Minnis Tax Free Zone in Inner City to come under FNM if

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 4th 2017, Nassau: A Tax Free zone, free of business licenses and property tax will be implemented in the inner city if elected. The promise from FNM leader Dr.Hubert Minnis, as he spoke to a packed crowd in Nassau, Wednesday night. He added that any vehicle, once proven as essential to your business, will also benefit from a reduction in custom duties.Minnis sought to respond to claims of being weak by the PLP leader, by turning the tables around on Christie, citing what he describes as his inability to “stop Munroe from cursing, Davis from misleading parliament, Ray from intimidating and Fitzgerald from begging”.Meanwhile, Minnis addressed the chaos witnessed at the Advanced polling stations on Wednesday. He called on Perry Christie and the PLP to ‘stop trying to corrupt our voting process’. Minnis vowed to his team, that the FNM will be vigilant not to allow Christie to steal this election from them. He added that the scene on Wednesday was a “clear demonstration of overt incompetence and mismanagement of which they have demonstrated the last four and half years”.#MagneticMediaNews#HubertMinnisPromisesTaxFreeZone#BahamasGeneralElections2017 Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Seward PD Seek Public Assistance In Locating Shoplifter

first_imgAnyone with information is asked to contact the Seward Police Department at (907) 224-3338 with any information. Reference case #19-2042. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Seward Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identify a shoplifter from a case that occured in Seward on July 9.According to SPD, the suspect may be driving a green 1993 Oldsmobile Bravada with a spider-webbed windshield and a storage rack on the back (Alaska License JMM914).last_img

Planning for Social 20

first_imgNova: Similar to putting together a balanced financial portfolio, selecting products that align with your aims and means is key. Users have begun to figure out which modes of interaction and storytelling appeal to them most. That includes identifying preferences for how they’d like to interact with the institutional accounts they follow. Social 2.0 will hopefully be about audiences and publishers capitalizing on the due diligence and takeaways produced in phase one. With any luck, the anticipated refocus will also allow for the plethora of clever yet niche social platforms to increase in usage and prominence.FOLIO: What has become most important in New York Magazine’s social media strategy—follower volume or interaction?Nova: Follower numbers are important, but they are only one part of the equation we use to evaluate the strength of our program. We view traffic and engagement as coexisting primary goals, with follower growth closely behind. It’s also critical to make sure that we’re not just recreating the nymag.com reader experience on social. We want to enhance it, and offer exclusive content that serves, in part, to validate our fans’ commitment to following us on social.FOLIO: What’s next for your social strategy development?Nova: Over the past year, we’ve collaborated with our integrated marketing and ad sales teams to create several dynamic social media activations for our clients. We’ll maintain our focus on that area, as well as on conversion and driving more loyal site visitors via our social channels to cultivate brand ambassadors. Important too is that our writers and editors continue to make notable contributions to the social space.If you’re looking to better understand how your brands can thrive in a converged media landscape, register now for FOLIO: and min’s MediaNext event on October 28-30. Social media has become the key source of referral traffic for media companies and content creators are constantly leveraging their presence on various platforms to invigorate their brands and enhance their communities. Here, Adriana Nova, associate director of social media for New York Magazine, and noted speaker at FOLIO:’s MediaNext event, October 28 to 30 in New York, talks about her strategy for engaging and interacting with a changing social audience.FOLIO Magazine: How do you see social media engagement evolving?Adrianna Nova: I think we’ll see both audiences and publishers hone their instincts for and approaches to pairing the right content with the right platforms. The first wave of the social gold rush was about optics, i.e. to see and be seen on as many platforms as possible to make the point that you were present whether it made sense or not. By now, savvy users and companies have discerned that staking a claim is only part of the equation. If you’re not involved in the conversation in a way that is meaningful and relevant it needlessly saps energy and ROI. Loss leaders in social aren’t generally sustainable, since maintaining an effective social presence takes significant time and resources.FOLIO: Is the social audience changing the way it interacts with different kinds of content?last_img read more

Facebook Instagram hit by apparent global outage

first_img JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $210 at Best Buy Rylo Tags Angela Lang/CNET I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Facebook is down for many on Sunday. Angela Lang/CNET Many users of Facebook and Instagram are unable to access the social networks’ services Sunday in an apparent global disruption.The issue apparently began around 6:30 a.m. PT, according to Down Detector.Instagram users complained of not being able to log in to their accounts, while Facebook users said they were having trouble sharing status updates and media such as photos and video. Users across the US, Canada, Australia and parts of Asia complained of not having access.”Every comment I make is being deleted for ‘going against community standards,'” Christine Caro wrote Sunday morning on Isitdownrightnow.com.Facebook didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Read DJI Osmo Action preview Amazon Share your voice Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Chris Monroe/CNET Best Buy Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review The Cheapskate Turo: Save $30 on any car rental See at Amazon Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Comments Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Read the AirPods review See It Post a comment $59 at eBay Facebook Instagram,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Boost Mobile Read Google Home Hub review Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $155 at Google Express $999center_img $299 at Amazon Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $999 DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Sarah Tew/CNET $999 Sprint Read the Rylo camera preview Tech Industry See it CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 0 Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. 7 Share your voice $520 at HP What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. See at Turo Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $999 Sarah Tew/CNET HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Sarah Tew/CNET Apple iPhone XS Turo Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X See It $6 at Tidal Sarah Tew/CNET Tags See It The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. $60 at Best Buylast_img read more

