Rain and Shine SF Women March On

first_imgAt Ferry Building Photo by Mark RabinePhoto by Mark RabinePhoto by Mark RabineAt 3:00 p.m.The trains were packed and slow going form 24th Street BART to the Women’s March. We’ll be updating this with new photos as the March progresses. Send us your photos to info@missionlocal.com and we’ll post those as well.At the 24th Street BART station earlier this afternoon. Photo by Mark RabineAt the 24th Street BART Station. Photo by Mark RabineOn the train. Photo by Mark Rabine At PowellPhoto by Mark RabinePhoto by Mark RabineAt 4:57 p.m@ Civic Center Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Thousands here at Civic Center for #SF #WomensMarch with pink hats, rainbow flags and umbrellas, and anti-Trump signs. pic.twitter.com/AzNCUxsrbb— Mission Local (@MLNow) January 22, 2017 March ending at Ferry Building in pouring rain. Lots of ponchos, umbrellas, and soaked signs. #WomensMarch #SF #SFWomensMarch pic.twitter.com/AkdX6L9AVm— Joe Rivano Barros (@jrivanob) January 22, 2017 0%last_img read more

SAINTS have named their 19man squad for Fridays

first_imgSAINTS have named their 19-man squad for Friday’s First Utility Super League Round Six game at Leeds Rhinos.Travis Burns, Andre Savelio and Jack Owens are recalled for Adam Swift, Jack Ashworth and Morgan Knowles.Keiron Cunningham will select his 17 from:2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Jordan Turner, 6. Travis Burns, 7. Luke Walsh, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Atelea Vea, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Lama Tasi, 15. Greg Richards, 16. Andre Savelio, 17. Luke Thompson, 18. Dominique Peyroux, 20. Joe Greenwood, 21. Matty Dawson, 22. Jack Owens, 23. Shannon McDonnell.Brian McDermott will choose his Leeds team from:1. Zak Hardaker, 3. Kallum Watkins, 4. Joel Moon, 5. Ryan Hall, 6. Danny McGuire, 7. Rob Burrow, 8. Keith Galloway, 9. Beau Falloon, 10. Adam Cuthbertson, 11. Jamie Jones-Buchanan, 12. Carl Ablett, 14. Liam Sutcliffe, 15. Brett Delaney, 16. Brad Singleton, 17. Mitch Garbutt, 20. Anthony Mullally, 21. Josh Walters, 22. Ash Handley, 26. Brett Ferres.The game kicks off at 8pm and the referee will be Ben Thaler.Ticket details for the game can be found here.last_img read more

JONNY Lomax and Mark Percival have been selected i

first_imgJONNY Lomax and Mark Percival have been selected in the England squad for this autumn’s Ladbrokes Four Nations and the upcoming International Test against France.Wayne Bennett has named 24 players – four of whom are uncapped including the Saints duo.Scott Taylor and Luke Gale are also included.England coach, Wayne Bennett, said: “There’s been a lot of competition for places this year and the players that have been picked are the ones we believe will stand up to the test of the competing nations.“I’ve always said that there wouldn’t be too many changes when I arrived and there are plenty of guys in the squad who worked hard in last year’s International Series win against New Zealand who have gone on and performed in 2016.“To have Sam Burgess back is not just a boost for England but one for the international game. Having worked with him in the past, he’s a great bloke to have around and have by your shoulder on the field.“Injuries are part and parcel of the game and to lose players like O’Loughlin, Tomkins and Currie isn’t ideal but it does offer opportunities to others who have performed in the year and it’s good to see some new and returning faces in the squad.“There’s some serious talent in this all-English side and that’s testament to the England programme, the clubs they play for and the player’s attitude in wanting to do their best each week. I’ve spoken to the boys and they’re well aware what’s ahead of them in this tournament.”England’s international schedule kicks off at Parc des Sports, Avignon on Saturday, October 22 (6.30pm CET) with a Test Match against France.Full 2016 Ladbrokes Four Nations schedule is as follows:Friday October 28 (8.00pm): Australia v Scotland, Lightstream Stadium, HullSaturday October 29 (2.30pm): England v New Zealand, The John Smith’s Stadium, HuddersfieldSaturday November 5 (5.30pm): England v Scotland, Ricoh Arena, CoventrySaturday November 5 (8.00pm): New Zealand v Australia, Ricoh Arena, CoventryFriday November 11 (8.00pm): New Zealand v Scotland, The Zebra Claims Stadium, WorkingtonSunday November 13 (2.00pm): England v Australia, The London Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, LondonSunday November 20 (2.30pm): Final, Anfield, LiverpoolEngland squad for France Test and Ladbrokes Four Nations:John Bateman (Wigan Warriors, Bradford Dudley Hill)Kevin Brown (Widnes Vikings, Thatto Heath Crusaders)George Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs, Dewsbury Moor)Sam Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs, Dewsbury Moor)Thomas Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs, Dewsbury Moor)Daryl Clark (Warrington Wolves, Fryston Warriors)Mike Cooper (Warrington Wolves / St George-Illwarra Dragons, Latchford Albion)Liam Farrell (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks)Brett Ferres (Leeds Rhinos, Smawthorne Panthers)Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers, Middleton Marauders)James Graham (Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs, Blackbrook)Ryan Hall (Leeds Rhinos, Oulton Raiders)Chris Hill (Warrington Wolves, New Spring Lions)Josh Hodgson (Canberra Raiders, East Hull)Jonny Lomax (St Helens, Orrell St James)Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants, Deighton Juniors)Mark Percival (St Helens, Farnworth Rockets)Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves, Wigan St Patricks)Dan Sarginson (Wigan Warriors / Gold Coast Titans, Hemel Stags)Scott Taylor (Hull FC, Skirlaugh)Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos, Latchford Albion)Elliott Whitehead (Canberra Raiders, West Bowling)Gareth Widdop (St George Illawarra Dragons, King Cross)George Williams (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks)last_img read more

