West Pointers Attack Ebola Treatment Center

first_imgAll hell broke loose on Saturday night when several residents of the densely populated slum community of West Point in Monrovia, broke into a quarantined center for suspected Ebola patients in the community. The protestors looted every item they could lay their hands on at the center. Eyewitnesses accounts say, the protestors looted items such as clothes belonging to the nurses, patients’ mattresses, beddings, cooking utensils and as well as the medications and other essential health facilities. According to reports, at least 20 patients, who were being monitored for symptoms of the deadly Ebola disease, fled the center, and health personnel are yet to locate them up to the present. Other narrations confirmed that blood-stained beddings looted from the center posed a serious infection risk to members of the community and all those who may come in contact with such looted items.The protesters were reportedly unhappy that suspected Ebola patients were being brought in from other parts of Monrovia and its immediate environs to the center for treatment. This action by Liberia health authorities reportedly prompted the rampage by the protestors, a community member told this paper late Sunday, August 17, in the township when our reporter visited the affected area.Other reports suggested that the protesters believed the Ebola virus was a hoax (trick), and had wanted to force the quarantine center to close or be relocated out of the township of West Point.The now vandalized center was set up recently to observe suspected Ebola patients and then transfer them to a main treatment facility if they should prove positive, an official from the Ministry of Health ans Social Welfare told the Daily Observer via mobile phone late Sunday.It is not known if those at the center were infected with the virus. However, Assistant Minister for Preventive Services at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Mr. Tolbert Nyenswah, told a news conference Sunday that everyone at that center were all suspected and none had proven to positive, despite unconfirmed reports at least two had proven positive.Other residents say the Saturday night raid and looting spree by aggrieved community dwellers could spread the virus to the whole of West Point.Notably, West Point is Liberia’s most populated slum community, estimated to contain well over 50,000 inhabitants, among them, some aliens and foreign nationals that engage in business ventures. The current outbreak of the Ebola in Liberia is said to be the deadliest since the disease was discovered in 1976 in East Africa. This present epidemic began in Guinea in February this year, and has since spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.On Friday, the death toll rose to 1,145 after the WHO said 76 new deaths had been reported in the two days to 13 August. There have been 2,127 cases reported in total.The attack at the health facility in West Point is seen as a major setback in the government efforts to curb the outbreak. A few days ago, Representative Solomon George of Montserrado County electoral district #7, threatened to transport four corpses of people believed to be infected with the disease in the area to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where the Office of the President is located. Political actors are therefore attributing Saturday’s looting of the center to something that might have been sanctioned by the lawmaker.  Meanwhile, other residents of the Township have in the strongest terms condemned the action which resulted in the facility being vandalized. In a statement issued Sunday, a copy of which is in the possession of this paper, the residents termed the protestors’ action as an act of ‘misguided individuals.’Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

HIV/Aids in the workplace

first_img27 May 2003The government moved a step further in addressing the issue of HIV/Aids in the workplace on Monday with the launch of the HIV/Aids Technical Assistance Guidelines.The Guidelines, proposed by the Commission for Employment Equity and the department of labour, advises employers on how to deal with the issue of HIV/Aids in a manner that will improve productivity and uplift the morale of infected and affected workers.The Guidelines warn against discrimination and stigmatisation, saying these will not help HIV-positive workers to continue to contribute to the country’s economy.The 74-page document recommends that employers establish HIV/Aids workplace committees, the mainstreaming of HIV/Aids and gender issues, as well as the development of policy on prevention of the disease.The guidelines in PDF formatProfessor Mapule Ramashala, chairperson of the Commission for Employment Equity, said the department of labour’s Code of Good Practice on HIV/Aids had guided the development of the new document.The Guidelines will help employers and unions to work together to create a conducive environment in the workplace, Ramashala said. “An environment free of discrimination and stigma is important in the workplace. So, the Guidelines focus on practical management strategies.”The Guidelines also seek to ensure the sustainability of provident funds.International Labour Organisation (ILO) representative Cynthia Yinusa said it was important for workers to contribute to the economy, irrespective of their HIV status.Yinusa said the ILO was working with adult basic education and training and the National African Federation of Chamber of Commerce to address HIV/Aids in the informal sector.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

AmaZulu World to boost tourism

first_imgZulu king Goodwill Zwelithini and Ruwaaddevelopers at the launch of AmaZulu Worldin Dubai. (Image: The Mercury)Janine ErasmusDubai-based developer Ruwaad, a member of the Dubai 9 group of companies, has announced plans to build a mega-scale themed entertainment development on the north coast of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). Known as AmaZulu World, the development will be the largest and most comprehensive of its kind in Africa, according to the company.Making the announcement at the Cityscape 2008 real estate exhibition in Dubai in early October 2008, Ruwaad described the proposed R44-billion ($5-billion) project as a master-planned, uniquely African destination development which will cover about 16 500ha of land.Ruwaad chair Hanif Merchant said the company was very proud to be leading the development and bringing a world-class destination experience to African investors, residents and tourists alike.“AmaZulu World will have a perfect blend of development zones,” said Ruwaad group CEO Hayan Merchant, describing key elements of the development. In typical larger-than-life Dubai style, they include Africa’s first world-class internationally branded entertainment theme park, as well as the continent’s largest shopping destination, most comprehensive and advanced sports village development, largest lifestyle community and first dedicated education and health village.In addition, the development will have its very own Statue of Liberty in the form of a 106m-tall figure of iconic Zulu king Shaka, and will be a key cultural element of the development.The sports village will offer cricket, rugby and tennis facilities and, says Merchant, will be an ideal place for English and European teams to practice during their off-season.AmaZulu World is expected to become one of Africa’s premier destinations, an expectation supported by the forthcoming Fifa World Cup which South Africa hosts in 2010, and the corresponding investment in infrastructure upgrade and increase in foreign investment in telecommunications- and tourism-related projects.These factors, say Ruwaad, and others such as its excellent year-round climate and outstanding natural beauty, made the country a natural choice for the project. However the company is also impressed by political and economic developments in recent years in South Africa which are pushing it to the forefront of emerging world markets.A royal seal of approvalThe project has received endorsement from KZN premier Sibusiso Ndebele and Zulu king Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu, both of whom were on hand at the announcement in Dubai. “Ruwaad has demonstrated to our community its firm commitment to developing a destination that fits with our area’s unique natural, cultural and historical character,” said Zwelithini.“With confidence, the local community is hugely excited to welcome Ruwaad to our province, and we look forward to the future employment, and economic growth that will contribute to the sustainability of our area; for the inhabitants of today and those for generations to come.”The project is expected to create more than 200 000 new jobs and increase regional tourism by around 40%, according to initial research conducted by local consultancy Pam Golding Hospitality. AmaZulu World will be built in phases over 25 years, with completion of the first phase planned for 2012 to 2014.However, there are a few displeased local community members who are opposing the development as they do not wish to be relocated. The eMacambi clan, owners of some of the land where development will take place, say they will take the matter to court if necessary. A spokesman for Ndebele has said that government and the developers will consult with everyone involved and that all the required legal routes will be followed.A uniquely African destinationSituated just north of the Thukela River, which originates in the Drakensberg Mountains and meanders through the KZN Midlands before flowing into the Indian Ocean, AmaZulu World will straddle both sides of the national N2 highway, which connects the province’s capital Durban with Richards Bay and other developing areas in northern KZN.It will also lie conveniently close to the new R8.85-billion ($1-billion) King Shaka International Airport, currently under construction at La Mercy, 30km north of Durban. The new airport will replace Durban’s existing international airport and is expected to be operational by 2010.The eco-friendly tourist destination will be designed to have a minimal impact on the area’s natural surroundings and will incorporate entertainment, sport, leisure, hotel and residential destinations, boosting economic growth in the region.In addition to the theme park, shopping centre and sports village, tourists can expect to enjoy a wide range of activities and facilities, including hotels, resorts and spas, an agricultural village, and a marina. The development will also feature residential homes and offices as well as six golf courses, an equestrian estate, a nature reserve for those who seek more restful forms of leisure, and 22km of beachfront. Education, community, medical, emergency and security facilities will be available.AmaZulu World’s vision, according to Ruwaad, is to be African in identity and world-class in standing, in order to attract visitors and residents from around the world to the region.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus on janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Useful linksRuwaadThukela RiverKZN provincial governmentKing Goodwill Zwelethinilast_img read more

Dean’s Charity Steer Show pairs celebrities with 4-H members in the show ring

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseMany people understand the excitement and appeal as the judge strolls down the line looking over the cattle to make a decision that will change the life of a young, hopeful exhibitor with the slap of his hand.Cattle shows are, for some, a highlight of their year, through a large portion of the state’s population does not know a halter from a show stick. That will change for a few Ohio celebrities on July 30 with the inaugural Dean’s Charity Steer Show at 2:00 p.m. in the Voinovich Building at the Ohio State Fair. For the event, celebrity exhibitors — including some who never set foot in a show ring — will be paired with Ohio 4-H members to try their hand at showing a steer and vying for the judge’s eye.The idea got started in a meeting with Cathann Kress, Dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University and Leslie Bumgarner who sits on the board of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio.“Leslie wanted to do something for a fundraiser. There are golf outings and galas, and other things but she thought it would be fun to do something different. I suggested to her that we do a steer show and, honestly, I think she thought I’d lost my mind,” Kress said. “When I was in Iowa, the governor had done a steer show for the Ronald McDonald Houses there. So it seemed like a natural fit here. I was interested in doing it because I thought it allowed a number of things I care a lot about to all come together — a passion for agriculture, getting to share agriculture with people, the focus on children both with the Ronald McDonald House and the involvement of the 4-H program, and the involvement of our community that I knew would come together and be supportive. So far it appears that will be the case. We’re all just going to have a lot of fun and we are delighted with the response we are getting.”The list of celebrity exhibitors includes former Ohio State University basketball standout, NBA player and announcer Clark Kellogg, the former first lady of Ohio State football Shelley Meyer, sportscaster for the Columbus Blue Jackets Bob McElligott, and Rick Malir, the CEO of City Barbeque.“We have some celebrity exhibitors who are well known to the agricultural community, like Adam Sharp with Ohio Farm Bureau. We’ll have other people who have never shown a steer in their life such as several news anchors and others. We will also have public officials. There will be some people who are very at home in the steer show ring — some people not so much,” Kress said. “Some exhibitors will be familiar with agriculture and for some people this will be their first experience learning about what we do in agriculture and maybe even their first time at the State Fair.”The cattle will be provided by 4-H members at the Ohio State Fair.“We asked the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association to help us identify 4-H families who would be willing to be a part of the celebrity exhibitors’ teams. The way this works is the 4-H families make their steer available to the celebrity and the 4-H member will also be a part of the team in the show ring with the exhibitor,” Kress said. “For example, my 4-H family is the family of Wyatt Osborn. He just turned 12 years old. His steer, Mr. Ranger, is the steer I am going to show. Wyatt will be with me in the ring.”Judges will select winners in three categories: best steer, showmanship and people’s choice.“After the show we will have a mock sale. No one will actually buy a steer but we are going to have an auction so people can see what an auction is like and all of the money is going to the Ronald McDonald House as donations,” Kress said. “Donors can donate online right now and give money in general or give money to one exhibitor or the other. We will also have kiosks set up at the Voinovich Center that day and you can make a donation through that too.”No matter which celebrity exhibitor comes out on top, participants are hoping the event will be a big win in many ways.“I have asked the celebrity exhibitors to invite 20 people to come with them to the State Fair, donate and cheer for the show. It is a great way for the audiences that maybe are not so familiar with the cattle industry to see what happens at the State Fair and understand a little more about agriculture in general. It is to have fun, raise money and raise awareness. And, maybe there will be some people in the audience who see this and think that 4-H is for their family,” Kress said. “If we do this right there will be a whole lot of winners.”Hopefully the biggest winner, though, is the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio (RMHC). The mission of RMHC is to create, find, and support programs that directly improve the health and well being of children and their families. Located across the street from Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, the Ronald McDonald House serves as a home-away-from-home for families while a child is hospitalized. More than 4,500 families use the facility each year with 82,000 nights of lodging provided. The Columbus facility is the largest Ronald McDonald House in the world with 137 guest rooms and 120,000 square feet of kitchens, dining areas, play rooms, laundry facilities, a meditation room, exercise room, and informal gathering areas. The RMHC provides some comfort for families going through some truly challenging experiences while traveling for the medical care their children need. To find out more visit rmhc-centralohio.org.Volunteers are still needed to help make the Dean’s Charity Steer Show a success.“Contact our office or the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association if you want to work with us leading up to the show and the day of,” she said. “If you want to watch the show, come to the State Fair on July 30. That is also the same day as the legislative event and the Ohio Pork Rib-Off. We encourage people to make a day of it and go to all three events.”There is a practice session on campus leading up to the show where the celebrities can meet the 4-H families and get some showmanship pointers prior to the big day. Dean Kress has already been practicing, though, hoping for a chance to catch the attention of the judge on the day of the show.“I went to the Beef Expo earlier this year and showed with Wyatt at the Junior Show,” she said. “And that is where he told me I needed to work on my showmanship.”The Dean’s Charity Steer Show is coordinated by The Ohio State University, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, Telhio Credit Union and the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association. Find out more and make a donation today at cfaes.osu.edu/deanscharitysteershow. Ohio Ag Net will be live streaming the Dean’s Charity Steer Show on July 30 at ocj.com.last_img read more

Australia’s James Pattinson sidelined again with shin injury

first_imgTest fast bowler James Pattinson will miss the remainder of the Australian domestic cricket season due to a return of shin soreness which has recently limited his international appearances.Pattinson suffered a recurrence of the injury during the second Test of the recent two-test series against New Zealand, having missed the first Test because of soreness in his left shin.Australia team physiotherapist David Beakley said scans after the second Test at Christchurch had shown “some inflammation around the shin consistent with bone stress.”He said Pattinson “will now require some time off to allow this injury to resolve and will not be available for the remainder of the domestic cricket season.”last_img read more

Leonard Cohen to be honoured with memorial concert in Montreal tonight

first_imgAdam Cohen said the artists were chosen based on their ability to entertain a crowd but also to serve his father’s songs well. The event will feature a star-studded lineup of performers including Sting, k.d. lang, Elvis Costello and Lana Del Rey. Login/Register With: Cohen’s son has said the planning for the concert began soon after his father’s death last November at the age of 82. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard are also expected to attend. Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Feist, Damien Rice, Ron Sexsmith and comedian Seth Rogen are also set to perform tributes to the beloved singer-songwriter and poet. MONTREAL — A memorial concert will be held in Montreal tonight to pay tribute to the late Canadian artist Leonard Cohen. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

