Brothers Café Granted Rate Reduction Due To Construction

first_imgThe resolution allows Kenai City Manager Paul Ostrander to reduce the percentage of gross receipts paid to the City be reduced from 10% to 5% for the months of February, March, April, and May 2019. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai City Council approved a resolution at their meeting on Wednesday to reduce the rate paid by Brother’s Cafe to the City of Kenai amid ongoing construction. The request was submitted by Hamilton on February 13 and stated that customer dissatisfaction with noise, parking, and terminal navigation, is impacting the business. Navarre: “When you’re disrupted in business, when you pay 5% of your gross sales, that doesn’t mean you make money when there is all this disruption and everything going on.” center_img The resolution was introduced by Vice Mayor Tim Navarre following a request from Jim Hamilton, owner of Brothers’ Café, requesting a temporary rate reduction in the percentage of gross receipts paid to the City due to loss of business since the terminal construction project started in October 2018. Construction is scheduled to wrap up December 1.last_img read more

Condé Nast Snatches Time Inc SVP to Head Consumer Marketing

first_img“We want our readers to engage with our brands in a variety of ways, and we feel our success will be based on being able to provide our content seamlessly across every appropriate platform that exists now and in the future,” Sauerberg told FOLIO:. “We want to take that engagement and continue to try to increase it and revalue the consumer proposition. We want to do that with our magazines and our Web sites and our digital applications.”Before taking on the SVP of corporate digital development at Time Inc., Ray served as vice president and general manager at Entertainment Weekly. Prior to that she served as SVP and general manager of Time Inc. Interactive. Not long after promoting its consumer marketing group president to president of the company, Condé Nast has appointed Monica Ray executive vice president of consumer marketing, overseeing consumer sales and marketing for the company’s entire portfolio. Ray’s appointment is effective September 20.Currently, Ray serves as senior vice president of corporate digital development at Time Inc. According to Condé Nast president Robert Sauerberg, Ray’s “extensive experience in the areas of consumer marketing and digital product innovation will be critical as we expand our consumer-focused efforts.”In a recent Q+A with FOLIO:, Sauerberg said that while Condé Nast’s portfolio of 20+ print magazines is still at the company’s core, technology and consumer expectations have “changed dramatically” and one of its big goals is to increase its consumer touch points and to “monetize all of those optimally.”last_img read more

Lifx teases colorchanging candelabra bulbs at CES 2019

first_img CES 2019 CNET Smart Home Tags Mentioned Above Lifx Tile Check out all the smart home products at CES 2019 Best Buy Review • Smart, multicolor Lifx Tiles might drive you up the wall CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Multicolor candelabra bulbs, coming soon from Lifx. Ry Crist/CNET Lifx is adding color-changing candelabra bulbs to its lineup of smart LED lights, the company tells me at CES 2019 here in Las Vegas. Pricing isn’t set yet, but Lifx expects them to launch in the third quarter of 2019. What makes these lights especially interesting is that they can put out multiple colors at once — a fairly uncommon feature, even among larger-sized smart bulbs. That lets them simulate a flickering flame, or put out some of the same animated, tie-dye-type effects that you get with the multicolor Lifx Tile wall panels. The controls for the bulbs are similar to the Tiles, too. Along with controlling and automating them, you’ll be able to paint designs onto each bulb by dragging your finger over a bulb-shaped canvas in the Lifx app. Lifx tells me that each color-changing diode inside of the bulb is its own individual zone of light. That adds up to a total of 30 zones that you can paint colors across. lifx-cnadelabra-bulbs-appEnlarge ImageYou can paint colors onto the bulb by dragging your finger across a bulb-shaped canvas in the Lifx app. Ry Crist/CNET Beyond basic color control, Lifx claims that it sees growing interest in smart lighting that feels artistic and expressive. “It feels like the tide is shifting,” Lifx CEO Tim Peters tells me, expressing hope that the candelabra bulbs will help scratch that itch for its customers. The question is how much these things will ultimately cost at launch. It’ll likely be a lot. Color-changing candelabra bulbs from Philips Hue currently sell for about $50 each — and those only put out one color at a time. It wouldn’t surprise me if the multicolor Lifx versions cost even more, which could fast get prohibitively expensive for folks looking to upgrade a fixture with multiple bulbs in it. When we know more on that front, we’ll let you know — and expect a full review from the CNET Smart Home as soon as the bulbs arrive. Google Assistant CES Products Alexa Philips Siri Apple HomeKit See It See it 52 Photos Lifx Tile Light Bulbs Post a comment 0 $189 Share your voice Preview • Light up your walls with Lifx Tile LED panels CES 2019: Every story so far: It’s the year’s biggest tech show. CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. $193last_img read more

