Miller Time: Freshman hoping for chance

first_imgGREGORY DIXON/Herald PhotoAfter a record-setting career at Totino-Grace High School where he was the go-to guy, true freshman Brandon Miller takes a backseat for the Wisconsin men’s soccer team as a reserve. While at Totino-Grace, Miller accumulated more goals than anyone else in the program’s history and led the Eagles to two Minnesota Class ‘A’ championships. During his senior year, he led the state in scoring, thus earning the title of Minnesota’s Class ‘A’ Mr. Soccer. But now in college, Miller knows that D-I soccer is a whole different playing field. “I mean it’s an adjustment, that’s for sure,” Miller said. “I played every minute for my high school games and my club games — it’s definitely a change, but I’m still learning. [So] I just like to come in and do what I can [during my opportunities] on the field.”Wisconsin head coach Jeff Rohrman would concur.”For any freshman going in at the Division I level, you have to understand that it is a step up,” Rohrman said. “A lot of times there is going to be a lot of guys, two, three years your senior, that have adjusted and have put a stamp on it and made a name for themselves already, so it’s difficult to step in as a freshman and not only earn playing time, but earn quality playing time and contribute the way that he has.” When given the opportunity, Miller has excelled. In his 11 collegiate games, he has recorded 4 points, including his first career goal that came just two matches into the season. Even though Miller has scored dozens of goals throughout his club and youth soccer playing days, this one was truly special. “To be honest [that first goal] felt really good,” Miller said. “It felt better than any goal up to this point because it’s [my first] goal at the D-I level … we were winning at the time 2-0 and there were only a couple minutes left, so it wasn’t that big of a deal [regarding the final outcome], but to me, it was great to get over that hump of contributing. It definitely built my confidence to take on people and go at people.”Last spring Miller took his game to Spain with the Olympic Development Program. The experiences gained from that tournament helped Miller hone his skills and prepare for the NCAA-level of soccer.”The way they play soccer is so much different,” Miller said. “I’m used to, coming from Minnesota, we would like to kick it and run onto it and stuff like that. But over in Spain, they’re all about the quick play and the combinations and keeping control of the game in order to keep the other team tired and work them more. I think that helped me a lot [in preparation] for college because it gave me a good sense of what college soccer was going to be like.”Not only has Miller had to adjust to a much higher level of soccer, but as a true freshman, he had to adjust to the college experience as well. “College life is definitely different just because there’s so much more going on, especially playing college soccer,” Miller said. “There’s something going on everyday and it’s such a big commitment.” The dual commitment of both school and soccer may become cumbersome, but the ever-ready Miller is up to the challenge and hopes that with the hard work he plans to put in, he’ll be regarded as one of the top scorers once again.”I would love to be a top goal-scorer [at some point],” Miller said. “I’m still learning, but hopefully it will come. I’m going to keep working.”Until that time comes, Miller is content with his role providing a lift off the Wisconsin bench. He knows that he is an invaluable part of the team and that his hustle, athleticism and quickness can make all the difference for Wisconsin’s chances in the Big Ten and the NCAA tournament. “He’s a great kid and a great fit, not only soccer-wise, but just as a person,” Rohrman said. “There’s no question that he fits into our program, and he has been a wonderful addition.”last_img read more