GOP health bill offers provisions aimed at helping 2 states

first_imgWASHINGTON – Provisions shoehorned into the Republican health care bill dangle extra money for Alaska and Wisconsin, home states of one GOP senator whose vote party leaders desperately need and another who co-sponsored the legislation, according to analysts who’ve studied the legislation.The 140-page measure, which top Republicans hope to push through the Senate next week, is stuffed with language making some states winners and others losers. Aides say the legislation is still changing as leaders hunt the 50 GOP “yes” votes they’ll need to turn this summer’s jarring Senate rejection of the party’s crusade to erase President Barack Obama’s law into an eleventh-hour triumph.Alaska is home to GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who’s among a handful of Republicans who’ve not said how they’ll vote. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., is one of the bill’s co-sponsors and his support is not in question, but the episode suggests the value of helping craft of legislation.The bill was chiefly written by GOP Sens. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham. It would end Obama’s Medicaid expansion and subsidies for people buying private insurance and combine the money into new block grants for states.With all Democrats opposed, Republicans controlling the Senate 52-48 can lose only two votes if they are to succeed, leaving the bill’s fate uncertain. Generally, it would shift money from states that expanded their Medicaid programs for the poor under Obama’s statute, which tend to be run by Democrats, to the largely Republican-run states that shunned that expansion.The measure would shield Alaska from some cuts it imposes on Medicaid, according to analysts, including from the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation, by limiting spending to a maximum amount per beneficiary starting in 2020. The federal-state program for low earners has always automatically provided whatever money is needed for eligible recipients. Montana would also qualify for the exemption.It would also increase federal Medicaid funds for states with high American Indian populations, including Alaska, according to health care consultant April Grady.Analysts offered no figures about how much money the provisions would mean for Alaska.The provisions hardly ensure support from Murkowski, who’s said she’s studying how the measure would affect her state. The administration was pushing for her support, with Vice-President Mike Pence calling into an Anchorage talk-radio show Thursday and urging listeners to contact Murkowski and ask her to “stand with President Trump” and support the bill.According to studies released this week by Kaiser and the consulting firm Avalere Health, Alaska is among many states that would lose money overall under the bill. Alaska has unusually high health care costs because of the remoteness of many communities.The provisions do not mention Alaska or Wisconsin by name.But the bill allows a state that turned down extra federal funds to expand Medicaid under Obama’s statute to count the rejected money in determining how large its block grant will be, analysts say.Grady, Avalere analyst Chris Sloan and others said they were unaware of states other than Wisconsin that would benefit from the provision. This language could mean “potentially hundreds of millions” of extra dollars for Wisconsin, said Grady.In a written statement provided by aides, Johnson said funding formulas to correct “the grossly unfair” distribution of money under Obama’s law needed to be changed “to reflect the unique circumstances of many states, including recognizing the innovative reforms of Wisconsin.”Wisconsin is among 19 states that declined to fully expand Medicaid under Obama’s law, which also provided generous federal reimbursements. Under Gov. Scott Walker, a GOP 2016 presidential contender, Wisconsin just partially expanded Medicaid and agreed to accept smaller federal subsidies.The provision in the health care bill applies to states that expanded Medicaid only up to 100 per cent of the federal poverty level and had that expansion in effect this past Sept. 1.Since the bill’s details emerged, health industry and other groups have been lining up against it.The National Association of Medicaid Directors, representing state officials who administer Medicaid, said it is concerned the measure would have damaging consequences on state budgets. Also announcing opposition recently was America’s Health Insurance Plans, a huge health insurers’ trade group, the American Hospital Association and the American Medical Association.___Associated Press writer Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar contributed.last_img read more

Disney reverses ban on LA Times critics from screenings

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – The Walt Disney Co. on Tuesday lifted its ban of Los Angeles Times reporters and critics from its press screenings after a widespread backlash prompted several media outlets to announce their own boycotts of Disney movies.In a statement Tuesday, Disney said it was restoring access to the newspaper after “productive discussions with the newly installed leadership” at the Los Angeles Times. Disney had barred the Times from its screenings after the paper published a two-part investigative series on the company’s business dealings in Anaheim, California, where Disneyland is.Disney’s punitive measures against the Times led to many outlets refusing advance coverage of the studio’s films, including The New York Times, the Boston Globe and The A.V. Club. Four prominent film critics groups announced Tuesday that they would bar Disney films from receiving awards considerationThe ban’s withdraw Tuesday ended an unusual clash between Hollywood’s arguably most powerful studio and the media outlets that regularly write about its movies.The Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the New York Film Critics Circle, the Boston Society of Film Critics and the National Society of Film Critics all said that wouldn’t consider Disney films for their year-end awards. The critics groups noted that it was “admittedly extraordinary” to “take any action that might penalize film artists for decisions beyond their control.”“But Disney brought forth this action when it chose to punish The Times’ journalists rather than express its disagreement with a business story via ongoing public discussion,” the statement continued. “Disney’s response should gravely concern all who believe in the importance of a free press, artists included.”The New York Times said in a statement Tuesday that it wouldn’t attend preview screenings of Disney films while the LA Times can’t, saying Disney’s move is a “dangerous precedent and not at all in the public interest.”Disney on Friday said that the Times series in September detailing what it characterized as a complicated and increasingly tense relationship between Anaheim and the company showed “a complete disregard for basic journalistic standards.” It added that the Times published a “biased and inaccurate series, wholly driven by a political agenda.”Daniel Miller, the Times reporter who wrote the series, tweeted that “Disney never asked for a correction.” The newspaper declined further comment.With the ban concluded, critics said they would return to business as usual. Disney’s upcoming films are the Pixar release “Coco” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”“See you guys at the Coco screening,” wrote New York Times critic A.O. Scott.___Associated Press Writers Patrick Mairs and Tali Arbel contributed to this report.last_img read more

TMC heavyweights go on campaign trail across state

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress candidates across the state hit the campaign trail on Sunday, with party leaders Subrata Mukherjee, Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, Mala Roy, Mamata Bala Thakur and Moon Moon Sen among others seen interacting with voters of their respective constituencies.Mala Roy, who is contesting from the Kolkata South seat, started her campaign near the Tollygunge railway station, accompanied by state Public Works Department (PWD) minister and Tollygunge MLA Aroop Biswas. Roy braved the scorching summer heat and walked across ward 81 of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC), interacting with the people. She gave a patient hearing to problems in her constituency, including those of the slum dwellers and assured them that she would address the issues, if she is elected. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”Our party supremo has given the call for the party to win all 42 Lok Sabha seats in Bengal. We are her soldiers and will try our best to fulfill her dream,” Biswas said. Meanwhile, senior TMC leader Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay was found making wall graffiti in favour of Roy and also painting the symbol of the party on a wall. TMC candidate from Bankura and senior party leader Subrata Roy walked and also boarded a toto during his campaign. “I have an emotional attachment with the people of Bankura and my work particularly for the Public Health & Engineering department, has brought about a major boost to water supply in this district. I will urge those who have benefitted from my work to vote for me,” Mukherjee said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayMukherjee had lost ten years ago when he had contested in Bankura on a Congress ticket. Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, TMC candidate from the Barasat seat, attended a programme of the Matua community at Akarampur in Habra on Sunday. She also danced to the tunes of a devotional song of the community. The votes from the Matua community, which accounts for around 10 percent of the total votes, are going to be a factor in the Barasat seat. Trinamool Congress candidate from Bongaon Mamata Bala Thakur offered her prayers at Jaleshwar Temple in Gaighata and also went to a nearby mosque to seek blessings from the head of the mosque. She then walked in and around the Jaleshwar area, seeking votes. Trinamool Congress candidate from Asansol Moon Moon Sen campaigned at Amritnagar in Ranigunj. Addressing a public gathering, she said that some Opposition parties may come and offer money, seeking votes. “If they offer money, you take it but you should vote for Didi (Mamata Banerjee),” she maintained.last_img read more

Why BJP leaders only attacking oppn not highlighting own achievements Akhilesh Yadav

first_imgLucknow: Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav Monday asked the BJP why its leaders were only attacking the opposition in their rallies and not highlighting their own positive achievements. In a tweet, he said the people wanted stable jobs, not a ‘chowkidar’ (watchman). He attacked the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh over the plight of ‘shiksha mitras’ or contractual teachers among others and assured those unemployed of his support. “Why is the BJP targeting opposition parties in its rallies? Does it not have any positive achievements in its five-year rule. Fearing people’s wrath and defeat, BJP leaders and workers are avoiding campaigning and are making excuses that the weather is too hot,” Yadav claimed.last_img read more

Swagatalakshmi pays her tribute to Tagore

first_imgAs a gift to lovers of Rabindra sangeet, Swagatalakshmi Dasgupta – a noted Randindra Sangeet exponent – will be presenting a solo programme at Rabindra Sadan, on May 2 (the eve of Kabipaksha).The programme will start with the last song composed by Rabindra Nath and end with the poet’s first song ‘Nirab Rajani Dekho’. Also at the event, Bhavna Cassettes and Records will bring out an experimental CD titled ‘Ogo Bideshini’ by Dasgupta. Tagore had come in contact with Western music from his early life. That is why, in many of his compositions, the influence of Western music is evident. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainTherefore, the CD will have the singer’s compilation of original Western songs and the songs composed by Tagore. The compilation will also have some English, Scottish and Irish original songs, from which Tagore has taken the tunes and later composed his songs. Some of these songs are ‘Drink to me’, ‘Auld lang sune’, ‘Nancy lee’, ‘British Grenadiers’, ‘In good King Charles’, to name a few. The Bengal compositions include ‘Kotobaro bhebechinu’, ‘Purano sei diner kotha’, ‘Kali kali bolore aj’, ‘O dekhbi re bhai’, ‘Sokoli Phuralo’, etc. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardSwagatalakshmi got her initial training from her father Pabitra Dasgupta, who used to sing various types of songs when she was a kid. And, even her mother Subrata was a student of great Rabindrasangeet exponent Debabrata Biswas. After her mother’s demise, Swagatalakshmi translated 53 of Tagore songs which were later published in a book titled ‘Galaxy’. The singer also had the honour to sing in Parliament in 1995 and took part in functions all over the globe. Dasgupta was the playback singer in Rituporno Ghosh’s Chokher Bali. She got an award for singing ‘Eki labonye purno pran’ in the playback in a film directed by Gautam Ghosh. During her career, she came in contact with stalwarts like Kanika Bandyopadhyay, Supriyo Thakur, Suchitra Mitra, William Radice, Amartya Sen, among others. Dasgupta has given music to 75 songs from ‘Gitabitan’ which have not been given the musical form.last_img read more

Russias hybrid mission

first_imgRussia has forayed into gene-editing technology with a 111-billion-rouble (more than Rs 12 crore) federal programme that aims to develop 30 gene-edited plant and animal varieties in the next eight years. The programme, announced in April, 2019 will focus on developing 10 new varieties of gene-edited crops — such as barley, sugar beet, wheat and potatoes and animals by 2020; and another 20 by 2027, according to a report in Nature, a science journal. Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacyThe programme marks a welcome step for Russian researchers who were exempted from cultivating genetically modified (GM) organisms in the country by a 2016 law. While the 2016 law calls GM organisms as something “that cannot result from natural processes”, the new programme “describes gene-editing technologies such as CRISPR–Cas9 — which do not necessarily insert foreign DNA — as equivalent to conventional breeding methods”. The move would also help researchers get funding from private companies. Also Read – The future is here!Russia lags behind other major powers of the world in genetic research. In 2017, the country spent 1.11 per cent of its gross domestic product on research, compared with 2.13 per cent in China and 2.79 per cent in the United States. The programme is “a significant move” both for Russia and the world, and would encourage China to invest more in gene-editing technologies, and the United States to boost enthusiasm for such technologies, Yi Li, a plant scientist at the University of Connecticut, was quoted in Nature report. “For European countries, this can be a very interesting development in the light of the European court of justice ruling on genome editing,” he added. However, some researchers are sceptical of achieving the ambitious goals in the given deadline, and worry about excessive bureaucracy. “I am sure [the government] will spend the money and call the programme a huge success. I am less confident there will actually be any new varieties by next year — perhaps later,” Nature quoted a scientist, who wished to remain anonymous. The report also states that the projects to develop gene-edited versions of crops have already begun. “Scientists at Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) institutes in Moscow are developing pathogen-resistant varieties of potatoes and sugar beet. And gene-editing research aiming to make barley and wheat both easier to process and more nutritious is in progress at the Vavilov Research Institute of Plant Industry in St. Petersburg, and at the RAS Institute of Cytology and Genetics,” the report said.(The views expressed are of Down To Earth)last_img read more

Say Goodbye To The Old NBA Draft Lottery — But Probably Not

The new lottery will definitely change teams’ incentives in the right direction. It makes having a bottom-five record less valuable and improves the fortunes of teams in the rest of the lottery (particularly the Nos. 8 and 9 picks, which gain the most value under the new system). But it’s worth wondering if a change of about two-thirds of a win per season will really be enough to make a big dent in teams’ willingness to tank.In fairness, the effect appears larger when you consider the outsize potential of top picks to become stars. Using WORP as a guide, there was about a 34 percent chance of landing an All Star-level player2Defined as a player who produced at least 30 WORP in his first five NBA seasons. if a team had the worst record going into the 2018 lottery; those odds will fall to 27 percent under next year’s system. Seven percentage points doesn’t sound like a whole lot, but the NBA is so star-driven that any reduction in the probability of getting a franchise-altering player hurts. With the ability to get those kinds of players also increasing for teams who finish with, say, the league’s eighth-worst record, it should eventually help the anti-tanking effort by funneling more big stars to teams who don’t completely throw their seasons away.So congratulations, Phoenix: You’re the last team who’ll take advantage of the old odds to help grab a potential star. The league’s changes might not be extreme enough to fully discourage teams from engaging in Sixers-style tear downs, but they’re a start. And after the race to the bottom that played out down the stretch of the 2017-18 season, such changes are more than welcome.Check out our latest NBA predictions. As I wrote last year:Early in the draft, the curve is steep. The average No. 2 pick is worth only about 80 percent as many VORP in his first five seasons as the average No. 1, and players only get less valuable from there.This is part of why teams spend so much time and energy gunning for the worst record — and (until next year) the highest odds of picking No. 1. The chances of getting an impact player from the top pick are much better than at any other slot in the draft. But they’re not perfect; there’s a lot of luck involved in picking the player who’ll have the best career. Add in the extra randomness of getting the lottery balls to bounce your way, and the difference between the expected value of having the NBA’s worst record under the old system and next year’s new one is just 3.4 total wins over the first five years of a player’s career. When the pingpong balls came to a rest after Tuesday night’s NBA draft lottery, it was the end of an era for the league. Starting next season, the lottery’s distribution of odds based on team records will change — the first tweak to the system in 25 years. The jackpot-winning Phoenix Suns came out on top in this season’s historic tankfest, but from this moment on, the already-long odds of burning a franchise to the ground and building it back up will only get longer.At least, that’s the effect the league is hoping the new lottery rules will have. How much of a difference will the changes to the lottery system really make, though? And will it be enough to discourage teams from tanking?To work out some of the new math facing NBA teams, let’s turn to our draft-value chart, which measures the expected value over replacement player (VORP) that teams can expect out of a given draft pick in his first five pro seasons. (We’ll convert our chart from last summer to wins over replacement1Multiplying VORP by 2.7. to better position the differences in a real-world context.) read more

