brian proffitt Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Charles Foster Kane dreamed of Rosebud; Michael Dell yearned for his old company back. Yesterday, one of them got his wish, when it was announced that Dell Inc. shareholders would be returning the company to Dell’s ownership on Nov. 1.Seven months, $25 billion and dealing with Carl Ichan may seem like a lot to pay for a company that primarily makes PCs in a market that is seeing a dwindling of PC sales—especially the Icahn part—but by convincing Dell’s shareholders to sell their stock back to him and his investor partner Silver Lake Partners, Dell may have done the best thing to keep his company alive.That may not seem readily apparent if you listened to Dell CFO Brian Gladden’s remarks in yesterday’s call announcing the news. Gladden stated that Dell Inc. would pretty much stay the course, start to invest more heavily in enterprise software and services, such as cloud computing, and keep on making PCs and “other end-user computing devices”—what we call tablets.On first pass, it sounds like Dell Inc. wants to become more like competitors Hewlett-Packard and IBM (though the latter sent its desktop business off to China’s Lenovo years ago). Which sounds a little nuts. Even if you put aside the heavy competition that these companies will bring to Dell (and, really, you can’t), Dell is focusing on a sector that is at best in flux right now, as consumerization of enterprise IT continues apace, and at worst in some peril, as trust issues regarding cloud computing are still being sorted out by companies in the wake of the NSA leaks.But on further review, it may be that Dell is in the best shape moving forward precisely because of those potential hurdles.The truth is, selling to the enterprise is no longer an easy game of checking off an order with “how many servers do you need?” and “You want desktops with that order?” IT is changing at a deep fundamental level, and IT administrators in the enterprise (and nearly every size of business, for that matter) are trying to figure out what to do.Because of that uncertainty, you see software and hardware companies forced to adjust to market conditions at a pace that some would consider break-neck at times. That’s because, as mostly public companies, they must do everything they can to make money or stem the flow of losing money.Public companies, because of their responsibilities to their shareholders, can only afford to take a certain amount of risk before they have to cut their losses and move on to another plan. This is why we see drastic moves like Microsoft becoming a “devices and services” company and more subtle moves like Google’s infamous Fall and Spring cleanings to axe cloud services that people might love but aren’t making the company any money.But, as a private company, Dell may very well be in a position to take those risks and stick with them. Here’s one hypothetical: if everyone in the hardware market wants to put their eggs in the tablet basket (Dell included), they can, but if tablets somehow fail in the enterprise sector, then the public companies would likely drop their tablet products like hot potatoes. Dell, in theory, could stay the course, slowly and steadily filling orders for businesses that can make business use of the tablets, and innovating their tablet line to something that gets it right.This example might play out, because for public companies, the definition of failure is usually “it’s not making us truckloads of money right now.” Public companies have less patience, because their shareholders do. A private company could take the risk and go for the longer play.It may not be in tablets; it might be in PCs. In fact, I think ultimately PCs will be a good run for Dell Inc., as I remain convinced there will be a bottom to this PC decline, if only because some people have to get some work done. In their quests to bringing in the bucks, Dell’s competition might let their PC efforts slide, leaving more chances for Dell to capture more of a market that will never truly evaporate.Whatever it is, Dell should be able to take its time and figure it out.Is going private the be-all-end-all for Dell Inc.? No, because they could still make bonehead moves and drive themselves into the ground. But with more time and freedom to plan, they may have a better shot to react to this IT market than their competition. Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#dell#PCs#tablets
Matthew Ryan Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Thanks to the relaxing of the single-child policy in 2016, China is predicted to be heading towards a baby boom, with the number of newborns predicted to reach 18 million by 2018. As a result, the countries already crazy annual spending on baby products is set for 15 per cent year-on-year growth, rising to RMB 969 billion ($147.4 billion) by 2020. Chinese born in the ’80s and ’90s are fearless tech lovers, with a recent survey finding that 60% of the population consider themselves early adopters. Babytech sales are already strong, and these changing demographics paired with a growing urban middle class are set to See also: Is smart baby tech a parent’s dream or worst nightmare?A number of babytech devices have already created a furor in China. In particular Moodoo, a smart fetal monitoring patch which managed to raised more than $4.3 million in five minutes. Other successes have been smart milk formula mixing machines, like NicePapa and the number of smart thermometers and monitoring devices. We spoke to Liang Du, CEO of Mommy Knows, an OEM/ODM company that focuses on Smart Diapers, Oscar Chan of Bimado, a foreign owned, but Chinese based baby tech manufacturer and Lucas Wang, CEO of hardware collaboration platform, HWTrek. They gave us the info on what overseas companies need to succeed in this flourishing smart product market. Consider the Chinese family as a wholeA difficult recent history and rapidly changing social milieu have created complex sets of consumer demands that are distinct from the US. Young Chinese parents are some of the savviest, early adopters in the world and make, informed, research-driven tech consumption decisions. Unfortunately, the situation is not as simple as marketing strictly towards this demographic. Grandparents commonly take the role of raising children, while parents work long working hours. According to Liang Du, creators of babytech devices “Always have to consider three factors. First, the user (baby), then the person purchasing the device (the parents) and finally the operator (grandparents).” Older generations of Chinese mostly grew up poor, in a country that was technologically behind the rest of the world and are confused by complex features. They also hold a number of folk beliefs that are incomprehensible to non-natives. For example, Bimado found at the testing stage, that many older Chinese believe that the correct treatment for a child with a fever is to