WHS Daily Bulletin: Reminder there is no school Monday

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Friday, Sept. 4, 2015:Friday•Football at Augusta, 7 p.m.Saturday•Junior Varsity at Conway Springs, 9 a.m.Today’s Lunch– Chicken Pattie, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy, Green Beans, Pineapple chunks, Hot Roll and Milk.Tuesday’s Lunch: Taco Soup, Tortilla Chips, Fresh Broccoli, Chilled Pears, Snickerdoodle and Milk.Today’s News*Reminder: There is no school on Monday.*Seniors- If you have a 28 or better ACT score and a 3.5 or better GPA,  you could be a candidate for the new Fort Hays State University Honors College. To find out more about the honors college please visit their website at www.fhsu.edu/honorscollege/.*Senior Boys- If you would like a Senior Shirt please see Julian or Wesley. The cost is $10 or $12 for 2x and up.*Seniors Girls- If you are interested in a Senior Shirt, there is a sign-up sheet in the office. See Allison McCue if you have any questions. Deadline to order is September 11th.*Junior Class, if interested in class t-shirts- you can pick up order forms in the office. Return the forms to Brecken Lawrence or Kayma Brand by September 8th.*Any baseball players that can meet on Monday @ 6:30 to learn long toss-please be there.*Students- Please add money to your lunch account before school starts. Food Service will not accept your check during lunch time.*The theme for the football game tonight @ Augusta is Red out, Come out and show your Crusader spirit.* Seniors: If you are thinking about making Emporia State University your college of choice, be sure to go to their website to view scholarship and admissions information. The website is www.emporia.edu/admissions/scholarships.The college will be hosting four Black and Gold Visit Days Oct. 9 and 24th and No. 6th and 20th. These visits include admissions and scholarship information, and residence hall and campus tours.* Students: If you are in need of school supplies, please see Mrs. Brown in the counselors office.*Sophomores and Juniors, Are you interested in taking the PSAT? The cost is only $14 and the test date is Wednesday, October 14th @ 8:00 a.m. If you are interested, please come see Mrs. Hatfield in the counselors office before September 21st.*Thursday, September 10th Staff Sergeant US Army Recruiter Benjamin Osborne will be in the commons during lunch.*Freshman- Don’t forget to turn in your Student Network Agreement. You can turn the forms  into the office.*Are you interested in joining the big red machine drumline? The WHS marching band is looking for members to participate in the percussion section of the marching band. No experience is needed. If interested, talk to Haley Farley, Kyle Robbins or Mr. Olson.*Students: If you are participating in a fall sport, you must pay your $25.00 Sports Fee before your first game.Guidance office news:College visits during lunch:Tuesday, Sept. 8th- Emporia State Univ.Wednesday, Sept. 9th- Bethany CollegeThursday, Sept 10th- Cloud County CCTuesday, Sept 22nd- Pittsburg StateWednesday, Sept 23rd- Cowley County CCThursday, Sept. 24th- SouthwesternWednesday, Sept 30th- Fort HaysFriday, Oct 2nd – Kansas State UniversityMonday, Oct 5th- Wichita State UniversityThursday, Oct 15- Baker UniversityFriday, Oct 16th- University of KansasThursday, October 22, Friends UniversityMonday, Nov. 2nd- Hutchinson CCFollow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Mbeki to mediate between ICC, Sudan

first_imgMbeki’s appointment follows the ICC’s decision last week to issue a warrant of arrest for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur. Bashir has rejected the arrest warrant. During the session, the AU’s Sudanese ambassador, Mohieldin Ahmed Salim, called on all AU members to withdraw from the ICC, by pulling out of the Rome Statute that established the world’s first permanent war crimes court, in protest against the warrant. “South Africa has never countenanced any acts of impunity,” Dlamini-Zuma told journalists. “However, South Africa supported the decision of the AU to defer the issuing of the warrant of arrest against President Bashir by a year to give the peace processes in the Sudan a chance.” According to the UN, the decision will, if implemented, cause irrevocable damage to humanitarian operations there. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has meanwhile appealed to Sudan to reconsider its decision, taken in response to last week’s arrest warrant announcement, to fire 13 international aid groups aiding an estimated 4.7-million people in Darfur. AU special session The African Union (AU) has appointed former South African president Thabo Mbeki to chair a committee to investigate human rights violations in Darfur, as well as to mediate between the International Criminal Court (ICC) and Sudan. Aid groups 9 March 2009center_img Dlamini-Zuma said the ICC’s decision to issue the warrant was regrettable, and that South Africa has accepted the AU’s initial response to the ICC’s decision. Many African leaders have expressed fear that Bashir’s indictment will destabilise the fragile Darfur region. The Darfur conflict started in 2003 when ethnic minority rebels took up arms against the Arab-dominated Khartoum government, complaining of discrimination and neglect in the Darfur region. The six-year conflict in Sudan has killed more than 300 000 people. Arrest warrant ‘regrettable’ The AU had hoped the ICC would delay the charges against Bashir for a year, fearing his indictment would destabilise the situation in Darfur, and has since held a special session to find ways to halt the issuing of the warrant. South African Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said in Pretoria this week that Mbeki, who brokered the deal for Zimbabwe’s political rivals to share power following last year’s disputed elections, would have the role of mediating between the ICC and Sudan. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Open Thread: Old Fogeys v. Young Whippersnappers, Ageism in Tech

