Smurfit Kappa unveils new carton to eliminate mineral oil migrationPosted By: News Deskon: May 23, 2018In: Food, Health, Industries, Innovation, New products, PackagingPrintEmailSmurfit Kappa’s food-safe MB12 carton, which helps customers eliminate mineral oil migration with a sustainable solution, is now available for primary packaging.The company’s MB12 technology is designed to prevent the migration of mineral oil into packaged food. Mineral oil, which can be potentially harmful, mainly originates from printing inks which can remain in recycled packaging in low quantities.Smurfit Kappa said other sources of mineral oil include food additives, processing aids and lubricants used in the food processing industry.The company drew attention to an independent, year-long study by the Technical University of Dresden which found that “Smurfit Kappa’s MB12 was the most effective product on the market for protecting packaged food against potential contamination”.Lars Henriksson, vice president of product development at Smurfit Kappa’s paper division, said: “Our customers have a diverse set of needs and we are committed to helping them find the right primary packaging for their requirements.“Product safety remains at the forefront of what we do as an industry. Developing our unique MB12 primary packaging further demonstrates how we are innovating to provide a broad range of sustainable solutions for our customers that not only meet all food safety standards but that go one step further.”MB12 is made using natural ingredients in recycled board. It is 100% recyclable and available in a range of weights.Share with your network: Tags: Smurfit Kappa
Barry Callebaut signs supply agreement with Burton’s BiscuitsPosted By: Martin Whiteon: September 19, 2018In: Bakery, Business, Distribution, Food, IndustriesPrintEmailBarry Callebaut has agreed a long-term supply agreement with Burton’s Biscuit Company, the UK’s second largest biscuit manufacturer.Burton’s owns major biscuit brands such as Maryland Cookies, Jammie Dodger’s and Wagon Wheels, and the agreement will see Barry Callebaut supply over 12,000 metric tonnes of chocolate and compound to Burton’s every year.Barry Callebaut will also acquire the chocolate manufacturing facilities at Burton’s chocolate factory in Moreton, UK as a result of the agreement, though financial details of this transaction have not been disclosed.Barry Callebaut says that it will continue to produce chocolate at the Moreton site, and that all current employees at the site will transfer from Burton’s to Barry Callebaut once the transaction has been completed.Antoine de Saint-Affrique, CEO of the Barry Callebaut Group said: “We are delighted to strengthen the collaboration with our longstanding customer Burton’s and to further support a great British brand.“This transaction is an excellent example of the power of long-term partnerships and outsourcing.“It is also a clear sign of our commitment to support the growth of our business in the UK market.”Nick Field, CEO of Burton’s Food Ltd added: “I am pleased to announce the signing of a long-term supply agreement with Barry Callebaut, the world’s leading chocolate manufacturer.“Barry Callebaut shares our passion and motivation for baking the best quality products for our customers and consumers.“This new partnership, with their larger network and enhanced capabilities, directly supports our intent and commitment to maintain and enhance our industry-leading chocolate biscuit offering.”Share with your network: Tags: Barry CallebautbiscuitsBurton’s BiscuitschocolateUK
Iran Share on Facebook Iran summons UK, Dutch and Danish envoys over attack on military parade Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Middle East and North Africa Share on Pinterest The former New York mayor spoke to members and supporters of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), the biggest opposition group to Iran’s Islamic regime.Two US-based members who joined the gathering have been targeted for assassination by alleged Iranian agents named last month in criminal complaints issued by the US district court for the District of Columbia.“So I say to the Iranian government, you must truly be afraid of being overthrown,” Giuliani said. “We will not forget that you wanted to commit murder on our soil.”After Saturday’s attack on a military parade in Iran that killed more than 20 people, security was tight surrounding more than 1,500 people who came to a midtown Manhattan hotel.Giuliani said the Paris-based opposition organization was the democratic answer to an Iranian regime he called “a group of outlaws and murderers and people who pretend to be religious people and then have so much blood on their hands it’s almost unthinkable”.Instead, Giuliani said: “Iran is entitled to freedom and democracy.”On CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley brushed off questions about whether Giuliani’s remarks were appropriate, saying: “[President] Rouhani’s close advisers have not said anything kind about President Trump.”She also said the US “is not looking to do regime change in Iran.”Several months ago, Trump withdrew from a nuclear deal with Iran put in place by Barack Obama and sanctions were reinstated. Share on Facebook Donald Trump’s attorney, Rudolph Giuliani, told members of Iran’s self-declared government in exile on Saturday the US sympathizes with their efforts to overthrow that country’s official government. Since you’re here… Shares8484 MEK (People’s Mujahedin of Iran) Trump administration Sun 23 Sep 2018 09.14 EDT Iran US foreign policy Share on WhatsApp Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani: US sympathizes with Iran regime change Share on Twitter Share via Email This article is more than 9 months old Iran nuclear deal Topics First published on Sun 23 Sep 2018 07.58 EDT … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on LinkedIn Former New York mayor addresses exile group in Manhattan‘I say to the Iranian government, you must truly be afraid’ Share on Messenger This article is more than 9 months old Associated Press in New York Rudy Giuliani Share via Email Rudy Giuliani addresses an NCRI meeting near Paris in June.Photograph: Regis Duvignau/Reuters Read more The NCRI comes to New York annually during the United Nations General Assembly, staging protests outside the world body against Iran’s leaders who are in town. The US government considered the MEK, or People’s Mujahedin of Iran, linked politically to the NCRI, to be a terrorist group, until the state department removed it from its list of such organizations in 2012.Since the beginning of the year, Iranians have kept protesting and marching against the clerical regime, and the national currency has lost about two-thirds of its value, said Maryam Rajavi, leader of MEK, and the declared president-elect in exile of the NCRI.Speaking via video, she said: “The regime is surrounded, politically and internationally, and in economic terms it is on the brink of collapse.”The new Iran, she said, would be based on free elections resulting in the separation of religion and state, human rights including equal participation of women in politics and the abolition of the death penalty. Iranian exiles, DC lobbyists and the campaign to delist the MEK news Read more Reuse this content