wrap them in as many layers as possible, making it impossible for their device to get accurate temperature readings. Oscar Chan recommends that overseas companies in the babytech field in China, “study the overall preference of the whole Chinese household, rather than thinking about consumers individually.” You need to make the device simple enough for this generation to use, while still being technically advanced to attract parents. Being foreign is no longer enoughChina has changed. The catchment of buying a product from the West is fading and consumers are starting to prefer Chinese electronics brands. This is especially true of IoT and smart products, where China is widely perceived as having a competitive advantage. The ecosystem for smart products in Shenzhen and the rest of China is so advanced, that it is almost impossible for overseas companies to compete on features. Oscar Chan, recommends that it’s better to concentrate on branding, industrial design, and product safety: “Many Chinese products have really strong features but feel cheap or look ugly. Foreign companies can really add value and be competitive through telling a story…. branding, industrial design, swish UI and safety certification.” These views are echoed by Lucas Wang: “For more simple functioning hardware you can’t differentiate on hardware because that is easily replicated, the real value for Chinese consumer is in services and user experience.”Companies need to be special. The market is much more mature than the West and consumers have seen a lot before. Just adding BlueTooth, Wifi, and an app to a traditional toy, is not enough to woo consumers. According to Liang Du, If you do want to go down that path of adding technical features to a familiar baby product, then “make sure that every last bit of your design is as good as the traditional product.”Find a local partnerMao Zedong said “Women hold up half the sky,” but in modern Chinese households, the mother now has an even greater share of the decision making process. As Liang Du explains, “The role of the father in shopping has been reduced to only suggestions. It’s useless selling a babytech product on features or techy spec stuff that men like. You need to use more feminine trigger words in your branding like “natural” and “environmentally friendly.”To meet the demands of the China market, it is best to work with a Chinese partner. The supply chain in Shenzhen and the rest of China is pretty complete, from sensor manufacturers to specialist babytech design houses. Foreign companies who base themselves in China, can take advantage of this ecosystem and get both the edge on the local market and the global one. As Oscar Chan explains that “Shenzhen has become so international. The company I work with has a Swiss designer. Shenzhen had a good downstream ecosystem and now they have upstream as well. Everything is here.”Lucas Wang adds: “Working with a local design house or manufacturer, means that you are able to meet the rapidly changing preferences of local consumers. The preferences of Chinese parents change so quickly and without a local partner, you are fumbling around in the dark.” Tags:#baby#babytech#China#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#top Follow the Puck Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…
The visit to the Taj Mahal may have been the highlight of Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s short visit to Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday, but he also discussed some important issues with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.At a meeting in Agra, the two leaders discussed collaboration to improve the lives of farmers in India’s most populous state. Among the issues raised were the two centres of excellence for horticulture and food processing coming up in Basti and Kannauj districts with Israel’s support, drinking water management in urban areas and solid waste management, a government spokesperson said.The critical subjects of water conservation, water recharging and drip irrigation were also discussed in context of the depleting water table in the drought-prone Bundelkhand. Mr. Adityanath said the talks were “extremely positive”, and would pave the way for exchange of technical knowledge in future. Exudes confidence“I have faith that through the exchange of technology and in the interests of farmers in mind, the talks will move forward. We will try to bring a smile to the faces of farmers through the use of technology,” he said. The signs of new collaboration between the State government and Israel come months after a memorandum of understanding was signed between the Jal Nigam of Uttar Pradesh and Israel’s Ministry of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources on water utility reforms.
Chand Sur is Sunita Kohli’s 92-and-half-year-old mother. When Kohli introduced her recently at a function saying her mother was 93, the older woman quickly corrected her daughter to say that she wasn’t 93 yet. She was born in Quetta, Balochistan, but her ancestors were originally from Multan, also called the City of Saints, a hub on the Silk Route, which had once been besieged by Alexander the Great and has been a cultural and economic nerve centre of western Punjab. Sur’s memories of Quetta are still fresh; she says she always wanted to go back, but never could. Her most vivid recollections are those linked to her mother who would invariably cook up a new experiment every day. “We all wanted to taste those special dishes she had cooked,” remembers the nonagenarian.Read it at Open the Magazine Related Items
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Meanwhile, movie theater tickets for the fighting spectacle of the year are being sold at $40 per adult in advance. A complete list of participating theaters can be found at www.FathomEvents.com .Fathom Events and Mayweather Promotions announced the partnership on Tuesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMayweather is coming out of retirement for a boxing match against a UFC star who has never boxed professionally. View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo UFC president Dana White, center, intervenes as boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor exchange words during a news conference at Staples Center Tuesday, July 11, 2017, in Los Angeles. The two are scheduled to fight in a boxing match in Las Vegas on Aug. 26. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Movie theaters around the U.S. will show the Aug. 26 fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor.The bout between the undefeated boxer and the Irish UFC champion will cost $99.95 on high-definition pay-per-view TV. Tickets for the fight at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena will range from $500 to $10,000 — and there aren’t many $500 seats.ADVERTISEMENT Warriors’ Draymond Green sued over alleged assault by couple Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes
