SIXTY SECONDS IN TOUCH…

first_imgWelcome to the latest edition of Sixty Seconds in Touch, live from Coffs Harbour where we are for the National 18 Years and Under Championships. We’re a little disappointed the sun isn’t right out yet, but for the moment the rain clouds are holding off, so hopefully the weather will be fine for the tournament… * The teams have all arrived in Coffs Harbour, thankfully arriving safely, with no problems on the road. Touch Football Australia (TFA) staff have been busy setting up the fields, merchandise and doing general tournament work…tournament director Jon Pratt is getting a little worried as it all seems to be going just a little too smoothly!! * A coaching forum for those who coach our Australian Youth players is being held this afternoon from 3:00-4:00pm. It will be hosted by Gary Madders, current Australian Mixed Open Coach and Cathy Gray, TFA Elite Programs Director. Others invited to attend are Peter Bell, former Australian Womens Open coach. The forum will be held in Coffs Harbour International Stadium, Marquee (Referees tent) at the rear of the Stadium. * The Opening Ceremony for the Under 18 Championships is being held tomorrow at 11:00am. Make sure you get out to the stadium for the ceremony which will be both an opening ceremony for the event and also a farewell and best wishes to the ten Australian sides that are traveling to Christchurch. New Zealand in a few weeks for the All Nations Championships. NRL players Joe Williams and John Sutton will be on hold, and Peter Bell (TFA Hall of Fame member) will be presenting the Aussie flag to the All Nations representatives. * Managers meetings are being held this afternoon at 2pm and 4pm….Managers make sure you get there!! * `From the Fishbowl’ is up and running with Kane Weeks in town for the event, make sure you check out the daily rundown from the Fishbowl…it’s sure to entertain. * Top marks to Media assistant Lisa Plummer’s champion boyfriend Tim…who had flowers delivered to Coffs Harbour for their anniversary…the room mates were very impressed! * The merchandise room is set up and overflowing with gear…make sure you check out the new gear, kooldri t-shirts, headbands, singlets, silicon wristbands and more. Also, there is a massive table with $5 gear…plenty of old t-shirts and so forth going out at $5 each! * In non-18’s Touch news, the move to sign on new affiliates is underway with Brisbane Metro Touch Association and Berserkers Touch (formerly Central Queensland University Touch) signing on first. A restructure of the sport in Australia has resulted in the affiliates (local competitions) becoming direct members of the national body. The new structure, recommended by an independent report produced in June 2004, is being implemented across Australia. Chief Executive of TFA, Kevin Thompson, said today “It is great to see that the local competitions appreciate the benefits of the new model and are signing up. The whole theme of the restructure is to reduce duplication and administration and to divert more resources to the grass roots. The players, officials and coaches in BMTA and Berserkers will be the first to benefit.” Keep an eye on the website for the upcoming full story and all the latest info on the Unitary Model of Management and Affiliation with Touch Football Australia. * The Queensland All Schools Championships have attracted a record 198 teams…make sure you keep an eye on the website this week, we’ll be talking to Queensland School Sport legend Peter Bell about the upcoming event. * Remember, results from the Under 18’s will be updated at the end of every round throughout the tournament, make sure you keep checking the website regularly. By Rachel Moylelast_img

a month ago​Van Dijk full of praise for Liverpool teammate Matip

first_img​Van Dijk full of praise for Liverpool teammate Matipby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk singled out his Reds colleague Joel Matip for praise.The Netherlands and Reds centre-back was up for the FIFA Best Player award.Despite losing out to Lionel Messi, Van Dijk was honoured to be among the final three.And he believes that playing next to a player of Matip’s quality certainly helps him show his best qualities.He said to his club’s official website: “We call him Matop because he was that good yesterday!”We need everyone, that’s the message everyone knows in the team. Yesterday he was outstanding, as were all the players. It was a massive win. We do it all together.”In this vote, the country plays a part as well and I’m very proud that things have been going well at Liverpool and in our country things have been going in the right direction too.”We have to all keep it going, that’s the only way forward.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

ESPN Releases Game Times For 10 Opening Weekend Games

first_imgESPN College Football Playoff logo.ESPN ESPN AnnouncersESPNThe opening weekend for this year’s college football season, simply put, is going to be epic. Monday, ESPN/ABC released game times for 10 of the best matchups we’re going to see.South Carolina and Vanderbilt will kick things off on Thursday, September 1 at 8:00 PM ET, oddly enough in an SEC regular season tilt. Georgia Tech and Boston College will play in Dublin Ireland, at 7:30 AM ET on Saturday morning.Here are the rest of the games – including Oklahoma vs. Houston, LSU vs. Wisconsin, USC vs. Alabama, Clemson vs. Auburn, Notre Dame vs. Texas and Ole Miss vs. Florida State.9/1/2016: South Carolina at Vanderbilt on ESPN (8:00 PM ET) 9/3/2016: Georgia Tech vs. Boston College on ESPN2 (7:30 AM ET) 9/3/2016: Oklahoma vs. Houston on ABC (Noon ET) 9/3/2016: Hawaii at Michigan on ESPN (Noon ET) 9/3/2016: LSU vs. Wisconsin on ABC (3:30 PM ET) 9/3/2016: Georgia vs. North Carolina on ESPN (5:30 PM ET) 9/3/2016: USC vs. Alabama on ABC (8:00 PM ET) 9/3/2016: Clemson at Auburn on ESPN (9:00 PM ET) 9/4/2016: Notre Dame vs. Texas on ABC (7:30 PM ET) 9/5/2016: Ole Miss vs. Florida State on ESPN (8:00 PM ET)Which will you be watching?last_img read more

As August Inventory Sinks Demand Remains Strong

first_img Late-summer housing market trends point to an “unusual twist” in sales activity for the fall, national brokerage Redfin said Wednesday in its latest Real-Time Housing Market Tracker.Examining August activity in more than 30 markets nationwide, the company reported a 1.4 percent month-over-month dip in home sale prices to a median $281,000, reflecting a gain of just 5.1 percent over last year. Meanwhile, home sales weakened to 134,143, down 5.1 percent from July and 8.3 percent from August 2013.More interesting, Redfin said, was the shift in supply and demand dynamics: Even as new listings plunged 9.3 percent—nearly triple the average July-to-August decline—numbers of customers touring homes and making offers rose, demonstrating buyers aren’t backing off.At the same time, fewer homes are being sold above their list price (2 percent less than July and 7 percent less than a year ago), meaning that same group of buyers is willing to take a slow approach in a market where high demand would normally drive up prices.”Our take is that the seemingly incongruous August numbers reflect the mindsets of buyers and sellers,” said Redfin Chief Economist Nela Richardson. “Buyers want to buy, but they’re patient, and more careful not to overpay. At the same time, sellers are adjusting to having less power, which seems to have put a damper on some listing their homes.”With the groundwork of strong demand and short supply in place, Richardson said the company expects a fall selling season marked by slower price growth and stronger sales than last year.”A surprising drop in newly listed homes combined with strong homebuyer demand could suggest that home prices will spike upward this fall as they did much of last year. Not so,” she said. “We actually expect prices to continue to soften in the next few months as investors and all-cash buyers continue to retreat from the market.” September 24, 2014 483 Views Demand Home Prices Home Sales Housing Supply Redfin 2014-09-24 Tory Barringer in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, Newscenter_img As August Inventory Sinks, Demand Remains Strong Sharelast_img read more

