Ellis stars with four-timer

first_imgChampion jockey-designate Shane Ellis will have a merry Christmas, thanks to a fabulous four-timer on yesterday’s 12-race programme at Caymanas Park.Saving the best for last, the 42-year-old jockey, son of 1960s champion Winston ‘Nero’ Ellis, scored a runaway win aboard the 43-1 outsider ROMAN SPY for trainer Donovan Plummer in the closing race over 1400 metres to move to 83 wins – 12 clear of his closest rival Robert Halledeen, who did not ride yesterday and has seemingly thrown in the towel with only two race days remaining.Ellis also won the fifth race for Plummer aboard 4-1 chance HOLOGRAM SHADOW, the six-year-old getting up in the nick of time to beat the front-running favourite RAGING PROSPECT by a neck over a mile, followed up with 8-5 favourite PERFECT FLYER for trainer Dwight Chen in the eighth, as well as 4-5 favourite ROYAL ASSAULT who made all impressively for trainer Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes in the War Zone Sprint (11th race) supporting feature. ROYAL ASSAULT won by four lengths from ACTION MAN in the smart time of 105.3.Ellis, who won his first championship in the year 2000, was elated with yesterday’s windfall and indicated it would be much of the same next year.”My ability is unquestionable, so I will only have to put my mind to it in 2016. Looking back at the season, I told myself in mid-year there was no way I would be beaten by Halledeen and only had to avoid injury or suspension to win my second championship. The wait was long, but it was worth it,” said the popular jockey.Meanwhile, PHINEAS (3-1), with Wesley Henry riding for trainer Andrew McDonald, outfinished 2-5 favourite CAMPESINO under outgoing champion jockey Dane Nelson by a neck to win the Gladiator Trophy open allowance feature over 1400 metres in the smart time of 1:24.1.last_img read more

Who’s Got Big Brands? Tech’s Got The Biggest Brands Of Them All

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#marketing brian proffitt Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Image via Shutterstock According to the 2013 BrandZ Top 100 report, tech companies hold the top three slots in this year’s list of top global brands — Apple, Google and IBM leading the pack in that order. Microsoft rolls in at number 7 on the list.There’s big money in them thar brands, too. The ClickZ report pegs Apple’s brand as worth $185.1 billion, up 1% from last year. Google rose more from last year, up 5% to a brand worth of $113.7 billion. IBM’s brand shrank 3% to $112.5 billion and Microsoft shrank even more: 9% down to $69.8 billion.These valuations are based on proprietary valuation methods, so take them with a grain of salt. Still, it’s interesting to see how marketing views the power of the almighty brand.Check out BrandZ’s technology sector rankings to see how your favorite companies stack up against each other. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Video: Ohio State Special Teams Meetings Look Like A Lot Of Fun

first_imgOhio State players dance during special teams meeting.Twitter/@markpantoniFor all of the crazy expectations placed on defending national champion Ohio State, the Buckeyes are about as loose as a team can be. No group seems to have as much fun off the field. Even special teams meetings, which you’d expect to be fairly dry and dull, get pretty live. Director of player personnel Mark Pantoni posted a video from a recent specials meeting, which features a number of Ohio State players—most notably linebacker Chris Worley—dancing. Even assistant coach Kerry Coombs gets into it a bit.Just your typical start to kicking meeting pic.twitter.com/7nqoAA3AF2— Mark Pantoni (@markpantoni) August 31, 2015In 2015, just about everything is a party in Columbus.last_img read more

