NEW YORK, N.Y. – Store chains feeling the upheaval in retail are making strategic alliances — and that can mean picking sides.Kohl’s shoppers can find Amazon devices at some stores, and return items they bought from the online retailer. Nike has made some of its sneakers available through Amazon. The owner of Sears is selling Kenmore-branded appliances on Amazon in some markets. And Best Buy is teaming up with Amazon for voice shopping.Meanwhile, Walmart, which has the most store locations, is assembling a coalition of its own: buying smaller online brands and becoming the highest-profile partner to Google in voice shopping. And the discount chain that touts low prices announced a web partnership Monday with high-end department store Lord & Taylor.“When you are in an historic uncharted chaotic situation, you often see these strange bedfellows,” said Joel Bines, co-head of AlixPartners’ retail practice and a managing director at the firm.Since the beginning of the year, several retailers have filed for bankruptcy protection, including well-known names like Toys R Us. And retailers have announced thousands of store closings, with more expected. Analysts say some brands realize they might not succeed alone.“You have to be challenging accepted norms. So you might find partners that you normally wouldn’t have considered,” said Wendy Liebmann, CEO of WSL Strategic Retail. “This has exploded because of the urgency to change. You look at retailers who are closing or struggling.”So as Amazon moves even further into fashion, home electronics and grocery stores, and cements shopper loyalty with its $99-a-year Prime membership, stores are developing partnerships with the online retailer to increase customer traffic or expand their offerings online.At the participating Kohl’s stores, shoppers will find 1,000-square-foot Amazon areas that sell Echos, Fire tablets and other gadgets. People can also arrange to have an Amazon employee visit their home and install a device or recommend smart home products to buy. And some stores pack and ship eligible Amazon return items for free. Kohl’s hopes the arrangement brings in shoppers who might pick up clothes or home items.Analysts say other department stores, facing the same kind of issues, could follow.From its base with 4,700 U.S. stores, Walmart is lining up other partners. In voice shopping, it hooked up with Google, which has signed up other chains such as Target and Home Depot to fight the dominance of Amazon’s Alexa-powered Echo devices.Lord & Taylor’s president Liz Rodbell told The Associated Press the arrangement with Walmart allows the chain to attract new customers who already are buying higher-end products on Walmart.com. She called the partnership “a pivotal moment” for the retailer. It comes after the chain’s parent company announced last month it was selling its New York flagship building to WeWork and leasing back a portion of the space.Neither company would say the financial details of the arrangement.Denise Incandela, head of fashion at Walmart’s U.S. e-commerce division, says it’s focusing on specialized shopping experiences, starting with fashion. Since the $3 billion-plus acquisition of Jet.com last year, Walmart has bought several online brands like Bonobos and ModCloth.Analysts say Walmart is developing its own higher-end online mall as a way to counter Amazon’s dominance. Bines said it’s a good strategy, since Walmart.com could attract “an entirely different demographic” from the chain’s physical stores.Walmart store customers have a median household income of about $48,000, below the $56,000 for walmart.com customers, according to Craig Johnson, president of the retail consulting group Customer Growth Partners. Amazon.com shoppers have a median income of $85,000, Johnson estimates.Liebmann says the bigger question is whether there would be any resistance from Lord & Taylor shoppers. Bonobos and ModCloth fans complained vociferously on social media when reports were swirling about Walmart’s move to buy the brands. “It has to be presented well,” Liebmann said.Overall, Bines expects Amazon and Walmart to announce more partnerships. “In the next two or three years, companies will chose sides,” he said. “But after that, the lines will be blurred.”___Follow Anne D’Innocenzio: http://twitter.com/ADInnocenzio
TAYLOR, B.C. – At a District of Taylor Council Meeting on Monday, Council was looking at ways of targeting speeding at the Peace Island Park Campground following a letter of concern from a user.The user, unnamed in the letter, claims that drivers using the road, which runs through the park to the boat launch, had no regard for the posted speed limit of 10 km/h.The user says they were distraught that drivers had no concern for children playing in the area, and feared that their own, or someone else’s kid, could be run-over. When speaking with the Park Manager, the user claims the Manager said that “there’s nothing we can do.”The District says they side with the Manager to the fact that there’s nothing they can do, as the road is not District owned but instead is a Provincial road.In years past, makeshift speed bumps have been placed on the road but were removed because they were not approved by the Ministry of Transportation.For now, Council says they will continue to speak with the Province to see what can be done and will continue to enforce public education about safe usage of the road. read more
