first_imgBalurghat: International trade through Hili Border in South Dinajpur has resumed on Wednesday.Following the tug-of-war between Hili exporters association and Bangladesh importers association on the issue of stone export from India, the trade halted since Monday.It was due to an internal conflict for which the exporters had stopped exporting stones since September 23 through Hili Internationalcheck-post.As a consequence, the Bangladesh importers had boycotted receiving Indian goods and threatened to stand rigid on their decision unless resuming stone export from India. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAs both countries was facing a huge revenue loss for the stalemate, the local administrations of two countries intervened to restore normalcy.Following the initiatives, a high-level meeting was conducted between the exporters and importers on Tuesday.On Monday, the importers had delivered a letter to their Indian counterpart requesting to remove the jolt immediately so that the trade resumes.South Dinajpur District Magistrate Deepap Priya P had also intervened and requested the exporters to start exporting stones. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedSecretary of Hili exporters association, Subrata Saha said: “We had spoken to the conflicting exporters many a times so that stone export starts. We had also received a letter from Bangladesh importers urging us to resume the trade. The local administrations of two countries had also come forward for a solution.”According to a local source, around 400 trucks from West Bengal, Bihar and Jharkhand used to carry stones to export daily for Bangladesh.The stalemate began after a group of exporters raised the issue of inappropriation while loading and unloading of stones. One group of exporters had decided not to export the same unless intervention by higher authorities.Hundreds of trucks were stranded since Wednesday morning for clearance in Hili International check post in both sides.last_img read more


first_img Editor’s Note: In this series, we take you inside the mind of Nicolas Cary, CEO of the popular Bitcoin wallet service Blockchain.info, for his expert insights on the latest Bitcoin news and trends.It’s been a rocky road for Bitcoin over the last few months. Mt. Gox fell. Hackers hemorrhaged Silk Road 2. The feds taxed it. Dark Wallet cast a pall.    Now what? Leave the bad Bitcoin news in the dust and charge ahead on the good foot.  This seems to be the optimistic, fighter attitude of Nicolas Cary, the ebullient CEO of Blockchain.info, a U.K.-based Bitcoin wallet and block information service.Related: Why Bitcoin is Better Than Other CurrenciesThe Denver, Colo., native sees a bright, “bullish” future for the world’s first digital currency, even if it’s still widely misunderstood and regularly garners negative headlines.Bitcoin’s future is so bright, Cary says, that many of us will save money because of the controversial cybercurrency in the near future — even if you don’t own a single BTC.We talked to Cary about the pioneering, widely misunderstood digital cash and why he has such high hopes for it, particularly as a frictionless payment network. Here’s what he had to say.  Entrepreneur: What are your predictions for what’s next for Bitcoin, over the next year or so? Cary: Over the next year, a lot of people may start using Bitcoin without necessarily even knowing it. The way that will work is, you might be someone working really hard in the United States and you want to send some money to your family down in South America, so you might go to a local store and hand over some of the hard-earned cash you’ve made and they will actually use the Bitcoin network to transfer the value across the border, but basically for no fee, which will save you in the cost of doing that. If you were to use Western Union or MoneyGram today, sometimes they take 15 to 20 to 30 percent.Related: Outer Space: Bitcoin’s Final Frontier? Even though you might not be in possession or custody of bitcoins, the currency, there are going to be services that most consumers end up using in the future that are relying on the Bitcoin payment network itself.For people who are interested in Bitcoin, they can certainly go and buy some, but I think the technology itself, the network, is part of the value proposition. It will allow people and businesses to use it without, and kind of obfuscate, the complexity of some of the things that are intimidating to folks.But the reality is the software has to get better. Bitcoin was successful very early on because it catered to a very technically forward audience, but the utility and need is very big, and I don’t think that anyone would debate that they’d rather be saving money if they could, and Bitcoin presents an option to live in a world of greater financial empowerment.Related: Why Bitcoin Is ‘Like Email For Money’We have to build better software as an industry. We’re getting there. User interfaces are getting better. I want to get to a place where, if I wanted to send you a