Shirley Foundation supports “first online disability conference”

The National Autistic Foundation will launch Autism99 on 2 November, the “first-ever worldwide disability conference to happen only on the Internet.”Funding for the conference and Web site was granted by The Shirley Foundation. This is a newly-formed charity dedicated to autism set up by business woman Steve Shirley, who founded the FI group.National Autistic Society branches will also be able to participate in the conference as a result of a fundraising partnership between British Telecom and the Society. NAS was one of five charities to which customers were asked to donate their Friends and Family savings from July to September. Advertisement Howard Lake | 19 October 1999 | News  19 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Web-based conference is the work of RMR Design Associates Ltd. (They subsequently reported that their fee for the conference was £150,000, according to Internet World, August 2000, p.60).Bob Rankin featured the site on Tourbus on 6 November 1999 and commented: “I have to say this is a VERY impressive site – flashy but it still downloads quickly.”You can take part in the conference by registering at Autism99. 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 Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Shirley Foundation supports “first online disability conference” Tagged with: Digital read more

Concept hormone kit that allows men to breastfeed wins award

first_imgNewsHub 26 October 2018Family First Comment:  Coming soon. Can’t wait.   “Chest-feeding” – a man taking various hormone drugs throughout his partner’s pregnancy, which allows him to grow milk ducts in time for the baby’s birth. Mothers no longer needed. #shockingA hormone kit that allows men to “chest feed” could become available to consumers in as few as five years.The invention is in its concept stages and is yet to be tested, however, it has picked up a “Meaning-Centred Design Award”.The kit involves a man taking various hormone drugs throughout his partner’s pregnancy, which allows him to grow milk ducts in time for the baby’s birth.Product designer, Marie-Claire Springham told DailyMail side effects of the drugs will likely be that men grow breasts up to the size of a B-cup.Ms Springham, who studied product design at Central Saint Martins in London, said she can’t see why couples wouldn’t use the product.“It seems unusual but women have been using hormones to change their bodies since they developed the birth-control pill,” Ms Springham said.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Danielle Delgado earns 9th-place finish at 2018 Pepsi Florida Relays on Thursday night

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse track returned to action on Thursday night for the 2018 Pepsi Florida Relays, where Danielle Delgado’s ninth-place 1:01.39 run in the women’s 400-meter hurdles was the best finish among Orange runners.In the women’s 200-meter dash, Dasia Pressley was the top finisher for SU at 24th with a time of 24.03 seconds, followed by Imani Clark in 27th place and Justice Richardson in the 52nd spot. Also on the women’s side, Cheyenne Trigg placed 16th with a time of 56.15 seconds in the 400-meter dash, just ahead of Alexis Harper, who finished 18th.On the men’s side, in the 200-meter dash, Kashif Miller led the way in 38th with a time of 21.55 seconds, followed by Winston Lee in 45th. In the 400-meter hurdles, Chevis Armstead II placed 26th with a time of 55.53 seconds.While the relays continue on Friday, the Orange won’t be back in action until Saturday. Kelvin Almonte, Richard Floyd, Armstead and Jamil Adams will run as a team in the men’s 4×110 meter shuttle hurdles. Richardson, Clark, Kadejhia Sellers and Eunice Boateng will run in the women’s 4×100 meter relays. To finish it off for the Orange, Angelo Goss, Miller, Chris Tucker and Lee will run in the men’s 4×100 meter relays. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on March 30, 2018 at 12:26 am Contact Eric: [email protected]last_img read more

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver argues Kobe Bryant should appear in 2016 NBA All-Star game

