first_img Categories: Lilly News 16May Rep. Lilly testifies on plan to make road maintenance funds for MDOT and county roads more efficient State Rep. Jim Lilly this week testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in support of his plan to allow the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) to carry-over road maintenance funds at the close of the fiscal year.State Rep. Jim Lilly (right), Oakland County Road Commission Director of Highway Maintenance Darryl Heid (middle), and Ottawa County Road Commission Managing Director Brett Laughlin testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.Under current law, all work activities under the state trunk line maintenance agreement must be completed before the end of the state fiscal year, which is Sept. 30.Lilly’s plan provides MDOT and county road commissions the ability to complete road maintenance work without rushing to finish the job before the end of the fiscal year.Under Lilly’s plan funds must be used no later than three months after the close of the fiscal year and funds will be allowed to be deferred further in the event of inclement weather.“Eliminating the fiscal year deadline will cut costs and effectively utilize our tax dollars to fix our roads,” said Lilly, of Park Township. “There is a small window to do construction and we must be more efficient on how money is spent.”MDOT is responsible for preserving and maintaining 9,683 miles of state trunkline highways and 4,485 trunkline bridges. The department contracts with 64 country road commissions as well as a number of municipalities for state trunk line services.Both MDOT and county road commissions achieve savings through sharing facilities and equipment.House Bill 5899 remains under consideration by the committee.####last_img read more

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first_imgRoku is reportedly working on plans to file confidentially for an initial public offering, in a move that could see the firm raise up to US$150 million. According to a Wall Street Journal report, which cites people familiar with the plan, Roku has been working to prepare for a potential offering with banks including Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Citigroup.However, the report claims that neither the timing of the stock market floatation or the valuation price Roku will aim for have yet been set.Roku founder and CEO Anthony Wood said back in March 2012, while attending the FT Digital Media conference in London, that “our goal as a company is to go public” after it had raised more financing. He declined to give a timescale for the IPO.Earlier this month, a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission revealed Roku has raised US$25 million in funding.This came shortly after BSkyB said it had made a further US$0.7 million investment in Roku. At the same time, 21st Century Fox said it had also made a further, undisclosed, equity investment in the firm.In September Roku announced it had sold more than 10 million streaming players in the US since launching in 2008.last_img read more

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first_imgMiddle East and North African VoD streaming service, Icflix, has agreed an exclusive partnership with Maroc Telecom.The deal will allow Maroc Telecom customers to access Icflix for what the VoD service described as an “unprecedented” price of 50 Moroccan Dirhams (€4.62).“Maroc Telecom – a pioneer in the Moroccan industry, will enable us to reach a greater number of viewers through our proposal for high-quality and varied content,” said Icflix founder and CEO, Carlos Tibi.last_img

