Scientists discover new kind of bluegreen algae with carbonates in their cells

first_img(Phys.org) — Researchers studying organisms in Mexico’s Lake Alchichica have discovered a new species of cyanobacterium that unlike any other ever found, has bony, intracellular carbonates. Up till now, specimens with such mineral deposits in their systems have, as the team explains in their paper published in the journal Science, had them on the outsides of their cells. More information: Science 27 April 2012: Vol. 336 no. 6080 pp. 459-462 DOI: 10.1126/science.1216171 Cyanobacterium, known more widely as blue-green algae, are a major part of planet Earth’s many varied geochemical cycles. They take in carbon dioxide and give back oxygen and are believed to have been one of the driving forces that led to the evolution of other types of organisms that survive by breathing the oxygen they provide. Up till now, many types of cyanobacterium have been identified, both in the present and in the historical record, that have carbonate material on the outer edges of their cells that researchers believe is the result of ocean chemistry changes that caused the microbes to precipitate minerals out of their cells leading to calcified crystals.This new species however, appears to be working in a wholly different way. Instead of the carbonate material building up as the cyanobacterium purge minerals from their cells, they appear to be using the bony material as a means of allowing them to anchor themselves to rocks on the bottom of the lake.Because the mineral material – made up of calcium, magnesium, barium, carbonate and strontium (similar to that found in coral) found inside the tiny organisms is not the same percentagewise as minerals in its local environment, the researchers believe the newfound species, Candidatus Gloeomargarita lithophora, is somehow able to manipulate the minerals inside its cells to produce the optimal bonelike material that allows the cyanobacterium to sit on rocks and other structures at the bottom of the lake, thus, providing them with a unique niche in which to survive.Also, because it is not yet known whether the bony material inside the cells of the new species of cyanobacterium disperses when they die, researchers are considering the possibility that their new find may have played a role in early Earth history that until now, has never been identified. If the carbonates dissolve upon death, Candidatus Gloeomargarita lithophora would not have left any evidence of its existence behind.The next step in the research will be of course to find out if the mineral structures inside their cells do disperse when they die, and then to discern if they may help fill in some of the many gaps that still exist in the ancient history of our planet. Explore further © 2012 Phys.Org 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: Science Citation: Scientists discover new kind of blue-green algae with carbonates in their cells (2012, April 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-04-scientists-kind-blue-green-algae-carbonates.html Mars’ missing carbon dioxide may be buriedlast_img read more