Temper 6 Days Box Office Collection Junior NTR Starrer Mints ₹40 Crore

first_imgJunior NTR and Kajal Aggarwal in “Temper”https://www.facebook.com/TemperMovieJr NTR’s much celebrated movie “Temper” is now set to clear all the existing record for Telugu cinema behind it. The movie has minted ₹40 crore since its release on 13 February.”The film is turning out to be a blockbuster. In its first week, it has grossed Rs. 40 crore approximately worldwide,” trade analyst Trinath told IANS.Meanwhile, the box office report from the US alone suggest that the movie is going ahead to be the biggest success for Jr NTR in the country.The movie has reportedly grossed $934,467 (approximately ₹5.82 crore) in US and the box office collection for each day is as follows:First weekend Total – $868,223Monday – $47,700Tuesday – $18,544Total – $934,467, approximately ₹5.82 Crore”#Temper [Telugu] – USA: Wknd $ 868,223, Mon $ 47,700, Tue $ 18,544. Total: $ 934,467 [₹ 5.82 cr]. Some screens yet to report,” tweeted industry analyst Taran AdarshMeanwhile, the movie had a decent and a steady run on its sixth day at domestic box office. According to Andhra box office, the film’s run was a little lower than usual in Andhra but is continuing a good run in Nizam and Ceeded.The movie also lost on a few screens at Suresh group theatre after the death of legendary producer Duggabati Ramanaidu. The industry experts feel the film will not collect much on Thursday as the industry will be completely shut down as they pay last respects to the late producer.The movie reportedly has collected around ₹1.7 crore in Andhra Pradesh and Nizam together on Day 6.”Temper” is directed by Puri Jagganath and Jr NTR plays the role of a ruthless and corrupt cop but he changes after meeting the character played by Kajal Aggarwal. How a change is seen in his attitude towards others and within himself forms the crux of the movie.last_img read more

Expediaowned Trivago files for IPO worth 400 million

first_imgTrivago, a hotel booking website owned by Expedia, has filed for an Initial Public Offering (IPO) in the United States. In a regulatory filing, the company said it plans to list its depository receipts on Nasdaq.According to Bloomberg, Trivago will have two classes of shares after the IPO — Class A shares and Class B shares. It plans to sell its Class A shares to the public, while the Class B shares will be retained by Expedia. Class A shares are currently held by Trivago’s management.However, in its regulatory filing on Monday, the company did not reveal how many shares it planned to sell or its expected price.Four years ago, the US-based Expedia bought a 62 percent stake in Trivago for about $531 million. Dara Khosrowshahi, Expedia CEO, had told investors in July that the management and founders of Trivago had agreed to go public in a bid to value Trivago as a standalone firm, Reuters reported.Chances are the final size of the IPO could be different. The company plans to use the symbol TRVG for its listing.For the first nine months of the present fiscal, the Dusseldorf-based Trivago reported a net loss of $57.8 million on income of $425.6 million. Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs are leading the deal.last_img read more

EU teams due 11 Feb to discuss Rohingya issues

first_imgRohingya refugee carries an elderly man at the Palongkhali refugee camp near Cox`s Bazar. Reuters file photoFive teams of Members of European Parliament (MEPs) comprising 14 MEPs are scheduled to visit Bangladesh from 11 February to discuss trade and rights issues with special focus on Rohingya crisis, reports UNB.They will visit Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar on 12 February, an official at the foreign ministry told UNB.The official, however, did not elaborate about the EU teams which will be visiting Bangladesh.European Union is likely to come up with more pressure on Myanmar this month so that it acts promptly and creates an environment for the sustainable return of Rohingyas to their homeland from Bangladesh.”I’m sure there’ll be new [EU] council conclusions on Myanmar in February. I hope there’ll be more pressure. The only thing is to put more pressure on Myanmar,” EU head of delegation ambassador Rensje Teerink told UNB recently.In October last year, the Council of the EU in its conclusions said it may consider additional measures if the situation does not improve but also stands ready to respond accordingly to positive developments.However, it is yet to know what the conclusions will contain — whether it will be arms embargo or targeted sanctions on Myanmar government and army.On 16 January, Bangladesh and Myanmar signed a document on ‘Physical Arrangement’ which will facilitate the return of Rohingyas to their homeland from Bangladesh.The ‘Physical Arrangement’ stipulates that the repatriation will be completed preferably within two years from the start of repatriation.last_img

PM Hasina returns home

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina. File photoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina returned home on Monday morning wrapping up her weeklong visit to the United States to attend the 73rd UN General Assembly.A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the prime minister, which departed Heathrow International Airport in London at 6:50pm (local time), landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 9:10am (BST).During her visit to the USA, Sheikh Hasina delivered the country statement at the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly at the UN Headquarters in Bangla demanding immediate and effective implementation of the agreement concluded between Myanmar and the UN over settlement of the ongoing Rohingya crisis.On the sidelines of the UNGA sessions, the prime minister also attended a good number of high-level events and placed some specific proposals in continuation of her previous five-point proposal for resolving the protracted Rohingya crisis.Sheikh Hasina had a meeting with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. She also joined a welcome reception hosted by US president Donald Trump, while US secretary of state Mike Pompeo met her at her hotel suite in New York.Hasina also had bilateral meetings with world leaders and heads of international organisations, including Estonian president Kersti Kaljulaid, Dutch Queen Maxima and the OIC secretary general.During the tour, the prime minister received ‘International Achievement Award’ given by Inter Press Service, a global news agency for her dynamic and farsighted leadership in addressing the Rohingya crisis while Global Hope Coalition conferred upon her the ‘2018 Special Recognition for Outstanding Leadership Award’.Hasina also addressed a press conference and attended a reception accorded to her by the Bangladesh community in the United States.last_img read more