Dozens of Texas Districts Must Improve Failing Schools – Or Outside Managers

first_img Share Dozens of school districts across Texas — including Houston — are currently on track to face tough, new sanctions, if their elected officials don’t improve chronically failing schools by next August.The Texas Education Commissioner could replace the school boards in all those districts, following a tough “no excuses” law passed by state lawmakers in 2015.“It changes our focus from the level of the campus to the absolute top — where I think needs to be  — sort of school boards and superintendents,” said Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath at a hearing last August.The option to install a board of managers has been available to the commissioner before. But it’s usually reserved for districts with widespread academic struggles as well as financial mismanagement.This law, known as House Bill 1842, allows the commissioner to appoint outside managers if a district has even one campus that chronically fails the state’s standards for five or more years. Then, the district’s elected officials could face the consequences – and lose their jobs.News 88.7 analyzed the data from the Texas Education Agency and found more than forty districts that could see an outside board of managers as early as next year, if their school ratings don’t change by 2018.On the list: the Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio districts.“The stakes are going to be very high this year. If districts don’t begin to see some improvements, then some of those more difficult choices under the law are going to start to come into play,” said David Thompson, an attorney with the firm Thompson and Horton.The Houston Independent School District could end up becoming the poster child for the law’s sanctions and strict timeline. It’s the biggest district in Texas, with more than 200,000 students and a $2 billion budget. Plus, it has the most schools — more than a dozen — that have missed the state’s standards for three or more years. In Texas education parlance, they’re labeled “improvement required.”“While I think it’s unfair, it’s also incumbent upon us to do our jobs. And one school with multiple years of (improvement required) is too many,” said HISD trustee Rhonda Skillern-Jones.She represents Kashmere High School, which has failed state standards for the last seven years. That’s the worst record of any campus in the state. Several other campuses in her district in Northeast Houston are struggling to meet state standards as well.Laura Isensee/Houston Public MediaStudents on a youth council and members of a community board helped create a new Kashmere Success Center on campus to provide wrap-around services for students. The marching band celebrated the opening in 2016.Other HISD schools that have persistently missed state standards: Wheatley and Worhing high schools.“And so I think it’s critical that we move the needle for these kids. But more importantly, for the kids. Not because we need to stay compliant with the law,” Skillern-Jones added.Some intermediate steps spelled out in the law have already happened, primarily two-year turnaround plans for the struggling campuses.But the clock is ticking for districts to improve all the chronically failing campuses – or face the consequences.“This bill is designed on a fundamental basis of what gets measured, gets fixed,” said state Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston.“You know, is it going to be eight years? Is it going to be 12 years? You just can’t look the other way anymore.”And now, Texas education officials are watching closely.“I don’t think we can sit back and kind of arm-chair quarterback and complain about under-performing teachers at  an individual campus when in fact it’s the leadership at the district level that sets the stages whether they can succeed or not,” Morath told Bettencourt and other senators last year.Morath previously was a school board trustee himself in Dallas, until Gov. Greg Abbott named him the state’s education chief.“I used to quip when I was on the school board before that, you know, there are not enough layers in the bureaucracy to protect teachers from our foolishness,” Morath said. X 00:00 /04:03 00:00 /01:11 Listen center_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen X Across Texas, local voters elect their board of trustees, who then hire the superintendent, guide policy and set the budget for their local public schools.That’s why some view the risk of an outside board of managers as an extreme option.Thompson described it as an “almost nuclear option of the governance of an entire community’s schools.”“If you think about it, you’re not just telling the school board, ‘We don’t think you’re doing a good job.’ You’re literally telling a community, ‘We don’t think you as a community are capable of governing yourselves,’” he explained.The Texas Education Agency declined to comment for this story, saying they had to wait until the agency officially releases 2017 school ratings later this month.But Thompson said that he’s concerned Texas is ratcheting up sanctions while it shrinks financial support.“Setting standards or requirements and then not providing the means to meet those requirements isn’t accountability. It is simply punishment,” he said.“And there is a lot of concern among school districts that – to use an old Texas phrase – the state is all hat and no cattle.”The commissioner could choose another option. Instead of suspending elected officials, he could close low-performing campuses.Laura IsenseeIn HISD, and other Texas independent school districts, local voters elect trustees to direct policy, set budgets and hire the superintendent.In Houston, HISD trustee Skillern-Jones said that she would rather lose her job than close a school like Kashmere High.“Put in a board of managers and that affects nine board members’ lives,” she said. “You close the school down, especially one like Kashmere, you affect 500 families and kids. And I think that’s not the correct action to take.”Because, she said, when schools close, the community suffers and poverty snowballs even more.School districts like Houston will know more where they stand after the state released the 2017 school accountability ratings later this month.Some districts could improve and escape the risk of a state take-over.For others that still have persistently low-performing schools, the pressure could increase, because then, the process to appoint a board of managers – or close campuses – will ramp up with one more year of low ratings in 2018. Houston ISDNews 88.7 found more than 40 Texas school districts that could see an outside board of managers as early as next year, if their school ratings don’t change by 2018.last_img read more

Documentary Examines Rise Of Militant NeoNazi Groups

first_img Share pbs.orgRiots in Charlottesville, Va. between Alt-Right demonstrators and counter protesters in 2017.Last month, a Frontline documentary called Documenting Hate: New American Nazis aired on PBS. The investigation from Frontline and ProPublica examines a neo-Nazi group that has actively recruited inside the U.S. military and how it’s gained strength after the 2017 Charlottesville rally, that erupted in violence.In the audio above, Houston Matters producer Maggie Martin talks with A.C. Thompson, a reporter with ProPublica, and correspondent for Frontline.Related Link: read more

Renew Football Season Tickets Enter for Giveways

first_img Print Friendly Version Season Ticket Renewal Story Linkscenter_img LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A new era of University of Louisville football was launched last December with the hiring of head coach Scott Satterfield, and fans can be a part of all the action by renewing their season tickets.The UofL ticket office has announced a number of exciting renewal incentives to ensure fans get an opportunity to be a part of the 2019 home schedule which features the season opener versus Notre Dame on Labor Day night and a visit from Clemson, the 2018 defending national champions.Fans who get a jump on purchasing season tickets will have the opportunity to win numerous prizes from an away game travel experience, gift cards from local sponsors, an opportunity to watch a preseason practice and a chance to win up to four seasons tickets to the six-game home schedule.To take advantage of this exciting opportunity, fans should renew their 2019 Louisville football season tickets. Once renewed, fans will automatically be entered into the drawings.If fans have already renewed their tickets, they will be auto-enrolled into the rewards drawings. Accounts must be paid in full or have begun the payment program to qualify for entry. Tickets must be renewed prior to noon on the day of the prize selection to be eligible.The first winner will be selected live on February 6. Winners will be announced every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday until the grand prize drawing on March 1. All renewed accounts will be eligible for the grand prize drawing, which is up to four free season tickets. Winning smaller prizes throughout the renewal program will not exclude fans from winning the grand prize.To renew your season tickets click hereFans are encouraged to follow @GoCards on Twitter visit or each week to check out the weekly winner.For additional information, please contact the UofL Athletic Ticket Office at 502- 852-5151 or by email at Ticket Renewal PrizesFeb. 6 – Away Game Travel Experience for 2 (1 winner)Feb. 8 – $25 Fourth Street Live gift cards (25 winners)Feb. 11 – Participate in Card March (12 winners)Feb. 13 – $50 Liquor Barn gift card (1 winner)Feb. 15 – $50 Cardinal Stadium Concessions Vouchers (20 winners)Feb. 18 – $250 Kroger Gift Card (2 winners)Feb. 20 – Season Long Parking Upgrades (5 winners)Feb. 22 – Subs for a Year from Penn Station (10 winners)Feb. 25 – Exclusive PreSeason Practice Experience (10 winners)Feb. 27 – ULGC Foursome (5 winners)Mar. 1 – Four 2019 Season Ticketslast_img read more

