Old guards providing a new spark

first_imgIn the last three games, Williams has averaged 17 minutes and McKie has averaged 11.7 minutes. With young guards Jordan Farmar and Sasha Vujacic dealing with consistency issues, coach Phil Jackson indicated that he’s likely to give Williams, 31, and McKie, 34, sustained playing time into March. The idea, born out of a six-game losing streak, seems to have given new life to the Lakers’ backcourt. EL SEGUNDO – Aaron McKie and Shammond Williams are back in service. The Lakers dusted them off, inflated their tires and put them back on the road, they way they would an old bike out of the garage. Surprisingly enough, they still run pretty well. McKie and Williams, two veteran guards buried at the end of the Lakers’ bench for much of the season, have provided valuable minutes in recent games. “We had to make some changes, and we didn’t have many (options),” Jackson said. “We had to go with some veterans who know how to play. You know if things come their way, they’re going to shoot.” McKie and Williams have been efficient, if not dynamic. McKie had not taken a shot this season before Friday but is 3 for 3 from the field and has totaled six rebounds and four assists in 40 minutes. Williams is 6 for 11 from the field, for 13 points in 51 minutes and has three steals and four assists. “They’re both getting into game shape and starting to feel the things that come naturally to them,” Jackson said. “They’re going to fill gaps we need and then we will see about getting the young guys back in there. There are 13 or 14 guys on the roster who can contribute for us and we feel good about that.” Injury update center_img Maurice Evans, whose knee swelled after a collision with Utah’s Matt Harpring on Monday, had fluid drained from the knee Wednesday morning and did not practice. Evans, who also did not practice Tuesday, is considered day to day according to a team spokesman. Also uncertain for Friday is the status of Luke Walton, who might return from a sprained ankle. Walton practiced for a second consecutive day and went through a more vigorous 5-on-5 workout. Afterward he reported feeling well and repeated his hope that he will be able to return Friday against Sacramento. “It’s too early to decide but that’s what I’m hoping for,” Walton said. “My legs and lungs feel a lot better. Now I have to get my strength back and my explosion back.” Kwame Brown, also out with a sprained ankle, is not expected to return until next week. Walton wants to play, but even if he feels he can, the decision will be Jackson’s to make. “I don’t know if I’d play him at the level he’s at right now,” Jackson said. “Right now he doesn’t have the power and strength he would like to have, but that can change over the next couple days.” Kobe Bryant, who has had throat and elbow issues this week, went through only a light workout. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Barbiturates in Darwin’s Warm Little Pond