first_imgSAN ANTONIO >> The man ranks as the NBA’s worst 3-point shooter. He has cemented a career-low in shooting percentage. His team has started out with the Western Conference’s worst record.None of these qualities would merit consideration for an NBA All-Star appearance. But all of those reasons become complicated for one simple reason.The man’s name is Kobe Bryant. The NBA released its All-Star ballot on Thursday, with voting concluding on Jan. 18, 2016. Legions of fans from Los Angeles to China will likely vote for Bryant in hopes to see him make his 18th NBA All-Star appearance in Toronto on Feb. 14, 2016 during his 20th and final NBA season. But the Lakers’ overtime loss on Wednesday to Minnesota featured Bryant coaching his young teammates from the sideline after voluntarily sitting out after the 3:56 mark of the third quarter.“If he wanted to, he’d be pretty good at it,” Lakers forward Julius Randle said about Bryant’s coaching prospects. “He was patient.”After sinking a 7-foot bank shot with 2.2 seconds left in regulation to force overtime, Lakers rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell and Bryant bumped chests on the sideline. After Russell missed an 18-foot fadeaway with 3.9 seconds left in overtime that could have sealed the win, Bryant wrapped his arms around Russell. “Kobe was coaching me the whole time,” Russell said. “He kept telling me, ‘You know you got that shot. Don’t forget about it.’”Relishing new roleFew expected Larry Nance Jr. to start ahead of Randle. “We were all shocked,” Nance Jr. said before backtracking. “That may have been the wrong word.”Nance Jr., whom the Lakers selected 27th overall, has averaged 4.0 points on 44.4 percent shooting and 4.5 rebounds in 25.5 minutes through two games as the Lakers’ starting power forward by perfecting one quality.“I have to bring the energy every time,” Nance Jr. said.Nance posted similar numbers as a reserve (4.0 points, 3.5 rebounds) despite playing fewer minutes off the bench (16.6). Meanwhile, Randle has averaged 11.7 points and 9.2 rebounds as a starter in 28.4 minutes per game. Yet, Lakers coach Byron Scott argued he made the switch to ensure a better collective lineup.“He plays with a lot of energy and is a guy who knows how to play the game,” Scott said of Nance Jr. “He doesn’t go out there and try to do too much.”Injury updateThe Lakers listed second-year guard Jordan Clarkson as questionable to play in Friday’s game against San Antonio after he suffered a mildly sprained right ankle. He stayed out of Wednesday’s game in Minnesota from the 3:27 mark of the third quarter after accidentally stepping on Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins in the first half. “I hope to see him there. I think he deserves to be there,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Thursday on SiriusXM Radio. “He’s going to retire as one of the NBA’s greatest players.”Bryant’s popularity should overcome his season averages of 15.9 points, while shooting 30.9 percent from the field and 22.3 percent from 3-point range in 30.9 minutes per contest. But Bryant should also benefit from being listed as a frontcourt player after manning the small forward position. He will not have to compete for a backup spot against Stephen Curry, James Harden, Chris Paul or Russell Westbrook. Coach KobeThe question immediately caused Bryant to laugh. Would he ever become a coach?“That is the funniest thing I’ve heard,” Bryant said, before quickly dismissing the idea. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Man Utd ‘on the trail’ of Fulham star

first_imgManchester United are on the trail of Fulham star Moussa Dembele, according to The People.The paper also suggest Bobby Zamora is a shock target for mega-rich Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala.Zamora only joined QPR from the Whites in January but it is claimed that Anzhi boss Guus Hiddink is planning to launch a bid for him in the summer.The People also say Middlesbrough want to sign young centre-back Dan Burn from Fulham.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Comfort Your Local Dogmatic Scientist

