Yobongo’s Secret Sauce: Ambient Real-Time Communication

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Analysis#Product Reviews#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Related Posts With the South By Southwest Interactive festival just a couple weeks out, everyone is asking “What will be the big app this year at ‘South By?’” One genre we’ve all been looking at this year is group communication. Apps like Beluga, GroupMe and Fast Society are getting a good bit of pre-conference clamor for their utility when trying to coordinate with multiple people. Another app, called Yobongo, is getting some attention too, but not because it will make communication with folks you know easier, but because it will help you with communicating with folks you don’t know who are nearby. All of it, however, hinges on one key, yet-to-be introduced ingredient – Yobongo’s special sauce of location and “ambient real-time communication.”We first wrote about Yobongo late last month when it launched into private beta and, since then, we’ve gotten to play with it a bit. And now, we’ve got some screenshots and a great little video to share with you that gives a peek inside. After playing with it, we can say that it has a slick design and is great as a group chat app. But who needs another one of those? (For a full review of the usability, take a look at Louis Gray’s take on how Yobongo has made his iPod touch a welcome member of his normally Android-only world.) In terms of competing as a group communication tool, it doesn’t come close to apps like GroupMe or Beluga. It may look nice, but those apps are intended as group communication tools and have features like pictures, separate user-created groups, SMS-inclusion and even GPS location of each member. But Yobongo isn’t meant to compete directly in this realm, right?Yobongo co-founder Caleb Elston says no, Yobongo is something different.“Those products are focused on organizing your close friends around very specific events or topics,” explained Elston. “We are focused on ambient real-time communication with real people you may not even know.”“Ambient real-time communication,” huh? That’s a nifty phrase, but what does that boil down to exactly? It’s this whole “location” business that, we hope, will really set Yobongo apart from these other apps and make it unique, but it’s the only part we have yet to see. It’s the secret sauce that we’re looking forward and, in our opinion, the thing that will make or break Yobongo. Here’s how Elston described it:Our primary concern is connecting people with other authentic people, location is the fulcrum of the discussion, providing context for discussion. When lots of people are using the app, there will be multiple groupings of people, and that is where other signals are used to create an even more engaging experience. The experience will continue to become more and more local as the app scales. Right now much of the discussion is about San Francisco in general, but soon there will be conversations at the particular neighborhoods or even particular events that are happening right now.How will the app work at SXSW when, if everything goes to their plan, hundreds if not thousands of people are using it in a one square-mile radius? That has yet to be seen. For now, it’s a great little group chat app. We’re hoping that dab of special sauce takes it to the next level.In the meantime, take a look at the interface and a quick promo video and see Yobongo’s vision of “ambient real-time communication.” We can’t wait to really try it out. For now, the app is in private beta, but Elston says it should be available to the public by early March…just in time for spring break for geeks, err, I mean, SXSW. mike melansonlast_img read more

Window Reflections Can Melt Vinyl Siding

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in UPDATED September 3, 2013 In almost every corner of the U.S., reports are increasing of vinyl siding that has been melted by sunlight bouncing off nearby windows. This melted-siding pandemic makes vinyl manufacturers very nervous — so nervous that the topic is rarely discussed.Most reported cases involve siding that melts, gets replaced, and then melts a second time. One possible reason for the apparent increase in cases of melted siding is the increasing use of high-performance glazing.Arlene Taraschi, a homeowner in Delanco, New Jersey, described her melted siding in a letter to a Q-and-A column in the Philadelphia Inquirer: “Two years ago, my husband and I purchased a new, Pulte-built home in South Jersey. After a few months we noticed the vinyl siding on one side of the house seemed to be dented in a diagonal pattern. The siding contractor replaced the siding on the entire side of the house. This was done last January, and by February the denting pattern began again. We were told at this time that it was because of the reflection of the sun’s rays from our neighbor’s house. Pulte has termed this melting of the siding ‘thermal distortion,’ and refuses to correct the problem.”As Taraschi’s case makes clear, these cases aren’t just public relations nightmares — they’re legal nightmares. Arlene’s husband, Carl Taraschi, told me, “I’ve sued Pulte, the siding installer, and the siding manufacturer.”Since 2007, when I first reported on cases of siding melted by window reflections, I’ve collected homeowner reports of the phenomenon from 16 states (Connecticut, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Washington).Danny Winters works for Cimarron Homes, a builder in Durham, North Carolina. Winters told me, “I think it is… Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more

