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- Catarina Alonzo, the mother of 8-year-old Felipe Gomez Alonzo, said her son wasn't ill on his journey to the United States.
- Felipe is the second child to die this month in Border Patrol custody.
- His mother's comments contradicted President Donald Trump's tweets on Saturday, which said the two children were already sick by the time they entered Border Patrol custody.
- The New Mexico medical examiner's office, which conducted an autopsy, said that Felipe tested positive for the flu.
- Nearly 75% of consumers already expect retailers to offer an AR experience. Mobile AR retail experiences are more likely to come to fruition as Apple and Google continue to build out their AR developer platforms, ARKit and ARCore, respectively, which will expand the addressable market exponentially.
- Retailers in certain segments, including furniture and home improvement, as well as beauty and fashion, have been the first to jump on the mobile AR bandwagon through their own apps. These sectors appear to have the most immediate need for mobile AR strategies, as trying out furniture and clothes are two of the most coveted AR use cases by consumers.
- Social media is emerging as a prominent channel for retailers to reach consumers through mobile AR experiences. Platforms like Facebook and Snapchat continue to build out tools that businesses and developers can utilize to enhance their advertising strategies with immersive experiences.
- But retailers will have to consider several factors before implementing their mobile AR strategies. These include the cost of building AR experiences, the availability of AR-compatible smartphones, consumer awareness of mobile AR apps, and the quality of mobile AR content.
- Explores the ways mobile AR brings value to the customer shopping experience.
- Highlights how the consumer benefits of mobile AR can be transformed into valuable outcomes for retailers.
- Discusses how major retail brands are leveraging mobile AR to enhance the customer journey, and what goals they are striving to achieve.
- Outlines the several factors retailers and brands will have to consider before implementing their mobile AR strategies.
- An Oregon hotel announced Saturday it fired two employees who called the police on a black guest, after spotting him in the lobby and demanding to know his room number.
- Jermaine Massey said that even though he showed the guard his hotel key, the guard told him to leave and a manager called the police and accused Massey of loitering.
- The DoubleTree by Hilton hotel tweeted on Saturday it had "zero tolerance for racism," and apologized to Massey.
- The breach threat isn’t going anywhere. The number of overall breaches isn’t consistent — it soared from 2013 to 2016, but ticked down slightly last year — but hackers might be becoming better at obtaining more records with less work, which magnifies risk.
- The majority of breaches come from the outside, and leverage software and hardware attacks, like malware, web app attacks, point-of-service (POS) intrusion, and card skimmers.
- Firms need to build a strong front door to prevent as many breaches as possible, but they also need to develop institutional knowledge to detect a breach quickly, and plan for how to resolve and respond to it in order to limit damage — both financial and subjective — as effectively as possible.
- Explains the scope of the breach threat, by industry and year, and identifies the top attacks.
- Identifies leading perpetrators and causes of breaches.
- Addresses strategies to cope with the threat in three key areas: prevention, detection, and resolution and response.
- Issues recommendations from both a technological and organizational perspective in each of these categories so that companies can avoid the fallout that a data breach can bring.
- Bill Gates released his annual "What I learned at work this year" letter, which reflects on the issues of the past year and predicts what may happen in the upcoming 12 months.
- In his 2018 edition, the Microsoft founder shared what he believes will be the next epidemic: the flu.
- "If anything is going to kill tens of millions of people in a short time, it will probably be a global epidemic. And the disease would most likely be a form of the flu," Gates wrote.
- Gates added that developing a universal flu vaccine is crucial for keeping a global outbreak from happening.
- The college football national championship is officially set, with Alabama once again taking on the Clemson Tigers for the title.
- Alabama won their way into the game with a dominant win over Heisman winner Kyler Murray and the Oklahoma Sooners.
- Clemson also cruised to the title game, taking down Notre Dam 30-3.
- 12/29/18--21:08: Here's how fintech is taking over the world — and what's coming next
- Telehealth is enabling healthcare providers and payers to address the US healthcare industry’s growing list of problems, including rising healthcare costs, an aging population, and the transformation of healthcare from service-centric to consumer-centric, which is straining healthcare system resources and threatening to drive up payer costs.
- Although telehealth solutions aren't suitable for all patients, right now, about 45% of the US population, or 147 million consumers, falls within the addressable market.
- Despite low usage rates, most consumers are open to using telehealth solutions, according to the 2018 Business Insider Intelligence Insurance Technology Study.
- A range of companies are well-positioned to generate savings in terms of revenue and avoid potential pitfalls by deploying telehealth solutions.
- Offers an overview of different types of telehealth services and their applications in the US healthcare ecosystem.
- Highlights the growth drivers and opportunities of these applications.
- Includes exclusive data and insights from the 2018 Business Insider Intelligence Insurance Technology Study.
- Provides examples of key players in the telehealth market, including insurers, medical device makers, and health networks.
- Gives recommendations on how health networks and payers should approach using and deploying telehealth solutions.
- As the New York Knicks undergo a lengthy rebuild, the development of Frank Ntilikina, a second-year guard, has become an interesting plot point.
- The 20-year-old has continued what's been an up-and-down NBA career, at times showing immense two-way potential and other times looking lost on the floor.
- If Ntilikina were to realize his full potential, he would be a crucial piece to a young, up-and-coming core.
- Many think that will happen eventually, but some wonder whether the Knicks will stay committed to his development.
- Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas traveled to Verbier, Switzerland for a ski trip.
- They went with a group of family and friends, including Nick's brother, Joe Jonas, and Joe's fiancée, "Game of Thrones" actress Sophie Turner.
- The two couples shared several photos from the trip on social media.
- Chopra and Nick Jonas were married in early December, while Turner and Joe Jonas will reportedly wed next summer.
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- In 1998, Susan Wojcicki rented her Menlo Park, California, garage to Sergey Brin and Larry Page for $1,700 per month.
- The next year, she would join Google as its 16th employee.
- Below is a glimpse at the life of Susan Wojcicki and her rise at Google, from an early employee to YouTube's chief exec.
- In an interview on "This Week," McChrystal told ABC's Martha Raddatz, "I don't think he tells the truth."
- McChrystal was also critical of President Trump's recent visit to Iraq and his decision to withdraw troops from Syria.
- McChrystal gave warning to anyone who might fill the vacancy left by former Defense Secretary James Mattis, stating that he personally would never take a role in the Trump administration.
- Sen. Lindsey Graham, the likely incoming chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Sunday he plans to hold hearings on the deaths of two children in Customs and Border Protection custody.
- Graham's comments were the most concrete offer of action amid statements from various officials Sunday on the migrant children's deaths.
- Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway also spoke out Sunday to criticize Democratic lawmakers for allegedly treating the deaths as "political pawns," calling the presidents' blame of Democrats an "important" point.
- The current interest in and early adoption of AI systems is being driven by several key factors, including increased demands from shippers, recent technological breakthroughs, and significant investments in data visibility by the industry’s largest players.
- AI can deliver enormous benefits to supply chain and logistics operations, including cost reductions through reduced redundancies and risk mitigation, improved forecasting, faster deliveries through more optimized routes, improved customer service, and more.
- Legacy players face many substantial obstacles to deploying and reaping the benefits of AI systems, though, including data accessibility and workforce challenges.
- AI adoption in the logistics industry is strongly skewed toward the biggest players, because overcoming these major challenges requires costly investments in updating IT systems and breaking down data silos, as well as hiring expensive teams of data scientists.
- Although AI implementations are unlikely to result in large-scale workforce reductions in the near term, companies still need to develop strategies to address how workers' roles will change as AI systems automate specific functions.
- Details the factors driving adoption of AI systems in the supply chain and logistics field.
- Examines the benefits that AI can deliver in reducing costs and shipping times for supply chain and logistics operations.
- Explains the many challenges companies face in implementing AI in their supply chain and logistics operations to reap the benefits of this transformational technology.
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- A Texas babyweighed nearly 15 pounds when he was born at Arlington Memorial Hospital this month, CBS 11 reported.
- He is the largest that's been born at the hospital, a spokesperson told CNN.
- After a weeklong stay in the neonatal intensive care unit, he is at home with his parents and healthy.
The mother of a boy who died while in US custody says her son was healthy when he left Guatemala with his father on their journey hoping to migrate to the United States.
The mother of 8-year-old Felipe Gomez Alonzo, Catarina Alonzo, spoke Saturday with Associated Press journalists at the family's home in a remote Guatemalan village some 250 miles west of Guatemala City.
She said her son reported he was doing well every time that he and his father called home during their trek. She said the last time she spoke with Felipe he was in Mexico at the US border and said he was eating chicken.
US authorities say the boy was suffering from the flu when he died last Monday in Alamogordo, New Mexico.
He was the second child this month to die in US custody after crossing the border. The first was a seven-year-old Guatemalan girl, Jakelin Caal Maquin, who died in hospital roughly 24 hours after being arrested with her father and a large group of migrants in a remote area of the New Mexico desert.
Catarina Alonzo's comments contradicted remarks made earlier Saturday by President Donald Trump, who said the children had been sick before they were arrested by Border Patrol.
Trump addressed the children's deaths for the first time Saturday afternoon in a series of tweets blaming Democratic lawmakers for US immigration laws.
"Any deaths of children or others at the Border are strictly the fault of the Democrats and their pathetic immigration policies that allow people to make the long trek thinking they can enter our country illegally. They can't. If we had a Wall, they wouldn't even try!" he tweeted.
He continued: "The two … children in question were very sick before they were given over to Border Patrol."
The Customs and Border Protection agency has responded to the deaths by conducting secondary medical screenings on all children currently detained, and commissioning other federal agencies like the Centers for Disease Control and the US Coast Guard to assist.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen traveled to the US-Mexico border on Friday and Saturday to meet with Border Patrol officials, and be briefed on new procedures to conduct in-depth initial health exams.
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The mobile augmented reality (AR) market is quickly becoming primed for the retail space. By blending the online and in-store shopping journeys, mobile AR promises to provide an immersive digital shopping experience unlike anything shoppers have seen before.
Mobile AR is one of the most coveted technologies for improving the digital shopping experience among consumers. That’s because mobile AR can be used to bring the in-store experience to consumers’ homes by recreating the try-on experience. It allows online shoppers to test out multiple sizes and variations of products, or just see what a product looks like overlaid into their home — without making a true commitment to the purchase or a trip to the store. It can also be used in-store to quickly provide product information or guide users to the right item using location-based services.
Retailers that meet this need for mobile AR stand to pull ahead of the competition. Mobile AR can help build brand loyalty, heighten engagement, increase geographical customer reach, shorten conversion times, boost purchases of larger items, and cut down on returns.
