Moody’s: Markets Will Continue to Drive Electricity-Generation Shift Across U.S.

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Moody’s Investors Services:US greenhouse gas emissions will likely continue to decline, driven by trends in the economics of renewable energy and gas-fired power generation, as well as efforts by private and sub-national entities, such as states and cities, to step in to compensate for the lack of federal carbon regulations. Low gas prices and the presence of tax credits for renewable energy through 2020 for wind and 2022 for solar, along with coal plant shutdowns, will maintain the pace of decarbonization for the next 3-5 years.“Looking ahead, state and local governments and private sector entities will continue to drive the growth of renewables,” says Swami Venkataraman, a senior vice president at Moody’s and the co-author of the report. “Several large corporations have 100% renewable energy goals and several states and cities have together pledged that they would help fulfill America’s Paris Agreement commitments.”In the absence of a nationwide emissions trading scheme, a number of states have set up cap-and-trade programs, either as a collective, such as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative which is made up largely of northeastern states, or individually, such as California (Aa3 stable).Eight states, including large load centers such as California, New York (Aa1 stable) and Massachusetts (Aa1 stable), are moving toward legislating that renewables constitute 80-100% of supply by 2050. Some of these states, such as California, New York, Minnesota (Aa1 stable) and Connecticut (A1 stable), have an intermediate 50% target by 2030.Investor and shareholder preferences for greater corporate focus on sustainability also supports the decarbonization trend. Over the past five years, assets managed under sustainable, responsible and impact investing (SRI) strategies have more than doubled to $8.7 trillion.More: Moody’s: US exit from Paris Agreement would not stop decline in its carbon emissions Moody’s: Markets Will Continue to Drive Electricity-Generation Shift Across U.S.last_img read more

CUNA backs credit union RBC2 comment efforts with new resource

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr With 22 working days left until the comment deadline for the risk-based capital proposal–often referred to as RBC2, CUNA is providing new resources in its effort to encourage credit unions to weigh in. Again.The deadline is April 27.The National Credit Union Administration abandoned its original RBC plan, issued in January 2014, after it received 2,056 comments from credit unions, lawmakers and others that listed concerns regarding how the plan would impact credit unions and consumers.The agency issued its second RBC proposal this January, and CUNA has said it is a substantially improved regime–but still a solution in search of a problem.“With reductions in many of the risk weights found in the original plan, and a reduction to 10% for the well-capitalized requirement, the second proposal is an improvement,” says Bill Hampel, CUNA chief policy officer. continue reading »last_img read more

The key to keeping up with the new digital-savvy member

first_imgIn an increasingly competitive financial services arena, financial institutions are pressured more than ever to meet the evolving wants and needs of their customers. This stress is putting each institution’s technology strategy under the microscope.  “Are we delivering market-leading innovation and providing a better customer experience than our competitors?”  “Are we agile enough to shift with evolving market and customer demand?” Both established and new banks will need to answer these tough questions if they want to thrive in the digital age.Technology is the key to cultivating a culture of constant innovation centred on the desire to put your customers at the heart of everything you do.Agility and innovation need to be key drivers for all institutions today as they react to the technology boom shaping consumer demand. And new power players in the financial space are more than willing and capable to meet consumer demand for convenience, transparency and a customised digital experience.Technology Can Be the Great EqualizerTechnology is the one factor that helps banks (startup and existing) combat the invasion of the digital disruptor. Technology helps banks provide that innovative customer experience that helps to differentiate the “digital-savvy” institutions from the competition landscape. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Providers having trouble getting seasonal flu vaccine

