ESPN College GameDayAfter serving as the host of ESPN’s College GameDay for 25 years, Chris Fowler has moved on to focus on his duties as play-by-play announcer for ABC/ESPN’s prime time Saturday night games. While Rece Davis should fill in admirably, GameDay definitely won’t be the same. To pay tribute to Fowler, GameDay put together an amazing feature piece, narrated by Tom Rinaldi. After the piece, Fowler joined his old GameDay crew, and Davis, on stage. Things got pretty emotional when Fowler discussed his relationship with Lee Corso, who he spent all 25 years with on the show. He even gave Corso a kiss on the cheek.It is getting a bit dusty in here this morning. We’ll miss you, Chris.
Bleacher Report.Bleacher Report and Notre Dame announced a “groundbreaking partnership” for social media content on Thursday.From Notre Dame’s release:Bleacher Report, a preeminent next generation content creation company, has reached an agreement with University of Notre Dame football for an exclusive social content partnership throughout the season. The B/R social team will be embedded with the football program in South Bend and travel with the team to road games during the entire season to create custom content for the program’s national fan base.The collaboration will consist of full behind-the- scenes access to the Notre Dame football team including practice, locker room, game day activities, home and away games, travel, academic classrooms and a wide array of student and campus life. The array of content will include a weekly video feature, Facebook Live streams, short shareable social packages and game day Snapchat takeovers, distributed across Bleacher Report’s website and Team Stream mobile app — reaching more than 250 million users — along with B/R social platforms with an audience of more than 200 million fans.At a press conference this morning, Kelly explained the benefits of partnering with B/R for his program.Brian Kelly on Bleacher Report deal: “This gives us a unique relationship that nobody else has in college football.”— JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) August 5, 2016Kelly says, flat out, the relationship with Bleacher Report allows them to reach their targeted audience. More so than the Showtime deal.— Mike Vorel (@mikevorel) August 5, 2016As I expected, Kelly says the Bleacher Report media deal requires much less time/effort than the Showtime documentary series did.— Stephen Brooks (@StephenM_Brooks) August 5, 2016Notre Dame did a documentary with SHOWTIME last season. Florida State is doing a similar documentary this season.The Fighting Irish released this video about their partnership with Bleacher Report. The start of something new.@NDFootball x @BleacherReportComing this fall… #BRxND pic.twitter.com/8dbeU1jHvN— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) August 4, 2016Notre Dame opens its season on Sunday, Sept. 4 against Texas.
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In July, I wrote a piece titled “The Rate of Domestic Violence Arrests Among NFL Players,” which has been getting a lot of attention recently — some of it missing the point.I based the analysis in my article on USA Today’s NFL Arrests Database, combined with data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ Arrest Data Analysis Tool and some historical data gleaned from the National Incident-Based Reporting System and a variety of BJS reports on domestic violence. The main points I made were:For most crimes, NFL players have extremely low arrest rates relative to national averages.Their relative arrest rate for domestic violence is much higher than for other crimes.Although the arrest rate for domestic violence may appear low relative to the national average for 25- to 29-year-old men, it is probably high relative to NFL players’ income level (more than $75,000 per year) and poverty rate (0 percent).But the article has been cited by a number of people to support the proposition that the NFL does not have an unusually high domestic violence rate. While I think this is a fair characterization of my intermediate results — the arrest rate I noted was 55.4 percent of the national average for 25- to 29-year-old men as suggested by the USA Today arrest data and rough number of players in the NFL — it’s misleading when taken out of context.Let’s be more explicit about the different assumptions that can affect that bottom-line comparison. For that analysis, I generally tried to lean toward assumptions favorable to the NFL, with the intention of showing that, even under those assumptions, the NFL appeared to have a “downright extraordinary” arrest rate for domestic violence.But there are still a lot of unknowns in the data and lot of choices to be made about what exactly we’re comparing to what.Reliability of arrest dataA lot of readers, commenters, emailers, tweeters, media, etc., have questioned the USA Today NFL arrest data. They’re right to be skeptical. There’s a good chance the arrest data is incomplete — particularly when it comes to marginal players who are only attached to the NFL briefly.When I wrote that piece, I was concerned about both over- and under-inclusion: The pool of NFL players who would pop up in the database might be even larger than the estimate based on roster limits (because some players come and go, and players are frequently dropped and replaced throughout the year), but it might also miss some players whose arrests flew under the radar.I hand-sampled a number of cases and found that they appeared to include many marginal players with minimal attachment to the league. With the NFL being so intensely followed, I thought the USA Today data set was probably pretty comprehensive.But some readers have made some good cases for why the arrest count the database produces could be low.On the pure data-collection level, I’ve corresponded with an enterprising reader who compared the frequency of arrests in the USA Today data for players with more games played vs. those with few games played. He found the first group had a much higher arrest rate. From this, he concluded that the database was probably missing arrests for lesser-known players, and he determined that basing the arrest rate on an assumption of 53 players per team (rather than the 80 players per team I used) was the most accurate approach (only coincidentally corresponding to the number of players on the roster during the year).His case seemed strong to me but not conclusive: It’s possible that marginally attached players are arrested at a lower rate. For example, marginally attached players may be younger (unsigned rookies) or older (borderline veterans) than typical players, and thus less likely to have families (younger) or be aged out of the most likely group to commit domestic violence (older). Additionally, we don’t know what’s driving the NFL’s overall domestic violence arrest rate, and I can imagine plausible scenarios in which regular players are more likely to commit and/or get arrested for the offense.Another potential problem, as several readers pointed out, is that virtually any NFL arrest data may understate the equivalent arrest rate in a less privileged population. In other words, NFL players who are involved in domestic violence incidents could be better at avoiding arrests than the general public. Relatedly, it’s possible there have been arrests that were either avoided or kept off the media’s radar because of team and/or league machinations.Whether any of those possibilities are likely or not, we should be explicit as to how our position on them affects our results.An appropriate pool for comparisonIf we want a bottom-line NFL vs. X number, the pool you use for X is obviously quite meaningful. But it’s difficult to figure out which pool we should be comparing to, and even if we do know what pool we want to use, figuring out their arrest rate (especially for domestic violence crimes) can be quite difficult.In my article, I primarily compare NFL arrest rates to arrest rates for 25- to 29-year-old men, and then I compared their arrest rate for domestic violence to their arrest rates for other crimes (it’s about four times higher). While we don’t have arrest data broken down by income, we do have such breakdowns for victimization rates (based on BJS survey data). I compared the relative domestic violence victimization rate for people from households making $75,000 or more to both the overall domestic violence victimization rate (it’s 39 percent as high) and rate for ages 20 to 34 (20 percent as high). It’s impossible to compare this directly to the relative NFL arrest rates with precision, but at least it gives us some benchmark for how income level may affect domestic violence incidents.In addition to inherent murkiness of trying to compare across different types of data, there are a few other possible problems with the $75,000 or more per year comparison.First, NFL players have a number of advantages that your typical member of a household making $75,000 and up each year may not. That’s the highest income group I had data for, but NFL players are typically wealthier than that. NFL players spend a good portion of the year in an extremely structured environment. They have extremely low rates of drug and alcohol abuse (especially relative to arrest rates for drug and alcohol-related crimes), and alcohol and drugs tend to be big risk factors for domestic violence.On the other hand, NFL players didn’t necessarily have the advantages that a lot of $75,000-and-up earners do. NFL players may be more likely than those earners to have come from difficult backgrounds, or to have experienced or observed abuse in their families, and in general to have missed out on the privileges associated with coming from a wealthier background.Finally, there are some differences in the data that we don’t know enough about to say what their effect might be, such as:Are victims from higher-income households more or less likely to make police reports that lead to arrests?How does the extreme wealth disparity between NFL players and their domestic partners