payment because we went out to dinner and we split the check, I just press on a picture of your face on my phone and it instantly sends you money. That’s where we have to get to and we will get there this year.Entrepreneur: How soon will everyday commerce be powered by Bitcoin? When will we see Bitcoin as a payment system reach critical mass? Cary: It’s still tough to say. You have to look at the momentum. A year ago today there were maybe 4,000 or 5,000 merchants on the entire planet that accepted Bitcoin. Now there are probably 40,000 to 50,000.The story of ecommerce and Bitcoin is going to be a big one in 2014. You’ve already seen OKCupid, the world’s largest dating site, accept Bitcoin, WordPress, the world’s largest blogging platform accept Bitcoin, TigerDirect, and and now DISH, one of the larger cable companies in the world, have announced that they will accept Bitcoin.Related: 3 Celebs Jumping on the Bitcoin Bandwagon (and One Who Says She’s an ‘Idiot’ For Missing It)They’re going to do this because it allows them to receive a payment, basically just like cash, where they don’t pay any fees. All of these online retailers are constantly fighting to win that margin battle.Because Bitcoin payments are like cash, merchants don’t have to surrender 2 to 3 percent fees to Visa, American Express, etc. It can mean the difference between huge profits and a loss when you consider their volume.I think throughout 2014 one online retailer after another is going to start to accept Bitcoin and there are some really fantastic projects that are going to come online this summer, too. Lots of really smart entrepreneurs are coming into this space, really qualified teams, and I’m excited to see what happens.Related: SecondMarket CEO: Wall Street Will Put ‘Hundreds of Millions’ Into Bitcoin Register Now » 5 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalscenter_img June 3, 2014 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more


first_imgPANAMA CITY – Looters ransacked shops and stoned vehicles in Panama City on Friday following protests outside the Congress against a law that permits the sale of public lands in a duty free zone.Dozens of hooded assailants stormed through the streets around the capitol building, attacking congressional guards and smashing store windows and parked vehicles with stones.Local television showed images of looters making off with television sets, stereo equipment, appliances and alcoholic beverages.The eruption of violence followed a protest by members of a construction union against the new law, which President Ricardo Martinelli has promised to rescind.Heavily armed police intervened after a half hour of chaos, making mass arrests to restore order.“We are concerned by the turn that this situation is taking,” Irving Hallman, head of Panama’s Chamber of Commerce, said in a television interview. “There is no justification for vandalism by those who are trying to take advantage of the situation.”Protests have flared since Oct. 19, when Martinelli signed a law allowing the sale of public lands in the free trade area in the city of Colón.Three people were killed in the first eruption of violent protests in Colón immediately after the law was signed, and the city has been paralyzed by strikes since then.Protests also have spread to Panama City and the border area with Costa Rica.Martinelli, who was flying home from a trip to Asia, promised in a Twitter message Friday to introduce a bill repealing the land sale law in its entirety.“The law sought the best for Colón but it had little acceptance. We will proceed with its definitive repeal. We want peace and tranquility for all,” he wrote. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more


first_img07May Rep. Lucido to host benefit expo Categories: Lucido News State Rep. Peter Lucido of Shelby Township will host his third annual Salute to Seniors and Veterans on Monday, May 14. All local veterans and seniors are invited to attend this free event. Industry professionals and exhibitors from healthcare agencies, hospitals, and veterans groups will be available to answer questions on Social Security, insurance, tax assistance, GI Bill credits, mortgage assistance, long-term care, and other issues.“Our seniors and veterans have given so much to their communities and country,” Rep. Lucido said. “I look forward to honoring them and providing an opportunity to connect with the benefits they deserve.”The expo takes place on Monday, May 14 at The Palazzo Grande at 54660 Van Dyke in Shelby Township from 9 a.m. to noon. The event is free and a light breakfast will be served.Space is limited, so please RSVP with Rep. Lucido’s office by calling (888) MICH-REP or by email at PeterLucido@house.mi.gov.PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Peter Lucido speaks with seniors and veterans at the 2017 Salute to Seniors and Veterans.last_img read more


