The Top 20 First Jobs in the US According to Facebook

first_img Did you hold one of these gigs? The beginning of a new year often has us thinking about how we can advance our careers and the new skills we want to develop. But it’s also a perfect time to think about how far we’ve come from that first foray into the workplace.Whether it was a retail gig that still has you folding shirts in changing rooms, or the waitressing experience that taught you how to divvy up a check in seconds, first jobs are foundational, even if the only thing they taught you is what you are terrible at and shouldn’t do.Related: 23 Unglamorous First Jobs of the World’s Most Successful PeopleIf you’ve been on Facebook at all during the past several months, it’s likely you spotted the #firstsevenjobs hashtag that had users sharing the earliest gigs on their resumes. Some big names took part, such as pioneering astronaut Buzz Aldrin (dishwasher), Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda (slushee machine operator at his aunt’s store) and Facebook COO and Lean In founder Sheryl Sandberg (swiftly fired babysitter).With that information in hand, the social giant assembled the top 20 most frequently held first jobs in the United States. Childcare, serving food and drinks (including McDonald’s) and jobs that have a component of answering phones are all pretty well represented. Check out the full list below.BabysitterCashierLab assistantNewspaper deliveryTeacherCamp counselorRetailDishwasherReceptionistManagerWaiter/serverHostessInternMcDonald’sStudentBaristaStore clerkPizza deliveryLifeguardResearch assistantWe want to hear from you. What was your first job? What did you learn from it? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter. Nina Zipkin Image credit: Luis Alvarez | Getty Images Add to Queue Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Entrepreneur Staff January 12, 2017 Register Now »center_img Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business –shares Next Article The Top 20 First Jobs in the U.S. According to Facebook 2 min read Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Facebooklast_img read more

Jack Ma on Why Alibaba Isnt the Chinese Amazon

first_img Nina Zipkin Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. The founder of the global ecommerce giant explains his business philosophy at the World Economic Forum. Next Article Though they are both global ecommerce companies that were founded in the 1990s and have names that begin with the letter A, Jack Ma wants you to know that’s all Alibaba and Amazon have in common.In a conversation at the World Economic Forum, the Alibaba founder and executive chairman explained where he and Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos differ in their approaches to running their companies.He told interviewer Andrew Ross Sorkin that there is no one right business model — that if that was the case, the world would be a boring place. But Ma said that no matter what model you follow, you should believe in the work you are doing.Related: By the Numbers: Amazon vs. Alibaba (Infographic)When asked about Amazon’s apparent goal to own its entire supply chain, from servers to warehouses to delivery vehicles, Ma said that wasn’t the path he saw for Alibaba. He said he viewed Amazon as an empire, and Alibaba like an ecosystem.“We want to empower others to sell, to service, to make sure that other people are more powerful than us,” he said. “Making sure that with our technology and innovation, our partners and 10 billion small-business sellers, they can compete with Microsoft and IBM. … We think, using our technology, we can make every company become Amazon.” Entrepreneur Staff Alibaba Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Add to Queue Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Jack Ma on Why Alibaba Isn’t the Chinese Amazon Jack Ma, Chairman of Alibaba Group. 2 min read –shares January 20, 2017 Image credit: Drew Angerer | Getty Images Register Now »last_img read more

First Tesla Model 3 Rolls Off Production Line

first_img Add to Queue Matthew Humphries Expect 30 more before the end of July and 20,000 per month by December. First Tesla Model 3 Rolls Off Production Line July 10, 2017 Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Senior Editor Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand –sharescenter_img Image credit: via PC Mag 2 min read Tesla Model 3 The Tesla Model 3 was unveiled by Elon Musk in early 2016. We were then left waiting until March 2017 to see a “release candidate version” of the car in action. Four months on, and the first $35,000 Model 3 just rolled off the production line and straight into Elon Musk’s garage.With the first car now manufactured, the next goal is having 30 more available for a launch celebration on July 28. Production then increases to 100 during August, 1,500 during September and then 20,000 per month from December onwards if all goes to— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 9, 2017Production does need to scale quickly as Tesla is sitting on as many as 500,000 reservations, all of which were made with a $1,000 deposit.According to Bloomberg, if Musk hits his production targets then Tesla will be the largest producer of battery-powered cars in 2018. Larger than all other car manufacturers combined such is the scale he has planned.At $35,000, the Model 3 is much more affordable than the Model S, which will also make it much more popular. That’s why Tesla decided recently to undertake a huge Supercharger expansion. There are currently 5,431 Superchargers spread across Tesla’s global network. The aim is to have more than 10,000 before the end of 2017. Next Article Enroll Now for $5 This story originally appeared on PCMaglast_img read more

Are Online Comment Trolls Actually Psychopathic Sadists

first_img –shares Ah, internet trolls, those aggressive commentators who sow discord, start arguments and generally try and make as many people as possible feel terrible through ugly and often off-topic comments.If they seem like psychopathic sadists that’s because, as a new study published this week in the Journal of Personality and Individual Differences suggests, they probably are.Related: Social Media Is Getting Nasty. How Can You Rise Above It?Survey respondents were asked about their online behavior, including how much time they spend online and whether or not they frequently leave comments on news websites. Commenters who said that they most enjoyed using the internet for trolling (as opposed to other, sunnier options like “chatting with others,” or “debating issues that are important to you”) displayed personalities strongly linked to sadism, psychopathy and Machiavellianism. The connection between trolling and sadistic behavior was particularly robust, and strong enough for the authors to conclude that “online trolls are prototypical everyday sadists.”Pretty dramatic, eh?The more time a person spent online, the study found, the more likely he or she was to display sadistic characteristics. Of course, not all commentators are trolls. Only 5.6 percent of respondents were identified as trolls, while 44.3 percent were identified as “non-commenters,” meaning that trolls account for a minority of online commentators.In all, the study confirms what feels obvious: trolls do what they do because they enjoy it. “Both trolls and sadists feel sadistic glee at the distress of others,” the study notes. “Sadists just want to have fun … and the Internet is their playground!”Related: How to Handle Negative Online Reviews Guest Writer Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Laura Entis Add to Queue Next Article February 17, 2014center_img Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Are Online Comment Trolls Actually ‘Psychopathic Sadists’? 2 min read Technology Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Apple Pay Is Coming to Starbucks Chilis KFC

first_img Apple Pay Is Coming to Starbucks, Chili’s, KFC –shares Apple Pay Starbucks Corp coffee shops will begin accepting Apple Inc’s mobile payment system in a pilot program starting this year, Apple Vice President Jennifer Bailey said on Thursday.KFC and Chili’s restaurants also will begin accepting Apple Pay in 2016, she said at the Re/code technology conference in Half Moon Bay, California.The service gives Apple a chance to tie customers more tightly to its phones and its smart watch, as well as to take a tiny bite from every retail transaction.Apple launched the payment service a year ago and has claimed 2015 would be the “year of Apple Pay” as it aggressively courts retailers.But interviews by Reuters with analysts, merchants and others have suggested that Apple’s forecast may have been too optimistic and that many retailers remain skeptical about the payment system.Customer demand for mobile wallets has been slow, and analysts agree that they remain a tiny percentage of U.S. retail transactions.Brinker International owns the Chili’s restaurant brand, while KFC is operated by Yum! Brands.(Reporting by Julia Love, writing by Noel Randewich; Editing by Christian Plumb, Alan Crosby and Dan Grebler) Add to Queue Reuters October 9, 2015 1 min read Next Article This story originally appeared on Reuters The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Apply Now »last_img read more

