GSK share price: why I think the world still needs GlaxoSmithKline for Covid-19

first_img Enter Your Email Address Jay Yao has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended GlaxoSmithKline. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Image source: Getty Images Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Jay Yao | Monday, 15th February, 2021 | More on: GSK GSK share price: why I think the world still needs GlaxoSmithKline for Covid-19 I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement.center_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! See all posts by Jay Yao I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. The GlaxoSmithKline (LSE:GSK) share price hasn’t done much over the past year. As of the middle of February, the GSK share price has declined 3% in the last 12 months.One reason for the GSK share performance could be that the company isn’t among the current leaders in Covid-19 vaccines. GSK’s Covid-19 vaccine candidate, which it worked on in conjunction with Sanofi, didn’t produce the initial results that it expected in the over-60 population. As a result, GSK might not have a vaccine ready until late this year or later.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…While the result isn’t ideal, I nevertheless think GSK could have an opportunity to contribute to the fight. Here’s more and how I reckon the GSK share price could be affected as a result.Why the world still needs GlaxoSmithKlineAlthough there are multiple vaccines for Covid-19 on the market already, I reckon the world will still need GlaxoSmithKline. I think this could affect the GSK share price as well.First, demand for Covid-19 vaccines is so great that there will likely still be a need for Covid-19 vaccines against the initial strain in a year. If GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi’s Covid-19 vaccine candidate is approved by regulators at that time, it could still be in demand.Second, I don’t think it’s possible to fully end the coronavirus in a short amount of time given the limitations of current technology. Some think Covid-19 variants could be with us forever, which might make it necessary to have new vaccines every so often.GlaxoSmithKline is the largest vaccine company by revenue, with leading research and development facilities, and immense manufacturing resources. If GSK’s leading R&D (either by itself or through collaboration) succeeds in developing a successful vaccine against a future variant quickly, the company could once again be among the leaders in the fight and realise more sales.Given the company’s manufacturing capacity, GlaxoSmithKline could also be fighting against Covid-19 given its collaboration with German mRNA vaccine company CureVac (assuming that CureVac’s vaccine candidate gets approval).Vaccines and the GSK share priceI reckon the GSK share price depends in part on how well its vaccines succeed, because vaccines are a huge business for GSK. In pre-pandemic 2019, GSK’s vaccine business generated £7.2bn in sales and accounted for around 21% of the company’s total sales of £33.8bn. GSK’s vaccine division was also growing quickly before the pandemic. In 2018, the division grew 16% year over year at constant exchange rates. In 2019, the vaccine division grew an even faster 19% year over year at constant exchange rates. Athough GlaxoSmithKline’s vaccine division sales were slightly lower due to the pandemic, I think it has a promising future given that much of the demand comes from emerging markets that will very likely grow in terms of income.GSK’s vaccine division, along with the company’s potential to benefit from tech advances are two reasons I’d buy and hold GSK shares.With this said, I’m mindful that the share performance could be disappointing if management doesn’t deliver the results that markets expect. Meaningful research and development is difficult and expensive, and doesn’t always produce results. Also, competition from generic products can hurt GSK’s profit margins. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. 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Tacna Hill Beach House / dRN Architects

