Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedMIDDLESEX DA: Billerica Man Indicted For Alleged Child Rape In WilmingtonIn “Police Log”Middlesex DA: Medford Man Indicted For Wilmington RapeIn “Police Log”Middlesex DA: Wilmington Man Indicted For Attempted MurderIn “Government” WOBURN, MA — Below is an announcement from the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office:The below indictments were handed down between May 2 and June 27, 2019. Defendants are listed by towns where alleged offenses occurred. Defendants without a hometown listed do not have a last known address. These charges are allegations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.ArlingtonAngel Rodriguez, 24, of Lynn, was charged with trafficking fentanyl, distribution of a Class A substance, and distribution of a Class B substance. The Assistant District Attorney is Andrew Ineson.AyerJohn Thompson, 29, of Ayer, was charged with home invasion and masked armed robbery. The Assistant District Attorney is Whitney Williams.BelmontEric Ray, 49, of Belmont, was charged with rape. The Assistant District Attorney is Ceara Mahoney.BillericaJack Albertian, 64, of Georgetown, was charged with rape of a child (2 counts). The Assistant District Attorney is Marisa Tagliareni.Edward Flynn, 56, was charged with breaking and entering in the daytime to commit a felony and larceny in a building. The Assistant District Attorney is Daniel Harren.BoxboroughMichael Riley, 41, of Acton, was charged with larceny over $1,200 and fraudulent use of a credit card over $1,200. The Assistant District Attorney is Raquel Frisardi.CambridgeDante Conner, 21, of Boston, was charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony (2 counts), possession of a large capacity firearm, possession of a large capacity feeding device, possession of a firearm without a license (2 counts), possession of ammunition (3 counts), possession with intent to distribute a Class B substance (2 counts), possession with intent to distribute a Class D substance, and solicitation of tampering with evidence in an official proceeding. The Assistant District Attorney is Maren Schrader.Cassandra Cordeiro, 17, of Cambridge, was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, masked armed robbery, and being a youthful offender (2 counts). The Assistant District Attorney is Terence Kiernan.Patrick Cowart, 22, was charged with aggravated rape of a child (2 counts). The Assistant District Attorney is Courtney Linnehan.Carolina Elawad, 16, of Cambridge, was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, masked armed robbery, and being a youthful offender (2 counts). The Assistant District Attorney is Terence Kiernan.Matthew Haley, 27, of Middleton, was charged with possession of a large capacity firearm, possession of a large capacity magazine, possession of a firearm without a license (2 counts), possession of ammunition (2 counts), and being an armed career criminal (4 counts). The Assistant District Attorney is Maren Schrader.Katherine Hawes, 53, of Cambridge, was charged with larceny from a person over the age of 65, larceny from a person, and receiving a stolen credit card. The Assistant District Attorney is Terence Kiernan.Franchesca Polanco-Rivera, 17, Cambridge, was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, masked armed robbery, and being a youthful offender (2 counts). The Assistant District Attorney is Terence Kiernan.John Kargul, 57, of Brockton, was charged with larceny over $250 by a single scheme (3 counts), credit card fraud over $250 (17 counts), identity fraud by obtaining personal information of another without authorization (12 counts), identity fraud by posing as another (19 counts), money laundering, and being a common and notorious thief. The Assistant District Attorney is Doug Cannon.William Pires, 19, of Somerville, was charged with armed assault with intent to murder, attempted assault and battery with a dangerous weapon by discharging a firearm, possession of a firearm without a license, carrying a loaded firearm, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, and assault with a dangerous weapon. The Assistant District Attorney is Terence Kiernan.Standly Miranda, 27, of Cambridge, was charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony (2 counts), possession of a large capacity firearm, possession of a large capacity feeding device, possession of a firearm without a license (2 counts), possession of ammunition (3 counts), possession with intent to distribute a Class B substance (2 counts), possession with intent to distribute a Class D substance, and solicitation of tampering with evidence in an official proceeding. The Assistant District Attorney is Maren Schrader.Sidney Pierre, 32, was charged with trafficking over 18 grams of cocaine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, subsequent offense, conspiracy to violate the drug laws, and trafficking fentanyl. The Assistant District Attorney is Robert Royce.Franchesca Polanco-Rivera, 16, of Cambridge, was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, masked armed robbery, and being a youthful offender (2 counts). The Assistant District Attorney is Terence Kiernan.Makalla Pollard, 23, of Boston, was charged with trafficking over 18 grams of cocaine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, conspiracy to violate the drug laws, and trafficking fentanyl. The Assistant District Attorney is Robert Royce.Lesley Rice, 62, of Manchester-by-the-Sea, was charged with larceny over $1,200 by a single scheme (4 counts) and false entry into corporate books (2 counts). The Assistant District Attorney is William R. Freeman.Steca Thelemaque, 28, of Medford, was charged with possession of a firearm without a license, possession of ammunition, possession of a loaded firearm, possession of a Class B substance, and being an armed career criminal (2 counts). The Assistant District Attorney is Maren Schrader.ChelmsfordDaniel Maina, 41, of Tyngsborough, was charged with assault and battery on a person with an intellectual disability and caretaker neglect. The Assistant District Attorney is Heidi Gosule.Isaiah Musoke, 63, of Leominster, was charged with assault and battery on a person with an intellectual disability and caretaker neglect. The Assistant District Attorney is Heidi Gosule.Jennifer Nganga, 60, of Lowell, was charged with assault and battery on a person with an intellectual disability and caretaker neglect. The Assistant District Attorney is Heidi Gosule.ConcordRocco Pelopida, 42, of East Greenwich, Rhode Island, was charged with aggravated rape of a child (3 counts) and child enticement. The Assistant District Attorney is Rachel Perlman.FraminghamWalter Estrada, 33, of Worcester, was charged with trafficking over 100 grams of cocaine. The Assistant District Attorney is Graham Van Epps.Antonis Mallios, 44, of Milford, was charged with felony larceny (10 counts) making false entries into corporate books (2 counts), and being a common and notorious thief. The Assistant District Attorney is Doug Cannon.Emmanuel Osamwonyi, 32, of Framingham, was charged with distribution of cocaine, subsequent offense and as a habitual criminal, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, subsequent offense and as a habitual criminal, and possession with intent to distribute a Class D substance, subsequent offense. The Assistant District Attorney is Robert Meltzer.HudsonDavid Cruz-Gonzales, 33, of Marlborough, was charged with home invasion, kidnapping, stealing by confining or putting a person in fear, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (2 counts), assault with a dangerous weapon, larceny over $1,200, and possession of burglarious tools. The Assistant District Attorney is Raquel Frisardi.Gary Pimentel, 23, of Worcester, was charged with home invasion, kidnapping, stealing by confining or putting a person in fear, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (2 counts), assault with a dangerous weapon, larceny over $1,200, and possession of burglarious tools. The Assistant District Attorney is Raquel Frisardi.Carlos Velez, 35, of Marlborough, was charged with home invasion, kidnapping, stealing by confining or putting a person in fear, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (2 counts), assault with a dangerous weapon, larceny over $1,200, and possession of burglarious tools. The Assistant District Attorney is Raquel Frisardi.Lowell David Aguilar, 58, of Lowell, was charged with armed robbery, assault with a dangerous weapon, and being a habitual criminal. The Assistant District Attorney is Daniel Harren.Matthew Basile, 48, of Stoneham, was charged with trafficking fentanyl, distribution of a Class A substance, subsequent offense, and possession with intent to distribute a Class A substance, subsequent offense. The Assistant District Attorney is Whitney Williams.Jonathan Bennett, 21, was charged with kidnapping, strangulation, assault and battery, breaking and entering in the nighttime to commit a misdemeanor, and threatening to commit a crime. The Assistant District Attorney is Daniel Harren.Jayson Colon, 23, of Lowell, was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury, assault on a household or family member (2 counts), and strangulation. The Assistant District Attorney is Megan McGovern.Korey David, 19, of Lowell, was charged with forcible rape of a child (2 counts), rape of a child (3 counts), indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14 (5 counts), and indecent assault and battery on a person over the age of 14 (2 counts). The Assistant District Attorney is Rachel Perlman.Kevin Davidson, 34, was charged with distribution of fentanyl (2 counts), subsequent offense, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and failure to stop for police. The Assistant District Attorney is Whitney Williams.Jonathan Gacek, 28, of Billerica, was charged with trafficking fentanyl. The Assistant District Attorney is Ashlee Mastrangelo.Kevin Garneau, 49, of Pelham, New Hampshire, was charged with rape (2 counts). The Assistant District Attorney is Thomas Brant.Gina Gentile, 32, was charged with home invasion. The Assistant District Attorney is Clarence Brown.Oliver Godfrey, 20, of Lowell, was charged with larceny from a person (2 counts). The Assistant District Attorney is Whitney Williams.Marcello Lomagno, 32, of Tewksbury, was charged with aggravated rape, kidnapping, assault with a dangerous weapon, indecent assault and battery, and witness intimidation. The Assistant District Attorney is Megan McGovern.Esmeraldo Mena, 25, of Lowell, was charged with trafficking fentanyl and