The Galaxy Note 7 Recall Didnt Damage Samsungs Brand in the US

first_img The Galaxy Note 7 Recall Didn’t Damage Samsung’s Brand in the U.S. Image credit: Reuters | Kim Hong-Ji –shares A global recall of fire-prone Galaxy Note 7 smartphones did not appear to hurt U.S. consumers’ willingness to buy Samsung Electronics phones, a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Sunday showed.The survey conducted Oct. 26 to Nov. 9 found that current Samsung smartphone users were as loyal to their brand as Apple Inc. iPhone customers. It also found that people who knew about the recall were as interested in Samsung phones as those who did not.Samsung was plunged into a global scandal after Note 7 phones caught fire this year, prompting a worldwide recall. Some customers reported fixed phones overheated, leading Samsung to take back replacements as well. Investors expected Samsung customers would turn to alternatives, chiefly Apple’s iPhone 7.  Among those aware of the recall, 27 percent would first consider a Samsung smartphone if they were to shop for a phone, the poll showed. Among those who did not know about the recall, 25 percent would look first at a Samsung device.The poll found that Samsung’s customers were fiercely loyal to their brand. Some 91 percent of current Samsung users would likely purchase another Samsung smartphone, and 92 percent of current users would probably buy another Samsung product in general.That was similar to the brand loyalty among current iPhone owners: 92 percent would likely buy another iPhone and 89 percent would likely buy another Apple product.To be sure, it was unclear how much the Samsung recall weighed on the minds of consumers. The Reuters/Ipsos poll measured how interested people were in buying Samsung phones, not how much the recall directly influenced their decisions.  Jan Dawson of Jackdaw Research said the recall was mostly limited to early adopters rather than the majority of Samsung’s customer base, which limited negative user experiences.”Your own personal experience trumps what you read and what people tell you,” Dawson said.Samsung has said that customers chose another Samsung model as a replacement for the Note 7 in a majority of instances, without giving more detail. It has said nearly 85 percent of the recalled Note 7 devices had been replaced or returned through its refund and exchange program as of Nov. 4.In a statement it said it was now focused on “ensuring customer safety and understanding the root cause of the issue.”The Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted online in English in all 50 states. It included 2,375 people who own Samsung phones and 3,158 people who own iPhones. The poll has a credibility interval, a measure of accuracy, of 2 percentage points.(Reporting by Deborah M. Todd; Editing by Cynthia Osterman) This story originally appeared on Reuters Reuters Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. A recent survey revealed that people are still willing to purchase Samsung products after its global scandal of exploding phones. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Samsung November 21, 2016 Add to Queue 3 min read Next Article Register Now »last_img read more

Holiday 2018 Spending Could Reach 1 Trillion Heres Other EyePopping Numbers You

first_img Ninety-one percent of consumers said that they will shop in stores while 84 percent said they will shop online. Seventy-five percent reported that they will shop both in stores and online. This third category will apparently spend $1,379 on average, more than those who plan to shop solely online — $1,075 — or solely in brick-and-mortar stores — $742. Bring on the holiday cheer because it’s officially peak retail season. Case in point, starting Nov. 5 for the holiday season, all Amazon and Target customers can get free two-day shipping no matter the amount they spend. And consumers will spend, according to recent study from market research firm eMarketer that predicts retail sales in the U.S. will reach an eye-popping $1.002 trillion during the period from Nov. 1 to Dec. 31.Below you’ll find statistics on how consumers will shop this season — and how much they will spend — to help get you ready for the main event. NRF predicts that retailers will hire between 585,000 and 650,000 temporary workers to staff up for the holiday season, up from 582,500 in 2017. 4 min read Add to Queue Image credit: Eva-Katalin | Getty Images Smartphone shoppers According to PwC’s 2018 Holiday Outlook, consumers said that they plan to spend an average of $1,250 this holiday season on gifts, travel and entertainment, up 5 percent from 2017. Eighty-four percent of consumers will spend the same or more than they did last year. Get those ecommerce shops ready The holiday season already started –shares 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Salesforce predicts that mobile devices will be responsible for 68 percent of holiday shopping traffic and 46 percent of orders. Forty percent of holiday shopping will take place during Cyber Week. Next Article On Christmas Eve, Salesforce predicts that consumers will use their mobile phones for 72 percent of visits and 54 percent of orders. The company also predicts that 35 percent of all revenue will be driven by clicks from AI-based product recommendations. According to PwC, 30 percent of customers reported planning to use smart payment methods in stores, 24 percent by smartphone and 16 percent with a wearable device. Ecommerce versus in-store On sale Four in 10 people started their holiday shopping on Nov. 1, according to the NRF. Seventy-one percent of those polled said they are going to use a smartphone to buy presents. Eighteen percent said that they are way ahead of the curve and started holiday shopping back in September. Free shipping is a must The credit card is still the reliable payment method, with almost 75 percent of consumers reporting to PwC that they will use credit cards to pay for holiday shopping. Particularly for consumers 65 and older, 40 percent said they will use their credit cards to pay for all of their holiday shopping. Entrepreneur Staff Cardless payments Last-minute shopping Increased spending Holiday 2018 Spending Could Reach $1 Trillion. Here’s Other Eye-Popping Numbers You Need to Know. Do you offer gift cards? Holidays Ninety-four percent of consumers said they were planning to take advantage of free shipping, 50 percent will opt to pick it up in store and 16 percent plan to use expedited shipping. Ecommerce sales are on track to see a 17 to 22 percent increase in 2018 compared with 16.6 percent last year, with Deloitte predicting that those sales will reach anywhere from $128 billion to $134 billion during the holiday season. The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Nina Zipkin Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. The National Retail Federation (NRF) predicts that holiday spending, not including automobiles, gas and restaurants, will total anywhere from $717.45 billion to $720.89 billion. November 7, 2018 Holiday workers Consumers plan to spend an average of $1,007 on candy, decorations and gifts and purchases for their families, according to NRF. That further breaks down into $638 for presents for friends, family and colleagues, $215 for non-gift holidays buys including decorations and $155 on non-gift items for themselves and their families. Economic boom When asked what gifts they would want to receive, 60 percent said they wanted a gift card, 53 percent said they wanted clothes, 37 percent said they wanted books and other media, 29 percent wanted electronic gadgets and accessories and 23 percent wanted home furnishings. Visa or Mastercard? About your youngest customers When it came to deciding where they wanted to shop, 71 percent said that sales and discounts was the most important factor in their choice, followed by 60 percent focusing on quality and 60 percent focusing on selection. A squad of Benjamins Unsurprisingly, of the consumers ages 17 to 22 polled by PwC who plan to do all their shopping online, 50 percent said they will shop with their smartphone, 39 percent will utilize buy buttons on social platforms and 35 percent will utilize shoppable images. Apply Now »last_img read more