affect the power dynamics that may lead to more or fewer arrests?Note: None of this has to be the case, and I haven’t studied these factors or their effects on criminality. But they are questions that affect our assumptions, and affect what type of comparison we should be making and how we should interpret it.Even if we could settle on a perfectly representative pool for comparison, getting even approximate figures for each group is extremely difficult. For example, as I noted in the original article, the BJS’s Intimate Partner Violence reports don’t include breakdowns by income anymore. So we have to make reasonable estimates based on several related numbers. This process has a lot of wiggle room in it as well, so we should be clear to look at what kinds of proxies lead to what kinds of results.Different combinations of assumptionsWith so much murkiness in both our data and our aims, the best thing to do is to look at a range of assumptions and see whether there are patterns that are apparent independent of such choices.Let’s first combine the possible issues with the USA Today data and represent them as a single number — which we’ll call “percentage of arrests captured by USA Today data” — representing its completeness with regards to actual arrests, as well as arrests that were otherwise avoided.Likewise, let’s combine the issues about comparison groups into a single percentage representing the bottom-line arrest rate of our comparable population (whatever it might be) relative to our 25- to 29-year-old average. In other words, we’re using one metric to represent each group by our best estimate for its relative arrest rate (which we can compare to benchmarks).Then we combine these two metrics with the information we have (NFL Arrest Rates in USA Today database, approximate number of NFL players and arrest rates for the general population), like so:We calculate the known NFL arrest rate and scale it to per 100,000 by taking the NFL arrests per year in the database, multiplied by 100,000, and divided by the number of NFL players per year (approximately 2,560).We divide this by the “percentage of arrests captured by USA Today data” (by assumption, per above).We gather data on the known national arrest rate for 25- to 29- year-olds, which is per 100,000.We divide this by our estimated relative arrest rate of a comparable population (by assumption, per above).Finally, we calculate the ratio between 2) and 4) and subtract 100 percent — this tells us how our estimated NFL arrest rate compares to the rate we estimate for a comparable population.Now we can chart the result of this calculation for given values of A and B as heat maps. Even if we assume extremely incomplete arrest data, the NFL’s overall arrest rate is still very low relative to the national average for its age range. But if we hold the NFL to an extremely high standard, we can still find its arrest rate to be subpar.I’ve used the same color scheme for both of these (100 percent = white). So it should be obvious that the NFL’s doing much worse with domestic violence arrests than with arrests overall.Note that the difference between assumptions can be an order of magnitude or more. Under a favorable set of assumptions, the NFL looks better than average; under an unfavorable set of assumptions, it’s doing terribly.For example, if you compare NFL players only to the national average for 25- to 29-year-old men, and you assume that the USA Today database is pretty much complete, you arrive at the 55.4 percent figure.On the other hand, if you assume that the NFL’s domestic violence arrest rate should be proportional to the overall arrest rate, you can see that the NFL has a “domestic violence problem,” whether the USA Today data is complete or not. This was essentially the scenario I was leading to in my initial article.
Excludes plays that are obvious passing or rushing situations: when a team is down by at least two scores, is in a short-yardage situation, is at the goal line or is showing three or more WRs; or when the game is in the final six minutes.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group Tennessee3.931.0239 Indianapolis3.620.02727 Cleveland4.123.21022 New Orleans5.121.5%125 San Francisco4.127.31316 LA Rams4.522.6324 Atlanta4.217.3732 New England4.427.7515 Carolina3.642.0282 Denver4.021.21826 Arizona3.444.0301 NY Giants4.033.9168 TeamYards/Rush8+ Box RateYards/Rush8+ Box Oakland4.137.5113 Philadelphia4.534.547 Detroit3.318.03131 Chicago4.119.51429 Washington3.627.92614 Minnesota4.028.31912 NY Jets4.030.52010 Kansas City4.722.9223 Dallas4.336.665 Pittsburgh4.037.2174 LA Chargers3.924.12221 RANK Teams don’t crowd the line to stop New OrleansNFL teams by rushing yards from running backs in 2017, with how often each offense faced at least eight defenders in the box Cincinnati3.719.62528 Tampa Bay3.525.22918 Jacksonville4.236.296 Buffalo4.028.92111 Seattle3.318.23230 Miami4.128.01513 Baltimore4.227.0817 Green Bay4.124.61220 Houston3.824.82419 After more than a decade of tearing teams to shreds through the air, the New Orleans Saints made a stunning change this season to their offense: They grounded their arsenal. The 2017 Saints are the most dominant rushing team in football, comfortably leading the league in yards gained by running backs. So the obvious solution for the Carolina Panthers in Sunday’s wild-card game is to stack the box with too many defenders for the Saints offensive line to block.But this won’t happen. And here’s what makes the New Orleans offense something that previously existed only in a defensive coordinator’s night terror: Drew Brees is still one of the NFL’s most effective passers, even when he’s leading the game’s best rushing attack. To put it another way, the Saints are winning because of their running game, and the Saints running game is winning because of Brees.Despite racking up more than 2,000 rushing yards by mostly Mark Ingram (1,124) and Alvin Kamara (728), the running backs and the team’s offensive line rarely had to account for eight or more defenders near the line of scrimmage. Saints’ opponents have been unwilling to commit to stopping the run — which is what you generally do against great running teams. To measure this fairly across the league, we first need to get rid of all the obvious pass or run scenarios based on down and distance or game situation.1We threw out any play where there were more than two wide receivers in the formation or an offense was down two or more scores because this suggests to a defense that a pass is coming. We also dumped all short-yardage plays (1 yard from a first down) and goal-line situations (3 or fewer yards from the end zone). Lastly, we ignored the final six minutes of the game because an offense’s intentions here are frequently obvious — whether it’s to play catch-up (pass) or to kill clock (run). Looking at what’s left, the Saints faced stacked fronts of eight or more defenders on just 37 of their 172 rushing plays, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group — a rate of 21.5 percent that’s 25th in the league. The average for all NFL teams is 28 percent. The Saints weren’t the only team that seemed to be preventing defenses from loading the box, but they had by far the most running success. Like the Saints, the Chiefs and Falcons ranked in the top five in yards per pass, which was enough to keep defenses from committing to stopping the run. While the Rams appear to fit this profile too, they played so many three-plus WR sets that teams simply could not commit that many defenders to the line of scrimmage.Playing against conventional fronts even when employing run-friendly personnel (no more than two WRs) is the key to the Saints’ success in generating yards before contact. Their running backs led the NFL in 2.85 yards on average before encountering a defender. Yes, a lot of this is good vision by the backs and effective offensive line blocking. But the fact that there weren’t often too many defenders at the line of scrimmage was Kamara and Ingram’s secret weapon.On paper, Brees’s role in the offense seems more minimized than ever: 23 touchdown passes after nine straight years of 30 or more, just 536 pass attempts after averaging 656 the prior seven seasons, and a Saints career low of 4,334 yards. But this isn’t 2015 Peyton Manning clearly wheezing to the finish line and needing the team to dominate in other areas in order to win. Brees, 38, led the NFL this year in yards per pass attempt, and his 103.9 passer rating was his best since 2013.Look no further than the Saints’ opponent on Sunday for an example of a team that has to deal with stacked fronts because defenses don’t fear the passing game. Carolina running backs had to face at least eight defenders in the box on 42 percent of the rushing plays in our sample, the second-highest rate in the league. And why not? Cam Newton ranks 21st in passing yards per attempt and 24th in passer rating, and he’s more a threat when he’s running himself.But even Ben Roethlisberger’s Steelers (37.2 percent) and Tom Brady’s Patriots (27.7 percent) were forced to send running backs into defenses with extra run-stoppers at the line of scrimmage far more often than the Saints. Maybe defenses have been slow to adjust to the Saints’ new offensive model, but Brees’s presence helping the running game find room is no recent phenomenon. Since 2010, the Saints’ average of 4.5 yards per rush by their running backs is the third-best rate in football.The even worse news for Carolina on Sunday is that perhaps no team has been more flustered by the multidimensional Saints than these Panthers. In their two prior meetings, both Saints wins, Carolina allowed 149 and 148 rushing yards. Those are the two worst performances by the Panthers’ run defense all year. And it’s not like they’re stopping Brees either: The future Hall of Famer posted a 117.8 passer rating with four TD passes in those two contests. The Panthers seem to have been caught in between the new Saints and the old-model Saints — and able to stop neither.Check out our latest NFL predictions.