possession with intent to distribute fentanyl. The Assistant District Attorney is Whitney Williams.Jose Mercado, 25, of Lowell, was charged with stalking, witness intimidation (13 counts), assault and battery on a household or family member (5 counts), malicious destruction of property over $1,200, malicious destruction of property under $1,200, malicious destruction of a motor vehicle, assault and battery, violating a restraining order (2 counts), and solicitation, counsel, advise, or enticement of a crime (2 counts). The Assistant District Attorney is Megan McGovern.Chanda Moon, 36, of Lowell, was charged with burglary (2 counts) and larceny from a building (2 counts). The Assistant District Attorney is Whitney Williams.Zachary Noonan, 27, of Lowell, was charged with assault and battery on a household or family member, assault and battery, witness intimidation (4 counts), resisting arrest, kidnapping, and violating a restraining order. The Assistant District Attorney is Megan McGovern.Ezekiel Ramos, 25, of Lowell, was charged with tampering with evidence and solicitation of a felony. The Assistant District Attorney is Suzanne Wiseman.Carlos Rodriguez, 30, of Lowell, was charged with trafficking a Class A substance, trafficking a Class B substance, possession of a firearm without a license, possession of ammunition, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and being an armed career criminal. The Assistant District Attorney is Megan McGovern.Luis Rosario, 28, of Lowell, was charged with trafficking fentanyl. The Assistant District Attorney is Whitney Williams.Zachary Teneriello, 20, of Malden, was charged with witness intimidation. The Assistant District Attorney is Megan McGovern.Randy Velez, 28, was charged with stalking in violation of a restraining order, assault and battery in violation of a restraining order, witness intimidation (2 counts), malicious destruction of property, and violating a restraining order (4 counts). The Assistant District Attorney is Megan McGovern.Rafael Vera, 38, of Lowell, was charged with trafficking fentanyl, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, possession with intent to distribute a Class B substance, possession with intent to distribute a Class C substance, possession with intent to distribute a Class E substance, possession of a firearm without a license, possession of ammunition, and assault and battery on a household or family member. The Assistant District Attorney is Whitney Williams.Akwasi Yeboah, 24, of Lowell, was charged with home invasion, tampering with evidence, and malicious destruction to a motor vehicle. The Assistant District Attorney is Whitney Williams.MaldenZaina Abdalla, 18, of Malden, was charged with being an accessory after the fact. The Assistant District Attorney is Lee Hettinger.Laurent Beaubrun, 19, of Everett, was charged with possession of a loaded firearm without a license, possession of ammunition, possession of a large capacity feeding device, possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number, possession with intent to distribute a Class C substance, possession with intent to distribute a Class D substance, possession with intent to distribute a Class E substance, and conspiracy to violate the drug laws. The Assistant District Attorney is Michael Klunder.Renan DaSilva, 33, of Saugus, was charged with felony motor vehicle homicide and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol causing serious bodily injury. The Assistant District Attorney is Lee Hettinger.Josue Espada, 20, of Malden, was charged with being an accessory after the fact and conspiracy to violate the Controlled Substance Act. The Assistant District Attorney is Lee Hettinger.Olivia Filipowich, 18, of Malden, was charged with being an accessory after the fact. The Assistant District Attorney is Lee Hettinger.Marcus Jones, 27, of Randolph, was charged with possession of a firearm without a license (2 counts), subsequent offense, and larceny of a firearm. The Assistant District Attorney is Lee Hettinger.Yahia Mastouri, 18, of Malden, was charged with murder, carrying a firearm without a license, carrying a loaded firearm, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and conspiracy to violate the Controlled Substance Act. The Assistant District Attorney is Lee Hettinger.Donnidjy Michel, 20, of Cambridge, was charged with possession of a loaded firearm without a license, possession of ammunition, possession of a large capacity feeding device, possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number, possession with intent to distribute a Class C substance, possession with intent to distribute a Class D substance, possession with intent to distribute a Class E substance, and conspiracy to violate the drug laws. The Assistant District Attorney is Michael Klunder.Eric Pittsley, 41, of Malden, was charged with armed robbery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury, assault with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery on a household or family member, threatening to commit a crime, and malicious destruction of a motor vehicle. The Assistant District Attorney is Gabrielle Lomanno.MarlboroughWilson Guitierrez, 26, of Framingham, was charged with rape, witness intimidation, assault and battery on a household or family member, and assault with a dangerous weapon (3 counts). The Assistant District Attorney is Courtney Linnehan.Stephen Young, 48, of Marlborough, was charged with failure to register as a sex offender, subsequent offense. The Assistant District Attorney is Robert Meltzer.MedfordMichael Pontonio, 50, of Medford, was charged with trafficking fentanyl and possession with intent to distribute a Class A substance, subsequent offense. The Assistant District Attorney is Robert Meltzer.NatickDavid Missle, 50, of Southborough, was charged with larceny over $250. The Assistant District Attorney is Doug Cannon.Randy Paris, 43, of Mansfield, was charged with indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14, posing a child in a state of sexual conduct, and possession of child pornography. The Assistant District Attorney is Rachel Perlman.NewtonPrimo Leung, 36, of Concord, New Hampshire, was charged with aggravated rape of a child (2 counts), indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14 by a mandated reporter (2 counts), and indecent assault and battery on a person over the age of 14 (2 counts). The Assistant District Attorney is Radu Brestyan.Jenness Peterson, 23, of Hooket, New Hampshire, was charged with rape (2 counts), assault and battery on a household or family member, strangulation, and trespassing. The Assistant District Attorney is Maren Schrader.ReadingDennis Mercer, 48, of Reading, was charged with aggravated rape of a child (2 counts) and forcible rape of a child (2 counts). The Assistant District Attorney is Courtney Linnehan.SomervilleNeil Alves, 26, of Somerville, was charged with rape and indecent assault and battery on a person over the age of 14. The Assistant District Attorney is Ceara Mahoney.Edward Clark, 55, of Norwood, was charged with leaving the scene of leaving the scene of an accident causing death, leaving the scene of a personal injury, and motor vehicle homicide. The Assistant District Attorney is Terence Kiernan.Rahkeen Gray, 45, was charged with unarmed robbery and armed assault with intent to rob (2 counts). The Assistant District Attorney is Maren Schrader.Sean Romano, 34, of Somerville, was charged with possession of a firearm without a license, possession of ammunition, and possession of a large capacity feeding device. The Assistant District Attorney is Gabrielle Lomanno.TewksburyWesley Fanfan, 23, of Medford, was charged with trafficking fentanyl and conspiracy to violate the drug laws. The Assistant District Attorney is Andrew Ineson.John Doe AKA Luis Hernandez, 36, of Lawrence, was charged with armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury, kidnapping, witness intimidation, assault and battery on a household or family member (2 counts), subsequent offense, and furnishing a false name to police. The Assistant District Attorney is Emily Jackson.Samil Munoz, 27, of Lawrence, was charged with trafficking over 18 grams of cocaine. The Assistant District Attorney is Ashlee Mastrangelo.Kerby Ulysse, 22, of Cambridge, was charged with trafficking fentanyl and conspiracy to violate the drug laws. The Assistant District Attorney is Andrew Ineson.TownsendJohn Zagwyn, 61, of Shirley, was charged with rape. The Assistant District Attorney is Emily Jackson.TyngsboroughMartin Rojas, 36, of Lawrence, was charged with possession with intent to distribute a Class B substance (2 counts), subsequent offense, and possession with intent to distribute a Class E substance. The Assistant District Attorney is Ashlee Mastrangelo.WalthamStephan Cutone, 50, of Arlington, was charged with breaking and entering in the nighttime to commit a felony (2 counts), breaking and entering in the daytime to commit a felony, larceny from a building (2 counts), possession of a Class B substance, possession of burglarious tools, credit card fraud over $1,200, credit card under $1,200, and malicious destruction of property under $1,200. The Assistant District Attorney is Robert Royce.Samuel Monroy, 32, of Waltham, was charged with assault with intent to rape a child and indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14 (3 counts). The Assistant District Attorney is Radu Brestyan.Sigfredo Pena, 38, of Boston, was charged with trafficking fentanyl and possession with intent to distribute cocaine, subsequent offense. The Assistant District Attorney is Robert Royce.Joseph Pierce, 37, of Brockton, was charged with unarmed robbery and assault and battery. The Assistant District Attorney is Robert Royce.WatertownCarlos Guardado, 25, of Watertown, was charged with possession of a firearm without a license, possession of a loaded firearm, possession of ammunition, and possession of a large capacity feeding device (2 counts). The Assistant District Attorney is Robert Royce.Philip Horner, 37, was charged with armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury, and resisting arrest. The Assistant District Attorney is Joe Gentile.WestonSusan Clark, 62, of Natick, was charged with attempted murder and caretaker abuse and neglect. The Assistant District Attorney is Heidi Gosule.WoburnMichael Nelson, 51, of Woburn, was charged with trafficking of a person for sexual servitude, deriving support from prostitution, and being a habitual criminal. The Assistant District Attorney is Julie Kunkel.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.