Rep Price sworn in for second term in Michigan House

first_imgState Rep. Amanda Price, R-Park Twp., today was sworn into office for her second term as state representative of the 89th District as the 97th Legislature convened for the first day of business in Lansing. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley administered the oath of office to Price, who was joined by her husband, Rodger. Price’s Ottawa County district includes the townships of Grand Haven, Olive, Park, Port Sheldon, Robinson, Blendon, Crockery and Spring Lake, and the cities of Ferrysburg and Grand Haven. Categories: News,Photos 09Jan Rep. Price sworn in for second term in Michigan Houselast_img

Dear Reader Two weeks ago gold dropped almost

first_imgDear Reader, Two weeks ago, gold dropped almost back to where it was last December. The resulting negative sentiment gripping the precious metals market and indeed the whole metals and mining sector is profound and far reaching—as bad as last December, or worse. Which is odd, because the better stocks have not returned to their December lows. Producers have cut costs, explorers and developers with quality assets have been able to raise the money needed to advance, and we’ve actually been able to book some profits this year. But that’s typical; markets tend to overreact, and that, of course, creates opportunities. That said, the Casey consensus is now that broader markets are set for a major correction—much greater than the 1,000 point slide the Dow has seen over the last month. We may at long last be on the verge of leaving the eye of the global economic storm, as we’ve called it. Our colleagues at The Casey Report are preparing a special report on this subject, which we will send to all paying subscribers. But whether or not a “waterfall event” is about to hit Wall Street and beyond, if we’re facing the possibility of another 2008-type downturn, it’s only prudent to rig for stormy weather. What does that mean? It means rebalancing more toward cash and culling underperformers to that end—especially companies low on funds or losing money. Being contrarians, however, we also want to prepare to go bargain hunting. It’s in this context that I want to share some price-to-book-value research we’ve done, as you’ll see below. It’s important to keep the difference between price and value in mind when the two diverge. And they already have. Things could start moving very quickly in the weeks ahead. We’ll do our best to keep you appraised and advise you on how to proceed. Subscribers should check our portfolio pages frequently this month. Before we get to today’s article, however, I’m pleased to announce our new documentary-style film on the only way for Americans to legally minimize their taxes without leaving the US. It’s called America’s Tax-Free Zone, and you can watch it for free. As I’m sure longtime readers can guess, the focus is on Puerto Rico’s new tax incentives. Doug Casey, Peter Schiff, and other experts walk viewers through the facts and what to do. I hope you enjoy the video; I’d love to have more of you become my neighbors here in the US Caribbean. Now, on to the main event. More next week, Sincerely, Copper 3.01 3.14 3.30 Rock & Stock Stats Last One Month Ago Gold Producers (GDX) 20.69 23.43 24.50 Gold 1,238.29 1,234.90 1,323.00 Gold Junior Stocks (GDXJ) 32.47 37.60 37.38 One Year Ago Silver 17.27 18.66 21.95 Louis James Senior Metals Investment Strategist Casey Research Gold (SGE) 1,243.72 1,249.15 1,302.08 TSX (Toronto Stock Exchange) 14,227.68 15,458.88 13,036.36 Silver Stocks (SIL) 10.39 11.98 12.80 TSX Venture 810.13 972.51 951.58 Oil 82.92 93.20 100.87last_img read more

