As the October 14 deadline approaches for affiliates to sign on with Touch Football Australia, more and more people are contacting the office, asking how the decision their affiliate makes will affect them. In the past couple of weeks information packs were sent out to every affiliate Australia-wide (with the exception of NSW affiliates), containing info on the unitary model of managment and the process and benefits of affiliation with Touch Football Australia (TFA). This article contains 10 FAQ’s about the NTL, what this means for elite players, info for coaches/referees/selectors, insurance, assets and more. If you are wondering the importance of your affiliates decision for you as a general Touchie, click here for the full story: 1) I’M AN ELITE PLAYER. WHAT HAPPENS TO ME? Players must be part of an affiliated competition to be eligible to participate in the National Touch League (NTL) and all other competitions run or sanctioned by Touch Football Australia (TFA). Players from unaffiliated competitions will not be able to play in regional, state, interstate, national or international competitions. This follows through into Regional, State, and National representative teams, with only players from affiliated competitions being eligible for selection. This is no different than the rules in place already. The current NTL “Conditions of Entry” require that all participating ATA NTL Permit holders and CB’s and Participants must be fully financial with the ATA and abide by the laws and by-laws of the ATA – ie you (Participants) will not be eligible to be a part of the NTL if you are involved in a non-affiliated competition. Representative players are also currently chosen from affiliated competitions only. Talent ID and high performance support of all kinds, including funding assistance to events, camps, sports science and medicine – will only be available to players from affiliated competitions. There will be no elite pathway for athletes involved in unaffiliated competition. Rumours of “elite competition” against New Zealand teams are false. The Touch New Zealand Board has informed us that they will not be sanctioning any competition between non-affiliated regions in Australia with affiliated members of TNZ. Please note: NSW players are not affected, as under the new constitution NSW is a member in its own right. 2) I’M AN ACCREDITED COACH / OFFICIAL. WHAT HAPPENS TO ME? Touch Football Australia (TFA) is the peak body for the sport and is recognised by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC). TFA runs courses and accredits coaches and officials under the auspices of the National Coaching Accreditation Scheme and the National Officiating Accreditation Scheme of the ASC. To be eligible to further your career or knowledge as a coach or official under these schemes, you will need to be a part of an affiliated competition. Only TFA will run nationally recognised courses as these courses are copyright and non-affiliated bodies will not be able to run them. In addition only TFA will offer qualifications for coaches and officials that will be recognised nationally and internationally. Assessments for coaches and officials will only be available at TFA sanctioned competitions. State and national coaches, referees and selectors will be chosen from among those involved in affiliated competitions only. 3) AS AN AFFILIATE, WE RUN / WANT TO RUN AUSTOUCH. WHAT IMPACT DOES THE UNITARY MODEL HAVE? AusTouch is the official vehicle for introducing juniors into the sport. It was developed by Touch Football Australia (TFA) with assistance from the Australian Sports Commission and is copyright. No unaffiliated organisation will be able to run AusTouch programs or use AusTouch resources. 4) OUR AFFILIATE NEEDS SERVICE FROM DEVELOPMENT OFFICERS. HOW DOES THE NEW MODEL IMPACT ON THIS? Development Officers from the TFA offices in each state will provide service to affiliated competitions only. 5) OUR AFFILIATE RUNS/IS PLANNING TO RUN SPORTING PULSE FOR OUR COMPETITION MANAGEMENT. IF WE DON’T AFFILIATE, WHAT HAPPENS? Only affiliated competitions will have access to Sporting Pulse, which is paid for through affiliation fees. If TFA does not receive an affiliate’s fees, then it cannot provide the service to them. 6) WILL WE BE INSURED IF WE DON’T AFFILIATE? No. Affiliation fees paid to TFA include a component for insurance which is immediately forwarded to the national insurance provider along with details of whom is paying the insurance. If fees are not paid, you will not be covered. Non-affiliated competitions may seek other insurance arrangements. However, by virtue of large purchasing power, TFA is able to offer low rates and good cover. Alternative arrangements by smaller organisations are unlikely to be competitive or offer comparable benefits. 7) WHAT HAPPENS TO THE NTL PERMITS? The current arrangements for Permits in all states except Qld will not change, since all affiliates will become part of TFA. The current arrangements for NSW Permits will not change. 