Yanghee Lee. UNB file photoThe UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar Yanghee Lee has lamented the decades long cycle of violence perpetuated by the authorities against ethnic minorities in Myanmar, including Rohingya Muslims, reports UNB.In a statement following her visits to Thailand and Bangladesh last month, she also said talk of repatriating hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas anytime soon was premature.Lee said that what the Myanmar government claims to be the conduct of military or security operations was actually an established pattern of domination, aggression and violations against ethnic groups, according to a statement UNB received here from Seoul on Thursday.”Recent reports of attacks against civilians; against homes and places of worship; forcible displacement and relocation; the burning of villages; land grabbing; sexual violence; arbitrary arrests and detention; torture and enforced disappearances; are acts that have been alleged against the military and security forces for generations,” she said.”While reports from Rakhine State have rightly provoked international outrage; for many in Myanmar, they have elicited a tragic sense of déjà vu.”She said the atrocities committed against the Rohingyas in the aftermath of the 9 October 2016 and the 25 August 2017 attacks, have been repeatedly witnessed before, albeit not on the same scale of the recent attacks against the Rohingya.”I was told repeatedly by the other ethnic groups I spoke to — be they Kachin, Karen, Karenni, or Shan — that they have suffered the same horrific violations at the hands of the Tatmadaw over several decades and — in the case of some groups — continuing today,” Lee said.”In Thailand, representatives from different ethnic groups that I met expressed their concern that as the world’s attention is focused on the atrocities in Rakhine State, potential war crimes are being committed in Shan and Kachin State without so much as a murmur of disapproval from the international community.”Lee said that set against this background of violence in the ethnic areas of Myanmar, was a continuing erosion of democratic space.”The civilian government has failed to usher in a new era of openness and transparency and is instead persisting with repressive practices of the past.”Lee, who was informed by the Myanmar authorities last year she would no longer be allowed to visit the country on the grounds her reporting was unfair and biased, called on the democratic government to break with the repressive practices of the past, and to allow people who have fled their country to return home – to where they belong.But she added: “For returns to be ever realized in a way that is voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable they must be treated as equals — citizens of Myanmar with all the rights that that status affords.”She said that while the government of Bangladesh had made it clear that no refugees would be forced back to Myanmar, the international community must pressure Myanmar to create conditions for their return before it is too late.”This must be done in a principled way that prioritizes the need for these people to be recognized as Rohingya and as citizens of Myanmar,” she said.Lee said that during her visit to a camp in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh, she saw great anxiety and fear when speaking to refugees about the prospect of returning to Myanmar.”One mother said to me, ‘Our beautiful children were slaughtered. How can we go back?’ Refugees have been entirely excluded from conversations about their fate, and going forward they must be involved in a meaningful way.”Without equality, Myanmar will never be free from violence and the country’s tragic déjà vu will reverberate through the future as it has through the past. The cycle of violence must end, and Myanmar must be supported in implementing the profound and meaningful reforms that are so urgently needed.”Lee said she hoped to regain access to Myanmar. “I remain ready to work with the Government and other stakeholders to promote and protect the human rights of all people in Myanmar,” she said.
British content is under threat as budgets get cut, with global players highly unlikely to make up the shortfall, according to BBC deputy director-general Anne Bulford.Anne BulfordSpeaking at the Media & Telecoms Conference in London, Bulford said the BBC’s ability to fund UK content had been hit by financial constraints, while commercial broadcasters had been hit by reduced advertising revenues.“At the BBC, high-quality British programming has always been our priority. We have long been the largest single investor in British ideas and talent. But as our income has fallen in real terms over recent years, our ability to fund original British content has diminished,” she said.“Of course, this is not just about the BBC: over the same period commercial broadcasters, traditionally major investors in British content have been hit by reduced TV advertising revenues. But it’s no coincidence that, as the amount the BBC has been able to spend on British content has gone down, so has the amount spent on British content overall.”Bulford said this trend is likely to continue, with a likely drop of £500 million in spending on British programming by 2026.BBC director general Tony Hall has cited this number before following research from a commissioned Mediatique report.Bulford said there was a lack of “any real evidence that this is a gap that will be made up by the big, new global players”.On the contrary, she said, “the evidence suggests that their investment decisions are increasingly likely to focus on a narrow range of very expensive, very high-end content – big bankers that they can rely on to have international appeal and attract large, global audiences”.“What this adds up to is that the volume and breadth of British content that British audiences rely upon is now under serious threat. There is a real risk that British stories that speak directly to British audiences will reduce. And that, over time, if we allow that to happen, our British sense of identity will weaken.”Bulford said that the BBC “has shrunk as the market has grown” since the licence fee that funds it was frozen in 2010.This has happened at a time when the cost of making programmes has risen dramatically, she said.Bulford said that the BBC would have to be more creative in finding solutions, looking not only to co-productions and commercial activities to broader forms of cooperation.“Alongside the real potential for co-production and commercial growth, I am very much aware that we need to explore other potential options to increase our income if we are to keep pace with the global players. And if we are successfully to safeguard British content and British creativity,” she said.
Russian pay TV service provider Tricolor TV has teamed up with Russian channel distributor Media Alliance to begin broadcasting Eurosport 4K.The channel, which is Tricolor’s first 24-hour general sports channel in the 4K UHD TV format, began broadcasting on the platform on Friday. The channel will also be the first 4K channel made available by Tricolor TV in Siberia.The channel will air a number of top-tier sports events in UHD including biathlon and other winter sports, the World Athletics Championships and the 24-hour Le Mans motor race.Tricolor TV had previously laid its claim to the be the first Russian pay TV operator to launch a package of 4K UHD TV channels in 2015, giving subscribers access to a mix of sports, entertainment, factual programming, movies and TV shows.Grigory Lavrov, general director of Media Alliance, which distributes Eurosport in Russia, said that the launch of the first round-the-clock sports channel in the country in the 4K format confirmed the company’s leadership in innovation.Tricolor TV content director Mikhail Goryachev said that the operator hoped that the addition of Eurosport 4K to its existing line-up of six UHD TV channels will attract additional subscribers to the platform, he said that Tricolor TV would place the channel in its One basic package until August 3 to give subscribers a chance to review it.
I was downtown last Thursday and ended up with an hour to kill before my train home, so I went down the station’s back stairs and around the corner to Jay’s Bar. It was almost six o’clock, so the crowd was a mix of corporate suits buying expensive vodka, tradesmen enjoying decent beer, and jobless neighborhood guys drinking cheap beer. I ordered something inoffensive and watched to see if any of my old Cypherpunk pals would show up. But instead, my oldest nemesis showed up, whom I’ll call Jerry. I went to school with Jerry, and whatever I did, he was always desperate to do better. The crazy thing was that we were almost the same guy: We played the same positions in sports; we were both crossing guards; and we were equally skilled at almost everything we did. We should have been buddies, but instead, Jerry was my permanent opponent. I never hated him and he never really hated me, but whatever I did, he had to do better. I hadn’t run into Jerry in ten years, and the last time I saw him, he was trading coffee futures. We greeted each other; then, he sat down and ordered a better drink than mine. He asked what I was doing lately. I did not mention that I was writing – this job is strange enough without Jerry turning it into a win-lose game. Instead, I said that I was managing a few companies. “Are they big companies?” he asked. “Nah, they’re small start-ups.” He got a disgusted look on his face, and I knew immediately what it was – he was disappointed that beating me wasn’t going to be a challenge. “That’s for suckers, Paul. You’re smart enough to know that!” He was legitimately disappointed. “It isn’t just about money, Jerry.” He looked double-disgusted. And then he looked sympathetic. He was actually sorry that I had lost my edge, and wanted to help me get it back. “Look, Paul, all that ‘how to get ahead’ stuff we used to read is ancient history. That world ended in 1980. If you want to get ahead now, you have to play the new game.” I knew what he meant; the old ideal of “work hard, follow the rules, and prosper” is indeed dead. But I said nothing and waited for him to continue. “You can’t outsmart people anymore; information gets around too fast. They’ll copy what you’re doing in a week. If you want to make real money, you have to have an advantage that will last. And that means you have to get some kind of law or regulation. Then you can rake it in.” At this point I couldn’t help myself. “I don’t want to whore myself out to politicians, Jerry.” And again he got the disgusted look. “It’s not whoring, Paul, it’s business. This is how it is now. And the politicians are always looking for smart guys who know how to make money. They’ll be thrilled to write regulations for you! You just have to tell them how, and then take care of them. They’re business expenses, Paul, nothing more!” At this point I needed to change the subject, at least a little. “So, is that what you’ve been doing lately?” “Yes. I work deals between boards of directors and government officials, mostly between New York and DC. I put the deals together and get a piece of the action. I have four homes now Paul, and a fifty four foot boat. And you know what else? I’ve got a dozen ‘get out of jail free cards.’ This is the perfect game for a smart guy, Paul. You need to get busy playing it!” In his own, thoroughly amoral way, Jerry was looking out for me. “But what about the people who get screwed on this stuff, Jerry? All those regulations force people to buy things they don’t want.” “C’mon, Paul, you’re fantasizing that they’re moral, like you. They want laws and regulations. They beg for them! They need politicians to order them around, and they need someone to blame. Otherwise, things might be their own fault. “The extra money they pay is just a service fee. They want to be ordered around, and they pay the price without complaining. When was the last time you saw someone disobey a government?” “Not in a while.” “Right, because they don’t actually mind paying. We’re giving the average schmuck exactly what he wants: orders to follow and someone to blame. And we get paid a lot of money for it.” Then Jerry looked at his watch and tossed a twenty on the bar. “Look, I hafta go, but think about what I told you, Paul. You should be doing better.” And with that, Jerry walked away, probably for another ten years… though more would probably be better. But as unpleasant as the conversation was, he was right. The current situation is that way. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a better argument for an alternative economy. Paul Rosenberg www.FreemansPerspective.com
