Digital event: Combating Covid-19 — Part 2

first_img Tags Coronavirus Matthew Herper Part 2: Fighting on multiple fronts. April 29 at 1 p.m. ESTSponsor introduction: Richard Moscicki, M.D., chief medical officer and executive vice president of science and regulatory advocacy, PhRMAMikael Dolsten, M.D., Ph.D., chief scientific officer, PfizerMatthew Herper, senior writer, medicine, and editorial director of events, STAT Combating Covid-19: Part IIVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsEnabledDisabledPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9SettingsOffUPDATEGMT20200429-170001_Combating-.transcript copyFont ColorWhiteFont Opacity100%Font Size100%Font FamilyArialCharacter EdgeNoneBackground ColorBlackBackground Opacity50%Window ColorBlackWindow Opacity0%ResetWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyan100%75%25%200%175%150%125%100%75%50%ArialCourierGeorgiaImpactLucida ConsoleTahomaTimes New RomanTrebuchet MSVerdanaNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDrop ShadowWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyan100%75%50%25%0%WhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyan100%75%50%25%0% facebook twitter Email Link EmbedCopiedLive00:001:01:411:01:41  Hosted by Matt Herper Editor’s note: The archived video recording is embedded below.The pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus has shut down countries around the world. One of society’s biggest hopes is that treatments or even vaccines can be developed.Join STAT for a three-part digital event series. Part 2, “Fighting on multiple fronts,” is today. The first part on April 8 discussed antibody drugs that target the coronavirus.advertisement BiotechDigital event: Combating Covid-19 — Part 2 About the Author Reprints By Matthew Herper April 29, 2020 Reprints Senior Writer, Medicine, Editorial Director of Events Matthew covers medical innovation — both its promise and its perils. [email protected] @matthewherper A version of this recording with closed captioning can be found on STAT’s YouTube page here. last_img read more

News / New China-Europe rail services on track to steal air and sea freight volumes

first_img© Artem Egorov 2017 will be the year that China-Europe rail services shift supply chain patterns.As the first train from China rolled into London today, having left on new year’s day, the CEO of Kazakhstan’s dry inland port, Khorgos Gateway, told The Loadstar the services would eat into sea and air freight volumes.“We now have two trains per day, with about 80 teu and 41 containers per train,” explained Karl Gheysen. “It runs three times a week to Duisberg, but we have also have services to the Netherlands, Madrid, Iran and now the UK.“The capacity is 540,000 teu a year, but we could make it a million.” Khorgos Gateway was built by the Kazakhstan government where the rail gauge changes – making it a good point for transhipment. There are now some 10 rail lines from the gateway, opening almost limitless options around Europe, the CIS and Asia.Forwarders are increasingly using the service, while DHL has plans to build warehouses for its customers at the dry port.“Its real advantage is 15 days’ transit over 45 days for sea freight,” said Mr Gheysen. “And exports are starting – we have requests for backloads now.”The service costs roughly twice as much as port-to-port sea freight, but about half the cost air.Some estimates suggest the rail connection could take as much as 10% of sea freight volumes on the relevant tradelanes, but Mr Gheysen disputed this: “it could take maybe 3-5%. That would be the maximum.”Hewlett-Packard (HP) was one of the first shippers to use the service and now accounts for 30-40% of total capacity.Mr Geysen explained that the rail advantage over sea was not just time.“It is cost-effective for some products, but not all. It’s more expensive than sea, but HP, for example, manufactures more than 1,000km from a seaport. If you add inventory costs during transport, and first and final mile, sea becomes less cheap, especially for higher-value goods. It’s the perfect middle ground. And there are different product groups that fit in that pitch.”But, he warned: “Air freight will be more affected than shipping.”One analyst concurred. “It does seem like a near-fatal threat to areas of the airfreight sector.”Shippers now see the route as a viable alternative to air freight and air-sea freight into Dubai-Singapore-China, he added.Meanwhile, postal services are increasingly taking notice of the rail services, while Alibaba is thought to be “very interested”.The service was hampered in its early days by extreme weather conditions in winter. My Gheysen revealed that Toyota had tested it for car transport, but found that the viscosity of brake fluid changed in sub-zero weather conditions. In response, the Kazakh government invested in more than 1,000 reefer containers, for both summer perishables and winter use.The containers also have GPS monitoring, which reassures shippers with concerns over the security of the route.There have also been concerns over lack of competition on the routes, with national railways offering services and a single company, UTLC, managing the rail tracks in the CIS region. Geodis and DB Schenker have been keen users of the service, but Mr Gheysen said: “Anyone can organise their own train or book on one.”He added that while some companies were starting to offer LCL services, this was not quite ready yet.“A single container booking is not very efficient,” he said. “It’s all about block trains. Block trains have priority. Schedules are set, they have their slots. The frequency is there now. By 2020 it will be at full capacity.”center_img By Alex Lennane 18/01/2017last_img read more

