first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A proposal by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service would hold transporters responsible for the mistreatment of livestock.An advanced copy of the notice was posted on the FSIS website on Friday, Oct. 7, and is expected to be published in the Federal Register soon after. The advanced copy could be subject to minor changes.“The Food Safety and Inspection Service is announcing its intent to hold livestock owners, transporters, haulers and other persons not employed by an official establishment responsible if they commit acts involving inhumane handling of livestock in connection with slaughter when on the premises of an official establishment,” the notice states. “FSIS believes these actions will further improve the welfare of livestock handled in connection with slaughter by ensuring that all persons that inhumanely handle livestock in connection with slaughter are held accountable.”Currently, the operators of farms and slaughterhouses are the ones held accountable for mistreatment of livestock on their property.“Livestock transporters or haulers transport animals to slaughter establishments,” the notice states. “Many of these individuals are not employed by the establishment and thus are not required to follow instructions from the establishment on the handling of livestock in connection with slaughter.”In January 2015, FSIS received a petition from the attorney of a swine slaughter establishment requesting that the agency review its humane handling enforcement policy. The petition stated that official establishments should not be held accountable when non-employees inhumanely handle livestock on the official establishment premises.According to the notice, FSIS will initiate action solely against the non-employee if it is determined that the non-employee is solely responsible.“For example, if Office of Field Operations personnel observe a non-employee driving animals too fast and causing a few to slip and fall, and establishment employees are not involved in the event, FSIS will initiate action against the non-employee and will not take an administrative enforcement action against the establishment,” the notice states.If employees and non-employees are involved in abuse, FSIS would take action against the non-employee and take a regulatory control action or administration enforcement action against the establishment.FSIS will request comments on this notice. The agency plans to begin implementing the policy 90 days after its publication in the Federal Register, unless it receives comments that demonstrate a need to revise the policy.last_img read more

first_imgIn the era of digital transformation, IoT is fostering the forthcoming revolution in mobile apps. It is changing the way companies used to provide mobile app development services. Similar to mobile apps, applications of IoT are also emerging in almost every verticles. IoT has helped thousands of corporates to deliver extraordinary customer experiences by providing technological enhancements to existing mobile apps.Experts predict that IoT is going to become a more significant player in the mobile app development business than it is right now. Bain predicts that the market share of IoT is going to increase more than double in 2021 with a staggering $520 billion compared to 4 years back in 2017 with $235 billion. Shortly, IoT is going to drive the trends of mobile app development services providers used to follow. Below are the new trends we can expect in IoT enabled mobile apps.Enhancement in the Number of Connected DevicesThe number of connected devices in increasing day after day. According to Statista, the growth in the number of connected devices is growing exponentially. It predicts that there are going to be 75.44 billion connected devices in 2025 which is almost three times of the number of connected devices in 2019: 26.66 billion. Mobile apps are going to play a significant role in connected devices as a majority of the connected devices will be mobile phones itself. As the sales of smartphones are increasing the number of connected devices are also growing. Increase in InteroperabilityBack in the early ’90s, there was a lack of clarity about which protocols and standards should be used to create IoT systems as there were too many of them. Although, the number of communication protocols and standards have increased the standardization has also been done by several institutions.Standardization of protocols has helped mobile app development services providers to build IoT enabled mobile apps faster. Now, since the standardization has been done right, experts are trying to figure out how to create an IoT system which is compatible with both current and future standards. Once this is figured out, mobile app development services providers will be able to implement interoperability to its full capacity by merely integrating an API with their old IoT mobile app.App Security will IncreaseIoT has always been prone to hackers because of the confusion in standards and protocols. Now, as the standardization is done, companies are shifting their attention to enhance the security of IoT mobile apps. Endpoints in any IoT network are the most vulnerable points to get hacked. With the increase in data security breaches and cybercrime, the opportunities for IoT mobile app development services providers are also increasing. Some of the custom app development companies have already changed their business model from developing apps to securing IoT mobile apps made by themselves as well as other development firms.Data-driven Mobile App DevelopmentData is at the core of IoT. Connected devices produce a lot of data. We can also make them handle data coming from other sources. For example, ERP and CRM integrated enterprise apps generate a lot of data which is very important to organize. Connected