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Oil has plunged 70% since June 2014. Two weeks ago, investment bank Morgan Stanley (MS) said the “oil price downturn is now deeper and longer than any of the previous downturns since 1970.” According to Morgan Stanley, oil is in “uncharted territory.” • Oil stocks have crashed… Exxon Mobil (XOM), the largest U.S. oil producer, has dropped 28% over the last 19 months. Chevron (CVX), the second largest, has dropped 38%. Schlumberger (SLB), the world’s largest oil services company, has plummeted 44%. Its sales have dropped four quarters in a row. Oil services companies sell equipment, including drill rigs, to oil companies. • Yesterday, Halliburton (HAL) reported a 42% decline in its fourth-quarter sales… Halliburton is the world’s second-largest oil services company. Like Schlumberger, its sales have declined four straight quarters. The company reported a net loss of $28 million last quarter. For comparison, it made a $901 million profit during the final quarter of 2014. Halliburton’s stock fell 3.0% on the news, and is now down 57% since June 2014. • 1,100 North American oil rigs have shut down in the past 16 months… According to oil services company Baker Hughes (BHI), the number of rigs actively pumping or looking for oil has plunged 68% since October 2014. With fewer rigs in service, oil producers are buying less equipment from companies like Halliburton and Schlumberger. • Halliburton has laid off 25% of its employees since the downturn began… That’s 22,000 workers in less than two years. The company laid off 4,000 workers last quarter alone. On Monday, Halliburton’s CEO warned that this year could be worse… 2016 is shaping up to be one tough slog through the mud and the industry is going to have to take it a quarter at a time. Bloomberg Business reports the global energy industry slashed $100 billion in spending and cut 250,000 jobs last year. On Thursday, energy news website FuelFix.com reported: The worst downturn in more than four decades likely will bring Big Oil earnings down by 30 percent to 70 percent this year and cut operating cash flows 10 percent to 15 percent, Morgan Stanley said. Oil and gas spending, the investment bank projected, will fall 34 percent from 2014 to 2017. • The oil industry is highly cyclical… It goes through booms and busts. Today, the industry is in its worst bust in decades. Eventually, this cycle will end with absurdly low prices for oil services stocks. We’ll get an opportunity to buy these companies at fire-sale prices. But for now, we recommend staying away while the world works through its oversupply of oil. Recommended Links Regards, Justin Spittler Delray Beach, Florida January 26, 2016 We want to hear from you. If you have a question or comment, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. We read every email that comes in, and we’ll publish comments, questions, and answers that we think other readers will find useful. The #1 Currency for the “End of America” Today, most Americans know absolutely nothing about, let alone own, this incredibly valuable asset. This has nothing to do with gold coins, silver, collectibles, or real estate of any kind, yet it could be the single most important step you take to preserve your wealth. Click here to learn more. — But American Express is not finished. In fact, I bet the company will emerge stronger than ever. For reasons I explain in The Casey Report, plastic credit cards are going extinct. But the best credit card companies will survive. They own the customer relationship. They must evolve into digital payment companies. This is the future…and it’s a trillion dollar trend. Eventually, we’ll look back to study how this trillion dollar trend changed the credit card business. I bet we’ll see that a wounded American Express got up swinging and changed its industry forever. • While E.B. isn’t betting against Amex, he is betting against credit card terminals… In a recent Casey Report issue, E.B. recommended shorting (betting against) credit card terminal maker VeriFone Systems (PAY). VeriFone makes the terminals you swipe your credit card through at the store. As payments go digital, E.B. believes that credit card terminals will go extinct. Casey Report readers are currently up 24% on the VeriFone short. Every month, E.B. and Casey Research founder Doug Casey share their top investment ideas with Casey Report readers. This month, E.B. recommends buying three key companies that “feed the masses” in America. You can get in on these picks by taking a risk-free trial to The Casey Report. Chart of the Day Oil rigs are shutting down at a record pace… Today’s chart shows the number of oil rigs in North America currently pumping or looking for oil. As you can see, North America’s “active” rig count soared more than 500% from 2008 to 2014. But when oil prices crashed in 2014, many companies shut down their rigs. They couldn’t make money at low oil prices. There are 68% less active rigs today than there were in October 2015. Energy consulting company Wood Mackenzie estimates that $1.5 trillion worth of oil projects in North America can’t make money at $50 oil. With oil at $30 per barrel today, the value of money-losing projects has likely climbed past $2 trillion. The North American oil industry has about 1,100 oil rigs sitting idle today. If oil prices recover, oil companies can bring these rigs back online. That’s bad for oil services companies, like Schlumberger and Halliburton, which make money selling oil rigs to oil companies. • Credit card company American Express (AXP) reported bad results last week… Sales fell 7% from last year. It was the fourth consecutive quarter of shrinking sales. To offset falling sales and earnings, management plans to cut costs by $1 billion over the next two years. The stock is down 21% this year after falling 25% in 2015. E.B. Tucker, editor of The Casey Report, has been warning his readers about the “death of credit cards.” In short, E.B. believes that innovative new technologies like “digital wallets” will replace physical credit cards soon. Digital wallets are more convenient and more secure than credit cards. • However, E.B. expects American Express to survive. He explains why in this short essay… American Express (AXP) is under real pressure. It’s the kind of pressure that’s going to create tremendous change in the credit card business. You see weak companies, and people, crack under pressure. They can’t take it. American Express is not that kind of company. It’s a survivor. Over the last year, American Express lost the exclusive right to issue Costco’s (COST) in-store credit card. For years, Costco only accepted payment by cash, check, or American Express. Losing that status cost AmEx 8% of its entire customer spending. Worse…it lost 20% of outstanding credit card balances. Most credit card companies make money two ways. First, they take a percentage of every transaction from the retailer. This ranges from 1%-5%. American Express is known as being most expensive. Second, they charge customers a monthly interest rate, usually very high, on unpaid balances. American Express had a third way to make money. It calls cardholders “members” and charges them annual membership fees. Green, Gold, and Platinum define the levels and fees range from $100-$500 per year. Recently, the members aren’t seeing the benefit. What was once exclusive now seems standard. The company’s entire premise is under assault. As you can see in this chart its stock is down 26% over the last year. That compares to an 11% increase for competitor Visa (V). –
Not the Same AmericaThis is America, too… but it is not the same America. It is the New World… but not as new as the world north of the Rio Grande. Here, the Old World has not yet been snuffed out. It survives in a semitropical paradise.But the object of our attention today is neither the Old World nor the new one – but the ever-changing, never fully explored idea of America.“Proud to be an American,” says one bumper sticker. “One nation – indivisible,” says another. America was, of course, founded on the opposite principle… the idea that people were free to separate themselves from a parent government whenever they felt they had come of age. But no fraud, no matter how stupendous, is so obvious as to be detected by the average American. That is America’s great strength… or its most serious weakness.After September 11, so many people bought flags that the shops ran short. Old Glory festooned nearly every porch and bridge. Patriotism swelled in every heart.Europeans, coming back to the Old Country, reported that they had never seen anything like it. A Frenchman takes his country for granted. He is born into it, just as he is born into his religion. He may be proud of La Belle France the way he is proud of his cheese. But he is not fool enough to claim credit for either one. He just feels lucky to have them for his own.What Makes America Different?America, by contrast, is a nation of people who chose to become Americans. Even the oldest family tree in the New World has immigrants at its roots. And where did its government, its courts, its businesses, and its saloons come from?They were all invented by us. Having chosen the country… and made it what it is… Americans feel more responsibility for what it has become than the citizens of most other nations. And they take more pride in it, too.But what is it? What has it become? What makes America different from any other nation? Why should we care more about it than about, say, Lithuania or Chad?Pressed for an answer, most Americans would reply, “Because America is a free country.” What else can be said of the place? Its landmass is as varied as the earth itself. Inhabiting the sands of Tucson as well as the steppes of Alaska, Americans could as well be called a desert race as an arctic one. Recommended Link Recommended Link — EXPIRING TONIGHT, 11:59 P.M. Your VERY LAST CHANCE to Follow Legend Rick Rule on His Next Extraordinary Journey For weeks, people have been calling in, clamoring to learn how to invest alongside investing legend Rick Rule as he prepares his personal portfolio for his next massive windfall. There’s no denying – Rick has the “Midas Touch.” After 40 years and billions of dollars of success, he knows when a new moneymaking opportunity is imminent. That’s why he’s embarked on a “global treasure hunt,” quietly buying up amazing assets for pennies on the dollar… setting up special buy-ins… and investing tens of millions in these companies through his personal portfolio. And he agreed to let us share our favorites with you. It’s all detailed right here. But you need to see this now. Given the small size of these companies, participation is limited. So we have no choice but to shut this down TONIGHT at midnight sharp. Go here for details now, before it’s too late. 