Over the weekend, actresses Shailene Woodley, Rosario Dawson and Riley Keough joined a group of over 30 Native American youth to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline in front of the White House and in Union Square in NYC.“We have taken Native American’s land and not honored the treaties that were established,” said Riley Keough. “The living conditions on the reservations are already unacceptable and we cannot allow a pipeline to run directly through the water supply. It would be disgraceful.”“It is our responsibility to learn the narrative in which Native Americans recall their own history and are walking their own history, and this is a beautiful opportunity for that,” added Shailene Woodley. “Because not only are we saying enough is enough to the fossil-fuel industry but we’re saying enough is enough to silence. That’s why this fight is so profound to me.”You can see Shailene Woodley’s Facebook live recordings of the DC event here, see Riley Keough’s Instagram posts from DC here, and watch Rosario Dawson speak at the NYC event here.
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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The majority of the required archaeology work has been completed under the Site C Heritage Program, such as the dam site, the transmission line corridor, and the reservoir.What remains for archaeology work is the Highway 29 road realignments and to the temporary access roads that are needed to access the reservoir for tree clearing.The Site C Heritage Program has been underway for nearly 10 years and is the largest heritage study conducted in B.C. The upcoming 2019 field season is the tenth consecutive year of onsite research for the program, shares David Conway, Community Relations Manager, Site C Clean Energy Project. Conway goes on to share, the Research involves multiple crews of archaeologists and First Nations working throughout the spring and summer months, as the weather conditions allow to mitigate the project’s impact on heritage resources. This being done by the operation ensuring they are operating in compliance with the Heritage Conservation Act – the Provincial legislation that protects archaeological sites from unnecessary or inadvertent impacts. The purpose of the act is “to encourage and facilitate the protection and conservation of heritage property in British Columbia.”Two professional archaeologists and two or three First Nations representatives make up a standard archaeology field crew, who work collaboratively to complete field studies. More than 100 archaeological field assistants have come from nearby Indigenous communities. Additionally, all archaeology permit applications and archaeology report drafts are sent to the affected First Nations for their review and input, prior to finalization. Conway shares they also work closely with First Nations to identify areas or locations that they feel should be looked at more closely by the archaeology program.BC Hydro has made discoveries since 2010, field crews have carried out about 80,000 shovel tests and analyzed more than 450 archaeological sites and hundreds of thousands of artifacts.Workers from Peace River Hydro Partners, the main civil works contractor on the Site C project, were digging a utility trench next to their site office in the fall of 2016 when they came across something that looked like an animal bone. They shut down their excavator and activated the heritage ‘chance find procedure’, a process that stops work immediately if a potential artifact or heritage object is discovered at a work site.The bone would be the remains of a bison. The excavation took place over a 10-day period in August 2017. Nine professional paleontologists, archaeologists and field assistants worked carefully to unearth the remains. Because the bison was found in soft, silty sand, the skeleton was in very good condition. It was approximately three metres long, not including the tail, and when alive, the bison would have weighed nearly 2,000 lbs. Once fully excavated, the bison’s bones were photographed, documented, and packaged for safe transportation to the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria. The museum will store the bones and determine if further study should be undertaken.Conway continues to share that a sample analysis was taken of the bison bone by a specialized radiocarbon dating lab, where it was able to confirm the bone belonged to a 12,500-year-old bison. Conway goes on to say “This is one of the oldest bison ever found in northeastern B.C., and its discovery forms an important part of the region’s and our province’s paleontological history.” Other top paleontological finds were fossilized remains of animal specimens, ammonites, and Cretaceous sponge and fish sites.