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Tags:#Open Thread#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… jolie odellcenter_img In the past, we’ve talked a bit about issues of gender and technology, but today, this blog post brought another important aspect of tech and discrimination to our attention.We polled some of our friends on Google Buzz and asked whether ageism is something they’ve seen at work or that has effected their lives. And the responses were interesting – although some say they try to be as even-handed as possible, others said that age discrimination exists at both ends of the spectrum, especially when it comes to landing a job.Let us know your experiences and opinions in the comments.What Experts SayA 2001 article from CIO started a conversation about ageism in IT. The response was dramatic. “Within days of being asked ‘Do CIOs Discriminate Against Older Workers?’ about 200 readers had posted answers; a majority of them gave a resounding yes… workers age 55 and older make up only 6.8 percent of the IT workforce.”A couple years later, a 2003 study from the International Journal of Selection and Assessment explored how older and middle-aged programmers fared in the tech workforce. Results showed “that age was negatively associated with both annual salary and job benefits levels.”But in 2009, another study showed what could have been seen as a turning tide. “The study, ‘The Coming Entrepreneurship Boom,’ found that… the United States might be on the cusp of an entrepreneurship boom – not in spite of an aging population but because of it… The average age of U.S.-born technology founders when they started their companies was 39.”What People on the Ground SayPerhaps the graying set are doing well as entrepreneurs, but what about when they apply to be programmers, information architects, web designers or other traditionally “young” jobs?In a lively conversation on our Buzz account, Aaron Hayes told us that ageism is alive and well, saying, “I turned 40 this year, and even though I can write Python circles around some… [and] have run several of my own small businesses – somehow, because the metabolic process of my cells has been occurring for several solar rotations beyond a subset of unspoken rules, I can be dismissed by some as a viable candidate for a startup.“And this apparently because people that have experience clearly can’t have youthful enthusiasm, or passion.”Even though, as Ruggero Domenichini said in the same thread, older employees might have “less ego, nothing to prove, been through failure [and] lived more.”And person after person said that they had either hired older programmers and been totally pleased with their fit and performance or – in one case – not hired someone because of age and regretted it ever since.What Do You Say?We’re interested to know what your experience has been, either as a younger startup exec faced with hiring decisions or as an older programmer working in IT.On a personal level, I have a great deal of respect and admiration for the older techies in my life – especially as I begin to earn a few gray hairs of my own. My old-as-dirt dad is a fabulous network engineer, and a lot of the best developers and entrepreneurs I know have lived long enough to have a mature, realistic and stable view of their abilities, the ecosystem and their colleagues.And in an amendment of the famous “Never trust anyone over 30” quotation, I’d have to say I’d gladly take the word of a 50-year-old who knew his stuff over a 25-year-old entrepreneur starting his first company. And the hypothetical 25-year-old would do well to take his older colleague’s advice seriously, as well.As always, let us know what you think in the comments. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

SEAG caging in small venue? SBP won’t take it sitting down

first_imgLATEST STORIES 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash “We will ask the help of Mr. (Ricky) Vargas (the Philippine Olympic Committee president) on this matter.”According to the report, the MOA Arena is unavailable because of prior bookings.“Maybe Mr. Vargas can talk to [the Phisgoc] and ask what happened,” he said.The SEA Games will happen after the World Cup in China, and Panlilio admitted that the SBP still doesn’t have a final composition of the team that will play in the biennial conclave.The Philippines has won all but two of 19 cage golds in the Games, finishing second to Malaysia in 1979 in Jakarta and in 1989 in Kuala Lumpur.ADVERTISEMENT Harvey Carey hits milestone, plays 700 games with TNT “We need bigger venues for Philippine games,” SBP president Al Panlilio, who is already in Shenzhen for the World Cup draw that will happen on Saturday, told the Inquirer over the phone, expressing dismay as to why this decision was arrived at.“If it would be a game between Myanmar versus Malaysia, which no one will watch, maybe that could be played in a small venue,” Panlilio said. “But if it’s a Gilas game, our countrymen will definitely watch that.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesReports have come out on Thursday that the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) had failed to secure the MOA Arena for the cage competition, putting the games instead at Filoil Flying V Centre with a capacity of just over 5,500 fans.And this is a development that does not sit well with Panlilio and the entire national basketball team leadership. View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony The Filipinos have won the last 12 editions ever since that debacle in Malaysia.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Basketball, the sport which this country embraces like a religion, will be played in a small venue when the Philippines hosts the Southeast Asian Games later this year.But the ruling Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) won’t take that sitting down and will do everything it can to remedy that.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Netflix announced a programming deal with US produ