Player Spotlight on Riley Schindler

first_imgEpisode 8: Riley SchindlerThe Riley Schindler FileNumber: 4Full name: Riley Michele SchindlerNickname: RiClass: SophomorePosition: OutfielderBats/Throws: R/RHometown:  Borden, Ind.   High School: BordenTravel Team: OC EliteMajor: Sport AdministrationFun Fact: She was a cheerleader for eight years. Print Friendly Version The University of Louisville Softball Player Spotlight series features short interviews with each of the Cardinals’ players. Episode eight features sophomore Riley Schindler. Story Linkslast_img read more

PEOPLE Trafalgar draws winner for European Highlights contest

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Share Samantha KniggeTORONTO — Vancouver Flight Centre agent Samantha Knigge has been drawn as the winner of Trafalgar’s European Highlights contest that ran in the Europe edition of Travel Professional.Trafalgar’s nine-day ‘European Highlights’ includes accommodation for eight nights, 11 meals, all land transfers, luxury air-conditioned coachs, hand-picked Insider Experience, all porterage and restaurant gratuities, must-see sighseeing experience and surprise extras, an expert travel director and VIP entry to many of the sights.“I am so happy to receive this opportunity Travelweek and Trafalgar. I have been selling and recommending Trafalgar to all of my clients in my three years in the travel industry. All of my clients who I send away come back telling me how amazing their experience was, so I am so excited to experience it firsthand. I can’t wait to learn more about this fantastic company so I can continue to pass on my knowledge to many more clients,” said Kinge about her win.For more about Trafalgar, go to more travel agent contests, go to Tuesday, April 18, 2017 [PEOPLE] Trafalgar draws winner for ‘European Highlights’ contestcenter_img Posted by Tags: Contests, People, Trafalgar Travelweek Group last_img read more

Rep Maturens real estate transfer tax fairness measure signed into law

first_img State Rep. David Maturen’s plan providing equity related to a tax charged when people sell real estate is now part of Michigan law.A seller whose home has lost value generally does not have to pay Michigan’s real estate transfer tax. Maturen’s new law – signed by Gov. Rick Snyder this week – will extend the same exemption to someone who bought vacant land, builds a house, and then sells the house.“This change addresses a circumstance that is rare, but was not adequately addressed in previous law,” said Maturen, of Vicksburg. “This is an equitable and fair solution that treats all sellers who have lost value in a home the same – whether they bought land with a home already on it, or bought vacant land and then built a home.”The legislation allows a property’s original state equalized value to be determined at the time a certificate of occupancy is issued for the residence. The home must qualify for a principal residence exemption.House Bill 4643 is now Public Act 172.### Categories: Maturen News,News 12Jun Rep. Maturen’s real estate transfer tax fairness measure signed into lawlast_img read more

Scandinavian online movie service Voddler is launc

first_imgScandinavian online movie service Voddler is launching a service that lets customers buy movies and store them in the cloud.Under the new service customers can store purchased movies on Voddler’s network, which can then be accessed on various devices including PCs, smartphones and tablets by logging into their Voddler account. Users will also be able to download the movies.At launch, Voddler is offering 200 titles to purchase for between SEK69 (€8) and SEK139. Voddler’s rental service currently costs between SEK19 and SEK37 per film.“Film buyers would like to not have the hassle of remembering where they put their bought movies, regardless of [whether] it’s a physical disc or a downloaded file. A cloud-purchased movie is accessible everywhere where you have an internet-connected screen. You buy it once and access it everywhere. At the same time, we recognise that some consumers still prefer to keep the file themselves, so we also offer traditional downloading,” said Anders Sjöman, Voddler’s head of communication.Voddler launched its service in 2010 and has deals in place with 35 studios. It faces stiff competition from other operators including Netflix, Lovefilm and MTG’s Viaplay service.last_img read more

Make sure you have a neutral setting Dont talk t

first_imgMake sure you have a neutral setting. Don’t talk to the child about liberty, obedience, or anything along those lines before asking the question. Make sure that you are feeling neutral too. You should want to know the child’s opinion, sincerely. If the child answers more than a simple ‘Yes’ or ‘No,’ write down precisely what they say. Then, if necessary, write down your interpretation of what the child said and why you interpreted their meaning that way. We’re all born knowing the truth, but by the time you’re four or five years old, they’ve beaten it out of you. – Attributed to Bob Dylan I think I’d be a bit more charitable than Mr. Dylan; I’d say that we’ve only had the truth partly beaten out of us by the age of five. I think truth endures in us, at least to a significant extent, up till puberty, after which it is beaten into submission over the next decade or so. The Crazy Years We all have experience with the tumultuous years that begin with puberty: First we are slapped with a rush of hormones. That triggers a reproductive imperative. That’s crazy-making enough, but then we find ourselves inside of a rigid, status-based system… a system that massively influences all of our potential mates. That’s a recipe for the corruption of thought, and it does corrupt our thoughts. Orson Welles was an unusually clear-thinking and experienced child… far more experienced than average. He spent his days (he was what we’d now call home schooled) reading the works of Shakespeare and all the existing Greek tragedies, repetitively. As a man, Orson was once interviewed about his young days. The interviewer asked what he had thought of teenagers. Orson replied, “I thought they were absolutely insane.” I think all of us can understand why. Getting to the Truth So, if we want to get a glimpse of human nature before it’s stressed and shaped during the crazy years, we should really go to pre-teens. Granted, kids are not the pure saints they are sometimes imagined to be… and it is true that these kids are already sexualized and trained in status these days… but there remains, in most of them, some residue of honest thinking. They have not yet been dragged all the way into the conformist way of mind. My hypothesis is that most of us are born as natural libertarians – having a built-in bias toward liberty. And I have a clean way of testing this idea: Go to pre-teens, in a neutral setting, and ask them a very simple question: Shouldn’t you be allowed to do anything you want, as long as you don’t hurt anyone? My guess is that the results would show a large majority agreeing with the statement, and the younger the respondent, the higher the percentage. A Challenge to You I’d like to propose we actually run such an experiment. I’ll be pleased to coordinate and publish the data. In order to ensure that the results are meaningful, I recommend the following: After you write down the answer, feel free to continue the discussion with the child if fitting, but not if there are other study participants in the area. Keep them neutral.    Can I ask you a question? I want to know what you think about this. Since children have notoriously short attention spans, ask the question only after you have calmed them and centered their attention. I suggest something like this: As I say, I’ll be pleased to tabulate and publish the results if one or more of our readers want to run the experiment. I think the results might be very interesting… and quite possibly very useful. Paul Rosenberg FreemansPerspective.comlast_img read more

