What is Apple Without Steve Jobs?

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… guest author 1 Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… By now you’ve probably seen several reports about how Steve Jobs, 55, has taken a medical leave of absence to focus on his health. According to the New York Times, an anonymous source at Apple stated that Jobs had been looking “increasingly emaciated,” and that he was on a “down cycle” leading up to his medical leave announcement.It’s well-known that Jobs had pancreatic cancer, a rare form called islet cell neuroendocrine tumor with an incident rate of 2 per 1 million people. He was originally diagnosed in 2003 and successfully treated with a variation on the “Whipple” procedure, called a pancreatoduodenectomy, on July 31, 2004. This procedure includes the removal of part of the stomach and small intestine, portions of the duodenum, the head of the pancreas, the gallbladder, the common bile duct and regional lymph nodes.According to a Fortune magazine profile of Jobs, for nine months leading up to his surgery he tried alternative therapies, with reports that he had initially refused traditional Western medicine. He finally acquiesced to pressures from those close to him after a scan revealed growth in his tumor, and went through with the Whipple procedure. Without having to receive chemotherapy or radiation, he ended up recovering, back at Apple shortly after his surgery. WWDC 2006, 2007, 2008Over the next few years, Jobs became noticeably thinner. It’s not uncommon for those who have undergone a Whipple procedure to lose body mass. However, according to The Center for Pancreatic and Biliary Diseases at the University of Southern California, Department of Surgery, it’s usually only around 5% to 10% of the body’s regular weight, and “stabilizes very rapidly”. Based on his appearance, this hasn’t seemed to have been the case with Jobs.When he announced the iPhone 3G on June 9, 2008, about four years after his original cancer surgery, his weight sparked rumors in both the media and the Apple community that his cancer had returned. Apple PR was quick to respond, with the Wall Street Journal reporting that he was suffering from a “common bug.”In January 2009, he took another medical leave of absence. Just like now, the media was buzzing. To quell speculation, Jobs wrote an open letter to the Apple community on Jan. 5, right before MacWorld 2009 San Francisco, explaining that his weight loss was due to a hormone imbalance that had been “robbing” his body of essential proteins, and that he had already begun treatment.Guest author Ryan Vetter is a Project Manager at liquidpubs. He has published articles on MacNN, and is the author of an upcoming book “People, Technology, and Change”. His interests revolve around education, publishing, and technology. One week later, he wrote an email to Apple employees explaining that his health issues were “more complex” than he had originally thought, and that he would be taking a six month medical leave of absence. During his absence, Tim Cook, Apple’s COO became operations manager while Jobs remained CEO and was still involved in all major strategic decisions for the company.The same month in which he was to return from his absence, The Wall Street Journal reported that Jobs had received a liver transplant in Tennessee and was recovering. As Fortune would later report, he flew to Switzerland prior to his transplant to undergo an “unusual radiological treatment” at the University of Basel. According to Fortune, he chose the University of Basel because it had developed a unique form of hormone-delivered radiotherapy to treat neuroendocrine cancer. This treatment isn’t currently available in the U.S.When Jobs appeared on stage at an Apple Special Event in September looking frail and speaking in a soft-pitched voice, he told the world that he had indeed received a liver transplant. It?s still unclear whether the transplant was due to a recurrence of cancer spreading to his liver, or because of some other reason. However, it may have been due to a recurrence of his cancer, since a liver transplant is a treatment option for people whose neuroendocrine tumors have metastasized to the liver itself. This would also explain his trip to Switzerland.Now that he’s on another medical leave of absence, there’s speculation that he has either had a recurrence of cancer or that he’s having difficulty with the immunosuppressants he takes, better known as anti-rejection drugs. Without these drugs, the body would quickly mark and attack any transplanted organs because they contain foreign DNA.Since we’re not at a the point where we can grow new organs from patients’ own stem cells, Jobs has to deal with the side effects of anti-rejection drugs. Those are increased risks of disease and infection, in addition to an increased risk of tumors recurring. Apple is characteristically tight-lipped about Jobs’ medical issues, and has not stated exactly what kinds of medical problems he?s experiencing.There has been much debate about whether shareholders have the right to know more details about the CEO’s condition, including information about a succession plan.Here’s why I’m not terribly interested in succession plans.Let’s assume for the moment that Jobs will not be returning to Apple.Apple Without JobsThere?re two camps when it comes to the topic of Apple sans Jobs. One camp is optimistic. Apple is comprised of great people from top-to-bottom, and because the company has so much depth, it would continue to be successful well into the future – particularly because it’s believed that it has a set of products and services in the pipeline that will carry it for the next two-to-five years.The other camp is not so optimistic. They believe Apple will never be the same company without Jobs. The thinking goes something like this: Apple equals Steve Jobs. Without Jobs, there is no Apple. As many great people as they may have, without a leader to steer the ship, there will be no vision, no navigator.I tend to side more with these folks than I do with the optimistic ones. I don’t think Apple will fall face-first if Jobs is unable to return, but eventually, it’ll lose some ground and focus. Jobs is a special kind of person. He’s one of the few that can lead a company through all the competitive detritus in the world, and make it sing.Thanks to Jobs, Apple is one of the most innovative companies. He’s the perfect blend of a consumer and a businessman all wrapped into one, creative, visionary body. He strives for ultimate perfection and accepts nothing less. With his famous reality distortion field, he?s able to push people to new heights, and shake up entire industries. He’s a Da Vinci and a tyrant all in one. Tags:#Analysis#Apple#web Related Posts From all the little decisions to all the big ones, Jobs has his hand in a lot of it. You can see his name on an array of Apple?s patents for instance. He was even known to pick the music for iPod commercials. Since his return in 1997, Apple has become very dependent on his leadership and vision, and the culture that he infused into the company. As a result, he?s the source of Apple?s greatest strength. But he?s also the source of its greatest weakness, and that?s simply because he’s irreplaceable.Photo credits: top photo by BENM.AT Live Coverage; WWDC 2006, Collin Allen; WWDC 2007, acaben; WWDC 2008, Tom Coates; Newsweek, Business Week and Time magazine covers via Ballistik Coffee Boy; UnixWorld via mrbill.A History of Apple Without Jobscenter_img Jobs the VisionaryHistory doesn’t necessarily have to repeat itself. However, since Jobs is so unique and adept at creating the most innovative consumer technology, if he is unable to return, not only will it be a major loss for Apple, but for the world. We’d be stuck with Microsoft’s wares. Smartphones would likely still be dumb-phones. There’d be no iPad.He’s a change agent. We’ll look back and marvel at his creations.Jobs is one of the only individuals who has the ability to see the future with such sharp clarity, while at the same time is able to deliver that future today in a way that makes sense to consumers. As Sculley stated in Odyssey, his memoir, “What I perceived as symbols of the new technological age, Steve saw as low tech junk, remnants of antiquated technology that polluted the area’s beauty. He was right. Steve was mentally living twenty-five years in the future.”In a now-famous interview in Playboy in early 1985, the interviewer asked Jobs about the purpose of personal computers in the home. Jobs replied, “The most compelling reason for most people to buy a computer for the home will be to link it into a nationwide communications network. We?re just in the beginning stages of what will be a truly remarkable breakthrough for most people–as remarkable