Twitter ReImagined Is Back With More Covers reimagined-series-back-more-unexpected-covers NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Sep 17, 2018 – 6:01 pm GRAMMY ReImagined Returns With More Covers ReImagined Series Is Back With More Unexpected Covers News Facebook A new group of artists breathe fresh life into their favorite GRAMMY-winning or GRAMMY-nominated songsAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Sep 17, 2018 – 6:05 pm The Recording Academy is coming back with another season of ReImagined, a video series where artists bring a fresh take on classic GRAMMY-winning/nominated songs by their favorite artists – from the Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best Rock Song, Best R&B Song and Best Rap Song categories. NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Sep 18, 2018 – 2:47 pm Shawn James Covers “I Try”: GRAMMY ReImagined The relaunch of the series features six new unexpected covers to be released monthly, kicking off Tues. Sept. 17 with Shawn James. The blues/folk artist brings a passionate folksy cover of Macy Gray’s “I Try,” which won Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 43rd GRAMMY Awards.”I chose to cover ‘I Try’ by Macy Gray because of the emotional heaviness of the lyrics,” James shared. “I think that it can relate to most people on some level or another regarding love, loss, addiction and the reaction to dealing with those things. I wanted to reimagine the song with adding a depth of sorrow and darkness to not just the lyrics but also the ambience and delivery of the performance.” Email In the past, singer/songwriter Devon Terrell has soulfully delivered The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face,” and alt-rock band Our Last Night has jammed out to Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me,” among others.The upcoming list of performances will surely pack another emotive punch and run the gamut of sound. Victory Boyd, the young Central Park singer discovered by Jay-Z, takes on Seal’s “Kiss From A Rose” and Damien Escobar, the “hip-hop violinist,” gives his spin on Paramore’s “Ain’t It Fun,” to name a few.Subscribe to our YouTube channel and visit our video page to watch each ReImagined episode, along with other exclusive content, as it’s released.ReImagined Schedule:Sept. 18: Shawn James, “I Try” by Macy GrayOct. 16: Donna Missal, “Iris” by Goo Goo DollsNov. 13: Kimberly Nichole, “Black Hole Sun” by SoundgardenDec. 11: RuthAnne, “Waterfalls” by TLCJan. 8: Victory Boyd, “Kiss From A Rose” by SealFeb. 5: Damien Escobar, “Ain’t It Fun” by ParamoreRead more
Air marshal Masihuzzaman Serniabat. Photo: UNB Air marshal Masihuzzaman Serniabat will take over the command of the Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) from 12 June, said a release from the directorate of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Tuesday.He is set to take over the command the BAF for three years as the defence ministry issued a notification in this connection, the release added.“Air vice marshal Masihuzzaman Serniabat, BBP, OSP, NDU, PSC, GD (P) has been promoted to the post of air marshal for three years as chief officer of Bangladesh Air Force. This order will come into effect from 12 June,” the release reads.
Kolkata: The temperature in the city may go up in the next 48 hours, predicted the Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore on Friday.According to the weather office, there is a possibility of scattered rainfall in the city and some South Bengal districts as well. North Bengal districts will continue to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall in the next two days, the weather office said.The temperature in the city and its adjoining areas has dipped for the past few days, due to rain caused by the arrival of monsoon current in the region. According to the prediction, there will be a marginal rise in the mercury in the next two days. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe temperature this season touched 40 degrees due to the advent of westerly winds, which were bringing a heat wave to the city. This occurred after the monsoon current got stalled for few days in the last week.The situation improved after the monsoon current got active and brought moderate to heavy rainfall in the South Bengal districts. This came as a relief to the city dwellers and also the people from the districts in South Bengal, from the scorching summer heat. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPAccording to the weather office, the rise in temperature may also lead to uncomfortable weather, with the relative humidity going up.A senior official of the weather office said that North Bengal is expected to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall in the next few days as well, while in Kolkata and most parts of South Bengal, the mercury may soar high.However, there is a prediction of thunderstorm, accompanied with gusty wind and lightning, in the South Bengal districts.It may be mentioned here that various North Bengal districts have been receiving heavy rainfall for past few days, as a result of which an alert was also issued to the local administration to take adequate steps to check any untoward incident.
December 31, 2004The Nudging Space Arcology is a variation of Soleri’s earlier design ‘Two Suns’. The important design element here is the ‘Apsedra’ which combines two architectural forms, the ‘Apse’ and the ‘Excedra’. One way to visualize this is to picture a halved artichoke whose upper third has been sliced off and it’s choke removed. Its blades are separated but still remain attached to the lower center.The Nudging Space Arcology is a variation of Soleri’s earlier design ‘Two Suns’. The important design element here is the ‘Apsedra’ which combines two architectural forms, the ‘Apse’ and the ‘Excedra’. One way to visualize this is to picture a halved artichoke whose upper third has been sliced off and it’s choke removed. Its blades are separated but still remain attached to the lower center. The psychosomatic side is revealed by the influence the curved space has on our relationship with things and people. The Apsedra encourages conviviality by offering a focusing convergence (its center of centers) where awareness and dialoging are enhanced.“In nature, as an organism evolves it increases in complexity and it also becomes a more compact or miniaturized system. Similarly a city should function as a living system. Arcology, architecture and ecology as one integral process, is capable of demonstrating positive response to the many problems of urban civilization, population, pollution, energy and natural resource depletion, food scarcity and quality of life. Arcology recognizes the necessity of the radical reorganization of the sprawling urban landscape into dense, integrated, three-dimensional cities in order to support the complex activities that sustain human culture. The city is the necessary instrument for the evolution of humankind.” Paolo Soleri – [More on Arcology Theory]. [Scanned image of original drawing by Paolo Soleri & text: Cosanti Foundation]
March 2, 2018The ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation organized the 19th Annual Nonprofit Forum on Nonprofit Effectiveness. The Forum took place March 2nd, 2018 at the Tucson Convention Center in Tucson, AZ.The theme of this year was “Leading in an Age of Disruption”. The opening session featured a lecture by Rusty Stahl : “The Most Important People in Our Economy, Democracy, and Community; Why Everyone Should Invest in America’s NonprofitWorkforce.” Four managers from the Cosanti Foundation traveled down to Tucson to attend the conference and network with nonprofits all over the state of Arizona.From left: Kevin Pappa – Planning manager, Jona Creager – Metal Studio, Shannon Mackenzie – Public Relations, Rob Jameson – Arcosanti Information Systems ManagerFind out more about the conference and the exciting panelists and workshops here: https://lodestar.asu.edu/content/19th-annual-forum-nonprofit-effectiveness
House approves measure to ban dismemberment abortions State Rep. Eric Leutheuser on Tuesday voted in support of a plan to protect a mother and child from a dismemberment abortion.“We must recognize that unborn children feel pain and should be treated with respect and dignity like any other human being,” said Leutheuser, of Hillsdale. “I will continue this fight to protect the unborn.”A dismemberment abortion, or “dilation and evacuation” (D&E), is an abortion in which a health care worker intentionally uses an instrument, device, or object to dismember a living fetus out of a uterus.The plan approved by the House bans the procedure and defines penalties for workers who violate the act.Abortion is the leading cause of death in Michigan. Twelve states already have had legislation signed into law that bans dismemberment abortions.According to data published by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, there were 1,777 D&E abortions in Michigan in 2017. That is nearly five dismemberment abortions per day.House Bills 4320 and 4321 now move to the Senate for consideration, where identical bills have been adopted.### 15May Rep. Leutheuser supports plan to protect unborn children in Michigan Categories: Leutheuser News