Fireworks light up the Jawaharlal Nehry Stadium at the CWG opening ceremony on Sunday evening.Putting behind months of controversies, New Delhi put together a spectacular opening ceremony for the 19th Commonwealth Games, which received the approval of all watching.The show of colour, light, music and dance at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium left the 65,000-plus present there screaming in delight as the 12-day sporting extravaganza kicked off with participating teams from 71 members of the Commonwealth.Prince Charles, filling in for Queen Elizabeth II, declared the Games open after which President Pratibha Patil, making a short speech, said, “Let the Games begin!”AR Rahman capped the evening with his CWG anthem, Jeeyo Utho Badho, followed by Jai Ho, which the crowd gladly sung along.Among those attending the grand opening were Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and general secretary Rahul Gandhi, and Patil’s husband Devi Singh Shekhawat.Manmohan said: “Welcome to India, welcome to these Games. It is a proud moment for the country. We invite all our guests to enjoy our hospitality.”CWG chief Michael Fennell, who was critical of the Games preparations, acknowledged the big, through belated, turnaround. “Congratulations to the Organising Committee. Let us join hands in celebrating the glorious opening ceremony,” he said.Abhinav Bindra leads the Indian contingent at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.The Delhi Games organising committee chief Suresh Kalmadi was initially welcomed by the large crowd here, but later booed by it. advertisement”India is ready to host the games,” Kalmadi said, reading out from a prepared speech, sounding confident and not a man whose career in sports administration nearly came to an end because of the problems leading up to this day.Kalmadi also mentioned AB Vajpayee in his speech as he brought the Games to India. At the parade of the participating contingents, the Pakistan team received loud cheers. But the roof was brought down the moment ace marksman and Olympic hero Abhinav Bindra led the Indian contingent on to the park.Patil, Manmohan and Sonia all stood up to applaud the Indian team, which aims to finish with a best ever CWG rank of No. 2.The day’s festivities were marred a little by official broadcaster Doordarshan’s deferred live coverage of the event.Rahman’s act was broadcast only after 10.30 pm, nearly an hour after the opening ceremony had already concluded.
P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sandwiched between those matches, PLDT, led by exciting spiker Grace Lazard, guns for a third win when it takes on Sta. Lucia. —MARC ANTHONY REYESSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy It may not seem like it, but there are other contenders in the PSL Grand Prix outside of powerhouses F2 Logistics and Petron.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting On Saturday, some of the darkhorses try to close the gap with the leaders when they battle separate foes in a Philippine Superliga Grand Prix triple treat at Malolos Sports and Convention Center.United Volleyball Club battles winless Generika-Ayala in the nightcap hoping its roster powered by US NCAA players will take charge in the 6 p.m. match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesCignal and Foton kick off the heavy schedule at 2 p.m. with the Tornadoes, a former champion, struggling to get the right mix this conference.Foton suffered a three-set defeat to F2 Logistics (25-20, 25-20, 26-24) Thursday night. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Luisita seizes seniors lead, takes six-point cushion to final round Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Convincing Castro, though, started from the top down with PBA Chairman and TNT Governor Ricky Vargas phoning the Philippine basketball legend of the request.“It was supposed to be me who’s going to ask him because we know he’s retired but the board wanted to know right away,” said Cone. “So Mr. Vargas called him and said we’d like you to un-retire and come back and play in the SEA Games and he said right away ‘yeah we’ll do it,’” said Cone.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We have asked him to come back and join the program and I’m really proud of the fact that he decided to come back and help us out,” said Cone as per the PBA’s official website.“He’s one of the big missing links in the last try we had [World Cup].”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Castro started his senior duty with the Philippines in international competition in 2013 when he led Gilas to the silver medal of the Fiba Asia Championship and he’s been the team’s reliable floor general ever since.Castro, though, begged off from the World Cup so he could spend more time with his family after he married long time girlfriend Lyle in June. Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical MOST READ PBA: NLEX wins back to back, frustrates Meralco This jewelry designer is also an architect P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano Becoming his own man Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics View comments Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Jayson Castro is coming off international retirement to rejoin Gilas Pilipinas in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games that the Philippines would be hosting from November to December.Gilas coach Tim Cone said it took little convincing for them to get Castro back to the fold after the once best point guard in Asia retired from international duty to focus on married life during the PBA breaks.ADVERTISEMENT
The website also covers information on joining an NRL Club as a member; education resources for teachers and students; and course information available for coaches, sports trainers, referees and others â€“ all aimed at improving levels within the game. Fans are encouraged to visit www.playnrl.com to search for a local team, sign up and find out season times. â€œI still love running around the backyard with my kids and kicking the footy. They play in a local touch football competition and footy provides an opportunity for people of all ages to get outside, keep fit and active and enjoy time with their friends in a relaxed and fun environment.â€ Play NRL Round is focussed on encouraging people of all ages â€“ from six to sixty and beyond, to sign up to enjoy their local footy â€“ whether it be playing; coaching; volunteering; or refereeing. â€œWhether it is touch, tag, or tackle â€“ male, female or mixed teams â€“ there is a team and an opportunity for everyone to be included in our game,â€ Mr Kimmorley said. â€œPlay NRL round is all about celebrating everyone involved with a team at any level and at any age, whether it is touch, tag or tackle. â€œThe first two rounds have produced some exciting football on the field and plenty of fun for families attending off the field,â€ Mr Greenberg said. â€œFor those not involved with a team, this is a great opportunity to head online to our Play NRL website and find your local team to join.