The varied colours of life

first_imgAll art enthusiasts can find their way to IHC as Bhiku Ram Jain Foundation in association with Art Mall brings to us the group art show Colour Of Life – 14. The show is a part of their annual All India Art Exhibitions. The exhibition will display the art works of about 70 eminent and upcoming artistes in the discipline of paintings, sculptures, graphics, drawings, photography and digital art from across the country. The works on display celebrate the theme of colourful aspect through an individualistic makeover by the artistes, bringing the hopes, aspirations, achievements and challenges before the participating artistes. The overall effect on the canvas shows graphic detailing and symbolic forms to highlight such ideas. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’A set of four unique sandal wood sculptures will be displayed made way back in 20th century by Mali Chand Jangid from Churu, Rajasthan. Eminent artistes like Jatin Das, Niren Sen Gupta, Vijender Sharma, Om Prakash said that the selection of the participants is done by an organising committee where emphasis of selection is based on creating an aura for enhance of colours empowerment which forms as a mission to bring together the largely untouched segments of genuinely art works before a gamut of art lovers who have shielded away from the gallery doors, intimidated by price tags and name droppings thus making it an art-friendly show for artistes and the art lovers alike. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe show will be inaugrated by Prof Rajeev Lochan , Director National Gallery of Modern Art, Prof S N Lahiri, Principal Delhi College of Art, K K Chakravarty, Chairman Lalit Kala Academy , Jatin Das along with Her Excellency Milena Santana-Ramirez, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Bolivarian, Republic of Venezuela along with Andrea Kucerova, Deputy Head of Mission, Political Affairs, Embassy of the Czech Republic.When:1 – 3 JuneWhere: Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat CentreTimings: 11am – 7pmlast_img read more

Need of the hour is to conserve water stop its wastage CM

first_imgKolkata: The state government will observe July 12 every year as “Save Water Day”, according to a tweet uploaded by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on social media on Saturday.A rally titled “Save Water Save Life” will be organised on July 12 at 3 pm from Jorasanko to Gandhi Statue in which Banerjee will also take part. The state government has urged the NGOs, clubs, various organisations and students to participate in the procession. In the tweet, Banerjee expressed concern over the sharp fall in the groundwater level and global warming. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataShe tweeted: “Due to extreme depletion of groundwater and inadequate availability of surface water several states like Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Gujarat are reeling under severe water scarcity. Finally water to drink has become a huge challenge in many places. In West Bengal a review was done and it was found that groundwater level was a point of concern in some blocks.” The state government is doing constant monitoring and three lakh water bodies have been dug under the flagship project “Jal Dharo, Jal Bharo”. Around 500 check dams have been constructed and 41,000 acres of land have been brought under irrigation in water scarce areas of Jangalmahal and saline areas of the Sunderbans under the “Jal Tirtha” programme. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateShe further mentioned: “The need of the hour is to conserve water and stop its wastage and misuse. Also finding ways to develop and adopt highly sustainable water use systems and policies.” It may be mentioned that Mayor Firhad Hakim has proposed to introduce rainwater harvesting in the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) area. He has urged people not to waste water. The KMC will install meters to find out the usage of water. Steps have been taken to stop wastage of water through leaks that have come up on the KMC water supply line. The KMC is planning to set up a separate zone to wash cars with unfiltered water. It may be mentioned that there used to be a pumping station to lift unfiltered water at Mallickghat off Burrabazar, which is almost defunct now. The unfiltered water was used to clean roads and for washing purposes. Every household had tanks to keep unfiltered water. In New Town, awareness campaigns to conserve water will be held on July 12. The New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) conserves 30 gallons of filtered water every day by recycling wastewater which is used to water roadside trees and gardens.last_img read more