devices will perform various actions that will organize data in such a way that it’ll start making sense and help enterprises to make better organizational decisions.As the enterprise mobile apps will get better the necessity of creating an enterprise app will also increase. And hence, the concept of data-driven mobile app development will predominate. Artificial Intelligence and IoTArtificial intelligence has become a thriving technology. A technology that has touched the lives of millions of people around the world. Same is the case with IoT. Both IoT and AI are data-driven technologies. They both deal with a lot of data. Both technologies are used to store and analyze data. Integrating IoT and AI will help us gain better and accurate insights into various services. Bringing AI and IoT together will make the process of automation more efficient. Machine Learning is Going to RuleSimilar to AI, Machine Learning, is yet another facilitator of automation. Machine Learning is widely used in Chatbots and Voice Bots. It has helped a lot of enterprises and startups to connect with their customers 24/7 without any human intervention. Using Apple’s Core ML and Google’s ML Kit we can create apps that’ll make connected devices smarter and more efficient in finishing various tasks.The reason why AI and ML are going to rule the world is that they help us not only to remain in touch with the world all the time but also, improves productivity in to do our routine tasks. They have helped to automate a majority of the human tasks in various industries. Consumer-centric Industrial IoT will prevailIoT mobile app development services providers are evolving to deliver customer-centric IoT mobile applications. These apps will place a consumer in the center of everything. Entrepreneurs are implementing consumer IoT in the workplace to increase the productivity of the employees. The concept of consumer IoT is also aiding the smart city program running in various countries. This program aims to make the lives of people simpler and make our cities more energy efficient.Integration of IoT in Crypto-currencyIt is evident that IoT is pretty good at handling data. So, it’s high time now that we merge two of the most popular emerging technologies: IoT and Blockchain. The reason why we need to integrate IoT and Blockchain is that it will solve the longest running problem of security in connected devices. The high-security protocols of Blockchain will help govern the communication of data in various connected devices. AR, VR and Connected DevicesAR and VR have become two of the most popular technologies in the corporate world right now. The applications of AR and VR are widespread. We combined both the technologies and created Mixed Reality. How about connecting both of them with IoT? Doing so will help us achieve a new feat in automation. Smart connected devices will be able to deliver immersive experiences to the users. IoT and AR/VR will open new possibilities for enterprises to attract customers by arranging various marketing events and consumer-facing sessions. The Rise of Industry Independent IoT Mobile App DevelopmentEarlier when IoT wasn’t a buzzword, its applications were limited to specific industries. Since its inception, IoT was limited to a few sectors such as consumer retail and aerospace and armed forces. The first consumer-facing application of IoT was designed by John Romkey who turned a toaster on and off using the Internet with TCP/IP networking. Today, if we look at the applications of IoT, we can see that they are not only spread across various verticals but also connected across industries. Enterprises are leveraging this inter-industrial IoT to deliver excellent consumer experiences, streamline supply-chain management and simplify tasks for employees. The applications of IoT in businesses is going to increase with time.Efficient Mobile App DevelopmentAs we all know that “Automation” is the pseudonym for IoT. It has helped a plethora of companies and individuals to simplify various tasks. The lesser known fact is that it also helps mobile app developers to reduce development time. It means that the enterprises looking to develop apps from IoT mobile app development services providers will be able to spend less than their estimated amount. IoT helps developers to reduce development time by reducing their effort to test the app created by them. Developers can utilize the extra time to build more apps or enhance features in the existing apps.Deliver Personalized User ExperienceThe data collected using IoT networks can be used to deliver personalized experiences to users of a particular mobile app. As seen earlier, machine learning and IoT helps us to create smart apps. These apps can learn by themselves. So, as a user will use the app, it’ll get more intelligent and will be able to deliver personalized user experiences. The more an app will be used more personalized it will get over time. Efficacy of Apps will IncreaseIn today’s world, mobile app development services providers are in a constant worry about the robustness of the app they had developed. Mobile apps need upgrade and support for application even after the deployment. If apps do not get required support post-launch, then the apps might become device dependent. It means that it’ll run only on old devices and operating systems.IoT helps mobile app development services providers to connect their app with other devices that’ll provide support to their app. This way IoT will help existing mobile apps to increase their adaptability and efficacy. The Rise of Developers with Enhanced SkillsIoT is a booming concept in today’s world. The requirement of IoT mobile app development services providers and developers will increase in the upcoming years. But, as the technology is spreading not only horizontally but also vertically, we’ll need specialized developers