first_img(Visited 61 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Are barbituates the missing links to the origin of life?Nick Hud (Georgia Institute of Technology) is a respected scientist in origin of life research, receiving funds from NASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF) for his work. His latest paper, published in Nature Communications, claims you can get nucleotides that pair up, like nucleic acids, spontaneously – if you mix the right ingredients. What works, his team found, is a mixture of barbituric acid and melamine (more on those molecules below). These are the “missing links,” the Georgia Tech press release suggests, that could have been “brewed in primordial puddles“. Ben Brumfield’s prose tempts the reader’s imagination with imagery out of medieval alchemy:The crucibles that bore out early building blocks of life may have been, in many cases, modest puddles.Now, researchers working with that hypothesis have achieved a significant advancement toward unlocking a longstanding evolutionary mystery — how components of RNA and DNA formed from chemicals present on early Earth before life existed. It could also have implications on how astrobiologists view the probability of life elsewhere in the universe.In surprisingly simple laboratory reactions in water, under everyday conditions, they have produced what could be good candidates for missing links on the pathway to the code of life.And when those components joined up, the result even looked like RNA.As the researchers’ work progresses, it could reveal that much of the original chemistry that led to life arose not in fiery cataclysms and in scarce quantities, but abundantly and gradually on quiet, rain-swept dirt flats or lakeshore rocks lapped by waves.But did life really start on barbiturates? That’s a depressing thought. Let’s look at the chemical mixture, what they call “a pair of potential chemical ancestors of the nucleobases of RNA.” Barbituric acid (C4H4N2O3) is used to make a variety of barbiturate drugs that act as depressants to the central nervous system. A member of the pyrimidines, it is also one of four ingredients used to make riboflavin, or vitamin B12. The authors purchased their barbituric acid (BA) from a supply house.Melamine (C3H6N6) is an artificially-synthesized poison used in industry for insecticides, insulation and fire retardants, among other things. The authors purchased their melamine from a supply house, and with their order, they bought some ribose for their experimental soup. It should be noticed right off the bat that none of these chemicals occur naturally in any significant amounts, if at all. Ribose is particularly difficult to account for in plausible prebiotic conditions, since it disintegrates readily in water (11/05/04).Despite these drawbacks, Hud is tempted to speculate. He envisions a kind of Darwinian fitness race in the primordial puddle:“Early Earth was a messy laboratory where probably many molecules like those needed for life were produced. Some survived and prospered, while others eventually vanished,” Hud said. “That goes for the ancestors of RNA, too.”Using two molecules known as barbituric acid and melamine, the researchers formed proto-nucleotides so strongly resembling two of RNA’s nucleotides that it is tempting to speculate that they are indeed their ancestors.But are molecules red in tooth and claw? There’s no way Hud could ensure that the ingredients he needs would have survived and prospered in the mix of poisons, except by wishing it were true, and looking back from the fact that life exists, and thinking “Aha! It could happen!” Logic, however, rears its ugly head at these motivations. Could is not the same as did (pigs “could” fly; see 1/26/08). “Ancestor” implies a line of descent of information—not possible here. And the existence of a piece of sculpture does not presuppose it emerged out of a primordial soup of molten bronze. And those are not the only logical fallacies. He needs to rescue his speculation from an inconvenient truth of chemistry:There was one small caveat.“The reaction does not work as well if barbituric acid and melamine are present in the same solution before reacting with ribose because their strong attraction for each other can cause them to precipitate,” Hud said. So, the scientists completed the reaction involving barbituric acid separately from the one involving melamine….If melamine and barbituric acid formed their respective nucleotides (C-BMP for barbituric acid and MMP for melamine) in separate puddles on the early Earth, then rain could have easily washed the components together, where they would have rapidly assembled into what could have been a precursor to proto-RNA.The perhapsimaybecouldness index here climbs 5 notches. (1) Now he needs two warm little ponds. (2) They need to segregate the BA and the melamine. (3) Then, fortuitously, rain washes them together into a third warm little pond, where they rapidly assemble. (4) The product “could” have been a “precursor” to (5) not RNA, but “proto-RNA,” whatever that is.Yet Hud overconfidently states, “It works even better then we thought. It’s almost too easy.”Sure it is, when you run your lab by intelligent design.Hud deceives the public with this paper. He knows full well that this won’t work. For one, he gave no indication that barbituric acid or melamine—two synthetic poisons—would form naturally on earth. Even if they did, would they form in sufficient concentrations to matter? What would make them segregate into separate puddles? What are the downsides of having vast amounts of these poisons on the surface of the earth? What about all the undesirable cross reactions that would most likely swamp any gains in his “precursor to proto-RNA” (whatever that is), precipitating into tarry gunk that goes nowhere? Yet he calls this a “plausible” scenario six times in the paper, including in the title! Does he tell the public that he bought his ingredients from a chemical supply house? No. Here’s a double lie he tells to the press agent:The two ingredients would have been readily abundant for reactions on a prebiotic Earth, Hud said.  “And they would have been well suited for primitive information coding,” he added.That is baloney. Nowhere in the paper does he indicate how likely these ingredients are to form naturally; there’s only a reference to two earlier papers, and the abstracts of those show that chemists used intelligent design to synthesize them. Hud also failed to explain how chance would segregate the molecules into single-handed forms: “we have not shown chiral nucleotide selection, ” the paper admits clearly. Without homochirality (all nucleotides single-handed), you’re not going to get “primitive information coding” even if some “base pairing” occurs. Look at this myth in the paper:In particular, the ability for C-BMP and MMP to form noncovalent supramolecular assemblies could have facilitated the prebiotic localization, organization and subsequent linking of these (or similar) nucleotides into covalent polymers that were then capable of storing and transferring information (for example, by templating the formation of sequence-specific assemblies for the polymerization of additional monomers.The wishful-thinking nonsense in that statement can hardly be exaggerated. It’s like saying, “dropping Scrabble letters onto the floor at random is capable of storing and transferring information.” It’s not the letters, for crying out loud; it’s the “sequence-specific assemblies” that constitute information—sequences that have meaning, that perform a useful function. Molecules at the mercy of chance and natural law have neither the desire nor the power to template anything, to localize, to organize, or to store information. They’re dead, dead, dead!Hud also knows full well that ribose is extremely difficult to obtain (that’s why he conveniently ordered his from a supply house). He told reporter Susan Mazur in 2014, “As you know, RNA is not the most stable molecule” (The Origin of Life Circus, p. 92). But he continues to hold up the moribund RNA world scenario, imagining that if you can get precursors to molecules in a chemical soup (all dead), you are making progress. Criticized that he doesn’t have information, he responds, “Absolutely. We don’t have that yet” (p. 88). Mazur asks him if his work contributes to protocell development:No, we’re really looking at proto-RNA. Proto-nucleic acids. We’re also doing some work on proto-peptides. It’s really proto-biopolymers.He even talks to Mazur about “pre-proto-RNA” after she reminds him RNA falls apart (p. 87). What on earth is that, and what does it have to do with life? This is as silly as Geppetto thinking his Pinocchio woodwork is a proto-boy. Only in fairy tales does that work. Hud knows these things are not alive or becoming alive. He tells Mazur, “It may come down to, yes, you have something interesting. But is it alive?” (p. 93).No, his melamine and barbiturates are not alive. Nor are his proto-whatevers. He only imagines Proto to be alive, using the power of suggestion to personify his molecules, conferring on them the attributes of desire and ambition. “I’m trying to find the simplest molecules that would have been able to take the first steps toward what was needed to start life,” he says (p. 88). Look, Dr. Hud: molecules don’t take steps. They’re dead! They don’t know what is needed to start life. If they fall apart in the warm little pond, that’s perfectly fine with them. The fairy tale gets curiouser and curiouser. Pinocchio meets Dorothy:Proto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore (from The Blunderful Wizard of Flaws, 9/05/08 commentary).Hud also errs in applying natural selection to his dilute synthetic poison soup. He thinks evolution is equivalent to “change over time” because RNA can do that (p. 87). Mazur reminds him that Carl Woese pictured early cells smashing into each other as a form of exchanging information.But just because you can accept that life is not limited to vertical gene transfer [i.e., common ancestry], it doesn’t mean that you have to rule out survival of the fittest at the earliest stages. What it comes down to is that we don’t seem to have the selfish gene early on.Surely Hud knows that without genetic storage, there is no natural selection. There is only error catastrophe as any gains are lost as things smash into each other—whether they be molecules or cells.Why would Hud engage in this kind of fiction? Because he can’t report back to the money bosses at the NSF and NASA that it’s a failure. He has to present an illusion of progress to keep the $$$ spigot running. So even if he has to intelligently design some reactions, made with synthetic chemicals he bought at a supply house, and ignore massive problems in a mythical scenario, he needs job security over truth.This sad state of affairs happens because alternatives to naturalism, like design, have been ruled out. If Hud had to face the likes of Gish, Wilder-Smith or Meyer on a debate stage, he would be turned into a laughingstock in the first five minutes. But because Darwin started the trend of limiting all scientific explanation to methodological naturalism, the truth cannot come out. Some of you readers need to get really, really mad at what Charlie did to science. Government now funds storytellers to spin fairy tales, but censors any criticism. Call your Congressman and demand your tax money back!Footnote: Hud spent 16 years in Catholic schools, Mazur reports. The main thing he learned there is how to conceal his materialism. “He knows how to educate audiences about origin of life without eviscerating belief systems, and losing the crowd.” Sneaky propagandist, he is. Dark times, these.last_img read more