Shipley said that some hackers will go to extreme lengths to steal personal information.“We’ve seen hacks in the last two years of Android phones that use facial ID, that if someone can get enough photos of your face and can actually 3D print a head and unlock your phone.”He said the best way to ensure your data is to check the user agreement before downloading these kinds of apps.Shipley warns other nefarious activities hackers can do include selling your search history and your location to other companies.“A lot of companies trade data, almost like trading baseball cards like kids, and because they can sell it, they didn’t violate the spirit or terms of your agreement, but it certainly wasn’t what a lot of people thought was going to happen with their data.”Overall, issues like this can pose serious problems in the future.“People’s photos being used to create fake social media profiles that look more real and authentic or to make a copy of your very own social media profile to then target your friends and family with a variety of different scams and attacks.” CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Chances are, some of your friends are looking a bit older thanks to FaceApp which has already taken the internet by storm.The app uses photos from your phone to show what an older or younger version of yourself could look like.FaceApp launched last year and allowed you to see yourself as the opposite gender.https://t.co/Td4MhrMRf0— FaceApp (@faceapp_ai) February 16, 2018One cybersecurity expert, however, is warning these fun apps can come with consequences.David Shipley with Beauceron Security said that while the product may be advertised as ‘free’, it’s your information that’s the real price. He noted that even a picture of your face can do plenty of damage.“It can be used to identify you and unlock things like your smartphone or other things and you want to make sure you protect your identity.” read more
Toronto stock market lower amid World Bank revisions, Fed economic assessment TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed lower Wednesday with traders focusing on global economic conditions in the wake of a cut in the World Bank’s global growth forecast for this year and the latest take on the U.S. economy by the Federal Reserve.The S&P/TSX composite index lost 33.15 points to 12,608.82 while the TSX Venture Exchange slipped 1.59 points to 1,230.2.The Canadian dollar was down 0.21 of a cent to 101.41 cents US.U.S. indexes were mixed with the Dow Jones industrials down 23.66 points to 13,511.23 amid more problems for aircraft maker Boeing.Boeing stock fell 3.38 per cent to US$74.34 as Japan’s two biggest airlines grounded all their Boeing 787 aircraft for safety checks after one was forced to make an emergency landing in the latest blow for the new jet.The 787, known as the Dreamliner, is Boeing’s newest and most technologically advanced jet. But since its launch, which came after delays of more than three years, the plane has been plagued by a string of problems, including battery and fuel-leak problems.The Nasdaq edged up 6.76 points to 3,117.54 while the S&P 500 index added 0.29 of a point to 1,472.63.The Fed says 12 of its regional banking districts reported “modest or moderate” growth in the final weeks of 2012.But the Fed also reported that employers in some parts of the country delayed hiring because of uncertainty over the fiscal cliff. Congress and the White House reached a deal on taxes on Jan. 1, but put off decisions on government spending cuts.Now, there is increasing nervousness about a fight brewing in Washington over raising the U.S. debt ceiling so that the government can keep borrowing money to pay its bills. The U.S. Treasury says it will run out of money to pay all the government’s obligations sometime in February or March if Congress doesn’t raise the current $16.4 trillion limit on borrowing.Markets were already lacklustre after the World Bank on Tuesday projected that the global economy will expand by 2.4 per cent in 2013, down from a forecast of three per cent growth in June.“Overall, the global economic environment remains fragile and prone to further disappointment, although the balance of risks is now less skewed to the downside than it has been in recent years,” the World Bank said in its twice-yearly report.The base metals component led TSX decliners, down 1.62 per cent as the World Bank report raised demand concerns, pushing March copper on the New York Mercantile Exchange down three cents to US$3.61 a pound.Sid Mokhtari, market technician at CIBC World Markets, noted that the report would not have come as a complete surprise to markets.“We have to assume that the market tends to price a lot of stuff in ahead of time so by the time it gets published by the World Bank, you would think the majority of those assumptions were priced in,” he said.“Having said that, the dominant behaviour of the commodities are still on the weaker side. We have to see better data out of China, which has been the case (recently) and maybe another round of better sentiment out of Europe.”Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) shed 69 cents to C$36.28.Oil prices were off the lows of the morning as data showed an unexpected drop in U.S. inventories last week. The U.S. Energy Information Administration said crude supplies declined by one million barrels last week. Analysts polled by Platts expected a 2.5-million-barrel climb.Energy prices also found lift after Islamist militants attacked and occupied a natural gas complex partly operated by energy company BP in southern Algeria.February crude was up 96 cents at US$94.24 a barrel and the energy sector was down 0.35 per cent. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) gave back 35 cents to C$28.74.The gold sector was off about 0.4 per cent while February bullion declined 70 cents to US$1,683.20 an ounce. Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) faded 34 cents to C$33.69.The TSX tech sector advanced after Research In Motion (TSX:RIM) said the Visa credit card system has approved the smartphone company’s method for handling secure mobile payments. The green light from Visa is a step towards offering global support for any device equipped with the BlackBerry maker’s mobile payments technology and its shares were up 28 cents or 1.96 per cent higher at $14.55.In other corporate news, Canadian autoparts giant Magna International Inc. (TSX:MG) says it expects between US$31.3 billion and US$32.7 billion of sales globally this year. About half of the 2013 total will come from the sale of parts to North American manufacturing operations.Its stock added 96 cents to C$52.14.Meanwhile, there was good news from the American banking sector.JPMorgan Chase, the country’s biggest bank by assets, says its fourth-quarter earnings shot up 55 per cent over the year to US$5.3 billion or $1.40 a share, far above the $1.16 per share expected by analysts. The stock erased early losses and turned up 47 cents to US$46.82.Goldman Sachs ran ahead $5.50 to US$141.09 after the U.S. investment bank reported that fourth-quarter net income nearly tripled to US$2.89 billion or $5.60 a share, much higher than the $3.71 that analysts had expected. Net revenue of $9.24 billion beat expectations of $7.98 billion. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 16, 2013 4:54 pm MDT read more