Listen To This Super-Smooth Early Lotus Show Played At A Diner, On This Day In 2002 [Full-Show Audio]

first_imgSince the jamtronica powerhouse Lotus formed in 1999 in Indiana, the band has constantly been pushing their limits and exploring and expanding their sound. While we love where the band is at now coming off of the release of their 14th album, Frames Per Second, their first studio release since 2016’s Eat the Light, sometimes it’s nice to get nostalgic about our favorite artists and reminisce about the jams of yesteryear.Thus, for your listening pleasure is this nine-song show from 2002, when Lotus was still in its formative beginning stages and drummer Chuck Morris had only been with the group for a year. This recording captures the band playing at Munchie’s Emporium, a diner in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and perfectly captures the super laid-back and tight grooves of old-school Lotus that made many of us fall in love with them in the first place.Because the crispy recording is from back in the day, the setlist features some of our favorite older Lotus tracks, including a twenty-six minute “Sunrain,” which still has the ability to get a crowd going more than fifteen years later. With a four-song first set and five-song second set and zero songs coming in under ten minutes, this show is a throwback scorcher. Listen for yourself below, courtesy of Todd Betker.Lotus – 2/9/02 – Full Audio[Audio: Todd Betker]Setlist: Lotus | Munchie’s Emporium | Fort Wayne, IN | 2/9/02Set 1: Moss Shoes, In The Bliss, It’s All Clear To Me Now, L’ImmeubleSet 2: Floating Amidst, Nematode, Spiraling Line of Light, Sunrain, Continuum[Originally published 2/9/18]last_img read more

Police Scotland 2020/21 Survey Shows Public Rise in Confidence Of Policing

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInPolice Scotland Asked Asked, You Said, They did. In April 2020 Police Scotland refreshed its local police survey to gather views of the public and communities of Scotland.The survey is open throughout the year to help us identify and understand people’s opinion of their local police service, and any concerns about their safety and wellbeing in their area.Your feedback makes sure that our approaches to policing, including how we’re managing the Coronavirus pandemic, are relevant and support the communities we serve.You SaidWe received a strong level of public confidence in Scottish policing and support for the approach to policing the pandemic in Scotland.Confidence in policing has increased significantly, by 20%, compared to before the Coronavirus lockdown. Around two-thirds of people have confidence in their local police. Public confidence is high across all 13 local police divisions. A strong majority of responses from all divisions said that the police are friendly and approachable.Public opinion on the approach to policing Coronavirus pandemic:I fully support the approach taken by the Police – 47%The Police should take tougher action to ensure public compliance – 36%I support the approach taken by the Police but in some cases they are going too far – 11%The approach taken by the Police in enforcing the lockdown is too heavy handed – 1%The Police have no role in enforcing the lockdown, compliance should be a matter for individuals – 1% Overall support for tougher measures is similar to public survey data gathered by the Scottish Police Authority survey and Police Scotland’s User Experience survey (May 2020).Feeling of safety has remained high since the lockdown with 89% of respondents stating they feel safe in their area. There is a statistically significant increase in respondents who feel ‘very safe’ and a decrease in those who ‘do not feel safe’ on the survey data, compared to data before Coronavirus.While most (48%) say their concern about crime in their area since the lockdown has remained the same, it has decreased for 16% and increased for 26%. Concerns include: social distancing breaches, antisocial behaviour, speeding and dangerous driving, burglary, drug taking and dealing.On what matters most to the public (from open-ended responses), constant themes include: visibility (local presence), police support in enforcing lockdown restrictions, communicating and engaging with the public, and understanding the needs of diverse communities during the crisis.We DidThe survey launched on 9 April 2020 on Police Scotland’s Citizen Space platform. It is the largest of its kind in the UK to involve the public in a conversation about Policing and Coronavirus.Over 20,000 responses, including approximately 51,000 free text responses, were received. These responses have been reviewed on a weekly basis and have helped us to respond to emerging issues and shape our approaches to policing in local areas.Our response to this feedback has been to:Enhance local police presence at identified key locations (including scenic areas, parks, urban areas), with a focus on patrolling during the evenings and after dark.Increase engagement with over 20 organisations representing the interests of disabled people to make sure our information and messaging is accessible, and to ensure the Police are aware of the needs and challenges of disabled people (including physical, sensory and learning difficulties) in complying with social distancing and use of face masks.Include the needs and circumstances of vulnerable people in daily Police officer briefings – to make sure the Police engage appropriately and bring empathy to interactions.Provide information and advice on reporting Hate Crime to reassure all communities.Offer discreet and safe ways for the public to speak to a police officer including video call.Improve public information and advice at a national and local level on staying safe during Coronavirus that is in line with Government guidance.  Increase police patrols and information in areas where the public have raised concern about reckless driving and speeding.Provide a British Sign Language (BSL) survey.We are grateful to all who participated, and continue to participate in this survey.last_img read more