first_imgIf you ate a hamburger today, or a high-priced steak, chances are it came from an animal that was fed an antibiotic during the last few months of its life.This is one of the most controversial uses of antibiotics in the entire food industry. There’s growing pressure on the beef industry to stop doing this. I wanted to know how hard that would be. My questions eventually led me to Phelps County Feeders, a cattle feedlot near Kearney, Neb. It was cold and wet on the day I visited. The weather had been bad for weeks. Joe Klute, the feedlot’s co-owner, was unhappy because he knew his 15,000 cattle were miserable, too. And miserable cattle don’t gain weight.”I mean, you spend all this time and energy and effort and money to put weight on them that you hope to get paid [for], and now it’s all going to be gone,” he said. “Because of the weather stress.”We head out to look at the raw ingredients of beef-making: giant bales of hay; piles of chopped up, fermented corn stalks and leaves called silage; steaming, flattened kernels of corn. “They get corn flakes for breakfast, just like we do,” he says with a grin.And then there are the micro-ingredients, like vitamins. They get dissolved in water and mixed into the truckloads of corn and hay. “On a 20,000-pound load, those micro-ingredients are going to be less than a pound,” Klute says.One of these micro-ingredients is an antibiotic called tylosin. It’s in there because when cattle eat a high-calorie diet, with lots of grain — which they do in feedlots, to fatten them up quickly during the last four to six months of their life — many will develop abscesses on the liver. T. G. Nagaraja, at Kansas State University, has spent most of his life studying this process. Fermenting grain produces acid in the bovine stomach that’s called the rumen, Nagaraja explains. When there’s lots of it, the acids can damage the rumen wall. This lets bacteria escape into the bloodstream and travel to the liver, where they get trapped, multiply, and cause abscesses.Liver abscesses don’t usually kill cattle, but they slow the animals’ growth and can make slaughtering operations more complicated. Nagaraja says that when cattle are fed a standard feedlot diet, 20 percent or more of them typically develop liver abscesses. Tylosin cuts that percentage by more than half, to single digits. This is, of course, great for the feedlot, but according to Lance Price, director of the Antibiotic Resistance Action Center at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., it’s not good at all for the rest of us.”It’s basically a public health decision that they’re making,” he says, and it’s a bad one, undermining the effectiveness of drugs that people depend on.Tylosin, for instance, is almost the same as an antibiotic that doctors often prescribe, called erythromycin. So when you feed tylosin to cattle, Price says, “it puts pressure on all the bacteria in and on that animal. Those bacteria respond to the antibiotic and eventually become resistant to it.”Those antibiotic-resistant bacteria can migrate away from the feedlot, perhaps carried by animal waste. If the bacteria then infect people, they can’t be treated with erythromycin.The Food and Drug Administration has banned some uses of antibiotics in animals for exactly this reason. Farmers can no longer use antibiotics to make cattle grow faster. Overall, their use of these drugs is down. But farmers still can give antibiotics to treat or prevent diseases like liver abscesses.This gets Lance Price kind of angry. “We are creating this disease,” he says. “We are creating liver abscesses by the way we’re raising [cattle].” Raise them differently, he says, and cattle wouldn’t need tylosin.In fact, it’s being done. It’s even being done at Phelps County Feeders. About 40 percent of the cattle at Joe Klute’s cold, wet feedlot are not getting any tylosin, or any growth-promoting hormones. This beef gets sold as an “all-natural” product under the company’s own brand: Nebraska Star Beef. The feedlot gets more money for it.”We decided, hey, it’s another avenue of survival. It’s another niche. Let’s find this niche; let’s try to be different,” Klute says. I also visited another, much smaller, feedlot in Iowa that’s completely antibiotic-free. It grows cattle for the company Niman Ranch.In both places, they’re doing it pretty much the same way.”We change how the animals are fed, and we don’t have to use tylosin,” says John Tarpoff, vice president of beef for Niman Ranch.They feed these cattle more hay and silage — and less energy-rich corn. This diet is easier on the animals’ stomachs. “The idea is, you have to protect the whole digestive system,” Tarpoff says.But there’s a trade-off. The animals grow more slowly when their diet is less energy-rich. To gain the same amount of weight, it can take these cattle about five months — as opposed to four months with conventional feeding. And some cattle — less than 10 percent of them — develop liver abscesses under this feeding regimen, too. That’s about the same as in feedlots that use a high-energy diet combined with tylosin. Another fly in the antibiotic-free ointment: Occasionally, cattle get sick with other diseases and need