Why Writing With Our Hands Is Still Important

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Related Posts How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for …center_img john paul titlow I first noticed something was off when I went to pay my rent one month. The window for a timely online transfer of funds was closing, so to get the money to my landlord in time, I’d have to do something unusual. I took out my checkbook, grabbed a pen and started writing the date. It felt weird. My hand cramped a little, churning out numbers and letters with the slightest – but still noticeable – discomfort. My handwriting sucked. It suddenly occurred to me that I hadn’t actually written anything by hand in a long, long time. Just a few years earlier, I kept a paper journal by my bed and would buy three-packs of Moleskin notebooks for brainstorming, sketching and jotting things down. What happened? Over the course of the last four or five years, several little computers have found their way into my life. Bit by bit, my professional and creative existence made the transition to an entirely digital universe. At my old job managing digital publishing for a newspaper, the iPad soon replaced my spiral notebook in meetings. Then I left the print world to work on the Internet full-time. I could even sign my freelance contracts with my finger on an iPad.Who needed paper? Isn’t the future amazing? Look, more tweets. Wait, what was I saying?Our Pixel-Based LivesBefore long, my documents, journal, blog post drafts and photos were living in some cloud-based repository that was readily accessible from any of my devices, at least one of which I kept by my bedside (supplanting the paper journal, magazines and alarm clock with apps). Instead of keeping a “to do” list on paper, I tapped important items into the Reminders app on my phone, which automatically synced with my iPad and laptop, each of which would then buzz with a notification at a time and even place of my choosing.It’s all pretty miraculous if you think about it. But while this digital transformation introduced heretofore inconceivable levels of convenience and productivity into my life, some things can get lost in all that digital noise. At the very least, I should be able to comfortably write the goddamn date.  Keeping One Foot In The Analog World When I first met my girlfriend, we would cowork from cafes together. Even though she runs a popular local blog in Philadelphia and spends much of her time on the Internet, I noticed that she hadn’t taken the digital plunge quite as deeply as I had. As I typed away on my laptop in the cafe, periodically referencing a propped up iPad, she closed her MacBook’s lid and cracked open a Moleskin notebook and started writing down important-looking notes. She even had a paper-based planner, eschewing the cloud-synced, location-aware multi-device wonders of iCal and Reminders in favor of something decidedly more old school. By this time, I had already resolved to hand-write things more often. And when I did, I found I was better able to focus on the task at hand, far away from the dinging notifications, crowded inboxes, social status updates and ever-proliferating browser tabs. Watching another digital citizen put a pen to paper and get things done just as effectively, if not more so, just confirmed what I already knew: Life wasn’t meant to be lived entirely in some company’s cloud. And when it comes to productivity, we need more than apps. The Science Of Writing Vs. TypingA few years back, there were a bunch of stories in the press about the science of writing things by hand. As it turns out, our brains work differently when we form letters with a hand-held implement – and we learn more effectively than when we type. This makes total sense. I’ve long noticed that when I’m writing in a paper journal, it mentally feels different than when I’m typing out my thoughts on a computer. I thought it had something to do with the more focused nature of paper vs. connected devices. As it turns out, there’s more to it than that.  Explains Lifehacker: Writing stimulates a bunch of cells at the base of the brain called the reticular activating system (RAS). The RAS acts as a filter for everything your brain needs to process, giving more importance to the stuff that you’re actively focusing on at the moment—something that the physical act of writing brings to the forefront. Meanwhile, a series of studies conducted in the last few years have indicated that students learn more effectively when they form letters and shapes by hand as opposed to doing so digitally. Technology has a way of augmenting our imperfect brains and making us more productive. Personally, I still prefer to have a notification ding with a reminder to do something I committed to several days ago. In some ways, all this tech does enhance our increasingly complex lives. It makes it easier to navigate, harder to lose track of things, more convenient to stay in touch and nearly effortless to discover new places. But just like it’s still nice to curl up with a book made of trees or play a vinyl record, there’s still room for the analog in our productive lives. Sure, that IFTTT recipe connecting your Evernote account to Dropbox or Gmail looks awesome. But don’t forget to pick up a pen from time to time. Lead photo by puuikibeach. Tags:#Digital Lifestyle#Pause#productivity#writing last_img read more