70year old multimillionaires 1 step to survive

first_img 70-year old multimillionaire’s #1 step to survive America’s looming currency crisis I think you’ll be surprised just how easy this is – yet most Americans know nothing about this option. You don’t even have to send a single penny outside the U.S. to do it, either. Click here to learn more. France made cash transactions over €1,000 illegal, down from the previous limit of €3,000. – Governments are waging a war on cash… Although you won’t hear it in the mainstream media, many world governments want to eliminate paper cash. Governments hate paper cash because it’s hard to track. Electronic payments through banks are much easier to monitor and record. Nick Giambruno, editor of Crisis Speculator, has been following this trend closely. The War on Cash is a favorite pet project of the economic central planners. They want to eliminate hand-to-hand currency so that governments can document, control, and tax everything. In just the last few years… •  If, like us, you’re concerned about governments’ War on Cash… We suggest owning a significant amount of physical gold and silver. People across the world consider gold and silver money. They have for thousands of years. If your government eliminates paper currency, you won’t be able to store wealth by keeping cash at home or in a vault. You’ll have to store all your cash in digital form, at a bank, or another financial institution. With gold and silver, you can store a portion of your wealth at home or in a vault, outside the banking system. And, unlike cash in a bank, reckless government printing and spending can’t destroy the value of gold and silver. You should also consider reading Casey Research’s newest book, Going Global. It includes strategies to protect your money from reckless government actions, like the banning of paper cash. We typically sell this book for $99…but right now we’ll mail a hardcover copy to your front door for just $4.95. Click here to learn more. •  Brazil is sinking deeper into its worst economic crisis in decades… Brazil’s economy shrunk by 4.5% during the third quarter, according to government data released this week. It was the biggest quarterly decline since Brazil starting keeping GDP records in 1996. Its economy has now shrunk three quarters in a row. Casey readers have known about Brazil’s economic crisis for months. The downturn is only getting worse. Brazil’s economy is spiraling into a full-blown depression… Since July 2014, Brazil’s currency has lost 41% of its value against the U.S. dollar. Meanwhile, Brazil’s annual inflation rate just topped 10% for the first time in 12 years. And the country’s unemployment rate hit a six-year high of 7.9% in October. •  China’s slump is one reason why Brazil is unraveling… China’s economy grew 9.7% per year from 1990 through 2014. In 2010, China became the world’s second-biggest economy. During this time, China’s explosive growth helped boost the global economy. China needed a lot of raw materials to build its infrastructure. This helped countries, like Brazil, that export those materials. In fact, China’s rapid growth helped Brazil become the seventh-largest economy in the world. But China’s economy is slowing now. Last year, China grew at its weakest pace since 1990. That’s creating big problems for Brazil… •  Brazil sends 19% of its exports to China… That’s more than it sends to any other country…and nearly twice as much as it sends to the U.S. China’s slowing economy means it’s building fewer factories, office buildings, and bridges. That’s hurting demand for Brazil’s largest export: iron ore, the main ingredient in steel. Iron ore accounts for 19% of Brazil’s exports. It’s by far the country’s largest export. •  The U.S. economy also appears to be slowing down… According to The Wall Street Journal, spending on capital goods fell 3.8% during the first 10 months of 2015. Capital goods include equipment and machinery. Meanwhile, business investment only grew 2.2% during the third quarter. That’s one of the smallest increases since the Great Recession, according to The Wall Street Journal. The energy sector is a big reason those figures are so weak. As you likely know, energy prices have plummeted. The price of oil has dropped 40% over the past year. And the price of natural gas has dropped 34%. Energy consulting firm Wood Mackenzie estimates that North American oil companies have cut spending by $220 billion since last summer. On Monday, The Wall Street Journal reported that companies in other sectors are dialing back investments as well. The industries [that are] pulling back range from retailers and manufacturers to energy companies and some services firms… Even major retailers are cutting back on spending. Macy’s Inc. plans to close 35 to 40 stores early next year, joining J.C. Penney Co. and Abercrombie & Fitch Co. among retailers announcing cutbacks this year. Companies buy more equipment and machinery when they’re optimistic about the economy. They cut back on spending when they think the economy is slowing. Right now, declining business investment is one of many signs pointing to a slowing U.S. economy. Chart of the Day The stock price of Vale S.A. (VALE), the world’s largest iron ore miner, just hit an 11-year low… Today’s chart shows Vale’s adjusted stock price, which accounts for stock splits and dividends. Its stock price has dropped 57% this year. It’s now down 89% from the all-time high it set in 2008. Vale mines more iron ore than any other company in the world. Its stock price is crashing because iron ore demand is crashing. This points to huge problems in the global economy. Russia banned cash transactions over $10,000; Uruguay banned cash transactions over $5,000; and A money making site you had no idea existed… Your broker or financial advisor will never tell you about this little known financial website that’s helping some people make up to $300 per hour. Learn more here. Nick went on to explain that the U.S. government imposes restrictions on withdrawing your own cash from the bank. In the U.S., central planners ratchet up the War on Cash every time the government declares a made-up war on something else…a war on crime, a war on drugs, a war on poverty, a war on terror… They all end with more government intrusion into your financial affairs. Thanks to these made-up wars, the U.S. government is imposing an increasing number of regulations on cash transactions. Try withdrawing more than $10,000 in cash from your bank. They’ll treat you like a criminal or terrorist. •  We just got the clearest sign yet that paper cash is disappearing… The world’s largest printer of banknotes (paper currency) is cutting production and firing employees. Yesterday, De La Rue (LON: DLAR) announced it will cut its banknote production capacity by 25%. The company is closing half of its production lines and eliminating 300 jobs. De La Rue prints more banknotes than any other company in the world. It produces banknotes for over 150 national currencies, including the British pound sterling. Its stock price is down 20% since mid-April. The company’s CEO said the decision was made to keep the company “in line with the future needs of our global customers.” De La Rue may also sell its cash-sorting machine business for similar reasons.center_img Recommended Links — Switzerland proposed banning cash payments in excess of 100,000 francs; Italy made cash transactions over €1,000 illegal; Spain banned cash transactions over €2,500; Mexico made cash payments of more than 200,000 pesos illegal; Regards, Justin Spittler Delray Beach, Florida December 03, 2015 We want to hear from you. If you have a question or comment, please send it to feedback@caseyresearch.com. We read every email that comes in, and we’ll publish comments, questions, and answers that we think other readers will find useful.last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Thursday

first_imgWelcome to Starters Orders. Our new daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Thursday 3 October2.40 WarwickHulcolt 10/1 > 7/1Major Crispies 9/1 > 7/14.00 SouthwellGenuine Quality 5/2 > 2/17.10 WolverhamptonThreave 3/1 > 9/4last_img

Facebook Joins 14 Million Initiative to Fight Fake News

first_img Register Now » Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Fake news April 3, 2017 This story originally appeared on PCMag Facebook Joins $14 Million Initiative to Fight Fake News Image credit: via PC Mag 2 min read 92sharescenter_img Angela Moscaritolo Next Article Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business The fight against fake news is about to get a huge infusion of cash and support from the tech industry and academia.Facebook and Mozilla have teamed up with Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, academic institutions, nonprofits and other organizations to launch a $14 million consortium dubbed the News Integrity Initiative, aimed at “helping people make informed judgments about the news they read and share online.””The initiative’s mission is to advance news literacy, to increase trust in journalism around the world and to better inform the public conversation,” according to a Monday news release. It will fund “applied research and projects, and convene meetings with industry experts.”Founding funders also include the Craig Newmark Philanthropic Fund, the Ford Foundation, the Democracy Fund, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Tow Foundation, AppNexus and Betaworks. The initiative will be run as an independent project by the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.The initiative comes after Facebook in January launched its “Journalism Project,” aimed at establishing stronger ties with the media. Though Facebook has worked with members of the media in the past, the social network is working to ramp up that collaboration by involving news partners in its product development process from the start.”As part of the Facebook Journalism Project, we want to give people the tools necessary to be discerning about the information they see online,” Facebook’s Head of News Partnerships Campbell Brown said in a statement. “Improving news literacy is a global concern, and this diverse group assembled by CUNY brings together experts from around the world to work toward building more informed communities.” The News Integrity Initiative is aimed at ‘helping people make informed judgments about the news they read and share online.’ Add to Queue Reporterlast_img read more

