WILMINGTON, MA — Beginning on May 4, the Wilmington Police Department will have extra patrols on the road targeting vehicle occupants not wearing their seatbelts. The Department is joining the Massachusetts State Police and municipal police departments across the Commonwealth in the annual “Click It Or Ticket” campaign. This initiative is funded by a federal highway safety grant, through the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Highway Safety Division (EOPSS).According to statistics from Executive Office of Public Safety, Massachusetts has one of the lowest seatbelt usage rates in the nation. Since being implemented, “Click It Or Ticket” initiatives have helped increase seat belt usage in Massachusetts from 51% in 2002 to 78% in 2016. We still have a long way to go though as the national usage rate average is 90%.The Wilmington Police Department wants to remind everyone that Massachusetts law requires all occupants to be properly restrained by safety belts when riding in a private passenger motor vehicle. So please, when you get in your car, buckle up. You could be saving your own life!(NOTE: The above press release is from the Wilmington Police Department.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Police To Participate In National ‘Click It or Ticket’ CampaignIn “Government”REMINDER: What To Expect At TONIGHT’S Wilmington Police’s National Night OutIn “Police Log”What To Expect At Wilmington Police’s National Night Out On August 6In “Community”
WILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Wednesday, May 8, 2019:#1) Small Business Month CelebrationThe Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce, Wilmington Rotary Club, and Wilmington’s BNI are holding an After Hours Mixer for Wilmington and Tewksbury business owners from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at Rocco’s Restaurant (193 Main Street).Since 1963, the United States has recognized small businesses and their impact on American culture and our economy. The month of May aims to honor the close to 30 million small businesses and the amazing people who run them.Come celebrate together with a fun evening of food, drinks, and conversation. Complimentary food. Cash bar. Free to attend, but kindly RSVP for food count HERE.#2) Book Store Next Door OpenThe Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 4pm. All books are $2 or less! Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library. Learn more HERE.#3) Wilmington Yardwaste Center OpenThe Wilmington Yardwaste Center on Old Main Street will be open from 8am to 2pm during selected dates for the drop-off of leaves and brush.Residents will need to purchase a punch-card for $15 in order to enter the yardwaste center. Punch-cards will be available for purchase through the Collector’s Office at Town Hall and will allow up to 5 vehicle trips to the yardwaste center per card. NO GRASS CLIPPINGS OR STUMPS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Commercial vehicles will not be allowed. Make sure to bring photo identification to show you are a Wilmington resident.#4) Wilmington School Committee MeetingThe Wilmington School Committee meets at 7pm in the High School’s Large Group Instruction Room. Read the agenda HERE.#5) Wilmington Board of Appeals MeetingThe Wilmington Board of Appeals meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, August 14, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, September 4, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, July 24, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”
MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe said he misspoke at a recent industry conference in describing the kinds of data the company tracks on its users — and he emphasized that the startup will always allow customers to opt in to location-based marketing offers in the future.Last week, MoviePass removed a feature from its iOS app that would have let the company continuously track the location of customers. That came after Lowe’s comments at an entertainment finance conference in L.A. the week prior boasting about the wealth of personal data MoviePass aggregates on customers.“We get an enormous amount of information,” he said March 2 at Winston Baker’s Entertainment Finance Forum. The MoviePass app tracks users “in your GPS by the phone… so we watch how you drive from home to the movies. We watch where you go afterwards, and so we know the movies you watch. We know all about you. We don’t sell that data. What we do is we use that data to market film.” Meanwhile, the startup has encountered resistance from some theater chains, including AMC Theatres. MoviePass says its service is now accepted at more than 91% of theaters across the U.S.After initially launching the service starting at $30 per month, MoviePass cut its monthly pricing to $9.95 last summer. Then in February, it introduced a plan that works out to $7.95 per month (for customers who pay $115.35 for one year, which includes a $19.95 processing fee). MoviePass subscribers may see up to one movie per day at participating theaters, with certain restrictions.According to MoviePass, the company currently buys around 6% of all domestic movie tickets. Lowe predicts it will be buying around 20% of all tickets by the end of this year.MoviePass sold a majority ownership stake to data firm Helios and Matheson Analytics for $27 million last summer. Other investors in the New York-based company have included Lowe, True Ventures, NALA Investments, WME, and former Facebook chief privacy officer Chris Kelly. In an interview with Variety on Monday, Lowe said he was mistaken about what data the MoviePass app actually collected. “I said something completely inaccurate as far as what we are doing,” he said. “We only locate customers when they use the app.”He added, “If you get in your car and drive five miles, we don’t know where you are or where you are going.”The MoviePass app checks the location of a user only on two different occasions, according to Lowe: when they’re checking for a participating theater in their area and when they check in to a theater (to verify their credit card).MoviePass made the update to the iOS app in consultation with Apple. Previously, the app gave users Apple’s three standard privacy options: never track; track when using the app; and always track. Lowe said the app never activated the “track all the time” capability. “We never used it, and it was confusing to have it there,” Lowe said.In the future, MoviePass envisions building out “this whole ‘night at the movies,’” to give customers recommendations of what to do before or after seeing a movie — for example, getting a special offer from a nearby restaurant. “When we do that, if we do that, we’ll send a request to each customer to let them opt in or opt out,” Lowe said.As far as the information MoviePass shares with exhibitors and studios, Lowe said that data is completely anonymized. “There’s never any personal information” shared with partners, he said. “We never reveal any information that will let them know who bought what.”According to Lowe, about “half a dozen” customers said they canceled their service over the privacy concerns. “It’s not a huge number,” he said.MoviePass currently has about 2 million subscribers, and Lowe has predicted that it will top 5 million by the end of 2018. But many industry observers are skeptical that MoviePass’ model is sustainable — given that the New York-based startup subsidizes moviegoing at a substantial loss.The company’s plan has been to generate additional revenue by sharing customer-viewing data it collects in deals with studios, exhibitors and other potential partners. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
“It is also highly possible for personality scores to be weaponized within an organization and used to justify either progress or lack of progress at a company level,” Dr. Gaither explained. “This is problematic as it sends the message that employees are static and unchangeable, going against messages of improvement and growth that other research highlights are necessary to encourage productive, positive and inclusive work spaces.” Read the whole story: The New York Times … “When thinking about different assessments, race/ethnicity, gender, region, socioeconomic status and disability can all impact not only how someone interprets a question when taking a given assessment, but it can also color how someone interprets a score,” Dr. Gaither said. The assessment concluded that I was an I.N.T.J. (Introversion, Intuition, Thinking, Judgment.) At the retreat, we were all encouraged to share our results with one another as we participated in various team-building activities. I reluctantly revealed mine, as I wondered how this detailed profile of my personality traits and communication style would translate to my colleagues. Not only was I the sole black woman in the organization, a demographic notoriously misunderstood in the workplace, I now had the additional strike of being outed as an introvert, in the company of extroverts. Several experts have questioned the validity of assessments like the M.B.T.I. in the workplace, including Sarah Gaither, an assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University. Dr. Gaither maintains there is little evidence a personality assessment actually predicts job-related performance. My first experience taking the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (M.B.T.I.) was at a job where it was mandatory. The company’s chief executive announced that all employees would take the test as part of a quarterly staff retreat.