Leland firefighters take on real blazes for training

first_imgLELAND, NC (WWAY) — Did you notice any smoke in the Leland area on Saturday? If so, it was probably coming from a live fire training at Town Hall Drive.Live fire training sessions like this one are much more than practice. They are team building exercises, and give an opportunity for firefighters who may never have been on a call to get a realistic chance to see what exactly they could be up against.- Advertisement – “The last thing you want is for a firefighter to be going to a house fire a 3 o’clock in the morning and be the first time they’ve ever seen fire,” Assistant Fire Chief Brandyn Smith said.When the alarms sound and the trucks head out to a fire, these firefighters will be ready after a long day of realistic training.“A lot of smoke, zero visibility just trying to feel your surroundings,” Firefighter Jerry Craft said.Related Article: One displaced in Christmas Day kitchen fireCraft said this hands on training experience is the best opportunity to be exposed to a fire in a controlled situation and feel prepared for when the real time comes.“It gets us a hands on experience to know what we got to fight when we have to go out to fight this kind of stuff, because you never know what you’re going to run into,” Craft said. “So we need to be prepared.”The Town of Leland gave the Leland Fire Department along with nine other surrounding stations a chance to burn Leland’s old town hall, throwing them right into the flames.“Obviously our primary goal here is to keep everyone safe, but if we are going to have a teaching point, if there is going to be some type of error we would like to have it here in a controlled environment where we can correct it and make it a training moment for the student,” Smith said.Smith said this is the best way to teach, so these men and women can combat anything from a small kitchen fire to a massive burn.Smith also said he is thankful to the town for giving them this training opportunity. They have already completed several similar training sessions this year, but this was the last one until the fall.last_img read more

Jim McVicker keeps seat as Bladen County sheriff

first_imgSheriff Jim McVicker (Photo: Facebook) BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The current sheriff in Bladen County will keep his seat following the midterm elections Tuesday.Unofficial results show Republican Jim McVicker won 55% to 44% against Democrat Hakeem Brown.- Advertisement – McVicker has been sheriff since 2014.Get full election results here.last_img

New Hanover Co schools committee completes revised policies to protect students staff