California Unions Lawmakers Agree to 15 Minimum Wage

first_img Apply Now » California Unions, Lawmakers Agree to $15 Minimum Wage Image credit: Reuters | Mike Blake –shares California lawmakers and union leaders have reached a tentative deal to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 over six years that could avert a campaign to bring the issue to voters, two California newspapers reported on Sunday, citing unnamed sources.The deal, if passed in the state legislature and signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown, would add to a wave of minimum wage increases at the state level in the United States, where the federal minimum wage has remained at $7.25 an hour for more than six years.The agreement, as reported by the Los Angeles Times and the Sacramento Bee, would gradually raise the minimum wage in the most populous U.S. state from the current $10 to $15 in 2022. Businesses with fewer than 25 employees would have one extra year to comply with the proposed law.The Bee said Brown is part of the agreement, while the Times said the Democratic governor could make a formal announcement on a deal as early as Monday.A spokesman for Brown was unavailable for comment on Sunday.Sources told the Times that lawmakers could vote on the proposed agreement by the end of next week by amending an existing wage-hike bill.To pass in the legislature, any minimum wage hike would have to win the approval of moderate Democrats, who in the past have blocked key legislation backed by the governor and the majority party’s more liberal leaders.Income inequalityRaising the minimum wage to fight income inequality has cropped up on many Democratic candidates’ agendas ahead of the November presidential, congressional and state elections.But the idea has drawn fierce opposition from conservatives and some business groups, who have said a higher minimum would harm small businesses and strain the budgets of government agencies forced to pay more to workers.”Let’s start by calling this irresponsible,” said Michael Saltsman, research director at the Employment Policies Institute, a fiscally conservative think-tank that has argued against minimum wage hikes.”When you talk about these really massive jumps it’s no longer an impact at the margin, it’s the sort of thing that could be the difference between a business staying open and closing,” he added.In 2013, Brown signed into law a measure that gradually increased the minimum wage from $8 to $10 an hour in 2016. But he said earlier this year that any future increase has to be done “very carefully” and over time.The latest proposal would allow a sitting governor to stop the increases in the event of a recession, the Bee reported.Labor unions’ proposal to raise California’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by the year 2021 has qualified to be listed on the upcoming November ballot in the state.Supporters of a minimum wage increase who pushed for the ballot question are optimistic the deal would allow them to withdraw that initiative, the papers reported.But Steve Trossman, a spokesman for the Service Employees International-United Healthcare Workers West, told the Times the union wanted to see the details of the deal before withdrawing the initiative.Trossman was not immediately available for comment.Fourteen states and several cities began 2016 with minimum wage increases. Many are now in the midst of multi-year phase-in plans that will ultimately take them to between $10 and $15 an hour.(By Sharon Bernstein; Additional reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by Alan Crosby and Mary Milliken) Reuters Add to Queue March 28, 2016center_img The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. This story originally appeared on Reuters Next Article Minimum Wage 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List 3 min readlast_img read more

Google Beats Oracle in 9 Billion Android Trial

first_imgGoogle Add to Queue Google Beats Oracle in $9 Billion Android Trial Register Now » Next Article Image credit: GongTo | Shutterstock.com –shares Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel.center_img 3 min read Reuters A U.S. jury handed Google a major victory on Thursday in a long-running copyright battle with Oracle Corp. over Android software used to run most of the world’s smartphones.The jury unanimously upheld claims by Google that its use of Oracle’s Java development platform to create Android was protected under the fair-use provision of copyright law, bringing trial to a close without Oracle winning any of the $9 billion in damages it requested.Oracle said it saw many grounds to appeal and would do so. “We strongly believe that Google developed Android by illegally copying core Java technology to rush into the mobile device market,” Oracle General Counsel Dorian Daley said in a statement.Alphabet Inc.’s Google in a statement called the verdict “a win for the Android ecosystem, for the Java programming community, and for software developers who rely on open and free programming languages to build innovative consumer products.”The trial was closely watched by software developers, who feared an Oracle victory could spur more software copyright lawsuits.Google relied on high-profile witnesses like Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt to convince jurors it used Java to create its own innovative product, rather than steal another company’s intellectual property, as Oracle claimed.In the retrial at U.S. District Court in San Francisco, Oracle said Google’s Android operating system violated its copyright on parts of Java. Alphabet’s Google unit said it should be able to use Java without paying a fee under fair use.A trial in 2012 ended in a deadlocked jury. Shares of Oracle and Alphabet were little-changed in after-hours trade following the verdict.After the first trial, U.S. District Judge William Alsup ruled that the elements of Java at issue were not eligible for copyright protection at all. A federal appeals court disagreed in 2014, ruling that computer language that connects programs — known as application programming interfaces, or APIs — can be copyrighted. A flood of copyright lawsuits has failed to materialize in the two years since that federal appeals court ruling, suggesting Oracle’s lawsuit will not ultimately have a wide impact on the sector.Under U.S. copyright law, “fair use” allows limited use of material without acquiring permission from the rights holder for purposes such as research.During retrial, Oracle attorneys deemed Google’s defenses the “fair-use excuse.”(By Jim Christie; Additional reporting by Dan Levine; Editing by Andrew Hay) Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business This story originally appeared on Reuters May 27, 2016last_img read more

NASA Is Concerned About SpaceXs Rocket Fueling Practices

first_img Register Now » It’s worried that SpaceX will put crews at risk by topping up while they’re aboard. Next Article This story originally appeared on Engadget –shares NASA Image credit: Scott Audette | Reuters Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. November 7, 2016 3 min read Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Jon Fingas Add to Queue NASA Is Concerned About SpaceX’s Rocket Fueling Practices NASA is a little nervous about SpaceX’s future crewed flights.The Wall Street Journal has obtained a letter from December 2015 showing that an agency International Space Station committee has been worried about the safety of SpaceX’s planned fueling strategy. While the nature of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets will require that it fill up while the crew is aboard (it has to supply the supercooled fuel 30 minutes before launch), that goes against “50 years” of booster safety practices around the world, according to the letter.The committee raised the issue again with NASA officials days before SpaceX’s launchpad explosion, but hadn’t heard anything for weeks afterward.This isn’t to say that those officials or SpaceX have ignored the jitters. SpaceX tells us that it has worked with NASA on a “detailed analysis” of every potential danger for the past year and a half, and its safety controls were approved by a NASA board in July. There’s “continued work ahead” to both prove that these controls are in place and adjust them (if necessary) following its explosion investigation, the company says. SpaceX is mainly counting on its Crew Dragon launch abort system to rescue astronauts if there’s a failure during the fueling process. You can read the full statement below.NASA, meanwhile, says it has a “rigorous review process” for fueling crewed Falcon 9 rockets, and that SpaceX’s investigation will play a part in that review. It adds that a separate advisory panel is its main independent adviser for commercial spaceflight, not the ISS committee.Will the concerns play havoc with SpaceX’s plans? Probably not. However, they show that SpaceX still has its share of doubters at NASA, even as it improves the reliability of its rockets. It needs to demonstrate that a different fueling process isn’t necessarily more dangerous, and it may not completely eliminate those fears until it has a rock-solid record of sending people to space.”SpaceX has designed a reliable fueling and launch process that minimizes the duration and number of personnel exposed to the hazards of launching a rocket. As part of this process, the crew will safely board the Crew Dragon, ground personnel will depart, propellants will be carefully loaded over a short period, and then the vehicle will launch. During this time the Crew Dragon launch abort system will be enabled. Over the last year and a half, NASA and SpaceX have performed a detailed analysis of all potential hazards with this process. The hazard report documenting the controls was approved by the NASA’s Safety Technical Review Board in July 2016. As with all hazard analyses across the entire system and operations, controls against those hazards have been identified, and will be implemented and carefully verified prior to certification. There will be continued work ahead to show that all of these controls are in place for crewed operations and that the verifications meet NASA requirements. These analyses and controls will be carefully evaluated in light of all data and corrective actions resulting from the anomaly investigation. As needed, any additional controls will be put in place to ensure crew safety, from the moment the astronauts reach the pad, through fueling, launch and spaceflight, and until they are brought safely home.”last_img read more

