Egyptair MS804: Black box signal detected

first_imgEgypt’s Civil Aviation Authority has reported that the French vessel Laplace has located pings presumed to originate from one of two black boxes says Aviation Herald.Another vessel the John Lethbridge is estimated to join the search in a week in order to retrieve the blackbox(es).According to Aviation Herald the search for the second pinger continues.In a dramatic development French broadcaster France 3 reports that the plane that crashed did three emergency landings in the 24 hours before the crash.The report has yet to be confirmed by government or airspace authorities.The A320 used for the EgyptAir flight MS804 connecting Paris to Cairo reportedly had to turn around three times and perform emergency landings on each occasion, while travelling between Eritrea, Egypt, Tunisia, and Paris.Shortly after taking off, emergency signals indicating a problem onboard went off, prompting the plane to turn around, France 3 reports.last_img read more

Corn neutral, soybeans bearish in today’s USDA numbers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Doug Tenney, Leist MercantileToday’s USDA report had corn production at 13.661 billion bushels, yield of 167.0, and ending stocks at 1.910 billion bushels. Soybean production was 3.550 billion bushels, yield was 46.9, and ending stocks of 475 million bushels.The market has been anticipating this report for weeks. Anticipation can be highly overrated. Yet, it can also be disappointing as the amount of time and energy spent is quickly forgotten once the report is released. Don’t be surprised to just move on.Will USDA finally get it right with corn acres and yield? However, with only 52% of the U.S. corn harvested shown on this week’s progress report, it means even less corn had been harvested when USDA compiled and field reports the beginning of November. Many anticipate the corn yield would decline in the last 20% to 40% of harvest. It could easily be the January 10, 2020 report to get a much better handle on corn yields when final 2019 production and yield are released.Corn has been under pressure in recent weeks due to shrinking export demand. This week it has made several new 30-day lows on the December CBOT contract. Improving weather in South America along with increased acres have combined as negatives for corn. U.S. weekly export sales have been disappointing with actual shipments light as well. Exports could be cut again today. Last month, U.S. corn exports were reduced 150 million bushels to 1.9 billion bushels. It follows a trend which has reduced exports multiple times from the May report when they were projected to be 2.275 billion bushels.Shortly after the report release, corn was 4 cents, soybeans were down 5 cents, and wheat was up 1 cent. Prior to the noon report, corn was down 2 cents, soybeans down 4 cents, and wheat down one cent.The U.S. and China trade talks continue to dominate the news. No one is thrilled with this reality but it is where we are. With the mid-November Chile APEC meeting cancelled, it means a new location must be secured for a trade signing to take place But, first the trade deal needs to be accomplished. The last two days there have been numerous news stories of the tariffs being removed in stages. For word buffs, the word of the day this week has been, “tranche,” defined as slice or portion. It has appeared in multiple news reports. Yesterday, there was even a report in which China denied the idea of slices, instead stating the translation had not been done properly.Trader estimates had the U.S. corn yield at 167.5, last month USDA had 168.4; corn production estimates were 13.643, USDA was 13.779 last month; and corn ending stocks estimates were 1.817 billion bushels, with USDA in October 1.929 billion bushels. Soybean trade estimates had the U.S. soybean yield at 46.6, last month USDA was 46.9; soybean production estimates from traders were 3.510 billion bushels, last month USDA was 3.550 billion bushels, and soybean ending stocks estimates were 428 million bushels, last month USDA was 460 million bushels.The funds have been short corn and long soybeans for many weeks. Their positions have increased both for corn and soybeans this week. It will take a major surprise for them to suddenly change.last_img read more