Rabat – The United Nations General Assembly appointed on Sunday Morocco to host the intergovernmental conference on international migration in 2018.The conference will see the adoption of the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration.In 2016, the UN General Assembly adopted unanimously the 71/1 resolution dubbed “ New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants,” leading to the adoption of the global compact, which will take place on December 10-11, 2018 in Morocco. This is not the only international event that will take place in 2018. The intergovernmental conference will complete the world forum on migration and development, to be co-chaired by Morocco and Germany, reported Maghreb Arab Press (MAP)The 11th summit of the world forum on migration will be held in Marrakech ahead of the intergovernmental conference on December 5-7, 2018.The global compact for migration aims to address humanitarian, human rights-related and developmental aspects of international migration, according to International Organization for Migration (IOM).It also aims to protect the safety and dignity for all migrants, regardless of their documents’ status. The compact vows to ease pressures on countries that welcome and host refugees, build self-reliance of refugees, expand access to resettlement in developing countries and other complementary pathways, and foster conditions that enable refugees voluntarily to return to their home countries.In recent years, Morocco has established itself as a country of destination rather than just being a transit country for refugees and migrants, aiming to reach Europe.In October, Volker Turk UNHCR’s Assistant High Commissioner for Protection told Morocco World News that while “Morocco remains a transit country for refugees and migrants, it is also fast becoming a country of destination.”He added that the North African country is attempting to offer protection to refugees under its National Policy on Immigration and Asylum (NPIA), which was launched in September 2013 under the instructions of King Mohammed VI.Morocco has also set up regularization campaign for migrants and refugees, who are aiming to settle in the country.
by David McHugh, The Associated Press Posted Jul 18, 2013 1:20 am MDT SAP profit up 10 per cent in second quarter; cost discipline outweighs Asia slowdown AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FRANKFURT – Business software maker SAP AG said net profit grew 10 per cent in the second quarter to 724 million euros ($948 million) despite the economic slowdown in Asia.SAP said Thursday that cost discipline helped it overcome a 7 per cent slide in sales in its Asia-Pacific-Japan region. It said slowing growth in China was deterring businesses across the region – particularly in Australia and Japan – from investing in new software and computing services.China’s economic growth cooled to an annual 7.5 per cent in the quarter from 7.7 per cent in the first quarter, the weakest figure since 1991.Co-CEO Jim Hagemann Snabe called it “a good quarter in spite of a challenging market environment.”The company, based in Walldorf, Germany, saw strong growth in the company’s off-site cloud computing business. Subscriptions and support revenue there more than tripled to 159 million euros from 52 million euros in the same quarter a year ago.Most of SAP’s revenue still comes from selling and maintaining software that runs on companies’ own computers. But it says the world is turning to cloud computing – in which software runs on SAP servers and companies pay subscription fees to use it via the Internet – and says it is leading that transition.Traditional software sales fell 7 per cent. Total revenue across all business lines grew 4 per cent to 4.062 billion euros. The company said that maintaining cost discipline in areas such as hiring helped it increase its profit margins slightly.The Asia slowdown meant the company stayed with its profit forecast but lowered its software sales outlook for the year to 10 per cent growth instead of 11 to 13 per cent.The company’s net profit of 61 euro cents a share fell just short of analyst estimates compiled by FactSet of 62 euro cents per share.
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Quand les 2 hémisphères du cerveau se spécialisent et coopèrentPubliant leurs travaux en ligne dans Nature Communications, des chercheurs allemands ont montré expérimentalement chez le pigeon que des facteurs environnementaux, dès le stade embryonnaire, influent sur la capacité de l’individu à activer simultanément ses deux hémisphères cérébraux lorsque c’est nécessaire.Dans l’œuf, les embryons d’oiseaux tournent constamment leur tête, tantôt vers la coquille, tantôt vers le centre de l’œuf, exposant alternativement chaque œil à la lumière externe, d’où une stimulation asymétrique, chaque hémisphère du cerveau étant sollicité à tour de rôle. Ainsi, pour en apprendre davantage sur ce procédé, Martina Manns et Juliane Römling, psychologues à l’Université de la Ruhr à Bochum (Allemagne), ont exposé un échantillon d’œufs de pigeon à la lumière, et placé un autre dans l’obscurité, les laissant tous incuber normalement.