8) I’M FROM A QLD REGION THAT DOES NOT SUPPORT THE NEW STRUCTURE. WHAT HAPPENS TO OUR NTL PERMIT? TFA owns and allocates all Permits. The TFA Board will reconsider the allocation of Permits in Qld on the basis of the number of affiliates that become members of TFA as of October 14, 2005. TFA will cancel Permits currently allocated to those regions that are not part of the new structure. Sunshine Coast will be allocated the current Rustlers Permit. TFA affiliates across the Rustlers drawing area will be eligible to be a part of the Permit but athletes from non-affiliated competitions will not. Brisbane City will retain their Permit. 9) HOW MUCH WILL AFFILIATION FEES COST UNDER THE NEW STRUCTURE? For the upcoming season, fees will remain as they are now. However, once the new structure is fully in place and we are able to budget effectively, fees will be reviewed for season one 2006. 10) OUR AFFILIATE HAS ASSETS. IF WE BECOME PART OF TFA DO WE HAVE TO TRANSFER THEM TO TFA? No. Affiliates continue to operate as they do now. Assets of affiliates will not be affected; they will not be transferred to anyone at any time.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton boss Marco Silva: Real football fans understand situationby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva says their “real football fans” will understand their slow start to the season.Silva accepts he as manager will inevitably face the fury of fans who want to see instant results.“This will never change, in football, the manager will always be the person who is in front,” he said. “That is something natural.“Those who understand football really, look to the situation and understand what has happened. What we did or not (in the summer) we cannot change anything now. We believe in them, so let’s support them.”
Domestic violence prevention and intervention organization, Jenesse Center and its long time ambassador Halle Berry are proud to honor Peter Long PhD, President and CEO of Blue Shield of California Foundation at the Imagine cocktail party fundraiser to be held Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 6:30pm – 10pm, at the Wilshire Country Club at 301 N Rossmore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004.Jenesse CEO Karen Earl said, “Dr. Peter Long and The Blue Shield Foundation are leaders in the mission to ensure domestic violence (DV), its root causes and solutions are identified and shared. They encourage collaborations through cohorts where DV service providers are encouraged to partner with healthcare organizations to establish protocols; where culturally relevant programs are encouraged to work together and strengthen coalitions to ensure that vulnerable populations are served. This is so important as we continue working to address the impact of violence on women of color and particularly black women, who the statistics indicate are most likely to be impacted by violence. Dr. Long and the Blue Shield Foundation are partners in ensuring all voices are heard. We cannot express deeper gratitude for an alliance with Blue Shield and friends like Dr. Long, who have made it their mission to end domestic violence. We stand with you. And we thank you for standing with us.”“Jenesse is an organization that is not only vital to the community, it’s indispensable,” said Peter Long, PhD, president and CEO of Blue Shield of California Foundation. “They are innovative, driven, and relentlessly inspiring and effective. For years, the Foundation has proudly – and wisely – invested in their work to engage the healthcare system in addressing and preventing domestic violence, as well as in their efforts to ensure that services are culturally responsive, survivor-centered, and deeply rooted in justice and empowerment. They are an enduring force for good and a champion for change in Los Angeles, the field, and beyond, and we are honored to call them a partner.”The goal of Imagine is to elevate the conversation around the topic of violence towards women, girls and men and advocate the human right of peace in everyone’s homes, workplaces and relationships.Leaders from business, non profit, media, entertainment and government sectors are invited to attend. The event will shine a light on organizations and individuals who have moved the mission forward to raise funds and bring awareness to the issue, provide funding and relief to survivors and use their voice to stop the cycle of domestic violence.Jenesse Ambassador Halle Berry said, “One in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. This is why for 17 years, I have worked with Jenesse first hand to bring awareness to this life-or-death cause. I am proud of the achievements we have made to heal women, girls and families ravaged by violent homes and relationships.”To learn more about Imagine or Jenesse, visit www.jenesse.org or call 323-299-9496.