The Next Crisis Even with the largest bidder in

first_img The Next Crisis Even with the largest bidder in the world on their side, investors can still panic. That would mean a big drop in asset prices, high-profile bankruptcies, and a new crisis. Things move fast. The feds may step in with more QE buying, but they may be a dollar short and a day late. A 20% drop in stock prices is equal to a loss of about $5 trillion in the U.S. alone. The bond market is roughly twice the size of the stock market, so add a 20% drop there and you’re talking real money – a total loss of $15 trillion… which could easily happen in a few days. Now, imagine a drop similar to the 2008-09 plunge… In round numbers, equities lost 50%. Today, there’s about $60 trillion worth of stocks worldwide, so that would be a $30 trillion loss. If the bond market fell in sync, you’d be looking at another $60 trillion or so… or a total loss of market capital of $90 trillion. What would the feds do? Yes, they would buy stocks and bonds. But they would buy at market prices. Owners would still take big losses. And the feds wouldn’t stop there. We are now almost eight years into the central bank’s various “stimulus” programs; they have coincided with the weakest recovery on record. After taking account of inflation, incomes for most Americans are lower today than they were in 2007. Clearly, reducing the cost of credit doesn’t work – even with yields on roughly $13 trillion worth of bonds in negative territory. Fire Up the Whirlybirds So what’s next? When the next crisis hits, central bankers will rush back into their tool rooms and bring out something new. It will no doubt include “helicopter money.” This is the term economist Milton Friedman used to describe direct giveaways of newly minted money without any corresponding increase in the government’s budget deficit. Huge new infrastructure projects will be announced. Tax credits, tax cuts, minimum guarantee incomes – we don’t know what the feds will come up with. But watch out… With the carrot will come the sticks. The feds will impose measures to crack down on tax cheats, tighten the noose on black-market operators, and shut off funds to causes they don’t like. They’ll use their money helicopters to “drone” you. That is, they’ll make sure you do with your money as they please. Mr. Rogoff’s nutty suggestion to restrict cash could become law. Regards, – BREAKING: Steve Sjuggerud launches new product We just discovered a “backdoor” into the world’s most profitable technology stocks. Most people think you need to get in early to make huge gains in Silicon Valley… but there’s actually a much easier and much more predictable way. Learn more. — Recommended Linkscenter_img Don’t touch Gold until you see this A radical new method for gold investing could make you 5 TIMES more money than bullion… beginning with just 60 cents. Details here. Bill Editor’s note: The “War on Cash” is already in full swing… Italy, Spain, Mexico, and Russia have all banned large cash transactions. The European Central Bank just killed the €500 bill. Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Larry Summers wants the U.S. government to end the $100 bill. Eventually, governments want to eliminate all paper cash. In other words, they want to trap your money in the digital banking system. This will allow the government to track, control, and “tax” your money at will. Now, the average person won’t surrender their financial privacy without a fight. We expect millions of people to pull cash out of their bank account and put it into gold, the ultimate “underground currency.” This could send gold prices through the roof. If you don’t own gold already, we recommend you get started immediately. But first, we urge you to watch this presentation. It explains how to take advantage of a little-known “loophole” in the gold market. In short, we may have found the cheapest way to buy gold coins in America today. Click here to learn more. Editor’s note: Governments have tried anything and everything to stimulate the economy since 2008. They’ve cut interest rates hundreds of times. They’ve printed trillions of dollars. Some governments have even adopted “negative interest rates.” Dispatch readers know these radical measures have failed miserably. But that won’t stop the government from continuing to experiment during the next financial crisis. Today, Agora founder Bill Bonner reveals what the government could do when the next crisis hits. Unlike previous measures, this new policy could directly target the money in your wallet. [This essay was originally published on September 12, 2016, in Bill Bonner’s Diary.] OUZILLY, France – We came back from South America poorer but wiser. For the first time ever, we have had to face the reality of politics; up until now, it was never more than an abstract, theoretical matter. We read about the French Revolution, the Bolshevik Revolution, and the passage of Obamacare. We knew politics was corrupt and repulsive. But except for a brief stint on the board of governors of our local church, we had nothing to do with it. Now the wolf is in our own backyard… so close that we can smell its hot breath and hear the clicking of its pearly teeth as it snaps at our heels. More as it develops… Criminalizing Cash But wait… money sometimes goes “full politics,” too. Take poor Kenneth Rogoff at Harvard. He wants a dollar with a voter registration card, a U.S. flag on its windshield, and a handgun in its belt – the kind of money that supports the Establishment and votes for Hillary. Writing last month in the Wall Street Journal under the headline, “The Sinister Side of Cash,” he noted that “paper currency, especially large notes such as the U.S. $100 bill, facilitates crime: racketeering, extortion, money laundering, drug and human trafficking, the corruption of public officials, not to mention terrorism.” Of course, large notes do make it easier for criminals to operate. Like cellphones. And sunglasses. And automobiles with air-conditioning. But that’s what money is supposed to do: make it easier for an economy to function. You use it as you please. Yes, dear reader, we are back to our regular beat. Money. But what’s this? Finally, we’re beginning to see some action. You’ll recall that the markets have been eerily quiet… with less movement in stocks than we’ve seen in the last 100 years. What gives? Perhaps it was the calm before the storm. The Dow fell nearly 400 points on Friday. We don’t know. It could be the calm before the storm. Or it could be the calm before more calm. How It All Ends There’s something fundamentally tranquilizing about having a central bank that gives out the word that it’s got your back. The Bank of Japan is buying bonds AND stocks (by way of exchange-traded funds)… pushing up prices for both. Under its €1.7 trillion ($1.9 trillion) QE program, the European Central Bank bought so many government bonds, it ran out of new bonds to buy. So, this summer, it added corporate bonds to its shopping list. According to Reuters, it will soon run out of corporate bonds, too. Then it will have to follow the Bank of Japan’s lead… and wade into the stock market… if it wants to keep its QE program going. And in the U.S., the Yellen Fed continues to jive and diddle… teasing investors with the threat of “normalizing” interest rates, but having neither the desire nor the fortitude to act. We’ve been wondering how it ends. Bear markets are facts of life. But if the central bank has set its face to stopping them, then what? Central banks – in the current system – can create unlimited amounts of fake money. They can use this money to buy real financial assets. Theoretically, they could buy all the world’s stocks and bonds. And theoretically, they can leave the feds with almost complete ownership of the planet’s capital. The rich get richer (selling their assets to the feds at inflated prices). The poor get poorer (as the misallocation of capital increases… price signals are distorted… and real wealth is wasted). What goes wrong? Everything. As in politics, the gap between theory and practice is as wide as the Sargasso Sea.last_img read more