CBS Wont Air What Would Have Been the FirstEver Super Bowl PSA

first_img Peter Page Entrepreneur Staff Add to Queue Free Green Entrepreneur App January 22, 2019 Download Our iOS App CBS Won’t Air What Would Have Been the First-Ever Super Bowl PSA for Cannabis –shares Senior Editor for Green Entrepreneurcenter_img Next Article 3 min read Image credit: Shutterstock Acreage Holdings sought to highlight the benefits of medical cannabis and restrictions millions of Americans face when they need it. Medical Marijuana Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. Medical cannabis is not ready for prime time, at least so far as CBS is concerned.Acreage Holdings, one of the largest publicly traded cannabis companies, revealed that CBS has turned down its request to air a public service announcement about medical cannabis during the upcoming Super Bowl. The ad, which Acreage plans to release publicly when the final version is complete, will feature vignettes about three people suffering severe medical problems who found relief using cannabis.“We thought this message was strong enough and important enough that we wanted to share it on the world’s biggest stage, which is the Super Bowl, but we received a terse note saying they will not air a medical cannabis ad,’’ said Harris Damashek, chief marketing officer for Acreage.Related: 7 Tips for Making the Switch From Just Marketing to Cannabis MarketerA preliminary version of the 60-second ad features a boy suffering a nearly uninterrupted series of seizures — numbering in the dozens each day — whose mother credits medical marijuana for saving his life. A man who was reliant on opioids for 15 years to cope with the pain of broken back credits medical marijuana for giving him pain relief without opioids, while a veteran who lost a leg during his service similarly credits medical cannabis for granting him relief from chronic, excruciating pain.The ad concludes by encouraging viewers to contact their congressional representatives to demand legal access to medical cannabis, which is legal in more than 30 states but with varying restrictions. It didn’t recommend or even mention Acreage products.Super Bowl ads cost around $5 million for a 30-second spot, which Damashek said Acreage was ready to pay.Damashek said the company is not particularly upset, or even surprised, by the rejection from CBS, which they attribute more to the marijuana’s uncertain legal status between the laws of the 50 states — most but not all of which make it legal to some degree — and the federal government, which has not changed the legal status of marijuana since the Controlled Substances Act of 1970.“It’s emblematic of the problem we are trying to highlight, which is that Americans often cannot get access to medical cannabis,” Damashek said. “It is such a gray area and such conflict between state policy and federal policy that nobody knows what the risks (for CBS) might be.”Related: Facebook Has ‘Shadow Banned’ Marijuana BusinessesCBS had no immediate comment on the decision. Acreage was told the ad was rejected in a brief email that offered no elaboration. Damashek said Acreage will complete production of the full commercial and make it public on whatever channels it has available. All sorts of cannabis advertising is restricted on all the major online channels, as well as TV and radio.“There is so much hypocrisy that surrounds this issue,’’ Damashek said. “You will see countless ads (during the Super Bowl) for beer and erectile dysfunction medications but our ad with an educational goal to help people who are suffering is rejected. That is the irony we are looking to highlight.’’last_img read more

Tyson Foods agrees to sell its Sara Lee and Vans businesses

first_imgTyson Foods agrees to sell its Sara Lee and Van’s businessesPosted By: News Deskon: June 04, 2018In: Business, Food, Functional, Industries, Mergers & AcquisitionsPrintEmailTyson Foods has agreed a deal to sell its Sara Lee Frozen Bakery and Van’s business to private equity firm Kohlberg & Company for an undisclosed sum.The sale will include the Chef Pierre, Bistro Collection and Van’s brands, and will also give Kohlberg & Company the right to use the Sara Lee in certain markets.US manufacturing facilities operated by the businesses in Tarboro, North Carolina and Traverse City, Michigan will be included in the sale, as well as a sales office in Canada.Around 1,160 members of staff are employed at the two manufacturing facilities and the sales office, and a statement from Tyson Foods said that all employees “are expected to keep their positions with the new company.”Sally Grimes, group president of prepared foods at Tyson Foods said: “These are great assets with outstanding team members; however, we’re focused on expanding Tyson Foods’ leadership position in protein.“We believe these brands and facilities will do well as part of Kohlberg, which has extensive experience buying and growing businesses.”Tyson Foods announced earlier this year that the company would focus on its core protein business, and has recently offloaded its TNT Crust and Circle Foods businesses as part of this strategy.Former Sara Lee North America CEO C.J. Fraleigh will be appointed as the executive chairman once the deal is concluded.Fraleigh added: “I’m very excited to be joining the team. With established and iconic brands, including Sara Lee, Chef Pierre, Bistro Collection, and Van’s, this business is well-positioned to continue its historical growth trajectory.“I look forward to working with the company’s employees to execute on growth opportunities we’ve identified and continue providing customers with excellent service, innovation and consistently high-quality products.”Seth Hollander partner of Kohlberg said: “Kohlberg’s partnership with C.J., along with our depth of experience with food investments, creates an excellent opportunity to drive growth and value creation for all stakeholders.”Share with your network: Tags: prepared foodsSara LeeTyson FoodsUSVan’slast_img read more

Synergy develops ruby chocolate flavour for young consumers

first_imgSynergy develops ruby chocolate flavour for young consumersPosted By: Martin Whiteon: August 14, 2018In: Beverage, Business, Flavours, Food, Industries, Ingredients, New productsPrintEmailSynergy Flavours has added a ruby chocolate flavour to its ingredients portfolio, which is suitable for use in cakes, desserts and sports nutrition drinks.According to Synergy, the new flavour has been developed to create products which will appeal to consumers between the ages of 18-34, as these consumers are increasingly looking for visually-appealing and unique food and drinks products.The development of the new flavour profile follows the initial creation of ruby chocolate by chocolatiers at Barry Callebaut last year.Ruby chocolate is derived from the ruby cocoa bean, and creates a chocolate product with a ruby colour and a “sweet yet sour” taste profile with a creamy mouthfeel and fruity notes which differ from traditional cocoa products.Synergy says that it will promote the new flavour throughout Autumn so the product is ready for food an beverage manufacturers who are considering creating products for Valentines’ Day 2019.Hugh Evans, marketing manager for Europe and Asia at Synergy Flavours said: “We are delighted to be able to offer a versatile Ruby Chocolate flavour that can be used in a range of applications from bakery to sports nutrition.“It was important to us to be able to develop a flavour and bring it to market as soon as possible after the UK launch of the first ruby chocolate bar by Fortnum and Mason in April of this year.“Our team of flavourists were able to use sensory analysis results directly from ruby chocolate itself, resulting in them being able to capture the most authentic flavour possible.“This is the first time since white chocolate was introduced in 1930 that there has been a new chocolate flavour on the market and we are certain that this is going to help drive growth product in the bakery, desserts, confectionery and sports nutrition markets for many years to come.”Share with your network: Tags: flavoursingredientsRuby chocolateSynergy FlavoursUKlast_img read more

Capital Gazette shooting suspect said he would kill as many as possible

first_img ‘We’re just a quiet area’: Annapolis stunned by Capital Gazette shooting This article is more than 1 year old Share on Twitter This article is more than 1 year old US crime Capital Gazette: US mass shooters and their history of violence towards women Associated Press in Annapolis, Maryland First published on Tue 3 Jul 2018 11.14 EDT Marquardt said he once slept with a baseball bat by his bed because he was so worried. He also said the paper “stepped up security” years ago and posted the suspect’s photo around the office. “But then he went dormant for about two years and we thought the problem has been solved,” he said. “Apparently it was just building up steam.”On Monday night, an overflow crowd gathered to remember Rob Hiaasen, Gerald Fischman, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith and Wendi Winters with stories, poems, prayers and songs. The Baltimore-based novelist Anne Tyler, a friend of Hiaasen, was there. “I loved him dearly,” she said. “I thought he was smart and funny and wise.”Carl Hiaasen, a prolific novelist and longtime Miami Herald columnist, on Friday described his younger brother as “a person of phenomenal grace”. Share on Messenger Mourning continued in Annapolis on Tuesday, marked by a lowering of US flags. Donald Trump ordered flags flown at half-staff on federal property through sunset.The Annapolis mayor, Gavin Buckley, said on Monday that the president, who has repeatedly called journalists the “enemy of the people”, declined his request to lower the flags. The White House said on Tuesday that Trump ordered flags lowered as soon as he learned of the mayor’s request.The shooting happened last Thursday. Sgt Jacklyn Davis, a spokeswoman for Anne Arundel county police, said the threatening letters were received on Monday. Police found the 38-year-old suspect hiding under a desk and jailed him on five counts of first-degree murder. He has a well-documented history of harassing the paper’s journalists. He filed a defamation suit in 2012 that was thrown out as groundless and often railed against them in tweets.Tom Marquardt, former publisher of the Capital Gazette, said Ramos sent a letter to a company lawyer saying he was on his way “to kill as many people” as he could. The letter was dated 28 June – the day of the deadly attack. “In that letter, he was talking to the appeals court judge and suggesting that he didn’t do a very good job on the case and as a result he was going to have to take out his vengeance in a different way,” Marquardt said. Letters were also sent to a Baltimore judge and a judge at the Maryland court of special appeals. Share via Email Share on Twitter Maryland newspaper shooting Read more Maryland Share on Facebook Topics Share on Facebookcenter_img Reuse this content Maryland police say Jarrod Ramos, the man charged with killing five people at the offices of the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, sent three threatening letters on the day of the attack, including one that said he was on his way to the paper to “kill as many people” as he could. news Sgt Jacklyn Davis, a spokeswoman for Anne Arundel county police, said the threatening letters were received on Monday.Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images Share via Email Maryland newspaper shooting Tue 3 Jul 2018 13.46 EDT Since you’re here… Capital Gazette shooting: suspect said he would ‘kill as many’ as possible … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Maryland police say man charged in deaths of five at newspaper sent three threatening letters on day of attack Share on WhatsApp Shares1616last_img read more