first_img00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) —  Monday education leaders finalized policies and procedures centered to protect students and staff in New Hanover County Schools. The Title IX Committee was made roughly 6 months ago to respond to controversy involving the school district.Title IX protects people from discrimination and harassment. The committee met for the first time in March following public allegations towards the school administration in the handling of discrimination and harassment complaints. The committee completed a revision of policies related to Title IX as well as other civil rights that are protected for students and staff in New Hanover County schools.- Advertisement – “They’ve gone back and looked at our policies and really we brought them all into one place,” said superintendent Dr. Tim Markley.The committee on Monday still revised portions of the drafted policies and procedures. Those edits are expected to go through the schools policy committee and then to the school board. These policies outline how school staff, administrators and district officials should respond to complaints of sexual harassment, bullying, discrimination as well as gender-based harassment.“It is always going to be imperative that we give our kids equal opportunity to the best education they can get in a safe environment,” said committee member and Carousel Center Executive Director Amy Feath.Related Article: New Hanover County middle school redistricting pushed to 2020The summer committee meeting also laid out a new position to oversee how these complaints are handled. In the past, complaints of harassment or potential criminal behavior that violates a student or staffer’s civil rights or Title IX rights was looked into by the deputy superintendent. For months, the work of deputy superintendent Dr. Rick Holliday was questioned publicly at school board meetings by Rev. Dante Murphy of the Pender Co. NAACP and UNCW professor and former county school volunteer teacher Clyde Edgerton.Dr. Holliday announced his plans to retire come August 1. Dr. Markley says this new position will have one focus to enforce the rules of Title IX and conduct thorough investigations when need be.“They’ll deal with training. That will be training staff to deal with the policies related to Title IX. And the other part will be the investigative part for when complaints are brought forward this person will be the one to handle complaints going forward.”The school system will have the position publicized starting Tuesday. Dr. Markley hopes to have the job filled before school starts.last_img read more

Malta Chamber elects David Xuereb as 70th council president

first_imgRay AttardRay Attard Architect Peter Xuereb was elected as the 70th President of the Malta Chamber on Friday. The electoral process kicked off after the Annual General Meeting held on 25 March.In a statement the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry said that Xuereb served as the Deputy President of the Malta Chamber since 2017 as well as in various other position within the structures of the Chamber.During his address, Xuereb told the Council that he was honoured to be elected and promised his commitment to work closely both with the Council and the members of the Chamber.In his speech he said that his main priorities for the next two years include the implementation of a regeneration strategy that will be targeting the future priorities of the Chamber.Xuereb graduated from the faculty of Architecture and Civil Engineering at the University of Malta in 1991. He is the Chief Executive of QPM Ltd. While is technical experience varies widely he currently focuses on sustainable development and resource management. Xuereb is also a member of the Climate Change Board.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

President Vella affirmed his stand prolife – Apostolic Nuncio

first_img SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> President George Vella receives a courtesy call from the Apostolic Nunzio Alessandro D’ Errico-The Palace, Valletta-8-4-2019President George Vella receives a courtesy call from the Apostolic Nunzio Alessandro D’ Errico-The Palace, Valletta-8-4-2019 In an exclusive interview with Newsbook.com.mt, the Apostolic Nuncio to Malta Mgr Alessandro D’Errico said that President George Vella affirmed his pro-life position in support of the teachings of the Catholic Church. Mgr D’Errico said this after his first official visit to the President of Malta.Mgr D’Errico said that he had requested an audience with the new President as soon as Dr Vella had been nominated. The Nuncio said that he knew the President very well and wished to be one of the first to wish him well. The Nuncio passed on to President Vella the Holy Father’s congratulations for his appointment.The nuncio said that the two discussed matters which interested both parties, both from the aspect of Church-State relations in Malta as well as aspects of international policy and politics. Under the latter category, the Nuncio underlined the plight of Libya as well as the relations between Malta and the EU.Church-State relations are very goodOn the aspect of Church-State relations, the nuncio said that both were in agreement that the bilateral relations were generally very good, with, occasionally, some aspects or details which would need clarification. The Nuncio reported to the President what he perceived to be the sincere satisfaction which the Maltese Episcopal Conference felt at his nomination, remarking that the Prime Minister’s choice had been an intelligent one since this choice also promoted unity.On the issue of Libya, a country which the Nuncio said President Vella Knows well, the discussion centred on the welfare of the Maltese Bishops in Libya. The President expressed his concern for their welfare as well as the hope of a peaceful resolution to the bloody conflict.Pope Francis is aware of Malta’s limitations regarding migrationMgr D’Errico raised the issue of illegal migrants, re-iterating the position taken in the New Year’s Greetings. He said that the Pope’s position on migration was not ‘buonista’ (good at all costs) but one where he invites all governments to be open to solidarity and hospitality as well as integration of the migrants. He said that one must also be realistic in terms of capabilities of small countries such as Malta when compared to larger countries such as Italy and Spain.Another topic discussed was inter-faith dialogue, a theme which the Nuncio said that the President had also discussed with Archbishop Scicluna and which was also close to the President’s heart. The Nuncio said that this too was coherent with the message of unity which the President had underlined several times in his speech.WhatsApplast_img read more

