STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Ellen Klucznik Named To Deans List At Lehigh University

first_imgBETHLEHEM, PA — Dean’s List status at Lehigh University, which is awarded to students who earned a scholastic average of 3.6 or better while carrying at least 12 hours of regularly graded courses, has been granted to Ellen Klucznik, of Wilmington, in the Spring 2019 semester.About Lehigh UniversityFor more than 150 years, Lehigh University (lehigh.edu) has combined outstanding academic and learning opportunities with leadership in fostering innovative research. The institution is among the nation’s most selective, highly ranked private research universities. Lehigh’s four colleges – College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Economics, College of Education and the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science – provide opportunities to 7,000 students to discover and grow in a learning community that promotes interdisciplinary programs with real-world experience.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Lehigh University via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Ellen Klucznik Named To Dean’s List At Lehigh UniversityIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 3 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Regis CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 3 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At MCPHSIn “Education”last_img read more

Macaulay Culkin stays Home Alone again for Google Assistant

first_imgThe modern version of Kevin McCallister is much more laid-back than the original. Google got former child star Macaulay Culkin to reprise his most famous role for an ad for Google Assistant. Review • Google Nest Hub review: Still the smart display to beat Dell Online The video ties in with Google Assistant’s launch of a bunch of Home Alone-themed Easter eggs this December. At least this time, nobody gets hit in the face with an iron. 0 2019 movies to geek out over The video is both a nostalgic revisiting of the 1990 hit Home Alone and a clever way to show off what Google’s voice-activated devices can do. Culkin once again finds himself at home alone around Christmas time. He uses a Google Home Hub, Google Home Mini and his phone to check his calendar, set reminders, order pizza and adjust the house temperature. The narrative this time plays out very differently from the movie. The thieves never make it inside thanks to a Google-triggered “Operation Kevin” that activates the front door’s smart lock and sets a whole sequence of house-protecting events into motion.  CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Best Buy Turns out it’s a lot easier to defend your house from bandits when you have the Google Assistant. Take it from @IncredibleCulk. #HeyGoogle pic.twitter.com/9OifLkJHOP— Google (@Google) December 19, 2018 How To • Google Assistant, Android Q, Google Nest Hub Max: Google’s big plans for the rest of the year Walmart $99 See it Tags See Itcenter_img Mentioned Above Google Home Hub #heygoogle Have you ever wondered what Kevin McCallister is like as an adult?  Me neither. But just in case you’re curious you should totally watch this #ad pic.twitter.com/uO9qMPrUT3— Macaulay Culkin (@IncredibleCulk) December 19, 2018 See It Google Nest Hub “Turns out it’s a lot easier to defend your house from bandits when you have the Google Assistant,” Google tweeted on Wednesday.Culkin dropped an arguably snarky remark on Twitter, saying, “Have you ever wondered what Kevin McCallister is like as an adult?  Me neither. But just in case you’re curious you should totally watch this #ad.” Share your voice $99 $99 See It News • Get the Google Nest Hub for just $67 Preview • Google Home Hub joins the fight to put a screen on your countertop 77 Photos $79 Post a comment Google Assistant Googlelast_img read more

Bigg Boss Tamil contestant Sherins hot bikini pictures spreading like wildfire on

first_imgA collage of Sherin Shringar in two-piece bikini.Sherin Shringar InstagramSouth Indian actress Sherin Shringar has entered Bigg Boss Tamil house as a contestant to revive her career in glitz and glamour world. The actress, who has been missing in the action, sees it as an opportunity to take a break from her routine work and to overcome from the personal setbacks. [Crawl down to see the photos]Sherin Shringar started career as a child artiste in a film called Police Dog in Sandalwood when she was still in the high school. She turned heroine with Challenging Star Darshan’s Kannada film Dhruva. She entered Kollywood with Dhanush’s Thulluvadho Ilamai and won the hearts of Tamil cine-goers.Language has never been a barrier for her as she was open to do any language movie that comes her way. In the next few years, she was juggling among Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada films. Yet her career did not progress as per her plans. Thus doing countable films between 2008 and 2010.Thereafter, she virtually bid goodbye to films and was doing modelling assignments. In the due course, she was also into a relationship. However, she broke up from the person, six months ago.Bigg Boss TamilHer entry to Bigg Boss Tamil house has now brought her under limelight like never before. It is evident after her pictures are now going viral. Especially, the ones in bikinis and swimsuits are spreading like wildfire. Check out the snaps below: 1/10 Multilingual actress and Bigg Boss Tamil contestant, Sherin in Bikini.Sherin Shringar Instagram AccountBigg Boss Tamil contestant Sherin dons bikini.Sherin Shringar Instagram AccountMultilingual actress and Bigg Boss Tamil contestant, Sherin in Bikini.Sherin Shringar Instagram AccountMultilingual actress and Bigg Boss Tamil contestant, Sherin in Bikini.Sherin Shringar Instagram AccountMultilingual actress and Bigg Boss Tamil contestant, Sherin in Bikini.Sherin Shringar Instagram AccountMultilingual actress and Bigg Boss Tamil contestant, Sherin in Bikini.Sherin Shringar Instagram AccountMultilingual actress and Bigg Boss Tamil contestant, Sherin in Bikini.Sherin Shringar Instagram AccountMultilingual actress and Bigg Boss Tamil contestant, Sherin in Bikini.Sherin Shringar Instagram AccountMultilingual actress and Bigg Boss Tamil contestant, Sherin in swimsuit.Sherin Shringar Instagram AccountMultilingual actress and Bigg Boss Tamil contestant, Sherin in Bikini.Sherin Shringar Instagram AccountPreviousNextKamal Haasan-hosted Bigg Boss Tamil 3 was kick-started with the entry of 15 contestants on 23 June. In the first week, there are no eliminations which have turned out to be a boon for the inmates.Vanitha Vijayakumar has turned the captain of the house.last_img read more

After Harleen Sethi is Vicky Kaushal dating Malavika Mohanan

first_imgInstagramVicky Kaushal’s onscreen performances have generated the same kind of buzz that his off-screen life has. The interest around one of the country’s most eligible bachelors refuses to die down and rightly so! Well, ladies, brace yourselves as this particular piece of information might be very hard to digest.After breaking up with Harleen Sethi, Vicky Kaushal is allegedly seeing actress Malavika Mohanan. It has barely been a few months since Vicky Kaushal made news for his relationship with actress Harleen Sethi and then made subsequent news for their unceremonious break-up and now, the Uri actor is back in news for dating Ishaan Khatter’s Beyond The Clouds co-star – Malavika Mohanan.A pinkvilla report states, “Malavika is always talking glowingly about him to everybody. She likes him so much she cannot stop gushing about him and while Vicky is more reticent, he does these little romantic gestures, like dropping in and surprising her on the sets of one of her South films and taking her out for lunch. Vicky loves home-cooked South Indian food and often drops in on the Mohanan house in Mumbai like Thursday night. Even though he’s a Punjabi, he loves the South Indian style fish-curry and rice but on Thursday he was disappointed it was not there so Malavika pulled his leg on Insta by posting “Deprived of fish curry and rice. Life is not a Mani Ratnam film today.”Prior to this, Vicky Kaushal was also in news for his alleged closeness to Katrina Kaif and Bhumi Pednekar. Bhumi was cited as the reason for his breakup with Harleen Sethi. Needless to say, Malavika and Vicky look fabulous together and we hope this time, Vicky comes out in the open and accepts his relationship.last_img read more

Womans body found in pieces in dumping station

first_imgProthom Alo illustrationPolice have recovered the body of an unidentified woman cut into six pieces from a waste dumping station in Savar’s Baliapur, reports UNB.Additional superintendent of police (crime) of Dhaka Saidur Rahman said on information, a team of police first recovered the decapitated body without hands and legs from the garbage dumping station of Dhaka North City Corporation on Monday.Later, they found the head and legs from a separate spot of the station, he said, adding that the body was sent to Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital for autopsy.He said the woman might have been killed 2-3 days ago and the dismembered body was dumped into the dumping station.last_img

