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BJD Patkura contestant dead

first_imgBhubaneswar: Bed Prakash Agarwal, veteran BJD leader and its candidate for Patkura assembly seat in Odisha for the ongoing elections died Saturday following protracted illness, his family sources said. He was 82. Agarwal, who was unwell for quite sometime and undergoing treatment at a private hospital here, breathed his last in the morning, they said. He is survived by wife, two daughters and a son. A host of dignitaries including Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik condoled his death. Describing Agarwal as an able organiser, Patnaik said his death was an irreparable loss. “His (Agarwal’s) organisational ability and dedication for the welfare of the public will be remembered for ever. He was also a close associate of Biju Babu (Biju Patnaik),” he said in his condolence message to the bereaved family. BJP national vice-president Baijayant Panda tweeted “Saddened to hear of the passing of Bed Prakash Agrawalji, former finance minister of Odisha, current MLA of Patkura in my Kendrapada (& again a BJD candidate now).” Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan too condoled the death. “Saddened by the news of senior leader Bed Prakash Agarwalla’s demise. I pray for the departed soul,” he said in a twitter post. Agarwal, a six time MLA, was a close confidante of the legendary Biju Patnaik and had been a minister in Odisha. He was the sitting MLA from Patkura assembly constituency, which he had won in 2014 election. BJD had fielded him from the seat once again in the politically sensitive Kendrapara district this time. Bijoy Mohapatra, who is the BJP candidate at Patkura against Agarwal, also expressed grief over the passing away of the veteran leader.last_img read more

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Labgrown meat companies see opportunity for growth research in Canada

VANCOUVER — Canadian companies plan to serve up chicken, beef burgers and mouse-meat cat treats in the coming years, all without the need to slaughter a single animal.Entrepreneurs see an opportunity where there’s been a dearth of lab-grown meat startups that proliferated in the U.S.Cellular agriculture takes cells from animals and grows them to create milk, eggs, meat or other products. Proponents argue the method is kinder to animals and the environment.“There was an opportunity here in Canada, just because the field is still so undefined, to really create a presence here and to try to drive it forward,” said Lejjy Gafour, co-founder of Edmonton-based Future Fields.Gafour started the company in 2017 with his friend of more than a dozen years, Matt Anderson-Baron, who holds a PhD in cell biology.They’re working on creating two products: a serum that feeds the cells to help them grow, and chicken meat.Gafour estimates — conservatively — that the chicken is five to seven years away from being ready for public consumption, while the serum will be finished sooner.Future Fields wants to stock Canadian grocery shelves first, unlike many companies that eye the U.S. market for their debut. Gafour adds the caveat that the plan depends on how regulations unfold in both countries, as well as the company’s relationships with American partners and other companies.Appleton Meats in Vancouver wants to create a beef burger without cows.Sid Deen started the company at the end of 2017 and it’s conducting a lot of primary research that will lead to product development.“We are looking at the cell types, the ability to grow them, to expand them and to get viable meat out of it,” said Deen, who serves as CEO.Appleton is testing different prototypes and anticipates its product will be selling within three to five years — though, depending on how the research pans out, it could be something other than a burger.He would like to see the product sold domestically, but isn’t opposed to stocking U.S. stores.“I think it would be nice to have a Canadian company do this in Canada and provide it to a domestic market,” he said.Companies aren’t just focusing feeding humans.Two Torontonians started Because Animals, which is working to develop pet food using cellular agriculture, in 2016. Though it’s based in Delaware, the company conducts a lot of its research in Canada, CEO Shannon Falconer said.Because Animals recently announced its first prototype for a cat treat made of field mouse meat produced using cellular agriculture.“Now we have to work on scale,” said Falconer, as well as going through regulatory challenges in order to start selling the product, which makes it difficult to predict when it will appear on store shelves.Because Animals will debut a cultured protein dog treat, that uses nutritional yeast rather than animal cells, this May and a cultured protein dog kibble in the fourth quarter.Those products will likely launch in the U.S. first, Falconer said. That and the company’s decision to headquarter in the U.S. is partly due to the country being the largest pet food market, she said, though the company is working toward selling its pet food in Canada too.It can be more difficult to find investors as a Canadian company, said Gafour, as venture capitalist money tends to be concentrated in America. There also seem to be more investors with a lot of experience in the bio-technology industry in the U.S., he said.Deen thinks people tend to underestimate the value of Canadian entrepreneurship and many companies turn to the U.S. because they believe there’s more infrastructure there.Both Future Fields and Appleton are privately funded, with Future Fields looking for institutional and partner investors, and Appleton planning to start a funding round in a year or so.While Canada may not be as flashy as its southern neighbour, said Deen, the country does provide a lot of support.And, at least for Gafour, the lack of population density and other companies doing similar work in the country isn’t necessarily a bad thing.“Absence of things is both an opportunity and a risk,” he said, adding it may be easier to acclimatize a smaller population to the notion of eating lab-grown meat.“We definitely have the talent here to be able to create an industry such as this and to also own it.”Follow @AleksSagan on TwitterAleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press read more

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Markets update

On the markets at 9:55 a.m. (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was up 3.79 points to 15,066.95.The Dow Jones industrial average was up 16.14 points to 21,828.23.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was up 0.65 of a point to 2,444.69.The Nasdaq composite index was up 1.14 points to 6,279.55.The Canadian dollar was trading at 79.79 cents US, up from Wednesday’s average price of 79.59 cents US.