In a new report, Business Insider Intelligence examines the importance of mobile AR to businesses in the retail space, explores the various ways brands are utilizing mobile AR to enhance the customer experience as well as their own, and determines the factors retailers should consider when devising a mobile AR strategy.
Here are some of the key takeaways from the report:
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A hotel in Portland, Oregon, announced Saturday it fired two employees over mistreating a black guest, whom they asked to leave last week before calling the police.
Jermaine Massey, 34, said he was talking to his mother on his phone in lobby of the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel last Saturday when a security guard approached him to ask if he was a guest, and what his room number was.
Massey said that even though he showed the guard his hotel key, the guard told him to leave and a manager called the police and accused Massey of loitering.
In an Instagram post, Massey said he believed he was targeted by the hotel staff due to his race.
"It is never ok to discriminate against guests for the color of their skin and to prejudge them based on your own bias against that race," Massey wrote.
Tonight I was racially profiled and discriminated against for taking a phone call in the lobby of my hotel room at the @doubletreepdx @doubletree. The security guard “Earl” decided that he would call the police on me, the exact reason is still unclear to me. He said that I was a safety threat to the other guests and that I was trespassing and said that I was a disturbance because I took a personal phone call from my mom in a more remote area of the lobby. The manager who actually called the cops, “Luis” actually asked me AFTER he called the cops, what happened? They already had in their minds that they didn’t want me there so I waited for the cops to show up and when they did, I explained my side of the story and they didn’t want to hear it. They asked me if I had personal items in my room (which of course I did) and asked me to go retrieve them. They told me that since the hotel requested me to leave, that if I didn’t I would be considered a trespasser and would be thrown in jail. I complied and cooperated and was not issued a refund for my room. I packed my stuff and went to another hotel. I cannot believe the level of professionalism that this hotel property had with me tonight. It is never ok to discriminate against guests for the color of their skin and to prejudge them based on your own bias against that race. Earl is a disgrace, calls himself a man but calls the Portland Police Dept on a man who was minding his own business in the lobby of his hotel. I had my hotel key in my hand the entire conversation, he knew I was a guest. He wanted to prove a point and did it in the worst way. Not really shocked that this happened but just extremely disappointed. I will be seeking justice. Believe that. @doubletree @doubletreepdx @hiltonhonors #hilton #hiltonhotels #racism #racisminamerica #racismisreal @shaunking
The hotel included an apology to Massey in its tweet on Saturday.
"DoubleTree by Hilton has zero tolerance for racism," the hotel tweeted, adding that it had "terminated 2 employees involved in the mistreatment of Mr. Massey and is working with Diversity & Inclusion experts. Hilton deeply apologizes to Mr. Massey."
Massey spoke out about the incident on CNN on Friday, saying he felt hurt and humiliated by the situation.
"I'm a person, at the end of the day, just like everyone else. And I deserve respect and fair treatment, and I did not receive that on Saturday," Massey said. "I think that there's a lot of perceptions about black males, in particular. That we're threats, and we're harmful, and we're just fearful individuals. And that bias impacts these situations and it's harmful to us as a people."
The police call at the DoubleTree is just the latest in a series of instances where white people have called the police on black people for seemingly innocuous behavior, prompting viral outrage and raising concerns of racial bias.
In October, a white woman in Brooklyn called the police on a black child she wrongly accused of sexual assault, later admitting she had been mistaken. In April, two young black men were forcibly removed from a Starbucks in Philadelphia by police as they sat in the café waiting for a business meeting.
In May, a graduate student at Yale University was questioned by police after a fellow student reported her for sleeping in the common area of their dormitory. In June, one black firefighter in uniform was reported to police as he conducted a city-mandated inspection on homes in a neighborhood in Oakland, California.
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Over the past five years, the world has seen a seemingly unending series of high-profile data breaches, defined as incidents in which unauthorized parties access and retrieve sensitive, secure, or private data.
Major incidents, like the 2013 Yahoo breach, which impacted all 3 million of the tech giant’s customers, and the more recent Equifax breach, which exposed the information of at least 143 million US adults, has kept this risk, and these threats, at the forefront for both businesses and consumers. And businesses have good reason to be concerned — of organizations breached, 22% lost customers, 29% lost revenue, and 23% lost business opportunities.
This threat isn’t going anywhere. Each of the past five years has seen, on average, 1,704 security incidents, impacting nearly 2 billion records. And hackers could be getting more efficient, using new technological tools to extract more data in fewer breach attempts. That’s making the security threat an industry-agnostic for any business holding sensitive data — at this point, virtually all companies — and therefore a necessity for firms to address proactively and prepare to react to.
The majority of breaches come from the outside, when a malicious actor is usually seeking access to records for financial gain, and tend to leverage malware or other software and hardware-related tools to access records. But they can come internally, as well as from accidents perpetrated by employees, like lost or stolen records or devices.
That means that firms need to have a broad-ranging plan in place, focusing on preventing breaches, detecting them quickly, and resolving and responding to them in the best possible way. That involves understanding protectable assets, ensuring compliance, and training employees, but also protecting data, investing in software to understand what normal and abnormal performance looks like, training employees, and building a response plan to mitigate as much damage as possible when the inevitable does occur.
Business Insider Intelligence, Business Insider’s premium research service, has put together a detailed report on the data breach threat, who and what companies need to protect themselves from, and how they can most effectively do so from a technological and organizational perspective.