She joined Hannah Cockroft on her lap of honour af

first_imgShe joined Hannah Cockroft on her lap of honour after finishing seventh behind Britain’s double gold medallist in the T34 200 metres in London 2012.But four years on, Mel Nicholls believes she has a real chance of causing an upset and beating Cockroft in one of her three events in next month’s Rio Paralympic Games.In London, the T34 track races were sprints – 100 and 200 metres – but in Rio there will be a T34 100 metres, a 400 metres and an 800 metres, a race which gives the mid-distance specialist Nicholls a much better chance of a medal.She told Disability News Service: “I have definitely got a chance.”A silver medal in the 800 metres at last year’s world championships was a “great boost”, she said, coming as it did soon after an injury lay-off.She’s world record-holder at 1,500 metres and loves the tactics of the longer races.Nicholls (pictured) said: “I am much more of a distance racer, I am not a sprinter. It definitely goes in my favour.“[The 800 metres] is still a short middle distance but you have got a good lap of time for some tactics, which I absolutely love. That’s my thing.“I see it as like a game of chess. Once you’re into the rhythm you can kind of see it… I know where people are, I know what I can do, and you just play it out, and that makes it really exciting.“With the 800, it’s almost anybody’s race. There are about five of us who can medal. I definitely want to be in that top five.”London 2012 was her first major competition as a wheelchair athlete, and she took part just four years after the last of three strokes which left her disabled.The build-up to Rio has been completely different to London, when she was “a complete unknown”.She said: “I wasn’t on the radar [at London]. I am now. I put a lot of pressure on myself, but since London I’ve been on the team and it’s my job, so there is a lot of different pressure.“That’s really exciting, but it’s a very different feeling.”Nicholls describes herself as a “perfectionist”, both as a person and as an athlete.She said: “There’s no harder taskmaster than I am on myself. You want to be the best you can be.“Also, I don’t want to let my team down. I’m really part of the team. My coaches, the country, everybody that’s invested in me and the sport, I feel I owe them back.“Always I want to please people; I want to please my coaches, my friends, my family. I work myself the hardest because I don’t want to let anybody down.”She copes with the stress and pressure partly through support from a sports psychologist and mindfulness training, which she said has “probably been my biggest help in my training”.The mindfulness proved crucial at last year’s world championships, she said, when she had only returned to training a month before, after an injury, and was lacking in confidence.She said: “I got a silver medal and it was my mind that got me through that race. Your mind is powerful and you can do a lot with that.”Like many Paralympians, she has had to make sacrifices. She hasn’t seen her mother, who lives in France, since last year.Nicholls said: “I don’t see my friends very much; sometimes they can get quite frustrated about that. I don’t see my family.“They understand that. It’s a short time and a small price to pay, I think. I know that they are there backing me and afterwards it will be worth it.”She is looking forward to the “vibrance and the colour” of Rio – “I am a fan of bright colour, everyone knows me for always being in pink” – and to being part of a team environment again.She said: “That was the main thing I noticed from London. I had never been in a team environment before and it felt like a big family.“The people supporting you back home and the team around us, it was a big family, and everyone was there for the highs and the lows.”She said that putting on the Rio 2016 ParalympicsGB team kit for the first time was “wonderful”.She said: “Putting on the kit is something really special. I can imagine putting on a wedding dress, it’s that kind of experience… I will take this over getting married any day.”She added: “We have this amazing crown design, which I absolutely love. It’s very regal. I love the royal family, I absolutely love the Queen, so I think it’s fantastic. If I could wear a crown to race, I would.”Like many Paralympians, she is hoping to inspire the next generation of athletes, as she was inspired herself by watching the 2008 Beijing Paralympics.She remembers joining Cockroft on her 200 metres lap of honour in London.She said: “It was the children, their faces, and they all wanted to high-five you. You could see the magic in their eyes, and that was really special, and that was disabled children or able-bodied children.“For me, if one person is going to take up sport, that’s such a positive, that’s what I want to do.”Nicholls put her wish to inspire the next generation of Paralympic athletes into action five years ago by starting an academy with her coach, basing it at the Coventry Godiva Harriers athletics club.There is now a core group of at least 10 athletes at every session, three times a week, and another 40 people who drop in and out; some of those who attend the sessions are amateurs and some of them professional athletes.She said: “Some of the children do it because it’s a social thing, they have friends there, but they are getting better and better.“The older guys want to come and get fit because they haven’t had the opportunity before.“So we have Paralympic athletes training with everyone else; everyone just mixes in.“It’s a social thing, it’s a confidence thing, a health thing and a competitive thing as well.”One of those training with her at the academy is 15-year-old Kare Adenegan, who watched Nicholls and Cockroft race four years ago in London and made headlines last September after becoming the first athlete to beat Cockroft in her senior career.Adenegan will be racing alongside and against both Nicholls and Cockroft in Rio.last_img read more