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In GSP Plus assessment EU finds insufficient progress in Sri Lanka

The Government has issued a standing invitation to all UN special procedures and several have visited the country. EU-Sri Lanka relations have also been rejuvenated and regular dialogue takes place under the 1995 Cooperation Agreement, including annual meetings of the Joint Commission and its working groups. This includes the Working Group on Governance, Rule of Law, and Human Rights, which has already met twice. It is the first time a Sri Lankan Government has entered into human rights dialogue with the EU. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka was readmitted to GSP+ as from 19 May 2017.  A GSP+ monitoring mission took place in Sri Lanka from 5 to 13 September 2017, including a visit to Jaffna.The report notes that the Government embarked on an ambitious reform agenda, recalibrated its foreign policy to re-engage with the wider international community, instituted significant improvements in fundamental freedoms, and committed to the development of a sustainable macroeconomic strategy.The Government set out a programme of major reforms to address reconciliation and accountability, democracy, the rule of law, better governance and economic development. Sri Lanka has re-engaged with the international community and made a series of impressive commitments to national reconciliation, as articulated in its co-sponsorship of Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1 (2015) on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka. There has been insufficient progress on a number of major issues such as the continued use of torture, the repeal of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and its replacement with counter-terrorism legislation that is in line with international standards, the amendment of the Code of Criminal Procedure to include the right of detainees to immediate access to legal counsel, the return of land occupied by the military, and establishing the truth about the fate of the missing and disappeared persons during the civil war and its aftermath.GSP+ preferences for Sri Lanka were withdrawn in 2010 due to significant shortcomings in the country’s implementation of three UN human rights conventions. The European Union (EU) has found that there has been insufficient progress on a number of major issues in Sri Lanka since the unity Government took office 2015.At a discussion on the implementation of the General System of Preferences (GSP Plus) in Sri Lanka, a report to the EU Parliament last week noted that two years on, the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe National Unity Government is struggling to deliver on all aspects of its far-reaching reform agenda. As stated in the February 2017 report by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, overall, some progress has been made in the human rights situation in Sri Lanka, but many of the reforms the Government has committed to have stalled or sufficient progress was not made. In particular, the report notes that in the former conflict areas, there is disappointment over the slow progress in implementing UNHRC resolution 30/1. read more

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Ohio State womens volleyball falls to Wisconsin in straight sets

Members of the OSU women’s volleyball team during a game against Minnesota on Sept. 23 at St. John’s Arena. Credit: Massarah Mikati / Lantern PhotographerAfter beating Iowa in convincing fashion on Wednesday, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team was hoping to build some momentum and end Wisconsin’s nine-match winning streak.But the No. 16 Buckeyes (22-8, 11-7) were unable to complete the season sweep and stop the red-hot No. 10 Badgers (22-6, 14-4) on Sunday afternoon, falling in straight sets (25-21, 25-16, 25-21).Despite three blocks from junior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe and a game-high 16 digs from junior libero Valeria León, OSU simply couldn’t slow down Wisconsin until it was too late. The Badgers attacked at a .321 percentage and blocked 11 shots in their victory.Wisconsin junior middle blocker Haleigh Nelson proved difficult to contain, as she notched 12 kills on a .579 hitting percentage, while blocking six shots to lead all players with 17 points.OSU also had a tough time dealing with All-American junior setter Lauren Carlini, who picked up a double-double with 38 assists and 10 digs.Despite solid performances from Sandbothe (nine kills, .364 attack percentage) and senior middle blocker Tyler Richardson (eight kills, .533), the Buckeyes’ offense struggled as a whole, hitting at a lowly .205 rate for the match.After picking up a career-best 29 kills on Wednesday against Iowa, freshman outside hitter Audra Appold built of that success early on, as she had five kills give OSU a quick 11-8 lead in the first set. But Wisconsin made adjustments and locked down Appold and the Buckeyes for the remainder of the set, battling back to take the lead and pull away late in the set.It was another outside hitter, senior Elizabeth Campbell, who got hot in the second set, picking up seven of her nine kills for the match. The teams were locked in a back-and-forth affair for the first half of the second set, finding themselves tied up at 13. However, the Badgers flipped the switch at that point, going on a 12-3 run to close out the set and put the Buckeyes in a hole that proved to be insurmountable.The third frame turned into a defensive battle, as both teams hit .139 and blocked five shots. As such, it proved to be the tightest set of the match as OSU fought to force a fourth set. But with the score tied at 20, Wisconsin went on another run, closing the match out on a 5-1 tear. Things are not likely to get any easier for the Buckeyes when they return to the court on Nov. 25. They are set to play their final road regular-season game against No. 3 Minnesota. OSU lost its first matchup with the Golden Gophers in five sets to open up Big Ten play. First serve is scheduled for 8 p.m. in Minneapolis. read more

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Cadenas with 18 Spaniards waiting EURO 2016