first_imgSep 9, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Just as this year’s early seasonal influenza immunization drive is getting under way, some vaccination providers are having trouble getting vaccine doses, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today.A CDC notice that was forwarded to members of the National Influenza Vaccine Summit (NIVS) said, “Providers seeking to order vaccine currently and during the past several weeks have experienced challenges in doing so.”The notice said the estimate of total seasonal vaccine production has been lowered slightly—from 118 million doses in late June to 114 million or 115 million now, or about 3%—but it did not describe this change as the sole or main factor in the difficulty.In late June, the notice said, one vaccine manufacturer lowered its vaccine production estimate, causing some providers to switch their “prebooked” supply orders to other manufacturers. As a result, some doses that are normally available in summer or early fall are off the table.In addition, the CDC said, more providers than usual may be trying to get vaccine at this time of year, because of the H1N1 flu pandemic. Media coverage of H1N1 and the desire to complete seasonal flu immunizations before H1N1 vaccinations begin may have combined to boost demand for seasonal vaccine.The first doses of H1N1 vaccine are expected to become available in mid October. To make way for the H1N1 vaccination campaign, public health officials have been urging people to get their seasonal flu shots early, and vaccinations have begun in many areas.During an NIVS teleconference today, the CDC’s Dr. Jeanne Santoli suggested that the seasonal vaccine supply is likely to improve as the season wears on. The NIVS, cosponsored by the CDC and the American Medical Association (AMA), involves more than 400 people from about 100 public and private organizations interested in resolving flu and flu-vaccine problems.”Some [vaccination] providers book more than one product but are not intending to buy both, so some prebooks don’t materialize into purchases,” Santoli said. “So providers should continue to use the supplies they have and then look for opportunities to order additional vaccine as the season goes on.””I wish we could say more to people who want to buy vaccine and right now can’t buy the vaccine they need,” she said, but added that the situation is expected to improve with time.During the teleconference, which included time for questions, a woman involved in occupational health said vaccination providers in that field are having to postpone vaccination clinics because they can’t get vaccine.”Many of our group prebooked [vaccine] back in March, April, May, and June but are being told by distributors that manufacturers are shipping only about 50% of their orders, and very little vaccine is moving to the occupational health market,” she said. “Vaccinators are rescheduling programs that were scheduled over the next several weeks.”Santoli replied that production estimates “haven’t changed radically, certainly not 50%,” adding that she couldn’t explain the situation.She said the CDC hasn’t heard of “any significant delays that are on the horizon” for seasonal vaccine production. A little more than 30 million doses of vaccine had been distributed as of Aug 28, she added.”We were expecting that vaccine would be ready in the August-September and somewhat of the October time frame; we don’t have any manufacturers that were significantly off that,” Santoli said.Dr. L.J. Tan, the AMA’s infectious diseases director, who moderated the teleconference, said an earlier prediction was that 50 million doses would be distributed by the end of August, “so this clearly indicates a slight delay in terms of that number.”On the other hand, he said, “having 30 million doses by August 28th is really quite remarkable.”See also: NIVS home page read more