Disaster Relief Bill Should Finally Bring 4 Billion To Texas Woman Accuses

first_imgTuesday, June 4, 2019Top afternoon stories:Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Larry E. Reid Jr.An aerial view of the flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas, Aug. 31, 2017.Disaster Relief Bill Should Finally Bring $4 Billion To TexasThe U.S. House of Representatives passed a $19.1 billion disaster relief bill Monday evening, which President Donald Trump is expected to sign. A key provision of the bill is a White House “shot clock,” implemented by Texas Senator John Cornyn, which would require the Office of Management and Budget to release more than $4 billion in disaster aid owed to Texas within a 90-day window. After Congress approved more than $16 billion in disaster relief funds in early 2018, efforts by Texas representatives to secure the state’s share have been frustrated by bureaucratic hurdles in OMB and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.U.S. Rep. Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, a Houston Democrat, and U.S. Rep. Randy Weber, a Friendswood Republican, recently introduced a bill with similar language to Cornyn’s provision demanding that HUD release the long overdue $4 billion to Houston-area districts still recovering from Hurricane Harvey.John L. Mone/APCardinal Daniel Dinardo.Woman Accuses Cardinal DiNardo Of Dismissing Sex Abuse CaseA Texas woman has accused Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, head of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, of dismissing a sex abuse case that involved a local highly-ranked clergy member.Laura Pontikes’ first report to the archdiocese about Monsignor Frank Rossi drawing her into a relationship that entailed sexual encounters had occurred in April 2016, according to The Associated Press. In December of that year, Pontikes met with DiNardo in Houston to talk to him about the relationship and says the cardinal declared her a “victim” of the priest.Pontikes says she was assured Rossi would never be a pastor or counsel women again, but subsequently found out that DiNardo had allowed the priest to take a new job as pastor in east Texas.The archdiocese acknowledged an inappropriate physical relationship between Rossi and Pontikes, but asserted that it was consensual and didn’t include sexual intercourse. In a written statement to AP, it defended its handling of the case, saying Rossi was immediately placed on leave and went for counseling after Pontikes reported him.Rossi’s alleged sexual relationship with Pontikes is now the subject of a criminal investigation in Houston.AP Photo/James MacPhersonA protest encampment along the route of the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota in 2017.Pipeline Protesters Could Face 20 Years In PrisonProtesters could face up to 20 years in prison for interfering with oil and gas pipelines under a new proposal from the Trump Administration.The plan, if approved by Congress, would go beyond a similar crackdown Texas lawmakers approved during the recent state legislative session.It’s already against federal law to damage or destroy certain pipelines or pipeline facilities, namely those that are used in interstate or international commerce. But a proposal to Congress from the U.S. Department of Transportation would also make it illegal to vandalize or disrupt pipelines.The possible 20-year sentence is tougher than the 10 years protesters could soon face under a Texas bill headed to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk.The Trump Administration’s pitch to Congress is part of a much broader proposal aimed at enhancing pipeline safety across the country. Sharelast_img read more

Renaissance Academy Eyes Move to BCCC Campus

first_imgPlans are underway for West Baltimore’s Renaissance Academy High School to potentially move to the campus of Baltimore City Community College (BCCC).  Angela Alvarez, Executive Director, Office of New School Initiatives for Baltimore City Public Schools, gave a brief report to the Public Schools Board members this week, announcing the cooperative effort.Renaissance Academy“We’ve been working collaboratively with partners, particularly Baltimore City Community College and are looking at the potential of relocating Renaissance Academy to BCCC’s campus across from its main campus on Liberty Heights,” Alvarez said at the meeting on Jan. 24.Baltimore City Community College released a statement shortly before the school board meeting, confirming the current negotiations underway to welcome Renaissance Academy.“BCCC and BCPSS are evaluating the financial costs, academic programming and structural needs required to support a potential Renaissance Academy partnership. It is the intent of both organizations to ensure the educational experience of the students is one that will enhance student learning outcomes.”Renaissance Academy families received letters and calls this week from BCPSS informing them of the proposed move.  A school-based meeting to solicit community input will be scheduled for early February.Renaissance Academy was originally scheduled for closure in the summer of 2017.  The school experienced a number of problems in the previous school year that put it on the closure list in the 2015-2016 school year including a student stabbed in class and the confiscation of a loaded gun on campus.A high level of community support for Renaissance Academy caused the Schools Board to delay formally recommending closure of the school at its December board meeting, when several other BCPSS schools were slated to close.  BCPSS CEO Sonja Santileses said she listened to the input of community partners in making the decision to delay closing the school.“I took very seriously the advisement of partners in the faith community and partners at the University of Maryland about the social-emotional needs of the young people.”The BCPSS will issue a final decision on the Renaissance Academy move to BCCC on Feb. 24. Nikkia Rowe, principal of Renaissance Academy, did not return a request for comment by press time.last_img read more

Cardinals Host Lipscomb on Wednesday Night

first_img Game Program GAME 10Date: Dec. 12, 2018Time: 7:00 p.m.Site: KFC Yum! Center/Crum Court, Louisville, Ky. (22,000) (136-21 in 9th year)Television: ACC Regional Sports Networks/ Fox Sports South in Louisville – Wes Durham, play-by-play; Mike Gminski, analyst.Radio: WHAS (840 AM) Paul Rogers, play-by-play; Bob Valvano, analyst (XM channel 193, Internet 955)Only Previous Meeting: UofL 45, Lipscomb 32 (Feb. 8, 1936 in Nashville, Tenn.)Officials: Roger Ayers, Bert Smith, Tony HendersonNext UofL Game: Dec. 15 vs. Kent State, KFC Yum! Center, 4:05 p.m. ET (Regional Sports Networks/Fox Sports South in Louisville) Louisville, ranked 19th in the NCAA Men’s Basketball NET ratings through games of Dec. 9, plays its first of five straight at home in the KFC Yum! Center as the Cardinals face the Lipscomb Bisons on Wednesday. In its final non-conference road game of the season, Louisville fell 68-67 at Indiana last Saturday. Jordan Nwora totaled career highs of 24 points and 14 rebounds while Christen Cunningham added a season-high matching 16 points and three assists. The Cardinals led for more than 30 minutes of the game and held a 58-57 lead with 1:37 remaining. UofL made 11 three-pointers, committed just nine turnovers and held a 36-33 rebounding edge, but shot 38.3 percent from the field for the game. Louisville has a 78-5 record against nonconference opponents in the KFC Yum! Center. The Cardinals have won 34 of their last 36 home games against non-conference opponents. Louisville has made 22 more free throws (199-of-260, .765) than its opponents have attempted (126-of-177). Louisville is fourth in the nation in free throw attempts per field goal attempts (260/502, 51.8 percent) and is third in the nation with 27.1 percent of its points coming from free throws. UofL is 23rd in the nation in free throw percentage. Jordan Nwora has scored in double digits in eight of nine games this season, averaging 17.8 points per game (sixth in the ACC). He produced career highs of 24 points and 14 rebounds, his fifth game with 20 or more points and his sixth game with seven or more rebounds. UofL has scored over 80 points in six of its nine games and rank 51st in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 81.7 points per game. Louisville has a 39-8 record during the month of December over the last six years. Nearly half of Louisville’s points this year have come from its bench (35.1 points per game). The Cards’ bench produced a season-low 13 points in its last game at Indiana. Louisville’s 2019 signing class is ranked as the best in the nation by ESPN.com, third by Rivals.com and fourth by 247sports.com. All six individuals are ranked highly among the nation’s prospects, including five of the six among ESPN’s top 100. The impressive signing class includes Aidan Igiehon, David Johnson, Josh Nickelberry, Quinn Slazinski, Samuell Williamson and Jae’Lyn Withers.Print Friendly Version CARD FILES The Cardinals are very balanced on the offensive end, with six players averaging over eight points.  Sophomore Jordan Nwora leads the Cardinals in in scoring and rebounding with 17.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game.  Steven Enoch ranks second on the team, averaging 9.4 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.   Ryan McMahon averages 9.2 points a game while Christen Cunningham averages 8.3 points per game. Dwayne Sutton rounds out the top scorers with 8.0 points per game. Louisville won its only previous meeting against Lipscomb 45-32 on Feb. 8, 1936 in Nashville. Forward Paul Doll led UofL with 12 points in the game, played in the Cardinals’ 23rd season of competiton. When the teams play Wednesday, it will have been 30,258 days since the teams last met, which is the longest gap in UofL history. The previous record was 23,681 days between games against William & Mary on Jan. 14, 1952, and Nov. 14, 2016. Live Stats Lipscomb (7-2) has won five of its last six games, including a 107-81 home victory over Navy last Sunday. Lipscomb is ranked seventh in the Dec. 3 CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25. ACC Network Watch Link Story Links Senior forward Rob Marberry is the Bison’s top scorer, averaging 16.9 points. Senior forward Eli Pepper is the top rebounder (7.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg). Garrison Mathews has been effective from three-point range and the free throw line (41-of-45 free throws, .911; 17 three-pointers), averaging 16.7 points. Louisville Game Notes last_img read more