first_imgSave this picture!+ 22 Share ArchDaily “COPY” Projects Tacna Hill Beach House / dRN Architects Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/4541/tacna-hill-beach-house-drn-architects Clipboard Tacna Hill Beach House / dRN ArchitectsSave this projectSaveTacna Hill Beach House / dRN Architects “COPY” Area:  122 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project center_img CopyHouses•Puchuncaví, Chile Year:  CopyAbout this officedRN ArquitectosOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlass#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesPuchuncaviWoodHousingPuchuncavíChilePublished on August 01, 2008Cite: “Tacna Hill Beach House / dRN Architects” 01 Aug 2008. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Classic™ SeriesVinyl Walls3MArchitectural Finishes DI-NOC in Ned Ludd Public HouseShower ColumnshansgroheOverhead ShowersWindowsKalwall®Kalwall® in Featherstone High SchoolLightsLouis PoulsenLamps – LP Slim BoxSealantsEffisusBi-adhesive Tape – 2BondDSConcrete FloorsSikaIndustrial Floor CoatingsPlantersJakobGreen Walls – GreenKitUrban ApplicationsPunto DesignPunto Benches and Litter Bins in Public Space ImprovementsPaintKEIMMineral Paint for Concrete – KEIM Concretal®-WArmchairs / Couches / Futons / PoufsFreifrauArmchair High – MarlaAcousticBASWA acousticThermal-Acoustic System – BASWA CoreMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream 2007 Text description provided by the architects. Location The house is located on the Tacna Hill, an elevated Plateau, south of Maitencillo, a well known chilean beach resort. The plot it’s amid a miscellanoeus group of houses, of all sizes, shapes and qualities. Due to it’s narrow frontal dimension ( 15x35mts) views among neighbours, do cross easily. A Beach House Save this picture!A Beach House must be a place to relax, where one could both rest and gather with friends. It must properly serve, both a simple couple, or a big bunch of unexpected visitors. Also, it must be a cosy off-season hideaway and at the same time, a great place for a Summer barbecue party. It’s here where exteriors become the right place to be, the long circulations occupy the extra time, and views to the Sky, the nearby Forest or to the Pacific Ocean, concentrate what’s left of the visitor’s mind. The House becomes an extensión of the Beach where you can freely stroll with sand on your feet. A House on the second floor Save this picture!The House is basically an elevated platform, 3.8mts above ground level, which holds the two independent volumes of living and bedrooms, and a third one underneath, for visitor’s bedrooms. These volumes are freely placed on the platform, to leave part of it unoccupied, so interiors can easily incorporate exteriors. Hence, the connection between these 3 volumes it’s always exterior, using what’s left of the platform for it. The platform’s height and plan rotation, grants the best view, towards the Ocean and the Summer sunset. Also, the terrace reassures it’s privacy with the kitchen-living room’s volume, which acts as a backbone against the unwanted neighbor’s sneak eye. On the other side, a wide bench provides both the long wanted privacy and it becomes a good place to get some sun tan. Save this picture!As for the living room’s inside space, it’s widely incorporated to the terrace by the movement of 3 of its 4, 2.3×2.3mt glass sliding windows, resulting a duplication of its area. On the other hand, north views towards the neighbor, are controlled and precise, and also proposed more profound, in order to turn them into places to use and store. Wood Structure Save this picture!The structure is planned in order to leave as much air below the platform, as possible. This will allow the garden works to use the plot almost entirely, and eventually , build a pool. This is done, using the visitor’s bedrooms and a V shaped pillar line, as the only basing structure. Thus, the visitors enjoy this ground level independency from the rest of the House. The House is built in impregnated pine wood, as it is most of the neighbouring houses. The whole Schedule, from planning until finished, took 10 months.Project gallerySee allShow lessCap Gemini Campus / CieSelected ProjectsSwitch Building / nArchitectsSelected Projects Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/4541/tacna-hill-beach-house-drn-architects Clipboard Architects: dRN Arquitectos Area Area of this architecture project Chilelast_img read more

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Fishers Island House / Resolution: 4 Architecture

first_img Projects United States Contractor: Architects: Resolution: 4 Architecture Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/783539/fishers-island-house-resolution-4-architecture Clipboard Save this picture!© RES4+ 25 Share CopyHouses•Fishers Island, United States Houses Fishers Island House / Resolution: 4 Architecture ArchDaily Fishers Island House / Resolution: 4 ArchitectureSave this projectSaveFishers Island House / Resolution: 4 Architecture BD Remodeling & Restorationcenter_img “COPY” 2012 Year:  “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/783539/fishers-island-house-resolution-4-architecture Clipboard Area:  4469 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project Project Architect:Brendan Miller, Paul CoughlinProject Team:Patty Clayton, Andrew Herbert, Terrence SeahManufacturer:Simplex IndustriesProject Coordinator:Jason DrouseEngineer:Lynne Walshaw, Greg SloditskieLighting Consultant:Max von BarnholtArchitect In Charge:Joseph Tanney, Robert LuntzCity:Fishers IslandCountry:United StatesMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© RES4Text description provided by the architects. Located off the coast of Connecticut and Rhode Island, yet occupying a body of water in the state of New York, Fishers Island is accessible only by ferry. While during the summer months the island’s population swells to over 3000, year-round residents total only about 300. Delivery of daily supplies and materials is therefore limited. Contractors live on the mainland, creating short workdays due to the commute, thereby causing construction of a new home to take longer and effectively cost more. Leveraging off-site construction, shipping volumetric prefabricated modules—complete with plumbing, electrical, and finishes—makes for a much more cost-effective method of building on the island. The boxes were designed specifically not only for the client and site, but also to fit on the standard ferry.Save this picture!© RES4The client, a family of four with 2 recent college-graduates, has extended family that also lives on the island. This house is designed to accommodate and entertain them all for generations to come. Often called “the ark” by locals, the house is comprised of eight Lego-like boxes sitting on a panelized concrete foundation that was also prefabricated. Integrated into the sloping landscape, the long and linear vessel is organized by public and private uses. The main level contains communal living spaces that span three parallel boxes, while the second floor contains the immediate family’s private spaces. The ‘east wing’ contains guest rooms and a stair down to a large bunkroom below for future grandkids. As the main gathering and entertaining area, the roof becomes another level of living space, essentially an outdoor room, partially covered and equipped with a kitchen, seating, and an outdoor fireplace.Save this picture!AxonometryAll of the structure’s horizontal surfaces are utilized for roof decks, green areas, or solar panels. Hot water generated by the sun keeps the house warm via the radiant floor heating system during colder months.Save this picture!© RES4Project gallerySee allShow lessAIA Releases Diversity Survey ResultsArchitecture NewsLondon Architectural Debate Society “Turncoats” Goes GlobalArchitecture News Share Landscape Architect:: Reed Hilderbrand CopyAbout this officeResolution: 4 ArchitectureOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesFishers IslandUnited StatesPublished on March 12, 2016Cite: “Fishers Island House / Resolution: 4 Architecture” 12 Mar 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic BrassGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseLouvers / ShuttersTechnowoodSunshade SystemsFaucetsDornbrachtKitchen Fittings – EnoWoodSculptformTimber Tongue and Groove CladdingMembranesEffisusFaçade Fire Weatherproofing Solutions in Design District Project LondonHanging LampsLouis PoulsenPendant Lights – KeglenBlinds / Mosquito Nets / CurtainsBANDALUXPleated ShadesEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAWoodBlumer LehmannCNC Production for Wood ProjectsMaterials / Construction SystemsCaneplex DesignPoles – Tonkin BambooFibre Cement / ConcreteTegralFibre Cement Slate Roofing – Thrutone Endurance SmoothMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