ESG roundup: PRI enters ‘landmark’ collaboration on ESG reporting

first_img“Our signatories continue to tell us that being able to access comparable and meaningful sustainability data is a roadblock to progress when it comes to responsible investment,” said Fiona Reynolds, CEO of PRI.“Working with WBCSD will enable PRI to enhance several channels over which investors have influence – capital allocation and investors’ engagement with companies.“By collaborating we can further develop the tools and data needed for future decision-making and create the incentives and collective action at a scale that can significantly influence the capital costs of companies.”Peter Bakker, president and CEO of WBCSD, said the two organisations were working to “redesign corporate and investor engagement”.“We see this work as integral for aligning the financial system with the transformations needed to address the major social and environmental issues – like climate change and inequality,” he added.The PRI now has more than 3,000 signatories who collectively represent over $100trn (€83trn) in assets under management. The WBCSD has 200 member companies with a combined revenue of more than $8.5trn and 19 million employees across 70 countries.Big increase in number of ESG belief settersThe number of European pension schemes that have explicitly created and formalised ESG beliefs has increased significantly, according to a survey carried out by Mercer.Last year 19% of pension plans had done so, compared with 55% this year.Another large ESG-related change picked up by Mercer’s survey is in the share of European pension funds’ awareness of, and desire for, action on climate change-related investment risk.Last year 54% of those surveyed now actively considered the impact of such risks in their investment allocations, compared with 14% in 2019. Also, in 2020 89% of surveyed plans said they would consider ESG risks in 2020, compared with 55% in 2019.Regulation continues to drive pension funds’ consideration of ESG risks, cited by 85% of those surveyed as a key driver. However, there was a large jump in those considering ESG risks due to recognised financial materiality – 51% versus 29% last year – and according to Mercer there was also a large number of pension plans increasing their focus on ESG risks because sponsor companies were seeking alignment with new or existing corporate responsibility strategies.Mercer said it viewed such “less enforced” reasons for considering ESG factors to be extremely positive.“To enable long-term mindset changes, and real positive changes in any space, the change must happen because internal participants realise the value for themselves – rather than being told or forced to act by regulation,” it said in its survey report.The survey was of 927 institutional investor clients of Mercer across 12 countries, reflecting total assets of around €1.1trn. UK-based participants were the largest survey group, representing 44% on an asset-weighted basis.Jo Holden, European director of strategic research at Mercer, said: “It is encouraging to see such a strong increase in ESG risk awareness, including the potential impact of climate change, on the part of institutional investors.“Investor portfolios can often be improved from an ESG perspective with only relatively minor steps, for example there are quick wins to be made by switching out a relatively small proportion of investments. We encourage schemes to consider developing a climate transition schedule for their portfolios and adopting responsible investment indices.” LAPFF: Rio Tinto bonus cuts for cave blast ‘a proper first step’ The chair of the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum (LAPFF) has welcomed the reduction of bonuses for the CEO and other senior executives of Rio Tinto as “ a proper and appropriate first step” in responding to the destruction of the Juukan Gorge caves in May.The Australian mining company announced the measure on Monday when it released its review into the destruction of the caves.“The Forum will continue to liaise with both Rio Tinto and community representatives to monitor how the company’s response develops based on the review findings and the on-going parliamentary inquiry into the cave destruction,” said councillor Doug McMurdo, chair of the LAPFF.“I would hope to see a proportionate response from Rio Tinto based on the full set of evidence that emerges.”According to media reports, AustralianSuper, Austrlian’s largest pension fund, has said the “proposed penalties fall significantly short of appropriate accountability for those responsible”.The Australian Council of Superannuation Investors said the review “does not deliver any meaningful accountability”.In its statement, LAPFF said it in particular welcomed the review’s acknowledgement that the destruction of the caves should never have happened and that the company needed to rectify some corporate governance failings and operational processes that led to the loss of the cultural heritage site.On the day of the review’s release, Simon Thompson, chairman of Rio Tinto, said: “While the review provides a clear framework for change, it is important to emphasise that this is the start of a process, not the end.“We will implement important new measures and governance to ensure we do not repeat what happened at Juukan Gorge and we will continue our work to rebuild trust with the Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura people.” The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) have joined forces to “strengthen the connections between risk, returns, and sustainable development” through better corporate and investor communication.In a statement, the two organisations said their “landmark” collaboration would facilitate direct conversations between investors and business about what decision-useful sustainability-related information is, and how and where that information can be used.They said the collaboration was designed to complement existing regulatory and standard-setter work toward a globally harmonised system for ESG reporting by focussing on investor needs and strategic corporate communications.Corporate and investor dialogue was an area underserved to date, they said.last_img read more