MOAS delivers relief supplies to Alan Kurdi

first_imgMOASMOAS The humanitarian organisation the Migrant Offshore Aid Station, has supplied much needed relief supplies to the crew and rescued migrants aboard the ‘Alan Kurdi’ rescue vessel.MOAS had chartered a vessel which on Tuesday afternoon, took supplies like warm blankets and clothing to the migrants on board. MOAS’ Director, Regina Catrambone has promised more aid and the hope that the situation will be resolved quickly.The move comes three weeks after the Alan Kurdi rescue vessel operated by the German NGO Sea Eye, saved 64 men, women and children in the Central Mediterranean.Since that time, the 17 crew and their rescued passengers have been unable to find a safe port to disembark in Italy , with the vessel now situated off of the Maltese coast.Read more:Woman medically evacuated to Malta from rescue vesselItaly’s attempt to separate families was a breach of human rights – Sea EyeEC calls on Member States to find a solution for Alan KurdiThe European Commission is still negotiating with member states over the next steps for those on board, with no known breakthrough as of yet.Gorden Isler, Chairman of Sea Eye .e.V. expressed his gratitude to MOAS saying, ‘We are really grateful to our friends at MOAS. It is more than a sign of solidarity. It is exactly what we Europeans want. Real Solidarity and determined humanitarian action.’WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Using Google Hangout can help grow your business

first_imgAdvertisement When you think of hanging out, you imagine relaxing in a certain location with a group of friends just catching up. However on Google+, Hangout is a video-conference that allows you to connect with people in different locations. This is a feature that has the potential to change the way businesses communicate.With the rapid growth of social media, interpersonal communication has declined greatly, however, Google Hangouts a group video application allows up to 10 people to have a face-to-face virtual meeting free of charge may be able to reverse that trend.With the ability to see and engage with dozens of people, Google Hangouts on air also allows  you to broadcast your Hangouts to people around the world. Once you’ve finished your Hangout, Google uploads a full-length recording to your YouTube account, which can then be shared with everyone. Ideal bandwidth for the best experience, outbound from the participant: 900kbps Inbound to the participant: 1.2mbps this tool can revolutionise communication in and among businesses. – Advertisement – For instance, rather than driving across town or walking across the office, Google Hangout can enable one to have a conversation in person with someone from your own desk. Where an email isn’t enough, a phone call can be a quick solution. However, a call can interrupt your workflow, and a missed call may go unnoticed. With Google hangout, you can start the conversation, while continuing to working.The integration of Hangouts and Google Docs a web-based word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, form, and data storage that allows users to create and edit documents online makes it easy for people to share documents, edit them simultaneously and sketch ideas while running a video group chat. It’s very easy and convenient to watch two people editing the same document in real time while talking and seeing each other.Two heads are better than one, but sometimes even that’s not enough, one can add as many people as you want mid-conversation, and see them all face-to-face, be able host an all-company meeting from across the country and be assured that everyone is there and involved.President Barack Obama recently held a Hangout session on the White House Google Plus page, more than 225,000 people submitted questions and anyone could tune in to hear his responses Live.Convenience and reach is very crucial when trying to pass on useful information to people, like Njoku Emeka a teaching Assistant at the University of Ibadan Distance Learning Center who lectures and shares his class presentations to his class via Hangouts on Air, engaging more that 180 students on his Google + page.Bernard Alve the General Manager of CitiFM, Accra states that “The Google+ hangouts have opened a refreshing chapter in the CITI Breakfast Show in terms of scope and audience experience.”The English-speaking radio station in Accra carries out live interactive video sessions on Google Hangouts that allow listeners not only to see for themselves what happens live in the studio, but also engage with the host and guests in real time on air. “ It’s amazing how much the listener experience can change with the help of a little bandwidth and the ingenuity of an interactive platform,” he adds.Promotions and giveaways can be a great way to get potential customers involved. Do a live giveaway among your customers or clients. Rather than having someone “like” your page to earn entry into a drawing, get them to show up to a hangout.Nothing says customer service like face-to-face communication. Rather than having customers or clients call in, give them a link to a live hangout with a customer service representative.Check in with your clients from time to time. Ad agencies can “hang out” with a client to show the progress on the latest project. Rather than taking time to go meet the client to check in, you can show them your work instantly using Google Docs.After a hangout, your stream shows everyone who was present, so that you know exactly who was there and who wasn’t. This makes it easy to follow up with customers or clients who were involved in the conversation, or new people you met in the hangout. Creating and maintaining relationships is what Google+ is all about, after all.last_img read more