antibiotics. In that case, they’re treated and their meat is no longer sold as “natural.” Tarpoff says this happens to fewer than 1 percent of Niman Ranch’s cattle. At Phelps County Feeders, it’s between 5 and 10 percent.In case you’re wondering, these antibiotic-free cattle still are getting plenty of grain in their diet. That’s necessary, Tarpoff says, to produce the tender steaks that many consumers prefer.Because of the longer time and extra feed required to raise cattle this way, it costs more. Tarpoff estimates that it’s roughly 15 to 18 percent more. “We get the complaint all the time, ‘Gee, your product costs more than the other guy’s,’ ” he says. “Well, yeah, it does.” Some big customers are willing to pay for antibiotic-free production. They include Whole Foods and the fast-food chain Shake Shack.Last December, in perhaps the biggest shift in the industry away from antibiotics, McDonald’s announced that it’s taking steps to cut antibiotic use by its beef suppliers. I asked Tarpoff for his reaction. He sounded cautious.”It’s not so easily done,” he said. This industry, at least the mass-market part of it, has always been driven to cut costs. Cutting out the antibiotics will raise costs. “It’ll be interesting to see what happens,” he says. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Yahoo has started freeing up Yahoo IDs like emil@yahoo.com that have been inactive for at least 12 months so users like thisismythrowawayaccount@yahoo.com can finally get a useful email address. The company gave users just over a month to login if they hadn’t in the last year, and now it has launched a “wish list” for those interested in getting a new name.Head to wishlist.yahoo.com and enter up to five usernames, in order of most wanted to least wanted. Then enter your current Yahoo email address. Hit the Submit button and you’re good to go.[related-posts] – Advertisement – When you’re done, you will get the following message:If you’re first in line for a username, we’ll email you a link to claim it in mid-August, 2013. After that, you can add usernames to a watch list so you’re the first to know when they become available.Curiously, you can fill out this form as many times as you want. It’s not clear if doing so will overwrite your last submission or not, but we’d guess that it probably does.If your first choice isn’t available, Yahoo will work its way down your list. Next month, Yahoo will send out emails letting its users know which of their picks is available, with a link for claiming them within 48 hours.To communicate to another site that a username has a new owner, Yahoo will allow them to “ask” for a new type of validation when sending an email to a specific user. The field, which can be requested via an email’s header is called “Require-Recipient-Valid-Since,” a new standard being published with the IETF.Facebook helped Yahoo with this initiative, and here’s how the verification method will work with the social network:If a Facebook user with a Yahoo! email account submits a request to reset their password, Facebook would add the Require-Recipient-Valid-Since header to the reset email, and the new header would signal to Yahoo! to check the age of the account before delivering the mail. Facebook users typically confirm their email when they sign up for the service or add new emails to their account, and if the “last confirmed” date that Facebook specifies in the Require-Recipient-Valid-Since header is before the date of the new Yahoo! username ownership, then the email will not be delivered and will instead bounce back to Facebook, who will then contact the user by other means.Criminals will nevertheless look for ways to exploit this new header, but will probably mainly focus on sites that haven’t implemented it yet. Thankfully, even Yahoo expects that “a very small percentage” of its users had an active email address with the company that had a “short, sweet, and memorable” ID that could be re-used.Source: TNWlast_img read more


first_img Apply Now » A Brazilian judge briefly blocked Facebook Inc.’s WhatsApp messaging service on Tuesday for failing to cooperate in a criminal investigation, before the nation’s top court overturned the measure in the third such incident since December.Federal Supreme Court President Ricardo Lewandowski said in a decision that it seemed “scarcely reasonable or proportional” for a judge in Rio de Janeiro state to have ordered the indefinite suspension of the messaging app until it revealed encrypted messages pertaining to a confidential case.Still, the criminal judge left some 100 million Brazilian users without access to the messaging app for hours on Tuesday afternoon, showing the vast and unpredictable discretionary power of Brazil’s lower courts.WhatsApp stood by its defense that messages sent over the app are not stored on its servers and cannot be turned over to the courts. Co-founder and Chief Executive Jan Koum even took to Facebook to vent his frustration with the recurring legal issues in Brazil.”It’s shocking that less than two months after Brazilian people and lawmakers loudly rejected blocks of services like Whatsapp, history is repeating itself,” he posted.The office of Brazil’s attorney general reiterated its position that judges who suspend WhatsApp are incorrectly interpreting a 2014 law meant to update the legal framework for the internet.Still, that guidance has not stopped judges frustrated with the modern limits of wiretaps in drug-trafficking investigations from going after the service and even briefly jailing a senior Facebook executive in March.”As we’ve said in the past, we cannot share information we don’t have access to,” said a WhatsApp spokesperson in a public statement.