Study suggests rural students lacking career guidance in school

first_imgStatewide—About one-in-four public school students in Indiana attends a rural school, and new research suggests they need more assistance in career development.A paper co-authored by Diana Quintero, a research analyst with the Brown Center on Education Policy, finds that while rural students are more likely to graduate high school than those in urban areas, rural students have lower college enrollment rates.Quintero says one factor is that 14% of schools in rural areas do not have access to a school counselor, who can provide information to students about career or post-secondary academic options. She says limited budgets of rural schools make it difficult for counselors to focus solely on advising students.“They spend less time on career guidance and more time on administrative tasks,” she points out, “because they’re isolated, lots of rural schools can share a school counselor. They have to go from two different places. That makes a challenge.”Quintero says research found the presence of one additional counselor in a school was associated with an increase of 10 percentage points in four-year college enrollment.Indiana’s student-to-counselor ratio averaged 541-to-one between 2004 and 2015, more than double the American School Counselor Association recommendation of 250 students per school counselor. The research calls for additional funding to allow rural schools to hire more full-time and experienced counselors.Quintero says rural communities also could leverage the resources and knowledge of their own residents. “Rural students are very close to their communities and they have tight connections so they might go for college and come back and help their communities,” she states. “They could provide guidance to rural students by going to high schools.”The research also encourages the development of community partnerships, including churches, public social service agencies, and other organizations that can assist students with college applications, financial aid documents, and scholarship information.Indiana has the eighth-highest population of rural students in the U.S.last_img read more

News of Lamar Odom’s hospitalization hits Lakers

first_imgScott did not address Odom’s situation because he “didn’t think it was an appropriate time to do it before the game.” But Lakers forward Nick Young said that longtime Lakers trainer Gary Vitti addressed the team about Odom, who played for the Lakers from 2004 to 2011 and had a key role on their 2009 and 2010 NBA championship teams. Odom also won the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year honor in the 2010-11 season. At the time, Odom credited his marriage to reality television star Khloe Kardashain for his success. But Kardashian filed for divorce in 2013, citing irreconcilable differences. The divorce has not yet received final approval from a judge.“(Vitti) told us pretty much everything that’s been going on and how Lamar was, and how he thought the Lakers were his family,” Young said. “He told us a story about how many people he lost in his life and friends. It’s sad. I don’t know how anybody can deal with that.”Odom’s mother, Cathy Mercer, died of colon cancer when Odom was 12 years old. In 2004, Odom lost his grandmother, Mildred Mercer. Odom’s son Jayden died at six months old in 2006 of sudden infant death syndrome. In the summer of 2011, Odom dealt with grief from a close cousin dying and being a passenger in a car when the driver accidently struck and killed a 15-year-old pedestrian.Odom’s inviting personality made him one of the most popular players in the Lakers locker room. But his tenure there ended on a sour note. He expressed resentment that the Lakers traded him to the New Orleans Hornets in December 2011, a move that would have landed them Chris Paul, but which the NBA rejected. The Lakers then accommodated Odom’s trade request to Dallas, but the Mavericks eventually bought out his contract amid a sluggish season. He played with the Clippers in the 2012-13 season, but has not been in the NBA since.“Lamar was cool and always down to earth and talked to me,” said Young, who lived in the same downtown apartment complex as Odom during the 2012-13 season. “It’s tough when you lose so many people. I’ve been in situations where I lost my brother. But I can’t begin to understand him losing a brother, losing a daughter, losing a mom.”Odom has recently experienced other tumultuous episodes. Reports emerged in the summer of 2013 that he became addicted to crack cocaine after police arrested him on suspicion of driving under the influence. He was later charged and pleaded no contest. In 2014, Odom played for the Spanish team Laboral Kutxa, as well as with the New York Knicks Summer League team. Neither stint lasted long. Odom’s situation Tuesday night left the Lakers both somber and eager to find out about his condition.“It’s tough,” Young said. “I saw it on Kobe and Metta’s face. They’ve been through wars with him and know him well.” The Associated Press contributed to this report Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error • THE LATEST: Lamar Odom remains hospitalized in NevadaLakers guard Kobe Bryant did not offer any words regarding Odom, whom the Nye County Sheriff’s Office said was transported by ambulance around 3:15 p.m. Tuesday from the Love Ranch in Crystal, Nev., to Desert View Hospital in Pahrump. Bryant left the MGM Grand Garden Arena after Tuesday night’s game for what the Lakers called “personal reasons.” Bryant and Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak visited Odom, Los Angeles News Group learned. The Lakers did not comment publicly on the situation.Before and after the game, various team employees tried to get more information on Odom’s whereabouts. Odom was eventually transported to Sunrise Hospital, which is a few miles away from where the Lakers played Tuesday night. Nye County Sheriff spokeswoman Sharon Wehrly said in a statement that the 6-foot-10-inch Odom was too tall to be airlifted in a helicopter. So instead, he was driven by ambulance to Sunrise Hospital. His immediate condition was not clear. “Our heart and thoughts and prayers are with Lamar and his family and I wish him all the best,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “That’s obviously something you don’t want to hear before the game.”center_img LAS VEGAS >> The news caused Metta World Peace’s eyes to swell as the seconds passed. The Lakers veteran forward struggled to process the news that made the team’s 107-100 preseason loss to the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday an afterthought.• PHOTOS: Lamar Odom on the court and the red carpetFormer Laker, Clipper and reality television star Lamar Odom was hospitalized after he was found unresponsive in a brothel outside of Las Vegas. “There’s nothing I can say. I don’t even know what to say,” said World Peace, who grew up with Odom in the New York City area and was a Lakers teammate from 2009 to 2011. “There’s not one word I can say right now that would make sense.”last_img read more