Biggest ever 400 Gbps DDoS attack hits Europe

first_imgAdvertisement The greatest every  massive distributed-denial-of-service attack Monday reached more than 400 Gbps at its peak. This is about 33 percent greater than last year’s Spamhaus attack, the previous DDoS record-holder.The attack was  directed at one of the customers of content delivery network and security provider CloudFlare, which first reported the attack.The attackers leveraged a flaw in the Network Time Protocol (NTP), a network protocol used to synchronize computer clock times.“Very big NTP reflection attack hitting us right now. Appears to be bigger than the #Spamhaus attack from last year. Mitigating,” Cloudflare CEO Matthew Price said in a tweet. “Someone’s got a big, new cannon. Start of ugly things to come,” – Advertisement – They did not identify the customer targeted by the attack but did say it was directed at servers in Europe, adding that “these NTP reflection attacks are getting really nasty.”The basic attack technique consists of attackers querying vulnerable NTP servers for traffic counts using the victim’s spoofed address.Due to the spoofed source address, when the NTP server sends the response it is sent instead to the victim. Because the size of the response is typically considerably larger than the request, the attacker is able to amplify the volume of traffic directed at the victim.Because the responses are legitimate data coming from valid servers, it is especially difficult to block these types of attacks.The DDoS surpassed the attack last March that peaked with a 300Gbps torrent of traffic flooding spam fighter Spamhaus, CloudFlare, and key Internet switching stations in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, and London. That onslaught resulted, according to some reports, service slowdowns across the Internet.Source: CNetlast_img read more

Microsoft stoping windows 7 Mainstream support

first_imgAdvertisement Are you a windows user? Microsoft has warned users that the mainstream support for all Windows 7 versions is ending in the next half year. After that Microsoft will provide extended support for the OS. Besides Windows 7, also Office 2010 SP1 and all Windows Server 2008 versions are affected.Mainstream support means that the company will continue to supply free security updates and patches but will no longer add new features.Mainstream support for Windows 7 Start, Home Premium, Ultimate, Professional and Enterprise stops at January 13th 2015. This also includes  N variants of the OS and whether Service Pack 1 is installed is irrelevant for the end of support. The extended support period ends at January 14th 2020. Although that’s far into the future, many systems are currently running Windows 7 and  recent events around Windows XP have learned us that it might bring companies and governments in trouble. – Advertisement – In April this year, Microsoft ended support for Windows XP leaving a huge amount of computers of governments and companies vulnerable to security issues. Users found a way to install patches meant for a version of Windows XP used for cash registers and several antivirus companies announced they’ll continue to release software to protect XP. Nevertheless, Microsoft will no longer patch the OS, leaving it open to malware developers.Mainstream support of Office 2010 Service Pack 1 ends at October 14th this year and Windows Server 2008 support ends at the same date as Windows 7, which is January 13th 2015. Between the end of all support of XP and Windows 7, there is also another Windows version of which support completely ends. Microsoft will cease support for Windows Vista on April 11th 2017.Windows 8 users have till 2023 before Microsoft ends the support of that OS.Credit: MyCElast_img read more

Buy Social Media Marketing Expand Services To Include Instagram and Facebook Video

first_imgSocial Media Marketing. Image Credit: shutterstock Advertisement Buy Social Media Marketing has created two new video viewing services on the biggest social media platforms of 2016, to help people get eyes on their content in all new ways.Video marketing is becoming more and more important with every day that goes by, as high volume data allowances and high speed 4G signal mean people now have access to video everywhere, and the detail rich format which combines moving visuals, audio, music and more has by far the most potential to attract a response. Buy Social Media Marketing has helped people looking to establish themselves as content creators on YouTube already, and is now helping people get video views on Facebook and Instagram, the two most influential social networks around today.The new service offering people the opportunity to Buy Instagram Video Views provides instant delivery, with the first views beginning just ten minutes after the initial payment is made. Those who want to Buy Facebook Video Views will experience a similar format, with the full amount of views delivered in as little as 24 hours. – Advertisement – These services are especially useful for people who upload a high volume of video content to their Facebook and Instagram accounts and are looking to increase post engagement and develop their audience. The illusion of initial popularity through paid views can be essential to creating genuine popularity in real audiences that perceive the high view count as an endorsement.A spokesperson for Buy Social Media Marketing explained, “We are pleased to be able to offer these new services to our clients, which we are sure will enable more people than ever to create influential profiles on Facebook and Instagram. On Instagram in particular those with a high volume of views can often find themselves approached by businesses and brands looking for influencers to promote their products. Buy Social Media Marketing can help people on the road to becoming an influencer by giving them popularity enough to create an exponential uptake among real users.”last_img read more