first_imgNetflix announced a programming deal with US producer and distributor Lionsgate today for its soon-to-launch UK and Ireland service.The agreement, which gives the content streaming and DVD service exclusive rights to Lionsgate TV series and movies in the first pay TV window, was widely reported late last year, but only confirmed today.
The deal covers new Lionsgate titles The Expendables 2 and The Hunger Games and library fare including Reservoir Dogs and Saw.last_img

Scientists focus on epigenetics to identify factors involved in Hispanic childhood obesity

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 27 2018Are there changes that affect genes and fuel a person’s propensity to develop obesity? That’s a question under study at Texas Biomedical Research Institute. Associate Scientist Melanie Carless, Ph.D., is Principal Investigator of a $3 million, four-year grant from the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases to research this hypothesis.The Centers for Disease Control calls U.S. obesity an “epidemic,” with 40% of adults and 19% of children considered obese. Within children, however, there are disparities among ethnicities. Hispanic children have the highest rate of obesity at 26% compared to African American (22%), Caucasian (14%), and Asian (11%) children.Dr. Carless and her collaborators will be studying an area of research called epigenetics – which describes changes to our DNA, RNA, or proteins that are affected by both the environment and genetic makeup and that regulate gene and protein expression. Her team will be examining a specific area of epigenetics, DNA methylation, which is capable of switching genes on and off.”If we start at the cellular level and then look at whole organisms like the human body and how we use energy, then we can identify pathways that are involved in the development of obesity and also potentially mechanisms by which we can intervene and treat obesity,” Dr. Carless explained, “we are trying to relate changes at a person’s cellular level to the physical expression of obesity to identify mechanisms for treatment.”The first part of the study involves a group of 900 Texas Hispanic children who have a high propensity for obesity. Scientists will combine physical data like caloric intake, physical activity, energy expenditure, metabolic rate and glucose levels with another factor measured in a blood sample called DNA methylation. Methylation is a biochemical process where methyl groups are added to DNA in a way that changes the expression of certain genes, and often the production of proteins. They will test whether methylation of specific genes is related to the physical data collected to increase risk for obesity.Related StoriesNew anti-obesity drug trial set to launch at Alberta Diabetes InstituteResearch team receives federal grant to study obesity in children with spina bifidaUranium toxicity might have caused obesity and diabetes in Kuwait, finds new studyIn the second phase of the study, scientists will compare changes in blood with changes in muscle tissue and muscle cells and see how these changes correlate. Using blood samples, scientists will induce pluripotent stem cells (or master cells) which can be directed to develop into skeletal muscle cells for experimentation.Part three of the study involves the use of CRISPR (a new technology to alter DNA sequences and modify gene function) to go into cells and change the methylation levels at specific sites to see what impact that has on the cells and how they might utilize energy. That information could lead to more targeted drug therapies for obesity, or someday, editing to correct an underlying issue at the DNA level.”I think it’s really important,” Carless explained. “Obesity can be a huge factor in serious medical problems including diabetes, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, and heart disease. We need to understand how obesity develops at a young age and the impact this might have on health later in life. If we can start to reduce the rates of obesity in the U.S., we will start to see a decline in multiple other disorders.” Source:https://www.txbiomed.org/news-press/news-releases/texas-biomed-scientists-targeting-factors-involved-in-hispanic-childhood-obesity/last_img read more