â€ Mr Greenberg encouraged fans to enjoy a live match experience over the round, with all home teams planning activities and special offers before, during and after matches. A host of past and present players including Paul Gallen, Matt King, Brett Kimmorley and Anthony Minichiello, joined NRL Head of Football Todd Greenberg today to help celebrate the upcoming Play NRL Round (round three). They were joined, at a NSW Parliamentary Friends of Rugby League event, by NSW Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres, Shadow Minister for Sport Lynda Voltz and a group of Parliamentary colleagues. 1.4 million Australians enjoyed playing a form of touch, tag or tackle in 2015. Kimmorley, who has played, coached and volunteered at a senior level, said the round was a great opportunity for people who were thinking about playing football to sign up ahead of local footy seasons starting soon. Related LinksPlay NRL Round
The report is available at www.novascotia.ca/electricityfuture . long-term rate stabilization and predictable electricity rates increased consumer control and ability to manage electricity costs stronger performance standards for Nova Scotia Power Inc. more accountability and transparency in setting electricity rates a focus on the environment and support for renewable energy resources and innovation when it makes financial sense, and with less impact to ratepayers Input from more than 1,300 Nova Scotians will help shape the province’s new electricity plan. Energy Minister Michel Samson tabled the final Electricity System Review Report today, April 30, in the legislature. It is the result of a year-long consultation. “Nova Scotians care about their energy future, and we heard that loud and clear throughout this process,” said Mr. Samson. “The results of this review inform the electricity plan now underway. It lays the groundwork for what we all want, a long-term, sustainable and cost-effective path forward, one that benefits ratepayers today while protecting our environment for future generations.” The plan will also explore ways to innovate, with a focus on energy management and getting more out of the system through technology and other solutions, like storage. It will outline how government will support strategic economic development and innovation in key growth areas, including tidal. As part of the review, experts, interested groups and the public considered emerging technologies, trends in market supply and demand, and how the system is administered and structured. “I want to thank everyone who participated in this process,” said Mr Samson. “Your feedback and input are critical components of establishing our path ahead, and we look forward to sharing our plan with Nova Scotians in the fall.” Key findings in the electricity system review indicate Nova Scotians support:
Gurugram: There are 10,000 highrises in Gurugram but only 1,270 highrises have fire safety clearance. This has prompted the officials to issue notices to various structures including 12 schools.The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) will be issuing notices to the owners and association heads of four properties in the city, including Qutub Plaza in DLF Phase-1, Scottish Mall on Sohna Road, and Vyapar Kendra in Sushant Lok-1, asking them to upgrade their fire safety norms, failing which their properties will be sealed, stated a press release by the civic body on late Monday night. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe release further stated that the MCG was given approval by the Urban Local Bodies on Monday under the Haryana Fire Service Act, 2009 to take requisite measures for sealing these properties. Apart from the above three, the MCG has also been given the approval to seal Ultra Home Construction Private Limited in IMT Manesar and issue notices to 12 private and public schools, asking them to comply with fire safety norms. High rises in the city have been categorised as buildings that are over 15 metres in height. Over the years, a large number of commercial structures and residential societies that houses lakhs of residents have come up in the city. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsTaking into cognisance of ignoring the safety of the citizens, the fire department officials have even warned the builders of action if the builders are going to ignore the safety norms. Most of the builders have to renew the fire safety license after every one year. The fire department officials mention that most of them have not renewed their license for more than two years. “As per law, major establishments in the city have to renew their licences after every year. However, many establishments in the city do not renew their licences and continue to play with the lives of the people in the city. While the fire department is expected to take action, even the residents must put pressure on these establishments,” said a senior official from the fire department. Experts cite that dry summers often result in a spurt in fire incidents. The major reasons for the increase in fire incidents are due to incidents of short circuit caused due to overloaded electrical components, old electric wires an overheated electric devices.
Login/Register With: Advertisement Q: You closed your eyes in the episode when you were waiting to find out if you were going to be picked, as if you couldn’t bear to look. What was going through your mind?Michelle Treacy: “I had so much anxiety. Throughout the whole show, I had been really confident. I trusted in who I was, and what I did, but that was the one moment where I was like, ‘Oh my God, what if it’s not me?’ So I just said to myself, ‘Girl, close your eyes and take a deep breath.’ ”Q: For the purposes of building up the tension on a TV show, they really drag out those moments, don’t they?Michelle Treacy: “They leave pauses between everything, really long pauses! There’s this awkward silence, and everyone is thinking, ‘When is he (Scott Borchetta) going to say something?’ ”Q: You had a record deal before this, so what was your path to deciding to try out for THE LAUNCH?Michelle Treacy: “I had taken a year off music, got dropped from my label, kind of didn’t know who I was any more. I just wanted to be normal for a minute. I got a job at the mall. I also had a long-distance boyfriend, and when that ended, it all kind of crashed around me. I felt as if I had put everything into that. I actually went to the hospital for anxiety, because I didn’t know what to do. I had a week to kind of restart my life. The nurse said to me, ‘Be more selfish and go out and get exactly what you want.’ And I said, ‘Well, there’s this TV show that I’ve thought about auditioning for, and tomorrow is the last day to apply – so can I leave?’ And she said, ‘Okay, you can leave.’ The next day came, I remember being picked up, going home, putting my makeup on, driving to my guitar player’s house, recording the audition, filling out all the questions online, and hoping to God I made it before midnight. And I did!”Q: When you were recording “Emotional”, there was an interesting development in the studio when Marie-Mai and Bebe Rexha came in, and you said that the whole vibe changed. It got me thinking, is the recording industry still really male-dominated in terms of producers, technicians and engineers, and is that something the music business maybe should think about?Michelle Treacy: “We always need more females. The more females, the better it is. Just think about it: A lot of the songs you hear on the radio, with these women singing about their bodies and stuff, have been written by men. Hey, they tell a story and they make their money and it’s beautiful, but we need women to stand up and say what they want to say, wear what they want to wear, and be who they want to be. It’s important. When you put three women like that in a studio, it’s magic. We look into each other’s eyes and we just know, because we’re on the same wavelength. The majority of my sessions, for sure, have been just men in the studio. I’m not sexist, I want to work with the best of the best. But I really do wish more women would stand up. We could dominate the industry.”Q: There was an interesting moment when Scott was debating which artist to choose, and he said, “I will always take the artist that is too much, because you can reel them back.”Michelle Treacy: “Let me tell you, I’ve always been the wildcard. I wanted to come into this vulnerable. I wanted to show the world, this is why you can support me. Because think about it, I’ve already had it all, I’ve already had the deal, I’ve already had the songs, why choose me, right? Why give me another chance, I’ve already done it. But I wanted to come in and say, ‘Yeah, I did it, and I messed up.’ I was too young, I didn’t know what I was doing, I had too many people around me telling me who I should be, and it didn’t work for me. But now I’ve come back and I’m grounded and I’ve decided who I want to be, and I won’t compromise that for anyone. I wanted to show everyone that I am a good person, I can do this, and I deserve it as much as anyone else. I’m not a naive little girl any more. I want to be honest and I want to be an independent, strong lady.”By Bill Harris | Special to The Lede Advertisement Emotions were raw during this week’s episode of CTV’s THE LAUNCH, as Michelle Treacy’s version of the song “Emotional” wowed the mentors and “launched” a fresh stage of her career.Treacy, a 22-year-old singer from Ottawa, took full advantage of the rare opportunity for a second chance in the music business, having previously been under contract with a record label. But Treacy said she felt as if the song “Emotional” had been written for her and about her, and that was a powerful combination for world-renowned music executive Scott Borchetta, Québec pop icon Marie-Mai, producer Nile Rodgers and celebrity mentor Bebe Rexha.We spoke with Treacy about the “Emotional” roller-coaster of appearing on THE LAUNCH: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Facebook Michelle Treacy
NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Friday:Boeing Co., up $5.69 to $378.99The airplane maker will install a software upgrade to its now grounded 737 Max aircraft, according to media reports.Broadcom Inc., up $22.09 to $290.29The chip provider’s first-quarter profit beat Wall Street forecasts and it will return $12 billion to investors through dividends and buybacks.Adobe Inc., down $10.60 to $257.09The software company gave investors a disappointing forecast that outweighed solid fiscal first-quarter results.Facebook Inc., down $4.19 to $165.98Two executives, including chief product officer Chris Cox, are leaving the social media company as it shifts focus to private messaging.Ulta Beauty Inc., up $25.90 to $338.41The cosmetics retailer beat Wall Street forecasts for all its fourth-quarter measures, including profit and sales.Noodles & Co., down $1.02 to $6.36The restaurant operator’s fourth-quarter profit and revenue fell short of Wall Street forecasts.Cree Inc., up $3.30 to $56.87The semiconductor products company is selling its lighting business to Ideal Industries for about $310 million.Tesla Inc., down $14.53 to $275.43The electric car maker unveiled a new all-electric SUV as it tries to expand into the mainstream and generate more cash.The Associated Press
Jacques Paul Klein, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative, is scheduled to leave tomorrow for the region, where he will meet with leaders and other concerned States, as well as UN and other organizations to respond to what he said is the dire humanitarian consequences of the war.If security conditions permit, a humanitarian team led by Deputy UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Carolyn McAskie is expected to go into the capital Monrovia tomorrow. An advance humanitarian team is at the airport today preparing for the return of the UN country team.The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that a humanitarian team was able to visit a site for some 17,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) and that the camps lack clean water supplies, shelter and cooking materials. Diarrhoeal diseases are prevalent and there are concerns that mosquito borne disease could also spread quickly.The UN refugee agency is moving back into Monrovia with senior and emergency staff, as well as basic relief supplies. Staff have already taken one-day test flights into the city – first to assess the situation at the airport and then around the city. Security and logistics officers are presently on the ground, together with security staff from other UN agencies, assessing the practicality of sending in more staff and supplies. Upon its full return, the agency plans to help up to 300,000 Sierra Leonean and Ivoirian refugees, as well as displaced and returning Liberians.Today, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees’ (UNHCR) regular flight into Monrovia, which was suspended in June when fighting escalated, left with food and some equipment for the agency’s office in the city. Tuesday will see 13 high-ranking officials of various UN agencies flying in to mark the resumption of humanitarian operations there. On Wednesday, UNHCR will send in an aircraft with two additional international emergency staff as well as urgent supplies such as fuel and other equipment for its office.In other news, the airlift by the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) from Freetown to Monrovia continued today. Six tons of ammunition, one armoured personnel carrier (APC), one truck and one land rover were flown in today. No soldiers were airlifted today because the priority is to send in supplies and equipment.