This is Mozillas new logo

first_imgAdvertisement Have you been wondering what Mozilla is up to? wonder no more. The company’s new logo which had earlier been revealed in a video posted on their YouTube account, has now been confirmed in a blog post.According to the blog post, the new logo with its nod to URL language reinforces that the Internet is at the heart of Mozilla, adding that they are committed to the original intent of the link as the beginning of an unfiltered, unmediated experience into the rich content of the Internet.The company added that they will roll out the new brand identity in phases, much as they have with concepts in the open design process. – Advertisement – Last year, Mozilla launched a contest to design its new logo.last_img


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How to feed datahungry mobile devices Use more antennas

first_imgShare1MEDIA CONTACTS:David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJade Boyd713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.eduHow to feed data-hungry mobile devices? Use more antennasMulti-antenna technology could help keep pace with voracious user demandHOUSTON — (Aug. 23, 2012) — Researchers from Rice University today unveiled a new multi-antenna technology that could help wireless providers keep pace with the voracious demands of data-hungry smartphones and tablets. The technology aims to dramatically increase network capacity by allowing cell towers to simultaneously beam signals to more than a dozen customers on the same frequency.Details about the new technology, dubbed Argos, were presented today at the Association for Computing Machinery’s MobiCom 2012 wireless research conference in Istanbul. Argos is under development by researchers from Rice, Bell Labs and Yale University. A prototype built at Rice this year uses 64 antennas to allow a single wireless base station to communicate directly to 15 users simultaneously with narrowly focused directional beams.Thanks to the growing popularity of smartphones and other data-hungry devices, the demand for mobile data is expected to grow 18-fold within the next five years. To meet demand, wireless carriers are scrambling to boost network capacity by installing more wireless base stations and shelling out billions of dollars for the rights to broadcast on additional frequencies.In tests at Rice, Argos allowed a single base station to track and send highly directional beams to more than a dozen users on the same frequency at the same time. The upshot is that Argos could allow carriers to increase network capacity without acquiring more spectrum.“The technical term for this is multi-user beamforming,” said Argos project co-leader Lin Zhong, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and of computer science at Rice. “The key is to have many antennas, because the more antennas you have, the more users you can serve.”Zhong said the theory for multi-user beamforming has been around for quite some time, but implementing technology has proven extremely difficult. Prior to Argos, labs struggled to roll out prototype test beds with a handful of antennas.“There are all kinds of technical challenges related to synchronization, computational requirements, scaling up and wireless standards,” he said. “People have really questioned whether this is practical, so it’s significant that we’ve been able to create a prototype that actually demonstrates that this works.”Argos presents new techniques that allow the number of antennas on base stations to grow to unprecedented scales. The Argos prototype, which was built by Rice graduate student Clayton Shepard, uses an array of 64 antennas and off-the-shelf hardware — including several dozen open-access test devices called WARP boards that were invented at Rice’s Center for Multimedia Communications. In tests, Argos was able to simultaneously beam signals to as many as 15 users on the same frequency. For wireless carriers, that performance would translate to more than a six-fold increase in network capacity. Zhong said the base-station design can be scaled up to work with hundreds of antennas and several dozen concurrent users, which would result in much higher capacity gains.“There’s also a big payoff in energy savings,” Shepard said. “The amount of power you need for transmission goes down in proportion to the number of antennas you have. So in Argos’ case, we need only about one-sixty-fourth as much energy to serve those 15 users as you would need with a traditional antenna.”Zhong and Shepard said Argos is at least five years away from being available on the commercial market. It would require new network hardware and a new generation of smartphones and tablets. It might also require changes in wireless standards. Those are big hurdles, but Zhong said the potential benefits of multi-user beamforming technology make it a very likely next big step for the wireless industry.“The bandwidth crunch is here, and carriers need options,” Zhong said. “They’re going to pay close attention to any new technologies that may allow them to serve more customers with fewer resources.”Research co-authors include Hang Yu and Narendra Anand, both of Rice; Li Erran Li and Tom Marzetta, both of Bell Labs; and Yang Richard Yang of Yale University. The research was supported by the National Science Foundation, Bell Labs, Alcatel Lucent and the Air Force Office of Sponsored Research.###VIDEO is available at:http://youtu.be/945wOceJmdwMore about the Argos Project is available at:http://argos.rice.edu/ FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more

