Coppell, Texas-headquartered Caliber Home Loans, Inc. (Caliber), has announced the launch of a new mobile platform. Featuring three mobile phone apps customized for three user groups–borrowers, the Caliber sales force, and their business associates–all users receive real-time information and the ability to respond from virtually anywhere. Caliber processes data from all three apps on the back end, which enables efficient and effective communication across the loan process.“We customized each of these new mobile apps to provide user-friendly access to all touchpoints in the mortgage system,” said Sanjiv Das, CEO, Caliber. “This greatly increases the efficiency of the process and will help us close loans even faster. We’re well-aware that today’s consumers prefer to manage their finances via cell phone whenever possible.”While digital technology is essential to keep up with the pace of the ever-evolving mortgage business, Caliber continues to offer high-touch service and personalized guidance from a distributed network of more than 1500 Loan Consultants around the country.“Caliber’s investment in technology extends beyond our customers to our own loan professionals and business partners. Now each group has their own apps that plug them into an interconnected digital platform that includes secure sharing of data with customers,” Das said.While the Caliber Home Loans app for borrowers helps customers connect during originations and manage their loans after closing, CaliberH2O for sales and brokers enables their business networks to communicate and respond in real time. Caliber MyPipeline for real estate agents and builders provides access to shared borrowers’ loan pipelines, keeping them in the loop during underwriting.The new apps are available to download from the Apple App Store and Google Play. Share March 19, 2018 486 Views in journal, News, Origination Caliber Home Loans Launches Mobile Platform App Borrowers Caliber Home Loans Lenders Servicers technology 2018-03-19 Radhika Ojha
Any time a team gets 300 yards passing and three touchdowns from its quarterback and holds an opposing team — one with a top-ranked offense — to around 100 less yards than they normally average, it should have a decent chance to win the game.Because of those circumstances, the Arizona Cardinals certainly had their chances to win Sunday’s NFC showdown in Philadelphia. However, a turnover-happy first quarter and a sluggish start to the third quarter plagued Bruce Arians’ squad, as it dropped its first game in five weeks by a final of 24-21. Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo – / 22 While the margin of defeat was slim and the chances to pull even were plenty, Arizona never seemed to completely have a handle on the flow of the game.It was a disjointed effort to say the least.“I feel like we had opportunities right until the end of the game. We just didn’t make enough plays,” Johnson said. “I felt like offensively when we got going, the defensive fell back. When the defense forced three straight three-and-outs, the offense fell back. “We were never on the same page together as two units to do what we needed to do win this game. We just didn’t make enough plays.”Although Todd Bowles’ unit only held Chip Kelly’s up-tempo offense to 24 points at home, two defensive lapses turned a tight contest into a come-from-behind affair.After Dave Zastudil knocked a punt inside the Eagles’ 19-yard line with just under 2:30 to play in the first half, Arizona had an opportunity to hold its ground in order to keep its deficit at 10-7 going into the half.Instead, Nick Foles directed a nine-play, 78-yard drive that resulted in a one-yard touchdown grab by tight end Brent Celek with 15 seconds left to play in the second quarter. Philadelphia marched into the locker room with a 10-point lead and subsequently had all the momentum.Following the halftime break, the Eagles went on another soul-crushing drive, spanning 82 yards in 13 plays. The result was another touchdown reception by a tight end, Zach Ertz, this time from 24 yards out.“It was fast. That’s the best way to put it. They come out and do a lot things that are different from a normal offense,” said Johnson of the Eagles’ offense. “If you’re not disciplined and you’re not set in what you’re doing, they can gash you and get big plays against you. I think they were able to do that, especially going into that third quarter. “That opening drive was a statement drive. As a defense, we didn’t do what we needed to coming out with it on our shoulders to get the offense the ball back. They drove down, and we gave up a touchdown. That’s something we can’t do as a defense.”The Cardinals hadn’t allowed points on the final possession of the first half and the first possession of second half since Week 7 against Seattle — the last time they lost a game.According to Johnson, those back-to-back possessions will force the defense to do some collective soul searching ahead of next Sunday’s divisional matchup with the St. Louis Rams. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories “We always preach going into a half that we stop them and we get points as an offense,” said Johnson. “We didn’t do that. Coming out in the third quarter, we are on defense and its our opportunity to go out and make a statement and get our offense the ball back. And we didn’t do that, either. As a whole on defense we are not pleased with the way that we played. “Coming into the game we were well-prepared, and they didn’t do anything that we didn’t expect. We didn’t make the plays that needed to be made, and that’s something we need to look in the mirror about, watch the film and be tough on each other.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires
Festival and Events Officer with Derry City and Strabane District Council, Andrea Campbell, said the public are guaranteed a memorable performance of Jazz regardless of which day they choose to visit the two venues.“The Jazz Hub initiative was one of the most popular elements of last year’s festival offering the public the chance to sit back, relax and enjoy locally and internationally acclaimed Jazz acts in an intimate setting,” she said.“Bennigans will host multiple daily acts over the five days of the festival with afternoon, evening and late night performances from the likes of Emilia Martensson, Meilana Gillard and California Soul all very reasonably priced at £5 for standing and £10 for seats.“Anita O’Day will kick off the biggest and best lineup the Playhouse Hub has hosted on Thursday night, while there will also be performances from the Henry Girls and Paul McIntyre over the weekend as well as the return of the ever popular Speakeasy.” BAR and The Playhouse will see some of the biggest names in local and international Jazz come through their doors this weekend when they are transformed into Jazz Hubs as part of the eagerly anticipated City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival.Back by popular demand, the Hubs aim to cater for discerning fans seeking the authentic Jazz experience but can be enjoyed by anyone when they host over 20 high level acts between them over five days.Bennigans has a long standing reputation as a centre for local Jazz and hosts a weekly programme in the genre under the stewardship of owner and Jazz pianist John Leighton whose three piece group will perform a midnight slot this Friday night before accompanying local legend Gay McIntyre at the John Street venue on Saturday afternoon and finishing off the Playhouse programme next Monday night.The Jazz ‘Speakeasy’ bar at the Playhouse has been one of the most popular elements of the festival for the last four years, transporting the public back to the days of 1920s prohibition America, it is one of the highlights of their Hub when it returns on Friday through to Sunday night. ShareTweet bennigan’sCITY OF DERRY JAZZ AND BIG BAND FESTIVALJAZZ HUBS TO OFFER FANS A FEAST OF DELIGHTS UNDER ONE ROOF Tickets for Bennigans Bar events are on sale now from the bar at John Street or online at www.bennigansbar.com.To book for the Playhouse contact the Box Office on 028 71 268027.JAZZ HUBS TO OFFER FANS A FEAST OF DELIGHTS UNDER ONE ROOF was last modified: April 25th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags:
The women are mostly in their early 20s. They have children at home. Selling betel nut — an addictive, natural chew — to passersby in mountain towns of Papua New Guinea is a good way to earn a living.But the extra income sometimes comes at a heavy price: violent beatings by their spouses. Two out of three women in Papua New Guinea experience abuse at the hands of an intimate partner at least once in their lifetime, according to the World Health Organization and aid groups.Betel nut sellers in Goroka, the main city in the Eastern Highlands, say physical violence is particularly common in their marriages.”If I give him my earnings, he leaves me alone,” says Mala, 20, who sells betel nut and other goods in Goroka. She’s talking about the man she married when she was 12.”But if I refuse and argue that I am sitting in the sun and working hard to earn an income, he gets angry and hits me,” she adds. Like other women interviewed, she asked to be identified only by her first name for privacy and out of fear of her husband.A dirt road near the Goroka airport leads to a squatter settlement down the hill. Dozens of women preside over stacks of vegetables on blankets or sell fried eggs out of big plastic containers. About 80 percent of Papua New Guineans participate in the informal economy, but betel nut sellers say they’re often singled out by authorities and fined for making sales in the street. They are also harassed by criminal raskol gangs, who demand free cigarettes.Betel nut is the pit of the walnut-sized fruit of an areca palm tree. In Tok Pisin, one of the major national languages, it is called buai. The nut is chewed throughout the Pacific islands for a high similar to nicotine, and about as addictive. It is also carcinogenic and is believed to contribute to Papua New Guinea’s high rate of mouth cancer, the most common type of cancer in the country.In the highlands, one betel nut costs 1 kina, the equivalent of 30 cents. People take it with a mustard stick and slacked lime powder, which turns the mixture bright red and compels the chewer to spit — often onto the ground or into a small plastic bag.People chew it to relax and to get to know one another. “It’s the fruit of love!” one Goroka resident exclaims.Men lashing outWhen men react violently because their wives are earning money on their own, it’s because they see power as a zero-sum game, says Richard Eves, an Australian National University anthropologist who has published several studies on masculinity based on fieldwork in Papua New Guinea’s highlands.”So any powerful woman