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first_imgRather quietly, there’s yet another revolution in computer technology going on – one that may bring about the kind of global democratization that enthusiasts have been predicting for so long. It’s the incredible shrinking computer. There are those who envision the day when every schoolchild on the planet will have one, creating a flood of new, youthful interest in programming.During our lifetimes, many of us have watched the computer evolve from a big, clunky mainframe, with its spinning tape reels and instructions arriving via punch cards, to a compact unit (which most people forget was originally called a microcomputer) that fit neatly on every desktop, to a battery-run laptop that you can take anywhere, and on down through various, ever-smaller devices like tablets and smartphones that share some but not all characteristics with computers.The next logical step would be a full-featured computer, with real power and programmability, that is super-cheap and fits in the palm of your hand. A sub-microcomputer, if you will. That step has been taken.The big splash in this area was made in early 2012 with the commercial debut of the British-based Raspberry Pi, which will come in two models, A and B, selling for US $25 and $35, respectively. Model B is the only one available at the moment, with Model A scheduled to begin shipping in the first quarter of this year.The Raspberry PiBoth versions come with a Broadcom BCM2835 system on a chip (SoC), which includes an ARM1176JZF-S 700 MHz processor (which can be souped-up to 1 GHz without impairing the lifetime of the machine), a VideoCore IV GPU, and 256 megabytes of RAM that was later upgraded to 512MB. There is no hard disk nor solid-state drive; the computer uses an SD card for booting and long-term storage. Both have audio and HDMI video outputs.The Model B has two USB ports and a 10/100 Ethernet controller. Model A has a single USB port and lacks the built-in Ethernet controller, but it can connect to a network through a user-supplied USB Ethernet or Wi-Fi adapter.Fedora Linux is the free, open-source operating system that’s used by default in the Raspberry Pi. But after users reported bugs in Fedora, Raspbian, a Debian-based OS optimized for the Raspberry Pi hardware, was released in July 2012 and is the current recommended system.That’s a pretty impressive lineup of features for something so small and inexpensive – and the initial demand reflected that. Interest ran so high in the first days that it stalled the sites of the shops selling the computers. Moreover, that demand has proven durable. Premier Farnell, one of the two authorized manufacturers of the product (RS Components is the other), announced in January that it has sold more than a half-million units. RS Components, which took 100,000 pre-orders on day one, is apparently selling them equally briskly, so it’s likely that there are now a million of the devices out there.Such a number is mind-blowing to chip architect Eben Upton, co-creator of the little PC. “We honestly did think we would sell about 1,000, maybe 10,000 in our wildest dreams,” he says. “We thought we would make a small number and give them out to people who might want to come and read computer science at Cambridge.”Those 10,000 Upton thought he’d sell all told? Gone in the first couple of hours.While the Raspberry Pi Foundation – a charitable body initially funded by loans from Upton and five other trustees – was established with the intent to “educate and encourage a new generation of computer scientists and to invigorate computing in the UK and beyond,” it was no time at all before DIYers everywhere began devising all sorts of other applications. Among other things, it’s been used: to stream 1080p video; as a home-automation controller; to run photo/video picture frames around the house; to operate a video camera on a quadcopter UAV; and to maintain proper temperature levels in a beer-brewing operation. One ingenious person wrote on Reddit that his is functioning as a “kitchen computer. With a barcode scanner close to the trash can, so we can add items to the grocery list when something runs out.” And a project called FishPi aims to use the tiny PC to guide an unmanned boat across the Atlantic.For the more technically minded, anyone who really wants to dive into programming will find online a free Cambridge University course that teaches how to develop your very own Raspberry Pi OS.There’s also an app store. The Raspberry Pi website announced in December that it was launching “the Pi Store to make it easier for developers of all ages to share their games, applications, tools and tutorials with the rest of the community.” Twenty-three free titles were made available as part of the store’s introductory inventory, including LibreOffice, Asterisk, Freeciv, OpenTTD, and Iridium Rising.That community is a growing part of the Raspberry Pi’s appeal. People are developing fanzines around the platform. Raspberry Jams – meetups of owners and enthusiasts, who gather to share stories, swap ideas, and generally work out what to do with their new devices – sprang up almost immediately in Britain. The idea then quickly spread to much of Europe, along with the US, Canada, Australia, and Singapore.Raspberry Pi’s low cost is bound to bring out any number of philanthropists and other buyers willing to give them away. For starters, Google – OK, undoubtedly sniffing profit somewhere down the road – just announced that it is donating 15,000 of the computers to schools in the UK.Naturally, anything that has had the kind of success that Raspberry Pi has is bound to spawn a host of competitive products. So it’s hardly a shocker that the sub-microcomputer market has exploded.Last summer brought the Oval Elephant. It costs $72 and comes with Android 4.0, but can run Linaro Linux as well.A microSD card slot supports up to 64GB, and a full HDMI port enables direct connections to a TV or monitor. The device is powered via a mini-USB port, and it also features built-in MIC and an external port for MIC audio.A single-core 1.5GHz AllWinner A10 Cortex A8 ARM processor runs the device; 1GB of DDR3 high-capacity memory is included, as is WiFi connectivity, a MALI400 graphics processing chip, and 1080p HDMI video output, with support for 2160p.Next up was the Mini X, retailing for $79, powered by the same AllWinner A10 processor.It can reportedly run a variety of Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, Fedora, and Puppy Linux. With support for both Android 2.3 and 4.0, the Mini X features 512MB of DDR RAM, 4GB of Nand Flash, a microSD slot, an HDMI port, and WiFi 802.11b/g/n with an external antenna. It plugs into a TV, where you can then run apps to your heart’s content; a remote is included.Then in September we saw the introduction of two new entrants into the under-$100 space.Cubieboard, created by a Chinese team, was birthed through crowdfunding on the Indiegogo.com site. Aptly promoted as a “Raspberry Pi on steroids,” the Cubieboard sells for just $49 and offers a 1 GHz ARM processor, Mali 400 graphics, a gigabyte of RAM and 4 gigs of flash memory. It can run Android, Ubuntu, and a variety of other Linux distributions. It has Ethernet, HDMI, and USB ports, as well as a built-in SATA port that lets it power a hard drive all on its own.At about the same time as Cubieboard appeared, South African distributor Reno Botes introduced the MK802, which sells for $74.It’s very similar to the Cubieboard, except that its processor is a dual-core ARM A9. In addition, it runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and includes access to the Google Play Store, which makes downloading apps simple.Finally, in November, Bulgaria-based Olimex trotted out the A13-OLinuXino, selling for $57. It comes with an Allwinner A13 Cortex A8 processor running at 1GHz, along with a 3D Mali400 GPU and 512 MB of RAM. Four USB hosts are built-in – with one dedicated to WiFi – as is an SD card connector, VGA video output, audio output, five keys for Android navigation, and a UEXT connector for modules such as Zigbee or Bluetooth. Also available is an optional low-cost 7-inch LCD with touchscreen. Android 4.0 is included, but it’s also possible to run Debian and other Linux distributions, Olimex says.As you can see, while Raspberry Pi remains the price leader, those wanting a bit more computer are able to select among a number of entrants available for a bit more money.So what’s the takeaway from all this?It just might be that manufacturers of these microdevices are sowing the seeds for the next crop of young hackers (who will increasingly come from the developing world, as all of its nascent talents are released). Traditional PCs may soon be regarded like the mainframes of old, and vast networks of tiny, interconnected devices like this could be the next big leap forward.Super-cheap chips, ubiquitous wireless, small form factors, open sourcing, and a large and creative community all are coming together to support the ongoing computer revolution, which never stands still.Bits & BytesWhat’s Next in Wearable Computers? (San Francisco Chronicle)It just might be the SmartWatch. Google is actively exploring the idea of making one, Apple has been rumored to be doing the same, and a company called Pebble – which smashed crowdfunding records on Kickstarter by pulling in $10M – is about to ship its version. Some observers think the device could eventually replace the smartphone, finally landing us in Dick Tracy territory three-quarters of a century after the comic-strip detective started talking to his wrist.Same Old, Same Old for RIM (Globe and Mail)Research in Motion has appointed Alicia Keys to be its new global creative director. Oh, and it also released the Blackberry 10 to a wealth of rave reviews. Neither apparently impressed investors, who pounded the company’s stock price, knocking it back 20% in a day and a half.Surface Off to a Rocky Start (Computerworld)Microsoft’s Windows RT Surface tablet is off to an exceedingly poor start, with sales of at most 750,000 and very high rates of return, according to Rhoda Alexander, an analyst at iSuppli. Alexander attributes the return rate to the steep learning curve of the Win 8 OS, and she notes that there is a “distinct lack of interest” among hardware makers – including Acer and Samsung – to build RT-based devices.Hike the Grand Canyon from Home (PCMag)If you’ve always wanted to hike the Grand Canyon but lack the physical or financial means, Google announced today that it has added more than 9,500 panoramic images of the canyon to its Maps service. The interactive images cover more than 75 miles of trails and surrounding roads.last_img read more

