The trends the world’s top firms are cheering

The trends the world’s top firms are cheering Michael Sayers whatsapp AI, virtual reality and augmented reality may all change our world beyond recognition in the next few years, in the same way that social media and online connectivity have transformed consumer behaviour in recent years. In a benign macro-economic environment, with sustained or renewed growth in many of the world’s major economies, companies in all sectors will free up budget to avoid losing the technological arms race.Knowing the risksWhile our analysts are more bullish about the outlook for their sectors than in previous years, they do also warn of some material risks. Some risks are political; those have been attracting the most attention. But there are other factors to consider.Disappointing economic growth and demand, especially in China, could change the outlook for companies, while larger-than-expected oil supply growth or demand weakness could lead to renewed oil price falls, undermining corporate conditions for energy and related sectors. Lastly, a tighter monetary policy in response to inflation could hasten the turn of the economic cycle. Among the most striking findings are the swings in sentiment in the “old economy” sectors that did so poorly last year, particularly energy and materials. Almost all analysts of these sectors said key corporate indicators were deteriorating in 2016 but they are now optimistic for 2017. This optimism reflects the recovery last year in commodity prices, including oil, gas, iron ore, and copper, which has supported earnings growth, alongside continuing cost cutting.Our proprietary Global Aggregates data (based on the summation of our individual company forecasts) mirrors these findings: energy analysts expect a whopping 81 per cent rise in net income globally this year, after last year’s sharp contraction (-35 per cent), with further improvement in 2018 (+22 per cent).IT: The disruption winnerThe survey also found strong resilience and optimism in IT, despite huge disruptive forces, indicating that change creates both risks and opportunities. More than half of all our IT analysts think management confidence is strengthening, feeding through into rising capital expenditure (mostly on growth investments rather than maintenance), increasing returns on capital, and higher dividend payments this year.IT’s position is unique. It is the disruptor for all other sectors, but the sector itself is not disrupted by those other industries. To put it another way, there has yet to be a case of an Uber or Didi Chuxing being disrupted by a taxi firm.Almost without exception, our analysts see stable or rising IT spending across sectors and regions. This does not just create work for IT developers; Gartner estimates that for every $1 spent on digital innovation/“ideation”, companies will spend another $7 on deploying the solution. Firms like SAP, Oracle, Microsoft, Temenos, IBM, Accenture, Infosys, Capgemini and Cognizant all stand to benefit from these trends. 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After three years of deteriorating sentiment, our annual Analyst Survey, encompassing the views of 146 equity and fixed-income analysts, has found there’s much more confidence among the world’s largest companies.Demand growth is back, and we find signs of reflation, rather than disinflation. The largest improvements in our Global Sentiment Indicator are seen in the Eastern Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America region (EEMEA/Latam), and in China. 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Obama’s last budget proposal features Denali cover, big-ticket Alaska items

first_imgClimate Change | Energy & Mining | Federal Government | PoliticsObama’s last budget proposal features Denali cover, big-ticket Alaska itemsFebruary 10, 2016 by Liz Ruskin, APRN Share:President Barack Obama delivered his last budget proposal to Congress on Tuesday morning. It has a picture of Denali on the cover and several big-ticket Alaska items in its pages.Deputy Interior Secretary Mike Connor said the budget includes a proposed 10-year, $2 billion coastal climate resilience program to help states and communities adapt to climate change.“Part of this funding is set aside to address the needs that the president saw firsthand when he visited coastal communities in Alaska that are seeing their homelands eroding into the ocean at a rapid pace,” he said in a phone call with reporters.Alaska’s share of the climate fund would be $400 million over a decade.The budget also includes $150 million toward a new $1 billion icebreaker. The White House said the money would complete all planning and design work so ship construction could begin in 2020.Obama also wants to boost Denali Commission funding to $19 million and, said U.S. Geological Survey boss Suzette Kimball, improve Alaska data collection to create better maps.“It is particularly critical for Alaska, as many of the existing Alaska topographic maps are as much as 50 years old,” she said.The budget aims to lower the nation’s carbon emissions, in part by squeezing the oil industry. To fund a greener transportation system, the president is proposing a new per-barrel oil tax of $10.25. (That’s 25 cents higher than what administration officials said it would be last week.) Alaska’s oil industry and congressional delegation call that a terrible idea. The budget would also eliminate tax breaks that save the oil and gas industry more than $2 billion a year.Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said the oil and gas industry “enjoys many, many tax credits” and has an unfair advantage over alternatives.“It is not level playing field across the energy landscape, and this budget attempts to make it at least a little more level,” Jewell said.A president’s budget is only a proposal, but it usually influences how Congress writes spending bills. This year, congressional leaders are harshly critical.Alaska’s delegation to Congress said they like the icebreaker money, but dislike the oil tax, among other items. In a written statement, Congressman Don Young called the budget frustrating because it identifies problems of great concern to many Alaskans but fails to provide a “genuine path” to solve them. Share this story:last_img read more