Disabled campaigners have welcomed the longawaite

first_imgDisabled campaigners have welcomed the long-awaited publication of draft legislation to create Europe-wide access laws.The European Commission – the European Union’s executive body – finally published a European Accessibility Act this week, 15 years after promising to outlaw the discrimination faced by disabled people in accessing goods and services.It said the act would set “common accessibility requirements for certain key products and services”, including cashpoint machines and other banking services, personal computers, telephones and television equipment, telephony and audio-visual services, transport, e-books and e-commerce.The publication came the day before the UN’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3 December), which this year had a theme of “access and empowerment for people of all abilities”.The proposed European Accessibility Act would complement Britain’s own Equality Act by making existing voluntary European access standards mandatory across the European Union (EU).The act’s publication comes only two months after the United Nations said it was “concerned” that a European Accessibility Act had not yet been adopted by the EU, and gave it just 12 months to explain how it would be introduced.Yannis Vardakastanis (pictured), president of the European Disability Forum (EDF), said the act could “contribute to the empowerment of persons with disabilities to better enjoy the freedom of movement of persons, goods and services in the European single market”.He said the act had been a “top priority” for EDF and its members for many years, through its Freedom of Movement campaign.But he said it was too early to comment on the content of the act itself.He said: “In the coming weeks and months EDF and its members will work together with the EU institutions, partner organisations and other stakeholders to make this piece of legislation meaningful for 80 million people with disabilities in Europe.”The European Blind Union (EBU) also welcomed the act’s publication.Wolfgang Angermann, EBU’s president, said: “We have faced discrimination for long enough.“Along with our partners in the European Disability Forum, we will respond thoughtfully to the consultation which has just opened on this proposed legislation.“After that, we will be urging all those involved in the legislative process to ensure this new law is fully effective and thorough.”Marianne Thyssen, the EU’s commissioner for employment, social affairs, skills and labour mobility, said: “Disability should not be a barrier to full participation in society, nor should the lack of EU common rules be a barrier to cross-border trade in accessible products and services.“With this act, we want to deepen the internal market and use its potential for the benefit of both companies and citizens with disabilities. In fact, we all may benefit from it.”The commission believes the act will make it easier for companies that want to export goods and services within the EU, and will help small business “take full advantage of the EU market”, with disabled people benefiting from “a greater supply of accessible products and services at more competitive prices”.Without the act, each EU country would continue to develop different laws as they implemented their accessibility obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.Richard Howitt, the Labour MEP and co-president of the European Parliament’s all-party disability rights group, said European officials had “shamefully dragged their feet” on a promise made 15 years ago to outlaw disability discrimination in access to goods and services.  Howitt, who played a key role in negotiating that promise in 2000, said it would have been long-forgotten if it had not been for “16 years of relentless campaigning by disabled people’s organisations”.Howitt said: “It is shameful how long disabled people have been forced to wait and the foot-dragging by anyone and everyone in Brussels has to stop right now.“Echoing the slogans of disability activists, this is much more a victory by rather than for disabled people themselves.“When I helped negotiate the EU law against disability discrimination in access to employment in 2000, the European Parliament was promised that action to outlaw the same discrimination in access to goods and services would soon follow.“Today, we are close to achieving what for many years has simply only been a dream and equality itself is finally being given equal treatment.”He added: “Although I am proud that Europe has made progress in the past on disability access rules in relation to the installation of lifts, for some public transport and on the internet, the bitter truth is that a large swathe of the built environment remains a ‘no go’ area for people with disabilities in Britain and in Europe.”There will now be a period of eight weeks’ consultation, followed by legislative procedures in the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union.last_img read more

Twitter to Disclose Who Paid for Ads on its Platform

first_img Next Article 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Reporter This story originally appeared on PCMag Michael Kan Twitter to Disclose Who Paid for Ads on its Platform October 25, 2017 Amid criticism that Russia exploited Twitter to influence voter sentiment in last year’s election, the service will now clearly label political ads as such.On a Tuesday blog post, Twitter said it’ll create an “advertising transparency center,” where the public can view all the ads that are running on the platform, and who paid for them. In the future, Twitter will also clearly identify tweets from a political account.Twitter’s transparency center will have a special section devoted to these political ads. It’ll show who bought them, how much they’ve spent on total campaign ads and which demographics these ads have been targeting, including the age, gender and geography.Twitter unveiled the plan days after U.S. senators introduced legislation that would require major online services to adopt similar measures. That includes forcing services like Twitter to create a public file on political ad purchases, and placing disclaimers on each ad, identifying who sponsored them.The legislation is in response to Russia’s suspected role in using social media to interfere with last year’s presidential election. Some of those efforts included buying political ads on Facebook, Google and Twitter, but outdated campaign laws prevent the public from knowing who bought them, according to the U.S. senators behind the bill.On Tuesday, Twitter said it’s also going beyond electoral advertisements, and will develop stricter policies around “issue-based ads.” However, this will take time, and it’ll involve collaborating with other tech companies, industry leaders and ad partners to clearly define what these policies should encompass.Whether any of these measures will placate U.S. lawmakers remains unclear. But on Tuesday, Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat who was critical of Twitter’s initial transparency efforts on this issue, praised the company’s announcement.A good first step, particularly public disclosure of ads info. Online political ads need more transparency & disclosure. We need #HonestAds— Mark Warner (@MarkWarner) October 24, 2017Twitter’s blog post didn’t say whether the company supports the upcoming legislation.In the meantime, the company has vowed to crack down on another problem facing the platform: the influence of fake Twitter accounts spreading misinformation, another way lawmakers say Russia interfered with last year’s presidential election.Last month, Twitter itself disclosed that it had found 200 accounts connected to Russian-linked efforts to influence the public over social media. Reportedly, Russian trolls also created a fake Tennessee Republican Party Twitter account that managed to get retweets from President Donald Trump’s staff last year.In response, Twitter has said it’s investing in new techiniques to fight bots and spam on the platform. Twitter unveiled the new effort after U.S. senators introduced legislation that would require tech companies to add disclaimers to political ads. –shares Guest Writer 3 min read Add to Queue Twitter Image credit: Via PC Mag The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Apply Now »last_img read more

