July 4 2003 HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY To this repor

first_imgJuly 4, 2003HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY: To this reporter it seems important to acknowledge the steady, every day persistence in good solid work as the true basis for any independence. Whether the insistence to be free of oppression, or simple daily toil, only consistency in the approach yields any result. Here at Arcosanti our foundry crew is a good example. The production of bells is a tough job, especially in the hot summer month. The foundry crew produces bells five days a week with 3 or 4 heats [bronze pours] every day, molding, pouring, cleaning, drilling and assembling. [Photo & text: sa] Crewmember Jim Huth impresses a design into the silt form. [Photo & text: sa] Design detail. [Photo & text: sa] The crew at work. [Photo & text: sa] Crewmember Melinda Barnadas. [Photo & text: sa] The crew takes turns to pour the bronze. This time Andrew Kle [middle] is guiding the crucible with Melinda tailing. [Photo & text: sa] Tom Sargent and James Moscovic are shoveling, a stand-by security incase any bronze tries to escape. [Photo & text: sa] >>left>> The bells get cleaned, brushed and extra flashing is ground away. >>right>> Crewmember Sarah Merando assembles some of the bells. [Photo & text: sa] With beautiful designs and a clean sound, Soleri bells are a trademark all over the world of a courageous endeavor. There is not much romance in a repetative job, but the steady labour of this foundry crew insures in large part the ‘Independence’ to continue a dream, the slow but steady building of Soleri’s ‘Urban Laboratory’ here at Arcosanti. [Photo & text: sa]last_img read more

Rep VanderWallsupported law gives high school students credit for internships

first_img Categories: News,VanderWall News 25Jun Rep. VanderWall-supported law gives high school students credit for internships State Rep. Curt VanderWall today announced a new state law will allow high school students to earn course credit for completing an internship or work-study program, citing the need for expanding education beyond the classroom.“We have to give our state’s future generations more opportunities to learn and gain real-world experience, not just expect success because they completed 12 years of education in a classroom,” said VanderWall, of Ludington. “Whether a student is set to go to college or start a career right after earning their diploma, an internship can be invaluable for deciding what is best for themselves. This will help the students and our local businesses to prepare for their respective futures.”Michigan Department of Education guidelines already allow work-based paid or volunteer internships in grades 9-12, but this new law cuts through the state administrative hurdles by giving the local district board of education authority to approve and oversee the internship for course credit. The new law also protects funding, allowing school districts to count anyone participating in an internship or a work experience program off campus as a full-time student.“Giving local schools more say is crucial because matching the right students to the right program has clear educational benefits,” VanderWall said. “If a high school junior has an interest in being an electrician, how does it not help to spend five hours a week on a construction site while helping a journeyman electrician? That’s on-the-job training and skill development that is not available in every high school. Opening that door is all about opportunities with it being up to the student, their family and the school to work together.”House Bills 4106 and 5676 are now Public Acts 184 and 185, respectively, of 2018.#####last_img read more

Dennis often tells our team that he and his peers

first_imgDennis often tells our team that he and his peers were counselled to plan for a 120-year lifespan when calculating retirement estimates. If you retired at age 65, you had to plan on the money lasting 55 more years. You’d have enough to live on with a hefty margin of error, plus something leftover for your heirs and/or charity. With stubbornly low interest rates and the high cost of living today, most baby boomers will likely need a much bigger nest egg than they anticipated a decade or more ago. Boomers are reaching age 65 at the rate of 10,000 per day. An entire generation is realizing that their earlier calculations are invalid and re-evaluating their options. That’s why we’ve built a new tool for calculating how much income your nest egg can provide, based on more realistic data. Why would you want such a tool? Sometimes investors are surprised by how much money they need to accumulate to meet their income needs after they stop working fulltime. Many made retirement projections in their 40s and 50s, anticipating 6% yields from solid fixed-income investments. When the Federal Reserve began bailing out the banking system, most of those projections became obsolete. This added complexity to the calculations, so few investors have a clear idea about what they should realistically expect from their nest egg.A Tale of Three Retirements Before I share our new Retirement Income Calculator, though, let’s look at three different 40-year retirement scenarios. Note that the numbers and charts are meant to illustrate several scenarios, not provide individual guidance. Every person’s situation differs in terms of taxes, time horizons, and other parameters, and we encourage you to work with a financial planner to manage your savings. Also, the data exclude other sources of retirement income you may have, such as Social Security or a pension. All of the amounts, including annuity incomes, are pre-tax.Retirement #1: Taking it All at 65 At age 65, you decide to retire with $500,000 in personal savings. You anticipate your expenses will rise approximately 3% annually. Thus, with each subsequent year, you will need to withdraw 3% more than the previous year. You estimate that your savings will grow by 5% annually. You are planning for a 40-year retirement, meaning your savings must last until age 105. How much money can you withdraw each year, using those assumptions? For your nest egg to last 40 years, in year one, you can withdraw $17,747, or $1,479 per month, from your $500,000 nest egg. Each year you take out 3% more to keep up with rising expenses. Follow the yellow line representing your nest egg in the chart above. As you can see, after 40 years your $500,000 is gone. What happens if you stay within your monthly allowance and live past age 105? Here’s hoping you have generous grandchildren. If not, you might be at the mercy of a Social Security system that may or may not be around in its current form. There’s good reason the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that workforce participation for people age 75 and over will rise to 10.5% by 2022, up from 7.6% in 2012. For the 65-74 age group, it projects that the rate will jump to 31.9%, up from 26.8% in 2012 and 20.4% in 2002. Better health and a sustained desire to work may be one reason more seniors are working longer, but another is fear. As Dennis has mentioned before, 61% of older Americans fear outliving their money more than they fear death. This is a fear we hope no one encounters as they near the end of the line. Other than the late George Burns, I doubt many centenarians are holding down a job. With that in mind, let’s move on to Scenario 2.Retirement #2: Adding an Annuity At age 65, you have the same $500,000 in personal savings that you did in Scenario 1; however, you take $100,000 from your account and buy an annuity. Our go-to source for annuity information, Stan The Annuity Man, says that currently, this annuity would pay $527 for the rest of your life. You use the remaining $400,000 as principal for the next 40 years in the same fashion as in the first case: assuming the same 5% rate of return and an annual 3% withdrawal increase. Insurance companies have a range of annuities that will pay you for the rest of your life, which our team covered in detail in Annuities De-Mystified. In essence, holding an annuity as part of your overall retirement plan is one way to reduce the risk of running out of money. Since going back to work at 105 is both unappealing and impractical, let’s look at how Scenario 2 plays out. Your annuity will provide monthly payouts of $527. Using the same 40-year time frame, your monthly income from the remaining $400,000 will be approximately $1,183 per month in first year, for a total of $1,710. You start out with a bit more money; however, the annuity payment will remain constant, with no adjustment for inflation. At the end of 40 years, your nest egg will be gone, but you will still receive the annuity payments. There is no way to know how long you will live. Today, a man who reaches age 65 can expect, on average, to live to age 84; a woman, 87. But consider this: one in ten 65-year-olds can expect to live past age 95. Medical advancements are pushing those numbers up, making life after age 105 seem not too far fetched. An annuity is just one way to hedge against running out of money too soon. One big disadvantage of an annuity is that it doesn’t offer real inflation protection. Even annuities with inflation riders usually yield marginal results. If you receive Social Security, you can hope the annual inflation adjustments make up some of the difference, but it’s unlikely to be enough to maintain your current lifestyle. That brings us to Scenario 3.Retirement 3: Delayed Gratification Instead of retiring at age 65, you work for five extra years and buy a 100,000 annuity at age 70. We will assume you did not add to your savings during that time (though it did earn interest). Many boomers use extra working years to eliminate any lingering debt, so they can retire 100% debt-free. (However, note that we encourage a different approach: using extra working years to save as much as possible, including maximizing catch-up contributions to your 401(k) or IRA.) If your nest egg grew at a 5% compound rate, it will total $638,141 when you are age 70. So, excluding the $100,000 spent on an annuity, you have $538,141 to draw from. As with Scenarios 1 and 2, we’ll assume the withdrawals last for 40 years here, stretching the retirement period until age 110. Buying the annuity at age 70 instead of age 65 raises your monthly annuity payout to $582 per month. The lump sum of $538,141 will provide approximately $1,592 per month during the first year. Add the annuity payouts and your total monthly income comes to $2,174, before taxes. In the first year, your total income, including withdrawals and annuity income, will be $26,085, compared to $17,747 in scenario 1 and $20,516 in scenario 2.And although your savings will still run out after 40 years, you will be 110. By working an additional 5 years and deferring the start date, you get an additional five years before you have to rely on the annuity only.Calculate Your Personal Projection This is all a reminder that the best way to enjoy retirement is to build a portfolio that can generate enough capital gains and dividend income to satisfy your spending needs, while leaving the principal intact as long as possible. Take a look at the Retirement Income Calculator below; it shows the data we used for Retirement #1. You can download this tool, which we used to calculate all three retirements outlined above, here: Retirement Income Calculator. There are many options for making the most of your nest egg, so you don’t run out of funds when you need them most. Being aware of your financial position is a great start to enjoying your retirement years. Before I sign off, a quick note on the Money Forever portfolio: on Tuesday we added a new pick to our portfolio’s High-Yield section—one of the largest and most diversified business development companies out there. I was thrilled to share this exciting income opportunity with Money Forever subscribers, and I hope we can start counting you among them. To learn more about this exciting high-dividend payer, subscribe risk-free to Miller’s Money Forever. You’ll gain immediate access to our entire portfolio and our full library of special reports, including The Annuity Guide and The Financial Advisor Guide. Click here to start your 3-month, no-risk trial subscription now.On the Lighter Side Dennis mentioned that he and Jo mailed in their ballots this week. Though I’m not voting—I’m a resident of Canada—I certainly understand the sentiment expressed in the cartoon he shared, courtesy of Courtenay W. And finally… Anyone and everyone curious about global politics and its ongoing effects on the resource sector should check out the new book by our colleague Marin Katusa, The Colder War: How the Global Energy Trade Slipped from American’s Grasp. Learn more and pre-order your copy, out November 10, here. Dennis will be back at the helm next week…last_img read more