first_imgScientists need a hug sometimes, too.You can do a simple act to help an environmental scientist: offer him or her a shoulder to cry on. In Science Magazine, Timothy A. C. Gordon, Andrew N. Radford, Stephen D. Simpson implored readers, “Grieving environmental scientists need support.” They’re depressed. Why? Humans are not doing enough to save the planet from climate change. Not even Darwin can help them.Rates of environmental destruction are greater today than at any previous point in human history. This loss of valued species, ecosystems, and landscapes triggers strong grief responses in people with an emotional attachment to nature. However, environmental scientists are presented with few opportunities to address this grief professionally.Environmental scientists tend to respond to degradation of the natural world by ignoring, suppressing, or denying the resulting painful emotions while at work. The risks that this entails are profound. Emotional trauma can substantially compromise self-awareness, imagination, and the ability to think coherently. As Charles Darwin put it, one “who remains passive when overwhelmed with grief loses [the] best chance of recovering elasticity of mind.”Yes; the loss of ability to think coherently is becoming painfully evident. If they were consistent materialists and Darwinists (which is practically a job requirement in science these days), they would think logically, and figure that Darwin’s theory just says Stuff Happens, so tough luck. Planets come and go; life rises and goes extinct; that’s just the way of things. Nothing is good or bad. It just is.Many of these same scientists cheered on Greta Thunberg, the Swedish student who cried before the United Nations that her generation was perishing because of lack of action on climate change. An article on The Scientist announces, “Hundreds of Scientists Declare Support for Extinction Rebellion.” Perhaps activism can provide some relief from depression. Ashley Yeager describes the “Extinction Rebellion” as “a declaration supporting civil disobedience protests that urge government action on climate change.”Grossman and the others who drafted the declaration support the Extinction Rebellion, a non-violent environmental pressure group that formed in the UK about a year ago to protest government inaction on the ecological crises caused by climate change. The group, which sparked similar groups in dozens of countries around the world, has had more than 1,400 protesters arrested in London in the last week alone, and police ousted activists from Trafalgar Square on Monday (October 14), the Associated Press reports.“We can’t allow the role of scientists to be to just write papers and publish them in obscure journals and hope somehow that somebody out there will pay attention,” Julia Steinberger, an ecological economist at the University of Leeds and a lead author of the sixth Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, tells Reuters.“We need to be rethinking the role of the scientist and engage with how social change happens at a massive and urgent scale,” she says. “We can’t allow science as usual.” And yet what do those papers in obscure journals say? For years, we have seen papers that are surprised by new evidence that contradicts the consensus view that humans are causing global warming. Other papers bring up surprising new considerations that were not entered into the models. And how definitive can science be about such complex subjects as long-term climate trends?Adelie penguins (R. Harrington)Climate scientists have a bad habit of scaring people with disasters they cannot prove will happen. Just this week, printed a story, “Unless warming is slowed, emperor penguins will be marching towards extinction.” The article begins with a photo of a compassionate scientist, Stephanie Jenouvrier from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, cuddling a big, fat, adorable penguin chick. Who could not love these tuxedo-dressed birds that were the stars of the 2005 documentary, “March of the Penguins”? But is the scare justified? Further reading shows that nobody will know if climate change will cause harm to the emperor penguins until long after Stephanie is dead.Under the 1.5 degree scenario, the study found that only 5 percent of sea ice would be lost by 2100, causing a 19 percent drop in the number of penguin colonies. If the planet warms by 2 degrees, however, those numbers increase dramatically: the loss of sea ice nearly triples, and more than a third of existing colonies disappear.The scare tactic is just a “scenario.” Stephanie may be worried about nothing. She couldn’t possibly know for 80 more years. Hugging a penguin chick (or a dog) is probably good therapy for imagined depression, published an article about the uncertainty of science today. University of Chicago academics looked into “pro-science” vs “anti-science” debates and concluded that such terms mislead the public about the messy nature of science.Recent attacks on “grievance” studies have occasioned renewed attention to the politics of knowledge in the academy. In a wide-ranging survey, Mark Horowitz, William Yaworsky and Kenneth Kickham revisit some of anthropology’s most sensitive controversies. Taking the field’s temperature since the sweltry “science wars” of the nineties, Horowitz and colleagues probe whether anthropology is still a house divided on questions of truth, justice and the American Anthropological Association.In particular, their study showed that you can predict an anthropologist’s position on science from his or her political views. Mark Horowitz and team looked back to classic anthropology studies that turned out to be flawed.In the latest issue of Current Anthropology, Horowitz and colleagues discover rich patterns in the data. Disciplinary subfield, gender and, notably, political orientation are all significant predictors of anthropologists’ views. That is, knowing an anthropologist’s politics tells a lot about where they stand on such matters.Does that apply to other branches of science that deal with equally subjective and complex subjects? If so, it would be wise to determine your local environmental scientist’s voting record before giving him or her a shoulder to cry on.It is clear that even scientists, as human beings created in the image of God, but fallen into sin, still have a soul and a conscience. If they were truly Darwinists, they would be glad the world is getting destroyed. They would be celebrating the victory of the Stuff Happens Law.Deep in their consciences, though, they remember a world that its Maker declared to be “very good.” Their hearts stir at the remnants of the Good Earth. What they really need is not a hug, but repentance and faith in the Creator’s plan of salvation. They will learn that the world is going to get much worse before it gets better. There is hope: but it is not up to us. Our mentality should be, “Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.”Is the earth a product of design or chance? Photo by David Coppedge (Visited 336 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Apple’s iPhone Not Profitable for Carriers?

