Orange County Economic Development Partnership announced today that the Paoli LLC building has new ownership and a revitalized purpose as the Jasper Group plans to expand its operations at the Orleans facility early next year. When HNI announced in October 2016 that Paoli LLC would be closing in Orleans, the future of the building, and its employees, had been uncertain. Currently, about 120 people still work at the plant as Paoli LLC employees; and community stakeholders, including the OCEDP, have worked diligently to find a solution for the building that could keep jobs in the county. “I want to thank HNI; while they could not continue operations here in Orleans, they understood the need to have an employer here that employs citizens from Orange and surrounding counties. That is why they felt compelled to donate the building to the OCEDP,” said OCEDP Board Chair Alan Beck. “They knew that our board would be more than capable of finding a party to purchase the building and continue to offer employment.” Jasper Group’s four brands manufacture furniture for business interiors, public spaces and the hospitality industry. The company has multiple facilities in close proximity in southern Indiana including five in Dubois County, one of which is its headquarters, and now three in Orange County, with operations in French Lick, Paoli and the newly added facility in Orleans. Beck added, “Mike Elliot and the Jasper Group share the same concerns as the OCEDP, HNI, the residents and other business owners in the county; we need to save jobs, offer new employment and provide tax revenue that flows to the school system and local municipality.” Jasper Group plans to retain the current production employees and possibly add more workers to the manufacturing floor when it begins operations in the first quarter of 2018. The company also plans to use part of the facility for warehousing and shipping for its multiple product lines. “We are dedicated to helping Orange County and to growing a local economy that attracts investment and creates jobs,” said OCEDP Executive Director Misty Weisensteiner. “Orange County has long been known for excellence in furniture manufacturing and has a skilled labor force that is in high demand – we want to take every opportunity to capitalize on our strengths.” Paoli LLC will likely wind down operations by the end of February, and during that time Jasper Group will begin bringing in raw materials and finalizing equipment purchases that can be used immediately in its new operation. About Orange County Economic Development Partnership:OCEDP is committed to recruiting new business to the county, as well as promoting the retention and expansion of existing industry. We are organized as a 501(c)3 organization, funded by both public and private organizations that reflect the diverse assets of Orange County. Likewise, our board consists of 12 members, including county commissioners, county council, four town councils, and business/industry. Since our inception, we have fostered the growth of dozens of new and expanding businesses, providing personalized assistance in identifying sources of business capital; connecting businesses with educational, workforce development, supply chain, and other resources; and matching relocating and expanding companies’ needs with available properties. “We plan for a seamless transition and are very optimistic about our new employees and our new building in Orleans, which is now the largest facility for the Jasper Group, and a perfect complement to our other operations,” said Jasper Group’s President, CEO and Chairman of the Board Mike Elliott. “We have had a great experience working with the OCEDP to make this expansion happen and couldn’t be more pleased to keep jobs here in Orange County.” OCEDP was then able to quickly convert the donation into a real estate sale that brings in the Jasper Group as the new owners of the 1.2 million-square-foot facility. ### HNI, the parent company of Paoli LLC, generously donated the building to OCEDP in December.