By Doug Casey It’s an unfortunate historical anomaly that people think about the paper in their wallets as money. The dollar is, technically, a currency. A currency is a government substitute for money. But gold is money. Now, why do I say that? Historically, many things have been used as money. Cattle have been used as money in many societies, including Roman society. That’s where we get the word “pecuniary” from: the Latin word for a single head of cattle is pecus. Salt has been used as money, also in ancient Rome, and that’s where the word “salary” comes from; the Latin for salt is sal (or salis). The North American Indians used seashells. Cigarettes were used during WWII. So, money is simply a medium of exchange and a store of value. By that definition, almost anything could be used as money, but obviously, some things work better than others; it’s hard to exchange things people don’t want, and some things don’t store value well. Over thousands of years, the precious metals have emerged as the best form of money. Gold and silver both, though primarily gold. There’s nothing magical about gold. It’s just uniquely well-suited among the 98 naturally occurring elements for use as money…in the same way aluminum is good for airplanes or uranium is good for nuclear power. There are very good reasons for this, and they are not new reasons. Aristotle defined five reasons why gold is money in the 4th century BCE (which may only have been the first time it was put down on paper). Those five reasons are as valid today as they were then. When I give a speech, I often offer a prize to the audience member who can tell me the five classical reasons gold is the best money. Quickly now – what are they? Can’t recall them? Read on, and this time, burn them into your memory. – — The Secret to Investing in Gold Like Doug Casey After the longest bear market in gold stocks in 40 years…Doug Casey just revealed how he plans to make a killing on gold’s massive rebound…and why 99% of investors don’t have what it takes to try this gold strategy. See more here. Recommended Links Shocking Footage From Outside the Door of Our Affiliate’s Building You’ve got to see this… It’s footage from Baltimore, MD, right on the front doorstep of our affiliate’s headquarters. And you won’t believe what they caught this woman (named Charro) doing on camera… It’s really one of those things you HAVE to see with your OWN two eyes. Click here to see the UNCENSORED CAMERA FOOTAGE. Money If you can’t define a word precisely, clearly and quickly, that’s proof you don’t understand what you’re talking about as well as you might. The proper definition of money is as something that functions as a store of value and a medium of exchange. Government fiat currencies can, and currently do, function as money. But they are far from ideal. What, then, are the characteristics of a good money? Aristotle listed them in the 4th century BCE. A good money must be all of the following: • Durable: A good money shouldn’t fall apart in your pocket nor evaporate when you aren’t looking. It should be indestructible. This is why we don’t use fruit for money. It can rot, be eaten by insects, and so on. It doesn’t last. • Divisible: A good money needs to be convertible into larger and smaller pieces without losing its value, to fit a transaction of any size. This is why we don’t use things like porcelain for money – half a Ming vase isn’t worth much. • Consistent: A good money is something that always looks the same, so that it’s easy to recognize, each piece identical to the next. This is why we don’t use things like oil paintings for money; each painting, even by the same artist, of the same size and composed of the same materials is unique. It’s also why we don’t use real estate as money. One piece is always different from another piece. • Convenient: A good money packs a lot of value into a small package and is highly portable. This is why we don’t use water for money, as essential as it is – just imagine how much you’d have to deliver to pay for a new house, not to mention all the problems you’d have with the escrow. It’s also why we don’t use other metals like lead, or even copper. The coins would have to be too huge to handle easily to be of sufficient value. • Intrinsically valuable: A good money is something many people want or can use. This is critical to money functioning as a means of exchange; even if I’m not a jeweler, I know that someone, somewhere wants gold and will take it in exchange for something else of value to me. This is why we don’t – or shouldn’t – use things like scraps of paper for money, no matter how impressive the inscriptions upon them might be. Actually, there’s a sixth reason Aristotle should have mentioned, but it wasn’t relevant in his age, because nobody would have thought of it…it can’t be created out of thin air. Not even the kings and emperors who clipped and diluted coins would have dared imagine that they could get away with trying to use something essentially worthless as money. These are the reasons why gold is the best money. It’s not a gold bug religion, nor a barbaric superstition. It’s simply common sense. Gold is particularly good for use as money, just as aluminum is particularly good for making aircraft, steel is good for the structures of buildings, uranium is good for fueling nuclear power plants, and paper is good for making books. Not money. If you try to make airplanes out of lead, or money out of paper, you’re in for a crash. That gold is money is simply the result of the market process, seeking optimum means of storing value and making exchanges. Editor’s Note: We just alerted readers to an extremely rare opportunity to quickly make a lot of money in the gold market. In short, a unique type of gold investment is set up for 500% or 1,000% gains in the coming years. This setup has only occurred a handful of times in the last 20 years. But every time it occurs, some investors see gains as large as 1,700%, 4,300%, and 5,000%. If you’re interested in this idea, please act now. With gold prices up 19% this year, the window of opportunity is closing fast. And once it’s closed, we likely won’t get another chance like this for at least five years. Read more here.
About the AuthorKelly Vo Kelly Vo is a writer who specializes in covering MBA programs, digital marketing, and personal development.View more posts by Kelly Vo Can a full-time MBA program differ per city? While you might assume that they’re all the same, the truth of the matter is that location can play a significant role in what’s available at any given program. Different cities focus on different industries or even job functions based on the expertise and companies within the metro area.That’s even the case when looking at different cities in the same state. While Dallas and Houston might not be too far apart regarding geography, the full-time MBA programs in each city have some fundamental differences and similarities. Dallas: More focused on job placements and career prospects. They also place a large emphasis on MBA concentrations and hands-on experience opportunities.Houston: Heavy emphasis placed on scholarship opportunities for full-time MBA students. They also emphasize flexibility and MBA concentration opportunities. Houston also focuses on smaller classes sizes for a more intimate learning experience. Finding An MBA In Texas: Dallas Vs. Houston DallasForbes recently named Dallas the best city for jobs based on a 20.3 percent job growth over the last five years. “Dallas’ economy has multiple points of strength, including aerospace and defense, insurance, financial services, life sciences, data processing and transportation,” explained the article. However, one thing to note is that Dallas MBA students must travel to Houston for the best experience in the nergy industry. Still, the full-time MBA programs have some strong selling points in Dallas.Cox School of Business – Southern Methodist University“The cultural, athletic and entertainment offerings in Dallas, Texas are practically limitless. The Cox School of Business at SMU is located in the heart of Dallas, minutes away from downtown,” according to the school website. The full-time MBA at SMU Cox is a 21-month program with a required internship and classes Monday through Thursday and in the evenings. The average work experience required is only 2-4 years, and students come from a range of backgrounds. One of the benefits of the program is the ability to choose a concentration from a list of eight: Accounting, Finance, General Business, Information Technology and Operations Management, Management, Marketing, Real Estate or Strategy & Entrepreneurship.Commerce College of Business – Texas A&M UniversityThe full-time MBA program at the Commerce College of Business at Texas A&M is 30-48 hours in length and requires no GMAT or work experience to apply. It can be completed either online or on campus and offers minors in Accounting, Economics, Finance, Financial Planning, International Business, Marketing and Management.Hankamer School of Business – Baylor UniversityIn 16 or 21 months, students can graduate from the Hankamer School of Business with a full-time MBA degree. What makes the program stand out are the scholarship opportunities—around 75 percent of students receive tuition remission. Another stand out of the program is the ability to learn in the “real world” by working “directly with company executives to analyze an identified dilemma, prepare research, critically assess and develop viable solutions for an actual business as part of our MBA Focus Firm class.” Finally, it takes advantage of the great job market in Dallas with a Career Management team that was ranked third in the nation for job placement by U.S. News & World Report.McCombs School of Business – University of Texas at AustinThe full-time MBA at the McCombs School of Business offers students the ability to choose between 20 concentrations and various dual degree options. The main concentrations include Accounting, Finance, Interdisciplinary (Entrepreneurship, Healthcare, etc.), IROM (Information Management), Management, Marketing and Business, Government & Society. The average student has around five-and-a-half years of work experience but comes to the school from a variety of industries. What really makes the program stand out are the hands-on learning experiences that include workshops, fellows programs and venture labs.Naveen Jindal School of Management – University of Texas at DallasAt Naveen Jindal, the full-time MBA program is only 16 months, plus two months in the workforce. It’s a small cohort of just 50 students and career-focused. Nearly 80 percent of students receive a scholarship and classes are completed in both the daytime—for core courses—and in the evenings—for electives. There are 15 concentrations available including but not limited to Accounting, Finance, Business Analytics, Internal Audit, Marketing and Real Estate, etc.Neeley School of Business – Texas Christian UniversityThe Neeley School of Business full-time MBA is ranked fifth by the U.S. News & World Report for “Best ROI at Graduation.” MBA students in the program have the opportunity to consult with Fortune 500 companies and build a meaningful resume all while in school. There are many experiential learning opportunities including consulting projects, integrative projects, case competitions, and more. “The Princeton Review’s Best Business Schools (2016 edition) rated TCU MBA students at #8 in the nation for their ability to handle a rigorous academic program,” the website said.HoustonUnlike Dallas, the Houston economy hasn’t been quite as booming. Last year, an oil bust dearly harmed the economy and only now is the city starting to recover. The University of Houston forecasted 38,000 new jobs in 2017—twice that of 2016—but far below Dallas’ growth rate. “Despite efforts to diversify the Houston economy, [Bill] Gilmer [Director of the Institute for Regional Forecasting] said, the region still depends heavily on the energy industry,” wrote the