who will have in-depth knowledge of a specific domain in IoT mobile app development. This will require the existing IoT mobile app developers to learn new skills and possibly new languages as well.ConclusionIoT has great potential to bring revolutionary changes in current mobile app development trends. It is going to open up immense possibilities for everyone related to this field. Whether it is a mobile app development services provider or it is a product based firm or an enterprise. Directly or Indirectly, IoT is going to drive the future of all industries, businesses, and individuals. Follow the Puck Tags:#IoT#mobile app development Sagar holds the position of Chief Technology Officer at Credencys Solutions Inc., a Mobile App Development Company. He is responsible for all the technical operations, as well as leading the company’s revolutionary offerings. He is helping companies navigate the Digital journey in an Agile environment. Share your app idea at sagar@credencys.com.Sagar has two main areas of focus – Technology and Processes. He has worked in leadership positions in various Fortune 500 companies and has been instrumental in driving success through digital transformation. He is also an enthusiastic Agile Coach. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Sagar SharmaCTO @Credencys Solutions Inc. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts last_img read more

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first_imgStefan Stojacic. Photo from Fiba.comMANILA, Philippines—Pasig Chooks will have one less problem to worry about come the 2019 FIBA 3X3 World Tour Masters in Doha.Top-ranked team in the world Liman of Serbia will miss the services of world No. 2 Stefan Stojacic for the next six weeks, which includes the Doha tournament on April 18 and 19.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Outmuscled in crucial stretch, Rain or Shine vows to be more aggressive Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Liman, however, remains a formidable squad with world No. 3 Aleksandar Ratkov, No. 4 Mihailo Vasic, and No. 7 Stefan Kojic in its stacked roster.And just last weekend, a Stojacic-less Liman finished in third place in the Wuxi Challenger.Liman went unbeaten in the group phase then, blasted Moscow Inanomo in the quarterfinals before suffering a 21-22 heartbreaker to eventual second placer Gagarin of Russia.That’s why Pasig Chooks still has little room for error in the global meet.“We have to steal one game. Everyone knows that Liman is one of the top teams in the world,” stressed Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 commissioner Eric Altamirano.“Katara is also the home team that is why we are hoping that the Filipinos in Doha will come out to support us.”The Liman squad is really a good team. Well, they are the top team in the world but their best player is original. If we do our best and stick to the gameplan, we can get a good result,” said Pavlovic.ADVERTISEMENT Pasig Kings import Nikola Pavlovic said the loss of the cager known as ‘Mr. Robot’ will be a huge blow to the Serbian’s campaign.“It will be a big difference and a big loss to them because he’s the player that makes the team better,” said Pavlovic, who previously played for Liman’s crosstown rival Novi Sad. “He can score a lot of points, especially the two-points. It will be a big problem for them.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsPasig, the reigning Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 President’s Cup champions, takes on Liman early Friday morning at 12:25 a.m. (Manila time).That clash against Liman comes after the quartet of Pavlovic, Joshua Munzon, Taylor Statham, and Angelo Tsagarakis face host team Katara on Thursday at 10:50 pm. LATEST STORIES View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

first_imgThe rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that form a cuff over the shoulder. These muscles and tendons hold the arm in its “ball and socket” joint and are involved in essentially all shoulder motions.Review Date:7/6/2011Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.last_img

first_imgTata Sons is reportedly stepping up efforts to ensure that its group companies successfully bid for GE Capital’s stake in SBI Cards worth Rs 2,000 crore. Tata Capital and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) are jointly bidding to buy the stake.Bombay House, headquarters of India’s largest business house Tata Group, is “working on a bid” that integrates the potential of its non-banking finance company (NBFC) Tata Capital and software unit TCS.”Tata Sons has put its weight behind this move because it has identified financial services as a key growth area,” a source familiar with the Tata Group’s plans, told Business Standard.In April, the New York-based GE decided to sell most of GE Capital assets, as a part of its plans to exit financial services completely.”GE Capital wants to exit the business completely, so the bidder has to acquire not only its stakes in the front-end business but also in the back-end company,” the source added.For its credit card business, the State Bank of India (SBI) had announced a tie-up with GE Capital in 1998. The business is run through two joint ventures, SBI Cards & Payment Services and GE Capital Business Process Management Services Ltd. GE holds 40% stake in the former and 60% in the latter.While SBI Cards & Payment Services is responsible for marketing and distribution of credit cards, GE Capital Business Process Management Services Ltd handles technology and processing through its captive BPO unit.Acquiring GE’s stake in SBI will give a major boost to Tata Capital , as its card business operates on the SBI Cards platform. Also, TCS is the technology services provider for SBI’s core banking platform and other value-added services.”The combined strength of Tata Capital and TCS has made the Tata Group a front runner for the stake,” said an investment banker.SBI Cards posted a net profit of Rs 300 crore for the fiscal year ending March 2015.last_img read more