Womens basketball Former Duke transfer Sierra Calhoun finding her niche at Ohio

Ohio State redshirt junior guard Sierra Calhoun takes a shot during the Buckeyes’ game against Washington on Nov. 19. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorMoving from one place to another can be a difficult process.In redshirt junior guard Sierra Calhoun’s case, however, it was not.  When Calhoun decided to transfer from Duke to Ohio State in 2015, she felt she had an idea of what awaited.Having already known some of the players and coaches at Ohio State, it only made the move that much easier. “I really liked the culture at OSU,” Calhoun said. “I knew a couple of players prior to transferring here, so it didn’t take long to gel with them. I also knew a couple of the coaches here prior to my visit. I thought it was a good fit in terms of coaching staff, personnel, atmosphere, stuff like that.”A product of Christ the King High School located in Queens, New York, Calhoun was the top prospect in the state and committed to Duke in 2013. As a freshman, she posted 10.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. Despite starting the first 13 games for the Blue Devils, Calhoun abruptly left the program midseason, deciding Ohio State would be the best place for her. “It was a lot of things, but it just didn’t work out,” Calhoun said. “It wasn’t a bad transition at all. It was actually pretty easy. The universities are very different. Obviously, coming from a small university to a bigger university is a change. I’m from New York, so moving to a bigger university wasn’t really that hard of a transition.”After sitting out the 2015 season due to transfer rules, the former Blue Devil emerged as one of Ohio State’s best players during her first season in Columbus. She started every contest during the 2016-17 season for Ohio State, averaging 9.5 points per game as the Buckeyes’ resident sharpshooter. Calhoun averaged a team-best 38.6 percent shooting from beyond the arc and made the second-most 3-pointers (68). Watching the previous season unfold beforehand wasn’t easy for Calhoun, but it not only provided invaluable experience, it helped her see the game from a different perspective. “Last year, sitting out a while was hard, but I also got to look at the game from a different perspective,” Calhoun said. “I feel like that helped me last year in terms of looking at things from a different angle and seeing what other people are doing well, so I can help my teammates out more. This year, I definitely have more experience under my belt. We’re gelling more.”The 2017-18 campaign began inconsistently for Calhoun in her second season on the court as a Buckeye. She hit worse than 27 percent of her shots in four of the first five games of the season. But as the season has progressed, so has her shooting stroke. Calhoun has hit 12-of-27 triples in her last four games.Through 10 total games this season, Calhoun is averaging 10.8 points — on 37-of-111 shots from the field for a 33.3 percent field goal percentage — and three rebounds, while shooting 29 percent from 3-point range (18-for-62). At this point in her Buckeye career, Calhoun is more than proving her worth to the 12th-ranked team in college basketball.In a starting lineup featuring seniors at every position except her own, Calhoun has managed to carve out her own niche as a leader, which can only help Ohio State in Calhoun’s eyes. “I definitely want to show that I have more experience,” Calhoun said. “I don’t want to make any sophomore or rookie mistakes. I just want to be a leader out there. We have a lot of leaders on our team. I think it’d be a great to have a lot of coaches on the floor. It’ll help us have a great season.” read more

UEFA announces disciplinary proceedings against Liverpool Roma

first_imgUEFA has announced that disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Liverpool and Roma following the commotion at their Champions League semi-final first leg at Anfield.Commotion started outside Anfield minutes before kick-off in the first leg of the tie on April 24, with Liverpool fan Sean Cox left in a critical condition following the incident.Based on the incidents, Liverpool have been charged with setting off fireworks and throwing objects while both clubs have been charged for crowd disturbancesdivock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…Ahead of the second leg, Merseyside Police confirmed that they had not received any reports of disturbances between Liverpool and Roma fans in the Italian capital in the lead up to kick-off according to SkysportsThis case is being handled by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body and will be dealt with on May 31. Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp’s side face Real Madrid in the final of the Champions League on Saturday in Kyiv after beating Roma 7-6 on aggregate.last_img read more

Akierra Missick Sharlene CartwrightRobinson in Verbal Shutdown over Local Govt

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:akierra missick, amanda missick, rhondalee knowles, sharlene cartwright-robinson Premier attends town hall meetings TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 04 Oct 2014 – Deputy Premier, Akierra Missick last week disputed criticisms leveled at her colleagues and the PNP Administration by the official opposition party. Calling the PDM insincere and callous for its remarks regarding local government and when and how it would be formed; denying that government is flip flopping on the issue. The country’s DP who is a part of the consultative team for constitutional reform said it was a low and unnecessary jab for something that is mandated to happen because of the constitution… “It therefore baffles me why the Leader of the Opposition would degrade this process, which is of national importance, by politicizing it and minimalizing it, and shadowing it with another foiled and failed farce of an attempt by the Leader of the Opposition to mislead the public.” Stronger Local government was called for by Family Islanders who attended the constitutional review committee meetings and local government was last week discussed at Cabinet… During that session it was agreed for a working group to be established; it will be led by the Minister of Environment and Home Affairs, Amanda Missick and the Attorney General, Rhondalee Knowles. The pair is charged with considering proposals for the establishment of District Boards and local Government across the islands. Attorney calls on UWI to honor TCI leaderslast_img read more

Private Members Motion will call for Freedom of Information Law

first_img TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Related Items:2011 constitution, freedom of information, Pdm, private members motion, sharlene cartwright-robinson TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s why Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPprovdienciales, 16 Jul 2015 – When the House of Assembly convenes in August, the Opposition PDM will demand that the PNP Administration stop dancing around enacting a constitutional provision for a Freedom of Information law. PDM Leader, Sharlene Robinson said in a media statement yesterday “the Government has on several occasions presented bits of its proposed Legislative Agenda and has failed to include this important Legislation and to make good on its promise.” Hon Robinson and her party go on the record to say, “there is a serious need for the introduction of this Ordinance to allow for greater access to information which ought to be accessible in the furtherance of good governance.” Freedom of Information is defined in the Turks and Caicos 2011 Constitution, which in part outlines in Section 129 that an Ordinance shall provide for a right of access to information held by public authorities…” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youlast_img read more

Time Inc Ponies Up In Keaton Rows Series A

first_img The first round of funding is expected to enhance the user experience and utility of Keaton Row’s mobile product. Time Inc. established itself as Keaton Row’s lead investor in its Series A funding round, according to a company statement on Wednesday. Time Inc. suggests this is just the first step of a more comprehensive e-commerce strategy. “As we build out our fashion and beauty network, e-commerce will serve as a cornerstone and this is the first of several opportunities we’re considering,” says Evelyn Webster, Time Inc. EVP, in a statement. She goes on to say, “Keaton Row’s peer-to-peer social commerce model matches our sensibility and will open up an arrary of e-commerce opportunities. We are excited to explore how our premium content can enhance the Keaton Row Marketplace and help fuel the growth of its business.” InStyle will be one of the expected brands to develop synergies with Keaton Row. Not only does it purportedly have a total brand reach of 21 million, but it also claims that 83 percent of its readers look to it for shopping advice. The investment secured Time Inc. a seat on the two-year-old online fashion marketplace startup’s board of directors. Neither party has disclosed financial terms of the investment. But according to Fox Business News, Keaton Row already received more than $4 million in investments from a group that includes Menlo Ventures, Rho Capital and Grape Arbor Venture.last_img read more

See Japans Hayabusa2 use an asteroid as a trampoline

first_img Space Sci-Tech Japan’s Hayabusa2 space probe fires bullet into asteroid 0 Now playing: Watch this: 3:29 Last month, the Japanese Space Agency’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft touched down on the asteroid Ryugu. It landed just long enough to fire a bullet into the space rock to dislodge some little bits that were hopefully sucked up for transport back to Earth.You can read all about the mission in our earlier coverage, but on Tuesday the space agency, also known as JAXA, released new video footage of the key moment.The above video comes from Hayabusa2’s small monitor camera, called CAM-H, which is positioned right above the long, cylindrical sampler horn that did the asteroid touching, shooting and sampling. You can see the craft descending into what seems to be a rock-strewn landing spot and then immediately ascending after firing the bullet to send bits of ancient cosmic cobble flying.An image captured by Hayabusa2’s small monitor camera moments after the spacecraft fired a bullet into Ryugu, dislodging large amounts of debris. JAXA If the video seems jumpy, it’s not your internet connection (or it’s not just  your connection). The frame rate as the craft descends is only one frame every five seconds and then it increases to one or two frames per second at the moment of touchdown and firing. The video is also sped up by 5x. Still, the whole operation was pulled off in just a few minutes. During a press conference early Tuesday, JAXA said the touchdown appears to have collected a “sufficient sample.”The agency also said it’s nicknamed the point where Hayabusa2 touched down “Tamatebako,” which translates to “treasure box.”NASA is in the midst of its own asteroid-sampling mission, with its Osiris-Rex spacecraft now mapping the asteroid Bennu, which it plans to touch down on in 2020. Hayabusa2 is far from done with Ryugu. Next up, JAXA plans to use a “small carry-on impactor” (SCI) aboard the spacecraft to create an artificial crater on the surface of the asteroid. Hayabusa2 will then attempt a second touchdown in or near the newly blasted crater. Hayabusa2’s schedule has it attempting to blast a new mark into Ryugu as soon as the first week of April, followed by another touchdown attempt sometime after May. Share your voice Post a comment Tagslast_img read more

What made Idea Cellular post Rs 12845 crore loss in Q3

first_imgIdea Cellular’s Managing Director Himanshu Kapania speaks during a news conference to announce the company’s quarterly results in Mumbai October 24, 2013.Reuters fileIndia’s third largest telecom company, Idea Cellular on Wednesday posted a loss of Rs 12.84 billion (Rs 1,284.5 crore) for the quarter ended on December 31, 2017.Idea said a sharp cut in call connect charges and competitive tariff rates among telecom companies are the reasons for the loss.Kumar Mangalam Birla-owned telecom operator had registered a loss of Rs 3.84 billion (Rs 383.9 crore) in the year-ago period, according to its regulatory filing, reports PTI.It added that the revenue from operations came in at Rs 65.1 billion (Rs 6,509.6 crore) for the quarter ended December 2017, almost 25 percent lower than Rs 86.63 billion (Rs 8,662.7 crore) in the same period the previous year.The company pointed out that 57 percent sharp decline in IUC (Interconnect Usage Charges) settlement rates negatively impacted Idea’s Revenue and EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Tax, Depreciation and Amortization) for this quarter by Rs 8,200 million (Rs 820 crore) and Rs 2,300 million (Rs 230 crore) respectively, the news agency reported.The telecom company gave hints about the merger plans with Vodafone India. Idea Cellular said that the merger is awaiting final regulatory approval and expected to complete in the first half of 2018. The proposed entity will create India’s largest telecom company by revenue and subscriber base. Last week, Reliance Jio posted a net profit of Rs 504 crore, in three months ended in December, the company announced.last_img read more

Modi didnt talk about Bangladesh polls Quader

first_imgObaidul QuaderAwami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Thursday said no foreign powers can bring any party to state power since only the people of the country are the sole authority to install any party in power through exercising their voting rights.”No foreign powers can bring anyone to power. Foreigners can be our friends. But it is completely dependent on the people to put anyone in power,” he told a press conference at the party president’s Dhanmondi political office after a meeting of the party. Quader, also minister for road transport and bridges, said if the country’s people do not want, none can stay in power by force. “It is not possible to stay in power forcibly,” he added.On the AL delegation recent visit to India, he said, they did not discuss about the election during their meeting with Indian prime minister Narendra Modi.”The visit was a party-to-party level one. Modi did not talk about the election. We talked how to further strengthen our relations,” he said, adding that his party has to maintain good relation with the party in power in India in the greater national interest.Quader said during their visit to India, they talked about every important issue prevailing between the two countries, including Teesta treaty and Rohingya crisis.”We drew the attention of the Indian prime minister about the problem we are facing due to paucity of water of the river Teesta,” he said.The AL general secretary said they invited National General Secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party Ram Madhav to visit Bangladesh.About the Gazipur City Corporation (GCC) and Khulna City Corporation (KCC) elections, Quader said they urged their partymen not to violate election code of conduct and said only the inhabitants of Gazipur and Khulna can take part in election campaigns in their respective city corporations.The minister also assured of extending all-out cooperation from the government side to the election commission to hold the city polls.AL joint-general secretaries Mahbubul Alam Hanif, Jahangir Kabir Nanak and Abdur Rahman, among others, were present on the occasion.last_img read more