NeuAer Could Crack Open a New World of Smartphone Location Potential

first_imgWhen NeuAer finished its stage presentation at the LAUNCH conference today, Joyent CEO David Young had just one thing to say: “It puts the smart in smartphone.” We, and many in the crowd it seemed, were equally impressed.Imagine if your phone could tell you when your friend walked by so you could call them, or when your ex arrived so you could duck beneath the table. Imagine if you could automatically drop a pin on Google Maps every time you turned off your  car. Just think about a phone that could perform all sorts of functions just based on who or what is near you and where you are – that’s NeuAer.According to company’s website, the NeuAer platform “enables any smartphone to automate aspects of your digital life from whom or what is detected in it’s physical space.” It can do all the those hypotheticals we posited above and more. It can change your call settings according to where you are, automatically check you in on LBS services and any number of other features, but without the use of battery-draining GPS. How? Simple. NeuAer uses Bluetooth, WiFi and Near-Field Communication (NFC) technologies to detect situations and locations and react accordingly. “When known ‘tagged’ objects get close to or move away from a user,” the company explains on its website, “you can trigger an alert, drop a pin on a virtual map, or check-in on social websites.”Currently, an Android app called ToothTag is available as a demonstration of the technology. The description of the app in the Android Marketplace gives a bit more insight on NeuAer’s vision: “This application is for people who are tired of looking down at their phone to see where their friends are and want to look up, live life and interact in the real world.You ‘tag’ wireless Bluetooth and WiFi devices, then setup rules to automate actions on your smartphone. These can be cool things within the phone like playing a favorite song as you walk by a coffee shop where your friends are hanging out. Or, you can automatically drop a pin on a map where you park your Bluetooth enabled car. Never again will you hunt for your lost car in a city street.Rules can be setup for both connect or disconnect events, often without the requirement for pairing your phone to another device. That means if you want to see when someone gets too far away from you, like your child, you can setup your phone to vibrate upon a disconnect. Conversely, if you want to see when your ex-significant other gets too close for comfort, you can sound an alarm on just ‘seeing’ their phone!”The company is the brainchild of Dave Mathews and Rob Meadows, who demonstrated potential applications on stage today. They showed how, using their technology, you could tag any number of different WiFi points to trigger different events, which means if you tag your friend’s phone, you can be alerted anytime they wander within WiFi range. But beyond that, the true potential here is that the company will be releasing an API for developers to work with. They have created the technology and now others can run with it. As venture investor Chris Sacca commented, what they have created is a sort of “real-world scripting language.” The possibilities are endless. It can automatically log you into your computer when you get close enough or set your Google Voice account to forward to a different number when you enter a known area of bad signal. The platform is only available on Android phones, but the company says it will be keeping an eye out for when it can make its way onto iOS. With the next version of the Nexus, the Nexus S, coming out with an NFC chip embedded and hopefully the iPhone 5, a platform like NeuAer’s ProxPlatform could be the breeding ground for a lot of new and interesting apps. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces mike melanson Tags:#mobile#news#web Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

How To Make Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) A Strategic Asset