Jeff Bezos Did What The Week In Entrepreneur News Quiz

first_img Register Now » Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Quizzes Add to Queue –shares Entrepreneur Staff How plugged in are you? Find out! September 14, 2018 Entrepreneur Staff Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business 1 min read This week, Tesla got a jump start (of sorts) and a little girl’s crunchy dream came true. Were you paying attention to the goings on in the entrepreneurial universe? See how plugged in you were to this week’s news hits.Related: Are You a Genius? Take This Quiz and Find Out!Close Image credit: Bloomberg | Getty Images Next Article Jeff Bezos Did What?! The Week In Entrepreneur News Quizlast_img read more

5 Surprising Truths About Canadian Legalization

first_img Cannabis legalization is poised to have a huge, positive impact on Canadian society — now that the simple and commonplace act of lighting a joint or consuming a soft gel capsule is no longer considered a crime. Not only will Canadian citizens benefit, but investors and entrepreneurs will also be faced with a massive and rare opportunity.The excitement and interest surrounding what’s happening in Canada inspired our company to recently open offices in both Toronto and Vancouver. As we’ve navigated our way through that process and the country’s unique legal landscape, we’ve learned a few things. Here are five of my most important takeaways for my fellow U.S.-based cannabis entrepreneurs who are setting their sights on the Canadian market.Related: How Canada’s Marijuana Legalization Changes the Game1. Canada is legalizing cannabis with a prohibitionist mentality.Canada has come a long way, but it has much further to go. Unfortunately, there is still evidence of a prohibitionist mindset at play.The long road to legalization began with patient advocates and lawyers fighting for patient access. They achieved this by dragging the previous, resistant government through many legal battles. Ultimately, they won and secured a thriving medical program in Canada.Fast forward to today. Adult recreational users can now also enjoy the benefits of cannabis (albeit with a government mandate to keep cannabis out of the hands of the youth and criminals). But not everyone is on board. I’d like to see the Canadian government doing much more to recognize and promote the tremendous therapeutic, environmental and economic potential benefit of cannabis. There is an opportunity for businesses to take the lead here by seeking ways to educate lawmakers, medical workers, retail distributors and consumers. They can begin by connecting these audiences with the doctors and other experts who helped push the country past prohibition. Businesses can create compelling content and physical experiences that educate and entertain. My own experiences with my company in the U.S. have demonstrated the power of authentic content — which is not at all like advertising — combined with, say, physical education centers that offer learning experiences about cannabis companies, products and benefits.2. Only two types of cannabis products are being legalized this year.As of October 17, Canadians are able to enjoy two types of products that are legally available: 1. Whole flower cannabis, and 2. Edible oils, including Softgel capsules. Looking forward, the Canadian government is developing a regulatory framework for finished edible products, vape pens, hash and inhaled concentrates. But anyone seeking to enter the Canadian market and wanting to capture the buzz and excitement in the fall must understand that it will be at least a year before the full range of cannabis products are included in the regulated market.3. Each province has a different retail model.Now the Cannabis Act has come into effect, Canada’s 13 provinces and territories each have the authority to determine what distribution and retail will look like in their jurisdictions. This means each province can set their own rules about how cannabis can be sold, where stores may be located, and how the stores must be operated.Given the regional autonomy, we will see a mix of slightly different models comprised of government-run online and private retail. What’s more, the provinces and territories have the option to create other restrictions, which include the lowering of possession limits, increasing the minimum age, restrictions on where cannabis may be used in public, and added requirements on personal cultivation. Any entrepreneurs creating a Canadian business plan need to understand that it will be impossible to create a one-size-fits-all approach; their plans must consider the patchwork system of rules that make up the Canadian model.Related: 7 Interesting Things to Know About Canada’s Legalization of Marijuana4. The medical marijuana system will continue to exist.  There are 300,000 Canadian patients accessing medical cannabis through their medical system. The Canadian Medical Association lobbied to end the medical system arguing that patients should access cannabis through recreational retail outlets, but the Government consulted with and listened to patients and concluded that the medical system will continue, encouraging patients to use cannabis with the knowledge and support of their healthcare professionals.  For digital entrepreneurs, marketing to cannabis consumers with educational programs will be financially rewarding if they focus on building credible lead-generation offerings around new patient acquisition.5. Canada has highly restrictive branding, advertising and marketing regulations.Canada has put in place highly-restrictive regulations around packaging, branding and marketing. This has resulted in plain packaging with large health warnings and no promotion of cannabis accessories or services related to cannabis. A regulatory environment such as this requires innovation and creativity. Tried and tired marketing strategies will simply not fly. Cannabis companies will have to lean on education initiatives, corporate social responsibility and meaningful community engagement to build brand recognition.5.5  Bonus TipFor my fellow cannabis entrepreneurs living on the other side of the border, you should know that the sale and consumption of weed is still a federal crime in the U.S. and Canadians who admit to smoking it or working in the marijuana industry can be turned away from the border or even banned for life. Although there has been some recent progress with this, the fact remains that the U.S. is not making it easy for anyone to conduct cross-border business even if you don’t touch the plant.I’ll leave the final word to my friend and fellow advocate leading the charge in Canada, Hilary Black, Director, Patient Education and Advocacy at the Canopy Growth Corporation: “While this feels like legalization 1.0 and there is more work to be done in Canada, this is a momentous occasion to celebrate. This is a victory for human rights, social justice and patients rights. I am so proud of Canada for showing meaningful courageous leadership on the global stage.”Related: This Week in Weed: Canada ‘Okays’ Public Smoking!     Add to Queue CEO of PRØHBTD Next Article Drake Sutton-Shearer Guest Writer Free Green Entrepreneur App 5 Surprising Truths About Canadian Legalization –shares O Cannabis Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. The country’s legalization of cannabis was a big step forward, but they still have a long way to go. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Image credit: pixabay Download Our Free Android Applast_img read more