The Ohio State men’s hockey team can finally silence its critics after a disappointing start to the 2009 season. After a three-game skid, the Buckeyes added their first victory to their win column.OSU (1-2-1) split a two-game series versus the Denver Pioneers (2-2-0), losing the first contest 2-0 Thursday at the Schottenstein Center and winning 4-0 Friday at the Nationwide Arena. The change of scenery brought good fortune to the Buckeyes as they silenced the third-ranked team in country.The Buckeyes had one of their best performances of the season in their opening game against the Pioneers. But their strong play wasn’t displayed on the scoreboard, as they were shutout 2-0.“I thought the effort was good, the execution just wasn’t there,” coach John Markell said.OSU outshot Denver 36-32 but still wasn’t able to muster a single goal. The Buckeyes weren’t able to capitalize on any of their nine power-play opportunities, including a 5-3 advantage.“We had power-play chances, we just couldn’t follow up,” Markell said. “Eventually, you have to create your own puck luck.”Forward Zac Dalpe was simply disappointed after his team’s shutout loss.“It’s tough not to get frustrated with tonight and how last weekend went for us, but I know we can play with these guys,” the sophomore said. “We’ve got to get some goals, and now we just have to focus.”The Buckeyes tried to turn around their skid in Friday night’s contest.OSU looked like they would strike first on a 2-on-1 four minutes into the second contest of the series. Dalpe’s shot on the side of the net looked as if it had given his team its first lead of the series, but Denver goalie Adam Murray stretched to deflect the puck off his leg.It didn’t take long for the Buckeyes to have another scoring opportunity, and this time they finally found the back of the net for the first time against Denver.C.J Severyn streaked down the ice along the wall and found Taylor Stefishen in front of the goal for an easy score. Stefishen’s first goal of the season ended the Buckeyes 67-minute scoring drought.They followed up that score with Dalpe’s first goal of the season on a power play with six minutes left in the first period. Sergio Somma and Devon Krogh assisted the goal to give the Buckeyes a 2-0 lead. The 2-0 lead was in jeopardy two minutes into the second period. The Pioneers looked as if they got the first score of the contest off Chris Nutini’s shot, but the goal was later reviewed and overturned because of a high stick.Shane Sims scored his second goal of the season off John Albert’s sharp pass from behind the net. Sims deflected Albert’s pass off his skate and made a perfect shot in front of the Pioneers’ goal to give the Buckeyes a 3-0 lead, the largest lead OSU has held all season.OSU carried its 3-0 lead into the third period. The Pioneers looked frustrated on the ice and even started a small scuffle between the two teams after they missed another opportunity to score.Both teams only produced a few shots in the first ten minutes of the final period. The Buckeyes were able to score their fourth goal with four minutes left in the game on an open netter by Severyn to put the contest out of reach for the Pioneers.After 60 minutes, the Buckeyes shut out the Denver Pioneers 4-0, behind Heeter’s career-high 39 saves. Denver outshot OSU, 39-26, but like Thursday night’s contest, the team with the most shots wasn’t able to put any points on the scoreboard. “Denver is a good hockey club,” Markell said. “They kept coming at us tough, but our guys won the battle, and we had the hot goaltender.”Heeter gave most of the credit of his career night to his teammates.“Anytime a goalie picks up a shutout, you have to give ultimate, complete credit to the defense and the forwards,” the sophomore said. “They got down and blocked shots. I kicked out the loose rebounds, and the defense took the puck out of the zone.”Somma, who finished with a game-high two assists, was relieved to finally win this season.“It’s a huge monkey off all of our backs. We can build some confidence after this game as we head on the road,” he said.The Buckeyes will go on their first road trip of the season as they travel to Lake Superior State for games on Friday and Saturday. read more
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Baby Archie catching onMeghan Markle and Prince Harry ‘s son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor may not yet be a year old, but despite not being born last year, his name has already seen mounting popularity. Although not reaching the highs of the 3,265 baby Archies from 2013, the 2,950 named Archie last year is the highest number since 2014.The new young Shortened names for boys such as Archie, Alfie and Freddie were all in the top 10 for mothers aged under 25 years but were less popular among mothers aged over 35 years.Whereas the full spellings, such as Alfred and Frederick were more popular with older mothers.The rise and fall in the top 500 The character of Ada Shelby is played by the actress Sophie Rundle in the show. The names Ada, Delilah, Ayla, Zoe, Margot and Felicity entered the top 100 names for girls in 2018. However, other more traditional names – such as Delilah, Ayla and Margot made their first ever appearances in the rankings.While some names, such as George, William, Edward and Elizabeth have consistently featured in the top 100 since the early 20th century, most fluctuate in popularity over time. Nick Stripe, of the vital statistics outputs branch at the ONS, said: “Oliver and Olivia remained the most popular baby names in 2018, although there are the first signs that Oliver’s six-year reign as the number one name for boys is under threat. “Arthur surged into the top 10 