Spanish NT head coach Manolo Cadenas choose 18 players for the upcoming Men’s EHF EURO 2016 in Poland, where Spaniards will meet Slovenia, Germany and Sweden in Preliminary Group.Goalkeepers: Arpad Sterbik (HC Vardar), Gonzalo Perez de Vargas (FC Barcelona), Rodrigo Corrales Rodal (Orlen Wisla Plock)Wings: Christian Ugalde Garcia (MKB Veszprem), Valero Rivera (HBC Nantes), Victor Tomas (FC Barcelona)Left backs: Viran Morros de Argila (FC Barcelona), Antonio Garcia Robledo (MOL Pick Szeged)Playmakers: Raul Entrerrios Rodriguez (FC Barcelona), Joan Canellas (THW Kiel), Niko Mindegia Elizaga (MOL Pick Szeged), Juan del Arco Perez (El Jaish)Right backs: Eduardo Gurbindo Martinez (FC Barcelona), Alex Dujshebaev (HC Vardar), Jorge Maqueda Peno (HC Vardar)Line-players: Julen Aginagalde (KS Vive Tauron Kielce), Rafael Baena (Rhein-Neckar Löwen), Gedeon Guardiola (Rhein-Neckar Löwen) ← Previous Story Slovenia and Macedonia 28:28 in Krško Next Story → Strong Germany beat Tunisia in warm-up for EURO 2016 read more

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GOGcom launches 290 game Epic 2010 Holiday Sale

first_imgIf you need some games to play over the holiday period, and in particular have a middle-of-the-road PC you rely on to play games with, GOG.com has you covered.Today the digital classic gaming portal has announced a sale of epic proportions, and rightfully given it the name “Epic 2010 Holiday Sale.” In total there are 290 games with up to 50% off the usual price.AdChoices广告Classic games of note in the sale include:Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic EditionPlanescape: TormentBaldur’s Gate 2 CompletePsychonautsBroken Sword 3: The Sleeping DragonAnother World: 15th Anniversary EditionFar CryGothicUnreal Tournament GOTYTom Clancy’s Ghost ReconBut lets face it, with 290 games on offer you will find something that you can get lost in for a couple of days or weeks.Sale prices are in effect already and will remain until January 3 at 11:59pm EDT.Read more at GOG.comlast_img read more

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first_imgOfficials named Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph as the preferred location to base the first Advanced Pilot Trainer (T-X), which will replace T-38C Talon aircraft at existing undergraduate pilot training installations. Basing the T-X at JB San Antonio, home to Air Force instructor pilot training, is an essential step to establishing a T-X instructor pilot pipeline, according to a press release. The selection also sets the conditions to transition to T-X training at the other flying training locations, including Columbus AFB, Miss.; Laughlin AFB, Texas; Sheppard AFB, Texas; and Vance AFB, Okla. The first T-X aircraft are expected to arrive at JB San Antonio in 2022. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img

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Road restoration works left midway

first_imgQuthbullapur: The road repair works at Qutubullapur came to a standstill. The road was dug up to lay water pipelines a few months ago. The work resulted in potholes and is uneven.No official has bothered to complete the road, which is causing a lot of distress to local residents and motorists. During night times it gets more difficult to travel as there is less visibility and chances of tripping are more, according to Rohan, a local. The locals over here had complained to the authorities concerned about this perennial problem several times and also asked them to construct a proper road in this area, but no step has been initiated as yet.last_img

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Budget today Big expenditure limited income