10 Stories From the Web to Know About This Week

first_imgTechnology Jay Z Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Next Article 10 Stories From the Web to Know About This Week The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Image credit: –shares 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Add to Queue 3 min read Brad Crescenzo September 20, 2013 Jay Z bails on the Nets, parsing the weird productivity tips of historical figures, San Francisco partners with, the CBO weighs in on a government shutdown, Twitter and GoDaddy get together, online merchants ditch credit-card processing, ethical fashion gets a bump, tips for delivering a knockout speech… This week’s notable news and tantalizing tidbits for entrepreneurs.1. Jay Z goes pro: The Jigga is liquidating his share in the Brooklyn Nets for $1.5 million after starting his own sports agency, Roc Nation Sports. The all-star roster already includes, Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees, Victor Cruz of the New York Giants and Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant. (Forbes)2. Historic productivity tips: Benjamin Franklin used to read and write in the buff; Beethoven demanded 60 beans per cup of coffee. Some of the world’s greatest thinkers had some borderline crazy methods for staying productive. Here are a few. (Fast Company)3. Kiva partners with SF: San Francisco moved to partner with online lender to bring crowdfunded loans to local entrepreneurs at zero-percent interest. Loans, which will be accessible through the site, are seen as critical for bridging the lending gap for startups in particular. (SFGate)4. CBO talks shutdown: The Congressional Budget Office Chief Douglas Elmendorf says a government shutdown would damage the economy and “scale up” problems over time. He also added that only President Obama can “cushion” the effects. (CNNmoney)5. The kibosh on credit: The results of a recent National Small Business Association survey shed light on the growing trend of online merchants refusing to accept credit-card payments. Only 69 percent of online merchants currently accept credit cards, down 22 percent in the last three-years. The culprit? Cyber insecurity. (Businessweek)6. Ethical fashion falls short: After the recent tragedy at the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh, the push to make the fashion industry more ethical has lost steam. Still, new online platforms are hoping to buck the trend. (The Guardian)7. The golden minute: Nailing the first 60-seconds of a speech is critical to success. From dealing with public-speaking anxiety to preparing the room for your arrival, get insightful tips for delivering a knockout speech. (LinkedIn Today)8. Boston’s new Innovation Studio: T3 Advisors, a commercial real-estate consulting firm, has moved to a new space on the Boston waterfront. Included in the new office is an “Innovation Studio” meant to bring T3 closer to the local startup scene. ( GoDaddy and Twitter unite: As part of its Website Builder tool, GoDaddy is offering a Twitter functionality aimed at small businesses looking to quickly and easily set up a profile page. Russ Laraway, the director of small and medium businesses at Twitter says, “we’re helping businesses get online faster to reach the followers most likely to purchase from them.” The service ranges from $1 to $5 per month. (Mashable)10. The land of engineering: The phrase “German engineering” has become synonymous with quality cars, but now the term is used more broadly, as people head to the country for a chance to win a key apprenticeship. The system has its perks, including partly subsidized earn-as-you-learn schemes. (BBC)  Apply Now »last_img read more

