Retailers go head to head with results

first_imgSunday 3 October 2010 10:43 pm KCS-content Show Comments ▼ SUPERMARKETS are set for a showdown this week as Tesco, J Sainsbury and Marks & Spencer post interim results. Smaller retailers Ted Baker, Halfords and Greggs are also due results, in a week that will indicate how the High Street has fared since the general election. Tesco is expected to post a 10 per cent rise in first-half pre-tax profit on Tuesday, as growth in its Asian operations offsets sluggish sales in the UK. Analysts expect Tesco to have improved since the start of the year. Evolution Securities predicted an 8.5 per cent rise in total sales last week but warned of slow growth in the UK thanks to lagging petrol prices and a lack of new branches. Sainsbury’s, Britain’s third-biggest supermarket group behind Tesco and Asda, is tipped to show stronger UK growth in a second-quarter sales update on Wednesday, helped by its strength in the more affluent south.Wealthier shoppers are also likely to prove a fillip for clothing, food and homewares chain Marks & Spencer when it publishes second-quarter sales figures on Thursday.The group is expected to post a fourth consecutive rise in underlying quarterly sales, though analysts will be keen for any news on profit margins amid rising cotton, wage and freight prices.Sales at UK stores open over a year are tipped to rise between 1.3 and 4.6 per cent, according to a company poll of 16 analysts, compared with first-quarter growth of 3.6 per cent.Bakery chain Greggs is expected to post small first-half improvements on Wednesday, making up for the rise in wheat prices with some sales growth. Analysts expect bicycles-to-car parts chain Halfords to report a drop in second-quarter underlying sales of 4.0 to 4.6 per cent on Thursday, exacerbated by teething problems at a new distribution depot, though they also think cost cuts will keep it on track to meet full-year profit expectations.Fashion chain Ted Baker is set to announce strong sales over spring and summer on Thursday, after posting its first growth in two years at the start of 2010. Tags: NULL center_img Retailers go head to head with results whatsapp whatsapp Sharelast_img read more