How to Solve Twitters Biggest Problems

first_img Add to Queue Twitter January 18, 2017 Columnist at PCMag.com Twitter’s problems stem from being a modern tech company that isn’t growing fast enough. I have two solutions. 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. Image credit: Shutterstock Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand This story originally appeared on PCMagcenter_img 3 min read Enroll Now for $5 –shares There has been a lot of discussion about Twitter lately, most of it negative — it can’t make money on advertising, growth is down and online bullies remain a problem.Meanwhile, Donald Trump tweets daily; more every day since the election. This alone, you’d think, would draw more attention to Twitter and make it more popular. Twitter actually does over $2.5 billion in revenue, but tech companies are supposed to grow like crazy, not freeze up at a mere $2.5 billion dollars, which is ludicrous.   With that revenue, all Twitter needs to do is have a bunch of sales folks sell the ads and a slew of IT guys keep the thing running. That should not cost billions, although it looks like it does.So what’s the solution to this “problem”?When I listen to all the pundits, I see two solutions. The first is never brought up for any other billion-dollar company: stabilization. In other words, do nothing.In tech, there is a never-ending mad dash for growth. It stems from the late 1990s, when one company would replace another after the simplest of stumbles. The financiers, mostly venture capitalists, demanded high performance growth so they could dump the company and do it all over again with some other crazy idea. This is an unnatural way to do business. Most businesses stabilize and become fixtures. Not so with tech, where everything seems like a fad.Online customers can easily drop one thing and flock to another. Thus, Twitter’s $2.5 billion in revenue could drop to a billion — or nothing — almost overnight. It cannot just stabilize and coast for as long as possible, or die a natural death, or morph the way AOL morphed. It is a spawn of the go-go tech grow-like-crazy-or-die syndrome.The irony is that such companies often get acquired by other growth-oriented places like Google or Facebook. What happens then? They slowly die a natural death … usually quicker.Twitter, unlike many of these operations, has a different dimension, though. It’s a kind of public service. It breaks news and can trigger revolutions or protests. It’s casual, too. Twitter is an enjoyable product if you are not attacked by its mad dogs.That’s not to say there aren’t problems with Twitter. There is some sort of corruption with the “Who to follow” recommendations; it seldom makes sense especially for those signing up for a new account. Maybe that’s part of its advertising, although I do not think so. There is a lot of spam. I find fake accounts daily and do not see how they can possibly remain unless Twitter wants phony numbers. That said, its core users seem content.Which brings us to the second solution, which is simple. Do what LinkedIn did and add a premium tier. I’d pay $5 or $10 a year for an upper tier account. There are over 300 million active users. Sell them something! How hard can it be? John C. Dvorak How to Solve Twitter’s Biggest Problems Next Article last_img read more

How to Work On a Flight With No Laptop

first_img This story originally appeared on PCMag How to Work On a Flight With No Laptop The laptopocalypse is coming. In one of the most insane tech and travel related decisions I’ve ever seen, the Department of Homeland Security is considering banning any electronic device larger than a smartphone on a wide range of commercial flights.I won’t get into the purported security rationale for this, except to say that we wouldn’t be “completely safe” in the air even if we all flew naked; terrorists could just put bombs where the sun don’t shine. In terms of 2017, flying without laptops and tablets makes business travelers feel pretty naked. In fact, airlines have downgraded their in-flight entertainment offerings over the past few years assuming that travelers are bringing their own gadgets.The mechanics of any future ban will probably play out like the ban on large electronic devices on flights from the Middle East, just on a much larger scale. Middle Eastern airlines have rallied by providing laptops and tablets to business and first-class customers. That doesn’t help coach class passengers on a 10-hour flight, though.Being forced to check expensive electronics would create all sorts of security and liability concerns. Right now, most airlines disclaim liability for damaged electronics in luggage. That means they won’t pay you if the baggage handlers break or steal your laptop.Airlines affected by the current Middle East laptop ban, for example Qatar and Etihad, have changed that policy. Hopefully, other affected airlines would as well. But even then, airlines may not pay you the full value of your damaged electronics: according to the Montreal Convention treaty, airlines are only responsible for about $1,560 worth of luggage per passenger on international flights.Pick the best airlineWith no laptop in the air, in-flight entertainment systems become more critical than ever. Every hour you spend watching that seatback screen is an hour you aren’t stressing about your laptop.So, first of all, don’t accept any flight without seatback screens. For transatlantic flights, various reports have said that Air Canada, Icelandair, Lufthansa and Virgin Atlantic are all good choices. Of the major U.S. based airlines, Delta gets the nod for best in-flight entertainment from Skytrax.Your mobile office: phone, keyboard, touchpad If your airline doesn’t lend you a laptop, it’s time to get used to working on your smartphone.Android and iOS phones support Bluetooth keyboards, and the Microsoft Office apps on these devices aren’t half bad. For email, web browsing and document management, you can get quite a lot done on your phone. Use a cloud storage service such as Dropbox or OneDrive for your documents, so you can access them on your home computer, your phone and any computers you get access to at the other end of your journey.You can get more done with a keyboard. The Logitech K480 Bluetooth keyboard works with your phone and includes a groove that will prop up your phone at the right angle on a tray table. There are a lot of smaller, weirder Bluetooth keyboards out there, but we really like this one.Not having room on your tray table for a mouse can be a problem, though. I tend to use a keyboard and the phone’s touch controls. Android users could also upgrade to the Logitech K830 keyboard, which has an integrated touchpad. iPhones don’t support Bluetooth mice or touchpads, alas.Stunningly, I think we’ve also just found a real use for Dex, the new desktop dock for Samsung’s Galaxy S8 phones. Bring a Dex dock with your S8, and you’ll be able to turn it into a desktop computer on the other end of your flight.For the kids: iPod touch Since the DHS ban applies to anything larger than a smartphone, that puts the tablets we use to entertain kids into peril. Even the Amazon Fire Kids Edition won’t hold up to this ban.Enter the iPod touch. Now available for $199, this will be family frequent fliers’ best friend: a small, portable entertainment device for kids that doesn’t require phone service and isn’t larger than a phone. Download movies from Netflix or the iTunes Store before leaving on a trip.There is no high-quality Android equivalent to the iPod touch. There were in the past, but they’ve gone off the market. If you don’t want an Apple product, your best bet is to get an inexpensive unlocked Android phone such as the $139 Moto G4 Play, and just not install a SIM card.How About Reading a Book?Books are good. Try one. Just not on an e-reader. They’ll be banned, too. The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Add to Queue Image credit: Shutterstock Flights 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Next Article center_img June 12, 2017 4 min read Sascha Segan Banning laptops on flights in 2017 is an insane idea, but here’s how to deal if it happens. 90shares Lead Mobile Analyst Apply Now »last_img read more