Dozens of new ultradiffuse galaxies discovered in Abell 2744

first_img Citation: Dozens of new ultra-diffuse galaxies discovered in Abell 2744 (2017, January 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-01-dozens-ultra-diffuse-galaxies-abell.html © 2017 Phys.org UDGs are extremely-low-density galaxies. The largest UDGs have sizes similar the Milky Way but have only about one percent as many stars as our home galaxy. The mystery of UDGs is still baffling scientists as they try explain why these faint but large galaxies are not ripped apart by the tidal field of their host clusters. Furthermore, it is not clear what fraction of UDGs are “failed” giant luminous galaxies, “inflated dwarfs,” or some other phenomenon.Abell 2744 is a giant galaxy cluster located nearly 4 billion light years away in the Sculptor constellation. It is one of the most massive and most disturbed galaxy clusters known to date. Its intracluster light fraction is high and its stellar population consistent with the disruption of luminous galaxies, which makes it an excellent location to search for UDGs.That is why a team of researchers led by Steven Janssens of the University of Toronto, Canada, has investigated Abell 2744 using data obtained with the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Frontier Fields (FF) program. FF is known for producing the deepest images to date of galaxy clusters and gravitational lensing. The analysis of FF data allowed the astronomers to distinguish dozens of new UDGs in this giant galaxy cluster.”We report the discovery of a large population of ultra-diffuse galaxies in the massive galaxy cluster Abell 2744 (z= 0.308) as observed by the Hubble Frontier Fields program,” the researchers wrote in the paper.As a result, the team detected 76 new UDGs—41 in the cluster field and 35 in the parallel field. They also estimated the total number of UDGs that Abell 2744 contains. According to the paper, given the fact that the analyzed data from the observations samples only a small portion of the galaxy cluster, there should be approximately 2,100 ultra-diffuse galaxies in Abell 2744. The researchers noted that this is 10 times the number of UDGs that exist in a similar cluster known as Abell 1656 (or Coma Cluster).”Abell 2744 hosts an estimated 2133±613 UDGs, 10 times the number in Coma,” the paper reads.The research also allowed the scientists to estimate the number of ultra-compact dwarf (UCD) galaxies in Abell 2744. According to their calculations, there are about 385 UCDs in the galaxy cluster.The researchers concluded that some UCDs in Abell 2744 may have once been nuclei or satellites of infalling UDGs, noting that the latter are ultimately destroyed by tidal forces. “As UDGs fall in and dissolve (and, presumably, blend into the intra-cluster light), they leave behind a residue of unbound, but long-lived UCDs,” the team wrote. (Phys.org)—Astronomers have found a total of 76 new ultra-diffuse galaxies (UDGs) in the massive galaxy cluster designated Abell 2744 (also known as Pandora’s Cluster). The discovery updates the current census of galaxies in this cluster and could help better understand the nature of UDGs in general. The findings were presented in a paper published Dec. 30 on arXiv.org. Explore further More information: Ultra-diffuse and Ultra-compact Galaxies in the Frontier Fields Cluster Abell 2744, arXiv:1701.00011 [astro-ph.GA] arxiv.org/abs/1701.00011AbstractWe report the discovery of a large population of Ultra-diffuse Galaxies (UDGs) in the massive galaxy cluster Abell 2744 (z=0.308) as observed by the Hubble Frontier Fields program. Since this cluster is ~5 times more massive than Coma, our observations allow us to extend 0.7 dex beyond the high-mass end of the relationship between UDG abundance and cluster mass reported by van der Burg et al. 2016. Using the same selection criteria as van der Burg et al. 2016, A2744 hosts an estimated 2133 +/- 613 UDGs, ten times the number in Coma. As noted by Lee & Jang 2016, A2744 contains numerous unresolved compact objects, which those authors identified predominantly as globular clusters. However, these objects have luminosities that are more consistent with ultra-compact dwarf (UCD) galaxies. The abundances of both UCDs and UDGs scale with cluster mass as a power law with a similar exponent, although UDGs and UCDs have very different radial distributions within the cluster. The radial surface density distribution of UCDs rises sharply toward the cluster centre, while the surface density distribution of the UDG population is essentially flat. Together, these observations hint at a picture where some UCDs in A2744 may have once been associated with infalling UDGs. As UDGs fall in and dissolve, they leave behind a residue of unbound ultra-compact dwarfs. Hubble Frontier Fields view of Abell 2744. Credit: NASA, ESA, and J. Lotz, M. Mountain, A. Koekemoer, and the HFF Team (STScI). ‘Pandora’s Cluster’ seen by Spitzer This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

5 Powerful SEO Metrics and Data Points You Need to Watch

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 7 min read Tracking your website analytics isn’t a “set it and forget it” endeavor. As an entrepreneur, it’s important you reevaluate annually what data you’re tracking — especially important when it comes to SEO. Because Google updates its algorithm so often per year (technically over 500 times, but only three or four of which are usually significant enough to affect your website), the data that truly matters to you can drastically change. In fact, you might even be missing quite a few metrics that should be obvious.Related: How to Choose and Purchase a Domain NameThe vast majority of your metrics will come from Google Analytics. This is not to say that Bing reports or any data your social media tools offer isn’t important, but Google has some of the most important metrics to check weekly.The five reports below are all found on Google Analytics and are listed in order of how they should be checked for the best understanding:1. Traffic Sources. This will tell you who’s coming to your website and how they found your website. This should absolutely be checked once per week. What’s great about this report is it will show you all sorts of data at once so you can take a quicker look (hence why checking it once per week is so possible). For example, you can see which keywords and phrases people are using through search engines as well as links that draw in traffic. By being able to see where all of your traffic is coming from you can better determine where you should put your resources for the most success.How to improve this report: You will often fine that one aspect of your marketing efforts will drive the most traffic, but another might give you the highest conversion rates. Both are important, so it’s a good idea to know the results each offers so you know where to put your energy. If you check this each week you can start to replicate what you’ve done in past weeks to create the strategy that works best for you. If something changes, you’ll know about it if you’re checking this metric each week and you can alter your efforts accordingly.I also recommend using Google Analytics Intelligence Events to help you get alerts and better understand your traffic, which you can learn more about here. They’re easy to set up and can make a world of difference.Related: 5 Sources of Online Traffic You’re Probably Ignoring2. Impressions report. This refers to the number of times any URL from your website appears in organic search results and for what queries.This hasn’t always been considered an important metric (certainly not top 5) because it doesn’t have to do with people clicking through your website, but now it’s important to know how many people are looking at a particular search term.Extra: The SEO Queries report shows the Google search queries that generated the most impressions for your website URLs. You don’t necessarily need to check this everyday, but it’s an incredibly useful report for many of the same reasons the Impressions reports are so important.How to improve this report: Look at your numbers to help you optimize your website. If a particular search term is ranking well for your site, keep targeted that term in your content and in your paid search efforts. This will change from week to week, so keeping a constant eye on it is key.Related: How to Recover From a Google Penguin Penalty3. Conversion Goals report. This is what happens when someone completes a goal that you have created (subscribing to your blog, purchasing something, etc.).This report is going to let you know how many people are converting and how and why they are converting. In other words, you can see if your efforts—ads, content, landing pages, etc.—are working and where they might be failing. After all, conversions are your ultimate goals and why you work so hard on your website and business in the first place.How to improve this report: Your conversion rates and how you go about improving these numbers depends on the webpage in question. For example, a call-to-action (CTA) CTR might be different than an email CTR. Nonetheless; there are some tactics that will work across the board. When you group your pages together into similar pages (landing pages vs. blog posts vs. emails, etc.) find the ones with the highest conversion rates. Looking closely at them and find trends that you can then emulate onto your other pages. It seems obvious, but this is something that many companies only do once or twice per year — not regularly.Related: How Local SEO Works and Why It Matters for Small Businesses4. Blog post views. This is another metric that might not come to mind for many people right off the bat, but it’s still important. Content is everything in today’s SEO world, and for most companies a blog is the biggest way that the company is displaying content. This is the text that ranks and gets people engaged in your website, so shouldn’t it be worth tracking closely each week? Tracking these numbers will help you get feedback on your articles and what your audience likes to read.How to improve this report: Knowing which blog content performs best will help you determine what to write in the future, but don’t forget to stay creative. You should be publishing content at least three times per week on your blog, so keep trying new things. Your audience also changes as time goes on, so something that might not have been overly successful in the past might perform well just a few months later.Related: 6 Ways to Master SEO Without Google Analytics5. Bounce Rate reports. This calculates how long a visitors stays on your page.This one almost didn’t make the list because bounce rate can is often so high, but that doesn’t mean that the metrics you see are irrelevant. Although your data might be higher than you’d expect, watching this week after week can help you better regulate what is working on your site. The lower the bounce rate the better your site did that week. This often correlates with your blog post metrics.How to improve this report: Improving your bounce rate numbers is one of the harder things for Webmasters to control. However, the steps you can take to improve your data are the same as many of the others—experiment during the week and see what keeps people on your page. If you do this too infrequently this number might not help you improve, so a weekly basis is a good rule of thumb. Did you use a video last week? Chances are that will improve your bounce rate. Learn more options here or extra tips for creating a sticky website here.For more information about the different reports found on Google Analytics, visit the Google Analytics Support page that lists all of their different features and how to get them working for your website.Tell Us: What metrics do you find are important to constantly be watching? Let us know your thoughts and your experiences in the comment section below. Related: Bring Traffic to Your Site With These 4 Blogging Alternatives This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 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2018 is the year of graph databases Heres why