Indian womens hockey team confident of taming Malaysia in 5match series

first_imgKuala Lumpur: High on confidence after a spate of good results, the Indian women’s hockey team, led by ace goalkeeper Savita, will start as favourites in the five-match series against Malaysia beginning here on Thursday. The Indian team go into the series after a successful outing in Spain earlier this year, where it beat hosts and 2018 world cup bronze medallists, once (5-2), drew twice (1-1 and 2-2) and lost once (2-3). The Indian team had further improved its performance by holding last year’s World Cup runners-up, Ireland to a 1-1 draw before registering a 3-0 win. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “Always raising the bar is not easy, that demands discipline and taking responsibility. That ownership is again one of the main areas I would like to see our team improve. Our challenge is not our opponent but always ourselves,” said Indian women’s hockey team’s chief coach Sjoerd Marijne. The last time India met Malaysia in a big event was at the 2017 Asia Cup, where it won 2-0 in the round robin league before winning the title in a tense final against China. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later “It is difficult to say how they play as we have not played against them in a while but the last time I saw Malaysia was during the Asian Games in Jakarta and that is a while ago. From what I saw there, they like to play long aerial balls and like to defend with a lot of passion,” Marijne said. The matches between the two countries will take place every alternate day, starting Thursday. The final match of the series will be played on April 11.last_img read more

Man arrested in accidental shooting case in NW Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police on Tuesday arrested a man for shooting a person in North West Delhi’s Shalimar Bagh area.The investigating agency said that the victim had made a concocted story to save the accused in the case. According to police on April 24, an incident of firing was reported at Shalimar Bagh police station from a hospital. During the enquiry, statement of injured Amir Khan was recorded who stated that he was going along with his friend named Paras Arora on a bike. They halted near a school in Shalimar Bagh for smoking. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles”Two young person’s came to them on an Apache motorcycle and asked for a cigarette. On refusal, a hot argument took place between them and the pillion rider took a pistol out of his clothes and fired on him due to which he sustained an injury on his chest,” police said. His friend Paras Arora took him to hospital. During the investigation, Paras Arora (eye witness) of the incident was examined who corroborated the version of the complainant. During the enquiry, the conduct of complainant and his friend Paras was found suspicious. Hence, Paras Arora was again examined on April 29. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarIn the meantime, complainant Aamir shifted from the hospital at an unknown place without any intimation. “The version of the complainant was found wrong as per the analysis of CCTV footage,” police said. During enquiry, no one witnessed the incident of firing at the spot. Thereafter, a sustained interrogation was made with Paras Arora who disclosed that the story told by them was false and concocted. In fact, he purchased a pistol from Aamir (injured) for Rs. 20000/- and during test fire behind his home at Shalimar Bagh, an accidental fired took place and Aamir sustained an injury by him.last_img read more

European broadcaster Modern Times Group MTG is r

first_imgEuropean broadcaster Modern Times Group (MTG) is renaming its Viasat-branded broadcast operations base in London.The division will be known simply as MTG, while its wholesales channels business Viasat World is becoming MTG World.The Viasat brand will remain in various territories as a channel name.MTG has also launched a new corporate identity and logo.“Our new identity and values are there to inspire and guide us, every day. It’s important to not only understand the values we need to succeed, but to make sure that the whole organization lives those values. We need to have a healthy balance between working hard and having fun together while we do it. Our new logo is a bold step in this direction, and its open and playful design reflects the digital entertainment company we are today,” said Jørgen Madsen Lindemann, MTG president and CEO.last_img read more

Frances competition watchdog has decided to maint

first_imgFrance’s competition watchdog has decided to maintain certain obligations imposed on pay TV outfit Canal+ at the time of authorising the latter’s acquisition of French overseas territories telecom operator Mediaserv in 2014.The Autorité de la Concurrence is to maintain a number of obligations placed on the pay TV operator, which had initially been imposed for a five-year period, including a requirement to make its services available to other operators.The regulator has ruled that Canal+ will be obliged to treat Canal+ Telecom/Mediaserv and other internet service providers on the basis of equality because of the risk that the pay TV outfit could make its content available exclusively to its own subsidiary, or make it available to its subsidiary at more favourable terms than were available to rivals.The watchdog gave Canal+ relief on some of its obligations, including giving it the ability to bundle its internet offering with Canal+ International’s programming offer.The regulator conditionally approved Canal+ Overseas’ acquisition of a 51% stake in Mediaserv, the main alternative telecom operator in Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guiana and Reunion, in 2014.last_img read more