first_imgGuest author Kevin Prendeville is a global managing director with Accenture’s Product Lifecycle Services practice.The tables have turned on many large high-tech companies – market leaders have become followers while followers have become leaders. What’s behind the seismic shift? The ability of those former followers to leverage investments in product development processes to deliver more innovative and successful products. These processes, known as Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), extend from idea gener¬ation through product launch to product retirement.An analysis by Accenture has found that large high-tech companies can spend $1 billion or more per year on Product Lifecycle Management in hopes of substantially boosting revenues and cutting costs. But Accenture also found that many C-suite executives view PLM as the engineering department’s black box – a critical enterprise business process poorly understood, measured or managed.Today’s competitive business environment requires that top management see PLM as a strategic corporate asset, a cross-functional, enterprise-wide business discipline that augments innovation, helps drive revenue growth, and reduces costs of everything from engineering rework to regulatory compliance.What Is Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)?PLM integrates a multitude of critical cross-functional activities, such as:product strategyportfolio managementproduct managementidea and requirements gatheringproduct designproduct engineeringproduct validation and complianceproduct costingproduct qualitydirect material sourcingmanufacturingafter-market services product retirementPLM capabilities support PLM activities to drive activities, decisions and data within the end-to-end PLM process. Examples includeintellectual property managementproduct structure and reuseengineering changesstage-gate approvalsideas and requirementssoftware configurationquality tests and defectsproduct costsdevelopment project statusFor global enterprises to maximize the business impact of PLM, they need to examine two dimensions: effectiveness and efficiency.Large high-tech companies are making substantial investments – often 5% to 25% or more of revenue – in PLM. But according to Accenture’s analysis, nearly half of PLM ends up wasted on products that do not meet market needs or timing. High-tech enterprises have thousands of highly skilled and well-paid designers, scientists and engineers working inside global PLM processes across hundreds of current and future products. But due to lack of central coordination, prioritization and integration of processes, systems and data, they’re often working on essentially useless or redundant tasks. That means there’s a huge opportunity for improvement.Technology can help improve PLM – if it’s implemented with an integrated plan focused on a distinct business process. Most global companies have deeply fragmented PLM systems comprising 20 or more applications. PLM software vendors provide powerful and field-tested applications – but not the kind of end-to-end business process coverage available in leading customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications. Most high-tech companies use three or more PLM vendors to span the various PLM capability areas.Four Ways To Improve PLMTrue enterprise PLM requires building an end-to-end framework that spans multiple solutions and accom¬modates business processes and data from marketing, design, product portfolio management and more. A one-size-fits-all answer does not exist, but Accenture has identified four best practices to get the most out PLM:Step 1. Create an enterprise-wide framework to define PLM capabilities. Define what is and is not PLM, then formally break down and re-evaluate current PLM capabilities. Review all processes, applications, metrics, organization and data that underpin product development process flow from initial concept to product retirement. Then examine the performance and maturity of each as objectively as possible. High-performance businesses structure PLM as a hierarchy of capabilities that span the process, represent various organizations and competencies, and connect all corners of the PLM landscape with each another. Most companies that go through this exercise are surprised by how disjointed and fragmented their overall PLM approaches are and by how many gaps and redundancies they uncover. And they are often alarmed to find how few metrics and how little docu¬mentation supports their PLM activities.Step 2. Link the PLM framework’s capabilities to key corporate and product priorities. Settle on five-to-ten business metrics that track the effectiveness and efficiency of innovation and product development outputs, transcending any one department or function. They might relate to pipeline throughput, cost of engineering, reuse of platforms or components or resource use. For instance, if plans call for more new products to be developed in lower-cost countries, the PLM framework would link that objective to the corresponding capabilities and metrics.Step 3. Use the prioritized PLM framework As An investment planning tool. It is relatively straightforward to turn the results of these exercises into a powerful tool for ongoing planning activities. The organization’s varied constituents can more easily analyze trade-offs, guide investments in product development improvement projects, and measure the impact of those projects over time. For example, one high-technology company used this framework to concentrate its future PLM focus and investment to improve software product development processes rather than mechanical design. Basically, the firm chose to improve the productivity of its thousands of software designers instead of its hundreds of mechanical designers.Step 4. Establish a group to own and update the PLM framework and corporate roadmap. As with CRM, ERP and supply chain management, there has to be a single, formal organization to advance and support PLM. That organization should have visible, unambiguous sponsorship from a senior executive. This helps ensure PLM becomes part of the company’s innovation fabric rather than a one-time project.Three PLM Success StoriesUsing these best practices, several high-tech companies have made significant progress with their PLM strategies:1. One version of the truth. A provider of servers and storage equipment re-designed its business processes to better leverage PLM technologies. The firm created “one version of the truth” for a single engineering change process for all its hardware products including several from large acquisitions.2. Integrating hardware and software. A provider of electronic gaming equipment developed new processes, data models and a central application to manage the relationship between its hardware designs and corresponding software designs, as they evolved through development and change processes.3. Increasing re-use. A global consumer electronics company implemented a streamlined portal and graphic user interface – providing a fast and visual way for designers and engineers to search, find and re-use components, solutions and information stored in its PLM databases.The good news is there are many cross-industry cases proving the merits of improving PLM. The better news is that many industries have already blazed PLM trails, providing proven strategies, lessons learned and methodologies for high-tech companies to leverage.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Tags:#business software#enterprise IT#Software Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img kevin prendeville IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

Expert Advice Series: TRICARE® ECHO – Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA)