first_imgWith the explosion of data, businesses are looking to innovate as they connect their operations to a whole host of different technologies. The need for consistency across all data elements is now stronger than ever. That’s where graph databases come in handy. Because they allow for a high level of flexibility when it comes to representing your data and also while handling complex interactions within different elements, graph databases are considered by many to be the next big trend in databases. In this article, we dive deep into the current graph database scene, and list out 3 top reasons why graph databases will continue to soar in terms of popularity in 2018. What are graph databases, anyway? Simply put, graph databases are databases that follow the graph model. What is a graph model, then? In mathematical terms, a graph is simply a collection of nodes, with different nodes connected by edges. Each node contains some information about the graph, while edges denote the connection between the nodes. How are graph databases different from the relational databases, you might ask? Well, the key difference between the two is the fact that graph data models allow for more flexible and fine-grained relationships between data objects, as compared to relational models. There are some more differences between the graph data model and the relational data model, which you should read through for more information. Often, you will see that graph databases are without a schema. This allows for a very flexible data model, much like the document or key/value store database models. A unique feature of the graph databases, however, is that they also support relationships between the data objects like a relational database. This is useful because it allows for a more flexible and faster database, which can be invaluable to your project which demands a quicker response time. Image courtesy DB-Engines The rise in popularity of the graph database models over the last 5 years has been stunning, but not exactly surprising. If we were to drill down the 3 key factors that have propelled the popularity of graph databases to a whole new level, what would they be? Let’s find out. Major players entering the graph database market About a decade ago, the graph database family included just Neo4j and a couple of other less-popular graph databases. More recently, however, all the major players in the industry such as Oracle (Oracle Spatial and Graph), Microsoft (Graph Engine), SAP (SAP Hana as a graph store) and IBM (Compose for JanusGraph) have come up with graph offerings of their own. The most recent entrant to the graph database market is Amazon, with Amazon Neptune announced just last year. According to Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon Web Services, graph databases are becoming a part of the growing trend of multi-model databases. Per Jassy, these databases are finding increased adoption on the cloud as they support a myriad of useful data processing methods. The traditional over-reliance on relational databases is slowly breaking down, he says. Rise of the Cypher Query Language With graph databases slowly getting mainstream recognition and adoption, the major companies have identified the need for a standard query language for all graph databases. Similar to SQL, Cypher has emerged as a standard and is a widely-adopted alternative to write efficient and easy to understand graph queries. As of today, the Cypher Query Language is used in popular graph databases such as Neo4j, SAP Hana, Redis graph and so on. The OpenCypher project, the project that develops and maintains Cypher, has also released Cypher for popular Big Data frameworks like Apache Spark. Cypher’s popularity has risen tremendously over the last few years. The primary reason for this is the fact that like SQL, Cypher’s declarative nature allows users to state the actions they want performed on their graph data without explicitly specifying them. Finding critical real-world applications Graph databases were in the news as early as 2016, when the Panama paper leaks were revealed with the help of Neo4j and Linkurious, a data visualization software. In more recent times, graph databases have also found increased applications in online recommendation engines, as well as for performing tasks that include fraud detection and managing social media. Facebook’s search app also uses graph technology to map social relationships. Graph databases are also finding applications in virtual assistants to drive conversations – eBay’s virtual shopping assistant is an example. Even NASA uses the knowledge graph architecture to find critical data. What next for graph databases? With growing adoption of graph databases, we expect graph-based platforms to soon become the foundational elements of many corporate tech stacks. The next focus area for these databases will be practical implementations such as graph analytics and building graph-based applications. The rising number of graph databases would also mean more competition, and that is a good thing – competition will bring more innovation, and enable incorporation of more cutting-edge features. With a healthy and steadily growing community of developers, data scientists and even business analysts, this evolution may be on the cards, sooner than we might expect. Read Next Amazon Neptune: A graph database service for your applications When, why and how to use Graph analytics for your big datalast_img read more

More AMRewards perks to come in 2018 following a recordbreaking 2017

More AMRewards perks to come in 2018 following a record-breaking 2017 Travelweek Group Monday, January 15, 2018 Posted by NEWTOWN SQUARE, PA — It was a record-breaking third consecutive year for AMResorts’ agent loyalty program, with over 30,000 travel agents registered and millions of dollars’ worth of rewards redeemed.According to the company, AMRewards experienced unprecedented growth in Canada and the U.S. last year, having its highest participation to date with a 65% increase in total bookings entered in the program year over year.Looking ahead, the company says agents will experience even more AMRewards contests and benefits in 2018, plus enhanced platforms and programs featuring an improved user experience and more educational opportunities.Starting this month, AMRewards newly launched Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa campaign allows agents to receive double points in January when entering bookings for this family-friendly property in the Riviera Maya.Additionally, there are two major relaunches planned for the travel agent community in 2018. In the first quarter, the all-new AMRAgents.com will make its debut with new content, sales tools and personalized options for agents. In the second quarter, agents can expect the new and improved Master Agent Program, which will be re-platformed with enhanced content and gamified testing, as well as new certifications for agents. In addition to the standard AMResorts Master Agent certification, agents may choose to become a Brand Specialist or an AMResorts Master Wedding Agent.More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthOver the past year, AMRewards has received several enhancements, including a new online booking engine that allows agents to redeem points for stays, discounts on transfers and excursions when booked in conjunction with stays, and new branded tote bags and redemption items. Plus, agents enjoyed 5% cash back on select retailers with new AMRewards Visa prepaid cards, as well as a new landing page on AMRAgents.com.“Following the incredible success of 2017, AMResorts will be investing more in its loyal agent community with a commitment to continue to raise the bar even higher for the AMRewards program,” said Jan LaPointe, Vice President of Strategic Planning Retail Sales North America, AMRewards and Sales & Marketing for Canada. “Beyond providing agents with tools to help their sales and even more opportunities to reap the rewards, AMRewards continues to evolve and support agents in delivering personalized and customized travel experiences to their clients.” Share Tags: Agent Incentives << Previous PostNext Post >> read more

Hong Kong is part of a multidestination itinerary and they know it

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Friday, February 23, 2018 Michael Smith Tags: Hong Kong, Trend Watch TORONTO — The Hong Kong Tourism Board celebrated the Year of the Dog at Susur Lee’s Luckee last night with plenty of good news, like the 58.4 million visitor arrivals in 2017. That includes 370,000 arrivals from Canada.The HKTB is looking to keep up the forward momentum with its ‘Best of All, It’s in Hong Kong’ campaign which encourages visitors to discover Hong Kong like a local.“We have identified various experiences to feature under the best campaign,” says Michael Lim, Director-Canada, Central & South America, Hong Kong Tourism Board.Susur Lee shows how to make his famous slawFor Canadians visiting Hong Kong, those experiences are culture, dining, attractions, Chinese festivals and the great outdoors, he adds.The city is also seeing new hotels with an additional 34 hotels being developed by the end of the year, taking the capacity to over 85,000 rooms.There’s also a new initiative to promote Hong Kong neighbourhoods with the launch of Old Town Central, positioned as a melting pot of arts, culture and entertainment.More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaPart of the Old Town Central messaging includes five themed walking routes for clients looking to explore the neighbourhoods at their own pace. The next neighbourhood is Sham Shui Po and will be launched in late March. Sham Shui Po is home to multiple historic sites, characteristic architecture, religious buildings, local diners, hawker stalls, shopping malls and bazaars.In other news, the famous ‘A Symphony of Lights’ light and sound show, performed daily at Victoria Harbour, has gotten a refresh, with a new edition making its debut in December 2017 with even more dazzling elements and a new soundtrack performed by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.The most revealing statistic from last night’s reception was the destination’s popularity as part of a multi-destination trip for clients.“Over 90% of Canadian visitors [to Hong Kong] are on a multi-destination itinerary,” said Lim. “We’ll be leveraging on this to accelerate our co-ops with China, Thailand, Taiwan and Vietnam. New multi-destination itineraries will be developed with our airlines and tour operator partners.”With 14 direct flights daily from Canada to Hong Kong, the destination is definitely a hub to Asia for Canadians. This is how the tourism board is looking to leverage itself with other destinations:More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaChinaWorking with the China National Tourist Office, they are focused on ensuring Hong Kong is included on the itinerary when consumers are thinking of visiting the rest of China. They will be continuing a digital campaign with the micro-site china-hongkong.ca.ThailandAnother partner is the Tourism Authority of Thailand, with two campaigns. The first is a 20-page feature in Fashion Magazine’s summer issue and a hub on fashionmagazine.com. They will also be working with OTA Travelzoo on an eight-week campaign.TaiwanHaving seen success working with the Taiwan Tourism Bureau on B2B initiatives, they will continue to work with the destination through the website 2storiesonetrip.com, offering various packages from tour operators.VietnamThey feel the destination is gaining interest this year and will be working on new initiatives this year and exploring various tactical opportunities with trade partners.For more information, go to partnernet.hktb.com.center_img Posted by Share Hong Kong is part of a multi-destination itinerary and they know itlast_img read more