Steve Bell on Jeremy Corbyns row with Benjamin Netanyahu – cartoon

first_imgBenjamin Netanyahu Last modified on Tue 14 Aug 2018 18.28 EDT Guardian Opinion cartoon Steve Bell Steve Bell on Jeremy Corbyn’s row with Benjamin Netanyahu – cartoon,Illustration: Steve Bell Shares510510 Share on Facebook Guardian Opinion cartoon Share via Email Tue 14 Aug 2018 15.02 EDT Donald Trump Jeremy Corbyn Steve Bannon Topics Share on Twitter Jeremy Corbyn Israellast_img

Paul Taylor celebrated dancer and choreographer dies aged 88

first_img Facebook First published on Thu 30 Aug 2018 12.42 EDT Thu 30 Aug 2018 14.28 EDT @jhnevins Twitter Soon after, he joined the Martha Graham Dance Company as a soloist for seven years, maintaining his own company while working with luminaries such as Doris Humphrey, Charles Wideman, José Limón and Jerome Robbins. He also originated roles for George Balanchine, known as “the father of American dance” and co-founder of the New York City Ballet.Taylor’s early works were provocative, particularly late-50s dances such as Duet, in which he and his pianist remained motionless, and Epic, another conceptual piece that saw Taylor move around the stage in a tailored suit. Taylor’s 1961 dance Junction, set to excerpts from Bach’s Suites for Violoncello 1 and 4, was well-received, but his breakout work was 1962’s Aureole, which saw a change of pace, with modern movements set to baroque scores. Paul Taylor in New York on 8 January 1969. Photograph: John Lent/AP Paul Taylor in his New York home.Photograph: Eamonn McCabe/The Guardian Read more This article is more than 10 months old Topics Support The Guardian Paul Taylor interview: ‘In a dance, I set up problems to solve’ Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Shares122122 New York news The renowned dancer and choreographer Paul Taylor has died at the age of 88 due to renal failure, according to Lisa Labrado, a spokeswoman for the Paul Taylor Dance Company.A 1992 honoree at Kennedy Center Honors and, a year later, a recipient of the National Medal of Arts by former president Bill Clinton, Taylor was a giant of American dance, and widely considered the last of the 20th century’s titans of the form. Taylor got his start in the 1950s, when he assembled a small dance troupe that performed his own works. This article is more than 10 months oldcenter_img Jake Nevins Pinterest Dance Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share via Email Aureole ushered in a prolific period for Taylor, who followed it with masterpieces such as Orbs, which the New Yorker called an “epic meditation on life, death and the universe”, plus Private Domain and Lost, Found, Lost. “You know he’s always saying something,” said Allan Ullrich, the San Francisco Chronicle’s dance correspondent. “There should be two words written on his tombstone: ‘He communicated.’”After retiring from the stage in 1974, Taylor would go on to cement his status as one of the most important and inventive figures in American dance, starting the Paul Taylor Dance Company, which has steadily worked for almost five decades and draws rapturous crowds to New York’s City Center and Lincoln Center during its annual “Taylor season”. His 147th work, Concertiana, premiered at the David H Koch Theater this past spring.In 2015, a documentary about Taylor’s life, Paul Taylor: Creative Domain, was released, its title shared with that of Taylor’s 1988 autobiography. Directed by Kate Geis, the film follows Taylor as a dance of his, Three Dubious Memories, takes shape, focusing on the choreographer’s notoriously elusive creative process and his interactions with his dancers.In his intimate autobiography, Taylor wrote about the creation of his masterworks, his childhood in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, and his working relationships with fellow dance maestros Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, Antony Tudor and George Balanchine. Taylor, a dancer who later became one of the world’s greatest choreographers, was seen as the last of the 20th century’s titans of modern dance Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Dance Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Paul Taylor, celebrated dancer and choreographer, dies aged 88 Share via Emaillast_img read more

DNA on napkin leads to murder charge in 25yearold case

first_imgShare on Twitter Shares5353 … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share via Email Minnesota investigators used genealogy website in case of Jeanne Ann Childs’ 1993 death Last modified on Fri 15 Mar 2019 10.57 EDT Share on Twitter Erin Durkin and agencies DNA on napkin leads to murder charge in 25-year-old case This article is more than 4 months old Since you’re here… Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian This article is more than 4 months oldcenter_img Jeanne Ann ‘Jeanie’ Childs was found dead in Minneapolis in 1993.Photograph: Raymond Boyd/Getty Images Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Mon 18 Feb 2019 12.20 EST news Share on Facebook A Minnesota businessman has been charged in a 25-year-old murder case, after investigators ran crime scene DNA evidence through a genealogy website then obtained the suspect’s DNA from a napkin thrown away at a hockey rink.Jerry Westrom, 52, was charged with second-degree murder in the 1993 death of 35-year-old Jeanne Ann “Jeanie” Childs in Minneapolis, a case that had gone cold.Childs’ body was found in her apartment, which, according to a criminal complaint reviewed by the Minneapolis Star Tribune, was in an area known for prostitution.Police found Childs dead in the shower, wearing only socks, with the water running. She had dozens of stab wounds, several inflicted after she died.Westrom is a father of two from Isanti, Minnesota, who was 27 at the time of the crime, according to the Star Tribune. He was released from jail on Friday in Hennepin county, after posting bail.The FBI ran DNA from the crime scene through an online genealogy website in 2018 and got a match, the Hennepin county attorney, Mike Freeman, told the newspaper. Either Westrom or a close relative had submitted DNA to the site to get information about family genealogy.“If we don’t have a match, we don’t have a case,” Freeman said.Officers then followed Westrom in hopes of collecting a sample of his DNA, and got lucky at a hockey game where he ordered a hotdog at a concession stand, wiped his mouth after eating, and tossed the napkin in the trash.Investigators matched the DNA on the napkin to that found on a washcloth at the crime scene, the Star Tribune reported. Authorities said DNA taken from Westrom after his arrest also connected him to the crime scene.Westrom has denied involvement and said he did not know the victim and was not present in the apartment where she was killed. His lawyer said he was charged prematurely.The suspect is married with two grown children, an owner of several businesses and a supporter of youth athletics. He has convictions for drunk driving and served probation after being accused of soliciting a teenager for sex, according to the newspaper.Childs’ mother, Betty Eakman, told the Star Tribune she has long wondered about her daughter’s fate.“I am so happy they have come out with this new technology,” she said. Topics Share on Pinterest Minnesota Minnesota Reuse this contentlast_img read more

