<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/187f2/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.etbtravelnews.global/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=222&cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&n=af663c61″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> A new visitation goal has been set for New York City following the announcement at Pow Wow that Mayor Bloomberg’s initial goal of 50 million visitors has been reached ahead of schedule.e-Travel Blackboard was on hand at the press conference that announced the City’s new goal to generate USD$70 billion in economic impact from travel and tourism by 2015 in addition to increasing visitation to 55 million per year in the same time frame. With visitor spending increasing steadily in sectors including luxury retail, NYC & Company CEO George Fertitta believes the goal is achievable.93 per cent of Australians are recorded as utilising their time in New York to go shopping as a result of the perceived prestige of purchasing high-end products in the City, an NYC & Company spokesperson told e-Travel Blackboard. “We want to contribute not only to the wellbeing of our city but also to the wellbeing of our country,” Mr Fertitta said. “Every visitor that comes to our City and every dollar they spend are critically important to our economy. New York City is working hard to remain the favourite destination for visitors from around the world.”Approximately USD$600 million was generated in direct spending from the 10.3 million international visitors recorded in 2011.The attention of the U.S. travel and tourism industry has been directed toward these visitors over the past five years, with New York City investing heavily in their international market. Key growth sectors have also been identified including LGBT, youth and family with dedicated initiatives launching over the next three years particularly in the emerging markets of Latin America, China and India. The positive impact on employment has also been considered by the increase in visitation and direct spending with the tourism industry already supporting 320,000 jobs in New York City alone. “This increase in visitor spending is expected to add an additional 30,000 jobs over the next three years,” Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert K. Steel said. NYC & Company aims to work closely with the newly formed Brand USA to ensure that the City’s position as the most popular U.S. destination for international visitors, the nation’s number one port of entry and the number one city destination for tourism spending is maintained.e-Travel Blackboard flights to Pow Wow proudly sponsored by Hawaiian Airlines Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.A
August 26, 2009 This report continues from 8/24. Here we see the pour of the heat duct tunnel wall in full swing. The construction crew laid a bridge on the scaffolding to facilitate the workers and equipment during the course of the pouring process. Many people came from different departments to help with the pour. [photo & text: Anna Tran] The mixed concrete was placed into wheelbarrows and buckets and shuttled down to the scaffolding to be poured into the formwork. Here we see the entire work in process. [photo & text: Anna Tran] The crew disassembled the wall forms after the concrete cured. The next section of the wall will be under way with erection of the formwork and we will continue to report on this next week. [photo & text: Anna Tran]
Slovak Telekom has signed a multi-year deal with satellite services firm Intelsat to expand its direct-to-home (DTH) services in central and eastern Europe. Through the deal, Slovak Telekom will operate multiple transponders at the Intelsat 1˚ West premier video neighbourhood – which reaches 17 million households across 17 northern, central and eastern European countries.Intelsat’s terrestrial network, IntelsatOne, will provide uplink from Intelsat’s Fuchsstadt, Germany, Teleport with fibre contribution from Bratislava and a provision for disaster recovery uplink services.“Intelsat’s global scale and portfolio of services enabled them to rapidly respond and meet our needs for a cost-efficient solution that will deepen and expand our relationships with new and existing subscribers,” said Dušan Švalek, Slovak Telekom’s chief mass market segment officer.Intelsat’s vice-president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Jean-Philippe Gillet, added: “Slovak Telekom’s decision to move their services to Intelsat further demonstrates that 1˚ West is the orbital location of choice for the CEE region. We look forward to providing them with the capacity and solutions they need to increase their subscriber base within the region.”