Indiana on Friday became the second state to win f

first_imgIndiana on Friday became the second state to win federal approval to add a work requirement for adult Medicaid recipients who gained coverage under the Affordable Care Act. A less debated provision in the state’s new plan could lead to tens of thousands of people losing coverage if they fail to complete paperwork documenting their eligibility for the program.The federal approval was announced by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar in Indianapolis.Medicaid participants who fail to promptly submit paperwork showing they still qualify for the program will be locked out of enrollment for three months, according to updated rules.Since November 2015, more than 91,000 enrollees in Indiana have been kicked off Medicaid for failing to complete the eligibility redetermination process, according to state records. The process requires applicants to show proof of income and family size, among other things, to see whether they still qualify for the coverage.Until now, these enrollees could simply reapply anytime. Although many of those people very likely weren’t eligible anymore, state officials estimate about half of those who failed to comply with its re-enrollment rules still qualified for Medicaid coverage.Indiana expanded Medicaid starting in February 2015, providing coverage to 240,000 people who were previously uninsured. The change helped lower the state’s uninsured rate from 14 percent in 2013 to 8 percent last year.The HHS approval of the state’s waiver extends the program, which was expiring this month, through 2020.The new lockout builds on one Indiana already had in place for people who failed to pay monthly premiums and had annual incomes above the federal poverty level, or about $12,200 for an individual. Locked-out people are barred for six months from coverage. During the first two years of the experiment, about 10,000 Indiana Medicaid enrollees were subject to the lockout for failing to pay the premium for two months in a row, according to state data. In addition, more than 25,000 enrollees were dropped from the program when they failed to make the payments, although half of them found another source of coverage — usually through their jobs. An additional 46,000 were blocked from coverage because they failed to make the initial payment.”The ‘lockout’ is one of the worst policies to hit Medicaid in a long time,” says Joan Alker, executive director of the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. “Forcing people to remain uninsured for months because they missed a paperwork deadline or missed a premium payment is too high a price to pay. From a health policy perspective it makes no sense because during that six-month period, chronic health conditions such as hypertension or diabetes are just likely to worsen.”Indiana’s Medicaid expansion is being closely watched in part because it was spearheaded by then-Gov. Mike Pence, now vice president, and his top health consultant, Seema Verma, who heads the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.The expansion, known as Healthy Indiana, enabled nondisabled adults access to Medicaid. It has elicited criticism from patient advocates for complex and onerous rules that require these poor adults to make payments ranging from $1 to $27 per month into health savings accounts or risk losing their vision and dental benefits — or even all their coverage, depending on their income level.Indiana Medicaid officials say they added the newest lockout provision in an effort to prompt enrollees to get their paperwork submitted on time. The state initially requested a six-month lockout.”Enforcement may encourage better compliance,” the state officials wrote in their waiver application to CMS in July. The new rule will lead to a 1 percent cut in Medicaid enrollment in the first year, state officials said. It will also lead to a $15 million reduction in Medicaid costs in 2018 and about $32 million in savings in 2019, the state estimated.The number of Medicaid enrollees losing coverage for failing to comply with redetermining their eligibility has varied dramatically each quarter from a peak of 19,197 from February 2016-April 2017 to 1,165 from November 2015-January 2016, state reports show. In the latest state report, 12,470 enrollees lost coverage from August to October 2017.The Kentucky Medicaid waiver approved by the Trump administration in January included a similar lockout provision for failing to pay the monthly premiums or providing paperwork on time. Penalties there are six months for both measures. But the provision was overshadowed because of the attention to the first federal approval for a Medicaid work requirement.Like Kentucky’s, the Indiana Medicaid waiver work requirements, which mandate adult enrollees to work an average of 20 hours a month, go into effect in 2019. But Indiana’s waiver is more lenient. It exempts people age 60 and over and its work-hour requirements are gradually phased in over 18 months. For example, enrollees need to work only five hours per week until their 10th month in the program.Most adult Medicaid enrollees do work or go to school or are too sick to work, studies show.Indiana also has a long list of exemptions and alternatives to employment. This includes attending school or job training, volunteering, or caring for a dependent child or disabled parent. Nurses, doctors and physician assistants can give enrollees an exemption for illness or injury.Three patient advocacy groups have filed suit in federal court seeking to block the work requirements. Kaiser Health News is a national health policy news service that is part of the nonpartisan Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Phil Galewitz is a senior correspondent for KHN. Copyright 2018 Kaiser Health News. To see more, visit Kaiser Health News.last_img read more