Food banks Since you’re here… At a time when the UK’s likely break with Europe is widely expected to increase poverty and reliance on food charity, the Global FoodBanking Network is meeting in London to promote its corporate message of food banks as the link between food waste and food poverty, indeed a “green” intervention promising zero hunger. Given the lack of evidence, this is deeply troubling, especially in light of the UK government’s recent £15m fund to expand charitable surplus food redistribution. Share on Pinterest Letters Article 50 Brexit … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more Shares1,5611561 ‘The normalisation of food banking has failed to solve entrenched food insecurity,’ say the signatories.Photograph: Christopher Thomond/The Guardian Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Food banks We deeply oppose the further institutionalisation of charitable food banks in the UK. Over the last 35 years, the normalisation of food banking in the US and Canada has failed to solve entrenched food insecurity. However, food banking does benefit the reputations of Big Food and supermarket chains as good corporate citizens while distracting attention away from low wages paid to their workers. The emergency food bank parcel comes at a cost to recipients’ humanity and dignity.Charitable food aid is a sticking plaster on a gaping wound of systemic inequality in our societies. On both sides of the Atlantic, the elimination of food poverty demands social and economic justice. At the heart of this approach must be a guarantee of the human right to adequate food and nutrition: living wages, income security and a fit-for-purpose welfare system, not “leftover” food for “left behind” people.Professor Olivier de Schutter Former UN special rapporteur on the right to foodProfessor Graham Riches University of British ColumbiaProfessor Valerie Tarasuk University of Toronto Professor Janet Poppendieck City University of New YorkProfessor Tim Lang City University of LondonProfessor Martin Caraher City University of LondonProfessor Liz Dowler Warwick UniversityDr Rachel Loopstra King’s College LondonPete Ritchie Nourish ScotlandPolly Jones A Menu for ChangeKath Dalmeny SustainProfessor Mariana Chilton Drexel UniversityMark Winne Author, Closing the Food GapRobert Egger Author, Begging for Change, Founder of DC Central KitchenDan Crossley Food Ethics CouncilPeter Kelly The Poverty AllianceDr Kayleigh Garthwaite University of BirminghamNick Saul Community Food Centres CanadaProfessor Tiina Silvasti University of JyväskyläAndy Fisher Author, Big HungerGeoff Tansey Curator of Food Systems AcademyDr Sinead Furey Ulster UniversityProfessor Rebecca De Souza University of Minnesota DuluthProfessor Maggie Dickinson City University of New YorkJoann Lo Food Chain Workers AllianceJoshua Lohnes Food Justice Lab, West Virginia UniversityProfessor Robert Gottlieb Occidental CollegeDr Elaine Power Queen’s University, CanadaProfessor Molly Anderson Middlebury CollegeAlison Cohen WhyHungerDr Anne C Bellows Syracuse UniversityDr Flora Douglas Robert Gordon UniversityDr Jahi Chappell Coventry UniversityDr Colin Anderson Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry UniversityDeirdre Woods Granville Community KitchenSabine Goodwin Independent Food Aid NetworkDr Charlotte Spring University of SheffieldVictoria Williams Food MattersDr Helen Crawley First Steps NutritionGillian Beeley Together LancashireProfessor Pat Caplan Goldsmiths, University of LondonProfessor Jon May Queen Mary University of LondonDr David Beck Bangor UniversityRobin Burgess Northampton Hope CentreDr Andy Williams Cardiff UniversityImogen Richmond-Bishop Sustain’s Right to Food programmeDr Chris Maughan Coventry UniversityDr Madeleine Power York UniversityDr Clare Pettinger University of PlymouthDr Koldo Casla Just Fair and Newcastle UniversityDr Lopa Saxena Coventry UniversityPeter Roderick Institute of Health and Society, University of NewcastleDr Stefanie Lemke Coventry UniversityWayne Roberts Will Work for Food Policy and author of The No Nonsense Guide to World FoodProfessor Ernie Lightman University of TorontoPaul Taylor FoodShare, TorontoDr Rod MacCrae Food policy analyst, CanadaDr Adrienne Chambon University of Toronto• Join the debate – email firstname.lastname@example.org• Read more Guardian letters – click here to visit gu.com/letters• Do you have a photo you’d like to share with Guardian readers? 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The app also works on fine motor skills. There are four speed levels available to adapt for each child’s age and ability.The game is designed to work on attention and concentration. “Although the game is designed to develop the skills of children in general, is a great help for children with disorders of attention with or without hyperactivity (ADD or ADHD) and autism spectrum disorders (ASD).”Also includes helpful tips for parents.The app is available on both iOS and Android platforms.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint Related7 Alligator Apps for Early LearningNovember 9, 2016In “Apple”Language Builder from Stages AppNovember 19, 2015In “Apps”7 Educational Apps for ToddlersNovember 2, 2016In “Apps” “If you want your children to start adopting certain habits such as tidying their room or putting their slippers away, they must first learn which is the right place to store those objects. Once the children have acquired this knowledge, we will be able to assign them small responsibilities.” Such skills can be learned through the fun Alex Learns to Sort app developed by Didactic Apps!Alex Learns to Sort is an exciting app that aims to develop one’s logic, attention and concentration, all while having fun categorizing objects in the shortest amount of time. Within the app, children will sort stationary or moving objects. How fast a child needs to categorize each object is customizable according to each child’s ability and age. “This way, the app will help children to improve find psychomotricity as well whilst learning lots of new words… in 5 languages! (English, Spanish, French, German and Catalan.)”Features of the Alex Learns to Sort app:Children can begin to develop logic and classify objects into the appropriate categories.Children can learn a lot of new words in different languages and obtain basic skills and knowledge.There are 5 scenarios present within the app to teach sorting in a fun way!Clothes: Clothing will need to be organized according to the weatherHouse: Children will start to adopt habits (e.g. putting things where they belong).Places: There is a designated place for each action. Children may learn certain actions are appropriate in a certain place, but not acceptable in another (e.g. especially for socialization).Food: Food will have to be identified, laying the groundwork for a healthy diet.Professions: Children approach the world of professions by identifying typical objects of a fireman, doctor, or a chef.