Health officials are investigating an outbreak of intestinal illness that has sickened dozens and is “likely linked” to salads at McDonald’s.McDonald’s said Friday it’s voluntarily pulling salads from about 3,000 locations in 14 states, primarily in the Midwest, until it can switch to a different lettuce supplier.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it’s found 61 cases of cyclosporiasis among people located in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin who had eaten salads at McDonald’s.Two people have been hospitalized and no deaths are linked to the outbreak.Illinois’ health department said Thursday that it confirmed about 90 cases of cyclosporiasis since mid-May. The same day, an Iowa health official said the state found “15 Iowans who ate McDonald’s salads in late June to early July prior to getting ill.” The Food and Drug Administration says cyclosporiasis is associated with symptoms including: “diarrhea, with frequent, sometimes explosive, bowel movements. Other common symptoms include loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps/pain, bloating, increased gas, nausea, and fatigue. Vomiting, body aches, headache, fever, and other flu-like symptoms may be noted.”Cyclosporiasis is caused by the microscopic Cyclospora cayetanensis parasite that can contaminate food or water, according to the FDA.The CDC said as of Friday, it confirmed 227 cases of cyclosporiasis in people in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan who consumed now-recalled Del Monte vegetable trays. Del Monte recalled the trays in early June, the FDA says, and the agency says the Del Monte outbreak is not related to the one involving McDonald’s.Sickness caused by Cyclospora is “relatively rare in the U.S.” according to NPR’s Michaeleen Doucleff. “Most food poisonings here are caused by bacteria or viruses, like E. coli and norovirus. In contrast, Cyclospora is a protozoan, which typically hangs out in tropical and subtropical regions.”Standard treatment of sulfa drugs can “wipe out the infection quickly,” Doucleff notes. The CDC says most people with healthy immune systems will recover from Cyclospora infection without treatment, though health officials recommend anyone with diarrhea that has lasted more than three days to contact a health care provider. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
AddThis ShareJade Boyd713firstname.lastname@example.org Acclaimed UT chemist named dean of natural sciences at Rice HOUSTON — (May 9, 2014) — National Academy of Sciences member Peter Rossky, currently a chemistry professor and director of two major research centers at the University of Texas (UT) at Austin, has been named dean of Rice University’s Wiess School of Natural Sciences.He will join the Rice faculty Aug. 1, which will allow him to begin his deanship before the fall semester starts Aug. 25. In addition to being dean of natural sciences, Rossky will hold the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Chair as a professor of chemistry.Peter Rossky“Peter’s scientific stature is evident from his election to some of the elite professional academies,” said Provost George McLendon. “It’s a measure of Rice’s stature to have a scientist like Peter leading the Wiess School.”Rossky, who is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, holds the Marvin K. Collie Welch-Regents Chair in Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UT and is a professor of chemical engineering. He directs the Department of Energy’s Energy Frontier Research Center on Charge Separation and Transfer at Interfaces in Energy Materials at UT and the Center for Computational Molecular Sciences at UT’s Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences.“I am a theoretical chemist who finds nothing more engaging than to try to understand the molecular-level processes that underlie an important experimental observation whose origin is controversial or puzzling,” Rossky wrote in 2011 for his membership profile after being elected to the National Academy of Sciences — one of the highest honors for a U.S. scientist.His research focuses on the structure and dynamics of chemical transformations in condensed-phase materials, such as liquids, polymers and molecular clusters. He is particularly interested in the role of liquids as an environment for chemistry, and also in understanding the quantum world, especially tracking the evolution of energy in molecular excited states. His research group has developed algorithms that underlie the ability to study the quantum statistical and dynamic behaviors of chemicals using computer simulation.“I am excited to have the opportunity to join Rice as both a faculty member and as part of the leadership team,” Rossky said. “Rice is an outstanding university with a clear commitment to excellence in both research and teaching at all levels. Of great importance to me is the recurring Rice theme of ‘no upper limit’ — to always aspire to achieve greater things — and I come to Rice sharing that vision.”Ned Thomas, dean of Rice’s George R. Brown School of Engineering, who chaired the search committee for the new dean, said he also is excited about Rossky’s new role. “Peter is very accomplished and broad in his interests,” Thomas said. “In addition to his deep knowledge of theoretical chemistry, Peter’s interests range from condensed matter physics to nanomaterials and chemical engineering. Having Peter on the Rice faculty as a leader and a researcher will be catalytic in many ways.”As dean of natural sciences, Rossky will oversee the school that comprises the departments