The patient at the clinic was in his 40s and had l

first_imgThe patient at the clinic was in his 40s and had lost both his legs to Type 1 diabetes. He had mental health and substance abuse problems and was taking large amounts of opioids to manage pain.He was assigned to Nichole Mitchell, who in 2014 was a newly minted nurse practitioner in her first week of a one-year postgraduate residency program at the Community Health Center clinic in Middletown, Conn.In a regular clinical appointment, “I would have been given 20 minutes with him, and would have been without the support or knowledge of how to treat pain or Type 1 diabetes,” she says.But Mitchell’s residency program gives the nurse practitioners extra time to assess patients, she says, allowing her to come up with a plan for the man’s care, with a doctor at her side who could field her questions in the medically complex case.A few years later, Mitchell is still at that clinic and now mentors nurse practitioner residents. She has developed a specialty in transgender health care, as well as caring for patients with HIV and hepatitis C.The residency program “gives you the space to explore things you’re interested in in family practice,” Mitchell says. “There’s no way I could have gotten that training without the residency.”Mitchell is part of a growing cadre of nurse practitioners — typically, registered nurses who have completed a master’s degree in nursing — who tack on up to a year of clinical work and other types of training, often in primary care.Residencies may be at federally qualified health centers, Veterans Affairs medical centers or private practices and hospital systems. Patients run the gamut, but many are low-income and have complicated needs.Proponents say the programs help prepare new nurse practitioners to deal with the growing number of patients with complex health issues.But detractors say that a standard training program already provides adequate preparation to handle patients with serious health care needs. They say nurse practitioners who choose not to do a residency (the vast majority of the 23,000 who graduate each year do not) are already well-qualified to provide good patient care.As many communities, especially rural ones, struggle to attract medical providers, it’s increasingly likely that patients will see a nurse practitioner rather than a medical doctor when they need care.In 2016, nurse practitioners made up a quarter of primary care providers in rural areas and 23 percent in nonrural areas, up from 17.6 and 15.9 percent, respectively, in 2008, according to a study in the June issue of Health Affairs.Depending on the state, they may practice independently of physicians or with varying degrees of oversight. Research has shown that nurse practitioners generally provide care that’s comparable to that of doctors in terms of quality, safety and effectiveness.But their training differs. Unlike the three-year residency programs that doctors must generally complete after medical school in order to practice medicine, nurse practitioner residency programs, sometimes called fellowships, are completely voluntary.Like medical school residents, though, the nurse practitioner residents work for a fraction of what they would make at a regular job — typically about half to three-quarters of a normal salary.Advocates of this extra training say it’s worth it to those entering the field.”It’s a very difficult transition to go from excellent nurse practitioner training to full scope-of-practice provider,” says Margaret Flinter, a nurse practitioner who is senior vice president and clinical director of Community Health Center, a network of community health centers in Connecticut.”My experience was that too often, too many junior NPs found it a difficult transition,” Flinter says, “and we lost people, maybe forever, based on the intensity and readiness for seeing people” at our centers.Flinter started the first nurse practitioner residency program in 2007. There are now more than 50 postgraduate primary care residency programs nationwide, she says. Mentored clinical training is a key part of the programs, but they typically also include formal lectures and clinical rotations in other specialties.Not everyone is as gung-ho, though, about the need for nurse practitioner residency programs.”There’s a lot of debate within the community,” says Joyce Knestrick, president of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Knestrick practices in Wheeling, W.Va., a rural area about an hour’s drive from Pittsburgh.There could be a benefit, she says, if a nurse practitioner wanted to switch from primary care to work in a cardiology practice, for example. But otherwise, Knestrick says, she’s not sold on the idea that there’s a need.A position statement from the Nurse Practitioner Roundtable, a group of professional organizations of which AANP is a member, offers this assessment: “Forty years of patient outcomes and clinical research demonstrates that nurse practitioners consistently provide high quality, competent care. Additional post-graduate preparation is not required or necessary for entry into practice.”Kaiser Health News, a nonprofit news service, is an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation that is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente. You’ll find Michelle Andrews on Twitter: @mandrews110. Copyright 2018 Kaiser Health News. To see more, visit Kaiser Health News.last_img read more