Houston Chronicle. “The ratio of energy jobs to non-energy jobs in Houston’s employment core—those ‘basic jobs’—hasn’t changed in 20 years.” So, while Houston schools are just as attractive as Dallas schools with many MBA concentrations on offer, one thing you’ll notice is that Houston School places emphasis on scholarships over Dallas programs.Cameron School of Business – University of St. ThomasThe Cameron School of Business full-time MBA requires 36 hours to graduate and offers students the option to take classes six days a week. One of the biggest benefits of the program is the small class sizes with only 135 total students. Students can choose between nine concentrations including Accounting, Economics, Ethics, Finance, Marketing and Health Care Administration, etc. “Cameron School of Business MBA graduates benefit from considerable career advantages including outstanding access to the Houston business community and employment opportunities in an increasingly competitive global business environment,” the website explained.C.T. Bauer College of Business – University of HoustonThe C.T. Bauer College of Business full-time MBA is 22 months long. Students typically have five years of work experience and are around 28 years old. One of the main features that make the program stand out is the iCAM (Integrated Coaching, Advising and Mentoring Program). “Each student is assigned a three-person team to work with them throughout their MBA tracks to ensure they are maximizing their academic, co-curricular and career opportunities while meeting their development goals,” according to the school website. As for concentrations, the school calls them certificates and there are 20 options including Accounting, Energy, Finance, Real Estate, Management and Marketing.Mays Business School – Texas A&M UniversityAt the Mays Business School, the full-time MBA is just 18 months in length and is focused on career placement. “In 2015, 94 percent of MBA graduates secured employment with an average salary of more than $100,000 within three months of graduating,” the website explains . The school is connected to more than 800 student organizations and offers small cohorts for a small teacher to student ratio. Five academic tracks are offered including Data Analytics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Marketing and Supply Chain and Operations. There are also additional certificate programs available. Classes are held Monday through Thursday with enrichment opportunities on Friday afternoons.Rice University – Jones Graduate School of BusinessThe Jones Graduate School of Business full-time MBA is made for students with two years of work experience who would like to graduate within 22 months. The program stands out for its Action Learning Project, which lets students put their knowledge to work in the first year. Around 82 percent of students received a merit-based scholarship and came from a range of backgrounds. Concentrations available include Accounting, Energy, Entrepreneurship, Marketing and more.University of Houston – DowntownThe full-time MBA at the University of Houston-Downtown is only one year in length and was developed for an efficient schedule with hybrid evening classes. Eight concentrations are available including Accounting, Finance, Leadership, Business Development, Supply Chain Management and more. One of the main benefits of the program is the lower tuition rates, which, according to the school website, are “one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.”Jesse H. Jones School of Business – Texas Southern UniversityAt the Jesse H. Jones School of Business, full-time MBA students can expect a 36-hour program and two years of course work. The school offers but a general MBA and an MBA with concentrations in Health Care Administration, Accounting or Management Information Systems. The incoming class size is small, with just 222 students. regions: Dallas / Houston Last Updated Jun 27, 2017 by Kelly VoFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail RelatedPart-Time MBA Battle: Houston v. DallasAmong the bustling metros of the Lone Star State, Dallas and Houston are the biggest. Locals from the Houston and Dallas metros are die-hard about their towns, and their business schools take their MBA programs seriously. Both cities offer plenty of part-time options to prospective MBAs, so let’s take a…November 15, 2017In “Advice”The Best Houston Part-Time MBA ProgramsNot every MBA candidate can manage the schedule of pursuing full-time degree. Many business school students continue to work throughout their studies, balancing a job and graduate school through a part-time MBA program. Many of these programs take place in the evenings and on weekends, allowing for flexibility along with…January 26, 2017In “Featured Home”The Texas MBA Programs Guide: Houston vs. DallasIf you’re looking to earn a Texas MBA, where should you go to school? Should you choose a top MBA program in Dallas or Houston? First, we need to take a look at the cities. Living in Dallas vs. Houston First, let’s take a look at the cost of living…May 23, 2018In “Dallas”
Add to Queue Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Next Article Slack Reuters 2 min read Register Now » This story originally appeared on Reuters Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Image credit: Slack | Enhanced by Entrepreneur Slack has raised $200 million in venture capital financing, boosting its valuation to $3.8 billion, the messaging software startup said on Friday.The latest funding round comes in spite of a contraction in venture capital investing for technology startups, amid widespread concern about high valuations. The market rout among tech stocks earlier this year caused some venture capitalists to further tighten their purse strings.Late-stage investments — series D or later — dropped 71 percent in February from a year earlier, according to venture capital database PitchBook.Slack’s $200 million round is its largest yet, the latest sign that some companies are still able to attract wary investors, many of which are flush with cash. In another instance, Snapchat, the ephemeral messaging app, raised $175 million last month.Investors boosted the Slack’s valuation by $1 billion, up from $2.8 billion a year ago.The latest funding, which brings Slack’s total venture financing to $540 million, was reported in recent weeks by multiple news outlets. Slack on Friday confirmed the round, which was led by Thrive Capital and included GGV Capital and Comcast Ventures, as well as existing investors.San Francisco-based Slack makes messaging software for businesses, designed to help teams collaborate and communicate more effectively. The company says it has 2.7 million daily active users, although many of them access the free version of the software. About 800,000 are paid users. Slack’s customers include media companies such as CBS and BuzzFeed, tech companies such as Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. and Salesforce Inc., retailers, universities and the U.S. government.(Reporting by Heather Somerville; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn) April 1, 2016 Slack Raises $200 Million, Boosting Valuation to $3.8 Billion –shares
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. Tech Moguls Such as Musk and Bezos Declare Era of Artificial Intelligence Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Reuters 3 min read Artificial Intelligence –shares Image credit: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg | Getty Images June 3, 2016 Artificial intelligence and machine learning will create computers so sophisticated and godlike that humans will need to implant “neural laces” in their brains to keep up, Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk told a crowd of tech leaders this week.While Musk’s description of an injectable human-computer link may sound like science fiction, top tech executives repeatedly said that artificial intelligence (AI) was on the verge of changing everyday life, during discussion at a conference by online publication Recode this week. It is no secret that tech companies are diving into AI analytics research, an industry that will grow to $70 billion by 2020 from just $8.2 billion in 2013, according to a Bank of America report citing IDC research.AI, which combs through large troves of raw data to predict outcomes and recognize patterns, is already used in web search systems, marketing recommendation functions and security and financial trading programs. The technology will spread to driverless cars and service robots in the future, the Bank of America report said. Sundar Pichai, chief executive of Alphabet Inc.’s Google, said he sees a “huge opportunity” in AI. Google first started applying the technology through “deep neural networks” to voice recognition software about three to four years ago and is ahead of rivals such as Amazon.com Inc., Apple Inc. and Microsoft Corp. in machine learning, Pichai said. But he and others acknowledged that the work of building machines that teach themselves is still in its infancy. Microsoft, for instance, apologized and went back to the lab after an AI chatbot talking on Twitter “learned” to make racist comments.Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos predicted a profound impact on society over the next 20 years.”It’s really early but I think we’re on the edge of a golden era. It’s going to be so exciting to see what happens,” he said. Amazon has been working on artificial intelligence for at least four years and now has 1,000 employees working on Alexa, the company’s voice-based smart assistant software system, he said.Big tech companies including Amazon have an edge at present because they have access to large amounts of data but hundreds of AI startups will hatch in the next few years, he said.IBM CEO Ginni Rometty said the company has been working on artificial technology, which she calls a cognitive system, since 2005 when it started developing its Watson supercomputer.”I would say in five years, there’s no doubt in my mind that cognitive AI will impact every decision made” from healthcare to education to financial services, Rometty said.But it was the comments by Tesla’s Musk, on how he would potentially develop the technology to implant humans with technology to augment brains, that captured the imagination of attendees, according to Adam Burrows, senior vice president of emerging businesses at HomeAdvisor, a unit of IAC/Interactive Corp. “It got people thinking on a philosophical level and away from what Google or Tesla will come out with next year,” he said. “It brings up the question, are we human anymore if we are part computer?”(BY Liana B. Baker; Editing by Peter Henderson and Matthew Lewis) Add to Queue This story originally appeared on Reuters Next Article Enroll Now for $5