Here are some key takeaways from the report:
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As 2018 comes to a close, Microsoft founder Bill Gates is reflecting on the year and thinking about what lies ahead in his annual "What I learned at work this year" letter. In addition to addressing energy and gene editing, this year's musings focused on the potential of a global flu epidemic — one that Gates, also the cofounder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, does not think we are ready to handle.
As Gates wrote in his letter, 2018 marked the 100 year anniversary of the Spanish flu pandemic, a global outbreak that infected 500 million people worldwide and killed roughly 50 million, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"I had hoped that hitting the 100th anniversary of this epidemic would spark a lot of discussion about whether we're ready for the next global epidemic," he wrote. "Unfortunately, it didn't, and we still are not ready."
A global flu epidemic could kill more people in the short-term than terrorism or climate change
In his letter, Gates acknowledged that dangers like terrorism and climate change cause great worry among the general public. But he also noted that the flu should be high on their list of concerns as well.
"If anything is going to kill tens of millions of people in a short time, it will probably be a global epidemic," he wrote. "And the disease would most likely be a form of the flu, because the flu virus spreads easily through the air. Today a flu as contagious and lethal as the 1918 one would kill nearly 33 million people in just six months."
In order to prevent a pandemic from spreading, Gates wrote that "we need a plan for national governments to work together."
"We need to think through how to handle quarantines, make sure supply chains will reach affected areas, decide how to involve the military, and so on. There was not much progress on these questions in 2018," he wrote.
A universal flu vaccine could help protect people from the epidemic, but only if they receive it
Despite the lack of progress in developing a preparedness plan, Gates noted that there have been major steps towards creating a vaccine that protects against every strain of flu. It would only work for people who have never been exposed to the flu in any form.
"All strains of the virus have certain structures in common," Gates explained. "If you've never been exposed to the flu, it's possible to make a vaccine that teaches your immune system to look for those structures and attack them. But once you've had the flu, your body obsesses over the strain that got you sick. That makes it really hard to get your immune system to look for the common structures."
Even if we were to develop a super vaccine, which Gates writes is possible as "new research money is coming in and more scientists are working on it," there is still the issues of people getting it. While flu shots are readily available, they are not mandatory, giving people opposed to vaccines an easy out.
When people avoid vaccination, they increase their risk of developing and spreading the disease. If a person with a weakened, changing, or underdeveloped immune system catches the flu, it could become deadly. According to Healthline, the groups that are more vulnerable to the flu include children, adults over the age of 65, people who are pregnant, people with serious medical conditions, and people undergoing chemotherapy.
The Gates family isn't only concerned about the deadly potential of the flu
In February 2017, Gates warned about the dangers of weaponized diseases that could kill more than 30 million people in a year.
"Whether it occurs by a quirk of nature or at the hand of a terrorist, epidemiologists say a fast-moving airborne pathogen could kill more than 30 million people in less than a year," Gates wrote in an op-ed for Business Insider at the time. "And they say there is a reasonable probability the world will experience such an outbreak in the next 10-15 years."
In March of this year, Gates and his wife Melinda brought up their concerns of a potential bioterrorism attack during a panel at South by Southwest. As with a future global flu epidemic, the two believe we are "unprepared" to handle an attack and need to create safety standards and protocols.
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For the third time in four years, Alabama and Clemson will play for the college football national championship.
Both teams punched their tickets to the title game on Saturday with decisive wins over their opening opponents in the College Football Playoff.
Clemson kicked off the action with a 30-3 win over Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl.
A slow start for both teams left the game tied 3-3 through the first quarter. But the Tigers offense came alive as the game went on, with freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence throwing for 327 yards and three touchdowns in an impressive showing. The Clemson defense never gave an inch, breaking through for six sacks and holding a Notre Dame team that averaged over 450 total yards through the regular season to just 248 yards of offense.
A few hours later, Alabama added yet another solid victory to their undefeated 2018 campaign, taking down Kyler Murray and the Oklahoma Sooners 45-34.
After receiving the opening kickoff, the Crimson Tide jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. The Sooners would eventually get on the board, but would never bring the game within a score.
Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who had injury concerns coming into the game, looked every bit the reigning champion that he was, completing 24 of 27 passes for 318 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Tide to victory.
Saturday's games set up a familiar meeting between Alabama and Clemson for the national title at Levi's Stadium in San Francisco. It's the fourth consecutive year that the Tigers and Crimson Tide will meet in the College Football Playoff, and the third time they'll play for the championship.
Digital disruption is affecting every aspect of the fintech industry.
Over the past five years, fintech has established itself as a fundamental part of the global financial services ecosystem.
Fintech startups have raised, and continue to raise, billions of dollars annually, pushing incumbent financial institutions to get in on the action. Legacy players have begun using fintech to remain competitive in a rapidly evolving financial services landscape.
So what's next?
Business Insider Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service, explores recent innovations in the fintech space as well as what might be coming in the future in our brand new exclusive slide deck, The Future of Fintech: How Fintech Is Taking Over The World and What Comes Next.
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Telehealth — the use of mobile technology to deliver health-related services, such as remote doctor consultations and patient monitoring — is enabling healthcare providers and payers to address the US healthcare industry’s growing list of problems.
The proliferation and rapid advancement of mobile technology are spurring telehealth adoption, and many believe that 2018 could be the tipping point for the telehealth market.