Two distinct hotels Park MGM and NoMad liven up the Las Vegas

first_img Posted by Tags: Las Vegas, MGM Travelweek Group LAS VEGAS — The upscale Park MGM, the reincarnation of the famed Monte Carlo Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip, is open and in full swing while NoMad Las Vegas, also part of the reimagination of the storied Monte Carlo hotel, is scheduled to open at the end of this year.MGM Resorts International and New York-based Sydell Group teamed up to reimagine and rebrand Monte Carlo Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.Cabanas at Park MGM – credit Patrick Michael ChinThe US$450 million transformation touches every element of the property and includes the two distinct hotel experiences: a Las Vegas version of Sydell’s widely acclaimed NoMad Hotel, and the launch of the new Park MGM.In addition to fully redesigned and renovated hotel guest rooms, each hotel will feature innovative food and beverage experiences including the award-winning Chef Daniel Humm and Eataly’s vibrant Italian marketplace. The spa, pool and gaming areas have also been transformed.Park MGM and The NoMad Las Vegas are the final pieces of MGM Resorts’ complete neighbourhood redesign of the central Las Vegas Strip neighborhood which began in 2009 with the introduction of CityCenter and saw the recent unveiling of The Park, a outdoor dining and entertainment district, and the new T-Mobile Arena, home of the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights.More news: Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoThe design of Park MGM, an approximately 2,700-room luxury resort, built on the property’s history as the Monte Carlo, incorporating its European design influences while retaining a powerful connection to The Park just next door. The hotel concept brought the park inside, and gave it a light, homey and natural feel –a fresh look compared to the glitz and glam of Las Vegas. Park MGM’s expansive food & beverage program, features a full-scale Eataly marketplace, a new concept for Las Vegas.Park MGM’s Park Queen accommodationThe Park MGM’s Park Queen and Park King accommodation come complete with sitting areas and an expansive picture window, with about 400 square feet. Also available: the Skylark, Nightingale and Nighthawk suites. Some rooms will even feature Murphy beds, great for business travellers needing work and meeting space. The Stay Well program, offered on one floor of the hotel, includes added wellness features like Vitamin C shower water and jet lag lighting.More news: Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJWith its central location Park MGM offers guests direct access to what is quickly becoming the city’s premier entertainment district, featuring T-Mobile Arena and The Park, as well as the new Park Theater, a 5,300-seat entertainment venue, with Cher, Ricky Martin, Lady Gaga as the resident artists, with Bruno Mars doing occasional shows.ParkMGM’s pool daybeds – credit Patrick Michael ChinThe other hotel on site, the NoMad Las Vegas, draws inspiration from the success of the original New York flagship, The NoMad Hotel NYC, and includes 292 rooms on the top floors of the Park MGM. It is essentially a hotel within a hotel, complete with dedicated lobby, restaurant, pool and gaming.The NoMad hotel will benefit from a restaurant by Chef Daniel Humm and restauranteur Will Guidara, the forces behind The NoMad restaurant in New York and the Michelin-starred Eleven Madison Park. Two distinct hotels, Park MGM and NoMad, liven up the Las Vegas Stripcenter_img Share Monday, May 7, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

OpenClose Recruits LOS Development Expert

first_img OpenClose, the Florida-headquartered mortgage fintech provider has announced the appointment of senior software LOS and mortgage software development expert Joseph Wade to its growing development team. Wade joins OpenClose from Finastra (formerly D+H). In a statement, OpenClose said that Wade will play an integral role in software innovation and enhancements.“OpenClose is constantly advancing and adding new functionality to our suite of mortgage software solutions and Joseph’s extensive experience in the LOS space coupled with his rich development background will quickly add value,” stated Jason Regalbuto, CEO, and CTO at OpenClose. “We are excited about what Joseph brings to the table and how he can assist with our long-term software development strategy.”At Finastra, Wade was key in the development efforts for its New Products Lending Team, rolling out a number of innovative solutions. He was also the manager of the MortgagebotLOS Development Team, where he was responsible for rapidly expanding the MortgagebotLOS platform, maintaining quality assurance, and spearheading the launch of multiple major releases for that system. After D+H acquired Finastra, Wade played a vital role in helping with the knowledge transfer and overall technology transfer.OpenClose said that Wade has also been responsible for the successful rewrite of a point-of-sale system, migration to a multi-tenant architecture, transition to a single database structure, implementation of complex business rule logic, and overall performance optimization. He has a proven track record of successfully developing new solutions that focus on modern cloud-based architecture, leveraging robust APIs, and utilizing highly scalable coding practices. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science and an M.S. in Software Engineering from West Virginia University. His development prowess helped win a Best Innovation award for his team in 2017, which was selected for management evaluation out of over 200 projects worldwide.Founded in 1999 OpenClose is an enterprise-class, multi-channel loan origination system (LOS) and fintech provider that delivers its platform on a software-as-a-service (SaaS) basis. Lending LOS mortgage OpenClose Quality Assurance Software Development technology 2018-06-15 Radhika Ojha OpenClose Recruits LOS Development Expert June 15, 2018 527 Views center_img in Headlines, News, Technology Sharelast_img read more