Your Besotted Brain A Neuroscience Love Song

first_imgLove is complicated, scientifically speaking. There’s no single, specific “love chemical” that surges through our bodies when we see our beloved, and we can’t point to a specific corner of the brain where love resides.Still, scientists have measured real changes in our bodies when we fall in love: an ebb and flow of signaling molecules. In that early lustful phase, sex hormones like testosterone fuel the libido (in both men and women). The dopamine highs of new attraction have been compared by some scientists to the effects of cocaine use.The anxiety associated with new romance has been linked to low levels of serotonin in the brain. And some researchers say they see similarities in the way serotonin is regulated in the early phases of love and the way it is modulated in obsessive compulsive disorder.Meanwhile, our brains start producing more oxytocin, a chemical that is crucial to, among other things, the bonding of mothers and infants.Comparisons to drug use and compulsion aren’t perfect (obviously there’s a lot more fancy chemistry going on in our brains), but they do seem to speak to our experience. Love can feel addictive and all-consuming.In Skunk Bear’s new video ballad, we explore the symptoms of love and their neurological causes. Why does your heart race when you see your crush? What gives you that feeling of butterflies? And why does love make us act so dumb? This love ballad is our Valentine’s gift to you.Follow Skunk Bear, NPR’s science show, on YouTube and Facebook.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

Physicists Ponder Atoms Without Nuclei

first_imgThis illustration ashows the absolute value of the real part of the two-electron wave function for the H-initial state (a) before and (b) after an attosecond full-cycle pulse with a half-cycle momentum transfer equal to 10 atomic units and pulse duration equal to 0.6 atomic units. The arrow in (b) points in the direction in which the wavepacket is displaced with respect to the nucleus and the CM denotes the center of mass of the wavepacket. The small cut in the wavepacket in (b) is due to the electron-electron repulsion in the continuum. Image Credit: Darko Dimitrovski. Explore further What to call such a system is not yet an urgent matter, since, for now, an atom without a nucleus is just a hypothetical concept. But physicists John Briggs and Darko Dimitrovski from the University of Freiburg in Germany have recently described how such an atom might be created with the use of an attosecond laser. Capable of generating pulses that last just one billionth of a billionth of a second (10-18 seconds), an attosecond laser could possibly “detach” the electrons from an atom and – keeping their shape largely intact – remove them from being centered around the nucleus.“I would not call it an ‘atom,’” Briggs told PhysOrg.com. “Maybe an ‘atom without a nucleus’ or a ‘filleted atom.’ However, one should not forget that when several electrons are involved, once the nucleus is away, the electrons will repel themselves, and the ‘atom’ will be destroyed. Nevertheless, coincident detection of the electrons should allow reconstruction of the initial wavepacket.” Briggs said that he is not aware of the idea of an atom without a nucleus being proposed before. But such a thing could potentially be created because the duration of an attosecond laser pulse is much shorter than the orbital time of an atom’s ground-state electrons. In a hydrogen atom, for example, an electron takes about 24 attoseconds to orbit the nucleus. Besides being short, the attosecond laser pulse must also be very strong, with an electric field equal to or greater than the nuclear field experienced by a bound electron.The researchers propose that a single short (10-attosecond), strong (1018-watt) laser pulse interacting coherently with the ground electrons could be used to remove all the electrons from an atom, completely ionizing the atom. In the first half-cycle of a pulse, several atomic units of momentum would be transferred, causing the electrons to accelerate away from the nucleus without changing the form of their initial wavefunction.Normally, an electron wavepacket that leaves an atom spreads out and loses its shape, and the electrons quickly repel each other and fly apart. However, due to the extremely short attosecond pulse, the wavepacket has almost no time to spread. Although a single half-cycle pulse can produce this wavepacket, electromagnetic theory shows that a half-cycle alone cannot be produced. So the researchers use the second half-cycle pulse to stop the electron wavepacket from moving away from the nucleus, producing a stationary atomic electron cloud spatially distant from its nucleus. Instead of being centered around the original nucleus, the wavepacket has shifted and is centered around the pulse’s mean momentum. The researchers explain that this scheme could apply not only to single- or multi-electron atoms, but also to molecules. The greatest challenge, of course, is in building an attosecond laser with such a short, strong pulse. A sufficient attosecond laser – once it exists – could enable researchers to test Briggs and Dimitrovski’s proposal. Using different half-pulses, researchers could create atoms without nuclei, as well as slow down electron wavepackets for extraction by detector fields. “We conceived this as a ‘sexy’ little experiment,” Briggs explained. “However, the real message of the paper is that one should be able to fully ionize an atom or molecule (or even clusters of atoms or plasmas) and then control and manipulate, by further half-cycle momentum kicks, the state of the continuum electron wavepacket. The possibility of observing rather directly the spatial bound-state atomic wavefunction moving nucleus-free, essentially undistorted, is just one example of this general technique that the development of strong attosecond lasers will make realizable.”More information: Briggs, John S.; and Dimitrovski, Darko. “Ionization in attosecond pulses: creating atoms without nuclei?” New Journal of Physics 10 (2008) 025013.Copyright 2008 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img You might remember learning in sixth grade science class that isotopes are atoms that have lost or gained a few neutrons, and ions are atoms that have lost or gained a few electrons. But what about an atom that has lost its entire nucleus – when essentially all that remains are the electrons whizzing around in their defined orbits? What happens when you explode a chemical bond? Citation: Physicists Ponder Atoms Without Nuclei (2008, March 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-03-physicists-ponder-atoms-nuclei.htmllast_img read more

Atomtronic transistor and diode could advance quantum computing

first_img Can alkaline earth metals be used in quantum computing? (PhysOrg.com) — What if atoms could be used to perform the functions currently the province of electronic devices? The goal of atomtronics is to do just that by creating analogues to the common items found in electronic devices. Ron Pepino, a graduate student at JILA and the University of Colorado, believes that he and his colleagues have found a way to create the atomtronic versions of diode and transistor circuits. The work of Pepino, Cooper, Anderson and Holland is described in Physical Review Letters: “Atomtronic Circuits of Diodes and Transistors.” Citation: Atomtronic transistor and diode could advance quantum computing (2009, October 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-10-atomtronic-transistor-diode-advance-quantum.html “In our work, we create a one-to-one analogy between conventional electronic circuits and atoms trapped in optical lattices,” Pepino tells PhysOrg.com. “In this analogy, the current carriers — the electrons — are replaced with neutral, ultracold atoms, the semiconductor material that the electrons traverse is replaced with an optical lattice, and the electric potential difference — which induces the flow of electrons around the circuit — is replaced by a chemical potential difference”“The dynamics of atoms in optical lattices, which are basically crystals of light, have been studied both theoretically and experimentally for many years now. We add to this field by theoretically demonstrating that the electronic properties of the diode and transistor can be observed in specifically tailored optical lattices,” Pepino continues.The team at JILA believes that it is possible to emulate the behavior of a semiconductor diode in these atomic systems. “We have predicted that you can take the optical lattice, manipulate its experimentally-tunable parameters in a specific way, and recover diode-like phenomena,” Pepino explains, “Our simulations show that this augmented optical lattice will allow atoms to flow across it from left to right, for example, but forbids the atoms to traverse the lattice going the other way. We have modeled this, and we think it might work.”Pepino and his peers have also modeled an atomtronic transistor. “All modern electronics contain transistors; they are the fundamental building blocks of electronics and computers. Naturally, we want an atomtronic version.” The transistor designed by Pepino and his colleagues exhibits on/off switching behavior, and acts as an amplifier. By configuring the optical lattice in a manner discussed in their article, they show that it is possible to recover the characteristics of the conventional electronic transistor in the atomic world. He points out that atomtronics probably won’t replace electronics. “Atoms are sluggish compared to electrons, and that means that you probably won’t see atomtronics replace current electronic devices. What atomtronics might be useful for is the field of quantum information.” Because electrons lose any possible initial quantum state as they bounce around through the energy dissipating semiconductor or metallic systems, they are ill-equipped for quantum computing. “In quantum computing, you store a quantum state on an object, perform operations on the object and then read out the final state. If the system is not coherent, the initial stored information is lost,” Pepino points out. “Atoms trapped in optical lattices have been considered extensively for specific quantum computing schemes due to their inherent energy conserving characteristics. The dynamics of our atomtronic devices would be coherent and potentially useful in quantum computing.” He also suggests that there is the possibility that atomtronics could be useful in obtaining sensitive measurements. At the very least, he concludes, “atomtronic systems provide a nice test of fundamental concepts in condensed matter physics.”While these ideas have been modeled, they have yet to be built. Pepino says that an effort is under way to set up experiments that could provide a proof of principle for the work being done at JILA and the University of Colorado by experimental collaborator and co-author Dana Anderson.More information: Pepino, et. al. “Atomtronic Circuits of Diodes and Transistors,” Physical Review Letters (2009). Available online: http://link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevLett.103.140405 Copyright 2009 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com.center_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Indian employees to see 108 salary hike in 2015

first_imgAccording to Towers Watson 2014-15 Asia-Pacific Salary Budget Planning Report, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Vietnam are set to lead the way with over 11 per cent overall salary increases while India is placed at the fourth position with an increase of 10.8 per cent. The report added that though salary across the regions are set to rise, a corresponding rise in inflation would mean that pay increases in ‘real terms’ would be eroded significantly in the coming year. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashChina is expected to see the highest salary increase — 5.2 per cent in real terms in the region, followed by Pakistan (4.5 per cent), Bangladesh (4.3 per cent), Vietnam (4.1 per cent) and Sri Lanka (3.8 per cent). India was ranked sixth with a corresponding real increase of 3.5 per cent. ‘We foresee an increased economic growth in Asia Pacific in 2015 in light of a declining unemployment rate and rising GDP in the region,’ Towers Watson Data Services practice leader, Asia Pacific Sambhav Rakyan said. Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian tourists‘This, in turn, will lead to inflationary pressures that affect real salary increases. Indians will only see an effective salary increase that is one-third of the overall salary increase due to such pressures,’ Rakyan added.The report further noted that in 8 out of the 10 sectors surveyed, the pay raises for Executive Directors and Senior Management in India are expected to be higher than or equal to 2014 with the professional services sector particularly standing out at 4.5 per cent. In India all employees — from production workers to executive directors — are set to have higher pay raises than last year.last_img read more

Drivers protest against plying of illegal autos

first_imgKolkata: The drivers of Baguiati-Ultadanga auto rickshaw route suspended their service alleging that several autos are plying illegally on the same route. It has been alleged that the drivers of such auto-rickshaws behave badly with the passengers.According to the sources, the number legal autos on the Baguiati-Ultadanga route is around 350. But every day approximately 600 autos ply on the same route. The auto drivers with legal documents alleged that over 250 autos are plying without any valid papers. “As people do not know about these autos, they tend to blame all the auto drivers in case of extra fare or rude behaviour,” said an auto driver. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe auto drivers on Friday afternoon stopped their service protesting against the illegal auto drivers. They demanded strict action against the illegal autos plying on their mentioned regularly. Due to plying of illegal autos, the legal auto drivers’ earning have came down. In the evening, the number of autos that ply has become low compared to the number of passengers. Sources informed that several autos do not have any insurance as they are not authorised by the Regional Transport Authority (RTA). Thus, the passengers of those autos will not get any compensation if the auto meets with an accident.last_img read more

Gay couples too face domestic violence

first_imgWhile intimate partner violence is a prevalent and pressing concern in heterosexual relationships, gay couples too may be at an increased risk of physical and sexual violence, emotional abuse as well as controlling behaviour, finds a study.According to researchers, the violence links back to HIV prevention because men in abusive relationships may find it hard to negotiate for condom use or even when and how they have sex. A gay man who is struggling with his identity might lash out at his partner with physical or emotional abuse as a stress response behaviour – similar to heterosexual couples, where an unemployed man lashes out at his female partner because he feels inadequate. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe study makes a strong connection between internalized homophobia and violence, the findings showed.”If you just looked at physical and sexual violence in male couples, it’s about 25 to 30 per cent, roughly the same as women,” said Rob Stephenson, Professor at the University of Michigan in the US.”We’re stuck in this mental representation of domestic violence as a female victim and a male perpetrator, and while that is very important, there are other forms of domestic violence in all types of relationships,” Stephenson added. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe research is important because it debunks that stereotype, and accounts for controlling and isolating behaviours as well as physical abuse, Stephenson said.For the study, published in the American Journal of Men’s Health, the researchers recruited 320 men (160 couples) to independently complete individual surveys measuring demographic information, partner violence experience and perpetration, and individual and relationship characteristics that may shape the experience of violence. They found that 46 per cent of the 320 men (160 couples) experienced some form of intimate partner violence in the last year – physical and sexual violence, emotional abuse and controlling behaviour.The Supreme Court in India has began hearing a number of petitions challenging Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code which criminalises consensual homosexuality for people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender.last_img read more

Massive fire erupts at multistoreyed building near Exide Crossing

first_imgKolkata: A major fire broke out at a multi-storeyed building near Exide crossing on Friday morning. Twelve fire tenders were pressed into action and the flames was doused after almost three hours. None was hurt or trapped in the building.On Friday morning, around 9:30 am, fire broke out at an office of an interior decoration company on the 4th floor of a multi-storied building located on 60, Chowringhee Road, popularly known as Mukherjee Building. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataWithin a few minutes thick black smoke covered the entire Exide crossing and Bishop Lefroy Road. Occupants of the building ran out of the apartment in panic and people residing in adjacent buildings also got frightened seeing the thick black smoke and they too rushed out of their homes. Police and fire brigade were immediately informed. Primarily three fire tenders were sent to douse the flames but fire fighters realised that the intensity of the fire is quite high and therefore fire brigade control room was asked to send more fire tenders. Later, in two phases eight more fire tenders were sent at the incident site. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAt the first, fire fighters evacuated all the apartments adjacent to Mukherjee building. While a section of firefighters sprayed water from the ground floor, other firefighters divided into two groups sprayed water from other buildings. The Disaster Management Group (DMG), Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) and Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation (CESC) also joined the fire fighters to bring the flames under control. The situation turned serious when a major vertical crack developed on the building due to the heat. Soon, a huge portion of the building collapsed. According to firefighters, the building was weak and therefore it collapsed but necessary safety precautions were taken in this regard. Fire minister Sujit Bose and Director General of Fire Jag Mohan arrived at the spot to take stock of the situation. After an elaborate discussion with the fire officials, Bose said: “Senior officials have visited the spot. The flames were brought under controlled after two hours. Though a part of the building collapsed, no one is trapped or injured. Some parts of the apartment need to be demolished. KMC will take a decision on that. An inquiry will be conducted to find out whether the building authorities have mandatory fire license and no objection certificates. Stringent action will be taken if negligence is found on anybody’s part. Some residents told me that they were alerted by the fire alarm.” According to CESC, engineers reached the site within 20 minutes and found that the fire erupted on the 4th floor of the multi-storied building. After consulting the fire brigade officials, power supply to the affected building was re-energised within 5 minutes. CESC engineers and workers kept a minute-to-minute watch till the fire was completely doused. Later, after the clearance given by the fire brigade, power supply was restored.last_img read more