In this report, Business Insider Intelligence defines the opaque US telehealth market, forecasts the market growth potential and value, outlines the key drivers behind usage and adoption, and evaluates the opportunity telehealth solutions will afford all stakeholders. We also identify key barriers to continued telehealth adoption, and discuss how providers, payers, and telehealth companies are working to overcome these hurdles.
Here are some of the key takeaways:
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The New York Knicks are undergoing the type of rebuild that fans have often pined for but rarely gotten to see through.
With All-Star big man Kristaps Porzingis sidelined indefinitely with a torn ACL, the team has collected young players and projects to sift through for pieces of a future core. The team has acknowledged that winning is not a priority — head coach David Fizdale has described his staff as "player development" coaches whose priority is to find ways to improve each player.
The Knicks are on pace for a fifth straight 50-loss season but appear to have made some good finds. They have added the rookies Kevin Knox and Mitchell Robinson, the undrafted guard Allonzo Trier, and once wayward lottery picks like Emmanuel Mudiay and Noah Vonleh.
Lost in that mix is the Knicks' 2017 first-round pick, Frank Ntilikina. Perhaps no player has been as befuddling as the 20-year-old French guard, who can show so much promise one night then look lost the next.
When the Knicks took Ntilikina with the eighth overall pick in 2017, under the stewardship of Phil Jackson, some described him as raw. That may have been an understatement, as Ntilikina runs hot and cold and is again shooting below 37%. He shows a wariness to attack the basket and can sometimes drift out on the floor when he's struggling, looking hesitant.
Ntilikina has vacillated in and out of the Knicks' rotation this year. In a Christmas Day matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks, Ntilikina received his fourth "did not play" of the month. It has not been the sophomore season — often when young players make leaps — that many had hoped.
But Ntilikina is still a key player for the Knicks for multiple reasons.
Ntilikina possesses the tools to be a perfect player in today's NBA. For all his struggles shooting the ball, he's shown himself to be a savvy passer at times, and he keeps the ball moving.
Ntilikina is also already a great defender and a borderline elite one in the right matchups. He can guard three positions and use his 7-foot-1 wingspan and quick feet to hound opponents into flat-out giving up the ball.
The Knicks made a significant investment in Ntilikina when they took him with the eighth pick in the draft. The pick that became Ntilikina could have been Donovan Mitchell (13th in the 2017 draft) or Bam Adebayo (14th) or even Kyle Kuzma (27th). When you have one star to build around (Porzingis), the following selections become crucial in forming a core.
Nearly midway through Ntilikina's second season, it's unclear what position he should play. Is he a point guard who sometimes struggles to make plays? A two guard who struggles to shoot? A slightly undersized small forward?
The Knicks are gearing up for a big offseason in which they'll try to attract a max free agent like Kevin Durant to join a young, up-and-coming core. Figuring out what they have in their second-year lottery pick has become a crucial plot point.
A potential 'game changer'
One NBA coach told INSIDER that when everything is working for Ntilikina, he has the potential to be a "game changer."
In today's NBA, everybody wants "three and D" players — guys who can spread the floor and hit open threes, then capably defend at the other end.
What is the evolution of three-and-D players? Players who also add ball-handling and passing. Those are rarer than you think, and it's what Ntilikina could be.
The defensive end is where Ntilikina shines. His defense will prevent him from becoming a bust.
In less than two years, Ntilikina has made highlights for locking up the likes of James Harden and Kyrie Irving.
The Knicks were borderline elite on defense last year with Ntilikina on the floor. This year, they've still improved, but their 110 defensive rating would still rank only 21st in the league. Ntilikina may not be in the model of a lockdown defender, à la Tony Allen, but he's already a plus defender who figures to improve.
Much of the focus on Ntilikina still understandably falls on his offense.
People around the NBA are unsure whether Ntilikina is a long-term point guard or at least a starting one. But this season has provided more evidence that Ntilikina functions better with the ball.
Ntilikina has obvious vision. He's not an elite passer, and the best playmakers attack the basket with more gusto than he does. But he has shown he's comfortable setting up others.
Ntilikina has struggled when he's played off the ball next to other guards. (The Knicks' guards would not be described as pass-first players, which is how Ntilikina plays.) Ntilikina told INSIDER that he believes he's made improvements off the ball — something that may be necessary for his long-term future, especially when his playmaking is good but not great.
Playing off the ball "was not something I was used to last year," he said. "It's something Coach put me in the situation this year, and coming into the season he told me he expected me to be good at both."
He added: "I didn't have no problem with it. Whatever is effective for the team, I'll do it. That's my role. I want the team to be successful. I practiced at it, I worked at it, and now I'm making improvements at it. But even if I'm still more comfortable at the point-guard position, if Coach called me and wanted me to play the two or the three, I'll do it."
Despite his low percentages, Ntilikina's shot isn't broken. One Eastern Conference scout said that Ntilikina's form looks fine and that his 81% free-throw percentage indicates he can be a good shooter.
After a string of DNPs in early December, Ntilikina reentered the Knicks lineup and exploded for 18 points in 20 minutes against the Charlotte Hornets. When his confidence is brimming, his shot looks smooth.
There are tantalizing flashes from Ntilikina — stretches where he combines high-level defense with passable three-point shooting and an ability to set up others. That's a crucial piece to have in the NBA.
Turning those flashes into sustained spells is the challenge.
A confidence problem?