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has been very vocal about his love for music and he has credited his parents for introducing him to it.The 73-year-old Piku star says his father, poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan and mother Teji Bachchan were equally into music and he has got the music-lover genes from his father.“Music remained integral in us all from our days of learning to crawl. But the learning of it, crawled throughout us. Till date. I ask many of those that have the blessings of notes and chords and voice, what it would take to be in their justice, in their sanctified courtyard. “They assure me it to be never too late. I have reservations. Also Read – A fresh blend of fame“My hours and time has passed and wished away of learning. May it remain within, if not in learning, then in its subdued and silent presence,” Bachchan wrote on his blog.The Shamitabh star, who is currently busy shooting for new TV show Aaj Ki Raat Hai Zindagi, says the connection he has with music comes from within.“The music that represents me, that I get the opportunity to explore and compose, comes from within by its own accord.There is no training nor any professional bearing. It just comes.“I cannot but begin to believe that the strains of my Father’s music interest, has followed my genes as an integral part of my construct… Do not have any other reason for its presence.”
Posted by WASHINGTON, DC — CLIA says its Meetings & Events at Sea Certificate Program, now available online, will help travel professionals become experts in booking events onboard cruise ships.The certificate program, designed in partnership with Meetings Professional International (MPI), explores the advantages of hosting groups and events on cruise ships as opposed to traditional venues.Agents can get insight into incentive trips and examine logistics and variables to consider when hosting an event at sea, from the comfort of their own computers, says CLIA. The program also explores the types of meetings or events that should be conducted onboard, in addition to offering valuable cost comparisons.“At CLIA, we are always looking for ways to make our training more accessible for our travel agents across North America,” said Stephani McDow, Director, Membership & Professional Development. “We’ve already had great success delivering this certificate program at our live training events and we are excited to be able to offer agents the opportunity to take this course online, and at their own pace.”More news: Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoThis is the first certificate program to be offered as an online course for CLIA Travel Agent Members, and has been previously offered as live-training. CLIA members receive US$100 member savings on the online version, which is available at $199 for non-members and $99 for members.CLIA Certificate programs supplement CLIA’s existing Certification Programs to help travel professionals expand their knowledge of travel and cruise specific topics to grow their clientele and sales.For more information about CLIA Certificate and Certification Programs visit cruising.org/careerseascape. Friday, May 19, 2017 Share Agents get online access to CLIA’s Meetings & Events at Sea program Travelweek Group Tags: CLIA << Previous PostNext Post >>
Governor Roy Cooper wants to tackle North Carolina’s infant mortality rate, which is one of the worst in the nation. The governor issued an executive order this week, calling for an “action plan” to lower infant mortality and improve health conditions by 2025.Creating a master plan will be in the hands of the 25-member North Carolina Early Childhood Advisory Council. The Department of Health and Human Services is hoping to have an early draft ready and available for public comment by November 1st. Cooper wants the plan to encompass a variety of early childhood issues including food insecurity, foster care and the high number of children living in low-income households.