boys’ names for the first time since the 1920s, and Ada jumped into the girls’ top 100 for the first time in a century too, both perhaps inspired by characters in the BBC TV drama Peaky Blinders. Names which were popular in the 1940s and 1950s tend to feature much lower in the 2018 rankings, while some names which ranked highly in the early 1900s are starting to increase in popularity again.However, while some names for girls are making a return, other names that were popular at the start of the 1900s are now considerably less popular.In 2018, there were fewer than three girls named Gladys, or Marjorie – names that had been in the top 20 in the early decades of the 1900s. However, these names were still in the top 100 in the 1930s and 1940s respectively, which means they are still likely to be within living memory.Researchers also found that the percentage of babies given a name in the top 100 has fallen every year since 1996. Peaky Blinders effect sees Arthur and Ada surgeThe influence of the popular BBC drama Peaky Blinders was also apparent in the latest baby name data.Arthur – the name of the character played by Paul Anderson in the TV show – was the only new entry into the top 10 names for boys in 2018, replacing Jacob.There were 3,644 baby Arthurs in 2018, compared to 2,795 in 2017.In the girls’ list, Sophia and Grace replaced Poppy and Lily in the top 10 names for girls.But Ada made a re-entry into the top 100 baby names for the first time since 1924. There were 811 baby Adas in 2018 compared to just 470 in 2017. “Alexa, have you packed your lunch?” “Alexa! Stop hitting your brother!” Alexa – put it down, you’re going to break it!”These are phrases which, official figures predict, are now more likely to be answered by a technology system than a human. On Thursday morning the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released its annual baby name data revealing the most popular names for boys and girls in England and Wales. Researchers found that the number of baby girls named Alexa has more than halved last year compared with 2017 because of the increased use of the Amazon technology assistant.Last year there were 118 baby Alexas born, meaning that the name was ranked number 380 out of the most popular baby girl names.However in 2017, there were far more baby Alexas, with 301 born that year and leaving it ranked 181 out of the most popular girls names “On the flipside, the growth in the use of technology assistants in our homes may help to explain why the number of baby girls named Alexa has more than halved compared with 2017. Communicating with young children can be hard enough at the best of times.”The name Alexa had remained relatively stable for a number of years until 2018 when it began to increase. In 2018, there were 657,076 live births in England and Wales. Of these live births, there were 62,729 different names registered in 2018. read more
PEOPLE KEEP ASKING Joe Berti if he feels unlucky.A bomb exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon moments after Berti finished the race. Two days later, he was in his home state of Texas when he saw a fertilizer plant explode near Waco.“I was just like, ‘I can’t believe this!’” said Berti, who said he had never witnessed an explosion before. Then he thought: “I just want to get out of here and get away from all these explosions.”But Berti, as it turns out, is far from unlucky. Instead, he feels fortunate. He left both tragedies unscathed, while members of his running group and his wife – who was closer to the Boston explosion than he was – were also unhurt.“It’s a miracle,” he said in an interview with week with The Associated Press. “People keep saying, ‘Don’t you feel unlucky?’ and I was actually the opposite – saying not only do I not feel unlucky, but I feel blessed that my wife could be 10 yards from the explosion and not have a scratch.”The bombings in Boston, which happened about 10 seconds apart at the finish line of Monday’s marathon, killed three people and left more than 180 wounded. In West, Texas, which is near Waco, a fertilizer plant exploded Wednesday, killing at least five people, injuring more than 160, and levelling homes, apartments and a school.‘God has been merciful to us’“We’re grateful that God has been merciful to us,” said Berti’s wife, Amy. “We are just praying for the people who were so much less fortunate than we were.”Berti’s road to the Boston marathon started just a couple months ago, when he decided to run with Champions4Children, a charity that helps kids with rare or undiagnosed disorders and their families. He was one of eight Austin-area runners who ran the marathon with that group. Each ran for a sick child or “training partner,” who tracked his or her runner’s marathon progress from home.During the last four miles, the 43-year-old Berti, who wore bib number 25472, felt his body shutting down, and his pace slowed. But he was running for his partner Drew, and he vowed to finish.“I had just run to the finish line and… (moments) later I heard the first explosion, and then turned around and saw the smoke,” he said. “I knew immediately that it was a bomb. … Then the second explosion occurred and I saw a wave of people running.”At that point, he said, he was so exhausted he couldn’t run anymore. He worried about getting caught in a stampede. He was concerned about members of his running group who were behind him. He also thought about his wife, whom he was unable to reach and was probably wondering where he was. He told himself she was fine, because she was supposed to be at a restaurant.“But then, I was like, ‘She never listens to me, and she may have been at the finish line,’” a thought he quickly tried to remove from his mind.As it turns out, Amy Berti and a friend were just yards from the first explosion. She had just taken a picture of Joe, and was heading to the finish line to find him when the bomb went off. She and her friend were both hit by shrapnel. Amy was uninjured, her friend was bruised.But a woman right next to Amy had her leg torn off from the knee down, and lost all the fingers in her left hand. Amy Berti went to get help, and once that woman was being cared for, Amy’s frantic search for her husband began.No mobile phoneHis mobile phone battery died. He wasn’t on the bus. He wasn’t in the medical tents.