À lire aussiUne application pour lutter contre la dépressionLes oiseaux issus de chacun des deux lots ont ensuite été soumis à des tests cognitifs. Un œil bandé, ils ont d’abord été entraînés à différencier une couleur A, associée à une récompense de nourriture, d’une couleur B, non associée à une récompense. Même type d’apprentissage avec l’autre œil bandé, pour une couleur C (avec récompense) et une couleur D (sans). Dernière étape : chaque oiseau, disposant de ses 2 yeux, était confronté à un choix entre couleurs jusqu’alors jamais associées : A et D, ou bien B et C.À ce stade, pour trouver, parmi les 2 couleurs, celle menant à la nourriture, le volatile devait combiner les informations acquises avec chacun des 2 yeux, autrement dit faire ‘collaborer’ ses 2 hémisphères cérébraux. Il s’avère que seuls les pigeons issus des œufs placés dans un incubateur éclairé en ont été capables. Une découverte qui met en évidence l’altération du degré de communication inter-hémisphérique chez les individus privés de stimulation (lumineuse, en l’occurrence) durant leur croissance embryonnaire. D’après les scientifiques, cette recherche pourrait peut être aider à mieux comprendre les troubles du développement tels que l’autisme.Le 11 mars 2012 à 13:58 • Maxime Lambert
Stay on target There’s a common adage thrown around in relation to a certain kind of movie: “You HAVE to see it on a big screen.” There are films that, be it due to scope or spectacle or, in the most literal sense, having been filmed on IMAX cameras, are just going to play better on a giant screen and sometimes with an involved crowd. I don’t think anybody could argue that Avatar plays better on a laptop, you know?But if ever there has been a movie that made a case for the opposite — that there are some movies that never belonged on the big screen to begin with — it’s Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie. A movie theater screen and a blockbuster budget can serve as a magnifying glass, showing the seams that hold together visual effects and narrative threads alike. For something like Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, a certified worldwide phenomenon at the time, those seams are best left unscrutinized.I’d stake my claim as one of the biggest Power Rangers fans out there any day, but I stand by what I wrote last year on the occasion of the franchise’s 25th anniversary: it should never have worked. Power Rangers works in spite of its Frankensteined footage from Japanese sensation Super Sentai, campy writing, and generally lousy acting and does so because of its medium: it’s a TV show. It is a small-screen affair meant to be viewed at the time by a very specific audience (an audience that has expanded to include people of all age groups today but at the time was very much limited to children).But when something is as big a deal as Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers was in 1995, expansion is inevitable. And in this case expansion came in the form of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie. The film hit screens about two years after the show first premiered and was a box office hit but a critical failure — not super shocking as the film’s target audience doesn’t really include anyone over the age of 12.(Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox)What is a little shocking upon revisiting the film in 2019 (Shout! Factory just released a wonderful Blu-ray restoration that, regardless of everything I’m about to say, is worth picking up if you’re a Power Rangers fan) is the extent to which the transition from TV to film chips away at so much of what made (and still makes) Power Rangers special to begin with. Much of this stems from the fact that MMPR: The Movie is an original premise and consists entirely of original footage. In theory this allows room for improvement — with so much of the series being cut from Super Sentai footage there’s an inherent jankiness to the product.But that jankiness? It’s kind of great. It’s the whole point from which the series builds its aesthetic. There’s little to no CGI, with the effects instead coming from primitive practical costume work. Those spandex bodysuits that make up the Power Rangers’ costumes? Who cares if they’re not super practical when it comes to having actual fights with superpowered monsters, they look GREAT. Even overdubbing Japanese actress Machiko Soga (who played Witch Bandora, known in the American series as Rita Repulsa) with the voice-acting of Barbara Goodson made for one of the more memorable villains of ‘90s pop culture.(Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox)MMPR: The Movie carries little to none of this over from the show. In its defense, it can’t. Even setting aside the fact that it’s operating from an original story and original footage, what works on the small screen doesn’t necessarily work on the big one. The filmmakers weren’t in a position where they could rent the costumes for villains like Goldar and Lord Zedd from the Toei studio that made them — not because it was too much of a financial burden (the film had a modest budget of $15 million, not insignificant at the time) but because those clunky costumes likely wouldn’t have translated well to the big screen in the eyes American audiences. However, they were caught between a rock and a hard place because the solution — making new versions of those costumes for the characters – didn’t go over well, either. There’s just something slightly off about the costuming (Lord Zedd, who looks great in the film, is the exception) for Goldar — he’s a little too animated and some of the proportions don’t match the design from the show. It’s almost an uncanny valley effect — you know what you’re seeing is supposed to be Goldar and Rita Repulsa (who is played by an entirely new actress but still has her lines dubbed by Barbara Goodson, which comes off utterly bizarre) and it very nearly looks like them…but something is isn’t quite right about them. The problem permeates the entire movie, even for creatures that haven’t appeared in the show.While it isn’t anywhere near as jarring as the creature costumes, the updated Ranger outfits also don’t quite jive. Anyone who thinks the idea of superhero costumes being updated to be more “realistic” by swapping out spandex for armored padding started with Batman Begins oughta give MMPR: The Movie a watch. This change seems even more senseless as the traditional spandex bodysuits would likely have translated to the big screen just fine. Instead the Rangers are outfitted in bizarre plastic armor.(Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox)And then there’s the elephant in the room: Power Rangers has never been a franchise known for drawing in particularly talented actors or writers. It’s not fair to say that there haven’t been horrible performances or screenplays throughout the history of film but the particular kind of bad acting and bad writing the show works with tends to work best confined to a certain space, namely that of a kids’ TV show. That said, the new setting only magnifies a lousy script and monotone, stilted performances from the cast. It doesn’t help that the movie takes place after the show’s first big cast switch – original red, black, and yellow rangers Jason, Zack, and Trini had already left the show. Say what you will about actor Austin St. John’s performance as Jason on the show, but he could at least get by on his very real charisma — a charisma that his replacement, actor Steve Cardenas as Rocky, doesn’t have. Even fan favorite Johnny Yong Bosch as Adam, the new Black Ranger, had yet to come into his own. The result is six young actors making their feature film debut long before they’re ready.(Photo Credit: Shout Factory)The script’s effort to take the Power Rangers to a more Americanized blockbuster setting doesn’t work out too well, either. Ivan Ooze, memorable as his purple visage may be, doesn’t have the camp or charisma that make Lord Zedd and Rita Repulsa such memorable villains. And while there’s some pretty decent practical effects at work on some of the villains and henchmen, their overall blandness mixed with the story’s nonsensical, boring structure makes for a movie that feels like it’s trying and failing to capture something between a Jim Henson Studios movie and an ‘80s teen adventure a la The Goonies.Nostalgia is the only reason to check out MMPR: The Movie. If you’re eager to see the film’s admittedly solid restoration or learn more about the making-of process through some detailed special features, the new Blu-Ray is totally worth picking up. Just keep in mind that the lens of nostalgia is only so powerful — watching the movie today is a powerful reminder that some stories are best left small.More Vintage Shelf on Geek.com:There’s More to ‘The Hunger’ Than Just Sex, Vampires, and BowieVideo Game Movies Are Mostly Bad But ‘Double Dragon’ Is a Good Time‘Cobra’ Is Morally Repugnant and Entirely Awesome Vintage Shelf: ‘Ronin’ Is an Action Masterpiece That Earns I…Vintage Shelf: Spike Lee Brings the Heat in ‘Do The Right Thing…
United Business Media’s EE Times Group has acquired electronic design market event DesignCon as well as its database of more than 30,000 records from Professional Education International. Financial terms were not disclosed.EE Times says the purchase expands its event portfolio into adjacent markets including chip-level system design and verification, analog and mixed-signal design and verification and IP re-use and integration. EE Times also produces the Embedded Systems Conference. Both conferences will be led by David Blaza, who serves as vice president of events and embedded systems. Professional Education International president John Janowiak will continue to serve as a consultant in an advisory role to EE Times Group, the company says. As part of the deal, EE Times Group also is acquiring the PCB Summit and IP Summit, two DesignCon co-located events. Also included in the deal is InfoVault, a member based Web site featuring a technical library, video and additional content covering the same markets as DesignCon.Last year, DesignCon generated approximately $1 million in revenue, an EE Times spokesperson says. The next DesignCon is scheduled for January 31 to February 3, 2011 in Silicon Valley.