The leaders of seven drug industry giants were forced to defend their industry’s prices and business practices on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, as lawmakers criticized them for failing to put patients before profits. “Prescription drugs did not become outrageously expensive by accident,” said Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. “Drug prices are astronomically high because that’s where pharmaceutical companies and their investors want them.”The pharmaceutical company leaders, testifying at a hearing of the Senate Finance Committee, acknowledged that their prices are high for many patients, but they deflected blame onto the insurance industry, government and middlemen known as pharmacy benefit managers.They each acknowledged briefly that they have some role to play in helping lower drug prices. But they defended their industry by touting their multibillion-dollar investments in research and development and praising advances in treatments for cancer, hepatitis C, schizophrenia and autoimmune diseases. “Last year, Janssen invested $8.4 billion globally in research and development, making Janssen one of the top research and development investors in any industry anywhere in the world,” said Jennifer Taubert, worldwide chairman of pharmaceuticals for Johnson & Johnson, which owns Janssen.The drug industry leaders also pointed out that the list prices they set for drugs are not what they are actually paid by insurance companies or pharmacy benefit managers, the middlemen that negotiate discounts and rebates on behalf of employers or insurers, which include companies like CVS Caremark and Express Scripts.”We want these rebates, which lower net prices, to benefit patients,” said Olivier Brandicourt, CEO of Sanofi, which makes Lantus, one of the highest priced brands of insulin, whose list price has risen from $244 to $431 since 2013, according to the committee. “Unfortunately, under the current system, savings from rebates are not consistently passed through to patients in the form of lower deductibles, co-payments or coinsurance amounts,” Brandicourt said in testimony prepared for the hearing.According to investment research firm SSR Health, the net price of Lantus has declined 28 percent over the last two years because of those discounts and rebates.”Addressing list prices alone will not be sufficient for solving the problem of patients’ out-of-pocket costs,” Brandicourt said. But the Senators had little patience for those arguments. “For a patient taking a drug that has no competition, the list price becomes very important,” said Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the committee’s chairman. “I’ve heard about people skipping doses of their prescription drugs to make them last until the next paycheck.”Wyden piled on.”I think you and others in the industry are stonewalling on the key issue, which is actually lowering list prices,” he said. “Lowering those list prices is the easiest way for consumers to pay less at the pharmacy counter.”Many patients have to pay the full price for a prescription drug until they meet their deductible, and others have payments that are calculated as a percentage of the list price. So higher list prices often translate to higher costs at the pharmacy counter, even when pharmacy benefit managers and insurers have negotiated discounts.Several of the drug company leaders said they support a Trump administration proposal to change the current system in which drug prices are set using secret rebates negotiated by pharmacy benefit managers. The change would make those rebates illegal and force pharmacy benefit managers to instead negotiate discounts upfront so that people will get the discounts at the pharmacy counter even if they haven’t yet met their deductible. Several of the CEOs, under pressure from Grassley, said they would lower their list prices if that proposal is finalized and the rule applied to both government and commercial prescription drug plans.”It is our very clear intention that we will not keep a single dollar from these rebates. We will try to move every single penny to the patients,” said Albert Bourla, CEO of Pfizer. Taubert of Johnson & Johnson said the company’s final price would depend on whether additional fees were imposed by pharmacy benefit managers. However, they said they don’t want to see the government negotiating drug prices directly through Medicare, a proposal that has been brought forward by Democrats and was originally embraced by President Trump.”The government should not directly control the price of medicines either through federal government price controls or worse, outsourcing prices to other countries,” Brandicourt said. Even as the companies protest that the high list prices of their products don’t reflect what they actually make on those products, drugmakers have consistently enjoyed some of the highest profit margins of any industry. Pharmaceutical manufacturers’ profit margins have exceeded 26 percent for the last three years and 22 percent for the past 10 years, according to a presentation by CVS Health that cited Macrotrends.net as its source. The company executives were not supportive of another Trump proposal to tie the price that Medicare pays for drugs to the prices paid in other developed countries. “We need an American solution to this American challenge,” said Taubert of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen unit. Wyden grilled Richard Gonzalez, CEO of AbbVie, about why his company’s drugs cost on average 40 percent less in Germany and France than in the United States. (AbbVie makes the drug Humira, which generates about $18 billion in revenue for the company each year.) “You’ve got a double standard,” Wyden said. “You’re willing to sit by and hose the American consumer and give the breaks to people overseas.” Gonzalez acknowledged that the company makes a profit in those countries, even with the lower prices, but warned of dire consequence if U.S. prices fell to those levels. “If a market the size of the U.S. were to collapse to the lower end of that pricing model, I can just tell you that AbbVie would not be able to invest in the level of R & D that it invests in today,” Gonzalez said. In response to a question from Grassley, all the CEOs said they consider the risk of negative public opinion when they decide on their list prices. The Trump administration has proposed requiring companies to include their drugs’ list prices in all their direct-to-consumer advertising, a plan the companies have resisted. They also said they consider the reaction of federal officials to their price announcements.”The federal government is a very key aspect of our deliberations,” said Pascal Soriot of AstraZeneca, an answer echoed by all seven industry leaders. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.
Much of the focus by the Veterans Health Administration has been on the growing number of younger veterans who commit suicide. However, statistics show that the suicide rate for elderly veterans is higher than that of non-veterans of the same age.Robert Neilson was drafted in 1961. He spent two years in the Army just before the Vietnam War. Three years ago, the 76-year-old came into the VA Hospital in San Diego after contemplating suicide. “That’s what really brought me into the emergency room. That wasn’t really the first time,” Neilson said. “Two months after I got out of the service, I attempted suicide.”After he got out of the Army, Neilson remembers going back home to New Jersey. He was standing on a subway platform watching a speeding train.””And I figured if I just hold my hands in the air, I could just let [the train] suck me in,” Neilson said. “Somebody shouted, ‘What are you doing?’ And that was enough to snap me out of the trance. But I still didn’t seek any help. I just figured, OK, I’ll just struggle through life.”And he did. It would take another 50 years for Neilson to get help dealing with the trauma of a sexual assault he experienced in the military.”And the guilt was, I wasn’t strong enough to overpower that person. Plus, it was a high-ranking person,” he said.That was all he wanted to say about the incident that has haunted him most of his life.All sorts of service-related issues can lie dormant only to crop up later in life, said Ron Stark. Stark founded Moving to Zero, a nonprofit group in San Diego aimed at preventing veteran suicide. He counsels fellow veterans there who have contemplated suicide and more than a few are elderly.Stark retired from the Navy in 1994. He served aboard a submarine in the Arctic in the 1970s and again during Desert Storm. He understands that, for some older veterans, no accomplishment is ever enough.”We have things about stolen valor. Nobody wants to misrepresent themselves,” he said. “So I’m a Vietnam-era veteran. I’m not a Vietnam veteran. I was in Desert Storm, but I wasn’t in combat. We’re always talking about what we’re not quite.”Veterans struggling with suicide aren’t always wrestling with memories of combat. Stark suffered from depression most of his life and he never saw combat. He remembers sitting by the roadside with a pistol and contemplated pulling the trigger.”The military didn’t make me who I was,” he said.But the military establishes life-long habits, both good and bad. A soldier strives to be someone people can rely on, especially in critical situations.”You have a bad day at work and you go home. You have a bad day on a submerged submarine, then people die,” he said.So if you’re not feeling 100 percent, maybe it’s better to keep it to yourself, he notes. Stark describes suicidal feelings as a brief moment of blackness when other options fade from view.The VA National Suicide Data Report for 2005 to 2016, which came out in September 2018, highlights an alarming rise in suicides among veterans age 18 to 34 — 45 per 100,000 veterans. Younger veterans have the highest rate of suicide among veterans, but those 55 and older still represent the largest number of suicides. Moreover, the suicide rate for older veterans is higher than that of non-veterans. For veterans age 55 to 74 years old, the rate of suicide is 26 per 100,000, while nationally, the suicide rate in the same age group is 17.4 per 100,000. The rate ticks up even higher for veterans over 85 years old.The Veterans Health Administration has focused on finding risk factors that could lead someone to kill themselves, such as isolation, previous suicidal thoughts and access to firearms. Another big risk factor is that older men are also more likely to reject treatment for mental health issues.Among the people who have those risk factors, the VA still doesn’t know who will attempt suicide, said Colin Depp, a psychologist at the San Diego VA who has researched suicide among older veterans.”We’re not very far ahead in understanding who’s out there, who’s really likely to take their lives in the next hours, days, months,” he said.The VA emphasizes getting potentially suicidal veterans in the door, where health-care workers deploy a range of treatments, he said.That’s what has helped 76-year-old Robert Nielson. He was 73 years old before he sought help. As part of his own treatment, Neilson is now writing letters of encouragement to fellow veterans who are just beginning treatment as part of a VA program.Neilson pulled out one of the letters he wrote and explained how he can help a veteran he will never meet in person. “I don’t know you but I have faith in you. You’re going to make it,” he read.The letters are just one more nudge to keep veterans away from that dark moment when suicide feels like the only option.This story is part of the American Homefront Project, a public media collaboration on in-depth military coverage with funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and The Patriots Connection. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.