Top 14: Why Jake White’s approach was his downfall at Montpellier

first_img The saddest thing about Jake White’s departure is that no one much cares in Montpellier. As this column reported in May, the former Springbok coach has never courted the affection of the locals. Big mistake. White isn’t the first Anglophone coach to fail in France, and he won’t be the last, but that a man of his experience should have so utterly misread the French psyche suggests stubbornness or vanity got the better of him.It went wrong from just about the first moment White arrived at the club in January 2015 and made an ill-judged joke about Montauban. Then he fired a lot of French players, hired a lot of South African players and got them playing a style of rugby that bored Montpellerians to tears.I know Montpellier well. I lived there for five years. Played rugby, bought a house, raised a child. I was one of them. In as much as a Brit ever could be. They’re a hot-blooded lot in the Languedoc.Unlike other cities on the Mediterranean coast – Narbonne, Beziers, Perpignan and Toulon – Montpellier isn’t steeped in rugby history. It’s more of a football city by nature, and rugby only really began to take hold a decade ago when the club moved to a new stadium and fielded four talented local lads in Louis Picamoles, Julien Thomas, Fulgence Ouedraogo and Francois Trinh-Duc.Hands off! Montpellier flanker Fulgence Ouedraogo takes on Pau. Photo: Getty ImagesThe appointment of Fabien Galthié as coach in 2010 only made the club sexier in the eyes of the fans. A native of Cahors, a couple of hundred miles north of Montpellier, Galthié had the same volatile temperament as them.Attendances rose. In the first four matches of the 2013-14 season the average gate was 13,276 and president Mohed Altrad began to dream of building a club to rival Mourad Boudjellal’s Toulon. But then he and Galthié fell out. Word has it that the former France captain is a brilliant technician but a hopeless people person. As he started to lose the dressing room Galthié swanned off to Brazil for a birthday party when he should have been preparing his team to play Oyonnax.Altrad showed Galthié the door and brought in as his successor a man as gruff as Galthié was garrulous. White doesn’t use two words where one will do, but however many he used none were French. According to the French press, White’s failure to learn the language to any significant degree was a contributory factor in Altrad’s decision not to extend his contact.Moving on: Scotland coach Vern Cotter is expected to take over at Montpellier in June. Photo: Getty ImagesWhite wanted to stay on, says L’Equipe, but his president wants him out when his contract expires in June. Tuesday’s paper states that Altrad has been searching for a successor since the summer, allegedly offering Bernard Laporte a monthly salary of €100,000 if he took the job. The former Toulon coach turned it down; his focus remains on the FFR presidency. In the end Altrad has hired Vern Cotter on a three-year deal, with the Kiwi taking up his position next June. South African Jake White is set to be replaced as Montpellier coach by Vern Cotter next summer – here’s a look at where he went wrong These are a passionate people. Proud and emotional. And sentimental, though it’s unlikely much of that will be wasted on White when he leaves.For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here. Watchful eye: Montpellier head coach Jake White oversees training. Photo: Getty Images center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS White was doomed, claims L’Equipe, from the day last November when he allegedly sounded out the RFU about the vacant England job. Montpellier were in London to play Harlequins in the European Challenge Cup and apparently the South African let it be known he was interested. Altrad wasn’t impressed.But is there more to it than that? After all, White is an ambitious international coach, and it’s only natural that he’d express a mild interest in one of the top coaching jobs in world rugby.Euro winners: Montpellier celebrate beating Harlequins to lift the Challenge Cup last season. Photo: Getty ImagesMight not the fact that crowd numbers are on the wane have also alarmed Altrad? The average gate this season is 10,431, nearly 3,000 fewer than three years ago. Yet this is a club that last season won the Challenge Cup and reached the semi-finals of the Top 14. Fans should be flocking to cheer on their boys. But the locals don’t want to cheer for a team of South Africans, the ‘Langueboks’, as they’ve been dubbed. Of the 39 players listed on the Montpellier website, 18 are French.Only Ouedraogo remains of that youthful quartet from a decade ago. In the summer Trinh-Duc departed to Toulon after 13 years of loyal service. There was no fond farewell for Trinh-Duc from his adoring public. White wouldn’t allow him that honour. Instead, in a spiteful gesture he dropped Trinh-Duc from the squad for the final home match of the season. Asked why by a baffled French press, a scornful White explained that professional rugby was no place for sentiment.In a sense he’s right but sentiment matters to the French. Anachronistic, maybe, in 21st century sport, but that’s the way the French are. Trouble is, White never bothered to learn much about the French. He was too busy getting his team to play a style of rugby that was clinical and cold-blooded. Everything the city of Montpellier is not.last_img read more

More than 1000 bishops and their spouses book for the…

first_img Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Washington, DC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit a Job Listing Director of Music Morristown, NJ Featured Events Lambeth Conference Rector Martinsville, VA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Submit a Press Release Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Associate Rector Columbus, GA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Hopkinsville, KY New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Belleville, IL Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Youth Minister Lorton, VA The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Press Release Service Curate Diocese of Nebraska Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ center_img Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Anglican Communion, Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI More than 1000 bishops and their spouses book for the Lambeth Conference 2020 Tags Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Posted Jun 28, 2019 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Tampa, FL Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Bath, NC Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Shreveport, LA Featured Jobs & Calls [Anglican Communion News Service] More than one thousand bishops and their spouses have so far registered to take part in the Lambeth Conference 2020, the decennial gathering of the bishops of the Anglican Communion. Bishops from 40 Anglican Communion provinces and five extra-provincial areas have been invited to the event by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. The Lambeth Conference Co. – the team organising the event in collaboration with Lambeth Palace and the Anglican Communion Office – announced on June 26  that registrations had topped 566 bishops and 435 spouses.Read the entire article here. Rector Collierville, TN Rector Albany, NY Submit an Event Listinglast_img read more