as the telephone.” And that’s exactly what happened. The PC industry exploded as soon as the Internet hit critical mass.A more recent example is from an interview Jobs did on CNBC after the announcement of the first iPhone in 2007: “I think the iPhone may really change the whole phone industry… I think this is where the world’s going… This is the future… I don’t see why everybody wouldn’t want one of these.”I hope history doesn’t repeat itself should Jobs end up not returning to Apple. And we may not even reach that point. He could get better, and be right back at the helm full-time. In fact, in a recent study , long-term survival rates for neuroendocrine pancreatic cancer can be as high as 77% post-surgery.Here’s hoping that Jobs makes a speedy recovery. WWDC 2010 photo by BENM.AT Live Coverage. “[Microsoft was] able to copy the Mac because the Mac was frozen in time. The Mac didn’t change much for the last 10 years. It changed maybe 10 percent. It was a sitting duck. It’s amazing that it took Microsoft 10 years to copy something that was a sitting duck. Apple, unfortunately, doesn’t deserve too much sympathy. They invested hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars into R&D, but very little came out. They produced almost no new innovation since the original Mac itself.”Billions of dollars were spent under Sculley’s rule, with hardly any product output. For instance, Apple tried to create a new, cutting-edge operating system in the late 1980s code-named “Pink”. Because of problems with memory leaks, processing power and more, they weren’t able to output a product. This was part of the beginning of Apple’s troubles. With other expensive R&D initiatives that didn’t result in any consumer products, the bills added up, and quickly.In 1993, the same year the first Newton MessagePad was launched, Sculley?s pet project that ended up costing the company hundreds of millions of dollars, Apple was beginning to seriously question Sculley’s ability to run the company. It didn’t help that its six-year lawsuit against Microsoft over the ownership of a graphical user interface operating system had just been dismissed. Around this time, Sculley admitted to his secretary that he was tired and was thinking about leaving Apple. In June of that year, the board removed Sculley from power, and placed Michael Spindler as CEO.Shortly after, Sculley left Apple.By the end of 1996, Apple was in disarray, unable to recover from its past mistakes, and was on its third CEO of the decade. Its stock was trading at $5.22.While there were some good things to come out of the company sans Jobs, like the PowerBook, it was losing relevance and desperately needed a new operating system. Windows had most of the world’s market-share. At that point, Windows was more advanced than the Classic Mac OS, since it sort of multi-tasked, whereas the Classic Mac OS, full of legacy code and old technologies, didn’t. The Mac had simply been frozen in time.Since Apple failed at creating a new operating system, it decided to try and buy one.But which one? There wasn’t much choice. They courted a few companies, one being Sun Microsystems. But they soon found themselves on Jobs’ doorstep. It was the little-known NeXT operating system they were after.When Jobs had originally left Apple, not only would he go on to found Pixar, which produced Toy Story in 1995, he started a new computer company called NeXT, Inc. It was there that he created what many believed at the time to be the world’s most advanced operating system: NeXTSTEP. It could multi-task, it supported multiple processors, and had excellent graphics support. It was essentially OS X, born 15 years earlier.Apple came back into Jobs’ life just at the right time. After some 10 years on the market, NeXT wasn’t profitable. But it housed incredible innovation.With Apple now at his mercy, Jobs had the opportunity to make something out of what he created at NeXT, and, most importantly, redeem himself. He seemed particularly focused on the latter. In an interview from Triumph of the Nerds, he had this to say about Sculley: “What can I say? I hired the wrong guy. He destroyed everything I spent ten years working for, starting with me, but that wasn’t the saddest part. I would have gladly left Apple if Apple would have turned out like I wanted it to.”This was Jobs’ chance to turn Apple around, and make it into the company he always wanted it to be. And that was a consumer company. Sculley lacked the unified vision Jobs had for Apple, teetering between a focus on business and an interest in consumers. This confused Apple’s R&D initiatives and product lines. An example is the Newton.As Jobs stated in the above-referenced Rolling Stone interview, “A perfect example is the PDA stuff, like Apple’s Newton. I’m not real optimistic about it…they thought individuals were going to buy them and give them to their families…at $1,500 a pop with a cellular modem in them, I don’t think too many people are going to buy three or four for their family. The people who are going to buy them in the first five years are mobile professionals.” The Newton ended up being used by mobile professionals, and didn’t gain much ground with consumers, just as Jobs had predicted.Jobs had originally built the company around the idea that it was primarily to be a consumer company, betting against Xerox on the idea that personal computers were just that: personal.He made a deal with Apple in 1997, sold NeXT and all its assets to them, and returned to run the company. He swiftly simplified and “consumerized” Apple’s product line, reducing the number of products, and streamlining their marketing.From 1997 until now, the rest is history. Apple’s stock (NASDAQ:AAPL) went from a decade-low of $3.28 at the end of 1997 to a high of $348.60 as of January, 2011, with almost $60 billion in cash and marketable securities. Apple has risen to be the second most valuable publicly traded company in the world, second to Exxon (NYSE:XOM).Shortly after Jobs returned in 1997, industry-changing products and services were spun out incredibly quickly; the Clamshell iBook, iMac and Titanium PowerBooks, Mac OS X, iTunes, the iPod, the iPhone, movie and TV show rentals, the MacBook Air, and the iPad, among others. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting During Jobs’ absence, Apple ended up nearly bankrupt. According to Jobs, when he first got back to Apple, it was within 90 days of bankruptcy. The stock had tanked; its product line was a mess. There was no real business strategy.While anything can happen in the future, we do have some prior knowledge of what Apple was like without Jobs at the helm. Let’s look back to 1983. Jobs et al. were hard at work on the all-in-one Macintosh computer. With sales of its previous computers, like the Apple II, having transformed it from being a basement business into a multi-million dollar company in just a few years, it needed to not only look like a big company, but act like it too.In order to achieve this, Jobs, among others at Apple, decided that they should bring in someone from the corporate world to run things. At this point, Jobs and company were self-aware enough about how hippy-ish Apple’s culture was and that it needed some kind of father to come in and watch over it.Jobs and the company chose John Sculley, the CEO of PepsiCo. Sculley exemplified the cold, withdrawn, hard-nosed CEO they were looking for. In a now famous line, Jobs called up Sculley and said, “Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life or do you want to come with me and change the world?” While they developed a close relationship in the beginning, Sculley was immediately taken aback by how out-of-control both Jobs and Apple as a company was upon his arrival. For instance, as Sculley stated in his memoir Odyssey, at one of his first meetings with Jobs and other Apple executives, there were people interrupting and insulting each other, acting rude. “Many of them traded insults as often as kids used to trade baseball cards,” he wrote.Fast forward two years. At this point, Sculley managed to rally the board against Jobs, which resulted in him being removed from power. Feeling dejected, Jobs left Apple in September, 1985. Shortly before Jobs?s departure, Sculley had also executed a massive layoff, axing 1,200 jobs from Apple?s payroll. Apple wouldn’t be same again until 1997, when Jobs officially came back to Apple.During Jobs’ absence, Apple ended up nearly bankrupt. According to Jobs, when he first got back to Apple, it was within 90 days of bankruptcy. The stock had tanked; its product line was a mess. There was no real business strategy. Sculley was responsible for a lot of the trouble Apple was in. As Jobs said in an interview in Rolling Stone in 1994: 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