Disabled activists will need to seek out more har

first_imgDisabled activists will need to seek out more “hard facts” if they want to fight off the continuing threat of efforts to persuade the courts to legalise assisted suicide, according to a crossbench peer.Baroness [Jane] Campbell spoke out after the campaign group of disabled people she founded, Not Dead Yet UK (NDY UK), intervened in a court case last week for the first time to try to defeat the latest attempt to persuade judges to weaken the law.NDY UK’s barrister, Catherine Casserley – who was acting pro bono – was allowed to respond to the arguments of Conway’s legal team in court, and to submit a witness statement from Baroness Campbell herself, despite previous concerns that this would not be allowed by the court.The judicial review has been taken by Noel Conway, who is terminally-ill with motor neurone disease and wants the court to find that the Suicide Act – which makes it illegal to assist someone to take their own life – is incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights.Conway’s case is backed by the pro-assisted suicide campaigning organisation* Dignity in Dying (DiD).He argues that the current law prevents him exercising his right to choice and control over his death, and that the right to an assisted suicide would give him “great reassurance and comfort” and allow him “to decide when I am ready to go, rather than be forced into a premature death by travelling abroad or be left at the mercy of a cruel illness”.Baroness Campbell (pictured) was in court for three of the four days of last week’s judicial review.She said it was almost certain that whichever side loses will appeal, when the three high court judges deliver their ruling later this year.She told Disability News Service that her experience of witnessing the judicial review had convinced her that NDY UK “cannot rest on this issue” and needs to find fresh evidence to back up its arguments, both for any appeal and future cases supported by DiD (formerly known as the Voluntary Euthanasia Society).She said: “The court is interested only in facts and they must be evidenced. For every argument advanced, the judges respond, ‘Prove it!’ If you can’t, they’re not interested.”Baroness Campbell said this meant that NDY UK would have to “search out more hard facts to support our arguments”, or even commission fresh research to look at what has happened in those countries and US states that have legalised assisted suicide.But it will also be seeking evidence of cases in the UK in which someone has attempted to take their own life because of “coercion” by a loved one or relative, or because they felt they were a “burden”.This is likely to mean that NDY UK will be seeking more pro bono help, this time from researchers.Baroness Campbell said NDY UK had been “on a very steep learning curve” with its first intervention in a court case, and had not had “the time or resources to research copious piles of evidence”, unlike DiD, which had been preparing for its next court battle since the defeat of a private member’s bill put forward by Labour MP Rob Marris two years ago.And she warned that yet another judicial review is due to be heard in court soon, which will argue that the rights of Omid, a disabled man from north London who has multiple system atrophy but is not terminally-ill, are being breached by UK law, which prevents him from being helped to take his own life. That case is not supported by DiD*.Baroness Campbell said that Omid’s lawyers are likely to use evidence from Canada, where its supreme court ruled in favour of assisted suicide in 2015, in a case which had similarities to the one being taken by Omid and led to new assisted suicide laws the following year.Pro-assisted suicide groups in Canada are already campaigning to widen the scope of that legislation.Baroness Campbell said: “This court case reminded me why we cannot rest on this issue.“We are constantly under siege from the DiD supporters, who will not accept that disabled and terminally people are a fact of life and should be supported to live as equal human beings.“That way, maybe they wouldn’t fear the unknown so much that they want to blot it (us) out.“This entire issue never fails to make me feel miserable and uneasy and this was bought into sharp focus during the four-day court hearing.“We really don’t have a choice other than to fight back.”*An earlier version of this story mistakenly stated that Dignity in Dying was a charity. It is actually a non-profit campaigning organisation. The story also mistakenly stated that DiD was supporting the Omid case, which it is not. DiD says it proposes a change in the law “to allow only terminally ill, mentally competent adults the option of an assisted death, subject to strict safeguards”. Apologies for these two errors.last_img read more

The Real Reason Starbucks Recently Had to Shut Down Failure to Tie

first_imgStarbucks July 27, 2018 Don’t end up like Starbucks with its nationwide closing for anti-bias training. Devote the up-front time needed to make sure employees get it right. Next Article Add to Queue Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Guest Writer Raj Narayanaswamy When customers visit Starbucks, they expect a tasty beverage in a timely manner (read: as fast as possible), and good customer service. That helps explain Starbucks’ business model as a high-frequency operation that must run at peak efficiency to realize profits.Related: What Business Leaders Should Learn From Starbucks’ Shut Down DayThen there’s Starbucks’ commitment to racial sensitivity as illustrated by its decision to close roughly 8,000 company-owned stores for anti-bias training. This followed the incident in April of two African American men being asked to leave a Philadelphia Starbucks when one of them requested to use the restroom without having purchased a beverage. The men were waiting for an associate to arrive before they ordered.Starbucks’ subsequent training shocked the business community nationwide, due to the financial loss the chain incurred, estimated to be around $16.7 million. While no business of Starbucks’ scale can predict something like the Philadelphia incident, businesses can use time intelligently to try to prevent similar incidents. Specifically: Had Starbucks been more proactive at time management and training, the situation in April could have been avoided. Saving the brandAny business dealing with an occurence of racial bias or other discrimination has to tread carefully in its search for a solution to protect its brand image. Even though the Starbucks case was isolated to one store, it quickly became a national story that prompted a nationwide response. Starbucks could easily have made a hollow gesture — like a simple donation — but the company understood that the issue needed to be addressed head-on.Related: Don’t Be the Next Headline: How to Implement Diversity Training the Right WayStarbucks needed a big, bold statement, and it made one through the resource of the time it expended on the training. By doing so, Starbucks showed its consumer base that it takes racial bias very seriously. And it devoted the valuable asset of time to properly train employees on a matter that’s important to the enterprise.The lesson here: The company wouldn’t have had to expend that time and money had it, earlier on, expended more time in its standard employee training.Time to focus on trainingThe resource of time can often be overlooked on the corporate level. But in a business processing hundreds of thousands of transactions a day, the failure to directly connect time to outcomes is wasted time.Small and large corporations alike have difficulty in allotting and managing time for employee training. Spending too much time training an employee can result in lost profits, but spending too little time can leave an employee unable to properly do his or her job. In Starbucks’ case, the company’s leaders understood that this training was needed no matter how high the financial cost.Once again, though, this cost could have been avoided with proper up-front time management in its training process.Training has to consist of more than just how to mix a latteQuality assurance and consistency across multiple locations is a top priority for international companies rolling out new food and drink on a consistent basis. This means that product training should have been, and should be, a thorough part of all Starbucks’ employees’ time.From order to pick-up, Starbucks employees must be able to do more than create drinks. Considering that positive customer interactions are a major part of the process, Starbucks misallocated the up-front time needed for training, and exposed its vulnerability; the result was that it was forced to pour more resources, that it shouldn’t have had to, into fixing things later in the barista-service pipeline.Had Starbucks incorporated thorough racial bias training beforehand, it could have called Philadelphia an isolated incident. Instead, the company was backed into a corner, to save its reputation by training most of its employees at over 8,000 stores. While this was an impressive way to call attention to and work its way out of a corporate image crisis, the massive training the coffee giant hosted proved wasteful in terms of attaching time to outcomes.How can you avoid being wasteful? That is what corporate “time intelligence” should look like on a preemptive, rather than reactive, basis.Using time strategicallyWhile time is not a renewable resource, a business employing a proper platform for time management can harvest time with ease.Businesses looking to be smarter about this resource must rethink time as a corporate asset that is unified through all levels of the organization. From the C-suite to the retail employees who interact with customers daily, time can be reallocated and better managed using the same data analytics that are helping businesses to become more efficient.Once a business is able to understand where its time is being spent, it can take an objective look at where employee time is being mismanaged, and reallocate those workers’ work efforts without needing to add more staff.In an ideal world, businesses won’t need a major incident like the one in Philadelphia to start down the path to more strategic time use. Starbucks has seen that it needs to be more time efficient, and instead of closing down for large-scale trainings, it could have implemented a long-term anti-bias training initiative that wouldn’t have to be done in one time slot nationwide.Related: These Companies Are Battling Sexual Harassment By Teaching Employees to Recognize Unconscious BiasThis newfound awareness may not be enough for the company to rebound, however: It recently announced the closing of 150 stores over the 2019 corporate year. Instead of looking for stores to close, perhaps Starbucks would benefit more by streamlining its workforce processes and training process. Also required there would be intelligent time-tracking to ensure that the company was receiving the most output from its time input. Co-founder and co-CEO at Replicon Image credit: BRYAN R. 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Investors Urge Yahoo to Sell Core Search Business Instead of Alibaba Stake