SA restaurant best in the world

first_imgThe Rust en Vrede restaurant has been named international best restaurant for 2010 at the Best of Wine Tourism awards. (Image: Rust en Vrede) MEDIA CONTACTS • Kobie LochnerRust en Vrede marketing+27 21 881-3588RELATED ARTICLES • Wine alliance to challenge EU • Wine on the wild side • Wine tasting in the township • SA wine a US presidential hitJanine ErasmusSouth Africa’s Rust en Vrede restaurant, located on the wine estate of the same name in Stellenbosch in the Western Cape, has scooped the prize for international best restaurant at the annual Best of Wine Tourism award ceremony.This is the first time the estate has featured on the list of international prize-winners.The awards are held under the auspices of the Great Wine Capitals (GWC) global organisation, which celebrates its 10-year anniversary in 2009.GWC links eight major global regions, all internationally renowned for their outstanding wines, from both hemispheres, thus bringing the so-called old and new worlds of wine together.The organisation has set up business and travel networks, has held symposia, and promotes knowledge sharing among its members, working for the benefit of all.Cape Town and the Cape winelands – along with Bordeaux (France), Florence (Italy), Mainz (Germany), Mendoza (Argentina), Porto (Portugal), Bilbao-Rioja (Spain) and the San Francisco-Napa Valley region – is a GWC partner.From 2010 Christchurch in New Zealand will join the elite group as the third representative from the southern hemisphere.The ceremony to name the winners for 2010 was held at the Chateau Giscours, a 14th-century winery in Bordeaux, in early November. The world’s top experts from wine-growing regions in Europe, North America, Latin America, South Africa and New Zealand were in attendance. Besides Rust en Vrede, another seven international awards were given to the best of the 56 regional entries.La Sosta del Gusto at the Castello del Trebbio in Florence also took honours in the restaurant section.Other category winners were Algodon Wine Estates in Mendoza for best accommodation; Quinta do Seixo in Porto for best architecture; the Clos Pegase in San Francisco-Napa Valley for art and culture; the Bodegas Muga in Bilbao for most innovative experiences; Wiengut Hemmes in Bingen-Kempten, Germany, for sustainable practices; and Château Pape Clément in Bordeaux for best wine tourism services.High standards praisedOther regional South African winners that went forward to compete against international rivals in their categories included Vergelegen for arts and culture; Cloof of Darling for sustainable practices; Robertson Wine Valley for most innovative experience; Waterford for best wine tourism services; the Devon Valley Hotel for accommodation; and Grande Provence Estate for architecture.Deputy mayor of the Winelands district municipality Clarence Johnson expressed his satisfaction with the consistently high standard of local entries, despite the recent global financial crisis. Jonhson is also the current GWC president.“These winners demonstrated a capacity to face down the credit crisis by offering better value, enhancing the quality of their experiences, innovatively focusing on local highlights in the natural environment, in cuisine, arts, crafts and culture and by paying extra attention to detail,” he said.Johnson was convinced that this was a good sign for the 2010 Fifa World Cup. The month-long football extravaganza kicks off in Johannesburg in just less than seven months.“Financially hard-pressed international and local visitors can be confident of money well spent in the Winelands,” said Johnson, “whether at the top end or at more affordably priced levels. This is critical if we are to advance our international popularity and reputation.”A number of local hopefuls received commendations from the GWC judging panel. Among them were Greatest Cape Wine Tours, the KWV wine- and brandy-producing company, and the Almenkerk, Seidelberg, Delheim and Rustenberg estates.Historical settingIn recent years Rust en Vrede’s restaurant has garnered as much praise as the wines have, under the watchful eye of Chef David Biggs, a former member of South Africa’s national culinary team. With the wine cellar now relocated underground in another first for a privately owned South African estate, the restaurant is situated on the premises of the old cellar, which is a national monument.Nestled in the tranquil Stellenbosch wine-making region, Rust en Vrede was established in 1694 by then Cape governor Willem Adriaan van der Stel. Development of the estate only started in 1780 with the building of a house, and later the cellar in 1785 and manor house in 1790.The 55ha Rust en Vrede estate is currently owned by the Engelbrecht family, experienced grape growers since the early 18th century. The estate produces 20 000 cases of wine a year. Of this, around 65% is destined to end up on overseas shelves. Rust en Vrede exports to over 30 countries.At the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize celebration dinner in Oslo, where former presidents Nelson Mandela and FW de Klerk were honoured, the wines on the tables were Rust en Vrede. The estate has since notched up a number of other milestones, including an export achievement award from then-president Mandela in 1994. In 2000 it became the first South African estate to make it onto US magazine Wine Spectator’s list of the top 100 wines of the world.Since the Engelbrecht family took over 32 years ago the estate has produced only red wines, specialising in Merlot, Cabernet and Shiraz. All wines are made from hand-selected grapes, picked at the optimum time of the season.last_img read more