of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Kinesiology, Mathematics, and Physics and Astronomy. Faculty from those departments participate in a number of interdisciplinary institutes and centers, including the Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering, the Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, the Rice Quantum Institute, the W.M. Keck Center for Interdisciplinary Bioscience Training, the Gulf Coast Consortia and the Rice Space Institute. They also engage in research collaborations with Texas Medical Center institutions, NASA, museums, industries, corporations, foundations and other universities.Rossky said the important new areas of inquiry “germinate” at the intersection of the core areas of science, engineering and medicine, just as the now common areas of biophysics and nanoscience did in the past. “The Wiess School has a responsibility to nurture creative new directions, as well as to bring them into the classroom, so that Rice students have the best possible window on modern science that the school can provide,” he said.Rossky has a B.A. in chemistry from Cornell University, where he graduated summa cum laude with distinction in all subjects, and a master’s in chemistry and a Ph.D. in chemical physics from Harvard.He served as a National Science Foundation (NSF) National Needs Postdoctoral Fellow at State University of New York at Stony Brook before joining the UT faculty as an assistant professor of chemistry in 1979. He was promoted to full professor in 1987. He was appointed the George W. Watt Centennial Professor of Chemistry in 1990 and retained that endowed professorship until 2002, when his current endowed chair was awarded.A former Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow and John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow, Rossky has been the recipient of a National Institutes of Health Career Development Award and an NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award. The American Chemical Society honored his research achievements with the Hildebrand Award in the Experimental and Theoretical Chemistry of Liquids. He also is a fellow of the American Physical Society.Rossky has written more than 260 articles in peer-reviewed journals and currently serves on the editorial board of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and on the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation.“Fundamental research and the teaching of future scientists lies at the heart of what makes a great university,” said Rice President David Leebron. “We are thrilled to have been able to attract a scientist and scientific leader of Peter Rossky’s caliber and experience to take the helm of the Wiess School of Natural Sciences and build on the most recent legacies of Kathy Matthews and Dan Carson.”Rossky succeeds Dan Carson, who last year was appointed vice provost for strategic partnerships but agreed to continue his role as dean of natural sciences while the search was underway for his successor.“We’re very grateful to Dan for his successful deanship and for providing additional leadership during the transition period,” McLendon said.# # #Photo of Peter Rossky for download (photo credit: Michael O’Brien):http://news.rice.edu/files/2014/05/Rossky_photo-CM_portr-1.jpgLocated on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,920 undergraduates and 2,567 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6.3-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 2 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/AboutRiceU. Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.
Check out the iPhone App Store on a daily basis and it’s likely the most popular apps will have titles such as “Plants vs. Zombies.” iPhone apps for small-business people and field professionals are never going to win the app store popularity contest. But, niche business apps are of growing interest to app developers, and user searches for them will be rewarded with some powerful solutions designed specifically for the challenges of different professions.A case in point is Multi-Educator’s Formulator Series, a collection of more than two dozen apps targeted at professionals in the architecture, electrical, waste management, building, engineer, HVAC and real estate segments. The Architecture Pro Formulator, for example, provides iPhone access to more than 400 formulas that architects use daily as well as information from the International Building Code and Americans with Disabilities Act code. Architecture Pro is a $17.99 download, and Multi-Educator’s other apps for various building professions range from $3.99 to $17.99.”They’re great for anyone working in the field who has an iPhone or an iPod touch,” says Multi-Educator co-founder Marc Schulman. “We look at developing applications that can add value where people are out doing their jobs.”Having started with software for the original Macs back in the 1980s, Schulman is an old hand at developing for Apple devices. So it’s no surprise the company will adapt many of its apps to the iPad, too.In the coming months, Multi-Educator will be looking to provide electricians, architects and other pros with the ability to do price quotes and invoices directly from the iPhone/iPod app, Schulman says. “A lot of people may not realize these devices rival desktop computers with the power they provide,” he adds. “We want to help professional people take full advantage of that.” This story appears in the May 2010 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Next Article –shares Pro on the Go April 15, 2010 2 min read Magazine Contributor 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List The Multi-Educator’s Formulator Series is a collection of apps aimed at professionals in the architecture, electrical, waste management, building, engineer, HVAC and real estate segments. Dan O’Shea Add to Queue Technology Apply Now »