Budget cuts not a problem says Visit Florida Canada still a top

first_img Tuesday, June 25, 2019 Share Tags: Crystal River, Florida, Pensacola, SeaWorld Travelweek Group Posted bycenter_img Budget cuts not a problem, says Visit Florida, Canada still a top priority TORONTO — Any concerns about Visit Florida losing steam in the Canadian market following hefty budget cuts were eased yesterday at a media luncheon in Toronto, where much of the talk centered on Canadian initiatives and the importance of travel agents.News broke earlier this year that the state-funded tourism agency’s budget would be cut by US$26 million (from $76m to $50m) next fiscal year, and that the agency itself would expire on Oct. 1. That date, however, has been extended until June 30, 2020 following last-minute budget talks, giving Visit Florida another year to stay afloat and market the destination, particularly in Canada.Speaking exclusively to Travelweek, Meagan Dougherty, Public Relations Director, says that Canada will still be a “huge” target for the agency and that the new budget will not alter its focus at all.“We just have to make our marketing dollars work harder for us and stretch further. When you have a larger budget you can do this, this and this. But with a smaller budget, you really have to pare that down and see what’s going to make the biggest impact,” she says.Canada, she adds, is Florida’s number one international market, with 3.5 million visitors last year, up 2% over the year before. Even more impressive is the fact that Canadians spend an average 21 days in the Sunshine State, making them a highly coveted market.“We’re really seeing an uptick among Canadians, both the drive and fly markets,” she says. “A couple years ago, we took Canada for granted and didn’t put as much emphasis here, which is why we started to see the numbers going down. But as soon as we started reminding Canadians of what we have to offer, the numbers started to go up again.”This renewed focus on Canada will take a slightly different approach; while previous directives showcased Florida’s beaches and theme parks, new efforts are being made to highlight lesser-known destinations within the state.Sana Keller and Meagan Dougherty“We really want to highlight more ‘unknown-to-Canadian’ destinations, which is why we’re here today in Toronto,” says Dougherty. “Florida fatigue is real, but that’s only because people are staying in their comfort zones and going to the same places every year. We want to tell them to come on down and try something new.”More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTHow this message is delivered to Canadians depends heavily on travel agents, she adds. Referring to them as “our first point of contact on the front lines”, Dougherty stresses the importance of education and why agents need first-hand experience to better sell the destination.“We want to make sure our travel agents are educated to be able to sell the other side of Florida. We have to get them here to experience it for themselves,” she says.To do this, Visit Florida has tied in some of its fams into its new Florida Travel Pro program, an e-learning platform that was launched in both English and French last year. The agency also recently welcomed new Chief Marketing Officer Gerardo Llanes in May, who Dougherty says is very trade-focused.“He’s already hit the ground running and making sure that we have all of the tools in place for our travel agents to learn the destination and sell it as we would – as Floridians,” she says. “He comes to us with a lot of experience in the tourism sector and we’re really looking forward to the changes and improvements he’s going to help us make, especially in the Canadian market.”Here are the destination partners that participated at the luncheon:Suzanne Pelisson-Beasley, SeaWorld Parks & EntertainmentSEAWORLD PARKS & ENTERTAINMENT• According to Suzanne Beasley, Senior Manager of Communications, SeaWorld’s mission focuses solely on education and conservation: “We want guests to be entertained but also be educated and inspired.”• Many of SeaWorld’s attractions are tied to conservation groups and initiatives. For example, SeaWorld San Diego’s new Tidal Twister coaster, which opened in May 2019, is partnered with The Rising Tide Conservation, which develops techniques for raising marine ornamental fish for both public displays and private aquariums. Its messaging can be seen throughout the ride.• All three SeaWorld parks in Orlando – SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando and Discovery Cove – are now designated as certified autism centres. According to Beasley, the designation will be rolled out to all parks in the coming year.Nicole Stacey, Visit PensacolaPENSACOLA• This family-friendly, laidback beach destination is the most northwestern city in Florida. It’s also America’s oldest settlement, established in 1559.• Pensacola is the only city from Jacksonville to New Orleans where visitors can enjoy the ‘Big 5’: Symphony, Museums, Orchestra, Ballet and Art.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin Cruises• Don’t miss the Naval Aviation Museum, a popular attraction for history buffs and multi-generational groups• Palafox Street, named after General Jose de Palafox y Melzi, has been named one of the best streets in America.CRYSTAL RIVER• This coastal gem in western Florida is located just over an hour north from Tampa, and less than two hours west of Orlando• Though small in size (the population is only 3,500), Crystal River is known for being the Manatee Capital of the World, as it’s the only place in North America where you can swim with these gentle creatures in the wild. Surrounding springs flow at a constant 23 degrees Celsius, making the waters attractive to both the manatees and swimmers throughout the year.• Other popular activities include boating, diving, fishing and eco-tours.OCALA MARION COUNTY• Located dead centre in the state, the county is big on horses, known for ample horseback riding and horse carriage rides. It’s officially been named the ‘Horse Capital of the World’.• Other popular activities include bird watching, zipline, river tubing and hiking.• Ocala/Marion County is home to some of the best mountain biking trails in the world. Its Santos Mountain Bike Trails have received the prestigious designation of a bronze-level Ride Center by the International Mountain Bicycling Association, one of only six designated Ride Centers in the United States.• Coming in January 2021 is the World Equestrian Centre, which upon completion will offer horse barns, sporting arenas, a concert venue and an all-suite luxury hotel that will feature a 2,200 square-foot Presidential Suite.FLORIDA’S SPORTS COAST• Following a rebrand in 2018, Pasco County is now known as Florida’s Sports Coast, capitalizing on the destination’s long list of outdoor activities, sports facilities and water sports.• Don’t miss the James E. Grey Preserve, 80 acres of protected swamps and uplands where you can enjoy a leisurely stroll along the boardwalk.• Birdwatchers will have a field day at Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park, where they can spot Bald Eagles, Roseate Spoonbills and even the elusive Black Rail. Other wildlife that call the Salt Spring home include Gray fox, gopher tortoises and dolphins. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Broadcast technologies firm Pace will showcase its

first_imgBroadcast technologies firm Pace will showcase its new Ultra HD, High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) platform at IBC.The platform is designed to deliver sharp detail and smooth movement at resolutions up to four times higher than normal HD, said Pace.HEVC’s H.265 compression technology gives operators bandwidth savings for Ultra HD broadcast and existing HD broadcasts enabling them to improve their operational efficiency and increase the number of channels they can offer, it added.“Ultra HD represents a huge step change in viewing experience and network performance.  Next year’s World Cup will be a showcase for the technology and the first commercial Ultra HD broadcasts expected soon after – driving the demand for HEVC supported hardware,” said Shane McCarthy, president of Pace International.“Momentum will grow significantly in 2015 with cable and satellite operators looking to deliver this super high-quality experience to their subscribers as more 4K content is produced.  The Ultra HD market is poised for take off, Pace is at the forefront with our Ultra HD HEVC platform which enables operators to deliver this immersive viewing experience to their subscribers.”Pace said it will also use IBC to preview a range of new hardware, software and services for broadcast and broadband providers.Pace will exhibit at IBC on stand 1.B19last_img read more

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first_img Recommended Links The single threat that neither Trump nor Hillary is ready for… A new law threatens to restrict your access to your own cash in America…and the resulting event will threaten to shut down every single ATM. This threat will catch Trump AND Hillary completely unaware… Congressmen and billionaires have already prepared – have you? Go here to watch the video presentation… – Editor’s note: We believe dedicating a portion of your portfolio to gold is the best move you can make right now. And despite gold’s big year so far, this bull market is just heating up… Today, in place of our normal market commentary, we’re passing along expert insight from Palm Beach Letter editor Teeka Tiwari. As you’ll see, Teeka likes gold today for the same reasons we do here at the Dispatch. And like us, he says now is the time to take advantage… From Teeka Tiwari, editor, The Palm Beach Letter: It’s been a long time since I liked gold. Almost nine years, in fact. Back in September 2007, I recommended gold to my readers at $750 per ounce. I predicted it would go to $2,000 per ounce. It “only” went to $1,920. I haven’t heard any complaints… Since early 2012, I’ve hated gold. It was nothing personal. The charts were telling me that gold was in a bear market. So I’ve been sitting on the sidelines. But that’s all changed recently… You see, while I’ve been patiently waiting… a number of factors have begun converging. And just recently, they activated one of my “bull” triggers… telling me it’s time to buy again. A Gold Trigger I Haven’t Seen in Years I’m a chart and big-picture trend guy. I look for big trends driven by economics, demographics, and shifts in political policies. When I’m analyzing long-term trends, I use Point & Figure (PNF) charts. It’s an underused form of technical analysis that not many people are aware of. I’ve found it’s excellent in measuring the “battle” between buyers (demand) and sellers (supply). What I like about PNF charts is they screen out a lot of the “noise” that you get on a candlestick or bar chart. Take a look at the PNF chart of gold below. If you’re a novice investor… you might not know what to make of it… The downtrend line is in red. You can see that gold has clearly broken the downtrend line that had been in place since 2011. (The Xs represent demand… and the Os represent supply.) Will This “TERRIFYING” Video Leave You Speechless Too? Over the past few weeks, this terrifying video has been viewed thousands of times… Have you seen it? We believe Doug Casey’s forecast is too urgent to ignore, so if you haven’t viewed this video, I urge you to click here now. WARNING: Doug’s shocking revelation about America’s future is controversial. It may anger some. Viewer discretion is advised.center_img This is an incredibly bullish sign. This breakout tells me that gold has started a brand-new bull market. These Two Forces Are Driving Up Gold It’s not just the charts that have me bullish. I’m seeing two bullish forces lining up behind gold. The first is negative interest rates. According to Bank of America Merrill Lynch, there is $13 trillion of negative-yielding global government debt… At the beginning of 2014, there was none. Let me explain why this is very bullish for gold. When institutions consider buying gold, they pause. That’s because gold pays no dividend. Investors have to rely solely on capital appreciation to see any profits. Throughout history, cash and cash equivalents (such as bonds) have always paid interest while you hold them. So institutions have preferred to hold cash and bonds over gold. That is no longer true. — Due to low and negative interest rates, it’s now cheaper to hold gold than it is to hold cash or bonds. This is the first time in 5,000 years that it’s been cheaper to hold gold than cash and cash equivalents. This is going to cause hundreds of billions of institutional dollars to flow out of cash and bonds and into gold… and that is very bullish. Another bullish force for gold just took place in the U.K. In June, 52% of U.K. voters chose to leave the European Union. No one thought it could happen. Certainly not the elite. But the repercussions have been reverberating throughout the world. The British pound is at its lowest level in over a decade. And European banks are feeling the pain. Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, and The Royal Bank of Scotland are all down more than 50% over the last year. The truth is no one knows for certain how Brexit will play out. But one thing is known: It’s caused a lot of fear and uncertainty in the market. With negative rates and growing global uncertainty, investors are turning to a safe haven asset—gold. The combined forces of negative interest rates, European uncertainty, and gold’s recent breakout are what has me so bullish on gold. And I believe it’s just the beginning… How We’re Taking Advantage of Gold’s Uptrend Over the next few years, I expect two things will happen… The first is interest rates will go even lower as central banks struggle to “fix” the global economy. The second is we’ll see even more uncertainty strike across Europe. My analysis of the current available gold supply—matched with the new demand I see coming—suggests that these forces will be enough to push gold up to $3,600 per ounce. (It’s currently trading near $1,325.) One easy way to profit from this trend is to own physical gold. I recommend holding a small portion of your assets (3-5%) in physical gold as a chaos hedge. In times of turmoil, gold will serve as a store of value for your wealth and as a ballast for your portfolio against any financial chaos. By owning physical gold, you could more than double your investment when gold hits $3,600. But if you want a chance to capture massive gains from gold’s rally, I suggest a different approach… You’re going to want to put a small portion (no more than 1% in each position) of your assets in a few small-cap companies leveraged to the price of gold. These include smaller gold-mining, royalty, and processing companies. Investing in these types of stocks is what PBRG founder Tom Dyson and I call “asymmetric” investing. An asymmetric investment is an idea that has massive upside potential. This can vary from 10-100 times the initial investment. With that range of returns, you don’t have to put a lot of money into an idea. That’s the asymmetric part. Your potential upside is so huge… you can risk a very small amount of money (even just $1,000) and still put yourself in a position to make tens of thousands—perhaps even hundreds of thousands—of dollars in profits. The gold bull market is coming, and now is the time to buy in. Editor’s note: Teeka recently used his “asymmetric” investing strategy to uncover a tiny $2 gold stock in Peru with a major stake in a brand-new gold discovery. And the stock could go up 400%… even 500%… Click here to learn more about this incredible opportunity…last_img read more