Hot summer and increased water demand propels cooler growth

first_imgHot summer and increased water demand propels cooler growthPosted By: Martin Whiteon: April 05, 2019In: Beverage, Business, Cooler, FoodBev TV, Industries, Refreshment, Videos, WaterPrintEmailBritish Water Cooler Association (BWCA) chairman Jon Wicks and general manager Phillipa Atkinson-Clow spoke with FoodBev ‘s Martin White about the latest developments affecting the cooler industry at the annual BWCA Conference & Trade Show.Wicks told FoodBev that the key theme of the Conference – Insight to Change, Learn, Unlearn and Relearn – aimed to help inform businesses whether they needed to change their operations in preparation for Brexit, and how  the industry can ensure that it maintains its reputation for sustainability when climate change is one of the main issues for consumers.Wicks also informed FoodBev that last summer’s hot weather helped to drive the growth of the market, as did the increasing numbers of employers providing facilities which dispense water as healthy hydration is playing a more important role in modern day offices, while the increased global awareness of the importance of drinking water and staying hydrated also played a key role.“Firstly, as we all know we had a fantastic summer last year, and when people are hot they tend to consume more water, so that was quite a large driver for the market. Secondly, in terms of employers providing facilities which provide cool water, I think the agenda is moving up to look after their employees (in this way).”At the time of publication, the prospect of a no-deal Brexit is still on the table, and we asked Wicks what a no deal exit could mean for the UK’s water cooler industry.“From an industry perspective, a no-deal Brexit will have an impact on employment and bringing people into the country, and obviously when it’s growing, the industry is going to require more employees. Secondly, we have an exchange rate issue. We don’t know where that is going to go, so potentially the equipment we buy in could become more expensive, which will drive prices up to our customers going forward.“But if we just take the industry as a whole, because we’re very UK-focused, I don’t think we’re really going to see a big impact beyond pricing and labour. We’re very lucky in that regard.”In 2017, the BWCA launched its 5 for 5 Sustainability Pledge, which aimed to ensure that members addressed five core aspects of their business over a five year period: Environmental sustainability, water management, social sustainability, financial sustainability and providing a supportive workplace.When asked what the association could do over the next year to further promote sustainability, Atkinson-Clow said: “I think that Lord Deben mentioned that there was a lot more that the industry could do to shout about our good credentials.“I think as an association, we already have that, especially through our 5 for 5 programme. What I think members really need to do now is to shout about it themselves within their own marketing programmes.Presented and edited by: Martin WhiteShare with your network: Tags: BWCABWCA Conference and Trade ShowUKwaterlast_img read more

DemandBlue launches DemandBlue Labs a Salesforce Innovation Org for its Customers

first_imgDemandBlue Labs Helps Customers Experience Innovation in the Salesforce Technological Environment to Boost Their ROI on Salesforce InvestmentDemandBlue, a leading cloud services provider, has announced the launch of DemandBlue Labs, an innovation org for Salesforce users. DemandBlue Labs is a discrete Salesforce org fully equipped with all the trending Salesforce tools and platforms alongside other popular third-party tools.  The introduction of DemandBlue Labs reflects the company’s commitment to its Salesforce customers and their success.“Our goal is to help customers have a glimpse of their future and see value in the various tools and technologies they invest in,” says Kiran Babu Chandra, Chief Executive Officer of DemandBlue. “DemandBlue Labs allows customers to experience the fast-growing Salesforce Ecosystem in a safe and personalized way to make educated decisions. We have partnered with Salesforce to create this Innovation Org that ensures Customer Success.”Marketing Technology News: GeoEdge Researchers Uncover Hacker Abuse of WebRTC Protocols via Behavioral AnalysisDemandBlue Labs is a technological wonderland where customers can play around with different tools, watch their own data come alive, and experience the full impact of all the Salesforce tools that they are interested in.  Additionally, DemandBlue provides access to their Customer Success Team – a vast pool of experts dedicated to help their customers navigate the Innovation Org and tailor a custom solution for their needs.Marketing Technology News: How Microsoft Plans to Fight Carbon Emissions with an AI Tech-First ApproachDemandBlue is a leading cloud services provider who has pioneered the On Demand Service (ODS) engagement model for Salesforce. DemandBlue fosters innovation through “Continuous Engagement and On Demand Execution” that offers its customers Speed, Value and Success to achieve their current and future business objectives.Marketing Technology News: Adswerve and Google Cloud Break Down Data Silos for Marketers DemandBlue launches DemandBlue Labs, a Salesforce Innovation Org for its Customers PRNewswireApril 19, 2019, 3:36 pmApril 19, 2019 DemandBlueDemandBlue LabsMarketing Technology NewsNewsOn Demand ServiceSalesforce Previous ArticleVonage Recognized as a ‘451 Firestarter’Next ArticleSales Engagement Leader Outreach Reaches Unicorn Status, Raises $114 Million Series Elast_img read more

LivePerson Releases Worlds First Collaborative AI Technology Empowering All Staff in an