Context is crucial with Ntilikina. He came to the NBA as a 19-year-old from France and is now adjusting to the second system in two years after his first coach and the person who drafted him were fired. Ups and downs are to be expected.
But it's unclear why his confidence wavers, or whether the Knicks know the answer to Ntilikina's woes, namely on the offensive end.
For the second straight year, Ntilikina has had an effective field-goal percentage (eFG%, a measure that weighs two-pointers, three-pointers, and free throws) below 42%. He has arguably been the least efficient scorer in the league this year — only one other player has posted an eFG% below 42% on more than 200 attempts (Jonathon Simmons).
For a player who scouts think shoots relatively well, Ntilikina's low percentages are puzzling.
The Knicks are reduced to intangibles when discussing Ntilikina's cold slumps.
"The big thing with me is for Frank to sustain his confidence throughout," Fizdale said after a December 17 loss to the Phoenix Suns in which Ntilikina began 3-of-6 from the field in first half, then went 0-of-5 in the second. "For all of his minutes out there, don't let anything bother him if anything goes wrong."
Fizdale has said that he can see Ntilikina thinking out on the floor and that his goal is to get him to play confidently and worry-free.
"I'm making improvements," Ntilikina told INSIDER. "I feel better on the court, so it's a good sign, and it gives me a motivation to work even harder for the future and become the best player I can be."
Ntilikina has spoken openly about his transition from playing professionally in France, where point guards are less aggressive, to playing in the NBA, where point guards are asked to attack.
"The goal is to make [attacking] become natural and just be aggressive at all times and making improvement with it," Ntilikina said. "I know I still got to get better with it. I will."
One Knicks source who worked with Ntilikina had only positive reviews, describing Ntilikina as "receptive" and saying he doesn't often need to be told to do something twice. He has a reputation as a good teammate and a hard worker. He's shy, which bleeds into his game.
Coaches worked with Ntilikina his rookie year to get him stronger and thought his reluctance in attacking the basket was partly physical.
The same Knicks source said they thought Ntilikina had made improvements in attacking on offense — whether it's getting to the basket, getting to his spots, or setting up others — even if it's not necessarily reflected in numbers.
Again, Ntilikina is only 20. Given all his adjustments and his raw tools, the entire process may take some time.
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How long will the Knicks allow that process to play out? Fizdale has defended Ntilikina, saying he's important to the team. The Knicks' president, Steve Mills, told reporters that developing Ntilikina's game and confidence was a crucial part of the coaching staff's job.
Supporters could argue that Ntilikina's effectiveness with the ball and increased confidence when his shot is falling are reasons to give him more opportunities.
Sure, but what player wouldn't thrive with more minutes, touches, and opportunities? Even with the context in mind, Ntilikina hasn't played that well this season. He has the ninth-worst player efficiency rating in the NBA, at 6.13 (15 is average), and only three players have posted a lower number in ESPN's "real plus-minus" measure.
With the Knicks using the 2018-19 season like one large tryout, when other players play well, Ntilikina can get only so many opportunities.
NBA sources who spoke to INSIDER were generally optimistic that Ntilikina would become a good player; some are intrigued by him now. The question is how quickly he'll get there.
The Knicks need to clear more cap space if they hope to go after a max free agent like Kevin Durant. Ntilikina is owed $4.8 million next season and $6.1 million in 2020-21 if they pick up his option. In a time of rising NBA salaries, that's not a lot, but it's not insignificant either.
One league source said Ntilikina would be a good buy-low option for other teams. If the Knicks feel good about their chances of landing a star player, it's worth asking if they could get a more ready-to-play option in exchange for Ntilikina. The source suggested the Knicks could be willing to move on from Ntilikina by arguing that he was Jackson's draft pick, not the current front office's.
The same source noted the irony in that thinking. If the Knicks were to land a player like Durant, they would also need a young, cost-controlled player like Ntilikina who can soak up some ball-handling, play defense, and maybe even space the floor. His growth would be important next to stars on a (likely) capped-out team.
In some ways, Ntilikina will be a test of this Knicks team. Will they be willing to experience growing pains and stick with his development? We know the Knicks' immediate plan in the rebuild: go after a top free agent. What happens if they strike out on the top free agents is less clear.
While speaking to INSIDER, Ntilikina twice described his development as a "process." If this Knicks rebuild is truly different from previous short-sighted retools, they may want to see how a player with the skills the modern NBA demands pans out.
Newlyweds Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas shared several photos documenting a ski trip to Verbier, Switzerland this weekend with Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner.
Chopra and Nick Jonas were married in early December in Jodhpur, India, and Nick's brother, Joe, is currently engaged to Turner, the actress who stars as Sansa on "Game of Thrones." The latter couple has been engaged since October 2017 and will reportedly marry in France in 2019.
"Happiness in the mountains," Chopra captioned a photo of herself and her husband posted to Instagram on Saturday.
The two couples were also joined by additional family and friends. On Sunday, Chopra posted a series of photos from the vacation, including one that shows her standing with her brother, Siddarth; the youngest Jonas brother Frankie; and friends Tamanna Dutt, Cavanaugh James, Chris Ganter, and Martin Barlan.
The same individuals appeared in an Instagram slideshow posted by Nick Jonas. "The mountains, my love, family and friends," his caption read.
On Saturday, Joe Jonas shared two photos of himself posing with Turner. "Giving our best 80's ski vibes," he wrote.