Irish charitable giving put at over €1 billion

first_img Tagged with: Ireland Research / statistics AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1  188 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Irish charitable giving put at over €1 billioncenter_img Howard Lake | 4 October 2019 | News A detailed analysis of fundraising performance in Ireland has revealed that charitable giving in 2017 was €1.1 billion.The Irish Not-for-Profit Fundraising Performance Report was commissioned by 2into3 and supported by The Community Foundation for Ireland, Quilter Cheviot, BDO and Salesforce.org. The report showed that fundraising income increased 9%, rising for the eighth consecutive year.The report is for 2017 and it used a representative sample of not-for-profit organisations to chart philanthropic income trends in Ireland. The report estimates Ireland’s charitable giving to be at €1.1 billion in 2017, with Irish people giving an average of €233 annually and philanthropy forming 0.30% of Ireland’s GDP.Regular giving (30%) and direct marketing appeals (20%) dominate the fundraising mix, while income from trusts and foundations represented only 1% of fundraising, consistent with Ireland having the fewest charitable trusts and foundations in Europe. More traditional fundraising methods such as local/community fundraising and emblem appeals represent a far smaller portion of fundraised income, at 9% and 6% respectively.Legacy giving forms a significant portion of the overall fundraising mix at 12%, with substantial growth year-on-year, suggesting a move towards more legacy marketing and, according to the Community Foundation, an unprecedented intergenerational transfer of wealth in Ireland is expected to occur between 2017 and 2036.57% of organisations in the survey had an income below €250,000 with almost 30% reporting income below €50,000. Only 15% of organisations had income of €1,000,000 or more, and 2% reported an income of €10,000,000 or more.Education and research received 22c of every €1 raised in 2017, while social welfare organisations received 18c of every €1. Environment and sporting organisations contributed 2% of total fundraised income each. State funding formed the majority source of income at 60%, while fundraised income accounted for 8%.In 2017, it cost 24c to raise €1, with relationship methods of giving bringing in the highest return on investment.The Fundraising Performance Report can be downloaded in PDF from 2into3.  187 total views,  1 views todaylast_img read more

DermTech Featured in Melanoma Research Foundation Weekly “Ask the Expert” Facebook Live Events Alongside…