first_imgYahoo! November 19, 2015 This story originally appeared on Reuters 3 min read Add to Queue Investors Urge Yahoo to Sell Core Search Business Instead of Alibaba Stake Activist investor Starboard Value LP asked Yahoo Inc to drop plans to sell its stake in Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd due to tax concerns, and instead urged the company to sell its core search and display advertising businesses.Yahoo’s current net cash holding and the funds raised from a sale of the business could be returned to shareholders through buybacks and dividends, Jeff Smith, Starboard’s head, said in a letter to Yahoo on Thursday.Starboard, calling itself a “significant shareholder” in Yahoo, said it made the letter public as efforts to talk with the company privately over the past year had not yielded positive results.The hedge fund had supported the sale of Yahoo’s stake in Alibaba, worth more than $20 billion, before the U.S. Internal Revenue Service in September denied a request for a private letter ruling on whether the spinoff would be tax free.Yahoo’s shareholders may have to pay about $9 billion in taxes if the IRS denies the tax-free status after the sale, which is expected to close in the current quarter.”If you stay on the current path, we believe the potential penalty for being wrong is just too great, and the potential reward for being right is not materially better than the other alternative,” Smith said.Yahoo, whose shares were up flat premarket on Thursday, was not immediately available for comment. Alibaba was also flat.Starboard, which has recently agitated for change at Advance Auto Parts Inc (AAP.N) and Brink’s Co (BCO.N), said Yahoo had snubbed its requests to appoint Smith as a board member at least four times in the last four months.”I think the investors are not particularly likely to give a lot of credit to the board of Yahoo, as it stands now,” Pivotal Research Group analyst Brian Wieser said.”It wouldn’t be a very hard proxy fight for Starboard if they go down that path.”Yahoo’s search and display ad businesses, which account for a lions shares of total revenue, has been struggling and Chief Executive Marissa Mayer’s efforts to revive the business has made little progress.Many analysts attribute little or no value to the business and say Yahoo’s worth – about $31 billion as of Wednesday’s close – lies in its Asian assets: the Alibaba stake and a 35 percent stake in Yahoo Japan Corp.The Wall Street Journal had reported Starboard’s plans earlier on Thursday.(Reporting by Devika Krishna Kumar and Lehar Maan in Bengaluru; Editing by Savio D’Souza) Reuters Image credit: Katherine Welles / Shutterstock –shares Next Article last_img read more