(Reporting by Brad Haynes; Additional reporting by Alberto Alerigi Jr and Guillermo Parra-Bernal in Sao Paulo, Rodrigo Viga Gaier in Rio de Janeiro; Editing by Cynthia Osterman and David Gregorio) Add to Queue –shares Reuters Image credit: Twin Design / Shutterstock.com The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Why Did a Judge Block 100 Million WhatsApp Users?center_img WhatsApp 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List July 20, 2016 Next Article 2 min read This story originally appeared on Reuterslast_img read more


first_imgImage Credit: Lori Werhane By Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDJan 9 2019A new study has shown that adults with ASD are better at detecting relief and regret on the faces of others compared to those who do not have the condition. The results of the study were published in the latest issue of the journal Autism Research. Source:https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/aur.2056center_img Lead author Heather Ferguson, from the department of neurolinguistics, semantics and syntax at the University of Kent, in a statement said, “We have shown that, contrary to previous research that has highlighted the difficulties adults with autism experience with empathy and perspective-taking, people with autism possess previously overlooked strengths in processing emotions.”Related StoriesAtypical eating behaviors may indicate autismTAU’s new Translational Medical Research Center acquires MILabs’ VECTor PET/SPECT/CTProblem behaviors may provide clues on gastrointestinal issues in children with autismThe team looked at 48 adult participants – 24 with and 24 without ASD. The participants were given to read a story about a person who experiences regret or relief. They used eye-tracking methods to assess the reactions of the participants. In the story the protagonist or the person makes a decision that leads to a good or a bad outcome and the mood at the end of the result is summer up as “happy or annoyed”. If the final emotion did not match up to the narrative of the story, the participants were confused and either spent more time re-reading the passage or looked back at the previous sentences for clues. This meant that the participant was trying to make sense of the story that seemed absurd. For example one of the stories said in details how a woman decided to buy the shoes she loved and then she was annoyed. The ey tracking helped the team detect the emotional and neurological responses to the story.The team explained that most of the participants could predict the end of the story saying if the protagonist would be relieved or feel regret. This is called “counterfactual thinking”. There have been studies showing that people with ASD have a disrupted counterfactual thinking. This study refutes those findings. The researchers found that people with ASD were somehow better than those without in this form of thinking.Authors conclude, “Thus, our findings reveal that adults with ASD can employ sophisticated processes to adopt someone else’s perspective, and use this in real-time as the reference for future processing… These findings suggest that the previously observed difficulty with complex counterfactual emotions may be tied specifically to difficulties with the explicit expression of emotions rather than any difficulty experiencing them implicitly at a neurocognitive level.”last_img read more


first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 1 2019For patients undergoing “tummy tuck” surgery (abdominoplasty), satisfaction with the aesthetic outcome is the main factor affecting whether they write a positive or negative online review for their plastic surgeon, reports the March issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).But interactions with office staff and postoperative follow-up by the surgeon also influence plastic surgery ratings on online review sites, according to the study by ASPS Member Surgeon John Y.S. Kim, MD, of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and colleagues.Just Three Percent Rate of Negative Online Ratings after AbdominoplastyThe researchers analyzed ratings of plastic surgeons on three popular review sites: Google, Yelp, and RealSelf, which is dedicated to plastic/cosmetic surgery ratings. The study included nearly 800 reviews written by patients who underwent abdominoplasty in six