US will run out of avocados in three weeks if Trump closes

first_imgShare on Twitter Support The Guardian Read more US-Mexico border US will run out of avocados in three weeks if Trump closes Mexico border Share on Facebook Share on Twitter US politics Last modified on Tue 2 Apr 2019 05.11 EDT US immigration Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Avocados during harvest at an orchard in Mexico, where nearly half of all imported US vegetables and 40% of imported fruit are grown.Photograph: Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images Mexico ‘We’re one community’: border cities fear Trump’s crackdown Share on LinkedIn news This article is more than 3 months old Share via Email This article is more than 3 months old As changing palates have increased demand for fresh produce, and a greater variety of it, the United States has increasingly come to depend on Mexico to meet that need.Imports have nearly tripled since 1999. In that period, Mexico has gone from supplying less than a third of imported produce to 44% today.In addition to avocados, the majority of imported tomatoes, cucumbers, blackberries and raspberries come from Mexico. While there are other producers of these goods globally, opening those trade channels would take time, said Ganley.center_img Read more Shares6,6196619 US-Mexico border Topics Share via Email Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Americas Mon 1 Apr 2019 11.26 EDT Share on Facebook But a complete shutdown would disrupt millions of legal border crossings in addition to asylum seekers, as well as billions of dollars in trade, about $137bn of which is in food imports.From the avocados on avocado toast, to the limes and tequila in margaritas, the US is heavily reliant on Mexican imports of fruit, vegetables and alcohol to meet consumer demand.Nearly half of all imported US vegetables and 40% of imported fruit are grown in Mexico, according to the latest data from the United States Department of Agriculture.Avocados would run out in three weeks if imports from Mexico were stopped, said Steve Barnard, president and chief executive of Mission Produce, the largest distributor and grower of avocados in the world.“You couldn’t pick a worse time of year because Mexico supplies virtually 100% of the avocados in the US right now. California is just starting and they have a very small crop, but they’re not relevant right now and won’t be for another month or so,” said Barnard.Monica Ganley, principal at Quarterra, a consultancy specializing in Latin American agricultural issues and trade, said that a border closure would inevitably hit consumers.“We’re absolutely going to see higher prices. This is a very real and very relevant concern for American consumers.”The US and Mexico trade about $1.7bn in goods daily, according to the US Chamber of Commerce, which said closing the border would be “an unmitigated economic debacle” that would threaten 5m American jobs.The effects of a shutdown would run both ways.Mexico is the largest importer of US exports of refined fuels like diesel and gasoline, some of which moves by rail. It is unclear if rail terminals would be affected by closures. Farming Share on Messenger Reuse this content Mexico’s avocado army: how one city stood up to the drug cartels Staff and agencies in New York Fruit US consumers would run out of avocados in three weeks if Donald Trump makes good on his threat to close down the US–Mexico border.Trump said on Friday that there was a “very good likelihood” he would close the border this week if Mexico did not stop immigrants from reaching the United States. President says there is a ‘good likelihood’ he will close border this week if Mexico does not stop immigrants from reaching USlast_img read more

Meet Confetti Shes a Guide Horse in the United States

first_imgMeet Confetti. Confetti is Sorrel, Near-Leopard Appaloosa miniature female horse. Confetti was born in Florida and trained by the Jacksonville Council for the Blind to be a guide horse for people who can not see. Guide horses are an alternative to guide dogs because horses live between 30-45 years and can work as guide horses for at least 30 of those years. Guide dogs generally live between 10-15 years and work as guides dogs for about 8-10 years. Confetti is 29 inches from the ground to her withers. The withers are the place where her back and neck join, and the mane ends.Confetti has been trained voice commands like how to:move left and rightmove forward and backstop at curbsgo around stationary objectsreturn back to the same spotlead a handlerThe trainer also taught her that if she’s scared of something, she shouldn’t run away because whoever she is guiding, may be scared as well! The trainer also helped Confetti feel comfortable wearing a harness. Confetti is so well trained, she sleeps inside her owner’s closet! She eats, lives and plays inside her owner’s home, just like a guide dog would. Now, that’s impressive! Thanks to her trainer, Debbie King, Confetti was certified for public access by the Florida Service Dogs. Inc. in 2004.Confetti’s owner, Cheryl, is a reservationist in Jacksonville, FL. She has genetic deformaties in her hands and feet. She is totally blind and totally deaf in one ear; she has 40% hearing loss in the other ear.If you are interested in learning more about guide horses, you can find more information from the Guide Horse Foundation.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedSaving Lives to Save LivesDecember 24, 2014In “Easter Seals Crossroads”ATU194 – FIDO Project (Dr Melody Jackson), ABLE Act Event, Wearable Technology for People with Disabilities, To Do Number Matrix AppFebruary 13, 2015In “Assistive Technology Update”Guide Dogs and CompanionsSeptember 20, 2011In “Easter Seals Crossroads”last_img read more

AM157 – Fit Grips

first_imgHey there!  Welcome to Accessibility Minute, your weekly look at Assistive Technology, those clever tools and devices designed to help people who have difficulties with vision, mobility, hearing or other special needs!For some individuals who use manual wheelchairs to get around, the standard, slippery metal rim can be fatiguing after a while; this is especially true for those with limited grip.  IntelliWheels is a company which has developed Fit Grips, an affordable solution to these problems!  Fit Grips are ergonomic handrim grips that improve an individual’s comfort and performance while pushing his or her chair around!According to the Fit Grip’s description: “The patent pending design increases the circumference of the hand rim to minimize the strain on your hand, while the improved grip allows you to push with less effort than ever before!”  To learn more, visit more information, to read our blog or to drop us a line, visit  That was your Accessibility Minute for this week! I¹m Laura Medcalf with the INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads, in Indiana.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedRing Pen and Ring Pen GripOctober 27, 2016In “Products and Devices”AM214 – Dignity MugsDecember 16, 2016In “Accessibility Minute”OXO Good Grips ProductsJuly 12, 2017In “Independent Living” Podcast: Play in new window | Download157-11-13-15 Fit Gripslast_img read more

Ready to Print App

first_imgLooking for a comprehensive tool to help teach pre-writing skills to children?  Check out the Ready to Print app, an app developed by an occupational therapist with more than 25 years of experience.  The app features a large variety of activities and levels to help engage and build a strong foundation for beginning printers.Ready to Print “progresses through the pre-writing skills in a specific order, so that children can master the visual-motor, visual-perceptual, and fine motor skills necessary for correct printing patterns.  It is designed to teach children the correct patterns for printing, and to avoid bad habits that are difficult to change as the child gets older.”The newest version of this app features 194 different levels and 13 activities.Features of Ready to Print App:It provides many activities for pre-writing skillsSpecially designed with a progression of skills that work towards correct printing patternsAbility to change size settings to match each child’s skill levelProgresses from larger hand movements to smaller, more refined movementsAbility to choose which activity and level to begin onMany user profiles allowed, and remembers skill settings and tracks progress for each unique userWith iPad, user can send progress reports via e-mail directly from app (this feature not available on Android and Kindle versions)Option of sound effects or professionally-recorded voice promptsFree Ready to Print Companion Worksheets:To further practice handwriting skills, there are 65Ready to Print Companion Worksheets available to download for free.  They feature patterns and graphics taken directly from the app.  You can download them individually by activity or download a ZIP file containing all packets in one file.  To learn more about these worksheets, click here.Download Ready to Print for iOS, Android, or Kindle.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedInjini: Child Development Game SuiteApril 14, 2016In “Apps”10 Apps for Practicing Motor SkillsApril 1, 2015In “Autism”7 Educational Apps for ToddlersNovember 2, 2016In “Apps”last_img read more