Australian grains, pulses and oilseeds making inroads into Pakistan

first_imgAustralian grains, pulses and oilseeds making inroads into Pakistan The Hon David Littleproud MPMinister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency ManagementAustralian canola, chickpea, lentil and wheat exporters now have improved market access into Pakistan.Canola exports to Pakistan will resume for the first time since 2016-17.Australian canola, chickpea, lentil and wheat exporters now have improved market access into Pakistan following successful technical negotiations between the two countries.Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud said improved market access into Pakistan created market opportunities for Australian growers and exporters.“These negotiations have delivered really positive outcomes for Australian farmers and exporters,” Minister Littleproud said.“Firstly, we will resume exporting canola to Pakistan, which has not occurred since 2016 17.“Secondly, Pakistan has approved methyl bromide fumigation of chickpeas and lentils, and phosphine fumigation of wheat, which will reduce costs and give greater flexibility to exporters.“This also brings Pakistan into alignment with Australia, India and Bangladesh for preferred rates of fumigation, allowing for easier transhipment across the region.“Pakistan is an important trading partner for Australia. Australia’s agricultural exports to Pakistan grew 35 per cent year on year to $194 million in 2020.“The negotiations demonstrate the value of the Government’s investments in expanding agricultural trade and our agriculture counsellor network over recent years.“These investments are vital not just for improving market access for Australian growers and exporters but also for strengthening our relationship with important trading partners.”Nick Goddard, CEO of the Australian Oilseeds Federation, welcomed the improved market access.“Australian canola growers need more overseas market options for their product, and developments such as this make accessing the Pakistan market just that much smoother for the Australian canola industry,” Mr Goddard said.Fast Facts:Pakistan imported $426 million of canola in 2020. Australia last exported $30 million of canola in 2016-17.Australia exported $102 million worth of chickpeas to Pakistan in 2020 and is on track to exceed this in 2021.Total agricultural exports to Pakistan from Australia were worth over $194 million in 2020. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Agriculture, Australia, Australian, Bangladesh, canola, drought, Emergency, Emergency Management, Fast Facts, Government, India, industry, market, Minister, outcomes, Pakistanlast_img read more

News Roundup: Supercar owners act super-stupid, plus a hilarious $3 car prank

first_img With much of the world’s population hunkered down at home, some of the less-disciplined speed demons among us have been taking advantage of the sleepy streets to burn rubber. This week alone, a collection of supercar owners demonstrated how money doesn’t necessarily correlate with better driving skills, by smashing up their expensive cars. NYC supercar collector Ben Chen piloted his rare Gemballa Mirage GT Porsche directly into a parked Toyota Sienna, destroying them both. The accident and attempted escape by the under-the-influence dingdong driver was captured on camera and he was promptly arrested. Similarly, down in Sydney, Australia, police pulled over a Lamborghini Aventador doing 160 km/h in a 90 km/h zone. The driver claimed he was speeding to the hospital to get checked for COVID-19. Might as well get checked for brain damage while you’re there, buds. “What’s that strange sound?” Prankster tricks driver with harmonica strapped to a vehicle’s undersidePeople are finding all sorts of creative ways to kill downtime during the coronavirus lockdown, including pranking their friends. One mechanic and redditor recently brought an amazing and amazingly simple prank to our attention, with this photo of a harmonica strapped to the underside of a van along with the caption “Customer states there is a weird noise while driving.” The simple wind instrument was zip-tied to the vehicle’s suspension in a way that, when the vehicle was driven, it started making music. Hilarious, but I wonder if the shop charged the van’s owner for the inspection.If you’re going to perform the prank yourself, just remember to be safe. And maybe even consider just fixing the noisemaker to the lower bumper opening with tape rather than getting right underneath the car.BMW sues Indian e-rickshaw “DMW” company and winsThere’s an electric-rickshaw company in India that’s been selling its products under the name “DMW” since 2013, which one German luxury automaker thought sounded just a bit too familiar. Guess which? BMW sued the brand Om Balajee Automotive Private Limited for its use of the three letters in 2017, claiming in court the DMW abbreviation “appears to be a dishonest act with an intention of trying to take advantage of the reputation and goodwill” of BMW. The courts took Bimmer’s side, ruling the DMW logo was close enough to BMW’s to “mislead an average man of ordinary intelligence.” Thanks for looking out for us dumdums, I guess. DMW has since been ordered to halt production and sale of anything bearing the DMW mark.  Leaked interior images of the 2021 Ford F-150 show big new techImages of the interior of Ford’s 2021 Ford F-150 have popped up online at the f150gen14 forum, revealing a few significant changes. The pics, which appear to be of a Lariat model, show a larger centre touchscreen (15 inches versus the previous 8) as well a large digital gauge cluster directly facing the driver. There’s also an apparent two-tone leather setup, a new steering wheel, and a new gear selector that tucks down and away. The 2021 Ford F-150 is also expected to include a hybrid option as well as (potentially) a full on EV model. We’re ready for it, Ford. Watch: Tesla engineers break down how they’ll make ventilators from car partsAmerica needs more ventilators to help treat those suffering from COVID-19, and Tesla has promised to lend a hand. A new YouTube video shows just how the US EV brand is planning to pitch in: by literally building its own ventilators out of Tesla car parts. PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca In the video, a Tesla Engineering director highlights the schematics for the respirators, pointing out all the existing Tesla parts that’ll be used, including but not limited to a touchscreen and computer and control system from a Model 3. Tesla CEO Elon Musk is facing criticism for previously promising “ventilators” from China, but then sending only B-PAP machines which are used to treat only mild cases of the Coronavirus. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS See More Videos Welcome to our weekly round-up of the biggest breaking stories on Driving.ca from this past week. Get caught up and ready to get on with the weekend, because it’s hard keeping pace in a digital traffic jam.Here’s what you missed while you were away.Supercar owners take to empty streets to speed and crash their expensive carshttps://www.instagram.com/p/B-r8OXPDfwP/?utm_source=ig_embed Trending Videos ‹ Previous Next ›center_img advertisement Trending in Canada Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. RELATED TAGSFlexNew VehiclesFlexlast_img read more