first_imgAdvice: The ACD policy requires that prior to coverage of ABA, the beneficiary must be diagnosed with ASD using DSM-5 criteria and issued a referral for ABA by a TRICARE-authorized Physician-Primary Care Manager (P-PCM) or by a specialized ASD diagnosing provider whether they work in the purchased care or direct care system.  The medical record and the referral must contain documentation of the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis and documentation of co-morbid psychiatric and medical disorders.  We also require that ASD symptom severity be documented on the referral, but plan to delete this requirement from the referral itself in the next policy update which we expect sometime in FY 2017.Referrals made for TRICARE Prime beneficiaries from the Direct Care system (the MTF) providers are made electronically in Composite Health Care System (CHCS). These electronic referrals are sent to the regional managed care support contractor for processing. The regional contractor then sends an authorization letter specifying the ABA provider/practice information and the authorization number to each beneficiary.  The Active Duty Family Member (ADFM) parent/caregiver is to call the phone number of the ABA practice on the authorization letter to schedule the appointment for ABA. If the provider cannot see the patient within 28 days, then the ADFM parent/caregiver should directly telephone the regional contractor at the phone number specified in the authorization letter for help getting an appointment with another ABA provider able to see the beneficiary within the 28 day access standard.For Purchased Care under TRICARE Prime, each regional contractor, in this case UHC, defines their referral requirements. If UHC requires the referral be written on a paper prescription pad, then this is the process that must be followed.  Under TRICARE Standard plans, referrals per se are not used, but rather a prior authorization process if followed. Each regional contractor specifies the process per contractual requirement.  The process may involve filling out a regional contractor online form requesting authorization, faxing in this information on a form or telephoning the regional contractor to request for authorization.  Regardless of each regional contractor’s process, prior authorization is required for ABA services under the ACD. Each authorization is for six months.I hope this answers your question.  Each regional contractor is available per the phone numbers provided in the presentation to assist family members with the referrals and authorizations. Please encourage the families you assist to call the regional contractor whenever there are problems or challenges accessing ABA through the ACD as we do not want beneficiaries to wait to access ABA services. This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on September 16, 2016. In a recent webinar entitled “TRICARE® Extended Care Health Option (ECHO)” participants were able to gather more information about the supplemental services for active duty family members with qualifying mental and physical disabilities provided through TRICARE® ECHO.Question: I had a couple questions regarding the Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) referral process and what type of medical equipment is covered by ECHO and what is not. There seems to be a lack of communication between the child’s Primary Care Manager (PCM) and United Health Care (UHC) when sending in a referral for ABA therapy.  Does the ECHO Case Manager have the correct verbiage and time line to share with the families on what the PCM needs to state on the referral prior to sending to UHC to begin the process for ABA services?  A lot of my clients have shared with me that if the PCM does not write the referral on a prescription pad and if the correct verbiage is not written on the referral  that UHC will kick the referral back.  This causes a lot of confusion for the clients and the process to begin the services for their child with Autism takes longer.Also, is there a list of medical equipment that ECHO does cover when Tri-care does not?  Such as hearing aids, wheel chairs etc.center_img Expert: Theresa A. Hart, RNC MS, Nurse Consultant/Program Manager, Perinatal, Pediatrics and Special Medical Programs Defense Health Agency Clinical Support DivisionFor more advice from Ms. Hart, watch and listen to the professional development training on TRICARE® Extended Care Health Option (ECHO) to learn about the ECHO program.The new blog series provides monthly advice from subject matter experts on issues surrounding military caregiving for service providers and families. We take questions and concerns from military helping professionals and families and provide the necessary feedback from credible experts in the field of study. Whether you are a provider or a caregiver, what questions do you have? We want to hear from you.last_img read more

75-year-old patient knifes Pune doctor

first_imgA 75-year-old patient knifed a doctor at Sinhagad Speciality Hospital Monday evening following suspicions that his medical bill had been inflated. A case has been lodged against the patient at Abhiruchi police station.Maruti Shirwale, who was admitted last week following a severe bout of asthma, attacked Dr. Santosh Awari when he came to check on him during his evening rounds. The doctor sustained injuries in his abdomen. Shirwale was reportedly recovering from alcoholism and exhibiting withdrawal symptoms.Hospital authorities said that the patient’s relatives allegedly told him that the doctor had inflated his bill. Dr. Awari said the bill had not been prepared as the patient required further hospitalisation.Dr. Awari said, “This is a startling and rather bizarre incident. No mention of any bill has been made to his kin. Following the assault, I have told them that the patient can be shifted to Navle Hospital if they have any apprehensions about the expenditure.”Footage of the incident retrieved from CCTV cameras went viral. It shows the doctor attending to another patient before approaching Shirwale’s bed. Shirwale is seen grabbing a knife hidden under his pillow and attacking Dr. Awari. The patient starts uttering expletives at teh hospital staff attempting to restrain him after the doctor escapes.Dr. Sangeeta Waghmode, secretary, Sinhagad Road Doctors’ Association, said: “It appears that the patient was lying in wait for the doctor. The incident is alarming and shows that the medical fraternity is vulnerable to caprice of patients.”last_img read more