ATU347 – GPS Navigation and Fitness Tracking for Wheelchairs – Briometrix

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | DownloadYour weekly dose of information that keeps you up to date on the latest developments in the field of technology designed to assist people with disabilities and special needs.Show notes: GPS Navigation and Fitness Tracking for Wheelchairs – BriometrixNatalie Verndon, Co-founder, Briometrix | www.briometrix.comStudent Design Competition | Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America——————————If you have an AT question, leave us a voice mail at: 317-721-7124 or email tech@eastersealscrossroads.orgCheck out our web site: https://www.eastersealstech.comFollow us on Twitter: @INDATAprojectLike us on Facebook:——-transcript follows ——NATALIE VERNDON:  This is Natalie Vernon, and I’m the cofounder of BrioMetrix, and this is your Assistive Technology Update.WADE WINGLER:  Hi, this is Wade Wingler with the INDATA Project at Easter Seals crossroads in Indiana with your Assistive Technology Update, a weekly dose of information that keeps you up-to-date on the latest developments in the field of technology designed to assist people with disabilities and special needs. Welcome to episode number 347 of assistive technology update. It’s scheduled to be released on January 19, 2018.Today I talked to a new friend, Natalie Verndon, who is a cofounder of BrioMetrix in Australia. They are doing some pretty interesting stuff having to do with wheelchairs, fitness trackers, GPS and more.We hope will check out our website at, give us a note on Twitter at INDATA Project, or call our listener line. The number is 317-721-7124.We love to hear your feedback, your questions, your comments. You might even hear your voice right here on the show.Seeing AI, accessible grilling, hover cam ultra, door dash food delivery, and ADA laptop wheelchair trays?  These are all topics of YouTube video that we’ve done recently. If you didn’t know, the INDATA Project has a pretty robust YouTube channel with hundreds of videos.  Head on over to you are a college student working in the area of assistive technology or rehab engineering, RESNA is having a student design competition. They’re looking for the missions in the area of access and communication technologies, cognitive and sensory impairments, internationally appropriate technology, and more. There is a deadline to get your submission in, it’s April 13 of 2018. If you are looking for the guidelines and applications, I’ll pop a link in the show notes over to RESNA and you can get a hold of your faculty advisor, your student design team, and try to win some cash and a trip to RESNA. Check our show notes.Not long ago, I was looking at an article that was talking about wheelchairs and GPS and mapping. I’m sort of one of those nerds who likes that technology to know where I’m going and how I’m going to get there and what the best route. An article I found was on the Australia broadcasting Corporation website. It was about a company called BrioMetrix and a new product called NavAbility. I was fascinated and needed to learn more. I just couldn’t stand not to know more. We reached out to the company, and not leave earned in, who was one of the cofounders of BrioMetrix agreed to come on the show and talk to us about what their technology is looking like and what it’s going to be.Natalie, welcome from Australia, right?NATALIE VERNDON:  Yes, that’s correct. Hi, Wade.WADE WINGLER:  Thank you so much for taking time out of the start of your work a day, the end of my work day. I love doing these global interviews. Tell me a little bit about yourself and how you became interested in wheelchair accessibility and may be a little bit about BrioMetrix as well.NATALIE VERNDON:  I background was always around working with things involving change and change management projects. I worked as a consultant for around 25 years. My business partners were always working it with innovation and commercialization products. We report in a few years ago to be asked to assist on a new wheelchair design. When we started to look at that, we had a wonderful opportunity to meet everybody who is using a wheelchair. They started to talk about some of the issues around fitness and getting out and about. That had us fascinated, that it was an area that was so important but everyone didn’t seem to be focusing on it. We had really old mobility maps and very difficult – they were trying to do things like get a fit bit or other devices to work, but we just had fantastic conversations about what were the important things to them that weren’t being addressed.We were fortunate enough to sit down and say, look, when one project ends, why don’t we take this project up. That’s when we became involved with BrioMetrix. Over the last two years, we’ve been working with our spinal cord injury hospitals, our wheelchair community, our sports community. We talked to our everyday users, our Para-Olympians, just trying to find out what are the things that were important to them. That was really the start of NavAbility. We both [Inaudible] full-time consulting and committed to BrioMetrix full-time.WADE WINGLER:  Wow. While NavAbility is the product that caught my attention and the thing I want to spend a lot of our time on today, you guys do a number of products, right?NATALIE VERNDON:  We do a number of products. We have NavAbility, and we have fitness can we also have another clinical tool that’s coming out in a little bit.WADE WINGLER:  Let’s talk about your fitness product just a minute before we jump into NavAbility. Tell me about that.NATALIE VERNDON:  The fitness part was the first area we started to tackle. That’s when we found it was crazy for everyone to be using other technologies that were really designed for walking. Of course, the technology wasn’t designed for propulsion. With that, what we are looking at is we don’t just want to measure strokes, the number of strokes [Inaudible] wheelchair community and from the physios [Inaudible] unlike in a fit bit, where they want you to walk 10,000 steps a day. That doesn’t work for this community. It’s kind of a use it, don’t abuse it that we had to work with. We are looking at stroke efficiency and effort, which is like a calorie burn, what kind of effort you go through throughout the day. We look at things like distance and speed and acceleration, all the different areas like doing wheelies, up and down gutters, those issues. The fitness tracker is looking at those things. We are also trying to make it so that it will have the social content as well, so you can set goals with each other and link up with people as well.When we were doing the fitness tracker – that was the funny thing – it was the thing that led on to NavAbility. When we are doing our forums and talking to different people, we would open the forearms up and say tell us about somewhere you gone new. When you are out doing fitness Scott you’d like to go somewhere that’s more interesting. That’s when we started to learn for more about how difficult it was to get out and about. I think we always knew it in the back of our minds, because when we would go out with different people, we realized how it’s very difficult just to go from A to B without understanding how accessible that pathway is to you. We are still working on fitness, but that’s when we grew into saying NavAbility is really the thing that’s critical that we’ve got to get going. We’ve got to make a practical tool.Really it was out of the forearms and listening to everybody that we had that moment of, ah, that’s the product that’s missing. That’s the product we need to concentrate on as well.WADE WINGLER:  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard of companies that do that. They set out to work on one problem and have that aha moment and pivot and realize here is the thing. I’m excited that you’re doing that.NATALIE VERNDON:  We’ve put two products together. When you get NavAbility, you’ll get the beginning of your fitness measures as well. The fitness is a separate product that has a lot more measures that go with it, but we incorporated some of the early ones into NavAbility as well to make it really interesting and enjoyable.WADE WINGLER:  I’m trying to picture what this technology looks like, how it attaches. Give me some of the physicality of the product.NATALIE VERNDON:  When we look at the product, for us there is the commercial side of it, and there’s also the personal side of it. If I talk about the commercial side of it, that’s where we have what we will call a logger or tracker. We attach that to the wheelchair and it would be doing, collect the reading of the path and also the wheelchair user. When we look at that – and when we are talking about the people who use wheelchairs, we have come up with a wheelchair, pilot. When we talk to our community, we told a story once about how I am in – my business partner – was studying paragliding. Whenever you are in control of a vehicle, whether it be a paraglider, hand glider, a bike, a car, you are in charge of that vehicle and you are in charge of its destiny. It’s in your hands. We love the story about being a pilot, so we spoke to our community and they said we are pretty happy to be called pilots. That’s what we call everybody.What we would do is attach our loggers to our pilots. What the logger is actually doing is reading both the pathway and the conditions of our user as well. The important thing with BrioMetrix and what we’ve tried to explain to our councils and governments over here – we’re working with national parks as well – it’s not about gradients. Gradient is one of the factors that the trackers will look at. What we are looking at is saying when I go down a path, what is the effect of that path on me?  What effort does it take for me?  When we are working with the trackers, it will be able to talk to us. When it first starts off, it will do an individual reading of the general population were doing the work with us. For example, we had four guys doing mapping around Sydney. That’s what the tracker will do, it will locate and create the paths. That tracker is available now.What we are working on at the moment and it will be do very late April, early May, is a smartphone version. What we will be able to do is, to be able to give to all of our community, is they will be able to have a smartphone, and if they opt in, it will be able to start recording all the paths. In my mind and my goal, what I would love to see is when people download NavAbility, which will be a free app, they will be recording and tracking the roads and making all these pathways and understanding the accessibility of that path. As they lay the path, they are kind of being the scouts for everybody else. Then other people who come in the area will see those paths, and they can look at that path and see how that affects them.WADE WINGLER:  As I conceptualize this – I mean, I use a number of apps to help me with my car traffic. I use Google maps or Waze or some of those things. It’s doing something similar. It’s watching other people’s smartphones and figuring out where is a traffic slow and fast and helping me to navigate around that based on that crowd sourced information. Is that what I’m hearing?NATALIE VERNDON:  Yeah. This is the crowd sourced information. With that information will look at, it will look at a path and highlight the path. If the path is green, that’s like an easy level to work with. If it’s a blue path, it’s a path you will be able to cruise through, really low effort. If it’s a purple path, you have some coasting but it will take some braking. If you look at the other side, when it goes from yellow to orange to red, that’s when you are getting from the moderate incline right up to a really steep incline where you could need some assistance.For us, Google maps is a set of maps where you can follow the roads. For our wheelchair community, for our pilots, those paths don’t exactly work that way. What NavAbility is doing is reading those paths and saying for someone who is actually trying to propel their wheelchair, is this path going to be easy, or will there be an incline, or is it going to require a lot of braking?  