Murray survives scare to join Nadal in Wimbledon last 16

first_imgIn a tetchy Centre Court clash, Murray complained about Fognini taking too long between points as the 28th seed, who was given a point penalty for a visible obscenity, shrugged off a mid-match injury to push the Scot to the brink.Murray had to save five set points to avoid being forced into a deciding set, reeling off five successive games to secure his 105th win on grass and remain on course for a titanic semi-final showdown against Nadal.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe 30-year-old, who faces France’s Benoit Paire for a place in the quarter-finals, is bidding to become the first Briton to successfully defend a Grand Slam title since Fred Perry at Wimbledon from 1934-1936.“Obviously the end of the match was tense. It was a very up and down match,” Murray said. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Britain’s Andy Murray returns to Italy’s Fabio Fognini during their Men’s Singles Match on day five at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Friday, July 7, 2017. APLONDON—Andy Murray survived a scare from Fabio Fognini as the defending champion scraped his way into the Wimbledon last 16 along with title rival Rafael Nadal on Friday.Murray didn’t have it all his own way against Fognini, but the world number one eventually subdued the eccentric Italian 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 to secure a 10th successive appearance in the Wimbledon fourth round.ADVERTISEMENT His opponent is 16th seed Gilles Muller, who defeated Aljaz Bedene 7-6 (7/4), 7-5, 6-4 to reach the last 16 for the first time at the age of 34.“I played fantastic for a set and a half but it got tougher after that. He started to hit stronger so I was happy to get through in three sets,” Nadal said.Former US Open finalist Kei Nishikori had hoped to finally advance past the fourth round at Wimbledon after years of under-achievement.But the world number nine didn’t even reach the last 16 as he was over-powered 6-4, 7-6 (7/3), 3-6, 6-3 by Spanish 18th seed Roberto Bautista Agut.Nishikori’s third round exit means Wimbledon remains the only Grand Slam he has failed to make the quarter-finals.“It’s not easy. I don’t have good results on grass. I have got to work on it every year,” Nishikori said.Former US Open champion Marin Cilic advanced to face Bautista Agut with a 6-4, 7-6 (7/3), 6-4 win against American 26th seed Steve Johnson.With former England captain David Beckham watching from the Royal Box, former world number one Victoria Azarenka defeated British wild card Heather Watson 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.Competing in her first Grand Slam since taking a year off to have her first child — son Leo — in December, Azarenka was caught out as Watson made a fast start to her attempt to reach the last 16 for the first time.But the two-time Australian Open champion stepped on the gas to keep alive her attempt to emulate Evonne Goolagong, who was the last Wimbledon mum to lift the Venus Rosewater Dish in 1980. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Flamboyant Only Goolagong, Margaret Court and Kim Clijsters have won a Grand Slam singles title after having a child.Next up for Azarenka, who reached the semi-finals in 2011 and 2012, is world number two Simona Halep.Halep, beaten in the French Open final last month, eased through with a 6-4, 7-6 (9/7) win against China’s Peng Shuai.British sixth seed Johanna Konta showed why she is the new bookmakers’ favorite for the title with a 6-4, 6-1 rout of Greek world number 101 Maria Sakkari.With two-time champion Petra Kvitova and third seed Karolina Pliskova eliminated, Konta hopes to become the first British woman to win Wimbledon since Virginia Wade in 1977.French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko made the last 16 for the first time with a 7-5, 7-5 win against Camila Giorgi.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong So who really needs a rematch? Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena LATEST STORIES “I didn’t feel like it was the best tennis, but I managed to get through. I was pleased to get off in four sets.”Having won his 10th French Open crown without dropping a set last month, Nadal has made the switch from clay to grass with ease.His 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (7/3) win against Russian 30th seed Karen Khachanov equalled the Spaniard’s personal record of 28 successive sets won at Grand Slams, a blistering streak dating back to this year’s Australian Open final.Nadal’s second and most recent Wimbledon title came in 2010 and the 15-time major winner hasn’t been past the fourth round for six years.But world number two Nadal is in formidable form heading into only his second fourth round tie in his last five visits to Wimbledon.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Panasonic Eluga Prim with 4G VoLTE, fingerprint scanner launched at Rs 10,290