Porzingis, who left Thursday’s win over the Nets in the third quarter, is listed as questionable to face the Thunder on Saturday.Porzingis told reporters on Thursday he had left the game after his knee began to feel unstable.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“I felt my knee buckle a little bit, and I felt a little pain there, so it’s more about being cautious,” Porzingis said.“I had a little shock pain there, and that’s it.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay New York Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis, center, celebrates with team mates during the first half of a NBA basketball game against Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden in New York. APNEW YORK — New York Knicks ace Kristaps Porzingis escaped a serious knee injury when he limped off against the Brooklyn Nets but remains doubtful for this weekend’s clash against Oklahoma City, the team said Friday.An MRI scan revealed no structural damage, with the towering forward diagnosed with a twisted left knee.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 View comments Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Malditas save PH from shutout Porzingis has averaged 25.5 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.1 blocked shots this season.Michael Beasley is expected to start if the 7ft 4in (2.23m) Latvian is ruled out.Porzingis meanwhile said he believes fans will give former Knicks star Carmelo Anthony a generous reception when he returns to Madison Square Garden with the Thunder on Saturday for the first time since leaving earlier this year.“I think he was as professional as he can be in his time here in New York, so I don’t see why they would not receive him with love,” Porzingis said.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Petron, F2 duel one last time After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted that Manchester United will be making moves in the January window and has vowed he will “have an input” over the club’s transfer dealings.The former Red Devils striker has taken interim charge of the Old Trafford outfit until the end of the season having replaced the sacked Jose Mourinho.Solskjaer has been tasked with turning around the fortunes of this United side after a disappointing start to the campaign. Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Part of that process may involve the arrival of new faces during the winter window, and former Norway international Solskjaer is not ruling out a busy month of spending in the new year.He told reporters at his first press conference on Friday: “I will have an input of course but the job now is to get to know the players, observe them and see the qualities they possess.“I have seen more or less every game from Norway when I’ve had time. I have to get to know the players, and see what I can help them improve on.“The club has their recruitment and scouting so I’m sure they’ve got their targets.”Poor recruitment has played a key role in United’s struggles since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement, with a number of big-money signings struggling to make the desired impact on the first-team.Angel Di Maria, Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez are just some of the world stars who have failed to live up to the hype surrounding them over the last five years, while this summer’s £52 million ($66m) arrival, Fred, has found himself out of the starting XI for much of the campaign.Whomever arrives in January, Solskjaer will be hopeful they can aid his new side in their battle to finish as high up the Premier League table as possible.After 17 games the 20-time English champions sit sixth in the table, 19 points behind leaders Liverpool and 11 points behind fourth-placed Chelsea in the race for a Champions League spot.Solskjaer’s tenure begins on Saturday against Cardiff City – a team he managed during the 2013-14 campaign though he could not save them from relegation to the Championship.And he admits he learned a lot from his time in South Wales, saying: “I’m getting old, my grey hairs are coming, I’ve had about 300-400 games as a first-team manager now. That period in Cardiff was of course a huge step for me.”I’ve learnt a lot, I’ve evaluated, I’ve reflected on it. I made a few mistakes, but if you don’t make mistakes you’re not going to learn and unfortunately I made a few of them.”But then again they’re in the Premier League now so I don’t think they’re too unhappy about it now.”Solskjaer will be without striker Romelu Lukaku for the match at the Cardiff City Stadium as the Red Devils look for just their third win in nine games in all competitions.
Chinese smartphone brand Vivo made headlines at CES 2018 earlier this month when it unveiled the first ready-to-produce smartphone to sport an in-display fingerprint sensor developed by Synaptics. During the unveiling, Vivo did not provide a name for the smartphone or a launch date. A few days ago, the phone arrived on TENAA with the name X20 Plus UD and we now understand that the smartphone could be launched on January 25 at a price of CNY 3,998 (approx Rs. 39,800).The launch date and pricing of the Vivo X20 Plus UD were provided by Zyad Atef on Twitter. As nothing is confirmed as of now, it is best to take this with a grain of salt. As the name suggests, the X20 Plus UD will be pretty much similar to the X20 Plus that was launched back in September. The biggest difference, of course, will be the fingerprint sensor. While it was previously seen on the back of the X20 Plus, the sensor will now be hiding under the display on the front with the X20 Plus UD. This keeps the rear panel clean with just the logo and a dual rear camera setup.While Vivo did showcase a smartphone with an under display fingerprint sensor provided by Qualcomm at MWC last year, the company found that it wasn’t as responsive as it would have liked it to be. Thanks to Synaptics’ optical in-display fingerprint sensors, called Clear ID, Vivo is now the first brand to ship the much-expected technology. Under display fingerprint sensor is expected to go mainstream this year as manufacturers launch more and more bezel-less smartphones.advertisementALSO READ: Vivo unveils world’s first commercial smartphone with in-display fingerprint sensor at CES 2018Apart from the under display fingerprint sensor, the X20 Plus UD is expected to be pretty much similar to the X20 Plus. It will likely sport a 6.3-inch AMOLED display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. It may be powered by a Snapdragon 660 processor along with 4GB of RAM. As the X20 Plus was never brought to the Indian market, it is still uncertain whether the X20 Plus UD will make it to the country.<br />
Whether they are growls of anger, the laughter of happiness or cries of sadness, humans pay more attention when an emotion is expressed through vocalisations than we do when the same emotion is expressed in speech.It takes just one-tenth of a second for our brains to begin to recognise emotions conveyed by vocalisations, a study said.The researchers believe that the speed with which the brain ‘tags’ these vocalisations and the preference given to them compared to language, is due to the potentially crucial role that decoding vocal sounds has played in human survival. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“The identification of emotional vocalisations depends on systems in the brain that are older in evolutionary terms,” said lead study author Marc Pell from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. “Understanding emotions expressed in spoken language, on the other hand, involves more recent brain systems that have evolved as human language developed,” Pell explained.The findings were published in the journal Biological Psychology. The researchers were interested in finding out whether the brain responded differently when emotions were expressed through vocalisations (sounds such as growls, laughter or sobbing, where no words are used) or through language. The researchers found that the participants were able to detect laughter more quickly than vocal sounds conveying either anger or sadness. But, interestingly, they found that angry sounds and angry speech both produced ongoing brain activity that lasted longer than either of the other emotions, suggesting that the brain pays special attention to the importance of anger signals.