Smartphone design just got taken to another level. Nubia, an associate company to Chinese telecommunications company ZTE, just unveiled the world’s first wearable smart phone at MWC 2019. The smartphone, (or is it a smartwatch?), named the Nubia Alpha, looks like something out of a sci-fi novel, and it’s a first step toward the wearable tech of the future. The design is a bit cumbersome, the gold a bit gaudy, but the execution is commendable. You can make and receive phone calls, take pictures, and decide to control it either with your fingers or a series of hand gestures–all from the water resistant band around your wrist. Check out more details on the design and functionality of it here. Nubia hasn’t announced a release date or set a price, but it has stated the phone will be available for purchase, it’s not just a concept. The Nubia Alpha looks like either a house arrest bracelet or Batman’s phone CNET Asks 2:47 Tags Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Comments The Nubia Alpha wraps a phone around your wrist We have seen concepts and prototypes of wearable phones before. And of course, the smartwatch accompaniments to phones, like the Apple Watch, but Nubia seems to be the first in the game to actually sell a standalone wearable phone. This very well may be the phone of the future, but is the Nubia Alpha the one to propel us there? Are you even interested in wearable phones such as the this? We have questions like this in the poll below, and we would love to gauge your reaction to this phone. If you feel like explaining a bit more, hop on over to the comment section and let us know your opinion. Can’t wait to see your responses.Check out previous installments of CNET Asks here, and cast your votes on a wide range of topics. If there is a particular question you’d like to see asked, or if you’d like a shot at being featured in a future edition, join us at CNET Member Asks and submit your topic idea.Not seeing the poll below? Click here to see poll 8 Photos 3 Wearable Tech Gadgets Mobile Accessories Sci-Tech Phones
Amazon’s drones and robots want to take over your deliveries Now playing: Watch this: Mobile 0 Post a comment 10 Photos 1:32 Tags Share your voice Starships bots are coming to University of Pittsburgh’s campus, home of the Panthers, on Tuesday. Starship Starship Technologies launched a new service earlier this year to deliver food and groceries at two US universities using self-driving robots. It’s now planning on doing a whole lot more.The San Francisco-based startup announced Tuesday it will expand this service to 100 universities over the next two years, thanks to an infusion of $40 million in new funding. The expansion, which will focus mostly on the US, starts with the University of Pittsburgh on Tuesday. Purdue University is coming in early September. George Mason University and Northern Arizona University came online in January and March, respectively.”There’s going to be a whole generation of students that grow up tapping on their phone when they’re hungry and a robot brings food to them,” Lex Bayer, Starship’s CEO, said in an interview.Starship is a part of the burgeoning delivery robots industry, which has already attracted corporate giants Amazon, Google and UPS, as well as a constellation of smaller players including Postmates and Workhorse. These companies see an opportunity to bring their customers things they need much faster, more cheaply or with far more convenience than current delivery options offer. And they could in some cases extend delivery times to nearly every hour of the day. These companies will, though, need to develop their services amid growing concerns about bots and automation stealing humans’ jobs.Amazon’s similarly shaped Scout robots are getting a test run in Washington state. Ben Fox Rubin/CNET Amazon is busy working on flying drones to deliver consumer goods to customers in 15 minutes through its Prime Air program and has already started a pilot in Britain. It’s also developed the Scout autonomous sidewalk robots, which look like and work similarly to Starship’s bots. It’s testing these deliveries in Washington state. UPS, meanwhile, is focusing on helping business customers, including efforts to bring flying drones to hospital campuses to speed the completion of lab tests.Starship, too, has found a niche in this new market, saying it’s receiving heavy demand from college campuses for its squat, battery-powered, six-wheeled robots. Bayer explained that colleges aren’t so easily served by typical food delivery apps like Uber Eats or DoorDash, since there’s usually little available parking and campuses often feel like mazes to outsiders. While those features make it hard for human delivery workers, they’re no concern for Starship’s autonomous bots, which are preloaded with detailed 3D maps of campuses before they ever start roaming around and which don’t need to park anywhere.The Starship bots bring breakfast, late-night snacks and plenty else in between, letting students buy food from local restaurants through its app. The bots then bring orders to wherever customers are on campus for $1.99 per shipment. Starship also gets paid by the restaurant for making each delivery.Starship typically uses 25 to 50 robots per campus, and they roam around seven days a week, rain or shine, from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. Bayer said they don’t displace workers’ jobs, since deliveries often don’t exist on campuses. He said the company hires student workers to maintain, monitor and recharge the bots.Demonstrating UPS drone deliveries at a hospital campus. UPS Bayer added that the bots are safe on sidewalks, driving at 4 mph and bristling with 10 cameras, radar, ultrasound sensors and GPS, in addition to sophisticated computer vision and neural networks to process what they see. These bots have already completed 100,000 deliveries and driven 300,000 miles, Bayer said. Even though the Starship bots weigh just 50 pounds, he said thefts of the bots don’t happen since they include alarms and are monitored by humans. Also, a bot’s payload of food remains locked inside until a student opens it using the app.Like just about any tech CEO, Bayer isn’t content just making the Starship bot ubiquitous on college campuses from coast to coast, with a goal of eventually serving 1 million students. The company has already started package deliveries in neighborhoods and parts deliveries on business and industrial campuses.”Our model and vision is to move everything around in neighborhoods and cities,” Bayer said. Tertill is a robot weed trimmer that’s like a Roomba for your garden E-commerce Bots Robots
Share It’s our final chapter in a two-part video series following Weijie Violet Lin, a young Baylor College of Medicine student and Albert Schweitzer Fellow, aiming to make it easier for refugees to access basic healthcare in Houston.Watch as she takes her next big step: getting feedback on her web portal directly from refugees.If you need to catch up, take a look at chapter 1.New videos drop every Monday for Imaginarium on YouTube. Subscribe to our channel.