The Intranet Grows Up

first_imgTechnology Sarah Pierce From MySpace-style profiles to video blogs, check out the cool new things businesses are doing with their intranets. It wasn’t too long ago that intranets–internal company websites–were considered the redheaded stepchild of a business’s technology efforts. Once reserved for HR policies and company documents, intranets took a back seat to the company’s website as an underdeveloped–and rarely used–tool for employees.But many are turning their attention back to their intranet and discovering cool new ways to engage employees. Whether it’s MySpace-style profiles or video sharing, intranets have expanded from a corporate bulletin board to a social networking tool.Intranets in ActionInteractive promotion company ePrize, based in Pleasant Ridge, Michigan, expanded its intranet nearly 18 months ago to include more employee-centric features, including an area called the “Water Cooler” where employees can sell personal items, such as extra concert tickets and homes, and post announcements, such as needing a sub for the company’s softball team. Employees can also log into the system each morning to order from a daily lunch menu. The $4 lunches are automatically deducted from their paycheck and delivered that afternoon.Another new feature ePrize employees enjoy is the ability to create personal profile pages that include contact info, languages spoken, birthdays and wedding anniversaries.”The intranet is the way we stay connected and network within our company,” says Alesya Opelt, senior marketing director. “It isn’t a place reserved for boring HR guidelines and document sharing. We use our intranet as a place to interact, build and document our culture, and to get to know each other beyond just an e-mail address.”Developing intranets that allow employees to interact using the same tools they’re used to outside the workplace is a new trend many businesses are exploring successfully. Lois Paul & Partners, a public relations company headquartered in Woburn, Massachusetts, recently expanded its intranet from the usual company announcements, info and links to resources, by creating an “LP&P Underground” blog. The blog serves as an outlet for employees to talk about topics that interest them outside of work, such as the latest in pop culture, TV shows, music and other random topics.”It’s a nice way to take a break from the busy day to talk about something fun,” says Kristin Cronin, senior account representative. “It’s also a good way to get to know fellow employees a little bit better.”Cronin adds that the blog has been a great way for newer employees to engage with employees that have been with the company longer, and despite business owners’ fears, it hasn’t cut into productivity. “People here work hard and know when they have a few minutes to browse the latest blog posts and when they don’t,” she says. “Blog entries can be a quick thing that the multi-tasking Gen Yers, and even the Gen Xers, can handle with little interruption to work.”The AppealThis attempt to reach twentysomething employees is the crux of the new “social” intranet movement. As more and more Generation Y employees enter the workplace, employers have to find new and different ways to get employees involved.”What’s happening is people are gathering in intranet chat rooms to have events people used to have in a conference room,” says Richard Laermer, author of Punk Marketing and CEO of RLM PR, which helped its client Comcast be recognized as one of 2007’s “10 Best Intranets” by the Nielson Norman Group. “It’s a fun way to participate without having to go to a sock hop or company picnic, which is hard for people these days, who work more than they ever did,” Laermer adds.He encourages business owners to let employees share industry-related stories and video on the intranet. He refers to this as “edutainment”–the ability to blend educational material about the company and its field.”The last thing employees want to see on the company intranet is the company handbook,” he says. “Have a good time with it–put up videos and hold online chat sessions instead of meetings. Employers who set up intranets need to remember, it’s not supposed to be a brochure; it’s supposed to be ‘intra’-active.”Dr. Gerry McCartney, CIO of Purdue University, agrees. While other CIOs are trying to discourage viewing video online, he decided that if that’s how people want to communicate, then that’s the medium he should use. His video blog, Vignettes, engages his staff more than any e-mail or newsletter ever could, he says.McCartney sees the increasing use of Web 2.0 technologies as the future of the intranet. He predicts that as we move toward communicating more on mobile devices, businesses will begin delivering communication to employees via text messaging and providing access to the intranet through employees’ cell phones.Whatever stage your intranet is in, it’s time to pull it out of the past and start treating it as the valuable tool it is. Whether you’re connecting employees to important information or connecting them to each other, the intranet has become a powerful new way to internally strengthen your business. The Intranet Grows Up The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Add to Queue –shares Apply Now » 5 min read 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List June 20, 2007 Next Article last_img read more