A note from the editor:For nine years, Disability News Service has survived largely through the support of a small number of disability organisations – most of them user-led – that have subscribed to its weekly supply of news stories. That support has been incredibly valuable but is no longer enough to keep DNS financially viable. For this reason, please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please remember that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring, and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has repeatedly breached freedom of information laws in an apparent attempt to prevent the release of secret reports written by disabled people recruited to work within its jobcentres.Two years ago, DWP published a work, health and disability green paper, Improving Lives, in which it revealed plans to recruit about 200 new “community partners”.Ministers said these community partners would have “personal and professional experience of disability” and would support work coaches in jobcentres.The aim was for them to “provide valuable first-hand insight” into the issues faced by disabled people in “securing and sustaining employment”, with work coaches able to draw on their local knowledge.The community partners, many of whom were to be seconded from disability organisations, would also help map local provision of peer support and service-user groups.But Disability News Service (DNS) has since learned that these community partners submit regular reports on their work, often based on their experiences of visiting jobcentres.For years, DNS has been reporting on the alleged failure of DWP jobcentres to safeguard disabled people left in vulnerable situations because of flaws in the benefits system.Many of these failings have led to the deaths of benefit claimants and have subsequently been reported on in secret DWP peer reviews (now renamed internal process reviews).The deaths of disabled people such as Lawrence Bond, David Clapson and Alan McArdle – and many others – have been linked to alleged failings of policy or practice within jobcentres.DNS therefore submitted a freedom of information request to DWP in May, asking to see any of the reports written by community partners working in London Jobcentre Plus districts in 2017 and 2018, in case any of them included concerns raised by Community Partners about such failings.Such requests are supposed to be answered within 20 working days, but there has so far been no written response from the department’s freedom of information department.On 5 July, DNS emailed DWP’s freedom of information team to ask why it had failed to respond to the request, and followed that up with another email on 19 July, warning that the failure to respond was a clear breach of the Freedom of Information Act.DNS has since spoken to a civil servant in DWP’s freedom of information team, who promised to try to find out why no response had been sent.She told DNS this week that she had repeatedly attempted to secure a response from the jobcentre operations team and had warned them that they had breached their legal duties under the act.She said she did not know why they had failed to respond to the request.She told DNS: “I chased it again this morning and I don’t know why it has taken so long. I have reminded them of their duty to reply in time and that is where I am with it.“You have every right to go to the Information Commissioner’s Office [to lodge a complaint].“I have tried. I don’t know why they are digging their heels. I am sorry.”A DWP spokeswoman refused to explain the reason for the repeated breach of the Freedom of Information Act.But she said in a statement: “Any issues relating to FOI requests can be dealt with by writing to email@example.com.“If you are unhappy with the handling of an FOI request please contact the Information Commissioner’s Office.“The latest statistics show that DWP answered 95 per cent of FOI requests within 20 working days, exceeding the information commissioner’s compliance threshold of 90 per cent. “As you know, DWP spokesperson statements must come from the DWP press office, and we regularly provide you with statements, as we are doing so in this instance.“Please can you therefore use the above wording in your story instead of quoting from phone calls with DWP employees.”