first_imgA Prothom Alo IllustrationFinance minister AHM Mustafa Kamal is presenting the national budget for the 2019-20 financial year in parliament today, Thursday. The size of the budget is estimated to be around Tk 5.23 trillion (Tk 5,23,300 crore).While the size of the budget has expanded, the budget speech is to be much shorter than in the past.The massive budget has expectations of high expenditure, but the government’s income capacity has decreased. The new finance minister has stiff challenges ahead. The main problem is the failure in collecting necessary revenue. Added to that is the fragile state of the financial sector.Revenue challengeWith the inclusion of grants, the total estimated income of the coming budget is likely to be Tk 3.82 trillion (Tk 3,82,000 crore). Of this, the National Board of Revenue (NBR) will have to collect revenue of Tk 2.26 trillion (Tk 2,26,000 crore). Another Tk 150 billion (Tk 15,000 crore) is supposed to come from taxes outside of NBR and Tk 380 billion (Tk 38,000 crore) from various duty and tariff.While NBR had the revenue target of Tk 2.96 trillion (Tk 296,000 crore) this fiscal, this was reduced in the amended budget to Tk 2.80 trillion (Tk 280,000 crore).However, in the first nine months of the financial year, NBR managed to collect Tk. 1.530 trillion (Tk 153,000 crore). It is uncertain as to whether it will be able to meet the rest of the target, Tk 1.27 trillion (Tk 127,000 crore), in the remaining three months.A large part of the total revenue is Value Added Tax (VAT). The VAT and Supplementary Duty Act 2012 will come into effect from 1 July. There will be four levels of VAT in the new law. The finance minister has announced that 10,000 university students will be appointed on a part time basis to collect these taxes. He is also considering using them to identify new taxpayers.Speaking to Prothom Alo on the matter, former caretaker government advisor AB Mirza Md Azizul Islam said the tax net must first be expanded. There is no alternative to this. There are many people in the villages too now who are eligible to pay tax, but the government hasn’t reached them.Mirza Azizul Islam felt that revenue collection with increase further if, in the case of corporation tax, manipulations to evade payment can be halted.He said, on one hand an establishment doesn’t have VAT registration, or even if it does have the registration, it doesn’t use an electronic cash register (ECR). Or it imports a certain product, but has a different product on the records so as to evade tax. Revenue income will increase if this could be prevented.Expenditure questionsIn the current fiscal, the size of expenditure in the budget has been reduced to Tk 4.65 trillion (Tk 4,64,573 crore) to Tk 4.43 trillion (Tk 4,42,541 crore). In that sense, the coming budget is Tk 806.49 billion (Tk 80,649 crore) or 18 per cent higher than the last budget.Of the total expenditure, Tk 3.10 billion (Tk 310,000 crore) is non-development expenditure). Of this, interest to be paid on domestic loans is Tk 530 billion (Tk 53,000 crore) and interest to be paid on foreign loans is Tk 40 billion (Tk 4000 crore). And around Tk 600 billion (Tk 60,000 crore ) will be spent on salaries and allowances of government officers and employees.A question that looms large is about the quality of Annual Development Programme (ADP) implementation. The total development expenditure or ADP in this budget is estimated to be Tk 2.120 trillion (Tk 212,000 crore).Chief economist of the World Bank Dhaka office, Zahid Hossain, told Prothom Alo, there are many examples in the country of the expenditure not being made properly and not being made in time. For instance, the DEMU (Diesel-Electric Multiple Unit) train that was purchased six years ago, is just lying idle.He said, “I read in the media that BRTA is to purchase 700 vehicles for driving tests. Such decisions are taken with no consideration for national interests. That is why priorities must be determined at first before fixing the expenditure. It must be noted as to whether the expenditure will contribute to growth and help in poverty alleviation.”Loans to meet deficitAs always, in this budget too, the deficit will remain 5 per cent of the GDP. That means the deficit could stand to be Tk 1.450 trillion (Tk 145,000 crore). It is being estimated that the size of the GDP will increase from this fiscal’s Tk 25.36 trillion (Tk25,36,000 crore) to Tk 28.86 trillion (Tk 28,86,000 crore) in the coming fiscal.Sources say that the government will adopt certain measures to meet the deficit. Firstly, it will take foreign loans of Tk 750 billion (Tk 75,000 crore). The remaining deficit will be met by domestic loans. This includes Tk 470 billion (Tk 47,000 crore) as loans from the banking sector.And Tk 300 billion (Tk 30,000 crore) from outside of the banking sector will be procured by selling savings certificates. This year the target had been to sell savings certificates worth Tk 260 billion (Tk 26,000 crore) but this was later increased to Tk 450 billion (Tk 45,000 crore).Executive director of Policy Research Institute (PRI) Ahsan H Mansur told Prothom Alo, “There is no loan management and that is why the government is having to bear the high interest burden of savings certificates. I have been saying this for long, but the government doesn’t budge.”What’s new?There is consideration of providing subsidy in the new fiscal for sending remittance from overseas.There will be allocation in the new budget for this subsidy. And even if any educational institution was not included in the MPO bracket after 2010, this will be done in the coming financial year.The finance minister will announce a startup fund for young entrepreneurs.Crop insurance and insurance for non-resident Bangladeshis will also be announced.The budget will also speak of implementing the election commitment to build up planned villages.All sorts of allowances and grants will be increased under the social security programme. The number of beneficiaries will also be increased for certain programmes.Scholarships for students from the primary level to universities will be increased.The monthly allowance for freedom fighters will be increased from Tk 10,000 to Tk 12,000.Monthly allowance for the disabled will go up from Tk 700 to Tk 750.Mobile phone charges may go up. The 5 per cent existing supplementary tax on mobile phone talk time may be doubled to 10 per cent. That means alongside 15 per cent VAT on talk time, there will be a 10 per cent supplementary tax and 1 per cent surcharge. This will mean the tax will be over 27 per cent. It is around 22 per cent at present.* This piece appeared in the print edition of Prothom Alo and has been rewritten here in English by Ayesha Kabirlast_img read more