And on Sunday, Turner posted photos showing she and her fiancé posing and then kissing before a backdrop of picturesque, snow-capped mountains.
The Turner, Jonas, and Chopra families have continued to spend time together since the lavish, multi-day wedding of Nick and Priyanka earlier this month.
In an interview with AOL published December 10, Joe Jonas said that Turner and Chopra even have a special nickname for their deepening friendship: They call themselves the "J-sisters."
"They have this camaraderie now that they feel is not only friendship, but it's family," Jonas said about their relationship. "They've gotten really close, and it's really cool to see their friendship grow."
All three families spent time celebrating Christmas together, too. On Twitter, Chopra shared a photo of several family members dressed up for Christmas Eve. And on Instagram, Turner shared a photo of a holiday celebration in England attended by her own parents and brother; Paul, Denise, Joe, Frankie, and Nick Jonas; and Priyanka and Madhu Chopra.
The caption was just one word: "Family."
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Most landlords only hope their renters pay on time, keep a tidy space, and don't disturb the neighbors.
But for Susan Wojcicki, her renters ended up offering up a bit more: the chance to become employee No. 16 at a young search engine startup called Google.
Of course, it's taken more than this incredible circumstance for Wojcicki to rise the ranks at Google. From expanding the company's ad business to convincing founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin to purchase an up-and-coming video sharing service called YouTube, Wojcicki has played a vital role in Google becoming one of the world's most valuable companies.
Here's a glimpse at the life of Susan Wojcicki and her rise at Google, from employee No. 16 to YouTube's chief exec:
Susan Wojcicki (pronounced whoa-jit-ski) is 50 years old and a Silicon Valley native.
Wojcicki grew up on the Stanford University campus in Palo Alto, California, where her father, Stanley Wojcicki, was chair of the physics department.
Source: USA Today
Wojcicki's mother, Esther Wojcicki, has taught journalism at Palo Alto High School for more than two decades, where she's mentored notable students like Steve Jobs' daughter, Lisa Brennan-Jobs, and actor James Franco.
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In an interview on "This Week," McChrystal told ABC's Martha Raddatz, "I don't think he tells the truth," in reference to President Trump.
When asked if he thinks President Trump is immoral, McChrystal answered, "I think he is."
McChrystal, a 34-year veteran of the US Army, served as the head of the Joint Special Operations Command from 2003 to 2008 and later assumed command of all international forces in Afghanistan in June 2009.
In his recently published book on leadership, "Leaders: Myth and Reality," McChrystal criticized Trump for not embodying effective leadership.
McChrystal addressed President Trump's recent visit to Iraq, in which Trump politicized a typically non-partisan event. In addition to talking about domestic political issues in his speech to troops, Trump autographed troops' “Make America Great Again” hats.
“If the US military becomes politicized, it will become something we're not happy with,” said McChrystal.
McChrystal also disagreed with Trump's announcement to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, warning it would lead to "greater instability" in the Middle East.
He also gave warning to anyone who might fill the vacancy left by former Defense Secretary James Mattis.
“I would ask [potential candidates] to look in the mirror and ask them if they can get comfortable enough with President Trump's approach to governance, how he conducts himself with his values and with his worldview to be truly loyal to him as a commander in chief and going forward,” McChrystal said on This Week. “If there's too much of a disconnect then I would tell him I think it’s —it would be a bad foundation upon which to try to build a successful partnership at that job.”
McChrystal said he would not take a job in the Trump administration if he were asked. "It's important to me to work for people that I think are basically honest, and who tell the truth as best they know it."
Sen. Lindsey Graham, the likely incoming chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Sunday he will hold hearings on the deaths of two children in Customs and Border Protection custody.
Graham told CNN host Dana Bash he would also be looking at "the policies that entice people to come."
"One of the mothers of these two children was not seeking asylum, she was just trying to come here to find a job," he added.
Felipe Gomez Alonzo, 8, was the second Guatemalan child to die this month while being held by US authorities, sparking outrage from immigration advocates.
The boy's death followed the death in early December of 7-year-old Jakelin Caal, also from Guatemala. She died after being detained along with her father by US border agents in a remote part of New Mexico.
Graham's promise comes after top Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein last week called for the Senate Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing early next year, saying the committee is "uniquely situated to examine these issues."
There are currently open investigations into both deaths.
Customs and Border Protection chief Kevin McAleenan said Sunday on ABC's "This Week" that agents did everything they could to get medical help for two children who subsequently died in their custody
McAleenan told host Martha Raddatz it had been a decade since a child had died in the agency's custody and the loss of two Guatemalan children in three weeks has been "absolutely devastating."
"Our agents did everything they could, as soon as these children manifested symptoms of illness, to save their lives," McAleenan said.
After the second death, the CBP said it will conduct secondary medical checks on all children in its custody, with a focus on those under 10.
McAleenan ultimately stayed away from assigning responsibility for the deaths, and instead said the deaths represented "a multi-faceted problem that requires a multi-faceted solution."
.@MarthaRaddatz: Does the federal government bear any responsibility for the deaths of migrant children?— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) December 30, 2018
Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Kevin McAleenan: "I think this is a multi-faceted problem that requires a multi-faceted solution"https://t.co/P6iz1j1VA4pic.twitter.com/D8gpWFTbtb
Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway called the deaths "tragic" on CNN's "State of the Union," but objected to the policy discussions resulting from the deaths.