“I had just watched him cross where that bomb was, so I didn’t know if he made it through and I couldn’t find him,” she said. “I started to freak out a little bit.”After about an hour, the couple reunited at their hotel, both of them OK. They left Boston Tuesday morning and returned to Austin, with every hope of getting back to life as normal with their two girls, ages 8 and 11.Second explosion in two daysJoe Berti went back to work. On Wednesday, he had a daylong meeting in Dallas, followed by a museum tour. He was heading home on Interstate 35 and nearing Waco Wednesday night when he saw black smoke up ahead to his left. As he drove closer, he saw – and felt – his second explosion in two days.“You’ve got to be kidding!” he remembers thinking. He described the giant fireball as a massive force that shook his car. He said it looked like pictures of nuclear explosions that he has seen on television.He didn’t know what he had just witnessed – but he pulled over and took a picture.“My next reaction was to get out of there because something fell on the top of my car – some debris or something fell from the sky,” he said.As black smoke billowed over the highway in front of him, Berti held his breath and drove through it. After a few attempts, he was able to reach his wife – sparing her another round of worry.“I’m like, ‘Honey, what is with your luck? Why are you in all of these places?” Amy Berti said. When a reporter suggested that Joe should stay home for a while, she joked, “We need to keep him moving. Maybe he just needs to stand in an open field.”Read: ‘We thought it was sparklers going off’: Irish runners speak of Boston trauma >More: Firefighters seek colleagues’ bodies as search for Texas bodies continues > read more
Professional services organisation Deloitte and consumer goods business Unilever have been recognised by employees for their family-friendly policies at 2017’s Mumsnet Family Friendly Awards.Unilever won the Mumsnet Employer of the Year Award, based on responses from nearly 1,000 staff surveys. For this category, employees ranked organisations on how family-friendly policies were communicated, how aware staff were of the family-friendly policies available and how employees rated their employer overall.Deloitte won the Mumsnet Returnship Award, Infrastructure business Tideway and investment organisation Fidelity were also shortlisted. This category celebrates employers who offer excellent returnship programmes in order to support parents who want to come back to work after having a child. Organisations that entered this category were required to have operated a formal, paid returnship programme in the last two years.The Mumsnet Family Friendly Awards forms part of the parenting website’s Family Friendly programme, which celebrates employers which demonstrate family-friendly initiatives for their staff. This would include showing leadership in flexibility, returnships, and policies such as parental leave.Winners of the Mumsnet Family Friendly Awards are decided based on surveys completed by employees of Family Friendly programme organisation members. The Family Friendly programme has been running since 2011.The award winners were announced in a ceremony hosted by Sadiq Khan, mayor of London.Emma Codd, managing partner for talent at Deloitte, said: “Deloitte is thrilled to be recognised by Mumsnet for its return-to-work programme, which launched in 2014 and was an industry first. Since then, the increasing number of returnship programmes shows that UK businesses are beginning to recognise that there’s a large pool of talented women, and men, who have taken a break from their careers, whether for family or other reasons. Deloitte’s return-to-work programme is one of a number of things that we have introduced as part of our work to ensure that we have a gender balanced firm.”Justine Roberts, founder and chief executive officer at Mumsnet, added: “This has been the year of the returnship, and it’s been exciting to see so many employers embracing the idea with real enthusiasm. Our Family Friendly programme continues to evidence the innovatory thinking of the best employers. Many congratulations to all the award winners and the runners-up.”Emma Codd will be speaking at Employee Benefits Live on Tuesday 10 October 2017.View the full conference programme and register to attend read more
After five months of intense scrutiny, board members of American technology giant Microsoft are all but certain to anoint the Hyderabad-born Satya Nadella as the new CEO, replacing the current chief Steve Ballmer.Here are some must-know trivia about the future Microsoft CEO Satya.Satya (aka Satyanarayana) Nadella, born in 1967, did his early education at Hyderabad Public School (Begumpet), Andhra Pradesh.He went on to complete his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at Manipal Univerisity (1988 batch), Karnataka.Satya then moved to USA for higher education, there he got MS (Master of Science) degree in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin (Milwaukee) and also went to get MBA (Master of Business Administration) from the University of Chicago Booth School Of Business.Before his tryst with Microsoft, he worked at top ICT (Information and Communication Technology) company Sun Microsystems (now owned by Oracle).In 1992, he joined Microsoft as Program Manager in Windows Developer Relation Group.From there on, Satya went on to head Microsoft’s Online Service Division (R&D) and later as vice-president of Server and Tools Business.Satya has been credited for spearheading Microsoft’s Database, Windows Server and developer tools in cloud computing platform Azure.Ever since he took over the helm at Microsoft’s ‘Cloud and Enterprise’ in 2011, the division has grown from $16.6 billion to $20.3 billion (as of June 2013).Satya is yet to be officially appointed as the Microsoft CEO; Internally, he was competing with former Nokia Chief Stephen Elop, Tony Bates (Executive Vice President for Business Development & Evangelism at Microsoft) and Kevin Turner (Chief Operating Officer). Others include – Alan Mulally (Ford Motor Co, CEO), Steve Mollenkopf (already out of race, he is now the CEO of Qualcomm Inc.) and Hans Vestberg (Ericsson AB CEO )If anointed, Satya will be become Microsoft’s third CEO in the four decade-long history of the company. read more