first_imgPanasonic has launched one more Eluga-series smartphone called the Eluga Prim. Similar to its successor, Eluga Prim is also a budget phone available only at Rs 10,290. The dual SIM Eluga Prim smartphone supports 4G, 3G, 2G and VoLTE support. The phone is available on all brand outlets across the country.The smartphone sports a 5 inch full-HD IPS display and comes with a front fingerprint scanner which also doubles up as home button. Eluga Prim flaunts a 7.8mm metal finish body and comes with anti-dust receiver. The smartphone is powered by a 64-Bit Quad-core processor clocked at 1.25GHz coupled with 3GB of RAM and 16GB ROM which is expandable up to 128 GB via microSD card. Eluga Prim runs on Android Marshmallow 6.0.The phone comes with a 13MP rear camera with triple LED flash and a 5MP selfie-shooter. The phone weighs only 145gm and is backed by a 2500mAh removable battery. The smartphone is available in gold and silver color variants.Commenting on the launch, Pankaj Rana, business head, Panasonic India, said, “The Eluga Prim is a great example of the combination of style and security. We at Panasonic believe in not only great software and hardware but also quality and sturdy design of our phones. Fingerprint scanning has emerged as the most popular biometric technology to keep your data secure. The fast fingerprint scanner will be able to recognize your fingers and thumbs in a split second and also will act as a home button. The sleek Eluga Prim strikes a neat balance between the two.”advertisement”Panasonic Eluga Prim is yet another smartphone from Panasonic in the affordable range for the Indian market. This phone comes with top-end features but at an affordable price tag. With 3GB RAM and storage up to 128 GB, it provides the user with latest features in a smartphone. For Panasonic India, it is a step towards making the lives of the consumers easier and their data secure,” he added.Also Read: Panasonic P77 smartphone with 4G VoLTE at Rs 5299 available on FlipkartThis is the second phone offered by Panasonic during this week. The company on Thursday also launched a P-series smartphone-P77 at Rs 5,299. The smartphone is available on Flipkart and Axis bank card holders can purchase the phone at a discounted price of up to 10 per cent.Eluga Tapp was the last phone launched by Panasonic under its Eluga series. The 4G enabled smartphone is priced at Rs 8,990. The smartphone is powered by Quad-core processor clocked at 1.25GHz coupled with 2GB RAM and 16GB ROM. Eluga Tapp supports expandable memory up to 32 GB via microSD card.Also Read: Panasonic launches Eluga Tapp smartphone with 4G VoLTE, front fingerprint scanner at Rs 8,990last_img read more