Kim Lachance Shandrow Minecraft Register Now » –shares Next Article January 19, 2016 Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Former West Coast Editor Microsoft Will Soon Spawn a Classroom Edition of Minecraft 3 min read Add to Queue Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Much to the glee of young blockheads everywhere, Microsoft is positioning Minecraft as the next big building block in education.The Redmond, Wash. tech giant today announced that it’s creating a new classroom version of the wildly popular block-building game. Simply called Minecraft Education Edition, the game will be tailored specifically to teachers and students, from grade schools to universities.The coming edition is intended to “empower educators to foster deeper student engagement and collaboration,” said Anthony Salcito, Microsoft’s vice president of worldwide education.Related: How the Latest Fake Minecraft App Reached No. 4 on the iTunes Charts and Then DisappearedThe news comes on the heels of Microsoft’s acquisition of TeacherGaming LLC, creator of MinecraftEdu, a Mojang-supported modification of the original Minecraft built to help teachers integrate the game into their lesson plans. Microsoft recently scooped up the Finland-based startup for an undisclosed sum.Related: Here’s How One Tweet Led to Microsoft Buying Minecraft for $2.5 BillionIn a statement released today, Microsoft said it will build on the success of MinecraftEdu by decking it out with a fresh set of expanded features. Per Microsoft, MinecraftEdu, which launched in 2011, is already used in 7,000 classrooms in 40-plus countries across the globe.While its updated take on the existing game will initially roll out in free trial mode this summer, Microsoft plans to eventually charge a fee of $5 per student per year. School licensing fees for larger education institutions are also in the works, according to the Wall Street Journal.You might recall that, in the fall of 2014, Microsoft snapped up Mojang, the Swedish developer that created Minecraft, for a tidy total of $2.5 billion. Microsoft has since touted the educational benefits of the game, lauding the pixelated brainchild of Markus Persson (aka Notch) for inspiring students and teachers to be more intellectually creative, courageous and collaborative.“By creating a virtual world and then advancing in it, students can learn digital citizenship, empathy, social skills and even improve their literacy,” Salcito said in today’s announcement, “while getting real time feedback on their problem-solving skills from the teacher.”Related: Microsoft’s Missed Opportunity: Not Getting Minecraft’s Founders?Microsoft officially kicked off its push to further mainstream the Minecraft brand in the classroom last November, when it unveiled a free Minecraft-themed tutorial in partnership with Code.org. Also aimed at students and teachers, the basic computer code training sessions feature Minecraft characters Alex and Steve.Former teacher Rafranz Davis, currently the executive director of professional and digital learning for the city of Lufkin, Texas, said she believes Minecraft offers a unique opportunity for young learners to acquire knowledge and confidence through trial and error. Better yet, it enables them to do so in an adventurous setting of their own creation.“You talk about the same experiences that computer programming gives, where you’re allowed to fail — Minecraft provides that same experience,” she said in a video Microsoft released alongside its announcement today. “To walk into the world that a child has created and to see their excitement, to watch their eyes light up, it is something that you honestly have to experience at least once in your life.”Related: Watch Microsoft’s Eye-Popping Hololens Demo Using Minecraft
Lionbridge, the world’s most trusted communications platform, announced it will showcase its AI-powered integration for Adobe Experience Manager at the Adobe Summit EMEA, Adobe’s digital experience conference, from May 15–16 in London.As journey orchestration in marketing becomes increasingly important—72 percent of buyers expect personalized engagement—translation and localization have a growing influence on buyers. Adoption of the AI-enabled Lionbridge for Experience Manager integration has grown exponentially since its launch, with recent expansions in the travel and hospitality, life sciences, and technology industries.Marketing Technology News: o9 Solutions Continues to Deliver Value with its Premier AI-powered Platform for Integrated Planning and Digital Operations“We’re a people-first technology company and Adobe is a leader in crafting people-first experiences, so this partnership is a natural match,” said John Fennelly, President and CEO of Lionbridge. “With Lionbridge’s linguistic and cultural expertise behind our AI-powered innovation, these integrations to premier marketing platforms enable clients to deliver consistent digital experiences for customers around the globe.”A leader in leveraging AI to facilitate human connection for more than 20 years, Lionbridge is at the forefront of applying machine learning to linguistics and translation. Powered by sophisticated proprietary technologies, the combination of Lionbridge’s services and Adobe’s global expertise saves companies time and money when they go global: shared clients report 60 percent less effort, 40 percent faster cycle times, and 30 percent lower campaign costs using the integration.Marketing Technology News: Arvind Fashions Partners With Nucleus Vision to Create a More Seamless and Personalized Shopping ExperienceThe enhanced Lionbridge for Experience Manager integration includes such features as:AI-powered translation capabilities to automate large scale translation;URL customization across languages;Cross-channel automation across multiple Adobe solutions;Project bundling for simplified submission;Automatic content update detection; andSupport for custom Experience Manager set-ups.Marketing Technology News: Acquia Acquires Mautic to Deliver First-Ever Open Marketing Cloud Lionbridge Layers AI-Powered Services onto Adobe Offerings PRNewswireMay 13, 2019, 9:16 pmMay 13, 2019 Adobe Experience ManagerlionbridgeMarketing TechnologyNews Previous ArticleTurnTo Upgrades Partnership with Magento to Enhance Customer-Generated Content for Retailers and BrandsNext ArticleThink Before the Ad using Customer Data
Acquisitioncustomer experienceHexawareMarketing TechnologyMobiquityNewsR Srikrishna Previous ArticleCheetah Digital Debuts Email Marketing Enhancement ProductsNext ArticleNew Research from Fresh Relevance Indicates Retailers Could Reduce Return Rates by Using More UGC Hexaware Leapfrogs its Customer Experience Transformation Business With the Acquisition of Mobiquity Inc. PRNewswireJune 14, 2019, 8:27 pmJune 14, 2019 R Srikrishna, CEO, Hexaware Technologies said, “Hexaware enters an exciting new phase of growth and capability with the acquisition of Mobiquity Inc. Mobiquity strengthens two of our key strategic offerings: Cloudify Everything and Customer Experience Transformation. We are seeing a strong demand for these capabilities and, with this acquisition, we will be able to further accelerate our contributions to our customers’ business growth. Both Hexaware and Mobiquity have created very strong impact for their clients and have a mutually complementing position. Our combined capabilities will enhance our market positioning and opportunity to make an impact for our clients.”Marketing Technology News: Idaptive Named a Leader in Identity-as-a-Service for Enterprise by Independent Research FirmSandeep Dhar, President, Customer Experience Transformation (CXT) Business, Hexaware Technologies added, “Over the years Mobiquity Inc. has established a benchmark in defining omnichannel digital experiences and next-gen user interfaces, such as smart speakers and digital assistants. Their methodology combines consulting, design and deep engineering capabilities that leverage the Cloud. At Hexaware, we have been building capabilities in digital engineering, marketing & content platforms, e-commerce and CRM. Together we will now offer a comprehensive suite of digital solutions enabling superlative customer experiences. Mobiquity Inc.’s leadership and teams will continue without any changes to structure or ways of working.”Marketing Technology News: VidMob Closes $25 Million In Series B Financing To Fuel Global Expansion Of Creative Technology Platform, Agile Creative StudioJohn Castleman, CEO of Mobiquity Inc. says he is excited about the growth prospects. “Today we start a bold new chapter in Mobiquity’s growth story. Joining hands with Hexaware gives us added scale, a broader portfolio of offerings that are relevant to our clients’ digital journeys, and the opportunity to strengthen the Mobiquity brand.”Mobiquity adds to Hexaware’s global delivery footprint with its centers in Florida, Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Amsterdam, Pune and Ahmedabad.Marketing Technology News: InsightSquared Unveils New Revenue Intelligence Solutions to Drive Predictable Company Growth at Ramp 2019 This Is the Largest Ever Investment by Hexaware and the Combined Entity AIMS to Directly Compete With Large Digital Agencies and Consulting FirmsHexaware Technologies Ltd, one of India’s fastest growing IT Consulting firms, announced the acquisition of Mobiquity Inc for a total consideration of ~ $182 million. Mobiquity creates awesome digital products for some of the most well-known brands in the world, such as Amazon Web Services, Rabobank, Philips, Wawa, Backbase and Otsuka.Headquartered in the US, and with a global presence across 3 continents, Mobiquity is one of the largest independent customer experience consulting firms that specializes in creating frictionless multi-channel digital experiences using cloud technologies. They are one of the very few Digital Customer Experience Consulting Partners for AWS and are experts at leveraging some of the most sophisticated capabilities of AWS.