How long does it take to learn Gestype?“We have found within 2 x 15 minute sessions, a user can start typing short sentences. Plus, there is a training game built in and of course, the more you practice the better you’ll get.” There has been an increasing number of accessible apps released on both Android and Apple devices over the past couple years. Gestype is one currently in development for iOS devices. In sum, it is an accessible touchscreen keyboard app developed specifically for individuals with visual impairments.The developers behind Gestype are rethinking the standard keyboard and transforming it into an inclusive design for those with low vision. The developers have recently entered the crowdfunding phase on Generosity by Indiegogo.Frequently Asked Questions:Why can’t blind/low vision users use voice? Why do they need to type?“Blind/low vision users do use voice. However, voice input is problematic with background noise, in social/professional situations and can be error prone. Plus, typing gives them privacy, speed and ability to communicate anywhere and anytime.” Features of Gestype Keyboard:Redesigned keyboard to keep up with modern touchscreensThe simple gesture-based interface makes it easy to learnBuilt-in robustness allows for higher speed and accuracySupports VoiceOverDoesn’t assume the knowledge of BrailleBuilt-in word prediction and correctionClick here to view the crowdfunding page on Generosity.To learn more about Gestype, check out the developer’s website.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterest1LinkedInEmailPrint Related5 Apple Watch Apps for Visually ImpairedAugust 19, 2015In “Apps”10 New Accessibility Features in iOS 8June 10, 2014In “Products and Devices”5 Great Camera Centric Apps for Visually Impaired and Blind iPhone UsersJanuary 17, 2013Similar post
STEPHANIE DAVIS: Hi, this is Stephanie Davis, national project director for the Miracle League Association, and this is your Assistive Technology Update.WADE WINGLER: Hi, this is Wade Wingler with the INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads in Indiana with your Assistive Technology Update, a weekly dose of information that keeps you up-to-date on the latest developments in the field of technology designed to assist people with disabilities and special needs. Welcome to episode number 356 of assistive technology update. It’s scheduled to be released on March 23, 2018.Today my guest is Stephanie Davis who is the national project director for the Miracle League Association, doing some amazing stuff with accessible baseball. Also we have a story from my friend Tom Vlodkowski over at Comcast about what they’re doing to promote Paralympic sponsorship and assistive technology, some cool stuff about Alpine skiing. We have an app from our friends at BridgingApps called Track and Share Lite.We hope will check out our website at EasterSealsTech.com, give us a note on Twitter @INDATA Project, or call our listener line. We would love to hear from you. The number is 317-721-7124.***If you’ve listened to the show for very long, you’ve heard the voice of Nikol Prieto, community outreach coordinator here at the end of the project. Did you know that on our blog she does consumer highlights, where she goes out and meets with the people we serve to learn about their lives? Recently she talked with Berlin Fraser who is a retired engineer who has some vision issues but loves to work on his muscle cars. Crystal Dumas is a community college professor. And Dave Brezinski is a pastor. Everybody we talked about uses assistive technology. Nicole goes and meets with them and learns the real story behind the use of AT. You can find it on our website at EasterSealsTech.com. Look for posts called consumer highlights. Check our show notes.***Are you interested in web accessibility? We pay attention to that here at the INDATA Project. In fact, for the last several years, we’ve been doing an annual webinar where web developers can learn a lot of the nuts and bolts of a how to make their website or accessible. In fact, we have partnered with Dennis Labrie who is with DQ Systems. Dennis is somebody who has been focusing on web accessibility for a long time. We are excited to announce that, once again, this year it will be on May 9, 2018, you’re going to have a full day, free, basic web accessibility for developers training. It’s going to run from 11 AM to 4 PM here in the Eastern time, and it is targeted toward people who are doing web development. So if you are brand-new to doing web development or brand-new to accessibility, this may not be the best training for you. But if you are very experienced in web development and have some experience with web accessibility, I think this will be right in the sweet spot for you.Some of the things that we expect Dennis to cover all the business case and why you need to pay attention to web accessibility. He’s going to talk about the guidelines and laws that drive the why behind web accessibility. And then is going to break down things like semantics and techniques for making more accessible web content like layout and structure, how to handle images and alt tags, keyboard accessibility. And then he will also get into things like how to deal with flash and validation, cascading style sheets. And then he will move later in the day on to testing, how you can use tools and checklist and some manual techniques including screen readers to make sure that the content you are developing is as accessible as it possibly could be.We are really proud that we get to offer this at no charge to anyone. Here is the scoop. If you want to register, you need to mark this on your calendar. It is May 9, 2018, from 11 AM to 4 PM in the Eastern time zone, featuring Dennis Lembry. To register, you’re going to had your web browser to EasterSealsTech.com/A11Y, letter A, number 1, number 1, letter, Y. A11Y, if you don’t know, is short for accessibility. When you get there, there is a link that says click here to register for the training. You simply fill out the form, and we will have a zoom meeting happening the day of that allows you to participate in the training. There will be time for questions and answers, a break to make sure you don’t get too tired watching webinar. But it is exciting content.Once again, if you are web developer and are interested in accessibility, we invite you to head on over to EasterSealsTech.com/A11Y and register for this free basic web accessibility training with Dennis Lembry. Check our show notes.***Listen to this.SPEAKER: Sound is how I see the world. [blowing wind] Sound paints me a picture. [running water] Sound give me rhythm. As a visually impaired person, I don’t see the slopes the way you do. I see with sound. Hearing the wind blowing through the gates and the voice guiding me down the mountain.WADE WINGLER: What you are hearing there is the voice of Danielle Olmsted who is a Paralympic Alpine ski team medalist. I have to tell you, I got an email from my friend Tom Vlodkowsky who is the Vice President of accessibility at Comcast and said, Wade, you have to check this out. I’m glad that I did. I’m going to pop a link in the show notes over to the YouTube video where you can watch the entire video where you learn more about how Danielle and her husband work together as a skier and guide to do some pretty amazing stuff on the slopes. The reason this is all being talked about is the fact that Comcast has done a lot to make their products more accessible to people with disabilities, more specifically their Xfinity line of products has the X1 was remote and it was a guidance and some stuffs specifically to the Olympics and Paralympic experiences that make it easier for people with disabilities to use. I’ve spent some time with Tom at the Comcast world headquarters looking at their accessibility lab and other kinds of things. It’s interesting how focused Comcast is on accessibility. There is some cool stuff going on with the Xfinity X1 was remote and the Olympics and a cool video that you should check out. I’ll pop a link in the show notes and you can enjoy it.***Each week, one of our partners tells us what’s happening in the ever-changing world of apps, so here’s an app with mentioning.AMY BARRY: This is Amy Barry with BridgingApps, and this is an app worth mentioning. This week’s featured app is called Track and Share Lite. Track and Share Lite is an app journal to track just about anything. You can check areas related to health, life goals, your mood, habits, the weather, or even create your own category. Thousands use Track and Share, regular folks, US Olympic athletes, people with chronic pain, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, ADHD, and more.Getting started takes a bit of time to set up, but our users who trialed the app liked the customizable feature in the free version. The learning curve was easy, and our users loved the visual icons for the categories. Another plus was the graphic feature which gives you a choice of viewing the graph a daily, weekly, or monthly. We also have the ability to share your attractive data as HTML or as a dot-css file. This feature was helpful in sharing users’ tract categories with counselors, therapists, and even doctors.Our child users ranged in ages from 13 to 46. The average time spent tracking was 3 to 5 days a week. Users shared that it was an easy tool to incorporate into their daily lives, and the users that often struggled with taking time out of their day to record data in their selected categories felt like the more data created that they saw individual graphic format, the more it helps them to see their progress or declines, which also helped keep them on track.Track and Share Lite is available for free at the iTunes Store and is compatible with iOS devices. For more information on this app and others like it, visit BridgingApps.org.