The private panel that began with three key speake

first_imgThe private panel that began with three key speakers at the April 27-29 Casey Research Recovery Reality Check Summit continues with a second installment in today’s Energy Report. This exclusive features Casey Energy Opportunities Senior Editor Marin Katusa, Global Resource Investments Founder and Chairman Rick Rule and Casey Research Senior Editor Louis James, turning their attention to oil and natural gas prices and opportunities in equities. Source: Karen Roche and JT Long of The Energy Report (5/10/12) The Energy Report: Since we last talked in November, oil went from $90–110 per barrel (bbl). Has it established a floor that will stick? Or, as Porter Stansberry predicted during the summit, is it getting ready to crash? He said that using the same sorts of technology that brought on the glut of natural gas will lead to finding too much oil and driving its price down. Marin Katusa: Porter was basing his comments on the success of shale gas in North America, and with that you have natural gas liquids and some oil. In North America, gas became a victim of its own success, worsened by a warmer-than-expected winter. But understand that gas, in general, has very localized markets. When it comes to the oil sector, people think Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM:NYSE); Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDS.NYSE.A/B) and ConocoPhillips (COP:NYSE) are the biggest players. The big players are actually the national oil companies (NOCs)—Saudi Aramco, Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) and Petróleos de Venezuela, which are not reinvesting in operations and exploration. Their production is decreasing as a result. Cantarell, in Mexico, is one of the greatest oilfields in the world, but it’s decreasing by 3.5% every year. The NOCs are distributing profits to fund massive social programs. For instance, more than 55% of Venezuela profits from oil-funded social programs. By the way, America imports more than a million barrels of Venezuelan oil each day and pays a premium over what it pays for domestic oil. But that’s another story. I don’t necessarily agree that the same reasons why natural gas in North America went under $2 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) would apply globally. India is signing $14–$15/Mcf and more; Japan is at $15/Mcf-plus. It’s twice that in Europe. So North America is a unique case; the rest of the world is nowhere near that when it comes to shale exploration. TER: Will that change when the U.S. starts exporting in 2015 or so? MK: I think 2015 is a very aggressive timeline. Eventually, the market will fix itself. But to say that oil will go to $40/bbl by Christmas? I wouldn’t take that bet. That said, for two years we’ve been using $60/bbl oil for our equations. We publish the best netbacks in the business every quarter. So if a company can make money at $65/bbl oil, it will make a lot of money at $105/bbl oil. But if you invest in companies that need $90/bbl oil to break even, you’re not going to do so well. TER: You said the market will fix itself. Will oil go down to, say, that $60/bbl you’ve been using? MK: Everyone isn’t paying $103–105/bbl. Because of the massive differential for selling less, the Canadian oil sands producers are selling as low as $63/bbl. In the Bakken, they’re selling for $72/bbl. So it finds its equilibrium. In the Canadian oil sands, existing production can be profitable at $60/bbl, which we’ve been saying for a couple of years. New production, if it’s open pit, it needs $90/bbl oil to be economic due to the massive inflation in equipment, trucks, tires and people. TER: Why do we quote oil at $105/bbl if it costs $63–72/bbl? MK: A lot of people think that Suncor Energy Inc. (SU:TSX/NYSE) or any given oil producer is making $105/bbl for oil, but companies are selling their product for $63/bbl. It depends on the differential and Suncor’s selling price versus the West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil price, which is the posted price. Gas producers in Edmonton are getting much lower prices than what’s quoted in the Henry Hub. The oil price in North America or the Brent price isn’t necessarily the same price a company is selling its oil for. Rick Rule: It’s pretty complex. What people think of as the posted crude oil price comes from either WTI or Brent. That used to be the way the world worked, but we have localized differentials now. One of the differentials that Marin was speaking about is the differential between light sweet crude and heavy crude. And the differentials widen and tighten depending on a variety of factors. For example, production efficiency in Venezuela, the traditional source of Gulf Coast sour crudes, is a factor. Transportation and infrastructure bottlenecks are factors. We’re now to the point where a critical pipeline from the Gulf Coast to the U.S. Midwest, which used to take imported crude into the Midwest, has been reversed because of production declines in Mexico and Venezuela, which encourage U.S. Gulf Coast refiners to take heavy crude out of Canada. All of this is what creates localized markets in oil. The international light sweet crude markets are very stout. Nigerian bonny crude and Brent crude’s international trade is marked by tightness as a consequence of declining supplies in traditional frontier market exporters, such as Nigeria as well as Venezuela and Mexico. The North American