2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Self-Driving Cars Next Article August 18, 2016 Add to Queue Uber-Owned Startup Otto Wants to Ship Your Stuff With a Truck That Drives Itself Lydia Belanger –shares The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. 15+ min read Self-driving cars and ridesharing services are starting to get serious about each other. Uber will launch a fleet of human-supervised self-driving Volvo SUVs in Pittsburgh later this month, and Ford plans to have autonomous cars ready for hailing by 2021.But Uber, who has raced to be first to market, isn’t just seizing opportunity for self-driving passenger vehicles. Today, the company announced that it has acquired Otto, a self-driving big-rig truck company. Otto creates kits that can be installed in freight vehicles to make them drive autonomously, with minimal human intervention.Ex-Googlers Anthony Levandowski and Lior Ron founded Otto in January of this year. Ron was previously product head for Google Maps as well as Motorola. Levandowski led the development of Google’s first self-driving car and has pioneered self-driving technology throughout his career.Related: Entrepreneurs Are Working to Uber-fy the Trucking IndustryLast month, Entrepreneur sat down with Ron to learn about how his background led him to found Otto and get a glimpse of what an autonomous trucking future might look like.Why did you decide to found Otto and focus on self-driving trucks?Anthony and me have known each other for the past almost decade. We came together and realized, there’s no other technology that excites us more and has more promise to impact society and benefit society in the next couple of years. It really has the potential to reshape how cities are built, reshape how transportation is made, to reshape many of the issues that we have in society today, from safety to environment to productivity.We started talking about the future of self-driving and what can we do to accelerate the future and reap some of those societal benefits sooner than later. And we realized that while there was so much activity going on on the passenger side and all of those great minds and projects, including Google, there wasn’t a lot of attention being given to something as important as that, which is commercial transportation, and how we move goods, not just people.And if you think about that, really, moving goods is the backbone of economy. Everything around us, except us, was on a truck at some point, at some time. A truck touched it. Seventy percent of all of the cargo in the U.S. is being moved by trucks. We all live in an on-demand era, and there are more and more demands on the shipping and logistical network of the U.S., but just not enough supply of truck drivers, of capacity, in freight.By showing we can deploy autonomy and technology in this market, we hope that will unlock a lot of the societal challenges and opportunities, the regulations, public adoption and comfort with the technology.The challenge of bringing the technology to market is not just a technological challenge. It’s also a business, product challenge, of how can we constrain the problem for something that can be solved in the foreseeable future. The nice thing about the logistics and commercial transportation market is, if we can constrain the market to really be around highways, and on highways exit to exit, that’s 95 percent of the commercial transportation in the U.S.How did your background lead you to Google and, ultimately, Otto?I came to Google after business school at Stanford. And before that, I had the pleasure of serving seven years in the Israeli military. As part of that, at a very young age, I was given a lot of responsibilities and a lot of opportunities around building an applied technology to solve intelligence problems. It had to do with knowledge, and machine learning and GIS systems.So that’s where I got my love for geography and geo-information systems and applying data at scale to solve a problem.Google Maps was a natural transition for me to really take all of that understanding of how those technologies happen in a more closed setting in the military and apply them in a much wider scale with consumers. I joined Google Maps in 2007, the very early days. It was really a very special time, because it was a small team, and we had basically an unlimited opportunity in front of us to really map the world and build the most precise, most advanced, most comprehensive map of the universe.Anthony joined Google after his startup was acquired. He helped kickstart and accelerate the Streetview development in technology. We did a lot of work on how to entice users to contribute and enhance the map.That was all Map 1.0, I would call it. We built Google Maps, we scaled it from a couple of million users to over a billion users in the course of those five years. Then Map 2.0 is really taking that to the next level and really moves to a more real-time nature of the map. As you move to real-time, you really have to have more of a user contribution, because things are dynamic. I would call Waze, which I was helpful in integrating to Google, probably the best example of that Map 2.0 wave. And really, self-driving vehicles are Map 3.0, which is a highly accurate, super dynamic, real-time, super high-detailed representation of the world around us, which requires new sensors and new way of thinking about how to build the map.Anthony was always more on sort of the robotic, self-driving side. He also, essentially, was involved in starting the self-driving car project at Google and one of the founding team members. We just had a great partnership along the years. And it’s time to take that vision of deploying autonomy to society in other spaces and start doing that.Otto co-founders Lior Ron and Anthony Levandowski.Image credit: OttoWe both left Google in January to start Otto. We started with two of us in a house in Palo Alto with a truck, and fast forward five or six months after, we have over 70 people in a nice, big warehouse in San Francisco.We have four trucks driving 24/7 on the highways. They’re mostly driving in California, but in other states, such as Nevada, the ability to test completely driverless with complete autonomy is a bit easier. We’re in the process of starting to test and drive in more states.And you two self-funded Otto from the start.There’s a lot of advice on how to bootstrap businesses. We are just fortunate to be successful in our careers so we can afford to bootstrap, but bootstrapping gives you wings, and gives you freedom and gives you flexibility of how you want to build the business, and how fast you want to move and what culture you want to build early on. We were able and fortunate to use that self-funding to move very fast and hire a team very fast without stopping to raise outside capital.We were able to grow the team from two of us in a small garage in Palo Alto to over 70 people in San Francisco. A big group followed us from Google. A group of Apple engineers that were excited and left Apple to join us. A couple of key engineers from Tesla.The flexibility allowed us to be faster and move faster and create a lot of options for us of how we wanted to carry the business forward, talk with partners and build the company.I highly recommend it if you can afford it and you have the confidence in the business to build.Right now you’re really focused on highway trucks, but do you foresee applying your self-driving kits to other types of vehicles involved in the shipping and distribution industry?The kit choice is part of that accelerating the future, and how can we bring the technology to market as fast as possible. The way to do that is by taking existing trucks and not waiting for a very long cycle of replacing the entire fleet.Of the 2 million long-haul trucks in the U.S. today, it takes almost five years for a big fleet to replace the trucks, and then the truck stays on the road for another five, six years with smaller fleets. Those engines can run a million miles, which means 10, 11 years of livelihood on the roads. So, we really wanted to bring that change as soon as we can. And to do that, the best way is to build an aftermarket kit. So that’s what we’re focused on.The other benefit of the kit is, in terms of time, in terms of cost, you don’t have to buy a completely new vehicle. You can just take your existing investment and convert it into a much more productive, much safer truck by deploying the kit. And it allows us to test and deploy much faster.The same approach could be applied to other types of vehicles as well, whether it’s cars, or agriculture, like tractors, or a host of other vehicles. We’re just very focused on commercial transportation and trucking. It’s a big enough problem and space for us to try and change and solve.In the passenger market, it’s really about minimizing the cost and trying to do a lot of things that would fit our appetite as consumers and our willingness to spend on that new technology. There are a lot of commonalities, but there are also many differences between those markets.How much do the kits cost?We don’t have a specific price point in mind. It’s too early. We’ve mentioned, I think, in passing, some example number, but really, at scale, that technology shouldn’t cost anything close to the cost of the truck.So a truck would cost today, a new Volvo truck, off the lot, with all of the amenities and latest-and-greatest, like, $160,000. We really aim for the price point to be affordable because we want to drive that future and see those societal benefits unlocked as soon as possible.We’re starting with an aftermarket kit, but there’s no reason not to integrate that into vehicles leaving the production line, so new trucks come equipped with the technology from day one.Have you thought about a separate lane, or other kinds of infrastructural changes — or limitations on this — if it really proliferates? Would this technology enable more trucks to be on the road?The future is exciting! I don’t have a crystal ball on the future, but I know it’s going to be different.The drivers are going be in the cabin for the foreseeable future. We’re not trying to replace them. They’re basically getting a co-pilot, and they’re elevated from having to be in the loop 24/7 to really just be like a pilot, where 99 percent of the “flight” is being done by the computer, and the driver, or the “pilot” is there to just lift off and land. The driver is still there, but he can sleep a