Using smartphone cameras to track alertness

first_imgOur level of alertness rises and falls over the course of a workday, sometimes causing our energy to drop and our minds to wander just as we need to perform important tasks. Credit: CC0 Public Domain Explore further New algorithm determines ideal caffeine dosage and timing for alertness This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Using smartphone cameras to track alertness (2018, October 16) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-smartphone-cameras-track.htmlcenter_img To help understand these patterns and improve productivity, Cornell researchers have developed a tool that tracks alertness by measuring pupil size, captured through a burst of photographs taken every time users unlock their smartphones.”Since our alertness fluctuates, if we can find a pattern it will be very useful to manage and schedule our day,” said Vincent W.S. Tseng, a doctoral student in information science and lead author of “AlertnessScanner: What Do Your Pupils Tell About Your Alertness,” presented in September at the 20th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services.Traditional methods of analyzing alertness tend to be cumbersome, often including devices that must be worn. Researchers in Cornell’s People-Aware Computing Lab, run by Tanzeem Choudhury, associate professor of information science and senior author on the study, wanted to create a way to measure alertness unobtrusively and continuously.”Since people use their phones very frequently during the day, we were thinking we could use phones as an instrument to understand and measure their alertness,” Tseng said. “And since people’s eyes are affected by their alertness, we were thinking that when people are looking at their phones, we could use a moment to measure their alertness at that point.”When people are alert, the sympathetic nervous system causes the pupils to dilate to make it easier to take in information. When they’re drowsy, the parasympathetic nervous system causes the pupils to contract.The paper, co-authored with Saeed Abdullah, an assistant professor in the College of Information Sciences and Technology at Pennsylvania State University, and Cornell information science doctoral student Jean Costa, included two studies conducted over two years. The first study analyzed results from 15 users, who were prompted to take photos of themselves every three hours. Their smartphones needed to have their infrared filters removed to make it easier to detect the contours of the pupil and the iris, particularly for people with dark eyes. The participants were also asked to complete a sleep journal, reporting how many hours they’d slept each night, and to take a phone-based Psychomotor Vigilance Test (PVT) – a five-minute quiz to gauge their reaction time – six times a day. Provided by Cornell University The photos gave researchers a view of participants’ eyes that they then used to measure pupil size, making allowances for position and lighting, in order to predict a person’s reaction time. This was then compared to the results from the PVT.The researchers found that the pupil-scanning reliably predicted alertness. But because asking people to remove their phones’ infrared filters was impractical, and prompting them to take photos of themselves throughout the day was too obtrusive, they conducted a second study a year later, when smartphone camera quality had improved enough that they no longer needed to remove the filters.In that second study, eight participants were given smartphones with high-resolution front-facing cameras that took a burst of 30 photos in one second whenever the phones were unlocked. Users also completed the sleep journal and took the PVTs.Though the two studies were difficult to compare because of their different methods, both showed that pupil scanning was a reliable means of predicting alertness. The second study, which took the photos passively in a burst, was deemed more practical because it required less work by the user, Tseng said.Tseng said the AlertnessScanner could be particularly useful in health care, since medical professionals often work long hours doing intricate and important work. For example, clinicians typically look at devices during surgery, and a front-facing camera on the devices could track their alertness throughout procedures.But understanding alertness patterns could be helpful to people in many kinds of workplaces, Tseng said.”If you want to get something very important done, then probably you should execute this task while you’re at the peak of your alertness; when you’re in a valley of your alertness, you can do something like rote work,” he said. “You’ll also know the best time to take a break in order to allow your alertness or energy to go back up again.” More information: Vincent W.-S. Tseng et al. AlertnessScanner, Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services – MobileHCI ’18 (2018). DOI: 10.1145/3229434.3229456last_img read more