So the crowdsourcing will look at putting down that first layer of what that route is going to be like for somebody, and then when you have your own smartphone – we have developed it. We’re just trying to do the finalized stages. When you use it with your smartphone, the smartphone will be reading your effort, your fitness level, your condition, the requirements and start to say this path may be green for somebody else, but for yourself when you’re going down this path, because as your fitness level or your condition, this path might be more toward yellow picked it will take more effort for you.The nice thing about NavAbility is it will eventually be customized for you. Everyone’s different. Everyone has different levels of skills and levels of fitness. That’s what we are trying to do with the paths. You can pick a path that might be in the red zone if you think, well, I’ve managed it 1000 times before, so you can take that path. Or you might say, look, I’m a bit tired today or shouldn’t be stressing myself. Let me try to find a path that is an easier path to go down. It’s really about your independence. We are trying to get NavAbility to lay down the information for you. Whether it’s in your local area or if we are out doing some walks or trials, those sorts of things, that’s when NavAbility enters all its readings.I’m sure the first person who said I’m going to get into a Google car and map the world, they must have looked at them and thought, are you crazy. To me, I just have that vision of what we can do this. We can actually get our community to help others get out and about and let’s do some more traveling and get this information we need to make decisions about travel and doing what we need to do.WADE WINGLER:  I think it’s fascinating. I think it’s the convergence of a lot of technologies and it really helpful information. I used to be a cyclist, so knowing where you’re going but also the incline and effort really rang true for me as I thought about it from a bicycling perspectives. Depending on your fitness level and your day, you may think about those routes differently. That makes total sense to me from that perspective.NATALIE VERNDON:  We are working with Google maps. Google maps introduced looking at upgrading the accessibility of different locations. Because we’re going to work with this technology, we are trying to get to bangs for every buck. When we are out and doing our mapping, also if people want to stop and write a café or venue or whatever location they are at four accessibility, then we are starting to get those two pieces of information together. NavAbility is about how to get there, and the other apps that talk about accessibility or writing locations, now let me tell you about what the accessibility is like for the location. We’re trying to get our technology to talk with other sets of technology, not to separate them out, but let’s talk together and put into the hands of our pilots with pieces of information they need to more effortlessly get out and about. That’s the vision and goal we have for NavAbility.WADE WINGLER:  That makes total sense because you could have a route to get to a restaurant or something that is very clear to get to, but if the bathrooms aren’t accessible once you get there, then you have a different issue.NATALIE VERNDON:  Yeah. We know that this is trying to put the tool into the hands of people who are the ones who know and can make that proper judgment. That’s what we experienced. We just recently did mapping for the city of Sydney for our festival for New Year’s eve. The city of Sydney developed all these accessible routs that they could get people down to the water side to watch the fireworks, and we had our guys Jason and Ash and Mark go out, and they were doing the mapping with us. They came back and said if you choose this path, it’s exhausting. One of the paths was just far too much breaking and was far too dangerous. When we did the mapping, we went back to the Council, and the Council said we actually thought we chose some good paths. They change the paths right away. That’s the thing that’s great because it’s that first-hand knowledge that says it looks okay for you but it’s a lot of braking for us. We know the level of fitness somebody else may have to have to get there. It’s not a great general path for everybody. That’s the sort of things we are able to do, is the changing.It’s going to be great education. Knowledge that our wheelchair community always had, but this is not a really great tool of data to be able to give to our councils and our city planners and urban cities and smart cities and say this is data about what we can do for being more inclusive as a city.NavAbility, the wheelchair for our wheelchair community is about let’s give you really great maps, let’s get together. In the future, I see them creating routes for each other, like we are kind of encouraging our guys to say if somebody came to one of our coastal cities, what route would you map out for them for a great day in the city?  She said kind of like what the bike community is doing already. What are the great bike paths you can go on. We want our wheelchair community to do that for each other. If you visit Chicago and you’ve only got 48 hours, where should I go?  What are the great areas to zip around the city quite easily and go see things?We see NavAbility being really important for visiting and tourism a couple we also see this as really important to educate our councils. Once we are downloading to smartphones and people opt in to share their data, obviously their privacy is protected, this is where we are saying to councils, now we know are we being inclusive as a city. If we think people are coming into the city or suburbs or using our transport, then why are these numbers not showing up?  That’s what we are able to do. We want to make this activity and event accessible, so how do we know how many people do come in?  How do we know how many people use this service?  How do we know we are doing the right thing?  How do we know if we have replaced different features like stops or accessible toilets or parking?  Are these being used the way we jump them to be used?  If not, let’s question and find out why and what we need to do to improve.We kind of look at it at a personal level and a group level of sharing data and information about our cities and getting around, and then we look at it at a business level. What are we going to do with cities to improve these things?  NavAbility has those three focuses for us.WADE WINGLER:  I’m sitting here nodding along and agreeing because I think this is one of the most conference of looks I’ve seen at this issue. Let’s say our listener is somebody who is using a wheelchair and says I’m totally digging this and want to know how I can get my hands on this. Talk to me a little bit about how far along the process or development cycle you are. People are going to want to know where can I get it and how much is it going to cost, when is it available. Set that picture for me if you will.NATALIE VERNDON:  The actual logger for the cities is available now. The smartphone that we want to give to our wheelchair community is under development now. We are looking at late April, early May, that the app will be available. The NavAbility app will be free. Our idea is the more we download it, the more data we get, the more we can help the community build these maps. We have always committed to making NavAbility free to the pilots. We will always have updates on our website about how we are progressing and how soon. We are fortunate at the moment with our Facebook at the moment, 65 percent of our audience is from the USA. We want to stay tuned towards a Facebook. That would be great for updates. It would be a free app to download. That’s the NavAbility side.WADE WINGLER:  A quick clarification, right now for the geography, it’s only in Australia?  Or is it independent of the geography at this point?NATALIE VERNDON:  It’s completely independent of the geography. We will be able to map anywhere in the world. That’s not a problem. What we are very keen to do is involve the community and try to find people who want to manage the projects. The other things in the future we see ourselves doing is we want to visit a city, find somebody who can help project manage it. We look at the areas we want to map, what we want to do, and get those maps going.WADE WINGLER:  In our preinterview chat, we talked a little bit about the fact that you have something else on the horizon. What is in the crystal ball for BrioMetrix after NavAbility is up and going?NATALIE VERNDON:  After NavAbility is up and going, what we are doing is our fitness app. In NavAbility, we will have some fitness the data, looking at strokes, distance, time, and speed. Those are the things that are of interest to them. After that what it will do is what we call routed to or version 2 of fitness. That’s when we will look at releasing the wearable tracker. For everybody first will be the smartphone app, and then the wearable tracker.The difference with the wearable tracker, if you think about it, it’s just how your fit bit is. I wear my Fitbit. The wearable tracker is worn on the wheelchair. That has a lot more of the fitness measures and goes into far more detail about things like we will be able to look at some of the sports moves, spins, details of acceleration, that sort of information. If you’re playing a sport, if you’re really into your fitness and want to get more measures, and that’s what will come with our wearable tracker. The wearable tracker will also include the NavAbility as well.One further step from there comes our clinical measure. It’s looking at remote recording of health and fitness and wheelchair skills. That’s when the person who is using a wheelchair may be needing to do a check up or want to be involved with clinicians or occupational therapist or physiotherapist, they want to do things like checking the wheelchair fitting, checking suitability of the wheelchair, checking fitness and exercise goals, very much wanted to prevent injury, that’s sort of information the wearable tracker will be able to communicate with their physiotherapist or occupational therapist. It’s literally like they can share their data with their physiotherapist, or when they visit, their physiotherapist will have the wearable tracker and be able to give it to the wheelchair user and actually they will be sharing their data. It’s moving away from tell me about how your day has been to very much let’s share the data you’ve collected and see what your last couple of weeks have been like. Let’s look at if we are putting in too much effort that could be leading toward some shoulder injuries or shoulder fatigue.They are all a step from each other. They will all be released this year. We are just in that development cycle.WADE WINGLER:  I have to tell you, I’m excited about the things you are stacking up here and I think it’s going to be impactful in terms of the user community, the pilots that you’re talking about. You mentioned the Facebook page. Are there other ways for people to stay in touch and keep track of what’s happening in term of your developments?NATALIE VERNDON:  We are looking for people who want to become involved in testing. We are just about to start our second round of testing, so if anyone wants to volunteer to become a wheelchair pilot, they are more than welcome to pop onto our website and sign up. They just have to select sign me up for updates, or just let us know they are interested in being part of the pilot program. They are more than welcome to do that. We’ve done an awful lot of testing with our community so we would love to get involved with our US community. What we will do is keep them using the app until the full smartphone app comes out and we convert to the one when it is commercially released. They are welcome to keep playing with the test app in the meantime. That feedback we love and want.WADE WINGLER:  Was the website address?NATALIE VERNDON:  It’s We call it BrioMetrix because “Brio” is about vitality, zest, gusto. Brio is life, fun, enjoyment. Metrix is with the measure side of it.WADE WINGLER:  Excellent. Natalie Verndon is the cofounder of BrioMetrix and has been talking with us today about their new and emerging technology for tracking wheelchairs, mapping, and all kinds of cool stuff. Thank you so much for taking some time out of your day.NATALIE VERNDON:  Thank you so much. We are absolutely delighted to talk with you. Thank you so much.WADE WINGLER:  Do you have a question about assistive technology? Do you have a suggestion for someone we should interview on Assistive Technology Update? Call our listener line at 317-721-7124, shoot us a note on Twitter @INDATAProject, or check us out on Facebook. Looking for a transcript or show notes from today’s show? Head on over to Assistive Technology Update is a proud member of the Accessibility Channel. Find more shows like this plus much more over at That was your Assistance Technology Update. I’m Wade Wingler with the INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads in Indiana.***Transcript provided by TJ Cortopassi.  For requests and inquiries, contact***Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedATU329 – Self Driving WheelchairSeptember 15, 2017In “Assistive Technology Update”ATU340 – Annual Holiday Shopping Show Part 1 – 2017December 1, 2017In “Assistive Technology Update”ATU149 – Indoor Navigation for the Blind with Dr Aura Ganz, ATIA webinars, Microsoft Office for the iPad, Wheelchair for going down stairs, Endless Alphabet app, Bridging AppsApril 4, 2014In “Assistive Technology Update”last_img read more