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SMBs Do Software Differently

first_img Surprise! Software for small and midsize companies isn’t just a scaled down version of enterprise applications. While large and small companies share many concerns, SMBs are more innovative, more optimistic, and more likely to buy than build.These conclusions come out of a recent Forrester Research report The State Of SMB Software: 2009 and data from Forrester’s Enterprise and SMB Software Survey: Enterprise Versus SMB: Who Influences Your Software Purchasing Decisions? And Software Budget Outlook And Preferred Purchasing Channels By Company Size: 2008 To 2009.By far the biggest hoopla coming out of these studies is the idea that companies large and small are still worried about the security of open source source software. But bMighty open source blogger Matthew McKenzie has debunked that notion as sensationalism.But I’m not interested in rehashing that question. I’m interested in how small and midsize companies use and think about software differently than larger companies, and how business owners and IT folks can leverage those differences for competitive advantage.According to the study, application integration and cost cutting are SMBs top goals, followed by boosting innovation. But relatively few SMBs are focusing on expanding the use of SaaS or moving applications off-premise. That makes sense to me, because those are essentially tactics, not goals. At the same time, though, concerns about SaaS is dropping dramatically, the report said in many cases by half or two-thirds, which should lead to greater adoption even if it’s not a specific goal for most SMBs. The most popular SaaS apps are CRM–can you say, Salesforce.com–but Web 2.0 technologies are also starting to show up. Other popular initiatives resemble enterprise choices, including updating key legacy apps and increasing use of collaboration technologies. Surprisingly, Unified Communications was the top software technology of interest to SMBs, even though only 25 percent have either implemented it or are about to do so. Another 10 percent are piloting UC apps, and 30 percent are looking into it. Other top choices include the following, in descending order of importance:Unified communicationOpen source softwareMobile development tools and middlewareBusiness process management (BPM)Business activity managementInformation as a ServiceEvent-driven applicationsPlatform as as Service (PaaS)Contract life-cycle managementInformation life-cycle management (ILM)Business rules enginesApplication life-cycle management (ALM)Complex event processingEnterprise service bus (ESB)Among packaged applications and information and knowledge management, human capital management software is the most widely implemented (23 percent) but ERP will attract the most growth (19 percent).Many SMBs are still unsure about platform software and SOA. Only a quarter of SMBs are either using or will pursue SOA in the next 12 months. Of those, internal integration is by far the most popular use.On the infrastructure side, database software leads platform and infrastructure software activity, implemented at 32 percent of SMBs, with another 28 percent planning to expand. Portal server software (8 percent) and enterprise collaboration software (8 percent) are mostly in pilot phases. Other technologies SMBs are considering include SOA and Web services management, application servers and platform software, and business process management (BPM) software.And despite the hype, Web 2.0 tools such as discussion forums, blogs, social networking, and wikis have only a relatively small following among SMBs, though interest is rising overall.Perhaps thats because most SMBs still prefer to deploy on-premise packaged applications, and the Web 2.0 tools are ofen a less-discrete purchase.But it turns out that the differences start even before businesses get the software. As shown in the Enterprise and SMB Software Survey, business leaders (CEOs, presidents, CFOs, etc.) make the big decisions at smaller companies. At SMBs, they have complete authority to purchase software about a third of the time, and are very influential in another third of companies. At enteprises, the total is less than 50 percent. That doesn’t mean that IT folks don’t count at SMBs, though, as 64 percent are very influential and another 16 percent have complete control, only slightly less than the totals at enterprises.Surprisingly, however, VARs, software integrators and other resellers had about the same influence on software purchasing in large and small companies, with only 1 percent giving them complete authority, and 8 to 9 percent considering them very influential. And while 49 percent of enterprises considered the channel somewhat influential, only 46 percent of SMBs did so. That flies in the face of conventional wisdom about SMB technology purchasing being driven by the channel.Interestingly, vendors were about as influential for both sizes of businesses, with only minor differences. And while industry analysts didn’t have much say for SMBs, almost half of enterprises considered them somewhat influential (vs. just 37 percent for SMBs). Some 12 percent of enterprises considered analysts very influentual or had complete authority, versus 10 percent for SMBs.The bottom line is functionality, with 74 percent of SMBs citing it as very important, followed by integration with other systems (63 percent). Brand and recommendations (13 percent) can’t compare. According to the report, “more SMBs consider functionality to be a very important criterion for purchasing than enterprises, although it is the top criterion for enterprises as well.”If business leaders are the key to SMB purchasing, they seem to be making less pessimistic decisions than their IT counterparts at larger companies. A whopping 59 percent of Global 2000 companies expect economic conditions to curtail IT spending for the next year, while 31% say they’ll manage to keep spending flat. But for companies under 1,000 employees, only 35 to 40 percent plan to cut IT spending and 15 to 18 percent actually plan to boost their outlays.Where does that money go? SMBs tend to invest more cash to software licenses, devoting more than a third of their software budgets to new licenses and software depreciation. Not surprisingly, larger companies spent a greater proportion on software development, both internal and outsourced. After all, larger companies often have proprietary processes to support and the resources to do custom development.Earlier I said that defying conventional wisdom, SMBs don’t let VARs choose what software they buy. But it turns out that SMBs are in fact more likely to buy their software from resellers, and less likely to buy direct from the vendor (though direct purchases can still account for up to half or more their purchases).So, how do SMBs choose their VARs? For companies with 6 to 99 employees, experience in implementing the app was the most important factor, followed by complete solutions, vertical industry expertise, vendor certifications, and references from other customers. That last one somewhat contradicts the State of SMB Software report, which says “peers and colleagues (word of mouth) (62 percent) are the most relied upon sources of offline information for informing purchasing decisions, followed by technology or business publications and magazines (42 percent).” Online “vendor, industry trade, or professional websites are . . . considered important by 50 percent of SMBs, followed by technology or business publication and magazine Web sites (45 percent).”In terms of what kinds of actual software they buy, the reports found few dramatic differences between enterprises and SMBs. That plays into the notion that SMBs have similar technology needs to enterprises, they just can’t afford the same kinds of solutions. 6 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 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Homeownership Rate Forecasts Seeing the Big Picture