The Definitive List of Google Search Easter Eggs

first_imgGoogle This story originally appeared on PCMag There are all sorts of little pranks hidden throughout the greater Google-verse. Evan Dashevsky –shares Add to Queue Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Atari breakout Next Article The Definitive List of Google Search Easter Eggs Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. September 1, 2016 9 min read Today, anyone with an Internet connection has damn-near real-time access to nearly all the information in the world. That’s a truly astonishing thing, especially for those of us who had to Dewey Decimal our way to certain information.Still, it’s easy to take the modern-day magic that is a Google search for granted, in part because the team behind the tech is so good at what they do. They work tirelessly to ensure that Google never goes down, is available via all the screens in your life, and only ever improves at its core mission. But here’s another thing about the Google dev team: They’re huge gigantic nerds.We know this by the trail of Easter eggs they leave behind. There are all sorts of little pranks hidden throughout the greater Google-verse. Nearly all of them are of the geek variety — there are many (occasionally super obscure) references to old video games, science fiction and mathematics. You know: nerd stuff.This roundup attempts to compile a definitive list of the Easter eggs currently found inside Google’s core product: Search. If you know any we missed, please drop a line in the comments, and we will award you some PCMag Points (which have no market value whatsoever) and add it to the list with due credit given.Please note that there are plenty of search eggs that have been retired over time (e.g. searching weapons of mass destruction and clicking “I’m Feeling Lucky” used to return a bit of agitprop; or searching Let It Snow used to give a holiday surprise). Also, there are some search eggs specific to regional versions of Google (e.g. searching Jason Isaacs on google.co.uk returns a little surprise that makes sense to the Brits, but nothing special happens on Google.com). In this piece, we’re only collecting active eggs available on Google.com. Let’s jump in.1. Searching Atari breakout and clicking “Images” will prompt an occasionally buggy game of Super Breakout made out of all the images of the game.2. Super Mario Brothers brings a special NES-y surprise. You know you were a 90s kid if one of the Super Mario Bros. sound effects automatically makes you feel all warm and cozy. And you can bring it up from any computer by searching “Super Mario Bros.” Look in the side info card for a blinking question mark box; click it and you’ll get some coins. Enjoy.3. Searching Askew will tilt the screen. Searching anything else afterwards will bring everything back to the level.4. Blink html will cause the word “blink” to blink anywhere on the screen. Even in cases that have nothing to do with coding — like returns about Malcom Gladwell’s 2005 collection of essays, Blink.5. Festivus adds a Festivus pole to the left side of the screen. If you don’t know what that means, then you are a young person who should read up on your TV heritage.6. Do a barrel roll or z or r twice will cause the screen to do a 360, which is probably a reference to Star Fox in which the player prompted a barrel roll by pressing z or r twice.7. Google in 1998 will make the page appear as it did when Google took its visual design cues from Yahoo.8. Zerg rush will cause a bunch of Google Os to attack the screen, which you can fight off by clicking on them. If you let it run through, eventually a group of red and yellow Os form a big “GG” in the middle of the screen. If you are wondering what that term means, it’s an online gaming term to describe an overwhelming attack of multiple entities from one player on another in real-time strategy games.9. Bletchley Park will prompt an info card on the side of the page where the headline will appear as if it is being de-coded. Bletchley Park is the location of the UK’s code-breaking center, which helped the Allies break Axis power codes in WWII.10. Flip a coin prompts a card with an animated coin flip. Related: roll a dieprompts a card that randomly rolls a standard six-sided die.11. Search play dreidel and you’ll be presented with an interactive little dreidel-spinning game. It’s fun for a good 10 seconds.12. [Any actor’s name] followed by “Bacon Number” will reveal how many degrees of separation they are from actor Kevin Bacon, who has been the victim of the “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” game since the 1990s.13. Recursion (definition: the repeated application of a recursive procedure or definition) prompts Google to ask “Did you mean: recursion” (i.e. the exact same word). When you click that word, it prompts the same follow-up question, repeating ad infinitum.14. Conway’s Game of Life prompts a seemingly random animation of blobs on the right-hand side of the screen. This “life simulation” was created by British mathematician John Conway in 1970. Technically, it’s considered a “game” (in fact, a zero-player game), but it’s just about the most boring game you’ll ever “play.”15. Webdriver Torso transforms the Google logo into a series of blinking blocks. Why? It’s kind of a long and stupid story. In a nutshell: There’s a mysterious YouTube channel account called “Webdriver Torso” with hundreds (if not thousands) of videos featuring seemingly random red and blue shapes on a white background accompanied by random tones and sounds. (You can visit it here if you’re curious, but it’s really dumb.) The strange channel — which has no descriptions or identification — briefly became a source of rampant speculation (aliens, spies). Google eventually took credit for the site, which it uses to test video streaming quality. And now it’s an Easter egg.16. Anagram will prompt a response asking “Did you mean: Nag A Ram.” (Get it?) Related: Searching define anagram prompts the response asking “Did you mean: nerd fame again.” (Sigh)17. Google Pacman will return a card that links to a pop-up screen of the famous Google Pac-Man Easter egg. Oddly, if you search the correct spelling “Google Pac-Man” (note the hyphen), it prompts you to the incorrect spelling “Google Pacman.”18. The answer to the ultimate question of life the universe and everything prompts an info card with a calculator pre-filled with “42,” i.e. the famous question and answer from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Note: inserting grammatically correct serial commas (i.e. …life, the universe, and…) doesn’t work. Alternatively, entering the loneliest number prompts a calculator info card pre-filled with “1,” which references the song “One is the Loneliest Number.”Also, searching once in a blue moon prompts “1.16699016 × 10−8 hertz.” One of our readers, Phil Smith, pointed out that this equals about 2.7 years. And, as it turns out, 2.7 years is a pretty spot-on representation of “once in a blue moon.” A blue moon is the term used to describe a second full moon in a single calendar month — and it happens once every two or three years. So, Phil gets 2,000 PCMag Points. Congrats!19. Search fun facts or I’m feeling curious, and you’ll get a “fun fact” card filled with a bit of trivia and the chance to get another random factoid.20. Hover your mouse over the “I’m feeling lucky” button with nothing else in your search box and it will roll over all casino style to a number of other options like “I’m feeling playful,” “I’m feeling trendy,” or “I’m feeling generous,” which will take you to a corresponding search. I don’t know if that’s exactly an Easter egg, but a cool hey-did-ja-know all the same.21. Search metronome to prompt a handy simple little metronome that can keep a beat from 40 BPM all the way up to 208. Easter egg? Useful tool? Whatevs. Just know that it exists.22. Need to waste some time? Google can help. Search solitaire or tic-tac-toeto prompt a pair of in-browser games. Goodbye, productivity. Now all Google needs is Minesweeper. Maybe Snake, too.23. Want to know if that picture you just hung on your wall is level? You could download one of the many level apps out there, or (gasp) resort to using an actual analog level — like a cave person. OR you could simply search bubble level to turn your mobile browser into a virtual bubble level. For reasons that I hope would be self-evident, this search only works on mobile. (Seriously, what levels would you be checking with your laptop?) This little trick probably fall more into the area of useful tool, as opposed to Easter egg, but there ya go. Now go make sure everything in your home is at the correct angle in peace. Features Editor Image credit: Atari breakout Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Stressinduced mental disturbances are directly linked to abnormal glucose metabolism

first_img Source:http://www.unimedizin-mainz.de/presse/press-releases/press-releases/newsdetail/article/individual-stress-susceptibility-and-glucose-metabolism-are-linked-to-brain-function.html Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Oct 24 2018Chronic stress is a well-known risk factor for the development of psychiatric illnesses including depression disorders. The brain requires a great deal of glucose, and stress is known to alter glucose metabolism. However, if stress-associated mental impairments are linked to affected glucose metabolism remains to be seen. Researchers at the Department for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the Mainz University Medical Center and the German Resilience Center (DRZ) in Mainz have now discovered that stress-induced mental disturbances in mice are directly linked to abnormal glucose metabolism. Normalizing the stress-induced alterations in glucose levels, using the anti-diabetic drug empagliflozin, restored spatial memory as well as long-term glucose metabolism. The results have been published recently in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The human brain needs a huge amount of energy to function, about ten times more than all other parts of the body. These energy demands make the brain very sensitive to changes in energy supply. Glucose uptake from the blood is very important in this process. Why does chronic stress lead to psychiatric disorders in some people (susceptible) while others, who experience similar life events, remain healthy (resilient)? Does chronic stress lead to stress-dependent changes in glucose metabolism? And are stress, glucose metabolism, and psychiatric alterations directly linked? These questions are being addressed by researchers in the Translational Psychiatry lab of Professor Marianne Müller at the University Medical Center of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) together with collaboration partners.In the study presented here, researchers have investigated long-term changes in glucose metabolism in an animal model for chronic social stress. Stress disrupted glucose levels and its metabolism in the periphery as well as in the brain. These defects led to spatial memory impairments. Stressed animals displayed increased blood glucose levels that developed early after stress, and the brain was hyperglycemic while showing reduced glucose uptake. To investigate whether the high glucose levels after stress are harmful, researchers made use of the anti-diabetic medication empagliflozin. Addition of empagliflozin to the normal food stimulated glucose excretion through the urine, which normalized the stress-induced hyperglycemia.Related StoriesNew therapy shows promise in preventing brain damage after traumatic brain injuryResearchers measure EEG-based brain responses for non-speech and speech sounds in childrenMercy Medical Center adds O-arm imaging system to improve spinal surgery results”However, not all animals responded the same,” said Tanja Jene, PhD student and co-first author on the work. “Within the stressed population clear subgroups could be distinguished, i.e., those that increased glucose levels after stress whereas others kept normal glucose levels.” Interestingly, only stressed individuals with high glucose levels after stress developed cognitive impairments (susceptible). High glucose stressed animals also benefited strongly from empagliflozin treatment as spatial memory was normalized as well as long-term glucose metabolism. However, for stressed animals that kept normal glucose levels (resilient), empagliflozin impaired their – otherwise intact – spatial memory.”Our results demonstrate that chronic stress can impair spatial memory through alterations in glucose levels and that intact glucose metabolism is pivotal for memory-related processes,” explained Dr. Michael van der Kooij, who designed the study in the Mainz-based Translational Psychiatry lab. “Furthermore, the findings highlight the importance of individuality since all subjects experienced the same stress, but only a proportion was susceptible as these developed disturbances at the levels of glucose metabolism and, hence, cognitive impairments. The fact that stress-susceptibility or resilience could be predicted early after stress by measuring blood glucose levels fuels the belief that perhaps in humans with stress-related disorders, such as depression, abnormal glucose metabolism may also play a major role and that the classification strategies as employed in the current study could enhance treatment efficacy.”last_img read more