What Brands Can Learn From Lilly Pulitzer and Targets SoldOut Collaboration

first_img What Brands Can Learn From Lilly Pulitzer and Target’s Sold-Out Collaboration Add to Queue –shares 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. Nina Zipkin Enroll Now for $5 Retail April 20, 2015 Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Next Article 3 min read Lilly Pulitzer’s headquarters in King of Prussia, Penn., is nicknamed the Pink Palace – but shoppers who hoped to get their hands on the preppy apparel maker’s line for Target might be feeling blue.That’s because the 250-piece limited-edition collection sold out almost immediately yesterday – in stores and online – with no plans of it coming back.The collaboration with Lilly Pulitzer is the most recent in a long line of designer partnerships between Target and high-end brands like Altazurra, Phillip Lim, Prabal Gurung, Zac Posen, Jean Paul Gaultier, Alexander McQueen and, of course, Missoni, which also had the distinction of crashing Target’s website when it debuted in 2011.Related: Can Target’s New CEO Re-Energize the Big Retailer?Items in the vibrantly patterned Lilly Pulitzer for Target collection ranged from $2 to $150, with the most expensive dress going for $44 dollars. Dresses in Lilly Pulitzer’s main collection retail from $88 to $348 and are sold at high-end retailers such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom, as well as through the company’s website.Many of these high-low collaborations have been wildly popular, but do they actually help or hinder brands in the long run? Laura Ries, co-founder of branding consultancy Ries & Ries, says while this latest collection sold instantaneously, she wonders how it will impact Lilly Pulitzer’s core business – and if future high-low partnerships could end up devaluing it down the line.Related: You Don’t Create Your Company’s Brand — You Discover It.”The more popular it is at Target, the worse it is for Lilly Pulitzer the brand,” she says. “You see the same things happen with the outlets for some brands. Look at what happened to Coach; their outlet business went like hotcakes because you were getting Coach bags at the third of the price and, long term, it hit the exclusivity of their core business. Part of what drives high-end fashion is exclusivity.”Denise Lee Yohn, a retail consultant and the author of What Great Brands Do, says that though the prices were considerably lower, the limited nature of Lilly’s line at Target could end up bolstering the company’s exclusive reputation. “Even among the mass consumers that have an opportunity to buy it, it’s pretty much guaranteed they are going to get shut out…It almost makes the brand even more in-demand.”Related: How Can I Tell If There Will Be Strong Demand for My Product?Lee Yohn says she thinks that the collaborations are often a win-win, the designers can promote their brand and reach a different customer base while the Targets of the world can elevate their retail brand by association with the high end and exclusive. However, there is a downside to the frenzy: the reselling (and requisite marking up) of these hot-ticket items on sites like eBay. “That is less of a win for the retailer and the designer, because then it diminishes the strategy they are trying to implement.”Lee Yohn said that while it might inspire a raft of social media criticism, to protect the equity of the brand, next time, Target might want to look into setting a limit on how many items people could purchase. “In the long run, it might be a smarter way to do it.” Related: 7 Innovators That Changed Retail Forever Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Entrepreneur Staff Image credit: Targetlast_img read more