little bit while the computer is basically driving on the vast, thousands of miles of empty highway.Image credit: OttoSo that’s really what we’re aiming for, and when we get to that, then a lot of new opportunities arise. You can route those trucks very efficiently. You can be thoughtful about combining loads more effectively to get the number of trucks smaller, not bigger, because there’s more predictability of where those trucks are.You can start driving at night and use the nighttime, which is mostly empty now, because truck drivers try to maintain sleeping patterns, and they prefer to drive during the day. And potentially, rather than those folks having to be away from home 300 days a year, they can really see their family much more because they can complete the same route more than double as fast because the robot is doing more of the driving for them, which means they can get to the destination and back much faster and actually have the ability to build a local family.You can think about different ways to deploy distribution centers. Right now, distribution centers are being built very close to the destination. But you can think about building bigger distribution centers in farther away places, because you can get to places faster.Stepping back, innovations in transportation have always been, for me, about finding time and space. It’s like a Star Trek-like warp-hole “engage” button. Because every time you redefine basic transportation, you redefine space and time. When the car was invented, it was really the predicament to start expanding cities. When there became common households, that was really the start of suburban communities. When flights and the plane were invented, it redefined geography. Same here, applied to commercial transportation. Once that network is in place, our whole definition of what it means to ship goods, how to do that is going to be completely transformed.What types of partnerships are in store?Shippers are interested in shipping more goods on the road and making their fleets safer and more sustainable. We can drive trucks in a much more thoughtful way. We don’t have to constantly accelerate or decelerate. We can move in the same route at the same constant speed, controlled by the computer, which means less pollution and a much more sustainable footprint. Trucking companies are excited for the same reason, OEMs [original equipment manufactures] are excited about the potential to embed the technology into the vehicles.Related: Never Fear, Uber Is Here! Crime and Fatal Accident Rates Fall Since Company Launch.There have been a lot of discussions of how to apply the technology in the real world, that’s what I’m psyched about as a business and product leader, is how can we take technology and really use it to transform society. We see that transformation happening now by talking with shippers on how to integrate that into the logistical network, by talking with couriers about how this will impact and change their business, so that has been very refreshing.What do you have to do to convince truck operators to adopt this technology? In theory, it may sound like a great idea, but what are some of the concerns that they have?I would say, at large, everyone in the industry that we spoke with is very excited by the promise. They see, day in and day out, the issues and challenges that we’re trying to solve. Everything from safety on the roads, which manifests for them in costs. There are thousands of unnecessary fatalities. Maybe 1 percent of the vehicles in the U.S. are trucks, and they’re driving 5 percent of the miles and they’re responsible for 10 percent of the fatalities. So they experience more and more and more demand, which, in turn, translates to more and more and more pressure on those truck drivers to drive longer and longer and longer. And they’re craving for a safer solution that will allow them to fulfill that demand while still being safe.They see the productivity issues of basically having a fleet of trucks laying around only driving nine, 10 hours a day, because that’s the limit of the truck driver. Because after that, every additional 30 minutes doubles the chance of accident. That’s just our ability to stay attentive as humans. So they see the potential to utilize their assets, their trucks, much better.We got super positive response from everyone, from the big shippers, to the big trucking fleets, to the medium ones and even the small, what’s called owner-operator, which is basically a mom-and-pop shop, owning like one, two, five trucks. They’re excited to equip their trucks with the self-driving kits so they can, again, be more productive and drive almost more than double what they’re driving today, and be twice as productive and have twice as much revenue per truck. So we’ve gotten hundreds of emails and letters and support from, even just single truck drivers, eager to get the safety technology on their trucks.That being said, the challenge is, first and foremost, seeing is believing. I think we as people, many times, are fearful of the unknown, and it sounds great, as you said, in theory, but in practice, people really want to touch it, sense it, feel it, understand what it is. And I think the more we can collaborate with partners and test in more and more states, and really have as many people understand the technology, experience it, see one of our self-driving trucks on the highway, slowly but surely, people will start feeling more and more comfortable with the technology.In your video, the truck has the Otto logo on it and imagery. Is that something that you foresee, it being a brand and the trucks being branded?We are very thoughtful about the brand. We wanted the brand to stand for technology, for innovation, for the brave new world for automobiles — “auto, Otto.” We see that as an integral part of the story, not just, “Here’s the technology, good luck.” It’s, “Here is a new way to think about commercial transportation.” So the brand is front and center.Image credit: OttoThere are many ways to then define and express in the market. Could be Otto trucks, could be partner trucks powered by Otto. The brand is gonna be there, we’re excited about the name, we’re excited about the meaning, we’re excited about the reception and the visibility.We want the other inhabitants of the highway to know there’s an automated truck driving. We want them to understand what it means, so part of the name and brand is also important just for the product on its own, to communicate what it stands for and how it’s gonna behave.Anything else you’d like to add?From an entrepreneur perspective, I would say two things:I was just fortunate to get my basic education in how to use technology to disrupt problems in the military, then be able to apply that at scale on Google Maps and really think about how to get technology into the world as sort of a network problem: Maps, self-driving. At Motorola, I learned the joys and wonders of building physical objects and how can that transform our world and lives, and to not be afraid of constraining myself to just software, but also having the appetite to build physical stuff. All of those paths led me to take on this challenge, and that has been a joy.I encourage entrepreneurs to really aim for the moon. The amount of effort you put into going and doing something very ambitious, vs. opening a grocery shop is the same. You have to be a laser-focused on the problem you’re solving, you have to build your customer base, you have to develop your differentiator, you have to raise capital. It still applies. So I encourage people that they might as well try and solve some of the societal problems that we face.Related: VCs Share 3 Secrets for Mastering Any NicheThe Valley and technology has its ways. Lots of entrepreneurs tend to do stuff that they know, which them leads them to choose the 100th company to do the same thing in a slightly different flavor, a slightly different take. I encourage people to go out of their comfort zone, and really to step back and think, from a societal perspective, “How can I lend my skills against a problem that really needs to be solved and will have a major impact?” vs. “How can I lend my skills to something that I might be slightly more familiar with but doesn’t really move the needle in the grand scheme of things?”Learn a new domain. Whether it’s maps or mobile handsets and the mobile industry or the truck industry, disruption always happens from the outside. You don’t have to have 20 years of trucking experience to be able to help and provide value in the trucking industry. Go out of your comfort zone and seek opportunities to really bring innovation to new things.This interview has been edited. Image credit: Otto Apply Now »
Email Verification Company Kickbox Announces Release of New Partner Portal PRNewswireJune 3, 2019, 3:52 pmJune 3, 2019 Kickbox, a world leader in email address verification trusted by top ESPs and brands since 2014, is announcing the launch of its new Kickbox Partner Portal. Designed with feedback from its long-standing partners, the portal is designed to give brands, agencies, and ESPs the ability to proactively provision and holistically manage Kickbox accounts for their teams and customers, eliminating any friction of traditional onboarding.Marketing Technology News: New iPad App for Food and Beverage Professionals Takes Menus from Paper to Fully Digital in Less than an HourMarketing Democracy, a search consultancy focused on assisting enterprise brands with the ESP RFP and migration process, is among the list of inaugural users of the portal. Its president, Chris Marriott, spoke on the value of the portal for his organization:“The partner portal will allow Marketing Democracy to offer our Clients the opportunity to easily import, verify and export validated email addresses as they migrate from their prior ESP to their new ESP. Even if they are using someone else for email verification, this provides another level of confidence that a brand’s emails will continue to get great inbox placement in the new platform.”Once an account is onboarded, the platform provides organization-level email data insights by identifying deliverable, undeliverable, disposable and risky, and role-based email addresses across multiple accounts for clients or subsidiary companies while maintaining security of email address data.Marketing Technology News: Digital Shadows Reveals a 50% Increase in Exposed Data in One Year“Your contacts are your currency,” says Dan Stevens, CEO of Kickbox. “The health of your email list affects the performance of marketing across the board, but we’ve consistently heard from our long-standing enterprise and agency partners that maintaining sender reputation is much more challenging at scale, with several clients or subsidiary companies to monitor. I’m excited to launch this new portal because it will finally give our partners a single source to visualize and influence list verification data while reducing friction of on-boarding new accounts and monitoring critical email health data across a larger organization.”Marketing Technology News: Lightspeed POS Inc. Announces the Acquisition of Chronogolf Dan StevensemailKickboxNewsonboarding Previous ArticleWorldRemit Raises $175 Million in Series D FundingNext ArticleTechTarget Integrates 1st and 3rd Party Intent Data within Priority Engine Platform to Help Companies Make Faster Sales and Marketing Progress with Best Fit Accounts