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So for today’s Dispatch, we’re featuring a classic essay from Doug Casey’s longtime friend and colleague Bill Bonner…one that explores a timeless subject: What makes America unique?Below, Bill shines a light on the idea of America and considers whether the country has lived up to its founding principles…By Bill Bonner, chairman, Bonner & Partners“Elizabeth,” I asked this morning as my wife climbed out of the pool. “How would you describe that sea turtle we saw on the beach?”Pausing for a moment, she replied, “Rotating its slow and majestic flippers, it ground its way slowly and inexorably toward China…”The sea turtle was headed east. Whether China was its destination or not, I don’t know. I only know that it was about to leave the Latin America isthmus, from the west coast of Nicaragua, and put out to sea when a muscular, brown young man picked it up and carried it back up on the beach. He and his friends had dug a big hole in the sand where the turtle was placed.At night, we often see the dim light of flashlights along the beach. “It’s the locals looking for turtle eggs,” Manuel explained. “It’s illegal to take them, but…” Manuel shrugged his shoulders.Sea turtles are protected by international convention. But here in the wilds of Nicaragua, they still end up in the soup from time to time. Its religions are equally diverse – from moss-backed Episcopalians of the Virginia tidewater to the Holy Rollers of East Texas to the Muslims of East Harlem.Nor does blood itself give the country any mark of distinction. The individual American has more in common genetically with the people his people come from than with his fellow Americans. In a DNA test, your correspondent is more likely to be mistaken for an IRA hitman than a Baltimore drug dealer.America never was a nation in the usual sense of the word. Though there are plenty of exceptions – especially among the made-up nations of former European colonies – nations are usually composed of groups of people who share common blood, culture, and language.Americans mostly speak English. But they might just as well speak Spanish. And at the debut of the republic, the Founding Fathers narrowly avoided declaring German the official language… at least that is the legend.A Frenchman has to speak French. A German has to speak the language of the Vaterland. But an American could speak anything. And often does.Be What You Want to BeNor is there even a common history. The average immigrant didn’t arrive until the early 20th century. By then, America’s history was already three centuries old. The average citizen missed the whole thing.Neither blood, history, religion, language – what else is left? Only an idea: that you could come to America and be whatever you wanted to be. You might have been a bogtrotter in Ireland or a baron in Silesia; in America, you were free to become whatever you could make of yourself.“Give me liberty or give me death,” said Patrick Henry, raising the rhetorical stakes and praying no one would call him on it. Yet the average man at the time lived in near-perfect freedom.There were few books and few laws on them. And fewer people to enforce them. Henry, if he wanted to do so, could have merely crossed the Blue Ridge west of Charlottesville and never seen another government agent again.Taxation With RepresentationThomas Jefferson complained, in the Declaration of Independence, that Britain had “erected a multitude of New Offices, and set hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.”Yet the swarms of officers sent by King George III would have barely filled a midsize regional office of the IRS or city zoning department today.Likewise, the Founding Fathers kvetched about taxation without representation. But history has shown that representation only makes taxation worse. Kings, emperors, and tyrants must keep tax rates low… Otherwise, the people rise in rebellion.It is Democrats that really eat out the substance of the people: The illusion of self-government lets them get away with it. Tax rates were only an average of 3% under the tyranny of King George III. One of the blessings of democracy is average tax rates that are 10 times as high.“Americans today,” wrote Rose Wilder Lane in 1936, after the Lincoln administration had annihilated the principle of self-government… but before the Roosevelt team had finished its work, “are the most reckless and lawless of peoples… We are also the most imaginative, the most temperamental, the most infinitely varied.”But by the end of the 20th century, Americans were required to wear seat belts and ate low-fat yogurt without a gun to their heads. The recklessness seems to have been bred out of them. And the variety, too. North, south, east, and west, people all wear the same clothes and cherish the same decrepit ideas as if they were religious relics.And why not? It’s a free country.Regards,Bill Bonner,Chairman, Bonner & PartnersJustin’s note: Since its founding, America has weathered plenty of changes and come out the other side. But there is a new crisis brewing. And Bill says this one is different… The source of unrest today is not the free market, race, the 1%, or President Trump. It’s a truth about America no one wants to tell you. Learn more here…
Even oil and gas exploration — Embryo selection in in vitro fertilization Recommended Link A Biotech Breakthrough 7 Times Bigger than the Cancer Industry? Rewriting the Rules of Medicine The story I told you above is just one of millions. It is estimated that some 280 million people suffer from a rare genetic disease. Many of them often live their lives undiagnosed. But there is hope on the horizon. The method used by the Wilsey family, genome sequencing, is experiencing exponential growth. The cost of sequencing a human genome has plummeted. The speed of the sequencing technology has grown exponentially. And, thanks to breakthroughs in genetic editing technology, we are on the verge of a complete transformation in medical care. Soon, we’ll be able to identify genetic diseases like cystic fibrosis or sickle cell anemia years before symptoms present themselves. Millions of lives will be saved. Hundreds of billions of dollars typically spent on chronic medical care will be eliminated. And investors in a few key companies at the heart of this revolution stand to profit immensely. Genome Sequencing for $100 The story of how rapid the improvements have been in genomic sequencing is one of the greatest examples of exponential growth, and exponential reduction in costs, in the history of technology. One simple chart from the National Human Genome Research Institute explains it all. We can see the progression in reducing the cost of sequencing a human genome from $100 million in 2001 all the way down to less than $1,000 in 2016. Overall, this progression is far faster than that of Moore’s Law, which accurately predicted that the processing power of microprocessors (semiconductors) would roughly double every two years. From 2001–2007, the speed and reduction in costs of genetic sequencing had been moving as fast as Moore’s Law—roughly doubling in speed and halving in cost every 18 months. But something amazing happened in 2008… Genetic sequencing began accelerating at a speed five times that of Moore’s Law. Now, unless you’ve been working in the technology sector for a few decades, it might be hard to grasp the significance of this. But I’ve worked as a high-technology executive for 25 years. So take my word for it, nothing in the world of technology to date has developed this quickly. It makes the developments in semiconductors during the last decade actually look slow. At this rate, the cost to sequence a human genome will drop to only $100 in the near future. And that changes everything. Replacing amniocentesis for a pre-natal test The Clock Was Ticking… I was going to lose $1,000,000 in 8 hours… It started like any other day. I ate breakfast. Read the paper. And went into the office. But at 9 a.m. when I opened my brokerage account… the market had turned against me. Here’s how I saved my life savings… and made the biggest gain of my career. Click here for the full story. Immuno-oncology Health Insurance Starts to Get On Board We are already starting to see early signs of engagement from the insurance industry at current price points which are approaching $500. As of November 1, UnitedHealthcare began covering “whole exome sequencing for patients where clinical presentation is non-specific and does not fit a well-defined syndrome.” In other words, if a physician knows something is wrong, but can’t figure out what it is, UnitedHealthcare will pay to have the patient’s whole exome sequenced. This will positively impact more than 100 million Americans by providing coverage for this sequencing of rare or undiagnosed conditions. Think of how much time and pain can be saved when a genetic sequence can tell us almost immediately what is wrong… rather than spending years and potentially millions of dollars pursuing ineffective or sometimes lethal therapies. Genetic sequencing can often immediately identify the genetic cause of a disease so that physicians can focus on providing the most appropriate therapeutic regimen for the patient. Almost Endless Applications The world is just starting to scratch the surface of the kinds of applications possible using genetic sequencing. This includes genotyping, sequencing exomes, cancer screening, and whole human genomic sequencing; but what about… On December 19th, an FDA anomaly could launch a new breakthrough biotech industry 35,000%… Making it seven times bigger than the cancer drug industry and crowning it the new king of biotech medicine. Click here to see this FDA anomaly exposed. Data storage—yes, you can use techniques to store data on DNA Therapeutic selection Diagnosis of rare genetic diseases Recommended Link — Screening parents before conception to ensure there are no genetic diseases that might be transferred to the child Justin’s note: As I’ve mentioned in the past, part of my job at Casey Research is to pass along valuable ideas and big moneymaking opportunities that come across my desk. Today’s is no exception. It comes from my colleague Jeff Brown, editor of Exponential Tech Investor.Jeff is a high-technology executive with 25 years of experience…and he says he’s never seen a technology develop as quickly as the one he describes below. I think you’ll find this opportunity very interesting… By Jeff Brown, editor, Exponential Tech Investor Grace Wilsey couldn’t cry. As a baby, she would lie limp in her parents’ arms, staring blankly into the distance. Her seizures wouldn’t stop and medical tests showed signs of liver damage. This was all before her second birthday. Grace’s parents were beside themselves, as any parent would be. They traveled the country, visiting specialists. They ran numerous tests, but no one could diagnose Grace’s condition. “We’ve probably seen over 100 doctors,” Grace’s father said in 2014 when Grace’s symptoms were discovered. None of them could provide an explanation. Then, when their daughter turned two years old, the Wilseys tried something else. They had Grace’s entire genome sequenced. A genome is an organism’s complete set of DNA, including all of its genes. “Genome sequencing” is the process of determining the complete DNA sequence. Think of it like creating a “genetic roadmap,” a complete blueprint of an organism’s genetic material. What the genetic sequencing uncovered was astounding. Grace Wilsey had a condition known as NGLY1 Deficiency. In short, the little girl’s NGLY1 genes were mutated. They were like typos in her genetic makeup. One of the gene mutations prevented the little girl from producing tears. At the time, the disorder was so rare that only six people in the entire world had been diagnosed with it. Now that the underlying cause is well understood, no time is wasted. Specific therapies can be developed to deal with this unusual genetic mutation. Because of this rapid increase in the speed of sequencing and the dramatic drop in the cost per sequence, we are going to see explosive growth in these new applications. Current estimates put the global market for genetic sequencing at $5.1 billion. But by 2023, that market is expected to expand to $18.2 billion. That’s a compounded annual growth rate of almost 20% over the next seven years. For investors, this is an opportunity that can’t be ignored. One way you could play this emerging trend is by looking at life sciences giant Thermo Fisher Scientific (TMO). It is one of the leading companies for genetic testing equipment. Or for a more speculative play, Pacific Biosciences (PACB) is worth investigating. PACB specializes in genomic analysis systems and would likely profit as genome sequencing becomes a standard part of healthcare. But treat PACB as a speculation, and be sure to conduct your own research first. And remember, we are still in the early days. There will be even more exciting ways to profit as genetic sequencing rewrites the rules of medicine. Regards, Jeff Brown Editor, Exponential Tech Investor P.S. Genetic sequencing is just one piece of the puzzle. Another trend I’m following is the rise of genetic editing technology. That’s the tech that would let a doctor “edit” parts of a patient’s DNA, curing diseases like cystic fibrosis or Huntington’s permanently. And I’ve identified three small-cap companies that will soar as this technology becomes standard in the next few years. Read more here. Reader Mailbag Today, a reader responds to our recent essay on uranium… I fully expect that when I look back from 10 years in the future, uranium will have been one of my most successful commodity investments. I also expect to generate substantial returns from precious metals, cannabis and, if I can find the right vehicles for investment, cobalt and rare earth metals. Along the way, I will continue to appreciate the flow of information from Casey Research. I have taken positions in many of your recommendations, including those in places like Ukraine and Zimbabwe, and have had excellent results as well as gaining experience in internationalizing. —Paul