In 2005 Francis Brauner was a quarter of the way

first_imgIn 2005, Francis Brauner was a quarter of the way through a 20-year prison sentence at Dixon Correctional Institute in Louisiana, when he had an accident.Brauner was imprisoned for a rape conviction, which he maintains was wrongful and part of a setup by a corrupt judge.His sentence involved hard labor, and one day he was out in the fields, cutting the grass and he bent over to pick something up from the ground. He felt a sharp pain in his back.”There’s no words to describe how bad the pain was, really,” he says. A few days later, it got worse. “It felt like I was hit by a bolt of lightning or something, I mean the pain just shot from my head to my toes.”Years before, he’d been in a car accident, so it was not the first time he had had back trouble. But this time, he could barely stand up.Prison authorities rushed him to Charity Hospital in New Orleans, but then Hurricane Katrina struck. In the chaos, Brauner found himself re-routed to Louisiana State Penitentiary, better known as Angola prison. There he was told he’d find a larger facility with better resources to treat inmates needing medical attention. But he says he was denied the surgery that might have helped.Instead, when he arrived he was left in a bed for a month, largely unattended. He developed wounds on his backside that became so infected, they nearly killed him.”My wounds got severe,” says Brauner, showing a photo of a large, circular gash on his backside. “It actually ate all of my muscle tissue and left gaping open wounds.”Brauner became paralyzed from the waist down and was stationed in the hospital ward of Angola prison.Lapses in careAngola prison is the largest maximum security prison in the country. There are over 6,000 men incarcerated there, most of them serving life sentences.The prison is more than 130 miles from New Orleans. Because of its remote location, most of the medical needs of the inmates are met by a small team of doctors, nurses and EMTs who also live on the grounds.Brauner started to notice that the medical staff were careless about their treatment. He decided to keep a journal to record what he perceived as lapses in medical care.”I started documenting,” Brauner says. “Everything that they did, that they said, day by day. I documented every day.” If a nurse gave out the wrong medication, he wrote that down. If a doctor failed to order a biopsy, he entered it in his journal.That documentation was shared with Nick Trenticosta, a lawyer who represents death penalty cases and was visiting Brauner for an unrelated case. Even though Trenticosta has been going to the prison practically every month for the past three decades, he didn’t recall ever seeing the hospital ward before. He was shocked.”There were open garbage containers,” Trenticosta recounted. “Fly tape hanging from the ceiling with a lot of dead flies on it. Over men’s beds who had open bedsores.”Taking legal actionSince then, the number of complaints about the medical care has increased. Then in 2015, a lawsuit was filed, Lewis v. Cain, accusing Angola prison of causing “needless pain and suffering.” Late last month, Judge Shelly Dick said the case could proceed as a class action lawsuit on behalf of Angola’s prisoners.After repeated requests, the prison’s lawyers would not comment. So to understand how the hospital ward works from the inside, we contacted former employees like Sandy Netherland-Roberts, a paramedic at Angola prison who later ran the hospice.”Budgetary wise, medical-wise, the place gives awesome care,” Netherland-Roberts says. “Do I feel that there is a better health care there than some people get in the outside world? One hundred percent.”According to Dr. Tobe Momah, who worked there for a year, many challenges stem from how long the men stay at Angola.”They’re going to be there for 40, 50 years, so they’re going to develop cancer, hypertension, diabetes…” Momah says. “So every time they have a need that is outside the scope of us five doctors, they have to leave the site.”Leaving the site is prohibitively expensive. And it’s costing the prison even more since Louisiana overhauled its safety net hospital system. Momah says under the circumstances, the medical staff was doing their best to care for the prison’s 6,000-plus inmates.”Well, I don’t know what he means by ‘the circumstances,’ ” says Nick Trenticosta, the lawyer, of Momah’s assessment. “If ‘the circumstances’ means, ‘We don’t have proper medication. We don’t have proper equipment. But we do the best we can,’ It’s like talking like a MASH unit. You know?”Prisoners are the only group in the United States who have a constitutional right to health care. At the core of this lawsuit is the question of what quality of health care prisoners deserve. To Dr. Momah, that is not up for debate.”The first law of medicine is, serve humanity irrespective of who they are,” says Dr. Momah. “So no doctor, as far as I know, will diminish care based on a person’s crime.”As resources have dried up, however, the prison is struggling to provide even basic care. The lawsuit demands more oversight, reforms and a bigger budget for medical care.As for Francis Brauner, he says that most of the men he was with on the chronic care ward at Angola prison have passed away. He was lucky.”I mean… I’m not sentenced to death and that’s the bottom line,” Brauner says. “I’m not sentenced to death.”Since finishing his sentence in 2015, Brauner has been living at a medical facility not far from the prison, waiting for surgery to help heal his wounds.This story was produced in collaboration with In These Times, and Katie Rose Quandt’s reporting was made possible by a grant from the Leonard C. Goodman Institute for Investigative Reporting. Copyright 2018 WNYC Radio. To see more, visit WNYC Radio.last_img read more