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State security court censors weekly paper

first_imgNews August 12, 2020 Find out more Organisation June 15, 2020 Find out more September 26, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 State security court censors weekly paper Follow the news on Jordan JordanMiddle East – North Africa to go further News RSF_en Newscenter_img Two Jordanian TV journalists arrested after broadcasting criticism of lockdown Jordan bans coverage of teachers’ protests Help by sharing this information Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives April 14, 2020 Find out more JordanMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders today deplored a ban on the latest issue of the independent Jordanian weekly Al-Wehda by state security court prosecutor Mahmood Obeidat and called for the paper to be immediately allowed to appear freely.”This censorship has been imposed despite the recent abolition of article 150 of the criminal code which curbed press freedom,” said Reporters Without Border secretary-general Robert Ménard. “The abolition was a good sign, but the authorities seem to be taking one step forward and three steps back. “Prior censorship is theoretically no longer done in Jordan, but the authorities are still using the old methods to continue muzzling the press and forcing journalists to censor themselves. The content of some publications is closely inspected at the printers and officials call editors to ask for stories to be dropped or else simply forbid the printing of an entire issue, as in this case,” he said.Non-official sources said the paper’s 24 September issue was banned because it contained an article about torture carried out in Jordan in 1993. Previous issues have been partly censored, but this time the whole issue seems to have been considered too subversive to be printed. Al-Wehda often gives space to the left-wing opposition’s views. Receive email alerts Newslast_img read more

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8 New COVID-19 Cases Reported in Pasadena; City Sees 19th Day Without a Reported Fatality

first_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Make a comment More Cool Stuff Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Subscribe EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week HerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like An Eye-Candy And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? 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The last death was reported on Aug. 5.“This is a good start to the week and we’re moving in the right direction,” said Pasadena spokeswoman Lisa Derderian. “We hope to continue this trend.”Huntington Hospital reported treating 34 COVID-19 patients on Monday, while 19 tests were pending.Meanwhile, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health officials cited recent data as “signs of the spread of COVID-19 slowing in key indicators, including daily hospitalizations and deaths,” the agency said in a written statement.County health officials announced 1,198 new coronavirus infections and 13 new deaths on Tuesday.“Daily hospitalization numbers have decreased by 45 percent from the peak of over 2,200 in mid-July,” according to the statement.Just over 1,200 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in the county on Tuesday, with 32 percent of them being treated in intensive care units.The rate of new infections also appeared to be slowing, officials said.“In mid- to late-July, the daily reported number of new cases was around 3,200 cases per day,” the statement said. “As of Aug. 22, the seven-day average was 1,400 daily reported new cases.”Since the onset of the pandemic, L.A. County has recorded a total of 232,893 infections and 5,558 deaths.The county’s positivity remained at 10 percent overall, with more than 2.19 million tests administered, officials said. But the positivity rate over the past week in the county has been between 5 percent and 6 percent.L.A. County Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer said things were moving in the right direction, but it remained vital to keep up the successful strategies of social distancing, face coverings, and frequent handwashing.“Thankfully, the work we have all done as a community and the sacrifices we are making are working. If we can maintain this lower rate of transmission, it means that we could begin to think about schools, more businesses reopening or, someday, moving their operations back indoors. I know this has been an extraordinarily difficult time, but we must all take our roles seriously and be diligent. It is everyone’s goal to get to a place of safer reopening,” she said.“But community transmission rates must continue to decrease if we are to get to this place — including where schools can reopen in a way that is safer for students, teachers, and staff members,” Ferrer said.The California Department of Public Health announced 4,946 new COVID-19 infections and 18 news deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 668,615 infections and 12,152 deaths.The state’s seven-day positivity rate had fallen to 5.6 percent, health officials said.As of Monday, Los Angeles County accounted for 35 percent of California COVID-19 infections and 46 percent of the state’s fatalities. Top of the News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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Former Donegal Garda Sergeant wants tougher penalties for assaulting Gardai