LEED Can Change, Part Two: LEED AP

first_imgChanges for the LEED Accredited Professional Program for 2009As a builder, I have a pet peeve that I would like to share because I think it could be productive to other builders in particular and the building community in general. When I go to a green building event, an AIA educational event or most higher-level green education events, the facilitator inevitably asks the crowd questions about their backgrounds.“How many architects are in the crowd? Show me your hands. How many engineers? How many LEED APs? Any builders?”Builders are always last or, even worse, not in the question at all. Is it because not many builders are interested in these events, or do they not attend because they will feel excluded if they show up? I think it’s high time to combat both pressures. Architects, give builders a chance; and builders, show the architects that we are smart and we do give a damn. Disclaimer: This is a blatant generalization, but with all of the change in the air these days, maybe this trend could tag along.More and more builders are embracing green building, which is good. I think that green building could be the great unifier for architects and builders. Could the transition to a greener economy and built environment have a healing effect on this professional chasm? I’d like to think so. In order for American buildings to be the best product, they need the involvement of all professionals.That’s right, I’m calling builders professionals. How will you, as a builder, place yourself at the head of the pack when we emerge from the darkness of the current economic doom and gloom? Become a LEED AP. Take some of these higher-level green-building classes. Learn about the techniques and products that can make your projects truly green.Below is a description of the changes in the LEED AP system that are coming this year, including a LEED AP+ Homes and Neighborhood Development accreditation.LEED V3: Professional Accreditation ChangesFirst off, if you are already a LEED AP, you will not have to retest as long as you opt in to the new LEED Credential within two years. You will have to maintain your credential by paying a $50 fee every two years and taking 30 hours (6 LEED-specific) of continuing ed in the same time frame. The course descriptions are available at greenbuild365.org.If you haven’t passed the LEED AP test but still want to before the new program, you need to register for the test by March 31 and pass it by the end of June. If you are or become a LEED AP, you will always be one as long as you fulfill the maintenance requirements. You can also choose to enroll in the new system.The new LEED credentials will include tier-one (LEED Green Associate) and tier-two (LEED AP+) accreditation. There will also be a LEED Fellow designation for the true green-building gurus. These designations will require a multiple-choice test similar to the current LEED AP test. There will be tests in the specialty areas of Building Design & Construction, Interior Design & Construction, Operations & Maintenance, Homes and Neighborhood Development. With these credentials comes a biennial maintenance program that consists of a fee and course requirements.In my next entry, I will discuss the corresponding changes in the USGBC Education Program, lay out the dynamic LEED V3 roll-out schedule, and share my opinion about how high to set the green-building bar.last_img read more