Bluetooth Disclaimer for Disneyland App

first_imgShare This!I’ll be the first to admit, I’m one of the people who rarely updates apps until it becomes necessary. With my trip next week to California, I figured it probably was time to update the Disneyland app. When I launched it, I saw this interesting and very non-standard opt-in box.Because Disneyland does not have MagicBand capability to trigger surprise moments (like seeing it’s a small world wish you Goodbye at the end), it is not surprising that the use of the Disneyland app will take its place. If you keep Bluetooth turned off on your cell phone, or if you opt out on this screen, you may find limitations for some of the interactive features in Galaxy’s Edge. Of course Disney doesn’t want to spoil the magic by giving away all their secrets, but this unusual opt-in box gives some interesting food for thought about how the magic happens in the theme parks.last_img read more

Vultures on pylons study launched

first_img8 February 2008Eskom, in association with the Rhino and Lion Wildlife Conservation organisation, has launched the Vulture Enclosure research project in an effort to reduce the number of vultures and other birds from being electrocuted on power lines at Skeerpoort, in the Hartebeespoort Dam area to the west of Pretoria.Eskom said in a statement on Wednesday that the project aimed to reduce bird electrocutions in the identified danger zones on pylons with the application of cost-effective measures such as insulation covers and bird diverters.Eskom Corporate Services MD Steve Lennon said the vulture enclosure would serve a dual purpose: “Firstly, it will allow the rehabilitated vultures the opportunity to recuperate before they are released back into the wild; secondly, it will support research studies in vulture behaviour on the identified problem towers in order to prevent and limit the continuous vulture electrocutions on power lines.”It was difficult and time-consuming in the past to observe vulture behaviour on problematic Eskom structures, as mitigation methods were based on laboratory simulation studies combined with field observations and assumptions.The vulture enclosure will provide the research team with the opportunity to monitor in detail actual vulture behaviour patterns on the structures and their reactions towards various mitigation methods applied in various scenarios.The enclosure will therefore serve as a field laboratory to approve effective mitigation products and the rehabilitation of injured vultures.Vulture Programme manager Kerri Wolter believes the partnership supports work being undertaken by Eskom to address the threats that South Africa’s vultures are facing.“What we have begun for Magaliesberg is an example of what could be done throughout southern Africa,” Wolter said. “Power lines are one of our major threats causing the ongoing decline of vultures, and Eskom has shown their conservation value and drive to conserve this vulnerable species through this initiative.”“This is a perfect example of what organisations should be doing to help conserve our natural heritage.”SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Welcome to the Golden Age of competitive research