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Modify current recruiting techniques The Center for American Progress (CAP) released a report that challenges Silicon Valley’s oft-repeated claim that there is a lack of diversity in the tech talent pipeline and other excuses that are used to explain why the tech industry remains so obstinately white and male.CAP first tackles the issue of the lack of a diverse tech talent pipeline. The report acknowledges that better and increased science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) training has to be introduced at the K-12 grade levels in diverse communities.However, the report also asserts, “The educational pipeline is not the primary cause of the absence of people of color in Silicon Valley.â€ Citing statistics from the National Science Foundation, people of color under the age of 45, account for 18.8% of computer and mathematical sciences degree holders.Yet, they aren’t getting jobs. Seven percent of these men and 12% of women of color are unemployed versus 2% for white men with the same degrees. People of color are also more likely to work in a field unrelated to STEM versus white men.To put these numbers in perspective: blacks and Hispanics are 16.9% of California’s citizenship. But they represent only 6.9% of Silicon Valley’s workforce. There are more than four times as many foreigners hired in Silicon Valley companies.The study also proposes that companies’ efforts to create and increase diversity training are futile. Instead, the diversity training programs that many tech companies adopt are often convenient ways for those companies to declare their workplaces diversity-friendly.Finally, the CAP report claps back on the idea that lack of diversity is an issue throughout the tech industry, not just Silicon Valley. The reality is that major tech hubs outside of Silicon Valley are “noticeably more racially diverse.â€The report concludes with a variety of proposed policies for realistically increasing Silicon Valley’s diversity:Require accountability and provide incentives for building diversity and fostering inclusion Develop diversity plans based on concrete goals and robust evaluations be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 https://www.blackenterprise.com/report-stop-lack-tech-talent-pipeline-foolishness/ https://www.blackenterprise.com/report-stop-lack-tech-talent-pipeline-foolishness/
A government minister has told peers that it is “not necessary” for all taxis to be accessible to wheelchair-users.Transport minister Andrew Jones said that such a policy would mean having to replace thousands of taxis across the country.But members of the Equality Act 2010 and disability committee told the minister that powers to force all taxis to be wheelchair-accessible had been passed by parliament 20 years ago through the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 but had not been implemented by successive governments.The Labour peer Lord Foster asked what evidence the government had for its claim that introducing these measures would be a “burden” on the industry, and how it balanced this against the burden caused to disabled people by an inaccessible taxi service.Jones (pictured giving evidence to the committee) said that about 56 per cent of taxis in England and Wales were wheelchair-accessible, and so he was “not sure the problem actually exists”.He said: “I don’t think we need to have every single taxi to be wheelchair-accessible. We need to have a significant number that are wheelchair-accessible so that people who require them can access them.”He said the burden on the industry would be the cost of replacing the 35,500 non-wheelchair-accessible taxis, when a new London taxi cost about £40,000.But he pointed to another measure from the DDA 1995, which would force taxi-drivers to provide assistance to disabled people, and had also not been implemented.He said he was “supportive” of this principle and that his department was hoping to make a decision on the measure “very shortly”.But Lord Foster questioned his claim that the lack of accessible taxis was not a problem.He said: “I am very surprised to hear that you don’t think the problem exists, because all the evidence we have had in front of our committee suggests that this is one of the biggest problems that disabled people have.”And Baroness Deech, who chairs the committee, said: “It has been the will of parliament for 20 years that taxis be accessible. How many more decades is this going to take?”When told that 100 per cent of London taxis were accessible, Jones admitted this meant that the proportion of accessible taxis was far lower in some parts of the country than 56 per cent, and in rural areas was just 13 per cent.Baroness Deech said: “Unless you bring those regulations into force on a rolling basis, taxi-drivers will never get the cars that are big enough to take wheelchairs. The will of parliament should be carried out.”Baroness Brinton, the disabled president of the Liberal Democrats, said a survey in Watford had shown that under 20 per cent of its taxis were accessible, and a very small percentage of those were wheelchair-accessible, with an even smaller percentage accessible to electric wheelchairs.She asked if the government could make it compulsory for any wheelchair-accessible taxi to use one ramp, rather than two, as only those with one ramp were accessible to users of electric wheelchairs.She said: “Many taxi-drivers hide behind the accessibility label and can’t deliver. It’s very easy to sort out, given the price of ramps these days.”Jones said that was a “very fair point” and that he was “extremely happy to take that forward” with his department.
The BBC’s disabled security correspondent has spoken of his wish for a “normalisation of disability” in society.Frank Gardner, who was giving the third annual Jack Ashley Memorial Lecture, said he would like to see “the sharp edges of difference” between disabled and non-disabled people “sand-papered down so people don’t make a big deal about it anymore”.He said: “What I would like to see is the normalisation of disability, that people don’t look twice at somebody who’s blind or in a wheelchair… so they are 100 per cent part of mainstream society.”Gardner (pictured when he featured on the BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are?) told the invited audience in the state rooms used by the speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, about many of the daily experiences of discrimination that have frustrated him since he became disabled 12 years ago.He described his continuing frustration with the barriers he encounters with air travel, including the ground staff who often grab him by the shoulders without asking in order to “manoeuvre” him off a plane, and how he is frequently left alone waiting for assistance at the end of a flight, long after the other passengers have disembarked.Gardner said that many of the problems he faced were due to the “attitude” of service-providers, and that there were “a lot of areas where life could be made easier without too much difficulty”.He also spoke of his frustration at non-disabled people who use accessible toilets, and the abuse of accessible parking bays in central London by non-disabled drivers.He said: “For me there might as well not be a single disabled parking spot in central London because I can never find them.“They are used by people who are able-bodied… it’s bloody annoying.”Gardner spoke also of how he became disabled, having been shot six times and left for dead by terrorists in Saudi Arabia in 2004, and how he then spent seven months in hospital and underwent 14 operations.He said that two things particularly helped him avoid falling into a “vortex of self-pity and despair”: the advice of a Navy psychiatrist, who told him to worry about the things he could still do and not those he would not be able to do anymore, and a letter from his bosses at BBC News which promised that his position as security correspondent would still be his when he was ready to return to work.The lecture was hosted by Disability Rights UK (DR UK), the all-party parliamentary disability group (APPDG) and the family of the late Lord [Jack] Ashley, the former deaf MP and peer who died four years ago after nearly half a century spent fighting in parliament for disability rights and equality, and who chaired the APPDG for more than 40 years.One of his daughters, Guardian journalist Jackie Ashley, said that her husband, BBC political journalist and author Andrew Marr, who was also at the lecture, had not wanted to be “that bloke with a stroke” after he became disabled, while her father had not wanted to be “that deaf MP”.But she said that they and Gardner had still been “inspirational” to disabled people, and she asked him how he felt about the idea of being a spokesperson for disabled people.Gardner said he did “not want to be associated with one particular thing” and although he did not have “anything against disabled people” he did not want to be a spokesperson for them any more than he wanted to be a spokesperson for people who drive Toyotas, although he said he hoped his work was “an inspiration for other people”.He pointed out that the disabled consultant Phil Friend, a former chair of Disability Rights UK, had once told him after he had apologised for not having time to help with a certain piece of work: “Keep doing what you’re doing, keep being on air… that’s enough.”But the disabled crossbench peer Baroness [Jane] Campbell pushed Gardner further, and asked: “Don’t you think you can do both?”She said that she speaks on disability in the House of Lords but also on other issues, and accepts that she has a privileged position, adding: “Don’t you think it’s a kind of duty that those of us who have the privilege of having the ear of people do a bit of both?”Gardner told her: “That’s why I’m here tonight. I think it’s a good thing to do. I don’t think it’s a duty.“Instead of going to my daughter’s school concert, I’m here. I think what I do is important and it’s a case of finding the right balance.”Liz Sayce, DR UK’s chief executive, told the audience: “We want everybody to have that chance, if you become disabled, to pursue the life you want, the career you want, as Jack Ashley did and as Frank you have described.“Unfortunately, for many disabled people it is still not happening; there are too many barriers.”She pointed to DR UK’s leadership programme, and said: “More and more people are coming through it, showing talent can break through.”She said the programme was producing a “cadre of disabled people” who are becoming role models and mentors for other disabled people.She said: “The more disabled people [there are] doing everything from being MPs to security correspondents to company directors, gradually we are going to… change the world.”