In This Issue Day 2 for Yellen no changes

first_imgIn This Issue. * Day 2 for Yellen, no changes. * N.Z. posts Trade Surplus! * Chinese announce new plans to help economy. * German Unemployment drops by 20,000! And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts. Gold Shines Brightly On This Tub Thumpin’ Thursday! Good day.. And a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday to you! Well, as I crawled into bed last night, I said to myself, “boy, I sure could use a good night’s sleep tonight”, and I got one! YAHOO! So, maybe that’s the trick, put the idea in my head, and see what happens.. That’s the ticket! Steely Dan greets me this morning with their great song: Aja.. What a great album of the same name that was/ is still today. My good friend, Duane, is a huge Steely Dan fan, and when the music is playing on the Butler patio, he’s always requesting a song or two by Steely Dan. Well, the dollar selling that began with the final words of Janet Yellen’s testimony on Tuesday, continued throughout yesterday, and in the overnight markets. Some of the currencies, like the Aussie dollar (A$), N.Z. dollar / kiwi, Russian ruble, S. African rand, Brazilian real, that have positive rate differentials VS the dollar, are rallying on the thought that their differential will remain in place for now. Other currencies like the euro, are rallying because of good economic data that printed on their behalf. So, let’s look at that first and then move along.. The euro has received a hand basket full of good news this week, and has reacted positively, but the positive reaction has been muted, as if it has a governor placed on it. You know, I use that term a lot, and it just occurred to me that the youngsters that read this letter, have no idea what that means, unless they’ve Googled it, which is the answer to everything these days. No longer does anyone have to wonder what the answer is, all they have to do is Google it! OK, so back to the euro. This morning, the good news came in the form of a better than expected German Unemployment report. The total of unemployed Germans dropped by twice the expected amount in February for a total of 20,000, which kept the Unemployment rate in Germany at 6.5%.. Germany’s economy has weathered the storm, and the lower Oil prices are helping the economy quite a bit, even though it adds to the deflationary environment, that the European Central Bank (ECB) is so frightened of. I so wish that one could simply just buy Germany. But you can’t. when you buy euros, you get all the black sheep of the family coming for Sunday dinner. Ain’t that a shame. My tears fell like rain. Ahhh, Fats Domino on a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday! You can’t beat that with a stick! It was Day Two of Janet Yellen’s trek to Capitol Hill yesterday, and that brought about no changes to her talk on Tuesday, that got the markets all riled up. It was a repeat performance of Tuesday for Yellen. You know yesterday, I attempted to take all the words Yellen used to describe the Fed’s stance on rate changes, and make them understandable. I’m sure it was her wish that the markets all just settle down about a rate hike in June that many not come, and if that’s the case, well, she accomplished what she set out to do. That is, once everyone figured out what it was she was saying. Hey! I never said that the Markets participants are rocket scientists! HA! No the rocket scientists are in the back room of investment houses, brewing up the next, “no lose”, investment idea/ derivative. The one thing for sure that I know and see that Yellen’s testimonies accomplished was getting the 10-year Treasury yield back below 2%… (1.95%) Now, we can’t have the 10-year Treasury, that’s used as the pricing mechanism for mortgage rates, rising, now can we? That would leave a mark on the housing sector, and we certainly can’t have that!  Yes, I’m being a real smart alec right now, and I think I had better stop, before I type out a rant that has to get cut and left on the reviewer’s floor. So, yesterday, I told you how the N.Z. dollar / kiwi was the best performing currency overnight, and last night and this morning, it has continued to add to those gains. Last night N.Z. received the print of their latest Trade Balance, and believe it or don’t, but N.Z. posted a Trade Surplus in January! This is the lowest Trade Balance since June 2013. The thing you have to be suspicious of here is that imports were weak, and that doesn’t bode well for the domestic economy, but on the other side exports were better than expected, so they offset the weak imports sector. All-in-all, a good outcome for kiwi, and the currency has responded accordingly, trading back to 76-cents this morning.. Across the Tasman, Australia printed their 4th QTR CAPEX (capital expenditures, which I always tell you to watch as this is a key to any economy) and the print was not good. 4th QTR CAPEX fell -2.2% which was worse than expectations at -1.6%… the 3rd QTR CAPEX was revised upward from .2% to .6%, so maybe there will be a positive revision to this data down the road. The A$ just let this data slide off its back, or shrugged it off, as traders like to say, and went ahead to rally beside kiwi this morning. We’ll get CAPEX data here in the U.S. today for January. Leading up to January, the previous months’ CAPEX prints left a lot to be desired, and while the January CAPEX print might be positive for once, it won’t be very strong, and that will once again signal to me, and should to the markets and the Fed members that this economy is weak kneed.. The Bond traders know it, and I have to believe that the Fed members know it. At least I sure hope they do, because a rate hike right now would be a tough pill to swallow for the economy. Well, the Russian ruble is posting another strong rally this morning, although it was stronger when I first turned on the currency screen this morning. the beleaguered currency has a very long way to go, which is going to be a tough row to hoe, before it recovers all its losses. Last June, the ruble was trading with a 33 handle, and now it’s finally back to a 60 handle, after seeing the dark side of an 80 handle in December. How long will it be before the economic sanctions that the Eurozone has placed on Russia are relaxed, now that a peace agreement has been in place for nearly 2 weeks? This is key for not only the Russian economy but also the Eurozone economy. So, come on folks, what are you waiting for? So, I guess the Chinese didn’t just sit around eating chocolate bonbons and watching Oprah, while they were out last week, for they came back to work, loaded for bear! The Chinese State Council announced yesterday that they were going to step up fiscal policy support and strengthen targeted controls to combat downward pressure on the economy. A package of tax breaks for small businesses, a reduction of the unemployment insurance tax, which will save businesses over 40 Billion renminbi / yuan annually, and a pledge to speed up construction of major water projects in the less developed central and western regions, are the highlights, and there are more projects in the package that was presented by the State Council. The renminbi / yuan was allowed to appreciate by a small amount overnight as this package of stimulus and tax measures was announced. I like that the Chinese came back ready to tackle the slowdown in the economy. But I have to think that the economy would be just fine without the boost.. But you have to remember that 1. The Chinese have a treasure chest of reserves in which to spend on the economy, and 2. They have to keep the economic ship out to sea, in order to maintain peace in the country. While we’re hanging around Asia.. Singapore received some bad economic data last night in the form of Industrial production (IP)  that fell from the previous month and annually by a large amount, thus surprising the markets by the weakness in IP. Apparently momentum has faltered here, and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) were correct last month, when they decided to not widen the Sing dollar’s (S$) trading band.  Suddenly, inflation is not a problem in Singapore, and therefore the MAS doesn’t need a stronger S$ to combat inflation that isn’t there. the deflation bug has landed on Singapore’s shores, and spread quickly. the bug originated in Japan, folks. Speaking of Japan. this basket case of a country, has been pretty quiet lately. And the Japanese yen has benefitted from this quietness. Now, don’t get me wrong here, I’m not saying that yen is about to go on a rally to the moon. I’m just talking about this brief little rally while things are quiet in Japan. That’ll all change soon enough, it always does with the Japan… Well, coming back closer to home, Canada will print their January CPI (consumer inflation) today, and it’s expected to print around 2.1%, thus a notch above the Bank of Canada’s (BOC) inflation target of 2%.. BOC Gov. Poloz has been dangling a rate cut in front of the markets like a carrot on and stick, but a CPI print of 2.1% will not help him one iota. And he’ll have to put the stick and carrot away for another month. So watch this data print closely, because if Canadian CPI would happen to fall below 2%, Poloz will be dancing in the street, because he’ll get to cut rates again, and knock the stuffing out of the Canadian dollar / loonie. Speaking of CPI. We might as well head to the U.S. Data Cupboard and see what it has for us today. Open it up and WOW! It is stocked! First up is the stupid U.S. CPI, which will most likely print a large negative number that will all but nail down the Fed to not hiking rates in June at this point. Next up is real data, as U.S. Durable Goods Orders print for January and is expected to finally print a positive number, after 3 previous prints that were devastatingly disappointing. Then the usual Tub Thumpin Thursday print of Weekly Initial Jobless Claims, the 4th QTR Home Price Index, and Bloomberg Consumer Comfort index.   Yesterday’s Data Cupboard had January New Home Sales, which edged downward by -.2%… I suspect this data to be back and forth in 2015, as rate hike talk slows things down, only to be reversed when the rate hike doesn’t happen. Back and forth, a real wishy-washy year for New Home Sales, in my opinion, which could be wrong, of course! I went nearly the whole letter and didn’t mention the $12 gain in Gold this morning! Silly me. I was thinking that I shouldn’t get all lathered up over a nice gain like that early in the morning, before the NY traders arrived at their desks, and “took care of that little problem”. But then I got here and it was still there, and I thought. Oh well, at least it was a nice gain when I was writing the Pfennig!  But with Yellen reinforcing her talk from Tuesday, Gold was able to take advantage and move past $1,200 yesterday, and then add another $12 this morning.  My spider sense is tingling right now. I wonder what’s up here? Yesterday I highlighted the fact that Palladium had made one of its legendary “jumps” , and today it’s Platinum’s turn, as it hangs a $20 gain on yesterday’s figure. For What It’s Worth. Well, my friends Dave Gonigam and Addison Wiggin over at Agora’s 5 Minute Forecast were kind enough to quote me in their letter yesterday and use some of the stuff I said about Yellen’s testimony. I love it when I see my name up in lights!   On a sidebar, I picked up a book in the library here in the building the other day, and began reading it, and one of the principal characters in the story is guy named: Charles Butler..  Now How about that! Well, I thought I would return the favor to by friends over at the 5 Minute Forecast and reprint something they had in their letter yesterday. This is a note that Addison Wiggin printed 5 years ago from someone in China. Now remember this is 5 years ago in China. “What people fail to grasp,” this individual wrote, “is this place is much more capitalist than the States now: .               No capital gains tax .               No property tax .               No local or state taxes .               A reasonable 35% tax rate for the highest earners .               Corporate tax rates of 0% for three years and 15% per year after that.             “Also, most importantly, it’s not a casino economy like the States. China will sell 30% more vehicles this year than in the U.S, and 93% of those vehicles will be purchased cash up front. “For a home loan, you need 30% down. As a private business, to get a loan, you have to put up the assets of the company, i.e., plant and equipment. There are no leverage games here. “It’s a one-party state, but at least it is focused on its own people. We have a two-party system that has sold us down the river. All the Asian Tiger economies needed a strong central government to launch themselves out of poverty. Not a good system for our culture, but it works for them. “High-speed train systems going on line, 50 new airports in that last five years — you must see this place to believe it.” Chuck again. Yes, and there are still naysayers about China’s economy and the direction of the country.. That’s amazing to me for sure! To recap. Yellen speaks again, no changes to her first testimony, so the dollar selling continues. the positive rate differential currencies put in the best performances overnight, and the euro rallies on good labor data from Germany. New Zealand posts a Trade surplus, which is strange for them, and Australia prints weak CAPEX data but shrugs it off and the A$ rallies. Gold is up $12 this morning, and China announces new plans to stimulate economy, Chuck sure hopes they don’t start down the path well beaten down by the Japanese. Currencies today 2/25/15. American Style: A$ .7905, kiwi .7600, C$ .8030, euro 1.1360, sterling 1.5510, Swiss $1.0540,  . European Style: rand 11.4055, krone 7.5500, SEK 8.3020, forint 267.05, zloty 3.6640, koruna 24.2020, RUB 60.47, yen 118.80, sing 1.3505, HKD 7.7545, INR 61.75, China 6.1379, pesos 14.85, BRL 2.8450, Dollar Index 94.28, Oil $50.58, 10-year 1.95%, Silver $16.82, Platinum $1,190.88, Palladium $811.25, and Gold. $1,218.10 That’s it for today. Well. the first full squad workout of Spring Training for my beloved Cardinals took place yesterday. Next Saturday, is the first home Spring Training game of 2015 for the Cardinals. Spring Training games are impossible to fill in a score card, because there are so many changes with players, pitchers, positions, etc. so, you just go and enjoy the beautiful day, the sounds, the smells and baseball.. Can you believe that February is almost over? The month flew by like the wind. I sure hope March lasts a lot longer! The other night my beloved Missouri Tigers finally stopped their 13 game losing streak and beat the mighty Florida Gators! And the St. Louis U. Billikens are looking to win 2 in a row! Maybe things will look brighter for these two schools’ beleaguered basketball teams heading into March.. Jimi Hendrix is playing: All Along the Watchtower on the iPod right now. And that tells me that the watchtower has struck the bewitching hour of when this needs to get out of here! So, make sure you go out and have a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday! Chuck Butler Managing Director EverBank Global Marketslast_img read more