Popular on Variety All told, Amazon — one of the world’s most valuable corporations — will receive nearly $2.1 billion in tax incentives and cash grants to build the two East Coast headquarters. That includes $1.525 billion in New York based on the company creating 25,000 jobs in Long Island City; and $573 million in Virginia based on the same estimated job-creation target.For NYC, Amazon projected it will deliver incremental tax revenue of more than $10 billion over the next 20 years. The company pegged tax revenue generated by the Arlington, Va., HQ location of $3.2 billion over the next two decades.“Amazon demanded subsidies and terms from cities all over the country, demanded those terms be kept secret, then reneged on its promise to locate thousands of jobs,” Barry Lynn, executive director of liberal think tank Open Markets Institute, which has lobbied for the breakup of the internet giant. “Amazon is now treating even the biggest of American cities with the same disrespect it shows for the suppliers and the merchants who depend on its website to reach customers.”Also Tuesday, Amazon announced that it has selected Nashville, Tenn., for a new business hub responsible for customer fulfillment, transportation, supply chain, and other similar activities. The Operations Center of Excellence in Nashville will create more than 5,000 jobs, the company said. Amazon is receiving $102 million in tax incentives in Nashville.Amazon expects to begin hiring in 2019 for the Long Island City and Arlington headquarters locations as well as the Nashville hub.“We are excited to build new headquarters in New York City and Northern Virginia,” Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder and CEO, said in a statement. “These two locations will allow us to attract world-class talent that will help us to continue inventing for customers for years to come. The team did a great job selecting these sites, and we look forward to becoming an even bigger part of these communities.”The ecommerce giant said it expects to invest some $5 billion and create up to 50,000 jobs for the New York and Northern Virginia campuses. After launching the HQ2 search in September 2017, Amazon received 238 proposals from cities in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Capping a 14-month, hype-filled search, Amazon.com officially announced that its “HQ2” plans for a second base of operations in North America would actually be divvied up between New York City and Arlington, Va.The company said it will establish dual East Coast headquarters located in Long Island City, in the New York City borough of Queens, and the Crystal City neighborhood in Arlington just south of Washington, D.C.The HQ2 sweepstakes had pitted more than 200 cities, which was narrowed down to a shortlist of 20 in January, looking to woo Amazon with tax breaks and other amenities. Critics have speculated that Amazon all along wanted to open up large facilities in New York and/or the D.C. area, and that the HQ2 process was designed purely to extract more favorable economic terms. Amazon’s two new satellite headquarters will help it recruit talent on the East Coast to support the ongoing growth of the massive company, whose 2017 sales of $178 billion were up 31% from the year prior. The company needed to expand after maxing out its footprint in Seattle, where it has over 45,000 employees.With Amazon’s move into the Big Apple, “New York can proudly say that we have attracted one of the largest, most competitive economic development investments in U.S. history,” New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said in a statement. He touted Amazon’s estimated average annual salary of $150,000 the new jobs in Queens.While some politicos have embraced Amazon and the economic kick its new outposts promise to deliver, others have slammed the massive tax breaks the corporation is set to receive.Queens residents have responded to Amazon’s planned move into Long Island City with “outrage,” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the newly elected Democratic U.S. representative from New York, wrote in a series of tweets Monday evening.“The idea that [Amazon] will receive hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks at a time when our subway is crumbling and our communities need MORE investment, not less, is extremely concerning to residents here,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, after the Wall Street Journal reported NYC and Arlington were the final HQ2 selections.Pictured above: Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. 