Kushwaha warns of violence against ‘vote loot’

first_imgRashtriya Lok Samata Party president Upendra Kushwaha on Tuesday threatened that there would be violence and bloodshed if attempts were made to tamper with EVMs and the results of the Lok Sabha polls. Addressing a press conference here, Mr. Kushwaha urged the people of Bihar to take up arms to prevent the “loot of votes”. “If anyone attempts to tamper with EVMs or the Lok Sabha poll results, there would be violence and bloodshed,” he said. Leaders of other parties in the Mahagathbandhan — the Congress, the RJD, the Vikassheel Insaan Party and the Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) — were also present at the press meet. Mr. Kushwaha has contested from Karakat and Ujiyarpur Lok Sabha constituencies against strong NDA candidates Mahabali Singh (Janata Dal-United) and Nityanand Rai (BJP). Under the seat-sharing pact of the Mahagathbandhan, the RLSP contested from five seats of the total 40 in Bihar.‘Exit poll illusion’ Mr. Kushwaha recalled the time when incidents of booth capturing were common in Bihar. “Today booth capturing does not take place but attempts are being made to loot the election results. If any attempt like this happens, then I would urge the people of the State and Mahagathbandhan to pick up arms to protect their votes,” he said. “An illusion is being created through the exit polls by BJP leaders… we do not accept these exit polls,” he added.His remarks came in the wake of reports of alleged movement of EVMs in trucks and vans from one place to another in the State. Earlier, former Chief Minister and RJD leader Rabri Devi had tweeted: “EVMs are being confiscated from trucks and vans near strongrooms in the country. When, why, who and for what are they taking these EVMS? Is it a part of a pre-scheduled programme? The Election Commission should make it clear soon.”last_img read more

The Strategy Behind Fantasy Football

With the NFL regular season rapidly approaching, the buzz around fantasy football is everywhere. On today’s show, our team looks at the strategies behind fantasy and dissects how it both reflects and distorts the game.The English Premier League has formally kicked off with familiar faces leading the pack. Reigning back-to-back champion Manchester City leads in our model. Liverpool, which fell just 1 point short of the title last season, is again slated for second place. We’ll discuss what to expect this season and which teams might shake up the top of the table.To wrap, Neil explores the Orioles’ unexpected win this weekend over the Astros and other historic baseball upsets in our Rabbit Hole of the Week.What we’re looking at this week:We still have not recovered from Simone Biles’s record-breaking, history-making, mind-blowing performance at the USA Gymnastics National Championships.If you’re looking to spice up your fantasy football league this year, here are some creative ideas from The Ringer.Make sure to read our guide to the 2019-20 English Premier League title race.Club Soccer Predictions are up!Is this the worst throw in baseball history? More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed FiveThirtyEight Embed Code read more