Deaths have American racing at a low ebb on eve of the Breeders’ Cup

first_imgOn 18 October 1973, I had a bet on a horse at a racecourse for the first time. Well, strictly speaking, my dad backed the horse for me, as I was eight years old at the time. Moolahs Memory was an 80-1 outsider and ran like it, though he did beat one of his 11 opponents to the wire. A couple of races later, I picked out another outsider, Kings Flier. He sounded fast – and finished second. The place payoff at 13-1 meant I left the course feeling rich beyond dreams.In hindsight, it was perhaps a more formative moment than it might have seemed at the time. I never forgot the name of either horse, which is why I can be so sure of the date. When my job took me back to the same track 39 years later, there they were in the official form book, on a Thursday afternoon at the fall meet in 1973. My memory was spot on about the $13 payoff, too. Read more Read more You read that right: “fall” and “dollars”.The track was Santa Anita in California, a place once experienced is almost impossible to forget. Even now, nearly half a century on, I can vividly recall the looming backdrop of the San Gabriel mountains, the palm trees, the hustle of the cavernous betting hall underneath the magnificent main stand and a bugler in a huntsman’s jacket tooting Reveille before every race. It will always get my vote as the most spectacular setting for any sport, anywhere.This year, though, what would normally be the glorious prospect of another return to Santa Anita is tinged with apprehension. A sudden spike in the number of fatal injuries to horses while racing or training there in the first six months of the year placed welfare standards at the track – and by extension, in American racing as a whole – at the centre of unprecedented, unrelenting media scrutiny.As news of fatalities arrived with grim regularity through January, February and March, Santa Anita’s management seemed to be struggling to cope with the unfolding catastrophe. Many possible reasons were suggested for the sudden surge, including a deteriorating track after an unusually wet and cold winter; the ubiquity of race-day drugs in US racing and their potential role in masking underlying physical issues; and sheer bad luck. There were claims, too, that trainers were under pressure from the management to run horses regularly to maintain field sizes and the all‑important betting “handle”.In June, as Santa Anita closed for a three-month high‑summer hiatus with the number of horses killed since Christmas standing at 30, there was talk that this year’s Breeders’ Cup meeting, the most valuable event in the American racing calendar, could be moved elsewhere. The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage The organisers stayed loyal, pointing to a series of new protocols introduced by Santa Anita in conjunction with the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB). Horses are now subject to much more detailed pre-race scrutiny by vets, an independent panel reviews all horses declared to race and there is also a concerted attempt to phase out the use of the race‑day medication Lasix, although this is being resisted by significant numbers of trainers and owners.From the admittedly limited evidence available since the start of Santa Anita’s fall meet on 29 September, the early signs are encouraging. Two of the 889 starters on 15 cards have suffered fatal injuries, a rate of 0.22%, which is very close to that in British racing. Two more have died after suffering injuries while training. Meanwhile, down by the Pacific coast at Del Mar near San Diego – where “the surf meets the turf” – the entire 36-day summer meet was run with the same new procedures and passed without a fatal injury.But still the sense remains that Santa Anita, one of racing’s most precious jewels, is one primetime catastrophe away from a return to the misery and uncertainty of the first half of the year. The Breeders’ Cup is one of the few racing events on network TV.The new protocols are all fine and good but, for the moment at least, they are still racing on drugs and still running on dirt, when there is evidence from Santa Anita itself that a synthetic track would cut the rate of fatal injuries by at least 50%. California led the way in what proved to be a short-lived experiment with synthetics in the US about a decade ago. In 2009, the last full year Santa Anita raced on a synthetic surface, the fatality rate was 0.84 per 1,000 starts. In 2010, when dirt was reinstalled halfway through the year, it rose to 1.53 per 1,000 starts. In every year since, it has never dipped below 2.04, and has been as high as 2.94.Animal rights groups such as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which opposes what it calls “speciesism”, or “a human-supremacist world view”, have – understandably – been unrelenting in using the events at Santa Anita to advance their cause. In the eyes of the most fervent advocates of animal rights, even one death in a million starts would be one too many, regardless of the huge economic benefits attached to racing or the fun and relaxation it brings to its fans.“Californians will end horse racing at the ballot box,” the activist April Montgomery told the CHRB this year. “We’re going to end it [all horse racing] and it’s going to start with California.”Since California is a state where direct democracy is a way of life, this is no idle threat. In the past decade, voters there have been polled on issues as varied as the legalisation of marijuana, a ban on single-use plastic bags and whether adult movie stars should wear condoms. Some see a vote on banning horse racing as only a matter of time. A fatal injury to a runner at the Breeders’ Cup could yet be the event that makes it a reality. Horse racing Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Sportblog Since you’re here… comment Share on Messenger Share on Pinterestcenter_img Breeders’ Cup Share on Twitter Support The Guardian … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Gold Cup hope Kemboy banned after owners blocked from running horses Topics Read more Talking Horses: punter ‘gutted’ as £189,000 case turned down at hearing The worldview of the most extreme rights activists has no room for nuance. They believe racing is cruel and that, by extension, all those involved in it are either inured, or oblivious, to the cruelty. Or, worse, that they recognise it, but just don’t care.In reality, most racing people – professionals and fans – are attracted to the sport by a love of horses and the 300-year-old thoroughbred breed above all. No one wants to see them injured or killed and there is a real sense of loss when a hugely popular horse such as Wicklow Brave, who suffered a fatal fall in the American Grand National last week, is killed on the track.But we also see the 997 or so in every 1,000 runners that do what thoroughbreds have been bred and trained to do for centuries and then return to their stables to enjoy standards of care well beyond those of most domesticated animals.It will be, as ever, a delight and a privilege to return to Santa Anita this week, when around 30 European horses will be taking on their American counterparts in 13 of the best races of the year. Magical’s duel with Sistercharlie in the Filly & Mare Turf should be a highlight, while Anthony Van Dyck, the Derby winner, is in the running in the Turf.The most earnest hope, though, is that 70,000 racegoers will leave with memories only of the setting, the excitement and the spectacle, like an eight-year-old from Brighton did back in 1973. 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Watch Wendy J. Graham Speak at EngenderHealth