US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says the new EU privacy rules could lead to problems for business, medical research and law enforcement Ross said US officials were “deeply concerned” about how the General Data Protection Regulation would be implemented, while noting that the guidance so far has been “too vague.”The law which took effect May 25 establishes the key principle that individuals must explicitly grant permission for their data to be used, and give consumers a right to know who is accessing their information and what it will be used for.Some US officials have expressed concerns about the GDPR, but Ross is the highest ranking official to speak on the law, and his comments address a broad range of sectors that could be affected.”We do not have a clear understanding of what is required to comply. That could disrupt transatlantic cooperation on financial regulation, medical research, emergency management coordination, and important commerce,” Ross said in an opinion piece for the Financial TimesThe costs of the new law could be significant, to the point where it may “threaten public welfare on both sides of the Atlantic,” according to Ross.”Complying with GDPR will exact a significant cost, particularly for small and medium-sized enterprises and consumers who rely on digital services and may lose access and choice as a result of the guidelines,” he wrote.”Pharmaceutical companies may not be able to submit medical data from drug trials involving European patients to US authorities, which could delay the approval of new life-saving drugs.”He added that the US Postal Service has claimed the new rules could prevent EU postal operators from providing the data needed to process inbound mail.Ross also echoed concerns from other officials that EU requirement that personal data be restricted from the internet address book known as “WHOIS” could hurt law enforcement efforts to crack down on cybercrime and online calls to violence.”That could stop law enforcement from ascertaining who is behind websites that propagate terrorist information, sponsor malicious botnets or steal IP addresses,” he said.”These important activities need to be weighed carefully against privacy concerns. They are critical to building trust in the internet, safeguarding infrastructure, and protecting the public. Our respect for privacy does not have to come at the expense of public safety.” Explore further US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross warned Wednesday that the new EU privacy rules in effect since last week could lead to serious problems for business, medical research and law enforcement on both sides of the Atlantic. As EU privacy law looms, debate swirls on cybersecurity impact Citation: US commerce chief warns of disruption from EU privacy rules (2018, May 30) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-commerce-chief-disruption-eu-privacy.html © 2018 AFP 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.
Sandia National Laboratories materials scientist Brad Boyce watches as the Alinstante robotic work cell scans a 3D-printed part to compare what was made to the original design. This test part was devised to push the limits of 3D printing technology. The goal of Alinstante is to speed up the testing of 3D-printed parts and materials science research. Credit: Randy Montoya Citation: Robotic work cell conducts high-throughput testing instantly (2018, June 11) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-robotic-cell-high-throughput-instantly.html Provided by Sandia National Laboratories Until now.Sandia National Laboratories has designed and built a six-sided work cell, similar to a circular desk, with a commercial robot at its center that conducts high-throughput testing to quickly determine the performance and properties of the part.They call this flexible, modular and scalable system Alinstante, Spanish for “in an instant.” Sandia is seeking industry partners to help expand or discover more uses for the new robotic testing system.The technology to speed up qualification and testing was the result of Sandia materials scientist Brad Boyce’s challenge in the spring of 2015. Boyce was working on a Laboratory Directed Research and Development-funded project to improve the qualification of custom 3-D-printed parts.”In traditional manufacturing of metals, there’s a lot of experience and finesse in process control to produce metals with uniform properties. When we went to laser manufacturing we had to take a step back and rethink qualification,” he said.Boyce had already developed a machine for high-throughput tensile testing—pulling on an object until it snaps—but for this project he knew he needed a more general, flexible solution. He turned to Sandia’s robotics group.”Once we committed ourselves to automation, we realized that the barriers could be overcome,” said Boyce. “Yes, we invested some time and money, but the real challenge was getting ourselves out of the mindset of ‘business as usual’ to understanding that we need a faster solution.”Designing a modular, flexible work cellThe commercial robot sits in the center of the hexagonal work cell with up to six “petal” work stations around it. Each work station can have a different commercial or custom testing systems, and the work stations can be swapped in and out depending on the kind of tests needed. Also, because of the hexagonal shape, multiple petals can be combined in a honeycomb-like structure. That allows handoffs from petal to petal to provide almost limitless testing scalability.Sandia mechanical engineer Ross Burchard led the design of the work cell. In 2016, Burchard and an intern explored many different physical configurations before settling on the hexagonal petal design. 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. Explore further Today, with 3-D printing, you can make almost anything in a matter of hours. However, making sure that part works reliably takes weeks or even months. “My challenge was: How do you come up with a work cell with one robot and multiple testing stations that’s also modular and scalable?” said Burchard. Once the configuration was selected, Burchard and his team built the first work cell. They adapted commercially available hardware wherever possible for efficiency and to save money.In addition to constructing the hexagonal floor plate and pedestal for the commercial robot, the team installed safety light curtains wherever a person and the robot might interact. The light curtains are set up so that if a person reaches into the work cell, or if the robotic arm reaches out of the work cell, the light beam is broken and the robot automatically stops. New technique for additive manufacturing design Credit: Sandia National Laboratories “Safety is always our No. 1 concern,” said Tim Blada, the roboticist who is leading the design of the software interface. “Every line of code we write, every piece of mechanical fixturing we do, is always safety first. ‘How is this safe? Can I do this without risking any injuries?'”Rapid, automated testing with an easy-to-use modular user interfaceBy the end of the summer, Blada hopes to have a user interface that will allow a non-expert to place their parts on a tray in the parts rack, select a few tests and get their data automatically. The software architecture also needs to be modular so new modules and tests can be added easily, he said.The prototype Alinstante work cell only has two testing stations and a rack where users can place their parts. The first station is an off-the-shelf structured light scanner that can convert a scan into a 3-D model for direct quantitative comparison to the original intended design. The second station is a load frame for testing physical properties, such as tensile and compression testing, which is pushing on an object until it crunches.Next, the