Questions Raised About Permanency of ‘Temporary Lights’ on Branch Avenue

first_imgBy John BurtonLITTLE SILVER – A Monmouth County plan to replace one of the bridges on Seven Bridges Road calls for the temporary installation of traffic lights at two Branch Avenue intersections. And that’s a problem for many who live in the immediate area.Monmouth County Engin­eer Joseph Ettore appeared at the Borough Council meeting Monday, May 7, to explain the $2.7 million project, expected to begin in July, and the need for the traffic lights during its six-month duration.While none of the residents disputed the need for the work on Seven Bridges Road, what worries them, many said, was what the new signals would mean for traffic in their neighborhood. They also questioned whether the signals would become permanent.One light will be located at Branch Avenue and White Road and the now blinking light at Branch Avenue and Rumson Road will be operated as a standard traffic signal.Molly Gearty said she and her family purchased their Branch Avenue home in 2008, “because we saw Little Silver as a good place to raise our family.“Now I’m going to be stuck with idling traffic,” Gearty said, noting that auto exhaust has been shown to be a contributor to such maladies as asthma and other conditions.“People move here for their children,” she said, “and I’m not happy with what’s going to happen to mine.”William Heine, Monmouth County public information officer, said last week, that County Bridge S-27 on Seven Bridges Road is an aging timber structure spanning Little Silver Creek, in the vicinity of Little Silver Point Road.Plans call for the old timber structure to be dismantled and a new concrete span to be erected there.The aging, existing bridge is “structurally deficient,” Heine said.“That doesn’t mean it’s going to fall,” he said. “It means it doesn’t meet current design standards.”The new bridge will be wider with 12-foot lanes, 3-foot shoulders and a 6-foot pedestrian walkway on the bridge’s westerly side.A pedestrian span will be available during construction, Heine said.County officials have awarded the $2.7 million project to Lucas Brothers, Inc. Marlboro, which has begun pre-construction work, includ­ing relocating utility poles and equipment.During construction some temporary lane closures are expected for the project, slated to begin following the July 4 holiday.Both signals will initially be blinking lights to allow drivers to become accustomed to them and then they will be switched to the standard red-yellow-green combination.The new lights, Ettore said during the council session, are intended for public safety and better traffic flow on busy Branch Avenue during the construction.The state Department of Transportation Trust Fund will be funding the project, according to Heine and Ettore.“I can live with a temporary light,” said Branch Avenue resident Jon Sisco, who then asked Ettore, “Where do we stand with its permanency?”Tod Sizer, who also lives on Branch, said, “There are two dozen families here today,” who share his concern. “The concern I have is the plans that you have been trying to ram down our throat for 25 years,” that of a multi-lane, lighted intersection.“This is a signal detour route,” Ettore responded, adding that there are no plans at this time to keep the lights past the project completion.The governing body would have a say as to whether the lights should remain when the construction ends. After that, the decision would be with the county Board of Freeholders, as Seven Bridges Road comes under county jurisdiction, Ettore said.Mayor Robert Neff Jr. told the audience the council has not had any discussion about keeping the signals. “We’re not going to try to slip anything passed anybody here. That I can assure you.”“My professional opinion,” Ettore said, is “a traffic signal is needed at Branch and Rumson. That has been my opinion for 20 years,” he said.Police Captain Gary LaBruno said the neighborhood is a high-traffic area and a problematic one for safety concerns. Branch Avenue serves as an alternative to state Highway 35, which runs parallel.“Those two lights were needed 10 years ago,” LaBruno said. “Those two intersections are not safe.”As many as 40,000 vehicles travel Branch Avenue during a given week, he said.LaBruno and Chief Daniel Shaffery stressed the department has not made a determination about whether the lights need to be kept. “We’re data driven,” Shaffery said, “and the data’s not in. No decision has been made.”The project first came up about six years ago with Ettore and other county and local officials conducting public input sessions, according to the engineer. The project was delayed because of state Department of Environ­men­tal Protection considerations that stalled approvals, LaBruno said.“This one seems like it’s been percolating for a while and snuck up on us,” with the recent announcement of a go-ahead, Councilman Daniel J. O’Hern Jr. said.“We understand this is an issue that’s not going to disappear,” Neff said. “And we’ll be looking at it over the next six months.”last_img read more