Study shows cities getting smarter in 2017, but data use gets dumber

first_imgSurveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Tags:#IDC#Internet of Things#IoT#open data#Smart Cities In its 2017 predictions, International Data Corp. (IDC) sees smart city activity and open data projects accelerating, though urban leaders will remain poorly equipped to harness the new data potential.The market research firm recently released its report IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Smart Cities 2017 Predictions.Smart cities are expected to begin churning out staggering amounts of data from connected infrastructure and widely proliferating Internet of Things (IoT) technology.However, IDC sees that by 2017 a shocking 75% of global cities will fail to take full advantage of this wealth of smart city data and related digital assets.IDC says the data disconnect is largely due to a talent vacuum, with city personnel lacking critical project management, process and change management skills.On the positive side IDC sees a trend towards increased maturity in smart city digitization efforts. By 2019 it predicts that nations with 50% of mid- to large-sized cities with high levels of smart city maturity will be more successful in country digitization initiatives.Seeing a future in open data projectsIDC also saw positive developments on the horizon for smart city open data projects. It predicts that by 2019 50% of open data projects will evolve both monetized and free data services. Cities will drive these data services as they experiment with new data revenue models in their efforts to justify open data investments.“The awareness of the potential of Smart Cities has grown exponentially over the past year. States, provinces, counties, cities, and national governments realize that they can positively alter the lives of millions of urban residents with the technology and data-driven opportunities digital transformation provides,” said global director of IDC’s Smart Cities Strategies Ruthbea Yesner Clarke.“This transformation is not without challenges, as a broad ecosystems of partners must work together to implement complex initiatives, and this will affect the entire program life cycle from policies and regulation to worker training and process improvements,” she added. How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi…center_img Donal Power Related Posts For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…last_img read more

Six reasons why Shoaib Malik is India’s son-in-law

first_imgShoaib MalikA day after India’s tennis star Sania Mirza was appointed the brand ambassador of the new Telangana state,  BJP leader A Laxman termed the tennis star as a “daughter-in-law of Pakistan”. The leader said that Mirza did not participate in agitations that led to the creation of the new sate, and should not be the face of Telangana.Laxman’s argument is flawed, because the rest of the nation has already accepted Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik as their son-in-law. Here are seven reasons why Malik is India’s son-in-law.1. He fell in love with and married his sweetheart, the tennis champion of India. The BJP leader may or may not have given his consent on the marriage.2. He married Mirza despite knowing that the alliance will create controversy in both nations that have bled through history since the Partition.3. He was brave enough not to bother about Hindu or Telangana sensibilities when he fell in love with and married Mirza.4. He knew he was not living in the times of actress Reena Roy and Pakistan cricketer Mohsin Khan, whose matrimonial alliance in 1983 created no acrimonious fuss.5. He happens to play cricket, a sport in which Indians are the current world champions.6. He had agreed to settle in Hyderabad to make his bride happy even before marriage. A classmate and friend of Mirza disclosed then of the tennis star’s love for Hyderabad and how Dubai (where the couple live now) was definitely not her choice for setting up home.last_img read more

Sports Wrap: Anil Kumble’s horror ride to West Indies, Sourav Ganguly turns 44 and more

first_imgKumble suffers rough ride to West IndiesAnil Kumble, who landed in West Indies with the Indian team yesterday after a long and tiring flight, realised that his kit bag has been left behind at Gatwick Airport by the British Airways.Happy Birthday Ganguly: Looking back at his most memorable inningsSourav Ganguly had a dream start to his career at the hallowed ground of Lord’s, where he scored a Test century on his debut and after that he didn’t look back.Considered quitting Test captaincy several times, says Alastair CookEngland Test skipper Alastair Cook has admitted that he came close to resigning from his post on several occasions.Euro 2016: Antoine Griezmann swaps tears for joy with precious doubleAntoine Griezmann had plenty of painful memories to erase in Thursday’s European Championship semi-final against Germany and he did that in style, scoring twice to lead the host nation to an historic 2-0 victory over the world champions.Germany deserved more, says coach Joachim LoewGermany were the better team in their 2-0 loss to France in the Euro 2016 semi-finals on Thursday, coach Joachim Loew said as he cursed his team’s bad luck for costing them a place in the final.last_img read more

Wheeler Hurls Mats Past Nats

first_imgWASHINGTON — Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler was working in and out of trouble in the early going against the Washington Nationals, walking four batters and allowing a run on a wild pitch.So he asked catcher Travis d’Arnaud and pitching coach Dan Warthen a simple question: “Do you all see anything?” Warthen went into the clubhouse to check some video from the Aug. 5 game and noticed Wheeler was “collapsing” instead of “throwing downhill,” as the right-hander put it.Thanks to that mid-game adjustment to his delivery — and Washington’s own miscues, including one runner hit by a batted ball and another thrown out at the plate — Wheeler pitched 6 2-3 innings to win his fourth consecutive decision, helping the Mets beat the NL East-leading Nationals 6-1.“I didn’t have my best stuff. And it wasn’t very fun. But you’ve got to find a way through it,” said Wheeler (7-8), who contributed a broken-bat RBI single at the plate.“You’re mad at yourself, and you’re trying to figure out what it is. I wouldn’t say it’s mentally draining, but it’s just frustrating.”Relying on a fastball consistently in the high 90s mph because his curveball wasn’t working, Wheeler was good enough on a muggy night when the temperature was 85 degrees at first pitch.The righty went 3-8 with a 4.45 ERA in his first 16 starts, but is 4-0 with a 1.59 ERA in seven appearances since June 30.“This kid has really, really gotten better,” Mets Manager Terry Collins said. “I mean, as he continues to improve, the sky’s the limit.”Said Washington’s Jayson Werth: “That was the best I’ve seen him. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen him, but his velocity was a lot higher than I remember.”Werth led off the sixth with a double. When Adam LaRoche followed with a single to left, third base coach Bob Henley sent Werth home.Left fielder Eric Campbell threw out Werth with a one-hop toss; the call stood after a replay review to check whether d’Arnaud blocked the plate.“It changed the whole game right there,” said Daniel Murphy, who pushed New York’s lead to 4-1 with a two-run single in the seventh off Drew Storen.Nationals lefty Gio Gonzalez (6-8) was charged with four runs and six hits over six-plus innings. He put two runners on to begin the seventh, then shook his head as he walked off the mound when manager Matt Williams yanked him with Wheeler coming to the plate.Asked if he was upset that he was removed there, Gonzalez replied: “I wanted to face the pitcher, yes.”(HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Urban Meyer’s Bonus For Making The College Football Playoff Will Make You Jealous