Nevada considers adopting brothel-type regulations for adult productions fleeing California In this Jan. 21, 2015, photo, adult film actress Jillian Janson signs autographs for fans at the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas. The idea that porn stars might have to wear protection in productions filmed in Nevada generated a buzz among some of the 25,000 attendees collecting autographs from porn stars posing in fishnet stockings and bustiers. (AP Photo/John Locher) by Ken Ritter, The Associated Press Posted Jan 23, 2015 7:02 pm MDT LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Adult film production migrated from California to Nevada after voters in Los Angeles County approved a law requiring condom use on set. Now, a condom use requirement could follow.Nevada health officials said Friday that they’re considering strict brothel-style regulations for a booming adult film industry following the announcement last month that two male performers tested positive for HIV following a video shoot in the state.“The potential exists to require condoms and other barrier options in all sexual contact,” state Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman Mary Woods said in a statement.The idea that porn stars might have to wear protection in productions filmed in Nevada generated a buzz among some of the 25,000 attendees collecting autographs from porn stars posing in fishnet stockings and bustiers at this week’s Adult Video News Expo at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.“I prefer no condoms,” said Rob Tatka, a 29-year-old tourist from Chicago who collected a bag full of posters of his favourite stars to take home. “Porn is about fantasy,” he said, “and honestly, no man wants to use one in real life.”Condoms can cause friction, irritation or even infection during scenes that take hours to film before being edited, said Keiran Lee, a veteran male performer who lives in Los Angeles with his wife and children.Lee, 31, said he sometimes shoots 22 scenes a month. “I have the option to use them, but I don’t,” he said.Woods, in the health department statement, said it could take up to two years to collect data and public comment about the Nevada proposals, and she called it too early to know the outcome of the process.But for conference attendees enjoying a city synonymous with sin — and a state home to the only legalized prostitution in the nation — the idea of putting condoms on actors and categorizing adult entertainment production with brothels drew criticism.Porn actors aren’t prostitutes, said Diane Duke, chief executive of the Free Speech Coalition, an industry trade group that administers strict HIV testing and a database showing pass-fail results. Duke said the database lists 6,000 porn performers since 2011.“In a brothel, you’re talking about people coming in from outside,” she said. “We have performers on a closed set who go through a testing protocol.”Duke said that since 2004, there have been no documented cases of HIV transmission during scenes between professional actors in the FSC database.The two men involved in last year’s case weren’t in the FSC database, Duke said. Authorities have said it appeared likely one infected the other during an unprotected gay sex scene. Details haven’t been made public.Actress Ariana Marie, 21, said she trusts the results. She said she’s been in scenes with and without condoms, and called it distracting to have her partner stop to take one off at the end.“We get tested every 14 days,” Marie said. “I trust my performer.”Prostitution is legal in rural Nevada counties but not in Las Vegas and Reno. Nevada health officials say a strict testing regimen prevents transmission of sexually transmitted diseases and has never resulted in a documented case of HIV transmission in a brothel.If porn production is regulated under the same rules, condom use would be required for all sex acts, including oral sex. Adult film performers, like Nevada’s licensed prostitutes, would be required to undergo weekly testing for the sexually transmitted diseases chlamydia and gonorrhea, and monthly testing for HIV and syphilis.Nevada currently has no rules specifically covering pornography production. And no permit is needed to film on private property, a home or in a hotel room, according to the state film office.That made Nevada attractive to West Coast adult film producers worried about losing fans like Tatka following the adoption in Los Angeles of strict rules requiring condom use in adult film sex scenes filmed there.After voters in Los Angeles County approved the condom requirement in 2012, the number of permits for adult films in Los Angeles dropped dramatically, from 485 in 2012 to 40 in 2013.Meanwhile, the number of general permits for all film productions in Clark County, including Las Vegas, jumped more than 50 per cent, from 226 in 2012 to 343 in 2013.Nevada Film Office analyst Kim Spurgeon in Las Vegas said officials don’t tally the number of adult film productions by category. There were 400 film production permits issued in Clark County in 2014, she said.Problems were inevitable, said Michael Weinstein, president of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, a Los Angeles-based non-profit that serves California and Nevada.Although the foundation was a catalyst for passage of the Los Angeles law, Weinstein professed no desire to kill the adult film industry.“We’re not against porn,” Weinstein said in a telephone interview. “We want it to be safer. We think porn sends the wrong message to young people that the only kind of sex that’s hot is unsafe sex.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Two days after Thanksgiving, the Miami Hurricanes closed out another mediocre regular season with what the Miami Herald called a “dismal downer” of a game. They never led Pitt in the 35-23 defeat, and many UM faithful streamed out of Sun Life Stadium with almost an entire quarter left to play. Miami will appear in a postseason game this month because it has a just technically bowl-eligible 6-6 record (and it’s a well-known university). But the Duck Commander Independence Bowl in Shreveport, Louisiana, is not exactly a destination befitting a program that was once college football royalty.Cycles of boom and bust, however, are nothing new in Coral Gables. This Saturday, ESPN is airing “The U Part 2,” a “30 for 30” by director Billy Corben that follows up on his 2009 documentary about the Hurricanes’ dominant, lawless football program of the 1980s. The sequel explores the process that rebuilt the scandal-ridden team into what would become, statistically, the most talented — if not quite the most dominant — team in college football history.Before the Hurricanes came back from the brink, they were as low as they are now. Miami’s mid-to-late 1990s deterioration reached its nadir at the end of 1997, the program’s first losing season in 18 years. When the final whistle blew on that campaign, Miami had a +3.8 Elo rating,1According to an Elo-like modification of ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI) developed by FiveThirtyEight’s editor in chief, Nate Silver. which means Miami would have been favored by just 3.8 points against an average FBS team on a neutral field. To use 2014 teams as a comparison, Miami was the equivalent of this year’s Colorado State or Navy teams — a far cry from their dominant squads of the 1980s and early 1990s. (Although this year’s team is even worse, with a rating of +2.0.)This is what happens when a program transgresses enough NCAA rules to deserve its own documentary. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Hurricanes’ violations ranged from a pay-for-play scandal to a UM academic adviser helping players defraud the federal government of Pell Grant money. When the NCAA was finished handing down its penalties, the Hurricanes had been banned from the postseason for a year and stripped of 31 scholarships from 1995 to 1997.For college football teams, scholarships are currency. There’s a clear relationship between a team’s recruiting success and its on-field performance, and in the wake of the sanctions, Miami was unable to recruit as effectively as it had during the early 1990s.2Although it bears mentioning that, even in a relatively “down” recruiting year like 1996, the Hurricanes still hauled in four of the nation’s 100 best recruits.But under Butch Davis, the Hurricanes had figured out how to rebuild. From creative accounting to get around the scholarship limits — Davis persuaded wide receiver Santana Moss (among others) to run track on scholarship for UM while walking onto the football team — to rummaging through the recruiting bin for undervalued prospects, Davis amassed a talent collection better than college football has ever seen before or since. If we judge the players by where they were drafted in the NFL, tally the expected future approximate value for players picked in that slot, add it up for each school by each historical draft class, and assign a weighted sum of the previous four years to each college team-season,3The weights, in this case, are 4-3-2-1, derived from what combination best predicts a team’s FPI rating for the season in question. So, for instance, Miami players accumulated 103 points of AV in the 2002 draft, 86 points in the 2003 draft, 115 points in the 2004 draft and 46 points in the 2005 draft. That means the weighted sum for the 2001 Hurricanes squad is 4 times 103, plus 3 times 86, plus 2 times 115, plus 46 — which equals 946 points, the highest total any college team posted since the first NFL/AFL common draft in 1967. the Miami teams built by Davis and eventually coached by his successor, Larry Coker, are in a universe unto themselves.The single most talented college roster of the past 48 years, according to this measure, was the fabled 2001 Miami Hurricanes, who went 12-0 and won the BCS title while posting one of the best point differentials (+395) of any national champion. Davis-built Miami teams in 2000 and 2002 also rank third and fourth, respectively.The Hurricanes turned their unprecedented collection of talent into a one-loss 2000 team (which media-poll voters thought should have played undefeated Oklahoma for the national championship instead of Florida State, whom Miami had beaten earlier in the season); a historically dominant, unbeaten national champion in 2001; and a 2002 squad whose sole loss came in double overtime of the BCS title game.“You could have taken that 2001 [Hurricanes] team and put them in the NFL,” former Hurricanes safety Antrel Rolle told Corben, “and without a doubt they would have made the playoffs.”It’s probably the closest such a sentiment has ever come to actually being true. Then again, as stacked as the Davis/Coker Hurricanes were in terms of skilled athletes, and as impressive as their 34-game winning streak4Which stretched between Sept. 23, 2000, and Jan. 3, 2003. was, it’s difficult to argue they would have torn up the pros when they barely cracked the top 10 in terms of the highest modified FPI ratings by college teams in the past three decades.Under Davis, the Hurricanes’ Elo rating peaked at +24.3 after they beat Florida, the AP Poll’s No. 7, 37-20 in the 2001 Sugar Bowl — Davis’s last game as UM’s coach before leaving for the NFL’s Cleveland Browns. After Coker took the reins, Miami’s rating would grow to +29.0 after thumping Nebraska 37-14 in the 2002 Rose Bowl, and crested at +30.2 before the 2003 Fiesta Bowl against Ohio State.That mark represents the 10th-highest rating achieved by any team since 1982, but it trails entries from some of college football’s other most celebrated dynasties — including the 1990s Nebraska Cornhuskers, the 2000s USC Trojans, the 2008 Florida Gators, the 2012 Alabama Crimson Tide and even the 1988 Miami Hurricanes.There’s also the tricky matter of how the Hurricanes’ second golden era ended, marred by yet another scandal. While the program was ultimately assessed lighter penalties than it had received in the mid-1990s, in some ways that was due as much to the NCAA’s botched investigation as it was an absolution of Miami’s violations.And now the Hurricanes are back in the muck. But if there’s good news for Miami, Corben’s documentary underscores just how volatile this program has been over the past three decades. Of the top 18 FBS programs (by Elo rating) since 1982, Miami has by far the widest distribution of end-of-year Elo ratings.5In stats parlance, it has the largest standard deviation — 9.5 Elo points.In other words, the team tends to seesaw between greatness and mediocrity. And while life at “The U” has its peaks and valleys, if the story of Corben’s second Miami film is any indication, the next Hurricane dynasty might be just around the corner, no matter how bad things seem in the present.
The Air Accident Investigations Branch (AAIB) said it was considering its next steps after the discovery was made using an underwater camera. 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. The plane went missing on January 21 and, after a four-day search of the English Channel resulted in nothing being found, a privately funded search started on Sunday…. Investigators inspecting the wreckage of Emiliano Sala’s plane have said one occupant has been found inside the aircraft. In a statement, it said: “Tragically, in video footage from the [remotely operated underwater vehicle], one occupant is visible amidst the wreckage. The AAIB is now considering the next steps, in consultation with the families of the pilot and passenger, and the police.”