Norman Wilners Top 10 movies of 2016

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitter 2. Paterson (D: Jim Jarmusch)If not for the stunning Moonlight, this would have easily topped my list. Jarmusch’s latest is a deadpan, down-to-earth character study about a week in the life of a quiet New Jersey bus driver (Adam Driver) who’s also a poet who views his modest environs with a sense of wonder and actively folds his life into his work. The pace may be sleepy, but Paterson is alive to every interaction, every possibility. I can’t think of another recent movie that plays quite like it, mixing gentle humanity and absurd comedy with profundity and even awe. (Opens February 3.) Login/Register With: 1. Moonlight (D: Barry Jenkins)Jenkins’s long-overdue follow-up to 2008’s Medicine For Melancholy traces a decade and a half in the life of an African-American kid in Florida in three distinct movements. Moonlight shows us how small moments of kindness or cruelty can profoundly affect the human heart, how people are always more complex than you think they are and how cinema is unmatched at communicating ideas and feeling. In a year marked by contempt and rage, Moonlight dares to hope empathy will save us. Advertisementcenter_img Mary Cybulski Advertisement Advertisement 3. cameraperson (D: Kirsten Johnson)The best documentary of the year is an essay film constructed from footage shot by documentary cinematographer Johnson over the decade and a half she worked on movies like The Invisible War, Citizenfour, Fahrenheit 9/11 and Trapped. Interweaving outtakes from those films with her own home videos … Don’t miss Paterson, starring Adam Driver and Golshifteh Farahani, when it’s released in early February.last_img read more

Ohio State mens swimming takes 2nd Michigan 1st in Big Ten Championships

Michigan stayed the course after taking an early first-place lead in the men’s swimming and diving Big Ten Championships in Iowa City, Iowa, Saturday night. Ohio State finished second in the four-day event with 552.5 team points, 186 points behind the leader. Indiana and Minnesota tallied 549 and 403, respectively. The Buckeyes were led by title-winners junior Jason Schnur, in the 50 and 100 freestyles, and senior Andrew Elliott, in the 200 backstroke. Schnur and Elliott broke school records in the preliminaries Saturday morning. The 200 breaststroke was dominated by Indiana’s sophomore Cody Miller with a 1:54.07 swim. Miller broke his own record which gave him the title last year. Freshman Chris Cowley was the only Buckeye to score points in that event, placing 16th. OSU sophomores Shane Miszkiel and Christian Holstein took first and second place, respectively, in the one-meter dive Friday night. Miszkiel’s dive marked his first Big Ten title. Michigan took the 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly and 200 freestyle to expand its lead on OSU. The 200 freestyle relay team also posted a record-breaking time of 1:17.70 Thursday with performances from Schnur, senior Lincoln Fahrbach, junior Zach Holmes and junior Zach Birnbrich. Although the OSU relay team’s performance was enough to land in the school’s history books, Iowa placed first in the event, edging the Buckeyes by .09 seconds. Sophomore Alex Miller and senior Brent Hitchcock placed seventh and eighth, respectively, in the 500 freestyle competition, while junior Luke Stirton finished ninth with a time of 4:20.63. In the opening day of competition, the Buckeyes swam into third in the 200 medley relay behind Michigan and Penn State. OSU and Michigan were separated by .04 seconds. OSU improved from its third place performance last season. In 2010, they claimed the Big Ten title for the first time since 1956. The Buckeyes return to the pool Sunday in the Last Ditch NCAA Qualifier at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The meet will give participating athletes a final opportunity to qualify for the 2012 NCAA Championships held March 22-24 in Seattle, Wash. read more

Ziggos shares were priced at €1850 when the Dutc

first_imgZiggo’s shares were priced at €18.50 when the Dutch cable operator started trading on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange this morning, resulting in a market capitalisation of €3.7 billion.The IPO consists of 43,478,260 ordinary shares, 21.7% of the operator’s total shares. The total offering size amounts to approximately €804 million.last_img