Warning Affordable Care Act Penalties Start This Year

first_imgAffordable Care Act The Affordable Care Act (ACA) remains a lightning rod for political and legal challenges. This year will be no exception, as new requirements are coming on line. Related: Entrepreneurs at ZocDoc Say They Can Solve a Major Obamacare ConcernCompanies that want to wait and see how this will all shake out do so at their own risk. Here’s one reason why: Beginning this year, Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 4980H is requiring that certain “large employers” offer health coverage to their full-time employees or risk being subject to tax penalties. Two potential ones, affectionately termed (by lawyers) the “play or pay” penalties, can be assessed if no coverage is offered; or if coverage is offered that is either unaffordable or does not provide minimum value. For 2015, employers must determine two critical factors: (a) whether they are a large employer; and (b) if coverage is required, how they can ensure that it is both affordable and provides minimum value. Here are six related questions — and their answers.1. Am I a large employer?In general, “large employers” are those with 50 or more employees. The IRS has — for 2015 only — exempted employers with fewer than 100 employees from being subject to the penalties, but not the reporting requirements. Determining “large employer” status requires looking back to the preceding calendar year to see if the organization employed an average of at least 50 full-time employees on business days during that year. A full-time employee is defined as any employee who provides 30 hours of service per week or 130 hours per month. However, even employers with fewer than 50 full-time employees can meet the definition of a “large employer.” Section 4980H also requires that the hours of service performed by part-time employees be counted toward determining “full-time equivalents” (FTEs). Determining the number of FTEs is a simple fraction, calculated by counting the hours worked by part-time employees and dividing by 120. 2. What if I just started my business? This circumstance is a bit tricky. The code and regulations merely provide that organizations that did not exist on any business day during a prior year may self-determine their status as applicable large employers upon opening for business. This must be based on the number of full-time employees and FTEs the employer reasonably expects to have during the current year.Whether a new employer’s determination of its status is reasonable is open to interpretation, but the preamble to the final regulations states that a new employer’s determination may still be considered reasonable “even if subsequent events cause the actual number of full-time employees (including FTEs) to exceed that reasonable expectation.” Related: Still Sorting Through Your Company’s Healthcare Options? We Can Help 3. What if I’m involved with more than one business?Many existing business enterprises involve multiple business entities or operations. The ACA mandates are designed via these aggregation rules to define a large employer in a manner not easily circumvented by superficial ownership and entity variations.On the other hand, because some business enterprises could legitimately consist of separate business units that avoid the aggregation rules, business owners at formation or even post-formation should consider whether the aggregation rules render their enterprises a collective large employer and if there are business planning opportunities to legitimately allow separate business units with varying ownership patterns outside of the aggregation rules to have differing ACA obligations.4. If I provide coverage: Is it affordable? Or, does it provide minimum value?The Affordable Coverage Standard: The regulations provide three safe harbors for determining whether coverage is affordable. The first is the W-2 safe harbor that allows employers to rely on the total wages paid during the year to each employee, in comparison with that employee’s required contributions. This is permitted so long as an employee’s required contributions do not exceed 9.5 percent of the W-2 wages. The second method is the rate-of-pay safe harbor that allows employers to deem coverage affordable so long as the employee’s required contributions in any month do not exceed 9.5 percent of an assumed monthly payment, determined by multiplying the lowest hourly rate of pay by 130 hours.The third method is the federal poverty-line safe harbor that deems coverage affordable if an employee’s required contributions in any month do not exceed 9.5 percent of 1/12 of the applicable federal poverty line for that year.  The Minimum Value Standard: In general, a plan fails to provide minimum value if its share of the total allowed costs of benefits provided under the plan is less than 60 percent of those costs. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regulations provide multiple options for determining minimum value, including the MV Calculator tool. However, while this is still a useful tool, the IRS issued a notice last November warning employers that use of the MV Calculator is not sufficient for establishing that a plan provides minimum value if the plan excludes substantial coverage for in-patient hospitalization services or physician services.5. If I want to pay rather than play, what’s my exposure?Section 4980H(a) provides for a nondeductible penalty of $2,000 per full-time employee employed by the organization during the year if an employer does not offer substantially all (i.e., 95 percent) of its full-time employees (and their dependents) the opportunity to enroll in minimum essential coverage. If the penalty applies, every full-time employee is factored into the calculation regardless of whether he/she was offered coverage.The $2,000 penalty amount is prorated by the number of months each individual was employed. For example, assume that a company does not provide coverage, has 50 employees who worked the entire year and 100 employees who worked only 3 months. The penalty in this circumstances would be $150,000. For 2015 only, employers with 100 or more employees can avoid this penalty as long as they offer coverage to 70 percent or more of their employees. Also for 2015 only, the number of full-time employees counted for purposes of assessing the penalty will be reduced by 30, potentially lessening any penalty by as much as $60,000. Finally, no penalty will be assessed for a failure to provide coverage during the first three months of 2015. 6. What if the minimum essential coverage is either unaffordable or does not provide minimum value? Section 4980H(b) provides for a lesser penalty in this scenario. The penalty is $3,000 per employee certified to the employer as qualifying and receiving an exchange subsidy. Like Section 4980H(a), this penalty is also nondeductible. Unlike Section 4980(a), this penalty is assessed only on an employee-by-employee basis. For 2015 only, employers with more than 50 but fewer than 100 employees will not be subject to either penalty under section 4980H, but will be subject to these penalties beginning in 2016. Business enterprises should evaluate ACA compliance requirements presently in place, and engage in business-planning analysis to explore how these requirements will affect IRS coverage mandate obligations. More important, business enterprises will benefit from understanding how large employers are defined and whether existing business structures present mitigation opportunities.While ACA modification or replacement is certainly possible, it is unlikely that these basic mandate principles will entirely disappear. The wise course is to plan now for mandate-compliance management. The ACA is currently the law, and some form of it is likely to remain, in order to address the economic burdens imposed in a country with an inordinate number of citizens who lack healthcare coverage.Related: What the Self-Employed Need to Know About Obamacare Joshua Katz 7 min read April 17, 2015 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Guest Writer –shares Add to Queue Next Article The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Warning: Affordable Care Act Penalties Start This Year Apply Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attorney with Higgs Fletcher & Macklast_img read more

Could US Tech Companies Face Overseas Warrants

first_img –shares Image credit: Peopleimages | Getty Images The Obama administration is said to be in negotiations with international governments that could eventually allow them to serve U.S. technology companies with warrants on things like email and wiretaps, the Wall Street Journal reports.The first agreement will likely be signed with the U.K., according to the report. The negotiations were discussed by a senior Justice Department official on Friday. Any deals would not provide access to data from U.S. citizens or residents. They would also have to be approved by Congress and international lawmakers.Complicating matters is a recent federal appeals court ruling that said U.S.-based federal warrants cannot be used on search data stored in overseas data centers. The case, brought by Microsoft, was viewed as a major blow to law enforcement and a win for privacy advocates.Law enforcement argues it should have access to data in the event it can stop or solve a crime. Particularly in the wake of the Snowden leaks, however, technology companies do not want customers to think they are participating in government surveillance.The move to allow foreign governments to access U.S. Internet company data could make that divide even greater. Privacy advocates aware of the negotiations are already decrying the proposals, saying that it would put individual liberty at risk.Looking ahead, any U.K. deal would serve as a template, the Journal says. But Congress has dragged its feet on updates to legislation like the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), which dates back to 1986. July 19, 2016 Add to Queue Next Article 2 min read International Business Don Reisinger 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Apply Now » This story originally appeared on PCMag Could U.S. Tech Companies Face Overseas Warrants? Contributing Writer The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue.last_img read more