Researchers develop new material that improves quality durability of knee cartilage implants

first_imgOct 31 2018Researchers of Valencia’s Polytechnic University (UPV), the University of Notre Dame (USA) and the Technological University of Auckland (New Zealand), along with multinational company Zimmer, have developed a new material that improves the quality and durability of the articular cartilage implants used in knee operations. According to the tests carried out, with this new material, the implants could last up to 80% longer than the ones currently used. This work has been published in the Materials Science and Engineering journal.Wear on cartilage is one of the injuries that most affects athletes such as runners, tennis and paddle players, and, generally, all those who practice a sport which entails high joint impact. The solution to this pathology commonly involves surgery, whereby the damaged cartilage is replaced with a 3D polymer with very similar mechanical features to natural tissue.Related StoriesPlant cellulose bone implants are “viable” option to support new bone growth, study findsNew technology to harvest energy from the human kneeTMJ disorders could be treated with tissue-engineered implants after successful animal studyThis tissue must be porous enough for the bone and capillaries to grow inside. However, different studies conducted on this type of materials show that their resistance becomes lacklustre with time.”Use of the material we have obtained will enable an increase of the lifespan of these implants, with the resulting benefit for the patient”, highlight professors Miguel ángel Sellés and Samuel Sánchez, from the Alcoy campus and researchers at the Material Technology Institute and the UPV’s Design and Production Institute, respectively.In order to obtain this new material – the first welded tissue used in this sector – researchers have developed a new technique based on the use of laser technology.”In our study we saw that in order to avoid cartilage wear, it is essential for the fibres to not skew sideways when submitted to normal loads – a perpendicular force to the implant’s exterior surface. To accomplish this, we propose a method based on selective laser welding of the superficial layers of the three-dimensional tissues,” Sellés explains.The technique used permeates the fibres of the polymeric layered tissue with a solution that enables the material to efficiently absorb the energy of the laser’s beam and for the fibres to weave among themselves in very localised points. This way, the fibres are stronger and the material is much more resistant.”The results of the studies both on the 3D tissue production methods as well as those related to the material itself have been excellent. The wear rates were reduced significantly and the lifespan of the implant increased noticeably thanks to the surface welding, which makes this a viable option for replacing cartilage in vivo,” adds Sánchez. Source:http://ruvid.org/ri-world/new-material-improves-the-quality-and-resistance-of-knee-cartilage-implants/last_img read more

Most nontraumatic fatalities among football players occur during conditioning sessions

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jul 15 2019Most non-traumatic fatalities among high school and college football athletes do not occur while playing the game of football, but rather during conditioning sessions which are often associated with overexertion or punishment drills required by coaches and team staff, according to research presented today at the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine Annual Meeting. The research was presented by Dr. Barry P. Boden of The Orthopaedic Center, Rockville, Md.Football is associated with the highest number of fatalities of any high school or college sport, but the number of traumatic injuries incurred while playing football have declined significantly since the 1960s.However, the annual number of non-traumatic fatalities has stayed constant with current rates that are two to three times higher than traumatic fatalities.Related StoriesRetina can restructure itself following gene therapySlug serves as ‘command central’ for determining breast stem cell healthAlternate cell growth pathway could open door to new treatments for metastatic cancersHeat and sickle cell trait fatality rates were compared pre- and post-implementation of the NCAA football acclimatization model in 2003 and sickle cell screening policies implemented in 2010, respectively.Boden and his team reviewed 187 non-traumatic football fatalities that occurred between 1998 and 2018. The researchers obtained information from extensive internet searches, as well as depositions, investigations, autopsies, media and freedom of information reports.Of the 187 fatalities, more than half (52 percent) were due to cardiac issues; 24 percent were caused by heat; and five percent from asthma.”The majority of deaths occurred outside of the regular season months of September through December, with the most common month for fatalities being August,” Boden reported.Boden said many of the fatalities had three issues in common: the conditioning sessions were supervised by the football coach or strength and conditioning coach; irrationally intense workouts and/or punishment drills were scheduled; and an inadequate medical response was implemented.The average annual rate of heat-related fatalities remained unchanged at the collegiate level pre- and post-implementation of the NCAA football acclimatization model in 2003. The average annual number of sickle cell trait deaths in collegiate football declined 58 percent after the 2010 NCAA sickle cell screening policies were implemented. At the high school level, where there are no sickle cell guidelines, the number of sickle cell fatalities increased 400 percent since 2010.The football acclimatization model implemented by the NCAA in 2003 has failed at reducing exertional heat-related fatalities at the collegiate level. Sickle cell trait screening policies adopted by the NCAA in 2010 have been effective at reducing fatalities in college athletes and similar guidelines should be mandated at the high school level.”Conditioning-related fatalities are preventable by establishing standards in workout design, holding coaches and strength and conditioning coaches accountable, ensuring compliance with current policies, and allowing athletic health care providers complete authority over medical decisions,” Boden reported. Source:American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicinelast_img read more