By Nick Giambruno Editors note Today we have a

first_imgBy Nick Giambruno Editor’s note: Today we have an urgent essay to share with you from Crisis Investing editor Nick Giambruno. You see, right now, a dangerous shift is playing out in Europe… one that could change the continent’s political landscape in a way not seen since before World War II. As Nick explains below, it all has to do with tomorrow’s important vote. Read on to get the details on how it will all go down—and what it could mean for you and your fellow Americans… Tomorrow, a vote in the Netherlands could push the euro and the EU one step closer to death… For the last several months, I’ve been warning readers about a populist tsunami washing through Europe. It’s drastically changing the continent’s political landscape in a way not seen since before World War II. This wave is flushing away traditional “mainstream” parties. And it’s bringing in anti-establishment populists who want to leave the euro currency and the European Union. It’s already hit the UK in the form of Brexit, killing David Cameron’s pro-EU government in the process. Then it struck Italy, washing away pro-EU Matteo Renzi’s government. After spending a few weeks in Italy last year, months in advance, I predicted the country’s constitutional referendum would fail and Renzi would resign. (I’m also an Italian citizen.) That’s why I advised Crisis Investing subscribers to short the euro with an investment that trades like any ordinary U.S. stock. As of writing, we’re sitting on a double-digit gain, but I expect there’s a lot more upside in the months ahead. Tomorrow, on March 15, the populist wave is set to hit the Netherlands. That’s when Dutch voters go to the polls. The anti-EU populist Party for Freedom is expected to win. It’s led by Geert Wilders, who was close to Trump’s campaign. Some even call him the “Dutch Trump.” Leaving the euro is a top priority for the Party for Freedom. If it wins, it would be another nail in the coffin for the European currency. Either way, the Dutch parliament will discuss how to leave the eurozone shortly after the March 15 election. A top lawmaker recently said that “the probe will examine whether it would be possible for the Dutch to withdraw from the single currency, and if so how,” Reuters reported. The euro’s problems are compounding and could get much worse, very soon. Germany (September 24) France (April 23) Why 2017 Could Offer a Rare “Second Chance” to Get Rich in the Stock Market Imagine waking up to find the size of your retirement account has doubled… all thanks to a small $500 investment. It sounds impossible… But this sort of thing has happened before. Could it happen again? Click here for the full story. These elections will ultimately determine the fate of the European Union. The Brexit vote, Donald Trump’s election, and the failure of Italy’s constitutional referendum have already boosted anti-euro populist parties in these countries. If the Party for Freedom wins in the Netherlands tomorrow, they’ll get another leg up. Populist parties have a real chance to win in both France and Germany. But even if they win in just one, the EU would likely unravel. The biggest issue in these elections is the migrant crisis, which we’ve covered here extensively. And the crisis is only accelerating. Every single migrant that arrives in Europe increases the chance that anti-EU populists will win a key election. That’s not good news for the EU or the euro. It’s also not good news for the U.S. Whatever happens in the EU—the world’s largest economy and a major U.S. trading partner—matters. If the euro collapses, expect it to trigger a stock market collapse in the U.S. The Financial Times recently put it this way: It would probably lead to the most violent economic shock in history, dwarfing the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy in 2008 and the 1929 Wall Street crash. And it could all begin unfolding tomorrow… Regards, — Two of Europe’s biggest countries have elections this year: Nick Giambruno Editor, Crisis Investing P.S. Tomorrow, March 15, is a crucially important date for Americans, too. Especially those who have any money in the stock market. Because on that day, the debt ceiling deadline hits. If Congress can’t come together to agree on a solution, the Treasury could run out of money. In the worst case, this could affect Social Security and government pension funding. Also, the last time the debt ceiling battle got fierce, the U.S. credit rating was downgraded. If that happens again, there could be big trouble in the markets. On top of the debt ceiling deadline, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) will meet tomorrow—and all signs are pointing to a rise in interest rates. A steep series of rate increases could also spell doom for the market. That’s why Casey Research founder Doug Casey and I put together this urgent video designed to help you navigate markets in crisis… You can watch it here. How Doug turned every $1,000 into $86,000 An unusual group of companies I call “penny fuel stocks” are on the verge of a historic boom. Only TWICE in history has a similar event happened… and each time, these tiny stocks roared for 10-, 100-, some even saw rare but life-altering 1,000-fold returns. We know this because our research firm’s founder, Doug Casey, saw these returns himself. In fact, he saw a life-altering 86-fold return! These types of life-altering gains are something most investors never have the opportunity to see but now, thanks to the Trump administration, this same energy event is happening right now. And Doug and his team are now recommending plays with similar life-changing potential! Click here for full details. – Recommended Linkslast_img read more