***WADE WINGLER: In the US, spring is in the air. I’m excited about getting outside, about being active. It’s pretty likely that I’ll attend at least one baseball game this summer. In fact, I’ve got little kids in my life, and I like to make sure they have the experience to sit in the stands and maybe even throw a ball around in the front yard. Why is that relevant? Why am I rambling on about baseball today? I mean, you are listening to the show so you know I’m going to get to a point eventually. I saw a thing in the press recently about a group I was only vaguely familiar with in the past called Miracle League. It has to do with baseballs, and I saw lots of kids with disabilities. I was excited when Stephanie Davis, who is the national project director for the Miracle League Association, agreed to come on the show and talk with us a little bit today about what they’re up to. Stephanie, welcome.STEPHANIE DAVIS: Thank you so much for having me.WADE WINGLER: We are excited that you are here. This is a great topic, especially since we’re getting into the springtime, and it is a timely topic. Before we start talking about the Miracle League, tell us a little bit about yourself and how and why you became interested in the Miracle League.STEPHANIE DAVIS: It was about 18 years ago when I saw a special on HBO with Brian Gumbel and Frank DeFord where they had covered a story about the first of its kind accessible baseball field for children and adults with special needs. From that point, I did some research on the Internet and found the founding family in Georgia who started that. I basically told him I would love to start this in my town of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The family invited me to come that Saturday and see a game and see the facility. From there, I came back and got a group together and we started the second Miracle League field in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. That was back in 2001.WADE WINGLER: So there’s lots of good questions of their. Tell me about the founding. Tell me about the original Miracle League and how it got its start, and what motivated the family to do that.STEPHANIE DAVIS: Back in 2000, the Alford family, they were a big baseball family. It was Diane and her two brothers, Dean and Dan. They ran the youth baseball here in Rockdale for many years as their kids came up and played T-ball all the way through high school ball. Dean was the president of the Rotary club that year, and he was looking for a project to do as president of the Rotary club. A parent from the youth baseball organization brought the idea. It came from a little boy who had attended every one of his brother’s baseball practices and games for years. He sat in his wheelchair outside the fence and washed every practice and game. One afternoon, the coach looked over and said, hey, why don’t we invite him on the field and let him play with us today. He came out. Everybody fought to push Michael around the bases, and it was such a great day for him because he got to play for the very first time in his life.From there they noticed that he was tipping over on the basis or getting stuck in the mud or getting stuck on the edge of the grass, but the actual facility was not up to par for him to be able to participate in a safe manner. That’s when a few parents got together and said we ought to get together a league and see if we can do something to make it more accessible for the kids to get around the bases. That’s when the idea came to Dean Alford with the Rotary club. That’s where he took it, ran with it, and raise over $1 million for a first of its kind facility with a fully accessible field, restrooms, concessions, parking the entire complex. That first season, they started with about 30 children, and it grew very quickly over the first few weeks to 250 kids that started participating here in Rockdale County in the Conyers, Atlanta area.WADE WINGLER: Wow. That’s an amazing story. I’m starting to get a picture of what this all about. Let me ask a specific question about who it’s for. Tell me about the players in the families and community.STEPHANIE DAVIS: The real nice thing about the Miracle League is it is open for all abilities. What we try to say is if you would not be eligible for a regular youth baseball program, you would be eligible for Miracle League. We do service children and adults. We opened it up for all abilities. We don’t base it off of age, we base it off of the ability. Again, everything from a learning disability to something that would be more severe for the kids to get out and participate. We are open for any child or adult with special needs.WADE WINGLER: Obviously is going to have some similarities and some differences from typical baseball. What are those? How is it alike and how is it different?STEPHANIE DAVIS: It is very difficult to your T-ball program. Everybody hits, everybody runs, everybody scores each inning. The difference in our game is, of course, the venue. We have adjusted the venue for a level playing field. Everything from the dugout to the sidelines to the field is all rubberized and fully flat and accessible, so that if there is any walking devices or wheelchairs, there is no obstacle. The second the main difference between us and typical baseball is the buddy system. The buddy system is where each child would have a participant that would play with them and help them in their special needs. Whether they needed help grounding the ball or thrown the ball or helping swing the bat, that’s where we are a little bit different from typical baseball, and that every kid on the field has a buddy that helps them play the best to their ability.WADE WINGLER: Talk to me a little bit more about accommodations. Obviously a literally level playing field — the metaphor is not lost on me — is an important thing. Are there other accommodations for the players or buddies or even people who are in the stands?STEPHANIE DAVIS: Not really. What we try to do is to bring as much normality to these kids and players as possible. Of course, the safer the facility, the more kids are going to come out and participate. But what we try to do is keep it as typical as your youth baseball program so that these kids now feel like they are part of what their siblings are doing or what their friends are doing at school. So besides the venue and besides the buddy program, we try to keep it as close to a youth baseball game as possible.WADE WINGLER: How many local leagues are there?STEPHANIE DAVIS: Right now we have over 300 Miracle League associations in the country and a few international as well, including Canada, Australia, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.WADE WINGLER: Does that mean 300 venues as well that are built this way?STEPHANIE DAVIS: Right. We are a membership organization. That would mean that we have over 300 members across the country. The member is that community. Conyers, Georgia is one of our miracle leaks across the country. That would be 300 cities across the country and internationally.WADE WINGLER: I’m in Indianapolis. Do you know off the top of your head, is there one nearby?STEPHANIE DAVIS: We have two groups in Indianapolis right now fundraising to build. One is with the YMCA of Indianapolis, and another is going to be a private venture. They are both in the planning and fundraising stages at this point.WADE WINGLER: Excellent. I will have to check those out when they become a reality. That’s exciting stuff.So we talk about ages and we talked about the fact that almost anybody can play. Are there any typical players, or is it really a wide variety of folks in terms of their disabilities or abilities?STEPHANIE DAVIS: It’s a wide variety. You will see each team have multiple abilities and multiple diagnoses. They range from learning disabilities to sensory, cognitive, a lot of kids with autism, just because typically that is a higher population. Then you will have a handful of kids that are either in a walker or wheelchair, have some type of walking device. But we do have a very large number of cognitive and physical disabilities together. Every child is different, and every child has a different ability. So you have all these kids mixed together on one team so that when they are playing another team, very are very similar to the team that they are playing. So we don’t