Ohio State announced Ryan Day, along with Greg Schiano, will become the first million-dollar assistant coaches in Ohio State football history on Feb. 14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorAfter paying $700,000 in base salary for its highest-paid assistant coach last season, Ohio State will pay two assistant coaches — associate head coach and defensive coordinator Greg Schiano and offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day — at least $1 million in 2018, the university announced Wednesday. Schiano earned more money than any other Buckeye assistant coach last season and will remain the highest-paid assistant, earning $1.5 million next season in base salary on a one-year deal. His $800,000 raise is a larger sum of money than his 2017 base salary of $700,000. Schiano had been pursued by teams in the NFL as an assistant coach and in the NCAA as a head coach.Day, who was promoted from co-offensive coordinator to offensive coordinator after the season, will earn a $1 million base salary next season. He signed a three-year deal, according to Ohio State.Ohio State co offensive coordinator Greg Schiano (middle, in red), leads into the air after the Buckeyes beat Penn State 39-38 on Oct. 28 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Station Manager“The reality is we have to compensate people consistent with the expectations and their performance,” Athletics Director Gene Smith said last week. Ohio State anticipates all 10 assistant coaches will be in the top-three in base salary in the Big Ten at their respective positions, according to a release.Every other returning assistant coach, except for linebackers coach Bill Davis, will receive raises. Davis, who earned $500,000 in his first season as an Ohio State coach, will be paid the same amount in 2018.Offensive coordinator and tight ends coach Kevin Wilson earned a $150,000 raise and will make $800,000 next season. He will have the third-highest base salary of the program’s 10 assistant coaches. Defensive line coach Larry Johnson’s base salary will increase from $575,225 to $750,000 in 2018, making him the fourth-highest paid Ohio State assistant coach. Former Washington State defensive coordinator Alex Grinch was hired as a defensive assistant coach and will have an $800,000 base salary next year. His specific role as an assistant has not been announced. Taver Johnson was hired Tuesday as Ohio State’s cornerbacks coach and will make $345,000 in base salary.In 2018, running backs coach Tony Alford will make $525,000, which is $75,000 more than he made last season. Offensive line coach Greg Studrawa will receive a $90,000 pay bump to raise his base salary to $500,000.Wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Zach Smith received a $40,000 raise, but will be the lowest-paid assistant coach, making $340,000. He is the only remaining member of Urban Meyer’s first staff at Ohio State.The Lantern requested contracts of each assistant coach, but has yet to receive the documents, which will include bonuses, supplemental income and other amenities.
Categories: News,Noble News State Rep. Jeff Noble today announced the Senate Judiciary Committee has unanimously approved his legislation to pull the state medical licenses for doctors convicted of sexually abusing a patient under the guise of a medical procedure – in Michigan or any other state.“It’s simply abhorrent when a licensed professional takes advantage of their position to sexually assault anyone,” said Noble, of Northville. “A health care professional has the responsibility to protect us and help us feel better, not violate our trust and induce a lifetime of trauma. Anyone who does that, in Michigan or across this nation, should be stopped cold to protect all patients.”Noble’s plan requires a conviction under partner legislation that provides stronger criminal penalties for health care professionals who engage in sexual contact or penetration under the guise of a medical treatment. Current Michigan law does not require a doctor who is convicted of such sexual misconduct to have his or her medical license revoked, with suspensions or fines among possible penalties.Noble’s House Bill 5789 joined a landmark bipartisan package approved Wednesday and advancing to the Senate. The plan was developed in response to the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal.“Not all doctors are Larry Nassar, but anyone who commits similar crimes should no longer be allowed to practice as a licensed doctor,” Noble said. “Medical professionals, educators, students, several private and public organizations and even survivors of Nassar’s crimes all spoke before a House committee and agreed that Michigan must improve its protections against sexual assault. This is one part of making that a reality.”##### 07Jun Senate panel advances Noble bill to revoke medical licenses for sexually assaulting patients