first_img Related postsThe California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019Lytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 Posted on 14th May 2019Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share HomeDigital MarketingWelcome to the Golden Age of competitive research Welcome to the Golden Age of competitive researchYou are here: Robert Brady, founder of Righteous Marketing, presented at HeroConf this year on what he’s calling the the Golden Age of competitive research.The competitive research discussion focused on four main things:— The process of using Google Scripts to pull Auction Insights— How to tap into the Bing competitive lab— How to monitor and leverage competitor Facebook ads— And, how to tap into your competitors’ funnelsRegarding Google scripts, we should focus on trends instead of exact numbers, see some detail on Google Scripts here.Are your competitors paying attention?By reviewing trends you can note not only when new competitors come into the space (whether temporarily or for the long haul) as well as which of your competitors are essentially asleep at the wheel. One of the largest opportunities we have as PPC marketers is to seize the moment when competitors have just stopped paying attention. If you notice sudden changes, you can analyze what the potential reasoning is behind the change and capitalize on it. Monitoring things like average position and top of page rate can be a great way to identify this.Microsoft Advertising competition tab (basically auction insights)A few things to take note of here. On competitive action items, are your competitors behaving differently here? Are they less active? This can make it much easier to exploit and deploy conquest campaigns. Who are the new competitors in the space? If they have smaller budgets or are generic, it will be easy to “flex the muscle,” after they’ve exhausted their daily budget, according to Brady.Facebook Ad SnoopingDid you know you can see all of your competitor ads that are running right now?You can see not only what they’re running, but you can start to find out how targeting is happening by reviewing the “why am I seeing this ad” option. Types of information you can see include behaviors, and also clicking on other ads or liking pages.The Facebook ads libraryThe completely searchable library for anything that is potentially relatable to our campaign. This data can include spend by advertiser, and detailed data about the ads that are running, including where the ad is being shown and allocation of spend by ad.The new Facebook transparency gives us a lot of powerful information for:Competitive budget comparisonsMessaging reach efficiencyGuidance for keyword A/B testingAlso, by clicking on “See Details,” we can see if a competitive ad campaign is:Active or inactiveApproved or disapprovedNumber (range) of impressions receivedAmount spentDemographic informationLocations where the ad was viewedSome additional action items: If you like their targeting, you can add to your campaigns, or you can exclude the ones you don’tCreative review – try opposing colors and themes to stand outGetting into the competitive funnel: The catfishing of competitive researchBecome your competition’s ideal customer (and yours right!). Here’s how you can go incognito…Always use a VPN with incognito mode of Chrome; set to impersonate a user in Dallas, TX (or wherever you need it to be)Create new Google accounts; use age & gender as selected for personas; leave all data collection settings in default configuration (be the customer)Visit “clean” sites (,,, to check on what ads we’re seeingCheck “clean” sites to see how ads changeCheck to see how Google is bucketing the personaFill out your competitors contact forms, download their white papers… see what happens next 🙂With the vast amount of information available through smart data mining, there is just no excuse for employing a strategy that does not thoroughly exploit competitor intelligence. It’s there for the taking. You just have to know where to look and what to do with it when you find it!The post Welcome to the Golden Age of competitive research appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: Welcome to the Golden Age of competitive researchlast_img read more

Jim Harbaugh Bends NCAA Rules During High School Visit

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines blows whistle before start of the game.EAST LANSING, MI – OCTOBER 29: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on during warm ups prior to playing the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on October 29, 2016 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)High school juniors aren’t allowed to take photos with college football coaches, per NCAA rules. Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh appears to have found a way around that.In the below photo, taken at Detroit Jesuit, four students (we’re not sure if any are even recruits) lined up in the background while Harbaugh stared in another direction. Technically, they aren’t posing with Harbaugh.NCAA rules states that juniors can’t take photos with college coaches. So we got in the back ground @CoachJim4UM— Nacho Libre (@jackrobruce) January 14, 2016Harbaugh appears to be hitting the recruiting trail hard. Look out, Big Ten.last_img read more