MBA Startups At The Kellogg School of Management

first_img RelatedEntrepreneurship Centers and Resources for Chicago MBAsWhile some entrepreneurs avoid the college route altogether (just take a look at Steve Jobs and Bill Gates), today, there are lots of prospective MBAs who go the grad school route in order to get into the startup scene and learn the tips and tricks that will help them get…November 14, 2016In “Featured Home”MIT Sloan Startup/Entrepreneur SpotlightMany think of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as just an engineering school and site to the most famous math problem in film history, but the prestigious university is also home to great business programs at the Sloan School of Management. Through school’s MBA programs—the full-time, Executive MBA and 12-month Sloan…June 29, 2017In “Featured Home”Finding Your Post-Graduate Career From the Kellogg School of ManagementEvery MBA candidate is in pursuit of a dream job with good benefits and high pay. But what can your business school do for you in terms of helping you reach your career goals and aspirations? What resources, networks and workshops are available for MBA students to take advantage of?…July 5, 2017In “Featured Home” With entrepreneurship on the rise throughout the country and world, business schools are finding new ways to accommodate and educate students looking to flex their entrepreneurial muscles. Both in and outside of the classroom, support for entrepreneurship and MBA startups can take many forms—from networking opportunities to competitions for capital to resume building internships.At the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, there are a number of ways business students can build their entrepreneurial skills and put them quickly into practice. At the Kellogg Institute of Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Levy Entrepreneurial Institute , Kellogg students have the chance to secure funding for their entrepreneurial projects, expand their business network and even set up opportunities that will continue even after graduation.Below are just a few of the many resources Kellogg provides for innovative students to turn their ideas into reality. EventsKellogg events are a great way for students to forge new business connections and explore the many potential MBA startups already in motion at the school. Below are some of the events available to students throughout the year.Corporate Renewal Conference: Every year, the Kellogg Corporate Renewal Conference gathers together students and industry leaders to explore a particular theme in the current business climate. The inaugural conference, which took place in October 2014, was themed ‘Corporate Renewal through Innovation: Ways to Invigorate Growth and Scaling.”Kellogg eChats: Kellogg eChats were created by students to give MBAs the chance to meet leading thought leaders in business. Offered monthly, students are given a chance to meet and pose questions of these leaders on the topic of technology and business.Student Treks: Kellogg Student Treks are trips led by students to cities throughout the United States, with the goal of visiting anywhere from 4-12 companies which represent a wide scope of business environments and industries. The treks can range from one day to multiple days over school breaks, and allow students to connect with industry professionals and Kellogg alumni.CompetitionsEvents like the Kellogg Venture Challenge, VentureCat and the Venture Capital Investment Challenge (VCIC) give students the chance to put their startup ideas to the test and gain valuable feedback from industry leaders. These competitions can offer anywhere from $10,000 in prizes to $100,000 at the VentureCat Competition, distributed to student ventures. Students also have the chance to participate in an international competition, the Venture Capital Investment Challenge, which invites 78 students from around the world to compete at the Kenan-Flagler Business School in North Carolina.Student Entrepreneurship OpportunitiesA number of opportunities exist for students while enrolled at Kellogg that can provide capital for startup ideas and help students create a community of entrepreneurs. Here are just a few:FOUNDER.org 8D Program: The FOUNDER.org program provides funding for students with ideas for high-impact ventures. Students are eligible to receive up to $100k in grant money, with the chance to apply for further investment opportunities ranging from $250k to $3 million. Students participating in the program also receive the benefits of having a virtual mentor, one-on-one coaching from industry innovators, and the chance to attend quarterly forums.Kellogg Entrepreneurs Organization: The KEO is a community of students working to create new ventures, providing support during the process of launching and building a new business. Students have the chance to receive feedback from a network of mentors made up of professors, investors, and top entrepreneurs.Pritzker Group Venture Fellows: Students with an idea for a business startup can apply to join the Pritzker Group Venture Fellows, a 12-week summer fellowship created to support young entrepreneurs in Chicago. Two teams of fellows will be awarded witha  $20,000 investment, mentorship, and a work space at 1871.Summer Entrepreneurship Opportunities Kellogg Entrepreneurship Internship Program Stipend: Kellogg students have the chance to participate in a summer internship that will allow them to get a first-hand look into working in the entrepreneurship field. Student internships, which can be located anywhere throughout the globe, will give students the chance to gain direct experience in analyzing pricing models, exploring exit strategies, market research and more. Kellogg students accepted to the internship program are eligible to receive a matching stipend up to $5,000.Startup Stipend: If students are committed to building their own venture over the summer break and have proven a product-market fit for their idea are eligible to obtain a stipend of up to $7,000 to use for their business needs.Post-Graduate Entrepreneurship OpportunitiesEven after graduation, Kellogg offers a number of awards that can provide funding opportunities and promote the MBA startups of Kellogg grads.Kellogg Social Entrepreneurship Award: The Social Entrepreneurship Award is available for graduates with an idea to use their business knowledge for a positive social impact. Those selected for the award will receive assistance from the Entrepreneurship Lab and Kellogg Social Entrepreneurship Fellow Award to fund a startup idea that addresses today’s most pressing social challenges.NewDay Social Entrepreneurship Award: The NewDay Social Entrepreneurship Award is available for graduates with an idea for a new impact venture with a social and/or environmental mission in the Chicagoland area which has demonstrated some market traction. This competition is also open to undergraduate and graduate students throughout Northwestern. MBA Startups At The Kellogg School of Management regions: Chicagocenter_img Last Updated Apr 27, 2017 by Alanna ShafferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail About the AuthorAlanna ShafferStaff Writer, covering MetroMBA’s news beat for Atlanta, Houston, and Dallas.View more posts by Alanna Shaffer last_img read more