domestic market is ironically awash in oil as a consequence of three factors: The high price of gasoline has begun to destroy demand along with the weak economy. The incredible de-bottlenecking that’s gone on in the Athabasca tar sands has doubled tar sands production in four years. And the conjunction of technologies that Marin was talking about has produced a flood of shale oil, particularly in the Bakken. TER: But when the gas at the pump is up, the excuse they give is that WTI is at $105/bbl. That’s the logic presented to consumers. RR: I can’t speak to other parts of the country, but being an oil producer myself and a gasoline consumer, I’m certainly familiar with the California gasoline market. California municipalities constrain the construction of gas stations, so there are fewer and fewer outlets. Some communities that were really tough on how many gas stations they would permit have prices $0.25–0.30 per gallon higher than nearby communities that were more generous. On top of that, all the margins for producers, refiners and distributors that are built into the price of gasoline go to the government in the form of taxes. California is a high-cost refining environment, with high taxes and constrained competition. Gasoline demand in the U.S. has grown 1.2–1.3%, compounded for 29 years, and the United States hasn’t permitted a new refinery for 29 years. Maybe no new refineries would have been built anyway because refinery and marketing margins are so lousy. But that’s the picture. MK: Also, the older refineries need more downtime for maintenance. All these things factor into the equation, and that’s why you have high prices at the pump. In Canada, more than 50% of the price is taxes. Major global production is coming from these NOCs, which I call the New Seven Sisters.* *[Before the rise of the OPEC cartel and NOCs, the original Seven Sisters included Anglo-Persian Oil Company (now BP), Gulf Oil, Standard Oil of California (Socal), Texaco (now Chevron), Royal Dutch Shell, Standard Oil of New Jersey (Esso) and Standard Oil Company of New York (Socony) (now ExxonMobil). The Seven Sisters dominated the global petroleum industry from the mid-1940s to the 1970s, and up until the oil crisis of 1973, controlled about 85% of the world’s petroleum reserves – Editor.] Look at the coming nationalization of resources. Look at what’s happened in Argentina. The private companies, the Exxons of the world, risk their capital and their shareholders’ capital. When they have success, the country nationalizes these resources. So there’s another factor to take into account if you want to understand how tight the oil markets really are. TER: A number of people we’ve interviewed lately say the best bet now is to invest in the service companies—the drillers, pipeline builders and so forth. MK: Part of our portfolio in The Energy Letter is geared toward service companies, and certainly Kinder Morgan (KMP:NYSE), which is one of North America’s largest pipeline transportation and energy storage companies, has been very generous to our portfolio. In five months, there’s been over a 30% gain. But if you’re going to go into the service sector, you have to make sure about a company’s ability to cover its debt, because a lot of these services companies took on massive debt during the bull market and will blow up on it. TER: Looking for other potential investments, Louis, you said that the secret is to figure out what real stuff people need, because it will retain value. When prices on valuable stuff go down ridiculously, it’s a godsend, because you can buy when it’s cheap and sell when it’s expensive. Is the stuff people need cheap now? Louis James: Stuff is not really cheaper. There is deflation in some asset classes and some equities, but life for the average Joe is not cheaper and commodities in general are not cheaper. Oil is still above $100/bbl. When commodities have not lost ground but the equities have, that’s an alligator jaw pattern. I’m not speaking as a technical analyst—that’s just a metaphor. But it’s actually fantastic if you have high, driving prices in the commodities, and you find good, cheap companies with good management, money in the bank and the wherewithal to weather the storms. I also think we’ll see more volatility, and the chances of seeing much lower prices are pretty good. When a bear sentiment grabs the market, it takes everybody down, both the best and the worst players. If you have the courage to face it, that’s very good news. If you’re new to the game, you can get fantastic buys on things that others have identified as great plays, already worked on and de-risked. If you’re already long, it’s a matter of self-discipline, which few investors have. Most of them get burned again and again. They buy high when everybody else is buying. They feel confident. They jump in. Things turn against them. The tide goes the other way. They get scared. Everybody else gets scared at the same time and they get creamed. Investors need self-discipline, belief in what they’re doing and they need to know why they’re buying something to be able to happily take those shares off weaker hands. I think there’s a good chance we’ll see much more of that over this summer and I’m looking forward to it. After the sector bounced back from 2008, I wrote that we should be so lucky as to have another one. TER: Speaking of lower equity prices, Marin, last fall you told us that quantitative easing was deflating equity valuations. “He who