first_img NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Former Donegal Garda Sergeant wants tougher penalties for assaulting Gardai Twitter The Garda Representative Association says the number of assaults on officers is an “unacceptable occupational hazard”.Over 14 hundred incidents of assaults or obstructing Gardaí have been recorded in the last 5 years -84 incidents were reported between January and March of this year – if that trend continues, new high of 336 incidents could be recorded by the end of 2015.Former Donegal Garda Sergeant Christy Galligan says the punishment for assaulting a member of the force is not a sufficient deterrent:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/christy.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp By News Highland – August 17, 2015 WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Wednesday May 26th Twitter Previous articleYoung Donegal volunteer lifeboat crewmember to officially open new RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat CentreNext articleEmmerdale stars lead tributes to actress Kitty McGeever News Highland Pinterestcenter_img Facebook Homepage BannerNews Google+ Google+ Facebook 448 new cases of Covid 19 reported today Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny Pinterest Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Nine Til Noon Show – Listen back to Wednesday’s Programmelast_img read more

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BT finds success with grey brigade scheme

first_imgBT has increased the proportion of its staff aged over 50 and reducedrecruitment costs since the introduction of flexible retirement policies lastyear. In February 2001 the company introduced flexible retirement schemes thathave seen the number of staff over 50 years old increase from 13 to 18 percent. Staff approaching retirement can job share, work part-time, gradually reducehours and responsibilities, go on full or part-time sabbaticals and seniorstaff can take a demotion to reduce work commitments. Becky Mason, employment policy consultant at BT Group, said the schemes havereduced the company’s recruitment costs and retained organisational knowledgeand skills. “Offering greater flexibility around retirement enables BT to retainthe skills and experience of many of our most talented people,” she said.”The current tight labour market and skills shortages across theinformation, communication and technology industries have only added to theimportance of retaining these staff.” Mason said flexible retirement has helped to change the work culture at BT,which employs 105,000 staff. “There has been a huge early retirement expectation…Flexible retirementhas helped overcome that barrier.” Previous Article Next Article BT finds success with grey brigade schemeOn 25 Jun 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Faculty Council meeting held Feb. 24

first_imgOn Feb. 24 the members of the Faculty Council voted to approve proposed legislation regarding the transfer of the Ph.D. degree in Film and Visual Studies from the Standing Committee on Higher Degrees in Film and Visual Studies to the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies. They also heard presentations on diversity in the College and on graduate student unionization.The council next meets on March 9. The next meeting of the faculty is on March 1.  The preliminary deadline for the April 5 meeting of the Faculty is March 15 at noon.last_img

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Digital Transformation: This Just In.