first_imgUrban Meyer speaks to a reporter in his team's facility.ESPN.Urban Meyer coached his way to a major payday.Written into every college football coach’s contract are a series of bonuses that can be dolled out if certain feats are achieved. Expectations range from hitting a certain number of wins, to winning a conference title. Usually, the bigger the program, the harder the achievement.For Urban Meyer, Ohio State broke the piggy bank. For making the College Football Playoff, Meyer positioned himself for a handsome bonus check.According to USA Today, Meyer already received $50,000 for winning a share of the Big Ten East division. Now, Meyer is going to receive at least $250,000 for making it to the Fiesta Bowl.It’s official: @ClemsonFB and @OhioStateFB are heading to the @PlayStation #FiestaBowl. https://t.co/zfTNEIhRT9 pic.twitter.com/7ddJQTA1Yk— PlayStation Fiesta Bowl (@Fiesta_Bowl) December 4, 2016If Ohio State defeats Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl and makes it to the national title game, Meyer’s $250,000 bonus becomes $350,000.Ohio State and Clemson play in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 31. The game is set for a 7:00 p.m. E.T. kickoff and will be broadcast on ESPN.last_img read more

CanniMed says hostile takeover bid by Aurora weighing on share value

first_imgTORONTO – CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. is urging its shareholders to reject a hostile takeover bid by competitor Aurora Cannabis Inc., criticizing the value of the proposed deal and its effect on its share price.In a letter to shareholders released Wednesday, the Saskatoon-based medical marijuana producer said its shares are trading above Aurora’s offer of $24 and would likely be higher if it were not for the all-stock hostile bid.CanniMed said Aurora is offering shares that were worth only half as much just two weeks before its hostile bid was announced last fall and that it is inferior to its own proposed acquisition of Tragically Hip-backed Newstrike Resources Ltd. (TSXV:HIP).“The combination of CanniMed and Newstrike creates a major player across the Canadian recreational and global medical markets and will be valued as such,” CanniMed said in the letter to shareholders.“We see a clear path to $37 per CanniMed share — or more.”Aurora formally launched its hostile takeover bid for CanniMed in late November on the condition that CanniMed cancel its own planned acquisition and said its offer will remain on the table until March 9.Cam Battley, executive vice-president of Aurora, said in an emailed statement that he took issue with what he called “misleading” information attributed to him in the shareholder letter that he said was taken out of context.He later said in a telephone interview that CanniMed’s letter “just reeks of desperation.”Stock commentary website Citron Research said Wednesday that Aurora is “the weakest player in the space,” arguing that the company’s hostile bid for CanniMed shows that the company irresponsibly allocates capital. Citron said Aurora “is spending $600 million on the deal when the barriers to entry are deteriorating.”Citron also said Aurora’s stock should retrace 50 per cent, setting its short-term share target at $6.50.Battley said Aurora’s acquisitions have “benefited both our shareholders and their companies,” pointing to its investments in Radient Technologies Inc. (TSXV:RTI), Hempco Food and Fiber (TSXV:HEMP) and Cann Group in Australia.“Our strategic investments with our partners have increased in value from $40 million to $180 million, or about a 350% growth since we made those investments,” he said.The acrimonious takeover battle between the two marijuana companies was in the regulatory spotlight last month at a joint hearing involving the Saskatchewan and Ontario securities commissions.The Ontario Securities Commission ruled on Dec. 22 that any securities issued by CanniMed as a defence against a hostile takeover by Aurora will be cease-traded. Aurora, for its part, will be required to amend its takeover bid circular and related press releases to include certain information that could affect CanniMed’s shareholders when they decide to accept or reject an offer.Shares of CanniMed (TSX:CMED) closed 7.25 per cent higher, at $26.13, while Aurora (TSX:ACB) closed up 20.3 per cent, at $14.18 at the end of trading Wednesday.last_img read more

Just say no to exploitation UN anticrime chief says in drive to

“Moral outrage is not going to stop the traffickers,” UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa said in a speech in New York last night. “We need to change their risk and return balance, lowering their incentives to trade and increasing the threat of retribution.“That means less demand for the products and services of exploited people: no cheap labour-intensive goods, no sex holidays, no conflict diamonds or pearls, no free toxic waste disposal, no inexpensive home services,” he added.Mr. Costa urged UN Member States to ensure that a major conference on human trafficking in Abu Dhabi in March produces concrete results to help end the trade in human beings. Around 1,000 representatives from government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other bodies will attend what is expected to be the largest-ever conference on human trafficking.The Government of the United Arab Emirates will host the Abu Dhabi Global Initiative to End Trafficking in Persons from 26-28 March, with UNODC the support.Mr Costa stressed the trade in human beings for exploitation in forced labour or the sex trade was thriving because it was lucrative and firm action is needed to curb demand. He urged all Member States to implement the UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children.The March meeting is part of the global momentum building against trafficking in persons. “Greater attention to this modern form of slavery is spurring people and States to act,” Mr. Costa said.“There have been conferences that have changed the world’s views on development assistance, the conditions of women, or the danger of the AIDS pandemic. So I urge you to attend and propose concrete initiatives to make the Abu Dhabi meeting the anti-slavery counterpart of these successful events.”Among the expected outcomes is the establishment of a clearing-house for internationally comparable data on trafficking in persons. “At the moment we all are in a statistical fog,” Mr. Costa said. read more