Delaware Professor Warns Consumers About Store Promotional Credit

first_img About the AuthorJillian MarkowitzView more posts by Jillian Markowitz Last Updated Nov 30, 2017 by Jillian MarkowitzFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail regions: Philadelphia Despite the proliferation and ease-of-access eCommerce presents, many consumers still opt to wait in lines for hours, navigate packed parking lots, and push through herds of consumers to get Black Friday discounts. Thanks to research from Adnong Cheng, Assistant Professor of Marketing at the University of Delaware’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics, bargain-hunters may be able to change their thinking and save more money—or rather, save any money at all.In a paper in the Journal of Marketing Research titled, “Double Mental Discounting: When a Single Price Promotion Feels Twice as Nice,” Cheng warned consumers of the flawed thinking that can result from store credit.“Let’s say you went to Ann Taylor Loft, you bought a sweater for $50 and received $10 of Loft credit to spend in the future. This purchase feels like it’s only $40 instead of $50. And then later, you spend the $10 on another shirt and feel like the shirt is free, because you’ve only been spending that merchandise credit instead of more money out of your pocket,” Cheng explains. The consumer’s thinking in this situation is flawed, as they are factoring the single store credit into the cost of two separate items. Additionally, many people do not fully utilize their store credit, but operate under the mind set that they will.In one of the studies, Cheng and co-author Cynthia Cryder, an Assistant Professor at the Washington University in St. Louis Olin Business School, cited an ice cream store gave certain customers a $3 discount, and other’s a $3 promotional credit. Consumers with the promotional credit bought more ice cream than those who received a discount, as they felt the night to come back to the store to utilize their credit. This is a phenomenon Cheng and Cryder referred to as “double mental discounting.” Consumers fallaciously applied their discount to two purchases.Cheng advised consumers: “When you receive promotional credit, don’t think of the initial purchase as cheaper. Only take the money gained into account once you’re actually able to use the promotional credit.”center_img Delaware Professor Warns Consumers About Store Promotional Credit RelatedLoyola Quinlan Professor Offers Holiday Gift Buying Advice to ShoppersNews Flash: We’re less than one week away from Christmas! Have you finished your holiday shopping yet? Of course you haven’t! For those procrastinators who have not, Professor Mary Ann McGrath of the Loyola University Quinlan School of Business has some tips for you. McGrath recently published a guide on the…December 19, 2017In “Featured Region”Payment Method Affects Perceived Value of Purchase, Rotman Professor FindsThe University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management this week shared exciting new research published in the Journal of Consumer Research on the correlation between the ease of a consumer’s preferred payment method and the perceived value of the good or service purchased. Rotman Assistant Professor of Marketing Avni Shah, who researches…September 26, 2016In “Featured Region”Rutgers Prof Discusses Impact of Anxiety on Consumer BehaviorRutgers Business School recently published an article by Dory Devlin that explores the connection between anxiety and consumer behavior as part of a study associate professor of marketing Kristina Durante and the University of Miami’s Juliano Laran published in the Journal of Marketing Research last month. Durante, whose area of…November 25, 2016In “Featured Region”last_img read more