CU-Boulder Offers Pre-Game Seminars For Nov. 14 Game Against Iowa State

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail University of Colorado at Boulder football fans will have the opportunity to attend one of two lectures to be held on campus before the game against Kansas State on Oct. 10.The “CU Before the Game” lecture series is designed to give people a taste of the kinds of classes CU-Boulder offers its students. The presentations are given by professors and instructors affiliated with CU and last approximately one hour.All lectures are scheduled to begin two and one-half hours before kickoff and are free and open to the public. Reservations are encouraged. For reservations and information call 303-492-5148.Oct. 10 classes follow.* “The 21st Century, Choices at the Crossroads,” in Hale Science Building, room 230, will examine the complex challenges the world faces as the new millennium approaches, including population increases, accelerating demand for natural resources and environmental pollution. Joe Romig, a member of the NASA Voyager science team and CU astronomy instructor, will present issues and offer creative solutions to the problems of the future.* “The End of Life: Morality of Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide,” in Hale Science Building, room 270, will feature a debate on the morality and legality of euthanasia. Join Professors David Boonin, Claudia Mills, Graham Oddie and Stuart Rachels of the philosophy department as they debate and respond to comments from the floor.The seminars are sponsored by the Chancellor’s Office, the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, the Alumni Association, Intercollegiate Athletics and the Division of Continuing Education at the University of Colorado. Published: Sept. 29, 1998 last_img read more

Jack and Jeannie Thompson Donate $2 Million to CU Bioscience Initiative

first_img Published: Oct. 20, 2008 The University of Colorado Foundation today announced a $2 million pledge by Jack (Hist ’64, MA ’70) and Jeannie Thompson (Zool ’64) of Boulder to fund the new Vaccine Development Laboratory in CU-Boulder’s Systems Biotechnology Building, slated for groundbreaking in 2009.The gift will bolster the capacity of the Colorado Initiative in Molecular Biotechnology, or CIMB, to spearhead scientific and medical advances. CIMB scientists include a Nobel laureate and numerous other renowned researchers working at the crossroads of science and engineering on projects such as the creation of cancer-detecting sensors and synthetic human tissue, and the development of new vaccines and pharmaceuticals.”CIMB is a community of top researchers pooling their expertise to make new discoveries that have tremendous potential to improve people’s health,” said Leslie Leinwand, CIMB director and a faculty member on the Boulder and Denver campuses. “The Vaccine Development Laboratory will provide this diverse group of researchers with a unique and very powerful forum for scientific discovery.”Jeannie Thompson’s 12 years of working in research labs, including at the National Institutes of Health and the University of Colorado Hospital, sparked the couple’s interest in donating to the research lab. And Jeannie’s position as incoming chair of the University of Colorado’s fundraising arm motivated the couple to make a leadership gift that would inspire other CU supporters to donate to their areas of interest within the university.”We’re excited about supporting research that’s personally meaningful, and also holds so much potential,” Jeannie Thompson said. “I am a firm believer in leading by example.”The Thompson gift is the latest product of the couple’s 40-plus-year relationship with CU-Boulder. That relationship originated in the early 1960s when, as CU students, they met at the legendary student haunt The Sink. It has continued with dozens of gifts to the university, including endowments that sponsor a history department graduate fellowship, writing awards for the Center of the American West and the Jazz Studies Program at the College of Music.”CU has served as a bookend for us,” Jack Thompson said. “It was there for us before I went to Vietnam, and it was there for us after I returned from the war. We want CU to always be here.”Founded in 1967, the CU Foundation is the nonprofit partner of the University of Colorado whose mission is to raise, manage and invest private support for the university’s benefit. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