chinkyboo Folding Stable Durable Wig Hair Hat Cap Holder Stand Holder Display Tool – Not quite as sturdy as I expected but then you get what you

first_imgI have a pretty long, heavy wig, so this is a little unstable, but i would imagine if you have shorter than the very long wig i have, this would be quite sufficient. I received this product 4 days after i placed my order, which i wasn’t expecting and am pleased with. The stand is sturdy and easy to put together, although the top ‘ring’ was slightly misshapen it was easy to bend into shape again and has stayed intact. My stand is in the pink colour which is super cute and overall i love this product, especially since i wasn’t expecting much from the price and other reviews i have seen on other products like this. Easy to put together, good product, look as pictured. Here are the specifications for the chinkyboo Folding Stable Durable Wig Hair Hat Cap Holder Stand Holder Display Tool:Keep the shape of the wig unchanged, give longer usage time.Portable. Can be taken apart and flat packedApprox. Size: 35.5cm x 16cm(Height & Dia.)Great for wigs store display or your own wig collection, also can be used as a hat stand.Lightweight Good value purchase, happy with quality and price, folds down when not in use which makes them useful for travelling and tidy storeage. It is just perfect for my wig, and it didn’t cost me a fortune. It is just great, i love it. Reviews from purchasers :Five Stars This is a must have if you have any wigs, folds down for storage but keeps the wig in perfect condition, would recommend. Very quick delivery mine was a pretty pink colour easy to put together with good instructions on the bag a little flimsy but for the price its good value holds my wig fine will order another one later on. Like the daft that it is collapsable so making it easy to store when not in use. Arrived as expected and does the job. Not quite as sturdy as i expected but then you get what you pay for. Only able to use one of the items as one was packaged with two of the same pieces so impossible to put together. Buy for cheapness, but be wary. Works really well and keeps my wigs neat. It is a little unstable but does the job if you are careful. Great value & perfect for drying wig after washing. My wife was dead chuffed with this, so much so that, when she buys another wig at christmas she’ll be buying another of these stands. She doesn’t like the feel of the polystyrene heads that also do the same job and so this is ideal. Iit is simple to assemble and looks good with or without a wig draped over it. Delivery was prompt and accurate and the price was right. Easy to use, lightweight but stable and holds the wig perfectly in place. The stand is simply put together and taken apart, and does a basic job for a wig stand, you can’t expect too much though as its quite cheap. Love it and easy to assemble highly recommend to buy from. SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2019-10-24 13:32:48Reviewed Item chinkyboo Folding Stable Durable Wig Hair Hat Cap Holder Stand Holder Display ToolRating 4.1 / 5  stars, based on  49  reviews Great for all kinds of use, i put each one of my wigs over the top of each other balanced on this, its light wieght and easy to transport. Item arrived on time and in good condition. Gave a 4 star because i wish it had a longer ‘neck’. The wig stands are perfect for our needs. We are an amateur dramatic society and do not need to display wigs very often. These stands are very stable in use and can be stored flat when not needed unlike polystyrene heads which take up so much space. center_img Posted on October 24, 2019Author Nathalie DuboisCategories Hair Extensions, Wigs & AccessoriesTags chinkyboo Meets Purposelast_img read more