first_imgPosted on January 12, 2011August 17, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Please join us tomorrow to watch Wendy J. Graham from the University of Aberdeen discuss “War and Peace: The story of maternal mortality estimation.” Professor Graham will present her views on the history of global maternal mortality estimation, new developments in 2010, and the implications of new mortality estimates for the maternal health field.WHAT: Wendy J. Graham: “War and Peace: The story of maternal mortality estimation”WHEN: Wednesday, January 12, Noon – 1:30WHERE: Watch online starting at noon. The link will be live shortly before the event begins. If you are/were unable to watch the event live, the recording will be available online after the event.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

10 months agoChelsea ponder replacing Eden Hazard with brother Thorgan

first_imgChelsea ponder replacing Eden Hazard with brother Thorganby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea are keeping tabs on Thorgan Hazard’s situation at Borussia Monchengladbach.The Belgian has been producing career best form this season and Gladbach accept they’re on borrowed time keeping hold of the midfielder.BILD says among a raft of interested clubs is Chelsea, which had Hazard on their books before selling him to Gladbach.The Blues also boast a buy-back option in the deal and are actively discussing triggering it.Indeed, it’s suggested Thorgan could be re-signed by Chelsea to replace older brother Eden Hazard should he leave for Real Madrid. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Lowell Hawthorne – A Golden Jamaican Success Story