Regulating Facebook could hinder small businesses with overseas customers

first_img Explore further This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Provided by The Conversation But policies that affect online platforms also affect international trade. Many Australian small businesses rely on digital platforms to stay on par with their international competitors.As Australia starts tackling the challenges wrought by digital platforms, policymakers should be careful not to undo the good things that stem from an evermore connected world. That includes the critical role of these platforms in helping retailers sell their products to overseas customers.Platforms facilitate exportsAs my new research with colleague Danielle Parks shows, digital platforms appear to significantly reduce the economic distance and trade costs between buyers and sellers.Take Facebook, for example. Facebook is both a social networking platform and digital market platform, where Facebook’s Marketplace helps business owners connect with potential customers. The social networking interface allows buyers and sellers to message each other and exchange information about what the seller has, and what the buyer wants. Meanwhile, Marketplace features like identity verification and buyer ratings help to facilitate connections more quickly, and with more trust, than might otherwise be possible. There isn’t a lot of large-scale data on cross-border e-commerce, so researchers must get creative to study digital platforms and trade. The findings are extraordinary.One study found that 97% of US-based eBay sellers export product to overseas buyers. Another found the “economic effect of distance” to be 65% smaller on eBay. In other words, the digital platform reduces the challenges of selling to people in other countries. Digital platforms provide a host of challenges for governments. Questions about how to best protect privacy, democracy, and speech online become more pressing every year. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is currently conducting an inquiry into digital platforms. Credit: Shutterstockcenter_img Australia watchdog tips tough rules to curb power of Google, Facebook Research conducted by PayPal showed that 79% of US small businesses on its platform sell to foreign markets. And PayPal merchants that exported, outperformed businesses in general. Interestingly, that finding held for coastal and non-coastal businesses, and for rural and urban businesses alike.In our new study, we surveyed Australian businesses on Facebook. We found that those with a Facebook presence were 63% more likely to export their products internationally than other businesses. The propensity to export was higher across all business sectors and nearly all company sizes.This emerging pattern shows how world markets are opening up to smaller businesses that might not otherwise be able to compete with their larger, multinational rivals. These findings can partly be attributed to export-prone firms being more likely than others to use digital platforms. But there is no question that the platforms can also enable trade. Most governments recognise the need to dismantle barriers to foreign market access, and any new policies regarding digital platforms should not make it harder for small and medium sized businesses to engage in trade.How regulation could hurt small businessesThe Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is currently conducting an inquiry into digital platforms at the request of the treasurer. The ACCC’s preliminary report recognises how digital platforms have revolutionised the ways consumers and businesses communicate with one another. The report also highlights concerns over data privacy and the influence of bad actors producing and spreading misinformation.The final report, expected in June, will make policy recommendations that aim to address these concerns. But these policies could also inadvertently threaten the revenue streams of businesses that advertise on these platforms or that use them to facilitate online sales.Restrictions on the cross border flow of consumer information could interfere with everyday business practices. For example, a key advantage of e-commerce, especially for small businesses, is using search engine techniques to reach larger audiences, and target potential customers. So, search engine restrictions could limit the way businesses target customers with advertising, therefore limiting a business owner’s ability to reach customers abroad. Other regulations could restrict business owners from storing the personal information of customers – such as credit card information, consumer preferences and purchase history. That would then limit businesses in how they interact with customers at home and abroad. What’s happening at the momentAustralia is not alone in considering these tough issues. The landscape of digital data flows, data privacy, and e-commerce is a work in progress for governments across the globe. The EU recently enacted data privacy regulation called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which is designed to: “[…] fundamentally reshape the way in which data is handled across every sector, from health care to banking and beyond.”Meanwhile, the United States Congress will likely consider new internet privacy legislation this year.Provisions on digital data flows have been included in major recent international trade agreements. Both the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) bar data localisation requirements. That means foreign companies would only be allowed to work in a country if they built out or leased separate data infrastructures in that country – a costly endeavour, especially for smaller businesses. On the other hand, USMCA and TPP do not allow participating countries to require that platforms disclose their source code or algorithms. These provisions do not necessarily preclude countries from adopting privacy protections, but they do make it easier for platforms like Facebook to operate without fear that they will be asked to handover important intellectual property.As the government considers the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission report, one thing should be clear: any policy changes should not overlook the role of these platforms in helping Australian small businesses sell goods to customers in the global marketplace. Citation: Regulating Facebook could hinder small businesses with overseas customers (2019, February 27) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-02-facebook-hinder-small-businesses-overseas.html 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.last_img read more

Gujarat govt to conduct cattle camps amid scarcityGujarat govt to conduct cattle

first_imgPublished on December 13, 2018 In the wake of drought situation in the State, Gujarat government announced conducting cattle camps in about 51 talukas. As per the rules for cattle camp, an assistance of Rs 25 per cattle will be provided. The State revenue minister, Kaushik Patel stated that 51 affected talukas as prescribed under State Disaster Relief Fund (SDRF) rules and 45 additional talukas announced as affected in special case will cover over 13 lakh farmers. The farmers will be given an assistance of Rs 6,800 per hectare with a ceiling of 2 hectare. “A plan is being prepared in coordination between Narmada, irrigation and water supply department to arrange water availability for drinking and irrigation till June. A report will be presented before the meeting of the scarcity committee,” said Patel. As per the State government data, 147 dams out of the total 203 reservoirs have water storage level less than 50 per cent of the capacity as on December 7, 2018. cattle SHAREcenter_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT COMMENTSlast_img read more