berkeley.”Those things are super discouraging,” said Nguyen, who taught herself to code in high school so she could create her own “themes” on the micro-blogging site, Tumblr. “Looking at that, I don’t even want to continue—why would I continue in a field where the people I’m working with think that I’m incapable?”But Nguyen, whose confidence in her ability to excel in the field has grown as her studies have progressed, said she’s undeterred. She’s already weighing a software-engineering job offer from a major Silicon Valley company and plans to work in the tech industry, where workforces are, according to the National Center for Women & Information Technology, three-quarters male.Universities across the United States have been working for years to solve the industry’s “pipeline problem,” trying to both attract and graduate more female students to computer science and engineering. It’s a problem that begins early.Google, in a 2014 research paper, reported that for girls and young women, most decision-making about whether to seek a computer science degree occurs before college. Last year, only 23 percent of U.S. high school students taking the advanced-placement test for computer science were female, according to The National Center for Women & IT.”Subtle or not-so-subtle effects have just led us to a world where male students tend to get more computer experience before they get to college,” said Berkeley’s DeNero, noting that computer scientists are usually depicted as male and boys are typically introduced to computing and computer games much earlier than girls.To solve that, Berkeley and Stanford took a number of different steps and one similar approach: They changed their introductory computer science classes to attract students with varying experience levels.Berkeley added introductory data science and computer science courses specifically aimed at students with no prior programming experience. In 2011, De Nero said, the university also launched a computer science “kick start” program, bringing 30 female, first-year students to campus a week before classes started for an “intensive introduction to computer science.”In addition, the school redesigned its mandatory but fast-paced introductory course for computer science and electrical engineering majors to make it more accessible to students with little or no programming experience, including the creation this year of different sections for different experience levels, DeNero said.”We have invested a lot of time and energy in figuring out what our introductory curriculum should look like, how we teach our courses, and in particular what kind of support mechanisms can we put in place to make sure that somebody who wants to study computer science has a good chance of being successful,” he said.Even with those changes, some students are intimidated at the prospect of entering a class with less experience than others. “We’re still in the process of figuring out how to address that,” DeNero said.At Stanford, the university also created different introductory computer science courses for students with different levels of computing experience, according to computer science professor and former Google research scientist Mehran Sahami. Word of the changes got around.”What we found was that over time the class could build up a reputation in terms of being inclusive,” said Sahami, who added that women-led clubs and student groups have also made computer science at Stanford more attractive to female students.To send a message that computing skills have applications beyond traditional tech jobs, and to broaden students’ career opportunities, Stanford created 10 study tracks for computer science majors, with choices including computational biology, he said.That move was made not only to draw more women but also to “make computer science more exciting for everyone,” he said.Steve Blank, a retired entrepreneur and startup guru who teaches at both schools, said hiring managers in Silicon Valley would do well to see the growing number of female graduates of Berkeley and Stanford’s tech programs as a key to business development.”It’s not just about engineering,” he said. “It’s about understanding customer needs and desires. My experience is that women actually do this better than men, maybe because they listen better.”Despite the challenges she may face, Nguyen is looking forward to putting her education to work. “I really hope they see me as an equal,” she said. “I really hope they can see me for my skills.” Explore further Citation: Forget tech’s bad bros: Stanford, Berkeley boost female computing grads (2018, April 20) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-tech-bad-bros-stanford-berkeley.html Learning computer programming, with no teachers and no tuition ©2018 The Mercury News (San Jose, Calif.) Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. “Even though it’s not very apparent at Stanford, I think we all know that it’s a problem within the industry,” said Monica Anuforo, a junior pursuing a computer science degree. “I’m not very intimidating. I’m pretty small. It’s super easy for me to be ignored or for things I say to be written off, and I’m worried about that happening.”I’m worried about it, but not enough to deter me,” said Anuforo, who became interested in computer science after taking a high school computing class “on a whim” because she was good at math and logic.Since 2010, Stanford has steadily driven up the proportion of undergraduate women receiving degrees in computer science and electrical engineering from 11 percent to a record 31 percent in 2017, according to university data. UC Berkeley has doubled the percentage of women receiving those degrees during the same period, from 11 percent in 2010 to 22 percent in 2017, school data shows. That runs counter to a national trend, in which the proportion of women receiving degrees in computer and information sciences has dropped from a high of 37 percent in 1984 to about 18 percent in 2016, according to the U.S. Department of Education.Stanford and Berkeley’s long-sought gains have come in the midst of a growing and heated debate over technology’s male-dominated culture. Ever since electrical engineer, lawyer and Harvard MBA Ellen Pao in 2012 launched an unsuccessful lawsuit alleging gender discrimination by VC firm Kleiner Perkins, claims and admissions of male misconduct in the region’s tech industry have followed one after another—from engineer Susan Fowler’s sexual harassment allegations against Uber to tech investor Dave McLure’s “I’m a creep. I’m sorry” apology for making inappropriate advances to women. Meanwhile, Google faces a lawsuit and federal investigation over whether it has paid women less than men and Uber last month agreed to settle a discrimination suit brought by hundreds of women and minority software engineers. read more