Larger disasters ‘inevitable,’ says new Natural Hazards Center director

first_img Published: March 15, 2017 • By Lisa Marshall In the days following 9/11, frightened college students across the country gathered around TVs to get a sense of what was happening in New York City.Lori Peek, who was just starting her third year of graduate school at CU Boulder, also watched the catastrophe unfold from afar. But soon after the twin towers fell, she packed her bags and flew into the chaos.Lori Peek, the new director of the Natural Hazards Center.”I’d never been to New York or even ridden a subway before,” recalls Peek, a research assistant at the Natural Hazards Center at the time. “But I understood it was vital that I get into the field quickly to collect valuable information that would otherwise be lost.”Fast forward 16 years and Peek, who in January returned to Boulder to direct the center, has amassed a unique body of research on how disasters – from terrorist attacks to tornadoes – impact the lives of the vulnerable and marginalized in the days and years to follow.Her two-year study of the impact 9/11 had on Muslim Americans led to an acclaimed book, Behind the Backlash: Muslim Americans after 9/11. Her work in the Gulf Coast after Katrina and the BP oil spill and Joplin, Missouri – home to the deadliest tornado in 70 years – led to community interventions that help teens better prepare for and recover from disasters. And her 2015 book Children of Katrina, a 7-year project completed with fellow sociologist Alice Fothergill, has been lauded as a groundbreaking exploration of children’s long-term recovery.Peek has no doubt that larger, more destructive disasters are yet to come, due to growing populations in geographically vulnerable areas, unsustainable development and climate change. After spending a decade as a faculty member at Colorado State University and having traveled around the world studying the aftermath of disaster, she returned to the Natural Hazards Center – the nation’s clearinghouse for disaster research – to apply the lessons learned.”We’re in a race, trying to figure out how to work with communities to make them more resilient and be sure that, when disaster strikes, those that are already struggling aren’t left behind,” says Peek, also a professor in the sociology department. “To be at this center at this particular time in our nation’s history represents an incredible opportunity to work with others to have an impact.”From Kansas to Ground Zero The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.Growing up in a small eastern Kansas town, population 571, Peek had “barely even been on a plane” when 9/11 hit.But as a young sociologist with a close Muslim friend, Peek was deeply troubled by reports of anti-Islamic and anti-Arab hate crimes following the attacks. She applied for a $3,000 Quick Response Grant, which the center awards to researchers wanting to travel to disaster sites immediately to gather “perishable data.” She touched down in lower Manhattan on Sept. 29 and spent the next two years gathering FBI hate crime data, media and civil rights reports of discrimination claims, and interviewing 140 Muslim Americans about their experiences.”There is this whole narrative that disasters are altruistic events that bring people together. But what happens to people who may want to be a part of that community but find themselves on the outside looking in? I wanted to find out,” recalls Peek.Just weeks after she finished her dissertation on the subject, as she began a new teaching position at CSU, Hurricane Katrina hit. Yet again she found herself on a plane, headed into a region where 1 million people had been evacuated within a matter of days. Her hope: to learn what factors led some children to fare well long-term, while others didn’t.Ultimately, she and Fothergill, also a CU alumna, would observe and interview hundreds of children. They then zeroed in and followed 25 for seven years, going to church, school, playgrounds and grocery stores with them, tracing their paths to recovery as they and their families moved. “We became deeply embedded in their lives,” says Peek.Peek followed 25 displaced children for 7 years for her book, Children of Katrina.Dennis Mileti, a former director of the center who served as Peek’s mentor from 1999 to 2005 says her work has lent a new perspective to disaster research.”Disaster is not just about broken walls and houses and pipes but also about secondary social impacts which are relatively understudied. Lori really opened up that vein of research,” he said.  Peek says her travels taught her several things: The less a child is displaced (from their home, school, or peer group) post-disaster, the better they tend to do. And while new businesses and homes are important, reclaiming parks and playgrounds is also key.”Oftentimes, youth-focused places are last on the list.”She’s also learned a lot about human nature.”Yes, the work can be exciting and intimidating at times. But it is not the drama that makes me want to do this kind of research, it is what disasters reveal about our social order,” she says. “The altruism and generosity I have seen is what will always stick with me.”Categories:Campus Community Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