The number of kids who struggle with thoughts of s

first_imgThe number of kids who struggle with thoughts of suicide or who attempt to kill themselves is rising. New research, published Wednesday in Pediatrics, finds children ages 5 to 17 visited children’s hospitals for suicidal thoughts or attempts about twice as often in 2015 as in 2008.The study found kids of all ages are affected though increases were greatest for older adolescents. Lead author Gregory Plemmons, a pediatrician and researcher at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., says the study results confirmed what he had been seeing at the hospital.He says he hopes clinicians and families take note. “The No. 1 thing to take home is that it’s important to talk about this and important to ask about it,” he says.The findings line up with past data showing a steady increase in teen suicide over the past decade. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported last year that a drop in adolescent suicide in the 1990s and early 2000s reversed course in 2008, though it has not yet reached peak levels seen in the 1980s. It’s not clear what has contributed to the increase, but the study noted the 2008 financial crisis may be one factor.Plemmons and his co-researchers examined billing data from 2008 to 2015 from a database of 49 children’s hospitals across the U.S. They included all emergency department encounters, stays for observation and inpatient hospitalizations at those hospitals. However, community hospitals were not included.The researchers turned up 115,856 visits for suicidal ideation or attempts, during the seven-year period. Such visits represented 0.7 percent of total children’s hospital visits in 2008, but by 2015 had increased to 1.8 percent of all visits. More than half the visits required at least one night of hospitalization, and nearly 1 in 7 required intensive care.Older teens were more likely to end up in the hospital and had the greater increase in hospital visits. About half of suicide-related hospital visits for the time studied were from teens ages 15 to 17, but 12- to 14-year-olds closely trailed them, making up 37 percent of visits. Children ages 5 to 11 made up the remaining 13 percent.One of the study’s most striking findings was a seasonal trend in hospital visits. Throughout the years, visits peaked in midfall and midspring and fell to the lowest point in the summer. “We knew there was an association with school seasons, but actually seeing that mapped out was surprising,” says Plemmons. It suggests a link with school pressures. “It really speaks to the stress and the strain at school,” says Dr. Robert Dicker, associate director of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks, N.Y. “Kids appear to be under much more academic success to achieve and their perception of falling short.”Dicker, who was not involved in the study, noted possible influences from the media, particularly social media.Plemmons also drew attention to social media’s influence. “You’re becoming more disconnected and not having relationships with real people, and at the same time, you’re being fed a false distortion of what reality is, where everything looks great onscreen,” he says.Cyberbullying and sexting, he adds, could also be risk factors. “These kids have to deal with pressures that we didn’t deal with.”Other possible contributors noted in the study included earlier puberty in girls, since reaching puberty is a risk factor for suicide. Girls made up two-thirds of the hospital visits in the study period.But none of these possibilities is definitive. “This type of study is very good at revealing trends but cannot address causality,” says Dr. Laurel Williams, chief of psychiatry at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. Despite being the third-leading cause of death in adolescents, suicide is still relatively rare, making it harder to study causes, she says. But it is important to screen for depression and anxiety, she says. Her institution also uses validated screening tools to screen adolescents and is exploring teleconsultation strategies to help pediatricians manage cases if they feel underprepared or uncomfortable. “We know there are a lot of patients still out there who have clinical depression who are not accessing care,” Plemmons says, adding that it’s important for adults to identify resources in their area for struggling teens. Parents can start with their child’s primary care doctor.But the most important first step is one anyone can take.”The current best method for identifying risk is to ask,” Williams says. “Asking a young person how they are feeling, not just how they are doing, is essential. We need to give young people the time and space to talk about how they are feeling. This involves developing closer relationships over time, not something you can scramble at the last minute or only in moments of crisis.”Plemmons also emphasized the importance of talking to adolescents about the issue. “There’s still a huge stigma and anything you can do to destigmatize it helps,” he says, adding that a fear still exists among some pediatricians and parents that discussing suicide may suggest it to adolescents. “We know from literature that that’s not the case,” Plemmons says. “Talking about it can sometimes help reduce the risk.” If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (En Español: 1-888-628-9454; Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889) or the Crisis Text Line by texting 741741. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

In September 2016 the town of East Liverpool Ohi

first_imgIn September 2016, the town of East Liverpool, Ohio, captured national attention when a photo of a local couple’s overdose went viral. It showed a woman and her boyfriend sprawled comatose in the front seats of a car, while the woman’s 4-year-old grandson sat in the back. The image was originally posted by the local police department. Overnight, East Liverpool, a town of just over 11,000 people, became the face of the opioid crisis enveloping parts of the country.Like many small communities in the Appalachian region, East Liverpool struggles with a foundering economy. The town is in the Mahoning Valley region, once home to a thriving steel industry. The region now has high unemployment and low average income, and has seen a steadily rising opioid overdose rate over the last decade. The viral photo triggered a painful moment of self-reflection in East Liverpool. The community took steps to address its addiction problem, but progress has been spotty. New funds became available for treatment, and a local clinic started offering medication-assisted treatment in town, but it has since shut down. The police department got a grant to start a quick-response team to help connect overdose patients to recovery services, but then funding ran out. Photographer Ian Brown traveled to the East Liverpool area several times to document this community and talk to people about how they feel about their town and their own futures. Here are the faces, and words, of the people of East Liverpool.In 2013, after seeing people she was close to struggle with addiction, CeCe Douglas (right) brought together a group of women in the community to start a grassroots nonprofit called Enough is Enough. The group helps people connect to treatment options in the community and also runs food drives and coat drives. She thinks local government and the community should be doing more to help combat addiction. Clentona Gist (left) is Douglas’ half-sister. Gist is recovering from a family tragedy that happened several years ago. Gist says Douglas has been her primary support since then, as she struggles with grief and works on her recovery from a crack cocaine addiction.Ryan Stovall (left), the mayor of East Liverpool and a part-time police officer, Brian Allen (center), the city safety manager, and John Lane (right), the police chief, together made the decision to release and post the photo that went viral in 2016, sparking a national conversation about the opioid epidemic.They instituted a more aggressive approach to policing to crack down on drug dealers, including a community-based program encouraging citizens to report any suspicious, drug-related activity they witness. The administration also created a Facebook page where photos of people charged with drug offenses are posted in an effort to “out” dealers and make it known that East Liverpool is taking a stance against drugs.Some in the community say that this tougher approach may just be moving the problem out of East Liverpool to neighboring communities. But Stovall stands by it, saying he “would gladly share our effective eradication approach” with other communities.Stovall says that his administration is now shifting its focus from law enforcement to economic growth. “Economic diversity and jobs are the key to our continued success,” Stovall said via email. Tawnia Jenkins grew up in East Liverpool and still lives in the house she was raised in. She began using and dealing drugs in the late 1990s, she says, when she lost her job and needed to supplement her income. Jenkins was eventually arrested and served time in prison. When she was released, she says it was difficult to get a job as a felon, but eventually she put herself through college. She now works as a drug intake counselor and peer support specialist at a local outpatient recovery clinic, the Family Recovery Center.Jenkins says she wanted to come back and help: “I returned home to become a thriving, supportive citizen of East Liverpool.” She says the town has a long way to go in tackling addiction.”The cops may say they have cracked down, but there is still an epidemic here,” she says. “There are more bars and empty buildings than resource centers or even housing for people who want to get clean but can’t due to living arrangements.”She says the town also lacks activities for young people to be involved in: “When you look at downtown, you see empty buildings and lost hope.”Melody Monteiro grew up in East Liverpool and works as a drug intake counselor for people facing incarceration. She says the town already had an addiction problem, including crack and alcohol, before that infamous overdose photo.”The [2016] picture highlighted a problem that had been ongoing for years,” she says. It wasn’t until middle-class people started dying of opioid overdoses that the town started waking up to the severity of its problem, she says. Monteiro says she would like to see more resources going toward residential treatment and supportive living environments for people in recovery, like halfway houses. Without long-term support, people with addiction may end up relapsing. Inpatient residential treatment options are scarce in the area, especially for women.Shannon Marie Johnson is a mother of four who lives in East Liverpool. She says she has lost a lot of good friends and acquaintances to heroin. She says talking to her kids about these deaths has been one of the hardest things she has ever had to do. But she says, she still has optimism about the future of the town.In 2015, Glen McMillin Jr. was hit by a drunk driver while riding his motorcycle. After the accident, he was prescribed pain pills by his doctors. He became addicted and began buying pills from dealers in town until he eventually started using heroin. McMillin says he overdosed three different times. Here, he is pictured standing in the ditch where he had his third overdose. He was revived with Narcan and was in intensive care for five days. Afterwards, he got on Vivitrol, a medication that treats opioid addiction and became involved in a faith-based nonprofit treatment program, which, he says, changed his life. He has been in recovery for over a year.Josh Lytle used to use and deal drugs and has spent time in prison. His father began a faith-based treatment program in 2008 called Family Care Ministries as a way to deal with Lytle’s addiction and incarceration. In 2016, Lytle and his family moved to East Liverpool to open a new chapter of the ministry. He has partnered with the police department and has been offering assistance, treatment and counseling for people struggling with addiction and for their families.Officer Kelsey Hedrick is a 21-year veteran of the East Liverpool Police. He runs the East Liverpool Police Museum and takes visitors on tours of historic crime sites in the town. He thinks the police have been doing a good job fighting the drug epidemic with the resources they have.Mitzi Stoddard says she used heroin for seven years before she got into court-ordered recovery two years ago. She went to a rehab center, where she says she learned she had to change more than her drug use. “You have to change your entire life and the way you think,” she says. Addiction is a family matter for her. She says she watched a loved one overdose in 2017 and watched the paramedics revive them, using several doses of naloxone, the overdose antidote.Stoddard says the community needs an economic boost and more addiction treatment resources, including long-term rehab, trauma counseling and mental health counseling.”We need long-term care … 90 days to 6 months. Those type of inpatient facilities they have some in neighboring counties,” she says.Ian Brown is a freelance documentary photographer from Toronto. His series, “American Dreams”, is a collection of portraits of people across the U.S. His Instagram is @ianbrownphotography.This story was edited by Meredith Rizzo and Carmel Wroth of NPR. Design and development by Alyson Hurt of NPR. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

The Labour party has refused to say if it will tak

first_imgThe Labour party has refused to say if it will take any action to support a newly-elected disabled MP who has been prevented from taking part in some House of Commons debates because of access barriers.Disability News Service (DNS) reported last week how Labour’s Jared O’Mara had been unable to attend a couple of debates in the Commons chamber because there were no seats free and he cannot stand for longer than five or 10 minutes.O’Mara (pictured, centre), who was elected for the first time in Sheffield Hallam last month, told DNS last week: “There has been a couple of times where I have not been able to get a seat and so I have not been able to attend.“The thing is with the Commons chamber, it is 650 MPs but there’s not 650 seats, so for busy events… there’s not enough seats for everybody. It’s ridiculous in this day and age.”The story caused outrage among many on social media, with Twitter and Facebook users branding it “shocking”, “grotesque”, “ridiculous”, “appalling” and a “disgrace”, while another said the Commons was “not a seat of #democracy unless everybody can sit in it”.Another said: “The thought of a disabled MP with nowhere to sit during a Commons debate takes my breath away.”But one disabled person, who said he previously worked in parliament, was critical of O’Mara.He said on Twitter that the MP could obtain a “prayer card” from a member of Commons staff, which he could use to reserve a seat for the remainder of that day if the chamber was likely to be busy.When asked what steps it was taking to ensure that O’Mara was able to take part in the work of parliament whenever he needed to, a Labour spokesman said in a statement: “Parliamentary authorities should take the concerns of Members of Parliament with disabilities seriously and make every effort to ensure they are able to carry out their jobs effectively.”Asked whether this meant it was taking no action to support O’Mara to address this access issue, the party had failed to reply by noon today (Thursday).The House of Commons refused to comment last week on the issue of seating in the chamber.It said instead that it “aims to provide a positive, inclusive working environment where people are valued for the skills and experience they bring to work, whilst being representative of the society they serve”, which means “making parliament more accessible, diverse and free from discrimination and meeting the requirements of the Equality Act 2010”.last_img read more

Darmian close to Napoli move

first_imgNapoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis stated that he is interested in signing Matteo Darmian from Manchester United. The Italian defender moved to the English Premier League from Torino in 2015 and has appeared 85 times for Manchester United. However he was restricted to just 8 league matches during Jose Mourinho’s second season at the helm of the Red Devils and has admitted that he wants more first-team opportunities.PSV Eindhoven’s Santiago Arias was also targeted by last season’s runners up but the Colombian has now signed for Atletico Madrid so as to replace the departing Sime Vrsaljko.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