Inaccurate Data Hampers DODs Ability to Track Its Leased Facilities

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The inventory system DOD uses to report on its leased assets contains inaccurate and incomplete data, encumbering its ability to fully determine the number, size and costs of its leases for real property, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) concluded in a recent report.“The total amount is not entirely known, but it’s likely to be substantial,” Brian Lepore, the agency’s director of defense capabilities and management issues, told Federal News Radio.The agency found that about 15 percent of the lease records in the Real Property Assets Database for fiscal 2011 and 10 percent of the records for FY 2013 were inaccurate. In some cases, DOD recorded the rent for a facility as being higher than the total combined cost of rent, utilities and parking.Most of these errors were in the lease records for the Army, which manages about 80 percent of the leased assets records in the database; however, the Army is aware of these issues and is taking steps to correct future data. GAO also found that the database did not include about 5 percent of the Army’s lease records for FY 2011 and FY 2013.“There is some concern about the reliability of the data,” Lepore said.Furthermore, GAO found that the database does not contain a data element for the square footage for leases in which there are multiple tenants occupying space in the same building, as is the case for some Washington Headquarters Service leases.At one facility, two DOD activities shared about 30,000 square feet of leased space, but the database listed each organization as occupying the entire space, doubling the amount of space listed in the records.Lepore said some people may see this as “nitpicky, but it’s really important for effective financial management to have a good handle on what you are paying to run your operation, and in the absence of that, it’s hard to make really good, effective decisions.”To improve the accuracy and completeness of the data in DOD’s Real Property Assets Database (RPAD), GAO recommended that the Army enforce DOD guidance which states that for multiple assets associated with a single lease, the military departments and the Washington Headquarters Service must provide a breakout of the annual rent plus other costs for each asset on the lease, to avoid overstating costs associated with such leases.The congressional watchdog agency also recommended DOD modify its Real Property Information Model to include a data element to capture the square footage for each lease of space in a single building and also make a corresponding change to its guidance to require that the square footage for each individual lease be reported when multiple leases exist for a single building, to avoid overstating the total square footage assigned to each lease in RPAD.last_img read more

NASA and USAF killed astronauts to cover up fake moon landings says

first_imgNeil Armstrong descending off the landerProject Apollo ArchiveConspiracy theorists have long been alleging that NASA, the United States space agency has faked the moon landing to proclaim their space dominance during the Cold War. In the course of time, these conspiracy theorists have also figured out several anomalies from NASA’s moon landing photo, and they claim that the space agency is involved in the coverup.Adding heat to their claims, the family of NASA’s former astronaut Virgil Grissom has claimed that the United States space agency might have been behind the sinister activities. It should be noted that Virgil Grissom, along with his fellow astronauts Ed White and Roger B. Chaffee died on January 27, 1967, during a pre-launch test for the Apollo 1 mission. Many people, after the death of Grissom, had revealed that the NASA astronaut was a whistleblower who wished to reveal that the space agency had no plans to actually land on the moon.”I think it was intentionally sabotaged by someone, it’s been a question in my mind. What was found in the accident investigation and how was that handled, was the CIA involved or whoever. It was done intentionally,” said Scott, son of Grissom, Daily Star reports.Grissom’s widow Betty had also urged NASA to give a clear answer over the demise of her husband. “I feel like it is up to NASA to come forward and give us a direct answer to what really happened,” she said.Shockingly, Thomas Baron, quality control and safety inspector for North American Aviation (NAA) who compiled a report outlining issues with parts, equipment and procedures at NASA before the tragic incident was also killed in a car crash. It should be noted that Baron was killed just six days after he leaked the Apollo tragedy findings to the media.”I believe that Thomas Baron was murdered because he had the truth to tell about the Apollo project,” said Bill Kaysing, a moon-hoax investigator.A few months back, popular conspiracy theorist Graham McHardy known by his YouTube channel’s name ‘Streetcap1’ had died mysteriously, and many people claimed that his death was manipulated by USAF and NASA. Before his death, McHardy had spotted several anomalies in NASA lunar photos, and it made many believe that NASA is covering up sinister secrets associated with Apollo missions.Despite all these popular conspiracy theories, there are no visible pieces of foul play evidence in any of the above-mentioned incidents.last_img read more