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Manufacturing costs will always be a paramount consideration in producing products, as indicated by the enormous number of goods sent offshore for manufacturing by U.S. companies and many others. Yet, the “true costs” of manufacturing overseas – most notably in China – are coming under increased scrutiny by domestic manufacturers, particularly when it comes to manufacturing controls, regulatory compliances, delivery times, value-added services, and improved communications.All of those factors contribute to outsourced manufacturing costs, which is why an increasing number of U.S. manufacturers are turning to job shops in Mexico for the fabrication and assembly of products that must meet stringent standards and global acceptance. Perhaps most notable are manufacturers of medical devices that must comply with regulations and standards set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the American Medical Association.“We have experience in injection molding of products in China, and there are a number of problematic factors that have led us to relocate that business to a shop in Tecate, Mexico,” says Don Forrester, a product manager at Centurion Medical Products (Williamston, Mich.), a major manufacturer of medical instruments, trays and procedure kits. “For us the benefits of dong business with a quality shop that is located fairly close to our assembly and distribution centers considerably outweigh the ‘price’ advantage of having those products made overseas.”Manufacturing ControlsCenturion Medical Products has trays and other plastic components for it’s broad range of medical kits produced at Formula Plastics, an ISO-9000 certified state-of-the-art injection molding facility that specializes in medical devices and other products that require precision manufacturing. Tecate is located just over the U.S. border with Mexico. “All of our products must meet FDA standards, so ISO certification is critical to us,” explains Forrester. “We periodically travel to the molder’s plant in Tecate and perform audits so that we can verify and document that they are in control, and that we have to have traceability by part number, lot number, and batch.”Formula Plastics features a Class-100,000 particle clean room and metrology lab with advanced instrumentation, so that customers requiring clean room molding environments or ultra-tight quality assurance on products are assured consistent high quality. Logistical Costs and JITThere are several logistical costs to be considered when using a contract manufacturer that is located thousands of miles away on another continent, including erratic freight costs, locking up inventory at sea for weeks at a time and the inability to rely on just-in-time (JIT) needs or demands. Centurion Medical Products ships its finished plastic trays from Tecate to nearby Mexicali for assembly, then to Yuma, Ariz., for sterilization and packaging. Each of these plants is only hours away via ground transportation, making JIT deliveries dependable and easy to coordinate.“The JIT capability is especially important to our Mexicali assembly process,” says Forrester. “If our supplier is late on delivering just one component of our kits it can stop an entire production line.”Not only is JIT from China out of the question, but also the cost of having inventory in transit on the high seas for weeks is considerable. In some cases this may be complicated by minimum orders and labor shortages.“We’ve purchased plastics from as far away as China, but the logistics and shipping costs make a significant difference when you consider the weight involved” says Michael Parks, manager of Supply Chain Planning and Logistics for Scantibodies Laboratory Inc. (Santee, Calif.) an international manufacturer of more than 1,500 diagnostic products used by clinical laboratories throughout the world. “We’re producing literally millions of parts each month and I have to keep the optimum inventory levels, which are constantly revolving. Due to their location, Formula Plastics meets our product requirements without overburdening our warehouses with inventory,” Parks says.Forrester adds, “You’re not likely to send products back to an overseas contract shop, so you have to look at that as a limiting factor. For example, you may order 100 parts and expect 95 of them to be good.”Critical Communications Most manufacturers would agree that communications is an important aspect of a supplier relationship. “Doing business in China means dealing with another culture that is half way around the globe and a time zone that is probably over 14 hours,” says Jeff Lawrence, manager of business development at Formula Plastics. “Communicating with Mexico is far more convenient, plus you can come here and meet someone face-to-face if need be. And that’s a lot easier than flying across the Pacific.”For more information: www.formulaplastics.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | January 25, 2011 Medical Device Manufacturers Turn to Mexico to Lower Costs, Closer to Home
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