Rivals circle as Huawei thrown out of UK 5G

first_img Chris joined the Mobile World Live team in November 2016 having previously worked at a number of UK media outlets including Trinity Mirror, The Press Association and UK telecoms publication Mobile News. After spending 10 years in journalism, he moved… Read more Mobile Mix: Buzzing for Barcelona The UK government banned the use of Huawei 5G equipment, with operators given until 2027 to rip out existing kit, a process expected to delay rollout of the new network technology by between two and three years and cost up to £2 billion.Under the new telecoms security bill, which must still pass through the UK parliament but is unlikely to face significant opposition, operators are unable to purchase new Huawei 5G equipment from the end of this year, with removal of existing kit mandated by 2027.Its move reverses a policy unveiled in January which cleared operators to use Huawei in up to 35 per cent of their 5G RANs, but not core networks.The original policy was then reviewed following the ramping of US supply chain sanctions.Announcing the latest ruling in the House of Commons, UK Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Oliver Dowden said it had “not taken these decisions lightly” noting “this will delay our rollout of 5G”.“To go further and faster beyond the 2027 target would add significant and unnecessary costs and delays,” he added.Dowden estimated the government’s policy would set 5G rollout back by up to three years at a cost of up to £2 billion.BT and Vodafone warned last week it would take five to seven years to perform full removal without service disruption.The government’s latest decision only impacts equipment used for 5G, though Dowden said the country also planned to conduct a technical consultation to assess equipment for fibre and older mobile technologies.ResponseFollowing the announcement, a Huawei representative said its role in the UK had become politicised, with the decision “about US trade policy and not security”.The company added: “It threatens to move Britain into the digital slow lane, push up bills and deepen the digital divide. Instead of levelling up the government is levelling down and we urge them to reconsider. We remain confident that the new US restrictions would not have affected the resilience or security of the products we supply to the UK.”“We will conduct a detailed review of what today’s announcement means for our business here and will work with the UK government to explain how we can continue to contribute to a better-connected Britain.”Rival Ericsson wasted little time in pitching itself as a viable alternative which could salvage original 5G timelines.In a statement, Arun Bansal, president of its Europe and Latin America division, said the vendor “has the technology, experience and supply chain capacity” to help create a “world-leading 5G network for the people, businesses and economy of the UK”.Ericsson is “ready to work with the UK operators to meet their timetable, with no disruption to customers”, he said, adding the government’s decision “removes the uncertainty that was slowing down investment decisions” around deploying 5G in the country.U-turnThe government’s about-turn comes after a fresh review by security authorities in light of further US sanctions on Huawei and following pressure from politicians in the UK and US, who waged a lengthy international campaign against the company.Hours before the formal confirmation, Huawei announced its UK chairman John Browne had quit. In a statement, the company said his work had “proved vital in ensuring Huawei’s commitment to corporate governance in the UK” and had been “central to our commitment here dating back 20 years”. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Telkomsel turns on 5G in major cities 5GHuawei Chris Donkin Previous ArticleReliance Industries homes in on $4B Google backingNext ArticleVerizon targets digital skills boost, carbon cut Home Rivals circle as Huawei thrown out of UK 5Gcenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 14 JUL 2020 Author Related Tags Asia FCC mulls expanded Huawei, ZTE banslast_img read more