first_imgLocal NewsBusiness Twitter TAGS  Pinterest Facebook Twitter Pinterest LA JOLLA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan 28, 2021– DermTech, Inc. (NASDAQ: DMTK) (“DermTech”), a leader in precision dermatology enabled by a non-invasive skin genomics platform, announced today its support and presentation in the Melanoma Research Foundation’s (“MRF”) “Ask the Expert” webinar series throughout the month of January. The events featured leading dermatologists and industry experts to increase awareness and education on melanoma. A key focus of the series was the importance of early detection of skin cancer and the delays in skin cancer screenings and diagnosis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The recorded webinars are accessible here. The “Ask the Expert” webinars took place on the MRF Facebook page with the following speakers:Jan. 7, 2021: Dr. Neal Bhatia, Therapeutics Clinical Research.Jan. 14, 2021: Dr. Ann Mazor Reed, Rendon Center Dermatology & Aesthetic Medicine and Skin Care Research.Jan. 21, 2021: Dr. Stephanie Diamond, Advanced Dermatology and Dr. Chris Adigun, Dermatology & Laser Center of Chapel Hill.Jan. 28, 2021: Dr. Julie Karen, Complete Skin MD and New York University Langone Medical Center. “Education, early detection and prevention are some of the most powerful tools to fight melanoma,” said Burkhard Jansen, M.D., chief medical officer of DermTech. “We are proud to support the MRF and its ‘Ask the Expert’ sessions in raising awareness of this aggressive form of skin cancer.” “This informative series is a vital element to preventing melanoma in as many people as possible,” said Kyleigh LiPira, MBA, chief executive officer of the MRF. “Our work with DermTech complements our mission of providing the necessary insight and resources to vigilantly prevent and detect melanoma. We are excited to kick off 2021 with new sessions and conversations.” For more information on the “Ask the Expert” Facebook Live webinars, including additional upcoming topics for discussion, please visit the MRF Facebook page here. About DermTech DermTech is the leading genomics company in dermatology and is creating a new category of medicine, precision dermatology, enabled by our non-invasive skin genomics platform. DermTech’s mission is to transform dermatology with our non-invasive skin genomics platform, to democratize access to high quality dermatology care, and to improve the lives of millions. DermTech provides genomic analysis of skin samples collected non-invasively using an adhesive patch rather than a scalpel. DermTech markets and develops products that facilitate the early detection of skin cancers, and is developing products that assess inflammatory diseases and customize drug treatments. For additional information on DermTech, please visit DermTech’s investor relations site at: www.DermTech.com. Forward-looking Statements This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The expectations, estimates, and projections of DermTech may differ from its actual results and consequently, you should not rely on these forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. Words such as “expect,” “estimate,” “project,” “budget,” “forecast,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “may,” “will,” “could,” “should,” “believes,” “predicts,” “potential,” “continue,” and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include, without limitation, expectations with respect to: the performance, patient benefits, cost-effectiveness, commercialization and adoption of DermTech’s products, including the Smart Sticker platform, and the market opportunity therefor. These forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual results to differ materially from the expected results. Most of these factors are outside of the control of DermTech and are difficult to predict. Factors that may cause such differences include, but are not limited to: (1) the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against DermTech; (2) DermTech’s ability to obtain additional funding to develop and market its products; (3) the existence of favorable or unfavorable clinical guidelines for DermTech’s tests; (4) the reimbursement of DermTech’s tests by Medicare and private payors; (5) the ability of patients or healthcare providers to obtain coverage of or sufficient reimbursement for DermTech’s products; (6) DermTech’s ability to grow, manage growth and retain its key employees; (7) changes in applicable laws or regulations; (8) the market adoption and demand for DermTech’s products and services together with the possibility that DermTech may be adversely affected by other economic, business, and/or competitive factors; and (9) other risks and uncertainties included in (x) the “Risk Factors” section of the most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed by DermTech with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), and (y) other documents filed or to be filed by DermTech with the SEC. DermTech cautions that the foregoing list of factors is not exclusive. You should not place undue reliance upon any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. DermTech does not undertake or accept any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect any change in its expectations or any change in events, conditions, or circumstances on which any such statement is based. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210128005964/en/ CONTACT: DermTech Sarah Dion [email protected] 858.450.4222 Crowe PR Sarah Gallagher [email protected] 224.406.4709 Melanoma Research Foundation Lorrie Beth Miley [email protected] 202.742.5913 KEYWORD: CALIFORNIA UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: BIOTECHNOLOGY GENERAL HEALTH MEDICAL DEVICES HEALTH ONCOLOGY SOURCE: DermTech, Inc. Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 01/28/2021 04:30 PM/DISC: 01/28/2021 04:30 PM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210128005964/encenter_img WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – January 28, 2021 WhatsApp DermTech Featured in Melanoma Research Foundation Weekly “Ask the Expert” Facebook Live Events Alongside Notable Industry Scientists Facebook Previous articleSonoma Pharmaceuticals and Microderm Technologies Announce that Dermodacyn® Disinfecting Solution is Now Available in Hong Kong and ThailandNext articleVoya Financial Declares Common and Preferred Stock Dividends Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