Assistant Editor, Contributed Content Updated at 3:50 p.m. ET with comments from Uber.Uber is going to the dogs. Or rather, it’s bringing the dogs to you.On Wednesday, Feb. 3, the ridesharing giant is hosting another one of its UberPuppies events, whereby customers can have drivers deliver puppies to their door for 15 minutes of playtime. The goal is to encourage shelter adoptions.The initiative — timed to celebrate Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl — will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in New York City, according to a memo sent this week by New York-based pet welfare organization Bideawee to its volunteers. The organization, which is providing puppies and volunteers to Uber, will receive a donation for every 15-minute visit booked along with a matching donation from Animal Planet.Related: Uber Has a Creative New Way to Distract Drunk PassengersThe cost to Uber customers is $30 per visit.Over the last few years, UberPuppies programs have taken place in U.S. cities such as Baltimore, Cleveland, Los Angeles and Seattle as well as internationally in Egypt, Taiwan and Canada. Uber also has an UberKittens initiative which began in 2013 on National Cat Day, October 29.The events have proven effective: More than 100 dogs were adopted from last year’s Puppy Bowl event, and more than 300 kittens were adopted in 40 cities on Kitten Day, according to Uber spokeswoman Sarah Maxwell.Customers can’t adopt puppies on the spot. The process of adoption is the same as usual for the shelters, meaning it can take some time.Puppies very busy cuddling near Koramangala 🙁 @Uber_BLR #uberPUPPIES pic.twitter.com/twqUND0BrT— SchmeksaySammy (@SchmeksaySammy) December 28, 2015 For some customers, the experience can be heartbreaking. “One girl last year in L.A. literally cried when she had to let the dog go,” Maxwell recalls.Bidawee and Animal Planet did not respond to Entrepreneur’s request for comment.Correction: An earlier version of this article misstated the date of the latest UberPuppies event. It will occur on Wednesday, Feb. 3. Related: Business Travelers Are Now Using Uber More Than Rental Cars –shares January 28, 2016 Add to Queue Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Uber 2 min read Carly Okyle Uber Could Bring You a Car Full of Puppies Next Week Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Next Article Register Now »
Source:http://www.csic.es/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 8 2019The details regarding the validation of this new device are published in the latest issue of Scientific Reports.Multifocal lenses are used in cataract surgeries – to replace the crystalline when it has lost its transparency – or to correct for presbyopia. There are different lens designs in the market, and choosing one or another depends on each patient’s tolerance and preference.”The possibility of the patient experimenting vision with a multifocal lens before the surgery is very attractive to reduce uncertainty and to manage expectations”, ensures CSIC researcher Susana Marcos, who works at the Institute of Optics. Her team at the Visual Optics and Biophotonics Laboratory has spent years developing technologies of simultaneous vision simulation aiming at evaluating visual quality with new designs of multifocal lenses before they are implanted or even manufactured.Related StoriesBordeaux University Hospital uses 3D printing to improve kidney tumor removal surgeryResearchers use AI to develop early gastric cancer endoscopic diagnosis systemNew therapy shows promise in preventing brain damage after traumatic brain injuryNow, they are introducing SimVis, a lightweight binocular visual simulator which is autonomous and wearable in helmets. In the article, scientists show the equivalence between the vision provided by their device and the intraocular lenses. In other words, lenses are depicted in the simulator.A realistic experience”Visual simulators are an ideal technique to provide patients with a new realistic experience of multifocality before the implantation of a new intraocular lens. In addition, if the simulator is miniaturized and has a more practical design than the ones currently available in the market, benefits could multiply”, adds Marcos.Researchers validated the simulator’s realism in a group of patients by comparing the visual acuity obtained at different distances through a commercial trifocal lens – with focal points for close, intermediate and long focal distances – and through the same lens simulated by a spatial light modulator (another simulating technology) and by SimVis . “The response to multifocality depends on the subjects, but the real trifocal lens and the simulated one offered the same visual response through-focus in each patient”, concludes CSIC researcher María Viñas, first author of the article.The new simulator can be wirelessly controlled by a mobile application or a tablet. With this program it is possible not just controlling the device’s lenses, but also to track the functional tests conducted on each patient wherever they are.The technology developed by this group of CSIC scientists is protected by four patents – one of them received the award “Premio a la Mejor Patente del Año” from the Madrid+d Foundation – owned by CSIC, and licensed to the company 2EyesVision S.L., a spin-off founded, among others, by some of the study researchers.
Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 12 2019Dr. Stephen Maren, University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences, recently published significant research on the psychological and neural basis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).Published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), one of the most-cited scientific journals in the world, the study looked at the areas of the brain that regulate emotion, including ceasing fear once danger has passed. Other factors, such as stress, can cause extinguished emotions of fear to relapse, which poses an issue for those with PTSD.Related StoriesTransobturator sling surgery shows promise for stress urinary incontinenceDogs and cats relieve academic stress and lift students’ mood, according to a new studyAn active brain and body associated with reduced risk of dementia”Fear relapse represents a significant problem for individuals suffering from stress- and trauma-related disorders such as posttraumatic stress disorder,” according to the study.Maren’s study examined the neurons in the brain that cause fear relapse, and the influence of stress on these fear-reducing regions of the brain. The data reveals new insight into the pathophysiology of PTSD, and may be able to help predict and prevent fear relapse with treatments that reduce the effects of stress on the brain.”The work shows that stress increases the activity of fear-promoting regions of the prefrontal cortex, while at the same time reducing activity in neighboring fear-reducing regions,” Maren said. “This shift in brain activity could be mimicked by increasing the activity of neurons that release the fight-or-flight neurotransmitter, norepinephrine. This finding paves the way for new treatments that reduce fear and its relapse after therapy.” Source:https://today.tamu.edu/2019/04/10/new-study-advances-treatment-options-for-ptsd/
Citation: Uber stock set to launch at $45 a share (Update) (2019, May 9) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-wall-street-debut-uber-corner.html Explore further Uber is set for its Wall Street debut Friday with a massive share offering that is a milestone for the ride-hailing industry and the so-called “sharing economy,” but which comes with simmering concerns about its business model. A small group of independent drivers and supporters protest against Uber and other app-based ride-hailing companies near the New York Stock Exchange Rideshare drivers strike as Uber poised to go public 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. Rideshare companies maintain that drivers are able to thrive and maintain work flexibility, and that their business model would not work if drivers were treated as wage-based employees. Uber’s Wall Street debut is a milestone for the ride-hailing sector, but risks include complaints about its business model of using independent contractors © 2019 AFP Shares will be priced at $45 for the initial public offering (IPO), valuing the startup at more than $82 billion, according to a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.San Francisco-based Uber was set to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the eponymous ticker “UBER” in one of the largest initial public offerings in the tech sector.Despite the eye-popping valuation, Uber dialed back some of its earlier ambitions for a value exceeding $100 billion after a rocky start for US rideshare rival Lyft.Analyst Daniel Ives of Wedbush Securities said Uber has the potential to be a game-changing company and “is paving a similar road to what Amazon did to transform retail/ecommerce and Facebook did for social media.”Ives said Uber has the potential to grow as it morphs its ridesharing platform into a more diverse set of services with Uber Eats, Uber Freight, and self-driving vehicle initiatives.”We view Uber’s conservative pricing as a smart and prudent strategy coming out of the box as it clearly learned from its ‘little brother’ Lyft, and the experience it has gone through over the past month,” Ives said in a note to investors.Risks to new modelBut some of the risks surrounding Uber and its rivals were highlighted Wednesday as thousands of drivers turned off their apps in a US-wide strike over pay and working conditions.The strikes targeting Uber and its US rival Lyft highlighted a dilemma for rideshare firms, which have faced challenges from regulators and traditional taxi operators for using a business model relying on independent contractors.One group protested outside the New York Stock Exchange with some signs reading “Invest in our lives—Not their stocks.”Uber and Lyft did not immediately comment on the protests.”While we aim to provide an earnings opportunity comparable to that available in retail, wholesale, or restaurant services or other similar work, we continue to experience dissatisfaction with our platform from a significant number of drivers,” Uber said in a filing with securities regulators.”In particular, as we aim to reduce driver incentives to improve our financial performance, we expect driver dissatisfaction will generally increase.” Uber said in a securities filing Thursday that it had reached agreement with a large majority of the roughly 60,000 drivers contesting their status as independent contractors and who had instituted arbitration proceedings against the firm.The company anticipates the total cost of the individual settlements, combined with attorneys’ fees, will fall between $146 million and $170 million.Uber maintained it was sticking to its plans on how it classifies drivers.”Our business would be adversely affected if drivers were classified as employees instead of independent contractors,” the company said.Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdhry predicted that Uber will eventually have to raise ride prices, causing its customers to seek other options.Uber will be raising up to $9 billion in the offering being underwritten by Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Bank of America Merrill Lynch and other large banks.Lyft shares skidUber’s inauguration as a public company will follow a rocky market debut for Lyft, which has lost more than 15 percent of its value since its March offering.Lyft’s losses in the past quarter widened to $1.1 billion, according to its first financial report as a public company.Revenue for California-based Lyft nearly doubled from a year earlier to $776 million and the number of active riders grew to more than 20.5 million.Lyft said its losses deepened as a result of $894 million in costs that included stock-based compensation and related tax expenses in connection with its IPO.Uber envisions becoming the “Amazon of transportation” in a future where people share instead of owning vehicles.If all goes to plan, commuters could ride an e-scooter to a transit station, take a train, then grab an e-bike or e-scooter to complete a journey using the Uber smartphone app.Uber is also taking to the sky with an Elevate project to have electric aircraft carry people between “skyports,” taking off and landing vertically.