first_imgRecently I wrote of how the next Industrial Revolution is upon us – it’s a revolution that will impact every company in every industry. It’s a revolution that potentially threatens the existence of most household names we know today, but one that’s also rich with opportunity. For incumbents to play a part they must transform – their business, their approach to IT, their workforce, their security posture – everything. How are businesses reacting to this revolution? We thought it was a question that should be answered. So we commissioned a team of researchers to survey 4,000 business leaders find out.Today we’re releasing the results of that research – our Digital Transformation Index sponsored by Dell Technologies. What do the results tell us?First, the revolution is already here, and the pressure is on established companies to act. Fifty-two percent of respondents have already experienced significant disruption to their industries as a result of digital technologies. Seventy-eight percent of respondents consider digital start-ups as a threat, either now or in the future – which in my view suggest that the barriers to entry that used to protect established companies are significantly lower – and perhaps even non-existent in some instances. Strikingly, 48 percent of respondents said they don’t know what their industry will look like in 3 years’ time – a stark contrast to the past when established companies were stewards for their industry and the products and services they delivered to customers.What did the research suggest about how respondents are reacting to the pressure to transform?Researchers found that while many organizations have begun to respond, progress is patchy. Researchers plotted the progress of all 4,000 respondents against a digital business benchmark. It shows that there are five types of businesses traveling on the path towards their digital future.Businesses in the top group – the Leaders – are delivering new customer experiences by writing software to make their products smart or take their services online. They proactively drive change and seek to take control of their digital destiny, delivering on the attributes of a digital business as a result. This group represents just 5 percent of respondents. Companies in the Digital Adopters group – representing 14 percent of respondents – are still doing a stand-up job. They’ve got a pretty mature plan and they’ve implemented a number of programs driving their digital futures. The largest chunk of respondents, 34 percent, find themselves in the Digital Evaluators group and are gradually embracing innovation (‘gradually’ being the operative word). Thirty-two percent are classified as Digital Followers; companies that are still at the very early stages of their journey. They’ve got a lot of catching-up to do. Firms in the Laggard group resist change – their very survival hangs in the balance. They represent 15 percent of respondents. Clearly, the majority of businesses still have a long way to go in the digital journeys.What are respondents planning to do to accelerate their transformation?I’ve always maintained that for many companies IT transformation is at the heart of a digital transformation – the research confirms this: 73 percent are in agreement that a centralized technology strategy needs to be a priority for their business and 66 percent are planning to invest in IT infrastructure and digital skills leadership. It’s also been my view that every company, in every industry is going to become a software company, or establish software DNA at their core. So it comes as no surprise to me that almost three in four (72 percent) of respondents are now expanding their software development capabilities in order to advance their digital business transformation.Suffice it to say, the majority of businesses are only beginning their digital transformation. If you’re a part of this majority, is it too little, too late? No, of course not. While the revolution is here, it’s nowhere close to complete. The opportunity is and will continue to be massive. But the time to act is now. One good way to get going is to simply explore the results of the research and see how you stack up against 4,000 of your peers: check out the full results here.&nbsp;</p><p>last_img read more

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Black bluebird

first_imgBy Mike IsbellUniversity of GeorgiaWe passed the time by listening to Jerry and J.L. tell stories. Both could tell some tales, and I didn’t know which was lying and which wasn’t. Heck, they may have both been lying!But if you’re going to be sitting and waiting, you might as well be entertained.Jerry Payne, a retired entomologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, had come as part of a team from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to J.L. Anderson’s property to see and photograph a particular bluebird: a black bluebird.Bluebirds are sky blue, not black. Cornell Lab of Ornithology, at Cornell University, a leading authority on birds, has no record of a black bluebird ever being reported — ever!Bluebird countryJ.L.’s property was ideal for bluebirds: open space, with areas of cover. In other words, in the country. You can expect to see them in farming areas, in suburban developments bordered by wild spaces, near golf courses and cemeteries, playgrounds and parks. And along rivers and streams.The only bluebird you can expect to see here in the east is, appropriately, the eastern bluebird.Bluebirds are insect eaters. But when insects become scarce, the birds add berries and small fruit to their diet. They’re also cavity nesters, which means they look for a natural hole in a tree or a birdhouse for raising their families.As soon as we arrived at J.L.’s property and the nesting site, J.L. told us he hadn’t seen the male or the female bluebird that morning. Jerry reached up and put his hand inside the bluebird nest to check for young birds in the nest.Baby birds”There are baby birds in here,” Jerry said, “I can feel the tops of their heads.”So we hid ourselves from the nest and waited — and listened to Jerry and J.L.’s stories.It wasn’t long before someone said, “There’s an incoming bird,” and all eyes searched for the bird. It was the male bluebird, and it was blue. It landed on a dead tree branch near the nest and looked around for danger before entering the nest with an insect in its beak.In just a few seconds, the male shot out of the nest like a bullet and disappeared in search of more insects.”We’ve got an incoming bird,” someone said again. Only this time a black bird landed on the dead tree branch. “That’s it. That’s the female bluebird.” And sure enough, she was black! She had a huge moth or grasshopper with its wings expanded in her beak.Black bluebirdThe black bluebird sat for several minutes on the tree branch. And then she did something I hadn’t expected: she ate the insect herself. The whole thing!Then she flew off without entering the nest.But she returned shortly with another insect. This time she entered the nest to feed the young birds, and like the male bird earlier, flew out and disappeared.Needless to say, several cameras were clicking away. Who knows? It was a National Geographic moment. I just don’t know if we had any National Geographic photographers in the bunch.last_img read more

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