Game of Life: Code word ‘courageous’ for Mallory

first_imgYoung. It’s the one word that’s so difficult to get past. You start by saying: “This should never happen to someone so young …” and then you just start to shake your head and maybe wipe your eyes. The thought may be completed in your mind, but it never translates audibly. Young inspires so many other words: energy; hope; smiles. There are several others that come to mind; however, fair is not among them. Fair is a word that has little belonging when discussing most any aspect of life. ARDS has presented yet another long-term problem for Mallory and her family. According to her latest update, it may take upwards of three months to make it through the initial stage, and afterwards “she will need additional care and rehab, to regain her strength, for (we are guessing) 6-10 weeks.” Right now Mallory and her family – and the hundreds upon hundreds of friends and strangers on a prayer list – just want the 20-year-old college sophomore to be able to breathe without mechanical aid, before her body comes to rely on it. CF, like so many other diseases, not only affects its personal victim; it does so to everyone with an emotional bond to the stricken. Cystic fibrosis has always been an uninvited and unwelcome resident in Mallory’s body. She was diagnosed with the disease just six weeks into her life. Can’t Live Your Life in a Crisis “Then three weeks later I was in the hospital and I couldn’t play golf at all. And I started to realize how wonderful it was just to be out there playing at all,” she said. Yes, Mallory has diabetes as well, and asthma, both byproducts of CF. Then there was the ABI machine, which she referred to as the “shaker.” She would strap on the padded vest which was filled with air. It would massage her chest to help clear the mucous. This would take about an hour a day. This most certainly is not fair to Mallory or to anyone in a similar situation. And one can’t begin to imagine the thoughts that must race and crash inside her head. On a good day, this being a few years ago, she would take more than 40 pills. When sick, her intake was upped to over 60. She also had to inject herself six to 12 times a day with insulin because of the diabetes, before getting an insulin pump. “I’m not trying to find the silver lining in the clouds. I really have been blessed.” Doctors originally estimated her chance of surviving this episode – which varies day-to-day – at 70 percent. Right now, at 20 years young, Mallory Code is fighting for her life. Against a genetic disorder over which she has no control. Against a disease that has made her body it’s home and has left the front door wide open to all other intruders. Mallory started to really struggle with her health in the fall of last year. She was diagnosed with pneumonia in September and had several admissions to Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida, over the following four months. When you have CF, you’re susceptible to so many other illnesses. Even a cold can’t be considered common. Mallory became quite ill on more than one occasion when she was attending a daycare center as a child. Precautions and sacrifices had to be made. But Mallory hasn’t lived a sheltered life. She has many friends. She’s traveled extensively. She loves to dance – ballet and tap. And she loves to play golf. And shes very, very good at it. This was a couple of years ago, when she and her family opened their doors to allow a glimpse of life with CF. Mallory has two siblings – older brother Jordan (24) and older sister Whitney (22). All three were home-schooled by their mother, Karen, a registered nurse. “Scientifically speaking, it knocks the junk out of my chest,” she said. But Mallory has never stopped to examine her life in terms of fairness. She’s always viewed life through that youthful outlook – with energy, hope and smiles. If you met Mallory in passing you might never imagine that something was wrong. Certainly plain sight never gave anything away. And if she didn’t talk about her illness, it wasn’t because of shame; it was because she just wanted some sense of normalcy. Why talk about such things when you can discuss golf and boys and everything else? Things only got worse from there, as she was found to have a yeast bacteremia and was soon diagnosed with ARDS. She was placed on a ventilator in the Intensive Care Unit on Wednesday and will likely remain there for “at least several weeks and possibly longer,” according to the latest update. “It gets very competitive,” he said at the time with a proud smile. “Who won? Well, that depends on who you ask.” “She’s like that 24/7, all the time,” Whitney said. “She has a really strong character.” Her parents did this manually for 15 years, beating on her back and chest like bongos to help break up the congestion. Finally, in February, she was transferred by helicopter to Colorado, where she was diagnosed with malnutrition, because of persistent nausea, and a lung infection.center_img “I would say that we’re very proud of the person that (Mallory) is,” her dad said. “The fact that she plays golf well is really the gravy. We’d be just as proud of her if she couldn’t break 100.” Mallory is heavily sedated most of the time in her current state, and when she is conscious, she is unable to speak because of the ventilator down her throat. She nods and squeezes hands to communicate. She eats through a feeding tube. Mallory smiles an honest smile. It’s not there to deflect pain. There is no facade. Her sporting talent, however, is exceeded by her personality, which is equal parts engaging and infectious. When Mallory recalled one of her favorite golf moments, she lit up. “Playing in the Canon Cup with my sister,” she said. “We always talk about how neat it is that we not only enjoy the same sport, but that we both play competitively.” Mallory’s golf bag looks like a drug store with a shoulder strap. “I could probably start my own pharmacy,” she said with a laugh, punctuated with a giggle. “Last night, after scaring us to death with possible problems that can arise, they have given her an 80-percent chance of getting through this long ARDS situation,” Mallory’s father said in Thursday’s e-mail. Karen, who has spent only one night in their home since early January, plans on staying in Denver full time with Mallory, while Brian must now commute in order to continue his work. Mallory’s junior accomplishments are immense. She won several prestigious American Junior Golf Association titles, including the 2000 AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions. She’s been honored with numerous personal awards, many of which have “courage” etched on the trophy or plaque. And she has spoken around the country on behalf of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Jordan graduated from the University of Florida, where he was a member of the golf team. Whitney is senior for the Lady Gators. Mallory followed in their footsteps. Doctors say that the life-threatening problems she now faces are unrelated to CF; though, the disease certainly has complicated matters, as has her diabetes. Mallory said she takes very little in life for granted. She talked about playing an important junior event in Orlando, where she missed the cut. It was quite disappointing. “Her doctors have agreed that I should go home in the near future,” he said. “It looks like we will be accumulating a lot of frequent flying miles.” “I look at my life; I’ve been blessed in so many ways,” she said a few years back. “I have incredible parents. I have a wonderful brother and sister. I get to play golf and dance. I have so many wonderful things in my life, and this is the one thing that isn’t right. There’s no reason to complain about this. Mallory has cystic fibrosis. Her father, Brian, talked about taking the kids out to play on Sundays after attending church. Life certainly hasn’t been fair to University of Florida golfer Mallory Code. Not that she has ever complained, or harbored contempt, or ever shook her fist towards the heavens. Mallory opens a closet door. It stands about two times her 5’3” frame, with shelves stacked to the gills with two-months-worth of medical supplies. A mass e-mail is sent out when updates are available on Mallory’s condition. The ‘To’ list on that electronic message looks like a small town, numbering in the hundreds. And that doesn’t include all to whom the update is forwarded. It’s the family mantra. Mallory is one of about 30,000 people in the U.S., according to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, who suffers from CF. It’s a genetic disorder which causes the body to produce abnormally thick, sticky mucus that leads to chronic and life-threatening lung infections and impairs digestion. Mallory was 3 years old when she first remembers playing. She was 6 when she competed in her first tournament. “It just got in my blood right away,” she said. Mallory’s mother has a saying: You can be in a crisis, but you cant live your life in a crisis. Mallory Code lies in a bed in The Children’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado, where she has been since Feb. 7. She is fighting pneumonia, Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) and a massive yeast infection in her blood stream. A ventilator pumps oxygen into her lungs.last_img read more