Accentures first Innovation Hub in Bangalore helps clients embrace digitisation in vibrant

first_img Interactive orchestra at the Accenture Innovation hubPR HandoutThe Innovation Hub includes dedicated Accenture Delivery Center floors for each of Accenture’s five operating groups — Communications, Media & Technology, Financial Services, Health & Public Service, Products and Resources — to focus on delivering industry-specific solutions and services for clients. There are also dedicated floors for digital technologies and for emerging technologies and platforms.Paul Daugherty, Accenture’s chief technology and innovation officer, said, “Innovation is part of our DNA. As an innovation-led company, we are passionate about identifying, developing and even inventing the latest innovations to help our clients grow their businesses. We use the Accenture Innovation Architecture to guide them through the process, and the Innovation Hub will be a destination where clients can leverage our capabilities in the latest technologies to transform their business and better compete in a digital-first world.”The Innovation Hub features Accenture’s capabilities in artificial intelligence, intelligent automation, quantum computing, machine learning, robotics, Internet of Things, data and analytics, intelligent applications, intelligent platforms, liquid applications management, and experience-led transformation, among others. It will also leverage Accenture’s innovation capabilities and broader ecosystem around the world — including Accenture Labs, Liquid Studios, Digital Studios, Interactive Studios, Innovation Centers and Cyber Fusion Centers. Accenture innovation hubPR HandoutAccenture has launched its first Innovation Hub in Bengaluru, a state-of- the-art facility that combines the broad range of Accenture’s leading technology capabilities in a vibrant and collaborative environment to help clients transform their businesses for the digital world.The Innovation Hub in Bengaluru offers clients access to Accenture’s deep industry knowledge, leading technology capabilities and business acumen in more than 40 industries, applied in a live technology delivery environment — enabling clients to experience innovation at scale through customized visits, design-thinking workshops, co-innovation workshops and cross-industry innovation.This location gives clients “hands on” access to all six elements of the Accenture Innovation Architecture — Accenture Research, Accenture Ventures, Accenture Labs, Accenture Studios, Accenture Innovation Centers and Accenture Delivery Centers. The Innovation Hub in Bengaluru enables clients to identify and develop emerging trends and technologies and then quickly prototype, scale and implement innovative solutions.More than 4,000 people will work at the Innovation Hub, combining research and development capabilities, deep industry insights, creativity and leading technology skills to bring Accenture’s culture of innovation to life. This location will create and deliver solutions based on “New IT” — which includes digital, cloud and security-related technologies — and designed to help clients reinvent their business processes, accelerate the development of new products and services, and create more-personalized customer experiences.”Technology has a huge multiplier effect and enables organizations to drive competitive differentiation, transform customer experiences, create innovative business models and achieve breakthrough business results,” said Bhaskar Ghosh, group chief executive, Accenture Technology Services. “At the Innovation Hub in Bengaluru, we are pioneering a shift in traditional technology strategy, development and delivery models to an approach that leverages ‘the New’ to help clients innovate more quickly.”Mohan Sekhar, a senior managing director in Accenture Technology Services, said, “The Innovation Hub combines our technology and world-class delivery capabilities to enable clients to drive innovation at any stage of their business. This groundbreaking new facility gives clients an unparalleled opportunity to understand, experiment with, adopt and quickly scale new and emerging technologies to unlock new value.”Comprising 440,000 square feet of space throughout 10 floors, the Innovation Hub features capabilities from across Accenture, including:Accenture Lab, which incubates new concepts through applied R&D;Accenture Liquid Studio, offering rapid development and prototyping of applications and the design and creation of digital services;Accenture Innovation Center, which builds and scales solutions across technologies and industries; andAvanade, which provides innovative digital and cloud services, business solutions and design-led experiences through the Microsoft ecosystem and is majority-owned by Accenture.last_img read more