The Key to Information Security Success

first_imgTechnology Register Now » –shares Next Article Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Q: What security initiatives will have the biggest impact on my business?A: I often speak with individuals and management teams about the pros and cons of particular security initiatives. Those responsible for security today are often inundated with information on the topic. They see all the hype around the products, read the headlines of rising concerns and hear plenty of predictions about what is next. It’s not hard to see why some just want to know what to do now and what will have the biggest impact.Most companies I’ve spoken with have identified and implemented many of the common technologies important to any security program. They have a firewall, antivirus software, intrusion detection/protection, authentication technologies and so on. However, what continues to concern me is that these systems often go untested and unmanaged and therefore create a false sense of security.So while some companies would benefit from knowing what security devices to implement, for many, the most valuable recommendations are regarding procedures. In many circumstances, companies still fail to realize that a security program is just the beginning. All too often, monitoring and assessment responsibilities are either overlooked, underfunded or just not done properly.Security Audits Security audits are one of the best ways to identify security risks and validate the protection devices already put into place. Additionally, they’re an invaluable resource for justifying security budgets. However, many companies today fail to perform regular comprehensive audits of their internal and/or external IT infrastructure. And those that do perform audits often just test the externally exposed devices or only have high-level audits performed to ensure the above mentioned “common technologies” are being utilized. Comprehensive audits, however, should thoroughly test for all known vulnerabilities of all systems, correlate the findings, test exploits, identify the true level of risk to the business and detail remediation requirements. Audits properly performed with all these procedures by a reputable firm are in fact one of the most important initiatives you can undertake today.One of the reasons why security audits top my list is that they lay the groundwork for identifying what is needed to secure the IT infrastructure. In addition, they provide objective insight on the effectiveness of your overall security program. Such audits should be performed at least once per year against the internal environment and every six to 12 months against the external environment. This frequency is a suggested minimum, and many companies rightfully prefer to test certain aspects of a full audit more frequently.Managing Security One of most common and major security flaws I come across is that companies don’t properly monitor their security protection devices: the firewall, intrusion detection/protection, antivirus, operating system logs and the like. Security management doesn’t simply mean performing maintenance and administration; it involves consistent monitoring and the evaluation of events that happen on a daily basis. Yes, these tasks are mundane and generally resource-intensive. During a time when network/security administrators are already busy with other tasks, these activities are often overlooked. However, if this data were being monitored and if security events were being properly evaluated and acted upon, the vast majority of hacking-related events could be prevented.In most cases, with proper monitoring and reaction, businesses would not have to endure forced system outages, data loss or theft, virus outbreaks, Web site defacement or even the negative publicity that accompanies these and other such events. It’s not an easy or inexpensive task if performed internally. However, recent advances in security management software have reduced the security personnel requirements to perform these responsibilities. In addition, several reputable Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs) have emerged with service offerings to outsource these tedious tasks. Outsourcing security monitoring and response can be a highly cost-effective method of dealing with this problem. It’s predicted that the vast majority of companies will be outsourcing this area of security in the next few years.Security Policies Another commonly overlooked item is your security policy. Every company should have some form of an information security policy in place and provided to every employee. Security policies provide a roadmap for both IT and non-IT personnel on how the company expects them to conduct themselves with any matter that affects the security posture of the business. In many cases, the actions have an obvious impact, such as the disclosure of logon account information to unauthorized personnel. While some policies are clearly security-related, other policies may be less obvious in terms of their impact to security risks to non-IT employees.An important point to consider is that an information security policy reflects the company’s stance on security in general. If no security policy exists or very little effort has been made in this area, it can be considered a direct reflection on the overall security posture of the business as a whole. This in itself can increase the likelihood of a company becoming a target and/or a victim.Several excellent books on the topic of information security policies exist today, making it easy and cost-effective to set up a basic policy. In addition, there are plenty of security consulting firms that can assist with more detailed policies.Michael Bruck is the founding partner of BAI Security, an 8-year-old information security consulting firm. Bruck leads his security team with a successful 16-year background in IT management and senior engineering positions. He is also the developer and author of best practices that are becoming standards in the information security consulting business. He can be reached via www.baisecurity.net or by e-mail at mbruck@baisecurity.net .The opinions expressed in this column are those of the author, not of Entrepreneur.com. All answers are intended to be general in nature, without regard to specific geographical areas or circumstances, and should only be relied upon after consulting an appropriate expert, such as an attorney or accountant. The Key to Information Security Success Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals September 8, 2003 To successfully secure your systems, focus on the procedures, not the technologies. 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Add to Queuelast_img read more

A new treatment for Chlamydia via Canadian researchers

first_imgThe study was titled, “Autophagy induction and PDGFR-β knockdown by siRNA-encapsulated nanoparticles reduce chlamydia trachomatis infection.” Further Reading Chlamydia 3D illustration. Credit: Tatiana Shepeleva / Shutterstock What is Chlamydia? Chlamydia Infection Pathophysiology Chlamydia Screening Chlamydia Diagnosis Chlamydia Treatmentcenter_img By Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDFeb 6 2019A new way to prevent and treat one of the commonest sexually transmitted infections (STIs) has been developed by the researchers at the University of Manitoba and the University of Waterloo. This new method is more of a gene therapy than antibiotic therapy against the infection. The results of the study outlining the therapy were published in the latest issue of the journal Scientific Reports. For this new study researchers Sidi Yang, Yannick Traore, Celine Jimenez and Emmanuel A. Ho experimented with a gene therapy that is delivered with the help of nanotechnology. Results showed a 65 percent success rate in prevention of the infection after a single dose of the gene therapy. Emmanuel Ho, a professor at Waterloo’s School of Pharmacy and lead researcher said, “As antibiotic resistance continues to develop, people may experience Chlamydia infections that cannot be treated through conventional means, which is causing increasing public health challenges. If left untreated or if treatment takes an extended period of time it can lead to infertility and other reproductive issues so finding new ways to treat this common infection is important.” He explained that the FDA has recently approved the first “siRNA-based drug” and this could soon be available for use.For this approach the team targets Chlamydia infection by preventing the bacteria from entering the cells in the genital mucosa. The approach also kills bacteria that have managed to penetrate the cells. The team used a small interfering ribonucleic acid (siRNA) to target a gene called PDGFR-beta in the mucosa of the female genital tract. This gene is responsible for making a protein that eventually binds to the Chlamydia bacteria. Ho explained that if they targeted this gene they could stop the production of the protein that Chamydia can use when it enters the female genital tract. “As a result, an incoming infection has fewer targets to latch onto and infection is less likely to occur,” he said. The treatment takes a step further. The Chlamydia that already has entered the dells are killed by the process of autophagy. The infected skin cells form a coating or bubble around the bacteria and kill it.The authors conclude in their study that this new method has been proven to be effective in the lab situations. Further studies can prove its efficacy in real life scenarios. Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) shows that there is an increase in incidence of STIs such as Chlamydia, Syphilis and Gonorrhea and with rise of antibiotic resistance, treatment is becoming difficult. If this gene therapy is successful, new avenues in STI management could open up.Source: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-36601-ylast_img read more