is seen as a loss for men,” Eves says. “Basically, they want to keep the status quo of them being the powerful person in the household. So that entails bullying their wives, and beating them up.” While aid groups trying to stop violence against women may default toward focusing on female survivors, he says they should spend time with both sexes.”There’s strong social pressures on the masculine role model there, to be assertive, to be in control, to be dominating,” Eves says. “One of the things we need to do is challenge those rather toxic notions of masculinity that are at work.”Patty, a 27-year-old betel nut seller in Goroka, dropped out of school in second grade. At the time, her family struggled to pay for school fees and decided to educate her brothers instead.When she got older, she started selling betel nut at night, when there’s less competition and plenty of customers — people heading out to bars and nightclubs. But it is also a time when most Goroka residents stay home, fearing the high crime rate and armed raskol gangs that patrol the streets.”For other women, it’s risky for them, they feel frightened. But for those of us who grew up in the settlement, it’s safe for us,” Patty says.Her sister-in-law Joyce runs a small market, selling cookies and canned tuna. Both she and Patty asked that only their first names be used so they could speak openly about private, sensitive issues involving work and home life.Their husbands, who are brothers, began to demand a share of their profits. A few months ago, the women saw that their earnings were missing again.”Both our husbands are unemployed and don’t work. We do sales, earn enough money and save some aside,” Patty says.”Then they come and take our money to go and drink,” Joyce interjects. “So we fight. We become upset and we fight.”They confronted their husbands in a public market, brandishing a knife. The confrontation ended without major injuries, but the abuse didn’t stop.Domestic violence is illegal in Papua New Guinea, but it is rarely prosecuted. Instead of turning to police, survivors are much more likely to turn to family members or their community for retribution.”I am not happy, but this is life”The settlement where the betel nut sellers live is a maze of homes built with brush material, over streams and gullies. Extended families often live together in a collection of homes they built themselves, the houses facing each other across a courtyard of hard-packed soil.Increasingly, Papua New Guineans are leaving ancestral lands in search of jobs and education in cities and towns. But the cost of living in urban areas is far higher than in the countryside, and many people make their homes in informal squatter settlements like this one.About 62 percent of adults can read and write in Papua New Guinea, according to UNICEF. Jobs are scarce for those without a formal education, pushing many people into an informal economy of selling goods on the street.One of Patty’s childhood friends, who asked not to be named out of concern for her family’s privacy, is quieter than the others. She’s 21, with bright blue braids woven into her hair. At night, she sells betel nut and loose cigarettes.”When we sell properly, we make 4 kina [$1.20] profit from a pack of cigarettes. But if the drunks come and destroy our market, we have a loss,” she says through an interpreter.Her parents forced her to marry when she got pregnant at 15. But her husband was controlling, and would accuse her of having affairs when she sold betel nut.”I asked him why,” she recalls. “‘I loved you and I married you. Why are you mistreating me like this, belting me up?’ And my husband said, ‘I don’t want you go out and seeing other men.’ That’s why he was hitting me.””Belting” is a term used to describe repeated strikes with an open hand or closed fist — generally not a belt, despite the name — and is often seen as a form of discipline.She left her husband, returned to her parents’ village and married again. But she came back when she got word that her first husband had been diagnosed with a terminal illness.”He has mistreated me badly. But now that he’s sick, you know, I have compassion for him. I’m taking care of him because there are no other people that can support him,” she says.Many of the women who sell betel nut left school early and married young — out of family pressure, financial necessity or both. When faced with abuse, they adapt in different ways. Some file for divorce. Others, for various reasons, fear leaving their husbands.Patty decided to remain in her marriage. Her husband once beat her until she lost consciousness. When she came to, she decided to fight back.”I got a knife and chased him. He slept outside for two nights and didn’t come home,” Patty says. “If he hits me in public, I beat him up as well. So he can feel the pain I’m feeling.”Joyce, Patty’s sister-in-law, says she got a court order to stop her husband from hitting her.”If he does it again, I can report him to be locked up for 10 years. Or he’ll have to pay 10,000 kina [about $3,000] in compensation,” she says. “So he’s finally reforming himself.”She says she’ll stay in her marriage because she has two children, and because her husband paid a customary bride price to her family equal to $1,000.”He has fulfilled the custom and my people accepted the bride price payment, so I can’t go back,” Joyce says. “I am not happy, but this is life. So I just endure it and stay.”As for Mala, she went to court and got a divorce from her husband. But when she sat down on a friend’s porch a couple of months later to talk about it, she was ashen.”My mind is troubled when I’m alone,” she says. “I don’t have healthy thoughts.”Her ex-husband remarried, but that wasn’t the end of it.In the early spring, Mala walked to the market to sell fried eggs. Her ex-husband saw her, and beat her in the middle of the street.”I brought my eggs back to the house, and I told him that he ruins and stops every hope of running my business,” Mala says. “So I stay at home.”That day, she says, she decided to move to a bigger city. Now, she’s going to try and make it on her own. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
Senate Democrats, who are divided on abortion policy, are instead turning to health care as a rallying cry for opposition to Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.Specifically, they are sounding the alarm that confirming the conservative District Court judge could jeopardize one of the Affordable Care Act’s most popular provisions — its protections for people with pre-existing health conditions.”Democrats believe the No. 1 issue in America is health care, and the ability of people to get good health care at prices they can afford,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.The Kavanaugh nomination, he added, “would put a dagger” through the heart of that belief.Democratic senators spent Tuesday trying to connect the dots between potential threats to health care and Trump’s high court pick.”President Trump as a candidate made it very clear that his priority was to put justices on the court who would correct for the fatal flaw of John Roberts,” said Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., on the Senate floor Tuesday. Chief Justice Roberts was the decisive fifth vote to uphold the ACA in a key case in 2012. “[Republicans’] new strategy is to use the court system to invalidate the protections in the law for people with pre-existing conditions,” Murphy said.Murphy — and many of his Democratic colleagues — are referring to a case filed in Texas in February by 20 Republican state attorneys general. The AGs from these states charge that because the tax bill passed by Congress last year eliminated the tax penalty for not having health insurance, it rendered the entire federal health law void.Their reasoning was that Roberts based his opinion upholding the ACA on Congress’ taxing power. Without the tax, the AGs argue, the law should be held unconstitutional.The Trump administration, which might have been expected to defend the ACA because defending federal law is part of what the Justice Department is tasked to do, opted instead, in this case, to follow a different course of action.In a response filed in June, political appointees in the department said eliminating the penalty should not invalidate the entire ACA. But, they argued, it should nullify provisions that prevent insurers from refusing to sell insurance to people with pre-existing conditions or charging them higher premiums.If this argument were to be upheld by a newly reconstituted Supreme Court, the health law would be dealt a serious blow.The lawsuit, however, is only in its earliest stages. And many legal scholars on both sides doubt it will get very far.In an amicus brief filed with the court in June, five liberal and conservative legal experts (who disagreed on previous ACA cases) this time argued that both the Republican attorneys general and the Justice Department are wrong — that eliminating the mandate penalty should have no impact on the rest of the law.Their position is rooted in something called “congressional intent.” When a court wants to invalidate a portion of a law, it usually also has to determine whether Congress would have considered other aspects of the law unworkable without it.But that is not a problem in this case, the legal experts argued in their brief.”Here, Congress itself has essentially eliminated the provision in question and left the rest of a statute standing,” they wrote. “In such cases, congressional intent is clear.”The merits of the lawsuit notwithstanding, the issue works well for Democrats.For one thing, the health law’s pre-existing condition protections are among its most popular parts, according to public opinion polls.And unlike abortion, defending the health law is something all Senate Democrats can rally around. That includes some vulnerable senators in states that voted for Trump in 2016, including Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and Joe Donnelly, D-Ind. None are strong supporters of abortion rights. But all have stood firm against GOP efforts to take apart the Affordable Care Act.Manchin, for example, issued a statement about the nomination that said, “The Supreme Court will ultimately decide if nearly 800,000 West Virginians with preexisting conditions will lose their health care.”Manchin’s opponent in November is his state’s Republican attorney general, Patrick Morrisey, who is one of the officials who filed the suit against the health law.Julie Rovner is chief Washington correspondent for Kaiser Health News, a nonprofit news service, which is an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation and not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente. Copyright 2018 Kaiser Health News. To see more, visit Kaiser Health News.
Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. President’s Day Electronics Sales: TVs, Laptops and More Sales February 16, 2017 Enroll Now for $5 Image credit: via PC Mag Add to Queue This story originally appeared on PCMag Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Save big ahead of President’s Day with these deals from our partners at TechBargains. 3 min read –shares Next Article Featured dealsDell Inspiron 15 7000 Intel Core i7-6700HQ Quad-Core 1080p 15.6″ Gaming Laptop w/ GTX 960m 4GB GPU, 16GB RAM, 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD for $899.99 (use code: M51GTMF?VFBFP3 — list price $1350).Dell XPS 8910 Intel Core i5-6400 Quad-Core Win10 Pro Desktop for $499.99 (use code: XPS499 — list price $749.99).Tobii Eye Tracker 4C Head & Eye Tracker PC Gaming & Input Periphral (Works on Watch Dogs 2, Deus Ex & more) for $109.99 (use code: EYE40 — list price $149.99).Sony PlayStation 4 Slim Uncharted Bundle + Bonus Controller for $249.99.Sony PlayStation 4 Slim Uncharted Bundle + $50 Dell Gift Card for $249.99.See Dell’s Entire Presidents’ Day Sale with Doorbuster and moreBose SoundTrue Around Ear Wired Headphones for $89.99 (list price $119.99).Nucleus Anywhere Video Intercom with Amazon Alexa for $149 (list price $249).Laptop and desktop computersDell Inspiron 15 3000 Intel Core i3-5005U 15.6″ Win7 Pro Laptop for $299.00 (use code: LT299 — list price $475.85).New Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Intel Core i5 Quad-Core Kaby Lake 15.6″ 1080p Gaming Laptop w/ 4GB GTX 1050Ti for $849.99 (list price $899.99).Dell Inspiron 14 Intel Celeron N3060 Dual-Core 14″ Laptop with Windows 10 for $149.99 (list price $249.99).Dell PowerEdge T130 Intel Celeron G3900 Dual-Core Server Desktop (4GB/500GB) $229.00 (use code: SERVER200 — list price $429).1-Year NordVPN Anonymous VPN Service (PCmag Editor’s Choice) for $48 (use code: GEEK50 — list price ).Ultimate Web Hosting Package: Domain, Hosting, and Unlimited Email for $3/month at HostGator.For more Computer deals, visit TechBargains.HDTVs and home entertainmentVizio M50-D1 50″ 4K 120Hz Effective HDTV w/ HDR + Tablet Remote + $250 Dell Gift Card for $649.99.Vizio P55-C1 55″ 4K 120Hz HDR Full-Array LED Home Theater Display w/ 126 Dimming Zones + $400 Dell Gift Card for $1099.99.LG 32LH550B 32″ 720p LED LCD HDTV + $100 Dell Gift Card for $209.Vizio SB4051-D5 Smartcast 40″ 5.1ch Slim Sound Bar System w/ Wireless Subwoofer + $150 Dell GC for $429.98.Electronics and componentsKingston HyperX Alloy FPS Mechanical Gaming Keyboard w/ Cherry MX Brown Switches for $79.99 (list price $99.99).Annke 720p Wireless IP Camera w/ 2-Way Audio for $45.59 (use code: GL9KXACE — list price $59.99).Seagate SkyHawk 2TB 3.5″ Internal SATA Surveillence Hard Drive for $63.99 (list price $98.89).WEme Mini Displayport/Thunderbolt 2 to DVI Adapter for $3.96 (use code: QD5RL8F7 — list price $9.99).10 LED Solar Waterproof Wireless Motion Sensor Lights (2-pk) for $11.99 (use code: I8PFAJ4E — list price $18.99).Magicfly Wireless Doorbell w/ 52 Chimes & Remote for $9.74 (use code: YPIAWTUS — list price $12.99).For more Electronics deals, visit TechBargains.Home and miscellaneousUdemy $10 Online Courses: Learn to Code by Making Games, iOS or Android Apps, Project Management, Network Certifications and more.Bosch Icon Windshield Wiper Blades Sale – from $12.29 to $20.23 with 15% off Subscribe & Save (Lowest prices of the season).Instant Pot IP-LUX60 V3 Programmable Electric Pressure Cooker, 6Qt, 1000W (updated model) for $79.99 (list price $99.99).Gooloo Portable DC 12V Car Air Compressor Pump for $23.75 (use code: IP84QAXY — list price $32.99).For more great deals, check out TechBargains.