24May Rep. Bollin votes to reform car insurance and deliver guaranteed savings to Michigan drivers State Rep. Ann Bollin joined House colleagues today approving a bipartisan plan to deliver significant car insurance rate relief for drivers across Michigan.The House voted to approve legislation guaranteeing lower rates by giving drivers more choice on personal injury protection coverage, sets reasonable fee schedules and fights fraud and abuse.This bipartisan solution is designed to end Michigan’s long tenure as the state with the most expensive car insurance rates in the nation.Reducing car insurance rates has been a top concern of drivers in Livingston County and throughout Michigan. This issue has been discussed for decades and today the Michigan House of Representatives delivered a solution that will lower auto insurance rates to seven million Michigan drivers.Bollin said: “I am proud to play a part in delivering these reforms to drivers in Livingston County and across Michigan. These changes will lower costs, crack down on fraud and provide more coverage choice.”##### Categories: Bollin News
Broadcasters should extend their use of social media platform Twitter beyond relying on its “spontaneous” use to engage audiences and drive viewership, the social media company’s UK general manager Tony Wang told attendees at the IP&TV World Forum in London this morning.“Social TV is based on a fundamental human instinct – to share the experience,” said Wang.Tweets were the equivalent of exclamation marks expressed by the audience of a show, said Wang. Twitter allowed viewers to share not only with family and friends but with the world, he said, adding that there were three broad approaches broadcasters could take – spontaneous, organised and artful.Broadcasters could just put shows on air and wait for people “to show up to the the party”, he said. About 80% of young people used second screens while watching TV and 72% used social media, according to research cited by Wang. Social traffic could emerge spontaneously, with social teams involved in shows and live events taking advantage as it happened.He said that 72% of young viewers were prompted to start watching a show by positive comments, while 64% had their interest in a show prompted due to social media about the show topics and storylines, and 13% liked to watch a TV show that others are watching. Some 77% of young people said social media helped hold interest in a TV show, while 66% said show storylines discussed on social media were interesting.Certain tools could increase interest – hashtags on air, creative calls to action, ‘@’ names on air and allowing the audience to shape the narrative, said Wang.Wang said that hashtags on air such as #oscars immediately gave viewers a prompt. Locog’s ‘one year to the Olympics campaign’ created a spike during a live broadcast at Trafalgar Square by the BBC, and mini-spikes within that larger spike appeared when the hashtags appeared on air, he said.At handles on air is a “powerful way to get followers, almost like subscribers,” he said. He cited the example of OxygenLive, an experiment by the Oxygen network in the US, which had onscreen talent Tweeting live during the show in which they appeared. On the eastern side of the US, where the experiment ran, the network saw a boost of 109% in viewership, but on the West Coast, where the show was unaccompanied by the live Twitter feed, the increase was only 9%.Wang cited the example of Survivor host Jeff Probst, who live Tweeted during every episode in 2011, leading to a fourfold icrease in viewership.Creative calls to action via ‘talentcams’ are another way for broadcasters to use social media more fully, said Wang, citing the example of Oscars presenter James Franco, who broadcast a feed of his own performance at the event, using a device to record the audience from his perspective. Another example cited by Wang was Fox News’ use of Twitter to record the views of people watching the South Carolina Republican presidential candidates’ debate. Viewers could hashtag ‘Answer’ or ‘Dodge’ depending on how they thought the candidates were answering the questions raised. Viewers were also allowed to submit questions via Twitter and vote on how they thought candidates had done via hashtags.Wang said Twitter was staffing up to enable the company to work more closely with broadcasters and was recruiting someone with this role specifically in mind.