Depression screening does not improve quality of life in heart attack patients

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 18 2019After suffering a heart attack or unstable angina (chest pain caused by blocked arteries), patients who were systematically screened for depression and referred for treatment when appropriate did not show a significant improvement in quality of life compared with those who received no depression screening, according to research presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 68th Annual Scientific Session.Experts have identified depression as a risk factor for heart disease. Previous studies estimate that at least 1 in 5 patients with acute coronary syndromes also have symptoms of depression, and there is evidence that depression after a cardiac event can dramatically raise the risk of subsequent heart problems and death for any reason. The new trial suggests using currently available questionnaires to screen patients for depression after a heart attack or unstable angina is not an effective way to reduce the toll depression takes on patients’ quality of life. However, the findings leave open the possibility that other ways of addressing depression could be more effective, according to researchers.”Based on this study and the best evidence we have, we don’t see a justification for putting large amounts of resources into universal, systematic depression screening for these patients,” said Ian Matthew Kronish, MD, Florence Irving Associate Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center and the study’s lead author. “However, that doesn’t mean physicians shouldn’t be on the lookout for signs of depression or that, if they notice it, they should ignore it. Depression still has a major impact on patients’ quality of life and prognosis overall, and if physicians do find it, they should absolutely try to address it with treatments that can reduce the depressive symptoms.”Researchers enrolled just over 1,500 patients hospitalized within the previous two to 12 months for acute coronary syndromes, a group of conditions that includes heart attacks and unstable angina, at four U.S. medical centers. Patients were randomly assigned to three groups. The first group received no depression screening. The other patients were asked to complete the eight-item Patient Health Questionnaire, a questionnaire designed to identify depression. For half of these patients, a positive screen resulted in notification of both the patient and his or her primary care provider, along with an invitation to participate in depression care. For the other half, a positive screen resulted only in notification of the patient and the patient’s primary care provider, leaving the provider to determine next steps regarding depression treatment.Overall the study identified depression in about 7 percent of patients screened. This is somewhat lower than seen in previous studies that found major depression affects about 10 percent of acute coronary syndrome patients. This was due, in part, to the fact that people who were already being treated for depression and those with a history of depression were excluded from the study, Kronish said. Also, depressive symptoms were assessed at least two months after the acute coronary syndrome; depressive symptoms that are elevated immediately after acute coronary syndromes often go away without depression treatment.Related StoriesHeart disease is still the number 1 killer in Australia, according to latest figuresTeam approach to care increases likelihood of surviving refractory cardiogenic shockPerinatal depression screenings may overlook women having suicidal ideationThe researchers followed participants for 18 months and assessed changes in their quality of life based on quality-adjusted life years (QALYs), the trial’s primary endpoint. QALYs capture the degree to which a person’s life is detrimentally affected by physical or mental disability over time, with one point representing one year of perfect health and zero points representing death. No significant difference was found between the three study groups, with all three groups having a very small decline in QALYs (a drop of 0.03 to 0.04 points, on average) over 18 months.In addition, no significant difference was found between the groups in terms of participants’ cumulative number of depression-free days, which ranged from 339 to 351 for the 18-month period. There was also no significant difference in terms of depressive symptoms at nine months, reported side effects of antidepressants, or rates of death or bleeding.Within the group of patients who received the most extensive intervention—notification of a positive screen plus an invitation to participate in depression care, which was offered at no cost—about a quarter of patients declined depression treatment from study providers. Those who accepted the invitation received medications, phone-based psychotherapy sessions or a combination of both, depending on the patient’s preferences—a therapy approach found to be effective in other trials. Although the trial did not show a significant benefit in this approach to screening these patients over other groups in the trial, Kronish said that further study is warranted to identify effective ways to address depression and its associated risks in those suffering acute coronary syndromes.”We hope this isn’t the final word on this question and that others will look into different ways to identify heart attack survivors who could benefit from depression treatment,” Kronish said. “In addition, we need to think about how we can improve our depression treatments to have a bigger benefit, which could make screening more worthwhile.”Besides exploring different approaches to screening for and treating depression, Kronish added that it might be helpful to better educate patients about the impact of depressive symptoms on heart health, which could potentially improve patients’ engagement in their care and increase the effectiveness of depression treatment. 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Airbnb rules out 2018 share offering shakes up ranks