Apples iOS 12 Makes Life More Accessible

first_imgFor the full list of braille display options, go to Settings>General>Accessibility>VoiceOver>Braille>the name of your display>More Info>Braille Command>Navigation. This year, Apple released the iOS 12 system, claiming it will “make your iPhone and iPad experience even faster, more responsive and more delightful.” You can add “more accessible” to that description as well.“Taking advantage of iOS 12 is a great way for people with disabilities to ring in the new year,” said Brian Norton, the director of assistive technology at Easterseals Crossroads. “It has a wide variety of features that simply make life easier to manage. Like any Apple product, it’s an incredibly user-friendly and convenient system. We highly recommend updating your Apple devices with iOS 12.”First and foremost, iOS 12 boosts speed and responsiveness on all supported devices, ranging all the way back to iPhone 5s and iPad Air. For instance, it launches apps up to 40 percent faster than previous systems, and it displays the keyboard up to 50 percent faster as well.Here are a few of the many other features that are particularly helpful for people with disabilities. Siri ShortcutsWhether giving directions, warning us about the weather or listing movie showtimes, Siri has always made life easier. Thanks to the iOS 12, our favorite phone friend can now streamline daily tasks even further by learning your routines and suggesting apps to help you complete them more efficiently.Through iOS 12, Siri can pair your daily needs with native and third-party apps that provide convenient shortcuts. You can also create your own shortcuts through the forthcoming Shortcuts app. Simple commands can now trigger a specific set of actions.For example, telling Siri you’re leaving for your doctor’s appointment could cue her to pull up directions and start playing soothing music. (If an emergency ever arises, asking Siri to call 911 will share your iPhone’s location data with the dispatch center.)The Shortcuts app is particularly useful for blind or low-vision users in linking them directly to reading and object recognition apps as soon as they ask Siri for help. New Braille Display Commands Apple’s iOS has new braille display commands that allow for faster navigation of web pages and documents with the following changes in text:Block quoteBold textColor changeDifferent itemFont changeForm itemHeadingImageItalic textItem of same typeLinkListMisspelled wordPlain textSame block quoteSame heading levelStyle changeTableUnderlined textVisited link More Accessibility Features One feature that will be especially helpful this holiday season and all year round is the Group FaceTime option.If you’re having trouble making it to family gatherings because of mobility or weather issues, you can make FaceTime calls with up to 32 people at once. With the Focus View feature, you can double-tap any particular person you’d like to see during the call. And with Live Listen, users who are hearing-impaired can use their iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch as a sound-boosting microphone to help them during situations in which it may be difficult to hear, such as these group calls.Speaking of groups, message threads and notifications are now grouped together by topic, thus clearing the clutter and allowing you to easily see what’s important, such as messages from family members or your healthcare providers.Critical alerts also help in this regard. This new type of opt-in alert feature allows you to receive important information even when your device is set on Do Not Disturb.In terms of sending messages, speaker confirmation provides peace of mind by letting you know your message has been delivered on time and to the right person.The Voice Memos app is also helpful in allowing users to record reminders for themselves, such as times of medical appointments or questions for their caregivers and healthcare providers.“Accessibility features like this not only provide convenience, but they also improve well-being,” Norton said. “The holiday season can be especially hard for people with disabilities, so having a device that makes life run more smoothly is a big plus. That’s what assistive technology is all about — helping people over everyday hurdles with a simple click or tap.”Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint Related10 New Accessibility Features in iOS 8June 10, 2014In “Products and Devices”Apple’s Bigger than Bigger AnnouncementsSeptember 10, 2014In “Computers”How to make your iOS device accessibleJune 10, 2015In “Hearing”last_img read more