have one team of kids with just autism and another team with down syndrome and another team of people who need walking devices. We do mix them up so that they are all playing together and that they are all up another team that would be compared to how they are.WADE WINGLER: If we do this right, people are going to hear this interview and be interested. I’m guessing that we might have potential players who could be interested and maybe even sponsoring organizations that might be interested. Let’s break those down. How do you reach out to find players, or how do players find the Miracle League? If somebody is in the audience and are thinking I want to play or my child wants to play, how do we go about that?STEPHANIE DAVIS: We do have a website, MiracleLeague.com. Basically all communication would come through my email. That’s where I would connect whether they are a player, volunteer, or donor, to a local league director. I see you called from Indianapolis and wanted to see if you had a local league. I would then copy you and our league director on that and connect the two of you. That’s worked for best to go through and see whether they are a player, volunteer, or donor, and then we would connect them to their local league. The majority of the people want to be involved, even in the donor arena, where they would want to donate to their community, and that money stays in their own community. That’s where I would hook the two of them up. They can go to our website and email or call our office, and then we would personally hook them up with their local league if there is one in their area. If they call in there is not one in their area, then they may be interested in starting a Miracle League, and that’s where we would get their information and send them a severe package, to see if it will be something that they would be interested in bringing to their community.WADE WINGLER: Who makes a good sponsor organization, and what kinds of things are involved in the starter pack? What does the starting up process look like?STEPHANIE DAVIS: The starter package would be a really nice booklet with a lot of pictures of the kids playing ball and playing on our inclusive playgrounds, because we do build complexes. That would include a field, accessible playground, an entire inclusive complex, all the way down to restrooms, concessions, parking. What we found a few years after built in the field is that these kids, it’s great, they get to come by once a week during their season, but what about the rest of the days? [Inaudible] rest of the days of the year. That’s when we brought the idea of inclusive playgrounds. Now the kids are out playing seven days a week, playing with their siblings, playing with friends from school. The playgrounds have been a tremendous success of the Miracle League program and our complexes.In the starter package, we would give you information on becoming a member of our organization. It would give you all the benefits of becoming a member, all of the things we help with. We consult with that local community as much as possible to help them put together the organization, construction of the complex, and also running the program. We would put all that in the starting package, we would give them a booklet with a video, and they would take that and share with their community, whether it be there parks and rec director, a YMCA, city Council, Mayor, or even a private venture that they are looking at doing. They can use that and start talking to people to see if there is some interest in bringing a Miracle League to their community. If so, there is an application in the package as well, and that’s where they could join the Miracle League Association along with the 300 other communities and cities that are already doing it, for us to give them as much help and assistance as possible to make get a reality for the kids in their community.WADE WINGLER: If somebody’s listening and thinks this would be great, how do they know if they are a good organization — what are the good characteristics of an organization who is successful in doing this?STEPHANIE DAVIS: I really think it’s the passion of the person who wants to spearhead this. We’ve had everything from a mom or dad to do it all the way to the CEO of a company to parks and rec divisions across the country, YMCAs. We also have Easter Seals that run the Miracle League through their organization. There really is no wrong or right person. I think if they have the passion and want to see it happen, we would help them with the tools to make it happen. We would just need them to lead that line and organize a group, whether it be a Board of Directors if they are going to do a private nonprofit, or whether it be a committee to work with, one of the strong partners in their community. It could be anyone, all the way from a mom or dad — a lot of times we get a call from a dad who says I coached my kids their baseball their entire lives. I don’t know where we would be today without the sports that we had growing up, so I want to give back. We’ve been so blessed with what we’ve had in our lives, so we want to try to give back to somebody who might not have this opportunity. It can be anybody that has the passion to take that ball and run with it.WADE WINGLER: I know that there are stories here. You and I do what we do a lot of times because of the stories. Tell me a story about a player or family whose life has been positively impacted by the Miracle League.STEPHANIE DAVIS: It’s been a real joy to know an individual from the Atlanta area. Her name is Lauren, and she played for the very first Miracle League here in Conyers. Lauren has brittle bone disease, and she is confined to a wheelchair. She is blind and has problems hearing as well. Brittle bone disease keeps her in the wheelchair because she’s had hundreds of broken bones over her life. Lauren participated in the Miracle League from about the age of five or six and up. Obviously, that Miracle League started back in 1999 or 2000 when she joined. She played over the years and ended up graduating from high school and going to college. She is now teaching at her local high school in the visually impaired department. We just knew one day that Lauren would look back. We actually heard her say this. What made you think that you could go to college and get a degree and be a teacher in the situation you are, being blind and in a wheelchair, with all the obstacles that you have? She’ll tell you today is because of the Miracle League. She said if I could play baseball, I could do anything in my life. She really credits the Miracle League and the opportunity that she got to build that self-esteem to know that she could do anything in this life. She is now one of the huge success stories of our program.WADE WINGLER: That’s remarkable. That’s an amazing story. You have another one?STEPHANIE DAVIS: I could tell you one from Myrtle Beach when I directed it to there. It was our very first game, and the kids were playing for the very first time. We had media that works out, and they were interviewing and filming. They went and interviewed one of the Miracle League players, a little girl with a cognitive disability. She had sensory issues and was on the autism spectrum. They asked her, what was the favorite part of your gift today. She said, I remember coming around third base and looking over at the bleachers and see my mom with her beautiful smile. I knew she was proud of me. That was the success of the game today.WADE WINGLER: Those are missing stories, and I’m so impressed with what the Miracle League is doing. I know that we are going to have people in the audience who want to reach out to you. Will you give us that contact information one more time?STEPHANIE DAVIS: Visit our website at MiracleLeague.com, and you can always contact us directly at the office, 770-760-1933. I’m Stephanie@MiracleLeague.com if they want to send me a personal email.WADE WINGLER: Stephanie Davis is the national project director for the Miracle League Association and has been a delightful guest today. Thank you so much for being in our show.STEPHANIE DAVIS: Thank you so much for helping us spread the word.WADE WINGLER: Do you have a question about assistive technology? 