Songs by U2 Bob Dylan others play starring role in Super Bowl

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Music is taking centre stage at the Super Bowl — and not just during the halftime show.Bank of America will have rock band U2 sing a new song during a commercial break. Pop band OneRepublic jams in a Bud Light ad. And the legendary Bob Dylan’s 1966 hit “I Want You” will appear in a Chobani yogurt spot.The focus on music comes as many advertisers look for ways to engage the 108 million viewers who are expected to tune in during the Super Bowl. With each 30-second spot costing an estimated $4 million, many companies are turning away from controversial or “gross” spots that might offend. By focusing on music, experts say advertisers will be able to reach a wide swath of people.“Advertisers are following the lead of what really spreads culturally,” said David Berkowitz, chief marketing officer of Publicis’ digital ad agency MRY. “The conversation around the Grammys and the VMAs keeps getting bigger. If you look at the most followed celebrities on places like Twitter its people like Katy Perry, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga.”— U2 SINGING: The biggest music stunt of the night includes U2 singing a new single, “Invisible,” during the break between the first and second quarters for Bank of America. The bank is promoting its partnership with AIDS non-profit (RED). The song will be a free download on iTunes during the game and for the following 24 hours and Bank of America will donate $1 each time it is downloaded to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS.— BOB DYLAN: Folk singer Bob Dylan lends a track to a Chobani ad running in the third-quarter that shows a bear ransacking a small-town store until he finds the yogurt. There are reports that Dylan also will be making an appearance in a Chrysler ad.— ONEREPUBLIC: Bud Light also will lean heavily on music. One ad will debut a new song by DJ and producer Afrojack, “Ten Feet Tall,” that will be available for a free download after the commercial. Another ad shows a man being led on a spontaneous adventure after he accepts a Bud Light from a stranger and ends with the man on stage during a concert with the pop band OneRepublic.— ELLEN DEGENERES: Beats Music makes its Super Bowl debut with an ad starring comedian Ellen Degeneres doing her take on the fairy tale Goldilocks and the Three Bears: she dances to different people’s playlists until she finds one just right for her party.Whether the focus on music will help brands stand out remains to be seen, but Tim Calkins, marketing professor at the Kellogg School of Business in Northwestern, said the key will be connecting music back to the brand.“The risk with music is you don’t want the song to overshadow the brand,” he says. “As advertisers embrace music, you’ve got to make sure the brand doesn’t get lost.” Songs by U2, Bob Dylan, others play starring role in Super Bowl ads AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Mae Anderson, The Associated Press Posted Feb 1, 2014 7:59 am MDT read more

Ohio State womens basketball has no problem handling Nebraska 9670

If there is any time to have complete focus on the mission that has been set for the No. 5 Ohio State (22-4, 14-1) women’s basketball team, it’s now, and the players are well aware.With the postseason in the near future, the Buckeyes continue to possess the “one game at a time” mentality that many teams live by, and they had Nebraska (17-9, 8-7) down to a science right from the jump, routing the Cornhuskers 96-70.Both the Buckeyes and the Huskers immediately sprung out to a fast-paced start, with Nebraska scoring within the first 15 seconds and OSU answering right after.Although the Scarlet and Gray controlled the pace of the game and showcased an abundance of energy, senior Ameryst Alston said they still believe they can do better in that realm.“In the first half, our intensity wasn’t quite there,” the guard said after the game. “We weren’t really in the right spots, but in the second half we made adjustments.”Nebraska’s first-half scoring attack was led by its freshman forward Jessica Shepard, who was nothing but smooth on the block, showing that she is one of the top post players in the Big Ten. She scored 12 points prior to the break.Shepard’s 6-foot-4 frame and ability to convert a close-range hook shot with both hands made it difficult for her to be stopped. The Buckeyes’ forwards were able to limit Shepard to 20 points by the end of the match thanks to the tempo that they initiated, forcing Shepard to limit her playing time due to fast-break style that the Buckeyes followed.When the Huskers were able to get the ball into Shepard, they had a lot more productivity within their offensive possessions. Having the basketball IQ of a veteran point guard, Shepard knew when it was appropriate to look for her own shot or to find an open teammate.“Jessica Shepard is so good, that if you are going to let them walk the ball down and pound it in to her, it’s going to be a long night for us,” OSU coach Kevin McGuff said.But as a result of OSU’s scheming to limit Shepard, the night ended up not being all that long.The Buckeyes followed the path of their most recent 2,000-point scorer, Alston, who went a perfect 3-of-3 in the first quarter, later ending the half with 12 points. Alston continued to orchestrate the OSU offense, finishing the game with 16 points and three assists.It was Hart’s 14th consecutive game in double-figure scoring. A Dec. 31 game against Michigan State was the last time she scored in single digits. Sophomore forward Alexa Hart remained an efficient shooter for McGuff’s team, going 8-of-10 from the field and maintaining her No. 3 rank in the Big Ten in field-goal percentage (64.6 percent). Hart completed the evening with 18 points and nine rebounds.In the last 20 minutes of play, it was difficult for the Huskers to come back and make a run on the Buckeyes.The tenacious defense from OSU’s guards forced several Nebraska mistakes and made it difficult for any of the Husker ball-handlers to get the rock in Shepard’s hands.OSU sophomore guards Asia Doss and Kelsey Mitchell were the triggers to the Buckeye defensive energy, tipping and stealing a multitude of balls and creating havoc for Nebraska. Doss would finish the game with four steals, while her and Mitchell combined for a flurry of deflections, a statistic that goes unrecognized by the stat book.On the offensive end, Doss and Mitchell finished with 16 and 13 points, respectively.Besides limiting Nebraska’s Shepard to an average scoring night, the Buckeyes were able to shut down sophomore guard Natalie Romeo, who is No. 2 in the Big Ten in 3-point field goals made with 86 on the season. Romeo went 1-of-6 from behind the arc, having to rush each one of her shots due to the limited space she received from the several Buckeyes who had the opportunity to guard her.“(Limiting Romeo) was one of the goals,” Alston said. “She does a lot for her team hitting her threes.”With only three games left in the regular season, OSU will continue to have the same mentality: one game at a time.On deck, the Buckeyes will host Illinois (9-17, 2-13) at the Schottenstein Center on Sunday. The program will recognize seniors Alston and Cait Craft in the final regular-season home game of the year.The match between OSU and the Fighting Illini is set to tip off at 2 p.m. OSU senior guard Ameryst Alston (14) is honored before a game against Nebraska on Feb. 18 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo Editor read more