Road crash kills one

first_imgA man was killed while another injured when a pick-up van hit a rickshaw in Dakpara, Keraniganj in Dhaka on Wednesday night, reports UNB.The deceased is Shafiqul Islam, 52, son of Sohrab Hossain of West Rabishur.The accident took place around 11:45 pm when a pick-up van hit a rickshaw carrying Shafiqul and his wife Saima, leaving them injured, said Shaker Mohammad Zibaiyer, officer-in-charge of Keraniganj Model Police Station.Later, they were taken to Mitford Hospital where the doctors declared Shafiqul dead.last_img read more

John Wick Chapter 3 – Parabellum Tops Studios TV Ad Spending

first_imgIn this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by TV ad measurement and attribution company iSpot.tv, Lionsgate claims the top spot in spending with “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.”Ads placed for the action thriller had an estimated media value of $5.09 million through Sunday for 543 national ad airings on 28 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from April 29 through May 5. Estimates may be updated after the chart is posted as new information becomes available.) Lionsgate prioritized spend across networks including NBC, ABC and Adult Swim, and during programming such as NBA Basketball, “The Voice” and “Family Guy.”Just behind “John Wick” in second place: Universal Pictures’ “A Dog’s Journey,” which saw 841 national ad airings across 35 networks, with an estimated media value of $4.47 million. Impressions: 288,538,456Attention Score: 93.82Attention Index: 111National Airings: 841Networks: 35Most Spend On: ABC, TNTCreative Versions: 11Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $10.77MStudio: Universal PicturesStarted Airing: 01/31/19 Box Office Report Card: Studios Get Their Summer Grades $5.09M – John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum Popular on Variety Top Movie Commercials by Weekly TV SpendData provided by iSpot.tv $4.14M – The Hustle Impressions: 302,385,687Attention Score: 93.93Attention Index: 113National Airings: 710Networks: 23Most Spend On: NBC, ABCCreative Versions: 18Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $10.56MStudio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)Started Airing: 04/07/19 $4.47M – A Dog’s Journey Impressions: 228,765,498Attention Score: 93.12Attention Index: 101National Airings: 625Networks: 37Most Spend On: NBC, ABCCreative Versions: 25Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $13.29MStudio: Walt Disney PicturesStarted Airing: 10/11/18 Will Smith on the Challenges of Taking on Robin Williams’ Genie for ‘Aladdin’ Impressions: 225,756,824Attention Score: 89.95Attention Index: 69National Airings: 543Networks: 28Most Spend On: NBC, ABCCreative Versions: 11Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $15.98MStudio: LionsgateStarted Airing: 01/20/19 Notably, “The Hustle” has the best iSpot Attention Index (113) in the ranking, getting 13% fewer interruptions than the average movie ad (interruptions include changing the channel, pulling up the guide, fast-forwarding or turning off the TV). ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Impressions: 327,724,465Attention Score: 93.27Attention Index: 103National Airings: 908Networks: 26Most Spend On: NBC, ABCCreative Versions: 21Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $22.85MStudio: LionsgateStarted Airing: 03/12/19 TV ad placements for Walt Disney Pictures’ “Aladdin” (EMV: $4.36 million), MGM’s “The Hustle” ($4.14 million) and Lionsgate’s “Long Shot” ($3.74 million) round out the chart. Related $3.74M – Long Shot $4.36M – Aladdin 1 Movie titles with a minimum spend of $100,000 for airings detected between 04/29/2019 and 05/05/2019.* TV Impressions – Total TV ad impressions delivered for the brand or spot.* Attention Score – Measures the propensity of consumers to interrupt an ad play on TV. The higher the score, the more complete views. Actions that interrupt an ad play include changing the channel, pulling up the guide, fast-forwarding or turning off the TV.* Attention Index – Represents the Attention of a specific creative or program placement vs the average. The average is represented by a score of 100, and the total index range is from 0 through 200. For example, an attention index of 125 means that there are 25% fewer interrupted ad plays compared to the average.Variety has partnered with iSpot.tv, the TV ad measurement and attribution company, to bring you this weekly look at what studios are spending to market their movies on TV. Learn more about the iSpot.tv platform and methodology.last_img read more