"I don't like some of these Democrats using these deaths as political pawns," Conway told host Dana Bash.
Conway went on to criticize Democratic lawmakers and leadership, asking "Where are they?" Conway did not mention Feinstein's letter to Graham requesting hearings on the matter.
"We haven't heard from them," Conway said. "It's complete crickets.
She added: "Let's have a bipartisan solution."
Conway's comments come a day after Trump tweeted to blame Democrats for the children's deaths, connecting the gridlock in Congress that has prevented the construction of a border wall.
When asked about a Saturday tweet in which the president said "Any deaths of children or others at the Border are strictly the fault of the Democrats and their pathetic immigration policies," Conway said, "the president’s point is an important one."
Any deaths of children or others at the Border are strictly the fault of the Democrats and their pathetic immigration policies that allow people to make the long trek thinking they can enter our country illegally. They can’t. If we had a Wall, they wouldn’t even try! The two.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 29, 2018
...children in question were very sick before they were given over to Border Patrol. The father of the young girl said it was not their fault, he hadn’t given her water in days. Border Patrol needs the Wall and it will all end. They are working so hard & getting so little credit!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 29, 2018
Tensions over the Trump administration's immigration policies reached a fever pitch as the federal government entered a partial shutdown last week over congressional gridlock that failed to secure Trump's desired $5-billion for a wall along the southern US border.
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There are many perks of online shopping — it's easy, convenient, and can be a huge time-saver. There are some products, though, where online shopping can become a gamble. These are the things you need to feel in order to truly get a sense of whether you want them or not. Before you spend your hard-earned money on an expensive mattress, you want to be sure you'll find it comfortable. The same goes for sheets — if you're going to buy a nice pair, you want to know that you'll like the way they feel.
While we can't provide you with fabric samples through the screen (although that would be pretty cool), we can provide you with what we think is the next best thing — reviews from a team whose literal job is to test out sheets (and lots of other products, too). If you're going to buy your first "adult" set of sheets online, we have plenty of in-depth reviews to help inform your purchase. To make it a little easier on you, we put that all together in this article.
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Major logistics providers have long relied on analytics and research teams to make sense of the data they generate from their operations.
But with volumes of data growing, and the insights that can be gleaned becoming increasingly varied and granular, these companies are starting to turn to artificial intelligence (AI) computing techniques, like machine learning, deep learning, and natural language processing, to streamline and automate various processes. These techniques teach computers to parse data in a contextual manner to provide requested information, supply analysis, or trigger an event based on their findings. They are also uniquely well suited to rapidly analyzing huge data sets, and have a wide array of applications in different aspects of supply chain and logistics operations.
AI’s ability to streamline so many supply chain and logistics functions is already delivering a competitive advantage for early adopters by cutting shipping times and costs. A cross-industry study on AI adoption conducted in early 2017 by McKinsey found that early adopters with a proactive AI strategy in the transportation and logistics sector enjoyed profit margins greater than 5%. Meanwhile, respondents in the sector that had not adopted AI were in the red.
However, these crucial benefits have yet to drive widespread adoption. Only 21% of the transportation and logistics firms in McKinsey’s survey had moved beyond the initial testing phase to deploy AI solutions at scale or in a core part of their business. The challenges to AI adoption in the field of supply chain and logistics are numerous and require major capital investments and organizational changes to overcome.
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A baby born in Arlington, Texas this month weighed in at nearly 15 pounds, breaking a hospital record, CBS 11's Gilma Avalos reported Friday.
The baby was born via C-section to parents Eric and Jennifer Medlock at Arlington Medical Hospital, weighing 14 pounds and 13 ounces, to be exact. By comparison, the average newborn weighs around 7 pounds at birth, according to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
A spokesperson confirmed to CNN that, according to hospital records, the baby is the largest child ever born there.
After his birth, the baby spent one week in the neonatal intensive care unit due to low blood sugar and platelet levels, but has since returned home with his parents and is healthy, according to CBS 11.
"It doesn't matter how big he is, I'm so blessed," Jennifer told CBS 11.
She added that she and her husband were expecting a larger-than-average baby because their firstborn child weighed more than nine pounds when she was born.
Many other babies have been born at larger-than-average sizes. The heaviest birth ever recorded was a boy born in 1879 to the world's tallest married couple, according to Guinness World Records. The child weighed 22 pounds at birth but sadly died just hours later. In 2005, a woman in Brazil reportedly gave birth to a 17-pound baby, and in 2009, CNN reported on a 19.2-pound baby born in Indonesia. Last year, a California woman welcomed a healthy baby weighing more than 13 pounds, CBS News reported.
The Texas baby's birth was significant for another reason: Jennifer told CBS 11 that she has severe polycystic ovary syndrome, a condition in which women have increased levels of male hormones in their bodies. This may cause irregular periods, acne and excess hair growth, and infertility, according to the National Institutes of Health. It's also common, affecting one in every 10 women of childbearing age, the US Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health explains.
Doctors told the Medlocks that having children would be difficult, but the couple decided to try anyway, and they had their first child with the help of fertility treatments, CBS 11 reported. They had been preparing to start these treatments again when they discovered they were expecting their second child, the report added.
"I love proving people wrong," Jennifer told CBS 11.
Eric told CNN that Jennifer experienced a secondary infection after the C-section that will require a few more weeks of healing. But Ali is doing well after his stay in the hospital.
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