Alex Wong/Getty ImagesStarbucks Chairman Howard Schultz participates in a discussion at the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. He said the arrest of two black men was the company’s responsibility.Starbucks Executive Chairman Howard Schultz said Thursday that Starbucks’ bathrooms will now be open to everyone, whether paying customers or not.“We don’t want to become a public bathroom, but we’re going to make the right decision 100 percent of the time and give people the key,” Schultz said at the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C. “Because we don’t want anyone at Starbucks to feel as if we are not giving access to you to the bathroom because you are ‘less than.’ We want you to be ‘more than.’ “Two black men, business partners Donte Robinson and Rashon Nelson, both 23, were arrested on April 12 as they sat in a Philadelphia Starbucks after not buying anything and asking to use the restroom.The store manager called the police after asking them to leave — a “terrible decision,” Schultz said.Video of their arrest sparked outrage on social media and accusations of racial bias. Protesters stood outside and inside the Philadelphia Starbucks store where the arrest occurred.“The company, the management and me personally — not the store manager — are culpable and responsible. And we’re the ones to blame,” Schultz said Thursday.“We were absolutely wrong in every way. The policy and the decision she made, but it’s the company that’s responsible,” he added.Schultz said the company had a “loose policy” around letting nonpaying customers use the bathroom, though it was up to the discretion of individual store managers.The company responded to the incident by announcing that it would close its more than 8,000 U.S. locations on the afternoon of May 29 for racial bias training. Schultz said on Thursday that the company brought in outside help to design the curriculum.Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, is one of those helping to shape the training.“Racism is deeply entrenched in our society, and any real effort to confront it means you have to be in it for the long haul,” Ifill told NPR’s All Things Considered last month. “It means you have to be in it seriously. It means not just training. It means monitoring the effectiveness of that training.”Schultz said that was the case and that the May 29 session is “the beginning, not the end of an entire transformation of our training at Starbucks.”He said the company was also working with Stanley Nelson, director of the documentary Freedom Riders, to produce a documentary that would “make sure that people understand: This is not a marketing thing; we’re deeply committed to this.”Schultz also addressed the company’s past failure to address racial issues in the U.S. with its short-lived “Race Together” campaign in 2015. The company had encouraged baristas to write “Race Together” on customers’ cups in an effort to start conversations about race.He said the goal was to “elevate the national conversation, the national discourse around race” after the killings of Trayvon Martin in 2012 and Eric Garner in 2014 had brought up “racial divide.”Starbucks held meetings among employees about race, involving workers sharing both “their pain” and “their bias,” Schultz said, which spurred the idea for some type of outreach beyond the company’s workers.It didn’t last one day.“Within two hours, the entire initiative was basically hijacked by social media. Hijacked by hate, by anonymous people who just pretty much stole the narrative,” Schultz said. The company shut it down quickly after, mostly out of concern for the workers’ safety, he said.NPR’s Code Switch rounded up reactions at the time, many of which called the campaign ill-conceived and too sensitive and complex a topic to start with a coffee shop cashier.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share read more
By Sean Yoes, Baltimore AFRO Editor, email@example.comAlex Jones, the right-wing conspiracy theorist who zealously pushed the heinous lie that the Sandy Hook massacre of elementary school students in Newtown, Connecticut was a staged hoax, has been banned from several social media platforms. What about the myriad of other purveyors of alleged hate speech who use social media as a megaphone?Facebook, YouTube, Spotify and Apple have all removed material published by Jones. Facebook specifically removed four of his pages, including two featuring the controversial “Infowars” show, allegedly for violating hate speech and bullying policies. Facebook went into detail why the company removed Jones’ page in a blog post August 6.Alex Jones, center right, had has Facebook pages taken down or violating the company’s hate speech and bullying policies. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)But, what about White supremacists groups operating in plain view on social media platforms, including Facebook?According to the State of New Jersey’s Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, a “White supremacist extremists continue to leverage social media to communicate, organize, and spread propaganda, despite the efforts of mainstream social media companies to remove extremist content from their online platforms.” The agency released a report on how White Supremacists are using social media to attract adherents August 6. “Following the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017, Internet companies, including Google, Facebook, and Twitter, updated their approach to addressing hate speech on their platforms, resulting in the removal of White supremacist extremist accounts,” according to the report.The original rally last August resulted in the death of Heather Heyer, an anti-racist protester, who was killed when a car driven by James Fields Jr., plowed into a crowd of protesters, injuring dozens of others. Fields has been indicted for first degree murder, however, the next “Unite the Right 2” rally is scheduled for Aug. 12 in Washington, D.C. According to the report published by the State of New Jersey, organizers of the Aug. 12 rally, “used Facebook Messenger to communicate with each other and organize the event. “The Facebook group chat–active since at least May–discussed security, equipment setup, first aid, and potential counter-protest groups.”But, even as hate groups are being banished from many mainstream social media platforms, according to a report in Newsweek, some hatemongers are thriving on podcasts. According to Newsweek, a so-called White nationalist shock jock name Mike Peinovich has built a large and growing hate speech podcast platform.