Marketing Yahoo Sharpens Search Term Precision –shares 1 min read The latest version of Yahoo Inc.’s search engine senses when people are trying to find the right keywords and offers suggestions, an improvement the company says reduces “search fatigue.”Yahoo rolled out the “Search Assist” feature on Tuesday along with another upgrade that shows photos, videos, music clips, other content and standard Web links as part of search results.The features bring Yahoo’s search engine up to speed with recent similar improvements from competitors Google Inc., Ask.com and Microsoft Corp.Search Assist appears as a drop down menu and offers variable wording for a person’s searches. It also can be shut off. Yahoo says the feature saves people from repeated searches, as people often must reformulate their initial queries.Yahoo said it has also added more entries for its Search Shortcuts, which are searches based on categories such as weather, images, news or songs, among others. Add to Queue October 2, 2007 Apply Now » Next Article New version of Yahoo offers Search Assist feature and more Search Shortcuts. Brought to you by PCWorld The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List
–shares Jason Ankeny Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Local Knowledge: Stacy & Dan Guidice.Photo© Kevin GarrettPickens County, located against the southern edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains in northern Georgia, isn’t exactly a tourist hot spot, especially with metropolitan Atlanta only about an hour’s drive away. Dan and Stacy Guidice want to change that.In late 2010 the couple, who live in Big Canoe, Ga.–the Pickens region’s county seat–launched NGAtops, a website and iPhone app spotlighting the people, places and things that set the area apart. Optimized for visitors and natives alike, the app includes an events calendar, photos, videos and local listings for hotels, ranches, golf courses and eateries, complete with GPS-enabled maps and directions. If it’s happening in northern Georgia, it’s happening on NGAtops.”Before we launched, there was [no] single resource to aggregate all the wonderful things we have here, like kayaking and hiking and fishing and all the good restaurants,” says Dan, who oversees ad sales for NGAtops while Stacy supervises editorial. “It’s a beautiful spot, but we tend to be isolated up here. When people drive through town, we have to give them a reason to stop.”The Guidices rolled out NGAtops in partnership with TownWizard, a software provider in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., that supplies web and mobile app templates that let small-town entrepreneurs build guide services previously limited to major urban areas. The concept grew out of 30A.com, a site developed by TownWizard.com co-founder Mike Ragsdale to promote attractions along Florida’s Gulf Coast.”I started the 30A website as a personal tool. I wanted to remember all the neat places I wanted to take [visitors],” Ragsdale says. “From there I developed an iPhone app that includes the same content. I knew people on vacation would use this app–people aren’t bringing their laptops and PCs when they travel, but they all have smartphones.”The TownWizard software platform costs $495 to launch, with a monthly license fee of $195. TownWizard helps its partners get their websites and applications up and running, including submitting each app to Apple’s App Store.”We teach you how to operate the content management system and how to enter information,” Ragsdale says. “Most of all, we help you understand how to grow your brand. You’re not building an app–you’re building a brand that defines entertainment and dining in your community.”Once TownWizard signs up a partner from a given locale, that area is off the board: “You own that market–we won’t compete with you,” Ragsdale says, adding that each partner can designate a ZIP code they wish to serve, with all adjacent ZIP codes included in their exclusivity deal. TownWizard has signed up more than 30 regional partners so far.”What we’re doing is so different from national travel apps,” he says. “You just can’t automate this stuff. It’s got to be authentic–otherwise you’re not going to know about that great local place. Even more important, you have to know about the local personalities. That’s why each app has a unique flavor.”Just like Pickens County itself, NGAtops won’t thrive if it remains little more than a well-kept secret, so the Guidices are marketing the service throughout northern Georgia, meeting with local businesses and handing out promotional decals at regional festivals.”You have to build it, then you have to go out and sell it,” Dan says, adding that NGAtops made more than $7,000 in advertising sales its first two months after going live. “Our pitch to customers is that we’re all in this together.” 4 min read A Shortcut for Building Mobile Local Guides Next Article Technology Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Magazine Contributor This story appears in the February 2011 issue of . Subscribe » January 25, 2011 TownWizard conjures up mobile travel guides for the nation’s highways and the byways. Add to Queue Enroll Now for $5
–shares Here Is How Leaders and Influencers Reacted to Nancy Reagan’s Death on Social Media Register Now » Influencers March 7, 2016 Image credit: Twitter Entrepreneur Staff Next Article Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Nancy Reagan, one of America’s most influential first ladies, has passed away at the age of 94. The cause of her death was congestive heart failure, according to Joanne Drake, a spokeswoman with the Reagan Library. Said Drake in a statement, “Mrs. Reagan will be buried at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, next to her husband, Ronald Wilson Reagan, who died on June 5, 2004.” Here is a look at how leaders and influencers reacted to her passing on social media.”We remain grateful for Nancy Reagan’s life” –@POTUS and @FLOTUS: https://t.co/nJZIHumlsS pic.twitter.com/KftNACmkAh— The White House (@WhiteHouse) March 6, 2016Nancy Reagan, the wife of a truly great President, was an amazing woman. She will be missed!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 6, 2016RIP Nancy Reagan. Thanks for your leadership, example and class pic.twitter.com/uAXKgTQkMx— Brendon Burchard (@BrendonBurchard) March 6, 2016Nancy Reagan was one of my heroes. She served as First Lady with unbelievable power, class and grace and left her mark on the world. (1/2)— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) March 6, 2016She’s with her Ronnie now, but those of us she left behind will miss her dearly. (2/2)— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) March 6, 2016This is a sad day for America. Nancy Reagan had a good heart, and she will be dearly missed. pic.twitter.com/IXbgObtjtd— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) March 6, 2016Jimmy Carter on the death of Nancy Reagan: pic.twitter.com/F33Cukc12H— West Wing Reports (@WestWingReport) March 6, 2016Nancy Reagan will be remembered for her deep passion for this nation and love for her husband, Ronald. The Reagan family is in our prayers.— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 6, 2016I will always be grateful to Nancy Reagan for her leadership on stem cells. Class, grace and guts. Rest in peace.— Michael J. Fox (@realmikefox) March 6, 2016A woman is like a tea bag, you can not tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.–Nancy Reagan pic.twitter.com/8OsE2MmN5Y— Vala Afshar (@ValaAfshar) March 6, 2016Nancy Reagan was a wonderful, elegant First Lady who loved her husband more than life itself. #RIPdearNancy pic.twitter.com/vXosZ8mcNH— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) March 6, 2016Nancy Reagan was an example to us all of graciousness, loyalty & dignity. RIP. https://t.co/SHXZWi50l8 pic.twitter.com/ExDKJwNZV2— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) March 6, 2016Today our nation mourns the loss of Nancy Reagan, a true example of integrity and grace. My prayers are with the entire Reagan family.— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) March 6, 2016My thoughts & prayers are with Nancy Reagan’s family and friends. Very sad to learn of her passing.— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) March 6, 2016Nancy Reagan a true hero in the last days of the president’s life. Always fiercely protective of him. Superb role model in later years -BO’R— Bill O’Reilly (@oreillyfactor) March 6, 2016I sat near #Nancy Reagan once and felt like a teenager seeing one of my idols. She was a BOSS. #RIPNancy— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) March 6, 2016#NancyReagan was some kind of gal! Warm & wonderful. Always had her husband’s best interest. We’ll miss you. pic.twitter.com/uXJVJ9D19w— Larry King (@kingsthings) March 6, 2016Watch CNN’s tribute to Nancy Reagan Entrepreneur Staff 3 min read Add to Queue
Acquisition Extends Intelligent Edge Solutions Portfolio and Advances Enterprise Asset Intelligence VisionZebra Technologies Corporation, an innovator at the edge of the enterprise with solutions and partners that enable businesses to gain a performance edge, announced it intends to acquire Profitect Inc., a privately-held, leading provider of prescriptive analytics for the retail and consumer packaged goods (CPG) industries.Zebra Technologies Corporation today announced it intends to acquire Profitect Inc., a privately-held, leading provider of prescriptive analytics for the retail and consumer packaged goods (CPG) industries.Using machine learning and prescriptive analytics, Profitect’s solution identifies opportunities to positively impact sales and margin for some of the most recognized retail and CPG brands in the world. Profitect uses data from across the value chain for improving inventory and pricing accuracy, out of stocks, supply chain inefficiency, unsellable merchandise, and assortment discrepancies. The solution identifies a potential opportunity and can generate suggested actions, sending them directly to a worker’s mobile device, providing step-by-step instructions for resolution. By enabling users to understand and act on data, Profitect customers typically realize sales lift, as well as margin and labor productivity improvement enabling a better overall consumer experience.Marketing Technology News: SRAX Receives $1 Million Investment to Launch BIGtoken Asia, Increasing Access to Over 1 Billion Internet Users to Own and Earn from their DataZebra will also leverage the investment to accelerate the development of its Savanna data platform through the acquisition of Profitect’s technology, talent, and skillsets. Combining the real-time data that Zebra solutions capture, with Profitect’s access to operational data, machine learning, and prescriptive analytics, Zebra will work with its’ partners to empower front-line workers even more – across all verticals – with the insights they need to make better, faster, smarter decisions.“The acquisition of Profitect expands our relevancy deeper and wider in global retail operations while advancing our software capabilities to make our Enterprise Asset Intelligence vision even more accessible,” said Anders Gustafsson, Chief Executive Officer of Zebra Technologies. “We have had a strong relationship with Profitect for the past five years through Zebra Ventures, and we are excited to take our strategic investment to the next level by welcoming the Profitect team to the Zebra family.”Marketing Technology News: Malicious and Disruptive Ads Account for 1 in Every 100 Impressions According to New Confiant Research“We are excited to join Zebra and bring our award-winning prescriptive analytics solution to every worker at the edge,” said Guy Yehiav, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Profitect, who will be a key leader in the business integration. “Together we will ensure the workforce of the future is more connected and optimally utilized. We value Zebra’s support and expertise over the past five years as a key venture capitalist. I’m proud of the contribution that Profitect’s solution will bring to Zebra and look forward to working closely to deliver prescriptive analytics as part of its innovative and broad solution portfolio.”Zebra expects to fund the acquisition of Profitect with a combination of cash on hand along with fully committed financing available under its credit facility. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the second quarter of 2019. The transaction is expected to be immaterial to sales and profitability in the near term. Financial terms of the acquisition are not being disclosed.Marketing Technology News: Metadata.io Wins TiE50 Award for Breakthrough AI-powered Account Based Marketing Platform Zebra Technologies to Acquire Profitect Inc. PRNewswireMay 22, 2019, 5:44 pmMay 22, 2019 Consumer Packaged GoodsEnterprise Asset IntelligenceGuy YehiavMarketing TechnologyNewsSavanna data platformZebra Technologies Previous ArticleMarTech Interview with Andrew Field, Founder and CEO, PFLNext ArticleMicroStrategy Scores Highest in Four Use Cases in Gartner’s Critical Capabilities for Analytics and Business Intelligence Platforms Report