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Tags:#Apple#NYT#Trends#web center_img According to a research report released by Denmark’s Strand Consult, the iPhone is not the profit-generating machine that people have made it out to be…that is, unless you’re Apple. For carriers, however, gaining the exclusive rights to sell the iPhone isn’t exactly a winning situation. The report says that the hidden costs of the phone, which include things like the subsidies and the revenue share Apple demands, have actually hurt rather than helped mobile operators’ earnings. iPhone: Bad-for-Business? According to a Sunday article in The Guardian, the report states that the iPhone isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be, at least from the carriers’ perspective. Because Apple requires carriers to pay subsidies and, in some markets they demand revenue share, the carriers don’t make as much on phone sales as you may think. “We have not found one operator which has created shareholder value with iPhone,” notes the report. Not only does the report state that the phone isn’t as profitable for carriers as you may think, it argues that it might actually be a hindrance. “A lot of competitors are actually doing better,” it says when referring to the carriers who don’t offer the Apple device in their lineup. An earlier press release from the company even went so far as to claim that “operators that choose not to carry iPhone products have an increased probability of serving their shareholders interests.” Also mentioned is something called the “iPhone effect,” a coin termed by a chairman of a multinational operator. “The iPhone effect is the effect that comes from moving our management’s focus away from the 99% of our customers that generate the cash flow that pays our bills,” claims the unnamed chairman. In addition to these issues, Strand Consult also notes that the iPhone only attracts a limited market segment and one in which customers already were heavy data users…so they’re not actually bringing in that much new revenue via their iPhone data plans. Meanwhile, flat rate data plans mean that the “high data consumption results in high production costs without the corresponding increased revenue.”Although not mentioned in the Guardian piece, we’re currently seeing the problems AT&T has encountered here in the U.S. – thanks to it being the only network that provides the phone in this market. The company has struggled to provide coverage in heavily populated urban areas, like New York and San Francisco, where iPhone users are plenty. The issue went beyond just being hearsay to warranting a public shaming in a recent New York Times article. According to the article, the company has been working on expensive upgrades to those data-heavy networks to help ease the traffic burden which has led to dropped calls, slow speeds, and often a lack of signal. Problems like these have angered consumers and have given AT&T a bad name in many circles. The company has also had to delay the launch of new iPhone features like MMS and tethering, since their network again had to be prepared to handle the additional data traffic. Some Carriers DisagreeWhile AT&T never directly commented on the report, they’ve been consistent in touting the positive benefits of the phone with every release of their quarterly earnings. For example, in their latest earnings announcement, AT&T revealed that the iPhone 3GS launch was the “best sales day” the company ever had. They also gained more than 2.4 million customers this past quarter, 35% who were new to AT&T. They noted that more than 80% of the upgrades were from a non-iPhone device or a 2G iPhone, increasing ARPU [average revenue per unit]. And as for the iPhone owners themselves, the company says their ARPUs are significantly above the company’s post-paid average, churn is much lower, and recurring margins continue to be high. Another carrier, U.K.-based O2, did comment on the report. They told the Guardian they disagree with the findings, saying that they’ve benefited from the so-called “iPhone effect.” Although the article didn’t go into specifics as to what those benefits are, it’s likely they’re seeing much of the same benefits as AT&T. Finally, according to Reuters, Japan’s exclusive iPhone carrier, the #3-ranked in the country, passed the number one carrier in August in terms of new subscriber sign-ups. Perhaps the truth here is in the middle. Maybe Strand is right in saying that carriers don’t benefit from iPhone sales. However, they could benefit simply from having iPhone customers who stick with the company for long periods of time, paying for hefty data plans along the way. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… sarah perezlast_img read more