“But, as tech companies like Twitter, PayPal and GoDaddy slowly attempt to purge their platforms of alt-right voices…Peinovich’s podcasting network has developed into arguably the loudest and most influential gathering place for White nationalists on the web. His website, TheRightStuff.biz, now hosts more than two dozen podcasts and draws close to 1.5 million views per month,” according to Newsweek. And the Southern Poverty Law Center says Peinovich’s platform is spawning new hate groups read more
If there’s a special place in your heart for Tetris, then you need to make a place in your pocket for this. It’s the Tetris Micro Card, a portable gaming system from the makers of Arduboy that comes with an officially licensed (and tiny) version of Tetris.The original Arduboy looked a bit like a tiny Game Boy. You hold in portrait-style and the D-pad and A and B buttons are located below the display. The Tetris Micro Card is lie the Game Boy Advance. It’s laid out for landscape viewing, with a display in the center that’s flanked by the d-pad on the left and buttons on the right.In terms of the hardware powering the two devices, it’s identical. An ATmega32u4 handles processing duties, there’s 32KB of flash memory, 2.5KB of RAM, and a 1KB EEPROM. A piezo speaker stands ready to crank out “Korobeiniki” while you play — which you can reportedly do for up to six hours thanks to the rechargeable lithium-polymer battery.One big difference between the two is how much they cost. You can still pre-order an Arduboy for $39, the same amount it cost Kickstarter backers after the 1,000 early bird units had been reserved. The Tetris Micro Card will cost you an extra $10. The extra dollars cover the licensing fees that have to be paid to Tetris Holdings. You’re not locked in to just playing Tetris on the Micro Card, however. It’s still an Arduboy, so you’re free to flash other games onto it, too. Just make sure they’re built for a vertical display — or that you’re comfortable reaching over the screen to press buttons. read more
Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. FaceApp Responds to (Mostly Unfounded) Privacy ConcernsStar-Studded Cast Perform Live Reading of Mueller Report Stay on target A Russian runway was paved with gold last week when a plane carrying precious metals lost part of its cargo.Gold, platinum, and diamonds rained down as the Nimbus Airlines jet gained height over Yakutsk Airport.En route from the Kupol mine to Krasnoyarsk, the plane stopped in Yakutsk to refuel. Upon taking off again, the Antonov AN-12’s cargo door flew open, scattering a $368 million haul as far as 16 miles from the airfield.Transporting nearly 10 tons of goods, the plane immediately returned to the airport; nobody was hurt.The cause of the incident is under investigation.“It should be noted that the aircraft [was] prepared for the flight by the technicians who are part of the crew of this vessel,” the Yakutsk Airport said in an official statement.Based on a maintenance card, the aircraft was “serviceable and prepared for the flight.”The door, which fell into a nearby field, was damaged due to the “shifting of cargo,” Russia’s Investigative Committee told AFP.Police sealed off the area during a search for the missing pieces. Some 172 bars, weighing about 3.7 tons, were collected by Friday, according to state-run news agency TASS.“Not a single one was lost,” Stanislav Borodyuk, head of the Moscow office of Canada’s Kinross Gold company, said. “The cargo is in Yakutsk under protection.”Still, rumors of a few forgotten pieces are fanning residents’ hopes of getting rich quick. TASS reported a young couple examining the field with a metal detector.“It looks like all [the] gold was picked yesterday,” they said, taking only a quick break before continuing the search.A short video from the scene highlights what look like large grey bricks lying on the runway. The gold-silver alloy bars belong to the Chukot Mining and Geological Company—an affiliate of the Kinross Group; they were heading to Krasnoyarsk for refining.View as: One Page Slides1. Cargo door found in a nearby field(via The Siberian Times)2. Russian officials investigate broken plane(via The Siberian Times)3. Not all that glitters is gold (but this actually is)(via The Siberian Times)4. Bagged and tagged(via The Siberian Times) read more
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. Citation: Xerox to offer ‘Ignite’ software upgrade for copiers to let them grade school papers (2013, May 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-05-xerox-ignite-software-copiers-grade.html Teacher influence persists in early grades Most everyone is familiar with standardized test forms—bubbles are filled in to indicate answers and a machine grades them by reading the bubbles. This new software from Xerox takes that concept to a whole new level by allowing a copy machine to grade non-standardized test forms. Tests and quizzes are given and students write down their answers using numbers, words, etc., all in their own handwriting. Those papers are then fed into the copy machine which automatically grades them all and sends both reports and grades to the teacher via a website. The idea is to reduce the amount of time teachers spend grading tests so they can spend more time in direct instruction. (Phys.org) —Xerox, the copy-machine giant, has announced that it will be selling a software upgrade for its