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. © 2018 AFP Homesharing giant Airbnb said Thursday it won’t launch a share offering in 2018 as it announced key changes in its leadership team. Explore further Citation: Airbnb rules out 2018 share offering, shakes up ranks (2018, February 1) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-airbnb.html Airbnb valued at $31 billion in new funding round Homesharing giant Airbnb has announced key management changes and says it won’t launch a share offering in 2018 Airbnb, one of the most valuable venture-backed startups and a leader in the so-called “sharing economy,” announced that chief financial officer Laurence Tosi is leaving and appointed Belinda Johnson to the position of chief operating officer.The shakeup will delay an expected initial public offering (IPO) for the California-based group, which has operations in 191 countries.”I know people will ask what these changes mean for a potential IPO. Let me address this directly. We are not going public in 2018,” Airbnb chief executive Brian Chesky said in a statement announcing the moves.”Our primary focus is becoming a 21st century company and advancing our mission. We’re working on getting ready to go public and we will make decisions about going public on our own timetable.”With an estimated market value of some $30 billion, Airbnb trails only Uber among the US-based venture-funded “unicorns” which have raised private capital without going to the stock markets.Like Uber, Airbnb has built a business model on allowing individuals to tap an underutilized resource—in this case their homes—to earn money, but has also drawn criticism for roiling real estate markets and established hotel operators.The ability to raise funds privately has enabled startups like Airbnb and Uber to grow rapidly, but has also delayed implementation of measures on corporate governance and financial reporting.Last week, Chesky outlined his vision to make Airbnb “a 21st century company” and suggested some changes were on the horizon.”It’s clear that our responsibility isn’t just to our employees, our shareholders, or even to our community—it’s also to the next generation,” Chesky said in the January 25 open letter.”Companies have a responsibility to improve society, and the problems Airbnb can have a role in solving are so vast that we need to operate on a longer time horizon.”Thursday’s statement said Johnson as COO “will develop and lead the programs and processes that will distinguish Airbnb as a 21st Century company and deliver uniquely against our mission.”Tosi, the statement said, “has decided to dedicate his full time and energy to his investment fund, Weston Capital Partners, and dedicate time to the several external boards he currently sits on and will be leaving Airbnb.” read more

Priyanka Gandhi condemns Allahabad University and BJP for banning student union on

first_imgALLAHABAD: After around a fortnight, since the authorities of Allahabad University (AU) decided to replace the student union on the campus by student council, general secretary of the Congress party, Priyanka Gandhi has raised her voice against the decision of the AU authorities. AU authorities have not only replaced the student union on the campus but also blacklisted several student leaders of the campus, who have opposed the decision of the varsity authorities. This also included the vice president of the student union, Akhilesh Yadav of NSUI (national student union of India). Yadav was the lone office bearer of the union from NSUI. In fact he was the first NSUI member to be the part of the union in the past 13 years, since AU was made a central university in the year 2005. In her tweet, posted on Tuesday morning, Priyanka has said that AU has blacklisted the sitting vice president of NSUI just because he was opposing the decision of dissolving the concept of student union on the campus. “BJP sarkar to khud chunn ker aayi hai, magar chatron ke chunav aur unki awaz se itna darti kyun hai? Yeh tanashahi nahi hai to kya hai?” (This BJP government has come to power via direct elections but is afraid of the student union elections and the voices of students. Is this not dictatorship), she questions. Akhikesh is a student of BA final year and has been active against the administration’s anti-student policies like non availability of books in library, suicide of student Rajnikant Yadav, non-availability of hostels, non-availability of medical facilities to students, against the allegations of sexual harassment on vice chancellor and professors, dissolution of students’ union and proposal of students’ council. Yadav was served notice when he was protesting against the dissolution of students’ union. “I was targeted by the vice chancellor as I stood aggressively against irregularities done by him and his office.” Download The Times of India News App for Latest India News.XStart your day smart with stories curated specially for youlast_img read more

Najib PAS and Umno more compatible now than before

first_imgIPOH: Datuk Seri Najib Razak believes PAS will not hastily make any decision over an offer to be part of Pakatan Harapan.The former prime minister was asked to comment on a statement by Parti Amanah Negara vice-president Senator Datuk Husam Musa asking PAS to join Pakatan.Husam had said PAS could be part of the government if they joined Pakatan now.Najib said leaders from Pakatan could make all sorts of offers. PAS , Bersatu , Barisan Nasional , Pakatan Harapan , Najib Razak Nation 08 Jul 2019 PAS to Bersatu : No thanks, we are sticking with Umno Nation 26 May 2019 Umno-PAS cooperation won’t last, says Husam Nation 07 Jul 2019 Bersatu will not be another Umno, says Wan Azizah Related Newscenter_img Related News Tags / Keywords: “I don’t think PAS will make a decision in a hasty manner, as both Umno and PAS have agreed to cooperate.”During an Umno event in Gerik that I attended earlier today (July 13), the Perak PAS commissioner and other party leaders were present, so we are more compatible now compared to before,” he told reporters at former Umno member Datuk Hamidah Osman’s daughter’s wedding luncheon at the Royal Perak Golf Club here.Asked why he accepted the Barisan Nasional Advisory Board chairman position when he should be focusing on his legal case, Najib said: “There are many personal views, but what is important is that we are able to contribute to the strength of Barisan by providing some sort of added value.”For one year, I have been taking efforts to give my views on Pakatan’s policies, their weaknesses, and we will let the people judge,” he said.Najib said he has been going to the ground to listen to the grouses of the people.”This is not about position; the question is what we can do and contribute. This is about the party, and it is not about Najib,” he added. {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

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