A worldrenowned solo percussionist a mental heal

first_imgA world-renowned solo percussionist, a mental health campaigner, a digital inclusion expert and the founder of a travel review website are among the disabled people recognised in the new year honours list.The honours for non-sporting disabled recipients were swamped by nearly 60 awards for the ParalympicsGB team that brought back 64 gold medals from last summer’s Rio Paralympic Games.But the highest-ranking honour was awarded to Dame Evelyn Glennie, the solo percussionist who was made a Companion of Honour, for those who have made a lengthy and major contribution to the arts, science, medicine, or government.She said she felt “deeply honoured and humbled” to receive the award, for services to music.Dame Evelyn, who is profoundly Deaf, was the first person to successfully sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist, and so far has amassed more than 80 international awards, including two GRAMMYs from the US music industry.Past Companion of Honour recipients include the writers Vita Sackville-West, Graham Greene, and E M Forster, composer Benjamin Britten, the actors Sir John Gielgud, Dame Judi Dench and Dame Maggie Smith, politicians Denis Healey, Ken Clarke and Paddy Ashdown, and the disabled physicist Stephen Hawking.Dame Evelyn (pictured) said: “I count myself blessed to be amongst such an eminent list of recipients for such a distinguished award.“As a musician, I am proud to represent the arts in this way. I also hold dear the responsibility of such a respected title, which I take very seriously.“I will do my best to ensure my work and legacy continues to help empower people around the world to truly listen.”She told Disability News Service (DNS) that the award would not change how she viewed her work, and that her “aims and goals remain as stalwart as ever, with clear determination to reach far and wide”.Dame Evelyn said the award would not make her part of the establishment, but instead would have the “complete opposite” effect.She said: “The freedom and creativity has always been at the heart of what I do, no matter what comes my way or what challenges arise.“I respect the establishment, as it opens up unexpected possibilities and new avenues of exploration.”Another recipient of an award is mental health campaigner Jonny Benjamin, best-known for his successful social media quest to find the stranger who convinced him not to end his own life.Benjamin, who receives an MBE, said he was “in complete shock”, but was “delighted” to be recognised.He told DNS that he had considered rejecting the honour in protest at the government’s welfare reforms and cuts to disability benefits.He has spoken out publicly about disabled people whose lives have been lost as a result of those reforms, and against the cuts of £30-a-week to new claimants of employment and support allowance placed in the work-related activity group, cuts that are due to take effect in April.He said he thought the MBE might help him access contacts in the Ministry of Justice and the Department for Education for campaigns he is planning around the need for reform of mental health support in schools and prisons.He said that 90 per cent of prisoners have a mental health issue, while suicides in prisons were the highest ever recorded last year.He said: “There’s a suicide every three days in prisons in England and Wales now.“We’ve got a crisis in our prisons that needs urgent attention.”He added: “I hoped, perhaps naively, that the MBE might bring more credibility to my name when trying to set up meetings and make a difference. Perhaps I’m wrong. Time will tell.”And he said he still had the option of handing back the MBE if he was proved wrong.He had earlier paid tribute to Neil Laybourn, the man who persuaded him not to take his life nine years ago, and who he said he feels “forever indebted to”.He said: “I hope this accolade may give some hope to others who might be struggling that there is life after a diagnosis of mental illness and that such a diagnosis should never put limitations upon anyone.”Robin Christopherson, a founding member of the disability charity AbilityNet, is awarded an MBE for services to digital inclusion.He said: “I’m hoping that receiving this award might help get the message out and inspire people to think about the needs of everyone around them and make sure they can all benefit from the power of technology and the internet to change their lives for the better.”Christopherson, who is blind, won the special award at AbilityNet’s Tech4Good awards last July, in recognition of his two decades of work as a “digital inclusion evangelist”.He said: “I’ve had the privilege to be AbilityNet’s ambassador for technology for many years, giving me the opportunity to demonstrate to audiences across the world how tech has the power to change and even transform people’s lives regardless of any disability or impairment they may have.“AbilityNet’s mission is to help people to reach their full potential. Over the last few decades we’ve seen a revolution that has almost infinitely expanded opportunities for people with disabilities and I feel very fortunate to have played a small part in spreading the word.”Jacqui Dyer, who was vice-chair of the government’s Mental Health Taskforce, and is a trustee of the Mental Health Foundation, an elected councillor in Lambeth, a health and social care consultant, and a mental health service-user, also receives an MBE.Dyer is a member of the ministerial advisory group for mental health, is the mental health equalities lead for NHS England, and co-chairs the process of developing the mayor of London’s mental health roadmap.Michael Holden, who founded the user-led accessible travel website Trip-ability, is recognised with an MBE.He is also an active member of Belfast Centre for Independent Living, a member of the European Network on Independent Living, and deputy chair of a patient working group at the Royal College of GPs Northern Ireland.Holden said: “I received a letter about the MBE but my wife Jennifer told me about it over the phone when I wasn’t at home and I immediately began to tremble with excitement.“My wife and I took our children to see the royal wedding of Prince William in London, which the children really enjoyed; my wife Jennifer and I cannot wait to see the look on their faces when we tell them we’re going to see the Queen.”Sarah Banks, who chairs the Ministry of Defence’s Civilian Defence Disability Network, which works to ensure line managers and disabled staff know where to go for advice on workplace disability issues, receives an MBE.Other disabled recipients of an MBE included Cath Caskie-Khan, chair of the Scottish Wheelchair Dance Association, and Rhona Elliot, founder of the MS Borders Racing Club, which raises money for the MS Society and awareness of multiple sclerosis by entering horses in the charity’s colours in races in the Scottish borders.Among Paralympians recognised were Lee Pearson, who receives a knighthood, Sophie Christiansen and Sascha Kindred, who receive CBEs, and Anne Dunham and Jody Cundy, who receive OBEs, while Tim Reddish, chair of the British Paralympic Association and himself a retired Paralympian, receives a CBE.Another receipient, with an MBE for services to education and disability sport, was Mike Spence, a former GB wheelchair rugby international, who coached the British team at last summer’s Invictus Games in the US, is a trustee of Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby, and is also a teaching assistant and former governor of a primary school in Gloucestershire.Picture: Dame Evelyn Glennie, in the BBC’s Living Shakespeare serieslast_img read more