Pentagon field tests ‘molar mic,’ an encrypted radio that attaches to your tooth

first_imgSonitus(ALEXANDRIA, Virginia) — Think your new wireless Apple Airpod ear buds are pretty special, don’t you?The U.S. Department of Defense is working with a Silicon Valley startup to fine-tune a crystal-clear, two-way radio so small it clips to your tooth.The device, nicknamed the “molar mic,” is designed to transmit an encrypted, wireless signal clear enough to whisper in a hurricane and hear back with equal clarity — all inside your head, with no earpiece.Since the sound of the voice is captured at its source, the cheek and gums create a natural barrier to outside sound, so the radio is designed to work virtually anywhere, according to ABC News interviews with its developers, as well as military officials and experts who have tested the device.Incoming wireless signals beam directly into the mouth and are converted by the chip into mechanical energy, which imperceptibly vibrates the tooth and travels up through the jawbone –- essentially bypassing the ears — directly into the brain’s auditory nerves.The device channels the body’s natural ability to transmit sound internally.Chew on some crunchy potato chips and you’ll grasp the concept immediately. Last month, Sonitus – the California firm behind the device — was awarded a $10 million Department of Defense (DoD) contract to customize the technology to meet the military’s needs. After that, it’s expected to hit the commercial market.Real-time dealsThe “molar mic” project is an early success for the Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), a relatively new, specialized team of technology scouts whose mission is to identify existing commercial technology solutions that can be swiftly adapted to meet military needs and make deals in real time.Traditionally, the Pentagon’s contracts with big defense companies to build tanks, ships and planes for the U.S. military can be years in the making and require extensive review, testing and oversight procedures before a product ever rolls off the assembly line. It’s an approach thoroughly unsuited to the technology sector.In 2015, former U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter ordered the creation of DIU, a small, experimental unit with a modest budget, comprised of civilians, active duty military, reservists and commercial tech executives.Headquartered in Silicon Valley and designed to operate outside the more traditional, deliberative military bidding process, DIU has so far inked 81 deals worth about $240 million in Pentagon contracts, officials said.Independent military technology experts told ABC News that DIU is a small but vital component of a larger Pentagon campaign launched under Carter and maintained under current Secretary of State James Mattis to keep pace with technological innovation. Mattis visited DIU’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, last year and expressed his support for the program, according to the Associated Press.“The regular acquisition process is pretty bureaucratic and slow and can be inefficient — that’s just the reality of it,” said Peter W. Singer, a military technology expert who specializes in 21st century warfare.“So you develop these other projects and programs almost as workarounds to that,” he said. “So much of the key [emerging] technology is already marketized — whether it’s AI [artificial intelligence] or big data or robotics — it’s increasingly available on the private market.”Since the commercial developers have usually already brought the product to market, DIU is able to sidestep the steep research and development costs traditionally borne by the government.They work with the developers to adapt existing technology to meet the relentless needs of a sprawling bureaucracy tasked with protecting the nation from a widening spectrum of threats.The “molar mic” prototype is based on a concept originally conceived for hearing aids.Prioritizing AIAnother pilot project involves a high-tech fleet of autonomous drones that was developed with technology for a real estate app, Defense Department officials said.“Instead of a [military] unit having to kick in a door to a multiple-story building, now they can release multiple small, smart drones into that space that are AI-enabled and autonomous, and not only map the entire structure, but highlight potential threats,” Mike Madsen, DIU’s director of strategic engagement, told ABC News. The unit is also tapping into the rapidly-evolving commercial satellite market, working with companies whose regular customers are futures traders monitoring petroleum holding tanks, or box store executives measuring car traffic in mall parking lots.Yet another new project DIU is developing is AI-enabled software that predicts the deterioration of parts and the need for maintenance before they actually break down.Madsen, a former C-17 pilot in the Air Force, recalled one time that a broken part delayed a mission for days.“We hard broke on an austere airfield and waited five days for a parts and maintenance official,” he said.The evolving AI pilot program, Madsen said, “can crunch billions of data points to understand so many factors.”“We’ll know before parts break, before we leave home station,” he added. AI is one of the chief priorities of an American military establishment that for the first time in its history is falling behind the private sector in a vitally important defense space.In May, Secretary Mattis wrote a memo imploring President Donald Trump to create a national strategy for artificial intelligence development, according to a report last month in the New York Times, which noted that, to date, the president’s response to the memo remains unclear.Another issue that’s driving the military’s need for a more contemporary approach to technology is competition from the Chinese.