Researchers explore new immune checkpoint for head and neck cancer

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 25 2019A checkpoint may delay travelers but it can help give cancer free rein by suppressing the natural immune response that should destroy it, researchers say.Now they want to learn more about how the enzyme CD73 — an abundant checkpoint in our body that helps keep our immune system from getting out of control — is helping often-aggressive head and neck cancers thrive.CD73 is found in all cells and in abundance in the supportive microenvironment of head and neck cancers. High levels already are associated with poor prognosis in the most common type of these cancers.Immunologist Dr. Yan Cui and colleagues otolaryngologists Drs. Michael Groves and J. Kenneth Byrd want to know more about where high levels originate with the long-term goal of blocking them.One way CD73 appears to support cancer is by converting the cell fuel ATP, or adenosine triphosphate, which typically works to activate the immune response, back to adenosine, a natural compound that inhibits it, says Cui, a member of the Cancer Immunology, Inflammation and Tolerance Research Program at the Georgia Cancer Center and professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University.That key action makes CD73 an immune checkpoint and potential treatment target in the most common head and neck cancers, called squamous cell carcinomas, the researchers say.Cui is principal investigator on a $420,000, two-year Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research that is providing more insight into how CD73 supports cancer.Most of the help seems to come from the environment the tumor has built to support itself, called the tumor microenvironment. Cui has shown that in the microenvironment, stromal cells like fibroblasts, express high levels of CD73, which helps create a perfect storm that ultimately helps cancer cells survive. These cancer-associated fibroblasts seem to be particularly adept at making CD73 and Cui has found high levels of fibroblasts can mean low levels of T cells, key drivers of the immune response. In fact, Cui has seen in some head and neck cancers a large number of immune cells clearly present and clearly not functioning. “They are there, but they are tolerant,” Cui says, while in other tumors, immune cells are just MIA.”CD73 very rapidly gets rid of the ATP and changes it to the immunosuppressive adenosine,” says Cui of the powerful immune checkpoint. “Adenosine, in turn, can inhibit T cell function; in very high concentrations it can even kill the T cells,” she says.Cui and physicians in the MCG Department of Otolaryngology who treat these patients, hope their studies of fresh surgical specimens will turn around that scenario so that CD73 production by stromal cells is reduced and T cells can regain their focus. Their focus, squamous cell cancers, comprise about 90 percent of head and neck cancers and occur on the mucosal surfaces inside our head and neck, like the lining of the mouth, nose and throat, according to the National Cancer Institute. They are generally categorized by where they start, like in the oral cavity, which includes the lip, tongue, gums and pretty much most of what we can see when we open our mouths wide.The often-aggressive cancers affect about 60,000 people annually with human papillomavirus, the most common sexually transmitted infection in the nation, having now surpassed smoking and drinking as a cause of these cancers today.The cancers are particularly tough to treat when they have spread locally or regionally, Cui says, with survival rates of less than 50 percent. Metastasis, to even a single lymph node, moves the cancer from early to advanced stage and can cut your survival rate in half, says Groves, MCG otolaryngologist and a co-investigator on the new study.People may come to see Groves after a few weeks of hoarseness and he discovers one small, comparatively treatable tumor on the vocal cords. Patients also come with a massive neck tumor and trouble breathing by the time they get to the emergency room. “This is a very heterogeneous group,” Groves notes.Related StoriesNew study to ease plight of patients with advanced cancerStudy reveals link between inflammatory diet and colorectal cancer riskBacteria in the birth canal linked to lower risk of ovarian cancerTo get a better idea of what different cell populations are doing, they are looking at the interaction and distribution of stromal cells and immune cells in recently removed human cancer specimens. They are measuring CD73 expression by the different stromal cell types and looking at how CD73 is modifying the immune response, in this case to benefit the tumor. They are looking at the function and gene expression of individual cells.”It’s important to know these types of interactions so you can identify targets,” Groves says.”Everything in our body is a balance,” Cui notes, and indefinitely blocking CD73 could definitely have bad consequences like enabling autoimmune disease by enabling the immune system, rather than the cancer, to go unchecked. But the researchers think temporarily blocking CD73 may help improve treatment response and survival for some of these patients and the current study should provide more evidence of whether that’s true.There already are some small molecules that can suppress CD73 function used in the lab by researchers like Cui, and some of the inhibitors are being used in early phase clinical trials for other tumor types, she says, but results are not yet known.Checkpoint inhibitors are an emerging type of immunotherapy that block proteins that can block the immune response to cancer. More established targets include proteins like PD-1 and CTLA-4, which can be produced by both immune cells and cancer cells. Like CD73, some cancer cells have a lot these proteins. But so far at least, existing checkpoint inhibitors have not been very successful in treating head and neck cancers specifically, the researchers say, and generally speaking are used for palliative care when a cancer returns after more standard therapies, says Groves.Standard treatment for head and neck cancer can include surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, and can mean patients lose their ability to chew, swallow or speak, says Dr. Calvin Myint, fourth-year resident in the MCG Department of Otolaryngology and a member of the research team.Acknowledging the genetic heterogeneity of even the same tumor type in the same location and stage in two different people, the researchers hope another thing these and other studies will do is enable physicians to determine as early as possible the aggressiveness of a patient’s tumor. That can help steer physicians away from more aggressive therapies — and their more aggressive side effects — when possible, Myint says.”You have to figure out what is best for that patient at the moment in time they present,” Groves says. For example, there is now evidence that a combination of chemotherapy and radiation therapy, versus surgery as well, is best for tonsil cancer that has spread to the lymph nodes because the destruction of tissue from surgery can be extensive and survival with chemotherapy and radiation is just as good, Groves says.Higher CD73 levels also have been associated with shorter survival from breast cancer and with more aggressive, migrating breast cancer cells. In a bit of a vicious cycle, tumor cells seems to be very good at producing CD73 and hypoxia, or low oxygen levels, and cell death that happen with cancer can produce more.The tumor microenvironment is basically the body resources like normal cells, including immune cells, blood vessels and molecules in the vicinity, cancer coops to support itself.It was previously thought that stromal cells inside the microenvironment just provided literal support to a tumor. “Now we understand they have much more function than just holding the tumor together. They have an immune regulatory function,” Cui says.Groves expects to see head and neck cancer rates continue to increase along with HPV infection rates until HPV vaccines begin to significantly impact spread of the virus.He always tells patients there are certain things that can’t be controlled like the genetic makeup of the tumor, the response of the tumor and the patient’s body to treatment and how advanced the disease was when the patient presented. Factors they can control include not delaying surgery or missing treatment appointments, and taking overall care of themselves like eating well, drinking plenty of water and getting plenty of rest. Groves is hoping the work of Cui and other basic scientists will help move some of the uncontrollable factors into the controllable category. Source:Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University If we better understand the process, we can design how to target those processes, interrupt those interactions to reverse suppression and enhance immune activity”Dr. Yan Cuilast_img read more

Handlers Thought This Owl Was Male for 23 Years —Then He Laid

first_img Whooo’s in There? Amazing Images of Owls An eagle owl named Kaln lived for 23 years at a sanctuary in Gloucester, England. For that whole length of time, its handlers thought it was a male. Then, according to Vincent Jones, founder and trustee of the sanctuary, it laid an egg. The egg wasn’t fertilized, Jones told Live Science, so Kaln won’t get to mother a chick. But still, it was a big surprise to all of Kaln’s handlers. “I think he was just as shocked as we were,” Jones said. [Photos: Salmon-Eating Owls Revealed in Stunning Images]Advertisement Sexing owls is tricky, because males and females outwardly have more or less identical bodies, according to a study published Jan. 24, 2008, in the Journal of Heredity. Unlike mammals and other creatures, there’s no obvious difference even between their genitals. Kaln inspects his egg. Credit: The Barn Owl Centre Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoEditorChoice.comSee What The World’s Largest Dog Looks LikeEditorChoice.comUndoNucificTop Dr. Reveals The 1 Nutrient Your Gut Must HaveNucificUndoScience10140 Photos That Will Help You Understand Weird Dog And Cat BehaviorsScience101UndoFinance101Oprah’s Mansion Costs $90 Million, And This Is What It Looks LikeFinance101Undo Pretty Bird: Images of a Clever Parrotcenter_img Penguin Selfie Offers Bird’s Eye ViewCurious Emperor penguins have been captured in Antarctica getting up close and personal on film. The vision was filmed at the Auster Rookery near Australia’s Mawson research stationAustralian Antarctic expeditioner, Eddie Gault, left the camera on the ice when visiting the rookery, and it didn’t take long for the naturally curious birds to seize the opportunity for a selfie.Credit: Eddie Gault/Australian Antarctic DivisionVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Better Bug Sprays?01:33 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65809-male-seeming-owl-lays-egg.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3700:37Your Recommended Playlist01:33Better Bug Sprays?01:08Why Do French Fries Taste So Bad When They’re Cold?04:24Sperm Whale Befriends Underwater Robot00:29Robot Jumps Like a Grasshopper, Rolls Like a Ball00:29Video – Giggly Robot02:31Surgical Robotics关闭  Happy Feet: A Gallery of Pudgy Penguins Plus, Jones said, his sanctuary has no interest in the biological sexes of the birds it takes in. Most of them are rescued from lives as pets or captive working birds, he said. And the sanctuary has no interest in breeding captive owls, only rehabilitating them. “We have 46 birds,” Jones said. “If they have the behavior of a male, we say they’re male. If they have the behavior of a female, we say they’re female.” Typically, according to the National Aviary, Eurasian eagle owl females lay up to six eggs across a month-long period in late winter. [Whooo Knew? 10 Superb Facts About Owls] Kaln never did that though in his 23 years at the sanctuary, Jones said. “He’s always shown signs of being a male,” Jones added. Many of the male birds in the sanctuary “imprint” on their human handlers and treat them as mates, he said. And during breeding season, “Kaln always wants to bonk everything,” he said. Even genetic tests don’t always show a clear distinction between male-sexed owls from female-sexed owls in many species, according to that 2008 paper. Female-sex birds have Z and W chromosomes, while male-sex birds have two Z chromosomes. But those chromosomes can be similar enough that they’re difficult to distinguish. The authors of that paper specifically tried to distinguish the genes of male and female Eurasian eagle owls and failed. The egg hasn’t changed how the sanctuary views Kaln, Jones said. “It’s no different than people. There’s no difference between male and female. We’re all individuals,” he said. “Kaln is an individual. He’s a very special individual. Now we say he’s a tomboy.” The larger concern is that around the same time the bird laid its egg, it began acting “depressed” and displaying some health issues that turned out to be unrelated. Today (June 27), however, Jones said that Kaln has seemed more active and upbeat. “And that’s what really matters isn’t it? The health of the owl,” Jones said.last_img read more