Whos the Next PewDiePie

first_imgYouTube YouTubers with an authentic voice are using the platform to turn 15 minutes of fame into cross-promotional multimillion-dollar brands. Who’s the Next PewDiePie? Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Eric Samson May 25, 2017 Image credit: John Lamparski | Getty Images Founder of Group8A 7 min read Guest Writer Register Now » Next Article While it seems unnecessary to introduce someone whose YouTube channel has more than 53 million subscribers, many people still are unaware of PewDiePie. This likely is due to the fact that PewDiePie — or Pewds, as his fans lovingly refer to him — appeals mainly to a younger demographic: kids and pre-teens. PewDiePie’s childish sense of humor, proclivity for foul language and frequent girlish screams aren’t exactly geared to woo the hearts of minds of those with more mature sensibilities. Nevertheless, PewDiePie has built a massive audience for his YouTube channel. He plays video games and offers commentary, gives us glimpses of his general lifestyle as he chats with his girlfriend and appears in other short-form comedy videos. Pewds’ real name is Felix Kjellberg. He’s of Swedish origin but speaks English in all of his videos. He derived his moniker from the sound laser weapons make in video games (“pew”), death (“die”) and a cutesy suffix (“pie”) added just for giggles. The college dropout began creating videos for YouTube in 2010 while working at a hot-dog stand.Related: How to Start a YouTube ChannelWhile PewDiePie’s channel had little initial success, things took off once he began uploading videos of himself reacting to scary video games while playing them. If you’re older than 18, you might ask yourself, “Wait a second — this guy built a following of 53 million subscribers by talking over clips of himself playing video games?” In short, yes. That’s exactly what he did. “OK, then,” you think. “His commentary must be comedic gold, full of insightful observations and clever witticisms.” Nope. His sense of humor is objectively juvenile and even offensive at times. So how did a hot-dog-slinging potty mouth make $15 million in 2016?It’s simple: He’s 100 percent authentic. Whether you find Pewds’ humor hilarious or lewd, you can’t deny he’s always himself. That resonates with his viewers, many of whom feel that watching one of his videos is like hanging out with a close friend.PewDiePie’s fans (he calls them “bros”) are notoriously devoted. He’s drawn huge crowds at speaking events, and the hysteria directed toward him is somewhat reminiscent of Beatlemania.Given the amount of money Pewds has raked in, it’s no wonder other entertainers hope to cash in big with a YouTube channel success. But if authenticity trumps traditional notions of talent, how does one determine an audience’s taste before investing time and money? Authenticity alone can’t be the only relevant factor. If that were the case, every sad tween with a video diary would be a millionaire. Related: These are the 18 Most Popular YouTube Stars in the World — and Some Are Making MillionsWhile I don’t have a quick and easy recipe for how to make a multimillion-dollar YouTube channel, I can tell you that entering a popular niche in its early days will help. For example, when PewDiePie first started publishing his video-game commentary videos, watching others play video games was not a “thing.” Now consider the following passage from Rolling Stone:”Over 30 percent of internet users in the U.S. watch other internet users play video games online. Twitch, a video game streaming platform acquired by Amazon for $970 million last August, is referred to as the ‘gamer’s ESPN,’ but it draws a much larger audience than the sports network. With 100 million unique viewers per month, watching on average over an hour-and-a-half of gameplay per day, it frequently ranks as the fourth-highest trafficked site in the U.S., behind Netflix, Google and Apple.”PewDiePie’s YouTube success has given him the opportunity to branch out into other media as well. In 2015, he published “This Book Loves You,” a book consisting of illustrations and parody quotes. The book sold 112,000 copies as of January 2017. His success also earned him a partnership with Disney, which recently was terminated due to anti-Semitic content.Even with that controversy, PewDiePie’s audience size and annual revenue justify his continued reign as the King of YouTube. But no reign lasts forever. One day, another YouTuber will surpass Pewds and take the crown. Here are a few of the video creators nipping at his heels.Ray William JohnsonRay William Johnson is an actor, comedian, director, producer and rapper whose YouTube channel currently has 10.4 million followers. He’s produced videos on the platform for seven years and has a devoted base of enthusiastic fans.The majority of his videos are comedic clips that feature juvenile humor and lots of jump cuts. His channel has hosted numerous web series — most notably, “Equals Three” and “Booze Lightyear.”Johnson has transitioned from YouTube to Hollywood, founding the production company Mom & Pop Empire. The Group co-produced the film “Manson Family Vacation” with indie juggernauts The Duplass Brothers. As of 2016, Johnson’s net worth was pegged at $5 million.Related: Here’s How You Can Actually Make Money With YouTubeSmosh Comedy DuoThe Duo has earned 22.5 million subscribers and the No. 7 slot on YouTube. The pair — Ian Andrew Hecox and Daniel Anthony Padilla — launched the channel in 2005.Since then, they’ve pursued many different routes. Their three other channels (El Smosh, Shut Up! Cartoons and Smosh Games) feature Spanish-dubbed videos, animation and video-gaming content.Hecox and Padilla also are behind “Food Battle: The Game.” They released “Smosh: The Movie” in 2015, debuted the “Part-Timers” web series in 2016 and voiced animated characters in “The Angry Birds Movie.”As of 2016, the duo had an estimated net worth of $11.8 million.Colleen BallingerColleen Ballinger is a comedian and YouTuber whose channel, PsychoSoprano, claims 4.8 million subscribers. Her book, “Self-Help,” is a No. 1 New York Times best-seller.In addition to producing YouTube videos, Ballinger performs live comedy routines. She often takes on the persona of her most famous character, Miranda Sings. Sings satirizes hack YouTube singers whom she judges to be talentless, narcissistic and overly confident. Sings also often lambastes her critics and reads hate mail. She coined the phrase “Haters Back Off!” and made it the title of her 2016 Netflix series, which was renewed for a second season set to air this year.As of 2016, Ballinger’s net worth was $2 million.Related: Proving the Haters Wrong: Don’t Let Anybody Tell You ‘No’Matthew SantoroMatthew Santoro hit it big on YouTube with his “50 AMAZING Facts to Blow Your Mind!” videos and various Top 10 videos such as “10 MYTHICAL CREATURES That Actually EXISTED!” and “10 CONSPIRACY THEORIES Theories That Turned Out to be TRUE!” The Canadian YouTuber has accrued more than 5.7 million subscribers and produced numerous videos with greater than 7 million views. He also hosts Quest Nutrition’s “Food for Thought” web series. He published “MIND=BLOWN” in 2016. That same year, his network was estimated at $2.4 million.  –shares Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. 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3 Takeaways from Conor McGregors Loss to Floyd Mayweather

first_img Roy Raanani Image credit: JOHN GURZINSKI | Getty Images Next Article Register Now » –shares On Saturday night, Conor McGregor lost to Floyd Mayweather but shocked the world by going 10 rounds with “The Best Ever” before the referee ended the fight.If all you saw was McGregor’s post-fight press conference to the mainstream media you would have seen someone who made no excuses, kept up his confident exterior and tried too hard to flaunt the money he made. He also promoted his new brand of whisky. Backstage, McGregor made time for Ariel Helwani, a mixed martial arts reporter that he’s remained loyal to, and we could see the “real” Conor. I love this Conor — honest, direct, critical.Here are three powerful lessons about how McGregor acted in the face of defeat.Related: Entrepreneurs Should Watch the Mayweather-McGregor Fight, But Not Just to See Who Wins1. Don’t be afraid to own your weaknesses.In an interview later that night, McGregor says point blank that the fight turned when fatigue set in and that he doesn’t know why that is. How many of us are so open about weaknesses we recognize and are actively working on?“Fatigue got me. I don’t know what it is. It’s certainly not from working hard enough. I ******* work hard. I work hard Ariel. I worked hard. I work my *** off. I think it’s just a mental thing I need to figure out.”As a venture-backed CEO at Chorus.ai, I lean on my board members and mentors for advice. I’m always forthcoming about the things I need to work on: Celebrating wins more often, being willing to get imperfect things out the door, and a lot more.Related: 5 Lessons About Building Wealth, From Basketball Titan LeBron JamesRelated Video: Tony Robbins: Money Lessons from Boxer ‘Money’ Mayweather2. Make no excuses. Give your competitors credit where due. Continue to learn.McGregor opens the post-fight press conference complementing the things Mayweather did well. He spent very little time focused on what he did well despite being one of the top martial artists in the world.“I didn’t anticipate that. Three game changes during the fight. That’s what a true champion [Mayweather] does…much respect…I was wasting valuable energy…I became flustered a bit…He’s very composed. He picks his shots very well.”“What’s next for me is…continue to study. Continue to learn. I’m a student of martial arts and fighting as a whole. I’ve studied everyone in the game, including Floyd and it was an honor to share the ring with him.”At Chorus.ai, I started by dismissing the competition because I knew our technology and product couldn’t be beat. But competition is necessary and I’ve changed my tune. It makes us all work harder for our customers and there’s a lot we can learn from the things they do well. I regularly talk to our competitors and even feel a certain bond as we’re all creating this new category of software together. In fact, research we published for sales team showed the having competitors in deals increased win rates by a full 10 percent versus being in a deal alone.Related: Leadership Lessons From Sports Legends3. Don’t be afraid to take risks to get to where you want to go.McGregor publicly put himself out there on the biggest stage possible, in a sport where he has no professional experience. Many of us have opportunities to take a chance — lead an important meeting, present at a big conference. How many of us act on that opportunity?By taking this risk, McGregor made over $100M, introduced himself, his skills and his character in defeat to millions of boxing fans, and co-promoted what is expected to be the highest grossing fight in history. Five years ago he was collecting welfare checks. I may not like McGregor’s showman personality, but I have a tremendous respect for how he approaches his life and career. 3 Takeaways from Conor McGregor’s Loss to Floyd Mayweather Lessons Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Guest Writer Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business 4 min read Add to Queue August 29, 2017 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Five years ago McGregor was collecting welfare, now he has earned $100 million and global respect. Entrepreneur; Co-founder & CEO @ Chorus.ailast_img read more

Elon Musk Confirms He Was at an Alleged Silicon Valley Sex Party

first_img Register Now » Elon Musk Confirms He Was at an Alleged Silicon Valley ‘Sex Party’ Until 1 a.m. — But He Says He Thought it Was a Costume Party and Left Early Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business His representative said he spent his time there talking about ‘technology and building companies.’ Next Article This story originally appeared on Business Insider January 12, 2018 Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Image credit: Reuters | Danny Moloshok 4 min read Rob Price Elon Musk attended a now notorious event at a Silicon Valley investor’s home that has been described as a “sex party,” but a representative told Business Insider that Musk said there was no lurid behavior while he was there.In an extract from her forthcoming book Brotopia about the culture of the tech industry, journalist Emily Chang detailed a June 2017 party at a venture capitalist’s house that allegedly saw drug-taking and open sexual behavior.Axios subsequently identified it as the home of former DFJ investor Steve Jurvetson, while another blog post written by entrepreneur Paul Biggar said that, while they didn’t see any explicit sexual behavior, they did see Elon Musk in attendance.In a statement to Business Insider, a representative for the Tesla and SpaceX founder confirmed he was there, but that he believed it was a “corporate” costume-themed party and spent his time there talking about technology and business before leaving at 1 a.m.They said: “Elon was at the party for a couple hours and left around 1 a.m. after talking with several DFJ-funded entrepreneurs about technology and building companies. His impression was that it was a corporate party with a costume theme, not a ‘sex party’, and there was no indication that it would become one after he left.”Steve JurvetsonImage credit: Getty/Steve Jennings’As the evening wore on, several people lay down and started stroking each other.’Biggar, who left the party at 12.30 a.m., also wrote that he didn’t see any sex. “I don’t want this to be anti-climactic, but I didn’t see any sex or drugs,” he wrote. I went home at 12:30 a.m., and I guess sex parties don’t really kick off until the boring f—ers go home. I didn’t exactly know it was a sex party, and I got bored at some point and went home.”He also wrote that the party was organised by DFJ as the official afterparty for their annual summit. A DFJ representative did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s requests for comment.In November, Steve Jurvetson left DFJ, the fund he helped found, after allegations of sexual harassment were made against him.In her account, relayed to her by an anonymous “Jane Doe” at the party, Chang wrote:”Doe found herself on the floor with two couples, including a male entrepreneur and his wife. The living room had been blanketed in plush white faux fur and pillows, where, as the evening wore on, several people lay down and started stroking one another, Doe said, in what became a sizable cuddle puddle. One venture capitalist, dressed up as a bunny (it’s unclear how this fit into the edge-of-the-earth theme), offered Jane Doe some powder in a plastic bag. It was Molly.’ They said it will just make you feel relaxed and you’re going to like being touched,’ Doe recounted to me.”Critics have since raised questions about the appropriateness of the alleged event and the risk of exploitation. “Give women access by funding them, by mentoring them, by introducing them, by supporting and advising them. Do not create an ecosystem where women are systemically denied access to funding and power, and then exploit that lack of power to coerce women into having sex with you,” Biggar wrote.”Not that sex is bad, nor that sex parties are bad. Using power to deny access to women, then providing access so long as they have sex with you; that’s abuse, and that’s f—ed up.”An unnamed female entrepreneur told Chang: “If you do participate in these sex parties, don’t ever think about starting a company or having someone invest in you. Those doors get shut. But if you don’t participate, you’re shut out. You’re damned if you do, damned if you don’t.” Add to Queue –shares Elon Musklast_img read more

Yahoos Marissa Mayer Is Expecting Identical Twin Girls

first_imgMarissa Mayer Laura Entis Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. September 1, 2015 Marissa Mayer, CEO, Yahoo 2 min read Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand –shares Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer Is Expecting Identical Twin Girlscenter_img Next Article Marissa Mayer, chief executive of Yahoo, is expecting twins.”I’m pregnant! In fact, I’m expecting identical twin girls, likely arriving in December,” she announced on her personal Tumblr this morning, adding that she plans on working “throughout” her pregnancy:Since my pregnancy has been healthy and uncomplicated and since this is a unique time in Yahoo’s transformation, I plan to approach the pregnancy and delivery as I did with my son three years ago, taking limited time away and working throughout.Mayer had her son in 2012, a mere three months after she took the reins at Yahoo. Her nearly nonexistent time away from work, coupled with the rumored nursery she installed on-site, brought Yahoo’s parental leave policy to the forefront. Approximately a year after Mayer gave birth, the company extended its coverage, nearly doubling maternity paid leave for mothers to 16 weeks and adding eight weeks of paid leave for fathers.Related: How Will Netflix’s New Unlimited Parental Leave Policy Work, Exactly?In contrast to Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, who has been vocal about the difficulties facing women juggling work and family obligations, Mayer has been largely quiet on the work-life balance front. Still, in her largely peppy post, the Yahoo CEO alluded to the fact that her already full plate is about to get more crowded:Moving forward, there will be a lot to do for both my family and for Yahoo; both will require hard work and thoughtful prioritization. However, I’m extremely energized by and dedicated to both my family and Yahoo and will do all that is necessary and more to help both thrive.Mayer’s announcement adds to a growing trend of high-profile tech figures communicating personal news directly (on their companies’ platforms, of course). Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently took to the social network to announce that he and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are expecting their first child, while Sandberg wrote a heartfelt, emotional Facebook post following the death of her husband, David Goldberg.  Related: Mysterious Marissa Mayer: 5 Things You Might Not Know About the Yahoo CEO Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Add to Queue Image credit: Noah Berger | Reuters Guest Writer Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Researchers to explore the enigmatic role of unstructured protein in regulating circadian

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 20 2018A new frontier in the science of circadian rhythms – whose disruption is linked to major diseases like cancer and diabetes – suggests a previously unknown mechanism at work in our daily biological cycle. In a project supported by the National Institutes of Health, researchers will explore the enigmatic role of an unstructured protein in regulating circadian function.”We don’t have a good idea of what the biological clock controls in the cell because we haven’t been looking at the full story,” said Jennifer Hurley, lead researcher on the $1.9 million project, and the Richard Baruch M.D. Career Development Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences and member of the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.Understanding the full story will make it possible to search for drugs that can be used to correct malfunctions in circadian rhythms, which are associated with diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and many other diseases.The circadian system comprises a set of core clock proteins that anticipate the day/night cycle by acting as either a “positive” or “negative” arm over the course of 24 hours. Found in nearly all life on Earth, this biological clock ultimately creates daily oscillations in levels of enzymes and hormones that affect cell function, division, and growth, as well as physiological parameters, such as body temperature and the immune response.The “positive” arm is the better understood of the two. It produces a protein that causes as much as 40 percent of RNA in the cell to oscillate, or fluctuate in level, over the course of 24 hours. The “negative” arm has been thought to result in a protein that does little more than repress the “positive” arm.But over the last two decades, research has hinted at additional circadian activity with unknown origins. Hurley says the “negative” arm is the prime suspect. The evidence comes in the form of large-scale data she collected on the RNA and proteins of the fungus Neurospora. Proteins are produced based on RNA instructions, and if the “positive” arm were the only origin of circadian activity, fungal protein levels would only oscillate commensurate with RNA levels. But that’s not what Hurley found.Related StoriesTrump administration cracks down on fetal tissue researchOlympus Europe and Cytosurge join hands to accelerate drug development, single cell researchTAU’s new Translational Medical Research Center acquires MILabs’ VECTor PET/SPECT/CT”In data we recently published in Cell Systems, when we look at the oscillations of RNA and compare them to oscillations in protein, they don’t line up,” said Hurley. “In addition to the RNA and protein that oscillate in concert, our data shows that there is a discrepancy in that 40 percent of protein is oscillating even though the corresponding RNA is not. Our theory is that the source of this oscillating protein must be from something the ‘negative’ arm is doing.”Hurley’s research will study the functions associated with the “negative” arm in Neurospora and macrophages, cells produced by the immune system.The “negative” arm is of particular interest because it is a protein that is unstructured–or “intrinsically disordered”–meaning it can change shape, and therefore interactions, over time. The change in interactions between the “negative” arm and other proteins could cause the creation or destruction of those otherwise stable proteins to oscillate, explaining the discrepancy seen in the large-scale data.”For the last two decades, people have been looking at RNA in circadian systems and saying ‘if it isn’t oscillating, it isn’t important for clock output,'” said Hurley. “But now, by looking beyond RNA, we know about 40 percent more things that do oscillate because we are looking at the protein level. Forty percent is a lot of biology to miss!” Source:https://news.rpi.edu/content/2018/11/19/research-focuses-new-frontier-circadian-rhythmslast_img read more