metropolitan areas: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, and Miami.Dr. Kim and colleagues performed a quantitative analysis to identify statistically significant themes affecting patient satisfaction after abdominoplasty. Across the three sites, 86 percent of reviews were positive (4 or 5 stars) and 14 percent were negative (1 or 2 stars). Source:http://home.lww.com/news.entry.html/2019/02/28/online_reviews_after-jY40.html Good aesthetic outcomes were the “dominant driver” of positive reviews. “No patient who reported being happy with their aesthetic results left a negative review, indicating that a good aesthetic outcome virtually guarantees a positive review,” the researchers write. Interactions with office staff were the next most important factor – all reviews mentioning negative staff interactions were negative reviews.t Postoperative care and follow-up by the plastic surgeon was also associated with patient satisfaction. In some cases, patients who were satisfied with follow-up care left good reviews despite cosmetic problems or complications.center_img Related StoriesCommon cold virus strain could be a breakthrough in bladder cancer treatmentStudy shows potential culprit behind LupusRewiring of nerves gives movement to paralyzed arms and handsOther factors – including surgical complications and the costs of surgery – were classified as “nondominant” factors. “Performance on these factors, while influential to satisfaction, is overshadowed by other factors,” Dr. Kim and coauthors write. “Because online reviews are few and polarizing,” the researchers note, “they are unlikely to be representative samples of a surgeon’s total practice.”In a previous qualitative analysis of online ratings after breast augmentation, Dr. Kim and colleagues found that reviews were affected not only by aesthetic outcomes, but also by interactions with the plastic surgeon and staff. The new study is the first quantitative analysis of factors affecting patient satisfaction after cosmetic surgery.While identifying cosmetic outcomes as the predominant factor, the study shows that interactions with office staff also contribute to positive reviews of plastic surgeons. “The fact that interactions with staff and postoperative care were almost as important as the actual aesthetic outcome speaks to the importance of the ‘service’ aspect of plastic surgery,” Dr. Kim comments. “In essence, patients have expectations for quality of care that go beyond the operating room.”last_img read more


first_imgMarking their 26th year, the Awards highlight Cambridge’s best business talent, with winners selected by a panel of experts encompassing a broad range of business expertise. The ‘Small Business of the Year’ category recognizes IONTAS for achieving sustained growth, and demonstrating increased market strength, whilst remaining profitable.Related StoriesSchwann cells capable of generating protective myelin over nerves finds researchComplement system shown to remove dead cells in retinitis pigmentosa, contradicting previous researchTAU’s new Translational Medical Research Center acquires MILabs’ VECTor PET/SPECT/CTIONTAS is focused on antibody discovery and developing cutting-edge technology for protein-based drug discovery. The Company’s proprietary mammalian display platform makes antibody drug discovery more efficient and allows the discovery of antibodies that are amenable to manufacturing, a technology being increasingly adopted by Biotech and Pharma companies. In parallel, IONTAS is also making breakthroughs through its KnotBody technology, which enables the generation of drug leads to a class of target (ion channels) previously considered intractable to antibody development.Dr John McCafferty, Founder and CEO, IONTAS, commented: Mar 25 2019IONTAS Limited (IONTAS), a leader in the discovery and optimization of fully human antibodies, has won ‘Small Business of the Year’ category at the Cambridge News Business Excellence Awards 2019. Source:https://www.iontas.co.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/mar/25/iontas-named-small-business-year-cambridge/center_img I am honored that IONTAS has won this award, which is a testament to the talents and hard work of the team. The company’s success can be attributed to our scientific ethos of quality service and insightful research, without compromising on investment in ground-breaking research. I am very proud of what we have achieved, and look forward to continuing our contribution to the development of novel drugs targeting unmet medical needs.”last_img read more