Wanted man arrested over alleged false imprisonment

first_imgDETECTIVES INVESTIGATING AN alleged incident of false imprisonment of a young woman in Dublin last Sunday have arrested a 47-year-old man.The suspect is known to gardaí and was also wanted on separate charges. He is currently being questioned in relation to the attempted attack near Dorset Street.He was detained this morning in the Beaumont area of Dublin shortly after 9am. It is understood he was in hospital and gardaí were waiting for him to discharge himself before making the arrest.He is currently being held at Mountjoy Garda Station under the provisions of section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.According to a report by Ken Foy in yesterday’s Herald newspaper, the manhunt was established after a woman escaped an attacker by jumping out of a hotel room window. The suspect has already served time in prison for kidnap and sexual assault.Spy agency MI5 ‘approached’ suspect soldier killer, says childhood friendlast_img read more

Aaron McKenna The good times must be back if well turn away

first_imgMUCH HAS BEEN made of the wall to wall Garth Brooks coverage rolling over the past few days, but The Guardian put it succinctly when it pointed out that the equivalent of 10% of the Irish population had bought a ticket to one of his concerts in Dublin.Five concerts over as many nights would pack Croke Park. Some 70,000 of the tickets had been sold to people abroad, who were due to fly in to Ireland and bring their wallets with them. Of the other 330,000 an innumerable amount would be opening their wallets to hotels, pubs, restaurants and other businesses.When One Direction played Croke Park, the Dublin Town Group reckoned that each concert goer was worth an additional €44 to the local economy. This is atop what is being generated by the concert itself – the cost to stage it – and those who are flying in to Ireland to see it.€17.6 million is how much these cancelled concerts will cost Dubliners in wages, taxes and business. Even if Brooks agreed to stage three rather than five concerts, Dublin City Council will have thrown away €7 million for the local economy.Turning away good moneyFor all the moaning in the country, the good times must really be back in swing if we’d turn away 400,000 people from attending a cultural event, the likes of which we were breaking our backs to get into the country only recently. The whole driver of events like The Gathering and the City of Culture or various fairs and shows that go on through the summer, in particular, is the economy.Simply put, people who attend an event – be it the Dublin Flower Show, the Galway Races or a concert in Croke Park – open their wallets more freely than if they’re sat at home. People get to enjoy themselves, and in the process they create jobs and help businesses grow. It’s a virtuous cycle.Residents need to be listened toThere are concerns among residents who live near Croke Park, and these need to be listened to. Events at Croke Park, or anywhere else, need to be managed as best as possible to take account of the people living on the routes in and out of the venue.It is unreasonable, however, for a few hundred people to block an event that will stimulate the economy by bringing hundreds of thousands to an event. Now, let me caveat that quite clearly: the ends don’t always justify the means, and I wouldn’t suggest that if a few hundred people standing in the way of the concert we should bulldoze their houses with them in it. But here we’re talking about needing people to make accommodations, for which they can and should be compensated.‘Subject to license’There are all kinds of arguments flying around about the minutiae of the thing, as we so often get swept into during any national debate in Ireland.The canard of the event being sold subject to license is being thrown around, with the Green Party’s North Inner City councillor Ciarán Cuffe questioning, “how many people were silly enough to book plane tickets from New Zealand before planning was approved”.Well, most events are sold subject to license. Indeed, the licensing system in this country is impractical in that to be commercially viable, that’s the only way to do it for big events. But that’s another debate for another day. In short, these concerts were not unusual to be sold this way and this is the rare exception of an event looking like it may have to be cancelled.Take yourself away from silly arguments like Cuffe’s, which expects that concert goers in this case exercise probity that virtually no other concert goer has had to in recent memory, and we come back to the main point: an event that will see the equivalent of 10% of the population come and open their wallets in Croke Park is being cancelled because of NIMBYism, weak local government and downright economic stupidity.Parochial eejitsEven many residents of the area affected by concerts are now questioning the minority of those local activists who have brought us here. There is a more sensible approach than demanding concerts be cancelled, just as there is a fair comment to be made about the organisers of the concert being overzealous in selling it before getting full buy in.The tickets have been sold for these concerts. Apart from the economic losses, we look like a pack of parochial eejits to cancel five sold-out shows at this stage. These shows should go ahead, and the organizers should take ample care to look after the residents; clean their streets and gardens if needs be; and compensate them for their troubles.Going forward, an arrangement should be made with Croke Park residents and those around any other venue that sets out what can and can’t be accommodated. This will at least take out uncertainty and prevent this sort of embarrassment happening again. I don’t think residents should have it all their own way, mind you – if there is a commercial push for big stadium events, we shouldn’t be turning our noses up at the business. But perhaps it should be paced through the year and capped at something less than one or two per month if that’s what we can get in.Still, at least this has proven one thing: we’re clearly feeling more bullish about the economy if this is even a debate.Aaron McKenna is a businessman and a columnist for TheJournal.ie. He is also involved in activism in his local area. You can find out more about him at aaronmckenna.com or follow him on Twitter @aaronmckenna. To read more columns by Aaron click here.Read: Garth Brooks debacle: The international coverageRead: Some Croke Park residents are signing a petition to reinstate all five concertslast_img read more