Scientists reveal new mechanism that could lead to specific treatment of strokes

first_img Source:https://www.cshl.edu/targeting-hidden-pocket-for-treatment-of-stroke-and-seizure/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jan 21 2019The ideal drug is one that only affects the exact cells and neurons it is designed to treat, without unwanted side effects. This concept is especially important when treating the delicate and complex human brain. Now, scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory have revealed a mechanism that could lead to this kind of long-sought specificity for treatments of strokes and seizures.According to Professor Hiro Furukawa, the senior scientist who oversaw this work, “it really comes down to chemistry.”When the human brain is injured, such as during a stroke, parts of the brain begin to acidify. This acidification leads to the rampant release of glutamate.”We suddenly get more glutamate all over the place that hits the NMDA receptor and that causes the NMDA receptor to start firing quite a lot,” explains Furukawa.Related StoriesInvestment in stroke prevention interventions is good for the futureNew discovery may explain some forms of strokePeople who worked long hours have higher risk of stroke, shows studyIn a healthy brain, the NMDA (N-methyl, D-aspartate) receptor is responsible for controlling the flow of electrically charged atoms, or ions, in and out of a neuron. The “firing” of these signals is crucial for learning and memory formation. However, overactive neurons can lead to disastrous consequences. Abnormal NMDA receptor activities have been observed in various neurological diseases and disorders, such as stroke, seizure, depression, and Alzheimer’s disease, and in individuals born with genetic mutations.Furukawa’s team, in collaboration with scientists at Emory University, looked for a way to prevent over-firing NMDA receptors without affecting normal regions of the brain.Previous work had identified promising compounds, called the 93-series, suited to this purpose. Eager to join with the NMDA receptor in an acidic environment, these compounds downregulate the receptor activity, even in the presence of glutamate, thereby preventing excessive neuronal firing.However, the 93-series compounds sometimes cause the unwanted consequence of inhibiting the NMDA receptors in healthy parts of the brain. That’s why Furukawa and his colleagues set out to determine how they could improve upon the unique features of the 93-series.Their latest results are detailed in Nature Communications.Using a method known as X-ray crystallography, the researchers were able to see that a motif on the 93-series compound slots into a tiny, never-before-noticed pocket within the NMDA receptor. Experimentation showed that this pocket is particularly sensitive to the pH around it.”Now that we see the pH-sensitive pocket within NMDA receptors, we can suggest a different scaffold,” Furukawa explained. “We can redesign the 93-series chemical compound–let’s call it 94-series–in such a way that it can more effectively fit to that pocket and a higher pH sensitivity can be obtained. So, we’re basically just starting our effort to do that.”last_img read more

Physical activity may help fight depression in seniors

first_img Source:https://www.mcmaster.ca/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 8 2019The benefits of exercise are widely known but kinesiologists at McMaster University have for the first time found that physical activity may help fight depression in seniors by stimulating muscle-generated mood boosters.The findings, published in the American Journal of Physiology–Cell Physiology, reveal that the underlying mechanisms which make us feel good when we exercise persist into old age and highlight the importance of staying active.”A previous study demonstrated these mechanisms in healthy young adults, however, it was unknown whether the muscle deterioration which accompanies aging would preclude older adults from achieving similar exercise-induced benefits,” explains David Allison, lead author on the study and a postdoctoral fellow in McMaster’s Department of Kinesiology.Related StoriesNew structured approach to managing patients with depression in primary careCombining aerobic exercise and resistance training helps obese older adults preserve muscle massCaregiver depression linked to increased emergency department visits for patients with dementia”This could have important implications concerning the use of exercise as a treatment or a preventative strategy for depression in seniors,” he says.Little is known about the relationship between skeletal muscle and mental health, or how exercise impacts this relationship.Earlier research has shown that physical activity may help to ‘turn on’ genes within skeletal muscle which can then influence the key metabolic pathways that ultimately promote mood-enhancing chemicals, such as serotonin, within the brain.Muscle loss is a common problem in the elderly which may restrict that pathway and therefore increase the risk for depression, says Allison.For the study, a group of healthy men, aged 65 and over, followed a 12-week protocol of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) on a stationary bike once a week combined with bi-weekly strength training sessions.Researchers analyzed blood samples and changes to muscle and determined that three months of exercise was enough to enhance gene expression within the skeletal muscle.”Even individuals who are already metabolically healthy–with good weight, good blood pressure and blood sugar levels–need to prioritize regular physical activity to maintain or improve upon their mental health,” says Allison. “We have shown such benefits are still achievable in old age and further emphasize the importance of maintaining an active lifestyle.”In the future, researchers hope to explore the relationship between mental health and exercise among the clinically depressed to see if similar biochemical changes can be achieved.last_img read more

One class in all languages

first_img Citation: One class in all languages (2019, June 14) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-class-languages.html Advances in communication technology have had a major impact in all sorts of industries, but perhaps none bigger than in education. Now, anyone from around the world can listen live to a Nobel Prize laureate lecture or earn credits from the most reputable universities via internet access. However, the possible information to be gained from watching and listening online is lost if the audience cannot understand the language of the lecturer. To solve this problem, scientists at the Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST), Japan, presented a solution with new machine learning at the 240th meeting of the Special Interest Group of Natural Language Processing, Information Processing Society of Japan (IPSJ SIG-NL). Provided by Nara Institute of Science and Technology Google Brain posse takes neural network approach to translation Explore further Machine translation systems have made it remarkably simple to ask for directions in a foreign country. Sometimes, the systems can make amusing and innocent errors, but overall, they achieve coherent communication, at least for short exchanges only a sentence or two long. In the case of a presentation that can extend past an hour, such as an academic lecture, they are far less robust.”NAIST has 20 percent foreign students and, while the number of English classes is expanding, the options these students have are limited by their Japanese ability,” explains NAIST Professor Satoshi Nakamura, who led the study.Nakamura’s research group acquired 46.5 hours of archived lecture videos from NAIST with their transcriptions and English translations, and developed a deep learning-based system to transcribe Japanese lecture speech and subsequently translate it into English. While watching the videos, users see subtitles in Japanese and English that match the lecturer’s speech.One might expect the ideal output would be simultaneous translations that could be done with live presentations. However, live translations limit the processing time and thus the accuracy. “Because we are putting videos with subtitles in the archives, we found better translations by creating subtitles with a longer processing time,” he says.The archived footage used for the evaluation consisted of lectures from robotics, speech processing and software engineering. Interestingly, the word error rate in speech recognition correlated to disfluency in the lecturers’ speech. Another factor from the different error rates was the length of time speaking without pause. The corpus used for the training was still insufficient and should be developed more for further improvements.”Japan wants to increase its international students and NAIST has a great opportunity to be a leader in this endeavor. Our project will not only improve machine translation, it will also bring bright minds to the country,” he continued. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Sliding along on water

first_imgThe research team has already demonstrated the viability of the process. Amann and his team are currently looking for partners in industry with whom they plan to further optimize the ionic liquids. “One challenge is that the movement of the shaft generates heat which causes the water to evaporate,” the scientist says. “Now we’re looking for ionic liquid mixtures which inhibit the evaporation.”More efficient electric motorsThe ion-water mixture is better for the environment than oil, and it also helps to make slide bearings even more efficient. Amann continues, “The shaft glides better when it is wetted with water. This reduces energy consumption compared to operations using considerably more viscous oil.” In addition, corrosion is avoided. Normally the oxygen in the water reacts with steels containing iron, ultimately resulting in rust. The electric field prevents this from happening. A new slide bearing design with water lubrication and galvanic coupling prevents tribocorrosion without additional electricity. Credit: Fraunhofer IWM The new in situ tribometer can measure wear and friction values directly on the slide bearing during operation. Credit: Fraunhofer IWM Citation: Sliding along on water (2019, July 1) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-07-sliding-along-on-water.html In two projects together with their colleagues at the University of Freiburg, both publicly funded by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing, the experts at Fraunhofer IWM developed even more than the slide bearing with its electro-chemical internal workings. They also designed a new measuring device, referred to as an in situ tribometer, capable of monitoring metallic wear and friction values directly on the slide bearing during operation. Until now it has only been possible to measure the wear on a bearing by disassembling the bearing before assessing and measuring the surfaces. This is highly time-consuming: “Our new tribometer now makes it possible to measure wear in situ, not only making it easier to develop feasible water-based lubricants, but also to continuously monitor bearings,” Amann points out.New application of a familiar principle in cathodic corrosion protectionThe water lubricant in galvanically coupled slide bearings developed by Fraunhofer IWM is a new application of a long-known principle: active cathodic corrosion protection, which works without additional electricity. This trick prevents rust and corrosion of metals which come into contact with water. What is referred to as a sacrificial anode, a less precious metal, is inserted into the aqueous environment. This anode slowly dissolves, emitting ions into the liquid in the process and creating a small flow of electrons toward the metal to be protected, functioning as a cathode. A negatively charged protective layer then develops on the metal’s surface, preventing rust as well as tribocorrosion. This is because positively charged cations from the ionic liquid or water lubricant collect on this negatively charged surface.A negatively charged protective layer then develops on the metal’s surface, preventing rust as well as tribocorrosion. This is because positively charged cations from the ionic liquid or water lubricant collect on this negatively charged surface. Turning water into lubricantThe researchers use this electric voltage arising between the aluminum in the slide bearing and the iron in the shaft to turn the water into a lubricant. “We mix what are called ionic liquids into the water,” explains Dr. Tobias Amann. “The ionic liquids are fluid salts which contain anions and cations.” These ions are rearranged in the electric field and then collect on the interior side of the sintered metal ring in such a way that their ends are pointing upward, toward the rotating shaft. This forms a kind of galvanically generated protective layer on which the shaft can glide. Bearings are usually lubricated with mineral oil-based lubricants, preventing wear on the bearing from metal on metal contact. In Germany, approximately one million tons of lubricant are used every year. The manufacture, application and disposal of oil is a burden on the environment.Introducing water-based lubricants would greatly benefit environmental protection. But until now, the fact that metal parts corrode when they come into contact with water has been a major obstacle. A working group at the Fraunhofer IWM in Freiburg has succeeded in using additives to change water in such a way that it could be used as a lubricant at some point in the future. This meant a double success for Dr. Tobias Amann and his colleagues at the Fraunhofer IWM: first, the lubrication achieved is much better, since water is not as viscous as oil. Second, corrosion is prevented.The researchers developed the details of their process using a slide bearing, a bearing which resembles a ring that surrounds a rotating steel shaft. The ring is made of several layers structured from the outside to the inside as follows: a sleeve surrounding the bearing, a layer of aluminum and a layer of sintered metal that surrounds the shaft itself. The trick is that the inner sintered layer is traversed by a small channel which lets water flow between the rotating shaft and the outer aluminum layer. This direct connection is decisive in the electro-chemical process, based on the fact that an electric voltage arises between a base metal such as aluminum and a more precious metal such as iron, even without having to apply any kind of external electric field. Provided by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft Explore further In the galvanically controlled frictional contact, the ionic liquids collect on the metal surface and improve the tribological friction and wear. Credit: Fraunhofer IWM Liquid crystal as lubricant Machine bearings are usually lubricated with various oils. But today large quantities of these oils still end up in the environment. The Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM has developed a method which will in the future make it possible to lubricate slide bearings using water, a much more environmentally friendly approach. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Brazils Bolsonaro offers his son the post of ambassador in Washington

first_imgBRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday he had invited his son Eduardo to become ambassador to the United States, underscoring his family’s influential role in the country’s diplomacy and domestic politics.Eduardo Bolsonaro, currently a federal congressman, told reporters separately he would accept the role if nominated. His father said earlier that the appointment would hinge on his son’s acceptance.”If it is a mission given by the president, I would accept,” Eduardo Bolsonaro told reporters, adding he was prepared to resign from Congress if the president appoints him.He added the ultimate nomination still depended on conversations with his father and Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo. The appointment would need to be approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee before passing to the full upper house for confirmation. Brazil’s previous ambassador to Washington retired in April.The far-right Brazilian president, who said his campaign last year was inspired by U.S. President Donald Trump, has made friendly overtures to the American leader and made similar use of family members as official advisers.Bolsonaro’s eldest son, Flavio, is advancing his conservative social agenda as a senator. Carlos Bolsonaro, another son of the president and a Rio de Janeiro city councilman, has taken a role in his father’s social media communications and stirred controversy by attacking members of the Brazilian Cabinet.Eduardo Bolsonaro, the third of the president’s four sons and a daughter from three marriages, has counseled his father on foreign affairs. After his father’s election in October, Eduardo Bolsonaro was one of his first envoys to Washington, where he met with Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, and was spotted wearing a “Trump 2020” cap. Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon named the younger Bolsonaro the Latin American leader of his right-wing nationalist organisation, “The Movement.”During the Brazilian leader’s White House visit in March, Trump heaped praise on Eduardo Bolsonaro, who sat by his father during an Oval Office chat while Brazil’s foreign minister and ambassador in Washington were nowhere to be seen. (Reporting by Marcela Ayres and Lisandra Paraguassu; Writing by Carolina Mandl and Jake Spring; Editing by G Crosse and Peter Cooney) Related News Related News World 10 Jul 2019 Johnson declines to back UK envoy to Washington over Trump rowcenter_img World 07 May 2019 Brazil President Bolsonaro mulls trip to Texas after NYC visit nixed {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} World 27 Apr 2019 Bolsonaro’s sons bash vice president, widening rifts in Brazil governmentlast_img read more