first_imgSomali security officer stands guard at the scene of a suicide car explosion in front of Doorbin hotel in Mogadishu, on Saturday. Photo: AFPTwo car bombings killed 38 people in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Friday, the city’s main ambulance service told AFP on Saturday.“We have seen at least 38 people dead,” said Abdukadir Abdurahman Aden of the Aamin Ambulance of the bombings that targeted the presidential palace and a hotel.The first blast, followed by gunfire, occurred at a security checkpoint close to Villa Somalia, the name for the seat of government, while a second followed soon after at a hotel, according to police.The Shabaab Islamist militant group claimed the attacks in a statement posted online, saying it was targeting the government and security services.The blasts follow weeks of relative calm in Mogadishu.According to officials, the main attack involved the use of a vehicle loaded with explosives attempting to breach a checkpoint leading to the presidential palace, but security forces prevented the assault.“The security forces foiled the intent of the terrorists. They were aiming for key targets but they could not even go closer, there were five of them killed by the security force,” said Abdulahi Ahmed, a security officer.The Shabaab is fighting to overthrow Somalia’s internationally-backed government. In October it carried out its deadliest-ever bombing, killing over 500 people.In the wake of that attack Somalia’s government declared a fresh offensive against the group and US drone strikes have increased in frequency.While the militant group was pushed out of the capital in 2011 by an African Union force it continues to control large parts of the countryside and launches regular attacks on government, military and civilian targets.last_img read more

first_img Explore further More information: A comprehensive phylogeny of birds (Aves) using targeted next-generation DNA sequencing, Nature (2015) DOI: 10.1038/nature15697AbstractAlthough reconstruction of the phylogeny of living birds has progressed tremendously in the last decade, the evolutionary history of Neoaves—a clade that encompasses nearly all living bird species—remains the greatest unresolved challenge in dinosaur systematics. Here we investigate avian phylogeny with an unprecedented scale of data: >390,000 bases of genomic sequence data from each of 198 species of living birds, representing all major avian lineages, and two crocodilian outgroups. Sequence data were collected using anchored hybrid enrichment, yielding 259 nuclear loci with an average length of 1,523 bases for a total data set of over 7.8 × 107 bases. Bayesian and maximum likelihood analyses yielded highly supported and nearly identical phylogenetic trees for all major avian lineages. Five major clades form successive sister groups to the rest of Neoaves: (1) a clade including nightjars, other caprimulgiforms, swifts, and hummingbirds; (2) a clade uniting cuckoos, bustards, and turacos with pigeons, mesites, and sandgrouse; (3) cranes and their relatives; (4) a comprehensive waterbird clade, including all diving, wading, and shorebirds; and (5) a comprehensive landbird clade with the enigmatic hoatzin (Opisthocomus hoazin) as the sister group to the rest. Neither of the two main, recently proposed Neoavian clades—Columbea and Passerea1—were supported as monophyletic. The results of our divergence time analyses are congruent with the palaeontological record, supporting a major radiation of crown birds in the wake of the Cretaceous–Palaeogene (K–Pg) mass extinction. Citation: Group builds most comprehensive family tree of birds to date (2015, October 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-10-group-comprehensive-family-tree-birds.html Building a family tree for modern birds has been difficult for scientists because of the dearth of fossil evidence going past 66 million years—the time before the mass extinction that wiped out the other dinosaurs. After the extinction, bird species evolved so rapidly that it has been difficult to use traditional genomic techniques to follow the paths of the evolution of new species, which in turn has made it almost impossible to create an accurate tree. To overcome such problems the researchers with this latest effort used a different type of genomic sequencing technique—it is called anchored hybrid enrichment and allows for sampling parts of the genome that evolved both slowly and more quickly in the flanking regions.In all the team collected and tested samples from 198 bird species (which included 390,000 bases of genomic sequence data) that together represented approximately 90 percent of all known birds—a group known collectively as Neoaves. In looking at the data they retrieved, the team found that virtually all birds (excluding flightless and some chickens and ducks) could be grouped into five sub-groups, i.e. major clads. They also found evidence that suggested that all modern birds likely evolved from a single ancestor, one that lived approximately 75 million years ago, or ten million years before all the other dinosaurs went extinct—birds in general are believed to have evolved from the dinosaur family, developing feathers approximately 150 million years ago.In addition, the researchers claim their results show (and agree with paleontology records) that there was a major radiation event following the mass extinction. Dinosaur family tree gives fresh insight into rapid rise of birds (Phys.org)—A team of researchers from several institutions in the U.S. has created the most comprehensive family tree of birds to date. In their paper published in the journal Nature the team describes the genomic sequencing technique they used and the structure of the tree they created. Gavin Thomas with the University of Sheffield, in the U.K. offers a News & Views piece on the work done by the team in the same issue, highlighting differences in phylogeny between this newer work and that conducted by another team last year.center_img House finchnigel. Credit: Wikimedia Commons © 2015 Phys.org Journal information: Nature 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.last_img read more