2019 Entrepreneur 360 List –shares Entrepreneur Staff Add to Queue The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Next Article Tesla But he’s been wrong before. Entrepreneur Staff Despite the name, Tesla’s Autopilot feature will not safely drive you home from work or anywhere else. Of course, that hasn’t stopped brazen Tesla owners from abusing the system (one was even allegedly drunk and asleep behind the wheel).But according to Tesla co-founder and CEO Elon Musk, true self-driving Tesla vehicles will be available next year.Related: The Daily Schedules of Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Oprah Winfrey and Other Famous Business Billionaires“I think we will be ‘feature complete’ on full self-driving this year, meaning the car will be able to find you in a parking lot, pick you up, take you all the way to your destination without an intervention this year,” Musk said during a podcast interview, as reported by Wired. “I am certain of that. That is not a question mark.”Of course, Musk has been off with his predictions in the past — just look at the whole production debacle he landed his company in after promising Tesla would manufacture 20,000 Model 3 cars a month by December of 2017. Yet still, Musk was at it again yesterday.Meant to say annualized production rate at end of 2019 probably around 500k, ie 10k cars/week. Deliveries for year still estimated to be about 400k.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 20, 2019 Apply Now » 2 min read Image credit: Bloomberg | Getty Images February 20, 2019 Elon Musk Says True Self-Driving Teslas Could Be Ready in 2020
Sarah Jacobsson Purewal How to Clean Up an Online Reputation Add to Queue Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business If you own a small or medium business, a good reputation — online and offline — is clearly key to your success. The stakes are also high for individuals, who can win or lose jobs based upon how they appear in Web search results.The Internet can overwhelm users with information, so anything negative — especially if it appears high in search results — can have a drastically harmful effect on your success and how people see you.Among U.S. recruiters, 70 percent have rejected candidates based on their online reputation — and yet only 7 percent of Americans believe that their online reputation can affect their job search, according to a 2010 study by Microsoft and Cross-Tab Market Research. A potential customer who searches for your business online is a lot like a recruiter, trying to find the best company for the job.Ignoring how you or your company appears in search results and on ratings Websites has arguably never been more perilous.One significant figure in the recently altered relationship between businesses and search engines is Vitaly Borker, owner of retail eyewear Website DecorMyEyes.com, who told the New York Times in November that his unconventional search engine optimization (SEO) strategy worked like a charm: Borker harassed customers, directing them to vent on the Internet. His Website thus climbed higher in Google’s search results, bolstered by the many links from established review Websites.Google immediately reworked its code and buried DecorMyEyes along with other businesses it deemed “bad.” Now that Google no longer rewards bad customer service with top spots in searches, it’s a good time to examine how your business can get more positive attention in legitimate ways.Should You Pay for Online Reputation Management?Deciding to take control of your online reputation is a daunting task, and you may be tempted just to hire someone to do it for you. Online reputation management companies abound on the Internet — claiming everything from 100 percent success rate (or your money back) to a “special technology” that reorders search results.Such companies may be worth looking into, but there is no magical way to erase content from the Internet. Once something is uploaded to the Web, it’s impossible for you or a third party to remove it without help from the administrator of the Website where it appears.It’s even harder to remove content from search engines (like Google) that cache their results and enable surfers, with the click of the Cached link, to view content that has been “removed.” In addition, the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine stores records of Websites dating back to the 1990s.Organizations such as ReputationDefender, RemoveYourName, and Integrity Defenders offer business packages to help you take on your online reputation. Essentially, however, these services focus on two tasks: requesting that negative information about you or your company be taken down, and helping you create new content to displace the negative content.ReputationDefender, which is perhaps the best-known reputation-oriented service, charges between $3000 and $10,000 to monitor your reputation. RemoveYourName and Integrity Defenders are a bit cheaper; their packages start at $3000 and $630, respectively. Often the quoted prices are just a starting point. ReputationDefender charges extra, for example, for helping you get rid of unsavory remarks that they uncover.Here are some key points to remember if you decide to hire an online reputation management company:Weigh any negative reviews of the company more heavily than you normally would. Remember, these companies are in the business of defending and rehabilitating reputations; if 10 “bad” reviews of their own service get through, imagine how many others they may have buried.No company has the magical power to automatically remove negative reviews from the