copiers that will turn many of them into test grading machines. Called Ignite, the software not only grades papers, it analyses the results and produces reports for the teacher. © 2013 Phys.org Impressively, the new software can be used on virtually any kind of test: math, science, history, even essays. To do that, it works differently on different types of tasks. It can do normal grading for example, when there are clear answers, such as a single number answer to a math problem. For essays, it works more like a word processor, highlighting spelling and punctuation problems.What’s perhaps most revolutionary about the new system, however, is its ability to highlight certain types of data. If every child is having problems with a certain class of math problems, for example, the software can highlight that for the teacher so he or she can review those concepts in a new way. The software can also highlight problem trends for individual students too, setting up a scenario whereby teachers can assign customized homework—an idea that has long been little more than a dream for teachers.The system has already been extensively tested in many schools throughout the United States and Canada, and by all accounts is thus far a hit with teachers and students alike. Xerox plans to roll out the software to any interested school for the 2013-2014 school year. Explore further read more
Tags: WestJet The Canadian Press Share Posted by WestJet passengers help subdue unruly man who wanted off mid-flight EDMONTON — A customer on a WestJet flight from Toronto to Edmonton says there were some tense moments as he and others helped the crew subdue an unruly passenger.Steven Kelley says he was sitting four rows back from the cockpit of the Boeing 737 when a man wearing a backpack twice walked from the back of the plane to the front during the last half of the four-hour flight.Kelly says the man approached the flight attendant each time and asked to get off the plane while it was still in the air.RCMP said Wednesday that a 20-year-old man was arrested after causing a disturbance on a flight.The individual was taken into custody without incident once the plane landed.Police are investigating but so far no charges have been laid.“When he came up the second time, I knew right away that there was something, that something was going to happen,” Kelly said.He said the flight attendant asked for help so he and some other passengers stepped in and helped restrain the passenger.More news: Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish Steps“Jumped up, grabbed the guy, basically got control of one arm and maybe his neck,” recalled Kelly. “We ziptied him, and they brought him to the back of the plane where they held him for about a half hour or so until we landed.”According to Kelly, another passenger said the man had spent the first three hours of the flight praying, but it wasn’t clear exactly what his motivation was. He also said “it was weird” the man was wearing a backpack three hours into the flight.“The entire time he was calling us `non-believers’ and saying if there were any believers on board, to kill him,” Kelly said.“I don’t honestly know if he was trying to open the door, he definitely was moving towards the door, he was only a few feet away from it.”WestJet declined comment except to confirm an incident took place on board a flight “involving an unruly individual who was removed by RCMP at the request of the crew.”More news: Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesEarlier this week there was an incident on an Alaska Airlines flight where an agitated passenger tried to open a rear door during the flight. The plane, which was en route from New York City to Seattle, was diverted to Minneapolis. Thursday, September 1, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >> read more
How do cataracts affect your vision? Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments Share 4 must play golf courses in Arizona 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center KOLKATA, India (AP) – Police say all 16 occupants of two jeeps returning from a wedding were killed in a head-on collision with a speeding truck on a highway in eastern India.Police officer Kalyan Mukhopadhyay says the victims in the jeeps were returning home early Tuesday after attending a wedding at Sahapur, a village nearly 400 kilometers (250 miles) north of Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal state.He says 13 people died on the spot and three later in a hospital. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories He added the truck driver had been arrested.India has the world’s deadliest roads, with more than 110,000 people killed annually. Most crashes are blamed on reckless driving, poorly maintained roads and aging vehicles.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) read more
Luxury resort Capella Telluride will open its door on Valentine’s Day Weekend, February 15, 2009.Located in the heart of Mountain Village , Capella Telluride is the first U.S. property for Capella Hotels and Resorts and will feature 100 condominium hotel rooms and 48 condominium residences. Guests will find a destination that marries service and ultra-luxury accommodations in a way yet unrealized by today’s top-tier mountain hotels – making it the ideal target for cupid’s bow.A host of romantic Valentine’s Day experiences await couples at Capella Telluride:For ski enthusiasts, Capella Telluride’s location enjoys the mountain’s best ski-in/ski-out access to Telluride Ski Resort. Ski valet at the resort’s Nordic Lounge will pre-warm boots, wax skis and offer a cup of cider to keep things hot for the holiday.Indoors, couples can visit to the revitalizing spa and wellness center, or indulge in a couple’s treatment in the comfort of their candle-lit guestroom.Those traveling with children this Valentine’s Day (which occurs during President’s Day Weekend) will want to utilize the hotel’s engaging Kids Club, letting parents enjoy a romantic dinner at Onyx, Capella Telluride’s signature restaurant that serves regional fair inspired by global cuisine. read more
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