The Blazers Are The RealLife Version Of NBA Jam

After a disappointing start to their season, the Portland Trail Blazers caught fire after the All-Star Break. Resembling their old selves, when they were one of the NBA’s more enjoyable teams to watch during a surprising 2015-16 campaign, they finished this season on an 18-8 run, just enough to get them into the playoffs.Then the Golden State Warriors happened, and now, four games later, Portland finds itself on vacation.The Warriors, with or without Kevin Durant, can bring any team to its knees. But the nature of the sweep also underscored the problem the Blazers need to address: Their offense — led by Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum — too often looks like a modern-day version of NBA Jam, where two players are scoring in dazzling fashion but aren’t doing much else.The notion of two guys taking over an offense isn’t unusual; especially in the playoffs. Everyone knows Lillard and McCollum can score. They combined for 50 points per game during the regular season, and exceeded that output against Golden State in the first round. Lillard and McCollum exit ranked ninth and 13th in usage rate this postseason, respectively, and make up one of four duos whose players are both among the top 20.But the other pairings who have this big a combined role in their offenses (LeBron James and Kyrie Irving in Cleveland; John Wall and Bradley Beal in Washington; and Dennis Schröder and Paul Millsap in Atlanta) are more versatile. With McCollum and Lillard each standing only 6 feet 3 inches tall, defending is often a challenge, regardless of how much effort they put forth. And perhaps their most eye-opening problem was on display against the Warriors, when Lillard and McCollum struggled to find ways to involve their teammates.They combined for just 4.3 assists a game this series, an alarmingly low total for players who combined to take 58 percent of the team’s shots when they were on the court together. McCollum’s one assist per game in the series is the lowest rate in NBA postseason history by a guard who averaged at least 20 points per game,1Among players who played at least three playoff games according to’s Play Index.Lillard had more success sharing the ball but could also end up making history. Prior to this postseason, no pure point guard2By that, I mean a player listed solely as a point guard on Basketball-Reference, as opposed to being considered a combo guard. had ever averaged 20 points per game in the playoffs while finishing with so few assists.3Lillard may get bailed out here: Irving is currently averaging just three assists per game. But he also has the luxury of potentially increasing his average, since the Cavs have advanced to the second round.Some of this stems from Portland’s style of play. Whereas many teams have sought to replicate Golden State’s and San Antonio’s quick-ball-movement styles, the Blazers’ guards are often content to dribble the air out of the ball. As such, opponents are able to load up on Portland’s star scorers and try hounding them into poor shots or hurried passes4Even worse than McCollum’s four assists in this series were his 15 turnovers. without fear of the other players hurting them.All things considered, Portland was solid offensively in one-on-one situations during the Golden State series. But the frequency with which they relied on isolations — a whopping 49 percent of Lillard’s shot attempts came after he’d possessed the ball for more than 6 seconds, up from 39 percent during the regular season — wasn’t ideal and made for too much standing around.This isn’t to say that Portland’s cornerstones deserve all the blame. Jusuf Nurkic’s injury, which happened right before the playoffs, largely prevented them from taking advantage of another option on offense, one who also would’ve protected the rim for their 21st-ranked defense5The Blazers managed to lead the NBA in rim protection, limiting opponents to 58 percent shooting from within three feet of the basket. But that statistic was watered down by the fact that they sent opponents to the line at the third highest rate.. And forward Evan Turner was signed to help relieve the ballhandling burden Lillard and McCollum face, yet he can’t adequately draw help defenders and get teammates open by shooting 36 percent, like he did in the first round.Yet Turner is part of the team’s biggest issue: Portland may be stuck with this roster for the time being, given how much money it committed to free agents last season. Aside from Turner’s shocking $70 million deal, the team also agreed to a $75 million pact with wing Allen Crabbe and a $41 million one with big Meyers Leonard — deals that may ultimately prove to be too rich for the production the club is getting in return6Crabbe, Leonard and Turner ranked eighth, 11th and 13th on the team, respectively, in win shares per 48 minutes this season.. The Blazers now own the third-biggest payroll in the league, without a clear way to join the West’s elite.7Aside from any upside Nurkic may have, the Blazers are still a young team relative to the rest of the NBA. McCollum is 25; Lillard is 26.As for Lillard, he said on Monday that he’d love for his team to be able to play with the same sort of belief Golden State does. “For us, we look at them and you don’t want to say, ‘Do what they do,’ but you want to have that cohesiveness and that understanding and that effortless flow to the game,” Lillard told reporters shortly after his club was eliminated. “You want to have that and that trust that they have with each other. You want to have that with your team.”Trust or not, the issues in Portland are clear: Lillard and McCollum are extremely talented but have gaps in their game, and Portland has too much salary on the books to easily retool the way its roster looks. Without resolving one of those things, it’s hard to see how the Blazers join the Western Conference’s elite, let alone become the next version of the Warriors. read more