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New Maas Platform Capabilities Allow Customers to Create Unique Audiences for Real-Time Targeting and 1:1 Interactions GloballyPhunware, Inc., a fully-integrated enterprise cloud platform for mobile that provides products, solutions, data and services for brands worldwide, announced a new suite of data and knowledge graph products for its Multiscreen as a Service (MaaS) platform that enable key insights into mobile audience engagement and monetization through expanded data relationships.Phunware Announces New Data and Knowledge Graph Products to allow customers the opportunity to create unique audiences for real-time targeting and 1:1 interactions globally. Just one of many new announcements we are making around audiences and dataDuring the first quarter of 2019, our MaaS platform reached over 1 billion unique devices per month and processed an average of over 4 billion events per day worldwide, utilizing near real-time data processing pipelines, enrichment capabilities and a connected data model to provide a broad base of data capabilities and analysis for brands and digital marketers.The new product releases, which expand Phunware’s data model with entities including media interactions, indoor wireless network events and in-application consumption and usage events, come in conjunction with a key scale milestone in which its MaaS platform now reaches more than 130 million unique devices monthly via directly-sourced, high-quality location data. This rich location data, coupled with Phunware’s updated open ontology, enables brands and digital marketers leveraging the platform to unlock new actionable insights while gaining unparalleled visibility into their mobile user engagement and location-based audiences.Marketing Technology News: Motionloft named a 2019 Gartner “Cool Vendor” in Location Services and Applications“We are extremely excited releasing the next iteration of our company’s knowledge graph and ontology for MaaS,” said Matthew Lindenberger, EVP of Product Management & Engineering of Phunware. “Our connected data model, coupled with its high-quality location awareness both indoors and outdoors, is paramount to our customers’ success in engaging and monetizing their mobile audiences while driving core business results within their physical and virtual properties.”Safe Harbor Clause and Forward-Looking Statements:This press release includes forward-looking statements. 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These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties (some of which are beyond our control) and other assumptions that may cause actual results or performance to be materially different from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, those factors described under the heading “Risk Factors” in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including our reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q, 8-K and other filings that we make with the SEC from time to time. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should any of our assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary in material respects from those projected in these forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required under applicable securities laws. These risks and others described under “Risk Factors” in our SEC filings may not be exhaustive.Marketing Technology News: PepsiCo Foodservice Unveils New Digital Lab to Help Restaurants Thrive In The Evolving Digital MarketplaceBy their nature, forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that may or may not occur in the future. We caution you that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and that our actual results of operations, financial condition and liquidity, and developments in the industry in which we operate may differ materially from those made in or suggested by the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. In addition, even if our results or operations, financial condition and liquidity, and developments in the industry in which we operate are consistent with the forward-looking statements contained in this press release, those results or developments may not be indicative of results or developments in subsequent periods.Marketing Technology News: Amazon Dominates E-Commerce Share, Ebay and Walmart Less of a Focus, Feedvisor Study Finds Cloud PlatformMarketing Technologymobile audience engagementMultiscreen as a ServiceNewsPhunwareSecurities and Exchange Commission Previous ArticleOrbital Insight Launches GO Platform to Give Customers the Power to Monitor the World’s Economic ActivityNext ArticleMulti-Touch Attribution Is Dead: Measured Launches Cross-Channel Incrementality Measurement for Marketers Phunware Announces New Data and Knowledge Graph Products PRNewswireMay 23, 2019, 6:18 pmMay 23, 2019
VERB Technology Company, Inc., a leader in business-focused interactive video sales and marketing applications and the pioneer of Augmented Sales Intelligence software, announces that Philadelphia-based OnDoc, the leading provider of on-demand healthcare solutions, launched the OnDoc Member app, its custom-designed VERB interactive video-based CRM, at the Company’s launch event on May 18, 2019 in King of Prussia, PA.The OnDoc mobile app and digital platform provides OnDoc direct sales representatives the ability to engage prospects more effectively. They can share content through text and social media, receive notifications when prospective customers interact with content, as well as manage contact and customer information.The platform’s interactive video technology allows sales reps to record their own videos and easily embed clickable ‘taggs’ that promote viewer engagement through an intuitive and streamlined process. The application will facilitate greater interaction with prospects, who can tap within the video to purchase services, enroll, visit social media feeds, or contact the company directly.Marketing Technology News: OneTrust Launches Policy and Notice Management Solution to Centrally Manage and Update GDPR and CCPA Privacy Policies & DisclosuresRobert Wilson, OnDoc’s CEO, a highly successful leader within the direct sales industry, has leveraged his extensive experience in the direct sales industry to more effectively market the company’s healthcare services to the public. The adoption of VERB’s proprietary technology will grow revenue by expanding membership in and access to OnDoc’s unique healthcare offering.“We have worked with the VERB team in the past and it’s no secret why their technology leads the industry,” Mr. Wilson commented. “We want to give our leaders the tools they need to not only share the OnDoc message with others, but to help them be as successful as they can be. This application provides numerous benefits, particularly during a time during when healthcare continues to become more complex and costly. For only $30 a month, our services not only offer dramatic savings when it comes to money and time, but we also provide peace of mind. We are 100% HIPAA compliant, and our users are not required to have insurance in order to obtain health care, and that’s a big deal for many people. The app has already proven to be effective and we couldn’t be happier.”Marketing Technology News: From Sensing to Sensemaking: Converging Big Data with Plant AI“We’re thrilled to be working with the forward-thinking leadership team at OnDoc, a company that’s helping to address the problems many individuals and families face in their efforts to obtain affordable healthcare,” stated McKinley Oswald, President of Verb DirectMarketing Technology News: Boomerang Commerce Rebrands as CommerceIQ™ After the Acquisition of its Retail Analytics Platform by Lowe’s VERB Adds Leading Health Care Provider OnDoc to Its Client Roster PRNewswireJune 2, 2019, 1:10 pmMay 31, 2019 crmMarketing TechnologyNewsOnDoc Member appsales intelligence softwareVerb Technology Previous ArticleSprint Lights Up True Mobile 5G in HoustonNext ArticleLightspeed POS Inc. Announces the Acquisition of Chronogolf
acquirationCredoraxInsightsMarketing Technology NewsNewsNextGenSmall World Previous ArticleZipLine Acquires Gift Card Platform SmartClixxNext ArticleThe Role of AI in Shaping the Future of Video Conferencing Nextgen Merchant Acquirer to Provide Back-End Infrastructure and Banking Services to Streamline Small World’s European ActivityCredorax, the licensed NextGen merchant acquiring bank providing cross-border processing for ecommerce and omnichannel payments, announced its partnership with Small World, a leading global money transfer service provider. Small World will benefit from Credorax’s smart payments solution, including its Insights platform providing real-time data, and financial services enabling payment acceptance from terminals across the region. One of the first technology companies with a European banking license and worldwide processing capabilities, Credorax will provide a suite of products and services customized to help Small World streamline its European activity.The solution is tailor-made for Small World, built in conjunction with two other leading service providers to create an end-to-end offering encompassing logistics, tech provider and platform. Credorax will provide the financial back-end infrastructure, state-of-the-art acquiring services, transparent reporting, competitive fees and card acceptance. As part of this solution, NMI will provide the front-end gateway and technology to operate terminals across Europe and Hemisphere West will be managing logistics and installations.Marketing Technology News: Digital Communication Tools Leave Many Workers Feeling Squeezed out by Tech-Savvy Colleagues“This is an exciting time for Small World, with rapid growth across our branded global service and digital solution, said Nick Day, CEO and Founder of Small World. “Expanding globally requires the most robust and scalable solution available and Credorax was the obvious choice. With a quick and easy implementation, we have the benefits of Credorax’s suite of services – smart acquiring, payment acceptance, backend insights, clear reporting tools, user-friendly interface, account management and fee transparency”Small World works across many geographical borders with complex and diverse needs focused on providing customers with the best payment experience. This results in logistical complexities and a lack of transparency in reporting for Small World. With Credorax’s back-end platform, Small World will be able to consolidate all activity and accept payments from terminals across Europe, regardless of location.Marketing Technology News: Taptica International Rebrand Reflects Video Advertising Leadership“We are heading to a future of unified transparent solutions in the global payment space,” said Alon Bigler, VP Business Development at Credorax. “We are thrilled to help Small World usher in this new era, providing our unified solution for their diverse payment needs across Europe.”Marketing Technology News: LivePerson Wins 2019 Artificial Intelligence Breakthrough Award Credorax Announces Partnership with Small World to Enhance Cross-European, Card Present Activity with a Unified Payment Solution MTS Staff WriterJuly 9, 2019, 2:32 pmJuly 3, 2019