team wants to add a laser-induced breakdown spectrometer to Alinstante, said Burchard. This test would be particularly useful for determining the batch-to-batch consistency in the chemical composition of parts in a minimally destructive manner.”Sandia has testing labs that can perform all of these tests, however it takes a few weeks to schedule each of them, which can add up to one or two months of testing. Alinstante can reduce the scheduling burden for the testing, greatly speeding up the turnaround time,” said Burchard. Alinstante also reduces the chance for human error and produces data that is more consistent and reproducible than human testers.’Scratching the surface’ of prototype testing and materials discovery”Right now, Alinstante is really just scratching the surface of what it could be,” said Boyce. “We could integrate the printer, processing systems—such as a heat-treat oven or a grinder—and many other post-processing tests.”X-ray tomography, corrosion testing and density measurements are just a few examples of the tests the team would like to add to Alinstante.Blada added, “Alinstante can be used for rapid prototyping things or for small-batch manufacturing. This would be useful for any small business or industry where they’re making small batch parts and they need to test them or even package them.”The Alinstante team is looking for partners to support the development of new modules that would meet its rapid testing, prototyping or research and development needs, said Boyce and Blada.As a roboticist, Blada is looking forward to putting Alinstante’s endurance to the test. “In theory you could run this thing forever, if you had enough parts,” he said.As a materials scientist, Boyce is looking forward to being able to use Alinstante for rapid materials discovery and for foundational advances in alloy performance and reliability.But even before this vision becomes reality, Alinstante can provide significant benefits. Boyce said, “Friday afternoon you tell the 3-D printer ‘I want you to print this part 10 different ways and then go test each one.’ You come to come back Monday morning and Alinstante tells you which process was the best. Let the robot do all the logistics work and get the human out of the loop except for making the important engineering decisions.”
© 2018 AFP What’s that extra in my online cart? Soon, maybe a sales tax The German government, which estimates that it loses up to 500 million euros a year in unapdi sales taxes on goods purchased from e-commerce sites like eBay and Amazon, has drafted a new law that will tighten the rules for foreign online companies Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The German government on Wednesday approved a draft law to crack down on VAT fraud in online sales by tightening the rules for e-commerce giants like Amazon and eBay. Citation: Germany moves to tackle sales tax fraud in e-commerce (2018, August 1) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-germany-tackle-sales-tax-fraud.html The government estimates that it loses up to 500 million euros ($580 million) a year in unpaid sales taxes on goods purchased online from companies outside Germany. “We are ending the illegal practice of some vendors on online marketplaces who evade the sales tax and unfairly give themselves competitive advantages,” Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said in a statement.The government says that although the price German customers pay for their online purchases includes VAT, many foreign-based vendors never pass the taxes on to the German state.The proposed legislation, which still needs to go through parliament, would oblige online shopping platforms to track sales by third-party companies on their website, and pass the relevant information on to the finance ministry so those firms can be taxed.If that fails, the online platforms themselves could be liable to pay the necessary sales taxes.The proposed German legislation would take effect in 2019, two years before a similar scheme for the entire European Union comes into force.A spokesman for eBay told DPA news agency that the company has “no tolerance for vendors who fail to comply with their legal obligations on the eBay marketplace”.But he also criticised Germany for rushing in measures ahead of the EU-wide legislation.”Any unilateral actions that lead to legal fragmentation pose a huge burden for global companies,” he said.
In a study to publish in Nature on January 31, researchers at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) report advances in the development of hydrogen fuel cells that could increase its application in vehicles, especially in extreme temperatures like cold winters. The catalyst developed here shows great potential to thoroughly guard the fuel cell during not only the continuous operation but also during frequent cold-start periods even under extremely cold conditions. Credit: Junling Lu’s research group Explore further Multifunctional catalyst for poison-resistant hydrogen fuel cells Provided by University of Science and Technology of China Citation: Scientists find way to help fuel cells work better, stay clean in the cold (2019, January 30) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-scientists-fuel-cells-cold.html Hydrogen is considered one of the most promising clean energy sources of the future. Hydrogen fuel cells have high energy conversion efficiency and zero emissions. But the development of hydrogen fuel cells faces many challenges, including the issue of carbon-monoxide (CO) damage of the fuel cell electrodes. Currently, hydrogen is mainly derived from processes like steam reforming of hydrocarbons, such as methanol and natural gas, and water gas shift reaction. The resulting hydrogen usually contains 0.5 percent to 2 percent of trace CO. As the “heart” of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, fuel cell electrodes are easily contaminated by CO gas impurity, resulting in reduced battery performance and shortened life, which severely hampers the application fuel cells in vehicles.Earlier research has identified a method called preferential oxidation (PROX) as a promising way to remove trace amounts of CO from hydrogen by using catalysts. However, existing PROX catalysts can only work in high temperatures (above room temperature) and within a narrow temperature range, hindering practical applications such as fuel cell vehicles, which must be reliable even in winter months.Now, a USTC team led by Junling Lu, professor at the Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at the Microscale, has designed a new structure of atomically dispersed iron hydroxide on platinum nanoparticles to purify hydrogen fuel over a broad temperature range of 198 to 380 degrees Kelvin. They also found that the material provided protection of fuel cells against CO poisoning during both frequent cold-starts and continuous operations in extremely cold temperatures.”These findings might greatly accelerate the arrival of the hydrogen fuel cell vehicle era,” said Prof. Lu. “Our ultimate goal is to develop a cost-effective catalyst with high activity and selectivity that provides continuous on-board fuel cell protection and that enables complete and 100 percent selective CO removal in a fuel cell that can be used for broader purposes.”One referee of the article commented: “When comparing with other catalyst systems reported in the literature, this reverse single-atom catalyst appears the best in terms of activity, selectivity, and stability in CO2-containing streams.” Journal information: Nature More information: Atomically dispersed iron hydroxide anchored on Pt for preferential oxidation of CO in H2. DOI: 10.1038/s41586-018-0869-5 , https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-018-0869-5 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.