first_imgLivePerson Releases World’s First Collaborative AI Technology, Empowering All Staff in an Enterprise to Assist Technologists with Bot Building PRNewswireApril 30, 2019, 5:46 pmApril 30, 2019 Launch Customers, Including Fortune 500 Telecommunications, Marketing and Travel Companies, Have Used the New Conversation Builder to Train Nontechnical Staff and Create Customer-Facing Bots in as Little as 24 HoursLivePerson, a leading provider of conversational commerce solutions, announced the general availability (GA) of its new Conversation Builder technology, the world’s first all-in-one platform for building enterprise-scale chatbots. Conversation Builder is a dramatically faster way for brands to create conversational AI. With an entire toolkit to test, deploy, and improve chatbots in one closed-loop platform and allowing nontechnical users to assist in the development, Conversation Builder slashes the build time from a typical six weeks to as little as one day.The software general availability follows a successful early adopter program, in which leading enterprise companies saw spectacular results, including milestones such as:An onboarding where 30 contact center staff were successfully trained to build chatbots in a single sessionA one-day project to concept, build, test and deploy a bot for customers, which was ready that same dayIntegration into multiple messaging platforms — the “build once, run many” approach that multiplies the value of enterprise automations running on LivePersonWith brands under increasing pressure to provide great service and AI engineers hard to hire, Conversation Builder taps into an underutilized resource — the contact center staff who sell to and service customers all day — and empowers them to assist the technical team in building and improving chatbots. By encapsulating their extensive knowledge in the AI, brands can offer higher quality support — AI trained by personal, local and onshore experts — and avoid the false economy of low-cost offshoring that frustrates many customers.Marketing Technology News: New Study Finds the Current State of Pay TV, OTT & SVOD in 2019Alex Spinelli, CTO at LivePerson, adds, “This is an important step in our mission to transform the way brands and consumers connect to each other. Conversation Builder delivers the closed-loop process and nontechnical accessibility that brands need to scale up their conversational commerce. At LivePerson, we’re empowering the world’s largest brands to deliver messaging — powered by an intelligent mix of automation and humans — to billions of consumers.”The general availability of Conversation Builder puts in place a key component of LivePerson’s Maven AI engine, which has been engineered from the ground up to deliver the comprehensive range of capabilities that brands need to deploy conversational commerce at a massive scale. Conversation Builder introduces two critically important innovations:The first “closed loop” for enterprise bot building and deployment: a fully integrated, end-to-end system to build, run, and optimize bots, which slashes the time needed from multiple weeks to less than one day.A “no coding needed” approach that empowers nontechnical staff: millions of care agents in contact centers worldwide can build enterprise automations, instead of small in-house teams of AI specialists that are often overwhelmed and inadvertently bottleneck the process today.These two advances in AI creation solve a pressing challenge as conversational commerce becomes ubiquitous. Conversation Builder enables large brands to transform their chatbots from smaller-scale experiments to a robust production infrastructure that can accurately answer millions of consumer messages on a wide range of topics.Before today, the AI loop was extremely slow and fragmented with multiple separate human teams — AI specialists, engineers, operations and customer care — using multiple tools with awkward handoffs between them. The unwieldy process meant that each optimization opportunity to improve the chatbot could take upward of a month’s time from start to finish. Conversation Builder brings all this into one platform with impactful results: a one-day build time and optimization loops measured in hours instead of weeks.Marketing Technology News: STOMP Out Bullying™ Launches Emma, the First AI Platform Designed to Process and Respond to CyberbullyingLivePerson’s comprehensive system also includes natural language understanding (NLU), giving brands a single place to build enterprise automations from the ground up. For brands that have existing investments in conversational interfaces, Conversation Builder is an open platform and NLU-agnostic so it can import those intents and flows. Companies can then leverage that work and maximize the ROI of those projects, while building further on it with Conversation Builder’s one-stop, closed-loop environment, and the ability for nontechnical staff to make rapid improvements at scale.To further increase ROI, Conversation Builder automations can run across the widest range of consumer messaging endpoints, thanks to deep integration with LiveEngage, including SMS, web, in-app and the major messaging apps from Google, Facebook and LINE. It also includes out-of-the-box enterprise integrations to common platforms such as Shopify and Salesforce CRM, as well as prebuilt automations for a variety of vertical industries, which further accelerate the already short time it takes to deploy.Conversation Builder caters to the various enterprise AI stakeholders — IT, operations, care, marketing and sales — via user personas, which allow the right access level and appropriate user interfaces to do their work, including building, testing, visualization, intent creation and dialog creation. This allows brands to bring great conversational design discipline into the AI-building process as engineers and nonengineers can simultaneously work side by side in one system.This is tremendously faster than the old approach, which was plagued by awkward handoffs and major bottlenecks.A key part of the impact of Conversation Builder — the ability for a large group of contact center staff to learn it and get results in literally a single day — is due to its carefully designed, user-friendly interface. LivePerson used its unrivaled understanding of enterprise conversational commerce and real-life agent workflows to make the user experience for agents intuitive, familiar and quick to learn.Marketing Technology News: GroundTruth Names Chris Yamaoka Chief Privacy OfficerLivePerson’s conversational commerce solutions are uniquely flexible, with a comprehensive set of over 40 APIs and the ability for brands to choose from ready-built automations and NLUs or AI built elsewhere. LivePerson Conversation Builder is generally available, worldwide, today AIAlex SpinelliConversation Builder technologyLivepersonMarketing Technology NewsNewsSalesforce CRM Previous ArticleSAS Features Innovations in Automated Machine Learning, Computer Vision and NLP to Improve Decision MakingNext ArticleeSentire Report: Volume of UK Cyber Attacks Increased by Over 140 Percent in 2018last_img read more

RNA sequencing method uncovers new insights into biological events in heart disease

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 5 2018Scientists using a powerful new technology that sequences RNA in 20,000 individual cell nuclei have uncovered new insights into biological events in heart disease. In animal studies, the researchers identified a broad variety of cell types in both healthy and diseased hearts, and investigated in rich detail the “transcriptional landscape,” in which DNA transfers genetic information into RNA and proteins.”This is the first time to our knowledge that massively parallel single-nucleus RNA sequencing has been applied to postnatal mouse hearts, and it provides a wealth of detail about biological events in both normal heart development and heart disease,” said study leader Liming Pei, PhD, a molecular biologist in thePei and co-study leader Hao Wu, PhD, also of the CMEM and an assistant professor of Genetics at Penn Medicine, published their findings online Sept. 25, 2018 in Genes & Development.While massively parallel single-cell RNA sequencing (scRNA-seq) has been available to researchers in the past three years, it is technically challenging to study single cells in postnatal hearts due to the large size of cardiac muscle cells.To enable single-cell analysis of large cells such as muscle cells, or cells with complex morphology such as neurons, robust massively parallel single-nucleus sequencing (snRNA-seq) methods have been developed recently in Wu’s laboratory, as well as by others in the field. To date, massively parallel snRNA-seq has been applied only to the central nervous system. Pei and colleagues are the first to adapt the technology for use in postnatal heart tissue.The research team used the snRNA-Seq method termed sNucDrop-seq to analyze nearly 20,000 nuclei in heart tissue from normal and diseased mice. “We are excited to further develop sNucDrop-seq and apply it to mammalian postnatal hearts, which are of critical medical relevance but difficult to study with standard scRNA-seq,” said Wu.The current study focused on cardiomyopathy, a group of diseases characterized by progressive weakening of the heart muscle, and representing a leading worldwide cause of heart failure. Pei and colleagues used mice developed to model a type of pediatric mitochondrial cardiomyopathy.Related StoriesRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaResearch opens possibility of developing single-dose gene therapy for inherited arrhythmiasNew research links “broken heart syndrome” to cancer”The heart is a complex organ, with a multitude of cell types, and much still remains poorly understood about mammalian heart development and heart disease, especially during the postnatal period,” said Pei. “Our study provides key insights in three areas: normal heart development, heart disease, and gene regulatory mechanisms of a heart hormone called GDF15.”The sequencing tool identified major types of heart cells, such as cardiomyocytes, fibroblasts and endothelial cells, as well as rarer cardiac cell types. The study team found great variety among each cell type, as well as indications of functional changes in the heart cells during both normal and diseased conditions. For example, the researchers detected metabolic changes in fibroblasts, the fibrous cells that make the heart abnormally stiff in heart disease.Another finding concerned gene networks that regulate production of cardiac hormones in heart disease–specifically GDF15, which slows overall body growth, presumably to reduce the energetic demands on a damaged heart. Such signaling, said Pei, could reveal more about the biological mechanisms that underlie the growth restriction commonly seen in children with congenital heart disease.Greater understanding of cardiac biology, as provided in this research, said Pei, may lead to targeted therapies aimed at key gene networks that could offer better treatments for heart patients.”This research was a first step in defining the transcriptional landscape of normal and diseased heart at high resolution,” said Pei, who added that future work in his and his collaborator’s laboratory will investigate how heart disease progresses over a longer timespan than the early postnatal period. The research tool may also offer opportunities to investigate diseases in organs and systems beyond the heart. Source:https://www.chop.edu/last_img read more