Internet.Consider the benefits of a service that charges monthly versus a flat-fee service. Monthly services, such as BrandsEye, will constantly monitor your reputation. Flat-fee services, such as RemoveYourName, will spend as much time as it takes to get results. If you’re looking to remove specific negative reviews, a flat-fee service might be best for you; but if you just want someone to monitor your reputation, a monthly service makes more sense.It’s entirely possible that a reputation-monitoring service won’t be able to help you, or that the service’s efforts may backfire. In the case of Ronnie Segev, ReputationDefender and a blog called The Consumerist ended up in a spitting match after ReputationDefender requested that an article about Segev be removed.If you don’t have room in your budget for professional reputation management — or if you’ve decided that the service doesn’t justify the price — you can take on tracking and managing your online reputation by yourself.Step 1: Track Your Online PresencePerform a search for your company name in a general search engine, such as Google or Bing. Be sure to search not only for your company’s name, but also for related keywords, possible misspellings, and phrases (utilizing quotation marks). Note any negative reviews and where your company’s Website appears in relation to them (higher or lower). Cross-check your search on other search engines. For tips on effective ways to perform more-detailed searches, see “28 Time-Saving Tricks for Google, Facebook, and More.”Run site-specific searches on relevant Websites, including social media Websites such as Facebook and Twitter, review Websites like Yelp and Kudzu, and consumer advocacy sites such as GetSatisfaction and Ripoff Report. To perform a site-specific search of reviews of cupcake makers on Yelp, for example, type the following into Google: cupcake site:yelp.comSearch for individuals if you want to track the information available about you or your colleagues on people search engines such as Spokeo. Though most of these sites simply grab information that’s publicly available from other sources, you can try contacting them directly to request that they not present all the data to the public.Sign up for alerts from search engines. Google Alerts allows you to track search terms by type. The service will send any new mentions of your search term to your inbox daily, weekly, or in real time.Consider using BrandsEye or a similar service. This is one part of the process where paying for a service can definitely be useful. BrandsEye, which costs about $100 per month, not only tracks your online presence, but analyzes it, too. BrandsEye weighs each mention of your company as coming from an important or unimportant source and gauges how much effect each mention has on your overall reputation (similar to the way the Google search algorithm supposedly works).Step 2: Address the IssuesRead the reviews, both negative and positive. People usually spend more time reviewing services they feel strongly about, whether that feeling is love or hate. You can thus use negative online reviews constructively, especially if reviewers bring up legitimate complaints.Contact Websites if you encounter any false or unnecessarily vindictive reviews, and request that they be removed.Respond to customer complaints by apologizing and offering your side of the story. Then if someone later sees the negative comment about your company, they’ll also see that you’re committed to fixing and fostering good relationships with your customers. No matter how tempting it is, never trade insults with the customer — it’s harder for potential customers to identify with you than with a fellow consumer.Step 3: Connect and Create ContentConnect with your customers via social networking Websites. It’s not enough to have a Facebook page or a Twitter account that you post dry, business-related updates to — you have to engage your customers and help them get to know you, your business, and your brand. Content should be interesting — now is not the time to pitch your business or products — and try to encourage feedback from your followers.Create original content for the search engines, to displace any negative content that is currently popping up. This may take the form of anything from blog posts to informative articles to contests.Never “astroturf” by posting fake reviews, no matter how Web-savvy you are. If you’re found out, you’ll lose the respect of your customers, and you could also face legal trouble.Online reputation management might seem like a full-time job, but that’s not necessarily the case. If you take the steps to gauge the general tone of your brand’s online presence and discover that you’re doing a pretty good job, retaining a professional reputation defense company to obliterate one or two bad reviews makes little sense.If, on the other hand, your brand has a less-than-stellar reputation on the Internet, be aware that there is no one-step route to a rehabilitated rep; slow and steady relationship building is the most effective way to gain the reputation you desire. In most instances, a small business’s marketing teams should be able to handle online reputation management, since much of the task involves basic social networking and Website upkeep, along with reaching out to the clientele.Unfortunately, bad things have a way of snowballing — or “going viral” — on the Internet, so it’s possible that a bad hit to your reputation can become a big deal if you handle it poorly or fail to handle it at all. In these situations, having someone — whether it be a professional company or a full-time staff member — dedicated to protecting your reputation can be very helpful. If your online reputation is getting too hot to handle, for whatever reason, bringing in professional help should remove some of the stress. But no matter how professional a company or individual dedicated to online reputation management may be, ultimately they can’t do anything that you couldn’t do yourself with enough time and persistence. 9 min read January 14, 2011 Marketing Controlling how you appear in search results and on social networking sites doesn’t have to be hard. Brought to you by PCWorld Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Next Article –shares Register Now »
Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Eddie Antar died this weekend at age 68. Register Now » Jason Fell News and Trends Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Director of the Entrepreneur Partner Studio Eddie Antar (R) once known as Crazy Eddie Next Article September 12, 2016 Eddie Antar was an entrepreneur who realized the highs of business success as well as the lows of fraud and running from authorities. You might not recognize his name, but if you were alive in the late 1970s and 1980s, you’d be hard pressed not to know his business: he was the founder of the Crazy Eddie discount electronics store chain.From his quirky TV and radio commercials, how could you forget that his prices were totally “inasaaaaaane!”Antar died on Saturday. He was 68.Born in 1947, Antar opened his first Crazy Eddie electronics store when he was in his early 20s, in Brooklyn, N.Y. With the help of his popular commercials – which aired for nearly 15 years and starred radio personality Jerry Carroll – the business grew into a small empire of stores up and down the East Coast. VCRs, video games and camcorders (remember those?) were hot sellers at the time.But Antar’s “success” wouldn’t last forever. Here’s a quick look at 11 moments during his rise and fascinatingly bizarre fall:Antar opened his first Crazy Eddie electronics store in 1969 on Kings Highway in Brooklyn.The term “crazy” came from Antar’s wild sales style. Apparently, he’d accept customers’ shoes as deposits on items like TVs or stereos.His first commercial aired in 1975. Each one ended with the phrase, “’Crazy Eddie, his prices are insaaaaaane!” He continued to open new locations in the New York metro area.Riding the brand’s popularity (those ads were memorable), Antar took the company public in 1984.At its height, the company had more than 40 locations from Boston to Philadelphia, and was generating as much as $350 million in revenue a year.By 1987, stockholders discovered that $45 million in merchandise was missing. His business and accounting practices were called into question and the stockholders staged a takeover of the company. After all, how could he have such insanely low prices?Federal prosecutors eventually charged Antar and his family of skimming cash and manipulating the company’s stock.In 1989, Crazy Eddie filed for bankruptcy and its final store closed.The following year, Antar fled the country and was later found living in Israel. He was extradited and served seven years in U.S. prison.Antar’s cousin, Sam, who was the company’s CFO, pleaded guilty to fraud and later served as a consultant to governmental agencies that were investigating accounting fraud.In 2001, a newly freed Antar attempted to bring Crazy Eddie’s back, selling electronics online. Despite the cheesy ads, there wasn’t enough steam in the brand for a second go and the company failed. Add to Queue –shares 11 Insaaaane Things You Didn’t Know About the Founder of Crazy Eddie 3 min read Entrepreneur Staff Image credit: Sven Nackstrand/AFP | Getty Images
Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Feb 1 2019This software analyzes patients’ computed tomography (CT) results within 20 seconds and provides an image in which the pathology is clearly markedResearches from Peter the Great St.Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU), Russian Academic Excellence Initiative participant, in collaboration with the radiologists from St.Petersburg Clinical Research for Specialized Types of Medical Care (Oncological) have developed an intelligent software system for lung cancer diagnostics. This software can be installed on any computer. It analyzes patients’ computed tomography (CT) results within 20 seconds and provides an image in which the pathology is clearly marked. Researchers have named the system Doctor AIzimov (AI for Artificial Intelligence) in honor of the science-fiction writer Isaac Asimov, who developed three famous laws of robotics.At the end of 2018, the first tests of this intelligent system were carried out. The system analyzed anonymized CT images of 60 patients at the Oncological Center. According to the radiologists, the tests were successful, as the system has found focal nodules in lungs of small sizes (2 mm).”Initially, we set up an algorithm to search for nodules starting from 6 millimeters, because radiologists themselves start the treatment of tumors of this size. But the system is so smart that it was able to find nodules of even smaller size”, said the project lead Lev Utkin, the head of the SPbPU Research Laboratory of Neural Network Technologies and Artificial Intelligence.Research team includes the staff of the University (Lev Utkin, Mikhail Ryabinin, and Alexei Lukashin), experts from the St. Petersburg Oncological Center (the head of the Radiology Department Anna Meldo and a radiologist Ivan Prokhorov). The project was supported by the Russian Science Foundation.A new proposed and developed approach