has cash will be king,” you said, “because he can afford to buy discounted stocks. If you do your homework and be sharp you’ll make a fortune in the next three years.” Is that still the case? Or are we too late? MK: I still believe we’re in deflating equity prices. By mitigating risk, being strategic, always taking Casey free rides, the portfolios for 2011 for both the Casey Energy Report (CER) and Casey Energy Confidential (CEC) gained over 20%. And Q1/12 was over 20% for both newsletters, too. Throughout the year, a few of our buys had massive gains—like Poseidon Concepts Corp. (PSN: TSX), TAG Oil Ltd. (TAO:TSX; TAOIF:OTCQX;) and Africa Oil Inc. (AOI: TSX.V). Did we sell too early? Yes. But so what? We reduced our risk. We made money. We lived to see another day. And with one of them, we now have a dividend for free and the company’s growing. So if you do your homework and buy good companies, you can do well. I don’t think you’re too late at all. The 300+ investors who attended the 3-day Casey Research Recovery Reality Check Summit discovered a multitude of natural resource investing strategies during daily Gold and Resource Stock Roundup sessions.  These sessions featured Rick, Marin, Louis and Jeff Clark, senior precious metals analyst at Casey Research, who together revealed their favorite natural resource stocks to invest in now.  You can hear all of their  recommendations, as well as every recorded summit presentation—over 20 hours in all—with the  Casey Research Recovery Reality Check Summit Audio Collection. Founder and CEO of Global Resource Investments and President of Sprott Asset Management U.S.A, Rick Rule began his career in the securities business in 1974 and has been principally involved in natural resource security investments ever since. He is a leading American retail broker and asset manager specializing in mining, energy, water utilities, forest products and agriculture. Rule’s company has built a sterling reputation for its specialist expertise in taking advantage of global opportunities in the resources industries. In 2011, Rule closed a landmark deal with Eric Sprott, Founder of Sprott Inc., another famous powerhouse in the arena. Sprott Inc. offers resource-oriented investors opportunities in segregated managed accounts, mutual funds, hedge funds and private partnerships. The collective organization offers unparalleled expertise and access to investment opportunities in all resource sectors. Sprott Inc. manages a portfolio of small-cap resource investments worth more than $8 billion and boasts a workforce of more than 130 professionals in Canada and the U.S. Louis James is chief metals and mining investment strategist at Casey Research, where he is also the senior editor of Casey Investment Alert and Conversations with Casey. When not in meetings with mining company executives in Vancouver, B.C., James regularly travels the world evaluating highly prospective geological targets and visiting explorers and producers getting to know their management teams. For more than 25 years, Casey Research, headed by investor and best-selling author Doug Casey, has been helping self-directed investors to earn returns through innovative investment research designed to take advantage of market dislocations. Investment Analyst Marin Katusa is the senior editor of Casey’s Energy Opportunities and Casey’s Energy Confidential. He left a successful teaching career to pursue what has proven an equally successful—and far more lucrative—career analyzing and investing in junior resource companies. With a stock pick record of 19 winners in a row—a 100% success rate last year—Katusa’s insightful research has made his subscribers a great deal of money. Using his advanced mathematical skills, he created a diagnostic resource market tool that analyzes and compares hundreds of investment variables. Through his own investments and his work with the Casey team, Katusa has established a network of relationships with many of the key players in the junior resource sector in Vancouver. In addition, he is a member of the Vancouver Angel Forum, where he and his colleagues evaluate early seed investment opportunities. Katusa also manages a portfolio of international real estate projects. Want to read more exclusive Energy Report interviews like this? Sign up for our free e-newsletter, and you’ll learn when new articles have been published. To see a list of recent interviews with industry analysts and commentators, visit our Exclusive Interviews page. Disclosure: 1) Karen Roche and JT Long of The Energy Report facilitated this panel discussion. They personally and/or their families own shares of the following companies mentioned in this interview: None 2) The following companies mentioned in the interview are sponsors of The Gold Report: None. 3) Rick Rule: I personally and/or my family own shares of the following companies I mentioned in this interview: None. I personally and/or my family am paid by the following companies I mentioned in this interview: None. 4) Louis James: I personally and/or my family own shares of the following companies I mentioned in this interview: None. I personally and/or my family am paid by the following companies I mentioned in this interview: None. 5) Marin Katusa: I personally and/or my family own shares of the following companies I mentioned in this interview: None. I personally and/or my family am paid by the following companies I mentioned in this interview: None.last_img read more