Separated by thin partitions, 15 little photo studios used exclusively to update the website line up in a corner of Zara’s huge headquarters near Corunna in Spain’s northwest.Under a constant barrage of camera flashes, models strike pose after pose to get seven photos showing the piece of clothing under all angles.In total, 1,500 photos are put on line twice a week to match the speed at which articles of clothing are replaced in-store.Amazon, Alibaba competition”Online sales are becoming an element that is contributing significantly to the company’s growth,” said Pablo Isla, CEO of the Inditex group which owns Zara among other brands like Massimo Dutti, said this week at the annual results’ presentation.In 2017, these represented 10 percent of sales, a figure unveiled this week after years of secrecy over a crucial sector that Inditex only entered in 2010, on the late side.Sergio Avila Luengo, an analyst at IG Markets, said gaining “more visibility online” was the main challenge for Inditex if it wants to remain “competitive on the long term”.He said the retail giant started having trouble clearing its stocks for the first time in 2017 due to competition from Amazon, which sells everything from books to clothes.For its part Sweden’s H&M, Inditex’s arch-rival, has recognised that a drop in profits in 2017 was due in large part to online competition. Explore further Clothing retailers like Zara are looking to turn their network of stores into an asset instead of a liability as they try to deal with internet rivals like Amazon. Logistics investments, new technology… Faced with fierce online competition from the likes of Amazon, affordable fashion giants Zara and H&M are shoring up their defences, trying to use their stores to boost internet sales. The clothing market “is in big transformation,” CEO Karl-Johan Persson said in February.”It is happening fast and it is challenging everyone.”We know about the big online platforms, I’m thinking Amazon and (China’s) Alibaba, affecting our industry,” he said, adding smaller niche online players were also “a force to be reckoned with”.In the United States, Amazon was in 2016 the top online clothes vendor.It holds 11 percent of the global clothing market, and this is expected to rise to 19 percent in 2020, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.German online clothing and shoes platform Zalando and Britain’s Asos, meanwhile, saw their European sales leap 25 percent and 34 percent respectively between 2012 and 2015, according to the Ecommerce Foundation. The extensive logistics infrastructure of Amazon gives it an advantage against clothing retailers. 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. Citation: Zara and H&M shore up defences as internet threatens (2018, March 18) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-zara-hm-shore-defences-internet.html Amazon primed to hire 2,000 new employees in France Major logistics challengeFaced with this threat, H&M devoted 45 percent of its investment to internet in 2017, or close to 600 million euros ($736 million), for a new photo studio and personalised apps for its clients.Inditex is also investing, but would not unveil how much.Both groups are gradually offering the possibility for next-day or even same-day delivery of online orders, as well as the possibility to easily pick up and return clothes to stores. © 2018 AFP These services may be crucial for customers but they represent a major logistics challenge, especially when faced with Amazon which already has “a much bigger logistics structure, already adapted to all sorts of different products,” said IG Markets analyst Avila Luengo.As it counter-attacks, Inditex has opened 19 warehouses in the world dedicated only to the internet, which are managed like stores. H&M is soon to follow suit.Both are also taking advantage of their thousands of stores, including for client delivery.When online sales are launched in new markets, “we get to profitability really quick,” H&M financial director Jyrki Tervonen told investors in February.He said this was “thanks to the fact we already have a store network, we are a well-known brand, appreciated among the consumers.”Inditex has invested a lot in the renovation of its stores, removing the smallest ones in favour of huge flagship shops in city centres.Both groups are implementing systems to avoid missing out on a sale if for instance the size isn’t available for a customer, by telling him or her that the item is available online.Gildas Minvielle, head of the economic observatory at the French Fashion Institute, said their strategy was to combine both sales methods.”Distributors that develop their stores and their online sales perform quite well,” he said. 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A miniature blood vessel, formed on agarose/gelatin hydrogel. Green represents VE-cadherin, a protein that glues cells together, and blue is nuclei. Credit: Yongzhi Qiu Citation: Mini-vessel device probes blood interactions in malaria, sickle cell disease (2018, April 30) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-mini-vessel-device-probes-blood-interactions.html Biomedical engineers have established a model system for studying these problems, which has potential for use in other cardiovascular diseases as well. The system builds a network of artificial blood vessels, based on familiar “hydrogel” materials that dissolve with heat: gelatin and agarose, a sugar derived from seaweed.The results were recently published by Nature