first_imgHomeownership Rate Forecasts: Seeing the Big Picture October 17, 2016 683 Views in Daily Dose, Data, News Housing experts are debating whether the homeownership rate, which at 62.9 percent is at a 51-year low, will rise or continue to fall—some say it might even drop below 60 percent.But these projections might be overly pessimistic, according to Freddie Mac Chief Economist Sean Becketti.The homeownership rate among demographics that have historically had lower-than-average rates has dropped substantially; for example, the homeownership rate among African Americans rose to a peak of 49.7 percent in 2004, when the overall homeownership rate peaked. Twelve years later, the African American homeownership rate has returned back to its mid-1990s levels of 41.7 percent.The main reasons why the homeownership outlook is bleak are increasing age and increasing diversity.“Older age groups have higher homeownership rates, and America is getting older, a factor that will prop up the homeownership rate for a decade or so,” Freddie Mac Chief Economist Sean Becketti said. “Counterbalancing the influence of aging on the homeownership rate is the projected increase in demographic diversity.”Historically, non-Hispanic whites have had the highest homeownership rates—nearly 18 to 28 percentage points higher than African American, Asian, and Hispanic households. Nearly three-quarters of baby boomers (those born from 1946 to 1965) are non-Hispanic whites, compared with only 59 percent of millennials, Becketti said. As the baby boomer generation leaves the picture, the more diverse millennial group will take center stage—and, Becketti said, “If historical demographic differences in homeownership rates persist, this increased diversity eventually will drive the homeownership rate significantly lower.”There are three reasons to be skeptical about whether or not these negative homeownership rate projections are accurate, according to Becketti. First off, the future of housing finance is uncertain.“No one knows when a consensus on these complex issues will be reached in Congress, but whatever choices are made will surely influence the future path of homeownership,” Becketti said.Also, many analysts have predicted that the household formation and homebuying behavior of millennials will catch up to that of previous generations, which will likely cause the homeownership rate to rise. But most important, Becketti said, non-white demographic groups may overcome the factors that have been holding down their homeownership rate.“The income and education gaps that are responsible for some of these differences may be narrowed or eliminated as the U.S. becomes a ‘majority minority’ country,” Becketti said. “And the mortgage market may shift in ways that chip away at the remaining gaps—the ones that can’t be explained by income or education and that highlight constraints on access to credit.”Becketti notes that borrowers who don’t fit smoothly into the mass production of today’s mortgage industry, which is supposed to reduce costs, will continue to gain a larger share of the potential homebuyers market—and that it will become “increasingly expensive” for lenders to overlook this group.center_img Forecasts Freddie Mac Homeownership Rate 2016-10-17 Seth Welborn Sharelast_img read more

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will run at half its maximum energy through 2011 and likely not at all in 2012. A decision on running the Tevatron in 2012 won’t have to be made for several months. The active regions in this image appear brighter because they emit more light and energy. Representational image. Like other databases run by NIH, including It’s Dangerous to Believe and How the West Really Lost God.