This Uplifting Tale of a Thrifty Woman Who Amassed a Fortune of

first_img May 8, 2018 Add to Queue 4 min read This Uplifting Tale of a Thrifty Woman Who Amassed a Fortune of Millions Is Also Kind of Discouraging Register Now » Next Article How to Become a Millionaire Entrepreneur Staff Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalscenter_img –shares Peter Page The transition from wage slave to millionaire is pondered by many but successfully made by very few. One who accomplished it is the late Sylvia Bloom. Shortly before her death in 2016 at age 96 she surprised everyone who knew her by revealing a net worth of roughly $9 million, which she left mostly to scholarship funds.Bloom, the subject of a beautiful New York Times profile prompted by revelation of her $6.24 million bequest to the Henry Street Settlement, amassed her fortune through a combination of hard work, thrift and sensible investing that serves as an example for everyone struggling today for financial security. A little reading between the lines, however, reveals she got some important help along the way which once was available widely but now is not so much.Related: How Student Loans Are Crushing Millennial EntrepreneurialismBloom was born to immigrant parents in Brooklyn generations before it was cool. She grew up during the Great Depression, so everyone traumatized by the Great Recession can appreciate she had a rough start in life. She attended New York City’s public schools, eventually earning her bachelor degree attending New York’s public Hunter College at night while eking out a living working days (Bloom bequeathed $1 million for scholarships to Hunter College). In 1947, Bloom was one of the first support staff hired at the newly-founded Wall Street law firm of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, where she worked for 67 years as it grew to an international firm of 1,200 lawyers. Its “our practice” page lists 64 categories beginning with “Africa” and concluding with “white-collar defense and investigations.”Bloom’s niece, Jane Lockshin, told The New York Times her aunt paid attention to the stocks the Wall Street attorneys she worked for bought. When they bought, she bought (and presumably sold when they sold).Indisputably, she was thrifty. It seems no one ever saw her take a cab of any sort — yellow, Uber or Lyft. The day of the 9/11 attacks she was at work until she evacuated on foot (the Twin Towers were located near the offices of Cleary Gottlieb). She walked across the Brooklyn Bridge and took a bus home to the rent-stabilized apartment she shared for decades with her husband, a firefighter who became a public school teacher and part-time pharmacist in retirement. They had no children.Related: Loss of Net Neutrality Risks a Less Friendly Internet for EntrepreneursThis part of Bloom’s life story fits the uplifting narrative of self-determination: work hard, skimp, save, invest. Those are choices everyone can make for themselves. But many of the wise choices she made are more problematic today. A college degree is still a major asset in the job market worth working hard for, as Bloom did, but she probably graduated owing little or nothing. Today, 44.2 million Americans carry an average student loan burden of $37,000. The average monthly student loan payment for borrowers aged 20 to 30 years is $351.The rent-stabilized apartment in Brooklyn certainly had to have made it easier for Bloom to find money to invest. The median asking rent in New York City is around $2800 per month now. Like lots of young people today, Bloom went to work for a startup. Unlike lots of young people hustling in the gig economy today, she took a full-time job with an employer who provided benefits and a solid employment guarantee. Her husband was assured a pension when he retired from FDNY, unlike people today struggling to fund their own retirements.Related: 6 Regions Where Tech Jobs Boom the Housing Is Scary Expensive“She was a child of the Depression and she knew what it was like not to have money,” her niece said. “She had great empathy for other people who were needy and wanted everybody to have a fair shake.”Sylvia Bloom achieved something remarkable and rare, but you get the sense reading her story that she wasn’t smug about it. You get the feeling she would emphasize with the many thrifty people who, instead of slowly building wealthy, are hustling just to stay afloat. Maybe they can put a couple of bucks away for better times, but rent and loan payments come first. Image credit: Henry Street Settlement You can mimic her hard work and frugality but good luck finding a guaranteed cheap apartment or a college degree without student debt. Senior Editor for Green Entrepreneur Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more

Zenefits CEO Resigns Amid Compliance Issues

first_img The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Zenefits CEO Resigns Amid Compliance Issues Image credit: Zenefits Add to Queue Reuters Apply Now » 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Next Article center_img This story originally appeared on Reuters Zenefits Zenefits, a software startup valued at $4.5 billion, said on Monday it had replaced founder and Chief Executive Parker Conrad and appointed a new leader for the troubled tech company.David Sacks, a former executive at Yammer and PayPal who joined Zenefits a year ago as chief operating officer, has taken over as CEO.”The fact is that many of our internal processes, controls, and actions around compliance have been inadequate, and some decisions have just been plain wrong,” Sacks said in a letter to employees. “As a result, Parker has resigned.”Zenefits provides software for businesses to automate aspects of their human resources services, including healthcare benefits, stock options, maternity leave and vacation time.Once considered by venture capitalists as the fastest-growing software startup, Zenefits has come under fire for allegedly flouting insurance laws and failing to deliver on promises to customers. It is the latest example of a unicorn — a venture-backed tech firm worth $1 billion or more — whose business appears far less sound than investors believed it to be.Recently, Zenefits came under investigation in Washington state for allegations it let unlicensed brokers sell health coverage. Media site BuzzFeed reported, following an investigation of the company, that it allowed salespeople without licenses to act as insurance brokers in at least seven states.San Francisco-based Zenefits said on Monday it appointed its first chief compliance officer, who is in charge of ensuring that the company complies with regulations and broker licensing requirements.”Our culture and tone have been inappropriate for a highly regulated company,” Sacks said.In a statement released by Zenefits, Conrad said he was proud of the company “but recognize that our company’s management infrastructure and policies haven’t kept pace with our meteoric growth.”Reuters could not immediately reach Conrad for comment.The company also said Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal and a high-profile Silicon Valley investor, would join the board.Zenefits launched as a high-tech health insurance broker, working as the middleman between businesses and healthcare providers such as Anthem Blue Cross, making money off the commission or broker fee. That sparked a turf war with traditional brokers across the country.It also waged battles with insurance regulators who argued that Zenefits could not give its free software to businesses while also serving as their insurance broker.Conrad, a survivor of testicular cancer and advocate for healthcare reform, founded the company in 2013. He raised more than $500 million from investors, including two rounds of financing from venture firm Andreessen Horowitz within four months.At one point, the company was growing 30 percent month-over-month, and it hired thousands of employees and opened offices in Arizona in 2014 and 2015.(Reporting by Heather Somerville; Editing by Peter Cooney) February 9, 2016 –shares 3 min readlast_img read more