Tips for Mastering E-Mail Overload Setting a good example only goes so far. You also have to train others explicitly. Explain to them that you’re putting some systems in place to help you manage your e-mail overload. Ask for their help, and know that they’re secretly envying your strength of character. Apply Now » Check e-mail at defined times each day.We hate telemarketers during dinner, so why do we tolerate e-mail when we’re trying to get something useful done? Turn off your e-mail “autocheck,” and only check e-mail two or three times a day, by hand. Let people know that if they need to reach you instantly, e-mail isn’t the way. When it’s e-mail processing time, however, shut the office door, turn off the phone, and blast through the messages. If your e-mail inbox is threatening to take over your entire workday, this ultimate how-to will teach you to deal effectively with the information onslaught. 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Answer briefly.When someone sends you a 10-page missive, reply with three words. “Yup, great idea.” You’ll quickly train people not to expect huge answers from you, and you can then proceed to answer at your leisure in whatever format works best for you. If your e-mail volume starts getting very high, you’ll have no choice. Stever Robbins Next Article The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Use a paper “response list” to triage messages before you do any follow-up.The solution to e-mail overload is pencil and paper? Who knew? Grab a legal pad and label it “Response list.” Run through your incoming e-mails. For each, note on the paper what you have to do or whom you have to call. Resist the temptation to respond immediately. If there’s important reference information in the e-mail, drag it to your Reference folder. Otherwise, delete it. Zip down your entire list of e-mails to generate your response list. Then, zip down your response list and actually do the follow-ups. Separate topics into separate e-mails…up to a point. If someone sends a message addressing a dozen topics, some of which you can respond to now and some of which you can’t, send a dozen responses–one for each topic. That way, each thread can proceed unencumbered by the others.Do this when mixing controversy with mundania. That way, the mundane topics can be taken care of quietly, while the flame wars can happen separately.Bad Mixing of ItemsWe need to gather all the articles by February 1st.Speaking of which, I was thinking–do you think we should fire Sandy?Good Mixing of ItemsMessage #1: We need to gather all the articles by February 1st.Message #2: Sandy’s missed a lot of deadlines recently. Do you think termination is in order?Combine separate points into one message. Sometimes the problem is the opposite–sending 500 tiny messages a day will overload someone, even if the intent is to reduce this by creating separate threads. If you’re holding a dozen open conversations with one person, the slowness of typing is probably substantial overhead. Jot down all your main points on a piece of (gasp) paper, pick up the phone and call the person to discuss those points. I guarantee you’ll save a ton of time. How to Read and Receive E-Mail Ignore it.Yes, ignore e-mail. If something’s important, you’ll hear about it again. Trust me. And people will gradually be trained to pick up the phone or drop by if they have something to say. After all, if it’s not important enough for them to tear their gaze away from the hypnotic world of Microsoft Windows, it’s certainly not important enough for you to take the time to read. Send out delayed responses.Type your response directly, but schedule it to be sent out in a few days. This works great for conversations that are nice but not terribly urgent. By inserting a delay in each go-around, you both get to breath easier. >(In Outlook, choose “Options” when composing a message and select “do not deliver before.” In Eudora, hold down the Shift key as you click “Send.”) Train people to be relevant.If you’re constantly copied on things, begin replying to e-mails that aren’t relevant with the single word: “Relevant?” Of course, you explain that this is a favor to them. Now, they can learn what is and isn’t relevant to you. Beforehand, tell them the goal is to calibrate relevance, not to criticize or put them down and encourage them to send you relevancy challenges as well. Pretty soon, you’ll be so well trained you’ll be positively productive! Charge people for sending you messages.One CEO I’ve worked with charges staff members five dollars from their budget for each e-mail she receives. Amazingly, her overload has gone down, the relevance of e-mails has gone up, and the senders are happy, too, because the added thought often results in them solving more problems on their own. Growth Strategies –shares Edit forwarded messages. For goodness sake, if someone sends you a message, don’t forward it along without editing it. Make it appropriate for the ultimate recipient, and make sure it doesn’t get the original sender in trouble.Bad ForwardingTo: BillSue’s idea, described below, is great.—-From: SueHey, Abner:Let’s take the new design and add sparkles around the border. Bill probably won’t mind; his design sense is so garish he’ll approve anything.Good ForwardingTo: BillSue’s idea, described below, is great.—-From: SueHey, Abner:Let’s take the new design and add sparkles around the border.When scheduling a call or conference, include the topic in the invitation. It helps people prioritize and manage their calendar more effectively.Bad E-MailSubject: Conference call Wednesday at 3:00 p.m.Good E-MailSubject: Conference call Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. to review demo presentation.Make your e-mail one page or less. Make sure the meat of your e-mail is visible in the preview pane of your recipient’s mailer. That means the first two paragraphs should have the meat. Many people never read past the first screen, and very few read past the third. Editor’s note: This article was originally published in Harvard Business School’s Working Knowledge .Being the owner of your own business, everyone wants a piece of you. So they send you e-mail. It makes you feel important. Don’t you love it? Really? Then, please take some of mine! More than 100 real e-mails come in each day. At three minutes apiece, it will take five hours just to read and respond. Let’s not even think about the messages that take six minutes of work to deal with. Shudder. I’m buried in e-mail and chances are, you’re not far behind. For whatever reason, everyone feels compelled to keep you “in the loop.”Fortunately, being buried alive under electronic missives forced me to develop coping strategies. Let me share some of the nonobvious ones with you. Together, maybe we can start a revolution. Readers Now Bear the BurdenBefore e-mail, senders shouldered the burden of mail. Writing, stamping and mailing a letter was a lot of work. Plus, each new addressee meant more postage, so we thought hard about whom to send things to. (Is it worth spending 32 cents for Loren to read this letter? Nah..)E-mail bludgeoned that system in no time. With free sending to an infinite number of people now a reality, every little thought and impulse becomes instant communication. Our most pathetic meanderings become deep thoughts that we happily blast to six dozen colleagues who surely can’t wait. On the receiving end, we collect these gems of wisdom from the dozens around us. The result: Inbox overload.(“But my incoming e-mail is important,” you cry. Don’t fool yourself. Time how long you spend at your inbox. Multiply by your per-minute wage (divide your yearly salary by 120,000 to get your per-minute wage) to find out just how much money you spend on e-mail. If you can justify that expense, far out–you’re one of the lucky ones. But for many, incoming e-mail is a money suck. Bonus challenge: Do this calculation companywide.)Taming e-mail means training the senders to put the burden of quality back on themselves. How You Can Send Better E-MailWhat’s the best way to train everyone around you to better e-mail habits? You guessed it: You go first. First, you say, “In order for me to make you more productive, I’m going to adopt this new policy to lighten your load.” Demonstrate a policy for a month, and if people like it, ask them to start doing it too.Use a subject line to summarize, not describe. People scan their inbox by subject. Make your subject rich enough that your readers can decide whether it’s relevant. The best way to do this is to summarize your message in your subject.Bad Subject LineSubject: Deadline discussionGood Subject LineSubject: Recommend we ship product April 25thGive your reader full context at the start of your message. Too many messages forwarded to you start with an answer–“Yes! I agree. Apples are definitely the answer”–without offering context. We must read seven included messages, notice that we were copied, and try to figure out what apples are the answer to. Even worse, we don’t really know if we should care. Oops! We just noticed there are ten messages about apples. One of the others says “Apples are definitely not the answer.” And another says, “Didn’t you get my message about apples?” But which message was sent first? And which was in response to which? ARGH!It’s very, very difficult to get to the core of the issue.You’re probably sending e-mail because you’re deep in thought about something. Your reader is too, only they’re deep in thought about something else. Even worse, in a multiperson conversation, messages and replies may arrive out of order. And no, it doesn’t help to include the entire past conversation when you reply; it’s rude to force someone else to wade through ten screens of messages because you’re too lazy to give them context. So, start off your messages with enough context to orient your reader.Bad E-MailTo: Billy FranklinFrom: Robert PayneSubject: Re: Re: Re: Please bring contributions to the charity driveYes, apples are definitely the answer.Good E-MailTo: Billy FranklinFrom: Robert PayneSubject: Re: Re: Re: Please bring contributions to the charity drive.You asked if we want apple pie. Yes, apples are definitely the answer.When you copy lots of people (a heinous practice that should be used sparingly), mark out why each person should care. Just because you send a message to six poor co-workers doesn’t mean all six know what to do when they get it. Ask yourself why you’re sending to each recipient, and let them know at the start of the message what they should do with it. Big surprise, but this also forces you to consider why you’re including each person.Bad CCTo: Abby Gail, Bill Fold, Cindy RellaSubject: Website design draft is doneThe website draft is done. Check it out in the attached file. The design firm will need our responses by the end of the week.Good CCTo: Abby Gail, Bill Fold, Cindy RellaSubject: Website design draft is doneAG: DECISION NEEDED. Get marketing to approve the draftBF: PLEASE VERIFY. Does the slogan capture our branding?CR: FYI, if we need a redesign, your