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“and you say,C. attacking fruit trees corn soybeans berries tomatoes and other crops Statistics are scarce but an industry group estimates that Mid-Atlantic apple growers alone lost $37 million to stinkbug damage in 2010 In the peach orchard however another surprise invader also is on the march—and it may prove to be the stinkbug’s nemesis Like many invasive species the brown marmorated stinkbug has no major enemies in its new home to keep its population in check So in 2005 entomologist Kim Hoelmer and his team at the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in Newark Delaware turned to a strategy known as classical biological control: They traveled to Asia to find natural enemies of the stinkbug that they might release in the United States Fanning out to agricultural fields and botanical gardens the team searched for the bug’s tiny clusters of barrel-shaped eggs They checked whether any had been invaded by parasitoid wasps which inject their own eggs into the stinkbug’s leaving larvae that eat the developing bugs before chewing their way out By far the most pervasive parasite they found was the samurai wasp (Trissolcus japonicus) which despite its fearsome name is stingerless and smaller than a sesame seed The ARS team imported several strains of the wasp to a quarantined facility in Newark and began painstaking tests to decide whether it was a good biocontrol candidate Then in 2014 Hoelmer got an unexpected phone call Elijah Talamas a taxonomist at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in Gainesville had been helping another ARS team identify native wasps parasitizing stinkbug eggs in Maryland Talamas an expert on Trissolcus species had recognized that some were samurai wasps "It was stunning news" Hoelmer recalls He had spent years studying the wasp in the lab to make sure that if released it would do its job without harming native species But the insect was already here Genetic tests confirmed that the wasps in Maryland hadn’t escaped from any of his quarantined strains Somehow they had immigrated on their own The brown marmorated stinkbug is a versatile pest that attacks valuable crops and plagues homeowners MATT ROURKE/AP PHOTO Over the decades a variety of uninvited biocontrol candidates have popped up on new continents including a fungus that kills forest-stripping gypsy moths and a beetle that devours allergy-inducing ragweed "The examples definitely are piling up" says Donald Weber an ARS entomologist in College Park Maryland whose team found the first US samurai wasps "We’ve had this mindset that natural enemies would be less likely to establish" than invasive pests he says But sometimes "It might be fairly easy" Those unexpected arrivals can unsettle scientists and regulators Rules aimed at carefully controlling insect releases can seem nonsensical when the species in question is already happily spreading on its own And the arrival of the samurai wasp—a promising biocontrol agent against a high-profile pest with a formal proposal for release already in the works—has prompted a fresh look at some US regulations But unplanned introductions also free researchers from some of the usual constraints allowing them to explore key questions about a biocontrol agent’s impact in field experiments rather than just the lab The team at the peach orchard for example is one of about a dozen US groups now releasing the samurai wasp into fields and orchards to see whether it will be an ally in fighting the exotic stinkbugs—or yet another problematic invader Classical biological control has logged some undeniable successes such the release of the South American wasp Apoanagyrus lopezi in Africa in the 1980s to control the cassava mealybug (Phenacoccus manihoti) That project preserved a staple crop and saved an estimated 20 million lives earning its architect Swiss entomologist Hans Rudolf Herren the 1995 World Food Prize But many of the best-known biocontrol efforts are the historical disasters: the mongooses unleashed for rat control in Hawaii in 1883 that devastated native birds and turtles and the cane toads sent to Australia in 1935 that failed to control sugarcane-destroying beetles but—because the toads themselves are poisonous—killed native reptiles frogs birds and mammals that ate the toads As the field matured many nations began to strictly regulate the release of biocontrol agents—which can include insects fungi and bacteria—and required studies to predict potential "nontarget effects" As Weber puts it "People are a lot more responsible now than when they were running around releasing mongooses" In the United States researchers must submit a proposal to USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) That proposal must include data from lab experiments gauging whether their candidate is likely to eat or parasitize species other than the targeted pest Three groups then vet the evidence of its safety: a scientific review panel with representatives from Canada and Mexico an APHIS official and sometimes the US Fish and Wildlife Service The process can take years A samurai wasp emerges from the brown marmorated stinkbug egg in which it hatched Scientists hope the wasp will reduce populations of the pest in US crops CHRIS HEDSTROM But organisms have a way of sidestepping bureaucracy Over and over potentially beneficial species have popped up uninvited likely reaching new continents by the same shadowy routes of international trade and travel that spread pests Entomologist Paul DeBach of the University of California Riverside in a 1971 essay called this phenomenon fortuitous biological control And it can be a boon Recently the North American leaf beetle (Ophraella communa) which feeds on the invasive ragweed Ambrosia artemisiifolia sneaked into Europe potentially saving many people from pollen-induced misery And when an exotic fungus—Entomophaga maimaiga which kills the gypsy moth in its caterpillar stage—started to spread around New England in the late 1980s "it was very exciting" says entomologist Ann Hajek of Cornell University Her team had tried without success to establish the fungus but once it arrived she spent years making sure it wasn’t harming local caterpillar species "We were lucky" she says: The natives were mostly unaffected Unplanned arrivals can bring heartache however Entomologist Tim Haye of the Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International in Delémont Switzerland and his collaborators spent a decade developing plans to release the European parasitoid wasp Trichomalus perfectus to control the invasive weevil Ceutorhynchus obstrictus a canola plant pest in Canadian prairies Then in 2009 the wasp appeared on its own in Quebec in Canada "I was very disappointed" Haye says Moreover such invaders don’t always prove fortuitous A team led by ARS entomologist Keith Hopper investigated the parasitoid wasp Aphelinus certus as a biocontrol agent against the soybean aphid (Aphis glycines) but lab tests revealed it had a broad range of aphid hosts including some native ones "I would never have brought that thing in" says ecologist George Heimpel of the University of Minnesota in St Paul a collaborator on that project But in 2005 the wasp showed up in Pennsylvania Now that it’s established Heimpel’s group is studying whether native aphid populations are in danger "A lot of people don’t care about native aphids" he says "I am one of those that do" Yet such unplanned introductions also hand