Ekta Kapoor’s hit TV show Kasautii Zindagii Kay has created quite some buzz these days with Karan Singh Grover’s entry in the show as Mr Bajaj. While Erica Fernandes and Parth Samthaan have been playing the lead roles of Prerna Sharma and Anurag Basu respectively, there was excitement among viewers to see the actor who will be taking the character of Mr Bajaj in Kasautii Zindagii Kay.With Karan Singh Grover’s addition to the show to play the iconic role of Mr Bajaj, the social media is full of memes on Kasautii Zindagii Kay. While everyone is taking part in the sharing memes, it seems like Karan Singh Grover’s wife and actress Bipasha Basu couldn’t control herself in sharing a hilarious meme to tease him. Raaz actress Bipasha took to Instagram to share a meme of Karan Singh Grover aka Mr Bajaj and it generated a lot of funny reactions. In the picture shared by Bipasha on Instagram, there are three pictures, with Mr Bajaj aka Karan Singh Grover’s picture on the top, Anurag aka Parth Samthaan’s pic on the left and Bipasha’s pic on the right. The post reads, “Suna Hai Bajaj Iss Baar Kisi Basu ki Waaat Lagayega.” Sharing the picture, Bips captioned it, “Hmmmm Bachke Rehna Re Bajaj Bachke rehna re…Bachke Rehna Re Bajaj, Tujh pe Nazar hain… #humarabajaj” Responding to his wife Bipasha, Karan, who made a dramatic entry in the show on June 17, posted his hilarious reaction. He shared the meme on his Instagram story, pointing an arrow at Bipasha Basu and wrote, “Iss Basu Ki Waat Lagane ke Baare mein socha toh ghar mein khana ni milega.”Karan Singh Grover has earlier worked in Dill Mill Gayye and Qubool Hai. He is playing the role of Mr Bajaj in the show Kasautii Zindagii Kay, which was earlier played by Ronit Roy in the previous show. Anurag BasuBipasha BasuBipasha Basu InstagramDill Mill Gayye First Published: June 19, 2019, 12:09 PM IST
Madhya Pradesh has the biggest tribal population in the country. Naturally, support from tribal communities becomes affects the results of not just the six seats reserved for tribals. A decisive political tilt by the tribals can alter poll outcomes on more than a dozen seats. Which perhaps explains why Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi made repeated attempts to woo the tribal vote in their Lok Sabha campaigns.Follow all the LIVE updates of Lok Sabha Election Results 2019 here Malwa-Nimar region, considered to be the epicenter of the tribal population, went for polls in the last phase of the Lok Sabha elections, on May 19. BJP had won all eight seats in the region in 2014.The constituencies include five seats reserved for candidates in the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes categories — Ujjain, Ratlam, Dewas, Dhar and Khargone. In all, Madhya Pradesh, which has 29 Lok Sabha seats, has 10 reserved seats.Congress, which recently defeated BJP in the state elections, won 35 assembly seats from this region as against BJP’s 28. In the previous assembly polls, the BJP had won 56 out of this region’s 66 seats, indicating the extent of Congress’s gain.The Congress expects to make an impact in the tribal regions where Priyanka Gandhi’s grandmother Indira Gandhi held sway over tribal communities. The BJP expects the tribals will go with it, through the influence exerted by RSS affiliates like Vanvasi Kalyan Ashrams.A tribal outfit called the Jai Adivasi Yuva Shakti (JAYS), whose president Hiralal Alawa, a doctor who was working with the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi and quit to contest election successfully on a Congress ticket, is also active in the area. The Congress hopes to capitilise on the same.The Congress is also banking on the welfare measures the party claims to have delivered for the tribals over the years apart from its loan waiver scheme for the farmers. It has also made the electoral pledge of ensuring a minimum guaranteed annual income of Rs 72,000 for the country’s poorest 20% a key election issue. 2019 Elections Resultsakhilesh yadavassembly poll resultsAssembly polls First Published: May 23, 2019, 6:50 AM IST
auto driver strikeauto strikeauto strike mumbaiDevendra Fadnavis First Published: July 9, 2019, 8:01 AM IST Mumbai: Following an appeal by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, the 300-odd autorickshaw unions in Maharashtra decided to call off their proposed indefinite strike from midnight, a top union official said here on Monday.Aurorickshaw Malalk Chalak Sanghatana Joint Action Committee (JAC) President Shashank Rao said the Chief Minister has invited the unions and the state Transport Minister for a joint meeting at his office on Tuesday afternoon to hammer out the unions’ demands. “We are hopeful that our issues will be resolved amicably tomorrow. We are grateful to the CM for intervening in the issue,” Rao said.In order to avoid inconvenience to lakhs of commuters, the JAC has decided to withdraw their agitation immediately, he added.Demanding a crackdown on illegal auto-rickshaws, aggregator services like Ola-Uber, and a steep fare hike, over a million autorickshaws and around two million owners and drivers were planning to go on an indefinite strike from Tuesday.
Srinagar: Three overground workers of banned Jaish-e-Mohammed group were arrested by police in South Kashmir Thursday in connection with the June 12 terror strike in which five CRPF personnel and station house officer Arshad Ahmed Khan were killed, officials said.They said the trio have given details to police about the June 12 terror strike at busy KP road. The five CRPF personnel were killed on the spot and Khan was injured. He succumbed to his injuries on June 16.The trio, during their interrogation, told the police that a Pakistani terrorist was brought to the house of one of the accused by local Jaish commander Fayaz Punzoo.The Pakistani terrorist was in Anantnag from June 8 before he carried out the strike on the paramilitary forces. He had also conducted a reconnaissance of potential targets around the area. AnantnagCRPF personnelJaish-e-MohammedOverground Workers First Published: July 11, 2019, 5:46 PM IST
ayodhyacow sheltersmirzapurPrayagraj First Published: July 15, 2019, 10:13 AM IST Lucknow: The Yogi Adityanath government has suspended eight officials after cows were found dead at state-owned shelters over the past few days.Officers have also been warned to maintain cow sheds or face disciplinary action after 36 cows at shelters in Ayodhya and Pratapgarh and 35 in Prayagraj were found dead. The suspended officials included the chief veterinary officer of Mirzapur and three other government vets in Ayodhya. In a video conference with all 75 district magistrates, the UP chief minister said owners who abandon cattle on streets after milking them will also be punished. Civic authorities in Lucknow were put on notice and asked to curb stray cattle menace on streets.Sources aware of the development said shocking video clips of cow carcasses lying on marshes at an Ayodhya shelter and the subsequent outcry from seers of the temple town angered Adityanath.The commissioner and district magistrate of Mirzapur were asked to probe the circumstances that led to cow deaths in the district.The chief minister also asked the Prayagraj Commissioner to probe the deaths and recommended action against officials responsible for the maintenance of cow shelters, where trapped bovines died after an electric pole fell on the waterlogged shelter.Amidst protests by farmers and people over cattle trampling upon crops or triggering accidents on streets, the Yogi government had directed all District Magistrates to rehabilitate abandoned cows in new shelters, while announcing a budgetary corpus for protection of the bovines.On Sunday, the Chief Minister said that panchayat officials will be taken to task if cows were herded on school campuses.