Biomedical Engineering.”The key technological innovation here is that our hydrogel can keep these vessels growing for weeks to months, which is much longer than standard approaches,” says senior author Wilbur Lam, MD, Ph.D. “With this system, we can study not only how vessels respond to aspects of disease but also how well the vessels will heal over time once those insults are removed.”Lam is assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine and in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University.Working with Lam, instructor Yongzhi Qiu, Ph.D. and colleagues constructed a hydrogel-based microfluidic device, with branching vessels roughly 20 micrometers across. The device can then be coated by endothelial cells, which line blood vessels, and connected to a pump. An advantage of using hydrogels, the authors write, is that hydrogels are not as stiff as solid polymers, and thus respond in a more physiological relevant manner to changes in fluid flow.Once fully assembled, the endothelial cells weaken their barriers in response to inflammatory molecules such as TNF-alpha and then heal afterwards.The researchers also tested responses to heme, a component of hemoglobin formed when red blood cells break open, and they tested the effects of occlusion-prone red blood cells from sickle cell disease patients and red blood cells infected by Plasmodium parasites.The model system could be used to further dissect the effects of red blood cells vs other cells and inflammatory molecules, and to screen for drugs that could prevent damage to blood vessels, the researchers say. Explore further 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. Journal information: Nature Biomedical Engineering In diseases such as malaria and sickle cell disease, red blood cells break down, with harmful effects on the rest of the body – particularly the lining of small blood vessels. Provided by Emory University Engineers create miniature self-sealing ‘wound’ More information: Yongzhi Qiu et al. Microvasculature-on-a-chip for the long-term study of endothelial barrier dysfunction and microvascular obstruction in disease, Nature Biomedical Engineering (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41551-018-0224-z read more


first_imgGiriraj Singh   –  THE HINDU People who use derogatory language have no religion, says Nitish politics SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTS Published oncenter_img SHARE June 05, 2019 The problems in the National Democratic Alliance’s Bihar chapter has taken a new turn over the controversy sparked by Giriraj Singh — Cabinet Minister in Narendra Modi government — who passed remarks against political leaders participating in Iftar parties.The relationship between both the parties had strained after the Janata Dal (United)’s decision not to join Modi’s Cabinet after it was denied three posts, including a Cabinet Ministry, in the council as demanded. The BJP was ready to give just one berth to the JD(U), which has 16 seats.In a sharp statement made on Wednesday, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said those who make unnecessary comments to remain in limelight have ‘no religion’. “I will not react to what he (Giriraj Singh) said. Some people, in order to remain in limelight, have developed a habit to say unnecessary things. “Such people have no religion as every religion preaches respect and love for each other,” he said after attending Eid celebrations at a mosque. “I wish people maintain brotherhood and peace across the nation. Everyone should pray for rains in Bihar as the State is likely to face severe drought. “We all should work together and not use derogatory language against each other. You can follow any religion but every religion preaches respect and love for each other. Those who do opposite of that, have no religion,” Kumar said.Controversial tweetOn Tuesday, Giriraj Singh had tweeted about the JD(U) chief, his Cabinet colleague and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) supremo Ram Vilas Paswan and his son Chirag Paswan attending Iftar parties. “How beautiful the pictures would have been if such feasts with fruits were organised during Navaratri, too? Why are we going behind in observing religious festivities and engaging in show-offs?” he had said.Amit Shah intervenesBJP President Amit Shah reportedly pulled up Singh for making such comments. Shah reportedly told him to keep away from making controversial remarks.Singh’s remarks have irked not just the JD(U) and the LJP, but also his party leaders. State’s Deputy Chief Minister and senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi said he has been organising Iftaar parties for the last 25 years. “I have been hosting Iftaar parties for 25 years. I also organise Holi Milan feasts. Those who are taunting do not have the heart to offer a treat to people on Holi… How would they appreciate the catholicity of a Hindu hosting Iftaar party?” Sushil Modi said. COMMENTlast_img read more


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