A new research centre that plans to create a centr

first_imgA new research centre that plans to create a centre for “disability expertise” on the Olympic Park – as part of the London 2012 Paralympics legacy – has faced questions about its commitment to collaborating with local disabled people’s organisations (DPOs).The Global Disability Innovation Hub (GDIH) wants to spread innovative ideas across inclusive design, assistive technology, sport, arts and inclusive development and use the new centre as a “springboard for change” to improve the lives of disabled people in the UK and internationally.GDIH says it wants to ensure that disabled people are involved in the leadership of all of its programmes and to “promote that ethos and that way of working” internationally.Its aim, it says, is to “change the way we think about disability through co-design, collaboration, and innovation”, and to become “the leading place to come to research, study, practice and share disability innovations”.This week, the hub’s director, Vicki Austin, told Disability News Service (DNS) that she wanted GDIH to develop into a global centre for “disability expertise”, drawing on local communities, DPOs and disabled people.The hub launched last September, but only appointed its 15-strong board of directors – two-thirds of whom are disabled people – last week.It is moving its current base to University College London’s (UCL) new campus on the Olympic Park in east London.But despite its commitment to ensuring that disabled people lead its programmes, there are questions over its apparent failure to work with local disabled people and DPOs.When asked which DPOs it had worked with since its launch, Austin mentioned Together! 2012, which is led by the disabled artist and author Dr Ju Gosling, and has been working since the Paralympics to make the main London 2012 host borough of Newham into an international centre of excellence for disability arts.Together! 2012 is the most prominent DPO in the borough, and the only cultural organisation in east London to have been developed in response to the Paralympic legacy, while Gosling herself has an international reputation as a disabled artist, based in Newham, and is a leader on work looking at the relationship between disabled people and technology.But Gosling disputed Austin’s claims that the hub had been working with Together!, and said she had in fact been frustrated by her attempts to set up a meeting with GDIH, and had been trying to do so since January, in a series of emails seen by DNS.Her last emailed attempt to set up a meeting was on 16 May, which has still not received a reply from GDIH.She said: “They haven’t made any contact with us, and we have tried and tried and tried.“I find it discourteous and disrespectful and very disappointing. They clearly don’t know what co-production means.”A spokeswoman for the hub did not dispute the six-month delay in arranging a meeting, although she claimed that Austin had had “discussions” with Gosling as the hub was being developed.Austin said that GDIH had also been working closely with members of the Olympic Park’s built environment access panel (BEAP), and that it had been using them “as our initial sounding board”, as an interim arrangement before its board was appointed.One meeting was apparently held in the hub’s current home on the Olympic Park, so panel members could meet the team, while the panel’s chair, Peter Lainson, is a member of the hub’s working group, and two of his fellow disabled panel members have now been appointed to the GDIH board.But DNS has spoken to one member of the panel who said they were surprised to hear that GDIH was claiming such a close connection with BEAP, and believed the panel had not been involved with the hub in any significant way.The hub emerged from work at UCL and has some post-London 2012 funding from the London Legacy Development Corporation, although that is due to run out next year.None of GDIH’s other founding partners – the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability, the University of the Arts London’s London College of Fashion, Loughborough University in London, Saddler’s Wells Theatre, the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, and London’s Victoria and Albert Museum – are user-led organisations.The GDIH board will be led by the disabled Conservative peer Lord [Chris] Holmes, former disability commissioner for the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and London 2012’s director of Paralympic integration.He said he was “delighted” to be “part of a project with such potential to transform lives”.He said: “I have personally benefited from assistive technology and believe truly inclusive design not only removes barriers to disabled people but also, essentially, benefits everyone by leading to ground-breaking technological solutions or applications and truly excellent design.”Early GDIH projects include working with an “innovation lab” set up by a disabled people’s organisation in India and the International Committee of the Red Cross to develop new products to help disabled people, particularly in the global south.The hub is also involved in the development of a masters programme in disability design and innovation, which will begin in September 2018.Another project is the development of a digital/audio “wayfinding” tool that would help blind and partially-sighted visitors find their way around the Olympic Park.Austin said a crucial part of its approach was to ensure that disabled people were involved in leading its programmes. She said: “If there is an opportunity to amplify that message, and also the talents of those people, then that is what we intend and want to do.“We are particularly interested in harnessing the power of technology as it develops and a lot of that technology is being developed in institutions by non-disabled people.“If we are able to challenge some of that and engage people in both academic and non-academic programmes and also challenge some of the academic approaches in a way that puts co-creation and co-design right at the heart, not only are better products made but also it challenges the status quo.”Next month, the hub will host a disability innovation summit, running alongside the 2017 World Para-Athletics Championships, to “explore research and ideas, looking at innovation in tech, design, development, culture and art”.Picture: Lord Holmes at London Tech Week, after the announcement that he would be chairing GDIHlast_img read more