Traffic light labels influence people to choose healthier and more sustainable meals

first_img Source:https://www.qmul.ac.uk/ Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Mar 19 2019People are likely to choose healthier and more sustainable canteen meals if they are labeled with a traffic light system, according to research from Queen Mary University of London.The study, published in the journal Appetite, also shows that in some cases people were even inclined to choose ‘greener’ meals over ‘healthier’ meals.The researchers looked at the use of traffic lights in a simulated lunchtime canteen set up, for which the colors (red, amber, green) were designed to indicate how environmentally friendly and how healthy the meal options were.The idea being that, when people see the traffic lights associated with different meals, they will opt for the more environmentally friendly options and the healthy options.Previous studies have examined the impact of traffic light systems on consumer choices for individual food products, but this study considered their use in an everyday simulated lunch time set up much like the kinds of situation where people make actual meal choices.This kind of behavioral intervention designed to improve decisions in our day-to-day lives is commonly known as a ‘nudge’.What is novel about this study is that it is able to compare the relative impact of traffic lights, as nudges, to support positive changes in behavior when the traffic lights indicate healthy eating, and when they indicate environmental friendliness.The findings also show that when accompanied with more information about what the traffic lights refer to, such as the actual values of daily calorie intake and acceptable levels of carbon emissions, this then boosted the positive changes towards healthier and more environmentally friendly meals.Dr Magda Osman, lead author of the study from Queen Mary University of London, said: “We show that using traffic light labels on menus influences the meals people choose, and so this simple technique could easily be implemented on menus in bars, cafes, restaurants as well as canteens, to indicate to people the greenness as well as the healthiness of food items.Related StoriesComplement system shown to remove dead cells in retinitis pigmentosa, contradicting previous researchDynamic Light Scattering measurements in concentrated solutionsRetina can restructure itself following gene therapy”In addition, and more importantly, the findings show that the persuasive effects are boosted by general information about daily calorie intakes and acceptable levels of carbon emissions associated with meals. This means, that while traffic light nudges are intuitive to understand, people need additional information to interpret more precisely what the different colors of traffic lights actually refer to.”The study involved seeing pictures of meals available during lunch that participants could choose from where the range of meals were more or less healthy, and more or less environmentally friendly. The experiment compared meal choices when no traffic lights were present, and then when they were present, and looked at the changes in meal choices based on the presence of the traffic lights.Although presenting two traffic lights, one indicating ‘greener’ meals and the other indicating ‘healthier’ meals, at the same time might overload the consumer, the researchers found that presenting both compared to just one actually boosted the positive effect on consumer meal choices.Dr Osman added: “Given the current social policy interests in persuading people to make choices that mean we eat more sustainably, which means eating less red meat, less of depleted fish stocks, and less dairy, and move towards eating more vegetables, then studies like the one we conducted help to show what methods could be used to inform people about sustainable meal options in a clear and intuitive manner.” last_img read more

Metamolds—molding a mold

first_img More information: Thomas Alderighi et al, Metamolds, ACM Transactions on Graphics (2018). DOI: 10.1145/3197517.3201381 Provided by Institute of Science and Technology Austria The metamolds (red pieces far left and right) are used to fabricate the silicone molds (greenish and white shapes in the middle). The silicone can then be used repeatedly to form replicas (front). Credit: Luigi Malomo The method of fabricating objects via silicone molding has a long tradition. Until now, however, creating molds for casting complex objects required a lot of experience and involved manual work, which made the process expensive and slow. Researchers from the Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell’Informazione (ISTI-CNR) and the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) have now developed a tool that not only automatically finds the best way of designing the molds, but also delivers templates for so-called “metamolds”: Rigid, 3-D-printed molds used to fabricate the optimized silicone molds. Their method, which can lower the cost of this fabricating technique, is presented at this year’s SIGGRAPH conference. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Metamolds—molding a mold (2018, August 21) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-metamoldsmolding-mold.html Explore further When it comes to fabricating a series of identical objects, the technique of molding plays an important role. One of the favored materials for the mold is silicone, as it is deformable, and therefore forgiving when it comes to extracting complex objects at the end of the fabrication process. Extracting the object from the mold generally requires separating the mold pieces without getting them caught in overhanging parts of the object. A careful cut is required to open the mold. This process, which until now involved manual work from an experienced craftsman, has now been automated. “Until now, silicone molding of complex shapes was a craft that needed years of experience and a skillful hand. You needed to know where to place the cuts ideally, and the work was done manually. Our new tool makes this method accessible for everyone,” says Bernd Bickel.The user uploads the desired shape. The tool then calculates where the cuts need to be placed for an optimal result. This means that the smallest possible number of mold pieces is used, and that the object can be safely removed from the mold once it is finished. Then the computer automatically creates the 3-D-printable templates of the metamold, the container that is used to fabricate the ideal silicone mold pieces. The printed metamolds are filled with liquid silicone to produce the final silicone mold pieces, which are reusable, and can be used to cast multiple replicas.The researchers expect that their method will prove useful in jewelry design or art. “When you are not producing millions of copies, this is the method of choice,” says Thomas Alderighi from ISTI-CNR, the first author of the study who has spent two months at IST Austria as an intern in the research group of Bernd Bickel. As noted by Paolo Cignoni, research director at ISTI—CNR, one possible application is the production of a small number of replicas for museums that could be handled by visitors for a deeper experience of the exhibition. The final silicone mold pieces can also be used to create replicas from a variety of materials, including traditional ones like resin, but also unconventional ones like chocolate or ice. Interactive software tool makes complex mold design simplelast_img read more