first_img Recently, Google has made some big changes in how it ranks websites, leaving enterprise companies with the difficult task of reworking their search engine optimization (SEO) strategy across teams and departments.Here is a new SEO approach for enterprise companies, based on my experience working with brands like Coca Cola, Target and IBM, and focusing on the key factors that matter most for search engine results.Results: 17 Ways To Immediately Improve Your Website Traffic1. Rethinking keyword researchSome might argue that keyword research is a dying art, but it’s only become a more sophisticated one. According to Google’s research, roughly 70 percent of the engine’s searches are for synonyms of keywords — not exact keywords — that Google must identify and understand to direct the user to the right place.As a result, Google is now focusing more on intent of the user versus the specific keywords used, turning search into more of a conversation than ever before. For enterprise companies, this means that your SEO experts need to work more closely with the editorial board to develop important topics and themes that are relevant to your audience’s interests, while also looking for ways to create content that’s inclusive of all the different things they might be searching for.2. Adopting new rules for contentDeveloping content for SEO may feel like old hat for your content team, which is why it’s important to bring them up to date on Google’s changing expectations for optimal content. Searchmetrics has identified a number of content factors that affect rank in 2015, including word count, how keywords are distributed, internal links and the use of header and meta-tags.Take a look at Searchmetric’s infographic about the factors (or put someone in charge of reading the full report and presenting the key elements to your content team).3. Embracing the user experience (UX) imperativeUser experience (UX) is another major area that’s influencing search. Cross platform compatibility and site speed have both been shown to affect search rank, but your enterprise teams will also have to pay attention to more nuanced UX variables, like proper content structure and useful internal linking.In the past, optimizing for the search engines and optimizing for website users were sometimes conflicting goals, but Google has moved more toward bridging that gap. Encouraging your teams to evaluate all factors that influence how easily users interact with your website and content will be valuable for both.Related: 5 Must-Use Google Analytics Strategies to Measure SEO Success4. Getting proactive about public relationsLink building strategies — such as listing your site on web directories, posting links on low quality Web 2.0 sites, and leaving links in forum comments — no longer help rank, and can actually cause penalties in Google search. That said, the value of legitimate, high quality citations and mentions is higher than ever before. That’s why it’s important to have at least a few people on your team who are regularly reaching out to publishers and influencers in your industry, building relationships and earning high-quality links through valuable mentions and citations on their platforms.According to data from Moz and BuzzSumo, well-researched content, opinion-informing journalism, long form content, list posts and “Why” posts are all likely to garner a large number of natural citations, as well as social shares.5. Going local  Even if your business operates at the national or international level, the biggest mistake an enterprise company can make is to ignore the importance of local search optimization. According to seoClarity’s research, local search results rank number one 93 percent of the time, compared to 25 percent of the time in older analyzes. So if your business has no local presence, it’s increasingly likely it won’t rank high in search results.Having someone in charge of developing and maintaining a local search presence gives enterprise companies a valuable edge. Specifically, assign someone — internally or externally — to update and maintain local listings on your website and on third party platforms such as social media or review sites.  6. Building a social media empireBuilding a social presence has been considered an essential marketing strategy for a while now, but new research from Searchmetrics has shown that Google is now taking social signals (shares, tweets, +1s, etc.) into consideration for search ranks as well. In fact, they found that the number of social signals on Facebook, Google+, Twitter and Pinterest all correlated with higher rank position in Google.For enterprise businesses, this means that building a social media empire across relevant platforms and assigning a team to promote and engage is more important than ever before — not only for building brand awareness, but for remaining competitive in search.As 2016 looms nearer, new data will continue to shed light on which SEO factors your business should focus on. The most important thing you can do is to keep up with this research and actively disseminate new knowledge to important team members throughout your company.How else are you preparing your enterprise-level SEO strategy for 2016? Share your suggestions by leaving a comment below.Related: 6 Essential SEO Strategies to Incorporate in 2016 December 24, 2015 5 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more