NEC and Transgene sign MOU for strategic collaboration aimed at treating solid

first_img“The emerging personalized medicine field holds great potential for the application of NEC’s core technology, and we are pleased to be working with Transgene with the goal of developing state-of-the-art personalized immunotherapies,” said Motoo Nishihara, Senior Vice President, Head of NEC Laboratories.”Engaging the body’s own immune system in the fight against cancer has shown great promise and sparked unprecedented interest among oncology drug makers. This makes it imperative for NEC to become part of the immunotherapy race as soon as possible,” said Osamu Fujikawa, Senior Vice President, Business Innovation Unit, NEC Corporation.”This collaboration brings together artificial intelligence and our expertise in viral vector engineering to enable the development of a truly innovative treatment based on the myvac™ platform. We believe that our collaboration with NEC will allow us to provide an efficacious and robust therapy for the many patients who have solid tumors and could benefit from this cutting-edge individualized approach, and to successfully advance the development of the myvac™ platform to the market” said éric Quéméneur, Pharm.D., Ph.D., Executive VP, Chief Scientific Officer of Transgene. Source:https://www.nec.com/en/press/201810/global_20181030_02.html NEC’s cutting-edge AI technology, “NEC the WISE”, for identifying and prioritizing patient-specific neoantigens, and Transgene’s unrivaled MVA-based, viral vector technology and the myvac™ platform.center_img Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 30 2018NEC Corporation (NEC) and Transgene today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a strategic collaboration aimed at the treatment of solid cancers. The companies will cooperate in clinically assessing the predictive capabilities of NEC’s artificial intelligence (AI) and the therapeutic potential of Transgene’s myvac™ MVA-based viral vector platform in an individualized immunotherapy for the treatment of solid cancers. The experimental products from this collaboration are expected to enter clinical trials in 2019.NEC and Transgene will co-invest in the first stage of development of an individualized immunotherapy, which includes clinical trials focusing on ovarian cancer and HPV-negative head and neck cancer.Immunotherapy is rapidly becoming the treatment of choice to fight cancer as it activates the patient’s own immune system to attack cancer cells.NEC and Transgene have capitalized on the recent progress in AI and advances in genome sequencing to create individualized immunotherapy, which is adapted to the unique characteristics of each patient’s mutational landscape as well as their predicted immune responses. The product is based on a viral vector (MVA) developed by Transgene with a proven clinical safety track record and is known for its efficient immunogenicity and anti-tumor efficacy in patients.The viral vector will be used to target neoantigens identified using NEC’s proprietary algorithm. NEC has been developing solutions in the drug discovery field for close to two decades. NEC’s neoantigen prediction system was developed and validated based on publicly available databases, as well as internal wet lab datasets, some of which were already used to identify clinically relevant antigens in other oncology indications.Related StoriesUsing machine learning algorithm to accurately diagnose breast cancerTrends in colonoscopy rates not aligned with increase in early onset colorectal cancerStudy: Nearly a quarter of low-risk thyroid cancer patients receive more treatment than necessaryThese planned clinical trials leverage the world-leading expertise and technologies of a network of companies and research centers, including:last_img read more

New Cochrane review assesses efficacy of pyrethroidPBO nets for preventing malaria in

first_img Source:https://www.lstmed.ac.uk/ Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Nov 29 2018Researchers from LSTM have confirmed that using pyrethroid-PBO treated nets to prevent malaria is more effective at killing mosquitoes in areas where there is a high level of resistance to pyrethroids.The distribution of nets treated with pyrethroid insecticides has been very effective in reducing malaria transmission during the past two decades in Africa. However, there has been a rise in the number of mosquitoes developing resistance to pyrethroids, which is the only class of insecticides currently used to treat nets.In a new Cochrane review, an independent team of review authors led by Katherine Gleave and Natalie Lissenden at LSTM assessed the efficacy of insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) with added piperonyl butoxide (PBO). This chemical works by blocking an enzyme in the mosquito that prevents pyrethroids from working, to overcome the problem of insecticide resistance.Related StoriesEngineers crack the code to quickly diagnose anti-malarial drug resistanceScientists identify malaria’s Achilles’ heelGM fungus kills 99% of mosquitoes in Malaria-endemic region of AfricaLSTM’s Professor Hilary Ranson is senior author on the review. She said: “We have to find a way to maintain the efficacy of ITNs, which have been a cornerstone of vector control. While these nets are more expensive, the evidence shows that in areas where pyrethroid resistance is high, adding PBO to nets killed more mosquitoes, stopping them from feeding on people and probably reducing the levels of disease.”The review author team looked at results from 15 included studies that compared pyrethroid-PBO nets to standard pyrethroid nets, with one study measuring the impact on malaria infection in humans and the others looking at the impact on the mosquito population. The results show that while there is little or no difference in areas where resistance to pyrethroid is low or moderate, the nets had an impact where resistance was high. One trial carried out in an area at high levels of resistance also showed an important reduction in the number of people developing malaria illness. As ITNs are washed throughout their use, the review team also looked at the impact of washing these pyrethroid-PBO nets. While there was still a decrease in mosquito blood feeding success, the effect on mosquito mortality was not so marked when nets were washed multiple times, which would be important when considering community-level protection.Professor Ranson continued: “Researchers are working hard to reduce the impact of insecticide resistance, but our review is the first to look at ‘next generation nets’. While there is more research to be undertaken, we think that the results help show the value that these nets represent and supports the WHO’s recommendations for pyrethroid-PBO nets.” Jan Kolaczinski, Coordinator of Entomology and Vector Control at WHO’s Global Malaria Programme, supports this statement noting that “systematic reviews, such as the one on pyrethroid-PBO nets, provide a crucial underpinning of evidence-based WHO recommendations and guidelines. We greatly appreciate the important contribution to WHO’s work made by the Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group in this area.”last_img read more