6 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. November 17, 2010 You want your business to get in on the hot iPhone app trend.Problem: You can’t shell out thousands of dollars for a developer, and you don’t want to learn Cocoa, the iPhone’s programming system.Solution: Have an online service build one for you!There are now some great tools available to help you build and publish a competitive app, with no programming knowledge required — and at a fraction of the cost of hiring a developer.From coding to submitting to updating, these services do the technical work for you — all you need is a creative vision.Many of these services do the same thing: they take your online content and integrate it into an app. The packaging and style all vary, so visit their sites to find which one suits your tastes and budget.AppMakrAppMakr is a good option for a Web site or blog looking to create a basic app, according to Guy Kawasaki. This website takes your online feeds and turns them into an app for you.All you need to provide is your chosen feed (blog, RSS, Twitter stream, etc.), a few graphics, and some design choices, and they take control of the developing and submission process from there. You can even make the decision to “monetize” your app by selecting advertisers or choosing to charge for the download.Cost: $199 for AppMakr to publish your app, $499 for you to publish it under your own brand. Phone-based support is also available during the creation phase of your app development, at $120 an hour.SwebappsCreate an app in seven steps with Swebapps. What could be easier than “drag and drop”?From their website:Step 1. Select 4, 6, or 8 buttonsStep 2. Drag and Drop buttons on to phone.Step 3. Customize button images if needed.Step 4. Click on button and enter content.Step 5. Submit for development.Step 6. Create account.Step 7. Finalize.Swebapps also provides tools to track your analytics and update your app after its been published to the App Store.Cost: Creating an app through Swebapps costs a one-time fee of $50 per button (minimum $200), and a $25/month hosting fee.My App BuilderMy App Builder is a tool that takes your content and turns it into an app for you for a low monthly hosting fee. Bonus: that monthly membership cost gives you the freedom to create as many apps as you want, with only a small publishing fee each time.Whether you want to use your blog posts, RSS feed, videos, or Twitter stream, My App Builder will turn your information into an app. All you have to provide are your images, content, and a vision of how you want it to flow.Cost: $29 per month, and $20 per app submission.iSitesiSites, which just launched, is another app builder that integrates your social feeds seamlessly into an app. And, according to their website, you can do it in 10 minutes.Provide your chosen feeds, customize your app with some design choices, and iSites does the rest for you. They promise to “take care of the app store submission in less than 24 hours.”In addition, iSites offers the ability to easily make changes to your app and see the results in real-time, and the apps work on both the iPhone and Android platforms.Cost: $25 per app; $99 (per year) if you choose to monetize by integrating with AdMob.TapLynxTapLynx is another aggregator for your online feeds. The platform used by such online news sources as All Things D and Variety, TapLynx is elegantly designed and offers more versatility than other simple aggregators, and it comes with the ability to embed video.According to MacWorld, “if your goal is to create a content-centric app with text, photos, and videos, the framework might just provide a smart shortcut. And since TapLynx supports sponsorship, display ads, and video pre-roll ads, monetizing your app should be pretty doable, too.”Cost: $599 for the ‘Enterprise Package’ — with 16 customizable tabs, search features, video, etc.AppBreederAppBreeder offers you a little more complexity than other app builders, as well as an app that can be used on the iPhone, Blackberry, and Android platforms.If you just want something basic, you can pick from 11 App Kits, ranging from templates like “Business” to “Restaurant” to “Tour.” AppBreeder personalizes and builds it for your purposes, then publishes it to the App Store for $99.99, if you allow ads.Creating a custom app or adding a customized gadget ups the price significantly, but it is still likely to be cheaper than hiring a developer, and you get a better app.Cost: Nothing to build, $99.99 to publish a basic app, and starting at $1,499 for a custom app with gadgets.GameSaladIf you think an iPhone game would be a good option for your business, GameSalad is a great platform to easily develop your very own game, with no coding required.According to their website, “GameSalad is the world’s most advanced tool for non-programmers… Build games visually using a drag-and-drop interface along with a robust behavior system.”Cost: For $99 per year, you get unlimited access to their game creation tool and publishing options.AppIncubatorAppIncubator is slightly different from standard app builders: It’s a mobile app that allows you to submit ideas for apps.You download the app, then submit your idea. If you want to get more detailed, you can use the storyboard tool on the website to describe exactly how you want the app to look and function.If the people at MEDL Mobile like your idea, they’ll develop and market it, and share a portion of the profits with you.Granted, this isn’t a great way to create your business’s main app — but if you have a unique idea for an app and want to see it come to fruition with little effort on your part, this is the way to go.Cost: Free, with potential profit.For those who are familiar with FlashFor those who are familiar with coding in Adobe ActionScript 3: You can now develop an iPhone app.In October, Adobe announced that its to-be-released Flash Professional CS5 will come with an iPhone app packager, which will let users publish projects to run as native apps on the iPhone, according to Adobe’s Developer website.This will be ideal for people who are not familiar with the Mac Cocoa development platform but have Flash-development experience.Cost: TBD Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Brought to you by Business Insider Register Now »
Apache Kafka, the open source distributed data streaming software, has just hit version 2.0.0. With Kafka becoming a vital component in the (big) data architecture of many organizations, this new major stable release represents an important step in consolidating its importance for data architects and engineers. Quick recap: what is Apache Kafka? If you’re not sure what Kafka is, let’s just take a moment to revisit what it does before getting into the details of the 2.0.0 release. Essentially, Kafka is a tool that allows you to stream, store and publish data. It’s a bit like a message queue system. It’s used to either move data between different systems between applications (ie. build data pipelines) or develop applications that react in specific ways to streams of data. Kafka is an important tool because it can process data in real-time. Key to this is the fact it is distributed – things are scaled horizontally, across machines. It’s not centralized. As the project website explains, Kafka is “run as a cluster on one or more servers that can span multiple datacenters.” What’s new in Apache Kafka 2.0.0? There’s a huge range of changes and improvements that have gone live with Kafka 2.0.0. All of these are an attempt to give users more security, stability and reliability in their data architecture. It’s Kafka doubling down on what it has always tried to do well. Here are a few of the key changes: Security improvements in Kafka 2.0.0 Simplified access control management for large deployments thanks to support for prefixed ACLs. “Bulk access to topics, consumer groups or transactional ids with a prefix can now be granted using a single rule. Access control for topic creation has also been improved to enable access to be granted to create specific topics or topics with a prefix.” Encryption is easier to manage – “We now support Java 9, leading, among other things, to significantly faster TLS and CRC32C implementations. Over-the-wire encryption will be faster now, which will keep Kafka fast and compute costs low when encryption is enabled.” Easier security configuration – SSL truststores can now be updated without broker restart and security for broker listeners in Zookeeper can be configured before starting brokers too. Reliability improvements in Kafka 2.0.0 Throttling notifications make it easier to distinguish between network errors and when quotas are maxed-out. Improvements to resiliency of brokers “by reducing the memory footprint of message down-conversions.” Unit testing Kafka Streams will now be easier thanks to the kafka-streams-testutil artifact. You can read the details about the release here.