project will slip.The website draft is done. Check it out in the attached file. The design firm will need our responses by the end of the week.Use separate messages rather than bcc (blind carbon copy). If you bcc someone “just to be safe,” think again. Ask yourself what you want the “copied” person to know, and send a separate message if needed. Yes, it’s more work for you, but if we all do it, it’s less overload.Bad BCCTo: FredBcc: ChrisPlease attend the conference today at 2:00 p.m.Good BCCTo: FredPlease attend the conference today at 2:00 p.m.To: ChrisPlease reserve the conference room for me and Fred today at 2:00 p.m.Make action requests clear. . If you want things to get done, say so. Clearly. There’s nothing more frustrating as a reader than getting copied on an e-mail and finding out three weeks later that someone expected you to pick up the project and run with it. Summarize action items at the end of a message so everyone can read them at one glance. Understand how people prefer to be reached and how quickly they respond. Some people are so buried under e-mail that they can’t reply quickly. If something’s important, use the phone or make a follow-up phone call. Do it politely; a delay may not be personal. It might be that someone’s overloaded. If you have time-sensitive information, don’t assume people have read the e-mail you sent three hours ago rescheduling the meeting that takes place in five minutes. Pick up the phone and call. Your Only Solution Is to Take ActionYeah, yeah, you have a million reasons why these ideas can never work in your workplace. Hogwash. I use every one of them and can bring at least a semblance of order to my inbox. So choose a technique and start applying it. While you practice, I’ll be on vacation, accumulating a 2,000 message backlog for when I get home. If you want to know how well I cope, just send along an e-mail and ask….Stever Robbins is an authority on overwhelm in the workplace. A veteran of nine startups (can you say: overwhelm to the max?) over 25 years, Stever co-designed the “Foundations” segment of Harvard’s MBA program. He is the author of It Takes a Lot More than Attitude to Lead a Stellar Organization, and has appeared on CNN-fn and in the Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily and Harvard Business Review. Stever and his monthly newsletter can be found at http://SteverRobbins.com/. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Add to Queue
–shares June 16, 2015 Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. To Mark Its First Birthday Yo Unveils Photo Messaging and Group Chats Add to Queue Apps 2 min read Image credit: Yo Guest Writer Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Enroll Now for $5 Remember Yo? Launched a year ago, the app’s premise is ridiculously simple: It sends the word “Yo” to contacts who also have the app installed.That was the old Yo, though.Since its launch and having raised a miraculous $1.5 million from investors, the app has attempted a pivot into usefulness, allowing users to “Yo” a host of developers and publishers and receive notifications on everything from breaking news to nearby restaurant recommendations. But the company wasn’t done with its overhaul.Yesterday, in line with this move towards relevance, the app launched an updated version. Dubbed Yo 2.0, it includes a redesigned interface along with new features such as “Yo Groups,” which enables users to blast out Yo’s, photos or locations to multiple people at once, and “Yo Anyone,” which lets users send SMS Yo’s to contacts who do not have the Yo app.Related: New Messaging App ‘Tap’ Aims to Be Even Simpler Than ‘Yo’While Yo 2.0 is arguably more useful than the original Yo — admittedly not a hard bar to clear –the new features don’t make the app that much less silly, really. How many circumstances require sending a location pin drop or a selfie blast to a group of friends? As with the original Yo, the applications are suspiciously limited.Maybe that can be fixed? Yo co-founder Danny Hakimian told Mashable that in the future, he hopes to work with third-party apps to personalize the Yo experience for individual users.“Down the line it could be that I Yo you my location and there’s an option to order a Uber to that location,” he told the outlet, although there are no plans, as of yet, to partner with Uber. “Or use your current context or previous interests. We can make the notification smarter than it already is.”Is it possible to contextualize a Yo into relevance? Looks like Yo’s team won’t rest until they find out.Related: The ‘Yo’ Explosion Comes Full Circle: Viral App Gets HackedFollow Entrepreneur on Yo and get the week’s top story every Thursday, delivered straight to your device. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Next Article Laura Entis
Next Article 8 SEO and Social Media Trends You Need to Know About –shares 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List 6 min read Guest Writer Add to Queue Social Media Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. June 27, 2016 Jayson DeMers Founder and CEO, AudienceBloom If you feel a bit behind the times when it comes to SEO and social media, I can’t blame you. I read the news every day, adjust my company’s and clients’ strategies regularly and still feel behind. That’s because trends never stay the same for very long, and there are always new ones emerging to challenge the status quo.Related: 6 New Social Media Marketing Tools the Experts Use. You Should, Too.If you haven’t taken a scrutinizing look at your SEO and social media strategies lately, now’s a good time to take inventory and see where you fall, in relation to the latest trends and tactics in the industry. These eight trends are some of the most important to know about this year.1. Live video and real-time engagementThere’s no question that video content is on the rise, in popularity and significance. Users have faster, more mobile internet connections, and the flood of written content on the web has left users hungry for something more visually engaging. Beyond that, live, in-the-moment content is becoming more important in the social realm thanks to mobile experiences and constant communication. These two trends together are facilitating the rise of live-streaming video, which is being promoted by most major social media profiles, and you can expect it to grow in both streaming and viewing figures.2. Digital assistants and voice searchDigital assistants like Siri and Cortana have been steadily growing in sophistication and user adoption for the past several years, and now a new kind of digital assistant is emerging — the home unit. Amazon Alexa and Google Home are just two examples of how voice search is gradually gaining significance in our daily lives. What does this mean for search? It means an even lower focus on short, core keywords, and a higher focus on long-tail keywords and on conversational, colloquial types of searches. You will have to adapt your content accordingly.3. The rise of social contentThere’s no shortage of content on social media, from brands and users alike, but now that features like Facebook’s Instant Articles are emerging, we may see a new kind of social content develop. Users are already starting to warm to the idea that videos automatically play in their newsfeeds, and full-fledged articles are available without users ever having to leave a social app. This puts an increased demand on brands to provide content through social channels first, which as you might imagine, also has implications for traditional on-site SEO.4. Increased priorities on apps.Adding to the complexity of these in-app experiences, both social media platforms and search engines like Google are favoring apps more and more in their new features. Google, for example, is developing features like app streaming to prioritize the visibility and usage of apps for mobile users. As this trend develops, apps will take on an even more important role in users’ online experiences, possibly pushing us ever closer to an eventual “death” of traditional websites.Related: 5 Up-and-Coming Social Media Tools You Should Know About5. Social commerceBuyable pins by Pinterest were one of the first “true” social commerce hybrid features, crossing a boundary beyond simple social media advertising to create a new kind of online experience. Thanks to the popularity of social commerce, more social media brands are considering the model and tinkering with their own advertising strategies; expect to see a more fluid online experience for online shoppers in the near future, which may decrease the need for your own stand-alone website in an SEO context.6. Rich answersGoogle’s rich answers — those helpful snippets of information you get for certain answerable queries — are rising in prevalence. On one hand, this is threatening, because users are getting highly visible, immediate answers for questions that previously might have led them to your site. But, don’t forget that Google still relies on websites for this information: You can use structured markup and content-targeting on your own site to exploit this and gain more visibility for queries related to your brand.7. Machine learningMachine learning in the context of SEO and social media marketing is still in its infancy, but it’s already starting to make an impact. Google’s RankBrain has already had a significant impact, and it may be serving as a pilot program to evaluate the effectiveness of a machine-learning algorithm left on its own. Soon, things like search engine updates, social newsfeed algorithm changes and even some forms of marketing automation will be left to artificial intelligence. I won’t speculate what this might mean for your job, but it will certainly make the marketing world faster changing and even less predictable.8. PersonalizationThe run-of-the-mill general content won’t be enough for most users — at least not for much longer. Today’s average user is spoiled, with controllable newsfeeds on social media and search results that vary based on location, search history and other factors specific to individual users. The public is gradually demanding content and advertising that’s more individualized and more relevant than ever. Niche-targeting and more individual experiences, especially on social media, are going to become more necessary for success.None of these trends demands a complete overhaul to your strategy — at least not yet — but they should give you a few ideas on how to adjust your campaign for the near future. You may need to redistribute your budget to favor more effective strategies or increase your budget, to experiment with a new channel, but the most important thing to do is consider the long-term future and remain flexible.Related: Social Media Trends to Look Out For in 2016Even if you don’t take immediate action, knowing what developments are in the pipeline can help you position your strategy for easier and more agile future changes. Image credit: ArthurStock | Shutterstock Apply Now » The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue.
Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Next Article This story originally appeared on PCMag 4 min read Technology Image credit: ThingSpace via PC Mag Add to Queue ThingSpace at Columbia University’s Teachers College is rethinking how to merge technology and art in one space. Digital Strategist and Technology Columnist –shares Sophia Stuart It seems obvious once you think about it. But if STEAM (which adds art and design to the usual science, technology, engineering and math mix) is really going to take hold in the education system, classrooms themselves need an overhaul. The current setup, with desks facing a teacher and whiteboard, doesn’t allow the mind to roam or hands-on experimentation to take place.Those within the Arts and Humanities Department at Columbia University’s Teachers College are already thinking about this issue with a prototype learning environment known as ThingSpace, located deep in the basement of Macy Hall.It’s all part of a new approach for next-gen educators at the venerable Manhattan institution. A new crop of students have signed up for Advanced Certificate: Creative Technologies to learn how to preside over these new spaces, and they’ve all just arrived for the fall semester.PCMag went to the ThingSpace to meet Angela Allmond, a doctoral candidate at Teachers College specializing in art classroom design strategies, as she put up and painted the last shelves (Federated Blue HGSW1322, Sherwin Williams and a custom mix of what was left from last semester).”I’m actually writing my dissertation on studio spaces and how they meet the needs of students and teachers,” Allmond told PCMag. “My interest in this emerging discipline is also why I was hired to renovate this phased project as we re-imagine this whole venture.”The first thing that strikes you as you enter the ThingSpace is the lighting. It’s bright but there are no buzzing fluorescents overhead. “We switched out traditional strips for daylight sustainable energy bulbs,” confirmed Allmond.Though it previously served as a traditional sculpture studio, ThingSpace doesn’t look anything like a single purpose workshop. Remember those? Instead, everything is on display at ThingSpace. You can pick up Arduinos and fiddle with old electrical casings from vintage TVs. Maybe you paint or sculpt, but it’s all there, in a wide open airy space, carefully marked and on open shelves, from Makey Makeys to an assortment of steampunk and Maker Movement hand-craft tools.There’s a flexible work area for computer stations (loaded up with SketchUp for 3D modeling), a Poulan industrial size chain saw, DeWALT table saw, drill press, laser cutter and 3D printers; a CNC router is on its way. There are digital sewing machines for textile creation (cue the conductive thread possibilities) alongside very traditional tools (such as chisels) if students want them.”It’s all about creating a space that invites students to try new materials,” Allmond said. “Or that compels them to explore the range of possibility that exists across media choices, often tempting them to bridge the gap between ‘tried and true’ traditional materials and the many new and emerging possibilities brought about by the ever-changing and advancing digital technologies that permeate the 21st century.”As an educator in the classroom, I’ve often delighted in watching a student start an art class with no real idea of what to do, but eventually be drawn in by the ‘stuff’ of artmaking, from clay to pastels, found objects to 3D printing, and an vast array of compelling materials.”It’s not always easy to think out of the box when it comes to education spaces. As part of her PhD study, Allmond spent time at the Amesbury School in England as it embarked on a multi-million dollar building program.”I’d already started working on defining my research interests and shaping the proposal for my dissertation project, on how students flourish in well-designed creative spaces,” said Allmond. “And it was so useful to be at Amesbury. What I learned there is that if you don’t create these spaces with careful consideration of nuanced use patterns and organize it in a way that invites curiosity and exploration, you’ll get a fabulous building, but will still be cramming in all the same stuff into an area that’s not fit for purpose.”You have to grow into a space, especially a space you’re trying to change to become something else,” Allmond continued. “You have to understand the use of the space and how students are going to move around, generate desire to try new things and work on projects.”The ThingSpace is an imaginative way to inspire a whole new generation of educators and their students. Considering Teachers College is where Georgia O’Keeffe studied from 1914 to 1915, it’s great to know it is still forging individual minds and creative spirits within a future-ready learning environment. September 26, 2016 What You Can Learn About Creativity From This Future-Ready Classroom Enroll Now for $5
Continuous Diary MeasurementiHeartMediaMarketing Technology NewsNewsNielsenNielsen Media Impact Previous ArticleSellozo Releases Campaign Studio: Drag-and-Drop Ad Management and Optimization Tool for Businesses Selling on AmazonNext ArticleSisense Brings Power to the Builders With New Cloud-Native Linux Platform, Insights to Everyone With Predictive AI Technology iHeartMedia Doubles Down on Radio Attribution with Agreement to Support Nielsen Media Impact and Continuous Diary Measurement PRNewswireJune 13, 2019, 3:02 pmJune 13, 2019 Nielsen Moves Ahead with Continuous Diary Measurement in Four Book MarketsNielsen announced that iHeartMedia, Inc., the number one audio company in the US, will advance radio attribution by supporting Nielsen Media Impact (NMI) and Continuous Diary Measurement (CDM) in Nielsen Audio’s four book markets.With this agreement, Nielsen moves forward with its decision to implement Continuous Diary Measurement as planned in radio markets currently measured four times a year. In addition, iHeartMedia’s support boosts the momentum of Nielsen’s national cross-media planning tool, Nielsen Media Impact.“Nielsen Audio is thrilled to be collaborating with iHeartMedia on these important, forward-looking industry level initiatives,” said Brad Kelly, Managing Director, Nielsen Audio. “Billion dollar advertisers are telling us with absolute clarity that fresh data and cross-platform media analytics are of paramount importance. These are critical inputs which fuel the marketing mix models — the same models that guide vast marketing and ad spend budgets.”Marketing Technology News: Live Data Is Now The Lifeblood For Telco Value Creation“The advertising ecosystem is evolving quickly,” continued Kelly. “Nielsen Audio and the radio industry must keep pace. The advancement of Continuous Diary Measurement in combination with Nielsen Media Impact will allow both buyers and sellers of radio to better evaluate, react, and adapt to marketplace changes. We are confident these tools will help level the playing field and bring radio’s attribution metrics on par with other media.”“Marketing Mix Models need fresh data to get a full understanding of how radio drives sales results and Continuous Diary Measurement enables better attribution with more current data in the larger diary markets,” said Greg Ashlock, President, iHeartMedia Markets Group. “We also look forward to using Nielsen Media Impact to show clients how iHeartMedia substantially improves advertising results in optimized cross media campaigns.”Marketing Technology News: IBM Infuses Db2 with AI to Bring Data Science and Database Management Under One PlatformContinuous Diary Measurement will start with the July 2019 survey in the 46 Nielsen Audio markets that are currently measured four times a year. The survey period covers April 25 to July 17 and the reports will be delivered between August 14th and August 23rd. Effective with the launch of CDM, 94 metros will have monthly reporting (48 PPM markets and 46 CDM markets) representing ~80% of radio’s ad spend and population in Nielsen Audio markets. Nielsen will pause its plans to introduce CDM in two book markets while it continues to work with clients to determine the best path forward to evolve radio measurement and establish attribution metrics in the small and mid-size markets.Nielsen Media Impact is a cross-platform media planning and optimization solution that helps clients understand total campaign reach, frequency and duplication using advanced audience segments. NMI will enable iHeartMedia to demonstrate the value that its broad audience brings to an advertiser’s media plan and illustrate their substantial incremental reach.Marketing Technology News: Actifio Announces Global Alliance with Tata Consultancy Services to Provide Multi-Cloud Copy Data Management Solutions for Data-Driven Enterprises
Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jan 29 2019The type of saturated fats we eat can affect our risk of a heart attack, according to a study published in the International Journal of Cardiology. People whose diets contain relatively little palmitic and stearic acid – saturated fats composed of 16 or more carbon atoms (longer-chain saturated fats) that are typically found in meats – and eat plant-based proteins instead have decreased chances of myocardial infarction. Moreover, individuals who eat more saturated fats with 14 or fewer carbon atoms (shorter-chain saturated fats) that are typically found in dairy products have lower risk of myocardial infarction.”Our analysis of the diets of large groups of individuals in two countries over time shows that the type of saturated fats we could affect our cardiovascular heath,” consume explained lead investigator Ivonne Sluijs, PhD, Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands.The study investigated whether saturated fats with chains varying in length from 4 to 18 carbon atoms are associated with the risk of developing a myocardial infarction. Data from approximately 75,000 people in the UK and Denmark were analyzed. Of these two groups, nearly 3,500 people experienced myocardial infarction in the period between the study’s initial outreach and follow-up 13 years later (in Denmark) and 18 years later (in the UK).”We found that eating relatively little of the longer chained saturated fatty acids and consuming plant-based proteins instead was associated with a lowered risk. Substitution of those saturated fats with other energy sources such as carbohydrates did not affect the risk to develop myocardial infarction,” said Dr. Sluijs. Although diets vary by nationality and other factors, the most frequently consumed saturated fat is palmitic acid, with 16 carbon atoms, followed by stearic acid, with 18 carbon atoms, both of which are found in meat products. Consumption of saturated fats that have shorter carbon atom chains and are present in dairy products is less prevalent.Since the 1960s, when diets high in saturated fat were linked to elevated “bad” LDL cholesterol and coronary heart disease, dietary guidelines recommended restricting saturated fatty acids across the board. In recent years, research studies have raised some questions about what was considered established evidence. Inconsistent findings have pointed to the possibility that different types of saturated fats have different effects on cholesterol levels and the development of coronary heart disease. Despite the fact that their study’s findings support this hypothesis, Dr. Sluijs and her fellow investigators recommend proceeding with caution before changing dietary guidelines:Related StoriesStudy explores role of iron in over 900 diseasesCancer incidence among children and young adults with congenital heart diseaseCutting around 300 calories a day protects the heart even in svelte adults”Our study only allowed us to draw conclusions on the level of associations between saturated fatty acids and the development of myocardial infarction. We do not know whether those fatty acids are actually the cause of differences between the occurrences of myocardial infarction we observed. To further explore this, we need experiments in which the consumption of saturated fatty acids is more controlled and, for instance, compared with consumption of unsaturated fatty acids,” she noted.”The study is applaudable for its large size, prospective cohort study design, and detailed assessment of diet and lifestyle factors. In addition, it is among the few studies that specifically examined individual saturated fatty acids in relation to coronary heart disease risk and compared with different macronutrients,” commented Jun Li, MD, PhD, and Qi Sun, MD, ScD, both at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA, in an accompanying editorial. They also noted a few limitations of the study and thus called for cautious interpretation of the overall null results for the primary saturated fatty acids.Dr. Li and Dr. Sun advise that shifts in fat intake should align with the recommended healthy dietary patterns, which emphasize limited intakes of red and processed meat and added sugars, lower salt intake, replacement of refined grains with whole grains, and higher consumption of fruits and vegetables.Source: https://www.elsevier.com/about/press-releases/research-and-journals/not-all-saturated-fats-are-equal-when-it-comes-to-heart-health
Almost 60% of patients were aged over 65. Nearly a third of confirmed cases lived in more socio-economically deprived areas. Almost 80% of patients had been hospitalized at some time over the previous five years, but fewer than half (41%) had been hospitalized for respiratory disease. High rates of the disease in areas which had previously reported low numbers of cases. Notably, the Bay of Plenty District Health Board area (more than 8 cases per 100,000 people) and the Hawkes Bay and the Waitemata (which both had between 6 and 8 cases per 100,000). Canterbury also had rates of between 6 and 8 cases per 100,000. About two-thirds of cases were admitted to hospital during winter and spring. Professor Murdoch, a clinical microbiologist and researcher, says a special test called the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is the best way to diagnose Legionnaires’ disease as chest x-rays or other tests cannot differentiate between this and other forms of pneumonia. The disease requires different treatments from other types of pneumonia. The sooner the infection is treated with bacteria-specific medication, the better the prognosis, he says. This research shows the incidence of Legionnaires’ disease in New Zealand is much higher than previously identified. Indeed, we have the highest reported incidence in the world. The research also supports the routine use of the PCR test to detect and ensure access to appropriate treatments”Professor Murdoch Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jun 11 2019The first New Zealand-wide study of the burden of Legionnaire’s disease has found triple the number of cases of this form of pneumonia than previously reported.The study, led by University of Otago, Christchurch Professor David Murdoch, has just been published in the Lancet Infectious Diseases. It gives the first accurate picture of the burden of the disease in New Zealand, but has international implications as few places routinely test for the potentially deadly – and preventable – bacteria.The researchers arranged for people hospitalized with pneumonia from almost all of New Zealand during one calendar year to have a specialized test that detects legionella bacteria. Three times the number of cases were diagnosed compared with the average number of cases confirmed over each of the previous three years.Specifically, the researchers found: Related StoriesBacteria in the birth canal linked to lower risk of ovarian cancerRaw meat can act as reservoir for bacteria associated with hospital infectionsOlympus Europe and Cytosurge join hands to accelerate drug development, single cell researchThe results are relevant to other countries as the bacteria causing Legionnaires’ disease is present internationally but few countries have routine testing in place, Professor Murdoch says.The study identified the most common form of bacteria causing the disease in New Zealanders was Legionella longbeachae (in 63% of cases). This strain is found in soil and composted plant material, and people at greatest risk are those involved in gardening activities.To get their results, the research team tested all respiratory samples from patients with pneumonia admitted to any of the 20 participating hospitals between May 2015 and May 2016. During the year a total of 238 cases were identified, or 5.4 cases per 100,000 New Zealanders. This was three times the rate expected based on the number of people diagnosed in the preceding three years. Of the 238 cases, 15 died within 90 days of diagnosis and 38 cases required treatment in an intensive care unit (ICU).Professor Murdoch says the research was possible because of the involvement of staff and laboratories from 20 hospitals and 17 different District Health Boards. It is unusual for this degree of collaboration on research projects, he said.The research was funded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC).HRC chief executive Professor Kath McPherson says the study demonstrates the vital importance of accurate data. “Without robust data, we can completely underestimate the extent of a problem and make uninformed decisions, and in health that can have extremely negative consequences. It is very pleasing to see this huge collaborative effort result in definitive findings that should inform practice and policy throughout our country and internationally where such work has not been done.”Source:University of OtagoJournal reference:Murdoch, D.R. et al. (2019) The burden of Legionnaires’ disease in New Zealand (LegiNZ): a national surveillance study. Lancet Infectious Diseases. doi.org/10.1016/S1473-3099(19)30113-6.