“China has a strategic plan to be the artificial intelligence world leader by 2030,” Singer said, “and this effort is being backed by massive investment from the government, the military and the industrial sectors there.”“That has deeply concerned the [U.S.] military, and that’s been the spark for a lot of these efforts,” Singer added. For his part, Madsen seems to have internalized the need for speed in his position.On the government side, he said, “we work with the DoD to fully and clearly and simply identify their problem — not with a voluminous list of requirements and explanations of the problem.”On the flip side, DIU seeks solutions from Silicon Valley that can be explained in a five-page white paper or a 15-slide presentation deck, Madsen said.“We’re looking to put that proposal into a contract award within 60 to 90 days,” Madsen said. “Our fastest was 31 days.” ‘No longer an experiment’It hasn’t always gone smoothly.The unit has at times faced resistance from a tech sector still wary of working with the U.S. military and intelligence communities in the wake of analyst Edward Snowden’s staggering 2015 revelations that the National Security Agency (NSA) had secretly penetrated the internal systems of Google, Facebook and others.A $131 million contract known as “Project Maven” that DIU struck with Google to use machine-learning technology to swiftly analyze drone images captured on the battlefield was scuttled after thousands of Google employees, including some who resigned over the issue, objected to the Pentagon contract.More than 4,000 employees signed a petition which argued that “Google should not be in the business of war,” according to Gizmodo, which first reported the development.Still, DIU appears to maintain the support of the Pentagon’s top brass. When it was launched three years ago, DIU was called DIUx –- with the ‘x’ representing “experimental.”Last month the “x” was removed, marking a vital milestone for the young unit, which since its inception has expanded to include satellite offices in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Austin, Texas, and the Pentagon.“Though DIU will continue to experiment with new ways of delivering capability to the warfighter, the organization itself is no longer an experiment,” Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan wrote in a memo announcing the name change.‘Safety first’Many of the DIU pilot projects get on-the-spot testing in real world conditions.During Hurricane Harvey last year, thousands of first responders and search-and-rescue teams poured into Houston from a range of agencies. Among them was a small unit of Air National Guard pararescuers — elite, quasi-military rescue specialists trained to operate in the roughest environments on the planet –- who field tested the “molar mic.”Sonitus Chief Operating Officer Peter Hadrovic said that the “Air National Guard unit working with us generally has a dual mission.”“They have an internal, domestic mission and a military mission, so many of the guys that have been outfitted with these systems, in the process of prototyping them, have used them in, for example, Hurricane Harvey, when they were on a civilian search-and-rescue mission,” he explained. While Hadrovic declined to detail all of the new device’s capabilities, the underlying wireless technology — called “near-field magnetic induction” – is known to be operable underwater, according to outside experts who spoke with ABC News.The Air National Guard’s pararescuer jumpers, or “PJs” as they are known, frequently drop from whirring helicopters into deep floodwaters to execute rescues in hurricanes and other national disasters.Hadrovic said the device will eventually be marketed commercially to a variety of industries, particularly firefighters, police, search-and-rescue squads and other types of first responders, whose needs in this instance mirror those of the military — reliable communication in unpredictable conditions.“Rule number one is clear communication,” Hadrovic said. “Communication is safety. Number two is the ability to operate freely.” In many dangerous situations, he said, external headgear can be self-defeating.“You put equipment on to protect yourself and you impair your ability to communicate,” Hadrovic explained. “So putting on respiratory protection, like a firefighter, can break rule number one –- don’t lose communication.” Still, Hadrovic took pains in his interview with ABC News to highlight not just the virtues but the limitations of the “molar mic.”“This is not a brain-machine interface,” he stressed, referring to a specific concept of a direct pathway between a human brain and an external device, known as a BMI. “But it’s what we’re moving towards.”He characterized the “molar mic” as something of an early predecessor to even more fascinating future innovations.“Essentially, when we think of technology — whether it’s the very first stone that someone picked up to flying a drone, we’ve always used our little monkey fingertips,” Hadrovic said.“And now we’re moving into a world where increasingly it will not just be hands-free and voice-free but even with a connection to the human brain,” he added.“There are all these cool projects [underway] on brain-machine interfaces, allowing [the wearer] to do everything from flying drones with their mind to ordering pizza to a dorm room without every vocalizing it,” Hadrovic said. “This is just the start.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. 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Wholesale success for fine food firm Lewis & Cooper