Mind Candy branded non-compliant by ASA for “direct exhortations to children”

first_img Edited 1 times. Last edit by Rafa Ferrer on 28th October 2015 1:18pm 1Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyNicholas Lovell Founder, Gamesbrief5 years ago Paul, the rules about advertising to children have been in place for w very long time. I think they are broadly a good thing. This shouldn’t have come to a surprise to anyone.Although I note that it means that the ASA treat an promotion of your own stuff (I.e. Subscriptions or IAPs) will be treated as ads, and subject to the same rules. Which I think will still catch a few people out. 1Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyCurt Sampson Sofware Developer 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyJim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.5 years ago Seems like they may be working on it now or the traffic is bringing their servers down. Their web site is timing out. 5 years ago Craig: it’s because you want a lot of stuff. They simply need to get most things on sale at one point or another, and then you’ll find plenty of things to buy (and probably put on your pile of “games you’ll play one day”).I just noticed that I’ve passed 500 games owned on Steam. (Obviously most of these are unplayed.) I’m still going with the, “I’m just doing this to support the games industry” thing, along with a big dose of “it’s Humble Bundle’s fault!”, but this excuse is starting to smell of rotten fish…. 2Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyRafa Ferrer Localisation Manager, Red Comet Media5 years ago @John – I think that was just an ironic remark about how adults are sometimes as uneducated consumers as children. Which is spot on, but in any case it would mean we need more education as consumers to not get baited into buying all kinds of unnecesary crap, but nowhere did he suggest we need restrictions. 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replySign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now. 5 years ago @Rafa: Thanks for that update.Although, it’s awesomely hi-larious that kids are correctly deemed gullible and willing to spend any money they get, so protections are needed to keep them “safe”. But when those kids grow up into mature folk who binge spend like drunken sailors on home shopping, infomercial and other useless junk they get baited into whipping out their own cards for… well, they’re on their own as “responsible” adults. Hah! Mind Candy branded non-compliant by ASA for “direct exhortations to children”Update: Mind Candy responds, issues with ASA have been resolved Rachel WeberSenior EditorWednesday 28th October 2015Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareUpdateA Mind Candy spokesperson has been in touch with GamesIndustry.biz today to explain the unfortunate situation with the ASA, placing the blame on overlooked emails. Mind Candy has now been removed from the ASA’s list of non-compliant online advertisers.”It turns out that there was a breakdown in communication and we didn’t see the emails pertaining to the issues they had with the site and therefore did not have any opportunity to rectify the problems before the notice was published.Now we have spoken to the ASA and found out where the problems lie we are correcting them and they will be taking down the notice.We take our responsibilities with regards to our fans, especially children, very seriously and would never knowingly ignore the ASA or any directives relating to our responsibilities.”Original storyThe UK’s Advertising Standards Authority has named Mind Candy, makers of the Moshi Monster franchise, as a “non-compliant online advertiser” after it failed to respond to or act on its ruling concerning marketing to minors. In August the ASA ruled that Moshi Monsters “presented children with direct exhortations to purchase membership subscriptions in breach of the CAP [Committees of Advertising Practice] Code.” Specifically there were issues with elements of advertising like the phrase”Join for Exclusive Member Benefits”, the prominent “Join” buttons, and the “Become a Member Now!” text aimed at children. “The ad must not appear again in the form complained about. We told Mind Candy Ltd to ensure that future ads did not state “JOIN NOW” or contain other direct exhortations to purchase membership subscriptions,” said the ASA August ruling.”A quick look at the Moshi Monsters website today suggests that these elements are still in place. Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games “In the absence of a response from Moshi Monsters, and in the continued presence of the imperative claims on the website, we took the decision on 27 October 2015 to place their company details on this section of the ASA website,” said the ASA. “These details shall remain in place until such time as Moshi Monsters has removed or appropriately amended the claims on the www.moshimonsters.com/membership website to ensure compliance with the CAP Code.”GamesIndustry.biz has reached out to Mind Candy for a response to the ASAs actions and will update this story if and when a statement is provided. Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesEA leans on Apex Legends and live services in fourth quarterQ4 and full year revenues close to flat and profits take a tumble, but publisher’s bookings still up double-digitsBy Brendan Sinclair 7 hours agoEA Play Live set for July 22Formerly E3-adjacent event moves to take place a month and half after the ESA’s showBy Jeffrey Rousseau 9 hours agoLatest comments (11)Paul Johnson Managing Director / Lead code monkey, Rubicon Development5 years ago What’s the actual problem being addressed by this?I presume we’ve not yet gone so far as to make it illegal to sell stuff to children, given all the bloody christmas toy ads apperaring on TV since september. So how come Mind Candy are suddenly the bad guys for selling their stuff? Edited 1 times. Last edit by Paul Johnson on 28th October 2015 1:57pm 2Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyGreg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!center_img 3Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyGreg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 4Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyRafa Ferrer Localisation Manager, Red Comet Media5 years ago Just for handiness, these are the rulings they have allegedly infringed:1.3 Marketing communications must be prepared with a sense of responsibility to consumers and to society.5.4.2 [Marketing communications addressed to or targeted directly at children] must not include a direct exhortation to children to buy an advertised product or persuade their parents or other adults to buy an advertised product for them.5.5 Marketing communications that contain a direct exhortation to buy a product via a direct-response mechanism must not be directly targeted at children. Direct-response mechanisms are those that allow consumers to place orders without face-to-face contact with the [email protected] the other hand… if it said “Join Now – Go Get Your Parents’ Credit Card!”, that might be the way to at least be more honest. ;DNot on their watch! They did cover that too:5.4.1 must not actively encourage children to make a nuisance of themselves to parents or others and must not undermine parental authorityI agree that children are much more likely to get misled into buying stuff than an adult, and through much simpler marketing tactics, and -whether you agree or not with the validity and effectiveness of the ruling- it seems the best way they found to prevent this is to forbid direct orders (as in “buy! join!”, etc.) to kids, but honest question from a mobile marketing illiterate… How do you do it without getting blacklisted? Or are you supposed not to target kids specifically, at all? 5 years ago From a redacted ASA training video:„Dad! After careful examining the patterns of interaction in that video game you gave me, I requisition an extension of my credit line to use consumption as a gateway to increase the efficiency of dopamine production in my brain leading to what outside observers might call a happy childhood. This is also likely to cause a 2.5% increase of longterm happiness within our family unit.“„Ok, Son, but have you calculated those figures against the desired level of patience you are conditioning yourself to? I don’t want the game to interfere with that“.„I have Dad and since I will delay the actual purchase to after dinner it will not be a problem as long as my liquidity situation improves in the next 10 minutes.“„Son, I’m proud of you. Here you go“. 2Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyCraig Page El Presidente, Awesome Enterprises5 years ago I wish the ASA could protect me from Steam sales. How is Valve so good at knowing what I want, then putting it on sale? 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyKlaus Preisinger Freelance Writing 5 years ago I’d venture a guess that in TV ads geared to kids, those kids still need to ask/beg/be good to get those toys because it’s the parents or other adults that buy them. Online in a game situation, I’d gather that same kid can click on something and join up without realizing there’s a lot more to it than just clicking on a button.On the other hand… if it said “Join Now – Go Get Your Parents’ Credit Card!”, that might be the way to at least be more honest. ;D 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyShow all comments (11)Paul Johnson Managing Director / Lead code monkey, Rubicon Development5 years agoOn the other hand… if it said “Join Now – Go Get Your Parents’ Credit Card!”, that might be the way to at least be more honest. ;DBut that’s it though isn’t it. Minors shouldn’t have credit cards and you can’t use pocket money, so begging the parents is the only option. Unless the parents have been grossly irresponsible.last_img read more