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first_imgStart Up Your Day March 31, 2016 Image credit: Monica Dipres Looking for the latest headlines in small business, innovation and tech? Our Start Up Your Day recaps are posted every morning to keep you current.No headset required. Microsoft began shipping HoloLens kits yesterday. In addition to the $3,000 device, the company announced an emulator will be available enabling developers to try out holographic apps, according to VentureBeat.“Lite-ing” up. Whoopi Goldberg is launching a marijuana startup just for the ladies to, relieve period pains. A power play. The American Civil Liberties Union released a map of all the places the FBI is taking Apple and, in some cases, even Google, to court in an effort to unlock suspects’ phones. According to Engadget, the ACLU has uncovered 63 cases so far.Taking a different tone. Google introduced a new voice for its search app. Sounding more subtle and neutral, it’s designed to seem more human with more intonation changes, like a higher-pitched inquisitive tone.An unlikely adviser. A 1990 letter from Harper Lee was auctioned off Wednesday. In it, the famed author discusses the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. She doesn’t hold back. A fresh start. Burrito-maker Chipotle Mexican Grill likely has a burger chain concept in the works. It filed trademark paperwork for the name “Better Burger,” according to the Wall Street Journal.   Add to Queue Lindsay Friedman Download Our iOS App Staff writer. Frequently covers franchise news and food trends. Next Article Chipotle Could Be Opening a Burger Chain — Start Up Your Day Roundup 2 min read –shares Free Green Entrepreneur App Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine.last_img read more