first_img Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the renowned Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill, which operates out of the United States, Lowell Hawthorne, is often referred to as the ‘Patty King’.He will, however, tell you that he is quite happy to be called the “Jamaican Ambassador”.A graduate of Oberlin High School in West Rural St. Andrew, Mr. Hawthorne, who went to the United States in 1981 in pursuit of the ‘American Dream’, has defied all odds to actually find it.The resulting outcome is that his company is now the largest manufacturer of Jamaican patties in the United States, supplying a wide range of this and other delicious Caribbean culinary treats to penal institutions, schools, military bases and supermarkets, among other locations in nine states.Additionally, the entity has extended its reach to over 120 locations in 33 other countries worldwide.Renowned for its signature ‘golden krust’ patties, the entity ranks among the fastest growing franchises in the USA.It is a success story that has not only evoked praise from Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, but it was good enough to convince the producers of the CBS hit series ‘Undercover Boss’ to feature Mr. Hawthorne and Golden Krust in one of its episodes several years ago.“Remarkable” is how Senator Johnson Smith describes the exploits of Mr. Howell, who was keynote speaker at the recent Christian Diaspora Conference in Montego Bay.“These are the kinds of success stories of Jamaicans doing well overseas that we have to highlight. Mr. Hawthorne is a classic example of someone who is doing it with both grace and humility,” she tells JIS News.For Mr. Hawthorne, while the road he traverses was not always easy, his achievements validate the many years of hard work and sacrifice that now make Golden Krust one of the biggest Jamaican-owned companies throughout the Diaspora.“I am proud to say we are the largest manufacturer of Jamaican patties within the continental United States. We would never have made it this far without having the four D’s: drive, determination, desire and discipline. In addition, I would never have made it and would have lost my mind a long time ago had it not been for the power of Almighty God,” he tells JIS News.Mr. Hawthorne points out, however, that while he was not born with the proverbial gold spoon in his mouth nor had “a silver platter handed down to me”, he never lost faith in his ability to succeed.“My journey from Jamaica to the United States has been a long and challenging one. I have undergone severe challenges and difficulties that I never knew I could overcome. They seemed almost insurmountable.”Mr. Hawthorne explained that his experiences in the United States inspired him to write a memoir, chronicling his journey from a life of uncertainty to one of the biggest success stories emanating from Jamaica.“My memoir not only chronicles my journey from Jamaica to the USA, but it was also written to inspire the next generation of leaders so they can use their God-given abilities to be all they can be.“In my short life, I have been a farmer, owned my own mini-bus and even operated my own sound system. It was only after then that I got the opportunity to go to this great country, the USA, in search of the American Dream,” he saysMr. Hawthorne notes that when he first went to the United States, “I took advantage of the opportunities that came my way.”“I was always in search of the next honest means to make a dollar. Like many transplanted Caribbean nationals, I struggled to work and raise a family. I can only thank God for everything I have achieved, and if my story here can inspire others to rise up and give it a go, then I would have succeeded in doing something meaningful,” he adds. The resulting outcome is that his company is now the largest manufacturer of Jamaican patties in the United States, supplying a wide range of this and other delicious Caribbean culinary treats to penal institutions, schools, military bases and supermarkets, among other locations in nine states. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the renowned Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill, which operates out of the United States, Lowell Hawthorne, is often referred to as the ‘Patty King’. For Mr. Hawthorne, while the road he traverses was not always easy, his achievements validate the many years of hard work and sacrifice that now make Golden Krust one of the biggest Jamaican-owned companies throughout the Diaspora. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Canada and rest of TransPacific Partnership agree to revised text say reports

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada and the remaining members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership have agreed to a revised trade agreement, according to several international media reports early Tuesday.The reported deal follows two days of talks in Tokyo and the 11 remaining members will now apparently work toward signing the deal by early March.Word of the agreement came just hours after a federal government official said Ottawa was optimistic that a revised TPP deal would be reached as early as Tuesday.The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told The Canadian Press that Ottawa believed a deal could be struck even though it would still like to see more progress on negotiations surrounding the automotive and cultural sectors.The Tokyo discussions are the first high-level talks since the leaders of the TPP countries met in November on the sidelines of the APEC summit in Danang, Vietnam. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made international headlines there by deciding not to sign an agreement-in-principle on what has become known as TPP11.His decision to continue negotiating for a better deal, rather than striking an agreement, led to the abrupt cancellation of a TPP leaders’ meeting on the sidelines of the summit in Vietnam.The original TPP was thrown into disarray when U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal in one of his first acts as president.The TPP talks come as Canada faces a tough renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. NAFTA negotiators from Canada, the United States and Mexico are meeting in Montreal this week.last_img read more