Treponema pallidum Syphilis bacterium, the bacterium responsible for the dangerous sexually transmitted infection syphilis. Image Credit: royaltystockphoto.com / Shutterstock Sources: https://ecdc.europa.eu/en/news-events/syphilis-notifications-eueea-70-2010 http://ecdc.europa.eu/sites/portal/files/documents/Syphilis-and-congenital-syphilis-in-Europe.pdf In other words, while the disease affected about 4.2 per 100,000 population in 2010, it zoomed up to 7.1/100,000 in 2017, an increase of 70%. An increase of over 15% has been reported by 15 countries. In five states, it increased by 100% or more, namely, Iceland, Ireland, the UK, Germany and Malta. Iceland, indeed, reported a rise of over 850%. The trend was reversed in Estonia and Romania where the rates dropped to half or less over the same period.It is both easy and cost-effective to treat syphilis, but if ignored, it can cause severe complications and also encourage HIV infection. Moreover, syphilis during pregnancy can affect the fetus in many ways, from fetal loss to congenital syphilis in the baby.Who are most affected?More men than women got the disease, with 12.1 men per 100,000 being affected in 2017 as against 6.1/100,000 in 2010. Over the 17 years since 2000, 62% of cases, or almost two-thirds, occurred in MSM, with women contributing 15% and heterosexual men 23%. MSM accounted for 80% of syphilis cases in countries like France, Germany, Ireland, the UK, the Netherlands and Sweden, while less than a fifth was contributed by this group in Eastern European countries like Latvia and Lithuania.However, one bright spot is that fewer babies are being born with congenital syphilis since 2005, which is linked to the lower number of cases of syphilis among women especially in Eastern Europe. In many other high-income parts of the world (e.g., the US and Japan), congenital syphilis continues to rise in keeping with a rising trend among women. When taken individually, however, it is clear that many western European states have rising rates of syphilis among women.Related StoriesHIV DNA persists in spinal fluid despite treatment, linked to cognitive impairmentHIV therapy leaves unrepaired holes in the immune system’s wall of defenseStudy: HIV patients continue treatments if health care providers are compassionateECDC Head for HIV, STI and viral hepatitis, Andrew Amato-Gauci, commented on the clear link between the risk of STIs like syphilis, and high-risk sexual behavior among MSM, such as condom-less intercourse and having multiple sexual partners. He also stated that the fear of getting HIV had declined with the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), which also contributed to the rising trend of syphilis. The free availability of partners for sex using social media was an important factor in many recent outbreaks among MSM.In heterosexual groups, some identified factors included low socioeconomic status as identified by homelessness, migrant or refugee status, minority status, a history of imprisonment and poverty; sex-activity related, such as failure to use condoms, multiple partners for sex, drug and alcohol use, previous STIs, and sex worker profession.What can be done?Amato-Gauci offers some solutions: “To reverse this trend, we need to encourage people to use condoms consistently with new and casual partners. Regular tests for syphilis and other sexually transmitted infections should also be part of the parcel, especially if there has been a risk of infection.”In most other medical conditions, such as cardiovascular disorders, effective remedial measures are designed to modify the damaging high-risk behavior, whether in terms of dietary measures or a more active and serene lifestyle. When it comes to STIs, however, fire-fighting seems to be the mode of intervention in vogue, as against targeting the damaging behavior of unrestricted sexual activity, that puts the health of both current and future generations at risk.The ECDC-recommended interventions include: By Dr. Liji Thomas, MDJul 15 2019A new study on syphilis has revealed the horrifying truth that more men than ever are contracting the sexually transmitted infection (STI) syphilis in Europe. The most heavily infected group comprises men having sex with men (MSM). At present, syphilis affects more people than HIV in the European Union.The new European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) study shows that in 2017 alone, over 33,000 new cases were notified, which is the peak figure since ECDC surveillance began. In 2010, syphilis incidence was lowest, at 19,000 cases, but since then, its incidence has been rising steadily across most European countries. There are now 260,000 confirmed cases. Case finding by examining risks at high group, partner notification and increased surveillance Proper treatment Educating people about the risk of syphilis, including high-risk groups, and healthcare providers Repeat screening of pregnant women at high risk of syphilis between 28 and 32 weeks if they have initially tested negative Online social media-based platforms for STI testing Pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis Comprehensive management of outbreaks Preventing congenital syphilis by repeated antenatal testing in high-risk women
The logo of German car manufacturer BMW is pictured on a BMW car prior to the earnings press conference in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, March 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader) BMW shares were down 4.9 percent to 72.02 euros in Frankfurt.Automakers around the world have faced heavy up-front costs for new technologies expected to change how people get from one place to another in the next decade. Those include electric cars and renting cars through smartphone apps. Yet the returns from such investments remain uncertain and auto companies face competition from tech firms such as Uber and Waymo.BMW made 7.2 billion euros ($8.2 billion) in net profit last year, down 17 percent from 2017, when it booked a gain of $1 billion from U.S. tax changes. The company faced headwinds from increased tariffs on vehicles exported to China from the United States. It also suffered from turmoil on the German auto market when companies faced bottlenecks getting cars certified for new emissions rules.BMW faces uncertainty from U.S.-China trade tensions that could result in new tariffs if talks do not result in an agreement. U.S. President Donald Trump has also threatened to impose auto import tariffs that would hit EU automakers, but has held off for now. BMW could also suffer disruption if Britain leaves the European Union without a negotiated departure agreement to address trade issues. The company said profits would be eroded by higher raw materials prices, the costs of compliance with tougher emissions requirements and unfavorable shifts in currency exchange rates.The Munich-based automaker also faces increased uncertainty due to international trade conflicts that could lead to higher tariffs.The company forecast a profit margin of 6 to 8 percent for its automotive business, short of the long-term strategic target of 8 to 10 percent, which it said still “remains the ambition” for the company given “a stable business environment.”BMW said it had no plans for layoffs even as it outlined cost saving measures that include dropping half of its engine variants as it seeks to reduce product complexity. The BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brands are to get a single sales division.Chief Financial Officer Nicolas Peter said that given the headwinds to earnings, “we began to introduce countermeasures at an early stage and have taken a number of far-reaching decisions.”The company said the measures were needed “to offset the ongoing high level of upfront expenditure required to embrace the mobility of the future.” CFO of the German car manufacturer BMW, Nicolas Peter, adresses the media during the earnings press conference in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, March 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader) Citation: BMW warns profits will fall due to costs, trade uncertainty (2019, March 20) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-bmw-profits-fall-due-uncertainty.html Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. CEO of the German car manufacturer BMW, Harald Krueger, attends the earnings press conference in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, March 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader) German automaker BMW said Wednesday that profits in 2019 would be “well below” last year’s and that it planned to cut 12 billion euros ($13.6 billion) in costs by the end of 2022 to offset spending on new technology. A BMWi car is pictured during the earnings press conference in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, March 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader) CEO of the German car manufacturer BMW, Harald Krueger, attends the earnings press conference in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, March 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader) Volkswagen vows to build 22 million e-cars over next decade CEO of the German car manufacturer BMW, Harald Krueger, poses at a BMWi car prior to the earnings press conference in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, March 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader) CEO of the German car manufacturer BMW, Harald Krueger, 4th right, attends the earnings press conference in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, March 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader) CEO of the German car manufacturer BMW, Harald Krueger, poses at a BMWi car prior to the earnings press conference in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, March 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)