TechnologyOne Dials Up Global SaaS Business With RingCentral Cloud Solutions

first_imgRingCentral Office, Meetings and Contact Center Solutions Enhance Employee Collaboration and InnovationRingCentral, Inc. a leading provider of enterprise cloud communications, collaboration, and contact center solutions, announced that Australia’s largest enterprise software as a service (SaaS) company, TechnologyOne, has selected RingCentral’s cloud communications platform to streamline customer engagement and connect its global workforce for increased innovation and productivity. The deployment of RingCentral will support the company’s 14 international offices across six countries and 1,200 team members worldwide, including 400 innovative developers.“The agility of their approach, their product’s ability to provide a great user experience regardless of location and connectivity, and the reporting capabilities will support our steep growth trajectory.”With more than 30 years of software innovation, TechnologyOne is one of the top 150 companies listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) and has doubled in size every four to five years. The company has Australia’s largest research and development center for the future of enterprise software. TechnologyOne delivers its integrated enterprise SaaS solution to key sectors, including education, federal, and local government.Marketing Technology News: Kneron Debuts Edge AI Chip, Bringing AI to Devices Everywhere“We selected RingCentral for its unified, cloud-first collaborative communications and video conferencing platform that allows for easy integration with our productivity suite and our customer support system,” said Edward Chung, CEO, TechnologyOne. “The agility of their approach, their product’s ability to provide a great user experience regardless of location and connectivity, and the reporting capabilities will support our steep growth trajectory.”Prior to deploying RingCentral, TechnologyOne had separate communications and contact center systems, restraining growth via mobile, global and application integration needs. By moving to RingCentral’s cloud communications platform, TechnologyOne now uses a single solution, RingCentral Office, to connect its global workforce across distributed locations, enabling them to communicate and collaborate using voice, web, and video meetings.Marketing Technology News: SRAX Receives $1 Million Investment to Launch BIGtoken Asia, Increasing Access to Over 1 Billion Internet Users to Own and Earn from their DataKey RingCentral solutions and benefits for TechnologyOne include:RingCentral Global Office: Increases workforce productivity and reduces TechnologyOne’s IT overhead by providing reliable voice, messaging, and collaboration functionality globally.RingCentral Meetings: Enables TechnologyOne employees to connect via video meetings, delivering more effective collaboration across global offices with customers and colleagues.RingCentral Mobile: Empowers the TechnologyOne team to communicate on the go, from anywhere, on any device by making calls, taking part in online meetings, and sending messages.RingCentral Contact Center: Allows customers to choose the way they wish to interact by providing native support for voice, web chat, SMS, email, and fax, and Salesforce® integration.“We have a differentiated approach to cloud communications that enhances productivity and empowers people to work the way they want with collaboration and teamwork at the center,” said Peter Hughes, vice president, sales for Asia Pacific, RingCentral. “Our solutions have enabled TechnologyOne to connect its global workforce and customers in a way that cannot be achieved with its former systems. As the TechnologyOne team continues to execute on their cloud-first IT strategy, we look forward to partnering with them in new ways.”Marketing Technology News: ON24 Empowers Marketers with a 360-degree View of Customer Engagement TechnologyOne Dials Up Global SaaS Business With RingCentral Cloud Solutions PRNewswireMay 23, 2019, 3:08 pmMay 23, 2019 Australian Stock ExchangeEdward ChungMarketing TechnologyNewsRingCentralSoftware-as-a-ServiceTechnologyOne Previous ArticleAirship Bolsters its Senior Leadership Team for Accelerated Global GrowthNext ArticleZendesk Announces New Partnerships and Integrations for Sunshine CRM Platformlast_img read more

AI approach could identify nuanced imaging features specific for recalledbenign mammograms

first_img Source: Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 11 2018Bottom Line: An artificial intelligence (AI) approach based on deep learning convolutional neural network (CNN) could identify nuanced mammographic imaging features specific for recalled but benign (false-positive) mammograms and distinguish such mammograms from those identified as malignant or negative.Journal in Which the Study was Published: Clinical Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.Author: Shandong Wu, PhD, assistant professor of radiology, biomedical informatics, bioengineering, intelligent systems, and clinical and translational science, and director of the Intelligent Computing for Clinical Imaging lab in the Department of Radiology at the University of Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaBackground: “In order to catch breast cancer early and help reduce mortality, mammography is an important screening exam; however, it currently suffers from a high false recall rate,” said Wu. “These false recalls result in undue psychological stress for patients and a substantial increase in clinical workload and medical costs. Therefore, research on possible means to reduce false recalls in screening mammography is an important topic to investigate.”How the Study Was Conducted: Wu and colleagues studied whether a technique in artificial intelligence called deep learning could be applied to analyze a large set of mammograms in order to distinguish images from women with a malignant diagnosis, images from women who were recalled and were later determined to have benign lesions (false recalls), and images from women determined to be breast cancer-free at the time of screening.”The assumption is that there may be some nuanced imaging features associated with some mammogram images that could lead to a false/unnecessary recall when the images are interpreted by human radiologists, and our goal is to utilize a deep learning CNN-based method to build a computer toolkit to identify those potential mammogram images,” Wu said.Related StoriesScientists discover rare autoimmune disease triggered by testicular cancerIt is okay for women with lupus to get pregnant with proper care, says new studyNew research uncovers mechanism behind the newest generation of cancer drugsThe researchers used a total of 14,860 images of 3,715 patients from two independent mammography datasets, Full-Field Digital Mammography Dataset (FFDM – 1,303 patients) and Digital Dataset of Screening Mammography (DDSM – 2,412 patients). They built CNN models and utilized enhanced model training approaches to investigate six classification scenarios that would help distinguish images of benign, malignant, and recalled-benign mammograms.Results: When the datasets from FFDM and DDSM were combined, the area under the curve (AUC) to distinguish benign, malignant, and recalled-benign images ranged from 0.76 to 0.91. The higher the AUC, the better the performance, with a maximum of 1, Wu explained. “AUC is a metric that summarizes the comparison of true positives against false positives, so it gives an indication not only of accuracy (how many were correctly identified), but also how many were falsely identified,” he said.Author’s Comments: Wu said, “We showed that there are imaging features unique to recalled-benign images that deep learning can identify and potentially help radiologists in making better decisions on whether a patient should be recalled or is more likely a false recall.””Based on the consistent ability of our algorithm to discriminate all categories of mammography images, our findings indicate that there are indeed some distinguishing features/characteristics unique to images that are unnecessarily recalled,” Wu noted. “Our AI models can augment radiologists in reading these images and ultimately benefit patients by helping reduce unnecessary recalls.”Study Limitations: As limitations of the study, Wu noted that additional independent datasets could help further evaluate the accuracy and robustness of the algorithms, and utilizing alternative deep learning models, architectures, and model training strategies can help improve performance.last_img read more