Monster Tumbleweed Invades US

first_imgA hybrid species of giant tumbleweed once expected to go extinct is alive and well—and growing.Salsola ryanii, according to a study from the University of California Riverside, develops more “vigorously” than its parent plants thanks to a double set of their chromosomes.“[This] is a nasty species replacing other nasty species of tumbleweed in the US,” study co-author and UCR professor Norman Ellstrand said in a statement. “It’s healthier than earlier versions, and now we know why.”Humans are diploid organisms, meaning we are conceived with one set each of male and female chromosomes.Plants, on the other hand, can produce triploid offspring—with three sets of chromosomes—that survive but are unable to reproduce themselves.Then there’s hybrid plants, like Salsola ryanii, which manage to obtain two copies from Mom and two copies from Dad—also known as polyploidy.Domesticated peanuts, for instance, have four sets of chromosomes; wheat has six.Scientists have long assumed there must be some kind of evolutionary advantage to having multiple sets of chromosomes.“Typically, when something is new, and it’s the only one of its kind, that’s a disadvantage,” according to co-author Shana Welles, a former UCR graduate student. “There’s nobody exactly like you to mate with.”The benefit, it turns out, is that the hybrid plant grows more robustly than either of its parents.Despite its frequent use as a symbol of humor, tumbleweed is no joke.Some species are serious weeds that absorb moisture from soil and promote wind erosion.Others—especially if thorny—can knot themselves together until they form piles that no longer roll. These physical barriers may block roadways or even trap vehicles or buildings and their occupants inside a massive fire hazard.Study co-author Shana Welles discovered this tumbleweed specimen in Riverside (via University of California, Riverside)Be afraid. Be very afraid: More resolute than its progenitors—which are invasive in 48 states—Salsola ryanii’s range is likely to continue spreading. Climate change could also increase its territory takeover.This species of tumbleweed tends to grow on the later side of winter, and is often “one of the only things that’s still green in later summer,” Welles said.“They may be well positioned to take advantage of summer rains if climate changes make those more prevalent,” she added.Given its penchant for mayhem, the more we know about Salsola ryanii the better.Ellstrand believes any knowledge of this hybrid hoodlum could be important for helping to suppress it.“An ounce of prevention is a pound of cure,” he said.The team’s findings were published recently in the journal AoB Plants.More on Geek.com:Huge, Invasive Lizard Finally Captured in FloridaInvasive Rabbits Ruined Ecosystem of Isolated IslandsInvasive Pest Tunicate Finds New Role as Sustainable Materiallast_img read more

Domestic Violence Awareness called for by PDM Leader Police extend questioning of

first_img Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s why Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 May 2015 – The Leader of the Opposition PDM says she is incensed by the violence being played out against women recently; one of those women dying at the hands of her attacker. Hon Shalene Robinson said the battery of laws recently passed at the House of Assembly, as she put it, “provided greater rights and protection of and for women, parents and children. Among these pieces of Legislation was the Domestic Violence Legislation which secured greater rights and protection and called for greater resources.” Robinson believes, that in light of the two attacks – one a stabbing death, the other a woman lit on fire – there should be a mobilization of relevant agencies to begin “educating women and other persons in domestic relationships on the rights and provisions under this new Bill and also to provide the much needed resources for those who may need practical assistance.” Sharlene Robinson also expressed concern at a home invasion which, she said, “left one of our sisters battered and we are truly saddened by this event as we continue to see a serious change in the way we are used to living in our homeland.” The man police believe responsible for the Monday afternoon stabbing death of a 44 year old Haitian woman has already been to court; but not for formal charges to be laid. The Police got more time to question the suspect from the judge; ten days more. TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Related Items:domestic violence, Hon Sharlene Robinson, Pdm, police TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOAlast_img read more

Have Questions The World Soy Foundation is Hosting a Twitter QA on

first_imgThe World Soy Foundation (WSF) will host a Twitter Q&A titled “International School Feeding: Soy as a Hunger Solution” on World Hunger Day May 28. A panel of experts including, Cade Fields-Gardner, Kent Holt, Jim Hershey and Nayeli Vilanova, will respond to your questions,.Check out their short bios on the WSF website to learn more about them!We’re starting to field questions, so if you have something you’re dying to ask, send a direct message to the WSF Twitter (@theWSF) or to our Facebook. You can also email your questions to awightman@soy.org and they may be included in the discussion on May 28!Be sure to follow the Q&A on World Hunger Day using hashtags #whd2014 and/or #soypower. A summary of the questions and answers will also be shared after the discussion is complete on the May 28 if you’re not an active Twitter follower. We look forward to answering your questions!last_img read more

Woodland woman hurt in I5 crash

first_imgA Woodland woman was injured Monday afternoon when she lost control of her 1994 Chevrolet Corvette on northbound Interstate 5 near Ridgefield.Rebecca Dye, 59, “lost control due to water on the roadway during heavy downpour,” the Washington State Patrol reported. The crash happened at 4:01 p.m. near the state truck scalehouse.Dye was taken to Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center where she was listed in good condition Monday night. Dye was cited for driving too fast for conditions.last_img

Apparently Seabirds Dine on Plastic Because They Think It Tastes Good

first_imgStay on target Watch: Girl Gets Hit in the Face By Bird During Roller Coaster RideWatch: Snowball the Dancing Cockatoo Has More Moves Than You Why might otherwise intelligent seabirds be chowing down on plastic trash as if it were a delicious feast? It’s hard to say, but a new study published in Science Advances suggests that the fact that the way some trash smells actually mirrors dying algae and other similar scents.It might sound bizarre, but these birds are putting themselves in harm’s way by eating these poisonous plastics because they simply smell appetizing. What makes this strange is the fact that, until around the mid-20th century, Popular Science explains, researchers weren’t actually sure that birds could smell.Of course, right now we all know better, and according to Matthew Savoca, lead author of the research paper in Science Advances, seabirds need a good sense of smell above all else because they get their food from the ocean and other large expanses.“In other words, they are looking for a needle in a haystack,” Savoca explained.So the fact that plastic rubbish smells like algae and other similarly appetizing grub for seabirds makes sense, especially the idea that they’d zero in on the first item that smells even remotely delicious if they haven’t eaten for a while.“Tube-nosed seabirds use their incredible sense of smell to locate areas to feed well before they can see them. Our work does not disprove that plastic might also look like food to some marine animals that eat it,” Savoca explained. “Quite the opposite in fact, if plastic looks and smells like food it is probably more likely to be confused with food than if it just looked like food. The way the plastic appears visually, from the organism’s perspective (not what it looks like to us) is important to consider.”The smell that’s given off, in fact, is a chemical compound called dimethyl sulfide (DMS.) It’s one of the main chemical signals that’s given off by algae, so it ends up smelling a whole lot like the same kind of trash the birds would actually eat. It’s not great news, of course, because the plastic debris isn’t good for the poor creatures, but at least we know why they gobble it up like it’s going out of style now.last_img read more