first_imgFine food retailer Lewis & Cooper’s move into wholesale looks to be paying off after its fruit cakes and biscuits were listed at 11 National Trust shops and retailer Lakeland ordered 11,000 of its plum puddings. The Northallerton-based shop, famous for its plum puddings and fruit cakes, launched its wholesale business in October, targeting delis, farm shops, restaurants and cafés.The firm has now gained a listing for its fruit cakes, along with its biscuits made by a baker in South Yorkshire, in 11 National Trust shops, including high street stores in York and Skipton.It will supply Lakeland, which has 41 stores across the country and a large online business, with 6,000 of its 450g vegetarian plum puddings and 5,000 of the 220g gluten-free varieties.last_img read more

Objections raised to new Coffee#1 shop proposal

first_imgPlans for a new Coffee #1 shop in the Bedminster district of Bristol have been knocked by local traders, who submitted over 60 objections to the planning application.Nearby traders have claimed that the introduction of the coffee shop chain would cause trouble for local independent coffee shops.Coffee #1 currently owns four coffee shops in Bishopston, Fishponds, Clifton and Westbury-on-Trym, as well as others across Wales and the south west.The application forms submitted on behalf of Coffee#1 said: “The proposed development will have numerous benefits for the local community and wider Bedminster town centre.“The new shopfront will be an improvement on the existing design, which will be far more in keeping with the traditional character of the building and surrounding area.“Furthermore, the use of the property as a coffee shop will increase the vitality and viability of the centre, as well as increasing employment opportunities.”Many of the objectors said a shop would help boost the economy of the area more than a café would do.The shops sell pastries, toasties, cakes and Spanish barra gallega bread.last_img read more

Railroad Earth Details Fall Tour Schedule With Red Rocks, Festivals & More

first_imgBeloved jamgrass group Railroad Earth has announced some tour dates for the fall, coming in hot with a number of performances throughout the country. The band will kick off their tour with a performance at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on September 16th, before hitting Boulder, CO the following night. They’ll head East from there, focusing on the Midwest states and cities primarily.The band also has two exciting festivals on the horizon, including Hillberry Music Festival and Hangtown Music Festival in October. Don’t miss out! You can see the full schedule below.Railroad Earth Tour Dates9/16 Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre Morrison, CO9/17 Boulder Theater Boulder, CO9/22 Bogart’s Cincinnati, OH9/23 Mountain Arts Center Prestonsburg, KY9/24 House of Blues Cleveland OH9/25 Town Ballroom Buffalo, NY9/28 Bijou Theatre Knoxville, TN9/29 The Rex Theater Pittsburgh, PA10/14-16 Hillberry Music Festival – Eureka Springs, AR10/20-23 Hangtown Music Festival Placerville, CAlast_img read more

Navigating a Data Lake

first_imgHere in Seattle, we have a stunning lake on the edge of our downtown called Lake Union. The lake is home to many houseboats, including the one filmed in “Sleepless in Seattle,” as well as a haven for sailboats, kayakers and sea planes – in short, a true beehive of activity!Even though the lake can be crowded, Seattle does a great job of managing activity on the lake. Restrictions on the number of house boats, designated landing areas for sea planes, and police patrol boats all work together to help ensure that everything moves in an orderly fashion. I can’t help but think about the parallels between what happens on Lake Union on a daily basis and what is transpiring in the emerging world of what is referred to as a “data lake.”A data lake is a repository for all kinds of data. Data can be placed in the lake through a variety of means. That same data can be consumed through different mechanisms without needing to copy or export anything. Ultimately, data lakes are an order of magnitude more scalable than existing approaches for data warehousing and business analytics. However, in order to ensure seamless, predictable and efficient capacity given the amazing rate of information growth, a data lake must above all else be built to be able to scale. As businesses learn to harness their information, data lakes and their applications take on strategic importance. The data lake must be able to enable existing applications, as well as seamlessly support new applications. It is also increasingly important to protect and backup the data lake efficiently, to ensure that it interacts with directory and security services, and be something that you can manage easily over time.Within EMC, we at Isilon have been focusing on developing some of these capabilities. Over the last couple of years, we’ve been enhancing the OneFS operating system and collaborating with key partners to ensure that our customers can effectively manage their data lakes. If any of you grew up around lakes, you probably remember finding a solid foundation to dive from, and then once you were comfortable, climbing to higher ground and really taking a deep plunge!  We’re using the same philosophy with our approach to data lakes. We have maintained a strong footing in our traditional offerings around enterprise file applications such as archive, home directories and HPC, while expanding and building new solutions for mobile, cloud, analytics and software-defined storage.In addition, by natively incorporating the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) into OneFS, companies are now able to bring Hadoop to their Big Data rather than vice versa. HDFS allows enterprises to avoid the CapEx costs of purchasing a separate infrastructure and start getting results faster because they don’t need to spend time moving PBs of data. They can also access home directory and files shares contained in their data lakes, from virtually any mobile device using Syncplicity technology.While other parts of EMC are focusing on complementary capabilities related to data lakes, these are just a few of the areas where we at Isilon are helping folks to successfully realize the possibilities that exist.last_img read more