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first_img Image credit: Reuters | Robert Galbraith 1 min read This story originally appeared on Reuters 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. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Next Article Reuters Salesforcecenter_img August 2, 2016 Enroll Now for $5 Cloud-based software maker Salesforce.com Inc. said on Monday it agreed to acquire document-editing startup Quip for about $582 million.Salesforce has an existing investment in Quip, whose word-processing platform is designed to be used by teams to edit documents or spreadsheets on mobile devices, wearables and desktops.Quip will be a wholly owned subsidiary of Salesforce once the deal closes.Quip Chief Executive Bret Taylor, former chief technology officer of Facebook Inc., was appointed to Twitter Inc.’s board last month.(Reporting by Anya George Tharakan in Bengaluru; Editing by Savio D’Souza) Add to Queue Salesforce to Buy Document-Editing Startup for Millions –shareslast_img read more

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first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Mar 19 2019Milk can be lethal to babies with classic galactosemia, a rare genetic disorder that severely impairs the body’s ability to process a milk sugar known as galactose and is associated with a host of neurodevelopmental issues. However, the fate of children with Duarte galactosemia-;a milder, more common variant-;has been unclear. As a result, state-level recommendations on milk intake for children diagnosed with Duarte galactosemia have varied widely, from no limitations to banning all milk for the first year or more of a child’s development.A new study co-authored by a Washington State University researcher finally brings clarity to parents of children with Duarte galactosemia, their health care providers, and health officials. Published in a recent issue of the journal PEDIATRICS, the study found that children with Duarte galactosemia are at no greater risk of long-term developmental abnormalities than their unaffected siblings, regardless of their exposure to milk as infants.”Therefore, we don’t need to detect Duarte galactosemia, and we don’t need to restrict their milk intake,” said co-author Nancy Potter, a speech-language pathologist and a professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine.Potter, who collaborated on the study with a team of researchers from Emory University, said the findings provide peace of mind to parents of children with Duarte galactosemia that they can confidently feed their child as they would any other baby.”There has been great angst among parents of children with Duarte galactosemia,” Potter said. “They’re wanting to know, ‘Am I harming my baby by giving him or her milk?’ We know the value of breast milk to a baby-;is it worth restricting that? That’s the question we set out to answer.”She said the study findings also make a compelling argument for changes to newborn screening criteria for galactosemia that could provide significant cost savings while minimizing the high number of false positives associated with screening intended to detect Duarte galactosemia.While newborns are screened for galactosemia in all 50 U.S. states, screening protocols vary from state to state-;some only test for the extreme deficiencies of classic galactosemia, while others are designed to detect Duarte galactosemia as well. Newborn screening tests for galactosemia look at blood levels of an enzyme called galactose-1-phosphate uridylyltransferase (GALT), which helps convert galactose into glucose that the body can use for energy. Children with GALT enzyme levels of 1 percent or less are considered to have classic galactosemia, which affects about one out of every 50,000 babies born in the U.S. Most babies with Duarte galactosemia-;which is 10 times more common-;have about 25 percent of the normal level of GALT activity.Related StoriesHealthy lifestyle lowers dementia risk despite genetic predispositionStudy: Causes of anorexia are likely metabolic and psychologicalDoes genetic testing affect psychosocial health?To determine long-term outcomes for children with Duarte galactosemia, the research team studied 350 children between the ages of 6 and 12 in 13 U.S. states-;206 children were case patients with Duarte galactosemia; the remaining 144 were unaffected siblings who served as controls.The researchers surveyed parents about each child’s level of dairy consumption as an infant, finding that 40 percent had consumed a substantial amount of dairy, whereas 60 percent had not. They also tested all children for a wide range of outcome measures representing five developmental domains: cognitive development, physical development, speech/language and hearing, motor development, and socioemotional development. Testers were blinded to the status of their subjects, meaning they did not know whether children being tested were case patients or controls. Thorough analysis of the study data showed that there were no significant differences in outcomes between case patients and controls.In a commentary published alongside the study, Shawn McCandless-;a professor of pediatrics and genetics at the University of Colorado Denver and the president of the Society for Inherited Metabolic Disorders-;said, “The field has been waiting 50 years for this study, since newborn screening (NBS) for galactosemia began. This work can be used to impact clinical care and NBS program planning. It can also be used to teach us important lessons about the public funding of research into clinical outcomes and the importance of data-driven clinical decision-making.”Potter said their study is the largest ever conducted in children with Duarte galactosemia and has contributed to clearing up conflicting findings from two earlier, smaller studies. Source:https://wsu.edu/last_img read more