Citation: UK unveils plans to hold social media bosses liable for harmful content (2019, April 8) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-uk-unveils-social-media-bosses.html The British government said on Monday it will explore making social media executives personally liable for harmful content published on their platforms, in a raft of new online safety proposals. UK to hold social media bosses liable for harmful content: report 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. Explore further © 2019 AFP The plans unveiled in a policy paper, which also include creating an independent regulator, aim to tackle all kinds of harmful content from encouraging violence and suicide to spreading disinformation and cyber bullying.The issue has gained added urgency with Facebook’s failure to immediately halt livestreams of a March 15 attack by a self-avowed white supremacist on two mosques in New Zealand that killed 50 people.Prime Minister Theresa May warned tech companies they had “not done enough” to protect users and that her government intended to put “a legal duty of care” on the firms “to keep people safe”.”For too long these companies have not done enough to protect users, especially children and young people, from harmful content,” she said in a statement.”That is not good enough, and it is time to do things differently.”Online companies must start taking responsibility for their platforms, and help restore public trust in this technology.”The new laws envisaged will apply to any company that allows users to share or discover user generated content or interact with each other online.That will include file hosting sites and chat forums as well as the better known social media platforms, messaging services and search engines.Firms could face tough penalties for failing to meet the standards.”We are consulting on powers to issue substantial fines, block access to sites and potentially to impose liability on individual members of senior management,” the government said.Under the proposals, a new regulator would have the power to force platforms and others to publish annual transparency reports.They would include the levels of harmful content disseminated on their sites and how they addressed the problem.The regulator will also be able to issue codes of practice, which could compel companies to meet certain requirements, such as hiring fact-checkers, particularly during election periods.”The era of self-regulation for online companies is over,” Digital Secretary Jeremy Wright said, adding he wanted the sector to be “part of the solution”.”Those that fail to do this will face tough action,” he vowed.Proponents of tougher social media regulations welcomed the proposals.”For too long social networks have failed to prioritise children’s safety and left them exposed to grooming, abuse, and harmful content,” said Peter Wanless, head of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.”It’s high time they were forced to act through this legally binding duty to protect children, backed up with hefty punishments if they fail to do so.”
SHARE SHARE EMAIL June 24, 2019 Published on Friends no more: A file photo of BSP chief Mayawati with SP’s chief Akhilesh Yadav alliances and coalition COMMENTS The BSP leader blames SP’s ‘attitude’ for the decision, while SP says that Mayawati’s move will weaken the fight for social justice. BSP president Mayawati declared that her party will contest all elections “small and big” on its own in the future, signalling the end of the much discussed Bahujan Samaj Party-Samajwadi Party alliance forged for the Lok Sabha elections.Her announcement came a day after she held a meeting with party workers to review the BSP’s performance in the recent Lok Sabha polls.Also read: Mayawati breaks off alliance with SP, to go it alone in UP by-polls“Everyone is aware that forgetting everything of the past as also the anti-BSP and anti-Dalit decisions like reservation in promotions and bad law and order during the SP rule in 2012-2017, BSP adhered to the gathbandhan dharma with the Samajwadi Party in the interest of the country,” she tweeted in Hindi.“But the SP’s attitude after the elections has forced the BSP to think, will it be possible to defeat the BJP in the future? This is not possible. Therefore, in the interest of the party and the movement, the party will contest all small and big elections on its own strength,” Mayawati added. She did not elaborate on what she meant by the SP’s attitude.SP’s reactionReacting to Mayawati’s comments, SP leader Ramashankar Vidyarthi said that the BSP supremo’s decision of will “weaken” the fight for social justice.Also read: SP, BSP face challenging times as caste politics merges into Hindutva “She is speaking against the Samajwadi Party in haste and due to the Dalit support to the SP and its leader Akhilesh Yadav. She is weakening the fight for social justice,” Vidyarthi told reporters.The SP National General Secretary said the ‘Dalit samaj’ is connecting with the Samajwadi Party and its chief Akhilesh Yadav in a big way. “People know the reality about what the malkin of the alliance has done,” he said.‘Lack of commitment’Commenting on the development, Congress spokesperson Dwijendra Tripathi said commitment is most important in politics. “Commitment with the people as well as among political parties is very important…if people feel that politicians cannot keep their words while dealing with each other, they will not be able to keep their promises made to the people,” Tripathi said. “The problem that we are seeing now is an outcome of lack of commitment,” he remarked.The BSP entered into an electoral alliance with Akhilesh Yadav-led SP and the Chaudhary Ajit Singh-led Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) in Uttar Pradesh for the Lok Sabha polls. The alliance, however, failed to make an impact in the politically crucial state. While the BSP managed to win 10 seats, the SP got five seats and the RLD drew a blank. COMMENT SHARE Uttar Pradesh state politics