May 21 2019Tungiasis is a neglected tropical disease caused by penetrated sand fleas which burrow into the skin of the feet. Public health policies such as sealing house and classroom floors and daily feet washing with soap could cut the number of tungiasis cases in school-aged children, researchers now report in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. Source:PLOSJournal reference:Elson, L. et al. (2019) Prevalence, intensity and risk factors of tungiasis in Kilifi County, Kenya II: Results from a school-based observational study. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0007326. A case of severe tungiasis. Credit: Lynne Elson, 2013, CC BY 4.0Tungiasis affects millions of people in South America, the Caribbean and sub-Saharan Africa. The sand fleas responsible for tungiasis rapidly grow once in a human host, causing immense itching, inflammation, pain and debilitation. There are currently no good treatment methods available in affected areas, and people often use non-sterile methods to attempt to remove the fleas themselves, causing more damage. Awareness of tungiasis has been growing in East Africa in recent years, but data on epidemiological characteristics are scarce.In the new work, a group of scientists from KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Kenya, the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), Charité University of Medicine, Berlin and Dabaso Tujengane Kenya, examined the feet of 1,829 students of all age groups from 5 schools in coastal Kenya. In one subset of participants, observations were repeated after a school holiday. Structured interviews were conducted with 707 students to get data on household infrastructure, behavior and socio-economic status.Related StoriesNew network for children and youth with special health care needs seeks to improve systems of careRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaDaily intake for phosphates in infants, children can exceed health guidance valuesThe overall prevalence of tungiasis was 48%, with boys between the ages of 10 and 14 years most at risk and factors related to socio-economic status positively associated with disease risk. Children returned from their school holiday with higher rates of infection. The data suggested that mild to moderate tungiasis could be reduced by a third, and severe tungiasis by more than half, if homes had sealed floors, while roughly a seventh of the cases could be prevented by sealing classroom floors and another fifth by using soap for daily feet washing. Observations from our study suggest that up to 70% of tungiasis cases may be prevented through simple prevention methods. There is a clear role for public health workers to expand the WASH policy to include washing of feet with soap in school-aged children to fight tungiasis and to raise awareness of the importance of sealed floors.”Dr. Lynne Elson, Lead Author
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. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Most of the time Meyer is focused on hairstyles, color trends and keeping up with appointments. But now she’s worried about how the European Union’s new data protection law will affect her business as she contacts customers to seek permission to store their details. Even though she supports the law, Meyer fears it may cut her mailing list by 90 percent as people choose to withhold their data or simply overlook her emails.”It will be difficult to market upcoming events,” she said at her shop, Lisa Hauck Hair & Beauty in London.Businesses from pizza parlors to airlines across the EU’s 28 countries are bombarding customers with emails seeking consent to use personal data as they rush to comply with the bloc’s General Data Protection Regulation, which takes effect Friday. While much of the attention has focused on how technology giants like Facebook and Google will comply with the rules, consumers are learning firsthand that they apply to any firm, large or small, that stores personal data.The new rules , called GDPR for short, are designed to make it easier for EU residents to give and withdraw permission for companies to use personal information, requiring consent forms that are written in simple language and no more than one-page long. Companies that already hold such data have to reach out to customers and ask for permission to retain it. Authorities can fine companies up to 4 percent of annual revenue or 20 million euros ($23.6 million), whichever is higher, for breaching the rules.As a result, email boxes all over the continent are being swamped with messages from opticians, hotels, greeting card companies and even charities that fear stiff penalties for non-compliance.In an effort to rise above the clutter, some companies are trying to spice up their approach as they try to ensure continued access to information vital to their businesses.The St. Pancras Hotels Group promises that “only nominated people have access to your details, and they are kept really safe, guarded by our very own British Bulldogs. And a rude punk rocker.” Britain’s Channel 4 television offered up a video featuring one of the country’s best-known comedians explaining GDPR and how it will affect viewers. Many are using animations, like this one from France’s mobile operator Bouygues, to explain the rules. In this Tuesday, May 15, 2018 photo, Mark Sean Elliott, the founder of digital marketing consultancy Sparks4Growth Ltd, poses for photographs in London. Businesses from pizza parlors to airlines across the EU’s 28 countries are bombarding customers with emails seeking consent to use personal data as they rush to comply with the bloc’s General Data Protection Regulation, which takes effect May 25. “For a small business, it’s hugely onerous,” said Elliott, who runs the digital marketing company, Sparks4Growth Ltd. He knows other small business owners who are worried about the extra red tape and costs of complying with the law. “I think, quite simply, they left us open to the lions,” he said of regulators.” (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) Citation: From airlines to pizza parlors, EU businesses adopt data law (2018, May 21) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-airlines-pizza-parlors-eu-businesses.html EU’s tough new data protection rules Regulators say the law applies to anyone who collects, uses or stores personal data. That can be a burden for small businesses that are forced to hire outside lawyers or consultants because they don’t have the staff or expertise to deal with the law.The EU’s one-size-fits-all approach is one of the flaws in the law, according to Max Schrems, an Austrian privacy advocate who has formed a non-profit to take action against big companies that deliberately violate the new rules.When the rules were being discussed, industry lobbyists sought to weaken the law by creating uncertainty, and as a result there are no clear guidelines that exempt small companies, Schrems told the BBC recently.”GDPR is a prime example of corporate law gone wrong, because it’s helpful for big companies,” he said. “They have to do all of this anyways and they can use the uncertainty in the law to kind of get around things. But it leaves small companies that don’t … have a law department, or something like that, in a situation with a lot of uncertainty.” Lisa Meyer’s hair salon is a cozy place where her mother serves homemade macaroons, children climb on chairs and customers chat above the whirr of hairdryers. Explore further Meyer falls under the new rules’ jurisdiction because she keeps data. Like many hair colorists, she keeps a card on each of her clients that notes whether they are allergic to any chemicals used in the dyes. That’s considered personal medical information that must be protected.She took a data protection course to learn about her obligations and avoid legal bills.”I find it actually quite scary how data is being used so carelessly,” Meyer said. “It’s a good wake-up call. It’s made me more aware.”But many others have been caught off guard.A survey by French consultancy Capgemini says that 85 percent of European firms will not have completed their preparations for GDPR this week. It finds that British businesses are the most advanced and Swedish ones have the most work to do still.A survey conducted by Britain’s Federation of Small Businesses estimates that complying with the rules will cost an average of 1,030 pounds ($1,390) per company.”For a small business, it’s hugely onerous,” said Mark Elliott, who runs the digital marketing company, Sparks4Growth Ltd. He knows other small business owners who are worried about the extra red tape and costs of complying with the law. “I think, quite simply, they left us open to the lions,” he said of regulators.EU officials say GDPR is necessary to catch up with all the technological advances since 1995, when the last comprehensive European rules on data privacy were put in place.As technology advances, data becomes more important. The ability to analyze everything from medical records to the weather holds enormous potential, with suggestions it will make us healthier, improve traffic flows and help scientists learn more about the movements of endangered species, to name but a few items.But with that potential comes concern about privacy.The threat was vividly illustrated earlier this year when allegations surfaced that a little known campaign consultancy, Cambridge Analytica, misused data from millions of Facebook accounts to help Donald Trump win the 2016 U.S. presidential election. That touched off a global debate over internet privacy and triggered speculation other jurisdictions will soon follow the EU in tightening data protection laws.That is just fine with Meyer, who thinks society needs a new etiquette for dealing with personal data.”It’s like sitting up straight at the table. It’s like not talking too loud on the bus,” she said. Respect for data “has to get into our culture.” In this Wednesday, May 16, 2018 photo, Lisa Meyer blow drys the hair of a client at her Hair and Beauty shop in London. Meyer’s hair salon is a cozy place where her mother serves homemade macaroons, children climb on chairs and customers chat above the whirr of hairdryers. Most of the time Meyer is focused on hairstyles, color trends and keeping up with appointments. But now she’s worried about how the European Union’s new data protection law will affect her business as she contacts customers to seek permission to store their details on her computer. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)