Key barriers that prevent access to antibiotics in low and middleincome countries

first_img Encourage research and development of new or improved antibiotics, diagnostic tests, vaccines, and alternatives to antibiotics for bacterial infections, Support the registration of antibiotics in more countries according to clinical need, Develop and implement national treatment guidelines for the use of antimicrobials, Explore innovative funding for essential antibiotics, Ensure the quality of antibiotics and strengthen pharmaceutical regulatory capacity, and Encourage local manufacturing for cost-effective antibiotics. Source: https://cddep.org/ Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Apr 9 2019Antibiotic resistance is an emerging global public health threat spurred by the overuse and misuse of antibiotics. While “overuse” of antibiotics is widely accepted as a major health challenge, it is less well known that many people in low- and middle-income countries continue to die because they lack access to antibiotics. The majority of the world’s annual 5.7 million antibiotic-treatable deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries where the mortality burden from treatable bacterial infections far exceeds the estimated annual 700,000 deaths from antibiotic-resistant infections.In a new report, titled “Access Barriers to Antibiotics” (available upon request and online at http://www.cddep.org beginning April 11, 2019) researchers at the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP) conducted stakeholder interviews in Uganda, India, and Germany, and literature reviews to identify key access barriers to antibiotics in low-, middle-, and high-income countries. The report makes several recommendations proposing action on R&D (new antibiotics and rapid diagnostic tests), strengthening regulatory capacities, encouraging the development and diversification of quality local manufacturing, exploring innovative funding to reduce out-of-pocket payments, better treatment guidelines, and awareness raising.”Lack of access to antibiotics kills more people currently than does antibiotic resistance, but we have not had a good handle on why these barriers are created,” said Dr. Ramanan Laxminarayan, CDDEP director and a co-author of the report. The findings of the report show that even after the discovery of a new antibiotic, regulatory hurdles and substandard health facilities delay or altogether prevent widespread market entry and drug availability,” explains Dr. Laxminarayan. “Our research shows that of 21 new antibiotics entering markets between 1999 and 2014, less than five were registered in most countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Just the mere existence of an effective antibiotic does not mean that they are available in countries where they are most needed.”Health facilities in many low- and middle-income countries are substandard and lack staff who are properly trained in administering antibiotics. In Uganda, 10 to 54 percent of health staff posts are unfilled because of poor pay, high stress, lack of resources, and poor management. Staffing on wards is inadequate to administer medicines, patients miss antibiotic doses, and public nurses sometimes request compensation for administering medicines. In India, there is one government doctor for every 10,189 people (the World Health Organization [WHO] recommends a ratio of 1:1,000), or a deficit of 600,000 doctors, and the nurse:patient ratio is 1:483, implying a shortage of 2 million nurses.In low- and middle-income countries, weak drug supply chains fail to make antibiotics consistently available. In Uganda, researchers found that many products were stored and transported long distances without cold-chain temperature control, and only 47 percent of medicines on the WHO’s Essential Medicines List were procured through the centralized authority, resulting in chronic shortages. Moreover, public-private supply chain delivery systems were not leveraged to improve drug availability outside specific programs.Related StoriesTAU’s new Translational Medical Research Center acquires MILabs’ VECTor PET/SPECT/CTApplication of machine learning methods to healthcare outcomes researchAMSBIO offers new, best-in-class CAR-T cell range for research and immunotherapyLack of oversight and regulation in the drug manufacturing and supply chain leads to poor drug quality and falsified medicines; 17 percent of the substandard or falsified medicines reported to the WHO are antibiotics, and each year, more than 169,000 childhood pneumonia deaths are caused by falsified antibiotics, researchers reported.Even when antibiotics are available, patients are often unable to afford them. High out-of-pocket medical costs to the patient are compounded by limited government spending for health services. In Uganda, where just 8.9 percent of the national budget goes to health services, 41 percent of health expenditure is out-of-pocket, and 23 percent of households spend more than 10 percent of their income on healthcare. Moreover, limited government spending results in drug shortages in public health facilities which forces patients to go to private pharmacies or drugstores to buy medicines that should be provided free. In India, 65 percent of health expenditure is out-of-pocket, versus 13 percent in Germany, and such expenditures push some 57 million people into poverty each year in India alone.Worldwide, the irrational use of antibiotics and poor antimicrobial stewardship lead to treatment failure and propagate the spread of drug resistance which, in turn, further narrows the available array of effective antibiotics. Finally, research and development for new antimicrobials, vaccines, and diagnostic tests has slowed since the 1960s as profitable investment in this area is limited by low sales volumes, short duration of treatment, competition with established products and cheaper generics, and the possibility that resistance will rapidly emerge.National governments, policymakers, pharmaceutical companies, public and private healthcare institutions, and international public health bodies all have a role to play in improving access to antibiotics worldwide. While interventions to improve access must take into account differences among countries, the researchers provided the following recommendations to address key barriers and improve access to antibiotics:last_img read more

Singapore Airlines denies snooping with seatback cameras

first_imgSingapore Airlines says the cameras on its latest inflight entertainment systems have been disabled Singapore Airlines insisted Thursday that cameras on its planes’ entertainment systems had been disabled after an outcry online from worried passengers who spotted the tiny lenses peering at them. Citation: Singapore Airlines denies snooping with seatback cameras (2019, February 21) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-02-singapore-airlines-denies-snooping-seatback.html Travellers took to Twitter and other social media to raise the alarm over the cameras at the bottom of seatback screens on a number of the Singapore flag carrier’s newer aircraft.”Just found this interesting sensor looking at me from the seat back on board of Singapore Airlines. Any expert opinion of whether is a camera?” passenger Vitaly Kamluk tweeted.His tweet was accompanied by photos of the monitor with the embedded camera.Another passenger urged the airline in a tweet to “notify all your passengers and get their consent, particularly EU residents, that you are doing this, why, what are you doing with the data and how long you keep it”.The airline confirmed that some of its latest inflight entertainment systems did have fixed cameras—but assured passengers that they had been disabled.”These cameras have been intended by the manufacturers for future developments. These cameras have been permanently disabled on our aircraft and cannot be activated on board,” the airline said in a statement.”We have no plans to enable or develop any features using the cameras.” Explore furthercenter_img Singapore Airlines to offer inflight wifi © 2019 AFP 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