AMD RX 5700 XT vs. Nvidia RTX 2060 Super AMD Navi RX 5000: Everything you need to know AMD’s long-awaited Ryzen 3 has arrived, and it includes a $499 12-core monster Nvidia RTX 2060 Super and RTX 2070 Super review AMD RX 5700 XT vs. Nvidia RTX 2070: Spec comparison Video: 4K at 30 FPS (H.264/H.265) / 4K at 60 FPS (H.264/H.265) encode and decode Connectivity: Gigabit Ethernet CPU: Quad-core Arm A57 Module Size: 70mm x 45mm Camera: MIPI CSI-2 DPHY lanes, 12x (Module) and 1x (Developer Kit) OS Support: Linux for Tegra Developer Kit Size: 100mm x 80mm Memory: 4GB 64-bit LPDDR4; 25.6 gigabytes/second GPU: 128-core Nvidia Maxwell architecture-based GPU At Nvidia’s annual graphics technology conference, CEO Jensen Huang took to the stage to unveil the new Jetson Nano. Referred to as an “A.I. computer,” the Nano joins Nvidia’s family of other Jetson computers such as the AGX Xavier or Jetson TX2. These aren’t computers for gaming or productivity — they’re designed to accelerate A.I. processes and to power robotics.The Jetson Nano can supposedly deliver 472 gigaflops of computing performance all while drawing as little as 5 watts of power. It’s powered by a powerful 128-core GPU and a quad-core A57 CPU from Arm. The GPU is based on the older Maxwell architecture, which was the predecessor to the more current Pascal and Turing.The minicomputer can also support high-resolution sensors and, according to Nvidia, can “process many sensors in parallel” and run “multiple modern neural networks on each sensor stream.” Because it supports a lot of the most popular A.I. frameworks, it should be easier for developers to jump in and quickly integrate the ones they use on the Jetson Nano.The product was announced hand-in-hand with CUDA-X A.I. libraries, an end-to-end platform designed for the data sciences. All sorts of industries and sciences increasingly need access to data analytics, machine learning, and deep learning, but aren’t exactly equipped to handle them. Nvidia claims using CUDA-X A.I. libraries on a computer like the Jetson Nano could speed up A.I. workloads by up to 50 times. Editors’ Recommendations The purpose of putting it in an affordable little package, of course, is to bring A.I. capabilities to a wider audience of enthusiasts, developers, and start-up companies.“Jetson Nano makes A.I. more accessible to everyone — and is supported by the same underlying architecture and software that powers our nation’s supercomputers,” Deepu Talla, vice president and general manager of Autonomous Machines at Nvidia, said in a statement. “Bringing A.I. to the maker movement opens up a whole new world of innovation, inspiring people to create the next big thing.”The Jetson Nano comes in two models. The more affordable $99 option is known as the “Jetson Nano Developer Kit.” Meanwhile, the full production module will start at $129. Key Specs
Editors’ Recommendations Drone enthusiasts in Japan have been warned that if they fly their drones while drunk, they could end up in prison.The country has apparently become the first in the world to enact legislation that bans drunk droning, with offenders facing up to a year in the clink or a fine of up to 300,000 yen (about $2,800), the BBC reports.Similar legislation came into force in New Jersey in 2018 when state officials made it a criminal offense to fly a drone under the influence of drink or drugs.Japan’s new law, which came into force this week, targets drones weighing more than 0.5 pounds. That’s pretty much every popular model on the market, including DJI’s Mavic and Spark machines.Commenting on the stricter measures, a transport ministry official told the AFP news agency: ”We believe operating drones after consuming alcohol is as serious as drunk driving.”The law also extends to drone pilots — sloshed or not — who are caught performing maneuvers considered reckless, such as sudden and rapid descents toward a crowd of people. Such behavior could land the pilot with a fine of up to 500,000 yen (about $4,600).And that’s not all. Joining an earlier ban on flights close to airports, nuclear power plants, and government buildings, drones have also been banned from flying within 300 meters of Japanese and U.S. military facilities, the BBC said in its report.The new law also takes into consideration the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics by prohibiting any drone activity close to where the sports events are being held.The Japanese authorities, like most countries around the world, are continuing to play catch-up with a technology that has enjoyed rapid growth in popularity among consumers in recent years.In 2015, at around the time when drones were first becoming popular in Japan, a protester was arrested for using a drone to put radioactive material onto the roof of the prime minister’s office building. In the same year, Tokyo’s Metropolitan Police Department unveiled a surprisingly low-tech system for tackling rogue flying machines — essentially a drone carrying a large net. It’s not clear if the department is still using the contraption, or if it has since moved on to a more advanced system. DroneBullet is a kamikaze drone missile that knocks enemy UAVs out of the sky The best drones under $100 New task force to take on rogue drone pilots flying near airports Uber Eats’ drone delivery service could see Big Macs hit speeds of 70 mph This compact drone gun can down a rogue quadcopter at 500 meters
While the original Circle only recorded video in 720p, the new Circle 2 boasts support for 1080p resolution. That higher resolution is paired with a 180-degree field of view, which Logitech is hoping will give it an edge against some of its competitors. Of course, one of the major draws of the original Circle was that you could place it in a variety of different places without a lot of hassle, and with the Circle 2, that flexibility seems to be expanding significantly.READ MORE: Logitech Circle ReviewThis will mostly be done through accessories. While you’ll be able to mount your camera inside or outside without any add-ons, the accessories Logitech is offering increase your mounting options. For instance, you can use the window mount to stick your camera on a window pane, giving you an outdoor view from the inside of your house. Logitech also offers a plug mount, which gives the Circle 2 a constant source of power while also giving you a wall-mounted view from any outlet in your house.Like the last Circle, cloud storage for the Circle 2 is based on Logitech’s Circle Safe software. Though everyone who purchases a Circle 2 will get 24 hours of cloud storage for their camera’s recordings, you’re able to upgrade that to 14 days of storage for $3.99 per month, per camera, or 31 days of storage for $9.99 per month or $99.99 per year. It’s worth pointing out that the top-tier $9.99 subscription also gets you person detection and customizable motion zones, just like it did with the original Circle.For now, the Circle 2’s options for smart home integration are fairly limited. You can use it with Amazon Alexa out of the box, but Apple users will have to wait for HomeKit integration to arrive in a later update. The Circle 2 is also weatherproof, so if you use it outdoors, it should be safe from the elements.Circle 2 is available in two different configurations – wired and wireless. The wired Circle 2 is the least expensive model, with a price tag of $179.99, while the wireless Circle 2 comes in at $199.99. Just a quick note: if you choose to pick up the wired Circle 2, you may want to have a look at Logitech’s weatherproof extension cable accessory, which extends the range of the device while keeping its power cables safe from weather. Both models are available for pre-order now and are shipping out in July.SOURCE: Logitech Story TimelineLogitech Circle is a portable home-monitoring cameraLogi Circle security cam gets premium video subscription serviceLogitech Circle Security update adds Person Detection and customizable Motion Zones Logitech‘s original circle camera was respectable attempt to break into the home security space, but now the company has decided to follow it up. Logitech introduced the Circle 2 today, and it offers a number of improvements over its predecessor. First and foremost, prospective buyers can look forward to support for things like higher resolution, night vision, and two-way talk through its built-in microphone.