A spec that is often touted, but rarely informative when it comes to screens, is the contrast ratio. This is essentially a comparison between the brightest and darkest image a screen can produce. You might think this would do a good job telling you which screens have the inky blacks and crisp whites you like to see, but DisplayMate’s Raymond Soneira has published some real world testing on a number of smartphone screens that says otherwise.Manufacturers tend to measure contrast ratios in completely dark rooms with all white and all black images. This is fine for PR spin, but in real life, users won’t be in pitch black rooms with monochrome images. Soneira used four phones that represent a wide array of screen technologies; the iPhone 4, Droid X, Galaxy S, and HTC Desire. Using an Integrated Hemisphere light source, Soneira was able to perfectly simulate light conditions from pitch black, all the way up to 40,000 lux, or roughly equivalent to indirect outdoor sunlight.Soneira observed the true contrast ratios, and how they were affected by screen reflectivity as the brightness ramped up. As you can probably guess, the published contrast ratios didn’t quite match up with real world performance.On the top of the heap were the iPhone 4 and Samsung Galaxy S. The iPhone uses an IPS LCD screen, and it was helped by having an extremely high maximum brightness. As the light picked up, it was able to remain more usable. The Galaxy S edged the iPhone out slightly with its Super AMOLED Plus screen. While it did wash out, Samsung’s low-reflectivity combined with high maximum brightness made it more usable in bright light.The HTC Desire uses a traditional AMOLED screen, and it was the worst of the tested screens, despite having very high advertised contrast ratios. The screen was so reflective that any benefits from AMOLED technology was lost in even moderately bright light. The Droid X with its middle-of-the-road LCD also didn’t fare particularly well, but better than the Desire. The Droid X screen washed out and produced some noticeable banding.The takeaway from this study is that the numbers advertised by OEMs might have little bearing on your real world experience. After all, you probably don’t spend a lot of time in perfectly dark rooms.DisplayMate via HP
Le traitement contre la sclérose en plaques devra encore faire ses preuvesCanada – Les personnes souffrant de la sclérose en plaques vont devoir encore faire preuve de prudence et de patience. Mercredi, le médecin qui avait annoncé un futur traitement contre la maladie a dû diffuser un appel à la vigilance concernant les traitements par angioplastie.En novembre dernier, le Dr Paulo Zamboni, un médecin italien, annonçait que la sclérose en plaques, maladie qui touche environ 60.000 personnes en France, pouvait être traitée grâce à une simple opération. D’après lui, cette maladie neurologique et auto-immune était liée à un rétrécissement de certaines veines du cerveau qui ne permettent pas un drainage suffisant du sang. Suite à cette déclaration, certaines cliniques polonaises avaient commencé à pratiquer ces traitements : à l’aide d’une angioplastie par ballonnet, les veines du cou pouvaient être débloquées. Mercredi, devant les membres de l’Académie américaine de neurologie réunis à Toronto, le médecin italien a dû mettre en garde les malades. Il a notamment expliqué que pour des questions de sécurité, la mise au point et l’utilisation d’un tel traitement nécessitaient davantage de temps et d’analyse. Le Dr Robert Zivadinov, de l’Université de Buffalo à New York, travaille actuellement pour tenter de comprendre le rôle de ces veines dans le déclenchement de la sclérose en plaques. Il a également appelé à la prudence, demandant lui-aussi aux patients d’attendre que l’efficacité du traitement soit clairement démontrée avant d’y avoir recours.Le 19 avril 2010 à 16:11 • Emmanuel Perrin
Le cargo Progress M-14M se détache de l’ISSJeudi, le vaisseau cargo russe Progress M-14M s’est détaché automatiquement de la Station spatiale internationale (ISS) en vue de réaliser une mission scientifique autonome de neuf jours avant de quitter l’orbite terrestre.Mission terminée pour le vaisseau Progress M-14M, du moins celle qu’il avait à effectuer avec la Station spatiale internationale (ISS). Hier, l’engin s’est en effet détaché de la station pour entamer une toute nouvelle étape de sa mission qui durera neuf jours. “Le cargo s’est désarrimé du module de passage russe Pirs après avoir reçu une commande de la Terre à 15h04 heure de Moscou (11h04 UTC)”, a indiqué le porte-parole du Centre russe de contrôle des vols (TsOUP). Le vaisseau entame donc désormais une mission scientifique autonome qui vise à réaliser plusieurs séries d’expériences physiques pendant neuf jours.À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreLe Progress M-14M jouera le rôle d’un laboratoire scientifique pour l’expérience baptisée Radar-Progress appelée à étudier les variations dans l’espace-temps de la densité de l’environnement plasmatique d’un engin spatial pendant le fonctionnement de ses moteurs à ergols liquides, explique RIA Novosti. Une fois celles-ci effectuées, le cargo “quittera alors l’orbite terrestre et finira ses jours dans le “cimetière des vaisseaux spatiaux située dans une région déserte du Pacifique”, a précisé le porte-parole.Néanmoins, ce vaisseau n’est pas le premier à remplir une telle mission puisque ces prédécesseurs ont également servi à réaliser des expériences scientifiques avant d’être immergés dans l’océan. Les résultats des expériences sont collectés et analysés par l’unique radar terrestre à diffusion incohérente de Russie qui appartient à l’Institut de physique solaire et terrestre d’Irkoutsk. Ce radar à impulsions monostatique a été mis au point sur la base d’un ancien radar militaire Dnepr remis à l’Institut en 1993. Mais il en existe neuf de ce type dans le monde : en Russie, au Groenland, aux Etats-Unis, à Puerto Rico, au Pérou, au Japon, en Ukraine, ainsi que deux autres dans l’Union européenne, selon RIA Novosti. Le 20 avril 2012 à 10:28 • Maxime Lambert