researchers an opportunity creating what Haye calls a gigantic field trial for testing predictions about the control agent’s effects For the samurai wasp researchers can now get permission from state regulators to launch experiments that involve breeding and releasing accidentally introduced wasp strains in the wild—work that wouldn’t be allowed with intentionally imported insects which must stay quarantined until federal regulators are convinced they’re safe Ancient enemies reunited Since the samurai wasp’s first US appearance in 2014 surveys have turned up at least three genetically distinct populations in areas affected by the brown marmorated stinkbug Agricultural and nuisance problems Nuisance problems only Stinkbugs detected First field recovery of samurai wasps Severe agricultural and nuisance problems No data 2015 2014 2016 2017 2018 (MAP) STOP BROWN MARMORATED STINK BUG ADAPTED BY N DESAI/SCIENCE; (DATA) KIM HOELMER AND JIM WALGENBACH One night last May 3600 samurai wasps streamed from mesh cages into the stinkbug-infested New Jersey orchard A team led by Rutgers entomologist Anne Nielsen and entomologist Kevin Rice of the University of Missouri in Columbia had strung up yellow sticky cards baited with stinkbug egg clusters among the peaches and along the adjacent forest edge They planned to wait a few days collect the cards and count the wasps to see whether they had ventured into the orchard to pursue the peach-destroying bugs The insects were descendants of wasps that Nielsen first discovered in a nearby New Jersey orchard in 2017—the first find in a US agricultural crop Since 2014 the samurai wasp has turned up in 10 states and Washington DC Researchers have identified at least three genetically distinct strains suggesting multiple introductions Maybe wasp embryos were hiding in stinkbug eggs on plants aboard a cargo ship An adult wasp may even have hitched a ride with an unsuspecting airline passenger (While awaiting a flight from New York City to Russia Talamas once watched a different parasitoid wasp species native to the United States land on a page of his book "All it had to do was fly down the walkway … next stop: Russia" He trapped the hitchhiker in his contact lens case and on arrival preserved it in vodka) Now that the wasps are in the United States research questions abound Nielsen says In their native range they parasitize up to 90% of brown marmorated eggs But will their behavior be different here Where will they congregate and forage Will they dramatically reduce stinkbug populations Could farmers support the wasp by adjusting their practices—for example not spraying pesticides where the insects are most concentrated The chance to probe basic questions about a little-studied exotic species Rice says is "fabulously exciting" For US regulators however the wasp’s unexpected arrival poses an conundrum "This is a good chance for us to codify policy and decide ‘How are we going to handle these circumstances’" says Robert Pfannenstiel an APHIS entomologist in Riverdale Maryland who reviews release applications "Will we allow changes from our policies and processes that are already in place or not" Brown marmorated stinkbugs have done major damage to apples and other fruit trees in the mid-Atlantic United States Matt Rourke/AP Photo Studies so far suggest the samurai wasp is a promising biocontrol agent Although in laboratory tests it has parasitized some eggs laid by native species it has shown a strong preference for brown marmorated stinkbug eggs Scientists can release the accidental strains in states where they’ve already been discovered but for now they can’t spread the wasps indiscriminately APHIS prohibits moving exotic species that haven’t been formally cleared for release into new states (Nielsen and Rice for example couldn’t legally perform their same experiment if they drove 4 hours north to Connecticut where samurai wasps haven’t been found—so far) The wasp needs to go through regulatory review just like any other candidate Pfannenstiel says "The danger in one case of saying ‘Oh we can tell it’s not a risk’ and then releasing it [is that] there’s pressure to do that repeatedly and start making judgment calls rather than determinations" based on data Field studies of the accidental strains could speed the evaluation and help the wasp’s chances of approval—or reveal new reasons not to release it he says "I go into these evaluations with no preconceptions" Hoelmer’s team at ARS is still preparing a petition to APHIS to release one deliberately imported strain which he hopes could serve as a backup if the accidentally introduced strains spread slowly He also intends to include the accidentally introduced strains in his release petition because their biology is so similar to that of the strain he has studied extensively He plans to submit his petition by the end of this year and hopes for a decision next year For now he says growers and researchers in states where the wasp hasn’t been detected will simply "have to wait until it crosses the border" The caution can seem excessive given the wasp’s steady spread "Should we really wait" asks Haye who also believes the wasp is a good biocontrol agent "Or should we speed up the spread and prevent damage—and help farmers—knowing that it’s not 100% specific and that eradicating it is not an option anyways" Those are just some of the questions likely to come up at a special symposium on the implications of accidentally introduced biocontrol candidates set for the annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America in Vancouver Canada in November Weber co-organizing the symposium hopes that regulators weighing the benefits and risks of a biocontrol proposal will factor in the potential for surprises: "The longer the regulatory process the more likely the species will accidentally show up" he says "There might be a fairy tale world where you can regulate everything that comes in" but in reality "that horse leaves the barn on a regular basis Rutgers University entomologist Anne Nielsen and graduate student Nick Avila survey a yellow sticky card for samurai wasps to track their dispersal in the peach orchard Dean Polk The researchers at work in the Rutgers orchard aren’t yet endorsing the samurai wasp as a biocontrol agent First they’d like more evidence that it won’t harm native species "They’re invasive" Rice says "They’re not in a different bucket" from the stinkbugs The restrictions on spreading the wasp "can be frustrating and it can seem arbitrary but the regulations are there for a reason" Nielsen adds Still she says the wasp "is likely our best hope of controlling the brown marmorated" Examining the sticky cards this summer her team found a roughly equal distribution of wasps in the peaches and the nearby woods That finding suggests the wasps are perfectly happy foraging for stinkbug eggs among the fruit which bodes well for the wasps’ ability to control the pests The team plans to run a similar experiment soon to see how the wasps spread into another crop soybeans Meanwhile researchers in California have sent Talamas another surprise: a new accidentally introduced Trissolcus parasitoid wasp this one native to India and Pakistan which emerged from the egg of another exotic stinkbug pest Bagrada hilaris "I think that these introductions are happening constantly" Talamas says but come to light only when taxonomists bother to take a close look He’ll publish the 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