Apple Reportedly Planning to Release a Siri Speaker

first_img 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List June 2, 2017 Siri Add to Queue –shares Next Article Image credit: via PC Mag Apply Now » This story originally appeared on PCMagcenter_img Apple is set to bring Siri to a standalone speaker akin to the Google Home or Amazon Echo, according to Bloomberg.Apple could announce the Siri speaker at WWDC next week, although it wouldn’t be ready to ship until later this year, Bloomberg reports, citing people familiar with the matter. Although Siri first launched in 2011, long before voice assistants from Google and Amazon, users must currently interact with it via Apple’s existing products, including Macs, iPhones and the Apple TV. Giving Siri its own dedicated speaker would allow Apple to ride the more recent phenomenon of always-listening voice assistants that can perform home automation tasks — via Apple’s HomeKit protocol — in addition to looking up sports scores and reading weather reports. Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.While the rumored Apple speaker would directly compete with the Echo and Google Home, Siri has had a rudimentary ability to constantly listen and respond to “Hey, Siri” commands since the iPhone 6s was introduced in September 2015. But that experience falls far short of what a dedicated speaker offers, since it relies on your phone’s speakers and microphone to do the listening and the talking.Rumors of a Siri speaker raises the question of what Microsoft has in the works to keep its Cortana voice assistant competitive. The Cortana-powered Harman Kardon Invoke speaker is one possibility. Announced last month, the Invoke is scheduled to ship this fall. This week, Microsoft also teased a digital assistant from HP, a small puck-like speaker akin to the Amazon Echo Dot.”The new HP digital assistant featuring Cortana is a standalone personal assistant device that does not need to connect to a Windows 10 PC to provide a complete intelligent speaker experience,” Microsoft said in a statement to The Verge. It’s unclear when it will go on sale. A standalone Siri speaker would help Apple better compete against the likes of Google Home and Amazon Echo, according to Bloomberg. Look for it at WWDC next week. 2 min read Apple Reportedly Planning to Release a Siri Speaker News reporter The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Tom Brantlast_img read more