first_imgThe internet giant may be on the hook for billions of euros in fines The EU’s powerful anti-trust authority is set to decide in the coming weeks that Google unfairly punishes rivals of its Android mobile phone operating system and faces billions of euros in fines, sources said on Thursday. © 2018 AFP The long-expected decision comes as transatlantic tensions are at a pinnacle in the wake of shock tariffs by the US on European steel and aluminium imports and an EU privacy crackdown on US tech giants, including Facebook.Several sources with knowledge of the matter told AFP that the decision could land in the next few weeks, most likely in July.Brussels has already spent eight years targeting Google, fuelled by a deep apprehension of the company’s dominance of Internet search across Europe, where it commands about 90 percent of the market.EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager “likes taking people by surprise,” said one source, referring to the steely former Danish minister who has led the campaign against Google.The case against Android is the most significant of three complaints by the EU against the search titan, which has already been hit with a record-breaking 2.4-billion-euro fine in a Google shopping case.In the Android file, the European Commission has accused Google of obstructing innovation by giving unfair prominence to its own apps, especially its search engine, in deals with mobile phone manufacturers such as Samsung and Huawei.Google is on the hook to be fined 10 percent of Google’s parent company Alphabet’s annual revenue, which hit $110.9 billion in 2017.Both Google and the European Commission refused to comment on this information when questioned by AFP. 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.center_img Citation: Google faces EU anti-trust fines over Android: sources (2018, June 7) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-google-eu-anti-trust-fines-android.html Explore further Google faces new EU anti-trust charges: sourceslast_img read more

first_imgSHARE COMMENT COMMENTS elections politics Published oncenter_img Manmohan Singh November 21, 2018 Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday said the credibility of institutions like Parliament and CBI has been systematically denigrated in the Narendra Modi-led regime, which he said is making “careful, well-thought-out calibrated effort” to weaken democracy. Addressing a press conference here, Singh said corruption was peaking in the Modi government. “The country has witnessed credibility of institutions like Parliament and CBI systematically denigrated. There is a careful well-thought-out calibrated effort to weaken democracy,” he said. “The rule of law is under attack. history shall never forgive our present generation if the situation is not changed,” he said. He termed demonetisation as “organised loot and legalised plunder“. “It (demonetisation) is a done act and can’t be reverted. It is up to the people to get rid of the government which brought them on this disastrous path,” he said. Singh also accused Modi of misusing the Prime Minister’s post. “It does not befit the PM to abuse political opponents,” he said. SHARE SHARE EMAILlast_img read more

first_img Next Former IPS officer Farooq Ahmad Khan appointed advisor to Jammu and Kashmir GovernorSanction is hereby accorded to appointment of Farooq Khan as advisor to Governor of Jammu and Kashmir with effect from the date he assumes charge, an order issued by the General Administration Department stated. advertisement Press Trust of India SrinagarJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 23:29 IST Farooq Ahmad Khan is fifth advisor to Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik (in pic). (Photo: PTI)Former IPS officer Farooq Ahmad Khan was Saturday appointed as advisor to Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik.”Sanction is hereby accorded to appointment of Farooq Khan as advisor to Governor of Jammu and Kashmir with effect from the date he assumes charge, ” an order issued by the General Administration Department stated.Farooq Ahmad Khan is fifth advisor to the Governor.The other advisors are K Vijay Kumar, K K Sharma, Khursheed Ganaie and K Skandan.ALSO READ | Hurriyat Conference ready for dialogue, says J&K Governor Satya Pal MalikALSO WATCH | Will hunt down those responsible and finish them, says Satya Pal Malik on Pulwama attackFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySnigdha Choudhurylast_img read more