Behind Facebook’s Campaign to Delete False Likes

first_imgFacebook has launched an ambitious program to remove phony likes. Indeed, a substantial percentage of likes on the site are dubious, experts say. The trick for the social network is to delete false ones without doing away with legitimate likes, which would alienate members and advertisers.False likes are often placed by phony accounts set up to pimp like-hungry brands or by bots that hijack a legitimate account. Facebook can profit from them, since high numbers of likes encourage ad buyers to spend money on the site, but illegitimate likes also cast doubt among investors that the company can deliver stable growth. Facebook is attacking the problem at a time when stakes are growing to deliver likes to a brand.Facebook declined to discuss how it is eliminating fake likes, for fear of tipping off spammers. Its method likely hinges on pattern recognition. “Facebook has access to a lot of data,” said Chris Weber, cofounder of the cybersecurity firm Casaba. “They can recognize a great number of patterns, and can very likely use behavioral statistics to qualify what activity looks normal and real versus what activity that looks fake or automated.” Facebook has announced that the program is likely to eliminate no more than 1% of likes on any given page. However, it could axe as much as 25% of likes, according to Tom Corson-Knowles, an online marketer who consults with small-business owners on ways to promote products on social networks. Corson-Knowles bases his estimate on his contacts with thousands of so-called virtual assistants – essentially freelance social marketers – who typically offer clients 1,000 likes for about $25. “One thing all of these virtual assistants have in common is a large number of fake profiles that they use,” he said. “The average virtual assistant I’ve seen who does Facebook marketing has at least five Facebook accounts.”Such deals have proven irresistible to marketers. “Business owners jump on the chance” to get hundreds of likes, said Jayme Pretzloff, online marketing director for Minneapolis-based Wixon Jewelers, “but they don’t realize the repercussions of doing this. Facebook has already cracked down on this by changing its Newsfeed rankings based on engagement.” Companies’ strong engagement with their fans will appear more often in their fans’ feeds, he adds.Any cleanup must be exacting. A central concern of this effort is that Facebook participants will react angrily to the deletion of likes that they have placed. On Thursday morning, Facebook issued a statement saying it had received no reports of legitimate likes being removed.But eliminating likes at all is perilous because they are essential to attracting advertiser dollars. “It’s not in Facebook’s best interest to proactively solve this problem,” Corson-Knowles said. “Facebook’s revenue is directly proportionate to the number of page views the site gets, and banning 1 percent of users who are deemed bots will cost the company a lot of missed ad impressions.”  Tags:#Facebook#web dave copeland Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationcenter_img The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

How to Upgrade Your Targets

first_imgTake a look at your target list.Some of the “prospects” on that list have been there for years. Many of them experienced changes in their business and no longer buy much of what you sell. A few of them don’t buy at all. They’re no longer prospects.Some of these “prospects” might buy a lot of what you sell, but they don’t value what you do enough to pay you for it. They buy on price alone, and you don’t compete on price. Because you can’t sell to them at a price they’re willing to pay, they’re no longer prospects either.Some of your “prospects” have needs that you can’t meet (even outside of price). They need delivery terms that don’t work for you, or payment terms that you can’t meet. Or maybe the way they need a solution work isn’t something you can deliver. They’re no longer prospects or leads.Target Companies That Buy NowTo upgrade your target list you need to build a list of dream clients and prospects that use what you sell now. Companies that are buying what you sell have orders now. You can only get orders from people that have orders to give you.Target Companies That Value What You DoYou also need to upgrade your list by identifying targets that value what is you do. Clients that value what you do will expect you to create that value, and they’ll also allow you to capture some of the value that you create.Target Companies That Don’t Need Exceptional ExceptionsIt’s tough to let go of targets that buy what you sell because you can’t meet their needs. You want to make exceptions, win the business, and move on. But sometimes your company’s business model, your processes, and the other unique ways you do business won’t allow for those exceptions. You’re better off targeting prospects that don’t need exceptions that you can’t make.Upgrade your target list. Eliminate the old stuff that hasn’t been good for years. Fill it back up with real leads and prospects that do buy what you sell, value what you do, and for whom your work will make a difference. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

SEA Games: PH athletics team delivers 2 golds before day’s end

first_imgSEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Toledo defeated Thailand’s Suttisak Singkon who had 7,411 and Vietnam’s Bui Van Su who tallied 6,737.Quickly after, Beram clocked 20.84 seconds to crown himself the 200m sprint king, besting Jirapong Meenapra of Thailand (21.22 seconds) and Malaysia’s Thevarr Gunasegaran (21.26 seconds).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMarco Vilog placed second in the men’s 800-meter run (1:49.91) while Mark Harry Diones also captured silver in men’s triple jump (16.63m).Fil-American Kayla Richardson, meanwhile, crashed out of the podium in the women’s 200m. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program View comments Anthony Beram wins 200m dash. Photo from @KL2017/MASOCKUALA LUMPUR — The Philippines got two golden triumphs in athletics, through Aries Toledo in decathlon and Anthony Beram in men’s 200m dash late Wednesday in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.Just when the country was prepared to have a dry day, 23-year-old Toledo tallied 7,433 points after 10 events to capture the gold medal at Bukit Jalil National Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Perlas Pilipinas rallies to stun Thailand WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READlast_img read more