Children born with low levels of vitamin D had an approximately 60% higher risk of elevated systolic blood pressure between ages 6 and 18; Children who had persistently low levels of vitamin D through early childhood had double the risk of elevated systolic blood pressure between ages 3 and 18. Systolic refers to the first or top number in a blood pressure reading. It indicates how much pressure your blood is exerting against your artery walls when your heart beats. High systolic blood pressure readings increase the risk of cardiovascular disease even when diastolic blood pressure, the second number in a blood pressure reading, is controlled. Currently, there are no recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics to screen all pregnant women and young children for vitamin D levels. Our findings raise the possibility that screening and treatment of vitamin D deficiency with supplementation during pregnancy and early childhood might be an effective approach to reduce high blood pressure later in life.”Guoying Wang, M.D., Ph.D., the study’s lead author and an assistant scientist at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland Related StoriesVitamin D supplementation may not reduce the risk of heart diseaseStudy reveals how habitual smoking may contribute to development of hypertensionGenetic variants may be linked with high blood pressure among blacksWang added that what constitutes optimal circulating vitamin D levels during pregnancy and early childhood remains an active research question, and that their study results need to be replicated in other large populations.Vitamin D is needed for the body to absorb calcium for strong bones. It is made by our bodies when we are exposed to sunlight and found in a few foods, such as eggs, salmon and fortified milk products. It is also available as a vitamin supplement.High blood pressure is a leading, preventable cause of cardiovascular disease worldwide. Along with an increase in obesity among children, the prevalence of high blood pressure in children has been on the rise in recent years, especially among African American children. High blood pressure in childhood is an important risk factor for having high blood pressure and developing cardiovascular disease in adulthood. Source:American Heart AssociationJournal reference:Wang, G. et al. (2019) Vitamin D Trajectories From Birth to Early Childhood and Elevated Systolic Blood Pressure During Childhood and Adolescence. Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association. doi.org/10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.119.13120. Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jul 1 2019Vitamin D deficiency from birth to early childhood was associated with an increased risk of elevated blood pressure in later childhood and adolescence, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension.Researchers followed 775 children from birth to age 18 at the Boston Medical Center. Most lived in a low-income, urban area and 68% of the children were African American. Low vitamin D levels were defined as less than 11 ng/ml (nanograms per millimeter) in cord blood at birth and less than 25 ng/ml in a child’s blood during early childhood.Compared to children who were born with adequate vitamin D levels:
© 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. In this June 14, 2018, file photo Tesla CEO and founder of the Boring Company Elon Musk speaks at a news conference in Chicago. Musk says he is considering taking the electric car maker private. Tesla’s stock spiked Tuesday, Aug. 7, after Musk made the abrupt announcement in a terse tweet. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File) “It’s very unusual for any CEO other than Elon Musk. This is not how you do it and it makes you wonder how seriously to take it,” said Erik Gordon, a business and law professor at the University of Michigan.Musk probably wasn’t violating any regulations by simply announcing that he was considering taking the company private, Gordon said, but his assertion that the funding already has been locked up could “expose him to at least potential legal risk” if it turns out that the financing is on shaky footing.Musk later brought some clarity to the situation in an email to Tesla employees that was also posted on Tesla’s blog. Trading in Tesla’s stock resumed shortly after the letter’s release, and the stock climbed 11 percent to close at $379.57. Musk’s offer is 9 percent higher than Tesla’s peak closing price of $385 reached nearly a year ago.By taking Tesla private, Musk believes that the company will be able to sharpen its long-term focus of revolutionizing an automobile industry dominated by fuel-combustion vehicles without having to cater to investors’ fixation on how the business is faring from one quarter to the next.Making money has proven elusive for Tesla while it has been investing in electric car technology and ramping up production of its vehicles, including a sedan with a starting price of $35,000 to appeal to a broader audience.The company has only posted a quarterly profit twice in its history and has never made money during an entire calendar year, something that Musk has been trying to change by cutting costs, including recent mass layoffs that trimmed Tesla’s workforce by 9 percent. Tesla lost another $717.5 million in its most recent quarter.Musk “has been running Tesla like a private company with publicly traded stock anyway so this deal makes some sense,” Gartner analyst Mike Ramsey said.Tesla completed an initial public offering of stock in 2010, largely because Wall Street provided a convenient vehicle to raise billions of dollars to finance its expansion. By going private, Tesla will lose that convenient source of financing, something that could cause massive headaches if the company continues to burn through cash as much as it has in recent years, Ramsey said.Despite its challenges, Tesla has remained a favorite among many investors, partly because of their faith in Musk, who made his initial fortune as a co-founder of PayPal and also is the CEO of a trail-blazing aerospace company, SpaceX, that’s already private.But another substantial segment of investors are convinced Tesla is doomed to fail and are betting on the company’s eventual demise by becoming “short sellers” of its stock. Short sellers borrow shares from other investors and then immediately sell them on the premise that they will be able to buy them back at a lower price later to replace they stock they borrowed.Musk has long raged against short sellers and mentioned his desire to be rid of them as one of his reasons for taking Tesla private.”Being public means that there are large numbers of people who have the incentive to attack the company,” he wrote.If Musk decides against going private, Gordon said his credibility could take another hit, though one he could weather.”If he doesn’t go forward with it, it will end up be another Elon Musk big mouth faux pas,” Gordon said. “He will live to see another day. People will shake their heads and say, ‘that’s Elon.'” Tesla boss Musk rattles Wall Street with tweet on going private (Update) Citation: Tesla CEO drops latest bombshell with $72B buyout proposal (2018, August 8) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-tesla-ceo-latest-bombshell-72b.html In his typically unorthodox fashion, the eccentric Musk dropped his bombshell on his Twitter account, which he has used as a platform for pranks, vitriol and now for a proposal to pull off one of the biggest buyouts in U.S. history.Musk got the ball rolling Tuesday after the stock market had already been open more than three hours with a tweet announcing he had secured funding to buy all of Tesla’s stock at $420 per share with no further details.At that price, the buyout would cost nearly $72 billion, based on Tesla’s outstanding stock as of July 27, but it’s unlikely the deal would cost that much because Musk owns a roughly 20 percent stake in the Palo Alto, California, company. He also said he intends to give Tesla’s existing shareholders the option of retaining a stake in the company through a special fund, if they want.”Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured,” Musk wrote in his first tweet, following up with “good morning” and a smiley emoji. He later tweeted that the only uncertainty about completing the deal is whether he can gain shareholder approval.The first tweet came hours after the Financial Times reported that Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund had built a significant stake in Tesla Inc., but it was unclear if that was the funding Musk was referring to. The Financial Times, citing unnamed people with direct knowledge of the matter said Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund had built a stake of between 3 and 5 percent of Telsa’s shares.Musk’s announcement was initially met with widespread skepticism, with many people connecting the proposed price to 420 being a common slang term for marijuana.Musk also previously used his Twitter account to joke that Tesla was going bankrupt in an April Fool’s Day tweet and his stability was called into question last month after he called a British diver who helped rescue children from a Thailand cave a pedophile. That baseless tweet was quickly deleted and Musk apologized to the diver.The confusion caused by Musk’s Tuesday announcement via Twitter also prompted regulators of the Nasdaq stock market to temporarily suspend trading in Tesla’s stock. Although it’s unusual for a CEO to make such a major announcement over social media, it does not appear to be improper. 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