My6Sense: A Smarter Feed Reader for the iPhone

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Product Reviews#Recommendation Engines#RSS & Feeds#web After you have spent only a few sessions with the app, my6sense will have already gotten a good sense of the items that are probably most relevant to you. Of course, the more you use it (we used the web app regularly since the beta launch last December), the better the recommendations get. In our experience, my6sense’s algorithms do a great job at figuring out a user’s interests. If you are a real news junkie, you will probably still sometimes want to switch to the regular timeline mode that organizes items chronologically. After all, the items you don’t usually think you would be interested in can sometimes really grab your attention (which is, to be honest, a problem that all recommendation systems have to grapple with).Import and ShareIt is worth noting that the app can also import your streams from Facebook, Twitter, FriendFeed, LinkedIn, and Flickr. From within the app, you can also share the most interesting items you find on Facebook, Twitter, and FriendFeed. My6sense can import your feeds from Google Reader, iGoogle, MyYahoo, Newsgator, and NetVibes. Thanks to this, it’s quite easy to get started. Sadly, though, the app doesn’t sync with any of these services, so items you read on my6sense won’t show up as read in your Google Reader subscriptions. My6sense also offers a curated lists of feeds that new users can subscribe to. A Few Things to ImproveThere are a few nagging omissions in the app, though, that keep it from being really great. Most importantly, you can’t tell the app to only display items that were posted in the last 24 or 48 hours. In a way, this makes sense – after all, the app is trying to give you the most relevant items, including those that you might have overlooked. But often, we just want to see what the most interesting items posted today are, and as of now, my6sense can’t do that.Another problem with the app is that once you import your social network feeds from Twitter, Facebook, or FriendFeed, your timeline often gets overwhelmed by these items. At least for us, my6sense performed far better when we disabled these feeds.Currently, my6sense also doesn’t offer an offline mode, so you can’t use it to read feeds while on a plane or far from the nearest cell tower.Overall, we recommend you give my6sense a try. After all, the app is free, and importing your feeds from your current feed reader is easy enough – just give it a day or two to see if the recommendation system works for you.center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting frederic lardinois Google Reader offers a nifty mobile interface, and apps like Byline (iTunes link) and NetNewsWire (iTunes link) are well-designed native apps that allow iPhone users to keep up with their feeds. But slogging through a few hundred subscriptions on the iPhone’s small screen can quickly turn into a frustrating experience. My6Sense, which launched the first beta of its web-based mobile feed reader last December, is now finally ready to release its native iPhone app. Thanks to the app’s ability to organize your feeds according to a personalized recommendation system that automatically learns from your preferences as you browse through your feeds, keeping up with hundreds of feeds on the iPhone is now easier than ever before.Note: the app should have been available in the App Store by now, but Apple, as usual, is rather tardy. My6sense expects the app to go live soon, but the exact time is up to Apple.The Good Stuff MachineWhile my6sense is a capable feed reader in its own right, it’s what my6sense’s founder Barak Hachamov likes to call the company’s “good stuff machine” that makes all the difference. While traditional feed readers just organize items chronologically, my6sense actually watches what you do while you read your feeds. The app, for example, looks at messages you read, links you click on, items you share and the position of these items in your stream, as well as items you skip. You can also actively mark a message as interesting by clicking the ‘I like’ button.last_img read more