Renault and Fiat Chrysler flirt with audacious megamerger Update

first_img Renault had for years tied its strategy to a partnership with Japanese automaker Nissan but this has come into question after the arrest and subsequent ouster of Carlos Ghosn at both companies.After a board meeting over what it termed a “friendly” offer, Renault said it would enter talks on a merger that would forge the world’s third-largest automaker.Investors cheered the prospect, with Renault’s shares soaring 15 percent in afternoon trading in Paris, and Fiat Chrysler stock up more than 10 percent in Milan.A deal would give Fiat access in particular to Renault’s electric car technologies, allowing it to meet the strict CO2 limits being enacted by the European Commission.Renault for its part might be able to tap the US market thanks to Fiat Chrysler’s extensive operations in North America.”Given the investments and the technological advances that are going to be necessary, there’s isn’t really a choice, you have to reach a critical mass,” said Flavien Neuvy of the Cetelem Observatory research group.The idea has the backing of the French government, which owns a 15 percent stake in Renault, after Fiat said the merger would not result in the closure of any production sites.”The government is in favour… but the terms of this merger must be supportive of Renault’s economic development, and obviously of Renault’s employees,” government spokeswoman Sibeth Ndiaye said Monday. Renault, Fiat Chrysler in tie-up talks © 2019 AFP Italy’s outspoken deputy premier Matteo Salvini also gave a thumb’s up to what he called a “brilliant deal”.But labour unions were wary, with the CGT urging the French state to maintain a blocking minority after any deal.’Pre-eminent global group’Renault was plunged into disarray last November with the arrest in Tokyo of Ghosn, who was also chairman of its Japanese partner Nissan.That alliance, which also includes Mitsubishi, sells around 10.8 million automobiles per year in total, compared with Germany’s Volkswagen and Japan’s Toyota, both with around 10.6 million.But its future is in doubt following Ghosn’s ouster at both Renault and Nissan, with Tokyo in particular bristling over a push by the French side for deeper integration. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Fiat Chrysler said the merger with Renault would create the world’s third largest automaker There was no mention of Nissan, which is battling falling sales and the reputational damage from the downfall of Ghosn, who is fighting financial misconduct charges.Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa told reporters Monday that he was “open to constructive discussions to strengthen the alliance,” and the subject will surely be raised in a meeting on Wednesday with Renault’s board chairman Jean-Dominique Senard.Costly shiftFiat Chrysler has been under pressure in Europe, stoking speculation it was looking for a partner as the highly competitive industry is pushed to consolidate in the face of declining demand and the costly switch to electric cars.The company is widely seen as a latecomer to the electric vehicle market, but does well in the US SUV and pick-up sectors.Renault, by contrast, was an early convert to electric cars and has made strong inroads in the market with its popular Zoe hatchback, though it has not yet tried to tackle the North American market.Fiat Chrysler said the merger would put the group in “a strong position in transforming technologies, including electrification and autonomous driving”.Early this year, rumours circulated that Renault was interested in Fiat-Chrysler after its hopes for a full merger with Nissan or even French competitor PSA were dashed.Fiat Chrysler predicted that the merger would generate more than five billion euros ($5.6 billion) of cost-savings and other synergies, on top of the benefits from the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance.All counted, including Nissan and Mitsubishi, a combination with Fiat Chrysler would mean the production of close to 16 million vehicles, besting Volkswagen and Toyota. Renault holds 43 percent in Nissan, which in turn owns 15 percent of its French partner. Despite pledges on both sides to pursue the alliance, analysts say the tensions might be pushing Renault to explore alternatives. Fiat Chrysler said its proposal for Renault would create “a pre-eminent global automotive group” with annual sales of 8.7 million vehicles.The brand portfolio of the two groups would be “broad and complementary… and would provide full market coverage, from luxury to mainstream”, it said. Explore further Fiat Chrysler is big in the US, where Renault has made few inroads Carlos Ghosn’s arrest in Japan threw the Renault-Nissan alliance into disarray Citation: Renault and Fiat Chrysler flirt with audacious mega-merger (Update) (2019, May 27) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-fiat-chrysler-merger-renault.html French automaker Renault said Monday that it would study “with interest” a 50-50 merger proposal from Fiat Chrysler, a deal that could reshape the industry as Renault reviews its options following the arrest in Japan of its chief executive.last_img read more

Torrential rains in Himachal Pradesh bridge washed away

first_imgSHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on Heavy rains pounded several parts of Himachal Pradesh, washing away a bridge in tribal Kinnaur district today and prompting authorities to close schools in Shimla, Kangra and Solan, officials said. Several roads across Himachal Pradesh have been closed as heavy rains have triggered landslides in some areas. District officials said Rispa bridge in Kinnaur was washed away due to heavy rains. The district administration is trying to restore movement by setting up a span bridge. In view of the alarming situation of the silt in the reservoir after heavy rain caused huge inflow in Beas River, Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) authorities are releasing water from Pandoh Dam in Mandhi district since 9 AM, offiicials said. A warning has been issued for tourists and people residing in low-lying areas not to go near the Beas River as water is being released from the Pandoh Dam. BBMB authorities have informed the district administration that the outflow would increase gradually and the release of water from the dam would continue till 3 PM tomorrow, he said, adding tourists and the people residing in low-lying areas have been warned not to go near the river. The district administration is keeping a close watch on the situation, he added. Kangra Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Kumar said residents can call 1077 in case of an emergency. The MeT department has warned that heavy to very heavy rainfall may continue till tomorrow. As per data provided by the Meteorological Centre, Shimla, 239 mm rain was recorded in Paonta Sahib followed by 238 mm in Sujanpur Tihra,. Other places which received rains include Nehri in Mandi district (235 mm), Palampur (212 mm), Shimla (172.6 mm), Kangra airport (167.9 mm), Sundernagar (151.4 mm), Dharamshala (142.8 mm), Jubbarhatti (146.2 mm), Jwali in Kangra district (136 mm), Kasauli (134 mm), Bharwain in Una district (119 mm), Solan (110 mm), Chamba (78 mm), Dalhousie (72 mm) till 8.30 am. The Sangla-Karcham road has been blocked due to landslides at Ruturang in Kinnaur district, a district official said, adding that boulders are still falling due to which the road may not be cleared by tomorrow. In Shimla, a vehicle was damaged due to landslide at Phase-3, Kangnadhaar. Similarly in Kangra district Darohgarh-Jamulla road, Shaman-Thural road, Duhak-Garthoon road, Gawal Till Stadium road and Thural-Challah roads have been closed due to landslides, an official said. Besides the road has also been blocked at Panjpula in Chamba district following landslides. weather August 13, 2018 weather news COMMENT SHARE COMMENTSlast_img read more

Over 90 of Maharashtra covered by southwest monsoon IMD

first_img 0 The south-west monsoon has arrived in more than 90 per cent of Maharashtra and is likely to cover the entire state in the next four to five days, an India Meteorological Department official said Monday.Among the regions yet to be covered is Mumbai, he added.“Monsoon has covered 92-93 per cent of the total area in Maharashtra. In next four to five days, the entire state is likely to come under monsoon,” he said.“The remaining seven to eight per cent area in the state comprises Mumbai, northern part of Konkan and extreme northern part of central Maharashtra,” the IMD official said. He said since the monsoon is active, widespread rain is likely in Konkan and neighbouring Goa.“Central Maharashtra is likely to get widespread rain between June 26-28. Marathwada got widespread rain on Monday but it will reduce partially from Tuesday,” he informed.Rain is also expected in the state’s Vidarbha region, he said. Maharashtra Published on COMMENT Monsooncenter_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE June 24, 2019 COMMENTSlast_img read more