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Aramco is contemplating listing on a domestic stock exchange said reports on March 19, 2018 Saudi Arabia plans to sell shares of Saudi Aramco on a local exchange and may scuttle entirely an earlier plan for an overseas listing, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday. Saudi Arabia plans to build futuristic city for innovators 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. Aramco had previously discussed an initial public offering in the latter half of 2018 and had been eyeing a listing on New York or another international exchange.However, the oil giant is now contemplating listing on a domestic stock exchange, viewing the legal risks of listing in New York as considerable, said The Journal, which cited unnamed officials as well as some public comments from top Saudi officials.The report also said the earliest a listing could take place would be April 2019.The report comes as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman prepares to meet Tuesday with President Donald Trump, who has publicly lobbied for a US Aramco listing.The Aramco IPO had previously been seen as potentially raising $100 billion, but higher oil prices have helped mitigate the need for additional funds, The Journal said.The IPO forms the cornerstone of the petro-state’s reform program to wean the economy off its reliance on oil revenues.Until 2014, oil income made up more than 90 percent of public revenues in Saudi Arabia.But following a protracted global oil slump, the kingdom is seeking to diversify its economy and privatize some state assets alongside new measures such as a value-added tax. Citation: Aramco eyes local IPO, may spike overseas listing: report (2018, March 20) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-aramco-eyes-local-ipo-spike.html Explore further © 2018 AFP read more

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first_img COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL To attract more medical tourists to Kerala, CII is organising the seventh edition of Kerala Health Tourism (KHT 2019) on July 3 and 4 in Kochi. The summit will deliberate on the theme “Kerala an emerging global hotspot for medical value traveller”. Delegates from nine countries – Bangladesh, Oman, Africa, Jeddah, Cambodia, Iraq, Maldives, Yemen, Uzbekistan – will participate in the summit. Quoting a recent study, the organisers said India has nearly 18 per cent of the global medical tourism market. The country’s medical tourism industry is estimated to be worth $9 billion, and could account for 20 per cent of the global market by 2020. NITI Aayog identified it as a major source of foreign exchange earnings for India. Although Kerala is the leading State in India for tourism, tourists travelling to the State for medical needs isminimal. A rare combination of advanced facilities, skilled doctors, and low cost of treatment are the advantages Kerala possesses but unfortunately the State is not able to attract the medical tourists to the fullest of its potential. Published on June 25, 2019 SHARE COMMENTSlast_img read more

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first_img Nation 07 Jul 2019 Safety drills suggested for Pasir Gudang Related News He said on overall, air quality monitoring conducted by the Department of Environment (DOE) last week found the condition has improved and air readings were normal. – Bernama Johor , Disaster Operation Control Centre , Pasir Gudang , Air pollution , Closed {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Nation 07 Jul 2019 Health Ministry to issue statement on death of woman in Pasir Gudangcenter_img Tags / Keywords: Related News JOHOR BARU (Bernama): The Disaster Operation Control Centre (PKTK), which was opened in Pasir Gudang, following breathing difficulties and vomiting experienced by students here due to suspected air pollution since June 20, has closed at noon on Friday (July 11).State Health, Culture and Heritage Committee chairman Mohd Khuzzan Abu Bakar said the closure of the control centre at Level 4, Aqabah Tower, was carried out following an improved situation in Pasir Gudang.”However, the Pasir Gudang Municipal Council (MPPG) has been directed by the Johor Baru District Officer to set up an Emergency Assistance Unit which would be activated immediately to address the situation if there is a recurrence,” he said in a statement here Friday night.Mohd Khuzzan said as at 4pm, there were no new cases reported. Nation 23 Jun 2019 Breathing difficulties: Another Pasir Gudang school affectedlast_img read more

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