to the lung cancer classification using the chord method has been patented within only 3 months. The method of chords uses segmented CT images: points are randomly drawn on the surface of a nodule, after that the points are connected by lines (chords). The length histogram of the chords reflects the shape and structure of the tumor. Although the system examines every nodule from the inside, its external surroundings are also very important. To learn more about the tumor, it is placed in a cube, and perpendiculars are drawn from its edges to the surface of the nodule.Related StoriesNew protein target for deadly ovarian cancerLiving with advanced breast cancerStudy reveals link between inflammatory diet and colorectal cancer riskThus, instead of classifying a graphically complex and heavy images of the CT (the size of every CT image is approximately 1 GB), the nodule is represented in the form of compact and simple histograms, which are then analyzed by the Doctor AIzimov system.The scientists have also trained the system to distinguish malignant and benign tumors. “Many different objects may be detected on the CT images, so the main task was to train the system to recognize what each of the objects represents. Using the clinical and radiological classification, we are trying to train the system not only to detect tumors, but also to distinguish other diseases similar to cancer,” comments Anna Meldo, the head of the Radiology Department of the St. Petersburg Clinical Research Center for Specialized Types of Medical Care (Oncological). The system was trained by analyzing 1000 CT images from LUNA 16 and LIDC datasets. Russian researchers have also collected their own dataset named LIRA – Lung Intelligence Resource Annotated. Currently, the dataset holds CT images of about 250 patients. The scientists are planning to increase the number of images by four times by the mid-2019.With each new CT image, the system self-improves. To speed up the learning and testing processes, the researchers use capacities of the supercomputer center “Polytechnic”. In the future, a patient’s CT images will be transferred to the supercomputer using the Internet. This approach allows to reduce the diagnostic testing time per patient from 20 till 2 seconds. After that a radiologist will receive the marked image instead of the large CT image. It will significantly reduce the time needed for the analysis and diagnostics.The open testing of the intelligent system will be carried out at the beginning of 2019. The system will be at first used at the St. Petersburg Clinical Research Center for Specialized Types of Medical Care (Oncological). In the future, the project will be extended and more medical institutions will be involved into the intelligent CT image processing. The system will be adapted to analyze the results of the ultrasound and X-ray medical investigation of other organs. All data will be processed by the supercomputer, and the results issued by the system will be sent to doctors for them to make a decision about the treatment. Source:https://english.spbstu.ru/
Citation: 30 years later, Berners-Lee sees mission to fix internet’s ills (2019, March 5) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-years-berners-lee-mission-internet-ills.html Worldwide web inventor Tim Berners-Lee said Tuesday he is on a mission to fix the problems of online abuse, misinformation and data protection that were not envisioned when the system was created decades earlier. Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, says he is working to fix the problems of the internet that had not been envisioned decades ago Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Web pioneer wants new ‘contract’ for internet Berners-Lee, credited with creating the web in 1989, told a Washington Post event he is committed to working on solutions to rampant problems plaguing the online world.The British computer scientist said his efforts focus on two areas—the so-called “Contract for the Web” to ensure integrity of online information, and his platform in development called “Solid” to give users control of their data.His comments come amid events marking the 30th anniversary of the web and growing fears that it has been hijacked for nefarious purposes.Berners-Lee stepped up his call to join the “contract,” a project unveiled last November, that would bring together governments, tech firms and others to establish principles for online governance.”You can’t just outlaw fake news, it’s much more complicated,” he said in an on-stage interview at the Post headquarters.”The Contract for the Web is about locking in a midcourse correction, a change of momentum, back toward constructivism, back toward science, facts.”Berners-Lee said he launched the Solid projet in response to concerns about personal data being bought and sold without the consent of users.He said the platform aims “to separate the apps from the data storage” so users can decide where and how they would share their personal information.”Solid is going to be a ubiquitous data storage system that will give people control of their data,” he said.The system being developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology aims to give users “pods” for data that may be uploaded to services such as Facebook, Amazon or Google, he added.”You can have a personal pod, you can have a work pod,” he said.”You will have access to more data about yourself than even Amazon has now.”The two projects were announced last year as Berners-Lee expressed concerns that his creation has been “hijacked by crooks” that may spell its destruction. © 2019 AFP